Solomon Dalung, has described Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo’s intervention that averted FIFA ban on Monday as just an attempt to subside an escalating situation. He believes that the crisis rocking the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) “cannot be solved with a temporary measure”, but by resorting to the rule of law.He claimed that he “took oath of office to protect and defend the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” and that Nigeria remains “a constitutional democracy” where “the doctrine of separation of powers is the foundation of democratic experience”, the rule of law should take its course.The minister boasted that the NFF Elders Stakeholders Reconciliation Committee which he set up would help in resolving the crisis rocking the Nigeria Football Federation.“This crisis cannot be solved with a temporary measure or scratched on the surface. The intervention of the Vice President should not be viewed as different from an attempt to abate an escalating situation.“As a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, who took oath of office to protect and defend the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I will prefer to stand with the Rule of Law instead of the opinion of men.“I want to appeal to Nigerians to remain calm and give support to the NFF Elders Stakeholders Reconciliation Committee which is made up of reputable past Presidents and General Secretaries of the NFF with vast knowledge, experience and competence to resolve this crisis once and for all.“We are a constitutional democracy and the doctrine of separation of powers is the foundation of democratic experience, therefore, the Rule of Law is the only mechanism that guarantees liberty and freedom of citizens“This administration was elected on the change mantra meaning that impunity has no accommodation anywhere, so Nigerians must learn to believe and practice the doctrine of the Rule of Law. I believe we shall overcome this if we remain within the confines and dictates of the laws of our country,” He said on Tuesday.The crisis in NFF started 2014 with Chris Giwa fighting Amaju Pinnick who has been accepted by FIFA and the Nigerian government as the only president of the African nation’s football apex body.
Apple’s Jade features among a field of seven declared for the Betdaq Punchestown Champion Hurdle.The Gordon Elliot-trained mare was invincible in the first half of the season but now has to redeem herself after under-par runs at Cheltenham and Aintree.The last two winners of this prize, Jessica Harrington’s Supasundae and the Willie Mullins-trained Wicklow Brave, bid for glory again.Mullins also has Melon in the line-up on Friday – while Petit Mouchoir, from Henry de Bromhead’s stable, is the other Irish-based runner.The two UK hopefuls are Nicky Henderson’s Buveur D’Air and the Tom George-trained Summerville Boy.City Island is the headline act in the other Grade One on the Punchestown card, the Alanna Homes Champion Novice Hurdle.Martin Brassil’s star six-year-old will attempt to back up his victory in the Ballymore at the Cheltenham Festival.City Island takes on the might of the Mullins, responsible for five of his 11 rivals in Come To Me, Easy Game, Royal Rendezvous, Tornado Flyer and Eglantine Du Seuil.Battloverdoyen is the sole Elliott runner – with Colin Tizzard’s Reserve Tank, surprise winner of the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree, the only British entry.Completing the list are Oliver McKiernan’s duo of All For Joy and Gallant John Joe,plus Mouse Morris’ Sams Profile and Dommage Pour Toi from the De Bromhead yard.
**Are you interested in becoming the face of all things soccer at NEO Sports Insiders? Read more about a potential sponsorship here.**Exciting news coming from the CONCACAF today as they have been awarded the 2026 Men’s FIFA World Cup bid. This will consist of host countries The United States, Canada and Mexico all hosting play. Cincinnati and Los Angles are just two of the rumored cities to host games in The United States.This is the first World Cup to be played on American soil since 1994. If you recall, the Gold Cup was hosted here last summer with one game played at First Energy Stadium.The official statement from the CONCACAF can been seen below.“We are very excited and humbled that the FIFA Member Associations have entrusted the Concacaf region with the honor of hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup in its new extended format.This is a monumental victory for the Concacaf family, as the United Bid exemplified the strong collaboration, beyond politics and business, that currently exists in our region.We would like to thank all the member associations who supported the United Bid, which can now test the effectiveness of a multi-nation hosting model for fulfilling the requirements of an expanded FIFA World Cup format, opening the doors for other nations in the future to come together to bid for this honorWe would also like to congratulate the Member Associations of Canada, Mexico and the United States, as well as the United Bid team, for winning the bid for the Concacaf region.Over the next eight years, Concacaf and its member associations will continue to support our three host countries and FIFA as they prepare to host the world’s largest