Competition authority moves to phase two on Pork Farms/Kerry deal

first_imgThe Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has confirmed it will launch a phase two investigation into the acquisition by Pork Farms of the chilled savoury pastry business of Kerry Foods Limited.This comes after it gave Pork Farms the chance to offer “acceptable undertakings to address the competition concerns in a clear-cut manner” in December 2014.Information will be gathered over the next two months, and the CMA must publish its final decision by 21 June 2015.The CMA said the merger meant there was a “realistic prospect” that there would be a “substantial lessening” of competition in the pork pie and pastry market.A Pork Farms spokesman said in December: “We are obviously disappointed with the CMA’s decision to refer the transaction to a phase two review.“We continue to believe the transaction will provide our customers with a streamlined, more responsive and better-invested supply chain, reflecting the increasingly competitive retail landscape that we are seeing in today’s markets as consumers’ shopping habits change.“We will continue to work closely with the CMA in relation to the transaction to ensure that it has all necessary information to inform the review process.”last_img read more

Securing public spaces in the wake of Capitol violence

first_imgSadly, it’s happened before. Throughout history many of the nation’s landmark sites have been targets of attack, from the British razing of Washington during the War of 1812 to the Sept. 11, 2001, assault on the Pentagon. Political violence, at least in contemporary times, has left these places more locked down and less accessible.In the wake of last week’s assault on the Capitol, experts across Harvard are again considering ways to secure such public spaces now and in the future; how added protective measures will affect public access to America’s most sacred shrines of democracy; and how to address potential social and racial inequities arising from increased policing and tightened security around buildings such as the Capitol, often referred to as “the people’s house.”Designing spaces with an eye on inclusionLily Song, a senior lecturer in urban planning and design at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, sees the built environment through a more inclusive, social justice lens.Inviting local members of the community into the conversation about how to rethink security around the U.S. Capitol could yield surprising and important results, Song said.“For D.C. residents the Capitol is their urban space, and yet they’ve had this strange, marginalizing relationship with it,” she said. “I think there’s such an opportunity there for them to be included on the forefront and to really drive how the Capitol might be redesigned to serve the public.”As an example of how such a process could shed fresh light on potential solutions, Song cited her work with the Alliance for Community Transit to develop more community-centered safety measures for the Los Angeles Metro Rail system. The regional coalition of transit advocates, environmentalists, community-development groups, and riders used collaborative workshops and research to re-envision the metro as a “sanctuary” and safe space for riders, said Song.“Their set of proposals and safety interventions were less about policing, and more about centering the health and safety of transit riders and transit workers — for example, comfortable and ample seating, well-functioning elevators, regularly serviced bathrooms, natural lighting … less police presence and more social infrastructure and public gathering space,” said Song. “I don’t think the conveners entirely knew what transit riders would imagine as safe and secure beyond the police until they asked them directly.”Song said she can appreciate the “human-centric” ways some architects have incorporated security into their designs through the use of planters, or low, concrete walls that function as both seats and barriers. Interconnected walkways now surround the Washington Monument, and the National Museum of African-American History and Culture includes seating walls and landscape grading.But Song is also wary of certain measures that come with the added securitization of public spaces and buildings, such as the surveilling of particular groups of people “seen as threatening or dangerous.” Instead, she supports open areas with plenty of seating that “counter that defensive space design and instead invite people to be present with each other. It’s just a different framework.”Public spaces as protests sitesExperts see the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, Okla., and the 9/11 terrorist attacks as grim inflection points in the country’s history, moments of deadly violence that led to sweeping new security measures and controls at both the national and local levels. In the wake of the attacks, parking spaces in front of federal and private buildings disappeared overnight; metal detectors sprang up in reception areas across the country; the ability to walk a loved one to an airport gate became, and remains, strictly forbidden.“Bollards and planters began going up all over the place, all these things that often had been used at military installations began to appear around public buildings. But at the same time we have maintained a fairly rich tradition of protest in public spaces,” said Harvard historian and legal scholar Kenneth Mack. “There was the closure of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House after [Oklahoma City bomber] Timothy McVeigh’s terrorist act, but Lafayette Square just across the street remained a place for regular, vigorous protests.”Mack, Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and affiliate professor of history, said it has yet to be seen how the events of last week may affect the access to public spaces in the future, but he remains hopeful.“If, in fact, there’s violence in state capitals or the national capital on Inauguration Day, we will again be at an inflection point in which we’re going to have to have a different conversation about the nature of public space and how to preserve its traditional functions in a different world. But I think there are particular individuals who have influence over how that’s going to go — the most important of those is Donald Trump — and those individuals have to bear responsibility for improving or worsening that conversation and changing our ideas of how we can maintain a robust right to protest in public spaces.”For many, the failure of officials to consider Trump supporters­ — many of whom discussed their violent plans over social media in the weeks before the riot — a serious threat, compared with the ways largely peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators were aggressively dealt with by police, underscores the way conscious and unconscious biases factor into security miscalculations.“Peaceful demonstrators protesting against police brutality were tear-gassed and cleared away so that Donald Trump could get a photo op, while violent protesters who in fact planned their violence, were able to storm into an underprepared Capitol this past week. There are reasons for that asymmetry, and those reasons are evident. A number of people have called out that difference and need to continue to call out that difference,” said Mack. “Part of our tradition of protest and public conversation is to be able to talk about these things and call out these kinds of asymmetries when they happen.”Assessing the terrorism threatSome of the added efforts to secure the Capitol Building are likely only temporary and simply a reflection of the heightened threat level after the riot, according to one national security expert. Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Senior Lecturer in International Security at the Harvard Kennedy School, said the new measures in place at the Capitol — such as the extra barricades, tall fencing, increased law enforcement, and additional metal-detectors — may likely only be in place short-term while officials prepare for the inauguration of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.Kayyem considers the efforts part of “a massive domestic counterterrorism operation.”“It’s incited by the president of the United States, but it’s being launched by American citizens and the tactics that are being used to try to minimize the harm, the security that you’re seeing around buildings, the de-platforming of the president and hate groups from websites, even political moves like an impeachment, all are consistent with trying to minimize the potential for harm on a specific date, Jan. 20, and then beyond depending on what the threat is.”Nonetheless, Biden will likely have to contend with domestic terror threats while in office, she acknowledged, which means some of the increased security measures are here to stay.“Sometimes the new positioning ends up being permanent, and this is such a unique and scary time because of the incitement from the president himself,” said Kayyem, former assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs at the Department of Homeland Security in the Obama administration. “But I do also believe that much of it goes away, and then the physical response to that threat will change. So that’s what people have to remember. Still, right now the ratcheting up that you are seeing is totally appropriate.”Looking ahead, Kayyem said she thinks the current threat posed by angry Trump supporters will subside once he is no longer in office, and that it’s critical to go forward with the inauguration in some public way to move the nation beyond the vitriol and violence.“Ideally, would you hold a big event right now in front of the Capitol? No. But the Constitution tells us that it’s on Jan. 20, and part of the moving on aspect of this horrible time in American history is to move on. So I’m for it. I don’t want them to cancel it.” Related Bacow, Harvard faculty, students call for affirmation of American principles Where are we now after a second impeachment? Historians and political scientists say still unclear, but more turmoil in near term seems certain The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. How to talk to your kids about the Capitol riots Psychologist suggests starting with asking them what they think, feel Concern over storming of the Capitollast_img read more

