Special Athletes Dominate 2016 Nigerian Sports Award

first_imgCoach of the Power-lifting team, Coach Are Feyisetan emerged Coach of the Year, beating Coach Samson Siasia of the Nigerian Olympic football team (Dream Team VI) and Coach of Enugu Rangers Coach Imama Amapakabo.Enugu Rangers’ midfielder, Chisom Egbuchulam emerged Footballer of the Year ahead of Manchester City starlet, Kelechi Iheanacho and Godwin Obaje of Wikki Tourist, while Enugu Rangers FC of Enugu won the Team of the Year award ahead of the Dream Team 6 Olympic football team. The Flying Antelopes who won the 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) ended a 32-year old jinx last winning the league in 1984.In the Journalist Category of the Award, Moses Praiz of SuperSport  was awarded the TV Journalist of the Year; the Photo Journalist of the Year award went to Ayodele Ojo of Daily Sun, Lekan Okusan of The Nation emerged as the Print Journalist of the Year. Olawale Adigun of Top Radio emerged as the Radio Journalist of the Year.In commemoration of the fifth edition of the award, Special Recognition Award was given to some deserving sport personalities. The first was given out to the League Management Company in recognition of its great job of turning around the Nigerian League.The next Special Recognition Award went to Nigeria first sporting heroes among who are the Nduka Ugbade-led 1985 Under-16 FIFA World Cup winning team. They were represented by two members of the team, Imama Amapakabo and Jonathan Akpoborie.The third Special Recognition Award went to Atlanta ’96 Olympic Gold Medal winning Football Team captained by Kanu Nwankwo, were represented at the event by the trio of Emmanuel Babayaro, Dosu Joseph and Victor Ikpeba.Also Nigeria’s  4X400 Relay Quartet  that won silver but was later upgraded to gold with the ban of the US team at Sydney 2000 Olympic Games were also given the Special Recognition Award.The duo of Maureen Mmadu and Joseph Yobo won the Special Recognition Awards for being the first ever Nigerian male and female to achieve 100 caps respectively. By Femi SolajaIn what looks like a repeat of the first edition of the Nigerian Sports Award in 2012, men and women of the Nigerian Paralympics team to the Rio2016 Paralympic Games dominated the 5th edition of the award as Kehinde Paul and Lucy Ejike emerged Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year last Friday.The duo also won the Special Sports Person of the Year (Men) and Special Sport Person of the Year (Women) Categories. Paul won gold medal in the men’s Power-lifting -65Kg category while Ejike did not only won gold in the 79kg, 86kg and 61kg power-lifting event respectively at the 2016 Paralympics games, but also set new Paralympic Record (PR) and World Record (WR) by lifting 136kg, followed by a lift of 138kg, and then a massive lift of 142kg. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Team Lagos Flags-off Camping Ahead National Youth Games

first_imgExecutive Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Adedayo Tandoh said all hands will be on deck to ensure that the athletes have good preparation during the camping period, adding that the best of them will be selected to represent the Centre of Excellence at the Youth Games.The Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has given all necessary support to Team Lagos through the Lagos State Sports Commission.The 2018 edition of National Youth Games holds from 7-17 September in Ilorin, Kwara State.It would be recalled that Lagos qualified in five team sports events at the recently held South West Zonal Elimination Championships in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Team Lagos picked tickets in Handball (boys and girls), Basketball (girls), Football (boys) and Beach Volleyball (girls).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Athletes of Lagos State have begun camping ahead of their participation at the 4th National Youth Games, which holds next month in Ilorin, Kwara State.No fewer than 200 Team Lagos athletes from 25 sports began Open Camp from August 27 to Friday, August 31, after which they go into a Closed Camp from  Sunday, September 2 to 6.The athletes will be camped at the Teslim Balogun Stadium Hostel in Surulere and Myong Barracks Igbobi, Lagos.last_img read more

