Obagoal set to replace Ighalo

first_imgRelatedPosts Martins joins Wuhan Zall Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins is on the verge of a return to Shanghai Shenhua, Chinese media have reported. Martins, who was previously contracted to Shenhua from 2016 until the end of the 2018 season, was reported by Titan Sports to have arrived in China on Tuesday and was being lined up to replace Odion Ighalo ahead of the Chinese Super League season. China’s domestic league has yet to start the 2020 season after kick off was delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak, but speculation is mounting that the campaign will begin in late April or early May. Ighalo will make his stay at Manchester United a permanent one this summer. The striker has made an impressive start to life at United, scoring four times in eight games since signing on loan until May 31 from the Chinese Super League club. England’s Premier League has been suspended due to the pandemic and will not resume before April 30.Tags: Chinese Super LeagueObafemi MartinsOdion IghaloPremier LeagueShenghai Shenhualast_img read more

Couple sues an IVF clinic after the clinic inserts wrong embryos

first_imgA couple from New York is suing an IVF clinic after they say the clinic accidentally mixed up their embryos with another couple’s embryos and attempted to conceal the mix up.The incident occurred at the CHA Fertility Clinic earlier this year.The couple who was only identified as Asian-Americans became concerned when in March, they gave birth to twin boys who were not of Asian decent.They then contacted the clinic which later confirmed the couple’s concerns about the twin boys and the couple was then forced to give up the children to their biological parents.In addition to that, the clinic reportedly told the couple that they do not know what happened to their embryos.The couple is now suing the co-owners of CHA Fertility Center, Dr. Joshua Berger and Simon Hong for fertility clinic of medical malpractice, negligence, and emotional distress among several other counts.A lawyer for the couple says that after their clients were unsuccessful with having a child on their own, they spent more than $100,000 on in vitro fertilization, had a successful pregnancy, and then had their dreams stripped from them due to the negligence of the clinic.While experts on IVF facilities say the incident suffered by this couple is not uncommon in IVF due to all of the moving parts, the lawyer for the couple says their clients are not only suing for”traumatic emotional injuries and financial losses” but to also make sure that other couples who opt for IVF do not have their experience.last_img read more

Yobo Pledges Continued Support to Super Eagles

first_imgFormer Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo on Friday in Port Harcourt pledged his continued support for the national team, as he dedicated his football career to God.Yobo said this during an interview with sports writers shortly after his testimonial match, which Team Nigeria won 5-4 against Team World 5-4 at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.“It only takes the grace of God to attain what Joseph Yobo has done. Six African Nations Cup, three World Cups, and I think that says itall. “When I was fit, I always played. I am very thankful to God. I don’t know how I did it. Yes, it was 101 caps, but I don’t know how I did it,” he said.Yobo however said he would continue to support the Super Eagles and urged the team to believe in itself.“The team should believe in itself, regardless of the setbacks. The players should believe that they can always still do it. I had my setbacks and I still bounced back,’’ he said.The former player of Everton FC of England urged Nigerians all over not to relent in supporting the Eagles.“This is because we have only one national team and I am very proud of the national team,” he said.Yobo commended all his friends who came for the match, especially his coach at Everton FC, David Moyes.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that former Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike scored a hat-trick for Team Nigeria, hitting the net in the 13th, 18th and 28th minutes.Joel Obi and Yobo scored the team’s other goals in the 15th and 43rd minutes.Former Black Stars striker Sulley Muntari scored for Team World in the 14th minute, while former Cameroon international Samuel Eto’o scored in the 16th and 23rd minutes.Nollywood actor Osita Iheme, alias Paw-Paw, scored the fourth goal for Team World in the 54th minute.Waidi Akanni, Chairman of the match’s Organising Committee, said the game was a success because notable international stars honoured it.He said the match lived up to expectation because the players gave a good account of themselves.Former Eagles captain Austin Okocha entertained fans with dribbling skills and accurate passes which kept the spectators thrilled.Team Nigeria was coached by Samson Siasia while David Moyes coached Team World.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Racing action at Limerick Junction

first_imgThe Group 3 Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge Stakes is the feature event on an 8 race Flat card at Tipperary this afternoon.Dermot Weld has won this race for the last three years and the Rosewell House trainer is represented this time with Tempera ridden by Leigh Roche and stable pick Raymonda, the mount of in-form stable jockey Pat Smullen.The going is soft this morning and the first race goes to post at 4.25. Photo © Tipperary Racecourselast_img

