Anyanwu’s Free-kick Goal Sends AS Racine into S’final

first_imgNATIONWIDE LEAGUE SUPER 8A free kick goal by Steven Anyanwu within two minutes of added time in the second half was all AS Racine needed to condemn Enyimba Feeders to a 1-0 defeat and to qualify for the semi- finals of the on-going Bet9ja Nationwide League Super 8 Tournament at the Agege Township Stadium in Lagos.Prior to the goal, both teams created several chances in front of goal, but could not find the back of the net. AS Racine were dominant through Olafimihan Gafar and Olawale Mutiu, who initiated attack after attack, but Andrew Azubuike and Chukwudi Nwagwu in the central defence of Enyimba Feeders, and goalkeeper Kelvin Ogunga, thwarted their efforts. Enyimba Feeders resulted to using quick counter attacks that rattled the defence of AS Racine, but Adeyemi Taiwo, the goalkeeper of the Agege-based team was equal to the task.As the clock continued to tick towards a barren draw, the referee awarded a free kick to AS Racine on the Feeders’ left side of the box and the resultant kick was beautifully curled into the net by substitute Anyanwu.The goal sent fans at the stadium into wild jubilation and great excitement filled the atmosphere as majority of the fans clamoured for AS Racine victory.A smiling Agali told thenff.com: “It was a good game of football. Enyimba Feeders are not a bad side but I am happy that we won.”On his part, Feeders’ tactician Lawrence Ukaegbu said: “Such is football. It was a game I believe we would have won. The players are very sad to have lost the game in added time.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse women’s lacrosse roundtable: Kayla Treanor, faceguards and more

first_imgSyracuse (18-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) will face Southern California (20-0, 9-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) on Saturday in the NCAA quarterfinals. USC beat Duke, Northwestern, Stony Brook and Notre Dame this season. The Trojans beat Stanford in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday, 14-8, and SU beat Stony Brook, 7-6. SU and USC face each other at noon in the Carrier Dome.Amid SU’s postseason run, our beat writers answer three questions about the Orange.1. How can Syracuse counter when teams faceguard Kayla Treanor like Stony Brook did?Sam Fortier: You saw how Syracuse can counter on Sunday against Stony Brook. Syracuse has enough weapons to pull Treanor away from play for 95 percent of the game and still win. She still wins the draw and without her the Orange open up the offensive zone for its eight other double-digit goal scorers. Against SBU, five of SU’s seven goals were scored by midfielders, including one by Lisa Rogers who hasn’t started a game this season. It did take a while to get the offense in gear but while Treanor was faceguarded, SU beat the second-best defensive team in the country. There’s no reason they can’t beat the best.Tomer Langer: Obviously, Treanor is the engine that makes the Syracuse offense move — her team leading 46 goals and 38 assists make that clear. But this offense also features three other players who have scored 40 or more goals in Nicole Levy (44), Riley Donahue (42) and Halle Majorana (40). In the Atlantic Coast Conference championship loss to North Carolina, Treanor only scored once but Majorana scored four times. There have been times this season when Treanor has taken over and gone solo, but a lot of the Orange’s goals are predicated on good ball movement and cutting. If teams are pulling a defender to faceguard Treanor, it should open up holes for the rest of the talented offense to go to work.