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Mikel’s father kidnapped before Nigeria’s defeat by Argentina

first_imgMikel, who went on to play the full 90 minutes of the 2-1 defeat, refused to tell anyone at the Nigerian Football Federation in fear his father’s life was at risk, and partly because he did not want to be a distraction before the game“I played while my father was in the hands of bandits,” Mikel told The Guardian. “I had to suppress the trauma. I took a call four hours before kick-off to tell me what had happened.“I was emotionally distraught and I had to make the decision about whether I was mentally ready to play. I was confused. I did not know what to do but, in the end, I knew that I could not let 180m Nigerians down.“I had to shut it out of my head and go and represent my country first. I could not even inform the coaches or NFF staff and only a very tight circle of my friends knew.“I was told that they would shoot my dad instantly if I reported to the authorities or told anybody. I also did not want to discuss it with the coach [Gernot Rohr] because I did not want my issue to become a distraction to him or the rest of the team on the day of such an important game. As much as I wanted to discuss it with the coach, I could not.”Mikel’s father, Pa Michael Obi, had previously been abducted back in 2011 when he was held captive for 10 days.On this occasion, he was kidnapped in south-east Nigeria as he travelled to a funeral. The police in Nigeria were able to secure his release but Mikel said his father was tortured during a week-long ordeal.“Thankfully, my father was safely released on Monday afternoon,” he added. “I thank the police authorities for their rescue efforts and the support I’ve received from friends and family members.“Unfortunately, my dad is now in hospital receiving emergency treatment as a result of the torture he received during his capture.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Captain John Obi Mikel captained Nigeria at the 2018 Russia FIFA World CupLONDON, United Kingdom July 4 – John Obi Mikel has revealed that he learned his father had been kidnapped just hours before he played in Nigeria’s loss to Argentina which saw his country knocked out of the World Cup last week.The Nigeria captain was informed of the news by a family member while he travelled on the team bus to the stadium in St. Petersburg. Mikel was told that he must call the kidnappers and when he did so, he was ordered to pay a ransom.last_img read more

Sanjita’s B sample returns positive, to appear before int’l hearing panel

first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, Sep 13 (PTI) Fighting a dope taint, weightlifter Sanjita Chanu’s troubles mounted Thursday with her ‘B’ sample also returning positive but the defiant Commonwealth Games gold-medallist will fight her case before the international body’s hearing panel. Chanu has decided to present her case before the hearing panel of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) in Hungary. If Sanjita fails to prove her innocence before the IWF hearing panel, she faces a maximum punishment of four years, as stipulated for a first-time offender. “The B sample test was sent to Sanjita on September 11 and we will present our case before the IWF hearing panel in Budapest. We will highlight the mistakes committed by the IWF in this case,” Sanjita’s brother Bijen Singh told PTI. “It (the international body) has admitted its mistakes. We are confident of winning the case,” he added. Should her fight fail in the IWF, Sanjita is likely to knock at the doors of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland. “We will fight for justice till the end. We will do whatever is available to us. She has been wronged,” he added. In the letter which informed her about the ‘B’ sample result, the IWF had given time till September 18 to tell the world body whether she wishes to appear before a hearing panel. She was given the option to be present in person at a regular IWF hearing session, or at an extraordinary hearing, or through phone conference or skype.advertisement In reply, Sanjita wrote, “I would like to appear before the hearing panel through my representative (or myself) to prove my innocence.” Sanjita is now mulling whether to appear in person or send a lawyer. “Considering the cost involved for two persons (Sanjita and a lawyer) going to Hungary, we may send just a lawyer to represent her in the hearing in Budapest. But it is not yet finalised. We will take a call on it in the next few days,” Bijen said. The IWF, earlier in the year, admitted to committing an “administrative mistake” in giving the exact sample number of Sanjita in its report of her failed dope test. It had mentioned two different sample numbers in its communication of her dope flunk on May 15 and Sanjita had demanded an inquiry. The National Anti-Doping Agency said that the IWF’s admission will not have any impact on the actual doping issue. The admission from the IWF came after the issue reached the Prime Minister’s Office. The PMO had written to the Sports Ministry to look into the matter, which, in turn, directed the NADA to do so. Sanjita’s ‘A’ sample, taken out-of-competition in the United States on November 18 before the World Championships last year, tested positive for an anabolic steroid. The dope result (of A sample), however, came only on May 15 when she was put under provisional suspension. The ‘B’ sample request was made in June and the result was given to her on September 11. Sanjita has also requested the IWF to reveal the name of the weightlifter whose sample number is 1599176 and which was mentioned in one place in the letter sent to her informing her about her dope flunk. the number had (though mistakenly) appeared in my suspension order, I assume it is my right to know him/her. This will help me in convincing how the mistake occurred,” she said in the letter written to the IWF. PTI PDS PM PMlast_img read more

