Okocha Brought Magic to EPL, Says Phil Brown

first_imgFemi Solaja with agency reportFormer Super Eagles Captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha has been described as an iconic star who brought magic to the English Premier League.Okocha featured at three World Cups for Nigeria and played for PSG, Fenerbache and Bolton Wanderers. Phil Brown, who signed Okocha at Hull City, made the declaration wednesday during a special interview monitored on SuperSport TV, showcasing the former Nigerian international and his nephew Alex Iwobi of Arsenal.“He was one of the iconic footballers who hit the Premier League,” saluted Phil brown, who worked as assistant manager during the four seasons Okocha was at Bolton Wanderers.“He brought magic to the Premier League.”Kevin Nolan played alongside Okocha at Bolton and simply described him as “a magician”.Former Arsenal and Cameroon defender Lauren played against Okocha at the 2000 AFCON final in Lagos. He said of the one-time Eagles skipper: “He was one of the best-ever African players.”Meanwhile, Okocha has opened up on his nephew Alex Iwobi, describing the rise of the Arsenal player as “amazing”.He has been busting with pride for the son of his older sister so much so he is now an Arsenal fan.“It is amazing what he has become and he’s enjoying what he is doing,” Okocha said in the special interview.“It’s even beyond your wildest dreams.“But I knew (he will make it big in the game) because he had so much interest in football.“His favourite then was Alan Shearer because he scored a lot of goals.”But Okocha insisted that despite the pressure Iwobi has to face when he is often compared with him, the Arsenal star has to be himself.“Let him be his own man,” stressed the mercurial former midfielder.“He’s my son, I speak a lot with his parents about him, it’s my duty to make sure he is successful,” Okocha insisted.Alex Iwobi also revealed in that interview on SuperSport that he does not ask for advice from “Uncle Jay rather he gives me advice”.Also speaking on the rise of the junior Iwobi, Alex’s mother revealed she was close to tears when he made his Arsenal debut.“It was very emotional because we have come a long way,” she recalled.“I almost cried. It has been unbelievable!”She and her husband were in the crowd at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo last October when Iwobi scored the goal against Zambia that qualified Nigeria to this year’s World Cup in Russia.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

COVID-19 Case Update: PBC: 2,697; Broward: 4,729; Miami: 11,351

first_imgWorldwide, the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center reported 2.9 million cases and 203,622 deaths. City of West Palm Beach Launches Mobile Pop-up Testing Site According to the Florida Department of Health, there were 31,528 total cases of COVID-19 in Florida as of Sunday morning.At least 1,074 Florida residents have died from COVID-19.Palm Beach County: 2,697 cases-155 deaths-Men: 1,339, Women: 1,299-409 hospitalizationsBroward County: 4,729 cases-170 deaths-Men: 2,340, Women: 2,259-889 hospitalizationsMiami-Dade County: 11,351 cases-301 deaths-Men: 5,881, Women: 5,297-1,291 hospitalizationsThe coronavirus death toll in the United States stands at 54,001, including more than 22,000 victims in the national epicenter, New York City. The country’s total number of cases was 940,797 on Sunday morning.last_img read more

PBA opens doors to 2017 draft applicants

first_imgLATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ The deadline for submission of applications and requirements for Fil-foreign players is on September 1 while local-born applicants have until October 12 to file their papers.Once the preliminary list for Fil-foreign rookie hopefuls has been released, a month-long deliberation on the applicants’ eligibility will ensue and the final list of applicants will be released on October 27.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThere will be a two-day Draft Combine late in October to test the applicants’ skill sets and gauge their physical abilities in front of PBA coaches. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Malaysia aims to be top gun of the 2017 SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PBA Rookie Draft aspirants. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAspiring neophytes can now take the first step to their dreams with the PBA now accepting applications for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.The draft proceedings is set on October 29 at Robinson’s Place Manila as it ushers in the new wave of players coming in the league.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