sporting competition, and welcome 48 teams alongside their millions of fans.We will all also work together to leverage this opportunity as a platform to accelerate the development of football in our own region, with the potential to bring positive social impact through football, as well as breaking records of attendance and revenue that will contribute to the sustainability of our game.” Vince McKee Related TopicsFifaSoccerWorld Cup
RIFU, MIYAGI PREF. – Yuzuru Hanyu electrified the crowd in his native prefecture with a scintillating show of skill and grace to earn a world-record score of 95.32 in the men’s short program on Friday at the NHK Trophy.Hanyu, the 2010 world junior champion, skated to “Parisian Walkways” and opened with a quad toe loop, then landed a triple axel and a triple lutz/triple toe loop combination and received a raucous round of applause for his efforts. Good start: Mao Asada performs in the women’s short program at the NHK Trophy on Friday. Mao is in first place with 67.95 points. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS Hometown hero: Yuzuru Hanyu of Sendai scores a world-record 95.32 points in the men’s short program on Friday at the NHK Trophy in Rifu, Miyagi Prefecture. | KYODO PHOTOS In contention: Daisuke Takahashi (above) is in second place after the men’s short program, while Akiko Suzuki sits in fifth place in the women’s field. Hanyu broke his own world mark of 95.07, set at the season-opening Skate America in Kent, Washington, last month. He has a nearly eight-point lead heading into Saturday’s free skate.It was a poignant performance for the 17-year-old from Sendai, who famously ran out of his training rink in the city with his skates on when the March 11 disaster hit the region some 20 months ago.“It feels great to set another world record,” said Hanyu. “It’s very pleasing to show these type of results for two competitions in a row.”Hanyu, the bronze medalist at last season’s world championships, is now based in Toronto, where he trains with Brian Orser.“Right now I can’t find anything that I must work on,” Hanyu said. “But I want to find a way to raise my performance level.”The young star can book a place in next month’s Grand Prix Final in Sochi, Russia, with a podium finish here.“I felt a lot of pressure skating here at home, but once I finished my combo jump I was able to relax and enjoy myself,” Hanyu noted.Daisuke Takahashi touched down on his opening quad toe loop and is in second place with 87.47.Skating to “Rock ‘n Roll Medley,” the 2010 Olympic bronze medalist sported a bright red jacket with black pants on the way to a season-best score.“I made some mistakes today in the technical aspects in my jumps and spin, but overall I felt my performance was better than in China. So it was a confidence booster.” said Takahashi.Spain’s Javier Fernandez, who won last month at Skate Canada, executed a clean program to “The Mask of Zorro” and is in third on 86.23.“It was a great start and a great ending,” noted Fernandez, who is also coached by Orser. “I was really happy with the result. The work we have been doing in Toronto is paying off.”Daisuke Murakami fell on his first two jumps (a quad salchow and triple axel), re-injured his right shoulder, and was forced to withdraw before completing his program. He was diagnosed with a separated shoulder after an examination at a local hospital. It was announced that he had suffered the injury during a fall in practice on Thursday.Two-time world champion Mao Asada grabbed the lead in the women’s field with a tally of 67.95 in a near flawless short programWearing a fluorescent orange outfit, Mao cleanly landed a double axel, triple flip/double loop combo and a triple loop to “I Got Rhythm.”A place on the podium will give Mao a spot in the GP Final.“I’m very happy with my short program,” said Mao. “It’s similar to my performance in China and will pave the way for a good showing tomorrow.”However, Mao said she did not want to get overconfident.“I have to forget about this result and mentally prepare for Saturday,” she said.Mirai Nagasu performed to “Downhill Special” and stumbled on the back end of her opening jump (a triple toe loop/triple toe loop combo), but recovered to finish strong. She is second with 61.18.“I’m very proud for landing the triple toe/triple toe,” said Nagasu, who finished fourth at the 2010 Olympics. “It’s the first time I did that since I was 14. So that is a pretty big gap.”Fifteen-year-old Zijun Li of China is a surprise third with 59.62.World bronze medalist Akiko Suzuki (58.60) nailed a triple toe loop/triple toe loop combo to open her program, but then singled a planned triple lutz before hitting a double axel, and is in fifth.Suzuki will have to pick up the pace in Saturday’s free skate if she wants to qualify for the GP Final.Haruka Imai (48.10) is ninth after falling on her opening double axel.Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White opened up a big advantage in the short dance. The 2011 world champions tallied 69.86 to lead compatriots Maia and Alex Shibutani (60.84) by more than nine points. Russia’s Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov were third with 59.96.The NHK Trophy is the last of the season’s six Grand Prix events. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
