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first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Last fall, Harvard’s Office of the Provost convened the first meeting of the University Accessibility Committee (UAC), a forum that brings senior leaders together to evaluate and promote accessibility on campus, and to share successful practices from across the University. In its inaugural year, the UAC focused preliminary efforts on initiatives that span the Harvard community, identifying three main areas for its work: the student experience, digital technology, and on-campus facilities.“We have convened this critically important committee in order to provide an opportunity for University leadership to come together with those who are working assiduously to build a Harvard that advances accessibility across departments, Schools, and our campus as a whole,” said Provost Alan Garber. “I’m pleased that the UAC already has begun to make recommendations that have led to meaningful improvements, and I look forward to ongoing progress in our commitment to support students, faculty, and staff with disabilities.”The UAC is designed to complement and bolster the efforts of University Disability Services (UDS) to promote an accessible and welcome working and learning environment for individuals with disabilities, while providing guidance for collaboration across the University. Its work also dovetails with the mission of Harvard’s Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging, which was established in 2016 to identify ways to support the academic and professional success of all members of the University community.“Our office has begun the years-long process of moving Harvard University toward a culture characterized by ‘inclusive excellence,’ and the work of the UAC is critical to these efforts,” said John Silvanus Wilson Jr., senior adviser and strategist to the president, who oversees implementation of the recommendations of the task force. “As a community, we are charged with building a Harvard that fully embraces the life experiences of people from all backgrounds. This includes ensuring that people living with disabilities have access to opportunities on campus that allow them to fulfill their potential and achieve their life goals. I’m grateful that leaders from across the University are so engaged in and committed to this work.”The UAC has appointed three working groups of Harvard staff members with relevant expertise to consider various topics and propose recommendations related to student experience, digital technology, and on-campus facilities. Last June, the groups presented their first round of findings and outlined opportunities and potential next steps. The UAC’s structure, which allows senior leaders to benefit from the knowledge of practitioners from across campus, is intended to streamline the process for implementing new measures. As a result, many of the first round of recommendations are already being instituted. These include:Cross-Registration. Students with disabilities must ask about accommodations when signing up for classes. For courses offered outside a student’s home School, or in a cross-listed course, additional steps and coordination may be required. This fall, the student experience working group helped implement updates to School, UDS, and local Student Disability Coordinator websites, and established best practices to better share information between home and host School registrars. Looking ahead, the group hopes to establish a “check-in module” within the online registration process to handle accommodation requests during cross-registration. It is also exploring centralized data collection to enhance communication between Schools.Digital Access. The digital technology working group has focused its efforts on big-picture recommendations for improving access. A starting point involves expanding resources, similar to those on the Harvard University Information Technology’s online accessibility website, to help web developers and content creators put together and promote widely accessible materials. In the past two years, the User Research Center at Harvard Library and digital accessibility manager Kyle Shachmut have used grants from the President’s Administrative Innovation Fund to build a pool of assistants to test speech-to-text technologies in places such as Lamont Library and on HarvardX and to create a comprehensive database of all accessible technology purchased University-wide. The working group hopes to use this data to standardize and streamline how accessibility is built into procuring digital technologies.The on-campus facilities working group has established two principal tasks: to enhance consideration of accessibility issues in the University’s construction projects, and improve “welcoming and wayfinding” with respect to its physical plant. The group is working to improve Harvard’s delivery guidelines for capital projects so they include accessibility considerations early in the development and construction processes. It also has made recommendations on how to help people with disabilities best navigate the physical campus, and has begun exploring products such as tactile maps and augmented reality technology for the visually impaired.The UAC will meet again early in the new year to hear a second cycle of recommendations from the three working groups, and to identify next steps.“It’s an exciting time at Harvard, as we celebrate the diversity of our students, and find new and improved ways to serve the needs of a community that continues to change demographically,” said UDS director and committee member Michele Clopper. “We’ve taken a critical step forward in engaging senior leadership in creating a welcoming environment across the University, and I look forward to ongoing projects that enhance accessibility at Harvard.”last_img read more

first_imgIt’s National Coffee Day, so go ahead and refill your mug and listen to some java-themed show tunes. The news room runs on caffeine and belting, so we created a Spotify playlist filled to the brim with both. From Kristin Chenoweth stalking an unsuspecting Starbucks employee to Idina Menzel’s horribly derailed coffee commercial, here are some musical theater hits to ensure that you celebrate this joyous occasion appropriately. Enjoy, with or without cream and sugar! View Commentslast_img

