Sunday, 26 June 2016

How Nigeria can qualify for World Cup- Rangers Coach

How Nigeria can qualify for World Cup- Rangers Coach 

The Technical Adviser, Rangers International FC of Enugu, Imama Amapakabo has said that only adequate preparation can make Nigeria to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia from Group B. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Group B of the Africa Zone of the qualifiers pitted Nigeria against Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia. File: Nigerian national football team poses during the African Cup of Nations qualification match on March 25, 2016 in Kaduna. Soccer pundits have described the group as tough as Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions have been to the World Cup seven times, Nigeria’s Super Eagles five times and Algeria Fennecs four. Amapakabo told NAN on Sunday in Enugu that in spite of the group having the best in African football; Nigeria could beat their opponents with adequate preparation. He said that there was the need for consistency by the national team with the coaches given long term contracts to study and perfect the players to their pattern of play. “The national team is like other premier league clubs because it’s made up of people of the different geographical areas of the country and they need blending. “We need to start preparation on time to ensure that the players get used to the coaches’ tactics and also for them to understand themselves in the field of play. “Nigerians are clamouring for a formidable national team but it cannot be built if not through friendly matches and consistency,’’ he said. He added that the country had good players who could stand out in time of difficulties but noted that “a tree cannot make a forest’’. “A country like Algeria that is currently occupying the first position in African football ranking started somewhere with patience. “Our problem is that we mask patience while trying to build our football team and that causes a lot of problems that even the foreigners cannot build our national team over night. “There is a point to note here, African football is different from English football and it will only take home grown coaches who have knowledge of African football to get it right. “Let’s not forget that we employed the service of Lars Largaback for the 2010 World Cup but we could not even surpass the group stage. “We have to start planning for the matches now and I know that every coach will like to write his name in gold,’’ Amapakabo said.

M&Ds Strathclyde Park Rollercoaster accident: LIVE updates from scene Read more at

M&Ds Strathclyde Park Rollercoaster accident: LIVE updates from scene

Live updates from the scene of a major accident involving a roller coaster at Strathclyde Country Park

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Scene of incident at M&Ds

Dad: "I’ve got my daughter back home safe, but there are other families that will be less fortunate."

Eleven-year-old Tegan Low avoided the catastrophe by seconds.The Blantyre girl was on carriage the Tsunami rollercoaster just before the disaster - and was one carriage away from adding her name to the list of casualties.

The shocked girl told Record Online: “It just collapsed - all you saw was it fall.”

“All these people were trapped under it. It landed on these motorbikes for toddlers, I don’t know if there were any on them at the time.

”All these people were crying, it was awful.”

Her shocked dad Keith Low, 43, admitted he was still coming to terms with the near miss.”I don’t know how to feel to be honest,”

He added: “I feel for the other people who were on it. I’ve got my daughter back home safe, but there are other families that will be less fortunate.”

"I've never been so scared in my’s like something out a horror film"

Katie Burns said she had just finished riding the Tsunami rollercoaster and was walking past when the carriage crashed with children on board.

On Facebook she said: “Literally got off the Tsunami at M&Ds and then walking past and the next lot of people get on and the full thing goes off the tracks.

“Honestly never been so scared in my life, with this weather they should not be on, “

Kids and adults are still on it upside down, it’s like something out a horror film, children crying and everything.

“Literally can’t believe this, my heart goes out to everyone on it, a full load came off the track but and on the pavement, like a horror film worse thing ever heard and seen, can’t get over this.”

Video: Aftermath of incident

Footage shows shocked park-goers rushing to the scene of the incident, where two Tsunami ride cars are believed to have derailed and fallen on top of a children’s ride.

Some background information

Tsunami is Scotland’s only inverted rollercoaster. It reaches speeds of up to 40 miles-per-hour, barrelling through corkscrew twists and loops. Children under 10 are restricted from riding the Tsunami, and a minimum height restriction of 1.4m applies.

In 2011, nine people were rescued from the same ride after being trapped for eight hours.They were stranded 60 feet from the ground, with one rider describing the experience as a “nightmare.”

Six ambulances and six fire engines

Emergency crews were called to M&Ds at 3.37pm.
Six ambulances and six fire engines are in attendance.

Further info from police - "approximately seven hurt"

Police, fire and ambulance officers are working at the scene in Strathclyde Country Park.

“We can confirm we are currently working with other emergency services to ascertain the full extent of the situation,” a Police Scotland statement said.

“We can confirm there are injured parties - approximately seven people.”

Police statement: Ongoing incident

“Emergency services are responding to an ongoing incident at M&Ds theme park in Motherwell and further updates will be given in due course.”