Spanish solar installations expected to total 12.5GW over next five years

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Spain has connected more solar to its grid in the first nine months of 2019 than the last 10 years put together. Data released by grid operator Red Eléctrica de España (REE) shows that around 1,541 megawatts of solar PV capacity has been plugged into the grid so far this year.Spain enjoyed a subsidy-driven solar boom late last decade before suffering through a dramatic slowdown. Retroactive policy changes and laws to prevent self-consumption decimated the sector in 2013. The country ended 2018 with about 6 gigawatts of installed solar capacity.A combination of government-backed auctions and subsidy-free development has sparked a new phase of growth. The auctions have thus far awarded contracts for 3.9 gigawatts of new solar capacity. Some investors have spoken privately of an unwillingness to participate, however, given the nature of the policy changes in 2013. Many are instead pursuing alternative routes to market, including power-purchase agreements.Wood Mackenzie expects more than 2,500 megawatts to be installed in Spain in each of the next five years.“Most of what is being built in Spain during 2019 comes from the pipeline of projects that were awarded during the July 2017 renewable auctions — the deadline for interconnection is the end of 2019,” said Wood Mackenzie solar analyst Tom Heggarty. “On top of this, there is a significant pipeline of projects being developed outside of a government support mechanism, either to sell power into the wholesale market or to offtakers under bilateral PPAs,” Heggarty said.Factoring in self-consumption and distributed solar installs as well, Wood Mackenzie expects almost 20 gigawatts of Spanish solar capacity to be installed during 2019-2024. Three-quarters of this will be utility-scale.More: Spain grid-connects more solar in 2019 than last decade combined Spanish solar installations expected to total 12.5GW over next five yearslast_img read more

