The Latest: Badminton suspends circuit to mid-April

first_imgThe Latest: Badminton suspends circuit to mid-April ___11:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league will not have a champion this season.The league made the decision after canceling the season because of the coronavirus outbreak. It will be the first time since 1940 that no team will be declared champion.Games were suspended two weeks ago when the Swiss federal government prohibited large public events. ___11:20 a.m.The German soccer league has suspended its season, dropping a plan to play this weekend in empty stadiums.The league board says there is an increasing number of suspected coronavirus cases affecting German clubs.Three second-division players have tested positive for the virus. Bundesliga club Paderborn said its coach tested negative, hours before his team was due to play Fortuna Düsseldorf, and that it was waiting for test results from an unspecified number of players. It says the decision was taken in coordination with the health ministry and the International Olympic Committee.The handover of the Olympic Flame to the Tokyo organizing committee will go ahead as scheduled on March 19 at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.___11:50 a.m.Soccer in Scotland has been suspended following a similar move in England. The England cricket team’s test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The England and Wales Cricket board says it made the decision for the players to return home after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket.England was set to play the first test of its two-test series on Thursday, with the second test set for March 27.The ECB says “we look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.”The decision was announced with England playing in a test warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI. The final stage would have taken the race on a 113.5-kilometer (70.5-mile) loop north of Nice. Instead, the race will stop in Valdeblore la Colmiane.___11:10 a.m.The English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus.The league had expected to continue with a full schedule this weekend with fans, but later decided to suspend all matches until April 3 “at the earliest.” 10:30 a.m.The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, has been postponed until a later date. Augusta National did not indicate when the Masters would be played. That means there will be no golf at least for the next month. The Masters began in 1934 and only World War II has kept it from being played. This was the biggest shoe to drop for golf. The PGA Tour already canceled the next three events leading up to the Masters. Tiger Woods was to be going after his sixth green jacket.___ 10:25 a.m.Baylor University says it has told its entire baseball team and staff to self-quarantine after learning that three TSA agents in San Jose, California who tested positive for COVID-19 had “indirect contact” with the school’s travel party earlier this week. Baylor said the team will self-quarantine in Waco, Texas, or at their permanent residence. The school said no players, coaches or staff are showing any symptoms of the coronavirus. ___ ___10:45 a.m.India and South Africa have called off the two remaining one-day cricket internationals and decided to reschedule the series.The second ODI was scheduled to be played in Lucknow on Sunday and the third game in Kolkata on Wednesday. The first game was washed out by rain in Dharmsala earlier this week.___ He told owners the first positive test result by any player would be a game-changer and that the decision to pause the season came after that happened in the NBA.Unlike NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who said his league’s season would be suspended at least 30 days, Bettman would not put a timeframe on the NHL’s break. Bettman said several contingencies are being worked on about resuming the season and still awarding the Stanley Cup, but he would not give a definitive date on when that would have to happen or how long into the summer things could go.Bettman also said it is not the NHL’s independent call when to return to games and did not rule out the possibility of playing in empty arenas. He said games would only resume when the situation is safe.___12:30 p.m. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The last remaining Six Nations rugby match was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Welsh Rugby Union had earlier insisted its match against Scotland on Saturday in Cardiff would go ahead, but changed its mind by mid-afternoon.It’s the fourth match in the championship to be postponed and means the entire final round, scheduled for Saturday, is off.The Six Nations says “we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the U.K. and global sports industries.”It’s the first time the championship hasn’t been completed on schedule since 2001, when Ireland was hit by an outbreak of foot and mouth disease. ___11 a.m.The French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television.No indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting. Spain has declared a state of emergency for two weeks to try to contain the virus.___11:50 a.m.NASCAR and IndyCar have each called off their races this weekend. NASCAR was scheduled to run Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway without spectators but said Friday it is calling off this weekend and next week’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.IndyCar was scheduled to open its season Sunday on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, but suspended it’s season through the end of April. Four races are affected. The Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Bahrain GP was scheduled to be held next week — at an empty track — and the inaugural Vietnamese GP was set to be held in Hanoi on April 5.The first four races of the Formula One season have all been called off. The season-opening Australian GP and the China GP were previously postponed.No new dates have been set for the races but governing body FIA says it expects to begin the F1 season in May when it reaches Europe with the Dutch GP.___ England also has tests scheduled at home against West Indies in June and Pakistan in late July and August.___11:15 a.m.UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak.The quarterfinal draws in both competitions, scheduled for next Friday, have also been postponed. 6:20 p.m.Sampdoria has announced that four more of its players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club doctor.The club says after forward Manolo Gabbiadini tested positive on Thursday, it carried out tests on defender Omar Colley, midfielder Albin Ekdal, forward Antonino La Gumina, and midfielder Morten Thorsby, who all had light symptoms, and they also tested positive.Sampdoria says they are all in good condition in their own homes in Genoa. The same applies for club doctor Amedeo Baldari.The rest of the team, as well as the staff and directors, are also in self-isolation at home. The club’s offices and training facilities have been closed and all sporting activity has been suspended. March 13, 2020 ___5:10 p.m.The London Marathon scheduled for April 26 has been postponed to Oct. 4.