Pinnick to Open FIFA MA Elite Programme in Abuja

first_img President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, will  today declare open this year’s FIFA Member Association (MA) Elite Programme for Nigerian referees, assessors and physical fitness trainers in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. This year’s programme will run between July 3rd and 8th 2017. Last year, more than 230 Nigerian referees, instructors and assessors were involved in the elite programme, which took place 16th – 20th May 2016, also in Abuja. Head of the NFF Referees Unit and Secretary of the NFF Referees Committee, Mallam Sani Zubair reconfirmed at the weekend that all arrangements have been concluded for the international programme that will this year, involve Nigeria’s 29 men and women FIFA referees, 15 elite National referees, all National referee assessors, all National physical fitness instructors and non –FIFA women referees. Zubair also stated that the team of three FIFA instructors would be led by the Regional Development Officer, Carlos Manuel Neves Henrique, and will include Felix Onias Tangawarima from Zimbabwe (referee instructor) and Tracy Sophia Lovell (physical instructor). The FIFA instructors will be supported by nine highly-respected Nigerian instructors Calistus Chukwujekwu, Felicia Okonji, Mohammed Adebayo Ameenu and Faith Irabor (technical), as well as Abraham Zakowi, Bola Abidoye, Emmanuel Edikin Imiere, Bola Sekiteri and Stella Eloji (physical). The programme will take place at the National Stadium Complex, Abuja with theoretical classes inside the Media Centre of the complex. Day 1: Physical Fitness Test; Laws of the Game; Google Test; Formation of Working Groups & Allocation of Clips Day 2: Practical Training Recovery; Power Point Presentation on Offside; Clips Discussion and Analysis; Tactical Fouls; Positioning and Movement/Reading the Game Day 3: Practical Training Instant Feedback; Clip Discussion &Analysis on Handball; Analysis on Penalty Area Incidents; Presentation on Integrity; Video Test (incorporating all areas) Day 4: Practical Training Instant Feedback; Discussion on Tactical Fouls; Qualities of a Match Official; Presentation By Physical Instructor; Discussion on Clips from Referees Day 5: Video Test; Discussion Forum and Course Evaluation; Course Conclusion; Closing Ceremony/Certificate PresentationShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

MTN FA Cup match dates confirmed for Round of 64 pairings

first_imgThe match dates for the Round of 64 fixtures in the MTN FA Cup have been confirmed following the second round draw.   The second round matches will be played between December 18-28.Sixty-four teams made of Premier, Division One and Two sides will be involved in the second round stage of the competition.Reigning champions, Medeama’s will begin their title defence an away fixture against third-tier team, Score FC on Sunday, December 22 in Koforidua.MTN FA Cup match dates confirmed for Round of 64 pairingsThe match dates for the Round of 64 fixtures in the MTN FA Cup have been confirmed following the second round draw.    The second round matches will be played between December 18-28.Sixty-four teams made of Premier, Division One and Two sides will be involved in the second round stage of the competition.Reigning champions, Medeama’s will begin their title defence an away fixture against third-tier team, Score FC on Sunday, December 22 in Koforidua.Round of 64 PairingsHOME TEAMRESULTSAWAY TEAMDATEVENUEROSPACK FC RIGHT TO DREAM FC18/12/13 GYANDU PARKINTER-ALLIES BERLIN FC21/12/13TEMA STADIUMMIGHTY JETS MEPE UNITED21/12/13ATTC,ACCRABUBIASHIE CHARITY STARS LIBERTY PROF.21/12/13CHARITY PARK, BUBUASHIE, ACCRADAWENYA FC or ROYAL FAITH BAZOOKA21/12/13PRAMPRAM PARK orHO STADIUMMETRO SC ESPERANCE21/12/13GYANDU PARKFUTURE STARS BOFOAKWA21/12/13BABA YARA, KSINANIA FC DC UNITED21/12/13NANIA PARK, LEGONPRESTIGE FC ISTANBUL FC21/12/13NICHOLSON PARK, BURMA CAMP, ACCRASAMPA UNITED BAGOJET FC21/12/13SAMPA PARK,SAMPATUMU HAPPY STARS TEMA UNITED21/12/13WA STADIUMRED LIONS FC BINDURI UNITED21/12/13LEN CLAY STADIUM     TARKWA UNITED HEART OF LIONS22/12/13TNA PARK, TARKWANEW EDUBIASE BOLGA MAN CITY22/12/13EDUBIASE PARK, BEKWAIDWARFS FIRST KLASS FC22/12/13ROBERT MENSAH, CAPE COASTTAMALE LIBERTY or WIAGA UNITED KOTOKO22/12/13TAMALE STAIUM or BOLGA PARKOKWAWU UNITED REAL ATHLETICO22/12/13NKAWKAW PARKADUANA STARS ASOKWA DEPORTIVO / DUNKWA UNITED22/12/13NANA AGYEMAN BADU II PARK, DORMAAKING FAISAL BABIES TUOBODOM SANTOS22/12/13BABA YARA. KUMASFEYENOORD ACADEMY WA ALL STARS22/12/13FETTEH PARK, FETTEHBEREKUM CHELSEA WENCHI UNITED22/12/13GOLDEN CITY,BEREKIMGOLD STARS HEARTS OF OAK22/12/13BIBIANI PARKSTARKE FC HASAACAS22/12/13DUNKWA PARKASH GOLD B.A UNITED22/12/13LEN CLAY STADIUMAMIDAUS PROF. DANBORT FC22/12/13TEMA STADIUM     BOLGA ALL STARS or KRYSTAL PALACE BELIEVERS FC28/12/13BOLGA PARK or WA STADIUMlast_img read more

