Football Federation Australia unhappy at FIFA-backed report

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The current FFA congress is seen as one of the smallest in world football and lacking significant female representation.The CRWG report, which was completed to meet FIFA’s Tuesday deadline, has not been publicly released and its recommendations can only be revealed at FIFA’s discretion. FIFA commissioned the report to pressure the FFA to comply with statutes around the structure of national governing bodies after trying for several years to force change.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’FIFA is reported to be ready to approve the report’s recommendations and to demand they be adopted at an FFA special general meeting on Sept. 7. But that seems unlikely after FFA chairman Steven Lowy released a statement on Tuesday expressing opposition to aspects of the report.“There are many elements of the report which are positive steps and wholly supported by the FFA board,” Lowy said. “However, there are also some crucial aspects of the report which the FFA board does not believe are in the best interests of the game and are inconsistent with its guiding principles.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ SYDNEY — Football Federation Australia appears on course for a confrontation with FIFA after rejecting “some crucial aspects” of a review backed by the world body into the structure of football’s governing congress in the country.The congress review working group (CRWG) has made recommendations to FIFA for the expansion of the Australia congress after seven weeks of consultation with key stakeholders in Australian football.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Director plans Tokyo 2020 ceremonies ‘rich in Japanese spirit’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ The FFA is thought to have enough support from state federations to vote down the changes. If the CRWG proposals are not passed, FIFA has the power to dismiss the FFA board and replace it with a committee which would run football in Australia.The FFA’s objection is reportedly to the balance of votes which would exist on an enlarged congress. The CRWG recommendations would see considerably more voting power handed to owners of teams in Australia’s professional A-League.State federations, who are supported by the FFA, fear that structure would diminish the power of grassroots or non-professional football. At the same time, the FFA’s recommendations for reform have been rejected by FIFA.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Old foes Shevchenko, Jedrzejczyk meet for UFC flyweight belt

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mongolian sumo wrestler retires over assault To get it, Shevchenko (15-3) still has to get through Jedrzejczyk (15-2), the former strawweight champion moving up to claim a second title.Shevchenko realizes the difficulty of her task, but she can also see her ultimate goal is just five rounds away.“No one else can pretend to be the best here, because this is my weight,” Shevchenko said. “This is my division. This is my place.”Shevchenko has been looking for her place all her life.Born to a Ukrainian family in Kyrgyzstan three years before the Soviet Union broke up, Shevchenko has been traveling the world on a martial arts quest for over a decade with her sister, Antonina, who is also a fighter. The sisters and longtime coach Pavel Fedotov settled in Peru a decade ago, but Shevchenko still trains in gyms all over the world, working to hone her technique. For this fight, she worked in Thailand and Las Vegas before heading to Canada.ADVERTISEMENT PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Shevchenko and Jedrzejczyk even trained in the same gym in Thailand for two months earlier in their careers.“We never were enemies,” Shevchenko said. “When we were competing, we didn’t talk to each other too much, but it was nothing personal where you hate somebody. Of course, when we were in different weight classes, we were speaking a little bit more.”They haven’t fought since Shevchenko decided to stop cutting weight to the 55-kilogram limit for muay Thai after 2008. When the UFC began to add women’s divisions six years ago, Jedrzejczyk chose 115 pounds and Shevchenko chose 135 because they were the closest to their desired weights.The UFC opened a 125-pound women’s division last year, but curiously decided to crown its champion from a season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” its long-running reality competition TV show.Nicco Montano won the show and the belt, but nearly everyone in MMA thought the division was Shevchenko’s for the taking. Shevchenko’s only two losses in the past eight years were narrow decisions against bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, and the 125-pound weight limit suited her much better.“I think the 125 division will be the most interesting to watch and the most active,” Shevchenko said. “It will be exactly where all the action will be going. We just have to start this action.”Shevchenko was scheduled to fight Montano for the title in September, but Montano was stripped of the belt and hospitalized after a failed weight cut. Nunes also ended up in a hospital right before a scheduled bout with Shevchenko last year, frustrating the challenger.“I am looking forward to fighting someone who is really a professional,” Shevchenko said. “I’m tired of these fighters who aren’t professional, who can’t cut weight or who are causing all this trouble. I would like to have more really responsible fighters inside of the organization.”Jedrzejczyk had weight cut issues at 115 pounds, but they’re unlikely to bother her at 125. Shevchenko says her own cut is simple: “Just don’t eat for one day.”Meanwhile, Jedrzejczyk needed a new goal after losing her 115-pound title last year to Rose Namajunas, who also beat her in an April rematch. Although Jedrzejczyk still insists she’ll go back down to reclaim her strawweight title at some point, she decided to move up 10 pounds to take on Shevchenko for another belt. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Even without the fighters’ backstory and the belt at stake, the fight is a compelling contrast between two elites with markedly differing styles.Jedrzejczyk is a furious, high-volume striker with a persistent jab and an eagerness to pressure every opponent. Shevchenko is a determined, accurate counterpuncher — and her power could be a problem for Jedrzejczyk, who has taken significant damage in recent fights.“I think it will be a very good striking fight,” Shevchenko said with a grin. “Oh, a lot of hits.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Valentina Shevchenko, left, UFC women’s flyweight fighter and Joanna Jedrzejczyk UFC women’s strawweight fighter face off at a news conference in Toronto on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)LOS ANGELES — Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk were teenagers when they first fought at the muay Thai world championships in 2006.They met again in 2007 and 2008. Shevchenko won every time.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES A decade later, the fighters are meeting once again Saturday night, this time under the bigger, brighter spotlight of mixed martial arts at UFC 231.Shevchenko won’t go into this high-profile flyweight title fight with any false confidence, not after everything Jedrzejczyk has accomplished since their first bouts. Yet Shevchenko still thinks those long-ago results will make a difference in the octagon in Toronto.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“She can say that it’s not affecting her, but yes, it’s affecting her,” Shevchenko said. “Fighters can say whatever, but what they’re feeling inside, it’s totally different. It’s affecting everyone, for sure. Of course it was years ago. Of course she changed and improved as a fighter, same as me. All experience will help, and each experience I got from that fight will help me in this fight.”The rekindling of this long-standing rivalry could be exactly what the UFC needs in the women’s flyweight division, which has been in upheaval pretty much ever since it opened last year. Shevchenko is eager to establish order among the world’s best 125-pounders while earning the UFC belt that has long eluded her. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

