Last month, Chris Robinson Brotherhood released the latest installment of their Betty’s Blends live series via Silver Arrow Records. Betty’s Midwestern Magick Blends is the fourth volume from the series recorded by iconic Grateful Dead sound engineer Betty Cantor-Jackson, and features highlights from three shows in Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago in October 2016. While also promoting Barefoot In The Head, the band’s sixth full-length record that is due out in 2019, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood are on their way toward completing 200 shows across the U.S. and Europe this year for the fourth year in a row.Today, Chris Robinson Brotherhood has shared a new psychedelic music video for their live take on “New Cannonball Rag”, chock-full of trippy animation and enchanting graphics. Watch CRB’s new video for “New Cannonball Rag” below:Chris Robinson Brotherhood – “New Cannonball Rag” [Video: Chris Robinson Brotherhood]See below for a full list of upcoming Chris Robinson Brotherhood tour dates. For more information, head to the band’s website.Chris Robinson Brotherhood Upcoming Tour Dates:December 12 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Club CasinoDecember 14 – San Francisco, CA – The FillmoreDecember 15 – San Francisco, CA – The FillmoreDecember 16 – San Francisco, CA – The FillmoreJanuary 25 – Chicago, IL – Thalia HallJanuary 26 – Chicago, IL – Thalia HallJanuary 27 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’sJanuary 29 – Frisco, CO – 10 Mile Music HallJanuary 31 – Crested Butte, CO – Center For The ArtsFebruary 1 – Crested Butte, CO – Center For The ArtsFebruary 2 – Grand Junction, CO – Avalon TheatreFebruary 3 – Durango, CO – Animas City TheatreFebruary 5 – Fort Collins, CO – Washington’sFebruary 8 – Denver, CO – Ogden TheatreFebruary 9 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up AspenFebruary 10 – Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera HouseFebruary 11 – Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera HouseFebruary 14 – Billings, MT – The Pub StationFebruary 15 – Bozeman, MT – The Rialto BozemanFebruary 16 – Missoula, MT – Top HatFebruary 17 – Jackson, WY – Pink Garter TheatreFebruary 19 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth RoomFebruary 22 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades[H/T Jambase]
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND 2019 TOUR DATES1/17/19 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Paramount Theatre SOLD OUT1/18/19 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre1/19/19 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre1/22/19 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre1/23/19 – Chattanooga, TN – Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium1/25/19 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre1/26/19 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre1/28/19 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre1/29/19 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre1/31/19 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium2/1/19 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium2/2/19 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium2/15/19 – Washington, D.C. – Warner Theatre2/16/19 – Washington, D.C. – Warner Theatre2/17/19 – Hershey, PA – Hershey Theatre2/20/19 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Academy of Music – Howard Gilman Opera House2/22/19 – Washington, D.C. – Warner Theatre2/23/19 – Washington, D.C. – Warner Theatre2/26/19 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia2/28/19 – Birmingham, AL – Alabama Theatre3/1/19 – Augusta, GA – William B. Bell Auditorium3/2/19 – Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium4/2/19 – Paris, FR – L’Olympia4/4/19 – Eindhoven, NL – Muziekgebouw4/5/19 – Winterbach, DE- Salierhalle Winterbach4/7/19 – Copenhagen, DK – Amager Bio4/8/19 – Stockholm, SE – Cirkus SOLD OUT4/10/19 – Oslo, NO – Sentrum Scene4/11/19 – Copenhagen, DK – Amager Bio SOLD OUT4/12/19 – Randers, DK – Vaerket4/14/19 – Bochum, DE – Rurhcongress4/15/19 – Hamburg, DE – Mehr! Theater4/17/19 – Milan, IT – Teatro degli Arcimboldi4/18/19 – Trieste, IT – Politeama Rossetti4/20/19 – Zurich, CH – Theater 114/23/19 – Brussels, BE – Ancienne Belgique4/24/19 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Vredenburg4/26/19 – London, UK – The London Palladium SOLD OUT4/27/19 – London, UK – The London Palladium SOLD OUT5/10/19 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater5/11/19 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater5/12/19 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Civic Theatre5/14/19 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Convention Center5/16/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre5/17/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre5/18/19 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre5/21/19 – Sacramento, CA – Memorial Auditorium of Sacramento5/23/19 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater of Seattle5/24/19 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater of Seattle5/25/19 – Salem, OR – LB Day Comcast Amphitheatre6/28/19 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place *6/29/19 – Boca Raton, FL – Mizner Park Amphitheater *6/30/19 – St. Petersburg, FL – Al Lang Stadium *7/03/19 – Orange Beach, AL – Wharf Amphitheater *7/05/19 – Charleston, SC – Volvo Car Stadium *7/06/19 – Simpsonville, SC – Heritage Park Amphitheater *7/07/19 