By Peter StevensonTHE Cyprus Football Association (CFA) and the Cyprus Turkish Football Association (CTFA) signed a landmark agreement in Zurich on Tuesday, paving the way for the reunification of football on the island after almost 60 years.“A major milestone in the history of Cypriot football was reached today, November 5, 2013, with the signing of a provisional arrangement for the organisation of football in Cyprus at the Home of FIFA in Zurich,” a FIFA statement said.The document was signed by CFA chairman Costakis Koutsokoumnis and the CFTA chairman Hasan Sertoglu in the presence of FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini.However, reports later on in the day suggested the ‘milestone’ is more of a transient rainbow as it immediately came under fire from one of the cosignatories.According to the Istanbul correspondent of state broadcaster CyBC, as soon as the agreement was signed, Sertoglu stressed that this was simply a draft agreement, which needed certain amendments, and was not the final deal. The CTFA chairman reportedly said he would not take the agreement as is to his general assembly for approval.Under the arrangement the CTFA will become a member of the CFA as an association in accordance with CFA statutes and regulations. The CFA will continue being a member of FIFA and UEFA. It will also remain the governing body responsible for organising, servicing and administering football in Cyprus as well as any international football activities in the country. Both parties agreed on the setting up of a steering committee to work towards implementing the agreement.“The agreement, which is based on the FIFA and UEFA statutes and only concerns football-related matters, aims to unify and facilitate the progress of football within the football communities in the island of Cyprus through a relationship of trust, mutual respect and goodwill,” the statement added.Blatter, one of the most powerful figures in world football, said: “Both the Cyprus Football Association and the Cyprus Turkish Football Association are today providing the whole world with an excellent example of how football can build bridges and bring people together after a long period of conflict.”Platini welcomed the courage and the determination of the two sides to reach agreement on the matter, while President Nicos Anastasiades expressed his “deep satisfaction” with the provisional arrangement, which, he said, has his full support.He described the step as a “positive and encouraging development” and hoped that implementation of the agreement would “gradually lead to the integration of football in Cyprus”.Koutsokoumnis said the signing marked a historic day for Cypriot football and the people of Cyprus.He was accompanied by CFA board members Giorgos Koumas, Andreas Santis and Nicos Nicolaou. Accompanying Sertoglu were CTFA members Orcun Kamali, Hasan Balman and advisor Jerome Champagne.The agreement will must be approved by both associations’ general assemblies before it can be implemented. It is considered only temporary until a solution to the wider political problem on the island is found.Under the terms of the agreement, the CTFA will apply to be a member of the CFA, essentially inducting all the Turkish Cypriot clubs.The CFA will then recognise the CTFA as one of its associate members, giving it the duty of handling matters regarding Turkish Cypriot clubs and the right to organise a championship with its members.Once the CTFA is inducted into the CFA, it will be able to have representatives present at board meetings. A steering committee will be formed to work towards implementing the agreement, made up of four Greek Cypriots and four Turkish Cypriots.The agreement will also oblige Turkish Cypriot teams to adhere to FIFA regulations regarding transfers. They will be able take part in CFA competitions and the UEFA Regions Cup. Turkish Cypriot coaches will also be able to obtain UEFA coaching licences through the CFA.The arrangement can be terminated at any time by either side, annulling any of the terms of the agreement.Turkish Cypriot teams withdrew from the CFA in 1955, following the beginning of the armed EOKA struggle for union with Greece.The last match to take place was between Larnaca side Pezoporikos and Cetinkaya in the semi-final of the Cyprus Cup.
