HotSports Congratulate Sanusi on NFF Re-appointment

first_imgLeading sports production and marketing company, HotSports Nigeria Limited has congratulated Dr Mohammed Sanusi on his re-appointment as General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).Sanusi, who is the Danmasani Wajeke of Wamakko, had his five-year tenure renewed by the Annual General Meeting of the Federation in Benin City, the Edo State capital, on Tuesday.In a statement in Lagos, President/CEO of HS Media Group, Mr Taye Ige said that the renewal of Sanusi’s appointment was richly deserved. “The fact that the renewal of your five-year tenure came ahead of the expiration of the first one is a fitting testimonial on the efficiency with which you have discharged your onerous responsibilities,” the statement stated.Recalling the role of HotSports Nigeria Limited as the Official Media (Non-Match) Partner and Marketing Consultant to the NFF, Ige said that the company could attest to Sanusi’soutstanding administrative quality and inter-personal relationship.Sanusi’s new term is to commence on January 1, 2020.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Mohammed Sanusilast_img read more

Dina Hegab leans on talk with coach to help SU beat Virginia Tech in regular season finale

first_imgDina Hegab’s frustrated facial expressions and body language boiled over to the tennis court. She swung her racket up in disgust after a return from her opponent grazed the netting and slipped past her. Hegab won her first set, 6-3, and had gone up 2-0 in the second before Virginia Tech’s Katherine Butler tied it. Hegab knew the gravity of her game.No. 32 Syracuse (13-7, 7-7 Atlantic Coast) was up 1-0 and had already won two out of three doubles matches against No. 30 Virginia Tech (14-9, 7-7 Atlantic Coast) when Butler made a comeback. But Hegab gritted it out and led the Orange to an eventual win, 5-2, in Drumlins Tennis Center and helped recover from Friday’s loss to No. 7 Miami.In doubles, Anna Shkudun and Hegab played aggressively and earned a quick, 6-2 win.“…We played one of our best matches today and we were so confident from the beginning of the game,” said Shkudun. “We tried to play really active and finish (through on our returns). That was the key (to the game).”Hegab said that despite her doubles’ win, she felt nervous from the start of singles.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShe’s also repeatedly said she’s struggled throughout the year that staying focused for a whole match and letting the game come to her. With mounting pressure to win the first singles point for her team, Hegab rested and listened as head coach Younes Limam gave instructions.“A lot of it is her mindset,” said Limam. “… I just tried to remind her to stay positive and keep finding ways (to win). At this time of the year, (the coaches) try to remind each player of their strengths and what they do well.”Hegab is known for her high-powered forehand, but has also improved her backhand and conditioning in the last few weeks. It was the latter two things which helped turn the match in her favor.After speaking with Limam, Hegab regained her composure and hit shot after shot past Butler. Hegab pulled through with a 6-3 win in the second set of her game.“I was playing my best game (after calming down),” said Hegab. “… I needed to keep doing what I was doing (in the first set) and not change anything.”Syracuse tied the match at two after Hegab’s win and kick-started a run in which the Orange took the final three games. That led to the 5-2 win, which carries SU into the ACC tournament on a positive note that seemed impossible during the team’s winless month of March.Now, in the last few weeks, Syracuse has beaten two top 30 teams and won five of its last six.“We, as a team, are confident because of what we have accomplished in the last couple of weeks,” said Hegab. “I am confident because I improved my game.” Comments Published on April 17, 2016 at 6:16 pm Contact Jake: jafalk@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

EDITORIAL: Kudos to South Florida mayors for acting independently

first_imgThere is much local, national and international criticism of the recent White House decision for the United States to withdraw from the Paris Accord — the international agreement reached by all but two nations in 2015 to limit rising global temperatures by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.The accord was reached, ironically, on the initiative of the US, under the Obama administration, based on scientific evidence of potential dangers of changes in the globe’s climate. It’s therefore bizarre and inconceivable that the US has made the decision to withdraw.However, the decision was made. Since January with the advent of a new administration, a series of executive orders have been issued from the White House countering the general interests of the nation, and, particularly, those of several states. These orders are pushing some states to act independently of federal policies.This includes states ensuring their residents are provided with affordable healthcare and sustaining Medicare for the poor; providing sanctuary for some undocumented residents and their families; provision of other social services like meals for seniors and affordable housing.Now, in reaction to the White House’s decision to leave an international agreement to cope with the negative aspects of climate change, there are very encouraging earlyindications that governors and mayors are emboldened to act proactively and protect their states and cities. Special kudos must be made to South Florida mayors including those of Lauderhill, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, Miami, Delray Beach and West Palm Beach, who signed and submitted a letter to President Trump. The frank contents of the letter inform him that the mayors “will continue to lead,” and are committed to increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency.“If the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we’ll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks,” portions of the letter stated.It’s hoped more South Florida mayors and elected officials will join in the recently founded US Conference of Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement. It is extremely important that regional mayors act outside of the questionable White House policy where climate change is concerned.There’s no doubt the coast of South Florida is in danger from global warming. Almost every time there’s a full moon, the coast adjacent to the ocean reveals the effect of climate change. The phenomenon called King Tide, resulting from rising sea level, floods streets and properties along the coast from Palm Beach to Miami-Dade County.  The rising sea level has been particularly bad along the coastline in Miami Beach. Nonetheless, Florida’s Governorlast_img read more

