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Numennie Williams is Dead

first_imgMr. Numennie Williams, the former President of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) is dead.Mr. Williams died on Sunday, March 20, after an extended period of kidney failure. He has just returned from Accra, Ghana where he sought advance medical treatment.The former SWAL president, dubbed Papie, was very innovative, hardworking and instrumental in the promotion and development of SWAL including capacity building of sports journalists.He was the first SWAL president to launch the “SWAL Website,” and over eight sports journalists were able to benefit from an elite international football reporting training sponsored by the world football governing body, FIFA.The training was held in Nigeria and Senegal respectively and the facilitators were veteran English sports journalists.Mr. Williams also served as Communication Officer of 1st division LISCR FC. He recently served as Chairman of the SWAL’s election commission, where Roland Mulbah was reelected. He is married with three children.He was a full member of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL).Funeral arrangements would be announced later.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2016 Bundaberg Cup Registrations Open!

first_imgFollowing the success of the inaugural Bundaberg Cup in 2015, teams from around the country are getting ready to nominate for the richest Touch Football knockout in Australia, the 2016 Bundaberg Cup. With $20,000 up for grabs across men’s, women’s, mixed and junior divisions the message is to get in early to secure your team’s spot and be in the running for the largest prizemoney purse and prizes on offer.Entries for the 2016 Bundaberg Cup are now open with a new event website launched to encourage early registrations and promotion of accommodation and travel options for participants – click here.Queensland Touch Football CEO, Jamie O’Connor said: “The revamped Bundaberg Cup website makes it easier for participants to register and provides comprehensive information regarding customised accommodation, travel and tourism offers for Bundaberg Cup participants, courtesy of our great partners Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism (BNBT) and Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ).“Touch Football Australia and Queensland Touch Football (QTF) have worked closely with BNBT, TEQ and other partners to make it more affordable and easier for players to get to Bundaberg; and enabling more time to enjoy the many local attractions that this great region has to offer,” he said.“In addition to the significant prizemoney on offer, the Bundaberg Cup provides another significant regional opportunity to boost the profile and leverage the sport and to increase tourism and participation numbers tokey destinations, such as Bundaberg.“With the recent changes to our (QTF) event calendar and advent of accommodation and travel options we are expecting team and visitation numbers to increase significantly in 2016,” O’Connor added.The General Manager of Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism, Katherine Mergard, anticipates strong visitation numbers through the period highlighting some of the many off-field activities visitors can enjoy while in town.“The Bundaberg Region is looking forward to welcoming players and families to town for the Bundaberg Cup in November this year. The Mon Repos Ranger guided Turtle Encounter tours kick-off on Saturday, 12 November, watermelons are coming into season and the Southern Great Barrier Reef is serving up snorkelling and diving experiences just off our shores, so we invite teams to stay a little longer and explore!” she said.Former NRL, Queensland Maroons, Kangaroos and now Touch Football star and event ambassador, Scott Prince joins the many returning players to Bundaberg competing in the 2016 instalment.“I’m really excited to be returning to Bundaberg to not only take part in the Bundaberg Cup but also to re-visit what the Bundaberg and North Burnett Region has to offer,” he said.“It’s a great time of year as the turtles are coming to shore to lay their eggs; a moment the family and I would love to see,” Prince said.“The prize money on offer (at the event) is outstanding which should see a good mix of the best-of the best along with social players of all ages and abilities, in town.“I am very hopeful that our team can go back-to-back,” Prince added.Teams from Sydney travelled north for the inaugural Bundaberg Cup in 2015, with organisers confident of increased participation from International, intra (Queensland) and interstate teams in 2016.Teams will compete for prizemoney in a carnival atmosphere at the Greg Duncan Fields, Bundaberg on 19-20 November (Saturday and Sunday).The Bundaberg Cup is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with the Bundaberg Regional Council, Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism and promoted as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland event calendar.To register your team and take advantage of the many accommodation and travel offers, head to the Bundaberg Cup website today.Related Files160812_2016_bundaberg_cup_media_release_v1-0-pdf160812_2016_bundaberg_cup_poster-pdfRelated Links2016 Bundaberg Cuplast_img read more

Video: LSU Football Responds To Florida’s “DBU” Claim, Releases “LSU is DBU” Video

first_imgLSU Tigers huddle before gameBATON ROUGE, LA – OCTOBER 13: LSU Tigers huddles up before a game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Over the last week or so, Florida and LSU’s football programs have been arguing on social media over which program is the rightful “D.B.U” – the true home of elite defensive backs. The Gators released a “D.B.U” hype video and players from the two programs spatted on Twitter. The Tigers have responded with a video of their own. Check out this “LSU is DBU” video released by LSU’s video production team this afternoon. It’s pretty great. LSU is DBU from LSU Football on Vimeo.last_img read more

