Cameroon Fans Invade Alexandria for Lions versus Eagles Clash

first_imgFemi Solaja in AlexandriaAhead of the clash between Nigeria and Cameroon on Saturday, hundreds of supporters of the Indomitable Lions have started trooping into the port city of Alexandria for the epic battle.Nigeria, in the opening three group stage matches of this edition, enjoyed the support of spectatorship because most of the Egyptians still idolize the likes of Nwankwo Kanu, Austin Okocha and many Nigerian ex-internationals. They rooted for Eagles in large percentage. The presence of Nigerian immigrants in Egypt also helped to give Super Eagles the feelings of home support. But wednesday, a large percentage of Cameroon indigenes started arriving the quiet city in droves and ready to have their fair share of spectatorship at the 20,000 capacity stadium during the epic clash on Saturday.Many of the Cameroonians dressed in their national colours and exhibited some level of confidence that they will get the best out the match considering the fact that they have beaten the Super Eagles when it mattered most in the history of the competition. Out of five record of winning the cup, three of them were at the expense of Nigeria including the controversial win on penalties in 2000 when Nigeria co-hosted with Ghana.THISDAY learnt yesterday that the advance party that came in yesterday have started sorting accommodation issues ahead of the arrival of the rest of the supporters that will hit the town on Friday and Saturday afternoon.“We are coming in batches and our intention is to match your volume of fan-based supporters here. We know we are coming to meet you here and the city is well accustomed to you but we must have our own share of the voice too.“On Saturday, we want to drum support for our team like never before because it’s going to be a tough match against your team and we hope we triumph over your team just like we have been doing before until recently when you won some matches,” one of them in dreadlocks yelled to some Nigerian fans here in Alexandria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Dajuan Coleman’s early second-half run pushes Syracuse past Florida State in blowout win

first_img Published on February 11, 2016 at 10:58 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse After scoring Syracuse’s first four points of the second half at the rim, Dajuan Coleman found himself at the top of the key with the ball in his hands and the game’s momentum at his fingertips.There was an open driving lane to his left, if he could get around 7-foot-3 center Boris Bojanovksy. There was even more space in the paint, if he could balance his momentum while lumbering around Bojanovksy’s outstretched right arm. There was a rising cheer in the Carrier Dome — the kind that made you think the guy with the ball may have played his high school hoops down the road — and it was about to get even louder.Coleman waited a few beats, made a small head fake then bounded toward the rim with two thundering steps. He flicked up a left-handed layup that nicked the square of the backboard and fell through the net. The center’s personal 6-0 run to start the second half turned a three-point halftime lead into a nine-point cushion, and it was the springboard Syracuse (17-8, 7-5 Atlantic Coast) needed in an 85-72 win over Florida State (16-8, 6-6) in the Carrier Dome on Thursday night.From there, Coleman assisted on the Orange’s next basket before picking up his third foul and exiting to a standing ovation. His final line, on its own, was a mildly impressive eight points, three rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes played. But in the 2 minutes and 33 seconds after halftime, Coleman accounted for all of SU’s points and helped it build a lead the Seminoles could never overcome.“It was fun,” Coleman said. “We got a good lead out of that and I think I got everybody going after that too.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor the first 20 minutes, Coleman bumbled up and down the floor and was lethargic on both ends. He made 1-for-4 shots, one of those misses coming on the backend of a crisp no-look pass from Frank Howard. He was a big reason why FSU collected 10 offensive rebounds and 16 second-chance points in the first half. Coleman walked into the halftime break with two points, two rebounds and something to prove.In the locker room, Malachi Richardson said that SU head coach Jim Boeheim “got on Dajuan a little bit.” Boeheim wanted Coleman to be more aggressive with the ball in his hands and on the glass, and he let the center know that the Orange needed more out of him.And it got more, and then some.“Dajuan gave us a big start to the second half,” Boeheim said. “… Those were all good momentum plays.”First it was a two-handed dunk on a feed from Michael Gbinije. Then a second-chance layup after grabbing a rebound behind Bojanovksy. Next was the running layup down the left side of the lane and then the laser-like pass to a cutting Malachi Richardson to top it all off.For much of this season, Coleman has battled the rust of back-to-back knee surgeries and watched freshman Tyler Lydon play a bulk of his minutes in the middle of the 2-3 zone. But for 2 minutes and 33 seconds in front of 22,506 screaming fans, the big man from nearby Jamesville-Dewitt (New York) High School looked every bit like the starting center SU had before the injuries. Before 22 months away from the court. Before Coleman became a game-by-game question mark and his position turned into a void to fill.When he gathered his momentum after finishing that layup at the rim, his final points of the night, the game stopped for a second and Coleman sauntered to half court. Richardson screamed “Let’s go!” in his face and smacked his hand. Trevor Cooney wrapped him in a quick bear hug and, only after the Orange formed a zone on the other end with Coleman at the center, did he unleash his emotion and pump his hands in the air for more crowd noise.Twenty-four seconds later, Coleman committed a touch foul and walked to the bench to a standing ovation. He gave every coach, teammate and manager a high-five after stepping off the court. Then he plopped into a seat next to Boeheim, pulled on an orange warmup shirt and wrapped a white towel around his neck.Boeheim tapped Coleman’s knee and said “Good job, Dajuan,” and 50 minutes later the final scoreboard indicated the same thing.“D.C., he’s such a good guy, he looks intimidating but he’s such a good guy,” Gbinije said. “We know it’s tough not to play for two years, especially me I know it’s tough not to play for a year and be expected to play right away, it’s tough. But we knew he could get it going. He’s a really good player.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Middletown Man Arrested For Attempted Murder of Police Officer

