FIFA research points to 3-team groups at WCup

first_img FIFA also wants to please fans and broadcasters in “major markets” by creative scheduling of kickoffs in their prime time back home rather than in the host nation. Revenue could rise almost 20 per cent to $6.5 billion, using the projected $5.5 billion income from the 2018 World Cup in Russia as a base comparison. Though organising costs would also project to rise, from around $2 billion to $2.3 billion, the potential profit would increase by $640 million, the research said. Still, FIFA cautions ahead of its ruling Council’s planned January 10 vote in Zurich that “it should not be a financial decision”. “Instead, the goal of expanding the FIFA World Cup is to further advance the vision to promote the game of football, protect its integrity and bring the game to all,” the document noted. However, it does not specify a detail that UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin asked for how the 16 extra places would be shared among six continental confederations. UEFA now has 13 qualifying slots and could be in line for 15 in a political process set to best reward Africa and Asia. FIFA acknowledges that quality of play could drop by adding 16 more of its 211 member federations. The “absolute quality” of football with high-ranked teams playing each other most often is achieved by the 32-team format being used in Russia and at the 2022 event in Qatar. FIFA said it made 10,000 tournament simulations to reach that conclusion. Keeping the 32-team format is one option, but FIFA’s research shows clear intent to change that was promised during Infantino’s election. He campaigned for a 40-team tournament that would give Europe a new quota of 14. Infantino now points to “16×3” being the most popular option. “The big, big, big majority is in favour of the 48 teams with the 16 groups of three,” the FIFA leader said after a December 7 meeting of some members in Singapore. Infantino previously promoted 48 teams with an opening playoff round involving 32. That idea failed to persuade FIFA members and commercial partners who want more certainty, less short-notice travel for fans, and a minimum of two matches per team. Expansion for the first time since 1998 is “viable without major concessions on the sporting aspects of the tournament”, FIFA insisted. The biggest change a 16×3 format could force is penalty shoot-outs after drawn group games to ensure there is a ‘winner’. That radical change to football rules, first reported by the AP, would help stop teams conspiring to arrange a favourable result in the final group game. FIFA has sent the research document to Council members and member federations who want more World Cup slots to help encourage young players and sponsors at home. CREATIVE SCHEDULING GENEVA (AP): The best and most profitable way to expand the World Cup is a 48-team tournament of 16 three-team groups, according to FIFA’s in-house research, which accepts that the current 32-nation format produces the highest quality football. The preferred format announced by FIFA President Gianni Infantino this month rates highest in a 64-page analysis of five options for the 2026 World Cup, the first when change can be made. FIFA concludes that “the 48-team (16×3) format would appear to offer the most tangible and intangible value”, in the document seen by The Associated Press (AP). With extra knockout games in a new Round of 32, the format of 80 matches each in an exclusive time slot over 32 days appeals to broadcasters and sponsors and would raise income, FIFA suggested.last_img read more

Cavaliers moving Love to center, Thompson to reserve role

first_imgMOST READ Lue has experimented with Love at center during training camp and believes the new-look lineup will create matchup problems for opposing centers as well as open the floor for LeBron James, Derrick Rose and others.“He’s a great passer,” Lue said of Love. “Fives (centers) have to get out and try to guard him on the pick and roll with LeBron and D-Rose and those guys making plays, so it’s going to be tough for those guys. We liked it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCenter Tristan Thompson will come off the bench, and newly acquired forward Jae Crowder will take Love’s former spot, Lue said. Crowder, acquired this summer in the Kyrie Irving trade, is a strong defender.Lue said he spoke to Thompson about the switch and “it was great.” Thompson started all 78 games at center for Cleveland last season. In 2016, he made just 33 starts and the Cavs went on to win the NBA title. How to help the Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up DAY6 is for everybody “With Jae starting at the four, LeBron’s able to roam freely on the defensive end,” Lue said. “Jae will take the toughest matchup between the 3s and the 4s and LeBron will be able to roam and kind of quarterback our defense. Being that back line defense, talking, communicating, and also being able to pick off passes when guys are throwing bad passes. I like LeBron in that role because he’s great at being the help guy, being in the right spots at the right places, so I think it will be good for us.”For now, James is sidelined with a sprained left ankle sustained last week in practice. Lue said the three-time champion will not play in Wednesday night’s exhibition opener against Atlanta. James’ injury is not believed to be serious, and the Cavs will make sure he’s full healed before he plays.Lue said he expects James on the court at some point in the preseason. Cleveland opens the regular season on Oct. 17 against Irving and the Celtics.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Nadal credits passion and overcoming injuries for success “I told him I’m one guy you don’t have to worry about,” Thompson said. “I’m a team-first guy. I understand that at the end of the day it’s about winning and if you win, we all look good — whether you come off the bench or you start. And it’s not about who starts the game, it’s about who is in the game in the fourth and who is finishing it. So, I’m not worried. The last time I came off the bench, if history repeats itself, we had a parade in June. So, I’ll take it.“I’m going to go for Sixth Man of the Year, put myself in position to do that.”Lue has more options this season after Cleveland’s roster was overhauled with Irving being traded to Boston and the additions of Rose, Crowder, Dwyane Wade, Isaiah Thomas and Jeff Green.Wade will likely be Cleveland’s backup point guard until Thomas recovers from a hip injury, but Lue said he hasn’t committed to that idea just yet.As for Crowder, Lue said his defensive presence will free up James.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates his basket in the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on January 6, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND— Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love is being moved after all — from forward to center.Love, who has been the subject of trade speculation for three years in Cleveland, will be the club’s new starting center, coach Tyronn Lue announced Monday night after the team played an intra-squad scrimmage at Quicken Loans Arena.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidelast_img read more

