Miami and Broward public schools’ graduation rates continue to rise

first_imgBroward high schools’ graduation rates rise to highest level in six yearsEarlier this week, the Florida Department of Education released graduation rates for the 2016/17 school year. Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to announce that the results show graduation rates for innovative District high schools reached the highest level in six years, at 93.8 percent. This marks an increase of nearly 2 percentage points since 2015/16.  Additional highlights are listed below. The overall graduation rate for BCPS, which includes innovative District high schools and charter schools, is 81 percent. This is the highest graduation rate for BCPS since Florida adopted the Federal Uniform Graduation Rate method in 2010/11.31 innovative District high schools had a graduation rate of 90 percent or higher.24 of 33 innovative District high schools improved or maintained their graduation rate from 2015/16. Black (75 percent), Hispanic (83 percent) and white (87.3 percent) students improved their graduation rates. The graduation rate gap between black students and white students also decreased by 3.2 percentage points.Atlantic Technical High School, Broward Virtual School, College Academy @ Broward College and Lauderhill 6-12 achieved graduation rates of 100 percent. Coral Springs High School had the largest graduation rate increase in the District, increasing its graduation rate by 7.6 percentage points to 94.4 percent in 2016/17, compared to 86.8 percent in 2015/16. Coconut Creek High School and Piper High School also both increased their graduation rates by 5 percentage points or more compared to 2015/16. Runcie “extremely proud” of results“We are extremely proud of these results, which highlight our commitment to ensuring our students complete their high school education and are prepared for college and careers,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We will continue to focus on meeting the individual needs of our students and providing them with the support and high-quality educational experiences to help them be successful in school and beyond.”Miami-Dade public schools’ graduation rate continues to rise, sets new highMiami-Dade County Public Schools’ (M-DCPS) graduation rate rose once again to 80.7 percent for the 2016-2017 academic year.  This rate marks the highest graduation rate M-DCPS has achieved since the Florida Department of Education began tracking graduation statistics with modern methods in the late 1990’s. The graduation rate rose despite the more rigorous Grade 10 Florida Standards Assessments English Language Arts component.  The District’s graduation rate has increased by 22 percent from 58.7 percent in 2006-2007 to 80.7 percent in 2016-17, and if charter schools’ data is excluded, the graduation rate is 84.2.  The District’s graduation rate for ESE students exceeded those of the State by 4.3 percentage points, and the rate for economically disadvantaged students exceeded those of the State by two percentage points. Carvalho calls results remarkable“This is remarkable news for our school district, and it is a testament to the work and dedication of the M-DCPS family,” said Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho. “Despite tougher standards, our students continue to shine. The 2016-2017 graduation rates for our school district are a direct result of the support of students’ families, the visionary leadership of our School Board, and the instructional ingenuity of teachers and school leaders.”Result of several strategies The District’s graduation rate continues to improve as a result of several strategies. A   comprehensive tracking tool monitors student progress through high school to ensure students meet established graduation requirements.  Student Services staff provides support to students as early as 9th grade and ensures they are completing requirements on time. Enrichment programs with a strong focus on literacy prepare students to meet State assessment graduation requirements. For the most up-to-date information, please download the Dadeschools mobile app on your iPhone or Android device.  Follow us on Twitter @mdcps and @miamisup and on Facebook at MiamiSchools and AlbertoCarvalholast_img read more

