Mikel Leads Under-23 Team to ‘Defy’ NFF

first_imgJAPANESE FAN’S CASH BONUSWhile millions of Nigerians are still celebrating the solitary medal (bronze) won in the football event last Saturday by the gallant Under-23 team at the just concluded Rio Olympics, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the players led by their captain John Mikel Obi have been at daggers drawn over the money donated to the team by a generous Japanese billionaire, Katsuya Takasu.Although the NFF had officially denied the news making the rounds that it wanted to collect the $390,000 on behalf of the team which the reports stated that the players flatly rejected, it was gathered that hours after the team’s victory over Honduras, coach Samson Siasia and Obi received the money from the Japanese plastic surgeon. Earlier on Saturday, the NFF had issued a statement quoting president Amaju Pinnick as saying it was mischievous to say that the body planned to use the donation to offset the backlog of salaries owed its coaches, adding that the NFF was merely conducting an integrity test on the donation and the donor.The Japanese fan in redeeming his pledge to the team wrote out two Citibank cheques — $200,000 in favour of Siasia and $190,000 in favour of Mikel.A member of the team, who craved anonymity, disclosed last night: ”We have resolved that no matter what, we will not surrender this cash to the NFF.“Mikel has insisted all of us will get our share of the money. That we should not mind what the people in the NFF are saying.“He will make available this cash when he comes for next month’s AFCON qualifier against Tanzania in Uyo.”According to him, a meeting by the team had resolved that both players and officials would receive equal amount of the cash, while Obi had said that he would give part of his share to Siasia so that the coach’s share would be more than that of individual player in the squad.It was further gathered that the sharing formula agreed at the meeting would be a flat rate for the 22 players (18 accredited players and four alternate players) and 10 officials.A further check also revealed that the Nigerian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan had written to the Sports Ministry to confirm knowledge of the decision of the Japanese doctor to reward the U-23 team, but the Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung insisted that he would not be part of the generous gift saying: “We want to protect Nigeria’s image.”An official in the Under-23 team said that the desperation on the part of the players to share the money without the support of their principals was borne out of the fact that similar donations to the national football teams by philanthropists in the past were never released to the players.“When the Super Eagles won the African Cup of Nations in 2013, prominent Nigerians made pledges and till date nothing came out till date.“A while ago in 2005 when coach Samson Siasia led Nigeria to come second at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Holland, former Governor of Balyelsa State, late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, donated $50,000 to the team through NFF and nothing has been heard about the money till date following the dissolution of the camp after the tournament.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Runaway Spotted In Red Bank!

first_imgLITA FORD, THE rock goddess and certified platinum solo recording artist was in Red Bank this past weekend, shooting photos around town for her new solo CD “Living Like A Runaway.” (Release date June 19). She was working with photographer and Rumson resident Mark Weiss, who is acting as both photographer and art director for her new release.Ford began her career at age 16 with Joan Jett when they were members of the all-girl rock band “The Runaways.”Lita took a break from the photo shoot on Sunday, March 18, to stop by Banegas Gallery at 43 Broad Street, where she signed a painting of herself by artist David Banegas, which was inspired by a 1983 photo by Weiss. She also signed a painting of her signature “Black Widow” BC Rich Warlock guitar.“Mark and David are brilliant together,” Ford said. “It was my pleasure to meet David and see his wonderful work. Mark is like a brother to me and the best at what he does, which is why I chose him to do the cover of ”Living Like A Runaway.” The two of them together are awesome.”Banegas and Weiss, first met in December at the “Holiday Flavour” event at the Oyster Point to benefit Lunch Break. Weiss has been auctioning his famous rock photographs to benefit the Red Bank soup kitchen. At the event, Banegas was painting “live” from a photo of Elvis. His unique execution of the image caught Weiss’s eye. The two had an idea to have David paint Weiss’s most iconic rock ‘n’ roll images. Both men, who as artists create visuals live and in the moment, want their work to help bring focus and funds to charitable causes. They have been busy collaborating both on Broad Street and beyond, and most recently, Banegas painted Weiss’s images “live” at events for rock luminaries such as Axl Rose and Zakk Wylde. The paintings have been signed by the artists and the proceeds donated to charities, such as the Grammy’s own MusiCares. The two artists recently returned from a rock ‘n roll cruise featuring a gallery of Weiss’s classic Van Halen photographs. Banegas painted live from Weiss’s 1981 photo of David Lee Rothand created a painting of Eddie Van Halen’s signature guitar. Both paintings are now on display at the gallery.Banegas grew up in Bolivia and has been painting since he was 6 years old. He explains his unique work as “something that happens at the moment, it flows, I can’t explain it.” If there is a name for this method it would be ‘Action Painting’, it is done layer upon layer and is created with pure feeling.” Once he captures the eyes, he is “locked in place and the rest of the painting then follows.” “It comes from letting go of all fears and painting what is felt and so this is a transcendent moment.”To learn more about Banegas and Weiss visit their websites at www.WEISSGUYgallery.com and www.davidbanegas.comLita Ford will be live in concert at the Prudential Center in Newark on July 11th with Def Leppard and Poison. www.litafordonline.comlast_img read more

