Idowu Gives Condition before Joining Dynamo Kiev

first_imgFormer Nigerian U-17 international Akinjide Idowu has confirmed that Ukrainian powerhouse Dynamo Kiev areexploring ways to sign him, as first reported by Football Live Nigeria.The central midfielder, who won the U-17 World Cup with the Golden Eaglets back in 2013, has given a condition before he can agree to a switch to the Kievites.Idowu is twice shy about making a move to a big team as he was not afforded playing time during his stint with Major League Soccer club Portland Timbers and ended up playing only one game for their reserve team. ‘’Dynamo Kiev have interest but I and my manager have not decided on me joining the club or not,’’ said Idowu toallnigeriasoccer.com.‘’Of course, I want to join Dynamo Kiev but only on a concrete condition that I will have enough playing time.‘’That’s my priority for now not the huge amount of money.’’Idowu is contracted to Lithuanian club FK Palanga until September 2019.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

USC escapes with close win over Cal, 38-30

first_imgQuick HitsHeidari’s second-quarter field goal marked the first time all season that the Trojans were unable to score a touchdown in a goal-to-go situation.USC racked up eight penalties in the first half alone, totaling 85 yards.Kessler finished 31-42 with 371 yards. After a career-high 400-yard performance against Washington State on Nov. 1, this game marks the first time Kessler has thrown for 300-plus yards in consecutive contest.Telfer’s touchdown was his first of the season and the 11th of his USC career.Notable Trojan supporters in attendance included former quarterback Matt Leinart, actor Adam Sandler and recording artist Miley Cyrus. Junior wideout Nelson Agholor became the first player in USC history with consecutive 200-yard receiving games and redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler added four touchdowns to his season total in an ugly, penalty-filled 38-30 win over Cal on Thursday night.The Trojans (7-3, 6-2 Pac-12) jumped out to a 31-2 lead midway through the second quarter behind the Kessler-to-Agholor connection, but could not close out the resilient Golden Bears (5-5, 3-5).Cal quarterback Jared Goff found wide receiver Stephen Anderson for a 29-yard touchdown with just 1:36 remaining, cutting the Trojans’ lead to eight. The Bears’ dreams of a remarkable comeback came to end, however, when James Langford’s onside kick landed in the waiting arms of USC sophomore wide receiver Darreus Rogers. The Trojans proceeded to run out the clock, surviving another disastrous second half performance.USC head coach Steve Sarkisian recognized that his team dodged a bullet against a tough Cal squad, but refused to admit that his team suffered a second half letdown.“We knew all along that their offense would start clicking,” Sarkisian said. “I wish we would’ve performed a little better in the red zone. We left some points on the board and we have the ability to play better. But I don’t think we let down.”Agholor, who finished with 16 reception for 216 yards and two touchdowns, downplayed his monster night.“My job is just to get open,” Agholor said. “Coach called great plays and Cody [Kessler] gave me opportunities.”Sarkisian was straightforward in his praise of Agholor.“When you practice well, the results show up on game day,” Sarkisian said. “This guy practices his tail off. The first day back after the Washington State game, he was out on the Jugs machine catching balls. Work ethic pays off.”Though they managed just seven points in the final 31 minutes of the game, the Trojans looked unstoppable out of the gate. The offense got on the scoreboard immediately, driving 85 yards on their opening possession for the game’s first touchdown. Fittingly, the drive ended on a 10-yard strike from Kessler to Agholor.After a Cal three-and-out, USC was back in the endzone in a flash. Two quick outs to Agholor set up Kessler’s second score, a 32-yard play action bomb to speedy junior wideout George Farmer.Agholor pulled down another touchdown midway through the second quarter, a 10-yard missile set up by a forced fumble from sophomore safety Leon McQuay III. On the ensuing possession, Bears’ head coach Sonny Dykes dialed up a disastrous fake punt, allowing USC to take over with excellent field position. Unsurprisingly, Kessler and the Trojans cashed in, extending their lead to 29 after a chip shot field goal from senior kicker Andre Heidari.Though the Trojans’ offense will get the recognition for a dominant first half, it was the team’s defense that set the tone. Goff, who came into the game averaging 346.6 pass yards per game, was held to just 96 yards in the first 30 minutes of the game.As should be expected in the wild Pac-12 conference, the Bears refused to go quietly. Goff led a nine-play, 60-yard scoring drive just before halftime, cutting USC’s lead to 31-9.The Trojan defense continued to falter for the rest of the contest, first allowing an 11-play, 79-yard drive on Cal’s second possession of the third quarter that culminated in a five-yard touchdown from running back Daniel Lasco.As the much-maligned Pac-12 referees slowed the game’s pace down to a crawl in the final quarter, USC senior tight end Randall Telfer attempted to put the game out of reach with a 16-yard touchdown grab. Kessler, who expertly avoided the Cal pass rush and scrambled to his right to find Telfer, was flagged for taunting after the play. The Trojans accumulated 14 penalties over the course of the game, for a total of 159 yards. Sarkisian hinted that he was unhappy with the officials after the game.“I’m gonna refrain from getting a fine,” the first-year coach said.The Bears added another score midway through the fourth, cutting the gap to 38-23. USC then punted with less than four minutes remaining, setting up Cal’s last scoring drive.Even after the late-game drama, Sarkisian was adamant that he will accept any win, regardless of the circumstances.“We played a really good football game,” Sarkisian said. “all in all its a really good win in November. The goal is to be 4-0 in November, and we’re on track to do that.”The Trojans will take the field again next Saturday, when they head across town to face archrival UCLA at the Rose Bowl.last_img read more

