141 Athletes, Officials in Niger Grumble over Unpaid Allowances Â

first_imgNATIONAL YOUTH GAMES FALLOUT By Laleye Dipo in Minna Over 140 athletes and officials that participated in the National Youth Games held in Ilorin Kwara State recently are now grumbling over their unpaid allowances. The athletes and officials who have been visiting the state’s Sports Council in Minna since their return from the Games over two weeks ago have appealed to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello to come to their rescue. THISDAY checks at the weekend revealed that officials of the Sports Council have also been avoiding the athletes since their arrival as they no longer know what excuse to give them for the non payment of the allowances.It was gathered that the athletes and their officials were being owed over N49million.Further checks by THISDAY revealed that before the athletes departed Minna for the Games, they were told that they would be paid only three days allowance pending when the state’s Ministry of Finance will release the approved budget.The athletes and officials were told that the Sports Council had to borrow N10m from one staff to enable the team leave for Ilorin.One of the officials who spoke with THISDAY on condition of anonymity said each athlete was given N9,000 for three days while the officials got N15,000 for the same period.The money according to the findings was far below the newly approved basic traveling allowance  BTA of N12,000 for senior civil servants and N5000 for junior workers per day.according to the official, for the 10 days period the games lasted, nobody surfaced from Minna to pay the balance of the remaining seven days to both the officials and athletes.“We learnt that the commissioner came to Ilorin but he did not visit us in the camp, he left for Minna without seeing any of us,” the official alleged.All efforts to speak to the Commissioner for Sports Alhaji Mammam Musa was abortive as he was always said to be in a meeting.Niger State placed 10th on the overall medals table winning six gold, two silver and one bronze in the Games won by Delta State with Akwa Ibom second and Ondo State third. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Grassley: Comment on EPA website now to help save thousands of biofuels jobs

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is urging farmers, biofuels industry workers and everyday Iowans to get on the EPA website and express support for upholding the renewable fuel standard, or RFS.As the deadline for public comments approaches, Grassley says he and several other Midwestern senators are sending a letter to the president this week, outlining the importance of the RFS to the region’s economy.“He’s long been a supporter of biofuels and made a commitment to Iowa and the surrounding biofuel-producing states,” Grassley says. “The EPA shouldn’t undercut President Trump’s support of the RFS.”The head of the EPA recently announced plans to change the RFS, reversing the terms of the deal President Trump made to ensure the oil industry blends 15-billion gallons of ethanol and biodiesel into gasoline. The EPA claims the move would make up for waivers granted to small refineries over the past two years.Grassley says, “I urge the EPA and its administrator, Mr. Wheeler, to adjust the proposed supplemental rule to account for actual waived gallons using hard data from past practice to send an unambiguous signal to the marketplace.”Some 30 ethanol and biodiesel plants nationwide — including four in Iowa — have temporarily or permanently closed in recent weeks because of the uncertainty caused by the waivers.Grassley says many farmers and those in the biofuels industry simply don’t trust the EPA to follow through on the president’s promise because of the agency’s ties to big oil.“They really don’t believe that’s going to happen, 15-billion gallons,” Grassley says, “and that the EPA’s found a way of getting around it, and still at the same time saying they’re doing exactly what was agreed to between the president and those of us that were in the Oval Office.”The deadline for public comments on the issue is November 29th at the EPA website.last_img read more

Kneeling On Necks, Condemned By Sarasota Police Chief, Authorized in Man’s Arrest

