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Study finds that violent video games may be linked to aggressive behaviour

first_imgThe Independent 18 August 2015Psychologists have confirmed that playing violent video games is linked to aggressive and callous behaviour. A review of almost a decade of studies found that exposure to violent video games was a “risk factor” for increased aggression.But the same team of experts said there was insufficient evidence to conclude that the influence of games such as Call Of Duty and Grand Theft Auto led to criminal acts.The findings have prompted a call for more parental control over violent scenes in video games from the American Psychological Association (APA).A report from the APA task force on violent media concludes: “The research demonstrates a consistent relation between violent video game use and increases in aggressive behaviour, aggressive cognitions and aggressive affect, and decreases in pro-social behaviour, empathy and sensitivity to aggression.”The report said no single influence led a person to act aggressively or violently. Rather, it was an “accumulation of risk factors” that resulted in such behaviour.It added: “The research reviewed here demonstrates that violent video game use is one such risk factor.”The APA has urged game creators to increase levels of parental control over the amount of violence video games contain.At a meeting in Toronto, Canada, earlier this month the association’s ruling council also called for a video game rating system that took more notice of violence and for games to be more appropriate to players’ age and psychological development. read more

Dominica ready to host 10th Caribbean Week of Agriculture

first_img Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! 21 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews Dominica ready to host 10th Caribbean Week of Agriculture by: – October 6, 2011 Share Delegates forming part of the 10th Annual Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) which will be held in Dominica from October 9th to 15th have already begun arriving on island.A move that the organizers say has proven the importance of the event.Accommodations Coordinator of the CWA Athenia Henry told a press briefing today that over 250 delegates have already been booked and have begun arriving in Dominica.She said hotels are booked and all is set for the grand event.“We have used a number of accommodations from Portsmouth to all the way in the south. Over 20 various hotels and guest houses have been used. Delegates are coming from a number of African countries, Europe, Central America and the region. We have also put in place officers who will work well with the delegates who are coming in,” he said.She said there are over 40 VIP’s on the list and the protocol office is well ready to receive these persons.“Chief of our VIP will be our own Secretary General of CARICOM Erwin LaRoque. This is his first visit since his appointment, added to that we have a number of events and meetings taking place. Most of the organizations who have anything to do with agriculture will be in Dominica,” she said.Meantime Coordinator of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture Edward Registe says several aspects of the Dominican economy will benefit from event.Described as what may be the biggest agriculture event to be hosted by Dominica, Registe says the main focus will be centered upon the country’s agriculture sector but several other aspects will be involved.“It’s really a national project and several other sectors in society, tourism health trade and others are involved in this. While the focus is on the agriculture sector, it is really a national project,” he explained.Registe said Dominicans must do all in their interest to make sure the seminar is productive and interesting.The event will commence on Sunday.Domincia Vibes Newslast_img read more

Everton striker Cenk Tosun open to Besiktas move

first_imgEverton striker Cenk Tosun has admitted he’d be open to a move to Besiktas. Loading… “It was my childhood dream to play here. The English Premier League means a lot to me. read also:COVID-19: Everton using Zoom to keep tabs on Iwobi, others “[But] why should I not want Besiktas in the future? Besiktas is my home. “I am proud of my people, I would like to return to my home. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Actors Who Had Ridiculous Reasons For Quitting A Role6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet Tosun is out for the rest of the year with a knee injury suffered on-loan with Crystal Palace. Speaking to TRT Spor, he said: “[Palace] welcomed me very well. There are friendly football players. “Even though it was a short time, it was a place that I enjoyed incredibly.Advertisementlast_img read more

UWF Volleyball downs Alabama Huntsville to Stay Unbeaten in Conference Play

first_img Sept. 30, 2007 Box Score  PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida Volleyball team rode the strength of Luciana Rapach (Jr. / Brazil) to a 30-26, 30-13, 30-18 win over Alabama Huntsville on Sunday afternoon. Rapach had a match high 12 kills, and also chipped in with 12 assists, 4 digs, and 2 blocks. The win moves UWF to 19-2 on the season, and 4-0 in the Gulf South Conference.The Argos were a little sluggish in game one, only hitting .171, but turned it up in game two by hitting an impressive .448. Rapach and Isabela Gualberto (Sr. / Brazil) both hit over .400 for the match, while Danielle Spitzer (Sr. / Birmingham, Ala.) hit .389, and Louann Rusch (So. / Homestead, Fla.) hit .308. The Argos were in control of the match from the outset and played 11 different players.Alabama Huntsville dropped to 7-16 on the season, and 1-4 in the conference with the loss. Kelly Ingram lead the Chargers with 10 kills. The Argos defense stopped the UAH offense as the Chargers had a negative hitting percentage for games two and three, while the Argos piled up 8 blocks. The Argos setter Madeline Gonzalez (Jr. / Puerto Rico) and the Chargers setter Yuki Kuriharra tied for a match high 24 assists.The well rounded Argonaut attack produced 46 kills, while the Chargers only managed 31. Jamie Nichols (So. / Crawfordville, Fla.) chipped in with 5 kills and 5 digs, most of which game early in game three as the Argos got out to quick lead in the decisive game. Jerica Carter (Jr. / Gainesville, Fla.) led the West Florida defense with 16 digs, while Gonzalez added 10 digs. Carter became the second Argonaut ever to amass 1,000 digs, as she passed the mark in game one. She now has 1,011 digs and trails the all-time leader, Jessica Bragion (1,029), by only 18 digs.The Argos will travel to West Alabama and Montevallo next weekend for conference matches. Friday night (Oct. 5) at 7:00 pm is the match against West Alabama. Then on Saturday, UWF will be at Montevallo for a 2:00 match. The next home match for the Argos is Tuesday, October 9th, at 6:00 pm in the UWF Fieldhouse. Print Friendly Version Share UWF Volleyball downs Alabama Huntsville to Stay Unbeaten in Conference Playlast_img read more

