AIMS Experts Arrive to Measure Onitsha City Marathon Course

first_imgPromoters of Onitsha City Marathon (OCM) took a bold step, when officials from Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) measured the route for the race on June 30.The Onitsha City Marathon has been scheduled to hold on Oct.5 in the commercial nerve centre of Anambra State, South East of Nigeria.At the Head of the 6-man team was a Scot, 67-year-old, internationally acclaimed Marathon Race Measurer, Norrie Williamson based in South Africa. The team was made up of Nigeria’s well-known personality in Marathon/Raod Race organisation, Yussuf Ali.He is currently, the General Manager, Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, alongside Policeman, Solomon Aliyu, a renowned Athletics coach and Head of Security for the tour.Others are the Marathon Route Manager, Olawale Olatunji, and Obiandu Anne, the Events Manager and Lewis Omasuwa, a Tartan Track specialist.Williamson, on arrival with his team, rode on his bicycle through the 21 kilometre course through the ever busy streets of Onitsha, the commercial nerve centre of Anambra State, to take the measurement.The distance covered the Onitsha North and South and parts of Idemili North.Williamson was covered by a team from the Federal Road Safety and the Nigeria Police, who assisted in keeping the ever-busy Onitsha traffic jam at bay throughout the duration of the 2 hour-long grueling exercise.At the end of the painstaking measurement on June 30, Nigeria’s Marathon Race specialist, Alli and current National long Jump record holder, hailed the event as `great’.He holds the National record of 8.27 metres that he set in Lagos on Aug. 8, 1989.Alli told Journalists that the Onitsha City Marathon had started out well by commencing with the measurement. “When you want a race of this magnitude, you need to start with the measurement of theourse.“The Onitsha City Marathon is lucky to have procured the services of the best in the event – Williamson, a man credited with measuring marathons routes of four previous Olympic Games – 1984 Los Angelis Games, 1996 Atlanta, 2004 Athens and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.According to Alli, the Onitsha Marathon is fantastic course because it has a flat course and sure to attract many entries.“I am certain that it will attract many entries from elite athletes all over the World because of the flat nature of the course.’’Alli, a former captain of the National contingent to many Africa, Commonwealth and Olympic Games said that he was amazed to witness a growing culture of road racing in Onitsha.“I observed many enthusiastic people made up of the young and the old jogging for life in the city. This is a good sign that the people trooping out ijn their numbers to jog.“This will impact well on the marathon because the popularity for road race already, thriving in city,’’ he said.On whether the race will hold this year, he said that Oct. 5 date set by the promoters had been officially adopted by AIMS. “We are already working toward it. I am coming for a number of other issues to firm up arrangements.“We still have to count all the lampposts on the routes take others details ahead of the race,’’ Ali said.The Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, also known as AIMS, is an association of the organisers of long-distance road running races.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img

