LMC, FIRS Resuscitate NPFL/VAT Wonder Goal

first_imgAhead the start of second round of matches in the Nigeria Professional Football League (2016/17) season, the League Management Company (LMC) and the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) are partnering to resuscitate the Wonder Goal series.At the turn of the second round of matches last season, the LMC had introduced the Wonder Goal to build affinity between players, their clubs and their community of domicile. It aimed amongst other objectives to create an engagement channel between the clubs and their immediate communities through charity work by players who win the award. It will be recalled that the LMC recently offered FIRS, the NPFL as a platform to engage the football community on the benefits of paying taxes and other government charges such as the Value Added Tax (VAT). Tax education messages are since being displayed on perimeter boards at all NPFL match venues.LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko, said the re-launched scheme is now to be known as the VAT Wonder Goal and is going to serve as a further tool for educating the football community on the essence of paying the Value Added Tax when they make purchases.Video of goals scored during a specific match-day will be uploaded on the NPFL website, www.npfl.ng, Facebook and YouTube accounts for fans to vote the most exciting and intelligently executed goal.The player whose goal attracts the highest number of votes wins the award and will be presented monetary reward, 50 per cent of which is to be invested in a charity of the player’s choice within the city the club is located.Dikko also announced that the prize money has been increased by 50 per cent from N100,000 to N150,000 out of which the player will invest N75,000 on the selected Charity.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Zambia awarded points, leaves Ghana’s world cup campaign in danger

first_imgFifa has stripped Sudan of its 2-0 win against Zambia in a 2014 World Cup qualifier because one of its scorers was ineligible to play.The disciplinary committee of football’s world governing body ruled that Saif Ali should not have played in the 2 June game in Khartoum.Zambia protested that Ali played despite receiving yellow cards in previous competitive matches, including when Zambia beat Sudan in an Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final in February.Fifa declared the match “lost by forfeit by Sudan,” awarding Zambia a 3-0 victory and with it the three points for a win.The Sudan football association has also been fined US$6,430.Zambia now leads Group D with six points from two matches, and Sudan falls to third place with one point. Ghana are in second place with three points while Lesotho are bottom with a single point.last_img read more

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Mourinho tells United to sign Fabregas, Arsenal ready Higuain bid – GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers and online…Sam Allardyce met with Football Association officials on Tuesday to discuss becoming the new England manager. (Daily Mail)But new Everton boss Ronald Koeman says Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe should get the England job, saying the 38-year-old’s “youth and energy” would “freshen up” the Three Lions side. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wants to bring Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas to Old Trafford. (Daily Mirror)Meanwhile, Mourinho will move for wantaway Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko should he fail to sign Juventus’ Paul Pogba. (Le 10 Sport)Everton defender John Stones is keen on joining Manchester City to work under Pep Guardiola. (The Guardian)New City boss Guardiola is prepared to spend £40million on German midfielder Leroy Sane this summer, but the 20-year-old is yet to tell Schalke he wants to leave. (Bild)Arsenal are ready to offer Olivier Giroud and £42m in a audacious swoop for Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain. (Gianluca di Marzio)Thibaut Courtois will remain at Chelsea this season after being told he will be the club’s number one by new boss Antonio Conte. (Daily Mail)Leicester are prepared to make N’Golo Kante their highest-paid player amid Chelsea’s interest in the France midfielder. (Daily Telegraph)West Ham and Watford are among the clubs interested in hiring Thierry Henry as coach after the Frenchman left Arsenal. (The Sun)Wilfried Bony is set to leave Manchester City this summer, with Turkish club Galatasaray offering the 27-year-old striker a loan move. (The Sun)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Celtic’s Champions League qualifying defeat to Lincoln Red Imps is ‘no embarrassment’, insists Brendan RodgersThierry Henry quits Arsenal coaching role ‘after Arsene Wenger ultimatum over Sky Sports pundit role’Dimitri Payet will cost £100million to prise away from West Ham, says co-owner David SullivanEXCLUSIVE – ‘Sam Allardyce will bring the PASSION back to England’, former number two Phil Brown tells talkSPORTWATCH: Tottenham new boy Vincent Janssen’s best goals for AZ Alkmaar last seasonChelsea boost! Brazilian midfielder Willian signs new four-year deal at Stamford BridgeChelsea transfer report: Atletico Madrid retain hope of re-signing Blues striker Diego CostaIsco vows to STAY at Real Madrid despite reported interest from Arsenal and LiverpoolWest Ham plotting sensational swoop for one of world’s best strikerslast_img read more

