2,000 Runners Expected at Maiden Ikogosi Marathon

first_imgFayemi said his government would provide necessary support for the Ikogosi Marathon race and other sporting initiatives in the state in order to bring them to global standard.The Governor who said that the development of sports at the grassroots was a major agenda of the Youth and Sports Development ministry in the state, said the state is eager to produce world class sports men and women.“It is our desire to engage our youths positively and that explains our huge investment in their education and human capital development. It is my belief that platforms like the Ikogosi Marathon will help discover more talents which we will then nurture.”Speaking also, the Managing Director of the Ikogosi Marathon Initiative, Mr Labiran, thanked the governor for his love for sports development and support for the marathon race.Labiran revealed that no fewer than 2,000 participants, including 30 elite athletes have confirmed their participation in the marathon race, which is the first in the state. According to him, the 2,000 participants had already collected their race materials (including jersey, number and other items), since the collection exercise commenced on Monday. He added that 5,000 had registered online, while collection of materials continue until Friday.The State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Michael Awopetu also said the state government has mapped out plans to nurture talents that are discovered in the marathon race and other age-grade sporting competitions in the state.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram No fewer than 2,000 runners , including 30 elite athletes have confirmed participation in the Ikogosi Marathon race billed for Ikogosi-Ekiti on Saturday, the organisers have revealed, even as Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has assured participants in the race of adequate security and conducive environment for a hitch- free competition.Dr Fayemi who spoke in his office Tuesday evening when the organisers of the Marathon race led by Mr Niyi Labiran presented him with his race materials, said his administration will continue to provide platforms for citizens of the state, especially the youth, to showcase their talents.The Governor who restated his administration’s commitment to youth development, said his administration would continue to partner with relevant organisations in the bid to build the capacity of Ekiti Youths and develop sports in the state.last_img read more

Wallabies need to strike attacking balance

first_imgKurtley Beale and Israel Folau will be reunited on Saturday night, and it didn’t take much for the fullback to show exactly why Beale’s return is so anticipated by Australia.One of Australia’s most prolific Test finishers can’t wait to have his Waratahs teammate back,  just for the flow-on of confidence the utility has in a side.“You grow that extra leg when you know you have him beside you. He brings a lot more confidence to your game and it’s exciting,” Folau said.“Guys like KB they don’t come around too often.“You give him the ball and he’s always going to create something out of nothing. Guys around him, when they play with him, they grow.”Folau’s not the first one to come out singing Beale’s praises, with the utility painted as the great hope for the Wallabies in many senses, but it’s not an expectation that worries Beale.“The feeling in camp has probably been the best it’s been for a while,” he said.“A lot of these new guys have got a really good feel of what is required being at this level now, what needs be done around the edges and your preparation to actually put out a quality performance.“I feel like we’re getting that now and a lot of these young guys are stepping up to the mark and it’s pushing the older statesmen so that’s creating a really good healthy competition and it’s allowing us to move forward and that’s important for us as a group.”He’ll be looking over his shoulder for his old teammate as well, once Saturday kicks off.“You’re stupid if you’re not. This year he’s been incredible in the June series, he’s been on fire so for me I don’t look to overdo it,” he said.Though they’ll clearly be attacking weapons, Beale was kick to emphasise the juggling act the Wallabies will need to perfect against the All Blacks.Kicking was key for the British and Irish Lions in June and Beale will play a crucial role in helping flyhalf Bernard Foley release the pressure valve for the Wallabies, an element that has proven their downfall in the past.“Releasing pressure is so important to try and still be involved in the game – what’s the point of scoring points and then not exiting well from your half?,” he said.“We’ve got a game plan and hopefully I can help Bernard direct a team, take a bit of pressure off him to let him just play and back his instinct.“I feel like we’ve got to back ourselves at times.“There’s got to be that level of balance and I feel like we’re getting to that stage now.”A positive showing is not only vital for the Wallabies’ Bledisloe Cup hopes, but in a dismal Australian year, rugby can ill-afford a repeat of the 2016 opener.Folau said there was one thing he wanted spectators to be have no doubt about when they walked out of ANZ on Saturday night.“We just want to see the fans really seeing that we’re having a real decent crack for the jersey and what it means to us,” he said.Michael Cheika will announce his Bledisloe team on Thursday, and there aren’t expected to be any major bolters, with Beale all but assured of starting at 12 and Samu Kerevi likely to fill the 13 spot.The All Blacks name their team on Thursday morning.last_img read more

