Brazil Launches War On Crack

first_imgBy Dialogo May 24, 2010 President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva unveiled a national war on crack cocaine, a drug that is increasingly causing addiction, health problems and crime in Brazilian cities and towns. “We are going to find a way to play tough in the fight against crack,” Lula told a meeting of mayors in Brasilia. He said more than 200 million dollars would be spent on an anti-drugs plan to reinforce health services, social assistants, Church-sponsored programs and social organizations tackling the issue. Brazil will also step up anti-narcotics checks along its vast borders with other South American nations. Lula said the drug was being used mostly by the poor living on the outskirts of cities and towns. “What is most serious is that it is deadly, it’s cheap, anybody can be a user and it has a devastating effect,” he said. Crack is typically made from a paste of unprocessed cocaine mixed with chemical additives, often paraffin, benzine, ether or sulfuric acid. It creates high levels of dependency and ravages the health of addicts. Officials said crack had not yet become a big criminal industry in Brazil — a fact which created its own problem in efforts to stamp it out. “At least in Brazil there are no big dealers. They are basically small-time. The drug is scattered everywhere, which makes it difficult to fight,” Justice Minister Luiz Paulo Barreto said.last_img read more

100 days ahead of vote, faltering Trump banks on ‘silent majority’

first_imgPresident Donald Trump mounted a strident defense Sunday of his wavering reelection bid with 100 days to go in a campaign that has seen him underwater in the polls — and banking on the “silent majority” he vowed will bring him victory. The 74-year-old Republican has struggled on numerous fronts, facing mounting criticism over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak and the resulting economic pain, and failing to land punches on his opponent, Joe Biden.In the latest blow to his hopes of returning to the White House after November 3, polls released Sunday showed his support cratering in three critical battleground states.  With the coronavirus killing more than 1,000 Americans a day, the president — who is at his best soaking up the adulation of supporters at live events — has been forced to cancel his rallies and ditch the Republican convention in Florida next month. ShortcomingsThe pandemic, which has infected 4.2 million Americans and killed almost 150,000, is ravaging the US economy and — with the outbreak largely under control in Europe and Asia — has highlighted the shortcomings of the US response.The president has also lost support over his handling of historic uprisings against racism and police brutality, angering local communities with incendiary rhetoric and a pledge to “surge” federal agents into numerous major US cities.That all is not well in Team Trump’s misfiring reelection bid was perhaps most evident in the president’s recent demotion of bravado campaign manager Brad Parscale.With overall approval ratings permanently stuck in the low 40 percent range, he is the first president to seek reelection after impeachment.Trump is offering a vision of chaos under his opponent, in which Biden’s desire to “abolish the American Way of Life” would turn US cities into crime-infested wastelands.But he has largely failed to expand his fervently loyal base with a pitch that boils down to claiming Biden will have Americans “cowering to radical left-wing mobs.”On Sunday, Trump also tweeted his oft-repeated complaint that mail-in voting will corrupt the election “& everyone knows it,” despite there being no evidence of fraud during such voting in previous elections, nor that it would be a factor in November.New polling of registered voters from three swing states released Sunday showed Trump trailing badly.In Florida, the president garnered 46 percent support against 51 percent for Biden — while in Arizona, the challenger was four points ahead, with 49 percent. “The Trump Campaign has more ENTHUSIASM, according to many, than any campaign in the history of our great Country — Even more than 2016,” Trump thundered on Twitter.”Biden has NONE! The Silent Majority will speak on NOVEMBER THIRD!!! Fake Suppression Polls & Fake News will not save the Radical Left.”Trump’s 77-year-old Democratic rival Biden, who says he is fighting for “the soul of America,” implored voters to make Trump a one-term president.”In 100 days, we have the chance to set our nation on a new path. One where we finally live up to our highest ideals and everyone has a fair shot at success,” he tweeted.center_img ‘Divisiveness and dysfunction’ In Michigan, Biden’s lead stands at 52 percent to 40 percent — a larger lead than the RealClearPolitics average of recent national polls, which puts the former vice president ahead by 8.7 points.Trump carried all three states in 2016, although he won Michigan by fewer than 11,000 votes. Meanwhile, Biden is running an unprecedented campaign from his Delaware home, with no rallies, few news conferences and the space to sit back and watch Trump lurch ever deeper into trouble.But the president is keen to remind those who discount him that, despite grim polling in 2016, he comfortably beat all comers for the nomination before defeating Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.Maryland’s Republican governor Larry Hogan, who didn’t vote for Trump in 2016 and is seen as a potential candidate in 2024, told CNN on Sunday he was unlikely to endorse the president this time around.”The election is 100 days away. I think early voting starts in 60 days or less. We’re getting very close for the American people to make that decision,” he said.”I think, quite frankly, a lot of people like me are frustrated with the divisiveness and dysfunction on both sides and don’t feel like we have two great choices.” Topics :last_img read more

