Lagos City Marathon: Olopade unveils $20,000 bonus

first_img Olopade appealed to journalists that they will be required to stay within the designated area set aside for them for going forward. He assured that a world-class press centre will be put in place where runners will be brought to for interviews with the media after their recovery. Olopade noted that media accreditations are meant to make the work of journalists easier but he reiterated that accreditation remains the property of Access Bank Lagos City Marathon; meaning erring journalists can have their accreditation revoked. Read Also:Lagos City Marathon: Organisers insist on registration fees He, however, appealed for cooperation and understanding from members of the media to ensure the success of the 2020 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon billed to take place on February 8, 2020. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Most Beautiful Chinese Women2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Did You Notice How Natural Simba’s Movements Looked In The Movie?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes In a statement signed by Olukayode Thomas, Head Communications and Media Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Bukola Olopade, who is the consultant for the race which now has the prestigious IAAF Silver Label, said the aim is to encourage excellent performances at Africa’s biggest and best one-day event. According to the CEO of Nilayo Sports Management company, runners who run 2 hours.10 minutes and below will be entitled to a share of the $20,000 bonus. Said Olopade: “As we have earlier promised, the 2020 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon will witness a lot of innovations; one of which is the introduction of the $20,000 bonus for world-class performances.“We are already bringing in some of the best runners from across the globe and we are confident that this unique bonus will further spur them to give their very best,” Olopade added. As explained, the incentives range from $5,000 to $20,000, depending on the time recorded by the runners.Meanwhile, the organisers of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon have again expressed their profound gratitude to journalists across the country for their immense support to the success story of the race and its new Silver Label status. Loading… Organisers of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon have announced a $20,000 bonus for world-class performances at the 2020 edition of the race.last_img read more