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – Township police have charged a township man with attempted murder of a police officer and a number of related charges stemming from an incident that took place on Sunday, March 25 at approximately 11:21 a.m.Middletown police were attempting to arrest Gregory Canova, 37, Stephenville Blvd, who was wanted by the Sea Girt and Wall Township Police Departments on charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child, when Canova struck Middletown Police Officer Daniel Murdoch with his vehicle and dragged him a short distance.Middletown Township Police Sergeant Charles Terefenko located Canova, who then rammed Terefenko’s patrol car. Canova was apprehended when his vehicle crashed on Courtney Way in Middletown.Canova was charged by the Middletown Police Department with attempted murder of a police officer, two counts of aggravated assault on police officers, eluding police, resisting arrest, two counts of criminal mischief, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He was also charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and violation of a court order by the Sea Girt Police Department and two counts of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child by the Wall Township Police Department.Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Leslie Justus ordered Canova held on $882,500 bail with no 10 percent payment for release permitted.Middletown Police Officers Murdoch and Terefenko were treated at Riverview Medical Center for injuries sustained during tlast_img read more

Comedy Event to Assist The FoodBank

first_imgLocal comedian Kevin Israel will host a comedy benefit at Park East Restaurant, 3352 State Route 35 in Hazlet, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, to help The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.The FoodBank has been operational since the day after Super Storm Sandy, providing more than 33,000 meals in the first four days after the storm, when most other member pantries and agencies were unable to provide assistance due to power outages or flooding. Since the storm struck, The FoodBank has distributed food for more than 1 million meals, including hot meals prepared in the organization’s kitchen, military rations (MREs), shelf stable food, disaster boxes, and fresh and frozen items for organizations cooking for victims and rescue workers.“I grew up in Monmouth County and I live here now, this storm really affected everyone but we all came together so quickly to help one another,” said Israel who has been performing stand up for over 12 years. “I’ve worked with The FoodBank in other capacities and I know how much immediate good they do. This benefit will help them continue to assist those who need it the most in the coming months.“Everyone could use a laugh after the past few weeks and we’ve assembled an incredible group of comics. As soon as I approached Park East with the idea of a comedy benefit show, the folks there were immediately receptive,” Israel said. “We have Robin Fox from NickMom Night Out, Chris Covert who recently performed with Artie Lange at the Count Basie Theatre and Joseph Anthony, a finalist on TV’s Last Comic Standing. These are all Jersey comics and they’re all donating their time for this show.”Tickets are $25. Reserva­tions and additional information are available by calling (732) 739-2002 or contacting Israel at [email protected] gmail.com.last_img read more

