Mallam Lamido Aminu Sanusi has revolutionised the Nigerian banking sector since taking over as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in 2009.(Image: Allvoices)Revolutionising Nigeria’s troubled financial sector has won Mallam Lamido Aminu Sanusi the title of Central Bank Governor of 2010 for Africa and the world. The award, which recognises bankers worldwide who have masterminded recoveries from financial crises, is presented by The Banker – a high-profile magazine for the banking industry.Since becoming governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in 2009, Sanusi has introduced radical changes, including limiting the tenure of bank bosses to a maximum of 10 years, regardless of their impact.He has also rooted out corruption by pushing for guilty parties in the sector to be criminally charged.Such bold intervention has earned the banker the nickname “Sanusi Tsunami”.In February 2010 Sanusi announced that Nigeria’s reformed financial sector should be based on four key principles: enhancing the quality of the banks; establishing financial stability in the country; enabling a healthy financial sector evolution; and ensuring that the financial sector contributes to the real economy.Brian Caplen, editor of The Banker, said: “Few candidate names generate an overall consensus on judging panels and yet, when it came to finding the best global central bank governor of the year, Mr Sanusi was chosen unanimously.”Kunle Ogedengbe, the magazine’s representative in Nigeria, added: “The reforms initiated by Mr Sanusi have been necessary to sanitise the banking industry. Had these reforms not been initiated, Nigeria would have entered into another round of banking distress.”Sanusi’s riseSanusi was born on 31 July 1961 and graduated from King’s College in Lagos in 1977. Four years later he obtained a BSc in economics at Ahmadu Bello University. He went on to get a masters in economics in 1983 at the same university before becoming an economics lecturer there from 1983 until 1985.Sanusi broke into the industry that same year by joining merchant bankers Icon Limited. In 1997 he joined the United Bank for Africa in the credit and risk management division, rising to the position of general manager.The year 2005 saw him joining the board of directors of the First Bank of Nigeria as an executive director in charge of risk and management control.After being appointed Central Bank governor 1 June 2009, Sanusi facilitated the 400-billion naira (US$ 2.6-billion) bailout of Nigeria’s Afribank, Intercontinental Bank, Union Bank, Oceanic Bank and Finbank, and then dismissed most of those institutions’ chief executives.“We had to move in to send a strong signal that such recklessness on the part of bank executives will no longer be tolerated,” he said at the time.Sanusi also has a keen interest in Sharia law and obtained a degree in Sharia and Islamic Studies in 1997 from the African International University in Khartoum, Sudan.In-depth coverage of the banking industryThe Banker magazine was established in 1926 as a mouthpiece for the financial and banking industry. Today it’s sold in 150 countries throughout the world.The publication boasts in-depth regional and country coverage of important financial events and global trends each month.The awards it issues include Deals of the Year; Innovation in Technology; Investment Banking; Private Banking; and Bank of the Year.Editor Brian Caplen has been at the helm since 2003. He is an accomplished journalist with many high-profile interviews to his name. He’s a former executive editor of the magazine Euromoney and has worked as a business editor and journalist in Hong Kong and the Middle East for 10 years.
Australian Mixed Open player, Dylan Thompson tells www.touchfootball.com.au about his team’s preparation for the 2015 World Cup. Well, that’s it. The fat lady has sung and the curtain closed on our World Cup 2015 preparation. Our Aussie Open’s Mixed team left Parra on Sunday with a smile on their faces and a little spring in their step. There is a quiet buzz in the team, and the feeling that we have something a little special happening.It certainly hasn’t all been plain sailing. Of the Open’s teams, we were the last to be able to finalise our side. We thought we had that box ticked some time ago, but the devastating ACL injury to Sarah Peattie at Elite Eight resulted in this camp being our first and only camp with our final 16 players in attendance. Well, almost all in attendance, as Bundy was not able to join us on Saturday. His boss, Alix, told him he had to work, so he was out catching some dinner.School was in first thing Saturday morning. Head Master Micheal Lovett held court, going through our player manual/encyclopedias, with specific focus on ensuring that each player knew their role, and that of each of their teammates. Mick, having his finger on the pulse, knows we have the full spectrum on the intelligence continuum within our side, and he made sure there were numerous diagrams, hand drawn in crayon, for Yassy and Patty. He also had the big stick ready to prod Trent when his eyelids were