RelatedPosts Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 Chieftains of the Nigeria Football Federation, including its President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, have been discharged and acquitted on all counts of alleged corruption charges in a case brought by the defunct Special Presidential Investigation Panel.The panel, headed by Okono Obono-Obla, who is now on the run to avoid prosecution by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, had filed a 16-count charge against Pinnick, Seyi Akinwunmi (1st Vice President), Shehu Dikko (2nd Vice President), Mohammed Sanusi (General Secretary) and Ahmed Yusuf (Executive Committee member), with wild claims of alleged corruption against them.Among the charges were misappropriation of $8.4 million and N4 billion, conflict of interest and non-declaration of assets.At a point, Obono-Obla wrote to the Confederation of African Football on the issue.On Tuesday, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu dismissed the entire case with all 16 charges and acquitted the NFF chieftains in consideration of the submission of the defence and the prosecution and in line with the rules of administration of criminal justice.Only last month, a motion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to remove the names of Pinnick and Sanusi from the witnesses’ category and add them to the list of accused persons in a case at the FCT High Court over the same $8.4 million FIFA Grant was put on hold after the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation submitted that it was taking over the case with a view to ascertaining its validity.At the court on Tuesday, a counsel from the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, which had taken over the case, said it could not proceed with the matter as the proof of evidence could not sustain the charges.The NFF counsel adduced reasons why the charges could not be sustained: The SPIP Investigation Report dated April 30, 2019, filed as Exhibit 7 in the Proof of Evidence and its Findings as contained on pages 13 to 21 cleared the NFF officials of all allegations, based on the petition investigated by the Panel.A review of the certified true copy of the NFF Bank account with the Central Bank of Nigeria found that there was no transaction of N4 billion or any amount whatsoever on November 3, 2018 as alleged in the charges filed by SPIP.It was also found that the total inflow into the said NFF account for the whole of 2018 is far less than N1 billion.In the circumstances, the Defence Counsel applied to the court to dismiss the charges and also discharge and acquit the NFF chieftains since the proof of evidence could not sustain the charges.The AGF’s office counsel did not have any objection to this submission by the defence.The judge then ruled that in view of these facts, she had no option than to discharge and acquit the defendants on all counts, wondering why the case was brought to the court in the first place.Defence Counsel, Sani Katu, said: “The matter was adjourned till today to allow time for investigation as to whether the defendants should be arraigned or not by the Office of the Attorney General, which had taken over the matter.“The Office of the Attorney General went and investigated the matter and discovered that the proof of evidence could not sustain the charges.“On that basis, the Office of the AGF applied to withdraw the charges and the consequence is that the defendants should be discharged and acquitted from all 16 charges, to which the court agreed.”Tags: Amaju Melvin PinnickNFFOkono Obono-Obla
Gloucestershire golfer Jo Matthews completed a double for her club when she won the English Women’s Par 3 Championship at The Warwickshire.Jo, from Shirehampton Park Golf Club (pictured), followed in the footsteps of fellow member Mary Groves, who took the honours last year.What’s more, Jo’s success came less than four months after she had a knee replacement operation. She returned to golf only at the beginning of this month – and she’s clearly on form.The 24-handicapper, who received 12 shots, scored net 54 on The Warwickshire’s Par 3 Castle course. She was two shots clear of a trio of players on 56: Michelle Underwood of Fingle Glen, Devon; Fame Grayson of Styal, Cheshire; and Paula Cowl of Woodbury Park, Devon.Fame Grayson, meanwhile, combined with her mother and fellow Styal member, Wad, and with Karen Lindsey of Carden Park, Cheshire, to win the team prize.Jo was one of six Shirehampton Park members who took part in the championship, which combines good competition with a hint of garden party atmosphere, thanks to the Pimms and cake enjoyed by the players.“It was an unexpectedly pleasurable day!” she said. “One of our ladies won last year and we went back so she could defend her title. I’m sure we’ll try and go next year.”Jo played very steadily throughout the 18 holes and the highlight was the 6th hole where she chipped in for a birdie two. “It was just one of those days when things go right.”Jo, who chairs the ladies’ committee at Shirehampton Park, took up golf 15 years ago when she was 50 and decided to retire from squash. Since then she’s had two hip replacements, as well as her knee operation, but has always been back on the golf course as soon as possible. 22 Aug 2013 Jo scores a club double at par 3 championship
