Read NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio’s “Phish Day” Proclamation From One Year Ago Today

first_imgA few days later, the NYC Mayor’s Office released the official text of its “Phish Day” proclamation on August 6th. Outside of honoring Phish for their monumental Baker’s Dozen run, the proclamation also recognizes the group for their charitable organization, The Waterwheel Foundation. As an inside shout-out to Phish fans, the final sentence begins with, “Tonight, as vibrantly dressed fans gather at MSG to bounce around the room and await the Reprise.” You can read the entirety of the proclamation below, courtesy of the NYC Mayor’s Office. On August 6th and after twelve prior nights of donut-themed shows, Phish’s Baker’s Dozen run at the iconic Madison Square Garden came to a close, with the Vermont quartet ending the run on a high with their final “Glazed” performance. On Sunday ahead of the evening’s performance, news broke that New York City mayor, Bill De Blasio, had proclaimed the day to be “Phish Day” in honor of the end of their celebrated, thirteen-night residency. Already, Phish’s time at Madison Square Garden was historic—outside of the fact that Baker’s Dozen saw the band perform the longest consecutive streak of shows to ever take place at the Garden, Phish did so without repeating a single song, and Friday, August 4th, marked Phish’s 50th show at the 20,000+ person venue. As such, Mayor De Blasio’s proclamation was the perfect capstone to Phish’s two-week MSG run, solidly marking the last night of the Baker’s Dozen as an important milestone in both Phish’s history and the larger history of the residency’s host city.Donut Sampler: Relive Phish’s Baker’s Dozen By Rewatching These Free Pro-Shot VideosAfter the formal announcement of “Phish Day,” the NYC Mayor’s Office tweeted a picture of Team Phish backstage at MSG with members of the Mayor’s Office holding the proclamation beneath a sign honoring Phish for performing 50 shows at the well-loved venue along with the caption: “Thanks for the memories we shared, we’ll never forget either.”last_img read more

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Green Mountain Coffee Reveals New Packaging for Its 10- & 12-Ounce Coffees

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Reveals New Packaging for Its 10- & 12-Ounce Coffees WATERBURY, Vt. (August 28, 2008) (BUSINESS WIRE) — Green Mountain Coffee, the coffee division of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), today unveiled new, unique packaging for its 10-ounce and 12-ounce coffee lines including Signature, Fair Trade Organic, Flavored and Seasonal coffees. This completes the packaging makeover that began with roll-outs of the Newman’s Own(r) Organics and Single Origin lines of coffee. The redesigned packaging will start to appear on store shelves in late August.The redesign includes a vibrant palette of line-specific colors and illustrations that clearly differentiate one line of coffee from the other. The crisp, contemporary look also features improved communication that identifies the roast level, grind type, Fair Trade and organic certifications, and decaf options. Along with an updated logo, these features help consumers easily find their favorite Green Mountain coffee.As with Green Mountain Coffee’s other recent packaging modifications, these bags also offer an environmental benefit. The film contains 19.4% PLA (polylactic acid), a polymer made from plant-based renewable resources. The use of PLA helps reduce the environmental impact of the packaging.Susan Cote, Director of Brand Marketing at Green Mountain Coffee, said, “We used a collaborative approach to design the new packaging lines, listening to the needs of our consumers, our wholesale customers, our sales team and our manufacturing group. Consumers will be really pleased with the strong visual shelf presence and clear product identification the new packaging provides.”About Green Mountain Coffee RoastersGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is recognized as a leader in the specialty coffee industry for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology and socially responsible business practices. GMCR manages its operations through two wholly owned business segments: Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig. Its Green Mountain Coffee segment sells more than 100 high-quality coffee selections, including Fair Trade Certified(tm) organic coffees, under the Green Mountain Coffee(r) and Newman’s Own(r) Organics brands through its wholesale, direct mail and e-commerce operations (www.GreenMountainCoffee.com(link is external)). Green Mountain Coffee also produces its coffee as well as hot cocoa and tea in K-Cup(r) portion packs for Keurig(r) single-cup brewers. Keurig, Incorporated is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup coffee brewing systems for offices, homes and hotel rooms. Keurig markets its patented brewers and K-Cups(r) through office distributors, retail and direct channels (www.Keurig.com(link is external)). K-Cups are produced by a variety of licensed roasters including Green Mountain Coffee. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has been recognized repeatedly by CRO Magazine, Forbes and SustainableBusiness.com as a good corporate citizen and an innovative, high-growth company.last_img read more