drooping.A highlight of the day was our sexy warm up. It looks as though Jaycee has recently read the Karma Sutra for inspiration in his warm-up routine. It certainly got the blood pumping.Having only just finalised our team, we have had little game exposure. We knew that going into the first game for the day against the Senior Mixed, we could expect a thorough examination of our game plan. As you would expect from such a game, no quarter was asked and none given, by either side. The match starting physically and just getting more physical, as both sides battled for dominance. We managed to get up on the score sheet by a few, but felt that the Senior Mixed side had frustrated our game plan a bit and that we never managed to get into our flow. Rushy and Frosty also put the acid test onto our open-side defence, and found us out a little in this area.Game two was much the same against the Men’s 30’s. A bit of smash and bash through the mid-field being the theme. It was a game that was largely dominated by very strong rucking from both teams, which shows promising signs for World Cup, as that will likely be where the matches are won. The referees in that game were very fortunate to have the benefit of Garry Sonda’s assistance. The highly affable and ever so helpful Garry, calmly gave the referees some useful tips and directions, which they looked like they enjoyed enormously. Once again however, we just did not find our mojo in that match and finished it feeling that we had still just not put the performance together that we would have liked.Our final session for the day however, was a knock out. A gentle rev up from Micky Moussa (who usually plays the ‘Good Cop’ role), appears to be what was needed to kick start the party. We finished by punching out what felt like a red hot Line Attack /Line D session. And there it was. Mojo. Found. Tick!Good feed at the Robin Hood Hotel that night. No Roosters to be seen at the Bondi Junction, but the Social Committee earned their stripes. Banter a-plenty as Parra lived up to their reputation and ‘did the unexpected’, knocking the remaining punters down to two in our NRL tipping comp.McLovin’s fanny pack went missing. No doubt Mick Moussafer had something to do with the shenanigans.Day two had a totally different feel from the start. No one could wait to tear into things; a re-match against the Senior Mixed. Not satisfied with the win the day before, we were looking to make more of ‘a statement’.Having 4-5 of the key players that have made Rebels Mixed team, the most successful Touch team in Australia over recent times, we knew that Mick McDonald and the Manu, Frost, and Rushy brain trust would have reviewed yesterday’s footage at length. We expected they would have a surprise or two in store for us today. However, our own coaching group isn’t short of a brain cell or two themselves, and we may just have had one or two surprises left in our bag of tricks ourselves.We were happy to put together the performance we were looking for and walked away satisfied at having fixed a couple of things up and tested out one or two new ideas.By this stage, being a highly tuned athlete, my body was fatiguing from all the time spent on the massage table. Getting five rub downs a day is far more tiring than people think. However, I single-handedly made sure that the physios put in an honest day’s work. I’m really not sure what we did in the last session, as I needed a caffeine fix and went to the café over the road. Just to keep in sweet with the coach, I made sure I got McLovin a café latte. Think he might promote me to Vice Captain.By the time I was back, we were done and dusted. Smiles, handshakes, plus Springy’s special ‘Mixed’ hugs and it’s a wrap. Preparation complete and we are on our way to the World Cup. Pretty excited!!!!Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 World Cup:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated LinksTWC Diary – Dylan Thompson
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ajax defender De Ligt beats Alexander-Arnold to Golden Boy awardby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax defender Matthijs De Ligt is this year’s Golden Boy.The youngster won the award, which is given out by Italian paper Tuttosport.The 19-year-old has been linked to big clubs in the past few months, such as Barcelona and Juventus.He finished ahead of Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold in the voting.”I’m really happy and also very proud to have won this trophy, particularly when I look at who has won it before me,” De Ligt told Tuttosport. “It’s almost incredible to see my name added to a list which includes [Paul] Pogba, Mbappe, [Lionel] Messi and [Rafael] van der Vaart. Amazing.”I know who won this prize almost by heart and to be honest, I appreciate it a lot. There are lots of very big names on the list, but if I were to name one, then Messi stands out for me. “Everybody recognises what he has done for and in football. I really like him a lot as a footballer so I’m very proud to have won the same trophy which he lifted before me, 13 years ago, when I was only six.”
Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho not tempted by England returnby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho says he’s happy where he is.The former Manchester City midfielder has been linked with a return to England.Sancho told Goal: “I will (stay). “I just want to play football and I get the chance to do this. I’m happy now.”The language barrier worried me, but when I came here and everyone spoke English I became more comfortable. My German is not the best but I am learning. I have to learn.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Through six weeks of the college football season, the field is wide open. Some normal powerhouses, like Auburn and Oregon, are performing way below expectations, while teams like Michigan and Utah have exploded onto the scene, and are real threats to win their leagues. There are surprises everywhere in the sport this year, and they have shifted how we view the individual conferences, and the divisions within them. The Pac-12 South, which has been competing with the SEC West for top billing in recent years, isn’t quite what we thought it’d be, while a strong Michigan does a ton to raise the profile of the Big Ten East. Which divisions have thrived this season, and which are lagging behind? Which group has the deepest and most talented roster of teams, so far in 2015? Here is our ranking of college football’s divisions this season.9. ACC CoastalDespite their last-place ranking here, the ACC Coastal could legitimately place six teams in bowls this season. The problem is, at this point, it’s hard to tell if anyone in the division is anything more than above-average on a national scale. Outside of Virginia, which is yet to beat an FBS opponent, every team looks okay, but only one is ranked.Blue Devils make their first AP appearance of the year – No. 25 this week for #Duke https://t.co/C3JZdX8k91— Duke Football (@Duke_FB) October 11, 2015Duke continues to impress under program savior David Cutcliffe. At 5-1, its only loss was against a very good Northwestern team. The signature win thus far is probably the one over Georgia Tech, which is a major problem for the division as a whole. Georgia Tech was supposed to be the standard bearer for the Coastal and a trendy pick to take down Florida State and Clemson for the ACC crown before the season. Instead, the Yellow Jackets have been extremely disappointing, opening 2-3, also losing to middling UNC and, most recently, in a blowout to Clemson. Pitt and Virginia Tech are fine, but have been ravaged by injuries to their best players, while Miami looks about as average as it usually does under Al Golden. Duke is a good team and a fine story, and outside of the Cavaliers, there are no outright bad teams here, but there are no good ones either, which is a major problem.Next: No. 8 Pac-12 North >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has announced prize money of $325,000 for the top-three schools in the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) 2018 All-Age and Junior High Athletics Championships.The winning school will receive $150,000, with $100,000 for second place and $75,000 for third place.This is in addition to the $50,000 for each of the 10 participating schools to assist with their expenses for the meet, which will take place on April 25 and 26.Minister Grange made the announcement at the press launch of the 40th and final staging of the championships at the National Stadium on April 18.She said the prize money is being awarded for the first time as a goodbye to the staging of the event.“Since this is the last staging, we are giving it something extra. As you know, in the previous years, each of the participating schools was given $50,000, with nothing extra for those emerging as the top three. Now there is much more to compete for and this is the way that we are bidding goodbye to the All-Age and Junior High Championships,” she said.She noted, further, that the meet will be moved from Stadium East to the National Stadium.The 40th staging of this competition is the last, owing to the phasing out of all-age and junior high schools in Jamaica. The process is to be completed next year.As such, the annual All-Age and Junior High Championships will be subsumed into the existing Primary School Athletics Championships.Minister Grange said the change will result in a single, strong primary-school event.“What we are going to be focused on now is the biggest and best primary-school championships that Jamaica will host,” she said.“It is not the end of something. Rather, it is the phasing out of an existing programme to make another existing programme bigger and better,” she added.The Minister pointed out that there are 762 primary schools across Jamaica, and challenged INSPORTS “to go find those schools and make your primary-school competition be the kind of competition where we can fill up the stadium with boys and girls champs”.“That is where we are going,” she said.Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, for his part, noted that the phasing out of the all-age and junior high schools is a positive for Jamaica.He said that every student who sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) this year “will have a full place in a high school so… everyone will have a better opportunity for improvement”.Board Director for INSPORTS, Vishu Tolan, said the Institute will continue to create platforms, so that youth are given the best opportunity to showcase their talents.“We… are charting a new course, which will see greater participation at the grassroots level among a raft of programmes we have in the pipeline, such as primary-school netball, football, and track and field. Other disciplines to come on stream soon are hockey, basketball, cricket and chess,” he noted.More than 700 athletes from 10 junior high schools across the island will be participating in 52 events over two days of the athletic competition.These are Windward Road Primary and Junior High; John Mills Infant, Primary and Junior High; Cockburn Gardens Primary and Junior High; Calabar Primary and Junior High; New Day Primary and Junior High; Maverly Primary and Junior High; Constant Spring Primary and Junior High; Shortwood Practising Primary and Junior High; Mico Practising Primary and Junior High; and Swallowfield Primary and Junior High. Story Highlights Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has announced prize money of $325,000 for the top-three schools in the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) 2018 All-Age and Junior High Athletics Championships. “Since this is the last staging, we are giving it something extra. As you know, in the previous years, each of the participating schools was given $50,000, with nothing extra for those emerging as the top three. Now there is much more to compete for and this is the way that we are bidding goodbye to the All-Age and Junior High Championships,” she said. The winning school will receive $150,000, with $100,000 for second place and $75,000 for third place.