SENSITIVELY: In a speed laden lineup, she may be the quickest of the quick. Idle since well beaten as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade III Rancho Bernardo Stakes on Aug. 17, she brings a solid resume and fast work tab to the Las Flores party. Three for five at six furlongs, all four of Sensitively’s career wins have come at The Great Race Place. A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Street Sense, she’s owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino. She be ridden for the seventh consecutive time by Tyler Baze, who’s guided her to three wins. She has earnings of $164,415 from an overall mark of 9-4-1-0. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 2, 2017)–Jerry Hollendorfer’s Constellation, the Richard Baltas-trained Watch This Cat and Phil D’Amato’s comebacking Sensitively head a field of five older fillies and mares in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes, to be run at six furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track. CONSTELLATION: Undefeated in two starts for Hollendorfer, she comes off a half length win here in the Grade I La Brea Stakes going seven furlongs on opening day, Dec. 26. Dispatched at 12-1 following an odds-on score in a minor stakes going six furlongs at Turf Paradise on Nov. 12, Constellation pressed the La Brea pace and won impressively under Flavien Prat, who rides back on Sunday. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Bellamy Road, she was originally based in New York with Steve Asmussen. A winner of two minor stakes at Aqueduct in November, 2015 and January, 2016, she’s 8-5-1-1 overall and has earnings of $479,464. She’s owned by LNJ Foxwoods. THE GRADE III LAS FLORES STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 3 of 9 Approximate post time 1:30 p.m. PT WATCH THIS CAT: Claimed for $32,000 six starts back on June 26, this 5-year-old Eskendereya mare has rattled off three consecutive wins for Baltas, her most recent an 8 ½ length romp over a sloppy track in the 6 ½ furlong Las Cienegas Stakes, which was originally slated for turf. Due to the change in surface, necessitated by heavy rains, the Las Cienegas lost its Grade III status, thus, Watch This Cat will be in search of her first graded win on Sunday. Quick from the gate, she could likely press the favorite or attempt gate to wire tactics with Corey Nakatani again engaged to ride. Owned by Harry Bederian, Harout Kamberian and Jack Nakashian, Watch This Cat is 16-4-4-1, with earnings of $164,220. Ponder Lea–Rafael Bejarano–120Watch This Cat–Corey Nakatani–120Sensitively–Tyler Baze–120Pretty N Cool–Martin Garcia–120Constellation–Flavien Prat–124First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.
Frank Worthington’s daughter has confirmed that the former England striker has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.Kim-Malou Worthington posted on her Facebook page on Thursday to confirm the news, saying: “There has been a few wandering (sic) about my dad’s health recently and so I thought i should let you all know Frank Worthington has Alzhiemers. He was diagnosed several years ago and has been holding it off with POSITIVE thinking and football.”The 67-year-old is well remebered for his time playing for Huddersfield, Leicester City and Bolton Wanderers. He made eight appearances for England in 1974, scoring two goals for the Three Lions.The most memorable moment of his career arguably came whilst playing for the Trotters in 1979.In a game against Ipswich, the skilful forward received the ball on the edge of the box, facing away from goal. He did three keepy-ups, before flicking the ball over his own, and the defenders’, heads, firing a powerful shot into the bottom corner – without once letting the ball touch the ground.You can watch the goal above, on a day where we remember a truly excellent player of the beautiful game…
20 May 2013 With South Africa confirmed as a key partner, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has announced October 2015 as the launch date for construction of the first phase of what could eventually be the largest hydroelectric plant in the world. The Grand Inga project on the Congo River is expected, once all the phases are complete, to generate a massive 40 000 MW of electricity, bringing renewable power to half of the African continent. The initialling of a historic energy cooperation treaty between the DRC and South Africa in Lubumbashi in March was a key milestone in the process of bringing the project, first conceived in the early 1970s, closer to fruition. At a meeting in Paris on the weekend, organised by the DRC government and with a high-level South African delegation in attendance, a range of stakeholders consulted on the implementation of the first phase of the project, Inga 3, which is expected to cost in the region of US$12-billion and produce almost 4 800 MW of electricity. Two existing dams, Inga 1 and 2, have been in operation since 1972 and 1982 respectively, together generating nearly 1 800 MW. In terms of the March treaty, South Africa “expects to purchase a significant share of the electricity production of the new dam, thus confirming itself as a key partner,” the DRC government said in a statement on Saturday. “As such, the Republic of South Africa will take 2 500 MW of the 4 800 MW of future power production of Inga 3, thereby becoming the principal purchaser.” Garrith Bezuidenhoudt, chief of staff in South Africa’s Department of Energy, said in the statement that the South African government had “affirmed our commitment to the project by already provisioning for this purchase in our budgetary plan”. Inga 3 is expected to fill the power gap in the DRC, with its fast-growing population and expanding industries, and to help meet burgeoning demand in South Africa. Subsequent phases, adding up to an eventual total capacity of 40 000 MW, will allow countries in southern Africa, north-east Africa and parts of west Africa to benefit from production at the site. “Grand Inga will thus provide more than half of the continent with renewable energy at a low price,” Bruno Kalala, the DRC’s minister of water resources and electricity, told Saturday’s meeting. However, Kalala said, issues around transport and connectivity had yet to be addressed. “Inga is a factor for integration, at both a regional and international level.” According to the DRC government, three consortia are competing to develop the project: Sinohydro and Three Gorges Corporation from China, the operator of China’s Three Gorges dam, currently the world’s largest; Actividades de Construccion y Servicios, Eurofinsa and AEE from Spain; and the Daewoo-Posco-SNC Lavalin consortium from Korea and Canada. The Africa Development Bank, which has been involved in the project since 2009, is financing the base studies and consultants, and has been joined by the World Bank, the French Development Agency, the European Investment Bank and the Development Bank of Southern Africa. “The question of financing is a major issue in the selection process,” said Hela Cheikhrouhou, director for energy environment and climate change at the African Development Bank. “It is the public-private partnership financing solutions which will be vital for the success of the project.” SAinfo reporter