‘Liberians Blind-Eyed to Local Products’

first_imgArtifacts dealers in Liberia are expressing grave concern that Liberians are not interested in purchasing their products, thus making it difficult to survive by the business.Making the complaints in interviews on the compound of the United States Embassy in Monrovia where the 9th biannual Arts and Crafts Fair was carried on Saturday, May 10, vendors noted that the only advantage they have in the business is the products are durable, but other than that it takes a long time for them to realize the principal invested.Michael Stone, a vendor of Arts and Crafts said his products like other products on the fairground, reflect the true image of Africans and good for design, but only foreigners are interested in buying the products and not Liberians.He sells some of the products by set, and based on the varieties, prices are determined.According to him some are sold for US$20 while others are US$15 and below.In response to question why Liberians are not interested, Mr. Stone indicated that many are not just interested in what is produced by them.“We can only receive buyers when season is approaching and foreigners or Liberians living abroad come to buy, but ordinary Liberians living here are not interested in products made locally,” Stone noted.Mr. Stone and others who spoke to this paper stressed that the cultural arm of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT) is not proactive in fostering cultural affairs that will bring them on board to carry on exhibition as the US Embassy did.He described gesture by US Embassy to conduct the Arts and Crafts Fair as an “opportunity” that enables them to exhibit their products, and further said it helps to create awareness to prioritize locally made products.Ellen V. Zeze, a vendor and artistic designer, also said she has been in the business for a long time. She noted that it has made her to have customers who usually come to buy from her. She, however, stressed that most of her customers are foreign visitors or those living abroad, but not ordinary Liberians living here.According to Ellen, fair initiated by the US Embassy helps to showcase their products, and they were grateful to the embassy staff for helping them because cultural artifacts they sell are of less interest to Liberians.Also Osman Keita, who sells masks, said only foreigners buy from them for history making and studying, but Liberians are not interested in buying things that reflect their cultural heritage.US Embassy Charge d’AffairesGiving the background of the fair in an opening statement, Sheila Paskman, Charge d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Monrovia said the artifacts fair on May 10 was the 9th biannual fair and is one of the favorite traditions of the embassy.She also said the fair was the biggest so far since they started five years back, giving the total number of vendors showcasing their products to be 121.She said while the event may be a biggest money making event of the year as people would believe, it is also meant to get vendors display their products, promote entrepreneurship and to learn how to package their goods.In an exclusive interview, Ms Paskman said the biannual event is a start-up point for government to build on in conducting similar thing to help its citizens promote entrepreneurship.Gender and Development Minister Julia Duncan-Cassell said as they travel to other countries they see handicraft works of other people and they admire them.She said, “This is time now for Liberians to showcase their works and we are proud of the US Embassy for the biannual event and we thank the artists for doing their work which we think they will always do.”Some products displayed during the fair included handmade country garments, shirts, dress, shoes, slippers, lady bags, artifacts of various designs, preserved spice and many others. Analyses on Liberians’ attitude towards local productBesides food that Liberians are compelled to buy for consumption, they hardly give much preference to locally produced materials like handicrafts for several reasons.Among them, prices of most of these artifacts are exorbitant that the averaged Liberians cannot afford.  Prices are charged in the United States Dollar and not many can afford the dollar.  Moreover, the Liberian dollar is depreciating to the US dollar as the exchange rate stands at 90 in most places. As a result prices are skyrocketing beyond the income of an ordinary Liberians.Besides, there is a general attitude that artifacts are old fashion not in conformity with contemporary materials, and therefore many Liberians see users to be uncivilized.  Moreover, some religious people, mainly Christians see artifacts as idols and therefore do not accept them in their homes.Even though imported Jeans and other fancy clothes on the market have prices ranging from US$10 upward, many young people and adults prefer wearing these fancy clothes that expose sensual parts of the body to wearing lapper suit or dress which covers most parts of the body.As referenced to earlier, government has not been much involved in trade fair for Liberians to create awareness about their products.  In addition, Liberians are not protected under the “Liberianization Policy,” something that’s gets aliens and foreigners to have edge in the business sector and discourages Liberians to involve in entrepreneurship.The US initiated arts and crafts fair was also characterized by raffle draw.  This means that the highest buyer was offered a price apart from what he/she bought, and this created motivation for buyers to purchase more from vendors who have over the time been struggling to survive by the business.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Weah’s Tuition-free College Pronouncement Not Sustainable’, Says ALJA