Jamaica’s Agriculture minister heads to Canada for marijuana talks

first_imgThe Jamaica government is to hold talks with major stakeholders in the Canadian marijuana industry later this week as it seeks to consolidate its position within the “fastest growing industry globally right now.”Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Audley Shaw, said he will be travelling to the North American country for talks with industry officials.Fastest-growing industry globally“Every time we talk about cannabis and hemp in Jamaica, is a big joke! But it is the fastest-growing industry globally right now. In Canada, its multiple billions of dollars. And I am going there next week to talk to the cannabis industry in Canada,” Shaw said as he addressed the Credit Union League’s 77th Annual General Meeting and Convention over the last weekend.“Because, how can it be that we — just like we have the best coffee, the best cocoa, the best this, the best that — we also have the best marijuana! And we must just sit around and be a sample nation and talk about two ounces of the thing in we hand middle? And look at what’s happening to cannabis globally!”Held discussions with BOJ re financing industryHe told the convention that he had already held discussions with the governor of the Bank of Jamaica in regard to financing of the industry and that during his trip to Canada he would be seeking to address is “what mechanism they are using to get around that issue right now.“But other countries are doing it: Canada is doing it, Israel is doing it, European countries are doing it. States in the United States are finding ways around these problems related to banking,” Shaw said.He told the convention a “couple decades ago or more when (US) President (Ronald) Reagan said marijuana is the worst thing ever” no one could have foreseen that “now for the past 10 years they have been studying cannabis in the United States because the phenomenon of opioids is destroying America.”Cannabis able replacement for opioids “Synthetic drugs are destroying America. And they are now finding that cannabis is an able replacement for opioids in the United States. Even President Trump has now said, ‘hold on, we have to take another look at medical cannabis’. “He said Jamaica should address the situation of medicinal marijuana seriously.“Well, if America itself is coming around to the view that medical marijuana is an issue that must be focused on, then it’s only a matter of time before the banking has to fall in place to support that,” he added.last_img read more

IMF gives thumbs up to Haiti’s economic growth

first_imgThe International Monetary Fund, (IMF), has given the thumbs up to the Haitian economy as the country’s GDP growth rose to 2 percent, supported by public investment.Annual average inflation remains below 15 percent. The current account deficit is expected to be contained at a relatively high level of 4 percent of GDP this fiscal year, amid investment-related imports and higher world prices for petroleum products and grains, which constitute Haiti’s main importsChris Walker of the IMF, recently visited Haiti to conduct the 2018 Article IV consultation and to hold discussions on the first review of Haiti under its Staff Monitored Program, (SMP).Walker and his team concluded that Haiti needs to continue to implement structural reforms to sustain economic growth and reduce poverty more broadly.“A reduction of the public-sector deficit should allow the private sector to benefit from new financing opportunities,” Walker said. “The reduction of the fiscal deficit should also limit monetary financing, which in turn should reduce inflationary pressures.”last_img read more

American Airlines reduces flights to Haiti

first_imgHaiti has welcomed an announcement by   Delta Air Lines that it planned to increase the number of daily flights to the country after another US-based airline said it was reducing its flights.Minister of Haitians Living Abroad, Guy André Junior Francois, had described the decision by American Airlines to reduce the number of daily flights from six to four “as a big loss for us”, saying it was “an opportunity for other airlines to come aboard and provide direct service to Haiti.”Flights reduced after evaluation American Airlines said that it had taken the decision to cut the flights following an evaluation of its services and in an August 21st letter to Renet Prévilon, the director of Customs at Toussaint Louverture International Airport, said “we informed the members of our team of our decision to put an end to the flights connecting Toussaint Louverture International Airport of Port-au-Prince to those of New York-JFK and Fort Lauderdale.“It was a painful but necessary decision, given the economic circumstances, particularly in an environment where the cost of fuel is high. American will continue to operate three daily flights connecting Port-au-Prince to Miami, from where we offer connections to 140 destinations worldwide. In addition, we will also continue to serve Cap-Haïtien with a daily flight from our Miami Hub,” he wrote.Delta fills void Delta Air Lines said it plans to open three new routes and an additional daily flight to the Caribbean from New York.Delta’s new routes will include daily non-stop flights between JFK and Kingston, Jamaica, as well as the new weekly service on Saturday to Antigua and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.In addition, Delta is expanding its service to the Bahamas with a second daily flight between JFK and Nassau. The expanded Nassau service will be launched on October 1, and the new Kingston flights will begin operating December 20. The flights from Antigua and Haiti will be launched on December 22, 2018.last_img read more

CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Top 4 emerge as champions bow out.

