11 countries, 60 Foreign Marathoners to Participate in Okpekpe Race

first_imgAdibe Emenyonu in Benin CitySixty foreign marathoners, from 11 countries, are expected to participate in this year edition of the Okpekpe 10km road race in Edo slated for May 13. The Director of Organisation, Mr Zackery Moudu, at a press briefing in Benin City, disclosed this, noting that the expected foreign athletes are Gold label.He said it was part of strategies to make the road race get a Gold label.According to him, this year edition, which is the 5th edition, had been improved upon technologically, to curb the issue of cheating as well as enable fans of the athletes to monitor the performance of their athletes.Moudu who listed some of the expected countries to include Kenya, Morroco, Eritea and Ethiopia, also said some athletes from Europe and Asia countries would be participating in the road race.He also said as part of plan to improve on the standard of the race, accreditation of the expected athletes and other participants, would commenced two days before the race, instead of the usual one day race plan.The Director of Organisation said lot of awareness was going to be created for the 5th edition of the Okpekpe road race.“It is going to be a week long event and the aim is to create much awareness for the race.“We however expected our foreign participants for the race to start arrive the country on May 11, while accreditation will take place from May 11 to May 12, instead of the usual one day to the event.“We also want to use this race to work towards achieving Gold label for the race, for this reason, most of the athletes we expecting for this race are Gold label,” he stated.Meanwhile, Edo state Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shaibu, who was at the briefing, appealed to sport men and women to shun the use of performance enhancing drugs for sporting activities.He said sports is all about discipline and said integrity must be brought into it by avoiding cheating through the use of drug.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

EdMonth event focuses on ethnic studies

first_imgDiversity in USC curricula, the recent Campus Climate Resolution and the proliferation of cultural appropriation were topics at the forefront of Tuesday’s EdMonth event, “ReclaimED: Why We Need Ethnic Studies.” The event, which consisted of a panel of speakers and was open to students and faculty across campus, was sponsored by the Undergraduate Student Government Program Board as part of a month-long discussion series on relevant topics, from social justice to mental health.Sophia Li, a member of the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly executive board and the organizer of the event, opened the discussion by presenting examples of cultural appropriation in Halloween costumes, in which students dressed up as Native Americans or painted their faces to imitate black skin color. According to Li, these practices devalue the cultural history and identity of these ethnicities and is one illustration of why ethnic studies is important.“I feel like cultural appropriation has become a buzz phrase,” Li said. “It boils down to when members of a dominant culture take elements from a culture of people who have been systematically oppressed. When people who have been marginalized or oppressed are reduced to a sentence in a textbook or only one narrative, this lack of cultural awareness is a big part of what leads to cultural appropriation.”Li defined ethnic studies as “the interdisciplinary study of power, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and nationality,” and emphasized its importance in redefining the traditional narratives of different ethnicities by looking at history and culture from the perspective of marginalized peoples. According to Li, the discipline grew out of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, but has come under attack in recent years in states such as Arizona, which banned certain aspects of diversity education in public schools in 2010.Panelist Brianna Thorpe, director of USG Community Affairs, explained that despite establishing a diversity requirement for all incoming freshmen, USC has not done enough to promote ethnic studies among students. According to Thorpe, learning about other cultures is essential for all students, but especially for minorities who have so far learned little about their history.“It’s important to understand where you’ve been as a people and where you’re going as a people,” Thorpe said. “Without that, you can’t take pride in the things that your specific group has gone through. I think it’s an empowerment tool. It gives us the things that we need to grow and be successful.”Proposed solutions, including the recent USG Campus Climate Resolution, have attempted to implement greater diversity curriculum, which Thorpe said would help students receive enough information to engage in dialogue and formulate opinions.“The campus climate resolution calls for more of a holistic approach; what it really wants is an integrated form of ethnic studies,” Thorpe said. “Instead of pigeonholing diversity into one area or one class, it calls for interdisciplinary work to be done.”Panelists then took turns talking about some of the issues with diversity, discrimination and academics that USC and other universities face, starting with the move away from humanities courses. Viet Thanh Nguyen, an associate professor and interim chair in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, explained that over the past decades, enrollment in Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences has decreased, resulting in fewer students being exposed to courses focusing on ethnicity and diversity.“These courses are useful because they allow you to cultivate a critical and oppositional consciousness,” Nguyen said. “They allow you to connect the dots that people don’t want you to connect.”Ultimately, Nguyen and the other panelists hoped that students and the University would do more to promote ethnic studies on campus and elsewhere. Moira Turner, the director of USG Diversity Affairs, stressed its practical impact for students of all races, ethnicities and sexual orientations.“Life is diverse,” Turner said. “We shouldn’t show diverse perspectives as an add-on. We should show them because that’s reflective of what life actually is.”last_img read more