Senegal’s Teranga Lions Beat Eagles in Last Tune up Clash

first_imgBoth coaches, who agreed to the game being played behind closed doors, made good use of the opportunity to make their maximum changes. The better chances in the second half fell to the Nigerians with Samuel Chukwueze’s close range shot blocked with a last ditch tackle and substitute Oghenekaro Etebo’s free kick on the edge of the box rattling the cross bar.Nigeria’s starting 11Daniel Akpeyi, Samuel Kalu, Jamilu Collins, Kenneth Omeruo, William Ekong, John Ogu, Wilfred Ndidi, Mikel Obi, Alex Iwobi, Samuel Chukwueze and Odion IghaloSubstitutions: Collins (Ola Aina), Ogu (Oghenekaro Etebo), Chukwueze (Henry Onyekuru), Iwobi (Moses Simon), Ighalo (Victor Osimhen) and Kalu (Chidozie Awaziem).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Three-time African champions, Super Eagles of Nigeria lost their last Total Africa Cup of Nations build up match to the Teranga Lions of Senegal in Ismailia yesterday evening.A defensive mix up in the 20th minute exposed the Eagles’ defence and Idrissa Gueye capitalised on it to score the only goal of the match.Nigeria came close to drawing level on a number of occasions with Odion Ighalo and Wilfred Ndidi almost leveling proceedings before the interval.last_img read more

Ex-Sunshine Players Disrupt Training Over Non Payment of Entitlements

first_imgJames Sowole in AkureFormer players of four teams being funded by the Ondo State Government  wednesday disrupted training session of state’s Nigeria Professional Football League side Sunshine Stars of Akure over non payment of their sign on fees and salary arrears.The aggrieved players of Sunshine Stars, Sunshine Queens, Rising Stars and Rising Queens stormed the training pitch located within the Ondo State Sports Complex with placards of various inscriptions condemning the government and management of the teams for shirking in their responsibilities to their employees. Some of the inscriptions read:, “No more stories, give us our money, We are tired of your lies and Enough is Enough, Give Us Our Money among others”.The former players subsequently chased the players that were training out of the playing turf of the vowing to disrupt other future engagements of the Sunshine Stars Football Club.A former Sunshine Queens player, Esther Michael told newsmen that she got injured while playing for Sunshine Queens, but was abandoned to her fate.Michael added that she had been jobless after sustaining injuries five years lamenting that there was no help from the management of the Ondo State Football Agency (ODSFA).“Almost five years, that i had been injured and spent all my last kobo to treat my injury that cut shot my career i had remained jobless while some of our colleagues have died because they have no money to treat procure medication.“I played almost five years for this team, the injury, I had, government and management didn’t help me, they should pay us our money,’’she said.Also, Former Sunshine Stars Midfielder James Moses said government should be committed to the agreement it signed with the players; and pay them their sign on fees.Moses, popularly called “Okomu’’ in his playing days, said the love the former players had for the team would not allow them to take legal action against the team.He said the team gave him first premier league experience and was proud to be among the first set of players that played in the continental competition for the team.Moses called for the intervention of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to intervene in the matter so that the ex-players would be happy.“The state has been owing us our sign on fees, we have been begging for them to pay us, Sunshine was my first club, I love Sunshine so much, I want them to pay us our money that is due to us.“I have worked for the glory of this state, there are clubs that had not played on the continent, and we are the ones that did that, we are begging for our money, we don’t want to hamper the progress of the team.“We depend on this money, we have not taken any legal action, we love this club, we love the state, the state governor should help us, some of us have families to cater for, they should help us,’’he said.In his Chairman Ondo State Football Agency, Tajudeen Oluyemi said the previous government had agreed to pay the money in 15 instalments and was only able to pay eight.Akinyemi said the file for the remaining seven months had been taken to the Head of Service who had raised the issue with the governor of the state.He promised that government would accelerate action on the file to ensure that the former players were paid.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