Professor Dodoo must be sacked or else……….. Emmanuel Nartey

first_img31 year old Ghanaian judoka, Emmanuel Nartey has told sportscrusader.com in an exclusive interview that for Ghana to save its image in track and field events, the Ghana Olympic Committee President, Professor Francis Dodoo must be sacked with immediate effect.Speaking from his United Kingdom base, Nartey said but for Prof Dodoo Ghana would have won lots of medals at the just ended Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Nartey has described the GOC President as incompetent and lacking the necessary leadership skills to lead the Ghana Olympic Committee.“Prof Dodoo is not competent enough to lead the GOC. With him I don’t think Ghana has any future in track and field events. His leadership skills are bad and his human relation is very poor so the better we kick him out the best for Ghana and the athletes” he told sportyscrusader.com.Emmanuel Nartey is a Ghanaian judoka who competed in the men’s 73 kg event at the 2012 Summer Olympics and was eliminated by Dex Elmont in the second round. He is the first judo player to represent Ghana at the Olympics. He was part of Ghana’s team in Glasgow for the Commonwealth games.Professor Francis Dodoo who has come under attack from Emmanuel Nartey was born on 13 April 1960 and is a retired Ghanaian athlete who competed in the long jump and triple jump.He won gold medal at the 1987 All-Africa Games and a silver medal at the 1992 African Championships, and his best placement in the Olympic Games was a 17th place in 1988.last_img read more

Spurs ‘make Jose Mourinho contact’ amid Pochettino Man Utd rumours

first_imgSpurs chief Daniel Levy makes shock admission Mauricio Pochettino has players he doesn’t want TOTTENHAM have contacted Jose Mourinho about the possibility of succeeding Mauricio Pochettino, according to a report.The Argentine has endured a rocky period of form at Spurs and could be on his way out of North London – with struggling Manchester United keen.1 Jose Mourinho could replace Mauricio Pochettino in North LondonThe Red Devils have been long-term admirers of Pochettino’s work, dating back to his time at Southampton.Ed Woodward considered him for the United post back in 2014, before eventually opting for the experience of Louis Van Gaal.Then the 47-year-old’s name cropped up again two years later – but Woodward went for the pedigree of Mourinho, before eventually replacing the ex Chelsea boss with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.And French outlet Soccerlink claim Tottenham have made initial contact with Mourinho amid the speculation surrounding Pochettino – with the Portuguese having been out of work since being sacked by Woodward himself last December.Tottenham have struggled of late, with reports.g about Pochettino’s dwindling ability to motivate Spurs’ stars.The Lilywhites have slumped to a string of embarrassing results this season – being knocked out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Colchester, humiliated 7-2 by Bayern Munich – and then well beaten 3-0 by Brighton last time out.The result on the South Coast prompted former midfielder Jermaine Jenas to say on BT Sport that Pochettino had reached “the end of the road” at Tottenham.The shock results have even lead to chief Daniel Levy admitting that the club have players that the manager doesn’t want.And with the ex Southampton manager rumoured to be very interested in taking the Manchester United job – Spurs could turn to former London rival Mourinho.According to Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas, the 56-year-old shunned advances from the French club because he already has his heart set on his next destination – rumoured to be Spurs.LATEST TOTTENHAM STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearBut former White Hart Lane favourite Dimitar Berbatov has warned his old side not to sack Pochettino for Mourinho, questioning whether it would actually make the team any better.Ex England boss Sam Allardyce thinks that Pochettino should shun Man United to fight for his Spurs future – claiming that he has a better squad in North London than he would at Old Trafford.Tottenham currently sit ninth in the table, two points above the Red Devils – with both having hugely underwhelmed with poor performances so far this season – and facing an uphill battle for a place in the top four.last_img read more