Early 2019 Fantasy Rankings: QB

first_imgEARLY 2019 FANTASY RANKINGS:Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerUltimately, you really can’t go wrong at the position (unless you really wait), and you don’t need to overdraft a QB, even Mahomes. As surrounding players are added and subtracted throughout the offseason and we get injury updates, you can bet there will be plenty of movement in these rankings, but here’s an early look at the top arms heading into 2019.Early 2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: QBsThese rankings are for standard leagues with 6-point passing TDs.1Patrick Mahomes II, Chiefs2Deshaun Watson, Texans3Andrew Luck, Colts4Aaron Rodgers, Packers5Jared Goff, Rams6Russell Wilson, Seahawks7Matt Ryan, Falcons8Drew Brees, Saints9Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers10Cam Newton, Panthers11Kirk Cousins, Vikings12Baker Mayfield, Browns13Philip Rivers, Chargers14Carson Wentz, Eagles15Tom Brady, Patriots16Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers17Dak Prescott, Cowboys18Jameis Winston, Buccaneers19Mitchell Trubisky, Bears20Matthew Stafford, Lions21Josh Allen, Bills22Lamar Jackson, Ravens23Derek Carr, Raiders24Marcus Mariota, Titans Once again, the preseason fantasy QB rankings are stacked, and discerning between No. 5 and No. 15 is probably an exercise in futility. Heading into 2019, there’s a clear No. 1 quarterback (though, let’s be honest, Patrick Mahomes II could easily “regress”, not finish No. 1, and still have a good year), and guys like Deshaun Watson and Jared Goff look well on their way to be consistent, top-tier producers. At the same time, age (Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers) is catching up with some fantasy football stalwarts, and injuries (Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Carson Wentz, Jimmy Garoppolo) can’t be ignored. But injury is why we worried about Andrew Luck heading into last season, and not only did he hold up, but the Colts also beefed up their offensive line and added a few receiving weapons to help him excel. That could easily happen for another QB this year (Wentz? Rodgers?); conversely, someone like Roethlisberger could lose a key receiver and plummet in the rankings, not unlike Matthew Stafford ultimately did this year. Young guns like Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, and Lamar Jackson all showed promise this season, but the latter two relied heavily on their running ability while showing little as passers. “Running” QBs are always more susceptible to injuries, making Allen and Jackson big risks despite all the “breakout” hype they’re sure to get.last_img read more

Pumpsie Green, Red Sox’s first African American player, dies at 85

first_imgForever a part of #RedSox history. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/P5ZJNBL5Lx— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 18, 2019″Pumpsie Green occupies a special place in our history,” Red Sox principal owner John Henry said in a statement Wednesday evening. “He was, by his own admission, a reluctant pioneer, but we will always remember him for his grace and perseverance in becoming our first African-American player. He paved the way for the many great Sox players of color who followed. For that, we all owe Pumpsie a debt of gratitude.”Green debuted with the Red Sox on July 21, 1959, during an extended road trip, making the team the last in MLB to integrate, a dozen years after the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson broke the big leagues’ color barrier. Related News Elijah “Pumpsie” Green, the first African American player in Red Sox history, has died. He was 85.Green died Wednesday at Kaiser San Leandro Hospital in California, the team confirmed, but offered no other details. A moment of silence was observed before Boston’s home game Wednesday against the Blue Jays.  MLB trade rumors: Potential sleeper moves Astros, Yankees, Phillies could make to bolster rotations MLB trade rumors: Dodgers could make ‘a strong play’ for Royals reliever Jake Diekman Green played his first game at Fenway Park two weeks later, on Aug. 4, 1959, in a doubleheader against the Kansas City Athletics.He said this year in an interview with NESN (via The Associated Press) that he remembered receiving a standing ovation when he came to the plate, batting leadoff.”It was heart-warming and nerve-wracking,” he told reporters in 1997, when he returned to Boston to take part in ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of Robinson’s historic debut. “But I got lucky: I hit a triple off the left-center fence.” Green spent four of his five MLB seasons with Boston. He appeared in a career-high 133 games with the Red Sox in 1960. A light-hitting middle infielder, he had a career .246 batting average with 13 home runs, 74 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. He closed his career with a single season,1963, with the Mets.”We salute the courage Pumpsie Green demonstrated 60 years ago when he became our first player of color,” Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said in the statement. “Despite the challenges he faced, he showed great resilience and took pride in wearing our uniform. He honored us by his presence. We send our deepest condolences to Pumpsie’s family and friends.”Green, who has been living in his native California, was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2018. MLB trade rumors: Rangers ‘likely’ to move Mike Minor; Phillies, Brewers interested in starterlast_img read more

