Wa African United, Techiman City FC demoted in Ethics Committee ruling

first_imgThe GFA Ethics Committee has found Techiman City FC and Wa African United guilty of bribery and match fixing after investigations into their Match day 22 game played at the Damongo Park. The Committee has therefore pronounced its sanctions on the two clubs and individuals involved in accordance with Article 68(2) of the GFA Disciplinary Code. Below is the full decision of the GFA Ethics Committee: GFA ETHICS COMMITTEEFINAL REPORT ON ALLEGED MATCH-FIXING AND BRIBERY CASE BETWEEN WA AFRICAN UNITED AND TECHIMAN CITY FCSUMMARY OF FACTS/INTRODUCTIONPursuant to the GFA Code of Ethics 18(1) and 19 of the GFA Regulations, the Ghana Football Association Ethics Committee was tasked by the GFA Appeals Committee to re-look and investigate the allegation of bribery and match-fixing between Wa African United FC and Techiman City FC in the 2014/15 GN Bank Division One League Week 22 match played at the Damongo Park, and come up with its findings and/or recommendations. Wa African United in an earlier letter dated 29th July, 2015, informed the GFA that the said match between the two sides was a fixed one. Wa African United further alleged in the said letter that they were given GH¢2,000.00 (Two Thousand Ghana Cedis) by Techiman City FC as well as other payments for feeding to play a match of convenience.FIRST SITTING HELD ON THURSDAY DECEMBER 31, 2015 AT THE GFA SECRETARIATThe Ethics Committee served notice to all parties and held its first sitting on Thursday 31st December, 2015 at the GFA Secretariat in Accra. The Chief Executive Officer of Wa African United, Nana Gyamerah Kwabena Yiakwan II was unable to attend the sitting because he was outside the country. The Lawyer for the club, Mr. Yahaya Seidu informed the Committee that their key witnesses were going to be the Team Manager and Coach of the club. He added that in due time, they would provide additional documentary evidence to back their case. The Committee took evidence from the Team Manager, Kofi Adam and the Coach of Wa African United, Baah Yaw Suleman respectively. From the evidence given by the two of them, it was brought to light that: 1. Nana Gyamerah Kwabena Yiakwan II, CEO of the club called the two (Team Manager and Coach of Wa African) on separate occasions telling them to accept a bribe from someone from Techiman City FC. 2. According to the Coach of the team, Nana Gyamerah Kwabena Yiakwan ll told him that Mr. Charles Kwadwo Ntim, President of Techiman City had earlier called him asking him to give away the match. 3. Both the Coach and the Team Manager said they were reluctant initially to follow the instruction from the CEO of the club. 4. According to them the CEO of WA Africa United said he was under pressure as he has received several calls from the Charles Kwadwo Ntim, the President of Techiman City FC to try and help them fix the match. 5. The Team Manager and the Coach said that someone called them subsequently and the person introduced himself as Yaw Adamu Acheampong the Team Manager of the club. 6. However, after the Pre-match meeting they realized that he was not the Team Manager of the club but an official of the club. 7. The Team Manager and Coach of Wa African United stated that they both met Mr. Yaw Adamu Acheampong and took an amount of GH¢2,000.00 (Two Thousand Ghana Cedis) as earlier agreed between the CEO of their club and that of Techiman City. 8. The Team Manager of Wa African United alleged that the said Yaw Adamu Acheampong also sent him money earlier through MTN Mobile money as feeding cost for the team and the referees, and to arrange for a hotel and hire student mattress for the Techiman City team when they arrive in Techiman. He further alleged that he made these arrangements for the Techiman City team and personally led them to the said hotel (St Charles Guest House) in Damongo. 9. The first half of the match was played competitively, according to the Team Manager and the Coach and this led to Techiman City FC players complain about why the WA Africa United FC players were playing the match so hard. 10. According to both the Team Manager and the Coach of Wa African United, during the second half of the match, the referee was attacked by a fan of the club after he allowed what they refer to as an “offside goal”. This they said led to the stoppage of the match and the match was called off. Soon after the rain followed. 11. However, the Team Manager of Wa African United alleged that he agreed with the Match Commissioner and the Referee that the match should be declared 1-0 in favor of Techiman City FC. 12. The Team Manager indicated that after some days, the CEO of the club called to inform him that Techiman City had surprisingly filed a protest against their club for which they have been fined GH¢3,000 and suffered a deducted of (6)six points from their accumulated points. 