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  1. The Chinese Super League (CSL) was supposed to start later this month but the campaign was indefinitely postponed by the coronavirus outbreak
  2. For a football club whose last major trophy dates back to 2008, Tottenham Hotspur undeniably came a long way to becoming a convincing unit under Mauricio Pochettino. With the Argentine at the helm of affairs, the Spurs played some exciting football and improved their game significantly while nurturing young talents. The efforts of Pochettino and his team saw them giving their Premier League rivals some tough competition and eventually propelled them to the coveted UEFA Champions League final, their first, last season. Even if their loss to Liverpool in the Madrid final and a subsequent dismal run in the Premier League, earlier this season, brought an end to Pochettino's five-year-and-a-half reign, the Spurs continue to show signs of greatness. Apart from their performances on the pitch, the Spurs' rise can also be measured from the intelligence of their ball boys. The second-leg of the last season's Champions League semifinal saw 14-year-old Oakley Cannonier rolling the spare ball towards Trent Alexander-Arnold whose swift corner kick allowed DivockOrigi to score their fourth and decisive goal to send Barcelona packing. And, more recently, another Spurs ball boy's intelligence and swift action once again aided the London-based club in the Champions League group stage clash against Olympiacos. While Harry Kane and Lucas Moura might have been influential on the field during in their 4-2 win, the real hero for Spurs wasn't even on it. Trailing 2-0 after 20 minutes, Spurs pegged one goal back just before half-time through Dele Alli and found their equaliser in the second half courtesy a smart, quick-thinking assist from ball boy Callum Hynes. As the host's team charged forward, Serge Aurier was able to take a quick throw-in courtesy of Hynes, with Moura receiving the ball, racing into the box and setting up Harry Kane for a routine finish. The Spurs scored two more goals, scripting a sensational comeback, to eventually beat Olympiacos 4-2 and secure a Round of 16 berth. But, it's needless to say, the real hero for Spurs was the 15-year-old ball boy who didn't just impress the fans, but also drew plaudits from new manager Jose Mourinho. Jose Mourinho at Tottenham is a new man pic.twitter.com/rwR8dMAPyo â ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 26, 2019 While the whole team was celebrating Kane's goal on the pitch, Mourinho made sure to offer his thanks to the instigator, Hynes, on the touchline and followed it up with a tribute in the post-match press conference. "I love intelligent ball boys like I was. I was a brilliant ball boy as a kid. This kid today was brilliant. He reads the game, understands the game and made an important assist," the Spurs boss told BT Sport. Jose Mourinho wanted to invite the @SpursOfficial ball boy into the dressing room to celebrate after his helping hand in the build up to the second goal against Olympiakosï¸ pic.twitter.com/gk9SS2Q5xX â Hayters TV (@HaytersTV) November 27, 2019Speaking at his post-match interview, Mourinho also revealed that he intended to extend an invite to the ball boy to join the Spurs team in the dressing room to celebrate, but the youngster had already disappeared. For young Hynes, who is now into his sixth season as a ball boy, the big moment, especially drawing praise from the 'Special One', still seems "surreal". âI was just doing my job and I still canât quite believe what happened. I didnât even see the goal! I was busy getting the ball that had come off and then I heard the cheer. I turned around and Harry was celebrating," the young ball boy told Tottenham's website. âI looked at the replay on the screen and watched exactly what happened. You can see from my smile it was just unbelievable. Jose didnât have to do that. It was really nice of him to come over to me. Itâs made my day, my life, really! I love Spurs and it was an amazing moment Iâll never forget. The whole way home I was using a torch in the car to go over my maths revision!â he added. If Hynes was over the moon, his mother Keeley, too, was blown away by Mourinho's sweet gesture for her son. âWe were in the stadium and saw Jose go over to Callum. We just thought it was going to be a high five and didnât expect any more than that but then both of our phones started pinging!," she said. âThe smile on Callumâs face! It was such a lovely thing that Jose did to say thanks like that. Callum always says that by sitting on the touchline watching these players he learns so much and takes it all away with him for his own football. Iâm so proud of him,â she added. In the modern era of the sport, football teams are often seen stressing on the need for that additional push to get over the line in tough situations. We have seen the scores of fans often being labelled as the twelfth man for their respective teams, but as the sport becomes more competitive, it seems that having just a loyal fanbase is not enough. The football clubs also need these intelligent and alert ball boys to tilt the contest in their favour. View the full article
  3. Version 1.1.2


