NFF Commends Minister over Concern in Poor Runs

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has hailed the move of the Minister of Sports, Mr. Sunday Akin Dare to request for a report on the performances of the various National Teams in recent weeks, just as the football governing –body submitted the requested report on Monday.“It was a good move by the Minister to request for the report. As he said, there has to be stock taking and after that, accountability. The NFF is enamoured by the move and we have submitted the requested report.“For us, there is nothing to hide. We have detailed all the issues and the forces at play, and explained that in so much as these tournaments are important, they are mainly and strategically developmental. Even at that, we approach every match/tournament with the intention of winning, but it is practically and absolutely impossible based on indices, records and scientific laws of probability,” President of NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, said yesterday. In a 15 –page letter signed by Mr. Pinnick, the NFF detailed issues of funding (inadequacy and late release of same) and the toxic and disruptive environment in which it has had to operate for the past 18 months (with the Federation’s leadership and brand falsely and maliciously dragged from one investigative agency to the other and from one court to the other on same baseless allegations) as core reasons for the poor outings of the Super Falcons, CHAN Eagles, Golden Eaglets and Olympic Eagles in recent international matches/tournaments.While acknowledging the importance of the qualifying matches/tournaments in which these teams participated and fell short, the Federation defended the technical crews of the teams and justified why they are the best for the positions as at the time they were hired by highlighting their track records.Pinnick also stated that the best performance indicator for any country in international football is the A team, in this case Super Eagles, which in recent times drew with five –time world champions Brazil and Ukraine in friendlies, and defeated Benin Republic and Lesotho in 2021 AFCON qualifying matches. These, after finishing third at the first –ever 24 –team AFCON in Egypt this year summer. Moreover, a high number of the players in the present Super Eagles squad passed through the various developmental teams, showing that Nigeria is moving in the right direction.The NFF went ahead to map out strategies for better results going forward, including but not limited to a revamp of the NFF Technical Department; improved supervision of the teams by the NFF Technical Committee; open and transparent process to select new head coaches for the teams affected; early preparation and prioritization of tournaments; synergy between the Ministry and the NFF to get approved funds released early enough for adequate preparation of teams participating in major matches and competitions and; to work even harder at securing partners and sponsors to support the programmes of the National Teams.On the issue of the nominal roll, which has also been submitted, the NFF clarified that there is no person on its payroll whose contract has expired, and that every individual on the nominal roll has specified schedule of duty as prescribed by the Federal Civil Service or in line with his/her contract.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare last_img read more

