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Tick, Tick…BOOM! Will Welcome Lilli Cooper & Extend Off-Broadway

first_imgLilli Cooper(Photo: Peter Carrier) Star Files View Comments Lilli Cooper Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 18, 2016center_img Related Shows The off-Broadway revival of Tick, Tick…BOOM! has extended its run at Theatre Row and will welcome a new Susan. The Keen Company production will run at the Acorn Theatre through December 18 instead of the previously announced November 20. Beginning November 22, Lilli Cooper will step into the role of Susan, taking over for Ciara Renée.Cooper will join a cast that includes Nick Blaemire and George Salazar. She last appeared on Broadway in Wicked, where she served as the Elphaba standby. She made her debut in Spring Awakening as Martha. Her additional credits include The SpongeBob Musical, The Wildness, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 and Noir.The semi-autobiographical musical follows aspiring composer Jon (Blaemire) as he approaches his thirtieth birthday. While preparing for the workshop debut of his new musical, he also balances his relationship with Susan (Renée), his long-term girlfriend, and Michael (Salazar), his best friend.The new production, directed by Jonathan Silverstein, opened officially on October 20. Tick, Tick…BOOM!last_img read more

Mexico Takes New and Important Leadership Roles in Central America

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo June 12, 2017 Dr. Richard Downie was director of the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, from March 2004-March 2013. As such, he was a fixed presence at the security conferences co-sponsored by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) every year. The Perry Center is located at the National Defense University, in Washington, D.C., and provides security and defense education to personnel from U.S. Northern Command, SOUTHCOM, and partner nations in the Americas.Now a senior partner at Deplhi Strategic Consulting, which specializes in security and defense issues in North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean, Dr. Downie attended the 2017 Central American Security Conference, in Cozumel, Mexico, to moderate a roundtable on regional cooperation to combat transnational threats in Central America. Diálogo spoke with Dr. Downie during the conference, in April, to discuss security and defense issues affecting the region, among other topics.Diálogo: How important is the fact that Mexico co-hosted CENTSEC for the first time?Dr. Richard Downie: Mexico being a co-host with SOUTHCOM and NORTHCOM is really important, not only because they are present, but the country is showing a leadership role. And they are taking it on. What I saw this morning during my session, which was about building a network of regional cooperation to address transnational threats, was that you need a strong network of good actors to work against the networks of bad actors, and what you saw here today was an agreement, in principle, on all those issues. Where it breaks down is what you need to get that cooperation to happen, and what type of cooperation you actually need. In my opinion, the most important issue discussed today was information sharing. Also, I saw that rather than just being a conference where people get to know one another, the senior military and other leaders present really want to take the next step towards building that network and taking the steps that are needed to build the cooperation that they will have, or need to have to address these transnational threats in the region.Diálogo: What do you think is the next step in order to accomplish something concrete?Dr. Richard Downie: I think the real value of having Mexico here is that they can take the leadership role. United States has done plenty in the region, and Mexico now willing to take a leadership role is extremely important. We saw them step up today, because they are leaders in the region, and they are taking other leadership roles in the region, such as with the Inter-American Defense Board, and the meeting of ministers of defense [Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas]. I think their ability and willingness to take on some of the leadership roles with Central America will make a huge difference.Diálogo: That lines up exactly with what Admiral Kurt Tidd, SOUTHCOM commander, wants for the region, correct?Dr. Richard Downie: Correct. Admiral Tidd puts great emphasis on trying to build these relationships [with partner nations], but he understands the limitations. What are those limitations? We need to delve into those a bit more. That is what I was trying to do today in my session, to really get to the heart of what are the issues that are keeping us from taking the next step, and that is what he wants to achieve. At this level they can decide anything they want. But you have to have the political coverage. There has to be some sort of framework, agreement, or some sort of a legislative agreement, international legislative agreement, to do something, to move this level of cooperation ahead. Otherwise, it just ends up being another conference, another discussion, and “hopefully we’ll do something next year.” I hope that we’ve gotten to the point where we really need to move this along.Diálogo: Do you think the reason for inviting ministers of defense to this conference was to actually achieve something? Because the generals and admirals can meet and decide things but there is a political side of it, right?Dr. Richard Downie: That is exactly right. The problem is something is missing. Because you have all these high-level conferences, such as CENTSEC, but what is needed to actually make a difference against these transnational threats is not happening. Therefore, what we were trying to find out, at least that is what I was trying to do in my session, was the step we need to take to get us there. And that is a very hard thing. I mean, it’s not easy to get that kind of information sharing. We raised the issue [during the roundtable] about the fact that last week there was a Russian plane that was approaching the U.S. airspace near Alaska, and jets went up to intercept those aircraft, and the jets were American and Canadian planes. That is an amazing feat, that you had U.S. and Canadian planes working together to intercept Russian planes. That is the level of confidence that is truly an example for the world. But they didn’t get there overnight; that was [the result of] decades of effort, to make that level of cooperation, and trust work. That was Admiral Tidd’s point this morning, we’ve got to build that trust, and you’ve got to start somewhere. It’s that first step. We’ve been talking about this, but it’s not there yet.Diálogo: More and more we see some countries’ armed forces participating in supporting their police. Do you see this as a trend or do you think that somehow the armed forces will go back to their original role, which is protecting their countries’ sovereignty?Dr. Richard Downie: I think what you saw, particularly in the comments from El Salvador and Honduras, is that they do not want their military to take on the policing role. El Salvador, Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala all talked about the requirement for the military to be involved in supporting the police, not to do the police’s job for them, because the police just don’t have the capability. It takes time to build up not only the size of the police, the capability of the police, to be able to function as they are doing. But the Minister of Defense of El Salvador, General Munguía Payés said, “you’ve got to walk in one of our neighborhoods, to understand.” This is not a public security problem. It’s much bigger than that. So what they are seeing is not what we view as a typical police problem. You’ve got military focused on what is essentially a big police problem. What he is saying, and what you are seeing in other countries as well –I am sure in the Northern Triangle they are all facing this– is that this is a lot more than a policing problem. You need to come down here to see it. But this is a huge effort that the police alone just can’t handle.last_img read more

