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Op-ed: The Legislature in 2019 — new direction or business as usual?

first_imgIt’s nothing less than a moment of truth that Democrats must meet if its presumably progressive agenda is to be trusted.A PROGRESSIVE BLUEPRINTIn contrast to the propaganda proffered by right wing talk radio, the political history of this country and state since at least 1980 has been anything but liberal or progressive. Democrats began drifting to the right immediately after Reagan’s election and only recently seem to be rediscovering their New Deal roots — but not, it has to be noted, without continuing internal resistance.  The 2018 election gives Democrats an opportunity—albeit only a short one–to show the state and nation what a program of true progressive reform can accomplish for all—and not just some already advantaged–people.What should be on that progressive agenda?Apart from political reforms addressing conflicts of interest, gerrymandering and voting rules that discourag and suppress, criminal justice reforms such as limiting imprisonment for failure to make bail that disproportionately targets the poor should receive early attention.  Public schools have been demonstrably harmed through diversion of public resources to charter schools.  That needs to change.The cost of higher education and universal access to health care are other concerns.  All these have been moving in the wrong direction, if the diminishing returns we’ve been experiencing for some time are what truly matter.The state constitution gives the executive branch some powerful prerogatives, like line item veto, that afford the governor significant influence over final legislation.In that regard, it also would seem advisable for us to learn more about the political inclinations of Kathy Hochul, the lieutenant governor, which is an independently elected statewide office to which little attention is normally given.Overall at this juncture, decades of observing the behavior of the Legislature and state government in general would understandably prompt one to say — perhaps cynically — not to expect too much. However, that doesn’t mean that a pleasant surprise and departure from long habit isn’t needed and wouldn’t be welcomed with open arms.John Figliozzi is a regular contributor to the Sunday Opinion section.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Given the evident leftward bearing of this election in keeping with the mood of the electorate, there should be no excuse for the Democrats’ failing to enact their progressive agenda going forward.NOT A PROMISING PRESEASONHowever as a first step, the lukewarm reaction from both rising legislative leaders–Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie — to the recommendations made by the commission charged with examining legislative pay issues has not been encouraging.  While fully acknowledging that legislators have not received a pay rise in some two decades by recommending a massive 63 percent increase, that commission also proposed, as a quid-pro-quo for such largesse on the part of the public, that legislators give up committee stipends and almost all outside income.This reform package would address what is the most prominent source of the corruption that has plagued the legislative branch.A number of legislators and former leaders in both houses and on both sides of the aisle have been convicted of crimes related to their outside income.  It also tracks in significant detail the reform measures previously passed in the Assembly, which will no longer have the excuse — or cover — of having it arrive dead on arrival in the Senate due to Republican obstruction.Gov. Andrew Cuomo has suggested that it would be unwise for legislators to enact the quid without the quo, and he’s right.center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionWill voters get the change in direction from New York state government that they apparently have bargained for?The Legislature that convenes this coming Wednesday will add a strong 15 vote Democratic majority in the Senate to an already overwhelmingly Democrat-controlled Assembly.  For the first time in eight years, the Senate will have no “Independent Democratic Conference.”Voters in the 2018 primary and general elections decimated the IDC, which actually operated as a pivotal third party that curiously chose to join in coalition with Republicans to keep the latter in control of the chamber.  So, Democrats now hold all the levers of power in state government — the four elected major statewide offices as well as a staggering 107 seats in the 150-member Assembly and 39 of the 63 seats in the Senate.  The claim one heard over the recent past is that Republican control of the Senate continuously blocked key reform legislation passed easily in the Assembly.last_img read more

Big fish in a small pond

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Tangen’s contract signed in controversial SWF hiring