Cooks, UW defensive backs off to hot start

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald PhotoThe hardest part about intrasquad scrimmages, as Bret Bielema can attest, is when one side of the ball looks good, the other side doesn’t look as good. Every good thing comes with a bad thing for football teams.So Bielema, whose promotion to UW head coach comes with an added role in the Badger offense, did show concern in his passing game after his three quarterbacks threw multiple interceptions over the course of the past week.But that didn’t stop the former Wisconsin defensive coordinator from complimenting the players he’s so used to advising.”It is two-fold, because as a head coach, I’ve got to be concerned about the other side now,” Bielema admitted. “But I do like the way they (the UW defense) are attacking the football.”When reviewing the current group of Wisconsin defensive backs, one could only hope that quarterbacks John Stocco, Tyler Donovan and Dustin Sherer can take solace in the fact that they’ve been fricasseed thus far by a secondary that has the potential to be very, very good in 2006 — especially this fall, when all parties involved wear the same cardinal and white uniforms.Those who have earned interceptions this spring include the likes of safety Roderick Rogers — a second-team all-Big Ten selection in 2005 — and cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu, a part of the Big Ten all-Freshman team last year.”I think I’ve made some strides from the beginning of spring ball until now,” Ikegwuonu said. “I think I’ve got a lot more confidence in my abilities personally. I think I’ve just matured, that’s a big part of growing up to be a special player here, you’ve got to mature [and] just be a really versatile player.”With three picks apiece in 2005, Rogers and Ikegwuonu were tied for the most interceptions on a defensive unit that also boasts team captain Joe Stellmacher — tops among Badger returning players with 90 tackles from last year — and Allen Langford, who added 39 tackles in eight starts as a freshman.”We’re doing well, we’re not where we need to be yet, but we’re improving every day,” Stellmacher said of the defense. “We have Jack [Ikegwuonu] and Allen [Langford] really starting to establish themselves at corner, that’s very encouraging to see that they’re really picking it up and taking it to the next level.”Ikegwuonu, who calls Langford his ‘counterpart in crime’, said that the two sophomores are geared for a big season with their freshman growing pains out of the way, and are ready to hold down both corner positions in the fall.”It’s great to have somebody the same age, [at] the same position to go through everything with,” Ikegwuonu said. “It’s just having somebody to talk to, having someone to ask questions and get inputs and criticisms.”Also getting in on the action has been Shane Carter, a redshirt freshman who has exploded out of nowhere in his first spring with the Badgers. Carter has been all over the field in practice, and even intercepted three Stocco passes in a matter of two days recently.”I’m just trying to get better, just trying to contribute to the team,” Carter said. “Obviously, I’m going to play a lot more than I did last year, but just trying to make sure that I’m in the thick of things every time, [show] that I can take the field.”With Rogers, Stellmacher, Carter and senior Johnny White in the mix, new UW defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks said a “competition at the safety spot” has emerged.”Guys are competing, and competition breeds the best of competition,” he said. “So we’re improving every day, which is the thing that you want to get out of spring ball.”Both Stellmacher and Bielema have called Cooks, who joins the Badgers after coaching Minnesota’s 2005 secondary, a real “player’s coach.” Cooks would appear to hold this title better than any other UW assistant; on a Wisconsin staff that contains one head coach and four assistant coaches under the age of 40, the 32-year-old Cooks is the youngest.”He’s a young guy, he can relate really well to everything that we’re doing, everything that we go through,” Stellmacher said. “He’s a very cool guy, a real player’s coach, and he’s a great teacher, so I’m just absorbing all that he can give me, all the knowledge that he has.””Kerry’s kind of a quiet teacher, does a good job in the classroom,” Bielema added. “You can draw up a lot of stuff on the board [that] doesn’t carry over to their mind. He’s always quizzing them and testing them, throwing notes at them and making sure that they understand the whole picture, not just their position.”Cooks, who brings a few years of NFL experience to Madison, says his transition to UW has only been made easier by the existing leadership of his three seniors: Rogers, Stellmacher, and White.”It means a lot to me, because you got guys that have already been in the battle,” Cooks said. “[They] have that experience and understand what it takes to win, [and] are showing those other young guys what it takes to win.”Words can’t explain what it means to have those three guys back there.”However, the prospect of having Carter, two to three years younger than the senior leaders, break into the starting lineup has crossed Cooks’ mind, and the coach said he would have no trouble putting the talented freshman on the field in his rookie year.”He understands that he’s got an opportunity to get on the field in some capacity,” Cooks said. “Now he’s not where Rod’s at, but just because Rod’s been playing for four years, but … he’s got to be on the field somehow, someway, this season, as long as he keeps getting better, which he’s doing every day.”Bielema has referred to interceptions specifically as “gamechangers” in the past, and early achievement of that goal by a plethora of UW defensive backs has skyrocketed the secondary’s confidence.”They always say, [when] we have a chance to get our hands on the ball, we have to make the catch,” Stellmacher said. “We pride ourselves on making the catch when the opportunity presents itself, and as far as spring practice, we’ve been able to do that.”Cooks added, “I think any time, as a defensive back, you get your hands on the ball, that just allows you to play a little bit tighter in your coverage, play with a little bit more confidence.”He’s only been interacting with his players for a few weeks, and Cooks already knows this year is going to be a great one.”I’m coming in as a coach with great kids, all personable, all confident in their abilities,” he said. “Right now, we’re having a lot of fun with each other.”last_img read more