“We know how disappointing this news will be for so many — the runners who have trained for many months, the thousands of charities for which they are raising funds, and the millions who watch the race every year,” event director Hugh Brasher said.Previously, coronavirus fears have forced the Barcelona Marathon originally scheduled this Sunday, to be postponed to Oct. 25, and the Paris Marathon on April 5 to be shifted to Oct. 18. ___2:50 p.m.The Giro d’Italia cycling race has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The first three stages of the Italian race were scheduled to take place in Hungary in May but the country has banned large outdoor sporting events. Race organizer RCS Sport says the entire race was postponed after they were informed by the organizing committee of the Hungarian stages that those three legs could not be held on the scheduled dates.RCS Sport says “all parties have agreed that they are determined to work together to enable the Giro d’Italia to depart from Hungary at a later time.” The decision comes four days ahead of a meeting to decide the European soccer calendar, including the possible one-year postponement of the 2020 European Championship.___3:35 p.m.The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to delay the start of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament will now start on April 15 instead of March 29. 4:55 p.m.Russia is offering to host more European Championship games as UEFA considers whether the tournament can go ahead.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says Russia, which hosted the 2018 World Cup, could hold more than its scheduled three group games and one quarterfinal match in St. Petersburg.According to state news agency Tass, Chernyshenko says “we absolutely could expand the tournament program.”He adds that “Russia is ready for however the situation develops, we have plans.” The Rome Marathon set for March 29 was canceled earlier.___12:50 p.m.National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman says players and staff have been told to stay away from the rink and self-isolate while the league is on a hiatus of uncertain length.Bettman said in a phone interview Friday with the Associated Press and the league’s website that, to his knowledge, no players or league employees have tested positive for the new coronavirus. But he added that he isn’t certain there isn’t someone who might not be feeling well and is awaiting test results. 1:25 p.m.The first three stages of this year’s Giro d’Italia cycling race in May will no longer be held in Hungary.Writing in a Facebook post, government commissioner Mariusz Revesz says the decision came because of the coronavirus crisis in Italy and Hungary’s declaration this week to ban large outdoor sporting events.Revesz says Hungarian and Italian race organizers would seek contract modifications so the Giro can start in Hungary some other time.___ ___1:55 p.m.The Greek Olympic committee says it is suspending the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.The Hellenic Olympic Committee says a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.The committee says it took “the difficult but essential decision to cancel the rest of the program of the flame relay on Greek territory.” 1:20 p.m.German club Nuremberg says its whole team and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after defender Fabian Nürnberger tested positive for the coronavirus.The second-division club decided to conduct tests after two players from previous opponent Hannover tested positive for the virus.Nuremberg was due to play St. Pauli on Sunday but the club has asked the German soccer league to postpone the game.Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday was called off after Hannover decided on Thursday to quarantine its players for 14 days. The World Synchronized Skating Championships have been canceled because of the coronavirus outreak.U.S. Figure Skating and the International Skating Union made the announcement Friday, citing concerns over the spread of the virus and the United States’ ban on travel from Europe.The event had been scheduled for April 3-4 at Lake Placid, New York.The World Synchronized Skating Championships had been held every year since 2000, including four times previously in the United States.___ The Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League say games are off until “further notice.”Six first-division games were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Old Firm game between Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic.___12:40 p.m.The Paris-Nice cycling race won’t finish in Nice because of the coronavirus outbreak, and will instead be stopped one day early at the end of Stage 7 on Saturday. The same suspension applies for the three lower divisions overseen by the English Football League and to England’s top two women’s divisions.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of the match against Brighton on Saturday. Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also had a positive test on Thursday, while Everton said Friday that a player had reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and said its squad was self-isolating.Two more clubs said some players or staff would isolate. Bournemouth said Friday that reserve goalkeeper Artur Boruc and four members of staff had symptoms consistent with the virus. Leicester said Thursday that three players had “extremely mild illness” and would self-isolate as a precaution.___10:30 a.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):5:45 p.m.The Badminton World Federation has suspended all tournaments from Monday to April 12. The tournaments affected include the Swiss Open, India Open, Orléans Masters, Malaysia Open, and Singapore Open.The suspension of the circuit comes into effect following the completion of the All England Open on Sunday in Birmingham.The decision severely impacts Olympic qualifying, which closes on April 30. The BWF previously said it will not change the qualifying window, but said on Friday it “will make a further announcement on regulations related to Olympic qualification points” later.___1:45 p.m. Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday.However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps.___10:40 a.m.The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday. Thousands of Paris Saint-Germain fans gathered outside the stadium on Wednesday during a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund.Events with more than 1,000 participants were already banned in a bid to contain the virus outbreak.The rest of the Bundesliga’s 26th round was due to be played without fans present.___1:45 p.m. Associated Press The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday.All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums.Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.”Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off. ___2:10 p.m.The first Bundesliga game has been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bremen senator for the interior Ulrich Mäurer says Werder Bremen’s home game against Bayer Leverkusen on Monday won’t be played as scheduled.The game was supposed to be played without any fans in the stadium, but Bremen mayor Andreas Bovenschulte says the decision was taken to call it off because of fears that several thousand fans would have gathered outside the stadium. ___9:55 a.m.Everton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park. ___12:25 p.m.The Real Madrid basketball player who tested positive for the coronavirus was American forward Trey Thompkins.The positive result prompted Madrid’s basketball and soccer teams to enter quarantine because they share some facilities at the club’s training center.Thompkins wrote on Twitter he was “feeling great and just waiting for the virus to pass.”last_img read more

