GIVEN the current interest in Futsal locally, the Guyana Futsal Association (GFA) is stepping up its registration of clubs all across Guyana.The GFA is a registered affiliate association of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), which was established to exclusively spearhead the professional development and administration of Futsal in Guyana.A release from the Futsal Association which is headed by Linden businessman Kenrick Noel states that registered clubs have the privilege/benefit from becoming familiarised with Futsal as a discipline of the Global Football industry.The clubs will receive technical assistance from the GFA as well as engaging in tournaments and competitions organised and approved by the Association and will also attend training workshops, retreats and other educational activities.“Since Guyana is yet to seriously acknowledge Sports, and in particular football, as an instrument for Social Cohesion and Economic Development, the GFA is optimistic that this registration exercise would pave the way for clubs, sponsors, and other stakeholders to become motivated towards elevating Futsal locally to new heights,” the release stated.Interested individuals, club owners and executives can contact any of the GFA’s executives; president Noel (687-4680), first vice-president Mark Young (621-1313), secretary Rawle Adams (623-3323) and treasurer Aubrey Major Jr. (691-5460).
BiH football player Zvjezdan Misimović is in the centre of attention in China once again.Even though his team lost, Chinese media write that he played the match at the top level with his precise shots.On 22 March, he was one of the best players in Zenica, and has participated in all three goals, and led BiH to victory. Only seven days later, he was proclaimed the best player of the third round in Chinese League, and yesterday his team played against Mariners, and so in just ten days he played matches on three continents.
Working meeting of representatives of eight football teams of the First League of the FBiH was held at the Hotel “Park” in Vogosca, as announced from FC Travnik. The meeting was attended by representatives of FC Travnik, FC Rudar Kakanj, FC Bosna Sema, FC Rudar Gabela, FC Bratstvo, FC Velez, FC Radnicki Lukavac and FC Bosna Visoko.Clubs doubt in the regularity of the competition and urge the Football Association of FBiH to “examine the current events that took place in this season.” The seriousness of the situation is shown by the fact that 8 of 16 league clubs attended the meeting.“The main goal of this meeting was the establishment of the Association of clubs of the FBiH, which was unanimously adopted at the beginning of the meeting and gathering of Constituent Assembly of the Association was agreed as well as to invite other clubs to join the Association. During the meeting, they talked about the regularity of the competition, the referee commission, and finding a way for more fair competition by the end of this season. It was particularly noted that in the previous period were recorded a series of huge referee mistakes at the expense of all teams that are competing in the first league of the FBiH,” as said in the statement.Representatives of the clubs submitted their requests to the Football Association of the FBiH. In case that they refuse their demands, the clubs are threatening to boycott the 23rd round of the First League of the FBiH.“On this occasion, we agreed to invite the leaders of the Football Association of the FBiH to investigate the previous events in this season as soon as possible, with special emphasis on the football matches that were played in the second part of the season. The representatives of clubs who attended this meeting made unique requirements for the Football Association of the FBiH:Replacement of the Commission for Referees at the Football Association of the FBiH.Suspensions of referees Mirza Kazlagida and Kenan Bajraktarevic by the end of the season.Supervision by the Football Association of BiH at all football matches of the First League of FBiH by the end of the championship.“If they do not urgently comply with the stated requests of clubs, we are unique in the position that we will not play the 23rd round of the First League of FBiH and we will then consider the next steps in order to have the regularity of the competition,” as said in the statement.(Source: klix.ba)
1 Arsenal players celebrate Olivier Giroud’s goal against Swansea in last month’s 3-0 win Is this the team that could see Arsenal sustain their Premier League title challenge?Though Arsene Wenger looks to have avoided an injury crisis, with recent casualties Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Hector Bellerin back in contention for selection at West Brom on Saturday, Arsenal still have Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky out for extended periods of time.Alexis Sanchez, meanwhile, is carrying a calf problem following international duty with Chile, meaning Wenger will be hoping that injuries don’t derail what looks like being a promising Premier League season for Arsenal.The Gunners manager has been forced to field former outcast Joel Campbell in recent games against Tottenham and Bayern Munich, and knows how crucial fitness issues could be if his team are to sustain a title challenge.With a clean bill of health, are these Arsenal starting XIs good enough to win the Premier League? Take a look at three possible Gunners line ups… 1 1 1
Mark Hughes says QPR’s Julio Cesar is among the best goalkeepers he has ever seen.The Rangers boss, a former Manchester United colleague of Peter Schmeichel and international team-mate of Everton legend Neville Southall, believes Cesar is as good as them both in their prime.“Over the years I had the pleasure of playing with the likes of Schmeichel and Southall, and he’s right up there,” Hughes said.“It’s not only his ability as a keeper. His mentality in the dressing room is huge for us and that’s a benefit we’ll tap into.“He understands what it takes and he drives people around him. He inspires people with his manner and his presence.“He’s on a par with the top keepers in the world in my view.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
