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NFF Begins Fresh Scout for Foreign Technical Adviser for Eagles


first_imgRising from its meeting in Abuja wednesday, the executive committee of the NFF approved the appointment of Salisu Yusuf as Super Eagles chief coach, Bitrus Bewarang as technical director and Nduka Ugbade as Goden Eaglets assistant coach as recommended by the Chris Green led technical committee.According to the communiqué of the meeting signed by Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, the search for a new technical adviser for the senior national team needs prompt action given the matches ahead for the Super Eagles in the road to the 2018 World Cup in Russia whose qualifiers begin in October.“Executive Committee instructed the Technical and Development Sub–Committee to, within the next seven (7) days, recommend a candidate for the post of Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles,” read the communiqué in part.“It noted that the refusal of Mr. Paul Le Guen, earlier recommended by the Sub-Committee, to accept to be given targets as well as unwillingness to live in Nigeria, made his candidature unacceptable to the Board.“Committee also disapproved of Mr. Le Guen’s desire to come to the job with two assistants, which would make Nigerian coaches redundant.“The Committee noted that it was the desire to show transparency that made the Technical and Development Sub-Committee to make public its recommendation in the first place.”The statement added: “The Committee further resolved that any candidate that would be so recommended by the Technical and Development Sub-Committee must have accepted to be handed targets and must also be willing to live in Nigeria.“In addition, such a candidate must agree to undergo other internal evaluation.”The Executive Committee also approved that henceforth, only the Head Coaches of the various national teams will be on monthly salary, while assistant coaches will receive only bonuses and allowances.“The assistant coaches presently in the NFF’s employ have been given till the end of this year to secure substantive employment elsewhere, as the federation deals squarely with its financial constraints,” concludes the communiqué.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Gives Technical Committee one week to recommend new coach for NigeriaDuro IkhazuagbeSmarting from the embarrassment caused the country by Frenchman, Paul Le Guen, the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) wednesday ordered its Technical Committee to recommend another top foreign coach to step into the vacant Super Eagles job within the next one week.Le Guen snubbed the Eagles job because he was not willing to accept NFF’s conditions that include his coming to stay in Nigeria, accept back-up staff made up of indigenous coaches in addition to being given a target.last_img read more


UEFA charges Spain, Russia over fans’ racist abuse


first_imgUEFA said it opened disciplinary cases for “improper conduct of their supporters (racist behavior, racist chanting).”The European football body said its disciplinary panel will deal with the cases Thursday.Spain and Russia will likely receive financial penalties if the cases are proven.Russia has already been fined €185,000 ($230,000) after being charged by UEFA over its fans’ conduct at all three of its group-stage matches in Poland.UEFA also threatened Russia with a six-point deduction in its 2016 European Championship qualifying group after some of its fans attacked stadium stewards in Wroclaw following the Czech match on June 8. UEFA has said the deduction would be enforced if fans repeated their violent behavior. The Russian FA has appealed that sanction.In the first proven case of racist abuse at Euro 2012, UEFA fined the Croatia football association €80,000 ($100,000) for a range of charges including insults directed at Balotelli.Discrimination monitors appointed by UEFA reported that around 300 Croatia supporters made monkey noises at the Italy forward during a June 14 match in Poznan.A Spanish fans’ group previously reported that some Spain followers made monkey noises at Balotelli during a June 10 match in Gdansk. The group, affiliated to the Football Supporters Europe network, said other Spanish fans intervened urging the offenders to stop.Gebre Selassie acknowledged that he was racially abused by Russians during the opening group match but declined to file a complaint.UEFA received reports from monitors supplied by FARE, a Europe-wide fans’ network, and later asked Czech team officials to help provide evidence which could be used to prosecute the case.Russian fans displayed “illicit” imperialist flags and set off fireworks at each match, while a fan carrying a national flag aloft ran across the pitch after the match against Poland in Warsaw on June 12.UEFA pledged a zero-tolerance policy toward combatting racism and discrimination inside Euro 2012 stadiums.Russia was heavily favored to advance from Group A but was eliminated as the Czechs and Greece reached the quarterfinals.On Monday, Russia FA president Sergei Fursenko announced his resignation during a televised meeting with state President Vladimir Putin. STAR FORWARD—Italy’s Antonio Di Natale, left, replaces Mario Balotelli during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group C match between Italy and Croatia in Poznan, Poland, June 14. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) by Graham DunbarKIEV, Ukraine (AP)—UEFA charged the Spanish and Russian football associations on Tuesday for racist chants by fans at the European Championship.The charges follow reports that monkey noises were directed by Spain fans at Italy forward Mario Balotelli, and that Russian fans targeted Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie. Both players are Black.last_img read more