Arsenal transfer target Christopher Nkunku rejects PSG deal

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Apr 2019 3:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link242Shares Comment Advertisement Christopher Nkunku is on Arsenal’s radar (Picture: Getty)Arsenal target Christopher Nkunku has reportedly turned down PSG’s offer of a contract extension as he looks to force through a transfer move this summer.Nkunku, 21, a product of PSG’s academy, was heavily linked with Arsenal in January but Unai Emery ended up bringing in Barcelona’s Denis Suarez instead on a six-month loan deal.Suarez has struggled to adapt to English football, though, making only six substitute appearances for the Gunners and Emery is keen to land a quality replacement ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.Nkunku remains on Arsenal’s radar and the north London club have been handed a potential boost in their pursuit of the promising France Under-21 international.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAccording to Le Parisien, Nkunku is refusing to commit to a new deal in Paris as he heads towards the final 12 months of his contract. He is desperate to secure regular game-time next season and has instructed his agent to put an end to his misery in the French capital.The report claims Arsenal are waiting in the wings to sign Nkunku and Rennes are also among the clubs interested in the £30million-rated youngster.Emery knows Nkunku well from his time in charge of PSG and is hopeful he can convince the Frenchman to join him in north London. Emery managed Nkunku at PSG (Picture: Getty)Nkunku’s agent, Jose-Karl Pierre-Fanfan, confirmed that Arsenal were in talks to sign his client in the January transfer window.He told Canal+: ‘There is a real interest from Arsenal for Nkunku, but the discussions are quite complicated.‘There are restrictions from Arsenal’s side, they cannot do a transfer in the middle of the season.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘It is still being discussed with PSG, things could still happen in the next 48 hours, but as I said, the fact that I am here means that it does not look good.‘His situation will be evaluated in June, then he will have just one year left on his contract, and his situation will need to be evaluated.‘He is a young boy, who needs to play, enjoy himself, and to sign up for a project for the long term, that is what he is looking for, and he was in that phase with Arsenal but it looks complicated. If we have to wait, then he is ready to do that, he will wait.’center_img Advertisement Arsenal v Napoli: Emery and Lacazette press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 11:37FullscreenArsenal v Napoli: Emery and Lacazette press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-napoli-emery-lacazette-press-conference-1902736/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Real Madrid star Casemiro talks up transfer move for Manchester United star Paul Pogba Arsenal transfer target Christopher Nkunku rejects PSG deallast_img read more

