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  • Lai Mohammed Rallies Support for Golf as FCT Classic Tees Off

    first_imgHe lamented that the combined prize money of $50,000 for both Lagos and Abuja tours will not attract top-class professional golfers to Nigeria.He said countries stand to benefit greatly from sporting activities, hence the need for the government and the private sector to tap into the enormous opportunities that golf presents, and to support the West Africa Golf Tour in developing the game.Mohammed walked through three holes in the company with former Captain of IBB Club, Hamid Abbo and President of West Africa Tour, Emeka Okatta.“The West Africa Golf Tour speaks for the commitment that I hold, as the minister of Information and Culture, for the promotion of Nigeria’s rich tourism potentials.It showcases Nigeria to the world -our golf courses, natural surroundings and cities as well as our culture, thereby putting Nigeria, West Africa and Africa in the limelight and helping to advance the efforts to improve our image and economy,” he said.The ongoing West African Tour attracted golfers from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Gabon, Senegal, Germany, Zambia and Zimbabwe.Nigeria’s Gift Willy had the round of the day and seats atop the leaderboard at the first tournament of the 2018 West Africa Golf Tour season, FCT Classic with a one- under par 71.Vincent Torgah, Pristhy Njji and Kabiru Haruna tied in second position after level par 72. Visitor Mapwanya came fifth position, despite having sunk five birdies in a row in the first five holes, with a score of 1-over par 73.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaMinister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has called on the private sector and philanthropists to support golf in order to raise the prize money and attract internationally-acclaimed golfers to play in Nigerian tournaments.He made the appeal yesterday after performing the ceremonial tee off of FCT Classic on the 2018 West Africa Golf Tour at IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja.last_img read more

  • Women’s World Cup 2019: Cameroon defeats New Zealand to reach round of 16

    first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings 6 – There have been six own goals scored at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, already as many as were scored in the whole of the previous tournament in 2015. Lapse. #FIFAWWC #CMRNZL pic.twitter.com/88cm6CfzKH— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2019Cameroon made their intentions clear from the off ⁠— Gabrielle Onguene curling wide before forcing a smart stop out of New Zealand goalkeeper Nayler.And after Onguene had squandered another chance, Cameroon had a deserved lead 12 minutes into the second half.Having returned to the field after she had been taken off on a stretcher due to cramp, Nchout excellently controlled Yvonne Leuko’s clipped pass before sending a neat finish into the bottom-right corner.Nayler proved New Zealand’s hero soon after, twice denying Onguene before keeping out Alexandra Takounda’s follow-up.Annette Ngo Ndom’s brilliant stop from Betsy Hassett’s header looked to have secured Cameroon’s passage, but their hopes seemed to have been dashed when Awona volleyed Katie Bowen’s cross into her own net. Erin Nayler had pulled off three superb saves in quick succession to keep New Zealand in with a chance and those stops paid dividends when Awona sliced into her own net in the 80th minute.But, in the final seconds of stoppage time, Nchout came up with a moment of magic, twisting her way into the area before slotting beyond Nayler and booking Cameroon’s place in the knockout stages with the last kick of the game. Related News Ajara Nchout scored a sensational last-minute goal to secure Cameroon’s progression to the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup with a 2-1 win over New Zealand.Both sides headed into Tuesday’s contest needing a win to stand any chance of progressing from Group E and though Nchout opened the scoring, Aurelle Awona’s calamitous own goal looked to be sending both teams out.center_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Canada’s Christine Sinclair makes history, but Netherlands finishes atop Group E But Nchout took matters into her own hands and, with just seconds remaining, she curled in a sublime strike at the culmination of a wonderful run to send Cameroon through as one of the best third-placed sides. Key Opta Facts- New Zealand remain winless at the World Cup (D3 L12), failing to advance from the group stage in each of their five appearances in the competition (1991, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019).- Their second-half equalizer was their first goal of the 2019 World Cup.- Nchout became the second Cameroon player to score in multiple World Cups (2015 and 2019), after team-mate Onguene.last_img read more

