Jakarta archdiocese allows three Greater Jakarta churches to resume Sunday service

first_imgThe Jakarta Archdiocese has allowed three parishes to restart Sunday service after months of holding online services during large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).The three parishes are Jakarta Cathedral, Harapan Indah in Bekasi, West Java and the Tangerang Parish in Banten.Jakarta Archdiocese secretary Adi Prasodjo said the number of parishioners allowed to attend the Sunday service would be limited. They were also required to adhere to strict health protocols.”We have granted the three parishes’ request to resume service because they have followed our guidelines. We have also checked their readiness in resuming service,” Adi said in a statement.Read also: ‘I miss praying at church’: Christians celebrate lonely but hopeful Easter from homeHe added that other churches were required to follow requirements implemented by the archdiocese in order to obtain permission to resume Sunday services, including a mitigation plan to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.The archdiocese would evaluate the first Sunday service conducted at the three churches while looking into the possibility of opening other churches as well, Adi went on to say.During the transitional PSBB period, Jakarta allows houses of worship to reopen and resume holding religious rituals. The city administration requires attendees to maintain a distance of 1 meter from one another and clean up before and after praying. Church capacity would be halved and opening hours restricted to activities considered routine.Topics :last_img read more

Tropical Storm Emily no longer a threat to Dominica.

first_img 24 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Tropical Storm Emily no longer a threat to Dominica. by: – August 2, 2011 Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Tropical Storm Emily expected path. Photo credit: wunderground.comA Tropical Storm warning which was issued last night for Dominica has been lifted according to reports from Acting Senior Meteorological Officer Mrs. Cheryl Etienne-Leblanc.The island was placed on Tropical Storm warning when the Tropical Storm Emily formed on Monday night just west of Dominica.Mrs. Etienne-Leblanc reported to the media that this warning has been lifted by the National Hurricane Centre.“At about 7pm last evening, Tropical Storm Emily the fifth Tropical Storm of the Atlantic, formed about fifty miles West-Southwest of Dominica. Due to the close proximity of the centre of the system to the island, and the threat of gusty winds and incoming rain banks the National Hurricane Centre issued a Tropical Storm warning for Dominica and the neighboring islands. At that time, Emily was moving quickly towards the West near 17 miles per hour. The Tropical Storm warning was lifted at two am this morning when the threat of storm-force winds had diminished.Overnight the island received rainfall at varying   and will continue to do so throughout the day, until Emily moves out of the area.”Mrs. Etienne-Leblanc also cautions residents and motorists to be vigilant and take precaution as the soil has become saturated and there is risk of mudslides.“Due to the accumulation of rainfall, soil has become saturated and there is a risk of mudslide and rockslides across the island. As a result, residents and motorists should continue to exercise caution, be vigilant and take the necessary precaution as they go about their daily business.”Tropical Storm Emily will gradually decrease in power and move toward the North Eastern Caribbean Sea.  “At five am Tropical Storm Emily was located near latitude 15.5 north, 64.0 West or about 176 miles West North West of Dominica. Emily is moving towards the West near sixteen miles per hour with maximum sustained winds near forty miles per hour with higher gusts. A turn to the West, North West and a gradual decreasing powered speed are expected during the next forty-eight hours. On the forecast track, the centre of Emily will move across the North Eastern Caribbean Sea today and approach the island of Hispaniola tonight and Wednesday,” Mrs. Etienne-Leblanc said.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharelast_img read more

How Inter Milan lost out in last-minute bid for Ighalo