    (BIM42) (BIM43) Clubs Enhancements This resource will give more power to Club Owners. They will be able to execute functions currently only possible in the Admin CP. Features: Add ability to create a custom HOME page for the Club Convert forums or apps categories into Club Features with a single click, so you don't need to manually move a bunch of items (topics, images, files, events, etc) - Admin CP feature. Convert Club Features into forums or categories Manage Club Features: Reorder (drag and drog) features Disable features: items from a disabled feature will not appear in the Club activity stream Delete features: just like on ACP, with option to delete content or move it to another club/category. Ability to ADMINS ban/unban members from the whole clubs. A banned member won't be able to access any club page, including its content (topics, files, images, etc.). IMPORTANT: Club items will continue to appear in Activity Streams, profiles, searchs, etc. The restriction will happen only when the member tries to read them. Allow members to choose which features will be automatically created when creating a club. Restrict number of equal features per club (example: you can only have one "topic" feature). Restrict Number of Clubs per member. Restrict Number of Clubs a member can join. Add ability to create a QUESTION feature when creating a feature from FORUMS app. Add members to the club (setting to allow Club Owners to use it. Admins can use it). Add members from a specific user group to the club (secondary groups checked) (setting to allow Club Owners to use it. Admins can use it). Change owner of the club. Change type of the club (option according to the owner group setting). Display club icons on users posts Display club icons on user profile (hover card) Settings: Allow admins/club owners to create a custom HOME page for the Club Restrict Number of Features? Number of features per club Allow Club Owners to manually ADD MEMBERS? Display 'Added By' info when admin/owner add members manually Display Club Icon on posts panel? Number of Club Icons to display Club Icons Sort Order: name, last activity and random Display Club Icons on Hovercard Profile? Number of Club Icons to display Club Icons Sort Order: name, last activity and random What's New in Version 1.0.17 New features: Add a new setting to give the admin the ability to add new registered members as a MEMBER in selected clubs when they create the account. Members will be deleted if the admin deletes the account Add a new setting: Allow Club Owners to change Club ownership? Added a button as a template by request.
  4. Version 1.0.0


    The plugin displays the map of clubs on the forum index. Users will see the Clubs that have permission to view. Settings: Number of club cards to display Sort clubs by: Last activity, most members, most content, last created or name Position: above or below Forum categories
  5. Arguably one of the most popular sports in the world, football enjoys a fanbase that seems to go break down various barriers including race, language, age and gender. Rightly labelled as a universal sport, football continues to grow in popularity with many countries - irrespective of other popular sports including cricket - thoroughly adopting and promoting the game. No matter where you watch a football match - in the stadium, a sports bar or even in your living room, the passion never seems to change. Regardless of what part of the world you are in, the passion for the sport remains the same. As much as it is seen in households, the same passion resonates on the football pitch. And, that's exactly what fuels the ever-increasing revenues of the football clubs across the globe. Capitalising on their popularity amongst the fans, football clubs are often seen making a killing through the sales of television rights, tickets and commercial income. © Reuters So, when the accountancy firm Deloitte released its 'Football Money League' - a list of richest football clubs for the 2016-17 season, it came as no surprise to see Europe's biggest football clubs charting massive revenues. While Spain's La Liga tends to attract a lot of eyeballs for the scintillating rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona, the English Premier League (EPL) - for its unpredictability - also remains one of the most popular domestic football tournaments amongst the fans. In fact, going by Deloitte's latest annual report, the Premier League has emerged as the biggest winner amongst its counterparts with 10 of its clubs making their way to the top 20 list - the most from one single league in history. The financial power of English clubs was largely thanks to Premier League contracts worth in excess of £8 billion over three years. However, clubs from the Ligue 1 in France, La Liga in Spain, and Germany's Bundesliga all competed for the top spot, along with one of the very best from England. And, the battle for the top spot this year was "the closest in Money League history" with only 1.5 million pounds separating the no. 1 club from the one placed second in the list. Here's a look at the top 10 revenue-generating football clubs this year: 10. Juventus © Reuters Generating a total revenue of 348.6 million pounds, Italian giants Juventus managed to secure the tenth spot in the list of top revenue-generating football clubs for the 2016-17 season. The Bianconeri made its second UEFA Champions League final appearance in three years last season. And, the fact that they won Serie A - the Italian championship, for a sixth time in a row (also a national record), surely helped them rake in the big bucks. While Juventus is the highest-ranked club from Italy in the list, Deloitte claims that it may struggle in years to come as broadcast deals in Italy are considerably lower than in England. 