Golf: Nigeria Secures Membership of Europe PGA

first_imgThe PGA of Nigeria was founded in 1969 and has a membership of 173 professionals working in around 70 golf clubs.The PGA of Nigeria membership has increased from four at its very beginning to become a well-established body that operates closely with the Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF), as well as further afield with almost ten per cent of its members working internationally in Ghana, Cameroon, Togo and Senegal.Various local state governments have begun to provide golf lessons in schools as a vehicle for youth empowerment, alleviating poverty, generating employment and helping the environment, and the PGA of Nigeria continues to work with the federation to increase this involvement.Secretary of the PGA of Nigeria, Jide Bolaji, added, “The Nigerian PGA aims to promote and develop golf, seek career development and capacity building opportunities and update its members in the profession, and we have a clear strategic plan to achieve this.“The future of golf in our country is bright and there are many opportunities to for us to develop, and now with the support of the PGAs of Europe, our future can be even brighter.“We are delighted that the PGA of Botswana and the PGA of Nigeria have taken the steps required to fulfill our membership requirements and standards for Affiliate Membership, which has taken our European and International membership to 38 countries,” said PGAs of Europe Chief Executive, Ian Randell.“In conjunction with the PGA of South Africa, we have worked with them for many years and now look forward to visiting each country and assisting their further development so that they may progress from Affiliate to Full International Member countries in the very near future. For more than two decades, we have conducted golf development activity not just in our own Member Countries, but also all over the world, particularly in the delivery of golf development expertise for The R&A in its “Working for Golf” programme, and it is fantastic to welcome these two nations formally into our membership.”In becoming Members, the PGA of Botswana and PGA of Nigeria gain access to the services and benefits of being a part of an international community of national PGAs and PGA Professionals, sharing good practice in areas such as membership, education, business, and the development of the game.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaNigeria has joined the PGA of Europe as an international affiliate Member Country.It joined Botswana in becoming the latest African countries to be conferred with the PGA of Europe membership.last_img read more

Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Friday, Feb.28, and Saturday, March 1. Crimes against a personat 5:05 p.m. on March 1, a student reported to DPS that her roommate had pushed her and hit her with a loaf of bread during an argument. The second student denied making physical contact with the reporting student when questioned by DPS officers but admitted to throwing bread at her. Temporary housing was consequently arranged for the reporting student due to ongoing problems with her roommate.Crimes against propertyat 3:00 p.m. on Feb. 28, the property manager of 2727 Menlo Ave. reported to DPS that the building was damaged by water when students who resided at the location left water overflowing.at 6:13 a.m. on March 1, DPS officers detained a suspect who was seen carrying a locked bicycle on 27th Street and Figueroa Street. The officers were unable to locate the owner of the property so the bike was impounded at the DPS office and the suspect was released at the scene.Miscellaneous incidentsat 12:30 a.m. on March 1,  DPS officers responded to an intoxicated non-USC female who chipped a tooth outside of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. An Los Angeles Fire Department Rescue Ambulance unit was requested but the woman declined transportation for medical treatment. The officers concluded that the female was unable to care for herself and could not locate anyone to care for her. As a result, she was arrested and transported to Metropolitan Detention Center for booking.last_img read more

