UCLA’s Steve Alford Receives Big Ten Club’s Person of the Year Award at Tournament House Event

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Steve Alford (left) with Len Roth, former president of the Big Ten Club (photo courtesy Len Roth)UCLA head basketball coach Steve Alford was honored as the annual Big Ten Club of Southern California’s “Person of the Year” on Tuesday evening at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Headquarters, Tournament House.Alford was honored for his achievements as both a student-athlete at Indiana and U.S. Olympian in addition to his accomplishments over a 24-year career as a collegiate head coach. An Olympic gold medalist at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, Alford helped Indiana win the 1987 NCAA Championship in addition to being a two-time first-team All-American, a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and the Big Ten MVP.The Big Ten Club has existed in southern California for over 80 years connecting conference graduates and offering members benefits, including events that highlight a long relationship with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association.Previous Big Ten Club Person of the Year awardees have included the likes of visionaries and legends such as John Wooden, Tex Winter, Franco Harris, Bob Hope, Keith Jackson, Barry Alvarez, Archie Griffin, Mark Spitz, Drew Brees, Mark Murphy, 2014 winner Bob Miller and others.As a collegiate head coach, Alford has most recently led UCLA to consecutive NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 trips and one Pac-12 Tournament title (2014). His coaching credentials also include two Mountain West Conference championships, two Big Ten Tournament championships and two Heartland Conference championships.Alford’s teams have qualified for the postseason 19 times, including nine NCAA Division I Tournament berths. He has led his teams to the postseason in 14 of the last 15 seasons and has reached the 20-win plateau in 13 of his 20 years at the NCAA Division I level. Alford has coached his teams to at least 28 wins in three of the last four seasons and to at least 22 victories the last eight years.In addition, he has recorded more NCAA victories (513) as a collegiate head coach, age 50 or younger, than any other head coach in the nation. Alford, who turned 50 on Nov. 23, 2014, began his collegiate coaching career at the age of 26 at Manchester College.The annual Big Ten Person of the Year Dinner is a celebration honoring the successes and achievements of a Big Ten alumnus who has risen to the highest ranks within their respective field and continues to carry themselves in a manner representative of the Big Ten Conference and Club. The event features docent-led tours of the famed Tournament House, presentation of the Person of the Year Award and an auction where proceeds will benefit a scholarship fund. 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News center_img Community News Herbeauty10 Female Celebs Women Love But Men Find UnattractiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Subscribe Sports UCLA’s Steve Alford Receives Big Ten Club’s Person of the Year Award at Tournament House Event From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, June 11, 2015 | 11:00 am Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Speech: Russian account of Salisbury is a re-write of Orwell’s 1984

