NNPC/SNEPCO Promises Future Support for Ikoyi Club Tennis Section

first_imgIn the men’s singles A finals, Gbenga Familoni defeated number one seed, Nishant Abbi in two straight sets, 6/4, 7/6 while Kunle Ogunkoya beat Femi George 6/4, 3/6, 10-3 in the men’s singles B finals.In the ladies singles finals Maryanne Chuks defeated Chizoba Onuoha by 6/3, 6/2. Men’s doubles finals saw the pair of Kayode Awokoya and Eric Ereyi beat Evans Ukoh and Chinedu Idike by 6/4, 6/4.The pair of Ejiofor Onyia and Olowe Olaleye got the better of Chris Akpunonu and Walter Jibunoh by 6/2, 6/4 in the men’s double 60 above.In the team events finals, Bonga North west defeated Bonga south west by eight points to two.Speaking at the end of the championship, Managing Director, SNEPCO, Mr. Bayo Ojulari, thanked Ikoyi Club Tennis Section for being a fantastic host.“I was pleased when the request for the sponsorship of this tournament came up. It’s a new beginning and SNEPCO would have more opportunities to collaborate with the tennis section. We are indeed looking forward to a better collaboration in future,” Ojulari said.Meanwhile, the chairman of the tennis section, Oloye Esan Ogunleye described the tournament as a very special outing, especially being sponsored by “our old friend”.“NNPC/SNEPCO had squeezed the tournament in their annual programme. It’s a renewal of our old friendship and Ikoyi Club has become an institution that could not be ignored,” he said.Trophies, cash vouchers and other various prizes were won by participants.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The NNPC/SNEPCO tennis tournament which took place at the tennis section of the Ikoyi Club 1938 came to close last week after six days of thrill from participants.last_img read more

Jim Boeheim addresses his role in failing to follow Syracuse’s own drug policy

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 19, 2015 at 2:22 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ The NCAA cited Syracuse University for failing to follow its own drug policy. And while the NCAA doesn’t have its own policy and doesn’t force universities to have their own, it does require that they follow them if they have them.SU did not, allowing players to practice and play after one or more failed drug tests, contrary to the school’s policy, according to the NCAA report. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim was personally responsible for not calling parents after players failed drug tests, as SU’s policy stated he was supposed to, according to the NCAA report. On Thursday, Boeheim took responsibility for the violations but said he didn’t craft or administer the policy and that he didn’t know that not following the school’s own policy was equivalent to an NCAA violation.“I had one part,” he said when asked how he differentiated between administering the policy and failing to call parents. “I didn’t administer who played or who couldn’t play or who practiced or who couldn’t practice. The drug policy, and I took responsibility for that and I do now, no one knew that if you have a policy and you don’t follow it exactly step by step, it’s the same as violating an NCAA rule. No coach in the country would have known that.”Boeheim said not calling parents was a matter of trust. He said four players were one-time offenders that never tested positive again after he told them he would tell their parents the next time.The head coach also said there were some instances where calling parents would not have been helpful.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU’s drug policy was implemented in 2000 and remained largely unchanged until 2009, according to the NCAA report. That original policy stated that first offenders would be ineligible until Boeheim spoke with their parents, second offenders would be removed from the team until a counselor told the team doctor the player was no longer using the substance and third offenders would ineligible and have their financial aid withdrawn at the end of the semester, according to the NCAA report.A 2004 amendment added a one-time grace period after the third offense and a 2008 change allowed Daryl Gross to intervene if he thought the grace period wasn’t long enough.Gross knew Boeheim wasn’t calling parents, Boeheim said. The SU head coach also said the positive tests were only for one substance. He pointed out that in daily compliance meetings he was never told about the strictness of the NCAA rules on team’s following their own drug policies.“To me the crucial part of the drug testing program is do you let someone practice or play when they shouldn’t have,” he said. “I never made that call. I was told what to do. If I’m told not to do something, that, a press conference, I don’t do it. Because I work for people.” Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse softball takes rubber game, 8-4, against Virginia

