Alcatel-Lucent scheme’s liquidation to last until 2023

first_imgIn 2011, when the contract was terminated, the Alcatel-Lucent Pensioenfonds had a funding shortfall.As part of the settlement, the sponsors paid the pension fund €9m in 2015, €5.7m in 2016 and €12.7m in 2017. Last year, the employers contributed €2.7m in recovery payments.In October 2015, the Alcatel-Lucent Pensioenfonds transferred its €700m of pension assets to PME, the €50bn sector scheme for metal-working and electro-technical engineering.At the time, its funding level was approximately 97.5%, whereas PME’s coverage ratio stood at approximately 100%.Since 2015, the Alcatel-Lucent scheme has been a pension fund without liabilities, largely responsible for transferring the sponsor’s contributions to PME.According to the pension fund, the last recovery payment is due in 2023, when its assets – currently €24m – will be used to pay inflation-linked compensation for its participants who transferred to PME.The amount of recovery payments in the coming years would depend on the development of interest rates as well as the coverage ratio of the metal industry scheme, the pension fund said.Assets held by the Alcatel-Lucent Pensioenfonds have been placed in savings accounts with banks.Future accrual for workers was outsourced to Blue Sky Group in 2012. Former telecoms firm Alcatel-Lucent’s Dutch pension fund is set to be in liquidation for another four years, according to the scheme’s annual report.Alcatel-Lucent Pensioenfonds is set to continue until 2023, despite the scheme being in liquidation since 2015, while the employer – Nokia Solutions and Networks Netherlands – makes a series of recovery payments.The payments follow a settlement between the pension fund and the employer in 2017, details of which haven’t been disclosed.The resolution followed several court cases, initiated by the scheme, seeking financial compensation for the sponsor’s decision to cancel the contract for pension provision with the pension fund.last_img read more

Funky renovated digs

first_imgThe bedrooms are large and have feature ceilings.However, she said she did enjoy spending time on the deck, particularly as the sun was setting.“The sunsets are absolutely incredible, especially on the deck with some wine,” she said.“It’s just beautiful.” The master suite downstairs also has a fireplace.“One is down in our bedroom and one is in the lounge room, sometimes we have both going.”Mrs Holweg had trouble singling out a favourite area of the house, noting, “It is all pretty beautiful.” The kitchen is modern.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThey gave the exterior of the house a facelift, extended the lounge room, renovated both bathrooms and knocked out a wall between two small bedrooms to create one large one.In went a new kitchen, the pool area was renovated and a large deck added.The house also has two open fireplaces, which adds to the cosy atmosphere of the home in winter. The house at 19 Kenmore Rd, Kenmore, is for sale.It was the ceiling in the toilet that drew Michelle Holweg to this house.Rewind 13 years to when Mrs Holweg and her husband John first inspected the property at 19 Kenmore Rd, and Mrs Holweg found herself looking up.“It had a really high ceiling in the toilet, which was strange,” Mrs Holweg said. “The house had beautiful, wooden slatted ceilings, and I could see the potential in that.” There is an open fireplace on each floor.The ceiling and the “absolutely amazing view” were the main redeeming features, while the rest of the house required some TLC.“We pretty much transformed the whole place,” Mrs Holweg said.Over the first five years they carried out most of the renovation, with other smaller improvements being made in the years since. One of the bathrooms.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51center_img Perfection for Ash Barty to come home to How to earn $50,000 in three years This picture was taken at sunset by Mrs Holweg.The Holwegs raised two daughters in the home, but are now moving on as they had grown up.The property is on a large and fully fenced 918sq m block.The house is close to a number of schools and shopping centres. MORE: Honey, I gave up the prize homelast_img read more

