Jersey fails in bid to join UEFA

first_imgThe Channel island of Jersey failed in its bid to join UEFA on Monday when its application was rejected by the annual Congress of European football’s governing body.Jersey FA president Phil Austin told the Congress that football on the island of about 100,000 people was in danger of declining without international competition but members rejected the application after being told it would violate UEFA statutes.There was confusion as only 50 votes were counted from UEFA’s 55 member associations. Forty-nine delegates raised symbolic red cards when asked to vote on Jersey’s application, one abstained and there were none in favour.“We are ready to modernise to change football but we are not above our own statutes, this is a big change,” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said.Jersey, a 45-square-mile (117 square kilometres) island off the coast of Normandy in France, is a British Crown Dependency which sits outside the United Kingdom and the European Union.Members were told that Article 5 of the UEFA statutes limits membership to FAs which are based in a country “recognised as an independent state by the majority of members of the United Nations”.Austin argued that Jersey has its own government and parliament, makes its own laws and sets its own taxes.“Jersey competes internationally in a number of other sports on a regular basis,” he said. “Why should football take a different view?”Austin said Jersey had lost opponents over the last few years, including Faroe Islands and Gibraltar who have become UEFA members.“We’ve reached a critical stage in the progress of our game where without regular international competition, football will decline…indeed it’s started to happen.”Austin told Reuters he was disappointed but not surprised.“The fact that it wasn’t unanimous was positive…certainly, three or four associations told us they were going to vote for us,” he said.“We have got to find a way of taking it forward. We understand Greenland are thinking of applying, so I think there will be others.”last_img read more

Let opinions flourish

first_imgHeeding the UN call for this year to be observed as the “International Year for People of African Descent”, in Jan 2011, the then PPPC government launched what promised to be a year-long series of events. From the reaction of some domestic African groups to the Government’s programme, however, it signalled it was going to be a year-long war of sniping and attrition. These groups, which surprisingly included the erstwhile “multiracial” opposition Peoples National Congress”, accused the Government of excluding them from the planning process. The painstakingly detailed riposte of the Minister of Culture – under whose bailiwick the commemoration falls — was of no avail. The groups boycotted the successful launch, which was, ironically, dominated by very credible African-Guyanese persons.Now, in and of itself, there was not much untoward in that reaction. Even though the Minister was able to identify a host of individuals and groups from the African community that were integrally involved in the planning process, if the complaining organisations felt they were sidelined, it was their right – and indeed their duty — to highlight their opinions. What we found troubling was the approach they took to those African organisations and individuals that did participate and confirmed that the planning process was broad-based. They were branded as somehow less authentically “African,” and in the end, betraying “the side”. Seven years later, with the “slipper on the other foot”, these groups are now sidelined.This proclivity to force individuals into a “group think” mentality, which is also behind the Chronicle’s firings, is one of the major obstacles towards the development of a democratic culture in our country. And it must be resisted. The essence of democracy is that the individual must be permitted, nay encouraged, in placing his/her opinion in the public realm for the consideration of others. And those “others” in the public realm must give such opinions the respect that it deserves: there is, after all, the inalienable presumption of equality. The premise that some “know better” than others, and by which premise they arrogate the right to belittle and excoriate opposing views, is the sure sign of an anti-democratic mindset.But the danger goes deeper. In his classic “On Liberty”, John Stuart Mills wrote: “Society can, and does, execute its own mandates: and if it issues wrong mandates instead of right, or any mandates at all in things with which it ought not to meddle, it practises a social tyranny more formidable than many kinds of political oppression, since, though not usually upheld by such extreme penalties, it leaves fewer means of escape, penetrating much more deeply into the details of life, and enslaving the soul itself.Protection, therefore, against the tyranny of the magistrate is not enough; there needs to be protection also against the tyranny of the prevailing opinion and feeling; against the tendency of society to impose, by means other than civil penalties, its own ideas and practices as rules of conduct on those who dissent from them.”It is purely a matter of contingency that we are born into the social group in which we have found ourselves. This is not to deny that the social conditions determined by that contingency have to a great extent shaped our identity, and indeed much of our circumstance. In fact, the declaration of the “International Year for People of African Descent” was in acknowledgement of that truth. But the declaration in based on the belief that such circumstances are not immutable; they can be transcended, and individuals must be left free to navigate their own way.In the end, we are all part of one humanity. Those that practise the “social tyranny” of labels, insults and ostracism to bludgeon into conformity those that refuse to define their identity only by opposition to others in the society are ghettoising their group. In the multiracial, multicultural, multireligious community that was created by imperial happenstance, we cannot continue in perpetuity not to reach across our now self-imposed barriers.last_img read more

