Mother of late Green Eagles star Okwaraji is dead

first_imgRelatedPosts Kidnappers kill DSS operative after collecting N5m ransom Emir of Biu is dead Four arrested for killing policeman from Kogi in Ogun Lady Janet Okwaraji, octogenarian mother of late Green Eagles Superstar, Samuel Okwaraji, is dead.The death of the matriarch of the Okwaraji family was confirmed to newsmen by his eldest son, Patrick Okwaraji, on Monday. She was 83 years old.Lady Okwaraji is the mother of late Sam Okwaraji, an ace footballer and patriotic Nigerian who died while playing for the Green Eagles in a World Cup qualifier against Angola at the National Stadium, Lagos on August 12, 1989.The eldest son, however, said no date had been scheduled for the burial.He said he would meet with members of his family in Umudioka, Orlu council area of Imo State  for further arrangements.He said a letter had been sent to the Minister of Youths and Sports and the Nigeria Football Federation to inform them of the development. Lady Okwaraji was a retired seasoned teacher, school proprietress and devout Christian.It would be recalled that the Minister of Sport and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, recently visited the Okwaraji matriarch during which he gave her gifts and placed her on a monthly allowance as part of the Federal Government’s efforts at cushioning her pains.Tags: deathGreen EaglesLady Janet OkwarajimotherSamuel Okwarajilast_img read more

Monk happy with Swansea performance

first_img Press Association Villa’s defeat was only their second in eight games and Lambert said he was delighted with his players’ performance. “I’m proud of them for the way we played,” Lambert said. “We probably did to Swansea what they do to most teams coming here. I thought we out-passed them and penned them in at the end and I’m really pleased with the way we’re playing at the minute. “Sometimes you travel home and say you didn’t deserve anything after losing, but I’m delighted with way we’re playing at the moment.” Lambert said he would not admonish goalkeeper Brad Guzan for allowing Sigurdsson’s winner, even if the American felt he could have done better to stop the Icelandic international’s free-kick. “I think Brad will be disappointed with their goal,” Lambert said. “But there’s no attachment of blame from me because Brad has made fantastic saves for us in the past and will make them in the future.” Villa had what looked a genuine penalty claim 18 minutes from time when Agbonlahor appeared to be shoved in the back by Swansea skipper Ashley Williams when running through on the home goal. But Lambert said: “I would have to see it again. If that’s the case (a shove) then maybe you think it’s a penalty kick, but I would have to see it again. “I never felt we were in trouble other than the free-kick, football-wise we were excellent in the first and second half. “I just made a change at half-time bringing Andy (Weimann) on because I wanted another offensive player on and a bit more in the last third.” Gylfi Sigurdsson’s spectacular 13th-minute free-kick was enough to secure Swansea a 1-0 victory but Monk’s men had to withstand late pressure at a rain-lashed Liberty Stadium with goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski making smart saves to deny Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor. “I thought we were the better team and created enough chances to score that second goal and be more comfortable,” Monk said. “As the game drew towards the end Villa had to throw everything at us, but I thought we defended very well before the keeper comes in at the end. “He (Fabianski) has done well but that’s his job. He didn’t have too much to do but in the critical moment he has shown his concentration and professionalism.” Swansea opened their festive fixtures by grinding out a 1-0 win at Hull and it was much the same for long periods in the second half against Villa as Paul Lambert’s side probed for an equaliser. “We’ve had it all season apart from a couple of games where we could have done better,” Monk said. “Our mentality, the way of defending, we’ve made the players work very hard and what it means to defend as a team. “Every single player has a responsibility, they clearly understand that and it’s nice to see they know what’s needed. “Okay, we would love to have attacked for 90 minutes and play wonderful football but the conditions didn’t help both teams. “We create good chances, goalscoring chances, and we could have been more clinical but I don’t feel fortunate at all to have won that game.” Swansea manager Garry Monk heralded a second successive clean sheet as his side made it six points from six in the festive programme against Aston Villa.last_img read more