13. This actually infuriated them and the Team Manager admitted that it is for this reason that they chose to report the alleged bribery and match fixing case to the Ghana Football Association for an action to be taken because they believe Techiman City had treated them unfairly. Members of the Ethics Committee asked various questions from the witnesses of the complainants/petitioners to seek clarification and solicit evidential materials, if available. They promised to make available to the Ethics Committee evidence they can readily lay hands on. The hearing with the Petitioners was therefore called to an end for the day. The Lawyer for the respondents/defendants, Mr. Larbi Amoah raised an objection against the committee’s regarding the letter inviting the CEO & President of Techiman City FC, Charles Kwadwo Ntim to appear before the committee. They also wanted to know if their President is appearing before the Committee as a target witness or just to assist with the investigations. Furthermore, Counsel for Techiman City FC indicated that they have a couple of preliminary objections to would like to raise. The Vice Chairman took the opportunity to apologize to Techiman City on behalf of the Committee for mistakenly indicating 10pm on the letter of invitation, instead of 10am to appear before the committee. On noticing the error, the secretary to the Ethics Committee made a follow-up call to the Techiman City FC President and an email subsequently sent to the Club to correct the unfortunate error. Even though they made themselves available for proceedings, the Vice Chairman asked if they were comfortable with the time interval between the date of the correction and the sitting date. They responded that they were not okay with that and would require the normal three days notification. Vice Chairman acceded to their demand and told the defendants to put all their objections and demands into writing and present to the committee before its next sitting, which they obliged. The Vice Chairman told all parties that the Committee will issue them with new letters of invitations to appear before it and asked Techiman City to submit their written preliminary objections before that date. The case was then adjourned to Thursday 7th January, 2016 after discussing with all parties involved. SECOND SITTING HELD ON THURSDAY JANUARY 7, 2016 AT THE GFA SECRETARIATThe two parties were served notice of this meeting on Thursday 31st December, 2015 and were sent reminders to attend the meeting. Both parties appeared at the sitting held on Thursday January 7, 2016 at the GFA Secretariat. However Techiman City FC who earlier agreed to present their written objections to the Committee failed to submit it before the meeting commenced. The Spokesperson/Advisor for Techiman City FC, Mr. Kofi Manu raised a preliminary objection on the inclusion of three of the members of the Ethics Committee hearing the case. According to him, the reason for their objection is because the three members were part of the earlier case which was set aside by the Appeals Committee. The Spokesperson cited Article 82. 2(d) and 4 of the GFA Disciplinary code to back his objection. The Vice Chairman overruled the objection citing various authorities to back his ruling. Reference was made to the case of Bilson v Apaloo […] and the Judges v Attorney General of Saskatchwan[…] The Spokesperson of Techiman City further cited Article 35 of the GFA General Regulations which according to him the issue at hand ought to be resolved by the Disciplinary Committee and not necessarily the Ethics Committee which includes the three members earlier mentioned. The Chairman over-ruled that objection stating that the issue at hand bothers on Ethics and thus must be dealt with by the Ethics Committee of the GFA. Besides, by his own argument and logic, when the case was first brought up to the Ethics Committee why didn’t they raise an objection and went ahead to provide evidence at the said meeting. Again, by the same logic, why did they (Techiman City FC) revel in the overturn of the Ethics Committee’s decision by the Appeal Committee to disqualify the then vice chairman and their decision to refer the matter back to the Ethics Committee for fresh hearing? The Spokesperson of the Techiman City FC, Mr. Kofi Manu and the club’s lawyer, Mr. Larbi Amoah then stated that they did not intend to appear before a committee who they believe will be biased. He therefore stated that they intend to appeal the Chairman’s ruling on the objections raised and will not continue with the sitting. The Chairman drew his attention to the fact