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Terry bullish about Chelsea’s second-leg chances

first_imgChelsea captain John Terry insisted his team are capable of securing the result they need in Barcelona to reach the Champions League final.Didier Drogba’s goal gave the Blues a 1-0 lead to take into next week’s second leg – and Terry says they will not be intimidated by Pep Guardiola’s star-studded side.“It will be tough in the second leg. They had a lot of chances and quite clearly they will have opportunities there,” Terry told ITV.“But we are not in awe of them. We respect them, but another performance like that and we’ll be okay.”Reflecting on their first-leg display, Terry said: “It will go down as one of our best performances.“We had to be very patient. They had a lot of the ball early on and the midfielders had to work very hard and Didier was on his own up front.“He was incredible. He was up there against some of the best in the world on his own, but he holds it up and makes us play. That’s what he’s all about.”See also: Drogba strikes to give Chelsea first-leg victory over BarcaDrogba: We learnt the lessons of 2009Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Warriors’ Steve Kerr provides health update on Kevin Durant

first_imgOAKLAND — Forward Kevin Durant is day-to-day with a right ankle contusion and his status for Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets is unknown, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Monday.Durant suffered the injury Sunday night in the Warriors’ 115-111 loss to the Phoenix Suns, landing awkwardly on his foot as he attempted to throw the ball through a double team.Durant stayed on the floor, but eventually … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile devicelast_img

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Pick n Pay expands into Mozambique

first_imgAfrican expansion Enormous potential Throughout Africa, Pick n Pay currently operates one store in Zambia (with four due to open in 2011), 17 stores in Namibia, 12 in Botswana, seven in Swaziland and one in Lesotho, together with its 51-store network with TM in Zimbabwe. Opening in Maputo, the first Mozambican store will be approximately 3 000 square metres in size. Pick n Pay envisages opening a further three stores before the end of 2011. The first four stores will open in the greater Maputo district. Pick n Pay’s expansion into Mozambique follows its first store opening in Zambia in July. The group also recently announced the purchase of a further 24% of Zimbabwean operation TM Supermarkets, increasing its shareholding to 49%. “It’s our intention to ensure that local farmers and suppliers are supported to stimulate and assist economic growth in Mozambique. Logistically, we’re using experts who deal with transportation and supply issues into Africa and currently service our Zambian operations. According to Pick n Pay group enterprises head Dallas Langman, the group plans to open its first store in March 2011. “We have signed a master franchise agreement with Retail Masters for Mozambique which will provide us with the essential benefit of expert insights into the local market,” Langman said in a statement this week.center_img 8 November 2010 Langman said that Pick n Pay saw enormous potential in the country, which they believe to considerably under-penetrated in terms of the kind of retail offering that they would provide. He added that the company had identified numerous opportunities for further sites. “Naturally one of the main benefits to the local economy will be employment,” Langman said. “In addition, we are fortunate in our partners to have local ownership, which means we will be able to leverage highly experienced local market knowledge and expertise,” he said. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material South African retailer Pick n Pay announced this week that it had signed a franchise territorial agreement with retail franchising group Retail Masters in Mozambique to further extend its African footprint.last_img read more

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IBM and The Internet of Things