Senatorial tickets present at first-ever USG election forum

first_imgAfter each ticket introduced its platform at the forum, audience members asked questions and clarified legislation propositions before moving on to the next candidates. The tickets discussed topics like mental health treatment funding and sustainability, as well as transparency and accountability with USG and the University administration. Senate candidate Quinn Cunniff, a sophomore majoring in accounting, seeks to make changes in USG’s structure to increase accountability. Cunniff is skeptical about USG’s ability to perform in a transparent manner, and wants to represent students who think similarly. According to USG bylaws, Senate candidates may run individually or in a group. Tickets with two or three candidates can campaign together on similar platform points, but each candidate is ultimately still competing against the others to be one of the 12 USG senators. During the voting period, a total of 20 candidates will be listed on the ballots individually. Only one incumbent candidate, sophomore Gabriel Savage, is running for re-election. The Undergraduate Student Government held its first-ever Senate Forum at Grace Salvatori Hall Thursday. The event gave student voters the opportunity to learn more about the 11 senatorial tickets running for office. Sara Tamadon, a sophomore majoring in social sciences, said some audience members thought the forum could have been a longer event. “I think that I translate a lot of the sentiment of what the students feel like,” Cunniff said in an interview with the Daily Trojan. “There’s a reason turnout is so low. It’s because people don’t have … faith in the student government.” “There’s a large disconnect between what people who are not in USG think about the school, what people in USG think and then what the administration does as a result of that,” Rosenthal said. “It’s really unfortunate that [the candidates] didn’t have enough time … some of the candidates were rushed,” Tamadon said. “They were definitely all well-prepared. I felt I had a good solid sense of all of the [candidates] who came to speak. I now feel like I have a better idea of who I’m going to vote for.” “Corruption ends with transparency, and I will provide that,” Cunniff said. “This forum is very instrumental in helping students make a decision because this allows students the opportunity to ask their questions directly,” Houston told the Daily Trojan after the forum. “[The candidates’] platform points on the [USG] website are pretty vague, so this is a great opportunity to get some elaboration on their points.” The forum was moderated by juniors Rosa Wang and Montana Houston. Houston emphasized the importance of USG introducing the event. Many of the tickets addressed the connection between USG and the student body. Sophomores Hailey Robertson and Ben Rosenthal and freshman Julian Kuffour, who are running on a ticket together, spoke about the need for communication between USG and the undergraduate population. Student voters had the opportunity to hear about the 11 tickets’ platforms at the inaugural Senate Forum at Grace Salvatori Hall Thursday before voting begins Feb. 5. (Valerie Taranto/Daily Trojan)last_img read more

Debbie Lee delivers State of USG address

first_imgIn this Daily Trojan file photo, Undergraduate Student Government President Debbie Lee speaks at the USG Senate meeting on Feb. 12. At the March 26 meeting, Lee delivered her State of the USG address. (Maansi Manchanda/Daily Trojan) Lee said that among the difficult questions USG has dealt with this academic year, matters of free speech and creating safe spaces on campus have been the most prominent. USG navigated backlash and protests from various student organizations and communities to conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, who spoke to students in Bovard Auditorium in October.  Lee reflected on her campaign run with USG Vice President Blake Ackerman in 2018. Lee said after careful deliberation, their election team chose the slogan “Forward Together,” a phrase which has permeated much of her presidency.   Lee, a junior majoring in political science, expressed her gratitude for the colleagues she has worked with during her time with USG. In her speech, Lee said USG comprises students dedicated to serving their community. Lee concluded her State of USG address by relaying the hope she has for the University to move forward with regard to transparency and accountability. “There are no words that can truly encompass my time in this organization and for what this year brought,” Lee said. “In three years, I have crossed paths with some of the most incredible people on campus who deeply imprinted my life … Their unwavering passion and dedication to their work and respective communities have been sources of inspiration for me daily.” “My hope is that we too as student leaders should work to overcome misunderstandings and conflicts with civility and grace, to remain steadfast in our purpose of serving others and to not point fingers … but instead uplift one another,” Lee said.  Lee said though she was proud to be a part of USG because of the organization’s tangible impact on the University, she admitted her term has faced its fair share of challenges. She cited the recent announcement of USC president-elect Carol Folt and the recent college admissions scheme as some of the challenges. “As I reflect upon our accomplishment, hurdles and growth as an organization, I recognize that much of our progress manifested when student leaders and campus partners moved forward together,” Lee said. “This year brought forth many opportunities and victories, such as the establishment of the food pantry.” “While we still have many miles to go before eliminating food insecurity and homelessness entirely, I am hopeful in knowing there is a University-wide effort to ensure students who often go unseen are fully cared for and have the resources to meet their basic needs,” Lee said.center_img “We have felt the breadth and intimate depth of each one of these challenges,” Lee said. “Even before the slew of national headlines, we have been grappling with some of the most difficult questions of our own that have always existed and perhaps still remain to be answered by future leaders of the University.” Debbie said, however, her most humbling and inspiring experiences have been speaking to students from various academic and personal backgrounds. “One year ago, I stood before you as the newly elected president, and time really does fly by,” Lee said. “So now I am grateful for this opportunity to share my reflections and thoughts as I prepare to transition out of this role.” Lee said she is proud of the Trojan Food Pantry, which was expanded from a virtual resource for students to a physical location on campus in February 2018 and has since grown to serve hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students in need.  Undergraduate Student Government President Debbie Lee delivered her State of USG address during a meeting Tuesday. During her speech, she reflected on her time serving as president since her inauguration last April, USG policies and initiatives she oversaw and recent national news regarding the challenges the University faces.  “While it is difficult to see on the front page, there are students both in and out of USG, faculty, staff and administrators who devote their time, efforts and even their lives to advocate for students and work toward a University that is values driven,” Lee said. “As the University embarks on a new journey of transition, students deserve a restoration of trust.” Lee thanked her parents, who were attendance during the meeting, Ackerman and her fellow USG members.  “To everyone who has shown me kindness and grace, when I didn’t deserve it, supported me and encouraged me along the way, and challenged my way of thinking. It is because of you that I will look back at this crazy growth-filled year with the utmost appreciation and gratitude,” Lee said.last_img read more