HEA members are reminded to please bring a form of identification for registration purposes. The Annual Meeting will feature food, refreshments, informational booths, election results, and an update from the General Manager on HEA issues. Members will vote on candidates seeking Board of Directors’ seats for:District 1: Incumbent Kelly Bookey or Kate VehDistrict 2: Incumbent Dick Waisanen or Daniel FurlongDistrict 3: Incumbent Jim Levine or Doug Stark Additional information about the 2017 Annual Meeting is available at www.homerelectric.com FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享HEA will host its Annual Meeting at Soldotna High School on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Registration for the meeting will begin at 4:30 pm and close at 6:30 pm in the high school commons area. The business meeting will start in the Soldotna High School auditorium at 6pm. There will also be attendance door prize drawings for energy credits, including a grand prize drawing for a free year of electricity (up to 10,000 kilowatt hours). For candidate biographies, click here: HEA Board of Directors’ Candidates
Session ID: 2020-09-19:459c5810472a3cb7edf3615d Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-612430-4229638198001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning 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 CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Question: Did IndyCar officials comment on why Helio Castroneves was not penalized for avoidable contact with Scott Dixon in the first turn of the Grand Prix? It appeared to be a rather blatant piece of driving so early in the race and with so many cars bunched up. (Jay, Carmel, Ind.)Answer: They did not, and they should answer to it. We’ll see if they do Monday. I expected a penalty, and I asked Juan Pablo Montoya about it in the top-three news conference. “Forgetting the drivers involved in this incident, should there be a penalty when the No. 3 starter runs into the back of the No. 2 starter?” Obviously, he’s Castroneves’ teammate, but he looked at me like I had three heads. “It’s the start of the race, get over it,” he said. “You put us on the longest straight you can think of, you put a first-gear corner at the end of it, what do you think is going to happen? We’re not that smart.” Everyone laughed, but I’m sure Dixon wasn’t laughing. By the way, it was pointed out to me that the first corner was designed with a standing start in mind. The rolling start had the cars more bunched and traveling faster than they would have been in a standing start.Doyel: Is the Grand Prix cursed?Question: While admitting I am a fan of the 9 car, how can Helio not be penalized for what clearly seemed to be avoidable contact yet again? Guy seems to thrive in ruining his competitor’s races. (Don, Indianapolis)Answer: That was avoidable contact, in my opinion. I expected a drive-through penalty.Question: Graham noted in his post-race interview that his strategy at the very beginning was to go wide left at the beginning of the race going into Turn 1. Great strategy and a great drive by Graham. However, I thought there was a rule where you couldn’t advance your position if a driver used the runoff and rejoined the track. Am I mistaken? If not, if I’m starting in second half of the field, I’m using that strategy next year as well. Finally, how big would it be to see him in victory lane on Memorial Day weekend? (Tom, Indianapolis)Answer: Graham made a terrific move as did others. A few drivers went to the escape road and I’m sure IndyCar is reviewing the video to see if they advanced their position. A lot happened in that mess, some good, some not so good. I’m sure Dixie is ticked off.Question: If Andretti Autosport, or any other Honda team struggles to find speed for the 500, do the rules allow them to get a Chevy aero kit? (Stephen, Baltimore, Md.)Answer: The rules might, but a contract with Honda would not. Plus, Chevrolet doesn’t want any more teams. Remember, though, this will be a different aero kit than the one we’ve seen in the season’s first five races. This is the speedway kit, so we’re starting at 0-0 with the kit manufacturers.Cavin: Honda shouldn’t be as far behind on ovals – it hopesQuestion: The grand prix is different, by design, I think. Why not put the victory celebration for this race in a different spot, like in the infield somewhere? Road course turn 1, turn 7 or the 8-9-10 esses would be perfect spots. Maybe the bridge over the back straight? That’s where the people sit for this race anyway, and they would flock to the location. The photographers would catch people in the background instead of empty bleachers, and then we’d have a champion of the people to root for in The 500. One more, not related to the first: I noticed a few sprint car and midget T-shirts at the grand prix on Saturday. How many road races do you notice fans wearing sprint car and midget shirts, or is that unique to Indianapolis with the heritage of the Speedway? (George, Lafayette, Ind.)Answer: I hadn’t noticed the T-shirts, but that’s great. As for the suggestion about an alternate victory lane spot, that’s a terrific idea. I’d push for the area that’s Turn 7. You’ve got a nice grandstand, and there’s a terrific view from the mounds. That location represents the largest gathering of infield fans. Great idea. I hope Doug Boles sees this and if not I’ll mention it.Question: Due to a scheduling conflict, I was part of the 20 percent decline in attendance at the Indy GP this year. Given all the positive talk I heard on Trackside from people like Doug Boles, is it pretty safe to assume there will be a 2016 GP for me to attend? I sure hope so. (Richard, Northampton, Mass.)Answer: Oh, I’m sure there will be a 2016 event. At least a part of this situation was due to the significant talk of rain; that always hurts a walk-up crowd. Of course, some of it was the newness last year.Question: What has happened to the Lazier entry? Do they have a car or just an engine. No activity in their garage C 3-4-5. (Mike, Indianapolis)Answer: They’re on the entry list. 