Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate ministers

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first_imgNigeria is finally set to instate the new government when President Muhammadu Buhari formally assigns roles to the 36 ministerial nominees approved by Parliament.The announcement by Buhari will bring to an end 166 days during which he solely governed Africa’s leading economy and the most populous nation.The inauguration is scheduled to take place in his official residence, Aso Rock, in the country’s capital, Abuja.Buhari’s main focus since taking over power in May has been the fight against Islamist extremist militants Boko Haram, and launching an anti-corruption drive.The lack of ministers has however given a sense of political limbo and created uncertainty in the business world.Noteworthy, Buhari said that he will take charge of the oil ministry, in order to oversee reforms in the notoriously murky sector at a time of low global crude prices that have hurt government revenues badly.last_img read more

Liverpool equal Premier League record with victory over West Ham

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first_img Jurgen Klopp’s side has won every league game since they drew 1-1 with Manchester United at Old Trafford in October, a result which, remarkably, remains the only time they have dropped points all season. The win also sends the Reds 22 points clear of City at the top of the table and within sight of claiming their first Premier League title.Advertisement Liverpool have equalled Manchester City’s record of 18 consecutive Premier League wins after beating West Ham 3-2 at Anfield on Monday night. City’s 18-run winning sequence came during the 2017-18 season when they won the title with a record-breaking 100 points, but Liverpool are on course to surpass that mark this season. The Merseysiders can set a new record of 19 straight league wins when they travel to relegation-threatened Watford on Saturday evening. read also: Klopp reacts to Werner’s comments about Liverpool switch The run also sees Liverpool’s unbeaten league run extended to 44 matches, closing in on Arsenal’s all-time English top flight record of 49. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The ShowTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Biggest Cities In The World So FarWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Artlast_img read more

Stormzand qualifies for every feature during quest for Dirt Works Eastern Region ROY

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first_imgNick Stormzand took the main event green in each of his 36 IMCA Modified freshman season outings and earned Dirt Works Eastern Region rookie of the year honors. He is pictured with IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)LOWELL, Mich. – He didn’t get a feature win but Nick Stormzand did accomplish the goal he set for himself at the start of his first IMCA Modified season.The Dirt Works Eastern Region rookie of the year qualified for the main event in all 36 starts this year, with three runner-up finishes.“These guys are always on their game but I know I’ll get a win,” the Lowell, Mich., driver said. “I knew coming in that being a rookie, it would be tough to make the show. I was hoping to make every feature and I did. I was pretty proud of that.”Stormzand logged 19 starts at Crystal Motor Speedway, where he ended fifth in the point standings, with another nine outings at Tri-City Motor Speedway and eight at I-96 Speedway. He was fifth in the Allstar Performance Michigan State points race.“The IMCA Modifieds are the most competitive division around here,” he said. “You can go anywhere around and race them and compete against the very best every weekend.”Stormzand had decided to start his own on-track career after his father, who had raced on asphalt and dirt, passed away. He ran a street stock for half a season, then wheeled a pro stock – which he likened to a cross between a Modified and a street stock – for another two seasons.Randy Ruesink and Gary VanderMark encouraged him to move to the sanctioned division.“The drivers are all really good guys and willing to help you if you need it,” Stormzand said. “IMCA Modifieds are a recognized class all across the nation and you can buy a lot of the parts you need right off the shelf. Those are two of the things I like most about it.”Starts-36Wins-0Top Fives-9HIS CREW: Wife Kendra and Kenny Ruid. HIS SPONSORS: Stormzand Asphalt, Show Boat Automotive, Ryan Excavating, Scholten Landscaping and Century Post Pub, all of Lowell; Horsepower Innovations E85 Carbs of Caledonia; Sweet Graphics, Mount Pleasant; and Dynamic Crushing of Ionia.last_img read more