first_imgNorway’s central bank announced on Thursday that the employment contract to put hedge fund billionaire Nicolai Tangen at the head of its operation to run the country’s NOK10.4tn (€960bn) sovereign wealth fund had been signed.Norges Bank, whose investment arm Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) manages the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), also revealed details of a labyrinthine plan to distance Tangen from his vast financial interests during and after his employment at the fund.In a statement from the bank on the contract’s signing, Tangen said: “I am more than ever looking forward to embarking on the task of managing the funds of current and future generations of Norwegians.“It is with great awe and humbleness that I take up this position in September,” he said. Tangen’s unveiling as successor to NBIM’s outgoing chief executive officer Yngve Slyngstad on 26 March unleashed a public outcry in Norway over the opacity of the recruitment process, potential conflicts of interests in his new role, his use of tax havens and the fact that Slyngstad and other public officials had accepted hospitality and private flights from him.But Oystein Olsen, Norges Bank executive board chair and the central bank’s governor, told today’s press conference in Oslo that he was sure the furore would die down.“We read the newspapers and I am of course aware of all the focus around – let’s call it – negative reputation, and we don’t like that. Yes, it’s a worry,” he said in reply to a question.“On the other hand we are very optimistic about the future having Nicolai Tangen on board,” Olsen said.The process had been difficult for the bank and for him personally, Olsen said, but he said the executive board had been united in its determination to see Tangen installed as the oil fund’s next leader.“When you do the right thing, when you do a good job going forward, this storm will sort of fade away, I’m confident about this also,” he said. Nicolai TangenHe said Tangen was a man with good leadership skills and unique experience from international capital markets, and would “take a competent organisation to new levels in the years to come”.The employment contract created sufficient distance, he said, between Tangen’s private finances, the AKO system around his London-based investment management firm AKO Capital and the job he would carry out as NBIM CEO.“Mechanisms are established which ensure that Tangen will have no influence on his fund investments for as long as he is employed by Norges Bank, and which prevent possible conflicts of interest and partiality,” he said.The plan described at the press conference and in the many documents released by Norges Bank involves the creation of “information barriers” between Tangen and his wealth, with independent lawyers being appointed to make decisions on his behalf.The main points are that:Tangen’s voting rights in AKO Capital are being cut to 43%, with a trustee appointed exercise those rights;Dividends from AKO will be donated to the arts-focussed AKO Foundation;Tangen will leave all directorships in AKO companies, and AKO boards will change so they do not have a majority of members with close ties to Tangen;Gabler Investments will manage his personal wealth in the AKO funds under a discretionary mandate, and a proxy will handle all dialogue with Gabler.For six months after he stops being CEO of NBIM, Tangen cannot provide services to or take up directorships in the AKO system.Asked at the press conference why Norges Bank had not insisted Tangen simply sell his entire stake in AKO Capital before taking up the NBIM top job, Olsen said that this had never been part of the deal.“It’s been clear from the start that he should continue to be a passive owner, and it’s also clear that there has been no demand from us to move his business to Norway,” the central bank chief said.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Two Jailed On Heroin Suspicion, Another Man Sought

first_imgTwo individuals are in jail, another person remains on the run, and four kilos of heroin are off the street, an Indiana State Police spokesman said Thursday.Authorities received information on Wednesday afternoon that a person in possession of “a large quantity of drugs” was staying at a Greensburg hotel. Police set up surveillance on the hotel and the vehicle they believed to be associated with the person.Shortly after midnight, a pickup truck with Ohio license plates occupied by two people pulled into the hotel parking lot. One occupant got out of the truck and into the car police were watching, a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu with Illinois plates.Both vehicles left the parking lot together and went east on Interstate 74. As troopers followed behind, the two suspected vehicles traveled through Franklin and Ripley counties. Troopers stopped both vehicles near the 163 mile marker, just west of S.R. 1, in Dearborn County after alleged traffic violations were committed.According to police, the occupant of the Malibu fled on foot. A subsequent search of the car revealed four kilos of heroin, police say.The driver of the pickup, identified as Kurt Holmes, 23, of Springdale, Ohio was detained. He was booked into the Dearborn County Jail where is facing Possession of a Controlled Substance with more charges possible.A short time after the occupant fled from the car, troopers contacted the authorities in Greensburg. Officers with the Greensburg Police Department went to the hotel and took 32-year-old Luis Magallon, of Roselle, Illinois, into custody. According to a law enforcement official, Magallon was remained at the hotel while state police followed the Malibu and pickup truck.Magallon was booked into the Dearborn County Jail under suspicion of Dealing in Heroin (Over Three Grams) and Conspiracy to Deal in Heroin, both charges are listed as class A felonies.The individual who allegedly fled from police during the traffic stop although not immediately apprehended, has been identified and will also face charges. Police are not releasing information regarding the identity of the suspect.Police say the investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Ellsworth wrestler Trent Goodman notches 100th career win

first_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Latest Posts Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. ELLSWORTH — Two Ellsworth wrestlers qualified for the New England championships slated for March 4 and 5 in Providence, R.I.Junior Trent Goodman and sophomore Peyton Cole placed first in their weight classes at Saturday’s New England Qualifier at Mount Ararat High School in Topsham.Goodman’s 5-0 victory over Joshua Smith of York/Traip in the 160-pound semifinals was his 100th career win, making him only the second junior in program history to achieve that milestone.In the championship, Goodman scored a takedown with four seconds left in the match against Kameron Doucette of Skowhegan to tie the score. Goodman went on to score another takedown in overtime for the 7-5 win.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAt 138 pounds, Cole continued his hot streak by pinning all three of his opponents. He avenged an early season defeat by pinning Aiden Whitis of Marshwood in the finals at 2:17.At 126 pounds, freshman Logan Lord also represented Ellsworth at the tournament. He won his first match, beating eventual third-place finisher, Samson Sirios of Skowhegan, by a score of 4-2.Lord lost his semifinal match to eventual champion Caleb Austin of Mountain Valley, and was eliminated from competition in the consolation round. Lord finished the season with a 35-8 record.center_img Bio Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori tests COVID positive