REVIEW: The 1975 delivers another promising single on love in the digital age

first_img(Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / Begoña from Errenteria, España) “If You’re Too Shy” sounds straight out of a coming-of-age movie, right when the main character and their love interest suddenly fall for each other in a dreamy montage sequence. Although that sort of fanciful scene probably won’t happen while social distancing, the song still makes you want to joyfully dance in your bedroom.   Along with Thursday’s release, the band has released the tracks “The Birthday Party” and “Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America” as singles for its upcoming album. In comparison to these mellow tracks, “If You’re Too Shy” is more rose-tinted and tech-themed. An edit of “If You’re Too Shy” was also released with backup vocals from English singer and songwriter FKA Twigs.  The 1975 is back, with its seventh single from the highly anticipated upcoming album, “Notes On A Conditional Form.” Filled with catchy lyrics and a lively saxophone, the track “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)” is the type of serotonin boost that we all need right now.  The band also released a black and white music video the same day, April 23, to accompany the new single. In the video, the group plays side-by-side with frontman Matty Healy sporting a punk aesthetic and happily dancing along to the song.  Throughout the song, Healy sings about wanting to see the girl he saw on the screen, an allusion to either pornography or a girl he just met on the internet. Although he has feelings for her, she easily intimidates him: “But I see her online, and I don’t think that I should be calling / All the time, I just wanted a happy ending / And I’m pretending I don’t care ‘bout her stare / While she’s giving me a tough time.”  The song could be interpreted in different ways, especially when its bold and merry tempo enhances the risqué lyrics. In an interview with Annie Mac from BBC Radio 1’s “Future Sounds,” Healy said “It’s about the idea of chasing connection, it’s about getting naked on FaceTime … It’s the lighter version of some of the observations of what we’re up to on the internet.” center_img Although the song was formally released April 23, the band originally debuted the track during a February concert; from that moment, fans have eagerly anticipated the new single.  The single begins with a soft instrumental, jumping into an upbeat track that is energetic, fun and easy to dance to. Healy goes on to describe his relationship with a mystery girl he met online. The lyrics are provocative and lustful, especially at the chorus when Healy sings: “She said, Maybe I would like you better if you took off your clothes / I wanna see and stop thinking / If you’re too shy then let me — too shy then let me know.”  The 1975’s fourth studio album “Notes On a Conditional Form” is set to release May 22. The band has previously tackled themes of love in the digital age since their third album “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.” Their forthcoming album is a continuation of these themes, and “If You’re Too Shy” plays as a perfect introspective social commentary.  The sound of “If You’re Too Shy” is reminiscent of the band’s alternative music that appeared in its debut self-titled album. With its ’80s-inspired synth pop sound and double entendres, “If You’re Too Shy” is similar to the band’s other songs “Chocolate” and “Girls.” It’ll most likely become a 1975 classic, combining the band’s take on online love with a pop-rock style and giving us a reason to smile and dance amid quarantine. last_img read more

USC swimming and diving posts strong showing at Pac-10s

first_imgThe No. 6 USC women’s swimming and diving team took third place overall in the Pac-10 championships, finishing behind Stanford and California.Strong performance · Over the weekend, junior Katinka Hosszu was named Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet after posting first-place finishes in the 200 individual medley, 400 individual medley and 200-yard butterfly. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan The Trojans took home eight titles from the competition, one off the school record for Pac-10 wins (nine wins in 2003).“I am proud of the fact that we came away with eight individual championships, by far the most in nearly a decade,” said USC coach Dave Salo. “Those eight wins can turn into eight wins at the NCAA championships which attests to the perennial strength of the Pac-10 conference.”USC started off on a positive note, ending the first day of the Pac-10s tied for second place with Stanford.As the meet progressed, No. 4 Cal led the rankings during the opening competition, but by Saturday, No. 1 Stanford had managed to come back and take its second-straight Pac-10 title.Though USC did not take home the Pac-10 title, it swept the individual titles.Junior Katinka Hosszu was named Swimmer of the Meet, while junior Victoria Ishimatsu was named Diver of the Meet. Junior Harrison Jones, who participated in the men’s diving Pac-10 championships that also took place last week, was named men’s Diver of the Meet.“I’m really happy with my times and placements,” Hosszu said. “I hope I can be faster at NCAAs and I’m excited to see how much faster I can go.”Hosszu won three titles, the 200-meter and 400-meter individual medleys and the 200-yard butterfly, while sophomore Haley Anderson won two in the 500- and 1560-yard free.Senior Lyndsay DePaul also finished strong for the team on Saturday, taking second place behind Hosszu in the 200-yard butterfly.Although the Women of Troy stressed that the Pac-10s are not as important to the team as the NCAA competition coming up in two weeks, their third place finish was significant. To some, it is an indicator of what they can do better at NCAAs.“It’s good we have this meet so we know what we need to improve in two weeks,” Hosszu said. “For example, I know I was slow on a couple of turns, so I can work on that. Hopefully we can improve and do much better at NCAAs.”The NCAA competition will be March 17-19 in Austin, Texas. The team has high hopes for the last competition of its season.“We had a strong showing at the Pac-10 conference championships and finished third to two very strong teams,” Salo said. “We are looking to move into the top 5 at NCAAs in a few weeks.”last_img read more

