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Your Extension Stories

first_imgToday, Extension in Georgia is a cooperative effort by federal, state and local government partners administered by UGA and known as UGA Extension. For more information about UGA Extension, see extension.uga.edu or call 1-800-Ask-UGA1. University of Georgia Extension invites Georgians to help celebrate 100 years of working together to build a better Georgia by chronicling their Extension stories. The history of UGA Extension is comprised of thousands of stories of Georgians who spent their youth at 4-H summer camps, organized home demonstration clubs or relied on their local county agent for canning, gardening or farming advice. As it celebrates its official centennial, the organization wants to hear and share these stories. Anyone who feels UGA Extension has affected their life should visit 100years.extension.uga.edu and submit their story in the online form. Selected stories will be compiled as part of this historical website celebrating the Georgia Extension’s centennial. The dynamic website will share the history of UGA Extension through articles, historic photographs, videos, timelines and personal anecdotes. It will be available to help the public explore the history of UGA Extension and the impact it’s had on the state’s history. Who should submit a story? Farmers, homemakers, Extension agents, retired agents, former 4-H Club members, parents, business owners, grandparents, grandchildren and anyone else who’s been influenced by UGA Extension. What constitutes a good story? For the 100years.extension.uga.edu website, UGA Extension is looking for both specific anecdotes about personal involvement with UGA Extension and general impressions of the organization’s impact on the state. The stories can be funny, heartfelt, personal or general. Here are some tips for jogging memories and sharing stories: Browse some of the stories on the 100years.extension.uga.edu website. Do you have any similar experiences? Get together with friends and colleagues from your time with UGA Extension or Georgia 4-H.Flip through old photo albums. Think about your childhood. Do you remember a time when you or your family turned to UGA Extension for help or advice. Think about special people. Is there a farm friend who always attends field days with you or an Extension agent who went out of his or her way to help you or your family with a problem? What are some of the things you remember about them?Remember turning points, both good and bad. Are their farm years when drought or bumper yields made a lasting impression on your memory? Do you remember a time when you came up against a challenge and overcame it? Think about milestones. Whether it’s the year you went to 4-H National Conference or the year you put up new broiler houses, it’s a big event in your life. Did UGA Extension play a part? It may also be fun for children to interview their parents or grandparents to elicit stories and memories from their younger years. Those stories can be written down and later entered into the 100years.extension.uga.edu website.UGA Extension was founded in 1914 through the Smith-Lever Act, a federal law that established and funded a state-by-state national network of educators to bring university-based research and practical knowledge to the public. last_img read more

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Petition to limit malpractice fees now at the court