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The Latest: Packers optimistic but wary for fans at Lambeau

first_imgThe Latest: Packers optimistic but wary for fans at Lambeau The NFL club also acknowledges the “possibility that Lambeau Field will be unable to host fans for games this season” because of the pandemic. Training camps across the league are to begin in mid-July.Reduced seating capacity means the Packers can’t guarantee that ticket holders in the general bowl and club seats will be able to reserve tickets. Season-ticket holders will be asked if they want to be part of a process allowing them a chance to reserve tickets. Those who opt out can have their 2020 payment refunded in full or credited to 2021. If they opt out, their status as season-ticket holders and their existing seats and ticket packages will remain in place for next season.___The Latvian soccer federation says its national team will play a postponed friendly at Montenegro on Oct. 7. July 3, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Green Bay Packers are optimistic they will have fans at Lambeau Field this season, but they note that seating capacity would be cut significantly and spectators must wear face coverings.center_img Associated Press The match in Podgorica was originally scheduled to be played March 26 but was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Baltic News Service reported the new date.Soccer has resumed around much of Europe in empty stadiums. The Champions League is scheduled to be completed in August at a mini-tournament in Portugal.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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Men’s basketball enters year with high rank, expectations

first_imgThe No. 10 Trojans are considered among the most seasoned units in the country. Photo by Brian Chin | Daily TrojanThe USC men’s basketball team is back in action on Friday against Cal State Fullerton with a historic No. 10 ranking in the AP poll and high expectations. After reaching its second straight NCAA tournament last season, the veteran Trojan squad is anticipated to challenge No. 3 Arizona this year in a conference that lost a majority of its talent to the NBA — despite the fact that Trojan assistant coach Tony Bland was charged with bribery and wire fraud and is the subject of an internal investigation.But for fifth-year head coach Andy Enfield, preseason rankings aren’t nearly as important as the final results.“It’s quite an accomplishment for our players,” Enfield said. “We’re excited about the possibilities we’re having this year. However, preseason rankings are just that — it’s preseason.”Many credit USC’s jump in the poll to a loaded roster that returns all of last season’s starters and also brings in a very talented freshman class. But until the team takes to the court, it’s simply speculation.“We have to go prove ourselves — we don’t take anything for granted,” Enfield said. “We have a very challenging out-of-conference schedule, and the Pac-12 is as good as it’s ever has been. We know, because we’re ranked, that teams are going to knock us down. We have to get better and not be focused on the end result.”Of the newcomers, redshirt sophomore guard Derryck Thornton, who sat out last season after transferring from Duke, is expected to be a huge factor off the bench in 2017 after earning starting minutes as a Blue Devil. After a long wait, he’s excited to finally introduce himself at USC.“It feels unreal,” Thornton said. “It feels so good to get back out there. I’m so excited to get out there and compete. That Duke team accomplished a lot of good things, but I’m in a new chapter of my life with a new group of guys and coaching staff. The past is the past, and I’m ready to move on, and make the most for this program.”Along with Thornton, the Trojans also welcome three freshmen to the roster this season: guard Chuck O’Bannon, forward Victor Oyaelunmo and wing Jordan Usher. After being named a team captain this offseason, junior forward Chimezie Metu feels pressure to set an example for his younger teammates.