Summit: football’s chaotic finances under scrutiny

first_imgProfessional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor told a roomful of lawyers at today’s Global Law Summit: ‘I recognise rather too many of your faces because there is so much – perhaps too much – litigation in the modern game.’Taylor (pictured) was there to discuss the impact of the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, which were phased in over several years and began to come into force during the 2013-14 season. The rules, introduced by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), are intended to improve the financial health of European football by obliging clubs to live within their means.‘During the 1980s,’ said Taylor, ‘the game was on the verge of dying following a series of stadia disasters, such as those at Bradford, Hillsborough and Heysel. Ensuring that money is spent on safety compliance in stadia makes FFP sound like Aunt Mary’s apple pie – how can anyone argue with it? The FFP also makes sure that players’ salaries and transfer fees are paid, another benefit to the game.’At the event, presented by the Law Society, Mills & Reeve head of sport Mark Hovell applauded the introduction of the FFP rules. ‘Clubs were buying players without paying for them, and only paying what was due after they were taken to arbitration. They weren’t paying tax, creditors or salaries.‘Of Spain’s top 40 clubs, only nine have not gone into administration. And even today, players’ salaries at Italy’s Parma football club have not been paid since last summer.’FFP has encouraged clubs to reorganise how they structure their business, said Hovell. They now face penalties if they do not, ‘give or take 5m euros’, live within their means. Some clubs, notably Manchester City, he said, have improved their training facilities so as to develop the next top striker, rather than go out and buy one.They have also improved their stadia to attract more ticket-buying spectators and devised ways to monetarise their overseas supporters.Maurice Watkins, a lawyer at north-west England firm Brabners and, among other roles, chair of Barnsley Football Club, addressed the controversial issue of alleged corruption at the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) when it selected Russia and Qatar to host forthcoming world cups.He said that so far six members of the FIFA executive committee have been fined and suspended, but that an independent report into the allegations has not been made public.He added: ‘A November 2014 report cleared both Russia and Qatar, although Russia claimed that it was unable to disclose all the necessary papers because the computers it used were leased and have now gone on to new owners, including schools.’FIFA remains the ultimate arbitrator for football and wants to keep disputes within the sport. ‘This might be the most practical solution,’ Watkins ended. ‘After all, if you have an Argentinian playing for a Japanese team who is then sold to Australia, where does the jurisdiction lie when a dispute arises? Maybe it really is best to keep disputes in-house.’last_img read more


first_imgCzech Republic:Dress & Sommer AG of Stuttgart has been appointed to co-ordinate the planning for the KC10·5m remodelling of Brno station.Estonia:UVZ & AVR’s Ahtme assembly plant delivered its first 50 tank wagons to EVR on September 15.Europe:All four prequalified consortia (RG 8.03 p475) have submitted bids to build and operate the 45 km high speed line between Perpignan in France and Figueres in Spain. The inter-governmental commission responsible for the project is expected to select a preferred bidder before the end of this year.AVEP, the joint project office set up by GIF of Spain and RAVE of Portugal, has received 14 bids for a 10-month contract to assess the financial, socio-economic and market prospects for a high speed line between Madrid, Lisboa and Porto.France:Nortel Networks has signed a 15-year agreement worth an estimated US$200m to provide RFF with a national GSM-R network.Germany:Bombardier has been awarded a €16m contract to supply an Ebilock 950 computer-based interlocking to control 10 km of route at Mannheim-Rheinau, for commissioning in November 2005.Greece:Duro Felguera of Spain has been awarded a €7m contract to supply 85 high speed turnouts for use in the upgrading of OSE’s Athens – Thessaloniki main line.Hungary:MÁV has awarded Alcatel two contracts totalling €22m, for installation of its 6131 LockTrac electronic interlockings at Vecses, Ülllast_img read more

Contractors Say 3,000 Construction Jobs At Risk

first_imgJohn MacKinnon, Executive Director of the Alaska Association of General Contractors, says the industry could lose as many as 3,000 jobs, roughly 18% of its workforce. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享We announced yesterday BP will make additional job cuts to mitigate the effects of low oil prices, and now officials are projecting layoffs in the construction industry. Alaska was one of just six states that didn’t see growth in construction from 2015-2016.center_img The effects will be further impacted by pending state budget cuts. MacKinnon, who is married to State Senate Finance Chair Anna MacKinnon, says Alaskan governments are still spending funds that were budgeted when oil prices were high, and the impact of the current deficit hasn’t yet reached the construction industry.last_img read more