Badgers sweep Maryland to complete perfect weekend

first_imgThe No. 6 Wisconsin volleyball team hadn’t won more than three straight Big Ten matches since 2008. That was, until this weekend.With a three-set sweep of Maryland (25-14, 25-17, 25-17) Sunday at the University of Wisconsin Field House, the Badgers (14-2 overall, 5-1 Big Ten) increased their winning streak to five, their longest since 2007.Head coach Kelly Sheffield was pleased with the way his team played the entirety of the weekend.“We practiced really hard this week and I thought we got better,” Sheffield said. “The weekend is where you get judged, and the things that we emphasized this week I saw in our matches.”A kill from middle blocker Haleigh Nelson got the ball rolling for Wisconsin at the beginning of the first set. After Nelson’s second kill, senior outside hitter Ellen Chapman served for four points, including her first of three aces of the afternoon, giving the Badgers a lead of 6-3.Later in the first set, right side hitter Courtney Thomas struck a fiery kill that gave Wisconsin a 20-12 lead and forced a timeout from Maryland. Thomas swung at 100 percent during this set, tallying five kills on five attempts.“[Thomas] owned it back there tonight,” Nelson said about her teammate. “It brings a lot to the rest of the team when she can put up big numbers like that and be an emotional leader on the court.”Eventually, a long out-of-bounds serve by Maryland’s Dani Bozzini ended the first set with a Badger victory with a score of 25-14.In the second set, Chapman broke through one of five ties with another ace, which put Wisconsin on top of Maryland 3-2. After a few battles between blockers on either team and three hitting errors in a row by Maryland, Terrapins head coach Steve Aird called a timeout with the Badgers leading 11-7.Thomas was on fire all match. After middle blocker Dominique Thompson slammed a kill into the back right side of the court, Thomas served an ace, which gave Maryland cause to call another timeout.Following Maryland’s timeout, setter Lauren Carlini caught the Maryland defense by surprise twice over the course of three plays by dumping the ball and increasing Wisconsin’s lead 19-12.An attacking error by Maryland’s outside hitter Emily Fraik finished the second set with a score of 25-17 in Badgers’ favor.There were five ties and three lead changes in the third set until Thomas’ kill out of the back row combined with a brief three-point serving run that propelled the Badgers to take the lead with a score of 8-7. They never lost the lead again after that.Scrappy play filled with impressive pick-ups by the Badgers’ back row was polished off by a solo block from Thompson, maintaining Wisconsin’s lead by three points (10-7 Wisconsin).A missed serve by Bozzini and an attacking error by Whitney Craigo from Maryland gave the Badgers the opportunity to end the match. Nelson delivered a kill to cap off the match, as Wisconsin defeated Maryland 25-17.last_img read more

Opinions Sought at Sandy Hook Open House

first_imgBy John BurtonSANDY HOOK – The National Park Service is asking the public to offer its input about what should happen at Sandy Hook and other Gateway National Recreation Areas during the next two decades.An open house has been scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Fort Hancock, the former U.S. Army facility.The purpose of the event is “to get community and public feedback about what should be done for the next 20 years,” as the park service drafts its general management plan, park service spokesman John Harlan Warren said.The park service is developing plans for its Gateway National areas, including those pertaining to recreation, preservation and one that would look at “the coastal nature of the park,” Warren said. They are also looking at making no changes at all.“So, each of these (ideas) would steer our money, our planning, our resources, in some different direction over the next 20 years,” he said.The public can offer its take on the plans. “We think the people who use Sandy Hook or use Gateway Area are the best experts to help determine the future of the park,” he said.The National Park Service is establishing a Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee for Sandy Hook, under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The group will take a long-term look at the future of the historic former military installation, located on the northern tip of Sandy Hook, Warren said.The last large-scale proposal for the fort was for the park service to form a partnership with a private developer to renovate and lease about 36 of the approximate 100 aging structures on the site for a variety of not-for-profit and for-profit uses. That plan, however, became mired in controversy and legal battles and NPS officials eventually terminated the relationship with the developer.Along with Sandy Hook, the park service will hold open houses at Gateway locations at Great Kills Park, Staten Island, N.Y., and Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, N.Y.The U.S. Congress established the Gateway National Recreation Area in 1972 with more than 26,000 acres in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, N.Y., and at Sandy Hook, for recreational opportunities for a densely populated urban area.last_img read more

Selkirk College Saints Kick Off Exhibition Season September 23

first_imgThe four-time defending British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) champion Selkirk College Saints have arrived back to the rink and will kick off their exhibition season on September 23. The Selkirk College hockey team is currently in training camp and will get their first taste of action against rival Eastern Washington University at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex on September 23 starting at 7 p.m.The Saints were scheduled to have a two-game series against the Kelowna Senior AA Sparta this coming weekend in Castlegar, but the men’s team from the Okanagan was forced to cancel.The BCIHL regular season begins for the Saints at home on October 8 against Simon Fraser University where the banner from last season’s championship will be raised to rafters of the Castlegar arena.The Saints will then begin their quest for a fifth straight league title.last_img read more

