Chairman and the Independent Directors of the League Management Company (LMC) Limited were on Monday in Lagos endorsed for reappointment by a unanimous decision of members at an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting (EGM) held at the Best Western Hotel on Victoria Island.The EGM which had in attendance the LMC Board and the participating clubs of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) was convened to deliberate on among other matters, the LMC Governing Structure as provided in the LMC Supplementary Regulations of 2014.LMC Chairman, Mallam Shehu Dikko in his opening remark before leaving the hall for the clubs to reach decisions on the tabled agenda, spoke on the LMC Governing Structure, the progress recorded by the league, the challenges faced lately, the projects lined up to improve the fortunes of the league and steps that have been taken to resolve some of these challenges and return the league to expectations of the clubs, especially in matters of revenue generation. Shehu Dikko Dikko further thanked the NPFL family for the opportunity given him and the Board to serve, promising that the years ahead will usher in greater successes on the field and in the books and then announced the intention of the current board to seek re-appointment consistent with the provisions of the LMC Supplementary Regulations of 2014.The EGM after full deliberations passed a number of resolutions beginning with a commendation of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Executive Committee led by the President Amaju Melvin Pinnick for the laudable work they have executed to successfully steer the course of Nigerian football on the path of sustainable development, despite some avoidable distractions.It also declared unflinching support for the NFF and its leadership for all the positive football development programmes the federation has put in place and are implementing.The EGM also unanimously endorsed the re-appointment of the current Chairman and independent directors of the LMC for another term, subject to the conclusion of the work and processes of the company’s Selection Committee pursuant to the provisions of Articles 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 of the LMC Supplementary Regulations of 2014 and Article 18 (2) of the NFF Statutes, 2010.The General Meeting approved and adopted a proposal for the amendment of Article 7 of the LMC Supplementary Regulations, 2014 with an intent to align LMC Governance Structure with the new FIFA Governance benchmarks on tenure limits.The meeting further commended the NFF for setting up the NFF Reforms Committee mandated to fashion out ways and strategies to improve Nigeria football.Consequently, the NPFL clubs resolved to set up a committee of five members to develop a position paper with suggestions on how to improve the NPFL and indeed Nigerian football which will be submitted to the Reform Committee on behalf of the clubs.The members include: Davidson Owumi of Rangers as Chairman, Mr. Soni Uboh of Go Round FC, Dr. Abubakar Ago of Yobe Desert Stars, Barr. Davidson Adejuwon of MFM FC and Alloy Chukwuemeka who will serve as Secretary.The General Meeting also reviewed the on-going NPFL 2019 Season and expressed delight with its steady progress and discussed areas of identified challenges with a view to finding solutions.The General Meeting in particular commended the diligence to duty and untiring efforts of the current Chairman, Dikko and Independent Directors, Dr. Isaac Ayodele, Mallam Salihu Abubakar and Hon. Nduka Irabor in ensuring the continuous development and long-term development of the NPFL and the larger Nigeria football hence the endorsement of their re-appointment to office.The EGM had in attendance representatives of 22 clubs while two sent apologies for not attending. Independent Directors at the meeting were LMC Chief Executive Officer, Hon. Nduka Irabor, the LMC Chief Operating Officer Salihu Abubakar and Dr. Isaac Ayodele.Also present were two members of the NFF Executive Committee, Alhaji Yusuf Fresh and Felix Anyansi Agwu.Some of the Clubs at the meeting include Rivers United FC, Abia Warriors FC, Heartland FC, FC IfeanyiUbah, MFM FC, and Rangers International FC. Others are Gombe United FC, Wikki Tourists FC, Go Round FC, Nasarawa United FC, Akwa United FC, Insurance of Benin FC and Enyimba International FC. Also in attendance were Sunshine Stars FC, Kwara United FC, Kano Pillars, Plateau United FC, Delta Force FC, Lobi Starts, Yobe Desert Stars FC, Katsina United FC, Kano Pillars and El-Kanemi Warriors FC.The LMC Board consists of seven members made up of an Independent Chairman, two independent members, three members representing the Clubs and the CEO. The reappointed board was first constituted in 2015 after the adoption of the LMC Governing Structure Supplementary Regulations of 2014. The approved LMC Governing Structure has been the guiding principles for the corporate operations and management of the LMC-NPFL since 2015, with the club representatives on the LMC Board appointed on annual basis, while the Independent Directors have a tenure of four years.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