DC RCMP searching for suspicious male

first_imgIf anyone has information on this occurrence or on the suspicious male, please contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. The Dawson Creek RCMP is currently seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspicious male.On Monday May 30, at approximately 1:40 p.m. a 15 year-old female was walking on 107th Ave through Kin Park, heading towards 110th Ave. While walking, the female noticed an unknown male leaning against a tree with his hands in his pants, touching himself inappropriately.- Advertisement -Upon noticing the female, the unknown male waved at her, motioning her to come over to him. Upon refusing his request, the male took a few steps closer to the teenager, where she once again refused his request and continued to walk away from the situation. The man refused to take the hint, as he continually motioned for her to come over to him.The teenage female proceeded to walk to 110th Ave and 9th St, where her mother was waiting in her vehicle. When she looked back to where the male was originally standing, she noticed the suspicious male starring back at her as he made his way through Kin Park.The male then proceeded to cross the park bridge on foot towards 107th Ave and was witnessed entering into a two door car, possibly a Pontiac, tan or green in color, with unknown Alberta license plates. The suspect’s vehicle headed North down 111th Ave, driving through red lights on 110th Ave and 8th St.The suspect is described as being a tanned male, approximately 5’10” in height, short hair or bald and clean shaven. Witnesses say he was wearing baggy track pants with white stripes down the side, a beige/brown t-shirt and was wearing a ball cap.Advertisementlast_img read more

Middlesbrough youngster Wyke heads back to Hartlepool

first_imgMiddlesbrough striker Charlie Wyke has rejoined Hartlepool United on a one-month loan deal.The 21-year-old made 26 appearances for the Pools on loan during the 2012/13 season, scoring twice.Wyke, who also spent time at AFC Wimbledon last term, is still waiting for his Middlesbrough debut and has been allowed to leave again to secure first-team football.And Hartlepool, without a point in their opening three League Two fixtures, have jumped at the chance to sign the powerful forward, who is in line to make his second debut for them against Wimbledon at the weekend. 1 Victoria Park last_img read more

