By Dialogo June 19, 2009 Bogotá, June 18 (EFE).- The most important former paramilitary chiefs of Colombia extradited to the United States asserted to congresswoman Piedad Córdoba the need for their families to leave the Andean country, spokesperson of the parliamentary opposition said today in Bogotá. The senator’s press office reported that the former right-wing extremists warned her that they due to concerns for the safety of their families they might not be any longer able to disclose the activities and relations of the already dissolved Colombian United Self Defenses (AUC) . The legislator, who traveled to the United States to meet with the extradited former paramilitaries, received the petition during the second round of dialogue with some of them in prisons where they are confined since a year ago. During her stay of more than a week in that country, Córdoba met Salvatore Mancuso, AUC’s previous top chief, and Diego Fernando Murillo, Rodrigo Tovar, Carlos Mario Jiménez and Juan Carlos Sierra, among others. These five individuals are part of a group of fourteen former AUC commanders that were extradited to the United States three months ago, where they were prosecuted for drug trafficking, money laundering and terrorism financing. In the first instances of dialogue, the former right-wing extremists asked the legislator to intercede before the American embassy in Colombia for their families to obtain visas, allowing them to move to the United States. The petition was immediately rejected by Ambassador William Brownfield. A parliamentary source from Córdoba’s team told EFE that the former paramilitary shared with her their concerns over their families’ safety and security, which are receiving more and more threats due to the paramilitaries’ testimonies and statements to the Judicial authorities. Therefore, they requested the legislator’s assistance for their families could immigrate to anther country, the spokesperson added, and this relocation abroad is one of the conditions for the former AUC commanders to offer new testimony. Córdoba has received “new information regarding the relations and activities of the paramilitary in different regions of the country. This information would only be fully disclosed on confirmation that their families are safe outside the country,” stated the source. This weekend, the congresswoman will be back in Bogotá and will report on her meetings with the former paramilitaries at the Congressional sessions starting next July 20.
By AFP May 03, 2019 At least 25 Venezuelan troops have sought asylum in Brazil’s embassy in Caracas, a senior Brazilian official said April 30, after Venezuela’s Interim President Juan Guaidó claimed soldiers had joined him. A spokesman for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said soldiers and lieutenants were among the applicants. The petitions for asylum came as Bolsonaro threw his support behind Venezuelans “enslaved by a dictator,” a reference to Nicolás Maduro whom Guaidó is challenging for power. “Brazil is on the side of the people of Venezuela, Interim President Juan Guaidó, and the freedom of Venezuelans,”Bolsonaro said in a series of tweets. “We support the freedom of this sister nation to finally live a true democracy.” Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo reiterated Brazil’s support for a “democratic transition” and expressed “hopes that the Venezuelan military will be part of this process.” Brazil is among more than 50 countries that have recognized Guaidó as Venezuela’s Interim President. An apparently carefully planned attempt by Guaidó to demonstrate growing military support on April 30, however, disintegrated into rioting in the Venezuelan capital, sparking calls for restraint.
