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Sad State Of The NPFL! Players, Coaches Drag Nasarawa United To Court Over Unpaid…

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first_imgNasarawa United players and coaches have dragged the Lafia-based club to an industrial court in the Plateau State capital of Jos over their unpaid salaries, allowances and signing-on fees.According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Nasarawa State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice was joined in the suit filed before Justice Kenneth Amadi.In the originating summons, Paul Hammachi, who is the counsel for the players and the five coaches, claimed that the club sacked them and refused to pay their entitlements totaling N182.54m (N136. 2m for the players and N46.35m for the coaches).The five coaches (Evans Ogenyi, Sylvester Ekoja, Michael Jatau, Bala Nikyu and El Shammah Inusa) were sacked in 2015.They disclosed that the aforementioned sum (N182.54 m) was scrutinised and awarded to them on September 10, 2015 by the Nigeria Football Federation Players’ Status and Arbitration Committee, Abuja.Via the affidavit, they said: “But, two years after this arbitration, the club and the Nasarawa State Government have not paid us.”The plaintiffs told the court to enforce the verdict since it was, in itself, equal to a judgement of the court.During proceedings on Monday, Ishaku Usman, the counsel for the defendants and the Solicitor General of Nasarawa State, pleaded with the court for extension of time.He thereafter requested for an adjournment and it was granted by Justice Amadi, who adjourned the case until January 24, 2018 for further mention.RelatedChineme Martins: Committee Recommends N10m Fine For Nasarawa United Over Player’s Death, Wants Player ImmortalisedJuly 23, 2020In “Featured”NPFL: Akwa United Chairman Tongue Lash Players and CoachesJanuary 31, 2019In “NPFl”NPFL: Plateau United Management Take Paycut Measures Against Players And Technical CrewFebruary 22, 2019In “NPFl”last_img read more

Stephen Curry details his injury, rehab process and thoughts on the young Warriors

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first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Warriors guard Stephen Curry has rewatched the play plenty of times. When Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes, all 6 feet, 10 inches, 260 pounds, fell onto the 180-pound guard. Curry knew his left hand was broken by the time he reached the bench.“I knew when I couldn’t move my fingers, it was something serious.”Speaking to media for the first time since his injury, Curry said he expects to play again this season. “I definitely expect to be ready to play. I don’t know when, but at …last_img read more

VA Rural Health Training’s Benefiting Professionals & Caregivers

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first_imgNEW RESOURCE–The Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Rural Health (ORH) is now providing on-demand education credit, thanks to MyVeHU Campus. MyVeHU Campus provides ten interactive broadcasts that focus on rural health, including two that may be of interest to caregivers and professionals entitled Chronic Management: Meeting the Challenge in Rural Settings and Caregiver Resources for Aging Rural Veterans. These programs focus on getting your veteran the help they need in rural settings, whether it be pain relief or helping with older veterans in areas without up-to-date technology.In addition to Chronic Pain and Caregiver Resources trainings, professionals can find rural health specific content on:Post Deployment Care Integration for Rural OEF/OIF/OND Combat VeteransFacilitating Co-Managed Care for the Rural VeteranRural Community Collaborations and Veteran OutreachCultural Competence and Caring for the Rural VeteranAn Introduction to the VHA Office of Rural Health (ORH)RHPI: CBOC Operations and IssuesThe Rural CBOC PACT Implementation ExperienceRural and Veteran Culture – Times of Change ForumAccessing MyVeHUIf you are new to MyVeHUV Campus, you will need to enroll before accessing any training. You can find step-by-step instructions on how to access the system by clicking here. For more information on MyVeHU Campus sessions and support staff, visit Rural Health Training.last_img read more

