Nigeria Shines in Freestyle, North Africans Rule Greco Roman

first_imgOndo State Wrestling Coach, Purity Akuh, told journalists at the championship venue that he was impressed with the good start recorded by the state’s athletes and Nigeria at the championshipAkuh said: “This is a big stage, some of the wresters are young and jittery but somehow they have generally done well.“We expect the country will do well in the junior event and the senior level in the days ahead of this big championship.”The male cadet wrestlers are expected to be in action from today while the seniors will take to the mats on February 10 and 11 respectively.However, host country Nigeria has been dominated by their North African counterparts especially in the Greco-Roman category.Peter Ukoro (55kg) is through to the semifinal while Damilola Gabriel (51kg) will be fighting for a bronze medal after losing in the semifinal to Ahmed Fouad Baghdouda 10-2.The ongoing AWC is being sponsored fully by the Rivers State Government with Governor Nyesom Wike footing the bills of the Nigerian contingent from the preparatory stage till date.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ondo State athletes representing Nigeria have recorded good start in the Africa Wrestling Championship which started yesterday at the Alfred Diette Spiff Events Centre, Port Harcourt.The cadet events that started on Wednesday saw Ondo’s Esther Kolawole winning gold in the freestyle event while Christiana Ogunsanya and Mercy Adekuoroye have qualified for the semifinal stage of their respective events.Mercy, the younger sister of Odunayo Adekuoroye, is tipped to also win gold in the AWC event.However, Sunmisola Balogun, another Ondo wrestler won two bouts to qualify for the final in her cadet event yesterday. She defeated her Moroccan opponent, Taibi C. 10-0 on technical superioritylast_img read more

Kane’s double saves England blushes

first_imgValletta, Malta | AFP | Harry Kane scored a brace to help Gareth Southgate’s lacklustre England to a 4-0 win over minnows Malta in their 2018 World Cup qualifier on Friday.Kane opened the score early in the second-half but three goals inside the last 10 minutes put a brighter sheen on the result than the performance deserved.Ryan Bertrand — with a long range effort barely acknowledged by a far from happy looking Southgate — Danny Welbeck and Kane at the death secured the points in Malta and keeps them top of Group F by two points from Slovakia.However, the English — boasting players whose salaries and transfer fees dwarfed that of their opponents — will need to put up a far better display at home to the Slovakians on Monday.Kane, though, said people should realise that Malta had set out to stifle and frustrate England — it is the first time in three meetings an England side has beaten the Maltese by more than a goal. “Whenever you come away for games like this it is never going to be easy,” he told ITV.“We were trying to break them down, they had 10 men behind the ball. We knew if we just kept moving it wide we would find the space.“The manager makes his choices (Southgate started with just him up front), he puts the team out he thinks we will win the game and we won 4-0 so we have done the right job tonight.”England — winning for just the second time in their last six matches and giving Southgate his first away win since he took over — started brightly and could have been 2-0 up inside the first five minutes.Raheem Sterling should have done better when found brilliantly by Kane just yards out from the goal but the Manchester City star dallied and allowed England-born goalkeeper Andrew Hogg to come out and gather the ball. Hogg was very active early on and pulled off a fine reaction save from Kane in the fifth minute the Spurs striker meeting club team-mate Dele Alli’s pinpoint cross with his head.However, from that point on till the second minute of time added on and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s scuffed shot the Malta goalkeeper didn’t have another save to make.The England players’ woeful performance saw them exit the pitch at half-time to a cacophony of boos and jeers from their fans.– relief –Southgate acted at half-time to remedy the lacklustre performance and took off Sterling sending on Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford instead.However, it was the hosts who came up with the first meaningful shot of the half Andre Schembri — the only player in the Malta squad to play in the top division of a European league for Apollon Limassol in Cyprus — fashioning out a half-volley that whistled past Hart’s far post.Kane though at last broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute Alli doing superbly to draw two defenders to him then passing to his clubmate who made no mistake — earning a clap from Southgate more out of relief than joy.Malta were far from disheartened, Sam Magri — a former England Youth international with the likes of Sterling and substitute Nathaniel Chalobah but now plying his trade with non league Ebbsfleet — fired in a decent long range effort that forced Hart to dive to cover it.Kane showed he was just as dangerous from outside the box firing in a fierce effort on the hour mark that Hogg did well to save.Bertrand and Welbeck added late goals before Kane sealed his double and his 10th in 20 internationals.Rashford created it after refusing to follow Kyle Walker’s instruction and put the ball out because a Malta player was injured instead teeing up Kane.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Great results to start season at Panorama for Whitewater Racers

