Alleged $9.5m FIFA Grant: Court Fixes Dec 16 for AGF Report

first_imgEFCC dragged three officials of Federation before the court in an alleged 9.5 million dollars FIFA grant misappropriation before applying on April 30 to join both Pinnick and Sanusi in the matter as co-defendants.Those being tried earlier were Christopher Andekin, NFF Director of Administration and Finance; Reagan Zaka, Cashier and Fadanari Mamza, Head, Finance and Account Department.The EFCC charged the defendants with five counts bordering on criminal conspiracy, breach of trust and misappropriation.The EFCC alleged that they conspired between January 8 and 26, 2015 to commit the offence, contrary to Section 97 of Penal Code.Andekin was alleged to have been entrusted with money meant for the development of football in Nigeria, a grant from world football body, the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA).He was alleged to have fraudulently diverted 1.3 million dollars from the NFF domiciliary account with Zenith Bank, an act that is contrary to Section 311 of the Penal Code.Zaka, on his part, was said to have fraudulently diverted 7.2 million dollars rom the FIFA grant, while Mamza was alleged of diverting 2. 3 million dollars.The defendants all pleaded not guilty to the chargeOn June 27, while adopting processes filed in support of the application for joinder the prosecuting counsel, Mr Steve Odiase, urged the court to grant the application.According to him, the charge filed by the government against the first, second defendants and both Pinnick and Sanusi at the Federal High Court in Abuja was different from the one at the FCT High Court.On his part, counsel for the defendants, Festus Ukpe, while adopting affidavits opposing the joinder, urged the court to refuse the application.At the resumed hearing, Mr Abubakar Musa, senior state counsel, Federation Ministry of Justice told the court that the Attorney General of the Federation want all the matters against the defendants pending in different courts to be harmonised .Musa prayed the court that in the interest of justice and to avoid abuse of Court processes that time should be given to them to harmonise the cases.EFCC counsel Mr Makinde Olufemi, told the court that they are left with no option than to go with the possible date given .Justice Affen then adjourned until Dec. 16 for the AGF to report on the outcome of the harmonisation.Serie A ‘Team of the Week’ Feat Excite William EkongShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram An FCT High Court, Maitama, on Tuesday fixed Dec. 16 for the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to report on the harmonisation of the cases against some NFF officials in the alleged misappropriation of 9.5 million dollars FIFA grant.Justice Peter Affen had earlier fixed Oct. 22 for ruling in the application filed by the EFCC , to join the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick and Secretary-General, Dr Mohammed Sanusilast_img read more

How to deal with Zion Williamson: Coaches share advice for Duke’s March Madness opponents

