Team Nigeria win gold, silver, bronze at African Track Championship

first_imgRelatedPosts Igali praises Team Nigeria’s performance in Rome tournament Team Nigeria wins 11 medals at African Track Championship Tokyo 2020: Team Nigeria to participate in 11 sports Team Nigeria at the ongoing African Track Cycling Championship in Cairo, Egypt have won one gold, one silver and a bronze. The championship, organised by the African Cycling Confederation, began on Thursday and will end on Sunday. According to the competition’s website, Grace Ayuba won gold in the junior category from the scratch 7.5km event. Former world number five on track cycling in the junior category, Mary Samuel, led the Nigeria team to win silver in team pursuit women elite. Others in the team are Tawakalt Yekeem, Ese Ukpesersye and Rita Oven. Team Nigeria also won a bronze in the team sprint women elite as the championship continues.Tags: Africa Track ChampionshipsAfrican Cycling ConfederationGrace AyubaTeam Nigerialast_img read more

Coxswain’s steering keeps Badgers sailing straight

first_imgAdam Barhamand is the first to admit that he does not have the most strenuous job on the UW men’s crew team, but he’ll quickly tell you how important it is. And he’ll be telling the truth.A senior from Naperville, Ill., Barhamand holds down the coxswain position for the Badgers, a role as unique as it is misunderstood.In charge of steering the boat and shouting out orders to the rowers, the coxswain acts as a coach on the water, navigating the team. Positioned at the back of the boat, it’s important for the coxswain to make sure all the rowers are on the same page. Unlike the rowers, the coxswain is not tall and strong, instead small and lean so as not to weigh down the boat. Much like in wrestling, the coxswain must pay close attention to his weight. The minimum weight for the position is 125 pounds and coxswains try to stay as close to that number as possible.Barhamand, currently listed right on the number at 125 pounds, is familiar to the stigma that often comes with being the smallest man, and the only nonrower, on the team.“I don’t do any physical training except for trying to keep weight,” Barhamand said, acknowledging that the bulk of his training doesn’t happen in the weight room, but rather through experience and strategy.“It’s not entirely difficult to be a coxswain, you just sit there and steer and call out orders,” Barhamand said, “but there’s a lot more to being a very good coxswain.”“Wisconsin has a tradition of having excellent coxswains; Wisconsin nurtures coxswains. The coaches take our advice seriously and ask us questions about the boat, more so here than at other universities. In many ways I think the other rowers look up to us.”“It’s a luxury to have him on the team; he’s very important to the boat,” senior captain Anthony Hoell said, noting the influence of Barhamand’s role. That Barhamand has become the next in the line of great Badger coxswains is especially surprising given that he had no prior crew experience before coming to school.“I didn’t know anything about [rowing] before I got to Wisconsin; I was getting letters from coaches to most students coming to Wisconsin, and I asked a question about it at SOAR, and basically I showed up, and kept showing up.”Not only has Barhamand kept showing up, but he’s kept winning as well. Though very successful during his first two seasons on the team last year, as a junior, Barhamand’s boats came in first in seven of nine competitions, finishing second in the other two.His performance over the course of the season earned him an invite from the US Rowing Organization this summer to try out for the Under-23 team set to compete in the 2007 FISA World Rowing Championships taking place in early August. As one of two coxswains invited, Barhamand had to first beat out the other invitee before getting a chance to row in the international level, a task he was able to accomplish, sending him across the globe to row on the team. In Scotland, rowing for his country, Barhamand had come a long way from his arrival on campus.So, competing internationally for the first time, that Barhamand’s boat’s finished fourth in the tournament should have been an achievement for the coxswain, but instead, his boat’s showing did not do much to impress him.“In my opinion, I think we underperformed slightly,” Barhamand said, a testament to the high standards he holds for both himself and his team.Competing on a higher level and with new coaches is something that will give Barhamand a leg up heading into the season.“As a coxswain, everything I say in the boat, as to how they’re rowing or in the style they should be rowing, I’ve learned from my coaches,” Barhamand said. Working with the coaches outside of UW for the first time helped the senior gain some new insight.“Learning how to make calls in different ways and correct rowing in different ways has really changed my perspective on things.”Entering his final season as a Badger, Barhamand won’t settle for anything less than the best on his boats.“My expectation is always to win a national championship; setting the bar a little lower is ridiculous. To win Eastern Sprints is a goal for me, and to at least medal in the nationals on varsity,” Barhamand added.With Barhamand at the back of the boat, the Badgers should find themselves in a position to achieve these goals.last_img read more