Tottenham target Saido Berahino chased ‘by 15 clubs’, claims West Brom boss Tony Pulis

first_img West Brom starlet Saido Berahino Tottenham could face a fight to land top target Saido Berahino before the end of the transfer window, with West Brom manager Tony Pulis claiming 15 clubs are chasing the 22-year-old.Spurs have already had a bid for the England Under-21 international turned down this summer, though the north London side are reportedly hoping a second offer of around £22milllion could convince the Baggies to sell their prize asset.Berahino was missing from West Brom squad to face Chelsea on Sunday, leading to rumours that his move to White Hart Lane had been completed.And Pulis while admitted the starlet was not in the right frame of mind to play after the speculation, he also added that Tottenham are not the only side who have registered an interest.The Baggies boss didn’t take kindly to questions about Berahino’s future following their narrow 3-2 defeat at the Hawthorns, telling the post-match press conference: “Everybody here today should be talking about the game and this wouldn’t be an issue.“Why are we talking about Saido today? We’re talking about Saido because of the transfer window. It can be disruptive and has been.“He is fine, there are no problems but it’s the transfer window which causes the problems. He needs to be protected, there’s loads of stuff going on in his mind, no just one club but 15 clubs. No-one should have this problem.” 1last_img read more


first_imgLaurenA student from Tory Island has scooped a first in Ireland.Lauren Ní Bhaoill, who is a final-year student at Colaiste Phobaiol Cholmcille has won first place in the Juventes Translatores translation competition run by the European Commission.The Juvenes Translatores (Latin for ‘young translators’) contest has been organised every year since 2007 by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation. Its aim is to promote language learning in schools and give young people a taste of what it is like to be a translator.It is open to 17-year old secondary school pupils (for those born in 1998, for this year’s contest) and takes place at the same time in all selected schools across the EU, including in its outermost regions.The contest has inspired and encouraged some of the participants to pursue their languages at university level and to become translators.Eleven schools in Ireland took part in the competition where students, who are seventeen years old, translate a piece of writing from one European language to another. Lauren chose to translate the article about a person doing voluntary work in Sierra Leone, from English to her native Irish, and a result of her efforts she has won a trip to Brussels for herself and a parent.A prize will be presented to all 28 European winners at a ceremony in Brussels in April. And Karen Ní Dhuibhir, another leaving cert student, came second in the competition.It seems that the Tory islanders have excellent translating abilities because eight years ago another student from the College won the same competition.TORY ISLAND STUDENT WINS FIRST IN IRELAND was last modified: February 5th, 2016 by StephenShare 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

Charlton confirm takeover talks with investor

first_imgCharlton have confirmed they are in talks with an investor about taking over the club.The League One side said they expect a takeover of the club to be completed by a select group of investors linked to The Australian Football Consortium. A statement on the club’s website said: “The group has a significant interest in the long-term prosperity of the club and is committed to seeing the deal go ahead.“Understandably, negotiations of this scale take time due to the enormous amount of due diligence that goes on behind the scenes, the need to satisfy the regulatory complexities of a football takeover and the challenges of assembling an ownership group.“The current ownership would like to assure the club’s supporters that the running of the club will remain its priority throughout this process.“The club’s management team are focused on the club’s operations, and Lee Bowyer and his staff are continuing their preparations for the upcoming season.”The south east London club are currently owned by Belgian businessman Roland Duchatelet, who took over the Addicks in January 2014.The Australian Football Consortium, which was founded in 2016, said on their website: “Our goal is quite simple: To rebuild the club that we acquire and over time, attempt to elevate it to the Premier League.”The last time Charlton were in the Premier League was for the 2006/07 season, where they were relegated with 34 points. Charlton finished sixth in League One in the 2017/18 season center_img 1last_img read more

Tottenham boss issues stark warning to wantaway stars: ‘You’re free to leave’

first_img 2 Dembele, Alderweireld and Rose were all linked with leaving Tottenham – but stayed and are expected to play big roles for the club this season And Pochettino has made it clear he will not beg any of his players to stay, insisted they have plenty of talented youngsters in their academy to fill any wantaway star’s place.“I am not a person who is going to convince players to stay or not stay,” said Pochettino on Friday ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash against Watford.“If they want to leave, they want to leave. The players who don’t want to stay can leave. I’m not going to convince people to stay who don’t want to.“It’s not a problem if we lose one or two or three. Because we have plenty of players in the academy, no problem.“I am more than happy to keep all the players and I am more than happy if they leave, and we play with the under-23s. It’s not a problem, I promise you. Not a problem for me.” Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino has issued his squad with a blunt warning: ‘The players who don’t want to stay can leave”.A number of Spurs players were linked with leaving the club this summer, but most ended up staying in north London.center_img 2 Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose were the two most strongly connected to moves away, with Manchester United big fans of the Belgium centre-back and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly interested in a loan deal for the Englishman.However, both stayed and both started for Spurs as they put Manchester United to the sword in a 3-0 victory at Old Trafford last week.Midfielder Mousa Dembele, who is in the final year of his contract, was also claimed to be on his way out, but remains in the Tottenham squad – he played the full 90 minutes against United.With the summer transfer window now well and truly closed, that trio – as well as any other player looking to leave, like striker Vincent Janssen, who hasn’t even been issued with a squad number as he recovers from foot surgery, winger Georges-Kévin N’Koudou and frontman Fernando Llorente – will have to wait until at least January if they want their move.last_img read more