“If You Haul Rope, Rope Will Haul Bush”

first_imgCentral Bank Governor, Nathaniel Patray, debunking what he claims are falsehoods bandied by certain individuals and institutions and uncoordinated messages coming from officials about the alleged “Missing L$16 billion, has thrown blame at the feet of the media.In a Press conference at which the media ws barred from posing questions, Mr. Patray said, “The CBL wants to clarify to the general public and partners in progress that there is no L$16 billion missing as has been erroneously reported in the media.”He blamed the media for “erroneously” reporting and the Governor’s refusal to take questions from journalists on this serious national issue strongly indicates that the CDC-led government has found the media as a convenient scapegoat on which the woes of this government can be blamed. President Weah had earlier charged upon his return from the UN declared that journalists will be called in to provide evidence on the missing whereabouts of the money.But just who is reporting erroneously on this missing money crisis?  When the Hot Pepper Newspaper broke the story about a missing container of money, the Minister of Information and spokesperson for the government, Eugene Nagbe, wasted no time and fired back immediately declaring that a little over L$15 billion Liberian currency banknotes were printed in three countries including Sweden, Lebanon and China and brought into the country between November 2017 and March 2018, and that the Liberian Government was investigating the missing banknotes.Following in its wake was a statement by Justice Minister Musa Dean declaring that it was inviting the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States, experts from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and others to help the Liberian Government investigate the missing money, noting that his Ministry began the investigation in August this year, well before the Hot Pepper Newspaper broke the story.Barely a few days later, Finance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel Tweah, took to the airwaves, openly debunked the Information Minister and called on the public to ignore his representations on the matter, suggesting in effect that the Minister was lying to the public.The Finance Minister’s blistering attack on the Information Minister almost immediately triggered the latter’s resignation which, according to sources, President Weah urged him to retract.The very Finance Minister who claimed that no money was missing bounced back later suggesting that some mishap may have occurred when the money was in transit, adding that the figure of L$9 billion was more reasonable as compared to the reported 16 billion which had been widely reported in the media.On the other hand, some Legislators, mainly CDC lawmakers, have alluded to the missing whereabouts of the money and shifted the blame solely on the past administration.House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, Representative Acarous Gray and others have called for an audit of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Administration, attributing culpability and charging it should be held liable for the “missing money.”But former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, responding to the charges declared on the BBC that the Central Bank had produced a report on money printed during her tenure but accused CBL Governor Patray and Justice Minister Musa Dean for holding on to the report and keeping it away from the public.President George Weah, prior to his departure to the United Nations last month, conceded that his government had constituted an investigative team to probe into the “missing money” saga — urging citizens to be patient and await the result of the investigation.But in an apparent volte face, the President has since publicly declared that he does not believe money is missing, and subtly inferring that journalists will be called in to show where the missing money is.Although it has been well over a month since the investigation was launched, the investigative team has yet to come out with any findings to the public as yet.  However Governor Patray has announced that “No money is missing as is being erroneously reported in the media.”This announcement, coupled with the President’s expressed belief that that no money is missing has left Liberians in a state of disbelief and raises questions whether the results of the investigation will be credible.But Governor Patray, being newly appointed could be right that no money is missing — that is, the money printed in Sweden during the tenure of former President Sirleaf which, according to her, is well accounted for by the CBL.For one thing, it is clear that, from available records, that no money was printed under Patray’s watch; neither was the money brought into the country under his watch. But he now has the charge to “clean up the spill”, never mind whoever may have caused it.This newspaper believes that Information Minister Nagbe’s statement that money was printed in Sweden, Lebanon and China did not just come out of the blues. He clearly knew what he was talking about. The Central Bank has now officially declared that it can account for every penny of the money printed in Sweden.The question which remains yet unanswered is where is the money that was printed in Lebanon and China as revealed by Minister Nagbe? If the Central Bank maintains that it can only account for money brought in from Sweden, then the public is left to conclude that the rest of the money estimated to be in the billions has disappeared into private pockets. And such perception is feeding into and generating a host of conspiracy theories with suggestions widely bandied on social media about the alleged involvement of an obscure Lebanese national called Sheik, believed to be a friend of President Weah.Whatever the case, this matter should be laid to rest sooner than later and, it is in the best interest of this government to do so by conducting a transparent examination of the facts and submitting a concluding report forthwith.The CBL reports that in 2017, net personal outward remittances increased by 46.2 percent amounting to 445.3 million US dollars. This newspaper notes that this was the final year of President Sirleaf’s tenure, so just who were those responsible for sending such huge amounts of money outside the country that year? Were they foreign business people or ordinary Liberians?In similar vein then, we must ask, what was/is the source of the income from which such huge amounts of cash were sent abroad to private accounts? Was the money sourced legally or illegally and how such relates to the disappearance of billions of newly printed Liberian dollar banknotes? “If you haul rope, rope will haul bush” goes the old Liberian adage. Perhaps this ongoing investigation will not only “haul rope” but may “haul plenty bush”!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

