The Federal House of Representatives will next week hold a public hearing on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Act.The bill seeks to repeal the Nigeria Football Association Act 2004 CAP 110 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, to enact the Nigeria Football Federation Act 2016.A member of the House Committee on Sports, Hon. Danburam Abubakar Nuhu, said in Abuja wednesday that hearing will resume next week on the much awaited bill. â€œWe will be resuming next week and Nigerians will begin to see things unfold.â€œThere are some issues that the committee needs to address within, so we are hoping that by next week when we resume, we will also be doing a public hearing on the NFF Act,â€ said Nuhu to AOIFootball.com.He also added that once the public hearing is concluded, the next step will be to submit the recommendations to House and that when the Act is passed, it would be sent to the President for his assent.At its Annual General Assembly in Makurdi, Benue State on 24th July 2008, Congress approved the change of name to Nigeria Football Federation.The Act of Parliament 2004 as the legal instrument for administering the game in Nigeria replaced the Decree 101 of 1992.The main objective of this amendment is to bring the NFF law in line with international best practices.In June this year, the upper chamber of the National Assembly, the Senate, passed the much-awaited NFF Bill following a third reading.The key highlights of the NFF Bill sent to the President for his assent include legislations to ensure the entrenchment of the enabling environment for the development of football in Nigeria and to drive private sector participation and investment at all levels.Fundamentally, the Bill has now domesticated the NFF Statutes, recognising its sanctity, as approved by the NFF Congress and endorsed by FIFA as the supreme laws for governance of the functioning, organisation, administration and operations of the federation, as well as recognition of football by the Federal Government as a national asset entitled to special privileges and concessions to foster its growth at all levels.The Bill further provides for special concessions and tax holidays by the government to sponsors of football in Nigeria and has clear financial reporting provisions to further entrench transparency in the activities of the NFF, such as publishing of accounts annually.These will set the NFF on a path of sustainable growth and ensure it operates within international best practices and as a business to strengthen the social and economic impact of football to the nationâ€™s economy.Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports and Youth Development, Senator Joseph Obinna Ogba, presented the report of his committee to the august body. It was followed by a clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill and a voice vote by the senators.â€œAll these court cases against football do not augur well for our country. It is important that we repeal the Act (2004) and enact the NFF Bill to sanitise football administration in this country,â€ Ogba had stressed on the floor of the house while presenting his committeeâ€™s report.The former NFF vice president went further: â€œIt has become necessary to repeal the Extant Act. This is because it requires a lot of amendments to bring it into agreement with FIFA â€“required international best practices. It is to give it the required boost.â€œThe Bill has no financial implication because it is only seeking for a change in the name of the football body in order to achieve greater and better results in the future. It seeks to ensure that only those who are actually involved in competitive football matches are members of the Federation and not just organizations and establishments as contained in the Extant Act.â€œAlso, the Bill makes provision for the professional development of football at all levels in accordance with international best practices and to enable the credible participation of our teams in international competitions.The committee strongly believes that through this piece of legislation, the objectives as expressed in the long title of the Bill and explanatory memorandum will be achieved.â€In his contribution, Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki praised the committee for a great job.â€œThe message here is for us to bring Nigeria in line with best practices and best ways to administer football in the country. This has been an embarrassment over the years, but with the passage of this Bill, the grey areas will be taken care of.â€The countryâ€™s football ruling body was founded as Nigeria Football Association in 1945.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
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Both King and White had career nights, as White tied a career-high 19 points while King followed up his best game of the season against UCLA with an equally impressive performance against USC, totaling 19 points, 8 rebounds and a career-high 6 assists. Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan Junior guard Jonah Mathews has been one of the lone threats from deep lately, hitting 15 of his 31 shots from beyond-the-arc in Pac-12 play. However, the team hasn’t followed in Mathews’ tracks: Excluding the contributions of Mathews, USC has shot just 8-for-42 from deep since entering conference play. After starting conference play with back-to-back convincing wins at the Galen Center, a brutal Oregon trip leaves the Trojans at one of their lowest points of the season. Just three days after losing in overtime to Oregon State, the Trojans suffered a demoralizing 81-60 loss at Oregon on Sunday night. A Boatwright and-one late in the first half capped an 8-2 USC run and brought the Trojans with 7 points at 28-21, but a personal 5-0 run from Oregon freshman forward Louis King halted the lone example of momentum the Trojans had mustered. King combined with redshirt senior forward Paul White to score a combined 28 first half points, as much as the Trojans had all together going into halftime. Oregon head coach Dana Altman recognized the recent shooting funk of USC and dared the Trojans to shoot