NBF’s Series Boxing Resumes as Lagos Bombers Host Delta Force

first_imgDelta Force boxers are on a revenge mission to Lagos as they were walked over by Lagos Bombers on December 7, 2019 when the South-south pugilists failed to honour their bouts even as hosts. That earned the Lagos team all eight points on offer.With the walk over against Delta Force of Asaba and the 5-3 defeat of De Rocks of Abeokuta and a 4-4 draw with Sea Warriors in Week 2, Lagos Bombers is likely going to approach this weekend’s bout with all seriousness to maintain their 80 per cent record in the series.But against a never-say-die opponent in Delta Force, anything can still happen.Meanwhile, Sea Warriors Coach, Balogun Ajao Tolani, has boasted that his boxers will not let go this weekend having put their 3-5 week 3 loss to Delta Force behind.Balogun said Sea Warriors will once again prove their superiority over De Rocks on Sunday by clinching all the eight points at stake.However, Vice president of the Nigeria Boxing Referees Association, Rasaq Oyadiran, an AIBA referee/ judge, has commended the Lt Gen. Kenneth Minimmah (rtd) led Nigeria Boxing Federation Executive Committee for coming up with the Series.He said will not only improve the quality of Nigerian boxers but will go a long way in improving the sport in the country.Oyadiran also gave special thanks to the Chairman of the Nigeria Series Boxing, Azania Omo-Agege, for devoting his time for the programme by coming down regularly for the event not minding the fact that he is based in Abuja.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After recording an impressive 5-3 away win over De Rocks of Abeokuta in Week 3 of the on-going Season 1 of the Nigeria Boxing Federation (NBF) Series Boxing, Lagos Bombers will try to consolidate their position this weekend as the play hosts to another tough opponents, Delta Force in Week 4The innovative boxing tournament is scheduled to hold on Saturday at the Brai Ayenote Boxing Gymnasium, National Stadium Surulere, Lagos.De Rocks of Abeokuta will tangle with Sea Warriors in a reverse fixture on Sunday January 19, 2020 in what promises to be another trilling encounter. Their first meeting on Dec, 8, 2019 ended 5-3 in favour of the Sea warriors.last_img read more

China’s Footballers Ordered to Stay Trim, Beat Virus

first_imgChinese football clubs and national teams must undertake “spring military training” to defeat the COVID-19 and help fulfill President Xi Jinping’s dream of making the country a force in the sport, officials have announced.Matches in China are indefinitely suspended over the outbreak but the football association has issued detailed orders, telling clubs how long players must train each week, what exercises they must do and even how slim they must be.The strict instructions, the latest in a series handed down by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) in recent years, are likely to be met with surprise by coaches such as Rafael Benitez and Fabio Cannavaro with a background in European football. But Cannavaro, at Chinese Super League (CSL) champions Guangzhou Evergrande, and Benitez at Dalian Pro are among the coaches who will be held directly responsible for incorporating the training regime into their pre-season programmes.The order was made on Friday, and clubs had until yesterday to tell the CFA how they would adhere to it. They will also face random inspections to make sure they’re following the instructions.The CFA said the training was designed to help realise Xi’s grand plans, launched in 2016, to make China a major footballing nation.At the same time, players must also do their bit to fight the deadly coronavirus, which emerged in central China in December and has since spread across the world.“Achieve epidemic prevention and control on one hand, and focus on training and battle preparations on the other,” the CFA said.“Both hands must be strong and both battles must be won.”“Men’s and women’s national teams and professional football clubs are requested to strictly follow the notice,” the CFA added.The results of the surprise checks will be made public and clubs will be ranked to shame underachievers into action.“The head coach of each team is the direct responsible person,” said the CFA, in a nod to the likes of Italian World Cup winner Cannavaro and Benitez, who led Liverpool to the 2005 Champions League title.The order goes into extraordinary detail, saying teams must train for at least 16 hours a week and meet targets in tests that include squats, bench presses and vertical jumps.All players must have a body fat percentage of less than 11 percent.The CSL season was due to begin in late February but was indefinitely postponed because of the coronavirus. Most teams are currently training abroad.The new rules also apply to the women’s and men’s national teams. The latter are ranked a lowly 76th in the world and have reached the World Cup only once, in 2002.It is just the latest military-style order designed to improve the fortunes of Chinese football.Chinese national squads and top-tier teams have previously packed young footballers off to army camps for drills and Marxist-style “thought education”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Girls soccer Northstars blank Warriors, 3-0