July is Smart Irrigation Month


first_imgSubmitted by The City of OlympiaJuly is Smart Irrigation Month in Olympia. Because lawns and landscapes are typically overwatered by up to 30%, the City of Olympia’s Water Conservation Program is encouraging water customers to cut their irrigation water waste through a variety of incentives. By watering wisely, maintaining and upgrading automated irrigation systems, consumers can save money and help protect our drinking water resources for future generations.The City’s Water Conservation Program offers residential water customers a $200 rebate on the installation of a “smart” irrigation controller and/or a free rain sensor – both for in-ground irrigation systems. Smart controllers automatically adjust watering times based on weather conditions to provide optimal moisture for healthy plants and landscapes, and conserves water. Rain sensors simply shut off irrigation systems when it is raining, so you don’t water when nature is doing it for you. Customers who water with a hose-end sprinkler can benefit from a free hose watering timer.City of Olympia commercial water customers may be eligible for a rebate of up to $2500 on efficient irrigation system upgrades, including spray nozzle retrofits, smart controller upgrades and drip irrigation conversions.The City’s efficient irrigation consultant says, “Olympia has made it easy for commercial customers and irrigation contractors to get rebates for installing efficient sprinkler nozzles, controllers with conservation features, and other water saving equipment. The rebate process is simple for most items, and the rebate amounts are generous enough that customers can start saving money right away.”Visit our website www.olympiawa.gov/waterwise for Smart Irrigation Month incentives, rebate applications, resources and tips on how you can join your fellow neighbors and get smart about irrigation!Smart Irrigation Month is an initiative of the Irrigation Association, a non-profit industry organization dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation.For more information, contact the City of Olympia Water Conservation Program at 360.753.8271 or waterwise@ci.olympia.wa.us. Facebook100Tweet0Pin0last_img read more


RB RiverCenter Announces Holiday Hunt, Window Winners


first_imgRED BANK – Red Bank RiverCenter has announced the winners of its two new holiday promotions.During the holiday season the agency expanded its calendar to include a new event, the “We Double Dog Dare You Scavenger Hunt” during which shoppers visited 50-plus participating businesses in search of a hidden character inspired by the classic holiday movie A Christmas Story. Shoppers gathered stamps for every character they found, and once 15 were collected they entered to win Red Bank gift cards that can be used at 150 borough businesses. Three winners were drawn and received Red Bank gift cards. They were the Bemy family from Highlands, the Mullens from Rockaway Beach, N.Y., and the Mazzuccas from Fair Haven.The movie theme continued with the return of the window decorating contest. Businesses were invited to decorate their windows using any holiday movie of their choice. Some of the movies featured were A Christmas Story, White Christmas, Elf, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.The winning window was at Lux Beauty Store, 88 Broad St. with the theme Twas the Night Before Christmas.“I had a lot of fun with it and shared with all of my customers,” owner Linda Martino said. “I’m thrilled with my win.”Martino will receive $500 in advertising dollars to use as she wishes. YESTERcades at 80 Broad St. was a close second with their painted A Christmas Story window, and rounding out third place was Rue Royale Couture at 24 Monmouth St. with The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, of course, with Cindy Lou Who.Shoppers voted online for their favorite windows and Mackenzie Leary of Ocean­port was the randomly drawn winner of a $50 Red Bank Gift Card. RiverCenter thanks all who participated.For more information about upcoming Red Bank events, please contact Red Bank RiverCenter at 732-842-4244 or visit www.ACoolLittleTown.com.last_img read more