first_imgRelated2017 CAF Champions League: Holders Mamelodi Sundowns Booted OutSeptember 24, 2017In “Africa”CAF Champions League Curse Strikes Again As Al Ahly, Zamalek, Raja And Wydad Make Last FourMarch 8, 2020In “Africa”CAF Champions League: Etoile Setup Huge Semifinal Clash With Al AhlySeptember 25, 2017In “Africa” USM Alger progressed to the semi-final thanks to Darfalou first leg goal against Ferroviário Beira in Mozambique which ended (1-1) after both teams uncharacteristically settled for a goalless score in Algiers.Defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns failed in their quest to join the few teams who have as part of their history the tag of successfully defending the CAF Champions League after losing 3-2 on penalties to Moroccan team Wydad Casablanca in tade Prince Moulay Abdallah. The South Africans lost 1-0, which made the aggregate score locked at 1-1, but penalty misses from Percy Tau, Yannick Zakri and Bangaly Soumahoro sealed their fate and brightened Wydad’s hope for continental success.Semi Final Fixtures:Étoile du Sahel Tunisia vs Egypt Al-AhlyAl-Ahly Egypt  vs Tunisia Étoile du Sahel The winners of the 2017 CAF Champions League will qualify as the CAF representative at the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, and also earn the right to play against the winners of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup in the 2018 CAF Super Cup.center_img Tunisia’s Étoile du Sahel set up a combustible semi-final tie against eight-time winners Al-Ahly, as champions Mamelodi Sundowns crashed out of the 2017 CAF Champions League.Review of the quarter-final matches:In Sousse, two well taken goals from Egyptian striker Amr Marey in the 16th & 46th minute was all Étoile du Sahel needed to see off Libya’s Al-Ahli (2-0) on aggregate.At the Stade Olympique de Radès, the tie of the round produced the expected spectacle. Espérance with the slight advantage after holding off (2-2) in the first leg got off to a flying start when Taha Yassine Khenissi converted a 40th minute penalty which sent fans present into a frenzy. Unfortunately for the locals, Tunisian Ali Maâloul defender of Al-Ahly made it 1-1 in the 50th minute, before Nigeria’s Oluwafemi Ajayi ensured a (4-3) aggregate score for the Egyptians with a 62nd minute strike.last_img read more

Why Real Madrid Lost 3-1 To Tottenham, Zinedine Zidane Reveals

first_imgReal Madrid Manager, Zinedine Zidane has explained why his team lost against Tottenham in the Champions League on Wednesday.The match ended 3-1 in favour of the Premier League side and the worst Champions League group-stage loss in nine years against Real.Zidane insisted Real Madrid are not in crisis mode. He said his team failed to win because they didn’t take their chances in front of goal.Dele Alli scored twice and Christian Eriksen adding a third before Cristiano Ronaldo netted a consolation in the 80th minute.Zidane told news conference, “We didn’t play a bad game, we had some chances and, as has been happening with us lately, we didn’t find the goal. We’re missing that calm that we’ve always had in front of goal. Sometimes you have two chances, you score two goals, but not today – we had chances and we didn’t take them. We’re not in crisis. I’m not worried and I won’t be for the rest of the year, whatever happens”,He added that “Losing two games in a row can’t be good for us but we have three or four days to rest and then football continues. The analysis I can give today is that we lost to the better team. The dressing room can’t be happy or be in high spirits. This is a bad moment but we have to accept it. We must keep our heads up. We lost but it’s a long season. We congratulate the opposition and now we have to reflect. We’re all very disappointed. Maybe we’re not at our usual level. These things happen in football. It’s upside-down at the moment.”RelatedExamining Real Madrid’s La Liga SlumpJanuary 13, 2018In “Europe”Bale Set To Make Injury Return After Two MonthsNovember 27, 2017In “Europe”Real Madrid: Zidane Worried About FutureOctober 22, 2019In “Europe”last_img read more