first_imgWhen the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool and girls soccer teams met up last Thursday night at Archie Hall Stadium, it was at a delicate point in the season for both of these rivals.Sporting young rosters and enduring plenty of setbacks, their head-to-head match would reveal that, at least on this occasion, the Northstars were further along, defeating the Warriors 3-0.Going out in front for good, C-NS gained a 2-0 advantage in the game’s first 30 minutes, and then did an effective job protecting that lead with a defense that held Liverpool to just three shots all night. Pacing the Northstars’ attack, sophomore Juliana Marullo scored twice, with senior defender Taylor Howard adding a goal. Victoria Ianotti got credit for an assist as C-NS overcame 10 saves by Liverpool goalkeeper Brittany Burns.Liverpool was still winless when it began a stretch of four games in six nights at Skaneateles last Monday, but it was here that head coach Nicole Murphy got her victory as the Warriors edged the Lakers 2-1.A first-half goal made the difference, Liverpool up 1-0 at the break and then answering Maeve McNeil’s second-half goal for Skaneateles. Jailyn Parrotte and Caroline Stevens had the Warriors’ tallies, with Alexandra Rancier earning an assist as each of Burns’ four saves proved important. Just 24 hours before playing C-NS, Liverpool hosted Bishop Grimes and earned its second win of the season, finding the net three times in each half on the way to shutting out the Cobras 6-0.This night mostly belonged to Stevens, whose three goals produced her first varsity hat trick as she added an assist. Erin McCarthy and Anne Gullo each had one goal and one assist as Molly Ryan also had a goal. Assists went to Abby Brancato and Kaitlyn Blanch.After the C-NS loss, the Warriors were at it again Saturday, against visiting Carthage, but were able to break out with its attack in the course of a 7-0 romp over the Cougars.Already up 3-0 by halftime, Liverpool kept going as Rancier not only scored twice, but dished out three assists. Stevens added two goals and one assist, with single tallies going to Ryan, McCarthy and  Julianna Colavita, who joined Blanch in the assist column.C-NS, who was 1-4 going into the Liverpool match, had  just taken a 4-1 defeat to West Genesee two nights earlier.The Wildcats jumped out 2-0 by halftime and then added to the margin despite a second-half goal by Grace Engle. Sarah Petrus had two of WG’s four goals, with Northstars goalie Avery Byrnes and Ava Field getting 10 saves between them.This made the win over Liverpool more impressive, and C-NS did not have a letdown, either, playing again a day later against Christian Brothers Academy and using a late surge to shut out the Brothers 2-0.Thwarted throughout the early going by CBA goalie Emily Jones, who finished with nine saves, the Northstars broke through in the second half as Iannotti and Madelyn Jackson both scored, with Marullo picking up an assist.C-NS would now take a two-game win streak into its trip to Fayetteville-Manlius on Wednesday before Saturday’s non-league game at Chittenango and a Sunday match against Athens (Pennsylvania) at Bragman Stadium.Just as busy this week, Liverpool plays three times, hosting Baldwinsville Thursday in between  trips Tuesday to F-M and Saturday afternoon to CBA.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: C-NSgirls soccerliverpoollast_img read more