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion *7/09/19 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek *7/13/19 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion *7/14/19 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center *7/16/19 – Canandaigua, NY – CMAC *7/19/19 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion *7/20/19 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at the Heights *7/23/19 – Rochester Hills, MI – Meadow Brook Amphitheatre *7/24/19 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park *7/26/19 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks *7/27/19 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks *7/30/19 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre *7/31/19 – Brandon, MS – Brandon Amphitheater *8/02/19 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre *8/03/19 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre ** 5th Annual Wheels of Soul tour with Blackberry Smoke and Shovels & Rope (Additional dates to be announced)View All Tour Dates Tedeschi Trucks Band spent their first week of the new year teasing out new music with mysterious audio clips in hopes of building some anticipation around their first studio release since 2016’s Let Me Get By. It was already known that the rock band had a still-untitled album project in the works heading into the closing weeks of 2018, but it wasn’t until Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning that their release plans became a bit clearer. According to the announcement shared to their Facebook on Wednesday, the band’s next album will be titled SIGNS, and is scheduled to arrive next month on February 15th via Fantasy/Concord Records.The band also announced early Wednesday that they plan on celebrating the arrival of Signs with a show at Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, New York on Wednesday, February 20th.The 11-track album was co-produced by TTB leader and guitarist Derek Trucks along with Jim Scott and Bobby Tis, and will include all original songs which were all recorded live on two-inch analog tape at their Swamp Raga Studio. TTB brethren Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Doyle Bramhall II, and Marc Quiñones also appear on the record. Some of the tracks to be included on the album are titled, “Strengthen What Remains”, “Still Your Mind”, “All The World”, and “Hard Case”. The latter was debuted as the album’s soulful lead single on Wednesday and can be heard in the audio-only video below.Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Hard Case” – Official Audio[Video: TTBFromTheRoad]“SIGNS reflects on the losses suffered by the band in the past few years while still finding cause for hope and celebration in the beauty of life and nature,” the band shared in a statement to their Facebook on Wednesday, dedicating the album to their friend and mentor Col Bruce Hampton (Ret.). Other losses include the recent deaths of TTB mentors like Leon Russell and Allman Brothers Band members Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman.“It’s great to finally have it out, after recording it off and on over the last year and a half,” singer Susan Tedeschi also added to go with the premiere of “Hard Case” via NPR. “It’s time to turn it loose. We’re pretty excited to have our fans hear it, and to start playing it out live.”In addition to the new album details, Tedeschi Trucks Band has added a series of dates to their spring calendar. The group will tour the west coast from May 10th through 25th, before heading back east for their “Wheels Of Soul” summer tour alongside Blackberry Smoke and Shovels & Rope.These updates should be a silver lining for what’s been an interesting couple of weeks for the popular rock band. On Christmas Eve, the band announced that bassist Tim Lefebvre would be leaving the group. They also revealed a week later that keyboardist Kofi Burbridge will be taking time away from the band as a result of a recent follow-up procedure to a 2017 surgery, with Gabe Dixon coming on to fill the role until his return. On a lighter note, the band is also charging into the new year with their first-ever official fan community with the newly-established “Swamp Family” fan club.Tickets for the album release show at Brooklyn Academy of Music go on sale this Friday, January 11th, at 12 p.m. ET. Every pair of tickets purchased for this show will come with a digital download of the new album.SIGNS Tracklisting1. “Signs (High Times)”2. “I’m Gonna Be There”3. “When Will I Begin”4. “Walk Through This Life”5. “Strengthen What Remains”6. “Still Your Mind”7. “Hard Case”8. “Shame”9. “All The World”10. “They Don’t Shine”11. “The Ending”
181SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Wow, what a great experience.” Those five words should be at the top of members’ minds after every interaction with their credit union. Whether they’re engaging in person, online or over the phone, members should be guaranteed a positive experience. In fact, it’s what they expect. For three out of five Americans, getting a better experience is a reason to try a new brand or company (or credit union). First Technology Federal Credit Union, a $10 billion institution based in Silicon Valley and serving technology-driven companies, wants to ensure its members don’t feel that need to switch. Creating member loyalty involves three key steps at First Tech. 1. Recognizing who the competition is. It’s no longer banks and other credit unions that pose the biggest competition. Members