The Latest: Sri Lankan officials say vaccinations advancing

first_img Pinterest TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 5, 2021 Facebook Twitter Facebook WhatsApp WhatsAppcenter_img Local NewsBusinessUS News Pinterest COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lankan health officials said on Saturday that more than half of the health workers and frontline military and police officers have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19. Sri Lanka last week began inoculating it’s frontline health workers, military troops and police officers against COVID-19 amid warnings that the sector faces a collapse with a number of health staff being infected with the new coronavirus. The ministry had planned to first vaccinate 150,000 health workers and selected 115,000 military and police personnel. By Saturday, 156,310 had been given with COVISHIELD vaccine. India had donated 500,000 does of Oxford-AstraZenica vaccine also known as the COVISHIELD which is the only vaccine approved by the regulatory body in Sri Lanka. Health ministry says Sri Lanka has ordered 18 millions doses of COVISHIELD vaccines and also had asked to allocate 2 million doses of Pfizer-BioNtech. Besides, China has promised to provide 300,000 shots of Sinopharm vaccine this month. Sri Lanka has witnessed a fresh outbreak of the disease since last year’s October when two clusters — one centered on a garment factory and other on the fish market — emerged in the capital Colombo and it’s suburbs. ——— THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: Biden administration seeks to go big, fast and alone on COVID relief. Pentagon OKs troops to assist with vaccines. Spain says 1st case of Brazilian variant in Madrid. “Hug tent” provides safe space to embrace in Colorado. Coronavirus cases drop at US homes for elderly. ——— Follow all of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic, https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak ——— HONOLULU — Hawaii officials are urging the public to avoid Super Bowl parties this weekend while announcing that a more transmissible variant of COVID-19 has been detected on Oahu. One individual with no travel history has been confirmed to have the B.1.1.7 variant that first emerged in the United Kingdom. One close contact of this person also tested positive for COVID-19. The same variant has already been detected in more than 30 U.S. states. Hawaii’s governor says the way to avoid spreading the coronavirus remains the same: wear a mask, keep your distance, stay home when sick and wash your hands. ——— DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Friday that she would end most restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus in Iowa. Reynolds issued a proclamation that removes a mask requirement for those spending 15 minutes or more in an indoor area within 6 feet of people not in their household. She also ended mask requirements for those in state buildings and some businesses, such as barber shops. The governor’s new order also ends limits on the number of customers in a business or a requirement that they stay socially distant. Reynolds issued the earlier restrictions in November when hospitals were struggling to care for a surge of coronavirus patients. Those numbers have dropped, though the state typically reports dozens of deaths each day. On Friday, the state reported another 34 deaths, bringing the total to 5,067 killed by the virus. The new rules take effect Sunday. ——— HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and his wife have donated plasma to help patients who have COVID-19 recover more quickly from the disease. McMaster and the first lady contracted COVID-19 in December and doctors encourage people who recover from the disease to donate the blood product. The plasma is then transfused into the bodies of current hospitalized COVID-19 patients to lessen their symptoms and hopefully help them recover faster. The 73-year-old governor spent nearly two hours donating his plasma. Officials say it could help up to four COVID-19 patients. Red Cross officials say demand for the plasma has increased 250% since October. ——— CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union says Mayor Lori Lightfoot and school district officials have walked away from negotiations about COVID-19 safety protocols. The CTU news release Friday came hours after Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson said they have made their “last, best and final offer.” The union’s statement says that offer is woefully inadequate, pointing out that it calls for in-person classes only to be paused if there are COVID-19 outbreaks in 50% of the city’s public schools. It is not clear what these developments will mean on Monday, when classes are scheduled to resume. ——— TOPEKA, Kan — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly says both she and her husband had fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits filed with the state in their names. The Democratic governor’s disclosure Friday to reporters came amid an increasingly intense focus by the Republican-controlled Legislature on bogus unemployment claims and ongoing criticism of the state Department of Labor’s operations. The department has seen spikes in claims from jobless workers and bogus ones during the COVID-19 pandemic, including since late November. Kelly said both she and first gentleman Ted Daughety received Department of Labor notices “months ago” about obtaining unemployment benefits. The governor’s office said the notices came in early fall and that Kelly quickly went to the department’s website and reported the fraud. ——— TAMPA, Fla. — The NFL is telling the federal government it will make the remaining of the league’s 30 stadiums available for COVID-19 vaccination sites. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is making the offer to President Joe Biden in a letter obtained by The Associated Press. There are already seven NFL stadiums serving as vaccine sites. They are in Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Houston, Miami and New England. Goodell says stadiums can get prepared quickly because of previous use as virus testing centers and election sites. Goodell says the offer on vaccination sites was made in conjunction with the NFL inviting 7,500 vaccinated health care workers to attend the Super Bowl for free Sunday when Tampa Bay hosts Kansas City. ——— NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans bars will be shut down, even for takeout service, throughout next week’s Mardi Gras weekend. That’s usually among the busiest times of the year, but Mayor LaToya Cantrell says it is an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus. Many bars already were closed to indoor service. Cantrell’s announcement Friday means they can’t sell drinks to go — a popular option year-round and especially during Mardi Gras. The city is also expanding the closure order to include bars with “conditional” food permits that allowed them to operate as restaurants during various pandemic shutdowns. The bar shutdown begins next Friday and runs through Feb. 16. Cantrell and other city officials say businesses violating the rules face on-the-spot shutdowns and loss of licenses. “If by chance you have an aversion to wearing a mask, stay where you’re at,” says City Council member Jay Banks, who knows people who have died from COVID-19. “If your expectation is the Mardi Gras of the past, don’t waste your money.” ——— MADRID — The Spanish Health Ministry has decided not to administer the AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine to people over 55 years. The ministry said Friday the vaccine, the first doses of which are to arrive in Spain this weekend, will be used for health care workers and assistants who are not on the front line. Several other European countries have already placed age restrictions on the vaccine because of a lack of data regarding its efficacy in older age groups. Spain is currently using the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for residents and workers in nursing homes. It