Omar Archer caught by Police

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 31, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Police are said to have taken in Omar Archer, who was wanted for questioning without incident around 3am this morning.  Archer is an extremely vocal and highly accusatory political activist who is often sharing messages where he claims to be exposing underhanded dealings, allegedly by the PLP Government.A person of interest notice was posted for Archer last weekend after he appeared on social media, holding an illegal gun and threatening the government.  Archer said he was hiding out in Freeport, and reports are he was caught at his home, peacefully, by Police.  Omar Archer also claims that the photo was doctored and posted by the PLP.#MagneticMediaNews#OmarArchercaught Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #OmarArchercaught Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Cosmopolitan jcpenney Partner in Clothing Line

first_img“[It’s] the brand coming to life in a fashion realm,” says Susan Schulz, Cosmo’s editorial brand director. “The process has been very smooth. Everybody, I think, in the beginning was a little nervous. I don’t know that it’s ever really been done before that a magazine would have this much input.”Cosmo will play a role in marketing and promotion of the line through traditional ad placements, as well as content integration.A slideshow featured on the Cosmopolitan.com front page Thursday allows readers to link to a story about the product launch and includes an option to purchase the clothing from jcp.com.“One of my main jobs as we move forward is finding ways to integrate the product,” Schulz says. “How to promote the product in an organic way that makes sense for our reader. We know she doesn’t want to be clobbered with it, she doesn’t want to be getting a message about the Cosmo Collection every five seconds.”“But where it does make sense to her, we want to be able to tell her, ‘Look at these new shoes. They’re in store now. We think you’re going to love them.’ “The product launch is the first of its kind for Cosmopolitan, which attracts more than 18 million print readers and 8.5 unique monthly visitors. The company has participated in collaborative media projects with Sterling Books and YouTube, however.jcpenney also signed a licensing deal with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia [MSLO] in December of 2011. That agreement calls for a line of MSLO products to be sold online and in retail outlets that will be constructed within most jcpenney stores by February 2013. jcpenney also invested $38.5 million in MSLO in the deal. You can now get your Cosmo at jcpenney—not the magazine though, the clothing line.The Cosmopolitan Collection, a new brand of lingerie, sleepwear and accessories inspired by the world’s top-selling women’s magazine, went on sale this weekend at jcpenney’s 600-plus retailers across the country and on jcp.com.The launch culminates a two-year collaborative process between the companies that began with discussions between recently-departed Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Kate White and former jcpenney CEO Mike Ullman in November of 2010. last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR A Letter Of Support For Jomarie OMahony From