first_imgPetition to limit malpractice fees now at the court August 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Petition to limit malpractice fees now at the court Bar response says it’s too early to take up any rule amendments Gary Blankenship Senior Editor A lawyer acting for the Florida Medical Association has filed a rule petition with the Supreme Court asking that a constitutional limit on contingency fees in medical malpractice cases be embedded in Bar rules. The Bar has filed a short response, calling the petition premature, among other things.The court has asked for comments from any interested parties (see Notice on page 17) and has set oral argument for November 30. It also has, besides the Bar response, received comments from nine attorneys and two voluntary bar associations as of this Bar News’ deadline, all opposing the petition.Stephen Grimes, a former Supreme Court justice who represents the FMA on the issue, filed a petition signed by him and 54 other Bar members on June 29. They had filed a notice of the proposed rule change, as required by Bar rules, 90 days previously, so the issue could be reviewed by the Board of Governors and advertised in the Bar News. Grimes noted in the petition that voters in November 2004 approved a constitutional amendment that limited lawyer contingency fees in medical malpractice cases. Those limits were set at 30 percent of the first $250,000 awarded, not counting costs, and 10 percent above that amount.But attorneys, the petition said, began getting their clients to waive that constitutional provision and agree to higher fees, so the petition asks that the constitutional fee limit be grafted into Bar rules.The waiver has “the lawyer negotiating with the client in order to have the client give up his constitutional rights in order that the lawyer may receive a higher fee,” the petition said. “To permit such a practice would not only put the lawyer in an unethical position but fly in the face of the constitutional mandate overwhelmingly approved by Florida voters.”The response brief by the Bar was filed by Tallahassee attorney Barry Richard, following Board of Governors consideration of the proposed rule at its June meeting.It listed three reasons for not taking up the petition:• “The relief sought is premature.”• “The petition seeks relief that presumes validity and interpretation of a November 2004 amendment to Article I, Section 26, of the Florida Constitution before the court has adjudicated the provision’s validity and interpreted its meaning.”• “Issues involving validity and interpretation of a constitutional amendment are more appropriately resolved in an adjudicatory forum than through the rulemaking process.”Richard noted that the Bar has not opposed past rules that set contingency fee schedules. He also wrote that while the petition asked for a change in the fee schedule, it did not cite any evidence of more abuse of contingency fees than there was in 1986, when the court last addressed the fee schedule.The petition also assumes the constitutional amendment is mandatory and cannot be waived, Richard wrote, adding, “There can be no doubt that the issues of validity and interpretation will reach this court in an adjudicatory proceeding in short order. For the court to consider a rule change before adjudication of those issues would be to put the cart before the horse.”The Bar asked that if the court does consider the rule change, that it set a briefing schedule.The 11 other petitions all cited similar or related reasons: claiming the real intent is to limit people’s access to the courts; it only serves a narrow interest rather that the broad purposes of The Florida Bar; and the amendment and proposed rule interfere with the right to contract.“The amendment is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and through the subject petition the wolf’s fangs now begin to show,” wrote Tallahassee attorney Brian J. Wolk. He noted Justice Fred Lewis’ dissent in the court opinion that allowed Amendment 3 on the ballot, adding, “The subject petition is simply a further attempt to, as Justice Lewis noted, ‘impact access to the courts as guaranteed in Article 1, Section 21 of the Florida Constitution.’”Orlando attorney Scott McMillen wrote, “Other constitutional rights are freely waivable and there is nothing in the ballot language or in Section 23 suggesting it is not freely waivable like other constitutional rights. It is absurd for Petitioners to suggest to the court that Amendment 3, placed on the ballot by the Florida Medical Association, was honestly intended by its sponsors to ensure that patients will make more money when they file malpractice claims, and thus have even more incentive to sue the very sponsors of Amendment 3. The sole and transparent reason for Amendment 3 was to make it less likely for victims of malpractice to find representation, and without competent representation they have no access to the courts.”St. Petersburg attorney Roy L. Glass said he opposed the proposed rule change but said Bar rules should be modified so clients specifically opt for the fee schedule in Amendment 3 or specifically waive it.last_img read more

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FLU SERIES CDC: Flu vaccine reached those in need

first_imgFeb 11, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Influenza vaccine doses intended for those at highest risk for serious complications from the flu made it into the arms of the right people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta said yesterday.One highlight of the first part of the 2004-05 flu season is that 57.3% of children between 6 and 23 months old were vaccinated from September to December 2004, the CDC said. The data were collected during the first 3 weeks of January by the national Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey. This was the first year flu immunization was officially recommended for young children.”It is wonderful news that so many children are being vaccinated against a potentially life-threatening illness like influenza,” CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said in a news release.The survey also showed that most flu vaccine doses went to the priority groups identified for this season. Coverage among adults in priority groups was 43.1%, compared with 8.3% for adults in other groups. Nearly 59% of people aged 65 and older reported having vaccinations by last December, down from 65.5% of people who reported getting flu shots in the 2003 survey.It has been a turbulent flu season from an administrative standpoint. States have scrambled to make up shortfalls in supply prompted by the loss of Chiron’s 48 million doses last October. Faced with just over half the expected supply, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) identified priority groups for vaccination.A CDC workgroup will meet later this month to consider whether to sub-prioritize those priority categories, weighing issues such as whether vaccinating children prevents more illnesses than reaching members of other priority groups, said Bonnie Hebert, a CDC spokeswoman.With the CDC’s release of its flu vaccine stockpile on Jan 27, some 3.5 million more doses of vaccine were made available. In addition, states were allowed to make widely available some doses originally reserved for certain uninsured or underinsured children in the Vaccines for Children Program.In California and other states, experts are encouraging parents to bring children under age 9 in for flu shots in order to boost immunity this season and next, said Robert Schechter, MD, with the immunization branch of California’s Department of Health Services. ACIP recommendations call for two doses the first year children get flu shots.Children can have their first shot now, before the existing supplies expire on June 30, and get another dose next fall, Schechter said, “to make it a little easier to get existing shots before next winter and use the supply we have now.”The push is part of a larger educational initiative evident across the United States.”People expect that vaccination against flu happens in October or November,” Schechter said. They need to realize “there is a larger window than that.”The Minnesota Department of Health today announced 24 possible or probable influenza outbreaks in schools and 12 confirmed outbreaks in nursing homes. The department offered this gentle reminder: “With 3 months of the flu season still ahead of us, getting the shot now is still a good idea.”The flu season is in full swing in Tennessee, reported Kelly Moore, MD, MPH, medical director for the state’s immunization program. Demand for flu shots varies by region, but is particularly high in areas where the flu is circulating, she said.Several schools have been shut down across Tennessee because of the jump in flu cases and the prevalence of other viral illnesses this year, Moore said. Some schools were seeing absentee rates of 15% to 20%, according to the Associated Press (AP). About 1,700 cases of influenza-like illness (ILI) were reported in the state last week, the AP reported.In updating its flu activity report today, the CDC said the illness continued to increase across the nation last week. Flu activity was widespread in 27 states, regional in 16, and local in 4 states and the District of Columbia. Two states and Puerto Rico logged only sporadic influenza activity.The proportion of patient visits to sentinel providers for ILI was above the national baseline, the CDC said. However, the proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and flu—7.8%—was below the epidemic threshold of 8.2%, the agency said. Six flu-associated deaths in children have been reported to CDC this season.See also: Feb 10 CDC news releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/r050210.htmlast_img read more

