The Impressive Career of Kimi Raikonnen, Finnish Formula One Legend

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Kimi Raikonnen
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An accomplished professional with experience in the Nigerian legal and energy sectors, Chiedu Ebie now serves within the Delta State Government as minister of basic and secondary education. Chiedu Ebie enjoys spending his free time cheering on his favorite athletes, which include Formula One driver Kimi Raikonnen.

Kimi Raikonnen first tapped into his driving skills at age 11, when he surpassed the competition at local karting events to make a name for himself on the international circuit. In 2000, the Finnish driver entered the world of single-seaters with an impressive showing in the UK Formula Renault series, claiming the championship with a seven-win, 316-point season that garnered the attention of multiple Formula One Teams. Raikonnen competed in his first Formula One season driving for Sauber.

Kimi Raikonnen continued to catch the eyes of fans and teams alike, going on to sign a five-year contract with McLaren before rising to the pinnacle of his career at Ferrari. He took home his first drivers’ title in 2007 in a close finish, securing the championship from McLaren during the final round.

Following a series of lackluster performances, Kimi Raikkonen parted ways with Ferrari following the 2009 season. After honing his skills for two years at events such as the World Rally Championship and the NASCAR Trucks and Nationwide Series, he announced his return to Formula One racing as a member of Lotus. He then returned to Ferrari in 2014. Through he suffered a disappointing season in 2014, he claimed three podium finishes in 2015 and has had an impressive start to 2016, finishing second at the recent Bahrain Grand Prix.

Manchester United Players and Coaches Participate in Dream Days Event

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Dream Days Event
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In July 2015, Nigerian-based business executive Chiedu Ebie moved from his position as managing director of Millenium Oil & Gas Company Limited to his current role as commissioner of the Delta State Ministry of Education. Outside of his professional activities, Chiedu Ebie enjoys traveling, watching Formula 1 racing, and following his favorite professional soccer team, Manchester United.

Off the field, Manchester United players recently lifted the spirits of children facing serious and life-threatening illnesses during a Dream Day event. Held at the Aon Training Complex, the Manchester United Foundation’s Dream Days event takes place at least twice a season and gives young fans the opportunity to meet their favorite players, tour the team’s facilities, and watch the first-team train.

At the most recent Dream Day event, which took place September 21, 2015, youth from across England, Northern Ireland, and South Wales met face to face with United coaches and players, including the team’s captain, Wayne Rooney. The Manchester United Foundation organized the event with the help of similar charities, including Dreams Come True and Starlight Children’s Foundation.

For more information about Dream Days, visit www.mufoundation.org/dreamdays.

Manchester United Players Meet Young Fans During Dream Day

An accomplished business and legal professional, Chiedu Ebie oversees educational services in his role as the commissioner of the Delta State Ministry of Education in Nigeria. In his free time, Chiedu Ebie follows a number of international sports teams, including Britain’s Manchester United football team and the Mercedes Formula 1 team.

As Commissioner overseeing the primary and post primary institutions within Delta State, Chiedu’s main focus is to oversee reforms in this sector by ensuring that the overall quality of education is improved by ensuring a gradual but steady improvement of the sector. From available records, Delta State currently has over 400 post primary institutions spread across the 25 local government areas of the State.

One of the main areas of the SMART agenda of the administration of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State is Education by ensuring that the right policies are put in place. As a start, the area of Technical education has been singled out for improvement with the revamping of three Technical Colleges under the phase 1 programme. The areas of improvement include infrastructural upgrade and procurement of equipment and teaching aids for the Agbor, Ofagbe and Sapele Technical Colleges.

This is coming on the heels of the recent enactment of the Technical and Vocational Education Board (TVEB) Law by the Delta State House of Assembly and the appointment of an Executive Secretary for the board. The primary responsibility of the TVEB is to supervision and running of the six Technical Colleges.

Extra Attackers and Empty-Net Goals in Soccer

Chiedu Ebie, commissioner of Delta State Ministry of Education in Nigeria, is an avid soccer fan. Chiedu Ebie follows both the Nigerian national team and the Premier League’s Manchester United Football Club.

An empty-net goal can occur in a number of sports, most notably ice hockey and soccer. In certain situations, a team will instruct the goalkeeper to vacate the goal crease in order to put an extra offensive attacker into the game as a means of pressuring the opposing defense. Should the outnumbered defensive team gain possession of the puck or the ball, however, the opponent’s vacated goal instantly becomes an easy target. A goalkeeper is generally pulled only when a team has little hope of winning and feels that suffering an empty-net goal wouldn’t damage their chances of winning.

Both empty-net goals and extra attackers are less common in soccer for a number of reasons. Score differentials play a significant role in many soccer leagues and tournaments, meaning a 1-0 loss is more desirable than a 2-0 loss, which renders the consequences of an empty-net goal too great. Substitutions are far more restricted in soccer as well, meaning that the goalkeeper would need to join the offense downfield rather than leave the game, as is often the case in hockey. These restrictions make empty-net goals, such as Xabi Alonso’s 70-yard score in the 2006 FA Cup final, exceptionally rare.

Will Manchester United’s Summer Signings Pay Off?

A longtime natural resources executive in Nigeria, Chiedu Ebie recently served as a managing director with the Millennium Oil & Gas Company Limited (MOGCL) in Lagos. Aside from his work as a managing director, Chiedu Ebie is a longtime supporter of the English Premier League (EPL) club, Manchester United. With 26 league games in the books, the Red Devils sit an uncomfortable fourth place in the table, occupying the final Champions’ League spot allotted to the EPL.

The 2014-15 campaign began with a slew of high-profile summer signings, including Real Madrid striker and Argentina standout Angel Di Maria, Colombian goalscorer Radamel Falcao, and Netherlands defensive midfielder Daley Blind. With Di Maria, no one can argue that the talent is there, but a tendency to give the ball away in critical attacking moments has earned him criticism from many of the United faithful. The equally talented Falcao, although plagued by injury for much of the season, has proven wildly inconsistent in his play. Perhaps the most pleasant surprise for United has been Daley Blind, whose no-nonsense play in the center of the pitch has provided an anchor on both sides of the ball. With several months of football still to play, only time will tell if Van Gaal’s summer signings will be worth their hefty price tags.