Global coronavirus cases surpass 3.5 million, although rate slowing

first_imgGlobal coronavirus cases surpassed 3.5 million on Monday, with deaths nearing a quarter of a million, although the rate of fatalities and new cases has slowed from peaks reached last month, a Reuters tally shows.North America and European countries accounted for most of the new cases reported in recent days, but numbers were rising from smaller bases in Latin America, Africa and Russia.Globally, there were 84,004 new cases over the past 24 hours, according to the Reuters tally that is based on official government data, taking total cases to just over 3.5 million. That compares with around 3 million to 5 million cases of severe illness caused annually by seasonal influenza, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).Still, while experts say actual coronavirus cases are likely higher than current reports, the trajectory falls far short of the Spanish flu, which began in 1918 and infected an estimated 500 million people.Deaths related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus, stood at 245,992. The first death was reported on Jan. 10 in Wuhan, China, after the virus emerged there in December.The daily rate of new cases worldwide has been sitting in a 2 percent-3 percent range over the past week, versus a peak of around 13 percent in mid-March, prompting many countries to begin easing lockdown measures that have upended businesses and crippled the global economy.The loosening of restrictions has proved controversial, as experts debate the best strategy to ensure there is no large “second wave” outbreak.Health officials have also expressed concern about the rising case numbers in countries where there is a shortage of testing and a lack of medical facilities.Topics :last_img read more

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She-shed tops man-shed to take out prestigious Queensland award

first_imgQLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Winner for Small Project Architecture Studio for Indigo Jungle by Marc & Co. Picture: SuppliedThe jury clearly agreed, with its citation on the project praising the way the Studio for Indigo Jungle “cleverly expresses its structural form of tapered space enveloped by folded walls”.“A sequence of arrival invites you along a path to reach a cutting in the landscape leading to the studio’s elevated platform floor of shimmering mosaic tiles as an allegory of water,” the jury citation said.“Its relationship to nature and experiential qualities delivers a highly imaginative, memorable and innovative conspectus with amplified sensory connections to the ground, garden and sky.”QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Commendation for Small Project Architecture: Manshed by Paul Uhlmann Architects. Picture: Supplied QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Winner for Small Project Architecture Studio for Indigo Jungle by Marc & Co. Picture: SuppliedThe firm took to the project by imagining it “as a small pavilion in a subtropical garden” rather than office space.“Instead of using a defined brief, the design seeks non-standard archetypal experiences, such as an angled super skinny entry door, a building with no roof, windows with views when lying on the floor, walls and structure that are not straight. The studio offers unique, memorable experiences and is rich in spirit. The experience is a retreat from urban life and a simple relationship to nature.”QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Winner for Small Project Architecture Studio for Indigo Jungle by Marc & Co. Picture: SuppliedMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoQLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Winner for Small Project Architecture Studio for Indigo Jungle by Marc & Co. Picture: Supplied QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Commendation for Small Project Architecture: Manshed by Paul Uhlmann Architects. Picture: Supplied QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Commendation for Small Project Architecture: Manshed by Paul Uhlmann Architects. Picture: Supplied QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Commendation for Small Project Architecture: Manshed by Paul Uhlmann Architects. Picture: Suppliedcenter_img QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Commendation for Small Project Architecture: Manshed by Paul Uhlmann Architects. Picture: SuppliedIt was given a good run for its money in the small project architecture category with one challenger being Brisbane riverfront property Manshed by Paul Uhlmann Architects.“The freestanding ‘Manshed’ was designed to complement a residential compound on the banks of the Brisbane River”, and evokes “primal qualities of external gathering places the client experienced on a recent trip overseas”.“The fireplace and rich material palette were central to this brief. The enclosing Bluestone walls retain the warmth of the fireplace, while glass either slides away or folds up to allow absolute connection with the river and landscape.“The lower level embodies the idea of prospect and refuge. A bunker-like gym is playfully connected to the river through a pair of monolithic viewing portals concealed in the landscape.”It received a commendation at the awards.QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Commendation for Small Project Architecture: Manshed by Paul Uhlmann Architects. Picture: Supplied QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Winner for Small Project Architecture Studio for Indigo Jungle by Marc & Co. Picture: Supplied QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Winner for Small Project Architecture Studio for Indigo Jungle by Marc & Co. Picture: SuppliedA SHE-SHED style studio at the bottom of the garden has beaten all comers– including what may well be the best man shed ever – to take out Queensland’s top small projects award.The stunning Studio for Indigo Jungle in trendy Brisbane suburb Ashgrove, designed by Marc & Co as an office at the bottom of the garden for creatives, took out the Hayes & Scott Award for Small Project Architecture at the State Architecture Awards.QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Winner for Small Project Architecture Studio for Indigo Jungle by Marc & Co. Picture: Suppliedlast_img read more