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLiam Sullivan: Kayla Treanor, as good as she is, can’t be Syracuse’s end-all, be-all offensively. Syracuse needs to rely on its other weapons and trust that Halle Majorana, Riley Donahue and Nicole Levy can get the job done. Stony Brook didn’t reinvent the wheel by faceguarding Treanor. It’s time for the other players to step up, create in the open space and play like they did in the regular season.2. Going forward, what is Syracuse’s biggest weakness?S.F.: Syracuse has won, or had a good shot at winning, every game its played in for the last two months. The defense could cause a few more turnovers, but its limited opponents’ good looks on net. The best answer would be flipping the narrative from question 1 on its head. SU almost ran out of time against SBU to have its supporting cast step up. The offense looked discombobulated at times and it looked for a long while like the Orange wasn’t going to pull through. The role players and midfielders can score, yes, but relying on players who haven’t been looked to most of the season to carry that load could be a bit much to ask for two games in a row. They’ve shown they can do it, but the question remains: Can they do it again if needed?T.L.: Closing out games. In 4 of the 5 Orange losses this season, including the last two losses to North Carolina, SU held a lead at some point in the second half. In the first loss to UNC, Syracuse allowed 5 goals in just over 13 minutes to make a 3-goal lead a 2-goal deficit. In the second loss, SU let a two-goal lead disappear in the final five minutes of the game before a miracle play forced overtime in an eventual loss. SU will have to be able to hold onto it’s second-half leads if it wants to advance in the tournament.Jessica Sheldon | Photo EditorL.S.: Syracuse’s biggest weakness tends to arise in its biggest, and closest, games. A one-goal loss to North Carolina in the ACC tournament, a one goal loss in overtime to then-No. 3 Florida and a 14-9 defeat to No. 1 Maryland mark a few of the disappointments throughout the 2016 campaign. The Orange will need to gather its moxie and develop an ability to finish if its to accomplish its ultimate goal.3. Given that Treanor didn’t do much against SBU for strategical reasons, how do you think she comes back and plays against USC?S.F.: That’s the thing. She didn’t play poorly. One of the biggest reasons SU escaped the second round was because Treanor dominated the draw circle, 11-4, and gave SU plenty of chances on offense. She just wasn’t involved, and as long as Syracuse wins, she doesn’t care. Whether or not Treanor factors into the offensive zone — USC could very well copycat Stony Brook because of the Seawolves success for 50 minutes — her play will be crucial. If she has to step out and SU plays 6-on-6 offensively, so be it. There’s not much to come back from, just plugging away and doing whatever her team needs to advance to the next round … which she might notice could be against Maryland.T.L.: Well, if USC faceguards Treanor the whole game, she might not do much again. But if the Trojans don’t do that, she should perform as well as she has all season, which is as one of the best players in the entire country. Treanor isn’t interested in padding her own stats — her 46 goals this year are actually a career low. She doesn’t have anything individually left to prove. She’ll impact the game as much as Syracuse needs her to, and should still be a powerhouse in the draw circle.L.S.: Treanor will respond with a massive three-goal effort against USC. There’s simply too much at stake for Treanor not to put forth a great game and propel SU into the next round. If it doesn’t happen against USC, be ready for Treanor to have a massive game against UMD. If she doesn’t, the Orange are certain to fall to the Terrapins for the fourth year in a row. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 18, 2016 at 6:39 pmcenter_img Related Stories Syracuse women’s lacrosse opponent preview: What to know about Southern CaliforniaKayla Treanor and Halle Majorana earn IWLCA All-American honorslast_img read more