Court Rules Hofstra Sikh Student Can Enroll in Military Program

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Sikh man attending Hofstra University should be allowed to enroll in an on-campus military program without having to cut his hair, shave his beard or remove his turban, a federal court in Washington D.C. ruled last week.Iknoor Singh, a sophomore, sued the U.S. Army last year for racial discrimination after the military agency refused his admittance into Hofstra’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program and later denied a religious accommodation request. The Army had previously notified him that he would not be allowed to enlist until he complied with their grooming and uniform policies. Singh’s attorneys argued that forcing the student to cut his hair, shave his beard and forgo his turban violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).The federal court agreed.“Given the tens of thousands of exceptions the Army has already made to its grooming and uniform policies, its successful accommodation of observant Sikhs in the past, and the fact that, at this time, [Singh] is seeking only to enroll in the ROTC program, the Army’s refusal to permit him to do so while adhering to his faith cannot survive the strict scrutiny that RFRA demands,” U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson wrote in the court’s decision.Heather Weaver, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the lawsuit on Singh’s behalf, said she expects the Army will now allow her client to enroll in the ROTC program “in compliance with the court’s order.”“We were very pleased…The Army’s own experience shows those claims are unfounded,” Weaver said in a telephone interview. “The court recognized that in their decision.”After filing the lawsuit, Singh received a letter from Lt. Gen. James C. McConville, deputy chief of staff of the US Army, stating that the Army had denied his religious accommodation request on the grounds that “it is important that Cadets are inculcated into the Army and its values, training methods, and traditions in a way that is reflective of what their future Soldiers will expect of them.”McConville also wrote that accommodating religious practices “will have an adverse impact on unit cohesion and morale because uniformity is central to the development of a bonded and effective fighting force that is capable of meeting the Nation’s ever changing needs.”But the court noted that four Sikh men already in the Army have not been forced to deviate from their religious beliefs in order to serve in the military and have gone on to exemplary careers.The court cited the Army’s own internal examination of the effect one such soldier’s religious accommodation had on his service and found that it “did not have a significant impact on unit morale, cohesion, good order and discipline.”Four service members identified in the court’s decision had received an accommodation permitting them to serve despite maintaining beards and unshown hair covered by turbans, the court found.“It was unfortunate it took a lawsuit to enable [Singh] to enroll in ROTC with articles of faith, especially because Sikhs have joined in the Army for decades and they have done so honorably and they’ve performed exceptionally well,” Weaver said.In a first-person account posted on the ACLU’s website last November, Singh said serving his country has been his life’s dream. He also lamented the Army’s decision preventing him from enlisting in the ROTC.“Sikhs have had a long and rich tradition of military service in nations across the globe since World War I,” he wrote. “Currently, we are allowed to serve in the armed forces of Canada, Great Britain and India, among others. How is it possible that most Sikhs like me are prohibited from serving in the United States—a nation whose founding principle is religious freedom?”Gurjot Kaur, a staff attorney at the Sikh Coalition, an advocacy group, celebrated the court’s decision.“The ruling in Iknoor Singh’s case—which recognizes recent trends in the Supreme Court—should be another wake-up call for the Pentagon,” Kaur said in a statement. “No one should have to choose between their faith and service to their country.”Neither the Army nor Hofstra’s ROTC program returned calls for comment. It’s unclear at this time if the Army will appeal the court’s decision.UPDATE: Hofstra released the following statement with regard to Singh’s lawsuit:“Hofstra University supports Mr. Singh’s desire to serve his country, as well as his right to religious expression and practice. We are pleased that the courts have affirmed that he can do both as a member of the ROTC.”last_img read more