WCHA’s best, worst face-off in Verona

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAnything can happen come playoff time, but this weekend’s first-round matchup doesn’t look like the UW women’s hockey team will be upset. After winning the regular season WCHA title, the Badgers (29-1-4, 23-1-4 WCHA) were rewarded with the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. This means they will host a first round matchup against last-place North Dakota (3-29-2, 0-27-1 WCHA) this weekend at the Eagles Nest in Verona. Riding a 19-game unbeaten streak, the Badgers are set to face a Sioux team with a similar streak, only in the opposite direction — UND has gone 18 games since its last win. In the two teams’ four previous meetings of 2006-07, Wisconsin won handily every time, outscoring North Dakota 26-2. These two teams also met last season in the first round of the WHCA playoffs. Then, UW scored a pair of easy victories, winning 4-1 and 6-0 over UND.With all these series against the Sioux in the past year, the Badgers will be very familiar with their opponent come this weekend’s series.”We know what to expect from them, and we know what it will take to win, but we’re not overconfident,” senior Bobbi-Jo Slusar said.Offensively, North Dakota is led by Alexia Laplante and Samantha Bowers, who have recorded eight points apiece. To put that into perspective, 14 Badgers have scored at least eight points. In fact, the combined total of points registered by North Dakota skaters this season (86) is just 24 points more than senior forward Sara Bauer has by herself (62).The Badgers are the top team nationally in goals allowed per game, power play percentage and rank near the top in goals scored per game. The Sioux, on the other hand, score at a very low rate (1.20 goals per game) and give up plenty of goals (4.00 goals per game).This weekend will also offer the chance for a Wisconsin record to be broken. Bauer, in a season where it seems like she’s broken or set a new school record each week, will have yet another opportunity to get her name into the record books against North Dakota.Bauer needs just one point to tie Meghan Hunter’s school record of 14 career postseason points. And given Bauer’s success against the Sioux this season — she has six points against them — it appears likely that the senior Patty Kazmaier nominee will accomplish that feat.With an endless supply of statistical comparisons that make an upset or a close contest seemingly impossible, veteran leadership will be vital to keeping the Badgers focused on advancing to the semifinals.”Over the year everyone contributes and plays the leadership role,” captain Slusar said. “Playoff time is when you try and get the freshman ready for what to expect and you try to step. The three of us [Slusar and alternate captains Sara Bauer and Phoebe Monteleone] have a job to do. Everybody knows that it’s playoff time, and any team can really win, so it’s important to stay focused.”As it has all season long, Wisconsin will take things one game at a time. “Coach keeps emphasizing that it’s a brand new season; everyone has zero points,” junior forward Jinelle Zaugg said. “I think we’re just going to go hard and take them like any game. “Any game now can end your season, so taking that into consideration every game,” Zaugg added. “We’ll take it one game at a time.”last_img read more

Men’s volleyball falls to UCSB in straight sets

first_imgNo. 3 USC men’s volleyball (9-3, 8-3 MPSF) dropped their second straight match to No. 8 UC Santa Barbara (9-5, 5-5 MPSF) 19-25, 17-25, 22-25.While USC lost the first two sets, there wasn’t much of a worry as the Trojans have dropped the first two sets in their last two matches against BYU, who they split the two-game series with.USC took an early lead in the first set, but then the Gauchos tied it up at 9. From that point on, UCSB built up a lead and ran away with the set. In the first set, senior middle blocker Robert Feathers had a .500 hitting percentage with three kills.From the start of the second set, UCSB built and maintained their lead over USC, but the Trojans tried to fight back.Senior opposite Cristian Rivera, red shirt sophomore outside hitter Christopher Orenic and Feathers put together some impressive kills, but they just were not enough to catch the Gauchos. Orenic tallied up an ace to get the momentum going for the Trojans, but UCSB shut the Trojan attack down and took the second set.The third set started off with back-and-forth scoring and was tied at 2. A huge roof by senior setter Micah Christenson and Feathers kept the Trojans going with a 5-3 lead.With the set tied up at 9, the Trojans pushed forward to take the lead with a kill on an overpass by Feathers. UCSB took the lead back, but a setter dump from Christenson tied the set up at 14. Orenic followed with a tool to put the Trojans ahead by one.Christenson put up a big kill to increase the Trojans’ lead to three at 18-15, and the pressure forced UCSB to call a timeout. USC kept pushing forward and fought off UCSB’s attempt to come back. The Trojans were within reach of winning the set at 22-20, but UCSB surpassed them and won the set and match 25-22 with a block.Head coach Bill Ferguson pointed out that one major weakness for the Trojans in this match — and the series against BYU — has been their mentality. They started off the season with great mental toughness, but recently they’ve been “internalizing too much.”“I’d like to see veteran guys continue to step up and lead,” Ferguson said.Ferguson would also like to see his team improve when it comes responding to a set back — something they were so good at during the beginning of the season.This is the first losing sweep that USC has had all season. Their previous two losses were in five and four sets, Hawai’i and BYU respectively.“We were not coming out crisp enough,” Ferguson mentioned. “We took too long to play with a rhythm.”Ferguson has no doubt that his team can recover and regain their winning streak and all-around dominance.“We need to just let go mentally and move on,” Ferguson said.The Trojans will have a chance to regroup at home before they head over to the Pauley Pavilion to face No. 11 UCLA at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22.last_img read more