first_imgNow that’s easier said than done, because they have a point guard in Tre Jones who can pick up 94 feet and make it hard to get an offense started.The real basketball minds can see that he can see stuff two plays away, to be able to come offer help side and make that steal, to be able to hit a gap and make the right play, to hit the guy in the corner.He likes to play. You can tell. He finds joy in it. He likes to work and wants to get better. The assignment was simple. The coaches speaking to Sporting News would be granted full anonymity, so they could say anything they wanted about how a team in the 2019 NCAA Tournament should deal with Zion Williamson. Some of them are conference rivals, so even if they won’t face Zion again, they still must contend with Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke program one or more times each season. It was important the Blue Devils never would know who was giving away the secret ingredients.This didn’t quite go as planned, though. Because all the coaches still spoke with reverence about Zion. SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQPrintable bracket | Predictor tool | Best bracket names | TicketsThere wasn’t a whole lot of: He can’t do this. He can’t do that. You can make him irrelevant if you put him in this situation. There was a whole lot of what best can be summarized as: Wow.Unless and until Duke is eliminated from March Madness, this tournament will be defined by Williamson’s presence. He averaged 22.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.8 blocks per game, and the Blue Devils went 24-2 when he played a full game. Every team he encounters in this event, whether it is their first-round opponent or perhaps Michigan State in the Elite Eight, will have to have a plan for dealing with him.Although the coaches we contacted ended up flattering him more so than critiquing him, they did offer insight about what might be the game plan in trying to cope with Williamson and the rest of the Blue Devils.SN’s BRACKET PICKS:Mike DeCourcy’s expert bracketBill Bender’s expert bracketRyan Fagan’s expert bracketHigh-major assistant coach No. 1One of the things he kills you with is his second effort. If he misses a shot, he’s so quick off the floor. He goes and gets it, and he gets a 3-point play. Not only is he good defensively, blocking shots and making steals, they convert them. The biggest thing about Zion is his hustle plays are unbelievable. They’re backbreakers. You don’t typically expect that from a star-level player.All young players get a little anxious, so I think you have to crowd him. Because he’ll run you over a little bit. You’ve got to run guys at him. You’ve got to make him be a passer. They’ve got a couple guys out there that don’t really make plays. I would make him throw it to them and make those guys beat you that night.He will probably get in foul trouble more on offense than defense — if you can get guys to stand in and take a charge. He’s a big dude, now. Believe me, we had guys bailing out in our game. He gets a little wild. You can get him to do those types of things, but somebody has to be willing to do it.SN’s 2018-19 AWARDS:Player of the Year | Coach of the Year | All-American teamsACC assistant coach No. 1He’s a handful. People get really wowed by his athleticism, but he knows how to play. His IQ is realy high, and he plays really hard — which a lot of young guys don’t do.When you try to stop him from scoring, he can pass. And the rebound: You literally need two guys on him at all times, and you still might not get the ball.When he catches the ball, he needs to see six eyes. You want to try to force him to get the ball as far from the basket, which is hard because they make a concerted effort to get it to him close. Your biggest concern is him scoring and him getting your guys in foul trouble.When he’s on defense, pull him away from the basket, because he’s a really good rim protector for his size. You’ve got to know where he’s at when you’re driving and he’s around the basket. And the plays that he makes, even if it’s just one or two blocks they’re so impactful and he gives so much energy to his team and to the crowd.One block is equivalent to like five.MORE: Scouting Zion Williamson, Duke’s dunking, dominant phenomACC assistant coach No. 2He’s such a remarkable athlete, but he has what people don’t give him credit for: an unbelievable IQ. The value of that guy cannot be filled by anyone or anybody. He impacts the game not in the box score.When things go bad for them, he covers up so much ground from others’ mistakes. He allows his teammates to be out of position. You see that with his ability to block shots.He knows who he is as a player, first and foremost. He’s not doing things he can’t do. He’s not allowing what the media thinks about his game to stop him from dominating. The other part of it is his ability to stay out of foul trouble, to get the rebound knowing that two guys are going to block him out and he still has a knack for where the ball is going.Also, he knows spacing, because he’s not crowding his teammates. He’s giving RJ Barrett enough space to operate. And he’s very unselfish. He’s not running to the ball like a 5-year-old soccer player.NBA MOCK DRAFT 2.0: Zion Williamson, Duke trio nearly sweep top three picksYou know he’s getting offensive rebounds. You can’t control where the ball is going. But there’s one guy who knows where it’s going to be. He has that Dennis Rodman approach to rebounding. If he puts his mind to it, he can be a guy who rebounds the ball like Rodman. If rebounding was treated like those dunks that he does, he’d go out and average 23 rebounds a game. The dude is a force, and there’s not a center or PG who can defend him.A charge isn’t going to stop that dude. If you meshed Larry Johnson, Dennis Rodman, guys like that, into one player, you have Zion Williamson. It’s a unique talent, because the last person to make an impact like that was LeBron James.He gives them confidence to take shots. He’s been great for Cam Reddish, and that’s probably one of the reasons Cam struggled when he was hurt. Zion gave him a chance to go out and take chances; he’s not as much of a risk-taker as RJ is.ACC assistant coach No. 3Zion is a better ballhandler than he’s given credit for. He’s a better passer.The thing you have to try to do is shrink the court. You have to try to make sure when Zion has the ball there are jerseys around him. Build a wall around him. You know RJ can shoot it, Cam can shoot it. The other guys have struggled.If you give him any space, he’s too fast. He’s going to get there. And once he feels the contact, it springs him forward. Most guys if you hit them, they lose balance. He’s so powerful, you really have to clobber him. Which most guys don’t. They just get the hell out of the way.QUIT THE COMPARISONS:Duke’s Zion Williamson is something basketball has never seenHigh-major head coach No. 1He is so quick off the floor, and he’s so powerful. There are times when we played them, and he just went through our guys’ chin and chest. Our guys were right there to block his shot, but his power and explosiveness is just amazing.I would tell you that with them, to play them, people say back off and let him shoot threes. That’s not the way to do it because he knows how to take up the space and get closer to the basket. What you’ve got to do, you’ve got to guard him and guard RJ Barrett, and everybody else you’ve got to shrink the floor.They are not a great 3-point shooting team. Jack White has had issues, Reddish is inconsistent.The more Zion can play on the perimeter, the better you’re going to be. You can’t ever let him get in transition. The less they’re in transition, that’s important, because now you’ve got to keep the floor shrunk. The more it’s tighter and compacted — that’s why Duke has struggled against VT, because they do such a good job of keeping the floor compact. There’s not a lot of room to drive. If Duke’s not shooting great from 3, they’re very beatable. You can’t let them beat you from 3-point range.There is no gameplan if they make a bunch of 3s. It’s impossible to beat them.BRACKET TIPS: KenPom | Play the odds | Idiot’s guideHigh-major assistant coach No. 2No one man can defend him. You have to force him to shoot. Now, he’ll make you pay, but you’d much rather do that than have him shoot 70 percent from 15 feet and in.What you have to try to do is have somebody who can space the floor and also put it on the floor.He’s a good defender. He’s a good help-side defender. He can block shots. But you have to try to move him as much as possible. If you have an offensive player that can play inside out, space him out, run him off staggers, that can keep him occupied. If you allow him to play centerfield and be a linebacker, he’s going to make the right play 100 percent of the time.last_img read more