has so far administered 1.98 million vaccine doses, with more than 680,000 people having received the required two doses. ——— BEIRUT — Lebanon’s Health Ministry approved the emergency use of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, opening the way for a vaccination campaign later this month. Lebanon’s interior minister says the country will begin easing the nearly one-month lockdown in four stages next week. The announcement by minister Mohamed Fehmi came as the nation registered a new daily record of 98 deaths. Fehmi says the lockdown easing starts Monday, but a nationwide curfew will remain in place for two more weeks. Supermarkets and groceries and businesses related to agriculture, poultry, meat and milk production can open first. Lebanon, a country of six million people including 1 million Syrian refugees, registered 3,071 new cases and raised the total to more than 315,000. The Health Ministry has registered 3,495 total confirmed deaths. ——— MADRID — Spain has reported its first case of the Brazilian variant in a passenger arriving at Madrid airport. The Madrid regional health department said Friday the 44-year-old man arrived from Brazil on Jan. 29 and had a negative PCR document but tested positive in an antibody test at the airport. He was taken to a city hospital, which later confirmed the variant. Spain this week began tightening restrictions on flights from Brazil and South Africa owing to variants detected in those countries. It already has similar restrictions with Britain. The 14-day average infection rate per 100,000 population continued to ease, dropping to 750 on Friday from 783 on Thursday. ICU bed occupancy by coronavirus patients remains at 44%. On Friday, Spain reported 28,565 new coronavirus cases, resuming a downward trend. Spain has registered 2.9 million cases and a confirmed death toll of 61,386. ——— LISBON, Portugal — Portugal has set a new daily record for COVID-19 patients requiring intensive care with 904 patients on Friday. The Austrian government offered to take in five COVID-19 patients and five non-COVID patients to relieve Portuguese hospitals. The Portuguese government says it was considering the offer. Earlier this week, a German army medical team arrived in Lisbon to open eight ICU beds. Overall, Friday was the fourth day in a row that total hospitalizations were lower, at 6,412. Health authorities on Friday reported 234 deaths, bringing the country’s total to 9,920. The nearly 14,000 new cases was the second-highest during the pandemic, increasing the total to more than 755,000 confirmed cases ——— WASHINGTON — The White House says the Pentagon will deploy troops to assist Americans getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Coronavirus senior adviser Andy Slavitt announced Friday that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has approved a request for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It means about 1,000 active duty military personnel will deploy to help state vaccination centers. President Joe Biden has called for setting up 100 mass vaccination centers around the country within a month. Two are opening in California, and Slavitt says military personnel will arrive at those centers in a little over a week. Slavitt says support from the military will support vaccination sites, helping administer thousands of shots a day. Currently about 6.9 million Americans have received the full two-dose regimen required to get maximum protection from the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. ——— JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Tensions are running high in some state capitols over coronavirus precautions after this year’s legislative sessions began with an outbreak of COVID-19 cases. The Associated Press tally shows at least 40 state lawmakers have already contracted the coronavirus in 2021. More than 330 state lawmakers have contracted the virus since the start of the pandemic. Most of the tensions are in Republican-controlled statehouses, where Democrats have been raising concerns about GOP colleagues who don’t wear masks or practice social distancing. The Missouri Capitol has had at least 10 coronavirus cases among lawmakers in 2021. Some lawmakers have refused to say whether they contracted the virus and aren’t required to tell legislative administrators. Missouri’s legislature has no mask requirement, no formal contact tracing and no ability for lawmakers to vote remotely. Social distancing also is difficult in the 163-member House chamber where desks are packed tightly together. ——— PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron says the European Union has faced difficulties in the rollout of the vaccination program. Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking in a joint news conference via video, both reaffirmed they are fully supporting the EU vaccine purchase process. Macron says the EU hadn’t anticipated “such rapid success” of the messenger RNA vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna that mostly produced in the United States. Both vaccines have been the first to be approved in the EU. The AstraZeneca vaccine was authorized last week. Macron says the EU, which has ordered a supply of about 2.3 billion vaccines, has taken steps to boost production on its soil and accelerate vaccinations. ——— NEW YORK — Yankee Stadium is open as a COVID-19 vaccination site and attracting lines of people from surrounding neighborhoods in the Bronx. The megasite is being restricted to Bronx residents to boost vaccination rates in the city borough that has the highest percentage of positive coronavirus test results. The New York Yankees’ home opened for appointments for qualified residents early Friday under damp skies. The site run jointly by the city and state expects to handle 15,000 people during its first week. It will be open seven days a week. New York state leads the country with more than 44,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths. ——— WASHINGTON — The White House says President Joe Biden is using the Defense Production Act to help bolster vaccine production, at-home coronavirus testing kits and surgical gloves. Tim Manning, the White House’s COVID-19 supply coordinator, says the administration will help Pfizer clear a bottleneck around capabilities with vaccine production by giving the drugmaker first priority to needed supplies. Manning says the U.S. is also investing in six manufacturers to develop at-home and point-of-care tests for the coronavirus, with the goal of producing 60 million tests by the end of the summer. Manning says, “The country is well behind where we need to be in testing,” and the new contracts will help boost supply. ——— LONDON — The developers of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine say the shot appears to work against the variant detected in Britain late last year. It’s similar to previously reported results by other vaccine manufacturers, including Pfizer and Moderna. Andrew Pollard of Oxford University, which helped develop the AstraZeneca vaccine, says the shot also appears to reduce the amount of virus in people infected with COVID-19. That could potentially slow the disease’s spread. The research hasn’t yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. Sarah Gilbert of Oxford says it should be straightforward to tweak their vaccine to account for the variant detected in the U.K. She says vaccine manufacturers could quickly insert a new gene sequence from the variant into the virus needed to make the vaccine. Gilbert adds scientists are already in talks with regulatory agencies about how they might quickly authorize any new vaccine. It’s a similar process for seasonal flu vaccines. Also, researchers are studying the potential effectiveness of the vaccine against the variant that arose in South Africa. The Latest: Sri Lankan officials say vaccinations advancing Twitter Previous articleDurant can’t start, can’t finish game for virus protocolsNext articleLabanc, Donato score in shootout to lift Sharks over Ducks Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