first_img Inter, it was revealed, were unwilling to go through with the bid for now-Manchester United striker,  due to his salary demands. United found a temporary stop-gap to their crisis up front by adding Shanghai Greenland Shenhua hitman Ighalo to the ranks on a loan deal until the end of the season. The deal was announced hours after the transfer window closed last Friday, with United frantically trying to get the deal over the line to avoid being without cover for Marcus Rashford. Indeed, Ighalo himself has revealed how negotiations leading to the move were “very dramatic”, while confirming that a few other clubs were interested in his signature.Advertisement According to Calciomercato, one such club was Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan. Inter added the likes of Christian Eriksen, Victor Moses and Ashley Young to their squad last month but the Italian source claims that Conte was also keen on Ighalo. It is said that Conte “probed” the possibility of bringing the Nigerian to San Siro, using his solid relations with the player’s agent as a starting point. However, Ighalo’s high salary expectations meant Inter pulled out of the deal, allowing United to swoop in and seal the signing. Read Also:Stop throwing ‘stones’, Man Utd hero raps Scholes for Ighalo dig Ighalo was announced just after midnight last Saturday and was therefore absent for United’s 0-0 Premier League draw with Wolves. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Fresh fact has emerged on how Inter Milan of Italy lost out in their bid for Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo before a late swoop by Manchester United. Loading… Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go Stargazing9 Iconic Roles Nobody Wanted To PlayTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBest Car Manufacturers In The Worldlast_img read more

Postecoglou: Pressure on Moyes

first_imgDavid Moyes could not have known the pressures of being Manchester United manager until he actually stepped into the job claims the next man aiming to stop him getting that morale-boosting first win. And another defeat, even in a pre-season match, is bound to attract negative comment given the high-profile nature of this weekend’s fixture. It is the type of scrutiny Moyes would not have encountered at Everton. And All Stars coach Ange Postecoglou accepts it is part of the job. “I am sure David Moyes has prepared for it,” he said. “He is a very experienced manager. But until you are actually in the seat I am sure you don’t realise exactly how massive the pressures and expectations are. “I am sure the amount of scrutiny he will be under is surreal. The fans in Australia will be trying to pick up any noticeable differences in the things he does or the kind of players he picks. But he is ready for the role and I am sure he will make a good fist of it.” Unlike Sir Alex Ferguson, who dealt with the media in a fairly unforgiving manner, Moyes’ engaging nature means his tolerance for subjects such as Wayne Rooney goes far deeper. Yet that can just draw even more words out of subjects he would probably prefer not to talk about. “You have to deal with these things,” said Postecoglou. “You are probably more in the spotlight at the bigger clubs because the level of expectation is so much higher. “Maybe at clubs with less scrutiny there is less at stake. But Manchester United are expected to be challenging for trophies and winning things and at that level, it is as much about man-managing as it is about the coaching. “That is why what Sir Alex did over those 26 years was so remarkable. That is why they are such big shoes to fill. He was a once-in-a-generation manager.” After the surprise loss in Bangkok, United have now moved on to Sydney for a full week’s training that will end with a sell-out encounter against the A League All Stars at the ANZ Stadium on Saturday. The arrivals of Robin van Persie and David de Gea has helped give United a more familiar look. However, with Nemanja Vidic, Ashley Young, Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia and Wayne Rooney amongst a large number of absentees, Moyes is still not even close to working with his full squad. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Hughton hails Norwich determination

first_img The difference was teenager Redmond, who proved a handful throughout. The 19-year-old summer signing’s pace often had Southampton on the back foot and saw him score the decisive goal in the 68th minute, cutting in from the left to unleash a fierce drive from the edge of the box. “He is an exciting young talent,” Hughton, who also managed Redmond at former club Birmingham, said. “I always understand when somebody is in really good form, particularly if they’re a young player, there will be interest in them. “I think that is normal, but we have all been around long enough to know that also with young players they can have highs and lows and you have to be sure to look after them in the right way.” Redmond came close to several more goals and Hughton also felt Norwich should have had a stoppage-time penalty after Robert Snodgrass was brought down by Jose Fonte. The City boss did not, though, see the two first-half penalty shouts, with Calum Chambers handling after Bradley