Lunch at DEXIA’s International Food Fair from Oct 29th

first_imgThe Roseau Market Authority will host its first ever “International Food Fair (IFF)” at the Roseau Market from October 30th to November 1st 2019, and will be celebrated under the theme “Think Global, Eat Local.”According to Roseau Market Superintendent, Kishma Registe, the 3-day event was conceptualised because “DEXIA wanted an activity showcasing cuisine and use of local items in food,” she says.“An internal committee came up with the theme and the overall concept which focuses on both local and international cuisine. Though we want to highlight local dishes, we included international flavours and involved persons living in Dominica from other cultures.”Each day is themed to particular foods.Day One features breadfruit and cassava, while, Day Two highlights banana and plantain. On the final day, patrons will experience a range of international dishes prepared by persons of different nationalities living in Dominica including, French, Italian,Ethiopian, Nigerian, Chinese, and Caribbean (Haitian, Jamaican, Trinidadian etc.).The official opening ceremony is scheduled for 10:00am Wednesday October 30th. The International Food Fair will start at 11:30 am each day and end at 3pm.“We are encouraging persons to replace one of their lunches with meals from the IFF,” says Registe.“Come during your lunch break, take a walk to the Market and enjoy our local and international creations.Traditional music will be played during the International Food Fair and entertainment will also be provided by a local DJ. The public is welcome to attend this historic event. 132 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LifestyleLocalNews Lunch at DEXIA’s International Food Fair from Oct 29th by: – October 29, 2019center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Saints boss has faith in Lambert

first_img Press Association It has been quite a few weeks for the 31-year-old striker, not only getting in the England squad for the first time but also scoring in his first two matches. Lambert continued his remarkable rise by leading the line for Roy Hodgson’s side in Ukraine, where they held out for what could prove to be an invaluable draw as they search for World Cup qualification. “And also considering the fact he is a new dad and moved house as well – many things.” That confidence in his ability was epitomised by Pochettino’s surprise at suggestions he was considering selling the striker. It was reported on Thursday the Saints boss was ready to sanction the sale of the fans’ favourite in January – something he rejected out of hand. “I want to be respectful with that sort of rumours and news that happens but what can I say?” he asked. “Through Twitter, Facebook, all sorts of media you can throw out there any kind of rumours. “He’s been in the starting line-up in every game so I don’t understand these kind of rumours and I don’t want to understand them. I thought this only happened in Spain.” Lambert looks likely to start again for Southampton as they welcome Crystal Palace to St Mary’s on Saturday, when Pochettino will look to shackle former team-mate Marouane Chamakh. “I cannot be objective about Chamakh because I have known him since he was young and I was part of Bordeaux when he made his debut,” he said. “He’s a really important player for them and a very good player for him. “I have known him for a very long time and the threat he poses but in the Premier League there are no easy rivals, they are all tough rivals, and we need to be ready for the game.” However, the striker has been unable to match his England heroics with Saints so far this season. A penalty on the opening day is all the normally free-scoring striker has managed in six Premier League starts, but manager Pochettino is not concerned. “We are very happy and pleased with how he’s playing, very happy with his contributions to the team and I have no doubts the goals will start coming from him as well,” the Argentinian said. “In addition to that, there is a new situation Rickie Lambert is going through – he’s 31 years old and only now in the international side and there is a lot of expectation placed on him. “It’s something he has to adapt to that new situation he is going through, but we are very relaxed about his contribution and performances. “I think he needs time to adapt to his new situation especially being 31 years old. “I think it places a lot of physical and mental stress on him to be all of a sudden this big name in the international side. “He needs to be able to withstand and adapt to that mental pressure and that physical pressure that he is facing at the moment. Mauricio Pochettino has no concerns about Rickie Lambert’s lack of goals and laughed off speculation he would sell the Southampton striker.last_img read more