17 January 2006The European Union is a key source of new foreign investment for South Africa, although the benefits of the EU-SA Free Trade Agreement require better marketing.And while the outlook for investing in South Africa is broadly positive, a stable currency is vital for attracting more foreign direct investment (FDI) into South Africa.These are just some of the findings of research conducted by the BusinessMap Foundation, in association with the London-based Centre for Research into Economics and Finance in Southern Africa, on the effect of the EU-SA Free Trade Agreement – more accurately called the Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement – on investment in SA.The research also stressed the need for the possible benefits of the agreement to be better marketed to EU and South African firms, and offered a possible explanation of why FDI flows to SA are low compared to similar countries. The full report, Foreign Direct Investment in South Africa: The initial impact of the Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement between South Africa and the European Union, was released on Tuesday and is available on the BusinessMap Foundation website.The project used BusinessMap’s unique database of FDI, as well as the results of interviews BusinessMap conducted with top executives of 25 foreign-owned firms in a wide range of sectors and of various sizes.Since the sample is small, despite the high quality of the interviewees, the results should be considered as initial expectations of important factors influencing investment, rather than being conclusive. Nonetheless, the results seem to bear out previous surveys of foreign investors in the country.Broadly positive outlookFor the companies sampled, the volatility of the exchange rate stood out as having the strongest negative effect on investment, along with the level of crime and corruption, the spread of HIV/Aids, the quality of the rail service, and the existence of exchange controls.Those factors having the strongest positive affect on investment included the stability of the local business environment, the economic policy framework and rate of growth, political stability and the quality of infrastructure and services (excluding, however, rail and ports).The responses received in the interviews regarding the performances of the firms relative to their initial expectations, together with the number of firms having expanded their local operations in recent years, presented a broadly positive outlook for investing in South Africa.FDI and the domestic economyThe interviewed investors commonly employ a workforce that is almost entirely local, and most of the interviewed firms use mainly local inputs, thus supporting the view that an associated benefit of FDI is the creation and maintenance of linkages in the domestic economy.Data gathered on the markets served by the companies showed a strong focus on the domestic market, reflecting market-seeking objectives of foreign investors. Notable exceptions to this include companies in the automobile and resource sectors.While many firms were active in the rest of Africa, the percentage of products sold there was low, indicating that the main focus remains the larger and more important South African market.Fewer firms sold products to the EU and the rest of the world; however, if a company entered these markets the percentage of products sold was generally higher than into the rest of Africa.Developed capital market blunts FDICrucially, the report finds that FDI into South Africa may be low because South Africa is unlike other developing countries in having a developed corporate sector and capital markets.The report argues that the developed corporate sector and large domestic capital market facilitates greater interaction between local and foreign investors, which can be seen by the relatively high proportion of acquisitions as a mode of entry.One outcome of this may be that the country receives less foreign capital than countries with underdeveloped capital markets, as much of the necessary capital is available domestically.However, the report differentiates between the level of foreign investor activity and the level of investment flows, suggesting that while the flows have been low compared to other middle-income countries, the level of activity is more significant than the official figures suggest.Sources of foreign investmentEU companies are a key source of new foreign investment for South Africa. The level of EU investment has risen since the late 1990s, partly due to new investment by former South African multinationals now domiciled in the UK.The UK has been the main source of EU investment, followed by Germany, which has also been a consistently significant partner. For other member states, shares of investment have been heavily influenced by periodic large transactions.The US, Japan and Malaysia have also been important sources of investment in the past decade. Moreover, there is evidence that a broadening of investment partners has taken place since 2000.Effect of the TDCA on investmentIn terms of the effect of the Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) on FDI, the results of the research are inconclusive. The limitations of available data mean it is difficult to identify individual instances of export-oriented FDI or the creation of new linkages supported by the TDCA.Furthermore, an important aspect of the agreement is the signalling effect in terms of the commitment to liberalisation and increasing competitiveness in South Africa; here, the foreign investment response would not necessarily be linked to new trade opportunities.Finally, only a short time has elapsed since the start of the implementation of the TDCA, and the foreign investment response seems likely to evolve over time.Investment climate indicatorsThe report also assessed a variety of indicators of the investment climate, comparing South Africa to a selection of 10 competitor economies in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. The