Suspended President of Nigeria’s Para-Powerlifting Federation banned for life

first_imgRelatedPosts Sports Minister, others caused my resignation, World Cup hitches — Ex- NPPF President Para Powerlifting board suspends President Breaking: Nigeria Para-Powerlifting Federation President resigns The Investigative and Disciplinary Committee set up by the Nigeria Para-Powerlifting Federation on Friday said the federation’s embattled President, Queen Uboh-Idris, violated the Code of Conduct guiding the federation. The head of the panel, Fred Edoreh, in a brief chat with the media on the panel’s findings and recommendations after one month of activities, gave an overview of the report. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NPPF had set up a five-man panel to look into the alleged infractions committed by its president. The federation also gave it the mandate to recommend disciplinary actions. The panel, which concluded the one-month investigative activities, has Edoreh as Chairman, Pius Asaba as Secretary, with Sunny Odebode, Samuel Eke-Omah and Omende Thompson as other members. Edoreh said the panel made painstaking efforts to make far-reaching decisions on the allegations of infractions committed by Uboh-Idris, and found out there were some lapses in her manner of administration. He said: “We held a meeting and we decided that we are going to operate on the code of ethics of the federation given by the Sports Ministry. “We spoke with the accused, who is the president, board members and many stakeholders of the NPPF. “We even wrote to the Sports Ministry to ensure that we gave a fair hearing. “All our reports are cross-examined and we also double-checked our facts whenever in doubt and we were able to arrive at our conclusions.” Edoreh disclosed that several invitations were sent to Uboh-Idris, but she did not at any point honour the invitation. He said: “We spoke with Uboh-Idris, but she did not respond to us. “We wrote her several letters of summons and, as the chairman, I spoke with her on several occasions on the need to respect the constituted panel. “Uboh-Idris told us that if she must accept our invitation, then we should send a return ticket to her in Canada and also provide an accommodation at Oriental Hotels. “She also demanded that we pay $2,000 for the upkeep of her children to a nanny in Canada when she would be away to Nigeria. “Obviously, the terms and conditions cannot be met. “So, officially, Uboh-Idris did not appear before the panel. “The only thing we had was some form of communication and few documents at our disposal.” Edoreh said the allegations against Uboh-Idris were grievous, and they include arbitrariness, unilateral decision-making and bad governance. He said: “The allegations were grievous and we eventually found out that there were indeed issues of unilateral actions and bad governance. “She did not adhere to the code of conduct of the federation. “The Federation is not operating a Constitution, which is a problem. “So, they are operating a code of governance handed over to the federations by the Sports Ministry. “Some of the actions of the president were at variance with the code of governance. “So, we need to look into all the books painstakingly so as to make sure that we have a fair judgment. “I can also say that even though Uboh-Idris is a resourceful person, by organising two world events in Nigeria in 2019 and 2020, and she was able to raise funds for it, but she should have carried all the board members along.” NAN reports that the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development had earlier condemned Uboh-Idris for actions which embarrassed the country. The ministry had asked her to explain the reason behind the damaging actions she took against the country’s interests. She reportedly used her private e-mail for official correspondence, committed Nigeria to the hosting of three World Cups without recourse to procedure or clearance from the Ministry as the supervising authority. The Ministry added: “She also unilaterally set up committees without input from the Ministry. “She appointed a consultant without informing the supervising Ministry, denied athletes accreditation, locked out officials, even as she withheld information on the number of participating countries until the start of the tournament. “All these infractions embarrassed the country.” The Ministry had said her actions were a disrespect to the country and must be corrected in order not to send the wrong signals to the international community. It said: “The Ministry is aware that the board of Para-Powerlifting has stepped into the matter and the Ministry is monitoring what is happening.” The NPPF board, going by the recommendations of the panel, is now expected to impeach Uboh-Idris and also impose a life ban on her from all the federation’s activities.Tags: Fred EdorehNigeria Para-Powerlifting FederationOmende ThompsonPius AsabaQUeen Uboh-IdrisSamuel Eke-OmahSunny Odebodelast_img read more

Hillary Clinton’s brother Tony Rodham dies

first_imgThe 65-year-old was the youngest of Clinton’s brothers.No other information is available at this time. Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced via Twitter Saturday that her brother Tony Rodham has passed away.We lost my brother Tony last night. It’s hard to find words, my mind is flooded with memories of him today. When he walked into a room he’d light it up with laughter. He was kind, generous, & a wonderful husband to Megan & father to Zach, Simon, & Fiona. We’ll miss him very much.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 8, 2019last_img read more