Johnson had done so more blatantly at the other end. The latter decision by referee Howard Webb left Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino dumbfounded. “The overall feeling is that we played well and deserved a bit more from that match,” the Argentinian said. “We don’t want to take credit away from Norwich, they actually played very well, but there was a penalty call that was not given and that would have changed completely the nature of the game. It was a penalty that should have been given. “I don’t understand why it wasn’t given. The referee was very close to the action, so I really have no idea why it wasn’t given. “The referee was very close to the action, so I really have no idea why it wasn’t given. It was blatant. It could have changed the game completely.” With two weeks until the next match due to the international break, the attention is now focused on the final few days of the transfer window. Saints are hoping to shift a few players before Monday’s deadline and there were reports that Jack Cork was subject of a bid from Fulham. “I don’t know anything about that,” Pochettino said. “There’s no offer from Fulham, I don’t know anything about what you’re saying. “He’s a first-team squad member, he’s a part of this team. If we start selling players we’re only going to be left with just 11 players, so no.” Norwich manager Chris Hughton was pleased by his side’s reaction to a frustrating start to the season and praised teenager Nathan Redmond after his match-winning performance against Southampton. After two solid seasons back in the Premier League and a summer of spending, the Canaries’ start to the campaign has fallen short of expectations. An opening day draw with Everton at Carrow Road was last weekend followed by a 1-0 defeat at newly-promoted Hull, who were down to 10 men for the most part. It is a disappointment that Norwich have responded well to and, having beaten Bury 6-3 in the Capital One Cup second round in midweek, they overcame the Saints thanks to Redmond’s second-half solo effort. “It is a better day than last Saturday,” Hughton said. “That’s what the game is about. “There was nobody more disappointed with the result last week, and perhaps the performance, than myself and the players. “That being the case, you want to do something about it. “It has been a good week and we got a lift off Tuesday night’s game, winning and scoring some goals, and we were able to take that feeling a little bit into today. “It was always going to be a tough game. Southampton are a very good side and they have invested very well on top of an already talented squad of players. “I think in the end it is a good result for us, but I think over 90 minutes we deserved it. “I think we shaded it. They had to go for it in the last bit of the game and it became very open, but they are a good side and I think they will have a good side.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe Yankees put a major league-record 30 players on the injured list last year, with Stanton missing most of the season.Meanwhile, Justin Verlander’s spring training debut will be postponed at least a few more days while the Houston Astros ace deals with tightness in his groin. Verlander had been scheduled to start Thursday against Washington. Instead, he will throw a simulated game at the Astros’ complex prior to that exhibition. Houston manager Dusty Baker said the tightness first appeared a couple of days ago. Baker says he isn’t worried about the injury lingering. Verlander won his second Cy Young Award last season by going 21-6 with a 2.52 ERA.Elsewhere in the majors:— 31-year-old left-hander South Korean star Kwang Hyun Kim retired all six Miami batters he faced in his first Grapefruit League start for the St. Louis Cardinals. It came after he threw one shutout inning of relief against the New York Mets on Saturday. Kim struggled with control of his off-speed pitches in the first inning, but he found his rhythm in the second. He kept batters off balance mixing a fastball that touched 95 mph with his curve. The Marlins didn’t get a ball out of the infield against Kim.