Transitioning GiG faces B2C and B2B declines closing tough 2019

first_img StumbleUpon GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Stockholm-listed Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has detailed confidence in its future outlook and prospects as the company transitions to becoming a single-focus B2B technology incumbent.This morning, GiG published its Q4 2019 results, recording corporate declines across all major operating metrics and citing a number of factors impacting both B2C and B2B performance.Recording a 26% decline in Q4 2019 revenues to €29.4 million (Q42018: €40m), GiG outlined a significant decline in its B2C assets operating within Scandinavian markets, combined with the continued effects of a key B2B client termination reported during Q4 2018.A weakened commercial pipeline saw GiG record a 22% in gross profits to €25 million (Q42018: €32m).The trading period saw GiG implement significant costs reductions across its divisions, with the company reducing marketing expenses to €6.5 million (Q42018: €12m).Furthermore, the trading quarter saw it oversee an ongoing ‘cost control’ programme across its divisions, reducing period operating expenses to €13.7 million (Q42018: €15.5m).Delivering significant costs savings, GiG maintained group Q4 2019 EBITDA results at €4.8 million (Q42018: €5m).Posting provisional full-year 2019 results, GiG governance anticipates a 18% decline in corporate revenues to €123 million (Q42018:€151m) combined with a 12% decrease in FY2019 EBITDA to €14 million (Q42018: €16m).The Q4 update was a first for Richard Brown as GiG Group Chief Executive. “The dynamics in the online gambling industry, both competitive and regulatory, have changed dramatically in the last two years and we as a company are forcefully adapting to that,” he said.“We are coming out of a strategic review initiated in November last year, I am certain the actions taken will place the Company in a truly exciting position for growth while securing the sustainability of the Company’s financial position by significantly reducing its debt and leverage.” Share Share Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

Kindred Q1 growth hit by exceptional charges

first_img Submit Kindred Group has this morning published its Q1 2020 trading update stating that its business model has shown its ‘resilience against COVID-19’s exceptional circumstances’.The Stockholm-listed operator recorded a strong opening to 2020 trading, with group revenues ‘returning to double digit growth’ with the group reporting a 11% increase to £250m (Q12019: £224m).During Q1, Kindred detailed that all core markets were tracking above ‘positive expectations’, attributed to a strong take-up of its sportsbook products (trading with higher operating margins) up until COVID-19’s mid-March sports postponements.Kindred maintained an improved EBITDA of £32.5m (Q12019: £30m) despite reporting a number of ‘items affecting comparability’, with the group choosing to absorb specific charges related to ‘disputed regulatory sanctions’ (£8m) and ‘accelerated amortisation costs attached to acquired assets’ (£10m) during period trading.Despite reporting improved top-line results, accounting for significant exceptional charges Kindred declared Q1 2020 operating profits of £7.3m (Q12019: £15m).“As part of the previously communicated plans to review the Group’s cost base, we have recognised a charge of GBP 1.9 million in the first quarter of 2020 in connection with restructuring costs,” said Henrik Tjärnström, Kindred Group CEO.He added: “We have additionally decided to rationalise the Group’s brand portfolio and have announced the pending closure of several smaller brands. This, together with a wider review of acquired intangibles, has triggered a noncash charge of GBP 10.8 million in the first quarter.”Closing Q1 trading, Kindred’s attention has fully shifted to mitigating COVID-19 disruptions across its group operations. This March, Kindred governance sanctioned a number of cost controls and capital liquidity protections to safeguard the firm during lockdown.Tjärnström continued: “We have seen positive growth in other products and we have acted quickly to adapt our marketing and other investments and to maintain an even tighter control over all operating costs. If we see any further deterioration in the business, we will not hesitate to make further adjustments.“As a pure digital company, we are well prepared and ready to take the opportunities that will come when markets start to normalise. I am very confident that Kindred’s well-diversified and financially sound business model will enable us to emerge stronger over the coming quarters.” Share StumbleUpon Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 Related Articles Share Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020last_img read more

