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Stakeholders briefed on EITI process

first_imgAs Guyana accelerates efforts to apply for membership to the Extractive Industries Transparency InitiativeA section of the gathering at the event(EITI), the Natural Resources Ministry hosted a national symposium on Wednesday to engage stakeholders about the process.Guyana, with an economy heavily based on extractive industries, and soon to become a oil and gas producing nation, has its eye set on becoming a member of the globally-recognised governance framework for the natural resources sector, EITI.During the symposium, stakeholders inclusive of Government officials, members of the Private Sector and civil society were on Wednesday briefed on what this process means to Guyana and their role in its success.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, who delivered the key remarks, underscored the importance of the interactive forum.“The future of Guyana’s EITI is yet to be written but by sharing and learning lessons today (Wednesday) we will expeditiously increase the likelihood of the successful management of our national patrimony,” he emphasised.He reiterated that Guyana stands ready to implement EITI in order to ensure the transparent utilisation of revenue from the country’s raw material which will aid in its sustainable development.Civil Society Representative Mike McCormack noted that the road ahead will be challenging but with commitment, the outcome will be successful.“If this is going to work, we have to start creating some awkward alliances and see compromise as courageous rather than a weakness. We need to start relating in ways that we customarily tend to avoid because if we don’t build momentum and if this approach is not difficult, it means we aren’t dealing with the right issues or we’ve got the wrong people dealing with the issues,” he explained.Government aims to submit its application for membership to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in November.Ana Maria Rodriguez, a consultant from the World Bank, is in Guyana assisting the Ministry to establish a multistakeholder group (MSG).The establishment of this group is the final step towards becoming a member of EITI.Private Sector Representative Hilbert Shields, during his remarks, explained the importance of such a body.“Its ultimate objective is to provide information provided to an independent body to provide info that society can look at to say this is honest and objective information so rather to start to debate, do I believe them or are they lying or they have a vested interest, we can move the dialogue to say okay is this the best deal for the country is this a good trade-off between extraction of resources and risked repaid in terms of the environment and other social impacts,” he stated.The 17-member group will comprise five Government representatives, five representatives from the industry and seven civil society representatives.Already Larry Carryl, Dr Mellissa Ifill, Gomin Camacho, Mike McCormack, Jocelyn Dow, Paul Atkinson, Curtis Bernard and Sharon Atkinson were identified from civil society.EITI is a global organisation of 51 member countries, which have subscribed to establishing, upholding and promoting the standards and tenets of good governance, transparency and accountability in the management of extractive industries.At its core, the EITI promotes the belief that natural resources belong to the people and are to be extracted and managed on behalf of the people; both for current and future generations. The MSG consists of a tripartite of Government, civil society and industries stakeholders.last_img read more

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Coutinho will not start for Bayern on Saturday – Kovac

first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac (L) has said that new star signing Philippe Coutinho will not start against Schalke on Saturday © AFP / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, Aug 22 – Brazilian star midfielder Philippe Coutinho will not make his first Bundesliga start when Bayern Munich travel to Schalke on Saturday, said coach Niko Kovac Thursday.Coutinho, 27, has been the talk of Germany since joining Bayern on a one-year loan deal from Barcelona earlier this week. Yet at a press conference on Thursday, Kovac confirmed the Brazilian would begin his first game as a Bayern player on the bench.“He is not quite at the level of fitness he needs to play for 90 minutes,” said Kovac.“He has said that himself, and we don’t want to take any risks. He has only been training for the last two weeks, so he needs to catch up,” he added, but confirmed Coutinho would be in the matchday squad.“I know a lot of people want us to play him straight away, but everything has to be right.”Kovac said Bayern’s other new attacking signing, Croatia winger Ivan Perisic, could make the starting eleven against Schalke.“Ivan is much further along, he started training at the same time as we did, and played several games for Inter Milan in pre-season,” he said.Bayern are under pressure to pick up three points against David Wagner’s Schalke side, having been held to a draw in their opening Bundesliga game against Hertha Berlin last week.0Shares0000(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Finn Harps Academy Girls Make History in Antrim