9. Liverpool © Reuters At a whopping 364.5 million pounds, Liverpool posted record overall revenue last year. Thanks to a new TV deal, the Reds' broadcast income blazed through the roof. And, that's not all, Deloitte further tips Jurgen Klopp's side to rise through the ranks in years to come. "Successful performance on the pitch, together with commercial growth and increased matchday revenue, could see [Liverpool] into a higher position this time next year," the Football Money League report claimed. 8. Chelsea © Reuters Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich's financial aid continues to bear fruits for Chelsea as they generated 367.8 million pounds last season. The Blues' ship was steadied somewhat last year after the club won the Premier League title for the 2016-17 season. And, while they are currently 15 points adrift at the top, a new sponsorship deal with drinks firm Carabao also boosted commercial income to £139.8 million for the year. 7. Paris Saint-Germain © Reuters Ever since Qatar Sports Investments group took over PSG as owners in 2011, the French club has undeniably flexed its muscles to stake claim one of the most popular football clubs around the world. If the big-bucks takeover made PSG the richest football club in France, their recent exploits saw them generate 417.8 million pounds last season. The French giants may have lost out on the Ligue 1 title last season, but they certainly gained big through the signing of Neymar for a world record transfer fee of 200 million pounds before adding Kylian Mbappe on loan (with an option to buy). Their high-profile signings "reflect a clear desire for PSG to regain its superiority in France and ultimately win the Champions League" which will propel them further upwards in the list. 6. Arsenal © Reuters Despite their struggles this season and a disappointing fifth-place finish last year, Arsenal managed to generate 419 million pounds - a new club record. Their FA Cup win triumph - third in four seasons - didn't just help Arsene Wenger save his job, but, looks like, it also added to their revenue. Irrespective of that, their ongoing troubles and, more importantly, the failure to qualify for this season's Champions League could very well see the Gunners drop down the Football Money League ladder next year. 5. Manchester City © Reuters A developing football and economic powerhouse, Manchester City has grown leaps and bounds to sit comfortably in the top-five of the richest football clubs list. With 453.5 million pounds in revenues last season, City has managed emerged as the top five Money League constituent for the second year in a row. Their third-place finish in the Premier League last season had already led to a massive growth in broadcast and commercial revenue, but with the Pep Guardiola's side well on course to win the title this year, City could even rank higher next season. 4. Bayern Munich © Reuters The only club to generate the most commercial revenue globally, Bayern Munich posted a staggering 505.1 million pounds in total revenue last season. Out of their overall revenue last year, Bayern's commercial revenue accounted for 295.1 million pounds. The German club won the Bundesliga title for the fifth consecutive season, but its quarter-finals exit at the hands of Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League impacted their overall revenue. 3. Barcelona © Reuters With 557.1 million pounds in revenues, Barcelona did manage to register a record turnover last season but they still dropped from the second spot to the third in the Money League list. They might be leading the charts this season, but their second-place finish in the Spanish league and failure to reach the Champions League semi-finals last year did affect their revenues. Unfortunately, since transfer income is not factored into Deloitte's ranking, Neymar's 200-million-pound move from Barcelona to PSG couldn't help the Blaugrana improve their overall revenues. 2. Real Madrid © Reuters Zinedine Zidane's side might be struggling to match arch-rivals Barcelona on the pitch this season, but Real Madrid did jump ahead of the Catalans in the Money League following an increase of 33.32 million pounds in commercial revenue to 259 million pounds, taking their overall revenues to a staggering 579.7 million pounds for the 2016-17 season. The Los Blancos became the first team to retain the UEFA Champions League title in its modern format after winning the trophy last season. On top of that, their La Liga triumph ahead of other contenders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid also helped them secure the second spot in the list of top earning football clubs. 1. Manchester United © Reuters For a second year in a row, Manchester United topped the Football Money League list after recording massive overall revenues amounting to 581.2 million pounds for the 2016-17 season. It was also for the tenth time they secured the top spot in Deloitte's list since its advent. As many as 12 sponsorship deals and improved broadcasting contracts were key in boosting the Red Devils' revenue figures from £515.3 million to £581.2 million. With just 1.5 million pounds separating United from Real Madrid at the top, it is believed that the clinching factor for Jose Mourinho's men was their UEFA Europa League triumph in Stockholm last season.
