NZ Herald 2 May 2018Family First Comment: Disturbing“the material can also be found online and is part of ‘Drug Help’, specifically here, a NZ Drug Foundation programme that is fully funded by the Ministry of Health.”Remember that the Drug Foundation wants decriminalisation of all drugs including PThe principal of a high school under scrutiny for providing information on how to use meth is standing by the material as a “very good” educational resource.Massey High School principal Glen Denham addressed criticism on Newstalk ZB tonight after it emerged that the “information notice” was made available to Level 3 health students as part of a wider project on drug use in New Zealand.The material, which can also be found on a website called drughelp.org.nz, features 10 “keeping well” tips for using meth.“When taking meth eat something every 4 to 5 hours, drink more water than normal,” it says.”If using a glass pipe, clean the inside regularly to remove butt residue which could be inhaled.”The final tip and most shocking reads: “meth is illegal, it’s also illegal to own a pipe. Be discrete (sic) and only keep 5 grams for personal use.”The Ministry of Health funds the New Zealand Drug Foundation to run the DrugHelp website (including MethHelp) as a source of information about the risks of methamphetamine and where to get help.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12043497‘I’m not going to apologise’ – Drug Foundation boss says meth advice pamphlet given to Massey High students acknowledges realitiesTVNZ One News 3 May 2018The head of the New Zealand Drug Foundation says a pamphlet given to high school students instructing them on safe methods to use methamphetamine was simply acknowledging realities.A concerned Massey High School parent shared two photos to Facebook taken from Drug Help’s MethHelp handbook provided to Year 13 Health students as a resource to help with research for an assignment.The MethHelp Handbook, which can also be found on the New Zealand Drug Foundation’s Drug Help website, a programme funded by the Ministry of Health, features two pages showing “10 ways to keep well if using meth”.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/im-not-going-apologise-drug-foundation-boss-says-meth-advice-pamphlet-given-massey-high-students-acknowledges-realitiesSchools would be ‘ignorant’ not to teach drug-use safety – Massey High School principalNewsHub 3 May 2018The principal of Massey High School says we’d be ignorant not to educate children on meth use, after a pamphlet outlining how to use it safely was given to students.But the director of drug education group MethCon says suggesting there’s a safe way to use the drug is ridiculous, comparing it to “telling someone who has shot someone to wipe their prints off the gun”.The pamphlet, published by drugfree.org, suggested keeping less than five grams of meth for personal use to avoid being prosecuted, and advised that swallowing meth is safer than injecting it. It also provided tips about eating regularly and keeping hydrated while under the influence of meth.But managing director of MethCon Dale Kirk has slammed the New Zealand Drug Foundation for distributing the pamphlets in the first place.“As a parent or a taxpayer, are you happy that your taxpayer money is being used to fund this material? I know I’m not. And certainly as a parent I’m not either.“Methamphetamine… it’s a completely different monster. It’s by far the most addictive drug and you can’t use the drug safely.”That’s the equivalent of telling someone who has shot someone to wipe their prints off the gun.”READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/05/schools-would-be-ignorant-not-to-teach-drug-use-safety-massey-high-school-principal.htmlParent rejects school’s meth pamphlet explanationRadio NZ News 3 May 2018An Auckland parent is still unhappy about a school’s use of a pamphlet explaining how to use meth, despite explanations of how the material was used.Massey High School has been under fire for giving senior students a booklet including safety notes provided by the Drug Foundation for users of meth as part of an assignment.Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell told Morning Report the information taught senior students about harm reduction.“It could well be that 17- and 18-year-olds in New Zealand are living in households where their parents are using,” he said.He said it was not condoning the use of meth and was not likely to encourage it.“Particularly when the booklet also talks about the significant chaos that meth can cause, and how to look after yourself and how to look after your loved one,” he said.READ MORE: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/356570/parent-rejects-school-s-meth-pamphlet-explanation