first_imgDear Editor,In Fall of 2003, as I was finishing up three years of service in the United States Army, my wife returned home to Massachusetts with our infant son to look for a house.  After a Paul Revere-like ride through “every Middlesex village and farm,” she told me that she wanted to move to Wilmington.  I will be eternally grateful that Jomarie found this community as it has given us so much over the years, most especially the dear friends and neighbors that we have been blessed to make.I wanted to write and thank all of those people who have been supportive of Jomarie’s campaign for Selectman.  Being the father of two daughters, I am very glad that those girls can see the names of women running for elected office on the placards in yards around town.  As those children grow into young adults, I hope that they will have candidates like Jomarie to represent them.Jomarie is always looking for ways to help people in the community she cares so deeply about.  As an attorney, she chose to practice an area of law that seeks to protect the most vulnerable members of our society, namely those children who have been abused or neglected.  As a volunteer, she is moved by the sentiment of the famous quote about Robert F. Kennedy: “Some men see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say why not?.” As a mother and a wife, she is always striving to make our small corner of the world a better place.In closing, I would ask that all those who read this letter to consider supporting Jomarie with a vote on election day.  I would also ask those people to support the candidacy of incumbent Selectmen Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira.  In Greg and Kevin, I see the same spirit of volunteerism and love for this community that animates Jomarie, and I think that they could tap into a synergy that would continue this town on the path that made it one of the best places to live in the Commonwealth.Very truly yours,David O’MahonyLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: State Rep. Dave Robertson Endorses Jomarie O’Mahony For SelectwomanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: O’Mahony Brings People Together, Always Helping Others With A SmileIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Shawsheen Tech School Committee’s Robert Peterson Sr. Endorses O’Mahony For SelectwomanIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

BSE closes points 2708 up on November 19

first_imgNew Delhi, November 19 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 27.08 points up to stand at 20877.82. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 14.35 points up to stand at 6,203.35. Jaypee Infratech Ltd. and MMTC were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 8.88% and 6.70% along with Apollo Tyres and Jubilant Food works Ltd. with an increase of 6.69% and 5.47% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include MCX and Adani Enterprises Ltd with a decrease of 4.08% and 2.90% along with Torrent Power Ltd. and Pipavav Defence with a decrease of 2.88% and 2.37% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 11.66 points at 12,234.41, while the banking sector is up 44.06, points at 12,758.8 and the realty sector is up 20.14 points at 1,356.11.The Indian currency is up 0.56% at Rs 62.06 per dollar.last_img read more

Quader warns of tough actions against BRTA irregularities

first_imgRoad, transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoAnnouncing zero tolerance against corruption and irregularities at Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said a new journey has to be launched to make it a corruption-free organisation, reports UNB.“There should be a fresh journey to build a corruption-free BRTA,” he said while exchanging views with BRTA officials, including its depot managers, at its newly constructed Bhaban at Banani.Quader, also Awami League general secretary, said the menace of brokers in and outside its offices must be stopped to make the BRTA free from corruption, warning that if any official or employee is found involved with any broker, stern action will be taken following investigations.He also underscored the need for increasing manpower to enhance the quality of service and improve the skills of the existing workforce to turn BRTA into an effective and dynamic organisation.Responding to a query from reporters, the minister said 63 per cent work on the Padma Bridge project has already been completed. “One kilometre of the Padma Bridge is now visible following the installation of 7th span,” he said.last_img read more