​IPE Conference: Danish pension funds must get real and adjust expectations, says central bank chief

first_imgDenmark’s central bank chief issued a stark warning to the country’s pension sector today, saying scheme design and public policy must be changed to take account of the current challenging environment.Lars Rohde, governor of Danmarks Nationalbank told an audience at the IPE Conference and Awards 2019 in Copenhagen: “Pension scheme design and public policy need to support and incentivise the transition to a more sustainable balance between paying more, working longer, and accepting lower pension income.“Kicking the can down the road will only postpone and aggravate the challenges which need to be addressed,” he said.Institutional investors and the pension system were now being challenged by lower interest rates, and this was further compounded by the weak outlook for growth, as well as demographic developments, he said. Rohde said there was no substitute in the period ahead for acknowledging the conditions faced today, increasing transparency about implications for pension plans, and finally, adjusting expectations and behaviour accordingly.More and more pension plans were recognising the impact of the low-rate environment and adjusting expected return assumptions, he said, with Council for Pension Projections in Denmark having recently cut assumptions over a 10-year horizon for eight out of 10 asset classes.By reducing the stock of defined benefit plans, pension funds had transferred a large share of the risk from the low-yield environment to present and future pensioners, he said, but added that this assumed individual savers were well-placed to make informed investment decisions.Pension savers would ultimately face the unpopular choices of pay more now, work longer, or spend less later, he said. Lars Rohde, Danmarks Nationalbank governorSince it was not clear that future pensions would accept lower benefits, even though they were currently taking on more risk, Rohde warned: “The government – and ultimately taxpayers – may end up as ‘pension providers of last resort’.”Detailing the investment challenges for pension funds, he said it was clear schemes would not be able to meet obligations to retirees solely based on investment returns from bonds.On the other hand, he said there were many risks inherent in increasing exposure to alternative and less liquid assets to boost returns, including that many of these assets were untraded – making it hard to estimate expected return and price risks correctly.“To put it bluntly, if my pension is invested in long-term illiquid assets, I would prefer my pension company to be run by a younger CEO,” he said.“That way, I would be able to hold him or her accountable for how these investments pan out – avoiding moral hazard problems.”A larger share of illiquid assets also ramped up liquidity risks, he said, noting that from 2023, pension providers would need even more liquidity when the requirement for central clearing of interest rate swaps and other derivatives was introduced.“Setting aside more liquid assets to cover liquidity risks also means fewer funds available to invest counter-cyclically. Pension funds will then have less flexibility to buy assets traded at distressed price levels,” he said.He added that this could be “unfortunate” from a systemic perspective, if pension funds were less able to play a stabilising role in periods of market stress.last_img read more

Italy roundup: Cometa seeks managers for €1.4bn

first_imgThe current external asset managers are UnipolSai Assicurazioni and Società Cattolica di Assicurazione.Additionally, the scheme is also planning to hire an internal auditor.It said the new role is in compliance with the IORP Directive. it added that interested candidates must communicate their interest in the position via e-mail (selection.revisioneinterna@cometafondo.it) by 18:00 on 21 January.Cometa will then send full documentation, including an employment questionnaire, which must be completed and sent to the fund by midday 7 February.Gomma Plastica seeks general managerFondo Gomma Plastica, the supplementary pension fund for workers in the rubber, electrical and related cables and plastics sector, which has assets worth more than €1.3bn, is seeking to hire a general manager.Davide Alliori, the fund’s current general manager, did not return IPE’s requests to comment on his role and future at the scheme.The fund has recently announced its employer and employee representatives for the next three-year mandate (2019-2022), along with its new administration committee.Applications for the position of general manager must be sent by midday 24 January via email (fr@intersearch.it).Intesa Sanpaolo scheme to recruit adminThe defined contribution pension fund of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group is planning to appoint an administrator.Applications must be received only by post at the fund offices (Piazza degli Affari 3, 20123 Milan), by 16:00 7 February.The call for tenders can be requested from the scheme by 6 February via email (FondoPensionecontribuzionedefinitaGrISP@intesasanpaolo.com). The board of directors at Cometa, the national supplementary pension fund for the metal industry, worth more than €10bn in total assets, is seeking to hire fund managers for its ‘sicurezza’ and ’sicurezza 2015’ investment options, which are worth more than €1.4bn.The investments are mainly in fixed income, following the JPM Italy 5–7 anni (95%) and DJ Eurostoxx 50 (5%) as benchmarks.Cometa said the manager appointments are expected in April and participating managers can apply online.The portfolio is oriented towards medium-term bonds, and include investment grade bonds as well as private debt in the OECD area.last_img read more