Tags:#mobile#news#Video Services#web Along with today’s launch of HTC’s latest flagship phone, the powerful HTC Sensation, the Taiwan-based mobile handset maker debuted a new video marketplace called “HTC Watch.” This iTunes-like store will offer TV shows, movies and trailers through a pre-installed mobile application that will ship first on the Sensation. The TV shows and movies will be available for both rental and purchase, and will be paid for via either carrier billing or credit card, depending on your mobile operator.The service uses progressive download technology, says HTC, which means your content will start playing almost immediately. This is different from the iTunes model, which requires users to download the full file before being able to view the video.HTC Watch, a Video MarketplaceIn early reviews, HTC’s Watch app is said to be speedy and responsive, with videos that start playing within 10 seconds of purchase.The new service grew out of HTC’s purchase of Saffron Digital back in February 2011 for $48.5 million. Saffron was known best for its video optimization technology, which allowed for streaming video delivery across different types of mobile handsets.The goal behind HTC’s investment was to enable the handset manufacturer to further differentiate its devices through improved user experiences that ship on top of the underlying Android software.This, it should be noted, is competitor Samsung’s strategy as well.In March, Samsung revealed four new Hubs – branded app portals it plans to install on new Android devices, including its Galaxy S II smartphones and Galaxy Tab tablet PCs. The hubs allow Samsung users to interact with music, media, e-books and social networking content.Smartphone Gets Smarter Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … As for the HTC’s latest gadget itself, the HTC Sensation 4G is a high-end smartphone that forgoes the traditional wide screen for a thinner, longer screen. The phone offers impressive specs, including a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4.3-inch Super LCD screen with a 960×540 display, a dual-LED flash for its 8-megapixel camera and support for 1080p HD video. In the U.S., the phone will be available on T-Mobile (supporting T-Mobile “4G,” meaning HSPA+), in Europe on Vodafone and on other, unannounced carriers in Asia.The Sensation will run Google’s latest version of Android, code-named Gingerbread (Android 2.3.2) plus an updated version of the HTC Sense user interface. The new Sense UI will now offer customizable lockscreens which display photos, social networking updates, and weather or stock alerts. It will also bring new 3D effects, widgets, improved animations and updates to core apps. In particular, AllThingsD recently noted that the update will improve the issue of “shutter lag,” a common ailment on smartphones where the time between pushing the button and snapping the photo is delayed. For those taking pictures of kids or pets, this may be the most welcome improvement of all.There’s no word yet on when other HTC phones may receive the update Sense UI or the HTC Watch app. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Sarri frustration over Chelsea transfer policy continues to growby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wants two players to arrive at the club this month.The Blues have been linked with AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain, who Sarri worked with successfully at Napoli.And the Italian hinted that his demands were not being appeased by the Chelsea board.”As you know very well I am not in control of the transfer market,” he said”In my opinion we need two players, but it’s up to the club. As you can understand, I cannot tell you where [we need to strengthen]. The club knows my opinion.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
PHILADELPHIA – Starbucks wants to add training for store managers on “unconscious bias,” CEO Kevin Johnson said Monday, as activists held more protests at a Philadelphia store where two black men were arrested after employees said they were trespassing.Johnson, who has called the arrests “reprehensible,” arrived in Philadelphia this weekend after video of the incident gained traction online. He said he hopes to meet with the two men in the next couple of days and apologize face to face. A company spokesman said the men have agreed to a meeting with Johnson, but it was not immediately known when it would take place.“I’d like to have a dialogue with them and the opportunity to listen to them with compassion and empathy through the experience they went through,” said Johnson, who has been CEO for about a year. Stewart Cohen, the lawyer for the two men, said he hopes “something productive for the community” can come out of such a meeting.The incident is a major blow to Starbucks’ image, since the company has promoted its coffee shops as neighbourhood hangouts where anyone is welcome. After a video of the arrests spread online, the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks trended on Twitter.And on Monday morning, about two dozen protesters took over the Philadelphia shop, chanting slogans like, “A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of crap, Starbucks coffee is anti-black.” A Starbucks regional vice-president who attempted to talk to the protesters was shouted down.