  6. Premier League clubs risk the possibility of demotion and being prosecuted under the new Criminal Finance Act, a leading city firm told AFP. Under the new law, which came into force on September 30, any company, which includes football clubs, can be held responsible for their employees or agents with whom they do business if tax evasion becomes an issue. The new legislation places the onus firmly on clubs to carry out due diligence on players and agents, says Tom Shave, partner in business tax at Smith & Williamson, the accountancy, investment management and tax group. "If a case goes to a jury the reputational damage is already done. Being seen as a facilitator of tax evasion in the current environment is viewed dimly," he told AFP in an interview at the firm's city headquarters. "It depends how the English Premier League see it if you have a criminal prosecution in relation to your activity. "This criminal prosecution for tax evasion remains to be tested as it has just come in but you would imagine there are implications for a club should such a case proceed." Peter Fairchild, also a partner at Smith & Williamson, with a long list of top level footballers as clients, says the EPL might take a very dim view if one of their members was found to be guilty of facilitating tax evasion. "The Premier League will want to maintain its reputation with fans and sponsors. We?ve seen point deductions where clubs have entered administration and parallels can be drawn," he said. "The club in question will not have planned for this and as a result will suddenly see cash payments to them being withheld which will strangle cash flow and their players needing to be paid each week." - 'No short cut' - Fairchild said many clubs don't seem yet to be aware they could be hit hard by the legislation. "It is seriously scary the criminal element of the legislation," he said. "I am a bit surprised we haven't had more enquiries. Many clubs are only just getting to grips with the problem, perhaps thinking that it doesn?t apply to them or that there is a short cut. "But there is no short cut. (The tax authorities) will come and ask their questions and if you don't have a robust defence the weight of legislation will be used against you." Fairchild sees the forthcoming transfer window in January being even more hectic and intense with the new legislation having come into effect. "When it comes to January 31st those clubs that are struggling, or trying to get deals done, won't want to be told have you taken the time to go through the proper process and complied with the check list regarding the player they are targeting. "The only thing a Premier League club, battling for survival, will want to do is buy a key player and preserve their EPL status. "The prepared clubs will be asked key questions such as 'have you done this due diligence?'. "They'll speak to external parties and potentially hire additional staff. Those clubs who don't take it seriously could find themselves facing an HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) investigation in a year or two. "If that investigation finds problems then they could suffer an unlimited fine."
  7. MADRID: La Liga sides Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona have decided to join the general strike in Catalonia on Tuesday, Oct. 3. The strike, called by more than 40 unions and associations in the region under the umbrella organisation Table for Democracy, is due to police forcefully attempting to stop Catalonia?s independence referendum on Sunday, which was deemed illegal by the Spanish government. More than 840 people needed medical assistance following clashes with riot police in ugly scenes as part of Spain?s deepest constitutional crisis for decades. While many players from Barcelona?s first team will leave to join their national squads ahead of the upcoming international fixtures, the remaining players and club staff will not attend the training centre on Tuesday. ?FC Barcelona joins the countrywide strike called for by the Table for Democracy and therefore the club will be closed tomorrow,? Barcelona tweeted on Monday. ?None of the professional teams or the youth teams at FC Barcelona will train tomorrow at the Ciutat Esportiva.? There was an organised region-wide ?standstill? protest on Monday with workers across Catalonia stopping work for 15 minutes at midday, including employees at Barcelona club offices. Espanyol and Girona, also based in Catalonia, released statements on Monday declaring their intentions to join the general strike as well. In protest at the violent events on Sunday, Barcelona held their La Liga clash with Las Palmas behind closed doors, winning 3-0.
