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Railtrack to roll out Spacia plan


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1,500 Youths Apply to Join Real Madrid Academy in Port Harcourt


first_imgErnest Chinwo in Port HarcourtRivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said the state has received more than 1,500 applications from people all over the country to join the Rivers Real Madrid Academy in Port Harcourt.This is as the governor gave the assurance that the academy would take off soon since the state has ratified its agreement with Real Madrid Football Club on the academy. Wike spoke yesterday at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa on arrival from Madrid, Spain where he had gone to ratify the agreement with Real Madrid Football Club officials on the take off of the academy.His words: “We went to Madrid to ratify our agreement with Madrid Foundation as to establish Real Madrid Academy in Port Harcourt. And to the glory of God, that it is now a reality. Real Madrid Academy has come to Port Harcourt.“Not just only football, we also have another aspect of the academy too combined. That is basketball. Real Madrid is one of the best sports clubs in the world. I wouldn’t say I have given the best. But, whatever I can give to our people to ensure they bring out their potentials, we are always willing to support.“We got Madrid and we have perfected it that in any moment from now, the Academy will start. As I speak to you now, I have received not less than 1,500 applications from all over the country, from people who want to be students of the academy.”Wike said the unique feature of the academy is that trainees would have to combine sports with education so that if they do not make it in sports, they could still carry on with their education.“The most important thing there is, they don’t just play football, it is combined with education. Those of them who will make it in terms of football, are held. But, those who do not make it will continue with their education. It is not that those who do not make it, their world has ended. The educational aspect of it is there,” he said.The governor also said the Real Madrid Football Club President, Florentino Perez, has given the assurance that they would do all necessary to ensure the academy becomes the best in Africa.He said, “Yesterday, we were with the President of Real Madrid Football Club, Florentino Perez and he assured us of total support in the actualisation of this vision of developing the best Academy in Africa. He also expressed happiness that we fulfilled all the conditions foe setting up the Academy.”Wike expressed joy that the academy has become a reality, with full partnership between the state government and Real Madrid Foundation.He noted that Rivers people deserve the best and his administration remains committed to giving them the best.He added: It is not only football the world is coming to learn. Rivers State is a safe place everybody can come and do business. It is important for us.“Now, all of us who are from this state must come to project and promote this state, not demarket our state.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


US sanctions companies ‘enabling’ shipment of Venezuelan oil to Cuba


first_imgWASHINGTON, , CMC – The United States Department of State says the Trump administration has sanctioned two companies that it claims are “enabling” the shipment of Venezuelan oil to Cuba.The State Department said the US Government on Friday sanctioned Ballito Bay Shipping Inc. and ProPer in Management Inc., operating in Venezuela’s oil sector, and the vessel Despina Andrianna “used to transport oil” to Cuba. Additional vessels, in which Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, PDVSA, has interests, are being identified as “blocked property, pursuant to Executive Order 13850,” the State Department said. Enabling the Maduro regime“These actions target entities and vessels that have been enabling the former Maduro regime to continue undermine the prosperity and democracy that Venezuelans deserve,” the State Department said. “The former Maduro regime continues to line its pockets with the profits from natural resources that properly belong to the people of Venezuela,” the statement claimed. “Meanwhile, Cuba is propping up the former regime and facilitating its repression of the Venezuelan people, through its military and intelligence support to Maduro. US curtailing ”ongoing corrupt activities”“The United States is taking action to curtail this and other ongoing corrupt activities of Nicolas Maduro and malign actors,” it added. “We encourage companies, banks, and other institutions to refrain from providing services that support his repressive practices. “We also urge countries to take appropriate legal measures to deprive Maduro and his cronies of assets held overseas and to prevent travel to their countries,” the State Department continued. “We will continue to use the full weight of US economic and diplomatic power to complete the peaceful transition to a once-again free, prosperous and stable Venezuela.”Mar-a-Lago meeting with select Caribbean leaders Last month, President Donald Trump met with a select group of Caribbean leaders at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida as the US Department of Treasury announced that it was heightening sanctions on Venezuela.Trump met with the Prime Ministers of Jamaica, the Bahamas and St. Lucia – Andrew Holnes, Hubert Minnis and Allen Chastanet, respectively – and the Presidents of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, and the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina.At the Mar-a-Lago meeting, Trump promised new investments in these five Caribbean countries as a result of their supporting Washington’s bid to oust Venezuela’s President Nicolas Madura.New US sanctions against VenezuelaThe US Department of the Treasury said it was imposing new sanctions on the South American country purportedly in response to the kidnapping of a top aide of Venezuela’s Opposition Leader, Juan Guaidó, who Trump is determined to replace Maduro.The Treasury Department said the new sanctions specifically target Venezuela’s national development bank, BANDES, and four additional subsidiaries that BANDES “owns or controls.”US Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin claimed that “Maduro and his enablers have distorted the original purpose of the bank, which was founded to help the economic and social well-being of the Venezuelan people, as part of a desperate attempt to hold onto power.”The US Treasury Department said that, as a result, “all property and interests in property of these entities, and of any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by this entity, that are in the United States or in the possession or control of US persons are blocked and must be reported to OFAC.”last_img read more


