Zenith Bank’s ‘Next Generation’ Tennis Masters to Debut April 24 in…

first_imgA junior tennis masters targeted at the next generation of players to take over from the likes of Mumuni Babalola and Clifford Enosorogbe who are dominating tennis at the senior level, will debut Tuesday, April 24 at the National Stadium Tennis Centre, Lagos.The tournament which is being bankrolled by Zenith Bank under the auspices of the International Tennis Academy will feature the best eight boys and girls in the 18s category.The Next Generation Masters, according to the organisers, is designed to identify the best players who are transiting from the juniors to seniors and challenge them to upstage the seniors. It will also help to prepare them for the senior tournaments like the CBN Senior Championship and NCC Tennis League which are expected to start in the second quarter of the year. “The Masters has been specifically scheduled for the week of April 24 to April 28 to have it serve as a tune-up for the CBN Senior Championships which comes up second week of May,” Director of the International Tennis Academy, Godwin Kienka, explained yesterday.The boys invited for the Next Generation Masters are: Godgift Timibra, Michael Osewa, Stephen Augustine, Christopher Itodo, Tochukwu Ezeh, Abayomi Philip, Emmanuel Jebutu and Michael Ayoola. Two players – Michael Abamu and David Dawariye – will attend as alternates.The girls’ event will feature Toyin Asogba, Oyin Quadri, Fortune Aniso, Omolade Aderemi, Omolayo Bamidele, Favour Moses, Mariam Alli- Balogun and Rebecca Ekpeyong. Timipre Maxwell and Oiza Yakubu will also attend as alternates.Junior tennis in Nigeria is developing very rapidly and showing tremendous prospects. Nigeria presently dominates the West African region and is pulling her weight on the continent and beyond.Three junior players – Marylove Edwards, Angel Mcleod and Chris Bulus left for the USA this year to study and pursue tennis careers. Edwards, the 14 and under champion before she left, got to the finals of the CBN Senior Championships last year and is now at the famous Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida.The Managing Director & CEO of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, said the bank has been following the progress of junior tennis players in Nigeria and hopes that the Junior Masters will fast track the process of producing world-class players in the nearest future,”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Shafer: ‘I think (Williams) will get some reps in this game’

first_img Published on September 9, 2014 at 2:11 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse’s defensive front controlled the middle of the field against Villanova and more help could be on the way.Junior nose tackle Wayne Williams didn’t see the field against the Wildcats and head coach Scott Shafer confirmed that he was available. After that, Shafer added that the 6-foot-4, 326-pound lineman may be in the mix at Central Michigan.“He’s working to try and get some reps and I think he will get some reps in this game,” Shafer said on his weekly teleconference Tuesday. “How many will probably be dependent on how he practices today and tomorrow.”Shafer said that the next step for Williams is to improve upon a “few things” and added that Williams has been “diligent” in doing so. When asked to clarify, Shafer continually circled back to “consistency” and said that Williams has room to grow in both the pass and run games.“Consistency’s a big thing on defense and when he’s consistent, he’s a pretty good football player,” Shafer said. “It just needs to be amped up a little bit.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDefending the run game is a big point of focus heading into the weekend, as Chippewas’ running back Thomas Rawles has had a quick start to the season. Rawles carried the ball 31 times and collected 155 yards and two touchdowns in Central Michigan’s 38-17 win over Purdue on Saturday.SU’s new depth chart listed Ron Thompson and Eric Crume as the team’s starting defensive tackle and nose tackle, respectively. Commentslast_img read more

Gaurav Gill set for Rally of Australia this weekend

first_img WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Press Trust Of India COMMENT FOLLOW US LIVE TVcenter_img First Published: 11th November, 2019 18:10 IST India’s top rally driver Gaurav Gill will be back on familiar territory when he returns to the Rally of Australia, the final round of the prestigious FIA World Rally Championship this weekend. Gill, a three-time APRC champion and Arjuna Awardee, had taken part in WRC2 of this rally last year too and had come up with an impressive performance.The 37-year-old Indian, donning JK Racing colours internationally with Macneall Glenn as his co-driver, made his debut as a registered driver in the Rally of Turkey and looked set for a Top 5 finish in his category. But mechanical problems hurt him on almost each of the four days, eventually depriving him of the opportunity to excel on the world stage.On the final day, with just 5 kms left to finish the rally, his R5 WRC2 car gave in after a gearbox failure. He missed the Rally of Wales in between and is now set for the Kennards Hire Rally Australia from November 14 to 17. “I have had very good testing here over the last few days. I have made a lot of changes to the chassis and the handling of the car and I have a good feeling about the new car,” Gill said from New South Wales, shortly after a practice run.”I can’t wait to start the rally, since I’ve been here and have had top times in the past I’m confident of a positive result too.”I’m loving all the support from rally fans in India as well as many well wishers on social media,” he added.Going by his last year’s performance and the field, Gaurav stands a very good chance of making the podium. He needs to make sure that he completes the rally to become the first Indian to achieve this feat. The Rally of Australia, however, may be shortened due to the raging fire in the forest stages around the city of Coffs Coast, New South Wales.The organisers announced that they were in consultation with emergency services, authorities and local community and would take a final call soon. They were confident of staging the WRC on all four days, even if it’s a shorter affair. Gill was involved in a serious car accident which left three people dead during the Jodhpur round of Indian National Rally Championship in September. Last Updated: 11th November, 2019 18:10 IST Gaurav Gill Set For Rally Of Australia This Weekend India’s top rally driver Gaurav Gill will be back on familiar territory when he returns to the Rally of Australia, the final round of the prestigious FIA World Rally Championship this weekend. Written Bylast_img read more

