Senate President refutes media report on alleged N-Power job slots

first_imgRelatedPosts 2023: Lawan, Dangote, Kalu most preferred candidates — Foreign Intelligence Agencies Senate President charges Committee on Electoral Reforms Illegal miners are criminals undermining Nigeria’s sovereignty – Lawan The Office of the Senate President has denied media reports that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management had allocated N-Power recruitment slots to the Senate President and other lawmakers.Ola Awoniyi, the Special Adviser on Media to the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, made the denial in a statement, in Abuja on Saturday. Awoniyi said: “The attention of the Office of the Senate President has been drawn to a publication on Sahara Reporters portal, purporting that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management allocated N-Power recruitment slots to the Senate President and other lawmakers.“We hereby advise members of the public to totally disregard the fake and malicious publication in its entirety, as regards the Senate President.“It should be noted that the fairy-tale only blandly and obliquely claimed that some lawmakers printed out application forms from the portal of the scheme, but failed to provide any evidence that this was to fill its speculated allocated slots.“We wish to stress that neither the Senate President, nor this office, has anything to do with the purported slots mischievously credited by the publication to the Senate President.“We urge the media to always strive to be factual in their reports and abide strictly by the ethics of their profession which require them to hear from all sides and objectively establish the facts, especially before publishing accusations capable of damaging the reputation of public officials.” Tags: AllegationsN-Power Job SlotsSenate President Ahmad Lawanlast_img read more

Live updates: Warriors vs. Lakers, Wednesday night

first_imgWARRIORS UPDATE: The Warriors take a four-game losing streak into their first regular-season matchup against the Lakers. … Golden State is coming … Scroll down to get insights and news updates from the Warriors’ game Wednesday against the Lakers.GAME ESSENTIALS: Warriors (2-9) vs. Lakers (8-2) at Staples Center in L.A., Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (PT). TV: ESPN, NBCS.ODDS: Lakers -12. LAST REGULAR-SEASON MEETING: Warriors beat Lakers 108-90 at Los Angeles on April 4, 2019.last_img

Learn the language of South African football

first_imgA colourful Bafana Bafana supporter wearing the team’s regalia. (Image: Brand South Africa) • When football became Africa’s game • Africa Cup of Nations: some facts and figures • Who will become a star at Afcon 2015? • African footballers call on their juju men • A brief history of Bafana Bafana Ray MaotaSouth Africa is a football-loving nation with one of the best leagues in Africa and a club tradition going back over a century. Over all those years the country has developed a rich lingo to describe the game, the teams and the play on the field.As the continent comes together for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea this month, we bring you an insider’s guide to the unique language of South African football fans.First up is of course Bafana Bafana, the nickname of the national football squad. In isiZulu it means “the boys, the boys”, or “go boys, go boys”, and it comes directly from the fans. In July 1992, as South Africa returned to the global footballing fraternity after decades of exclusion under apartheid, the national side was on the verge of beating Cameroon at King’s Park Stadium in Durban. The excited crowd spontaneously began shouting “bafana, bafana” to cheer them on – and the name stuck. Doctor Khumalo scored the game’s only goal to give South Africa a 1-0 win.Football itself is known as iDiski.A familiar sight in stadiums is fans wearing a makarapa, a modified and elaborately decorated plastic miners’ helmet. Anything goes on a makarapa: the colours of the supporter’s team, goat horns, bells, bicycle horns … A fan wearing a makarapa decorated in Bafana Bafana colours.The stadium precinct on match day buzzes with a distinctive sound: the blaring of the vuvuzela. A large and colourful plastic trumpet that sounds like a foghorn, the vuvuzela is much loved by local football fans – and, after the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa, much hated by the rest of the world. (A single vuvuzela is apparently louder than a chainsaw.) The trumpet remains a must-have accessory at any South African football match. The sound of the vuvuzela is synonymous with South African football.When a goal is scored, supporters and TV commentators celebrate with the shout of laduma – isiZulu for “it thunders”.There is nothing like seeing a skilful player pull a shibobo on an opponent. Literally it means nutmeg, but it refers to passing the ball between the opponent’s legs.A player like that would usually follow up with a tsamaya, which means a feint.During his career South African footballing legend Jomo Sono perfected the art of the banana kick, a skilful corner shot that curves right into the goal.In South Africa there are few players able to kick a bazooka, a thunderous shot for goal. Orlando Pirates FC player Thabo Matlaba is one of those few.The show me your number move has embarrassed many, when a player fakes a cross or shoot and then player turns away from his opponent to show his jersey number.last_img read more


