first_imgThe Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) will use this weekend’s all-comers competition to select the first set of athletes that will qualify for its first Classics competition which holds in Ado Ekiti at the end of the month. Loading… Brown Ebewele, the technical director of the Federation disclosed that a certain number of athletes will qualify either by position or time for the classics while the all-comers that will come a day before the Ado Ekiti event will be used to get the remaining set that will complete the line-up for each classics event. ‘We are re-introducing a model that worked perfectly for us in the past where athletes will qualify to run in the classics. We will have four athletes who will qualify from a classics event while the remaining four that will make up an eight-lane event will be selected at an all-comers event that precedes each meeting,’ said Ebewele. ‘What this will do is that it will engender competition among athletes as you will need to qualify for the Classics before you can be entitled to accommodation and transport subsidy. This is in addition to the prize monies on offer for each event,’ explained the AFN technical supremo. ‘It was during that time we got home-based athletes running very fast and world-class times.I remember Deji Aliu ran 10.02 seconds in Bauchi in one of the legs of the event in March 1995. Davidson Ezinwa completed a sensational sprint double in January 1990 in Bauchi where he ran 10.05 seconds over the 100m and 20.30 seconds in the 200m. There was so much competition then and this present board of the AFN wants to bring it all back.’ Ebewele is confident this weekend’s all-comers competition will be of great help to the athletes who have been training so hard without having an opportunity to gauge how far they have gone with their training, what needs to be corrected and how ready they are for the new season, especially the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival which will be used to select athletes for the first phase of camping for both the African Championships in Algeria this June and the Olympic Games in Japan in July/August.center_img The AFN technical director advised athletes not to participate in the competition(s) not sanctioned by the AFN under the leadership of Honourable Olamide George. He also advised states not to allow their stadium to be used to organise events not sanctioned by the federation, especially events fraudulently organised in the name of AFN. ‘There is only one AFN recognised by the Federal Government and only known to Nigerian laws,’ said Ebewele saying article one of the AFN constitution made it abundantly clear that the AFN is one of the 38 sports associations under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development. Ebewele reminded state associations that they must be in good standing with the AFN before they can be allowed to participate in AFN events. Read Also:AFN board members reject Ogba’s resignation, ready to probe $150,000 IAAF grant  The AFN All-Comers competition holds on Friday and Saturday at the Federal University of Technology, Akure.The athletes will arrive on Friday while the event proper takes place the next day. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

first_imgWe are all familiar with the large tarps that major league baseball teams use to keep the infield dry.  They also use a drying compound when a particular area gets damp.  But what about those diamonds that can’t afford these large tarps and expensive drying compounds?When I took the American Legion Baseball Team to Madison one year for a double header, we found the infield very wet.  Since we had already driven to Madison, the team there said “we will find a way to get this diamond dry”.  Since we were at the city park, they decided to borrow a barrel of racing fuel stored in a shed by the diamond.  This fuel belonged to the Miss Madison racing boat.  They poured the fuel on the dirt part of the  infield and lit a match to it.  Fifteen minutes later the infield was bone dry and ready for play.  I don’t know who footed the bill for this barrel of very expensive racing fuel.Recently at a college World Series game the grounds keepers used tennis squeegees to roll the water off the outfield.  As the water was pushed passed the foul lines, it was scooped up and thrown on the warning track.  Fortunately, they found a lot of squeegees and many willing hands to push them because the outfield looked like a lake before they started.  It is amazing what inquiring minds can come up with if you want to play a game bad enough.last_img read more

first_img With Wayne Rooney’s future still unresolved, Kagawa could be asked to play a more prominent part by new boss David Moyes. And, after taking on a pivotal role in the Dortmund outfit that won back-to-back German titles, then reached the Champions League final last term after Kagawa’s exit, the 24-year-old has no doubts about his ability to carry out the job. “You have to believe in yourself,” he said. “If you don’t, things can go wrong both on and off the pitch. Being positive and believing in yourself is important, not only in football but also in improving as a person.” Should Rooney remain within the Red Devils fold, as Moyes hopes, the competition for Kagawa would remain huge, with Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck also vying for advanced roles beyond the midfield. Yet it is a situation Kagawa prefers to embrace rather than shy away from. “It is inspiring and exciting to play alongside such world class players,” he said. “Wayne can do everything to the highest standard. He has everything a football player would need: team spirit, hard work, switching between attack and defence. “You don’t see such players very often. He plays for the team, plus he can score and assist. There is so much I can learn from him and I enjoy playing with him. Robin, of course, made the difference with his goals. He’s wonderful.” Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa admits he must improve on his first season’s work at Old Trafford. The Japan star did emerge from his debut campaign with a Premier League title winners’ medal. He also bagged a superb hat-trick in a late season victory over Norwich. However, a major knee injury halted what had been an encouraging start to life with United, and the former Borussia Dortmund star never quite regained his form of old. “It was great to win the title with United,” Kagawa told Inside United. “But I feel I still have work to do. I would say I am half satisfied, half unsatisfied.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgThere are reports this morning that two tankers have been attacked in the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz, and that the crews were evacuated safely.The tankers reportedly had flags from Panama and the Marshall Islands but there was no immediate confirmation on the attacks.Earlier reports said a Norwegian oil tanker was hit by a torpedo off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.The two tankers with oil bound for Asia reportedly came under attack this morning in the Gulf of Oman.The Frontline shipping company based in Bermuda said its vessel, the Front Altair, was on fire in the Gulf of Oman, and a Singapore-based company said its vessel, the Kokuka Corageous, was damaged in a suspected attack. The crews of both vessels are reported safe. U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain said it received two distress calls about the attacks, and that a destroyer, the USS Bainbridge, is rendering assistance. The Wall Street Journal says news of the attacks is sending oil prices sharply higher this morning.Iran’s state news agency said the Frontline tanker had sunk, though the owner of the company said it was afloat.One shipping company said it was a torpedo attack, while another source said it could’ve been a magnetic mine.Four tankers were reportedly attacked in the same area last month.The U.S. blamed Iran for those attacks, which Iran has denied.last_img read more

first_imgHayward, 29, came into the night averaging 20.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists in his first seven games this season.MORE: Celtics’ Smart fined $15K for criticizing refereesThis is Hayward’s second major injury in a two-year span. He dislocated his left ankle and fractured his left tibia early in his Celtics debut in 2017. Hayward had joined the Celtics as a free agent that summer after playing the first seven years of his career with the Jazz. Hayward’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Hayward will be examined by a specialist on Monday. If surgery is needed, Bartelstein added, it will be peformed the same day. The Celtics lost small forward Gordon Hayward to a broken left hand in their game vs. the Spurs on Saturday, and he is expected to miss about six weeks.Hayward was injured late in the first half in San Antonio. He collided with Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge while trying to guard a driving Dejounte Murray.last_img read more

first_imgOn Tuesday (that feels like a year ago now) I wrote a bit about what Gundy, Weeden, and Blackmon were really trying to convey at Big 12 media days. It was fun, I got some good feedback, I think there was more truth in there than anyone would admit, but why should we stop with OSU-affiliated players/coaches? Let’s get on to the rest of the conference!Mack BrownWhat he said: “[I need] a QB to get the swagger back.”What he meant: “I need a QB”What he said: (On the QB position) “The number one thing we want is leadership.What he meant: “Why me, God?!?! He was the Gatorade national player of the year!!”What he said: (On how much has been made of the Longhorn Network): “Really?”What he meant: “It’s so, so good to be me.”What he said: “When Colt McCoy and Jevan Snead were competing in spring practice after Vince Young left, we didn’t know who would be the quarterback when we left spring practice.”What he meant: “I might be a worse evaluator of talent than our basketball coach.”What he said: “One of them told me last night: Do you know they picked us fifth in the league? I don’t know that. I do now.”What he meant: “Hell, I didn’t even know our conference had five teams! I thought it was just us, OU, and Nebraska…are they still with us?” What he said: (On whether he thought Texas will be good this year) “Yes.”What he meant: “I make $5+ million a year no matter how many games we win. Who cares?”Bob StoopsWhat he said (allegedly): “I’ve got three outstanding players here with me in Travis Lewis, linebacker, senior linebacker; Ryan Mallett, a senior wide receiver; and then junior quarterback in Landry Jones.”What he meant: I think whoever transcribed this was still stuck on SEC Media Days…from 2010.What he said: (On replacing DeMarco Murray) “I think I’m really excited because there’s a lot of potential in that back field with those running backs.”What he meant: “Do you know how elated I am to get