Police: 15-Year-Olds with AK-47 in Backpack Entered Mar-a-Lago


first_imgThe teens were eventually caught within the property.They were taken into custody on charges of armed trespassing, armed burglary, and resisting arrest without violence.Police say when the teens were asked where they got the AK-47 from, one of them responded that he “found it.”Additionally, the spokesperson for the Palm Beach Police Department says the teens were not unaware they had entered Mar-a-Lago property.Rather, they told police that they were trying to evade police and ended up at the club by pure coincidence.The trio, whose identities have not been released, are being held at the Juvenile Assessment Center in West Palm Beach. President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate was once again the site of an arrest situation late last week. However, this time around was quite different than the previous scenarios.Palm Beach Police said Wednesday that three 15-year-old boys are in custody after they illegally entered the property while armed with an AK-47 in a backpack.Officers spotted the teens parked in a silver Hyundai in the 300 block of Middle Rd. around midnight last Friday.The driver took off as officers approached the car.After a short pursuit, the teens stopped near the Southern Blvd. bridge, where they jumped out of the car and ran toward Mar-a-Lago, according to police.A police spokesperson says Mar-a-Lago security later found a backpack on a seawall on the property. It contained a Mini Draco 7.62 caliber AK-47 with a 14-round magazine.last_img read more


California Chrome cleared to wear nasal strip


first_imgAssistant trainer Alan Sherman stands with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome during a walk at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Monday, May 19, 2014. California Chrome is scheduled to depart Tuesday for Belmont Park, N.Y. The Belmont Stakes horse race takes place June 7. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)NEW YORK (AP) — California Chrome can breathe easy — he may wear a nasal strip when he goes for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.Belmont Park stewards cleared the horse Monday to use the strip he wore while winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.New York tracks have a rule prohibiting any equipment not specifically approved by stewards, and nasal strips were not on the list.A statement from the New York Racing Association and the state’s Gaming Commission says three stewards unanimously gave approval.The strip worn by California Chrome during his six-race winning streak is thought to improve airflow through his nostrils. That will come in handy during the Belmont’s grueling 1½ miles on June 7.last_img read more


RFH Students Generosity Receives ‘Thanks’ from Solider


first_imgRUMSON – “I wanted to express my deep and sincere appreciation for sending all of the care packages … particularly given how difficult the last couple of months have been for all of you with Hurricane Sandy. Care Packages help so much to keep that connection with our friends, family, and communities back home and remind us of how selfless our neighbors are.”That was the sentiment expressed in a letter written by Lt. Cdmr. Brendan Piccolo of the U.S. Navy and addres­sed to Rumson-Fair Haven High School and the Long Branch Housing Authority. Piccolo, stationed at Bagram Airfield in North­eastern Afghanistan, is one of the officers who received much-needed items and distributed them to troops as the result of a recent Care Package Drive.The Character Education Club at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School has been organizing the Care Package Drive for the past few years. This year the students wanted to “raise the bar” and send a record-high number of items to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. They accomplished this goal by partnering with students from the Evolve Education Program of the Long Branch Housing Authority.Their efforts began in October when the RFH group asked fellow students and community members to donate troop-requested items such as energy drinks, instant coffee, gum, candy, DVDs, magazines, books, and more. Toys also were dropped off for distribution to children in the region.Once collection was complete, the RFH club teamed up with students from Evolve in Long Branch to sort, pack and ship the items. They worked under the guidance of RFH Character Education Advisor Jason Lippart and Evolve Director Theodore Drakeford. The collaborative effort, the first of its kind between the two groups, resulted in the delivery of 56 packages containing the comforts of home.In the letter Piccolo expressed his surprise. “I may have set a record for the number of packages received in one day, and have dutifully shared with the staff in this headquarters,” he said. “I speak for all of them when I say thank you so much for thinking of us.”A military reservist, Piccolo will return to his civilian job in Maryland when he arrives home in mid-January to his wife Amy and their two daughters, ages 2 and 4. Although he resides in Washington, D.C., he has strong ties to the shore area with family members residing in Belmar, Sea Girt and Spring Lake.“I was truly inspired by the hard work and generosity displayed by the students and community members who helped make the Care Package Drive so successful,” noted Lippart. “The willingness of people to pull together for a common cause, even in times of personal strife and hardship, really helps kick the holiday spirit into overdrive.”last_img read more