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Airman Named to Time Magazine’s 100 Most-Influential People List for Haiti Airfield Efforts

first_imgBy Dialogo May 04, 2010 Time magazine editors have named Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Antonio D. Travis to the 2010 Time 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most-influential people in the world, for his efforts after the Haiti earthquake. Travis was one of the first U.S. military members on the ground at the Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, only 30 hours after the Jan. 12 earthquake and less than 12 hours after the nation’s president requested U.S. assistance. The chief led a team of special tactics airmen from the 23rd, 21st and 123rd special tactics squadrons. With his team of combat veterans, Travis led the largest single-runway operation in history, using hand-held radios to control thousands of aircraft. Their air traffic control tower was a card table set up next to the airport’s runway. “Twenty-eight minutes after touchdown, we controlled the first air landing followed immediately by a departure, and we did not slow down for the next 12 days,” said Travis, who hails from Nelson County, Ky. After establishing control of the airfield there, his team orchestrated an orderly flow for incoming aircraft and dealt with the constraints of the inadequate airfield, which potentially could have limited relief operations. Facing 42 aircraft jammed into a parking ramp designed to accommodate 10 large planes and untangling the gridlock was the first of many seemingly insurmountable challenges necessary to facilitate the flood of inbound relief flights. In the dawn of the U.S. response to the Haitian crisis, Travis coordinated with Miami-based Federal Aviation Administration officials via text messaging on his BlackBerry. His ingenuity paid massive dividends as priority aircraft transited the small airport, delivering lifesaving water, food and medical supplies in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development-led international humanitarian effort. From chaos, Travis established order as his combat controllers reduced a four-hour hold time in the air on Day 1 to less than two hours on Day 2 and less than 15 minutes by Day 3. For 12 days, 24-hours-a-day, the airfield team ran the international airport in Port-au-Prince. Together with more than 200 other airmen from Hurlburt Field, Fla., they tirelessly ensured the safe and effective control of more than 4,000 takeoffs and landings, an average of one aircraft operation every five minutes, and enabled the delivery of 4 million pounds of humanitarian relief to the people of Haiti. Without computers or electricity, Travis and his team controlled as many as 250 aircraft daily, exceeding the normal capacity of the airfield by 1,400 percent without a single incident. By Jan. 25, his team was able to hand operations over to Air Force air traffic controllers with a portable control tower. While directing the airfield operations, Travis also supervised a group of pararescuemen, known as PJs, and medical technicians who augmented a search-and-rescue team from Virginia. These teams were credited with 13 technical rescues and 17 additional saves. Additionally, the special tactics airmen he led surveyed nearly 100 sites for use as potential humanitarian relief supply delivery sites. His teams’ technical expertise and unflagging commitment ultimately led to successful air deliveries by C-17 Globemaster IIIs of humanitarian aid that included more than 150,000 bottles of water and 75,000 packaged meals that subsequently were delivered to earthquake victims by helicopter. Travis is the chief enlisted manager of the Air Force Special Operations Training Center at Hurlburt Field. He served seven-and-a-half years in the Marine Corps before transferring into the Air Force as a combat controller in 1993. As a senior combat controller, he has supported combat, combat support, humanitarian, and search-and-rescue operations throughout the United States, the Pacific and European theaters, and at many austere locations across the globe. Like Army Rangers and Navy SEALS, Air Force special tactics airmen are an elite force of special operators. They are combat controllers, who conduct tactical airfield operations and close air support; PJs, who conduct combat search and rescue; special operations weathermen, who provide tactical weather forecasting and environmental reconnaissance; and tactical air controllers, who integrate close air support into special operations missions. Time’s full list and related tributes of all those honored appear in the magazine’s May 10 issue, available on newsstands and online.last_img read more