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Drake Thompson and his dad built this Neyland Stadium replica out of sand during a recent trip to Panama City Beach, Fla.JACKSON, Tenn. – Drake Thompson and his family make a tradition of traveling to Panama City Beach, Fla.One of the activities the family enjoys is making sand castles, but he and his father, Tony, tweaked that tradition Wednesday when they didn’t construct a castle. Instead, it was Neyland Stadium, the home of the Tennessee football team.“We started working on it Tuesday, and it took us all day Wednesday to finish it,” said Drake, who will be a junior middle linebacker on the Scotts Hill football team this fall. “We’re the biggest Tennessee fans you’ll find.”Once the stadium was finished, they took a picture of it and posted it on social media. It’s gotten a lot of attention since then, with plenty of shares and comments along with posts on national sites.Neither Drake nor Tony have much experience in sculpting.“My dad is very detail-oriented and is good at doing stuff like that,” Drake said. “We had a picture of the stadium and just kind of based what we did on that.”The replica featured a green field complete with orange-and-white checkerboard end zones.“We built the circle of the stadium, placed the wooden board that had the field painted on it down inside it and then built the seats up around that,” Drake said. “We used a tiny shovel to carve out the stadium and make it level on each side.”The rest of the family – all 18 of them – watched Drake and Tony finish the edifice.Drake said the picture garnered plenty of comments from college football fans, Tennessee and otherwise.He also said the castle no longer stands.“A runaway tent started to take it down when we got some wind (Thursday) but part of it is still there,” Drake said.
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Minko Gerdjikov has recommended striker Atanas Kurdov to Levski, Meridian Match writes.It was on his advice that Georgi Todorov rehearsed the teenager of the “blues”, who had not played professional football for many years.Atanas Kurdov trains with LevskiThe 31-year-old footballer already has a period in the first team of the “blues” According to preliminary data, Kurdov has to go through two-week tests, but it is more likely that his tests will end faster, because at this stage Georgi Todorov is not satisfied with his performance in training.
Kolkata: The land provided by the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal for the construction of a school has been returned to the government by BCCI president and former Indian cricket team captain Sourav Ganguly. Ganguly returned two acres of land in New Town, east of Kolkata. The Bengal government allotted land to Ganguly to build an ICSE board high school here. According to various media reports, Ganguly returned the land after meeting Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.It is reported that Ganguly returned the documents of the place to the Chief Minister during a meeting held at the Secretariat last month. Ganguly and the state government have not yet commented on the matter. Although it was news that Ganguly visited the secretariat last month and met Mamata, the explanation was that it was only a ‘friendly visit’. It is reported that he returned the land due to legal issues related to the land on which the school was allowed to be built.Earlier, during the Left rule in Bengal, Ganguly was allotted land for a similar project near Salt Lake. He returned to the area due to legal issues.At the same time, Ganguly’s return of land given by the state government has been interpreted as an indication of his further alienation from the Trinamool Congress. There are already rumors that Ganguly is allying with the BJP. There are strong indications that the BJP central leadership may field Ganguly to undermine Trinamool’s dominance in the state. The state will go to the polls in 2021. Prior to that, it was rumored that he would join the BJP.In the past, Ganguly has taken a stand that he will not enter active politics whenever such rumors arise. Ganguly has close ties with the ruling Trinamool Congress and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Meanwhile, Ganguly has recently befriended Union Minister Amit Shah. Ganguly was also reported to have the support of Amit Shah to run for the BCCI presidency. Jay Shah is the son of BCCI secretary Amit Shah, of whom Ganguly is president.English Summary: Sourav Ganguly returns land he took from TMC government for school