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Kanye West, Amy Winehouse, Foo Fighters among the leaders in Grammy nominations

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsOther best new artist nominees were Feist, Paramour, Taylor Swift and Ledesi. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kanye West, Amy Winehouse, Foo Fighters among the leaders in Grammy nominations Kanye West, Amy Winehouse and the Foo Fighters were among the leading Grammy contenders announced Thursday. West received a leading eight nominations. Winehouse received six, including for best new artist, record and song of the year for her hit “Rehab,” and album of the year for “Back to Black.” Best album nominees included the Foo Fighters, West and Herbie Hancock. last_img read more

Scottish FA to probe ‘contemptible behaviour’ after cup final

first_imgScottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan says a full investigation will be carried out with Police Scotland in the wake of “contemptible behaviour” after the Scottish Cup final.After the final whistle was blown, thousands of Hibernian supporters invaded the pitch with Rangers officials claiming several players and staff were attacked following Hibs’ 3-2 victory.Speaking to the media after the match, Regan said the Scottish Football Association was “appalled by the scenes of disorder and the contemptible behaviour” and that a full probe would carried out along with Police Scotland.He added: “The Scottish FA is appalled by the scenes of disorder on the field immediately after full-time and at the contemptible behaviour that ensued. What should have been an historic, memorable Scottish Cup final will now, sadly, be remembered for all the wrong reasons. “There can be no place for the violent behaviour witnessed at the end of the final and Rangers fully expect the Scottish Football Association and Police Scotland to launch an investigation to find out where security measures failed and why.“The club would like to commend Rangers fans for the restraint they showed under severe provocation.”Police: Officers formed a line across the pitch. SNSPolice Scotland said the scenes on the pitch were “inexcusable.”Chief superintendent Kenny MacDonald confirmed they will work with the Scottish FA and added: “Following today’s Scottish Cup Final at Hampden, a significant number of fans ran onto the pitch following the final whistle.“Officers, including the Force’s mounted branch, responded and brought the matter under control as quickly as possible. We understand that feelings run high at these events and fans want to celebrate their team’s win, however the reckless behaviour of fans entering the pitch is totally unacceptable and inexcusable. This created a significant safety issue.“This action led to an outbreak of disorder between rival fans on the pitch. A dedicated investigation team is being set up to identify those who have carried out these acts of disorder and violence.” “Police Scotland and the stadium management initiated a Crisis Liaison Group as soon as the disorder began and we thank them for containing the situation as quickly as possible.“The Scottish FA, along with Police Scotland and the stadium management have initiated a full investigation into the scenes that unfolded to understand how such a volume of supporters were able to enter the field.”A Rangers statement read: “Rangers Football Club is shocked at the disgraceful behaviour of Hibs fans at full time.“Rangers players and staff were assaulted by these fans, who invaded the pitch and in the interests of their safety could not return to the pitch for their medal presentation.last_img read more

Graeme Murty: Nothing will compare to managing Rangers

first_imgInterim boss Graeme Murty believes it will be nigh-on impossible to replicate the feeling of managing Rangers elsewhere.The former Scotland international has been warming the Ibrox hotseat on a temporary basis since Pedro Caixinha’s sacking from the role five weeks ago.With the Rangers hierarchy confirming the club is making progress in their search for a permanent successor to the Portuguese coach, Sunday’s trip to Pittodrie could be Murty’s last match in charge of the Light Blues.Asked if his second stint in charge of Rangers had reaffirmed his management ambitions, Murty said it would be very difficult to match the emotion of leading the club. He said: “It’s a marvellous honour to be sitting here talking to the media and being at the forefront of what this football club are trying to do because when you see what this club is all about, it really is a fantastic environment.“As to management, I don’t know where I could go that gives me the same feeling that this place does but that is something I will have to take away and have a look at and consider alongside my family.“Since I’ve come to this place I’ve been fascinated and a little awestruck at the size and scale of the operation, the depth of feeling that it engenders in the support and the players, it’s a very special club.“Nothing could compare to this place, it is singular and out their on its own.” After last Friday’s setback in Dundee, Murty rejigged his side’s formation and starting line-up against Aberdeen, employing Carlos Pena and Ross McCrorie at opposing ends of a midfield diamond.Murty praised the duo’s displays as Rangers won 3-0.“We changed the shape slightly, it gave Carlos (Pena) the freedom to get into the box and, lo and behold, he did what he does which is get in the box and score goals,” he said.“Him coming in and scoring, I’m not sure what more a manager can ask of a player coming back into the team. “I asked him to play as a number ten, a very nuanced position, and he went and did that, showing some wonderful touches.“Carlos has had to adapt to an awful lot. He’s come across the continent to a new environment, new playing styles and refereeing standards and now he has had to adapt to a new manager and style of play.”He added: “Ross is a young man with lots to learn but he can take his attributes and play lots of positions – at centre half, both sides full back and at holding midfielder. “He’s good enough to cope in new situations.“He’s been working close to Bruno (Alves), Danny (Wilson) and Fabio (Cardoso). He sees high-level operators and these habits rub off. He’s still a young man and it’s our job to maximise his potential.”last_img read more