No. 3 seed Boeheim’s Army advances to Elite Eight with late run, downs No. 7 seed Team Fancy 65-61

first_img Published on July 20, 2017 at 9:18 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 NEW YORK — As Brandon Triche’s corner 3-pointer soared in the air, Trevor Cooney stood up. He clenched a towel as Boeheim’s Army’s chances to take a lead hung in the air. Fans clad in orange and blue stood up from behind him, some cracking smiles, others nervously holding their breaths. The gym, once vibrant, fell into an anxious hush.Triche drilled the shot, giving the Syracuse alumni a 61-59 lead. And Triche, who landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2012 and led Syracuse to the Elite Eight in 2013, sunk four free throws in the final seconds to seal the game. For No. 3 seed Boeheim’s Army, his 3-point shot punched a ticket to the Elite Eight. A “Let’s go Orange” chant broke up from the Syracuse-dominant stands. For No. 7 seed Team Fancy, which upset the No. 2 seed in the tournament to earn a date with Boeheim’s Army, Triche’s shot was the dagger in a run that seemed like it would go on when they took a lead in the final minutes.“I feel like I was due for one,” Triche said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlly Moreo | Photo EditorBehind Triche’s shot, Boeheim’s Army avenged its Super 16 loss a year ago with a 65-61 victory. For the second time in three years, the Syracuse alumni will play in the Elite Eight of The Basketball Tournament, a 64-team, single-elimination tournament that awards a $2 million grand prize, played at Long Island University-Brooklyn. Boeheim’s Army now boasts an 8-2 record over three summers and will look for win No. 9 Sunday on the same court for a shot at the Final Four.“We have shooters all over the floor,” Devendorf said. “Pick your poison.”It was a seesaw game in every sense, in front of an audience that included the CEO of Starbucks and Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones. And, via the ESPN2 national broadcast, likely SU head coach Jim Boeheim.Each team started slow in the opening minutes that included errant passes, missed layups and stagnant offense. Triche broke away twice but failed to convert at the rim. Eric Devendorf needed only three hard dribbles to make it from 3-point range to underneath the hoop, but he too couldn’t get the bucket to go in off the glass. After John Gillon tossed a cross-court pass into the hands of Team Fancy, head coach Ryan Blackwell rolled his eyes and replaced him with Triche. Gillon finished with zero points in seven minutes.But deep into the first half, James Southerland came sweeping through the paint. Uncovered, he caught took a pass chest-high in stride and threw the ball down with his right hand. It was met with applause by the several hundred fans donning orange and blue, and the play spurted a 7-3 Boeheim’s Army run.Ally Moreo | Photo EditorA Devendorf drive to the rim stretched the SU lead to five with nine minutes to go. Once again shortly after, he did almost the same, bumping Boeheim’s Army’s lead to seven, its largest of the game. The next time down, he dropped off a pass to CJ Fair for an easy lay-in.And just when Southerland, fresh off a couple of weeks in the NBA Summer League with the Utah Jazz, looked slightly out of place with an awkward pivot, he dropped in a nifty teardrop to make it a five point game. “We have to be right there in striking distance at the end of the game,” said Devendorf, who finished with a team-high 19 points.Boeheim’s Army did that, as now finds itself three victories away from the grand prize. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Third World continues to rock after 45 years