Media awards for SA women

first_imgCEO of Primedia Broadcasting Terry Volkwyn has made it to the finals of the Vodacom awards. (Image: Nick Bolton) Nicky Rehbock Find out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialFive gutsy South African women who have made bold moves in the local media industry have been named finalists of the 2009 Vodacom Women in the Media awards.Established in 2002 as an initiative of The Media magazine, the competition is the only event in South Africa that exclusively recognises and honours women who have made outstanding progress within the media sphere across the content, commercial, and academic fields.Nominees are judged on their contribution to growth and development of media in the past 18 months.Influential women from all media sectors, including research, business, editorial, sales, and education are considered for the competition.This year’s finalists are Professor Jane Duncan, the former executive director of the Freedom of Expression Institute, who now holds the chair of Media and Information Society at Rhodes University; Esmaré Weideman, editor of You, Huisgenoot, Drum, You Pulse and Huisgenoot Pols ; Terry Volkwyn, CEO of Primedia Broadcasting, and Debora Patta, group editor-in-chief of eNews.Professor Jane DuncanProfessor Jane Duncan has three post-graduate degrees and has written widely on media policy and media freedom issues.In her new job at Rhodes University, Duncan will focus on research and information dissemination about the information society, a society where information and access to it play a central role in the economy and people’s lives.Esmaré WeidemanEsmaré Weideman became the youngest editor of You magazine when she was appointed in 2000. By 2002, her role was extended to include the editorship of Huisgenoot , making her the first woman editor of Media24‘s two most profitable weekly publications, with a combined readership of around 4-million.In 2005 her responsibilities were further broadened to take on a third title, Drum magazine. This made Weideman responsible for overseeing the largest weekly readership in Southern Africa.Terry VolkwynHaving been appointed as CEO of Primedia Broadcasting in 2002, Terry Volkwyn is responsible for the four radio stations in the Primedia stable: Talk Radio 702, 94.7 Highveld Stereo, 567 CapeTalk and Kfm 94.5.A decision was taken in 2003 to integrate the sales teams of Talk Radio 702, 94.7 Highveld Stereo and 567 CapeTalk to streamline the selling process. This was extended in 2004 to include Kfm, as well as the newsroom operations of all four stations, streamlining news, sport and traffic across the board.This was a massive project, which Volkwyn successfully managed. It saw success across the board at 94.7 Highveld Stereo, while Talk Radio 702 turned things around, generating revenue in excess of R75-million.Under Volkwyn’s guidance, 567 CapeTalk broke even and has recorded an increasing profit, while Kfm has shown a general improvement in gross revenue.As part of the integration strategy, the news departments across all four stations merged to form a single news brand, Eyewitness News, which launched a website in 2008.Since Volkwyn took the reins, all four stations have become well known for their outreach initiatives – best known of these is the Christmas Wish, which airs on the Rude Awakening on 94.7 Highveld Stereo and 94.5 Kfm breakfast during the festive season each year.Volkwyn has served as chairperson of the Radio Committee of the National Association of Broadcasters for four years, since 2002, and has been the driving force behind the Radio Advertising Bureau. She was recently appointed to the board of Kaya FM.Debora PattaAward-winning investigative journalist Debora Patta has been in the industry as both an on-air newswoman and a senior editorial manager for more than 20 years.She is well known for her courageous, in-depth investigation as anchor for current affairs show 3rd Degree , which has a weekly slot on the independent free-to-air television station e-tv.She is renowned for her coverage of Nelson Mandela’s release from Robben Island through to his election as South Africa’s first black head of state and his presidency.Patta moved to e.tv in 1998 and in addition to hosting 3rd Degree , she is the programme’s executive producer, as well as the group editor-in-chief of eNews Channel.She has trained and mentored a generation of reporters and led the team that launched South Africa’s first 24-hour news service.She has covered stories ranging from South Africa’s emergence from apartheid, the Rwandan genocide, Princess Diana’s death, 9/11, the Obama election campaign and virtually every major event in South Africa’s history over the past 20 years.Past winnersOf this year’s pick of finalists, founder of the award concept and publisher of The Media , Sandra Gordon, said: “Once again this year our editorial board was impressed with the quality and quantity of nominations.“The initiative was launched to acknowledge remarkable women in the media sector and is judged on their political, economic and social contribution within the media sector.“We also focus attention on recent achievements. I am confident that the calibre is of the usual high standard and that these women will stand as role models for young people considering a career path in the fourth estate.“These are women who have invested their time and knowledge into promoting the media industry, whether it is through training and skills development or increasing the all-important audience figures of their respective products.”Past winners of the award include Ferial Haffajee, then editor of the Mail & Guardian , and Libby Lloyd, the former CEO of the Media Development and Diversity Agency.The awards will be presented at Summer Place in Johannesburg on 30 July.In addition to the 2009 Women in the Media Awards, the Rising Star Award – given to an under 30-year-old making her mark in the industry – and the Lifetime Achiever Award will also be presented at the event.Previous recipients of the Lifetime Achiever Award are Jane Raphaely of Associated Magazines and Barbara Cooke of Target Group International.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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World Cup boost for SA tourism