— Ubaldo Jimenez took another step in his comeback attempt with the Colorado Rockies, pitching two innings against the Texas Rangers. The 36-year-old threw 21 pitches, 14 for strikes. He gave up two hits and one run, with no walks or strikeouts. He last pitched in the majors in 2017 for Baltimore. NHL-NEWSMuzzin outUNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have suffered another setback on defense with the loss of Jake Muzzin to a broken hand. The Leafs announced that Muzzin will be out about four weeks after suffering the injury during a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. Toronto also is missing defensemen Morgan Rielly and Cody Ceci because of injuries.In other NHL news:— St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has been ruled out from returning to play in the regular season or in the playoffs. Bouwmeester spoke to reporters for the first time since he collapsed on the bench in the first period during a game at the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 11. The 36-year-old Edmonton native was hospitalized and spent five nights in the hospital. — Miguel Sano has volunteered to move across the diamond to accommodate Twins newcomer Josh Donaldson. Sano gave up his regular spot at third base, moving to first base, and let Donaldson take his place at third. Sano bounced back from a winter injury last season and hit a career-high 34 home runs. His power helped the Twins set a major league record with 307 homers and win the AL Central.— Houston’s Alex Bregman was hit on the back by a breaking ball from St. Louis reliever Ramon Santos, the seventh Astros player plunked in five spring training games. Some opposing players have called for retaliation against the Astros following Major League Baseball’s finding that Houston broke rules against electronic sign-stealing en route to its 2017 World Series title and again in 2018. Dustin Garneau was hit Sunday against Washington, and José Altuve was grazed Monday against Detroit, when Osvaldo Duarte and Alex De Goti also were hit.  Aledmys Díaz and Jake Meyers were hit Tuesday by Miami.— The Houston Astros continued to get booed on the road in spring training as they visited the home of the New York Mets. Former World Series MVP George Springer was heckled as part of Houston’s split squad. Fans are calling the Astros cheaters, and doing it loudly in the wake of their sign-stealing scam. Springer had to hear it for a bit longer on Wednesday. The star leadoff man stepped into the batter’s box a minute before the game was scheduled to begin, giving the crowd extra time to boo him.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKJapan baseball will play in empty stadiums, Irelands rugby match, Asian soccer postponed Update on the latest sports February 26, 2020 — Montreal Canadiens defenseman Victor Mete will miss the rest of the season with a broken foot. Mete suffered the injury during the game in Detroit on Feb. 18. The 21-year-old Mete had four goals and 11 assists in 51 games this season.— Peter Laviolette (lah-vee-uh-LET’) is returning to the bench after being selected as the coach of the United States men’s national team competing at the world hockey championships in May. The move was announced by USA Hockey on Wednesday, seven weeks after Laviolette was fired by the Nashville Predators. Laviolette ranks 16th in NHL wins with 637 covering four teams over 18 seasons, including the 2006 Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes. He also coached the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers.MLB-STANTON, VERLANDER TO MISS OPENING DAYStanton, Verlander will likely miss opening dayUNDATED (AP) — Oft-injured New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton will likely miss opening day because of a strained right calf. Manager Aaron Boone says Stanton was injured near the end of defensive drills yesterday. Yankees star pitcher Luis Severino needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire season. The AL East champion Yankees open on March 26 at Baltimore. Monk suspendedUNDATED (AP) — Hornets guard Malik Monk has been suspended without pay for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA’s anti-drug program. Monk’s suspension will begin with Wednesday’s game against the New York Knicks and continue until he is determined to be in full compliance with the program.In other NBA news:— The NBA fined Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) $25,000 Wednesday, two days after he made an obscene gesture on the court and used profane language during a live television interview. The gesture occurred with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Sixers’ 129-112 victory over the Hawks on Monday night. With the clock winding down, Atlanta’s Kevin Huerter came from behind and swiped the ball from Embiid, who was trying to dribble it out. Embiid responded by flashing a middle finger at Huerter. He later apologized.MEN’S T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULECavs route 76ers 108-94, Embiid left with sprained shoulderWASHINGTON (AP) — Collin Sexton scored 28 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers routed Philadelphia 108-94 on Wednesday night after 76ers center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) left in the first quarter because of a sprained left shoulder.center_img Player reps send new CBA to union members for approvalUNDATED (AP) — The NFL and its players are closer