Jordan’s NEPCO seeking May LNG cargo

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of BAMThe National Electric Power Company of Jordan (NEPCO) on Monday launched a tender seeking the supply of one liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo to be delivered in May.The spot LNG cargo is to be provided on a DES (Delivered Ex Ship) basis to NEPCO’s Al‐Sheikh Sabah LNG terminal at Aqaba, according to a tender document posted on its website.The LNG delivery window is May 6-7. Bids must be submitted on or before March 19.Jordan started importing LNG in May 2015 when the 160,000-cbm FSRU Golar Eskimo arrived in the port of Aqaba.The FSRU is capable of delivering up to 500 mmscfd with a peak capacity of 750 mmscfd.last_img read more

Rotech Wraps Up Two Campaigns Off UK

first_imgRotech Subsea has completed two workscopes off the UK coastline for a power cable manufacturer. This adds to a track record of over 500 projects completed worldwide.The projects, which have recently been completed, saw subsea excavation innovator deploy two of its RS2 tools – which are part of the 2nd generation RS non-contact CFE/J range of equipment designed, built and operated by Rotech Group.The RS2s were deployed on two IRM scopes. The first was a six week project which saw Rotech carry out cable deburial and lowering of cable joint repair.The second scope, saw Rotech deployed for three weeks on a re-jointing and post-trenching scope.last_img read more

Both sides of abortion debate meet at Parliament

first_img“Is this not enough? 13,285?” Ms DeRuiter said her group wanted abortion laws tightened but also for pregnant women to be properly supported so they could consider all options. NZ Herald 25 July 2018Family First Comment: The report says “Both sides of the abortion debate met on Parliament’s front lawn today in an orderly demonstration of free speech.”Orderly?No – sadly. The pro-abortion group played loud music and shouted during the Voice for Life speeches, and one of their members went through the booties and threw them all around – ignoring the weak Parliamentary Security efforts to stop him.The good news was that the pro-life were respectful, dignified, and focused on all women – including the unborn ones. #chooselife    #proudtobeontherespectfulsideBoth sides of the abortion debate met on Parliament’s front lawn today in an orderly demonstration of free speech.The Voice for Life pro-life group laid out 13,285 pairs of baby booties on the lawn to represent the number of foetuses aborted in 2017.Voice for Life national president Jacqui de Ruiter said the group decided to create the graphic display following the release of the latest abortion figures to illustrate how many potential lives were lost through abortion.“New Zealanders and women deserve better than abortion – 13,285 lost to the violence of abortion – there’s got to better be a better way,” she said.“So many women have said afterwards, ‘If I would have known what I was really doing, I wouldn’t have done it.’“It’s not the simple process people think it is.”READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12095065&ref=twitterPro-lifers cover Parliament’s lawn with babies’ bootiesNewsHub 25 July 2018Anti-abortion protestors have covered Parliament’s lawn in 13,285 pairs of booties to represent the number of abortions in New Zealand last year. Voice for Life President Jacqui de Ruiter said the womb should be the safest place in the world.“Abortion should not be an option”, she said.We’re doing this to show the public and Parliament that we are really concerned about the lives lost and that there must be a better way.”“Thousands of people all over New Zealand have knitted these booties in remembrance. Each pair symbolises little human boys and girls who are vulnerable and need love and protection”, Mrs de Ruiter said.READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2018/07/pro-lifers-cover-parliament-s-lawn-with-babies-booties.htmlAnti-abortion protest delivers thousands of baby booties to ParliamentTVNZ One News 25 July 2018Thousands of specially knitted babies’ booties were displayed outside Parliament this afternoon in an anti-abortion protest, but there was cross-party support for counter-protesters.Voice for Life advocates for human life from time of conception. A spokesperson said the 13,285 pairs of booties were a memorial to the number of abortions performed in New Zealand last year.Voice for Life national president Jacqui DeRuiter said they put out the booties to show Parliament and the public “a representation of all these little lives that didn’t get a chance to live”.Ms DeRuiter said although they were outnumbered by the counter-protesters, the fact that thousands of people around the country had pitched in to knit the booties showed they had a lot of support.“We are here to speak for the unborn, to show Parliament that we do not need more-liberal abortion laws. Voice for Life said after the display, the booties would be given to families.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/anti-abortion-protest-delivers-thousands-baby-booties-parliamentAnti-abortion protest delivers thousands of baby booties to ParliamentRadio NZ News 26 July 2018Thousands of specially knitted babies’ booties were displayed outside Parliament this afternoon in an anti-abortion protest, but there was cross-party support for counter-protesters.Voice for Life advocates for human life from time of conception. A spokesperson said the 13,285 pairs of booties were a memorial to the number of abortions performed in New Zealand last year.Voice for Life national president Jacqui DeRuiter said they put out the booties to show Parliament and the public “a representation of all these little lives that didn’t get a chance to live”.Ms DeRuiter said although they were outnumbered by the counter-protesters, the fact that thousands of people around the country had pitched in to knit the booties showed they had a lot of support.“We are here to speak for the unborn, to show Parliament that we do not need more-liberal abortion laws.“Is this not enough? 13,285?”READ MORE: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/362641/anti-abortion-protest-delivers-thousands-of-baby-booties-to-parliamentAnti-abortion protesters and counter-protesters at ParliamentA short video clip from Radio NZ showing the disrespectful protester trying to trash the Booties Memorial. Sad. Disrespectful.last_img read more

