Mark Drabenstott, director of the Center for the Study of Rural America, tells participants at the Symposium on Value-added Agriculture that 75 percent of rural U.S. counties are in economic trouble. Photo:Brad Haire The future of American agriculture is in jeopardy unless farmers have a way to add value to the crops they grow and bring consumers closer to the farm gate.Scientists, farmers and farm policy makers from around the country gathered in Tifton, Ga., Dec. 13-14 to discuss new ideas on how to accomplish this and put dollars back into the rural economy.Subpar Rural Economies”Economic gains are uneven across America. And you see the lowest growth in areas where we grow commodity agriculture,” said Mark Drabenstott, director of the Center for the Study of Rural America of the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City. Despite $104 billion in government payments in the 1990s, three out of four farm counties in the United States had subpar economies, Drabenstott told participants at the Symposium on Value-added Agriculture.The future will have two types of agriculture, he said: conventional, commodity-type farming and new, product-oriented agriculture. This new approach will have to grow, develop and market products the consumer wants.”Commodity agriculture will persist. But the biggest payoff for rural America lies in products (to sell),” he said.Such ideas include renewable energy sources derived from crops, nutraceutical crops, farmer-owned co-ops or any way to put farmers’ products on the grocery shelf.Rural DevelopmentThe future of agriculture doesn’t lie solely on the farm, he said. Rural areas will have to be developed through equity capital, the encouragement of local entrepreneurs and the infusion of technical assistance into “Main Street” America.”Rural America has chased the smokestacks (for too long),” Drabenstott said. “Growing your own is much more viable.”Tough Business”Growing commodities right now is tough business,” said Gale Buchanan, dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “If we can add value to these commodities and add dollars to the farm, it would not only help the farmers but those communities where they live. Agriculture has a significant economic impact on the entire state, but especially the rural communities that depend on it.””Growers must be innovative and progressive at times like these,” said Randy Hudson, director of the UGA Emerging Crops and Technologies program.Drabenstott said, jokingly, that one of the biggest problems facing this new value-added agriculture is getting 200 farmers in the same room to agree on something. But, he said, it can be done.The symposium was sponsored by the UGA CAES and the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism. The strategies and findings of the symposium were presented to key members of the Georgia legislature.
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“Technology that has the potential to not only save customers time and money but also be helpful to the planet is technology we want to learn more about,” he said in a post on the company’s website.The retail giant has experimented with different tech-enabled ways to smooth out inefficient or expensive aspects of its business, from simplifying the restocking of shelves to expediting same-day deliveries to customers. One area of focus is solutions for the last-mile — the term used to describe the final stretch of a package’s journey that drives much of its delivery costs.Walmart has testing underway with six different autonomous vehicle companies, including Cruise, Ford and Alphabet-owned Waymo. It is also testing drone delivery with multiple operators, including one company that’s delivering Covid-19 testing kits to people’s homes.- Advertisement – Other retailers, including Kroger, are testing deliveries by driverless vehicle, too.Not all of Walmart’s technology experiments have scaled up, however. The company recently ended a contract with a robotics company, Bossa Nova Robotics, after deciding humans could do similar work to the robots it used in some stores to scan shelves for inventory.In late October, the retailer announced it would designate four stores as e-commerce laboratories where employees will test new digital tools. For example, they will test an app that uses augmented reality to scan multiple boxes in the back room rather than one at a time as they move them to the store floor. Walmart and Cruise will begin testing deliveries by driverless car in 2021.Walmart – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Starting next year, some of Walmart‘s deliveries of groceries and other items will be dropped off at customers’ homes by a small fleet of electric-powered, driverless cars.The big-box retailer said Tuesday that it will kick off a new pilot with Cruise, an autonomous, all-electric vehicle company that’s a majority-owned subsidiary of General Motors. It did not disclose terms of the deal.Tom Ward, senior vice president of customer product for Walmart U.S., said customers who live near the pilot in Scottsdale, Arizona can place an order from their local store and have it delivered by one of Cruise’s cars. He said it could further two of the retailer’s goals: Getting customers what they need quickly and moving a step closer to the company’s target of zero emissions by 2040.- Advertisement –