Kazeem shocks Camelot for Gold

first_imgAl Kazeem produced a tremendous performance to lower the colours of hot favourite Camelot in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh. Roger Charlton’s British raider was settled in last place of the four runners, just behind Camelot, as the market leader’s stablemate Windsor Palace took them along in single file. All looked to be going well enough for triple Classic winner Camelot but James Doyle ranged upsides at the quarter-mile pole on the lightly-raced Al Kazeem (9-4) and it soon became apparent he had his rival’s measure. Press Associationcenter_img Quickening in great style, Charlton’s five-year-old claimed the Group One prize with something in hand. A length and a half was the winning margin for Al Kazeem, who was having just his second start since victory in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket last May. Charlton said: “He’s been a slow maturing horse. Last year he came home with a stress fracture of his pelvis in the Jockey Club Stakes. His work has been really impressive and James said the ground was a bit lively for him there. He’s a good horse and he rode him confidently. The plan was to drop in behind Camelot and he rode a good race. “We can look at all the top races over a mile and a quarter and we also know he stays a mile and a half very well. I’d like to think maybe the Arc at the end of the season. Ascot is an obvious possibility, we’ve also got the Eclipse – there’s lots of lovely races there for him.” Doyle was riding his first winner in Ireland and was recording his second Group One winner after the Charlton-trained Cityscape in Dubai last year. He added: “All credit to Mr Charlton – he’s done a fantastic job with the horse and he’s done a fantastic job with me as well. He took me on – I’d never even ridden in a Group One race before and he gave me a massive opportunity in Dubai and it paid off. “Without people like him I’d probably be doing OK but I wouldn’t be here today in these type of races. He’s a great boss and a great person to work for. He gives me great confidence. My grand-father is from Monasterevin. He’s 75 now and he’ll be at home watching. My mother used to train and right from an early age I had ponies and stuff. I started riding out when I was about 12 years of age. I’m 5ft 10, it’s not easy but as I’ve got older I’ve become more disciplined. I can comfortably do 8st 10 so it’s grand.” Aidan O’Brien admitted he has had to tread carefully with Camelot after the horse had surgery for colic late last year, saying: “They say it usually takes six months to get over an anaesthetic as big as he had, so we are taking him along gently. He ran a very good race. Obviously we are disappointed he got beat, but that’s the way it is and it’s a stepping stone on the way.The plan was to go here and then go to Ascot and I think that is still the plan at the moment.” last_img read more