LIVE: England destroy New Zealand in semis

first_imgThere was no stopping Manu Tuilagi for the opening try. PHOTO @EnglandRugby England 19 New Zealand 7Yokohama, Japan | AFP |Fly-half George Ford led the way as England ended New Zealand’s eight-year reign as champions with a superb 19-7 World Cup semi-final win in Yokohama on Saturday.Ford, restored at 10 by coach Eddie Jones, had to take over goal-kicking duties from injured England captain Owen Farrell but landed four penalty attempts after Manu Tuilagi stunned the All Blacks with an early try.This was just England’s eighth win in 42 Tests against New Zealand and meant the All Blacks had lost their first World Cup match since a shock 2007 quarter-final defeat by France.England, world champions in 2003 when they beat an Australia side coached by Jones in the final, will now face the winners of Sunday’s match between South Africa and Wales in next week’s showpiece clash.England led 10-0 at the break thanks to Tuilagi’s converted try and the first of Ford’s penalties after a superb forward effort led by locks Courtney Lawes and Maro Itoje saw them dominate territory and possession.Another Ford penalty early in the second half made it 13-0 but the All Blacks eventually broke a defence coached by former New Zealand boss John Mitchell in the 57th minute, when Ardie Savea crashed over for a converted try.But Sam Underhill’s tackle on the recalled Scott Barrett led to a simple penalty in front of the posts that Ford duly kicked.Jones had recalled Ford at fly-half following the 40-16 quarter-final win over Australia, moving Farrell to inside centre.Before kick-off England, unusually, lined up in an inverted ‘V’ formation, crossing the half-way line as the All Blacks performed their traditional pre-match haka.And there were fewer than two minutes on the clock when England scored a brilliant team try. Fullback Elliot Daly made a fine break down the right that was carried on by wing Anthony Watson before the ball was worked across field, with hooker Jamie George charging forward.Ford then found prop Kyle Sinckler and he in turn released Lawes, who took the ball to the All Blacks’ line.From the ensuing ruck, powerhouse centre Tuilagi — one of England’s try-scorers when they last beat the All Blacks seven years ago — forced his way between guard props Joe Moody and Nepo Laulala for a fine try.Farrell converted and England led 7-0.They almost had a second try minutes later when Tuilagi intercepted and found Farrell who passed to Jonny May.But great corner-flagging by recalled flanker Scott Barrett stopped the wing in his tracks.England made several more early visits to New Zealand’s 22 only for their own errors to cost them the chance of further points.Underhill, who had a try against New Zealand last year controversially disallowed, went over in the 25th minute but referee Nigel Owens correctly ruled out the score for crossing by fellow flanker Tom Curry in the build-up.Ford’s drop goal attempt sailed well wide of the right post but he made no mistake with a 45-metre penalty after a limping Farrell was unable to take the shot.England thought they had their second try when, following a drive off an attacking line-out, scrum-half Ben Youngs went over after selling centre Anton Lienert-Brown a dummy.But Owens ruled it out for a knock-on in the maul.Another Ford penalty extended the lead but George’s overthrown line-out near England’s line was collected by Savea, with fly-half Richie Mo’unga converting.That, however, was as close as New Zealand got as two more Ford penalties created an unbridgeable gap for the defending champions.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Koke reviews his most special decade as rojiblanco

first_imgThus, with the title of a Special Decade he has hung on his social media profile a chain of unforgettable moments for him and for the club. His first goal with Atlético in 2011; its first Europa League and the European Super Cup in 2012; the Copa del Rey and the European Under-21 in 2013 and the 2014 League. Koke also highlights in 2015 the first time he acted as captain in a club game of his life or in 2016 when he was nominated in the top 30 World players 2017 was the year of goodbye to Vicente Calderón, where he enjoyed both the grass and the stands. In the 2017-18 season came his second Europa League, a campaign more than special because he ended up getting married.“The responsibility of being the first Atleti captain and the birth of Leo. Thanks to all who have made it possible! For another ten years of football, passion and great success. HAPPY 2020!” Koke closes its end of the year review. The vallecano, to open the new year has offered with the captains of the first male and female team. A toast because Atlético remains among the best in 2020. Koke lives a very special Christmas. The Atlético captain has just been a father for the first time and at only 27 years old he is already the fifth player in the history of the club in games played. In addition, he has already won seven titles. His name is linked to the recent bright stage of the team and, on the occasion of the new year, he wanted to review what has been a memorable time in the club and of which he has been a great protagonist.last_img read more

