TALK AFRICA: NIGERIA UNDER BUHARI

first_imgIt’s now been more than 100 days since Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as Nigerian president, and he has already showed renewed vigour in the War against Boko Haram and clamped down on government corruption. But Africa’s biggest economy is still in a slump and Buhari is yet to appoint a cabinet. So what exactly has been achieved under the APC? And has life been made better in Nigeria Under Buhari?last_img

Barcelona plan to offer three players in swap deal for Neymar

first_imgBarcelona are considering an ambitious three player swap deal in order to bring former star Neymar back to the club this summer.Advertisement However, the French side have now lowered that fee to €150M, with Barcelona keen on a reunion before the 2020-21 season starts.But, according to reports from Mundo Deportivo, due to the financial pressure of the coronavirus pandemic, La Blaugrana will have a reduced transfer budget to work with.That could mean Quique Setien’s side making a renewed attempt to negotiate a player plus cash deal for the 28-year old.The report states the defending La Liga champions will offer French trio Samuel Umtiti, Jean-Clair Todibo and Ousmane Dembele as part of a deal.Read Also: Ajax place €40m price-tag on Barcelona targetTodibo is currently on loan at Bundelisga side Schalke 04, with the German club holding a purchase option on the defender.Umtiti and Dembele have both endured an injury disrupted season, and could be tempted by the challenge of first team football in Paris.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreHere’s What Everyday Objects Look Like If Cut In Half10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year Loading… La Blaugrana were linked with a move for the Brazilian international ahead of the current campaign, but refused to pay PSG’s €200M asking price.last_img read more

Firefighters battle Osgood blaze Thursday night

first_imgTwo fire departments are battling an Osgood fire Thursday night.OSGOOD, Ind. – Fire crews are on the scene of a residential fire in Osgood Thursday night.The blaze broke out in a home in the 100 block of Lynn Street around 8:53 p.m. Ripley County dispatchers said they believed nobody was home.Osgood and Versailles firefighters are on the scene along with Osgood Police and Rescue 69.WRBI will release more details when they are made available.last_img

Indiana DNR: There is no such thing as ‘safe ice’

first_imgVersailles, In. — Indiana Conservation Officers are advising citizens across the Wabash Valley of the potential hazards of being on frozen lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams this winter.Recent temperatures in the Wabash Valley have brought about thin sheets of ice.Indiana Conservation Officers ask everyone to be vigilant and keep a watchful eye on neighborhood retention ponds, lakes and other waterways for those who may venture out and find themselves in trouble.Every winter, thousands of Hoosiers safely enjoy fishing, skating, hiking, or just sliding around on frozen ponds and lakes. And every year, people drown after falling through ice. Just like re-learning how to drive on snow versus clear roads, some Hoosiers need to re-learn how to safely have fun on ice.Conservation Officers want citizens to put safety first. Here are a few tips to remember when considering standing on or walking on a frozen lake or pond:No ice is safe ice.Test the thickness of the ice with an ice auger.  At least 4 inches of ice is recommended for ice fishing; 5 inches is recommended for snowmobiling.If you don’t know….don’t go.Wear life jackets or flotation coats.Carry ice hooks and rope gear.When on the ice, leave a note with a friend or family member of your whereabouts.Don’t test the thickness of the ice while alone.Indiana Conservation Officers say the best rule of thumb is, when walking on ice, to believe you are ‘walking on thin ice.’ Wearing a life jacket is especially important when on the ice. If you fall through, a life jacket will keep your head above the water until help arrives.“Ice is beginning to form on smaller bodies of water. We would like to ask that the community keep a close eye out for children in your area who may play on the ice. It takes extreme low temperatures and quite some time to form several inches of ice. We have not had those conditions in the Wabash Valley this winter,” said Indiana Conservation Officer Max Winchell.If you see a pet or other animal in distress on the ice, please do not venture on the ice after it.  This can often end in tragedy.  Contact your local emergency response personnel who are equipped to make a rescue on thin ice.Some bodies of water will appear to be frozen solid but actually can have thin ice in several unsuspecting areas. Flowing water, such as rivers and streams, should be avoided when covered by a layer of ice. Water that is surrounded by sand may freeze with inconsistencies in the thickness of the ice.Underground springs, wind, waterfowl and other animals can also keep areas of ice thin.last_img read more