Stanford defense tips result of Rose Bowl

first_imgWide receiver Kenzel Doe had just one reception for five yards, but no Wisconsin receiver caught more than three balls against a relentless Stanford defense.[/media-credit]PASADENA, Calif. -There weren’t any surprises New Year’s Day at the Granddaddy of Them All. Two teams, two old-school styles of football and two relentless defenses graced the field in a low-scoring, smashmouth affair that many already saw coming.But, on one particular afternoon, No. 6 Stanford’s defense (12-2, 8-1 Pac-12) shined brighter than anything Wisconsin (8-6, 4-4 Big Ten) could put on the field, dictating the tempo of the game and batting down critical passes in a 20-14 Cardinal win.“We were defeated by a very good Stanford football team,” interim head coach Barry Alvarez said. “They didn’t surprise me how they played, as you saw that on films, they’ve been a very consistent all year.”Stanford’s talented front seven in the 3-4 defense constantly bruised Wisconsin’s run game and never allowed much of an offensive tempo, as the Badgers allowed the Cardinal to record four tackles for a loss and five running plays for no gain.One of those plays was a fourth and goal for Wisconsin at Stanford’s 1-yard line, a play where Mequon native and Cardinal senior defensive end Ben Gardner slipped off of a block from Badger left tackle Ricky Wagner and stuffed running back James White in the backfield. One of the few key moments of the game, the play resulted in a turnover on downs in the opening drive of the second quarter and robbed the Badgers of a critical touchdown at a juncture of the game where they were down 14-0.Perhaps the biggest difference in the game was the height of the Cardinal’s down defensive linemen in the game, as defensive ends Gardner and Henry Anderson each recorded a pass breakup and got their hands in the passing lanes when they weren’t harassing Badgers quarterback Curt Phillips.Gardner (six tackles on the game) and Anderson (three tackles) had perhaps the best height of any defensive end duo UW had faced the entire season, with Gardner standing at 6-foot-4 and Anderson at 6-foot-6.“They are very tall,” Phillips said. “I don’t think I have a low release, but I think it’s almost a credit to our offensive line because they didn’t allow those guys to get in. The only thing you can do whenever you get stoned at the line is to jump up and try to tip balls and that’s really the only chance they had.”Phillips point was valid, as Wisconsin’s offensive line never allowed Stanford to sack their quarterback. The Cardinal’s lone sack came thanks to an intentional grounding penalty on Melvin Gordon on an attempted trick play on a jet-sweep in the first quarter.But while Stanford recorded just three total pass breakups, those numbers don’t reflect the total times the Stanford defensive line was able to get its hands on Wisconsin passes. Numerous passes were deflected, including a lucky bounce for UW that saw a deflected ball fall into the hands of wide receiver Jared Abbrederis for 22 yards and a first down, as the next play ended in a Montee Ball touchdown run and brought the score to 14-7 in the second quarter.The most important tipped ball of the day came when Stanford defensive end Josh Mauro lined up at nose tackle. With the score 20-14 in Stanford’s favor with just a little over two minutes remaining in the game, Phillips stepped back to pass. Even though he was double-teamed and stalemated by Badgers center Travis Frederick and left guard Ryan Groy, Mauro extended both his hands and was able to jump up, catching his left hand on the ball as Phillips targeted an open Jacob Pedersen.As the ball changed trajectory it found the awaiting arms of Stanford’s Usua Amanam. And when the Cardinal nickelback stood up to show the crowd his prize to screaming roars of approval from the team’s fans, it was all but over for Wisconsin.“I really thought we were going to be able to go down (on that last drive) and move the ball,” Frederick said. “The pass protection was pretty decent, especially since it was against a great Stanford defense that had so many sacks.“They got a hand on the ball and tipped it up and that’s the story.”But Stanford’s style of play on the defensive line also allowed room for Phillips to break the contain defense and escape the pocket, plays that kept several key Wisconsin’s drives alive. He finished with 64 yards on five carries in his first career Rose Bowl start.Maybe that’s what kept a healthy Joel Stave on the sideline for the Badgers was Phillips’ ability to extend the play, as the veteran used a crafty move – faking a step out of bounds on the left sideline – to create a 38-yard gain on a first and 10 during the waning two minutes before halftime, setting up the Badgers’ tying touchdown pass to Jordan Fredrick six plays later.Though the Badgers’ offensive line kept the Cardinal at bay early, Stanford adjusted to Wisconsin’s 14-point second quarter to hold their opponent scoreless for the entire second half. Like many cases this season, it ended up being a tale of two halves for UW, as the team gained 219 total yards on offense in the first half, but recorded just 82 yards in the second half.“We just weren’t able to produce what we needed to produce as an offensive line,” Frederick said. “We didn’t play the way we needed to in the second half.”last_img read more

K8 chooses EveryMatrix software for UK casino relaunch

first_img Submit StumbleUpon K8 Gaming cited the “large experience” and “solid background” built by EveryMatrix, after choosing the industry provider to drive the re-launch of its casino brand in the UK.The UK-K8 brand will also offer multiple sports betting options via EveryMatrix’s fully-managed sportsbook solution, while the site will also utilise EveryMatrix payment and affiliate platforms.David Williams, K8 Gaming Manager, said: “We are happy to re-launch our brand into the UK on an EveryMatrix platform. Their large experience and their solid background convinced us to choose EveryMatrix as the provider of choice in building this great website that is particularly designed for British players and their appeal for better gaming.”Ebbe Groes, CEO of EveryMatrix, commented: “After a long period of continuous investment in our gaming platform, we are quite satisfied to launch another Tier One operator in the UK. Introducing K8 to the British players represents another great opportunity for us to further increase our presence in this competitive region.”The principal shirt sponsor for West Bromwich Albion FC, K8 offers a large portfolio of popular slots, table and live dealer casino games from Microgaming, NetEnt, NYX, Play’n GO, Evolution Gaming, and Playson, all of which are featured on EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine aggregator. PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 Share Share Related Articleslast_img read more