Cork keen to cement first-team spot

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first_imgJack Cork would like to begin contract negotiations with Southampton, although his main concern right now is establishing himself in Ronald Koeman’s starting line-up. However, speculation about the midfielder’s future mounted this summer as he entered the final year of his contract, with Crystal Palace strongly linked. No such move came to fruition and Cork would be open to signing a new deal at St Mary’s , although establishing himself as a first-team regular is the main target. “There has not been anything said, I’ve not said anything yet,” he said. “I would like to see how many games I can play, see if I can do well, and see what happens after that. “Obviously [leaving at the end of your deal] does cross people’s minds, but this is a club I have been at for four years. “Everyone is settled here and obviously it is nice to feel like you are wanted somewhere, so it would be nice [to talk about a new deal] but we’ll see what happens. “I just want to keep playing. I wasn’t sure how the season was going to go from the start and if I can just keep staying in and around the squad, then let’s see what happens after that.” Cork made his first start of the season in Saturday’s 4-0 defeat of Newcastle, scoring his first league goal for the club in a win kicked off by a Graziano Pelle brace. The Italian was one of six summer signings in the starting line-up and has started life at St Mary’s impressively, with his scoring ratio – four in three matches in all competitions – and attributes leading to comparisons with fans’ favourite Rickie Lambert. Press Association The popular 25-year-old is in his second spell at St Mary’s, having spent time on loan at the club in 2008 before joining from Chelsea permanently three years later. Part of the side promoted to the Barclays Premier League, Cork has continued to impress despite Saints regularly bringing in new players in his position. “He looks like he should be in a D&G catalogue, doesn’t he?” Cork said, with a laugh. “He is a great lad and I am really happy he is scoring goals because he has worked hard in training and worked hard since he has been here. Hopefully it will pay off for him. “You can see the same kind of strengths they’ve got. They’re both good at holding it up, both have good feet and are decent in front of goal, have a good record in front of goal. “You can see the similarities and why people are comparing him to Rickie, but obviously Rickie did well here and it is quite a big thing to try and live up to. “I think he would prefer just to be doing his own thing and try to make his own name.” Another summer acquisition was Cork’s close friend Ryan Bertrand. The pair came through the Chelsea youth system together, went on loan to Bournemouth at the same time and represented England youth teams, as well as the Great Britain side at London 2012. Surprisingly, though, Bertrand only called Cork for advice after joining on a season-long loan from Chelsea. “He just turned up,” Cork said. The first thing I saw was a picture on the internet and then he rang me and said ‘where should I stay?’ I was like ‘what are you talking about?’ “It was funny. He is a great lad and he will help the team. He is one of my best friends in football.” last_img read more

Mother Nature is a Vicious Terrorist, Remembering Hurricane Andrew

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first_imgWell, we are officially in the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season as the remnants of hurricane Cristobal continue to dump rain along the Gulf coast.Cristobal is the earliest third storm to be named in the Atlantic hurricane season.Compared with the worst storm to hit South Florida, Hurricane Andrew, which started off the season in August of 1992. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-58-wicked-killer-terrorist-mother-nature/id1460268436?i=1000477159252Hurricane Andrew was a powerful and destructive Category 5 Atlantic hurricane that struck the Bahamas, Florida, and Louisiana in August 1992.On August 24, Andrew struck Elliott Key with winds of 165 mph (266 km/h) and a pressure of 926 mbar (27.34 inHg).About 25 minutes after its first Florida landfall, Andrew made another landfall just northeast of Homestead, with a slightly lower pressure of 922 mbarThis barometric pressure made Andrew the most intense hurricane to strike the United States since Hurricane Camille in 1969 and the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in Florida since the Labor Day hurricane of 1935.The United States and Florida would not experience another landfall from a hurricane at Category 5 intensity until Hurricane Michael in 2018 which wiped out portions of the Florida panhandle.Andrew was so strong it blew the wind meter off the roof of the National Hurricane Center which at the time was located in Coral Gables.The NHC then moved its facility west, miles inland near the Everglades to prevent any future direct hits.Andrew caused major damage in the Bahamas and Louisiana, but the greatest impact was felt in South Florida, where the storm made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane, with 1-minute sustained wind speeds as high as 165 mph.Passing directly through the city of Homestead with wind gusts up to 177 mph, Andrew stripped many homes of all but their concrete foundations. In total, Andrew destroyed more than 63,500 houses, damaged more than 124,000 others, caused $27.3 billion in damage, and left 65 people dead.The cities of Florida City, Homestead, Cutler Ridge and parts of Kendall received the brunt of the storm. As many as 1.4 million people lost power at the height of the storm; some for more than one month. In the Everglades, 70,000 acres of trees were downed, while invasive Burmese pythons began inhabiting the region after a nearby facility housing them was destroyed.The 1992 Atlantic hurricane season was a well below average hurricane season that had one of the latest dates on record for the first named storm.There were only six named storms, with Andrew being the only major hurricane. But as the head of the National Hurricane Center always says, “it just takes one.”last_img read more

