Duro IkhazuagbeThe Super Eagles dropped one spot from 50th to 51st on the December Ranking released by FIFA on Thursday.Eagles ranked 9th in the continent is the least of the five countries representing Africa at the World Cup in Russia next year. Africaâ€™s other representatives at Russia 2018 Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco are ranked 23rd, 27th, 31st and 40th respectively Interestingly, Nigeriaâ€™s Group D World Cup opponents; Argentina, Croatia and Iceland also did not move too much in the current rankingsArgentina maintained her number four spot, Croatia moved up one spot to 17th while Iceland dropped to number 22 in the global ranking.The performance of the home-based Eagles at next monthâ€™s CHAN in Morocco will go a long in determining the Eagles subsequent ranking as FIFA regard the competition as a full international.Apart from Nigerian and Congo DR that dropped spots, the Top Ten of the African ranking appears stable with Senegal at the summit with Tunisia, Egypt, Congo DR, Morocco, Bâ€™Faso, Cameroon, Ghana and Algeria (10th) maintaining that order downward.At the global level, German is the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankingâ€™s latest â€˜Team of the Yearâ€™, having ended 2017 atop the global ladder.The world champions, who qualified to defend their crown in Russia by winning all ten of their qualifiers and have been unbeaten in 15 matches in 2017, succeed Argentina and Belgium, who were â€˜Team of the Yearâ€™ in 2016 and 2015 respectively.Germany held on to top spot in a largely unchanged Ranking that reflects the fact that just 41 â€˜Aâ€™ internationals have been played since the previous edition, and that few of those involved teams at the top end of the table.Brazil is second with Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Spain, Poland, Switzerland, France and Chile making up the Top Ten at the global level to end 2017.The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on January 18, 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Syracuse attack Bradley Voigt was named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive player of the week following a six-goal performance in Syracuse’s bounceback win over Albany Saturday, the conference announced Monday afternoon. The senior excelled in his second game as the third member of SU’s starting attack line and scored on multiple doorstep chances.The honor comes after the Orange (1-1) jumped three spots to No. 17 in the country earlier Monday.Prior to Saturday, Voigt scored 19 goals in his Syracuse career, and his previous career-high output was two goals in a single game.SU returns to action Sunday against No. 13 Army (2-0) in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 18, 2019 at 5:46 pm Contact Michael: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MikeJMcCleary
US sanctionsDays after reports surfaced that German transshipment company Oldendroff Carriers is scaling back on its local operations, the company’s officials told Government that if the United States imposed sanctions are not withdrawn or modified by June 5, 2018, they would be legally obliged to terminate their services, putting over 200 workers on the breadline. This was revealed at a meeting with stakeholders in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) with Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and Junior Minister Simona Broomes. Trotman has already met with Region 10 Members of Parliament Ashwin Rutherford and Jermain Figueira, along with Rusal and Oldendroff to assess firsthand the impact that the US Government sanctions on Rusal’s Guyana operations in the upper Berbice River, and in the main, on the hundreds of workers employed by the two companies.At the meeting, it was disclosed that senior officials in Europe were engaged in daily talks to mitigate the impacts and information being communicated as soon as it is known. Both companies pledged to continue to engage the workers and to respect the labour laws of Guyana in the handling of their arising issues. Additionally, the companies indicated their willingness to receive Government’s support in whatever way possible.The Ministers and Members of Parliament grilled the officials about their sharing of information with employees and stressed the high value that Government placed on keeping the workers employed to avoid the social impact to the people of Region 10.At the conclusion of the meeting, the Ministers indicated that in addition to holding meetings with Union representatives, they would also urgently visit employees at the various sites in the Berbice River in the coming week.Trotman, along with other senior Government officials, are expected to meet with local Rusal officials and the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GBGWU) to