Barack Obama: One election won’t stop US ‘truth decay’

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Blues defender Kalas signs new deal

first_img Kalas was handed his Chelsea league debut in April 2014 but has made only four first team appearances for the Blues. Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas has signed a new three-year contract, the club have announced. Kalas re-joined Middlesbrough on a season-long loan last week after making 17 league appearances for the Championship side last season. The 22-year-old defender moved to Chelsea in January 2011 from home town club Sigma Olomouc in the Czech Republic and has also spent time on loan at Vitesse Arnhem and FC Cologne. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Forde assures financial accountability Forde assures financial accountability despite Auditors’ Report

first_img– Congress approves financial reportWAYNE Forde, president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), assured his affiliates and stakeholders of the game of football, that the Federation’s finances are in good hands, despite receiving a ‘Qualified Opinion’ on their Audited Financial Statements for the year ending December 31, 2016, which was done by Ram and McRae, Chartered Accountants, Professional Services Firm.According to Ram and McRae, one of the country’s leading Chartered Accounting firms, the GFF did not maintain adequate documentation of transactions with suppliers and consequently, Ram and McRae were unable to determine the accuracy, validity and completeness of accounts payable and accruals slated at $89,881,316 in the financial statements. Of this amount, a total of 48,320,142 was supported by third party confirmations and other audit evidence.Additionally, the report stated, adequate documentation for expenses paid during the year under review, totalling $2,319,499 was not provided during our test of controls.According to the findings of the Financial Audits, the GFF did not maintain adequate documentation in respect of game and other income stated at $21,051,698 in the financial statements, of which a total of $16,834,029 was supported by receipts and other audit evidence.Eighteen affiliated members of the GFF participated in yesterday’s Extraordinary Congress, where 17 voted to approve the 2016 Audited Statements.Forde said that his executive committee campaigned on bringing integrity to the game, and they’ve not strayed from that mantra.Chronicle Sport, in an article published on December 14, spoke about the over $45M unaccounted debts and income claims, according to Ram and McRae’s Audits. However, Forde called the article misleading, adding that since the publication, several concerned stakeholders reached out for an explanation.Forde said the article painted a picture that his administration was careless with the trusted finances, and that monies were missing, when in fact, that was not the case.The GFF president assured the public that under his watch and that of his executive committee, transparency will forever be the order of the day, with their only purpose in office being to see the development of the game on all fronts in the most professional manner, all done in accordance with FIFA’s rules.  A qualified opinion is a statement issued after an audit is done by a professional auditor that suggests the information provided was limited in scope and/or the company being audited has not maintained generally accepted accounting principles.Auditors who deem audits as qualified opinions are advising whoever is reading the document that the information within the audit is not complete or the accounting methods used by the company do not follow generally accepted accounting principles.A qualified opinion is typically given due to a limitation of scope in which the auditor was not able to gather sufficient evidence for various aspects of the financial statements.Without sufficient verification of transactions, an unqualified opinion may not be given.A qualified opinion is suitable when accounting procedures used do not conform to generally accepted accounting principles. Inadequate disclosures in the notes to the financial statements, estimation uncertainty or the lack of a statement of cash flows are also grounds for a qualified opinion.last_img read more

Fans Returns to Agege Stadium after Serving out Ban

first_imgWith the execution of the game against Heartland FC at the same venue behind closed doors, the Olukoya Boys are free to have their fans and supporters back at the Agege Stadium this weekend.The Olukoya Boys played their first match which was a local derby against Ikorodu United Football Club of Lagos on the 3rd of July with their fans in attendance.The second match against Heartland FC was played behind closed doors with fans and supporters cheering their darling team from outside of the stadium to a 2-0 victory, thus the club faithfuls will now be allowed to see the Olukoya Boys play their next league match and subsequent ones at the Agege Township Stadium, the home ground of the team.Meanwhile, MFM FC efficient defender, Austin Opara, became the first player of the NPFL debutant to win two awards in one month, namely; the Player of The Month (POTM) of June and the club’s Long Service Award.Opara’s virtuosic performances week in week out for MFM FC last month saw him displaying his defensive technical skills from his central back position as he helped his team to a remarkable outing.The award-winning defender was picked by his teammates on Tuesday ahead of defensive midfielder, Oladele Oshobe during the teams monthly birthday celebration event that witnessed the celebration of three club officials and two players who became a year older this month, they are ; Club Chairman, Godwin Enakhena, team’s Head Coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu, Team Manager, Sunday Ojieh, Under-23 invitee, Julius Emiloju and experienced goalkeeper James Aiyeyemi.The management of the Lagos-based team led by Enakhena in its usual style rewarded the central defender who is unarguably the longest serving player of the club with cash incentives and promised to do something remarkable for the player during the two-in-one event took place at the players camp in Shomolu, Lagos State also .Shortly after the award presentation, Austin appreciated his teammates and thanked the club management: “I’m speechless really, this is unbelievable. What more can I say than to say thank you to you all and most especially our management led by Enakhena for these historical awards.The players and officials of the club had more than enough to eat and drink alongside cakes for all well wishers who were present at the event.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Fans and supporters of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos will be returning to the Agege Township Stadium on Sunday for the Match Day 29 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) tie against Plateau United Football Club of Jos.The League Management Company (LMC) slammed a three-game behind closed doors order on MFM FC with two of these games suspended. This followed the crowd incidence that occurred during MFM FC Match Day 23 fixture against Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan at the Agege Stadium on the 19th of June, 2016.last_img read more

