NFF’s Autonomy Imminent as Senate Passes Bill Abrogating NFA

first_imgBoth the House of Representatives and the Senate had way back in 2017 and 2018 passed different versions of the bill before a committee was set up to harmonise them into one and send it for final approval of the Red Chamber.“This is one of those important issues as far as football is concerned in the country. It brings the Nigerian football administration in line with global best practice,” Senator Sani began.“Following the consideration and passage of the bill for an act to repeal the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) and enact the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and other matters connected therewith 2019 by the Senate and House of Representatives on Tuesday, 30th of May 2017 and Thursday, 8th of March 2018 respectively, the two chambers set up a conference committee.“The conference committee met to harmonise the differences as passed by the two chambers. After scrutiny of the bill, the conference committee adopted the house version,” stressed the Kaduna senator.Senate President, Bukola Saraki thereafter put the report to vote and approvedSaraki described the approval of the report as landmark.“It is a landmark bill that we have just passed,” he said.“For over 20 years now, we have been trying to improve on the situation of football in this country in line with global best practice but it has always been stampeded for personal reasons.”The approved bill can be summarized into five major components which encompasses a whole new profitable and dynamic structure:– It recognises the NFF as the body to manage and regulate football activities in Nigeria in line with its statutes as approved by FIFA.– It recognises the NFF statutes as drafted by its members and approved by FIFA as the Supreme Laws for the governance of the functioning of the organisation, administration and operations of the NFF.– It recognises that the statutes of the NFF may be amended from time to time in accordance with the procedures and process stipulated in the statutes.– It recognises football as a national asset and thus entitled to special privileges, concession and from time to time to receive grants, subventions and/or appropriation from the government in furtherance to its objectives and functions and to facilitate the overall development of football in Nigeria.– It will provide the framework of the minimum provisions the statutes shall contain to ensure good governance, management, and operations of the NFF and in line to the minimum threshold provided by FIFA to be contained in all the Federations’ statutes and other provisions to support football development.These are the focal points of the Act with the itemized point emphasizing that the NFF will not be hindered from receiving grants or subvention from the government despite their autonomy.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Deji Elumoye in AbujaThe law that changed the name of Nigeria Football Association (NFA) to Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was one of the 11 bills passed yesterday by the upper chamber of the National Assembly.Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani was the one who moved for the consideration of the bill changing NFA to NFF in the Senate.last_img read more

Senegal Secure World Cup Spot After South Africa Win

first_imgSenegal have booked their place at next year’s World Cup after they defeated South Africa 2-0 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane in what was a crucial qualifying clash in Group D.Two first half goals from West Ham striker Diafra Sakho and a Mjabiluse Mkhize own goal was enough to give Aliou Cisse’s men the victory they needed to guarantee their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.The win took Senegal’s point tally to an unassailable 11 points from 5 games while South Africa stay rooted to the bottom of the table in Group D with a paltry 4 points.Both sides meet again on Tuesday in what would be a dead rubber while the other group members namely Burkina Faso and Cape Verde also meet with the knowledge that both teams can no longer qualify for Russia 2018.Senegal would be making their 2nd appearance at the World Cup after their debut at the 2002 edition in South Korea and Japan. They reached the quarterfinals before losing to Turkey becoming only the 2nd African country after Cameroon (1990 edition) to achieve that though Ghana have also matched that feat (2010 edition). RelatedWorld Cup Qualifying Wrap (CAF) Group D: Senegal Beat South Africa Again As Burkina Faso Thrash Cape VerdeNovember 15, 2017In “Africa”2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (Africa): Senegal, Tunisia Record Important Wins In Race To Join Nigeria In Russia.October 8, 2017In “FIFA”CAF #WCQ Match Day 5: Nigeria, Tunisia, and Egypt one win away from Russia 2018.October 5, 2017In “Africa”last_img read more