As the Fourth of July holiday arrives, is there more cause for concern when wading into waters off Juno Beach, Palm Beach, Lake Worth Beach or Delray Beach this weekend?Florida is the state with the most shark bites in the nation. We are about to find out why…murky water, lots of people, Early morning and dusk offer the least visibility. Track sharks in South Florida waters here.Lifeguards off Juno beach say they haven’t seen a shark attack in years. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t shark sightings. Jon Cooper of Westin and his two children saw a fin in the water off South Beach Pavilion in Boca Raton.Only three shark attacks were reported in the state in 2018, according to the International Shark Attack File, a scientific database of shark attacks housed at the Florida Museum of Natural History.Though the Sunshine State accounts for 25 percent of worldwide shark bites, 2018’s 16 unprovoked shark attacks was lower than the most recent five-year annual average of 30 incidents, according to the Florida Museum International Shark Attack File. Only one shark attack was reported in Palm Beach County.In Florida, most attacks come from blacktip sharks, which are a little under 5 feet long and weigh about 40 pounds. If they do bite a swimmer, it is usually because the shark thought the victim was a fish or seal.Dr. Stephen Kajiura, a professor in Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Biological Sciences says, “We’re seeing more seals than we ever have before,” he said, adding that this contributes to the increase in sharks.While the odds of encountering a shark aren’t high, Kajiura still advises swimmers to be mindful that there could be sharks out there. Floridians in northern areas like Jacksonville and Daytona “where the water’s much murkier” have more of a chance of a shark encounter.And as the human population grows much faster than the shark population, more people will be on the beaches and the number of encounters will increase.“And you’ve got muddy water with lots of sharks that are migrating north and it corresponds to this increasing number of bites,” Kajiura said.Kajiura reminds Palm Beach swimmers to exercise common sense when entering the ocean. Early morning and dusk offer the least visibility.“That’s when it’s hard to distinguish between a little fish and the sole of your foot,” he said.Also, don’t swim near someone reeling in fish. “If you see a lot of bait fish jumping in the water, that’s probably a good sign that a predator’s there. Might be tarpon. Might be Jacks. Might be a shark. “You’re asking for trouble at that point.”Safety tips: Don’t wear sparkly jewelry, don’t thrash around, don’t swim near fishermenSwim in a group: Sharks mostly attack when alone.Stay close to the shore: The farther away you are from the beach, the farther away you are from help if a shark does attack.Avoid dawn or dusk swims: These are feeding times for sharks, and they can see you in dark waters more easily than you can see them.Don’t swim if bleeding: Sharks can smell and taste blood.Listen to full interview with Dr. Stephen Kajiura, a professor in Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Biological Sciences here.Dr Kajiura
HOOP STARS—Bruce Atkins, left, and B.B. Flenory, right, were presented with their award by Diamond Models member Janea. One of western Pennsylvania’s longest running awards banquets was held at DiEmperios 4-star restaurant in Monroeville. It began with a special honor to the Champions Association by Ernie Bey who received an African-style hand carved staff.The evening featured awards to Pittsburgh MVPs, (most valuable persons). The keynote speaker and co-sponsor was Leah Williams Duncan.The proceeds will go to benefit the Champion Enterprises 25th annual Toys for Tots Christmas party.The 2010 awardees were Beverly Harris Walker, Sam Clancy, Tika Hemmingway, Rayco Saunders, Darnell Dinkins, Gloria Hill, Sheldon Ingram, Greg McGhee, Chaz Kellem, Bruce Atkins, Kevin Cameron, Joyce Ellis, Russell Bynum, Bill Viola, Shayla Scott, Ace Pippens, Paul Seneca and Gilbert Brown.The sponsors were Urban Settlement, Penn Avenue McDonalds, Attorney Jim Cook, Dave Smith Chevrolet, Attorney William Goodrich, Attorney Arnie Klein, Highmark and The New Pittsburgh Courier. The 35th annual Willie “Pop” Stargell Pittsburgh MVP Awards Banquet did not disappoint. “The night of the Champions” brought out some of western Pennsylvania’s all time, as well as current champions including Local World Women Boxing champion and 2012 Olympic hopeful Tika Hemmingway, Super Bowl champion Darnell Dinkins and basketball greats Bruce Atkins and B.B. Flenory.
