Leadway Wins UBA Pensions’ Sports Tournament

first_imgLeadway Pensure has emerged the overall winner of the annual UBA Pensions Sports Tournament that took place last weekend in LagosThe competition organised annually by UBA Pensions Custodian Ltd for its clients, provided friends and families the opportunity to network, mingle and generally take some time off their usual busy and hectic schedule.This year’s event which held at the Upbeat Centre, Lekki Lagos, was the 10th edition. 14 PFAs from across the country participated in the competition, higher than the 12 involved in the previous edition in 2018. Stanbic IBTC Pensions maintained its second position as it had in the previous edition, while AIICO Pensions, which were the overall winner in the 2018 edition, won the third place position.In all 79 medals were won, while six special recognition awards were given out during the event namely;(overall winner trophy, 1strunner-up winner trophy, 2nd runner-up winner trophy, Most valuable player, Best keeper and Highest goal scorer).Participating companies in the pension industry were treated to a time of fun, games and relaxation, amidst an atmosphere of intense competition at theThe participating PFAs were: AIICO Pensions, ARM Pension, AXA Mansard Pension, FCMB Pensions, Fidelity Pensions, IEI Anchor Pensions, Leadway Pensure, PAL Pensions, Premium Pension, Radix Pension, Sigma Pensions, Stanbic IBTC Pensions, Trustfund Pension and Veritas Glanvills Pensions.These teams competed in Five-a-side-football, Chess, Scrabble, Table Tennis (Male & Female), Snooker, Egg and Spoon, Sack race, and Virtual Game (FIFA 19) events, Penalty Shoot-outs.Managing Director, UBA Pensions, Bayo Yusuf, who addressed the over 850 participants at the event, said that UBA Pensions organised the event annually in a bid to assist its clients to enjoy a time of bonding and interaction in a relaxed atmosphere, with the overall aim of fostering a healthy lifestyle.He also noted that the initiative was not just about games being played but about learning lessons of failure, joy, disappointment, excitement, winning and losing.While promising that upcoming editions would be bigger and better, Bayo Yusuf expressed satisfaction on the successful outcome of the event, which according to him, witnessed an increased turnout.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Leadway Wins UBA Pensions Sportslast_img read more

MLAX : Buhr finds consistency at faceoff X; Walters steps up in Syracuse’s man-up opportunties

first_img Published on May 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img VILLANOVA, Pa. – After Brian Megill lost the first two faceoffs of the game, head coach John Desko turned back to his faceoff specialists.Chris Daddio and Ricky Buhr have struggled all season at the faceoff X, a facet of the game that has haunted Syracuse in its seven losses this season.But on Thursday, Buhr rose to the occasion to key an explosive performance on offense for Syracuse. The sophomore won 11-of-20 draws largely matching up with Villanova’s Thomas Croonquist, who entered the game ranked ninth in the nation in faceoff win percentage at 60.5 percent.Croonquist finished 10-of-17 at the X, and Buhr’s standout play set the table for the Orange’s 15-6 victory over the Wildcats in the Big East tournament semifinals.‘I just felt really comfortable at the X all day,’ Buhr said. ‘Everything was going my way and I felt real comfortable and I felt like I could get the ball out and once I got in that groove, I just kept rolling.’Buhr hasn’t found his comfort zone for the Orange all season, winning just 51-of-115 (44.3 percent) faceoffs in his first 14 games. On the season SU has won just 42.7 percent of its faceoffs, a number well below the 50-percent mark head coach John Desko has said his team needs to reach in games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDesko feels if the Orange can win at least half of the faceoffs, it will have a chance to win. If it can’t, SU is already at a huge disadvantage.Trying to find a spark, Desko turned to Megill, the team’s top close defender and a physical presence, to shake things up at the X. The junior captain was impressive against Rutgers, going 8-of-12, but he’s had trouble in the team’s last four games.After the team went 13-of-25 overall and controlled possession in the second half, the head coach reiterated how crucial the faceoff X has been to the team’s ability to win games.‘All year long, I think we get the ball after a goal and we’ve been able to produce,’ Desko said.Walters shines on extra-man opportunities for SUMatt Walters was never on anyone’s radar screen.Walters entered Thursday’s game with two goals and two assists to his name. But he made his presence felt.The freshman midfielder from Villanova, Pa. had a memorable homecoming in Syracuse’s 15-6 victory over Villanova on Thursday. He scored two goals on three shots to provide a valuable lift off the bench for SU. But more importantly, each of those goals came in man-up situations, bolstering the attack that entered the game connecting on just 20-of-60 (33.3 percent) of those opportunities.With Walters surprisingly leading the charge, the Orange connected on 50 percent of its chances, going 2-of-4 on the man-up. It was a stark contrast from the way SU performed all season and provided the Orange with an added efficiency on offense.‘He has one of the hardest shots on the team as a freshman and I think the first part of the year was part of the learning experience for him being here for his first year,’ Desko said. ‘We had some problems with our man-up as far as the looks we were getting and really the output, the percentages that we were shooting.’Desko shuffled the deck with a new look on extra-man opportunities. That included adding Walters’ potent shot, and he proved his worth.After Villanova midfielder Mark Jackson cut down SU attack Tommy Palasek as he attempted to surge to the net, Syracuse earned its second man-up chance of the game.Palasek dished a crisp pass to Walters on the right wing, where he beat Wildcats goaltender Dan Gutierrez on a low shot with 10 seconds left in the halfto give SU a 6-4 lead going into halftime.Walters added his second goal on another feed from Palasek midway through the third quarter to give SU a four-goal lead and the Orange never looked back. And the new man-up lineup provided additional damage.‘We just changed some things up,’ Desko said. ‘We put Bob (Eilers) and Matt (Pratt) and Tim (Desko) on the perimeter and we’ve got Derek (Maltz) obviously, a very good inside player and Tommy, a good feeder and can finish, and Collin Donahue understands it, so keeping it very simple and Matt’s reaping the rewards of that.’[email protected]@syr.edulast_img read more