Irish provinces ready for Pro12 challenges

first_imgLeinster start the day in third, but they can also claim a home semi-final if they defeat Treviso at the RDS.Ulster need a win against the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium to be assured of their place in the play-offs.All of today’s matches kick-off at 3pm. Tipperary’s Dave Foley and Tommy O’Donnell are both in the province’s starting XV for this key match.Second-placed Connacht will host leaders Glasgow in what is arguably the pick of the day’s games.The final round of regular-season fixtures has thrown-up a top-of-the-table clash at the Sportsground, where the winners will be guaranteed a home semi-final.last_img

Now, more than ever, L.A. counts on Dodgers and Angels

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As on all issues, in the spirit of debate, we welcome opposing views. Look at the L.A. professional-sports landscape. The Lakers are at low ebb, and the Clippers don’t look as strong as was expected. The Stanley Cup champion Kings may miss the playoffs.With pro football at least a year away from returning to the region, the Angels and Dodgers have a small window of opportunity to capture attention here. Such a development in the nation’s second-most-populous city would be good for baseball in general, so maybe other teams would be wise to help out. So what if such cooperation would never happen in competitive sports — it’s probably more likely than in Congress.The Dodgers and Angels, two of Major League Baseball’s richest and best-supported teams, respectively have gone 26 and 12 years without winning the World Series (or even a league pennant). Now, with the certified best players in the sport in 2014 league Most Valuable Players Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Mike Trout of the Angels, it’s time to give the public what it wants. We can’t count on that from City Hall.For the second straight season, 70 percent of the L.A. TV market can’t count on being able to watch the Dodgers on cable. But as long as the team is blacked out, it might as well give fans something to miss.The editorial board’s position is: Go, Dodgers. Go, Angels.center_img Los Angeles-area residents are impatient for action. We’re frustrated by delays. We’ll accept no more failure. Today, our great metropolis faces one of its most talked-about challenges.It is time to demand solutions from the people who hold the aspirations of millions of Southern Californians in their hands.This editorial board calls on the Dodgers and Angels to win the pennant.As the 2015 season opens today, it’s a realistic possibility that the Dodgers or Angels — or both — will make it to the World Series. And not only a possibility but, under the circumstances, practically imperative.last_img read more

NFL reportedly asks Cleveland police for information about Jabrill Peppers

first_imgA league security representative asked for “any and all documentation regarding the reported theft of items belonging to Jabrill Peppers” and “any documentation indicating Jabrill Peppers is not a suspect in (Carroll’s) homicide.”Peppers’ firearm was stolen Jan. 29, according to the Cleveland Police Department’s report. A spokesperson from the department told News 5 that Peppers “is not a suspect in any investigation, only a victim of theft.” Related News Browns asking NFL to let Kareem Hunt remain with team during suspension, report says “We are aware of the situation in Cleveland,” the Giants said in a statement to The Athletic. “The NFL has been aware of this situation for some time. Jabrill is not the subject of an investigation by the Cleveland Police Department.” He recorded 79 tackles and one interception in 2018. The NFL has requested some information about Jabrill Peppers from the Cleveland Police Department.The Giants safety’s gun was stolen earlier this year and Marsha Carroll, a 57-year-old woman who had been considered a suspect in the robbery, was found beaten on Feb. 6 and later died, according to News 5 Cleveland. The department later re-emphasized that statement on Twitter.Just to be clear, Mr. Peppers is not a suspect in any incidents with @CLEpolice. This is a little misleading 👇🏼 https://t.co/TJ3kTnsmmX— Cleveland Police (@CLEpolice) March 26, 2019Authorities, however, confirmed that an internal investigation regarding the handling of the theft is underway.Peppers, 23, was traded from the Browns to the Giants earlier this month.last_img read more