first_img Published on April 10, 2016 at 4:35 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Related Stories Syracuse softball splits doubleheader with Virginia Syracuse won the rubber game of its weekend series at Virginia on Sunday, downing the Cavaliers 8-4 in Charlottesville, Virginia. SU (19-17, 6-8 Atlantic Coast) and UVA (13-27, 3-9) split Saturday’s doubleheader.A second-inning rally put the Orange in front 6-0. Two Virginia errors and six Syracuse singles led to the breakout inning in which Syracuse batted around the order.Eight SU batters recorded at least one hit in the game. In all, SU banged out 13 hits. Sammy Fernandez, Maddi Doane, Sydney O’Hara, Alicia Hansen and Danielle Chitkowski each had multi-hit games.In the circle, Jocelyn Cater got the nod. After tossing four shutout innings, Cater didn’t record an out in the fifth, allowing four runs. O’Hara relieved the senior and allowed just one hit in the final three frames. She struck out seven and notched her third save of the year.Thanks to the sixth inning rally, Cater got the win despite allowing four runs. She improved to 9-6 on the year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textO’Hara hit her fifth home run of the year, a solo shot to right field in the fifth.Since getting swept by No. 10 Florida State, the Orange has won seven of its last 10.Syracuse is back at SU Softball Stadium on Wednesday for a nonconference doubleheader against Canisius. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Halep faces Ostapenko in French Open final

first_imgAfter her defeat in last year’s final, Simona Halep hopes to go one better and be crowned women’s French Open champion this afternoon.Standing in her way at Roland Garros is unseeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko.Halep is a strong-favourite to win and become the new world number one, the Romanian is not feeling the pressure Photo: © pixabaylast_img

SuperSport Launches World Cup Pop-up Channels on DStv, GOtv

first_img From Wednesday April 25, the pop-up channel will be available to GOtv customers on the GOtv Max and GOtv Plus packages, providing access to exclusive and rare archive footage of football’s best moments and matches on channel 36.General Manager, Sales and Marketing for MultiChoice Nigeria, Mr. Martin Mabutho, said: “The FIFA World Cup pop-up channels yet again exemplify our commitment to providing the best sporting content. Our viewers will get the chance to relive classic matches, catch exclusive interviews and witness never before seen scenarios, all whilst preparing for our unbeatable coverage of the 2018 World Cup which comes complete with exclusive commentary and analyses.”The pop-up channels on DStv and GOtv will also feature warm-up matches. Thereafter, all 64 World Cup matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be available on all DStv packages as well as on the GOtv Max and Plus packages, while GOtv Value customers can view a total of 56 World Cup games.GOtv Lite customers are expected to also enjoy a select number of fixtures available on free-to-air channels.Leading the challenge for Africa will be Senegal, Nigeria, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As part of the countdown to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, SuperSport has launched a 24-hour pop-up channel dedicated to the tournament.This follows MultiChoice’s recent announcement of the History of Football pop-up channel to be launched on DStv in association with A+E Networks International on 28 May for DStv Premium, Compact+ and Compact customers with 14 days of original, globally-focused premium documentary series, short form specials and a selection of FIFA World Cup films.The latest World Cup dedicated pop-up channel, SuperSport 14 (SS14), will go live on all DStv packages on April 18, with an assortment of content, including great legacy footage, highlights, documentaries, FIFA films, classic matches and interviews.last_img read more

