Christian Paul, the second singles player for the Abuja based team, got the first point when Chinedu Iwuagwu of Team Anambra scratched trailing 3-6, 0-2. Former national champion Henry Atseye won the second men’s singles beating Michael Chima 6-3, 7-5 and Loveth Donatus defeated Ezinne Maduike 6-3, 6-1 in the women’s singles.Team Tombim, which had promised to approach this last tie with all seriousness, brought out their best combination of Moses Michael and Paul in the mixed doubles and they duly delivered – beating Chima and Tochukwu Eze 7-6, 7-5.Both teams will still have to play today starting 10 am for the three points from two reverse singles and the mixed doubles.Meanwhile, Team Civil Defence will gun for the leadership of the White Group when they take on Team Kalotari in Kaduna Friday Nov 18 and Saturday Nov. 19. Civil Defence, the runners-up last year will secure the maximum points having won their previous three round robin ties.The second semi-final spot will be decided after the Team FCT versus CBN Futures match taking place in Lagos between Nov. 29 and 30.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NCC TENNIS LEAGUEDefending champions Team Tombim secured maximum points from the round robin phase of the NCC Tennis League when they overwhelmed Team Anambra to grab an unassailable 4-0 in the seven match decider taking place at the Abuja National Stadium Tennis Centre.The tie is the last round robin match for both teams and Tombim will lead the Blue Group with the maximum 12 points. The team would now await the runner-up from the White Group to be decided in a forth night.
The Pembroke Pines City Center will the venue hosting the Caribbean American Exhibition and Festival on June 24.There will be several multi-cultural exhibits themed under health and wellness, arts, craft, island and Latin foods, Ska, Reggae, Zumba, Latin and R&B music fusion.Great family entertainment will also be on offer including hoola hoop, limbo, kite making and a children’s fun zone.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I was really torn on putting it in now or waiting until the summer to go over it with the younger guys and add it,” said Scott, though he is not assured of coaching past this season. “But the coaching staff was like, ‘You know what? You might as well give them a taste of it now.’”The Lakers could use any help to end an eight-game losing streak and bolster an offense that ranks 27th out of 30 NBA teams in points per game (97.5) and 30th in field-goal percentage (41.4). “The biggest thing is to find ways to keep them as interested as much as possible. This set has done that,” Scott said. “This set also gives guys more of an opportunity to play. It’s not like you have two guys in the parking lot. This is five guys on the court who will all have the chance to touch the ball.”But will the Lakers manage to do that with Bryant playing?“We’ll run it the same way. He’ll get his shots. He’ll find his places,” Clarkson said. “The offense will be fine with him.”Leadership trainingClarkson and Randle may represent part of the Lakers’ long-term future, yet both feel more inclined to lead with their work ethic over their words. “I still got to grow in that area,” Clarkson said. “Coach talks to me about all the time about being more vocal.” Rest for the wearyAmong all the things that will bring a smile to Scott’s face, no amount of rare victories or youth development will make the Lakers coach feel as elated as what could happen in nearly a month.Then, Bryant will play in his final game in the Lakers’ season finale against the Utah Jazz on April 13 at Staples Center. “I want him to be able to walk off the court,” Scott said. “That’s the main thing I want to accomplish this season.”How does Scott assure that happens?“Lots of rest and not taxing his body,” Scott said. “He’s at this point in his career where I feel he doesn’t need to practice. He knows about basketball as well as all of our guys put together.” As Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson mused, “He’s a basketball genius and will figure it out in two seconds.”But how do the Lakers find the balance between adhering to the offensive principles while maximizing Bryant’s scoring abilities?“I don’t think it’ll be a problem,” Lakers forward Julius Randle said. “We’ll create spacing and move the ball. It’ll help us operate and make plays for each other.”Scott tweaked his offense last week during Thursday’s practice that he described as “one set with a ton of options.” That left little time for the Lakers to prepare before Friday’s loss to Memphis.Yet, Scott said he reverted to a motion offense his summer-league team ran to prepare for the 2016-17 campaign. It has taken about four days of practice for the Lakers to report feeling comfortable with a new offensive set that puts an added extra emphasis on floor spacing and ball movement.It apparently has taken Kobe Bryant only a few moments before mastering it without even practicing it.“I told him a little bit and he was like, ‘Yeah I got it,’” Lakers coach Byron Scott said, smiling. “It’s not a big deal.”The Lakers (11-49) also enter Tuesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets (17-42) at Staples Center insisting it is not a big deal on how they will continue blending this new offensive set with Bryant’s presence amid his expected return after nursing soreness in his right shoulder.