  8. Akshay Kumar turned a year older a few days ago and social media was flooded with wishes for him. From his wife, family, colleagues and fans across the globe, everyone came together to make this day a virtual hit. Happy happy birthday to my best friend, the kindest man in the world, a wonderful father with the best 'dancey face' and Jeez all that hotness on top of it all :) #HappyBirthdayMrK A post shared by Twinkle Khanna (@twinklerkhanna) on Sep 9, 2017 at 12:03am PDT However, few of his fan clubs went a step further to ensure that the day counted for a great humanitarian deed. So his fan clubs organised a free health check up booth in Akola. The fan club identifies itself with the name ‘Akola Akkians'. @akshaykumar Sir AkolaAkkians Celebrate Your Birthday With Free Health Checkup Camp Pls Do See And If Possible Wish Me Its My Birthday Today pic.twitter.com/QVPurquuSu — Bhushan Khiladi (@Bhushanadhau1) September 11, 2017 Even the doctors present there were Akshay Kumar fans! Dr. Kishore Dhone Talking About @akshaykumar Sir At #AkolaAkkians Free Health CheckUp camp Event Of Akshay Sir Birthday @AKFansGroup pic.twitter.com/aGoIyTrA92 — Bhushan Khiladi (@Bhushanadhau1) September 11, 2017 Another fan club in Odisha fed many kids from orphanages and served packets of rice as well. We celebrated birthday of our most loved @akshaykumar sir with serving lunch to small kids & donated rice packet I n an orphanage . pic.twitter.com/NYkaFSb2Ux — Odisha Akkians (@OdishaAkkians) September 9, 2017 Similar thing was done by his fan club in Ranchi as well. à¤à¥à¤¶à¤¿à¤¯à¤¾à¤ बाà¤à¤¨à¥ à¤à¤¾ दिन नहॠमà¥à¤à¤¾ à¤à¤¾à¤¹à¤¿à¤ à¤à¤à¤¾à¤à¤à¤ मà¥à¤ पà¥à¤¸à¤¾ नहà¥à¤ हमलà¥à¤à¥à¤ à¤à¥ दà¥à¤ à¤à¤¾à¤¹à¤¿à¤ à¤à¤¨à¤¾à¤¥ à¤à¤¶à¥à¤°à¤® à¤à¥ बà¤à¥à¤à¥ à¤à¥ साथ à¤à¤¼à¥à¤¶à¥ à¤à¥ à¤à¥à¤ पल @akshaykumar pic.twitter.com/RHZ2Wc73P9 — Ranchi Akkians (@RanchiAkkians) September 9, 2017 And even blood donation camps were organised in certain parts of the country. KHILADI GROUP donating blood on the occasion of @akshaykumar sir's birthday. #HappyBirthdayAkshayKumar pic.twitter.com/7isavOBRNQ — ⤠KHILADI GROUP ⤠(@TKhiladiGroup) September 9, 2017 Akshay took to Twitter and expressed his gratitude for all the love. Extremely touched and proud of you all ðð» Thank you so much https://t.co/uwve3qe34x — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) September 10, 2017 It's gestures like these that make you believe that being a great human is more valuable that being a good actor. While Bollywood houses many actors, it's not everyday that you read beautiful stories like this. Only proves the fact that Akshay Kumar, as a human, has touched more lives than Akshay the actor. Here's hoping he lives a long life and continues to inspire many more people.
  9. Lahore High Court LAHORE: The Lahore High Court?s (LHC) Justice Mamon Rasheed directed on Friday the clubbing of similar petitions against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Hearing Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafferi?s petition to put Nawaz's name on the exit control list, the judge ordered to combine the petition with other cases seeking the taking back of the ?sir? title from Nawaz as well as seizing his assets and properties. The court ordered that it will take up the combined petitions as one on August 29. Nawaz, Shehbaz speeches against judiciary not to be telecast, orders LHC Court also summons Chairman PEMRA over the issue Meanwhile, the LHC heard the case against the controversial speeches of the former premier and his cabinet members and party leaders. Nawaz?s counsel Amjad Pervez pleaded the court to dismiss the petition stating that it is not maintainable. The petitioner?s counsel, Azhar Siddique, requested the court for more time. The court adjourned the hearing till September 12. The former prime minister was disqualified by the Supreme Court in its verdict and had ordered to file references against him, after which NAB summoned him and his sons and daughter. The Sharifs, however, failed to appear before the bureau; therefore there is a possibility Nawaz would try to flee abroad, Barrister Jafferi's petition said. Nawaz was disqualified under Article 62 (1) (f) of the Constitution over his failure to disclose un-withdrawn receivables constituting assets from a UAE-based company. The court also ordered references against the Sharif family members and other accused in accountability courts. Contempt petition: Notices issued to Nawaz, 13 ministers Petitioner wants Nawaz tried for contempt, treason charges LHC issues notices on petition seeking placement of Nawaz on ECL The petition argues there is a possibility Nawaz would try to flee abroad due to NAB probe against him