PNP approves 4-day gun ban for Bacolaodiat

first_imgBacolod City – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has approved afour-day gun ban for the 15th Bacolaodiat Festival here.   Brigadier General Rene Pamusmusan,director of the Police Regional Office in Western Visayas (PRO-6), issued amemorandum which suspends the permits to carry firearms outside residenceduring the festivity slated Jan. 31 to Feb. 3. Pico added the festival will kick offon Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 but the gun ban will end around 12 a.m. on Feb. 3.   BCPO chief of the operationsLieutenant Colonel Lester Leada said a total of 800 police officers will alsobe deployed as the city aims for a “zero major” incident during thecelebration. Meanwhile, Bacolod City Police Office(BCPO) spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico said only members of the PNP,Armed Forces of the Philippines and uniformed personnel with official dutiesare allowed to carry firearms. The Bacolod Traffic Authority Office,meanwhile, said it will deploy around 160 traffic enforcers to prevent roadproblems in the duration of the festivity./PN He said the PRO-6 will provide 250augmentation personnel to secure the festival sites at the Bacolod GovernmentCenter and Lacson Tourism Strip. last_img read more

Wales hoping to hold off Ireland as European Championship concludes

first_img Ireland coach Mark Aston, whose side were denied by a last-minute Welsh try in Wrexham last year, said: “Here we are again, in the same position as last year, needing to beat Wales by a big score to win the Championship. “We hope the Scots can do us a favour and keep the target low but at least we’ll know what we have to do by the time we kick off. “Wales are a tougher proposition than last year and we’ll need to be on our best form to pull it off but I’m confident the boys will dig in and go for it – it should be a great occasion.” Wales lost both fixtures in 2014 but are the favourites to pick up their first title since 2010 after gaining impressive wins over Scotland and France. “We believe we can do it,” Wales coach John Kear said. “There’s an air of confidence in the group.” Bradford forward Dale Ferguson will captain Scotland for the first time in the absence of the injured Danny Brough as coach Steve McCormack prepares to give a debut to second rower Gavin Grant, an Aberdonian who plays for Coventry Bears, in his youngest ever team for the game in Avignon. Press Association Wales need only a draw from their final match against Ireland in Bray to be crowned champions but defeat would pave the way for either the Irish or France to claim the title. Ireland will need to win by 25 points more than the French, who kick off against Scotland four hours before the game in Bray, and will be hoping to make up for their near miss 12 months ago. center_img Wales are 80 minutes away from going from wooden spoonists to title winners inside 12 months when the 2015 European Championship reaches a conclusion on Saturday.last_img read more

