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‘Thunder’ Balogun is Nigeria’s Greatest Footballer, Says Onigbinde

first_imgFemi SolajaTwo-time Chief Coach of the Super Eagles, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, hasdescribed the late Teslim ‘Thunder’ Balogun, as the best footballer ever produced by Nigeria.Today is the 48th year anniversary of the death of Balogun who died in his sleep in 1972. Adegboye Onigbinde According to Onigbinde who is a former FIFA and CAF Instructor, “The greatest footballer Nigeria has ever produced remains Teslim ‘Thunder’ Balogun. There is no doubt about it.“As a footballer, he did many things players before his time, those of his time and after him have not been able to do with the ball.“The greatest goal scored by any player I have seen played football was scored by ‘Thunder’ Balogun at the Olubadan Stadium in 1968 in the match between the Nigerian national soccer team, the UK Tourists and England,” observed the gaffer who took the Super Eagles to the World Cup in Korea/Japan in 2002.Chief Onigbinde revealed that during the friendly with England, “ English players were always on him each time he received the ball. To beat the pressure off, ‘Thunder’ stood outside the 18-yard box with his back turned at the England goalkeeper. But as soon as ball was floated to him, English players were expecting him to bring it down. But against their imagination, Balogun staggered a bit, and in turning, he fired a shot at the goalpost, which saw the goalkeeper diving the wrong,” Onigbinde recalled.The former Trinidad and Tobago coach stressed that, “the story of ‘Thunder’ Balogun will never die. For those of us who watched him played, we saw him as Nigeria’s greatest footballer.”Onigbinde observed further: “He died in his sleep on July 30, 1972 at the relatively young age of 45 years, but the heroics of Thunder Balogun live forever.At birth, the enigmatic footballer was named Tesilim Akanni Balogun. His father was a cricketer. ‘Thunder’ Balogun attained legendary status after he became the first Nigerian to play professional football in England.Teslim played for Apapa Bombers, Marine, Railway, Plateau, Pan Bank and Dynamo all between 1944 and 1961.He won the FA Cup five times in seven final appearances and was the first player to score a hat-trick in the FA Cup final when he put three goals past Warri XI as Pan Bank won the 1952 final 6-1.In 1949, he was part of Nigeria’s first national team, known as the UK Tourists team that toured the United Kingdom.After that encounter, he signed for Peterborough FC, becoming the first Nigerian to play professional football in England.He also had professional stints with Holbeach and Queens Park Rangers where he played 13 times and scored three goals in 1956.His playing career lasted from 1945 to 1962 and he was in the coaching crew for Nigeria to the 1968 Olympic Games where the country drew 3-3 against Brazil.For his heroics, the Lagos State owned stadium facility in Surulere was named after him as the Teslim Balogun Stadium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Price panel tackles barriers in environmental policy

first_imgThe USC Price Athenian Society seeks to foster constructive dialogue regarding innovative solutions to California’s environmental policy by hosting business leaders. Wednesday morning’s discussion focused on enhancing the economy through progressive regulations, which protect and serve the environment.The featured speakers included Timothy O’Connor, director of the California Oil and Gas Program for the Environmental Defense Fund, and Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the president of the Western States Petroleum Association. Price School of Public Policy Professor and Research Director for the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State & Global Policy Daniel Mazmanian served as moderator and situated the conversation around navigating contemporary policy.In 2016, the California legislature passed SB 32, an initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2030. O’Connor advocated for the extension of cap and trade programs, current policy which controls greenhouse gas emissions by creating a limited market for companies to buy and sell emissions allowances.“We try to find solutions to the world’s and planet’s pollution problems through leveraging the power of business and through finding solutions that can be sustainable, attainable and durable,” O’Connor said. “When you look at cap and trade, and the market-based mechanism behind it, [it is] one of the types of solutions that achieves pollution reductions at low costs and with an incentive to make them happen as fast as possible.”O’Connor then began to unpack the “climate gap,” an analysis of the impact of climate change on people of color and communities of poverty developed in part by Professor Manuel Pastor. O’Connor echoed the beliefs of Pastor, asserting that these demographics are disproportionately burdened by pollution and climate change.“There has been a tremendous upwelling of recognition that California’s program needs to do a few things,” O’Connor said. “It needs not only to fight climate change [but also] to be conscious and really assertive in terms of delivering benefits to communities. I call the cap and trade program that exists right now actually the single largest investment in disadvantaged communities in the world.”California’s current cap and trade program cannot continue beyond 2020. Catherine Reheis-Boyd also endorsed the program’s continuation, asserting that the California Chamber of Commerce must litigate on behalf of local communities.“The revenue side of this equation has become such an issue that it is imperative that they get a two-thirds vote such that the dollars can go to more broad connections,” Reheis-Boyd said. “The way we are doing it in California happens to generate revenue, and therefore how we use that revenue becomes very important.”The speakers agreed upon California’s distinct potential to create impact across the board. From their perspectives, California is uniquely positioned to intersect economic prosperity with social and environmental consciousness.Mai Mizuno, a sophomore majoring in international relations and visual and performing arts studies, shared her insights on the discussion.“What was reinforced for me during this discussion was the notion that jobs and the economy do not have to come at the expense of the environment and public health, particularly for marginalized communities,” Mizuno said. “Yaking leadership on environmental governance is an opportunity to mutually reinforce both in a positive way.”last_img read more

