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IRS targets conservative groups – Sounds familiar!

first_imgMay 10 2013 WASHINGTON (AP)The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was “inappropriate” targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.IRS agents singled out dozens of organizations for additional reviews because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their exemption applications, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups. In some cases, groups were asked for lists of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.The agency — led at the time by a Bush administration appointee — blamed low-level employees, saying no high-level officials were aware. But that wasn’t good enough for Republicans in Congress, who are conducting several investigations and asked for more.“I call on the White House to conduct a transparent, government-wide review aimed at assuring the American people that these thuggish practices are not under way at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone, regardless of their political views,” said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.White House spokesman Jay Carney declared it was indeed inappropriate for the IRS to target tea party groups. But he brushed aside questions about whether the White House itself would investigate.http://bigstory.ap.org/article/irs-apologizes-targeting-conservative-groupslast_img read more

Nigeria set to get government ministers

first_imgIt’s taken nearly five months but Nigeria – Africa’s biggest economy, most populous nation and number one oil producer – may get a government this week.Final screening of 36 ministerial nominees is due to take place from Tuesday, ending a lengthy process that has earned President Muhammadu Buhari a less than flattering nickname. Buhari, dubbed “Baba Go Slow” for the time it has taken him to appoint ministers since he took office in May, will then assign the candidates portfolios once they are approved.Since the first names were submitted to parliament on September 30, speculation has been rife about which post goes where. But some appointments look clearer than others.Ibe Kachikwu, the new head of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), is a virtual certainty to serve as junior oil minister, after Buhari said he will personally oversee the ministry himself.Former army chief Abdulrahman Dambazau is in line for the defence portfolio, which has been dominated for the last six years by the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast.Former Ekiti state governor Kayode Fayemi has been tipped for foreign affairs.last_img read more

Breaking: Emmanuel Dennis claims League title with Brugge

first_img Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had Left7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way12 Celebrities Who Almost Ruined Their Careers With One Movie6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right Now6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The Show5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes Nigeria international Emmanuel Dennis has registered his name among league champions in Belgium after his Club Brugge were crowned Belgium league champions on Thursday. The rampaging effect of the coronavirus forced football authorities in the country to end the season abruptly and declare Brugge who currently lead the league table with 70 points in 29 matches champion. Dennis who made his debut for the Super Eagles on 10 September 2019 in a 2–2 friendly draw against Ukraine it will be recalled came in as late substitute for Samuel Chukwueze. Belgium appear to have broken ranks from the rest of Europe and called an immediate end to the 2019-20 campaign with just one game of the regular season to go before the play-offs, which usually determine the championship winner and the Europa League places. Club Brugge crowned league champions amidst unending covid19 lockdown The Jupiler Pro League’s board of directors voted unanimously for cancellation in a conference call on Thursday and it is expected to be ratified by the general assembly on April 15. Brugge are 15 points clear of Gent in second – who have now claimed a place in next season’s Champions League – and claim their 16th league title. Loading… center_img The league, which comprises 26 teams, usually ends after 30 games before the top six enter a play-off system. ‘The Board of Directors took note of the recommendations of Dr Van Ranst and the government that it is highly unlikely that games with the public will be played before June 30’, the league said in a statement. ‘The current situation also makes it very unclear whether and when a resumption of collective training courses can be foreseen at all. ‘Even if games behind closed doors could theoretically be possible, the additional pressure they place on health and order services should be avoided. Moreover, decisions by local authorities threaten to make a joint course of match days impossible. Read AlsoEuropa: Club Brugge fans regret Dennis’ injury All European football, barring Belarus, has been suspended since last month due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Premier League is set to hold a crisis meeting on Friday where the current comeback date, penciled in for April 30, will be discussed. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Other Sports Aussie swimmer Jack vows to clear her name after positive drug test