that they can appeal after the final determination for case. The Chairman also reminded Techiman City FC that they failed to present their written objections as requested at the first sitting thus the committee will continue proceedings. The Chairman implored the defendants to sit in and allow the proceedings to go on so as to assist the Committee gather evidence for a resolution of the case. The Techiman City President, his lawyer and Spokesperson, indicated that they cannot be part of an illegality and decided not be part of the sitting of the committee based on the fact their objection was dismissed and they intend to appeal against that decision. With their insistence, they were granted their request to leave the hearing/sitting. The Sitting however, continued and members continued their interrogation of the witnesses of Wa African United based on the evidence they promised to give at the last sitting which they reiterated in this new sitting. They also presented a team sheet purported to be the team sheet of Techiman City for that match in question. It was allegedly signed by Mr. Malik Yeboah (team manager of Techiman City FC). It was revealed from the investigations that the Team Manager of Wa African United also interacted with Mr. Malik Yeboah before the Techiman City team arrived in Techiman. The complainants also provided the phone number of the said, Mr. Yaw Adamu Acheampong who allegedly paid the amount of GH¢2000 to the Team Manager and Coach of Wa African United to fix the match. The Committee took evidence from the Chief Executive Officer of Wa African United, Nana Gyamera Yiakwan II via telephone at its sitting held on Saturday 30th December 2016. He stated that he had phone conversations with President of Techiman City, Charles Kwadwo Ntim ahead of the match. He added that he gave the phone number of his Team Manager to Mr. Yaw Adamu Acheampong, who acted as the middle man for Techiman City FC. The CEO of Wa African United also mentioned in his evidence that the President of Techiman City FC prevailed on him to give up the match and that someone would come and see them to make the necessary arrangements to pay what has been agreed.ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION OF EVIDENCE1. The viva voca evidence obtained from both the Team Manager and the Coach of WA Africa United FC suggest a couple of telephone communication between Nana Kwabena Gyamerah Yiakwan ll, CEO of WA Africa United FC and Charles Kwadwo Ntim, President of Techiman City FC prior to the match that was allegedly agreed to be fixed. 2. It was confirmed by the Team Manager and the Coach of WA Africa united FC that there was exchange of money between the agent of Techiman City FC, Yaw Adamu Acheampong and themselves. The money was intended to influence the match in favour of Techiman City FC. 3. Contrary to earlier views held that the agent of Techiman City FC was the Team Manager, documents available revealed that the said agent, Yaw Adamu Acheampong was actually an official of the Club but not in the capacity as the Team Manager. This is evidenced by his name appearing on Referees Official list that was electronically generated and the Team Sheet presented and signed by the Team Manager and Captain of Techiman City FC itself. 4. The statement by the complainants vis-à-vis the posture of the Respondent at all material times during the sittings, leaves the committee in no doubt that this was a match of convenience agreed on by the two parties. 5. That instead of giving evidence to defend itself and debunk the allegations of bribery and match fixing made by WA Africa United FC, Techiman City FC has since the commencement of the hearing de novo resorted to technicalities/legalities to derail the course of collecting evidence from them. 6. The Committee observed and came to the conclusion that the conduct of both the Spokesperson/Advisor to Techiman City FC and its President was not acceptable as they disrupted the hearing on a number of occasions yelling at the slightest opportunity at the complainants. 