National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Is Coming. Find a Location Near You.

first_imgNational Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Is Coming. Find a Location Near You. By: Darwin Paz, Digital Assistant April 28, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog On April 29, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., multiple state agencies will provide Pennsylvanians with an opportunity to turn in expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs at various drug take-back locations across the commonwealth in observance of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.These take-back locations are meant to prevent pill abuse and theft by providing residents a local place to rid their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs. These locations include police departments, pharmacies, fire stations and even DEA offices.A result of Governor Wolf’s fight against the heroin and opioid epidemic, Pennsylvania now has 584 take-back locations in its 67 counties, making it easier for residents to find a location near them.Find a drug take-back location near you:Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, residents this weekend will have access to multiple drug take-back locations.To safely discard of any prescription drugs this Saturday, use the map above to find your local, free and anonymous drug take-back location. For take-back locations open all year in Pennsylvania, visit this drug take-back location search tool.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

GasLog Partners post record profit in Q1

first_imgGasLog Partners, the New York-listed spinoff of LNG shipper GasLog, saw its first-quarter profit rise 7 percent compared to the first quarter in 2017. According to the company’s report, the net profit for the quarter on IFRS basis reached $32 million, which is the partnership’s record quarterly performance.The increase in profit in the first quarter of 2018 as compared to the same period in 2017 is mainly attributable to an increase of $6.3 million in gain on interest rate swaps, GasLog Partners said.The result was partially offset by a decrease in profit from operations of $3.5 million, due to increased scheduled technical maintenance costs and administrative fees, as well as an increase in financial costs of $1.1 million.Speaking of the record financial results, partnership’s CEO, Andrew Orekar said the company continued to execute its growth strategy.“On March 21, 2018, we announced approval to enter into an agreement with GasLog for the drop-down of the GasLog Gibraltar, our fourth acquisition in the last twelve months. The acquisition closed on April 26, 2018, expanding the partnership’s fleet to 13 wholly-owned LNG carriers and increasing our average remaining charter duration,” he said.The partnership stressed a positive outlook for the LNG shipping segment adding that it has resulted in 18 firm newbuild LNG carrier orders so far in 2018, of which two are GasLog vessels.Based on GasLog Partners analysis of expected LNG demand, between 35 and 62 additional LNG carriers will be needed by the end of 2022 and potentially as many as 117 vessels by 2025 to satisfy projected market growth.last_img read more

Pipeshield supplies concrete mattresses for Saint Nazaire OWF

first_imgJamie Howard, project manager at Eiffage said: “Pipeshield not only enabled us to fulfill the ultimate client’s technical requirements but worked with us to initiate solutions which undoubtedly benefited the project cost and schedule.” Pipeshield International has completed the engineering, manufacturing, and delivery of 77 concrete mattresses of varying specifications for Saint Nazaire, in France.  Pipeshield International, a Tekmar Group company, has completed the engineering, manufacturing, and delivery of concrete mattresses to the EPCI joint venture of Eiffage Métal and DEME for Saint Nazaire offshore wind farm. Sam Bird, project manager at Pipeshield said: “Pipeshield is delighted to have provided Eiffage with a robust protection and stabilisation solution for this prestigious French project. It is also pleasing to see another offshore wind project supported by multiple Tekmar Group companies with our sister company Tekmar Energy delivering CPS for the protection of subsea array cables.“ Pipeshield worked collaboratively with Eiffage to develop an optimised engineering solution and comprehensive mattress specifications that met the technical requirements of the challenging offshore location.last_img read more

Babies born at 22 weeks ‘can now survive’

