Team Nigeria Opens Medals Account with Two Silver

first_imgThe feat in both events came moments after Nigeria lost out completely in the much advertised men’s 100m final in which the duo of Seye Ogunlewe and Enoch Adegoke placed fourth and seventh respectively.Akani Simbine of South Africa claimed the sprint gold in a time of 10.03 while his compatriot, Henricho Bruintjies settled for the silver.Jamaican Johan Blake who was tipped for the gold ran a photo finish 10.19 with Nigerian Ogunlewe but computer print out gave the bronze to the Jamaican.However, the disappointment on the track lasted less than an hour for Nigerians at the Games as the country’s men table tennis players won a silver after been trashed 3-0 in the team event by India.A power-packed team of Segun Toriola, Bode Abiodun and Olajide Omotayo allowed the Indian team a repeat of Melbourne 2006 feat at Gold Coast when the trio of Sharath Kamal Achanta, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Harmeet Desai race to the gold.Abiodun started the first game with so much hope as he romped into 11 – 4 win for the first set. But it was the Indian Sharath who bounced back to claim the three remaining sets at 11 -5, 11 – 4, 11 – 9.The second set which many hoped to be for Nigeria also went to India. Segun Toriola, the most experienced player from Africa could not find answers to India’s Gnanasekaran who towed the line of his compatriot to beat Toriola 3 -1.When the pair of Omotayo and Abiodun mounted the table for the third and last game, it was a huge mountain to climb for the Nigerians. They were equally beaten 3-0.But the defeat brought smiles to the faces of Team Nigeria officials who celebrated and welcomed the first medal- a silver.In his post match interview, Coach Nosiru Bello, blamed his ward’s loss to India in the final match to fatigue and injury suffered by player en-route to the important match against the winner.“We were tired as we only rested 40 minutes before the commencement of the final against India. Segun Toriola had a muscle injury but still gave his best. The Indians played their semi final in the morning and rested better than us. We played our semi final and hardly rested before the final. That lack of rest affected us badly,” Bello said at the secretariat of Team Nigeria at the Games.Team Nigeria’s table tennis star, Aruna Quadri, who did not play in the team event explained that he was under the weather and decided to skip the event.“I was not feeling fine. I decided to recuperate and play the singles,” Quadri stressed.Later on in the day, Chukwuemeka Enekwechi, won Nigeria’s first track and field medal finishing second in the Shot put event. He threw a Personal Best of 21.14m to win the silver medal.With the jinx broken yesterday, Team Nigeria athletes are looking forward to more medals as the paralympic events get underway from today.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram * Blake edges Ogunlewe to claim 100m bronzeFemi SolajaAfter four days of fruitless hunt, Team Nigeria finally opened her account for medals at the ongoing XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia on Monday with two silver medals from table tennis team event and shot put.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Thursday, February 13, 2014•2:41 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in Wellington.•12:10 p.m. Leah B. Drouhard, 57, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 56 mph in a 40 mph zone.•5:12 p.m. Officers took a report of found rescue gear and bag in the 200 block N. Park, Wellington.last_img