NASCAR’s Corey LaJoie goes all-in on Trump 2020 car design, grapples with strong backlash

first_imgLaJoie was one of many drivers to publicly embrace Wallace following the noose incident, helping Wallace finish the Geico 500 despite a fuel shortage.The Go Fas Racing press release announcing the support of Trump attributed a quote to LaJoie speaking positively about the partnership, though oftentimes such statements are written with guidance by PR professionals. LaJoie did not mention Trump by name.”With an estimated 75 million NASCAR fans out there, I was surprised that about 15 million of those fans are not registered voters,” read LaJoie’s statement. “I will give my best effort to get NASCAR fans registered to vote, through our team efforts on and off the track. When they see the car, hopefully it makes them race to the polls in November.” NASCAR driver Corey LaJoie’s Go Fas Racing team has reached a deal with a political action committee that will feature “Trump 2020” all over his vehicle.LaJoie had previously raced with a small rectangle bearing the phrase “Trump 2020″ on the side of his car. The new deal with a more prominent display was facilitated by the Patriots of America PAC, which supports President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. Read about our new partnership with the Patriots of America PAC here:@POTUS | @realDonaldTrump | @CoreyLaJoie https://t.co/FEo9xEa4sm pic.twitter.com/phCaCMJlFC— Go Fas Racing (@GoFasRacing32) July 1, 2020MORE: NASCAR will finally choose a cone ruleIt’s possible LaJoie carries mixed feelings about his team’s explicit support of Trump, who opposes the Black Lives Matter movement that LaJoie’s competitor and friend Bubba Wallace supports. Wallace, who is Black, has publicly shared his experiences with racism in NASCAR over the past few months.LaJoie’s brother responded to social media criticism about the paint scheme on Wednesday, suggesting LaJoie didn’t have control over the deal.”It’s tough to read some of the things people say about your family when they know so little,” Casey LaJoie wrote. “So many things I could say, but Love always wins. I’ll be off social media for a while.”A lot of hate being thrown at @CoreyLaJoie over a situation he had no control over. It’s tough to read some of the things people say about your family when they know so little. So many things I could say, but Love always wins. I’ll be off social media for a while ✌🏻— Casey LaJoie (@Casey_LaJoie) July 2, 2020NASCAR has become an unlikely political lightning rod after it banned the Confederate flag from all events and provided Wallace support after a noose was found in his garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway two weekends ago. The noose incident was later determined to be a misunderstanding but in no way a hoax.Trump has been an incendiary figure in U.S. race relations throughout his presidency, but particularly during a nationwide protest movement against police brutality and mistreatment of Black people in the country. He has advocated for unusual use of force against protesters and deemed Black Lives Matter a “symbol of hate.”last_img read more

Foundation directors add 5 new members

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Ogrin has been an attorney since 1990 and is a partner with the law firm Nicastro, Piscopo & Ogrin, which has offices in Valencia and Orange County. A resident of Valencia since 1994, Ogrin also coaches various local sports teams, such as the Hart PONY League Baseball and Santa Clarita Warriors Football. “We have lived in the Santa Clarita Valley for 11 years, and will continue to do so indefinitely. Education is very important to us,” Ogrin said. Simon is the managing director of Quantum Capital Partners, Inc., which offers comprehensive wealth management and family office services, such as financial planning, real estate consulting and risk management. Simon is a member of the Weizman Institute of Technology in Rehovot, Israel, and sits on the board of directors for the Hepatitis B Foundation and for Hebrew Union College. He wished to become a board member to ensure the constant increase and development of education in the area. Saenger, a U.S. Air Force veteran, is the owner and president of Saenger Associates, a company that engages in executive recruitment of qualified executive managerial and professional candidates across industries in manufacturing, distribution, and professional services. VALENCIA – The College of the Canyons Foundation Board of Directors has inducted five new board members – Mike Dugan, Dan Goetz, Dean Ogrin, Adrian Simon and Gary Saenger – who will actively aid in fundraising activities to meet the financial goals of the college’s foundation. Dugan is vice president and laboratory director for Specialty Laboratories, Inc. a Valencia-based company that provides cutting-edge specialized clinical laboratory testing in fields such as immunology and infectious disease. Dugan was interested in becoming a board member in order “to develop a strong local allied health educational program particularly to address needs in laboratory science, and to serve local and national hospitals, regional laboratories, and the bio-pharmaceutical industry.” Goetz is president of UltraViolet Devices, Inc., a company in Valencia that manufactures air- and water-purification devices. Goetz expressed an interest in becoming a board member in order to continue the education for his company’s employees. Goetz has also been involved with the Santa Clarita Valley School and Business Alliance and the Chamber of Commerce. Saenger, a resident since 1987, is also involved with the local Boys & Girls Club, as well as Big Brothers. For information regarding the College of the Canyons Foundation and how to donate or become involved, visit www.canyons.edu or call (661) 362-3434. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Eureka beats Arcata for first time since ’14