Klain isn’t a Rahm Emanuel-style ideologue. He is, and I write this with nothing but the best connotations, a true technocrat—someone who will get shit done with minimal fuss or drama. As such, he’s not beholden to silly obsolete notions of “norms and traditions” that are only wielded against Democrats, never Republicans. xAnyone who thinks that Mitch McConnell would not have changed the filibuster rules to get Kavanaugh confirmed was not watching when HE CHANGED THE FILIBUSTER RULES TO GET GORSUCH CONFIRMED!!!!! https://t.co/81DbttSrRE— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) July 16, 2018Klain also has respect among the left-left, such as Bernie Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir.The “inside left,” which includes people like Shakir, who has a Washington pedigree—he has worked for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid—sees value in urging the moderate (and elected) figures left. This group does have respect for people like Klain, a frequent and fierce critic of Donald Trump on MSNBC who, as Obama’s Ebola response coordinator, showed the world a few short years ago that the United States of America actually knew how to contain a virus.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Klain’s job will be tough, and much more so if we can’t wrestle the Senate away from Mitch McConnell in the January Senate runoffs in Georgia. But for the first time in four years, we’ll have competence in the Oval Office. Things are looking up, and will be looking even better when sore loser Donald Trump’s coup attempt fails. Klain is perfectly suited for the role. He has been chief of staff to both vice-presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden, as well as Bill Clinton Attorney General Janet Reno at just 31 years of age. He led the team that shepherded the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He served as chief legal counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee when Biden served on it. He managed the successful implementation of President Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus law. And of course, there’s the one gig that makes him particularly well-suited for the most pressing challenge of today—he was Obama’s Ebola czar. A COUPLE OF weeks ago, I asked Larry Brilliant, the renowned epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox, what is the one message he would bring to the daily press briefing if he were president. He answered without hesitation: “I would begin the press conference by saying ‘Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to Ron Klain … Covid czar.’”- Advertisement –
Read also: Activists, lecturer raise concerns about criminalization of free speech in universitiesThe arrest on Friday was based on a report filed to police on the same day, according to North Sumatra Police spokesperson Adj. Sr. Comr. MP Nainggolan.The preliminary investigation suggested that the woman’s motive for defaming the state symbol and state leaders was to seek global attention, he said.“Her action was a criminal act and [the suspect] will be charged with violating the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) law,” Nainggolan told The Jakarta Post. (aly)Topics : The North Sumatra police have arrested a 28-year-old woman in Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra, for allegedly defaming the flag of the Republic of Indonesia as well as the country’s president and vice president.The woman allegedly posted a video on her Instagram account that shows her putting the flag on the floor, trampling on it, pouring soil onto it, burning and cooking it and using it to wipe glass. She also reportedly uploaded another video in which she sprinkled chili, cassava leaves and vegetable chunks on photos of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin.The cybercrime unit head of the North Sumatra Police, Comr. Bambang Rubiyanto, said the woman was detained at the police headquarters as investigators started the probe into the case.
Inside 163 Pfingst Road, Wavell HeightsHe said homes such as this, with renovation potential, offered buyers options for profitable upgrades.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“It’s very original but it’s got a really good frontage and floorplan. You can really play around with it quite a lot,” Mr Rowland said. The kitchen area at 163 Pfingst Road, Wavell HeightsMr Rowlands said the local market outlook continued to be good as Brisbane prices play catch up. “I think it’s going to be very strong – the gap between us and Sydney prices is at 13-year highs at the moment,” he said.undefined 163 Pfingst Road, Wavell HeightsMr Rowland said he was seeing increased activity from across the border.“Anything really sub-$1 million is quite good but you’ve got to know where to look,” he said.“In the past few years, one in every 10 of our investor sales were to a buyer from Sydney, now it’s about eight in every 10.” 163 Pfingst Road, Wavell Heights 163 Pfingst Road, Wavell HeightsAffordability has driven both local and interstate buyers to Brisbane’s northern suburbs according to Place Aspley principal, Tristan Rowland.Mr Rowland said the sale of 163 Pfingst Rd, Wavell Heights for $560,000 on October 3 showed the strength of current demand.“We sold that in four days – so it went quite quickly,” Mr Rowland said.
