In my journey through life, many of my seemingly mundane experiences have been reduced to metaphors, revealing life-changing philosophies.Last week, I was in Canary Wharf, the clone of Manhattan planted in south-east London. Whenever I am in the City, I am handed a nicely folded copy of the newspaper City AM, by smiling, welcoming vendors. So, while stepping off the train at Canary Wharf I’ve not reached limousine status yet I was expecting similar practice. But having made my way to the exit of the station, there was no vendor in sight. I glanced around and asked a passer-by: “Excuse me, where can I get my copy of City AM?” Mutely, he pointed to the other end of the station, where several piles were stacked. With no one handing them out, the number of people carrying copies was substantially lower than in the City.The meaning to me is: in today’s highly competitive world, one has to proactively gain what one needs. One can no longer rely on financial hand-outs. Now that we have returned to a coalition government, in times of austerity, this message is evident on both micro and macro levels. Whether it is expecting your newspaper to be handed to you or having to “get on yer bike” to find work, the message is clear: the onus is on you to hunt for what you want. Despite all the doomsayers revealing, in the holy scriptures of broadsheets and red tops, that we are deep in economic uncertainty, it is still a free market economy. So make the most of it.Of course, human nature will be put to the test as to how we balance getting what we want without violating the rights, freedoms and access of others to the free market. Whether you care or not, are a city trader or arts workshop facilitator, this is the tightrope we all walk. The good thing is, tough times can bring out the best in humanity.On returning to Glasgow, I experienced the same thing when stepping off the train at Central Station. This time it was a chap handing out half-folded copies of Business7. I received my copy with a smile and said “Thank you”, to which he replied: “You know, you are the first person who has said that all morning. Thank you for saying thank you.” This has made me wonder one thing, how much does it cost to smile or are we too busy to even say thank you?My next stop was to go and have an espresso at one of my shops. While being served by a nice chap who greeted me with a “Good morning”, I logged on to my laptop to check the latest reports to see what the first seven weeks in 2011 have been like. Each shop is up on like-to-like sales, despite the VAT increase and, after making a few phone calls, the pattern is seen in some of my friends’ businesses too. Too early to say, but let’s hope the recovery has started.
Liverpool then cancelled a planned Friday meeting although Ward has subsequently disputed the words attributed to him and is reportedly threatening to take legal action. He has been criticised for his handling of Sterling, though, and Pulis has made Berahino aware of his feelings. “We’ve had a little chat and I think Saido understands my feelings and what I think,” he said. “I don’t care what comments he (Ward) makes. “He’s entitled to his opinions. It’s a country where everybody can talk and say what they want. “That’s why it’s a great country. “People can stand up and say what they want, and he’s done that. He’s said his bit and said what he thinks. “Do I agree with it? No, of course I don’t, but that’s what this country needs. Tony Pulis has warned Saido Berahino not to follow the same path as Raheem Sterling and rock the boat at West Brom. “You need to have the opportunity to speak your mind, and if you want to say things you say things. I don’t think the kid should be involved in any of that because it’s not good for the lad and I really do feel sympathy for the player.” Berahino has scored 20 goals this season ahead of Sunday’s finale at Arsenal after a brace in Monday’s 3-0 win over Chelsea. Pulis has admitted the Baggies could sell Berahino in the summer should a top-four club make an acceptable offer but the boss believes he should stay. “We don’t want him to go and he knows that,” said Pulis, who has a fully fit squad ahead of Sunday. “We’re very keen that he stays and I think, having spoken to the kid, that he needs to be here to have at least another year when he is playing week in, week out. “That will improve him. “He could go to a top-four club and only play half a dozen games. We have seen before when young players have gone to top-four clubs and not broken in and almost dropped away. “He’s got to take that into consideration. It’s not all about money, it’s about his career. “He’s a young kid but we’re not going to stop him if we get the right offer. It’s the law of the land.” Press Association The striker shares the same agent as Liverpool’s Sterling, with the winger’s representative currently causing friction at Anfield. Aidy Ward reportedly told the London Evening Standard this week Sterling “would not sign a new contract for £900,000-a-week”.