Winning Post: Advertising kerfuffle paints a cynical picture

first_img UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Submit Related Articles UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 The betting and gaming industry has, undoubtedly, been tested when it comes to mitigating the impact of the coronavirus crisis both for its stakeholders and players.Regulus Partners begins the week by looking at the new guidance for operators issued by the UK Gambling Commission, the ban on advertising from BGC members and the pending return of UK horse racing next month.______________UK: regulation – Commission responds to Covid crisis as three people spend more on online bingoThe Gambling Commission this week provided a neat little cameo that captured its changing approach to regulation, as it published revised guidance to operators underpinned by survey results from YouGov on gambling under lockdown.While the revised guidance trumpeted six changes, only one – a ban (until further notice) on reverse withdrawals – seems substantial. The rest seemed rather vague and served only to highlight their prior absence. As with the BGC’s ‘ten pledges’ in March, there was a sense that the regulator was attempting to convey more than was actually there.The lightness of the intervention was at least matched by the slightness of the research. The Commission’s press release rightly observed that there was “no evidence to suggest an increase in problem gambling”. The survey equally provided no insight into life on Mars or whether Elvis was alive as a woman, feasting on Freddie Starr’s hamster in a World War Two bomber on the moon. This is because its six questions were not designed to elicit such information.We did learn, however that (contrary to some rather alarming headlines of late) most people in Britain have not spent lockdown furiously punting; and on balance, those who do enjoy a bet have been doing rather less of it (we are blogging on the vexed subject of substitution on Monday). All of this must have been something of a let-down to those demanding that ‘something must be done’.Fortunately however, it was spotted that around two-thirds of “engaged gamblers” (i.e. those who participated in three or more activities) were spending more time and/or money gambling during the first four weeks of lockdown than they were doing before.Here at last was the ‘smoking gun’ – but where exactly was it? The critical finding (upon which regulatory intervention was justified) that 64% of engaged gamblers were gambling more was not actually included in the published survey results. Licensees were thus required to take the matter on trust (a strictly rationed commodity these days).The results did reveal that 8.5% of engaged gamblers had spent more money on slots-style games; 4.4% had spent more money on online casino products; and 3.5% had done so on remote bingo. Interestingly, they seemed to suggest that where increases occurred, they were fairly product-specific (i.e. so far as we can tell, engaged gamblers do not appear to be spending more time and money across a range of products).Quite how worried we should be about adult consumers doing a little bit more of something that they enjoy is open to question; but if it is a problem then the major issues seem to be related to National Lottery instant win games (14.9% of engaged gamblers increased spending), National Lottery draws (12.4%) and private betting with friends and family (13.0%).Then there is the fact that there were just 81 “engaged gamblers” in the survey sample. Of these, a mere seven stated that they had spent more money on online slots, four had played online casino more and just three had increased gambling on remote bingo. This hardly seems like a particularly robust basis for regulatory decision-making and smacks just a little of policy-based evidence-making.Finally, the linkage of the survey results to the revised regulatory guidance seems unclear. In what way is a ban on reverse withdrawals a rational response to increased play of National Lottery products? It is questionable how problematic reverse withdrawal options are anyway – as the Commission itself demonstrates on a regular basis, people ought to be allowed to change their minds.The real issue may be the way that some operators have used the facility to undermine attempts by potentially vulnerable customers to take a break or quit gambling. As with many issues (e.g. advertising), the real question is whether operators can be trusted to behave ethically. Where the industry shows itself incapable of using its freedoms responsibly, those freedoms are likely – and quite reasonably – to be withdrawn.The Commission will shortly open a public consultation on structural features of gambling products, including reverse withdrawals. Given the temporary ban, the exam question may now be whether to allow them back. The change does at least provide operators with an opportunity to assess the effect of a ban (both in terms of harm prevention and consumer inconvenience) and to make the case for a more scientific approach to future re-regulation: rigorous and apolitical evaluation would be the right response.UK: advertising – Hoisted Part IIThe kerfuffle over gambling advertising this week has once again revealed the gambling industry’s ability to turn a positive into a negative. The decision by many operators to adopt a more socially responsible approach to advertising (promoting moderation and the use of play-management tools) was long overdue and (with some notable exceptions such as Sky Betting and Gaming, now part of Flutter) ought not to have taken a national emergency to arrive at. It seems therefore a great shame that what ought to have been a positive development has instead been painted as an act of cynicism.This is because – as admirable as the new adverts are – they do not match the promise of a ban on broadcast advertising promised by the Betting and Gaming Council last month. An advert promoting ‘responsible consumption’ of a product is still an advert for the product; trumpeting its virtue simply highlights previous short-comings (especially given the volume and the branding).As we have written before, credit should be given where operators raise standards – but active attempts to seek credit are