“I have a contract with Milan, we will see if and how it will end”

first_imgIbrahimovic also spoke about the removal of his statue that remained outside the Malmoe stadium, his first club, because his history as a footballer “will always remain“. “It’s a shame. They want attention and they want the media to write about it: they’re at a kindergarten level, but I’m bigger than all of this“said the Swedish striker, in statements collected by Europa Press.“It is sad,” he said in statements to Eurosport’s ‘Dplay’. “The statue was what it was, but having disappeared does not mean that my story disappears. My story stays forever, “added Ibrahimovic, who has sparked this controversy after becoming an investor in Hammarby, a rival club to Malmoe. ‘Ibra’ acquired 25% of the entity and some Malmoe supporters did not like the idea. The former FC Barcelona also defended itself against this. “I have given that club 10 million euros, “he explained in relation to the FIFA training right for being his club of origin and playing before turning 21. Asked if he would like to see a new statue in the future, the AC Milan forward said no. “What happened, happened, is not important to me now. Today there are bigger things, we talk about the health of the world. This statue does not mean anything in the current context. I know what I did and what I contributed to, “added ‘Ibra’, 38. Zlatan Ibrahimovic He returned to green and did it his way: scoring goals. The Swede played a friendly between his Hammarby and Frej, who finished 3-1, making the first goal of the confrontation. The tip, which will continue training in Sweden until there will be no official date for the return to training of the Serie A teams., spoke of his future in Sportbladet: “I have a contract with Milan and we will see if and how it will end. I said I want to play soccer as much as possible, but you never know what will happen“The point ends contract with the rossoneri at the end of this season, but at the moment it is not clear if the club will try to renew him for another year. Ibra stated: “I want to help the team, I don’t want to play just because of what I did and what I am. If you are part of a group, you must contribute something. We will see“last_img read more

Infrastructural investments will catalyse Guyana’s development –State Minister tells Brazilian investors

first_imgMinister of State, Joseph Harmon, on Thursday met with a delegation of Brazilian investors who are in Guyana to explore areas of investment in the country’s emerging oil and gas sector. The meeting took place at the Minister’s Office in the Ministry of the Presidency.Minister Harmon highlighted infrastructure as an area of investment that will catalyse Guyana’s development.“It is a very important time in our development and in our history, and so we really welcome the investments and the opportunities between Guyana and Brazil. These opportunities are now increasing on a daily basis… Our physical infrastructure is key, because we cannot develop our country unless our physical infrastructure is organised. That means [that] our ports have to be modernised, ourMinister of State, Joseph Harmon, with members of the Brazilian delegation at his office on Thursdayroad network that links the coast to the hinterland will have to be modernised,” he said.The State Minister also said that strengthening the partnership between Brazil and Guyana would raise the quality of life for Guyanese.“In some countries, a river is a border, but for us, the rivers are bridges. We have built bridges over them, and therefore we’ve connected our people in more ways than one. It is this connection which, I think, we need to develop. We need to improve on it, so that we can provide a better quality of life for our people. Ultimately, that is what our task is as a Government, to provide that good life to our people. We are stewards of the resources of our country, and therefore it is our responsibility to ensure good stewardship of it, so that not only this generation, but generations to come, will be the better [from] the decisions which we make now,” Minister Harmon said.A member of the Brazilian delegation, Luis Panelli, cited the longstanding partnership between Guyana and Brazil as the main reason behind Brazil’s keen interest in investing in Guyana.“It’s important for us to be here, not only for geo-political reasons, but because we’re neighbours… We are very interested in joining you in this effort to develop the [oil and gas] field here. It is going to be a very important thing for Guyana and for Brazil… We have the means… we have the personnel, and we are very keen on [investing],” Panelli stated.Another Brazilian, Alexandre Saverin, who had visited Guyana four years ago, noted the entrepreneurial incline occurring in Guyana. “You see the difference. You see the progress, and you see the excitement in everybody’s eyes. I think we’re starting to see the change in the country, where people are starting to open new businesses and taking new risks just with the idea of the oil that is coming… We’re excited to be here, and we would love to proceed with [investment] in oil [and] in infrastructure,” he said.This year, Guyana and Brazil are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations. The other members of the Brazilian delegation include Yucatan Reis, John Forman, and José Mario de Castilho.last_img read more