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Q3 2017 Bottom of Current Tanker Market Cycle

first_imgThe third quarter of 2017 has seen tanker fleet utilization drop to levels last seen in 2013, according to the latest report from Clarksons Platou Securities.The fundamentally soft conditions in the market were further aggravated by seasonal weakness and reductions in Saudi Arabia’s crude exports in August.The export cuts have pushed down daily earnings for Very Large Crude Carriers below USD 10,000 in August, while the lingering effect of seasonal weakness protracted into September further impacting earnings, the report reads.“However, we expect that Q3 2017 will represent the bottom or near bottom of the current market cycle. The anticipated reduction in fleet growth in 2018 means that we still anticipate that this downturn will be relatively short in duration and we do not believe that 2017 marks the start of a sustained downcycle,” Clarksons Platou said.As indicated, the cyclical upturn is expected to take place in 2018. Next year, a considerable part of the fleet is expected to reach or even surpass 20 years of age and will likely start heading to scrapyards, aiding to restoring balance in the demand-supply ratio.The orderook for deep-sea tankers has fallen in 2017 and represents 11.8 % of the existing fleet, a historically low level, according to Clarksons Platou’s data.Furthermore, restricted access to capital and reductions in yard capacity are expected to keep ordering of new tonnage at bay.last_img read more

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Schalke 04’s US-born player wears ‘Justice for George’ armband

first_imgRelatedPosts Whirlwind Bayern Munich dismantle Schalke in season opener Visa Ban: Kogi Government petitions US US-based woman loses millions to scammers in Abuja land deals Schalke 04’s Weston McKennie showed support on Saturday for protests in the US, sparked by the death of an unarmed black man in the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis.The 21-year-old US-born McKennie wore an armband with the message: “Justice for George,” during Saturday’s 1-0 Bundesliga defeat at home to Werder Bremen. A photo of McKennie wearing the armband was published by Schalke 04’s official account for the US, with the message: “#JusticeForGeorge.”Various American sports stars had previously shown support for the protesters after the death of 46-year-old George Floyd at the hands of the police this week.dpa/NAN.Tags: Derek ChauvinGeorge FloydSchalke 04United StatesWerder BremenWeston McKennielast_img read more

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Pardew: We need more from Ben Arfa