Funding Cut, But Trooper Positions Added In Subcommittee Budget Talks

first_imgMicciche oversaw the subcommittee dealing with Health and Social Services funding… Despite the cuts, Micciche says $1.4 million was added this year to increase hours for day habilitation services. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to restructure the Alaska Permanent Fund’s earnings, but State Senator Peter Micciche says they also made deep cuts to the budget. Sen. Micciche(R-K. Pen): “That was the largest budget in the state. We’ve cut about $250 million out of that in total, a quarter of a billion dollars. This year we cut $54 million, but we focussed on not impacting the most vulnerable, so we protected seniors and the handicapped and those that are most needy. We were sure to not impact foster care, and we also put pieces in play that allow the Department to continue the downward pressure while still protecting those that need services most.” The Peninsula’s senator says the Senate will pass its budget next week and is on track to be finished its work within 90 days. Sen. Micciche(R-K. Pen): “So we actually added five Trooper positions, but still cut nearly $1 million out of the UGF budget and it’s getting to the point where you just have to be creative. We shifted some of the funding from other departments, we were forced to prioritize and in my view, adequate Trooper and adequate law enforcement and the support they need to do their job is a top priority.” Senator Micciche says that included cuts to the Department of Public Safety…last_img read more

Wednesday Basketball roundup: Both Spring Lakes girls and boys fall to Comstock Park

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Twelve Ravens thoughts going into Week 9

first_imgWith the Ravens coming off their bye week with a 5-2 record and a two-game lead in the AFC North, I’ve offered a dozen thoughts, each in 50 words or less:1. The winless Miami Dolphins were the big only “buyers” on a toothless trade deadline day, but remember the Ravens acquired two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters two weeks ago for a benched linebacker and a 2020 fifth-round pick. That’s a lot more than other contenders could say.2. That Eric DeCosta inquired about Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams reaffirms the philosophy of having a strong secondary above all else on defense. Legitimate pass-rush concerns remain, but having Peters and a healthy Jimmy Smith helps reset the defense closer to its pre-summer state. We’ll see how it plays out.3. Not counting Pittsburgh’s annual trip to Baltimore, I’m not sure the Ravens have played a more anticipated home game in the regular season since hosting New England for Sunday Night Football in 2012, a contest sandwiched between their AFC Championship meetings. I can’t wait.4. After labeling Lamar Jackson “a big problem” for his defense, Bill Belichick is bound to show the young quarterback something he hasn’t seen before. However, the future Hall of Fame coach hasn’t seen a talent quite like Jackson either. I’ll repeat that throughout the week.5. If you bristled over the talk about the Ravens’ schedule prior to the win at Seattle, pump the brakes on being too dismissive about the New England defense’s slate of opponents to this point. The numbers are simply ridiculous — even against bad competition — in today’s NFL.6. The Ravens are 9-2 immediately following their bye in the John Harbaugh era with the only defeats coming in 2013 and 2015, two of Harbaugh’s three non-winning seasons. That doesn’t guarantee victory, but Baltimore usually plays its best with extra time to prepare, which isn’t a given in this league.7. Former Raven Lawrence Guy has carved out a nice place for himself in New England, but his career highlight may now be his involvement in a play the “Butt Fumble” thought was embarrassing. Congratulations are in order for his first career interception. 8. I’ve been asked recently about Gus Edwards receiving more touches. Edwards has averaged 5.2 yards per carry since Week 3 while Mark Ingram — a more complete back — has been slowed some recently, but there’s only one football. I suspect we’ll see a few more carries for Edwards down the stretch.9. After watching another uninspiring performance by Cleveland and Pittsburgh falling behind 14-0 to Miami before waking up to regroup, I remain convinced it would take quite a collapse by the Ravens to not win the AFC North in comfortable fashion. Those division foes aren’t reeling off a long winning streak.10. The Willie Snead extension didn’t prove to be the harbinger of a deadline trade, but Baltimore had under $2 million in salary cap space and needed flexibility for inevitable roster maneuvering the rest of the way. It’s a solid move to keep a reliable slot receiver who’s a good blocker.11. News of C.J. Mosley missing at least another five to six weeks with a groin injury was bad news for the Ravens’ projected third-round compensatory pick. The more time he misses, the greater the chance that selection becomes a fourth-rounder. Mosley missed just three games in five years with Baltimore.12. The Ravens will be wearing their black jerseys for the first time this season, and Ed Reed will be in the house to receive his Hall of Fame ring at halftime. As if you needed more reason to be pumped for a game against Tom Brady and the undefeated Patriots.last_img read more

