first_imgFOOTBALL’S worst kept secret was finally made public tonight as Shay Given signed a five year deal with Aston Villa.Given, 35, had been out of favour at Manchester City since the rise to prominence of England No 1 Joe Hart.And having been linked with a number of clubs, Alex McLeish has made the Republic of Ireland international his first signing as Villa boss. “Aston Villa is a huge football club and I’m really excited to be joining,” said the Lifford man.“I’m looking forward to training and playing with the players here. They’re a good bunch of lads, very talented and I know several of them already which will help.“Everyone knows that I didn’t play enough football last season, so I’m really pleased that I’ll be able to put that right here. Hopefully, this move will get me back to where I was before in the Premier League, which is where every player wants to be playing.“Obviously, I’m also excited to be working with Alex McLeish and it’s going to be a fresh start for everybody at the club this season. “It’s also a new challenge and one I’m eager to embrace. My aim is to impress the Aston Villa supporters with my performances and I can’t wait really to get started.’Villa manager Alex McLeish said: “Shay has come here probably with something of a point to prove and that won’t do any harm at all.“Everybody who has watched him perform over many years in the Premier League will know his pedigree, so we believe we have secured the services of one of the best goalkeepers in the business.”“He’s a real competitor and a world-class keeper and I’m delighted he’s the first signing I’ve made at Villa.”Earlier, defender Richard Dunne welcomed his international team-mate’s arrival. He said: “I spoke to him earlier in the week, he just wanted to get here and get started/ He was frustrated over the way things have gone over the last year, I think he just wants to get playing again and he’ll be looking forward to it.“I spoke to him on Friday when he got here and I think he was surprised about how good the facilities and the setup are here at Bodymoor.”‘I think it’s a good opportunity for Shay to get back to playing football and I think it’s one he’s really looking forward to.”BREAKING NEWS: SHAY GIVEN SIGNS FIVE YEAR DEAL WITH VILLA AND DECLARES: ‘I’M EXCITED’ was last modified: July 18th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Aston VillaShay Givenlast_img read more

FUFA worried by Cranes Merchandise’ counterfeits

first_imgOriginal Uganda Cranes Jerseys displayed before the media during the FUFA Weekly Press Conference on Wednesday Morning (Photos by FUFA Media)MENGO – The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has issued new guidelines on the distribution and selling of the Uganda Cranes jerseys and other merchandise.FUFA has noted with concern on the infringement of its registered, patented logos, commercial products including the Uganda Cranes jersey and has therefore come out to issue new guidelines that must be followed.While addressing the media on Wednesday, FUFA Deputy CEO Humphrey Mandu indicated that there are counterfeit jerseys on the market but warned the public to avoid buying such products.“We are aware that there are people who are illegally selling the Uganda Cranes jerseys. As you know, the Federation has patent rights to its properties and the national team Jersey is one of those’ he said before adding;‘FUFA has an understanding with Mafro- the sole manufacturers of Uganda Cranes original and replica jerseys and thus FUFA remains the owner and sole importer of the Uganda Cranes jerseys and any other products related to the brand with the FUFA logo’FUFA Deputy CEO Humphrey Mandu addressing the media during the FUFA Weekly Press Conference on Wednesday morningMandu stated that the Federation has opened the application process for willing distributors of Uganda Cranes jerseys. He indicated that every region of the country will have an authorised selling point/ distributor.‘As FUFA, we are opening an application process for anyone willing to conduct business of selling the FUFA related products. We shall have one authorized distributor per region’The process will be conducted for a period of month (from Wednesday, 9th January to 9th February 2019) with willing applicants formally writing to FUFA on addition to having authorised distributors, FUFA has brought on board Busingye and Company Advocates who will oversee that the policy is enforced.‘FUFA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Busingye and Co. Advocates who will be on top of the whole exercise to stop any dealings in fake Uganda Cranes jerseys’ stated the FUFA Deputy CEO.Norman Mbabazi who represented Busingye and Company Advocates during the press conference indicated that they will help the federation in making sure their brand is protected.” We are privileged to work with FUFA in making sure we protect the brand of football and the related products. We are in touch with related institutions such as Uganda National Bureau of Standards, Uganda Registration Services Bureau and Uganda Revenue Authority to protect FUFA’s intellectual properties. We therefore urge all Ugandans to buy only the authorised jerseys and from official selling points’ noted MbabaziFUFA Legal Manager, Dennis Lukambi stressed the fact that the Federation has full powers over its products and will not give chance to anyone duplicate them.‘As FUFA, we have a Vision of becoming the number one football Nation in Africa on and off the pitch and protecting the game is one of the components of our mission. FUFA underwent rebranding and all the logos, names and features are all registered. In Uganda under the trademarks act, you can be imprisoned for selling what doesn’t belong to you. So we don’t want to ambush the public and that’s why we are making the sensitization. Members of the public should know that the logos and design were created by some people and FUFA paid for that work. Therefore it’s wrong for one to go and duplicate our work without permission. It is criminal to do such business’ noted Lukambi.The new Uganda Cranes Jersey manufactured by Mafro and designed by Umar Mukasa, who emerged as the best in the designing competition set by FUFA was unveiled on 10th October 2018.Comments Tags: FUFAHamphrey Mandutoplast_img read more