Dad-Daughter IRS Fraudster Team Heading to Prison

first_imgA dad and daughter duo who tricked the Internal Revenue Service out of millions of dollars will spend less time in prison than originally expected.U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg decided Friday that 35-year-old Danielle Takeila Edmonson will spend six years behind bars, while her father, 51-year-old Kenneth Roger Edmonson, will be in prison for just over four years.The Broward County father-daughter pair claimed that the government owed them $175 million in tax refunds on their lottery winnings.They began filing a series of fake tax returns, some handwritten, in 2015. The income, which allegedly came from lottery winnings and bonds, was later determined to be fake. However, the IRS paid the Edmonsons $3.4 million before realized the pair never had a winning ticket, according to prosecutors.The IRS sent Danielle Edmonson a check for $239,700 five years ago. In 2016, they sent her another check for $2.5 million. In 2018, the agency paid Kenneth Edmonson almost three-quarters of $1 million.The IRS estimates that it paid out $1.7 billion dollars in invalid refunds in 2016, according to a 2018 report published by the U.S. Government accountability office. It later caught about 84 percent of fraudulent filings from that year.The duo claimed to be “Moorish sovereign citizens” who are immune to the authority of United States government. They were convicted of mail fraud and making false statements by a federal jury in West Palm Beach on Dec. 20 of last year.Court filings made by Danielle Edmonson after her arrest in March 2019 discuss her motivations: “I am an aboriginal indigenous Moorish American national,” she wrote in a handwritten motion from jail demanding hundreds of millions of dollars from the government as restitution for her allegedly unjust imprisonment.She also demanded her immediate release and claimed, “nothing stands between myself and the creator.”The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit group that tracks American extremist groups, describes Moorish Sovereign Citizens as a small sect that believes “African Americans constitute an elite class within American society with special rights and privileges that convey on them a sovereign immunity placing them beyond federal and state authority.”Federal courts have repeatedly rejected claims of immunity made by sovereign citizens.last_img read more

EPA approves two Lysol products as the first to effectively kill novel coronavirus on surfaces

first_imgThe US Environmental Protection Agency has approved two Lysol products as effective against the novel coronavirus when used on hard, non-porous surfaces.Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist meet the EPA’s criteria for use against the SARS-CoV-2. Laboratory testing found that both these products kill the coronavirus two minutes after contact, the agency announced in a statement Monday.While there are more than 420 products on the list of disinfectants that the EPA says are strong enough to ward off “harder-to-kill” viruses than the novel coronavirus, the two Lysol products are the first to have been tested directly against the virus and proved effective.Lysol said in a statement it is currently working on testing the efficacy of other disinfectant products against Covid-19.last_img read more

Johnson does the double in Berkhamsted Trophy

first_img12 Apr 2015 Johnson does the double in Berkhamsted Trophy England international Luke Johnson has become only the second player to successfully defend the Berkhamsted Trophy. He retained the trophy in difficult, blustery conditions with 36-hole total of level par, which gave him a one-shot win over a group of three other players. “It was great to win again because there was a little bit more pressure defending – and because I didn’t feel I was in it! But I chipped in for birdie on the 12th and birdied 16 and 17 to win by one,” said Johnson, from King’s Lynn in Norfolk. He opened with a two-over 73 and was four shots off the halfway pace, set in spectacular style by Simon Richardson of Spalding. He had a hole in one with his first shot of the competition and followed up with 17 straight pars. However, in the afternoon Johnson shot two-under 69, while Richardson slipped back with 74, finishing on one-over, alongside Taylor Carter (Rochford Hundred) 73 70; and David Corben (Hindhead) 72 71. Johnson, 22, a member of the England Golf men’s squad, won in a play-off last year, having been eliminated in another play-off in 2013. The last time the trophy was won in successive years was 1978 and 79 when John Davies of Royal Mid Surrey did the double. Click here for the full scoreslast_img read more

