FIFA to Take over Running of CAF

first_imgAhmad, who is the subject of an ethics investigation by FIFA after allegations of corruption and sexual misconduct, proposed the idea in a document shared with colleagues on the executive committee, the sources said.Samoura is to lead a FIFA team that will conduct “a root-and-branch review of governance of the confederation, oversee operational management of the organisation, and recommend where needed a series of reform efforts,” the document read.“This will be done in order to put CAF itself on a modern and sound footing, improve its image and reputation and thus ensure that CAF is better equipped to face future challenges and to grasp future opportunities.”FIFA are to also undertake a forensic audit of the monies they have been giving CAF.The idea of sending Samoura to Africa is said to have been put together by FIFA president Gianni Infantino and CAF Vice-President Amaju Pinnick in the wake of Ahmad’s brief detention by French police last week for questioning on corruption allegations.Ahmad, who is seeking to hold onto some semblance of power or even walk away from his post without sanction, had been forced to accept the deal and then propose it to his own colleagues, CAF sources told Reuters on Thursday.With FIFA seeking to improve football’s image, the Ahmad controversy has come as a major embarrassment to Infantino, who has been claiming a new-look, clean and corruption-free FIFA.Ahmad, by virtue of his position as leader of African football, is automatically a FIFA vice-president.African football has been rocked not only by the firing of CAF general secretary Amr Fahmy for whistle blowing, but also a walk off in the Champions League final and the alleged assault on a referee by another of CAF’s vice-presidents.The Cup of Nations kicks off in Cairo on Friday when hosts Egypt take on Zimbabwe. (NAN)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A drastic and dramatic overhaul of African football is expected to be announced on Thursday, the eve of the kickoff of the African Cup of Nations, in the wake of corruption scandals consuming the Confederation of African Football (CAF).The CAF executive committee took a stunning decision on Wednesday to cede control of the running of the organisation and have FIFA general secretary, Fatma Samoura, parachuted in as “FIFA High Commissioner for Africa”, according to sources.No announcement has been made by African football’s governing body but CAF president, Ahmad Ahmad, is scheduled to hold a press conference in Cairo on Thursday at 0900 GMT.last_img read more

Ryan talks Bulldogs, Sweet 16

first_imgSenior Keaton Nankivil was just a freshman when the Badgers last reached the Sweet 16. Nankivil scored 10 points in UW\’s first two tournament games so far this year.[/media-credit]With a Sweet 16 appearance on tap for Thursday, every game earned for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team will continue to magnify on the national scene. However, head coach Bo Ryan doesn’t expect his team to get too carried away with the escalating stakes.As Wisconsin gets ready for eighth-seeded Butler in New Orleans Thursday, Ryan assured everyone the Badgers are not approaching the game any differently just because the stage is a bit more grand.“I think in New Orleans the temperature is going to be the same as it was in Tucson, so I’m not just going to warn them about staying away from the foods that are too spicy,” he said. “What goes on between those lines (on the basketball court), it’s not going to change. They have to stay focused on the task, and I’m sure they will.“There won’t be anything different.”Last Saturday, fourth-seeded Wisconsin earned its fourth Sweet 16 appearance since 2003 and first since the 2007-08 season after defeating fifth-seeded Kansas State, 70-65, in Tucson, Ariz.Wisconsin’s seniors were freshmen the last time UW experienced the Sweet 16, but only three of them – Jon Leuer, Keaton Nankivil and Tim Jarmusz – saw playing time in that game. And none of them played longer than a minute.In both of the two years since then, the Badgers suffered losses in the second round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.This year, they go up against a mid-major Bulldogs team that willed itself into the national title game one year ago, barely losing to Duke, 61-59.Three starters return from that “Cinderella” squad and have already begun a memorable march through the NCAA tournament once again.Butler defeated No. 9 Old Dominion in its first game on a buzzer-beating shot by Matt Howard and then upset No. 1 Pittsburgh after a bizarre series of fouls spurred the Bulldogs to a 71-70 victory.While Ryan couldn’t help but admit those experiences are beneficial to the Bulldogs, he said it’s the present, not the past, that matters most right now.“What happened last year definitely cannot hurt them,” Ryan said. “That’s a positive experience for them. But they’re also led by [Butler head coach Brad Stevens] who understands that that was last year, this is this year, and I’m sure they aren’t going to practice with the idea, ‘Oh, well, we’ve been further than the teams we’re playing.’”As a result, UW isn’t concentrating on Butler’s run a year ago, either.“When we get on that practice floor today and [associate head coach Greg Gard] does that scouting report, it’s all about right now, and it won’t ever change,” Ryan said.Ryan spoke highly of Stevens, who, at age 34, has achieved four regular season Horizon League titles and three conference titles in his four years as head coach. Ryan called him a “bright mind.”The UW head coach then related his experiences coaching fellow Horizon League school UW-Milwaukee from 1999-2001 to describe a possible source of Butler’s motivation.“I think they relish that part of being from a so-called mid-major conference, which, having coached at UW-M, we never thought of ourselves as mid-anything,” Ryan said. “But it’s all basketball, and that’s the culture that’s been developed there.”Motivation isn’t short on the Wisconsin end, either. After a disenchanting performance at the Big Ten Tournament, where the Badgers lost an ugly 36-33 game against Penn State, UW-Madison responded with encouraging performances in its first two NCAA games.In victories over Belmont and Kansas State, Wisconsin has shot a combined .456 from the field and .500 from the perimeter and has seen plenty of clutch plays from featured players and role players alike.“These guys were just bound and determined to do something, and they have,” Ryan said. “It’s a good group of young men who have come together for a purpose. But not just coming together now, they came together a while ago.”last_img read more

