Letters to the Editor for Saturday, July 27

first_imgBullies reflect their own shortcomingsHave you ever visited an elementary school playground during recess?  It’s a great place for kids to burn off excess energy, enjoy the great outdoors and use catcalls to bully others to whom they have taken a dislike. You might hear such witticisms as, “I’m offended.” “I find that offensive.” “Bigot.” “Black lives matter.” “You’re politically incorrect.” “Me, too.” “You’re not diverse enough.” Ah, but the most often used accusation lately is, “You’re a racist.” All this makes me think of Pee Wee Herman’s famous quip, “I know you are, but what am I?” It has taken me some time to understand what that bicycle-riding, grade-school look-a-like meant. But I am beginning to get it. What I think Pee Wee was saying is, “If you’re going to use verbal put-downs, you just might be espousing the very same personal shortcomings. It kind of makes me think of certain members of Congress.Allen R. RemaleySaratoga SpringsTrump isn’t a racist; he’s just frustrated The four congresswomen calling President Trump a racist are just wrong. President Trump is tired of all roadblocks the Democrats are trying to throw at him because they don’t have any answer for his many successes. Those four women were elected to Congress to do the people’s business. The people elected him president and the Democrats need to get over it.Lowell MontgomeryMayfield Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump needs to be voted out of officeWith all the exaggerated facial expressions of a silent film star, Donald J. Trump takes the stage.His claims are outrageous and blatantly untrue; his base couldn’t care less. They know he’s no negotiator; he’s a bottom feeder. He’s the defender of their faith in a nation the world is leaving behind. For decades, we have produced little other than dissension. Since the rest of world has grown tired of that export, he has decided to sell it at home.If the role of the president is to represent his consistency, that would be all Americans. Trump has failed. It’s his job to join Americans together, not divide them, not to profit off his office or involve his family in some quasi-official role to represent this nation. Trump took an oath to uphold the Constitution and has only worked to contravene it. Our hope to remove him from office is not through impeachment, but to register and vote against him and his supporters. Republicans have been silent through all of this administration’s embarrassments, lies, self-dealing and criminal acts. For their silent endorsement of his behavior they need to be removed too.Nikolas KaiserSchenectadyNursing home costs, tax hurting disabledIn 2009, my wife received a diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer’s. The next 10 years, I took care of her. Now that she can no longer walk, I had to place her in a nursing home. Now comes the rude awakening. The cost is between $340 and $460 per day, plus medicine. As if this was not enough, the state in 2002 placed a luxury tax of 6.8 percent on the disabled. This adds another $693.60 to $938.40 per month, for a total of $10,893.60 to $14,738.40 per month.My question is: Can we get President Trump to issue an executive order giving the legislators and governor who passed this two options? First: Take the tax off the nursing homes and divide loss revenue between those who passed it. Second: Those who refuse should be chained together, shipped to Newfoundland Grand Banks and shoved overboard. We know the morons can vote together. Let’s see if they can swim together.Anyone who thinks politicians care about them better get their head out of the sand. In my opinion, all they care about is how to line their pockets and get good benefits without getting their hands dirty.Joseph GibsonBallston LakeNo grad coverage  for Scotia-Glenville?As a long-time subscriber to The Daily Gazette, a Scotia resident, and the parent of a graduating senior from Scotia-Glenville High School, I was disappointed with the lack of coverage of Scotia-Glenville High School’s commencement ceremony, which was held on June 29 at Proctors Theater. There was no article about it and only one picture of about a dozen students’ backs as they were lined up to enter the theater. I hoped to find photos in the online gallery, but there weren’t any. I found 50 of Duanesburg, 42 of Niskayuna, 70 of Niskayuna, 90 of Saratoga Springs, 32 of Mekeel, many more from six other local high schools, but zero of Scotia-Glenville. Shame on you, Gazette.Suzanne KingScotia With the law that increases the age for smoking from 18 to 21, I have to voice my logical opinion. We the people of New York changed the drinking age from 18 to 21. We the people of New York just changed the smoking age from 18 to 21. Why? Because these