Alex Akinyele: pace setter, astute administrator , accomplished technocrat- Sports Minister

first_imgYouth and Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, has described the late Chief Alex Akinyele as a pace setter, astute administrator  and accomplished technocrat Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?6 Most Handsome Indian ActorsA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Awesome 2019 Movies You Probably Missed14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The World8 Amazing Movies You Need To Watch On Amazon Prime He was meticulous and a stickler to details. He never believed in impossibilities.Dare further described him as humane,humorous ,urbane and honest in his views. While some viewed him as too cosmopolitan,he was a grasroot man who was at home with his people,no wonder he held the title of Lisa of Ondo Kingdom. He made remarkable mark in the development of his community in Sports,education and infrastructural development . He United his people and brought them to national prominence. He was dutiful,loyal and patriotic. He was indeed passionate about the unity and progress of Nigeria. No wonder, he midwived so many reforms in Nigeria’s body polity. He headed the Reconciliation Committee set up by the late Head of State General Sani Abacha I. While he was widely condemned by the South West, he won accolades across the Niger for his courage,zeal and unflinching believe in the sanctity of the union called Nigeria. Before his foray into sports, he brought panache ,glamour ,Professionalism and respect to public Relations Practice as the pioneer President of the Institute of Public Relations of Nigeria. His contributions to Public Relations Practice continues to evoke found memories when he worked at the Nigerian CustomsAs Minister of Information under General Ibrahim Babangida,he developed the template that led to the of media practice in Nigeria. He was a stylish man,great orator ,full of wits and idioms,jovial and quite amiable. He was married to a South African,Indian and lastly a Nigerian. He can therefore be best discribed as a man of the universe. Read Also:SPORTS MINISTER, SUNDAY DARE, COMMISERATES WITH ALEX AKINYELE’S FAMILY Born on April 24th 1938 in Ondo town,Chief Akinyele was Educated at the University of Ife. He died on November 15th 2019. He would be buried today ,Friday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… According to him, Akinyele exemplified what genuine service to the country meant. “His personal charm was infectious and hard work quite motivational. He tried to use his position to impact on the society. He was simply a true Nigerian hero”” Sports remains our greatest unifying instrument,public Relation tool and could be the biggest source of revenue if properly harnessed. So many heroes have died unheralded and in penury. We must celebrate our athletes and Administrators while they are alive. The age long practice of paying glowing tributes to dead heroes without commensurate honour and monuments erected to immortalize them will no longer be the norm. Dare is committed to changing the narrative by ensuring that recognition and honour is bestowed on athletes,coaches and Administrators who have made immense contributions to Sports development. As the body of the late NSC Chairman Alex Akinyele is interned this Friday, Dare said beyond graveside oration,President Mohammadu Buhari is irrevocable committed to honouring sports men and women, coaches and Administrators that have contributed to Sports. Hence a powerful delegation is not only in Ondo to pay their last respect, the Minister is personally involved with the the burial. The Minister mobilized men and resources to ensure a befitting final rites of passage for the Ondo High Chief.While paying glowing tribute to heroes and heroines that had won laurels, brought glory and honour to our fatherland,Dare said it must go beyond mere rhetorical statements and empty promises.”We must learn to honour athletes ,coaches and Administrators that committed their lives to the service of the nation. According to Dare,Akinyele was a  consummate business man who left his mark in the sands of time. Dare affirmed that Akinyele led an exemplary life worthy of emulation. He was a man who abhorred failure, set his goals and ensured that they were accomplished. He presided during great epochs in Nigerian Sports like the 1994 Nations Cup Victory, the Atlanta 1996 Olympics feat among others.last_img read more