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Deeper Pool…Cherry AB migrates onto Stockholm Nasdaq

first_img StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Share The governance of industry games and software supplier Cherry AB has this morning informed that it has gained ‘listings approval’ to migrate its corporate shareholding onto the Stockholm Nasdaq.Cherry AB now awaits its final review by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority, before it can officially become a Stockholm Nasdaq-listed enterprise. The firm has detailed to investors that it expects to begin trading on the Stockholm exchange on Wednesday 18 October.Migrating its shareholding onto the main Stockholm Nasdaq, Cherry will delist from the smaller ‘mid-cap’ Scandinavian Aktie Torget exchange.  Updating investors and corporate stakeholders, Cherry governance stated that the move onto the main Stockholm Nasdaq would help the firm’s future growth strategy attracting a deeper pool of investors.Anders Holmgren, CEO of Cherry AB commented on the Stockholm Nasdaq listing: “Cherry is a profitable and rapidly-growing gaming company covering the entire value chain, from technology to consumer. The listing on Nasdaq Stockholm will provide us with increased exposure to the Swedish and the international capital markets,”.Closing its update, Cherry governance detailed that it would publish a new Stockholm Nasdaq company prospectus on Monday 16 October. Cherry will trade shares on its new exchange maintaining the same company ticker – ‘CHER B’. Esports Entertainment bolsters tournament capacity by acquiring EGL August 27, 2020 Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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Emmanuel Agyemang Badu: I’ll comeback from illness stronger

first_img Source: BBC Ghana and Hellas Verona midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu insists that suffering from a blood clot on his lungs will make him ‘psychologically stronger.’The 28-year-old admits that he was left worried after the initial diagnosis of a pulmonary embolism after he was rushed to hospital by his club suffering from a sudden bout of dizziness.He is yet to return to even light training since being hospitalised on 14 August, he is still undergoing tests and awaits the all-clear to start working in the gym.“I have never heard of such illness in my life so I was shaking after the explanation from doctors what my situation was,” he told BBC Sport.“It’s a bit better now and I am responding to treatment and I’m on the verge of returning to gym work.“What happened we just have to give thanks to God because it could have been worse.”The setback came as he was trying to relaunch his career with Hellas Verona after a frustrating two years with Italian rivals Udinese.His last two years at Udinese have seen him loaned out to Turkish club Bursaspor and then return with an injury that kept him out for almost the whole of last season.“When you go through what I went through last season and return to have a good pre-season and this happens of course you will be disappointed,” he explained.“I am a footballer but first I am a human being so I go through all the emotions too.”Recovering mentallyUnderstandably his illness also left his family and in particular his mother back in Ghana worrying about him.Since signing his first professional contract in 2007 with Ghanaian club Berekum Chelsea at the age of 16, Badu has been the bread winner of his extended family.“My family were sad and panicking once the news started flying in that I had been rushed to the hospital,” he said.“The timing and everything was a bit weird because I had just returned from my summer holidays (in Ghana) and they has seen that I was well.“I heard they started praying for me and it was not until they heard from me and I explained that I was out of intensive care were they able to relax in a small way.”The mental aspects of footballers recovering from injuries and illness are often overlooked especially when family and friends are not nearby.Badu found himself alone and surrounded by a team of medics and some club officials, as he underwent hours of tests and quizzes to find out what had happened to him.He admits he has managed to come out of the experience even more mentally tough than he could have imagined.“This diagnosis has made me psychologically very strong,” he insisted.“They say you never know how strong you are until you go through something that doesn’t kill you. Mentally I have always been strong but this has made me stronger.“I am just happy it’s almost over and I will be able to get back to the gym and hopefully get to join the group in the few weeks-time.”His manager Ivan Juric who was hugely impressed with the midfielder during pre-season expressed hope that it was only a matter of time before he had the Ghanaian as an option for games.“We all know the quality of the player and the situation was a big surprise to us all,” Juric said soon after Badu’s illness.“The report I have from the medical team is that he is in a good place and should be able to come back in after a few more tests.”last_img read more