first_imgZach Reed had 21 points and the Eureka Loggers boys’ basketball team shocked the crowd and the Big 5 Conference with a 54-42 overtime win against the Arcata Tigers, Wednesday night, at Arcata High.Eureka started strong, building a seven-point lead early in the first quarter. Towards the end of the first quarter the Tigers woke up as Arcata bounced back to take a 19-12 lead at the end of the first.“We’ve stuck together through adversity,” Eureka head coach Robbie Thompson said. “Tonight was a …last_img read more

Express Your Inner Alley Oop

first_imgThere’s a little Neanderthal in a lot of us, claims The Telegraph.  This is bad news and good news:People who have large noses, a stocky build and a beetle brow may indeed be a little Neanderthal, according to a genetic study.  But the good news is that other research concludes that Neanderthals were much more like us than previously thought.The claim is based on comparisons of linkage disequilibrium statistics in the genomes of humans from different continents, which cannot be explained by human ancestry without interbreeding from an archaic population.  The authors of a study in PLoS Genetics1 inferred a Neanderthal origin for the archaic lineage since West African genes do not appear likely candidates.  Another prop in the Telegraph’s good-news-bad-news joke is the finding that Neanderthals may have been more human-like than previously assumed.  The authors of both studies failed to state whether the concentration of Neanderthal characteristics reached a peak in the genes of female Olympic athletes in East Germany.    Lost somewhere in the excitement of having an explanation for our tendency to grunt, scratch, and club each other were the upsets implicit in these findings.  Having Neanderthal genes argues against the popular “out of Africa” origins.  They also dispute the assumed genetic isolation of Neanderthals and modern humans.1Plagnol and Wall, “Possible Ancestral Structure in Human Populations,” Public Library of Science Genetics, Volume 2 | Issue 7 | JULY 2006.Don’t let the news media grant Pearl Jam fans license to club women and drag them into a cave (08/31/2006).  The inferences made by the researchers are way too speculative to provide confidence in any interpretation.  There is far more that we don’t know than we do know about human ancestral genetics.  (More proof of that can be found on News@Nature about a “newly discovered mystery gene may have helped build the modern human brain” about which a high-ranking scientist commented, “People are going to argue about it and be fascinated by this, because it takes us in a couple of directions we haven’t really been in before.”)  What’s more instructive is to watch reporters swallow anything a scientist says and regurgitate the bubbly vomit as building material for the growing Temple to Evolution.    The potential for variability within the modern human population is probably far greater than realized.  The Old Testament talks about races of giant humans (the Rephaim and others) in isolated populations.  Racial and physical differences could quickly arise between populations segregated by language and then by locale after Babel, for instance.  If the “hobbits” of Indonesia become accepted as kinfolk, there’s tremendous physical variety between them and Goliath.  Even today, the range in human traits is quite remarkable, yet we are all interfertile, intelligent, communicative, and fully aware of a sense of right and wrong.    None of genetic variability past or present implies that people have ever been anything less than fully human, with language and moral responsibility.  What anthropologists call “Neanderthal” could well have been a group of capable, smart, strong human beings, accustomed to life in harsh climates.  Perhaps they shunned cities and tended to remain strongly tribal, but left some genetic overlap with the rest of us.  The brutishness in the human lineage is not due to ape in our ancestry, but rather to sin (see Jude 10), as has been evident in all tribes, kingdoms, nations and peoples around the globe, regardless of average height, skin color, face shape and cultural preferences.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sunday Potluck