Morgan State vs George Mason Basketball Recap

first_imgThe Morgan State Men’s basketball team fell on the road to George Mason Friday night in Fairfax, VA 86-79.  The loss puts coach Todd Bozeman’s Bears at 4-7 on the season while continuing a losing slide that has reached five games.This game represented a tale of two halves as Morgan State jumped on the Patriots early, which resulted in a 42-32 halftime lead. The second half would prove to be troublesome for the Bears as their defense lost focus resulting in George Mason putting up a 54 point half and erasing its 10 point halftime deficit. George Mason didn’t take its first lead until  3:39 left in the game with a layup by 19 year old guard Justin Kier. He led the Patriots in scoring with 22 points while also grabbing 6 boards and 2 assists.  Morgan State was fueled by senior forward Phillip Carr’s 23 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks.  The surprise for Morgan was from senior guard Tiwian Kendley who poured in 31 points, a career high.  The Bears’ only other double digit scorer was sophomore forward David Syfax, who contributed with 11 points and 3 boards.  As stated earlier, defense was an issue for Bozeman’s squad as they allowed George Mason to shoot 53 percent from the floor.  The Bears can also point to the disparity in success at the charity stripe as a factor in the loss  because the Patriots made 24 of 28 free throws compared to the Bears only going 16 for 24. Rebounds, assists and turnovers were roughly even but perhaps the final statistic Morgan State would like to correct is not taking better advantage of the 17 offensive rebounds they produced. The Bears shot 44 percent (29-66) for the game.Morgan State will close out the year on a west coast trip with two games, one in Sin City (Las Vegas) on December 27 when they face Grand Union, and one in Northridge, California when they take on Cal-State Northridge on December 30.  Hopefully if the Bears can correct some of the mistakes that have plagued them recently, they can stop the losing streak and have something to feel good about as the calendar turns towards a new year.By: Erin Reid Please follow and like us:last_img read more

Playoff sends final 4 into State Am match play

first_imgLAYTON — As usual, the biggest excitement of Day 2 of the men’s State Amateur golf tournament came late in the day as the shadows were long across Valley View Golf Course and most of the competitors had gone home.It was the playoff to see who earned the final coveted spots for the match play portion of the tournament, which begins this morning with 32 golfers competing.When all the scores were counted just before 7 p.m., eight golfers were left to compete for four spots to determine matches against the top four seeds.The playoff lasted just two holes as Cameron Crawford, Kevin Peterson and Rocky Schutjer each made birdies and Tyler Weight made a par at the second hole to claim the 32nd spot.Weight’s reward? A 9 a.m. match today against defending champion Dan Horner.”I’m the last guy and I get to take on the champ,” said Weight, a 22-year-old from Springville as he stood at the edge of the No. 2 green. Weight said he was playing some of the best golf of his life earlier this year and he hopes the momentum from Thursday evening carries over.While Weight takes on Horner, Schutjer, Peterson and Crawford get to play the best players from the two days of medal play: Robbie Fillmore, Ben Schilleman and Andrew Barton.Schilleman and Fillmore, who had shared the first-round lead, both shot 70 and were named co-medalists, while Barton was another stroke back at 138 after his second straight 69.Fillmore, a senior-to-be at BYU, finished his round at noon, two hours before Schilleman even teed off and took off for home in Provo. In past years, a playoff was held to determine the medalist, but the rules have been changed and the two players shared the honor when Schilleman missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole in the last group of the day.For Schilleman, who lives less than two miles from the golf course, this will be his first time in match play. He’s attending summer school at Utah State this summer and had a test postponed earlier this week so he could play in the State Am.After getting to 3-under par on the day and 9-under for the tournament, Schilleman made his first bogey of the tournament at No. 15 and parred in.”It’s bittersweet,” he said. “I would have liked to have won it.”Fillmore didn’t seem the least bit concerned about where he ended up in medal play when he left the golf course early in the afternoon. And he’s not worried who he plays, figuring he needs to beat everyone to win the State Am title.”To be honest, I don’t even look at the seeds,” said Fillmore. “I try not to get caught up in all that. It doesn’t matter. There are enough good golfers it’s hard to win any match.”Perhaps the most intriguing matchup this morning will pit three-time champion Doug Bybee against Scott Hailes, a former U.S. Junior Amateur champion from West Bountiful, who just got his amateur status back after playing as a professional. The winner of that match will face the winner of Barton and Crawford.In the playoff, Crawford, a Dixie State golfer, birdied the first hole, while Denny Job was eliminated. At the second hole, Schutjer birdied to claim a spot and then Peterson made a testy birdie putt.Weight missed an 8-foot birdie putt and figured he was going to the next hole, but Jeff Powars, Paul Norman and Bill Probst each bogeyed, giving Weight the final match- play spot.Utah Jazz guard Kyle Korver played again Thursday and was unhappy with his second-round 87, which gave him a two-day total of 173. Still, he said he had “a great time” playing in the State Am.”I putted better but hit the ball way worse,” Korver said. “If I could have combined today’s putting with yesterday’s hitting I would have had a decent round. I’m disappointed and wished I could have played better.”After today’s two match-play rounds, eight players will be left for Saturday’s quarterfinals. By Saturday night, just two players will be left to battle it out Sunday for the State Amateur 36-hole final.e-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