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The Spurs just shaved 15 seasons off LeBron James’ career

first_img“Tonight’s game notes here in San Antonio,” he wrote. “Am I?!?!? Why does it seem like I know so much this game has to offer for just being a ‘R’ (rookie). Well means I was taught right and still got so much more to learn. But in the meantime I’m going for ‘Rookie of The Year.'”James is currently averaging 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 6.6 assists. He certainly could be considered the favorite to win the Rookie of the Year — Vegas will be updating the odds shortly. James posted an image of the notes for Friday’s game on Instagram with a very interesting typo. One that lists James — a 16-year NBA veteran — as a rookie. Some say LeBron James looks like he hasn’t aged a day since his rookie year. The Spurs are convinced of it.Why else would they label him as a rookie on the team’s game notes? Related News Tonight’s game notes here in San Antonio. 🤔Am I?!?!? Why does it seem like I know so much this game has to offer for just being a “R”(rookie). 🤷🏾‍♂️. Well means I was taught right and still got so much more to learn. But in the meantime I’m going for “Rookie of The Year” 🏆 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣A post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Dec 7, 2018 at 4:16pm PSTThe 33-year-old had a little fun with the mistake and threw his hat in for yet another award as well. Hornets G Kemba Walker on if he’s a superstar: ‘I don’t know if I can put myself in that category’ View this post on Instagramlast_img read more

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MLS Cup final in Atlanta sets league single-game attendance record

first_imgThe crowd of 73,019 set a new record for MLS Cup, smashing the old record of 61,316. That mark has stood since the 2002 MLS Cup at Gillette Stadium, when the LA Galaxy beat the New England Revolution 1-0 to claim the title.It’s been a record year for Atlanta, with the club seeing striker Josef Martinez set the MLS single-season record for goals, had players finish first and second in MLS MVP voting and notched the highest attendance numbers in league history. The club that pulled in 901,033 fans across 17 regular season games this season, a record mark, also saw its home stadium set a new high for All-Star Game attendance this summer and had racked up six of the seven best attended regular season matches in the history of the league. Another record set at @MBStadium. #MLSCup pic.twitter.com/D3S3JNBOsT— Major League Soccer🏆 (@MLS) December 9, 2018 There have been matches in MLS history with higher attendance, but all were played as part of double-headers. A match between Chivas USA and the New England Revolution played at LA Coliseum holds the single game MLS mark of 92,650 fans, but that match was played as part of a doubleheader featuring Barcelona and Club America. The hometown crowd also got to see Martinez named as MLS Cup MVP, rounding out his sweep of the top individual honors for the yearJust two years in, it’s safe to say the Atlanta United project has been a massive success. The club will now move forward without manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino, who had already announced that the MLS Cup final would be his last match in charge, but the future still looks very bright in Atlanta. It was a record-setting night in Georgia as Atlanta United nailed down its first MLS Cup title in front of the largest crowd to ever watch a standalone MLS game. Josef Martinez scored his 35th goal of the season and set up a second for the Five Stripes as they rolled to a 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers to earn the second-year club its first MLS Cup title.last_img read more

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Winter Weather Advisory until mid-morning for parts of our listening area

first_imgTemperatures are plummeting behind a cold front that movedthrough overnight, sending road surfaces below freezing. This isresulting in a flash freeze on wet roads, and patchy freezingdrizzle continues to fall providing additional icing potential.Roads will remain slick through the morning commute.IAZ004>007-015-016-023-041500-/O.CON.KDMX.WW.Y.0010.000000T0000Z-190204T1500Z/Emmet-Kossuth-Winnebago-Worth-Palo Alto-Hancock-Pocahontas-Including the cities of Estherville, Algona, Forest City,Lake Mills, Northwood, Manly, Emmetsburg, Garner, Britt, Kanawha,Pocahontas, Laurens, Rolfe, Fonda, and Gilmore City335 AM CST Mon Feb 4 2019…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THISMORNING…* WHAT…Light freezing drizzle and water freezing on roads. A light glaze expected.* WHERE…Far northern Iowa.* WHEN…Through 9 AM CST today.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The hazardous conditions will impact the Monday morning commute.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of freezing rainwill cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads. Slow downand use caution while driving.The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from canbe obtained by calling 5 1 1.=========================Mitchell-Howard-Floyd-Chickasaw-Wabasha-Dodge-Olmsted-Mower-Fillmore-Including the cities of Osage, Cresco, Charles City, New Hampton,Wabasha, Dodge Center, Rochester, Austin, and Preston447 AM CST Mon Feb 4 2019…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CST THISMORNING…* WHAT…Freezing drizzle and rapidly falling temperatures. Ice accumulations of a glaze in addition to wet roads quickly freezing.* WHERE…Portions of northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota.* WHEN…Until 10 AM CST this morning.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The hazardous conditions will impact the morning commute. Use caution if traveling this morning.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of freezing rainwill cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads. Slow downand use caution while driving.The latest road conditions for Iowa can be found on-line at511ia.org, in Minnesota at 511mn.org, and in Wisconsin at511wi.gov or by calling 5 1 1.last_img read more