Dec 13, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A 35-year-old Indonesian man who died in November had H5N1 avian influenza, marking the country’s 14th confirmed case and ninth death, Indonesian officials announced today.Officials made the announcement after receiving test results from a World Health Organization (WHO) reference laboratory in Hong Kong, according to a Bloomberg News report today. The man died in Jakarta.The WHO has not yet updated its Web site to reflect the case, which is expected to become the 138th confirmed case and 71st death since late 2003.In addition, the Indonesian Health Ministry was testing samples from a suspected avian flu patient, a 39-year-old man who died in Jakarta today, said Ilham Patu, a spokesman for Sulianti Saroso Hospital, as quoted by Bloomberg. Also, the Jakarta Post said today that five new suspected avian flu patients were admitted last night, for a total of six suspected patients at the hospital.Despite what appears to be an increase in the number of avian flu cases, authorities cautioned that better surveillance may simply be uncovering disease that has been present in previous years, the Bloomberg story said.”Today we see more human cases of avian influenza because of the improvement in information systems, improvement in surveillance,” said Samlee Plianbangchang, WHO regional director in Southeast Asia.Virus spreads in UkraineMore than 420 people are under surveillance following discovery of H5N1 outbreaks in poultry in the Ukraine, according to the Russian news outlet Itar-tass in a report yesterday.No human cases of avian flu have been found, but outbreaks continue to spread in poultry in the Crimean region, where more than 37,000 birds have been culled. Poultry in 19 villages and two cities were thought to be affected by the virus, the Moscow Times reported online yesterday.Libyan media report avian fluDocuments show that avian flu viruses are widespread in Libya and that government officials are aware of the situation, according to yesterday’s online edition of the Khaleej Times, a daily newspaper published from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.The Khaleej Times drew its report from Libyan media sources, which reportedly said Dec 9 that Libyan security ministry and senior officials in the Inspection and Control Department were aware and admitted to the Libyan prime minister that an avian flu virus was widespread in several poultry farms in the Benghazi region of northeastern Libya.But Libyan authorities have repeatedly denied the presence of avian flu, the Times story said.The report said routine checks on poultry farms led to blood sampling. Blood samples from poultry were sent to a laboratory in the United Kingdom, which confirmed that all the samples were positive, the Khaleej Times reported.Unfortunately, the story did not indicate what flu strain was identified, whether the strain is known, or whether poultry were dying.
Officials have not revealed the identity of the COVID-19 positive individual in contact with the task force.Earlier in the week US President Donald Trump announced plans to shut down the highly visible task force, only to backtrack one day later.Members of the group — which coordinates between medical institutes, political staff and state governors — gave daily press conferences meant to inform the nation on the latest status of the pandemic.But they were often overtaken by Trump’s own freewheeling question-and-answer sessions, and the press conferences ended roughly two weeks ago.All three men will still testify at Tuesday’s Senate coronavirus hearing, with Redfield and Hahn dialing in via videoconferencing software, according to Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the chamber’s health committee.It is believed Fauci will attend wearing a mask, CNN reported.The US has recorded more than 78,000 fatalities and 1.3 million infections.Topics : Top infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci is among three members of the White House’s coronavirus task force who will self-isolate after potential exposure to the pathogen, US media reported Saturday.On Friday, reports that Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary had tested positive heightened fears about senior administration officials catching the virus.Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, will self-isolate, CNN said. But Fauci — who has become the trusted face of the government’s virus response — told the network he would undergo a “modified quarantine” because he had not been in close proximity to the contagious White House staffer.The head of infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health will remain at home teleworking and will wear a mask for two weeks.He is also undergoing daily coronavirus tests, and has so far been negative for the disease.Redfield and Hahn will quarantine for two weeks after exposure to a person who tested positive, FDA and CDC statements to US media said.