St Kitts PM to address immigration convention in US

first_imgPrime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, is scheduled to make a powerful address on the successes, challenges and opportunities for the citizenship by investment industry when he delivers the keynote speech at the 2018 Uglobal Immigration Convention in the United States this week. Harris, accompanied by the CEO of the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), Les Khan, will add International leaders in the economic citizenship industry in Los Angeles, California Convention attendees will discuss and deliberate on Changes Impacting the Industry; Enhanced Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Due Diligence; Best Practices for CBI and RBI Programs; Emerging Trends in Residency by Investment Programs; and Understanding the CBI Marketplace.The 2018 Uglobal Immigration Convention will be attended by a wide range of investment immigration professionals including migration agencies, foreign intermediaries, project developers, service providers and international marketing agents.According to government officials, the convention, with an excellent platform for expanding the Federation’s citizenship by investment reach among the movers and shakers of the industry. It also provides St. Kitts and Nevis with unique access to new potential markets.St. Kitts and Nevis’ Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme is rated by several independent and objective observers and analysts as one of the best performing countries in the world on several indices, including in the economic citizenship industry, with its Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme, regarded internationally as the platinum brand.last_img read more

2019 Daytona 500: Bubba Wallace ‘living his dream’ driving Richard Petty’s iconic No. 43

first_imgBubba Wallace has only one full season of NASCAR Cup Series competition under his belt, but he’s proud to be part of a legacy going back to the sport’s roots. Wallace on Sunday will make his second appearance in the Daytona 500. His first experience last year was almost as good as it gets — the rookie finished a career-high second in the race. In 1988, gas was $.98 / gallon, cell phones weighted 28 ounces, and The King was on the cover of the 30th anniversary @DISupdates program. Today, gas is $2.90 / gallon, cell phones are under 7 ounces in weight, and a kid living his dream is behind the wheel of the iconic #43. pic.twitter.com/A0eaWC6tcp— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) February 15, 2019Petty won a record seven Daytona 500s. His father, Lee Petty, won the first Daytona 500 in 1959. Kyle Busch to Jimmie Johnson: ‘Open your eyeballs and see where the f— you’re going’center_img The 25-year-old Wallace, the first African American to be a full-time competitor in NASCAR’s top series in almost 50 years, knows he has big shoes to fill, driving the iconic No. 43 car made famous by the legendary Richard Petty. In a tweet Friday, he noted Petty’s appearance on the 1988 Daytona 500 race program cover, and said he’s “living his dream.””In 1988, gas was $.98 / gallon, cell phones weighed 28 ounces, and The King was on the cover of the 30th anniversary @DISupdates program,” Wallace tweeted. “Today, gas is $2.90 / gallon, cell phones are under 7 ounces in weight, and a kid living his dream is behind the wheel of the iconic #43.” Related Newslast_img read more