first_imgBBC News 23 October 2019Family First Comment: “Previously it was recommended that only babies born at 23 weeks or later were given treatment to save their lives. But there is now evidence those born earlier can survive – although only in small numbers – the British Association of Perinatal Medicine said. It said most will die but a third may survive where treatment is possible.”Improving survival rates for extremely premature babies mean it is now possible to save the lives of babies born at 22 weeks, guidance says.Previously it was recommended that only babies born at 23 weeks or later were given treatment to save their lives.But there is now evidence those born earlier can survive – although only in small numbers – the British Association of Perinatal Medicine said.It said most will die but a third may survive where treatment is possible.Prof Dominic Wilkinson, a consultant neonatologist who helped draw up the guidance, said since the previous guidance was published, advances in treatment meant doctors were trying to save the lives of some babies born at 22 weeks.He said evidence from those cases had convinced BAPM to update its guidance.He said it was “fantastic news” that some babies born at such an early stage were now surviving.But he added: “The very high risks mean it’s not always the right thing to do to provide intensive medical treatment.”READ MORE: read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— The French Grand Prix scheduled for May 17 in Le Mans has been postponed, becoming the sixth MotoGP race to be called off because of the coronavirus outbreak. The motorcycling series has yet to start its season.NFL-NEWSHenry accepts franchise tenderUNDATED (AP) — Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry has signed a franchise tender that puts him under contract for the 2020 season as the two sides work toward reaching a long-term deal with the 2019 NFL rushing leader.The Titans gave him a franchise tag March 16, a move that means he will be paid $10.2 million in the 2020 season unless they sign him to a long-term deal by July 15. — North Carolina athletics director Bubba Cunningham is joining the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee that selects the field for the 68-team NCAA Tournament. Cunningham is UNC’s first-ever appointee. He begins a five-year term in September and replaces Duke athletics director Kevin White, whose term ends Aug. 31.COLLEGE HOCKEY-HOBEY BAKER FINALISTHobey Baker finalists announcedST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — North Dakota forward Jordan Kawaguchi (kah-wah-GOO’-chee), Minnesota Duluth defenseman Scott Perunovich and Maine goalie Jeremy Swayman are the three finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given to the most outstanding player in college hockey.Kawaguchi ranked second nationally with 45 points and Perunovich became the first defenseman to lead the NCHC in scoring. Swayman was 18-11-5 and the nation’s second-best save percentage at .939 despite facing the highest number of shots. April 2, 2020 — McLaren’s Formula One drivers Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris have agreed to take pay cuts as part of protective cost-cutting during the coronavirus pandemic. The team is furloughing other employees. McLaren said that both drivers and senior management all agreed to voluntary pay decreases. No figure was given but McLaren said the percentage of the cut is the same figure for all employees who are not furloughed.— The coronavirus pandemic has left rugby on its knees over the last two weeks and there is the prospect of more pain to come because of the uncertainty over whether leagues, tours and international competitions can resume or go ahead. USA Rugby has filed for bankruptcy and the Australians are facing a black hole of more than $70 million. English rugby leaders have drawn-up worst-case scenarios of an even bigger financial hit.— The CEO of World TeamTennis says the league has sent $1,000 each to about 60 players and coaches as a “gift” to help them deal with the financial hardships presented by the coronavirus pandemic. The nine-team league was founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s. League CEO Carlos Silva says the payments were not an advance of salary. Rather, they are a way to say thank you and to be used for rent or groceries or anything else the players might need. All professional tennis events have been postponed or canceled until early July because of the COVID-19 outbreak.— World Sailing has canceled the World Cup Series Final in Enoshima, Japan, in June because of the coronavirus outbreak. The regatta was to give valuable competition for the Olympic classes just over a month before the start of the Tokyo Games. The Olympics have been postponed to 2021.— A European plan is being formed to resume football around July and August, with domestic leagues told Thursday not to abandon competitions yet due to the coronavirus pandemic. The aspiration was outlined in a letter that has been seen by The Associated Press and was signed by UEFA (yoo-AY’-fah), the European Club Association and European Leagues body and was being sent to their members. Competitions, including UEFA’s Champions League and Europa League, were put on hold last month as the COVID-19 outbreak spread across Europe. The 149th edition of the Open Championship is scheduled to take place July 16-19. The last time the Open wasn’t played was in 1945 because of World War II.The R&A released a short statement in response to media speculation about the staging of the event. Chief executive Martin Slumbers says the “process is taking some time to resolve” because of a range of external factors.On Wednesday, Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since World War II. The All England Club announced Wednesday after an emergency meeting that the oldest Grand Slam tournament in tennis will not be held in 2020.In other developments related to the pandemic:— The Senior PGA Championship in Michigan has been canceled. The PGA of America says it based its decision on Michigan’s stay-at-home order that was enacted March 23. The Senior PGA in Benton Harbor, Michigan, was to be played May 21-24. It will be held next year at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It will return to Benton Harbor the following year. — Former baseball All-Star Jim Edmonds says he tested positive for the new coronavirus and for pneumonia. Edmonds says in a video posted on Instagram that he is symptom free now and doing “really well.” He thanked people for their well wishes. The 49-year-old played 17 major league seasons from 1993-2010, mostly for the California and Los Angeles Angels and St. Louis Cardinals. He hit 393 home runs.