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Nigerian Army to revive polo sport in Nigeria – Buratai

first_imgRelatedPosts ‘Army Officer’ in EFCC net for alleged multiple fraud Nigerian Army loses Colonel to Boko Haram attack Nigerian Army and ‘Fatal Arrogance’, by Yushau A. Shuaib The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has announced the decision of Nigerian Army to revive polo sport in the country. Buratai disclosed this while inaugurating a five-man Board of Trustees for the Nigerian Army Polo Association on Wednesday in Abuja. He stated that polo had been a long standing military endeavour in promoting professionalism among officers. According to him: “Nigeria had been known to be good in polo game in the past and so we must revive the old game that the country is well known for. “If you go round the country, almost all the polo grounds that were initially constructed by Nigerian army, are unconsciously handed over to other users due to dwindling participation of Nigerian army over the years. “We are not taking these facilities back but we want to reestablish ourselves fully again to tap full benefits of the polo game in the Nigerian Army as well as encouraging it in Nigeria. “We are working towards global participation in all polo activities and the process has already started with procuring equestrian drugs for horses. “Of course, we are recruiting special horse handlers as well as players and experts so that we can fully start in promoting this important game.” Buratai disclosed that the members of the board being inaugurated were selected based on their experiences, love for the game and their interest in polo game. According to him: “By their long standing association with Nigerian Army in various capacities, we have seen their capacity and capability to carry Nigerian Army polo to the required height.” He assured the new board of the full support of the Nigerian Army by providing them the needed latitude to enable them to carry out their assignment. “I want to assure you that we will fully cooperate with the national body of the Nigerian Polo Association and any other interested partners that will wish to develop polo game.” The Chairman of the Board, Colonel Dangiwa Umar (retd), who was represented by a member, Major General Mohammed Garba (retd), pledged to carry out their assignment towards developing polo game in Nigeria. Garba said the board would work with all stakeholders to revive the existing polo facilities across the country. He urged officers of Nigerian Army to begin to develop interest in the game, adding that by virtue of their training at the Nigerian Defence Academy, they were expected to be able to handle horses. He however, thanked the Chief of army staff for seeing them worthy to pioneer the board of trustees of army polo association. The board comprises Umar as Chairman, while Garba, Major General M.S. Aliyu, Brigadier General K.A. Kazir and Alhaji Nasir Danu were appointed as members.— Tags: Nigerian ArmyPolo SportTukur Buratailast_img read more

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Mourinho unhappy with Del Bosque

first_imgJose Mourinho thinks Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is the man to blame for Diego Costa’s recent injury troubles. Costa began the season in prolific fashion, scoring nine goals in seven matches, but he has missed Chelsea’s last three fixtures because of a persistent hamstring injury. The former Atletico Madrid man had also been suffering from a cold in the build-up to Sunday’s match against Manchester United, but Mourinho revealed it was injury, rather than illness that ruled the £32million signing out of the match at Old Trafford. Press Association The striker has been troubled by the hamstring problem for some time, but Mourinho believes it was exacerbated by Spain coach Del Bosque, who fielded the 26-year-old for back-to-back games against Slovakia and Luxembourg at the start of October. “The virus is fine,” the Chelsea manager said. “It was hard, he had to go to the hospital and obviously it doesn’t help him to recover from his injury. But he didn’t play on Sunday because of the injury, not because of the virus. “Diego has the hamstring (problem) because he played two matches in three days when he was not with us.” Mourinho voiced his concern over a lack of communication with Del Bosque and other national coaches earlier this month and the problem still clearly concerns him. When asked whether he hoped Costa’s injury problems were now over, Mourinho replied: “But he still has (to play for) the national team in November!” For the immediate future, Mourinho looks as though he will be able to depend on the striker. “I think so,” replied the Portuguese when asked if Costa would be fit for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League game against QPR. Mourinho confirmed the Brazil-born front man would not travel to Shrewsbury for Tuesday’s Capital One Cup fourth round match against the League Two side. Given that he is 36-years-old, Didier Drogba will need to “sleep for 24 hours” after his exertions at Old Trafford and will therefore miss Tuesday’s game. With Loic Remy out through injury, Andre Schurrle is expected to lead the line at New Meadow, although young forward Dominic Solanke could also feature. Mourinho confirmed in a post-match briefing at Old Trafford that Schurrle, Mohamed Salah, Kurt Zouma, John Obi Mikel and 19-year-old midifelder Lewis Baker will play at Shrewsbury. The Shrews are 71 places below Mourinho’s unbeaten side in the league ladder so it was with little surprise that the Chelsea boss called Tuesday’s match a “friendly”. The two-time League Cup winner still refuses to take victory over the League Two promotion contenders for granted though. He added: “You can say that Shrewsbury in the Capital One Cup is a friendly, but we have to play the match and respect the match. “They are doing very well in their league, they are did very well against superior teams (Norwich, Blackpool and Leicester) in the Capital One Cup. “It is a big day for them and we know it is going to be difficult for us. “And because we have so many injured players, it is even more difficult.” last_img read more