first_imgFind out more about the UK government’s response to the Salisbury attack. Thank you very much, Mr President. Thank you very much to the High Representative who has read out the findings and thank you also, on behalf of the United Kingdom, to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and its staff themselves.The Council invited us to keep it updated, Mr President. Thank you for agreeing to this meeting today. We wish to brief on the latest stage in the investigation but I will also cover briefly findings, attribution and a refutation of some of the public statements that have been made by Russia against my country.This meeting is being held immediately after one in The Hague, that the High Representative referred to, of the Executive Council of the OPCW and I would just like to stress, if I may Mr President, that the report itself has been circulated without any redaction or amendment to the states parties and to underscore the point I’d like to stress that the report to Executive Council members is exactly the same the report that the United Kingdom itself received. As the High Representative has set out the OPCW’s findings confirm the United Kingdom’s analysis of the identity of the toxic chemical. It supports our finding that a military-grade nerve agent was used in Salisbury. As our investigation has found, and OPCW has verified, the highest concentrations of the agent were found on the handle of Mr Skripal’s front door. It is therefore, Mr President, the chemical that we said it was and this has been confirmed by an independent mechanism.I’d like to just say a word about the use of the term Novichok. This is a term we use to describe these chemicals. We take the Russian term for such nerve agents. The OPCW report itself does not use the term Novichok but the point I wish to stress is that it is the chemical that we said it was. And so there shouldn’t be any lack of clarity on that point. The report sets out the full forensic chain of custody. It sets out how there could be no contamination. It explains how environmental samples were analysed by two laboratories and biomedical samples by two further laboratories. Finally, the report notes the absence of any significant amounts of impurities in the chemicals that were detected. ‘High purity’ is the description given in the Executive Summary in paragraph 11. This suggests, in turn, that a highly sophisticated laboratory, ie a state laboratory, made the chemicals.The identification of the nerve agent used is an essential piece of technical evidence in the ongoing investigation. But the Porton Down analysis and the OPCW report do not identify the country or laboratory of origin of the agent used in this attack. So I would like to explain Mr President, the wider picture which has led the United Kingdom to assess that there’s no plausible alternative explanation than Russian State responsibility for what happened in Salisbury.In our view, Mr President, only Russia had the technical means, operational experience and the motive to target the Skripals.If I may turn first to technical means. A combination of credible open-source reporting and intelligence shows that in the 1980s the Soviet Union developed a new class of fourth generation nerve agents. These were known in Russia, and then more broadly, as Novichoks. The key institute responsible for this work is a branch of the State Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology at Shikhany. The code word for the offensive chemical weapons programme, of which Novichoks were one part, was FOLIANT. It is highly likely that Novichoks were developed to prevent detection by the West and to circumvent international chemical weapons controls. The Russian State has previously produced Novichoks and would still be capable of doing so today. Within the last decade, Russia has produced and stockpiled small quantities of Novichoks. Russia’s chemical weapons programme continued after the collapse of the Soviet Union. By 1993, when Russia signed the Chemical Weapons Convention, it’s likely that some Novichoks had passed acceptance testing. This meant they could be used by the Russian military. Russia’s CWC declaration failed to report work on Novichoks. Russia further developed some Novichoks after ratifying the Convention and in the mid-2000s President Putin himself was closely involved in the Russian chemical weapons programme. It is highly unlikely Mr President, that any former Soviet Republic other than Russia pursued an offensive chemical weapons programme after independence. No terrorist group or non-state actor would be able to produce this agent in the purity described by the OPCW testing and this is something Russia has acknowledged.Secondly Mr President, I’d like to refer to operational experience. Russia has a proven record of conducting state sponsored assassinations including on the territory of the United Kingdom. The independent inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko concluded in January 2016 that he was deliberately poisoned with polonium; that the FSB had directed the operation; and that President Putin probably approved it. During the 2000s, Russia commenced a programme to test means of delivering