Stuff co.nz 19 July 2018Family First Comment: Businesses start responding to ‘the people’ – (and not a ‘complaint from Family First’ as suggested by Foodstuffs!!) Businesses have withdrawn advertising from TVNZ 2 during controversial dating show Naked Attraction.The show, which airs at 9.30pm on Friday, sees people choose someone to date based solely on their naked body. The pair then share a date in the nude, in front of the show’s cameras.Lobby group Family First said in a press release that Lighting Direct, Carpet Court, Warehouse Stationery, Foodstuffs, Electrolux and Kitchen Things have all withdrawn advertising.A spokesperson for Carpet Court confirmed their withdrawal, saying: “We have advised TVNZ that Carpet Court advertising should not air within this show in the future, and have asked for clarification as to how this regrettable decision was made without consulting us first.”Acknowledging that they’d received a high volume of complaints following the ads, they clarified that “Any adverts played were placed by TVNZ as bonus time without our knowledge.”Foodstuffs confirmed it also had put its ads on hold during Naked Attraction after two complaints from what it thought were concerned customers, but later turned out to be Family First.“We would have preferred Family First approached us in a professional manner to discuss the issue, and we would ask that they consult us in future if they want to reference our brands in their press releases,” a spokeswoman Antoinette Laird said.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie first started the #BoycottNakedAttraction campaign during season one, where he Fonterra, Lotto, Emirates and The Warehouse Group agreed to remove advertising during the show’s timeslot.McCoskrie says the swiftness of which business’ have abandoned the show has been mirrored this time round.“Within a couple of hours, six companies had said immediately, ‘No we don’t want to be associated with it’ and told their media managers to remove it.”A spokeswoman for TVNZ said the broadcaster will “respect advertisers right to decide what’s best for them”.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/105592249/Advertisers-withdrawing-from-TVNZs-Naked-Attraction?cid=app-iPhone
By Curtis BerleueSODUS, N.Y. – The CRSA Sprints presented by Super Gen Products with Champion Power Equipment are proud to announce their tentative 2017 schedule. The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car tour has 22 race nights slated, and another three dates to be announced.The standard purse sees a minimum of $325 paid to win and $140 to start. National and New York or Pennsylvania state points will be awarded for CRSA events through Sept. 22. The first-ever Allstar Performance State Champion New York state champion will be crowned in the IMCA RaceSaver division this season.The traditional kick-off of the 2017 season will once again be at the New York State Fairgrounds for the 31st annual Gater News Motorsports Exposition and Trade Show on Saturday and Sunday March 12 and 13. Cars will first hit the track on April 22 at Fonda Speedway, the first of three visits to the Track of Champions on the season.The tour then moves south to Orange County Fair Speedway on April 29. That event will be followed by a doubleheader weekend that includes a trip to Afton Motorsports Park on May 12 and a return to Orange County Fair Speedway on May 13.Another doubleheader weekend is on tap for May 19 and 20, as visits are made to Penn Can Speedway and the lone appearance of the CRSA Sprints at Thunder Mountain Speedway.Drivers make the trek west to the Woodhull Raceway for a much-anticipated return of IMCA RaceSaver Sprints to The Highbanks on June 10. The remainder of June and the month of July see return trips to Penn Can, Utica Rome, Orange County, Afton and Fonda.Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Albany-Saratoga Speedway both host one CRSA Sprint event in 2017, on July 21 and Aug. 11, respectively.To finish out the month of August, after many years being off the schedule, the tour will make a visit to Skyline Raceway on Aug. 25.The month of October will see three special events to cap off the 2017 season.First up, on Oct. 6, Afton Motorsports Park with the Brett Deyo Promotion will host a 40-lap Top 5 Money Rotating Bonus Race. Then on Oct. 14, the CRSA Sprints will be a part of the annual King of the Can weekend with a $500 to win event. The 2017 series will conclude Oct. 21 at the Orange County Fair Speedway with a $1,000 to win event as part of the 56th annual Eastern States Weekend.CRSA Tour owner and president Mike Emhof is a former modified, sprint car and mini-sprint driver, and also owns the Mike Emhof Motorsports high performance parts distributorship in Sodus as well as 360 