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M&DÕs! TSUNAMI RIDE M&D's theme park
M&DÕs! TSUNAMI RIDE M&D's theme park

Image showing child trapped in ride

A photo from the scene appears to show a child being rescued from one of the ride cars.

The Tsunami rollercoaster carriage plummeted to the ground and landed on top of a child’s car ride

Incident involving Tsunami ride at M&Ds
Incident involving Tsunami ride at M&Ds

Photos from the scene

Scenes of rollercoaster incident at M&Ds
Scenes of rollercoaster incident at M&Ds

"Miracle if there are no fatalities"

The Tsunami rollercoaster carriage plummeted to the ground and landed on top of a child’s car ride, leaving casualties trapped in the wreckage.
Around two dozen park visitors struggled to right the carriage which ended up upside down and leaving riders trapped.The scene has been described as “carnage” by a shocked eye-witness.
Paisley Daily Express reporter Gavin McNally was at M&D’s and says it will be a miracle if there are no fatalities.
The Tsunami carriage was packed full - with ten people thought to be on board - as it flew off the rails on a corner and plummeted to the ground.
Gavin, who was at the park with his children, said: “It’s carnage.”
The Tsumani plunged off the rails at a corner.
“There was definitely people on it, it was full - about 10 people.”
“Two dozen guys ran to help firefighters to get the carriage upright after it fell kids’ cars below - the type you put a few pounds in for a shot.”
It will be a miracle if there are no fatalities.”
The park has now been evacuated by emergency services.

Unconfirmed report of 'kids hurt'

Ride 'crashed the ground'

Unconfirmed reports of 'many hurt'

Major incident at M&D's theme park in Motherwell

A rollercoaster has derailed at M&D’s theme park in Motherwell.
Early eyewitness reports say the carriage on the Tsunami ride came off the tracks and plunged 30ft to the ground.
It is estimated eight to ten people were on board.
In March eight people had to be rescued from the theme park’s Tornado rollercoaster after it ground to a halt 20ft above the ground.
Emergency services rescued the ride-goers and no one was injured during the incident.
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Class-action lawsuit against Jeep manufacturer triggered by Anton Yelchin death

Class-action lawsuit against Jeep manufacturer triggered by Anton Yelchin death

Complaint claims Fiat Chrysler did little to fix what plantiffs call a 'dangerously defective' shifter design

By Zulekha Nathoo, CBC News Posted: Jun 25, 2016 6:26 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 25, 2016 6:26 PM ET
Actor Anton Yelchin died on June 19, 2016 after he was pinned by his SUV, a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, while in his driveway.

A proposed class-action lawsuit prominently citing Anton Yelchin's accidental death has been filed against Fiat Chrysler, the manufacturer of the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee that pinned the Star Trek actor in his driveway last week.
The complaint, filed in California on Thursday, claims the company has done little to correct what it calls a "dangerously defective" shifter design in the vehicle.
"There is no tactile or position feedback to the operator as to whether the car has actually been placed into the safe-to-exit 'park' gear," the document reads. "And there is no safety override that automatically puts the car in 'park' if the driver's door is open and pressure is taken off the foot brake."
Yelchin, who starred as Chekov in the Star Trek reboot franchise, died June 19 when he was struck by his own vehicle, which police say appeared to roll back, pinning the 27-year-old actor between a brick pillar and a security fence.
It's not certain what caused the accident, however the 58-page document mentions Yelchin's death several times.
His model of SUV, a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, was part of a global recall in April after drivers complained they had trouble telling if their automatic transmissions were in park or not.
The filings, which seek to initiate a lawsuit on behalf of at least four plaintiffs, are demanding that Fiat Chrysler repair the gear selectors in affected vehicles and compensate any costs.

Irish president to visit the Scottish Parliament

Irish president to visit the Scottish Parliament

Michael D HigginsImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionThe Irish president, pictured here at a recent football match, will be the first to visit Holyrood
The Irish president is to visit the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday.
President Michael D Higgins will be the first Irish head of state to call on Holyrood since the parliament was established.
He has been invited to attend by presiding officer Ken Macintosh.
As well as addressing MSPs in the chamber of the parliament, President Higgins will take part in a reception for MSPs and members of the Irish community in Scotland.
Mr Macintosh said: "It is a great honour to welcome President Higgins to Scotland on behalf of all members of the parliament.
"Our two countries share much in common, including a long history of family, social and cultural bonds. As well as celebrating these historic ties, President Higgins' visit will focus on the future and how we can further strengthen the links between us.
"There is great anticipation at Holyrood around the President's visit to Scotland and I'm very much looking forward to welcoming him to parliament."