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Rabiot Juve’s Midfielder Attracting Interest From Chelsea, Barca
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Rabiot Juve’s Midfielder Attracting Interest From Chelsea, Barca

Chelsea have reportedly joined Barcelona in the race to sign Juventus French midfielder Adrien Rabiot. The former PSG star, who has played 41 times in all competitions for the Italian giants this season, would be available for around £17million in the summer transfer window. According to Calciomercato, Rabiot’s mother and agent Veronique has already begun negotiations with Barcelona, but Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is also interested in bringing him to Stamford Bridge. The 14-cap international, 26, signed for Juventus on a free transfer from Tuchel’s Paris Saint-Germain side in July 2019. Tuchel said back in 2018: “For me he is a great player and can become a top player,” and although Rabiot was frozen out due to contractual reasons, the German is still keen on a reunion....
Sanwo-Olu Unveils Five-Year Food Sufficiency Road Map For Lagos
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Sanwo-Olu Unveils Five-Year Food Sufficiency Road Map For Lagos

An audacious agricultural growth plan that will enhance food sufficiency in Lagos State has been unveiled by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. The five-year food security road map will see a  sustained public and private sectors’ investment in agricultural value chains to give Lagos comparative advantages in the sector and enhance the State’s self-sufficiency in food production from the current 18 per cent up to 40 per cent over the next 60 months. Sanwo-Olu on Thursday at a ceremony organised by the Ministry of Agriculture at the Intercontinental Hotels, Victoria Island, rolled out the agric road map which will be achieved through a three-pronged approach. The adverse impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on food security in Lagos, the Governor said, necessitated an immediate ...
We Made The Super League To Save Football – Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez
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We Made The Super League To Save Football – Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez

The Real Madrid president is the first chairman of the competition, which has come in for criticism from all sides since its confirmation after midnight on Sunday. "UEFA worked in another format that, firstly, I didn't understand it and secondly, it doesn't produce the necessary income to save football," Perez said on El Chiringuito on Monday night. "When I say save football I mean to save everyone, so that for the next 20 years at least we can live in peace. The situation is very dramatic. We believe this format can save football, like the European Cup saved football in the 50s." Why the Super League? In an attempt to explain the Super League, Florentino addressed clubs' falling revenues, which have been accentuated by the coronavirus pandemic. "The biggest clubs in Engla...
Easter Celebration: President Buhari Felicitates With Christians
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Easter Celebration: President Buhari Felicitates With Christians

President Muhammadu Buhari rejoices with Christians on the occasion of this year’s Easter celebration. The President recalls that a year ago, “in most of our major cities, our celebrations were somewhat subdued, as we battled the effect of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic. “The restrictions meant that our brethren could not attend traditional church services as they would have wished. I salute their resilience and understanding. “Today, we are able to congregate and worship together, cautiously.” President Buhari deeply acknowledges and appreciates the sacrifices of our doctors, nurses and other frontline health workers, “who have made the difference in saving lives and ensuring the reduction of the spread of the virus. “I thank Nigerians who have religiously adhered to v...
Liverpool Football Club Confirms LeBron James has Joined its Ownership Group
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Liverpool Football Club Confirms LeBron James has Joined its Ownership Group

Liverpool owners, Fenway Sports Group have confirmed RedBird Capital Partners has invested into the club making Basketball star LeBron James become a part of the Premier League club's ownership group. FSG, which also owns MLB franchise Boston Red Sox, is now valued at at $7.35 billion (£5.32 billion) as part of the deal. The investment brought by RedBird is £543 billion ($749bn) – almost 10 per cent of FSG's value. “Over the years, Fenway Sports Group has been able to attract a dedicated group of executives and partnerships seeking to compete for titles in the most challenging and rewarding landscapes," read a statement from FSG Principal Owner John W. Henry, Chairman Tom Werner and President Mike Gordon. "Our strategic partnership with Gerry and the entire team at RedBird ...
YouTube star David Dobrik Quits Board of Dispo app he Co-founded after Woman Accused his Associate of Drugging and Raping her
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YouTube star David Dobrik Quits Board of Dispo app he Co-founded after Woman Accused his Associate of Drugging and Raping her