NJIT Hosts a STEM Summit for High School Girls 4/9

first_imgThe Center for Pre-College Programs at NJIT and the Garden State Woman Education Foundation are sponsoring the STEM Summit for High School Girls Saturday, April 9, at NJIT.The summit is free but students must register by Wednesday, April 6. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in NJIT’s Campus Center Ballroom. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.During the summit, women who work at the forefront of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields will discuss the importance of STEM educations and careers. The Garden State Woman Education Foundation will present prominent female role models to share their stories and answer questions from the girls, who will also undertake an interactive activity designed to help them explore STEM careers.Liza Negron-Sutowski, an NJIT graduate (’94, chemical engineering) who works as counsel for ExxonMobil Corp., will give the keynote address. Negron-Sutowski, an intellectual property attorney who specializes in patent law, grew up in Newark and took pre-college classes in STEM at NJIT. After lunch, a panel of distinguished women from various fields — architecture, optics, engineering consulting and media management — will discuss their STEM careers.“It is our belief that it is not too early for girls and young women to begin planning and setting goals to achieve the education, career and life they want,” said Jacqueline Cusack, executive director of NJIT’s Center for Pre-College Programs. “The realization that the choices they make now may affect their future is important. We want to provide them with good information to make wise decisions.”Cusack said she expects about 150 students from all over New Jersey, including participants from more than 30 high schools.The STEM Summit will also feature a panel of NJIT students who will discuss their college majors and their interests in STEM careers. And an NJIT official will discuss admission criteria for prospective applicants. For more information contact Charlotte L. Gillis: [email protected] NJIT One of the nation’s leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,300 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT ranks fifth among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to Payscale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the state of New Jersey. Tanya Klein New Jersey Institute of Technology Office of Strategic Communications 973 596-3433last_img read more