Surgery: Ex-Green Eagles defender solicits for financial support from Nigerians

first_imgRelatedPosts Mother of late Green Eagles star Okwaraji is dead Dare, Amokachi hail 1980 Green Eagles FIFA ban: Odegbami cries for help for Siasia Former Green Eagles defender, Kadiri Ikhana, has called for financial support from Nigerians to enable him undergo three surgeries.Ikhana who made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja, said the surgery would cost N10 million naira.He explained that he was advised by the medical Director, Dr. Christopher Otabor of Alliance Hospital in Abuja to undergo a hip replacement surgery after a Magnetic Resonance Imaging.“I need the support of my fellow Nigerians to assist me to perform the remaining three operations which is scheduled for November19 and November 20.“The third surgery will be carried out in December. According to him, the call for support became necessary because the hospital and Federation of Coaches alone cannot handle the huge expenses.“I appreciate the efforts of Alliance hospital for the first free surgery and for saving my life and making me to walk again,” he said.Ikhana played for the Eagles as well as the Nigerian Army, 1st Infantry Division of the Armed Forces, representing Nigeria in two World Military Games.He also played for Bendel Insurance for five years, winning trophies with the club and also played for the defunct Abiola Babes before quitting the game as player.Ikhana then moved on to coach El Kanemi Warriors, BCC Lions, Sunshine stars, Kastina United, Nasarawa United, Yobe among others.He won the CAF Champions League with Enyimba football club of Aba as a coach.Tags: Green Eagleslast_img read more

Football: No. 8 Wisconsin takes on No. 4 Michigan in top 10 showdown

first_imgIn one of the most important games the University of Wisconsin football team will play in years, perhaps there is no better setting than Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.The stadium, dubbed “The Big House,” sets a stage of more than 100,000 fans for the top 10 showdown. Plenty more eyeballs will view from home as the No. 4 Wolverines (4-0) host the No. 8 Badgers (4-0) Saturday on ABC at 2:30 p.m.Football: Biegel to miss 2-4 weeks after surgery to repair fractured bone in footFifth-year senior linebacker Vince Biegel is expected to miss 2-4 weeks after having minor surgery Thursday night to mend a Read…With the fanfare and sheer spectacle of the afternoon awaiting them in “The Big House,” the Badgers will have to tone out the crowd to focus on the game itself. Jazz Peavy — who leads the Badgers in catches (16), receiving yards (274) and receiving touchdowns (two) — and his fellow receiving corps will be tasked with going against one of the most formidable secondaries in the country.Despite losing Jeremy Clark for the season to a torn ACL, Michigan’s All-American Jourdan Lewis plays a lockdown corner for the Wolverines opposite senior Channing Stribling. Of course, the Michigan defense also has has linebacker and safety Jabrill Peppers, one of college football’s most dynamic players. The Wolverines have held their opponents to just a 12 percent conversion rate on third down this season, which ranks first in the country.In the face of those daunting numbers, Peavy refuses to be intimidated.“I think about what we can do,” Peavy said. “I know we can convert third downs, and I know we can make plays. That 12 percent was 12 percent against other teams.”The Badgers were stellar on third down in their win over Michigan State last week, particularly redshirt freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook, who will make only his second career start Saturday.Football: No. 11 Wisconsin makes statement with 30-6 road victory against No. 8 Michigan StateEAST LANSING, Mich. — For several seconds during the third quarter, University of Wisconsin fifth-year safety Leo Musso felt like Read…Quarterback Wilton Speight commands the Wolverine offensive attack and gets the job done through the air. He has thrown for 875 yards and nine touchdowns with just one interception. Speight has plenty of tall targets too, including 6-foot-6-inch tight end Jake Butt, who is considered the National Football League’s top draft prospect at the position right now. On the other side of the ball, Wisconsin doesn’t have a single member of its secondary taller than 5-foot-11-inches.“No matter who the opponent is, we just have to stay true to ourselves and play our ball,” Watt said. “Smart, tough, dependable football like Wisconsin always does.”It has been nearly six years since Wisconsin and Michigan last played (blame scheduling and conference realignment). In that game, Badger running backs Montee Ball and James White ran all over the Wolverines, J.J. Watt added a pick and UW won 48-28 on Nov. 20, 2010.A lot has happened to both programs since then. Jim Harbaugh and his khakis took over his alma mater’s coaching job after the 2014 season, and Michigan has already experienced a quick turnaround, propelling it back into the upper echelons of college football.Paul Chryst, who has expressed high praise for Harbaugh, took over the head coaching job at Wisconsin a couple weeks earlier. Chryst and Harbaugh’s careers overlapped while both were assistants for the San Diego Chargers under Nebraska’s current head coach Mike Riley.“Jim’s a really good football coach,” Chryst said. “He’s got a really good staff, and obviously, they have good players. He’s done it at San Diego, did at Stanford, had success with the 49ers and now at Michigan.”Chryst’s brother, Geep, served as Harbaugh’s quarterback coach for the San Francisco 49ers for the four seasons Harbaugh was the head coach there.Bumbaca’s Prediction: Michigan 23, Wisconsin 17No one saw last week’s thrashing of Michigan State coming, and yes, I will own up to the fact I picked Sparty to win. Still, the Badgers had trouble running the ball. Hornibrook’s decision-making was questionable at times, and the secondary lacked an edge down the stretch.Also, MSU is much more flawed than the Wolverines. The Badgers will have to take advantage of the mismatch presented between their front-seven and the Wolverine offensive line. If they are able to force the Wolverines into third-and-long situations and maintain a steady pass rush, they will definitely be in this game.I don’t know if they can pull it off, however. It will be close.Game InformationWhen: 2:30 p.m.Where: Ann Arbor, Michigan, Michigan StadiumTV: ABC (Dave Flemming, Brian Griese, Todd McShay)Radio: Badger Sports Radio Network, Sirius/XM 84 (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas, Patrick Herb)All-time series: Michigan leads, 47-14-1.last_img read more