“We don’t want this Starbucks to make any money today. That’s our goal,” said Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, one of the protest’s organizers and co-founder of the Black and Brown Workers Collective.Over the weekend, demonstrators called for the firing of the employee who contacted police, who arrested the men on Thursday. Starbucks did not respond to a request for comment about the employment status of the manager who called police.Officials have said the officers were told the men had asked to use the store’s restroom but were denied because they hadn’t bought anything, and they refused to leave.Video shows several police talking quietly with two black men seated at a table. After a few minutes, officers handcuff the men and lead them outside as other customers say they weren’t doing anything wrong. A white man identified as real estate developer Andrew Yaffe arrives and tells the officers the two men were waiting for him. An officer says the men were not complying and were being arrested for trespassing.“Why would they be asked to leave?” Yaffe says. “Does anybody else think this is ridiculous? It’s absolute discrimination.”A woman can be heard in the video saying “they didn’t do anything, I saw the entire thing.”Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who met with Johnson on Monday, said the city will review its guidelines on how to respond to future requests for police assistance.Police haven’t announced the names of the men, who were released after the district attorney’s office said there was lack of evidence that a crime had been committed.Asked if the incident was a case of racism, Johnson responded: “Starbucks was built around the concept of a third place where we create a warm and welcoming environment for all customers. What I do know is that did not happen in this instance. And that is what we’re focused on.”Philadelphia-born comedian Kevin Hart had taken to Twitter on Monday to vent about the arrests, saying the company failed to take advantage of an opportunity to call out racial profiling. He says the employee who called police should have been fired.On Sunday he tweeted, “Our city is shining bright like a diamond right now. Please make this situation right.”Seattle-based Starbucks had posted a statement on Twitter over the weekend about the arrests, followed by an apology from Johnson.“Every company makes mistakes, but great companies are the ones that learn from those mistakes and take appropriate action,” Johnson said Monday. “And that’s exactly what I intend to do. We’re reviewing all aspects of this.”_____Pisani reported from New York.
India International Centre is coming up with an exhibition of Kanthas from the late 19th century till pre-independence; and contemporary Kantha created in the 1990s initiated by the renowned sculptor, late Meera Mukherjee. Titled ‘The Needle Reverence’ – a story stitched by the thrift of Bengali women, the art show will feature collection of Siddhartha Tagore and Mahesh Naithani as well as Meera Mukherjee’s kanthas from the collection of Dolly Narang. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainTo be inaugurated on April 3, at 5:30, by Jasleen Dhamija, veteran historian on Indian textiles, the exhibition is organised to honour Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay. It will be on view from April 4 to 12, 11 am to 7 pm daily at the Art Gallery, IIC Annexe, New Delhi. A creation that started as a way to make life more comfortable has overtime developed into a more detailed and amplified Kantha tradition. Most Kanthas were made by illiterate rural women who would stitch stories into the quilts. Conventionally, these women used a simple running stitch and basic embroidery techniques to create quilts in addition to embroidered cloths for their homes with running stitches along the edges. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardFor generations of Bengali women, the technique of the age old craft were and still are being passed down from mother to daughter. These women would often personalise their work by either putting their name on it or by illustrating their relationship with the person for whom the gift was intended. As has been stated in the book ‘The Scared Textiles of India’, kanthas are as diverse as there have been women designing and embroidering them. Subsequently, the craft took a backbench, like many Indian handicrafts. In the 18th and 19th century the East India Company ruled a considerable section of the country. Though Kantha continued to be practised amongst rural women, the recognition of the craft faded as by then England was printing its own Indian textiles, with machinery and newly developed synthetic dyes. In the post-independence period, there were many a great attempts to revitalize and restore the dying craft with a new life. And now for decades the embroidery craft has been a source of economic independence for rural women. A revolutionary for Kantha today, Shamlu Dudeja took a great initiative in the early ’80s to empower women. Dudeja has worked to incorporate Kantha in today’s market with home decor, urban furnishing and clothing such as sarees. She points out that “creating new Kantha means lots of experimentations and payment to the artists, especially from the semi urban areas”. Kantha embroidery is a popular force even in the fashion world now. With designers displaying beautiful works with a contemporary flair. Kantha has been around for ages however, there is a growing need to maintain its authenticity. Although, a great boon to the handloom sector, which is now the second largest employer in rural India, some fear that with the profit oriented markets, the age old Indian heritage of hand weaving communities may lose their genuineness. The exhibition at IIC is organised in collaboration with MATI – Management of Art Treasures of India; with the support of Art Konsult; The Village Gallery; and Art and Deal Magazine.