throughout the night, by sitting his team back in a 2-3 defense. Enfield employed the same daring tactic, but Oregon responded by shooting 54 percent from deep, hitting a season-high 13 three-pointers. The shooting from deep was just one of the many storylines of a game between teams heading in vastly different directions. The Trojans entered the game missing star freshman Kevin Porter Jr., who, after finally returning from a thigh bruise that kept him out 10 games, faced a team suspension. According to a USC spokesperson, Porter Jr. was suspended by head coach Andy Enfield for “conduct issues” that occured between Thursday’s loss to Oregon State and tipoff on Sunday. His situation will be re-evaluated upon the team’s return to campus. Junior forward Nick Rakocevic had a career week to kick off conference play, averaging 25 points and earning Pac-12 player of the week. However, the last week of play has been the polar opposite for Pac-12 rebound leader. After scoring 50 points in USC’s two Pac-12 wins, Rakocevic scored just 17 in the last two games, stripping USC of a previously reliable offensive weapon for much of the night. Senior forward Bennie Boatwright played an efficient game, but the Trojans needed more than a good shot percentage and 13 points. Boatwright’s heroic 37-point effort from Thursday night seemed to halt his aggression against the Ducks, as he attempted just nine shots in a game where the Trojans were searching for any signs of offense. Coming into the game, the Trojans had defeated Oregon in their last three meetings. Poor rebounding and shooting from USC stopped the streak from growing past there. The Trojans shot just 5-for-18 from deep and got outrebounded 31-to-22. Both teams suffered hard fought defeats in their last outings and both teams served as prime examples of how a team usually starts a game after such a loss. Oregon came out with something to prove, taking a 12-4 lead in the game’s first four minutes. USC on the other hand came out lackadaisical, making just two of its first ten shots. The Trojans will look to bounce back from a tough week on Saturday at 1 p.m. as they take on UCLA at the Galen Center.
Maurine J. Jelinek, 82, of Arkansas City died at Medicalodges of Arkansas City on Sunday morning, September 13, 2015.Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17Â at Shelley Family Funeral Home.Â Â Burial will be held at 2 p.m. that afternoon at Caldwell Cemetery.Â Friends may call at the funeral home from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16.Â The family request that donations may be made to the local animal shelter of your choice in honor of Ms. Jelinek.Â For more information or to send a condolence, please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.Â Maurine was born on February 12, 1933 in Springfield, Colo., the daughter of Jim and Gertrude (Barnes) Zeigler.Â She grew up helping her dad on the family farm in Bluff City, Kans.Â As a youngster, she raised sheep in 4-H and won the State Championship two years.On December 16, 1951, she was united in marriage to Eldon Jelinek.Â The couple had two children, Albert and Robert.Â Â She worked on a custom harvesting crew as well as a nurses aide.Â Â She also helped at the scrap yard with her husband.The couple later divorced in 1979.Â She ran the Bullmobile Trailer in Caldwell and then in 1980 she moved back to Arkansas City.Â Â She then went to work at Cessna for a time.Â Maurine also helped at the Chilocco Indian School.Â Her hobbies included raising many animals, especially hogs, her love of flowers and just being outdoors. Â Â She enjoyed her heritage and was descendant of famous Studebaker family.Â She also enjoyed riding her horse the Arkalalah parade.Surviving to honor her memory are her sons: Albert Jelinek and wife Carol of Carthage, MO and Robert Jelinek and wife Raylene of Arkansas City, KS and her sister, Isabell Manning of Valley Center, KS.Â She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Marvin.
The Tír na nÓg Community Centre in Gortahork has launched a series of four Road Race Events which will be held through April and May with the first taking place this evening, Friday.The series includes two 5km Races and two 5 mile races on road. The races will take place over three different courses, which brings these events to the heart of the local community and also gives participants unique challenges across different courses.The Falcarragh to Gortahork Race will be the first event which takes place at 7p.m. this evening. The 5 mile Railway Run course takes place along a course with picturesque scenery of Muckish, Errigal and the sea along the old Cashelnagore Railway Station. This will be a great opportunity for athletes, fun joggers and walkers to take part in a competitive and recreational event and to monitor their fitness through the various races. Please encourage a few of your friends to take the challenge. All are welcome to participate in these Runs/Walks. The events are not just for the serious athletes but for anyone whether you wish to run, jog or walk.These events are ideal for anyone wishing to improve their fitness or get in shape for Summer or for a forthcoming event over the Summer.For individuals running/walking all four events, points will be awarded across a range of Junior, Senior and Masters categories with prizes presented at the end of the four race series in the Tír na nÓg Centre on May 18th.So take on a new challenge. All you need is a pair of trainers and away you go. Registration at the Tír na nÓg Centre prior to each race. Pictured at the launch of the Tír na nÓg Road Race Series in Gortahork are Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, Manus Kelly – Falcarragh Tourist and Traders, Paul Kernan – Pobal Le Chéile, Michael Naughton – Clanree Hotel (Sponsor) and Donegal Ladies Team Manager, Aoife Mc Donnell- Centre Co-ordinator and Captain of Donegal Ladies Team, Eddie Mc Fadden – Tír na nÓg Running Club together with the Ladies from the Chain for Life Committee.GORTAHORK RACE SERIES STARTS TONIGHT was last modified: April 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GORTAHORK RACE SERIES STARTS TONIGHT