people do not have the knowledge to know what is right and what is wrong? To curb underage drinking and smoking? Well in that case, then these individuals don’t have the ability to enter the armed services until 21. If you can fight and die for your country, then you should be able to smoke a cigarette or cigar and drink a beer or alcoholic beverage.I’m a reformed smoker and drinker and I still believe this. Here’s the best part of this. If these “children” can’t drink or smoke until the age of 21, then they shouldn’t be able to have a say in our government until then, either. So I put it up to you New Yorkers: With the left wanting to lower the age of voting to 16, are they nuts? No, this is a calculated move to try and get more votes to maintain power. I say let’s figure out what the age of an adult is and move all adult things to that age, whether it’s 18 to 26, I don’t care. Let’s just be consistent.Bill WhippleCharlton Expand hours that truckers can driveRegarding your editorial about truck driver working hours, I’d like to know how many years of truck driving you have? I have more than 43 years, accident-free. Truckers like me have families and want to work and get home safely just like everyone else. Our first-hand experience means we are the most knowledgeable highway safety advocates. You mention the numbers of crashes involving trucks, but you left out something important. According to government data, about 75 percent truck-related crashes are not the fault of the truck driver at all. You seem to have a problem with letting me take a three-hour break. What is wrong with stopping and taking a nap or avoiding heavy traffic or bad weather? Other motorists have that option. Why can’t I, as long as I don’t go over my total allowable hours?It’s not about extending a driver’s time on the road or making them drive more miles. It’s about letting them drive smarter. It lets us avoid operating in situations we know are not ideal. We are at a time when there are more regulations than ever, more enforcement and compliance than ever, and yet truck crashes are going up. In my opinion, we need driver training standards for all motorists, and we need to address the incredibly high turnover rates in trucking which keep putting the least experienced drivers on the road. That would truly make highways safer for everyone.Terry L. ButtonRushvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Time for us all to call on our better selvesIn our nation today, I see the historical repetition of two dangerous trends. First is the cult of the personality. Throughout history, strong political leaders used the force of personality to crush dissent, disagreement with the leader becomes unpatriotic. Elimination of a free press is essential to this process.The second trend is the idea that the people should go back to “the good old days,” a time when people were secure and happy as long as everyone knew his place.In the 1950s and ‘60s, I learned from my elders about retards, queers, Jews and the colored, different from “us,” someone to fear. Females were to be subservient to males, and the poor were destined to be exploited by the rich. The emphasis was on conformity and authority was not to be questioned.This idea of “knowing one’s place” began to change, not in a neat orderly fashion, but in a noisy mess of gains and setbacks.Today, the carefully worded thoughts of Jefferson and Lincoln have been replaced by the tweet. Unfiltered and simplistic expressions of the leader excite the followers; what the leader says then becomes their truth.Too few of our elected representatives dare to speak out against the cult of the personality, even if that personality is divisive. Lincoln appealed to the “better angels of our nature.” If inflammatory rhetoric replaces reason and civility, then compromise becomes impossible. If we do have better angels, now is the time to call on them. Kermit Ackley Sr.ScotiaSocialist Democrats are the real threatIt’s time to stand for America and what the founding Fathers started.  I and millions of others are sick and tired of the labeling put out by liberals, both political and in the press. Trump is right about the hate groups constantly tearing down nation and leaders of the past, mainly those who stood for law and order, the Constitution, calling out the enemy and not playing up to adversaries with payoffs.Socialist Democrats have taken over the party, thanks to freeloaders looking for some else to pay the bill. It ain’t gonna work, never did.  