  10. The 92 Premier League and Football League clubs recorded combined revenues in excess of £4.4 billion ($5.7bn, 4.9bn euros) in the 2015/16 season, according to consultants Deloitte. English topflight clubs generated record revenues of £3.6bn, a 9% increase, in the final year of the league's 2013-16 broadcast cycle, the firm said in its annual review of football finance. Revenues will continue to rise in the 2017/18 season, the review forecast. Wage costs rose to 12% to £2.3bn and the Premier League showed little sign of austerity, with its 20 clubs recording a third consecutive season of operating profits in excess of £500m in the 2015/16 season. Dan Jones, partner in Deloitte's Sports Business Group, said top clubs did well out of European competition. "In the 2015/16 season, the 'big six' clubs participated in the group stages of UEFA competitions and benefitted from improved UEFA broadcast rights deals, which resulted in an increase in distributions to participating English clubs of around £100m," he said. Deloitte forecasts "total Premier League clubs' revenues to rise to over £4.5 billion in 2017/18." Newly-promoted Huddersfield Town will benefit from the windfall "with clubs standing to earn a revenue uplift of at least £170m from promotion to the Premier League, rising to over £290m if they survive one season." The Premier League continues to boom after competition between Sky Sports and BT drove the overall value for domestic TV rights for the 2016-19 cycle to more than £5.14bn over three seasons. In other findings, the review said the size of the European football market reached nearly ?25bn in the 2016/17 season, a 13% increase from 2014/15, with the aggregate revenues of clubs in the 'big five' European leagues topping ?13bn, a 12% increase.
  11. MANAMA: FIFA will rule on the issue of Israeli clubs playing in the West Bank in October, president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday, once again delaying a decision on the contentious issue. FIFA´s annual Congress voted to back -- by a majority of 73 to 27 percent - a proposal that pushed football´s governing body to report by March 2018, but Infantino said feedback would come before then. "We will take responsibility and we will take a decision on this matter," he said. He said a decision would be made at the next FIFA Council meeting, which takes place in India on October 27. The Palestine Football Association (PFA) argues that the presence of six Israeli clubs on its territory is in breach of FIFA statutes, which forbids another member association playing on another territory without permission. Israel argues that FIFA rules are unenforceable as there is no permanent border. The Congress heard from both the Palestinian and Israeli federations before taking the vote. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who phoned the FIFA president on the issue, welcomed the announcement in a video posted on Twitter. "We´ve achieved another victory in the battle on our intl (international) standing by foiling an attempt to undermine our standing in @FIFAcom," wrote Netanyahu. "We´ll continue to defend Israel & to strengthen its int´l standing." But the PFA blasted the decision. "We are disappointed that FIFA has decided to allow political pressure to win over the FIFA statutes," the PFA said in a statement. "We fear Mr. Infantino´s action of today has set a precedent where governments decide the agenda for a FIFA congress, and violations of the statutes and misuse of its legal devices become so common in a way that encourages those who allow football to be used as a tool to normalize oppression. "We will pursue the matter in the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS) because we consider the way in which our proposal was overthrown by Mr. Infantino illegal, and an additional violation of the FIFA Statutes and standing orders of the congress." Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub told delegates his association wanted the same rights as others. "We are not looking for suspension or expulsion but the full recognition of our right that no Israeli clubs play in our territory," he said. "None of you will accept that any clubs play in your territory." The issue has now been presented to five separate Congresses. However, Ofer Eini of the Israeli association, said the PFA was looking for a political solution. "The sole purpose is to establish the political boundaries," he told the Congress. "This is outside the authority of FIFA to establish borders. "What are you trying to stop five or six teams of children from playing football? Will that resolve the Palestinian problem?" A FIFA commission chaired by South Africa´s Tokyo Sexwale has presented several potential solutions and a fresh report was handed to the FIFA Council on Wednesday, said Infantino, without giving further details. Following the decision, campaign group Avaaz said the FIFA president had been "bullied" by Israel. "FIFA has failed and football has lost again," said Fadi Quran, senior campaigner with Avaaz. In a press conference after the Congress finished, Infantino admitted it was a "sensitive issue" and noted that the new American leadership said it was trying to find a peace settlement. "Hopefully President Trump can find a solution. If he has any good ideas, I am happy to take them on board," he said.
