Tropical storm Maria approaching Leeward Islands

first_img Share Share Tropical Storm Maria 5-day forecast track. NHC/NOAA graphicMIAMI, USA — At 8:00 pm EDT on Friday, the centre of Tropical Storm Maria was located about 135 miles north of Barbados and about 185 miles east-southeast of Guadeloupe. On the forecast track, the centre of Maria will move over the Leeward Islands during Friday night and Saturday, and be near the Virgin Islands by Saturday night. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Maria is moving toward the northwest near 15 mph and this motion is expected to continue during the next day or so. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph, with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles, mainly to the northeast of the centre. Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach the Lesser Antilles on Friday evening, then spread northwestward over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Saturday and Saturday night. Maria is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches over the central to northern Lesser Antilles, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.Storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 1 to 2 feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast within the warning area. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and dangerous waves. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Guadeloupe, St Martin, Saba, St Eustatius, Antigua, Anguilla, Barbuda, Montserrat, Nevis, St Kitts, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, St Barthelemy, St Marten, Martinique, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra. Interests elsewhere in the Lesser Antilles, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas should monitor the progress of Maria.Caribbean News Now 20 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share NewsRegional Tropical storm Maria approaching Leeward Islands by: – September 10, 2011 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Joshua Oluwayemi, Commits Future to Nigeria

first_imgAfter Francis Uzoho committed the schoolboy error which gave Seychelles the equaliser in the 3-1 loss to Nigeria, it was obvious that the goalkeeping area is still one of the weakest links in the Super Eagles team. It was, therefore, a piece of cheery news when Tottenham Hotspur whiz kid, Joshua Oluwayemi recently committed his international future to Nigeria over England in spite of having represented the English at the age-grade levelHighly-rated Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Joshua Oluwayemi has committed his international future to Nigeria over his country of birth England ahead of the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland.Born in Waltham Forest 18 years ago, Oluwayemi comes from a family of goalkeepers as his father, Abiodun Ogunyemi, was a goalkeeper for Ogun State University and attended Federal Government College Odogbolu, while his sibling, Tobi is also a goalkeeper at Tottenham Hotspur. Oluwayemi has represented England at U-15 and U-16 levels and has said that he will accept an invitation to play for the Nigerian teams if approached by the Nigeria Football Federation.Speaking after Tottenham Hotspur U-18s beat Southampton 3-1 in the first game hosted at New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday afternoon,  Oluwayemi told : ‘’If Nigeria comes for me, then I’ll go but at the moment I am focusing on England youth, and then Nigeria first.’’On playing the first game at the new Spurs Stadium, the second-year scholar said: ‘’It’s a very good experience, I am happy to see a lot of fans and the crowd coming over to support us. It was a good result.’’Oluwayemi is learning to be a top goalkeeper under the tutelage of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal legend Pat Jennings.Oluwayemi alongside Jubril Okedina in 2017 extended their stay at English Premier League side, Tottenham. Both players, born in the UK but eligible for Nigeria, have signed two-year extensions to their scholarship at the North London club and are among the 16 new intakes ahead of the 2017/18 football season.They have been promoted to the Tottenham Hotspur U-18 team, and are eligible to feature in this season’s UEFA Youth League.Since the controversial retirement of former Super Eagles goalkeeper and captain, Vincent Enyeama, the goalkeeping department had been one problematic area for senior national team until the arrival of Carl Ikeme, who steadied the ship.He did not, however, last long as the Wolverhampton Wanderers FC safe hands was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July 2017, culminating in his early retirement from football.“After a tough year and intense chemotherapy treatment, I would like to let everyone know I am in complete REMISSION. I still have hurdles to get over to be cured but I can hopefully now move forward with some normality.“I would like to thank my family/friends, to start with who have gone above and beyond for me. The support I have received from Wolves/Nigeria, the football world and from people from all over the world has been hard to put into words. I can’t thank everyone at the Christie and Heartlands Hospital enough for their care!!! What next who knows…I’m just taking it a day at a time,” Ikeme had announced.Ikeme was in goal for Nigeria’s first three matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying series (home and away against Swaziland in the preliminary stage, and away to Zambia in the opener to the group phase campaign) before being diagnosed of acute leukemia. His first cap was in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away to Tanzania in Dar es Salaam in September 2015.During the 2018 World Cup qualifying matches, three goalkeepers were on parade-  Ikeme, who lost out to acute Leukaemia, Daniel Akpeyi, who was shaky against Algeria in Uyo and Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who Rohr has no total conviction in. With Dele Ajiboye and Dele Alampasu were outsiders, forcing Super Eagles Manager Gernot Rohr to turn his searchlight on the then 18-year-old Deportivo La Coruna’s Francis Uzoho.With the commitment of Oluwayemi’s international future to his fatherland, one can only hope that the problem in the goalkeeping department of the Super Eagles won’t last long.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more