Nigeria Hit New Mark in FIFA Ranking

first_imgSuper Eagles Nigeria’s comeback defeat of Squirrel of Benin Republic and similar performance against the Crocodile of Lesotho possibly earned the country the new position.Nigeria gathered 1493 points this month and they are ranked as the third-best footballing nation in Africa behind Senegal and Tunisia who occupy first and second place respectively.While Morocco is ranked 43rd in the world and fifth in Africa with Ghana the sixth best placed Africa nation as they are ranked 47th in the world. Egypt in 51 position, Cameroon in 53rd, Mali in 56th position alongside Congo DR completes the list of top 10 ranked African countries.In all, 177 matches were taken into consideration as Senegal remains the topmost in Africa and the only team in the continent to be in the top 20.On the global level, the top five in the world remains unchanged with Belgium, France, Brazil, England and Uruguay in that order and there is only one change in the top 10, with Croatia (6th, up 1) climbing for the second successive edition at the expense of Portugal (7th, down 1).The next FIFA rankings will be released on December 19th, 2019 and will be the last this year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi Solaja with agency reportThe two back-to-back win in the qualifying series of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations may have earned Nigeria a rise in the monthly ranking released thursday in Zurich Headquarter of the World Football ruling body, FIFA.Nigeria moved up to the 31st position, the greatest leap the country made in recent time. However the country still remains third in Africa as the second placed Tunisia also made a leap of two steps to be 27th in the world.last_img read more

Egbe Tasks NDDC on Sports Infrastructure

first_img“Sports is an area that impacts on the youths. If they (NDDC) do that, it would curb youth restiveness in the region.“The Niger Delta region needs to have sports facilities like recreational centres, sports parks and mini stadiums, where the youths can go and hone their sporting skills.Emphasis needs to shift to the youths and put in place structures that would directly benefit them. It is only when that is done that there would be security in the area and investors can come in and do business in the oil rich region,” observed Egbe.He pointed out that a country like South Africa deliberately built a befitting sports arena in the Soweto area of Johannesburg and today that is paying off as several South African sports stars have come out of the Soweto area which was hitherto only known for crime.He stressed that the Ajegunle area of Lagos, just like the Niger Delta region also need sporting infrastructure.“Both the Federal and Lagos State governments need to do the same thing in the Ajegunle area of Lagos. Ajegunle is the home of talents from football to music. Unfortunately, just like in the Niger Delta region, AJ City in Lagos has been neglected.“Government need to focus on these areas and build sporting infrastructure that would benefit the youths and take them out of crime,” concludes the Monimichelle boss whose turfs are the benchmark in the country at the  moment.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sports facility expert, Ebi Egbe, has appealed to Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to extend the good works it is doing in the Niger Delta region to sports.Egbe, the Chief Executive Officer of Monimichelle, noted at the weekend that sports is an area that impacts directly on the youths, insisting that NDDC’s intervention in the area of sports would curb youth restiveness in the region.In Egbe’s words: “NDDC has been doing a great job in the area of road construction, provision of water, health care name it, but the commission needs to pay more attention to sports.last_img read more

Chris Carson injury update: Seahawks fear season-ending injury for running back

first_imgThe Cardinals sustained an injury concern of their own after starting quarterback Kyler Murray went off in the third quarter with a hamstring problem.It leaves Murray a doubt for the Cards’ trip to the Los Angeles Rams next week.”I can’t tell just yet, we’ll look at it [Monday],” head coach Kliff Kingsbury told Arizona sports radio station 98.7 FM. “We just wanted to make sure if he’s out there he can play at the level he can play at and we didn’t want to put him in harm’s way.” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll fears Chris Carson is out for the remainder of the season after the team suffered running back misery in a 27-13 defeat to the Cardinals.Carson hurt his hip in the second quarter of Sunday’s contest, while C.J. Prosise — who stepped up after Rashaad Penny’s season-ending injury in Week 14 _ sustained a broken arm in a further blow for the Seahawks. It means depleted Seattle have just one fit running back in the form of rookie Travis Homer for next week’s showdown with their rivals, the San Francisco 49ers. The loss of Carson will be particularly keenly felt given he has rushed for a career-high 1,230 yards this season and, while it is not yet definitive, Carroll is not optimistic he will feature in the postseason.”We did get both our running backs banged up,” Carroll said. “Chris and C.J. both got hurt. They’re out, so we’ve got to get to scrambling. Johnny [GM John Schneider] has got to get to work and figure out what we’re doing next. “That was a lot of game for Homer to have to play by himself, so obviously we’ll make some moves here and figure some stuff out.”Final.— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 23, 2019Pressed on Carson’s injury, Carroll said it was similar to one that ended Lano Hill’s campaign toward the end of last season.”He did something to his hip. It’s a similar injury to what Lano Hill had. He’s getting his tests right now,” he added.”I don’t have that definitely [confirmation he is out for the season] but our docs are telling us that, yes. It looks like that. We’ll get the final tests back tomorrow [Monday].”last_img read more