Mid-week triple for Nelson

first_imgEDMONTON, Canada (CM):Jamaican Dane Nelson reeled off an impressive triple at Northland Park on Wednesday to climb back into second place in the jockeys standings.Riding on the seven-race, mid-week card, the three-time former Jamaica champion rider logged victories in race two with favorite Misty Do It and in race three with 5-1 chance Wine Stock before wrapping up with success in race seven aboard 3-1 chance On a Quest.With the haul, Nelson overtook Trinidadian Keishan Balgobin to reclaim second spot in the standings with 48 wins. Balgobin is one behind in third, with multiple-time former Northland champion Quincy Welch lying fourth on 44 wins.Five-time defending champion Rico Walcott tops the standings with 86 wins in the season which signs off on October 22.Nelson opened his account in a six-furlong trip when he made all the running with brown filly Misty Do It to trounce the two-year-olds by four lengths.In race three over 1300 metres, Nelson produced another gate-to-wire effort with Wine Stock to dispose of the three-year-old and upwards by five lengths. He and the six-year-old bay gelding duelled with Bear’s Reality through the quarter before getting clear entering the stretch and dominating the run through the lane.ON A QUESTNelson completed his triple by guiding four-year-old chestnut gelding On a Quest to a narrow win over the three-year-old and upwards in a six-furlong trip.The pair stalked pace-setter Artie in the Park, ridden by Walcott, before bidding in the stretch and nipping their rival on a head bob at the wire.Young Jamaican Shamaree Muir was also successful on the day’s card, winning race five over six furlongs with 3-1 bet Smileagainpana.last_img read more

Crave

first_imgAll the intriguing assemblage of beautiful colorsAttitudes so unpleasant even animals will complainSensibly for the display as thrilled senses pursueIn all the garbage some now called trendy fashionTo sway already confused minds that’s just fittingSo restless for that special recognition they droolDesperation that nowadays lost it great boundariesThey CraveGlimpse them loitering from some streets to anotherPeople’s minds will lose focus upon sighting themThey whispered it fetches in all the sought after gloriesSo false as in the outmost faux of everything unnaturalAs if ignorance was grasped as the basic to being astuteStep back yet watch their games charmed foolish soulsIt is absolutely nothing but mere emptiness in shimmerThey CraveShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Public Infrastructure Ministry prepares for spring tides in city

first_img…$163M spent by NDIA on drainageThe Public Infrastructure Ministry is currently undergoing drainage works in the capital city to ensure that floodwaters recede as the Ministry prepares for upcoming spring tides.A flooded section of Georgetown on MondayThis is although some $163 million was spent in April by the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) to assist in reducing the occurrence of flooding.Minister David Patterson, in an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday, said this was one of his “important” projects.“I am working to ensure my full drainage network (is up) to deal with the spring tides. I am working to ensure we have everything covered,” the Minister stated.According to him, the works that are being done are vital as the spring tides make it more difficult for accumulated water to recede.“We have spring tides, so obviously the water is higher on the outside so it has a reduced time for us to drain off. So, we are doing (checks) with additional pumps to run off but it’s coming along quite good,” he reported.The Minister added that some issues were encountered with two of the water pumps in Georgetown but those were resolved.He informed that works are being done along Sussex and Commerce Street, Georgetown to ensure waters recede in a timely manner.In the meantime, Patterson assured that waters along the East and West Coast were draining perfectly. He said, “East Coast is draining perfectly and over the river is doing really well. Georgetown of course, the low-lying areas, they’re draining now but obviously the time period between the tides (is affecting it)”.Patterson was keen to note that the exercise is not a costly one as pumps and other resources are being shifted around to benefit residents and commuters in the city.In April, Guyana Times reported on the costly project undertaken by the NDIA to reduce flooding in Georgetown.It was revealed that three high capacity mobile drainage pumps would be installed at Church Street, Sussex Street, and Ruimveldt to assist in reducing flooding.The NDIA stated that the contracts have been approved for the cleaning of the city’s drainage channels, with manual cleaning operations totalling $71.9 million and mechanical cleaning operations totalling $91.6 million.However, in May when the rainy season kicked in, several sections of the capital city were flooded despite the costly works.last_img read more