Aubameyang, Mahrez, Three others Make Top Five List

first_img*No Nigerian player nominated in top two categoriesDuro IkhazuagbeFor the second year running no Nigerian player has been found good enough to make the top five shortlist of the 2016 African Player of the Year category of the Glo-CAF Awards announced yesterday by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in Cairo.The players were shortlisted from 30 players who earlier were nominated for the African Player of the Year category. Similarly, no Nigerian was listed among the five nominees for the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa) category.Top on the list is the reigning African Footballer of the Year and Borussia Dortmund winger, Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.He is joined by Senegal and Liverpool midfielder, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah of As Roma of Italy and Egypt. The two other players shortlisted are Algeria’s duo of Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani who both play for Leicester City of England.In the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa) category, the five shortlisted players include the quartet of Dennis Onyango, Hlompho Kekana, Keegan Dolly and Khama Billiat from the 2016 African Champions League winning side, Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, while T.P Mazembe player, Rainford Kabala from Zambia completed the list.Top Nigerian players, Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City, Chelsea’s John Mikel Obi and Ahmed Musa of Leicester City made the top 30 but narrowly missed out of the Top 5 list.Other categories of Awards to be released by CAF in the coming weeks include Most Promising Talent Award, National Team of the Year, Football Manager of the Year, Africa’s Finest Eleven, Goal of the Year and Save of the Year. Others are Referee of the Year, CAF Fair Play Award and African Legend Award.The winners will be decided by votes from the Head Coaches and Technical Directors of the national associations affiliated to CAF.They will be unveiled at the Glo- CAF Awards Gala nite which will take place on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, Nigeria.Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was crowned African Player of the Year whilst Mbwana Aly Samatta of Tanzania was named African Player of the Year (Based in Africa) last year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Trojans gear up for SoCal Intercollegiates

first_imgThe No. 1 USC men’s tennis team has already laid claim to two individual singles titles this year. Now USC coach Peter Smith hopes that one of the team’s younger players can capture another one as the fall tournament season nears its end.Five USC underclassmen will have that chance as they travel to the 55th Southern California Intercollegiate Championships at the Los Angeles Tennis Center in Westwood, which begins today.Off and running · Sophomore Emilio Gomez is one of several Trojans representing USC over the course of the five-day tournament in Westwood. – Mindy Curtis | Daily Trojan Sophomore No. 66 Emilio Gomez and freshmen Eric Johnson, Jonny Wang and Yannick Hanfmann will represent the Trojans in a 32-player singles main draw beginning Thursday, while sophomore Corey Smith will begin the competition in the singles qualifying draw today.“I’d love to see one of them win this UCLA tournament,” Smith said. “Of all the tournaments we’ve played, winning a majority of those would be special.”Following a run to the semifinals of the International Tennis Association Southwest Regionals in Malibu two weeks ago, Hanfmann holds the No. 1 seed in the competition. Gomez stands on the opposite side of the bracket with the No. 2 seed.The players look to follow up the success of USC alumnus Jaak Poldma, who captured the singles title at the five-day competition last year.Gomez boasts a 10-1 record in preseason singles along with a singles title from the Battle in the Bay Classic in San Francisco in October. He hopes to bounce back after his first loss in the round of 16 at the ITA Southwest Regionals.“I’ve been practicing a lot with coaches, and I think we’ve been improving a lot the past couple of weeks,” Gomez said.USC will also send two pairs to play in the doubles draw. Gomez and Hanfmann hold the tournament’s No. 1 seed, while Johnson and Wang will pair up together in the 16-team bracket.“We played doubles a few times during [the Harvard Invitational], and we played pretty well,” Gomez said.Along with Gomez’s success in the fall, the freshman trio of Hanfmann, Johnson and Wang has also shown its capability throughout multiple tournaments this year, and the rest of the team has noted the newcomers’ efforts.“They’ve done a lot and done well at regionals,” senior Daniel Nguyen said. “I think they’re definitely maturing more and getting used to college tennis.”With the younger core of USC men’s tennis attaining experience and success early in fall tournaments, the coaching staff believes the team has a lot of promise to succeed once the spring season begins.“The team knows we got to keep working, and we got a long way to go,” Smith said. “But we have a great team, so I’d just love to see these guys have individual glory in the fall.”last_img read more