James in epic Freedom Challenge win

first_img3 July 2009 Having completed the event for the third year in a row, James indicated that he had found this year’s ride particularly taxing. Whilst his record raises the bar, he pointed out that it serves also to show others what is possible; even if others are able to better his time, it remains to be seen whether any rider will be able to match his finishing places in successive years of second, first, and first. Intimidating climb Rather than stopping at Willowmore, he began a really big push. He slept for two hours at Rondawel in the Moordenaars Karoo. After that short break, he rode for 22 hours and 237 kilometres through Prince Albert, up the Swartberg Pass, into the Gamkaskloof, and took on the portage up Ladder. For the next five days, the initiative lay with Barnes who appeared to be riding strongly and consistently. However, maintaining a punishing schedule of limited sleep James not only managed to hold to his own strategy for breaking the race record but also to keep in touch with the pace of Barnes. James arrived at the finish at Diemersfontein at 21:45 on Monday, 29 June. His total riding time for the 2 350 kilometres from Pietermaritzburg was 13 days, 15 hours, and 45 minutes. It bettered by 21 hours the previous race record, which he had established in 2008. The effort, he admitted, was taking its toll. Approaching the town of Willowmore late at night on the eleventh day in the saddle, he was physically and mentally depleted and was tormenting himself with thoughts of withdrawal. Then came some news that buoyed him up; he learnt that Barnes, up ahead of him, had been delayed in the Swartberg by a snow storm. And so James continued onwards. On the first day of riding he pushed through the first support station at McKenzie Country Club, situated on the watershed between the Umkomaas and Umzimkulu Rivers, and arrived at the second support station in the Ntsikeni Nature Reserve at midnight, having ridden 203 kilometres and climbed over 5 000 metres along the way. After receiving the Basutho blanket given to all Freedom Challenge finishers, James spoke of the incredible effort that had been required and of how punishing it had been. However, apart from saddle sores, the only other ailment of which he spoke was a burnt tongue – the result of hurriedly drinking hot soup as he rushed through support stations. 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 – 1 … Add it up and you get 11. That’s the number of hours veteran mountain biker Tim James of Team Squirt slept on the last five days of the 2009 Freedom Challenge, on his way to setting a record for the non-stop mountain bike race across South Africa, which starts in Pietermaritzburg and ends at the Diemersfontein Wine Estate outside Cape Town. SAinfo reporter James arrived at Rouxpos on the slopes of the Swartberg after midnight. After catching two hours of sleep, he continued on to the Anysberg Nature Reserve, where he catnapped for an hour, before riding across the Little Karoo to Montagu. James’ massive early effort appeared to be taking its toll as his progress slowed over the next three days. By the end of the sixth day, the lead had shifted to Andrew Barnes. Barnes, who is 20 years younger than James, left Pietermaritzburg four days before him and was riding about 400 kilometres ahead of him. James crossed the Breede River to reach MacGregor – which proudly proclaims on the town’s website that it has been described as “the best preserved and most complete example of mid-nineteenth century townscape in the Cape Province” – in the early evening. He then took on the Coenieskraal climb to arrive at the Oestervanger Guest House in the Agterkliphoogte Valley well after midnight. He arrived at the village of Rhodes, 500 kilometres from the start, in three days – an achievement that was made possible when he took on the intimidating 1 000-metre climb up the escarpment of the Maluti Drakensberg on the footpath of Lehana’s Pass at night. Taking its toll Having left Pietermaritzburg on 16 June with the last batch of riders to start, James set the early pace in the race. On to the finishAfter only one hour’s sleep, he rode past the Brandvlei Dam and up alongside the Holsloot River before taking on the eight-kilometre portage up the Stettynskloof in the mountains of Du Toit’s Kloof. From there he continued through to the finish at Diemersfontein, outside of Paarl. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Dicamba and soybeans: What to expect in 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One barrier to weed control on soybean farms has just been lifted. In early November, the Environmental Protection Agency approved a label allowing use of the herbicide dicamba in dicamba-resistant soybean, although only one commercial product received that label. Many farmers anticipate this technology will provide a much-needed method to control weeds that are resistant to multiple herbicides, as well as other difficult-to-control species.“Without question, there are instances and scenarios in which dicamba will improve control of certain weed species, but dicamba will not bring back the ‘good ol’ days’ of POST-only weed control programs in soybean. Current expectations of what this technology can accomplish tend to be a bit more optimistic than what the technology actually will be able to deliver,” said Aaron Hager, University of Illinois weed scientist.Hager expects the technology will work well in a handful of scenarios. For example, dicamba should be effective for glyphosate-resistant horseweed (i.e., marestail) that does not respond to the traditional burndown tankmix of glyphosate and 2,4-D.“The new dicamba label allows up to one pound of dicamba acid-equivalent to be applied prior to planting dicamba-resistant soybean. This can provide better and more consistent control of glyphosate-resistant horseweed compared with 0.5-pound acid-equivalent 2,4-D,” Hager said.It is important to note that although the new label allows soybean to be planted immediately after dicamba application, Hager advises farmers to wait a few days following application before injuring the weeds with the planting operation.Hager also predicts that dicamba will provide good control of tall and ivy-leaf morning glory, as well as common and giant ragweed. “Dicamba certainly can provide better control of herbicide-resistant ragweeds than can glyphosate or ALS inhibitors,” he says.For farmers battling waterhemp, the solution may not be as simple. Most university weed control guides list dicamba as good or very good on waterhemp, but not excellent.“Dicamba can improve control of pigweed species, but it will never be as effective as glyphosate once was,” Hager notes. “Illinois farmers have made great strides toward utilizing more diverse herbicide programs for waterhemp control than they were using a decade ago. We suggest that dicamba should be used in a way that does not reduce this diversity. It is imperative to maintain a diverse weed management approach to prolong the effective utility of dicamba.”Waterhemp populations have evolved resistance to herbicides from six site-of-action groups. According to Hager, resistance to dicamba is not a question of “if”, but “when.”Hager points out some of the restrictions that come with the new dicamba label.“The current label contains several mandates related to the actual spray application procedure that are somewhat unique,” he said. “For instance, there are limitations on boom height, sprayer speed, and nozzle type that applicators must follow.”One of the most significant limitations is the inability to tankmix dicamba with other herbicides. There is an avenue by which other herbicides can be approved for application with dicamba, but if the current label remains unchanged during the 2017 growing season, applicators will be required to apply dicamba alone.“In other words, farmers will make a separate application of dicamba and another application of other needed herbicides,” Hager said.Additional concerns about the new product relate to yield potential of dicamba-resistant soybean and the possibility of particle drift and volatilization. For more information on these issues, please visit The Bulletin.More information will be shared about dicamba use in dicamba-resistant soybean as the product is rolled out. Hager suggests that dicamba will provide a solution to unique weed management challenges, but notes that not all weed management challenges can be met with dicamba.“Other herbicide-resistant crop technologies, such as Liberty Link and Enlist, also can provide solutions and remain viable options for soybean producers. Proper stewardship of all technologies is essential to prolong their effective utilization,” Hager said.last_img read more