Ozil enjoying his career under Arteta’s rebuilding mission

first_imgMesut Ozil’s resurgence under Mikel Arteta means the German playmaker is almost certain to see out his Arsenal contract up to 2021. Want away Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil The 31-year-old’s £350,000 -a-week wages have not deterred interest from outside Europe, with MLS side DC United reportedly keen. But Ozil is enjoying life again since Arteta replaced Unai Emery as boss last month.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Natural History Museums That Are Really, Really Good15 Photos Of Amazingly Beautiful Mutations7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombscenter_img And it is thought the ex-Real Madrid midfielder is keen to continue at the top in Europe. Read Also:Ozil has been unlucky – Arteta The Washington Post’s Steven Goff reported that DC United were in London this week but the USA club now think Ozil is out of reach until at least January next year. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

How injury knocked me out of 1994 World Cup – Ashinze

first_img Promoted Content6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveSuper Recognizable Outfits That Actors Wore In The Famous MoviesThe Untold Truth Of Sasha Obama Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Joseph Ashinze remains the most colourful and enterprising goalscorer in the history of Nigerian football because of his trickery and precision style in front of goal. He was one of the players who raised the flag of the defunct  Lagos, Stationery Stores Football Club darling team-high during his prime. He was a fast-mover and uncanny striker. Ashinze was so good that he won the local league Highest Scorer award thrice in 1987, 1988 and 1989. The achievement  made former Super Eagles coaches look for him to play for the national team. But his dream of wearing the national colours during the 1994 FIFA World Cup in USA was dashed by a re-occurring injury.In this interview, with GBOLAHAN DADA, he reveals everything about himself and his career to Sportinglife.ng.In the beginning:I was born in Lagos fifty-something years ago. I grew up inside Lagos Island. I’m a real Lagosian. ‘Omo Eko ni mi’. All my life is about playing football.  I started early enough with the support of my parents who decided to settle here from Ibusa in Delta State. Playing around the suburb of ‘Isale Eko’, I found the strength and the encouragement to forge ahead in spite of numerous challenges.Lagos is like a home to me because I was born and nurtured on Lagos Island and Ebute Metta (West) now called Apapa Road. I was so excited about it.Ambassador of grassroots football: In the early part of my life as a teenager, I knew that I would make a career in football and I pursued it vigorously with everything within me to succeed. I used to move from one football arena to another. From Campos Square, Lafiaji, Ebute Metta to Mushin Olosha and other parts of Lagos where ‘felele’ set football is played. I started the journey with the late Mudashiru Lawal. Playing football was the only language we understood. The more we played, the more we understood the language of the game. Naturally, I was just flowing in the game and goal-scoring later became a habit.At St. Paul Primary school, Apapa Road, where I met Nigeria legend, Godwin Odiye, I exhibited my skills before furthering my education at Eko Boys High School.Natural striker:I want to bless God for giving me such a remarkable ability to make a mark in my generation. Goal-scoring always came naturally. No goalkeeper could stop me if I was determined to score. I worked very hard to get to that level because my football career started from the grassroots. No coach discovered me. It is God who gave me the strength and sense of purpose to discover myself and I worked towards attaining the height.Football then and now:During my active days, footballers played football with passion and raw energy. There were more skillful and determined players around but now, footballers are lazy and more  money-conscious. In those days even without the cash, footballers loved the game than anything. For example,  Stationery Stores recruited quality players without