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Rivers United eye NPFL title, commend Eunisell for support

first_imgRivers United are confident that they can challenge for the Nigeria Professional Football League title with support from their front-of-shirt partner, Eunisell.According to the Rivers United General Manager, Okey Kpalukwu, the Port Harcourt-based club is in the running to win the league title this season and they have put every measure in place to keep their players on their toes despite an enforced break by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic across the World. Kpalukwu said: “We are not hoping for anything less because we also want to be champions.“But all of that will be determined on the pitch.“Although we are praying to win the league, we will also put in our efforts and do what is necessary to make it easier for us to actualise our ambition.“So we are not planning less.“We are planning to win the league like every other team at the top of the standings.” Kpalukwu also spoke on their thriving partnership with Eunisell, describing it as “one of a kind.”He commended Eunisell for backing the club through thick and thin, adding that the chemical and specialty fluid organisation’s contribution to the club cannot go unnoticed.He said: “Our partnership with Eunisell is one of a kind.“This is something most clubs are looking forward to having and that is why we must commend Eunisell for this partnership they have kept over the years with us.“They have never failed us and they have always shown a huge presence. “This has given the players some kind of boost as well.“The partnership also points to the fact that we are looking for ways of new streams of income away from what the state government has given to us.“At the same time, the relationship has been a balanced one.“Rivers United played in the continent in the past with Eunisell as the front-of-the-shirt sponsor and registered Eunisell as one of our shirt sponsors with CAF, which helped us use our branded jerseys on the continent.RelatedPosts NPFL: Coach Dogo leaves Sunshine Stars NFF sanctions NPFL 2019/2020 final table Rivers United again reject Point-Per-Game format “Now the Rivers people are aware of Eunisell’s contribution to the club, which has saved us costs.“We are grateful to them.”Rivers United Technical Manager/Head Coach, Stanley Eguma, also made the declaration that they want to win the title and finishing second was not part of their ambition.He explained that players and coaches have been holding meetings via social media platforms to keep team bonding.Eguma said: “We want to win the league title.“Everybody that is associated with Rivers United FC knows we cannot afford to play second fiddle.“The objective is to win the league title and we will not derail.“It has been hard.“I have been using technology.“We use Zoom and WhatsApp for team meetings.“The players have also been doing their personal training.“I have told all of them that the league can resume at any moment because no one knows when the COVID-19 will end.“So we are keeping ourselves prepared.”Captain of the club, Festus Austine, further reiterated their strong desire to win the title and would rather focus on the challenge instead of worry about the other contenders.Austine said: “The target is to win the trophy this season.“Every one of us understands what we need to do to achieve that.“Our target is to win the NPFL trophy.“We (the players) have a (WhatsApp) platform where we regularly remind ourselves what we want to achieve this season.“We are gunning for the league trophy and we are not relenting.“I also appreciate the players who know what they want.“And for the teams around us on the log, they have their respective destinies in their hands.“We at Rivers United have resolved that we are gunning for the league trophy and we will get it right.”Eunisell Limited Group Managing Director, Chika Ikenga, has also urged the Rivers United contingent to stay within touching distance of the title race and stay on their toes despite the pandemic.Ikenga said: “So far, Rivers United have done very well.“They are currently second on the table.“Right now, I urge everyone at the club to stay within the guidelines of the health authorities, as we look forward to the league restarting.“We are also urging them to give the title chase their best shot because we have faith in them, and that is why we are proud to be associated with the club.”With 13 match weeks to go, Rivers United are currently in second place with 45 points after 25 matches.Tags: EunisellGeneral Manager Okey KpalukwunpflRivers Unitedlast_img read more