Patriot Sprint Series and Central New York Mini-Sprint Series.Tour Director is Greg Hixson.2017 CRSA Sprint Car schedule – Saturday, April 22 at Fonda, N.Y., Speedway; Saturday, April 29 at Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown, N.Y.; Friday, May 12 at Afton, N.Y., Motorsports Park; Saturday, May 13 at Orange County Fair Speedway; Friday, May 19 at Penn Can Speedway, Susquehanna, Pa.; Saturday, May 20 at Thunder Mountain Speedway, Center Lisle, N.Y.; Saturday, June 10 at Woodhull, N.Y. Raceway; Friday, June 16 at Penn Can Speedway; Sunday, June 18 at Utica-Rome Speedway, Vernon, N.Y.; Saturday, June 24 at Orange County Fair Speedway; Friday, June 30 at Afton Motorsports Park; Saturday, July 1 at Fonda Speedway; Friday, July 14 at Penn Can Speedway; Saturday, July 15 at Orange County Fair Speedway; Friday, July 21 at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Fultonville, N.Y.; Friday, Aug. 4 at Afton Motorsports Park; Friday, Aug. 11 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta, N.Y.; Friday, Aug. 25 at Skyline Raceway, Cortland, N.Y.; Friday, Sept. 22 at Fonda Speedway; Friday, Oct. 6 at Afton Motorsports Park; Saturday, Oct. 14 at Penn Can Speedway; Saturday, Oct. 21 at Orange County Fair Speedway.
RelatedPosts Aramide Oteh joins Walsall on loan Notts County hopeful on Ameobi FA Cup semi-finals: Gunners to battle winners of Bradford City, Reading Promotion-chasing Bradford stretched their unbeaten run to seven games with a 1-0 win over Morecambe at Valley Parade. Substitute Aramide Oteh, on loan from QPR, scored the only goal 10 minutes from time when he forced home Connor Wood’s cross from close range. It had been a poor game up to that point, with Morecambe having the best chance when Steven Old headed Luke Conlan’s free-kick against the Bradford bar. James Vaughan flicked a Jake Reeves cross on to the top of the net as Morecambe frustrated the home side. Ritchie Sutton shot wide from a corner for the Shrimps before Oteh made the breakthrough. And Bradford came close to a second when fellow substitute Zeli Ismail sent a half-volley crashing against the bar from the edge of the penalty area.Tags: Aramide OtehBradfordMorecambe
RelatedPosts Magu: I will gladly testify if Salami Panel invites me — Malami Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Nigeria plan Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, on Tuesday inaugurated the ad-hoc committee set up by the football-governing body to investigate the death of Nasarawa United player, Chineme Martins, charging the panel to come up with robust and sincere recommendations that will constitute the standard protocols for football organization in the country going forward. Pinnick said: “I am happy at the calibre of the people who make up the membership of this committee and I have no doubt you will come up with the right protocols that must be adhered to before any football match takes place anywhere in Nigeria. “This is the time to make difficult decisions and I trust you to make them for us. “Your job is a very serious one. “You are free to tinker with the terms of reference and avail us the steps that will safeguard the future of our players in the areas of medical, safety and security. “We pray that the soul of Chineme Martins rest in peace but we are pained by his death and we must use it as a wake-up call to enforce compliance with the provisions of Club Licensing as well as the fresh medical and security protocols that this committee will draw up.” Pinnick and members of the committee as well as NFF Executive Committee member Aisha Falode, who was present at the inauguration, observed a one-minute silence in honour of Martins, who slumped and died during a Nigeria Professional Football League match between his club and Katsina United at the Lafia City Stadium on March 8, 2020. The Chairman of the committee, Dr. Peter Singabele, who is a member of the CAF Committee on Sports Medicine, thanked the NFF President for the opportunity given them to take a very critical look at organization of football matches in Nigeria, pledging that with the experience, energy, assiduity and sincerity of members, the committee will draw up recommendations that will ensure that such lapses as led to the unfortunate death of Martins never recurs in the country’s football. After the inauguration, committee members paid a visit to the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, venue of this year’s National Sports Festival (postponed on Tuesday), to conduct checks on safety, security and medical facilities and equipment, and provided advice on areas in need of uplift and upgrade. Specifically, it advised that three more exit gates being constructed at the arena be finished quickly, ambulance’s cylinder must always be filled