The competition which had over 70 secondary schools across Rivers State participating with a display of so much talents and skills from the young footballers saw Government Army Secondary School, defeating Okrika National Secondary School by a lone goal in a keenly competed final played at the football pitch of the State Secondary School, Amadi-Ama in Port Harcourt.In the fiercely competed third place match which took place earlier between Enitonna High School, Borikiri and Western County High School, Ahoada, saw the former emerging as the winner from a first half goal.The final, which however attracted more robust participation with larger spectators within the venue, saw a superb header from Government Army Secondary School top striker, Clifford Maxwell, who ensured the thrilling finale would see the school emerging as the state champions.Speaking after the final match, the Permanent Secretary, Universal Basic Education, Rivers State, Dame Josephine Chukwuigwe expressed satisfaction with the level of the tournament as well as the passion displayed by the teams in Rivers.Chukwuigwe said, “With the high level of performance shown by all the participating teams, one might find it difficult to believe this is just the preliminaries stage. After today’s final, we are very proud and confident of our young footballers in Rivers state and I want to wish them best of luck at the next phase of the tournament.”She further commended Coca-Cola for creating such platform for Secondary school students in the country.Her words, “I am delighted to witness this great rewarding initiative and happy that the quality of football watched during the match was high and the better school of the two finalists won and deserved to represent the state at the national stage.” Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Government Army Secondary School, Elele, has emerged as the Champions in Rivers State in the just concluded grassroots stage of the COPA Coca-Cola tournament. The team, which is making its debut appearance in the competition, qualifies for the next round of the regional tournament.The 32 qualified across the states move on to the regional stage to represent each state of the federation.
USC football enters preparations for the Oregon game on a positive note: The Trojans are on a four-game winning streak, are tied for second in the Pac-12 and are heavily favored against the Ducks on Saturday.Furthermore, the Trojans climbed up in the AP poll to their best position since falling out of the Top 25 after losing to Alabama to open the season. USC received 40 votes in this week’s rankings, placing them behind only Houston (65 votes) as the team receiving the most votes outside the Top 25.Four teams from the Pac-12 are ranked in the Top 25 — Washington, which beat Utah on Saturday, remains at No. 4, while the Utes are now 16th. Colorado comes in at No. 21 after a bye week, and Washington State made its first appearance in rankings, climbing to No. 25. With Utah losing to Washington, the Trojans are now tied with the Utes for second in the Pac-12 South, as both teams hold 4-2 records. Colorado is alone in first with a record of 4-1.After beginning the season 1-3, USC has beaten Arizona State, Colorado, Arizona and Cal to bring its record to a respectable 5-3. But the Trojans do not control their own fate. To clinch the Pac-12 South, they have to win the remainder of their games and have both Utah and Colorado lose at least once.The Trojans are favored by two touchdowns against Oregon on Saturday. The Ducks have struggled this season with a 3-5 record, and this marks the first time USC has faced an Oregon team with a losing record since 1982. A win would likely boost the Trojans back into the AP Top 25 before they take on Washington on the road. USC hasn’t beaten Oregon at the Coliseum since 2008, though the Trojans have won seven straight games at home. The game will kickoff at 4 p.m. on Saturday and air on ESPN.
StumbleUpon Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Submit Marc EtchesIndustry charitable trust GambleAware has today published an official report which ‘outlines the estimated cost that problem gambling has on the UK Government’. The report estimates that the figure is between £260 million and £1.2 billion a year. Working in-conjunction with the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), GambleAware breaks down cost impact to the UK government by sector relating to public health, welfare and employment, housing and criminal justice.Presenting the report Marc Etches, CEO of GambleAware commented on the research undertaken“Problem gambling is an issue which affects millions of people across Britain each day. We’re working hard to raise awareness of the issue and to help people see the true cost of gambling addiction. GambleAware is keen to put problem gambling on the public health agenda, as it’s no different to any other kind of addiction. It’s our job to raise awareness of the issue and to let people know that there is help available. We fund treatment centres across the UK and urge anyone who thinks they or a loved one has a problem to get in touch, or call our national gambling helpline for free, confidential advice”GambleAware specifies that despite the cost undertaken by the government, it believes that between 0.4-1.1% of the UK adult population are considered problem gamblers. The breakdown given by GambleAware is as follows;Health:hospital inpatient services (£140 million–£610 million)mental health primary care (£10–£40 million)secondary mental health services (£30 million–£110 million)Welfare & employment:JSA claimant costs and lost labour tax receipts (£40 million–£160 million)Housingstatutory homelessness applications (£10 million–£60 million)Criminal justiceincarcerations (£40 million–£190 million)Issuing its report, GambleAware further notes that certain environmental or social factors such as unemployment or mental health issues often play a significant role too. Report demographics including certain ages, genders, and incomes all show correlations between the likelihood of someone developing a gambling problem. GambleAware points to the following factorsthose who are aged 16-24 are the least likely to gamble, but, within that age bracket, those who do, are more likely to be problem gamblersmen are five times more likely to develop a problem than womenthose who are in the lowest income bracket are less likely to gamble than those in the highest but more likely to have develop a problem, andgambling prevalence is higher in those who are unemployed, homeless, black and Asian.Craig Thorley, research fellow, from IPPR, commented on the research“For many, problem gambling is a hidden addiction. IPPR’s research shows the scale of the challenge for Britain’s public services for the first time. This should be a wakeup call to government. We need a proper strategy to deal with this issue, just like we’ve had for other public health issues such as alcoholism.”“This strategy must make sure that effective services are available to help those affected, and also consider whether we have the right regulations and prevention strategies in place to stop those at risk of problem gambling from being pulled over the edge.”