Solomon, Barnwell and Suknanan lead Georgetown fightback

first_img– .. Lower Corentyne beat Upper Corentyne by ten wickets; West Demerara also win by 30 runs over West Berbice.SECOND innings half-centuries from Dexter Solomon and skipper Christopher Barnwell along with a four-wicket haul from off-spinner Gajanan Suknanan, led Georgetown to a stunning fightback at the close of the second day of their Jaguars Franchise League three-day game over East Coast yesterday at the Lusignan cricket ground.The City side closed the day on 244-9, an overall lead of 299 runs.Solomon stroke an enterprising 84 while Barnwell made 62 in what was deemed a better batting performance from the city side.Earlier, resuming at 102-4, the hosts crumbled to the City team spinners, as they could only managed to add 35 runs to their first innings total, as the remaining six batsmen showed little responsibility at the crease.It was a period where they played some poor cricket shots that led to their own downfall. Overnight batsman Joshua Persaud (8), was the first to go, leg before wicket to off-spinner Suknanan who snared three of the six wickets during that crucial period of play.Fellow spinner Devon Lord then removed the other overnight batsman Kumar Bishundyal (1) before the guile and variations of the two spinners quickly wrapped up the innings, sharing the last four wickets equally.Suknanan finished with figures of 4-40 while Sankar claimed 3-8, Lord finished with 2-10, while medium-pacer Kellon Carmichael had the other wicket to fall.With a first innings lead of 55, Georgetown reached the lunch interval on 39-1, losing the wicket of Robin Bacchus, caught at the wicket off Cordel Mars for ten, at 16-1.Raymond Perez was on 20 while Sunil Singh on seven at the interval.Upon resumption, the City team lost both Perez (27) and Singh (10), along with Ramaal Lewis (13) during that session, but Barnwell and Solomon stood firm at the wicket.The duo added 70 for the fifth-wicket, a partnership which was well crafted before they lost Barnwell.Thereafter it was the Solomon show. The right-handed batsman mixed aggression with solid defence before being the last batsmen to be dismissed at the closing stages of the day’s play. He faced 159 balls, with six fours and two sixes.Sankar and Suknanan will resume today. Bhaskar Yadram (3-68), Rajendra Chandrika (2-18), Mars (2-49), and a wicket apiece for Rajendra Singh and Bishundyal, were the successful bowlers.Meanwhile, scores in the other matches on day two are:At Albion: Lower Corentyne whipped Upper Corentyne by ten wickets. Resumed at 166-3 replying to Upper Corentyne first innings 130 all out, Lower Corentyne were bowled out for 257. Opener Wahid Edwards made 89 while Seon Hetmyer contributed 49.Batting a second time, Upper Corentyne were bowled out for 157. Fast bowler Raun Johnson (4-49), and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul (3-42), did the damage. Set 25 to win, Lower Corentyne were 27-0 when the victory target was achieved.At Everest: East Bank replying to Essequibo’s first innings of 280, were 303-9. Sherfane Rutherford made an adventurous 106 while Sachin Singh fell short of his century by one run.At Tuschen: West Demerara won by 30 runs. Scores in the game: West Demerara 110 and 126; West Berbice 106 and 101.last_img read more