EveryMatrix player management services to power mybet revival

first_img Share MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 Stian Hornsletten – EveryMatrixGerman legacy online betting brand mybet will relaunch its player operating services/functions utilising EveryMatrix software provisions.Issuing a market update, EveryMatrix informs that its GamMatrix system will be used as mybet’s lead player management platform – providing services and extensions for seamless wallet integrations, CMS, in-depth customizable reporting, fraud detection and prevention tools.In addition, mybet will be further serviced by EveryMatrix’s MoneyMatrix payment system allowing the German online bookmaker access to over 150 payment processing merchant solutions.Backing EveryMatrix, Tobias Carlsson, Rhinoceros Group CEO, said: “We have a longstanding relationship with EveryMatrix, and both parties have helped the other to successfully compete in the marketplace. We are confident this great cooperation will continue also with Mybet.”Back in Q4 2018, mybet entered Frankfurt insolvency court proceedings, as the legacy betting group had failed to secure investment funds supporting its day-to-day operations.Founded in 1998, mybet one of the sector’s oldest online gambling brands, would have its assets acquired by igaming investment fund Rhinoceros Group, who declared that the legacy operator would be relaunched following a strategic overhaul of its operations and strategy.Entering 2019,  Rhinoceros announced that it would relaunch mybet sportsbook properties utilising Kambi as lead sportsbook platform/software supplier.Backing mybet upcoming plans Stian Hornsletten, Co-founder of EveryMatrix and CasinoEngine CEO, commented:“We already have a strong partnership with Rhinoceros Group and we gladly stepped up to the challenge of helping Mybet create such detailed integration. Mybet is a powerful brand with high notoriety and we are pleased to provide our technology for their renewed journey. The new integration is a solid proof of GamMatrix and CasinoEngine’s high-availability, scalability and performance.”last_img read more

Blatter ‘available to defend FIFA’ at US corruption trial

first_imgHe explained: “There was a contract between the FIFA president and Platini, an oral contract and then indeed a written one.“And so I paid the debt, generally when you pay a debt you are thanked. But in this case because I paid the debt I’m punished.“According to the principles instilled in me by my father who for me was a paragon of virtue, ‘ we, Blatters, pay our debts’.“And that’s also the principle that we adhere to at FIFA.”He made clear that should CAS reject his appeal, he will not give up trying to clear his name.“There are other ways to get the ban lifted,” he suggested, saying he could take his case to Swiss justice, or take out a civil action.“But for me I’m confident CAS will overturn the decision,” he stated.Irrespective of the outcome of his CAS hearing, Blatter plans to attend the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia as a guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin, although if he were to attend a match he would be flouting the terms of his suspension.“I’ve got an invitation to go to Russia,” he said.“I will go Russia. Going to Russia doesn’t mean that I’m going to watch games. They can’t stop me travelling. I go where I want to.”He refused to pass comment on his successor Infantino’s performance since taking over the top job in football in February.“I don’t have a verdict. I don’t even know his programme and I’m letting him get on with it.”Share on: WhatsApp Basel, Switzerland | AFPFormer FIFA president Sepp Blatter told AFP Friday he “is available” to appear as a witness at a United States trial into mass corruption in world football.“Yes. When they need me to defend FIFA, I will be available,” Blatter said, when asked if he would be prepared to attend the trial into the sweeping bribery scandal that has sparked an unprecedented crisis at the top of the game.US prosecutors were hoping the hearing of 39 officials and marketing executives accused of soliciting and receiving tens of millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks would begin in February 2017.But on Thursday, the US judge overseeing the corruption scandal postponed setting a trial date until after prosecutors share the bulk of evidence being collated in the massive investigation.Blatter, with suspended European football chief Michel Platini, was banned from all football activities for eight years in December over an infamous two million Swiss franc ($2 million, 1.8 million euro) payment Platini received in 2011 from the then-FIFA president.The suspensions were cut to six years in February.Blatter, since replaced as FIFA president by Gianni Infantino, is awaiting a date for an appeal against his ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).Platini was told earlier Friday his CAS appeal will be heard on April 29.Blatter, attending a debate on FIFA reforms at Basel University, commented: “It’s good news that CAS has made progress with Platini’s case. I think my case will be handled shortly after.”The 80-year-old Swiss added: “I believe that now, finally, at CAS, they are going to talk about justice, and not just speculation.“That means it’s justice that will prove if the accused is guilty and not the accused who has to prove his innocence.”He says his appeal is based on the principle that “the Blatters pay their debts”.last_img read more