adequate sign-on fees. The players just wanted to play for clubs to launch themselves to stardom.Considering the security situation in the country now, and the standard of the players we have, fans don’t enjoy football entertainment any longer. In those days, fans came to stadiums even for the sake of the players. They entered the stadium because they wanted to see a particular player in action. They were so crazy about watching good football and the players also liked to entertain the crowd and give them the value for their hard-earned money. It was a give and take policy. But these days it is no longer so. Politics has destroyed football. As for the clubs, how do you expect good results when you are owing a player a backlog of salaries. Some players are playing without sign-on fees. It is discouraging and a bad omen for Nigerian football.Don’t forget that the economy was not too bad then. As a footballer I earned more than a bank manager then. Time is everything. Some future players may still earn more than players playing now. So I have no regrets. I have achieved whatever I wanted as a player.Playing as a professional player:I was fortunate to exhibit my talent for two Eastern teams, Iwuanyanwu Nationale of Owerri and Rangers International of Enugu. I made my name from the two clubs as the only player to have won the Top Scorer award in Nigeria’s top flight back-to-back in 1987,1988 and 1989 after my short stint with Stationery Stores.In 1987, I scored nine goals while with the Stationery Stores to emerge the leading scorer that season before moving to Rangers to re-enact the magic by scoring 11 goals to top the chart. A year later, I moved to Iwuanyanwu Nationale (now Heartland) and scored ten goals after taking my chance with the departure of the striking duo of  Mike Obiku and Uwakwe Eke that season before I eventually travelled out on greener pasturesLove  for Stationery Stores:It still remains the same Super Stores for life. This is a club every aspiring footballer should play for. Without much resources, you are always happy and motivated. The atmosphere was great. The fans were wonderful. They are never-say-die fans who would do anything to keep the club going. The supporters were absolutely great, tasking themselves to cheer-up the team. Stationery Stores is a joyful and wonderful family. There was no dull moment for us. Every day was carnival-like for the team. I cannot describe the mentality behind the team.Stores is still a household name in football because many successful players passed through the institution.It did not take me much time to blend and adapt to the system because I was also part of the system. Immediately I saw most of my childhood friends, I was motivated to prove my worth. Everybody wanted to see that boy in action and I thank God I did not disappoint the fans and everybody was happy with Ashinze.This, however, led to my invitation into the national team under the late coach Paul Hamilton. I was at my best then but not able to shine in Eagles. The Eagles’ coaches preferred the late Rashidi Yekini and Samson Siasia ahead of me but that was not my problem. When I discovered that I needed to seek greener pastures abroad to add value to my career, I later moved out of the country to play in Portugal and Cyprus. My professional stint was not as easy as I thought but I managed to achieve something for myselfPlayers like  Haruna Ilerika, Yomi Peters, Wakilu Oyenuga, Peter Rufai, Abdul Sule, Abiodun Obafemi, Ike Shorunmu, James Tombiri, Ganiyu Ajide, Olumide Banjo, Audu Ibrahim, Richmond Gbontir, Tarila Okorowanta, Arthur Moses, Yisa Alabi, Benjamin James, Godwin Obinyan, Collins Ebitimi, Taiwo Oloyode, and Peter Obanor etc also made their impacts felt at the club.I can never forget my relationship with coach Kashimawo Laloko and the late Austin Ofoukwu, for his gentility on and off the pitch. He was a very good, caring and loving coach.Stores’ national league match against Iwuanyanwu Nationale in 1987 still remains the most memorable match in my career. I scored the only goal of the match to give Stores the three maximum points.Any regrets?:The only regret I had and I’m still nursing is my inability to play at the highest level of