Cabreras Millions And Baseballs Billions

I was surprised by my colleague Neil Paine’s analysis of Miguel Cabrera’s record-breaking new contract extension. I thought the Detroit Tigers would come out looking much worse.According to Neil’s estimate, which used projections from Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA system, Cabrera’s market value for the next 10 years is roughly $275 million. That’s not as much as the $292 million that the Tigers will be paying him, but the difference is modest.Neil’s valuation assumed that teams are willing to pay about $6.5 million per additional win in the free-agent market, based on research from Dave Cameron and Lewie Pollis. These estimates come from comparing the salaries given to free agents against their expected on-field production. (Neil further assumed that the market price of a win will increase by 5 percent per year.)In other words, Cabrera isn’t that vastly overpaid as compared to recent free agents. If Mike Napoli is making $16 million per year, then Cabrera’s $29 million per year doesn’t look so bad.But Cabrera’s market value is not the same as Cabrera’s economic value to the Tigers. It could be that free agents as a group are vastly overpaid, relative to the revenue they bring to their teams.In the 2006 book “Baseball Between the Numbers,” I estimated the marginal value of a win to a baseball team, based on how responsive different categories of revenue (such as ticket sales and TV deals) are to a team’s quality. I estimated that an additional game won added only about $1.2 million to a team’s bottom line, after subtracting revenue-sharing payments. (This assumes that the value of a win is constant from team to team, which it isn’t, but we’ll leave that aside for now.)That estimate is now eight years old. Total gross revenue accruing to the 30 Major League Baseball clubs has increased since then; it was $7.1 billion in 2013, according to Forbes, as compared to $4.7 billion in 2005.If the marginal economic value of a win has increased proportionately, a win would now be worth about $1.8 million. That’s still far less than the $6.5 million that teams are willing to pay for a win. Are baseball owners being irrational?Perhaps, but their motivation to own a baseball team may not be based solely in profits and losses. They may just be having fun. (I can think of a lot of worse ways to splurge.)And they may know that if they choose to sell their teams, they can do so — probably at a significant profit. The market value of an MLB franchise has increased by more than 600 percent since 1990, according to valuations from Financial World and Forbes magazine (see Rodney Fort’s website for the data). By comparison, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose by about 450 percent between March 27, 1990, and March 27, 2014. (Framed in terms of compound annual growth rates, baseball teams have increased in value by 8.5 percent per year since 1990, as compared with 7.3 percent for the stock market.)Not only have baseball franchises outperformed the stock market, but the patterns in their growth rates have been quite different. The stock market rose dramatically in the 1990s, but has teetered back and forth since then. By contrast, the rise in MLB franchise values has been much steadier.What accounts for this?Here’s a theory. The average baseball franchise is now worth $817 million, according to Forbes. Loosely speaking, you need to be a billionaire to afford one. And there are a lot more billionaires than there used to be.Forbes estimates that there are 492 billionaires in the United States, as compared to 99 in 1990. The increase in the number of billionaires, like the increase in baseball franchise values, has been relatively steady. (The number of American billionaires fell after the financial crisis of 2007-09 but has risen to a new high since then.)In a sense, the Tigers may be betting less on Cabrera’s performance and more on economic and regulatory conditions. If the number of billionaires continues to rise, Tigers owner Mike Ilitch (worth $3.6 billion) should find plenty of buyers should he sell the team down the line. Cabrera’s presence might make the Tigers a more attractive purchase — or if not, the liability might be modest as compared with the Tigers’ resale price. But if the rise of the billionaire reverses, Cabrera’s contract might come to look like the peak of a bubble. read more

Matteo Guendouzi Joining Arsenal was a very simple decision

first_imgNew Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi turned down interest from some of the “biggest clubs in Europe” to seal a move to the Gunners this summerThe 19-year-old was made one of Unai Emery’s first signings at the Emirates in a £7m deal from Ligue 2 side Lorient.Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund had been reportedly linked with moves for Guendouzi before he completed his move to Arsenal.But the Frenchman insists that going to North London was a “simple decision” for him to make after a chat with former Gunners striker and compatriot Jeremie Aliadiere.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s true there were a lot of clubs interested in me — I had talks with some of the biggest clubs in Europe. But as soon as I heard from Arsenal, the decision was very simple and I’m very happy to be here,” said Guendouzi, according to the Evening Standard.“I did speak to Jeremie about Arsenal and he said it’s a place where I can progress and learn a great deal from the staff here. He always spoke very positively and that made me feel very confident in the choice that I’d made.“It’s the club of my heart. There have been a lot of French players here and Thierry Henry is a symbol in France after his long career here. I used to watch Arsenal games with my father and it has a special place in my heart.”Guendouzi started in midfield for Arsenal in his first Premier League appearance on Sunday, which ended in a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.last_img read more