Arsenal will play London rivals Chelsea in the FA Cup final on May 27 after beating Manchester City 2-1 following extra time in the semi-final at Wembley on Sunday.Arsenal had to come from behind after Sergio Aguero scored his 30th goal of the season for City in the 62nd minute, racing away on to a pass from Yaya Toure.Spanish international Nacho Monreal equalised nine minutes later, from a cross by Arsenal’s other wing back Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.In the 11th minute of extra time, just after Aguero was taken off, Alexis Sanchez scored the winner.The result gave manager Arsene Wenger, an FA Cup winner six times, a welcome boost in a season that many supporters would like to be his last at the club.Arsenal seem likely to miss out on a top-four finish in the Premier League for the first time in 21 seasons under Wenger but winning a third FA Cup in four years could well persuade him to defy his critics and sign a new contract.Pep Guardiola’s record of having won at least one trophy in every one of his seasons as a manager is almost certain to be ended.City trail league leaders Chelsea by 11 points with six games to play going into another big game on Thursday against neighbours and rivals Manchester United, who are fifth, one point behind them.In his 50th City game, Guardiola picked an unchanged side for the first time and they were the more threatening in a dull first half despite having to replace the injured David Silva with Raheem Sterling.Shortly before the interval they were unluckily denied a goal when an assistant referee ruled — incorrectly it appeared — that Leroy Sane’s cross had drifted out of play before Aguero and then Sterling both put the ball past Petr Cech.In a much livelier second half Toure robbed Aaron Ramsey and sent Aguero away from the halfway line to dink the ball past Cech for a 12th goal in as many games.The equaliser arrived from a less regular scorer. It was Monreal’s first goal for two years.Toure’s volley and Fernandinho’s header both hit the frame of the goal in the space of four minutes but early in extra time a weary Aguero went off and within two minutes Sanchez scored from close range after Danny Welbeck missed his kick.
Van Gaal was in charge of the Red Devils when they beat Crystal Palace in the last season’s FA Cup final, also at Wembley, but was sacked just days later after the English giants could only manage fifth place in the league.Mourinho also had a word for seven players that were not selected in the squad for Sunday’s clash, telling BT Sport: “I want to dedicate this to eight people; for the seven people who were not selected – Ashley Young, Phil Jones, all of them – and also to Louis van Gaal.“He won the FA Cup. Without him, we wouldn’t be here now celebrating.”Although pleased that United won their first piece of silverware of the campaign, the Portuguese coach was far from happy with their performance.Mourinho insisted that there is still hard work to come ahead of their Premier League opener against Bournemouth on August 14.“I think it’s an important victory but we have lots of work [to do]. I would not be ambitious if I said we had a fantastic performance, because it was not a fantastic performance,” he declared.“It was a possible performance for the moment of the season, some of these guys who played today had only one week of training.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s players celebrate with the Community Shield after beating Leicester 2-1 at Wembley Stadium.LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 8 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has dedicated his side’s Community Shield success to their former boss, Louis van Gaal.The FA Cup winners beat Premier League champions Leicester City 2-1 in the traditional season curtain-raiser at Wembley on Sunday thanks to solo effort from Jesse Lingard and a late header by new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
0Shares0000Chemelil Sugar FC head coach Francis Baraza was named the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Moth for August.PHOTO/SJAKKISUMU, Kenya, Sep 6 – Chemelil Sugar head coach Francis Baraza has been named the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month for August after racking up a run of four consecutive victories last month.After a slow start to the campaign, Chemelil took maximum points from every league game last month to see them finish the month fourth on 36 points. “I want to thank God for everything that happened in the month of August. It was my birthday month and the team management has given us big support as well as the players, who without them i would have not won the award,” Baraza, who turned 40-years last month, said after receiving the award at the team’s training base in Chemelil Complex.“All the matches were difficult and i had confident we will win. I want to do even better. I’ve seen all the coaches who have won this award before have gone ahead and done poorly but i will try my best to do even better,” the former Sony Sugar and Western Stima head coach asserted.Hard-fought 1-0 victories against Nairobi City Stars, Muhoroni Youth, GOtv Shield champions Bandari and Sony Sugar ensured the coach record a perfect outing, the only coach in the Kenyan Premier League that month to collect all the 12 points available on offer.Chemelil Sugar head coach Francis Baraza receiving the trophy from sponsor Fidelity Insurance Branch manager Western region Shilpa Thakrar (right) and Chemelil Sugar FC CEO John Bosco Magara (right).PHOTO/SJAKIt’s from that result that the Sugar Millers moved to challenge for next year’s KPL Top 8 slot but Baraza has downplayed the that will see them feature to the annual tournament that they last competed in 2015.