NHL free agency rumors: Sharks may be preparing to offer Erik Karlsson 8-year extension

first_imgIt should also be noted that if the Sharks do give Karlsson this massive extension, it could hamper their efforts to bring back captain Joe Pavelski and even veteran Joe Thornton.Pavelski scored 38 goals last season, which was just three less than his career high of 41. Losing him would be a big blow, but Karlsson’s departure would be difficult to deal with, as well.Thornton is likely to come back on a one-year deal if he does return. He has long said he wants to finish his career in San Jose, but his future is very contingent upon what the Sharks give their other free agents. The Sharks are the only team that can offer Karlsson an eight-year deal, and they might be the only one willing to give him an offer in the $11 million range on average annual value.Karlsson is coming off of offseason groin surgery and dealt with serious injuries in both 2013 and 2017.Some teams could point to that as a reason not to give Karlsson a deal worth more than $10 million per year, so if the Sharks are willing to give him $11 million, that could be enough to keep him in San Jose.The Sharks have until June 23 to talk exclusively to Karlsson as players are allowed to talk to all 31 teams on that day before being allowed to sign July 1.Karlsson is coming off a year in which he scored three goals and added 42 assists, but he played just 53 games in the regular season as he dealt with the groin injury and missed the final game of the Western Conference finals while dealing with the same problem.He remains one of the best offensive defensemen in the game, though, and having him and Brent Burns on the first and second lines, respectively, is a luxury very few NHL teams have. Stanley Cup Final 2019: Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron confirms he played through groin injury The report states there is a belief the Sharks are willing to offer Karlsson a contract somewhere close to what Kings defenseman Drew Doughty got last summer.That would be eight years and $88 million. Related Newscenter_img The Sharks are committed to bringing back defenseman Erik Karlsson.According to The Athletic, San Jose and the All-Star defenseman are continuing to work on a contract extension which would keep Karlsson with the team for a very long time. Stanley Cup Final 2019: Three takeaways from Blues’ Game 7 winlast_img read more

Silver for Cheptegei as Mo captures 10th successive global title

first_imgCheptegei leads with 2000m to tapeWith 2000m to the tape Cheptegei led the field but was then passed by the fastest man in the world this year Ethiopian Abadi Hadis, who looked in ominously good shape.With two laps to go Farah moved up to the shoulder of Hadis, passing him down the back straight, and as the bell rang he looked up at the big screen to see how his rivals were behind him.Despite the two clippings Farah held his nerve and was able to repel one final challenge from the relentless Cheptegei to cross the line with fireworks going off to celebrate his feat.Prior to the race Farah had come onto the track waving his arms in the air urging the spectators to up the volume.Introduced as they lined up for the start to the crowd they responded with a deafening roar — but nothing compared to what greeted their champion as he crossed the line in glory half an hour later.MEDALS TABLE RANKCOUNTRY GSBTOTAL 2UGANDA0101 1GREAT BRITAIN & N.I.1001 Britain’s Mo Farah wins the final of the men’s 10,000m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | British athletics legend Mo Farah won his 10th successive global title on Friday winning the 10,000 metres world crown at the London Stadium where he won Olympic gold in 2012.The 34-year-old, who will bid to add a third successive world double in the 5000m later in the championships, had a narrow escape from disaster on the final lap when he was clipped twice but somehow kept his balance to prevail.Ugandan youngster Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda took silver and Paul Tanui of Kenya claimed bronze with Farah having once again foiled their respective nations’ tactics.“It makes me proud to be British. It’s been a long journey, it’s been incredible,” said Farah who was accompanied by his family on a lap of honour.“It’s been hard but I’m just mentally strong I guess.”He added: “It was amazing tonight, I had to get my head around it. I got a bit emotional at the start and then I just had to get in the zone. It has all been amazing.“I knew at 12 laps to go when they went hard from there I knew it was going to be tough. It was about believing in my sprint finish and knowing that I have been in that position before. It helped a lot having that experience.”Uganda and Kenya strategy fails to break MOThe Ugandans and the Kenyans deployed their strategy of ‘surging’ with them alternating the lead pace so as not to allow Farah to get into a rhythm.Two-time world cross-country champion Geoffrey Kamworor took up the pace with over 21 laps to run — Farah was seventh from the back but looking comfortable.Kamworor exchanged the lead with Cheptegei, the 20-year-old performing the same role as he had in the Olympic final in Rio.Farah moved along in around 12th as Kamworor and compatriot Tanui injected more pace up front and the trio of Ethiopians loomed large on the scene.However, Farah decided with 14 laps remaining to show them he was unaffected by their tactics accelerating down the finishing straight to briefly head the field.The Kenyans resumed their control up front soon afterwards and upped the pace recording a lap of 61 seconds with the Ugandans tucked in behind them and Farah 11th.However, each time they thought they had him on the ropes Farah also sped up although Kamworor deliberately slowed it down recording a lap of 67 seconds.With nine laps to go the pace setting was taken up by young Eritrean Aron Kifle but despite the constant changing of pace Farah despite being elbowed looked comfortable. 3KENYA0011 Cheptegei says race was tough“The race was a really tough race, you know. I feel like my preparations were enough; my last lap was really poor but I feel like I’m coming good, I just need to do some more training,” Cheptegei said.“The plan was to run a hard race. The opening lap was not a problem – I thought I was going at 65 (seconds), but I saw it coming at 61 and it was fine. I’m not upset about the loss because I am still young.”About his disastrouse IAAF World Cross Country Championships earlier this year, Cheptegei said: “Now I feel happy because I have a medal in the senior race. I feel Kampala was just not my day, I was really in shape but it wasn’t my day.”Men’s 10,000m: 1. Mo Farah (GBR) 26min 49.51sec, 2. Joshua Cheptegei (UGA) 26:49.94, 3. Paul Tanui (KEN) 26:50.60, 4. Bedan Muchiri (KEN) 26:52.12, 5. Jemal Yimer (ETH) 26:56.11, 6. Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN) 26:57.77, 7. Abadi Hadis (ETH) 26:59.19, 8. Mohammed Ahmed (CAN) 27:02.35, 9. Shadrack Kipchirchir (KEN) 27:07.55, 10. Anamlak Belihu (ETH) 27:08.94RELATED: RACE PREVIEW#london2017: Uganda’s Cheptegei has what it takes to be World Athletics Champion https://t.co/Fw3DfwkuhE pic.twitter.com/AeGitUInyt— The Independent (@UGIndependent) August 4, 2017Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Body of two-year-old found during search for missing child