Stags sizzle

first_imgFirst GameSSC-R 86—Calisaan 22, Costelo 16, David 14, Capobres 9, Calma 7, Valdez 6, Fabian 5, Ilagan 3, Bulanadi 2, Sangalang 2, Navarro 0, Gayosa 0, Baetiong 0, Meraco 0, Are 0.NU 82—Alejandro 20, Gaye 14, Bartlett 12, Salem 8, Diputado 8, Yu 7, Morido 7, Tibayan 4, Lastimosa 2, Abatayo 0, Mosqueda 0, Aquino 0, Rangel 0, Go 0, Galvelo 0.Quarters: 25-21, 39-36, 60-61, 86-82.Second GameARELLANO 95—Salado 30, Flores 18, Nicholls 13, Canete 13, Villoria 10, Concepcion 5, Abanes 2, Enriquez 2, Taywan 2, Rivero 0, Mecca 0, Padilla 0.EAC 92—Munsayac 27, Onwubere 25, Garcia 14, Bautista 9, Diego 9, I. Mendoza 3, Bugarin 3, Pascua 2, J. Mendoza 0, Neri 0, Tampoc 0, N. Mendoza 0, Guzman 0, Gonzales 0.Quarters: 27-21, 46-47, 66-74, 95-92. Francis Munsayac of EAC eludes the defense of Zach Nicholls of Arellano and soars for a goal. —AUGUST DELA CRUZBig man Michael Calisaan fired 22 points as San Sebastian stunned National University, 86-82, Monday for its fourth straight victory even as Arellano finally barged into the win column in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup.The 6-foot-4 Calisaan joined forces with diminutive guard Ryan Costelo down the stretch as the Stags sent the Bulldogs crashing to their third straight defeat in the preseason tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT The Chiefs leaned on Kent Michael Salado’s scoring as they turned back Emilio Aguinaldo College, 95-92.The fleet-footed Salado finished with 30 points, including the marginal baskets, as Arellano finally posted its first win after four straight losses.The Generals’ third defeat in five outings put to waste a stellar performance from Francis Munsayac who had 27 points.Later, CJ Perez led a balanced offensive with 15 points as Lyceum rolled past Perpetual Help, 89-73, to climb to third in Group A with a 5-2 record.SCORESADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Global cebu eyes AFC Cup finals MOST READ The Bulldogs looked headed to end their slide when they took a 10-point edge in the third quarter, before TK Ilagan and Costelo combined for three triples that sparked the Stags’ comeback.Costelo nailed two consecutive triples that ignited a killer 13-1 run as the Stags seized control of the match, 79-68, with 4:22 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“It’s good preparation for the season now that we’re starting to win,” said Stags coach Egay Macaraya, whose squad moved up to fourth in Group B with a 4-1 slate. “It only means we’re improving, but we still have a long way to go if we want to contend in the NCAA.”JJ Alejandro led NU with 20 points while Ghanaian center Issa Gaye had 14 and eight rebounds. The Bulldogs dropped to fifth spot in Group B. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV View commentslast_img read more