YouTube star, David Dobrik has stepped down as co-founder of the Dispo following a rape allegation about his former associate. Dobrik, with 19 million subscribers, rose to fame through prank videos, sometimes in collaboration with a number of other YouTubers called the Vlog Squad that he regularly posted. During the coronavirus pandemic, he launched his own photo app called Dispo. One woman who appeared in a video on Dobrik’s channel says she was raped by another person (Dobrik's associate) involved during filming. A recent investigation published by Kat Tenbarge at the business news website Insider, detailed the woman’s account of rape in 2018 by a - now former - Vlog Squad member. According to the rape account, published by the Insider, a woman alleged she was raped du...
Buhari, Osinbajo Took Malaria Injections – Pastor Giwa Claims
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Buhari, Osinbajo Took Malaria Injections – Pastor Giwa Claims

The Senior Pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa has dismissed the COVID-19 vaccination of President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo. Giwa said the COVID-19 vaccines they took were meant to cure malaria. Addressing his members on Sunday, Pastor Giwa urged Nigerians to be watchful. In a statement he forwarded to us, the cleric recalled that he had earlier warned the world in April, 2020, that those who brought coronavirus pandemic were just buying time to prepare for vaccines aimed at shortening the lives of the people. Buhari and Osinbajo had received jabs of the COVID-19 vaccines on live television on Saturday. The President was vaccinated by the Chief Personal Physician to the President, Suhayb Sanusi, while Osinbajo was vac...
Solskjaer Warns Man Utd Fans over Buying new Players
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Solskjaer Warns Man Utd Fans over Buying new Players

  Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned fans that it may not be business as usual when the summer transfer window opens. Solskjaer feels the financial impact of the Coronavirus pandemic may hinder the Red Devils from strengthening the squad as they wish to. United had looked to challenge for the Premier League title once again this season, as bitter rivals Liverpool and Manchester City failed to hit their heights of previous seasons. But City have since embarked on a remarkable 21-match winning streak stretching back to mid-December and now sit 15 points clear of second-placed United ahead of their meeting at the Etihad this weekend. The gap has only amplified calls for United to bolster their squad with new faces at the end of the season. Hi...
Nigerian Govt Gives Update on Arrival of COVID-19 Vaccines
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Nigerian Govt Gives Update on Arrival of COVID-19 Vaccines

  The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, has confirmed that Nigeria will on Tuesday, March 2, receive the first batch of the coronavirus vaccines. Mustapha, who is also the chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, made the disclosure to newsmen on Saturday in Abuja, NAN reports. “Nigeria is set to receive its first four million shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX. “The vaccines should depart India on March 1, 2021 in the night and arrive Abuja on the 2nd of March, 2021, ” he said. Recall that the Federal government had earlier announced that the first four million doses of the vaccines would arrive the country by the end of February. Mustapha, while evaluating the county’s response to COVID-19 in the past one year said the...
Nigerians To Pay N144,000 For Solar Panels, FG Plans For 5 Million Homes
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Nigerians To Pay N144,000 For Solar Panels, FG Plans For 5 Million Homes

The federal government says Nigerians will have the option to pay to own millions of solar panels it plans for 5 million homes as part of its Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP). The ESP was rolled out in 2020 in response to the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. To own a solar unit, there will be the option of paying N4,000 monthly for three years. That translates to N144, 000 a unit. This was revealed in a statement issued by the Office of the Vice President on Thursday. It was not immediately clear what the other alternatives would be. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo called the programme a “game-changer” in terms of providing jobs and expanding the use of renewable energy in the country. The off-grid project is financed by UBA, Sterling Bank, First Bank a...
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu Gives An Update On COVID-19 In Lagos
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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu Gives An Update On COVID-19 In Lagos