The annual trade fair was organized by theAssociation of Negros Producers (ANP), in collaboration with the provincialgovernment of Negros Occidental and government agencies, such as the Departmentof Trade and Industry and the Department of Science and Technology. He added that despite the smaller venue thisyear, the ANP remains optimistic it would rake in higher sales. BACOLOD City – Around 64 exhibitors fromNegros Occidental, including producers and local government units (LGUs),showcase their top products in the 34th Negros Trade Fair (NTF), whichofficially opened at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City. Around 64 exhibitors from Negros Occidental, including producers and local government units, showcase their top products in the 34th Negros Trade Fair, which officially opened at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City on Wednesday. BACOLOD CITY PIO “It is blending the old and new and connectingthe past and present. We want to highlight to the people in Manila the Negrosspirit,” he added. Michael Claparols, chair of the NTF 2019, saidthis year’s edition is a continuation of what has been done in the past, whichis showcasing the best of Negrense products. “I am a believer of the Negrense talent andproducts, and I know that with proper opportunities and innovation, ourproducts can compete both in the local and global markets,” he said. They were joined by Negrense chefs includingMargarita Fores and Don Angelo Colmenares during the cocktails that featuredlocal cuisine. Claparols said the exhibitors featured food,furniture, gifts, decors and housewares, and organics, among others. Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacsonand Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer on Tuesday led the “Arima” or ceremonialringing of the bell to usher in the trade fair’s official opening onWednesday. Lacson, meanwhile, lauded the organizers andexhibitors for the continued success of the trade fair. “We also want to share with the people fromLuzon our stories, our spirit,” Claparols said. Themed “Timeless Traditions,” the country’slongest-running provincial trade event, highlights the province’s culture, art,tradition, history, and lifestyle, especially the Negrenses’ love for food andexquisite craftsmanship. In 2018, participating enterprises generatedtotal sales of P31.8 million during the five-day trade fair participated by 70ANP-member and non-member producers. “Our very rich tradition and history give ourpresent products the character that sets (them) apart from the rest,” Lacsonadded.(With a report from PNA/PN)
By Kelly NinasNORTH PLATE, Neb. (April 22) – Driving fast and furiously and finishing strong on a well manicured dirt track were the challengers seeking a trip to the winners circle at Lincoln County Raceway on Saturday evening. Making that final turn into the winners circle were Colton Osborn, Tony Schultz, Kyle Clough, Luke Wassom and Andrew Baumgardner.Wasting no time at all to get the lead, Osborn drove to the point on the fourth lap and never looked back to power his hot rod to the victory in the IMCA Modified feature.Schultz and his son Dillon swapped the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod lead multiple times before Schultz gained the spot for good with two laps to go.Grabbing the lead on the seventh lap and working through traffic the best was the Clough in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.For the second straight night, Wassom put on an awesome performance to win the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Wassom started on the outside of the third row and took the lead during the ninth circuit.Continuing to rule the Mach-1 Sport Compact roost was Baumgardner for the second straight outing at his hometown track.
Billie Sue Martin Collins, age 76, of Batesville, IN (formerly of Independence), passed away Saturday, March 7, 2020 at St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood, KY. Billie was strong-willed, feisty, always on the go and would speak her mind, whether you wanted to hear it or not. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family. Recently, she volunteered at Margaret Mary Hospital and became known as “The Cupcake Lady” for delivering delicious cupcakes to the hospital workers and local police department in Batesville, IN. Over the years she was a member of the Lions Club, Eastern Star, and First Baptist Church of Greensburg, IN.Billie was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Collins, daughter, Cheryl Ann Collins, and son, Steven H. Collins. She is survived by her children, Kathy Ecklar (Paul), Tim Collins (Kathy), and Vickie Luhring (Steve); daughter-in-law, Deanna Collins; grandchildren, Jesse (Julie) Collins, Paul Michael Luhring, Kaylyn Nicole (Chris Clark) Collins, Michele Luhring, Austin Jameson “A.J.” Collins, Steven Hunter Collins, and Dwayne (Sherry) Ecklar; great-grandchildren, Paxton, Tyler, Karsyn, Tad, and Rachel; and her furbaby, Angel. Services are pending at this time.A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Brookville, IN—The Franklin County Health Department announced receiving two new positive cases for COVID-19 on Friday, bringing Franklin County’s total number of positives to 98. Both new patients are adults. Health Officials also announced that one more patient has since recovered from the coronavirus and has been released from quarantine, bringing Franklin County’s total number of recovered patients to 73. “We are reviewing the Governor’s plans and are looking forward to our community’s businesses, in accordance with the stage two guidelines, to begin opening in a manner that is safe for their staff and customers,” said Commissioner Tom Linkel. “As we move forward, it is critical for everyone to continue to follow the recommended guidelines; stay home as much as possible, practice social distancing if you must go out, wear a mask if social distancing isn’t possible, and avoid large gatherings,” continued Commissioner Linkel. The orange travel status for Franklin County expired as of today.