Retirees will see impacts of tax cut

October 20, 2020 | tqhsdewk | No Comments

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion One class of taxpayer who will not be seeing a tax cut, but should expect a tax increase, consists of retirees on Social Security.Of course, they already receive their benefits tax-free. But recently, those benefits have not increased.Rather, their cost for Medicare has gone up and should continue going up, no doubt to help the government make up for the loss of its own income.David ChildsJohnstown More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFeds: Painting stolen by Nazis and found at Arkell Museum returned to familyTroopers: Colonie man dies in Montgomery County Thruway crashFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img

first_img“We expect Grab and Gojek to also scale back on discounts in order to become profitable, especially so as investor funding could potentially slow amidst weaker global economic activity,” researchers at Fitch Solution wrote in the note, adding that despite rapid growth, both companies were unprofitable in 2019.Gojek announced earlier this month that American tech companies Facebook and PayPal had invested an undisclosed amount in its new round of funding while Grab at the time was vying for one of two Singapore digital banking licenses set to be allocated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore in this year’s second half.Indonesia ICT Institute executive director Heru Sutadi said the decision was part of the companies’ survival strategy while they were evaluating their services as the COVID-19 pandemic severely affected the core ride-hailing business.Read also: Grab contributes Rp 77.4 trillion to Indonesian economy: Research“In normal times, start-ups do aim to become an all-in-one service provider, but along the way they will evaluate which services are not relevant to their consumers,” he told The Jakarta Post in a phone call on Wednesday.“There is a possibility that Gojek and Grab will re-hire some of their teams once the economy is stable,” he stressed.Gojek, which currently operates in five countries in Southeast Asia, plans to close down its lifestyle division GoLife, which includes massage and cleaning services, as well as its food court division GoFood Festival, as both saw a “significant decrease in demand” during the pandemic, according to the company’s press statement following the layoffs announcement.Both companies reported a downward trend in their passenger transportation services while seeing an uptick in food and grocery deliveries during the social-distancing period.Venture Capital and Start-up Indonesia Association (Amvesindo) chairman Jefri Sirait, however, was of the view that the two companies would still receive ample funding from their regional and international backers, adding that the decacorns were agile and big enough to plan for strategic growth in the future.“It has been four months since the COVID-19 outbreak and they are trying to be sustainable businesses by deciding to cut services that are no longer a source of growth,” he told the Post on Thursday.He went on to say that both companies would likely focus on e-payment solutions as it has been a growing sector during the pandemic along with other “meat and potato” sectors such as consumer goods, health care and communications.Read also: Start-ups help SMEs digitalize during pandemicMeanwhile, researcher from the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF), Hanif Muhammad warned that other start-ups might soon also lay off their employees to scale back businesses amid the pandemic. “Lay-offs would be harder to do in normal times because they would indicate problems within the company, and would negatively affect their image. However, using the pandemic as the reason, companies do not have to worry about their public perception so much,” he said.He added that investors might grow