Gov. Matawalle dissolves state-owned Football Club

first_imgRelatedPosts Chairman of Sen. Marafa’s faction of APC, 125 others expelled I’m ready for true reconciliation with Sen. Marafa — Ex-Gov. Yari By-election: APC hopeful of winning Bakura Constituency in Zamfara The Zamfara State Directorate of Sports Development on Friday announced the dissolution of the state’s Football Club. Ahmad Bagu, the Special Adviser on Sports Directorate to Governor Bello Matawalle, announced the dissolution in a statement on Friday in Gusau. The statement read in parts: “We wish to inform the general public that the management of the State Football Club has been dissolved indefinitely until further notice. “Further information on the matter will be given as at when due. “The Directorate also resolved that all issues regarding the activities of the club are here by suspended.”— Tags: Ahmad BaguBello MatawalleGusauZamfara Statelast_img read more

Spokane Braves spoil New Year’s Eve party for Leafs, edge home side 3-2

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsNo doubt the Nelson Leafs are happy to see the close of 2011.Because after playing perhaps one of their worst games of the season New Year’s Eve things can’t get any worse for the Green and White heading into 2012.Brandon Amatto stopped 24 of 26 shots to backstop the Spokane Braves to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Saturday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.The loss erases a perfect opportunity for Nelson to climb up the Murdoch standings after division-leading Beaver Valley was beaten twice this weekend by the Castlegar Rebels and comes on the heels of a 7-1 trouncing the Leafs dealt Spokane Friday in the Lilac City.”I think (Friday) we came into the game prepared but today we had a bit of complacency,” said Leaf captain Tyler Parfeniuk.””We came in pretty confident . . . after the first it was all right,” Parfeniuk added. “But the second period kind of killed us.”Critics may disagree with the Leaf captain.Needing a late goal by Nick Newman in the first period to finish the frame tied against a team Nelson dominated the night before is not the way Leaf coach Frank Maida explained the game plan to the team before the game started.And it definitely wasn’t the way the game was to play out in the second when Spokane scored twice in the period, the second goal coming on a breakaway by Alex Marmon after the Leafs defence whiffed on a puck at the opposition blue line.Trailing 3-1 after two periods, Nelson got some life in the second when Dallon Stoddart crashed the net to beat Amatto from close range.But the 20-year-old Spokane native slammed the door on the Leaf shooters the rest of the game shedding some light on what has been a less than great season.”I think the past month hasn’t been the greatest of hockey for us so I will be nice to go into the next month fresh,” Parfeniuk said, looking to take some positive out of the conclusion to 2011.”It will be nice to get a week off and get right back at it next week.”Dylan Tappe, on the power play in the first period, and Uriah Machuga in the second completed the scoring for the 15-18-1 Braves.Nelson, 20-14-0-2, out shot Spokane 26-20 in the game, but only after a third-period push that saw the hosts with a 13-6 advantage.Friday, the Leafs held a 39-31 advantage including an 11-5 total in the second period.The Leafs finish the month of December 3-5 with four losses coming against Murdoch Division opponents.Nelson begins a three-game home stand Friday when the team hosts Princeton Posse at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Saturday, the Leafs welcome the lowly Grand Forks Border Bruins.LEAF NOTES: Friday, Brett Norman led the charge with two goals and three assists. Jonathon Petrash also scored twice while adding a helper. Carsen Willans, Matti Jmaeff and Nick Newman had singles. Newman and Linden Horswill each had three points while Jmaeff and Colten Schell had two points. Kurtis Redding scored the lone goal for the Braves. Andrew Walton earned the win in goal for Nelson. . . .Friday’s game was delayed 45 minutes when glass at the Spokane end of the ice was shattered during warm-up. The result saw the Leafs get back into Nelson at 3:30 a.m. . . . Forward Colton Malmsten and defenceman Julian Davis were scratches for Saturday. . . .The Leafs currently have 22 players on the roster, which means coach Frank Maida has one more card available before the upcoming B.C. Hockey roster deadline. . . . The Braves played Saturday’s game without head coach Mike Bay behind the [email protected]last_img read more