Student-athletes gain victory with Election Day off from athletic activities

first_imgAthletic Director Mike Bohn’s announcement also praised the Trojan women’s basketball team for becoming the first team to have its entire roster register to vote when all 13 student-athletes did so earlier in August. The UBSAA’s initial statement on June 17 cited the right to vote as a “means of effectuating positive change in our communities.”  “This is an important step towards allowing the student-athletes to be more than athletes, but to also be an important part of society,” said Anna Cockrell, USC senior hurdler and UBSAA co-founder and co-president. “By making this commitment, USC is recognizing the importance of our rights and our civic duty as voters.” The initiative was one of 12 demands listed in the United Black Student-Athletes Association’s establishing letter in June, shortly after the NCAA Board of Governors encouraged its individual school members to allocate Election Day as a day off for student-athletes. The Trojan Athletic Senate and the USC Athletics Black Lives Matter Action Team were also in dialogue with the department in support of the initiative. center_img The USC Athletic Department announced Thursday that all student-athletes will have no athletic obligations for the Nov. 3 Election Day to encourage them to head to the polls. “We’ve been so inspired by the many ways in which our student-athletes have found their voice these past several months,” Bohn said, “and we know how critical exercising our right to vote is to amplifying that voice.” last_img read more

Alicia Hansen’s transition to softball fulfilled her dream of playing for Syracuse