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More workers’ comp bills filed

first_imgMore workers’ comp bills filed A massive rewrite of Florida’s workers’ compensation system in a legislative special session last summer has paved the way for more bills in the 2004 Regular Session that began March 2.Some of that effort is expected follow-up to last year’s legislation, including a bill on how rates are set. But lawmakers are also looking at a financial crisis in the Joint Underwriting Association, the state-sponsored pool for businesses that can’t get private insurance, and at other repercussions of the bill.The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee in December released an interim report on last year’s bill. The report recommended changes in last year’s legislation, and also compared changes in some benefits and in plaintiff’s attorneys’ fees with other states, but make no proposals in those areas.Last year’s bill, among other changes, cut both worker benefits and payments to their attorneys for certain types of work. Bar Workers’ Compensation Section Chair Dennis Smejkal recently told the Board of Governors plaintiffs’ attorneys will be able to take only the cases of the most severely injured workers under the law.Rafael Gonzalez, a past section chair who monitors legislative activity for the section, said while bills will be filed, it’s not likely they will be as far-reaching as last year’s legislation.“I don’t think they’re going to touch attorneys’ fees and I don’t think they’re going to touch worker benefits [this year],” Gonzalez said. “They would like to give the changes that were passed last year a year to two [in operation], because they think they will eventually see something positive.”But Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, said major changes could happen, especially if evidence continues that last year’s bill is having little effect on rates.“I believe everybody is saying it is broken,” he said. “We’re going to consider anything and everything that will fix it.”Rep. Kim Berfield, R-Clearwater, chair of the House Insurance Committee, said that both the House and Senate are working on new bills.Major efforts will focus on the Joint Underwriting Association, or JUA, and the process for setting workers’ comp rates, she said. Because of last year’s legislation, the JUA is forecasted to lose $34 to $36 million this year, while last year lawmakers had many questions about how rates are set and the lack of accountability for some numbers the state uses in determining rates.Berfield said a joint legislative committee has looked at rate-setting and a bill is being worked on, probably to be introduced by Sen. Jeff Atwater, R-Palm Beach Gardens.The JUA will be a higher profile issue, Barfield said, since “they are looking at a potential deficit of $36 million by the end of the year.”The JUA is made up of “subplans” for different types of businesses, and the problem is for Subplan D, which helps smaller businesses.The House and Senate each have reserved funds to help with the expected deficit, but neither has nearly enough, Berfield said. At the moment, she said bills are being looked at that would encourage private carriers to pick up some of those companies.Some senators, Berfield said, are interested in pursuing legislation based on the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee interim study.The report can be found at www.flsenate.gov/data/Publications/2004/Senate/reports/interim_reports/pdf/2004-110bi.pdf. More workers’ comp bills filedcenter_img March 15, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

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‘Move Along’ organization showcases sports are made for anyone

first_imgMove Along frequently visits schools to educated students on the importance of inclusion in sports as well as hosting programs to play sports. For more information visit their website. “Growing up with a disability, there’s things that are pretty difficult and things can be adapted and stuff like that, but I think that even if you have a disability, you can do anything,” said Addison Rosenkrans. “Here’s a chance to realize, ‘I’m not defined by this disability, I’m defined by my abilities to push through what I need to get to,'” said Jeff Wright, executive director for Move Along. “It works out different muscles and it gives you a better idea of what disabled people have to do to stay active,” said Calli Graham. For one student in the class, she has a disability, but she says that doesn’t define her. After trying out the sports, students say, they have a new respect for people with disabilities. center_img “I’ve never been in a wheelchair and have to deal with this, but it’s cool to see what they get to do,” said Myles Clement, a student in the class. CONKLIN (WBNG) — Students at Richard T. Stank Middle School are hitting the court to play sports, but they’re doing it a little differently. ‘Move Along’, an organization that specializes in adaptive sports is showing students across the Southern Tier that sports are for everyone. The class spent time in the gym playing basketball, hockey, and cycling, all using equipment made for people with disabilities. last_img read more