Restumping and laying the cement slab during the renovation of 64 Philip St, Hawthorne. Pic supplied. The major renovation happened in 2004, when the kitchen was converted into the main bedroom, a new kitchen was created as part of a back extension and a large, back deck added on.“That was the most exciting thing because we weren’t doing it ourselves,” Mrs Roebig said.“To see some professionals come in and renovate was just awesome!” The master bedroom in the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, after it was renovated.This leads to the living and dining area, which is an open-plan space backing on to a wide-set deck.The new kitchen comes with a double sink, rangehood, gas cooking, dishwasher and island bar topped with white stone. The hallway in the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, after it was renovated.The Roebigs have decided it’s time for a tree change, and another — less intensive — renovation project now awaits them in Boonah.“It’s a very hard decision to leave,” Mrs Roebig said.“The house has been such a big part of our life, and for all of our family, no matter how horrible it was.” The front of the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, before it was renovated. Pic supplied. “That’s been our family joke.“If only dad was around to see it now!” The front veranda of the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, after it was renovated.The downstairs living room comes with its own kitchenette, patio and bathroom — doubling as a guest or teenage retreat. Other features include polished timber floors, high pressed metal ceilings and wide archways. The kitchen in the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, before it was renovated. Pic supplied. The back of the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, after it was renovated.Gradually, over the years, the renovation process became more involved.The house was restumped and re-roofed and a concrete slab laid downstairs to create two levels.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“We dug out instead of raising the house because of the fireplace,” Mrs Roebig said.“We weren’t game to touch it.” MORE: Historic home set for hammer Inside the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, after it was renovated.The property is for sale through Shannon Harvey of Place – Bulimba.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: 4 years for major reno plus bits and pieces over 33 yearsTotal spend: Over $1mEnd valuation: $1.5m – $2m The backyard at the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, after it was renovated.The end result is a four-bedroom, three-bathroom classic beauty with city views.As you enter the house, a formal lounge awaits, featuring one side of an original double-sided fireplace, with the other side in the master bedroom. Terry and Helen Roebig at the house they have spent 37 years renovating. Picture: Peter Wallis.HER father told her to burn the house rather than buy it, but Helen Roebig still thinks it’s the best $30,000 she ever spent.It was 1981 and high school sweethearts, Helen and her husband, Terry, were newly married and hunting for their first home when a rundown, two-bedroom cottage at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne became available.“My dad said; ‘Oh love, yes, buy it and put a match to it, will you?” Mrs Roebig said. RELATED: Reno magic – Manhattan in Ascot The front of the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, after it was renovated.Built around 1910, the original house was in bad shape when the Roebigs bought it.“We had friends who were renting the house and we used to go there for dinner and sit around the fire,” Mrs Roebig said.”One day they said the house was up for sale through a deceased estate and I said we wanted an old Queenslander.“It had such an ugly facade, but when I went inside to the heart of the place and saw the veranda, then I could just see it.“It all became a picture for me and all that ugliness was just superficial, so we went ahead and bought the house for $30,000.” The front of the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, after it was renovated.Mrs Roebig said her husband worked seven days a week, so they would work on the house together at night.“We filled a tip truck three times on the first weekend,” she said.“I started taking skirting board off the walls and I’d find there was VJ panelling underneath. so I’d take a piece off and that night, my husband would come home and take more off and there would be a big pile of it in the morning.“They’d cladded over everything — it was horrible.”Everything was painted in Mission Brown, which was the colour of choice in the 1970s and 1980s. The view from the deck of the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, after it was renovated.Two of the four bedrooms have direct access to bathrooms and walk-in robes, while a fifth room can double as a study or guest stay. Downstairs, there’s a rumpus room, a work shop, a home business, a storage space and a separate living area. The kitchen and dining area of the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, after it was renovated. The kitchen and dining area after it was renovated.In recent years, they connected the downstairs level with the upstairs by installing internal stairs and put in a new front veranda.“We’ve been renovating for 37 years, bit by bit, because we’ve done most of it ourselves,” Mrs Roebig said. The house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, before it was renovated. Pic supplied. The house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, before it was renovated. Pic supplied.