to a new collective bargaining agreement and the next decade of labor peace that would come with it. There’s still work to be done to get the deal into the end zone, however. Following a late-night vote on the slim majority approval of the 32 team representatives, the NFL Players Association was preparing to send the current CBA proposal to the full union membership for potential ratification. Last week, owners gave their majority-vote approval. Negotiations have been gone on for the past 10 months. The 17-game regular season is the most significant change.In other NFL news:— Former TCU and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Trevone Boykin has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to charges from the 2018 beating of his girlfriend. Boykin and prosecutors agreed to the sentence in return for his guilty plea Wednesday to aggravated assault and witness tampering charges. Boykin’s attorney says his client will be eligible for parole in less than a year. Shabrika Bailey alleged that Boykin broke her jaw in two places in the March 2018 beating. The Seahawks cut Boykin in the wake of the allegation.— The New York Giants have released linebackers Alec Ogletree and Kareem Martin, clearing significant salary cap space with the departure of their two most expensive defensive players. The Giants, rebuilding under rookie head coach Joe Judge, gained more than $13 million in salary cap savings by jettisoning the two. Ogletree was twice elected a team captain and accumulated a team-high 173 tackles as the starter at inside linebacker over two seasons with the Giants. UNDATED(AP) — Japan’s professional baseball league says it will play its 72 remaining preseason games in empty stadiums because of the threat of the spreading coronavirus. The regular season is to open on March 20. The virus that began in China is disrupting all of the country’s sports schedules and has raised concerns about the Tokyo Olympics. They are to open on July 24. Representatives of the baseball league’s 12 teams made the move at a special meeting.Meanwhile, Ireland’s Six Nations rugby match against Italy in Dublin has been postponed because of concerns about the spreading virus in Europe. The Italians were scheduled to play at Ireland on March 7, part of annual rugby competition that also includes England, France, Scotland and Wales. A women’s game the following day was also postponed.And Asian soccer leaders have postponed two key meetings because of the outbreak. Penn State narrowly beat Rutgers 65-64UNDATED (AP) — Myles Dread hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 28 seconds left to lift No. 16 Penn State over Rutgers 65-64 after the Nittany Lions blew a 21-point lead. Trailing 40-19 late in the first half, the Scarlet Knights tied the game at 62 with 1:32 left in the game on Geo Baker’s layup. His jumper gave Rutgers a two-point lead with 42 seconds remaining. Dread hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 28 seconds left to lift Penn State over Rutgers 65-64 after the Nittany Lions blew a 21-point lead. Akwasi Yeboah missed a 3-pointer the other way and Dread was swarmed by his teammates who snapped a two-game losing streak.In other T25 action:— Saddiq Bey scored 23 points and Justin Moore had 21 to lead No. 12 Villanova past St. John’s 71-60 on Wednesday night. Moore hit eight 3-pointers and Bey had seven.  The Wildcats honored former Wildcats star Kyle Lowry. Lowry played two seasons for Villanova before he became a five-time NBA All-Star with the defending champion Toronto Raptors. St. John’s were 12 1/2-point underdogs but kept it close until Moore got on a hot streak down the stretch to seal the win.NFL-NEWS In other NBA action:— Evan Fournier (FOHR’-nee-ay) scored 28 points, Aaron Gordon added 25 and the Orlando Magic pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 130-120 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. The Magic solidified their hold on the final playoff spot in the East, putting the Hawks away with a 14-5 spurt. Fournier scored nine points in the game-clinching run, and Gordon finished it off with a 3-pointer. The Hawks lost despite a 37-point effort from Trae Young. John Collins added 26 points but was blocked twice in the fourth quarter to stymie any hopes of an Atlanta comeback.— Jerome Robinson’s 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds left lifted the Washington Wizards to a 110-106 win over the Brooklyn Nets to snap a three-game losing streak. After Robinson gave Washington a 108-106 lead with his 3, Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie missed a 3-point attempt and Robinson added two free throws as Washington won a game in which it squandered an 18-point lead. The ninth-place Wizards trail the seventh-place Nets by five games in the Eastern Conference.