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Court-martial of gay soldier form of discrimination, activists say

first_imgThe trial against DS in a martial-court in Denpasar was the latest example of numerous forms of persecution confronting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community across the country, according to activists. Many activists and experts have been denouncing such accusations against people for same-sex relations as a form of discrimination and a violation of human rights.The indictment was not the correct application of Article 281, which stipulates that the offense must be carried out “publicly” in open spaces, said Institute for Criminal Justice Reform’s (ICJR) researcher Genoveva “Geno” Alicia Karisa Shiela Maya.The article was often interpreted loosely so as to provide room for discriminatory prosecutions of members of the LGBT community.”The reason [behind the use of the article against LGBT people] might be more because of social factors,” Geno told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. “If the law is applied appropriately, there is actually no basis that can be used to prosecute [LGBT people], but the problem is this law is being interpreted freely, so such cases keep happening.” A gay soldier, a second lieutenant of the Indonesian Army identified only by his initials DS, is fighting a legal battle over his alleged personal relations with three men in 2017 and 2018. His prosecution is discriminatory, according to rights groups.The prosecutor, Lt. Col. I Putu Gede Budiadi, indicted DS for his alleged same-sex relations with one man at a hotel in Canggu in Bali in April 2017, another man at a hotel in Denpasar in October 2017 and a college student at a hotel in Seminyak in 2018. DS, who joined the Army after graduating from a military academy in Magelang in Central Java in 2016, was accused of committing a crime based on Article 281 of the Criminal Code on public decency. The prosecutor was also accusing DS of disobeying a command and violating Article 103 of the Military Criminal Code. Between 2006 and 2017, LGBT advocacy group Arus Pelangi recorded 172 cases of persecution of members of the marginalized community across nine provinces in the country. The cases include various forms of persecution, such as intimidation, abuse, maltreatment, molestation, personal data leaks, raids, destruction of goods, rape, forced-dispersion, nonprocedural arrests and detainment, murders, extortion, obstacles in obtaining permits to hold events and forced-conversion attempts.Many Indonesians perceive LGBT people negatively. A 2018 survey by Saiful Mujani Research Center (SMRC) found that, out of 1,200 respondents, 87.6 percent saw LGBT people as a threat and 81.5 percent said the orientation was prohibited by religion.Activists said the central government is complicit in the rampant discrimination against this community, as evident in last year’s civil servant recruitment involving 190,000 vacant civil servant posts at 74 ministries and state agencies, as well as 467 local administration offices. The Trade Ministry required its candidates “not to exhibit sexual orientation deviations”. Worse still, the Attorney General’s Office required its candidates “not to be mentally disabled, including sexual orientation deviations and behavioral deviations”.”[DS’s] case is appalling and discriminatory,” Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid said in a recent statement.”It sets a dangerous precedent for other soldiers who are or are perceived to be engaging in consensual same-sex activities and has repercussions for broader society. No one should be persecuted or discriminated against because of who they are or who they love.”The court-martial of DS showed that Indonesia did not comply with its obligation as a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which protects same-sex relations under the rights to privacy and freedom from discrimination, Amnesty said.In 2018, for example, 12 transwomen were arrested by the police in North Aceh, which, according to Amnesty, was in violation of the treaty. Moreover, five beauty salons where the 12 transwomen used to work were closed by the police. “It is important for them to acknowledge that a person’s sexual orientation is totally irrelevant to their ability to serve,” said Usman. “Going ahead with this prosecution would further institutionalize discrimination and risk inciting violence against LGBT people in the military and in wider society.”Supreme Court spokesperson and justice Andi Samsan Nganro refused to comment on the DS case, saying it would “disrupt the court’s independence” or be “violating the presumption of innocence principle”. (dfr)Topics :last_img read more