West Virginia tops No. 1-seed Kentucky, advances to Final Four

first_img Comments West Virginia guard Joe Mazzulla walked into Bob Huggins’ office in the winter of 2009 with tears welling in his eyes. Mazzulla could barely lift his left arm, still trying to recover from a devastating shoulder injury that threatened to cost him his career.Mazzulla asked his coach a difficult question and expected an honest answer: ‘What am I going to do if I can’t play?’ Huggins recalled him saying.  The truth was that the odds were stacked against him. No basketball player had ever returned from this particular surgery to repair a fractured growth plate, Huggins said. To lighten the mood on that winter day, he fed Mazzulla a joke about potentially playing soccer instead of basketball. ‘You don’t need your hands for that,’ Mazzulla said.Mazzulla recounted that story in the locker room Saturday night with a grin on his face. He had just walked off the Carrier Dome court a hero, scoring a career-high 17 points to propel the second-seeded Mountaineers to a 73-66 victory against No. 1 seed Kentucky in the Elite Eight.  AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBehind Mazzulla’s play and a team-high 18 points from Da’Sean Butler, WVU (31-6) is off to its first Final Four since 1959, marking Huggins’ first trip to the national semifinals since taking Cincinnati in 1992. The win also served as validation for Mazzulla, who spent more than a year rehabbing the injury that once seemed hopeless and battling through depression and legal trouble.When the final buzzer sounded, Mazzulla rushed to find Huggins and wrapped him in a giant bear hug. This was the moment he had been waiting for.‘I never want him to forget how much appreciation and how much I recognize what he has done for me on and off the court,’ said Mazzulla, who was temporarily suspended from the program after being arrested last April on charges of domestic battery in a bar in Morgantown, W.Va. ‘I always have to be the first one to say ‘thank you’ and ‘I love you’ to him.’Mazzulla started Saturday’s game at point guard, in place of injured starter Darryl ‘Truck’ Bryant, who broke a bone in his foot in practice this week. In the days leading up to the East Regional, Mazzulla heard constantly that West Virginia would struggle because they lacked strong point guard play. After all, the Mountaineers’ only healthy point guard, Mazzulla, averaged just 2.2 points in 35 games off the bench this season.‘I was real concerned, I’m not going to lie,’ Bryant said. ‘I know Joe can handle the job, but that’s such a tough situation without your starting point guard. I honestly never could have expected this.’Mazzulla did more than just handle the job. His performance earned him East Regional MVP honors. He had gone up against heralded point guard John Wall (19 points, nine rebounds) — likely the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft — and matched him step for step.‘We couldn’t have won this game without him,’ Bryant said.WVU managed to handle the Wildcats (35-3) and their slew of potential NBA first-round draft picks with a swarming 1-3-1 defense. The 6-foot-2 Mazzulla played most of the game at the bottom of the zone, trying to contain the 6-foot-11 Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins. Mazzulla’s quick hands and pesky play frustrated him throughout the night.Cousins finished with 15 points, but he was unable to establish himself down the stretch. ‘At one point during the game he looked at me and said, ‘Are you serious?” Mazzulla said. ‘I said, ‘Yeah, I’m serious. You’re going to have to punch me in the face to get me off you.”The Mountaineers caught fire in the second half, shooting 57.1 percent from the field in the game’s final 20 minutes. Mazzulla found ways to penetrate the Kentucky defense and slash to the basket for layups, helping his team go up by 16 points with 4:25 remaining.  But Mazzulla fouled out of the game with 2:22 left, and the Wildcats made one last run. West Virginia missed a bevy of free throws, and Kentucky managed to cut the deficit to as little as four. With Mazzulla pounding on the floor and screaming encouragements from the bench, the Mountaineers barely held on.Afterward, Mazzulla sat by his locker, overwhelmed with excitement. He wore the net from the basket like a necklace.He had been the first one to start cutting it down.‘I said our motto — an opportunity for kids to fulfill their dreams,’ Mazzulla said. ‘We’ve done one of them, and we have two more games to fulfill our highest dream.’jediamon@syr.edu Published on March 27, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more