Coronavirus: NFF to support Nigerians with tubers of yams

first_img Loading… Pinnick disclosed the NFF has been doing a lot behind the scenes after the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development released an awareness video on Covid-19 that featured past football icons and Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa. Since the confirmation of its first case in February, Nigeria has recorded 323 cases of the coronavirus with 10 deaths recorded, as of Sunday. Some parts of the country are currently on lockdown and Pinnick has disclosed the federation will help with food items including tubers of yams. “Behind the scene, we do quite a lot. We are going to support some of these centres even if it is buying some tubers of yams. We have to do that. Covid-19 is something that nobody expected,” he said on Channels TV.Advertisement The pandemic is affecting the global economy, including Nigeria’s economic growth and Pinnick has admitted it will leave the federation with some tough decisions to make. After disclosing that Gernot Rohr’s new contract will include receiving salary in naira, he said the Super Eagles might follow suit should the government make certain economic policies. “Like I said, we are going to take many difficult decisions that will go across board because we need to promote our fiscal policy,” he added. “If the government is saying that we need to strengthen our naira, we should not be paying in dollars. We are an integral part of the government. read also:NFF has no issues with Nigeria coach Rohr – Dikko “When they [Super Eagles] play in Nigeria, their bonuses have been in naira. When they play abroad, we pay them in dollars but that can even change.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 President of the Nigerian football, Amaju Pinnick, has provided an example of how the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will be supporting the government in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Of The Best Top Models From IndiaThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Madelast_img

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Wednesday at the 2018 Decatur County Fair

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Wednesday at the 2018 Decatur County Fair the Livestock Auction will be held and the 4-H and Open Class projects will be released. Art projects will also be released.The Kyle Pearl Band will perform on the Free Stage, Garden Tractor Pull in the grandstands at 6 p.m. and fireworks at dusk.The midway opens at 6 p.m. and it’s the “Last Blast”- all rides take just one ticket.last_img

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UK sports minister tells England fans to stop booing Smith

first_img(REUTERS) – Britain’s sports minister Nigel Adams has described the booing of Australian Steve Smith during the Ashes series as “distasteful” and says the batsman has served his punishment for his part in last year’s ball-tampering scandal.Smith and David Warner served 12-month bans for their roles in the scandal during the Test series in South Africa last year. Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months.Smith received a standing ovation for a fighting 92 at Lord’s despite being struck on the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer – which ruled him out of the rest of the match due to delayed concussion – but there was also a smattering of boos.“The vast majority of the Lord’s crowd were on their feet applauding Steve Smith after his innings but a small amount of booing from a tiny element of the crowd has made the news,” Adams told Sydney Morning Herald here“It’s distasteful and we have to remember that the Aussie players who got themselves into trouble have been punished and done the time.“Smith, in particular, is a brilliant batsman and whilst of course, I don’t want him getting too many runs … he’s mesmerising to watch and as genuine sports fans we should be applauding him, not jeering,” Adams added.Australia, who won the opener at Edgbaston, lead the five-match series 1-0 after the second Test ended in a draw. The third match begins tomorrow at Headingley.last_img

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Woodroffe, Gonsalves lead charge on night three for Dorado swimmers