Sewer plan is best option for Ballston

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I have been concerned with the lack of a discussion of alternatives to the proposed Ballston sewer project.On April 10, I met with the project manager and engineering company representative and was provided detailed analysis reports. Multiple options were considered, including much larger projects along Route 50 that could not succeed without substantial guaranteed development on that road, even though the per-unit cost of these alternatives could be less than the proposed alternative. Another consideration was to make the project larger along the west and north (e.g., Goode Street corridor). It was determined the cost of installing the additional necessary infrastructure would not result in lower costs.  The size of the proposed district is constrained by lower and upper limits in the design requirements in sizing the sewer pipes. Once the maximum is reached, enlarging the pipe in the district would be economically unfeasible.The method of distributing district construction costs is constrained by state law, including a very specific definition of the benefit received. Also, the existence of small sewer districts already in the town has a material effect on how the costs can legally be distributed. Because of its combined suburban/rural physical nature, the entire town will never have sewers throughout.A public hearing on a proposed sewer law is scheduled for May 8. The draft contains some exemptions to converting to the sewers, including a financial hardship, extension to convert for recent septic systems, and a distance from the sewer district piping.I believe the team has done a fair and reasonable job trying to establish a long-term solution for the issues of aging septic systems, dealing with the problems in the Route 50 business area, protection of the environment and an upper limit in growth.Al PirigyiBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Norway’s KLP makes trip to US to investigate oil-pipeline concerns

first_imgMarathon Petroleum is not an owner of the Bakken pipeline system, but the company has an agreement in place to acquire a minority stake in the project.Annie Bersagel, KLP’s in-house adviser on responsible investments, told IPE: “Actually being on the ground will help us get a better understanding of the situation, particularly with a case like this one, where there is such a groundswell of engagement, and help us sense what the sentiments are.”Noting that the protests against the pipeline had drawn the attention of people around the world, KLP said the project had been temporarily halted by the US government and that the future of it had not yet been decided.“KLP is collecting information and has established a dialogue with a number of companies with interests in the project,” it said.Bersagel said KLP did not have any specific conclusions yet in terms of what the companies behind the project should do but said there were three different aspects to the problems.“There are the allegations related to the environment, and the risk of contamination of the tribes’ drinking water; there are the rights of indigenous peoples – and we want to find out what the procedure has been and is in terms of the companies’ consultation with the tribes in the past and now as a sovereign government; and lastly, there is the issue of the use of violence against protesters, and whether this constitutes a violation of human rights,” she said.The pipeline is designed to stretch 1,172 miles to transfer oil from the Bakken oil fields in northwest North Dakota to an oil tank farm near Patoka, Illinois.It will cross the states of South Dakota and Iowa.It is not the first time KLP has made a field trip abroad to assess its investments and their impact in ESG terms.Bersagel visited Myanmar for this purpose two years ago and in September this year, while colleagues of hers were in Indonesia investigating palm oil plantations, she said.Fiona Reynolds, managing director of the UN-supported PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment), told IPE KLP’s action in making the trip highlighted the sharp focus Nordic pension funds tended to have on sustainable investment.“The Nordic pension funds have been at the forefront of the movement towards investing with respect for environment, social and corporate governance matters for some time, and it is very much embedded into their mentality,” she said.KLP, a signatory to the PRI, probably wanted to be aware in detail of how the pipeline problem was being managed on the ground, she said.“They will probably have to answer many questions about it from their beneficiaries,” she added. Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP), the NOK589bn (€64.9bn) Norwegian public sector pension scheme, is sending a staff member to North Dakota in the US to assess the situation surrounding the building of an underground oil pipeline.The construction plans have drawn a wave of protests from Native American tribes and others concerned about the environmental impact.According to news reports, dozens of protesters have been injured after violent clashes with police on the proposed route of the Dakota Access, or Bakken, pipeline.KLP has NOK423m invested in companies behind the pipeline project – Phillips 66, Enbridge, Energy Transfer Partners and Marathon Petroleum – in the form of both equities and fixed income.last_img read more