Run with police for beneficial cause

first_imgThe Fort St. John Sub Zero Running Club will be putting on a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. The event will start at the Fort St. John campus of Northern Lights College. The races are all non-competitive and everyone is encouraged to participate.Registration can be completed from 9 until 10 a.m. on Apr. 10, the day of the event. Registration can also be done in advance or any other information can be answered by contacting Floyd or Barbara Polehoykie at 250-787-0977 or t.cat@telus.net On April 10, the club will be holding a running event with all the proceeds going towards the Cops for Cancer- IronTeam Foundation, which supports the Canadian Cancer Society. Police officers and the general public will all run together, as a means to help raise money for the Society.- Advertisement -The event will include three races. The first is a 1 km race, the second is a 5 km race and the third is a 10 km race. There will also be multiple draws, where participants have the chance to win various prizes.Cops for Cancer is an organization that began in 1994, after Sergeant Gary Goulet and a group of police officers shaved their heads in support of a young boy in their community who was going through radiation and chemo therapy. The boy was also allowed to ride along with the police officers, all of whom displayed their hairless heads to the public to help raise the young boy’s spirit.The kind act of the police officers received international attention, which lead to the creation of the organization.Since its inception, Cops for Cancer has raised more than $16 million through a variety of fundraisers.Advertisementlast_img read more