first_imgVictorian Touch made it’s way into the sporting spotlight last night, with Touch Victoria’s own Peter Shefford being nominated as a finalist in the “Eunice Gill Leadership in Sport” category at the 2006 VicSport Awards. The VicSport Awards recognise the outstanding contribution Victoria’s athletes, coaches, officials, and administrators make to sport and recreation.The annual event is attended by dignitaries such as the Minister for Sport & Recreation (Justin Madden), the Lord Mayor (John So) and the Governor of Victoria (Prof David de Kretser AC), not to mention a host of world champion athletes from across the sporting spectrum who come together to celebrate the contributions and achievements of Victorian sport in a gala evening.The Award categories include: Victorian Female and Male Athlete of the Year, Men’s & Women’s Team of the Year, Official of the Year, Junior Athlete of the Year, the Lord Mayors Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sport, and the coveted Governors Award for Victorian Sportsperson of the Year.Geoff Ogilvy the 2006 US Open Golf winner, and winner of the World Match Play Championship, received the prestigious Governor’s Award.Ogilvy joins a host of Victoria’s sporting stars such as Shane Warne, Aaron Baddley, Andrew Gaze, Robert DeCastella, Alisa Camplin (dual winner), Steve Moneghetti (dual winner) and Michael Klim (3 times winner) to have won the award for outstanding individual achievement.Male Athlete of the Year went to 2006 Commonwealth Games 5000 metre silver medallist, Craig Mottram, whilst the Female Athlete of the Year was awarded to cyclist Katie Mactier, for the second year in a row.Peter Shefford was nominated in the Victorian Sports Leadership Award category.  “The Eunice Gill Award” is presented to the Victorian who has made an outstanding contribution and commitment to the management and administration of their sport over an extended period of time. To be ranked in the final three (3) is a marvellous achievement, and recognises the terrific work that Peter does for the sport in Victoria.Despite an impressive catelogue of achievement, Peter was pipped at the post by Hockey’s Judith Yates – a veteran of more than 30 years involvement in her chosen field.Discounting those positions held outside of Victoria, Peter has held no less than 15 positions across administration and technical fields in support of Touch in the state. A former winner of the VicSport Volunteer Administrator of the Year (2003), and VicSport Volunteer Coach of the Year award (2004); as well as the inaugural member of the Elwood Park Touch Association Honour Roll (2005), Peter continues to dedicate countless hours to the sport he enjoys so much.Peter was Assistant Coach of the Australian Mixed 18’s who won the 2005 Youth World Cup, and was Assistant Coach of the Australian Senior Mixed at the 2005 All Nations Tournament.Touch Football Australia congratulates Peter on his nomination and look forward to his continued and valued involvement in the sport.last_img read more

ESPN’s Updated Post-Spring College Football Top 25

first_imgESPN College Football National Championship in Tampa Bay logo.ESPN Top 25ESPN has updated its preseason top 25 for the 2016 college football season now that spring football is behind us. There is no new team at No. 1. Alabama has held onto the top spot. There are some changes to the top 25, though, which was last released post-National Signing Day. Among them: Clemson has moved up from No. 5 to No. 2; Florida has dropped out; Miami has moved in. Post-spring-updated Way Too Early Top 25:— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) May 10, 2016Here’s the full top 25:  Nick Saban DabAlabama at No. 1.AlabamaClemsonMichiganFlorida StateOklahomaLSUBaylorStanfordNotre DameOhio StateTennesseeUSCGeorgiaOle MissOklahoma StateMichigan StateWashingtonHoustonUNCOregonTexas A&MUCLAIowaMiamiLouisvilleAlabama has also been ranked No. 1 in the top 25 from the Sporting News and FOX Sports.  Oklahoma is No. 1 in Sports Illustrated’s, though, and Florida State is No. 1 in ESPN’s FPI. [ESPN]last_img read more