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Hughes backs Sherwood appointment

first_img Hughes insists there is an understanding between British bosses and wants that unity to continue. “He’s a good British manager. Sometimes with foreign ownership they look to appoint managers from outside these shores,” he said, with Stoke 10th in the top flight. “But the American owners have done their due diligence and that’s a good thing. “There’s a solidarity between British managers. We’re probably the only ones that go into rooms after games. “It’s a little bit of a new thing for foreign managers, it’s not something they do. “Win, lose or draw you always go and congratulate your hosts – or commiserate with them hopefully. “We’ll go in. We’ve always gone in at Villa and had a good welcome. After the Spurs game last year they all came in to our room and vice versa.” Hughes is hunting a reaction following Stoke’s 4-1 humbling at Blackburn in the FA Cup last weekend. Stoke manager Mark Hughes has welcomed Tim Sherwood back to the top flight and wants British coaches to keep flying the flag. Press Association The Britannia Stadium boss faces Sherwood’s Aston Villa on Saturday and is eager to continue the tradition of a post-match chat. Ex-Tottenham chief Sherwood replaced Paul Lambert last weekend and takes charge for the first time against the Potters, with Villa third from bottom in the Barclays Premier League. The Potters could have Jonathan Walters, Stephen Ireland, Marc Wilson and Erik Pieters back to boost their squad, although are without the suspended Geoff Cameron and injured Ryan Shawcross. Stand-in skipper Glenn Whelan called the Blackburn defeat the worst performance he had ever seen from a Stoke side following their fifth-round exit. But Hughes insisted Whelan’s passion is key to showing the players care about results. “Glenn was the skipper and as disappointed as the rest of us. He was probably emotional but it was understandable given the circumstances,” Hughes said. “We let everyone down and ourselves down but it’s gone now and we can’t dwell on it. “He was spokesman so I don’t have a problem with players expressing themselves. It’s no problem. “People needed to know that we, as a group, understood that we let people down. “Why would you want to take passion out of it? It’s an emotional, emotive game and at times that is why people react in a certain way to defeat.” last_img read more

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Igor Stimac’s Homework Trumps Question On Low Success Rate’

first_imgNew Delhi: Igor Stimac was tipped favourite when the technical committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) met on Thursday afternoon to select the national coach. But if sources in the federation are to be believed, not everyone in the committee was completely convinced by the Croatians abilities. Yet in the end, the Croatian received the committee’s stamp of approval as his critics did not find enough ground to oppose the appointment. So much so that the committee, headed by Shyam Thapa, refused to officially recommend a second choice saying it would only be needed if Stimac’s negotiations with AIFF fell through by any chance.“Stimac was finally recommended but not before some serious questions were raised about the overall success rate of his coaching career. At least one member commented on the Croatian looking more like a public relations expert than a technical man,” a source in the technical committee told IANS.The same member carried specially prepared documents with him in the meeting having details reports about the merits and demerits of all the four coaches shortlisted for the interview.The member pointed out that Stimac’s success rate as a coach had not been more than 30 per cent in the last few years. However, the Croatian, who appeared for the interview in person, had a ready answer for this.More than six feet tall and wearing a dark-coloured suit, Stimac told the committee that his success rate was low because he had always preferred to associate himself with underdogs. He loved to take up challenges and it was one of the reasons why he applied for the India job. He also pointed out that under him, Croatia qualified for the 2014 World Cup.But what really clinched the deal in favour of Stimac, a member of the Croatia national team who finished third in 1998 World Cup, was his detailed knowledge of Indian football. “He had the list of 36 Indian footballers in hand and he knew each of them by their playing positions. In fact, we found he has a fair idea about the strength and weaknesses of each player. He was even aware that central defender Anas Edathodika has retired and India need a new face in his position. We were truly impressed by his homework,” said another committee member.“Igor has a good idea of both ISL (Indian Super League) and I-League. He said proper scouting was necessary for taking Indian football forward and it should be done through ISL and I-League,” the member said.Another issue which found favour with the committee was Stimac’s ready agreement to use an all-Indian support staff. Unlike Spanish coach Albert Roca, who wanted to bring an assistant coach of his own choice, Stimac said he would have no problem in using local coaches. Former India captain S. Venkatesh will be attached with Stimac as the assistant coach for India’s next campaign in King’s Cup next month. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

