Giwa’s NFF Appoints Dead Referee to Officiate NPFL Game

first_imgRejects Dalung’s Reconciliation movesDuro IkhazuagbeIn a clear case of absurdity, the Chris Giwa group laying claim to the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) wednesday listed a Nigerian referee who died since January 22, 2016 as one of the arbiters to officiate a Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) this weekend.The said late referee, Wale Akinsanya passed on during the mandatory FIFA Cooper Test for match officials in Ibadan.In a statement sent to the League Management Company (LMC) and signed by one Yahaya Adama, the late referee was listed to officiate as the centre referee of the clash between Warri Wolves and Giwa FC at the Warri City Stadium this weekend. The late Ibadan-based referee was listed to be assisted by Tope .O from Osun State and Adeleke M of Oyo State in the game.Earlier yesterday, the Giwa group had rejected the peace move by Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung to end the crisis in the administration of the game in the country by setting up a reconciliation Committee headed by former NFA President, Ibrahim Galadima.In a statement signed by the group’s self christened Chairman of Chairmen, Effiong Johnson, it urged Nigerians to disregard the action of the minister, as it was to hoodwink football followers.“In the first place, the minister is a party to the case in court as the fourth defendant and when the court by an Order made on April 8 2016 restored all its previous orders, including the order which nullified and set aside the election which purportedly produced Amaju Pinnick et al. The minister betrayed his partisanship in the dispute by wasting no time to hold brief for the Amaju Pinnick group in his erroneous and flawed public statement that the group was entitled to 30 days to appeal against the ruling of the court.“The minister has thus lost the moral podium to midwife any settlement of the dispute. Secondly, the composition of the membership of the so-called reconciliation committee leaves no one in doubt that it was constituted only for a hatchet job for the Amaju Pinnick group,” he said.Effiong added: “virtually all members of the committee are associates of the Amaju Pinnick group. For instance, Musa Amadu is not only a co-defendant with the minister in the case but is also the chairman of the Organising & Disciplinary Committee of the Amaju Pinnick group. Barrister Okey Obi has made statements in many fora on behalf of the Amaju Pinnick group and has also appeared in court as counsel to the defendants, while Paul Bassey is known to be an avowed supporter of the Amaju Pinnick group.”Dalung inaugurated the reconciliation committee at the conference room of the National Stadium in Abuja, and charged them with the mandate of restoring peace to the crisis ridden Nigeria Football Federation.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

UW excited for 1st Frozen Four

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s hockey team is heading to its first-ever Frozen Four, but it didn’t come easy.It took more than 90 minutes worth of action against Mercyhurst, but Tia Hanson secured a victory by tipping in the winning goal in double overtime Saturday night at Capital Ice Arena.”I didn’t see it go in,” Hanson said. “I just saw everyone pile on, so I just joined the crowd.”Her goal at 90:10 ended the longest game in UW history and punched the Badgers’ ticket to Minneapolis’ Mariucci Arena.”The toughest thing about the Frozen Four is getting in, and now we’ve got in, and you might as well go up there and try to win it,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said at a news conference Sunday. “This opportunity isn’t guaranteed every year. Hopefully we’ll be back there consistently over the years to come, but it takes a lot of hard work.”Wisconsin had to come from behind early. The Lakers jumped on top with a short-handed goal just 9:06 into the first period, beating UW freshman goalie Jessie Vetter.But the Badgers responded thanks to a Bobbi-Jo Slusar slapshot that found the back of the net with Wisconsin on a power play. The shot from the blue line evened the game at 1-1 late in the first period before both teams went into a scoring drought.Vetter and Mercyhurst goalie Laura Hosier held their opponents at bay through regulation and one full 20-minute overtime period. Vetter finished with 37 saves to Hosier’s 34, and the rookie came away with a victory thanks to Hanson’s double-overtime goal.”There was definitely a lot of pressure on my end. One bad move and the game’s over,” Vetter said. “I knew that if we just kept going at them that, because we were playing really well, that it would eventually go in the net.”Midway through the second overtime, junior Kristin Witting fired the puck at the net as Hanson waited in front. The freshman forward got her stick on the puck, deflecting it past the right skate of Hosier, and celebration ensued.Wisconsin will face St. Lawrence — the only team remaining in the tournament that it hasn’t faced this season — Friday after the Saints took care of Minnesota-Duluth in first-round action.”We’re real excited about the opportunity this upcoming weekend,” Johnson said Sunday. “The game last night was very intense and certainly nerve-racking.”The Badgers hope their experience up to this point — including six combined games this season against Minnesota and New Hampshire, the other two teams at the Frozen Four — will carry them to a national championship.”I think the strength of our league and some of our non-conference games have prepared us for this opportunity,” Johnson said. “Obviously, we’ll try to do some homework here and collect some information on our opponent Friday and try to prepare ourselves.”Of course it would be a great testament to the program to get to the national championship game and also win it, but UW has already made a statement in making its first Frozen Four appearance.”Winning a national championship is something that we all want to do, but just being at the Frozen Four is awesome for our program,” Slusar said. “It says a lot about the coaches as well as the players and our program in general. I think this is awesome.””I definitely think we are [getting more attention],” UW goaltender Meghan Horras said. “Half my friends from high school hadn’t even seen me play until this year. Those people are definitely interested and are spreading the word around campus. I think it’s really a positive.”After opting to go with freshman Vetter between the pipes Saturday, Johnson further showed the triumvirate of goalies at his disposal. He will continue to assess the net-minding situation and will determine his starter game by game.”I talk to my two assistants and I’ll talk to my goaltending coach, and ultimately it becomes my decision,” Johnson said. “We have three good, quality goaltenders. You can actually put them all in a hat and pull out one of them and feel comfortable with that individual. We just felt [Vetter] was best suited for the team we were playing and the rink we were playing in.”Whoever is between the pipes this weekend, you can be sure the Badgers will leave everything they have out on the ice as they begin their mission for their first-ever NCAA Championship.”When people leave Minneapolis on Sunday, they’ll only remember the team that won,” Johnson said. “You only remember the team that won it. That’s the mission. We’re a part of it, and why not go win it?” — UWBadgers.com contributed to this report.last_img read more