first_imgAuthorities in Montana are reporting that they may have found the body of a 2-year-old boy who was reported missing after his parents were found dead of an apparent murder-suicide on Wednesday.The body of a child believed to be Aiden Salcido was located Sunday in a remote area of Montana where his parents Daniel Salcido and Hannah Janiak were found days earlier.“Positive identification has not been made, however the decedent was located in the same area that Hannah Janiak and Daniel Salcido were seen by several witnesses days earlier,” the news release said.According to police, the couple had been convicted on burglary charges in 2018 and Janiak was expected to start serving her sentence on June 11th but when she did not show up, authorities issued felony warrants for the couple’s arrest.Officials reported that with the help of witness reports, they were able to locate the couple who was homeless and would camp along a greenway in Medford. Authorities conducted a trafficstop, however, the couple fled the scene.  Authorities perused the couple but when they finally caught up with them, the couple was dead in an apparent murder-suicide.Investigators than began searching for the couple’s two-year-old son who was pictured with the couple when they made a purchase at Walmart for two camping gear items on June 2nd.Authorities also found a Walmart receipt for the day of the couple’s death. Surveillance showed that the two-year-old was not with the couple at that time.An autopsy has been scheduled to identify the child’s body and time of death.last_img read more

Thai-French Petanque Club hosts charity tournament

first_imgFriends of Avenin Daniel pose for a group photo during the charity pentanque tournament held in his memory.The Sai Sam Thai-French Petanque Club on Pattaya Third Road hosted a charity tournament earlier this month in remembrance of Avenin Daniel, who was a former member of the club and passed away two years ago.  Present for the occasion was club president Somya Boonpan and over 100 friends of Avenin Daniel.The tournament was particularly dedicated to raising funds for charity, but apart from that the players were also promoting the petanque sport and honing their playing skills.  The tournament was not played for any major title, but simply to meet new friends and help raise funds for a good cause.16 teams of three took part with registration fees set at 1,000 baht per team.  All players were entitled to a buffet and beverages supplied for the occasion by the club.Coming in first place was the Colus team while the first and second runners-up were team Loui and team Pastis respectively.  The top three teams were awarded trophies and cash prizes of 2,000, 1,500 and 1,000 baht accordingly. The tournament managed to raise a grand total of 10,000 baht for charity and was handed to the family of Avenin Daniel to help with their daily expenses.last_img read more