first_img Published on January 27, 2019 at 11:57 pm Contact Anthony: Alicia Hansen walked into her grandfather’s basement for another baseball practice. The basement was about 15-feet wide, and though the turf-padded walls and batting screen weren’t much, it was enough for Hansen to practice.Each night, Hansen’s grandmother yelled from upstairs about the constant thuds from balls crashing into the ceiling. The basement ceiling wasn’t high enough for Hansen and her grandfather, John Prichard, to throw back and forth while standing on their feet. So they got on their knees. The two played catch, kneeling on the turf that Prichard had installed.One by one, the more they played, the lightbulbs cracked, falling from the ceiling and crashing into hundreds of small pieces. Even as bulbs broke, the play continued. Hansen rocketed balls off the padded walls of the basement, developing skills she could use on the actual baseball diamond.“It wasn’t a big space at all, but we went down there at any time of any day,” Hansen said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNow a senior at Syracuse, Hansen always wanted to play baseball at SU. The only problem: SU didn’t have a baseball team. Hansen never wanted to make the switch over to softball. But to go to her dream school, she had no choice.Hansen’s transition to softball began on a spring Thursday night when she was 12 years old. Less than two years later, she began her career as a 5-year shortstop at Liverpool High School, which led to a four-year starting career at SU in multiple positions.Even as other schools recruited Hansen, she turned them down. She only wanted to play for Syracuse, not just because it was only 11 miles from home, but because it gave the man who introduced her to baseball a chance to attend games and practices.“My grandpa got me to where I am today,” Hansen said. “I would not have the skillset I have if it wasn’t for him. I think I owe it to him to play where he can see me.”Hansen was just four years old when she caught Nick Spataro’s eye. Spataro, then the high school softball coach at Liverpool, watched as his son played on the same Little League team as Hansen’s older brother, Jay Josef. Hansen attended the games, running around, practicing with Prichard.“‘That girl is going to play for me one day,’” Spataro remembered saying of Hansen. “She was that good already.”Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorIn elementary school, from third to sixth grade, Hansen began her afterschool walk down Wetzel Road in Liverpool, where Prichard often greeted her with a bucket of balls, a bat and a glove in his hands.She worked with Prichard almost every day to improve her skills on the baseball field directly across the street from the high school. The crossing guard and other students would frequently stop to watch her, Hansen quipped.She continuously “played up” on the boys’ baseball teams. At 10, Hansen was invited to play in the major division, where she battled 11 and 12-year-old boys. When one boy from an opposing team made fun of Hansen for being a girl, Renee Hansen, Alicia’s mother, recalled her daughter’s teammates stuck up for her.“‘Yeah, she’s a girl, and she can play better than you,’” Renee recalled a teammate saying.When Hansen was 12 years old, she hit a homerun at an all-star baseball tournament. Josef told her after the game that it was then he realized Hansen was already better than he was.She went to Cooperstown All Star Village, an annual tournament with dozens of teams from across the east coast. Hansen was the only girl at the tournament, which drew lots of attention. Initially, she wasn’t allowed to live in the bunks with her male teammates. After some protest, Hansen was allowed to stay with the boys. On the field, she won multiple game balls and hit two homeruns.“I even asked (Spataro) if he wanted me to move her to softball earlier,” Renee said. “He told me no, ‘Keep her right where she is.’”After Cooperstown, Spataro was ready for 12-year-old Hansen to finally switch sports. He had kept Hansen in baseball for years to develop her skills, specifically with sliding and diving, but the time had come for her to begin a new athletic endeavor.Immediately after Hansen’s all-star baseball game on a Wednesday night, Spataro called Renee.He needed her on his softball team, and her time with baseball had run out. She had spent her entire athletic career on the baseball diamond, a similar, yet mechanically-different challenge. The following night, Hansen walked out onto the softball field for the first time.“You don’t really see any girls playing Major League Baseball,” Hansen said. “I’m sure maybe one day it can happen, but as of now the statistics aren’t going to be in my favor.”Initially, she struggled with timing. While she had an edge playing at a higher competitive level with the boys, she said, trying to hit the ball out of a completely different release point proved challenging.Some of the rules and mechanisms were different, too. During one game, with a runner on second, Hansen fielded the ball at shortstop. In baseball, the shortstop will often look off the runner at second, then throw to first, Spataro said.Hansen did exactly that. Except in softball, runners are taught to go on contact because of the shorter distance between bases. After hesitating, Hansen’s throw was too late to get either runner, and both were safe.Jordan Phelps | Staff PhotographerTo keep her athleticism, Hansen spent four nights a week at CNY Speed Training, even during the season. She did agility and speed drills with Frank Rey and Dennis Dewane, two trainers, to help her transition to baseball.“She didn’t like the strength training as much as the cardiovascular training,” Spataro said. “But when I see her now, she always jokes that she wishes she had done more of the strength workouts.”Less than two years after switching to softball, Hansen started at shortstop as an eighth-grader at Liverpool. Former SU player Sydney O’Hara was then a player for frequent-competitor Cicero-North Syracuse High School, and the two’s rivalry began. Hansen ended multiple of O’Hara’s no-hit bids in her time at Liverpool.“She was always the Liverpool player I feared because she was the only one who had a good chance of getting a hit off of me,” O’Hara said.When C-NS beat Liverpool in the sectional final during O’Hara’s senior year, O’Hara consoled Hansen, who cried on the field for almost 10 minutes.During O’Hara’s freshman year at SU, she gave Hansen campus tours and helped introduce her to the program that Hansen had longed to play for. At that time, SU wasn’t even recruiting her, yet.Hansen had been to every camp she could go to since she was young. Eventually, during the winter of her junior year, then-head coach Leigh Ross offered. She accepted before leaving Manley Field House.“I didn’t even apply anywhere else,” Hansen said. “My heart was set on Syracuse, and this was the only place I wanted to go.”Despite playing in tournaments across the country for TC Tremors, her club softball team, and receiving attention from multiple Division I schools, Hansen only wanted and needed one offer to make her college decision.In the first game of her softball career at SU, a fall ball game, Hansen broke her left wrist tripping over first base while running out a ground ball. It was the first time she had ever broken a bone. And while she couldn’t hit regularly or play the field, she continued to workout.She fielded balls with her cast, improved her throwing, lifted with her right arm only and practiced swinging with only one hand. She missed the entire fall season, but when spring came around, Hansen had earned her role as starting second basemen.When she took the field for the first time at SU Softball Stadium, Hansen was firmly entrenched in a sport she never dreamed to play. But, she was at her dream school, playing in front of Prichard, who made it all possible. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

