A local first grade teacher has been arrested after she reportedly pushed a 7-year-old’s head into a wall causing one of his teeth to fall out and leaving him with a busted lip.The incident was reported at Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School on January 28th.Police say surveillance video showed the teacher 64-year-old Cynthia Smith, walking in the hallway with students surrounding her on both sides. The victim is also seen playing with a bulletin board in the hallway. Smith then walking over to the student, puts her hands on the student’s head and neck, and then shoves the student’s head into the wall. Smith then walks away as the student is seen holding his mouth.When authorities interviewed the 7-year-old about the incident, he confirmed what was seen on the video and told authorities that Ms. Smith told him not to touch things on the wall before she shoved his face into it. The victim then says his tooth came out and there was blood in his mouth so Ms. Smith later told him to go wash his mouth out.Smith told authorities that students were trying to remove things from the wall but at no time did she touch any of them.The principal at the elementary school told authorities that the teacher has been at the school for 12 years and has at least four complaints against her pertaining to her aggressive behavior towards students.Smith was arrested on January 31st on a charge of child abuse but she has since been bonded out of jail.
Meanwhile Gold Cup champion Coneygree is out for the rest of the season through injury.It’s not thought to be a career-threatening problem – but will rule out a defence of that title at Cheltenham in March. Today’s 8 race card was called off after an early morning inspection found water logging on parts of the course.The meeting had already been postponed earlier this month due to the weather.Marketing manager at Powerstown Park Eugene Cooney says they are hoping to improve drainage on parts of the course in the coming years.
Immortals, Cloud9, ESL, FACEIT, Astralis, the 76ers, Omen by HP and Lagardère were just some of the esports speakers involved in this year’s Leaders Week.Esports Live saw a dedicated afternoon of esports content Under the Bridge at the Chelsea venue. There were a total of five sessions, of which the first saw Astralis and the 76ers on a panel titled ‘Understanding the Hype’. Moderated by Nicolas Gaede of Lagardère they discussed various topics in esports at length.Jordi Roig, Chief Commercial Officer of Astralis, explained the importance of working with the likes of Nielsen to prove the value of deals the team has made. He explained: “This is important as it makes it easier for decision makers in big corporations to take the leap.” The Astralis and Audi partnership featured in Nielsen’s first recent esports report, which you can read more about and access for yourself here. Akshay Khanna, Vice President of 76ers, commented on the amount of engagement they’ve had with esports fans to date. He said: “We’re getting feedback from esports fans faster than we know what to do with. Ordinarily consumer brands see less than a 1% response rate on surveys, with the 76ers we tend to get 7-8% which is already massive in comparison but it’s still nothing on what we’ve seen from the world of esports to date.”Khanna also noted how longer contracts are becoming the norm to protect both teams and players. The second panel saw the techier side of esports on the stage with Omen by HP represented by Yvonne Hobden and Nicolai Sønderby Knudsen, Senior Product Marketing Manager from Microsoft. Unsurprisingly, their focus was on brand sponsorship. Hobden pointed to the challenges of the market and stated: “This audience is the hardest I’ve ever had to market to. You have to be a little careful and a little subtle.” Omen by HP has been working Gfinity in the UK, and has produced some cool video content such as the below.Hobden continued to explain how, despite this, they love the challenge and are determined to drive the esports agenda in the UK, which lags behind much of Europe and elsewhere. Microsoft’s Knudsen echoed the same statement of the difficulties they’ve faced, and how you simply “can’t get away with BS”. Following a short break, the Managing Director of the NBA 2K League Brendan Donohue gave an engaging and compelling talk about their plans for the game’s inaugural season, which’ll see 17 NBA teams involved. He made the strong point that the advantage they have is that their game is “globally recognisable”, and made the comparison that whilst League is an excellent game it can be intimidating for casual viewers. Donohue also pointed to the ease with which they can have in-game activations. He pointed to having Mountain Dew courtside as a prime example, it’s natural as people are used to it and moreover they expect it.When asked how they’ll evaluate success and create revenue streams, Donohue signalled the audience size as the prime measurement factor and that with this revenue streams will take care of themselves. He also highlighted the fact that they’ve 17 teams involved, and more keen to be, and that these all have their own arenas which can be used for hosting events.The final panel of Esports Live saw a line up including FACEIT Co-Founder Michele Attisani, Immortals CEO Noah Whinston and Jan Pommer, Director of Team Relations at ESL. The subject of betting came up which had Pommer voicing his opinion that it’s a great opportunity to work with fans and better engage viewers but that “we must be careful”. He continued: “Working with the likes of Sportradar is important and taking note of what traditional sports are doing to ensure our integrity and fan protection levels are up to the same standards.”Attisani agreed on the point about betting, and the importance to play it safe. He gave a nod to Genius Sports and the positive work they’ve been doing with them for FACEIT and the ECS. As to the question of whether an overall esports regulatory body is required, or would work, Attisani noted: “It’s unlikely there’ll be an overarching body for esports regulation, but there can absolutely be cross pollination with different leagues and tournament operators working together and learning from one another.”