7. The Committee also considered the documents used by the Disciplinary Committee in its ruling in Techiman City’s protest after the said match. This included an electronically generated Referee’s report which had Yaw Adamu Acheampong included as an official of Techiman City FC. The Committee took notice of the fact that at the time the Disciplinary Committee used the referee’s report in its ruling, the Ethics Committee process had not begun and actually Wa African United had not presented its complaints at that time. A referee’s Match Report is supposed to reach the GFA within 48 hours after a match. It is an official document, hence the Ethics Committee relied on it in its findings. The Ethics Committee made the following observations:1) The referee’s report was dated 14th July 2015 and electronically sent to the GFA 2) The match Commissioner’s report was dated 16 July 2015 3) Techiman City petitioned the Disciplinary Committee on 15th July 4) Wa Africa United reported case of alleged bribery and match-fixing on 29th July 2015 5) The Ethics Committee subsequently met on two occasions to determine the case The Ethics committee observed that the referee’s report which captured Yaw Adamu Akyeampong as an official, preceded Techiman City’s petition to the Disciplinary committee as well as Wa Africa United’s allegation of bribery and match-fixing. The name could therefore not have been inserted by the referee in anticipation of a future case that would incriminate him. It can therefore be considered as good evidence without prejudice.GFA ETHICS COMMITTEE’S DECISION/RULING & CONCLUSIONSAllegations of bribery and match-fixing have become pervasive in football matches in the country. As a result, matches lack competitive spirit which ultimately compromises the integrity of the results. Sadly, apart from producing unworthy Champions, the nation risks stagnation in the growth and advancement of the game. The Ethics Committee wishes to serve notice that it will not compromise any such negativity in our football and will therefore relentlessly pursue and sanction any club or official who indulges in this. In arriving at its decision in the above case, the Committee took into consideration the verbal and documentary evidence given by the claimants (Wa African United) to prove their case. On the other hand the defendants (Techiman City FC) rather resorted to acts that were intended to frustrate and delay the process. The Committee believes that instead of putting in a defense in the substantive case, Techiman City FC was only interested in using technicalities to frustrate and delay the case. Having considered the evidence adduced, the Committee has found the 2 teams (Techiman City and Wa African United) guilty of giving and receiving bribe with the intention of influencing the result of Match day 22 Division One League match between the two sides in Damongo. In accordance with Article 68 (2) of the Disciplinary Code, Article 40 (4.3.6) and Article 40 (4.9) the Committee pronounces the following decisions: 1. The Committee is of the belief that indeed Techiman City FC offered bribe to WaAfrican United ahead of their Match day 22 game in an attempt to influence the result of the match, which was accepted by Wa African United. The result of the said match between the two sides is therefore annulled, and Techiman City must lose the points accrued thereof. 2. For giving and accepting bribe aimed at influencing the results of their League match, the two Clubs i.e. Wa African United and Techiman City FC are hereby demoted to the next Division ( Division two) 3. The Team Manager (Kofi Adams) and Coach (Yaw Baah Suleman) both of Wa African United FC and Yaw Adamu Acheampong ( an official of Techiman City FC) are all banned for one year from all football related activities. 4. The Committee also severely reprimands the CEO of Techiman City FC, Mr. Charles Kwadwo Ntim and the Spokesperson/Advisor of Techiman City FC Mr. Kofi Manu, for showing gross disrespect to the Committee during its sittings. The committee also wishes to send notice that any future act or show of disrespect and ungentlemanly conduct displayed by ANYBODY appearing before it will be met with severe sanctions. SIGNED: MR. FELIX ANYINSAHVICE CHAIRMANlast_img read more

Joburg unveils Gandhi statue

first_img2 October 2003The City of Johannesburg marked Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on 2 October by unveiling a bronze statue of him in Gandhi Square in the city centre.Earlier this year sculptor Tinka Christopher won the tender to produce the 2.5 metre statue, which she said took her three months of almost non-stop work to complete.“I worked 10 hours each day, seven days a week, to complete the work in time,” she said.The tall statue depicts Gandhi as a young lawyer in his gown, over a suit, with a book under his arm, looking determinedly forward, with the breeze blowing his cloak to one side. He looks into the centre of the square, and on top of a 5m tall plinth, makes for an imposing figure in the space. The plinth has wooden benches positioned around its base, making it people-friendly.Gandhi practised as an attorney at the Johannesburg Law Courts, which were the city’s first law courts, in what was known as Government Square (now renamed Gandhi Square). The courts were in use until 1911 when the Pritchard Street Supreme Court building was built. They were eventually demolished in 1948 and made way for the