Despite breaking ground on D/N tests for India, Sourav Ganguly non-committal on 4 day…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/PTIAdvertisement 9zfq1NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs91svp9nWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre En6bn3l( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) a4diWould you ever consider trying this?😱fnhcCan your students do this? 🌚obydcRoller skating! Powered by Firework As the World Test Championship will kick off from 2023, the International Cricket Council(ICC) is already discussing on a reduction of the duration of tests from the current five days to four days. While The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has spoken in favour of the four day tests, there have been a rise of counter arguments, with many preferring the legacy duration of five days. Now, Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has opened up on the matter.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/PTIStarting from the 2023 World Test Championship, ICC is likely to trim down all further test series duration in the next decade, in an attempt to reduce the strain on cricketers they they usually face in a five day cycle.However, Ganguly believes at present, it is still very early to comment anything about the possible shortening of tests.Advertisement “First we will have to see the proposal, let it come and then we will see. It’s too early to say. Can’t comment just like this.” Dada spoke to reporters in an interview at Eden Gardens.Reminding the success of the Day Night test cricket, it too was subjected to criticism at an early stage. However, in the long run, day night tests have increased the inclination towards the game format, which turned out more spectators in test matches. The issue of bad lighting in matches is also gone, with the usage of floodlights during night time.Advertisement Although sounding new, the idea of a four day test has been tried and tested in the past. South Africa and Zimbabwe tried the concept for the first time in the history of the game in 2017.The most recent one took place between England and Ireland last summer. The test ended on day three, but an extension of 30 minutes was allotted on each day, that increased the total overs to be bowled to 98 from the usual 90.The England and Wales Cricket Board has come forward with a support for the idea of four day tests. “We’re definite proponents of the four-day Test concept but cautiously so,” an ECB spokesperson said in a recent interview.“We understand it’s an emotive topic for players, fans and others who have concerns about challenging the heritage of Test cricket,” the spokesperson added.While reducing the complexity of year around schedule of teams and also the workloads on players, the idea of four day tests will also free up around an estimated 40 days in a calendar year.Also read-An early look into the World Test Championship tableSA captain Faf du Plessis against idea of Super Series between Big 3 teams Advertisementlast_img read more

Spurs’ Bergwijn may not have had greatest debut – but scored a great debut goal

first_imgTHE obituary of Steven Bergwijn’s debut was already being written.Overshadowed by VAR and afforded hardly a touch by Manchester City, the £27million new-boy was set to join the long list of expensive buys who had died on their Tottenham debut.2 Bergwijn’s goal proved the pivotal moment in ensuring Spurs won the gameBut, to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of Bergwijn’s death were not only greatly exaggerated they were also premature.As in the 63rd minute the Dutchman produced a magical moment for the goal that turned this game on its head, kept Spurs top-four hopes alive and posted his early entry into his new club’s folklore.There seemed to be little on when Lucas Moura lifted the ball to Bergwijn just inside the box.But in an instant he chested the ball and volleyed it into the net to give Jose Mourinho’s men their very first shot – compared to City’s 14th at the time.To say it was slightly against the run of play is like saying Tottenham’s new stadium is a little bit difficult to get away from after matches.But all the queues and jams will be worth it if Bergwijn can reproduce magic moments like that on a regular basis.With five goals in 16 Eredivisie appearances for PSV this season we were led to believe he was not a natural goalscorer.But the way he took his strike suggests otherwise – even Harry Kane would have been proud of that one.Until then Bergwijn’s debut had been disappointingly quiet and you felt sorry for him.DID IT AGAINST THE BESTAs an attacking player you never want to make your debut against Manchester City because they hardly give you a touch.And as a Tottenham player you never want to make your debut against City – because VAR always steals the show in matches between these clubs.That was certainly the case again as Kevin Friend of Stockley Park had more impact on this game – some would say too much – than anybody on the pitch in N17.Many were wondering where Bergwijn would play and his starting position was like his shock move from PSV – left field.He showed his tenacity in the opening minutes by winning the ball off ex-Spur Kyle Walker, earning an ovation from the home fans.Mind you, they were not so impressed later when Riyad Mahrez mugged him in midfield.Bergwijn then moved to the right and finally into the centre, and all before half-time.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamLATEST FOOTBALL NEWSGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticHe hardly had a kick in the first half but that was not entirely his fault as Spurs were so deep they were in danger of toppling backwards down the escalators at Seven Sisters Station.It was a similar story in the second half – but that was forgotten and forgiven when he scored his brilliant goal to ensure he was clapped off the park when he was subbed five minutes later.Not the greatest debut display at Spurs – but one of the greatest debut goals.2Credit: Reuters New Spurs signing Steven Bergwijn shows off unique celebration during first photo-shoot for Tottenhamlast_img read more

