The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says it won’t beg any player of Nigeria descent to play for the country. This is coming on the heels after many have urged the federation to do everything humanly possible to get Bukayo Saka to play for the country ahead of England. But the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick has clearly stated that the federation would not beg anyone to represent Nigeria. “There are many players that play like Bukayo Saka in Nigeria. We don’t want to go begging any player,” Pinnick said.Advertisement Loading… Saka was born in London to Nigerian parents, and he’s still eligible to play for Nigeria despite featuring for the country of his birth at the junior level. The likes of Joseph Aribo, Alex Iwobi, Victor Moses decided to play for Nigeria at full international level, despite playing for England at Junior level, but Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori opted to represent the Englis read also:Saka, Aubameyang jostle for Arsenal’s Player of the Season awardThe 18-year-old enjoyed a break out season with Gunners last season, making over 30 appearances, scoring two goals and provided 12 assists. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Best Cars Of All Time2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?
The 44-year-old will send his relegation-haunted side into the white-hot cauldron of Newcastle’s St James’ Park on Sunday admitting that the Tyne-Wear showdown, which this year could have significant consequences for the respective participants, represents as difficult a test as any he has faced in his career to date. Di Canio said: “I can’t wait, I can’t wait. We live for it. We live to win cups or we live to qualify for the Europa League, to play in the Champions League, we live to play at the top level. But you know here, the result can change the mood for the derby next year because there is a joke between the fans. They work together at the office.” He added: “I know what is going on – in Rome it is similar, even if here it is more tough because we are talking about two different cities very close. This one is very, very tough. We know for what reason – Celtic v Rangers, there is a fire in this derby for not only sports reasons, we all know this. “But this one is one of the toughest, in my opinion, in the world and I am more than happy to have this chance.” Di Canio, of course, is a man who wears his heart on his sleeve, sometimes to his detriment, but he knows derby day is one for cool heads. Sunderland came close to snatching their first win on Tyneside since November 2000 last season despite having Stephane Sessegnon sent off 13 minutes after the break, and skipper Lee Cattermole followed him after the final whistle following Shola Ameobi’s last-gasp equaliser. And the Italian admits discipline will be key to his side’s hopes this time around. When it was suggested to him that he had been an excitable player himself, Di Canio replied with a smile: “Just a few times. “We know what happened last year. It wasn’t a very friendly game. We have to make sure, even if I can’t wait – already it is easy to imagine that the players are going to give everything – but we have to show our character, we have to drive our energy in a positive way. “We know sometimes, some players can lose their temper maybe because they want to show the fans they can be proud of them, and they can do something that puts the team in trouble. I will try to persuade them to use their energy to score a goal and to defend well to beat them and maybe celebrate the victory.” Sunderland manager Paolo di Canio cannot wait to experience “one of the toughest” derbies in world football. Press Association
“In other developments, a financial institution and real estate giants are on the verge of committing to both headline sponsors and real estate partners for the Abuja City International Marathon, this goes to show the commitment of the private sector in Nigeria to grow sports and encourage wellbeing’’The 50km ultra-distance race will be held on December 7, 2019 at Sagamu, Ogun State.Greatly supported by the Ogun state government and Valuejet Nigeria, the ultra-race will also feature a 5Km Fun Run open to everyone. Other sponsors include Valuejet Nigeria, SevenUp Bottling Company and Aquafina.Registration is free, as interested participants can register on https://remointernationalultrarace.com.Keystone Bank, one of Nigeria’s premium banks operates with best practices and offers leading solutions and services to its clients and associates. The bank is known for convenient and reliable banking solutions that make banking a seamless experience.Ultra-distance race also called ultramarathon is longer than the traditional marathon length of 42.195 kilometres or 26.219 mi.The ultra-race is the first African Championship in IAU’s 35 years history. The race is set to open a new stage of development in ultra-distance running in Africa.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Keystone Bank Limited has signed a major sponsorship deal with Nilayo Sports Management Ltd, the organizers of Valuejet IAU African Championship Remo 2019, Nigeria’s first ultra-distance race.The Managing Director of NSML, Bukola Olopade, said yesterday that: “Valuejet IAU African Championships is a trendsetter, the ultra-race is setting an excellent example for ultra-running on the continent, ultra-runners from all across IAU member countries will be visiting Nigeria to compete in the African Championships.“Keystone Bank, a bank that values excellence has chosen to partner with us to make history together, the bank recognizes the importance of athletics in the development of the country and this sponsorship will go a long way in contributing to the success of the event”
WORKERS: The County Federation of Labor will renegotiate contracts for more than 200,000. By Rick Orlov STAFF WRITER Los Angeles County’s largest and most powerful labor union is bracing for one of its busiest years in recent history as contracts for more than 200,000 workers are up for renegotiation. But the turmoil has quieted and this year saw only protracted negotiations for a new grocery-worker contract as the federation has joined immigration activities and sought out new affiliations. “Maria Elena has done well in coordinating and consolidating her power,” said Kent Wong of the UCLA Labor Center. “She has a lot of respect among all the unions, and she has spent her time running the County Fed. It’s a big job.” The federation saw some success in organizing security guards, but efforts to unionize and get a living wage for workers at hotels near Los Angeles International Airport have been blocked by the business community in one of its rare fights against labor. “It was one of the few times in recent years that we saw the business community step up to fight the unions,” said Tom