chemical warfare agents and to train personnel from special units in the use of such weapons. This programme subsequently included investigation of ways of delivering nerve agents including by application to door handles. Within the last decade, as I said, Russia has produced and stockpiled small quantities of Novichoks under this programme.Thirdly, motive: Sergei Skripal was a former Russian military intelligence officer from the GRU. He was convicted of espionage in 2006. It is highly likely that the Russian intelligence services view at least some of its defectors as legitimate targets for assassination. We have information indicating Russian intelligence service interest in the Skripals and this dates back at least as far as 2013 when email accounts belonging to Yulia Skripal were targeted by GRU cyber-specialists.Mr President, none of these stocks and production have been declared in Russia’s chemical weapons declaration. It is clear that Russia is in breach of its obligations to declare its chemical weapons programme.I’d now like to turn if I may, Mr President, to an update on the Skripals themselves and their medical condition and the consular situation and then also on the investigation itself.The Russians asked us to pass on the offer to provide consular services to Yulia and their request to see her and we have done that. Yulia herself said in a statement on 11 April: “I have access to my friends and family. I have been made aware of my specific contacts at the Russian Embassy who have kindly offered me their assistance in any way they can. At the moment I do not wish to avail myself of their services but if I change my mind I know how to contact them”.A medical update from the Medical Director Salisbury District Hospital. In the four weeks since the incident in the city centre, the Skripals have received round-the-clock care from clinicians and they have been able to draw on advice and support from the world’s leading experts in this field.Because of the Skripal’s right to privacy, I will not go into great detail about the treatment we have been providing but we can say the following: Nerve agents work by attaching themselves to a particular enzyme in the body which then stops the nerves from working properly. This results in symptoms such as sickness, hallucinations and confusion. The hospital, in treating the patients, was able to stabilise them, ensuring that the patients could breathe and blood could continue to circulate. They then needed to use a variety of different drugs to support the patients until they could create more enzymes to replace those affected by the poisoning. The hospital also used specialised decontamination techniques to remove any residual toxins. Both patients have responded exceptionally well to the treatment that we have been providing but both patients are at different stages in their recovery.Turning to decontamination in the investigation, as we have said before this has been one of the most comprehensive and complex investigations into the use of chemical weapons ever undertaken. It has involved 250 police detectives. They have been supported by a range of experts and partners and they have gone through more than 5,000 hours of video footage and they have interviewed more than 500 witnesses.The British government announced on 17 April that decontamination work in Salisbury is starting this week. It will take some months to complete. In total, nine sites, including three in the city centre, have been identified as requiring specialist decontamination. This will involve a complex process of testing, the removal of items which could be contaminated and that might in turn harbour residual amounts of the agent, and it also involves chemical cleaning and re-testing. All waste will be safely removed and incinerated. Each site will not be released until decontamination is complete.Mr President, we’ve heard a number of allegations against the UK and against the findings from the Russian Federation. I would like to deal briefly if I may with some of the most egregious.One accusation that we faced today and in recent days was that Yulia had not been poisoned, that the British government had in fact drugged her and put her in a coma and then injected her with the poisons that were found. Mr President, this is more than fanciful. It is outlandish. That sort of thing may happen in Russia but I can assure the Council it does not and will not happen in the United Kingdom.Secondly Mr President, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has claimed that traces of the toxic chemical BZ were found in the samples analysed by the OPCW and this disclosed the location of one of the independent laboratories that OPCW used. The OPCW themselves have not disclosed the identity of the labs nor have they produced any information about BZ samples in the Executive Summary that they released to the public. So it is an interesting question Mr President: how and why does Russia think it knows who tested the samples and what result they found? By making this confidential information public, Russia has in turn breached the confidentiality that states-parties owe the OPCW under the Chemical Weapons Convention. On the substance of that