ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish speaks to officials in the first half against the Clemson Tigers during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Clemson currently has a 23-3 lead on Notre Dame at halftime in the Cotton Bowl, and many Fighting Irish fans think the Tigers are getting a little help. Notre Dame supporters are out in full force on social media criticizing the officials.The two plays that most are upset about? Midway through the first quarter, Clemson fumbled the ball on a kick return, and Notre Dame recovered. The call was reversed, however, after it was deemed that the ball touched out of bounds.But did it? You be the judge:Notre Dame thought it had a fumble recovery, but the ball just ?????? out of bounds.Break for Clemson. #CottonBowl pic.twitter.com/fLJ4dHi48e— Sporting News (@sportingnews) December 29, 2018The other play involved Notre Dame wideout Alize Mack. He appeared to catch the ball and fumble it, but it was reviewed and ruled incomplete. The call cost the Fighting Irish nine yards.Man these replay officials must hate ND. The fumble on kickoff wasn’t conclusive evidence to overturn and Mack had a catch and turn with the ball that they overturn for an incomplete pass #cottonbowl #GoIrish— The Sports Guy (@smsportsguy) December 29, 2018Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead isn’t impressed:Let’s keep track of the reviews. 1) Clemson fumble in own red zone. Ball didn’t appear to touch the line. Irish got screwed.2) Notre Dame catch and fumble. Review? Incomplete.SEC refs seeing things nobody else is.— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) December 29, 2018Of course, there are always a number of controversial calls in these games. But Notre Dame fans feel they’ve been on the losing end of a few in a row.This game is far from over, but Clemson is in control at the half. The Fighting Irish will need to find a spark on offense in the second half.
The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today lauded the Guinea-Bissau police for their seizure of 635 kilograms of cocaine, worth an estimated $54 million, and urged the West African country’s Government to dispose of the drugs properly. Despite the Judiciary Police’s success in retrieving the narcotics near the capital Bissau yesterday, traffickers escaped with the rest of the 2.5-ton load because the law enforcement in Guinea-Bissau did not have the capacity to give chase. “I commend the Judiciary Police for their bravery and resourcefulness in making this important seizure,” said Antonio Maria Costa, UNODC’s Executive Director. “It is regrettable that the rest of the consignment was not intercepted but hardly surprising as the police are woefully ill-equipped and often do not even have enough gasoline to operate their vehicles.” Given that drugs seized by police had “disappeared” in the past, Mr. Costa called on Guinea-Bissau’s authorities to ensure that the cocaine is properly and verifiably disposed. He noted that there is evidence that Government authorities and members of the armed forces were involved in the illicit drug trade, with police officers who attempt to curb trafficking being threatened. “This is one of the worst forms of corruption and it must be vigorously resisted,” Mr. Costa said. “All governments have a legal obligation to fight drug trafficking and take action against corruption on their territory.” He called on the country’s international partners to aid the police force as it endeavours to combat narcotics trafficking and also to help provide the basic tools necessary to fight the drug trade – such as cars, fuel and efficient communications systems. “If support is not forthcoming, I fear that honest police officers could become discouraged,” he said. “This country must not be allowed to become a narco-state.” In another development, Mr. Costa said yesterday that despite the willingness of African nations to root out corruption, much more needed to be done to tackle the problem. He pointed out to African ministers at the Johannesburg Global Forum on Fighting Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity that on average, the continent was performing better than others in signing on to the UN Convention against Corruption, with 29 out of the 53 African countries ratifying the agreement. “But that means that 24 of you have not” signed on to the treaty, of which UNODC is the custodian, said Mr. Costa. “Adhering to the Convention is becoming a leading indicator of a Government’s willingness to address corruption seriously.” The 1995 Convention is the first to legally bind countries to fight corruption, with tough measures on asset recovery and bank secrecy. To date, 140 countries have signed it while 91 have ratified it. 4 April 2007The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today lauded the Guinea-Bissau police for their seizure of 635 kilograms of cocaine, worth an estimated $54 million, and urged the West African country’s Government to dispose of the drugs properly.