first_imgIn the Web world, you know that a trend has major traction when IBM is all over it. Like any large Internet company, Big Blue is careful about which trends it latches onto. It was a good couple of years before they were spotted at the Web 2.0 conference, for example. However in the case of Internet of Things, IBM is proving itself to be an unusually early adopter. I recently spoke to Andy Stanford-Clark, a Master Inventor and Distinguished Engineer at IBM. Yesterday we wrote about how Stanford-Clark has hooked his house up to Twitter. Today we delve more into what his employer, IBM, is doing with the Internet of Things.IBM is involved in some very interesting projects at the intersection of two big trends we’ve been tracking in 2009: The Real-time Web and Internet of Things. They have a website devoted to this topic, called A Smarter Planet. As the name implies, it focuses on environmental matters such as energy and food systems. Sensors, RFID tags and real-time messaging software are major parts of IBM’s smarter planet strategy. The catchcry for the site – Instrumented, Interconnected, and Intelligent – is about outfitting the world with sensors and hooking them to the Internet to apply the ‘smarts.’IBM has a whole set of RFID and sensor technology solutions. But more importantly it has been busy working with various manufacturers and goods suppliers in recent months, to introduce those solutions to the world. This month IBM made an agreement with Matiq, an IT subsidiary of Norway’s largest food supplier Nortura. The project involves using RFID (radio frequency identification) technology to track and trace poultry and meat products “from the farm, through the supply chain, to supermarket shelves.” This food tracking solution will help ensure that meat and chicken are “kept in optimal condition throughout the supply chain.” The system uses IBM’s WebSphere RFID Information Center, together with IBM’s sensor and actuator solutions.A similar project is one that IBM announced at the end of June with Danish transportation company Container Centralen. By February 2010, Container Centralen undertakes to use IBM sensor technology “to allow participants in the horticultural supply chain to track the progress of shipments as they move from growers to wholesalers and retailers across 40 countries in Europe.” Specifically this refers to transportation of things like flowers and pot plants, which are very sensitive to the environment they travel in. Having sensors as part of the entire travel chain will allow participants to monitor conditions and climate during travel. Essentially it makes the travel process very transparent. richard macmanus Tags:#Analysis#Internet of Things#NYT#Trends#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… As Andy Stanford-Clark explained to ReadWriteWeb, using RFID technology to monitor temparature when transporting flowers ensures that no short cuts are taken by some in the supply chain (e.g. turning off the climate control for a while to save money). It gives more data to make decisions, for example it may enable a retailer to refuse to accept a shipment if the sensor data suggests the flowers are close to wilting.IBM is also working with German car manufacturer Volkswagen to add sensor technology to its operations. The aim is to improve Volkswagen’s material logistics operations through the use of sensor technology. For example, shipping containers carrying auto parts for Volkswagen will be fitted with RFID tags. So far about 3,000 shipping containers have been fitted with RFID tags.These are all exciting developments in the Internet of Things, because they impact real-world processes. It’s great to see a large technology company like IBM at the forefront of this trend. It’s a very smart move (pardon the pun), because in 2009 we’re only at the very start of connecting almost any object in the world to the Internet. Imagine a world with millions, perhaps trillions, of sensors that use IBM technology – because that’s what Big Blue is imagining. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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13 Ways To Print Your Instagram Photos

first_imgArtifact Uprising—For a stunning addition to your home, we love the options from Artifact Uprising, which incorporates reclaimed pinewood from its own Colorado backyard. Clipboard calendars ($25, pictured above) with a print for each month are serene for a workstation, and the wood block plus 12 prints ($22) creates a changeable photo display.Instagoodies—Print favorite Instagram photos into books of one-inch stickers ($14). Attach stickers to the computer monitor, phone case, or wallet for a quick flash of happiness.Boo Box by Hatchcraft—For photos worthy of the mantelpiece, go for the Boo Box, which places four-inch Instagram photos in bamboo shadowbox frames beginning at $20.Stickygram—Take a cue from your mom, and turn your refrigerator into bragging grounds for your works of art. For $15, Stickygram makes a set of nine photo magnets from your favorite images.ImageSnap—This service crafts ceramic tiles ranging from two-inch ($4) to 12-inch ($35) squares. Tiles can be installed with mortar and grout just like normal tiles, though the tiny sizes make for perfect refrigerator magnets. Tags:#Instagram kelly schwarze Artflakes—Images get sticky with this company that takes your regular ol’ Instagram pics and whips them into vinyl four-inch stickers (pictured above). Buy them up in packs of 10 ($21), 25 ($42), or 50 ($63).Casetagram—Create a custom case for your device of choice — iPhone 4-5, iPad and iPad Mini, iPod Touch, Samsung Galaxy S II-IV, Galaxy Note, and Nexus 4 — ranging in price from $35-$55. Customize your collage and layout, and then Casetagram prints them on a white or black case.Postagram—A fun way to show people you’re thinking of them, Postagram mails a postcard with pop-out Instagram photo and message to friends for $1 each. A thoughtful alternative to a birthday ecard!Stitchtagram—Now that your walls are filled with Instagram photos, cuddle up to memories with a 15-inch linen-cotton-blend pillow ($68) made from account images.With so many resources to print Instagram photos, you could easily decorate an entire house with iPhone memories. How do you share your mobile-phone photos?Images via Instagram user thecakethatateparis, Artifact Uprising, and ArtflakesMore stories from PopSugar Tech:2013: The Year the White House Geeked Out With Star WarsSteam Summer Sale: The Best Games With the Deepest DiscountsIs It Getting Hot in Here? 7 Weather Apps For Summer Sun ForecastingWhy You Should Back Grace From Outer SpaceA Virtual Science Camp For Real-Life Exploration The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech.Instagram is the easy way to create dreamy camera-phone photos in a flash. The filters work their magic so well that nearly every picture comes out looking like a keepsake. Making those memories permanent can be just as easy with these tools for turning Instagram photos into lasting works of art.Printstagram—The company offers multiple ways to print Instagram photos, but the 20-by-40-inch posters will make a stunning addition to a living room wall. Between 50-400 photos are arranged in a clean grid on thick archival paper for $25. Fill a Tiny Book ($10 for a set of three) with miniature prints of favorite photos, or the Polaroid-style miniprints ($12 for 48 prints, pictured above) have wide enough borders to double as note cards.PostalPix—Use this iPhone app to print four-inch squares from your Instagram library for only 30 cents each. Other sizes are also available, including two-, five-, and eight-inch-square prints. Fast shipping, a matte finish, professional-quality resolution, and the convenience of mobile shopping make this our first stop for basic Instagram prints.CanvasPop—Those filtered photos are worthy of an at-home gallery. Create a high-resolution 12- or 20-inch-square stretched canvas print for $40 and $114, respectively. Buy multiple canvases for an artful wall vignette.Blurb—Haven’t looked at a photo album in a while? Blurb brings back what now seems like an antiquated way of sharing photos with a modern, Instagram twist. Softcover books with 60 pages of Instagram photos run $19, and a hardcover is $32.last_img read more