Virgin Strikes Back

first_imgVirgin Australia has blamed Qantas’ policy of maintaining its 65 per cent market share for its [Qantas’] woes and accused it of stifling real competition.In an open letter to the Australian government, to counter Qantas’ lobbying for help, Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti said the airline’s strategy is, and always has been, to bring strong competition to all sectors of the Australian market, not to destroy competition.Qantas is trying to stop Virgin Australia’s foreign airline shareholders from injecting $350 million into the airline suggesting those funds are bankrolling an unrealistic fare war and expansion.The airline is looking to the government for a [bank] guarantee ahead of what is expected to be a loss of up to $500 million for the 2014 financial year.However Mr Borghetti has hit back saying its strategy has been to bring “real competition to all sectors of the market, including regional monopoly routes.”“This is despite our competitor publically stating that “if a competitor puts one [plane] in, we’ll put two in as a group”, in order to maintain a 65 per cent share of the Australian domestic aviation market at all costs,” said Mr Borghetti.Mr Borghetti said that “this is a strategy that prevents competition including the possibility of new entrants.”“We strongly believe that a level playing field should include a full and proper investigation of this 65 per cent “line in the sand” policy and ask the Australian Government to divert attention to this important issue that is crippling competition and is not sustainable financially for anyone in aviation in this country.”Mr Borghetti said Virgin had no problem with the Qantas Sale Act, which restricts foreign ownership in Qantas, being repealed or amendments to the legislation which would allow Qantas to mirror the current structure of Virgin Australia by separating its international and domestic operations.Under Australian law an Australian domestic carrier can be foreign owned.“If Australia truly wants a “level playing field”, then any measures that the Government plans to take to support Qantas should be offered to Virgin Australia,” said Mr Borghetti.“We believe that this country needs at least two strong airlines, in order to ensure the travelling public is not faced with high airfares and restricted choice.”Yesterday Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce likened the spat between the two airlines to a soccer game in which Qantas was 10-nil up before Virgin had called three other teams onto the field ‘‘because they can’t beat us.’’‘‘We need a level playing field for the Qantas Group to have a future. Virgin does its heavy maintenance offshore. They don’t have these investments that we do in this country.’’Mr Borghetti said that Virgin Australia employs around 9,500 staff, has opened new routes, launched new bases and grown tourism through joint campaigns with the state tourism bodies and Tourism Australia.“We fly around 20 million passengers annually and we have injected over $11 billion directly into the Australian economy over the last three years.”“We have also purchased Skywest and 60 per cent of Tigerair Australia, with a view of strengthening their ability to compete”And in a sting aimed at Qantas’ offshore forays with Jetstar he added that “importantly, we will not be investing in starting new airlines offshore.”last_img read more