American Legion baseball: Trenton Acadians top Madison

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first_img Bio Latest Posts Latest posts by (see all) Real Estate Transfers Week of Sept. 17 – September 18, 2020 MADISON — Joe Archambault led the Trenton Acadians to a 10-7 win over the Madison RTD 39ers on Sunday in Zone 1 American Legion action at Madison High School.Archambault recorded a home run, a double and two singles while going 4-for-4 with a walk for the Acadians (4-4).Garrison Looke chipped in with a double and two singles. Thomas Paolo, Conor Maguire and Beckett Slayton each added two singles.D.J. Allen hit a home run and a double to lead the 39ers (2-4). Chase Nelson added two doubles and Dallon Stevens contributed two singles and two RBIs.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMessalonskee 2, Trenton 0Garrison Looke couldn’t carry the Acadians past Messalonskee in seven innings on Thursday at Lawrence High School.Looke held Messalonskee hitless over two innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out two.Ben Frazee got it done on the mound for Messalonskee. He pitched seven shutout innings, struck out two, walked four and surrendered three hits.Acadians’ pitcher Gage Feeney lasted three innings. He walked one, struck out two and allowed two runs.Messalonskee never surrendered the lead after the third inning, scoring two runs on a two-run single by Danny Pooler.Motor City 4, Trenton 1The Trenton Acadians failed to provide enough offense to beat Motor City on Wednesday at George Stevens Academy, despite Conor Maguire’s stellar 7 1/3-inning performance.Tom Burns recorded the win for Motor City. He allowed one run over eight innings, struck out five, walked one and allowed six hits.The Acadians scored their only run in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Will Ricker.Motor City never trailed after scoring two runs in the sixth on an RBI double by Burns and a groundout by Ethan Stoddard.Bangor 6, Trenton 1Bangor’s Peter Kemble pitched a complete game one-hitter, allowing only a triple to the Trenton Acadians’ baseball team on Monday.Trenton’s Nick Bagley threw 60 pitches and notched seven strikeouts.Bangor’s Sam Houston and Ben Chrichton each had two singles while Kyle Stevenson and Peter Kemble each had a single.Acadians pitcher Will Ricker pitched well in defeat, going 4 2/3 innings and giving up three runs, none earned as the Acadians made five errors on the day.Results submitted by Trenton Acadians coach Tim Archambault. Donald Trump Jr. to host Holden campaign event – September 18, 2020 Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled – September 18, 2020last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2018 Highlights, MI vs KXIP: Mumbai beat Punjab by 3 runs, move closer to play-offs

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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Mumbai Indians on Wednesday host Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai in the Indian Premier League 2018.Both the teams are hunting for the play-off spot and are hungry for wins and need to win every game so as to qualify for the play-offs.Interesting fact:  Chris Gayle vs MI: Gayle has scored 519 runs in 14 innings against MI at an average of 43.25Highlights:# Mumbai Indians win by 3 runs! What a game of cricket!# 19.3 Overs: OUT! Yuvraj c Lewis b McClenaghan 1(3)# 18.3 Overs: OUT!   Rahul c Cutting b Bumrah 94(60)# 16.1 Overs: OUT! Finch c Hardik Pandya b Bumrah 46(35)# After 16 Overs, KXIP are 145/1# After 13 Overs, KXIP are 111/1# After 7 overs, KXIP are 66/1# 3.5 Overs: OUT! Big man departs.. Gayle c Cutting b McClenaghan 18(11) KXIP 34/1# After 3 Overs, KXIP are 30/0# Gayle and KL Rahul are at the crease.# Punjab need 187 runs to win# After 18 Overs, MI are 167/7# After 10 Overs, MI are 79/4# After 9 Overs, MI are 72/4# 5.4 Overs: Suryakumar Yadav c Rahul b Andrew Tye 27(15) MI 59/3# 5.3 Overs: OUT! Ishan Kishan c Stoinis b Andrew Tye 20(12)  # 3.1 Overs: OUT! Tye with dream stuff here..Lewis b Andrew Tye 9(7) MI 37/1# After 3 Overs, MI are 37/0# After 2 Overs, MI are 16/0# 0.4 Overs: Suryakumar Yadav dispatches the first boundary. MI 7/0# Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(w), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah# Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Manoj Tiwary, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Ankit Rajpoot# Kings XI Punjab have won the toss and have opted to field last_img read more