first_img He said: “He has an ability that no other player can match in certain situations, and therefore there is sometimes a down-side to that. “But he has worked hard on that down-side in terms of his tactical play and in terms of his work-rate, and he is becoming a complete player. “If we can keep working on him and making him better, it will be all the better for us and for France.” Pardew will hope for more of the same from Ben Arfa when his side heads for Aston Villa on Saturday hoping for a repeat of the 2-1 victory there last season. The 52-year-old went into the Fulham game under intense pressure with the Magpies side having taken just one point from their first two league games and with anger mounting over the club’s lack of transfer activity, and he was hugely relieved to emerge with a victory. His hopes of landing another offensive player during the final few days of the summer window were dashed, but he will head for Villa Park in optimistic mood. Midfielder Yohan Cabaye, a target for Arsenal, remains on board and may return to the starting line-up having worked hard in training on Tyneside during the break for international matches, while the club’s one new arrival, loan signing Loic Remy, may be handed a full debut after impressing in his brief appearance as a substitute against Fulham. Pardew said: “We got a little cameo of that when Remy came on the pitch the other day. “Suddenly Papiss [Cisse] started getting opportunities, and that comes from having another striker on the pitch who can threaten the goal of that quality. “Hopefully, that will take us forward as a team because offensively, we need to improve.” However, he is confident he has a potential football genius on his hands and believes if he can find a level of consistency, he can take the Barclays Premier League by storm and make a major impact on the international stage. Pardew said: “That’s what we are searching for with Hatem, a little bit more consistency in terms of him winning games, whether it’s an assist or a goal. “He has fantastic quality. He is a player the fans love and he certainly got everybody out of their seats the last time. “But we need a little bit more than that, more from him, more of those moments. I think he would be the first to admit that that’s the year he needs if he is going to break into the French team.” Ben Arfa first arrived on Tyneside during the summer of 2010 when then manager Chris Hughton signed him on a season-long loan deal. Despite suffering an horrendous double leg fracture in just his fourth appearance for the club, he completed a permanent transfer in the following January, by which time Pardew was at the helm. He eventually made his first appearance under the new manager in a Carling Cup tie at Nottingham Forest in September 2011, and played his part in Newcastle’s surge into fifth place in the Barclays Premier League table to such an extent that he was included in the France squad for the Euro 2012 finals. But the Magpies’ difficulties last season did the Frenchman, whose involvement was also limited by injury, few favours, and Pardew is expecting much more from him this time around. The 26-year-old has established himself as a fans’ favourite at St James’ Park with his breath-taking brand of football, which he used to stunning effect when he produced a piece of individual brilliance to secure a last-gasp 1-0 victory over Fulham a fortnight ago. Pardew was left both lauding the former Marseille winger’s mercurial talent and bemoaning his maverick approach to the game afterwards. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has challenged Hatem Ben Arfa to force his way into the France team by becoming a regular match-winner. Press Associationlast_img read more

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UEFA Charges Man Utd, PSG over Crowd Trouble