White House To Withdraw Controversial Nominee For Top Environmental Post

first_img Share Anthony Behar/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesUpdated 8:38 a.m. ET A White House official confirms with NPR that Kathleen Hartnett White’s controversial nomination to head the Council on Environmental Quality is being withdrawn.The Washington Post first reported the decision to drop Hartnett White’s nomination. Citing anonymous administration officials, the Post says Harnett’s nomination couldn’t win enough favorable support, “with some Senate Republicans raising questions about her expertise.”Hartnett White has drawn criticism for her comments on climate change. The former Texas regulator has a history of questioning established science that man-made greenhouse gases are a major contributor to climate change.As the Post noted, when Hartnett White testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, “she said that while humans probably contribute to current warming, ‘the extent to which, I think, is very uncertain.’ “Hartnett White suggested in 2014 that fossil fuels helped lead to the end of slavery because they “dissolved the economic justification” for it. The next year she wrote that carbon dioxide is “the gas of life on this planet.”“Hartnett White suggested that climate regulation is a conspiracy pushed by communists,” Mose Buchele of member station KUT reported in November. He said that she has “called renewable energy unreliable and parasitic.”While promoting a book she co-wrote in 2016, Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy, Hartnett White praised fossil fuel energy for doing “work that we otherwise would have to do [ourselves].”Though she worked as a top regulator heading the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Jim Marston of the Environmental Defense Fund told Buchele that Hartnett White stands out for an “unusual” opposition to regulations.But Buchele says Hartnett White told him years before that “she supported regulations, just not at the expense of growth and that industry is actually essential to a healthy environment.”The CEQ post is responsible for coordinating across agencies to develop environmental policy. Hartnett White’s nomination expired last year after Democratic opposition stalled her confirmation. Before reports on Saturday that Hartnett White would no longer be considered for the role, Trump re-nominated her last month to restart the process for Senate confirmation.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Black Women Urged to Get Involved Politically

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comBlack women political and social justice leaders encouraged Black Americans to stay engaged in the political process and continue the fight for positive change, at a DC town hall meeting, Thursday.The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference‘ National Town Hall took place on Sept. 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the District of Columbia. The theme of the event was “Advancing the Cause of Freedom, Justice and Equality: Black Women at the Forefront of Leadership” and U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) said the town hall was “a call to action.”In this July 26, 2018 file photo, Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, center, speaks with the media during a campaign stop at the Ironworkers Local 709 apprenticeship shop to announce her “Jobs for Georgia Plan,” in Pooler, Ga. The history-making gubernatorial runs by Abrams of Georgia, Andrew Gillum of Florida and Ben Jealous of Maryland are turning them into stars nationwide and at the Congressional Black Caucus annual legislative conference. If elected, Abrams, Jealous and Gillum, would give America its largest number of Black governors ever. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)“Women have been standing, fighting and leading,” Jackson-Lee, the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, said. “With power comes duty and obligation and we are surging to the front with action and justice.”In the 2016 presidential election, 95 percent of Black women who voted cast their ballot for former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton while 54 percent of White women voted for Donald Trump. Political analysts credit Black women for the election of Democrat Doug Jones of Alabama’s election to the U.S. Senate in 2017 and for Democrat Dr. Ralph Northam’s victory in the Virginia gubernatorial race that year, too.Black women played key roles in the Democratic primary victories of Stacey Abrams of Georgia and Andrew Gillum in Florida.A panel discussion took that place that talked about that type of power and how it could be used to benefit African-Americans. The panelists were Abrams, Jackson-Lee, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), Proctor & Gamble executive Monica Turner, CNN Commentator Symone Sanders, president and founder of Black Mamas Matter Alliance Elizabeth Gay, and founder and president of Moms of Black Boys United Depelsha McGruder.The moderator was Joy Reid, a host for MSNBC.Coleman said that everyone needed to vote because if the Democrats win the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2018 election, she will be able to exert power on behalf of her constituents, and Blacks in general, as the chair of the committee that deals with transportation and infrastructure.“We will not build walls but communities,” Coleman said.Abrams explained that her race is winnable because Georgia is not the way it is in the novel “Gone with the Wind.”“Georgia is 53 percent White, 32 percent Black, nine and a half Hispanic and four and a half Asian/Pacific Islander,” she said. “Georgia will be majority minority in 2025 and is the only statewhere the leading minority will be Blacks.”Turner said the private sector has to be part of the solution of the many problems that plague the Black community. Sanders said older Blacks needs to do a better job of convincing millennials that just voting will solve problems.“Millennials have voted and have seen people shot and some millennials have to work two and three jobs in order to make ends,” Sanders said. “Voting is a necessary part of the puzzle but not the entire puzzle.”Elizabeth Gay said Black women need to support organizations and other each other as they pursue political goals. McGruder said “we have to push for change in the system and accountability for government officials.”U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) addressed the group and Booker brought down the house when he said “I miss Obama and her husband too.”last_img read more