Houser strong, Brewers stop White Sox 6-game win streak, 1-0

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News Adrian Houser dominated over seven innings and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the White Sox 1-0 Wednesday night to snap Chicago’s six-game win streak.Milwaukee held struggling star Christian Yelich out of the lineup, with the 2018 NL MVP and two-time defending NL batting champion mired in a season-opening 3-for-34 slump.The Brewers stopped Chicago’s best streak since a six-game run in April 2017. The White Sox won the previous two nights at Miller Park.Houser (1-0) simply dazzled on a night when Dallas Keuchel (2-1) was about as good for Chicago. The 27-year-old right-hander gave up five hits and struck out five for the win.Eric Sogard drove in Mark Mathias with a single in the third, and that was all Milwaukee needed.Keuchel struck out eight over seven innings while allowing one run and five hits. The 2015 AL Cy Young Award walked one, but fell to 0-5 in six starts against the Brewers.Chicago’s Danny Mendick had a career-high three of Chicago’s six hits. But with prized rookie Nick Madrigal and slugger Edwin Encarnacion sidelined after both players suffered shoulder injuries Tuesday, the White Sox came up short.Chicago had two on in the sixth after Mendick doubled and Yoan Moncada reached on an infield single. But after hitting a tiebreaking single the previous night, Jose Abreu struck out to end the threat.David Phelps worked the eighth for Milwaukee. Josh Hader retired all three batters in the ninth for his second save in as many chances.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: Madrigal is headed to the 10-day injured list and might need offseason surgery, GM Rick Hahn said. Hahn was optimistic Madrigal (separated left shoulder) will return by the end of the month, after the rookie was hurt sliding into third on Tuesday. … Encarnación is day to day after leaving Tuesday’s game because of inflammation near his left shoulder, in the joint between his collarbone and sternum. … Hahn said SS Tim Anderson (strained right groin) will begin workouts at the team’s auxiliary site on Thursday. … Hahn is also optimistic LHP Carlos Rodon and RHP Reynaldo Lopez will return from in the next few weeks after being sidelined because of soreness in their pitching shoulders.UP NEXTRHP Josh Lindblom (0-0 4.91 ERA) starts for Milwaukee with LHP Gio González (0-0, 7.36 ERA) getting the ball for Chicago. After two seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization, Lindblom had his first major league start since 2017 cut short because of back spasms when he lasted 3 2/3 innings against Pittsburgh last week. Gonzalez pitched scoreless ball into the fourth against Kansas City in his first start for the White Sox, 16 years after they drafted him.Image credits: AP First Published: 6th August, 2020 08:26 IST Last Updated: 6th August, 2020 08:26 IST Houser Strong, Brewers Stop White Sox 6-game Win Streak, 1-0 Adrian Houser dominated over seven innings and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the White Sox 1-0 Wednesday night to snap Chicago’s six-game win streakcenter_img LIVE TV Written By COMMENT FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur Hospitalized

first_imgCMC BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Former Prime Minister of Barbados, Owen Arthur, has been admitted to hospital with heart complications. Arthur, who was the country’s longest serving Prime Minister, retired from public life in 1998. Earlier this year he was appointed chairman of the finally strapped airline LIAT. According to Barbados Today, the former Prime Minister is in stable condition and is resting at the Queen Elizabeth hospital.last_img