Mayweather and Pacquiao have reason to be happy

first_imgby Tim DahlbergAssociated Press Writer (AP)—Manny Pacquiao was counting votes early Tuesday, and seemed happy.Floyd Mayweather Jr. was counting money, and had to be equally happy.“There’s a reason they call him Money Mayweather,” Mayweather’s manager, Leonard Ellerbe, said. “He’s winding up making $40 million for his night’s work.”Indeed, Mayweather’s mood was brightened by the unofficial tally showing 1.4 million people paid to watch him dominate Shane Mosley, which Ellerbe said meant his payday would be almost double the $22.5 million he was guaranteed for the fight.If the numbers are accurate, it would mean that Mayweather has been in the two richest non-heavyweight pay-per-view fights ever. Just as important, it gives him pay-per-view bragging rights over Pacquiao and perhaps an upper hand if and when representatives of the two sit down to negotiate the fight all boxing fans really want.If the numbers coming out of the Philippines are accurate, that fight won’t take place until at least November, because Pacquiao will be busy working for the government. Early returns from the ballot box showed the boxer with a commanding lead in his race for Philippine Congress and he all but declared victory.“He was floating,” promoter Bob Arum said from Manilla. “He was happier than I’ve seen him even when he won his biggest fights.”Just as elections in the Philippines can be nefarious affairs, though, so too will be any negotiations for a Pacman-Money fight. Though the common sense prediction is that there is way too much money to be made for the fight not to happen, this is boxing, where common sense often fails to prevail.Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, tried to get things going even as his boss was wrapping up his campaign, predicting in New York that talks would begin this week on the megafight. “I think the fight will happen,” Roach told The Associated Press.Roach certainly wants it to happen. Not only will he and his fighter earn another big payday, but a win over the unbeaten Mayweather would both solidify Pacquiao’s rockstar status and leave no question who the best trainer in the sport is.Mayweather and his camp should want the fight, too. If they could make $40 million for Mosley, they could double that for Pacquiao and be forever assured that the Money nickname will live on in boxing lore.But, like the Philippines election, the early returns are already in on this. And it’s not going to be easy. “Freddie Roach must be smoking something,” Ellerbe said when informed that the talks might begin this week. “I haven’t heard of any negotiations. There are no negotiations.”Posturing is always part of boxing, of course, but there’s reason for the Mayweather camp to believe they hold the early upper hand. Not only did Mayweather’s pay-per-view double the 700,000 buys for Pacquiao’s fight against a lesser opponent in Joshua Clottey, but Mayweather finally gave those who paid their hard-earned money a reason to watch with an offensive performance that won him high marks.That could mean everything is in play if and when the two sides eventually get together to negotiate. And that could mean there are more potential pitfalls for this fight than just the blood doping impasse that derailed plans for the two to get together in March.The doping issue remains as likely the biggest obstacle to the fight. Mayweather wants Olympic-style testing at any time, while Pacquiao is adamant that taking blood within two weeks of the fight will weaken him.But now there’s a good chance that Mayweather’s camp will also want more than the 50-50 split of revenues agreed to for the first fight.“Floyd’s on a whole different level,” Ellerbe insisted. “Floyd has made more money in his last two fights than the other fellow has in his whole career.”Arum has already said he will not grovel to get the fight and has talked about other opponents, beginning with Antonio Margarito. But Arum said the Mayweather fight will be first priority.“That’s the fight the congressman wants so let’s see if we can make it happen,” Arum said.Mayweather has other options, too, though none that will make him the kind of money a Pacquiao fight will. And while he insists he is the greatest fighter ever, he’s not even in the conversation unless he takes on the best of his era in their prime.Still, there’s a very real chance the fight that has to happen may never happen. Both sides are too entrenched, and both sides are too intractable.Boxing could be the loser, but that should come as no surprise to fans of the sport.Remember, they’ve seen this act before.last_img read more