first_imgThousands of people are expected to turn out at protests across the county today to voice their opposition to the latest taxes, levies and austerity cuts.The protest will include campaigners from Can’t Pay Won’t Pay, Donegal Action for Cancer Care, Forum for Change, the JML Diesel protest, the Abolish VRT Campaign, and Joe Murphy who has organised protests around the county recently.The group are calling for the public to mobilise and show their disapproval of these new measures by attending any of the protests being held in their area. Protests are scheduled to take place at 3pm in Letterkenny, Buncrana, Raphoe, Convoy, Castlefin, Gleneely and Ramelton to name a few.The protests are taking place ahead of larger protests in the future, and the groups insist that the public have to make the most of this opportunity to make their voices heard collectively.“One thing that we as a people and a county cannot afford to do any longer is to sit idly by, while the government takes our hard-earned money to pay the debts of a reckless banking system.“There are other ways, and one of the key messages the group wants to get out is the disproportionality of these cuts. The rich keep getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer. “The government is relying on our apathy to get these budgetary measures in place. The message from our group is clear – enough is enough,” said Ryan Stewart, one of the organisers of the events.Joseph Murphy added, “We are taking action now ahead of further protests, and the support from the public so far has been tremendous, but we must keep the pressure on.“Our group is expanding all the time, and we would welcome any other interest groups, and indeed any members of the public who would like to participate more actively in what we are doing to make contact with us. In numbers, we have strength, and we want to keep building on this strength.”You can follow the group on facebook by clicking on this link: THOUSANDS EXPECTED FOR DAY OF PROTESTS ACROSS DONEGAL TODAY was last modified: January 8th, 2012 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Abolish VRT CampaignausterityCan’t Pay Won’t Payprotestslast_img read more


first_imgA Church of Ireland Minister has demanded the public flogging of the gang who terrorised tragic burglary victim Suzy Arthur.Rev David CrookesMs Arthur, 89, died in hospital on Thursday night, weeks after she was thrown to the ground during a raid on her Raphoe home.Suzy suffered a broken hip and never managed to make it back home after being hospitalised. Now Rev David Crookes, who will officiate at Suzy’s funeral tomorrow, has demanded the gang who carried out the attack are punished.He told Donegal Daily: “Suzy was a complete lady and the people who did this are simply evil.“They should be whipped and publicly flogged when they are caught.“I have no hesitation in saying that because people simply cannot be allowed to get away with this. “They are evil and they need to be made pay for what they did. Perhaps that will make them stop and think about doing something like this again.“If I had my way these type of people would be jailed, woken at 6am, given a cold shower, fed cold porridge and made to do hard labour all day.”Suzy will be buried tomorrow following funeral service in Taughboyne Parish Church.Among those who will attend the funeral will be her devoted sister Isa, 91, who was with Suzy in their home at Feddyglass, Raphoe when they were attacked by a gang at 5pm on July 1st last.The gang, who drove a northern-registered Ford Focus, called to the women’s home on the pretense of offering a painting service. Instead the gang attacked the ladies and threw Suzy to the ground breaking her hip.The gang immediately cut off the phonewires disabling Isa’s emergency phone pendant.Isa was found in a distressed state wandering the road outside her home by a motorist coming home from work.Rev Crookes said he will prefer to remember Ms Arthur for the full life she lived and not to dwell on the gang who “murdered her.” “Make no mistake, whoever did this to Suzy murdered her.“They came into her hoe and attacked her. If she had not been attacked by these cowards, she would still be enjoying her life with her sister Isa.“I will not be wasting the spiritual time of the mass by wasting it on these cowards. Instead I will be remembering the wonderful person that Suzy was,” he said.CHURCH MINISTER CALLS FOR PUBLIC WHIPPING OF MAN WHO ATTACKED TRAGIC SUZY was last modified: October 13th, 2013 by StephenShare 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)Tags:burglaryfloggingISA ARTHURRev David CrookesSuzy Arthurwhippinglast_img read more