National Sports Festival: Okowa Rewards Delta Athletes with N403m

first_imgOmon-Julius Onabu in AsabaFor emerging the overall winners at the last National Sports Festival in Abuja, Delta State athletes were on Monday rewarded with over N403 million by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for being worthy ambassadors of the state.Okowa noted that sports have become a window of opportunities and empowerment for young talents the world over and urged youths in Delta State to put their God-given talents to positive use, including sporting activities. On hand at Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba to honour the athletes who participated in the 19th edition of the National Sports Festival tagged ”Abuja 2018”, were relatives of the athletes as well as the wife of the governor, Dame Edith Okowa, sports and government officials.Also rewarded were medalists at the 2018 edition of National Youth Games which took place at Ilorin, Kwara State.Delta State won with 163 gold, 88 silver and 101 bronze, totaling 352 medals at the National Sports Festival, to beat its closest rival, Rivers State, which had 194 medals.In an address, the governor said, “Today’s event is very special to me, because I have the privilege of being able to fulfill my promise to reward not only the medalists, but everyone who represented our dear State. I therefore wish to reassure our young people, especially those with talents that the State government will continue to encourage sportsmen and women.“Sports has become a vital tool of empowerment and accomplishment both at the national and international levels and I urge all of you (sports men and women) not to relent; aim at attaining higher standards and glories both for the State and our country.“Facilities have been made available and they will be continually upgraded to meet the demands of modern training.”Whatever the state government is offering you today, it is not necessarily payment or compensation for winning laurels for your State. Rather, it is a token of appreciation for your commitment and patriotism while competing for your State.”The governor also offered Miss Precious Okafor scholarship to the university level for competing and winning medals at the National Youth Games at a time she was mourning the loss of her mother.National Sports Festival gold medalists got N1 million while silver medalists were given N500, 000. Bronze medalists were also rewarded with N250, 000.Medalists at the National Youth Games received N100, 000 for gold medals while silver and bronze medalists got N75, 000 and N50, 000.The team leader, Mr Ifekachukwu Paul, thanked Dr Okowa for keeping his promise of rewarding the athletes with cash gifts, observing that the governor has provided first-class sporting facilities in the state and encouraged the athletes to bring out their best.He assured the governor that the Team Delta would continue to strive for more laurels in future sporting events.Chairman of Delta State Sports Commission, Mr Tonobok Okowa, had in an opening address, thanked the governor for inspiring Delta State athletes to victory, noting that Team Delta spends more than two weeks in camp before any competition.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

A Long Walk To Freedom: Buju Banton Delivers Historic Performance in…

first_imgCredit: Ryan Mattis After being incarcerated for eight years, Reggae superstar Buju Banton delivered a historic performance at the first stop on his ‘Long Walk To Freedom’ Tour in Kingston, which was said to be one of the most anticipated reggae shows to ever be held in Jamaica. On Saturday, March 16, 2019, Buju Banton kicked off his ‘Long Walk To Freedom’ Tour at the National Stadium in Kingston. It was pandemonium as locals, as well as tourists and international celebrities, flocked to see his first show since his release in December 2018. At full capacity, the national stadium seats approximately 35,000 people, but the number of patrons at this first show exceeded capacity, leaving many persons to stand in walk-ways or sit in aisles.The gates opened at 4:00 PM and early performances included Ghost, LUST and Buju’s son Jahazeil Myrie. As the night went on, other reggae artists gave stellar performances; namely, Agent Sasco, Chris Martin, Romain Virgo, Etana, Cocoa Tea who was joined by reggae newcomer Koffee, and Chronixx.At about 11:20 pm, the man of the year graced the stage. Dressed in all white, with his locs long and flashing, an almost-spiritual Buju Banton began his performance asking “have mercy on me”.The crowd erupted, in one of the loudest roars ever to be heard from the National Stadium, as Banton opened with his hit song “Not an Easy Road”.Although there were a few glitches an technical difficulties relating to mic and sound, that still did not put a damper on the celebration. Buju was in his element, and it was clear. In his two-hour set, the superstar did not miss a beat as far as connection, energy and stage presence.Soul-wrenching classics like “Destiny” and “Untold Stories” had an emotional effect on many patrons in the audience, while the dancehall hits like “Too Bad”, “Champion” and of course, “Driver A” put the crowd in a frenzy.And he brought even more artists to share his moment. British-Jamaican rapper Stefflondon; Marcia Griffiths, whom he said was like a mother to him, Wayne Wonder; and the legendary Beres Hammond all joined Banton on stage.Buju’s performance ended much like the way it started, in a spiritual fashion. He shared the stage, for his last performance of the night, with Gramps Morgan, collaborating on “Psalms 23”.The historic night came to an end, shortly after 1:00 am, with fireworks that lit up the national stadium.last_img read more