first_img:09—If you have any doubt about how good “Overtime” really is just ask my man Joe Hall. He’s reading every week, and now he’s in “The Locker Room. Now run tell that!:08—The last minute of the Pitt Cincinnati game might be the worst time management ever seen on a football field. With possession of the ball and no timeouts and a chance to tie the game and go into overtime Pitt never spiked the ball to stop the clock, ran the ball twice and threw twice…all inbounds…c’mon man!!!:07—Speaking of football coaches…actually I wasn’t but you Langley Grads don’t know that. After all your school didn’t win a football game all season…huh? Anyway back to the coach, Coach George Webb that is, The Legendary Headmaster of recent Westinghouse Bulldog Fame. His legacy has been further imbedded in Pittsburgh folklore with the coming of the George A Webb, Sr. Learning Institute and Museum coming soon to a Homewood spot near you. A fine fundraiser was given by the Webb Family at where else…The Savoy.:06—Speaking of the Savoy…and I really was this time, (see you Langley people catch on quick) did you know if you get a parking ticket on Penn Avenue in and around The Savoy between 5-9 p.m. the Savoy will pay the ticket. Now that’s what I am talking about. To quote the cop in the Malcolm X Movie, “That’s too much power for one Black man to have”… C’mon Chuck!:05—Speaking of movies, this is a great time for a movie review and if there was a good movie out I’d tell you about it. Nothin but all that Halloween vampire and blood & guts stuff. You know Jason, Freddie and them. I got you next week.:04—Not that anyone is surprised but the ladies from the Courier were all no-shows at the First Friday Par-Tay. It’s amazing how much Pamela Anderson can upset some Black Women. Get over it ladies it was only a list.:03—Penguins…Crosby still not playing. That’s all I got! No matter, that’s all you got and you know it.:02—Champions Calendar, coming down the stretch:•Rev. Duane A. Darkins Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner— Sat. Nov 19. If you want to sponsor a senior or help, call us 412-628-4856.•First Friday Par-Tay—Dec. 2—Special guest Cheyney University Pittsburgh Alumni Association, also Rayco “War” Saunders and the Pittsburgh United Rams Corvette Club—It’s the Xmas Par-Tay everyone wears Red!•Willie Stargell MVP Awards Banquet—Mon. December 5 LeMont Restaurant, Honoring the Great Sam Clancy, European basketball star J.R. Holden, Evan Frazier, Reggie Mitchell and others— tickets going fast, only 250 seats available. Call us at 412-628-4856.:01—Here’s the Ultimate Top (10) List…The Greatest Athletes of All Time…Any sport.1. Muhammad Ali 2. Jim Brown 3. Wilt Chamberlain 4. Michael Jordon 5. Pele 6. Jack Nicklaus 7. Tiger Woods 8. Hank Aaron 9. Babe Ruth 10. Any Olympic Decathlon ChampionThink yours is better? You know the drill, mail it to me…I said mail it! 416 Springdale Drive, Suite 33, Pgh, PA 15235.˜OVERTIME˜:00 –Get out of Penn State now!!!! More on this story next week!˜DOUBLE OVERTIME˜:00—Our prayers and condolences go out to the family of Joe Frazier who lost his battle with liver cancer. “Smokin Joe,” you were the man that brought down “The Greatest”….That makes you “The Greatest” too!~ Game Over ~ :10—Mama—There goes that man again! That man is J.T. yea that’s right J.T.’s Rib Joint in the news again. Mmmaaaannnn they were dancing in the street Sunday night at the Rib Joint. J.T. bused in a rowdy bunch of Raven believers from Baltimore and the last time I looked they were having so much fun the bus was still parked there.last_img read more