A fire and explosion took place at on Friday, April 12, at the oil and gas Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC) in Johor, Malaysia.According to media reports, two men were injured after a fire and explosion occurred in the early hours of the morning at Petronas’ Pengarang complex.The Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC) is a megaproject development in Pengerang, Malaysia, which spans over an area of 80 square kilometers and houses oil refineries, petrochemical plants, LNG terminal, and a regasification plant.The incident occurred at 1:25 AM at the complex but was contained within 30 minutes. The Star reported that the two injured men worked as security guards at the site. Media reports suggested that the explosion was started by a leaking gas tank while Malaysian news agency Bernama stated that more than ten houses near Pengerang were damaged.Petronas confirmed that the incident occurred via social media later in the day and stated that the situation was under control and that all relevant authorities were informed.Local police added in a statement that Petronas’ emergency response team doused the fire at 2:15 AM using five Fire and Rescue Department vehicles and 30 officers.
Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Steve Riojas, Waxahachie, Texas, 785; 2. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 738; 3. R.J. Esqueda, Granada, Minn., 713; 4. Tyler Fiebelkorn, Creston, Iowa, 710; 5. Darwin “Bubba” Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 705; 6. Jaedon Erickson, Welcome, Minn., 696; 7. Bondy Cannon, Mineral Wells, Texas, 690; 8. Ted Trumbo, Saint Francis, Kan., 603; 9. Gilbert Aldape, Sioux City, Iowa, 582; 10. Dennis Cosens, Mentmore, N.M., 573; 11. Jack Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 549; 12. William Millard, Dolores, Colo., and Brianna Maughlin, Dighton, Kan., both 526; 14. Justin Dose, Biscay, Minn., 514; 15. Anthony Clark, Omaha, Neb., 502; 16. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 493; 17. Drake Bohlmeyer, Beatrice, Neb., 479; 18. Jim Klokke, Farmington, N.M., 478; 19. Krissy Carpenter, Aztec, N.M., 474; 20. Harold Clifton, Stephenville, Texas, 473. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 709; 2. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., 544; 3. Stuart Snyder, Lincoln, Neb., 531; 4. Ryan Voss, Spirit Lake, Iowa, 526; 5. Garrett Bard, Wells Tannery, Pa., 518; 6. Kyler Johnson, Quinter, Kan., 511; 7. Trefer Waller, Oneill, Neb., 506; 8. Toby Chapman, Panama, Neb., 478; 9. John Walp, Wapwallopen, Pa., 438; 10. Adam Gullion, Lincoln, Neb., 402; 11. Larry McVay, Bordentown, N.J., 393; 12. Douglas Dodson, Middletown, Pa., 382; 13. J.D. Johnson, Maize, Kan., 374; 14. Ty Williams, Arcadia, Okla., 370; 15. Justin Clark, Hamersville, Ohio, 364; 16. Kyle Keen, Carlisle, Pa., 362; 17. Taylor Velasquez, Turpin, Okla., 359; 18. Johnny Scarborough, Bomoseen, Vt., 351; 19. Neil Nickolite, Bellwood, Neb., 349; 20. Jason Danley, Lincoln, Neb., 335. IMCA Modifieds – 1. Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan., and Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., both 781; 3. Tom Berry, Newburg, N.D., 779; 4. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn., 775; 5. Jeff Larson (B1), Freeport, Ill., 774; 6. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 756; 7. Tony Leiker, Gillette, Wy., and Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., both 752; 9. Jesse Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn., 751; 10. Jim Thies, Mapleton, Iowa, 750; 11. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 740; 12. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa, 734; 13. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 732; 14. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 728; 15. Bart Taylor, Sheridan, Wy., 722; 16. Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif., 717; 17. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 711; 18. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 710; 19. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, and Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., both 705. Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods – 1. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 795; 2. Doug Smith, Lake City, Iowa, and Matt Looft, Swea City, Iowa, both 786; 4. Brian Osantowski, Columbus, Neb., 780; 5. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 765; 6. Tyler Soppe, Dubuque, Iowa, 755; 7. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 737; 8. Gage Neal, Anamosa, Iowa, 732; 9. Clay Erickson, Glendale, Ariz., 726; 10. Jarett Franzen, Maquoketa, Iowa, 721; 11. Brian J. Carey, Aztec, N.M., 717; 12. Luke Stallbaumer, Tecumseh, Kan., 716; 13. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 712; 14. Jayden Schmidt, Seymour, Wis., 703; 15. Camron Spangler, Dove Creek, Colo., and Rusty Montagne, North Sioux City, S.D., both 699; 17. Colby Fett, Algona, Iowa, 694; 18. Chance Huston, East Moline, Ill., 691; 19. Hunter Longnecker, Woodward, Iowa, 684; 20. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz., 683. Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 794; 2. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 721; 3. Matthew Day, Farmersville, Texas, 700; 4. Dan Day, Farmersville, Texas, 637; 5. Jackson Harpole, Farmington, N.M., 599; 6. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 598; 7. Jeff Reynolds, Godley, Texas, 564; 8. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 562; 9. Jerrett Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 532; 10. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, and Tim Ihnen, Cortez, Colo., both 513; 12. Billy J. Gould, Kingwood, Texas, 511; 13. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 491; 14. Steve Blair, Cortez, Colo., 475; 15. Gary Fox, Fort Worth, Texas, 473; 16. G.W. Egbert IV, Belton, Texas, 463; 17. Brooklynne Kibel, Cortez, Colo., 459; 18. Jason Hubbert, Belton, Texas, 439; 19. Tate Butler, Yukon, Okla., 438; 20. Cullen Hill, Healdton, Okla., 430. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 782; 2. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 777; 3. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 771; 4. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Jason Duggins, Farmington, N.M., both 767; 6. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 763; 7. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 759; 8. Steve Bitting, Phoenix, Ariz., 757; 9. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 739; 10. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 738; 11. Jason Kohl, Missouri Valley, Iowa, 676; 12. Jason Fusselman, Avoca, Iowa, 675; 13. Malik Sampson, Worthington, Minn., 668; 14. Zach Olmstead, Overton, Neb., 658; 15. Solomon Bennett, Minburn, Iowa, 651; 16. Brady J. Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 647; 17. Brett Vanous, Quasqueton, Iowa, and Larry Rust, La Plata, N.M., both 630; 19. Blake Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 621; 20. Mike Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 620. IMCA Sunoco Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 769; 2. Logan Duffy, Independence, Iowa, 742; 3. Dalton Simonsen, Fairfax, Iowa, 630; 4. Mitch Manternach, Dyersville, Iowa, 561; 5. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 553; 6. Cory Dumpert, York, Neb., 543; 7. Colton Leal, Dubuque, Iowa, 531; 8. Eric Pollard, Peosta, Iowa, 515; 9. Jacob Waterman, Colona, Ill., 504; 10. Zachary Zentner, Cedar Rapids, Neb., 499; 11. Chase Osborne, Battle Creek, Neb., 498; 12. Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., 496; 13. Jim Johnson, Plainview, Neb., and Robert Osborne, Norfolk, Neb., both 490; 15. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 489; 16. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 466; 17. Alex Banks, Newman Grove, Neb., 426; 18. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, 419; 19. Jeff A. Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 409; 20. Joe Ross, Thomson, Ill., 404. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Michael Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 792; 2. Steffan Carey, Bloomfield, N.M., 783; 3. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 779; 4. Dallon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 767; 5. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 745; 6. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 738; 7. Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 733; 8. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 724; 9. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 718; 10. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 717; 11. Jeffrey Larson, Lakefield, Minn., 701; 12. Shelby Williams, Bonham, Texas, 700; 13. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 685; 14. Troy Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 677; 15. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 675; 16. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 669; 17. Darryl Campbell, Everman, Texas, 666; 18. Jake Masters, Graettinger, Iowa, 662; 19. Austin Brauner, Platte Center, Neb., 660; 20. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 655. Junior National Champion – 1. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Dallon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, both 767;3. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., 747; 4. Logan Duffy, Independence, Iowa, 742; 5. Jayden Schmidt, Seymour, Wis., 703; 6. Matthew Day, Farmersville, Texas, 700; 7. Jayden Larson, Mankato, Minn., and Justin Erickson, Glendale, Ariz., both 658; 9. Blake Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 621; 10. Mike Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 620; 11. Jake Pike, Pahrump, Nev., 618; 12. Dylan Thornton, Santa Maria, Calif., 611; 13. Cade Richards, Lincoln, Neb., 600; 14. Jackson Harpole, Farmington, N.M., 599; 15. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 598; 16. Dennis Cosens, Mentmore, N.M., 573; 17. Ashton Wilkey, Batesville, Ark., 555; 18. Jack Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 549; 19. Raymond Doyle, Chandler, Ariz., 547; 20. Blake Clark, Joshua, Texas, 546. Lady Eagle – 1. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 738; 2. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz., 683; 3. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 670; 4. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 669; 5. Shelby Frye, Casa Grande, Ariz., 668; 6. Kenzie Ritter, Keystone, Iowa, 530; 7. Brianna Maughlin, Dighton, Kan., 526; 8. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 513; 9. Krissy Carpenter, Aztec, N.M., 474; 10. Brooklynne Kibel, Cortez, Colo., 459; 11. Hannah Miller, Phoenix, Ariz., 423; 12. Chelsea Clark, Cortez, Colo., 422; 13. Jenna Hagemann, Fort Ripley, Minn., 411; 14. Allison Morris, Taylor, Texas, 407; 15. Torey Fischer, West Fargo, N.D., 400; 16. Stephanie Spangler, Dove Creek, Colo., 395; 17. Megan Hatley, Newark, Texas, 393; 18. Jill George, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 384; 19. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 364; 20. Amanda Carpenter, Aztec, N.M., and Hannah Chesmore, Rowley, Iowa, both 328.
Fraizer Campbell scored two late goals as Cardiff marked their first Premier League home game with a famous 3-2 victory over Manchester City. Alvaro Negredo got his first goal for City in stoppage time, but it was too little, too late. Few had given last season’s Championship winners any hope of getting a result after City had opened their campaign so impressively against Newcastle. But Malky Mackay’s men worked tirelessly to deny their big-spending visitors the space to work their magic and they ended the game as deserving winners. Prior to kick-off a section of the Welsh club’s fans had walked through the city to express opposition to the changing of the club’s kit from blue to red but, come the final whistle, fans wearing both colours joined in euphoric celebrations. For Pellegrini, there was a reminder that his will not be an easy task, and this poor display means they remain without a win from three Premier League visits to south Wales. Indeed, they never allowed their visitors to settle, with Joleon Lescott and Javi Garcia showing particular discomfort against Campbell’s pace. Cardiff could have led after just 30 seconds. David Silva and Gael Clichy stood off Craig Bellamy and Lescott missed the Welshman’s ball into the box. It eventually fell to Campbell, who went down as Fernandinho closed in, but the appeals were waved away by Lee Probert. Edin Dzeko appeared to have put Manuel Pellegrini’s side on course for the three points when his superb strike gave City the lead early in the second half. But Cardiff hit back when Aron Gunnarsson tucked home from close range just before the hour, before Campbell twice headed home from corners to spark scenes of delirium at Cardiff City Stadium. Press Association Lescott was all at see again a few minutes later. The defender was robbed off possession by Gary Medel and then needlessly fouled Kim Bo-kyung to give Peter Whittingham a free-kick which he fired just wide. Whittingham then picked out Steven Caulker from a set-piece to force Joe Hart into a save, although the flag was up for offside. Cardiff’s tigerish snapping and harrying meant City could not find their stride and it took 20 minutes for them to unlock the home defence, but Andrew Taylor was on hand to clear from Silva’s astute ball across the six-yard box. Dzeko should have given them the lead just before the half hour but failed to control Yaya Toure’s excellent threaded pass. David Marshall held an ambitious effort from Silva, before