Lagos State continues to be the epicentre of the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria . As of the 29th of January 2021, Lagos State had recorded a total of 47,871 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of this number, 34,094 have recovered in community, while 9,856 are currently active in community. Over the last 12 months, about 3,988 COVID-related patients have been admitted into the various care centres across the State; with a registered fatality rate of approximately0.63% (301 deaths). TESTING Currently, Lagos State has 21 private and 4 public health laboratories accredited for Covid-19 testing. So far, a total of 316,801 samples have been tested, with 47,871 diagnosed as Positive. The test positivity ratio for January 2021 is 24%, which means that one out of every four tests returns positi...
Joe Biden’s Inauguration In Pictures
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Joe Biden’s Inauguration In Pictures

Washington Biden's inauguration will mark the official start of his four-year term, and due to COVID and security concerns, will go ahead without much of the pomp and fanfare. In pictures: The inauguration of Joe Biden President-elect Joe Biden will take the oath of office on Wednesday, but it will be a scaled-down inauguration unlike any we've ever seen. The celebrations have been cut back because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Biden's inaugural committee — trying to keep crowds to a minimum — has urged Americans not to travel to Washington, DC. The National Mall will also be closed to the general public because of security concerns related to the January 6 storming of the US Capitol. Usually, thousands of people gather on the Mall to watch the new president being sworn in. T...
COVID-19: Ijede General Hospital Not Shut Down — MG
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COVID-19: Ijede General Hospital Not Shut Down — MG

The General Hospital, Ijede, has refuted the rumour being circulated on social media that the facility has been shut down because its staff have been infected with COVID-19. A statement issued on Friday by the hospital’s medical director/CEO Dr Olufunmilayo Bankole noted that the facility has not been shut down and that all medical staff have been operating 24-hour service even before the beginning of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the state. She implored the general public, especially residents of Ijede community to disregard the misinformation contained in the viral post, describing it as malicious and deceitful with the sole intent to damage the reputation and integrity of the highly revered facility and its hard-working staff. Bankole also appealed to all i...
Japanese Town Worships Giant Gorilla In Desperate Bid To Scare Off Coronavirus
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Japanese Town Worships Giant Gorilla In Desperate Bid To Scare Off Coronavirus

Villagers in the Japanese town of Chikuzen have gone to drastic measures to confront the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic by building a giant Gorilla as 'an idol to worship' Superstitious locals in a Japanese village have constructed a giant Gorilla made of steel and straw in a desperate big to ward off the coronavirus. Villagers in Chikuzen, Fukuoka Prefecture in the south west of Japan spent two months building the life-like statue – which has eyes which glow red in the night and stands at an impressive 23 feet tall. The structure has been called ‘Giant Straw Scarecrow Gorilla: Proud Gorilla 2020’ and is due to stand watch over the town until the end of the month. After being completed in December 2020, the giant statue has become something of a local attraction – pulling in ...
Biden To Sign Executive Order To Join Paris Club & Rescind Travel Ban
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Biden To Sign Executive Order To Join Paris Club & Rescind Travel Ban

President-elect Joe Biden plans to sign roughly a dozen executive orders, including rejoining the Paris climate accord and ending the travel ban on predominantly Muslim countries, on his first day in office, according to a memo from incoming chief of staff Ron Klain. He'll also sign orders halting evictions and student loan payments during the coronavirus pandemic and issuing a mask mandate on all federal property in an effort to either roll back moves made by the Trump administration or advance policy in a way that was impossible in the current administration. One of Biden's most common campaign trail promises was to tackle an issue on his first day in office -- a pledge he usually made to either contrast himself with President Donald Trump or highlight just how important he bel...
COVID-19: Ignore Fake Lockdown Alert, PTF Tells Nigerians
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COVID-19: Ignore Fake Lockdown Alert, PTF Tells Nigerians