first_imgALJA President, Moses SandyThe Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) has criticized President George Weah’s recent decision making public universities and colleges tuition-free for all undergraduate students.ALJA says while it welcomes President George Weah’s manifest interest in the education of the country’s youths, it is urging the administration to quickly identify the source of funding for the recently announced tuition-free policy for undergraduate students across public universities and colleges.The Association said in a press release issued on Monday, November 5, that in these dire economic times, the President has a responsibility to clearly articulate the financial implications and long-term sustainability of a policy that affects thousands of undergraduate students in the country.In the absence of this, ALJA said the President’s pronouncement should be considered a political gimmick.But after President Weah’s declaration, acting Minister of Education, Latim Da-Thong, clarified that President Weah’s pronouncement of tuition-free for undergraduate students at public tertiary institutions does not cover fees for registration, ID card, handbooks, among other expenses.The ALJA said the pronouncement appeared to be spontaneous and meant to garner political support for the President and the CDC led government among the disadvantaged student populace of Liberia.ALJA said the October 24, 2018 pronouncement was an off-the-cuff action because it is not sustainable. ALJA said it opposes the pronouncement because the President and his political advisors failed to factor in the costs associated with undergraduate education in today’s Liberia.The Association noted that Mr. Weah’s tuition-free announcement sounds plausible, but neither he nor the government has the monetary and logistical support for the realization of the policy.ALJA wondered how the President and the CDC administration will fund such an undertaking after he, on January 22, 2018, while delivering his first legislative agenda to members of the 54th Legislature, declared publicly that the Liberian economy and, by extension, the government, are broken.Then ALJA recalled that the President declared, “this is plain to see, for we are all affected by it: our economy is broken, our government is broke, our currency is in free-fall, inflation is rising and unemployment is at an unprecedented high, and our foreign reserve is at an all-time low.”In the midst of the reported financial crisis, ALJA said it is preposterous for President Weah and the government to initiate an undergraduate tuition-free policy. Also, the Association further noted it is paradoxical for the President and the CDC administration to herald a tuition-free policy for undergraduate students at public universities while underfunding public education in the country.ALJA maintained that of the more than US$570 million approved in the national budget for the 2018/2019 fiscal year, the Liberian government allocated a little over US$85 million dollars for public education, adding that more than US$51 million of the money apportioned covers salaries while nearly US$11 million go towards goods and services.The Association noted that as a result of the Liberian government’s lukewarm support to public education, most public institutions of learning in Liberia, including the University of Liberia and Tubman University, are in financial woes.ALJA said in the wake of the prevailing situation, most public schools, colleges, and universities remain understaffed, ill-equipped and inefficient in meeting the educational needs of students and the country as a whole. The Association said to keep afloat, most public universities and colleges, including the University of Liberia, rely heavily on the minimum tuition and fees they generate from students for operational costs.Meanwhile, ALJA says while it is not opposed in principle to the idea of ameliorating some of the costs associated with undergraduate education in the country, the Liberian government has consistently demonstrated an inability to be financially prudent, which makes the President’s policy difficult, if not impossible to achieve.The Association said unless President Weah’s ill-advised announcement is given a sober reflection, it has the propensity of further eroding learning at public universities in Liberia.It emphasized that the funding of public education in Liberia goes beyond political ploys aimed at gaining popularity at the expense of the poor. “It requires sustained efforts, planning, resources, and political will,” ALJA noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jury frees Whim murder accused duo