Joe Biden, told people of color in 2016 and again in 2019 that Republicans “will put you in chains if they win. Well, they won in ‘16, and I don’t see “chains.” I did see Biden and other Socialist Democrats making millions from China, Russia, etc. All the labeling has to stop, from newspapers, TV, bloggers, etc. For those who agree with the liberal view, you really have some soul searching to do.Where has it gotten the nation in education, wages, military strength? If it was up to liberals, we would not have a military at all. So please, just take a strong look at Socialist Democrats. If you still like them and chaos, like the presidential race, we are in big doo-doo.Al Marvell ScotiaThe president should respect others’ views Most parents want to show their children examples of tolerance and civil discourse. The most influential people in our midst, such as the president of the United States, can model for us this tolerance. This is the reason I was so disheartened when our president criticized U.S. Republican Rep. Justin Amash. Rather than repeat the president’s tweet of July 4, let me share what I would have preferred he say: “One of the great things about our country is that everyone is entitled to their opinions. Mr. Amash’s courage to stand up against me and the Republican Party required some soul searching in order to take the stand that he did. He relied on his conscience,, which is laudable, in spite of the fact that I used my conscience and came to a different conclusion.”The sad reality is that this president does not only criticize a person’s point of view, but insults the total person. For our next election, I pray that enough voting citizens will embrace a candidate who respects different points of view as long as they communicate no harm to our country and that they support justice irrespective of race, religion or national origin — cherished American principles.Our president could bring our country together by accepting the reality of peoples’ different beliefs. However, that would require that he be supportive of differences between him and others. So far, he has clearly expressed an unwillingness to do. Bill ShapiroSchenectady Follow the money on immigration reform In response to William Malec’s July 4 letter, “Base immigration on merit, the law,” he neglects to mention the real reason there has not been immigration reform. Legal and illegal immigration is all about the money.I have worked to assist immigrants for over 30 years, and this is what I have discovered. There’s a lot of money to be made keeping the system, sadly, as it is.Here are a few examples.Undocumented immigrants must borrow money to get across. Landlords make money on each immigrant they can cram into their illegally subdivided homes or trailers. Farmers are dependent on their labor to bring in the crops because few Americans will do field work at the wages paid.Immigrants, both legal and undocumented, can legally pay taxes, and often do. When they shop, they pay county and sales taxes. Since those without papers cannot get driver’s licenses in most states, when they are stopped while trying to get work, they pay fines up to $1,200, all to county coffers.Immigration rakes in hundreds of million dollars in application fees. ICE is one huge employment agency. Our taxes go to pay private prisons to house the undocumented in poor conditions. And our president has benefited from the use of illegal labor in his past construction business. On and on it goes.Philip KellermanEast GreenbushIs America really equally polarized?The political cartoon in the July 7 Gazette echoes the myth that this country is uniformly polarized.Liberals are capable of understanding and appreciating context of time, culture and circumstance. If the country is so uniform, is it then a given that killing can be likewise reduced to: allowable vs. unallowable?Arden RauchSchenectady Set a consistent age for legal adulthood Don’t let images detract from realityIn response to your cartoon of a very frazzled Uncle Sam with the caption “I WANT YOU to …,” I am reminded of how tradition makes any atrocity palatable. The cartoon’s intent was to encourage readers to chill out this past 4th of July. I get that. But the imagery – the devil is in the details. “To grab a hot dog…” Eat hotdogs? Thanks, but I’ll pass on colorectal cancer.  “Sense of pride”? Not when fellow citizens are fine with kids in cages. “A good spot to watch the fireworks from”? Works of fire are childish war reenactment games. War is to be avoided, not celebrated. I’d prefer to give the young children, pets and PTSD sufferers a break. And as for the call to put my “politics in time-out for the day,” it’s difficult among the many brightly colored hate hats sitting atop empty, racist heads chanting “Send her back!” Poisonous food. Works of war fire. Social cretins and racists everywhere enamored by a charlatan grifter. In other words, what the cartoon is really saying is let’s ignore the realities and just pretend that the “American way” is OK. Great again? More like sad and embarrassing.David SchachneAlbanylast_img read more