a month agoTottenham chairman Levy fought off Chelsea attempts for Pochettino

first_imgTottenham chairman Levy fought off Chelsea attempts for Pochettinoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham chairman Daniel Levy fought off attempts by Chelsea to prise Mauricio Pochettino away, it has been revealed.The Sun says Levy previously rejected an unofficial approach from Chelsea for Pochettino.Pochettino has impressed as Spurs boss over the past five years, though Tottenham have struggled at the start of this season.They have won just two of their opening six Premier League matches and were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Colchester.It’s led to questions over Pochettino’s future after the Argentine regularly voiced his disapproval over the club’s transfer policy in the summer.But Spurs chairman Levy is clearly keen to keep Pochettino.He turned down an official approach from Real Madrid and an unofficial move by Chelsea for his manager. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

15 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp: I would think about Germany job

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: I would think about Germany jobby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits he would think about the Germany job if approached.Klopp has been mooted as a top target for the German FA to replace Joachim Low, when the World Cup winner’s contract ends in 2022. Klopp’s deal at Anfield also expires that summer, and the Liverpool boss has yet to ink an extension – despite Kop chiefs being keen.Asked about the possibility, he told Magenta TV: “I really can not say. I do not know if I would like to.”Now, as of today, I do not feel like it. Stand up now, I’m totally happy with what I do and that’s important in the whole story.”I also could not say one hundred percent if I was the right one [to replace Low].”If the question ever arises, I would think about it – but not now.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 days agoReece James’ father reveals Chelsea whizkid has played every position

first_imgReece James’ father reveals Chelsea whizkid has played every positionby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReece James’ father has revealed the Chelsea starlet has played in every position during his young career.The 19-year-old is primarily considered a right-back and has shone in that role in his career so far, especially on loan at Wigan last season.”Reece would never play in the position that he played at Chelsea,” his father said to Alex Goldberg. “If Reece was a central midfielder, he’d play centre-back for me. When he was young and playing at centre-forward, he’d play left-back for me, he’d play right-back for me.”Reece has actually played every single position on the pitch.”I never used to believe in putting numbers on the back of shirts. If you give someone the number 9, he automatically thinks ‘I’m a centre-forward’, but if you just put them out there and say ‘you’re going to play here, you’re going to play there and the next ten minutes you’re going to play there and you’re going to play there’, they all know ‘I might have to play in defence’ but there’s no numbers to confuse them.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Clemson Kicker Greg Huegel Drills Kick While Entire Team Screams At Him

first_imgClemson's Greg Huegel makes a field goal at practice under pressure.Instagram/clemsonfbHow do college football coaches simulate the pressure and environment of a big time game for their kickers during practice? Surround them with the entire team, and have them scream incessantly. Redshirt freshman Greg Huegel is currently starting at placekicker for the Clemson Tigers, a job he hopes to hold on to when incumbent starter Ammon Lakip returns from his suspension, and he drilled a long kick while being distracted by his fellow Tigers.We’ll see if he can do the same when tens of thousands of people are on top of him at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium or Williams-Brice this year, but for now, good start.last_img