Sixcess Buckeyes continue dominance over rival Michigan

Ohio State piled up 251 yards on the ground, forced five Wolverine turnovers, and left the blue-clad members of a crowd of 110,922 disappointed for the sixth consecutive season, as the Buckeyes beat Michigan 21-10 at The Big House.As a result, OSU clinched an outright Big Ten championship, while Michigan will spend bowl season at home for the second consecutive season.Michigan needed a victory to gain bowl eligibility, but took the wrong route to an upset, committing five turnovers.Freshman quarterback Tate Forcier, who promised earlier in the week that he would lead his Wolverines to a bowl game, threw four interceptions, including three in the fourth quarter.“He’s a young guy and he threw a couple balls he shouldn’t have,” OSU coach Jim Tressel said. “Turnovers and the rushing game are always going to be the key.”Forcier also handed OSU the game’s opening score when he fumbled the ball in the end zone on Michigan’s initial possession. Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward landed on the football in the end zone to give the Buckeyes the early 7-0 lead.“[Heyward] did a great job of getting on the ball,” linebacker Brian Rolle said. “Forcier dropped back to scramble and dropped it, but Cam did a great job covering it up and making sure it was a touchdown.”Ohio State pounded away at the Big Ten’s last-ranked defense with a three-headed rushing attack. Dan “Boom” Herron racked up 96 yards on 19 carries, Brandon Saine amassed 84 yards on 12 rushes and quarterback Terrelle Pryor totaled 74 yards on 19 carries.The Buckeyes eclipsed 225 rushing yards for the fifth straight game.“It’s really fun out there running the ball,” Saine said. “The offensive line is doing great, getting a lot of movement. With [Pryor] back there being able to do what [he] does, it really helps me and ‘Boom.’”Leading 7-3, Pryor faked a rollout to the right and handed to Saine, who cut back to the left toward a wide-open pathway to the end zone for a 29-yard score. The misdirection play appeared to throw off the Wolverine defense, and even surprised Tressel.“On Saine’s touchdown, our student intern put the wrong play up on the board,” Tressel said. “That was not the play we called. He called that.”Tressel said he couldn’t remember what the original playcall was supposed to be, but that it wouldn’t have worked as well as the misdirection mishap fared.Pryor committed the Buckeyes’ first and only turnover in the third quarter, when his pass sailed off the hands of Michigan cornerback Donovan Warren and into the grasp of senior linebacker Jonas Mouton.The Wolverines cashed in on the pick, driving 49 yards in eight plays for a touchdown. Forcier connected with running back Vincent Smith for 18 yards to cut the lead to 14-10.OSU bounced right back, though, with an 89-yard drive that culminated with a touchdown.After nine rushing plays and a sack, Pryor tossed a lob pass over the heads of Michigan linemen and into the hands of Herron, who sprinted into the end zone for a 12-yard score. Tressel had rushed out onto the field before the snap, trying to call timeout, but to no avail. The Bucks caught a break in taking a 21-10 lead.“[Pryor] did a great job on that drive, he just kind of took over,” Tressel said. “Rather than us trying to guess calling the plays, we just called read plays for him, and he decided who carried it. That was a great drive.”After falling behind by 11, Michigan failed to muster any offensive rhythm. The Wolverines’ final five drives ended with a punt, three interceptions and a turnover on downs.Senior safety Kurt Coleman nabbed two interceptions, both deep in OSU territory, ending a pair of Michigan scoring threats.“He’s a guy you always have to look for to make plays,” Rolle said. “One interception, I was like, ‘Did he catch that?’ He’s a guy who is always going to be around the ball once it’s in the air, and he did a great job of going up and catching it at the highest point and coming down with it.”Coleman and the rest of the Buckeye seniors will leave OSU having never lost to their rivals from up north.“The rest of their lives, they can be arrogant or whatever they want to be,” Tressel said.Since taking over as coach in 2001, Tressel has led OSU to victory in eight of the nine meetings with Michigan.The Buckeyes concluded their regular season schedule with a trio of critical November victories, having knocked off Penn State, Iowa and Michigan, and now await to learn the identity of their Rose Bowl opponent.“We knew when we looked at the November schedule that it was not going to be an easy thing, but our guys don’t back down from anything,” Tressel said. “When you’re undefeated in November, good things will happen over the holidays.” read more