Protests and marches sparked by RCMP arrest at BC pipeline protest camp

first_imgHOUSTON, B.C. – The arrest of 14 people at an Indigenous blockade in a remote area of northern British Columbia became a flash point Tuesday that sparked protests across the country.Protesters delayed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s speech in Ottawa, stopped traffic in Vancouver and Victoria and prompted a counter protest in front of the headquarters of the company building the pipeline at the centre of the dispute.RCMP made the arrests Monday at a blockade southwest of Houston, B.C., where some members of the Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation had set up a camp to control access to a pipeline project across their territory. Police concerns about a protest in Ottawa forced Trudeau to move to another building close to Parliament Hill to give a speech at a forum.The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations said the use of police force against people peacefully protesting the construction of the pipeline is a violation of their human and Aboriginal rights.“Building consensus under duress will make the resolution of the situation in northern British Columbia very difficult,” Perry Bellegarde said in a statement Tuesday. “Real consensus will be built when the parties, with very different views, come together in meaningful and productive dialogue. And I am confident that they can do this.”Bellegarde said the Canadian and B.C. governments have promised to implement UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples but in northern B.C. they are imposing their laws over those of the Wet’suwet’en.Gidimt’en member Jen Wickham said hereditary chiefs had gathered near the site of the B.C. camp Tuesday and expected further RCMP action.Wickham was in Prince George where she said 13 people arrested for violating the court order, including her sister Molly Wickham, were scheduled to appear in court. She said an elder arrested on Monday had already been released.The Gidimt’en set up a gate in December in support of an anti-pipeline camp that members of the Unist’ot’en, another Wet’suwet’en clan, established years ago.Wickham, who has fielded calls from India and the United Kingdom about the pipeline resistance, said it’s been “surreal” to see the international response.She said she believes the issue is gaining attention now because the Gidimt’en have dispelled the myth that it’s only individuals from one clan opposing the project.“I think now that the Gidimt’en have stepped up and said, ‘No, this is a nation-based issue, this is about sovereignty,’ it’s really sinking in,” she said.New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen, who represents the area, said the protest he witnessed on Monday was “determined” but “peaceful. He estimated about 200 police officers were used to enforce the court injunction.Cpl. Madonna Saunderson would not say how many RCMP officers were involved in the operation.The Mounties placed exclusion areas and road closures near the Morice River Bridge where the blockade was located that prevented Coastal GasLink from getting access to its pipeline right of way.The company said it has signed agreements with all First Nations along the route for LNG Canada’s $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, but demonstrators argue Wet’suwet’en house chiefs, who are hereditary rather than elected, have not given consent.LNG Canada announced in October that it was moving ahead with its plans for the Kitimat export facility. Construction on the 670-kilometre natural gas pipeline is scheduled to begin this month.In Halifax, about 150 protesters gathered on the steps of Halifax Regional Police headquarters, where the RCMP has a significant presence.“I’m here to stand in solidarity with the folks on the front lines of Wet’suwet’en that are protecting their unceded territory and to express to the RCMP,” Halifax resident Sadie Beaton said before the protest started with a sweetgrass ceremony.Protesters marched through downtown Toronto, chanting “TransCanada has got to go” and brought afternoon traffic to a halt.About 500 people gathered at the B.C. legislature in Victoria chanting and carrying placards.Shelagh Bell-Irving attended the protest in support of the First Nation blockade.“This is wrong and we have to stop it. We need to shut down Canada now and let the government know we the people are running the show and not them.”_ With files from Dan Healing in Calgary, Dirk Meissner in Victoria, Mike MacDonald in Halifax, Kristy Kirkup in Ottawa, Hina Alam in Vancouver and Paola Loriggio in Toronto. Police were enforcing a B.C. Supreme Court injunction granted to TransCanada Corp. subsidiary Coastal GasLink. It ordered the removal of obstructions in Wet’suwet’en territory as work gets underway on a $6.2-billion pipeline carrying natural gas from the Dawson Creek area to Kitimat.. @UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and Rueben George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation speak in Vancouvet for #Indigenous rights at rally to support #Unistoten #Wetsuweten #undrip #cdnpoli #environment photos: @mike_ruffolo pic.twitter.com/lAlIo4e14n— National Observer (@NatObserver) January 8, 2019Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs told a crowd at Victory Square in Vancouver that it would be a watershed year for Indigenous people in the fight against pipelines crossing their lands.“We’re starting off 2019 with a bang,” he said to cheers and applause. “I want to say to Prime Minister Trudeau: Welcome to battle ground British Columbia.”About 60 people attended the rally in support of the First Nation outside the headquarters of TransCanada Corp. in downtown Calgary. They were greeted by about the same number of pipeline supporters who were encouraged to come out by Canada Action, a Calgary-based lobby group.Chants of “Build that Pipe” drowned out the blockade supporters initially but the anti-pipeline group found its voice and were soon matching the volume with their own chant of “Consent. Sovereignty!”center_img There were no physical confrontations but angry words and hand gestures flew back and forth as at least a dozen Calgary police officers used their bodies and bicycles to separate the groups.Stephen Buffalo, CEO of the Indian Resource Council of Canada, which represents oil and gas producing First Nations, took part in the pro-pipeline part of the rally.“The big thing is we’ve got to be able to support our communities that said yes to this (project) because it’s their community that needs that financial benefit,” he said.“It’s about getting out of poverty and finding a way for our people.”last_img read more

Ric Hamre receives recognition from peers with 40 years of Service Award

first_imgHamre’s Funeral Chapel was originally Reynars Funeral Home. Hamre purchased the business from his father Ernie who operated the company out of Dawson Creek. His daughter goes on to share, all forty years have been spent serving the direct community of Fort St. John.This award is recognition and a testament to Hamre’s dedication to his profession. Hamre is currently a representative on the Funeral Service Association of British Columbia Board of Directors and is past President of the Funeral Service Association of Canada.Hamre’s Funeral Chapel is also the only full-service facility in Fort St. John and as the needs of the city have grown so has the building to meet the needs of the community, now with the only operating crematorium in Fort St. John. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With years of dedication to the community, local funeral director and embalmer Ric Hamre was recently recognized and awarded by his peers.Awarded ’40 years of Dedicated Service’ by the B.C. Funeral Associaton at a conference in Kelowna, Hamre is a third generation funeral professional. Hamre has been the owner of Hamre’s Funeral Chapel since 1986. His daughter Kaylie Hamre said, ” My father purchased the business from my Grandfather.”last_img read more