PKL 2019: Telugu Titans take on Gujarat Fortunegiants

first_img WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 7th October, 2019 16:51 IST PKL 2019: Telugu Titans Take On Gujarat Fortunegiants PKL: The 126th match of the Pro Kabaddi League will be played between Telugu Titans and Gujarat Fortunegiants. The match is scheduled to start at 7: 30 pm IST. First Published: 7th October, 2019 16:51 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US #Match126@Telugu_TitansThe Game is on, The Roar is here #HYDvGUJWatch the two teams lock horns #HYDvGUJ, tonight from 7 PM, on Star Sports and Hotstar!#IsseToughKuchNahi #vivoProKabaddi— Telugu Titans (@Telugu_Titans) October 7, 2019 PKL 2019: Telugu Titans vs Gujarat Fortunegiants live streamingGujarat Fortunegiants are currently on the 10th spot of the points table with 46 points. The team is being led by Sunil Kumar, who has gathered 46 raid points for his team. Kumar is being supported by Parvesh Bhainswal and Ankit in the defence department. In the raiding department, Rohit Gulia has been showing some promise as he has collected 124 raid points this season. Sachin has also showcased a decent performance by gathering 84 points in 16 games.Also Read l PKL 2019: Gujarat Fortune Giants vs Patna Pirates Match PreviewPKL Telugu Titans vs Gujarat Fortunegiants: When and where to watchTelugu Titans vs Gujarat Fortunegiants is on Monday, October 7, 2019. The match will be played at the Saheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida.PKL: Where to watch Telugu Titans vs Gujarat FortunegiantsTelugu Titans vs Gujarat Fortunegiants will be broadcast on the Star Sports Network. You can also watch the live streaming of the match on Hotstar.Telugu Titans vs Gujarat Fortunegiants match timeThe match between Telugu Titans and Gujarat Fortunegiants is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm IST on Monday.Also Read l PKL: Haryana Steelers vs Telugu Titans match result, highlights Adil Khan center_img FOLLOW US Written By COMMENT LIVE TV Gujarat Fortunegiants lost their last match against Patna Pirates which broke all their hopes of getting to the playoffs of PKL 2019. Telugu Titans are also out of the playoffs after losing to Haryana Steelers in their previous game. Both teams will face each other in the 126th match of the Pro Kabaddi League season and would want to end their campaign with a win. The match will be played at Saheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida.Also Read l PKL 2019: Pardeep Narwal scores 302 raid points, overtakes SehrawatPKL 2019: Telugu Titans vs Gujarat Fortunegiants live streamingTelugu Titans are currently placed at the eleventh spot on the points table with 40 points. Siddharth Desai has been the key raider for the Titans this season as he has picked 189 points for his team. Just like Siddharth, Vishal Bhardwaj has been leading the team in the defence department this season. With the total of 61 tackles in the game, Bhardwaj is the second-best defender of PKL 2019. Captain Abozar Mohajermighani and team will need to help Siddharth and show good coordination If they want to win against Gujarat Fortunegiants in their next game.Also Read l PKL 2019: U Mumba’s road to playoffs, performance and resultslast_img read more

UWI hold talks on fourth campus opening in Antigua and Barbuda

first_imgAntigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne (center) and members of his Cabinet meet with UWI Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles (ANU Government photo) ST.JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – The Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI),  Sir Hilary Beckles, has held talks with the Antigua and Barbuda government regarding the opening of the fourth landed campus of the regional tertiary institution.Government says that the Five Islands Campus should be opened in September with at least 1,000 students and according to a Cabinet statement issued here, the Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, was invited to Cabinet to announce the pending decision of the Accreditation Council. “The Fourth Landed Campus of the University of the West Indies—the Five Islands Campus—is to be approved when the Council next meets in two weeks. The amount required annually, the Council will determine, is likely to be met by the Antigua and Barbuda authorities; the infrastructure is also in place to meet the tailored financial capabilities,” the statement noted.“There is only one factor that could delay the opening…the only thing that could delay the opening, and it won’t delay because the entire Cabinet was involved in the discussions yesterday, was the IT (information technology) infrastructure,” Information Minister Melford Nicholas told reporters.He said Antigua and Barbuda is better prepared for the launch of its campus than had been the case when the campuses were launched in Barbados and Jamaica more than 53 years ago.“We are starting also with a greater strength of alumni,” he addedThe Cabinet statement noted that the discussion also focused upon staffing, meeting student satisfaction, building sporting facilities, and approaching friendly countries for assistance with expanding the university, noting “these topics were also addressed by the Cabinet and the Vice Chancellor”.last_img read more