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SU expects freshman Taft to bring needed 3-point prowess

first_imgLa’Shay Taft has always had the green light. In all her years of AAU basketball growing up, she was never discouraged from letting her jump shot fly. So she just kept shooting. ‘For AAU most of the team’s I played on, I just had the green light to always do what I want,’ said Taft, a freshman guard on the Syracuse women’s basketball team. ‘And I just started shooting because they just let me.’ That shooter’s mentality took over Taft’s game. Through five consecutive years as a member of the Baltimore Cougars AAU squad, she honed her talent as a perimeter threat. By the time Taft was ready to graduate from Baltimore City College High School last spring, she had become one of the best 3-point shooters in the country. ‘La’Shay Taft is one of the better shooters out there nationally,’ said Dan Olson, creator of Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. ‘She can fill it up, and I’ve seen that on a consistent basis.’ Now Taft looks to apply her perimeter potency to a Syracuse offense that ranked ninth in the conference last year in 3-point field-goal percentage. With the departure of the program’s all-time leading scorer in Nicole Michael, head coach Quentin Hillsman wants the long-range shot to become a focus of this year’s offense. Taft is one of six players on the roster that must make up for the loss of Michael’s 58 3-point baskets from a year ago, which accounted for 33 percent of the team’s total.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text As that insatiable hunger to knock down each and every jump shot took hold, Taft sought help and instruction. Nearly seven days per week during the offseason, she could be seen at a recreation center in Baltimore trying to keep up with the guys. Though she admits that most of the guys were better, that didn’t stop her from trying to reach their level. ‘I used to go to the Rec like every day and shoot around with the boys and get extra help,’ Taft said. ‘It’s a lot of motivation because most of the time, they are really good. And I’m trying to keep up with them.’ Playing with the guys has given Taft unbelievable range on her jump shot. Both Hillsman and teammate Carmen Tyson-Thomas said she can move ‘three or four’ steps beyond the men’s 3-point arc and knock down shots without a problem. Tyson-Thomas admits that if there is anyone on the team right now that can’t be left open, it’s definitely Taft. She will drain those open looks and stretches the defense simply with her presence on the court. ‘She can shoot from deep,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘Very quick release. She has a habit to create her own shot, but off the drive-and-kick, she’s going to knock it down.’ In addition to Taft, Tyson-Thomas is one of those other shooters Hillsman is counting on to make open shots this season. She spent the summer in Syracuse working on mid-range and outside jumpers. Through hundreds of shots, she wanted to improve her 29.4 career 3-point percentage. After all that, she has developed a favorite spot on the floor at the top of the key. And that won’t tread on Taft, either, who prefers to stay deep in the corner for catch-and-shoot opportunities. ‘I think Carmen Tyson-Thomas is an untapped product,’ Olson said. ‘I think her basketball ability hasn’t even reached its expectations yet.’ But quality shooters along the perimeter do more than just put three points on the board for Hillsman’s offense. They also create gaps and open up space inside the arc when opposing teams have to contest jump shooters. In particular, this means more room for Big East All-Freshman center Kayla Alexander to operate. Defenders can’t collapse as much on her if Syracuse has capable shooters all along the outside. Just the threat of the long-range shot will stretch any defense the Orange faces. ‘If they’re going to be sitting in Kayla’s lap a little bit, we need those players to stand in the deep corners and make some shots,’ Hillsman said. Much of that burden falls on Taft, and that’s a big role for a freshman to play. At times she said it has been overwhelming. But for any lapses in self-confidence, her teammates have been there to pick her back up. They’ve seen the talent, and they realize how valuable that long-range ability will be to the team. So once again, Taft has the green light. And after years of practice and thousands of shots in the gym, she thinks she’s ready. ‘That’s good that they have confidence in me because sometimes I don’t have confidence in myself,’ Taft said. ‘It is a real huge role, but I’m going to get it done.’ Mjcohe02@syr.edu Published on November 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