determine the way forward to cushion the effects of the United States sanctions against Rusal’s co-owner Oleg Deripaska.Despite assurances by Finance Minister Winston Jordan that Government was guaranteed that German transshipment company Oldendroff Carriers would not be affected by the sanctions, on Thursday reports surfaced that the company has begun scaling back its operations ultimately putting over 200 jobs in jeopardy.However, Trotman has since stated that the decision was expected and that measures are being put in place to cushion the effect.On Saturday, via a telephone interview, GBGWU’s President Lincoln Lewis confirmed the meeting, adding that the Union is still awaiting official word from the company. He said they are still monitoring the situation and interacting with the workers who are constantly on the edge.He is hopeful that the meeting will provide some sense of direction as to what Government’s position is, as well as Rusal’s and its associates. On Friday, it was reported that Russian companies, including Rusal, have asked for 100 billion rubles (US$1.6 billion) in liquidity support from the Government, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said. The US Treasury Department in a statement on Friday announced the sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, 12 companies they either owned or controlled and 17 senior Government officials, who Washington said were profiting from the Russian Government’s engagement in “a range of malign activities” around the world.The Treasury Department warned that US entities would be “generally prohibited” from dealings with the persons and firms on the sanctions list, while added that companies outside the United States could face sanctions for “knowingly facilitating significant transactions for or on behalf of” the sanctioned entities.The US Government’s decision to include Deripaska on its sanctions blacklist will reverberate around the world because his business empire has a global footprint and counts major multinationals as partners. Deripaska, estimated by Forbes magazine to have a net worth of US$6.7 billion, is the main owner of the conglomerate EN+, which in turn is the co-owner of some of the world’s biggest metals producers, Rusal and Nornickel.Rusal had said it regretted its inclusion on the US sanctions list, adding that its advisors were studying the situation. Hong Kong-listed Rusal is one of the world’s biggest aluminium producers. It says exports to the United States account for over 10 percent of its output. Rusal owns assets in Italy, Ireland, Sweden, Nigeria, Guyana, and Guinea. It owns a stake in Australian QAL, the world’s top alumina refinery.
Four Masters GAA NewsComhghairdeas mór: Huge congratulations to Ann McMonigle Meehan and Pauline O’Gara, Cultural Officers, Four Masters, on their recent award for the Club.The Club has been awarded the best club outside the Gaeltacht, for it’s cultural activities. This is a great honour and reflects the tremendous work being put in. Maith sibh! Lotto: There was no jackpot winner in the lotto this week. The lucky dip winners are Mela Britton, The Glebe, Seamus Muldoon, Castle Street, John and Kathleen Durcan, Ardeskin and Damien Reed, Rossylongan. All will receive €25 prize. The numbers drawn were 1, 2, 5 and 24. The next draw is on 15.12.14. The jackpot now stands at €4800.U21’s: Huge well done to the U21 squad and Tony Cornyn and his Management team on their recent win in Buncrana. They now play Kilcar in the semi-final. Best of luck. Minor Ladies: Congratulations to the Minor Ladies who had great wins in Ardara recently. They are now through to the Minor B Final. Best of luck. 5K Walk / Run: This annual event in aid of Senior Adult Football Teams takes place on St Stephen’s Day 26th December. Sign on at Lough Eske Castle Car Park 11.30am. Starts at 12 o clock, €5 per adult. Please support and get family and friends out to, walk, run or jog this scenic route, be active. Light refreshments available, come along and support your local club. National Club Draw Tickets: the club will be circulating tickets to certain members to buy or sell. These tickets cost €10. All monies will go towards the club with ticket stubs being returned to Croke Park for draw on 17th March 2015. Please support as this helps to pay club levies and registration due early in the year. Best wishes: To the Minor Boys in Co Semi final against Dungloe/ Na Rossa. Best of luck. Reserves: The reserves won their League and were presented with the Cup recently. Huge well done to all involved. GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS U21’S EARN BRILLIANT WIN OVER BUNCRANA TO SET-UP SEMI-FINAL CLASH WITH KILCAR was last modified: December 9th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:four mastersGAANoticesSport