News story: New law proposed to safeguard UK citizens’ healthcare abroad after Brexit

first_img Whether on holiday, working or retiring abroad, British people want to know they can access the same high quality healthcare that they enjoy in the NHS. This Bill will allow us to implement new healthcare arrangements with other countries – in the EU and elsewhere – so that UK citizens can travel with confidence. The Bill seeks to safeguard healthcare for 190,000 expats and 50 million people who travel abroad every year, through agreements with the EU or member states.The Bill, brought before Parliament by Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price, will establish the legal basis to fund and implement reciprocal healthcare schemes and share necessary data after we leave the EU.Reciprocal healthcare arrangements have benefits that include: It will establish the basis for a new arrangement allowing the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) scheme to continue after 2020, subject to an agreement with the EU. EHIC grants UK nationals access to free healthcare abroad, and pays for 250,000 medical treatments each year.For the 190,000 expat state pensioners who have chosen to live in the EU and those intending to retire to the EU, it will help by safeguarding reciprocal healthcare if there is no EU deal.Lord James O’Shaughnessy said:center_img reducing the cost of insurance making travel more viable for older people and high-risk groups providing a boost to the travel economylast_img read more

Steip shock as Ship sinks

first_imgSteip Amach caused a real upset when she lowered the colours of Royal Navy Ship to land the Group Three Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown. Royal Navy Ship was sent off the 1-6 favourite after beating Jacobean to score on his debut, but Seamie Heffernan never looked truly comfortable on him at the head of the four-runner field. Steip Amach, the 12-1 outsider, was last of the quartet on the turn for home, but Jim Bolger’s filly responded well to Kevin Manning’s urgings, cutting down the leader close home before going on to score by three-quarters of a length. Press Association Bolger said: “She got bogged down in Navan, and the ground was a bit better here. Seven furlongs or a mile doesn’t really matter to her. She’ll probably start off next year in a Classic trial back here.” The winning trainer and jockey secured a double when Answered got the better of a thrilling duel with Vote Often to land the Listed Trigo Stakes. Both were reappearing after lengthy absences, with Irish 1,000 Guineas third Vote Often just ahead as the pair took up the lead two furlongs out. Neither horse would back down in a head-to-head battle up the straight, but it was Answered who just found the most close home, the 9-2 chance eventually scoring by a neck. Bolger said: “He missed most of the season with an injury but it’s good to get him back. He’ll handle better ground but wouldn’t want real summer ground. I’d expect he’ll improve again.” Giovanni Canaletto rocketed into the Investec Derby picture as he produced an eyecatching turn of foot to easily put the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) Maiden to bed. Aidan O’Brien’s charge is a full-brother to last year’s Derby hero Ruler Of The World and still figured among the entries for the Racing Post Trophy at the beginning of the week. He was sent off the 4-7 favourite to build on his debut third at Navan. Seamie Heffernan sat in midfield early and still had a number of horses ahead at the turn for home, but Giovanni Canaletto swept to the front with a powerful surge and careered away to beat Alcatraz by six and a half lengths. Heffernan said: “He’s completely asleep. When he got a bit of light he woke up, as if to say ‘what do you want me to do?’. I gave him a crack and he went right away. He’s doing it so easy at home. We like him.” Many bookmakers were quick to alter their prices on the premier Classic, with RaceBets going 20-1 from 33-1. Betfred gave the winner a 20-1 first-show quote for the Qipco 2000 Guineas. Unsinkable had dropped like a stone in the ratings after a poor season but having transferred from Britain to the Ger Lyons yard, he was backed into 11-2 favourite for the Leopardstown Handicap and won as he liked, storming away under Tom Madden to score by two and three-quarter lengths. David Wachman’s 7-2 chance Off Limits was an eyecatching fourth on her debut and stepped up to take the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, though it was a close call as she got up in the shadow of the post under Billy Lee to win by a short head. last_img read more