The Latest: Kansas, Duke among schools calling off sports

first_imgThe Latest: Kansas, Duke among schools calling off sports March 12, 2020 Associated Press The Sun Belt became the latest Division I conference to announce it will restrict fan access to its basketball tournament games. The men’s and women’s semifinals and finals scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, home of the NBA’s Pelicans and site of the women’s Final Four in April, will be played with only essential staff, some media and limited immediate family members of players and coaches allowed in the arena.___11:30 a.m.The Belgian soccer league has backpedaled on its decision to keep stadiums open to fans despite the coronavirus outbreak. The league says that the last round of regular-season matches in the top league scheduled this weekend will be played in empty stadiums. The Belgian Cup final between Brugge and Antwerp scheduled on March 22 was postponed to a date yet to be announced.The Belgian federation added that all youth and amateur soccer have been canceled until March 31, and the Belgian national team’s trip to Qatar scheduled this month also has been canceled. Belgium, Portugal, Croatia and Switzerland had planned to play friendly games ahead of the European Championship at a mini tournament in the Gulf emirate.___11:15 a.m.A person with direct knowledge of the discussions tells The Associated Press that a recommendation has been made to the International Ice Hockey Federation to cancel the men’s world championships in Switzerland. 12:35 p.m.The Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences have gone beyond canceling just their men’s basketball tournaments.The SEC announced within an hour of canceling the tournament that the league was suspending regular-season competition for teams in all sports on SEC campuses as well as league championships until March 30.The Pac-12 said it was scrapping all league championship events and all competitions effective immediately and until further notice.___ Rugani sent a post on Twitter overnight in Italian.“You’ll have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure everyone who is worrying about me. I’m OK. I want to remind everyone to respect the rules, because this virus doesn’t make distinctions! Let’s do it four ourselves, for those dear to us and for those around us,” he wrote.Rugani is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive for the virus.___9:55 a.m. 2 p.m.Major League Baseball is likely to cancel the rest of its spring training game schedule due to the coronavirus. MLB probably will also announce that the start of the season will be delayed, according to people familiar with the discussions.The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no decision had been announced. They said Commissioner Rob Manfred planned a conference call with his executive council Thursday to discuss the situation and then a call with team owners.MLB had continued to play into Thursday, when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he strongly recommended to local authorities and organizers that they limit all mass gatherings.The major league season had been scheduled to start March 26, its earliest opening other than for international games. In a statement, Duke president Vincent E. Price called it “clearly an unprecedented moment for our university.” And Hall of Fame men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said he supported the move, saying: “The welfare of our student athletes, and all students at Duke, is paramount, and this decision reflects that institutional priority.”___1:50 p.m.NASCAR will race the next two weekends without fans. The events at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway will be restricted to competitors, crews, officials and other necessary personnel to conduct the race. 12:30 p.m.As several other big conferences around the country canceled their postseason tournaments, the Big East resumed on schedule, with seventh-ranked and top-seeded Creighton playing ninth-seeded St. John’s in the first of four quarterfinal games set for Thursday.Moments before the opening tip, there appeared to be some question about whether the game would be played. The teams emerged from their locker rooms later than normal for pregame layup lines, but the public address announcer went ahead with player introductions. The Creighton pep band performed the national anthem at a mostly empty Madison Square Garden.Players waited on the court for a go-ahead past the scheduled noon tip time, but at 12:06 p.m., official James Breeding gave a thumbs-up to St. John’s coach Mike Anderson, and the game began.___ The Korea Baseball Organization says it still hopes to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but will consider banning spectators from some games when risks of infections are high.The KBO had already canceled its preseason.___10:55 a.m.The Euroleague says it is suspending all games indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak. The outbreak of the virus has led to a nationwide lockdown in Italy, where soccer and all other sports have been suspended until April 3.___2:45 p.m.The ATP has suspended all men’s professional tennis tournaments for six weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.No ATP Tour or ATP Challenger Tour events will take place through the week of April 20. 12:05 p.m.The 12 Hours of Sebring scheduled to run in Florida next weekend has been rescheduled because of the ban on travel from Europe. Many teams that compete in IMSA’s sports car events use European drivers and team members.The race was rescheduled as the IMSA season finale to be held Nov. 11-14 at Sebring International Raceway.IndyCar and NASCAR are still mulling options. IndyCar has been told by the Mayor of St. Petersburg that fans cannot attend Sunday’s season-opening race. NASCAR received the same message for next week’s racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway.___ The events postponed included the Africa, Asia, Europe and Americas qualifiers next month. Also off is the Anaheim Grand Prix in California starting on Friday, and the junior world championships in Salt Lake City next month.Four World Cups in saber and epee next week were also called off.“Full details regarding the rescheduling of competitions will be announced at a later date,” the FIE said. “Information regarding Olympic selection criteria will be made as schedules for the remainder of the season are finalized.”___11:40 a.m. The Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament could be staged without spectators after a government decree related to the coronavirus outbreak.Indian sports minister Kiren Rijuju told all national sports federations to ban spectators at all events, but events can go on if they “can’t be avoided.”The decision impacts the hugely popular IPL, due to start on March 29 and last seven weeks.It’s not yet been determined how it will affect the one-day international series between India and South Africa which began on Thursday in Dharamsala. The second ODI is in Lucknow on Sunday, and the third ODI in Kolkata next Wednesday.Foreign players are expected to face difficulties in traveling to India as the government on Wednesday suspended all visas, barring categories such as diplomatic and employment-related, until April 15 in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. A spokeswoman for the women’s tennis tour tells The Associated Press that the WTA is not moving to suspend its tournaments for six weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic the way the men’s tour did.Amy Binder says in an email to the AP that the WTA will announce information about upcoming events “shortly.”But Binder says that “at this point in time” the WTA is “not looking to” impose a six-week suspension the way the ATP did earlier Thursday.___1:05 p.m. 12:20 p.m.All five Power Five conferences have canceled their basketball tournaments, putting the NCAA Tournament in doubt.The Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, ACC and Pac-12 conferences were all preparing to play games in large arenas across the country, but with few people in the buildings.The NCAA had announced Wednesday that it planned to play its men’s and women’s tournament games that start next week with restricted access for the general public. The NCAA said only essential staff and limited family members would be allowed to attend the games.The ACC announced the cancellation about 10 minutes before the scheduled start of Thursday’s first quarterfinal game featuring No. 4 Florida State and Clemson. With the tournament scrapped, the Seminoles will earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning the regular-season title. That includes Borussia Dortmund’s game against Schalke, which is one of Germany’s most heated rivalries.There will be a similar procedure for some second-division games.___11 a.m.South Korea’s professional baseball league says it will postpone the start of its season to mid-April because of the coronavirus outbreak. – Reporting by AP Hockey Writers John Wawrow and Stephen Whyno___11:05 a.m.The Players Championship will not have spectators for the final three days at the TPC Sawgrass in Florida.A person involved in the discussions over the new coronavirus says the policy is expected to be in place for the next several weeks, starting with The Players and extending to next week at the Valspar Championship in the Tampa Bay area. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because it has not been announced. 12:10 p.m.The Champions League match between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been postponed after the Spanish team puts its players in quarantine amid the coronavirus outbreak.Madrid has ordered its soccer and basketball teams to remain in isolation after one of the basketball players tested positive for the virus.No new date for the second-leg match in the last 16 was announced. City leads 2-1 from the first leg in Madrid.___ A second player from Italy’s top soccer division has tested positive for coronavirus.Sampdoria says 28-year-old forward Manolo Gabbiadini “has a fever but he’s doing well.” The Serie A club and adds that it is “activating all the isolation procedures provided for by law.”That is likely to include self-isolation for all players and staff.Gabbiadini, who also plays for Italy’s national team, wrote on Twitter “I too tested positive for Coronavirus. I want to thank all those who wrote to me, I’ve already received so very many messages. But I still want to reassure you that I’m fine, so don’t worry. Follow the rules, stay home and everything will sort itself out.”On Wednesday, Juventus announced that defender Daniele Rugani had tested positive. 