Amapakabo picks Okechukwu, Odey, 16 others for Sudan

first_imgRelatedPosts Awoniyi joins Union Berlin on loan Community to Osinbajo: For remembering us, may you become president, if you wish Abuja Airport receives first International commercial flight since March Head Coach Imama Amapakabo has picked team captain Azubuike Okechukwu, forwards Stephen Odey and Taiwo Awoniyi and 15 other players for Thursday’s U23 AFCON final round qualifying, first leg battle against Sudan in Omdurman. The delegation of 18 players and 12 officials departed the shores of Nigeria from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja aboard an Ethiopian Airline flight on Tuesday afternoon. Africa’s first-ever winners of the Olympic men’s football gold, the Olympic Eagles are scheduled to play their first leg of the final round of the U23 AFCON qualifiers against the Sudanese on Thursday at the Al Merriekh Stadium in Omdurman. Amapakabo and his lieutenants have been taking the team through training sessions and general build-up programme for several weeks in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The return leg is billed for the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Tuesday next week. The Confederation of African Football has picked officials from Djibouti to take charge of proceedings on Thursday, with Souleiman Ahmad Djama as the referee. His compatriots Farhan Bogoreh Salime, Rachid Waiss Bouraleh and Saddam Houssein Mansour will serve as assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2 and fourth official respectively. Herbert George Mwachiro from Kenya will be the match commissioner.THE FULL LIST: Abubakar Adamu, Agbor Ekoi, Nda Olisa, Stephen Manyo, John Lazarus, Ebube Duru, Collins Ogbodo, Azubuike Okechukwu, Fatai Gbadamosi, Sunday Adetunji, Blessing Muyiwa, Ndifreke Effiong, Taiwo Awoniyi, Onyeka Ogochukwu, Sunusi Ibrahim, Sunday Faleye, Stephen Odey, Etboy Akpan. Tags: Ethiopian Airline FlightImama AmapakaboNnamdi Azikiwe International AirportTaiwo Awoniyilast_img read more

Munster confirm new deals and signing

first_imgThe province have also confirmed the signing of Sharks lock Jean Deysel on a three-month loan.  The 32-year-old who has been capped by South Africa will join the later this month, subject to being granted a valid work permit.last_img

300 Players to Battle for CBN Tennis N14m Prize-money

first_img“At a time when some are struggling to hold on to their sponsorship, the CBN has stayed with the NTF and we are very grateful for having us in their plans,” he said.Earlier, CBN Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Isaac Okorafor, pointed out that the tournament has continually produced gifted players that have won laurels for Nigeria at several local and international tournaments.Okorafor, who was represented by Sindiki Thaanda, reaffirmed the Bank’s desire to support and promote tennis in Nigeria as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.The Men and Women Singles winners will get N750, 000 while the runners up will pocket N500, 000. The champions in the wheel chair event will also get N200, 000.Thomas Otu and Melissa Ifidzhen won the men and women singles titles in 2015 beating Moses Michael and Christy Agugbom while Alex Adewale defeated Jelili Ishola just as Folake Basanya edged Foluke Shittu to clinch the top prizes in the wheelchair category.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram More than 300 players will vie for the N14.3million at stake at the 38thCentral Bank of Nigeria Open Tennis Championship scheduled to hold between June 16 and June 25 at the National Stadium, Lagos.President of the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF), Sani Ndanusa, stated at a press conference heralding the tournament in Lagos yesterday that the tournament will see players battling in four categories namely men’s’ singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and women doubles. It will also feature wheelchair tennis which has been running since 2013.Ndanusa who was represented by NTF’s Vice President, Mr. Yemi Owoseni expressed gratitude to the CBN for sustaining interest in the championship which he pointed is the biggest domestic programme in the calendar of the NTF.last_img read more