Technology brings back pink and white terraces for new tourism experience

first_imgAugmented Reality (AR) is giving visitors the chance to experience the majesty of New Zealand’s world-famous Pink and White Terraces for the first time since they disappeared in the late 19th century.The geological formations, 20 km from Rotorua, were once known as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ were obliterated by the devastating Mount Tarawera eruption in 1886.Now the terraces have been brought to life again with a specially-developed app launched by Waimangu Volcanic Valley, an eco-tourism experience. Visitors can download the free app and experience the magic of the re-created terraces on daily cruises across Lake Rotomahana to the place where the terraces once were. They simply have to hold up their device to explore the site and discover its hidden secrets.Old reference photos and paintings have been used to re-create the terraces in AR along with work by early explorers and scientists.A visitor trying out the app on the first day of its release described the experience as “a really beautiful reproduction of the Pink and White terraces. It’s very interactive and you can move around the structures and appreciate how the light, silica and water would have interacted on the real thing.”Waimangu Volcanic Valley General Manager, David Blackmore said that although AR is not new, the technology available through the devices is and that’s what has made the recreation of the terraces possible. “Having the old images brought to life by the latest in technology is really something to see,” he said.The Pink and White Terraces formed over thousands of years as silica-rich water emerging from springs and boiling geysers crystallised into giant tiered staircases. The White Terrace covered more than three hectares while the smaller Pink Terrace was used for bathing on the lower levels.As well as bringing the terraces to life, the app also reveals fascinating geological insights into other features like the now-extinct Waimangu Geyser, which regularly played in the valley between 1900 and 1904. The geyser was known to erupt to heights of over 400 metres – roughly the same size as the Empire State Building.The new app experience is expected to spark interest with domestic and international visitors because of the mystery surrounding the location of the terraces today and their history.The fabled Pink and White Terraces were once a thriving tourist destination attracting intrepid travellers from around the world to view the ‘eighth wonder’ and gather on the terrace shores to experience the natural spa and health benefits.The app was produced by a local Rotorua company in conjunction with an Australian apps specialist and has been in development since early 2018.last_img read more

Study finds no connection between weekday for lung cancer operation and patient

first_imgMay 3 2018The day of the week on which a patient has a lung cancer operation has no significance for their survival. This has been demonstrated by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in a new study published in the journal Chest.The team of researchers wanted to find out if the day of the week on which a patient had a lung cancer operation has any importance as regards survival as earlier studies have pointed in different directions. One study for example showed that the weekday for heart surgery had no significance for survival while another showed a better prognosis for patients who underwent surgery for oesophageal cancer on a Monday or Tuesday than those who had operations at the end of the week.Related StoriesTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerSugary drinks linked to cancer finds study”We do not know why there are patient groups who have poorer survival the later in the week they have their operations. One possible explanation is that surgeons, who perform very demanding operations, are more tired at the end of the week and that fewer specialists and fewer staff at the weekend lead to poorer care,” says Veronica Jackson, thoracic surgeon at Karolinska University Hospital and post-doc at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery at Karolinska Institutet, who led the study.Patient data for the present lung cancer study was taken from the Register for General Thoracic Surgery in Sweden (ThoR). The study included all patients in ThoR who had undergone an operation for lung cancer between 2009 and 2015. Of the approximately 4,500 patients, most, 25 per cent, had their operations on a Monday and the lowest number, 11 per cent, on a Friday.When in April 2017 the researchers followed up on whether the patients were still alive using the Swedish National Population Register, they found no connection or significant differences in long-term survival linked to the day of the week of the operation.”Our findings are important because they indicate that there is no reason to restructure the system so that more lung cancer operations are performed at the beginning of the working week. But it is still of course possible that the day of the week for other kinds of surgery in general has an impact on the prognosis. If such a connection exists, it can have sizable consequences for both patients and healthcare as regards planning operations and allocating resources,” says Ulrik Sartipy, thoracic surgeon at Karolinska University Hospital and associate professor at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery at Karolinska Institutet, one of the researchers behind the study. Source: read more