first_imgIn the prestigious Antrim Rovers Summer Football Festival, Finn Harps Girls emerged as Plate winners in a hugely competitive tournament.This is the first time ever that any female time representing Finn Harps has won an inter-club tournament. Congratulations to all the girls at the Academy – they have entered the history books of the club! The tournament took place in the excellent facilities of Allen Park, Antrim. A well organised two-day tournament saw over 100 teams participate with the girls taking centre stage on Sunday.Harps Girls began their day with a cagy 0-0 draw against Larne FC who compete in the Belfast League. Captain Lexi Campbell ably commanded the Harps defence and Kerry McCready made a few great saves to keep the score level. Grace Masterson and Alisha Ferry performed admirably as well.In the next game against another Belfast League club, St. Mary’s FC., Harps, although dominant were defeated with a last-minute goal. This game saw fine performances from Aoife Slevin, Clara McGuinness, Elizabeth McGee and Lauren Ferry.The third and final group game saw Harps face a physically strong Carrick Rangers team. This game saw the excellent Ella McHugh become the first scorer ever for a Harps female team when she found the net midway through the game. Great performances in this game also from Marie Sweeney, Tess McFadden and Ava Boyle. The semi-finals saw Harps face St. Mary’s FC., who had earlier defeated them. However, on this occasion the more determined Finn siders dominated the game with outstanding team performance, culminating in a beautiful team goal finished by the super-sharp Ella McHugh.The final pitted Harps against North Belfast FC. Both teams had chances in the early exchanges with Harps hitting a post and Belfast just shooting over. Harps grew in confidence as the game wore on and after a few great blocks by the Belfast defence speedy Sara Thomas broke through and finished superbly to put Harps a goal up.This was how the game finished much to the delight of those present who had witnessed some great skilful football from the Finn Harps.Captain Lexi Campbell, who was a power of strength throughout the competition and is a great on-the-pitch organiser, was presented with the prize much to the delight of the girls and Coaches Aisling Barron and Micheál Doherty.Finn Harps Academy Girls train on Sundays in the Academy grounds, Crossroads, Killygordon and new members are always welcome. It’s a great way to improve your football skills and to make friends. Contact the club office for further details.Finn Harps Academy Girls Make History in Antrim was last modified: June 19th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Sociology of Science: the IPCC Case