Charlie Austin eased QPR into life without Loic Remy by ending the Loftus Road club’s new-season goal drought in a 1-0 Premier League victory over Sunderland. Press Association The former Burnley striker bagged his first Premier League goal to end Rangers’ 315-minute scoring drought in their fourth clash of the new campaign. Harry Redknapp’s men were desperate for both goals and points after successive defeats to Hull, Tottenham and Burton, and had Austin to thank for a thumping first-half finish. Junior Hoilett shot straight at Mannone as the half-hour came and went, but then QPR took control. Wes Brown pulled off a perfectly-timed tackle to deny Austin who was bearing down on goal, and then Mannone had to shut down the former Burnley striker in a one-on-one. Mannone raced off his line to deny Matt Phillips as QPR scented their first goal of the new campaign in their fourth outing. And just when the home fans expected another blank half, Austin delivered, firing high into the net from a well-worked corner. Sunderland were still chasing their first league win of the campaign after two draws, but could at least draw on a morale-boosting 3-0 Capital One Cup midweek victory at Birmingham. Poyet’s side were visibly deflated by conceding just ahead of half-time, and struggled to generate any tempo after the turnaround. Rodwell and Fletcher had half-hearted efforts easily dealt with, before Green turned a neat right-foot flick from Santiago Vergini round the post. Matt Phillips and Hoilett wasted promising openings before Bobby Zamora replaced goal-scorer Austin for QPR. Mannone produced another fine save off his line to deny Jordon Mutch, but neither side were able to repeat the intensity of the first half. Clint Hill produced a fine sliding block to deny Connor Wickham after a dangerous low cross from Johnson. Armand Traore wasted a fine chance after a smart through-ball from Zamora to ease late Sunderland pressure. Green was then forced to pull out another fine save to deny Emanuele Giaccherini at the death. The replacement striker was then booked for diving, aiming to draw a free-kick straight in front of goal, capping a frustrating afternoon for the visitors. Chelsea have triggered Remy’s release clause, which led to the France striker being withdrawn from action ahead of the game. The 27-year-old failed a medical at Liverpool at the start of the summer, but is now set to complete his Stamford Bridge move to replace AC Milan-bound Fernando Torres. Rangers will chase a new striker before the 11pm transfer deadline on Monday night, with Ajax’s Kolbeinn Sigthorsson heavily touted as heading to west London. Redknapp had started Rangers’ Premier League return favouring the 3-5-2 formation, but abandoned wing backs in favour of 4-3-3 for the visit of Gus Poyet’s Black Cats. Sunderland started far the stronger but ultimately paid the price for failing to convert that dominance. Adam Johnson slid in perfect through-balls for Steven Fletcher and Patrick van Aanholt, but neither man could convert – and that after left-back Van Aanholt had prodded wide to boot. Summer recruit Leroy Fer struck a 25-yard thunderbolt against the crossbar with Vito Mannone motionless between the sticks as QPR started to settle. Lee Cattermole was fortunate to escape a red card after grabbing and kicking at Fer, just minutes after being booked.
ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth and George Stevens Academy boys’ and girls’ swim teams faced off in the first meet of the season Tuesday, Dec. 13. Ellsworth won the boys’ meet 131-25 and the girls’ meet 94-53. Below is a full list of competitive finishers in both the boys’ and girls’ events.Girls’ 200-yard medley relayEllsworth A, 2 minutes, 8.63 secondsGSA A, 2:13.72Ellsworth B, 2:25.21Girls’ 200-yard freestyleMiriam Nelson, Ellsworth, 2:20.15Emma Larson-Whittaker, GSA, 2:31.22Kaitlyn Britt, Ellsworth, 2:39.41Girls’ 200-yard IMCaitlin MacPherson, Ellsworth, 2:42.55Ellie Gellerson, GSA, 3:03.26This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGirls’ 50-yard freestyleMaya Pelletier, Ellsworth, 29.21Katie Hammer, Ellsworth, 29.75Kiana Maddocks-Wilbur, 31.28Laura Liu, GSA, 32.97Elana Bakeman, GSA, 33.37Seneca Maddocks-Wilbur, 33.82Girls’ 100-yard butterflyAva Sealander, GSA, 1:07.62Kaitlyn Britt, Ellsworth, 1:37.56Girls’ 100-yard freestyleKristen Moseley, Ellsworth, 1:05.00Leah Stevens, Ellsworth, 1:05.32Emma Larson-Whittaker, GSA, 1:07.09Sydney Stevens, Ellsworth, 1:17.98Katie Forrest, GSA, 1:21.67Girls’ 500-yard freestyleMaya Pelletier, Ellsworth, 6:04.26Miriam Nelson, Ellsworth, 6:12.78Caitlin MacPherson, Ellsworth, 6:24.10Girls’ 200-yard freestyle relayEllsworth A, 2:02.37Ellsworth B, 2:23.03Girls’ 100-yard backstrokeAva Sealander, GSA, 1:05.30Ellie Clarke, Ellsworth, 1:06.54Leah Stevens, Ellsworth, 1:15.93Elana Bakeman, GSA, 1:39.65Girls’ 100-yard breaststrokeKristen Moseley, Ellsworth, 1:25.89Kiana Maddocks-Wilbur, Ellsworth, 1:27.42Ellie Gellerson, GSA, 1:29.16Seneca Maddocks-Wilbur, 1:29.53Laura Liu, GSA, 1:33.57Girls’ 400-yard freestyle relayEllsworth A, 4:27.26GSA A, 4:37.81Boys’ 200-yard medley relayEllsworth A, 1:47.90George Stevens Academy A, 2:14.92Boys’ 200-yard freestyleCamden Holmes, Ellsworth, 1:54.15Beckett Markosian, Ellsworth, 2:08.03Brian Whalley, Ellsworth, 2:20.83Evan Soukup, GSA, 2:29.42Boys’ 200-yard IMSam Pelletier, Ellsworth, 2:15.86Hayden Sattler, Ellsworth, 2:19.22Austin Baron, Ellsworth, 2:23.70Jeremiah Scheff, GSA, 3:04.67Boys’ 50-yard freestyleJack McKechnie, Ellsworth, 27.23Alex Yap, GSA, 29.22Ben Mazgaj, Ellsworth, 29.45Jack Sandone, Elllsworth, 29.86Randy Yan, GSA, 39.56Jaichen Wang, GSA, 39.65Boys’ 100-yard butterflySam Alvarado, Ellsworth, 1:00.03Beckett Markosian, Ellsworth, 1:06.50Carter Frank, GSA, 1:09.07Boys’ 100-yard freestyleRichie Matthews, Ellsworth, 53.19Brian Whalley, Ellsworth, 1:04.62Alex Yap, GSA, 1:11.90Randy Yan, GSA, 1:14.38Boys’ 500-yard freestyleSam Alvarado, Ellsworth, 5:10.53Jack McKechnie, Ellsworth, 6:52.33Ben Mazgaj, Ellsworth, 6:56.60Boys’ 200-yard freestyle relayEllsworth A, 1:37.18Ellsworth B, 1:51.64GSA A, 2:06.00Boys’ 100-yard backstrokeSam Pelletier, Ellsworth, 1:01.07Austin Baron, Ellsworth, 1:05.47Hunter Clark, Ellsworth, 1:16.32Jeremiah Scheff, GSA, 1:26.98Boys’ 100-yard breaststrokeHayden Sattler, Ellsworth, 1:07.13Camden Holmes, Ellsworth, 1:10.44Richie Matthews, Ellsworth, 1:11.54Evan Soukup, GSA, 1:24.57Jaichen Wang, GSA, 1:32.93Boys’ 400-yard freestyle relayEllsworth A, 3:38.85Ellsworth B, 4:08.40
… Female team earn runner-up positionBy: Colin Bynoe ableUNDER the management of coach/manager Levi Nedd (president of the Berbice Volleyball Association) and assistant women’s coach Errol Chase, the Guyana male Under-20 team gained another title when they defeated French Guiana national Under-20 team in a three-team competition which comprised Guyana, French Guiana national and senior teams.The tournament, which was played in French Guiana (Cayenne) from November 3 to 5, saw both Guyana teams perform exceptionally well.After winning both teams in the round-robin phase, the Guyana males went on to play the runner-up French Guiana team who drew first blood and won the first set 25-16.After that the Guyana males established themselves nicely and restricted their opponents 25-19, 15-10 for a 2-1 win.The Guyana players were outstanding and walked away with most of the individual awards. The lanky Ronaldo Bobb was the best blocker on show; Andy Rohoman received the prize for being the best attacker.Diamyon Al-Ahmad got his award as the best defender and Renaldo Griffith the best setter. The versatile Samuel Fraser walked away with the MVP award. He was also the best receiver on show.The females were unfortunate not to win in their category. Both Nedd and Chase urged their charges on. The Guyanese Girls were the surprise package as they rose to the occasion.According to Nedd, after several years, the females were exceptional as they won a four-team round-robin encounter and advanced to the final against French Guiana National female team.In the final they put up a feisty fight but eventually lost 2-0 to the superior and more experienced women of the French Guiana national team with the scores being 25-16, 25-21.Among the Guyanese girls Cherry-Anne Fraser received the best blocker award while Kelshine Griffith was adjudged the best defender on show.At the presentation ceremony the males were awarded the winning trophy and gold medals while the females received the second prize trophy and silver medals in their respective categories.According to Nedd, the GVF would like to say special thanks to the National Sports Commission (NSC), the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) and Spready’s Bakery among others for their support.