first_imgHere’s a list of quick headlines with minimal comment for mental snacking.  Then it will be time to clear the kitchen for another week of more deep-fried reporting.Magician fools scientists:  Skeptic/magician James Randi tricked a group of scientists, then warned them to doubt their own infallibility (except when it comes to atheism); see Live Science.Louisiana bows to Darwin:  Despite misleading headline, school board blocked challenges to evolution (see Fox News).Lucky strike:  New theory for earth’s mineral wealth: meteor bombs from outer space brought it (New Scientist and National Geographic).  How else could it have gotten here?Evolution of the scientific method:  Chart on The Scientist makes development of scientific method look progressive, ignores many pitfalls along the way and conflicts still with us.Cell wonders:  Details of microbes’ extraordinary maintenance and repair system revealed (Science Daily).Ratatouille:  With human brain cells implanted, will rats cook better? (New Scientist).Leftist slant:  Headline on legal efforts to restrict late-term abortions focuses on “abortion rights foes” and those who want to “outlaw” abortion (PhysOrg).Say what?  Our brains are wired so we can better hear ourselves speak (Science Daily).Death and taxes:  It’s state government tax dollars, not private investment capital, that is funding most embryonic stem cell research (PhysOrg).Whale of a mouthful:  Foraging strategies of blue whales are super efficient (PhysOrg).Ant social justice:  Leaf-cutter ants take care of their elderly and disabled via job swapping (PhysOrg).Evolve or perish:  Powdery mildew is at an evolutionary dead end, claimed PhysOrg. The eyes have it:  U of Nebraska researchers say you can tell liberals by their eye movements, because they don’t see eye to eye with conservatives (Science Daily).  Cause, effect, or shifty-eyed science?Climate exit gate:  “Ice-Age Reptile Extinctions Provide a Glimpse of Likely Responses to Human-Caused Climate Change,” reported Science Daily.  Whose fault was that?Brain glue:  Molecule helps stitch brain cells together and affects how we learn (PhysOrg).Hairy riddle:  What do you call a fly that can’t fly?  A walk? asked New Scientist about a weird hairy fly (er, walk) found in Kenya.Theory breakdown:  Four exoplanets dance in a way that defies theories of planet formation, reported Live Science.  Story on New Scientist includes video animation.Nice birdie:  New Scientist and the BBC News claimed giant storks had hobbits for breakfast.  Either that, or a successful hunt could feed a family of five for a month.  Or the figure is exaggerated.  (So much for the island dwarfism hypothesis.)Something from nothing:  Science Daily said it is theoretically possible to get matter and antimatter from nothing.  But if it is really nothing, that’s something.  Until they do, it’s nothing.Evolution of multitasking:  Early man invented the list of things to do all at once, according to Science Daily.  Not clear who Monica Smith of UCLA interviewed or observed to find this out.Scientists investigate just about everything.  They should mind their own business.  Question is, is their business everything?Get your Baloney Detector on and read, laugh, frown, gasp, groan, weep, or cheer commensurate with the subject and its interpretation.  Otherwise you might just cheer for everything, including the evil, or succumb to the verbal manipulation of scientists and reporters.  The more you practice discernment, the less you will need to rely on our commentaries, which you shouldn’t be doing anyway.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