Sreesanth’s strong message to BCCI: You are not above God, want my livelihood back

first_imgAn irate S Sreesanth on Friday vowed to make a competitive comeback despite BCCI’s decision to appeal against the lifting of the life-ban on the tainted pacer.On Thursday, BCCI decided to appeal to the Division Bench of Kerala High Court against lifting of life ban on the [email protected] I’m not begging ,I’m asking to give my livelihood back .its my right. U guys are not above God. I will play again..?????????????- Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) August 11, 2017″@bcci I’m not begging ,I’m asking to give my livelihood back .its my right. U guys are not above God. I will play again..???????????,” an angry Sreesanth wrote on his twitter page.C mon @bcci this is worst u can do to anyone that too who is proven innocent not just once but again and again..don’t know why u doing this?- Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) August 11, 2017″Cmon @bcci this is worst u can do to anyone that too who is proven innocent not just once but again and again..don’t know why u doing this?,” he lamented [email protected] pic.twitter.com/xl53bPD2an- Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) August 11, 2017Sreesanth was banned for life by the BCCI for his alleged role in the IPL spot-fixing in 2013. Last Monday, a single judge bench of the Kerala High Court had passed an order that the bowler’s life-ban be lifted.However, the BCCI is firm on its stand that they will not allow the speedster to make an immediate comeback.Sreesanth has played 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20 Internationals for India with his last international appearance being in August 2011.advertisementlast_img read more

Golden Goal: Scott Sinclair for Plymouth v Barnet (2007)