first_imgClimate change is off-topic for evolution news, but what is taking place in this internationally-potent paradigm is instructive.  Its troubles provide fodder for several extra-scientific disciplines: the philosophy of science, the history of science, the rhetoric of science, and the sociology of science.  Lessons from the IPCC case can inform citizens about current scientific practices in general – especially highly politicized sciences like evolution.    What the world is witnessing in the IPCC case is astonishing – perhaps unprecedented.  Within a few months, a solid international consensus has unraveled.  It began days before a huge international conference in Copenhagen that was to impose draconian measures on world governments to curb carbon emissions.  Emails leaked or stolen revealed something rotten at the IPCC, the international clearinghouse for climate science.  Climate skeptics immediately smelled blood; their criticisms went viral on the internet.  It didn’t help that Copenhagen suffered one of its coldest winters as politicians traipsed through the snow and cold to figure out how to fight global warming.  Relevant or not, the irony was not lost on the public.    At first, the response of the scientific community to the Climategate email scandal was to circle the wagons, underestimate the scandal’s impact, and blame the naysayers for their ignorance of the scientific facts.  But then, additional scandals came to light, exposing failures in peer review, lapses in scholarship, and evident conflicts of interest.  The disconnect between Big Science’s overconfidence and public skepticism has been growing steadily to the point where even staunch supporters of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) are calling for deep reforms.  Here are a few recent data points in the ongoing saga.American opinion about global warming is cooling, reported Science Daily.The BBC News, originally in the wagon circle, has lately been more open about reporting breaches of ethics that have eroded public confidence in climate science.The BBC News, at first supportive of the IPCC, reported that the University of East Anglia where the scandal erupted “breached data laws” by withholding data when it was requested by skeptical scientists.  The article acknowledged that the incident caused damage to the public interest.  The university manipulated and suppressed data in a way that was “at odds with acceptable scientific practice.”The journal Nature, originally in a huff over climate skeptics, has started printing some papers that are not as confident about AGW, such as this paper Jan 28 that considered degrees of climate feedback throughout the medieval period.Science Daily reported that stratospheric water vapor turns out to be a “climate wild card,” affecting climate models in unexpected ways.Science Magazine on Jan 29 printed an interview with IPCC head Rajendra Pachauri when calls for his resignation were heating up.  The magazine allowed him free rein to defend himself against allegations, which he did rather brusquely, but the interviewer questions seemed a little worried.On Feb 2, Nature acknowledged that the IPCC has been “flooded with criticism” and took note that some of the criticisms, including data flaws and conflicts of interest, are not easily dismissable.BBC commentator Malini Mehra said that “The Copenhagen Climate Accord was a failure of historic proportions that is hardly worth the paper it is printed on.”  The meetings led to a chaos of competing national self-interests.BBC commentator Roger Harrabin has been growing more vocal about reform.  On Feb 1 he called for embracing uncertainty rather than pretending that the consensus science is settled.  On Feb 3 he discussed problems at the IPCC and entertained reasons why its leader should resign.Richard Black’s commentaries for the BBC News have been evolving.  From initial overconfidence, he has been having to admit the scientific consensus is taking a beating.  He acknowledged on Feb 5 that skepticism is rising in the UK, noting several prominent British commentators speaking out and polls showing public discontent with the IPCC.This week Science Magazine reported on the latest scandal, the misinformation about melting glaciers.  The magazine also printed an Editorial preaching about the need for integrity in science.News outlets that a month ago seemed sold out to the AGW consensus are now showing some courage to give skeptical stories favorable press.  Today, Science Daily printed a story that estimates of melt from Alaskan glaciers were largely overestimated, and another Science Daily article questioned scientists’ knowledge about orbital forcing: “The notion that scientists understand how changes in Earth’s orbit affect climate well enough for estimating long-term natural climate trends that underlie any anthropogenic climate change is challenged by findings just published.”  See also the 12/19/2009 entry about cave proxies.Another day, another embarrassment: PhysOrg reported that the Dutch found an inaccurate statement in the IPCC’s 2007 report, claiming that half of the Netherlands is below sea level.  “No evidence could be found to show the claim had been published in a peer-reviewed journal and reports in Britain have said the reference came from green group the WWF [World Wildlife Federation], who in turn sourced it to the New Scientist magazine.”  Normally, scientific findings flow the other direction.New Scientist, a cheerleader for the IPCC, nevertheless called to “Let the sunshine in” and embrace open debate, including dialogue with bloggers and skeptics.  Notice how the editorial even suggested the possibility a naked emperor on the loose:Some argue that the views of an untutored blogger, or even a scientist from another discipline, should never carry the same weight as those of someone with a lifetime’s expertise in a relevant field.  But if occasionally the emperors of the lab have no clothes, someone has to say so.  The wider review of science made possible by the blogosphere can improve science and foster public confidence in its methods.  Scientists should welcome the outside world in to check them out.  Their science is useless if no one trusts it.AfricaGate: Now another widely-quoted factoid about global warming has come under attack: that North Africa’s crop production would drop by 50% by 2020.  The Times Online reported Feb 7 there was no basis in the IPCC report for such a claim, but it had been quoted by the IPCC chairman and by the UN Secretary-General.  “A leading British government scientist has warned the United Nations’ climate panel to tackle its blunders or lose all credibility,” the article began.These are just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.  Time and space do not allow coverage of the torrent of articles dealing with the question: how reliable is the consensus about global warming?  What does this tell us about scientific practice?  It goes without saying that the skeptics are having a field day: sites like Climate Depot and SEPP are rushing to put out all the hot news with unmasked glee.  But when even the ardent supporters of the consensus are calling for reforms and resignations, and are starting to print scientific papers challenging the consensus, it’s a hint that this is big.  It may just turn out to put the Revolution back in Thomas Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions, the 1962 book that launched whole disciplines devoted to critically analyzing knowledge generation in science.    Creationists and leaders of the intelligent design movement are, for the most part, siding with the skeptics.  Several commentators on the ID blog Uncommon Descent have joined the war dance, especially Barry Arrington and Andrew Sibley.  Moderator and ID leader William Dembski noted that Whistleblower Magazine, a publication of conservative World Net Daily, made the climate scandals a centerpiece of its latest issue, “Hijacking Science.”  The subtitle gives the flavor of the issue: “From ‘global warming’ to biology to psychology to sociology, blatant corruption of science is running rampant.”  At least four of the articles in the issue deal with evolution. This commentary is not taking sides on AGW, since it is off-topic.  But there are important lessons here for all of science.  It goes without saying that scientists are only human, but that’s the problem: scientists are only human.  They have emotions, biases, friends, enemies, likes, dislikes, habits and weaknesses like the rest of humanity.  They are also not omniscient.  We are taught that the methods of science and peer review overcome these limitations, and produce knowledge that is reliable, progressive and relevant to nature as it really is.  Oh?  That is so 1930s.  It may still be taught in middle schools and high schools, but the philosophy of science has been quite literally revolutionized since the 1950s and 60s.  Kuhn’s book in particular launched or re-invigorated several disciplines that began to analyze scientific practice more critically:History of Science changed from describing science’s march of progress to a different realization: that scientific knowledge itself is historical in character – i.e., it changes over time.  Ideas claimed to be scientific facts in one generation can be fundamentally modified or overturned in the next.Sociology of Science: Kuhn’s description of science as a guild locked in a paradigm led to renewed attempts to examine the human element of knowledge generation: the cliques, reinforcements, shared beliefs, taboos and other non-empirical aspects that influence conclusions in scientific institutions.  Some took on the project of analyzing science scientifically, going into labs to describe the way scientists work in the way they would investigate a tribal culture.  Postmodernism overlapped with these efforts.  For sources on the history and sociology of science, see the 12/19/2009 and 04/18/2009 Resources of the Week.Rhetoric of Science sprang up as a discipline after Kuhn to tackle the rhetorical character of scientific claims.  How do scientists frame their theories?  How do they communicate them to the public?  To what extent do analogies, projection themes and shared language modes influence not only what scientists believe, but what direction science should go?  In addition, how is rhetoric employed in scientific controversies?  For sources on rhetoric of science, see the 11/21/2009 and 03/28/2009 Resources of the Week.The current hubbub over climate science could calm down, with the consensus stabilizing itself again, or we could witness its collapse.  If the latter, the public image of science as objective and reliable could be severely damaged.  To be true, the IPCC is a somewhat unique case.  It is a centralized body invested with a special role for a single research domain.  Nevertheless, all the major scientific organizations and nations placed unquestioned trust in its reports, because they assumed its methods guaranteed objectivity.  Look at their initial knee-jerk reaction to skeptics.  It was not just the IPCC, but Nature, Science, PNAS, the media, and a host of non-governmental organization that treated the AGW consensus as truth and the IPCC reports as revelation from heaven (the atmosphere, that is).  Skeptics were treated as outsiders and pariahs.  The resemblance to the Darwin consensus is apt.    Most likely, there will be some bandage reforms to the IPCC peer review process, some individuals will step down, some new regulations will be passed, and journal editors will be a little more careful for awhile.  Then old habits will return.  Remember the Hwang scandal?  Remember the calls for major reforms in peer review? (02/05/2006)  Like last New Year’s resolutions, much of that soul-searching has been forgotten.  Scientists, after all, are only human.    Those watching this climate scandal perceptively should be alert to the degree to which non-empirical forces shape widely held beliefs in scientific institutions.  The institutions of science must be distinguished from the ideals of science.  As with labor unions, the ideals of protecting worker’s rights often get lost in the politics, corruption and self-interest of the party leadership.  Don’t think for a minute that just because Big Science owns the institutions and journals and political power when they trumpet allegiance to Darwin and hatred of intelligent design, they have an inside track on knowledge.  It’s no coincidence that the same liberal, progressive mentality that dominates Big Labor also dominates Big Science.  The Law of Nature most apropos to climate science, UN science and origins science comes from Political Science: Power Corrupts.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Robert Whittaker out of fight against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 234