“Almost all countries need additional financing but demand from the market is limited. Thus, we need creative financing sources including diaspora bonds,” Deni told a discussion forum on Thursday.The issuance of diaspora bonds was aimed at widening the Indonesian investor base and diversifying existing instruments, Deni said. The target market could include foreign nationals with an Indonesian family background and Indonesians living abroad, among others, he added.The government is planning to issue a fixed rate three-year tranche of bonds with a minimum order of Rp 5 million (US$352.78) and with a maximum order of Rp 5 billion, he went on to say.Indonesia’s 2020 budget deficit is expected to swell to about Rp 1.03 quadrillion, 6.34 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), as the government hikes spending on economic stimulus packages and disease prevention to Rp 677.2 trillion. Read also: Investors turn to government bonds amid market uncertaintyDebt financing is expected to swell to Rp 1.22 quadrillion this year, versus an initially planned Rp 1 quadrillion, to cover the growing budget deficit.The country expects to raise Rp 989 trillion from bonds and loans in the remainder of 2020, according to estimates by Finance Ministry Financing and Risk Management Director-General Luky Alfirman in late May. This figure is likely to surge further to cover the growing deficit.The government also aims to sell samurai bonds, or yen-denominated bonds, in the second half of this year as part of efforts to fund the fiscal gap, Deni said. “We have started to do the preparations for a samurai bond issuance in Japan,” he added.Mandiri Sekuritas fixed-income analyst Handy Yunianto said the diaspora bonds would have a positive effect in widening the investor base, adding that several other countries such as India had set an example in issuing such bonds.“We need to look at the potential investors including who could buy the bonds and how much funds they are willing to invest,” Handy told The Jakarta Post. “Expanding the investor base and adding more investment instruments is a good strategy to finance the growing deficit.”Read also: Retail investors growing as brokerages intensify online accessThe number of retail investors in Indonesia is on the rise as a result of growing awareness about the importance of investing, despite the market consensus that volatility will continue amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Mandiri Sekuritas, the country’s most active brokerage house by transaction value, booked 11,000 new customers in the retail segment during the first four months of this year.Indo Premier Sekuritas, which is also among the most active brokerages on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), is aiming for a 40 percent increase in customer numbers in the next year after seeing a monthly average of 200 to 300 new customers so far this year. Topics : The government is considering whether to issue Indonesia’s first-ever diaspora bonds in November to raise money from nationals living abroad as it struggles to finance the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.The Finance Ministry’s director for government debt securities Deni Ridwan said the government pushed back the date of issuing the diaspora bonds from August to November because of the pandemic, adding that it was currently assessing demand for such bonds.Read also: Bond financing to swell further as Finance Ministry plans to issue samurai bonds
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 13, 2017 Healthcare, Human Services, Medicaid Expansion, Press Release, Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today announced a decline in the commonwealth’s uninsured rate from 6.4 percent in 2015 to 5.6 percent in 2016, the lowest on record. Before the Affordable Care Act was implemented and Governor Wolf expanded Medicaid, Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate was more than 10 percent.“This reduction shows that our steps to expand Medicaid and stabilize our individual market are working in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “Thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Insurance Department and Department of Human Services to advocate on behalf of all Pennsylvanians, and despite the conversation around health reform at the federal level, we remain committed to furthering the progress made by the Affordable Care Act. We will continue to work to ensure that Pennsylvanians have access to quality coverage at an affordable price and advocate in a bipartisan way to fix Obamacare at the federal level.”Pennsylvania’s 5.6 percent uninsured rate was released as part of a national study on health insurance coverage for 2016 based on current population reports issued by the United States Census Bureau earlier this week. The decrease continues the downward trend Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate has been on since 2013, making 2016’s 5.6 percent the commonwealth’s lowest ever uninsured rate, down from more than 10 percent when the Affordable Care Act was passed. The national uninsured rate fell 0.3 percent to 8.8 percent in 2016.