Morris to resign from Seadrill positions in mid-2019

first_imgMark Morris, Seadrill CFO; Source: SeadrillChief financial officer (CFO) of offshore driller Seadrill Limited and chief executive officer (CEO) of Seadrill Partners has decided to step down from his positions.Seadrill said that Mark Morris would step down from his roles in the end of June 2019 to enable the companies to find a suitable replacements.The company added that he would resign from the CFO role following the completion of Seadrill’s financial restructuring.Anton Dibowitz, CEO of Seadrill, said: “Mark has been a valuable partner to both the company and me and I would like to thank him for his contribution to Seadrill, in particular, his financial leadership through the restructuring process. We wish him every success in his future pursuits.”Mark Morris became the Seadril CFO on September 1, 2015, after working for 28 years for Rolls-Royce. He succeeded former Seadrill CFO Rune Magnus Lundetrae. During the same month, he was appointed the CEO of Seadrill’s subsidiary – Seadrill Partners.Regarding his decision, Morris said: “It has been a privilege to have led the restructuring of Seadrill through what was a very complicated set of negotiations and transactions. I have enjoyed my time here as CFO, and now is the right time to seek new and different challenges. I wish the company every success in the future.”According to Seadrill, a formal search process for a new chief financial officer is already underway. Seadrill Partners said in a separate announcement that an internal and external search for a new CEO was also underway.Harald Thorstein, chairman of Seadrill Partners, added: “Mark has been a valuable partner to both the company and the board and I would like to thank him for his leadership and insight through what has been a challenging period in the off-shore oil and gas sector.”From a financial standpoint, it is worth reminding that the company was able to emerge from bankruptcy in mid-2018 after completing its reorganization under its Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.last_img read more

Champions League excites Sterling

first_imgLiverpool youngster Raheem Sterling is relishing the prospect of making his Champions League debut next season. The 19-year-old produced some stunning performances in the second half of the season to help propel the Reds back into Europe’s elite club competition for the first time since 2009. It will be the first time Sterling, who will be going to this summer’s World Cup with England, has played in the competition and he hopes to be able to maintain the progress he has shown since December. “It’s a great boost to come back to, being back in the Champions League,” said Sterling. ” For a young player like me it’ll be a great experience. I’m really looking forward to it. “It’s credit to the boys who worked day in, day out, to try and make our dream come true. “It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t (win the title) but it is a great credit to everyone. “It’s been a great season. We’ve all worked hard to try and achieve our goal. “We came close but we’ll definitely be looking forward to next season and give it another real go again. “It’s definitely been a great experience for me. Hopefully next season we can go again and try to be right up there again. “With the experience I’ve gained from this season, hopefully I can put that into the team. “Personally, for any 19-year-old to play in a team like this is a great achievement, but I won’t stop here – I’ll keep going, keep working for the team and hopefully develop into a better player next season.” Press Association Liverpool will round off their season with a friendly against Shamrock Rovers in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Wednesday evening. None of the players likely to be involved in the World Cup will be involved and having come so close to winning the league there will not be many of those who do play feeling in celebratory mood, even if the atmosphere among spectators will be different. Daniel Agger, a player whose future remains the subject of speculation after being in and out the side this season, believes the campaign is something which should be looked back upon in a good light. “If you look over the whole season there are a lot of positives,” he told liverpoolfc.com. “To come second is so frustrating. We knew that it would be tough to stay at the top – and we would have taken second place before the season started. “All of the big games this season have definitely given some of the players some experience, so that’s positive. “Personally, it has been a frustrating season because of some injuries but it has not been because I’ve played badly and been out of the team – it is because I’ve been injured. “Afterwards, it has been difficult to get back into the team because the team was winning. You can’t do much about that.” last_img read more