allegation Mr President, the OPCW Director General explained in his statement today that a separate sample, separate from the samples taken from the Skripals and their environment, a separate sample with BZ in it was sent with the samples taken from Salisbury to the designated laboratories for testing. This is called a control sample and it is a routine procedure carried out in these tests so the OPCW can test whether the labs findings are accurate. The Director-General has confirmed unreservedly that there was no BZ in any of the samples taken by OPCW in Salisbury. I believe, Mr President, that Russia is fully familiar with this procedure so I would be grateful to know what motive Mr Lavrov had in setting out this obfuscation.Mr President, Russia continues to ask to be involved in the UK’s independent investigation. It is quite clear that they are both suspected of involvement and that their behaviour has undermined their credibility on this. As I said before, this is an arsonist-turned-firefighter trying to investigate his own fire. Russia has failed to establish any good reason, under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) or otherwise, why they should be involved in the UK’s independent police investigation.But if I may Mr President, I repeat what I said at the first briefing in this Council that I took part in on Salisbury. We did go to the Russian Federation, before we went to OPCW, to ask them if this was a rogue attempt by one of their agents and if so, to cooperate with us in trying to get to the bottom of it and resolve the case. And the Russian Federation did not agree to that request Mr President, rather they refused to take it seriously.On 13 April, the Russian Federation transmitted to the United Kingdom a list of questions under Article IX of the Chemical Weapons Convention. We will respond as soon as possible and certainly within the 10 days stipulated in the Convention. We will respond to Russia who made the request but we will share our response with all states parties and if I can under the CWC, Mr President, I will of course share it with members of the Council. Russia said that requests were urgent and they have asked us for an answer by no later than 17 April which we have not done because we have 10 days. But we regret that Russia did not consider it urgent when we asked them for an explanation on 12th March. Our questions, Mr President, remain unanswered.Mr President, that concludes the briefing I have to offer the Council today. We are at the Council’s disposal to answer any questions. We are also very willing to continue to keep the Council updated if the Council would like that. We’re happy to do that in person or possibly, so as not to disrupt your timetable, in writing. I should mention also that we held an open briefing for all Member States yesterday in the General Assembly and they had a number of questions that we were able to answer.Thank you Mr President.Right of reply by Ambassador Karen Pierce, UK Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council Briefing on the OPCW findings on the Salisbury attack, Wednesday, 18 AprilThank you very much Mr President. I will be brief. I was asked a number of questions by the Russian Ambassador.I have nothing to add to what I said in relation to the OPCW report that has just been published, the way the samples were taken. I have nothing to add to what I said on the consular side. I would like to stress that the investigation in the United Kingdom is indeed independent of the government. On selective adherence to the OPCW or the Chemical Weapons Convention, we are a State party in very good standing.On Porton Down, we, the UK does not possess chemical weapons. Porton Down is a defensive establishment. It conducts research. It provides scientific and technical support to the UK government in relation to protection against chemical weapons. Protective research is permitted under the Chemical Weapons Convention. Porton Down is in full compliance with the Convention and it is subject to regular inspection by OPCW and any member state is invited, is able, to conduct an inspection at any time. We received 16 questions from the Russian Federation under Article IX, Mr President, of the [CWC]. The rules and articles of the [CWC] make it clear that we have 10 days to respond and we will respond, Mr President.On President Putin, I am happy to clarify that I was referring to the early 2000s. On Litvenenko, the polonium trail literally led all the way back to Russia. I repeat something I’ve said before, Mr President; we respect Russia as a country, we have no quarrel with the Russian people but will always speak out against Russian authorities’ reckless and illegal behaviour whether it takes place in Syria or it takes place in Salisbury.Finally Mr President, when it gets to Christmas I would like to buy my colleague the Russian Ambassador a subscription to an English book club but as it isn’t Christmas allow me to return the literary favour today. The Russian account of UK behaviour and what is happening on the ground in either Salisbury or Syria is a rewrite of George Orwell’s 1984, updated for the modern day and modern Russian methods.Thank you.last_img read more