— The New England Patriots’ private team plane is returning to Boston from China carrying more than one million masks critical to health care providers fighting to control the spread of the coronavirus. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker secured the N95 masks but had no way of getting them to the U.S. Team owner Robert Kraft stepped in and offered the plane. The Boeing 767 painted in the team’s colors and logo is usually used to carry the team to and from NFL games.— Alabama football coach Nick Saban doesn’t believe extending preseason camp for college teams around the country is necessarily the best way to get them ready for the season. Saban says that he’d prefer some “teaching sessions on the field” over the summer to prepare for camp, even if it is in shorts and T-shirts. The coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of spring sports, including football practices, across the nation.— The Ivy League has decided not to allow its spring-sport athletes to have an additional year of eligibility despite having their seasons shortened by the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was consistent for the Ivy League, which hasn’t allowed athletes who received medical redshirts to play for a fifth year. The NCAA Division I Council voted Monday to give spring-sport athletes a way to get back the season they lost regardless of their year in school, but it did not guarantee financial aid to the current crop of seniors if they return to play next year.— A survey of more than 100 athletic directors across the country finds deep concern for academics and athletic department finances amid the pandemic. Some 75 percent say they are concerned about a drop in donations and nearly as many are worried about ticket sales and money that comes from games and other fan events. Ohio State’s Wesson intends to enter NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — Ohio State star Kaleb Wesson plans to enter the NBA draft. Wesson announced in a tweet that he would forego his final year of eligibility and declare for the draft. Analysts have projected him as a second-round pick. Wesson can sign with an agent for exploratory purposes and still protect his final year of eligibility. He has until June 3 to make a decision.In other college basketball news:— DePaul men’s basketball coach Dave Leitao (LAY’-toh) has accepted a contract extension through the 2023-24 season after a year in which the Blue Demons opened 12-1 and finished 16-16. Leitao has a 122-132 record over eight seasons and two stints at DePaul. The NCAA suspended Leitao for the first three games and placed the program on probation for three years, saying he should have done more to prevent recruiting violations by his staff.— Gonzaga and Michigan were the standouts in a study that seeded men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament brackets based on graduation rates, academic success and diversity in the head-coaching ranks. Gonzaga was a No. 1 seed in both brackets released today by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at Central Florida. Michigan was a 1-seed for the men and a 3-seed for the women. Arizona State was the only other school to appear in the top 16 of both brackets. The report focused primarily on each team’s Graduation Success Rate and Academic Progress Rate scores for seeding purposes. Henry rushed for an NFL-leading 1,540 yards and averaged 4.8 yards per carry while earning his first Pro Bowl invitation last season.In other NFL news:— The New Orleans Saints have agreed to bring back free agent cornerback P.J. Williams. Terms of the new contract haven’t been released. Williams has spent his whole career with the Saints, who selected him in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft out of Florida State. He has four interceptions in 47 career games.— The Packers have signed wide receiver Devin Funchess as he tries to bounce back from an injury-shortened 2019 season. Funchess played for the Indianapolis Colts last year but went on injured reserve after breaking his collarbone in a season-opening 30-24 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Funchess had his best season in 2017 with 63 catches for 840 yards and eight touchdowns.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBritish Open could be postponedUNDATED (AP) — British Open organizers say postponement is an option for this year’s tournament at Royal St. George’s. Update on the latest sports Associated Press MLB-OBIT-FARMEREd Farmer, White Sox broadcaster, former pitcher, dies at 70CHICAGO (AP) — Ed Farmer, an All-Star reliever who spent nearly three decades as a radio broadcaster for the Chicago White Sox, has died. He was 70.The White Sox said he died Wednesday night in Los Angeles following complications from an illness.A native of Evergreen Park, Illinois, and a graduate of St. Rita High on Chicago’s South Side, Farmer was 30-43 with a 4.30 ERA and 75 saves while pitching for eight teams over 11 seasons. He was an All-Star for the White Sox in 1980, when he saved 30 games — then a club record. Farmer joined Chicago’s radio booth on a part-time basis in 1991 and became a full-time analyst in 1992 alongside play-by-play announcer John Rooney. He assumed play-by-play duties in 2006 and completed his 29th season in 2019.Farmer called perfect games by Mark Buehrle (BUR’-lee) against Tampa Bay in 2009 and Phillip Humber at Seattle in 2012 as well as Hall of Famer Jim Thome’s (TOH’-meez) 500th homer.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Crew catalyst back for UW