No fireworks, but Pacquiao, Horn promise a good bout for fans

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first_imgView comments Even the face-off produced no sparks as the protagonists simply looked at each other with Pacquiao needing to look up at Horn, who is three inches taller.Being an 11-time world champion, Pacquiao is used to the occasion, while Horn is trying to cope with the whirlwind changes in his ring career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFrom a virtual unknown, Horn suddenly found himself thrust into the limelight with a global icon—earning a shot at instant superstardom, money and glory.Informed that attendance at Suncorp Stadium could reach 60,000 for Australia’s biggest ever boxing event, Pacquiao said fighting before such a huge crowd heightens his excitement. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games And even if the fans will root for Horn, Pacquiao said he wouldn’t mind as it’s but natural for Aussies to be patriotic and side with their own.Against Marco Antonio Barrera in 2003 in San Antonio, Texas, Pacquiao joked that there were only five fans, including trainer Freddie Roach, rooting for him. The rest were booing him. But Pacquiao turned the jeers into a source of inspiration to stop the Mexican great.For his part, Horn swore he’s trained the hardest ever to make the most of the golden opportunity to attain his dream of becoming a world champion.“Though Pacquiao is the smaller man, he’s the biggest mountain I have to climb,” said Horn, who’s unbeaten in 17 fights against opponents nowhere near Pacquiao’s level.While Pacquiao said he had no premonition of what will happen on Sunday, Horn bared he had a dream or a picture of himself “rising in that ring with the belt in my waist.”ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend What ‘missteps’?center_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. While Pacquiao and Roach chose to be guarded on the outcome of the fight, to be beamed live in the US via free TV on ESPN, Horn’s trainer, Glenn Rushton, and fight promoter, Dean Lonegan of Duco Events, boldly announced that Horn will overwhelm Pacquiao.“Manny’s time has come,” said Lonegan, adding it’s Horn’s turn to be a boxing champion.Referring to Horn as a very competitive guy with a heart as big as Suncorp, Rushton said Pacquiao is in for the toughest fight of his life.“It will be like 100 angry hornets surrounding you (Pacquiao),” he said.While Roach refused to predict a knockout at the podium, he later told Filipino sportswriters that he sees Pacquiao finally ending his eight-year knockout drought in three rounds—especially if Horn chooses to engage Pacquiao toe-to-toe as he promised.“If our opponent comes out, we’re gonna fire back,” said Roach.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Generika, Cocolife face QF heavyweights Boxers Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, second left, and Jeff Horn of Australia, second right, pose for a photo in Brisbane, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Horn. (AP Photo/John Pye)BRISBANE, Australia— Both appeared dapper and dignified in their expensive suits and exchanged no harsh words during the press conference of “Battle of Brisbane” Wednesday.For Manny Pacquiao, the Fighting Senator, and Jeff Horn, the fighting school teacher, their tussle for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown on Sunday is but a job they have to do to please the fans.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveralast_img read more

High Commission to Focus on Investment in 2013

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first_imgIncreasing investment in Jamaica will be one of the main areas of focus for the Jamaican High Commission in the United Kingdom (UK) this year. High Commissioner, Her Excellency Aloun Ndombet Assamba, has said there are plans to court potential investors with a view to creating more jobs for Jamaicans. She was speaking to JIS News on Saturday, February 2, after addressing a meeting of UK-based Jamaicans and business leaders at the High Commission in London. The High Commissioner disclosed that she is working closely with the trade and investment agency, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) in developing a co-ordinated approach. “As a result of that, whenever I do an official visit to any area (representatives of) JAMPRO and the JTB accompany me and we hold meetings with potential investors as well as with tourism interests,” she said. She said representatives from both agencies will accompany her when she presents her credentials, this month, to the five other countries to which she is accredited as non-resident Ambassador. These are Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Ireland. Mrs. Ndombet Assamba said the High Commission will be looking to strengthen relations with these missions, with the aim of raising Jamaica’s profile. There are also plans to increase Jamaica’s representation and influence in the multilateral arena in organisations such as the Commonwealth Secretariat, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the international sugar, cocoa, and coffee bodies. The meeting at the High Commission was to outline the Mission’s plans for 2013, which include actively pursuing engagement with second, third, and fourth generation Jamaicans throughout the UK, so that they will maintain their affinity and connection to the island; supporting the activities of community organisations; promoting and showcasing different aspects of Jamaican culture, including the literary arts.last_img read more