first_imgManchester United and Paris St-Germain have been charged by UEFA following their Champions League last-16 tie at Old Trafford on Tuesday.United have been charged with the throwing of objects by fans and blocking of stairways.PSG have been charged with the setting off of fireworks, throwing of objects, acts of damages and crowd disturbance. French champions PSG won the first leg 2-0 with second-half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe.The case will be heard by UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body on 28 February.Before kick-off, a number of PSG supporters set off flares in the away section at Old Trafford.Former Manchester United forward Angel di Maria had a bottle of water thrown towards him during the second half.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Syracuse attack fails to keep up with No. 4 Maryland in home opener

first_img Related Stories Top-ranked Syracuse unable to slow Maryland offense in blowout loss Just 11 seconds into the game, the Syracuse offense was playing from behind.On a day when the Maryland attack put a 19 on the scoreboard, the daunting task of playing catch-up was too much for the Orange.In Syracuse’s home opener Sunday, the Orange’s offense wasn’t enough to overcome the No. 4 Terrapins (2-0) in a 19-11 loss at the Carrier Dome. No. 1 SU (1-1) couldn’t repeat the offensive execution it demonstrated in its season opener, a 21-8 win at Jacksonville on Jan. 13.The Orange received scoring from 11 different players in that victory, but only four players found the back of the net against Maryland. Alyssa Murray scored three goals, and Katie Webster and Kayla Treanor each recorded a pair of scores Sunday.But the secondary scorers were nowhere to be seen. SU head coach Gary Gait said Wednesday he was confident his role players would step up if the Terps defense shut down the Orange’s best threats.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut that wasn’t exactly the case Sunday.“Of course, I’d like a little bit more balance,” Gait said. “I think there were opportunities for some other players to score, and they didn’t have a lot of luck with it.”Syracuse attack Michelle Tumolo recorded a hat trick at Maryland last year. She improved that tally by scoring four on Sunday, but her last two came in the final 13 minutes of the game, when the Orange already trailed by more than six goals.The Orange was competitive in the first half. It never held the lead, but was only down by two goals going into the break.But the Terps, who netted the final two goals of the half, came out with three straight goals to break the game open. A 9-2 run for Maryland from 3:33 in the first half to 14:31 in the second half put the game away.While the SU defense wasn’t there to stop the bleeding, the attack wasn’t there to break the momentum, either.The Orange’s attack couldn’t shake the Maryland defenders on its cuts. The Terps kept deflecting Tumolo’s passes to the front of the cage. She finished the game having committed six turnovers.“Gary pulled me aside and told me I got to go to the goal more,” Tumolo said. “They stuck to the cutters well.”But the issue wasn’t so much what Maryland’s defense was throwing at the Orange, Gait said. Syracuse didn’t help itself.“I think it was just errors,” Gait said. “It wasn’t great decision-making on our part. We had opportunities where we could’ve dictated and I think we started second-guessing ourselves.”Gait said his team didn’t play with confidence. Assistant coach Brett Queener said Wednesday that confidence was something the players should carry themselves with going into Sunday’s game, having upset the Terps in College Park, Md., a year ago.That poise was nonexistent in the rematch.There’s work to be done on the offensive drawing board, Gait said, but he isn’t agonizing over the lack of offensive execution.“I think we need people to step up and take charge. We have 15 more regular season games to figure it out,” Gait said. “I think certainly all our players on the offensive end can be a threat to score and we need to utilize that.” Comments Published on February 18, 2013 at 1:19 am Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbbcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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‘Women of Troy’ will tell the legendary tale of USC’s 1980s women’s basketball teams