4 Garrison Officers Mess Squash Club wins big on World Squash Day

first_imgThe 4 Garrison Officers Mess Squash Club in Kumasi commemorated this year’s World Squash Day with a comprehensive win over their counterparts from the AGA club  from Obuasi.The one day event saw the host club win 6 matches against 3 for their opponents.The first two matches of the morning went either way paving the way for an uncompromising competition.But with the crowd behind them as host, players of the 4 Garrison team turned the heat on their opponents with some great display of skills and stamina to win the next three matches.The likes of Captain Francis Coffie, Eric Mensah and K.O Prempeh were in their elements winning the various matches with ease.Captain of the club,  Francis Coffie indicated  later in an interview the club is on a mission to introduce the youth of the Ashanti Region to the game of squash. “With a pre-fabricated squash court, we intend to carry the game to our various senior high schools to give the young ones the opportunity to appreciate and embrace the game. Unfortunately it is only Achimota School that has a squash court and that has to change for the better.”Francis Coffie however encouraged the public to take the game seriously since it reduces the risk of cardio diseases, especially among people with sedentary life styles.last_img read more

Expert makes 2-hour presentation (Zzzzz) to council on how electric rates are established

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Wellington City Council members heard in great detail how electric rates are set at the state and regional level, as well as the mechanics of the power charge adjustment, during a presentation at the council chambers Monday. Larry Holloway, assistant general manager of operations, spent nearly two hours going over the intricacies of how rates are set. Mayor Shelley Hansel called the presentation informative, and other council members also said he helped them understand how rates are set. The city had invited them down to explain rates recently. There was little discussion, only a few questions, and they are not planning to take any action as a result.The council spent more than a year talking about raising its rates, and did pass a substantial rate increase this year. That increase – on the amount used – will take effect the first of the year. The power charge is set by the Kansas Power Pool and that is passed through by the city. That charge has been lower in recent months mostly because of the cost of things like coal and natural gas, and if it stays that way it could offset some of the increase in rates. To get the energy cost adjustment, KPP officials go through a complicated process of forecasting usage and costs. They put together an annual budget based on these numbers, but that number changes each month based on actual sales and usage. Holloway said there is a service they use that can predict usage down to the hour. He said a lot of the costs involved are fixed costs and do not change, but usage does change a lot, and that is where projections come in. It could be the estimates could be high and it would not cost as much as they anticipated. When that happens the city gets a credit back to its account and that is passed on as savings to the customer in future bills. Some controversy was created last year when that was called a refund. Holloway also explained that during months of lower usage, like April and October, the rate customers are charged is actually lower but the charge per unit may be higher. The opposite is the cases in high usage months during the summer.Wellington was one of the first members of the Kansas Power Pool, and is in its second year of a 20-year contract. Not all cities are members, and there has been discussion of selling power to those cities and allowing for a shorter term agreement. Holloway was also asked if there was a danger to the national electrical grid if there were a terrorist attack. He said the systems across the United States are connected and flexible. Even if a certain area of the country were shut down, the system could work around that and still provide power. ••••• In another matter, City Manager Roy Eckert said the street survey is done, and they would like to give a presentation to the council next week. Thursday, Dec.3 is being considered. This report will give detailed analysis of many of the streets in the city.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Sue · 246 weeks ago What credit/refund?? This must only be for the city and who cares if the citizens of Wellington get a cedit/refund. It would be nice to get a credit/refund to our bills instead of them always going up. Report Reply 0 replies · active 246 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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Kid-Friendly Zombie Bash Oct. 19 in Middletown

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Arts Center (MAC) will host the family-friendly Zany Zombie Bash, suitable for all ages from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the arts center, 36 Church St.Attendees will enjoy Halloween crafts, face painting and glow-in-the-dark drawing fun with arts center instructor Laurie Ruggeri and friends. The event will also feature a costume parade, a Monster Mash dance freeze and a pre-event concert performance by Miss Sherri, award-winning children’s singer and songwriter.Prior to the Zany Zombie Bash, Miss Sherri will host a Dress Up Fun concert in the theater from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Attendees can join Miss Sherri, Dancing Deena, Go Go Green and International kids music sensation Mr. Ray for a live concert filming where children of all ages are invited to dance and sing in their costumes. Mr. Ray has performed with Bruce Springsteen, Meat Loaf and many other celebrity rockers, but he has always said his toughest critics are the kids. The concert is $5 for kids and adults, children under 1 are free.The cost to attend the Zany Zombie Bash is $5 per person, $20 per family. Attend both the Miss Sherri Concert and Zombie Bash and pay a discounted rate of $8 per child or adult. Post a picture and instructions for your very own creative DIY Halloween Arts and Craft on the Middletown Arts Center’s Facebook page wall by Oct. 15 and receive a special gift from the Zombie Bash’s Cauldron of Goodies.For more information, visit www.middletownarts. or call 732-706-4100.“With so much Zombie action happening across Monmouth County this October, all of us at the Middletown Arts Center (MAC) are thrilled to offer families a less scary option that celebrates the spooky season, but remains kid-friendly,” said Maggie O’Brien, executive director, Middletown Arts Center. “Join us for this fun-filled fundraiser fit for ghouls, ghosts and princesses of all ages.”last_img read more