now rank their credit union experiences based on all of their experiences with brands and companies. “They’re comparing us against Facebook, against Netflix, against Amazon,” said Michael Upton, chief digital and technology officer at First Tech. “As a financial services company, we believe it is absolutely vital we benchmark ourselves against the type of experiences our members have come to expect, whether they’re online or on their phones.”2. Investing in data analytics. Delivering the relevant, personalized experiences members demand begins with data. Once a credit union has a plethora of member data on hand, though, the next big question is what to do with it all. That’s where a data warehouse and dedicated analytics team can help. By investing in both, First Tech has taken control of its data. Upton noted, “If you understand what’s happening, you can then start to design products and actions.” Already, members are beginning to expect their credit unions to proactively fill needs they don’t know they have.3. Focusing on omnichannel. A member’s credit union experience should be seamless from one channel to another. This is what’s known as omnichannel. First Tech launched an omnichannel experience initiative about two years ago. “Whether our members call us at the contact center, come into our retail branch or choose to come online, the omnichannel is aware of those interactions,” said Upton. “We can create an experience that allows a member to start at one part of the company and complete any of their tasks at any other part of our company.”To learn more about optimizing member experiences, register for the “Jobs to Be Done” webinar – the latest in CO-OP’s Digital Transformation webinar series.
ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Tony’s Italian Grill says it will close its doors due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19. The health department did not send a public health statement to 12 News. As a result, Tony’s says it will be closed until July 26 out of an abundance of caution. The restaurant says the employee received their test results Sunday evening and the last time the employee worked was July 13. As of Monday afternoon, the restaurant says it has not heard anything about the positive case from the Broome County Health Department but alerted the public itself to “offer transparency.”
Palm disease flagged as ‘too hard’ a problem MORE NEWS Tom Quaid of Quaid Real Estate. PICTURE: STEWART MCLEAN Pub owners consider new CBD highrise Smithfield bypass revs up A PERFECT storm of tight vacancy rates, high rental returns, difficulty in securing a mortgage and high body corporate fees is forcing Cairns homebuyers to rethink their ideal properties.Thirty years ago any block under 800 sqm was “looked upon as inferior”, but it now it represents the premium end of the market, according to Real Estate Institute of Queensland Far North zone chairman Tom Quaid.“Now 600 sqm lots are taking that position and sub-400 sqm is becoming generally accepted as the way forward for both sustainability and affordability,” he said. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoThe trend is something Melanie Reynolds, Value Homes’ investment and development manager said was a niche her team had been able to effectively fill. “We often deal with investors, both locally and out of southern markets, who are looking for cashflow and the security of bricks and mortar but are finding themselves priced out of other markets and looking for new opportunities,” she said. “Cairns remains affordable, has some of the tightest vacancy rates in the state and is achieving consistently high rental returns, so to be able to create a product that lets them maximise both rent and the depreciation of a new asset means they can feel secure in their investment and achieve a result far better than simply having money in the bank.” SUBSCRIPTION OFFER: $5 A MONTH FOR THE FIRST THREE MONTHS “This reduction in lot size has becoming particularly prevalent based on the specific conditions of the Cairns market, with high body corporate fees and difficult viabilities of new apartment construction pushing developers to small lot subdivisions in order to maximise their financial yields rather than just density.”Boutique developments of two to four homes, including semi-attached townhouses have been designed to be affordable and provide a new housing product. Mr Quaid said contrary to popular belief, not all buyers were looking for a large house on a large block.“There are those for whom proximity to services or a smaller, more low maintenance property is ideal but existing homes that might otherwise fit the bill were designed in another time and without the features they would expect now,” he said. “This provides an option at a price point which can provide a valid alternative. Six or seven years ago we saw a spate of this style of construction as older Queenslanders were either repositioned or removed from blocks to allow for additional homes to be built close to town, but now we are seeing this style also come out in growing suburbs as well.”He said 185 Isabella Rd in Millhouse Estate, Edmonton was an example of the new breed of duplex which provided the full features of a home but on a low maintenance block and at an affordable price point. A duplex with two four-bedroom, two-bathroom homes with secure garages and a fenced yard could get rent of up to $860 per week. Not all buyers are looking for a large house on a large block. Pictures Lucas Muro.