skeptical about business growth and profitability trajectories during the pandemic and, as such, seek to have their portfolio companies rationalize their plans. He also urged companies that had to lay their employees off to be transparent in their finances.Topics : On June 16, Grab, which is valued at US$14 billion, announced that it would lay off 360, just under 5 percent, of its region-wide employees due to the pandemic. The Singapore-based company, which is present in eight Southeast Asian countries, said it would “be eliminating non-core projects” without elaborating further.Read also: Gojek lays off 430 employees amid pandemic impactA week later, its rival Gojek did a headcount cut of 430 workers, around 9 percent of its total workforce, as the company aims to focus on its ride-hailing, food delivery, e-payment and logistics businesses.Fitch Solutions projected the decacorns would gradually exit low-margin services, such as hotel and ticket booking, and put more focus on their respective financial service solutions since they have competitive advantages as early adapters of e-wallets. The recent layoffs in Indonesia’s two decacorn ride-hailing apps Gojek and Grab have forced the start-ups to reassess their pursuit of becoming “super-apps” as the pandemic has pushed them to retire some of their non-core businesses, experts have said.Starting their businesses as ride-hailing applications, both Grab and Gojek have been racing to become apps that meet all users’ needs. They now offer various services from passenger transportation and food and goods delivery to financial services and hotel and ticket booking.“The COVID-19 pandemic will force both Grab and Gojek to reorganize and focus on three core services: ride-hailing, food/grocery delivery and financial services,” Fitch Solutions wrote in a research note on Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Harry Kane faces ban for Arsenal clash after headbutting Cesar Azpilicueta during Chelsea defeat Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 Feb 2019 8:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Harry Kane headbutted Cesar Azpilicueta during Spurs’ defeat to Chelsea (Getty Images)Harry Kane could miss Tottenham’s clash with Arsenal this Saturday after he escaped punishment for headbutting Cesar Azpilicueta during Spurs’ defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday evening.The incident appeared to be missed by the match officials at Stamford Bridge and should referee Andre Marriner note that he did not see the headbutt in his post-match report sent to the Football Association on Thursday, retrospective action could be taken against the Spurs striker.If found guilty, Kane would receive a three-match ban for violent conduct.‘Harry Kane can count himself lucky not to have been sent off on Wednesday,’ Clattenburg told the Daily Mail.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘There looked to be minimal contact with Azpilicueta but it does not matter how severe it was.center_img Comment Kane faces a three-game ban for violent conduct (AMA/Getty Images)‘Even if it was an attempted headbutt, that still carries the same punishment – a red card.‘Fortunately for Kane, Azpilicueta did not make a meal of it.‘The incident seemed to be missed by the match officials and the FA could now take retrospective action against Kane.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityPedro gave Chelsea the lead in the 57th minute before Spurs’ misery was compounded when Kieran Trippier scored an own goal with six minutes remaining.Spurs remain third after the defeat to Chelsea but Arsenal are now only four points behind their north London rivals. Pochettino unhappy with lack of end product during Chelsea lossTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:42FullscreenPochettino unhappy with lack of end product during Chelsea loss is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