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has urged Nigerians to disregard a fake fresh lockdown alert in circulation on social media. PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, made this known in a short video statement released on Thursday. There have been concerns regarding a fresh lockdown as the country battles the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. But Aliyu said the government was aware of the economic implication of a fresh lockdown and, therefore, urged Nigerians to adhere to all guidelines to curb the spread of the disease. He said, “We are aware of a fake message on WhatsApp that we’ve declared a lockdown in the country. This is absolutely not true. I call on the Nigerian public to please ignore this message and continue with normal activities . “I’m also ca...
Second Wave: Lai Mohammed Insists No Fresh Lockdown
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Second Wave: Lai Mohammed Insists No Fresh Lockdown

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Monday, insisted that the Federal Government has no plan to impose a fresh lockdown on Nigeria as the country battles the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Mohammed, who spoke at a conference in Lagos, however, appealed to Nigerians to adhere to all protocols outlined by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. The minister said, “On the issue of lockdown, I don’t think there is any time when the Federal Government has said it is going to have a second lockdown. However, the Federal Government is very unhappy that Nigerians are not adhering to the basic Covid-19 protocols of wearing face masks, or practicising social distancing, of washing hands, of ensuring that they do gather in large numbers. “If we do not do ...
Barcelona Players Set For €122 Million Salary Cut
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Barcelona Players Set For €122 Million Salary Cut

Barcelona were close to securing an agreement on Friday for a 122 million euros ($145 million) cut in players’ salaries this season to help offset the financial hole left by the coronavirus pandemic. The deal, announced in a statement by the club, must now be ratified by the players “in the coming days”. The reduction in their wage bill represents a welcome financial lifeline for Barca, hit hard by the loss of gate receipts at the Camp Nou and other effects of Covid-19 prevention measures. Barca’s acting president Carles Tusquets has described the financial situation as “not dramatic, but very worrying”. Tusquets assumed temporary control following Josep Maria Bartomeu’s resignation last month. Restoring Barca’s finances will be one of the items on the top of the new p...
Kazakhstan Bodybuilder Weds His Sex Doll In Groundbreaking Ceremony
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Kazakhstan Bodybuilder Weds His Sex Doll In Groundbreaking Ceremony

Yuri Tolochko, from Kazakhstan, popped the question to Margo in December 2019. The wedding was earlier delayed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and an attack on Yuri A bodybuilder has finally married his sex doll after delaying the ceremony for months. Yuri Tolochko, from Kazakhstan, has been living with Margo for a year and a half and says he popped the question back in December 2019. He first met her at a night club, and the pair were due to get married in March this year before the coronavirus pandemic threw the world into turmoil. Yuri earlier told the Daily Star that the ceremony was delayed a second time after he was attacked during a transgender rally in the Kazakh city of Almaty on October 31. However, the pair have finally tied the knot at a ceremony atte...
Young Nigerian Man Becomes Associate Manager At Google
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Young Nigerian Man Becomes Associate Manager At Google

This young Nigerian man, Angel Onuoha, has had a big breakthrough after coronavirus pandemic forced him out of business 7 months ago I was devastated to shut down my startup due to Covid-19 Today I’ve officially accepted an offer @Google as an Associate Product Manager All good things come with time
I was absolutely not surprised Trump got Covid-19′ – US Infectious disease chief, Dr Fauci
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I was absolutely not surprised Trump got Covid-19′ – US Infectious disease chief, Dr Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States' leading infectious disease expert has said he is "absolutely not" surprised President Donald Trump contracted Covid-19 after seeing him surrounded by people not wearing face masks and flouting best public health practices during rallies and meetings with aides.   Fauci, who has gone at odds with Trump regarding the coronavirus pandemic, spoke during an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday night.   He  said, "I was worried that he was going to get sick when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of crowded -- no separation between people, and almost nobody wearing a mask."     "When I saw that on TV, I said, 'Oh my goodness. Nothing good can come out of that, that's got to be a problem,'" ...
Arsenal’s dinosaur mascot Gunnersaurus has been axed as part of cost-cutting measures at the club
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Arsenal’s dinosaur mascot Gunnersaurus has been axed as part of cost-cutting measures at the club