first_imgPlymouth Argyle Facebook It was quite the calling card. With his team a goal up but under the cosh against lower-league opposition, a 17-year-old with fewer than 50 minutes of first-team football to his name was summoned from the bench and proceeded to settle matters with his first senior goal. And how – seven or eight seconds of carefully controlled chaos, it was one of those show-stoppers worthy of a more prestigious platform, but many among the 5,204 present on that perishing January afternoon left the ground speaking of little else but the moment of improvised brilliance with which this hitherto unheard-of teenager had put the fourth round FA Cup tie beyond the home side.A decade, a host of clubs and millions in earnings later, the boy who scored has grown up, spending several of the intervening years flitting between the shadows and the tabloid glare. He continues to enjoy what is by most standards a stellar football career as a much loved staple in a team of all-conquering champions. But despite his success, the prevailing and possibly unfair view seems to be that at the age of 28 his is a talent that remains resolutely unfulfilled. Only Scott Sinclair knows for certain when he felt happiest and most alive on a football pitch, but around 4.42pm on 27 January, 2007 at Underhill is probably as good a guess as any. Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Pinterest Topics Golden goal Share on Facebook Read more Golden Goal: Lionel Messi for Barcelona v Santos (2011) Share on Messenger Scott Sinclair, well in his own half, sets off on his galloping and jinky solo run, which culminated in Sinclair smashing the ball into the roof for Plymouth’s second goal. Photograph: Mark Leech/Offside Barnet With its six separate stands, the ramshackle ground which Barnet have since vacated for more salubrious digs can have staged few more breathtaking pieces of theatre than the stand-out soliloquy from Sinclair in an otherwise workmanlike but dreary production. On loan at Championship side Plymouth Argyle from Chelsea, who had poached him from Bristol Rovers for a song some months previously, the teenager was among the substitutes named by Ian Holloway, who had signed him 10 days previously.Holloway, during his time as player-manager with Rovers, had welcomed the Bath-born Sinclair to training as a 10-year-old and would later cite the child’s precociousness as a sign he knew his own jig as a player was up. “Scotty’s one of the reason’s I packed up,” he said. “If you’re bringing in 10-year-olds who can run like that, what chance have you got if you’re 37, as I was then.”Plymouth had travelled to London to face their League Two hosts in the FA Cup and took the lead through a spot-kick converted by Hasney Aljofree. A former Manchester United youth team player who now helps coach the current crop of kids at Carrington, the Plymouth defender would endorse his manager’s praise for Sinclair in his post-match interview. “I think the first day he came in for training we saw how good he was,” he said.“Every single one of the back four looked at each other and we said we don’t want to mark him because we’ve seen him do a warm-up and he is lightning. The first attack he had he skinned us so I knew what he could do when he came on today. As a 17-year-old kid he went on and won us the game.”While all who witnessed him do so can agree Sinclair cemented Plymouth’s victory in fine style, descriptions vary as to how exactly he did so. As a neutral observer accompanying a friend in the away end, I recall him chesting the ball down just inside his own penalty area before galloping down the inside left of Underhill’s famous slope and beating at least three opponents. Approaching the Barnet penalty area, he was shepherded wide by a defender until, from a seemingly impossible angle, he rifled the ball into the roof of the net past the goalkeeper Ross Flitney. features The Guardian’s man in the press box restricted his description of Sinclair’s goal to a “memorable finish” in a piece devoted largely to eulogies from others about the boy’s promise, while his BBC counterpart saw the winger beat no more than two men and hold off another before “dinking a clipped shot of the outside of his right boot” goalwards. In an interview with FourFourTwo published a few months after he’d scored the goal, Sinclair recalled something similar but claimed to have taken on “four or five players” before modestly “poking the ball past their keeper”. Believe who you like, or just check for yourself on YouTube. I haven’t, because I don’t want the reality to be more mundane than my recollection.However he scored it, Sinclair’s goal was the subject of no end of post-match praise from all who saw it, with Barnet’s manager Paul Fairclough being magnanimous enough to describe it as “stunning”, while Flitney generously conceded that “things like that happen in football and you’ve just got to applaud it”. The Plymouth defender Tony Capaldi, who can legitimately claim the assist having provided the original pass to Sinclair deep inside his own half, claimed his young team-mate’s solo effort “was the best I’ve ever seen with my own eyes”. The fact that it seems to have been the only post-match talking point suggests that it was indeed a truly special strike. Read more Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Wisely and somewhat presciently, Holloway was quick to preach caution and pointed out that Sinclair “has only scored one goal, he hasn’t played 100 league games yet so in my book: ‘Well done, son, a good start but calm down and concentrate on your football.’” Having compared his loanee to the movie character Dash from The Incredibles, he also conceded Plymouth had no chance whatsoever of signing Sinclair from Chelsea, who had sent Frank Arnesen, then their head of youth development, to Underhill on a watching brief. “When they’re buying 30-year-old players for £30m sometimes you get blocked up, so hopefully people like ourselves can nick them, borrow them and help them along in their career,” explained Holloway. “You can be at Chelsea, Arsenal, Man United and you get frustrated because you’re not going to get a chance.”Sinclair would eventually get a chance at Chelsea, the odd one here and there between loan spells at QPR, Charlton, Crystal Palace and Wigan, before signing for Swansea City where he eventually settled and became a fan favourite after a Wembley play-off final hat-trick against Reading that helped take the club into the Premier League. Despite his experience at a big club where he’d been sidelined in favour of more senior, big-priced players, his head was again turned by the lure of a big-money move, this time to Manchester City, where over a three-year nightmare spell in the wilderness he started two Premier League matches for the club and was only a slightly less peripheral figure on loan spells at West Brom and Aston Villa, to whom he was eventually sold after an initial loan spell was interrupted by injury. “This is the happiest I have been in a long time,” he said. “Now it’s about kicking on with my career in claret and blue.”One disastrous season later, with Villa relegated to the Championship, Sinclair was handed another career lifeline by Celtic’s manager, Brendan Rodgers, who had worked with him in the Chelsea youth ranks and at Swansea. Much like his solo goal for Plymouth against Barnet on the sloping pitch of Underhill, Sinclair’s playing career began innocuously and quickly slalomed downhill. After so much disappointment, maybe he can end it with a similar flourish. Golden Goal: Mick Ferguson for Coventry City v Norwich City (1984) Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months agoEx-Man Utd boss Mourinho releases statement on Benfica move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man Utd boss Mourinho releases statement on Benfica moveby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho has confirmed he will not return to management with Benfica. The Portuguese was sacked last month as manager of Manchester United.He said: “I have never been into the game of feeding news stories, but I have no intention of working in Portugal.”I don’t really want to go there but the best way to respect a great club [Benfica] and a great president is to say that I was not approached.”It’s a tremendous honour when you return to a club where you’ve been, but I’m talking to you and I will not talk to anyone else.”I’m not training, I love that I am no longer talked about all the time and the best way to ensure that will remain the case is for me to not talk either.”I want to able to think and prepare for the next step.” last_img read more