first_imgOne of Jamaica’s more enduring popular band Third World celebrated their 45th year in the entertainment industry at what some fans termed “an extraordinary performance” on Saturday, December 29 at the Liguanea Golf Academy in New Kingston, Jamaica.Build as “Third World and Friends” the show exuded professionalism, creativity and the high quality of Jamaica’s musical cultureObviously, the promoters of the show placed significant emphasis on pleasing Third World fans with a superb production, including the design of the stage The stage featured doors on either side and during the show the MC’s,  Jamaican radio personalities Nikki Z and Rodney Campbell, welcome the performers by opening the doors to welcome the musical friends on stage.But the focus was on Third World, who after 45 years from their first performance at the Ranny Williams Center on Hope Road in 1973 seemed not to have missed a beat. The band thrilled the audience with perennial hits like Try Jah Love, Committed, Always Around, 96 Degrees in the Shade, Sense of Purpose, Now That We’ve Found Love. The original recordings of most of these hits featured the late Bunny Rugs, but popular Jamaican singer AJ Brown was an ample replacement at the show.The ‘Friends’ of Third World appearing in the show included  Naomi Cowan; rising Stars winning trio One Third; Sevana, Billy Mystic, and another perennial favorite for Jamaicans, King Yellowman, who was dressed as a soldier. Yellowman immediately sent the audience roaring with his hits including I’m Getting Married, Blueberry Hill and Zungguzungguguzungguzeng. Additional welcomed friends included Big Youth, Queen Ifrica, Tessanne Chin, Toots Hibbert, Luciano, Freddie McGregor, and Wayne Marshall, and Shaggy. However, the best friend of all, and a surprise to the fan, was the appearance through one of the stage doors of Damion “Junior Gong” Marley who also thrilled the audience with hits like Welcome to Jamrock, and a new hit called Medication in reference to the virtues of marijuana.last_img read more

World Cup: Fifa probe puts Ethiopia and Tunisia progress in doubt

first_imgEthiopia and Tunisia’s progress to the final round of African World Cup qualifying are in doubt as Fifa opened three probes into player eligibility.On Sunday, Ethiopia beat South Africa 2-1 in Addis Ababa to seemingly reach the African play-offs from.Tunisia believed they had gone through too but Fifa are considering an appeal from Equatorial Guinea, that would affect the points in Group B.Togo are also to be investigated with ramifications for Group IFifa rules state a guilty teams “will be sanctioned by forfeiting the match”.Ethiopia face accusations they fielded an ineligible player in the 2-1 win over Botswana on 8 June in Group A.If they are found guilty it would hand a lifeline back to 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa. Should Ethiopia forfeit that victory against Botswana then South Africa would only be two points behind going into the final group matches in September.Those game see South Africa host Botswana, while Ethiopia travel to face Central African Republic.The president of the Ethiopian Football Federation, Sehilu Gebremariam, is still confident his side can progress.“This is shocking news – but the point is that we are still leading the group, we believe that we shall still qualify for the next stage,” he told the BBC’s Newsday programme.“We are scrutinizing the situation and we will give information to Fifa and to the public.” He said they would be consulting the coaching staff to get their views on the situation before reacting further.Football’s world governing body is also investigating Togo and Equatorial Guinea for the same reason.Tunisia’s progress is on hold as Equatorial Guinea allegedly fielded an ineligible player in their 4-3 defeat of island nation Cape Verde in March.Fifa says they recently ruled on that matter and that the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations co-hosts have appealed the decision.The Carthage Eagles drew 1-1 in Equatorial Guinea on Sunday to seemingly book their place in the play-offs, but a technical victory for Cape Verde would change the complexion of Group B. Should island nation Cape Verde receive the points from a match they originally lost it would lift the islanders up to nine points – just two behind the North Africans.Tunisia host Cape Verde on the final day of the current qualifying stage.Group I could also change as Fifa also look into whether Togo used an ineligible player in their 2-0 win over Cameroon on 9 June.The Indomitable Lions, who are six-time World Cup qualifiers, now stand to gain the three points should the Togolese be found guilty.Such a scenario would move Cameroon, who currently trail Group I leaders Libya by two points, a point clear in the table. The West Africans host Libya in what is both sides’ final encounter in September.last_img read more