The man behind Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus has been let go by the club as part of their coronavirus cost-cutting process, according to The Athletic. Jerry Quy, who has dressed up as the friendly green dinosaur at home matches since 1993, is the latest victim of the club's streamlining measures in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Arsenal announced 55 redundancies in August as the club contended with the financial impact of Covid-19, and the absence of fans on matchdays has now cost Quy his job - for now at least. The Athletic reports the Arsenal mascot will return, but Quy, who even missed his brother's wedding to dress up as the iconic dino at an Arsenal home match, will hang up his suit for the time being. Gunnersaurus is a popular character among Arsenal fans and is ...
Fans To Return As UEFA Issues New Rules
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Fans To Return As UEFA Issues New Rules

Stadiums will be permitted to reopen where local laws permit, though away fans are still not yet able to return Fans will be able to return to UEFA club and international matches starting at next week’s international break, UEFA has announced. Stadiums will be allowed to be filled to a maximum of 30 per cent capacity, and will only reopen where local laws permit. No away fans will be allowed at this stage due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The decision has been made after the trial which saw around 15,000 fans in the stadium for Bayern Munich’s UEFA Super Cup win over Sevilla. The pilot match was deemed a success despite host city Budapest recording a rise in infection numbers ahead of the event. A UEFA statement further clarified: "Both the admission of fans and the capaci...
US vs China: US revokes visas for 1,000 Chinese students and researchers
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US vs China: US revokes visas for 1,000 Chinese students and researchers

The United States government has revoked visas of more than 1,000 Chinese students and researchers under an order issued by President Donald Trump accusing some of them of espionage and working for the Chinese communist party, the State Department said Wednesday September 9.   As tensions between Beijing and Washington rose on multiple fronts, Trump, in a May 29 proclamation, declared that some Chinese nationals officially in the United States for study have stolen intellectual property and helped modernize China’s military.   The State Department, on Wednesday September 9 for the first time, has now released first figures on the effects of Trump’s order, stating that more than 1,000 visas have been revoked since June 1 when implementation ...
“Football Without Fans Is Like A Circus Without Clowns”- Cristiano Ronaldo
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“Football Without Fans Is Like A Circus Without Clowns”- Cristiano Ronaldo

 Portugese star, Cristiano Ronaldo, has related football without fans to a circus without clowns after he scored in Portugal's 2-0 win over Sweden on Tuesday night, September 9 due to the absense of fans to celebrate with him. The match against Sweden was played in an empty stadium as the Coronavirus pandemic restricted fans from attending games in most regions across Europe. Ronaldo,who also became the second highest goalscorer in international football with 101 goals after netting two goals against Sweden, described the absense of supporters as a major missing key of the football game. "There is no need to regret, when I do something I like to be whistled because it gives me chills. But health comes first, if the WHO says that these aren't safe conditions, that's it. The m...
First International Flight Lands In Lagos Airport After 5 Months
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First International Flight Lands In Lagos Airport After 5 Months

There was palpable joy on Saturday as the first international flight landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. This is coming after five months of the closure of the Nigerian airspace due to lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic. The aircraft operated by Middle East Airlines touched down at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The Nation gathered that the plane which took off from Beirut, Lebanon, landed at the airport at exactly 02:27 pm.  
Nationwide Curfew Now 12am To 4am – FG
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Nationwide Curfew Now 12am To 4am – FG

The Federal Government says the nationwide curfew in place in the country to restrict movement amid the coronavirus pandemic is now from 12am to 4am. The National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, made this known during a briefing at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, on Thursday. Aliyu said, “I will first of all start with general movement. We are modifying the curfew to commence from 12 midnight to 4am nationwide, effective from 12:00 tonight. “This does not apply to people on essential services and international travellers that might be returning from abroad.” The PTF, following the lifting of the lockdown occasioned by the pandemic, had on May 4, 2020, imposed a nationwide curfew from 6pm to 8am. It later reviewed the timing ...
Indian University Creates Cartoon Characters Of Students For Virtual Graduation
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Indian University Creates Cartoon Characters Of Students For Virtual Graduation