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Leinster recover to conquer Castres

first_imgLeinster reasserted their control of Heineken Cup Pool One by ending Castres’ proud 18-match home record at Stade Pierre-Antoine. Jimmy Gopperth scored two tries in response, the second coming in first-half injury time, as Leinster closed the gap to 17-12 at the interval. It was a real war of attrition in the concluding 40 minutes and Matt O’Connor’s men gained vital momentum on the hour mark, courtesy of three Gopperth penalties and a drop goal from Rob Kearney on his 50th Heineken Cup appearance. Flanker Jordi Murphy then claimed his first European try to put the result beyond doubt, while Castres capitalised on Sean Cronin’s sin-binning to score an injury-time consolation try through Remi Lamerat. Having lost at home to Northampton in the previous round, Leinster needed to bounce back in order to keep hold of top spot and remain on course for the quarter-finals. Castres were missing some notable names through injury – top-scoring scrum-half Rory Kockott and back- rowers Pedrie Wannenburg and Antonie Claassen chief among them – but their shadow side got off to a very strong start. Flanker Ibrahim Diarra got his hands free to send centre Lamerat weaving through some lacklustre Leinster challenges. He was brought down in sight of the posts, before Seremaia Bai’s long pass put the waiting Gray over in the left corner. Television match official Derek Bevan confirmed the score which Cedric Garcia crisply converted. The excellent Diarra then forced another turnover near halfway from which the French side sprung winger Remi Grosso into space on the left and with Rob Kearney drawn in, he passed inside for Dulin to finish off their second try. Castres’ most recent home defeat was against Ulster last January and they fell to another Irish province here despite establishing a 14-0 lead and dominating the scrum. The under-strength Castres team ended the first quarter in full control as full-back Brice Dulin touched down to add to Scotland and Lions lock Richie Gray’s opening try. Garcia’s conversion left Leinster 14-0 adrift and with considerable ground to make up. Their forwards took up the baton, with Jordi Murphy held up short from a line-out maul. From the resulting scrum, the Castres defence was caught off guard as Eoin Reddan passed for his half-back partner Gopperth to score by the posts, with the New Zealander also converting. Goal-kicking scrum-half Garcia was on target in the 39th minute but the visitors – aided by a fine Fitzgerald run – got a timely boost when Gopperth shrugged off two tackles and stretched over under pressure from Gray to claim his second try. Leinster won a central penalty for some needless stamping by Garcia when play resumed and the successful kick from Gopperth made it a two-point game. Reddan soon sniped through on a break which led to a long-range drop goal from full-back Kearney, moving Leinster ahead for the first time, and Castres coughed up another penalty which Gopperth nudged home. Leinster were suddenly 24-17 ahead when a 63rd-minute carry from replacement prop Cian Healy – a late inclusion on the bench after an incredibly quick recovery from ankle surgery – set up Gopperth’s third penalty goal. The Castres pack battered away in the Leinster 22 but the visitors, following a spell of desperate defending, countered for a brilliant third try. Healy cut inside two tackles near the Castres 22 and passed for Murphy to dive over in the right corner in the 77th minute. Although the win was now beyond them, Castres’ persistence was rewarded in the dying seconds when Lamerat scrambled over from a close-in ruck. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Zach by nature, ‘Incredible Hulk’ by kickoff