Wellington boys win season opener in Kingman against Sterling 50-47

first_imgSterling1313147—47 Wellington 50, Sterling 47 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys basketball team is 1-0 with a big 50-47 victory over Sterling in the first round of the Kingman Tournament Thursday.Trevor NanceCrusader senior Trevor Nance poured in 20 points including 10 points in the third quarter to lift Wellington to victory. The game was nip and tuck the whole way which came down to the final buzzer.After Wellington missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw with 16 seconds, Sterling looked to tie but was unable to get off a shot at the buzzer.“That’s a tribute to our defense,” said Brian Buchanan, Wellington head boys basketball coach. “We played man to man all game and did a great job beating a salty Sterling team.” The Crusaders played a couple of freshmen at the varsity spot. A.J. Snipes scored 10 while fellow freshman Ian King had 6. Junior Wesley Gilmore poured in 10.Wellington will now play Conway Springs at 4:40 p.m. Wellington11121413—50 Sterling — K. Comley 19, K. Comley 8, B. Richter 8, J. Proffitt 4, A. McPherson 4, B. Oden 2center_img Wellington — T. Nance 20, W. Gilmore 10, A. Snipes 10, I. King 6, T. Pettigrew 2, C. Phelps 2, Hinshaw 2 •••••Sterling beat the Wellington junior varsity 46-44.Scoring for Wellington was: Phelps 7, Walton 7, Frame 9, Driskell 2, Hamel 4, King 10, L. Jones 1, D. Jones 4.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Bush Medicine

first_imgSatiricus was sweating. He and his friend Cappo were in their native habitat – the Back Street Bar – a little bit earlier than usual. In fact it was quite a bit earlier being just a bit past midday. It was the two friends’ custom not to drink until the afternoon. And they’d virtuously held out till the hands of the clock moved past 12. They polished off their first bottle of beer in a single long gurgle.“I’m so damned hot!” fretted Satiricus, “I wonder why June is the month for weddings, when the sun is right overhead because it’s moving north.”“Mussee because dem marri’d couple gat fuh tear aff dem clothes de marri’d night!!!” Cappo gave one of his famous chuckles. “An’ sometime de gyaal shy!” They ordered another round and settled down.“So what’s going on in the estate, Cappo?” was Satificus’ opening gambit to Cappo.“Well Building start fuh grind but dem na get nuff cane,” Cappo reported with a rueful shake of the head. “Dis a rain mumma man!!’”“I heard you went to town,” said Satiricus. “What for?”“Budday! Na mek me get mo’ vex!” Cappo looked at Satiricus suspiciously. “Yuh hear?”“Hear what?” Satiricus replied with a puzzled look.“Well me bin fuh me bush medicine, na?” Cappo lowered his voice.Satiricus gave him a wide grin. “Oh! THE bush medicine? The one you does add to the Steel Drops?”“Yes…yes…Yuh na gat fuh tell de whole bar,” Cappo replied. “And de Bush Medicine lady na deh in front a Stabroek Market, na mo. She gaan!’”“Well you hear they moved the vendors away from Stabroek Market front, didn’t you?” Satiricus tried to sound sympathetic. “So how you making out at home, with all the rain.”Cappo gave his friend a bleak look and tried to change the subject. “Why dem na find a prappa place fuh dem Venda, like me bush medicine lady?”“Budday! Town crowded all over, you know,” Satiricus pointed out. “Where you will put them?”“Sato, wha kinda question da?” Cappo asked in annoyance, “Na me an’ you bin a de Jubilee March? Tu’n de Durban Park Stadium to wan market fuh de Venda dem!”“But that is a brand new Green Heart stadium, to be used for Big Events,” replied Satiricus.“Green Heart?” said Cappo incredulously. “Dat wood na green heart…dat is Puckadee Wood! Wood ants guh eat out dat Stadium in six months! Buy a nex’ round Sato. Me cyaan guh home early.”last_img read more

