LFA president Mustapha Raji and Doxxbet-Liberia managing director Branislav Lysonek display the symbolic check of US$24K, for the sponsorship of the league prizes.The Liberia Football Association (LFA) and Doxxbet-Liberia have signed a partnership agreement valued US$24,000 to provide sponsorship for the individual awards in the ongoing national leagues.The prizes include highest goal scorers, most valuable players (MVPs), best defenders, best goalkeepers and best coaches in the first, second and women’s divisions as well as best referee and best sports reporter.The prizes for the highest goal scorers are L$200,000 in the first division, L$150,000 in the second division and L$100,000 in the female division. The MVP in the first division will get a car while the MVP will get L$200,000 in the second division and L$100,000 for the MVP in the female division.The best defenders, goalkeepers and coaches in the first, second and female divisions will get L$100,000 each.For unarguably the first time in the history of the LFA national leagues, the best referee and sports journalist will each receive L$100,000.Doxxbet-Liberia managing director Branislav Lysonek was happy that the deal was finalized after months of negotiations.LFA president Mustapha Raji and Doxxbet-Liberia managing director Branislav Lysonek exchange copies of the signed league sponsorship agreement.“We had to conclude the details of everything over many meetings in the office. And finally we exchanged letters to sign the sponsorship agreement. So we feel good and confident about this partnership and we believe that this is just the beginning,” said Lysonek.The deal is valued for a year and Doxxbet believes it will be used for the support of the national league.“We expect it is going to be all transparent and delivered to the players and referee, who should be awarded for their performances. Doxxbet also hopes it will be seen as the exclusive sponsors of this unique league in the gaming industry,” said Lysonek.LFA secretary-general Isaac T. Z. Montgomery (2n from right) also hailed Doxxbet for support to Liberian football and encouraged other private entities to emulate their example.He said it was Doxxbet’s initial contribution to Liberian football and the deal could be extended depending on further corporation.LFA President Mustapha Raji thanked Doxxbet for agreeing to sponsor the league after tireless negotiation.“Today, I am happy again that the LFA have signed another partnership with Doxxbet Liberia to provide prizes for individuals like most valuable players and best defenders and coaches in all categories.“We are happy that Doxxbet came to our aid after months of negotiations. We hope that this will further motivate the players knowing that they will benefit at the end of the league in addition to the prizes that will be given to the clubs,” Raji said.LFA secretary-general Isaac T. Z. Montgomery also hailed Doxxbet for support to Liberian football and encouraged other private entities to emulate their example.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Several lawmakers from both parties have said Gonzales’ conflicting accounts of the firings, along with concerns about how the Justice Department is fighting the War on Terrorism, have undermined their confidence in him. Democrats and some Republicans, such as Sen. John Sununu of New Hampshire and possible GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, have called for Gonzales’ resignation. President George W. Bush, meanwhile, has stood by Gonzales, a longtime friend from Texas. “I think the Justice Department has been working very hard to be fully responsive to the request, as the president asked them to do,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Tuesday. Officials said the House request included the full text of all documents that had been partially or completely blacked out in the Justice Department’s initial release of more than 3,000 pages last month, including some U.S. attorney evaluations. Justice officials said the request included an unredacted list ranking the performance and standing of each of the 93 U.S. attorneys. Government officials have previously confirmed that Chicago-based prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, one of the Justice Department’s premier U.S. attorneys, was ranked as “not distinguished.” In addition, the documents being sought include any correspondence with journalists about the firing. Democrats say statements by Gonzales and his lieutenants, three of whom have resigned in the aftermath of the dismissals, have raised questions over whether the ousters were politically motivated. The administration denies any wrongdoing. Gonzales’ former chief of staff, Kyle Sampson, told Leahy’s committee last month that the firings were a “benign rather than sinister story.” Meanwhile, Gonzales on Tuesday named Kevin J. O’Connor, U.S. attorney for Connecticut, his new chief of staff to replace Sampson, who had orchestrated the firings for the department and resigned last month.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Democrats subpoenaed Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for more documents Tuesday, escalating their fight with the Bush administration over the firings of eight U.S. attorneys. The subpoena, issued a week before Gonzales was scheduled to testify before Congress about the dismissals, seeks hundreds of documents either withheld or heavily blacked out by his department. The subpoena sets a Monday deadline for Gonzales to produce the documents. “We have been patient in allowing the department to work through its concerns regarding the sensitive nature of some of these materials,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., wrote Gonzales in a letter accompanying the subpoena. “Unfortunately, the department has not indicated any meaningful willingness to find a way to meet our legitimate needs.” Conyers characterized the subpoena as a last resort after weeks of negotiations with Justice over documents and e-mails the committee wants in its pursuit of whether any of the firings were improper. Justice spokesman Brian Roehrkasse stopped short of saying the department would fight the subpoena. But he said legal concerns about violating privacy rights of people mentioned in the documents have kept Justice from releasing them. “Because there are individuals’ privacy interests implicated by publicly releasing this information, it is unfortunate that Congress would choose this option,” Roehrkasse said. “In light of these concerns, we will continue to work closely with congressional staff and we still hope and expect that we will be able to reach an accommodation with the Congress.” Conyers’ counterpart, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., asked Gonzales in a letter for documents on the firings that have been retained by the Justice Department. Such letters are sometimes preludes to a subpoena, which Leahy’s committee is expected to authorize this week. Leahy’s committee also asked Gonzales for documents on a prosecution in Wisconsin that was overturned by a federal appeals court for lack of evidence. The defendant, state worker Georgia Thompson, had been accused of bid-rigging by favoring a company with ties to Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle. Leahy and five other Democratic senators said they were concerned whether politics played a role in the case. Together, the developments indicated that Democrats would make life for Gonzales and the Bush administration no easier in the week leading up to his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 17.