  12. ADMIN

    Ips News New: Clubs

    This entry is about our IPS Community Suite 4.2 release. We are happy to introduce the next major feature that will be available in IPS Community Suite 4.2 - Clubs. Clubs are a brand new way of supporting sub-communities within your site. Many people have requested social group functionality in the past and Clubs are our implementation of this concept. Let's take a look at a few screenshots, and then go over what they are capable of doing. The Club directory A Club homepage Club member listing Example of content within a club (topics, in this case) There's a lot to digest there! Let's go over the basic functionality. Club Types Four types of club are available: Public clubs Clubs that anyone can see and participate in without joining. Open club Clubs that anyone can see and join. Closed club Clubs that anyone can see in the directory, but joining must be approved by a Club Leader or Club Moderator. Non-club-members who view the club will only see the member list - not the recent activity or content areas. Private club Clubs that do not show in public, and users must be invited by a Club Leader or Club Moderator As the site admin, you can of course configure which club types can be created and by whom. You could, for example, allow members to create public and open clubs, but allow a "VIP" group to also create Closed and Private clubs. Admin configuration option for Club creations Club Users Each club has three levels of user: Leader A leader has all of the permissions of a moderator, and can add other moderators. They can also add content areas (see below). The club owner is automatically a leader. Moderators Moderators, as the name implies, have the ability to moderate content posted within the club. As the site administrator, you can define which moderator tools can be used. You could, for example, prevent any content being deleted from clubs, but allow it to be hidden. Moderators can also remove members from a club. Users Anyone else that joins the club. Defining the moderator permissions available to club moderators Your site administrator and moderators, with the appropriate permissions, are able to moderator content in any Club regardless of whether they are a member of it. Clubs can be created by any user who has permission. As you would expect, this is controlled by our regular permission settings. For closed clubs, there's an approval process. Users can request to join and the request must be approved by a leader. Leaders get a notification when a user requests to join; the user gets a notification when their request is approved or denied. Approving and declining join requests Club Content Club Leaders can add a variety of content areas to their club - forums, calendars, blogs and so on. It's important to note that these content areas are fully functional just as if they existed as a top-level admin created area. They will appear in search results, activity streams, users can follow them, embed links to them, and so on. If a user has permission to see a forum (for example) within a club it will behave exactly like other forums they see - and the same for all other kinds of content. Each content area a leader adds can have a custom title, and will appear in the club navigation. This means, for example, that you can have multiple forums within a club, and give each a different name. Adding content areas to a club Club Custom Fields Clubs also support custom fields. Custom fields are defined by the site administrator and can be filled in by Club Owners. The values they enter are shown (along with the club description) on the club homepage. Custom fields in a club On the Club Directory page, users can filter by the custom club fields. Filtering clubs Club Locations Clubs have built-in support for Google Maps, allowing users to specify a physical location for their club. Let's say you run a community for car enthusiasts; each club might be tied to a particular region's meetup. The Club Owner specifies the location when setting up the club, and clubs are then shown on map on the directory page: Club locations And within a club, the location is shown too: Club Display We offer two ways to display club headers within the club - the standard way, shown in the screenshots you've seen up to this point, but we also have a sidebar option. This is something the admin sets globally for the site, rather than per-club. This is useful where your site design doesn't facilitate another horizontal banner taking up valuable screen real-estate; moving the club banner to the sidebar alleviates this pressure on vertical space. Sidebar club style Using Clubs in Other Ways There's a lot of scope for using clubs beyond allowing users to create their own groups. You do not even have to call them "clubs" if that does not suit your use case. For example, on a company intranet you could rename Clubs to "Departments", and create a private group for each of your main roles. This would allow each department to have its own community, with its own forums, gallery, file sharing and so on, private and separate from other departments. Similarly, they'd also work well in situations where you as the site admin want to create entire micro-communities. Take for example a video game publisher. Using Clubs, they could create a micro-community for each of their games, complete with forums, galleries and so forth, and then set the Clubs directory as their overall community homepage. Immediately, they have a setup that hasn't until now been possible out-of-the-box with IPS Community Suite. We expect our clients will come up with some really innovative uses for the new Club functionality, and we can't wait to see what you do. We'd love to hear your feedback - let us know what you think in the comments. View the full article
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