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September 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgMillions Rain at Fund Raising Dinner as Okowa Gets Accolades for Keshi StadiumHost City Asaba and Delta State Government of organising the CAA Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships got a boost over the weekend as millions of naira were raised at dinner organised to raise fund for the event at Grand Hotel Asaba.Hon. Bukola Olopade the consultant for the dinner told newsmen shortly before the end of the dinner that the response of Deltans and friends of Delta was very good,“I can’t give you the exact figure now, more donations and pledges are still coming but we highly impressed by peoples’ response”. Zenith Bank Plc led the donors at the event with the sum of N300 million while Bube Dan gave N20 million, Levant Construction N20 million, Gomene N11 million, Delta State House of Assembly N7 million, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development with N5 million, among others. Some corporate organisations and individuals made their donations anonymously.Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, his wife, Dame Okowa, Deputy Governor Kingsley Otuaro, Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, LOC Chairman Solomon Ogba, his deputy Tony Okowa,  Minister of Sports,Solomon Dalung, President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Ibrahim Gusau, among numerous others attended the fundraising “In less than three weeks from today, athletes from 47 African countries, as well as officials, will begin to converge in Asaba for this historic event. It is historic in the sense that though this is the second time Nigeria will be hosting this event, this is the first to be held outside Lagos,” Governor Okowa said at the occasion.He disclosed that he accepted for Delta State to host the Championships being organised by the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) because it provides a “glorious opportunity to further our agenda to regain Delta’s frontline status in sports by hosting this event.”“Apart from being a dominant force in the National Sports Festival in years gone by, Delta State has produced foremost international athletes such as Tony Urhobo, Maria Usifor, Violet Odogwu-Nwajei, Sunday Uti, Blessing Okagbare and many others. However, in recent times, it does seem like athletics is taking a backseat, hence, our young ones do not see much hope in pursuing a career in athletics. We believe that this event has the strong potentials to reawaken the interest and consciousness of the upcoming generation and motivate them to strive for greatness in athletics,” the governor said.He continued, “On our own, we have delivered on our promise; the Stephen Keshi Stadium is ready for the event. It was tough but, we got it done and the stadium is actually a beauty to behold.”Minister for Sports, in a speech, described Governor Okowa as a performer who saved Nigeria the shame of failing to host the tournament.“If this type of stadium is replicated in every part of Nigeria, no Nigerian will pass through the Sahara to look for greener pastures because they will be engaged. Asaba, in future, may host the world championship because of the quality of facilities at the stadium,” Barr. Dalung said, adding, “Governor Okowa is a performer, in 2019, people who have not performed should be booted out of office”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

September 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgCovering a quarterback competition isn’t really that fun. Sure, it’s always interesting, even tense. It can be especially thought-provoking depending on how different the respective playing styles and assets are of the leading candidates. It’s the most important position in football, and therefore the most important personnel decision a coach has to make.But at the end of the day, it still feels kind of weird.Sports are all about loyalty and pride. My team’s better than your team; our fans are truer than your fans; this is finally our year; we’re going to win the national championship. Sorry UCLA, we still run this town. Hey Stanford, have you guys won a title yet this millennium?When the competition becomes internal, though, it can leave fans conflicted. For the duration of summer camp, players’ challengers are wearing the same uniform and sleeping in the same dorms. Only one guy gets to be on the field at each position for the opening snap, and I don’t want to have to pick favorites.I guess I would say I was in Max Browne’s camp from the start, but not because of any technical expertise. He’s a redshirt junior, now in his fourth year with the program. He’s patiently waited for his turn, and I hoped he would get it. No disrespect to redshirt freshman Sam Darnold, but I’m just especially sympathetic for upperclassmen rites to passage now that I’m a senior myself.The announcement that Browne had won the job came with an exciting caveat, though. Darnold might still get his turn to run the offense sooner than we otherwise would have thought. This really could be the best case scenario for the Trojans, and not just because it satisfies my naïve, millennial everyone-gets-a-trophy sports hopes.The differences between Browne and Darnold aren’t quite night and day, but they certainly bring unique skill sets to the table. Browne came to USC as arguably the most highly-touted pocket passer in his recruiting class. He didn’t maintain that same level of attention or prestige while serving as Kessler’s backup. A more impressive performance during spring ball could have won him the starting job much earlier; instead, he had to split first-team reps all summer. But nonetheless, he fits the mold of a USC pro-style offense signal caller.Darnold on the other hand is a legitimate dual-threat QB. He’s both much more mobile and physically imposing than his elder counterpart—though listed as only five pounds heavier and one inch shorter than Browne. He brings much more upside to the table in terms of his versatility. He also came in as a very highly touted recruit, leaving some to wonder if it would be worth it over the long haul just to hand him the keys right away.This was first-year head coach Clay Helton’s first big decision since deciding to turn off music during practice. Helton had to be thinking about the long term but primarily base the decision on who could give the team the best chance to win this season. Ultimately, he decided to put his faith in Browne’s leadership and experience.It will be almost impossible to definitively say whether Helton makes the right decision based off of what we already know about the two, barring some sort of an inexplicable collapse by Browne under the pressure of the starting job leading to a demotion. We only have one anecdotal example in recent memory of USC quarterback competitions as the sample size for assessing the success of freshman USC quarterbacks.When Matt Barkley was given the