my career in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. I was doing very well in Cyprus and suddenly, I was injured and the injury kept me out of the national team forever. I was not myself throughout that year because I knew I was supposed to play in that team. It was a shattered dream and I never recovered from the shock.A knee injury I had in Europe in 1995 eventually led to my retirement, as I was forced to quit the game due to the injury.Encouraging his children:None of my children is into football. I tried all I could to encourage them to toe my path but they refused. None showed interest in the game. It is unfortunate that I cannot force them against their will. I had to close that chapter.Remember Ogedegbe and Raymond King:There are two goalkeepers I can not forget. The late Best Ogedegbe and Ramoni Oba popularly called Raymond King. Both keepers had paid their dues before their death. They made great impacts for their respective clubs and country.Ogedegbe was in goal for the IICC Shooting Stars in 1976 when they made history as the first Nigerian club side to win a continental trophy by beating Tonnerre Kalala of Cameroon at the final of the African Winners Cup. The late Ogedegbe also manned the goal post for Nigeria’s senior national soccer team, then known as the Green Eagles, when they won the African Cup of Nations for the first time in 1980.King played school football across the south-west states and was among the Flying Eagles squad of the 1979/80. He made his name playing for the Shooting Stars of Ibadan and was in goal during the 1984 CAF African Cup of Champions where his team finished as runners-up to Zamalek of Egypt. King later left Shooting Stars and joined the defunct Abiola Babes of Abeokuta with whom he won the 1987 FA Cup title.Cherish Leon Balogun:Balogun is one of the most intelligent defenders I have seen among Nigerian players. His positioning and ability to read and avert danger are wonderful. He has been coping very well with English football since he moved from Germany.Brighton and Hove Albions will appreciate him better and as a former striker, I see him as a good potential in Super Eagles defence.Effects of coronavirus:Apart from paralysing sports generally across the world, coronavirus pandemic has had far-reaching consequences beyond the spread of the disease and efforts to contain it. Now that the pandemic has spread its tentacles around the globe, concerns have shifted from supply-side manufacturing issues to decreased business in the services sector.Supply shortages are expected to affect a number of sectors due to panic buying, increased usage of goods to fight the pandemic, and disruption to factories and logistics. It has also led to hike in price of commodities, with many areas witnessing panic buying and consequent shortages of food and other essential grocery items, especially the technology industry. Somebody has described it as a third world war because it touches every human endeavour.We pray that it should end now for the world to be at peace.BusinessPeople always like to know what I am doing for a living and I am not ashamed to say that I am into the automobile business. I sell cars of different choices. Any good car you can think of is available in my place around Ikeja.read also:read also:Osimhen is future of Nigerian football – IghaloGoalscorer award controversy:I will like to clear the air about the three awards I won from the national league. I actually won three awards within three years. In 1987 with Stationery Stores, 1988 with Rangers International and 1989 with Iwuanyanwu Nationale now (heartland) but lack of record by the Nigeria Football Association, (NFA) under the late Secretary-General, Patrick Okpomo, denied me the opportunity of getting the three awards the day they wanted to present it to me at Eko Le Meridien Hotel in Lagos.These three legends of Sports journalism, Mr Paul Bassey, Mr Larry Izamoje(formerly Echiejile) and Abdulmumini Alao were at the ceremony that day because I went there with my facts but they later appealed to me to accept the two awards of 1987 and 1988 like that. So they were not two as widely reported. It wasn’t anybody’s fault but the NFA.last_img read more

