Nigerian Fan Seeks Political Asylum in Russia

first_imgThe 31-year-old citizen of Nigeria arrived to Russia for the World Cup before asking police in the Perovo district of Moscow for political asylum, the RBC news agency reported, citing an unnamed police source.“The man said that he had participated in anti-government protests in his country and that his life was currently threatened by Nigerian government forces,” the police source was cited as saying.The asylum request has been transferred to a local migration services branch of the Interior Ministry, RBC reported.According to Russian law, political asylum requests are granted by presidential decree. (NAN)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A football fan from Nigeria has reportedly requested political asylum in Russia, citing fears of political persecution in his home country, the Moscow Times reports.Human rights groups say it is difficult for asylum seekers to obtain refugee status in Russia, with only 582 people admitted as refugees in 2017, the lowest number in the past decade.Since the World Cup began, dozens of people who entered Russia using World Cup fan identity documents have attempted to enter neighboring European countries and request asylum.last_img read more

10 fun facts about West Virginia

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 26, 2018 at 11:50 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected] 1. “Hi, Billy Mays here …”Billy Mays attended West Virginia before dropping out. During his two years there, he was also a walk-on linebacker on the football team. After leaving WVU, he became a promotional advertiser and television pitchman. He promoted more than 40 different products, including Mighty Putty, OxiClean and the Awesome Auger. Mays died in 2009.2. A Tailgate TraditionOne of West Virginia’s biggest tailgate traditions is an alcoholic drink that dates back to the early 1800s. It’s called “Moonshine.” It’s made by specially distilling high-proof whiskey. Many West Virginia tailgaters make different flavors of moonshine and drink it out of mason jars on gameday. During Prohibition, many West Virginians made a living off of bootlegging Moonshine.3. The Coal RockBefore each home game, every West Virginia player touches the large coal rock in Milan Puskar Stadium. It’s a symbol for the entire state of West Virginia, which is the second-biggest coal mining state in the U.S., behind Wyoming. The players touch the rock for good luck, and it symbolizes the blue-collar coal miners in the state also going to work.4. “A date which will live in infamy”On Dec. 7, 1941, the USS West Virginia took seven aerial torpedo hits during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The battleship survived and was repaired, later helping the United States in future battles. The battleship was later decommissioned, but the mast from the ship sits on the West Virginia campus, in front of Oglebay Hall. The mast has been on WVU’s campus since 1963.5. The man behind the logoThe current NBA logo is a white silhouette of a man dribbling a basketball. That man is Jerry West, who played for WVU from 1957-1960 until he was drafted second overall in the NBA draft. He went on to be a 14-time all-star. The road outside the WVU basketball arena is now named Jerry West Boulevard.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text6. An unusual top sportWVU participates in 17 different intercollegiate varsity sports. While the football team and men’s basketball team are often ranked in the Top 25, WVU’s best sport is actually rifling. The Mountaineers have won 19 NCAA national championships in coed rifle shooting.7. WVU’s theme song“Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver is the official theme song of West Virginia, per WVU’s website. It’s played before every home game and again after the game if the Mountaineers win. It’s been played at every game since 1972, and Denver performed it live before a game in 1980.8. Mountaineer IdolIn 2004, West Virginia started its own smaller version of American Idol. They began a six-week competition to find the best singer and performer on the campus. Hundreds of students attend each round of the six-round elimination process. The 2018 Idol began in September, with each week having a new theme or genre that the singers must follow. 9. Kanawha … or West VirginiaThe state of West Virginia was founded because of deep political divides established during the Civil War. When Virginia planned to secede from the U.S., the entire state was not in support of it. The delegates from the western part of the state decided after Virginia’s secession that a new state was the best path forward. There were plans to name the new state Kanawha, but West Virginia was the eventual name chosen. 10. Filling it up for footballMilan Puskar Stadium holds about 60,000 people. On game days, the stadium holds more people than the largest city in the state, Charleston. As of the 2010 census, Charleston had 51,400 inhabitants. Commentslast_img read more

Foster’s Fairplay | Burrell should meet Butler half way

first_img There is no suggestion that the future of the country’s football can rest on the shoulders of a single player. Having said that, the country has not been able to attract real quality players, plying their trade overseas, notwithstanding the fact that they were born in Jamaica. England winger Raheem Sterling, originally from Maverley, did not accept the invitation when the Captain came hunting his talent. The gifted Leon Bailey was transferred just a few days ago from the Belgian club Genk on a deal worth over £12 million. He now represents Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga. But there is a major problem with the 19-year-old, who played locally at three recognised youth levels, top-scoring in them all. Coming from his own mouth, the former Jamaica College Manning Cup left-side defence man, Craig Butler, who founded the Phoenix Football Academy for which Leon played when he was based in Jamaica, is the youngster’s adopted father. There are some old issues coming out of the administration of that entity that has put Butler and the Kingston & St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) and, by extension, the JFF at loggerheads. Recently, as the bid to get Leon to represent Jamaica at the senior level intensifies, Butler has publicly issued an ultimatum. In order for him to allow his adopted son to play for Jamaica, there has to be an apology from the JFF for disrespect meted out to him by former national coach Winfried Schaefer. Another clause is that the JFF must outline a philosophy for the running of football if Leon is required to be a part of it. There seems to be no backing out on the decision taken by Butler, hence the problem. So what does the JFF do to address this impasse? No one should ask that the Captain slavishly accepts and complies with the dictates of Butler. However, there must be a way forward to allow the young man, if that is his wish, to represent his country and give its people an opportunity to view his exceptional skills at close range. It will take a meeting of minds, frank discussion and, above all, the will to overlook past grievances in the interest of Jamaica, land we love. Aye, aye Captain, you are needed on deck. [email protected] Foster’s Fairplay has always had great respect for the president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), former Army Captain Horace Burrell. Although he is frequently described as possessing a dictatorial style, it is that which has brought a great deal of glory to the country’s football image. Over the years, Jamaica was never short of football talent. However, this was the sporting administrator who had a vision and along with the Brazilian recruit, coach Rene Simoes, attracted the support and acquired the tools to make it happen. The rest is history, as it led to the nation making its entry to the World Cup Final in 1998. A lot has changed since that time. Burrell and his team are now facing a dilemma. With a public who had experienced the sweet taste of this achievement yapping at his heels, seeking more of the same, the terrain after 1998 was always going to be tough. Although the campaign back then was flavoured by an influx of England-based players, there now seems to be less of a desire by the football fraternity to accept them with the enthusiasm with which they were welcomed more than 20 years ago. One of the reasons for the well-voiced reluctance is that the quality of a Deon Burton, a prolific striker, is absent in the present lot. The same can be said about the midfield general, Fitzroy Simpson. With the present crew, the word ‘journeymen’ seems to sum it up perfectly. The current thinking from the football management appears to be that local-based players are not the answer, either. As such, the squad named for the recent friendly against the USA was bereft of those who play their club game in England. It comprised players from Major League Soccer and others from here at home. Coach Theodore Whitmore, despite a 1-0 loss, is reported to be “encouraged” by the team performance, but what is the path forward? QUALITY PLAYERSlast_img read more