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Rangers International FC begin one-week camping in Anambra

first_imgRelatedPosts Rangers postpone resumption No timetable yet for Anambra FA elections — Caretaker Committee PDP gubernatorial aspirant commends FG over fuel subsidy removal Rangers International Football Club of Enugu on Wednesday began a one-week camping programme in Anambra to enhance their preparations for the 2019/2020 Nigerian football season, a club official has disclosed. Norbert Okolie, the club’s Media Officer, said in a statement in Enugu that the camping programme which started on Wednesday would end on Tuesday. He said the club would specifically use the exercise to heighten their preparations for the 2019/2020 CAF Confederation Cup competition.| He said: We do not want to take A.S Pelican FC of Gabon for granted, because no team is a pushover in the continent. “The Flying Antelopes are currently in a closed camp at Nanka in the Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra to adequately prepare for the first round first leg match against A.S Pelican FC.’’ Okolie said the match would be played at Lambarene in Gabon at the Stade Jean Koumou, about 150 kilometres away from the country’s capital city of Libreville. He assured that the players in the Rangers camp presently were ready for the battle and were brimming with confidence after several test matches played across the country. “We will beat A.S Pelican with the calibre of players the club management was able to recruit to beef up the team. “Rangers will be good representatives in all the competitions we are going into, starting from the CAF Confederation Cup tie. “When I look at the array of star players in our fold, I cannot but talk tough as we are sure to make a very good outing for Enugu and Nigeria at large. “While I do not want to sound too confident, but I also hope that we will all put our acts together and challenge for trophies on all front. “The management has done well in bringing players from other top sides in the country, and this will put all players on their toes,’’ Okolie quoted one of the club’s strikers, Ifeanyi George, as saying. Okolie disclosed further that the club was set to repeat their feat of playing in the continental competition’s group stage. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Rangers had then reached the group stage after a 10-match unbeaten run.Tags: Anambra StateNorbert OkolieRangers International FClast_img read more

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Syracuse men’s lacrosse Opponent preview: What to know about Albany

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 20 Syracuse and No. 15 Albany face off in the Carrier Dome at 4 p.m. Saturday. SU lost its first home-opener since 2013 Feb. 9 against Colgate and haven’t started its season 0-2 since 1974. But our beat writers all predicted an Albany win.Here’s how the Orange and the Great Danes match up.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 15-2Last time they played: The Orange played the Great Danes in SU’s second game of the season Feb. 17 last year. Coming off of a dominant win in its season-opener, 21-4, over Binghamton, SU was crushed by Albany. Connor Fields had a quiet game by his standards with two goals and two assists, but the Great Danes received five goals from Tehoka Nanticoke, four more from Jakob Patterson and faceoff man TD Ierlan won 16-of-21 attempts at the X.The Albany report: Albany lost a majority of its offense and perhaps the best faceoff specialist in the NCAA in Ierlan, but still maintains a large part of its core. Nanticoke is still on the team, the undisputed No. 1 recruit in the 2018 class, and is primed to take an even larger role in the Great Danes offense this year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlbany had a historic year a season ago that ended in a loss to Yale in the National championship. The Great Danes easily won their first 10 games of the season (the closest game was a two-goal win over Cornell) and were ranked No. 1 in the nation by Inside Lacrosse from weeks three to 11 last season, before they were upset by UMBC. Although it lost two of its last four games, Albany finished No. 5 in Inside Lacrosse’s rankings and won the American East tournament by a combined 19 goals.How Syracuse beats Colgate: The Orange need to get the ball and score. Though a good chunk of the Great Danes scoring is still present, the Orange need to capitalize on their depleted options and jump out to an early lead. Albany held the Orange to three goals last season. There’s no doubt that SU cannot repeat that this year if it wants a chance to win the game. Last week against Colgate, Syracuse’s defense looked solid in front of Drake Porter, who played well in his first time as the starter in net for the Orange. SU head coach John Desko said after the game and Wednesday that the Raiders didn’t even score as many goals as they could have, a credit to the play of his defense. That, even in the beginning of the season, seemed to be the surest unit the Orange had. Now, it’s up to the offense to win this game for SU.Stat to know: 46 percent — The percentage of points the Great Danes lost to either graduation or transfer. Albany also lost the best offensive player on its roster in Connor Fields, who had 86 of the 209 points Albany lost.Player to watch: Tehoka Nanticoke, sophomore attack, No. 1Nanticoke looks to take a majority of the offensive burden this year without Connor Fields at the helm. The now-sophomore took 172 shots in his first year and scored 50 goals. Though not much of a distributor, and not the most efficient shooter (his high volume of attempts led to just a .291 shooting percentage), Nanticoke will be worth watching to see how he adapts to the larger role. Commentscenter_img Published on February 16, 2019 at 12:07 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more