City Hall to monitor number of stalls owned by vendors

first_imgThe Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown is now seeking to draft laws which will govern the number of stalls a market vendor can own. This was recently related by Mayor Patricia Chase Green during an interview with Guyana Times.The Mayor said when they took over the office of the M&CC, they realised that there were more than one person who own or occupied a stall which was either given to them by relatives or handed down to them or simply purchased.“While the Market Committee is meeting, all of these issues will be discussed. How many stalls or space one person can have to offer goods for sale. All of this will beStabroek Marketdiscussed in the vending policy,” the Mayor said.The Mayor’s statement came days after the President of the Market Vendor’s Union, Eon Andrews raised concerns over persons having a number of stalls, lessening the chances of persons who may be in dire need of a means of earning an income.“You got big store owners and all who owns a set of stalls in the market, otherwise to their stores and those stall persons could have who are in more need,” Andrews said.He said he believes the Council ought to conduct a survey to determine who owns what stalls and the amount they are responsible for.According to him, he is aware of cases where persons own more than one stall and are renting same to other vendors, which is not permitted.The Guyana Competition and Consumer Affairs when asked to comment on the issue said the matter is out of their remit and lies solely under the control of the M&CC.last_img read more

Pedestrian Hit & Run

first_imgAn unidentified young male pedestrian suffered minor injuries early this morning in a hit and run accident in Fort St. John. It occurred at the intersection of 96th Avenue and 100th Street, at about 1:45 am.The RCMP says, as a precautionary measure only, the victim was taken to hospital by ambulance.Meantime, police are seeking public help in finding the vehicle and driver involved in the incident. The car is described as a silver-colored Chrysler 4-door, possibly an Intrepid.- Advertisement -The Mounties are taking information assistance calls at the local detachment andCrime Stoppers numbers…250-787-8140 and 1-800-222-8477.last_img read more

Euro 2016 quiz: Do you know the statistics to answer the questions?

first_img Which Iceland player was Cristiano Ronaldo not keen on swapping shirts with? Every goal of every game at Euro 2016 will be live on talkSPORT and you can find the various ways of listening right here.The final group games of Euro 2016 are almost over, but have you been paying attention?Here, talkSPORT have 10 questions for you to tackle.About | Privacy | Terms 1last_img

‘BOY-RACERS’ FINED AFTER RALLY WEEKEND ARRESTS

first_imgA number of young men have appeared before Letterkenny District Court charged with motoring offences over the rally weekend.The box junction outside the local courthouse in Letterkenny where many of the offences took place.The men, the majority of whom were from outside Donegal, were arrested for a range of offences over the weekend. At one stage Garda Darren Carter showed Judge Paul Kelly video footage which had been uploaded to Facebook.The footage showed a car doing doughnuts outside Gallagher’s Hotel and the local courthouse at Main Street, Letterkenny.All those who appeared before the court were handed down fines ranging from €350 to €500.Judge Paul Kelly told one offender from Co Galway “You think you can come up from Galway and drive like a lunatic. Don’t come up here and get caught up in the moment here again ”Donegal Daily understands that a number of local men charged with driving offences will appear before the court on July 6th next.One other man from Co Monaghan told Judge Kelly that he had only bought his car there days before the weekend for €6,300.“I think you should consider downgrading to a less adventurous car,” said Judge Kelly.A number of other young men were find for doing doughnuts on Downings beach when there were members of the public nearby.‘BOY-RACERS’ FINED AFTER RALLY WEEKEND ARRESTS was last modified: June 23rd, 2015 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:boy racerscourtsdonegalJudge Paul Kellyrallylast_img read more