“The league is very tight, and I’ve analysed our matches and I take every match as a final and I play with my plans, I have forgotten the past matches and I’m now concentrating on Gor. When I came here I said I want to finish on a better position so let’s finish our matches and see where we will be on the log,” Baraza stated.Chemelil face defending champions Gor Mahia in their next match this weekend and Baraza has vowed to pile more pressure on the beleaguered K’Ogalo head coach Ze Maria.“We take every match seriously and every game has it’s tactics. We know Gor and respect them but we are going for three points in Nairobi.” The tactician saidHe becomes the sixth recipient of the award that comprises of a trophy engraved with his name and Sh50,000 after Francis Kimanzi (Mathare United), Ivan Minnaert (Immediate former AFC Leopards head coach), Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno (Posta Rangers), Salim Babu (Sony Sugar) and Henry Omino (Western Stima).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Could Harry Kane break Alan Shearer’s Premier League goal record? Harry Kane is enjoying another glorious season with Tottenham Hotspur, taking his goal tally to 13 with a hat-trick against West Brom on Saturday.The 23-year-old, who has now scored 100 career goals, has established himself as one of the leading forwards in world football – and he only seems to be getting better and better.He has netted at least 20 goals in each of the past two seasons, and looks guaranteed to reach that tally again this term – an incredible feat when it is remembered Kane missed a number of weeks this season due to injury.However, the opinion of Kane is still mixed, with some believing him a world class talent, and others still doubting his true ability and of the opinion he is just ‘three season wonder’.Fans came out in support of the forward following his hat-trick, and some supporters now believe Kane is on the route to breaking Alan Shearer’s Premier League goal record of 260.He still has a long way to go – 198 goals to be exact – but fans are backing him to achieve the incredible feat… 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Murphy has said the Iraq war has made America less safe and Congress should demand that President Bush present a comprehensive plan for success. Gerlach has accused her of being inconsistent in her support for U.S. troops in Iraq. A Democrat-led Congress would raise the minimum wage, exercise fiscal responsibility, enact ethic reforms and encourage stem cell research, Murphy said. She also said Democrats would work with GOP members. “This pattern of being out of touch and out of sync with the American people, this failure to take our responsibility, has carried over to the corruption that plagues our Congress, the deficit that threatens our children and the health care costs that burden our families,” Murphy said. Matt Burns, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Republican Party, responded, “Lois Murphy and her friends in the Democratic Party have consistently opposed strong measures to protect the American people, and plan to roll back tax cuts that have helped millions of hard-working American families keep more and send less to Washington.” Democrats, Burns said, “cannot change the fact they are wrong on national security, wrong on taxes, long on rhetoric and short on solutions.” WASHINGTON – A congressional candidate said Saturday that a Democrat-led House would fight for a new direction in Iraq so U.S. troops can come home. “No matter how bad Iraq gets or how many respected Americans say that our strategy is not working … our president and his Republican Congress have promised not to change a thing if they are returned to power,” Pennsylvania Democrat Lois Murphy said in her party’s weekly radio address. “Democrats will tackle the challenges that we face head on,” she said. Murphy, a lawyer, is challenging Republican Rep. Jim Gerlach, a two-term incumbent from suburban Philadelphia whom she nearly beat in 2004. Their rematch is considered one of the nation’s most competitive races. Democrats need to gain 15 seats in Tuesday’s elections to win control of the House. Bush has said Democrats don’t have a plan to keep Americans safe from terrorists, and that the United States is winning the war in Iraq. He’s also heralded tax cuts he said have led to a strong and growing economy. “Harsh criticism is not a plan for victory. Second-guessing is not a strategy,” Bush said at a campaign stop Friday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A traffic stop for driving with excessive speed ended with an Indiana State Trooper jailing the driver on reckless driving and neglect of a dependent charges.Arrested and Charged was Lauren E. Marks, 27, Henderson, Kentucky.Marks faces charges of:– Operating While Suspended – Habitual Traffic Violator for Life, Level 6 Felony– Neglect of a Dependent, Level 6 Felony– Reckless Driving, Class B Misdemeanor At 9:40 P.M. Friday, Trooper Ross Johnson observed a 2015 Kia Sportage traveling north along Interstate 69, south of the Washington exit.Johnson activated his speed radar unit and clocked the Kia traveling 95 miles per hour in a posted 70 mile per hour zone.Johnson stopped the Kia and spoke with Marks.Further investigation found that Marks was listed by the Indiana BMV as a Habitual Traffic Violator for Life, meaning she is prohibited from driving. Marks also had an eight year old child in the front passenger seat with her.Marks was placed into custody and transported, without incident, to the Daviess County Jail.The eight year old was cared for by the Department of Child Services until Marks was released from custody.