first_imgMany fans keenly look forward to USC gameday each week, but their experience is one far removed from that of the players leading up to kickoff.For redshirt junior offensive lineman Zach Banner, the contrast could not be any more pronounced.Unlike many students on game days — who often aim to overlap with as many friends as possible before kickoff — Banner completely shuts himself off from the outside world, switching his phone onto “airplane mode” and using the device solely for music.Before he does that, though, Banner places two calls: one to home to talk with his parents and another to his uncle, who resides in Texas.“Calling my parents and my Uncle Mark in the morning when I wake up helps get me in the mindset that I am playing for my family, not just myself,” Banner said. “After that, I put my phone on airplane mode and cut the rest of the world off. It’s all about football from that point forward.”For someone who proudly likens himself to the Incredible Hulk — not only because he shares a last name with the fictional Marvel Comics scientist-turned-big-green-fighting-machine Bruce Banner, but also because of his towering 6-foot-9, 357-pound build and forceful, overpowering plays in the football trenches — Zach’s weekly withdrawal serves very much as a comic-like foreshadowing. The extreme focus and relative silence before games preface the moment in which Banner will storm out of the Coliseum tunnel and, much like Bruce Banner, begin to activate his “beast contained within.”The intensity and grit with which Banner approaches the game of football derives from an inner drive to be the best offensive lineman in the country and an understanding that his success in reaching that goal will come not from the size of the dog in the fight, but from the amount of fight in the dog.“It’s all about what’s on the inside,” Banner said of why he has been successful as a football player. “It’s about the will to be the best, the will to be great. Ignore the size — that’s automatic, a given. It’s about having the need and the desire to have a great career — not just a good career —  and the understanding that I have to work hard for it. It’s not going to just come easy.”While Banner’s pregame preparation necessitates the removal of non-football related interactions in order to fully focus his mind and body, he is also well-known for his Hulk-sized kindness and infectiously magnetic personality on days not beginning with the word “game.”Often seen sharing a laugh or conversing with students, coaches and faculty, it is little surprise that down the road — whenever it comes time to hang up the pads for the final time — Zach hopes to use his charismatic gifts to pursue a career on-screen.“After football, I really want to go into broadcast journalism,” Banner said. “I have a passion to stay around sports and to create a good character for myself on camera. I idolize the things that Shaquille O’Neal is doing in basketball and would love to do that for the sport of football.”Widely considered to be a strong NFL prospect, it may be a while until Banner uses his on-screen talents to pursue an off-field career. However, his willingness to use his voice is one that is already paying dividends for him in a big way.“Being so vocal makes it easy to build relationships,” Banner said. “I think that’s why people trust me and want to work with me. They know that I’m both a fun guy but also that I’m going to work hard.”On the practice field, Banner can be audibly heard along the offensive line communicating play calls, helping raise the level of intensity and mentoring some of the less-experienced underclassmen.His verbal leadership has been especially welcome over the last few months during a coaching transition in which former Oklahoma State and 20-year coaching veteran Bob Connelly was brought in to replace former USC offensive line coach and current Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno.In a situation that could have set the Trojan offensive line back a few steps heading into a season widely hoped to be “the return of dominant USC football,” Connelly has instead helped revitalize the O-Line unit, pushing it in a positive direction.Much of that, Banner said, is due to the way in which Connelly interacts with players, which channels the way in which he himself tries to interact with others.“He’s the best offensive line coach I’ve ever had, and I mean that,” Banner said. “He not only knows his stuff in terms of the X’s and O’s, but he also knows how to build relationships, just like I try to do. He knows how to care about you on and off the field.”It certainly helps that the group of guys Connelly inherited — Banner included — feature a mix of both young and experienced talent who possess a determination to improve.“We’ve got a great leader and four-year player in Max Tuerk, and two guys who came in at the same time as him, but redshirted like myself and Chad Wheeler,” Banner said. “Max is the best center in the country, and Chad and I have a hunger to be just as good as he is and be the best in the country at our respective positions — left and right tackle.”Banner’s confidence in the offensive line is reflective of a broader sentiment permeating through the USC football team this year. Despite the hype, media spotlight and inflated expectations that come with being a premier sports program at a top collegiate institution — and one that happens to reside in the second largest city and TV market in the country — Banner feels that the team is successfully blocking out potential distractions and instead focusing on themselves.He attributes this to strong parity between players and coaches in moving toward their goal to win the Pac-12 championship for the first time since 2008 and subsequently earn a berth in the College Football Playoff. At the core of this quest, Banner said, is a team-wide understanding and mindset that they are playing for something bigger than individual success,“Hopefully, we will have a ring to show for what we have done,” he said. “But ultimately, we are a great university with a great tradition, not a school full of individuals.”And for his team, when the pads are put on and the lights are switched on, the Zach Banner that many know and love transforms. And when that happens, no one is safe.“I become the Incredible Hulk,” Banner says. “Everyone dies. Hulk smash.”last_img read more

