‘I Have No Regret’

first_imgLFA president Musa Bility has said that he has no regret following the confirmation by the Court for Arbitration for Sports (CAS) confirmed his earlier rejection by the FIFA Ad-Hoc Elections Committee.At the end of year press conference at the offices of the Liberia Football Association in Monrovia last Saturday, Bility said despite his rejection, he is satisfied that FIFA has finally decided to remove the portion that dealt with ‘checking integrity’ for FIFA presidential candidates from the updated FIFA Statues.“The law used to disqualify me is scrapped from the new FIFA statues,” Bility said triumphantly, “though I am denied to contest the election, my advocacy has paid off.”He said it was a law used to abuse power and with its removal, “It gives me solace that FIFA finally recognized that it should not be there at all.”Bility said he is ever determined to advocate for things that will bring improvement in the global football.“The Executive Committee of the LFA will deliberate and come up with what can help the improvement of the game,” he said. “It has to do with term limit for officials.”He re-echoed an earlier statement that history of the world is replete with grander tales of personal sacrifices, including ‘punishments’ in the advocacy of change.In the wake of that, Bility answered to a question that the result of his denial and the eventual change that has come to FIFA gives him a great deal of hope. He refuted a suggestion that he might have been denied due to being an African.He called on Liberians not to be deterred with his experience and must venture into leadership in global organizations to show their worth.Commends GOLBility commended the Liberian government for its support in the last soccer year.“I also want to thank the players, Coach James Debbah, deputy Kelvin Sebwe and the rest of the technical team for exhibiting a greater amount of leadership that added to the modest gain of the national team,” he said.National LeagueHe stated that the 2016 national soccer league will begin on 23 January and noted that the Club Licensing System, embarked on by the LFA is a serious venture to improve the game.He explained that at least three teams, NPA, IE and Monrovia Breweries could not qualify by the standard of the Club Licensing System and as a result they were dropped from participating in the forthcoming league, “and once they meet the requirement in the future they may participate in the league.”Bility said club owners must demonstrate their seriousness to follow rules and statutes to improve the game and his administration will not allow those who are not prepared to disrupt the progress of the league.“Twenty years ago,” he said, “there were no clubs like LISCR, BYC, Fassell and Nimba United but today they are some of the leading clubs in the country.”He said lack of organization and support has dissolved teams like Great Bame, Fulani, and Black Star. “These were among some of the best clubs twenty years ago and where are they now?”He said the Club Licensing System predates his administration and therefore to improve the game means clubs that are not prepared to follow LFA statues must give way to those who are able.Emmanuel Deah (SG)He regretted the untimely death of former Secretary General B. Alphonso Armah and said acting Secretary General Mr. Emmanuel Deah has done tremendously well that his name is being proposed to the Executive Committee of the LFA to get confirmation for the position.“This is to cherish the memory of the late Armah by continuing to do what is necessary for the improvement of the game,” he said.New Technical CenterBility announced that the LFA is planning a tour of its new Technical Center after an 8-week turf is laid with sports journalists.“This center will afford the national team uninterrupted training and we look forward to much bigger competitions for the national team,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ask Farnoosh: How to Help My S.O. with His Debt?

first_imgDear Farnoosh,My significant other has a lot of credit card debt. I want to help him, but avoid handing over cash from my savings. What’s a smart way to support him that benefits the both of us in the long run? I see us getting married and want to secure our future to the best of my ability. – Anonymous As the saying goes, “love is blind,” but don’t let it derail your personal finances.When in a relationship, your emotions can sometimes compete with logic. You may rationalize paying for your partner’s hardships as the “loving” thing to do. And since you’re hoping to build a future together, erasing your partner’s debt once and for all may seem like the easiest and fastest way to move forward with all that you want to accomplish as a couple, from getting married to buying a home and starting a family.But it’s important that you let him do the hard work of digging himself out of debt. You can help, but it’s best to avoid writing blank checks or handing over cash.Not to be harsh, but he needs to know what it’s like to make a financial plan and stick to it. He needs to understand the necessary trade-offs involved with managing debt. He needs to go through the motions and feelings of resolving his finances. It’s the only way he’ll learn and it’s the only way he’ll truly appreciate the efforts and rewards of becoming (and staying) debt-free. It’s for his own good – and the good of your relationship.Instead, consider these other efforts that will still prove your loyalty and support, as he works to pay off his debt.Be a Good ListenerBefore suggesting your own ideas, ask him what he needs. It’s important to offer your ear, as much as your big ideas and thoughts. In talking through his concerns with you, you may discover new ways to help him that have nothing to do with writing him a check.Maybe he needs help structuring his pay off plan or negotiating with his creditors. Could you offer advice or support in those areas? Maybe he wants to ask for a raise at work to help pay off the debt and you can help him to prepare and practice his conversation.Showing that you are there to listen can provide him the confidence and reassurance he needs to see himself through the payoff process.Reduce Your Shared ExpensesIf you’re living together, think about how you can save more in joint spending categories like food, rent and utilities that often eat up the biggest portions of our budgets.Taking the lead by planning out more meals at home, negotiating with your utility companies to earn a reduced rate and even minimizing your housing expenses (either by renting out a 2nd bedroom, renegotiating your lease or moving to a more affordable place) can shave hundreds of dollars off of your monthly expenses per month.Enjoy More “Free” Time TogetherAt the same time, discover ways to reduce your activity costs (date nights, movies, eating out) by proactively suggesting less expensive ways to spend time together. Netflix nights, potluck dinners with friends, staycations and visiting free museums and gallery openings can be great alternatives to pricier events like concerts and trips.Important: Keep track of how much you’re saving and do actually save the money each week and allocate it towards the debt. For example, if you normally go out to eat three nights per week, but cut back to one night per week as your partner works on his finances, automatically save the, say $30 or $50, you would have probably spent on those restaurant meals (don’t forget tip and tax) towards his debt.Cover Some Joint Expenses… TemporarilyFinally, if you’re currently splitting cable, would you be comfortable and able to take on the entire bill yourself? Saving him $50 a month or more by having you shoulder a little more of the shared expenses could provide him with the extra savings to get out of debt faster.This is different than just giving him the money because it would require him to use his own cash to pay down his bills. You’re effectively helping him save more so that he can erase his debt sooner.For this strategy to be successful, it’s important that you lay out your expectations up front. Let it be known that the reason you want to take on some of the expenses is because you want him to be able to use that money to address his debt – and only that. Have weekly or monthly check-ins to review his debt. If you’re going to entirely pay for one or some of the household expenses, show how the math can work in his favor. For example, “In 3 months, that means you can put an extra $1,000 towards your credit card debt.” Keep him accountable! Have a question for Farnoosh? You can submit your questions via Twitter @Farnoosh, Facebook or email at farnoosh@farnoosh.tv (please note “Mint Blog” in the subject line).Farnoosh Torabi is America’s leading personal finance authority hooked on helping Americans live their richest, happiest lives. From her early days reporting for Money Magazine to now hosting a primetime series on CNBC and writing monthly for O, The Oprah Magazine, she’s become our favorite go-to money expert and friend. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Post navigationlast_img read more