Rapper reinvents himself with new comedy series

first_imgFollowing that, Burd was hit with a follow-up question about his 2018 collaboration with singer Chris Brown, who was charged with felony assault in 2009.  “DAVE” is currently  on Hulu and new episodes will premiere Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FXX. “DAVE” is similar to FX’s “Atlanta,” which follows two cousins’ experiences in the Atlanta rap scene. Burd acknowledged the show as an inspiration for his own, which has been in the works for about six years. The show’s relatability shines through as Dave, the character, also experiences the awkwardness of seeing a doctor about a possible case of herpes that is actually only razor bumps. With considerably raunchy moments like these, the show also presents itself as an opportunity for the real-life Burd to take some creative liberty in telling his own life story.  “I really believe in my moral compass,” Burd said. “I think it’s clear that in anything I make, I’m not remotely anti-Semitic.” “I just feel like it’s bizarre to address me as Lil Dicky,” Burd said to the audience in the Ray Stark Family Theatre. “I love my rap name. I hate it as well. But I think I’m supposed to hate it, but I love it, too.”  Before the screening, Oscar Ramos, a first-year student in the film and television production MFA program, expressed his interest in the rapper but was unfamiliar with Burd outside of his musical endeavors.  (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) “You guys work for ‘Atlanta?’” Burd joked when the crowd applauded his praise of the show during the Q&A.  “Why would I tie myself to reality when I can do anything?” Burd asked the audience.  Burd and Schaffer joined the audience for the screening, and Burd said he enjoyed watching the viewers’ enthusiastic reactions to the episode. Although Lil Dicky has a reputation as a comedic rapper, as hinted by his title, the show reveals a side of him that most fans may not know.  “As a society, we have two choices: We can never hear from him again, or we can allow him to use his talent for good,” Burd said. “I want you to know that I really respect that question. That’s the first time I’ve ever even been asked that question, surprisingly, and I don’t know how I’m not asked it at every moment.”  Ironically, earlier in the conversation, Burd admitted to being tone-deaf and said he hopes that comes through in “DAVE.”  Lil Dicky (center) and “DAVE” creator Jeff Schaffer (right) chatted with SCA’s Alex Ago (left) about the new FXX series. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) Inspired by Burd’s real-life journey, “DAVE” revolves around a goofy Jewish man who goes viral on YouTube and plans on becoming rap music’s next big star. Juggling his kindergarten teacher girlfriend with his hectic lifestyle demanded by his career pursuits, he is extremely talented and confident, yet ill-prepared.  “To be honest, I came for Lil Dicky, but I’m hoping that’s kind of an introduction to Dave Burd,” Ramos said. “I don’t know much of his outside work aside from his rapping.”  Ramos got what he hoped for. Both the show and the Q&A that followed introduced the audience to Dave Burd, the person, and Dave, the subject of Burd’s comedy.  Throughout the night, Burd proved that more than just his music is comedic. With each question and crowd reaction, Burd offered a clever response, much like his not-so-far-fetched character.  “You’ll just see kind of the most tone-deaf, narcissistic version of me … but I certainly am narcissistic, and I’m honestly tone-deaf a lot,” Burd said. “But I think it’s slightly hyperbolized for the show. I really want people to see that — see me for me.” Olga Khaminwa-Joseph, a freshman majoring in narrative studies, was initially familiar with Burd’s music career alone but noted similar themes between his rapping and the show.  Most students may have expected Dave Burd’s first appearance on campus to be as rapper Lil Dicky, possibly performing at USC Springfest. But in a departure from his rap career, the artist and activist visited the School of Cinematic Arts Tuesday night to screen the pilot episode of his new FXX show “DAVE.”  One question after the screening regarded Burd’s use of a Jewish slur in his 2013 song “All K.” Burd stumbled through the beginning of his response but later argued that he took control of the typically offensive word and that, for the sake of a joke, its use was permissible.  “He’s very vulnerable but in a way that it doesn’t feel like vulnerability. It just feels very natural,” Khaminwa-Joseph said about the show. “And I think you kind of hear that in his music, too. It’s sort of self-deprecating, but I think in the show it’s not too self-deprecating — it’s just fun.” Created by Burd and Jeff Schaffer, the “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” director who also attended the screening, the show captures audiences with its witty dialogue and Burd’s comic delivery. last_img read more

Tongue in Chic: Playing dress-up provides a sense of normalcy amidst COVID-19

first_imgTo be honest, even if I did have my full wardrobe with me, I probably wouldn’t touch half of it. With nowhere to go and no one to impress, there’s simply no point. Why would I pour myself into skintight jeans just to sit at my desk for five hours straight?    One of my favorite journalists, Rachel Syme of The New Yorker, started a hashtag on Twitter: #distancebutmakeitfashion. Every weekend, people post pictures of themselves sporting their Sunday best, for no reason other than to have a reason to dress up. So on Sunday, I got up at a normal hour. I washed my face and brushed my hair. I applied makeup, then put on my favorite overalls that I brought home with me but haven’t touched once. When I packed up and went home for spring break, I mostly gathered my comfiest loungewear — big sweaters, worn-in T-shirts and ratty sweatpants. With my original Walt Disney World plans thwarted, I anticipated spending a week vegging out at home before returning to campus to resume life as normal.  I’ll probably have to go back to my apartment soon just to start cleaning up and moving out. There’s no way I’m going to start wearing structured trousers every day, but I’ll be glad to bring back some clothes that can make these wild times seem a little more normal, a little more bearable. I hope you, too, have something that gives you that sense as well.    Yet I can’t help but mourn my tiny USC apartment. My life would be indubitably worse if I were holed up there — at the very least, I would be subsisting on Bagel Bites and instant macaroni rather than home-cooked meals. But still, I miss it. I miss the wall outside my bedroom window that blots out the sunlight, the finicky gas stove that requires a match to light, the strangely sloped floor that causes my rolling chair to slide. But most of all, I miss my clothes. At this point, my apartment is just a glorified storage unit.  Kitty Guo is a senior writing about fashion. Her column, “Tongue in Chic,” typically runs every other Monday. But, as I’m sure we’re all aware by now, things did not return to normal, nor will they for quite some time. As each day brought a new wave of sweeping changes, as USC shifted to exclusively online classes and postponed an in-person graduation, as cities tightened their travel restrictions and as nonessential businesses shut down, there were fewer and fewer reasons for me to go back. So I haven’t. center_img Overall, I’m very lucky. I don’t have the virus and neither do any of my friends or family. Our secluded suburban neighborhood allows me to go for fortifying strolls whenever I want. Plus, my dad had the foresight to stock up with two big bags of King Arthur flour, so I can bake as much bread as my heart desires. As far as social distancing goes, my situation is about as good as it can get.   Before all this, getting up and getting dressed was the best part of my day. But I’m now realizing it’s not about the clothes themselves. It’s about the act of dressing up. I miss the task of perusing my closet and carefully curating an outfit based on the day’s agenda. I miss drawing on eyeliner and spritzing on perfume. I miss the feeling of having places to go and people to see.  And you know what? I felt better. More confident. More like myself, and less like a lazy oversized grub growing pale and plump in my moldy grotto.   (Tiffany Kao | Daily Trojan) In the past few weeks, my wardrobe has consisted only of the stuff I brought back with me for spring break. Sometimes I’ll put on old hoodies from high school declaring my membership in the school paper and Academic Decathlon. When I’m feeling really fancy, I might even borrow my mom’s silk pajama pants, paired with woolly socks and an oversized cardigan. last_img read more