Malan leads England to T20 series win over South Africa

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first_img(REUTERS)-England debutant Dawid Malan’s hard-hitting 78 helped the hosts to a 19-run victory over South Africa in their Twenty 20 international at Cardiff on Sunday to secure a 2-1 series win.The 29-year-old left-hander Malan, who was born in London and brought up in South Africa, blasted 78 from 44 balls, including 12 fours and two sixes as England, whose captain Eoin Morgan was rested, made 181 for eight.South Africa were never really in the run chase, especially after captain AB de Villiers was caught in the deep by Alex Hales off the spin of Mason Crane for 35, leaving his team at 82 for four. They eventually fell short on 162 for seven.Chris Jordan picked up three wickets for England who will be delighted to have won the series while also blooding new talent.One of those propsects, Crane, was delighted to have kept his nerve whilst facing a pounding from De Villiers.The South African carted him for two sixes and a four before holing out and giving the 20-year-old his first wicket in international cricket.But it was Malan who did the most to boost his chances of forcing his way into the England team on a longer-term basis, showing enormous confidence as he smashed his second ball over mid-wicket for six.Malan has had to wait for his ability to be rewarded by the England selectors but he showed that, even when the likes of Joe Root and Ben Stokes return to the side, he could be a very useful option.“I didn’t think (the chance) would ever come but nice to show what I can do. It’s tough but you try and keep things in perspective and wait for an opportunity,” he said.“To play for your country is a fantastic achievement. I’ve only played one game, especially with the guys we’ve got — hopefully they rest a few in the next game as well.”Jos Buttler, who stepped in as captain in the absence of Eoin Morgan, was full of praise for Malan.“Dawid batted on a different wicket to the rest of us, made it look really good on debut. All the best teams have very good players missing out, with injuries, and with guys coming in there is pressure on you, you feel like you need to perform and it was a fantastic show of character from Dawid Malan,” he said.The two countries will now face each other in a four-match Test series starting at Lord’s on July 6.last_img read more

Why I Keep Winning VAT Wonder Goals, By Ogbugh

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first_imgThree-time VAT Wonder Goal Award winner, Emeka Ogbugh has revealed that supporting charity work is a motivation that spurs him to put in the extra work that has seen him win the award in three consecutive seasons of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).Ogbugh won the award in the 2015/16 NPFL season with Heartland FC of Owerri and in 2016/17 with his current club, Rivers United. Last Sunday, he was presented the ceremonial cheque for winning the award for Match-day 15 after securing over 51 percent of the votes in a poll that fielded four other players.Speaking to www.npfl.ng on the award that was presented by Rivers State Coordinator of Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), Mr. Joel Nwakpo, Ogbugh was of the opinion that the innovative award is one every player in the league would love to win. In his words, “Basically, every Nigerian league player wants to score spectacular goals and if you’re trying to score such goals, you have to try to score on a weekly basis. So I think that innovation is very good and coupled with the fact that you’re going to give some of the money to charity, it makes you to work very hard so you can give back to the society too”.Ogbugh’s goal for Rivers United was a hit from outside the 18 yard box and he gave an insight into how he developed the hard hitting goal scoring skills, tracing it to his years at a football academy in Owerri where the coach made him practice hitting set pieces.“Yeah, in my academy back in those days, my coach will normally, before every training session set balls for me to be striking them to goal, so that’s how I inculcated that habit of scoring free kicks and hitting shots from outside the 18-yard box.On his reaction to receiving the news of his emerging the winner, the Imo State University graduate said it brought some excitement to him. He praised other nominees and described their goals as equally good.“I am very excited. I feel honoured to have won the award in three consecutive seasons. I think it shows that hard work actually pays. All the goals were good so to be singled out, you have to feel honoured”, remarked Ogbugh who was part of the Nigerian squad that won silver at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco earlier in the year.On the impact of the national team outing, Ogbugh said it has helped him in confidence building and gave the credit to Coach Salisu Yusuf.“Actually, playing for the national team has helped me, especially, playing under Coach Salisu Yusuf at CHAN. He helped build my confidence more and also advised me on the skills and techniques to use on the pitch. I think all that has helped me more coming back to the league”, concluded Ogbugh who nominated Compassion Centre in Port Harcourt as the charity organisation to benefit from his N150,000 prize moneyShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Men’s basketball: No. 17 Wisconsin holds off fiesty Michigan 68-64