Other Sports India to host 3rd Asia Cup International Bridge Championship

first_imgNew Delhi: India will host the 3rd Asia Cup International Bridge Championship, which will start from June 4-11 where countries like Australia, Bangladesh, China, Japan and Korea will participate.The championship is set to be held in Goa and will be contested in five categories namely men, women, mixed, super-mixed and senior.Players from Australia, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Singapore and Thailand will be participating in the event.Round robin matches will be played from the June 5-8. Four top teams in each category will progress to the knock-out stage.Semi-finals will be contested on June 9 and. The finals and play-offs for 3rd place will be played on June 10.The tournament is also set to have a Match Point pairs contest which is an open event. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUConn had been scheduled to play its first season as an independent after leaving the American Athletic Conference. The Huskies had already been taken off the schedules of Illinois, Indiana, Maine and Mississippi by those schools, and games against North Carolina and Virginia remained uncertain. Many of the Power Five conferences are playing league-only games this season.In other college sports news related to the pandemic:— The Big Ten has released its 10-game conference-only football schedule beginning as early as Labor Day weekend, but cautioned there is no certainty games will be played. The Big Ten had announced a month ago it would shorten the season and eliminate nonconference games because of the coronavirus pandemic. Teams will play conference opponents they originally were scheduled to meet and will have one additional cross-division game. The regular season runs through Nov. 21. The 10 games would be played over at least 12 weeks, with each team having two open dates. If necessary, makeup games can be played during bye weeks.— The American Athletic Conference says it will keep its eight-game conference football schedule in place and allow its 11 schools to play up to four nonconference games. The AAC also announced it could move the date of its football championship game, scheduled for Dec. 5 at the home stadium of the top-seeded team, back to Dec. 12 or Dec. 19 if needed. The conference championship game could also be moved to accommodate Navy’s annual game with Army, scheduled for Dec. 12. The conference said it hoped to make a determination on the date of the championship game no earlier than Nov. 1.— The NCAA Board of Governors on Wednesday directed each division of the association to decide independently by Aug. 21 whether it will be able to conduct championship events safely in fall sports such as soccer, volleyball and lower levels of football during the coronavirus pandemic. Within hours of the board’s announcement, the Division III presidents council canceled fall sports championship and determined they will not be made up in the spring. St. Louis also put pitcher Carlos Martinez on the injured list and activated reliever Brad Miller from the injured list. The St. Louis Cardinals have returned to the field for light workouts nearly a week after an outbreak of COVID-19 forced the club and its staff members to quarantine in Milwaukee. The Cardinals returned 13 positive coronavirus tests in their traveling party, seven of them players, forcing them to suspend their season. They were finally cleared to travel back to St. Louis late Tuesday, when they returned negative tests for the second straight day.In other MLB news:— Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez says Juan Soto will start in left field and bat fourth in his season debut. Soto’s first game is Wednesday night against the visiting New York Mets. The slugger failed a COVID-19 test and went on the injured list on opening day last month. He missed Washington’s first eight games of the truncated 2020 season. Soto hit 34 homers and drove in 110 runs last year when he helped the Nationals win their first World Series championship. Martinez says Stephen Strasburg would throw a simulated game Wednesday and that would help determine when the right-hander makes his 2020 debut. — Cleveland manager Terry Francona remains absent from the team to get rest while dealing with a gastrointestinal issue that he’s battled for months. Team President Chris Antonetti expects Francona to be away for a few more days. Until Francona’s back, third-base coach Mike Sarbaugh will move into the dugout to assist first-base coach Sandy Alomar, who is filling in as manager. — The Atlanta Braves are facing lineup changes after placing second baseman Ozzie Albies and designated hitter Matt Adams on the 10-day injured list. Also, outfielder Nick Markakis was reinstated from the restricted list. Markakis announced on July 29 that he was returning to the team, three weeks after opting out. Albies was held without a hit in Tuesday night’s 10-1 win over Toronto, leaving him in a 2-for-21 slump as he struggled with a bruised right wrist. Adams hit a second-inning homer before leaving the game with a strained left hamstring.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSUConn becomes 1st FBS program to cancel football over virusHARTFORD, Conn. — UConn cancels its 2020-2021 football season Wednesday, becoming the first FBS program to do so because of the coronavirus pandemic, after other schools had taken the Huskies off their schedules and the governor was reluctant to allow players to travel to states with high infection rates. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL PLAYOFFSGarland, Hall each score in 3rd as Coyotes beat Preds 4-1EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Conor Garland and Taylor Hall each scored in the third period and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 Wednesday. Now the Coyotes can eliminate the sixth-seeded Predators in Game 4 on Friday in this best-of-five qualifying series. Christian Dvorak scored on Arizona’s first shot, and the Coyotes scored three in the third for the victory capped by Carl Soderberg’s empty-netter. The Predators thought they had a 2-1 lead 1:13 into the third period on a goal by Kyle Turris, but the Coyotes won their challenge of offside with Nashville center Matt Duchene found over the blue line on review. Associated Press Elsewhere in hoop action:— Philadelphia guard Ben Simmons left the 76ers’ game against the Washington Wizards in the third quarter with a left knee injury and won’t return. Simmons grabbed a rebound Wednesday and appeared to tweak his knee. He left the game and hobbled toward the locker room. Simmons had eight points on 2-of-10 shooting before his departure. NBA-TESTINGNo players confirmed positiveLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA’s bubble is still working. Update on the latest sports Elsewhere in the playoffs:— Mike Hoffman and Brian Boyle scored 2:07 apart in the opening minutes of the third period, and the Florida Panthers avoided elimination with a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders Wednesday in Game 3 of their preliminary round playoff series. Erik Haula also scored and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 20 shots. The 10th-seeded Panthers trail the best-of-five series 2-1 with Game 4 at the NHL’s Eastern Conference hub city of Toronto on Friday. Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Brock Nelson scored for the Islanders, the East’s seventh seed. Semyon Varlamov stopped 19 shots and made a costly error leading to Hoffman’s go-ahead goal 41 seconds into the third period.NBA-SCHEDULEIngles, Jazz keep Grizzlies winless in bubble, 124-115LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — .The Utah Jazz kept the Memphis Grizzlies winless in the NBA bubble with a 124-115 victory. Joe Ingles scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and Mike Conley had 23 points and seven assists against his former team as the Jazz improved to 2-2 in the seeding round and nudged ahead of Houston for the fourth spot in the Western Conference standings. Dillon Brooks scored 23 points, while Grayson Allen had a career-high 20 points and six 3-pointers as the Grizzlies dropped to 0-4 in the seeding round. — Colorado State President Joyce McConnell says she will launch an investigation into how the athletic department handled COVID-19 safety protocols amid a report that players were told not to reveal symptoms. The investigation stems from an article published in the Coloradoan on Tuesday. According to the newspaper, Colorado State football players and members of the athletic staff say coaches told them not to report coronavirus symptoms and threatened players with reduced playing time should they quarantine. — A newspaper report says Texas Tech women’s basketball players are accusing coach Marlene Stollings and her staff of fostering a culture of abuse that led to an exodus from the program. Players say in USA Today they dreaded a heart monitoring system they said was misused in punitive ways. They say they had to endure demeaning and threatening comments and were subject to sexually suggestive behavior from a strength coach who has since resigned. Players made the claims in season-ending exit interview of both seasons Stollings has been at Texas Tech. NFL-NEWSNFLPA president, Browns center Tretter wants daily COVID testingUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns center and NFLPA President JC Tretter will push for daily COVID-19 testing during training camp as the NFL moves toward the start of the season. He says testing players every day would eliminate some of the lag time in waiting for results that has led to problems during Major League’s Baseball’s start to its season. August 5, 2020 The league released its latest results Wednesday for coronavirus tests performed on players participating in the restarted season at Walt Disney World and the numbers are still perfect.Of the 343 players tested since results were last announced July 29, none has been confirmed positive. That means no player has tested positive since entering the so-called bubble last month. MLB-NEWSCOVID-stricken Cards shuffle rosterUNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus-ridden Cardinals are expected to make more transactions after placing six players on the injured list, including confirmed COVID-19 cases Yadier Molina, Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa, Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley. — The Arizona Cardinals have added depth to their roster by signing safety Kentrell Brice and receiver Andre Patton. The 25-year-old Brice was recently released by the Chicago Bears. He played three seasons for the Green Bay Packers from 2016-18 and appeared in 36 games, including 14 starts, after coming into the league as an undrafted free agent from Louisiana Tech. Patton played in 13 games last season, including five starts, for the Los Angeles Chargers. The 26-year-old spent two years on the Chargers’ practice squad before jumping to the active roster last season.— The Chiefs hope to know soon whether cornerback Bashaud Breeland will be suspended to start the season, but they are confident they’ll be fine either way. Even before the veteran was arrested in South Carolina in April, the Chiefs worked hard to fortify one of the crucial spots in coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s defense. They signed special teams ace Antonio Hamilton, who played for the Giants last season, and used a pair of draft picks on cornerbacks. L’Jarius Sneed was picked in the fourth round and Bopete Keyes was chosen in the seventh.— Training camp is underway, and the Dolphins believe veteran newcomers Jordan Howard and Matt Breida represent a significant upgrade at running back. They’re expected to provide more punch and versatility for an offense that last year averaged 72 yards rushing per game, worst in the NFL since 2006. — Titans coach Mike Vrabel wants to start coaching Vic Beasley Jr. A week after rookies and other players got started, Tennessee still is waiting for Beasley to report. And Vrabel said Wednesday he’s not had any communication with Tennessee’s top free agent signee of the offseason, even as the coach made clear he can’t wait to see Beasley. The Titans put Beasley on the Reserve/Did Not Report list on July 28, and the general manager said last week that Beasley’s absence was unexcused with the linebacker planning to report to Tennessee. Tretter weighed the risks and elected to play in 2020 as his wife expects their first child. He says he has been satisfied with the coronavirus protocols in place but that they will need to evolve as more is learned about the virus.As part of their agreement to open camps, the league and players decided testing would be done on a daily basis for the first two weeks of camp and revert to every other day so long as teams kept their positive rates low. Tretter said those standards “are not set in stone” and feels there’s a need for more stringent testing.In other NFL news:— The NFL is beginning a second phase of reopening its Midtown Manhattan offices and is requiring all employees returning to league headquarters to take a saliva COVID-19 test every two weeks. The league reopened its offices in late June after a three-month lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. In a memo to staff, Commissioner Roger Goodell noted that with all 32 teams having reopened their buildings it’s time for the league office to do the same. The NFL says any employees who have health concerns or child-care issues will be allowed to continue working remotely.— Cleveland Browns guard Colby Gossett has opted out of the 2020 season, becoming the fourth player on the team — and third offensive lineman — to decide not to play because of the coronavirus pandemic. Gossett qualifies for the high-risk opt-out agreed to by the NFLPA and will receive a $350,000 stipend for not playing. He was due to make $675,00 this season. Gossett is the second Browns guard to opt out, following Drew Forbes. The team also will be without offensive tackle Drake Dorbeck and defensive tackle Andrew Billings. The deadline for players opting out is Thursday at 4 p.m.last_img read more