Amidst the ravaging coronavirus pandemic, an Indian University has created cartoon characters of its students for their virtual graduation. The avatars of more than 2,000 students from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay were awarded their certificates by an avatar of IIT director Subhasis Chaudhuri during a ceremony on Sunday. The unique celebration, designed to abide by coronavirus safey measures, was broadcast on two local TV channels as well as YouTube and Facebook Live, according to a statement from the Indian government's Press Information Bureau (PIB). "The Institute thought it best to arrange such a VR-convocation for the graduating students so as not to put their health at risk but at the same time, not deprive them of the sense of achievement and pride o...
FEC Approves N8.49b For COVID-19 Testing Kits Procurement
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FEC Approves N8.49b For COVID-19 Testing Kits Procurement

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of N8.49 billion for the procurement of 12 items for the testing of coronavirus pandemic by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The virtual council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja on Wednesday, gave the approval after considering a memo presented by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, on behalf of the centre at the Council chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
New Juventus Manager, Andrea Pirlo Puts up Six Players for Sale
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New Juventus Manager, Andrea Pirlo Puts up Six Players for Sale

Juventus new manager, Andrea Pirlo, is reportedly ready to sell at least six players this summer transfer window, as he looks to bolster his squad ahead of next season, Mirror UK reports. Pirlo was appointed as Juventus new manager over the weekend following the sacking of Maurizio Sarri. Juventus have seen their revenue streams hit hard because of the coronavirus pandemic and will have less money to spend this summer following their Champions League exit at the hands of Lyon. Pirlo has put Aaron Ramsey “among six players” he wants Juventus to sell this summer. Ramsey only moved to the Old Lady last year, but the Welsh international is not wanted by Pirlo, and he is free to find another club this summer. The former Arsenal star is now seen as surplus to requirement...
World in dangerous phase of Coronavirus – WHO warns
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World in dangerous phase of Coronavirus – WHO warns

The World Health Organisation has warned of a “new and dangerous phase” of the coronavirus pandemic. The warning came on Friday as infections continued to surge in the Americas. Brazil registered more than one million cases. Colombia and Mexico also passed bleak milestones, as their death tolls topped 2,000 and 20,000, respectively. The statistics shows how the virus continues ravaging the Americas and parts of Asia even as Europe starts to ease out of lockdown. The measures imposed to halt the spread of the disease have caused crippling economic damage. WHO however warned against giving in to isolation fatigue. “The world is in a new and dangerous phase”, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference. “Many people are understandably fed u...
FG Releases ₦4.5 Billion To 31 Teaching Hospitals, 9 Billion For Life Insurance
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FG Releases ₦4.5 Billion To 31 Teaching Hospitals, 9 Billion For Life Insurance

Indications emerged Friday that the Federal Government has released the sum of N4.5 billion to 31 Federal Teaching Hospitals and Medical Centres across the country to cover hazard and inducement allowances for the month of April and May. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, made this disclosure while briefing State House Correspondents, in company of the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire and the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, after they briefed President Muhammadu Buhari, on the strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD). Ngige expressed optimism that the strike action embarked upon by the Resident Doctors will end soon. The strike which commenced on Monday this week followed instructions by the NARD to its member...
Coronavirus aside, 2020 has been a good year for me – Zlatan Ibile reveals
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Coronavirus aside, 2020 has been a good year for me – Zlatan Ibile reveals