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Former Nigeria coach wants Arsenal to continue with winning form

first_imgFormer Super Eagles head coach, Sunday Oliseh, has urged Arsenal to continue with the terrific form that saw them subdued Fulham 3-0 in their premier League opening duel. A scrambled first-half finish from Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette handed the Gunners the lead before second-half efforts from debuting Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhães and Gabonese striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang sealed all the three points at stake for Mikel Arteta’s side. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueThe Best Cars Of All TimeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthHere Are The 10 Most Famous Female Racers Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World Writing on his official Twitter account, the former Juventus midfielder said: “Arsenal put up a highly organised, modern, mature & credibly well-rounded performance vs. Fulham. read also:Arsenal goalscorer Lacazette hails ‘perfect’ win at Fulham “I believe, should they continue this way versus other opponents, Arsenal fans have the right to be extremely optimistic this season. Impressive!” Arsenal finished outside of the top-six last season, missing out on Champions League football this term. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Arguably the outstanding star of the day was former Chelsea winger Willian, who provided two assists, had a hand in the game’s opener, and had his first-half freekick come off the post. Arteta appears to be forging the FA Cup and Community Shield winners into a decent team, and Oliseh had nothing but praise for the way the side performed against the Lily Whites. Loading… last_img read more

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Swans seek cover after Michu blow

first_imgMichael Laudrup admits he will need to dip into the January transfer market after confirming Michu is set to undergo ankle surgery, but admits securing a deal to bring in Iago Aspas on loan will be difficult. Michu, who has scored 28 goals for the Swans since joining from Rayo Vallecano in the summer of 2012, has been hindered by ankle and knee issues throughout the current campaign. The Spain international’s frustrations have been clear to see and manager Laudrup revealed the player will need to undergo a procedure on a long-standing problem with his right ankle which is expected to keep him out for six weeks. ”It’s not good news,” said the Dane. ”Unfortunately it has been confirmed that he will need an operation. ”It can be done in the next week and he should be back playing in around a month and a half.” The loss of Michu further dents Swansea’s attacking resources with winger Nathan Dyer likely to be sidelined until February after suffering an ankle ligament injury in the recent draw at Norwich. Laudrup admits the combination of the two injuries means he will look to bring in a forward during the January transfer window, probably on loan. Among the players Laudrup has been linked with a move for is Liverpool striker Aspas, who he actively pursued last summer. But Laudrup believes it may prove a difficult deal to pull off. “He is an interesting player, he was on our list in the summer,” he said. “But he is at Liverpool and they have injuries too. “Daniel Sturridge is out at the moment, so apart from Luis Suarez they don’t have many forwards right now so I don’t think that will happen right now. “But we have 31 days to do things and there will be a big race as a lot of clubs need players, maybe in the same positions we are looking. “So we will try to do our best and try not to talk about certain players because sometimes when we do that they end up going elsewhere.” One piece of good news for the Welsh club ahead of their Boxing Day trip to Chelsea, is that left-back Ben Davies has signed a one-year contract extension to commit himself to the Liberty Stadium outfit until 2017. The 20-year-old has excelled since being thrust into the first-team when Neil Taylor broke his ankle in September 2012, and was an integral part of the squad which won the Capital One Cup and finished ninth in the Premier League. And Laudrup was full of praise for how the Wales international has taken his chance. “It is a positive story for Ben, for Swansea and Wales,” said Laudrup. “It is always good to see local players come through. “He came in when Neil Taylor got a serious injury. He got a chance and the rest is history. “He is doing well, his attitude towards the game is great and he is still young. “He has already done a lot but every day in training he wants to improve. He doesn’t think he has arrived and that is the right attitude. “I am sure one day – although it may not be good news for Swansea – we will see Ben at one of the top five or six clubs in the Premier League.” Swansea enjoyed a memorable 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge back in January in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final. Many would see a repeat as unlikely, but Laudrup believes a positive attitude is key. “When you go to Stamford Bridge it is always tough,” he said. “They won the Champions League and last year won the Europa League so they are a great team. “I watched the game against Arsenal and looked at their bench and saw David Luiz, Samuel Eto’o and Juan Mata there. “A lot of these players could play against us, they could just put in the seven from the bench and they are all great players. “We have to have the confidence we can get something, we have done it before, but you need a lot of things to go right for you to get something at Stamford Bridge.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Liverpool deserve guard of honour, says Man City manager Pep Guardiola

first_imgManchester: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that his players will be giving the customary guard of honour to recently-crowned Premier League champions Liverpool when the two teams clash at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday. Liverpool became champions of England after City lost to Chelsea 1-2 away from home recently and it became mathematically impossible for them catch up with ‘The Reds’ on the points table, despite seven matches to go. Guardiola stated that Liverpool deserve the guard of honour, which is given to league winners who win the title before the last match of the season. The opposition players stand in line and applaud the champions as they walk out on the pitch before kickoff. “We are going to do the guard of honour of course,” Guardiola was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. “We will greet Liverpool, when they come to our house, in an incredible way. We are going to do it because they deserve it.” IANS Also Watch: Get Set Global: Assamese in UK coping with the Pandemiclast_img read more