A Vision for a Marina In Sandy Hook Bay

first_imgBy Liz Sheehan |SANDY HOOK – Is there a marina in Fort Hancock’s future?David Hoder, a civil engineer based in Fair Haven, presented that possibility at a meeting of the Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee last month.Hoder, a member of the Sandy Hook Foundation, a nonprofit group that supports programs and projects at Sandy Hook, said he had done marine harbor and marine planning work and had been asked by the committee “what it takes to create a mooring field” at the site in Sandy Hook Bay. He was not making a proposal as a business matter.“This is just in the talking stage,” Holder said Tuesday.He told the committee the project would need approvals from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers, as well as environmental studies of the area chosen. Hoder discussed depth measurements in the bay and underwater conditions that might limit placement of moorings.Although he did not suggest any specific spot for the facility, Hoder said any site would need to be in a place near parking and rest rooms.The Fort Hancock 21st Advisory Committee was formed in 2012 to make plans for the fort’s future, after a 60-year lease issued by the park service in 1999 to James Wassel was terminated. Wassel, a Rumson developer, was to renovate and commercially developed more than 36 buildings at the historic fort, but was unable to prove he had the financial ability to fulfill the lease.Last year the park service leased the first of the buildings at the fort and at the February meeting the committee announced there were now letters of intent issued for leasing of eight of the fort’s buildings.One of the buildings, a former bachelor officers’ quarters, is under consideration for leasing by the nonprofit Affordable Housing Alliance advocacy group, to be used for several one-bedroom affordable apartments.Leases for five of the buildings, formerly used by the U.S. Army as a gas station, mule barn, bakery and sergeants’ and officers’ quarters, are being discussed with Joseph Kachinsky Jr., a construction official in Middletown and Rudolph Wobito.The Monmouth County Vocational School District has met with park service officials concerning a former mess hall and barracks. The school district operates the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) at Fort Hancock.This article was first published in the March 23-30, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

UP & COMING FOLLOW ME CREV CRUSHES $65,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FOES TO WIN BY 2 ½ LENGTHS UNDER PRAT; CERIN TRAINEE TO CONSIDER $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA HANDICAP ON MARCH 12

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2016)–Follow Me Crev made an eye catching move around Santa Anita’s far turn en route to a resounding 2 ½ length win in Sunday’s $65,000 allowance feature under Flavien Prat and thus stamped himself a candidate for the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 12, according to trainer Vladimir Cerin.“If he comes out of this race well, we’re going to look at the Big Cap and there’s a good chance we’ll run,” said Cerin of the 4-year-old Quality Road gelding who left 4-5 favorite Prospect Park in his wake while collecting his fourth straight win. “I was concerned today because we missed some training with him coming out of his last race (a 1 ¾ length allowance score going 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 9). I got him in a hyperbaric chamber a number of times though, and it really helped him.”Owned by David and Holly Wilson, Follow Me Crev had been ridden in his last two wins by Alonso Quinonez, but due to travel contingencies returning from Saudi Arabia, Quinonez was replaced this morning by Prat. The second choice in a field of six older horses, Follow Me Crev paid $7.60, $3.00 and $2.40.“He’s a really smart horse,” said Prat. “I made a move on the far turn and when we went for home, he switched leads and finished really well.”Claimed nine starts back for $50,000 on May 31, Follow Me Crev improved his overall record to 16-5-3-3. With the winner’s share of $39,000, he increased his earnings to $198,440.Trained by Clifford Sise and ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Prospect Park, a Grade III winner who was scratched out of Saturday’s Grade II, one mile turf Arcadia Stakes, sat a close second to pacesetter Big Cazanova but was no match for the winner the final sixteenth as he finished 1 ¾ lengths in front of “Big Caz” and paid $2.60 and $2.10.“We’re hoping this is a perfect setup for the Santa Anita Handicap,” said Sise, whose Prospect Park hadn’t run since finishing third in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles turf Del Mar Derby on Sept. 6. “He needed this race. He was only 70 or 80 percent (ready) today, so this was perfect.”Like Prospect Park, Argentine-bred Big Cazanova scratched out of yesterday’s Arcadia to run on the main track today. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Big Cazanova was off at 9-1 and paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.31, 46.25, 1:10.92 and 1:36.81.Nominations for the 79th running of the mile and a quarter Santa Anita Handicap close on Feb. 27.Racing resumes at Santa Anita tomorrow, with a nine-race President’s Day card. First post time is at 12:30 p.m. and admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more