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Girona missed a golden opportunity last Sunday to place third in the table and continue to shorten the distance with the second classified, Zaragoza. In spite of this, the rojiblanco costumes are satisfied with the point harvested before the Mirandés in Anduva (1-1) because it allows them to continue with the good dynamics (they already accumulate six games without falling) and outside they have found more regularity because It is necessary to go back until January 19 to see the last setback at home, on day 24 against Tenerife (1-0). The sensations are good and morale increases in the face of an end of course that seems exciting.Pep Lluís Martí is satisfied with the response of the team in Anduva because he disrupted his starting block to give the alternative to players with less prominence in the last duels and although not all responded in the best way, in general they complied. And it is important to highlight Samu Saiz and Jonás Ramalho. Occupied the posts of Borja García, substitute, and Alcalá, sanctioned, respectively, and left good feelings. Saiz was happy for the work done, but could not hide that “we left annoyed because with the 0-1 I think we had the game on track. But we must continue working, be calm and make good point against Albacete in Montilivi. team is prepared and looking forward to doing so, “he started and then explained that “The wind, especially in the first part, did not let play. Although we endure well, strong.” Of course, it was not enough to maintain the result because in the second half, “in an isolated play they tied us.” The two goals of the match came from the penalty spot and the fact of not having managed to endure the 0-1 also left some bitter feeling in Ramalho: “I think we had the game under control and it was a shame that we missed two points. Although it is always positive to add visitors. We thought that the team that scored first was going to take all three points, but it wasn’t like that and now it’s time to prepare the duel against Albacete. “ Girona enjoys a rest day on Monday and it will not be until Tuesday when it returns to work, in La Vinya, to start preparing the game against Albacete. Martí will recover Pedro Alcalá for the axis of the defense, but he will not be able to count on Pablo Maffeo, That will cycle. Montilivi must remain a fortress (in 2020, Girona has not lost at home) to continue dreaming of direct ascent.
Jürgen Klopp’s men conceded their first defeat so far in the league, receiving a blunt 3-0 against a Watford who got three important points in order to achieve permanence. The ‘reds’ were frustrated thus the possibility of finishing the season undefeated in the league and match the Arsenal deed, which in the 2003/04 campaign he became the only team to get it. Gerard Deulofeu must undergo surgery on his right knee after being injured last Saturday in the match against Liverpool. In his official Twitter account, Watford has confirmed that the attacker undergoes a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and a tear in the meniscus. Therefore, and as Pearson announced in the post-match press conference, the Spanish will miss the rest of the season.The action in which Deulofeu was injured occurred during the first part of the game that Watford on Vicarage Road against the Premier League leader, Liverpool. At half an hour of play, the Catalan end collided with the Dutch central Virgil Van Dijk, producing a sharp turn in his right knee. The player of the ‘hornets’ could not get up and had to leave the field on a stretcher and with oxygen.