Offshore Energy 2018Next year Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference takes place on (22), 23 and 24 October 2018. Information on next year’s edition will be published online on www.offshore-energy.biz shortly. ExhibitionThis year over 550 exhibitors covered halls 1, 2, 5 and Amtrium of the Amsterdam RAI. During the exhibition days it was also possible to attend matchmaking sessions headed by Europe Enterprise Network, from bagpipes to robots, there were some great sights on the exhibition floor.The latest addition to the exhibition floor was the Startup Zone where upcoming talent was able to present themselves and showcase their innovations and products. Back again was the Offshore WIND Expertise Hub where companies were interviewed on film. These videos will be published on OffshoreWIND.biz in the coming weeks.In the different pavilions, such as Iran, Scotland, Italy, Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Ports, North Sea Energy Gateway, Marine Energy, and the Holland pavilion, people came together in an energetic environment to meet up and/or network. ConferenceThe high quality conference program at OEEC contained seven Technical Sessions on topics ranging from Asset Integrity, Global Business Opportunities, and Decommissioning. The Launch of the National Platform for Re-use and Decommissioning also took place during the conference.This year’s Industry Panel addressed the transition to a low carbon energy mix. Featured speakers distinguished facts and fiction on both fossil and renewable energy sources, their deployment and what it takes for societies to switch to a new energy system. Within renewables Offshore WIND Conference (OWC) took place with speakers from Dong, Siemens, European Committee of the Regions and Ziton.Marine Energy Event took place on Wednesday, October 11, and focused on the Conditions for Commercial Success of the industry with speakers from EMEC, Twin Valleys, Tidal Lagoon BV and Bureau Veritas.Last but not least, several side events took place and young professionals could attend special Master Classes with masters from OOS International and Schlumberger. Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference brought together over 550 exhibitors and 12,145 visitors in halls 1, 2 & 5 of Amsterdam RAI. While the number of exhibitors slightly decreased compared to 2016, the visitor number increased. The conference attracted over 1,300 delegates who attended 20 sessions. Next year Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference takes place on (22), 23 and 24 October 2018.“This year marked our tenth anniversary and we look back on a great event,” says Annemieke den Otter, who bears overall responsibility for Offshore Energy. “Never before has the gathering of all players in offshore, from oil and gas to offshore wind and marine energy, been more apparent than this year and never before have we attracted so many international visitors.”This year’s theme was ‘Transformation through collaboration.’ Topics that dominated the conversation ranged from decommissioning and future gas and wind energy production at the North Sea, to upstream investments in the Middle East, West-Africa, Latin-America and Asia.The event brought together industry leaders and (young) professionals during a high quality conference program, at the many networking opportunities and in the exhibition halls. For three days – starting on Monday with the first day of Offshore WIND Conference – Amsterdam was a meeting place for a host of international clients, OEMs, EPC companies and suppliers active in oil and gas exploration and production as well as renewable energy development.OEEC 2017 again had a spectacular kick-off with Offshore Energy Opening Gala Dinner and Awards Show on Monday 9 October. Guests were treated to dinner and drinks and musical interludes by the Junior Jazz Unlimited at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. A special congratulation to the award winners: Dries Lammens (winner of the Offshore Energy Young Engineer Award), Our Oceans Challenge (winner of the Offshore Energy Public Outreach Award), and Next Ocean with the Next Ocean Wave Predictor (winner of the Best Innovation in Offshore Energy Award).
The vast majority of those sufferingfrom the virus are in China. The epidemic has killed almost 1,400 people. (Reuters) Two women wear protective masks and gowns as they walk in the streets of Wuhan, China, on Feb. 10, 2020. Getty Images PARIS – An elderly Chinese tourist hospitalized inFrance has died of the coronavirus, becoming the first fatality in Europe,French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said on Saturday. France has recorded 11 cases of thevirus, out of a global total of 63,851.
Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at email@example.com. Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Every two weeks, Mike Mandell gives his thoughts on the sports scene in Ellsworth, Hancock County and beyond.ELLSWORTH — Last Wednesday, April 26, was one of the most discouraging days in recent memory for sports writers nationwide. In a round of massive layoffs, ESPN, the world’s largest most and profitable sports media organization, axed more than 100 journalists, anchors and personalities.Over the course of the day, employees of as long as two or three decades — some of whom were among the most renowned in sports media — announced via social media they were being let go. It was a display of how cord-cutting, new web technology and the rise of smartphones have all severely affected the journalism industry.The internet has completely changed how sports fans experience the games we love. Gone are the days when fans had to wait for the morning paper or the local newscast to see whether their favorite teams won or lost. We can know that information instantly via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and every other tool that’s made instant communication the norm in today’s society.In the face of those changes, the way reporting happens has also changed. Shows such as “SportsCenter” have had to completely alter their programming because the product they offer is easily fulfilled without TV. That wasn’t the case for the first 30 years of ESPN’s existence, but it is now.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThose of us in the print industry know this all too well. Over the past 10 years, some newspapers have even gone as far as getting rid of their print editions after determining they weren’t viable. That’s not to say modern reporting is on the brink of death, but it’s certainly in an era of transition.Although box scores and feature stories are here to stay, other parts of the job will become relics of a time gone by. For example, much of the information printed in the edition of The Ellsworth American that ran 75 years ago this week — consisting mostly of sentence-long tidbits about everyday people visiting town or recovering from illnesses — would probably not be seen as “news” today. Yet the world was a different place in 1942, and the news was no exception.As is the case for writers on other beats, sports writers now have the ability to tell stories in ways readers even 10 years ago couldn’t imagine. We can do more with a sports page of the newspaper than ever and are finding newer ways to take that information beyond the page with the internet. To do so, some of the old methods must go by the wayside.ESPN changed its programming not to “reach a new audience” but because it realized the niche that had helped make “SportsCenter” relevant in the past was gone. With the speed at which the world was changing, it had to adapt on the fly to figure out what worked. In some cases, it found the right formula. In many others, it failed.Not every audience is the same of, course; The Ellsworth American appeals to very different groups than national sports outlets do and therefore has little to no overlap with them in terms of content. Changes are going to happen at different rates in different places, and for national news organizations, that rate is only going to accelerate.On a promising note, there will always be a need for local news. The focus The Ellsworth American gives to sports within Hancock County is something other media outlets can’t provide. As long as sports exist, folks from the Penobscot River to Schoodic Point will want to read about the people who bring them to life in their communities.It’s hard to tell where sports media will go from here, but the sports experience has evolved across the board. Some of the changes have been related to sports themselves, but far more have been related to technology — technology that will continue to evolve in the future.The sports world is becoming radically different each day. The ways we bring readers news about sports must stay ahead of the curve. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Bio
â€œI would however want a situation whereby, on a yearly basis, a kind of a budget is made for special needs sports. The Nigeria Deaf Football Association and the Nigeria Football Federation should also have some kind of allowance made for them within the budget to prosecute their own programmes.â€When asked what could be done to propagate and popularise deaf football in the country, he said, â€œAgain, it comes down to the question of finance. Some states have deaf football league and this depends on individuals within the states. The ideal thing would be to have a nationwide league for the hearing impaired and help them play tournaments on a regular basis. Maybe it may be difficult at the early stages to run a league but there could be an arrangement where sponsors would come in and have a Nationwide Deaf Challenge Cup where games could be played on a knockout basis within various states and at the end they converge on a particular place to play for a cup and some awareness is given for such a competition. I think that would go a long way in propagating deaf football, but again, the major problem is financing.â€œEven the Nigeria National League, which is the pro-league body, is having problems in trying to attract sponsorship from the corporate sector. I think the same problem that affects football in general in the country also affects deaf football butÂ to a greater extent.