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Police Blotter 04-18-2020

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Charlton Ehizuelen: Long Jump was Destined to Give Nigeria First Olympic…

first_imgBefore going further, can we get to meet you for the benefit of the younger generation who do not know who is Charlton Ehizuelen?My name is Charlton Ehizuelen; I was born in Kaduna in the northern part of Nigeria to Ishan parents (in present Edo State). It was a time in the north, when sport was a part of the school curriculum in primary schools.Sports and education was synonymous to creating balance and an integral part of a complete educational process for young children in the primary school system.It was in the primary school system that I was first introduced to any form of sports; it was a time when a 30 minutes break was set aside daily, as part of the school curriculum for young students to engage in sports, play and  have fun. The platform provided the opportunities for young students to learn skills in running, jumping, kicking and socializing.My parents and my older brother, Aaron, played an important role that encouraged me to continue to engage in sports discovery and development as a young person. My older brother Aaron also participated in sports as we grew older, we would compete against each other, and competed together against other youths in soccer and track and field.In essence you are corroborating that the school system have important role to play in the development of sports in the country? The decision to boycott the Games was a tragic one for most of us who had sacrificed so much in preparation to finally be at the Olympic Games. It was a bitter pill to swallow because after four years of preparations and hard work, we were told that we must wait for another four years to take our final examinations.I came into the Olympic Games determined to become the first Nigerian to win an Olympic gold medal. I had recorded one of the best long jumps in the world before arriving in Montreal. My confidence level was at its highest point.However, I just believe I was not destined to be the first person to win an Olympic gold for Nigeria. I am however glad that it was the same Long Jump event that Chioma Ajunwa won 20 years later at Atlanta ’96 to give Nigeria her first ever Olympic gold medal. We must learn how to utilize the tools and platforms that are familiar to the Nigerian perception, tailor fitted for the Nigerian consumption. Trying to fit a foreign way of doing business into the Nigerian way of thinking can only create limited results that would fade away with time because of its complications.Branding is a vital aspect of creating a long lasting identification perception and recognition. We know that Nigerians are born sprinters, jumpers in track and field. We also know that Nigerians are gifted boxers, soccer players, weight lifters and wrestlers. Nigerians have been winning medals in internationals championships in the jumps, sprints and, boxing before the country gained independence in 1960.Hogan Bassey and Dick Tigers were world champions in boxing before independence. Josiah Majekodunmi won the first medal in track and field, a silver medal in the high jump event for men at the 1950 Commonwealth Games, also before independence.The first medal won in the Olympic Games was by a boxer by the name of Nojim Maiyegun, he won a bronze medal in the men’s Light Middle weight category in 1964 in Tokyo, Japan.We need to have branding in the sprints, jumps, boxing and soccer as the face of Nigeria’s sports and create the opportunity for other sports to reach their full potential. This platform will create in the minds of the Nigerian youth to dream and breathe the Nigerian sports brand and develop towards achieving it.Kenyan youths know that running middle and long distance races can create opportunities for their families and communities, so what do Kenyan youth do? They run until they become world champions!Jamaican youths observed from the first Olympics, when the first competitors for Jamaica won gold and silver medals in the 400m events. The tradition for sprints became a brand for the Jamaican youths and has continued till today.In soccer, the Brazilians developed a brand that the Brazilian youths recognized and can identify with no matter what happens to soccer, every youth in Brazil wants to play soccer and qualify to play at the World Cup.For many years I have had the opportunity to work with numerous young athletes to realize their Olympic and NCAA dreams of becoming participants and champions. The results over the years have produced Olympians and NCAA champions in the jumps in both the male and female categories. It is also possible in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram He was primed for podium placement at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games in Canada. He was the jumper to beat in the men’s long jump event of that Olympiad that year. He had world’s best jump leading to the Games. But fate played a cruel joke on him: Just hours before the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Montreal, Nigeria led other African countries to boycott that edition in protest against IOC’s decision to allow countries with sporting links with apartheid South Africa participating in that edition.  And so, Charlton Ehizuelen, missed that opportunity to go down in history as Nigeria’s first gold medalist at the Olympic Games.Forty-three years after, Ehizuelen remembers every detail as if it was just yesterday. In this interview with DURO IKHAZUAGBE, the Nigerian track and field legend who erased American Jesse Owen’s NCAA’s records believes it was not his destiny to emerge as the first to win Olympic gold for the country. Excerpt….center_img I remember when I was about seven years old; I would kick anything that resembles a soccer ball. I did this because I had seen adults either on TV or somewhere in my neighborhood certifies by their action of playing soccer, that it was a good thing to do the same.As a child, we emulate and try to imitate what we see our parents and adults do in our presence, hence it is good to practice the proper application of what is right and good to our young minds, the human mind is a terrible thing to waste.When I arrived from the north to attend a secondary in the southern part of Nigeria, the training in sports performance that I had developed as a primaryschool student began to deepen its roots in training and competitive track