11:55 a.m.Several college basketball conference tournaments have been canceled moments before tipoff, putting the NCAA Tournament at risk.Officials with the Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC conferences announced their tournaments were off, and other conferences were expected to follow suit. In New York City, the Big East Tournament began as scheduled.In Indianapolis, Big Ten officials scrapped the tournament less than 30 minutes before Michigan and Rutgers were scheduled to play in the first game of the day.The abrupt announcement came shortly after a handful of Michigan players ran onto the floor in a mostly empty Bankers Life Fieldhouse, waving their arms and begging for cheers from the nonexistent crowd. Big Ten officials, like those in many other conferences, announced Thursday they would prohibit most fans, cheerleaders and school bands from attending games beginning Friday. Kilde’s runner-up finish in what proved to be the season-ending race — a downhill last Saturday in Kvitfjell, Norway — lifted him to the overall title above French rival Alexis Pinturault.Pinturault also finished runner-up to Kristoffersen in giant slalom. Another Frenchman, Clement Noel, was runner-up to Kristoffersen for the season-long slalom title by only two points, 552-550.Kristoffersen had an outside chance of winning the overall title if the final two races had gone ahead.Kilde succeeds Austrian great Marcel Hirscher, who won eight straight overall titles before retiring in the offseason.___ Mas says the target period for the hiatus is 30 days.He told players and coaches, then held a news conference and says, “We’ve made a decision as a league this morning, as owners, that play will be suspended temporarily.”The expansion team owned by Mas and former England captain David Beckham had been scheduled to play its home opener Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.___11:35 p.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):___2:45 p.m. FIBA says the decision was made “in order to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, officials and fans.”The suspension includes games in the Basketball Champions League, which is a rival competition to the better known Euroleague, and the second-tier FIBA Europe Cup. The Champions League is part-way through its playoffs.Men’s qualification for the Tokyo Olympics is expected to resume in June with a series of qualifying tournaments overseen by FIBA. Women’s qualifying has already concluded.___10:25 a.m. The ITF oversees various junior, wheelchair and lower-tier events.The group says no tournaments on the men’s and women’s ITF World Tennis Tour, the ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors, the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, ITF Beach Tennis World Tour or ITF Seniors Tour will take place until at least the week of April 20.The men’s tour announced earlier Thursday it was calling off ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour events for six weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The WTA women’s tour has not made any comment so far related to its schedule.___ The University of Kansas has announced that all athletic travel has been canceled indefinitely. That means the top-ranked Jayhawks, at this point, would not take part in the NCAA Tournament for men’s basketball next week. Duke previously suspended all athletic competition for the foreseeable future.Kansas athletic director Jeff Long says the decision was made based on the recommendation of medical professionals.The Jayhawks have been the presumptive favorite to be the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA announced Wednesday it would be held without fans. Said coach Bill Self: “While we are disappointed for the players, it was the right and necessary thing to do.” The recommendation will be taken up for a vote by IIHF members on Thursday, according to the person who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because a decision has not yet been reached. The recommendation comes days after the IIHF canceled the women’s worlds set to begin in late March in Nova Scotia.The person said U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement on Wednesday to ban travel from Europe led to the recommendation to cancel the world championships. The monthlong travel ban leads to uncertainty over whether NHL players, who traditionally make up many of the competing nations’ rosters, will be able to travel from North America.The 16-nation tournament is scheduled to open on May 8.In other hockey developments, the National Women’s Hockey League postponed its Isobel Cup final scheduled for Friday night in Boston. It did not provide a new date.And the NHL announced the cancellation of morning skates and practices. ___10:05 a.m.After the NBA suspended its season, the Euroleague is considering doing the same.The league says it is consulting with clubs about a suspension, something which its players are demanding.“Euroleague and the participating clubs cannot ask from players to put their health and that of their families at risk,” the Euroleague Players Association said. The only time a PGA Tour event has kept fans off the course were safety issues related to weather.The Players began Thursday with fans. The only stipulation was they not ask for autographs. Still to be determined was who would be allowed in. The source said media and key personnel would be allowed.– Reporting by AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson___10:55 a.m. — Reporting by AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum___1:55 p.m.Duke University says it has suspended all athletic competition “for the foreseeable future” amid concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus.That suspension includes all practices. The announcement came about an hour after the Atlantic Coast Conference canceled the remainder of its men’s basketball tournament. The 10th-ranked Blue Devils were scheduled to play their first tournament game in Greensboro against North Carolina State in the afternoon. The tournament at Indian Wells, California, scheduled to begin main-draw play Wednesday already had been called off.The affected events are the Miami Open, the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston, the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech, the Monte Carlo Masters, the Barcelona Open and the Hungarian Open.The next Grand Slam tournament, the French Open, is still scheduled to be held in Paris beginning May 24.___2:30 p.m. A new date will be announced, but fans who bought tickets to the event will receive a full refund and will have the first option to purchase tickets when the event is rescheduled.The Hall of Fame Museum is remaining open during its regular operating hours, with extra cleaning procedures. Hand sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the museum.___11:40 a.m.Major League Soccer is shutting down because of the coronavirus, according to Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas. The men’s NCAA Tournament is one of the most popular events on the American sports calendar. March Madness draws hundreds of thousands of fans to arenas from coast to coast.___11:50 a.m.Dutch soccer authorities have canceled all matches until the end of the month, including friendly internationals against the United States and Spain, because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Dutch team was scheduled to play the United States on March 26 in the southern city of Eindhoven and face Spain three days later in Amsterdam. ___2:30 p.m.Football season is months away, but spring practice for college teams was in full swing around the country. That is being put on hold in many places, too. USC and Notre Dame both announced they would suspended practice as their campuses shut down. The SEC’s suspension of sport through March will also take football teams off the practice fields.___ The hockey-like game of bandy has postponed its world championships in Russia because of the spreading coronavirus.The Swedish Bandy Association says the tournament, scheduled to be played from March 29-April 5 in Irkutsk, has been postponed until October.International Bandy Association president Boris Skrynnik says “we know that there are concerns in other countries when it comes to travel and spending time with larger groups.”The under-15 world championships in Arkhangelsk, Russia, at the end of the month will also be played at a later date.___ The Pakistan Super League is closing Twenty20 cricket games in Karachi to spectators from Friday after advice from the Sindh provincial government.The Pakistan Cricket Board said “it was important for us to act quickly to ensure that the wellbeing of all concerned is better protected” from the coronavirus outbreak but the Karachi Kings’ home game on Thursday against Lahore Qalanders went ahead with spectators.Spectators are barred from league games on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and a playoff on Tuesday.One other league match and three playoff matches, including the final on March 22, are in Lahore. The board said it was in contact with the Punjab provincial government about any health advice for the Lahore matches.___ Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford says the league men’s basketball tournament is ready to hold games as scheduled Thursday without fans in Greensboro, North Carolina.Swofford held a news conference Thursday morning, a few hours before the first of four quarterfinal games. The league had announced Wednesday that it wouldn’t allow the general public into tournament games amid concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus that has become a global pandemic.Swofford called it “a very fluid situation” that “changes daily now, and may well be changing hourly.”Swofford said: “We want to provide an opportunity to continue to compete in this tournament for our players. Our understanding and belief is that that is what they would want.”Swofford’s comments came at the start of the third day of the five-day event, after fans had attended six games at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. 