Tiger Woods confirms entry for The Open at Carnoustie

first_imgTiger Woods will bid to win his fourth Claret Jug at the 147th Open at Carnoustie.The American golf star has confirmed plans to enter The Open for the 20th time when the competition takes place from July 15-22 at the Angus links course.Woods has held aloft the Claret Jug on three occasions, having won the trophy at St Andrews in 2000 and 2005 and at Royal Liverpool in 2006.The 42-year-old has been absent from The Open since missing the cut in 2015, however, and only recently returned to tour action after a significant layoff due to a back injury. He finished three under at the Masters last month and has now declared plans to take in another major at Carnoustie, having last appeared in Angus in 2007.last_img

Sligo-Leitrim Junior Soccer Fixtures January 6-15

first_img08/01/17Aughanagh CelticvManor Rangers 8/01/17Dromore VillavBenbulben FC 15/01/17Ballygawley CelticvCarrick Town FC Ray Mac Sharry Complex,Fixtures Sunday 8th January KO 11amThe Great Southern Hotel Sligo 15/01/17Calry BohsvManor Rangers 08/01/17Calry BohsvSt. John’s FC 8/01/17Coolaney UnitedvGurteen Celtic FAI Junior Cup KO 2pm Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One 8/01/17Real TubbervChaffpool United 15/01/17Benbulben FCvCoolaney United Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One Fixtures Sunday 15th January KO 11amThe Great Southern Hotel Sligo Sligo Leitrim DSLvDonegal League 15/01/17Glenview StarsvStrand Celtic FC Sligo Leitrim District Soccer LeagueFixture Friday 6th January KO 7.30pmOscar Traynor 15/01/17Real TubbervDromore Villacenter_img 8/01/17Carrick Town FCvMCR FC 15/01/17Ballymote CelticvSt. John’s FC 15/01/17Gurteen CelticvChaffpool United 15/01/17Aughanagh CelticvYeats United 08/01/17Carbury FCvStrand Celtic FC Sligo Pallets Premier League. 08/01/17Yeats UnitedvGlenview Stars 15/01/17MCR FCvMerville United 15/01/17Cliffoney CelticvArrow Harps 8/01/17Arrow HarpsvBallygawley Celtic 8/01/17Cliffoney CelticvMerville United 08/01/17Boyle CelticvBallymote Celtic Sligo Pallets Premier League. 15/01/17Ballisodare UnitedvCarbury FC 15/01/17Ballina Town FCvBoyle Celticlast_img read more