Teary-eyed Calabar High basketball coach praises repeat all-island champions

first_imgIt was an emotional night for Calabar High School’s coach, Ludlow Barker, after watching his team hold off Ardenne High to win back-to-back Under-19 ISSA National Basketball Championship titles, following a 62-52 overtime win at the G.C. Foster College auditorium on Tuesday evening.Led by a game-high 28 points from MVP Maliek McCarthy and 13 points from Jevaun Faulder, Calabar High shrugged off a fourth-quarter surge from the Basil Barrett-coached Ardenne before going on to dominate overtime 12-4.Justin Rhoden was Ardenne’s top scorer with 15 points.However, in his post-match interview, Calabar High’s coach, Barker, could not restrain the tears as emotions overwhelmed him while he piled praises on his players for their sacrifice on the road to winning back-to-back Southern Conference and national championship honours.”I know these players,” said a tearful Barker. “When they commit to do the work, they come up trumps. I believe in them; they believe in me. I just love these players. I love coaching the school because they have heart and soul.TOP COACH, PLAYERS”They (players) say they have a top coach, but I say I have top players – the greatest players in the world – and I’d never exchange them for anything,” he stated.”Winning back-to-back South Conference titles was going to be tough, but winning back-to-back all-island was going to be harder. We had to have a lot of self-discipline and play good defence.”After an evenly contested first quarter (12-12), Calabar High captured the second period 11-7 to lead 23-19 at half-time. They continued to hold the ascendancy after taking the third quarter 17-14, but in the final quarter, Ardenne upped their game a couple of notches and Calabar High could find no answer as the Basil Barrett-coached team were hitting shots from all angles and range. In the final analysis, Ardenne High won the period 15-8 to be tied 48-48 at the final whistle.However, in overtime, Ardenne did not know what hit them as Calabar High came out firing and easily captured the period 12-4 for a convincing win.”My team held its nerve when it went to overtime. They were still feeling good about themselves even though they gave up the lead,” Barker admitted. “We didn’t lose concentration. We stuck to the game plan and we supported each other, and defensively, we did an excellent job. So to repeat at this level is quite a joy.”In the junior final, St George’s College avenged their Southern Conference final defeat to St Catherine High with a 54-47 win.Jordon Gilles with 17 points and Nathan Reid (10 points) were the top scorers for St George’s. Shevran Williams was St Catherine’s top scorer with 13 points.last_img read more