  • Wellington City Council forum: Kelly Green

    first_img2. What is the main reason why you are running for Wellington City Council?Green:Wellington has been an awesome small town to raise my children and operate a small business within.  I have a strong desire to see it continue to be so.  I have the experience, time and motivation to serve on the city council and do my part to make Wellington an even better community to work and live.3. Losing businesses is an ongoing concern to the community of Wellington. What do you as a city council member believe you can do to stop the exodus and enhance business growth?Green: I would be very receptive to providing incentive programs to businesses, new or current, that would like to expand or improve.  I would encourage a working relationship between the city council, Economic Development, and the Chamber of Commerce.4. The current Wellington City Council is studying ways to supply water to oil companies. What is your position on the matter?Green: If the city’s water supply is strong, and able to meet our needs, then I think we should work with the oil companies to provide the water they need for their business.  Doing so creates an opportunity for utility revenue while also promoting area business.5. Staying with water, because of the current drought, the water level is low at the Wellington City Lake. Do you favor other alternative water sourcing, or do you believe we should remain status quo on our water resources? Also, will you ever be in favor of water rationing?Green: I would be open to considering any alternative water source.  At present, water is pulled from the Chikaskia River, Wellington Lake and various wells.  If at a time the water supply is deemed dangerously low, I would fully support a water rationing program.6. The total assessed valuation in Wellington went down in 2012, but may remain constant or improve with the inclusion of Wal-Mart on the tax roll in 2013. However, this may not be the case in the next four years. If Wellington has a lower assessed value as the previous year, how would you as a council member respond to the lack of tax revenue for the municipality?Green: It’s imperative that any business operate within it’s given budget.  The city is no exception.  If tax revenues are lowered, then it’s time to cut back on spending.  I believe every budget has room for cutbacks and would encourage, and expect, every department to focus on meeting any new, lower budget requirements if tax revenue dictated a need.7. Many believe Wellington has trouble promoting itself to outsiders. Do you believe as a tax entity, the city should initiate various promotional programs and if so what would you think they should be?Green: Absolutely.  The city should promote its positives through every means possible.  There should be a working, cooperative relationship between the city, the Chamber and Economic Development.  I believe a city can be promoted in various ways, including advertising on radio, television or print media.8. Do you believe in tax incentives to lure in private business? If so or not, please explain.Green: Yes, I believe in tax incentives.  New businesses, private or public, are imperative to Wellington’s growth.  A short-term expense, like a tax abatement, is a good trade-off for a long-term gain.  Not just through across-the-board incentives, but also through a selective process.9. The Wellington utility rates continue to be a concern to many citizens, especially the fuel adjustment rates. Do you believe they are reasonable and in line with other communities? Should the city make a change in the way it handles utilities? Green: I am concerned with rising utility costs.  I do not have enough information, at this time, to make comparisons with other communities.  If elected, I would definitely look into how our utilities are delivered and the costs associated with these methods.  Sometimes, continuing to do something just because ‘it’s always been that way’ stops being feasible and change is a necessity.10. What would you say is Wellington’s biggest concern over the next four years?Green: I think this last questions was the toughest of the ten questions posed by Mr. McCue.  Many concerns come to mind, ranging from business growth to utility costs to street and property conditions.  My biggest concern over the next four years?  Cooperation.I believe that to tackle any or all of these concerns, we need a city council and staff that is willing to cooperate with citizens and businesses, whether current or potential.  We need to have a ’what can I do for YOU’ attitude, not a ’we can’t let you do that’ attitude.  I believe the city council was put into place to speak for the people, not to create red tape and regulations that only serves to limit a citizen’s rights and ability to live and thrive in Wellington. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Kelly Green is a Wellington City Council challenger running for one of six “at large” positions on the newly restructured board.Registered voters within the Wellington city limits can vote in this race which will have 15 candidates on the ballot. The top three vote-getters will receive four-year terms. The second three will receive two-year terms.Voters can vote for up to six candidates. They can vote for one candidate, two candidates, three, four, five or six – but nothing more.The city/school election will be held on Tuesday, April 2. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. at the Raymond Frye Complex. People can also advance vote at the Sumner County Clerk’s office.The following is a list of questions submitted to Green.1. Tell us about yourself.Green: I’ve spent the last 15 years working in real estate.  I have flipped houses and have purchased and managed rental property.  Early last year I started a home staging and remodeling business called Essential Home Details which serves South Central Kansas. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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  • It’s official – the Supermacs fast-food chain is coming to town!

    first_imgThe well-known Supermacs food takeaway chain is coming to Letterkenny.A planning notice for the chain’s parent company, Atlantic Enterprises Ltd, has been placed at the Old Tinneys coalyard and entrance to the Letterkenny Shopping Centre site (Tesco) in the town in recent days.The planning application outlines what the company is seeking on the site. The application seeks the erection of a two storey restaurant which will include drive-through facilities as well as a kitchen, storeroom and 25 parking spaces.The application also applies to realign an entrance to the site as well as the removal of current flagpoles on the land at the entrance to the Letterkenny Shopping Centre.The application can be viewed online or at Donegal County Council offices.A previous application on the site had sought planning for a petrol station but this had been strongly objected to locally. Atlantic Enterprises, owned by Galway businessman Pat McDonagh, have Supermacs outlets across Ireland.The planning application notice at the Tesco site.It’s official – the Supermacs fast-food chain is coming to town! was last modified: December 7th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalletterkennySUpermacslast_img read more

  • Glass skateboards are the worst idea in the history of skateboarding

    first_imgMy one and only attempt at using a skateboard ended in some impressive bruises. I had no desire to return to the ramps after that. Your body is going to suffer regularly if you get serious about skateboarding because falls are part of the process of getting better, and even professionals regularly crash and burn.It’s not just your body that takes a beating, though. The board you ride has to be very strong. If you’re doing tricks it has to repeatedly take the full weight of your body landing on it, as well as handling repeated landing on hard surfaces and of course grinding along metal poles. This is why skateboards are constructed from wood. More specifically, maplewood complimented by a polyurethane coating to create a very durable board.But what would happen if you made a skateboard out of glass? Glass manufacturing has improved a lot over the years. The construction industry requires very strong glass for use in skyscrapers, and smartphones and tablets need glass that won’t crack or scratch. But that doesn’t mean it can handle being used as a skateboard.Skateboarding YouTube channel Braille Skateboarding decided to stop asking the question and instead answered it. They had a glass skateboard specially made and attempted to ride it at a skate park. Things didn’t end well.The glass board was made on request by Skate Trucks company Avenue Trucks. It doesn’t look to have been hardened or reinforced in any way, which surely would have helped. However, whether you can construct a glass skateboard that could be relied upon is doubtful, and the risks involved in it smashing mean it’s really not worth even attempting (again). Glass is also heavy, so even if they did get the strength it’s always going to be inferior to a wood skateboard.Still, it certainly looked nice for the short time it wasn’t in pieces…last_img read more

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