Bassa LFA Suspends, Fines Players, Coach

first_imgThe Grand Bassa County Sub-Association of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) has suspended and fined seven 3rd Division players and a coach.According to a communication signed by Secretary Moses D. Hayes, Sr. and approved by Chairman Jeremiah B. Johnson, the players are from Gbehzohn PRO FC in Lower Harlandsville Township outside Buchanan City.The players have been suspended for one year for attacking center referee Emmanuel Gaye during a match between their team and Fairplay FC at the Doris Williams Sports Stadium recently.The players are Reuben B. Frank, Emmanuel Tarley, Philip Roberts, Junior Gibson and Leroy Simpson.The club is also fined $10,000LD for bringing the match to a standstill, and it is responsible to pay for missing and damaged items.The items included 2 fox forty whistles at the cost of $30 USD, a set of referee’s cards at the cost of $15 USD, Medical bills for Referee Gaye at the cost of $1,500LD and window glasses broken by Player Junior Gibson from the VIP which cost $40 USD. Gibson has denied the charge. Also two players of Western Lion F.C of Lower Harlandsville Township, Daniel Kpehe and Sequence Freeman were also suspended for one year. They attacked center referee Sylvester S. Sayon during a match between Fashion FC and Western Lion FC. In another development, Coach Abraham Harrington of Fashion F.C. was suspended for six months for insulting center referee Sylvester S. Sayon during a match between Fashion FC and Western Lion, recently.The action exhibited by the suspended players and the coach as well as their clubs contravenes LFA’s Rules and Regulations, chapter 18, Article 1, Section 1.5a and Section 1.7 respectively. Accordingly, section 1.5a states that any official who shall assault a match official or LFA Official before, during and after a match shall be suspended for one year for the first offense and pay all expenses incurred by the match official or LFA official and 18 months for the second offense.Section 1.7 also states that a club player, officials or member of a club who shall encourage or authorize the team to abandon a match or bring a match to a standstill shall be fined $10,00LD and be suspended for not less than one year and not exceeding two years.The suspension of the seven players and coach started September 28, 2015 and will expire September 28, 2016.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Special election yields some invaluable lessons

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hoping to make a difference for all Californians during the special election, I leaped at the opportunity. Was it worth it? I say yes! Victory may have been sweet, but knowledge is more powerful. The following are lessons learned: If you tell the same lies long enough, people will believe them. Deceptive ads that ran for months leading up to the election warned of lost benefits and pensions for public-employee union members. Not true. The ads warned of the loss of education funding, quality patient care and resources for public safety should Proposition 76 pass. Not true. They warned of silencing the voice of union membership and taking the right to negotiate away should Proposition 75 pass. Not true. The lies won. True. Money wins elections. Yes on Proposition 75 raised $5 million. Compare that with the union war chest, which spent $40 million dollars to defeat Proposition 75. Not to mention the hundreds of millions of dollars spent to defeat the other measures on the ballot. This incredible amount of money gave the unions the ammunition needed to keep their false messages alive. Asking your permission is no longer necessary. The purpose of Proposition 75 was simple: get permission before taking union members’ money to spend on politics. If someone takes money from our paychecks, they need to ask our permission. Can you imagine at the end of a hard workweek discovering money taken from your check without your consent? One would think there would be no opposition to taking without asking. No longer true. And the taking will continue. When falsely accused, you must fight back. We are taught to always turn the other cheek. During an election, you cannot afford to. When push comes to shove, you have to shove back – the harder the better. When an issue or person is falsely represented, you must immediately respond with the truth. The intention of elections is not to lie. However, when so much is at stake, you’d be surprised at what people are willing to do. You should not rely on the public to seek out the truth for themselves. You must defend yourself and make certain that truth prevails. If you don’t, nobody else will. There are consequences to your actions. Whether you voted or not, one thing is for certain: California faces an $8 billion deficit next year. The bottom line is we will continue to incur debt and pass it down for future generations. Or we can demand that leaders in Sacramento work together and find meaningful solutions. The measures on the ballot for the special election could have created reform for California. Although victory was claimed by some, it is a hollow one. True victory for California will be when we have a balanced budget, our students outperform the rest of the nation, the safety and health of all citizens is secure, and every Californian has a voice. Maybe someday – just not today. Richard J. Riordan, the former mayor of Los Angeles, served as secretary of education in the Schwarzenegger administration. He also campaigned on behalf of Proposition 75 in the special election. last_img read more