Binghamton University creates ‘George Floyd Memorial Fund’ for students

first_imgThe university says the “George Floyd Memorial Fund” was created to help support African American leaders who wish to fight for social justice and make a positive impact. The university says it will create a “Campus Citizen Review Board” tasked with reviewing and improving the Binghamton University Police Department’s policies and practice. In addition to this, Binghamton University says it will reallocate funds to add $200,000 to the Clifford D. Clark Diversity Fellowships for Graduate Students’ budget. An endowment of $1.5 million will be used to provide financial aid to “deserving students”, the school says.center_img VESTAL (WBNG) — Binghamton University says it established a fund named after George Floyd Wednesday. The board will be composed of students, faculty and staff, according to the school.last_img read more

9 Nigerian footballers held in Tripura for illegal entry

first_imgAgartala: Nine Nigerian footballers were arrested in Tripura while they were going to Assam, police said on Friday. According to North Tripura District police chief Bhanupada Chakraborty, seven Nigerian footballers were detained at Dharmanagar railway station late on Thursday night from a Guwahati-bound train.“We have handed them over to Government Railway Police for further legal action,” Chakraborty told IANS over phone from Dharmanagar, 190 km from Agartala.Two other Nigerian footballers were also arrested from a bus stand here on Thursday night. Police arrested them while they are about to board a Guwahati-bound bus.Police suspect that the football players entered Tripura from Bangladesh. They did not have valid passports or travel documents for their entry into India.After preliminary interrogation, police learnt they were going to Guwahati to play for a local football club there.Tripura shares a 856-km international border with Bangladesh of which a stretch of 67 km is still unfenced.Occasionally, Rohingyas (of Myanmar) and Nigerian nationals, besides Bangladeshis illegally enter Tripura in search of work in the northeastern states and other parts of the country. IANSAlso Read: Aussie Women Footballers get pay parity with MenAlso Watch: Watch | AASU along with 30 indigenous organisations staging protest against CAB in Naharkatialast_img read more

Colorado State guard John Gillon transfers to Syracuse

first_img Published on May 1, 2016 at 2:18 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Gillon, who will receive his degree this month from CSU, will be immediately eligible.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs a Ram, Gillon averaged 13.2 points per game last season in an average of 31.7 minutes. He shot 38.3 percent on field goals and 33.3 percent on 3-pointers. The 6-foot, 168-pound Houston, Texas native began his collegiate career at Arkansas-Little Rock. After playing there his freshman season and averaging 10.6 points per game, Gillon transferred to Colorado State.Jordana Rubin | Web DesignerDue to NCAA transfer rules, Gillon had to sit out in 2013-14. In his first year playing at CSU, Gillon was named the Mountain West Sixth Man of the Year. In four seasons on the collegiate level, Gillon’s teams have never reached the NCAA Tournament. This past season, the Rams lost in the conference championship game to Fresno State by nine points.With fifth-year senior Michael Gbinije leaving SU, the Orange will have an opening at its point guard position. Syracuse returns point guard Frank Howard, who will be a sophomore next season, and brings in freshman guard Tyus Battle. Freshman wing Malachi Richardson declared for the NBA Draft but did not sign an agent so he still has the option to return to school for his sophomore season by May 25. Comments Related Stories Graphical breakdown of Syracuse basketball’s scholarship situationMalachi Richardson will enter NBA Draft but not sign with an agentSyracuse basketball transfer Chinonso Obokoh visiting St. Bonaventure and Rutgers, per sourceKaleb Joseph to transfer to Creighton Former Colorado State guard John Gillon will transfer to Syracuse, he announced in a tweet Sunday afternoon.last_img read more

Foster’s Fairplay | Bolt, the best man for AOY award

first_imgThe International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), leading the voices of the main stakeholders, has added to the legendary status that Jamaica’s mega star, Usain Bolt, has taken unto himself. Just when the triple-treble Olympic gold medal winner is pointing his face towards the exit door, he has been decorated with a record-breaking sixth title as the male Athlete of the Year (AOY). The 2017 World Championships in London, as he has said on a few occasions, will be his final outing. His last hurrah locally will be the Racers Grand Prix in the same year. Also coming from the big man is a foray into what could be an even more starry showcase of his talent-filled portfolio, topping his already established world acclaimed performances on the track. This is in reference to his suggestion that a career in the world of cinema entertainment is in his future. As is the case when selections of this nature are concerned, the usual controversy has surfaced. It has been mooted that the prestigious title should have gone to the Rio Olympics 400 metres champion, the South African, Wayde van Niekerk. This has come from knowledgeable individuals in the sport. With this in mind, their opinion bears a look see. Jamaicans will well recall a blistering 300m race at the Racers Grand Prix this year. It was specifically requested by none other than many-time global gold medallist, USA’s LaShawn Merritt, who saw it as a useful addition to his preparation, as he looked to Rio. The Beijing 2015 world champion humbled the American, to post an African record of 31.03 seconds. Boasting 100m speed with 9.98 at altitude and 20.02 over the half lap distance, his 43.03-second world record this August should have been no surprise. It is this world best ever, beating 43.18 set by USA juggernaut Michael Johnson at the 1999 Seville champs, that the new Olympic champion’s supporters are citing to strengthen their claim for the top IAAF award spot for their boy. Also, in an attempt to further embellish that near-42-point clocking, they do not fail to remind the Bolt supporters that the previous mark was touted to be unbeatable for the foreseeable future. Foster’s Fairplay has time for the van Niekerk argument but stops short of championing his cause to receive the award ahead of the Trelawny-born sprinting phenomenon. This columnist urges them to stage a memory jog. Was not Johnson’s 200m mark of 19.32, set at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, similarly accepted as unattainable for several years to come? But it was Bolt who shattered it at the 2008 Beijing Olympics breakout of Jamaica’s latest cavalcade of sprinting stars. It was further lowered to 19.19 at the Berlin Champs the following year. This point is made to discount the position that the 43.18 and, so, too, the 19.32 fall into the esteemed category that the South African’s campaign team would want them to be. In support of Bolt’s award, which is viewed here as deserving, given the quality of his fellow nominees, van Niekerk being just one, Foster’s Fairplay obviously takes into account the three Rio gold medals. There is no intention, however, in adducing arguments to qualify him, to limit the world’s fastest human being to that. There is a school of thought that completing the third leg of the triple golden achievement should not count for much, since it is an accumulation of performances over an eight-year stretch. Nothing more should be said on this false premise other than that the unprecedented feat which cemented his legendary label would not have been confirmed without the Rio input. It took discipline and dedication to go through the rigours of preparation to come to that point, no less than that which van Niekerk would have endured to get to his admittedly sensational performance. That said, it would not be feasible to rank the Jamaican below the South African in an exercise in which the award-worthy credentials are being counted. The IAAF, in the view of this columnist, is spot on. Email feedback to [email protected] Sprinting phenomenonlast_img read more