The ways in which the environment is exploited while catering to civilisational needs and wants is uncountable. From rocks to riverbeds, groundwater to oil, coasts to alpine forests, water to air, deep-earth mining to depleting ozone layer in the lower stratosphere, the cumulative impact has brought us to the days where Environment concerns & Climate Change have become a regular feature of social discussions. While adhering to the norms of Paris Agreement, which aims at limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees, India, a developing nation, has numerous other environmental commitments that it must take to ensure a green future. With our capital being the most polluted in the world, the commitment to directing efforts towards protecting our environment is non-negotiable. The dystopian sky that Delhi has witnessed on two separate occasions stands as a glaring example of how, through uncontrolled progress, we are digging our own graves. But air is not the only issue. Depleting forest cover, polluted rivers, fragile river banks and coasts, poor waste management, et al, all add to our environmental concerns. While the present dispensation has taken prodigious steps to enhance the country’s infrastructure, it has not taken any concrete step to protect the environment or improve its gradually deteriorating trend. Significant increase in clearances to development projects inside wildlife protected areas bypassing necessary impact studies, from 260 in 2009-13 (under UPA) to 519 in 2014 – 18 (BJP phase), along with proposed policy changes – new forest policy and Coastal Regulation Zone notification that will allow corporate entities to take over land, forest, coast, water – do not augur well for the environment. Development at the cost of environment is a disastrous equation and its implementation will cost us tremendously – though very few realise it. Activists, environmentalists, experts on climate, etc., have been vocal about such intrusion into nature’s boundaries and yet they never make it to the desk of political parties as they rally around the country prior to elections. While conveying their so-called vision to the masses, their focus mainly revolves around the immediate societal needs and issues that will enable them to garner votes. Blaming just the political parties here is also wrong. These parties come up with sops and promises that comprise of prevalent issues which are mainly because of our discontent. Agrarian distress, unemployment, etc., are all prime poll agendas which have been conveyed to these parties by no one but us through our dissent. In the same way, should we advocate our displeasure at the way environment is being exploited manifold, the chances of it being picked up by them are far more. Hence, the blame is partially on us as well. Delhi has been clearly the victim of air pollution which sparked the AAP government to come up with the ambitious odd-even rule to half the number of cars on the capital’s roads and ensure comparatively fewer car-emissions – prime contributor to air pollution. But, even that did not prevent the second spell of hazardous air quality, following which the Graded Response Action Plan was drafted to combat air pollution in severe cases. While GRAP restores the hope of clean air, it is an emergency plan – a cure. How long can or should we rely on emergency plans, especially when all our lives we have heard the age-old saying that ‘prevention is better than cure’? Also Read – A compounding difficultyRecently, Congress in its manifesto for Lok Sabha polls included the environment. It recognised air pollution as a public health emergency. Congress promises to constitute, by law, an independent, empowered, and transparent Environment Protection Authority to establish, monitor and enforce environmental standards and regulations. At the same time, Congress plans on defending and advancing India’s interests in international negotiations on Climate Change and environment. Further, they promise to strengthen the National Clean Air Programme launched by Modi government to reduce particulate matter (PM) pollution by 20-30 per cent in at least 102 cities, including Delhi, by 2024. Congress’s mention of all the relevant environmental concerns in its manifesto definitely earns them brownie points over rivals, however, attracts criticism from experts over superficial promises due to lack of detail. It may enjoy the benefit of this doubt to the extent till it forms a government, should it win. Manifestos are a book of promises and as such the implementation part is where the entire picture changes. BJP’s grand promises and their lacklustre implementation is a testament to this realisation. While the voters may acknowledge the fact that Congress has included the environment in its manifesto when others haven’t – making them unique as of now, they are wary of the fact that it is the implementation of the promises that holds the key to progress and welfare. Mere promises are nothing but empty rhetorics aimed at amassing votes in a contest where everyone wants to run the country.