‘Star Trek’ Prop Repaired, Being Donated to Space Center

first_imgBy John BurtonATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Thanks to the passion of an avid fan and the work of a borough business specializing in repairing and restoring boats, another kind of vessel – this one from the original Star Trek TV series – will have a chance to “live long and prosper.”[private]Adam Schneider and the owner and workers from Master Shipwrights, 25 West Highland Ave., were joined by hundreds of fans and friends Saturday, June 22, for the unveiling of the newly restored Galileo. The prop shuttle spaceship was used in about seven episodes during the series’ 1967 season to transport crew members from the fictional U.S.S. Starship Enterprise as they traveled through the distant galaxies, encountering adventures and friendly and warlike aliens, offering a look at what the future might hold.Schneider, a Long Branch resident who previously described himself as “a science fiction kind of guy,” bought the approximately 24-foot, mostly wooden faux spaceship for $70,000 from an Ohio auction house. The Galileo was in terrible condition when he bought it, having changed ownership over the years; it had been sitting in an Ohio backyard for a number of years, exposed to the elements.After some initial research, Schneider hired Master Shipwrights to restore the prop to its former science-fiction glory, he said.Schneider declined to say how much the restoration project finally cost.“This is amazing for a 47-year-old … something,” Schneider said as he stood with his wife Leslie and looked at the completed project. A person in the audience immediately responded “… history.”“The truth is, this is basically, unprecedented,” said Schneider, calling the piece “probably the most significant prop in TV history.“This is done for the fans,” he said of the craft now completely restored and in pristine condition.Schneider has donated the Galileo to the Space Center Houston, Texas, the Visitor Center for NASA to ensure that fans will have a chance to see it themselves.“This is the linkage between science fiction and space reality,” he said, where visitors and their imaginations can go beyond the stars.The Galileo will be on permanent display at the visitor center following the dedication, scheduled for July 31, he said.People in Saturday’s crowd, many in costumes evoking the hugely popular series, offered smiles and encouragement.“I think she turned out great,” said Dave Lynch, Cheltenham, Pa., who was wearing what is probably best described as a dress uniform for an Enterprise crew member.Lynch, who is a member of the New Brunswick chapter of Star Fleet International, a Star Trek fan club, said the continuing appeal of the show is about “promoting a possible future,” that includes space exploration.“I feel its premise is what can be,” offered Jeff Victor, a member of USS Challenger, the Ocean-Monmouth counties chapter of Starfleet, the international Star Trek fan association, who was wearing a yellow starship uniform shirt. “Even though it’s fiction, it’s worth aspiring to.”[/private]View the Galileo photo gallery here.last_img read more