first_imgMelbourne: Australian relay world-record holder Shayna Jack Sunday revealed the drug she tested positive for was a banned substance that aids muscle mass, while maintaining her innocence and vowing to clear her name. The 20-year-old, part of Australia’s 4x100m freestyle team that set a world record at last year’s Commonwealth Games, failed an out-of-competition test late last month.But it only came to light on Saturday, initially in a media report, before Jack confirmed it. She had returned home days before the start of the world championships in South Korea citing “personal reasons”.The revelation was hugely embarrassing for Australian swimming, coming just days after Olympic champion Mack Horton’s high-profile protest against Chinese rival Sun Yang in Gwangju over salacious claims he smashed vials of blood following a test last year.In an emotional Instagram post on Sunday evening, Jack said she tested positive to Ligandrol, also known as selective androgen receptor modulator, intimating that it can be found in contaminated supplements.”I was in complete shock, asking myself how and why is this happening to me. My brain repeated over and over: ‘I have always checked my substances’, ‘I didn’t do this’, ‘why is this happening to me?’, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong’,” she said.”I didn’t intentionally take this substance; I didn’t even know it was in my system. It just didn’t make any sense, and still doesn’t to this day.” She added that “the day I found out was the day I began my fight to prove my innocence”.Swimming Australia chief executive Leigh Russell Sunday called the test result “bitterly disappointing and embarrassing”.She said she knew of the failed test on June 26, but maintained the governing body was required to keep the details confidential “until such time as either ASADA or the individual athlete release details of an adverse test result” Richard Ings, the former head of the Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority (ASADA), questioned this in a tweet late Saturday and called Jack’s explanation for missing the world championships “an untruth”.In a follow-up tweet Sunday, he added: “If Swimming Australia and ASADA have a policy of not announcing provisional suspensions then they should quickly change it.”Major global sports all announce provisional suspensions. You can’t hide suspended athletes. It always gets out. Transparency is permitted by WADA (World Anti-Doping Authority).” Russell insisted the rules were “very, very clear” and they prevented her from speaking out earlier.”I accept this is a frustrating position… it makes it very tough for national sporting organisations to be transparent,” she said in Melbourne.The Australian team was only told of Jack’s test result on Saturday, and Russell insisted Horton would have taken the same stance even if he had known earlier.”I think that Mack has made a stand for something that he truly believes in,” she said.”And I think actually we have the same stance — we absolutely do not want drugs in our sport.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Ebonyi, Bayelsa are Equatorial Conference Champions

first_imgEbonyi State representative, St. Augustine Seminary, Ezzamgbo, defeated Belary Schools, Yenagoa 31-20 to emerge winner in the male category of the Equatorial conference in a thrilling encounter.In girls’ category played earlier, St Jude’s Girls Secondary School, Amarata, Bayelsa out-dunked Imo State representative, Holy Rosary International School, Owerri, who made it to the finals courtesy of a protest against Cross River 22-5.Nwankwo Samuel from Ebonyi was voted the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the boys’ category, while Bayelsa’s Grace John won the girls’ MVP.Imo and Anambra States won the Fair Play trophy in boys and girls respectively.The wining schools in both the boys and girls category have qualified for the national finals slated for the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos between June 11 and 17.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NESTLE MILO SCHOOL BASKETBALLKunle AdewaleIt was basketball at its best in the finals of the male category of the Equatorial Conference held at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, Enugu State Wednesday.last_img read more