BetVictor ups player security installing two-factor authentication

first_img BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 StumbleUpon BetVictor boosts casino portfolio with EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine June 25, 2020 Submit EveryMatrix ups CasinoEngine gamification tools with CompetitionLabs June 29, 2020 Related Articles BetVictor has deepened its commitment to safeguarding players by introducing a two-factor authentication as it looks to protect all new and existing customer accounts.The in-house-developed ‘multi-factor authentication’ will safeguard against compromised account details and significantly reduce the risk of a customer becoming the victim of fraud or identity theft.With 81% of hacking-related data breaches resulting from weak or stolen passwords (Verizon, 2017), this extra layer of security from BetVictor seeks to ensure customer accounts are secure before their initial deposit and during all future transactions.BetVictor has introduced 2FA via SMS, meaning every new and existing customer that opts-in will receive a unique code on their mobile device to authenticate their registration. BetVictor joins a handful of industry operators currently offering this technology as part of its commitment to prioritising customer security.Jonathan De La Rosa, Chief Technology Officer at BetVictor, commented on the importance of the new technology: “Online crime and internet fraud are on the rise and businesses with an online presence are targets,” he said.“Thus, it’s crucial for our company to have effective security systems in place to mitigate the risk of security breaches. A large number of cyber-attacks are password related and integrating multi-factor authentication on our platforms, demonstrates our continued efforts to safeguard our customers’ data.“We’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far with our products and we’ll continue to develop this service as part of our commitment to our customers and our mission to provide best-in-class technology solutions.” Share Sharelast_img read more

Cam Newton injury update: Panthers QB says his shoulder feels ‘good’ after surgery

first_img“It’s good. It’s better than I thought it would be,” Newton said during an appearance on Atlanta station 680 The Fan. “There was so much going on throughout the season. I was in fear, in fear to see what actually was wrong.”Newton struggled with shoulder soreness during the season and the team shut him down for its final two games after it was out of playoff contention. He ended up completing 67.9 percent of his passes and threw for 24 touchdowns, along with 13 interceptions, in 2018. Related News Cam Newton has been encouraged by his recovery.The 29-year-old quarterback said during an interview Wednesday his throwing shoulder is feeling “good” after he underwent an arthroscopic procedure earlier this month. Panthers QB Cam Newton gets first tattoo, something reportedly forbidden by Jerry Richardson “As the game progressed (last season), I started to feel fatigue in my shoulder,” Newton said. “That’s what was so frustrating. It didn’t matter how much I would grind, how much I would muscle up and try to throw it – it wasn’t going far.”Newton said the season was “frustrating.”center_img “I knew something was wrong,” Newton said. “For me, being in that position, I didn’t want to let my team down. I didn’t want to let my fans, or even myself down to a degree. There’s a benchmark that you set for yourself, and when it’s not met, you’re frustrated.”The Panthers started 2018 with wins in six of their first eight games but lost seven of their final eight to finish 7-9. Longtime Panthers LB Thomas Davis will not return to team next seasonlast_img read more

European Championship: B&H Basketball Team Beat Macedonia Yesterday

first_imgThe B&H basketball team beat Macedonia yesterday with a score of 62:54 in the fourth round in the B Group of the European Championships in Slovenia today.With this second victory in Eurobasket, the B&H team has a chance to advance to the second round, which will require a win against Lithuania in the last round.B&H will play their last game in the first round today at 17:45 against Lithuania.(Source: Fena)last_img