“The Affordable Care Act has helped more than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians access health coverage,” Acting Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman said. “Governor Wolf’s adoption of Medicaid expansion has helped more than 711,000 people receive coverage since January 2015, and 426,000 have purchased coverage on the individual market at Healthcare.gov.”“When Governor Wolf expanded Medicaid in Pennsylvania, hundreds of thousands of uninsured were then able to obtain access to health care coverage,” said Acting Secretary for Human Services Teresa Miller. “Before expansion, most of these individuals either couldn’t afford coverage or didn’t have access to it. Additionally, the ACA provided the commonwealth’s former foster kids with health care coverage until age 26. This decline in the uninsured rate is truly one to celebrate.”For more information about health insurance options in Pennsylvania, visit www.insurance.pa.gov or www.healthchoices.pa.gov. Governor Wolf Announces Decrease in State’s Uninsured Rate
Oscar penthouse in Main Beach.SWIMMING to the bottom of the ocean is magical but swimming 30 storeys above the Gold Coast is something else.That’s been the reality for Wayne Sharpe who has just put his luxurious Main Beach penthouse on the market.While the multimillion-dollar views are a drawcard, his pool is what captures the most attention.“It’s very, very rare to see one (rooftop pool) that big,” he said. “It’s lowered as far as it can be and it’s 6ft deep.“It’s a proper pool that you can swim laps in and really enjoy.”Wayne Sharpe on his rooftop terrace. Picture: Mike BatterhamMr Sharpe bought the Oscar on Main penthouse off the plan 19 years ago.“I was living in Parkwood at the time and decided I wanted to have more views, security and be in the middle of the action without feeling like I was,” he said.“I decided this property was going to be the biggest and the best.”Described as the “jewel of Gold Coast living” it’s not hard to see why Mr Sharpe, who founded Bartercard and most recently Carbon Trade Exchange, has held on to the property for two decades.The penthouse comes with a three tonne aquarium. Picture: Mike BatterhamAmong the two-level four-bedroom apartment’s standout features is a rooftop terrace, private steam room, bar and stunning three tonne aquarium.“I’m told it’s the biggest tropical fish tank in southeast Queensland,” he said.“They’ve got to be the only fish with a sky-high view.“Whenever someone comes in they stare at the tank because it’s so spectacular.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoWayne Sharpe said his Oscar on Main penthouse was more like a house than an apartment. Picture: Mike BatterhamThe lower-level features several living areas, the kitchen and bedrooms.Mr Sharpe said the property felt more like a house than an apartment.“It truly is more like an expansive house in the sky rather than an apartment,” he said.“They don’t build them like this anymore, particularly with 18ft ceilings and floor to ceiling windows.”Relax on the rooftop terrace.Other features include dumb-waiter, wine cellar and wine fridges.Mr Sharpe said the proximity to schools and restaurants was also a major drawcard.“It’s so close to all the family amenities, The Southport School, St Hilda’s School and walking distance to the tram stop. I can also walk to the yacht club and surf club in five minutes.”There is no shortage of space in the Oscar on Main penthouse.He said he had considered selling his skyhome over the years but couldn’t bring himself to do it.“I’ve had lots of agents knocking on my door and people making offers but I just couldn’t do it,” he said.“It will be hard to let it go.”Now, he said, the timing was right to sell.Ray White Prestige Gold Coast agent Robert Graham is marketing the property through an expressions of interest campaign.Wayne Sharpe is selling his Main Beach penthouse. Picture: Mike Batterham
Jansen suggested that Zoetwaren’s switch to a new actuary had given the schemes a better negotiating position, as outsourcing partners had indicated that they were keen to keep the potential merger partners as clients.She noted, however, that the funding difference between the two schemes posed an obstacle to the merger that remained to be solved. Zoetwaren’s coverage ratio was 112.9% at the end of April, more than 10 percentage points higher than the bakers’ scheme.Zoetwaren’s chair added that increasingly complex legislation, time pressures on trustees, and requirements for continuity of board and accountability body (VO) had all contributed to the need to increase co-operation.Leo van Beekum, chairman of the €3.9bn bakers scheme (Bakkers) confirmed the merger plans, but emphasised that concrete decisions would only be taken after the VO and the supervisory board (RvT) had been consulted.Zoetwaren