September 18, 2020 | tqhsdewk | No Comments

first_imgLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks are without big man Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) for Game 4 against the Los Angeles Clippers because he has right knee soreness. The last-minute scratch occurred after the Mavericks learned that guard Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) would play Sunday despite a left ankle sprain.Porzingis is averaging 23.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in the Western Conference first-round series. He is coming off a Game 3 performance in which he had 34 points and 13 rebounds. It’s the first time a Dallas player has scored 30 or more points and grabbed 10 or more rebounds since Dirk Nowitzki in the 2011 NBA Finals.The 7-foot-3 Porzingis has been dealing with a bruised left heel. In other NBA news: Jayson Tatum added 28 points and had a playoff career-high 15 rebounds for Boston, which advances to Eastern Conference semifinals and a meeting with the winner of the first-round matchup between Toronto and Brooklyn. Boston’s win marks the first sweep in 15 playoff series meetings between the teams. It also is the third straight season that Philadelphia has failed to advance past the second round.Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) led the 76ers with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Tobias Harris added 20 points and five rebounds despite leaving briefly after a scary fall that bloodied his left eye. NBA-NEWSMavs forward Porzingis sits out Game 4 with sore right knee The Capitals are still considered championship contenders, and captain Alex Ovechkin has one year remaining on his contract.Reirden was another first-time NHL head coach hired during the Ovechkin era. Trotz was the only one with previous experience and the only coach to get Washington past the second round, let alone win the Cup.NFL-NEWSNFL asks lab to check reliability of its COVID-19 testsUNDATED (AP) — The NFL has asked a New Jersey lab to investigate a new batch of COVID-19 test results amid reports from several teams of false positives. The league didn’t identify which teams got positive results, or how many there were. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSWalker’s 32 lifts Celtics to 110-106 win, sweep of 76ersLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 32 points and the Boston Celtics pulled away in fourth quarter to complete a first-round series sweep of the Philadelphia 76ers 110-106 on Sunday. Update on the latest sports Pence was a fiery emotional leader for the Giants from 2012-2018, helping anchor teams that won the World Series in 2012 and 2014. After making the All-Star team with Texas last season, he returned to San Francisco in February on a one-year, $3 million contract but hit just .096 with two homers and six RBI in 17 games.Robertson will report to the Giants’ alternate training site in Sacramento. The team also reinstated reliever Sam Coonrod from the 10-day injured list.In other baseball news:— The Los Angeles Angels will face the Cleveland Indians in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in the 2021 Little League Classic. Major League Baseball announced the matchup Sunday. The game is scheduled for Aug. 22 at Bowman Field in front of a crowd predominantly made up of players, coaches and parents in Williamsport for the Little League World Series. Cleveland will be the home team. The first Little League Classic pitted the Pittsburgh Pirates against the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017, and the event has been held annually since. This year’s game between the Baltimore Orioles and Boston was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.NHL-CAPITALS-REIRDEN FIRED August 23, 2020 Turner went 3 for 3 and scored two runs. Rookie Luis Garcia also had three hits and scored three times for the Nationals, who have alternated wins and losses over their last 10 games.MLB-NEWSGiants designate Pence for assignment, get Rays’ RobertsonUNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco Giants cut ties with outfielder Hunter Pence on Sunday, ending a second stint with the fan favorite that didn’t go nearly as well as his first.The 37-year-old was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for utility man Daniel Robertson, who was acquired earlier in the day from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash or a player to be named later. Among teams reporting false positives, the Minnesota Vikings said they had 12, the New York Jets 10 and the Chicago Bears nine. Other teams that were affected are the Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns. The NFL asked the New Jersey lab BioReference to investigate the results “while the clubs work to confirm or rule out the positive tests.” The Jets canceled a walk-through on Saturday night but had a full practice Sunday morning after the previously positive tests came back negative. The Bears moved their practice scheduled for Sunday morning to the afternoon.The Steelers said they had six false positives and those players will be back at practice Monday. The Eagles held out four players from working out Sunday. The Browns initially canceled their practice, but after re-testing turned up negative tests they decided to hold their workout.In other NFL news:center_img Capitals fire coach Todd Reirden after 2 postseason letdownsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals have fired coach Todd Reirden after a second consecutive first-round exit in the playoffs.General manager Brian MacLellan announced the move Sunday, three days after the Capitals lost to former coach Barry Trotz’s New