Easterby: We should learn from 2007

first_img Easterby watched in horror as Ireland chased a points-difference boosting final try rather than punt the ball out for full-time in Italy eight years ago, only to concede a pivotal converted score. Roland de Marigny plundered the last-gasp score for the Azzurri, with Ireland winning out 54-21: France then hammered Scotland 46-19 to swipe the title on points-difference – by just a four-point margin. Easterby has moved from flanker in 2007 to forwards coach in 2015 – but knows Ireland face a similar situation and is wary of the pitfalls of chasing glory rather than focusing on victory. Ireland can still retain their Six Nations title with victory in Edinburgh on Saturday. England’s Twickenham clash with France kicks off last though, and Easterby is keen to avoid any repeat of that 2007 pain. “It is exactly that, you’ve got to focus on what you can do in that 80 minutes,” said Easterby, recalling Ireland’s aborted 2007 title challenge. “We’ve got to focus on what we can produce in Murrayfield. “The performance first and foremost will give us the right result and what goes outside of our environment in Rome and London is exactly that, outside our control and we can’t factor that into what we’re doing in the 80 minutes against Scotland. “They are going to make it difficult enough as it is without us focusing on what else is going on elsewhere. We’ve got to focus on our job and make sure that is right and hopefully that puts us in the best possible position come Saturday evening.” England were forced to watch television in frustration last year as Ireland claimed the Six Nations title with victory in Paris, but back in 2007 it was the Irish themselves who suffered that fate. Easterby and company were forced to endure France stealing the 2007 title from under their noses, as Elvis Vermeulen claimed the last-ditch try that sealed glory for Les Bleus. Simon Easterby has warned Ireland not to repeat the mistakes of 2007 when chasing RBS 6 Nations glory in Edinburgh this weekend. To add insult to injury, Vermeulen’s title-winning try was awarded by Irish television match official Simon McDowell. Ireland’s players were understandably stony-faced when the reality of that 2007 situation hit home – but Easterby has revealed this week that he has effectively shut that video nasty out of his mind. “I don’t recall that. I genuinely can’t remember that. If you say I was there, I must have been but I don’t recall,” said Easterby. “I recall watching it together and the disappointment of not getting over the line. “We did our utmost in the game to give ourselves the best possible opportunity that year and we have to make sure we do the same this week.” Rather than linger on the past Easterby has instead backed the current Ireland outfit to fix the white-line fever that blew a Grand Slam in Wales last weekend. Easterby threw his full support behind Ireland’s attack, despite several try-scoring chances going begging in Saturday’s 23-16 defeat at the Millennium Stadium. Replacement prop Cian Healy knocked on with the line at his mercy after racing through the middle of a ruck in Cardiff, with Tommy Bowe frustrated a gaping backline overlap went begging. Asked how to solve the front-foot shortcomings, Easterby replied: “By backing the players to make the right calls at the right time. “All the players are comfortable to catch and pass and make good decisions; that’s the bottom line. “The players will always be backed to make decisions.” Former Scarlets boss Easterby insisted Ireland’s management will not lose any faith in their frontline stars, just because of defeat in Cardiff. “They are more than capable of producing the right things at the right time and sometimes under a bit of pressure, when the opposition are making it awkward to do certain things, you are going to come up with a few errors,” said Easterby. “It’s not for lack of quality of having the players who can see those things. “You have to make sure that they make the right decisions at the right time and we’ll back them as coaches to do so. “It is one decision of many in a game and sometimes you make the right one, sometimes you don’t. “That’s the pressure at this level.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Surgery woe for Rosicky

first_img The 34-year-old, who agreed a contract extension at the end of last season, has been struggling with the problem since June following international duty with the Czech Republic. Manager Arsene Wenger was set to give an update on the midfielder’s fitness this week ahead of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Crystal Palace. However, Rosicky’s agent confirmed to website fotbal.idnes.cz the player had now had “arthroscopic knee surgery”, but it is understood any projected recovery time is yet to be determined. Arsenal lost their opening game of the new Barclays Premier League season 2-0 at home to West Ham last Sunday and are also without midfielder Jack Wilshere because of an ankle injury. Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky is set for a spell on the sidelines following minor knee surgery.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

USG announces a new fund for student leaders

first_imgThe Undergraduate Student Government announced on Monday the establishment of an aid fund to support low-income student leaders on campus. The Positional Leadership Stipend is meant to help students who want to take on unpaid leadership positions without sacrificing income they may need to pay for college or other expenses.According to USG Finance Director Edwin Saucedo, the idea for the stipend was first introduced when interviewing potential candidates for leadership positions in the USG Program Board. When one student was offered an unpaid assistant director position, rather than a paid director position, she had to decline because she would have to quit her job to have enough time to devote to the role. Saucedo developed the leadership stipend to help students in similar situations.“USG directors and executive officers get a stipend for the work that they do, and we wanted to open the opportunity to be a leader up to students who don’t have that chance,” Saucedo said.USG allocated $100,000 of rollover funds — which accumulated from unused programming funds over the past two years — to establish the stipend, which Saucedo and others are working to maintain for at least three years.The application, which opened formally on Jan. 25, will ask students to explain how much money they need and why they need it. Although amounts granted will vary based on the position, Saucedo estimated that the stipend would generally pay students $10 for every hour they spent on their leadership position.“We don’t want students sacrificing their activities so that they can pay for their basic needs, such as their food or their rent,” said Undergraduate Student Government President Rini Sampath.Although the stipend is currently reserved for students who hold leadership roles on campus, Saucedo hopes to eventually expand it to include students who want to play club sports or participate in greek life, both activities that often involve expensive dues and fees.Furthermore, Saucedo’s goal is ultimately to include middle-income students and students with special financial circumstances — even if they are not strictly low-income — among those eligible for the stipend.The application for the positional leadership stipend will close on Feb. 5.last_img read more