first_imgVLADIMIR Woodroffe and Elliott Gonsalves continued to impress in the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) Invitational Swimming Championships, by adding to their tally of wins on the third night of action at the National Aquatic Centre in Couva, T&T.Both swimmers registered podium finishes before teaming up to hand Dorado Speed Swim Club a second team gold, when they competed in the 4x50m Medley Relay in the Boys’ 11-12 age division.Woodroffe, who won individual gold and a silver on the opening day and team gold on day two, exploded with two individual gold medals and a team gold on Friday evening.In the Boys’ 11-12 200m backstroke, Woodroffe won gold after clocking 2:35.27.  His teammate Alex Bentham placed seventh 2:53.20, while Noel Raekwon finished fifth in the 13-14 age group in a time of 2:30.09.Woodroffe’s second individual gold happened later in the day in the 800m freestyle, after he clocked 10:01.25.He also finished fifth in the 200m freestyle in a time of 2:18.43 ahead of Stephen Ramkhelawan (seventh), who finished in a time of 2:20.92. It was Gonsalves who won a medal in that race. The 12-year-old missed first place by under a second after clocking 2:14.12.  His other silver medal was in the 50m breaststroke, where he clocked 35.87s.Prior to that, Gonsalves had won the Boys’ 11-12 400m Individual Medley in a time of 5:15.90, while Stephen Ramkhelawan was third in 6:02.77.Dorado’s other individual gold on day three was in the 13-14 400m IM, where Raekwon clocked 5:09.39.Ethan Gonsalves had placed sixth in that race, in a time of 5:32.83.Monique Watson, who has also been outstanding with standout performances, won a silver medal in the Girls’ 11-12 200m backstroke.  The 12-year-old clocked 2:49.69s, just behind Black Sands’ swimmer Jamie Joachim, who won in 2:49.20s. Third place went to Giani Francis in 2:52.12. Meanwhile, Athalcy Hunte placed fifth in 2:55.14.Daniel Scott won a bronze when he competed in the Boys’ 15-and-over 200m freestyle. His time of 2:02.38 was just behind the top two finishers.RELAY GOLDThe 11-12 relay team won their second gold medal, when they competed in the 50m Medley Relay.Alex Bentham led the way in the 50m backstroke. He finished his leg in approximately 3rd place, before Elliott Gonsalves did the second leg (breast) and brought the team into the lead by about two body-lengths.Woodroffe then did the third leg (fly) and increased the lead slightly while Stephen Ramkhelawan finished with the final 50m (freestyle) and held on for a comfortable win by approximately 15 metres.last_img

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UK Superstars Dunne, Wolfgang Shine in Tag-team Showdown

first_imgThe turning point in the back-and-forth Classic display came when Wolfgang shrewdly tagged himself into the contest but Bate not realising that Wolfgang was now the legal man hit his Tyler Driver ’97 on Dunne.But just as the first ever WWE United Kingdom was realising Dunne was not the legal man, the 250+ pound, Wolfgang nailed a huge Swanton bomb from the top to give victory to his side. The crowd erupted in jubilation just as the red and blue lights illuminated the stage.In some of the other bouts of the night, Lars Sullivan destroyed No Way Jose in an NXT battle although the loser was the favourite of the crowd.Unfortunately, Lars Sullivan wasn’t a fan of the performance as he stormed down the entrance ramp, barreling over the fun-loving Superstar.The monstrous Sullivan continued to lay waste to Jose as NXT fans looked on in horror. After slamming Jose face-first into the mat, Sullivan stomped out of the ring, leaving Jose to be attended to by WWE officials.In the women contest, Peyton Royce returned to high profile competition by squaring off with Sarah Logan, who has yet to string together enough in-ring performances in NXT.The former “Crazy” Mary Dobson sought that elusive victory that would turn her fortunes around.Logan outwrestled her Aussie opponent to start, frustrating Royce. The villainess seized control, using her long legs to choke her opponent.The underdog baby-face fought back, though, delivering a German suplex and rollup that nearly stunned her opponent.A series of rollups followed and a fisherman suplex by Royce scored her the hard-fought victory.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi Solaja in New York courtesy MultiChoiceIt was a landmark achievement for United Kingdom’s WWE competitors late Wednesday night at the Barclays Center in New York when the pair of Pete Dunne and Wolfgang gave dominant pair of Tyler Bate and Trent Seven a bitter taste of defeat on the night other super stars thrilled the crowd.In the five-star tag team showdown, all the four competitors put on a show that lived up to billing as crowd cheered endlessly to the jaw-dropping in ring display.last_img