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NBA walkout sparks historic US sport boycott over police shooting

first_img“Over the last few days in our home state of Wisconsin, we’ve seen the horrendous video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back seven times by a police officer in Kenosha, and the additional shooting of protestors,” the Bucks players said in a statement explaining their boycott.”Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball.”The Bucks’ no-show prompted the NBA to scrap two other games scheduled for Wednesday: Houston’s clash with Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers’ matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers.At an emergency meeting of NBA teams in Florida late Wednesday, the crisis threatened to put the entire season in jeopardy, with LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers both voting to abandon the season. All other teams voted to continue. Topics : It was not immediately clear whether the Lakers and Clippers would continue the season as scheduled. A walkout by two of the NBA’s strongest teams and title contenders — as well as its biggest star — would deal a devastating blow to the credibility of the season. The NBA’s Board of Governors is meeting on Thursday to address player concerns. Dramatic escalation The NBA postponements marked a dramatic escalation in the league’s calls for social justice, which have reverberated across the sport in the months since the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd by Minneapolis police in May.Lakers superstar James voiced solidarity with the Bucks decision in a tweet shortly after the boycott was announced. “WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT,” James wrote.The NBA’s players union also backed the protest. “The players have, once again, made it clear — they will not be silent on this issue,” National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts said in a statement.Renewed anger had swept the NBA after Sunday’s shooting of Blake.The 29-year-old was shot repeatedly in the back as he attempted to get into his car, which contained his three children.Protests have erupted in Kenosha since the shooting, with two people killed after a teenager opened fire on demonstrators with an assault rifle on Tuesday. Boycotts spread The boycotts spread to other sports, with the Milwaukee Brewers’ game against the Cincinnati Reds becoming one of several Major League Baseball games to be postponed.In tennis, two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka abruptly announced her withdrawal from the WTA Western & Southern Open semi-finals, where she was due to play on Thursday.”As a black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis,” Osaka said.In a statement released late Wednesday, ATP/WTA organizers said all play scheduled for Thursday had been postponed in recognition of the fight against racial inequality.Elsewhere, the Women’s NBA postponed its scheduled fixtures for Wednesday, while Major League Soccer also called off five of six games. ‘Horrifying, maddening’ The NBA’s coronavirus-halted season resumed last month in Orlando against the backdrop of nationwide protests following Floyd’s death.NBA teams have knelt in protest during the pre-match playing of the US national anthem, while the words “Black Lives Matter” have been painted onto each court staging games in Florida.Players, many of whom took part in protests against Floyd’s killing, have been allowed to wear jerseys bearing social justice messages.The first hints of boycotts over Blake’s shooting came from Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse, who revealed that his players had discussed refusing to play their game with Boston on Thursday.Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens described Blake’s shooting as “horrifying.””Our thoughts are with Jacob Blake and his family and obviously that video was horrifying, awful,” Stevens said. “To think of three kids being in that car, it’s ridiculous.”These are hard times. With the pandemic going on, with this constant wave of inequality — it’s maddening.”The Los Angeles Clippers African-American coach Doc Rivers contrasted the latest shooting with the apocalyptic rhetoric at this week’s Republican Party convention.”All you hear is Donald Trump and all of them talking about fear,” Rivers said in remarks on Tuesday.”We’re the ones getting killed. We’re the ones getting shot. We’re the ones that are denied to live in certain communities.”We’ve been hung, we’ve been shot. All you do is keep hearing about fear. It’s amazing to me why we keep loving this country and this country does not love us back.” The Milwaukee Bucks led a historic sporting boycott Wednesday over the US police shooting of a black man, forcing the NBA to halt its playoff schedule and prompting a wave of walkouts across multiple sports.The NBA postponed its entire slate of Wednesday fixtures after the Bucks refused to play game five of their Eastern Conference first-round series against the Orlando Magic in protest over the shooting of African-American man Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday.Blake was seriously injured after being shot point blank in the back seven times by police officers in a confrontation captured on video.last_img read more