Wigan to probe crowd trouble after Man City FA Cup shock

first_img“Player and staff safety is of paramount importance and we will conduct a full investigation.”Chief Superintendent Stuart Ellison of Greater Manchester Police said such behaviour would not be tolerated.“As soon as people were on the pitch, we immediately deployed our resources to the front of the stands, where they were able to keep the two groups of supporters apart and prevent any further disruption,” he said.Police added in a statement that no injuries had been reported.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 London, United Kingdom | AFP | Wigan announced a full investigation on Tuesday into crowd disturbances that marred the club’s dramatic FA Cup victory over Premier League leaders Manchester City.City striker Sergio Aguero became involved in a physical exchange with a Wigan supporter as thousands of fans spilled onto the pitch following the League One side’s 1-0 victory in the fifth-round tie on Monday.TV footage of the chaos at the DW Stadium appeared to show Aguero raising his arm to push away the fan and later having to be restrained. It is understood Aguero claims he was spat at. “While we appreciate that the vast majority of supporters who ran on to the pitch did so spontaneously to celebrate a famous victory, we were disappointed with the action of a minority of supporters who acted in an inappropriate manner,” said Wigan chief executive Jonathan Jackson.center_img A number of fans also headed towards the end where City supporters were sitting to continue celebrations, sparking further disturbances..Advertising hoardings were ripped out and thrown onto the pitch along with other objects, while missiles were also thrown from the pitch into the stand. There were also clashes between fans and police and stewards.Police made two arrests on suspicion of affray following an incident outside the ground.last_img read more

Friday is Military Appreciation Day at the Fair

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston County FairThe Thurston County Fair is honoring the men and women who proudly serve in the military with special Military Appreciation Day discounts on Friday, August 1.Fairgoers who present their military ID at the fair gate can get $2 admission tickets to the fair on Friday, August 1. Davis Shows NW, the carnival ride provider for the fair, is also offering a special one-day discount for military families—show your military ID at the carnival ride ticket booth and get $5 off each carnival ride armband you purchase. The regular armband price is $24. Armbands purchased with the military discount are good for unlimited carnival rides only on Friday, August 1.Military IDs for active duty, reserves, retired military personnel and dependents must be presented at the time of purchase to receive the discount admission tickets and the discount carnival ride armbands. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday.Enter the Dessert of the Day contest on Friday, August 1 and get free admission to the fair! Come celebrate the quintessential snack-size treats at the Best Cookie Contest on Friday. All cookie varieties are welcome between noon and 2 p.m. at the Thurston Expo Center. All entries must include the recipe with contestant’s name, address, and phone number. Final judging begins at 4 p.m. Check the 2014 Exhibitor’s Guide for all of the Dessert of the Day contest rules at, August 1 is packed full of activities and entertainment for the whole family. More than 45 events, contests and performances are scheduled, including a performance by the I Corps Army Band, Washington National Guard exhibits, the opening day of the Savor South Sound beverage tasting, the Live & Local concert series with The Blackberry Bushes, the annual antiques appraisal event, and much more. (Complete August 1 events schedule below.)For more information about these events and other fair entertainment, go to and click on “Daily Events Calendar.”Aug. 1 Thurston County Fair Events7 a.m.Entry and Vet Check for Open Class Goats – Hicks Lake Barn10 a.m. 4-H Dog Showmanship – Chitty Barn4-H Small Animal/Exotics Fitting & Showing – Benoschek Building4-H & FFA Dairy Cow Show followed by 4-H Beef – East Arena4-H Equine Stock Seat Equitation, Disciplined Rail, Bareback Equitation, and PracticalHorsemanship – Andrews Arena4-H Rabbit Judging Contest Part 1 of 2 – Petersen Barn, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.4-H Public Presentations – Sharp & Benoschek BuildingsHome Arts Demonstrations – Heritage Hall4-H Goat Knowledge Bowl – Willuweit Pavilion11 a.m. Paramount Martial Arts – Main StageFFA Swine followed by 4-H Swine – West Arena-111:30 a.m.Professor Bamboozle – Food Court Stage12 p.m.Kid’s Tractor Pull – Main StageKids Games – Heritage Green, noon to 3 p.m.Enter Cookie Contest – Thurston Expo Center, noon to 2 p.m.Predators of the Heart – in front of Heritage Hall12:30 p.m.Sunday Speedtrap – Food Court Stage1 p.m.4-H Small Animal/Exotics Judging Contest – Benoschek BuildingMelarouge and the John Hansen Trio – Main Stage1:30 p.m.Professor Bamboozle – Food Court Stage2 p.m.4-H Cat Game – Petersen BarnHome Arts Demonstrations – Heritage HallDylan Cragle – Main Stage2:30 p.m.4-H Dog Rally Obedience – Chitty BarnFFA & 4-H Swine meeting with Judge prior to showing – Swine BarnI Corps Army Band – Food Court Stage, 2 to 4:30 p.m.3 p.m.Predators of the Heart – in front of Heritage Hall4-H Pack Goat Type – Hicks Lake Barn4-H Rabbit Jumping Contest (Part 1 continued) – Petersen Barn, 3 to 6 p.m.Kid’s Tractor Pull – Main Stage4-H, FFA & Open Class Llama/Alpaca Obstacle Course – West Arena4 p.m.Antique Appraisal Event – Heritage Hall, 4 to 7 p.m.Cookie Contest Final Judging – Thurston Expo CenterOpen Class Dairy Goat Paper Check-In – Hicks Lake Barn, 4 to 6 p.m.4:30 p.m.Paramount Martial Arts – Food Court StageKid’s Tractor Pull – Main Stage5 p.m.Savor South Sound: Wine, Beer & Cider Tasting (must be 21+) – Gazebo Green, 5 to 10 p.m. Open Class Dairy – East ArenaDylan Cragle – Food Court Stage6 p.m.4-H Equine Haul In & Out – Andrews Arena, 6 to 9 p.m.Predators of the Heart – in front of Heritage Hall4-H Cat Costume Contest – Petersen Barn4-H, FFA & Open Class Llama/Alpaca Handler Class & Showing Demonstrations – West Arena4-H Pack Goat Fitting/Showing with Obstacle Course – Hicks Lake BarnDown Home Fiddlers – Food Court StageKid’s Tractor Pull – Main Stage7 p.m.4-H Dog Activities – Chitty BarnProfessor Bamboozle – Food Court StageLive & Local concert series: The Blackberry Bushes – Main Stage8 p.m.Backlash – Food Court Stage*Food Court Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.*Carnival Rides Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Algae Advisory Lifted for Black Lake