Much Ado About Foreign Coach for Super Eagles

first_imgI have elected to avert my mind to the debate over whether the national football team should have an indigenous coach or an expatriate coach.Indeed, the government of the day preaches self –sustenance, looking inwards and making do mostly with Nigeria –made. Great policy. But what happens to those areas where we cannot find Nigerians who are highly qualified and able and capable of doing a great job?If we can do it all alone, why is President Muhammadu Buhari traveling all over the world seeking help from those nations? The latest I heard, we are asking for a huge loan from China to finance rail infrastructure.Having followed the game passionately for decades, I dare say that football is one area in which we cannot find highly qualified Nigerians capable of doing a good job of coaching the Super Eagles to world standards. Simple analysis would show us that we have gravitated around all the likely candidates and none has shown that he can lead us to elite footballing status. There’s being no foundation, moral or mental rigour required. Period.The only ever likely candidates, at all times, are Stephen Keshi, Samson Siasia, Austin Eguavoen, Sunday Oliseh… Any other name? I dunno. Keshi did well winning the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2013 and taking the team to the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup, and surely is the best of the pack that we have. But he had problems relating with his employers, whether they were the Aminu Maigari team that brought him on board or the Amaju Pinnick board that desired to retain him.Keshi did a wonderful job qualifying the team for the World Cup, but how come he failed to pick Nigeria’s best players for that World Cup? We had a number of injured average players, journeymen and schoolboy players in Brazil.Siasia replaced a very poor Oliseh, whose technical ability was not in question but was never able to manage relationships with either employers or players or assistants – key managerial quality. Siasia wanted so much to rewrite his story, having failed to qualify the Super Eagles for the 2012 Africa Cup. In truth, the damage was partly done before he was called upon, but he could have rescued things by picking players who could have won matches for him in Kaduna and Alexandria. Instead, he left creative actors like Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho on the bench and threw his lot with the likes of Aminu Umar.Can we bring back Eguavoen at this time? Certainly no, which brings me to the question of why even people who are supposed to know better are opposing the idea of a foreign coach for the Super Eagles.A week ago, on the internet I came across an article by a former captain of the Green Eagles (also a former NFA Board Member), Segun Odegbami. I shuddered going through the piece because it underscored the petty and envious attitude prevalent in Nigeria society and football administration.Even Odegbami is campaigning against foreign coach! That was the comment of a friend of mine. Sometime in the late 1990s, the same Odegbami was a key member of The Three Wise Men who were sent to Europe to interview and select a foreign coach for Nigeria. His illogical reasoning tainted by prejudices aren’t even valid in a global sport.Which brings me to the charge by the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, that the NFF must convince him about their ability to pay before he would approve the employment of a foreign coach!It sounded most ridiculous. A few colleagues have reasoned that the NFF board was now at a weak negotiating point because the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the Africa Cup on successive occasions. Even more ridiculous, if you consider the fact that Mr Dalung haven condoned Giwa’s divisive shenanigans if not surreptitiously encouraged it. Board could chose to resign following the poor outing of a team, however, if it does not, it continues to discharge its duties and function appropriately without any inferiority complex.I would lay some of the blame at the doorstep of the NFF board over this fiasco. The employment of Sunday Oliseh was a wrong move. They should have known that a leopard does not change its skin. They might have had good intention but they gave him too much latitude and he did collateral damage before they realised he was no good. But again hindsight is 20:20 as NFF Board members aren’t elected on clairvoyance resumes.Perhaps, we would still have been able to call on Vincent Enyeama for the Super Eagles. Last week, he was mentioned as sixth best goalkeeper in Europe, which is some great achievement. I would prefer that the NFF work assiduously to bring Enyeama back to the team, because goalkeepers get better with age. Gianluigi Buffon, and before him Lev Yashin, Sepp Maier, Dino Zoff, Peter Shilton, David Seaman and Rinat Dassaev proved that.Back to the issue at hand. The minister’s position is not only untenable, it is condemnable. Is Dalung not aware that his Sports Ministry pays a couple of expatriate High Performance Directors (Angelo Taylor and Eric Campbell, if my memory serves me right) in athletics? Is he unaware that basketball, which is, realistically, lower in ranking to football in Nigeria, has an expatriate coach in the person of American William Voigt? Is Dalung unaware that the Rugby Federation in Nigeria has a foreigner as coach?Political appointment as minister of sports should really be also based on a modicum of acceptable technical and moral competence.Why is Nigeria such a nation of political pretenders? Football is the nation’s biggest unifier. Nothing else brings together our peoples across various mental and physical divides than football. Yet, we treat the sport with so much levity. In other climes, national leaders understand the strategic role of football support and peace, national identity and cohesion. Mr Greg Dyke of the English FA and Prime Minister Cameron meet often to give more credence to