The Wisconsin Badgers (28-4-2, 18-4-2 WCHA) are set to take on the St. Cloud State Huskies (10-23-2, 5-19-0 WCHA) in the first round of the WHCA Playoffs at LaBahn Arena this weekend. After a nail-biting series against the Buckeyes that featured two draws, the Badgers will look to bounce back against a team they have dominated all season.After drawing both games against the Buckeyes, the Badgers fell out of the top spot in the WCHA and subsequently lost their first-round bye in the tournament. Because of their ties against the Buckeyes and Minnesota’s two wins against Bemidji State, the Badgers must open the Playoffs against the last-place Huskies.Women’s hockey: Badgers drop to No. 2 in Big Ten after two ties with BuckeyesOver the weekend, the No. 1 ranked Wisconsin Badgers (28-4-2, 18-4-2 WCHA) took on the No. 10 Ohio State Buckeyes Read…It certainly would have been beneficial for the Wisconsin lineup to receive a bye week before taking on some of the toughest competition this season. But given their dominance against the Huskies throughout the regular season, it seems unlikely that Wisconsin will drop their first-round series.The Badgers are 4-0 against St. Cloud State this season and have defeated them handily in each of those four matchups. Offensive production was the key for the Badgers in their past games against the Huskies, as they averaged over 4.5 goals per game and tallied an 8–2 win during their first meeting this season.The statistics are in the Badgers’ favor in virtually every single category, which should come as no surprise given the two teams’ overall records and WCHA resumes. But the Badgers are still going to have to play to their potential to close out a team that will undoubtedly be looking to knock off the No. 2 team in the country.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Badgers wrap up regular season at home against No. 10 BuckeyesThe No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (28-4, 18-4 WCHA) returns to LaBahn Arena to host the No. Read…The Badgers are no stranger to postseason competition, and it is their experience that ought to carry them past the Huskies in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. In particular, team captain Annie Pankowski possesses the playoff pedigree to help lead her team to the promised land.Pankowski’s playoff experience — three WCHA championships, three Frozen Four appearances, and one NCAA championship appearance — could prove to be immeasurably valuable for Head Coach Mark Johnson and the Badgers.She will also look to seize the opportunity to capture the Patty Kazmaier Award, the Women’s Hockey equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. Pankowski was recently named among the three finalists for the award, along with Loren Gabel of Clarkson University and Megan Keller of Boston College.
At the just-ended meeting of the Inter Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering (GIABA), held the Ivorian political capital, Yamoussoukro, Liberia scored high marks, a release issued has said.GIABA is a specialized institution of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), responsible for facilitating the adoption and implementation of anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) measures in the sub-region.Their meeting was held from May 18 to 23, 2015, during which the GIABA Plenary commended Liberia for taking “significant steps at the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing in the country.”Plenary therefore maintained Liberia on the Regular Expedited Follow-up Process and requested the country to submit its 5th Follow-up Report to GIABA Secretariat Plenary. Additionally, the release said, Plenary requested Liberia to submit a progress report to GIABA Secretariat before November this year in order for the Plenary to criminalize the outstanding predicate offences, including illicit trafficking in stolen and other goods; illicit arms trafficking; counterfeiting and piracy of products. GIABA will also amend existing anti-money laundering and combating financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) laws adequately to empower Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) to confiscate property and or proceeds of crime. The plenary will also establish robust procedures and mechanisms for implementing United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1267 and 1373, whose procedures and mechanisms should, amongst other things, highlight procedures for considering de-listing and requests for freezing funds; effective systems for communicating actions taken under the freezing mechanism to reporting entities, etc.Liberia’s delegation to the GIABA Ministerial Committee (GMC), comprising the Ministers of Finance, Planning and Development, Justice and Internal Affairs, was headed by the Justice Minister Cllr. Benedict Sannon. Other members included Deputy House Speaker, Hans Barchue, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia and Board Chair of the Financial Intelligence Unit of Liberia (FIU), Charles Sirleaf, among others.The FIU is the central, national agency of Liberia responsible for receiving, requesting and conducting preliminary investigation, analyzing and disseminating information concerning suspected proceeds of money laundering, terrorist financing and other financial crimes. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more