Feisty and fiery Wayne Ferreira

first_imgSouth African tennis player Wayne Ferreira had a 6-7 career head-to-head record against the player that he and many others, before the emergence of Roger Federer, regarded as the greatest of them all, Pete Sampras, the winner of a record 14 Grand Slam titles. He also ended his career having played in a record 56 Grand Slam tournaments in succession.His record against Sampras was a good indication of Ferreira’s ability. It also says a little about the frustrations he suffered from time to time in his career through injury and inconsistency that Sampras won 64 singles and two doubles titles, while Ferreira secured 15 singles crowns and 11 doubles wins.One thing that Wayne Ferreira showed, though, was a stronger mental attitude than many people have given him credit for. A veteran of the ATP Tour, he made his debut in 1989. Way back then players such as Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker ruled the roost, and John McEnroe was still a factor. Long after those players retired, Ferreira was still around, eventually retiring in 2005.First titleHis first title came in doubles in 1990 when he teamed with Piet Norval to win a low-key event in Durban. The previous year Ferreira had been the world’s top ranked junior doubles player. At the end of the year he and Stefan Kruger defeated Paul Haahuis and Mark Koevermans to add another victory in Adelaide. Playing with Norval again, he recorded a big win in Key Biscayne, seeing off the highly ranked Ken Flach and Robert Seguso to lift his third doubles crown.Ferreira first made a big splash in June 1992 when he won the biggest grass court tournament in the run up to Wimbledon, taking the title at the Queen’s Club in London, and losing only one set on his way to the title. He obviously enjoyed the winning experience because just two months later he added a second title to his list of achievements, capturing the ATP Tour event in Schenectady, New York. He also enjoyed success in doubles, winning with Jim Grabb in Auckland and then claiming Olympic silver with Piet Norval in Barcelona.In 1993 Ferreira didn’t win a tournament, but he was reasonably consistent and made two finals, losing to 1992 world number one Jim Courier in the final of the Masters Series event in Indianapolis and going down to 1991 Wimbledon champion and grass court star Michael Stich in the final of the Queen’s event. He did, at least, record another doubles success, teaming with Stich to win in Los Angeles.Rediscovered his winning touchFerreira rediscovered the winning touch in a big way in 1994. In March he claimed victory in Hawaii, beating Richey Reneberg for the title. Later in the year he became one of the hottest players on the circuit. In August he won the ATP event in Indianapolis and then followed that up with another title in early September in Bordeaux. Later that month Ferreira added a fourth title in Basel and just two weeks later, in early October, he defeated Amos Mansdorf in Tel Aviv to finish with five tournament victories for the year. However, his biggest win probably came on 16 December when he married Liesl.In May 1995 Ferreira reached his highest ever world ranking, rising to number six. His year’s results included four tournament wins. In February he won in Dubai, dropping just one set on his way to the title. Then, in May, he recorded a big victory in Munich, beating home favourite Michael Stich 7-5, 7-6 to seal an excellent clay court win. He also made it a double success by claiming the doubles title with Yevgeny Kafelnikov. In October he won events in successive weeks, defeating Malivai Washington in the title decider in Ostrava and then edging world number two, Pete Sampras, 7-6, 5-7, 6-3 for victory in Lyon.Early in 1996 Ferreira disposed of Marcelo Rios in the final of the ATP event in Scottsdale to add another title to his name. In the Olympics, in Atlanta, he made it through to the quarterfinals and gave Andre Agassi, who went on to win the title, a very tough time before the American won 7-5, 4-6, 7-5. Shortly after the Olympics, Ferreira registered a huge win, capturing the Super Nine tournament – today known as the Masters Series – in Toronto.Titles dried upSuddenly, though, the titles dried up. In 1997 Ferreira couldn’t put himself in a position to win a title when he failed to reach the finals of any event. He made the semi finals in Gstaad and Indianapolis, but that was as good as it got. The following year he again fell short in the semi finals of tournaments, losing in the final four in Dubai, London, Washington and Lyon.However, Ferreira did taste victory in doubles as he and Yevgeny Kafelnikov won in Antwerp. In 1999 he managed to make it through to the final of the International Gold Series event in Tokyo, but Nicolas Kiefer stopped him in two tight sets. He and Byron Black did, however, team up to capture another doubles crown in Los Angeles to help him remember what tournament success was about.To some people it appeared that Ferreira was over the hill, a spent force. 2000 did, however, start off very well for the South African as he teamed with Amanda Coetzer to win the Hopman Cup, an event featuring the top male and female player from the top tennis playing countries around the world. Showing improved form he made the semi finals in San Jose and Toronto and the quarterfinals in Memphis, Miami, Nottingham, Los Angeles and Indianapolis.Masters victoryIt was solid stuff, but he certainly stunned the tennis world when, in late October, he won the Masters Series event in Stuttgart, defeating world number seven Thomas Enqvist and world number 14 Mark Philippoussis on his way to the title decider, where he sneaked by future world number one Lleyton Hewitt. In an epic battle Ferreira triumphed 7-6, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 to prove that his career was far from over. He and Kafelnikov also notched up a big win in the Masters Series in Monte Carlo, seeing off Paul Haarhuis and Sandon Stolle 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 to lift the title.While he failed to repeat his singles success of 2000, he enjoyed his best results yet in doubles in 2001, winning Masters Series events in Indian Wells and Rome in March and May respectively.The final ATP singles title of his career came in 2003 in Los Angeles when he ousted top-seed Lleyton Hewitt in the championship decider 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 to take the honours.Ferreira was, at times, accused of not always trying his hardest to win. However, his lengthy career at the top, playing through injuries and pain that hampered him, dispel this accusation. He was accused of being moody, but that is really an on-court reflection of his desire to win. Off the court he is an absolute delight, relaxed, charming and willing to give of his time.Davis Cup competitionHe was an excellent patriot, representing South Africa in both the Davis Cup and the Hopman Cup. For over 10 years he was the country’s number-one ranked player and he became the first South African in history to rank in the world’s top 10 in consecutive years when he managed the feat in 1995 and 1996.By the end of his career, Ferreira has won just short of $10-million on the court. Considering how much prize money has risen in recent years, and that he began his professional career in 1989, that figure reflects just how successful he was. He had, by the time he retired, proved himself one of the finest players in South Africa’s history.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA women leaders unite for change