This week’s TV best bet: It’s time for playoff baseball

first_imgThis week’s Monday night game (ESPN, 5:15 p.m.) is an AFC West matchup between the unbeaten K.C. Chiefs and Denver Broncos, always a tense affair, and the Thursday game on Fox and the NFL Network will be the Patriots, suddenly warm after a ragged start, hosting Indianapolis.As long as the Rams keep winning impressively and the Chargers playing competitively, no one will complain about NFL scheduling in L.A. on Sundays. Fox has a Green Bay-Detroit and Rams-Seattle doubleheader at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and CBS another AFC West match between the Oakland Raiders, who once called L.A. home, and the L.A. Chargers, who are in year three in L.A. (2017, 2018, and 1960 when they began life in the AFL before moving to San Diego). Take that bit of knowledge to a bar and win a bet.The Sunday night telecast on NBC is a Texas affair: Dallas at Houston. Expect Al Michaels to name-drop Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke.College footballOctober 4-6The Thursday (Tulsa-Houston) and Friday (Georgia Tech-Louisville) affairs from ESPN are blah, unless you like Ivy League Friday football (Dartmouth-Yale on ESPNU at 3 p.m.). Did you know that prospective Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh went to Yale Law School? It’s been in the news.Your remote guideline for Saturday: 9 a.m., Texas-Oklahoma (Fox) or Alabama-Arkansas (ESPN); 12:30 p.m., you can go south with LSU-Florida (CBS) and Florida State-Miami (CBS) or west with San Diego State-Boise State (ESPNU) and Navy-Air Force(CBSSN); 4 p.m., Auburn-Mississippi State (ESPN2) or Washington at soon-to-be-0-5 UCLA (Fox); 5 p.m., Notre Dame-Virginia Tech (ABC); and 7:30 p.m., Utah-Stanford (ESPN).NHLOct. 3, 5The season opens Wednesday and the Anaheim Ducks are at San Jose at 7:30 p.m. (Prime Ticket, NBCSN). Then the Sharks come to Los Angeles for the Kings’ season opener at Staples at 7:30 p.m. (FSW, NBCSN).Both locals say they’re going to play at a faster pace this season. San Jose should be a good marker whether that’s going to be true or not.SoccerOct. 5, 7The CONCACAF division of 2019 World Cup qualifying settles in this week, with the top three teams in the eight-team field earning automatic bids to the Cup; a fourth team gets a later one-game shot to make it as well.Fox Sports 1 has the Canada-Jamaica game Friday at 5:30 p.m., and then comes back Sunday (2 p.m.) with the Panama-U.S. game. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Monday’s playoff games basically determine which teams have to play in the wild-card game to get to the League Division Series. The winners advance to the series, which will give them time to adjust their pitching and cut their rosters to 25 players and avoid the one-and-done nature of the wild-card games.The Dodgers are expected to start Walker Buehler on Monday, the right-hander who has been the most consistent starter of the second half. If they lose, they are in a bind since Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw would be starting on short rest because they pitched Friday and Saturday. They would have to choose between Ross Stripling or Alex Wood. The only saving grace is that the Cubs and Brewers would be in the same situation regarding their best starting pitchers.As if anyone needs reminding, the Dodgers have not won the World Series since 1988. The Cubs last won in 2016, the Braves in 1995 and the Rockies and Brewers have never won one. In the AL, Houston won in 2018, Boston in 2013, the Yankees in 2009, Oakland in 1989 and the Indians in 1948.BEST OF THE RESTThe NFLOctober 1, 4, 7Give the NFL credit for keeping the early season slate fresh.center_img MLB PlayoffsMonday, N. West playoff, Colorado at Dodgers, ESPN, 1 p.m.Monday, NL Central playoff, Milwaukee at Chicago, ESPN, 10 a.m.Tuesday, NL wild card playoff, Dodgers/Rockies at Milwaukee/Chicago, ESPN, 5 p.m.Wednesday, AL wild card playoff, Oakland at N.Y. Yankees, 5 p.m., TBSThursday-Sunday, ALDS, TBS; NLDS, FS1/MLBN.It’s the best of all possible times in sports. Baseball’s playoffs begin, wilder this year than any other. The NFL reaches month two, college football launches its second half mid-month, the NHL season begins Wednesday and the NBA season tips off on Oct. 16. It’s like eating breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert at the same time. Gluttony wins!Baseball concluded the regular season Sunday and four teams will meet in a plus-one Monday. The Dodgers host the Rockies for the NL West title (ESPN, 1 p.m.) and Milwaukee plays at Chicago for the NL Central title (ESPN, 10 a.m.) The winners advance to the NLDS series beginning Thursday while the losers head to the one-game wild-card playoff game Tuesday (ESPN, 5 p.m.)The AL wild-card game will be Wednesday at 5 p.m. (TBS), with Oakland playing at the N.Y. Yankees. The winner advances to the ALDS, which begins Friday. Fox Sports 1 and the MLB Network will air the NLDS playoff series, while TBS has the ALDS playoffs.last_img read more

Black figure skating duo first in Olympic history

first_imgMAKING HISTORY—France’s Vanessa James and Yannick Bonheur perform their pairs free program during the figure skating competition at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Feb. 15. They are the first Black pairs skating team to compete in the Olympic Games. (NNPA)—Many viewers in the African-American community took an interest in the Winter Olympics to follow Black speed skater Shani Davis. But they had another reason to tune into the Winter Games this year. French pairs skaters Yannick Bonheur and Vanessa James made history on Feb. 21 when they became the first Black duo to participate in Olympic figure skating competition. The pair teamed up two years ago after Bonheur split up with his former skating partner, Marylin Pla. The 27-year-old athlete then placed an advertisement online for a replacement. According to the Canadian-born James, her aunt saw it and convinced her 22-year-old niece to team up with Bonheur.“It’s destiny and I’m very happy about it,” Bonheur told reporters. “There’s the grace and beauty of Vanessa and then my athleticism. And the fact that we’re both Black brings a pleasing visual harmony.”The pair traveled to the United States in August 2009 to train with famous Russian coach Sergei Zaitsev in Indianapolis. They earned their way to the Olympics by winning the French nationals, and now they’re ready to leave their mark on international history.“This is just the beginning. We want to make a name for ourselves so that they’ll remember us for next season,” Bonhuer told reporters. “We want to climb the ladder to show that Black skaters can stand on the podium.”last_img read more