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Camogie side upbeat about championship after loss to Cork

first_imgDespite putting in a great performance the Premier side were defeated on a scoreline of 0-12 to 0-11 by the Rebels in the Munster Camogie final at Leahy Park yesterday.Tipperary led by 10 points to 3 at half time but a strong wind in Corks favour brought the rebels back into the game.Captain Cait Devane says the team were very encouraged by their performancelast_img

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Daytona 500: William Byron’s new pairing with Chad Knaus completes circle

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 40th anniversary of the race that put NASCAR on the map is all but lost on William Byron.When Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison wrecked in the closing laps of the 1979 Daytona 500 — and tried to settle their differences with fisticuffs afterward — Byron wasn’t around. The nature of superspeedway racing tends to minimize the advantage a pole winner might have. It’s not particularly surprising that no Daytona polesitter has won the 500 since Dale Jarrett took the checkered flag 19 years ago. Byron hopes to break that trend.“That would be awesome,” Byron allowed. “Hopefully, if it’s in the plan, I guess meant to be, it will be. We’ll see what happens.”Reid Spencer writes for the NASCAR Wire Service. In fact, when Jimmie Johnson won his first career pole at Daytona in 2002, Byron was more than nine months away from his fifth birthday. As he grew older, he paid attention to Johnson’s success with crew chief Chad Knaus.“I mean, I’m so young, I wasn’t around for a lot of that,” Byron said of the 1979 race. “I guess, like, growing up watching, honestly, Jimmie and Chad win races at the 500, then watching Kevin Harvick win in 2007 — those are the races that stick in my mind.DAYTONA 500: Odds, prediction, sleepers, drivers to watch “I’m trying to make memories for myself. It’s cool to see some of that stuff come around full circle.” Team owner Rick Hendrick closed the circle with a personnel shuffle that broke up the Johnson-Knaus pairing after 17 years and brought the seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion crew chief to Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet.That’s something Byron couldn’t have imagined when, as a driver for the Hendrick Motorsports-affiliated JR Motorsports NASCAR Xfinity Series team, he met Knaus for the first time.“No, definitely not, definitely not,” Byron said on Wednesday during Daytona 500 media day at Daytona International Speedway. “That’s a crazy thought to think a couple of years ago, that I could have him as a crew chief.“But a huge honor, and something that I’m looking forward to.”Byron already has something he can look back on, too. On Sunday, with Knaus on his pit box, the 21-year-old driver won his first career Busch Pole, securing the top starting spot for Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET; Fox, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Hendrick Motorsports drivers had the four fastest laps in the final round, with Alex Bowman, Johnson and Chase Elliott trailing Byron.MORE: Results, highlights of Johnson’s rain-shortened win in Clash Johnson and Knaus won the Daytona 500 pole in their first race together. Byron and Knaus did the same, a testament to how quickly the young driver and veteran crew chief have adapted to each other.“He’s exciting to work with,” Byron said. “He’s super into anything racing-related, whether it’s car-related or driver-related. He’s helped me a lot with a lot of things I didn’t really expect him to really care about that much. “He cares about me as a person. That builds a level of trust and respect between us. Still a lot . . . still very fresh and very new of a relationship. We’ve worked a lot in the offseason to make sure it’s the way it should be.”Byron can look back on his first pole, but he’d prefer not to look much further, opting to put a rocky 2018 rookie season in the Cup series behind him. With an average finish of 22.1 and four top 10s in 36 points races, Byron finished the year 23rd in the standings.With a new crew chief and a new competition package this season, he can discard much of last year without regret.“Honestly, I don’t think about it that much right now,” Byron said. “I kind of blocked out most of that last year, other than the things I learned about myself mentally. But honestly, there’s not really a lot that’s similar to last year with us, besides the (car) number and the way the car looks.“Don’t really think about it.”With three days between his qualifying laps and his Gander RV Duel At Daytona 150-mile qualifying race on Thursday, Byron is eager to start racing.“I’m ready to get in a car,” Byron said. “I’m tired of talking about it. I just want to go race. Can’t wait to get into the car.”last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Monday, Jan. 6, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Monday, January 06, 2014•10:32 a.m. Officers took a report of an animal bite in the 2000 block N. A, Wellington.•Joshua Brown, 31, Wellington was served a notice to appear charged with battery and criminal damage to property.•2:51 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of an unknown suspect(s) in the 400 block S. C, Wellington.•5:45 p.m. Officers investigated harassment by telephone in the 300 block N. B, Wellington.•10:36 p.m. Officers took a report of a suicidal subject in the 1000 block N. Olive, Wellington.last_img read more