The Future is in Our Hands

first_imgCreating avenues that will allow rape victims to be able to report cases of abuse to the authorities is a top priority for the Ministry of Gender and Development and its partners.Since January 2015, more than six cases of rape and sexual abuse have been reported to the Ministry of Gender and Development.  In some cases, victims were murdered by strangulation and other forms of violence.The heated question lurking in every corner of Liberia is: why is rape still a major problem in Liberia? According to the Minister of Gender and Development, Julia Duncan-Cassell, the fear many victims have when it comes to reporting rape cases, silences the fact that it’s happening.“There are many women being abused, but we only hear about the children. We’re not hearing about it because they are afraid of stigmatization. They’re afraid that nothing will come out of it. Because of that, the women are not coming out to say they have been abused. Ninty-eight percent of rape cases are children, but there are a lot more out there,” Minister Cassell added.“This year there have already been more than two cases in Brewerville; and there were two other cases as well in Nimba and Bong,” she disclosed.The Media and Its RoleThe media has been called on to help get the word out that rape is happening and apart from authorities, there are now people being assigned to help fight this crime as well.Said the Minister, “we ask all the media to join us in this fight.  This is not just about the Ministry or women; it’s about the society.  Something has to be done and we are open for suggestions, for ideas, so that collectively we can bring things under control.”Meanwhile, awareness in the matter of women and their rights is a serious issue which needs to be looked into, and the Ministry is aware.“We have our gender offices in all of the 15 counties and besides that we have set up a community-based organization called the Observatories. They are in different communities, headed by the local community residents,” the Minister disclosed.“If something is to happen, they will be there to see to it. We’re hoping to work along with our partners UNFPA and government so that we may establish an observatories committee in all of the communities.These community members should be watchdogs,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberian Olympics Body Seeks Audience with Chief Patron of Sports

first_img-To Sponsor local team the African Youth Games in AlgeriaLiberia is expected to join over 50 other countries to participate in the youthful international multi-sport events, held every four years, known as the African Youth Games.The 3rd Edition of the African Youth Games this year will be held in Algiers, Algeria, from the July 17–27.Liberia is expected to be represented in four disciplines, including athletics (four athletes); table tennis (two athletes); taekwondo (two athletes) and cycling (one athlete).The Liberia National Olympics Committee (LNOC), the governing Olympics body in the country, is seeking an audience with Chief Patron of Sports former international football player, who is now called President George M. Weah. The LNOC intend to formally present the ‘Olympics Team’ and request for financial assistance in the tune of US$55,000 to enable the 22-man delegation to go to Algiers, Algeria; for the 10 days.The Olympics delegation is expected to depart the country Monday, July 16, 2018 for the Games, as Liberia is expected to begin participating on July 19.The Secretary-General of the LNOC, Frederick Pratt, said: “The Olympiad Solidarity is providing the tickets and accommodation for the athletes, while the government is responsible to provide per diem and accommodation for the officials. The Liberia National Olympics Committee has already purchased track suits for the teams and officials.”“We have informed Youth and Sports Minister Zoegar Wilson about our audience with the Chief of Sports in order to have him sponsored four teams and officials to African Youths Games in Algeria.”He added: “This is the first youthful Olympics games under President Weah, and his support to the team is significantly important for a successful participation.”The teams began training in May 2018, and are sponsored by the LNOC, through the Olympiad Solidarity.Those in training for Taekwondo are Philip S. Sarnoy and Richard B. Tellewoyan; Athletics include Charles Gbelia, Sunnyboy Barcon, Princess Dunah and Jermama T. Kanwie.Other athletes are Ernestine J. Goodridge and Jeremiah Sarkpa for Table Tennis and Kollie B. Sumo, the lone man for Cycling.Taekwondo coach Paul Dennis said for the past months the athletes have been learning the tournament’s rules and undergoing physical training.“This week, they will begin doing techniques, tactics and skills training in the gym,” Coach Paul Dennis said.As for the Table Tennis coach, Y. Yonton Kerbawhen said: “As of Monday, the kids will be at the headquarters on Broad Street, physical training is over on the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex.”As for the Cycling official, Mr. Saah Roberts, he said cyclist Kollie Sumo is upbeat for the tournament, whereas the head coach for the Liberia Athletics Federation, Samuel Cooper, said he is hopeful of bringing medals back to the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more