Rockets score seven TDs in first half of road winBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterNEILLSVILLE — The Spencer/Columbus Catholic football team responded in a big way after suffering its first loss of the season a week ago.The Rockets scored seven first-half touchdowns to obliterate Neillsville/Granton 49-14 in a Cloverbelt Conference game Friday night at Neillsville High School.Hunter Luepke and Noah Zastrow each ran for three touchdowns, and Jacob Miller added another rushing score for the Rockets, who opened up a 49-6 lead by halftime.“I was happy with our effort and intensity,” Rockets coach Jason Gorst said. “Our guys had a heck of a week of practice.”Spencer/Columbus improves to 3-1 overall and in the Cloverbelt Conference. Neillsville/Granton falls to 0-4 and 0-3 in the conference.Luepke had TD runs of 19, 25, and 69 yards while rushing for 141 yards on just six carries. Zastrow scored from 5, 49, and 37 yards out, and on his five total carries he gained 108 yards.Spencer/Columbus outgained the Warriors 380-157 overall, including 309-98 on the ground. Neillsville/Granton averaged just 2.3 yards per carry running the ball.The Rockets return to action next Friday at Colby.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Rockets 49, Warriors 14Spencer/Columbus 24 25 0 0 – 49Neillsville/Granton 6 0 8 0 – 14First QuarterSC – Hunter Luepke 19 run (Noah Zastrow run), 9:44.SC – Jacob Miller 10 run (Zastrow run), 6:10.NG – Isaac Bryan 58 pass from Mason Barth (kick missed), 3:38.SC – Zastrow 5 run (Ethan Meece pass from Zastrow), 1:50.Second QuarterSC – Zastrow 49 run (pass failed), 10:07.SC – Luepke 25 run (pass failed), 6:50.SC – Zastrow 37 run (Luepke kick), 4:24.SC – Luepke 69 run (pass failed), 1:33.Third QuarterNG – Dominick Cappadora 3 run (Barth run), 6:55.Team StatisticsFirst downs: SC 15; NG 8.Rushing (att-yards): SC 25-309; NG 42-98.Passing (comp-att-yards-int): SC 3-7-71-0; NG 4-15-59-0.Penalties (no.-yards): SC 2-25; NG 2-10.Punting (no.-avg.): SC 1-34.0; NG 5-40.8.Fumbles (total-lost): SC 3-3; NG 0-0.Individual StatisticsRushing: SC, Hunter Luepke 6-141, Noah Zastrow 5-108, Jacob Miller 5-31, Bubba Post 1-12, Hayden Bauman 1-11, Carson Hildebrandt 3-10, Andres Rodriguez 1-0, Austin Bacon 1-0, Adam Walter 1-0, Leonardo Rodriguez 1-minus 4. NG, Dominick Cappadora 19-62, Mason Barth 15-29, Derringer Goodman 5-16, Lucas Moseley 1-0, Myles McDonald 1-minus 4, Skylar Barth 1-minus 5.Passing: SC, Zastrow 3-6-71-0, Jarred Mandel 0-1-0-0. NG, M. Barth 4-15-59-0.Receiving: SC, Luepke 1-37, Hildebrandt 1-29, Karak Bushman 1-5. NG, Isaac Bryan 1-58, S. Barth 1-3, Cappadora 1-minus 1, Cody Roman 1-minus 1.Punting: SC, A. Rodriguez 1-34.0. NG, M. Barth 5-40.8.Records: Spencer/Columbus 3-1 overall and Cloverbelt Conference; Neillsville/Granton 0-4, 0-3 Cloverbelt Conference.