first_img5 May 2010The country’s reputation as a world-class destination would be further entrenched after the Fifa World Cup, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has told MPs.Delivering his budget vote speech in Parliament in Cape Town this week, Van Schalkwyk said the World Cup would leave a tangible and lasting tourism legacy in South Africa.He was confident that the tourism industry would also benefit from the powerful word-of-mouth marketing when soccer fans returned home as ambassadors and advocates for South Africa.“Long after the whistle is blown at the last match, we will continue to reap the rewards of investments in this tournament which have catalysed huge developments,” he said.He said the local tourism industry outperformed world trends in 2009, with a growth of 3.6% in foreign arrivals with a total of more than 9.9-million foreign arrivals to the country compared to about 9.6-million in 2008. This increase represented a 7.4% contribution to gross domestic product (GDP).The total foreign direct spend in 2009 grew by 7% compared to 2008 to R79.4-billion.“This is a tremendous feather in the cap of the industry in a time when all other tourism markets worldwide were in a slump,” Van Schalkwyk said.African, Asian growthVan Schalkwyk said arrivals to South Africa were driven by healthy growth from Asia, with a 3.7% increase, African air markets with a 3.3% increase, and African land markets, which saw 5.7% growth.“The particularly good growth from China (12.4%) and India (17.5%) is considered a good return on South African Tourism’s investment in these markets,” he added.Domestic tourismTurning to domestic tourism, Van Schalkwyk said that the number of South African adults who went on domestic trips increased from about 14-million in 2008 to about 15-million in 2009.The number of trips taken fell from about 33-million in 2008 to 30-million in 2009, and the average nominal spend per trip also declined from R780 in 2008 to R730 in 2009 as consumers tightened their belts.This, said Van Schalkwyk, was a continuation of a trend that started in 2007 as a result of economic pressure on consumers.“Given the volatility of the international market, it is of course vital that any country fosters a healthy domestic tourism industry, and this is one of the aspects of our industry we will address in the tourism sector strategy,” he said.Tourism Sector StrategyMeanwhile, the department is finalising the National Tourism Sector Strategy, which will among other things inspire and accelerate the responsible growth of the tourism industry from 2010 to 2015.Van Schalkwyk said they would launch the strategy for public comment before the end of May.In order to create an environment conducive to the growth and development of tourism in South Africa, the department has also embarked on a process to review and update the existing Tourism Act of 1993.The proposed legislation will be tabled in Parliament during the last quarter of 2010.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

London Olympics: Team Britain wins gold in women’s double sculls rowing

first_imgBritish world champion crew Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins stormed to Olympic gold in the women’s double sculls final in Friday. Grainger and Watkins opened up an early lead on the Australian pair of Kim Crow and Brooke Pratley and only pulled away to time six minutes, 55.82 seconds.For veteran rower Grainger, 36, it was a long-awaited first place after three consecutive silvers in Sydney, Athens and Beijing.”It’s been a long, long wait. It’s not been painful, I’ve had a great few years. This is the culmination of a lot of hard work,” she said.The Australians were nearly three seconds back, with Polish crew Magdalena Fularczyk and Julia Michalska grabbing the bronze a further nine seconds adrift.Australia’s Kim Crow was blown away by the British performance.”That was fantastic. An amazing race. Those girls were phenomenal. That’s the classiest race I’ve ever been part of,” she said.last_img read more