The Argentine wants players who are at the zenith to help them in the final stretch of their career. That is the case of Pjanic, who with just turned 30 years is a mature player but still in full swing. Positional player, intelligent and capable of moving his team at a leisurely pace as Messi soccer now requires, He has an exquisite touch and a spectacular hit in the direct free kick, although at Barça he would not have too many opportunities to show off with Messi out there.Pjanic was already close to Barça. Luis Enrique wanted to incorporate it in 2016. I knew him from Rome, where they arrived together. In the 2011-12 season, Pjanic had already played 30 Serie A games in which he had scored three goals and had nine assists. Luis Enrique continued his evolution with the giallorossi, but Juventus finally anticipated Barça, who signed André Gomes with the result already known. Barça has approached Pjanic a couple of times (Mundo Deportivo published last week that it came to tell Jordi Mestre, former sports vice president, that wearing Barça was “a dream”, but by then it was untouchable at Juventus This summer things can change.Juventus is interested in Arthur and his sports policy has always prioritized the incorporation of younger players who reach their maximum market price in Juventus, and the departure of footballers who can start the downward curve. Juventus and Barça’s interests could converge. Pjanic likes and is willing to say yes to Barça. Surely, you know it is your last train. As Ace learned, Miralem Pjanic (2-4-1990), a Bosnian midfielder from Juventus Turin, likes Barcelona coaches a lot, who seriously think of him as one of the reinforcements for next season. Logically, for that option to be viable, Operation Arthur would have to move forward. For now, the Brazilian said in a statement that he wants to continue at Barça, but the Barça club has hung the transfer poster and Sarri considers him a talented footballer with more professional career than the former player of Roma and Olympique de Lyon. If Arthur opens up to negotiate with Juventus, the Pjanic option wins integers.The Bosnian, who has played 32 games this season at Juventus (three goals and four assists) has not only been an old dream for Barça. He is considered an elite footballer, reliable and who would offer immediate performance, a fundamental aspect in this Barça that is in the throes of the Messi era.
GRATEFUL FOR TRACK Kingston College is following in the path of history by breaking ground for its new synthetic running track at the Melbourne campus on Elletson Road yesterday. They will become the second local high school to do so in one year following in the footstep of Calabar High, which opened its track last January. The new track is being facilitated by Bachelor’s family-headed RuJohn Foundation, which has contributed 75 per cent of the US$400,000 estimated cost of construction. Yesterday’s ceremony was well attended by past and current students, as well as political representatives. Work on the track will begin on Monday and is expected to be completed in late February. Byron Bachelor handed over the initial contribution to Byron Ingleton of Pavecom, the company responsible to start the early work on the project. The track will have a full 100m straight, but will measure 350m in complete length, along with international standard curves. This is not the first contribution from the Bachelors, who a year ago helped in building one of two new basketball courts for the North Street-based institution and Byron, along with wife Ingrid and daughter Christine, were all present yesterday. Byron, who represented Kingston College at the Boys Athletics Championships as a part of the successful medley relay team in 1979, where he ran in the preliminary round spoke about his love for Kingston College and giving back. “While at Kingston College, I was encouraged by George Thompson, then coach, that once you give, you will receive and it is not only when you are wealthy you are to give, as whatever you can give early in your life, it will add up big time after a while; and because of my love for the institution I had no problem to give back,” said Byron, who stated that his daughter, Christina played a great part as she had a secret meeting with Principal Dave Myrie, making it known that she wanted to help. The young Bachelor was very ecstatic about her family’s contribution. “I think this is a great project, and it gives us an opportunity from the RuJohn Foundation to touch a lot of lives. I think there is so much talent in Jamaica in track and field and this gives the kids the proper tools to be able to excel to their full potential,” she said. Myrie was thankful in his address. “I must thank RuJohn Foundation for its major role here, along with all others who have contributed. Special thanks to the Florida Old Boys Chapter, led by Audley Hewitt and all the other Old boys locally and overseas. This will definitely go a far way with the preparation of the track team, as this will guarantee less injuries and definitely will result in optimum performance.” he said Also present yesterday were JAAA president Dr Warren Blake; Juliet Campbell representing Puma; Denzil Wilks – chairman of the Sports Development Foundation; and Michael Vaccianna, board chairman of Kingston College.