first_imgWellington Police news for Tuesday, May 26, 2015:•12:07 a.m. Officers investigated harassment by telecom device by a known suspect in the 1100 block E. 16th, Wellington.•6:20 a.m. Dale C. Caine Jr., 20, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation and driving while license suspended.•6:35 a.m. Jackie G. Walton, 50, Arkansas City was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•10:40 a.m. Tressa R. Whittley, 25, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•5:25 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 300 block N. Crestview, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Sheri D. Baker-Bruster, 34, Wellington and a fixed object/street sign owned by the city of Wellington.•5:49 p.m. Officers took a report of found property in the 200 block W. 12th, Wellington.•7:20 p.m. Emily A. Conklin, 22, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•7:26 p.m. Wayne R. Bucannon, 39, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•7:35 p.m. Megan K. Evans, 23, Harper, was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•7:44 p.m. Dalton L. Bernardt, 23, Choctaw, Okla. was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.last_img read more

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School of Nations hosts caribbean educational leadership conference

first_img– aims at developing Guyana’s education sectorSeveral educators from various countries on Thursday converged at the School of Nations for a Caribbean conference and workshop focused on education leadership.The two-day event, which is in collaboration with the Education Ministry and the British High Commission, is an initiative which will result in introduction of the Cambridge Certificate in Educational Leadership, which the institution has been approved to offer by the Education Ministry.Director of the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD), Jennifer Cumberbatch, who shared remarks on behalf of Education MinisterThis book, “Educational Leadership”, was launched on ThursdayNicolette Henry, noted that Guyana had a history of producing inspirational educators, but this has vanished over the past few years.“It is vital to remember our history, the fact that we were at the top of our field in education and across the Caribbean region. We’ve had an education system that was diverse in its reach and scope. The recipients of this lost legacy have become leaders themselves, here in Guyana and in the diaspora, across a wide spectrum of professions,” she added.Additionally, from the panel of key speakers, a representative of the Limited Resources Teachers Training (LRTT), Emily Fennigan, gave an insight on the projects that will, in the coming months, be conducted to improve Guyana’s education sector from a teaching perspective. The LRTT has been working in Guyana for the past three years in various areas of developmental studies.“We believe that teacher quality is really the key to ensuring that every child has a rich education and experience. So many teachers and Guyana included don’t have access to quality training, or they’re looking for more support in that area,” she stated.In light of this issue, partnerships were developed between the United States of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK) and Australia, where teachers from these countries would visit the local communities to assist, observe, and also learn from the local educators. For five weeks, teachers’ training conferences are then organised to address various issues being faced by the teachers.Fennigan also added that there are plans to introduce this programme in other countries of the world, such as Gambia and Afghanistan. During the two-day exercise, educators from various countries are expected to share their experiences with various institutions and communities that they have served. Director of Nations, Dr Brian 0’Toole, also took the opportunity to launch his new book, titled “Educational Leadership”, which outlines 40 years of experience in working on developmental projects in Guyana, which he has accumulated during his stay here.last_img read more

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Courts Pee Wee tournament kicks off in fine style

first_imgContinuing their legacy of producing fine youth footballers, the Courts/Petra Pee Wee Tournament kicked off the 2018 edition early on Saturday morning.In this its seventh year, the tournament has seen participation from 32 schools, a considerably higher number than in previous years.Speaking at the opening ceremony, Co-Director of the Petra Organisation, Troy Mendonca, noted that the students have been presented with an opportunity to perfect their craft from a young age, and as such should capitalise on it.“I think this is an opportunity presented to you, the youngsters, as a springboard towards a life that many of us didn’t have an opportunity to have. I just want to encourage you to utilise this opportunity, enjoy the moment, and may the best team win,” Mendonca stated.Courts’ Marketing Manager Pernell Cummings, as representative of the primary sponsor, expressed similar sentiments as Mendonca’s, noting a few areas that the sport helps to develop.“Football is a beautiful game. It’s the world’s game, and you have an opportunity here to start your career in football. It may take you to the high school level, it may take you to the national level, it make take you to the global scale. But most of all, it builds camaraderie among your peers; it builds leaders,” he stated.Cummings expressed that the company is happy to be a part of the competition for the seventh year running, and positively highlighted the inclusion of more ‘out of town’ teams.“Courts is happy to support this, and we will continue to support (this tournament) in the future. This year I’ve seen much more teams from out of town, and I’m happy for this, and I know you will represent well in this tournament,” he declared.The Under-11 action will continue for the next seven weeks, with West Ruimveldt Primary looking to defend their championship. For the next two weeks, the teams will be involved in round robin matches, competing with the other schools in their group. The tournament will be played at the Ministry of Education Ground on Carifesta Avenue.last_img read more

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