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5.7-Magnitude Quake In Utah Felt By Millions Of People

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 5.7-magnitude earthquake shook Salt Lake City and its suburbs early Wednesday, sending spooked residents fleeing their homes, knocking out power and bringing the city’s light rail system to a halt.The epicenter was just southwest of Salt Lake City and an estimated 2.8 million in the state probably felt the quake, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.There were no initial reports of major damage to buildings or injuries, said Utah Emergency Management spokesman Joe Dougherty.Residents reported feeling shaking across a 100-mile (160 kilometer) area, with the heaviest impact in Salt Lake County, officials said.Some residents ran from their homes and into the streets as they felt the earthquake shake buildings for 10 to 15 seconds.The quake knocked pictures from walls and dishes from shelves, and people reported feeling it in the neighboring states of Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming and Nevada. Gov. Gary Herbert warned people to stay away from downtown Salt Lake City while crews assess the damage.About 55,000 people lost electricity in the Salt Lake City area, said utility Rocky Mountain Power.The road to the Salt Lake International Airport was closed and officials asked people not to head to the airport.It was the largest earthquake to hit Utah since a 5.9 magnitude quake shook southern Utah in 1992, according to Utah Emergency Management.Most shaking was reported in the Salt Lake County area, near the epicenter in the Salt Lake City suburb of Magna, though effects of the quake were reported 80 miles away (130 kilometers) in the Utah city of Logan.After the initial 5.7-magnitude quake struck at 7:09 am, the geological survey recorded four smaller quakes over the next 23 minutes, ranging in magnitude from 3.7 to 3.9.last_img read more

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Duerson’s kin donating his brain for research

first_imgNEW YORK (AP)—The family of former Bears safety Dave Duerson has agreed to donate his brain for research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition linked to athletes who have sustained repeated concussions. Chris Nowinski at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine told The Associated Press he was contacted by a representative of the NFL Players Association on Friday, then worked with a representative of Duerson’s family.“I can confirm that Mr. Duerson’s family has agreed to donate his brain to the CSTE at BU School of Medicine,” Nowinski said in an e-mail.Duerson died Feb. 17 in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla. The Miami-Dade medical examiner ruled the death a suicide, Miami-Dade police spokesman Roy Rutland said Sunday. He confirmed that a gun was used but did not specify where Duerson shot himself.It’s unclear why Duerson killed himself, although his company had been forced into receivership several years ago and he had lost his home to foreclosure, former Bears coach Mike Ditka told the AP in a phone interview Sunday.“I knew he had some problems, I knew he lost the business, I knew all that,” said Ditka, whose Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund works to help provide for retired players.“It’s just a tragedy,” Ditka said. “It really is.”A native of Muncie, Ind., Duerson was a third-round draft pick by the Bears in 1983 out of Notre Dame and played 11 seasons in the NFL. He won Super Bowls with the 1985 Bears and 1990 Giants and played in four Pro Bowls.“A lot of these guys have gone through a lot of suffering,” Ditka said. “You played the game, you had a concussion, and you went back in. That’s how it was. If they showed you three fingers, and you saw two, it was good enough. You played the game.”Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is associated with cognitive and behavioral problems later in life and eventually causes dementia. Also known as punch drunk syndrome, it has been most common in boxers. In recent years, CTE has been shown to exist in other athletes, including professional and college football players and a pro hockey player.last_img read more

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Tennis Players Launch ‘WTA 4 Love’ Humanitarian Campaign

first_imgThe Affiliation of Skilled Feminine Tennis Players WTA has launched a humanitarian marketing campaign to struggle the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been known as ‘WTA 4 Love’, to help establishments in want from hospitals to nursery faculties.The help that the marketing campaign promoted by the WTA will present it is going to be within the type of donations of medical tools and provides, serving to under-resourced faculties to help youth studying and empowerment, steerage on well being and wellness initiatives, in addition to elevating normal consciousness of keep secure throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The primary initiative of the marketing campaign ‘WTA 4 Love’has been the donation of 5,000 masks to front-line employees the struggle in opposition to the pandemic and 20,000 meals within the Tampa Bay space (Florida, USA), the world headquarters of the WTA.In London, the place the WTA European workplace is situated, greater than 4,000 meals have been supplied for front-line medical professionals, kids and households. The ‘Come Play’ program may also be tailored to implement bodily exercise in houses, with the assistance of the primary gamers on the world circuit.last_img read more

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