Popular Nigerian singer and rapper, Zlatan Ibile has revealed that 2020 has been a good year for him. Zlatan Ibile, whose real name is Temidayo Omoniyi Raphael,  admitted that the Coronavirus pandemic has adversely impacted on lives and economies, however, the period brought some changes to him. According to the Zanku Records CEO, he has discovered his true self in 2020. He revealed that 2020 has afforded him the opportunity to team up with talented fast-rising acts who have played very key roles in his upcoming album. Zlatan Ibile made this known on his Instagram page where he shared artwork of his yet-to-be-released new album. We would all agree that this pandemic period of #CoronaVirus has had a great impact on our work, creativity and lifestyle in general but it ha...
‘White People Should Say Sorry for the Way we Have Treated Black People for 400 Years –Pep Guardiola Speaks out Against Racism
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‘White People Should Say Sorry for the Way we Have Treated Black People for 400 Years –Pep Guardiola Speaks out Against Racism

Manchester City football club manager, Pep Guardiola has spoken out on the anti-racism protests being championed all over the world by Black Lives Matter protesters following the police killing of Black American George Floyd last month. Speaking after Manchester City beat Arsenal in the club's first game since the Coronavirus pandemic halted global football, Guardiola admitted being "ashamed of what white people have done to black people". Premier league clubs Sheffield United and Aston Villa took a stand against racism when they kicked off the midweek action, with all players from both sides wearing jerseys displaying "Black Lives Matter" across the back instead of their own names. Sheffield United and Aston Villa took a knee on the pitch just before kick-off in a show of sol...
NARD Nationwide Strike: FG Threatens Actions Against NARD
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NARD Nationwide Strike: FG Threatens Actions Against NARD

The Federal government has threatened to take action against any resident doctor on its payroll who fails to resume work today, June 17. Recall that NARD had embarked on a nationwide strike on Monday due to the Federal Government’s failure to meet demands made by the association. A negotiation meeting convened by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige with the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, and the leadership of the Resident doctors, ended in a deadlock on Tuesday after many hours of deliberation. Ngige, during the meeting, stated that health workers are the essential frontline officers during the coronavirus pandemic and have suffered great mishaps across the country. According to him, the major issues have been taken care of, while other minor issues will...
‘We can’t stand still’ – Arteta issues Arsenal transfer warning
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‘We can’t stand still’ – Arteta issues Arsenal transfer warning

The Gunners boss admits he is unsure whether he will be able to bring in the targets he wants this summer Mikel Arteta has warned that Arsenal risk falling further behind their rivals if they ‘stand still’ while others strengthen this summer. The Gunners return to action for the first time in 102 days on Wednesday night when they take on Manchester City in the Premier League. Arteta’s side go into the game sitting ninth in the table, but could move to within two points of fifth with a victory, depending on Sheffield United’s result at Aston Villa earlier in the day. With fifth spot potentially enough to earn a place in next season’s Champions League due to Manchester City’s impending European ban, Arteta is acutely aware of how important the next six weeks w...
I’m surprised Naira Marley has not been arrested – Executive Jets CEO, Sam Iwuajoku
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I’m surprised Naira Marley has not been arrested – Executive Jets CEO, Sam Iwuajoku

The Chief Executive Officer of Executive Jets Services Limited, Sam Iwuajoku has expressed disappointment with the federal government’s “cold feet” in arresting Naira Marley and his crew members for violating the interstate travel ban. In an interview with Premium Times, the airline CEO admitted writing the apology letter addressed to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika. He said he wrote the letter which has been trailed by mixed reaction out of anger. Iwuajoku also condemned the indiscriminate movement of any form during the Coronavirus pandemic. He said; “Why will anyone be moving around unnecessarily during a pandemic? Moving around for musical concert at this time is ‘unnecessary movement’. I am wondering why they were not even arrested. “I have been abused by peop...
Major U.S. airlines threaten to ban passengers who refuse to wear masks during their flights under new rules
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Major U.S. airlines threaten to ban passengers who refuse to wear masks during their flights under new rules