Tax, tax, tax— now they want your grocery bag

first_img(NNPA)—Local and state governments are just like the federal government. They want to keep their largesse ways and not face the demand for austerity and good fiscal management. When times get tight they seek to get into your pockets via obscene taxation on any and everything they can find. There is no regard for the underserved or populations that can least afford damaging taxation for the sake of keeping massive governmental infrastructures. Many cities and counties are slipping taxes on cell phones like they are luxury items. The truth is cell phones are security items, family management tools and access to the Internet. Black citizens use cell phones as their number one vehicle to the Internet. So, when they start slapping taxes on your child’s phone and you are on a limited fixed income or assistance it becomes terribly damaging. They are doing this with reckless abandon and that is why we are pushing for a federal bill that will declare cell phones interstate commerce and prohibit any further local taxes for at least 10 years.Let’s say you purchase a download through the Internet. You live in Philadelphia and you buy it from a firm in Seattle, Washington. The server used in this transaction is located in St. Louis. What may happen is a triple tax on this transaction. You may pay Philadelphia, Pa. sales tax, Seattle, Wash. sales tax, and a St. Louis, Mo. sales tax all on one transaction. It is becoming crazy and somehow we must bring good management and governance in this new age of doing business.Now comes taxing grocery bags. Washington, D.C. started this under the last mayor. My wife and I no longer shop in D.C. We shop in Montgomery County, Md. However, the Montgomery County Council has just decided to implement their own five-cent grocery bag tax. Shall we now cross the Potomac River into Virginia? Better yet, let’s start getting a handle on this one.The stated goals of the tax are to raise revenue and curb the use of grocery bags. The bags, the county says, are an environmental hazard. Instead, county officials say they want to encourage Montgomery County shoppers to use reusable bags.Unfortunately, the measure misses the mark. What bag taxes like these result in isn’t very “green” at all. And, what might be affordable for one of America’s most affluent counties certainly wouldn’t be affordable for working class communities, let alone the entire state.Eliminating free grocery bags at the checkout means consumers must search for alternatives — presumably reusable plastic or cloth bags. Both options weigh more and take more energy to produce, contributing to greater emissions, not less.As alternatives, plastic reusables and cloth bags must be used repeatedly over time before their environmental impacts are less than that of plastic. If they aren’t reused to that extent, we only succeed in introducing more waste into our landfills. To illustrate, it would take 7.5 years of using the same cloth bag (393 uses, assuming one grocery trip per week) before it’s a better option than a plastic bag reused three times, like to carry lunch and then line a garbage can.And since so many people (nine out of 10 according to market surveys) reuse plastic grocery bags, without them, consumers would naturally replace plastic grocery bags with other, heavier gauge plastics, for household uses. After Ireland implemented its bag tax, consumption of purchased plastic trash bags increased by 400 percent. So, if the goal is to promote less waste in our landfills and use fewer plastics, bans and taxes don’t achieve those outcomes.Bag taxes also skirt the real issue of litter. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says plastic grocery bags make up less than 0.5 percent of the litter stream. Junk food wrappers, cigarette butts and paper, all make up bigger portions of litter, but plastic bags make for an easy target because they are visible, white, and often can get blown around. In effect, getting rid of plastic bags is negligible in cleaning up litter. Addressing litter requires more than just banning a product, it requires a change in habits, more recycling, and greater education.A tax on grocery bags is regressive. A growing number of Americans rely on government assistance for food, and taxes like this hurt these groups the most. In a time of rising gas prices, and with the rising cost of commodities driving up our grocery bills, the added financial burden at the check-out for a cause that has an arguable impact on improving the environment just doesn’t make sense.Though well-intended, a bag tax does more harm than help. Non-recyclable reusables are no better for the environment. The worst part is that the tax ends up hurting those that can least afford it. Fight this increased taxation effort whenever and wherever it comes up.(Harry Alford is the co-founder, president/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. Website: www.nationalbcc.org. Email: halford@nationalbcc.org.)last_img read more