Regardless Of Rumors, Butch Jones Is On The Hot Seat

first_imgButch Jones surrounded by his players.Twitter/@6NewsThis season was supposed to be a return to form for the proud Tennessee program. While Georgia was the favorite to win the SEC East, some liked the young, talented Volunteers to take a big leap and challenge the Bulldogs for a spot in the SEC Championship. After rough Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley regimes, Butch Jones looked like the guy to lead the Vols back to national relevance. Instead, Tennessee is 2-3, with brutal losses to Oklahoma, and most recently Arkansas, another disappointing SEC program. The three losses have featured incredibly questionable coaching decisions, and the tide has seemingly turned for head coach Butch Jones.Butch Jones was a darling in Knoxville just three weeks ago, but now some Tennessee fans want to see him gone.To all the people wanting to fire Butch Jones: Charlie Strong will probably be available at the end of the season. #vols— Wesley Mason (@RealWMason) October 4, 2015What’s it like to have all the tools and still fail @UTCoachJones— Will Caffey (@Caffeyteria) October 4, 2015After tonight I am convinced Butch Jones isn’t the man for the job. He can recruit, he can say the right things, but he can’t coach…— Chase Slaven (@chaseslaven7) October 4, 2015Butch Jones has to go. There is no process. There are no bricks. Just mile high piles of cow sh*t— Zach Breazeale (@breazeale31) October 4, 2015Dear diary: today @UTCoachJones was a clown….again, when will he quit?— graeham jones (@JackDaddyJones) October 4, 2015Butch Jones sucks so much at coaching it’s hard to really describe. Recruits, please stop placating him. Dead man walking .— Baltz Vol (@Baltz_Vol) October 4, 2015Lyle @UTCoachJones has had 13+ lead in each of his games and is 2-3. All other Power 5 teams that have led 13+ are 157-5. #Vols #GBO— Matt Broyles (@matt_broyles) October 4, 2015#vfl #vols Here are Butch Jones’ impressive UT wins. pic.twitter.com/FHhBFvyOw7— Charlie Miller (@ChuckInMemphis) October 4, 2015“The magical cure” is taking Butch Jones out into the middle of the desert and leaving him there. kay? Kay.— Sara (@_saral93) October 4, 2015Brick by brick just ain’t cutting it anymore. House is crumbling. Not impressed with Butch Jones. Never should’ve fired Phillip Fulmer.#Vols— Heather☮Brewer (@heatherkayb) October 4, 2015To make matters worse, there are some very nasty rumors out about Jones now. They are completely unverified, but it can’t help the situation. Fox Sports’ Clay Travis, a Tennessee fan, tweeted a link to a post on the VolNation message boards, which includes an absolutely crazy rumor.Butch Jones is Derek Dooley with worse hair.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) October 4, 2015You know things are bad for Butch Jones at UT when rumors that he punched offensive lineman Mack Crowder blow up: http://t.co/1p4rENPkTL— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) October 4, 2015 I don’t believe Butch Jones punched an offensive lineman because I think he’d swing and miss and blame it on youth.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) October 4, 2015Again, these are just rumors, and pretty unbelievable ones at that, but even without them, Jones’ seat seems unbelievably hot after just five weeks.last_img read more

Offshore drilling foes denied microphone hold rallies

first_imgHAMILTON, N.J. – With giant inflatable whales, signs that read “Drilling Is Killing” and chants of “Where’s our meeting?” opponents of President Donald Trump’s plan to open most of the nation’s coastline to oil and natural gas drilling have staged boisterous rallies before public meetings held by the federal government on the topic.That’s because the public cannot speak to the assembled attendees at the meetings. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is meeting one on one with interested parties and allows people to comment online, including typing comments on laptops it provides. People also can hand bureau officials written comments to be included in the record.What they can’t do is get up at a microphone and address the room.That has led drilling opponents on both coasts to hold their own meetings before the official ones begin. The latest took place Wednesday in Hamilton, where one attendee wore a furry red lobster hat with claws protruding from both sides.“They’re dodging democracy,” said Cindy Zipf, executive director of New Jersey’s Clean Ocean Action environmental group, which held a citizens’ hearing before the bureau meeting. “The government works for the people. I understand it’s uncomfortable to have a bad idea and be held accountable for it, but that’s what they’re proposing.”The Republican president’s decision last month to open most of the nation’s coast to oil and gas drilling horrified environmentalists, and many elected officials from both major political parties oppose it. But energy groups and some business organizations support it as a way to become less dependent on foreign energy.The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s chief environmental officer, William Brown, said Congress has mandated five-year energy plans since the Arab oil crisis of the 1970s sent prices rising.“The charge is to develop a program that provides for the energy needs of the United States, balancing environmental risk with energy need,” Brown told The Associated Press. “We all know renewable energy is something we should develop more of, but renewables are not going to take the place of fossil fuels immediately. The people who are going to read your story are mostly using cars.”Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy addressed the environmental rally by video link before the bureau meeting Wednesday, sending a message to Trump: “You will not drill off our precious shores! No way!”Bureau spokeswoman Tracey Blythe Moriarty said the open house format lets people speak directly with agency staff to learn about the drilling proposal.“We find this approach to be more effective than formal oral testimony,” she said.But many attendees at past meetings disagree.Environmentalists rallied on the steps of the California state capitol in Sacramento before a bureau hearing there, citing damage from a 1969 oil rig spill in Santa Barbara and a broken oil pipe in Refugio Beach three years ago. People upset at not being able to speak publicly chanted “Where’s our hearing?”The bureau set up informational displays at its Feb. 8 meeting, including one titled “Why Oil Is Important.”Before a Feb. 8 meeting in Tallahassee, Florida, drilling foes invoked the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which fouled the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, and said they want to ensure that Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s promise to exempt Florida from the drilling plan — the only exception publicly announced — remains in place.In Oregon, some meeting attendees said bureau staff were unable to answer their questions about the drilling plan and were frustrated at being directed to a row of laptops to type out comments.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAClast_img read more