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Lagos State Govt Commends Residents Conduct at W’Cup Viewing Centers

first_img“I want to thank Lagosians for making Governor Akinwunmi Ambode proud by their exemplary conduct at the various Viewing Centers. For 30 days, there were no cases of violence, hooliganism or unruly behavior”, Tandoh said.He assured Lagosians that the State Government under Ambode would continue to position Lagos State as the leading sports hub in Africa while creating the synergy between sports, tourism, entertainment, job creation and business.Tandoh said he was overwhelmed with the success of the event adding that the huge success recorded could not have been possible without the support of all and sundry.He also expressed gratitude to International Breweries Ltd for partnering the State’s Sports Commission for the laudable project.The State Government, at the commencement of the World Cup on June 14, set up eight Viewing Centres with giant screens at Campos Mini Stadium Lagos Island; Teslim Balogun Stadium Surulere; Abesan Estate in Alimosho; Naval Yard Ajegunle; Bishop Aggrey School Mushin, Ikorodu Town Hall; Badagry Viewing Centre and Epe Recreation Centre in Epe.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Lagos State Government has commended residents for their good conduct at the eight World Cup Viewing Centers throughout the period of the just concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup.Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Adedayo Tandoh, in a statement yesterday, said throughout the one month period the centers were up and running, residents conducted themselves orderly and enjoyed the 64 games.Tandoh also thanked Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for his great wisdom and insight in approving the setting up of eight World Cup Viewing Centers across the State for Lagosians.last_img read more

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Exhibit reflects empathy

first_imgOn Tuesday, USC World Vision ACT:S hosted an art exhibit and mattress vigil in the Ronald Tutor Center Grand Ballroom as part of Empathy Week, a weeklong campaign to raise awareness and advocacy against human trafficking.Expression · Students browse through the displayed art at USC World Vision ACT:S’ art exhibit. The event is a part of Empathy Week. – Min Haeng Cho | Daily TrojanThe event was sponsored by the Undergraduate Student Government, and USC student organizations involved in the event included the USC Korean Campus Ministries, the United Nations Children’s Fund at USC, Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation, Student Coalition for Asian Pacific Empowerment and USC’s United House of Prayer.Volunteers from the organizations provided guided tours with a multimedia experience featuring film, photography and artifacts that served to connect students to the stories of real victims of child sex trafficking.Volunteer Brandon Little said that the exhibit was launched in order to allow students to feel empathy for those involved in human trafficking.“What we really want to strive for is that next level, which is empathy when you actually feel for someone, enter into their situation, and help find a solution,” Little said.During a presentation during the exhibit, volunteers Natalie Zamudio and Jasmine Kellison shared the tragic stories of young girls in Southeast Asia, Russia, Mexico and the United States. One table displayed the syphilis medication of a 13-year-old Mexican girl named Rita. Her vulnerability was exploited by pimps, who hooked Rita on drugs and forced her to turn to prostitution to satisfy her addiction. With the help of iEmpathize — an organization working to end child exploitation — and its supporters, however, she now lives in a recovery facility.“By sharing these stories, we hope people will move from apathy to empathizing,” Kellison said. “We want them to step into these people’s shoes and realize that they don’t have to just sit back and let this happen.”The exhibit also included a mattress vigil where participants could sit on a bed symbolizing places where children are exploited, and students were able to become advocates for the victims by taking their place on the bed. This exercise was free, but a $5 donation was suggested. one hundred percent of the proceeds went to the iEmpathize efforts in the United States and Mexico.Guido Hajenius, branch coordinator for the NGO iEmpathize Los Angeles, was enthusiastic about engaging the USC community and advocating for awareness.“The Empathy Exhibit is about empowering and giving students the tools to do more than just know about an issue,” Hajenius said. “We want them to share these stories and establish personal connections.”last_img read more

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D’Tigress Crush DR Congo to Reach AfroBasket Semi final