Geocaching.com Presents: World Wide Flash Mob

first_img[Editor’s note: English and German subtitles available by clicking the CC button][vsw id=”kyCrnSL72uM” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]Watch Geocaching.com Presents: World Wide Flash Mob (WWFM) for a look inside this geocaching phenomenon. The 9th geocaching WWFM is just over a week away. On June 9, more than 300 WWFM events are already planned in 31 countries. Those who attend WWFM IX will walk away with great memories, a smiley, and receive a custom WWFM Souvenir on their Geocaching.com profile. The Souvenir will be awarded within 72 hours of the WWFM.WWFM in GermanyAt least 10,000 geocachers are expected to attend WWFM IX events on June 9, 2012. Find an event near you by exploring the WWFM IX Bookmark list.Check out this blog post for advice if you plan to attend a WWFM.Subscribe to the official Geocaching.com YouTube channel to be one of the first to see new videos about the evolving world of geocaching. Watch the more than 50 videos produced by Geocaching.com on our video page.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related2012 World Wide Flash Mob ApproachingMay 22, 2012In “Movie References”Fastest 15 Minutes in Geocaching – WWFM XApril 15, 2013In “Community”The Fastest 15 Minutes in Geocaching: WWFMMay 5, 2014In “Geocaching Info”last_img read more

European Tour makes a serious bogey in visiting Saudi Arabia

first_img Read more comment Since you’re here… Facebook Golf … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Reuse this content If not so serious, this would of course be hilarious. Here is a sporting body which penalises competitors for making an error with a scorecard yet thinks it reasonable to go cap in hand to a regime which, according to Amnesty International, oversaw the execution of 146 people in 2017.What Pelley understandably fails to mention in regards to Saudi Arabia is commercial necessity as his tour falls further and further behind its US equivalent. But must that arrive at all costs?To his credit, the Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee highlighted the Tour’s woefully bad call.“I cannot imagine what economic incentive it would take to get me to go to a place that is so egregiously on the wrong side of human rights,” he said. “I don’t think they fully understand what they are doing.“I don’t understand it from an economic point of view, I don’t understand it from a business point of view and I don’t understand it from a moral point of view. They are legitimising and enriching the rulers of this regime. I won’t even watch it on the TV. They should not be there. By participating, they are ventriloquists for this abhorrent, reprehensible regime.”Rose shrugged off such a notion. “I’m not a politician, I’m a pro golfer,” the Englishman said. “There are other reasons to go play it. It’s a good field, there’s going to be a lot of world ranking points to play for, by all accounts it’s a good golf course.”Rose’s explanation isn’t good enough, not least for someone so intelligent. When adding that he looked forward to “experiencing” Saudi Arabia, he should have contemplated what that has meant for so many others . Golfers readily skip events for all manner of trivialities. The problem is many of those around them rarely have the gumption to point out how poor scenarios may look in the real world. Commercial deals for players have spin-offs for managers, of course.The next time football or rugby is urged to view the world through golf’s lofty prism, the retort should be straightforward. The next time golf preaches about a genuine desire to be inclusive and diverse, we are entitled to burst out laughing. Quests for the moral high ground in sport are infamously tricky but this represents an extremity the European Tour should have readily avoided. Chief executive Keith Pelley has defended the decision. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Four of the world’s top five are scheduled to tee up in Saudi. That comes with hefty reward; Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka et al are being richly compensated by way of appearance fees for just turning up. Low-ranked players might feel a necessity to play as they battle to maintain status. Paul Casey made it clear last week that he would not travel on human rights grounds – a view shared by plenty of others who have opted to keep counsel.“You have to look at the entire Middle East region,” Pelley said. “We have an excellent relationship with the Middle East and it’s very important; why it’s important is we can’t play anywhere in Europe at this time of year. Saudi is just an extension of the Middle East strategy.“The European Tour is one of many global companies who operate in Saudi Arabia. We understand their goal to make parts of the country more accessible to global business, tourism and leisure over the next decade.” Golf’s obsession with irrelevance was in evidence again on Sunday. That Li Haotong’s caddie was adjudged to have assisted the player with the lining up of a putt in the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic cost the defending champion by way of a two-stroke penalty. Commentators, players and caddies blasted this marginal call, rendered possible by recent amendments to the rules of golf. Muirfield’s members had fresh meat to titter about over Monday gins.By Monday afternoon, the European Tour and the R&A were at odds regarding the implementation of said rule. Keith Pelley, the Tour’s chief executive, bemoaned the lack of discretion available to his referees. Sceptics may suggest Pelley was seeking to create controversy where one does not exist in the hope of creating a handy diversion. Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp European Tour Twitter Saudi Arabia Pelley had earlier appeared on television in the US attempting to do something which is never wise; defending the indefensible. If Pelley’s willingness to cut a deal to host a tour event in Saudi Arabia caused minor ripples when announced last year, subsequent events and the fact this tournament begins on Thursday has thrust a reputational own goal firmly back into the spotlight. Suffice to say the R&A, which many feel allowed gender discrimination to prevail on its watch for centuries, has kept out of this one.Recurring horrors in relation to Saudi Arabia and human rights barely need revisiting. The CIA’s claim in November that the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, most likely ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi added a further layer of negativity – to put it mildly – that the European Tour could have done without. There have also been reports of the torture and sexual harassment of women’s rights activists in Saudi detention centres.As it attempts to show the world it is actually a misunderstood utopia, Saudi Arabia turned towards the world’s leading golfers; and found a depressingly willing audience. European Tour’s chief executive remains bullish as headaches mount Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Topics Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks.last_img read more