Indo-Brit Harry Athwal Hailed for his Bravery During Barcelona Attack

first_imgHarry Athwal a British citizen of Indian origin, has grabbed international headlines for his ‘heroic’ effort of risking his life to ‘comfort’ an injured child in Barcelona terror attack.“He was unconscious, his leg was bent the wrong way, there was blood coming out of his head, I knew it was more than blood,” Athwal revealed to Mirror UK in his first interview after the deadly attack.‘I was not Going to Leave the Child’A van plowed into pedestrians in Las Ramblas area of Barcelona on Thursday, killing at least 13 people. Seven-year-old British-Australian Julian Cadman is among those who were killed. Athwal says Julian Cadman looked to him like his son and he couldn’t have left the child in the middle of the crisis.“I was checking for a pulse and he didn’t have one. I put my hand on his back and I thought he had gone. I was stroking his hair and in floods of tears but I stayed with him, I sat there because I was not going to leave this child in the middle of the road.”‘It was About Comforting Him’Athwal from Great Barr, Birmingham, was in Spain on a family trip to celebrate his son’s eighth birthday. He was about to order lunch at a restaurant located on the first floor when the van mowed down people. As he ran to the street to save the child, his family watched the horrifying attack unfold from the balcony of the restaurant.“The police were telling me to move but I would not leave him. All the time I was thinking the terrorists could come back but I was not leaving that child. To me, he looked like my own son. He was my son’s age, seven or eight. I just ran my hands through his hair, it was about comforting him,” Athwal said.The police then came and rescued the child after which he had no information about what happened to him. He couldn’t see the child’s face “as his hair was all over the face,” and he was bleeding profusely.Social Media PleasSoon after the incident, Julian’s family posted pleas on social media platform to know the whereabouts of the child and to seek more information. Soon after, Spanish newspaper EL Mundo published a report claiming that the 7-year-old was found in the hospital. But authorities quickly rejected that report, calling it “false.” The boy was declared to be among the 13 causalities of the terror attack by the Catalan police on Sunday morning.“Julian was a much loved and adored member of our family..He was so energetic, funny and cheeky, always bringing a smile to our faces …We are so blessed to have had him in our lives and will remember his smiles and hold his memory dear to our hearts,” the family said in a statement, the Washington post reported.The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack but the police are still hunting for the driver of the van. The victims of the Barcelona attack come from all over the world, with at least 34 nationalities represented. More than 100 people were injured in the attack. Related ItemsBarcelona van attackHarry Athwal BarcelonaIndian British Barcelona attackJulian Cadman BarcelonaJulian Cadman Las RamblasLas Ramblas attackLas Ramblas Harry AthwalLittle Indialast_img read more