first_imgA mixed jury on Monday freed the two accused on trial for murdering a Whim Village, Berbice businessman during the commission of a robbery in 2012.Elton Haynes, 28, a former Policeman of Manchester Village, Corentyne and Carlton Akeem Bourne, 23, from Whim Village, ran out of the Berbice High Court after being set free on the murder charge, five years after they were arrested.The duo was on trial for the November 7, 2012 murder of Winston Ragnauth, 57, called “Tony”, of Lot 2 Whim Public Road.Haynes was represented by Attorney-at-Law Sasha Roberts of the Legal Aid Clinic while State-appointed Attorney Arud Gossai appeared for Bourne.The State’s case was presented by Attorney-at-Law Tuana Hardy. According to the State’s case, the two men, back in November 2012, met at Liverpool Village, Corentyne and planned to break into Ragnauth’s business and rob him. Haynes, being armed with a dangerous weapon, then went to the premises of Ragnauth, who operated a beer garden and grocery store.The State alleged that it was during the robbery that Ragnauth was killed. It had been alleged that although Haynes had physically killed Ragnauth by slashing his neck, Bourne was equally accountable.  The man’s body was discovered on November 7, 2012, at his home, after his grocery shop had been broken into.Haynes was subsequently arrested after the incident and gave a statement to the Police relaying the identities of the persons who were involved and the sequence of events that transpired during the robbery. Bourne was arrested one year later.The trial was presided over by Justice Sandil Kissoon.last_img read more

Illegal immigrant suspect in fatal crash

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Police allege Velazquez-Nava steered his sport utility vehicle into the wrong lane of Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades early Wednesday, striking Clark’s sedan head-on. The filmmaker and his son, Ariel Hanrath-Clark, 22, died at the scene. Federal authorities have placed an immigration hold on a 24-year-old Mexican national arrested on suspicion of driving drunk and causing the crash that killed “A Christmas Story” director Bob Clark and his son, officials said Thursday. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement put the hold Wednesday on Hector Velazquez-Nava, an illegal immigrant living in Los Angeles, said agency spokeswoman Virginia Kice. The action means Velazquez-Nava will be turned over to federal immigration officials and placed in deportation proceedings once his local case is completed. He was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol and gross vehicular manslaughter, and was being held on $100,000 bail in a county jail. If he were to post bail, Velazquez-Nava would be taken into federal custody on the immigration hold, Kice said. last_img read more

Death of aspiring 49ers linebacker-turned-CEO of hunting apparel giant a suicide

first_imgThe death of Jason Hairston, who aspired to a pro football career before founding KUIU, a successful hunting apparel company, was a suicide, according to a post on his company’s website.It read in part: “We are incredibly saddened to report that Jason Hairston, the visionary leader and founder of KUIU, was found dead at his home in Dixon, CA on Sept. 4, 2018. He took his own life. The family has requested that donations be made to support CTE-related research at the Boston University …last_img

Was Raiders’ first ‘Hard Knocks’ episode really that bad?

first_img— David S (@DSahimi) August 7, 2019 … As the bad boys of the NFL, the Raiders seemed like a perfect fit for HBO’s annual “Hard Knocks” series. But, using social media reaction as our barometer, they didn’t quite measure up to the hype Tuesday night.Despite some predictably golden moments from coach Jon Gruden, the consensus among many was that the first episode was mostly lackluster.Or, in the eyes of some, even worse.That was the worst episode of Hard Knocks….maybe ever. Boringlast_img