Lakers close out 108-101 loss to Thunder with a small lineup

first_imgThe lineup for the final 5:08 featured three guards in Jeremy Lin, Jordan Clarkson and Wayne Ellington. Ryan Kelly played at power forward as a stretch four, while Jordan Hill assumed the traditional center position. “I thought at the end it was necessary,” Scott said, noting the Thunder’s smaller lineup. “I thought they played pretty well together.”The combination did not change the outcome. The Lakers outscored the Thunder 14-10 during that stretch. But the Lakers’ backcourt embraced the combination.“I’m being trusted with the ball, I’m being given those opportunities. I’m being given the minutes and the spacing and the style of play,” said Lin, who posted a team-leading 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting and eight assists. “I prefer it this way rather than any other way, so I’m definitely thankful.”On whether he would close out games with this smaller lineup, Scott said it “depends on the situation with a team they have out there.” Yet, the Lakers’ backcourt believes that lineup can become effective with a larger sample size. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error His name seems almost sacrilegious around here, Mike D’Antoni’s presence sparking negative reviews from Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and plenty of Lakers fans. But D’Antoni’s offensive system revolutionized the game and elevated role players to unforeseen heights even if his two seasons with the Lakers ended with a 67-87 record. Hence, it seemed noteworthy that Lakers coach Byron Scott closed out the Lakers’ 108-101 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center with a lineup that D’Antoni may have employed had not he not resigned last offseason.• PHOTOS: Even with 6 players in double-digits, Lakers lose to Thunder at Staples• MORE LAKERS: Little left in L.A.’s tank in loss to Oklahoma Citycenter_img “Defensively we can be more aggressive,” Clarkson said. “We can get into guys and spread the floor.” Injury updateLakers forward Nick Young missed his third consecutive game because of a swollen right knee. Young will travel for the Lakers’ three-game trip in Charlotte (Tuesday), Miami (Wednesday) and Memphis (Friday), but Scott sounded unsure if he would play in any of those games. “I’m hoping, but I’m not going to push it,” Scott said. “If he still has swelling in there and it’s sore, he’ll just wait.”Etc.Lakers forward Tarik Black missed his third consecutive game because of a coach’s decision. “He doesn’t need to do anything,” Scott said. “He’ll get back in.” Scott also said he currently plans to stick with the same starting lineup for Tuesday’s game against Charlotte as he has for the past four games. That includes Clarkson (point guard), Ellington (shooting guard), Kelly (small forward), Carlos Boozer (power forward) and Robert Sacre (center). Said Scott: “But that could change, obviously.” last_img read more

Kemba Walker uncertain about Hornets future: ‘I want to win’

first_img“I don’t think it’s started yet,” Walker said. “I think now the work begins for those guys. They’ll figure it out.”While Walker showed confidence in the Hornets’ front office, many have questioned whether Charlotte will figure it out in time to retain the All-Star guard. In Walker’s eight Hornets seasons since being drafted ninth overall in 2011, Charlotte has made the playoffs just twice and didn’t advance past the first round either time. NBA playoffs 2019: Updated odds to win the championship Kemba Walker has just one thing on his mind when he enters free agency this summer — he wants to win. For the Hornets veteran guard, his upcoming decision won’t be based solely on money. Instead, it’ll be about whether Charlotte can prove to be a winning franchise. “I want to win; I want to win,” Walker told reporters during his exit interview, per the Charlotte Observer. “That’s something that I’m going to have to really sit down and think about with my family, with my agent, with the people closest to me in my life that will help me make that decision.”Asked Kemba what’s most important to him as he makes his decision. Is it winning, money, happiness?— Rod Boone (@rodboone) April 11, 2019The Hornets missed the playoffs for the third straight season, finishing ninth in the Eastern Conference (two games back from the eighth-ranked Pistons) with a 39-43 record. Walker explained that the Hornets will have to show him that they have the ability to build sufficient talent around him. Related News The questions surrounding Walker’s pending free agency decision have come up throughout the season, and he was asked about it after the Hornets were eliminated from playoff contention with a 122-114 loss to the Magic on Wednesday. “I’m not sure,” Walker said after the game when asked if he will be back with the Hornets next season, per “I have a long time to even start thinking about that stuff. Me and my agent, my family, we will discuss that stuff when the time is right.”A three-time All-Star, Walker, 28, is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-high 25.6 points as he played in all 82 games for just the second time in his career.last_img read more