Trojans schedule two fall scrimmages

first_imgFollow Darian on Twitter @dariannourian24 USC baseball announced Wednesday that the team will be partaking in two fall scrimmages this November with the University of San Diego and Long Beach State.Swinging for the fences · Sophomore outfielder Vahn Bozoian started 27 games for USC last season, hitting .224 with two home runs and 11 RBIs. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanThe Trojans will welcome USD to Dedeaux Field on Sunday, Nov. 17, and will travel south to play Long Beach State at their home stadium, Blair Field, the following weekend on Saturday, Nov. 23. Last season, USC defeated Long Beach State 4-1, but did not take on the Toreros.USD went 37-25 last season winning the West Coast Conference title and making it all the way to the NCAA Regionals before falling to Cal Poly and UCLA. Long Beach State finished 2013 with a 29-27 mark that gave them their third consecutive winning season under head coach Troy Buckley, who will enter his fourth season with the 49ers in 2014.USC looks to improve on a below .500, 20-36 overall and 10-20 Pac-12 record in 2013, which culminated with USC losing five of its last six games while being swept by crosstown rival and eventual NCAA champion UCLA. The Trojans did not qualify for postseason play.Second-year head coach Dan Hubbs returns 27 players from last year’s team, including the entire 2013 weekend rotation, which boasts senior left hander Bob Wheatley, junior righty Wyatt Strahan and sophomore lefty Kyle Twomey.Junior infielder Dante Flores should be able to improve the Trojans’ offensive output as he returns from injury, while outfielders Timmy Robinson and Vahn Bozoian all look to contribute to the cause in their sophomore seasons after successful freshman campaigns.The team also welcomes 15 new players, including a three-time Team USA alum in freshman Jeremy Martinez, and freshman infielder and pitcher Jeff Paschke, who was named the fifth-best hitting prospect in the 2013 California Collegiate Summer League.last_img read more