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West African Ministers of Sports Meeting Opens in Abuja

first_imgA three-day meeting of West African Ministers of Sports Region 2 Steering Committee and Council of Sports Ministers opens on Monday December 11-14, 2017 at the ECOWAS Parliament Conference Hall, Area 10, Garki Abuja.The meeting will discuss among other issues, consideration for the host of the First edition of the African Union Sports Council Games and a Sports Development plan for its member nations.The Technical session will be declared open by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Mr Adesola Olusade. Presentations will be made on the African Union Sports Council Region 2 constitution and Statutes and consideration of the proposed administrative Structure for the region.The African Union Sports Council is a transformation of the former Supreme Council for Sports in Africa,  (SCSA) the OAU Technical Arm in charge of sports.To bring sports administration closer to Nations, the African continent was sub- divided into 5 regions with the AUSC Region 2 comprising 15 West African countries namely; Nigeria, Cote D’ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Benin Republic, The Gambia, Mali, Togo, Burkina Faso, Niger Republic, Ghana, Cape Verde, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Senegal.To round off the Council Meeting, all the Strategic Strategic Plan, Constitution and other Working documents will be Ratified by the Council for implementation to commence.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Guardiola says Man City aren’t new Invincibles

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Sunday’s game against Arsenal is set to be the first time Alexis Sanchez faces City since a £60 million ($78.4 million, 67.5 million euros) move to the Etihad Stadium fell through at the end of August.Guardiola refused to be drawn on the prospect of resurrecting that deal, either in January or at the end of the season, when the Chile international’s contract runs out.“The transfer window is closed, so it’s not time to talk about that,” Guardiola said.“I have respect for Arsenal and especially for my own players. In the period that the transfer window is open, I leave other people to talk about that.“You know my opinion on the players I have. On Alexis, you know my opinion, but he’s an Arsenal player so it’s not correct to talk about that, especially before we play them.”Guardiola believes City should be wary not just of Sanchez, but also of Mesut Ozil, another point in a three-pronged attack that also features Alexandre Lacazette.Ozil, like Sanchez, is out of contract next year, but has faced criticism for a lack of goals and assists this season.“I don’t have doubts about him, first in terms of quality,” said Guardiola, who came up against Ozil during his time as Barcelona coach.“I enjoy him and have suffered from him at Real Madrid and here. He gets criticised when the team loses. He is a big target when they lose. But I admire him.“Maybe his body language doesn’t help him too much, but sometimes that confuses the opinion of the critics.“I don’t have doubts about his quality. It’s good for the Premier League to have players of this talent, but hopefully on Sunday he can play a bad, bad, bad game.” Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP |  Pep Guardiola has promised Arsene Wenger that Manchester City have no chance of emulating his Arsenal team’s 2003/04 record of completing a Premier League season unbeaten.Arsenal were dubbed the ‘Invincibles’ after becoming only the second team — after Preston North End in 1888/89 — to go through an English top-flight campaign without losing a game.City are unbeaten after 10 games of the league season, but Wenger has suggested it will be difficult for them to match his side’s achievement and City boss Guardiola agrees with the Arsenal manager.“I would like to say to Arsene that this record belongs to him. We are not going to break it,” Guardiola said on Friday ahead of his side’s home game with Arsenal on Sunday.“He has to be calm. He has to be sure that is not going to happen. It was an exceptional team.“To stay unbeaten in the Premier League is something fantastic. He has to know that we don’t want to break this record, but we want to play well and beat them on Sunday.”City have not lost any of their 16 competitive games this season, winning 14 of them and beating Wolverhampton Wanderers on penalties after a draw in the League Cup.They sit five points clear at the top of the table, but Guardiola played down Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s suggestion that City are on course for the title.“We are five points ahead of Manchester United,” he told reporters at City’s Manchester training base.“How many games are left? Twenty-eight. How many points? Eighty-four. We are five in front. It is nothing.“If you say that until next May we are going to play like we have in the last two months, I’d say: ‘Wow, we have a good chance to win the Premier League’. But who is going to assure me we will not get injuries?“Even for the best teams in the world it’s hard to maintain what we have done over the last two months.”– Ozil admiration –last_img read more

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