Mayor outlines goals

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – Simi Valley remains in good fiscal shape with a low crime rate, but faces challenges from rising housing costs, increasing traffic, aging sewer pipes and a shortage of office space, Mayor Paul Miller said. During his annual State of the City address Friday, Miller listed a number of goals for the city of 125,000 people, including expanding City Hall, widening the 118 Freeway, building a new cemetery and developing a new center for social services. “Our city overall is in excellent fiscal condition, and remains a safe place in which to raise a family and operate a business,” Miller said during the event at the Grand Vista Hotel, sponsored by the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce. City Councilman Glen Becerra said he thought Miller offered a fair assessment. “I think the presentation accurately reflected the challenges and the good things happening in the community right now,” Becerra said. With construction this year of a $5.7 million sound wall along the Ronald Reagan Freeway, and groundbreaking scheduled Thursday on a project to widen the freeway from Tapo Canyon Road to the Los Angeles County line, the city is making progress in dealing with troublesome traffic congestion, Miller said. And within Simi Valley, officials have launched a $1 million project to synchronize traffic lights on major streets. Miller presented a video showing accomplishments over the past year, including the 12,000-square-foot expansion of the city’s senior center. The video detailed new bus routes providing service to the Simi Valley Town Center and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Although the Simi Valley Town Center has created a community gathering place and provided more opportunities to shop and dine in Simi Valley, the city still loses some $6 million in sales tax revenue each year as residents leave Simi Valley to shop, officials said. Miller, a retired police chief, said Simi Valley remains one of the safest cities of more than 100,000 residents in America with a crime rate in 2006 that was 38 percent lower than in 1986. Simi Valley Police dispatchers in 2006 fielded over 150,000 calls from the public, with 46,000 of those resulting in a police response. The police department’s response time average was 4.1 minutes for emergencies and 14 minutes for routine calls. As for future development, Miller noted that the city’s growth management plan adopted by voters in 2004 reduces residential development to 292 housing starts a year until 2012, and that Simi Valley will be looking to more residential projects on land already surrounded by homes and businesses. eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602 IF YOU GO: The groundbreaking for the Ronald Reagan Freeway widening project is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Rocky Peak and Santa Susana Pass roads.last_img read more

Calderon, Perata square off

first_img“There is no response,” said Bob Jimenez, a spokesman for Calderon, D-Montebello. “This story was generated by the president pro tem. You need to go to him.” Alicia Trost, spokeswoman for Perata, D-Oakland, had little more to say. “They were removed and replaced with senators Steinberg and Simitian,” Trost said referring to Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto. “We have no further comment.” Vince Sollitto, vice president of external affairs for the California Chamber of Commerce, said committee assignments are important, but they are not the only way to get things accomplished. “The most important thing is being in the chamber, having a vote on the floor and being part of the caucus and mix,” Sollitto said. Still, in March, Perata locked out Calderon and two other Democrats from their offices. Calderon and Sens. Gloria Negrete-McLeod and Lou Correa had provoked Perata’s ire by attending a fundraising dinner held by a group of moderate Assembly Democrats known as the “Mod Squad.” All three were members of that Assembly caucus before moving to the Senate, often voting as a bloc aligned with Republicans to stymie legislation they felt was detrimental to business. REPUBLICAN MEETING: Longtime Whittier resident and philanthropist Ruth Shannon will speak at 11 a.m. Friday at the Whittier Republican Women Federated’s meeting at Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier. Cost is $17. For reservations, call (626)968-2125. DEMOCRATIC DINNER: The Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club’s Founder’s luncheon, originally scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. June 2, has been postponed to June 30. The time and location, Sizzler Restaurant, 15252 E. Rosecrans Ave., La Mirada, are unchanged. Former Sen. Art Torres, chairman of the California Democratic Party, will speak. If you have already purchased tickets but are not able to attend on June 30, contact John Smith, (562) 943-8527, for a refund. Cost is $25 per person. FUNDRAISER: Assemblyman Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, will hold a kickoff dinner-dance for his 2008 state Senate campaign at 6:30 p.m. June 8 at the Pacific Palms Resort, One Industry Hills Parkway, Industry. For reservations, call Mei Mei Huff, (909) 815-7272, or fax (909) 839-2960, or e-mail ho918@aol.com. Tickets are $99. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562)698-0450; phone (562)698-0955; e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. State Sen. Ron Calderon, who in March was locked out of his office by Senate President pro tem Don Perata, now has been removed from the Senate Appropriations Committee. While neither Calderon nor Perata are talking publicly, the move does come before the committee’s “suspense file” will be heard. The file is a group of bills that cost more than $150,000 and will be considered either next week or the following one. Typically, only a few bills come off the file and get sent to the floor. last_img read more