Failing to walk away when the applause was loudest, the sins of Ghana Football Association (GFA) president Kwesi Nyantakyi has been listed by sports analysts that his reputation has taken a nasty hit.The popular refrain is that the unpopular decision to sack his vice-president George Afriyie was the latest sign of a power-drunk football czar.Nyantakyi is wanted for defrauding by false pretence after he allegedly used the name of the president, Nana Akufo-Addo, to peddle influence.The President of the nation wants the President of an Association investigated and there has been no mild jubilation on social media since the announcement.Ghana’s most iconic sports presenter Kwabena Yeboah, sports analysts Veronica Commey and Gary Al-Smith weighed Mr. Nyantakyi’s 13 years at the helm and concluded, he has overstayed his welcome. Photo: Sports presenter Kwabena Yeboah, sports analysts Veronica Commey and Gary Al-Smith”‹”He grew bigger than everybody else,” Kwabena Yeboah, who supported the lawyer’s 2005 bid to become GFA President, said.Kwesi Nyantakyi was elected GFA president at an unlikely age of 34 and led Ghana to its first appearance at the World Cup in 2006 and repeated the feat twice – in 2010 and 2014.”He was beginning to believe the hype,” the GTV Sports presenter said on the Joy FM Super Morning Show Wednesday.Mr. Yeboah thought unfavourably of Kwesi Nyantayki to dismantle his inner circle, Randy Abbey and Fred Pappoe in 2012. “Almost all the people he dealt with for one reason or the other was shoved aside.”Since then, those around him have grown fearful and have preserved their proximity to power through predictable sycophancy.Kwabena Yeboah said local football people grew scared of the man of unrivalled international repute and is a privileged clique of FIFA officials who set the vision for world football.Nyantakyi is decorated with two positions at FIFA, second in command at CAF and conquered West Africa Football Union after he was elected president in 2005. He also has his own fan club in Ejisu in the Ashanti region. Photo: President of Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad President Nana Akufo-Addo and GFA President Kwesi NyantakyiNo Ghanaian has been able to put Ghana on the map of the football administration since independence, the sports analysts agreed.As his privileges and chores at FIFA and CAF grew, Ghanaian football administrators privately held the hope he would find the GFA post a fettering unfancied distraction and decline to seek re-election in 2019.And for sometime, Kwesi Nyantakyi did tell Ghanaians and football people, he would not seek re-election.But after his Vice-President George Afriyie showed his hand to contest, his boss Kwesi Nyantakyi dismissed him in unceremonious circumstances as he declared intention to seek re-election. With the latest scandal, GNA Sports analysts Veronica Commey said if corruption shook the foundation of FIFA in 2015, this scandal will do nothing less for GFA.She said the order alone from the President soils Nyantakyi’s reputation “a bit” and may compel him not to seek re-election after all other persuasions failed.Commey feels FIFA intervention to restructure GFA is imminent.”It is almost unimaginable to think FIFA would not intervene” she said, and saw this scandal as a “huge opportunity” for Ghana football to re-organise itself.Joy Sports’ Gary Al-Smith weighed in on Nyantakyi’s chances of walking out free after telling investors to pay $5 million to get access to the president, a man he claimed he has in his pocket. The sports analyst said although Ghanaians are tired of Nyantaki as President, they must not be surprised if the GFA President “wiggles his way through.”He believes Nyantakyi is a cat with eight lives and pointed to a chronicle of eight “serious cases” in which the lawyer was able to survive unscathed.GTV presenter Kwabena Yeboah, a “chief Nyantakyi backer” when he appeared on the scene in 2005 thinks he must now disappear from the scene and resign.He did “wonderful for Ghana football,” Mr. Yeboah said. “I thought he was marvellous,” he continued his praise but “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”Nyantakyi who was in Morroco when the news broke is expected to step down in Ghana Wednesday and Kwabena Yeboah hopes he steps down from Ghana football, too.
The World Bank Group, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) on Tuesday, February 10-11 began a two-day Tripartite Meeting in Accra to deliberate on issues pertinent to the socio-economic development of the ECOWAS Sub-region.UEMOA is an economic, integrating and cooperation organization that was created on January 14, 1994. The organization has eight member states, which share a common monetary currency several decades ago, decided to join forces.The union has five majors’ goals such as:Reinforce the economic and financials competitiveness of the member states, assure the convergence of the performances and economic policies and create a common market between member states by having a common external tariff (CET), a common trade policy, and free movement of persons, goods, capitals, and the right of establishment in member states.The meeting which ended yesterday reviews the status of implementation of the Abidjan Action Plan and was agreed during their first meeting in Abidjan in July 2013, and will focus on a number of key thematic areas such as Ebola, Agriculture, Regional Infrastructure and Cross Border Management.According to statement issue by its World Bank office in Monrovia, the World Bank Africa Region’s Director responsible for Regional Integration, Mr Colin Bruce, said given the debilitating effect of Ebola on the sub-region, the bodies will spend ample time deliberating on how to mitigate impacts, particularly on the three countries most affected.“We would also look at how to adjust our priorities to reflect changes in the sub-region and in the World more broadly,” he added.Mr. Bruce noted that the bodies have made considerable progress in implementing their ambitious joint plan in key priority areas of agriculture, education, trade and trade facilitation, transport, regional investment, climate and the Sahel.He said he hopes to see fruitful discussions that will identify few transformational priorities, work program, timeliness and division of responsibilities during the next phase of the partnership.Mr. Kabre Desire Ouedraogo, President of the ECOWAS Commission said they look forward to deepening the collaboration between the World Bank Group, the ECOWAS and UEMOA Commissions in addressing issues of common developmental interest to the sub-region.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)