Thomas Partey hypes Stonebwoy’s Anloga Junction album

first_imgBlack Stars midfielder, Thomas Partey has reacted positively to Stonebwoy’s Anloga Junction album.The Ghanaian international took to the social application, Twitter to react to the new album.🔥🔥🔥❤️ ⁦@stonebwoyb⁩— Thomas Teye Partey (@Thomaspartey22) April 28, 2020The Atletico Madrid midfielder seems to like the new album released by his fellow Ashaiman boy, Stonebwoy.The album is available on all major music streaming services. It features such top artists as Keri Hilson (US), Nasty C (SA), Diamond Platinumz, Alicai Harley (Jamaica), Jahmiel (Jamaica), Zlatan (Nigeria), Kojo Antwi (Ghana), Chivv (Netherlands) and Spanker (Netherlands).Meanwhile, Thomas Partey has been in the news as rumours continue to fly regarding his future.The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to Arsenal but Atletico Madrid is keen on keeping the midfielder as they have reportedly doubled his salary to ward off potential suitors.Thomas Partey, on December 24, 2019, tweeted that he “made some statements that have not been well understood” and that he “would like to continue growing as a player, for the club”.El sábado después del partido hice unas declaraciones que no se han entendido bien y prefiero explicarme mejor. El Atleti es el club donde quiero estar y en el que me gustaria seguir creciendo como jugador, por el club y por la Aficion.— Thomas Teye Partey (@Thomaspartey22) December 24, 2018last_img read more

North Allegheny becomes first Quad-A team to win back-to-back-to back championships

first_imgFriday’s WPIAL title for North Allegheny was the fifth overall for Tigers coach Art Walker – three at North Allegheny and two at Central Catholic. That comes within one of the number of championships won by his father, also named Art Walker. The dad won five at Mt. Lebanon and one with Shady Side Academy.Alex Beasley, a Woodland Hills senior linebacker, had something he’d been itching to tell any member of the media willing to listen. “Our success came because we had a family atmosphere—there were no superstars on our teams, no one thought they were better than anybody,” Beasley said. “We have a Wolverine motto and that’s ‘To achieve, you must endure.’ Nobody thought we would be where we were today.”Woodland Hills has always been known as a team that gives excuses whenever they lose.North Allegheny opened the scoring when Quarterback Mack Leftwich threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Zach Lyon. Woodland Hills took a 14-7 led after quarterback Cody McClelland threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to star receiver Tom Greene and freshman sensation Miles Sanders scored on a 1-yard run.Leftwich, a Stephen F. Austin recruit and the son of a college football coach, hit Lyon for a five yard touchdown in the third quarter to tie up the game 14-14.Gregg Garrity, whose dad is a former Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver, caught the winning 32 yard touchdown pass from Leftwich.Elijah Zeise, son of sports writer Paul Zeise, led the Tigers in receiving yards for the second consecutive game with 89 yards on five catches.North Allegheny’s best player is two-way lineman and Michigan recruit Pat Kugler. Kugler is a three-year starter and he is the son of Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler.“To win 3 straight championships required a lot of work and commitment from the kids. Mack Leftwich is a quarterback who wants the ball in his hands. He has been great for us for two years,” said coach Art Walker. “We don’t care who we play next. Just tell us where we need to be and we will be there.”The debate as to who is the greatest— WPIAL team rages on like a Rush Limbaugh monologue. If you want to find out who the best baseball hitter in history, the thing to do is go to the experts, the ones who really know the game: the players, past and present.If you want to find out who is better Aliquippa or Clairton?Ask former Gateway and legendary Hall of Fame coach Pete Antimarino.That’s a question that can only be answered on the football field,” said coach Antimarino. “In 1986 North Hills was USA Today’s No. 1 team in the country and we were ranked No. 3 in the country and we settled things on the field. We knocked off North Hills to win the championship.” In the game of bowling, three strikes in a row is termed a “turkey” and North Allegheny (13-0) celebrated Thanksgiving Day weekend by stuffing Woodland Hills (10-3) 21-14. The Tigers became the first team in the history of Quad-A to bag the “turkey”, three straight WPIAL championships. OUT AT THE ONE—Elijah Zeise of North Allegheny is pushed out of bounds at the one yard line by Trevon Mathis (3) of Woodland Hills. Zeise had 5 catches for 89 yards in the Tigers 21-14 win over the Wolverines in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game. last_img read more