Syracuse drops both games in Houston Challenge doubleheader

first_img Published on February 21, 2020 at 10:42 pm aekaylor@syr.edu | @cincinnallie Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (3-6) lost both games of its Friday doubleheader to open the weekend at the Houston Challenge, dropping a close game against No. 20 Texas Tech (9-3) before falling 8-0 to Houston (8-4).Freshman Catie Dobbs retired the first three batters she faced in the top of the first in the first start of her Syracuse career. Syracuse followed suit in the bottom of the inning as all three Orange batters retired in order.At the top of the second, Dobbs walked Maddie Westmoreland to open the inning, and a Zoe Jones home run followed that gave the Red Raiders a 2-0 lead. Syracuse followed similarly in the second inning: a walk by Neli Casares-Maher was followed by an error that let Alex Acevedo score. A home run by Toni Martin made the score 3-2, Syracuse.Dobbs shined for most of the afternoon, retiring 12 of the next 13 batters and striking out four. She gave up a two-run home run in the sixth inning, giving Texas Tech a one-run lead with two innings left to play. She retired the next three Texas Tech batters, but Syracuse couldn’t come back and lost 4-3.The Orange offense struggled against the Red Raiders, with only four runners reaching base and only one after Martin’s home run in the second. In total, Texas Tech struck out nine batters. Rebecca Clyde — who batted 7-16 the previous weekend — went 0-3 with two strikeouts in the first game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThen, Syracuse’s pitching imploded in the second game. Alexa Romero struck out the first batter of the game before walking the next batter and giving up an RBI double on the third. Romero then loaded the bases with two outs but managed to get out of the jam and limit the damage to one run. Romero’s struggles continued — giving up two runs in the second inning and giving up one more in the third — before she was pulled prior to the fourth inning and Miranda Hearn entered. In the fourth inning, Hearn hit a batter, walked another and gave up a three-run homer that extended Houston’s lead to 7-0. With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, she gave up an RBI double that started the mercy rule and ended the game, 8-0.With just one hit by Jaime Barta, Syracuse had its worst offensive performance of the season against Houston. Five batters struck out over five innings of play.Syracuse continues at the Houston Challenge tomorrow with games against Louisiana Tech and Princeton. Commentslast_img read more