first_imgMOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:25Villar on rant vs DA budget: It’s not against research02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES It marks the second time Whittaker has been forced to withdraw from a scheduled title fight in Australia. Injuries kept him from fighting Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 in Perth last year.Earlier this week, White had said the winners of the Whittaker-Gastelum and Adesanya-Silva fights would meet later this year. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this June 10, 2018, file photo, Robert Whittaker reacts after his middleweight mixed martial arts title bout against Yoel Romero at UFC 225 in Chicago. Whittaker defends his UFC middleweight title against Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jim Young, File)MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker withdrew from his championship defense against Kelvin Gastelum on Sunday at UFC 234 because of an abdominal injury and subsequent emergency surgery.UFC president Dana White says the 29-year-old Whittaker, who has a record of 20-4, became ill Saturday night and complained of pain in his abdomen before being diagnosed at a hospital with a hernia.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town In a later statement, UFC said Whittaker had undergone emergency surgery due to a “severe abdominal injury.”The highly anticipated No. 1 contender match between rising New Zealand star Israel Adesanya (15-0) and Brazilian veteran Anderson Silva (34-8) will now serve as the main event on the Rod Laver Arena card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesElevated on the card was the lightweight bout between American Lando Vannata and Brazilian Marcos Mariano.Tickets for the 15,000-seat arena sold out in eight minutes. UFC has offered full refunds due to the cancellation of the main bout. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Celtics’ Kyrie Irving sprains knee, leaves game vs Clippers View commentslast_img read more