Who are the “anti-corruption advocates”? − Jordan questions

first_imgFinance Minister, Winston Jordan has taken to task, Former Auditor General, Anand Goolsarran over his recent claims that “the Government has not been moving swiftly enough to bring criminal charges against who abused the laws and public resources of Guyana, making specific reference to the former Chief Executive Officer of the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL).Goolsarran in an article published in the tabloid-like Kaieteur Newspaper on September 9, 2016, titled “Govt must seriously commit to prosecuting those who abused laws, public resources – Goolsarran”, stated that Anti-corruption advocates were questioning whether Jordan has truly displayed an interest in seeing the former CEO of NICIL face the full extent of the law.Finance MinsiterWinston JordanBut, Jordan in a strongly-worded letter to the press queried who are the anti-corruption advocates raising the concerns.“I do not know who these “anti-corruption advocates” are. Do they include Anand Goolsarran who, in recent times, has set himself up as a transparency and accountability czar?,” Jordan questioned.The Finance Minister went on to remind the former Auditor General that regards to criminal proceedings against The former CEOor another official who is accused of a crime, there must be due process.“I am not a lawyer. Most of my professional life has been devoted to economics and finance. But even without the benefit of substantial legal training, I know that everyone is presumed innocent, until proven guilty. Facing the full extent of the law is a function of the outcome of police investigations and the judgment of the Director of Public Prosecutions, not the bleating of the anti-corruption advocates,” Jordan arrested. He noted too that even though there have been repeated explanations from the government that the Cabinet had established a process to deal with the forensic audits, there still seem to be unnecessary questions.Former Auditor GeneralAnand GoolsarranIn March of 2016, a Sub-Committee of Cabinet was appointed, consisting of Hon Khemraj Ramjattan, Vice President and Minister of Public Security, as Chairman; Hon Basil Williams, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs and Hon Jaipaul Sharma, Minister within the Ministry of Finance to scrutinize the forensic audit reports to determine which of them dealt mainly with administrative irregularities and which entered the sphere of criminality.Forensic AuditGoolsarran was the auditor hired by the Government back in July 2015 to conduct forensic audit into the affairs of the NICIL and to make recommendations.The audit was completed and Goolsaran recommended criminal and/or disciplinary actions against all those responsible for violations, including failure to properly account for state resources under their control. This included the former Finance Minister, Ashni Singh, who was also the Chairman of NICIL. However the audit was said to have lacked credibility and integrity, since the recommendations against the holding company were shrouded with biasness and prejudice.In December 2015, Guyana Times was able to obtain a report which contained NICIL’s response to the forensic audit which was conducted by Goolsarran. These responses were not included in a copy of the audit report, “leaked” to pro-government media entities.In the report, NICIL made the point that the findings stated the audit report do not provide any evidence to any instance of a constitutional breach. In fact, Guyana Times was able to see the various legal opinions issued in favor of NICIL, from prominent local lawyers, that clearly contradict the assertions of Goolsarran in his report. NICIL’s response pointed to the existence of these opinions, including the fact that Goolsarran is not a lawyer. It also pointed out that there was no evidence of self-enrichment, that all the prior audit opinions of NICIL were clean audit opinions, and that there was a body of evidence showing that all major matters, Cabinet’s or the NICIL’s Board approval was evident. NICIL further pointed out that as a company, all actions were consistent with its incorporation documents which dated back to 1990.Bias and PrejudiceAdded to that, NICIL contended that Goolsarran’s position as former Auditor General gave him access to information and knowledge about the entity that would have been based on pre-2002 matters and circumstances thereby introducing potential risks for bias and prejudice in the forensic process where there is a conflict with his predispositions and the status quo. NICIL highlighted that this potential risk for bias and prejudice was demonstrated by Goolsarran’s emphasis on pre-2002 events in his executive summary and his minimal and “sometimes dismissive” reference throughout the report to the audits and clean audit opinions for every year from 2002 of the current Auditor General Deodat Sharma. Goolsarran audited NICIL from 1990 to 2002. NICIL had highlighted also that its contention of potential risk and prejudice was further supported by the forensic auditor’s two-part newspaper publication called “Accountability Watch” where Goolsarran, in his personal capacity, prior to conducting the audit, opined on several matters involving NICIL and made recommendations in his concluding remarks about what course of action he believes government should take regarding NICIL. These very conclusions were repeated in the recommendations of the report, NICIL posited.Meanwhile, NICIL opined that the forensic auditor failed to satisfy the main objective of the forensic audit by failing to provide any evidence which substantive law, accounting principle or government policy was broken, violated, breached or ignored. NICIL refuted all references by Goolsarran to his “so called legal positions”, to indicate NICIL possessed substantial legal advice to the contrary on these matters.Additionally, NICIL stated that the report fails to distinguish clearly, which matters are legal matters and which matters are policy matters. Moreover, it noted that in almost every case, there was no support to show where the law had been breached or the many cases of previous audits that do not reach this conclusion.It has been widely observed and commented, that without the former NICIL CEO and his team having sight of the final report, which they were promised before the start of the forensic audit, that the final audit report by Goolsarran was serially leaked to KN and SN. One KN reporter at a public press conference with Brassington in December, while on camera, stated that Goolsarran was speaking to her on what she was publishing on the NICIL report when the report had not even been shared with Brassington. Goolsarran subsequently denied this allegation to this newspaper. But observers have said that this KN reporter along with the leaked audit report, suggest that Mr Goolsarran independence and credibility can be seriously questioned and that perhaps the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Guyana and its overseas body, be formally invited to investigate these matters of Mr Goolsarran commenting in the media on matters when the Government is his client. The opposition has called on the Government to officially release the audit reports along with the responses of the responsible officials. To date, this has not happened.last_img read more