David De Gea on Real Madrid talk: ‘We will see what happens’

first_img David de Gea 1 David De Gea has admitted his future is up in the air as the Manchester United goalkeeper continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid.United fans fear the 24-year-old has already agreed to join the Spanish giants this summer having refused to sign a new contract at Old Trafford.But De Gea is not willing to confirm just yet whether he will push to leave Louis van Gaal’s side.“We will see what happens regarding my future,” De Gea said to Spanish sports newspaper AS. “Right now I’m on holiday.”De Gea, who has a year left on his contract at Old Trafford, is currently in Spain and was named on Sunday as the “adopted son” of the Castilla La Mancha region in Madrid, where he grew up.“I’m delighted for this recognition,” he said.De Gea joined United from Atletico Madrid in a £17.8million deal in 2011 and has made 133 appearances for the Premier League side.Real, meanwhile, have yet to announce who will be their coach for the new season despite strong suggestions – including an off-hand comment from vice-president Eduardo Fernandez de Blas – that outgoing Napoli boss Rafa Benitez will be named as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor.last_img read more

Opponents Assail White House Plan to Close NOAA Lab in North Carolina

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Country The closure is far from set in stone. Congress would have to approve the request as part of the spending plan for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins 1 October. But that work isn’t expected to be finished until late this year, after the November elections.In the meantime, some scientists and lawmakers are baffled by the proposal, which they say doesn’t have a clear rationale. And they are making the case for why the lab deserves to stay open.“This lab is a vital part of the local, national, and international marine science community and provides important research and information for sustaining fisheries and coastal ecosystems of the Mid- and South-Atlantic, and to U.S territories in the Caribbean Sea to the people of this nation,” said David Eggleston, a professor and the director of North Carolina State University’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, in a 28 March letter to lawmakers.Even if the lab is closed, NOAA won’t be letting go of the lab’s 62 permanent staff members, according to a presentation on the proposed budget. “Fisheries employees will continue the research they are currently undertaking at a different location,” the presentation says. It’s uncertain what will happen to the others. But proponents of keeping the lab open say they’re skeptical that the relocated NOAA researchers would be able to continue doing the same work they have long been doing at the Beaufort lab.”It covers a large swath ecologically that other labs can’t cover easily without traveling,” says Amy Freitag, a recent marine science and conservation Ph.D. graduate of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, who collaborated with a NOAA scientist at the Beaufort lab. “It would be difficult to continue research in the area from other NOAA facilities.” As an example, she mentions that waters from two regions of the Atlantic converge in an area of the ocean near the lab. “Ecologically speaking, it’s probably the most fascinating part of the East Coast Atlantic to look at,” she says. “You can study fisheries both from that northern region and from the southern region and see how they interact.” Freitag also worries that numerous partnerships with nearby universities would suffer if the researchers move far away.NOAA declined to make Beaufort lab scientists available for interviews. Ciaran Clayton, a NOAA spokeswoman, said in a statement that the laboratory has conducted valuable science over the course of its 100-plus-year history. “However, this aging facility requires infrastructure repairs and improvements exceeding agency budget resources now and for the foreseeable future,” Clayton said.Lab proponents don’t buy that argument. They note that in recent years NOAA has invested millions of dollars to upgrade the facility, including by building a new bridge to the island that houses the lab. To shut the lab after making those upgrades would be all the more baffling, Freitag says.The lab closure won’t see the light of day in Congress if a bipartisan coalition of federal lawmakers has their way.”I am seriously troubled by the fact that in his most recent budget proposal, President Barack Obama has proposed closing a research lab in Eastern North Carolina while continuing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on infrastructure projects in Afghanistan,” said Representative Walter Jones (R-NC) in a statement. Jones and Representative Mike McIntyre (D-NC), in a 31 March letter, requested House appropriators’ “assistance in rejecting the unjustified and misguided proposal.”Representative David Price (D-NC) said in a statement that he questions the wisdom of shutting down “a hub for collaborative research endeavors among NOAA’s federal researchers and those located in neighboring labs.””The prospect of losing that synergy is alarming, and I am going to be sharply questioning this decision” as appropriators in the House of Representatives make decisions on what the government can spend where next fiscal year, Price said. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) A proposal by the Obama administration to close a historic marine research laboratory near Beaufort, North Carolina, is drawing pushback from the scientific community and local members of Congress. Although the administration frames it as a tough choice in a time of fiscal restraint, critics argue that the proposed closure of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lab would endanger crucial marine research.Founded more than 100 years ago, the NOAA laboratory on Pivers Island near Beaufort conducts research into a variety of marine science subjects, including fish stocks, ecosystem function, and the health of aquatic creatures. Its work has helped scientists improve how they forecast harmful algal blooms, and it set in place the first study of invasive lionfish in the South Atlantic, those familiar with the lab say. And it is the only NOAA lab between Miami, Florida, and Sandy Hook, New Jersey.The Obama administration quietly proposed closing the lab in the president’s fiscal year 2015 budget request released last month, citing the tough fiscal environment. The lab, which employs 108 workers and contractors, has a roughly $1.6 million operating and maintenance budget (which does not include salaries). Email read more