Tigers Back But Hes Not The Same

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2018-0.17–+0.73–+0.53–+0.74– SeasonsOff TeeApproachAround GreenPutting 2004-09+0.58–+1.34–+0.24–+0.73– * Woods failed to qualify for official PGA Tour leaderboards for any years in these stretches. He also failed to qualify in 2008.The strokes gained statistic isolates the effect of each shot by measuring how much it adds to or subtracts from a player’s expected score on a given hole.Source: PGA Tour Tiger’s back … sort ofStrokes gained per round (relative to PGA Tour average) for Tiger Woods on each type of shot 2012-13+0.22–+1.37–+0.22–+0.38– 2010-11*-0.23–+0.65–-0.09–+0.06– This website recently argued that even if Tiger Woods’s golf game took a multiyear hiatus, his celebrity didn’t. Though up-and-coming stars like Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson were learning to make moves on Saturday and close things out on Sunday, none of their on-course exploits were able to propel them to the pinnacle of the sport’s fame. And even though nearly a decade had passed since Woods won his last major, golf was still Tiger’s world, and everyone else was just putting in it.And now, it appears as though Woods may finally be in a position to justify all that hype. In his last two PGA Tour starts, Tiger finished in a tie for second and then a tie for fifth. His play at the Arnold Palmer Invitational three weeks ago kept him in contention for most of Sunday, with only an errant drive on number 16 — and the impressive final-round 64 from McIlroy — keeping Tiger from claiming his 80th PGA Tour victory. Woods’s great play on consecutive weekends, along with his generally impressive stats for the season so far, has fans tuning in and the golf world believing in its messiah again. But is he really returning to his old form? Let’s check the numbers to compare the resurgent Tiger to the Tiger of years past and figure out what his performance so far may mean for the Masters this week.To be sure, what we’re seeing from Tiger this season isn’t precisely his prime form. Woods was indisputably the best player in the world from at least 2004, which is the first year for which the PGA Tour’s strokes gained metric is calculated, and he stayed at the top through 2009. Strokes gained measures how many shots a player picks up relative to the rest of the field in each of four shot types: off the tee, approaching the green, around the green and putting.1In a nutshell, strokes gained judges each shot you take based on how much it reduces your expected score on a given hole, relative to the field average. And during his peak, Woods easily led the Tour in that stat, crushing his next-closest competitor by 1.2 total strokes gained per round, ranking eighth in strokes gained off the tee and first in strokes gained from both approach shots and putting. So in a rare double, Woods was the game’s best player from tee to green and on the greens themselves, which is a pretty unbeatable combination. This is the Tiger we think of when we reminisce about the guy who looked like he might win 25 major championships.But then came the injuries, the scandals, and multiple coaching changes. Woods struggled in 2010 and 2011, failing to win on tour in consecutive seasons for the first time since he went pro. But he did bounce back in 2012 and 2013 — becoming, yet again, the best golfer on the planet, albeit by a slimmer margin. During those two seasons, Woods dropped about 0.7 strokes relative to the field when compared with his dominant run from 2004 through 2009. His driving and putting both slipped in 2012 and ’13, but because of his customarily exceptional iron play — Woods again lapped the field in approach-shot strokes gained per round — he still led the Tour in average strokes gained overall. He also won eight times in 35 starts, and it looked as though order had been restored to the universe. But that’s when Woods was hit with even more injuries, limiting him to just 11 cuts made over the four seasons from 2014 through 2017. With his body breaking down, Tiger’s second ascension began to look like merely a false start.And yet here we are, just a day before the Masters is set to begin, and Tiger has roared back into the debate about who might triumph on Sunday. Along with players like Spieth, Johnson and McIlroy, Woods is among the favorites to win the tournament, according the Vegas books.2He is just behind the favorites according to Tuesday’s odds from the Westgate, and he is listed as the co-favorite at other sportsbooks as of 10 a.m. Wednesday. And it’s not just sentiment that’s driving those bets. Woods’ play this season mostly justifies the hype, even if he hasn’t quite matched the sublime numbers he achieved earlier in his career. Tiger currently ranks seventh in total strokes gained per round relative to the field — not bad for an old guy coming back from spinal fusion surgery. He’s also doing most of the same old things pretty well, earning a 14th-place ranking in strokes gained per round on approach shots and an 11th-place showing with the putter. In fact, relative to the field, Tiger is adding more strokes per round with the flatstick this season than he did during his prime. And while his overall stats aren’t quite as good as they once were, they’re also a far cry from the downright terrible statistics Woods was producing whenever he managed to play in the previous four seasons. 2014-17*-0.44–+0.22–-0.49–+0.24– So it’s fair to say that Tiger is playing closer to peak form than he has in years. But if one part of his game is cause for concern this week at Augusta, it’s his play off the tee. Driving was never exactly Woods’s strong suit — he was barely above average from the tee box even during his successful 2012-13 comeback — and he’s getting even less out of his drives so far this season, giving away 0.174 strokes per round to the field. As has been the case with Tiger for a while, it’s all about missing his mark with the long clubs: He currently ranks 201st in driving accuracy percentage, hitting the fairway on just 51.6 percent of his measured drives. And although Woods used to compensate for his poor driving accuracy with raw distance, he now also ranks just 34th in average yards per drive this season, and he hasn’t cracked the top 20 in that category since 2007. (Granted, he does rank fourth in average club-head speed so far this year.) Even though accuracy off the tee is a little overrated at the Masters, Tiger might be wise to leave the TaylorMade M3 in the bag and hit that stinger 2 iron around Augusta all week.It’s probably too early to proclaim with any degree of certainty that Tiger the all-time great golfer — rather than Tiger the overhyped media celebrity — is officially back, but his recent performances suggest he’s getting there. Win or lose at Augusta, all those youngsters who grew up worshipping Woods might have to bow down again in 2018. Even now that he’s 42, and after he’s been through many unexpected career twists and turns, it’s tough to make a talent like Tiger’s go away quietly. read more