the above notion.What is the big deal about employing an expatriate coach with the right expertise and management ability to steer the Super Eagles to new levels of excellence? Despite their fervent nationalism, the US signed on German Jurgen Klinsmann. Not too long ago, Italian Fabio Capello was in charge of England’s Three Lions. Capello went from coaching England to coaching Russia.Dutchman Guus Hiddink has also coached Russia. French-Pole Henryk Kasperczak spent so many years in Africa coaching Cote d’Ivoire and Tunisia. Frenchman Roger Lemerre coached Tunisia. Brazilian Carlos Perreira coached South Africa not too long ago. Frenchman Claude LeRoy has coached for decades in Africa and won the Africa Cup with Cameroun.Egypt, which sent us packing from the 2017 AFCON race, has an Argentine, Hector Cuper, in charge. In the soccer world, there are so many individuals from other climes who are thriving whether in charge of national teams or clubs. Neither of the two teams looking likely to reach the final of the UEFA Champions League (Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid) is coached by Spaniards.The present debate makes me to reflect, and with regret, the lack of action by the NFF Board of 2010, which had discussions with Frenchman Herve Renard at the Africa Cup in Angola, but chose to sign Swede Lars Lagerback to take the Super Eagles to the World Cup in South Africa. Since then, Renard has won the Africa Cup with Zambia (2012) and Cote d’Ivoire (2015), and has now qualified Morocco for the 2017 finals.In Africa, I am aware that in Ghana, the government pays the salary of Coach Avram Grant. The same thing happens in Egypt, and in most African countries. Why should Nigeria be different? How would we expect a federation that is always broke (because the Government gives it pittance, in line with its very low ranking of sports) to pay for a foreign coach?The job of Mr. Dalung includes taking important memos to the Federal Executive Council. A memo in respect of the government paying for the employment of a foreign coach for the Super Eagles would be in order, much more useful than Dalung’s pastime of exhuming ‘dead’ bodies.Incredibly, Dalung has spent more time, energy and resources on resurrecting the long –forgotten case of Chris Giwa, who continues to delude himself that he ‘won’ an election into office as NFF president. Giwa lost everywhere, including at the Court of Arbitration for Sports, a full six months before Dalung came into office.Dalung’s friend added comic relief to the whole sordid drama when, in one of his ‘actions in charge’, appointed a deceased referee for a Nigeria league match involving his own club!The sports minister is daily lampooning the NFF or simulating one crisis after the other. At a recent contract signing with Spanish Premier League, Dalung inelegantly and unnecessarily made references to “squabbles among stakeholders in Nigeria football.” Some minister of the Federal Republic!If as it claims, the government does not have enough money to give to football and still be able to take care of other critical sectors, it can enable legislation that will help the cause of sports. The tax holiday that is so much talked –about is not working because most of the big companies in Nigeria would rather not talk about sports sponsorship, after taking care of extra too many expenses along the way.Rather, multinationals should and can contribute a percentage of their earnings to an escrow football, nay sports account, for coaching hire and training, and build the capacity of administrators to function optimally.I only became interested in the persons holding office at the NFF a few months ago when, on a trip to Nigeria, I was invited by a friend to a charity football tournament organised by Seyi Akinwunmi of Lagos FA. At the event, I got to meet Akinwunmi and realised that he is the son of Sylvanus Akinwunmi, who logged remarkable feats as Chairman of the National Sports Commission in the early 1990s. I remember the elder Akinwunmi was in office when we qualified for our first FIFA World Cup, won the Africa Cup in 1994 and also did well at the World Cup in America.Seyi Akinwunmi has scored respectably on the football and youth development. He is first vice president of NFF. Amaju Pinnick, NFF President brings his accomplishments with Delta State FA and grooming athletes for the national, continental and global laurels to the table. Shehu Dikko (second vice president) is also chairman of the League Company that is being praised for revival and innovations to the local football league.This balanced triumvirate of accomplished young Nigerians have all it takes between them to stem the rot in Nigeria football. The system of indolence and nepotistic corruption as always in all sectors fights back, enlisting gullible power mongers in reactionary gerrymandering. Amaju, Seyi and Shehu can clean the Aegean stable of the football house so Nigeria can rebuild with strategic determination.Support, that is what is lacking for the NFF board and management. If they desire a foreign coach, it is the minister’s duty to go the extra mile to convince Mr. President and the FEC. Football is a big issue with Nigerians, and the sooner the sports minister and his team realises that, the better for them and for the Nigeria game.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Obi OgbuI sit in my study this morning reflecting, not for the first time this week, why my dear country, Nigeria is one that is never able to get the simplest things right.Today, I am not thinking about the state of the economy, or the price of oil in the international market, or advancement in technology in other spheres, or the pathetic state of infrastructure back home, or poor funding for education, health and agriculture, or the treacherous state of the roads, or even the unacceptable truism that 16 years into a new Millennium, rail transportation is not available in Nigeria (the world’s fifth biggest producer of oil)!last_img read more