Update on the latest sports ACC-SWOFFORD RETIRINGACC Commissioner Swofford to retire in JuneUNDATED (AP) — Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford is retiring after the 2020-21 academic year, ending his tenure after 24 years.The 71-year-old Swofford has been commissioner of the ACC since 1997, the longest run in that position in the history of the 67-year-old conference. The former North Carolina athletic director took over as commissioner of a nine-team league. In the years that followed, Swofford directed the league through multiple waves of expansion that first turned the ACC into a 12-team league by 2005 and ultimately reach 15 teams by 2013. The conference also launched its own network last August. The Aug. 6 exhibition game between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers is the first on-field event the league has canceled during the pandemic. The league was able to conduct free agency, the draft and several owners meetings remotely, and it recently began reopening team facilities that were shut in late March, albeit on a limited basis.Ten men were scheduled to be enshrined in the Canton, Ohio, hall on Aug. 8; the hall has an increased class of 20 this year in commemoration of the NFL’s centennial. No date has been set for when any inductions will occur.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— A person with knowledge of the situation says Miami forward Derrick Jones Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus, a result that came in shortly after the Heat and other NBA teams began mandatory testing in preparation for next month’s resumption of the season. Jones, the reigning NBA slam dunk contest champion, still plans to play when the Heat get back on the floor at the Disney complex near Orlando next month, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because neither the Heat nor the player revealed the result publicly.— Churchill Downs says the rescheduled Kentucky Derby and Oaks will run this fall with spectators under strict guidelines to limit crowd density for the race that annually attracts more than 100,000. The 146th runnings of the Oaks for fillies and the Derby were postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 because of the coronavirus pandemic. It marked the first time since 1945 that horse racing’s marquee event was not run on the first Saturday in May. Churchill Downs has run its delayed spring meet without spectators. After consulting with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and local health officials, Churchill Downs will reduce capacity in general admission, outdoor reserved seating, premium dining and suites. Fans will be “consistently and frequently” encouraged to wear masks at all times unless seated, to practice social distancing when possible and to wash or sanitize hands frequently. — The USGA has announced its exemption categories for a U.S. Open that won’t have open qualifying for the first time in nearly a century. That includes taking the top 70 in the world ranking from March 15, the last one before the ranking was frozen because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Open usually takes the top 60. The exemption categories announced Thursday include a spot for Phil Mickelson, who was at No. 61 in March. The U.S. Open is the only major Mickelson hasn’t won. The U.S. Open is scheduled for Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot, just north of New York City, the scene of Mickelson’s toughest loss in 2006.— The Phillie Phanatic, Mr. Met and Mariner Moose mascots are getting a reprieve. Major League Baseball has reversed a policy it issued last month that banned mascots from ballparks while trying to restrict access and limit contact exposure. MLB now says mascots are welcome, but they’re not permitted on the field. Dave Raymond, the first person to portray the Phanatic in Philadelphia in the late 1970s, says mascots can still pull off plenty of routines to entertain fans watching at home. MLB will start the virus-delayed season next month in stadiums without fans. — Third-ranked tennis player Dominic Thiem (teem) has apologized for taking part in an exhibition series hosted by Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) where four players have tested positive for the coronavirus. Thiem says “our behaviour was a mistake” and adds he is “extremely sorry.” Thiem is an Austrian who lost to the top-ranked Djokovic in this year’s Australian Open final. He won the opening Adria Tour event in Belgrade on June 14. Djokovic tested positive for the virus on Tuesday. Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki have also said they tested positive after taking part in the exhibition series in Serbia and Croatia.