22 Sep
2020

Ministry denies endorsing Bash Ali’s fight

first_imgRelatedPosts Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola Edo poll: APC supporters commend Buhari for providing level playing field Buhari holds closed-door meeting with Ghana’s President The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has denied given approval to former boxing champion, Bash Ali to stage a world fight in Nigeria. Kola Daniel, Special Assistant (Media) to Minister of Youth and Sports Development, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja. He said the Legal Department of the ministry had written to the boxer warning him to desist from peddling false claims about a non-existent approval from the office of the minister for the fight. Daniel reiterated that no such approval was granted by President Muhammadu Buhari contrary to claims by the boxer that the approval was conveyed to him by the office of the minister. He therefore asked the boxer to keep to the facts and follow due process in his plans to stage the fight. D.A. Muhammad, Director, Legal Services in the ministry also denied the boxer’s claim. Muhammad said in a letter dated January 7, 2020 that no approval has been granted by either the ministry or the presidency for the fight. “It is to be recalled that on November 4, 2019 a meeting was held between the ministry and yourself in the company of Director, Legal Department and other senior staff of the ministry, wherein the ministry was categorical about not entering into any meaningful discussion with you in relation to the Guinness Record Fight until the litigation between you and the ministry is amicably sorted out. “It is in this regard the ministry is surprised to note your manipulation of information to the effect that approval has been granted you to carry out the World Guinness Record Fight. “I am accordingly therefore, by this letter, directed to convey that no approval whatsoever was granted you by Mr President or the Ministry, and it will be in your overall interest to issue another letter stating the factual situation that took place between the office of the Minister and your good self on the said date in order for us to make further progress on the said matter,” he said. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Bash Ali in 1985 made history as the first World Boxing Federation cruiser-weight boxing champion from Africa. The 63 – year old former boxing champion is seeking to enter the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest boxer to win a world title. The former boxer who has not competed professionally for more than a decade is seeking to take on a yet-to- be identified American boxer in a bid to clinch the world record. The proposed fight has, however, been fraught with lots of controversies.Tags: Bash AliD.A. MuhammadKola DanielMuhammadu Buharilast_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

Syracuse ice hockey head coach Flanagan shares past with Clarkson coaches

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ When Paul Flanagan became the first head coach in Syracuse women’s ice hockey history in 2008, he knew exactly who he wanted to help him build the program. The head coach asked Clarkson assistant coaches Matt and Shannon Desrosiers, who both played for him at St. Lawrence, to join his staff. The Desrosiers were intrigued and came to Syracuse to tour the athletic facilities. That same day, Clarkson head coach Rick Seeley took the same position at Quinnipiac, and the Desrosiers were offered and accepted the head coaching job at Clarkson, becoming the first husband-and-wife co-head coaches in college hockey history. And Flanagan was back to square one. ‘I remember when Shannon told me that they got offered the job at Clarkson, I couldn’t have been happier for them,’ Flanagan said. ‘I was disappointed for me because I thought I had two assistants, and then all of a sudden I was by myself.’ The Desrosiers returned to Syracuse with their Clarkson team and beat Flanagan and the Orange Friday. The two teams will meet again this Friday in Potsdam, N.Y., at 3 p.m. The matchup serves as a reminder of that whirlwind weekend and the bond the coaches share.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text For the Desrosiers, the opportunity at Clarkson was too good to pass up. It was an opportunity five years in the making that started with Flanagan. Shannon Desrosiers — then Shannon Smith — was in the spring semester of her senior year at St. Lawrence in 2003, but she still didn’t know what she was going to do after graduation. Flanagan helped her land an assistant coaching job. ‘He was the one that got me set up,’ she said. ‘He knew Clarkson was setting up a program, so he actually set me up with an interview with (then-Clarkson head coach) Rick (Seeley) after one of our practices one day. I definitely credit him with that.’ The two shared a special relationship that began when Flanagan took over the St. Lawrence women’s program in 1999. Shannon was his first recruit. She was the team captain and tied for the team lead in points her senior year. Flanagan said he knew she would coach one day, and the brand new Clarkson program was an ideal situation for her to break into the business. ‘I thought she’d be a perfect role model for their young women on their team,’ Flanagan said. ‘I think she was destined to get into it.’ Flanagan said he never thought Matt Desrosiers would end up coaching, though. Matt was an All-American defender at St. Lawrence who went on to play professionally for five years before joining Shannon as an assistant at Clarkson in 2006. Matt played his first two seasons under Flanagan when he was an assistant with the men’s program and said Flanagan mentored him early in his college career. ‘He definitely helped me transition into the college game,’ Matt said. ‘He showed me the ropes a little bit on what it took conditioning-wise, what it took to play at the college level.’ The Desrosiers said their coaching style is a hybrid of ideas from various coaches they played for. Flanagan’s influence can be seen in his former players’ program. Shannon said his recruiting ability impressed her. Matt said his work ethic and competitive nature was contagious. ‘Whenever we did workouts or whenever we had to do like a bike test, he was on the bike right next to us, doing it with us,’ Matt said. ‘He made it a competition. … He’d come in and say, ‘Well, I got this on the bike test, see if you can beat it.” The Desrosiers said they challenge their players in the same way in drills and conditioning. Their philosophies have worked through two seasons at Clarkson. The program emerged as a national power last year and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time. This year the Clarkson-Syracuse series provided another highlight for the coaches. The Desrosiers said it’s exciting to face their former coach, but it’s also a different experience. ‘It’s always bittersweet to play against him,’ Shannon said. ‘He’s just someone we respect a lot.’ Flanagan shares that respect for the Desrosiers. He is proud to see his former players leading their own program. ‘It’s pretty neat to see that they’re doing well,’ Flanagan said. ‘I wish them the best, except when they’re playing us.’ rjgery@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Published on November 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edulast_img read more

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16 Aug
2020

First official fan shop of BiH football team opening soon

first_imgThe first official fan shop of BiH football team will open on 18 March.The shop will be located in the street Ćurčiluk mali 7 in Baščaršija, and it will be open on the day of gathering of BiH football players before the match with Greece.The shop will have more than 300 items of original equipment and souvenirs.Manager of BiH team Safet Sušić and BiH football players will attend the opening ceremony, and there will be surprises for visitors.last_img

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13 Aug
2020

Winnebago Industries CEO says company being proactive in protecting employees from COVID-19

first_imgFOREST CITY — Winnebago Industries CEO Michael Happe says the company has resumed operations in a graduated and disciplined manner in alignment with demand and business conditions. That’s after operations were suspended for about a month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Happe says guidelines are in place to deal with coronavirus.  “We are especially focused within our workplace on how to identify possible COVID cases or exposure to COVID cases as quickly as possible, and we execute appropriate contact tracing and quarantining if necessary to mitigate the possibility of an outbreak in our facilities and keep our teams safe.”Happe says the company will be proactive in what needs to be done in protecting employees during the pandemic.  “We remain focused on safely returning to full operations across all of our campuses. In doing so, the health and safety of Winnebago Industries employees and our business partners will remain a top priority for our management team. We are committed to being decisive in taking the necessary actions to protect our employees.”Happe made his comments during the company’s quarterly earnings conference call on Wednesday.last_img read more

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