Neanderthal Lacked Anatomical Competitive Edge Skeletal Remains Tell the Story

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — A new study of the skeletal fossils of Neanderthal and Early modern man suggest the lack of a “throwing arm” may have made the difference in human evolution. Researchers Jill A. Rhodes and Steven Churchill, evolutionary anthropologists published their findings in the January 2009 edition of the Journal of Human Evolution. The paper entitled, “Throwing in the Middle and Upper Paleolithic: inferences from an analysis of humeral retroversion,” provides some clues to the extinction of Neanderthal. Projectile weaponry was an important component of early man’s survival toolkit. Traces of projectile weaponry have been found in Africa dating back some 80,000 years. The mass migration by early man out of Africa into Europe some 40,000 to 50,000 years ago, show early European man developed and used bow and arrows and other projectile devices. The Rhodes/Churchill small sampling of Neanderthal’s skeletal remains indicate he was outmatched by early modern man’s development of a “throwing arm”. This anatomical feature is measured by the degree of humeral retroversion in the dominant arm and in bilateral asymmetry. Neanderthal’s short squat body, massive limbs and lack of backward displacement at the shoulder joint may have hampered their ability to incorporate projectile weaponry. According to Jill Rhoades, an evolutionary anthropologist examinations of early modern European fossils show the backward displacement at the shoulder joint, but none of the small sampling of Neanderthal’s skeletal remains carry this anatomical characteristic. Modern athletes like baseball pitchers have this characteristic in one shoulder joint and it is referred to generally as their “throwing arm”. When engaging in over head throwing activity, such as throwing a baseball or a spear, this increases the movement of the muscles and gives greater velocity and speed to the throw, according to Steven Churchill an anthropologist at Duke University. This missing technology, along with climate change and competing arrow-shooting humans significantly challenged Neanderthal and may have led to an eventual extinction. According to the Rhodes/Churchill study, habitual behavior patterns, including those related to the production and use of technology, can be imprinted on the skeleton through both genetic and epigenetic pathways. Samples of bilateral humeri sufficient for measurement of Neanderthals are rare. The study consisted of two males and one female. The study concludes, that while the sample was small, consistently it was found that Neanderthal lacked the characteristic “throwing arm” found in early modern man. According to archeologist Eric Boeda of Paris X, Nanterre, Neanderthal was not without his resources. Boeda’s team identified bitumen, a tar-like substance on sharpened stones in Syria inhabited by Neanderthal nearly 70,000 years ago. The bitumen was used as an adhesive to attach sharpened stones to wooden handle in a procedure called hafting. This finding by the Boeda research team using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and carbon isotopes at 40km from the source places the hafting practice back 30,000 years from the date previously set in other research. Anthropologists agree, Neanderthal could throw spears short distances, but never graduated to the use of bow and arrows or spear-throwing technologies. Some 40,000 years ago, modern humans trekked out of Africa to Europe taking their bows and arrows with them for fishing, hunting and warfare. The bow and arrow enabled modern man to engage his environment and adapt to various environments. While it is cannot be stated with absolute certainty, Neanderthal’s inability or lack of interest in developing projectile weaponry may have been an important factor in his eventual demise. Scientists are uncertain as to whether modern human used bow and arrows or projectile devices against Neanderthal, but it is a distinct possibility. For further reading on the subject, See Journal of Human Evolution, Volume 56, January 2009, Throwing in the Middle and Upper Paleolithic: inferences from an analysis of humeral retroversion, Jill Rhodes and Steven Churchill.© 2009 PhysOrg.com The Reconstruction of the Funeral of Homo neanderthalensis. Captured in the Hannover Zoo. (Via Wikipedia) Citation: Neanderthal Lacked Anatomical Competitive Edge: Skeletal Remains Tell the Story (2009, January 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-01-neanderthal-lacked-anatomical-competitive-edge.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more