Cian Healy: Ireland to chase World Cup glory for injured captain Paul O’Connell

first_img Ireland prop Healy hailed the talismanic 35-year-old’s influence on Joe Schmidt’s squad, before vowing to do him justice if O’Connell is ruled out of the rest of the tournament. “Hopefully Paul will be alright, but you get dealt those hands sometimes,” said Healy, after Ireland secured a quarter-final against Argentina. “Being the fella he is and seeing how hard he’s worked, that would be the case, you dig in and you’d want to put on a show for him. “Hopefully he’ll be okay, but if not then that will definitely give us extra motivation.” Munster stalwart O’Connell’s Test career appears at an end after 108 caps then, but Ireland could also be shorn of Johnny Sexton, Peter O’Mahony and Sean O’Brien against the Pumas. Head coach Schmidt’s men will now face Argentina in Cardiff on Sunday, eyeing their first-ever World Cup semi-final. Sexton is battling groin trouble, while O’Mahony has knee ligament damage – and O’Brien could face a citing for an alleged first-minute punch to France lock Pascal Pape’s ribs. Ireland rallied remarkably to see off France without a host of their most influential players, and Healy backed Schmidt’s men to continue that trend. “When you’re playing with the likes of Paul (O’Connell) and Johnny (Sexton) they don’t give you an option, you have to know your plays inside-out,” said Healy. “Thankfully we were able to keep it going once they went off. “Our squad is strong and everyone knows what they are doing, so any guys who come into the side can keep that going. It was clear to see that Paul was frustrated, so we’ll just have to wait to see how he is.” Scrum-half Conor Murray hailed Ian Madigan’s calming influence in replacing Sexton, who trudged out after just 25 minutes. Madigan has just five Test starts for Ireland, but Murray believes the Leinster playmaker showed the world every inch of his class. The 26-year-old would play a pivotal role against Argentina should Sexton lose his fitness battle after his groin strain. “It was a huge performance from Ian Madigan,” said Murray. ” I said to him afterwards – it was a massive test and challenge for him, and he passed it with flying colours. “Straight away he came on and kicked a penalty and I think that might have settled his nerves. “Losing someone like Johnny is huge for the team, and I think Mads probably felt an extra bit of pressure on him coming on. And I think he delivered in spades. “Not only his own performance but he just had a bit of composure about him when he came on. “He understands the gameplan very well, he knows exactly what we want to do, and he just carried that confidence throughout the team and he just put people at ease when things were tight. “He knew what we wanted to do and we were just constantly chatting on the pitch. “I’ve known Ian for a long time and I’ve always known how good he is. “So it’s no surprise to me, but I think it’s great for everyone to see what he’s capable of.” Cian Healy has admitted Ireland will chase World Cup glory to honour captain Paul O’Connell’s glittering Test career. Skipper O’Connell’s Ireland career is almost certainly at an end after his serious hamstring injury midway through the superlative 24-9 World Cup victory over France. O’Connell banged the turf in anguish and anger as his team-mates left the Millennium Stadium field for the half-time interval, eventually carried from the turf by stretcher. Press Associationlast_img read more

KPL Basketball: 12 Clubs Struggle for Final Eight in Conference Six

first_imgThe Nigerian Basketball Premier League, The Kwese Premier League, Conference Six has been scheduled to dunk off today at the two designated venues across the country.The Atlantic Conference, for teams in the southern part of the country, will hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Kwara State Sports Complex, Ilorin, with the top six clubs in the Conference slugging it out to qualify for the grand Final Eight tournament. The Atlantic Conference teams are; Kwara Falcons, Rivers Hoopers, Hoops & Read, Customs, Oluyole Warriors and Police Batons.The opening games in the Atlantic Conference Six would see Oluyole Warriors take on Police Batons at 12 pm, while Hoop and Read take on Customs. The last game of the day would see Rivers Hoopers slug it out against Kwara Falcons. The teams will observe a rest day on Friday, while the competition ends on Sunday. The Savannah Conference Six that will similarly dunk off at the Indoor Hall of the Murtala Square Stadium in Kaduna also has some slight adjustments with Bauchi Nets and Kada Stars of Kaduna replacing Mark Mentors and Defenders of Abuja.With Mark Mentors and Defenders dropped, the six teams playing the Conference Six are Kano Pillars, Niger Potters, Plateau Peaks, Gombe Bulls, Bauchi Nets and Kada Stars. The League Director, Mr Ajibarede Bello, said the decision was taken according to the rules governing the league.Factional President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Tijani Umar, has called on all the Premier League clubs in the country to be focused on the competition. He urged them to ensure they put in their best to come out tops for the Final Eight which has been slated for Kano.Umar noted that the efforts by the Musa Kida led NBBF group to scuttle the Kwese Premier League Atlantic Conference from holding in Lagos, was a wide departure from the instructions of the world basketball federation, FIBA, to seek reconciliation at the end of November.“We are waiting for the NOC to open the line of reconciliation in Nigerian basketball. We shall key into it fully,” Umar concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more