first_imgDT: That was supposed to be my last question but I’m just kind of curious, how was sourcing for a piece like this? Were people really eager to be involved or was it difficult to find people who would be credible enough to touch upon this?  Cheryl Miller scored 3,018 points and registered 1,534 rebounds on her journey to becoming one of the greatest players in college basketball history. (Photo courtesy of USC Athletics) DT: Was USC the school that you felt provided the most accurate representation of what you wanted to convey? Why tell the story now? To many members of the women’s basketball community, the popularity and attention commanded by these dominant, multi-national-championship-winning teams paved the way for women’s sports to become more widely recognized and respected, eventually leading to the creation of the Women’s National Basketball Association, or WNBA, in 1996. That was our obligation and that’s always the case. In this case, the additional burden was getting it right for the whole community of women’s basketball because there haven’t been a lot of high-profile films made about women’s basketball and this one — if we got it right — will live on for a long time within the community as an important statement of “This is where we came from.”  Cynthia was a supporting player and yet, when the WNBA came along 12 years after they were both done at USC, Cheryl by virtue of injury was nowhere to be found, Cynthia became the leading lady and Cynthia dominated the WNBA the first four years of its existence. The fact that they were teammates and they came up together in the game at USC is really the essence of the story. Daily Trojan: What can fans of the team or people who lived through these teams’ success expect to get from this documentary that they don’t already know?  Gary Cohen, the owner of Triple Threat TV who assisted in the production of the film, spoke with the Daily Trojan about why the documentary was produced and what the production team intended to convey through it.  DT: You’re heavily involved in sports and you have been for a long time, but did you learn anything new from producing a piece like this, or is there anything you really felt like you wanted to share?  Cohen: Yes, it was USC, but it wasn’t USC — it was these women, and specifically, the story is really the story of Cheryl and Cynthia. If you lived through that era, Cheryl was a transcendent talent. She played a sport that nobody cared about, and she made people care about her and know about her even if you didn’t know or care about the sport.  She was that good, she was that charismatic.  Cohen: Oh no. The women’s basketball community is a powerful community, Cheryl and Cynthia and those USC teams are profoundly respected. So every time I reached out to somebody to gauge them about the project, they were profoundly supportive and went out of their way to make time and to become part of it, so we have a Hall of Fame lineup. Our interviews are with Geno Auriemma and with Doris Burke, and with Jackie MacMullan, Ann Meyers Drysdale. The people that are in the film that weren’t on that team are kind of all Hall of Famers, and so it really lends a gravitas to the film that makes it resonate.  Gary Cohen: Well, a lot of that comes down to the storytelling approach. So let’s assume you were one of the women on this team. You know everything there is to know about this team, what you don’t know is you don’t know how Alison [Ellwood], our director, and the storytelling team chose to tell the story. And in essence, the premise of the film is that this was an extraordinary team that provided the bridge from the past to the present, that really leaped the game forward in terms of their talent and their attitude and their skills — and in so doing, created the possibility that women’s basketball was more than just a marginal sport, and ultimately this was an important step in the evolution of the sport that made the WNBA possible.  Twin sisters Pam (30) and Paula McGee (31) led the Trojans to two consecutive national championships in 1983 and 1984. The two all-Americans both had their jersey numbers retired by the University in 2012. (Photo courtesy of USC Athletics) Cohen: Yeah, the biggest thing I wanted to share was a sense of obligation to women’s sports enthusiasts. You know, when I started, every time you do a film or a documentary, you feel a tremendous sense of obligation to the people that you’re portraying. This is their story and you’re telling it, and so when we did this, we knew we had to get it right for Cheryl and for Cynthia and the McGees, and for Rhonda Windham and Juliette Robinson and Linda Sharp.  So one thing that’s worth you knowing, our director Alison Ellwood, who is at Sundance right now, she is a major figure in the documentary world, a brilliant storyteller and for her this is sort of a statement of purpose. This is a female empowerment story that’s important and speaks to so many larger things about what women are capable of if given the opportunity, even in sports, a world where we think of women’s achievements in a different light than we think of men’s achievements. Led by star players Cynthia Cooper and Cheryl Miller, the Trojan teams of the 1983 and 1984 seasons were thrust into the public spotlight. They had immense, unprecedented star power and success at a time when women’s sports, especially at the collegiate level, were largely off the radars of most sports fans.  HBO Sports has partnered with Ringer Films and Triple Threat TV to produce “Women of Troy,” a documentary highlighting the success of the famed USC women’s basketball teams of the early 1980s.   And obviously the rest of the team too, the McGee twins — and the McGee twins are sort of lost in the bright lights that have to be shined on the Hall of Fame talents — but those were two extraordinary players. And so it was kind of an all star lineup, and they won two national titles, and they really sort of changed the way people looked at women’s basketball and made things possible for all the girls and women that came after them.  “Women of Troy” is set to air on March 10, ten days before Women’s March Madness begins.last_img read more