Syracuse men’s lacrosse opponent preview: What to know about No. 11 Duke

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 6 Syracuse (5-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) returns to the Carrier Dome Saturday after a two-game road stretch to host ACC foe Duke at 1:30 p.m. The last time SU took the field, the Orange took home an overtime victory against longtime rival Johns Hopkins. It was SU’s fifth straight one-goal game.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup against the No. 11 Blue Devils (7-2), who have won five straight.All-time series: SU leads, 10-6Last time they played: In the 2016 ACC championship game, Syracuse got revenge against Duke after losing in Week 7 of the same year. Syracuse jumped out first before the two teams went back and forth for the first and most of the second quarter. At the end of the third, Syracuse held onto an 8-7 lead. In the fourth, Syracuse scored to go up two with under seven remaining and didn’t look back. The Orange finished on a 5-0 run to take home the ACC championship, 14-8.Syracuse was led by Tim Barber (four goals), while Derek DeJoe, Dylan Donahue, Nick Mariano and Sergio Salcido all had a pair of goals in the win. Salcido added four assists in what would become his breakout All-American season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Blue Devils report: The Duke attack is led by Justin Guterding who had SU’s number last year and was Duke’s No. 1 scorer. This year, he leads the team in points, pouring in 25 goals with 21 assists in nine games.“The game comes to left handers,” Duke head coach John Danowski said. “He’s become more of a dodger than he was in the past.”Alongside Guterding on attack is freshman attack Joey Manown (14 goals). Midfielders Jack Bruckner (21 goals) and Brad Smith (10 goals) can find the back of the net as well. All three players have 20-plus points to their names this season. Duke’s offense ranks No. 9 in the country.Daily Orange File PhotoFOGO Kyle Rowe returns for Duke. He took nearly every faceoff last year, putting together a 64-percent success rate at the X. Last season in two games against Syracuse, Rowe won the faceoff battle with Ben Williams, going 29-of-56. Overall, Duke ranks a mere 34th in faceoffs this year.Defensively, Duke returns senior Brian Dunne, junior Greg Pelton and sophomore Cade Van Raaphorst. Ethan Powley started all 19 games on close defense last year, but has since become a long-stick midfielder. Duke has started freshman JT Giles-Harris, going to Pelton off the bench and Powley at LSM. The Blue Devils’ defense is dominant, No. 7 in the NCAA in defense, allowing only 7.56 goals per game. Even with limiting opposing defenses to less than eight goals a game, the team struggles in causing turnovers (tied 47th).Overall, Duke ranks second in man-up offense, ninth in assists per game and fifth in scoring margin. The offense works the ball around and takes its time before taking a shot on goal. Published on March 24, 2017 at 1:06 pm Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturcocenter_img How Duke beats Syracuse: Duke will enter the Carrier Dome on a five-game win streak. In all but one game in that span, Duke has struck first. If Duke wants to defeat Syracuse, its offense has to take advantage of the inexperience that occasionally slips through on the Orange defense. Guterding is a huge threat and if the focus is on the junior attack, Bruckner can make SU pay.If Duke can jump out to an early lead, Syracuse’s offense will have to step up. Over the past two weeks, SU has not scored in double digits. Inconsistency looms from time to time. SU could pull out another strong win with good performances by Jordan Evans, Nick Mariano, Sergio Salcido and Brendan Bomberry.“It’s (Syracuse’s) balance on offense,” Danowski said. “They have so many weapons on a particular day (that) can make plays.”Statistics to know:  46 — Number of points Justin Guterding has through nine games, more than Mariano (22) and Salcido (20) combined56 — Duke’s man-up percentage, good for second in the nationDaily Orange File Photo5 — Unanswered goals for Syracuse against Duke to pull away in the 2016 ACC championship377 — Duke head coach John Danowski has 377 wins, the all-time NCAA Division I recordPlayer to watch: Justin Guterding, attack, No. 14The New York native has started every single game since coming to Duke in 2015. He won ACC Rookie of the Year and earned All-ACC honors, becoming the fastest Blue Devil to 100 career points. Each year he has led the team in goals. The Blue Devils offense runs through the junior, who has 25 points and 21 assists to his name. Last season, he had four goals in two games against the Orange. Scott Firman will have to be at his best Saturday, similar to his performance against star attack Shack Stanwick (one point) last week. Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse splits doubleheader at Felsberg Invitational to open season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 8, 2020 at 7:42 pm Contact Eli: Syracuse (1-1) split its Saturday doubleheader at the Felsberg Invitational, beating Penn State (3-1) in the season opener before losing to host Florida International (2-1). SU knocked off the Nittany Lions 5-4 before falling to FIU 2-1, and both games came after the Orange were scheduled to play on Friday until a travel complication pushed their 2020 debut to Saturday morning. SU’s veterans started their season off strong as junior Gabby Teran went 3-for-7 on the day with a home run and three RBIs, while senior Alexa Romero pitched a complete game in her first start of the year.Syracuse went down early against PSU when the bottom of the Nittany Lions order strung together a few hits. At the top of the second, PSU’s Dani Fey tripled with runners on second and third and was sent home on a subsequent single. The Nittany Lions doubled and then scored on a throwing error by shortstop Neli Casares-Maher in the very next inning, extending their lead to four runs.Teran homered for SU’s first hit of the season in the bottom of the third and would tack on an RBI triple in the fifth frame to cut the lead to two. Syracuse loaded the bases with one out in the sixth inning and PSU walked in two runs to tie up the contest heading into the seventh.Both SU and Penn State failed to win the game in regulation. In extras, Romero would prove to be the hero for Syracuse. After the runner placed at second advanced to third on a passed ball by catcher Jude Padilla, Romero struck out two to retire the side and get out of the jam. At the bottom of the inning, Toni Martin stole third and reached home on an error to walk it off for the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the second game against FIU, freshman Kaia Oliver made her Syracuse debut and took her first loss despite an impressive outing. After a pitching duel for three innings, the Panthers broke the game open on the basepaths in the fourth. FIU’s Alexis Ross hit an infield single to lead off the inning and advanced all the way to third after a steal and a wild pitch. The Panthers singled to take the lead but the scoring didn’t end there. An FIU single would put runners at the corners and another steal by the Panthers brought runners to second and third. A potential double play became a fielder’s choice on the next at-bat and SU found themselves down two runs to none.Syracuse got its last real chance in the sixth inning when freshman Rebecca Clyde hit a leadoff triple and scored on a 16-pitch single by Teran — who stole second on the next at-bat but couldn’t advance further. A Jamie Gregg strikeout followed by an Alex Acevedo pop up halted SU’s momentum and three straight flyouts in the seventh inning ended the Orange’s comeback attempt.Syracuse will resume action tomorrow in its final game of the Felsberg Invitational against Michigan State. Commentslast_img read more