2:20 p.m.The Miami Open tennis tournament that was scheduled to start later this month has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament had been scheduled for March 23-April 5 in Miami Gardens. The tournament moved there last year from its former home on Key Biscayne.Virtually all of the world’s top players had been scheduled to participate except Roger Federer, who is recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.It’s the second postponement of a top tennis tournament in five days. The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, was postponed Sunday, less than 24 hours before qualifying matches were scheduled to begin. ___2:05 p.m.The Washington Wizards say players, coaches and basketball operations personnel are going to self-quarantine for the next three to four days.The Wizards played at the Utah Jazz — who have a player, Rudy Gobert, that tested positive for COVID-19 — on Feb. 29. Washington also played Tuesday against the New York Knicks, another recent opponent of the Jazz.The Wizards say players, coaches and basketball operations staff who have flu-like symptoms will be tested for coronavirus. Europe’s main club basketball competition says it made the decision because of “the increased risks for participants in games, the vast amount of traveling disruptions causing the impossibility to reach certain destinations, and the different recommendations by the health authorities.”The league was scheduled to hold regular-season games in Moscow, Istanbul, Madrid and Tel Aviv on Thursday.___10:30 a.m.The International Basketball Federation says it is suspending all competitions indefinitely from Friday. Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says “a few” of his players have symptoms of coronavirus and are being kept away from the squad.Rodgers was speaking two days before Leicester plays Watford in the Premier League. He didn’t say whether there had been any positive tests for the virus.Only one Premier League game has been affected so far amid the outbreak, with Manchester City’s home match against Arsenal on Wednesday called off. That decision was taken after members of Arsenal’s playing squad went into self-isolation in a precautionary move.___2:25 p.m. ACC Commissioner John Swofford presented the Seminoles with the tournament trophy on the court, while the Tigers joined them on the court instead of tipping off their game.The men’s NCAA Tournament is one of the most popular events on the American sports calendar. March Madness draws hundreds of thousands of fans to arenas from coast to coast.___12:15 p.m.The International Tennis Federation has postponed all of its sanctioned tournaments for six weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, joining the men’s professional tour in suspending action. There is no blanket suspension of soccer across the continent, but national leagues have been shut down by public authorities in some countries, including Italy and Spain.___NoonThe International Fencing Federation has postponed all international events for the next five weeks, including four Olympic qualifying tournaments.The FIE made the decision after the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic, and the U.S. banned travelers from 26 European countries starting on Friday. The Spanish club says the soccer team was also affected because it shares training facilities with the basketball team.___11:05 a.m.German broadcaster Sky says it will show some Bundesliga soccer games on a free channel after spectators were barred from the stadiums.Sky will show four league games simultaneously on Saturday on its non-subscription news channel in a “conference” format, with the broadcast switching between each game to show the key action. Thursday’s games includes No. 4 Florida State, No. 10 Duke, No. 15 Louisville and No. 17 Virginia. The games will be held with only essential personnel, teams, player guests and credentialed media in attendance.Swofford said he spoke with the commissioners of the other Power Five conferences, all of which are set to play basketball games today with few fans in the arenas.The NCAA announced Wednesday it planned to conduct its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments next week with only essential staff and some family members of teams in the building.___2:50 p.m. ___1:40 p.m.UEFA has called European soccer stakeholders to a meeting by video conference on Tuesday to deal with the effect on competitions of the coronavirus outbreak.UEFA says they will discuss “all domestic and European competitions.” That includes this year’s European Championship.The meetings will involve UEFA member federations and representatives of clubs, national leagues and player unions. 10:15 a.m.Denmark’s top soccer leagues are shutting down for at least two weeks because of the spreading coronavirus.The Danish league made the move a day after the national government announced a lockdown. The small Scandinavian country has 514 cases of people testing positive.“We will look at exactly what this will mean for the running of the tournaments for the weeks to come,” said Danish league director Claus Thomsen, adding more information on what will happen with the postponed matches and the rest of the season will be announced later.___ More AP sports: and ___2:15 p.m.The Toronto Raptors say they will go into self-quarantine because they recently played against the Utah Jazz and Rudy Gobert.Gobert has tested positive for coronavirus.“Out of an abundance of caution, members of the Raptors traveling party have been tested for the virus. We await those results. Our players, coaches and traveling staff have all been advised to go into self-isolation for 14 days, which means minimizing contact in accordance with public health guidelines. Our team doctors remain in communication with infection control specialists and public health authorities, and we will continue to abide by their advice,” the Raptors said. The Big East Conference basketball tournament has been canceled at halftime of Thursday’s first game because of the coronavirus outbreak.As several other big conferences around the country canceled their postseason tournaments, the Big East resumed on schedule at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It started its second-round game between top-seeded Creighton and St. John’s at Madison Square Garden and not until halftime was the tournament called off with St. John’s leading 38-35.As the Bluejays and Red Storm were playing, a few subway stops away at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Atlantic 10 Conference was holding a news conference to called off its tournament.___12:40 p.m. Several NBA and NHL teams share arenas. The NHL has not said any player has tested positive for COVID-19. The league is halting play with 189 games left in the regular season, sparking uncertainty about how many more, if any, could be played before the playoffs.Bettman said the NHL has tried to follow mandates of health experts and local authorities without taking premature or unnecessary measures.” Bettman’s statement said the NBA’s news made it “no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.”___1:20 p.m. The season-ending men’s World Cup ski races were canceled Thursday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, giving Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde his first overall title.Giant slalom and slalom races were scheduled for this weekend in Kranjska Gora, near Slovenia’s border with Italy.The cancellations mean Henrik Kristoffersen, another Norwegian, becomes the season champion in both disciplines by tiny margins.A four-race finals week in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, was canceled last week by the International Ski Federation.“The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public are in the forefront and the priority of FIS and all stakeholders,” the governing body said Thursday. 10:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league has ended the season in the top two divisions before the playoffs because of the spreading coronavirus.The league’s decision comes less than two months before Switzerland is due to host the world championships in Zurich and Lausanne.The league says decisions on awarding titles, and promotion and relegation places, will be decided at a special meeting on Friday.The Swiss soccer leagues have been suspended through March, and Basel is unable to host a Europa League game next week against Eintracht Frankfurt. Team officials have taken the decision to pull out of Sunday’s race “based on a duty of care” for McLaren employees and the wider Formula One family.Qualifying was scheduled to start Friday.___11:15 a.m.Real Madrid says its soccer and basketball teams have been put in quarantine after a basketball play for the club tested positive for the coronavirus. The players’ union asked for the season to be suspended “until health, safety and freedom of movement can be guaranteed.”___10 a.m.The Juventus player who tested positive for the coronavirus says he’s “OK” and wants “to reassure everyone who is worrying about me.” Juventus announced late Wednesday that defender Daniele Rugani and “those who have had contact with him” are being isolated. It also said Rugani is not showing any symptoms of the disease. The Big 12 is canceling all of its championships through April 15, including upcoming gymnastics and equestrian meets, and will reassess the rest of its spring sports schedule April 15.Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he anticipated a conference-wide policy for spring football, though athletic directors have not yet discussed a plan.The league anticipates a heavy financial hit from refunded ticket sales to its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and having to adjust the rights fees it receives from its TV partners.Bowlsby also said that nobody from the conference, including staff members, coaches and players, had fallen ill or been tested for coronavirus.___ NASCAR is working with public health officials to determine future scheduling beyond those events.___1:45 p.m.The NHL is following the NBA’s lead and suspending its season.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the pause of the season amid concerns about the new coronavirus. The NBA announced Wednesday night it was suspending play, after a player tested positive for COVID-19. Unless the government makes an exception, foreign cricketers will not be given business visas with which they travel to play the IPL.___11:30 a.m.McLaren says it has withdrawn from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne after a team member tested positive for the coronavirus.The British-based team says the person was self-isolated as soon as they started to show symptoms and “will now enter a period of quarantine.” The Netherlands has 614 confirmed cases of the virus and five deaths. The government has announced sweeping new measures in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus, including ordering cancellation of any events that will draw more than 100 people.___11:45 a.m.The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, has postponed its first fanfest scheduled for March 21-22.The decision was based on a statewide recommendation and advice from state and local health care officials to limit large gatherings as a safeguard against the new coronavirus.last_img read more