first_img“Thank God for peer pressure,” the Wisconsin women’s crew team must be thinking.It was on the encouragement of her friends that Sarah Wrenshall decided to take up rowing in high school, and last year’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year hasn’t looked back.”In high school, all my friends were doing it. I was a swimmer, and I quit swimming, and I just went and joined them,” Wrenshall said. “I guess they peer-pressured me into [rowing].”Wrenshall, now a sophomore, spent most of last season on the novice eight, a squad that finished the season undefeated. For the Big Ten Tournament, though, Wrenshall moved up to varsity.After contributing to the Badgers’ success in the Big Ten, Wrenshall also helped the team earn a very surprising and impressive second-place showing in the NCAA Central-South Regional regatta and stayed on as the team posted an eighth-place finish at the NCAA championship, the team’s highest finish in several seasons.Building on her success from last season, Wrenshall has faced a whole new list of challenges this season, including continuing the jump that comes with moving from novice to varsity. So far, Wrenshall has transitioned very smoothly.”It’s a difficult transition to go from your novice year to your first year as a varsity, and the challenges are a little different for everybody,” UW head coach Bebe Bryans said of the jump.Though competing as a varsity member is difficult enough, Wrenshall must do so with the burden of living up to the expectations that come with being named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, an award no Badger had ever received previously.”I tried not to think about it coming into the season, but it’s obviously there,” Wrenshall said. “There is an expectation to prove myself, that I deserved the award, and I have to keep working hard. It makes me want to work harder, though, I want to show everyone that I earned [the award].”Bryans understands the difficulties of having added pressure, but believes that Wrenshall has done a good job of dealing with them.”She had very high expectations of herself, but it’s almost like starting over again when you join the varsity squad, and that’s what she’s done, and she’s really progressing every day,” Bryans said.The Badgers will compete Nov. 12 in Charlottesville, Va., as part of the Rivana Romp, but will not compete again until early April. The break between seasons can be difficult on some rowers, but Wrenshall views the offseason as an added opportunity to improve, and to ensure she and the team are in peak shape for the important postseason tournaments that take place in spring time.”You just have to keep your eyes on the prize, and really focus on what you want to accomplish,” Wrenshall said of training in the offseason. “Your competition is doing the same thing, so you have to keep up, and go even harder. We really want to go out and be able to beat the East Coast teams, the Ivy League schools, and training in the off-season is important if we want to make that happen.”Only a sophomore, Wrenshall has high expectations of herself and the program over the next few years.”It’s really exciting, [the team] is building up, and we can definitely improve our rankings and become a real powerhouse,” Wrenshall said. “I have a lot to work on; the higher level you get to, the more you need to learn, so there’s a lot of room for me to improve. But I’m a hard worker, I work as hard as I can, and I’ll come to practice and just do my best.”Bryans knows how important Wrenshall is to the future success of the program, and is confident that Wrenshall will emerge as a leader and star of the team.”Both physically and in the leadership role, her personality and her energy and her spirit bring a real liveliness to the team, and everyone really enjoys being in her boat,” Bryans said.last_img read more

