Enyimba Football Club of Aba announced yesterday that Coach Usman Abd’allah has been relieved of his duties as Technical Adviser with immediate effect.“After a string of disappointing results the club believes it must set a new course now and regain its competitive edge, domestically and on the continent.“In the interim, Coach Fatai Osho will take over the head coach duties. All other announcements on this subject will be made later, a statement from the team announced yesterday morning. Chairman of the club, Felix Anyansi Agwu, said: “This is not a decision we have taken lightly, nor in haste.“Results and performances since the start of this season have been very unimpressive and the club must take action to forestall further setbacks.“We are speaking to the players too and they must do better otherwise there will be consequences. As Enyimba we are committed to earning positive results always and we can’t accept nothing less,” stressed the chairman of the club in a veiled threat to weed out more if there is no meaningful change to the fortunes of the former African champions.“The Club wishes Coach Usman Abd’allah the best for the future and thank him for his service,” concludes the statement signed by Enyimba’s Media Officer, Zazi Bariza Samuel.Abdalla led Enyimba to win their record eighth Nigeria championship last season and they also reached the semifinals of the CAF Confederation Cup last year.Sunday’s 4-0 thrashing of the People’s Elephant at Plateau United has seen the eight-time Nigeria champions drop to 13th position on the NPFL table with 15 points from 10 matches.Enyimba feature in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup remain uncertain.They are third in Group D with three points from three matches and host Paradou from Algeria this weekend in continuation of the competition.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
MIAMI, Florida – Christmas is perhaps the most celebratory event in the Christian calendar. Christmas Day is bundled with several holidays celebrated between the end of November and the end of December, which include Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve. Since these holidays include other religious commemorations, to be inclusive, this period from Thanksgiving to the New Year is simply called the holidays, but to Christians, it’s the Christmas season.It seems Christians, representing a large percentage of the South Florida population, are more adamant this year to emphasize that the season commemorates Jesus’ Birth. On several occasions, people offering “Happy Holidays” greetings have been rebuffed by the pronounced response, “Merry Christmas,” and this year more retailers have hung “Merry Christmas” banners instead of those depicting “Happy Holidays” as occurred in recent years. Greeting card stores are also selling more Christmas cards, rather than “holiday” cards.An interesting comment was made by a local Pentecostal pastor that the challenge of recent times is driving more people to seek hope in Christ, hence the reemphasis on Christmas. “People need hope more than ever these days,” said the pastor. “They are hoping for jobs, saving their homes from foreclosure, to get better salaries, have stronger families, find love; and they see this hope exemplified in the Christmas message with the commemoration of the birth of Christ, the Messiah born to bring hope and salvation to a sinful world.”People of different religious beliefs may disagree with his view, but it seems that Christmas, and the season that surrounds it, generate a degree of hope and optimism among a large percentage of the population wherever Christmas is celebrated.During Christmas, many people are more generous. Individuals who complained of being strapped for cash during the year find funds to spend on friends, relatives and themselves. People who were otherwise strangers during the year become more friendly, offering pleasant greetings for joy, blessings and happiness to each other. Generally, people become more charitable, reaching out to feed the hungry, and offer gifts to the poor, especially children, who would otherwise receive no gifts.However, people also tend to lose their sense of reasoning during the season, spending relentlessly, not heeding caution that this heavy spending will leave them in debt during the new year. While such spending augurs well for the economy, it depletes the personal savings of individuals and families who cannot afford this loss. However, many people get caught up in this environment of generosity, and harbor hopes that the new year will bring the blessings they prayed for during the passing year to compensate for their excesses during the Christmas season.But Christmas is not permanent. The festivity ends abruptly, especially in America, where at midnight on December 25, Christmas disappears like Cinderella’s coach, replaced by the pumpkin of reality.After all the glitter is cleared, and the visiting relatives return home, everyone has to find the most realistic means of coping with the challenges of their respective lives. Nonetheless, Christmas serves as an important reminder, and, like the pastor said, offers hope to a burdened people.The season proves that kindness, a spirit of sacrifice and goodwill, and a real attempt to reach out to the less fortunate is realistic. While most people won’t be able to spend without limit, they can share the true spirit of Christmas, regardless of their religious beliefs. They can continue to love and respect each other as they want to be loved and respected.This should be the legacy of the Christmas season and Christmas Day.May this message resonate long after the season ends.
Facebook11Tweet0Pin0 Many Thurston County residents worship the sun. We live for the days of a bright yellow sunshine in the five-day forecast. To see a string of days without rain clouds is certainly a treat.When the temperature rises, there are some new behaviors that you can incorporate into your daily habits. These easy-to-implement tasks can reduce your energy bills.Install a programmable thermostat that brings your house to a comfortable temperature when you are typically at home and stops heating or cooling your living space when you tend to be out.If your home has a central air conditioning, set the temperature to cool at 78 degrees. Home owners typically save about six to seven percent off cooling costs for each degree above 78 degrees.Pull window shades. Our neighbors in Southern California know to close blinds on sunny days, but people living in the Pacific Northwest sometimes forget that to keep the hot sun out, you need to pull the shades. Open the shades in the winter to bring in warm rays.Turn off lights, appliances and electronics when not in use. During a Washington summer, we benefit from long hours of daylight. Take advantage of this natural light and leave the lights off. This step will keep your house cooler and your energy bill down.If the hot weather is too much, look for an Energy Star air conditioner. This designation means that the cooling unit is the most energy efficient model on the market. Situate a window air conditioner out of direct sunlight. They work best when kept cool.Replace an old central air conditioner with a new Energy Star qualified model. Often this can reduce your cooling costs by up to 20%. Schedule an inspection to make sure that your heating and cooling system is working at peak efficiency.Install a ceiling fan. This is a less expensive way to cool down. During hot weather, a ceiling fan will create a cool breeze and circulate air around your home.Get rid of hot air by using an exhaust fan to blow hot air out of your kitchen. Similarly, take cooler showers and baths to avoid adding hot, humid aid to your home.Cook outside. Instead of using your oven or stove, use your barbecue, microwave or countertop appliances. A microwave uses 75% less energy than a regular electric oven.Install Energy Star compact fluorescent (CF) light bulbs in your most used fixtures and lamps. CF bulbs radiate less heat and will save you an average of $30 – $40 over the lifespan of each bulb.For more examples of how to reduce your heating bills and improve your home’s energy efficiency, click here.