Camelot pushes ‘Set For Life’ with new nationwide campaign

first_img Supporting the launch of its new ‘Set For Life’ draw based game, UK National Lottery operator Camelot has published its new multi-format advertising campaign ‘Make Every Month Amazing’.Entering 2019, Camelot’s executive team announced the launch of its new ‘annuity-prize’ game Set-for-Life (inbound for 15 March), which sees the National Lottery pay winners ‘£10,000 a month for a period of 30-years’.Camelot CEO Nigel Railton has detailed that launch of Set-for-Life as a major initiative for the National Lottery, which seeks to broaden the appeal of its draw-based games inventory.The ‘Make Every Month Amazing’ campaign has been developed by new National Lottery creative agency adam&eveDDB, with the campaign set to be rolled-out across TV, VOD, digital, OOH, radio, social and in-store POS verticals starting from 10 March.David Connelly, Set For Life Marketing Manager at Camelot, said: “We’re hugely excited to be launching the new ‘Make every month amazing’ campaign for Set For Life. All of the assets, which we’ve created in partnership with adam&eveDDB, are fun and innovative – just like the game itself – and really get across the world of opportunities that become possible with £10,000 coming in every month.“Set For Life offers National Lottery players something completely new and meets a different set of consumer needs, especially among younger people. It’s a great addition to our range of games and means that we now have a portfolio that offers something for everyone. We think players will be really excited by Set For Life – and that’s great news for sales and, most importantly, returns to Good Causes.”Tickets for the new Set For Life game will cost £1.50 per line and go on sale on Friday 15 March, with the first draw taking place on Monday 18 March. Players will be able to buy tickets in around 45,000 National Lottery stores as well as at StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit National Lottery Community Fund issues £14m in Climate Action grants August 24, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Newcastle to rival Liverpool for Marseille winger Andre Ayew