Virtual clinic strives to facilitate access to health care advice

first_imgVirtual clinic visionary · Leslie Saxon, in collaboration with the Institute for Creative Technologies, aims to bring virtual doctors to patients. Kristen Zung | Daily TrojanTwo USC institutes are developing a Virtual Care Clinic to bring the health care system online.The USC Center for Body Computing and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies collaborated to ensure that patients can access important information about their medical conditions anytime and anywhere. Leslie Saxon, the founder and executive director of the Center for Body Computing, first conceived the idea of a Virtual Care Clinic. Saxon, who leads the project, is also the chief of the division of cardiovascular medicine at USC. “I was inspired by the fact that we have so few highly trained specialists in the world and so many human beings across the world who need access to care,” Saxon said. “If you could just bring this leverage of specialists over a larger population, that would be really amazing.”Scott Dorman, the managing director at the Center for Body Computing, said the main idea behind the project revolves around supporting each individual according to their needs.“[Saxon’s] idea and her vision was to develop an entire ecosystem around a patient or a health care consumer that will be virtual,” Dorman said. “A patient or a general health care consumer or really anybody who owns a smartphone will be able to access a virtual doctor 24/7 anytime, anywhere that they choose.” Dorman said most patients have the same kinds of general questions about their diet or precautions when they go to a doctor, so the purpose behind the virtual doctor program is for the patient to get basic information from virtual doctors. They can then spend more time asking more important questions unique to their own condition when they physically visit the doctor. Virtual doctors can provide contextualized, high-quality information to the patients whenever they need it.“This system wouldn’t prescribe you medication or wouldn’t give you a diagnosis,” Dorman said. “The most difficult part is that there are so many different complex layers and pieces to a worthwhile project like this … that we believe can truly change the health care system.” Saxon said the goal of this project is to create a global health care system such that doctors will be able to help patients who are at different locations. Patients will feel more empowered and knowledgeable. She emphasized that the Virtual Care Clinic will be especially helpful for those who live with certain chronic diseases, as it will integrate them with their caregivers and doctors and provide them with the right kind of information. “As a practicing physician, I want to spend my time on the patients who need me, not on people who don’t require me and who could be cured … digitally,” Saxon said. The virtual doctors will provide tailored information based on the patient’s characteristics and where they live, according to Saxon. The virtual doctors can not only talk to patients but also reply with empathy, Saxon said.Dorman added that the Institute for Creative Technologies plays an important part in the development of this project.“Our strategic partner is the Institute for Creative Technologies that does all the computer rendering of virtual doctors,” Dorman said. “We are very closely aligned with them on this project, and they are the ones who are responsible for really creating the virtual characters, which may be used for other purposes.”The Virtual Care Clinic application hopes to provide information in many different languages, so that it can become a global tool.“We will provide them [with] information that they can then use and hopefully engage in more preventive behavior,” Dorman said. “We just want to try and prevent people from getting to the point where they are suffering with a disease and allowing it to get to such a stage where they require emergency medical care.”last_img read more