EDITORIAL: Improve living standards of South Florida’s seniors

first_imgAnother political season has descended upon Florida. In South Florida candidates are actively campaigning for a variety of federal, state, county, and city offices. Every candidate hopes voters will select him or her in the August 28 primary elections to advance to the November 6 general elections ballot.While the candidates promise to provide several benefits to voters, making them contented citizens, they should be aware the needs of most voters are basically simple. They need jobs, and be able to feed, clothe, house, educate, provide healthcare, for themselves and their families living in safe communities, free of debt, especially in their senior years. Most of the candidates say they intend to  provide these benefits, but in recent election cycles when one assess the campaign promises few candidates seem to plan on solving challenges faced by senior citizens in the community.Recently, local TV reports featured a female senior citizen whose sole monthly income is some $900.  After paying her rent/mortgage and utility she’s left with a few dollars for food and other necessities.Gillum cites need to help seniorsIt was refreshing, and with some hope, that Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democratic candidate seeking to succeed Rick Scott as Florida’s first African-American governor, drew attention to the plight of seniors while campaigning in Miami Grdens last week.Fittingly, Gillum told supporters at a campaign stop, “Seniors should be able to retire with dignity and not have to choose one expense over the other – a meal over a prescription or housing rent.”Dire situationThe plight of senior citizens, over age 65, is particularly dire in South Florida’s Caribbean American community. Most of these first-generation individuals came to the US approaching, or in their middle years (30 to 45 years). Their early years as migrants were spent settling in jobs, acquiring assets like houses, and not much, if anything, was allocated to retirement benefits.Seniors strapped with mortgages A recent study conducted among South Florida’s immigrant community indicated the majority (59 percent) of retires are still burdened with mortgages on houses they purchased between ages 42 to 46. It was also indicated that the majority of these immigrant homeowners, including Caribbean Americans contracted 30-year mortgages. This means these homeowners would be strapped with mortgage payments at age 72 to 76, well into their senior years. Moreover, compounding this problem, is many middle-age homeowners extended the mortgage years by taking out home-equity loans. It’s not unheard of for seniors in their late 70s and 80s to be burdened with huge mortgage paymentsThe decision for aging individuals to assume long-term mortgages is unwise. But, few listen to wise advice when their dream is to own a home. Neither, do lenders restrict loans to younger borrowers.Dependency on Social SecurityWithin the Caribbean community there’s a significant percentage of retired residents who no longer earn incomes previously accustomed to. Most of these people depend entirely on Social Security benefits, which average in most cases, less than 50 percent of their previous  incomes. Those who were fortunate to acquire retirement plans may not be as pressured financially in their senior years, but these individuals are the minority.There are several situations, as alluded to by Gillum, where seniors who contributed to the American economy in various careers, are having genuine financial difficulties finding funds for life’s basic inescapable necessities because their retirement earnings are insufficient. Most of these people are on Medicare, as well as Social Security, but their limited income can only stretch so far.Small increase in Social Security benefitsSocial Security benefits have increased by an average of only 2.5 percent in recent years. And, interestingly, whenever an increase is granted, invariably Medicare payments, normally deducted from Social Security benefits, also increase and absorb the SS increase. The government uses a formula to increase Social Security payments based on the annual national cost of living (COL) index. This index has remained relatively low, as the economy rebounds. It has been argued persistently that tagging Social Security increases to the COL index is unfair to seniors since their incomes have contracted, enhancing their COL. Several politicians campaigning for Congress have promised significant increase in SS benefits. But these were promises soon forgotten.Others seeking seats in the Florida Legislature have also promised to seek legislation to provide new benefits to seniors. Mainly, these also have been empty promises.IntolerableIt’s intolerable for a large percentage of Americans to be living at, or below, subsistence levels in their senior years. Those seeking to represent seniors at federal and state levels must be alert to the dire needs of this community. They must be committed to take action to alleviate the community’s financial plight, statewide and nationally.  This issue is no less important than immigration reform, jobs, affordable healthcare and education.last_img read more

NPBL Wrap: Rivers Hoopers Extend Lead; Kwara Falcons Stumble On The Road

first_imgAtlantic Conference leaders Rivers Hoopers extended their lead at the top of the table with an 81-74 points win in overtime on Saturday against Delta Force in Asaba.The KingsMen who had already booked a place in this seasons conference 6 playoffs, received a scare from seventh-place Delta Force, the game ending 68-68 after the fourth quarter.Kudos to Delta Force who rallied back to win the last quarter, taking the game into overtime. Rivers Hoopers won the first quarter 25-6, second quarter 40-19, third quarter 52-39, the fourth quarter ending in a 68-68 tie.Rivers Hoopers Forward, Ikechukwu Benjamin scored 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Emmanuel Akhimen of Delta Force finished the game with a double-double scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds.In Ibadan, Second-place Kwara Falcons experienced a setback as they aim to improve their position on the conference table, when they lost on the road against fifth-place Oluyole Warriors 78-62 on Saturday.The Coach Adewunmi Aderemi team won the first half, after comfortably winning the first quarter but took their foot off the pedal eventually losing the game.Kwara Falcons, who won the first quarter 12-20 and second quarter 40-39. Oluyole Warriors, proved to be giant killers rallying back to win the third and fourth quarters 62-52, 78-62.Forward, David Godwin recorded the highest point tally in the game, netting 17-points for Kwara Falcons, Aribiyu Sunday of Oluyole Warriors contributing a team high 16 points. Relatedlast_img read more