Judges competition kicks off Glacier gymnastics season

first_imgThe Glacier Gymnastics club kicks off the competitive season Saturday with the Glacier Judges Cup competition.Teams from Trail, Castlegar and Golden join host Glacier athletes at the one-day event.The meet is being held to promote a new judging format.The Glacier competitive team is expected to attend several meets throughout the province, including the annual Glacier two-day competition.last_img

McNeese Sweeps Women’s Indoor Track & Field Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Bonnie Andres and Alanna Arvie swept the Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week honors, the league announced Wednesday.Andres nailed down a personal best in the 5,000-meter run over the weekend, crossing the finish line with a 17:04.96 for first-place honors at the 2020 Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind. The win marks her second overall of the indoor season and came in her first appearance in the 5k event.Arvie clinched her second Field Athlete of the Week honor this season after claiming a personal record in the shot put over the weekend at the Meyo Invitational. The senior tossed a 48-1.25 in the shot put event in order to claim 12th-place honors.  She also finished ninth overall in the weight throw with an effort of 62-10.5 (19.16m) on her fourth attempt of the event.Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Bonnie Andres, McNeese – Fr. – Olendorf, GermanyIn just her fourth collegiate track event, Andres captured a first-place finish with a 17:04.96 in the 5000m run. Andres’ 5k finish leads the conference for the 2020 indoor season by nearly two minutes and came in her first appearance in the event of the year.Honorable Mention: Ajah Criner, Central Arkansas.Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Alanna Arvie, McNeese – Sr. – Oberlin, La.Arvie improved to No. 3 on the Southland indoor performance list for the shot put after hurling a 48-1.25 (14.66m) at the Meyo Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., over the weekend. She also threw for a 62-10.5 (19.16m) in the weight throw to take ninth place in the stacked 36-woman field.Honorable Mention: Taylor Coleman, Central Arkansas.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 at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Ivi López reinforces the attack of Deportiva

first_imgYuri adds another historic milestone with the PonferradinaYuri de Souza continues to accumulate records with the Ponferradina this season and last Tuesday in Malaga it became The player who has worn the shirt of the Berciano team in Second Division: 177. The Brazilian striker surpasses two other historical team Berciano like Acorán and Jonathan Ruiz, who played 176 games with the blue and white in the silver category. Yuri’s debut with Deportiva in Segunda came on September 19, 2010 against Granada in Los Cármenes, a match that ended 2-0 in favor of the Andalusians. His first goal came not far from there, in the New Archangel of Cordoba, on January 8, 2011. Since then, the Brazilian has added 76 goals with the Ponferradina in professional football.In total there are six seasons, including the current one, that Maceió has defended the colors of the Berciano team in Second, leaving unforgettable moments like the two hat-tricks against Betis and Valladolid in El Toralín or, in this same campaign, the doublets against Tenerife and Deportivo de La Coruña. Last year he played on loan at Valladolid and Sporting, and this season he did it at Huesca, where he played seven LaLiga SmartBank games, in which he scored a goal, and two of Copa del Rey.Pablo Trigueros, who yesterday was in charge of appearing before the media after the team’s work session, said he saw Ivi “very well” in his first training with the Ponferradina: “It’s his first day and has yet to adapt. I wish you the best of luck and help us for what is coming. ” After the departures of Buenacasa and Caro, Deportiva has made its first incorporation in the winter market, the end Ivi López, who arrives at the Bercian box yielded by the Levant after being on loan at Huesca during the first half of the league competition. The player has already participated in the training that his new team carried out this Thursday in the Annex of El Toralín.Ivi López (Collado Villalba, 1994) is a player who can occupy several demarcations in the attack positions, although his qualities as an extreme are the ones that Bolo likes most. After going through the lower categories Getafe and Sevilla, getting to debut in the First with the Madrid team with 19 years, He came to Levante in the 2017-18 season, where he played 29 games in the top category. Yuri’s next challenge is to become the top historical scorer of the Ponferradina, a title that Marcos Tyrone holds with 156, five more than the Brazilian. With almost half a season ahead, it seems complicated to reach June without Yuri hanging another blue and white medal.last_img read more