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How Maintaining Sport Facilities Can Place Lagos on Global Map

first_imgMountain of Fire and Miracle, MFM, FC may be bad travellers, but have turned the Agege Stadium to a fortress and the Olukoya Babes did not disappoint in their CAF Champions League encounter against Real Bamako of Mali with a one nil victory to qualify on a 2-1 goals aggregate after a 1-1 draw in Mali.The Lagos State Government lived up to its promise at ensuring that the upgrading of the Agege Township Stadium was almost completed for CAF Champions League in February.Bolaji Yusuf, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Facility and Infrastructure, had given  the assurance at an interactive session with newsmen during facility tour of the stadium, which is the home ground of the Nigeria Professional Football League Club, MFM, would be ready for their Champions League campaign.“The major upgrading work is completed; more than 60 per cent of structural work is done already,” he had said.In as much as the readiness of the stadium was cheerry news what is most important is the maintenance of the stadium as most Lagos State sports facilities is in comatose state and must not allow Agege to go same way.It is pertinent for the Senior Special Assistant on Sports Facilities to the and Chairman, adhoc committee for the Agege Stadium facelift to directly supervise the maintenance of the stadium going forward and all other Lagos State sporting infrastructures. Recently, former Nigeria international, Dosu Joseph, decried the decision of the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC) to close the Iseri Mini Stadium, constructed by the Lagos State government because the facility needed to be watered.Joseph said the decision was an attempt to truncate the sporting career of youths in the area.“To close a stadium for three weeks just because they want to wet its grass is very funny and ridiculous. This is very bad precedence that is being set and which could affect other community sports centre all around Lagos State”, he said.If only the governor can put the round peg in a round hole such ridiculous and shameful show as the closure of a mini stadium for three weeks because it needed to be watered would not be coming up.The new terms of relationship issued to the FC Bescola Soccer School operating at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, demanding N2.4m and N3m annually, for their use of office space and the main bowl of the facility, respectively should also be looked into by the governor. A similar sum of N3m has also been charged on Joseph as annual fee for use of the RVTC sports ground at Isheri, Ojodu-Berger.These charges have thrown fear into the community of academy and grassroots sports development operators as to how to sustain talent hunting and nurturing in a city that is in serious deficit of community and schools sports centres.An academy operator who pleaded anonymity said that “this development officially brings denial effect on the sports development of kids. Academies and grassroots sports promoters will now have to pay more to train children and hold competitions on government grounds. N3m per annum is about N250,000 a month. How will this money come? Even if we charge parents higher to train the kids, its only the super-rich that can afford that kind of charge. That invariably means sports is being removed from the poor and inner city kids.”The Teslim Balogun Stadium swimming pool is now regularly used for picnics and partying rather than for hosting regular competitions and training and development of future swimmers that would represent the state and indeed the country at local and international competitions.Lagos State is very lucky to have the kind of governor they have but it’s very important for the governor to put a round peg in round hole in terms of maintenance of sporting infrastructures as the state has facilities to host any international sporting events at a very short notice.However, the inability to maintain these sporting facilities is as good as not having them, hence, reason for Governor Ambode to look deep.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


first_imgJudge John O’HaganA JUDGE has said he fears the facilities at a cramped court house could be potentially dangerous in the event of an emergency.Judge John O’Hagan was speaking at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday as he was about to sit at a jury trial. A jury panel of almost 100 people and around 200 other people attending a family law hearing at the District Court in the same court house had been forced to wait in a cramped waiting area between the two court rooms.A consultancy room, complained barrister Peter Nolan, meant that he had to use a dishevelled jury room to speak to his client because no other facilities were available.The courts service has already given the go-ahead to a new court house in Letterkenny which will be completed in 2017.But Judge O’Hagan said the conditions in the 19th century court house still being used were ‘intolerable’.He went on: “God forbid if there was an emergency and we had to get everybody out quickly because we couldn’t.”He said he new the caretaker of the court building was “tearing his hair out” trying to cope with the out-dated facilities.“I won’t be here in 2017 when the new court will open but something must be done about what we have in the meantime,” said Judge O’Hagan.“I intend to write to the Chief Executive of the Courts Service to complain because what everyone has to do deal with here is a disgrace.”Mr Nolan told the court that the facilities were ‘outrageous’.He said people attending the family law hearing were forced to stand ‘cheek to cheek’ in the waiting room for hours on end.He said it simply wasn’t good enough that he had to use a jury room for a consultation with a client facing very serious criminal charges.JUDGE: MY FEARS IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY AT CRAMPED COURT HOUSE was last modified: February 12th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:court houseJUdge John O’Haganletterkennylast_img read more