Michael Schumacher ‘Back to Life’ at Paris Hospital

first_imgMichael Schumacher is ‘conscious’ after being admitted to a Paris hospital for stem-cell treatment on Monday, a report claims.The seven-time Formula One champion was admitted under tight guard to the Georges-Pompidou hospital for transfusions of inflammation-reducing stem cells.The 50-year-old German, who suffered a near-fatal brain injury in a 2013 skiing accident in the French Alps, was expected to be discharged late yesterday. Michael Schumacher (right) enjoying a vacation with his wife Corinna before the accident A nurse told Le Parisien: ‘Yes he is in my service … And I can assure you that he is conscious.’Following the accident, Schumacher’s condition stabilised after he was placed in a drug-induced coma, from which he later emerged.Since September 2014, he has received round the clock specialist care at his home in Lausanne, Switzerland, on the banks of Lake Geneva.Le Parisien, citing sources it did not name, said Schumacher has been treated at least twice previously at the Georges-Pompidou hospital, admitted each time under a false name and treated by a small medical team.It is understood Professor Philippe Menasché was due to treat Schumacher with ‘infusions of stem cells’ which are designed to produce a ‘systemic anti-inflammatory action.’He was taken to a first-floor cardiovascular unit on a gurney with a dark-blue covering that hid his face and body.The paper said about ten security agents, some equipped with earphones, watched over the patient.Professor Menasche said details of Schumacher’s treatment would remain ‘secret’ for reasons of medical confidentiality.On the two previous visits, Schumacher arrived by helicopter from Switzerland and landed at a heliport in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris.During his first stay in Paris, the patient underwent tests at the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital, but key work by Professor Menache was postponed.Schumacher’s spokeswoman Sabine Kehm declined to comment on the development.Schumacher was off-piste in Méribel with his son Mick – who now races in F2 – when he fell on December 29, 2013.He hit the right side of his head on a rock, splitting open his helmet.Doctors worked frantically to remove blood clots from his brain, but some were left because they were too deeply embedded.Schumacher has been recuperating at home in Switzerland since and is visited only by close friends, none of whom have divulged specifics about his state of health.UK’s Sportsmail reported last December that although he is making slow progress, if any at all, Schumacher is not bed-ridden or living day by day on tubes.He watches F1 races on television, including with his friend and former Ferrari boss Jean Todt, the FIA president.He is understood to be confined to a wheelchair but the specific state of his health remains private.In January the world celebrated his 50th birthday on social media, and the family made a rare announcement.They wrote on Instagram: ‘Please understand if we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy.’They confirmed that Schumacher was in ‘the very best of hands’.The wall of secrecy, enforced at the request of his wife Corinna, was established to protect one of the biggest names in modern sporting times.Schumacher’s family is right to conceal his medical condition, Formula One’s Head of Motorsport, Ross Brawn, has said.Brawn is one of only a handful of people to have visited the stricken driver as he recovers alongside his family in Switzerland.Brawn, who helped mastermind Schumacher’s success at Benetton and Ferrari, and has visited the former champion in Switzerland.‘I am constantly in touch with Corinna, and I totally agree with their decision,’ he said.‘Michael has always been a very private person and that’s been a guiding principle in his career, his life and his family always agreed with that choice.‘It’s completely understandable that Corinna has wanted to maintain the same approach, even after the tragic event, and it’s a decision we must all respect.‘I’m sure the millions of people who are still Michael fans will understand it, too.’Schumacher remains motor racing’s most successful driver, with a record 91 Grand Prix wins. He won his first two titles with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 before five in a row with Ferrari between 2000-2004.Schumacher’s family fiercely protects his privacy. Thick forest around his castle-like home and high surrounding walls provide sanctuary from fan and media intrusion.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Delhi: All cyclists test negative for COVID-19; national camp to begin from Aug 14