Trainer DaCosta 2,000 not out

first_img Significantly, VISION OF GOLD was also ridden by stable jockey Walker for owner Elizabeth DaCosta, the trainer’s wife. Although it was awfully close in the last race, the Hall of Fame (2009) trainer was, of course, elated with the outcome. To mark the occasion, DaCosta was toasted with champagne by CTL’s racing secretary Denzil Miller in the winners’ enclosure minutes later. “Ever since I became the leading all-time trainer in Jamaica back in April, surpassing Philip Feanny with my 1,951st win with Super Cop, my next objective was to reach the magical figure of 2,000 before the end of the 2016 season,” DaCosta said. “Although it didn’t happen last year, having missed out by two weeks, attaining the milestone today is no less significant. It’s a wonderful feeling, and having won the trainer’s title for the past 12 years, it will be much of the same in 2017,” promised DaCosta, whose long and distinguished training career spans 40 years. During that time, he has won the derby on four occasions – THORNBIRD (1984), WAR ZONE (1996), GOOD PROSPECT (1999), PERFECT NEIGHBOUR (2013) and SEEKING MY DREAM (2015), along with numerous big race successes over the years. Meanwhile, the day’s 1300-metre feature for the James B. Dawes Memorial Trophy (claiming $450,000-$400,000) saw the 3-5 favourite SCOOP JORDYNE managing only third to the outsiders TRADITIONAL STORM (29-1) and MIND SET (89-1) in a photo finish. Trained by Randolph Scott, TRADITIONAL STORM provided the apprentice Andre Powell, with the second, of two winners on the card. Awfully close Newly crowned 16-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta attained yet another milestone in the annals of local racing when he became the first trainer to saddle 2,000 winners, thanks to a late double on yesterday’s 10-race programme at Caymanas Park. DaCosta recorded his 1,999th win when 5-2 chance IAN LINKS ran on strongly to win the eighth race over 1600 metres in decisive fashion with champion jockey Omar Walker aboard. He came back to win the 10th and final race over 1820 metres in dramatic fashion with 6-5 favourite VISION OF LOVE, the 4-y-o chestnut gelding finishing in a dead-heat for first with the fast-finishing COUNTER ATTACK (5-1) under apprentice Linton Steadman.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool ace Salah: My father sacrificed so much for me

first_imgLiverpool ace Salah: My father sacrificed so much for meby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Mohamed Salah has paid tribute to his father for the success he has enjoyed over the last 18 months.Salah says his father paid a high price for him, and he is very grateful.He told GQ: “I would complain that I didn’t want to travel [the four hours] to training.”But he stood by me and told me that all great players go through this. “The price for him was very high, and I’ll never forget the role he played in my career.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Stars Record Videos On How Breastfeeding Saves Lives