York Islanders in a five-game series.Washington opted to promote Reirden from the top assistant job and let Trotz leave rather than give him a raise after winning the Stanley Cup in 2018. Trotz’s Islanders reached the second round of the postseason for a second consecutive season. The Capitals failed to advance past the first in back-to-back years for the first time since 2013 and 2014. Djokovic remained in the singles draw, where he is seeded No. 1 and is scheduled to play his second-round match Monday. He received a first-round bye.The Western & Southern Open is the first ATP tournament since the tour went on hiatus in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. It normally is played in Ohio but is being held this year on the same hard courts that will host the U.S. Open starting Aug. 31 as part of an unusual doubleheader. Associated Press — The Baltimore Ravens have terminated the contract of seven-time Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas, who got involved in a fight with a teammate Friday and did not attend practice Saturday. According to a statement released today by the team, Thomas was released “for personal conduct that adversely affected the Baltimore Ravens.” The action stems from Thomas’ fray with defensive back Chuck Clark at practice after Thomas admittedly blew a coverage assignment. — Washington released Cody Latimer on Sunday amid his legal issues before he practiced a single snap with the team. The veteran wide receiver signed a contract with Washington during the offseason. He was arrested in May and charged with a felony count of illegal discharge of a firearm. He also faces charges of second-degree assault, menacing, prohibited use of a weapon and reckless endangerment. He was also released after posting bond. The 27-year-old was put on the NFL’s Commissioner Exempt List last month. — The Arizona Cardinals have signed veteran cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick to boost their secondary after a season-ending injury to Robert Alford. The Cardinals announced on Sunday that Kirkpatrick has agreed to a one-year deal. The 30-year-old spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals and was a starter during the last five. He’s played in 99 games, including 67 starts and has 10 career interceptions.— The Detroit Lions have signed defensive end Will Clarke, adding much-needed depth at the position. He joined the team for practice on Sunday. Clarke has seven career sacks in 53 NFL games. The Lions released guard Caleb Benenoch to clear a spot on the roster. Cincinnati drafted Clarke in the third round in 2014. Clarke spent his first three seasons in the league with the Bengals. He played in 18 games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2017 to 2018. Clarke played for the St. Louis BattleHawks in the XFL last year. — The banged-up New York Jets received a boost on the practice field with the returns of linebacker Avery Williamson and tight ends Ryan Griffin and Daniel Brown to team drills. Williamson and Griffin opened training camp on the active/physically unable to perform list. Williamson injured a knee last summer and Griffin hurt an ankle late last season. Brown was on the non-football injury list with an ankle injury. It completed one of the most unlikely wins in the tournament’s history. Popov is ranked No. 304 and dropped off the LPGA Tour last year. She hadn’t previously won on the LPGA Tour, the second-tier Symetra Tour or on the Ladies European Tour.The winner’s check of $675,000 is more than six times her entire career earnings before Sunday.ATP-WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPENDjokovic out of doubles, citing neck, at Western & SouthernNEW YORK (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) pulled out of the doubles event at the Western & Southern Open on Sunday, citing neck pain. — One key member of the New England Patriots’ offense has returned to practice, but another remains limited despite the team’s assurances that he would be ready to go. Wide receiver N’Keal Harry was back on the field for Sunday’s practice in shells and shorts, but second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham was held back during combined team drills after also being limited Friday.WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN304th-ranked Popov wins Women’s British Open for 1st majorTROON, Scotland (AP) — Sophia Popov became the first female golfer from Germany to capture a major title when she won the Women’s British Open by two strokes at Royal Troon on Sunday. Popov, who went into the final round with a three-shot lead, bounced back from bogeying the first hole by making five birdies in her 3-under 68. Jasmine Suwannapura was the runner-up after shooting 67. — Orlando Magic forward James Ennis and Milwaukee Bucks forward Marvin Williams have been fined $15,000 each for a fight that led to their ejections from Game 3 of their teams’ first-round playoff series. Ennis and Williams had been competing for rebounding position midway through the second quarter of the Bucks’ 121-107 victory. They exchanged shoves as they headed back up the floor. The top-seeded Bucks have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is scheduled for Monday.MLB-SCHEDULESánchez pitches Nationals past Marlins 9-3UNDATED (AP) — Aníbal Sánchez pitched seven effective innings, Trea Turner drove in three runs and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 9-3 on Sunday.Sánchez allowed one run and five hits in his longest outing of the season. The veteran right-hander went 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in his first three starts this month.last_img read more

