FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls’ guard Jeremiah Jefferson is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Sunday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.The Dallas native averaged 26.5 points per game as the Colonels posted home wins over Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana to close out the regular-season. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Jeremiah Jefferson, Nicholls – Graduate Student – Guard – DallasHe started the week with a 25-point game against Northwestern State, hitting 7-of- 13 from the field in an 83-60 victory. In the 69-63 win over SLU, he poured in a game-high 28 and drained 6-of- 10 from behind the arc. Along with shooting 50 percent from the field for the week, Jefferson made 9-of-16 from three-point range and finished the season with 98 3-pointers, which broke the program’s record by one. He closed out the regular season fifth in the league in scoring, while ranking first in threes made and third in three-point percentage. Honorable Mention: Ian DuBose, Houston Baptist; Josh Nzeakor, Lamar.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian’s on the pension have be spared from the announcement last week that will see annual welfare payments reduced depending on how long you spend overseas. Last week, the Federal Government announced that welfare payments to families, pensioners, single parents and carers will be cut if the recipient chooses to spend more than six weeks away on their overseas travel but announced this week that Greek Australian’s will not be affected. Due to agreements between the Greek and Australian governments, the Federal Government’s new changes will not affect Age Pension or Disability Support Pension recipients who have no future work capacity and have been assessed as having a severe and permanent disability. There are currently around 69,000 Greek-born pensioners living in Australia and around 11,300 Australian pensioners who are receiving their pension sums in Greece. These parties have all been spared from their welfare being slashed due to time spent outside of Australia, that will affect other welfare recipients of different backgrounds. People from New Zealand are also not affected by these cuts. Once the income changes come into action in 2012, pensioners not eligible for the Greek Social Security agreement will have to have spent at least 35 years of their work life in Australia to be eligible to receive their full pension if they choose to retire or travel overseas for extended periods. Pensioners who have not worked in Australia for at least 35 years will have their pension reduced according to their active working period. However, those pensioners already living overseas before the changes come into place will not be affected by the changes and will continue to receive the amount they are eligible for. The government predicts the changes, which will be effective from January 1 2014, is set to reap savings of $178 million over four years to be distributed on other budget priorities. read more