“Even though I don’t think of myself as a leader, the guys on my team think it, so I have to step up,” Metu said. “I’m trying to be there for my guys when they’re down or go into slumps. I know I’m not the perfect person, but I know if I can help guys when they’re down and help them up that it will be a huge boost for us.”This offseason, the team has struggled to clean up its defensive miscues during preseason scrimmages.Senior shooting guard Elijah Stewart, a co-captain alongside Metu and senior guard Jordan McLaughlin, emphasized that stopping opposing offenses will be just as important as scoring buckets.“The pieces are there,” Stewart said. “We just have to know how to put them together, especially mingling freshmen into the lineup. Defensively, we have to start trusting each other a little bit more. Defense is something that we’re really going for this year because the way that we play: We have to get stops, get rebounds and run out.”Friday’s home opener against Cal State Fullerton will be a stiff defensive test to kick off USC’s season. The Titans bring back top scorers Kyle Allman, Jr., Jackson Rowe and Khalil Ahmad to a talented roster that put up more than 100 points in a 112-57 exhibition romp over La Verne last Saturday. McLaughlin is excited for the challenge and said he is fired up for this season and another run at an NCAA championship. “I’m super hungry for a national title,” McLaughlin said. “I’ve been making sure I stay healthy, that everybody else stays healthy. We’re competing at a high level, and everybody’s so talented on this team. Everybody’s fighting for minutes. It’s good for the team that we’re competing at a high level because come March, everybody’s going to be competing at a high level.”The Trojans tip off their season against the Titans Friday at 7 p.m. at the Galen Center.last_img read more

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EFL survey: 71% of fans comfortable with gambling sponsorship

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 Share Submit EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 EPIC and Whysup ‘continue to make real change’ with partnership renewal August 19, 2020 Share More than two thirds of EFL supporters believe that gambling companies’ involvement in the football league is acceptable, according to a survey of more than 27,000 fans. Furthermore, 62 per cent of fans stated their belief that the gambling industry’s involvement in football was acceptable with suitable safeguards to protect the young and problem gamblers. Over half of supporters surveyed haven’t placed a bet online in the last 12 months, whilst of those that had, the most common frequency – once a week – accounted for 13 per cent. Affirming the effectiveness of Sky Bet’s sponsorship of the EFL, 28 per cent of those that gambled revealed that they exclusively placed bets on Sky Bet. The report went on to outline that most fans appear to maintain a healthy relationship with betting, although there was awareness that around two per cent of fans place a bet every day.This is why the EFL and its clubs continue to encourage responsible gambling. For a small proportion of supporters, they believe that these types of companies are not acceptable as sponsors. There is a clear increase among older supporters, especially those aged over 65, who questioned the appropriateness of gambling partnerships.The research comes amid much pressure from the opposition government, which has vowed to introduce greater restrictions for gambling companies when it comes to sponsorship and marketing. The long term partnership between the EFL and Sky Bet has always included Responsible Gambling as a core value. Between them they have invested £1m over a five year period to educate clubs via the responsible gambling campaign. The collaboration also committed to delivering training to players and staff at all 72 Clubs during the 2018/19 season; this includes the training implemented by the UK’s leading independent gambling harm minimisation consultancy, EPIC Risk Management. The training aims to give players and clubs a deeper understanding of the potential risks associated with gambling, the rules regarding betting integrity, as well as how to look out for signs of potential harm in their teammates.last_img read more

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Financial Indiscipline at MoYS is the cause of NSA’s Debt.