The tournament was the first test of the season for most teams.Although the Cats got an early start to the campaign in Metaline Falls, Washington, going 2-1 against the host Rangers.“We experimented with changes that we wanted to explore after last season,” said head coach Joe Moreira. “That helped us prepare for the weekend at Crowe.”Moreira said the changes appear to be working as the club played much better in Trail.The Cats, host of the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball tournament November 28-December 1, entered the preseason ranked third overall.Mount Sentinel gets a big test this weekend when the team travels to Kelowna Friday to compete at a tournament at Immaculata.Immaculata is ranked second overall in the A girls poll behind Kelowna Christian.The Cats return home the following weekend to host the Kootenay Classic at Mount Sentinel. The Mount Sentinel Wildcats began to set the wheels in motion on what the players hope is a championship season after the squad captured the J. Lloyd Crowe High School Girl’s Volleyball tournament Saturday in the Silver City.The Cats, pretty much the same team that represented the zone at the B.C. High School A Girls Championships last season, swept through the tournament not losing a game.Mount Sentinel won the tournament by dumping Selkirk Storm of Kimberley 25-13, 25-13 in the final.L.V. Rogers Bombers of Nelson edge Golden Eagles 25-21, 25-23, to clinch the bronze medal.
Once upon there was Bat Day. Only Bat Day. Then came Ball Day. Then Cap Day, then Helmet Day. Then (Your City Here) Night. Then came Picture Day, where you could snap photographs of players as they milled around between the foul lines and the grandstand.Anyone else jonesing for the ’70s right about now?It was a simpler time. Not necessarily perfect. I visited relatives in Southern California one summer. We went to a few Angels games. At one, I was too old to get a bat. At another, I was too …
In a fiercely competitive world, young people are using their limited leisure to build their skillsWith over 550 million Indians under 25, India is now the envy of many developed countries around the world which are facing problems arising out of aging populations. The 12-24 years age band is a,In a fiercely competitive world, young people are using their limited leisure to build their skillsWith over 550 million Indians under 25, India is now the envy of many developed countries around the world which are facing problems arising out of aging populations. The 12-24 years age band is a tumultuous journey, synonymous with life-defining changes. In this ‘growing up’ phase, priorities metamorphose. It’s in this context that the role of leisure becomes critical.While leisure is important for all ages, its importance in the psychological, physical and intellectual development of young people is well recognised. But in the absence of any concerted initiatives like sports, cultural groups and youth camps like in many developed countries, what do India’s urban young do in their leisure time?One of Technopak’s recent studies- India Consumer Trends 2006/07 – has brought out some very interesting facts about the leisure habits of 12-24-year-olds. Leisure is fast becoming sedentary and passive. Watching television is the most prominent among leisure activities for the youth, taking up close to three hours every day.Young males may still be devoting about 40 minutes a day towards sports but females are on the playfield far less. Office-goers spend barely 15 minutes on exercise of any kind. While spending time with friends still comes up as a significant activity, its importance is reducing as gaming, Internet browsing and other ‘my time’ entertainment options become popular.’Hanging out with friends’ as an activity seems fairly prevalent among the student community but reduces once they start working, and is mostly done at a friend’s house or around parks, movie halls, malls and markets. Access to a PC and the Internet is significant. Those who have a PC, use it to play games, work on something related to academics, browse or chat online.advertisement50% of those polled have access to the Internet, either at home or through cyber cafesSocialising, normally happening on the playground, is increasingly moving to a virtual medium, as it offers ‘own-term entertainment’. So, are we breeding a generation of couch potatoes disinclined towards any physical activity? The answer lies in an acknowledgement of the environment our youth live in today. In a fiercely competitive world with importance attached to academic excellence and getting ahead, young people are using their limited leisure to build their skills.An increasing number view leisure as an unaffordable luxury that cuts into time available for tuitions and self-improvement courses. De-stressing is no longer something only corporate executives do. Home has become the mandatory place to “chill, switch off and then thrill”.The other key contributor to this is, of course, the lack of urban infrastructure that would provide the facilities for active recreation. Most neighbourhoods have the merest apology of a park. Many of the larger parks in a city are offlimits for games. Government sports facilities are few and far between. Schools too typically do not provide access to their recreation areas after school hours. So where can Indian youth build the practice of an active lifestyle?It is difficult to hypothesise how today’s youth, brought up in such an environment, will cope with the challenges of the real world and what the impact will be on Indian society. However, as a 48-year-old, what I can say, with some sadness, is that the ‘virtual’ life we are subjecting our youth to today is not a patch on the ‘normal’ life we enjoyed in our youth-a life that seemed so much fuller even with fewer means and gadgetry.While it is not feasible for the government to create large, open spaces in major cities any more, it is possible to create hundreds of natural parks-each of a few hundred hectares in size-across India that can be reserved for outdoor activities such as hiking, youth camps, sports, and will bring the young out of their bedrooms, cyber cafes, and coaching classes into a world of sunshine and stars.
