Sports Reform Committee Report for Presentation Thursday

first_imgThe Sports Reform Committee set up by the Minister of Youth & Sports, Solomon Dalung, will present its report tomorrow at the National Stadium, Abuja.The event scheduled for 12.30 pm is expected to attract many stakeholders who have eagerly awaited the report which hold a lot of promise going by the elaborate debates and open house presentations from well placed resource persons.The Committee inaugurated April 8 was expected to turn-in its report July 14 but asked for a ‘reasonable extension’ to complete the project. “It has been a lot of hard work and personal sacrifice on the part of the Committee members,” Chairman of the 12-member committee, Godwin Kienka, said, adding, “We hope Nigerians will find it worth the wait.”Members of the Committee include; Babatunde Fatayi-Williams, Segun Odegbami, Mary Onyali, Sam Ahmedu, Florence Adeyanju and Laminu Waziri.Others are Yusuf Datti, Demola Are, Despan Kwardem, Kayode Thomas and Ayo Olubato.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Students work for campaigns, political orgs in summer

first_imgBarr Benyamin began discussing politics with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with his father at a young age. His interest in the election process was cemented with the Bush-Gore race of 2000. Now, a senior majoring in political science and business administration, Benyamin has spent his summer interning with the Republican National Committee.Politicos · Intern Alex Yebri, a senior majoring in political science, poses with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. – Photo courtesy of Alex Yebri“I’ve been very passionate about politics for a long time. I’ve considered it as a career for a while,” Benyamin said. “I feel like this summer really affirmed it in my mind. I find it fascinating. Work is never boring. I feel like I have a purpose. I’m working toward something productive rather than just working.”This summer, the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics paired at least 30 USC students, including Benyamin, with internships to give them hands-on experience with politics, according to Arthur Auerbach, internship coordinator for “Directed Governmental and Political Leadership Internship” (POSC 395). The course is designed to mix practical experience students receive from their internships with professional skills, such as how to interview and craft resumes.“The one thing I push with students is that they really need to distinguish themselves from other students in terms of taking the next step post-graduation,” Auerbach said. “The main thing is to gain some real-life work experience so they have a better sense of what they want to do after they graduate.”Aaron Taxy, a junior majoring in international relations, began interning with Congressman Howard Berman’s (D) re-election campaign in January. He said his time with the campaign so far has already given him valuable experience, including working on senior outreach before the June primaries, doing research and staffing events.“Since I’ve been on the campaign since January, they’ve definitely given me a really good amount of responsibility,” Taxy said. “They generally like to give interns greater responsibilities because they’re there more frequently than volunteers.”Benyamin worked primarily on web advertisements, doing everything from research to video editing, he said.“I’ve really learned a lot. Anyone that tells you that they haven’t is lying,” Benyamin said. “I’ve learned running a political campaign is a lot more intricate and difficult than it looks. You have hundreds of people behind the scenes doing things that you never even think about.”Both Taxy and Benyamin said their internship experiences have given them an understanding of politics that cannot be achieved simply by taking political science courses.“You can read the news, you can watch the pundit analyze and analyze,” Taxy said. “Only when you’re there, in the moment, can you understand how the internal operation works and just how every piece matters and the success of the election comes down to every single person doing their jobs.”Alex Yebri, a senior majoring in political science, had planned to spend his summer studying for the LSAT when he was offered a position with Mitt Romney’s campaign in Boston. He decided to push back his LSAT plans and to take an internship with the communications team, where he organized press briefings and was a main contact on the press line.“I was going to put politics on the back burner and focus on studying for the LSATs, but when you get an opportunity like this, you can’t pass it up,” Yebri said. “After a couple days of deliberating, I had to say yes.”Taxy plans to continue interning part-time with Congressman Berman through the election to see the campaign all the way to the end.Though he said he does not know what he plans to do after graduating, this internship has provided him with skills and experience to help him in the future.“I don’t know what kind of political job would best suit me, but I’m loving it. I love reaching out to the community. I love the intellectual aspect of policy-making,” Taxy said. “Even if I don’t go into politics after school, this experience will be unbelievably valuable to my future.”Yebri said he still plans to pursue a career in law but has not entirely ruled out continuing to work in politics after his experience with Romney’s campaign.“Working on a campaign is one of the must fulfilling things because, in the end, you feel like you really made a difference and helped a cause greater than yourself,” he said. “Whether it’s a career or something in your free time, I think you’ll get something out of it greater than any other profession.”last_img read more