with oxygen, the clinic should have a steriliser and that examination tables and showers are non-negotiable in the doping control room. The committee will also visit Lafia City Stadium for similar checks, before concluding its work and submitting its report to the NFF President. Other members are Mazi Amanze Uchegbulam (Chairman of the Imo State Football Association, former 1st Vice President of the NFF and former Vice President of the CAF Appeal Board); respected technocrat and retired senior civil servant, Alhaji Abba Abdullahi Yola; Dr. Paul Onyeudo, Head of Sports Medicine of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports; Otunba Tade Azeez, President of the Nigeria Referees Association; Tijani Babangida, President of the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers; and Alhaji Salihu Abubakar, Chief Operating Officer of the League Management Company. Commissioner of Police Umar Baba, Oladunni Oyekale, Francis Adejoh, Dr. Ibrahim Gyaran and Kisu Remi Sulola are the other members, with China Acheru as secretary. Member of the NFF Executive Committee, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau, NFF’s Director of Communications Ademola Olajire and NFF’s Head of Legal/CAF Safety and Security Officer Okey Obi are co-opted members.Tags: Amaju Melvin PinnickChineme MartinsInvestigationNasarawa UnitedNFFNigeria Football FederationPlayer Death
Arsene Wenger has warned his Arsenal team how they perform over the Barclays Premier League run-in will decide his summer transfer plans. “We have had some blips that were not expected, Blackburn and Bradford (in the cup competitions), but overall I must say the attitude of the team has been great and when everyone is here (fit), then we have a strong team. “What is important is to analyse where we can improve at the end of the season.” Despite his warnings that each man is effectively playing for his place – with even captain Thomas Vermaelen and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny no longer guaranteed a start – Wenger feels the current squad do deserve a great deal of credit for the way they have hauled themselves back into contention with a run of five wins in the last seven league games. “They have gone through difficult times and have responded well,” he said, “They have shown mental strength as we lost against Blackburn (at home in the FA Cup), Bayern (in the Champions League at home) and then Tottenham, so as well they could be scared that the group implodes. “We have shown a strong response against Bayern (in the Champions League away) and also Swansea, so that shows that this group is mentally strong.” Wenger is set to have a bumper warchest with which to improve the squad when the transfer window re-opens – and the Arsenal boss wants his players to show him there is no need to bring in reinforcements for their position by finishing what has been a testing campaign in style. “We have to analyse. What will decide our attitude, my attitude, is how we do now until the end of the season,” said Wenger. Press Association
Head coach of the senior national soccer team the Black Stars James Kwasi Appiah has expressed shock at the demise of the former team striker, Junior Manuel Agogo.According to the Black Stars master tactician, Junior Agogo was very hard working, eloquent and behaves professionally at training even though he is very jovial sometimes he is really a good person and a player to be with.“Agogo was the type of player who was loved by many people here in Ghana, we knew he was sick but never thought he could leave us so soon we are all saddened by his demise our condolences to the whole family I believe that they will stay strong especially in this difficult times on behalf of the whole technical team of the Black Stars.“I remember him for one thing which is, most times when the players are supposed to sleep Agogo will not he will be disturbing everybody joking though he was very jovial we will miss him so much his soul rest in perfect peace, it’s was a different and difficult afternoon for us of all after receiving this bad news.“Agogo, who played 27 times for Ghana, scoring 11 goals, began his career with Sheffield Wednesday but left to play in the United States after making just two appearances for the Owls. He returned to England with Queens Parks Rangers in 2002, before going on to play for Brentford.Agogo is best known for his time at Bristol Rovers where he scored 40 goals in three seasons.He joined Nottingham Forest in 2006 and helped them achieve promotion to the Championship.Agogo suffered a stroke in 2015, just three years after playing his final game in professional football for Scottish club Hibernian.Heartfelt condolences from Ghana Broadcasting Corporation to the family of the fallen national hero.
