An 11-member Nigerian cycling team last night departed Abuja for Eritrea for the first ever African Cup competition slated for between November 21 and 25 November.The team comprising five females, three males and three technical officials is participating in the competition which also serves as qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games and the World Championship.Cycling Federation of Nigeria (CFN) President, Giandomenico Massari, who disclosed this in Abuja, said the federation has to bend over backwards to finance the trip because of its importance to the aspirations of Team Nigeria ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and 2019/20 World Championship. “The competition is first of its kind in the continent. It is important we participate and qualify at this championship because it is a point scoring event for qualification to participate in 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the world championship. For us it is a must go event. It is for this reason that we have made sure that the team participate,” he said.He added that everything the team requires for success at the African Cup had been provided by the federation, including visa and travel arrangements, lodging and accommodation, equipment and all other support the team need to excel.Among the elite women cyclists listed include Tombrapa Grikpa, Ese Ukpeseraye, Rosemary Marcus, Glory Odiase and Iroh Obiageri. The male cyclists are Korutimi Pabor, Shamsudeen Alhassan, Fatiu Abolaji. While the technical officials include; Joy Wachukwu (Team Coach), Auwalu Yakubu (team Mechanic).The team is led by Confederation of African Cycling (CAC) member and Technical Director of the CFN, Mohammed Bashir.To adequately prepare Team Nigeria for the competition Massari said the cyclists had a month intensive training camp in the hills of Gombe chosen because of its difficult terrain.“Like the Giro delle Marche, the competition is sponsored by the federation, good willed people are still the ones supporting the federation. At the moment, nothing is coming from the government but let me be frank, I’m not so worried about this funding issues. What I’m worried about is for us to have the right facilities that can boost the sport of cycling.“We have over the years been crying over the velodrome here that has not been utilized. What we have here is what other nations are looking for but we use ours as packing lot. We need to get it ready for UCI accreditation so that we can start hosting national and international competitions,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojan Richard Wike, associate director of Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project, gave a presentation on global opinions of the United States on Wednesday at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.Global view · Richard Wike, associate director of Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project, speaks as Professor Robert Banks looks on. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe event, hosted by the USC Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD), took place from 12 to 1 p.m. Accompanying Wike was Annenberg adjunct professor Robert Banks and CPD Director Jay Wang. The event was part of the center’s Conversations Series.Wike’s discussion largely focused on statistics collected from the most recent Pew survey. Wike said, however, that the point of the study was not to make policy recommendations or offer ways to remedy issues.“We don’t tell the government what to do,” Wike said. “We put the information out there, and we rely on the smart people out there to find the next step.”Of all foreign countries, Italy was the most positive toward America, and Pakistan the least, with 85 percent of those surveyed disapproving of America. In terms of regions, sub-Saharan Africa was the area that found America most favorable.“Bush was pretty popular there,” Wike said.Wike also brought up the idea of an “Obama effect.” The data pointed to an increase in American favorability after Obama’s inauguration. The effect, however, has not touched all areas.“Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and Pakistan are countries that really haven’t seen an Obama effect. Favorability spiked up a little bit in Turkey [after his election], not a great rating,” Wike said.Not all areas of American culture were viewed equally, according to the survey. American media and technology were held in high regard. American ideas and democracy were met with hostility.“They do want their American music and TV,” Wike said. “The flipside is that they worry about it pushing out their own local customs and traditions.”Presenters had different opinions on the statistics.“Some of these statistics were evocative. Some were surprising. Some were reassuring. Some were depressing,” Banks said.During the discussion portion of the event, the audience, largely comprised of Annenberg graduate students, asked questions on topics ranging from methodology to effects of the survey.Wike seemed particularly interested in the aspects in which American favoritsm is weak, such as the topic of drones strikes.“There are some countries where we have seen some difference [within demographics]. But overall patterns we do not see it. The one place where we see a big difference is drone strikes. When we ask the drone question we get big gaps,” Wike explained.Military-based questions also elicited mixed results..“The most [interesting thing] is how [many] Americans see China replac[ing] America. Forty-seven percent say yes, 47 percent say no,” said Ian Koo, a graduate student in the public strategy and relations program. “I [would] think that Americans would be more confident.”Wike’s presentation included a segment on opinions of China and whether or not it would become the next superpower.“In the spring of 2008, before the economic crisis really kicked in, 20 percent were saying China, and 47 percent [were] saying the U.S. [would be the superpower]. In this year, the China numbers came up substantially, and U.S. numbers drop,” Wike said. “This is a big change in only a five-year period in what Europe thinks is the world economic leader.”Yating Zhao, a graduate student from China in the communication management program, was particularly curious about the data on China.“I think the most interesting part was that he mentioned that the image of China is increasing. Lots of people think China will one day replace the United States in the world,” Zhao said. “When I was in China, a lot of Americans thought China was the biggest threat. I got it from the real data, so it was very impressive to me.”The full discussion, along with a one-on-one interview with Richard Wike conducted by Lauren Madow, a graduate student in public diplomacy, will be posted to the CPD website, uscpublicdiplomacy.org on Monday.