3 Ways Marc Benioffs AppExchange Transformed the Cloud

first_img Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now February 26, 2016 Ten years ago, last month, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and his team launched the Salesforce AppExchange. At the time, Benioff noted that, “The iPod is to the iTunes Music Store what AppExchange is to the platform.”Related: Enterprise Apps Are Less Glitter but More Gold for DevelopersA combination of hardware and software, the AppExchange gave new market entrants the foundation they needed to accelerate application development, time to market, awareness and, ultimately, sales.The platform’s launch not only played a hugely significant role in the success of my own company, Xactly, but completely changed the enterprise cloud technology landscape in these three important ways:1. Lowering the barrier to entry for new applications in the enterpriseThe launch of the AppExchange lowered the barrier of entry for new market players to build and launch applications. Previously, companies (including mine) had to raise funds to cover the price of the hardware and other technologies needed to support their applications — often before development could even really begin.This was not only costly, but also time consuming. The AppExchange helped introduce the idea of “rent” in the cloud. New entrants could utilize the strong hardware and security foundation that Salesforce had built for the AppExchange as their foundation. This significantly reduced the cost, time and effort to get new applications on to the market, and paved the way for countless new cloud players in the enterprise. Not to mention that it gave newcomers an automatic marketing channel. 2. Creating ‘window shopping’ (and buying) for appsWhat department stores did for retail, the AppExchange did for enterprise applications. The AppExchange created a destination where customers could essentially “window shop” for applications. Not only were applications pre-vetted from a technology standpoint, they featured customer ratings and reviews. Think of the important role reviews play when you research and select consumer products, such as TVs.AppExchange brought the same concept to the enterprise. It was transformational in the industry because it enabled customers to quickly and confidently find select applications they would have otherwise spent hours researching — if they even knew they existed.Related: Seven Essential Apps for Your Sales Team3. Connecting partner ecosystemsAs noted, all applications that make it on to the AppExchange are pre-vetted and tooled to work seamlessly together. This has made it easy for customers to connect the technologies they need to meet key business objectives — such as supercharging their sales organizations.For example, we have a number of customers who have leveraged the AppExchange to buy and integrate sales applications such as Salesforce for CRM, Xactly for sales performance management and SteelBrick for configure, price and quote. For the first time, these linked applications offer organizations a clear view into their own customers, and data that ranges from the initial point of contact through to the final sale and payment.This kind of insight has been game changing. And, today, the idea of an “application store” has become mainstream. Whether you are an Apple or Android disciple, its apps store may be one of the places you visit most on your mobile device — to download a new game, social application or music.In the enterprise, application, stores or platforms have become commonplace as well and should be a first destination for anyone considering building an enterprise app. But, 10 years ago, the AppExchange was a new and novel idea that helped create new revenue streams for existing players in the market, laid the foundation for countless newcomers and accelerated the adoption of cloud technologies in the enterprise. As someone who has been part of the journey since the beginning — Xactly was one of the first applications to launch on the AppExchange — it has been an exciting ride. We can’t wait to see what the next decade brings.Related: 15 Tools to Create Automation in Your Small BusinessHappy Birthday, AppExchange! And congrats to the Salesforce team! This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min readlast_img read more

Bumstead bill remedies local stagnant acquisition challenges

first_img State Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, applauded today’s passage of House Bill 5398, which aims to help local governments consolidate small foreclosed properties by facilitating acquisitions of surrounding land for resale and potential development.LANSING, Mich. — State Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, worked with Newaygo County Treasurer Holly Moon to see this legislation through completion. Moon brought Newaygo and Lake counties’ foreclosure acquisition issues to Bumstead’s office in Lansing, helped guide the legislative process with her firsthand experience and testified before the House Committee on Local Government.“My legislation will help local governments utilize small parcels of land that were once unsalable,” Bumstead said. “This issue is specifically a problem for Newaygo and Lake counties, but may certainly be applicable in other rural areas of Michigan.”Many of the district’s small parcels are owned by a numerous public and private parties and are abandoned or indefinitely entwined in the tax foreclosure process. Newaygo County Treasurer Holly Moon worked the Legislature to help remedy the situation in the district, because Bumstead said the land could be used more resourcefully if properly managed.“I certainly hope every bit of Pure Michigan can be enjoyed and utilized in some way, and this bill could certainly help put available land to good use,” Bumstead said.HB 5398 allows a county’s foreclosure unit to acquire property owned by state, federal and other governmental entities to encourage sales of tax reverted property. The bill passed 104-5 with one abstained vote, and will go to the Senate for further consideration.### 09Sep Bumstead bill remedies local, stagnant acquisition challenges Categories: Newslast_img read more