and field competitions.At Anglican Grammar School Evboneka, near Benin City as a student, I was fortunate to have a principal who understood the principle of using sports to promote and develop the minds and physicality of the student body.Mr. Idahosa Osifo who was the principal at the school was a passionate man with tremendous vision; he created a sports culture that encouraged participation by creating incentives, which gave members of the school teams special privileges including dining table with better feeding amenities.When I arrived at Edo College Benin City, I had developed the habit of training and competition. At Edo College; I had a school coach for the first time, a coach who was able to transform my potentials into improved performances.It was at Edo College I received my first invitation to compete at the Senior Open Championships at Ibadan, a championship that is only possible by invitation as a junior athlete. Today, this is no longer the case. There where were only four junior athletes in the national team when I first represented Nigeria.The performances I had achieved while competing in the long and triple jumps at the Junior Nationals Championships at the Police College in Ikeja, were the leading jumps in the country then. They provided me the opportunity to be invited to compete at the senior level.At my first Senior Open Championships competition at Ibadan, I won the long jump event, defeating the great Sam Igun, a four-time Olympian. I also came second in the triple jump event. These performances I achieved earned me a position to represent Nigeria for the first time against the Ghanaians at the Nigeria /Ghana Championships held in Ibadan.The Nigeria/Ghana championship was going to change my entire life, at the championships I placed third behind Joshua Owusu who won it and Mike Ahey both of them Olympians from Ghana.At the end of the championships, one of the American coaches who came with the Ghanaian team approached me and offered me an opportunity to go to the USA, to attend the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana to continue with my athletic career.Most of Nigeria’s successful track and field stars came from the American Collegiate system. What was your experience like in the NCAA?The Head Coach of the University of Illinois, Coach Bob Wright was a great influence along with Dr. Awoture Eleyae, Nigeria’s national coach at the time, who was at the university working on his doctorate degree. He made it possible for me to attend the university. The atmosphere at the University of Illinois provided a platform that is conducive for both education and athletics. The athletic programme was transparent in all its forms with available support systems whenever we needed them. You knew someone always had your best interest at heart.The first competition I competed in was in January of 1974, I broke 11 records, including breaking the legendary Jesse Owens’ 39 years old record. A record he had set a year before going to the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany, where he won four Olympic gold medals.I became the first African to win the long and triple jump events at the NCAA division 1 championships. By the end of my collegiate athletic career; I had won the NCAA four times in the long and triple jumps events.I became the only Africa jumper to be featured till date on the front page of the Track and Field magazine considered the bible of the sport.-April, 1975.I held the collegiate records in the long and triple jump events. In March of 1975, I long jumped the second best indoors performance in history and came within one and half inches from breaking Bob Beamon’s indoor world record. The performance I achieved is still the current Nigeria’s in door  long jump record.I represented the continent of Africa in 1977 in Germany and in 1981 in Italy, at the IAAF Continental Cup and won a bronze medal in the long jump event. I also became the first African to win the long and triple jump events at the All Africa Games in 1978 in Algiers.I also won a silver medal at the Pre-Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada in 1975, in the long jump event and was looking forward to a gold medal at the 1976 Olympic Games.As someone who has seen it all in sports, what do we need to do in Nigeria to get back to the height we previously attained in sports again?As someone who was inducted into the Prestigious Drake Relays Hall of Fame, which includes people like Jesse Owens, Marlene Ottey, Michael Johnson, Nawal Moutawakel and Wilma Rudolph just to mention a few, I believe that to get back to the top, there is the need for parents and family members to begin the grassroots process for a young child in the family with the potential to develop to an elite level.The segments of governments in Nigeria should not be tasked with the basic grassroots development process of a child in a family. Government functions in sports development should focus on providing the basic infrastructure and the educational tools to educate the community about family sports development.Every family in Nigeria has a direct influence on a child’s perception and behavior as a result should get the first opportunity to shape a young mind’s views in any subject, including sports.The provision of sports education and its benefits to the Nigerian family could provide the opportunities for families and individuals to form social systems or find an existing one to become a member. Our communities, nuclear family units, cities, secondary schools and universities campuses, corporations and industries are all considered social systems in our societies.Sports have been my entire life; I was able to improve my educational capabilities through sports opportunities, as well as travelling all over the world to compete and made lifelong friends.Sports is an industry with a worldwide net worth estimated at between 480 and 620 billion US dollars, according to a recent A T Kearney study of sports teams, leagues and federation.Sports could be the next goldmines for the continent of Africa if properly harnessed and managed. Nigeria with the largest youth population in Africa could benefit the most if we get our acts right.How can Nigeria tap from this worldwide billions of dollars sports net worth? It is difficult to speak with you and not recall Nigeria’s boycott of the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada. 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No Intercity Transit Service on Thanksgiving Day