first_imgDR Congo, a very athletic and physical team, put the agility of the 19th placed team to the test but D’Tigress proved capable of soaking all they had in their armory.D’Tigress started the first quarter on a slow note with DR Congo getting the first basket of the quarter, commanding the tempo of the game.Nigeria’s senior women’s team Coach Otis Hughley however was unfazed as he conjured up tricks that got D’Tigress together, stepped up the game and took commanding lead of the first two quarters.The first quarter was however the biggest scoring run of 14 points (22) – (06), the first and second quarter ended (22) – (09) and (38) – (23), respectively.Half way through the quarter final game, D’Tigress came out smoking with top performance from Ezinne Kalu leading the pack. She commanded the floor, ending up with 18% efficiency, 17points, 5 Steals and 2 Assists.Her teammates Victoria Macaulay and Adaora Elonu also puts up 14 points and 11 points respectively to ensure Nigeria was cruising to the last two stage of the tournament.Thirty-three points difference between Nigeria and DR Congo tell the story of the determination of D’Tigress to secure a semi final.With third and fourth quarter ending (61) – (32) and (79) – (46) respectively, no one needed to be told that Nigeria has a mission in Dakar.D’Tigress whipped Tunisia 75-26 in the group’s opening match and also in the second match, the 2017 AfroBasket defending champions walloped Cameroon 106-39 to book the quarter final place in the continental basketball competition against DR Congo.D’Tigress are to face either Mali or Ivory Coast in one of the semi finals.Meanwhile, Captain of Nigeria’s senior men’s team, Ike Diogu, has revealed that the current players in the team are pumped up to give a good account of themselves at the 2019 FIBA Men’s World Cup in China.With all 15 players in camp set to make their World Cup debut if selected as part of the final 12-man rooster, Diogu said the chance to be in China means everything to the members of the squad.“It means a lot because none of us has played in the World Cup before. The one time we had a chance of qualifying was in 2013 and we lost in the quarter finals of the men’s Afrobasket. This is the first time for us all and we want to make sure we do something special.”He thumbed up the high quality of training programme for the team which he said has really improved the team’s overall performance as evident in the four friendlies played so far.“We have got a lot of good young players and we are all excited to represent Nigeria in the right way. We are preparing very well and we expect to have a successful outing at the World Cup.”Diogu said that the series of friendlies and the training camps in New York, Canada and Lagos have given the team ample time to blend and get familiar with each other“We just have to make sure we play as a team. Individually we know how good we are. We have a good collection of NBA talents and high level Europe-based talents. We just have to play collectively as a group and I guess we should be fine against everybody else.”Nigeria made her debut at the 1998 World Cup in Athens, Greece while the last appearance was in 2006 where the team got eliminated in the Round of 16.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Diogu says the men’s team fired up to make impact at the World CupDuro IkhazuagbeDefending champions D’Tigress of Nigeria continued their good run at the ongoing FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Tournament in Dakar, Senegal yesterday morning, defeating Democratic Republic of Congo 79-46 to book a semi final spot.The Nigerian ladies consolidated on their two Group B victories over Tunisia and Cameroon with the defeat of the Congolese yesterday.last_img read more

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FIFA International friendly: Eagles, Cranes do battle in Uyo

first_imgThe stately Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo will come alive today, when the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Cranes of Uganda lock horns in a prestigious international friendly match. The last time the venue witnessed elemental explosion of football proportions was when the Super Eagles hosted the Bafana Bafana in a 30th Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Wednesday, 19th November, 2014. The match ended 2-2.The Bafana Bafana will be on the Super Eagles’ mind when they take on Uganda, as they also have a date with the South Africans in Nelspruit four days later.Coincidentally, the first and last clashes between Nigeria and Uganda at senior level ended in 2-1 wins for the Cranes.On March 14, 1978, Nigeria lost an Africa Cup of Nations semi final to Uganda 1-2 in Ghana, with both goals scored by Phillip Omondi. The last time both teams squared off was on June 2, 2007, the Cranes coming from behind to win 2-1 after John Utaka had put Nigeria ahead in a 2008 Nations Cup qualifier in Kampala.In-between, Uganda won a friendly match 1-0 in Kampala on September 26, 1981; the Eagles won a Cup of Nations qualifier 2-0 in Lagos on August 28, 1992 and both teams drew 0-0 in Kampala on July 17, 1993. The two teams’ clash in Abeokuta on March 24, 2007 sticks in the memory: it took a last-gasp Nwankwo Kanu header for Nigeria to earn a 1-0 win.last_img read more

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Steel Sensations…Game Day Preview: Pittsburgh at Cincinnati