Mom Launches Prom Dress Drive To Honor Daughter Who Passed

first_imgJamaican Elaine Stewart, who currently lives in Pembroke Pines, lost her 24-year-old daughter, Brianne Ashley Stewart, tragically in a car accident on December 4, 2018. To honor her daughter’s life, the family has begun a movement – a Prom Dress Drive – to positively impact the lives of girls in the community.“My family founded the Brianne Ashley Stewart Foundation, with a mission to inspire, serve, and empower young ladies who have the greatest need for assistance, as they are poised to enter the next phases of their lives,” Stewart told CNW.Read More: 64 dead from road accidents in Jamaica in 2018“Under the auspices of the Foundation and consistent with its mission, we partnered with our church to create a program entitled Bri’s Glam Day. On that day, we will give away prom dresses, shoes, related accessories, and gift cards from major department stores – all at no cost to the participating young ladies.”The empowerment event will take place on Saturday, April 27, at Hope United Church in  Pembroke Pines at 1pm.About BriannaBrianne was a Pre-Med student at Florida International University, and was also the Chief Scribe and Head Trainer at Memorial Regional Hospital. On April 30 her family will receive her degree from FIU.Stewart says her daughter was an avid volunteer and had amassed close to 1,000 volunteer hours during her short time.“Brianne did not attend her own prom, but throughout high school she collected and donated prom dresses to those who were not able to afford them. Her passion for helping young girls is what led us to our foundation’s kickoff event, the 2019 Prom Dress Drive.”“The goal is to clothe a selected group of young ladies with a dress for prom. The dresses will be acquired through donations, and it is our goal to eliminate the burden of buying a dress for the young ladies who would have been unable to attend because of that obstacle,” Stewart explained.The Prom Dress DriveYoung women in attendance will participate in makeup and hair demonstrations, and will shop in a pop up shop where they will choose from a wide array of dresses, shoes, and accessories, at no cost. “We have partnered with some major department stores who will be giving away gift certificates for makeup, hair, corsages and a limo ride on the day of the prom,” says Stewart.So far, the organization has over 200 prom dresses to be donated to girls, but only has 70 girls registered. Their next goal is get enough girls on board to fill each dress.Stewart is requesting assistance in selecting girls in need, who can be identified through their teachers, guidance counselors or youth ministers. The foundation is accepting nominations via email by Sunday, April 21, with information on the nominee’s name, height, dress size, and the reason why she should receive the prom dress. Awardees will be determined by the foundation’s board of directors, and the final confirmation to the awardee will be announced by Wednesday, April 24.Nominations should be sent to the brianneashleystewartfoundation@gmail.com.last_img read more