Rural Women Speak on Education and Life

first_imgThere are more Women and girls around Liberia that have not been opportuned to have basic education.Despite the fact that other young women and girls have been able to benefit from the free and compulsory education scheme, many of them have not been reached in different parts of Liberia.Opportunities such as the Free and Compulsory Education for all should not be limited to Monrovia or Counties with populated cities alone; but rather in the Conner’s of every County where life exits.In order to ensure that every boy and girl has equal opportunity to education, the government of Liberia must remain committed to providing the basic schooling materials as well as school buildings in all areas where none are found. The GOL should not only focus on areas where there are no schools, but also places including villages and towns where schools are limited.Not only women have been victimized when it comes to lack of education, some young men and boys also fall victims of the same situation. But mind you, not all the children we see roaming the streets, villages or towns do not have the opportunity to have education. They have decided to forget about education and join the economic hustle ahead of time.If Liberia would reach a milestone in empowering and educating women, it is time all parties responsible revisit the drawing board and move out to rural Liberia and do what has to be done there.There are still stories of violence against Women; there are still stories of assault and other issues violating the rights of women in our leeward Counties.When the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) celebrated its World Press Freedom Day in Gbarpolu, Bopolu City, our W&F Desk was able to speak with some young women who came around to witness the occasion at the Bopolu City Hall.The W&F Desk spoke with a couple of them.  Though they shied away at first, they later saw the need to explain some of the challenges they face as women in terms of education, public opinions and activities.Hawa Kileih is a 26 year-old mother of 1, who has never sat in a classroom.She said this is because her parents died during the civil crisis in the 1990s, and since then she stayed with people who didn’t agree to send her to school.  She had no option but to escape from Monrovia to Gbarpolu in search of a better life, she explains.“After I stayed with those people for so many years, I noticed that they were not willing to send me to school so with the help of community dwellers, I ran away from them and came down here to Bopolu to see if I can start something little and go to school. But coming here was not as easy as I thought it would be. At first things became difficult for me until met my son’s father who is now helping me.“I have always wanted to go to school, but no money and there are other fees that I will have to pay to go to school. My boy-friend has a little business that we depend on to pay for our room, eat, wear clothes and raise my school fees. I do not feel happy that I am this age and have not gone to school before and I must admit that I am not proud of that.“I also realized that as a young woman, I need education so much; because these days, without education, nobody respects you and what you say. They will think you can’t make any sound decision in any situation.“Even my boy friend, when I go wrong sometimes, he is brave enough to tell me that I am not his type and with time he will leave me. Those have been my motivations these days. Next semester I will enroll in the Bopolu high school, which is the only high school here. The school is so filled that I will not be accepted in the morning section, [but only] the night. And the School fee is not bad at all; at least I can cope with it. It’s only LRD$140.00 per semester and other fees attached to it make it maybe LRD$1,500.00 per semester”, she told this Observer Women & Family.Everlyne Neyorh, 24, mother of three children, ages 3, 5 & 7, sells red oil in the market and is a middle-school dropout.We also spoke to her at the same event. Everlyne once had the opportunity to go to school, but like most young girls in different parts of the world, she had to stop schooling because she got pregnant.She also had her own story to share.“Before I lost my father here in Bopolu, my father had a shop and he did his best to send me to school and I stopped in the 7th grade.I was in school until I got pregnant for my first baby. My father still didn’t refuse to help me and my boy friend but shortly before I could give birth, he died of brief illness. My mother is old and she is managing the shop to take care of my younger ones. My boy friend’s parents didn’t have much to help so they gave me money to start up my oil business.But [with] all I raised from the business, I had to care of my children, feed the home and we had to wear clothes. I have been able to send the first boy to school and he is now in the 1st grade at the Central High.Whenever I talk about school, my boyfriend gets angry with me. He said that I already have three children and I can’t go to school anymore and, better still, he is not in school so he can’t use his money to send me to school.So I may go to school one day but I don’t think it is now or soon because I am no longer alone.  I have people attached to me now so if I don’t go to school, [at least] they will go to school”, Everlyne said.Like Hawa and Everlyne, 20 year-old Mimie Wah, mother of 1, is convinced that schooling is something difficult and which is not considering now.Mimie told the W&F Desk that she stays with her mother who has a mini table in the local market around their area.“My mother is selling and she is also taking care of my baby, but to go to school, I don’t think I am ready for that now because I am not a smart student at all. I tried going to school before but I failed a lot and since then I decided to drop after I gave birth to my daughter. I will think about going to school very soon but now I am not. I am trying to attend a trade school or something but sitting in classroom is not my area,” she concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more