OPERATION BEAT ALGERIA: Work Begins on Akpabio Stadium Pitch

first_imgWork has commenced apace on the pitch of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo ahead of next month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Algeria.In line with the NFF’s promise to get the Akwa Ibom State Government to work on the turf, following some complaints by Super Eagles’ players after last month’s 2017 Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania, the NFF wrote to Governor Udom Emmanuel on the issue and followed up with a first inspection of the pitch last Saturday.The NFF’s inspection team, led by the Deputy General Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme, and including Assistant Director (Technical) Siji Lagunju and Chief Sports Officer, Sunday Okayi, was received and taken on the tour of the venue by the immediate past Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Hon. Monday Uko,  and his Special Duties counterpart, Etido Inyang. The Consultant to Julius Berger, the world-renowned construction company handling the work, was with the team.A second inspection has been fixed for Tuesday, October 25, 2016 while the final inspection will come up on Wednesday,  November 2, 2016.“It is a task that we are approaching with all seriousness, and we want to appreciate the Akwa Ibom State Government for the seriousness that it is also attaching to this important task,” Ikpeme told on Thursday, October 13, NFF 1st Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi and Chairman of the Technical and Development Committee, Chris Green, as well as Ikpeme, held a meeting with Hon. Uko to discuss logistics in order to ensure seamless organisation of the big match.Also on Thursday, the NFF Deputy General Secretary, Dr. Ikpeme led Mr. Abdelwahab Djahid Zefizef, 1stVice President of the Algeria Football Federation on a guided tour of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, following a written request to that effect by the FAF.African Qualifying Series Group B leaders Nigeria host Algeria’s Fennecs at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on November 12, 2016 in one of the Match-day 2 encounters.Nigeria defeated Algeria to lift her first-ever Africa Cup of Nations when hosting in 1980, but Algeria returned the compliment when hosting 10 years later. Algeria defeated Nigeria home and away in 1981 in the qualifying race for the 1982 FIFA World Cup, but Nigeria returned the compliment in 2005, in the race for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.In the qualifying race for 1994 FIFA World Cup, Nigeria defeated Algeria in Lagos and drew with the Fennecs in Algiers to qualify for her first ever World Cup.Algeria came from behind to beat Nigeria at the 1982 Africa Cup of Nations in Libya. Both countries played a 0-0 draw at the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire, but Nigeria ousted Algeria on penalties in the semi finals of the 1988 Cup finals in Morocco.Nigeria defeated Algeria 1-0 at the 2002 Africa Cup in Mali, and by the same scoreline at the 2010 Africa Cup finals in Angola to win bronze.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

TAPP partners with TOMS Shoes for gun control canvassing event

first_imgTOMS giving coordinator Mo Dugan said that pushing for background checks is the first step in solving gun violence issues. The Trojan Advocates for Political Progress are fighting for gun control legislation with the help of snail mail. Partnering with shoemaker TOMS, student volunteers gathered near Alumni Park Tuesday and urged passersby to sign postcards to send to Congress. “[TOMS] has a history of philanthropy in trying to better the world through business,” Dugan said. “We know that gun violence is an issue that touches a lot of communities … We are starting with universal background checks, because it is something that is supported by a large majority of Americans.” TAPP volunteer Anisha Anisetti said she thinks universal background checks are essential to protect against gun violence. Anisetti said she joined TAPP because the organization provides hands-on volunteering experiences to students who want to be engaged in politics and create change. TOMS, which announced its campaign in December, has collected over 700,000 signed postcards to show support for the bill, H.R. 8. According to Vandenberg, TOMS reached out to TAPP and other university organizations to reach more supporters and achieve their goal of sending one million postcards to Congress. “We know that over 50 Americans die due to some form of gun violence every single day, and any policy that lowers that at any degree will make a great difference that we definitely want to be a part of,” Vandenberg said. “Especially [since] H.R. 8 was just introduced in Congress, we really wanted to make sure there is enough of a solid backing of grassroots effort to get this bill across the finish line.” Dugan said TOMS also wanted to gather support from younger demographics who could have a significant impact on public policy. center_img “Young people are so important in politics in general and especially right now,” Dugan said. “We want to be addressing something that matters to them and also including them in the conversation. [We don’t want to make] it talking at young people, but really engaging them in the conversation and hearing what young people care about and how this issue affects them personally.” TAPP is supporting a measure introduced to Congress earlier this month that would require background checks on all gun sales and most gun transfers, according to President Alec Vanderberg, a junior majoring in public policy. “I think a really great thing about TAPP is that it is super direct involvement,” said Anisetti, a freshman majoring in economics. “It’s not like we donate for other people to go out and do the work; we do the work ourselves, which is really cool.” Vandenberg said TAPP hopes to help make universal background checks a legal requirement. Since December, TOMS has collected over 700,000 postcards in support of gun control legislation. (Julia Rosher/Daily Trojan)last_img read more