Park Jefferson opens season with Jimmy Cole Night

first_imgJEFFERSON, S.D. – Park Jefferson Speedway will open its 2017 racing season on Saturday, April 8 with Salute to Jimmy Cole Night.Popular racer Cole is fighting cancer and this night will see Park Jefferson donate $1 from every ticket to his recovery fund.This night will also be the kickoff to the 2017 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season and thanks to fan donations, the IMCA Modified winner will earn $1,255 along with a berth of the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Second place in the Modified feature pays $555. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks will run for $355 to win and the Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $155 to win.Anyone interested in contributing to the opening night purse can contact promoter Rod Olson at 712 267-3278. Spectator admission will be $12 for adults, $5 for seniors 70 and over and $2 for students ages 6-16. Pit passes will be $30.The “fab five” will race the first 2 weeks before being joined by the Championship Sprint Cars on April 22.On Friday April 7, Park Jefferson will host a season opening test and tune for any drivers who wish to attend in any class of cars that will compete during the 2017 season. Cost is $10 per car and pit passes are $10. The grandstand will be open.Gates open both days at 5 p.m. For more information go to www.parkjeff.com, call 712 202-5540 or email oxolson@hotmail.com.last_img read more

Players deserve credit – Kidd

first_img Having won the Barclays Premier League in such amazing circumstances last year, City have returned to earth with a bump this term. Saturday’s shock FA Cup final defeat to Wigan proved to be the final straw for the City hierarchy, who on Monday night called time on Mancini’s three-and-a-half-year reign at the Etihad Stadium. The Italian’s sacking meant former assistant Kidd took charge of Tuesday night’s clash with Reading – a match City won 2-0 courtesy of strikes by Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko, and Kidd said: “What has gone on in the last 24 hours was a shock to the staff, and before the game I would have just taken the result, to get the three points and take second place.” He added: “It’s all credit to the players – they are the ones who have had to put up with stuff off the pitch. I am pleased for them because it would have been a travesty if we hadn’t finished second. “I was asked to take charge for two games, and, being a Manchester lad, I couldn’t say no. I wouldn’t have been able to walk down Market Street if I had. “You’d have to ask the players how they feel. We appreciate the fans, and they were disappointed, and we were disappointed, on Saturday. What you’ve seen is a combination of a couple of things, but I think it was a relief because it has been a tough 48 hours.” As well as the perfect response to losing Mancini, Tuesday night was a welcome return to winning ways after the disappointment of losing at Wembley. “To be honest, the three points was the most important thing,” Kidd said. “When you get to this stage of the season it’s not about performances, but getting results and it was on my mind that we needed to seal that second spot in the league. “That’s the least we could do, and the staff, the fans and the players did it for the club. I was pleased with the way the players acknowledged the fans, but those players really appreciated it. “There were 1,300 of them at Reading, disappointed after Wembley, but they turned out and you could hear them. The players and the backroom staff have been terrific.” Caretaker manager Brian Kidd heaped praise on Manchester City’s players after they secured victory that guaranteed second place less than 24 hours after Roberto Mancini was sacked.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Pulis wants to turn up the volume

first_img There was a large travelling contingent in the new all-seater record 26,851 attendance at Carrow Road, and Pulis called on those fans to be in full voice again when the Irons travel to SE25. “I thought the Palace support was absolutely brilliant on Saturday, as they have been all season, and we will need them,” said Pulis. “It is very important that they pick the baton up, which they have. I can’t fault them one bit.” Former Stoke boss Pulis continued: “I think Selhurst Park is (intimidating). The times I have watched the games this year, the crowd have been wonderful. “If we can turn the volume up a little bit more for the West Ham game, then that will help the players. “That is about us giving them something to cheer about as well, like we did at Norwich.” Pulis added: “You can take seven teams who are miles away from where we are at the moment and then you are hoping and praying that you pick points up against the rest. “So week by week, you have got to approach every game in a positive manner.” Pulis was animated on the Carrow Road touchline, and is clearly relishing his return to the game since leaving Stoke at the end of last season. “I am football mad,” said the 55-year-old. “Sometimes you do need a break and you need to be out of it, but everything about the Premier League is wonderful, even when you get beat.” Pulis feels he will be able to get his ideas across to the Palace players sooner rather than later, but intends to bring in some quality additions where needed when the transfer window opens in January. “They are a group who have worked really hard and have taken everything on board, although there were areas and situations against Norwich where we need to improve,” Pulis said. “We have to bring one or two players in, that is important. I think everyone understands that, and I think the group would be the first to be pleased with that.” Ireland defender Damien Delaney is confident the group will have no problem buying into what Pulis is trying to achieve. “Everyone knows him. You take the manager as he is. He is big on set pieces and they can get overlooked in the Premier League,” he said. “I think 60-70 per cent of our goals conceded have come from set pieces. I think he has recognised that so we have spent the week working on set plays, both attacking and defending. “He has also worked on keeping morale up, but I think morale’s been good this season.” Delaney added: “I firmly believe that we can get out of this. “Possibly we deserved a point at Norwich, but we didn’t score and they did, but the positive is that the energy, the hunger and the enthusiasm were there. “If we can replicate that type of performance on Tuesday night and Saturday, then we will be okay.” Press Association Manager Tony Pulis has called on the Crystal Palace faithful to crank up the volume at Selhurst Park as his side battle to stay in the Barclays Premier League – starting against West Ham on Tuesday night. The Eagles lost 1-0 at Norwich on Saturday in what was Pulis’ first match in charge since being appointed just ahead of the win at Hull last weekend. Despite the defeat, which sent them back to the bottom of the table as Sunderland picked up a point at Aston Villa, Pulis feels there were plenty of positives on which to build a successful survival battle. last_img read more