first_imgThe National Sports Authority, an establishment of the State is virtually a collapsed institution. It has no ability to deliver on its mandate as a fully fledged state institution established by the Laws of this country.Almost close to a year, the authority has been without electricity due to its huge indebtedness to the ECG.Power to the state institution has been cut off as a result of a debt of about over GHC 4million that the authority owes ECG at the various stadia across the country.The only reliable bus for the authority that supports various tournaments and competitions of the federations has been seized by an Accra High Court order issued in favour of Goshen Travel and Tours for services it rendered to the Swimming Federation in their tournaments in Kenya, Nigeria and Barcelona in 2012.Currently the bus which was purchased in 2010, is with the auctioneer pending the speedy auction of the State asset. Magnum security force is also owed over Ghc 1.7m for providing security services since 2009 and has not been paid. Apple Healthy Lifestyle is owed ghc2.6m for supplying gym equipments  to the various stadia since 2012.ZoomLion Company Ltd is also owed an amount close to Ghc 3million for Janitorial Services and has threatened to withdraw its services by on the 10th March 2017. Added to all this is the Litina Travels and Tours garnished order it secured from the Accra High Court, Commercial Court number 2, was probably the straw that broke the camel’s back. This was when some six senior officers in the MoYS, in flagrant violation of the Procurement Law,  gave a contract to African Origin Travel and Tours when a committee that the same ministry has set up to do procurements under the All African Games Committee, in their technical and financial evaluation report to the Ministry,  indicated that Litina Travels and Tours have won the contract and therefore the contract should be given to Litina.Former Minister Nii Lante Vanderpuiye is on record to have said that the reason for the huge debt of the NSA is as a result of poor record keeping and also lack of legal representation.Despite some justification in  this, it is not convincing by any stretch of analysis and begs understanding of the real issues at stake;It is factual and undeniable that the NSA’s huge debt is as a result of financial indiscipline on the part of senior officers at the MoYS.Former Youth and Sports Minister Nii Lante Vanderpuiye alluded that there is lack of legal representation for both the MoYS and NSA. One may ask, Is that not the  responsibility of the Attorney General to ensure that the Ministry for that matter the NSA is provided with good legal representation. Is it not the job of the Minister to work with the Attorney General’s office to ensure that the Ministry is adequately represented in court?Why should he be the one lamenting over this when it should be the tax payer and the good people of this country whose monies are going to be used to pay these debts.It is important to mention that Honorable Minister should have been meticulous in coming out to say the Moys has no records of these debts knowing very well as much as we all do that the creditors can take undue advantage of the comment on lack of records and make undue claim on government. This is very unfortunate to say the least.Administrators at the Sports Ministry have a responsibility  to ensure that there are proper records of every financial transaction at the MoYS.It is a fact upheld in public financial management and good governance that one main reason why senior government officials would not want to keep proper records of financial transactions is when they want to perpetrate fraud. As part of the  fraudulent act of the fraudster, he does whatever is necessary to cover his back so that he can elude any possible persuer.If this argument is anything to go by, we are made to know that the lack of proper record keeping at the MoYS could be deliberate to hide records from legitimate pursuers.In my opinion, the following maybe the reasons for the many debts suffocating the NSA and the MoYS.There is lack of financial discipline at the Moys, where the Ministry spends more than it’s budget as a Ministry and spends the budget that belongs to its agencies.The MoYS spent GHC2.M of NSA’s approved budget for which the funds was released to the MoYS by Ministry of Finance in 2016.  The Winneba Sports College and the National Youth Authority suffered similar fate. Furthermore there is total disregard and non adherence to the Procurement Act 2002 at the MoYS.Using Litina Travels and Tours and African Origin as a classical case of non adherence to the Laws of this country,  the MoYS did not follow any procurement procedure in awarding the contract to African Origin.A. There was no advertisements or request from prospective bidders for the expression of interest by the MoYS.B. There was no tenders from prospective bidders. C. There was no bid document opening.D. There was no technical evaluation of tenders.E. There was no financial evaluation.F. There was no approval from the Public Procurement Authority  for a single sole sourcing.G. The entity tender committee of the Moys did not sit to look at the issue of airlifting service by MoYS. H. There was no letter awarding a contract from the Ministry to African Origin Travel and Tours.I. There was no documented contract between African Origin and the MoYS.Not withstanding all these short comings,  the Ministry gave the job to African Origin Travel and Tours and paid a whopping $880,000.00.Now, from the above, whose work is it to keep proper records of all these transactions at the MoYS. Is it not the Ministry and its officials.Let’s call spade a spade, it is because some people at the MoYS want to make ungodly gain and therefore would not commit themselves to the Procurement Laws and other financial laws and also would not ensure that