first_imgNewcastle are the latest club to show an interest in Marseille’s Ghanaian winger Andre Ayew.Ayew has been linked with Liverpool, Inter Milan and Napoli this summer despite Marseille insisting that the player is not for sale.But reports in France now suggest that Newcastle hope to entice Ayew to England before the end of the transfer window.According to Le10Sport, Newcastle are set to turn to Ayew after failing in their bid for Marseille’s French international striker Andre-Pierre Gignac and hope a bid of £8.5m may be sufficient to bring the player to St James’ Park.Ayew has a buy-out clause of £15.5m but the Magpies but Marseille reportedly now consider the clause obsolete and are willing to consider offers of less than that fee.Earlier this summer Marseille boss Elie Baup seemed to rule out a move away for Ayew despite disagreeing with the 23-year-old about his best position, saying: “Let me be clear: I am counting on all the players who are here.” Ayew continues to feature in wide positions for Marseille despite a preference for playing as a central striker.Despite featuring in 35 games last season, scoring nine goals, it is thought that the player would be interested in a move away in a bid to fully realise his potential.last_img read more

Martha Bissah dedicates gold medal to God, country, teammates

first_imgGhana’s Martha Bissah has dedicated her 800m Youth Olympic Gold medal victory at the Youth Olympics to God, country, teammates and coaches.The 17 year old won the country’s first ever Olympic Gold medal at any level in any sport following her victory in the 800m final in China.After her historic performance in Nanjing, Bissah and Team Ghana returned home to a hero’s welcome last Saturday.Team Ghana were met on arrival at the Kotoka International Airport by the President of the Ghana Olympic Committee Professor Francis Dodoo who officially welcomed them back home after the Youth Olympic Games in China.Speaking to the media, Martha Bissah expressed her appreciation to her coaches, Prof. Francis Dodoo and the country for giving her the opportunity to compete on the world stage.“I want to thank everybody for helping me to win including my coach and Prof. Francis Dodoo,” she said on arrival. As part of her interview, Martha provided more insight into race tactics that she felt helped her win. She told the assembled media which included the state broadcaster GTV, Metro TV and Graphic Communications about race related tactical discussions she had with GAA President concerning how she should run the finals.“As I was going to the competition, Prof (Prof Francis Dodoo) told me that I shouldn’t go to the inner lane and that I should stay on the outside of the leaders from the beginning so I don’t get boxed in, as I was in the Commonwealth Games and African Championships. I followed that instruction. Infact, that thing helped me very well. “When we were going, I realised that the German and Ethiopian were moving strongly and I realised I was falling into third place so I found the inner strength to sprint away with about 150m to end the race.  I was very happy at that moment when I won.”Alongside her teammates, the eloquent 800m runner was given a rousing welcome by officials of the Ghana Olympic Committee, the Ghana Athletics Association, students from her former School, Aduman Senior High School, family members, fans and the media.The arrival hall of the Kotoko International Airport was abuzz with many people hoping to catch a glimpse of the youngster who was visibly overwhelmed by the occasion. Martha also urged more support for locally based athletes.“There are many athletes out there so I will say if government can help the GAA (Ghana Athletics Association), then they can help produce more athletes and even do better than this,” she said adding that, “I will urge government to help more good junior athletes to get better.”The former Aduman Senior High School scholar surprised many Ghanaians and pundits when she blitzed a quality field that included an Ethiopian, Kenyan, Russian, and a German to win gold in the 800m final in Nanjing on Saturday, 23rd August.Team Ghana participated in four sporting disciplines during the 11 day competition, including athletics, beach volleyball, weightlifting and swimming.Martha is one of many young talents in the country who have benefited immensely from the Ghana Athletics Association’s youth development programme which has already seen 15 local athletes take up student-academic scholarships in Universities in the USA, in the past couple of years. Ghana placed 49th out of 80 nations on the overall medal standings, and 12th in Athletics, where the other athlete Precious Attipoe placed 8th in the boy’s triple jump final.last_img read more

