Senegal confirms third and fourth coronavirus cases

first_imgSenegalese authorities reported two new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the total to four since the first case was confirmed there on Monday.Senegal is the only sub-Saharan African country besides Nigeria to have confirmed cases of the virus, which has infected more than 94,000 people and killed over 3,200 around the world.The health ministry said in a statement that one of the new patients was the 68-year-old wife of the 80-year-old Frenchman from a Paris suburb whose case was confirmed on Wednesday. The couple arrived in Senegal on Feb. 29. The second patient was a 33-year-old British woman from London who arrived in Senegal on Feb. 24, the ministry said.Both new patients are in stable condition at a hospital in Dakar and the two earlier patients’ conditions are “evolving favorably”, it said.Experts say it is not yet clear why sub-Saharan African countries have registered so few cases of the virus, which could challenge fragile health systems on the continent.Topics :last_img read more

La Liga title proves Zidane is more than smiling motivator

first_imgKey to the team’s success has been the bolstering of the defense, which let in 46 goals last season under Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari, before Zidane was persuaded to make a shock comeback in March 2019.Real continued to look shaky in defense as they shipped six goals in their first four matches this season, but they responded by keeping 10 clean sheets in their next 15.Their defense has got even better since the coronavirus stoppage, conceding three goals in nine matches and keeping five consecutive clean sheets for the first time since 2008.They now boast the best defensive record in Europe.”Zidane is a blessing from Heaven above and I hope he stays with us for a very long time,” said Real president Florentino Perez.”People can criticize him all they want, we’ll keep on winning trophies with him.”Overcoming obstaclesThe coach has also overcome a series of obstacles.He was in deep trouble when his side were thrashed 3-0 by Paris St Germain in September then beaten by promoted Mallorca in October, as Spanish media speculated he could lose his job and be replaced by a then unemployed Jose Mourinho.But the coach weathered the storm by leading Madrid to an unbeaten run of 15 league games.Zidane has also had to grapple with serious injuries, such as losing Spain winger Marcos Asensio for 11 months due to knee surgery, while star signing Eden Hazard’s season has been plagued by ankle problems.Zidane’s use of his entire squad is evidenced by having 21 different goalscorers in La Liga, while he has also rejuvenated senior players who had been widely dismissed as past their best, including Luka Modric, Marcelo and Isco.”He is the one who made the difference, the person who put all his faith in the players, something very few coaches do,” Ramos said.”We always feel that he has our backs and we believe in him.”  Zinedine Zidane risked tarnishing his record by diving back into the Real Madrid coaching job 10 months after resigning, but in securing the La Liga title in his first full season back, he has showed yet again that no-one is better suited to the role.One of the finest midfielders of all-time and a league and Champions League winner as a Real player, Zidane collected his second La Liga title as the club’s coach after his side beat Villarreal 2-1 on Thursday, adding to his triumph in 2017.”He has been the key, he is the captain of this ship,” said Real captain Sergio Ramos of his coach. Topics :center_img “I hope he lasts a long time at the club and that he is appreciated, because he is unique.”In spite of his remarkable record in two and a half years with Real before resigning in 2018 after winning a record third consecutive Champions League crown, Zidane was often dismissed by some as little more than a smiling motivator.Described in the Spanish media as an “alineador”, doing little more than picking a starting 11 from one of the world’s most talented squads, his success has also often been put down to being blessed with good fortune.But this season Zidane has proved to be a superb manager in every sense.last_img read more

Arsenal’s Lwobi fires Nigeria to 2018 World Cup

first_imgAbuja, Nigeria | AFP |  Arsenal forward Alex Lwobi sent Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup finals with the winning goal in a 1-0 African qualifying victory over Zambia on Saturday.The Super Eagles became the first African team to advance to Russia after taking an unassailable lead atop Group B. It will be their sixth World Cup finals appearance.Substitute Iwobi blasted home a pullback by Shehu Abdullahi 17 minutes from time to secure qualification.“We were lucky that Iwobi came off the bench to make the difference,” said Nigeria’s German coach Gernot Rohr.“It was a difficult game and we didn’t underrate Zambia. We knew it will be a tough game and that was the case.”Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda felt his team had dominated for long periods.“They got a half chance and they used their experience to punish us,” he said.“But we acquitted ourselves very well. This was the best game of this group.”In a high tempo first half, Zambia thought they had taken the lead when Augustin Mulenga bundled home but his 23rd minute effort was disallowed for offside.In the 36th minute, Zambia striker Alex Ngonga, whose pace troubled the Nigeria defence throughout, forced goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa to parry the ball behind for a corner. The Super Eagles peppered the Zambian goal with shots in the closing minutes of the first half, but skipper Mikel Obi, Odion Ighalo and Moses Simon all failed to trouble Zambian goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.Nigeria were the brighter of the two teams after the break as Wilfred Ndidi saw his looping header pushed away by Mweene.The Eagles carved out the better chances, although Zambia looked dangerous on the counter attack until Iwobi settled the affair and sent Nigeria to the World Cup finals.StandingsNigeria     5 4 1 0 11  3 13 – qualifiedZambia      5 2 1 2  6  5  7Cameroon    5 1 3 1  5  7  6Algeria     5 0 1 4  3 10  1 Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Wooden’s values, qualities and life lessons affected many