WTO creates two dispute settlement panels to review US softwood lumber duties

first_imgMONTREAL – The World Trade Organization says its dispute settlement body has agreed to establish two panels to examine Canada’s complaint about duties imposed by the United States on softwood lumber imports.The Canadian government requested March 27 that a panel be set up to examine the dispute after consultations with the U.S. in January failed to resolve the matter. It also requested a second panel to review the U.S. use of differential pricing methodology in its anti-dumping determinations.The U.S. objected to the Canadian requests, which argue that the anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed on softwood lumber imports were inconsistent with U.S. obligations under the agreement on subsidies and countervailing measures and the general agreement on tariffs and trade.Ottawa says the duties represent a “considerable hardship” on softwood lumber producers and communities across Canada.The United States has argued that the duties were fully consistent with its obligations under the WTO agreements.It has also raised concerns that Canada’s request for a panel included an item that wasn’t identified in its request that wasn’t part of the consultations.The U.S. said the request included claims against the measures that don’t exist and therefore couldn’t be challenged. It also said Canada stated the matter was urgent even though the final determination in the anti-dumping investigation of softwood lumber from Canada made in November 2017.The United States said it was disappointed that Canada had proceeded to request a special DSB meeting to consider its second panel request rather than addressing these concerns.Canada has also launched a separate wide-ranging complaint to the WTO about the way the U.S. applies punitive tariffs that has infuriated the Americans.The Canadian government has suggested it might drop that major international trade case if it gets a softwood lumber deal.last_img read more

Lenders still hope for successful bids for grounded airline

first_imgNew Delhi: A day after Jet Airways suspended all its flights after running out of money, lenders to the carrier Thursday said they were “reasonably hopeful” that bidding process for the airline will end successfully. Lenders led by the State Bank of India had declined to extend more funds to Jet, forcing it to suspend all its flights. “The lenders after due deliberations decided that the best way forward for the survival of Jet Airways is to get the binding bids from potential investors who have expressed EOI (Expression of Interest) and have been issued bid documents on April 16,” a statement by lenders said. A consortium of 26 lenders led by the SBI, with 51 per cent stake in the debt-trapped airline, has invited bids from potential suitors. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Lenders are reasonably hopeful that the bid process is likely to be successful in determining the fair value of the enterprise in a transparent manner,” it said. Banks on Wednesday rejected an immediate Rs 400 crore demand of Jet Airways, compelling it to ground operations. Jet had been, over the last few months, on a decline as competition from budget airlines hurt its profitability and led to a debt pile. It reported losses for four straight quarters despite sales holding up. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAt its peak, Jet operated 123 planes and over 600 daily flights. It was flying just seven planes on Tuesday. Its chief executive officer Vinay Dube on Wednesday wrote an email to airlines’ passengers saying “with deep sadness and with a heavy heart that we would like to share with you that, effective immediately, Jet Airways will be suspending all its domestic and international operations”. “Tuesday night, we were informed by SBI, on behalf of the consortium of Indian lenders, that they are unable to consider our request for interim funding. Since no emergency funding from the lenders or any other source of funding was forthcoming, it would therefore not have been possible for us to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep the operations going,” he wrote. He said the airline had over the last several weeks and months tried “every means possible” to seek funding, both interim as well as long term funding, to keep our operations going. “Unfortunately, despite the very best of our efforts, we have been left with no other choice today”. “A decision like this is never easy to make, but without the interim funding, which we have been repeatedly requesting for, we are simply unable to conduct flight operations in a manner that delivers to the very reasonable expectations of our guests, employees, partners and service providers,” he wrote. “After 25 years of sharing the Joy of Flying with Indian and international guests, Jet Airways and its Board of Directors have been forced to take this extreme measure, as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and authorities to ensure the sustainability of the airline did not yield the desired results.” He, however, said the future provides new hope and opportunity as India is better off with a flying Jet Airways. “We will now await the bid finalization process by SBI and the consortium of Indian lenders and will continue to support the bid process initiated by the lenders,” he added.last_img read more