Banyana star aims at success

first_imgFresh from the University of Johannesburg‘s triumph in the inaugural Varsity Football competition, Amanda Dlamini speaks about her decision to relinquish the national captain’s armband and her work in the development of women’s soccer.In March, the Banyana Banyana midfielder gave up the captaincy, after two years at the helm, to focus on her own game and her tertiary studies.“It was one of the toughest decisions I had to make regarding my footballing career. It’s something that needed to be done for me to be content with myself, my game and my studies.”Higher education was a priority, said the third-year Road Transport Management student, even for those young women carving out a career in professional sport. “Women’s sport still lacks the sponsorship needed to make a good living. So should anything happen, such as a career-changing injury, one should be able to continue having a full life through your chosen field.”Dlamini is currently back home in Harding, KwaZulu-Natal, while she completes a module via correspondence, and plays for Durban Ladies in the Sasol provincial league.She has already made 66 appearances for the national squad and notched up 21 goals in the process.HIGHLIGHTUniversity of Johannesburg and Banyana Banyana midfielder Amanda Dlamini in action during the inaugural Varsity Football series (Image: Wessel Oosthuizen/SASPA)The highlight of her tenure as captain was leading the first ever Banyana team to qualify for the Olympic Games in 2012.She hopes to still be an integral part of South Africa’s plans to qualify for the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup and their quest to win the African Women’s Championship.Earlier this year, this sporting role model established the Amanda Dlamini Girls’ Foundation, which aims to inspire young girls from rural areas to pursue their dreams.“As a rural girl, I know how it feels to be isolated from all sporting activities. Because I have experienced these challenges, I felt the need to go out there and motivate these young girls not to give up, no matter what.”As part of the programme, Dlamini shares her footballing experiences and some of the challenges that female athletes face. She said the emphasis was on balancing education and sport, providing coaching in life skills and football.“We offer career guidance and teambuilding exercises. There’s also something called ‘my sacred space’ – which is where I tell them about my upbringing and relate to them and answer one-on-one questions.”Dlamini, who scored two goals in UJ’s 6-0 drubbing of Tshwane University of Technology, believes it was depth of experience that gave her side the edge in the Varsity Football competition in September. Although the presence of past and present national players like herself, Noko Matlou and Disebo Mametja had no doubt strengthened the side, she preferred to focus on the entire unit.“We work as a team and shy away from focusing on individuals. We work very well as a unit and not as a group of stars. We are always mindful of complacency and therefore work hard at training sessions to complement the massive talent we have in our squad.”ADDING VALUEThe 25-year-old said the Varsity Football series had added great value to the game by ensuring constant competition and providing a visible and equal platform for women’s football.“This shows that women’s sport as a whole is on the rise and being taken seriously.”Dlamini’s greatest ambition is to one day have her own football academy for women. According to her, her own start was slightly less auspicious, following her cousin and brother to the fields where they played.“One day I was asked to play because they were a man short and I grabbed that chance with both hands. At first it was just a hobby – little did I know the only little girl playing with boys would one day get this far.”last_img read more

Discover the creatures of the oceans

first_img SharePrint RelatedFrom Sketch to Souvenir: the artist behind Hidden CreaturesJune 19, 2018In “News”Uncover a new world of Hidden CreaturesJune 5, 2018In “News”The world wide search for Hidden Creatures continuesJuly 10, 2018In “News” Centuries of exploring uncharted waters resulted in legends describing fantastic creatures, almost too strange to be true. Though the ocean may be vast, there’s still time to search for the giant Kraken, the elusive Hippocamp, and the mysterious Mermaid. Now it’s your turn to confirm the tales! Now through July 25, find geocaches or attend events to find Hidden Creatures earning up to 13 new souvenirs.View your progressShare with your Friends:Morelast_img

Zamboanga, Davao draw first blood

first_imgSide events take lid off of All-Star week in Calasiao Google Philippines names new country director Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Top seed Davao Occidental shook off a slow start on Wednesday night and Zamboanga continued its remarkable playoff run with another stunning win as the two teams closed in on an all-Mindanao clash in the South division of the MPBL Datu Cup at Rizal Memorial Colleges Gym in Davao City.The Tigers held the Bacoor Strikers scoreless in the last four minutes to complete a come-from-behind 79-71 victory in Game 1, after the Rapidos crushed defending champion Batangas City Athletics, 72-58, to move on the brink of the South division title match.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Both Davao and Zamboanga can forge a finals duel with wins on Saturday when the South division semifinals shifts to Batangas City Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Photo: Maryland’s Jared Nickens And Melo Trimble Hung Out With Radio DJ Peter Rosenberg

first_imgA closeup of Melo Trimble biting his Maryland uniform.ORLANDO, FL – MARCH 16: Melo Trimble #2 of the Maryland Terrapins reacts after being defeated by the Xavier Musketeers 76-65 in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Amway Center on March 16, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)When you’re having as good of a freshman year as Maryland’s Melo Trimble and Jared Nickens are, you get to hang with some pretty cool people. Peter Rosenberg is the well-known host of The Hot 97 Morning Show on 97.1 FM in New York City. He also hosts a wrestling podcast for Grantland. He’s also an alumnus of the University of Maryland, and a fan of the Terrapins.Rosenberg attended Maryland’s 60-50 win over Rutgers on Tuesday, which solidified the Terps as the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. After the game, he hung out with Trimble and Nickens, who posted a photo of the trio on his Instagram.Overall, I’d say the Maryland program is doing alright for its first year in a new league.last_img read more