Prominent geneticist out at UC Irvine after harassment finding

first_imgFrancisco Ayala The eminent evolutionary biologist Francisco Ayala has offered his resignation to the University of California, Irvine (UCI) , effective 1 July, the university announced yesterday. The move comes on the heels of an investigation of alleged sexual harassment by Ayala that began last November and included complaints from four women  – two professors, an assistant dean, and one graduate student—in the School of Biological Sciences. The biological sciences building was, until this week, named after its benefactor—Ayala.“Given the number and breadth of the substantiated allegations, along with the power differentials at play, I believe that keeping Professor Ayala’s name in a position of honor would be wrong,” UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman wrote in announcing that Ayala is resigning without emeritus status, will “abstain” from future campus activities, and will have his name removed from both the biological sciences building and UCI’s science library.Gillman said the university had interviewed more than 60 witnesses during its probe of the allegations. “While reporting misconduct is always difficult, the actions of these women were particularly courageous because their reports involved one of the most prominent members of our faculty,” Gillman wrote. Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Gillman added that Ayala’s name will also be stripped from several graduate fellowships, scholar programs and endowed chairs. Ayala gave the school $10 million in 2011, which was to have been disbursed over 10 years. The university would not comment on how much has been disbursed, or how the remaining portion of the gift will be handled. It also declined to comment on details of the sexual harassment allegations, which were not described in Gillman’s statement.Ayala, who was hired at UCI in 1989, released a statement that reads: Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwecenter_img Email “I deeply regret that what I have always thought of as the good manners of a European gentleman—to greet women colleagues warmly, with a kiss to both cheeks, to compliment them on their beauty—made colleagues I respect uncomfortable. It was never my intent to do so. Nor do I wish to put them, my family, or this institution through the lengthy process of further investigation, hearings, appeals, and law suits. I have too much respect for them, and too much work still to do. I will continue my research with renewed vigor, and I thank my colleagues around the world for their support.” Prominent geneticist out at UC Irvine after harassment finding By Meredith WadmanJun. 29, 2018 , 4:40 PM The four complainants, who asked to be identified, are all in the School of Biological Sciences: professor Kathleen Treseder, assistant teaching professor Jessica Pratt, assistant dean Benedicte Shipley and graduate student Michelle Herrera. Treseder and Pratt referred questions to their attorney, Micha Star Liberty, a sexual harassment lawyer based in Oakland, California. Shipley and Herrera could not be reached by deadline.In an interview today, Liberty said her clients–three of the four complainants–are considering “all available legal options.”“It’s frustrating and completely disingenuous for UCI to say they got a complaint in November and took swift action,” Liberty says. “That’s simply not true. They didn’t do an investigation when a complaint was filed 3 years ago.”The university declined to make any comment in addition to Gillman’s statement.Liberty would not identify the complainant of 3 years ago, the nature of that complaint, or the mechanism by which the alleged complaint was made. But she says that complainant is also one of the four women whose complaints launched the probe that began in November 2017.Liberty further alleges: “UCI seemed to care only about making sure that their famous and profitable professor was taken care of, rather than being employee-focused on the employment law rights and the Title IX rights of these women.” Title IX is the federal law that makes sexual harassment in educational settings illegal.Liberty alleges that Ayala’s behavior toward female students, staff, and colleagues was permeated with unwanted touching and sexually based language and statements, often in front of other people. For instance, she says, he once told a professor who was giving a report in a meeting: “Why don’t you sit on my lap while you give the presentation? It would be much more interesting.”Ayala’s attorney, Susan Estrich, says: “The comment about sitting on his lap was a bad attempt at humor in a crowded room in 2015, for which Professor Ayala apologized some years ago.”Liberty also alleged that Ayala discussed in front of Treseder, whom he had nominated for membership in the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS), how blacklisting of nominees was typically carried out—comments that she took as a veiled threat to blacklist her nomination. Ayala is a NAS member and only members can nominate—and vote on—new members.“Professor Ayala has made absolutely clear, repeatedly so, that he would never blackball a candidate for the Academy, much less a candidate he nominated,” Estrich responded.  According to Liberty, Ayala’s behavior toward Herrara, the graduate student, triggered the investigation that began in November 2017. Ayala’s actions were witnessed by Herrara’s supervisor, she says, who also complained at that time, in support of Herrara. In the process of the investigation, the two other women came forward as complainants. One was the woman who had complained 3 years before.They came forward, Liberty says, because “they were tired of witnessing this type of behavior, they were concerned about this graduate student, who had a lot less power than they did, being victimized and they wanted this conduct to stop. They were also tired of enduring this behavior themselves.”Liberty alleges that as the investigation proceeded, UCI represented to her that Ayala had threatened to sue the university and the complaining women for defamation.Estrich says: “At no time was suing for defamation ever considered.”Ayala, 84, has become a prominent presence in American biology since he left his native Spain and the Dominican priesthood in 1961 for graduate studies at Columbia University. He did pioneering work in molecular evolution and genetics and made a groundbreaking discovery about the parasites that cause Chagas disease, a sometimes-fatal ailment that afflicts million in the tropics.  He is a former president of AAAS, which publishes Science; an NAS member; and a 2010 winner of the $1.5 million Templeton Prize for making an “exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.” Ayala has been outspoken on the ethical issues related to the study of human evolution, and a prominent spokesperson in the debate between evolution and creationism. He is also a vintner, who at the time of his donation to UCI in 2011 owned more than 2000 acres of vineyards in northern California.Kristen Monroe is one of Ayala’s colleagues and political scientist who directs the UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality, where Ayala regularly attended meetings and was a founding member. She says: “I’m baffled and surprised at the charges against Professor Ayala since nothing in our interactions, over some 20 years, suggests he treats women with anything but respect and courtesy.”Ayala’s colleague Camilo  Cela-Conde, an emeritus professor at the University of the Balearic Islands in Spain, who has co-written six books with Ayala on human evolution, put out a statement today under the heading “Professor Ayala’s Sentence.” “I read with stupor, shame and displeasure,” of Ayala’s name being stripped from the UCI buildings, Cela-Conde wrote, noting that Gillman stated that keeping Ayala’s name on the buildings “would be wrong.” Cela-Conde added: “I wonder whether [the university’s] keeping the more than U.S. $4 million donated to UCI by Professor Ayala and destroying his scientific career would be right.”Cela-Conde noted the university’s interviews with more than 60 witnesses.  “What the statement does not mention is that only a fraction of the witnesses proposed by Professor Ayala were actually interviewed,” he wrote. “The lack of fairness throughout the whole investigation process is highly evident. Fake news seems to give birth to fake investigations.”last_img read more