Division One clubs dominate FA Cup draw

first_imgFour third-tier sides have secured their places in the Round of 32 draw for the MTN FA Cup with two more Second Division clubs pushing for a third round place.The live draw for the next stage of the Cup competition on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 11:00am has clubs from the Division One League dominating with fifteen sides making it to the Round of 32.Ten premiership clubs are through after Liberty Professionals, RTU, Berekum Arsenals and Ebusua Dwarfs, all Premier League sides were eliminated in the previous round of the competition.Kotoko /Japekrom, Woe FC /Dawhenya FC and Starke FC/New Edubiase are yet to qualify for the Round of 32 draw.Qualified teamsAgbozome Weavers, Tema Youth, Samatex FC, Guan Stars, Mighty Jets, Toende FC, Prestige, Rainbow FC, Dynamo FC (VR), Elmina Sharks, Yassin FC, King Faisal, Amidaus Pros, Feyenoord, All Blacks, Hasaacas, BA Stars, Heart of Lions, Aduana Stars, Zaytuna, Great Olympics, Eleven Wise, Berekum Chelsea, Medeama, Hearts of Oak, Goldstars, AshantiGold, Nania FC, Wa All Stars, Kotoko /Japekrom, Woe FC /Dawhenya FC, Starke FC/New Edubiaselast_img read more