first_imgWhitewater skiers did not disappoint the coaching staff as the squad experienced some great results at the Kinder Kootenay Zone race held recently at Panorama near Invermere.Jamis Beattie paced the Whitewater team with two fourths and a fifth during the giant slalom race weekend.Haley Mitchell registered a pair of eighth-place finishes while Savannah Leishman finished with two ninths and a 10th.Harper Henderson spent most of day one at the hospital following and exciting crash during the first run Saturday morning.Henderson was transported to hospital for X-rays, which proved to show no fractures, just bruises.Henderson raced Sunday after being cleared by doctors.“The racers had never seen blue snow before so it was a great learning experience and all of the racers improved by leaps and bounds over the two days,” said Whitewater coach Dylan Henderson. “We entered a total of 14 racers which is the most Whitewater racers at a Kinder zone race in many years.”Kootenay zone skiers faced some stiff competition from the home team, which races against mostly Alberta teams.Team Pano is a very high-performance team bolstered with National level coaches.Team Whitewater is off to Kimberley this weekend for the first slalom races of the [email protected]last_img read more

UPDATE: West Kootenay rivals square off in consolation round

first_imgTwo seed from the West Kootenay, L.V. Rogers Bombers, dropped both games in pool play Wednesday.The Bombers lost the opener to host Collingwood 2-0 before Crofton House put a 5-0 beating on LVR in the afternoon contest.LVR concludes the round robin with a game Thursday morning against Windsor.Meanwhile, West Kootenay Champion J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks were also kept of the score sheet in two losses.The Hawks lost 1-0 to Vancouver’s Sentinel before losing the second game of the day 1-0 to St. Michael’s University of Victoria.Crowe meets North Delta Thursday morning.Playoff action goes Thursday afternoon with the seeding games set for Friday morning.The gold medal championship game goes Friday at 3 p.m. West Kootenay rivals J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail and Nelson’s L.V. Rogers Bombers take to the pitch Friday in consolation round action at the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Field Hockey Championships in West Vancouver.The two teams finshed the round robin down in pool play standings.LVR tied North Delta 3-3 while Crowe was shutout by South Okanagan of Oliver 2-0.West Kootenay squads shutout on opening day of Field Hockey tourneyWest Kootenay teams took it on the chin during opening day of the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Field Hockey Championships in West Vancouver.last_img read more

100 Uses of RFID

first_imgTags:#Internet of Things#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img This week Thing Magic, a company that builds embedded RFID readers and other products, launched 100 Uses of RFID. Under this program, the company is profiling one use of radio frequency identification technology every business day on its blog, and aggregating the posts on a dedicated Web page. 100 Uses will outline a new use every business day for five months. So far, the project has outlined only five. Race Timing with RFID – How Rosie Ruiz Changed an IndustryHospital Inventory Control with UHF RFID – What if Your Goods Could Talk?Enhancing the Patient Experience with RFID – “It’s Like Angels Singing”The Batteryless RFID Imperative in Healthcare – Patient-Centric Applications That Are Changing the Healthcare LandscapeThe Next Revolution in Wireless and Mobility – How RFID and Sensing Is Automating Identification, Data Collection, and Location SystemsCan they keep this up 95 more times? That seems like a rough row to hoe. After all, three of the five concern the healthcare industry. But if so, it should prove a very nice survey of current usage. At any rate, we think it will at least provide a nice entrance into the breadth of current RFID use for those new to the Internet of Things. curt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Solar Ownership Is Gaining Ground