Hogan-Esch, a political science professor at California State University, Northridge, and from the Center of Southern California Studies. “The business community was concerned that the living wage plan would be applied on a geographic basis and if it could apply to the hotels around LAX, it could be applied anywhere. Business is tremendously concerned about this as a precedent.” But what may be more surprising, he said, is just how many times the business community goes along with the labor movement’s agenda – a testament to its political power in the region and the state. “In some respects, Los Angeles labor is in a better position than labor across the country. It has recognized the changing economy and adapted to it. Los Angeles is probably one of the few bright spots nationally among unions,” he said. Theme is rebuilding middle class Durazo said a key union concern now is dealing with a growing wage gap in California. Citing a report showing 40 percent of new jobs pay less than $11 an hour, Durazo said the union has been working on a theme of rebuilding the middle class. “We can’t do that at $11 an hour,” Durazo said. “What you are talking about when you have that is that it leads full circle to what kind of education are we giving our kids, what incentives are we giving them to go out there and learn? Without that incentive, you are looking at kids dropping out, joining gangs and seeing an increase in crime. “Unions can help solve that problem by creating higher-paying jobs that offer incentives and a good quality of life.” Not all agree with the rosy assessments, however. “To me, the labor movement continues to struggle,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. “They have been successful in the government sector, but if you look at traditional labor unions across the country, Los Angeles is different. “We don’t have the United Auto Workers or the manufacturing unions anymore that produced the old-line union membership. The economics have changed, and we are operating in a global environment, and in many cases the unions don’t get it.” Flexing political muscle Another issue facing the labor movement is a relative lack of attention among the public, said David Abel, publisher of The Planning Report. “The labor movement is little understood by anyone not in it,” Abel said. “The general public and the civic community doesn’t consider it much of a factor because the balance of power has shifted to the public sector. I don’t think the general public or the business community really appreciate the dynamic of that.” Local officials do, however. The County Fed has powerful allies across the state – from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and a majority of the Los Angeles City Council to Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, who once served as political director of the County Fed. Most members of the Los Angeles delegation in the state Legislature and Congress also have strong labor ties. And with the presidential election this year, unions are flexing their political muscle. All of the Democratic candidates appeared at a recent AFL-CIO debate and pledged to back union issues. “What was important about that is that the questions came from working people,” Durazo said. “And their questions showed what they are concerned about. “Yes, everyone is concerned about Iraq. That is No. 1. But beyond that, people are concerned about whether they will have their job tomorrow. What happens to their pension if their company shuts down after 30 years? What will they do for health care? “These are the bread-and-butter issues that working families worry about. This is what is causing insecurity in the country.” But Durazo has also broadened the union’s approach with a unique arrangement negotiated earlier this year with unions in Shanghai, China. Comparing it to a Sister City relationship, Durazo said it creates the potential for an alliance with the two largest port cities in Asia. “What we want to do is increase understanding,” Durazo said. “You can only do that with face-to-face meetings and contact. We went there to see how they operate, and we want to bring them here to show that what they do affects how we operate.” Effort to unionize truck drivers The deal comes at a key time, as contracts are up this year for the longshore and warehouse unions at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports. There also is a major effort to unionize the 16,000 independent truck drivers that deliver goods from the ports. Barbara Maynard, who is working with the independent truckers, said the campaign is similar to one being waged against FedEx, which employs independent truckers but provides no benefits. “What we have at the ports are about 16,000 drivers who are effectively employees of the shippers, but have no rights,” Maynard said. “If they get injured on the job, there is no workers’ compensation. There is no health insurance.” If the organizing effort is successful, it could affect other industries that try to avoid paying benefits to temporary workers, Maynard said. While labor watchers acknowledge Durazo has stabilized the County Fed, now many are waiting for her to emerge as a forceful visible presence of unions. A fiery advocate of her members when she headed the Unite Here union of hotel and restaurant workers, Durazo has been decidedly more low key and taken a lower profile than her most recent predecessors. “I think she will be more public soon,” Maynard said. “What she has done is focus on where we’re headed – and it very much has to do with rebuilding the middle class – and you will see that in negotiations this year on contracts for the lowest paid to the highest.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Workers in high-profile industries including entertainment, education, health care and shipping are set to sign new deals, and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, will be the central organizing point for building coalitions. While Maria Elena Durazo has kept a low-profile this year as the new secretary-treasurer of the County Fed, she has used the time to solidify her position – and the union’s – for the discussions ahead. “The last time we had these many contracts affecting so many workers was in 2000,” Durazo said. “We did well then, and I’m confident we will be able to get through this year.” The County Fed’s relatively subdued past year has marked a sharp contrast to previous turmoil that had wracked the organization, which serves as an umbrella group for more the 600 unions and 800,000 workers in the region. Durazo was elected to a four-year term at the helm of the federation in mid-2006, taking over from her husband, the late Miguel Contreras. At the time, the union was divided by national disputes and city employee unions were agitating for parity with raises given to Department of Water and Power workers.