reported returns on investment of 4.4% for 2017, and said that it had extended its return portfolio by 5 percentage points to 60%, through an increased allocation to high yield bonds (3%) and property (2%).At the same time, it reduced its matching portfolio by an equal amount to 40%, through fully divesting its holdings of inflation-linked bonds, as well as selling part of its credit portfolio.It said it would increase its holdings of residential mortgages at the expense of corporate bonds this year, and announced a strategic shift from Dutch property to European and US real estate during the coming years.Construction company seeks to transfer legacy pensionsElsewhere, the €1bn pension fund of construction firm Ballast Nedam said it was considering placing its accrued pension rights with the €25bn multi-sector scheme PGB.In its annual report it said that other options were to join a general pension fund (APF) or continue as a closed scheme, after the employer announced it would terminate its contract with the pension fund as of 1 January.In 2016, the company scheme outsourced pensions accrual for its basic arrangements to BpfBouw, the €56bn pension fund for the building sector.Michel Lind, director of the Ballast Nedam scheme, explained that the option of also placing the accrued pensions with BpfBouw was not feasible, as its funding ratio of 108.6% at March-end differed too much from BpfBouw’s funding of 116.7%.At the same time, PGB’s coverage ratio stood at 107.7%.The pension fund of Ballast Nedam has 684 active participants, 3,783 deferred members and 2,375 pensioners. The Dutch pension funds for the confectioners and bakers industries plan to increase their co-operation, with a full merger as likely outcome.Leonne Jansen, chair of the €2.5bn scheme for the confectionery sector (Zoetwaren), told IPE’s sister publication Pensioen Pro that both pension funds wanted to sign an agreement confirming their intention to join forces later this year.Both pension funds have already been working together closely in order to save costs, which Zoetwaren said had led to combined savings of €700,000 for pensions administration and €800,000 for asset management, largely through lower fees.In its annual report, Zoetwaren said that the co-operation had been extended to introduce regular joint meetings of both schemes’ boards and investment committees, as well as a joint approach towards their joint provider TKP Pensioen and asset manager NN IP.
Bayside beauty shines after incredible renovation Wynnum region’s top real estate sales of 2019 revealed This home at 7 Kennedy Esplanade, Scarborough sold for $3 million in June. Picture:supplied.The Redcliffe peninsula’s most expensive house sales of 2019 have been revealed with a waterfront masterpiece at Scarborough taking out top place. The three-storey home with pool and ocean views at 7 Kennedy Esp, Scarborough sold for $3 million in June. A record-breaking home at 115 Margate Pde, Margate came in at number two with a sale price of $2.675 million. The home smashed the suburb sales record of $1.85 million, which was set by 97 Margate Pde in April. The view from 7 Kennedy Esplanade, Scarborough. Picture: supplied. MORE NEWS: Queensland’s cheapest homes revealed Selling agent Kevin Bostock of Waterfront Properties said an increase in the quality of properties on the peninsula was helping to drive up prices. “People aren’t scared to build these high quality types of houses now. They know they can get their money back,” he said“The market is only going to keep getting better.” And while oceanfront homes scored the top spots, half of the top 10 sales were in the canal suburb of Newport. The home at 115 Margate Pde, Margate set a suburb record when it sold for $2.675 million. Picture: supplied.A five-bedroom display home at 177 Quay Cct, Newport, came in third with a sale price of $2.225 million while the $2 million sale of 4 Wildfire Ct, Newport in May was fourth.Selling agent Stephan Siegfried of One Agency said he wasn’t surprised to see Newport prominently on the top sales list as prestige buyers were either chasing the canal lifestyle or ocean views. “In the case of 4 Wildfire Ct, the people were boaties and they liked the easy access to the bay, the nice big block and the lovely relaxed Queensland home with that indoor-outdoor living,” he said. Properties in Margate, Redcliffe and Woody Point rounded out the top 10 highest sales for 2019. The home at 4 Wildfire Ct, Newport sold for $2 million. Picture: supplied.Mr Siegfried said the Redcliffe peninsula offered high end buyers amazing value for money compared to the Sydney and Melbourne markets. “We see a real mixture of buyers. We see a good proportion that comes from Sydney or Melbourne looking for that Queensland lifestyle and we see local people, from the peninsula and from Brisbane, upgrading,” he said.Mr Siegfried said the premium market on the peninsula had slow start to the spring selling season but well and truly heated up from November.