Trojans top Utes, stay unbeaten in Pac-12

first_imgThroughout the course of the season, USC men’s tennis head coach Peter Smith has emphasized the importance of adversity and its positive effects.Making it look easy · Junior Ray Sarmiento (above) had no trouble taking down the Utah Utes’ Dmytro Mamedov, beating the senior 6-1, 6-1 in less than 70 minutes. The Trojans beat Utah by a final score of 5-2. — Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanIf adversity is a good thing, it was a great weekend for the Trojans, who, despite the absence of two starters and injuries to two more key players, pulled out two decisive victories including a 7-0 sweep of Arizona on Friday and a 5-2 win over Utah on Saturday.In both matches the Trojans were without the services of junior Emilio Gomez and sophomore Roberto Quiroz. The pair, dubbed “Team Ecuador” by Smith, was playing for the Ecuadorian national team in Davis Cup play.In addition to the absences of two starters, freshman Max de Vroome was still recovering from a broken left wrist and played with a specially designed brace. Junior Michael Grant also struggled with an abdominal injury, which flared up during the match and rendered him unable to overhead serve against Utah’s sophomore Cedric Willems. The significant handicap hampered Grant, who fought valiantly but eventually fell 6-3, 7-5.“[My abdominal muscle] just started cramping up, so I just started serving underhand,” Grant said. “We had nobody else who could take my place so I just had to man up and play, win or lose. I gave it my best effort.”Court two featured a duel between two heavyweights as sophomore Yannick Hanfmann took on Utah’s Slim Hamza. Hamza, who had upset UCLA’s No. 2 junior Adrien Puget 7-5, 6-4 the day prior, was in search of his second straight upset against Hanfmann.But while Hamza fought admirably, Hanfmann controlled the outcome of the match from the outset. In the first set, Hanfmann mixed up his approach against his opponent, utilizing deep, heavy strokes with blistering, razor-sharp angled shots. When Hamza tried to shorten points by flattening his shots, Hanfmann ended the points with his own whistling forehand winners en route to a 7-5, 6-2 victory.Hanfmann’s teammate and captain junior Ray Sarmiento was dominant in his outing against Utah senior Dmytro Mamedov. Sarmiento handled his match by flattening out early and forcing Mamedov to pursue high-velocity groundstrokes. Mamedov was often relegated to slicing or forced to settle with making contact with his outstretched arm while in pursuit of the icy Sarmiento’s endless hail of powerful, flat forehands.The match seemed to go as quickly as Sarmiento’s feet — the 6-1, 6-1 drubbing lasted a mere 68 minutes.“My movement was working really well for me today. I was serving really well and looked for my opportunities to come in. My game plan was to come in and take the point really early. Keep the points as short as possible and keep him moving,” Sarmiento said.Even more dominant than Sarmiento was sophomore Eric Johnson, who utterly bulldozed Utah junior Alejandro Medinilla in a 6-0, 6-0 match that lasted little more than an hour. The 6-0, 6-0 victory was possibly the most impressive performance of the season from any Trojan, but Johnson remained humble and comprehensive in his description of his strategy.“Staying focused was the hardest thing,” Johnson said. “I think my game fit him pretty well. He had a one-handed backhand that’s sort of weaker and my style is to play to attack the backhand.”Sophomore Jonny Wang got the start at No. 4 and handled his responsibilities in dominant fashion, upending Utah junior Devin Lane 6-4, 6-3 with a high-energy style of play and emotional intensity that has endeared him to many USC tennis fans.Rhe Trojans weren’t quite done after Saturday’s match. Smith, assistant coaches Krzysztof Kwinta and Peter Lucassen and the rest of the USC tennis team met and hit some balls with the ballboys and ballgirls at the match. The ballboys and ballgirls were organized by a USC alumnus to give them an opportunity to meet the tennis team.“I think one of the biggest responsibilities we have is to give back. We invite the kids out and they get to ballkid the match, and then they get a chance to meet the players and hit with the players after the match,” Smith said. “The incredible thing about that is that it’s against the NCAA rules. How amazing is that? They’re saying it might be a recruiting advantage for us.”The NCAA might not have too many concerns in that regard — none of the ballkids appeared to be older than six years of age.And though the Trojans took care of important Pac-12 conference matches Friday and Saturday, perhaps it was what they did after the competition that was most important.last_img read more

Windies youth to defend Under-19 World Cup

first_imgThe Windies have failed in their bid to defend the ICC Under-19 World Cup following a 76-run loss to South Africa at the Bay Oval, in Tauranga, New Zealand on Wednesday.The defeat was the second in a row for the regional team following an 8-wicket loss to New Zealand on Saturday. New Zealand, who also defeated Kenya and South Africa will now advance to the Super League after two successive wins in Group A. The Windies and Kenya, following back-to-back defeats, will feature in the Plate Championship.On Wednesday, South Africa’s triumph was set up on the back of wicketkeeper-batsman Wandile Makwetu’s run-a-ball 99 not out, and fast bowler Hermann Rolfes who took four wickets.  Sent in to bat South Africa got a solid 56-0 start from openers Jiveshan Pillay (47) and Matthew Breetzke (18).  The team, however, found itself in trouble at 112-5 before Makwetu’s effort with the bat carried the unit to 282-8.In pursuit, the Windies slipped from 177-4 in the 38th over to be bowled out for 206 in 45.3 overs.  Alick Athanage who added 76 off 100 and Kirstan Kallicharan (44) were the star Windies batsmen as they put on 90 runs for the fifth wicket.last_img read more

Scooter Gennett injury update: Reds second baseman (groin) to miss 8-12 weeks

first_img Matt Olson injury update: Athletics first baseman undergoes hand surgery; no timetable for return The injury occurred after Gennett slid to make the stop for a ball off the bat of Yasmani Grandal. Gennett threw to pitcher Robert Stephenson, who was covering first, for the out. But then Gennett immediately fell to his knees before being carted away from the dugout and undergoing an MRI.”It was tough to see,” Stephenson said, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It looked like he kind of rolled weird or something.”  Related News Gennett, 28, hit a slash line of .310/.357/.490 last season with 23 home runs and 92 RBIs, making his first All-Star team last year.center_img Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks with a right groin strain, the team announced Saturday.He had to be helped off the field after injuring his groin in the second inning of Friday’s spring training game against the Brewers. last_img read more