ATTOH: A few things Ghanaian clubs can learn from the Liverpool FC example

first_imgI had the opportunity to visit the home of Liverpool FC in Anfield for the Standard Chartered Trophy 2016 courtesy Standard Chartered Bank Ghana and have some thoughts based on my experience. It is however important to note that I’m in no way suggesting that football stakeholders in Ghana are hardly doing anything to develop the sport. The suggestion is to move at a faster pace and expand our horizon of thinking so we can bridge the enormous gap.Here in Ghana, we keep talking about how our football is not developing at the desired pace, yet the names and faces who are have been tasked to run the sport are not replicating what we see with the advanced establishments.By this I’m not in any way suggesting a complete carbon copying of what is done out there since we find ourselves in different parts of the world. We may have slightly different people, methods and other demographic factors that may require that we do things a certain way. But at least if we are following the example of the English who have a story history, continuous growth and pace setting in football and the way it is run.Our first point of call is to identify football not just as the “Passion of the Nation” but also to see it as the untapped platinum mine or an economy within our economy. I was for instance surprised to learn that that Liverpool Football club employs 500 people (250 male and 250 female). There are also an estimated 1000 match day roles which can create extra opportunities for the people.       TRAINING GROUND AT MELWOOD I met the club’s tour guide Alan Herr, who also started following the club during his formative years. He is fulfilling a long standing dream of being a part of the internal set up of the club. He gave a lot of insight into the structures at Melwood and some of the interesting stories behind them.  “Melwood is a combination of two last names of priests (Father Melling and Father  Woodlock) who taught at St Francis Xavier, a community school which owned the pitch, and helped the school kids to play football.” It was named after them for their hard work.   The club’s Melwood training Ground has a lot of history to it and has evolved from a regular boot room with sand based pitches around it into an ultra modern training facility and administration block. Today the facility has training pitches, offices for staff, a sports science department, gymnasium, dressing rooms, leisure area, kitchen, dining area, a board room amongst others. It is situated within a residential area in West Derby, Liverpool. But of course one of the Manager’s who played a key role in its development is Bill Shankly who managed the club from 1959 to 1947 – a period during which he brought the club for the second division into the main league. The pitches are a mixture of natural and artificial grass which enables a faster game and also stability Liverpool were to become major force in English football. The good example from Ghana is Dansoman based Liberty Professionals who under the leadership of the late Alhaji Edward Sly Tetteh built  a club house with an administration block, gymnasium, dormitories, kitchen and dining area and a swimming pool. The club also has its stadium Carl Reindorf Park may not be the most ideal stadium but is a good start.  The late Alhaji Sly Tetteh also had academies in Kenya and Togo – the latter of which I had the privilege of visiting. The first phase of the Academy had standard facilities including three pitches at the time I visited. Alhaji Sly Tetteh’s kind of vision is what we require in Ghana football.ManagersWhat struck me about  most of the managers I learnt about are their disposition towards leaving notable legacies. Bill Shankly for instance aside identifying and developing the Melwood training facility also took decisions that got the whole vicinity to feel a part of the club. H opened the training ground up for fans to watch training sessions this grew till it started attracting about 40,000 fans per session. It was at this point that Shankly cancelled public viewing of the training sessions  – a measure which was understood by the people. Aside these he also made major achievements with the club ( 3 league titles, 2 FA cups, and one UEFA Cup/Champions League). Many others came before and after Shankly but he made massive impactOf course Gerrard Houllier during his tenure significantly influenced the additions made when the millennium Pavillion of Melwood was being constructed. Brendan Rogers for instance may not have made big impact with results and titles but introduced the idea of a sports science department. His reason was simple – that the modern game required the technocrats to have a thorough idea of the players who play the game and the real reason behind phenomena on the pitch. This clearly is one of the biggest legacies for the club.Rafael Benitez won the club’s last and 5th UEFA champion’s League title and also has a special place in the club’s history. Benitez instituted the redesigning of the main  foyer of Melwood to have the Champions League trophy which is the last to be given out for keeps by UEFA. The trophy is placed in a plain glass case and fitted within the wall partitioning design at the Reception. The reason for this is not because Benitez won it but to give every player (newly-signed or existing) daily inspiration as they walk in and out of Melwood.Jurgen Klopp who is affectionately called ‘Mr Klopp’ by Melwood staff likes to train in the afternoons after he has addressed news conferences. The simple reason is that he is able to have the most current state of the playing body before meeting the media. He has also introduced a new pitch area which is yet to be fully constructed. It is unclear what exactly Mr Klopp will do with the new pitch but that surely be his legacy for the club.FANS The first question you are likely to be asked on a Sunday is Ghana is did/will you go to church? In Liverpool the question will be Did/Will you watch the Liverpool game? The club is part of the skin of the people in Liverpool and has sold the city to the rest of the world more than any other institution including legendary rock and pop band The Beatles. It is one big family who hold the club close to their hearts and follow the club and its players game in game out. The club also understands the crucial role its fans have played over the years in its existence and this is well understood by the club. It is amplified in the way it has paid respected to the souls of the 96 fans who died in the Hillsborough tragedy and a recent price cut in ticket rates after the fans complained about the rather exorbitant rates.The fans also sure do know how to show appreciation to their players and former managers. One example was the 2-2 draw between Liverpool and Newcastle on April 24 at Anfield. The home fans chanted Raafa Ra-fa-el, Raafa Ra-fa-el, Raafa! Ra-fa-el Rafa-el Beniitez! at the start of the game and also after the game when one would have expected them to be disappointed with surrendering a 2 goal lead to draw. Coach Benitez also gracefully acknowledged the cheers with a wave on both occasions. Clearly the fans at Anfield are eternally grateful to the man who guided them to their fifth UEFA champion’s league win.Again there a great lesson of sportsmanship and show of gratitude which we can learn. It promotes the beauty of the game and inspires the younger generation to want to serve the club with their all.A recent decision by the owners of the club, Fenway Sports to scrap the intended ticket price hike to £77 is an indication that the club clearly understands that the fans can make or break the club.   CONTRIBUTION TO THE ECONOMYThe club has as many as 500 employees with on almost equal male-female split terms. In fact, during recess in the Liverpool-Newcastle game , an announcement was made about new job opportunities at the club. Also one big contributor to economic growth in Liverpool is sports tourism. Fans from all over the world visit on a weekly basis and this contributes to patronage of local goods and services. So all sectors from banking, through leisure, food and beverages, hotel to transportation and many others are able to cash in on the large numbers of tourists who travel in and out of the city.  LIVERPOOL ACADEMYSituated in Kirkby, this is the nurturing ground of talents. My brief conclusion after touring the academy is that it a vast area of land developed into a conducive learning environment for the beautiful game of football. The football culture at the club and the thorough system of development of talent has ensured the production of many names including Jamie Caragher, Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard.   One of the key physical structure within the academy is the indoor training pitch which is used during extremely cold weather.  THE USE OF TECHNOLOGYTechnology plays a great part in the everyday delivery of  everyday work. The sports science department is the biggest testimony to this. Thorough training analysis is done one each player using gadgets which are fitted in their training apparel. So after each training session, the sports science department makes available a specific player’s performance with colour bars which could either mean poor, medium, hard or above hard.The pitches at Melwood are hybrid and known as Desso, same as that of the Anfield Stadium. The roots of the natural grass intertwine with the fibre. This is said to have better drainage and optimal playing comfort. So the days when big patches of grass could come off and make the pitch uneven are over.  WHAT STRUCK  ME AT ANFIELD STADIUMThe stadium is a big edifice of recognition for those who have served the club. From the 96 fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster to players who have done their bit as well as notable results recorded in the  clubs history are captured in various parts of the stadium.Match day organisation is smooth and policing/security is at its best – a clear indication that the lessons from the Hillsborough Disaster have to a large extent informed the way things are done security wise.In the corridors of the main stands are portraits of some of the best squads, big moments brilliance  in specific games, and full time results of games. Also printed on the walls are quotes from great players and managers of the club.The levels of acknowledgement are worth emulating around the world. I am talking about the acknowledgement of those who have and continue to break their backs to serve the club. Portions of the stadium like boxes stands demarcated areas within the premium  lounge are named after greats. Examples are the Klopp noodles Bar and Paisley Gateway. Knowing what such massive acknowledgement does to human psychology, everyone who walks through the corridors of the clubs home stadium will get the sense of duty and allegiance to the club.For now only a few of our clubs own their own stadia, therefore it becomes difficult to replicate these ideas directly. There surely are other ways I will randomly mention Ghana and Hearts of Oak legend Mohammed Polo, who magical exploits ensured a turn-around 3-0 win against Zambia’s Mufulira Wanderers at the El-Wak Stadium in an African Club Championship quarter final game which was later christened the ‘Miracle of El Wak’. A six-year old boy in Ghana or in Accra will hardly know Mohammed Polo because we hardly have a sports museum or an established system of recognition. His many exploits are not captured at any physical address by Hearts of Oak or in any known publications aside the national newspapers and to an extent the internet. So without these we as a people cannot even accord him the needed courtesies when need be.   I was also struck by the fact that the chairs in the main stand are made of wood and have never been changed since the stadium was built 132 years ago. The lesson therein is the maintenance regimen. That’s once we are committed to maintaining our structures, they will last the decades.The few lessons for our Ghanaian ClubsWe have competent minds some of who have great ideas. Interestingly on my return to Accra I saw ex Kotoko Board Chairman, Dr K.K. Sarpong. His idea of an alliance with Sunderland could have brought loads of benefits to the Kumasi-based side. If the partnership had been executed to the full, Kotoko could have ended up being a feeder club of quality players of the EPL club. I was also imaging how much exchange there could be in terms of technology, technical expertise, logistics and general strategy. We need to properly document some of these and adopt when we can to aid the process.It is also gratifying to note that we have minds like Kurt Okraku, the Executive Chairman of newly-promoted Dreams FC in the Ghana Premier League. He happens to have been trained at the University of Liverpool in Sports Marketing. His clubs use of the Dawu Park in the Eastern Region since the start of the 2016 Premier League Season has brought immense economic boom to the locality. Of course, all this is as a result of the branding and good association.Recognize the business value and work towards it, court the fans and let them build loyalty. We also need to properly document happenings in the club and ensure a system of proper acknowledgment, to inspire the younger generation to apsire to playing for the clubs and leave retired players grateful.We also need to identify the needs of football within the context of science and technology and gravitate in that direction. Don’t know if any philosopher said this but retired footballers are first amongst the best people to run football. Relating this to our clubs – they have to make full use of their retired players and legends. Retired players of Liverpool for instance are involved at various stages of the club’s operations. I admired the way the Liverpool involved its legends like John Barnes, Ian Rush and Gary McAlister during the Standard Chartered Trophy.The journey is surely a long one but the thought that these big clubs started on very modest notes just inspires a lot of confidence in us. But it requires a calculated aggressive approach from us all.Follow Nathaniel Attoh for more on @niiattoh5 on twitter @citizen attoh on instagram and nathaniel attoh citizen attoh  on facebooklast_img read more