Title IX complaint follows UMD ex-coaches’ lawsuitCurrent and former players joined the former coaches on the complaint. Brian EdwardsDecember 3, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThree former University of Minnesota-Duluth coaches and five former or current student-athletes lodged a Title IX complaint against the school Monday, two months after the coaches filed a lawsuit alleging gender-based discrimination. Although Siegel said he’s not sure whether the OCR will conduct an investigation, he believes there is a good chance that it will. “The disparities in benefits and services are numerous, systemic and affect all female athletes at UMD,” the 12-page complaint read. “These disparities constitute gender discrimination in violation of Title IX.” The former coaches have sued the school for alleged discrimination based on attributes including their sexuality, gender and nationality. Two of the coaches did not have their contracts renewed and one resigned from the school. In the document, the eight women asked the OCR to investigate whether UMD treats all athletics equally and to require the University to fix any Title IX violations uncovered, as well as monitoring the school to ensure it adheres to Title IX. Dan Siegel, the attorney who filed the complaint on behalf of the women and one of the attorneys who represents the three former coaches in their lawsuit, said the case began to build when he was interviewing former and current athletes. The complaint also repeated allegations made in a lawsuit filed by former coaches Shannon Miller, Jennifer Banford and Annette Wiles in September against the University. The school allegedly gave support to the men’s sports teams — such as extra financial benefits, larger facilities, larger equipment budgets and more extensive school media campaigns — while it actively denied the women’s teams the same benefits. The complaint listed 53 different allegations. The complaint, filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights on Monday, alleges that UMD discriminated against women’s athletics and created a culture of exclusion at the school. “These are not claims that lead to financial compensation for anyone; they are simply efforts to require a university to comply with the law,” he said.
For Samuel Abisai, the past weekend was nothing short of life changing after he became the lucky Kenyan winner of $2 million (Sh221 million) SportPesa mega jackpot.Probably the most expensive text ever received in Kenya… pic.twitter.com/yO6bnbh1Ye— SportPesa (@SportPesa) May 2, 2017Abisai had perfectly predicted scores of 17 matches last weekend in the football betting jackpot in what is one considered as one of the biggest ever payout in Kenya and Africa.SportPesa on Monday said the winner placed Sh200 on two mega jackpot picks of Sh100 each and by the time the company called him, he had realised that he had won and was already celebrating.28 year old Samuel Abisai correctly predicted 17/17 games in last weekend’s mjp walking away with a coveted Kshs. 221,301,602/= !! #221milli pic.twitter.com/xVkxu7QzlB— SportPesa (@SportPesa) May 2, 2017“The consumer had realised that something monumental was in the offing as soon as the French top flight Ligue 1 clash between Dijon FCO at home to Bordeaux ended 0-0 as they had predicted,” SportPesa said in a statement.According to the Africa Review, the 28-year-old, having been assured of a big windfall, left home to join his best friend at a joint in the outskirts of Nairobi before the last two games of the week’s jackpot — the North London derby pitting Tottenham Hotspur against Arsenal and the Italian Serie A clash between Inter Milan and Napoli — were played.“The consumer said he met his friend with whom they bet and as they were discussing what to do with the millions a call came through,” SportPesa said.A word from the man of the day!!! Where was he and what was he doing when he learnt of his great fortune? #221milli pic.twitter.com/Ah8nrJPDu2— SportPesa (@SportPesa) May 2, 2017The new multi-millionaire was unveiled on Tuesday at a red-carpet ceremony at the Carnivore Restaurant in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.He was picked up in a white limousine together with his friends and brother from his home in Roysambu, approximately 12 kilometers from the Nairobi central business district.Abisai now says he doubts whether he will ever bet again.“I think I am not going to bet again,” Mr Abisai told journalists in Nairobi.He plans to give some of his winnings back to the society, including supporting his local football team in the western region of Kakamega; a team that is run by his brother.“I love football and have plans to sponsor a sports academy that my brother runs back in the village, Sichilai Lurambi, Kakamega County,” he was quoted by the People Daily.Another winner took home 41 million Kenyan Shillings ($397,865 USD) for predicting 16 out of 17 matches. 24-year-old Ahmed Ali was also chauffeur-driven in a customized Land Rover Luxury SUV to the cheque presentation ceremony.41 million mega jackpot bonus winner, 24 year Ahmed Ali, definitely had something to say. #221Milli pic.twitter.com/aAQinLJiR7— SportPesa (@SportPesa) May 2, 2017Gambling in Kenya is huge. Three-quarters of 17-35 year olds in Kenya admit to having placed a bet, a recent survey by the GeoPoll said.And this has been made easier because it can be done via the phone. Payments are done through their mobile phones.The Kenyan government is worried and it and has just slapped a 50% tax on bookmakers, lottery companies and sports betting sites. Mr Abisai is however lucky, the taxation comes into effect next year.The father of one daughter works for a Chinese company and speaks fluent Mandarin. He has not decided whether he will quit his job.However, he did say that top on his list of priorities is buying a car and investing in real estate.