Moments after the 1-1 draw in Singapore, the Media Officer of the team, Toyin Ibitoye, confirmed to THISDAY that the extend of the damage cannot be ascertained for now until after the scan which will take place at his club.“The extent of the damage cannot be ascertained at the moment but he has be given immediate medication but tomorrow (Monday) he will go to hospital for proper scan to know the extent of the damage on his leg.He praise the Super Eagles for putting up the brave fight against the Brazilians.“The result was a good one for the team everyone is happy but we are not in the mood to celebrate because one of the players is down with a major injury and what we can offer now is the to give him moral support and hoping that the medical result would be okay,” Ibitoye said last night.However most sports medicine experts feared that the Cyprus-based goalkeeper should expert a long period of stay in the sideline considering his height and the fact that injuries in the knee joint are mostly career threatening types..Before he was pulled out in the 60th minute, he had made several saves that could have given the Brazilian victory and his substitute, Maduka Okoye, was in good shape too as he was to the rescue of the Super Eagles with close range efforts.The departed the Asian island city-state few hours after the game with the players flying back to their respective clubs. Only home based Ikechukwu Ezenwa, backroom staff and few NFF officials led by Amaju Pinnick flew back to Nigeria.In the match, it was a strong and competent performance by the Super Eagles who earned the 1-1 draw against the five-time world champions. Brazil in a prestige international friendly in Singapore yesterday night.Both teams had started with good pace, passion and intensity at the Singapore National Stadium in Kallang and after only two minutes, Roberto Firmino’s turn and shot flew away from the Nigerian goal. Three minutes later, the three-time African champions waltzed their way into the Brazilian vital area but Victor Osimhen’s shot was palmed away by goalkeeper Ederson.Brazil’s France –based forward Neymar was forced to quit the game after only 12 minutes, due to injury, but seven minutes later Marquinhos could have put Nigeria in front with a bizarre own goal after his attempt to clear Chukwueze’s pull-out went wrong.Villarreal FC of Spain’s Chukwueze, a former Nigeria U17 World Cup winner, was a thorn in the flesh of the Selecao throughout, and created chances for Nigeria in the 20th and 24th minute but Osimhen was cut out by an alert Brazilian rear.In the 28th minute, Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho showed excellent agility in cutting out a powerful header by the ubiquitous Gabriel Jesus. Two minutes later, Uzoho was again alert to foil a shot by Firmino, and then reacted faster than Philip Coutinho as the ball danced in the box.In the 35th minute, Nigeria broke through again, this time mining gold. Joseph Ayodele-Aribo, who scored on his debut in the friendly against Ukraine in Dnipro last month, kept his cool and showed cleverness in taking a pass from Moses Simon and ghosting past Casemiro and Thiago Silva to shoot past Ederson for the opener.The goal expectedly stung the Selecao into greater intensity and desperation, but they could have conceded again two minutes later only for Wilfred Ndidi to shoot directly at Ederson from a counter attack. In the 40th minute, stand –in captain William Ekong, who had a great game alongside central defence partner Semi Ajayi, cleared as Jesus lobbed into the Nigerian box, and four minutes later, a free kick by Coutinho whistled past Uzoho’s post though he had it well covered.In the second half, the Selecao launched onslaught after onslaught, and equalized in the 48th minute as Casemiro reacted faster than the defence when the ball bounced off the crossbar from a Marquinhos header.The South Americans then swarmed on the Nigeria rear to get more goals but found the Super Eagles super resilient, with Chidozie Awaziem, Jamilu Collins, Ndidi and goalscorer Aribo brilliantly complementing Ekong and Ajayi.EURO 2020 QUALIFIERSKazakhstan 0-2 BelgiumBelarus 1-2 HollandHungary 1-0 AzerbaijanCyprus 0-5 RussiaScotland 6-0 San MarinoFRIENDLIESBrazil 1-1 NigeriaI’Coast 3-1 DR CongoS’Africa 2-1 MaliKenya 0-1 MozambiqueAFCON 2021 QUALIFIERSSeychelles 0-1 S’SudanChad 1-0 Liberia (5-4 agg.)Gambia 1-1 Djibouti (3-2 agg)Sao Tome 2-1 Mauritius (5-2 agg.)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Eagles goalkeeper to go for scan today to determine extent of injuryBy Femi SolajaSuper Eagles’ first choice goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, will undergo comprehensive scan today to determine the extent of the fracture he sustained on his left leg during yesterday’s high profile international friendly with five-time world champions Brazil. The game ended one-all.Uzoho, gave a five-star performance in the match in which he just won back the number one shirt since his AFCON 2019 cameo appearance in Egypt. He twisted his left leg in an attempt to save a rebound in the goal area but in the process injured himself and had to the substituted immediately.