Jamaica Festival Song Competition 2018 to launch on November 30

first_imgCanceled in 2017, the popular Jamaica Festival Song is to be held in 2018 following an official launch on November 30. Plans are under way for the 2018 staging of the Jamaica Festival Song Competition, which is scheduled to be launched on November 30.Last week, commissioners and senior officers at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC)  met with songwriters and producers  to discuss the plans.The talks focused on the vision for the competition, criteria for the selection of the winning song, incentives for winners, and increasing participation from the local music fraternity.Interim Executive Director of the JCDC, Orville Hill said that the meeting was important in order to hear the views of the producers.“The conversation was important so as to get some of the ideas from the producers, who are critical to the Festival Song and as part of the process for it to be more inclusive,” he said.He noted that the ideas that came out of the talks will be examined “to see to what extent we can incorporate them in the plans for the Festival Song 2018”.He said the decision to launch the competition in November is to mobilize singers, writers and producers, “to get them to start creating a product that will ultimately be satisfactory to the Jamaican people”.He said the early launch will also help to generate public interest in the contest before the submission of entries.Entry forms are available here.last_img read more

Head Coach satisfied with U-18 National Team’s Approach and Commitment to Preparations

first_imgFour training sessions are behind the U-18 national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Football Federation BH Training Centre in Zenica.The chosen players of Slaven Musa are working hard, which was confirmed to us by the goalkeepers’ coach Goran Brašnić:“If we take into account all the circumstances that preceded this gathering and the break that the players had, we can be satisfied with their approach and commitment to these preparations. They played one match between themselves and everyone did his best. Of course, there were a lot of good things, but also some bad ones that still need to be worked on, but the will of the guys to work is at a high level.”Brašnić also commented on the specific working conditions in this period:“We adapt and respect all the guidelines we received from medical experts, as well as measures related to hygiene and health protection. Surfaces that are often touched are constantly disinfected and the staff at the Training Centre regularly cleans all rooms. We also measure temperature regularly. We take care of many things and we don’t have any problems, so the preparations are going in the best way.”The camp ends tomorrow when anthropological testing of players is scheduled.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, March 15 – Sunday, March 17, 2013

first_imgSaturday, March 16, 2013•1:11 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 400 block. W. 2nd, Wellington.•2:52 a.m. Jarred M. Richards, 29, Wellington was arrested and confined on a state of Oklahoma warrant for theft of an automobile.•11:35 a.m. Officer took a report of a found payroll check in the 1700 block N. B, Wellington. Sunday, March 17, 2013•1:02 a.m. Aaron C. Sandell, 28, Wellington was arrested and charged with driving while license is suspended and defective taillamps in the 500 block. E. 16th, Wellington.•8:08 p.m. Officers took a report of a child in need of care in the 300 block. E. 14th, Wellington.•10:31 p.m. Jonathan E. Fuhrmann, 27, South Haven, was issued a notice to appear cited with defective headlamps. Wellington Police Notes for Friday, March 15, to Sunday, March 17, 2013Friday, March 15, 2013:•4:05 a.m. Wesley J. Hodges, 23, South Haven, was issued a notice to appear charged with transporting an open container and seatbelt violation.•4:18 p.m. James R. Cartmill, 22, Wellington was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol &/or drugs, driving while license is suspended, no proof of insurance and no headlamps when wequired in the 1100 block. N. A, Wellington.•4:23 a.m. Wesley J. Hodges, 23, Wellington was arrested on a city of Wellington Warrant for a charge of theft.•8:10 a.m. John Arebalo, 34, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with dog at large, no tags and no rabies vaccination.•9:45 a.m. Darrel W. Gaskill, 52, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with spilling material on roadway.•On March 14th, at 2:34 p.m. Officers took a report of an animal welfare check in the 100 block, Wellington.•12 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 900 block W. 7th, Wellington.•4:45 p.m. Carl J. Hensley, 56, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with dog shelter violation for being unsanitary.•5:02 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of money by a known suspect in the 200 block. N. Ash, Wellington.•6:21 p.m. Officers took a report of a found cell phone in the 300 block. S. Jefferson, Wellington.•7:59 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 800 block. W. Lincoln, Wellington.•9:20 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1500 block E. Lincoln, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Taven S. Vargas, 19, Wellington and an animal.last_img read more