best avoided. This latest episode of key parts (but not all) of the industry co-ordinating to over-promise and under-deliver potentially threatens the future prospects of gambling advertising (and being seen as a credible witness more generally) if not handled with more care quickly. Petards away…UK: horse racing – racing ahead?The government has expressed enthusiasm for English football to restart in June and even offered guidance and the support of their medical experts to make it happen. They also ask that some of the matches must be made available to watch for free at home. This perhaps signals recognition of the public’s over-familiarity with every detail of their four living room walls and a desire for distraction, a need for live sporting entertainment, a jolt of feel-good and maybe a good way of keeping people indoors. Crucially, given the number of matches not typically aired, everyone can win if well coordinated (fans, broadcasters, rightsholders, clubs).1 June is now the likely (but not quite certain) date for non-contact sport to resume (without spectators). This includes football, tennis (albeit with a number of international travel and governance issues), golf and cricket – and British horseracing is also ready.In line with the spread of Covid, mainland Europe has been three weeks or so ahead of this. Germany restarted on 7 May, though in a pretty low-key manner. France however got going on 11 May with a flurry of Pattern races. French racing fits well into the Anglo-Irish offer and so is an attractive product to starved punters in several key racing jurisdictions: every tipster became a French racing ‘expert’, every punter an aficionado.What GB racing fans crave is, of course, a resumption here (it is not 80-85% of racing revenue on volume of events but on the attractiveness of those events to a domestic audience). In framing a schedule for the first eight days, the BHA has offered a glimpse of what might be: 18 meetings in that period on seven courses.Of the 149 races proposed, 96 are handicaps. It is likely that as much as bettors are straining at the leash for ‘proper sport’, owners and trainers will have willing and ready horses to populate these races. There is a high likelihood of competitive, enjoyable, turnover-friendly racing, therefore – which is just the start needed.For the lovers of quality racing the calendar is mouth-watering. The third day sees the first Group race at Kempton, Friday’s meeting at Newmarket is high-quality with Group races redirected there from Epsom and other courses and the weekend showcases the first two Classics of the season. If live, free-to-air football can be offered then it is to be hoped that much, or all, of this exciting first eight days can be shown to every household too. There is an opportunity for racing to shine here and to provide entertainment to a needy public.The Irish restart was slated for 29 June, but just today that has been brought forward to 8 June. Many in the industry were certain that the earlier date was achievable, but the government there insisted that health measures around distancing, contact tracing and numbers on duty at the track must be adhered to. Some in parliament though argued that HRI had strengthened protocols to ensure safe racing and they have won the day.With football, the UK government is pressing for funds from the top-tier to trickle down to lower leagues, to those whose need is great because of cessation and lockdown. The BHA’s plan is similar. Funding from the Levy Board is to be cut by up to 50% (in the case of Group 1 races) for the first 10 weeks. This news seems to have been well received in racing circles and if it is not a complete cure for grassroots participants, then a very welcome boost.More broadly, racing after lockdown provides a critical period to experiment. The racing programme prior to Covid-19 was working just well enough to keep most stakeholders in a job and to continue to leverage money from betting (more from politics than productivity). However, it was not working well enough to drive horseracing betting revenue growth, upon which a large proportion of industry revenue is dependent, or to broaden the base of racehorse ownership (upon which the sport is dependent).If racing reverts to its ‘old normal’, then the weaknesses inherent in the system, when combined with the additional likely weaknesses in the LBO network still important for funding, is likely to tip comfortable inertia into structural decline, in our view. On the other hand, if the new normal is properly evaluated and embraced, then racing may just come out of this crisis stronger. All racing needs to do is to leave assumption and self-interest aside and see the bigger picture – what could possibly go wrong…________Content provided by Share Sharelast_img read more

Sierra Leone FA president Isha Johansen acquitted of corruption

first_img Source: BBC Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) President Isha Johansen has been acquitted on all counts of corruption by a court in Freetown.Her acquittal, along with SLFA General Secretary Christopher Kamara, paves the way for the lifting of a ban from global football.Football’s world governing body, Fifa, suspended Sierra Leone in October last year due to the third-party interference in the running of the SLFA,Soon after the suspension Fifa said it would “wait for the completion of the trial before further measures can be considered, including the lifting of the suspension, if deemed appropriate.”The ban came after the country’s anti-corruption commission (ACC) set aside Johansen and Kamara and handed over control of the SLFA to vice-president Brima Mazola Kamara and assistant secretary general Abdul Rahman Swarray.The ACC says that under Sierra Leone law, both Johansen and Kamara must vacate their posts until their case on corruption-related charges concludes.Fifa always maintained that it would only recognise Johansen as the SLFA president.The original corruption charges against the pair were drastically reduced from ten counts to three, and from four to three for Kamara.Johansen and Kamara have always denied any wrongdoing.Sierra Leone’s ban saw them disqualified from the qualifying campaign for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.last_img read more