Finidi, Ogunbote, Maikaba, Others Listed for National Team Jobs

first_imgKennedy Boboye who is leading Plateau United to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title is also on the list of invited coaches along with Fidelis Ilechukwu whose MFM FC is second on the topflight log behind the Jos team.The invited coaches are set to fill vacant positions of Head Coach, Assistant Coach and Goalkeeper Trainer in the U17, U20 and U23 National Teams (men), the U17 and Senior National Teams (women) and the Beach Soccer National Team.Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Chris Green, said yesterday that the coaches are expected to report at the NFF Secretariat, Abuja on Tuesday, 22nd August 2017, with their original credentials and other relevant certificates/documents.The list of short-listed candidates was drawn from the pool of applicants who heeded a public notice by the NFF for applications two weeks ago.The football governing body has advised all the coaches that they would be responsible for their movement to and from Abuja, as well as their upkeep and other personal expenses in the Federal Capital Territory.Meanwhile, the NFF has appointed Christopher Danjuma as Head Coach of the U-20 Women national team, also known as Falconets.Danjuma will be assisted by Wemimo Matthew (1st Assistant Coach), Mansur Abdullahi (2nd Assistant Coach) and Abdul-lateef Yusuf (Goalkeeper Trainer).The quartet is expected in the Federal Capital, Abuja on Wednesday next week to open camp for screening of players for next month’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Tanzania.According to fixtures released by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), two-time FIFA World Cup silver medallists Falconets will take on Tanzania in Nigeria on the weekend of 15-17 September, with the return leg in Dar es Salaam two weeks later.The winner over both legs will then confront the winner of the fixture pairing Morocco against Senegal in November, before a final round of qualifying matches in January 2018.The Falconets have played in every edition of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup, since it was launched as an U19 tournament in Canada 15 years ago. The team reached the quarter finals in Thailand 2004, Russia 2006 and Chile 2008, before finishing as runners –up at the 2010 finals in Germany and at the 2014 finals in Canada.The Falconets reached the semi finals in Japan in 2012, but failed to reach the knock –out stage in Papua New Guinea last year.THE INVITED COACHESFinidi George, Toyin Ayinla, Auwar Bashar, Maureen Madu, Adanna Nwaneri, Mary Godspower, Kennedy Boboye, Henry Oluwafiropo Abiodun, Fidelis Ilechukwu, Paul Aigbogun, Shola Ibrahim Adewuyi, Ajuma Peter Otache, Hassan Abdullahi Sharif, Jolomi Atoume, Bala Abubakar Mohammed, Ben Ogbe, Bunmi Oluwasonmi Haruna, Godwin Okon, Danladi Nasidi Alala and Abdullahi Maikaba.Others also listed for interview include, Haruna Ilerika, Peter Ijeh, Nduka Ugbade Manu Garba, Patrick Olalere, Iliya Buba, Abdullahi Tayabo Umar, Randy Waldrum Tama Aondofar, Ernest Teigbanyo, Suleiman Shaibu, Jide Dina, Adams Usman Elshama Yunus Musa, Nathaniel Ogunwale, Emmanuel Akwuegbu, Baruwa Olatunji Abideen, Abdullahi Abubakar, Nkiru Okosieme, Monday Odigie, Evans Ogenyi Kabiru Umar Baleria, Baba Ganaru Mohammed, Bala Nikyu, Etta Egbe, Christian Obi Ewulu Afam Innocent Fancy and Ogunbote Olugbenga Ayodeji.The following coaches completed the list of gaffers invited for interview for the national team jobs. They include; Abdullahi Usman Biffo, Adeoye Obaseyi Onigbinde, Zachary Baraje, Morufu Najimu Adeyemi, Queendolyn Akpan, Atu Mamuzo Lucky, Taiwo Omobolanle, Adewale Laloko, Whyte Ogbonna and Usman Yinka Salihu.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has invited former Super Eagles winger Finidi George; Enyimba FC of Aba Manager, Gbenga Ogunbote; Akwa United Head Coach, Abdul Maikaba and 54 other Nigerian coaches for interviews into various vacant national team posts.last_img read more

Formula One Set For Exciting Grand Finale In Abu Dhabi

first_imgAfter an exciting and gruesome season of intense racing and competition, the curtains would be closed on the 2017 Formula One season this weekend in Abu Dhabi, a province in the United Arab Emirates.The world championships may have already been wrapped up, but Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull will be hungry for victory to take the final bragging rights of the season and the morale booster heading into the winter break.Valtteri Bottas edged out Lewis Hamilton for pole position at the Abu Dhabi GP as Mercedes sealed a dominant one-two in the final qualifying session of 2017.World champion Hamilton held an advantage over Bottas for much of the hour but a sensational Q3 lap from the Finn, a track record 1:36.231, saw him beat his team-mate by a tenth of a second to claim his fourth pole of the season.It was the first time Bottas has ever sealed back-to-back poles in F1, and he added: “I was so gutted in Brazil getting pole and missing the win. I have a clear target for tomorrow.”Sebastian Vettel, so often Hamilton’s main rival in an enthralling campaign, was closest to troubling Mercedes for Ferrari but still more than half a second adrift in third.Daniel Ricciardo produced his best lap of the weekend to beat Kimi Raikkonen to fourth and will join Vettel on the second row for Sunday’s race. Encouragingly for the Australian, he out-qualified Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen by 0.3 seconds.Massa arguably drove the lap of the day for Williams to knock McLaren’s Fernando Alonso out in Q2.The Brazilian, taking part in his final F1 qualifying session, will certainly have enjoyed getting the better over his former Ferrari team-mate as McLaren’s last Saturday with a Honda engine ended with neither driver in Q3.“I want to have fun tomorrow. I have nothing to lose, risk everything you can. Let’s have fun,” he addedMassa has never finished outside of the points in Abu Dhabi and his qualifying performance maintained his record of always starting in the top 10 at the circuit.“It’s a good way to retire. You finish with good lap times, good races, taking the best out. I’m happy that I’m finished with my head up and competitive.”Who will come out on top in the F1 2017 season finale and take the bragging rights into the winter? Don’t miss the Abu Dhabi GP live on Supersport 6 on Sunday afternoon – lights out for the race is at 2pm[tps_header][/tps_header]RelatedBottas Caps Off Fantastic 2017 For Mercedes With Abu Dhabi VictoryNovember 26, 2017In “Formula One”The 2017 Formula 1 British Grand Prix PreviewJuly 15, 2017In “Sports”Lewis Hamilton Set For a Perfect Finish to the SeasonNovember 24, 2018In “Formula 1”last_img read more