first_imgSave the Children ambassadors Natasha Kaplinsky, Myleene Klass and Isla Fisher recently visited Sierra Leone, Philippines and Brazil to better understand how breastfeeding is such a crucial lifesaver for babies in developing countries.Video: Breastfeeding Saves Lives: Natasha Kaplinsky in Sierra LeoneSave the Children has made dramatic progress, stopping children dying from preventable disease over the last decade, down from 12 million to 6.9 million in the last decade.Breastfeeding is one of the best ways to tackle malnutrition; a simple, natural way to boost a baby’s immune system. Each hour 95 babies – 830,000 each year – could be saved if a mother breastfeeds in the first hour of life.Video: Breastfeeding Saves Lives: Myleene Klass in the PhilippinesThe enormous progress already made in reducing child mortality could be accelerated if more mums were encouraged to breastfeed.Video: Breastfeeding Saves Lives: Isla Fisher in BrazilBreastfeeding decliningDespite the startling statistics, global breastfeeding rates are stalling and actually declining across East Asia and in some of Africa’s most populous countries like Ethiopia and Nigeria.The prevalence of traditional practices as well as a severe shortage of health workers and examples of inappropriate marketing techniques by some baby milk substitute companies, have contributed to this.Save the Children Chief Executive Justin Forsyth said: “Despite the benefits of breastfeeding being widely known in the developed world, and it being a free, natural way to protect a newborn baby, too little attention is being paid to help mums breastfeed in poorer countries.”Questionable marketingSave the Children’s new report, Superfood for Babies, also highlights questionable marketing practices adopted by some breast milk substitute companies active in emerging markets.Asia is a lucrative new market for the industry which is already worth £16 billion and set to grow as whole by 31% by 2015.In East Asia and the Pacific, the number of breastfeeding mothers has fallen from 45% in 2006 to 29% in 2012.Research by Save the Children in Asia found mothers who cited examples of marketing activity which violate the internationally agreed code for marketing of breast milk substitutes.In Mexico, Save the Children found people giving their babies coffee. In other places butter.Act nowSave the Children wants companies to do more to tell mothers about the free benefits of breast milk.That’s why they are calling on two of the largest baby formula companies, Nestlé and Danone to give over a third of their product packaging to warnings of the potential health risks of not breastfeeding.Sign their petition to Nestlé and Danone here.Find out more here.Source:Save the Children UKlast_img read more

CSK restrict RR to 1517

Jaipur: Chennai Super Kings produced yet another disciplined bowling effort to restrict Rajasthan Royals to a modest 151 for seven in an Indian Premier League encounter here on Thursday. Save Jos Buttler (23 off 10 balls) at the top of the order, none of other Royals batsmen looked the part as CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s immaculate reading of the track once again helped the defending champions. Left-arm spin duo Ravindra Jadeja (2/20 in 4 overs) and Mitchell Santner (1/25 in 4 overs) checked the run-flow as Royals batsmen were always playing a catch-up game. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhEven Imran Tahir (0/28 in 4 overs), who went for a few more runs compared to the other two spinners, ended with decent enough figures. Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane (14 off 11) failed once again with seamer Deepak Chahar (2/33 in 4 overs) trapping him leg before. Buttler belted Shardul Thakur (2/44 in 4 overs) for a few boundaries before he mistiming one which was easily caught by Ambati Rayudu. Once Buttler was gone, Royals lost the momentum as wickets fell at regular imtervals. Steve Smith (15,22 balls) struggled once again as he slog swept Ravindra Jadeja towards deep mid-wicket only to find Rayudu. Samson also top edged a sweep which was caught by substitute fielder Dhruv Shorey. Rahul Tripathi’s struggles in the middle-order continued while Ben Stokes’ 28 off 26 balls wasn’t good enough. It was Shreyas Gopal, who struck a few meaty blows en route his 19 off 7 balls to take the target past 150 despite the home team playing as many as 42 dot balls. Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals: 151/7 (Ben Stokes 28, Shreyas Gopal 19 not out; Ravindra Jadeja 2/20, Deepak Chahar 2/33) vs Chennai Super Kings. read more