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Jamie Carragher claims Carlo Ancelotti is not the right appointment for Arsenal

first_imgJamie Carragher claims Carlo Ancelotti is not the right appointment for Arsenal Comment Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly in the running to take the Arsenal job (EPA)Jamie Carragher believes Carlo Ancelotti would be the wrong appointment for Arsenal.The 60-year-old Italian is reportedly in the running to become Unai Emery’s long-term successor after he was sacked by Napoli earlier this week.Ancelotti would provide Arsenal with a wealth of experience having won the Premier League with Chelsea, the Champions League and Serie A with AC Milan, Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain and the Champions League with Real Madrid.But Carragher believes the Arsenal job requires a manager who is more capable of rebuilding teams.ADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t agree with Ancelotti,’ Carragher told Sky Sports. Ancelotti was sacked by Napoli earlier this week (Getty Images)‘I think Ancelotti makes very good teams even better and takes them this next step.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘This is a big job. This is a rebuilding job.‘I don’t think Ancelotti has ever really been into clubs before and taken a group of players like this.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He’s always gone to top teams where it’s more about man-management and getting the best out of real top players, getting them onside.‘I think a lot more is needed here – this is a rebuilding job.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 15 Dec 2019 8:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link220Shareslast_img read more

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Tallebudgera mansion combines sustainability with contemporary style

first_img756 Trees Road TallebudgeraNESTLED in Tallebudgera overlooking the Gold Coast, rainforest residence Miri Miri is evidence sustainable design can be seamlessly elegant too. Owners Blair Schooley and his wife Judy bought the 8.5ha block in 2006, with a dream to create something that complemented nature. 756 Trees Road TallebudgeraMr Schooley said the extensive use of concrete kept the house cool while the narrow design allowed breezes to flow right through the house.The four-bedroom house has north-facing rooms, breezeways, polished concrete floors and louvres for cross ventilation. 756 Trees Road TallebudgeraMr Schooley said he had wanted a home with a backyard where he could “feel the grass between his toes”.“We figured we wanted to spend more time outside, so we needed a design that would fit that lifestyle,” the father-of-two said. 756 Trees Road Tallebudgera“I’m not a designer but I have a lot of friends who are architects so I mulled the idea of sustainable design with them.” Designed by architect Colin Loel, the sprawling residence was created with the Queensland weather in mind. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago756 Trees Road Tallebudgera“The best way I can describe it, is a really long and narrow building that is about one room wide all the way through,” Mr Schooley said. “The idea behind that was so we didn’t need airconditioning. In the winter the house absorbs the sun, it is very clever like that. “It is purposefully designed. Since we have lived there we have never taken the doona off our beds.” 756 Trees Road TallebudgeraAn open-air bathroom with a large cast iron bath and rain showerhead features at the back of the guesthouse which Mr Schooley described as a retreat. 756 Trees Road Tallebudgera“At first we wanted to build the house under the cliff on the property, but decided it was the backyard space we wanted,” Mr Schooley said. “There is a guesthouse my brother uses when he comes to stay.” 756 Trees Road Tallebudgera“I thought I would get sick of driving up the road to the house every day,” he said. “But it turned out to be therapeutic.” Natural features include recycled timber and stone along with an angled ceiling with exposed beams in the kitchen. The kitchen benchtops are made from recycled timber from a railway bridge in Yamba.last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Shut Out Lady Lions

first_imgThe Batesville Girls Tennis team ended their regular season with a 5-0 win against Rushville.In singles, Audrey Weigel, Sophie Brown, and Kate Poltrack picked up wins. The doubles teams of Baylee Rohlfing/Corinne Stone and Jenna Ertel/Betsy Harmeyer also won.In JV, Batesville won 6-0. Maggie Walsman and Lilly Esser won in singles. In doubles action, the teams of Carly Fitzpatrick/Kayla Stone, Vivian Shroder/Caroline Kellerman, Sally Heppner/Kayla Meyer, and Malia Scheele/Maggie Walsman all won.The Varsity will compete in the EIAC individual tournament beginning on Thursday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney​.last_img read more