Trucking on past the inspectors

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAbout 2 million trucks a year pass through the Castaic inspection facility, also called the “scales,” and thousands of tickets written for safety violations account for millions in revenue. But Kappen said more truckers have trod a blocks-long city-street bypass off Interstate 5 in the four years since city engineers removed a sign prohibiting trucks weighing more than 15,000 pounds from doing so. Once the Cross-Valley Connector is complete, truckers will be able to leave the I-5 about 10 miles south of the scales and take the Antelope Valley Freeway to Golden Valley Road. Golden Valley and Newhall Ranch Road comprise the connector, and meet the I-5 just north of the scales, said Dwight McDonald, a commercial enforcement supervisor for the CHP. Some truckers now find alternate though less direct routes, he added. CHP spokesman Humberto Jimenez said officers in McDonald’s unit are experts at enforcing laws aimed at commercial vehicles. Reasons for wanting to avoid inspections abound. Many drivers who exceed the number of consecutive hours they may drive scheme to avoid getting caught. “We check the log books … to prevent driver fatigue,” Kappen said. “Driver fatigue is a major cause of truck-involved collisions.” The majority of trucks inspected at the Castaic facility are on long-haul trips, he said. SANTA CLARITA – Northbound truckers, who face inspection by the CHP at its Castaic inspection station, will be able to bypass the stop when the city’s heralded Cross-Valley Connector is completed. The $245 million road will connect the Antelope Valley Freeway to Interstate 5 – allowing big-rig drivers to avoid inspection of their trucks and their log books, which detail mandated breaks. CHP inspectors weed out trucks with faulty brakes and drivers who need more shut-eye. But if the city fails to post signs prohibiting truckers from detouring off the freeway – and skirting the rules – it will cost money and could cost lives, a highway official said. “Our main function is to keep our highways safe,” said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Tim Kappen, a 27-year veteran of the agency. “Doing our part by inspecting these trucks has its impact on that.” Driver fatigue is hard to prove after a crash, so truckers often are cited for driving at unsafe speeds or making unsafe turns, said Officer Michelle Esposito. In the past couple of years, the two main causes of truck-involved collisions were speeding and unsafe lane changes. CHP records show trucks were involved in 456 collisions in the Santa Clarita area in 2005. In the 210 crashes where truck drivers were at fault, 41 involved injuries and one person was killed. This year, 135 crashes involved trucks. In the 60 cases where truck drivers were at fault, one person was killed and seven injured. For some, the penalty for driving too long justifies the risk of avoiding it. Truckers can be sidelined for 10 hours, fined $500 and ordered to face a judge. Other common violations include exceeding the maximum allowed weight, having faulty brakes, not being properly licensed or driving with a suspended license. Cargo cannot be stored at the Castaic facility, so drivers cited for overweight loads face the burdensome task of summoning other trucks to carry the excess weight. The consequences of driving with poorly maintained brakes can be more troublesome. “A car can stop faster than an 80,000-pound truck,” said McDonald. “A 3,000-pound car going 65 mph comes and changes lanes in front of a truck … it dives over to take the off-ramp at Magic Mountain (Parkway) … the trucker going 55 mph slams on his brakes. But he will travel 55 feet before he can even think of putting his foot on the brake. He’s already going to be in the back of the car in front of him anyway.” Heavy or shifting loads that are not properly secured pose an added risk. Bindings holding hay, paper, steel and heavy equipment may loosen during a bouncy ride. Citations can range from fix-it tickets to $500 misdemeanors, but McDonald said safety, not revenue is the aim of inspections. Judges can lower fines or levy heftier ones, but ticket revenue goes to the city of Santa Clarita, not the CHP. Fines totaled $8 million to $10 million a year a couple of years ago, McDonald said, and the fines have doubled since then. Truck drivers cannot attend traffic school, they must appear in court. City traffic engineers say they have not heard a word about the bypass problem since 2002, when the CHP agreed it could address the situation through mobile enforcement. City traffic engineer Andrew Yi said he did not know how the sign near the scales came to be, but says the point is moot. “We can’t legally put a sign there,” he said. “We did an extensive investigation. A weight restriction sign had no basis to be enforceable.” Senior traffic engineer Ian Pari said a 2002 license plate survey found all trucks using Avenue Stanford were making local deliveries. Yi said it is unnecessary to restrict overweight trucks that might use the connector to avoid inspections because the scenario is so unlikely. “Trucks don’t like going through intersections, it slows things down,” he said. “If that occurs we will work it out with the Sheriff’s Department and the CHP to control overweight trucks. We don’t see any projection it’s going to happen so why would you want to worry about it now?” Pari said an earlier study done when the connector was planned as more of a freeway showed most trucks would detour for local business only but the likelihood of drive-throughs would be minuscule. Despite the city’s survey that showed it is not a problem, McDonald said he has snagged dozens of violators deviating off I-5 in his mobile enforcement patrols. Last September, in a five-hour span, 70 of the 76 trucks that had bypassed the scales were inspected. Twenty-eight tickets were issued and 7 percent of the trucks and 2 percent of the drivers were taken off the road. Seventy-two percent of the trucks were not making local deliveries or pickups. “Some actually had directions on how to bypass the scale,” he said. “Why are they bypassing the scale? That’s a lot of effort. You could go through the scale and be through quicker.” The process takes about two minutes, unless an inspection warranted and the average time for that is 20 minutes, he said. A pre-pass system flashes a green light to trucks whose companies maintain good records. Big trucks create excessive wear and tear on city roads that were not designed to carry 80,000-pound truck traffic, McDonald said. “The scales (are designed) to prevent injury, death and mechanical problems from happening,” he said. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more