“We’re probably seeing a return to pre-GFC levels,” he said. “We just need the stock to meet demand.” Redcliffe region’s Top Home Sales of 20191. $3M – 7 Kennedy Pde, Scarborough 2. $2.675M – 115 Margate Pde, Margate3. $2.225M – 177 Quay Cct, Newport4. $2M – 4 Wildfire Ct, Newport5. $1.9M – 42 Whytecliffe Pde, Woody Point6. $1.855M – 30 Enterprise Ct, Newport7. $1.85M – 97 Margate Pde, Margate8. $1.78M – 68 Prince Edward Pde, Redcliffe9. $1.5M – 2 Thistle Ct, Newport10. $1.475M 33 Constance Ct, NewportTop Home Sales of 2019 by suburbClontarf1. $735,000 – 17 Valerie St, Clontarf2. $730,000 – 17 Haysmouth Pde, Clontarf3. $670,000 – 67 Thomas St, ClontarfDeception Bay1. $720,000 – 22 Parsons Blvd, Deception Bay2. $685,000 – 22 Townsville Cres, Deception Bay3. $649,000 – 84 Mariner Blvd – Deception BayKippa-Ring1 .$660,000 – 23 Morris Rd, Kippa-Ring2. $630,000 – 14 Sandwell Cres, Kippa-Ring3. $585,000 – 13 Drambuie Ct, Kippa-RingMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoMargate1. $2.675M – 115 Margate Pde, Margate2. $1.85M – 97 Margate Pde, Margate3. $1.2M – 101 Margate Pde, MargateNewport1. $2.225M – 177 Quay Cct, Newport2. $2M – 4 Wildfire Ct, Newport3. $1.855M – 30 Enterprise Ct, NewportRedcliffe1. $1.78M – 68 Prince Edward Pde, Redcliffe2. $1.205M – 602/2 Prince Edward Pde, Redcliffe3. $1.15M – 1204/99 Marine Pde, RedcliffeRothwell1. $904,600 – 46 Promenade Cct, Rothwell2. $705,000 – 7 Parkway St, Rothwell3. $650,000 – 24 Oakmont St, RothwellScarborough1. $3M – 7 Kennedy Pde, Scarborough 2. $1,338,888 – 183 Landsborough Ave, Scarborough3. $1.32M – 4/131 Flinders Pde, ScarboroughWoody Point1.$1.99M – 42 Whytecliffe Pde, Woody Point2.$1.45M – 10 Gayundah Esp, Woody Point3.$1.195M – 47 Whytecliffe Pde, Woody PointData from Core Logic
Loading… The General Secretary is the chief administrative and chief accounting officer of the National Sports Federations. There is no nomenclature as the Director-General of the National Sports Federation. Mr. Pepple SY who is laying fraudulent claim to the Director-General of the AFN was never seconded to the Ministry as required by law. He has never worked in any Sports Federation nor seconded as Secretary-General. According to the National Sports Federation code of governance of 2017, Secretary-General of the Federations must be a civil servant and a graduate of physical and health education, sports administrator or its equivalent before he/ she can be seconded by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in accordance with the National Sports Federation code of governance 2017 and AFN constitution of 2017.The Statement further said” The Sporting Public, MDAs, the International agencies and security Agencies should note that Mr. Pepple SY is not the Secretary-General of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria. Mr. Pepple SY is an impostor not known to the Ministry of Youth and Sports and by extension, the Federal government of Nigeria and the statutory extant law setting up the AFN. read also:Sports Ministry disclaims Pepple, Alerts security Agencies He is hereby declared persona non grata by the law setting up the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports.Anybody doing business with him does so at his or her own risk. We are putting the security agencies on notice and specifically requesting the Inspector General of Police to immediately invite the said Mr. Pepple for questioning without further delay.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has alerted the general public, Corporate Bodies, security Agencies and the world’s Athletics governing body to be wary of the activities of one Mr. Pepple SY who is parading himself as the Director-General of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN. In a disclaimer notice signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Gabriel Aduda, the said Pebble is described as an impostor for parading himself as DG of the AFN, a nomenclature not recognized by the extant law setting up sports Federations in Nigeria. According to the statement ” This is to bring to the notice of the sporting public, MDAs and security Agencies the impersonation of the office of the Secretary-General of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN by one Mr. Pepple SY who claims to be its Director-General. Nigeria has 38 National sporting Federations under the supervision of the Ministry established under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Each Federation is run by its elected Board members in accordance with its constitution without interference from the Ministry. In each National Sports Federation, the President is the head of the Federation and presides over its meetings and oversees the implementation of the policies and the directive of the board.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All TimeWorld’s Most Delicious Foods6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsBoys Deserve More Than Action-Hero Role Models9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do