proper records are kept for every financial transactions that they enter into.This for them, would also ensure their backs are covered and there are no traces of the illegality being perpetrated.Litina Travels and Tours emerged winners after both technical and financial evaluation was done for airlifting of athletes to Congo based on strict procurement procedures by the Procurement Subcommittee in 2015.However the Moys unilaterally awarded the contract to African Origin Travel and Tours. Litina and Tours took the case to court and the NSA has been slapped with a court judgement of $380,000.00 and another GHC 45,000.00.All efforts to get the MoYS to come to the aid of NSA has fallen on deaf ears.An effective Internal Audit Unit is one of the key tools to a good public financial management system. Public Financial Management Experts have said that an effective Internal Audit Unit is the antidote to fighting corruption and avoiding  waste and unnecessary debt.Therefore the recommendations, views and opinions of the Internal Audit Unit of the Ministry must be respected in every financial transaction at the Ministry as required by the Internal Audit Agency Act 2002.The GIFMIS (Government integrated Financial Management Information System) must be allowed to work for the purpose of budgeting, budget implementation, disbursements of funds to the agencies and financial reporting. The use of the GIFMIS platform for processing and payments of financial transactions at the MDAs and MMDAS ensures that Ministries and Agencies spend within their budgetary allocations. The continuous overrun of budget at the Moys is because the Ministry does not use the Oracle application ( GIFMIS) for budgeting, processing payments and financial reporting. Currently the MOYS does not process invoices and payments through the GIFMIS platform.This is a Ministry that goes for the Sector Budget from the Ministry of Finance and spends it the way it pleases. This is financial indiscipline.The next point is that the MoYS must allow its legally established agencies to work and to deliver on their mandate. The MoYS must be content with policy formulations whiles the NSA and the other agencies deal with the issue of implementation of sports policies.Why should Ministers in the past be signing contracts that affect directly the work of the NSA and the other agencies. For instance, why should the MoYS sign contracts with companies like Green Grass Technology for the maintenance of pitches, Zoom Lion for Janitorial Services.Apple Health Lifestyle for the supply of Gym Equipment for the stadia across the country, African Origin Travel for airlifting services and without following proper procurement procedures, Magnum Force Security for providing security services at the stadia when the Ministry does not even have the capacity to supervise performance of those contracts. Is it because these contracts are very juicy and extremely rewarding to some officers than their whole life salaries can provide?A good public financial management system uses segregation of duties as one of it’s key weapons to fighting the issue of corruption.If the Ministry could formulate policies, award contracts at the Ministry and deal with suppliers directly even for services which are rendered at the agency level and make payments at the Ministry, then the issue of segregation of duties is not being adhered and complied with.As a directive principle of state policy, Ministries are supposed to formulate policies whiles the agencies implement same. Ministries are not supposed to be implementers at the agencies. This principle ensures that there are checks and balances. It is also against the directive principle of state policy for a Ministry to spend the budgetary allocations of it’s agencies for a whole year whiles the agencies suffer and the Ministries overrun their budget at the Ministry.I am very disappointed that a Ministry that is supposed to champion the cause of sports promotion and development has metamorphosed into a Ministry of Bermuda Triangle, causing the disappearance of funds earmarked by government for sports promotion and development in this country. Have they wondered what the budgetary allocation of ghc2m for last year if it had been given to the NSA, could have done in the area of support for the federations or training of coaches or the maintenance of the Sports Stadia.That notwithstanding, I am also very happy that Honorable Isaac Asiamah the Minister for Youth and Sports, has indicated that he would ensure that the agencies under the Ministry of Youth and Sports are given the needed financial support based on their approved budget for them to deliver on their mandate.By this we hope that budgetary allocations for stadia maintenance and rehabilitations, training of coaches, and support for federations would be forthcoming.Again Honourable Asiamah must be courageous enough and inexorable in this mission to purge the Moys of any corrupt officials whose act of financial indiscipline and abuse of office has created this huge debt on the shoulders of NSA and crippled its activities. Honorable must do a proper house cleaning of all the filth and dirt at the Moys. This would serve as a deterrent to any officer appointed at the Ministry in future from indulging himself or herself in such acts of financial indiscipline. Honorable Asiamah must put his foot down and keep his eyes and ears widely opened and work hard to ensure that the veil of financial indiscipline upon the moys is lifted permanently so that the good name of the Moys would be restored. We are waiting for a new paradigm shift and believing and hoping that the era of financial indiscipline at the Ministry of Youth and Sports shall be a thing of the past.God Bless our homeland Ghana and make our nation especially sports lovers, greater and stronger.By: Kwame Larweh with additional files from NSAlast_img read more