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How ARods 3000 Hits Stack Up

Hot Takedown: How Big Is A-Rod’s Asterisk?Subscribe to our sports podcast on iTunes. Late last week, New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez added another milestone to what has been a renaissance of a 2015 season, joining the venerated 3,000-hit club with a home run against Detroit’s Justin Verlander. The accomplishment prompted much debate over whether A-Rod had tarnished the club with his history of using performance-enhancing drugs — and even whether such numbers can be meaningfully compared across different eras of baseball.Call me naive, but when it comes to cross-era comparisons, I don’t think we have to give up the ball and head for the locker room. We can’t necessarily account for who used PEDs and who didn’t, but sabermetrics does have a long history of adjusting player stats for the environments in which they were produced. For instance, here’s a look at how easy it was to compare how many hits per plate appearance were made in the major leagues each season going back to 1901:(The metric is indexed so that 100 represents the average hits-per-plate-appearance rate since 1901.)By this accounting, Rodriguez’s hit total hasn’t been especially inflated by the era in which he played, relative to the entirety of MLB history. Early in his career, hits were easier to come by than the historical average, but a recent string of offensively suppressed seasons have brought A-Rod’s career hitting environment metric down to an almost perfectly average index of 100.3.Of course, we can also adjust for schedule length — normalizing shorter seasons to 162 games — and park factors, both of which do cut into A-Rod’s raw hit count. Among members of the 3,000-hit club, only seven played in more favorable stadiums for hitters than Rodriguez has in his career, and only Derek Jeter and Lou Brock get less of a boost for playing fewer than 162 games per season than A-Rod does. (The schedule adjustment pro-rates Rodriguez’s hits upward by a mere 0.7 percent.)After all of the adjustments are made for era, park and schedule, A-Rod loses 48 hits from his actual total. That’s not the most of any player — Coors Field lifer Todd Helton gets docked more than 356 hits — but it is enough to make A-Rod the only player currently in the 3,000-hit club who would not be a member under the adjusted hits metric. While he will probably hit his way into the adjusted club, too, before very long, the 48 hits he loses under the adjustments is the third most of any actual 3,000-hit club member, most of whom gained hits in the adjustment process.So the critics are right, to a certain extent: Rodriguez has benefited from favorable conditions to join an elite statistical club. But the degree to which his numbers were inflated because of his era has been negligible — with the shortfall mainly owing to differences in park factors and schedule lengths — and he’s only 45 “adjusted hits” shy of 3,000 even after his numbers are tweaked.There’s plenty of room to debate about how much to handicap Rodriguez’s numbers for his performance-enhancing drug use. But putting that aside, Rodriguez has outhit his peers practically as much as many other fellow 3,000-hit club member. read more

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