first_imgAs protests and tensions continue nationwide over the police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, another situation that occurred a week earlier in our state is gaining attention.In a memo copied to Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino on May 19, a captain of the department concluded that when an officer “placed a knee on the neck” of a suspect during an arrest a day earlier, “the application of force appears reasonable.”That conclusion, by Capt. Demetri Konstantopolous, was made in a use of force report to Officer Matthew Hughes, describing actions by Officer Drusso Martinez as he struggled with 27-year-old black Sarasota resident Patrick Carroll while trying to arrest him on alleged domestic battery charges on May 18.The arrest, as well as Martinez’s kneeling on Carroll’s neck, did not become public knowledge until June 1, when the police department was tagged in a video post.The matter is under internal investigation and litigation.However, DiPino defended her handling of the case. She said, “When I became alerted to these incidents I took immediate action.”Chief DiPino issued a statement about the cellphone video after it became widely public June 1, saying, “While it appears the officer eventually moves his leg to the individual’s back, this tactic is not taught, used or advocated by our agency.”Officer Martinez has been placed on administrative leave.Two days before Carroll’s arrest became public, DiPino condemned the tactic of subduing suspects with a knee to the neck, in response to the viral video showing the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis through the same type of force.On May 30, DiPino issued a statement that read in part, “I was shocked and outraged by the actions and conduct of the Minneapolis police officer and the inaction of the other officers I observed on the video,” her statement said.It continued, “The senseless death of Mr. Floyd is tragic, heartbreaking and never should have happened. … The men and women of the Sarasota Police Department are not trained to use tactics I’ve seen in the videos in Minneapolis. The actions of the officers in Minneapolis were inexcusable.”Michael Barfield, president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, questions the timing of DiPino’s message.On June 1, we were tagged on social media showing a portion of a video with Officers arresting an individual on May 18, 2020. After viewing several videos, Chief DiPino immediately initiated an I.A. investigation & placed the officer on admin leave. More @ https://t.co/QRZRpR5xnJ pic.twitter.com/KvyPJaCIDG— Sarasota Police Department (@SarasotaPD) June 2, 2020 “DiPino needs to stop pretending she was unaware of the knee-on-the-neck tactic,” Barfield said. “Her patrol captain signed off on it as ‘reasonable’ and sent her that message six days before the George Floyd incident in Minneapolis.”He adds that the chief could have acted sooner.“Condemning this terrible tactic after the fact is a political move,” he said. “The time for Chief DiPino to be a leader was on May 19 when she knew one of her officers used the knee-on-the-neck tactic. She didn’t condemn it then. Worse, she pretended not to know anything about it when it came to light. That conduct is disappointing and inconsistent with being a public servant.”In response, DiPino said Saturday that there are six levels of review before she receives reports, and that her department takes immediate action when an incident violates policy.For example, she pulled the use of the vascular neck restraint, a tactic that restricts blood flow to the brain and causes the person to become unconscious, on May 27, in order to review the practice.On May 7, that tactic was used on a 22-year-old who attempted to strike officers.According to a arrest report, Carroll was arrested May 18 in connection with a domestic battery case. Officers Martinez and Amelia Wicinski say he was cooperative at first.Carroll said he went to the female victim’s house to pick up some clothes, but they ended up arguing when he found clothes on the lawn.He added that the woman cursed and yelled at him, and threatened to call the police, prompting him to pack some items and leave.However, Carroll denied striking the woman.Officers arrested him for domestic battery, as the woman had visible bruising and swelling on her arms, face and chest area, the report explained.Carroll began to yell at the officers, asking them why he was being placed into handcuffs.While being placed in handcuffs, he continuously attempted to reach into his pockets, according to police.The arrest report says Carroll refused to comply with a body search.The officers then took him to the ground “with minimal force” when he struggled with them.“I grabbed a hold of Carroll’s right wrist and right elbow area and conducted a takedown. Carroll landed on his stomach, at which time he continued to flail his body and head,” Martinez recalled in the use of force report. “I placed my right knee on the back of his neck to better control his body, at which time he calmed down.”A search of Carroll’s body lead to the discovery of a baggie of marijuana; his backpack contained four .22-caliber bullets, police said. A criminal search also found that he had a felony conviction.In addition to domestic battery, Carroll was charged with felony possession of ammunition and misdemeanor resisting arrest.Photos provided by Martinez show Carroll had no injuries, the report said.last_img read more

Update: Charlie Lake Caves could become a tourist attraction

first_imgMayor Bruce Lantz says there’s a huge tourist attraction just outside our door and it comes with a long history.He says the Charlie Lake Caves are an untapped resource that has the potential to draw visitors to the North.The caves are reported to be one of the only sites in North America to date back to before 10,500 years old.- Advertisement -Animal bones and plants have been excavated from the site. ***It was thought a human skeleton was found at the site, however, it turned out to be animal bones.Lantz brought the idea of developing the site to the Peace River Regional District meeting last Thursday.Advertisement [asset|aid=1211|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8b5c8ff25c9bcba813a94c79f80195d1-Bruce Lantz 1_3_Pub.mp3]The site is on private property, but Lantz says the property owner is willing to work with the region on developing the site.Lantz wants the region to look into building a secure walkway to the caves.He says the City owns property close to the site, so there is a possibility for private businesses to run concessions.Advertisement [asset|aid=1212|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8b5c8ff25c9bcba813a94c79f80195d1-Bruce Lantz 2_2_Pub.mp3]Lantz says the Regional District will research the possibility of developing the site.Once a report is completed, Lantz says he will present the idea to City Council to see if there is an appetite for the project.last_img read more