Arjen Robben Breaks Bundesliga Record

first_imgArjen Robben became Bayern Munich’s highest-scoring foreign player in the Bundesliga with his classical strike against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.The Dutchman scored his 93rd Bundesliga goal for the club against Dortmund, a new record for a foreign player.The 33-year-old winger curled home the opener at Signal Iduna Park in the 16th minute, taking his league tally for Bayern to 93. Robben moved past the mark set by Brazilian striker Giovane Elber, a four-time Bundesliga champion with the Bavarian giants.It was the Dutchman’s third of the campaign and first since Jupp Heynckes returned to Bayern last month.RelatedArjen Robben: Bayern Are Not Good Enough For The Bundesliga TitleNovember 19, 2018In “Germany”European Team of the WeekNovember 6, 2017In “Europe”Bayern Legend Arjen Robben Retires From FootballJuly 4, 2019In “Europe”last_img read more

Lucy Lived in the Trees

first_imgA new CT scan of Lucy’s bones show adaptations for living in the trees.Early hominin Lucy had powerful arms from years of tree-climbing (New Scientist): “Lucy, the world famous early bipedal hominin, was a swinger,” Colin Barras writes. “Scans of her skeleton confirm that she had an exceptionally powerful upper body, thanks to spending a lot of time climbing trees.” This may be the “final word on Lucy’s lifestyle,” he says; “…Lucy had long chimp-like arms and fingers – features that would seem ideal if her life involved a great deal of tree-climbing.”Human ancestor ‘Lucy’ was a tree climber, new evidence suggests (Science Daily): This press release from the University of Texas at Austin says “analysis of special CT scans by scientists from The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Texas at Austin suggests the female hominin spent enough time in the trees that evidence of this behavior is preserved in the internal structure of her bones.” For years paleoanthropologists claimed Lucy walked upright. That view has moved recently toward a more arboreal lifestyle. “Lucy’s upper limbs were heavily built, similar to champion tree-climbing chimpanzees, supporting the idea that she spent time climbing and used her arms to pull herself up.”Bipedal Human Ancestor ‘Lucy’ Was a Tree Climber, Too (Live Science): “High-resolution computed X-ray tomography (CT) scans of long bones in Lucy’s arms reveal internal structures suggesting that her upper limbs were built for heavy load bearing — much like chimpanzees’ arms, which they use to pull themselves up tree trunks and to swing between branches.”The only way to maintain the missing-link status of Lucy is to keep her part of the time on the ground. Mindy Waisgerber illustrates that talking point in the Live Science article: “‘Lucy,’ an early human ancestor that lived 3 million years ago, walked on two legs,” she states forthrightly. “But while she had her feet firmly planted on the ground, her arms were reaching for the trees, a new study shows.”The results of the scan are published in PLoS One, an open-access journal where anyone can check the data. The authors say their data reinforce the view that Lucy was comfortable both on the ground and in the trees. “It is clear that A.L. 288–1 and australopiths in general show many postcranial adaptations to terrestrial bipedality and probably walked in a basically human-like manner when on the ground,” they begin, citing eight prior publications. Yet their own work shows otherwise.However, we found that A.L. 288–1 also exhibits morphological features that imply substantial differences in locomotor behavior from that in modern humans or early Homo. Lucy’s femoral/humeral diaphyseal strength proportion indicates greater muscular loading of her upper limb relative to her lower limb than is characteristic of either modern humans or Homo erectus, and more similar to that of chimpanzees. While other behavioral explanations are conceivable (such as increased upper limb use related to food procurement or defense), given the range of morphological evidence throughout her skeleton that is consistent with greater arboreality, the most likely explanation is that Lucy climbed trees with a greater reliance on her upper extremity much more frequently than modern humans or early Homo (with the exception of H. habilis sensu stricto).A search through the paper for actual evidence supporting adaptation for terrestrial life shows mainly suppositions and lateral passes to earlier writers. This posturing is clear in the ending Conclusions section. Remember that nobody ever witnessed Lucy walking on the ground in real life. And if she did, they admit it was probably awkward, just as it is for chimps and bonobos today who can walk upright for short periods.Although bipedal when on the ground, the limb bone structural proportions of A.L. 288–1 provide evidence for substantially more arboreal, i.e., climbing behavior than either modern humans or Homo erectus. The frequency and magnitude of force required to stimulate bone modeling and remodeling of this kind implies that this behavior was adaptively significant and not a trivial component of the locomotor repertoire. Possible reasons for using the trees more often include foraging for food and escape from predators. Furthermore, there is evidence that terrestrial bipedal gait in A.L. 288–1 may have differed in subtle but important ways from that of later Homo, decreasing locomotor efficiency when on the ground and limiting terrestrial mobility. Overall muscular strength relative to body size was likely greater than in Homo, perhaps reflecting less reliance on technology for food procurement/processing and defense. Where possible to evaluate, the same morphological attributes are present in other australopith specimens as well as H. habilis sensu stricto, i.e., OH 62 [13]. Overall these observations imply fundamental differences in ecology and behavior between australopiths and Homo erectus. It is likely that a number of different forms of terrestrial bipedality were practiced by early hominins, and that arboreal behavior remained an important part of the locomotor repertoire in particular taxa for millions of years.That last sentence is all supposition. What they actually found was a chimp-like climbing ape built for life in the trees. The australopiths are all ape-like; the Homo are all upright walkers with “fundamental differences in ecology and behavior.” The gap is widening, not closing.National Geographic has crow on its plate but hasn’t eaten it yet. Now that Donald Johanson is famous as an NG hero, will he recant? Not likely. Lucy is too valuable an icon for the imaginary world they live in. Too many articles have been written. Too many TV specials have been made. Evolutionists all sing the “I Love Lucy” jingle. She must be brought down from her treetop. They pull her down and shout, “Walk, Lucy, walk!” (Visited 58 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Youth invited to discuss South Africa’s competitiveness