Maikel Franco’s grand slam spoils Jimmy Rollins’ return to Philadelphia

first_imgThe Dodgers left two runners on base in the eighth inning, two more in the ninth, and 13 total. They finished 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position. An RBI double by Carl Crawford in the eighth inning and an RBI single by Andre Ethier in the fifth drove in Yasiel Puig and Howie Kendrick, respectively, with the Dodgers’ only runs.The knock on Wood, much like the pitchers he replaced in the Dodgers’ starting rotation, was that he struggled to retire hitters the third time through the lineup. Opponents had a .321 batting average, .371 on-base percentage and .412 slugging percentage when facing Wood a third time prior to Tuesday.Overall, though, it wasn’t hard to see why the Dodgers liked him. He had a 3.09 ERA in 54 career starts over the last three seasons, ranking him among the best starters in the National League. Peralta had been warming up in the bullpen when the Phillies’ number-seven hitter, Freddy Galvis, grounded out to end the sixth inning in his third plate appearance. The top of the seventh inning seemed like a good juncture to replace Wood. Mattingly even admitted as much after the game.“(Wood) had 90-something pitches. I thought he was throwing the ball good, though,” Mattingly said. “A little bit like (Clayton Kershaw) the other day, he hadn’t thrown in a while. As the game got on, his off-speed got better and better.”Wood lost control, literally and figuratively, as the lineup turned over a third time. He allowed a leadoff single to Carlos Ruiz and intentionally walked Cesar Hernandez with one out in the seventh inning. With a 2-2 count on Odubel Herrera, Wood violently jerked the baseball toward the Earth’s mantle like he always does when gearing up to throw a pitch.Only this time the ball didn’t come back up with the rest of Wood’s left arm. It squirted out toward the first-base line as Ruiz sprinted around third base to score an apparent run.“I don’t really know what happened,” Wood said. “It just kind of came out of my hand at the end.”The umpire crew huddled for a couple of minutes to discuss what they’d just seen. Eventually a balk was called on Wood — a correct invocation of Rule 8.01(d) — and Hernandez and Ruiz were granted second and third base, respectively. Herrera promptly drew ball four, loading the bases. Mattingly then signaled for Peralta to face Franco, who was 0 for 3 to that point in the game.“We can argue if it is or if it isn’t (the right matchup), but for me just the way Joel pitched against these guys in Los Angeles and then again a younger club, fastball-hitting club, I really wanted to be able to go off-speed there, get the ball down, get (Franco) to roll one over,” Mattingly said.Rollins collected a ground-rule double and a single. The latter hit was the 2,387th of his career, moving him past Ryne Sandberg and into 123rd place on the all-time list.Sandberg was the manager during Rollins’ final two-and-a-quarter years in Philadelphia. PHILADELPHIA >> Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins took the first curtain call at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday. Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco took the last.Rollins, the game’s first batter, received 40 solid seconds of applause prior to his first plate appearance here since the end of his Phillies career. The franchise’s all-time hits leader briefly tipped his helmet to the announced crowd of 28,733.Rollins had a good game, collecting two hits in five at-bats. But the Dodgers failed to capitalize with him or practically anyone on base, while Franco’s grand slam in the seventh inning made the difference in a 6-2 Dodgers loss.Starting pitcher Alex Wood (7-7) took the loss in his first game since the Dodgers acquired him from the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. Wood threw 6 1/3 innings, allowed eight hits and walked two batters before handing the ball over to Joel Peralta in a 1-1 game. Three pitches later, Franco deposited a hanging curveball into the left field bleachers. It was the second home run Peralta has allowed in 22 games this season, and only the third grand slam he’s allowed in an 11-year career.“They’re a pretty good fastball-hitting club over there, and (Peralta) pitched pretty good against them at our place in L.A.,” Mattingly said. “Joel doesn’t really give in, he’s going to change speed, continue to make you swing at something on the edges.“I’m sure he didn’t want that breaking ball there.”Even before Franco’s home run, the Dodgers had already dug themselves into a hole. They squandered a bases-loaded, nobody-out advantage in the fourth inning. They had runners on second and third base with nobody out against Phillies starter Jerome Williams in the third and couldn’t score then, either.Rollins said that Wood “did everything he needed to do to get the win. We didn’t do anything behind him.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Chelsea star reveals mother reduced to tears after severe racial abuse

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisement 8vNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5ov2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4mygvzd( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3v3rWould you ever consider trying this?😱3tCan your students do this? 🌚d72e3Roller skating! Powered by Firework Racism is a massive issue in football, and several dark skinned players of the game have been sufferers. Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has been one of the most recent victims of racial abuse, and the forward has recently said that it caused his mother to weep.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesBack in August, the Blues forward was targeted by racist fans on social media after he missed the penalty kick against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup final in Istanbul.Soon following the match, the 21 year old was swarmed with xenophobic attacks on Twitter, and it went to such extent that the club gaffer, Frank Lampard himself went into disgust, and the Stamford Bridge hierarchy took strong action against the perpetrators.Advertisement In a recent interview the Chelsea youth graduate revealed that the attacks caused his mother to burst into tears.“I remember speaking to my mum, she was emotional, she was in tears. You know, she’s just thinking: ‘Why him? Why him?’ It’s obviously not nice to hear, especially seeing your son getting abused.” Tammy spoke to CNN International.Advertisement “For me, I am a strong character, it doesn’t affect me as much, but it could affect people who don’t have my personality.” the youngster added.Soon after the vile incident, Manchester United forwards and fellow countrymen Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard were two of the several people that came forward to support Abraham.Chelsea are taking on Wolves this Saturday at the Molineux Stadium. Advertisementlast_img read more