The leadership of the Association of Disabled Females International (ADFI) with offices in Slipway, Monrovia, has embarked on awareness and or education for her members on the effect of Ebola virus disease (EVD) across the country.ADFI is not doing the education alone, but in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Gender and Development, Women none-governmental organization Secretariat by creating awareness on Ebola with focus on persons with various forms of disabilities, especially the women.The Association teaching program is spear-headed by its education focal person, Ms. Nancy Tewah Saa. During the exercise, she is to among other things, teach disabled females with simple versions of messages such like, “The Ebola virus knows no one, prevent yourself and your family. Remember the most vulnerable people in our drive to stop Ebola and kick it out.”Other messages include, “Prevent yourself and family members; help to prevent Ebola from persons living with disabilities, because the disabled community is the most vulnerable group in the dreadful epidemic.”Nancy will then break down those messages, signs and or symptoms of Ebola to say, for example, “Des Ebola na wan tu know, so be careful before a do you wok, etc.”“She will also teach the disable women how to measure the chlorine or Clorox (drop) into a particular bucket of water before it becomes usable for the household. This prevention is necessary to avoid overdose of any quantity of anti Ebola materials specifically the liquid type,” ADFI National Executive Director, Meima Hoff, has said.Ms. Hoff is herself visually impaired. She says in their organization drive to work with the females disabled colleagues in the field, they will give out anti-Ebola detergents, antiseptic Clorox, powder soaps as well as variety of food items valued at US$2, 500.The entire education or awareness campaign, according to her, is being sponsored by Funds Global Human Rights (FGHR) for which the ADFI remained grateful.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is in the vanguard of campaigning and adequately engaging world leaders, on behalf of countries affected by the Ebola virus for more resources and support that will help bring an end to the scourge.Disclosing this last week, United Nations Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous stated that “Currently, the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki- moon, has taken advantage of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly to engage different levels of world leaders and is committed to doing all he can to stop the epidemic.”The UN is also affected by the outbreak due to the presence of UN peacekeepers on mission here,” Mr. Ladsous noted. Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Foreign Affairs Ministry’s office last week, Mr. Ladsous said he was in the country to discuss with stakeholders as to how the UN could help in the situation. “I am here to sit with you and the Government on how we can more effectively help the situation,” Mr. Ladsous told President Sirleaf.On behalf of SG Ban, Mr. Ladsous conveyed what he termed as deep feelings of the UN about the current Ebola epidemic in Liberia and other countries in the sub-region, adding that his visit is also intended to express the solidarity of the Secretary-General and to assure President Sirleaf of the UN system’s commitment to help mitigate the risk placed on the hard won gains made in Liberia so far.He reiterated that there is a general agreement that the outbreak is a threat to peace and security in the sub-region and therefore noted that the current mandate of the UN Mission in Liberia may not change because this is not the appropriate time. He assured President Sirleaf that the UN remains on the side of Liberia in the wake of the Ebola epidemic and is prepared to support ongoing international efforts led by WHO and others to contain the virus.He reiterated that the Organization has taken the initiative to mobilize the entire UN system and beyond, effectively to respond to the outbreak with the aim of containing its further spread in the sub-region. President Sirleaf thanked Mr. Ladsous for his visit and recounted previous visits including that of the UN Systems Coordinator on Ebola, David Nabarro and others to help respond to the outbreak. The Liberian leader described the Ebola virus disease as an unknown enemy to the Liberian setting, making it critical to the respond efforts.“Our collective response is yet to catch up with the acceleration rate of the virus thus far, but concrete efforts in strategic partnership with the international community and international responders are now in place to mitigate the situation,” President Sirleaf pointed out. President Sirleaf briefed Mr. Ladsous about several initial measures taken by the Government including the closure of schools, entertainment centers, video club, etc. and noted that cultural and traditional practices also remain at the heart of efforts to break the transmission of the disease.She, however, expressed hope that the end will come soon as there are so many success stories associated with the release of more survivors from the treatment centers across the country. “Our regular healthcare system was hard hit by the outbreak and needs support and attention to be able to respond to the growing number of non-Ebola cases that are also adding to the death rate in the country. We are working with our partners to fully restore regular healthcare, and the UN’s involvement is encouraged,” President Sirleaf urged.She further pointed out that the Ebola outbreak is having serious consequences on the country’s economy. She gave assurance that the government is working with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and others to mitigate the situation now and the post-Ebola period. She informed Mr. Ladsous that the security situation in the country so far remains calm. She pointed out that the desire of training more personnel in the security sector, particularly the police, was on course but now restrained by the Ebola outbreak.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)