Rugby league star Andrew Fifita shares despair, redemption in Christchurch

first_imgThe 27-year-old NRL prop for the Cronulla-Sharks arrived in Christchurch from Sydney with his wife, Nikki,​ and two young children on Wednesday morning.Fifita, who is Tongan and Aboriginal, was invited to speak to whanau in east Christchurch ahead of a Pacific Series 2016 tournament at Wainoni Park on November 11 and 12. Fifita did not hold back as he talked candidly about his upbringing in a state house in Western Sydney, his “troubled teenage life”, the harsh realities of his professional football career, battles with weight gain and his descent in to depression. Starting out with the West Tigers on $1500 a month, Fifita said eking out a meagre income with a cupboard full of two-minute noodles and corned beef was easy compared to the pressure to perform on the field.”I never realised how much pressure you come under in first grade, you’re called an elite athlete for a reason.”In 2013, he enjoyed a golden year, including getting married, playing a record 39 games, being selected for Australia and winning the Rugby World League Cup.The following year started with a deep sense of emptiness, despite his previous accomplishments, and it “went down hill from there”, he said.The tipping point was a minor altercation over a photo during a night out on the Gold Coast with friends and his two brothers in October 2014.”I went back to the hotel room and had it out with my brothers and just . . . life was over. I’d had enough.”He launched himself out the window of a multi-storey building, but was caught by a friend before he fell.”My brother said ‘what’s wrong?’ and I just leaped out of this window. I just did not care, I really did not.”I couldn’t handle this pressure from football any more. I was too big and too strong to ask for help.”Despite the frightening episode, Fifita did not take action to address his mental state after returning to Sydney.His twin brother, David, eventually asked police to arrest Fifita and take him to a psychiatric hospital.”He just kept crying and crying and he said ‘look, you’re my brother and I love you and I can’t see that ever again’.”It was the start of his recovery and he later returned to hospital for a second time voluntarily. “You may be the biggest, you may be the strongest in league, you may be the smallest, but it takes the one with the biggest heart to ask someone, if you’re in need get some help.”Like I said, it ain’t weak to speak.”Northland rugby player Kurt ​Davies also spoke about his experience of depression, saying not “fulfilling his potential with his sport” led him to doubt his own worth and consider suicide. “Through my struggles I’ve learned a lot and I’m here to help prevent it because the holes it leaves in families is heart-breaking.”last_img read more

Pacquiao gives away cars on 40th birthday

first_imgManny Pacquiao takes a break from training to party.Manny Pacquiao is known for two things: boxing greatness and generosity.The only boxer to win belts in eight weight divisions celebrated his 40th birthday Monday by giving away cars, motorcycles and home appliance to his townmates in General Santos City.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao has also established himself as a political heavy hitter after being named campaign manager for PDP Laban candidates in the 2019 midterm elections.Zonio said 12,000 tickets were distributed for the party while wide screens will beam the party happenings for those unable to get in.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew NLEX sending Desiderio, Tratter to Blackwater for Erram ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom On a break from his training camp, ahead of the Jan. 19 fight against Adrien Broner in Las Vegas, the senator raffled off prizes in a local mall, according to his aide Aquiles Zonio.On the eve of his birthday, he was seen giving away grocery items to thousands of the city’s poor residents, something that has been a tradition even when he is in the United States training.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut for family and friends, Pacquiao threw the “the biggest birthday bash ever” on Monday night.His guest list included no less than President Duterte and other personalities in politics and show business. View commentscenter_img LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folklast_img read more