Metatarsus adductus is a foot deformity characterized by a sharp, inward angle of the front half of the foot. It is thought to occur as a result of the infants position inside the uterus where the feet are bent inward at the instep. Most cases resolve spontaneously and the majority of the remainder can be corrected with simple exercises.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Real Madrid captain Ramos open to playing for Spain in Olympicsby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos admits he’d be open to playing for Spain in the 2020 Olympics.Spain have never usually opted for such veteran players to make up their Olympic squads, but this seems to be something Ramos is really keen on.El Mundo reports that this would be a dream for the centre-back.”If the chance to go to Tokyo comes up, it would be tremendously exciting for him,” is the view of those close to the player.Spain have already qualified thanks to the Under-21s’ performances at this summer’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship and each competing nation is permitted to include three over-23s in their Olympic squad. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
MADRID – Catalonia’s political leaders plan to bring a legal challenge to prevent the Spanish government from removing them from office and taking over running the region to stop its push for independence, a regional spokesman said Tuesday.Appeals will be lodged in Spain’s constitutional and Supreme courts against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s decision to sack Catalonia’s government and curtail the regional parliament’s powers, regional government spokesman Jordi Turull said.If the regional government is not successful in Spanish courts, it will pursue the case in international courts, Turull said.Spain’s Senate is expected to approve Rajoy’s plans on Friday, triggering previously untapped constitutional powers to act against Catalan leaders accused of violating the law by holding a secession referendum and preparing to declare independence.“We are going to respond in a very solid way,” Turull said at the end of the regional government’s weekly cabinet meeting. “We will exhaust all internal ways in order to turn to the international justice if needed.”Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont has a last chance this week to defend his case before Senate members, and some speculate he may do so Thursday or Friday — when he could cross paths with Rajoy.But Puigdemont could pull a surprise by instead attending a meeting at the regional parliament in Barcelona Thursday, where he could declare independence.There’s also speculation that Puigdemont may alternatively call an early regional election and avoid central government intervention.Calling such an election would indicate that Catalonia was willing to return to the fold and act under Spanish laws, rather than flout them by declaring independence.Justice Minister Rafael Catala said Tuesday that Puigdemont must state he is willing to abide by Spanish laws and also clarify if he declared independence in an ambiguous speech he gave Oct. 10. The speech followed a banned referendum that the Catalan leader said gave him a mandate to secede.More details about the effect the political crisis is having on Catalonia emerged Tuesday when Caixabank, Spain’s third-largest bank, reported it suffered a “moderate” but temporary run on deposits due to the crisis over the region’s independence bid.The bank transferred its headquarters from Catalonia to the Valencia region on Oct. 6.Presenting the company’s earnings for the first time in the city of Valencia, CEO Gonzalo Gortazar declined to give details on the value of the withdrawn deposits, but said the losses had “been reversed” and the bank continued to grow.Gortazar said the headquarters relocation was definitive. Local media reports quoted him as saying the bank does not currently plan to move any jobs out of Catalonia.A second bank, Sabadell, and more than a thousand other companies have moved their official bases out of Catalonia to ensure they could continue operating under European Union laws if Catalonia breaks away from Spain.____Parra contributed from Barcelona, Spain. Associated Press writer Barry Hatton in Lisbon, Portugal contributed to this report.