Things To Do

first_imgReverend Bill & the Soul Believers will perform, 7-9:30 p.m. Friday at the Jazz & Blues Concert Series on Town Center Drive adjacent to the Hyatt in Valencia. Call (661) 290-2911. “Arsenic and Old Lace” will be preesented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through July 2 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. “Don’t Dress For Dinner” will be presented, 8 p.m Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 17 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. “The World of Beauty and the Beast” will be presented, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through July 2 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Moonlight hike, 8 p.m. Friday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Place3rita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Fun in the Sun Chili Cook-off will honor the Law Enforcement Torch Run and benefit local Special Olympics, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at Jack Bones Equestrian Center at pitchess Detention Center, 29310 The Old Road, Castaic. Admission: $5 adults, $3 children. Call Stephanie Wilke at (661) 295-8812. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. “Beauty and the Beast” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be presented by the Santa Clarita Ballet, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia.Call (661) 251-6844 for tickets. Raising the Bar gymnastics spectacular, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Waller’s GymJam Academy, 26515 Ruether Ave., Canyon Country. Tickets: $15-$25. Call (661) 251-3390. Crazy Hat & Crazy Shirt Bingo Night for individuals with disabilities, 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the Lifestyle Enrichment Center, 28304 Constellation Road, Valencia. Call (661) 702-8555. By the Light of the Silvery Moon hike, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Wendy Langhans at (310) 858-7272, Ext. 115. Grateful Dudes will perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Spring Home Garden & Landscape Tour to honor the troops overseas, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at private homes across Santa Clarita. Call (661) 252-3584 “Bowling for Youts” will benefit the Santa Clarita Youth Project, noon and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Valencia Lanes, 23700 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 257-9688 to register a team. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262 or e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Schoolgirl awarded almost €28,000 after being showered with glass in crash

first_imgAn 8 year old schoolgirl who was showered with glass during a car crash has been awarded €27,860.The girl, who was at the time of the accident on July 6th, 2013, was wearing a seatbelt at the time. However, Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how the rear window of the car smashed and came in on top of her causing her a number of small abrasions.The girl recovered and suffered no severe physical injuries but began to suffer psychological symptoms.Judge John O’Hagan was told the girl, who appeared in court with her parents, suffered night terrors and became aggressive when playing with her toys and also didn’t like being away from her mother.She was also very anxious when travelling as a passenger.Judge O’Hagan said he had read the reports into the girls injuries and remarked that she has had a “rough time” over the past couple of years.He said he had no hesitation in recommending the sum offered in the case.He allowed special damages of €360 to be paid to her legal team and another €250 to be paid out to the girl for her parents to buy her a small token for all she has been through.He then ordered the balance of the money to be lodged with the accountant at the Four Courts until she reaches the age of 18.Schoolgirl awarded almost €28,000 after being showered with glass in crash was last modified: December 14th, 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

REVEALED: SEAMUS COLEMAN’S PREMIER LEAGUE GAA TOP 15

first_imgSEAMUS Coleman has congratulated the congratulated the Donegal Vocational Schools on winning the Ulster title – then went on to name the 15 soccer stars who would make it big time in GAELIC FOOTBALL.The Everton player became Jim McGuinness for the night on his Twitter account as he exchanged messages with fellow Toffee and Donegal man Shane Duffy.And there were just FOUR Irish players in his top GAA side picked from the Barclays Premiership – and thankfully he did put Lifford man Shay Given in goals. He even suggested that Joey Barton could mark the Gooch.“A few months training and they would be All-Ireland champions,” tweeted Coleman.So without further ado, here’s Seamus Coleman All-Ireland GAA (Soccer Stars) XV. 1.       Shay Given2.       Joey Barton3.       Phil Jagielka4.       Leighton Baines5.       Kyle Walker6.       Seamus Coleman 7.       Scott Parker8.       Jack Rodwell9.       Phil Jones10.     Damien Duff 11.     Wayne Rooney12.     Shane Long13.     Gareth Bale14.     Bobby Zamora15.     Theo WalcottREVEALED: SEAMUS COLEMAN’S PREMIER LEAGUE GAA TOP 15 was last modified: February 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:donegaldaily.comseamus colemantop EPL GAA 15last_img read more