NAFTA US hasnt done analysis on what happens if freetrade treaty ends

first_imgWASHINGTON, United States of America – American policy-makers admit they have not worked to analyze the economic impact of the end of the North American Free Trade Agreement, even as President Donald Trump threatens to cancel the agreement.That absence of research applies to both elected branches of the U.S. government: neither the White House nor congressional researchers have an impact assessment, despite uncertainty over the fate of the 23-year-old pact.Frustrations at the bargaining table exploded into the open at the last round where the most common conversation topic in the hallways involved whether Trump’s team was intentionally trying to sabotage a deal.A research unit for Congress, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which performs studies for lawmakers, tells The Canadian Press that it has in the past conducted analysis on international issues like the monitoring of Iran’s nuclear program, but nobody has yet requested research on NAFTA.“We have not been asked to look at the (NAFTA) issue,” said an official there.It’s the same at the White House. Donald Trump’s trade czar, Robert Lighthizer, says he hasn’t yet done the research. Inside U.S. Trade quoted him telling a group of American reporters that his current focus is trying to get a deal, not studying life without NAFTA.The countries have pushed the negotiation schedule into next year, shelving talk of a quick easy agreement.“You always think about what might happen, but we haven’t done any analysis of that at this point,” Lighthizer told a gathering of American trade reporters earlier this week, according to Inside U.S. Trade. “No, we don’t really have a plan beyond trying to get a good agreement…“(But) if we end up not having an agreement, my guess is all three countries will do just fine.”The Canadian government says it has been researching the potential impact of various trade scenarios.Some trade-watchers say it’s stunning that Washington isn’t.Duncan Wood, a Mexico expert, said the U.S. is certainly acting like it wants to leave the pact, putting forward proposals the other countries could never accept. Wood said he fears the Trump administration is inching toward a pullout — without doing its homework.“That doesn’t make me feel very good when I go to bed at night,” he told panel this week at the Washington International Trade Association.“If they were taking these decisions based upon years and years of studies and saying, ‘You know what, we think we’ll be absolutely fine, because the stats show it,’ I could say, ‘Okay, fine, I get it, I may disagree, because I like Mexico, but for the United States, I get it’…“(But) that (absence of research) worries me.”He cited the poultry trade as just one example of the complex potential consequences.Producers sell different chicken parts to different markets, based on local preferences. He said Mexico’s huge chicken tariffs would lead to an oversupply of dark meat on the U.S. market; a shortage in Mexico; and chicken plants moving to Mexico.But he said broken cross-border supply chains aren’t what worries him most. Wood expressed fear that the current fight at the NAFTA table is a prelude to a bigger battle against the World Trade Organization and international trading system: “These are dark days, my friends… This is near-apocalyptic what we’re looking at. I don’t mean to exaggerate. I’m not one for hyperbole.“I actually am terrified about what’s about to happen.”The last Republican president expressed similar concerns.George W. Bush delivered a gloomy speech this week that, without mentioning Donald Trump, warned about the degradation of American democracy, mean-spiritedness, racism, conspiracy-mongering, and attacks on open commerce.“Free trade helped make America into a global economic power,” Bush said. “We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade — forgetting that conflict, instability, and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism.”He said policy-makers should be sensitive to the painful effects globalization has had on some industries: “People are hurting. They are angry. And, they are frustrated. We must hear them and help them. But we can’t wish globalization away, any more than we could wish away the agricultural revolution or the industrial revolution.”The Canadian government says it’s been studying a variety of NAFTA contingency scenarios since last August.Some of that work has involved the legal and political questions surrounding a breakup. But officials say multiple departments, including Global Affairs Canada and the Department of Finance, have also been conducting economic analysis of the potential impact of a NAFTA cancellation.The former head of Foreign Affairs’ computer-modelling unit, Dan Ciuriak, said he’s working on a paper on different scenarios for the C.D. Howe Institute. His preliminary estimate is that the most drastic result — the end of free trade in North America — would see Canada’s economy contract 2.5 per cent long-term, with a larger shock in the short term.last_img read more

Report suggests growing gap between greenhouse gas projections and promises

first_imgThat’s a 50 percent increase in 18 months.Keith Stewart of Greenpeace says that increase is likely coming from growing energy production.The information comes as the Liberal government continues to promise a new pipeline will be built to take bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to ports in British Columbia. OTTAWA, O.N. — A recently released report by the federal government to the United Nations suggests the gap is growing between Canada’s greenhouse gas promises and the likely result of its policies.In 2016, Ottawa said its current and planned climate change policies would be 44 megatonnes short of meeting its promises under the Paris agreement.But in its last report to the UN, just recently made public, the federal government says that by 2030 Canada will be 66 megatonnes short of living up to its commitments.last_img read more

PRRD releases new photos and LiDAR data of the Old Fort Landslides

first_imgAs of Wednesday, the movement of both the main slide and the west slide appeared to be slowing down according to the report released by the Regional District.  That, unfortunately, doesn’t mean the slides are finished moving.  The report goes onto say “landslides are unpredictable and there is potential for these slides to slip and/or speed up again. We will continue to monitor their progress daily, especially for any impact from the precipitation last night and today.”Geologists continue to monitor the slides with LiDAR data, and the team says they will refine their analysis and provide another update on the size and movement of the slide areas.The Peace River Regional District will host a meeting on Sunday only for residents of the Old Fort.Below are more pictures and LiDAR data released by the Regional District on October 12, 2018. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has released photos and LiDAR data that shows the growth and size of the Old Fort landslides.The main slide that started on September 30, 2018, is now 25 ha. and is over 1.3 km in length as of October 10.  The slide is anywhere from 100 to 200 metres in width. The western slide that is located below the Fort St. John lookout is about 14 ha., and 450 metres in length and the Old Landslide Complex had previous movement on October 6 and 7 in the upper northwest corner near the gravel pit.Here is a video update from the PRRD.last_img read more