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8 days agoEngland performance just the start for Chelsea whizkid Hudson-Odoi

first_imgEngland performance just the start for Chelsea whizkid Hudson-Odoiby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi promises that he can show much more quality in the coming weeks and months.Fans were delighted with his performance for the England under-21s in their 5-1 win against Austria.He scored a great brace and was a threat throughout the game.And the youngster thinks that he is just getting up to speed after fully recovering from the Achilles injury he suffered in April.”I thought to myself as soon as I come back that I just need to get up to speed and get my fitness back,” he told reporters.”I think once that happens gradually my dribbling and everything will come back to what it was.”Now I am feeling a bit more confident to get on the ball and do my stuff. As the games go on I will get fitter, get more opportunities to dribble at players and I already feel better now.”I definitely think I can improve. I am not a perfect player. No one is a perfect player, I think that every day when I go onto a pitch I want to try my best, work hard and keep improving. I say to myself, keep going, keep working hard and hopefully more opportunities will come.”I wouldn’t say it is my pre-season, I think it is back to normal. I think when I was training it was like my pre-season getting back to fitness.”Now, I am back in the mix, training and playing. Now everything is back to normal so I need to keep working hard and hopefully get fitter.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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3 notes from Urban Meyers Monday press conference

Redshirt senior wide receiver Corey Smith (84) goes up for a catch against Indiana on Oct. 3 in Bloomington, Indiana. OSU won 34-27. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOn Monday following Ohio State’s 34-27 win in Bloomington, Indiana, OSU coach Urban Meyer addressed the media to discuss thoughts about the Indiana game and where his team stands heading into its Week 6 matchup against Maryland.Here are three topics that were covered by the coach.InjuriesDuring the second half against Indiana, redshirt wide receiver Corey Smith was carted off the field with a leg injury suffered when a pile of players rolled up on him.It was alluded to after the game that the Akron native was out for the year. On Monday, Meyer confirmed it.“My heart bleeds for that guy, and so do the rest of our team,” Meyer said.Smith had 20 catches for 255 yards in 2014 and this year had five grabs for 62 yards. He also played a key role on the coverage side of special teams due to his downfield speed.Meyer said Smith suffered a “similar injury to Noah Brown,” who was lost for the season with a broken leg during practice before OSU’s first game.However, Meyer said it is a possibility that Smith’s time in college might not be up as a medical redshirt is a possibility to bring him back for a sixth year.“From what I understand there’s a chance we can get one more year back,” Meyer said. “We’re going to see what happens.”Meyer also said that sophomore H-back Curtis Samuel, who did not have any touches in Saturday’s game, was limited in practice all week with back spasms but is doing better, and redshirt freshman wide receiver Parris Campbell should return to action against Maryland after missing two games with a leg injury.Areas of focusWhile OSU topped the Hoosiers to stay undefeated and top-ranked in the nation, Meyer said there are two ongoing areas of concern that plague the team: red-zone offense and turnovers.Meyer called them “two areas of strength in the past” that “are not strengths right now.”The Buckeyes had three turnovers against Indiana — two fumbles lost by redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall and an interception by redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones.The Buckeyes have committed 13 turnovers so far this year: seven interceptions and six lost fumbles. Their minus-four turnover margin is 101st in the country.OSU’s red-zone scoring rate of 75 percent ranks 108th in the nation. In 16 trips to the red zone, the Buckeyes have scored six touchdowns, hit six field goals and have come up empty four times. None of the six touchdowns were of the passing variety.Meyer said a discussion has happened about using a two-quarterback system with redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett stepping in for Jones inside the 20-yard line, but no decision has been made.Assessing BraxtonRedshirt senior Braxton Miller did not factor in much on Saturday’s box score, but Meyer felt happy enough with the H-back’s performance to designate him a “champion” from the game.Miller had one run for 14 yards, and caught the first pass of the game for a large loss of nine yards. He was also flagged for a chop block that took away a touchdown.“He deserves touches,” Meyer said. “He’s an electric player with the ball in his hand. We just have not got him loose the last couple of games.”Meyer praised Miller’s perimeter blocking against Indiana, and pointed out that while Miller graded out as a champion on Saturday, he did not in the opener at Virginia Tech despite producing 140 yards of offense and two touchdowns. read more