Housing Minister slammed over failure to publish housing report

first_imgfrustration has been expressed towards the Minister for Housing following what has been described as the ‘failure’ to produce a report on the review of the Tenant Purchase Scheme.Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal, Charlie McConalogue, said promises had been made earlier this year that the report would be published ‘shortly.’Deputy McConalogue said: “I raised this matter in the Dáil in June of this year, but when no report was published, I raised it again last week and was exasperated to be given almost word for word, the exact same reply I received in June. “On that occasion, the Minister promised the report would be published but last week’s response from the Minister shows there is no clear plan to actually publish the report.“It has been now well over two years since the review of the Tenant Purchase Scheme was completed, but since then the government has been dragging its heels on the matter,’ McConalogue said.“The very fact that the review has been finished for so long but appears to have lay gathering dust on the Minister’s desk since then, is a clear indication that the Minister and the government, have no grasp of how many people are still anxiously awaiting the publication of the review.“The scheme was reintroduction but quickly found that a number of people were barred from entering the scheme due to its rigid criteria. “In the majority of cases, they were refused due to the fact their only source of income was social welfare. However, often the applicants were old-age pensioners who want to own the house they have made their home,” he added.“They were barred from the scheme despite the fact they had amassed lifelong savings to support the purchase of their home.“The response from the Minister is an insult to those hopeful the review might bring about changes to the scheme to allow them to buy out their home.“The report is ready for publication and there is no reason for further delays from the Minister at this stage. I will continue to press the Minister to publish this report immediately and afford local authority tenants in these situations the opportunity to make their home their own,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.Housing Minister slammed over failure to publish housing report was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

10 months agoWolves striker Austin Samuel pens new deal

first_imgWolves striker Austin Samuel pens new dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves striker Austin Samuel has penned a new two-and-half year contract.The 18-year-old joined Wolves as an under-8 player, progressing through the Academy system, and will now remain a part of the club until 2021.In 2009 Samuels was spotted by a local scout and first signed for the club in May that year, having previously played locally for Newbridge Rangers.Since then he’s rose as high as under-23 level this season, appearing six times in all competitions for Rob Edwards’ side.The striker netted in victories over Newcastle United and Sunderland, and featured in the Checkatrade Trophy against Mansfield Town’s first-team. He could come into contention for the under-23s’ return to action against West Brom on Monday. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoFulham boss Ranieri: Burnley had three chances and scored two own goals

first_imgFulham boss Ranieri: Burnley had three chances and scored two own goalsby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham boss Claudio Ranieri insists they deserved something from their 2-1 defeat at Burnley.Jeff Hendrick, playing in an unfamiliar right midfield role, had two first half efforts deflected in off Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi to cancel out Andre Schurrle’s stunning second minute goal.Ranier said, “Football is fantastic. We deserved more but that’s football.”They had three chances and scored two own goals. We are alive, we never give up and we continue to fight.”I am satisfied with our performance. We knew it would be a battle, they won so they are right and we are wrong.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoValencia president Anil Murthy has Twitter account hacked

first_imgValencia president Anil Murthy has Twitter account hackedby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia president Anil Murthy has had his Twitter account hacked.After being forced to apologise on behalf of Peter Lim to the Valencia squad for Marcelino’s sacking, his Twitter account was hacked on Wednesday night.Murthy managed to regain control of his account, stating that he’d been hacked and had deleted the previous two posts.The club president has been at the centre of the Marcelino sacking, but insists that the team need to keep moving forward.”This season we’re going to keep working to make the club improve,” he said.”On Sunday, we play at Mestalla against Leganes.”We’re calm right now, we have a new coach and the confidence of the team is in their coach.”We’re going to fight again this season to fulfil the objectives that this club deserves.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

18 days ago​Newcastle midfielder Longstaff ‘over the moon’ for brother Matty

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Newcastle midfielder Longstaff ‘over the moon’ for brother Mattyby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff is delighted for his brother Matty, as the latter scored the winning goal against Manchester United in the Premier League.Matty helped Newcastle to a famous 1-0 win over the Red Devils at home on Sunday.And the older Longstaff has no problems with his kid brother getting some of the limelight!The pair started the game in central midfield, with Matty winning man of the match.”I’m over the moon for him,” said Sean to Sky Sports. “If I’m being honest, he’s been unlucky to be out of the team. But today he’s been a breath of fresh air.” last_img read more

Video: Jahlil Okafor Missed A Reverse Dunk, And Coach K Almost Lost His Mind

first_imgCoach K celebrates with the crowd.DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 09: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates with fans after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 79-73 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 9, 2011 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Duke is having no trouble with 16-seed Robert Morris Friday night, but head coach Mike Krzyzewski is still rather unhappy with at least one Blue Devils player on his squad. Freshman big man Jahlil Okafor, arguably the best player in the country, did a little showboating by trying to throw down a reverse dunk early in the second half. Coach K almost lost his mind and pulled him right after.Things get a little tougher for Duke on Sunday – the Blue Devils will get either St. John’s or San Diego State.last_img read more