Phil Ivey relaunches Crockfords ‘edge sorting’ trial with UK Supreme Court

first_img StumbleUpon Genting Interactive appoints Alison Brincat as new affiliate marketing lead October 1, 2018 Related Articles UKGC fines Park Lane Club operator £1.8m for multiple AML & SR failings September 11, 2019 Share Poker legend Phil Ivey has relaunched legal proceedings against Genting Casino’s Crockfords Club Mayfair property seeking to reclaim £7.7 of winnings plus legal costs.Ivey’s original dispute with the casino stretches back to 2012 when the American poker player won vast sums of money playing Punto Barco, a form of Baccarat.At the time Ivey used a card reading technique known as ‘edge sorting’, to gain an advantage on the casino dealers.Crockfords Club deemed Ivey’s play to be against its house rules and refused to pay his winnings, the casino would simply return Ivey’s £1 million wagered.In 2014, Ivey sued Crockfords Club in a UK landmark trail with his representatives stating that edge sorting was no form of cheating and that the casino still held an advantage on the odds of the game.However, a UK Civil Court ruled against Ivey’s defence, stating that his strategy had ‘Circumvented the premise of the game and therefore was not liable for the ‘winnings’.Ivey would seek to overturn the decision, filing the lawsuit with the Supreme Court, taking his case to the highest court of appeal for UK law. Last November Ivey won the right for his lawsuit to be reviewed by the Supreme Court.The court case will see Ivey represented by Richard Spearman QC, who argues that his client had ‘no legitimate advantage’ on the game of Punto Barco, and did not cheat in the fundamentals of how the game is played.What is Edge Sorting GentingBet strengthens European presence with Spanish licence application January 28, 2019 Submit Sharelast_img read more

Esports Integrity Coalition widens international scope

first_img Parimatch combats esports corruption with ESIC membership February 20, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Cyber.bet tackles esports corruption joining ESIC June 17, 2020 The Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) has announced the addition of three new members to the organisation, as it reinforces its position as a global body dedicated to combating all forms of corruption and cheating in the world of esports.The first member, Geem, is a digital esports platform based in Dubai. Geem is positioned to provide daily online competitions to the largely untapped, burgeoning esports community in the Middle East.The second, UMG, is a rapidly growing esports platform, matchmaker and tournament organiser linking players of every level across a range of games.Meanwhile LVP is a Spanish tournament organiser and gaming platform.Esports Integrity Commissioner Ian Smith said: “We are delighted to welcome all our new members to the Esports Integrity Coalition. Each one is doing something remarkable in their country or with exciting new technologies and we can’t wait to work with them to continue keeping the world of esports free from corruption, match manipulation, betting fraud and doping.”Geem Founder Charles Wright added: “One of our first moves after curating GEEM, before we had even launched our platform or hosted a tournament, was to join ESIC. We have a staunch outlook on creating a credible and safe environment for esports growth in the MENA Region. As we pivot and scale the platform, ESIC’s mission will remain at the core of all our offerings. The Middle East region is one to watch out for!.” UMG CEO Dave Antony said: “All of us at UMG believe in having the highest level of standards for ourselves, our products, and our gaming community. Joining the ESIC solidifies our commitment to our community and partners that we are making every effort to keep our gaming space fair and safe for all gamers everywhere, online and at live events.” Sergi Mesonero, Head of Institutional Relations at LVP, said: “The LVP enters the Esports Integrity Coalition with great pride and a greater sense of responsibility. As the engine that has powered the Spanish esports ecosystem since 2011, at the LVP we aim for competitions 100% free of manipulation and fraud, true to the values that have governed us from the very beginning: sportsmanship and fair play.”last_img read more

Neymar investigated in Brazil over fraud allegations

first_imgProsecutors in Brazil are recommending that football star Neymar be charged over four counts of fraud in relation to a tax case prior to his transfer to Barcelona in 2013.It is alleged that companies were set up as fronts in order for the striker to pay a lower rate of tax.Officials in Brazil say the allegations against the Barcelona striker cover a seven-year period from 2006.The allegations are separate from a case heard in Spain on Tuesday.Neymar appeared in court in Madrid in connection with fraud allegations surrounding his transfer. He has consistently denied any wrongdoing.At the time of his transfer he was a rising star at Brazilian club Santos. Neymar’s move to Barcelona FC has been a big success on the pitch Barcelona’s ex-President Sandro Rosell (L) and President Josep Maria Bartomeu (second L) denied wrongdoing in a Madrid court, MondayBrazilian prosecutors are reported by the AFP news agency to have also framed fraud charges against Neymar’s father Neymar da Silva Santos, Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell. Barcelona said it paid €57m (£43m) for Neymar in 2013 but investigators say the fee was closer to €83m and the club concealed part of the deal.Neymar spent an hour and a half before a Spanish judge on Tuesday.Mr Santos, who arrived at court with his son on Tuesday evening, acts as his agent.The Spanish case was brought by Brazilian third-party investment fund DIS, which owned 40% of the Brazilian player’s sports rights.DIS alleges it was financially harmed by the transfer when it received €6.8m of Mr Santos’s €17m fee and argues it was deprived of its full share. Neymar, 23, has won widespread acclaim during his time at Barcelonalast_img read more