‘Not a day passes by when we don’t talk about the massacre’

first_imgIn Old Meerut’s Hashimpura locality, where every second home has a story about a massacre that took place 31 years ago, survivors and families of victims said the Delhi High Court’s verdict has finally acknowledged an injustice.“The trial court judgment had been very disappointing. At least now the High Court has agreed that a massacre took place,” said Zulfiqar Nasir, one of the lead petitioners in the case and a survivor of the shooting by the U.P. Provincial Armed Constabulary men. Mr. Nasir pointed to a spot below his right armpit to show where the bullet entered and passed through. “I pretended to lie dead and managed to escape,” he said.Another resident, Riyazudin, who was 18 years old at the time, remembered being taken to a maidan and beaten up in a parked truck. “Constables climbed onto the iron grill of the truck, and we were hit with sticks from all sides while we crouched like scared animals. I soon fell unconscious, but there was blood everywhere,” he said.‘A conspiracy’Jamaludin, 81, whose son was also killed, claimed the incident was a consequence of a conspiracy. “Some scuffles had taken place between Hindus and Muslims in the city and rumours spread that Hindus were being killed in the area. But that was a lie.”Jaibun Nisha was walking around with a photograph of her husband Mohammad Iqbal, who was also killed on the fateful day. “Our youngest daughter was two days old when they came to take him. I don’t know why they came for us. That’s the question,” she said. “Not a day passes by when we don’t talk about the massacre,” said Mohammed Abid, who was called in about four to five months later to identify the clothes of his two younger brothers, Jamshed and Shamshad.On the day of court verdict, children in Hashimpura stood around with wide-eyed curiosity as elders in the area recounted numerous stories of brothers and sons being abducted and killed. “They know all about it. They’ve heard these stories forever,” said a resident.last_img read more