starting QB job as a freshman, it felt like an aggressive, forward-looking decision. Sure enough, the team struggled a bit during his first years. But by his third year, as a junior, he had developed into a truly exceptional quarterback around the country, leading the team to a 10-2 season despite a limited roster via NCAA sanctions. But it didn’t add up to the almost unlimited hype built up during his senior year. He came in on top of the Heisman watch list, the Trojans came into that 2012 season as the No. 1 team in the nation in the AP Poll. But the Trojans didn’t even finish ranked that year, Barkley was injured in a demoralizing loss to UCLA and the Trojans suffered one of their most embarrassing losses ever to Georgia Tech during the El Paso Bowl.In hindsight, would Barkley have actually developed into a Heisman winner if the veteran Aaron Corp had been given the starting job back in 2009, and Barkley had a couple seasons to soak in the strategic aspects of the game from the sideline with a clipboard? Could the Trojans have been more competitive than 9-4 in 2009 if a veteran was under center? We will never know. All we can say is that it certainly wasn’t a surprising success, so the decision to give the job to Browne looks like a perfectly good move.But as Helton hinted, Darnold could get the call for some short yard situations, either on third downs or in the red zone. It really would be the best of both worlds. Darnold would get a little game experience going forward for when he likely takes over but doesn’t have the pressure or expectations that he would if thrown into the starting role, Browne gets to really lead the team and run the offense and the offense can add some real versatility during some of the most important junctions of games.It’s way too early to start making comparisons to the Chris Leak and Tim Tebow duo that won a national championship for Florida in 2006, but that’s what this naïve and nostalgic senior is hoping for this year.Luke Holthouse is a senior majoring in policy, planning and development and print and digital journalism. 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August 31, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThis Haitian recipe for tchaka soup includes dried corn, red beans and a host of other flavors reminiscent of seeds brought to the island from Africa during the slave trade. INGREDIENTS1-12 ounce bag of dried corn1-12 ounce bag of small red kidney or pinto beans1 1/2 pounds salt-cured pork feet or smoked turkey1 pound of calabaza or kabocha squash, chopped into large pieces1 chayote, peeled and cubed or sliced1 can of coconut milk3 cloves of garlic, thyme and other green seasonings1 packet of chicken bouillion1 Habanero or scotch bonnet pepperSalt and pepper to tasteINSTRUCTIONSBoil the beans and the corn in separate stock pots using unsalted water for 1 1/2 to two hours.In a separate saucepan, add water to the smoked meat until it comes to a full boil and then drain.Combine the beans and corn with their remaining cooking liquid into one pot and add the smoked meat.Add the coconut milk and when it all comes to a boil, add the garlic, chicken bouillion, thyme, other green seasonings and the pepper.Let simmer until the desired thickness is achieved. Serve hot as a main dish.Enjoy!last_img read more

August 12, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Leading coaches Steve Robinson and Phil Kenyon have been recognised with awards at the England Golf coaching conference.Robinson, who led the England women’s team to back-to-back European championship wins, was named Coach of the Year 2017 for the second year in a row.Top putting coach Phil Kenyon received the Award for Excellence in Coaching, in recognition for years of service to the England men and boys’ squads. Kenyon is now concentrating on his professional portfolio, which includes Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick.Robinson (pictured © Leaderboard Photography) has also been nominated as High Performance Coach of the Year award at the forthcoming 2017 UK Coaching Awards. He is based at Sandburn Hall, Yorkshire.In addition to masterminding the England women’s successful defence of their European title, Robinson coached the Yorkshire boys’ and women’s teams to victory in their respective English County Championships. Between them the two teams have now won 13 English County Championships while being coached by the Yorkshireman.England Golf Performance Director Nigel Edwards said: “The successful defence of the European Ladies Team Championship in 2017 was the culmination of hard work and desire to be successful having suffered defeat in the 2009 final and then reaching the semi-finals in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.”He added: “Steve has really developed as a coach over the last six years, he embraces technology, he accepts change but doesn’t make change just to be different. I really believe that the major difference is the understanding of people and who and what can contribute to success.”Robinson said afterwards: “I’m very humbled by it all. Everyone likes to be valued for what they do and I am fortunate to work in an organisation with some first class people who have given me great support and with players who have given their all. I couldn’t do it without the belief of the players.”He also paid tribute to his fellow coaches in the women’s game, adding: “Their contribution is so valuable as well. At the end of the day it’s Team England.”Phil Kenyon, who is based at Formby Hall in Lancashire, (pictured left), was unable to attend the Awards dinner but guests were told of his contribution by Nigel Edwards.“Phil has a true passion for coaching and has made a significant impact towards the success of our top amateurs and some of the best players in the world,” he said.“His mission is to help each and every player become as good as they can be, by creating opportunities for learning and ensuring they become more competitive as a result of the coaching influences. As you know, putting is one of our core priorities and although we are saying goodbye to him as part of the England Golf programme, his legacy will continue to help our players develop and perform.”Kenyon sent a video message to guests, describing the award as the “icing on the cake.”He remarked: “It’s a great honour to receive this award and it’s above any expectation I had when setting out with England Golf. The experiences I have had and the work I’ve enjoyed over recent years has really been reward enough.”He added: “I’ve worked with some really class young people and it makes the job so rewarding to see them go on and achieve their goals in life.”Robinson and Kenyon’s awards were announced together with recognition for Wendy Lodder, the Volunteer Manager of the Year from the East Region U18 Squad.  Click here to read about Wendy. 22 Nov 2017 England Golf honours leading coaches Robinson and Kenyon Tags: Award, Coaching, Phil Kenyon, Steve Robinsonlast_img read more