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What time is UFC 251 today? Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal schedule & main card start time for Fight Island

first_img“I’m happy because I get to break this guy’s face and get paid for it,” Masvidal said this week.MORE: What is UFC’s “Fight Island”?Usman vs. Masvidal, along with the rest of the fights on the UFC 251 card, will unfold on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi.Here’s all the information you need to keep up with UFC 251 headliner action: After brief period in which it seemed fight fans would lose out on the UFC 251 main event, heated rivals Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal will square off on Saturday evening.Usman was initially supposed to fight Gilbert Burns, but Burns tested positive for COVID-19 and was ruled out of the action. Masvidal then agreed to step up on short notice to challenge the man he’s engaged in public spats with in the past. What time does UFC 251 start today?Date: Saturday, July 11Early prelims: 6 p.m. ET Prelims: 8 p.m. ETPPV main card: 10 p.m. ETUsman vs. Burns fight: 12:15 a.m. ET (approx.)The TV action begins on ESPN at 6 p.m. ET for the early prelims and 8 p.m. ET for the regular prelims. The main card for UFC 251 starts at about 10 p.m. ET and should reach the final fight a shade past midnight.Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal main card start timeThe headline event between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal starts at about 12:15 a.m. ET but is dependent on how long earlier fights take to complete. The UFC 251 main card kicks off at 10 p.m. with a matchup between Amanda Ribas and Paige VanZant, and there are four fights in the main card before Usman vs. Masvidal.What channel is UFC 251 on?All prelim fights can be watched on TV via ESPN or online using the ESPN app. An ESPN+ subscription is required for the pay-per-view main card.UFC 251 cardMain cardKamaru Usman (c) vs. Jorge Masvidal for the UFC Welterweight ChampionshipAlexander Volkanovski (c) vs. Max Holloway for the UFC Featherweight ChampionshipPetr Yan vs. José Aldo for the vacant UFC Bantamweight ChampionshipJéssica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas; Women’s StrawweightAmanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant; Women’s Flyweight PrelimsVolkan Oezdemir vs. Jiří Procházka; Light HeavyweightElizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Muslim Salikhov; WelterweightMakwan Amirkhani vs. Danny Henry; FeatherweightLeonardo Santos vs. Roman Bogatov; LightweightUFC Fight Pass PrelimsMarcin Tybura vs. Alexander Romanov; HeavyweightRaulian Paiva vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov; FlyweightKarol Rosa vs. Vanessa Melo; Women’s BantamweightDavey Grant vs. Martin Day; Bantamweightlast_img read more

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Florida man gets 17 years after wife signed for packages containing 1,000+ ecstasy pills

first_imgA South Florida man is headed to prison after his wife signed for two packages containing more than 1,000 ecstasy pills.32-year-old, Eric Roper, was convicted in October on one count of possession with intent to distribute. He was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison on Monday after a jury found him guilty.According to reports,federal agents stopped two packages addressed to Roper’s home, and planned a controlled delivery of fake pills in April. However, Roper’s wife answered the door when an undercover postal man made the delivery. She called Roper on the phone, and he gave her the instructions to sign for the packages.He was arrested later that day after arriving home.Roper’s wife was not charged.last_img

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White House declares health emergency for novel coronavirus

first_imgThe Trump administration made an announcement on Friday declaring the new coronavirus a public health emergency.Americans who are returning from ubei Province, China, will be subject to a 14-day quarantine while Americans returning from other sections of China will undergo screening for 14 days.Currently there are a total of seven airports that are accepting passengers from China. The airports include; New York’s JFK, Chicago’s O’Hare, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Honolulu, and Los Angeles’ LAX.Officials say the order will prohibit entry from foreign nationals who have been to China in the last 14 days into the U.S. among those who pose a risk of transmitting the coronavirus. The emergency order will go into effect Sunday at 5 p.m.The CDC said that while the general risk to Americans is still low, the situation in China is a “serious health situation.”According to the CDC there are 6 confirmed cases in the U.S.last_img read more

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