Fast growth Nektan reviews US investment options

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Nektan offloads white-label B2C unit to Active Win Group January 8, 2020 Share Related Articles Transformed Nektan eyes ‘break even’ comeback April 1, 2020 Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Gary Shaw – NektanLondon AIM-listed platform and gaming content provider Nektan Plc reports a ‘stronger than expected’ opening for its 2019/2020 trading.Publishing its Q1 2019/20 accounts (period ending 30 September 2018), Nektan reports record net-gaming-revenues (NGR) of £6.4 million up 64% on Q1 2018’s £3.9 million.Updating the market Gary Shaw, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Nektan, said:“Q1 FY19 has been very strong and we have seen accelerating growth momentum across all business lines.  We are on course to be EBITDA positive in Europe by the end of this financial year.  Since becoming a public company in 2014, Nektan has seen only one quarter-on-quarter decline in revenue, which was during this usually quieter period of activity in the same period last year, so we are very encouraged to see such a positive quarter and expect this success to continue.”The AIM enterprise continues to strengthen its games distribution channel, which during the quarter delivered gaming content to 143 casino brands worldwide.Furthermore, Nektan governance highlights the ‘growth momentum’ of its B2B ‘Evolve Platform’ which now services 14 deals globally, detailing sustained double-digit growth for its Tyche Digital partnership.“Given the past few quarters of continual expansion in content provision and our significant build-up of global partnerships, we are now within striking distance of our ambition to be the dominant provider of premium gaming content in the industry.  We will continue to build our portfolio of content which, combined with the speed of content delivery into partners’ live gaming sites globally, makes Nektan’s offering a very attractive proposition.  We are adding more cutting-edge content and channelling this not only to more partners but bigger partners too. Nektan is live in more jurisdictions and languages than ever before and, in particular, our Asia business is scaling substantially as our technology is applied by more partners.”Nektan governance continues to strengthen its North American position and prospects, with the firm detailing that it has developed new US-centric components for its Evolve Platform.In its trading update, Nektan governance reveals that it is studying the potential of direct US investment with a view to strengthen its B2B business unit.“We are very confident that Nektan is in an excellent position to capitalise on the solid technological foundation we have built.  Our B2B division, in particular, is bringing a wealth of international opportunities from tier-one partners.  In addition, our North America division is making progress and is due to go live shortly with a tier-one operator.  We are positioned to take advantage of the opening up of the sector in the United States with a pipeline of upcoming opportunities.”last_img read more

3 Ghanaian athletes qualify to represent Africa at IAAF Continental Cup

first_imgThree Ghanaian athletes have qualified to represent to represent Africa at the upcoming IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco on September 13 and 14.The athletes were selected following their stellar performances at the just ended 19th African Athletics Championships in Morocco, where Team Ghana won its biggest medal haul since 2006.The country’s young athletics contingent won a total of six medals, consisting of four silver and two bronze medals, which was higher than the five medals Team Ghana won at the last edition of the Championships in Benin.Mary Zuta Nartey, Nadia Eke, and Robert Martey have been selected for the second edition of the continental showpiece.Debutants Nadia Eke broke new grounds after setting a new national outdoor record in the triple jump and a personal best of 13.40m as she won silver in Marrakech.Mary Zuta Nartey erased memories of her 4th place finish at the last African Championships, throwing a personal best of 52.57m (PB) to win silver in the javelin throw. While long jumper Robert Martey is set to continue his stellar season after making the cut for the continental showpiece after  coming fourth in the long jump event. GAA President Prof. Francis Dodoo commented: “It’s fantastic to see Ghanaians back on the Africa team, and to have three of them is a treat.”“I can’t remember when we last had that many. I wish them all the best, and the entire country is behind them.”last_img read more

Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko: Britain’s anti-doping system is ‘zero’