first_imgWASHINGTON: Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori has tested positive for coronavirus and has withdrawn from the Western & Southern Open which starts next week.”This morning while still in Florida, I got tested for COVID-19 and tested positive,” said Nishikori in a statement on Sunday as per BBC Sport. “I will have to pull out of the Cincinnati tournament at this time. Me and my team will get tested again on Friday at which point I will have another update,” he added. The 30-year-old further said he is “feeling well” but will now isolate and get tested again on Friday. According to America’s public health authority, those who test positive for coronavirus must isolate themselves for 10 days. Under those rules, Nishikori’s isolation would end on August 26, five days before the US Open begins in New York. IANS Also Watch: Assam Guv Bats for Good Governance in BTADlast_img read more

First T20 at Kensington Oval… Windies taking nothing for granted against dangerous Pakistan

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) — Following their chastening whitewash last September, West Indies are quietly hoping to return the favour on home soil, when they take on Pakistan in a the four-match Twenty20 International series starting at Kensington Oval here today.The T20 World champions looked a shadow of the side that dominated the showpiece in India just months before, as they slumped to an embarrassing 3-0 loss in the United Arab Emirates.But even though revenge rests on their minds, captain Carlos Brathwaite said they were taking nothing for granted against a dangerous Pakistan side.“They are very, very worthy opponents,” Brathwaite told reporters here Saturday.“I think they are one of the better teams in the world as well and it is tough playing them in their backyard but we welcome them to the West Indies and we want to take home advantage as well.“Hopefully we can reflect the score that we were given away from home.”He added: “I think they play a fearless brand of cricket. Sometimes you see them skiddled out for 80 but on another day they can make 180, 200, and it can be very exciting as well.“I think one of their strengths is their rotation of strike in the middle overs, they play spin very well.Shoaib Malik“It’s about us counteracting that but not focussing on their strengths but maximising ours.”West Indies will again miss the talents of superstar opener Chris Gayle and will also have to do without the experienced all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell.However, they have at their disposal the likes of Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons, all of whom are proven match-winners in the game’s shortest format.Brathwaite pointed out that even without some of their leading names, West Indies were still an extremely strong side and were backing themselves to put up big totals.“We have strength in depth. Not having Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell and still being able to pick the team we’ve selected is massive for any international team,” he noted.“One thing we’ve always been able to boast of is power-hitters and we have four or five one after the other and with three or four in the shed. There’s a perfect mix of experience and youth as well. We have very, very young guys like … Rovman Powell, Jason Mohammed but then there’s still elder statesmen — although Pollard is only 28 he is a T20 veteran.“You have Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons who have been touring all over the world and playing with success so I think that blend of youth and experience as well as powerful hitters coming on to the back end of the T20 innings, we can capitalise in the last 10 overs anywhere in the world against any team in the world.”Last year’s nightmare against Pakistan still looms large. It was not so much that the Windies lost the series but rather, the way in which they did.They mustered a paltry 115 in the opening game batting first and lost by nine wickets, failed to chase down 160 in the second outing and lost by 16 runs before scraping together 103 in their final game to lose by eight wickets.Brathwaite admitted he was still unsure about what went wrong but said he hoped to the team would put things right in the upcoming series.“[I’m] not sure. It’s a multitude of factors. Obviously when things don’t go as well as you would like, everyone seems to know the problem but in the dressing room we are trying to find the solutions,” he said.“Hopefully those solutions manifest themselves on the field come Sunday and we can get a win in Barbados and then get three more in Trinidad which would be an ideal situation.”On Saturday, West Indies left out Jonathan Carter, Andre Fletcher and Veerasammy Permaul from the final 13-man squad.First ball in all matches is 12:30pm (11:30am Jamaica Time).SQUADS:WEST INDIES — Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.PAKISTAN — Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmad Shahzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Nawaz , Hasan Ali, Sohail Tanvir , Wahab Riaz, Rumman Raees, Usman Khan Shinwari.last_img read more