Match officials list released for weekend matches

first_imgThe Referees Committee of the Ghana Football Association has announced the list of officials for the midweek round of matches in the Glo Premier League.Below is the list of referees and assistants for match-day-27 on Saturday and Sunday.Saturday, May 18Match: Liberty v Heart of LionsVenue: Carl Reindorf ParkReferee: Daniel Dorgbetor Assistant 1: Richard AppiahAssistant 2: Eric Nantiere4th Official: Ernest BaafiSunday, May 19Match: Chelsea v Medeama Venue: Golden City ParkReferee: A.D. MohammedAssistant 1: Ashitey AmarhAssistant 2: E.B. Baiden4th Official: O.B. Amankwah Match: Edubiase v King FaisalVenue: Gyamfi ParkReferee: Joseph LampteyAssistant 1: F.B. OcanseyAssistant 2: Kofi Asare 4th Official: Desmond AbbeyMatch: RTU v ArsenalVenue: Tamale StadiumReferee: Frederick BediakoAssistant 1: D.V Fugah Assistant 2: Tijani Seidu4th Official: Yakubu LimanMatch: Asante Kotoko v AduanaVenue: Coronation ParkReferee: Uriah Glah Assistant 1: Adams IbrahimAssistant 2: Robert Dodoo4th Official: Cecil FleisherMatch: Dwarfs v Tema YouthVenue: Robert Mensah StadiumReferee: Yaw AmetepeAssistant 1: Michael AgbenuzahAssistant 2: B.A. Crentsil4th Official: F.B. BorteyMatch: Wa All Stars v Hearts of OakVenue: Wa ParkReferee: Prince TawiahAssistant 1: Augustine AkugreAssistant 2: Alhassan Yahaya4th Official: Alex AkugreMatch: Amidaus v AshantiGoldVenue: Tema StadiumReferee: Awal MohammedAssistant 1: Issaka AlhassanAssistant 2: Samuel Aseidu4th Official: Samuel Sukahlast_img read more