city’s main bus terminus, which is still functional.Gandhi arrived in South Africa in 1893, and at first practised law in Johannesburg in the early 1900s. But in time he became more active in resistance politics. He was tried at the Law Courts, convicted and sentenced for pass law offences, among them the call to Indians and Chinese to burn their pass books.He left the country for India in 1914, after having shaped and established his policy of “Satyagraha” or passive resistance.Christopher’s other works around the city include a two-children sculpture in Bank City, a fish eagle at corporate offices in Midrand, and a stallion at Toyota’s offices in Sandton.The winning entry was adjudicated by the advisory committee of the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Proposals were received from three other sculptors: Naomi Jacobson, Ben Omar and Maureen Quin.To prevent the theft of the bronze sculpture, an alarm has been fitted inside the statue, and any vibrations will be immediately picked up, and set off a signal to a security company.The statue went up on Monday and was officially unveiled by Mayor Amos Masondo on Thursday. “It fits the space well,” said Christopher with a satisfied smile when the bubble wrap was removed.Eric Itzkin, the deputy director of Immovable Heritage, said he was pleased with how the statue worked out. “I am happy with the final choice.” The City donated half of the cost of the work, and the rest came from private donations.Meanwhile, Tolstoy Farm, 35 kilometres southwest of Johannesburg, on which Gandhi spent some time living a communal kibbutz existence with a small community of 50 adults and 30 children, is to be recreated as a community centre and museum.Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

Google Eyes Mobile App Market, Falls Short With New Search

first_imgThe Google Mobile team unveiled a new type of search results today: Android and iPhone native apps. It’s a great idea, but the execution leaves much to be desired.Try searching for terms like “Bank of America app,” or “download Shazam” on your Android or iPhone and the app store’s top search result will appear at the top of the page. Unfortunately, I tried deliberately searching for a long list of specific apps and types of apps but didn’t get the new kind of results in very many cases. This will have to change in time, the opportunity is just too big. It would be more helpful if “mobile apps” was a new type of search that could be performed, if the results were broader and if mobile Web apps were privileged in the same kind of way.These search results ought to recognize your context (mobile) and present relevant apps whether you know to look for them or not. It is a relief to see that Google points to the iTunes store in searches on an iPhone, instead of saying, “you should buy an Android phone.” As Steve Jobs said yesterday, just because you’re competing with someone doesn’t mean you have to be rude.App Stores Will Only Get Bigger & BetterThe app store model is a radical change from standard Web page search. It’s curated by user voting and in some cases by the platform vendor. Apps are stand-alone bundles of functionality that a user returns to again and again, at least in theory. They are different from Web pages and the app store model compliments the chaotic, interconnected Web nicely. Google’s desktop browser Chrome recently unveiled plans to include a web app store of its own. App stores are hot already, but they are only going to get hotter. (See this list of 75 different app stores just for mobile platforms, for example.)There are also a wide variety of app store models that could jostle for market share as the market expands. As Peggy Anne Salz wrote yesterday on MSearchGroove:According to Sizing Up The Global Apps Market, the recent milestone report from Chetan Sharma Consulting (commissioned by independent app store GetJar), app downloads are expected to rise from over 7 billion in 2009 (Asia accounted for a whopping 37 percent of the total) to almost 50 billion by 2012. Revenue is forecast to increase from $4.1 billion in 2009 to $17.5 billion by 2012. Predictably, a variety of models — ranging from paid apps and apps bundled with subscription offers, to ad-funded schemes and loyalty programs that raise brand awareness – will drive distribution and monetization.50 billion downloads? That smells like a great opportunity for paid search placement, affiliate links to app stores and more.App search, discovery, sharing, and to some degree recommendation (iTunes Genius is pretty good already) are big new opportunities for development. It’s disappointing to see Google Mobile announce something as lackluster as this feature is today. Hopefully it will improve quickly. It’s a great idea. Tags:#Google#mobile#NYT#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