analysis is supported by the findings from the aforementioned interviews.Growth rates have increased in recent years, but there is still some way to go before South Africa experiences the rates of growth observed in parts of Asia. Interview evidence confirms the positive impact of current growth rates on the climate for foreign investment in South Africa.The value of trade in South Africa has increased since the mid-1990s and is now more in line with the average performance of middle-income economies. Nevertheless, interview evidence suggests that trade policy, including the TDCA, currently plays a limited role in the climate for foreign investment.In part, this reflects the continued importance of investments targeted at the domestic market. Cooperation to inform firms of the potential benefits of the agreement may be useful, especially for smaller firms who lack resources to monitor new opportunities regularly.Exchange rate volatility is greater in South Africa than many of the competitors, and interview evidence confirms that this is an important weakness in the investment environment. Attracting longer-term forms of foreign investment and increasing export capacity should help to strengthen the resilience of the currency to shocks.Furthermore, recent policy actions, including the strengthening of foreign reserves, should provide the basis for increased stability in the future. This should, in turn, help to reduce the uncertainty facing investors, both foreign and domestic.Institutional frameworkSouth Africa compares reasonably well on several institutional aspects of the investment climate. Firm interviews generally support the view that the broad institutional framework is favourable, but there are concerns with respect to efficiency of government, crime and corruption.Regarding black economic empowerment (BEE), the main concerns from the interviews were related to the issue of transferring equity and the issue of clarity, with firms unsure about the exact requirements of compliance.Labour market regulation in South Africa is less flexible than in several competitor economies and may be interpreted as an institutional weakness.However, there is an important trade-off between flexibility to promote investment and growth, on the one hand, and an adequate level of protection for employees and the promotion of broader BEE objectives, on the other. Interview evidence shows legislation, productivity and skills to be of greatest concern, while costs are viewed more favourably.Telecoms, transport infrastructureThe reach of telecommunications and transport infrastructure in South Africa appears to be broadly in line with middle-income competitors, but costs and reliability must also be taken into account. Interview evidence reveals concerns about the availability and reliability of rail services and inefficiencies and congestion at ports.The quality of IT and telecommunications infrastructure is viewed positively, but dissatisfaction is expressed with high costs.Other aspects of infrastructure and financial and professional services provide a generally positive contribution to the investment climate, but there is some concern regarding future electricity supply.Firms interviewed from the motor industry are reliant on the Motor Industry Development Programme and are concerned about the future of the initiative, which is under review.Reg Rumney is the executive director of the BusinessMap Foundation. TheForeign Direct Investment in South Africaresearch project was funded by the British Department for International Development and the European Commission.
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Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAll those missed free throws ultimately haunted Alaska in the end.The Aces muffed 12 out of their 25 free throw attempts and by simply just doing the math, they would’ve won Game 2 of their quarterfinals duel with NLEX had they made at least just half of what they missed.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES Rondina at loss for words after UST’s fourth straight loss Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “We were 13-25 from ft, we missed a lot of free throws. That’s big. We lost by four. That hurts,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton after his team got swept by the Road Warriors following an 87-83 loss on Wednesday night.Compton also cited the Aces’ poor percentage from the 3-point line which he attributed to the Road Warriors’ defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We were 4-of-20 from the three. Credit to their defense. They really deserved it. I wish there was something I can complain about but they really deserve it.”Despite their free throw woes and horrible outside shooting, the Aces still found themselves in great position to win the game and extend the series to a deciding Game 3 after taking an 83-80 lead with 3:01 remaining. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving But that turned out to be Alaska’s last basket as they went scoreless for the remainder of the game, missing its last five attempts from the field.Calvin Abueva led Alaska with 17 points and 16 rebounds while Ping Exciminiano added 12 points and seven rebounds. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Japanese great Keisuke Honda offers himself to Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJapanese great Keisuke Honda has made a ‘come and get me’ plea to Manchester United.Now 33, Honda is seeking one final great experience – no matter the terms – before hanging up his boots.“Make me an offer. I don’t need money, but I want to play in a great team with great teammates!” wrote Honda on social media.The striker, once of AC Milan, is currently a free agent. In 2018, he combined his career in Australia at Melbourne Victory with his work as head coach of the Cambodian national team.Give me an offer. I don’t need money but I need to play with great team and great team mate! @[email protected]_JP— KeisukeHonda (@kskgroup2017) September 27, 2019 TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say