Three takeaways from Penn’s Big 5 win over Villanova

first_imgThe Wildcats began what became a 25-game winning streak on Dec. 5, 2012, by defeating Penn, and won five consecutive outright City Series championships over Penn, Temple, La Salle and Saint Joseph’s. Oh, yeah, and a couple of national titles along the way, too.But on Tuesday night at a packed Palestra, Penn ended Villanova’s singular run while breaking a 15-game losing streak to the Wildcats.Thus, the wild, court-storming scene when the deal was sealed.Court storming at The Palestra! @PennBasketball pic.twitter.com/UGOE2qUCEr— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) December 12, 2018Here are three takeaways from Penn’s Big 5 win over 2018 national champion Villanova:1. Call it an upset, but don’t call it a fluke.”Penn beating Villanova wasn’t a fluke, it was (Quakers coach) Steve Donahue’s strategy executed effectively,” Philly.com’s headline summed up things.In short, Penn used tight defense, a significant rebounding advantage and balanced scoring while the Quakers matched the Wildcats’ trademark grit and determination.“Look what Villanova has done,’’ Donahue said later, his reading glasses broken during the celebration in his own locker room. “I thought about it today. They’ve literally won two of the last three national championships. I never imagined that could ever happen. That’s what makes the Big 5, this win, special — what they’ve accomplished. I thought (Villanova) played out of their minds. It wasn’t like they laid an egg.”Countered Villanova coach Jay Wright: “(Penn) did a really good job defensively, really physical, well-coached, very disciplined.”Donahue, who led Cornell to the Sweet 16 in 2010, may have another blooming Ivy League power in the 9-2 Quakers.2. This isn’t the Villanova of recent seasonsIf not for their recent championship pedigree, the No. 17 Wildcats (8-3), who have been solid but hardly spectacular, may have been outside the Top 25.They fell out of the poll for a week after consecutive home losses to Michigan and Furman (Furman?). But they had won six straight and bulked up their record in the City Series with wins over La Salle, Temple and Saint Joe’s.Sure, you can say there are a lot of players who’ve moved on from the Wildcats’ two national championships over the past three seasons, but it’s not like the cupboard is bare.Penn’s student section — waving “There’s No Fear Here” signs — started rocking the Palestra bleachers with minutes left, and the Quakers avoided a late scare to deliver the latest memorable moment in the Big 5.“It was nice while it lasted,” Wright said of The Streak (via The Associated Press). “We learn from it. It was fun to be a part of it.”Final from The Palestra. pic.twitter.com/PfX1v8Dj5h— Villanova MBB (@NovaMBB) December 12, 20183. This is what the Big 5 is all aboutTwo things: First, Villanova’s 25 consecutive wins in the Big 5 likely won’t be broken, given the nature of college basketball today. And second, that’s a special streak, but this is an extraordinary intracity series among five schools. OK, so the Wildcats don’t look like national title contenders right now — and may never this season. (They trailed in three of their four Big 5 games over the past 10 days.)But on this night, when bedlam broke loose after Penn clinched the victory, this was Big 5 basketball at its best.“We sell the Big 5, we sell what you saw tonight,’’ Donahue said. “For them to live that out, and come out victorious, in that environment — they’ll never forget that night.”Waking up this morning as the city’s cover boys! 🙌🔴🔵 pic.twitter.com/5iYz13ZjSk— Penn Basketball (@PennBasketball) December 12, 2018 Penn 78, Villanova 75 … but hooboy.It had been more than six years since Villanova had lost a game in Philadelphia’s unique Big 5 series.last_img read more

FIBA World Cup 2019: Hawks’ Trae Young leaves Team USA camp with ‘minor injury’

first_imgTrae Young has to leave Team USA camp because of a minor eye infection, sources said. He’d been playing well on the Select Team last few days.As an aside with De’Aaron Fox already promoted to senior team, I’m looking forward to Select coach Jeff Van Gundy playing some PG today— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) August 8, 2019Young averaged 19.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game in 81 appearances for Atlanta in his rookie season. While he did get off to a slow start in 2018-19, he averaged 24.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 9.2 assists per contest in the final 23 games of the year. Trae Young announced Thursday he is ending his time at Team USA’s minicamp to deal with a “minor injury.”Young, who was part of the select team, addressed the issue on social media, but didn’t go into specifics about his injury.  LeBron James organizing Lakers minicamp to help team bond, report says “It is with deep sadness that I have to leave USA Basketball Minicamp to deal with a minor injury,” Young wrote. “Although I look forward to seeing Coach (Gregg) Popovich and the Team bring home the Gold this summer, I feel it is most important for me at this moment in my career to focus on my health for the NBA season with the Atlanta Hawks. Finally, I want to thank USA basketball and I look forward to hopefully having another opportunity in the future!”ESPN later reported the second-year Hawks guard has an eye infection. Related Newscenter_img Carmelo Anthony rejected by USA Basketball in bid to join team for FIBA World Cup Atlanta finished 12th in the Eastern Conference last season with a 29-53 record and missed the playoffs. But, the 2019 NBA Draft brought the team top prospects in De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish, giving the Hawks one of the more promising young cores in the league.Team USA also lost Celtics guard Marcus Smart “indefinitely” due to tightness in his calf. He’ll be re-evaluated next week.last_img read more