— Terry Rozier scored 26 points and Charlotte handed New York its fifth straight loss. The slumping Devonte Graham returned from a team-mandated night off to add 21 points. Julius Randle had 18 points and nine rebounds for New York.NBA-NEWS Associated Press The 76ers, already playing without All-Star guard Ben Simmons, never led against the team with the worst record in the Eastern Conference and fell to 9-21 on the road.Embiid collided with Cavaliers center Ante Zizic while being fouled late in the first quarter. The 7-footer held his shoulder in obvious pain but stayed in the game and missed both free throws.The Sixers pulled Embiid at the next time stoppage and he walked to the locker room while rubbing his shoulder. He briefly returned to the bench in the second quarter but went back for more evaluation and treatment. At halftime, Embiid rejoined his teammates on the bench with a wrap on his injured shoulder.Tristan Thompson had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Larry Nance Jr. had 13 points for Cleveland.Shake Milton, who replaced Simmons in the starting lineup, scored 20 points.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Associated Press July 16, 2020 Update on the latest sports Del Mar cancels weekend racing because of jockey positivesDEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Del Mar has canceled racing for the upcoming weekend after 15 jockeys tested positive for COVID-19. All the track’s riders and personnel who work in the jockeys’ room were tested a day earlier by San Diego County public health officials at the request of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Of the 15 positive tests, all were believed to be asymptomatic.Contact tracing procedures are underway. All but one of the riders who tested positive rode at the recently concluded Los Alamitos meet in Orange County. The mass testing was ordered by the track after jockeys Flavien Prat and Victor Espinoza tested positive. They are both quarantining at home. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSAAC releases testing requirementsUNDATED (AP) — The American Athletic Conference will require all its schools to test football players for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before competition. The track isn’t identifying any of the other riders. However, some have confirmed their own cases.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SOCCERRussian league game called offSOCHI, Russia (AP) — A top-division Russian soccer game has been called off after nine people at FC Sochi tested positive for the virus.The Russian Premier League says Sochi’s game against Tambov will not take place as scheduled on Thursday. The league hasn’t said how many of the nine are players.center_img The Athletics Integrity Unit says Stevens was unavailable for giving samples three times in 2019 in Oregon and West Hollywood. Three whereabouts violations within one year can lead to a ban. The 25-year-old American runner’s ban was backdated to start on Feb. 17, 2020. It expires days after the postponed Tokyo Olympics in August 2021. At her disciplinary hearing, Stevens cited issues with her telephone to explain why samples collection officials were unable to contact her for two of the missed visits. Stevens placed 7th in the 200-meter final at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and 5th at the 2017 world championships in London.VIRUS OUTBREAK-HORSE RACING-DEL MAR The announcement by the American comes ahead of the expected release of recommendations from the NCAA. The Power Five conferences have been working toward a minimum standard for testing throughout major college football. AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco says the testing protocols will apply throughout the regular and bowl seasons. More operational protocols are still being finalized, as are testing protocols for other sports.MISSED TESTS-STEVENSAmerican sprinter Stevens banned 18 months for missed testsGENEVA (AP) — Olympic finalist sprinter Deajah Stevens has been banned for 18 months for missing doping tests and will miss the Tokyo Games. There was no mention of whether the game could be rescheduled. The league is scheduled to finish its season next Wednesday.JOE McKNIGHT KILLEDNew trial granted for McKnight’s convicted killerGRETNA, La. (AP) — The killer of former NFL player Joe McKnight will get a new trial. An appeals court vacated the Louisiana man’s 30-year sentence and manslaughter conviction because it was delivered by a split jury. Ronald Gasser was found guilty by a 10-2 vote of fatally shooting McNight during an act of road rage in 2016. Louisiana’s 5th Circuit Court of Appeal vacated that conviction because the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed split-jury verdicts in April. Gasser said he shot McKnight in self-defense after a 5-mile chase led to an altercation. McKnight played three seasons for the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs.last_img read more