first_imgSouth Africa’s predominantly youthful population gives it a strong competitive advantage, as developed countries increasingly face the problem of aging citizens.Play Your Part reporterBrand South Africa has introduced, for the first time, a platform for young people to take part in the conversation about South Africa’s global competitiveness. The second annual South African Competitiveness Forum is set to be held on 4 and 5 November at the Ernst and Young offices in Sandton, Johannesburg.Young people have a critical role to lay in making South Africa an internationally competitive country. Africa’s predominantly youthful population gives it a strong competitive advantage, as developed countries increasingly face the problem of aging citizens.The opportunity is for the energy, vibrancy and enthusiasm of young people to be positively channelled towards their own personal development, and the development of South Africa.This is one of the appeals made by South Africa’s National Development Plan, which aims to address the country’s past and future challenges and sets out a vision for what it should strive to achieve by the year 2030.Black youth account for two-thirds of unemployed South Africans under 35. Unemployment is highest among those aged 15 to 24, and second highest among 25- to 34-year-olds. Research suggests that if a person fails to find a job by the age of 24, they are likely to never be formally employed.Youth and innovation workshopAlthough the youth make up 41.2% of South Africa’s population, only 6% of them are involved in business or self-employed. The youth and innovation workshop at this year’s South African Competitiveness Forum will focus on current and past youth initiatives and other successful interventions that can be used examples from which to learn. The conversation will examine what we are getting right, and what young people can do to improve the South African nation brand.In the discussion on youth and with youth, and their contribution to South Africa’s growth and development, the forum will ask how we can be inspired to do things differently to reduce youth unemployment and underdevelopment. It will look at what government, civil society and business can do together to solve these problems.The 2014 Forum will be held under the theme “Active Citizenship and its role in changing the South African brand reality”. This is a direct call to action to all South Africans to unite to build the country’s competitiveness in the world.The other forum workshops will discuss competitive cities, foreign direct investment, the labour market, expansion into the rest of Africa and active citizenship.Register for the South African Competitiveness Forum.Follow the South African Competitiveness Forum at @Brand_SA and via #CompetitiveSA.last_img read more