Yes Banks balance sheet cleanup to strain profitability in next 1218 months

first_imgNew Delhi: The balance sheet clean-up by Yes Bank will strain its profitability in the next 12-18 months as it makes provisions for stressed assets, Moody’s Investors Service said Tuesday. On April 26, the bank reported its first-ever quarterly loss since its inception in 2004 at Rs 1,506 crore in the January-March quarter. Nevertheless, the bank is profitable on a full-year basis, with a return on assets of 0.5 per cent as of March 31, 2019, as against 1.4 per cent a year ago. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra “We estimate that the bank’s overall stressed assets are about 8 per cent of its gross loans… The balance sheet clean-up will strain the bank’s profitability in the next 12-18 months as it provides for the stressed assets,” Moody’s said in a report. The March quarter loss of Yes Bank was driven by higher credit costs for non-performing loans (NPLs) and the creation of a contingent provision against a pool of identified stressed assets. “Despite near-term weakness, we expect the change in corporate behaviour under new bank leadership will be credit-positive after the de-risking is complete,” Moody’s said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days Reacting to the result, the bank’s shares on Tuesday slumped over 30 per cent to Rs 165.30 apiece on the BSE in the early trade. The scrip ended the day at Rs 168, down 29.23 per cent on the BSE. The March quarter results of Yes Bank were announced after close of market hours on Friday. Stock markets were closed on Monday on account of polling in Mumbai. In late-January this year, the bank appointed Ravneet Gill as its managing director and chief executive officer (CEO), after the Reserve Bank of India restricted the bank’s founder and long-time managing director and CEO Rana Kapoor’s term until January 2019. In the next three financial years, the bank may slow loan growth to about 20-25 per cent annually, compared with an average loan growth of 34 per cent a year between 2013-14 and 2018-19, Moody’s said. “The bank will increase the focus on the retail segment and small- and medium-sized enterprises and reduce dependence on corporate lending,” Moody’s said. It added that a reduction in loan concentration to large corporate groups will be credit-positive, as these types of loans have lent volatility to the bank’s asset performance in the recent years. The bank’s board has approved an equity capital raising plan of up to USD 1 billion, which, once complete, will help improve loss-absorbing buffers while supporting asset growth, it added. The lender’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) doubled to 3.22 per cent of loans as on March 31, 2019, from 1.28 per cent at the end of March quarter in 2017-18. At the end of March 2019, the bank’s tier-I equity capital ratio was 8.4 per cent, compared with 9.7 per cent at the end of March 2018.last_img read more

Lukaku Pogba Martial and Lingard wont start season – Ian Wright

first_imgFootball pundit Ian Wright has warned that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho’s thoughts about looking towards October could be threatening, stating that Manchester City – who’ve already won this season’s Community Shield appears ready to pick up where they stopped.While speaking at Sky Sports The Debate, Wright said:“You are expecting Man United to do a lot more business and they’ve made no secret of the fact they were after centre-halves. They chased down Harry Maguire and were interested in Toby Alderweireld and you’d have though they probably might have got one of those two. But he is saying about judging in November; I think when you look at Manchester City’s start, they look really invigorated already.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“If you look at the next six games after the Arsenal game, by October, they could literally win all of those games. Man United are going to have to have some players who are going to be rested and they are going to need to start really quickly. I think Lukaku probably won’t start the season, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba probably won’t start the season, Lingard probably won’t start the season. It’s going to be an interesting start for them.He continued: “Even with Pogba winning the World Cup, the comments he made…to poo-poo someone who has won the World Cup, you want to try and give him as much confidence, as much leeway to come and inspire your team to kick on like that, you just wonder why he does that. I’ve got a lot of time for Jose but he says things and I just wonder why would you say that?”last_img read more

Manchester United plan backroom restructure

first_imgManchester United are planning to appoint a director of football as part of the club’s restructuring, according to The Guardian.United are looking to install a director of football position for the first time in the 140-year history of the club. There’s is a recognition among the club’s hierarchy that times have changed in the game of football and appointing a director of football would help the club get to the next level.The move is expected to help the club continue their football style and ethos, as well as provide a more streamlined transfer policy.United had a disappointing transfer window this summer with manager Jose Mourinho keen to sign a new central defender and club Chief Executive Ed Woodward refusing to spend exorbitant amount on that position in the team.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.The United gaffer targeted Leicester City’s Harry Maguire or Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin but Ed Woodward was reluctant to shell out money on either as he believed they won’t be an upgrade on the current crop of defenders at the club.A director of football is expected to act as the middleman between the club and manager with a preference on maintaining the club’s style and ethos. This would provide the club with a blueprint of how to recruit future managers and players.It remains unclear as to how Jose will react to the club’s proposal to appoint a director of football, especially if it takes place during his tenure.There’s understanding that the club’s Chief Executive Ed Woodward would remain in charge of transfers should United appoint a director of football.last_img read more