Thunder Bay Theatre creates new dance academy for all ages

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA group of dance enthusiasts are taking their curiosities onto the main floor. Check out the steps they’re making at Thunder Bay Theatre.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Dance Academy, Thunder Bay TheatreContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena is the 27th coldest city in the countryNext Traffic stop leads to meth bust in Roscommon Townshiplast_img

Semenya claims 3rd WC 800m title, Burundi’s Niyonsaba gets silver

first_imgKenya’s Obiri denies Ayana world doubleKenya’s Hellen Obiri claimed consolation for her Olympic silver last year winning the women’s 5,000 metres world title.The 27-year-old produced a devastating burst down the back straight to leave defending champion Almaz Ayana trailing and went on to win in a time of 14min 34.86sec.Ayana, who had won the 10,000m gold in what was her first race of the season, took silver for Ethiopia in 14:40.35 with the Netherlands Sifan Hassan finishing third in 14:42.73.Ayana had decided to inject some much-needed zip into the pace with nine laps to run and only Obiri was able to match her.The field was suddenly splintered with Hassan, also fom Ethiopia but who came to the Netherlands as a refugee aged 15, leading a group of five contesting the minor medal.Ayana was unable to burn off Obiri as she had done her rivals in the 10,000m — which she won by over 46sec — with the Kenyan content to let her 25-year-old rival do all the pace-setting.Her strategy paid off perfectly as heading into the final lap she moved up onto Ayana’s shoulder and then delivered her coup de grace.Gold for Kenya!Elijah Manangoi wins the 1500m at #IAAFworlds in 3:33.61!!— IAAF (@iaaforg) August 13, 2017Kenya’s Manangoi wins world 1500m goldKenya’s Elijah Motonei Manangoi upstaged favoured teammate Asbel Kiprop to win gold in the men’s 1500m.Manangoi clocked 3min 33.61sec, finishing 0.38sec ahead of compatriot Timothy Cheruiyot.Filip Ingebrigtsen of Norway claimed bronze in 3:34.53.Kiprop’s bid for a fourth world title went up in smoke as he could only manage ninthShare on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP |  South African Caster Semenya, dogged by gender accusations since shooting to fame in 2009, won a third world title in the women’s 800m on Sunday.Semenya, the defending Olympic champion and also world champion in 2009 and 2011, timed 1min 55.16sec, the fastest time of the year so far.Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba, the Olympic silver medallist and world indoor champion, finished second in 1:55.92, with American Ajee Wilson taking bronze (1:56.65).Wilson went out fast, with Niyonsaba on her coattails and Semenya happy to sit back in the pack. The South African was fifth going through the bell in a fast pace of 57.98sec.Wilson made a move with 250 metres to run, Kenya’s Olympic bronze medallist Margaret Wambui immediately falling off pace.Hitting the home straight, Wilson and Niyonsaba were neck and neck before Semenya moved smoothly outside the lead duo and motored through the line for a convincing victory.?? Caster Semenya wins the 800m gold ? in a world leading time of 1:55.16 #BeTheNext pic.twitter.com/7eCbWdSfek— IAAF World Champs (@IAAFWorldChamps) August 13, 2017Semenya is back in the spotlight following a study funded by the IAAF and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that showed female athletes with naturally high levels of testosterone enjoy a competitive advantage of up to 4.5 percent over their rivals.The 26-year-old South African was one of a number of women taking medication to lower her testosterone level until 2015 when the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) suspended an IAAF rule that enforced a limit on naturally occurring levels.Semenya has studiously avoided the controversy, instead concentrating on her track performances and she won a bronze in the highly competitive 1500m on Monday in the opening race of her ambitious bid for a distance double.Semenya, who stands to be awarded the 2012 Olympic gold medal after Russian winner Mariya Savinova was disqualified for doping, now has to await further meetings between the IAAF and CAS to discover if she again has to take testosterone suppressing medication.Hellen Obiri kills it in the last lap and takes gold in the 5000m!The Kenyan wins in 14:34.87!#IAAFworlds pic.twitter.com/ED6Kcv33X7— IAAF (@iaaforg) August 13, 2017last_img read more