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Dominica gets World Bank funds for Agriculture

first_imgThe World Bank is providing the government of Dominica with funding of US$25 million to rehabilitate the agricultural sector following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in September last year.Plus $40 million for housingPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said Dominica will also benefit from a US$40 million allocation for housing under a multi-million dollar package “and the World Bank has agreed with us to fast track or to advance those funds.”Skerrit said he is hoping the Ministry of Agriculture would hold public consultations very soon regarding the various components of the US$25 million allocated for the agricultural sector..“The funding is very extensive and if properly implemented…it could benefit agriculture dramatically in Dominica, because you are talking about the resuscitation and revitalization of the agricultural centers, where you will be propagating plants, providing tangible support to farmers.New structure in agriculture“You will be providing direct support to farmers on the farms. We are looking at the possibility of a credit scheme. So, there are a number of components to the agricultural initiative,” he said, adding “we are bringing in a new structure in agriculture to help focus on these components.”Skerrit said that the funds would also be used for infrastructure with US$1.8 million also being used for social intervention “to help households with some direct cash support and we would be targeting the most vulnerable communities and most vulnerable homes in Dominica.”He said the World Bank is assisting Dominica “in putting the framework together for that and we are hoping very soon that it will be in place and advanced to the benefit of the most vulnerable communities and households in our country.”last_img

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Jamaican given long jail term in US

first_imgA Jamaican national, who was twice deported from the United States, has been jailed for over 12 years after he was found guilty of breaching immigration laws.The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said Ronald Greenland’s federal sentence includes 100 months that will run consecutively with his 40-year-to-life sentence on New York State charges for the attempted murder of a police officer. Greenland’s sentencing follows an investigation by its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).Powerful reminder“Sentences like this one are a powerful reminder about the potential consequences that await those who blatantly skirt the nation’s immigration laws,” said ERO New York Field Office Director Thomas Decker. “Illegal aliens who knowingly break the law by re-entering the United States must be held accountable for their actions.”Entered legally initiallyAccording to ICE, Greenland, 55, initially entered the United States lawfully in 1972, but lost that status due to multiple criminal convictions in Connecticut, Florida and New York.On February 23, 2007, ICE said an immigration judge ordered Greenland deported to Jamaica.Two years later, ICE said Greenland was deported to Jamaica, but he “unlawfully re-entered the country at an unknown place, on an unknown date, following his deportation.”On April 21, 2011, Greenland was convicted in US District Court, Southern District of New York (SDNY), and sentenced to 60 months incarceration, and three years of supervised release.On April 30, 2015, ICE said it deported Greenland to his native country, for the second time.But ICE said Greenland again “unlawfully re-entered the US at an unknown place, on an unknown date, following his removal.”On December 9, 2016, Greenland was charged with illegal re-entry and he was convicted in October last year of attempted murder, attempted assault, attempted aggravated assault upon a police officer, as well as criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of stolen property.Last November he pleaded guilty to illegally re-entering the country.last_img

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Williamson’s chosen path is a dangerous one