Guardiola doesnt know if Brahim Diaz will stay at City

first_imgThe Spain U21 international is running out of contract with the Citizens and might move back to La Liga soonSpanish midfielder Brahim Diaz is not very happy at Manchester City in the English Premier League.He’s not a first-team regular and the Spain U21 international is running out of contract, with his contract expiring in the summer.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I don’t have any new information on that,” said manager Pep Guardiola according to Sky Sports.“I know they are in conversation but I don’t have any new information about the situation. Today he trained with us.”“I was clear last week when I spoke about it. We do everything to keep them (the young players) but they decide,” he concluded on the topic.last_img read more

FBIs Urgent Request Reboot Your Router To Stop RussiaLinked Malware

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recommends any owner of small office and home office routers power cycle (reboot) the devices. When restarted, compromised routers will attempt to contact the Russian-backed web domain — now controlled by the FBI — which previously would have downloaded a malicious payload to reinfect the router. Now, those attempts will be redirected to the FBI-controlled server, which will help identify infected devices. The F.B.I. has several recommendations for any owner of a small office or home office router. The simplest thing to do is reboot the device, which will temporarily disrupt the malware if it is present. Users are also advised to upgrade the device’s firmware and to select a new secure password. If any remote-management settings are in place, the F.B.I. suggests disabling them. A full list of compromised routers can be found here.center_img The malware is able to perform multiple functions, including possible information collection, device exploitation, and blocking network traffic. According to a release from the FBI, foreign cyber actors have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and other networked devices worldwide.last_img read more

Baltimore Blight by the Numbers

first_imgBy J. K. Schmid, AFRO Baltimore StaffJust prior to the partial federal government shutdown, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) returned its few revisions to Baltimore’s plans and reporting for the city’s most devastated residences.The Housing Authority of Baltimore City’s finalized Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) will be published early in 2019.The initial draft closed to public comment in late November and was delivered to HUD December 20 and returned to the city on December 21.Blighted homes like this one in the 3000 block of Edmondson Ave. in West Baltimore are ubiquitous in many neighborhoods, but the city continues decades-long efforts to change that reality. (Photo credit: J.K. Schmid)The report, spanning from July 2017 to June 2018 (Baltimore’s fiscal year), coincides with “the greatest refurbishment of the existing affordable housing inventory in the history of the city,” the report says.Simultaneous with the maintenance, repair and rescue of deteriorating housing, is Baltimore’s ambition to demolish 4,000 buildings as part of the city’s Blight Elimination and Stabilization plan.Here, the city is apparently falling behind.“Under the current Con Plan only 1,433 structures have been demolished, slightly more than half of the three year goal,” the report reads.The 2017-2018 year has beaten the average. Baltimore completed demolition of 509 of the 651-building goal.When a demolition is completed, the city replaces the structure with green space.The CAPER attributes the slow progress in part to an inability of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) funded nonprofits to secure capital; a problem the report describes as “ongoing.”Baltimore Blight: Is this your house? 2100 block of Mulberry Avenue. (Photo credit: J.K. Schmid)“While some providers, particularly those carrying out major rehabs of existing housing, have thrived, others have moved at a glacial pace because they could not attract capital,” the report reads.The Housing Authority generally refers to CDBG as “one of Baltimore Housing’s greatest success stories,” as it allows local jurisdictions to allocate federal funds to the nonprofits and public services of their choosing.The city expects three new grant programs to begin delivering grants and funding loans in 2019: The Community Catalyst Grants Program (CCG), The Neighborhood Impact Investment Fund, and The Affordable Housing Trust Fund.According to the Housing Authority, CCG expects to generate, “$3 million in capital funds and $2 million in operating funds to neighborhood-based development organizations to advance neighborhood revitalization projects.”Baltimore will seed the impact fund with 50 million city dollars, with the hope that the fund will be maintained in the future by private investment.The Affordable Housing Trust, effective with a charter amendment approved by Baltimore voters in 2016, will begin providing $20 million annually to create affordable housing for families earning less than 50 percent of the area median income.The Housing Authority still aims to add 10,000 families to Baltimore City, its website says.last_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg Says He Has No Plans to Resign as Facebook Chairman