first_img 1 month ago Rajasthan crisis unabating, Vasundhara Raje arrives in Delhi to meet top BJP leaders National cycling camp will begin at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi National Stadium from August 14 as all 11 cyclists, four coaches and 16 support staff have reported to the camp, tested negative for COVID-19 and are undergoing mandatory quarantine. As a proactive and mandatory step, the Sports Authority of India has administered the COVID test to all participants, including athletes, coaches, support staff (sporting and non-sporting such as housekeeping, cooks etc) on arrival. The test reports confirm that all of them are COVID negative.As a further precautionary measure all athletes, coaches and support staff will be given the test before the start of the camp to ensure that everyone attending the on-field training from August 14 and interacting with athletes, including the athletes themselves, are COVID free.READ | Junior Paddler Swastika Gosh Facing Financial Crisis In Mumbai Due To LockdownREAD | Shubhankar Sharma Misses Cut For Second Straight Week, Leader Sullivan Sparks On Back NineThe quarantine zone where athletes, coaches and support staff are housed has been earmarked as the Green Zone and no outsider is being allowed to access the zone or interact with the team in order to ensure complete sanitisation.Additionally, a doctor and nursing staff have been stationed in the facility around the clock so that any sudden emergency can be dealt with. The SOP drawn up by SAI and the Health Ministry guidelines are being strictly implemented on campus.Earlier, four Indian Hockey Players, including captain Manpreet Singh test Positive on arrival at SAI Bengaluru for Hockey National Camp. Apart from Manpreet, Surender Kumar, Jaskaran Singh and Varun Kumar, who reported to the National Hockey Camp in Sports Authority of India’s National Centre of Excellence (NCOE) in Bengaluru along with the team, after a home break, have tested COVID positive.This was revealed since as a proactive step, SAI made it mandatory for all athletes, who reported back to the camp to take a rapid COVID-19 test upon arrival. Since all the athletes who tested positive had travelled together, there is a high likelihood that they contracted the virus while travelling from their hometowns to Bengaluru. All four tested negative in the rapid antigen test. However, since Manpreet and Surender began to display some COVID symptoms later, they along with other ten athletes who had travelled together were given the quantitative RT-PCR test on Thursday, and the four have been found to be COVID positive.(PTI image for representation)READ | Bindra To Take Part In ‘virtual Run’ To Raise Funds For People Affected By COVID-19READ | Coronavirus LIVE Updates Suman Ray WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 8th August, 2020 16:50 IST Delhi: All Cyclists Test Negative For COVID-19; National Camp To Begin From Aug 14 National cycling camp will begin from August 14 as all 11 cyclists, 4 coaches, 16 support staff have tested negative for novel coronavirus. 1 month ago Video: Man finds lizard in sambar at Delhi’s popular South Indian restaurant, FIR lodged SUBSCRIBE TO US WE RECOMMEND 1 month ago Delhi riots case: Ex-AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain admits his role in instigating violencecenter_img FOLLOW US Written By 1 month ago Minor raped in Delhi: DCW chief seeks death sentence for accused, issues summon to DCP 1 month ago 130 people defrauded by ponzi scheme in Delhi COMMENT LIVE TV First Published: 8th August, 2020 16:50 ISTlast_img read more

AUDIO: Super Eagles Hapoel Stars Confident Of Victory Against Cameroon

first_imgSuper Eagles midfielder John Ogu and his teammate at Israeli Champions, Hapoel Beer Sheva, Anthony Nwakaeme have both expressed confidence in the ability of Nigeria to overcome Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions when both teams clash an eagerly anticipated 2018 World Cup qualifying match in Uyo on Friday.Ogu,28, says it is ‘special’ to face the Cameroonians and believes the support of the fans at the Godswill Akpabio International stadium will be needed to spur the team to victory.“It is special playing against Cameroon-big football nation,” he acknowledged.“It is true that we lost against South Africa in the AFCON qualifier last time but everyone invited to this game, they are all aware of how important this game is for us.“We are on top of the group and we are not under pressure. We know it is not going to be easy but we are looking forward to the game.“We believe with the support of our fans on that day (Friday), I think we would be victorious.”On his part, Nwakaeme who is likely to make his debut for Nigeria against Cameroon on Friday, dismissed the African Champions are no threat to the Eagles.“This is my first time (at the national team) and this is also going to be my first time of seeing an African team playing against my country with me in the pitch; either I am inside or outside the pitch.“But to be honest, for me, I don’t think it’s a threat or something (playing against Cameroon); it’s just football. We are playing at home; we have the crowd, we have the stadium and the players are ready. We are just waiting for the game.“For me, I don’t speak a lot before I work; I like to work and you’ll see my job and I don’t need to speak because my job has already said everything.“We are just here waiting for Cameroon and we know it is going to be a tough game. Like you said, they are African Champions. They have a very good team but trust me, Nigeria has a better team,” the 29-year old boasted.Nigeria lead Group B of the 2018 World Cup qualification (Africa) with 6 points from two matches, 4 points clear of the Cameroonians who are in second place.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RelatedHapoel Beer Sheva Duo Nwakaeme & Ogu Get Super Eagles Call UpAugust 19, 2017In “National Team”Anthony Nwakaeme To Get Eagles Call Up?August 17, 2017In “National Team”UCL Qualifying Stage: Nigerian Stars Ogu, Nwakaeme On Target For Israeli ClubJuly 20, 2017In “UEFA”last_img read more