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Kano Pillars Win 2016 DSTV Premier Basketball League

first_imgIn a towering display of skills and experience, Kano Pillars tutored by Sani Ahmed were losing 13-17 after the first quarter but came back to emphatically dominate the second by 27-7 points to lead 40-24 at half-time. Pillars continued their impressive form in the third quarter winning by 22 -19, as the Nigerian Customs, Scott Nnaji who were playing in their first Finals in over a decade, fought back to take the last quarter 10 – 9.However, it was a little too late as Kano Pillars had won the finals with veteran player, Abubakar Usman of Kano Pillars, amassing 24 points and nine rebounds while his teammate, AbdulWahab Yahaya scored 13 points and had nine rebounds.  With the victory, Kano Pillars, which has now won its 5th title having being previously crowned champions in 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 and Nigerian Customs, will represent the country in the African basketball championship.In the third place match, Coach Ogoh Daudu inspired the Rivers Hoopers to defeat Kwara Falcons in a tightly contested game, winning 59-57 points.  In other classification games, Plateau Peaks defeated Nigeria Potters to emerge as fifth and sixth placed teams, respectively, while Gombe Bulls took a 75-50 point win over Oluyole Warriors to take seventh and eight positions.Speaking after the action-packed games, Marketing Manager, DStv Nigeria, Chioma Afe expressed delight over the high standard of play exhibited during the finals.“We are very happy with the passion, dedication and commitment of the players, coaches and administrators of the game during this league season. At DStv, we are excited at the progress basketball is making, which is indicated in the number of fans returning to court. We are fully committed to enhancing the game in Nigeria by introducing innovation and excitement in the coming season,” Afe said.Speaking on Pillars and Customs continental chances, President, Nigeria Basketball Federation Tijani Umar said that “Pillars are back to where they’ve always been over the years. We have had challenges with the teams who represent us on the continent. My expectation is that this year, Kano Pillars will rise and surpass past exploits. They must get creative and better and they must play in the mould of the Kano pillars of old. Customs must regroup, buy better players and put more resources on the table, so that when they go into the tournament, Nigeria can stand tall and at least get to the semi final”.At the end of the games, individual honours went to Abubakar Usman of Kano Pillars who was named the Most Valuable Player. He also won the Best 3-point and finals highest scorer award. Romeo Wilfred emerged the highest rebounder while his team, Kwara Falcons went away with the Fair Play trophy.The lively occasion also featured a FIBA 3×3 basketball game with select players from the league for the first time in Nigeria. There was also a musical performance from the award winning Gongo Aso crooner, 9ce who thrilled the audience with a mash-up of his various hits like Street Credibility, No be mistake, while Nigeria’s finest dance crew, Dance Na the Main Thing, DNMT  engaged the energetic cheer leaders in a dance performance at half time.Following its loss to Mark Mentors in last season’s finals, Kano Pillars Basketball club came back from a 4-point deficit against Lagos-based Nigerian Customs after the first quarter to win the 2016 DStv Premier Basketball league finals last Saturday.Kano Pillars defeated Customs 71 – 53 points in the final match up which took place in the indoor hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.In a towering display of skills and experience, Kano Pillars tutored by Sani Ahmed were losing 13-17 after the first quarter but came back to emphatically dominate the second by 27-7 points to lead 40-24 at half-time. Pillars continued their impressive form in the third quarter winning by 22 -19, as the Nigerian Customs, Scott Nnaji who were playing in their first Finals in over a decade, fought back to take the last quarter 10 – 9.However, it was a little too late as Kano Pillars had won the finals with veteran player, Abubakar Usman of Kano Pillars, amassing 24 points and nine rebounds while his teammate, AbdulWahab Yahaya scored 13 points and had nine rebounds.  With the victory, Kano Pillars, which has now won its 5th title having being previously crowned champions in 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 and Nigerian Customs, will represent the country in the African basketball championship.In the third place match, Coach Ogoh Daudu inspired the Rivers Hoopers to defeat Kwara Falcons in a tightly contested game, winning 59-57 points.  In other classification games, Plateau Peaks defeated Nigeria Potters to emerge as fifth and sixth placed teams, respectively, while Gombe Bulls took a 75-50 point win over Oluyole Warriors to take seventh and eight positions.Speaking after the action-packed games, Marketing Manager, DStv Nigeria, Chioma Afe expressed delight over the high standard of play exhibited during the finals.