â€In spite of his pet club, AS Racine yet to gain promotion to the elite division, the proprietor says he is very satisfied with the achievement of the club so far.â€œWe are a grassroots football club that concentrates on promoting players from the grassroots, giving them an opportunity to play in an organised setting and teaching the players about professionalism at an early age -the sort of conduct required to be a professional footballer. We give them a launching pad for bigger and better things in their football career.Â â€œI’m quite happy with the club in terms of what we have been able to achieve. Quite a few players have passed through AS Racine and had gone to have quite a decent professional career; notable among them are Osaze Odemwingwe, Brown Ideye, late Bayo Adefemi and Onyekachi Okonkwo. We have recorded quite a little bit of success in nurturing players that had gone on not only to have decent professional career but had also gone to represent the country at various age groups and at the senior national level.â€œThe main ambition of the club this year is to consolidate our position in the pro-league, ensure we remain there for next year then build on that. Maybe in two, three or four yearsâ€™ time we will play in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL. We are however contented with the fact that players have leveraged on AS Racine to move up in their professional career because that is what we stand for,â€ Ibru added.When the draws for the 2018 World Cup qualifier was made and Nigeria was pitched with Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia, many football lovers in the country had their doubts on Eagles picking the groupâ€™s sole ticket to the Mundial, Ibru was inclusive.â€œItâ€™s a pleasant surprise to see the Super Eagles topping the group with six points after two matches and we can take three points against Cameroon in our next home game. I think we are almost home and dry because a couple more draws will see us through. But it is still not all over because in football, anything can happen, but then we are in the driverâ€™s seat,â€ the AS Racine proprietor said.So far, Ibru is satisfied with the manner with which Gernot Rohr is going about his job with the national.â€œThere has been very little rancour as far as financial issues are concerned. The NFF has had their financial problems but the coach has kept silent about whether he has any problem or not. He is just concentrating on doing his job. For now, he is still doing a little bit of experimenting though. What he is trying to do is build a new squad of young vibrant players. By the time we will be playing Cameroon in August in the World Cup qualifier he would have had a pretty good idea of his best 20 players,â€ he noted.The AS Racine proprietor is also of the opinion that NFF President, Amaju Pinnickâ€™s appointment into the CAF executive would be very beneficial to Nigerian football.â€œHe is part of the top decision making body for football in Africa, which means when decisions are being made heâ€™s going to be there and not at the peripheral level and from that point of view he would be able to protect the nationâ€™s interest. But I would like to think he is in CAF because of Nigeria and the nationâ€™s interest,â€ the Grand Patron of the Nigeria Deaf Football Association noted.Comparing the present NFF to the one he served under, Ibru says there is a big difference between the two. â€œWhen I was a member of the NFA under Ibrahim Galadima, the various committees that were set up were very vibrant and were all functioning. They were made up of members who were very interested in the game. Meetings were held on a very regular basis and from there a lot of information were collected which were made available to the board for deliberations and it helped a lot in decision making and in trying to grow the game in the country. For the inner workings of this present NFF I am not a party to it, so I would not know, but I do know that probably the major committee that is functioning now is the technical committee, headed by Chris Green. At one point, a marketing committee was set up and it had been rather moribund and I am not sure if it still exists. Thatâ€™s about the major difference have noticed.â€œNigerian football politics have always been a very messy terrain to deal with but over the last few years, we have witnessed all sort of law suit instigated by one body or the other, it wasnâ€™t as bad during my time as it has been in the last few years. There was never any threat during my time in the NFA from FIFA apart from question around Decree 101, but itâ€™s no longer in use. From that point of view, the threat to Nigeria has not been government interference as it usually was in those days but now it has been rancour within the football committee itself.â€Meanwhile, by virtue of the Deaf Eaglesâ€™ victory in Mali, the team has automatically booked a place to the Deaflympics slated for Turkey in June. Ibru is apprehensive that the team may be denied the trip due to financing issues.Â â€œWe went to Bamako to play in the WADFU Tournament without any support from the government or NFF despite several appeals to the various bodies. We also wrote letters to some corporate organisations but without any positive response. However, for us the most important thing was to get to the tournament, participate and do well.