UN calls for int’l help amid swarms of locusts in East Africa

first_imgAFRICA – TheUnited Nations (UN) has called for international help to fight huge swarms ofdesert locusts sweeping through East Africa. Ethiopia, Kenyaand Somalia are all struggling with “unprecedented” and “devastating” swarms ofthe food-devouring insects, the FAO said.  The agencyfears locust numbers could grow 500 times by June.  Ethiopia andSomalia have not faced an infestation on this scale for 25 years, while Kenyahas not seen a locust threat this size for 70 years, the FAO said.(BBC)center_img Swarms of locusts are seen almost covering the sky in East Africa. Countries in this African region, according to reports, have not faced a locust infestation this size in decades. REUTERS A spokesman forthe UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), called for aid to “avert anythreats to food security, livelihoods and malnutrition.”last_img read more

AITEO Cup: Smart City FC Dim Shooting Stars to Progress to…

first_imgLobi Stars go through to challenge for the trophy in place of the NPFL title they just relinquished, just as Rivers United also progress with a 2-0 defeat of Warri Wolves.Rivers United victory didn’t come cheap either. Two well-taken goals by Ossy Martins and Kehinde Adedipe, either side of half time, gave Rivers United the  2-0 win over Warri Wolves in the round of 16 game yesterday.United uncharacteristically made a slow start to the game but Wolves failed to make their early territorial advantage count.The Port Harcourt side was always going to up the ante and when it happened, it was with deadly efficiency.A Peter Ubakanma free kick caused havoc in the Wolves box in the 14th minute and with the Warri club failing to clear their lines, predatory forward, Martins, lurking dangerously in the box, pounced and prodded home to give Rivers United the lead.Martins thought he’d doubled United’s lead in the 19th minute when he shot fiercely into the top corner but the effort was correctly chalked off for offside.United were the superior side in the first half and deservedly took the solitary advantage into the break.Wolves improved markedly in the second half and just when it looked like they had gained a foothold in the game, they were hit by a sucker punch by United who scored their second in brilliant fashion just after the hour mark.Adedipe was the man on the money as he waltzed past the Wolves defence before rounding off the spectacular solo effort with a firm strike which the Wolves goalkeeper, Mamudu Belema failed to hold.The United Technical Manager, Stanley Eguma was pleased with his side’s efforts on the day which eventually delivered a quarter final ticket as he addressed the media afterwards.“First, I commend my players for winning this game which was not easy at all as Wolves came here (the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa, venue of the game) with the intent of winning,” Eguma told the Rivers United official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.2019 AITEO CUP(Round of 16)Smart City FC 0-0 3SC(Smart City 5-4 penalties)Warri Wolves 0-2 Rivers Utd Lobi  3-1 Abia WarriorsInsurance 1-1 El-Kanemi(Insurance 5-4 penalties)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Bendel Insurance, Rivers Utd, Lobi through to next roundGiant-killing Lagos side, Smart City FC, yesterday added Shooting Stars of  Ibadan to their list of casualties after eliminating newly crowned NPLF champions Enyimba in the previous round of the 2019 AITEO Cup.Bendel Insurance also kicked out El-Kanemi Warriors, who have just been relegated from the topflight like them from the topflight.last_img read more

Rotation depth gives Syracuse men’s basketball plenty of lineup options this season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Boeheim likely tries leaning on his key cogs from last year while slowly incorporating his new assets. Roberson, Lydon and Coleman are near-locks to start, while White, Howard, Gillon and Battle could shuffle in and out of the starting five. With the number of players receiving significant minutes this year, the starting lineup could be a moot point.Boeheim has led on that SU’s depth will allow for “some more things” to happen on the floor. Topping that list is the press, which Syracuse has been reluctant to lean on. But the change of pace is what jolted the Orange past Gonzaga and Virginia in the NCAA Tournament, and now Boeheim has the personnel to afford supercharging his defense more often.Someone like Gillon, for example, a 6-foot speedster who moves as quick as anyone on the team, could enter for a short period to spearhead the press and then be swapped out for Howard at point guard. The permutations, at least on paper, allow the Orange to have several situation-oriented lineups.“You never know when you’re going to need (the press),” Boeheim said. “…We work on it every day for a reason, and sometimes it can be the difference in a game.”Of course, it’s just as plausible things don’t pan out exactly how players, fans or coaches imagine they could before the season tips off. One of the freshmen, likely Moyer more so than Thompson or Battle, could redshirt this year. Chukwu might not dazzle immediately in his 7-foot-2 frame after sitting out for a year.Gillon and White are no locks to perform the same as they did in their inferior conferences. In fact, Boeheim said he didn’t expect White to be the same player — one who led Nebraska in points and rebounds per game — with Syracuse.The puzzle will fit together somehow, and there’s only one absolute truth about it: It has plenty of pieces. Comments Published on October 28, 2016 at 7:26 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossmancenter_img Editor’s note: With Syracuse’s first exhibition coming up on Nov. 1, this is the second installment of a five-part series analyzing the most interesting questions surrounding the Orange entering the season. Read the rest of the series, here.When Malachi Richardson closed the door on his college career, foregoing three years of eligibility to roll the dice on life in the NBA, he inadvertently opened new opportunities for Syracuse.Andrew White bolted from Nebraska. In came John Gillon from Colorado State. A trio of dynamic freshmen already awaited the two fifth-year seniors, stacking SU’s deck at nine, or possibly even 10 players deep. Jim Boeheim made no secret about it: If Richardson stayed, White and Gillon wouldn’t be suiting up for their final seasons with the Orange.But Richardson took the plunge, and now Syracuse is looking deeper than it has in years.“Everybody brings something new to the table,” Tyler Roberson said at Atlantic Coast Conference media day on Wednesday. “I think when (the reserves) do get in it’ll throw teams off because we haven’t had this much depth in past years.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRoberson would know. He and Dajuan Coleman are the only two seniors on the roster to spend their entire career with SU. Gillon and White are imports, sophomore Paschal Chukwu redshirted last season, Frank Howard played sparingly as a freshman and Tyus Battle, Matthew Moyer and Taurean Thompson are at the infancy of their collegiate careers. Tyler Lydon is the biggest holdover from last season’s rotation that will figure into this year’s.He, along with Roberson and Coleman, comprised half of the Orange’s six-man rotation in 2015-16 that played 6,933 of the SU’s 7,475 minutes. That’s five starters and one bench player accounting for 93 percent of a Final Four team’s minutes, somewhat of a mind-boggling concept. But this year the lineup options are plentiful, and couldn’t read any more different than what Syracuse deployed six months ago.“We’ve never put five new guys in one year … that actually played a lot, which will happen this year,” Boeheim said at SU’s media day on Oct. 21. “… We have people at every position, a couple guys at every position, which we haven’t had in a long time.”last_img read more