Health Center to offer free H1N1 vaccines

first_imgThe University Park Health Center has offered free flu shots in years past, but only to about 2,000 people. This year, officials expect things to be different.This fall the UPHC, in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, will offer free H1N1 vaccine shots during a two-day period in early November, and officials are hoping the numbers will be quadrupled from last year’s flu shot turnout.Dr. Lawrence Neinstein, director of the UPHC, said he would like to see 8,000 to 10,000 people show up for the free vaccines this year. In 2008, about 2,000 people received the seasonal flu shot vaccine, but Neinstein is preparing for a large-scale distribution this year.Despite anticipation of high demand for the H1N1 shot, some students said they were wary of the relatively new vaccine.“I would want to know if it has been tested and what the results are before I get the vaccine myself,” said Hasan Abbas, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience.Other students said they will not get a flu shot because they don’t feel they need one, despite the widespread media coverage of the H1N1 virus.“I don’t feel like I need to get the vaccine. I don’t believe it is a pressing issue,” said Madison Pachkowski, a sophomore majoring in kinesiology. “The H1N1 isn’t any different than the normal flu. I feel like it is more publicized and people are more aware of it, but people die from the flu every year.”Still, officials are recommending the vaccine for everyone, including those who believe they are not susceptible to the flu.“Unless you were specifically tested for H1N1 then you should still get the vaccine,” Neinstein said. “All indications suggest this is a safe, important and effective vaccine … You’re not just helping yourself but you’re helping everyone else on campus.”Right now, the UPHC is looking at distributing the vaccine Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 at the Lyon Center, but Neinstein said the date, location and availability of the vaccine are subject to change.The Department of Public Health will be staffing the event with nurses, supplying the vaccine and bringing the materials for distribution, Neinstein said. In case more people than expected show up on the first day, the county is prepared to bring more of the vaccine for the second day.Jason Heim, a junior majoring in communications, said he thought the UPHC was right in preparing for more people who want the flu shot.“I think more people will get the vaccine this year specifically because it is the H1N1. People will go this time who normally wouldn’t go for the regular flu shot,” Heim said.Tamara Arakelyan, a junior majoring in public policy, managing and planning, said that although she has not gotten a flu shot before, she is considering it this year.“I didn’t get the vaccine last year but I am more inclined to get it this year because there is so much hype about the H1N1 and I am more aware of it,” she said.Neinstein noted that the event is not limited to just students.“We would like to focus on the high priority groups but the county is not going to turn anyone away,” Neinstein said. “The flu kills 10,000 to 15,000 people every year; that is why it is important for everyone to get vaccinated every year, not just for the H1N1.”There will be other opportunities to get the vaccine, but after this first event it will no longer be free. The UPHC is planning on passing out the vaccine later as well, but it will have to charge a small staffing fee since the county will no longer be bringing in its own staff, Neinstein said. There will also be an opportunity for students to receive the seasonal flu vaccine for free, but it will be separate from the H1N1 vaccine.last_img read more