Betting on the Super Bowl is a national pastime, and one of the first things you can bet on is the national anthem.Before the big game even starts you can bet on more than a dozen props regarding the national anthem. • What is the Chiefs’ mascot? A history of KC Wolf’s pioneering place in the NFL• Nick Bosa and Donald Trump: Revisiting the 49er’s social media controversy ahead of 2019 NFL Draft• Way-too-early NFL power rankings for 2020 The most popular bet always involves the amount of time it takes the singer to get through the “Star-Spangled Banner,” but you can also bet on whether any players will protest the anthem or if Demi Lovato will flub any of the lyrics. Below is a complete list of prop bets surrounding the national anthem at Super Bowl 54.MORE: Get the latest Super Bowl 54 odds & betting trends at Sports InsiderSuper Bowl prop bets 2020: National anthemHow long will the national anthem run?Over 2:01 -155Under 2:01 +115This is the fifth time that Lovato will sing the national anthem before a sporting event. In her first three renditions of the anthem, she finished in under two minutes, but she went long in her last version. Lovato sang the national anthem before the huge PPV fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor in 2017, and it took her 2 minutes and 11 seconds to finish.We have seen five of the last seven national anthem performances last longer than two minutes, so that coupled with Lovato’s growing fame means she will likely go over. MORE SUPER BOWL PROPS:Commercials | Halftime | BroadcastHow long will Demi Lovato hold the word “brave” at the end of the national anthem?Over 5.5 seconds -175Under 5.5 seconds +135Will Demi Lovato omit a word from the national anthem?Yes +900No -3000We have seen a few artists flub the national anthem in the past, but Lovato is an improbable candidate given how seasoned she is at this point. Lovato hasn’t had an issue singing the “Star-Spangled Banner,” and that’s one of the reasons she continues to be asked to sing the anthem. This is a hefty price to pay, but Lovato certainly won’t be overcome by the moment.Will any player raise a fist during the national anthem?Yes +575No -1250No player is likely to draw upon the memory of Tommie Smith and raise a fist in the air during the national anthem. The NFL has made it clear that it does not want players to protest the anthem, and only a few active players continue to protest. None of the three players that protested the anthem during the season play for either Kansas City or San Francisco, so it’s very unlikely that someone changes course at this juncture. SUPER BOWL 54 PREDICTIONS:Straight up | Against the spread | SN staff picksWill any player take a knee during the national anthem?Yes +1000No -2500What color microphone will Demi Lovato sing into during the national anthem?Black -300Silver/Grey +200Any other color +500What will be Demi Lovato’s hair color during the national anthem?Black -500Any Other +300Blonde +500Will Demi Lovato wear nail polish for the national anthem?Yes +650No -1750Will fireworks be heard after the lyric “bombs bursting in air”?Yes +170No -250MORE: Full Super Bowl 54 betting guideWhich coach will be shown first during the national anthem?Andy Reid +110Kyle Shanahan +120No coach shown +350Robert Saleh +550Which quarterback will be shown first during the national anthem?Patrick Mahomes -150Jimmy Garoppolo +110It’s curious that there has been action on this prop. The line movement is likely due to Mahomes being a much bigger star than Jimmy G, so some bettors believe that the camera will pan to him before anyone else. There’s no question that Mahomes is the most recognizable player on the field, and the camera will certainly be on him at some point. Who will be the first tight end shown during the national anthem?George Kittle -120Travis Kelce -120Will the broadcast show members of the military during the national anthem?Yes -5000No +2000This is the biggest lock on the board. We always see shots of troops standing for the national anthem during Super Bowl broadcasts, and there’s no doubt that we will see Americans in uniform given the United States currently has troops stationed all over the Middle East. In addition to cameras being embedded with troops overseas, the cameras will likely cut to the color guard presenting the arms at some point too, making this a free two percent.More Super Bowl 54 news by Sporting News:• Full betting odds & prediction for 49ers vs. Chiefs• The 25 best Super Bowl commercials of all time, ranked• Super Bowl Roman numerals, explained: A guide to help decipher the NFL’s weird numbers game• Superb Owl Sunday 2020: The story about owls and Super Bowl 54 you didn’t know you wanted until now• Who is the fastest player in the NFL? Tyreek Hill has serious competition in Super Bowl 54• Jimmy Garoppolo trade, revisited: How QB quickly