first_imgFacebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2019. Regular local bus, Express, Dial-A-Lift, and Village Vans will not operate. Customer Service located in the Olympia Transit Center and the business office will also be closed.The Dial-A-Lift reservation line will be closed, but customers can leave ride requests or cancellation messages on Dial-A-Lift’s voicemail at 360-705-5827. Intercity Transit reminds Dial-A-Lift customers with standing rides to cancel their unneeded rides for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.We will operate on normal schedules Friday, November 29, 2019.For route and schedule information, visit intercitytransit.com/bus/routes or contact Customer Service at 360-786-1881.last_img read more

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City of Tenino Modifies Procedures During COVID-19 Pandemic

first_imgFacebook17Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of TeninoHaving proclaimed an emergency on March 12, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Wayne Fournier announced today that the City of Tenino has modified certain procedures related to the manner and means the City will use to continue to provide services to the citizens of Tenino.To the extent permitted by Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-05, as amended, the City has directed it’s employees to continue to work while observing all Social Distancing Guidelines as set forth by the Washington State Department of Health:https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/SocialDistancingGuidance.pdfhttps://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020/CommunitiesandCommunityOrganizationsThe modified procedures refer to nine (9) broad categories, including Utility Billing, Permits, Inspections, and Tenino Municipal Court Operations, among others.  All modifications are fully explained on the City’s website, which can be accessed here:  https://cityoftenino.us/cityhall/page/modifications-procedures-due-covid-19last_img read more

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U14 Selects pitch shutout en route to Kootenay Zone Playdown title

first_imgIt’s an age-old adage that defence wins championships.The Nelson Selects are well onto their way for a great performance at the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup in Kelowna after pitching a shutout in four games en route to the Kootenay Zone U14 Girl’s Playdown title Sunday in Creston.Nelson defeated Creston, Kootenay South (KSYSA), Cranbrook (KEYSA), and Columbia Valley (CV) and finished with a perfect record of 4-0 and a big goosegg in the goals allowed category.”We’re very proud of the team’s performance at the 2012 playdowns,” said coaches Paul Burkart and Pat Perkins.”The squad controlled play during most of their games, and rock solid defending by defensive backs Kyra Burkart, Maya Mierau, Merissa Dawson, Kali Horner and Emma Gregorich with keeper Haley Cooke earned an impressive tournament shutout.” The Reps opened with a narrow 1-0 decision over Kootenay South on a cold, rainy Saturday morning.Brownwyn Sutherland scored the only goal of the game by converting a rebound from the Kootenay South keeper. Nelson then got the offence in gear Saturday afternoon against the hot Creston side, scoring an easy 8-0 win.Darian Voisard opened up the scoring with less than two minutes played, followed by two goals from Naomi Perkins and a single from Lakpa Dietz to make the tally 4 – 0 at the half. VVoisard was unstoppable in the second half adding three more goals while Camille Gebhart added a single. Sunday morning the Nelson Selects faced the squad from Cranbrook and controlled play for most of the game.Despite many quality scoring opportunities, Nelson was unable to convert until Camille Gebhart opened up the scoring with an impressive strike from outside the penalty area.Gebhart added a single in the second half. In the final game of the tourney, Voisard, Dietz, Emily Graeme and Merissa Dawson, on a successful penalty kick, scored to give Nelson a 4 – 0 win over Columbia Valley.The Selects now advance to the Provincial B Cup July 5-8 in the Central Okanagan City.last_img read more