E. Coli Outbreak in Lettuce

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jerry HagstromDTN Political CorrespondentWASHINGTON (DTN) — Be careful about that salad you might eat in the coming days and take some time to know what kind of lettuce is in it and where it was grown.A romaine lettuce outbreak has now spread to 19 states with 67 reported cases and 39 hospitalizations as the Centers for Disease Control continues warning consumers not to eat romaine lettuce from the Salinas Valley in California.The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control updated details initially late last week, telling consumers to avoid romaine lettuce from the Salinas Valley due to illnesses from E. coli O157. A map released Tuesday by the CDC shows Wisconsin, with 21 cases, and Ohio, with 12 cases, have been hit especially hard by the outbreak. No other state had no more than four reported cases. https://www.cdc.gov/…The CDC stated in a tweet, “Do not eat, sell, or serve romaine lettuce from the Salinas growing region. If you don’t know or can’t tell where the lettuce is from, don’t eat it.” https://www.cdc.gov/…All industry sectors are asked to withdraw romaine lettuce products off the shelves and coolers from the Salinas Valley area.The head of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) and Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., both said they were devastated by the news and would work with the FDA and the CDC to try to figure out the root cause of the outbreak.“No one is more frustrated than the producers of leafy greens that outbreaks continue to be associated with our products,” said Scott Horsfall, CEO of the LGMA, a food safety program created in 2007 to prevent foodborne illnesses caused by lettuce and leafy greens.“We are devastated as a leafy greens community when this happens,” said Dan Sutton, a farmer from Oceano, California. “Our thoughts go to those affected by this outbreak. But that’s why we want to continue to work with governmental agencies to learn why this is happening so that we can improve.”Right now, romaine is being harvested in Arizona and southern California growing areas that are not part of this outbreak, and harvest is nearly complete in the Salinas Valley, Horsfall said. The public health risk is only focused on product form the Salinas area.“Public health agencies have stated that only product from the Salinas area is included in the consumer advisory. Romaine producers will be working closely with their customers to make sure all product from Salinas is removed from marketing channels, but romaine from any other growing area is safe for consumption.”LGMA added, “This means that romaine from the following regions is safe: Yuma, Phoenix, southern Arizona, northern Arizona, northern California, Santa Maria, southern California, Imperial Valley, Coachella and Central Valley. Product from Mexico and other states is also cleared. Hydroponically and greenhouse grown romaine is also not implicated in the outbreak.”“For the past year, producers have been voluntarily labeling romaine lettuce with information on harvest date and growing region,” explained Horsfall. “Today, this information provides consumers, retailers and foodservice operators with assurances the products they are purchasing have been identified as safe for consumption. We are hopeful these actions by industry will minimize withdrawal of safe product from stores and restaurants and reduce food waste.”The Produce Marketing Association highlighted that the investigation has shown the outbreak is not limited to any one form of romaine lettuce and could be chopped, processed or romaine hearts. Further, all of the cases are linked to a strain of E. coli O157:H7 identified in both November 2017 and November 2018 romaine outbreaks, the PMA stated.Panetta, who represents what he calls the “salad bowl” of the country, said, “As the representative of the Salinas Valley, food safety is of the utmost importance to me and my constituents. I urged Deputy Commissioner [Frank] Yiannas to work collaboratively and communicatively with industry partners to minimize any health risks to consumers and reduce the loss of safe and healthy crops that are not connected to this outbreak. He promised to provide my office with daily updates throughout the investigation.“I will continue to work with the FDA, CDC, and our producers to ensure that the investigation is completed in a timely manner so that our consumers are safe and our industry is secure in its production of romaine.”The current outbreak is occurring at a time when the production of leafy greens in central California is transitioning to growing regions in southern California and Arizona. It appears that romaine lettuce involved in this outbreak was likely harvested in the Salinas Valley growing area in September and October.“As farmers, we never want outbreaks to happen,” stressed Sutton, who serves as the chairman of the LGMA. “We will continue to do everything we possibly can to improve our required practices, to improve the way we farm leafy greens and to make sure we can improve the safety of these products we are putting out to our consumers.”“The situation is heartbreaking,” continued Sutton. “I have a very young family and the products we grow go to my family’s dinner table. My children consume the very same products we are sending out to consumers across the nation. That’s something I think about every day.”Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce: https://www.cdc.gov/…Produce Marketing Association: https://www.pma.com/…DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton contributed to this report.Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @hagstromreport(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