first_imgRussian sports minister Vitaly Mutko has said Britain’s anti-doping system is “even worse” than Russia’s.A World Anti-Doping Agency commission report accused Russia of “state-sponsored” doping and of contributing to the “sabotaging” of London 2012.Mutko said: “We’re hearing that medals won by our athletes in London must be taken away. But it’s the British system of doping control that operated there.”The Department for Culture, Media and Sport said the system was “robust”.A spokesperson added: “It is highly valued by Britain’s sports governing bodies and our clean athletes.”Mutko told Russian news agency Interfax the British system had “zero value”. Referring to the 2012 Olympics, he added: “It was Britain’s anti-doping organisation under the leadership of the International Olympic Committee.”Each medal winner was tested for doping and received their medal only after having tested negative.”The Wada independent commission chairman Dick Pound said the All-Russia Athletics Federation (Araf) should be banned from international competition when he made his address on Monday to accompany the publication of the report.Araf has been told to respond by Friday, when the IAAF council will decide whether to suspend Russia from international competition. It could also strip the country of future events, including the World Junior Championships due to be held in Kazan in July 2016.Mikhail Butov, the general-secretary of the country’s athletics federation, said on Wednesday that Russian athletics knows it has a “problem with doping”, but an Olympic ban would punish its clean athletes. He told the BBC the claims were “not new for everybody”, but Butov – one of 27 members who will vote – said work was under way to “change the mentality of coaches in the regions”, adding that “isolation of any federation is not a good way”.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Clippers’ stars getting ready for full-contact fun, working on hitting 3-pointers

first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates In Thursday’s preseason opener — a 109-96 loss to the Houston Rockets — neither Zubac nor Harrell made a 3-pointer.In 17 minutes, Zubac had 10 points, five rebounds and two blocks and went 4 for 5 from the floor, missing just a 13-foot jumper, the only shot he tried outside of the key. And Harrell, who scored a team-high 17 points went 5 for 10 from the field, missed his only 3-point attempt.Green did his usual thing to stretch the defense, taking three attempts from 3-point range and burying one.There is another shot hibernating in Zubac’s arsenal that might see some light this season.“I’m still working on my skyhook,” said the 22-year-old, who’s discussed the grand, high-arching shot Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who made it famous. “I’m just waiting for a chance to use it.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The 7-1 Zubac had a similar summertime regimen, including: “Working on my 3-point shot, trying to be like JaMychal (Green).”Green, a 6-foot-9 forward who proved last season he also can be counted on as a small-ball center, shot 41.3 percent (33 for 80) from 3-point range in 24 regular-season games and 52.2 percent (12 for 23) in the playoffs for the Clippers. They so appreciated his output they re-signed him this summer to a 2-year, $9.7 million deal.“It’’s going to be very important, the attention is gonna be on them, for us to space the floor,” Green said. “Just open up opportunities for everybody, for them to drive and kick. It’s just our job to knock shots down.”That said, neither Harrell (5 for 32 in his career) nor Zubac (0 for 4) are anywhere near as proficient from behind the 3-point arc — although they both talked at media day about doing their homework this offseason to change that.“I’ve been working on my shot, that’s what the coaching staff wanted me to do,” said Zubac, who said he also improved his diet, his conditioning and worked on finishing at the rim. “I always had that shot but I didn’t get a chance to shoot it, so I just needed more reps. I think I’ll be ready this year, if there’s a chance, to shoot it.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters on the scene that Kawhi Leonard ran five-on-five drills Saturday, a full participant in practice for the first time in Honolulu, where the team will face the Shanghai Sharks on Sunday (4 p.m. PDT, Prime Ticket).Eventually, Paul George will be cleared to join Leonard in the full-contact fun — which will be facilitated, the Clippers hope, by the expanded offensive capabilities of other members of a versatile roster.In particular, Ivica Zubac and Montrezl Harrell hope to seriously extend themselves in order to clear space for their superstars to operate.The 6-foot-8 Harrell worked on “everything, really” this summer — including “shooting the ball from all aspects of the floor, mid-range, all the way out to the 3-point line.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “It’s not an easy shot and when I was not playing a lot for the last three years, I didn’t want to use my time on the court to shoot a sky hook because that wouldn’t end up well,” added Zubac, who averaged only 13 minutes per game in his two-plus seasons with the Lakers before being traded to the Clippers, with whom he played more than 20 minutes per game last season.“Now when I know what my role is, I’m gonna have more constant minutes. I think this year might be the year when I start taking that shot.”JaMychal Green has that in his 🎒?!? Sheeeeesh. #Clippers up 15 on the #Warriors in the third. #LACvsGSW pic.twitter.com/AVP04Gwqzs— All Around (@nbaoutsiders00) April 25, 2019 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters last_img read more