that injury-prone subpar athlete out of my backfield?” What he said: “[The SEC has] won that last game here for five years. So it’s our job as other conferences or other schools to win it.”What he meant: “Tebow doing that gator chomp thing in Nic Harris’ face was kinda funny…” What he said: “The 2000 team, I didn’t have any inkling going in, to be honest with you.What he meant: “I mean my gosh, you saw Heupel throw, didn’t you?”Mike ShermanWhat he said: “It’s great to be up here in Dallas, kick off the Big 12 and look forward to the season.”What he meant: “I hope Texas goes 0-12.”What he said: “The one thing [Tannehill] brings to the table, always has, is confidence”What he meant: “Where the hell is Reggie McNeal when I need him.”What he said: “Certainly Oklahoma State, a team that we have not found a way to win since I’ve been at A&M. We’ve lost to them three games in a row. I prefer playing them a little later [than September 24].”What he meant: “My GOODNESS Blackmon, you left $15 million on the table, why are you doing this to me?!?! Art BrilesWhat he said: “We’re pumped and ready to go and jump out there and see what can happen.”What he meant: “I could have hired Rex Ryan as my defensive coordinator and we’d still give up fifty a game this year.”What he said: “I’m not sure there is one opponent that’s that much more dominating over another over maybe a ten-year period.”What he meant: I honestly have no idea what he meant. What he said: “[Texas is] pretty hard to recruit against anyway, you know what I’m saying?What he meant: “Why are you asking me this? We don’t recruit the same players as Texas.”Gary PinkelWhat he said: “I think as the league, as it’s evolved to ten teams, I think the league will be as strong or stronger nationally each and every year, and the competition every week you better bring it.”What he meant: “I should be at Big 10 media days right now.”Tommy TubervilleWhat he said: “[TCU is] really probably not the type of team we want to play right now.”What he meant: “When does my contract end?”What he said: “I wish we still had Nebraska and we still had Colorado.”What he meant: “I am so happy to be playing Iowa State every year.”What he said: “I don’t think there’s any doubt we can sustain with ten teams and we can make the best out of it and even become a stronger conference maybe than what it was. That’s a political answer, right”What he meant: I don’t even really need to translate this, do I?Turner GillWhat he said: “I decided to redshirt the majority of [my freshmen] because I thought there would be a better situation as far as the following year and two or three years down the road they would be bigger, faster, stronger, and I thought that would benefit our program definitely in the long term.”What he meant: “We were screwed either way.”Paul RhoadsWhat he said: “For those of you that haven’t seen the [2-point conversion we attempted against Nebraska for the win last year], it was a fake extra point and intended receiver was wide open from me to you, Barry, wide open, and we failed to execute.”What he meant: “I tried to kill my field goal holder after that game because he can’t throw a 3.5 yard pass.”Bill SnyderWhat he said: “I don’t know that I’m aware of any particular signs that would allow us to continue to [improve in the offseason].”What he meant: “I’ll be 72 in October.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. 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first_imgPARIS — Several hundred women wearing yellow vests have marched through Paris in a bid to restore a peaceful image to the grassroots protest movement, a day after demonstrations veered once more into violence.Some women carried yellow balloons during Saturday’s march from the Place de la Bastille to the Opera Garnier. At one point, they fell to their knees in a minute of silence for the 10 people killed and many others injured since the movement began in mid-November.Women also marched in other cities around France.The movement is losing wind with repeated violence at weekly demonstrations.Some women tried to rebrand the movement as peaceful through signs reading “I am your daughter” or “I am your Grandma.”Protesters wear fluorescent yellow safety vests required in French cars.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgGurugram: The Haryana government officials have officially begun the process of taking over the Rapid rail metro that is also credited for being India’s first private metro system. In doing so however the government is likely to incur a heavy cost of sustaining the private metro system. Initially, run by ILF&S nation’s first private metro is under a heavy debt of Rs 1,800 crore where 10 per cent interest is being paid on a yearly basis. For operation and salaries over Rs 20 crore is being paid on a yearly basis. The Haryana government is now planning to give only operations part to the Delhi metro rail corporation for which there is a pact of paying the public agency over three crores yearly. According to sources the government is likely to take a decision on the issue after May 12. The move to acquire the metro project comes when the private metro system is reeling under heavy losses. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsBuilt on the model of public-private partnership, Gurugram’s rapid metro was set to change the landscape of public transportation model in Gurugram when it first started its operation in 2013. Five years, after all, did not go to the plan and the management served Haryana Government the notice of compensating it for Rs 1484 Crore of losses. Initially, the DLF-IL&FS consortium ran the Rapid Metro Rail Gurugram Limited (RMGL). According to sources ever since the DLF withdrew its stakes from the project and the ITNL’s parent company — Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) — ran into financial trouble, the ITNL found it difficult to operate the Gurugram private metro. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHigher costs for travelling, less focus on last mile connectivity and lesser frequency of the movement of trains are resulting in many residents still relying on other modes of transportation. According to reports, there are over 50,000 commuters who use the services of the private metro daily. This, however, is not enough for the metro to recover its costs. The management of the private metro has also been odds with the public agencies over the display of advertisements that is a major source of revenue. The major concern for the management remains over the dwindling number of commuters using the Rapid Metro services Considered to be a bane for many residents who drive on routes of Golf Course, Sikanderpur, MG road and Cybercity, the diesel run autos and private city buses continue to retain its popularity. While these transportation mediums still charge a reasonable sum from their customers, the ticket prices in the rapid metro range from a minimum sum of Rs 20 to a maximum of Rs 35. Not only are the common citizens but even the office goers have lessened their daily travels due to a cheaper mode of transport.last_img read more

first_imgSan Francisco: Tech major Microsoft has successfully developed an end-to-end automated DNA storage device that can translate digital information into DNA and back to bits, the company said in a blog post. The fully automated system to store and retrieve data in manufactured DNA is a key step in moving the technology out of the research lab and into commercial datacenters. The novel system, developed in partnership with University of Washington, translated “HELLO” into DNA and converted it back to digital data in just 21 hours, reported the paper published in Nature Scientific Reports journal. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “Our ultimate goal is to put a system into production that, to the end user, looks very much like any other cloud storage service — bits are sent to a datacenter and stored there and then they just appear when the customer wants them,” Karin Strauss, principal researcher at Microsoft, wrote in the post on Thursday. “To do that, we needed to prove that this is practical from an automation perspective,” Strauss added. The system has so far stored one gigabyte of data in DNA, which includes cat photographs, great literary works, pop videos as well as archival recordings in DNA, which could be retrieved without errors, the researchers said. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India The automated DNA data storage system uses software that converts the ones and zeros of digital data into the As, Ts, Cs and Gs that make up the building blocks of DNA. Then it uses cheap lab equipments to flow the necessary liquids and chemicals into a synthesiser that builds manufactured snippets of DNA and to push them into a storage vessel. When the system needs to retrieve the information, it adds other chemicals to properly prepare the DNA and uses microfluidic pumps to push the liquids into other parts of the system that “read” the DNA sequences and convert it back to information that a computer can understand. Information is stored in synthetic DNA molecules created in a lab, not DNA from humans or other living things, and can be encrypted before it is sent to the system. Further, the team also developed techniques to search for and retrieve only images that contain an apple or a green bicycle — using the molecules themselves and without having to convert the files back into a digital format. “We are definitely seeing a new kind of computer system being born here where you are using molecules to store data and electronics for control and processing. Putting them together holds some really interesting possibilities for the future,” said Luis Ceze, Professor at the varsity.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Citing the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission on Saturday directed Eros Now to immediately take down a web series on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all related contents till further orders. The EC order said that the streaming of five-episode web series, “Modi: Journey of a Common Man”, should be “stopped forthwith”.After watching the trailer, the EC said, it is apparent that the web series showcases different phases of Modi’s life — from childhood to becoming a national leader. The poll watchdog cited its April 10 order banning the screening of a biopic on the PM till the Lok Sabha elections are over, to bar the streaming of the series. There was no immediate response form Eros Now producers. In its order staying the release of the biopic, the EC had said that “any biopic material in the nature of biography/hagiography sub serving the purposes of any political party or any individual entity connected to it, which is intended to, or which has the potential to disturb the level playing field during the elections, should not be displayed in electronic media including cinematograph during the operation of MCC”.last_img read more