VIDEO: Evolution of WC dribbling

first_imgPowerade VIDEO: Maradona to Messi – The Evolution of World Cup Dribbling Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:59 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Peter Reid Diego Maradona Getty Images Powerade World Cup Videos As both stars and years have passed, the nature of dribbling in the FIFA World Cup has changed The World Cup has played host to the most gifted dribblers football has ever seen over the years.From Eusebio to Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona to Lionel Messi, the world’s biggest show has seen the birth of breathtaking skill moves and played host to some memorable and remarkable solo goals.In the 1982 and 1986 World Cups, held in Spain and Mexico respectively, dribbling was perhaps surprisingly prominent. 1080 completed dribbles were averaged across both tournaments, with the mercurial Maradona leading the way with some of the maziest runs the sport is ever likely to see. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Things changed during the rather defensive Italia ’90, though.Only 890 dribbles were completed during the tournament, with mean defences and a scarcity of attacking sides making for a more subdued affair. USA 1994 saw dribbling return to the forefront as Brazil edged out Roberto Baggio’s Italy, and since, the improved protection of technical players from officials has allowed the likes of Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar to breeze past players with more confidence. 1264 dribbles were completed during Brazil 2014, and with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Kylian Mbappe and Paulo Dybala set to make their World Cup debuts, that figure could rise significantly in Russia.FIFA World Cup dribbling has evolved; will the evolution continue in 2018?last_img read more

Diana Containerships Extends Charter Deal with OOCL

first_imgGreek boxship owner Diana Containerships has agreed to extend the present time charter contract with Hong Kong’s Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) for one of its Post-Panamax vessels.Under the agreement, the company’s 2006-built Pucon will continue working for OOCL at a gross charter rate of USD 18,000 per day.The charter extension, scheduled to commence on June 22, 2018, was agreed for a period of eight to twelve months.The 6,541 TEU container vessel is currently chartered at a gross charter rate of USD 10,750 per day.Diana Containerships informed that the employment extension is expected to generate USD 4.32 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter extension.last_img

Fletcher Van Dijks a monster

first_imgFormer Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher hailed Virgil van Dijk’s impact at Liverpool this yearThe Reds signed Van Dijk in January from Southampton for a world record transfer fee of £75m for a defender.Since then, Van Dijk has established himself as a key member of the Liverpool team at the heart of the defence.Jurgen Klopp’s side have conceded only five goals in 11 Premier League games this season and sit just two points off leaders Manchester City.“He’s made a massive difference to Liverpool. He’s a monster,” Fletcher told Sky Sports.“He’s so big and powerful. He cruises through games. He’s top class.”The Scot also revealed how he attempted to convince his old club West Brom to sign Virgil van Dijk in 2015 from Celtic.“With my Scottish connections, I watched him play for Celtic,” Fletcher said.“We [West Brom] were looking at centre-backs after the first summer we’ve been there.“I recommended Johnny Evans who we managed to get, which was fantastic,”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“And I also said to go and get Van Dijk. I think it was before he went to Southampton for I think it was £10 or £11 million, and obviously, West Brom felt it was maybe a bit too much.“They were umming and ahhing about £6 million for Johnny Evans. So you can maybe see the dilemma. There wasn’t much money.“I don’t think you’d call them Tony Pulis centre-halfs though, Johnny Evans and Van Dijk!”Van Dijk will likely start for Liverpool in Wednesday’s Champions League clash at Red Star Belgrade in Group C.Virgil van Dijk one of the best players in the league? Darren Fletcher has no doubt. 👊He also explains how the @LFC centre-back could have ended up at @WBA…👀Watch #MNF with @Carra23 and Darren Flecher live on Sky Sports Premier League now! https://t.co/Pu496D1spu pic.twitter.com/GwyVZ31SDL— Sky Sports MNF (@SkySportsMNF) November 5, 2018last_img read more

David Luiz sees room for improvement despite win

first_imgChelsea defender David Luiz has urged his side to stop offering a lifeline to our opponents after their hard-fought 2-1 victory against Newcastle United on Saturday.Luiz provided a sumptuous assist to Pedro Rodriguez who opened the scoring to give Chelsea the lead in the ninth minute.But Newcastle United equalized five minutes before the break from a corner kick nodded in by Ciaran Clark.Chelsea rallied in the second half and took back the lead in the 57th minute thanks to Willian’s delightful strike.“It’s an important win, it’s three points at home and we did the job. It was not an easy game for us,” Luiz told the club’s website.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.“I think we could have killed the game in the first 25 minutes, but we didn’t score the second goal.“In the Premier League every team can be dangerous from set-pieces and that is what happened.“They scored the equalizer and after that, it is always difficult but I think the team was mature enough to be calm at half-time. Then, in the second half, we controlled the game and scored the second goal.“I think we have to improve because you cannot give your opponents openings. When you have time and opportunities to kill the game, you have to do it.”last_img read more