first_imgFIELD GOALS1-1920-2930-3940-4950+ TOUCHDOWNSLONG E. Sanders7578.1200 Redman273.570 OPPONENTS1112511.4250 OPPONENTS520841.641.44550 An. Brown57114.2220 SCORINGTOTRUSRECRETXP/XPAFG/FGAFGSAFPTS PUNTINGNO.YARDSAVGAVG20LONGBLK OPPONENTS5.0 RECEIVINGNO.YARDSAVGLONGTD Cotchery4348.5111 KICKOFF RETURNSNO.YARDSAVGLONGTD OPPONENTS421122.7111 OPPONENTS1100113344016 Roethlisberger332163.61915.7913.013.02276.7 Stephens-Howling6193.250 Suisham00001100001 OPPONENTS100.000 TEAM0/00/00/00/00/0 OFF.DEF. TEAM211919.1221 By THe Associated PressStatistics after 1 game OPPONENTS0736016 COMPAVGTDINT Wheaton23718.5250 OPPONENTS111 An. Brown11616.0160 An. Brown1311.010 SCORE BY QUARTERS1234OTTOT OPPONENTS515811.6270 TEAM210center_img TEAM1.0 Redman210 Woodley1.0 PUNT RETURNSNO.FCYARDSAVGLONGTD TEAM15322.180 TEAM1311.010 GROSSNETIN An. Brown144.040 Redman891.180 Stephens-Howling2115.570 OPPONENTS201155.01256.2500.000.02574.0 TEAM47819.5250 TEAM730944.135.91510 TEAM000.000 FUMBLES/RECOVERIESFUMREC.REC. TEAM332163.61915.7913.013.02276.7 The Steelers first prime time game of the season takes them to Cincinnati to take on an old division foe, the Cincinnati Bengals.Both teams come into the matchup at 0-1 and already in desperate need of a win in order to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start.  The Bengals lost to the Bears last week but looked like a decent football team in doing so.On the other hand, the Steelers lost at home to the Titans and looked like a Pee Wee team, unable to accomplish anything on the offensive side of the ball. In order for the black and gold to come out of Cincinnati with a win on Monday Night, they’ll need to play a lot better than what they showed us to open the season.Here are the Steelers Keys to Victory:1. The team must figure out a way to run the ball.  They put up a total of 32 rushing yards in week 1 and that’s never going to be enough to win. Isaac Redman needs to find the holes sooner and the offensive line needs to open up those holes more often.2. It goes without saying but the team has to protect Big Ben. He was knocked around all game long against the Titans and if they want to have any chance against a ferocious Bengal defense (see an angry James Harrison) then they must keep Ben upright.3. The defense must find a way to stop AJ Green. He’s an elite receiver and Ike Taylor should be matched up against him all game long. That said, Taylor may not be enough. It could take double coverage to stop Green who’s been tearing up the league since he arrived in 2011.4. The black and gold need to avoid penalties. In recent years the team has been penalized at an alarming rate and during crucial points in the game. They have to keep their composure against the hated Bengals and stay disciplined. The Bengals are talented enough these days (I can’t believe I just wrote that but it’s reality) and they don’t need any additional help.A Few Things To Watch This Week:1. James Harrison-Everyone is saying the right thing. Harrison and the Steelers say there are no hard feelings but that’s not the truth. Harrison is angry and he wants to take it out on the black and gold with a vengeance.  He’s going to be gunning for Big Ben and he’s going to be revved up for this one.  It could be a very dangerous combination.  2. Fernando Velasco-The team just signed him off the street and he should be starting at center for the Steelers on Monday Night. He wasn’t a bad pickup at all, he was rated as the 11th best center in the NFL in 2012 so Pittsburgh is fortunate to have landed him after Pouncey was lost for the season but will he be able to start and play effectively after only a few days of practice?3. The running game-They should be embarrassed after their efforts last week, putting up a feeble 32 yards. They have something to prove and they need to get it rolling immediately. It will be interesting to see what kind of a role the newly re-signed Jonathan Dwyer plays for this team. He appears to be the most talented back on the active roster and should probably have never been released in the first place.4. Kion Wilson-Who? Kion Wilson. He’s the new starting inside linebacker of the Pittsburgh Steelers now that Larry Foote is done for the year. Wilson was out of football last season and is now not only starting for the black and gold but he’s expected to communicate the defensive play calls to the rest of the group.  Is Wilson able to do what’s needed? SACKSNO. RUSHINGATTYARDSAVGLONGTD Stephens-Howling12525.0250 INTERCEPTIONSNO.YARDSAVGLONGTD Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, right, talks with Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman (33) on the sidelines during the first quarter an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. The Titans won 16-9. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) OPPONENTS1-1-1.0-10 Cotchery10100000006 PASSINGATTCOMPCTYARDSGAINTDPCTINTPCTLONGRATE Dav. Johnson11111.0110 TEAM10101100019 TEAM200709 Mesko730944.135.91510 OPPONENTS0/02/20/01/10/0last_img read more

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