Maryland’s Red Storm takes a knee

first_img(Screen capture: NBC News)“I hope you all know why,” Wade told his players without flinching. He asked them to think hard: “Are you doing this because you idolize the pro football players on TV? Or because the message behind the protest actually means something to you?”Pop superstar Rihanna made headlines last week when it was reported that she declined an invitation to perform at the Super Bowl because of her support for former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who regularly took a knee during the playing of the national anthem.Kaepernick’s protest brought national attention to police brutality and other injustices in Black and minority communities.Though less heralded, but arguably just as important, the Capital Christian Academy Red Tide, a high school football team of young African Americans in Prince George’s County, Maryland, has grabbed headlines for also taking a knee before games this year.Established in 2013 as an African-American operated prep school, Capital Christian Academy’s mission is to develop young men and women of moral integrity who will be responsible leaders and citizens in a diverse and ever-changing world.“A lot of people love football,” said 17-year-old Josiah Gill. Gill and his teammates said they too want to bring light to the social issues facing African Americans.“You have [people] coming from places to see you do something, and why not take a knee, why not do this to show we see what’s going on in the world?” said Gill, who had his own experience of being pulled over for driving while Black.In 2017, Gill and a teammate were pulled over by a police officer and when asked why, the officer reportedly told him that his music was too loud. He added that he and his teammates are taking a knee because of inequality as a whole. “We’re aware of what’s going on in this country as young black males,” he said.Coach Cornell Wade told NBC News how his players’ demonstration started.“I hope you all know why,” Wade told his players without flinching. He asked them to think hard: “Are you doing this because you idolize the pro football players on TV? Or because the message behind the protest actually means something to you?”“If you take a knee, it’s fine,” he said according to NBC News. “But do you understand the real ramifications? You might not just be offending the players on the other team. You might be offending the ref.”Gill responded: “You got to be able to handle the adversity,” he told his teammates. They nodded and planned to talk with the rest of the team before making a final decision.Before they were dismissed, Wade set two conditions: Every player must want to participate, and the team would have to kneel at every game.“If you’re going to be with the fight,” Wade said, “be with the fight.”And, fight, they have. To date the Red Storm have played to a 4-4 record, but Wade and Gill said the team has fought hard.And, recognizing that kneeling has mistakenly been taken as an affront to the American military, the students can seek the counsel of their advisor, Addison Fair, Jr., who not only serves as a volunteer coach but also served in the Marines.Fair said he had his own bad experience with police in the past.“I was in the Marine Corps, pulled over, stopped, was never told what I was stopped for, put on the ground on my face with my Marine Corps ID beside my head,” Fair said. “And the charge, the reason they stopped me: Suspicion. Because I was a young Black male with a nice car in Palmer Park, Maryland.”@StacyBrownMedialast_img read more

Thomas Muller: Pep Guardiola was in his own world

first_img Sport EN 26/08/2016 Thomas Muller says that Carlo Ancelotti is closer to Bayern Munich’s players than Pep Guardiola was, with the now Man City coach in ‘his own world’. CEST Upd. at 22:08 center_img “All day long he’d think about how he could move players by two, three meters in a certain situation on the pitch to find a perfect solution. That was crazy in a positive sense.” Muller told Bild: “Pep was thinking about solutions all day long. “Ancelotti is a bit closer to the players. Pep was somewhat in his own world.last_img read more