Skeldon co-gen plant operating below capacity – sources

first_img…as UNDP project to improve GPL to commencelater this yearA United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project aimed at, among other things, improving the Guyana Power and Light’s (GPL) performance is expected to get underway in a matter of months. However, some hurdles remain to integrating renewable energy into the national grid.This was ventilated when various Government agencies gave an account to the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Foreign Relations on Friday for Guyana’s policies aimed at producing a ‘green state’. Already, cold water has figuratively been thrown on expectations that Guyana can be 100 per cent renewable energy powered by 2025.One of the hurdles pointed out by Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) Economist Shevonne Wood, who was present, was the risk that the national grid could become unstable when renewable energy is integrated into it. However, Guyana has, for almost a decade, been successfully integrating renewable energy into the grid as a result of the Skeldon Co-generation plant, a brainchild of former President Bharrat Jagdeo.It is a fact that was highlighted by committee chairperson Gail Teixeira, who noted that there is a paucity of up-to-date information on the entity’s operations. With the closure of several estates and mass laying off of sugar workers, Teixeira questioned whether the facility has had a reduction in its supply of bagasse, a sugar cane derivative used as a renewable energy source.This publication has been reliably informed, however, that as a result of persisting factors which have led to repairs and upgrades being effected at the facility, there has been limited supply of energy from the entity. The co-generation plant, sources say, has had to scale back some of its operations.Wood also gave some details on how Government approaches the issue of integrating, including the approach towards connecting to the grid. She noted that a strict policy was recommended to ensure technical parameters are not breached.“That’s where one of the studies for renewable energy and power generation came into play… the recommendation was to have a grid code and then to set up to certain technical parameters. So what GPL did subsequent to that, they would have allowed persons to have applications with a (power) of 100 MW, to understand how reliable the grid is to accommodate that type of technology.“It is definitely a policy to have that type of application, but also to ensure that the grid is reliable and able to have that redundancy or stand by reserve, so that any injection of renewable energy wouldn’t cause a shut down,” she related.UNDPMeanwhile, Office of Climate Change (OCC) head, Janelle Christian, informed the committee that work has been ongoing to secure funding from international partners. In particular, she spoke of a United Nations Development Programme to mobilise climate change allocation resources,“So we’ve prepared what is called mainstreaming emissions technology. In this particular project, we’ll be looking to address institutional policy and capacity gaps that the Guyana Power and Light, the Guyana Energy Agency, the Hinterland Electrification Company are experiencing as we seek to advise on the 100 per cent renewable energy ambition by 2025.“This has been approved, and we expect to start implementation by October or November of this year. UNDP would have recently closed the Ad for Project Manager for this project,” Christian informed the committee.GPL was subject to another project, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) funded Power Utility Upgrade Programme (PUUP) that was initiated in 2014 at a cost of US$64 million. However, power outages still disrupt the lives of many Guyanese intermittently.At a Public Utilities Commission (PUC) hearing earlier this year, GPL had said that over the next three years, it would roll out about 80,000 smart meters, which would have radio transmitting capacity to send out data.It was pointed out that the smart meters would allow GPL to better monitor its feeder system, each of which was supposed to have only 4000 costumers. Other measures GPL announced to improve its services included splitting existing feeders, rehabilitation of its distribution networks, and additional power generation plants at Canefield, Anna Regina and Bartica.GPL was ultimately fined five per cent of its shareholders’ dividends a few months ago by the PUC over its poor service.last_img read more

Weekly MP report from Jay Hill

first_imgLater in the mission, Prime Minister Harper announced that Canada has regained full access for Canadian beef to the key export market of Hong Kong, following his meeting with Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. In 2008, Hong Kong was Canada’s fourth largest export market for beef.In all, the Hong Kong market is worth more than a half a billion dollars for Canada’s farmers and processors. Last month, Minister Ritz was also in Japan to seek greater access to the Japanese market for Canadian beef producers. While access for Canadian beef exports to Japan are currently restricted to products from animals under 21 months of age, the Minister was in Japan to emphasize to the newly elected government that Canadian beef is recognized as safe by international scientific organizations.Our Conservative Government has made securing existing markets and opening new markets a priority so that Canadian exporters can create new jobs here at home. Advertisement Prime Minister Stephen Harper wrapped up another successful international mission this week to Asia. While many Canadian industries saw doors opened wider and new opportunities arise, our farmers benefitted significantly from the results of that visit. In the lead-up to the mission China announced it had re-opened their lucrative markets to Canadian pork exporters.Earlier this year, China had banned imports of Canadian pork due to concerns about H1N1. Given that Canada’s pork exports to China were valued at $47-million in 2008, this was a significant victory for our pork producers. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Stockwell Day were obviously successful in making the point to Chinese officials that bans on imports of pork and swine from countries with human or animal cases of H1N1 do not comply with international standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). – Advertisement -This lifting of the ban by China acknowledges that influenza viruses do not affect the safety of properly cooked pork and influenza is not a food-borne disease.Our Government continues to work with China to remove its ban on live swine imports to ensure Canadian pork producers also regain that access to Chinese markets as soon as possible. The Prime Minister’s Asia trade mission also brought good news for Canadian Canola producers after Minister Ritz’s successful meeting with Chinese officials resulted in China slowly reopening its borders to Canadian canola imports. China says it will raise imports of Canadian canola by an additional 200,000 tonnes in 2010. That’s worth as much as $180-million to our canola farmers according to the Canola Council of Canada. The success didn’t end there.Advertisement In addition to re-opening and expanding our most lucrative markets, like those in Asia, we have already concluded new free trade agreements with the states of the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein), Colombia, Peru, Jordan and Panama.While we will continue with our important trade agenda and I will continue to remind Cabinet colleagues of the importance of agriculture, what happened half a world away this month has been like an early Christmas present for farmers in Prince George-Peace River.last_img read more