first_imgMark Zuckerberg says he’s not going anywhere.In an interview with CNN that aired Tuesday evening, the embattled Facebook chief, when asked if he would step aside as chairman, replied, “That’s not the plan.”Critics of the social giant have stepped up calls for Zuckerberg to resign following an explosive report by the New York Times last week. The 5,300-word piece detailed Facebook’s response to scandals over misuse of its platform and data-privacy gaffes, including that it withheld knowledge of Russia’s weaponizing the platform to spread propaganda and that Facebook hired a D.C.-area political consulting firm to push negative coverage of competitors and critics.Of course, only Zuckerberg can fire Zuckerberg. The 34-year-old tech mogul controls approximately 60% of the voting shares in the social-media giant. Corporate-governance experts say Facebook’s structure giving full power to one individual, which is uncommon, disenfranchises investors and prevents accountability to senior management. In the CNN interview, Zuckerberg also voiced support for COO Sheryl Sandberg, who also has been implicated as a key figure in Facebook’s response (and lack of response) to the scandals. He made similar comments in a Nov. 15 call with reporters.“Sheryl is a really important part of this company and is leading a lot of the efforts to address a lot of the biggest issues that we have,” Zuckerberg said in the interview. “She’s been an important partner for me for 10 years [and] I hope that we work together for decades more to come.”Zuckerberg denied that Facebook failed to disclose what it knew about Russia’s coordinated attack leading up to the 2016 U.S. election, which was one of the allegations in the NYT report. In the CNN interview, he said, “it is not clear to me at all that the [Times] report is right.” The New York Times has said it stands by its reporting.Separately Tuesday, Facebook’s longtime VP of communications and public policy, Elliot Schrage, took the blame for hiring Definers Public Affairs, according to an internal memo obtained by TechCrunch. Among other activities, Definers launched a campaign linking anti-Facebook advocacy group Freedom From Facebook to liberal billionaire George Soros, a tactic often used by anti-Semitic groups.Both Zuckerberg and Sandberg have denied having any knowledge about Facebook’s hiring Definers before the Times’ publication of the report. Schrage’s taking the fall for the Definers controversy is convenient: He’s already announced that he will leave Facebook, in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data-privacy scandal. The company has recruited former U.K. deputy prime minister Nick Clegg as Schrage’s replacement.“Responsibility for these decisions rests with leadership of the Communications team. That’s me. Mark and Sheryl relied on me to manage this without controversy,” Schrage wrote in the memo. “I knew and approved of the decision to hire Definers and similar firms… I’m sorry I let you all down.” In the memo, Schrage acknowledged that he directed third-party firms to instigate critical media coverage about critics and competitors — admitted that he told Definers to publicize Soros’ backing of the Freedom From Facebook coalition. But he insisted that he didn’t instruct Definers to publish false stories through affiliated news site NTK Network.“In January 2018, investor and philanthropist George Soros attacked Facebook in a speech at Davos, calling us a ‘menace to society,’” Schrage said in the memo. Definers researched the Freedom from Facebook coalition and “learned that George Soros was funding several of the coalition members. They prepared documents and distributed these to the press to show that this was not simply a spontaneous grassroots movement.”Sandberg commented on Schrage’s memo, per TechCrunch, saying in part that “it was never anyone’s intention to play into an anti-Semitic narrative against Mr. Soros or anyone else. Being Jewish is a core part of who I am and our company stands firmly against hate. The idea that our work has been interpreted as anti-Semitic is abhorrent to me — and deeply personal.”On Tuesday, Freedom From Facebook said it bought a week-long ad campaign on Facebook — targeted exclusively to Facebook employees — to encourage whistle-blowers to come forward and share info of the company’s cover-ups or misdeeds. (Facebook’s PR department didn’t respond to an inquiry about the ad.) Freedom From Facebook has set up a website (at this link) for employees to submit information confidentially, as well as an encrypted email address and secure document-sharing account.In a statement, Freedom From Facebook said it launched the campaign in the wake of a Wall Street Journal report that Zuckerberg earlier this year told employees the company is “at war” — under attack from lawmakers, investors and users — and said Facebook would not hesitate to fire staff who speak to the media.Facebook’s nine-member board has voiced support for the two top execs. Members of the board include Zuckerberg and Sandberg themselves, as well as Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and tech billionaire Peter Thiel. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “As Mark and Sheryl made clear to Congress, the company was too slow to spot Russian interference, and too slow to take action,” Facebook’s board of directors said in the statement last week. “As a board we did indeed push them to move faster. But to suggest that they knew about Russian interference and either tried to ignore it or prevent investigations into what had happened is grossly unfair.”last_img read more