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Leafs stop Bruins 6-2 to increase lead in Murdoch Division to four points

first_imgThe 8-3-1-2 Storm open the three-game road trip Friday in Chase against the Heat.Saturday’s game is the 11th of the month for Nelson, which is 7-3 in October with one game remaining.The contest against the Storm concludes a six games in nine day stretch for the Leafs.Grand Forks is back at home Friday hosting Beaver Valley before travelling to Creston Saturday to meet the Thunder Cats.ICE CHIPS: The Leafs traded center Matti Jmaeff to Creston in exchange for defenceman Kyle Wilkinson. In 10 games with the Thunder Cats the Prince George native had 3 assists. Jmaeff, who came to the Leafs last season from the Cats, had seven points for Nelson since returning from Junior A. Wilkinson turns 18 Tuesday. The Nelson Leafs increased its lead in the Murdoch Division to four points by stopping the Grand Forks Border Bruins 6-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Thursday night in the Boundary City.The win was the fourth straight for the Leafs, all against Murdoch Division opponents.Dustin Reimer, Bryce Nielsen, Carsen Willans, Damin Devlin, Colton Schell and Blake Arcuri scored for the Leafs.Nelson, 10-5-1-0, held period leads of 2-1 and 5-2.Nelson returns home Saturday to meet the Kamloops Storm at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

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Patriots release Antonio Brown after less than 2 weeks with team

first_img— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 20, 2019The release comes after another week of firestorm surrounding Brown, apparently of … Antonio Brown is searching for his third team in the last two weeks.The New England Patriots released Brown, the star wide receiver, Friday afternoon, as first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.The Patriots confirmed the release with a statement:Statement from a #Patriots spokesperson: https://t.co/c98rNDX9QG pic.twitter.com/DAohupBLHolast_img

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Mytoptrendz ® Ponytail Holder Ring Comb Brown Thick Ring Comb Clip Ponytail Hair Clip – Four Stars

first_imgFeatures of Mytoptrendz® Ponytail Holder Ring Comb Brown Thick Ring Comb Clip Ponytail Hair ClipThick ring comb ponytail hair clip measure approx 4.5cm diameters 1.5cm thicknessPerfect as ponytail holderColour: Tort brown Material : plasticplastic decor with star and diamond shape cut out patterns on thin bronze gold colour metalThick ring comb ponytail hair clip measure approx 4.5cm diameters 1.5cm thickness plastic decor with star and diamond shape cut out patterns on thin bronze gold colour metal Great Ponytail Clip It does what it says but found it a bit too small. Product arrived within time given but took a while. Seems to hold my granddaughter ponytail ok. I remember using these on my daughters hair and couldn’t find them anywhere now. Strong comb Perfect as ponytail holdercenter_img Excellent ponytail clip really good. I love these ring combs but they are hard to come by. I’m so glad i found one here. Got this one because i got a pkt of two smaller ones and because they were so good i bought a bigger one i love these would recommend them to anyone. Bought in preference to wearing a band in my hair. Find this is far more secure. Good quality and a good price. These were exactly what i was looking for. My granddaughter is very hair sore- she has naturally long hair and hated us using the elastic bobbles. She actually sat still and let me put her hair up without crying when i used the new ‘slides’. I had tried all over to buy these without success-i remembered them from when i was young. They arrived within the time span predicted. Teeth are strong and not easily broken. My only gripe is that i wish it was also made in a larger size. Product arrived within time given but took a while. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-10-25 19:56:18Reviewed Item Mytoptrendz® Ponytail Holder Ring Comb Brown Thick Ring Comb Clip Ponytail Hair ClipRating 4.4 / 5  stars, based on  9  reviews Colour: Tort brown Material : plastic Posted on October 25, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Ponytail HoldersTags Mytoptrendzlast_img read more

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