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FIFA sets up new regional development office for the Caribbean

first_imgAs part of its commitment to drive global football development and further strengthen and enhance ties with confederations and member associations, FIFA has announced the official opening of a new Regional Development Office today in the Caribbean to help support football development activities across the region, according to the organisation’s website.Speaking at today’s opening ceremony, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said:IranFan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.“In line with FIFA 2.0 and FIFA’s overall vision to promote and grow the game, the opening of a new regional office for FIFA in the Caribbean is an important and exciting milestone that not only further connects FIFA with member associations but will also provide hands-on local support and assistance to benefit grassroots football.“Through our flagship development programme, FIFA Forward, FIFA is continuing to provide tailored support to confederations and member associations and making a real impact in driving football development around the world. The opening of a new office in the Caribbean is another important milestone for FIFA and will ensure that FIFA’s development work continues to make a real and lasting impact in developing football and inspiring a new generation of players throughout the region.”last_img read more

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Mbappes swift rise is comparable to Messis – Chadli

first_imgKylian Mbappe’s sudden rise in the football world is comparable only to that of Lionel Messi’s, says Nacer ChadliThe Paris Saint-Germain forward’s incredible progress at the World Cup this summer has caught the eye of many observers with Mbappe having suddenly become a global icon following his stunning performances for France.At 19 years old, Mbappe has become the youngest Frenchman to score at a World Cup game and also recently became the first teenager to score twice in the tournament since the legendary Pele for Brazil in the 1958 World Cup final against Sweden.Chadli, who scored a vital winner for Belgium in their 3-2 win over Japan in the last 16, is under illusions over how difficult it will be for the side ahead of their semi-final clash against France and Mbappe.Revealed: Florentino Perez’s plan to sign Kylian Mbappe Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 According to a report from ‘El Chiringuito’, Florentino Perez revealed his plans to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG next season.We all knew this was…“What Mbappe is doing at his age, I have never seen before,” said the 28-year-old, according to ESPN.“Except, perhaps, Messi.“Mbappe is hard to stop — he is fast, has plenty of quality, and he is very technical.”Mbappe has scored a total of three goals in his five appearances for France at the World Cup.last_img read more

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San Diego mayor announces budget revisions addition 67 million in spending

first_img May 14, 2019 Posted: May 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced the addition of $6.7 million in spending today to his revised fiscal year 2020 budget proposal.The blueprint calls for the city to spend roughly $2.4 million to enforce its new dockless electric scooter regulations and complete transit infrastructure projects that are consistent with its goal to eliminate fatal traffic accidents by 2025.The budget also calls for spending nearly $2 million on brush management and more than $500,000 to hire three positions to assist with homeless programs and one coordinator for LGBTQ issues.Faulconer, in a separate action, plans to redirect $9.3 million allocated for the failed Plaza de Panama project to various projects around Balboa Park. The city and the project committee nixed their public-private agreement last month due to higher-than-expected construction bids. The project= would have cleared cars from Balboa Park’s central mesa.“We’re making strategic additions that focus on improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods, from planting more trees to removing graffiti to bolstering public safety,” the mayor said. “We’re also going to make sure that dollars set aside years ago for Balboa Park will stay in the park and go toward the many worthy projects there.”The city would use roughly $4.9 million in general fund surplus, $2.4 million in revenue from its regulation of dockless electric scooter companies and $1 million in expected revenue gained by cuts from various departments to fund the budget additions. However, the city will lose out on an estimated $1.6 million from last month’s canceled sale of the Skateworld roller skating rink,bringing the funding to $6.7 million.City Councilman Chris Cate joined Faulconer to announce the revisions and discuss his own proposed program in the revised budget to help the city’s police officers buy homes in San Diego and, as a consequence, help recruit and retain more police officers, according to Cate. The pilot program is slated to receive roughly $250,000 in city funding.“Less than 30 percent of police officers live within city limits,” Cate said. “Over the past year, I have worked to better understand police officers’ housing needs and to create a partnership with nonprofits and financial institutions that establishes a framework for this program.”The City Council’s Budget Review Committee will meet Friday for the its final scheduled meeting of the year to wrap up discussions of the proposed budget, which must be adopted by June 15. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter San Diego mayor announces budget revisions, addition $6.7 million in spendinglast_img read more

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