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U.S. Open 2019: Brooks Koepka feeling ‘great’ in pursuit of hat-trick after back-to-back 69s

first_imgBrooks Koepka (69, 69) is the first defending #USOpen champion to break 70 in his first two rounds since Scott Simpson in 1988. pic.twitter.com/t1tjZZ0KZw— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 14, 2019″I feel great. I’m excited. I’ve got a chance. That’s all you can ask for. I just need to make a few putts. Sometimes the hole just needs to open up,” said the American.”If I can get off to a good start tomorrow, have that feeling where the hole’s opening up, it could be a fun round. And I’ll be honest with you, I struck it so poorly Monday and Wednesday. Rose led by two shots at 7 under when he signed for a 1-under 70.World No. 1 Koepka was pleased to keep himself in the mix for a fifth major title after getting through his round with only one bogey, becoming the first defending champion to break 70 in his first two rounds of the U.S. Open since Scott Simpson 31 years ago. Related News “I wasn’t playing good. And then it’s been nice to kind of find some confidence, especially on the golf course.”Aaron Wise carded a 71 to share second place with Scott Piercy, Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele and Louis Oosthuizen — who were among the afternoon starters.Tiger Woods will start moving day at level par following a 1-over 72, while a 69 elevated Jordan Spieth to 1 under for the tournament. Brooks Koepka fancies his chances of winning a third consecutive U.S. Open title after moving within three shots of leader Justin Rose at the halfway mark.Koepka matched his first round of 69 at Pebble Beach on Friday to head into the weekend in a promising position on 4 under. U.S. Open 2019: Tiger Woods battles to second round 72last_img read more

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Masters of Wild Waters demonstrated their Knowledge on Una River

first_imgThe fifth competition of skippers – rafting guides was organized in Bihac. Within that event were organized jumps into Una River from the platform placed in Midzica Street.The event that is slowly becoming a tradition gathered a large number of masters of wild waters.The competition took place on a waterfall in the city center, right across the famous beach “Beton” in Bihac, and it includes skills and techniques of rafting, fast turning of raft, swimming after boats, climbing, turning, returning and redirection.“We started with this competition five years ago and our main aim was the promotion of rafting and skipper skills in order to get people from Bihac and Una-Sana Canton to join our club and underwent skipper training so that tourists that are coming to Una-Sana Canton can safely sail over Una River and enjoy all of its beauty. A total of 20 competitors came to this year’s competition. Also, this is the competition for the most serious competitors,” said Mersad Coralic, the organizer of this competition.The general sponsor of the competition is the City of Bihac, the mayor Suhret Fazlic, the sponsor is the National Park Una, and the first three places received cash prizes.The first place and a cash-prize of 300 BAM went to Sefik Jasic. Second place and cash-prize of 200 BAM went to Haris Tutic, and the third place and 100 BAM went to Adis Topcagic.(Source: fokus.ba)last_img read more

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Despite slim chances, Blackwater not bowing out just yet

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Walker, who replaced Jarrid Famous six games into the conference, showed his winning attitude as he made big plays on both ends of the floor inside the final minute, including the game-winning dunk over Hotshots big man Rafi Reavis with 3.4 seconds left.“I couldn’t leave it to chance. I don’t really dunk anymore, but for the game, I didn’t want it to get it blocked and my daughter’s watching gotta put it down for the win,” Walker said.At 1-7, Blackwater still has a mathematical chance to make a late quarterfinals run although, it no longer has control of its own fate that sweeping its remaining games still won’t secure them a spot in the last eight.It also doesn’t help that the Elite’s final three games will be against Rain or Shine, Meralco, and San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Henry Walker all pumped up after game-winner. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBlackwater coach Bong Ramos felt relieved after his team finally broke through for its first win in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.But despite that, Ramos already appeared resigned to the idea that the Elite are no longer in play for a playoff spot after digging themselves a deep hole with seven straight losses to open the conference.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations “I know we’re now uninvited guests but I believe we’re still here and unlike others, we’re not here to just be on vacation,” Ramos told reporters in Filipino after a 86-84 squeaker over Magnolia on Wednesday.JP Erram, import Henry Walker and the rest of the Elite, however, aren’t planning to coast through their last three games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We’re going to enjoy this win but we still have games left to play, our conference isn’t over yet,” Erram said in Filipino. As players, our goal is to win every game even though, we don’t have any chance [to make the playoffs]. We just have to push each other to win because that’s the goal that we set before the conference began.”“We’re going to win, we’re gonna win that’s how we’re approaching it. That’s the only way we can,” Walker told reporters. “We’re building for the next conference but at the same time, I don’t come over here to lose. I don’t have that in my body.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Muguruza sends Sharapova to worst Grand Slam loss in six years Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