Bid On Vin Diesels Autographed Jacket Worn At Avengers Infinity War World

first_imgHere is your chance to bid to own a rare, autographed, custom-made jacket worn by Vin Diesel on the red carpet at the Avengers: Infinity War world premiere in Hollywood, CA.Vin Diesel’s Autographed, Custom-Made Jacket The jacket is signed by Vin Diesel, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Pratt, Laurence Fishbourne, Tom Hiddleston, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Chadwick Boseman, Anthony Mackie, and Benedict Wong.Vin Diesel is Groot. The actor channeled his character, sporting this jacket adorned with tiny branches emerging from his chest and shoulders. Diesel was all smiles in the unique look, which he attributed to “the Groot coming out of me.”Avengers: Infinity War is Marvel’s biggest film to date. Passing $1 billion globally in record-breaking time, it is now highest-grossing superhero film ever.Proceeds from the auction will go to the Rohhad Association. ROHHAD Syndrome is an extremely rare life threatening and life limiting disease that presents in children after the age of 1.5 years old. The children it affects are otherwise healthy prior to the onset of symptoms and for sufferers, the diagnosis is considered terminal.last_img read more

Former Torrey Pines High student pleads guilty to making threats

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A former Torrey Pines High School student pleaded guilty today to posting threats targeting the school on his Instagram account and will spend a minimum of six months in a residential treatment facility.Kevin Gregory Matlak, 21, will be sentenced Aug. 10 by Superior Court Judge Polly Shamoon. He pleaded guilty to one count of making a criminal threat.Matlak will be placed on five years probation and sentenced to a year in custody, which he will be able to serve at the treatment facility. Shamoon told Matlak to become stable on his medications before he is sentenced. Shamoon told Matlak that everyone is worried about him. “Nobody wins if you go to prison,” Shamoon said. Shamoon allowed Matlak’s mother to give him a hug after the plea. Classmates of Matlak who graduated in 2015 reported the threats to law enforcement on May 30, leading to his arrest.Matlak bailed out of jail and voluntarily checked himself in to a lockdown mental health facility, defense attorney Brian Watkins said. Watkins said Matlak didn’t threaten anyone directly, but three former classmates read his posts on Instagram and felt threatened by them.“I hate all of you,” Matlak wrote in one post, according to Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco. “Get the (expletive) out of San Diego 2K18 before I find u,” Matlak wrote in another post. He also posted a photo of an AR-15 rifle, Greco said.RELATED STORY: Man accused or threatening Torrey Pines HS to remain in hospital Former Torrey Pines High student pleads guilty to making threats Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Gregory Matlak, Torrey Pines HS KUSI Newsroom FacebookTwitter July 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 11, 2018 Updated: 7:37 AMlast_img read more