first_imgFor more tips and information on how to swim safe, fish safe, and avoid common swimming illnesses and hazards, visit the Thurston County Environmental Health web pages at Submitted by Thurston County Environmental HealthHealth officials remind anglers, swimmers and pet owners to avoid lake algaeAn algae bloom in Black Lake that’s been lurking for several weeks has now dissipated, and county health officials have lifted the toxic algae advisory at the popular lake.While the warning signs that were posted at beaches and boat launches around Black Lake are now gone, county health officials remind people and pet owners to avoid any waters with visible algae.“Our lakes are obviously very popular this time of year, but conditions can change quickly, so we want to remind people to look for visible algae blooms and avoid swimming, fishing and recreating in areas where blooms are present,” said Art Starry, Director of the county’s Environmental Health Division. “The same advice goes for pets. Pet owners should also keep their pets out of waters with visible algae.”While not all algae blooms are toxic, some algae can produce toxins that can harm the nervous system, the liver, the skin, and the stomach and intestines.Experts from the county’s Environmental Health Division recommend a few simple tips to help prevent illness from algae:Avoid swimming, wading, wind surfing and water-skiing in waters where algae blooms are present.Don’t drink untreated surface water.Keep pets and livestock out of waters with algae blooms.When fishing, catch-and-release is the safest practice. If you do eat your catch, clean any fish you catch thoroughly if you see algae blooms—before eating, remove the internal organs, which may contain harmful algae toxins.Avoid areas of scum when boating and clean your boat thoroughly. Facebook144Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Thompson: I am afraid of the 200m

