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

Football News Manchester United will have to wait for Premier League title after Everton thrashing: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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first_img Manchester: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted on Tuesday that Manchester United will not be capable of competing for the Premier League title next season in a stark assessment of the current gulf between his side and Wednesday’s opponents Manchester City. United take on City at Old Trafford on Wednesday 22 points behind the reigning champions and 24 adrift of leaders Liverpool, despite coach Solskjaer initially going a dozen league games unbeaten after succeeding the sacked Jose Mourinho. The weekend’s 4-0 hammering at Everton was their third defeat in their five matches since and the 46-year-old called for patience when asked if he thought his squad was capable of competing for the title next season.     “I don’t think we’ve got the consistency to do that,” said the former United striker. “Over the last 18 games, we’re not far away from them but it’s doing it over the course of a season. We’ve done it for half a season now. Let’s see. You can never say never.”      ‘Realistic’     United has last crowned champions in 2013,  and Solskjaer added: “You cannot expect things to happen overnight and we know that. It will happen gradually and we have to be realistic enough as a club that we have to take it step by step.RELATED     “That’s not changing 10 players now and bringing 10 players in. It’s slowly, slowly but surely. It has to be the right quality, the right personality, the right standards to get us back to where we want to be.”      Solskjaer has often spoken at length of the need for his players to take personal pride in playing for one of the world’s biggest club and following their recent rotten run of six defeats in eight matches in all competitions he also said that the pain of falling behind United’s two major local rivals was acute.     “For me, the motivation is towards something, to win something yourself,” he said. “We have to want to overtake them, not because it’s City and Liverpool. But of course, because it’s City and Liverpool, for a supporter as I am, and as a manager now as well, because they’re so close in the vicinity as well, we want to be the best. We have been the best, and it’s not nice seeing those two at the top,” he admitted.     Solskjaer’s emotional post-match response at Goodison Park saw him warn some of his under-performing stars that they will not be at the club long-term.     “I think now is not the time to make drastic changes, but of course we do plan ahead… we know who we want to bring with us,” he said.     “There are many of these players who will stay at the club for so many years and be successful, and I’m going to do everything I can to be successful and hopefully these players can come out with a response the next four games. But we’re still planning long term, and that’s just natural. That’s the cycle of a team, that it changes.”-AFP via PTI- Manchester United suffered their worst defeat in five matches.Manchester United’s top four chances have taken a big hit.Manchester United were thrashed 0-4 by Everton. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

How the Gaits have revolutionized women’s lacrosse sticks

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first_imgSteve Levy watched his daughter Nicole glide across the turf, amazed at the chunk of plastic in her hands. Nicole, then a high school sophomore, was at a Syracuse-sponsored women’s lacrosse camp run by Orange head coach Gary Gait. She used an SU-branded stick, one of many sold at the camp, strung by Gait. Steve noticed how well the pocket held the ball and allowed Nicole to cradle from different angles. Hoping to recreate it for his players at East Islip (New York) High School, he snapped pictures of the stick head with his phone. He didn’t know then, but that pocket was the result of a near 30-year trial-and-error experiment by Gait, his twin brother Paul and other brother Bob Gait. No. 16 Syracuse (8-6, 0-4 Atlantic Coast) has 43 players on its roster. All of them use sticks strung by Gait. He uses pieces manufactured by his brothers’ company, Laxpocket. The interconnected twine, mesh and leather are the Gait family’s latest gift to lacrosse, a sport they defined and are now trying to innovate.“The modern pocket is a pocket that evolved from something that, you know, I came up with,” Gait said. “Now, I think every top school in D1 uses it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMaryland, Hofstra and Florida are programs that also use Laxpocket stick heads. Some schools, like Michigan, commission the Laxpocket staff to string all its sticks. Others, like North Carolina, have specialists — who are often team assistants — order materials from Laxpocket and string the sticks themselves.Gait said he allows his players to string their own sticks, but they just prefer him to do it. Multiple SU players have said that Gait’s ability to have the pocket high up on a stick is invaluable. The stick pocket, according to NCAA rules, cannot be larger than 1.68-inches in diameter. Senior captain Riley Donahue said that Gait’s pockets are deep but not “illegally deep,” as no Syracuse stick has been flagged for being illegal this season.A deep pocket allows a player more control with the ball, giving attacks more leverage when they attack the goal. SU’s offense ranks second in the ACC and 18th overall with more than 15 scores a game. “Oh my gosh, it’s awesome,” freshman attack Mackenzie Baker said. “I’ve played with sticks in the past and then playing with sticks that he has worked on, it’s a huge difference.”The Gaits have had a history of modifying sticks to their advantage. Gary said he started stringing sticks as a child when he learned from older players. In college, while leading the Syracuse men’s team to two national titles, he and his brother Paul would discuss stringing techniques and design new equipment. Paul was photographed in 2001 while playing for Major League Lacrosse’s Long Island Lizards, and others noticed his new invention: a lime-green tracker pocket. After that, he was approached to design new products. He created a blended-leather mesh and transferred that to the women’s game. He founded Laxpocket in 2016 after working for a variety of athletic equipment companies. His company operates out of a barn and an office/showroom in Guiderland, and it hand-weaves clients’ custom stick heads using Paul’s patented rail-elite model. Bob Gait joined him and invented a pedaling-powered leather stretcher that allows the leather to flow through the stick head. Their sister, Debby, runs customer service. “It’s a family affair, to some degree,” Jenny Riitano Levy, a founding member of Laxpocket with no relation to SU’s Levy, said. “They are all amazing people, but their minds are unreal.”She said Gait has been a “testing ground” for their products. The modern rail pocket, which Laxpocket is trying to integrate into the men’s game, was the end result of a late-night conversation trying to find a suitable mix of leather and mesh materials.There is no way to tell how much Gait has meant to the evolution of sticks. The brothers are constantly talking about new ideas, just like they’ve done their whole lives.Gait said it takes him about 20 minutes to string a stick. He customized certain sticks to players, incorporating diamond meshes and alterations to the sidewalls. Throughout the last year, the modern sticks have bled over into the high school game, Riitano Levy said.SU-branded camp sticks, like the one Nicole Levy fell in love with and her father wanted to replicate, now are more than a souvenir. They are an entryway into a world that the Gaits helped create, and SU midfielder Taylor Gait, Gary’s daughter, knows it. “You know they are going to come to ‘Cuse because of the ‘Cuse stick,” she said. Comments Published on April 10, 2018 at 9:08 am Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more