All Eyes on Cheprot as 5th Okpekpe Race Holds Today

first_imgAll eyes will be on Kenyan road runner Simon Cheprot if he is going to be successful in defending the men’s title of the Okpekpe 10 kilometers International Road Race at the sixth edition which holds today, in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State. Since the inaugural edition of the IAAF bronze label race won by another Kenyan, Moses Masai in 2013, no athlete, male or female has been able to retain the title at the next edition. Masai ran 29 mins 39 secs to win the inaugural edition but was defeated by his compatriot, Teshome Mekonnen, at the 2014 Okpekpe race. Mekonen set the course record of 28mins 35 seconds that has endured three years. However, Cheprot has not only vowed to successfully defend his title, he is also aiming to set a new course record by running under Mekonen’s 28.35.How Cheprot hopes to achieve that remains to be seen in just a few hours from now. As at Wednesday evening, most of the elite casts of top runners in the continent had converged on Lagos en-route Okpekpe. The list include; Kenya’s Edwin Nyandusi Mokua, Wilson Kiprono Too, Emmanuel Kiprono Kipsang as well as Ethiopian trio of Dawit Fikadu Admasu, Fikadu Haftu and Leul Gebresilasie. Also in town from Tanzania is Ismail Juma. Turkey’s Kaan Kigen Ozbilen and Thierry Ndikuwenayo of Burundi are amongst the elite road runners also aiming to pick the top prize of $15,000 on offer for the winner. As at the last count, a record 15 gold level-running elite athletes had been confirmed to race in both men and women’s categories. Kenya’s Stephen Omiso Arita, Tanzania’s Ismail Juma and Ethiopia’s Netsanet Gudeta are leading the cast of gold-level running elite athletes for the race. Arita is the 10th fastest 10 kilometres runner so far this year courtesy of the 27:59 seconds he ran to win the XV 10km Villa de Laredo 2017 in Laredo, Spain and is here in Okpekpe not only to become the fourth Kenyan to win the men’s title but also erase from history books Mekonnen’s 2014 course record.The Kenyan will however be up against such quality competitors as Tanzania’s Juma who ran 28:58 seconds to place eight at the IAAF Gold Label World’s Best 10k in San Juan, Puerto Rico last February. Turkey’s Kaan Kigen Ozbilen who holds a 27:25 seconds personal best over 10km and placed 17th in the marathon event at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil last year is also in the group of favourites for the title. Also tipped to be among the competitors for the Okpekpe title and top cash prize are Edwin Nyandusi Mokua of Kenya who holds a 27:38 seconds lifetime best in the event, compatriots Emmanuel Kiprono Kipsang who ran 27:47 seconds to place third in the 10km race in Praha last year and Wilson Kiprono Too whose personal best of 27:39 was achieved way back in 2013 as well as Ethiopia’s Fikadu Haftu who also ran a lifetime best of 27:46 seconds last year. In the women’s category, Gudeta who came third at the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships will battle compatriot, Alemtsehay Asefa for the title. Asefa ran 32:39 seconds last March at the Oujda international 10km in Morocco and looks to be the woman to beat. Race’s Director of Organisation, Zakari Amodu told THISDAY during the week that he was thrilled by the quality of the elite athletes in town for the race and predicted new course records for both the men and women’s races. “Almost all the athletes we have registered for the men and the women’s race have personal best times far better than the 28 minutes and 35 seconds and 32 minutes and 41 seconds course records set in 2014 by Ethiopian duo of Teshome Mekonnen and Wude Ayalew respectively. “We have an athlete who has broken 28 minutes this year which means we are likely going to see a first sub 28 minutes time for the first time at the Okpekpe race. We are also hoping to get a sub 32 minutes runner come Saturday in the women’s category,” said Amodu who assured stakeholders that everything was set for another successful edition of the race. The Okpekpe International 10km Road Race is powered by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria. It is the first and only road race in Nigeria that has been granted full membership of Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and recognised as one of the prestigious road races in the world and the only race with an IAAF label status in West Africa.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Bob Okezie: Another ‘Foreign’ Addition to Golden Eaglets?