Neo-Gandhians in Action

first_imgIn recent months, I happened to meet a large number of youth hailing from difficult backgrounds working with rustic folk in the remote areas with a hope to bring change in the life of the poor. They are unusual, determined, committed, passionate, energetic with perspective and hope, working in the remote villages without expecting any reward and social recognition. They are not self-proclaimed Gandhians but practitioners of Gandhian way of life. Due to their relevance in the present context as models to be emulated, I suggested a friend organising a national seminar on “Gandhi’s Gram Swaraj: Theory and practice” to invite them. He readily agreed to invite them to speak on the practice side of the Gram Swaraj. In a three-day programme, one day was devoted to practice where all the practitioners from across Tamil Nadu participated. It was held in Gandhigram Rural Institute as part of the 150th Birth Anniversary celebration of Mahatma Gandhi from March 12-19, 2019. For the first two days, the practitioners put their stalls and listened to the lectures of the theoreticians. They were given a chance to speak on the third day. For students, the third day was the most important one as they learnt the practice of Gandhism from the youth. Also Read – A special kind of bondOne set of youth explained how they worked for strengthening Gram Sabha tirelessly for two years by bringing unity among the rustic folk beyond caste and political affiliations. They explained how poor women have been educated to raise questions in the Gram Sabha meeting through a video film. Only five young people joined together to empower the poor and to bring them together to Gram Sabha to raise questions in it by providing necessary information on the expenditure shown in the government website related to the activities carried out by the various departments of the government in Panchayat areas. More than 700 members of Gram Sabha participated in the deliberations and the Gram Sabha meeting went on very well with people, mostly the poor, achieving what they wanted to. The youth wanted to liberate the poor from the clutches of the state. Also Read – Insider threat managementHow social entrepreneurship has been initiated to create plastic-free and polythene-free villages, was succinctly explained by a team of young people in the seminar. They elaborated that their business ventures are not to make profits but to serve humanity and nature. Their profit is only for their sustenance and expansion. They plunged into action only by taking up the problems faced by humanity. This followed by another set of the youth sharing their experience in organising farmers for organic cultivation and natural farming. They explained how less money provides huge job opportunities in agriculture and how to earn profit out of this new practice of farming. The farmers shared their success stories. Yet another group spoke to the participants about their intervention in the villages through IT. It enabled the poor to have access to get their entitlements and legitimate benefits from the government. Some of the individuals shared their experience of organising schools in rural areas with no schools. It was a thrilling experience shared by a few youth groups. No one belongs to an affluent family. They are from ordinary rustic families. All the individuals are leading a very simple life as they desire to work with the poor. Of the youth group members, some of them came from Jallikkattu struggle with a determination to work in the rural areas for the upliftment of the ultra-poor. Having a desire in them, they have chosen a difficult path. Their path and perspective comply with the Gandhian framework of development. They made it clear that they learnt it only through experience and not in the universities and colleges. They are Gandhians in action and not conventional Gandhians. They have contextualised Gandhian ideas and hence are called Neo-Gandhians. The third-day activities of the seminar provided contributions by students coming from rural areas as they got rich benefits from the inputs by practitioners. Since they are practitioners and visionaries, they communicated in Tamil and thereby connected with the students emotionally. After the proceedings of the day, a mute question asked was how to expand those activities to the other areas by following the above models. The youth group members made it very clear that opportunities are abundant to transform India by using the Constitution, development rights given by the government, pro-poor schemes of both the Centre and state governments. It requires only an unconventional leader who can transform herself or himself to transform the community. A fire has to be created in every individual that could be possible only through training. This training cannot be given by any conventional training institutes. In our country, we have different types of training institutes but there is no leadership institution worthwhile to shape leaders. Even a few institutions in the name of leadership school train only business leaders, not transformational ones. Now we need Gandhian Institutions to be made as Ashrams to train transformational leaders by adopting the methods and procedures followed by Mahatma Gandhi. (The author is a former Professor and Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj Studies, Gandhigram Rural Institute. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Government to strengthen Customs Marine Department

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 10th 2017: Acting Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Peter Turnquest says government is looking into strengthening the Customs Marine Department. Speaking at the U.S. Coast Guard Small Boat Operations 1 Course Closing Ceremonies at the Customs Building, Minister Turnquest says procurement of additional resources have commenced following recommendations received by the department. He says the “additional equipment will ensure that members of the unit can carry out their tasks in a safe manner.”Thanking the U.S Embassy for facilitating the training provided, the minister says his government recognised “the borders were very porous” and the need to have “effective deployment of law enforcement and revenue enforcement personnel” were important to securing borders from illegal activities, narcotics, as well as government revenue.”To date, the unit comprises of 19 officers, while six vessels are used by the unit to patrol New Providence, Grand Bahama and Exuma. Since its reestablishment in 2015, the Customs Marine Unit has been responsible for the seizure of 45 illegal vessels, and approximately $793,000 being deposited into the Public Treasury.As a result, the minister says it will look into working with the Comptroller and Senior staff at the department on working on short term measures on how staff can be augmented.Training facilitated by US Coast guard comprised of three areas, including the strengthening of customs management and capacity building, the modernisation of customs operations and implementation of the electronic single window, and the enhancement of the international trade institutional platform. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img #MagneticMediaNews#BahamasCustomsMarineUnitlast_img read more