SU Athletics : Football nets profit of $3.9 million

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Jon: jdharr04@syr.edu Commentscenter_img What a difference a year can make.For the Syracuse University football program, it was a difference of nearly $4.7 million.A year after losing $834,377, the football program made a profit of about $3.9 million in 2009, according to the most recent report by the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity in Athletics. In its first year under head coach Doug Marrone, the program reported $19,152,691 in revenue and $15,300,740 in expenses.There were two primary reasons that caused the shift in profit from 2008 to 2009, said Rob Edson, SU’s chief financial officer for athletics and senior associate athletic director.The main reason for the increased revenue was a decrease in staff expenses, he said. In 2008, SU paid former head coach Greg Robinson $2,214,505, which included a $1 million buyout for not coaching the final season of his five-year contract and $1,095,987 in base compensation for coaching his fourth season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBecause of the buyout, there was a period of time when SU’s athletic department was paying two coaches, Edson said, but that ended in 2009.The increased number of home games in 2009 meant more opportunities to generate revenue and fewer expenses toward traveling, Edson said. The team had eight home games and four road games in 2009, compared to six and six in 2008.Attendance at home games increased. The average attendance in 2009 was 39,043, an increase of 5,569 from 2008, giving them the eighth largest average attendance increase from the previous year among Division I Football Bowl Subdivision teams, according to the 2009 National College Football Attendance Report.More home dates and fewer transitional expenses were not the only reasons the football program saw a net revenue increase in 2009.There was a larger conference distribution of money in 2009 than in 2008, said John Paquette, associate commissioner of the Big East conference. All the Big East football teams share postseason revenue.The conference takes in the revenue from television and bowl deals, Edson said. The Big East comes up with a distribution system that the member schools all agree upon before money is paid out to each conference team, he said.There was a slight change in the allocation method in 2009, which allowed for a larger payout than what SU received in 2008, Edson said.The SU football team went 4-8 last season in Marrone’s first year, an improvement over the 3-9 season Robinson led the Orange to in 2008. A winning program brings increased attendance, more concession and ticket sales, and opportunities to market the institution, which can lead to an increase in revenue, Edson said.‘Our goal is, every year, for us to be able to increase the revenue regardless of wins and losses,’ Edson said. ‘It’s what we need to do in order to support our program.’In 2008, SU’s loss of more than $830,000 put them in rare company among automatic-qualifying Bowl Championship Subdivision schools.Only four of the 66 BCS school programs lost money in 2008. The Orange was last in the Big East and ranked ahead of Duke University and Wake Forest University but behind the University of Connecticut. In 2009, the Orange ranked fourth, behind West Virginia University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of South Florida.The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act is intended to make prospective students conscious of an institution’s commitment to providing reasonable athletic opportunities for men and women. All higher education institutions that participate in a federal student aid program are required to prepare an EADA report by Oct. 15.The U.S. Department of Education also uses a lot of the data in developing its own report for Congress on gender equity in collegiate athletics, said Sara Gast, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education.‘We don’t try to regulate it or anything like that,’ Gast said. ‘We kind of use it as a common gathering ground. It’s self-reported, which would allow for institutions to take their data into their own hands.’Since the surveys are self-reported by the institution, accounting procedures may vary between schools, said Daryl Gross, SU’s athletic director. Additionally, SU has costs that other universities may not have.A state institution may be provided with police by the state, Edson said. SU, as a private institution, has to work with the city of Syracuse and Onondaga County to pay the cost for police services for home games, he said.Edson also said SU has to pay to play in the Carrier Dome, which is a unique expense among schools.‘A lot of places, if they have their own facility on campus, they’re not paying to play there, but we do that,’ he said. ‘It’s part of the university budget process, and that’s part of what we do.’Edson would not say how much SU pays to play in the Dome, but game-day expenses for football were $1,693,145 in 2009, according to the data report.With the EADA report, Edson said there’s nothing misleading when looking at SU. But problems could arise when trying to compare SU to another school’s EADA report because there are inconsistencies when schools categorize different expenses, he said.SU might consider something an athletic expense while other schools may not consider it an athletic expense, Edson said.Despite finishing the season at 8-5 following a 36-34 win versus Kansas State University in the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 30, Edson said he wasn’t ready to presume a larger profit for the football program in 2010.There are different factors to keep in mind every year when looking at revenue, he said, including home games. The Orange had fewer home games this year, which makes it difficult to assume a more profitable year.But Paquette, the Big East official, said the conference’s teams will likely make more money in 2010 than they did in 2009.‘There’s generally an increase because of new bowl agreements,’ he said.Bowl agreements, such the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl and the Champs Sports Bowl, will help to increase the money paid to Big East member schools compared to 2009, Paquette said. West Virginia’s appearance in the Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 28 marked the first year the bowl was affiliated with the Big East. The bowl replaced the Gator Bowl on the conference’s bowl schedule.The increases from the bowl payout in the Champs Sports Bowl and the money given from the Bowl Championship Series will also help 2010 be more profitable than 2009 for Big East members, Paquette said.And that’s good news for SU’s athletic department.The football and men’s basketball programs were the only sports at SU with surplus revenues in 2009. The total revenue of all SU sports, excluding football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball, was $8,408,178. The total expenses of those sports were $19,308,250, a loss of more than $10.9 million.The men’s basketball program brought in $18,309,470 in revenue in 2009 with a profit of more than $10.2 million. Together with the football program, the sports programs combined to make approximately $14.1 million in 2009.In the Equity in Athletics report, the SU athletic department reported balancing its budget at $49,342,459 for 2009. In 2008, SU also balanced its budget, reporting nearly $51 million in expenses and revenues.‘The bottom line is that for us to be successful, football and basketball have to be successful,’ Edson said. ‘Because we need them to not only cover their own expenses but to cover the expenses of the other sports who are unable to generate the revenue necessary to be able to support themselves.’jdharr04@syr.edulast_img read more