Knight, Duggan ready for more after Vancouver

first_imgSince she was 5 years old, Hilary Knight told friends and family that, someday, she would represent her country in the Olympics.On Feb. 12, Knight made that dream a reality. Less than two weeks later, she received a silver medal as a member of the U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team.Now that she’s reached her dream, she’s been posed with a new question. What’s next?“My first vacation in three years is actually in two weeks,” Knight answered. “So, I’m pretty excited about that.”Knight’s destination for that vacation? St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.When Team USA faced Canada in the gold medal game 10 days ago, it was the culmination of lifelong dreams for 15 members of the American squad participating in their first Olympic Games. Among those was Knight, who at 20 years old was the youngest member of the Team USA women’s hockey squad.Another Olympic rookie for the U.S. National Squad was 22-year-old Meghan Duggan. For Duggan, a native of Danvers, Mass., the 16-day event more than lived up to expectations.When asked to describe the atmosphere of the gold medal game, Duggan said it was like nothing she’s ever experienced.“It was unbelievable; it was an amazing atmosphere to play hockey in,” she said. “[It was] everything I’d ever dreamed of. We had a great time out there. Although we fell short, it was amazing to represent my country as well as my university here at Wisconsin.”Knight and Duggan, both of whom took a year off from UW to compete in Vancouver, were honored last week at the Kohl Center before Wednesday’s basketball game between Wisconsin and Iowa. Erika Lawler and Jessie Vetter, their fellow members of Team USA and UW alumni, joined them for the ceremony.They were not in Madison for long, however.According to Duggan, it was just one stop on their trip back to the East Coast.“I’m only here for the night,” Duggan said. “I’m driving back home to Boston. I just packed up everything in Minneapolis and now I’m on my way home — a 22-hour road trip.”Like Knight, though, Duggan plans to take some time off after competing for three years at Wisconsin and the past six months with Team USA.Unlike her teammate, however, she did not reveal any plans to travel to a tropical location.“I’m just kind of taking a breather,” Duggan said. “I’ve been going pretty hard for the last however-many-years of my life to achieve that goal. I’m just kind of taking a little break right now, relaxing and taking the time to thank everyone.”In what may be bad news for their NCAA opponents, though, Knight and Duggan do not plan on letting up when they return to the collegiate level.Despite having achieved a silver medal against the world’s best competition, the duo will rejoin the Badgers as the leading returning scorers from Wisconsin’s 2009 national championship squad. That, coupled with Olympic experience, should provide a significant boost to a UW squad that was consistently inconsistent in 2009-10.In light of their respective abilities on the ice and experience against international competition, Knight and Duggan recognize their position as leaders of the Wisconsin women’s hockey team, despite being away from it for a year.“Meghan and I have a huge responsibility to take what we’ve learned in the past year and bring that to the collegiate level and this team,” Knight said. “We’re going to be a great team; so, I’m really excited.”As busy as they were, Wisconsin’s Olympic duo kept track of the current Badgers throughout their time with Team USA. They acknowledged it was difficult to be away from the team they had spent so much time with since beginning their college careers.To watch them struggle and ultimately miss the NCAA Tournament was even tougher.Duggan’s hope is to bring additional knowledge and energy to the UW squad.“I’m kind of a loud, outgoing player and a leader,” Duggan said. “I’m just excited to get back, be with the girls and kind of get back into the groove of things and be living in Madison.”As a team sport, hockey is unlike most events at the Winter Games.While finishing second out of eight teams is good for Team USA, losing the final game of the tournament makes that moment a bittersweet one for the silver medalists.Despite that initial disappointment, though, both Knight and Duggan have realized just what the accomplishment truly means to their hockey careers.For Knight, that moment came during the medal ceremony.“When we were being awarded our silver medals, the whole crowd just broke out in the ‘U-S-A’ chant,” Knight said. “At that point, I just lost it — I found my parents in the stands and tears just started coming down. … I felt like an Olympian and felt like I accomplished something.”Duggan, on the other hand, said it’s more about looking back on the journey itself — from making the squad to the gold medal game — rather than focusing on the end result.“The whole six months that our team had together, we had so much fun,” she said. “Although we fell a little short in the gold medal game, we’re still medalists at the Olympic Games. That’s something that no one can ever take away from us, and something I’ll cherish for my whole life.”When Knight and Duggan, along with Lawler and Vetter, were announced Wednesday night, they received a standing ovation from the Kohl Center crowd as they proudly displayed their silver medals.It was an impressive moment, especially considering the four are proud of, but not satisfied with, their accomplishments in Vancouver.It’s a safe bet to assume the four will represent the U.S. and UW again in 2014.“I think there’s something like 1,436 days,” Knight said. “It’s definitely on my countdown calendar. … I want to go back and win gold.”With that, Knight and Duggan’s journey to Sochi, Russia begins.Jordan is a senior majoring in journalism and political science. Are you counting down the days until the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia as well? Let him know at [email protected]last_img read more