“We are very happy with the passion, dedication and commitment of the players, coaches and administrators of the game during this league season. At DStv, we are excited at the progress basketball is making, which is indicated in the number of fans returning to court. We are fully committed to enhancing the game in Nigeria by introducing innovation and excitement in the coming season,” Afe said.Speaking on Pillars and Customs continental chances, President, Nigeria Basketball Federation Tijani Umar said that “Pillars are back to where they’ve always been over the years. We have had challenges with the teams who represent us on the continent. My expectation is that this year, Kano Pillars will rise and surpass past exploits. They must get creative and better and they must play in the mould of the Kano pillars of old. Customs must regroup, buy better players and put more resources on the table, so that when they go into the tournament, Nigeria can stand tall and at least get to the semi final”.At the end of the games, individual honours went to Abubakar Usman of Kano Pillars who was named the Most Valuable Player. He also won the Best 3-point and finals highest scorer award. Romeo Wilfred emerged the highest rebounder while his team, Kwara Falcons went away with the Fair Play trophy.The lively occasion also featured a FIBA 3×3 basketball game with select players from the league for the first time in Nigeria. There was also a musical performance from the award winning Gongo Aso crooner, 9ce who thrilled the audience with a mash-up of his various hits like Street Credibility, No be mistake, while Nigeria’s finest dance crew, Dance Na the Main Thing, DNMT  engaged the energetic cheer leaders in a dance performance at half time.Following its loss to Mark Mentors in last season’s finals, Kano Pillars Basketball club came back from a 4-point deficit against Lagos-based Nigerian Customs after the first quarter to win the 2016 DStv Premier Basketball league finals last Saturday.Kano Pillars defeated Customs 71 – 53 points in the final match up which took place in the indoor hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.In a towering display of skills and experience, Kano Pillars tutored by Sani Ahmed were losing 13-17 after the first quarter but came back to emphatically dominate the second by 27-7 points to lead 40-24 at half-time. Pillars continued their impressive form in the third quarter winning by 22 -19, as the Nigerian Customs, Scott Nnaji who were playing in their first Finals in over a decade, fought back to take the last quarter 10 – 9.However, it was a little too late as Kano Pillars had won the finals with veteran player, Abubakar Usman of Kano Pillars, amassing 24 points and nine rebounds while his teammate, AbdulWahab Yahaya scored 13 points and had nine rebounds.  With the victory, Kano Pillars, which has now won its 5th title having being previously crowned champions in 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 and Nigerian Customs, will represent the country in the African basketball championship.In the third place match, Coach Ogoh Daudu inspired the Rivers Hoopers to defeat Kwara Falcons in a tightly contested game, winning 59-57 points.  In other classification games, Plateau Peaks defeated Nigeria Potters to emerge as fifth and sixth placed teams, respectively, while Gombe Bulls took a 75-50 point win over Oluyole Warriors to take seventh and eight positions.Speaking after the action-packed games, Marketing Manager, DStv Nigeria, Chioma Afe expressed delight over the high standard of play exhibited during the finals.“We are very happy with the passion, dedication and commitment of the players, coaches and administrators of the game during this league season. At DStv, we are excited at the progress basketball is making, which is indicated in the number of fans returning to court. We are fully committed to enhancing the game in Nigeria by introducing innovation and excitement in the coming season,” Afe said.Speaking on Pillars and Customs continental chances, President, Nigeria Basketball Federation Tijani Umar said that “Pillars are back to where they’ve always been over the years. We have had challenges with the teams who represent us on the continent. My expectation is that this year, Kano Pillars will rise and surpass past exploits. They must get creative and better and they must play in the mould of the Kano pillars of old. Customs must regroup, buy better players and put more resources on the table, so that when they go into the tournament, Nigeria can stand tall and at least get to the semi final”.At the end of the games, individual honours went to Abubakar Usman of Kano Pillars who was named the Most Valuable Player. He also won the Best 3-point and finals highest scorer award. Romeo Wilfred emerged the highest rebounder while his team, Kwara Falcons went away with the Fair Play trophy.The lively occasion also featured a FIBA 3×3 basketball game with select players from the league for the first time in Nigeria. There was also a musical performance from the award winning Gongo Aso crooner, 9ce who thrilled the audience with a mash-up of his various hits like Street Credibility, No be mistake, while Nigeria’s finest dance crew, Dance Na the Main Thing, DNMT  engaged the energetic cheer leaders in a dance performance at half time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Following its loss to Mark Mentors in last season’s finals, Kano Pillars Basketball club came back from a 4-point deficit against Lagos-based Nigerian Customs after the first quarter to win the 2016 DStv Premier Basketball league finals last Saturday.Kano Pillars defeated Customs 71 – 53 points in the final match up which took place in the indoor hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.last_img read more

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Ishmael Arthur wins Asante Akyem Marathon

first_imgAgona Swedru based athlete Ishmael Arthur emerged winner of the 2019 Asante Akyem Marathon held on Easter Monday.The 42.97km marathon, which drew over 300 participants from across the country, took place within the Agogo township in the Asante Akyem District. It started at Agogo State secondary school and ended at the Agogo lorry park.Image: Ishmael ArthurIshmael finished first in the men’s category with a time of 2:49:06, whereas Kudanu John, last year’s winner, finished third with Richard Kweitu securing the second position.In the women’s division, Abdulai Ramatu came first with Titi Rosina second while Amanda Kotambe came third. In the Juvenile category,  Abu Nuri Seth emerged the winner with Nkansah Deborah placing second while Diana Antwiwaa came third.This year’s Asante Akyem Marathon was the third edition following a successful organisation of the first and second editions in previous years.last_img read more

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