Ballast Free LNGCarrier Design Steals the Spotlight

first_imgzoom The industry is making a step forward in achieving ballast-free shipping and curbing the threat of the spread of invasive species carried in a ship’s ballast water.An estimated 10,000 marine species are transported around the world in ballast water every day, according to the figures from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).As a result ballast water discharged from ships has been identified as one of the largest pathways for the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species, which are a major threat to the ecological and economic well-being of the planet.Driven by the idea and the entrance into force of the Ballast Water Managment Convention (BWM), Dalian Shipbuilding Industry (DSIC) and GTT have unveiled a new ship design concept which doesn’t include ballast water tanks.The 30,000m³ B-FREE LNG carrier design has received approval in principle (AiP) from Lloyd’s Register (LR) in a ceremony at Marintec China on December 5.According to LR, the innovative design has several advantages over conventional designs (based on Type C cargo tanks and using ballast), combining environmentally-friendly features with increased efficiency as well as predicted lower build and operating costs.Savings in build cost are expected through the avoidance of fitting a ballast water treatment system (BWTS) and not having to comply with the Performance Standard for Protective Coatings (PSPC) for ballast tanks, ballast piping, pumps and values.Operational savings should be seen from no need to run and maintain a BWTS, ballast systems and maintain ballast tank coatings. Initial predictions also show lower fuel consumption compared to ‘standard’ designs as well as lower LNG boil-off due to the GTT membrane, compared to a Type C tank, LR said. “While we are still in the initial stage of the project and the design is subject to ongoing change, the initial results are indicating that we will meet our goal of having a ballast-free ship that is equal to, or better than existing conventional designs. “The cumulative improvements in operating costs coming from the combination of the various innovations and new ideas applied to the design are better than we anticipated, although we should be mindful that this is only the preliminary results phase and we need phase two to further refine and validate the design, we are hopeful this will result in more efficient small-scale LNG carriers,” Ma Yingbin, Vice Chief Engineer, DSIC, said.As explained by Yingbin, interest received from owners and operators so far has exceeded the companies’ expectations.David Colson, Commercial VP of GTT, said that the ballast-free was an old idea that GTT had in mind several years ago.“The good teamwork between the three parties in China enabled us to move forward with the design to this stage. The first results show that this ballast-free design has also introduced complimentary advantages such as a reduction in the number of cargo tanks, handling equipment, engine power, and more,” he added.last_img read more

Bid On Kellie Picklers Truck For Charity

first_imgThe Ram Truck brand continues its successful “Road to the Ram Jam” all-star country music series with the first of five charity auctions where each participating artist will auction off their 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn truck to benefit a charity of their choice.Starting at 1 p.m. EST Tuesday, Jan. 22, fans can bid for Kellie Pickler’s Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn truck with all the proceeds from the auction benefiting the USO Warrior and Family Care program, a comprehensive long-term effort designed to help the nation’s wounded, ill and injured troops, their families and caregivers navigate through the challenges of recovery. To get more information on the charity auction hosted on eBay Giving Works and to bid on Pickler’s truck, visit www.ebay.com/roadtoramjam.As part of the Road to the Ram Jam series, all five participating artists – Kellie Pickler , Brantley Gilbert, Billy Currington, Zac Brown Band, and Easton Corbin – received a one-year lease on a 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn truck. Those trucks will be auctioned off in the next three months with all proceeds benefiting a charity of each artist’s choice. Fans will have two weeks to bid on each artist’s truck.Gilbert’s truck will go up for auction Feb. 5 with all proceeds benefiting Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). Currington follows Gilbert on Feb. 19 with proceeds benefiting Team Rubicon, Zac Brown Band on March 5 with proceeds benefiting Camp Southern Ground, and Corbin on March 18 with proceeds benefiting the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund.“Ram was proud to partner with these five great country music artists on the ‘Road to Ram Jam’,” said Fred Diaz -President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico. “It is nice to know how much they each loved driving their trucks and now we wholeheartedly encourage Ram truck and country music fans to support the auctions and the wonderful charities they benefit.”“I love everything there is to love about my Ram Truck,” Pickler said. “And I have to be honest I am a little sad about giving it up, but it’s for a great cause and we really want to raise a lot of money for the USO, so please log on and bid.”“USO Warrior and Family Care provides services that help our heroes heal with honor,” added Kelli Pendleton, programs manager for USO Fort Campbell. “We are so grateful to Kellie for thinking of the USO and the work we do to support our nation’s wounded, ill and injured as well as to Ram and everyone who casts their bids in support of such a worthwhile initiative.”To learn more about USO Warrior and Family Care, click here.The Road to the Ram Jam series was the ultimate country music fan experience. It helped bring fans closer to some of their favorite artists with exclusive video content, the opportunity to win prizes, free music downloads, as well as a chance to enter to win trips for two to the exclusive Ram Jam concert. The invitation-only 2012 Ram Jam concert event, held on Dec. 29 in Nashville, Tenn., was a huge success with performances by all five participating artists. Those who missed the live stream of the concert event on Ram Country on Yahoo! Music can click here and check out some of the highlights from the night.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more