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Nnadozie: No Repeat of History against France…

first_imgFIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ – Nigeria – FIFA.comNigeria team at FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 – FIFA.comFIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 Duro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportAs Nigeria’s Super Falcons take on host France today at the ongoing Women’s World Cup in Rennes, goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie has promised Les Bleues will not be as lucky as they were during their friendly clash last year.The 18-year old goal tender was between the sticks when France hammered Falcons 8-0 in that friendly. DINAN, FRANCE – AUGUST 13: Chiamaka Nnadozie of Nigeria during the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 group D match between China PR and Nigeria at Stade du Clos Gastel on August 13, 2018 in Dinan, France. (Photo by Catherine Ivill – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images) But Nnadozie is adamant that history won’t repeat itself. “I know they will feel relaxed, thinking that they may score more than eight goals this time again,” observed the Falcons keeper who kept a clean slate in her first World Cup action against South Korea last week.She however admitted that today’s clash was going to be tough, given the fact that the hosts have maintained 100 per cent start to their campaign with two victories.“It’s going to be a tough game. They (Les Bleues) are one of the best teams in the competition, but we are letting them know that it’s not going to be like that again.“That (defeat) was last year. I know we are not going to lose. We are going to make our country proud,” Nnadozie reassured Nigerian fans ahead of the game.Coach Thomas Dennerby handed Nnadozie her first World Cup starting shirt against Korea last Wednesday with the confidence that the Imo-born goalkeeper was not going to disappoint.Nigeria entered the second match against Korea under the pressure of knowing that only victory would preserve realistic hope of a top-two finish in Group A after conceding 0-3 to Norway in her opening game. And Nnadozie responded with a clean sheet in the 2-0 victory for the African champions.“My coach called me and said, ‘This is your time’,” Nnadozie told FIFA.com yesterday. “It was a dream that came true.”Nnazodie’s rise in Nigerian women’s football has been rapid.She started playing football as a 12-year-old and was quickly elevated into the U-17 and U-20 national teams.Last year she pulled on the gloves at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and displayed her potential in a Player of the Match performance against Haiti in Brittany. It was in that tournament that Nnadozie set her sights on returning to France for the senior global finals.“I knew it was going to come true, because when I was coming up my coach used to tell me, ‘Work hard, you will get there’,” she said. “I really worked for it. Every time at training, I gave it my best. Even if I was tired, I would keep pushing.”Nnadozie carried only one target into France 2019.“I told myself that before the end of the tournament, by God’s grace, I must keep goal in one match,” she said. “When I was called upon to keep goal, though I was a little bit scared, I encouraged myself, I told myself, ‘Come on, you’ve been doing it during the friendly matches, so you have to do it now’.”Nnadozie achieved her pre-tournament goal in a performance against Korea Republic that demonstrated poise and maturity beyond her years. She became, at 18 years and 186 days, the youngest goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet at the Women’s World Cup.“After the match, when I saw the post, I was so happy,” said Nnadozie. “A young girl like me getting a good record, I was so proud of myself.“I am so proud of the defence. They did great. I know I can’t do it without them – they made it possible for me,” she observed further.Nigeria’s power-playing trio – Desire Oparanozie, Rita Chikwelu and Francisca Ordega – all must play with caution as they are each on a yellow card and would be ruled out of the Round of 16 if they are cautioned against the Les Bleues this evening.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Man City’s winning run ended as Wenger overtakes Ferguson