Let the ‘Beautiful Game’ begin


first_imgThe Beautiful Game kicked off its World Cup Championship Thursday in Brazil, and while most of the public was at work, a few interested fans were locked in front of the television cheering on their favourite team.On opening day it was the Faraguna house in Nelson that was decked out in the Croatian colours as Guido and Boris Faraguna got together to support their homeland. Unfortunately a questionable penalty call ruined the day for Croatia, losers 3-1 to host Brazil.Action continues today with three games.At 9 a.m. Mexico battles Cameroon; at noon defending champion Spain takes on Netherland before Chile and Australia meet at 3 p.m.All games are on CBC Television.last_img


GIMME DA LUTE PROMINENT IN SATURDAY’S $200,000 ECHO EDDIE STAKES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 1, 2015) – A competitive field of nine 3-year-old colts and geldings are set to go in Saturday’s $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs as part of the Golden State Series for California bred or sired horses.One of two Triple Crown nominated horses in Saturday’s Echo Eddie, Gimme Da Lute could make it an even bigger day for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert should he win. Second by a nose in his first outing on Jan. 31 at Santa Anita in a maiden special weight, he broke his maiden in his second attempt on Feb. 21 in a state-bred maiden special weight going 6 ½ furlongs.The bay colt by Midnight Lute is out of the Proud Citizen mare, Casino Gold and is owned by Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman. He is 2-1-1-0 overall with earnings of $48,160.Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer sends out Chief of Staff Saturday and reunites him with Mike Smith. A first time starter at Emerald Downs in September for then trainer Michael Puhich, the Triple Crown nominated Chief of Staff first raced and won for Hollendorfer in a Jan. 24 maiden special weight that he won by 5 ¼ lengths.The colt by Majestic Warrior out of the Awesome Again mare Morning Jewel is 3-1-1-1 overall with earnings of $46,218.Trainer Peter Miller will send out Richard’s Boy for the first time Saturday, an Idiot Proof gelding out of a Cee’s Tizzy mare, Marissa’s Joy who is undefeated in three lifetime starts. In his only turf try, Richard’s Boy won a down the hill allowance turf race March 13 for then trainer Herb Bacorn and won it gamely, fighting back at the rail. He will return to dirt on Saturday and will retain the services of jockey Fernando Perez.Richard’s Boy is owned by Rockingham Ranch and is 3-3-0-0 overall with earnings of $105,240.Grazen Sky comes into Saturday off of two wins and has never been worse than second in four lifetime starts. Second in his first two races, maiden special weights, going 5 ½ furlongs, he has won his last two in-a-row. He will again be ridden by leading-rider Rafael Bejarano who was up in his most recent score, a 6 furlong allowance March 5, in which he was favored at odds of 4-5.He is trained by Steven Miyadi and owned by Nicholas Alexander and is 4-2-2-0 overall with earnings of $91,800.The complete field for the Echo Eddie Stakes, to be run as the third race on an 11-race card Saturday, in post position order with jockeys and weights: Rocko’s Wheel, Joe Talamo, 118; Pay the Fine, Mario Gutierrez, 116; McHeat, Flavien Prat, 118; Richard’s Boy, Fernando Perez, 120; Run Like a Million, Kent Desormeaux, 118; Chief of Staff, Mike Smith, 118; Grazen Sky, Rafael Bejarano, 120; Over Par, Elvis Trujillo, 116; Gimme Da Lute, Martin Garcia, 118.–30– COMPETITIVE FIELD OF NINE SOPHOMORE COLTS AND GELDINGS SET TO COMPETE IN GOLDEN STATE SERIES EVENTlast_img read more