first_imgSales and loans help SolarCityThe growth of loan and cash sales was a big help to SolarCity, the country’s biggest solar installer, in the third quarter of the year, PV Magazine said. The company saw a 76% growth in revenue with loan and cash sales adding up to 23% of the installations it booked during the quarter (the company, however, still shows net losses).Power-purchase agreements that furnish homeowners with solar systems at little or no upfront cost have been the bread-and-butter business model for installers like SolarCity. But homeowners, not the installer, get the 30% federal tax credit when they buy their systems outright. With installed costs steadily dropping, that became a more realistic option for more customers.The most recent Tracking the Sun report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory says that the median installed price for a residential solar system was $4.10 per watt in 2015, less than half of what it was just seven years ago. At the same time, module efficiency has been increasing.The report says that price declines since 2012 can be attributed mostly to lower “soft” costs plus reductions in the price of inverters and racking equipment. The cost of the modules themselves, which dropped steeply between 2009 and 2012, have since leveled off, the lab said. Direct ownership of residential photovoltaic (PV) systems in the U.S. is poised to overtake third-party ownership in 2017 for the first time since 2011, a report from GTM Research says.Third-party ownership, including leases and power-purchase agreements, accounted for 72% of all PV systems installed in 2014, but the numbers have been dropping since then as more customers bought solar arrays with cash or with a loan.In 2015, third-party ownership dropped to 62% of all residential installations; that will dip to an estimated 54% this year. In five years, GTM expects that the fraction of residential systems bought outright will climb to 73%, a virtual mirror image of the situation in 2014.The report points to several factors in explaining the trend. First, local installers are growing more quickly than big national concerns, such as SolarCity and Vivint Solar, which rely more heavily on leases than sales. Smaller installers are having more luck at cash sales as the cost of solar continues to fall. Finally, emerging markets such as Utah and Florida do not currently allow power-purchase agreements, so solar companies are forced to sell systems, the report says.“The solar loan market is much more fragmented than the leasing market ever was,” said report author Nicole Litvak. Both installers and homeowners have access to more lenders, and more loan options, than in the past.Growth rates, however, are slowing. GTM Research said that after four years of growth greater than 50%, the U.S. residential market will see a growth rate of only 16% this year.last_img read more

10 months agoAbraham informs Chelsea he wants to leave Aston Villa

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Abraham informs Chelsea he wants to leave Aston Villaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham wants to leave Aston Villa this month.The Sun says the England striker can return from Aston Villa this month in the terms of his season-long move to the Championship side.And the Chelsea striker has attracted interest from top-flight clubs looking to boost their attack in the second half of the season.Abraham, 21, will be targeted by the clubs who missed out on Dominic Solanke, who is poised to join Crystal Palace.Both young Three Lions strikers have been on the radar for Bournemouth, Huddersfield, Brighton and Fulham.Moving away from Villa will be a blow to Dean Smith’s promotion hopes, with the club five points off the play-offs.It will also put Smith in the market for a replacement in attack for the second half of the season. last_img read more

Memphis Set To Honor Former Basketball Coach John Calipari In Late December

first_imgJohn Calipari hanging out with Derrick Rose.Twitter/@basketballtalkThis one might get a little bit awkward. This afternoon, University of Memphis president Dr. M. David Russ announced that the school will be honoring former head basketball coach John Calipari this December. Will be honoring Hall of Fame coach @UKCoachCalipari in Memphis, Dec 28-29. Stay tuned for details. Will be a great homecoming.— Dr. M. David Rudd (@UofMemphisPres) September 9, 2015From 2001-2009, Calipari was extremely successful with the Tigers. The program went 252-69 under Calipari, reaching the Elite Eight three times and losing in the national championship in 2007-08. Of course, that season, in which the Tigers went 38-1, was vacated after the NCAA invalidated star guard Derrick Rose’s SAT score. By the time the NCAA made its ruling, Calipari had already taken the job at Kentucky.Calipari has a major hand in turning Memphis into a nationally relevant program, but his departure has definitely rubbed many Tigers fans the wrong way. We’re very interested to see what type of reaction the fan base has in December.last_img read more