â€œThere had been seven competitions so far since the inception of WADFU, and Nigeria could not make it to one of them because of paucity of fund but for the other six weâ€™ve been to, weâ€™ve won four and were runners-up twice. If you talk about consistency then kudos must go to Nigeria.â€œWe know that the ministry is aware of the Deaflympics. The Nigeria Deaf Sports Federation plans in conjunction with the ministry to send teams in other sports to the game, specifically table-tennis and athletics. From the NFF point of view, because of lack of funds the story is that we cannot go because itâ€™s a team event and have to more or less pay for the entire contingent, which is about 20 to 25 people and there is only one medal at stake for that and the federation feels itâ€™s not worth it. So itâ€™s negative news on the possibility of Nigerian deaf team going to the Deaflympics in Turkey.â€Ibru is therefore appealing to the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung to give the boys an opportunity to attend Deaflympics.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram His passion for football is unprecedented, having been a football administrator for over 20 years. He was a former member of the Nigeria Football Association, as the countryâ€™s football body was then known and also the proprietor of Lagos-based Pro-League side, AS Racine. Recently, the Deaf Eagles won the West Africa Deaf Football Union, WADFU, Tournament in Bamako, Mali, but the team might not have achieved the without Emmanuel Ibru, Kunle Adewale writesÂ Emmanuel Ibru has always been involved in football. He follows the game and it is a big part of his recreational activities. Speaking on how he became associated with deaf football, he said, â€œThe Nigeria Deaf Football Association was at one time looking for somebody to give them some support, so I was approached and I gave it a consideration. Then, they were about to travel to Lome, Togo, for the West African Deaf Football Union Championship and I went to Lome to watch them and was quite impressed with what I saw there, both in terms of quality and the dedication of the players. It was after this that I decided to accept their offer as the grand patron of the association. I have since been working with them, trying to help in one way or the other to ensure they achieve their goals and objectives.â€Recently, the deaf football team went for the WADFU Championship and emerged winners. They would have missed the tournament due to financial constraint but for Ibru who came to their rescue. On how to forestall future occurrences, Ibru said, â€œThe ministry was aware of that but we all know the present situation in Nigeria regarding paucity of funds. At that point in time, the ministry was also confronted with its own problems. But the fact of the matter is that the ministry was approached, various requests were sent, but unfortunately there was no positive response.
Olympiacos knock out Arsenal on away goal ruleDuro IkhazuagbeNigerian international, Odion Ighalo on Thursday night opened his goal scoring account for Manchester United as he poke past Club Bruges’ Simon Mignolet for his first goal for the Red Devils.After giving supplications to God for the goal at Old Trafford, the former Super Eagles frontman dedicated it to his late sister, Mary Atole who died in Canada last December. That goal is also the first to be scored by any Nigerian player in United colors.Ighalo – who signed for United in a shock deadline day loan move from Shanghai Shenhua in January – was part of the resurgent Red Devils that dominated the Belgian team to pull through to the Last 16 stage of the Europa League on 6-1 aggregate.Bruno Fernandes scored his second United penalty in a week after Simon Deli was sent off for a ludicrous handball to block Daniel James’ shot.The Portuguese, who was at the centre of everything, had a hand in the second as he lifted a pass over the top to Juan Mata, who squared for full debutant Ighalo to tap in from six yards.And Scott McTominay, making his first start following an injury, side-footed in a third to wrap the tie up before half-time.Fred scored his first two goals of the season in the final 10 minutes as United got the big scoreline their performance deserved.Club Bruges brought thousands of noisy fans to Old Trafford to help with a good atmosphere – but their players could not match their efforts and created nothing of note.The draw for the last 16 takes place to at 12:00 GMT – with United able to face any of the other teams left.Elsewhere in North London, Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a glaring chance with the last kick as Arsenal crashed to a shocking Europa League defeat to Olympiacos.Coming with an away 1-0 edge into the game, Arsenal lost 1-2 at the Emirates to gift Olympiacos passage to the last 16 on the away goal advantage.Aubameyang looked like he had once again rescued his side from an abject showing when his superb scissor kick put them in the driving seat.But the visitors punished awful set-piece defending for a second time as Youssef El Arabi poked in.And there was still time for Aubameyang to screw wide from five yards out.The Gunners went out on the away goal ruleShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Odion Ighalo points to the sky in his usual ways of giving the credit for his goal to God. He specially dedicated his first goal for Manchester United to his late elder sister, Mary.