Golf Business International joins England Golf partners’ network

first_imgA new partnership between England Golf and the consultancy organisation Golf Business International will give clubs access to a wide range of specialist knowledge and expertise.Golf Business International is the latest organisation to join England Golf’s network of Preferred Partners. Its 35 members together have over 400 years’ experience across all areas of golf business and can provide clubs with valuable advice and practical help.England Golf’s 35 Club Support Officers will highlight these specialist support services to 1900+ affiliated clubs.The new partnership adds more value to England Golf’s support package for clubs, helping them to run successful businesses by providing the golfing and social experience their customers want.Abbie Lench, England Golf’s Head of Club Support, said: “We are delighted to welcome Golf Business International and to strengthen our service to clubs. This access to the knowledge and experience of industry experts will be invaluable in helping them to develop and grow their business.”Golf Business International chairman, Howard Swan, commented: “For us to enter into such an agreement with England Golf and be able to offer clubs our wide range of specialist consulting services is a great step forward.“It gives us a wonderful opportunity to work for the members to increase their business opportunities in the national golf market. It is my hope this agreement may prove to be the forerunner of similar agreements with the other three domestic national bodies, leading our members to help their clubs through their respective support programmes.“An important part of the initiative will be to link closely with the regions of England Golf to provide education and training through seminars and workshops.”Golf Business International was originally formed in 1999 as the Golf Consultants Association and rebranded in 2017. It specialises in making available teams of highly respected and experienced golf industry professionals to deal with any aspect of the business of golf, from conception to end.  www.golfbusinessinternational.com  25 Jan 2018 Golf Business International joins England Golf partners’ network England Golf has 1900+ affiliated clubs which can access the network of Preferred Partners. For a full list of partners click hereCaption: Golf Business International chairman Howard Swan (left) and Richard Flint, England Golf’s Participation and Club Support Director, shake on the new agreementcenter_img Tags: Clubs, Golf Business, partnershiplast_img read more

Alapag: Alab ‘much different team’ ahead of semis duel vs Hong Kong

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “We’re gonna have our hands full, but I told the guys, let’s give ourselves an opportunity after tonight to play against the defending champs.”Game 1 of the best-of-three semifinals is on Wednesday at Southorn Stadium in Hong Kong.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag couldn’t have put it any better.“Anytime that you get a chance to win the championship, you got to play the best and you got to beat the best,” he said after his side advanced in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League playoffs with a 96-85 victory over Saigon to sweep their quarterfinals series on Saturday and set up a high-stakes collision course against defending champion Hong Kong Eastern.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Alapag is optimistic that the two games against Saigon have prepared them well ahead of the monumental clash against Hong Kong in the Final Four.“Saigon has so many great guards, you talk about Scott, (Moses) Morgan, and (Mikey) Williams. And Hong Kong is very similar with (Marcus) Elliott and (Tyler) Lamb, and of course, they got Christian (Standhardinger) over there, too,” he said.Alab went 0-2 for against Hong Kong in the elimination round, but a lot has changed since with the Philippines now boasting different World Imports in Renaldo Balkman and Justin Brownlee, who led the team to the No  3 seed.That fact isn’t lost on Alapag, and he’s more than excited to test Hong Kong on a bigger stage.“We’re much, much different team compared to we were in the first half of the season. At the same time, they’re still the defending champs and they have home court advantage, so it’s going to be important for us to shift our focus as we head home and go to Hong Kong on Wednesday,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Alab came in to Ho Chi Minh City prepared for a war and they got one, something which Alapag believes will be beneficial for the Philippine-based squad in the long run.“Not an easy place to play in. It’s a loud, loud venue and it’s great to see the local community here in Saigon support their team,” he said of the boisterous CIS Arena as the Game 2 clash served as a precursor to the rowdy crowds that await Alab in the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s these types of environments that you live to play in and I just thought we came out, got to a good start, got to sustain it even though they shot the ball really well in the first half, fought our way through, and we came out with the win.”But it’s not only the crowd as the Heat also gave Alab all they could handle with Akeem Scott leading the way for the Vietnam crew. La Salle closes in on twice-to-beat, blanks UST Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastlast_img read more