first_imgThe NFF boss convinced Chelsea prodigy Adrian Akande to commit his international future to Nigeria over England and was named in the recently concluded Africa U17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania alongside two other ‘foreigners’-Joseph Olawabuola –Bournemouth of England and Lateef Omidiji jr-Go Ahead Eagles of Spain.Now another ‘foreigner’-Okezie is in the book ahead of the FIFA U17 Competition slated for Brazil.Born in Potsdam, Okezie started his football career at the age of six at Fortuna Babelsberg, where he spent six years before transferring to SV Babelsberg 03, then joined his current club in 2018.According to the attacker’s dad Chief Nweke, Bob has visited Nigeria so often where he learnt the words “quacking”, “shoot heavily” and “control your ball”, etc.In 2015, his club SV Babelsberg 03 won the Brandenburg State Junior League (state junior championship) and the Nigerian whizkid won the golden boot. He is currently the top striker at FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin U17 team and the fourth highest goalscorer in the Nordost regional league in Germany.Asked if the 17-year-old Vikotoria Berlin star will like to play for Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets, the father, Chief Nweke, replied: “Of course, if Nigeria needs him, Bobby will play. I will like him to join Manu Garba Boys.”Bob is currently the top striker in his third club Vikotoria Berlin 1889 U17 and the fourth highest goal scorer in Nord ost (North East) U17 regional league in Germany. He joined the club in the middle of last season from SV Babelsberg 03 before the end of transfer window. He wears the No 9 shirt for his club and has scored more than 14 goals in his career.It is on record that Nigeria won the maiden edition of the U17 Tournament with mainly players from the school system and were finalist two years later with the same school system.The concern of many observers is with countless academies that surround us and the revival of the Principals Cup by GTBank the football authority can still not get 23 home-grown players that will represent us in an U17 competition without depending on foreign players.In a chat with THISDAY, former Nigerian international and captain of defunct Abiola Babes of Abeokuta, Tajudeen Disu expressed  sadness that the federation now look outside the shores of the country for players for an U17 competition, while attributing it to lazy administrators running Nigeria’s football and warned that until the country returns to the basics things would continue to get worse.“The situation is like this because most of our football administrators are lazy and will therefore always look out for the short cut. When we qualified Nigeria for the U21 World Cup for the first time in 1983 virtually all of us were secondary school student or just leaving school,” Disu noted. The former Abiola Babes Captain blamed the politicising of the country’s football as being responsible for the situation we are in.“Until we stand putting the right people in the right position the situation will remain the same. The idea of winning at all cost must also be discountenance; the primary objective is to expose the boys at that age and not compulsorily winning. By bringing in foreign players from abroad to play U17 competitions you are indirectly killing the youth system in the country,” he expressed.Disu also berated the federation for not wanting to have former players who are educated as administrators and coaches as they would prefer people they can toss around.“Most of those running our football federation are also agents and they have boys to sell, that is why they would prefer coaches they can toss around to achieve their aim,” he noted.Nigeria placed fourth in the recently concluded U17 AFCON in spite of parading three foreign-based players.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin wonderkid Bob Okezie has committed his international future to Nigeria ahead of his country of birth, Germany, and has made himself available for selection to the Golden Eaglets ahead of the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup. Kunle Adewale asks if depending on players of Nigerian descents for U17 competitions is not retrogressive to the country’s football inspite of the numerous football academies that surround us and indeed the yearly Principals Cup Each time the Nigeria Football Federation eggheads successfully lobby a player of Nigeria descent to play for his fatherland, something the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick described as VIP Scouting, the federation sees as a master stroke since the home league cannot even be compared to the Principals Cup of the ’70’s and ‘80’s and therefore cannot produce quality players for the senior national team.What is however more disturbing is the new trend of having players of Nigerian decent to player for the Golden Eaglets, a team that has four U17 World Cups under its belt with only Brazil coming closest with three wins?last_img read more

On The Beat 09/09/10

first_imgThe Daily Orange beat writers Brett LoGiurato, Andrew L. John and Tony Olivero discuss Syracuse football’s upcoming game against Washington. Published on September 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img