The CSA’s Michel Boyon & Aurélie FilippettiFrance’s six new HD DTT channels – HD1, L’Equipe 21, 6ter, Numéro 23, RMC Découverte and Chérie 25 – have gone on air.French media regulator the CSA launched the channels at an event yesterday in the presence of the country’s culture minister Aurélie Filippetti.The channels are currently available to about half of France’s households in total, according to the regulator, including 29% of DTT households. On DTT the channel is available in the Ile de France, Bourgogne, Aquitaine and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regions, with a further 1,500 transmitters sett to distribute them in 12 phases between now and June 2015, ultimately giving 97% terrestrial coverage.In addition to the terrestrial network, the channels are available via satellite, ADSL and cable.
The BBC is gearing up for “the most digital Glastonbury ever,” with live multi-feed coverage, similar to that seen at the Olympics, planned for the iconic music festival. The BBC said it will air more than 120 live performances over the three days of this summer’s festival on TV, red button, online and radio and will live-stream footage from the six main stages for the first time.The cross-platform online coverage will give viewers access to 250 hours of live coverage on PC, mobile, tablet and connected TV – including smart TVs and games consoles. The festival will also feature on TV channels BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four.Mark Friend, BBC Controller, multiplatform across radio and music, said: “Just as we did with sport at the Olympics, our ambition this year is to bring our audiences even closer to the music they love at Glastonbury.”Additionally, the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, will broadcast the festival on its bouquet of international channels around the world. A six-hour live broadcast of the iconic festival will run on its final day, Sunday, June 30.The live stream and a 1x90mins highlight package will be carried on the BBC Entertainment channel in Asia, Latin America, Poland, Nordics and South Africa.It will also be on the BBC Knowledge channel in parts of Asia and BBC HD in the EMEA region and Latin America.In Australia and New Zealand the music festival content will be carried on UKTV.Tracy Forsyth, VP commissioning, content, BBC Worldwide, ordered the festival coverage for the international channels.She said: “The scale and quality of Glastonbury and its consistently stellar line-up of music acts have given it a well-earned reputation as one of the world’s not-to-be-missed events, so we are excited to be bringing our viewers closer than ever before.”The Glastonbury 2013 highlights and live coverage will be produced by BBC Music Television and Glastonbury Festivals Limited.
Numericable’s LaBox offeringFrance’s competition authority is to set out its analysis of cable operator Numericable’s acquisition of larger rival SFR and hear the views of competitors on October 8, ahead of its deadline of ruling on the deal by the end of the month. The regulator is expected to set out remedies relating to a number of areas before giving a green light to the deal. It is expected to demand that Numericable sell off its French overseas territories operation, Outremer Telecom to prevent the pair from holding an overwhelmingly dominant position in the Mayotte and Réunion markets.A question mark hangs over whether the authority will require SFR and Numericable to open up their fixed network to competitors. The combined company will have a leading position in the ultra high-speed internet market and the regulator may rule that it should give access to competitors in certains parts of the country ahead of rivals building out their own fibre nets.The competition authority is also expected to study the role of Vivendi, which will hold a 20% stake in the combined group. The authority is likely to seek ways of limiting Vivendi’s influence given the dominance of the pair together in the pay TV market.The acquisition of SFR by Numericable’s owner Altice, the investment vehicle of Patrick Drahi, will create the number two telecom operator in France, with revenues of around €11.5 billion, 18 million mobile subscribers and 6.7 million fixed customers.