Lam has described the decision to leave as “one of the most difficult I’ve had to make in my life” but says he is proud to pass on the baton knowing that Connacht “is truly seen as one of four strong provinces of Irish rugby.”Connacht CEO Willie Ruane has paid tribute to Lam and says they “remain extremely confident and excited about the future.”He also confirmed that they will begin talks with the IRFU immediately to start the process of recruiting Lam’s replacement.Lam made no reference to his future after Saturday’s bonus point win over Treviso, and instead spoke of having more of his players fit heading into the Christmas period. Connacht have announced the departure of head coach Pat Lam at the end of the season.Lam is leaving the club to take up a new role as head coach of English Premiership side Bristol next summer.The New Zealand native is in his fourth year at Connacht and famously led them to their first Guinness Pro 12 title last season.
In the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification group stage, he played every match for the Super Eagles. He captained the team in their 1-0 friendly victory against Poland last Friday, March 23 in Wroclaw.â€œWinning the bronze medal for Nigeria at the 2016 Olympics and qualifying for the World Cup were both massive moments for me,â€ said Troost-Ekong. â€œHowever Iâ€™m hoping to outdo both of them this summer at the World Cup.â€Born in the Netherlands in 1993 to a Dutch mother and Nigerian father, Troost-Ekong has already played in England, Holland, Belgium, Norway and Turkey and considers his commitment to Common Goal as a decisive career moment.â€œIâ€™m aware that Iâ€™m a role model for children and football fans, and having travelled the world Iâ€™ve seen the impact that we have on peopleâ€™s lives. Itâ€™s our responsibility, as players, to use that in a positive way.â€Troost-Ekongâ€™s commitment to Common Goal comes just as the movement prepares to invest funds generated by player pledges for the first time. Next month will see â‚¬400,000 allocated to 27 football for good organisations tackling some of the toughest social issues of our time – ranging from HIV/AIDS to gender inequality and youth unemployment.â€œWe are delighted that William is joining Common Goal. Not just because he is a fantastic player, but because he is a fantastic person,â€ said JÃ¼rgen Griesbeck, Common Goal founder. â€œWilliam and all of our players recognise the importance of aligning with a shared vision and using their status as footballers, to make the world a better place.â€With new players from all levels of football joining the movement every week, Common Goal is racing towards the 100-player mark in 2018.In the coming weeks, Common Goal is set to announce how football fans, and other stakeholders in the game, from around the world can participate in the biggest movement in football.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigerian defender, William Troost-Ekong, currently with Bursaspor in Turkey, has become the 43rd member of Common Goal – the movement powered by players and managers donating one percent of their salary to high impact football for good organisations around the world.40 players and managers have allocated over â‚¬400,000 to football for good organisations in six months since starting with a single player, Manchester United and Spain midfielder Juan Mata. At the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer, Common Goal looks likely to be represented by at least eight players.Ekong, 24, has had a busy past few years. He was a crucial part of the Nigeriaâ€™s Under-23 national team that won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016, and was nominated for the 2017 African Player of the Year.
E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) has rolled out its 2017 Christmas policing plan, with major emphasis on reducing heightened crime which usually occurs during the festive season.Divisional Commander Fazil Karimbaksh presented the Division’s plans and successes in the presence of regional and policing officials at the Linmine Constabulary Hall in Linden. In his presentation, Karimbaksh noted that annually, there was usually an increase in social, cultural and economic activities during the Christmas season, resulting in an increase in shopping and visitors for the holidays. This in turn leads to the increase in activities in business areas and road traffic. Against this backdrop, the Divisional Commander noted that there would likely be an increase in opportunity crimes around this time. As such, he noted that the intention was to minimise possible criminal activities as well as traffic congestion and road accidents. He also pointed out the Division’s intention to provide a safe and secure environment for citizens, visitors, businesses and shoppers.According to plans, E Division will be divided into three sectors, which will be commanded by an inspector and adequate ranks. Sector One will include Amelia’s Ward, while Sector Two will include Mackenzie and Sector Three, the Wismar area. Karimbaksh said checkpoints would be established at Bamia, Tri Junction and Mabura.There will be an established presence of the anti-crime, beat, bicycle and marine patrols, in addition to road blocks and cordons and searches. According to Karimbaksh, other methods that will be used are intelligence gathering, profiling of known criminal characters and an increase in traffic patrols (Operation Safeway).Additionally, there will be monitoring of the Post Offices at Mackenzie, Wismar, Ituni and Kwakwani during the payout of Old Age Pensions as well as the monitoring of key and vulnerable points, including businesses, commercial banks and other financial institutions. Community Policing Group (CPG) members and Neighbourhood Police will be deployed in various communities, alongside uniformed ranks. Karimbaksh said CID Patrol will also be operating out of Mackenzie, Linden. He further promised networking along with Police in A, B and F Divisions (headquarters). There will be the presence of anti-crime motorcycle, ATV, vehicle, bicycle and beat patrols. The Linden Highway is slated to have a four-wheel traffic patrol. Areas of focus at Mackenzie are the Mackenzie Market Square, Retrieve, Republic Avenue, Co-op Crescent, Green Heart and Pine Street. The Mackenzie area will also see the deployment of an anti-crime four-wheel vehicle patrol, anti-crime, beat, motor cycle and bicycle patrols, motorcycle traffic patrols and motor car traffic patrols. Meanwhile, areas of focus at Wismar will include the Wismar Market, One Mile, Half Mile, Block 22, Wisroc and Blueberry Hill with traffic block spots at the One Mile Public Road. Karimbaksh said foot and bicycle patrols will be conducted. Riverine patrols (Marine) will also be conducted in the Demerara River between Kairuni and Coomacka Mines, according to the Division’s Commander.