22 February 2012 The state will have about R4.5-trillion in resources to draw on, using a range of financing methods over the next three years, to fund the country’s key infrastructure projects, says South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Gordhan revealed the figure in a media briefing in Cape Town shortly before delivering his Budget speech in Parliament on Wednesday. The Budget Review lists 43 major infrastructure projects, each of which will take between seven and eight-and-a-half years to complete, together requiring R3.2-trillion in spending over the next few years. In his Budget speech, Gordhan said the government had already approved and budgeted infrastructure plans over the next three years to the value of R845-billion – R300-billion of which is in the energy sector and R262-billion in the transport and logistics sector. He said the infrastructure mega-projects announced by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation address earlier this month would be financed using the fiscus, public entities’ balance sheets, taxes, private-sector investors, and by raising funding from multilateral finance institutions and foreign investors.Improving infrastructure delivery The government would also improve the delivery of infrastructure through a range of measures, Gordhan said, adding that the government would crack down on departments and municipalities with a poor record for spending funds made available to them to improve infrastructure. The fiscus would meet the cost of public-service facilities such as schools, courtrooms, hospitals and rural roads, he said. Public entities such as Eskom and Transnet would finance their respective investments from their own surpluses and by borrowing from the capital market – by issuing low-term bonds. “This means they have to generate sufficient revenue from tariffs and charges to repay debt over time, and cover operating and maintenance costs,” Gordhan said. He said that in some cases a mix of tax finance and cost recovery would be appropriate, but he added that the government contributed to the costs of commuter transport and electricity and water services to poor communities through allocations in the Budget.Local, foreign investors also key Local and foreign investors would also be key, and Gordhan noted that private-sector investment already played a substantial role in several sectors, such as the airline industry and telecommunications sector. The first round of over 1 200MW of renewable energy projects was also recently tendered to independent power producers. Gordhan pointed out that the use of construction and operating concessions – for example the management of industrial development zones, freight logistics and port operations – was another way to rope in private investors. The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) would play a key role in raising finance in partnership with multilateral finance institutions, foreign investors and other investment funds, he said.‘Deep and liquid capital markets’ Added to this, he said South Africa had deep and liquid capital markets through which long-term capital could be raised at competitive rates by the government, state enterprises and the private sector. He said the country’s development finance institutions were capable of raising capital and co-financing investments involving the private sector, state entities and municipalities “These are considerable strengths – they mean that we do not have to rely on expensive external finance or complex structured arrangements,” he said.R3.2-trillion ‘mega-projects’ The bulk of the R3.2-trillion in mega-projects would be spent on electricity (R1.945-trillion), while R583-billion would be spent on transport, R213-billion on liquid fuels, R185-billion on new schools and R110-billion on new clinics and hospitals. The remainder – R169-billion – would be spent on housing, telecommunications and water. Of the total amount, R1.082-trillion would be spent on the concept stage, R921-billion on pre-feasability and feasibility studies, R378-billion on construction and R328-billion to fund on-going programmes. The remainder – R499-billion – would be spent on tendering, financing and detailed design. The mega-projects include a Durban-Free State-Gauteng logistics corridor, a southeastern development node and projects in the North West, Limpopo and on the West Coast. Source: BuaNews
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