first_imgDespite the disappointment of the 0-0 stalemate, City still have an enormous 14-point lead at the top of the Premier League table and the chances of any of their rivals catching them appear remote.Arsenal — missing Mesut Ozil — played out a frustrating 1-1 draw with West Brom at a wet Hawthorns to climb to fifth in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Liverpool.The match was Wenger’s 811th in charge — moving him ahead of United legend Ferguson, who was at the helm for 810 matches in the Premier League era.Arsenal looked to have sealed all three points when an Alexis Sanchez free-kick from the edge of the box found the net via a deflection from James McClean in the 83rd minute. The goal was ruled to be a McClean own goal.But a last-gasp penalty from Jay Rodriguez levelled the match at 1-1 after Calum Chambers was deemed to have handled the ball, sparking frustration on the Arsenal bench.A furious Wenger said his team had been denied all three points by referee Mike Dean’s decision to award the controversial spot kick.“We have a very difficult schedule and I believe we fought hard to win the game but didn’t because of a bad decision,” he said.“He (Dean) didn’t see it. There was a player in front of him. That’s why I questioned his decision, he didn’t see it.”Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United have stumbled over the Christmas period, drawing three games against sides they would have expected to beat and slipping behind defending champions Chelsea.With games coming thick and fast over Christmas and the New Year, United and in-form Liverpool are back in action on Monday, against Everton and Burnley respectively.City host Watford on Tuesday and Tottenham Hotspur travel to Swansea on the same evening while Arsenal and Chelsea will face off in a blockbuster clash on Wednesday. Share on: WhatsApp Guardiola finally held to drawLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City survived late penalty drama at Crystal Palace on Sunday but saw their 18-match Premier League winning run halted as Arsene Wenger overtook Alex Ferguson’s record for games in charge.Pep Guardiola’s men travelled to their match in London with a 13-point lead over second-placed Chelsea and strongly fancied to match Bayern Munich’s record for the big five European leagues of 19 straight victories.But in the end they were grateful to goalkeeper Ederson for keeping out Luka Milivojevic’s spot-kick in injury time after Wilfried Zaha was adjudged to have been brought down by Raheem Sterling.The dropped points in the 0-0 draw will be less of a concern for Guardiola than injury fears over Gabriel Jesus, who limped off early, and Kevin De Bruyne, who was stretchered off late following an ugly challenge by Palace substitute Jason Puncheon.Guardiola, whose team easily surpassed Arsenal’s previous Premier League record of 14 straight wins, pleaded with officials to protect players.“I admire the physicality in the Premier League but the referees have to protect the players,” he said. “Not just the best players. All the players.“I haven’t spoken to the FA (Football Association) about it. They focus on diving, on these kind of things. I know the contact is allowed here more than any other country but there is a limit. They don’t have to change the way here. That’s why it is so nice.“There is a line where you go above and it is dangerous.”Guardiola said Jesus could be out for up to two months but the injury to Belgian playmaker De Bruyne looks less serious than feared even though he may not be ready to face Watford on Tuesday.Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace frustrated their illustrious visitors in the first half at Selhurst Park and although City began to find their groove after the break, goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey denied Leroy Sane and De Bruyne.Andros Townsend missed the home side’s best chance of the half with about a quarter of an hour to go before Milivojevic fluffed his last-gasp chance to clinch all three points.“It was an excellent point and before the game we would have been jumping through hoops with a point, but when you get a penalty late in the game and you miss like we have before there is an element of sadness,” said Hodgson.– City cushion –last_img read more

The beautiful letter Andres Iniesta penned Fernando Torres ahead of his retirement match

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisement yd62NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsctxc7oWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) y6mksWould you ever consider trying this?😱Can your students do this? 🌚xbq3uRoller skating! Powered by Firework Fernando Torres spent the final 90 minutes of his professional career in the J-league match against Vissel Kobe featuring former teammates David Villa and Andres Iniesta, the latter who wrote a beautiful letter for the Sagan Tosu striker.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesThe 35 year old Spaniard’s decorated career ended yesterday at Ekimae Real Estate Stadium, and it was honoured with Iniesta’s letter, which was published in Spanish newspaper El Mundo.The letter read: “It’s very strange, I’d say beautifully strange. Here we both are, about to play your last game as a professional.”Advertisement “I still have some left. Here we are, on the other side of the world. It’s as if life, funny as she is, had brought us all the way to Japan to say goodbye.”The Blaugrana legend cherished the memories they spent together on field.Advertisement “Football brought us together more than 20 years ago, when we were children. Well, you will always be El Nino. And it will never separate us. We met when we had utopian dreams. That goal you scored us at the U16 European Championship with the national team in England.”“I’ll never forget the gesture you made to dedicate that goal to me. I saw it on TV because I had to go home with an injury.”Along with winning UEFA Champions League in 2012 with Chelsea, Torres was a crucial part of the incredible Spanish international side that lifted the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 Euro Cup with Iniesta and Villa.The match ended 6-1, as Kobe forward Junya Tanaka found the back of the net from an incredible build up by Iniesta with a spectacular cross the field volley, who also scored from the spot, along with double braces from Hotaru Yamaguchi and Kyogo Furuhashi. An own goal from Vermaelen is what kept the Sagans satisfied. Advertisementlast_img read more