Can Mikel Finally Break Messi’s Hoodoo

September 17, 2020 | tqhsdewk | No Comments

first_imgAt the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Argentina and Nigeria were again grouped together and while Messi had already become an integral part of the La Albiceleste, Mikel failed to make the Super Eagles team. Again, it was Messi’s Argentine team that ran away with a lone goal victory in the group while the Eagles failed to qualify from the group stages.Like decimal, it occurred again that when the draws for the 2014 World Cup were made, Argentina was drawn in Group F alongside Nigeria for the umpteenth time and Mikel was available to relish another confrontation with his ‘old foe’-Messi, and the Argentine superstar once again inspired his nation to a 3-2 victory, with both teams qualifying from the group.Late last year, in an international friendly encounter in Russia, Nigeria recorded its first victory against Argentina, coming behind from two goals down to record a 4-2 victory. However, both gladiators were absent.While many Nigerian soccer fans must be thinking they have had enough of being paired with the South American giants, Nigeria and Argentina would be battling for supremacy in Group D at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.With Messi and Mikel at the twilight of their career, this may well be their last confrontation and the big question on the lips of observers is whether Mikel would finally break Messi’s hoodoo at the global stage.“It has been long story dating back to 2005 when Flying Eagles of Nigeria lost 1-2 to Argentina in the final match of FIFA U-21 Championship in Holland and since then nothing has changed. I think it is time for me to take my revenge considering the quality and determination of the present generation of players in camp.“Lionel Messi, no doubt is world best footballer and he has won and lost matches playing for the national team except Nigeria. He has stolen a lot from me and I want to assure Nigerians that the judgment day is at hand with the World Cup tournament in Russia,” Obi told THISDAY.Mikel, however, recorded one significant victory over Messi at the club level. It was the semifinal of the 2013 UEFA Champions League in which Obi inspired Chelsea to beat Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate and went on to lift the trophy.However, while Messi turned himself to a cult figure at Camp Nou and had gone on to win the World Footballer of the Year Award five times, Mikel has since left main stream Europe to ply his football trade in China after failing to pin a regular shirt at Stamford Bridge.With both gladiators at the twilight of their career (Obi 31, Messi 30), the last Group D game at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, is presenting what perhaps maybe their last confrontation at the global stage.Both Argentina and Nigeria did not have the kind of start they had hoped for after they were held to a draw by Iceland and defeated by Croatia 2-0 respectively. Both sides are now condemned to winning their last game.It however remains to be seen if Mikel can have the last laugh over Messi.Obi is still very much convinced that Nigeria could still qualify in spite of the 2-0 loss to Croatia in the first game, saying: “All is not lost yet, it’s sad we had a bad start with the game against Croatia, but we still have two more games to make up for our initial error.”Super Eagles players argued among themselves over the tactics used by head coach, Gernot Rohr, after their 2-0 loss to Croatia in their World Cup opener last Saturday, leaving the team bottom of Group D with zero point.“We have been talking about the formation and how we were set up. The arguments haven’t ended since the defeat because just like Nigerians, we are also bothered over the loss,” one of the players said​.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram They both came face-to-face for the first time at the World Youth Championship WYC in The Netherlands in 2005 and Lionel Messi inspired Argentina to a 2-1 win over Nigeria. The Argentine was voted the tournament’s Most Valuable Player while John Mikel Obi was second. The 2008 Olympics Games football final presented another opportunity for the two gladiators to confront each other and it was Messi’s pass that proved too decisive as Obi’s U23 team was yet again on the losing side. The 2014 World Cup in Brazil set another stage for Messi -Mikel’s confrontation and two goals from the La Albiceleste talisman ensured they got the better of the Super Eagles. With both players at the twilight of their career and probably a last confrontation at the last Group D match between Nigeria and Argentina next week. Can Mikel finally break Messi’s hoodoo at the global stage? Kunle Adewale reportsThe stage was the Galgenwaard Stadium in Utrecht, in Netherlands, the tournament was the 2005 World Youth Championship (WYC) and the two finalists were Nigeria and Argentina. Many had billed this as a Lionel Messi versus John Obi Mikel clash and with the Barcelona man somewhat starved of service, it was the Nigerian who caught the eye first. Appearing to float on grass and glide past players, he was the focal point of the Flying Eagles attack, threading passes through to strikers at will. His team mates though were not immediately on the same wavelength.With his vision, bursts of pace and disconcerting drop of the shoulder, Messi was always a threat at the other end, and, against the run of play, he manufactured a goal out of nothing.Two penalties in each half from the exceptional Messi proved enough to defeat a Nigerian side who, for long periods of the match, appeared to have the power, skill and desire to become the first African winners of the competition. For his sensational efforts, Messi picked up Adidas Golden Shoe and Adidas Golden Ball awards.Obi settled for the Adidas Silver Ball that set the stage for many showdowns to come between them.Three years on, at the football event of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it was the diminutive Argentine that proved the pivotal influence laying on a goal for Angel di Maria and regularly tormenting the Nigerian defence. Though, Mikel was not part of the team due to squabbles between him and Coach Samson Siasia, but the fact remains that Messi had wreaked another havoc on Mikel’s ‘kinsmen’.last_img read more