India Today readers write to editor-in-chief Aroon Purie

first_imgA Lesson LearntThe findings of the survey are not surprising (“What’s Wrong With Our Teaching?”, November 27). We are still following the teaching norms set by the British. They had designed our education system to produce clerks who would simply follow their orders. We have hardly done anything to change,A Lesson LearntThe findings of the survey are not surprising (“What’s Wrong With Our Teaching?”, November 27). We are still following the teaching norms set by the British. They had designed our education system to produce clerks who would simply follow their orders. We have hardly done anything to change this.SUNIL MUNDRA, on e-mail”The cover story was an awakener, not a revelation. To rectify the flaws in our education system, we need to promote learning by understanding.”ANJUM M. SAMEL, on e-mailOur Government should take serious steps to revamp the education system and focus on imparting real knowledge, which is not determined by marks alone. It is disheartening to see students performing well in examinations, yet lacking analytical skills.MAHUA VENKATESH, DelhiThe problem doesn’t lie with the syllabus alone. There is a dearth of trained tutors in our country as teaching today is a profession adopted by people who fail to make a mark in other fields. There should be enough remuneration and perks to attract educators in our country.HIRAK SENGUPTA, DelhiA clear distinction has to be made between learning and knowledge. Students should not be encouraged to memorise lessons to score in examinations. In stead, they should be motivated to exchange ideas on various educative topics with their fellow classmates to gain knowledge.S. LAKSHMI, on e-mailINDIA TODAY’s delineation on the education system unmasked some of the drawbacks that prevail in our schools. The learning process is akin to a sport. You need to play the game and not just read about it to be completely evolved. Perhaps, we need to adopt a lab approach which will help students learn faster.K. CHIDANAND KUMAR, BangaloreadvertisementThere is a craze to admit children in good schools but in reality, do we know the definition of one? The best products come out of unknown schools. Just compare the results of civil services in the last decade and you’ll know that motivation doesn’t come from the tag of the school.MAN MOHAN BHATIA, DelhiPrisoners of FateIt is really outrageous that defying all international norms and protocols, Pakistan has not returned the Indian prisoners of the 1971 war, even after India released more than 93,000 Pakistani soldiers. (“Missing in Inaction”, November 27). India should take up the issue with the Pakistani Government and seek a solution for the release of the hapless POWs languishing in their jails.V.K.TANGRI. DehradunIt is disheartening to see that a story about our prisoners of war gets just two pages in a magazine like yours. The media seems to be blissfully unaware of the plight of the POWs and their families. The job of the media is to highlight the grievances of the masses. On this issue, however, it seems to have failed.BHAVYA BHATNAGAR, DelhiHu’s FriendsIt is only prudent on India’s part to improve relations with China in the face of increasing hostilities from Pakistan and Bangladesh (“Return of the Dragon”, November 27). We certainly cannot afford more enemies in the neighbourhood. Even on economic front, improved co-operation with China is imperative. As they say, if you cannot beat them, join them.SANJEET KHAJURIA, LucknowMoney and the MomsIt is incorrect to say that children of working women get a better deal than single income homes (“The Mummy Factor”, November 27). True, urban households with working women have higher annual incomes, but that’s not the only criterion to ensure better quality of life as the spending capacity of a family does not determine a child’s upbringing.VIJAYA BHARATI, RourkelaNo Child’s PlayWe need a clearer definition of innocence (“Loss of Innocence”, November 27). Today, no parent is keen on having a shy or dumb kid. Every one dreams of a Sanchita or an Akansha in their child and there is no problem in that. Children should be well trained to take on the competition around them.LATA RAGHAVAN, DelhiRoyal MistakeWhile elaborating the politics of royalty, you have mentioned that “Shrimant” means “your highness” (“A Battle Royale”, November 27). This is totally misleading as in the Hindi dictionary, the meaning of this word is wealthy and revered. When it is prefixed to a name, the more appropriate meaning would be revered.M.A. GHATGE, on e-mailDigital DivideOur technology is breeding a sense of deprivation among those tender minds whose parents cannot afford the gizmos that they see their friends hooked on to (“Wired Generation”, November 20). Such youngsters have a tendency to feel left out and inadequate during their school years. Such feelings can later develop into serious complexes, affecting their overall performances.SANDEEP SHETE, PuneadvertisementClean Up CricketIndian cricket has come of age; it has aged. So have our cricketers (“Perform or Pay Up”, November 20). Cricket now is not about performance but about endorsements and politics. Cricketers should be judged on their performances. There is no use dragging in coaches into the mess when the team is unable to perform.PRITAM SETH, on e-mailIt’s certainly the best time to institute a “pay for performance” system for our cricket team, which is under scrutiny for quite some time for its poor performance. If a fine is levied on them, our cricketers will be forced to perform on field. After all, they too should justify their salaries.JAYASHANKAR JAYARAMAN, BangaloreLabouring Over Child LawsIt shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Government has announced a ban on child labour without putting in place a mechanism to ensure a good future for them. After all, rehabilitation as a term has always been anathema to Indian governance.ALEX PAPERWALA, on e-mailThe coordination among ministries may be lacking as far as proper implementation of a ban on child labour is concerned, but at least the Government seems to have woken up to the problem. One should give Manmohan Singh some time to remove the speed breakers.KAILASH PATHAK, Patnalast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd target Declan Rice insists he’s happy at West Ham

first_imgMan Utd target Declan Rice insists he’s happy at West Hamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDeclan Rice insists he’s happy at West Ham.The midfielder continues to be linked with Manchester United.But he told the Mirror: “I’ve signed a long-term, five-year contract last season and if I didn’t want to sign it, I wouldn’t have done it.“It makes me a West Ham player for the next five years and I’ll be giving my best for the team and the supporters.“All I can do is to keep my head down, play my football and I’m not taking any notice of what’s going on outside.“The manager keeps emphasising to us that we are a top club with a big-team mentality and we’ve started the season that way.“We see how the boss works, and we know what he’s done at Manchester City , Real Madrid and Villarreal. He’s a top manager and all the lads respect him because we know he’ll take us in the right direction.“As a club, we want to get into Europe and his track record says he usually gets there. If we make it this season, that’s a bonus – but we need to keep pushing.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more