SEIVB 18-Lakers wins the Louisville MAVA Club Challenge. The team went 3-0 in pool play on day one, without dropping a set. Day two’s competition was a bit more challenging in the gold bracket, but the final results were the same 3-0 and champions.Members of the team are:#1 Katie Thomas#2 Anna Dickman#3 Rylee Goldsmith#4 Kaylee Martin#5 Madi Osesterling#6 Chelsey Paul#7 Bailey Baumer#8 Kim TidmanCoach Cassie LakerThis is the teams second gold in as many tournaments for an overall record of 10-0. They will play again on March 8th & 9th in the Indiana Volleyball Academy’s Hoosier Classic.MAVA Club ChallengeSubmitted by Coach Jody Thomas.
The Rivers State Commissioner for Sports, Boma Iyaye, on Monday said Rivers United Football Club management had taken care of all outstanding liabilities regarding Samuel Akurugu, one of the club’s former players.Iyaye disclosed this in Port Harcourt during a courtesy visit on him by the Chairman of the state’s Ikwerre Local Government Area, Samuel Nwanosike. The club’s indebtedness to the player had prompted a three-window transfer ban by the world football governing body, Federation of International Football Association.Iyaye stated the club’s management no longer owed the player any money, adding that with the payment, Rivers United would not serve any ban.He said: “FIFA had stated that the sanction would be lifted immediately, and prior to its complete serving, once the due amount, plus interest is paid.“With this clause in the letter from FIFA, it is our hope that the sanction would be lifted immediately as the club prepare for the upcoming continental and domestic football calendar.”The Sports Commissioner informed the council chairman that the Rivers State Government was repositioning grassroots sports development. He said: “This explains the willingness of the Sports Ministry to partner with stakeholders and local governments to unearth talents, which will represent the state at all levels of sports competitions.”Iyaye also stated that Rivers State would have organised the state sports festival aimed at discovering talents at the grassroots if COVID-19 had not posed a challenge.“But one thing is sure, we are still going to organise the festival,” he said.The Rivers State Commissioner for Sports commended Nwanosike for seeking partnership with the ministry.He pointed out that it was the first time a LGA chairman was embarking on such engagement to optimise the energies of youth at the grassroots. “We shall give you support and expertise and treat your local government as a pilot in our avowed commitment to positioning sports at the grassroots,” Iyaye added.Earlier at the occasion, Nwanosike had unveiled his plan for sports development, pointing out that sports represent a major platform to engage youths and utilise them for a profitable venture.The LG chairman added that his administration was already constructing facilities for football, swimming, wrestling, table tennis, basketball, cycling, among others.“This is the reason for the visit and the essence of of request from the ministry for technical and professional assistance,” he said.RelatedPosts Bring oil thieves to justice, Gov. Wike urges security agencies Edo 2020: Gov. Wike lauds INEC, Police, commends Edo for ending godfatherism Rivers, Shell inaugurate Cluster Development Board for Assa North Gas Nwanosike disclosed that plans were in the pipeline to construct a sports academy in the LGA.He called for contributions from the ministry in the area of technical advisory and expertise in sports management.—Tags: Boma IyayeIkwerre LGARivers StateRivers UnitedSamuel Nwanosike
Photo courtesy of Ryan VeneziaWeathering the storm · The Hurricane Heist tells the story of a heist being pulled off in the middle of a hurricane. Director Rob Cohen has worked on movies such as The Fast and the Furious and xXx.With over 25 credits to his name, including The Fast and the Furious and xXx: State of the Union, director Rob Cohen returns to the silver screen with The Hurricane Heist, a thrilling action movie about a multimillion-dollar heist that occurs in the midst of a category-5 hurricane. The film is an addition to Cohen’s long list of action movies, a genre he came to love during his brief stint with Miami Vice.“When I got to direct that show, with its guns, cool clothes, tough guys, beautiful women and fast cars, I fell in love with the genre and from that point on my heroes became guys like Walter Hill,” Cohen said.Despite the glamorous allure of the genre, however, Cohen made clear that at the core of The Hurricane Heist was a potent message about the dangerous implications of climate change. Though the film began production in 2016, prior to last year’s tragic string of hurricanes, Cohen knew from the start that he wanted the film’s political undertones to be evident.“In creating the character of the meteorologist, I really wanted to him to say, in no uncertain terms, that climate change is why these hurricanes are so bad and they’re going to get worse if we don’t do something,” Cohen said. “This is more important to say it now than in any other time in history; if you can get people to think about these issues through an action movie, then so be it.”Like its underlying message, The Hurricane Heist embodies darkness in its visuals, the inspiration for which came to Cohen through footage of real hurricanes. The chaotic natural atmosphere, though stylistically appropriate, posed challenges for the actors on set. “I said to the actors when I hired them that what they were reading was what I was going to do onscreen,” Cohen said. “I said, ‘If you accept this part, just know that you’re going to go to work every day and you’re going to be windblown, wind-burned, wet to your core, cold, miserable, but you’re going to be able to create a really memorable character.’”Cohen also said that he was most proud of the 12-minute truck sequences that constitute the climax of the film: “That was really balls to the wall to shoot,” he chuckled.The challenges of the action-packed shoot, however, were part of a larger learning experience for Cohen, who approaches each film with the curiosity of a student. “I specifically take on projects that will stretch me,” he said. “What’s evolved for me in my filmmaking process is just the feeling that I want to push myself and keep evolving and keep being a pupil of the discipline and process of creating.”Regarding the current state of the entertainment industry, Cohen remarked that he was happy to see the #MeToo movement take place. “To see these guys who are widely known as practitioners of power politics and sex be outed was good,” Cohen said. “Now, these issues are so well-documented that a lot of people who might have that proclivity [to harass] will not give into it because they know they will be finished as they should be.”Cohen offered surprising advice for aspiring filmmakers: Don’t watch movies. “Go live your life,” Cohen said. “You can tell the difference between people who make movies that are regurgitations of other movies and people who come to films with a great deal of originality. I urge filmmakers to spend their time traveling, learning, reading rather than watching and trying to remember how this guy did a tracking shot in 1943.”The Hurricane Heist is slated for release on Friday.