first_imgLampard won 11 major honours in his 13 years as a player at Stamford Bridge.A deal between the Blues and Serie A champions Juventus was agreed in principle on Thursday, with the Italian club expected to have to pay in excess of £5million in compensation to secure Sarri.The Italian, who has spent just one season at Stamford Bridge after arriving from Napoli in July 2018, won his first trophy as manager when he guided Chelsea to Europa League victory over Arsenal last month.Derby have a good relationship with Chelsea, who loaned them Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori last season, and anticipate if negotiations do take place, they will be done so in a relaxed atmosphere.However, as with all their coaching staff, there is a compensation clause built into Lampard’s contract, which has two years to run.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Chelsea would have to pay Derby around £4m in compensation if they appoint club legend Frank Lampard as their new manager.With current boss Maurizio Sarri set to be confirmed as Max Allegri’s replacement at Juventus, Lampard is the overwhelming favourite to take over.However, BBC Sport understands Chelsea are yet to make contact with the Rams.last_img read more

Adebayor Ponders on Future after Kayserispor Exit

September 17, 2020 | tqhsdewk | No Comments

first_imgEmmanuel Adebayor “Everything was quite difficult for me and this is one of the most important decision to make in my career,” he told reporters.“I joined this team with a lot of ambition, to make history but at some point you have to look at your health, family, everything around you and make a decision.“I’ve come to a conclusion where I have to move forward. Obviously, I have to leave this team but my thoughts will always be with the club.”The former Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Crystal Palace striker established himself in Turkey by scoring 28 goals in 76 appearances for Istanbul Basaksehir.Adebayor admits he does not have any new club lined up for the time being as he hopes to sort out his future, but has not ruled out a return to Turkey.“A footballer can never close a page, let me just go now and clear my head about my life and career. We’ll see if I come back to Turkey or not,” he added.“I had a beautiful three years in Turkey and I just wish this league to be one of the best leagues in Europe.“Going back home to see my family, childhood friends, and a change of atmosphere for a couple of weeks and I will take it from there.“A lot is going on and I just need to go back home to know the next thing that I will do.”Kayserispor was Adebayor’s ninth professional club since leaving his native Togo in 2001 and he has previously played for French clubs Metz and Monaco as well as European football powerhouse Real Madrid.Named the 2007 BBC African Footballer of the Year and the Caf African Player of the Year the following year, Adebayor’s only silverware at club level was the Spanish Copa del Rey in 2011 with Real Madrid.Despite his on-off relationship with the football authorities in Togo, he remains his country’s all-time top scorer with 32 goals and played for them at their only World Cup appearance in 2006.He has played for the Sparrow Hawks in four Africa Cup of Nations in 2002, 2006, 2013 and 2017.Adebayor’s last appearance for Togo was in a 2-1 away defeat to neighbours Benin in March in a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Togo legend Emmanuel Adebayor is considering his future after quitting Turkish top tier strugglers Kayserispor.The 35-year-old joined Kayserispor in August following a spell with rivals Istanbul Basaksehir and had high expectations when he made a return to the country.He scored in Kayserispor’s 4-1 loss at giants Besiktas on Monday before announcing his departure from the Kayseri outfit who are bottom of the 18-team Turkish Super Lig.last_img read more