first_imgZion Williamson has all the tools to be a successful (grossly understated) professional basketball player. He’s blessed with size, strength, quickness and agility. A complete “package” of a player who’s destined to make a ton of money, a type of generational wealth that only a few can amass. All he has to do to become the first pick in the upcoming National Basketball Association draft is avoid injury in the NCAA Tournament and simply show up on draft night and smile. Sounds pretty easy, right?As the eternal pessimist, I’m not so sure all that is as easy as just getting out of bed and showing up, and here’s why: Just a month ago Williamson evaded a catastrophic situation when he sprained his knee in an absolute meaningless game for his team, the Duke [University] Blue Devils. Luckily it was just that, a sprain, but it was clearly too close for comfort when there’s a Brinks truck around the corner with your name on it.Yes, everyone associated with the debacle known as March Madness will profit from the tourney, that is everyone except Zion Williamson. Sure, the other players don’t get a nickel either, but the financial disparity exhibited in major college sports today is beyond troubling and in my humble opinion, absolutely criminal.Ever notice how many hats, shirts and other types of merchandise this terror of a player sells in the Raleigh-Durham area? If Duke is the one who cuts down the nets in Minneapolis after the final tournament game, they’ll immediately be donning the official NCAA Champions hat and shirt, you know, the same one you can buy online just minutes after the game has concluded. For those of you who’d like to remind yours truly that it’s a business deal when a player accepts a scholarship, and he’s not entitled to a bigger slice of the billions of dollars grossed annually from major college football and basketball, save your breath. I’ve heard that pathetically stale point long enough.I get it. No one forced Williamson to accept Duke’s paltry offer of free tuition, room and board, meals and all that slick Nike apparel with the Blue Devils logo on it. And yes, I certainly believe he would’ve been better off playing abroad for a year and getting paid a million bucks, as opposed to taking the substantial and unpaid risk of an injury in his one year of college hoops. He’s guaranteed to make big money from professional basketball, but only if he stays healthy. Running the floor in the NCAA Tournament while carrying the Duke banner can only be described at this point as a highly dangerous proposition for the young man, and no one seems to care, as long as Williamson goes for 25 points and 15 boards a game. When he went down a month ago, I figured that was it, he’d sit out the rest of the season and protect his future. But when the sprain healed, Williamson chose to return to the Duke assembly line, put on his work boots (the ones with a swoosh upon them) and clock in for duty, as it was his decision and without anyone influencing him (wink), right?Regardless of my opinion, Williamson has every right to do whatever he wants, but it’s simply mind-boggling to think someone close to him wouldn’t have counseled the young man about the dangers of continuing his collegiate basketball career at Duke University. I understand those who say he could suffer a terrible injury in an NBA training camp and never play a pro game as a result. The big difference there is the almighty guaranteed contract, one that will pay him handsomely. This weekend, Williamson will embark on what should be the last six games of his college career. That is unless he gets injured before the final game. That would be tragic, but would anyone really care? As long as there is another standout player in the pipeline, I doubt they would. Hopefully he’ll remain healthy and everything will be just fine come draft day, but the risk being taken is totally unnecessary, and one that could be avoided by watching the NCAA Tournament on television. Williamson has made his final decision, and I wish him well. He seems a lot less worried about what a serious injury could mean to his future than I am. Then again, maybe he’s simply used to no one carrying about it at all.Danny Bridges, who wishes Zion Williamson and every other player in the NCAA Tournament good health, can be reached at 317-370-8447 or at bridgeshd@aol.com.http://www.indianapolisrecorder.com/sports/article_ebb9935e-4beb-11e9-a10f-070b18c1b4a8.html Duke’s Zion Williamson sits on the floor following an injury during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)last_img

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The preseason, an option to save the furniture

first_imgThe decision was made firmly: Barcelona was not going to make any tour this summer despite the fact that these tours in Asia or America represent a good income for the club’s economy. Now, the situation demands measures that reduce the economic impact that will result from the coronavirus crisis and the option of the tour is back on the table. An option that today would only remotely affect Asia, where Barça has its great sponsors (Rakuten in Japan), where the epidemic seems to be being controlled, quite the opposite than in the United States.At the beginning of the season, Barcelona decided not to carry out any promotional tour for various reasons. From the outset, it would have been done without the majority of the main players in the squad who were planning to play the Copa América, the Eurocopa and the Olympic games this summer. Also, last summer’s experience was disastrous at a sporting level. The official start to the season was disastrous for the Blaugrana and voices from some players were raised in the locker room, criticizing so much travel and so little training. The board noted that.Barça played in Japan and then in the United States in an accumulation of kilometers that prevented the team from training under conditions during a key period. It was the first time that the Catalan entity carried out a preparation period on two continents. Until then, only one continent was visited and tours of Asia and the United States alternated with great economic benefits. Without going any further, in 2017 the match between Madrid and Barcelona played in the summer of 2017 in Miami, the first Clásico played outside of Spanish territory, meant for the Barcelona team an income of 5.7 million euros within the framework of a tour that helped the Catalan club raise 12 million as revealed by Football Leaks. That, by the way, was the last game Neymar played with the Barcelona shirt.Participation in the International Champions Cup tournament, which leads the main European teams to play in Asia and the United States, provides Barcelona with an average of six million euros per participation, without playing against Real Madrid, a fact that reached consider this year.In this sense, the Washington Post published that those responsible for the ICC had contacted Barcelona and Real Madrid to repeat the game in Miami three years later, but in Las Vegas as part of the opening events of Alegiant Stadium, the new sports coliseum in Nevada City, which has cost $ 1.75 billion and is the new home of the American Football Raiders.Given the new economic situation that has paralyzed the sport, Barça is waiting to see how the calendars and once it has been confirmed that there will be no Euro Cup, no America Cup or Games, a space is opened for a preseason that will save, at least in part, the furniture from the economic blow of this health crisis. Although, the option of the United States seems absolutely ruled out.last_img