Mayor of Rio to Welcome Team Nigeria to Games Village

first_imgRepresentatives of Team Nigeria would take the centre stage on Wednesday, August 3 when the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo da Costa Paes, among other army of dignitaries welcome the largest black nation in the world to the Games Village of the Rio2016.Each team from the 206 countries is welcomed to the athletes abode in a special ceremony led by the chieftains of the village as well as athletes and officials of other countries.Team Welcome Ceremonies are a key occasion for athletes, team officials and their guests. It acknowledges their journey to the Games and marks the start of their residency in the village.The brief but impressive ceremony would see all Nigerian athletes in their national colours.The Nigerian green, white, green flag would be raised and the country’s national anthem played. President of Nigeria Olympic Committee, Habu Gumel, who is also a member of International Olympic Committee (IOC), and other Nigerian officials would be in attendance.Brazilian officials have promised to make sure that the largest athletes’ village in history provides a comfortable, welcoming and inspiring place for all the competitors.Team Nigeria would be housed in Block 11, occupying four floors with the Nigerian flag fluttering on top of their block.In the Village, Technogym has installed a state-of-the-art gym, P&G will be managing a beauty salon while Samsung will provide each athlete with a free smartphone on arrival.Earlier yesterday in Abuja, a send forth reception was held for Team Nigeria at the High Performance Centre, Package B of the National Stadium, Abuja.The reception was to formally bid athletes farewell to the Games in Rio.The Chief -de-mission of Team Nigeria who is also the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Chinyeaka Ohaa, thanked the athletes for their qualification and team spirit in the face of paucity of funds.He charged them to shun all acts capable of bringing the nation to disrepute including the use of performance enhancing drugs and flouting of camp rules.“Strive to win without cutting corners or cheating. In particular do not engage in doping. Win cleanly and fairly.”He promised that the government will pay all camp allowances and other entitlements due to the athletes before the end of the games.“I want to assure you that the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development will leave no stone unturned in the implementation of the directives of Mr. President that athletes’ welfare be prioritised.“Let me inform you that all your allowances, claims and entitlements due to you will be settled before the close of the games. Already, affirmative action has been taken to ensure that your camp allowances are paid. I’m sure you have started to receive alerts.” Ohaa said.He urged the athletes who are on their way to Rio at about now to note that over 170 million Nigerians will be banking on them to do NigeriaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Nigeria ‘lesbian football ban’ reports examined by Fifa

Football’s world governing body Fifa has written to the Nigerian Football Association over claims lesbians are now banned from playing football there.Dilichukwu Onyedinma, chair of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL), was quoted as making the statement.“Any player associated with it will be disqualified,” she is quoted as saying.While contravening Fifa’s anti-discrimination policies, the situation is made more complicated because homosexuality is illegal in Nigeria.Currently, a Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill that specifically outlaws same-sex unions is awaiting a signature from president Goodluck Jonathan to go in to law.If that occurs, gatherings of homosexuals or any other support for gay clubs, organisations, unions – whether in secret or in public -will be banned, with same-sex couples facing up to 14 years in prison.In a speech at the NWFL’s recent annual general assembly, Onyedinma is reported to have said that lesbian players would no longer be eligible for the Nigeria women’s national team and would “be sacked” from their club sides.The Super Falcons have won the Africa Women’s Championship eight times, but exited the 2011 Women’s World Cup at the group stage and did not qualify for London 2012. read more