Binnie ‘happy’ with overall performance

first_imgKINGSTON:Jamaican and Caribbean men’s champion Chris Binnie finished second at the TRAC North of Scotland Professional Squash Association tournament which wrapped up on Sunday in Aberdeen, Scotland.Although unseeded, Binnie fought his way to the final, beating Richie Fallows of England 11-9, 3-11, 11-2, 11-8 in the first round, and Fallows’ teammate Joe Green 6-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-4 in the quarter-finals.In the semi-finals Binnie rallied from a first game loss to beat Englishman Eddie Charlton, ranked 65 in the world, 4-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7.However, the Jamaican’s winning streak ended in the final, as he went down 4-11, 4-11, 7-11 to Yousseff Soliman of Egypt.”Although I’m disappointed that I lost in the final I am very happy about my performance throughout the week as it will improve my ranking,” said Binnie.The national and regional champion is heading to Switzerland to compete in the Pilatus Cup, which starts tomorrow.”There were many positives to take away from doing well in Scotland and I’ll be working for an even better result in Switzerland,” said Binnie.last_img read more

MESSENGERS OF PEACE, Dialogue among Peace Messengers: It takes a village

first_imgThe spread of the Ebola virus in Liberia started with a single individual from Guinea. Now it takes a global village to contain it.  We are constantly reminded of the spread of the Ebola virus from DRC, Sudan, Uganda, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, USA and Spain.Given my rudimentary knowledge of Ebola virus, we can now categorize Ebola Virus Disease as a pandemic rather than an epidemic. The Ebola pandemic affects us all. The death of one person affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) affects all of us.In the words made famous by John Donne-1624 Meditation 17 Devotions upon-Ask not for whom the bell tolls-“No man is an island entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent. A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory were. As well as if a manor of thine own. Or of thine friends were. Each man’s death diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind. Therefore, send not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.”The message in the above poem is simply the connectivity in this pandemic and how a more concerted and comprehensive effort would be required to tackle the spread of Ebola. You may think you don’t know someone who is affected-or you may feel you’re not affected. You’re wrong. Everyone is affected and should be involved in the fight against Ebola.It takes a village to dispel rumors, educate its masses, provide supportive but precautionary care, mobilize its young people and provide facilities for the disposal of its deaths. It is only when we get the buy-in of the village that we can begin to turn the curve in the fight against Ebola Virus Disease.We need a village chief to help oversee the coordination, supervision and implementation of the ever-changing protocols for EVD. We need, according to Mike Rawlings, Dallas Mayor, “to minimize fears and maximize facts. We need to deal with facts not fears.Notice the use of the word “We”. The battle against EVD is not and would never be the responsibility of one person, government or international organizations. It is the collective responsibility of all. This crisis calls for an approach that would engage the entire population as we begin to come into grips with socio-cultural events.  A village model that provides empirical information on knowledge, attitude and practices, including norms and beliefs that affect people and confidence to act would be critical to prevention and control programmes.We need to be on a trajectory to begin to meet up with the Ebola virus. We also need a sense of community that places emphasis on food security, improved access to water, electricity and roads. The bottom-line is to use all of our collective capabilities to control the spread of EVD and prevent other villagers from infection.To control and prevent the continuous spread of Ebola, we do not need a field of villages that are disconnected. We need a committed village to connect, have a different attitude and behavior to common up with a common vision before it is too late. According to Richard Quest, of CNN Quest means business, “stopping Ebola outbreak would take Doctors, Drugs and Dollars” before it is too late.When we are proactive, thoughtful and adaptive, we will emerge from this pandemic and trying times stronger than ever before. As young people, we should be part of the villagers and not take any risk that would put us in harms way. We should be our brothers and sisters keepers. People are having trouble feeding their families and more educational outreach programmes would be needed to engage the Liberian populace.Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Politics” to control Ebola, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more