first_img Initially fearful “I was scared when my coach told me I was going to run the 200m at trials. But, I worked with him. He’s a great coach so I tried to execute and follow his instructions,” Thompson said. “I am surprised because I didn’t love the 200m. I had always told myself that I cannot run the event, but my coach said to take that out my brain because I can be a good 200m runner and I just worked with him and he turned me into a good 200-metre runner,” Thompson added. The youngster will now turn her attention to the women’s 4x100m where she is expected to feature in the final. – A.L. Tried hard BEIJING, China: Between 2009 and the end of last year, Elaine Thompson had competed in a mere eleven 200-metre races. Before her heat at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing on Wednesday, Thompson had made only two international appearances in the event. Two races later, she is the World Championships silver medallist in an event she had no idea she would be good at. Thompson signalled her intention from her very first race at the championships, easing to a conformable 22.78 seconds win before also taking her semi-final in another comfortable display, posting 22.13, setting up a clash with Dutch star Dafne Schippers, the 100m silver medal winner, who had also looked impressive throughout the two rounds. In the final, Thompson came off the curve in front of the powerful Dutch sprinter but could not hold her off as Schippers crossed the line in 22.63 making her the second-fastest woman in history. Thompson took the silver in an equally jaw-dropping personal-best time of 21.66 with Veronica Campbell-Brown finishing third in 21.97. Thompson was elated with the result, stating that she did everything she could to hold off the towering Dutchwoman, but underlining that she had no regrets given her efforts. “I have to give God thanks. I came back second with a big PB. I cannot complain. I was really trying to get to the line. I saw her coming and I was trying to pull through, but I came in second,” said Thompson, who is now the second-fastest Jamaica in the event after Merlene Ottey’s national record 21.64 set in 1991. “My coach Stephen Francis has prepared me well physically and mentally, so I just came out here, delivered and executed as best as I can,” Thompson said. “The plan was to come out as quickly as I can. I knew she has a strong finish and I had to get out first but she still caught me.” Thompson said she is extremely surprised by her performances and by the new personal best mark that she achieved, especially considering she never considered the 200m an event she is good at.last_img read more

Barcelona says Neymar wants to leave club amid PSG rumors

first_imgKawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ #MambaThick: Kobe posts ‘dad-bod’ pic, deletes it soon after LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets His transfer from Brazilian club Santos in 2013 became the source of a legal dispute that has dogged Barcelona even since. Barcelona said at the time that his transfer cost 57 million euros, while an investigative judge says that the real cost was at least 83.3 million euros.Now Bartomeu and predecessor Sandro Rosell, who resigned as president of the club amid the transfer scandal, are facing trial on charges of fraudulent administration.Neymar has also mixed his flair for fancy goals with bouts of immaturity on the field, often needlessly taunting defenders and trying to upstage them with his dribbling skills.But nobody doubts Neymar is one of the greatest talents of his generation.PSG saw it first-hand in last season’s Champions League. In his most memorable performance at Camp Nou, Neymar scored two goals and set up two more to lead Barcelona to a 6-1 rout to overturn PSG’s 4-0 first-leg win in the last 16.Unless PSG gets last-second jitters, Neymar will take over a team that is searching for a leader who can achieve elusive Champions League success.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur FC Barcelona’s Neymar arrives at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. Neymar has arrived at Barcelona’s training grounds amid widespread rumors that the Brazil striker could make a record-breaking move to Paris Saint-Germain. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)SANT JOAN DESPI, Spain — Neymar has told Barcelona that he plans to leave the club, with a blockbuster move to Paris Saint-Germain seemingly imminent.The club said Wednesday that the Brazil striker told his teammates “that he had the intention of leaving the club and seeking his future elsewhere, and the coach has given him permission to leave training.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Last year, Neymar signed a new contract with Barcelona that tied him to the Catalan club through 2021.Both Barcelona club president Josep Bartomeu and Spanish league president Javier Tebas have said they will consider filing a complaint to UEFA if they think the PSG transfer violates financial fair play rules.With his lightning-quick feet, creative instincts and scoring touch, Neymar helped maintain Barcelona as one of the top clubs in Europe for the past four seasons as he blossomed into a worldwide star.He teamed up with Lionel Messi and Luis Saurez to make an almost unstoppable attack. Neymar scored 105 goals — some of them true gems — and was a key playmaker for Barcelona as it won a Champions League, two Spanish leagues, three Copa del Reys, one Club World Cup, a UEFA Super Cup and two Spanish Super Cups.Yet, even before this drawn-out saga, Neymar also provided more than one headache for his club.ADVERTISEMENT PSG is rumored to be ready to pay his release clause of 222 million euros ($262 million). That would dwarf the 105 million euros (then $116 million) that Manchester United paid for France midfielder Paul Pogba last year.Barcelona said Neymar did not specify where he wants to play next, but the only club speculated to be after him — and one of few which could handle the cost of the transfer — is the Qatari-owned PSG.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’PSG did not answer messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.Barcelona said Neymar left the training ground 30 minutes after arriving on Wednesday. He had arrived to Spain on Tuesday night after holding publicity events for both his personal brand and Barcelona in China. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitelast_img read more