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first_imgStruggling teams are sometimes the toughest matchups, especially in college basketball, where anything can happen on any given night.The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team almost learned that the hard way Tuesday night at the Kohl Center, as No. 17 Wisconsin (15-3, 4-1 Big Ten) held on 68-64 against Michigan (12-7, 2-4) in what was a brutal offensive performance for both teams the majority of the game. Although the Wolverines had already suffered in-conference losses to Iowa, Illinois and Maryland, they looked like a team unnerved by their 2-3 conference record.Marissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldThe score was tied at 49 with 4:30 to go, and senior guard Bronson Koenig did what he does best — drill clutch 3-pointers, this one from about four feet behind the arc. He followed that bomb with another, this time right in front of the Badger bench, to give UW a 55-49 lead it would not look back on.The unconsciousness from Koenig, who had a team-high 16 points, was a personal 10-0 run and part of a 15-0 run the Badgers used to climb out of a second-half deficit due in large part to dismal offensive execution. Senior forward Nigel Hayes (13 points) received a fortuitous bounce from the rim on a three to increase the UW lead to 58-49.Koenig scored just three points in the first half, and took it upon himself to take over with UW trailing late.“I was pretty frustrated the whole game because I just wasn’t getting many looks,” Koenig said. “I knew I had to get myself going somehow, especially with the game was going. I told myself to keep staying aggressive. I’ve taken over games before, so I just needed to stay confident and stay on the attack.”Still, Michigan found itself down just two points with four seconds remaining, but a pair of Koenig free throws with 14 seconds on the clock sealed the deal for Wisconsin’s 17th-straight home victory. Michigan senior guard Zak Irvin scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Wolverines, and fellow senior guard Derrick Walton Jr. provided 15 points.Men’s basketball: Matt Ferris could be the best Badger you’ve never heard ofNobody at the University of Wisconsin recognizes Matt Ferris. At least that’s what he says. The men’s basketball team junior Read…With the game tied at 43 and 7:13 left, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rockman nailed a 3-pointer and Duncan Robinson followed suit on the Wolverines’ next possession, giving them a 49-43 lead with 6:29 remaining. But Wisconsin countered with a 6-0 run to tie the game, in which Koenig finished off two tough layups on the two possessions before he began connecting from three.Trailing 38-30 with 12:40 left, UW freshman guard D’Mitrik Trice stepped to the foul line and made his first attempt. He missed the second, but redshirt-sophomore forward Ethan Happ (11 points) crashed the boards for an offensive rebound and fed a wide-open Trice for a corner three to make it 38-34.UW head coach Greg Gard said staying within striking distance gave his team the confidence to come from behind and avoid the upset.“Irvin got hot for a little bit, played really for them,” Gard said. “But to be able to get enough stops [was big], I thought Trice’s three was really big.”A tough bucket inside from Hayes cut the lead to two before Michigan coach John Beilein called timeout. Robinson drilled a three to put the Wolverines up 41-36. A Happ and-one tied it at 43 with 8:17 left.Men’s basketball: Badgers sitting 17th in the country, second in the Big TenWith four conference games down and 14 more to go, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team is sitting at Read…For a while, Michigan could not lift the lid off the basket, suffering a nearly nine-minute drought without a field goal and just two points that carried from the first half into the second half. Yet, they tailed Wisconsin by just five at halftime and used a 17-2 run to lead 38-30, before Trice’s four-point possession woke up the Badger offense.While the offensive output down the stretch provided for an exciting finish, the first half was anything but that, as Michigan did not make a shot after Abdur-Rockman’s 3-pointer tied the game at 19 with 7:11 remaining in the first half. Free throws from Moritz Wagner (10 points) accounted for the rest of the Wolverines’ first-half points. It wasn’t until the 18:15 mark in the second half when Michigan finally bought a bucket, and then some, cueing up their 7-0 run to tie the game.Marissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldOnly four Badgers scored through the game’s first 20 minutes. Vitto Brown scored nine of his 11 points in the frame. Wisconsin shot just 38 percent (11-for-29 and 2-for-9 from three) from the field, but Michigan’s poor shot selection restricted them to just eight made field goals on 25 attempts. UW’s 16-6 edge on points in the paint proved as the difference-maker in the first half, and UW finished outscoring Michigan 32-16 in the paint.The win moved Wisconsin into a tie for first place in the Big Ten with Maryland. Through the first three weeks of conference play, UW and Maryland stand as the only teams with one Big Ten loss.“Everyone is beating everyone,” Hayes said. “It’s nothing we really worry about. We just worry about my guys in our locker room and make sure we take care of business on our end. We knew they were going to be a tough game, actually tougher in some aspects than we thought. That’s what we expect in the Big Ten.”last_img read more