Video: Iowa Governor Terry Branstad Hit The Dab In Iowa State’s Locker Room After Win Over Kansas

first_imgA Nike logo is visible on a basketball before the match-up between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Baylor Bears.AMES, IA – JANUARY 7: A Nike logo is visible on a basketball before the match-up between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Baylor Bears on January 7, 2014 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)It’s a good time to be a college basketball fan in Iowa. The Iowa Hawkeyes are No. 3 in the AP Poll and No. 4 in the Coaches’ Poll, and Iowa State may be back on the rise after a big home win on Monday night against Kansas. After the game, governor Terry Branstad made his way to the Cyclones locker room. There, he was convinced to hit “the dab,” which is still a dance that people are doing.I’m a bit disappointed that they didn’t get him to “run off on da plug twice,” but its probably for the best.last_img read more

Ohio State mens volleyball passes weekend test against two ranked teams

OSU sophomore Nicolas Szerszen (9) prepares to spike the ball during a match against George Mason on Jan. 15. OSU won 3-0.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe No. 5 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (15-3, 9-1) protected its home court at St. John Arena with a pair of big wins over No. 11 Loyola University (11-5, 6-3) and No. 13 Lewis University (11-8, 6-5) over the weekend.The Buckeyes captured the win over the Ramblers in three sets (25-20, 25-21, 25-22) Friday night. They continued their successful weekend with a hard-fought win over the Flyers in four sets (25-22, 25-14, 26-28, 25-22) the following evening.​“I thought (Friday) night’s game we were really sharp in terms of our serving and our offense ran at a really high level. (Saturday) it was more of a struggle,” OSU coach Pete Hanson said. “So, one clean, nice, pretty win and one not so pretty win.”​The Buckeyes kicked the weekend off with an important matchup against the two-time defending national champion Ramblers, who the Buckeyes already took care of in straight sets earlier in the year.​The first set started off with strong back-and-forth scoring from each team. As the set moved along, the squads matched each other point for point. Midway through the set, however, the Scarlet and Gray took control and eventually reached the 25-point plateau. The second set began differently than the first. OSU stepped hard on the gas and flew ahead straight from the outset. The Buckeyes maintained control and held off the advances of the Ramblers to take the second consecutive set.​Feeling the pressure to push the match to another set, the Ramblers came out quickly in the third frame, grabbing a lead and holding off the Buckeyes for a while. The perseverance of the Scarlet and Gray proved to be the difference, though, as they pulled themselves out of the early deficit and eventually grabbed the third set to complete the sweep.​An impressive defensive performance by the Buckeyes held the Ramblers to only a .188 attack rate. Sophomore outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, junior outside hitter Miles Johnson and senior outside hitter Christian Franceschi all contributed double-digit points for OSU. With the victory, the Buckeyes have now won all six sets they have played against the Ramblers this season.Saturday night’s matchup was another difficult test for OSU against the Flyers.In the first set, the Buckeyes jumped out to an early lead, but the Flyers wouldn’t go down easy.  The Scarlet and Gray dug in, however, fending off the Flyers to go up 1-0.The second set started with an OSU surge, resulting in a solid, early lead. The tone was set for the match as the Buckeyes went on to take another set and force the Flyers into desperation mode.With their backs against the wall, the visitors were aggressive in the third set. The teams pushed back and forth, but the Flyers held off the Buckeyes and gained a two-point advantage to win the set and force a fourth frame. The final set remained just as competitive as the third. The score stayed close as the teams tried to enforce their will. Eventually, the Buckeyes were too much for Dayton to continue to fend off, and OSU grabbed the set to win the match.The Buckeyes had a .256 attack rate on the night while holding the Flyers to .225. Individually, Johnson added 21 points, Szerszen had 19 and junior setter Christy Blough contributed 43 assist on the night.“I really think they were great wins for us. Those are two good teams at the top of our conference (and) we need those,” Blough said. “I thought they were both good team wins, and I think everyone contributed both nights.”The Buckeyes are next set to travel to Long Beach, California, to take on UC Irvine on Thursday. The match is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start. read more

Phil Jones signs new deal at Man United

first_imgManchester United have announced that Phil Jones has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract extension.The English centre-back has been at United since 2011 after they signed him from Championship side Blackburn Rovers for a reported fee of £16.5m.Jones has since gone on to manage five goals and nine assists in 208 appearances across all competitions for United.He has also won the Premier League, FA Cup, Community Shield and the Europa League at Old Trafford and becomes the latest big name to commit his long-term future to United.The 26-year-old has signed on until June 2023 and will have the option of extending it by another season.“I am delighted to have signed a new contract. Manchester United has been a big part of my life for eight years and I love everything about this club,” Jones told the club website.“I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead of us as we prepare for a very busy period in the season. I would like to thank Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] and the coaching staff for their continued support in my development.”The England international is the third player after Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial to sign a new contract since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed interim coach in December.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“Phil knows what it takes to be a Manchester United player, he has won the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League and is now one of the senior players within the team,” said Solskjaer.“He is coming up to his 27th birthday and entering into his prime years as a centre half. We are delighted Phil has committed his future to the club.”Now Jones and United will turn their attention back to Saturday’s trip to Craven Cottage, where they will take on Fulham in the Premier League.The Red Devils are now just two points off reaching the top-four in the standings and will be hoping to make it 10 wins out of 11 games under Solskjaer.Manchester United fans, what do you think about Phil Jones penning a new four-year contract at the club? #TalkTalk— Olé Báll (@D_WarEagle) February 8, 2019last_img read more