SWAN hails Onyali’s appointment as SA to sports minister

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Anambra chapter, on Monday has hailed the appointment of Mary Onyali as Special Adviser to the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare.In a letter of congratulations signed by Anthony Oji and Chimezie Anaso, Chairman and Secretary of the chapter, SWAN described Onyali as one of Nigeria’s greatest in sports with over 20 years of meritorious service.It expressed confidence in Onyali’s ability to positively complement the efforts of the minister toward sports development in the country.“We wish to say that the appointment can be best described as a square peg in a square hole as Onyali remains one of the best Nigeria has produced in sprints during the over 20 meritorious years of burning the tracks and even in retirement.“We have no doubt that the well-informed appointment will add great value to the determination of the minister to turn around the fortune of sports and place it on the pedestal which genuine lovers of sports want it to be.“SWAN in Anambra identify with Onyali on this appointment and wish to remind her that as Sports Ambassador of Anambra, the Light of the Nation, you have no other option than to beam your light of excellence and help the minister to succeed,” it stated.SWAN urged the minister to remain focused and not be distracted in his quest to take sports to greater height in Nigeria.“To our able Sports Minister, we congratulate you for your informed decision in making the appointment and urge you to remain focused.“We encourage you to continue to go for the best in sports that will assist you achieve the target you have set for yourself and Nigeria and not be distracted by fifth columnists,” it added. Tags: Mary OnyaliSunday DareSWANlast_img read more

Students can receive up to $10,000 in tax credits

first_imgCollege students could receive up to $10,000 in tax credits over the course of their education as part of an extension of the American Opportunity Tax Credit.Renee Cohn | Daily Trojan U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan unveiled the revised AOTC on Thursday to students and parents at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School in Washington, D.C.The goal of the AOTC is to make college financially attainable for all Americans and to alleviate the rising costs of a college education.Individuals making less than $80,000 a year and married couples making less than $160,000 a year will qualify for the AOTC, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Approximately 9.4 million students with college students are expected to qualify for the AOTC this year, according to a Treasury Department analysis.The AOTC, which was initially passed under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is an expansion of the Hope Credit.Unlike the Hope Credit, which only covered the first two years of a college student’s education, the AOTC covers four years of post-secondary education with a maximum tax credit of $2,500 per year. The AOTC also provides an allowance for textbooks.The AOTC is expected to cover 80 percent of tuition and fees at a two-year public college or 30 percent of tuition and fees at a four-year public college, according to a Treasury analysis.Thomas McWhorter, executive director of financial aid at USC, sees the AOTC as positive news for both current and prospective students and their families.“I certainly think that [the AOTC] will help families,” McWhorter said. “We can exclude an additional $2,500 from [a family’s] income when assessing them for financial aid.”The average family is expected to receive a tax credit of $1,900.Grace Paek, a freshman majoring in health and humanities, said she is excited about the AOTC, but worries that a $2,500 tax credit will not significantly benefit a family with a college student.“I’m glad [Obama] is looking at rising tuition costs, but I don’t know if $2,500 will do that much,” Paek said. “College tuition is rising so quickly.”Samantha Gurash, a freshman majoring in writing for screen and television, questions how the AOTC will be funded.“In theory I agree with the [AOTC],” Gurash said. “But I want to know where the money is coming from because there are so many other things that need to be paid off right now.”In a joint blog post, Geithner and Duncan discussed the correlation between a well-educated population and America’s global economic success.“The nations that best educate their children today will be the nations that lead the global economy in the 21st century,” they wrote. “In order to have the best-educated workforce, we must help put college education within reach for all students and their families.”The AOTC is expected to award $18.2 billion in tax credits to students and parents, according to Duncan and Geithner.Geithner and Duncan also announced the simplification of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and an increase in Pell grant funding to lessen the financial burden of college tuition.last_img read more

Beevans wary of big-match pressure

first_imgThat’s the message from coach Mikey Beevans as the Premier County enter the final phase of their preparations for Sunday’s match at Croke Park.He’s hopeful those that get on the pitch will be able to overcome the pressures of the big day.Tipp FM’s build-up to the match – which begins at 1.30pm – gets underway at 1.15 on Sunday afternoon.  Our coverage will be brought to you in association with Jamie Lawlor Crash Repairs, Ard Gaoithe Business Park, Clonmel.last_img

[VIDEO] Watch how Birthday boy Ike Quartey won welterweight title in 1994

first_imgFormer world boxing champion, Ike Quartey, turns 50 today and Citi Sports is paying tribute to him by reliving the night on which he became the king of the WBA welterweight division of the world.He defeated Venezuelan boxer, Crisanto España, at the Palais des Sports Marcel-Cerdan, Levallois-Perret in France in 1994 to clinch the title.Quartey had boxed well throughout the bout and matched España until the 11th round when he started to show his power and durability.He set España up against the ropes and landed a flurry left and right hands to send the champion down to the canvas. España survived the count but his decision to continue proved foolish as Quarter returned to punish him further with more right and left hands and eventually sent the Venezuelan down and out.The referee stopped the bout and Quarty was the new world champion.Below is the video of Ike Quartey’s bout with Crisanto España:Quartey went on to defend his title 7 more times but he failed to unify his belt and that of the WBC in 1999 when he lost to Oscar De La Hoya in Las Vegas.In total Quartey’s professional record stood at 37 wins, 4 losses, 1 draw.last_img read more