Ben Turner blocked brilliantly as Toure fired at goal as City steadily assumed control. But Pellegrini’s men should have trailed at the interval. Campbell escaped the attentions of Garcia and Lescott far too easily from Gunnarsson’s lofted pass, but could not get a shot away cleanly, and seconds later Garcia’s woeful header forced Hart to intervene. Cardiff looked as though they would rue those missed opportunities when City took the lead just six minutes into the second half. Toure found Aguero and the Argentinian’s lovely lay-off set-up Dzeko to blast a strike beyond Marshall’s despairing dive. Cardiff refused to crumble and hit back eight minutes later. Clichy gave Kim far too much room on the right of the area and, although Hart saved from Campbell, he could do little to prevent Gunnarsson firing home the rebound. City pressed and pressed in an effort to restore their advantage but were met by stern resistance as Silva was crowded out before firing over, and Caulker blocked an Aguero strike. The rearguard effort gained its reward with 11 minutes to go, Whittingham swung over a pinpoint corner and Campbell snuck away from Pablo Zabaleta at the far post to nod in. The former Manchester United and Sunderland striker then completed the job with five minutes to go as he again escaped Zabaleta to find the net and write his name into Cardiff history. Negredo pulled one back but it was not enough.
Speaking on what inspired the games, Bethel Obioma, Head Corporate Communications said: “Team work, excellence, tenacity and integrity are some of the most critical qualities needed for success in any competitive sport. They also happen to be at the core of Sahara’s work ethic whether individually and as a collective organization. Essentially the Saharalympics is easily one of the fullest and most vibrant expressions of who we are as an organization.”This year, there are over 20 gender inclusive games and competitions including relay races, 100m, 200m and 400m sprints, football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, scrabble, chess, potato sack race, tug of war, treasure hunt and the Egg & Spoon race.Obioma added: “The Saharalympics is certainly very competitive. Whilst there are activities which demand extreme mental and physical commitment we have also added events like the Egg & Spoon and Potato Sack race as well as the treasure hunt because we relish the lighter, more hilarious moments that accentuate the fun but intensely competitive spirit of the day.”Several companies of the conglomerate will compete against each other in a bid to rack up the highest number of gold medals and best 2016 records. The companies include Asharami Synergy (Downstream Division), Asharami Energy (Upstream Division), Sahara Power Group, Egbin Power Plc., Ikeja Electric and First Independent Power Limited(all of the Power Division, Centrum, SIVC and CVL (Infrastructure Division) and Sahara Group Ltd- the organisation’s innovation and strategy nerve centre.Speaking further, Obioma said “the beauty of bringing all the companies together for this special day is that each one of them has a unique character as an entity. Each has its own colours, cheer leading squad and lingua franca. The harmonizing factor of the day is the fun we derive in our camaraderie and the pride we take in knowing that while we are fiercely competitive and daring with our sublime skills, we always play fair and square knowing full well that ultimately, we are all winners.”One of the highlights of the biennial event is the novelty football match which usually occurs towards the end of the event. It is the one event that cuts across the spectrum by bringing men and women employed at all levels of the organization and across every border of operation and business affairs.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Leading International Energy and Infrastructure Conglomerate, Sahara Group has raised the performance bar a notch higher as staff from its various locations across the globe gather in Lagos, Nigeria to trade tackles and light up the tracks at the third edition of the Saharalympics.At the stroke of 8 a.m on Saturday, September 29, 2018, the band will strike the opening chord, 100 pairs of training shoes will ground stomp in unison and the march past will begin, signaling the official start of the biennial games at the Campos Square Mini Stadium, Igbosere, Lagos.Conceived in 2014 to serve as a rallying platform and celebration of Sahara’s diversity, the event represents the energy giant’s commitment to excellence, team work, integrity and professionalism.