Fall Leaf Collection Starts in Middletown Nov. 7

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – Fall Leaf Collection will begin on November 7th. Residents are reminded not to place leaves curbside more than 7 days prior to their zone start dates. Placing material at the curb early creates a hazard for pedestrians and drivers. Leaf collection will begin in Zones, A, B,C & D on November 7th; Zone F on November 16th; Zones E,G & K on November 21st; Zone J on November 28th; Zone I on December 1st; Zone L on December 5th; and Zone H on December 13th. Start dates are approximate. Visit www.middletownnj.org/collection to look up collection zones by address, get status reports and review collection guidelines. Collection updates will also be posted to Comcast Channel 20 and Verizon Fios 26. Call 732-615-2008 for information.last_img

It’s about having fun for the two Nelson expansion roller derby teams

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe beauty of the West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League is that there are never losing teams, only winners.Fans will get a chance to witness joy on the track Friday at the NDCC Arena when the league hosts its final regular season bout — a bout featuring both expansion teams from Nelson.“Many derby girls (myself included) will tell you that after a bout, they have no idea what the score was,” said Nicole Courson of the Lumber Jackies on the eve of the final bout of the regular season — Friday at 7 p.m.“You try and watch it but there is so much going on and every jam is so different and exciting you can’t always track the score,” Courson added.The Lumber Jackies bat second during the doubleheader against the ever-improving Dam City Roller of Castlegar. First jam goes at 9 p.m.Kicking off the evening is the Killjoys, the other Nelson squad, up against Salmo’s Babes of Brutality.It was in the fall when more than 40 women took to the Trafalgar gymnasium to begin training for the 2011 season.Courson said the skaters looked like a bunch of Bambies on ice during that first session.“Within six months we went from putting on skates (for the first time for most of us) to playing in a bout,” Courson explained. “This is almost unheard of in any other league, but we have great trainers and incredibly dedicated skaters that made it possible.”Organizer gave the two Nelson teams a break to open the season, scheduling the two teams against each other.The Lumber Jackies won that inaugural contest.However, since that game in April it’s been a huge learning curve against the other three stronger teams — Dam City Rollers, Babes of Brutality and Rossland’s Gnarlies Angels.Not a big deal according to Courson.“When you lose a bout, you learn a lot . . . and you take it to the next bout you play,” said Courson.“At the end of the night, win or lose, everyone does a victory lap and no one can wipe the smiles off their faces. “Everyone always has the best time of their lives  — with that much camaraderie and sportsmanship among over 100 women, every single skater truly does feel like a winner.”Flat Track Roller Derby uses many of the same rules of the older banked track sport seen on television during the 60’s and 70’s.Each heat begins with a pack of blockers lead by two pivots. The two jammers from each team, who score the points, start a 10 meters behind the pack and begin skating when the last blocker crosses the pivot line.The jammers work their way through the pack of blockers twice, scoring points on the second time through.However, only the lead jammer can call off a jam.Gnarlies Angels and Babe of Brutality lead league standings.The Dam City Rollers of Castlegar are third followed by the two Nelson team.The Lumber Jackies face a huge test during the final bout when the club meets Dam City.“Every derby game plan is essentially the same: skate hard, hit hard, be quick on your feet and strong to your core,” said Courson when asked about game strategy heading into Friday’s tilt.“There are so many strategies and techniques in this sport that it is definitely half mental, and every jam is different in the circumstances around which you plan your strategies. “It’s a very think on your feet sport, so the ‘game plan’ is based in simple techniques like making and breaking up “walls”, helping and hindering the jammers, etc. . . . But the smart little plays that will win the game vary with every jam.”And in the end it’s all for a good time.EXTRA JAM: Half of the profits from Friday’s double-header action at the NDCC Arena are being donated to West Kootenay Habitat for Humanity. . . .Tickets can be picked up in advance at RossVegas in Rossland, Gerick Cycle and Sports in Trail, Mountain High Lighting in Castlegar, West Kootenay Scuba Shop in Salmo and Phat Angel in Nelson. . . .Doors open at 6 [email protected]last_img read more