Sirens, Horns Will Salute Troops at Foofaraw September 8, 7:45 AM

first_imgFacebook24Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of OlympiaWhen you see lights flashing and hear sirens sounding on the Port of Olympia docks on September 8, 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., please do not be alarmed! It is not an emergency. It is the Port and local “First Responders” joining with the Olympia Yacht Club and Thurston County Chamber in honoring our Armed Forces with the 55th Annual Foofaraw.On Friday, September 8, the Thurston County Chamber and the Olympia Yacht Club will host over 225 active duty military men and women at Island Home, a private island owned by the Olympia Yacht Club.Boats are bid farewell by a contingent of local first-responders.As vessels carrying military members pass the Port, they will see the American flag flying above the marine terminal and the salute from members of the Port of Olympia staff and Harbor Patrol, Olympia Fire and Police Departments, Lacey Fire and Police Department, Thurston County Sheriff’s Department, ILWU Local 47, Weyerhaeuser and Brusco Tug & Barge.last_img read more

Qantas worth billions to Australia

first_imgQANTAS is worth $A22 billion to Australia and generates almost 60,000 jobs, according to a newly released report that highlights the economic value of airlines to local economies.The airline-commissioned study found the Qantas Group’s direct and indirect economic impact totalled $A11.5 billion, or 0.7 per cent of Australian GDP, but it also facilitated $A10.4 billion in additional value through the tourism spending of its passengers.The airline’s contribution to GDP was bigger than many industries and about a third of the direct contribution made by coal mining,  the report said.The airline group directly and indirectly supported almost 60,000 jobs, more than 29,000 employed by the group itself and another 29,535 employed indirectly as a result of its operations.The report’s authors estimated that one in eight tourism jobs were attributable to the spending of passengers on Qantas Group airlines.“In addition to the contribution generated by its operations, the Qantas Group plays an instrumental role in supporting tourism in Australia, both through facilitating air travel by domestic and international passengers and through marketing Australian tourism destinations to domestic and international consumers,’’ the report said.“In particular, the extensive network operated by the Qantas Group plays a pivotal role in allowing tourists to access many regional destinations throughout Australia.”A breakdown of states showed New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory , which account 29 per cent of group passenger departures, were the biggest beneficiaries with a direct and indirect economic contribution of $A4.2 billion. NSW is also the site of the Qantas headquarters.Victoria, the headquarters of Jetstar, come next at $A2.8 billion followed by  Queensland ($A2.5bn) Western Australia ($1bn), South Australia ($538m)  Tasmania ($A185m) and the Northern Territory ($156m).In terms of business units, Qantas was the biggest contributor  with a direct economic contribution of $5.2 billion and indirect contribution of $A3.45 billion. Jetstar added another $A1.35 billion in direct and $A942 billion in indirect contributions, followed by Qantas Freight with $237 million direct and $298 million indirect.The airline also released a report of its tax payments for the 2015 and 2016 financial years, showing it paid $SA2.5 billion in tax during 2015-16 and $A2.3 billion in 2014-15.But the airline did not pay company tax due to previous losses and a write-down of the value of its aircraft fleet in 2014.“Qantas continues to work through accumulated tax losses – including from its record financial loss in 2014 – meaning it’s not currently required to pay company tax,’’ it said.  “However, its overall tax contribution is spread widely across a range of categories, including ticket taxes, payroll tax, fuel excise and the GST.“Company tax payments will resume once Qantas’ tax losses have been used up, in accordance with tax law, resulting in an even more significant contribution to public finances and the Australian economy.”last_img read more

Farm Bureau applauds CAUV reforms proposed in House budget

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Much-needed reform of Ohio’s CAUV formula has been included in the Ohio House’s biennial budget proposal, which is good news for Ohio’s family farmers, according to the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.Farm Bureau is encouraging its members to contact their state representatives and ask them to protect and keep the Current Agricultural Use Value language throughout the budget process. Legislator contact information is at Click on Legislative Action Center.OFBF has been advocating for the CAUV reforms in response to farmland tax increases that have exceeded 300% in recent years. The huge tax increases have hit farmers at a time when farm income has experienced a historic decline.Ohioans voted to create the CAUV program in 1973 as a means of preserving farmland in the state. Under CAUV, farmland is taxed at a rate that reflects its value for agricultural purposes instead of its value as development property.The budget proposal would address nonfarm influences from the formula that tend to artificially raise CAUV values. It would also ensure that farmers are not penalized for adopting conservation practices that protect water quality.“Our members have said CAUV reform is their No. 1 priority,” said Yvonne Lesicko, Ohio Farm Bureau’s vice president, public policy. “Farmers need to contact their legislators, let them know how important this is and ask them to support CAUV reform.”last_img read more