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Messi surrenders to Lampard’s new Chelsea gem

first_imgFrank Lampard He arrived on the Stamford Bridge bench last summer with the possibility of signing reinforcements banned due to the punishment imposed by UEFA. This is why the former player blue was forced to make use of the quarry and trust the new batch of Chelsea footballers. Specifically, in three of them: Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount. And it is precisely the latter who has landed in a better way in the elite.The very young 21-year-old midfielder packed just six to trade Portsmouth for London and enter the quarry blue. He served in the lower categories until the summer of 2017, at which time he was transferred to the Dutch Vitesse. His stay in the tulip country would last only one season, since in 2018 he returned to British lands leaving again on loan to Derby County, militant in the Championship, the English second division. In the summer of 2019, Lampard believed that it would be useful for his new project. I was right. Mason Mount has not only earned a fixed position based on numbers (six goals and four assists), but, until the break, it has curdled an enormous season. Despite his youth, he has managed to sit Barkley on the bench and become a regular at the Stamford Bridge team. It is no coincidence that more than one has fallen in love with their high level, including Leo Messi, the Barcelona star.The Argentine star assured, in an interview collected by Football London and Daily Mail, that the one from Portsmouth “It has the potential to be one of the best.” This is also contemplated by Gareth Southgate, England’s national coach, whose idea was that Mount would be part of the 23 selected to play in the Euro Cup. However, due to the postponement of the tournament until next year due to the coronavirus, everything has been left in the air. But Chelsea’s young promise will continue to fight to not lower the level, continue to be decisive for Lampard and earn a place in the English team next year.last_img read more

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Atlético de Madrid has another rival for Milik: Schalke

first_imgThe last one, in Germany. Schalke 04. This was revealed in the last hours by the Italian press, that the Germans, even, would have made Naples an offer of 25 million, quantity above that offered by Milan. The figure, however, is still far below what De Laurentiis, president of Naples, asks for Milik. 40 million. A sharp amount, since the footballer ends his contract in 2021 and this is the last summer in which he can receive money for his sale.His club has tried to renew him, but so far they have not reached a common point, since the footballer asks for a salary of five million euros a year. His arrival at Atlético would be linked to a sale of a footballer: Thomas Lemar. The Frenchman, the most expensive signing in the Atletico history (70 million) until the arrival of João Félix (127), has neither succeeded nor convinced and it seems that it will be the letter from which Simeone will come off in the next market to ease the drowning staff salary and be able to make room for what you so long for. The goals. The fight for Milik is open. Atlético needs goals and directs its eyes to Naples. There Arkadius Milik plays, striker of 26, and one of the names that the rojiblanco club manages to reinforce his forward. The rojiblancos’ transfer policy is like this: the sports management manages and studies three names and finally it is Simeone who decides one. Lacazette, Timo Werner and Milik can make up that list. Although the rojiblancos for the Polish do not stop emerging competitors.last_img read more

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ARSENAL VS NEWCASTLE UNITED

first_imgARSENAL (4-2-3-1)CECHBELLERIN, GABRIEL, KOSCIELNY, MONREAL,FLAMINI, RAMSEY,CAMPBELL, OZIL,WALCOTT,GIROUDNEWCASTLE (4-2-3-1)MITROVIC,COLBACK , WIJNALDUM, PEREZ,ANITA, SISSOKO,DUMMETT, COLOCCINI, MBEMBE, JANMAAT,ELLIOTOn Monday night Arsenal beat Bournemouth 2-0 to return to the top of the Barclays Premier League. And with Leicester drawing 0-0 a day later, Arsene Wenger’s men stay top, albeit on goal difference.The Gunners are unbeaten at the Emirates Stadium since the opening day of the season, when they lost to West Ham. Since then, Arsenal have won six and drawn two at home.Mesut Ozil made one goal and scored another against Bournemouth – his 16th assist of the season,The game also saw Gunners goalkeeper Petr Cech keep the 170th clean sheet of his Premier League career, a new record in the competition and achieved in just 352 games. Previous record holder David James kept 169 clean sheets in 572 games.Now Arsenal face a Newcastle United side with only five away goals this season, the fewest in the Premier League.When these teams met at St James’ Park earlier this season Newcastle had Aleksandar Mitrovic sent off after just 16 minutes and lost 1-0 thanks to a Fabricio Coloccini own goal.That was Arsenal’s eighth straight win against Newcastle in the Premier League and extended their unbeaten run against them to 10 games. The Magpies last beat Arsenal in November 2010, at the Emirates. Since then they have lost four in a row while conceding 16 goals.Arsenal test Per Mertesacker and Mathieu Flamini but are still without a host of key players including Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla. Newcastle test Vurnon Anita, Papiss Cisse and Rob Elliot.last_img read more