Charges framed against Sunny Deol, Karisma Kapoor in 22-year-old chain pulling case

first_imgA railway court here has framed charges against Gurdaspur MP Sunny Deol and actor Karisma Kapoor in a 22-year-old case of alleged chain pulling in a train at the Naraina Railway Station in Rajasthan during the shooting for a film. The two actors challenged the order through a revision petition in a sessions court on Wednesday.Mr. Deol and Ms. Kapoor, along with stuntman Tinu Verma and Satish Shah, had allegedly entered the station and stopped train 2413-A Uplink Express by pulling its emergency chain in 1997, causing its delay by 25 minutes. The film unit was shooting for a movie Bajrang at Sanvarda village near Phulera in Jaipur district. The Assistant Station Master said in his complaint that a few persons from Mumbai shooting for a movie in a nearby village had illegally stopped the train.After framing the charges under the Railway Act earlier this week, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (Railways) summoned three witnesses for the next hearing on September 24. The actors have been accused of violating Sections 141 (needlessly interfering with the means of communication in a train), 145 (drunkenness or nuisance), 146 (obstructing a railway servant in his duties) and 147 (trespass and refusal to desist from trespass) of the Railways Act.The revision petition filed in the sessions court stated that the railway court had framed the same charges for the second time after its charges read out earlier in 2009 were set aside in 2010. A.K. Jain, counsel for Mr. Deol and Ms. Kapoor, contended that the September 17 order for framing of charges was against the law.last_img read more

His Excellency John Freeman sworn in as 14th Governor

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 18, 2016 – The fourteenth governor since 1973 was sworn in Monday in Grand Turk and his welcome was both cordial and cautioning… both major party leaders assured the new His Excellency that the people of these islands are ready to support a mutually beneficial relationship, and both informed the Governor that there are some areas ripe for change.From the Opposition Leader, Hon Sharlene Robinson who spoke first and more extensively, there was talk about the now gone governor, being too soft on the current PNP Administration; she reminded the new Governor that his salary comes from the public purse. Hon Robinson addressed constitutional reform, calling for the Chief Financial Officer to be removed, for the Governor’s House of Assembly appointments to be reduced from two and said that crime is the top concern and the response has not been vigorous enough by the British who head the country’s National Security.The Premier, Hon Dr Rufus Ewing similarly wants the CFO gone, said the UK needs to prove itself honorable and support a bill to make that happen, that there should also be a bill to return the powers of land distribution to elected leaders and a crime strategy and lead appointments should also be managed by those elected to serve.The new Governor is Dr John Freeman and he was complimentary to the islands, adding that he is here as a guardian of our way of life. His wife, Corinna was presented a special bouquet by 7-year-old Maliha Lightbourne of Susanna Wesley Methodist School, from the A company of the Brownies & Girl Guides. HE Dr. John Freeman was sworn in by Chief Justice, Margaret Ramsey-Hale at the now refurbished House of Assembly, NJS Francis Building in the Capital. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Martin Luther King Community Choir celebrates 20 years with Pastor Ken Anderson

first_img March 21, 2018 Dave Scott Martin Luther King Community Choir celebrates 20 years with Pastor Ken Anderson Dave Scott, Updated: 5:58 PMcenter_img Posted: March 21, 2018 For more than two decades, the Martin Luther King Community Choir of San Diego has been thrilling audiences across the county with their powerful voices.The award-winning gospel choir has performed around the world and will soon focus its talent in San Diego on a series of special concerts.On April 7th, the Choir will perform at the KROC Center in Rolando. The show celebrates the Choir’s 20th anniversary and is under the direction of Pastor Ken Anderson.We will also be featuring a lady named Arnessa Jones. Arnessa is also producing a show called “All About the Blues.” This show is on May 19th and features the Choir of which Arnessa is a member. But she is also a talented playwright.KUSI’s Dave Scott was in Rolando this evening where the choir is rehearsing for their big shows. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more