Some readers may wonder as to why The Nelson Daily would publish an article regarding a National Football League game in Oakland Sunday.Well The Nelson Daily owner/editor Bruce Fuhr was in the Bay Area during the weekend to cross a couple of items off the Bucket List.As a long-time Raider Nation inductee, Fuhr thought while he was there he’d give a hands-on view of the atmosphere of a business that dominates the USA every Sunday, with a couple of satellite days on Thursday and Monday.Here we go.Game preparation begins days before actual event.South of the 49th parallel team followers flock to sporting outlets to purchase their favourite team’s garb. I follow the flow grabbing a new Raiders hat for the game.I already have tons of other clothing, including my Los Angeles Raiders sweat shirt I packed for the game.And on the streets of San Francisco, where I stayed for the weekend, were flooded with Raiders fans, 49er believers and many other NFL teams.Sunday, the streets, public transit and highways were flooded with fans attending the game — close to 60,000 of my new person friends, give or take a few Carolina Panthers supporters sprinkled into to the stadium.North of the 49th parallel, from coast to coast, sports fans were celebrating everything Canadian about football as Ottawa and Calgary clashed in the 104th edition of the Grey Cup.South of the 49th, what Canadian saw Sunday is a ritual that occurs in most US cities from September to February.“We’re here every game, every season to tailgate,” Oakland native and long-time Raider Nation supporter Gary said from the front row of the tailgate party a few hours outside the Coliseum. Gary not only takes tailgating to a new level, but gets right into the game action with a full costume, including face painting prior to the game.“This is a full-meal deal, every single game,” adds the 6-foot plus giant of a man who could probably suit up on any of the lines for the Silver and Black.The Oakland area native said he started dressing up for Raider games in support of Fans Against Violence.Any why does he get up before sunrise to get to the gate a full hour before the 8 a.m. parking lot opening?“Because this is part of our culture. . .. This is so much fun sharing food and drink with my Raider friends.”“For most of us this is basically Sunday dinner for all of us because this is our family.”Some people have heard of the rise of crime south of the border. If so, there was none of that at the game as fans dressed in the Silver and Black High-Fived each other before, during and especially after the game as the Raiders rallied after a third-quarter collapse to win the game in dramatic style — ending on a Khalil Mack sack and fumble recovery of reigning Most Valuable Player Cam Newton after Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski kicked the game-winning field goal.Then the almost 60,000 fans trekked outside the stadium for the more than two-hour wait to head home on the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit).Not at all an inconvenience. Fans simply recanted the game from every angle, dissecting the third quarter when franchise quarterback Derek Carr injured his pinky finger, which forced him out of the game for an offensive series.Of course, many in the know realize the past decade has not been a banner time for the Silver and Black. The struggles have been well documented as the franchise has been mired in the bottom of the league.But Gary sees it all, wins and losses don’t matter. Tailgating at Raider games, as well at any other games in the US, is an institution.“Honestly, it’s the same . . . but with a lot more smiles,” he said. “Even when we were 3-13 everybody was wonderful they were all having a good time out here.”Okay, I’m done.Cross that off the Bucket List.Next up, a trip down under. Hopefully, there’s an Aussie Rules game to check out.