first_imgFormer deputy president of the country Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was one of the speakers at the event. (Image: Nosimilo Ramela)Female leaders in business and politics came together at the inaugural Women’s Legacy Dialogue on 13 August 2010 to discuss ways in which South African women can bring about meaningful change in the country.The event, held at the Sandton Sun Hotel in Johannesburg, took place in the context of Women’s Month.Celebrated every year in August, Women’s Month pays tribute to the more than 20 000 South African women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 to protest against unjust pass laws, which enforced racial segregation.Nowadays that date is a public holiday in South Africa and proclaimed “Women’s Day”.Finding solutionsThe main aim of the dialogue – organised by Finlay Events and Promotions and sponsored by Vodacom and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) – was to initiate discussion around the challenges facing South African women and the country in general, and help find possible solutions.An estimated 250 women leaders attended the gathering, which included high-profile speakers such as former deputy president of the country Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, deputy CEO of the JSE Nicky Newton-King and CEO of Airports Company South Africa Monhla Hlahla.After the various speakers made their presentations, there was a panel discussion followed by a group session during which attendees debated the role of women in education; job empowerment and creation; and reducing violence. Each group then had to present three suggestions on how these can be addressed.The points were documented and delegates voted on the most viable contributions, which will be submitted to the government.One of the brains behind the legacy dialogue, well-known business woman Wendy Luhabe, said: “We want women to recognise that a few women can change some things, but if we all get involved, we can change everything.”Bringing about changeInvesting time and money in education was highlighted as one of the ways of bringing about change.“There is no tool more effective for change than educating girls,” Motshekga said.She added that research has shown that 98% of young South Africans between the ages of seven and 15 are at school, but expressed concern over the 2% shortfall. “One child out of school is one too many, we need to find these 200 000 children who are unaccounted for.”The minister said youth literacy in South Africa was at 90%, which is above the average for developing countries. The adult literacy rate has reached 77%, which is in line with developing countries’ average.“South Africa is committed to transforming gender relations and to women’s empowerment,” she said. The country has a progressive Constitution that guarantees the right to education.“The legacy we need to take from Women’s Day and Women’s Month is to recognise the best in us, and recognise good leaders, as good leadership is very important. We need to learn to take action and not let anything go wrong without us questioning it.” Motshekga said.Lessons from the 2010 Fifa World CupTurning to South Africa’s recent hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Phuti Malabie, managing director of Shanduka Energy, encouraged attendees to use the legacy and momentum created by the tournament to make a difference.“We should adopt the ’Fifa model’ which insured delivery through working together.” She said this approach could be particularly useful in helping the nation to focus on a set cause, like eradicating hunger.Mlambo-Ngcuka shared her sentiments: “We should have a shared vision. At times we have too many priorities and we struggle to find or do one thing.”The former deputy president said the World Cup helped the country come together and “served as example that we have the capacity to do great things”.“These are the lessons and legacy we should carry forward with us – we must be the change we want to see.”She added that although South Africans are afraid of making mistakes as they cost the poor dearly, “fear of failure cannot be the reason we are afraid to try”.In closing, Newton-King emphasised the importance of expert planning and organising in bringing about change. She also encouraged the country to work together to achieve more.“We should bottle the spirit of the World Cup and use it to achieve the common goals identified today,” she said.last_img read more