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Rivage roars to cross-country glory

first_img “It’s been a wonderful day,” said the Ryanair supremo. “I was so confident in this horse. “This is a horse we tried to sell a couple of months ago but he failed his vet’s (tests) and came back to us.” Press Association Davy Russell steered Rivage D’Or to victory over the cross-country fences at Cheltenham in an incident-packed Glenfarclas Handicap Chase. The former Irish champion jockey is no stranger to success over the banks at Prestbury Park and was content to bide his time faced with the marathon distance of almost four miles. Rivage D’Or slowly crept into the race and avoided a nasty spill before the home turn as French challenger and favourite Toutancarmont went left and took out Quantitativeeasing, with both crashing through the rails. Russell guided Tony Martin’s charge over the final obstacle and he galloped all the way to the line to score by two and a quarter lengths. Any Currency, narrowly denied in this race a year ago, had to make do with the runner-up spot once again. Willie Mullins-trained pair Uncle Junior, aged 14, and Dogora, were third and fourth respectively. Russell said: “I enjoyed that immensely. The horse was brilliant. He (Martin) is a dangerous man around here.” Martin was quick to highlight the role Russell played in the victory. He said: “Davy’s a natural horseman and was the right man for the job. “Throughout the race we were always happy, it was just a matter of being patient and waiting.” Winning owner Michael O’Leary, whose Gigginstown operation also claimed the RSA Chase with Don Poli, said Rivage D’Or had been up for sale earlier in the year. last_img read more

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Eagles Take 2 of 3

first_imgBUCKSPORT — On Thursday, Ellsworth came away with wins over the host Golden Bucks and the Mount Desert Island Trojans but fell to the Camden Hills Windjammers.On the mat for Ellsworth, in the 48-30 win over the Golden Bucks, Dustin Smelley pinned Boris Clark at 130, Beau Wilber pinned Tarik Bernaiche at 135 and Michael Philippon pinned Dylan Hall at 171.On the mat for Bucksport, Alex Brown pinned Terry Sutherland at 112, Jacob Stewart pinned Tyler Getchell at 140, Jordan Fogg pinned Ben Wildes at 152, Chris Powell pinned Patrick Kidder at 189 and Damon Klinedinst pinned Michael Garland at 215.In a 56-18 win over the Trojans for Ellsworth, Zach Harris had a decision over Jonathan Gaspie at 125, Smelley pinned Josh Silva at 130, Harry Whitmore had a technical fall over Lucas Murphy at 160, Josh Fowler pinned Adam Ranco at 215 and Garland pinned Cody Bracy at 285.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor the Trojans, Jonathan Sargent pinned Sutherland at 112, Donald Hanson pinned Wilber at 135 and Elijah O’Connor pinned Getchell at 140.For Ellsworth in a 53-15 loss to Camden Hills, Philippon won a decision over Anthony Batty at 171 and Garland pinned Jacob Halberg at 285.For Bucksport, in its 36-24 win over MDI, Brown pinned Sargent at 112, Clark pinned Silva at 130, Stewart pinned O’Connor at 140 and Klinedinst pinned Ranco at 215.For the Trojans, Hanson pinned Bernaiche at 135 and Elias Burne pinned Hall at 171.The only win for Bucksport in a 60-6 loss to Camden Hills was by Stewart, who scored a decision over Isaac Young at 140.For more sports news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. Latest posts by admin (see all) State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts Biocenter_img House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 adminlast_img read more

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GFF to host CONCACAF Club Licensing workshop on Saturday

first_imgTHE Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), in collaboration with the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), will host a Club Licensing Workshop on Saturday May 20.The workshop, which is scheduled to begin at 09:30hrs, is expected to have a total of 40 persons from Regional Member Associations (RMA), national associations, elite league clubs and clubs which will be in contention for promotion to the elite league, that is, two top clubs in each RMA.According to Ian Alves, the GFF’s Competitions Director, the objective of the session is to ensure all senior clubs in Guyana have their club licence.Alves pointed out that “the efforts that club owners and administrators make in order to ensure our footballers both male and female have an opportunity to play football are recognised. It is with this in mind that club licensing procedure is geared to enable clubs to have proper infrastructure and the accompanying requisite regulations.”The session will be conducted by CONCACAF Development Coordinator, Cristhian Tonelli, and will adopt a Trainer-of-Trainers approach. This is necessary to continuously enable the transfer of knowledge to RMAs and build capacity among same for club licence. A club licence is necessary to enable participation in all CONCACAF tournaments.Prior to the workshop, Tonelli will meet with the Executive Committee of the GFF, Club Licensing Manager, the GFF First Instance Decision-Making Body and the GFF Appeals Instance Decision-Making Body tomorrow.last_img read more

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