Tyler Ennis hopes Lakers retain him in free agency

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Anytime you go through the journey I’ve been through so far in the league and then have an opportunity to play and have people welcome me with open arms, that’s something you want to stay with,” Ennis said. “Obviously there’s a lot going on, but if the opportunity to stay is there, they’ll definitely be at the top of the list.”Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka talked with Ennis during Thursday’s practice. But it would be a considerable stretch to say Ennis is near the top of their offseason to-do list. How the Lakers fare in the NBA draft lottery could dictate the future of Ennis – and others on the roster.The Suns drafted Ennis 18th overall in the 2014 NBA draft after he starred at Syracuse for for one season. After limited playing time with Phoenix (2014), Milwaukee (2015-16) and Houston (2016-17), Ennis has benefited from joining a rebuilding Lakers team intent on featuring young players late in the season.“They’re kind of a lot more patient with the mistakes,” Ennis said. “That’s another thing I look at – whatever has the best opportunity and wherever you’re wanted.”Lately, Lakers coach Luke Walton has wanted Ennis to take more open shots. “Confidence is a big part of having that success or not. He has the skill to do it,” said Walton, who also likes how Ennis runs the offense and plays team defense. “It’s up to us to encourage him and tell him he want him taking those shots when they’re appropriate.”It sounds like Walton tells him that often.“He pretty much gives me the freedom to make play-calls with me and the team,” Ennis said. “We obviously talk a lot during the game as far as what he sees. That’s more of what I’m used to coming from college. That’s why I’ve been able to be so comfortable.”Scaling backWalton could not resist cracking a joke about David Nwaba potentially playing eight consecutive days between stops with the Lakers and with the D-Fenders for their playoff run.“He’s young,” Walton said of the 24-year-old Nwaba. “People did it in AAU. Used to play eight games in two days.”Walton then turned serious, admittedly worried that a heavy workload on Wednesday in San Antonio (29 minutes) and against Rio Grande Valley (39 minutes) could take a toll. So, Nwaba sat in Friday’s game against Sacramento.“It’s our job to protect the players,” Walton said. “They should want to play every second that they can. But that’s what we have training staffs for and the sport scientists, it’s for this type of reason to make sure we don’t get them in a high probability of hurting themselves. We’ll do our best to make sure it doesn’t happen to David.”Mindful that Nwaba could potentially play every day up through the Lakers’ season finale against Golden State on Wednesday, Walton said he has consulted with D-Fenders president Joey Buss and D-Fenders coach Coby Karl on how they use Nwaba. “It’s pretty much on me,” Walton said. “They want him to help the D-League team win. But they do realize the opportunity he has right now is more important in being able to play in NBA games.”Still, Walton suggested he will be somewhat flexible. The Lakers will reassign Nwaba to the D-Fenders for Game 2 of their playoff series against Rio Grande Valley on Saturday, though his minutes are still to be determined.“We also have a lot of love for our D-League team,” Walton said. “He’s a big part of that success and want to make him available for playoff games as much as possible.”Moving onInstead of mulling over two great coaching positions, Lakers player development coach called it a “quick turnaround” in agreeing to become an assistant coach for the University of California.The reasons seemed understandable and obvious. After serving as a player development coach this season with the Lakers, Robertson will become the No. 2 assistant for Bears coach Wyking Jones. Robertson also has affection for his alma mater after helping the Bears to a 2010 Pac-10 title and remaining the program’s best all-time 3-point shooter (44 percent). “Everything about me is about trying to grow as a coach,” Robertson said. “It’s more responsibility and a more prominent leadership role. That’s important to continue to grow and develop into my coaching style and be in a position where I can lead more.”As for his role with the Lakers, Robertson contributed both with scouting responsibilities and working out with players. Though Robertson said he mostly worked with guards D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson, Robertson said that happened organically. “Luke wanted to establish a culture where really it was about our guys getting better,” Robertson said. “We don’t have a territorial approach to anything. I’ve worked with everyone on our roster.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img LOS ANGELES — Even before he logged a single minute on the court, Tyler Ennis experienced something with the Lakers he felt was lacking at the previous stops in his three NBA seasons.“One, being able to get on the court. Two, having the staff and players believe in me,” Ennis said. “That’s what has pushed me to be so comfortable so quick.”Going into Friday’s game against Sacramento, Ennis was averaging career-highs in points (7.1), shooting percentage (40.5) and minutes (15.5) through 18 games. Ennis also was coming off a career-high 19 points and six assists while starting for an injured D’Angelo Russell during Wednesday’s win in San Antonio.The Lakers acquired Ennis from Houston in exchange for Marcelo Huertas before the Feb. 23 trade deadline, and he’s hopeful the Lakers will retain him when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in July.last_img read more