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Court Delayed over Merit of US$1.2M Bond

first_imgSeveral spectators, who spent the past two days watching the debate over the merit of a US$1.2 million bond filed on behalf of suspended NPA officials Matilda Parker and Christina Kparbar Paelay at Criminal Court ‘C’, left the courtroom yesterday embittered about proceedings, which led to the postponement of the case.The bond was filed by the Family Dollar Universal Insurance, a company the prosecution claimed lacked the legal capacity to file said bond for the defendants.They also asked the court to deny it, re-arrest the defendants, and incarcerate them until the proper bond was served.Parker and Paelay were accused by government of stealing US$837,950, while serving in their respective posts at the corporation. They claimed to have secured a bond to prevent them from being incarcerated until their case could commence.Unfortunately, at yesterday’s proceedings, Judge Peter Gbeneweleh told the court that he could not continue with the bond hearing, “because of time constraints caused by the failure of the lawyers to appear on time.”The case was expected to resume by 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon. But surprisingly to people who gathered at the court for the hearing, when Judge Gbeneweleh called the matter for hearing, the defense team was nowhere around in the courtroom, which compelled the judge to postpone the case with another one.Interestingly, by the time he had concluded with the case, which he had earlier called first, he could not hear the bond matter because the court was pressed with time.Therefore the Judge publicly ruled that time had been far spent, and therefore, the matter was suspended to today at 2 p.m.His decision was also supported by the defense team and prosecutors, who had implored legal technicality that continue to delay hearing into the bond issue, which could not allow them to conclude with the examination of the insurance company’s first witness for the three consecutive days.However, Judge Gbeneweleh’s decision shocked friends and family, who filled much of the courtroom Wednesday afternoon.A female who wants to remain unanimous, was shocked while leaving the courtroom. She said the prosecution was joking with the case, and so, she was disappointed.“I just cannot believe it,” she said, “It is a joke what they are doing in this country when cases of corrupt natures are brought to court,” she opined.Another person, a male counterpart, who was regular at the trial was also heard as saying, “I cannot believe what we continue to see in this case, for a bond hearing to stay such a long time, they must be joking here with this case.”“It is just too bad that we are paying too much money to transport ourselves for the hearing and we are not able to get any result,” he noted, “What is happening and why are we delaying with this simple bond hearing?”Defendant Parker along with Paelay were accused of designing a criminal scheme whereby they awarded two sole-source contracts without the approval of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) to co-defendant Deneah M. Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise on behalf of the NPA from 2011 to 2012.The alleged contracts were for co-defendant Flomo to remove wreckage from the port of Greenville, Sinoe County, and the provision of security consultancy at the ports of Monrovia, Buchanan, Grand Bassa County and Greenville at the agreed priced of US$500,000 and US$300,000 respectively.The accused further made fraudulent payment of funds from the NPA’s accounts to defendant Flomo for expertise, which amounted to US$837,950.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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Over 800 Get Free Eye Glasses from ELCL, HCI

first_imgMadam Kurtz administers a test at the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Mission in PaynesvilleBy Edwin M. Fayia IIIMore than 800 Liberians over the weekend were grateful recipients of free new reading glasses from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia (ELCL) and Hope and Child Care International, a United States non-profit organization in Paynesville.In an interview with the Daily Observer Saturday, Pastor Patrick Fayia Nanning of ELCL and Madam Linda Kurtz of HCI said the initiative was intended to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to fellow believers and others.Pastor Nanning disclosed that the USA team conducted a three-day extensive training for their Liberian counterparts.He also noted that following the announcement of the free eye testing and distribution of reading glasses, two persons came all the way from Lofa and Nimba counties to benefit.Pastor Nanning explained that owing to the introduction of computer technology in Liberia, many Liberians’ eyes are being affected by the bright light from computer screens.Asked if a survey was conducted to determine if Liberians need reading glasses, Pastor Nanning said personal interactions and daily discussions with Liberians made the need for the glasses apparent.“We initially requested for 150 reading glasses, but by the grace of God, we now have in stock 2,200 reading glasses and hope to do the eye testing and issuing of glasses to affected persons,” Pastor Nanning added.He underscored the need for Liberians and others that have eye problems to take advantage of the free testing and eye glasses at the ELCL Clinic in Paynesville.He disclosed that there are plans to take the service to some rural parts of the country. But Pastor Nanning was quick to note that rural initiatives are normally associated with funding and logistical challenges.Besides, Pastor Nanning disclosed that the ELCL is running a well-organized orphanage in Liberia and the mission has embarked on the construction of an orphanage which will include an elementary school.He added that plans are being worked out for the second phase of the free testing and issuing of reading glasses to affected Liberians and others in the country.For her part, Madam Kurtz pointed out that the free testing and reading glasses will provide better vision for the beneficiaries.On why Liberia was chosen for the eye program, Madam Kurtz said her love for the people directed her to come and assist them.In a related development, Madam Kurtz noted that at the moment, HCI is hosting 30 orphans, including two that were recently rescued from Foya District in Lofa County.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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