On the morning of March 10, 2019, Genius Kids, integrated daycare and pre-school celebrated their 11th annual concert. To celebrate and cherish the significant essence of many moods and emotions in an individual’s life, and how they contribute in making the lives of an individual more meaningful, 400 kids aged between 2 – 10 years performed on the theme ‘Emotions of Life’ at the event. Kids with colourful attires and pretty smiles offered magical performances on songs like ‘Halud Gandar Phool’, ‘Chil Chil Chillake’, ‘Bum Bum Bole’, ‘Amra Natun Jouboner Dut’, ‘Mohe Rang Do Laa’, to name a few.Chandrima Bhattacharyya, Minister of State, Health and Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal along with Riddhi Bandyopadhyay, noted singer, and Avirup Sengupta, ace choreographer graced the occasion. Speaking at the occasion, Bhattacharyya said, “It’s our duty to come together to shape a better world. And as children are our future, we must take proper care of their mental health too. Therefore, I believe extra curriculum activities are equally important in order to nourish their proper mental and physical growth.” Apart from the performances, the school also hosted a unique ‘Passing out Convocation’ for the little kids, in which tiny tots received their first ever certificates and gold medals. Around 78 Kids, who have successfully made their entry into reputed high schools across Kolkata were awarded at the event. Putting his views forward, Vikash Kumar Singh, Founder Director, Genius Kids said, “I am honoured to be a part of the Genius Kids family, and it has been my privilege to work towards nurturing talents among the tiny tots for last 11 years, and I wish all of them a great future and success in life.” Like every year, even this time the attempt was to join hands with the like-minded people and different organisations, to promote various facets in developing human values and ethics towards social commitment; besides changing the world for the less fortunate. At the event, the fund was handed over to few charitable organisations for various activities in women and child development.
Kolkata: Bidhannagar Police busted a cricket betting racket late on Tuesday night and arrested eight persons from a housing complex in Baguiati. The arrested persons have been produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (CJM) Court at Barasat and three of them have been remanded to two-day police custody.According to police, on Tuesday night sleuths got a tip-off that some people are involved in betting on the IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Acting on the information Detective Department of Bidhannagar Police and Baguiati Police station conducted a joint raid at a flat of the AWHO Housing complex at Tegharia. Sleuths found eight persons were betting over the said match. They could not produce any valid license for running such business. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaImmediately, all of them have been rounded up and taken to police station. Later, it was found that the prime accused in the racket identified as Raju Khandelwal had rented the flat to run the racket. During the search, sleuths seized huge numbers of mobile phones, laptops and other devices which were being used for the accused person’s gain. Following the seizure all of them have been arrested under sections of the West Bengal Gambling and Prize Competitions Act. Out of eight three persons identified as Raju Khandelwala of Bangur, Pankaj Maru of 136 Jessore Road and Pankaj Chhawcharia of Chawlpatti in Baguati have been taken in to police custody for further investigation.
For a player who played two years of college basketball, former Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger’s rÃ©sumÃ© is hard to top. Sullinger was an All-American in each of his two seasons at OSU, averaging 17.3 points per game and about 9.7 rebounds per game over the course of his collegiate career. As a freshman, he led the Buckeyes to a 34-win season which ended in a Sweet 16 loss. As a sophomore, he led OSU to the Final Four, where their run ended against Kansas. Wednesday, Sullinger announced that he would declare for the 2012 NBA Draft. He is a skilled post player who managed to average 17.5 points per game for his sophomore season, even though he faced double-team or triple-team defense nearly every time he touched the ball in the paint. He was able to do this because of his impressive array of post moves – no player in college basketball last season was better at using the hook shot to score over multiple defenders. Sullinger’s post scoring and rebounding abilities make him a likely top-10 draft selection, but there are many deficiencies in his game that he must overcome to be successful at the professional level. Sullinger stands at 6-foot-9, which is slightly short for an NBA power forward. The bigger problem for Sullinger, however, is that he will be a subpar athlete by NBA standards. He does not have an impressive vertical leap, and lacks the ability to play “above the rim” that most NBA forwards can. Dunking the basketball often looked like a struggle for him during his college career, a skill that comes easy for most NBA power forwards. Additionally, his lack of athleticism will hurt his ability to be an NBA shot-blocker. He averaged less than one block per game over his two-year OSU career, so that has never been a strength of his game. He is a well-built, 265-pound power forward, but even this past season, he often looked like he was still getting used to his body. He has the physical strength to physically dominate opponents in the paint, but his play could often be characterized by a lack of aggressiveness and shying away from contact. He must be more aggressive against NBA big men to make up for his lack of athleticism. Sullinger is often compared to Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love. In some facets, this comparison makes sense. Love is slightly taller at 6-foot-10, but like Sullinger, he lacks the height and athleticism of top NBA big men. Love only played one season of college basketball at UCLA, but had similar statistics to Sullinger, averaging 17.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Both players were among the best players in college basketball based on their technical skill sets, even though they lack elite athleticism. Comparing Sullinger to Love now, however, is giving Sullinger too much credit. Love, in his fourth season in the NBA, has emerged as one of the league’s best power forwards. As of Monday afternoon, he ranked 4th in the NBA with 26.5 points per game and 2nd with 13.5 rebounds per game. In addition to the skills Sullinger has, Love is a terrific 3-point shooter, a skill unlikely to translate to the next level for Sullinger. Although Sullinger did shoot 40 percent from beyond the arc in his sophomore season, he only attempted 40 3-point shots. He is a good mid-range field goal shooter in the NBA, but will have to become a more consistent shooter to be successful shooting from beyond the NBA-range 3-point arc. By looking at his statistics and achievements on paper, Sullinger appears to be a very good NBA prospect. However, having watched him over the course of two seasons at OSU, he was not physically impressive enough to convince me that his game will translate to NBA success. Sullinger’s post moves and rebounding ability should make him a productive professional player, but his lack of athleticism, aggressiveness and ability to make plays away from the basket are serious detriments to his NBA potential.