Double Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will publish a tell-all autobiography this year. The book will detail her many struggles and obstacles along her path to becoming an Olympic champion. Titled Pryceless Journey, the book, according to a release yesterday, will reveal soul-searching testimony, very personal information, as well as provide success tips in overcoming personal challenges. Teaming up with veteran journalist Ian Boyne, host of Television Jamaica’s long-standing motivational-inspirational programme Profile, Fraser-Pryce said Pryceless Journey will demonstrate the power of positive thinking, diligent application and resilience. “I am normally a shy and very private person, so some things told in this book will be revealed for the first time, even to some of my closest friends!” she admitted in the release. “I want people to read this book and be inspired by my personal determination that led to my Olympic success and realise you can accomplish your goals, no matter where you are from,” she added. Ian Boyne, who conducted interviews with Fraser-Pryce over a nearly one-year period said: “Working with Shelly-Ann on this project has been one of the highlights of my career. She is the complete package.” Pryceless Journey will be released locally by Pelican Publishers, with international release to be negotiated and finalised.
A fisherman is now hospitalised after he was beaten by his cutlass wielding nephew during an argument at Friendship, Corentyne, Berbice, on Thursday last.The injured man has been identified as Deonarine Boodhoo, 43, of Friendship Squatting Area.Reports are that Boodhoo and his nephew, Suresh Persaud, 23, had a misunderstanding that stemmed from a family dispute. The nephew told Police that he confronted Boodhoo to speak with him about his behaviour but instead, he was attacked with a cutlass.Persaud reportedly managed to relieve the man of the cutlass and dealt him a blow to the back. The now injured man collapsed and was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he was admitted and remains a patient.From reports received, the man is slipping in and out of consciousness and has to be monitored by doctors and nurses.Police in B Division (Berbice) have detained Persaud as they continue investigations into the incident.
Kevin Mirallas cost Everton a vital victory against West Brom and owes supporters an apology, former Toffees star Andy Gray has told talkSPORT.The Belgian attacker missed a first-half penalty during Monday night’s goalless draw at Goodison Park, after taking the ball from regular taker Leighton Baines and ignoring pleas from team-mates to hand it back.Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville blasted his actions as a “despicable breach of team spirit” and Gray agrees that Mirallas badly let down his side and the Merseyside club’s fans.Speaking on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show, Gray said: “In this day where footballers are so quick to get on social media and air their grievances, it would be so nice for Kevin Mirallas or his agent to get on social media and explain what went on there, what he was thinking about, what was in his mind.“If he hasn’t got that, then [make] a simple apology to Everton fans because that is two points gone. There is no doubt in my mind that if Everton would have scored that penalty, and I think Baines would have scored, then they would have gone on to win the game.”Gray, who believes Baines also deserves criticism for not putting up more of a fight over the spot-kick, added: “It was selfish. He was only interested in himself.“He had a good game when he was introduced at West Ham, scored a fantastic free-kick, and maybe that gave him too much belief, too much arrogance.“I would not have allowed that if I was on the pitch. I know one or two other players got involved and tried to stop him, but Leighton Baines was a little disappointing for me.“Leighton should have been stronger. He should have said to Kevin ‘no, I’m going to get into trouble if I let you take it. I take the penalties, it is 0-0, not 3-0, in a really big game at the bottom of the league, I need to take this penalty, Kevin, because I am going to score it’.“They were both at fault, but Mirallas was selfish. He was only thinking about Kevin Mirallas, he wasn’t thinking about Everton.”