Scotiabank Q4 profit up submits 29billion offer for Chilean bank

first_imgTORONTO – The Bank of Nova Scotia is doubling down on Chile with a $2.9-billion offer to buy a majority stake in a Chilean bank, as the Canadian lender’s latest quarterly profits rose despite a drop in trading revenues, natural disasters and a flying loonie.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) said Tuesday it has submitted a binding offer to acquire Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.’s (BBVA) interests in its Chilean banking operation, BBVA Chile, and certain subsidiaries.If the deal goes through, it would double Scotiabank’s market share in Chile to roughly 14 per cent and make the Canadian lender the third-largest non-state owned bank in the country, it added.The bank said the transaction is in line with its strategy to increase its scale within the Chilean banking sector and the high-growth Pacific Alliance countries, which also includes Mexico, Peru and Colombia.“This is a high-quality asset bank,” Scotiabank’s president and chief executive Brian Porter told analysts on a conference call.“It’s very well run,” he said. “We think it’s a good fit of assets, and will be a good fit of people and technology.”BBVA owns about 68 per cent of BBVA Chile — which has $29 billion in assets and has 4,000 employees at 127 branches — and its minority partner, the Said family, owns about 32 per cent. Scotiabank added that BBVA is willing to accept the deal if the Said family does not exercise its right of first refusal under a shareholders agreement.The $2.9-billion offer came hours before Scotiabank posted fourth-quarter earnings of $2.07 billion in net income or $1.64 diluted earnings per share for the three months ended Oct. 31, up from $2.01 billion or $1.57 during the same time last year.Canada’s third-biggest lender was the first of the country’s biggest banks to report its fourth-quarter earnings. Scotiabank posted net interest income, or the profit generated from loans, of $3.83 billion, up five per cent from a year earlier. Adjusting for the negative impact of foreign currency translation, fourth-quarter net interest income grew seven per cent.Scotiabank’s latest quarter was helped by its Canadian banking division, with net income attributable to shareholders up by 12 per cent to $1.06 billion. Its international banking division saw an 11 per cent rise in net income to $605 million during the period, even amidst a string of natural disasters including hurricanes in the Caribbean and an earthquake in Mexico.Still, these profit bumps were offset by a 15 per cent drop in fourth-quarter net income in its global banking and markets division to $391 million.Scotiabank’s provision for credit losses, or money set aside for bad loans, was $536 million, down from $550 million in the same period a year earlier.“Overall, we had been anticipating a weak close to the capital markets year for the group and, at least so far, that is what we have gotten,” said CIBC analyst Robert Sedran in a note to clients. “Soft revenues held back the results this quarter.”Shares of Scotiabank were down as much as 2.45 per cent on Tuesday to $81.43 in early morning trading in Toronto.Even still, the bank reported a nearly 11 per cent increase in net income for the fiscal year to $8.24 billion up from $7.37 billion a year earlier. Scotiabank’s diluted earnings per share for the 2017 fiscal year rose eight per cent to $6.49, compared to $6 in 2016.Its key measure of financial health, the common equity tier 1 ratio (CET1), increased to 11.5 per cent, up from 11.3 per cent in its third quarter and 11.0 per cent in the fourth quarter last year.That strong ratio gives Scotiabank the “optionality” to deploy its capital in various ways, including acquisitions, Porter said.If the transaction to acquire all the shares of BBVA Chile is completed, Scotiabank’s CET1 would be reduced by approximately 135 basis points, it said. Scotiabank’s chief financial officer Sean McGuckin told analysts that he expects the CET1 ratio to stay above 10.5.If successful, Scotiabank expects to settle the transaction during its first quarter, which ends on Jan. 31, and close the deal in the summer of 2018, bank executives said.Scotiabank shares fell on news of the proprosed deal to $1.75, or 2.10 per cent, to $81.73 at the closing of markets.last_img read more

Arizona Mining shares up on takeover offer by Australian company South32

first_imgVANCOUVER – Shares of Arizona Mining Inc. soared in early trading after the company announced a deal to be acquired by Australian company South32 Ltd. that valued the company at about $2.1 billion.Under the deal, South32, which already holds a 17 per cent stake in the company, has agreed to pay $6.20 per share for the shares it does not already hold.Shares in Arizona Mining were up $2.00 or about 48 per cent at $6.13 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The deal requires approval by a two-thirds majority vote by shareholders including South32 and a simple majority of shareholders excluding South32.The company says directors and officers of Arizona Mining, who own a 34 per cent stake in the company, entered into voting support agreements.Arizona Mining owns the Hermosa base-metals project in southern Arizona.Companies in this story: (TSX:AZ)last_img read more