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LACC Holds One-Day Retreat for Commissioners, Staff

first_imgThe Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) on Friday, March 18, 2016 held a one-day Retreat for its Commissioners and Staff. The Retreat which took place at a local resort in Congo Town was aimed at enhancing unity within the LACC. It provided the opportunity for Commissioners and Staff to freely express their minds on issues of concern at the LACC. During the Retreat, key components of the Commission’s internal policy instruments were discussed, including Code of Conduct; Financial Processes; ICT Policy; Procurement Processes and Transportation Policy. The Oversight Commissioner for Education & Prevention, Mrs. Aba Hamilton Dolo also spoke on other major aspects of the internal instruments with emphasis on “What does LACC mean to you; What does it need to improve and how; and Performance/Team Spirit”.In his response to the concerns expressed by staff, LACC’s Executive Chairperson, Cllr. James N. Verdier, Jr. stressed the need for unity, noting that management will not give credence to individuals engaged in discrediting the LACC. He urged staff to always feel free to approach him on their grievances if they are not addressed by their line supervisors. He admonished the Staff to be focused and work hard in transforming the Commission. “My desire is to professionalize the LACC in ways that it effectively delivers on its mandate,” he told the Staff, a press release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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CUREkids Launches STEAM Building Blocks Enrichment Program

first_imgCUREkids is gearing up for the exciting launch of its STEAM Building Blocks Enrichment (CSBBEP) Program for underserved children. The launch will take place at Cyber-Ed Christian School of Excellence, opposite the South African Embassy, Sophie Road, Congo Town on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The CSBBEP program is based on collaborative, real-life problem solving activities to help children explore the world around them. Targeting kids ages 6yrs- 12yrs, CUREkids founder Amanda Hill says that is a perfect age range to embrace science and technology. “STEAM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. We believe our kids will one day be the architects and engineers building the infrastructure and skyline of a prosperous Liberia,” she said. During activities, the kids will be paired with local college students pursuing a STEAM degree or graduates of TVET (Technical Vocational Education Training) schools. The children will experience real life application of what they learn on field trips with volunteer STEAM professionals. METS Afrika4d, a mobile STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) lab will engage the kids in STEAM activities during the launch. Captain Raynold Mitchell, the CEO of Liberty Aviation Group located at Spriggs Payne Airport is enthusiastic about the program and looks forward to being a CUREkids volunteer. He says as a child, he discovered his love for flying and desire to be a pilot while watching planes lift off from Spriggs Payne Airport. He says “It is only when access and opportunity are given to children do they know they can become pilots or anything they want to be.” Monrovia City Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo, who is also a devoted supporter of CUREkids, will participate in the launching of CSBBEP. She says science was her first love and she pursued it with passion as an adolescent. “More children need to understand science and technology and how it affects everything in their world,” she said. CSBBEP will include volunteer motivational speakers who will teach the children how to advocate for themselves in all settings. “And because so many kids in Liberia grow up not knowing what direction to take in life,” Hill says, “our motivational speakers along with the CSBBEP curricula should give them a map that will get them to a destination that enriches their community, country, and the world.” According to her, CUREkids was designed and CSBBEP developed to provide Liberian children the opportunities and tools to mentally remove the shackles of poverty from their spirit and realize the greatness in them and their nation. “CSBBEP with its focus on science, technology, art, and team building activities will develop inspired little problem solvers to affect change in their immediate environments. It is an exciting time to be a child in the 21st century and Liberian children should be active participants,” she says. The CSBBEP is sponsored by Jhpiego, Monrovia City Corporation, Cyber-Ed School of Excellence, Petro Trade, Murphy Logistics, Project Liberia, LIBTELCO, Pan African Engineering Group and METS Afrika4d. CUREkids stands for Care, Understanding and Respect for Exceptional Kids. Amanda Hill can be reached at info@curekidslib.org. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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