For Dodgers’ Julio Urias, 18, the future is now

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Urias struck out two of them, Shane Peterson and Scooter Gennett.“Not bad for the first outing,” said the reigning most-famous Mexican pitcher in the ballpark, Fernando Valenzuela. Urias picked off a pinch-runner to atone for one walk. After his third walk, on his 42nd pitch, Urias was removed by acting manager Tim Wallach. Yimi Garcia then retired Gerardo Parra on a fly ball, ending the inning.Even though Urias’ location was off at times, he didn’t allow a hit. Despite never pitching an inning above Single-A, Urias still hasn’t allowed a hit in either of his Cactus League appearances — one Friday, one a year ago — while facing major-league competition both times.“He looked like a guy making his first appearance of spring,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “A little erratic, a little anxious. When you’re erratic and you’re anxious and you still have electric stuff, you can get away with a lot of things. PHOENIX >> So Julio Urias is human after all. The only 18-year-old on the Dodgers’ spring training roster wanted a few strike calls from umpire Jim Joyce that he didn’t get Friday. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez fought off some pitches and gave Urias a good at-bat. So did Aramis Ramirez and Khris Davis.In other words, Urias looked like a big leaguer. The Dodgers entrusted the teenager with the third and fourth innings of their split-squad game against the Brewers. In spite of walking three batters in 1 2/3 innings, he didn’t allow a run against a lineup stacked with major leaguers. center_img “I remember my first game yesterday,” Ellis continued. “I’m 33 years old and I was anxious, nervous and excited. For him to be 18 out there doing it, I’m sure he’s feeling the same thing.”Urias said through an interpreter that he gained confidence after pitching his first inning.“It felt great to be able to do it, this early in the stage, to be able to face batters like (Gomez),” Urias said.Urias will not be rushed to the major leagues by Opening Day. He likely won’t appear when rosters expand in September, either. If he is sent to Double-A to begin the season as planned, “I have to do what they say,” Urias said. “They want the best for me”.No matter what he does the rest of the camp, Urias can move forward knowing he can get major league hitters out.“He’s got a lot of confidence in himself,” Valenzuela said.Greinke faces hittersFacing live hitters for the first time this spring, Zack Greinke threw 36 pitches to a group of Dodgers minor-leaguers on a back field at Camelback Ranch. Only one, Cody Bellinger, made solid contact.“I know it wasn’t great, but they’re not in midseason form either,” Greinke said of the batters. “You don’t get a 100 percent accurate read, but it’s better than nothing.”Greinke’s right elbow felt fine about two weeks after he received a lubricating injection at the outset of camp. He’s still on track to make his Cactus League debut Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Ariz.Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is recovering from back spasms, will face live hitters for the first time Saturday. He is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut next Thursday.AlsoYasmani Grandal moved from catcher to designated hitter for the Dodgers’ split-squad game against the Mariners after he was hit in the foot with a baseball during batting practice. Grandal told reporters that the injury is not serious. … Among the game’s many kinks: The public address announcer in Maryvale incorrectly announced Urias as the starting pitcher and “Joe Pederson” as the Dodgers’ center fielder. … The Brewers’ local television affiliate aired incorrect photos of five members of the Dodgers’ starting nine. … Joyce appealed to the third-base umpire for a ruling on a check-swing; there was no umpire at third base.last_img read more