— Local Japanese sponsors have chipped in a record $3.3 billion to support the postponed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. That’s almost 60% of the income for the privately funded operating budget. Sponsors will be asked to sign up again with the games delayed for a year. A poll published earlier this month by Japanese broadcasters NHK said two-thirds are undecided about extending for another year. Organizers say they will begin the negotiation process in earnest next month. NBA-HAWKS-CARTER RETIRES Vince Carter, 43, retires after record 22 NBA seasonsUNDATED (AP) — Vince Carter made his retirement official by announcing on his podcast Thursday that his 22-year NBA career has come to an end. The announcement was largely a formality because the 43-year-old Carter had said many times over the course of the season that this would be his last in the NBA. His 22 seasons are the most in league history. He became the first NBA player to appear in four different decades. Carter started his career with Toronto, then played for New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis, Sacramento and spent his final two seasons with Atlanta.Carter appeared in 1,541 NBA games, behind only Robert Parish (1,611) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,560) on the league’s all-time list. He started his career with Toronto, then played for New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis, Sacramento and spent his final two seasons with Atlanta.Carter’s first season was the 1998-99 campaign, which was shortened to 50 games because of labor strife. His final season was shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, and the Hawks will not be part of the 22 teams headed to the Disney complex near Orlando, Florida, next month for the planned resumption of NBA play. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSAP sources: NFL cancels Hall of Fame game, delays inductionsUNDATED (AP) — The NFL has canceled the Hall of Fame game that traditionally opens the preseason and is delaying the 2020 induction ceremonies due to the coronvirus pandemic, according to two people with direct knowledge of the decision. The people told The Associated Press that an announcement is expected later Thursday. Associated Press NFL-TITANS-MOVESTitans lure Birch from NFL office, add 2 other executivesNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have lured Adolpho Birch away from the NFL office to join their front office and hired two other new executives. The Titans announced Thursday that Birch is their new senior vice president for business affairs and chief legal officer.Birch spent the past 24 years with the NFL with his last role senior vice president for labor policy and league affairs. He had been involved with labor negotiations, managing the NFL’s drug testing program, government relations, sports betting and the league’s critical response team. His late father was the first Black on the Tennessee Supreme Court, and Birch earned his law degree at Vanderbilt.The Titans also hired Surf Melendez for a new position as creative director, and Dan Werly is their new general counsel. Melendez has worked for the Miami Dolphins and Adidas. Werly had been general counsel for Nashville Soccer Club the past year. June 25, 2020
According to Ukoh the new sports facility which would have a tartan track for athletics, a football practice pitch in addition to the main-bowl, would be a boost to the stateâ€™s sports policy.Likely to be commissioned as part of the May 2018 Democracy Day event, the commissioner said the facility when completed would help decongest state sponsored football teams from Uyo as well as offer the residents of the area opportunity to watch topflight football matches.â€œWe are not going to inherit anything from the old stadium. Every thing here will give way for a brand new stadium which by the grace of God will be completed before the end of May 2018.“We are going to construct a stadium that will take at least 10,000 spectators and going by the enthusiasm that the governor attaches to his projects the stadium should be able to attract international matches.“It will also help the sports ministry to decongest the state sponsored football teams mostly based in Uyo and provide yet another training facility for international teams that are playing at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo,” he declared.The commissioner hinted that athletes, who excelled at the last state youth games, would represent the state in the forthcoming national youth games at Ilorin as a strategy to continue with their development.The sports commissioner maintained that the state government would continue to intensify efforts to sustain the gains made in the last Youth Games in the state.Representatives of Eket community at the inspection commended the timely intervention of the governor on the stadium and assured the state government of adequate maintenance and security of the facility when completed.Eket stadium was constructed by the Eket Local Council in 1994 and played host to topflight clubs like Mobil Pegasus FC but has since been in a state of disrepair after organisers of the Mobil Secondary School Athletics Competition decided to move the competition to the prestigious Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Okon Bassey in UyoIn furtherance of his commitment to the development and expansion of sports infrastructures across the state, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has approved the construction of a 10,000-seating capacity stadium in Eket Local Government Area.The stateâ€™s Commissioner for Sports, Mr Monday Ukoh, who disclosed this wednesday while inspecting the old Eket Town Stadium, said the new facility would be completed before the end of May 2018.