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Guyana not in “really bad state” – Ramjattan

first_imgCrime spiralling out of control …MP calls for Minister to be reassigned or fired The impression that Guyana is in a “really bad state” as compared to other countries with regard to the country’s crime rate is “not true”.This is according to Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, who at a press conference on Friday said: “sometimes this thing is emblazoned across the front pages of newspapers giving the impression as though we are in a real bad state, [but it’s] not really true”.He stated that although crimes are occurring, there must be an appreciation of the fact that Guyanese live in a geopolitical space (Latin America and the Caribbean) where interpersonal violence is the highest in the world.However, this analysis of the escalating crime situation in Guyana did not go down well with Opposition Member of Parliament (MP), Harry Gill; a Member of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on the Security Sector, who in no uncertain terms called for the Minister to either be reassigned or fired as Public Security Minister.“Like most Guyanese, I am totally disgusted by all the brutal, senseless killings and barefaced robberies taking place every day throughout the country, and the apparent lack of any coherent plan by the Minister of Public Security to end this escalating crime spree,” Gill said in a letter to the editor on Saturday.He added that the ease with which criminals are going about their business, “brutalising families in their homes, stripping them of their valuables, their dignity and often, their very lives, is reminiscent of the infamous Burnham era of the notorious kick down the door bandits. And Minister Khemraj Ramjattan seems clueless and in denial,” he added.PPP MP Harry GillAccording to the PPP Parliamentarian, the Government’s news agencies continue to publicise articles which give the impression that there has been a steady decrease in crime since the APNU/AFC coalition was elected but that independent press reports reveal an escalating crime wave that is “out of control”.He posited that since 2015, crime has escalated to dangerous levels, prompting the British Government and the US State Department to issue travel advisories to their citizens to exercise caution when travelling to Guyana due to an increase in crime, citing violent crime, such as armed robbery and murder as being “common”.“Yet Ramjattan declares it is not really true…Since Khemraj Ramjattan became Minister of Public Security, he has brought the entire security sector in disrepute: In March 2016, seventeen (17) prisoners were burnt to death and 11 others injured in what was described as the worst prison riot in our history.Then in July 2017, during the blazing inferno of the Camp Street Prison, a prison officer was murdered and 8 notorious, hard-core criminals escaped, two of whom are believed to be still on the run. Since then, there have been several more well-organised prison breaks, countless murders and armed robberies that dominate the news behind Government corruption. No doubt, Minister Ramjattan has a difficult job… One he has proven incapable of,” the MP said.Gill contended that Minister Ramjattan is yet to accept ministerial responsibility for his inability to keep our citizens safe and is calling for him to be fired in the public’s interest, or to be reassigned to a Ministry “where his incompetence can no longer affect the safety of our people”.Meanwhile, Ramjattan, in downplaying the crime situation in Guyana, said that “countries like Honduras and El Salvador have murder rates that reach over 50 per 100,000, Jamaica 52 per 100,000, then you go to St Vincent and Grenadines, St Lucia and Trinidad and so on at 32 and 42 per 100,000. And I am talking about Caricom countries here, we are probably one of the lowest, 15 per 100,000, and of course, that is 15 more than we want to have happening if we don’t want anything happening in relation to homicides”.He acknowledged that every day in other Caricom countries there are murders, many of which are brutal in nature, and that here in Guyana it is largely “domestic violence kind of murders”. There has been an escalation in murders and robberies in Guyana.last_img

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