first_imgWooden was a man that remained true to his deepest convictions in life. Although he became famous for winning an unprecedented 10 national championships in 12 years at UCLA, the values, qualities and many life lessons he possessed and shared with those in his sphere of influence really defines his true merit. Therefore, it would be a mistake to view Mr. Wooden as merely a Hall of Fame basketball coach. Laker great Jerry West said it best; “Forget his accomplishments, he’s a great man. He was one of the greatest men I’ve ever been around in my life.” Coach John Wooden was a rare breed of a man who embodied virtuous qualities and made the world a better place because of the noble manner in which he lived his life.In 1910 Roxie Anna Wooden and Joshua Hugh Wooden celebrated the birth of a son in Hall, Ind., who they named John. He was raised in a very modest farmhouse without running water or electricity. Eventually the family farming business went bankrupt and the Wooden family was forced to pack up their meager belongings and move to Martinsville, Ind. It is important to note that the strong Christian values, discipline, responsibility and sound work ethic that John learned as a child, greatly influenced his life. His core beliefs were summarized in the seven-point creed his father gave him upon graduation from grammar school and later echoed in “The Pyramid of Success” and his quotes. TOP CONTENDER—Armon Gilliam speaks at the 1987 John Wooden Award ceremony at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Wooden is seated next to the podium. Gilliam was a finalist for the prestigious award, was won that year by Navy’s David Robinson. by Armon GilliamI had the pleasure of meeting John Wooden on a number of occasions. While being in Coach Wooden’s presence I instinctively knew that there was something very authentic, noble and virtuous about him. His countenance was dignified, his eyes were pure and flashed with intelligence, his words were gracious and his comportment was noble.center_img Wooden started his basketball career in Martinsville. He led his team to the Indiana State championship game for three consecutive years winning in 1927. After graduating in 1928, he attended Purdue University and became an integral part of the team that won the 1932 National Championship. He was the first player ever to be named a three-time consensus All-American for the sport of basketball. After graduating in 1932 with a degree in English, Wooden spent several years playing pro basketball with the Indianapolis Kautskys.In his coaching debut, Wooden had two unsuccessful seasons as head coach of Dayton High School in Kentucky. He then returned to his home state at South Bend Central High School where he compiled a winning record of 212 wins and 31 losses in nine seasons. After a stint in the military, Wooden resumed his career at Indiana Teacher’s College, later named Indiana State University. Wooden played several roles at Indiana State. He was the head baseball coach, head men’s basketball coach and athletic director. The next stop was UCLA. He accepted the head coaching job in 1948 and immediately turned the program into a winner. In the 1948-49 season, the Bruins posted a 22-7 record and were the Pacific Coast Conference Southern Division champions. During Wooden’s tenure he gained lasting fame by winning 10 NCAA titles in 12 seasons.There are three things that capture the essence of John Wooden. The seven- point creed that his father gave him upon graduation from grammar school, “The Pyramid of Success” and his many noteworthy quotes.The following is the seven- point creed:Be true to yourself. Make each day your masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.Wooden spent nearly 14 years identifying 25 behaviors that he believed were necessary to achieve his idea of success. This journey culminated in what he called “The Pyramid of Success.” Although Wooden formulated “The Pyramid of Success” (see chart) for his players, it was later used as a model of how to succeed in business, relationships and life.Wooden made many noteworthy quotes. The following are some of my favorites taken from his book “They Call Me Coach.”1. “Nothing will work unless you do.”2. “Ability may take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”3. “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”4. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”5. “If you keep too busy learning the tricks of the trade, you may never learn the trade.”6. “You can’t live a perfect day with doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”7. “Things turn out best for those that make the best of the way things turned out.”8. “Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.We live in a world where: a me first attitude, corruption, disloyalty, slander, immorality, a poor work ethic and gossip, to name a few are commonplace. This sad reality only makes the legacy of John Wooden stand out even more. Coach Wooden was a shining light of goodness that brightened the lives of those in his sphere of influence. I bow in honor to this noble man and his legacy. Rest in peace, Coach.last_img read more

Jordan: In his prime, he could beat LeBron, others

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NBA legend Michael Jordan believes he could beat LeBron James in a one-on-one basketball game when he was in his prime.He’s not sure about Kobe Bryant.In a video promoting the NBA 2K14 video game that was released Tuesday, Jordan said there’s a long list of players he would’ve liked to have played one-on-one — Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Bryant and James, who dons the cover of this year’s game.“I don’t think I would lose,” Jordan said in the video, before smiling and adding, “Other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves.” LeBron James (6) drives to the basket past Chicago Bulls’ Nate Robinson, center, and Jimmy Butler (21) during the first half of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)Responded James: “MJ said that?”James was told of Jordan’s comments after the Miami Heat completed their first training camp practice in the Bahamas on Tuesday, and said that the buzz would serve as good promotion for the game.“Absolutely, I thought about the matchup,” James said. “But no one would ever see it. It’s not going to happen. But it’s good for people to talk about.”Jordan was listed as 6-foot-6 and 213 pounds during his prime. He averaged 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game during his 15 seasons in the NBA.Jordan, a six-time NBA champion and considered by many the greatest basketball player ever, has had a sponsorship deal with 2K Sports since 2011, when he first appeared on the cover of the popular game. James, 6-8, 250 pounds, has averaged 25.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6 assists during his first 10 seasons in the league.The 50-year-old Jordan, who was a five-time league MVP and is the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, also shared the cover in 2012 with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.This year will be the first time on the cover for James, a four-time league MVP who has led the Heat to back-to-back NBA championships. Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, talks with former Laker James Worthy during a telecast during the Lakers NBA basketball media day at the team’s headquarters Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)center_img In this May 17, 1992 file photo, Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan drives on New York Knicks’ Gerald Wilkins during the first quarter of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Chicago. (AP Photo/John Swart, File)last_img read more