The Jane and Walt Dennis Golf Performance Center allows OSU’s golf programs to practice year round, no matter the weather.Credit: Whitney Wilson / Lantern reporterAbout a year after opening, Ohio State’s $6.3 million state-of-the-art golf facility is paying dividends in more ways than one.Not only are the current OSU golfers able to practice regardless of weather, but the indoor facility is helping the coaches bring in future Buckeyes as well.“It has allowed us to recruit kids from all over the country now, where before most of the kids we were recruiting were from the Midwest or from cold weather climates,” men’s golf coach Donnie Darr said. “That stigmatism of not being able to develop your game in the Midwest because it’s cold is gone now because we do have a place to practice.”The Jane and Walt Dennis Golf Performance Center was named a Design Excellence Recognition Program Award recipient by the American Society of Golf Course Architects earlier this year. The university’s golf programs received the 20,800-square-foot facility in February 2014.Darr said the facility has benefited his players enormously in terms of practicing, in addition to the help in recruiting.“The biggest advantage the facility offers us is that we have the opportunity to develop our skills year-round and we don’t have to take that break for a couple months like we’ve had to do in the past,” Darr said. “In the past, we’ve had four months where other teams were getting better and we weren’t and so we were falling further behind.”Women’s golf coach Therese Hession said players benefit the most when it comes to the finer portions of the game.“The biggest asset has been to our short game, a lot of putting practice, and a lot of short-game chipping and putting,” Hession said. “The facility aids us in putting too, having greens with different surfaces and speeds. Where we were in California (for the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge), greens were really fast, so we were able to adjust to them quicker, whereas in Peoria, Arizona, (for the Westbrook Spring Invitational), it’s a lot slower, so I think speed control has been good for us.”Women’s golf assistant coach Lisa Strom said the facility has also provided a place for players to spend their spare time.“The facility has provided a great environment for not only golf but also the camaraderie between the teams and also amongst ourselves,” Strom said. “You find that the team members come in here a lot more to study and lingering to practice on their own.”Darr said while it is difficult for his team to develop a playing mentality after practicing indoors for half of the year, the players have found a way to get a match mindset.“The playing mentality is hard,” Darr said. “One of the things we do is we try to simulate games. We will simulate a round of golf when they’re hitting balls, we’ll visualize, ‘OK, I’m going to hit the first tee shot at the next tournament’ and they’ll work their way through 18 holes. That’s the best way of getting back into playing again.”Darr said his players are not limited in terms of practicing with specific golf clubs, showing appreciation for the team’s spacious facility.“Mostly the building was designed for chipping and pitching and so we’ve been able to do that a lot in here,” Darr said. “You can also hit golf balls in the building, you can hit it 50 yards before you get to the other end, where there is a net. We also have a net that comes down in the middle of the building, so if we do want to hit pitching wedges or 8-irons inside the building, we can do that as well.”Darr said the building has required little upkeep thus far, sustaining excellent condition.“From a maintenance standpoint on the building, you do have to do a little bit of maintenance to the turf but it’s nothing in depth,” Darr said. “There’s a bunker in there that you’ve got to rake and maintain, but for the most part, it’s fairly common sense practices.”The Buckeyes are set to continue practicing in the facility until traveling to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate, scheduled for Friday and Saturday.