Honest Jammu and Kashmir cop’s no to BCCI lakhs

first_imgJavaid Ahmad Dar.In his 26 years, there’s been hardly a few times that Javaid Ahmad Dar has picked up the willow. Despite his interest in the game, he was not such a good cricketer and his appearances in neighbourhood matches were also limited.Thus it came as a great surprise when a cheque worth Rs 1.68 lakh was sent to him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and delivered right at his doorstep in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir, on May 7. The cheque (serial number 128902) was sent from the office of Ratnakar Shetty, chief administrative officer of the BCCI. Dar, a police officer, was on duty when the cheque arrived. His family called him up to tell him the unexpected news. By the time Dar reached home, his family had already deposited the cheque in his account.”I have an interest in cricket but I am not so great a player that the BCCI would send me a cheque. I was not even a great gully cricketer. So I was surprised when I got a call from home saying I had received a cheque from the BCCI,” Dar said.Back home, when Dar heard that the cheque had already been deposited in his account, he went to his bank and inquired about it, having realised someone had made a mistake.The bank told him that the amount had already been credited to his account and in case he wanted to return it, he would have to get in touch with the BCCI officials.advertisementWhile Rs 1.68 lakh is not much for the richest sports body in the country, the amount was huge for Dar. Any other person would have perhaps been tempted to keep the money, but Dar doesn’t belong to that group.The honest police officer got in touch with the BCCI officials and informed them about the goofup they had committed.The BCCI officials admitted to the error and said the cheque was meant for one Javaid Mir, a resident of Soura, Srinagar, but had mistakenly gone to Dar. They asked Dar whether he could transfer the amount to Mir, if he was given the bank account details.”They told me the cheque was meant for someone who is a resident of Soura in Srinagar and asked me to transfer the amount to his bank account,” Dar said.However, he said he would rather send the money back to the BCCI, to which the officials agreed and told him that whatever charges he incurred in the process would be returned to him.Dar then got a demand draft of Rs 1.68 lakh made and couriered it to the BCCI office in Mumbai, having spent Rs 3,600 from his own pocket, which he hopes the BCCI would return to him.last_img read more

Education Officers to Receive $557 Million in Retroactive Payments

first_imgEducation officers will begin to receive some $557 million in retroactive payments in June 2013. The Government, on December 19,signed the Heads of Agreement to provide for the payments at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Finance and Planning in Kingston. The signatories included Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry, Hon. Horace Dalley; Minister of Education, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites; President, Jamaica Association of Education Officers, Lena Buckle-Scott; and Immediate Past President, Jamaica Association of Education Officers, Dr. Mary Campbell. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Minister Dalley said: “we have been engaged in discussions with the education officers through their leadership in the last couple of months and we have come to an agreement that will resolve all the outstanding matters that we have.” Under the agreement, the officers will be paid the sums due to them since 2007 in three tranches – June 2013; Dec. 2013; and a date in 2014. Minister Dalley pointed out that the officers were originally owed some $900 million but they have agreed to forgo two years of the payments, which represents some $243.65 million. “I asked them to forgo a portion of that sum that was owed to them and in their conference they agreed to forgo two years of the back pay…or retroactive pay…in the public’s interest, as we grapple with our fiscal constraints,” he stated. He commended the officers for the bold move they have made particularly in light of the country’s fiscal constraints. “This is really a tremendous signal that has been given by a group in the public sector (as the country tries) to grapple with our economic hardships,” he said. Turning to early childhood officers whose posts were made redundant in June 2010, Mr. Dalley informed that discussions are still ongoing, regarding payments to be made. “The education officers now have a proposal asking the Government to pay half of what is outstanding to them,” he informed. Mr. Dalley stated that the Government is committed to honouring all the obligations that were negotiated.  He assured that “all that have been decided on” has been programmed in the medium-term economic outlook. For his part, Rev. Thwaites lauded the education officers for the compromise they have made, encouraging them to continue playing a crucial role in the development of the sector. Dr. Campbell, in her remarks, thanked the Government for honouring its commitment to the officers. “The officers have given back to the Jamaican economy the rewards for years 2007/08 and 2008/09. Let me say also that your empathy for early childhood officers whose posts were abolished is commendable. This action today can only redound to the benefit of the nation. It will now enable the Ministry of Education to attract more world-class skill sets in order to achieve the world class education we all envision for our children,” she stated.last_img read more