Iroquois Nationals to host international event

first_imgThe Iroquois Nationals will host the 2015 Federation of International Lacrosse World Indoor Lacrosse Championships at Tsha’Hon’nonyen’dakhwa’ Onondaga Nation Arena in Nedrow, N.Y., and First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., the team announced Wednesday.The event will last six days in September 2015. It’s expected to bring in about 300 athletes and 15,000 fans, which will result in approximately $4 million in local travel spending, according to a press release.“We are pleased that the Federation of International Lacrosse selected the Iroquois Nationals to host this prestigious event,” Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said in the release. “The Onondaga Nation is an integral part of our community and we welcome the opportunity to show people from all over the world what Central New York has to offer.”The World Championships take place every four years, and the 2015 tournament will be the fourth tournament. It will mark the first time any international sporting event is held on indigenous grounds.Pool play and the quarterfinals of the tournament will be held at the Onondaga Nation Arena, which seats 3,000 people. The remaining rounds will take place at the First Niagara Center, home of the Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League. The Buffalo Sabres of the NHL also play at the venue.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Bandits were first in the NLL in attendance in 2012 with 15,918 fans per game.“The Buffalo Bandits are extremely pleased to be chosen as co-host of WILC 2015 along with the Onondaga Nation,” said Scott Loffler, director of lacrosse operations of the Buffalo Bandits, in the release. “Western New York and Southern Ontario has a strong and passionate following when it comes to indoor lacrosse and we are excited to show that off to the lacrosse world.“We look forward to working in conjunction with the Iroquois Nationals to make this event successful and a positive experience for all involved.”The FIL was formed in 2008 in a merger of the men’s and women’s international lacrosse associations.About 10 to 12 nations will participate in the event. Canada won the gold medal at the 2011 championships held in Prague. Australia, Czech Republic, England, Ireland and Slovakia all competed. The U.S. won the bronze medal.Israel, Thailand and Turkey — all new FIL members — have also expressed interest in participating, according to the release.The event will be one to remember thanks to the Bandits organization and the historical significance, said Onondaga Faithkeeper Oren Lyons on behalf of the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs.“The Onondaga Nation is extremely proud to host the international lacrosse community and is looking forward to a successful and first-class event,” Lyons said. Comments Published on September 6, 2012 at 1:53 am Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Pending Vacancy for Pro-Temp Seat

first_imgGrand Bassa County, a place noted to be where “the hospitality of Liberia begins” has lost the contest of retaining the seat of President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate.In the 53rd National Legislature, Grand Bassa captured the posts of President Pro-Tempore of the Senate and Deputy House Speaker of the House of Representatives, respectively.Incumbent Senator Gbehzohngar M. Findley was up for re-election as were other colleagues of his.According to preliminary results announced by the National Elections Commission (NEC) yesterday, President Pro-Tempore Findley failed to parlay his incumbency and deny Liberty Party’s (LP) candidate Jonathan Kaipay from obtaining 10,360 of the 18,891 votes cast.Findley has bagged 6,656 votes against rival Kaipay who is largely relying on the Methodist Church projects to showcase himself, a political commentator said.Since Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lost to Amb. George Weah through the senatorial bid of her son Robert, she is now depending on her long time supporters, and friends, Conmany B. Wesseh of River Gee, Morris Gato Saytumah of Bomi and former Sinoe County Superintendent J. Milton Teahjay who are leading in their respective races, to protect her image after her departure.However, as the count continues both the collective opposition and the ruling party, continue to lose votes in and out of their strong holds.Presenting the provisional results of the just ended election last night, National Elections Commission Chairman Cllr. Jerome Korkoya announced that outgoing Cuttington University President, Henrique Tokpa, leads the poll with 8,048 followed by incumbent Senator Jewel Howard Taylor with 7,901 votes in Bong County, with just 276 polling places of the total 435, constituting 63.45% of votes counted so far in that county.For Gbarpolu and Grand Cape Mount Counties, Daniel Naatehn and Cllr. Varney Sherman are leading the poll with 1,690 and 1,281 respectively.Unity Party (UP) Chairman, Cllr. Varney Sherman, is also poised to win Grand Cape Mount County ahead of incumbent Senator Abel Massaley and Dr. Foday Kromah, a former president of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL).All time Unity Party vote rich Margibi County has failed to repeat history by giving Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) candidate Ansu Sonii the lead – so far 2,606 of the 26.75% votes cast.Sonii had amassed more votes than that of determined incumbent Senator Clarice Jah, while Senator John Ballout of the Unity Party struggled to poll more votes above Representative Dr. Bhofal Chambers who accumulated 4,798 of the 112 polling places so far announced by the Commission out of the 143 polling centers.With the votes coming in gradually, Grand Bassa looks set to lose the President Pro-Tempore seat of the Republic.According to Articles 47 and 49 of the Liberian Constitution, both Houses must elect every six years a President Pro Tempore and the House Speaker.With the clock gradually winding down on Findley, Bassa is about to lose the race to anybody.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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