U.S. airlines could ban passengers who refuse to wear face masks when traveling during the Coronavirus pandemic, Airlines for America, the US Aviation industry’s main lobby group has announced. According to the group, masks will be provided to passengers who do not have any. The group added that passengers could have their flying privileges revoked under tougher enforcement policies if they are caught flying without masks. Carriers with stricter policies that could see travel privileges of erring customers revoked include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines, and the rules will stay in place for at least the next 60 days. The group also revealed that each carrier will decide the appropri...
20 Players Who Are Likely To Win The Ballon D’or 2020
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20 Players Who Are Likely To Win The Ballon D’or 2020

Football is back and we’re immediately at the business end of the season. Domestic leagues will be won and lost over the next couple of weeks and we’re in the latter stages of cup competitions when they eventually resume. It’s all about which teams and which players hit the ground running. While football all around the world was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, many leagues are already back up and running. The Premier League and Serie A will join La Liga and the Bundesliga in returning to action as they conclude the 2019/20 campaign. While we won’t miss out on any club football in those four leagues, we have been robbed of international tournaments in the form of Euro 2020 and Copa America. So how has the coronavirus pandemic affected the race to win the 2020 Bal...
Travel Resumes Across Europe Amid Hopes Of Economic Recovery
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Travel Resumes Across Europe Amid Hopes Of Economic Recovery

France, Germany and Switzerland on Monday allowed travel to resume three months after unprecedented restrictions were imposed in a bid to curb the coronavirus pandemic. France reopened its borders with all EU countries except Spain, where restrictions would remain in place until June 21 in line with a similar decision on the Spanish side. Passengers arriving from Britain would also be asked to self-isolate for 14 days, in line with British restrictions on individuals arriving from France. Borders with non-EU countries remain closed to all but essential travel, except for incoming foreign students who can now head to France. Traffic was reported on a motorway leading to the German-Danish border on Monday, just hours after Copenhagen lifted entry restrictions for German, Norw...
Iker Casillas pulls out of RFEF presidency bid
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Iker Casillas pulls out of RFEF presidency bid

The Real Madrid idol said he may consider running in the future after dropping his challenge to Luis Rubiales on Monday Spain's World Cup-winning captain Iker Casillas has announced he has pulled out of the running to be the next president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), citing a need for unity amid the coronavirus pandemic. Real Madrid great Casillas confirmed his intention to stand for the position in February, but his withdrawal means Luis Rubiales is expected to be re-elected unopposed in August. Casillas, who won Euro 2008 and 2012 alongside the 2010 World Cup with Spain, explained via a Twitter post his decision was in part due to "the exceptional social, economic and health situation that our country is suffering". "This makes the elections t...
Burna Boy and Rema Nominated for 2020 BET Awards (Full List)
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Burna Boy and Rema Nominated for 2020 BET Awards (Full List)

BET announced on Monday the nominations for the 2020 Awards ceremony, which will also mark its 20th anniversary. The awards celebrate the brightest stars across music, television, film, sports, and philanthropy.The nominees announced in the Best International Act Award category are: Burna Boy, Innoss'B, Sho Madjozi, Dave, Stormzy, Ninho, and S.Pri Noir. In the category for Viewer's Choice: Best New International Act are : Rema, Sha Sha, Celeste, Young T & Bugsey, Hatik and Stacy. The 2020 BET Awards will air live on June 28 across ViacomCBS networks, including CBS for the first time. The show, which will be a virtual celebration because of the Coronavirus pandemic, will also air on BET and BET HER. See full list below.   Best Female R&B/Pop ArtistBeyonce ...
Oyo State To Open Schools, Mosques And Churches On June 29
Education

Oyo State To Open Schools, Mosques And Churches On June 29

The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force has relaxed the curfew imposed on the state following the ravaging coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made public after a meeting presided by its chairman, Governor Seyi Makinde. Seyi Makinde also said that Students that are in final year like pry6 ,jss 3 and ss3 will resume on June 23.
Naira Marley Reacts After Nigerians Slam Him For Holding A Concert
Celebs

Naira Marley Reacts After Nigerians Slam Him For Holding A Concert

Azeez Fashola, known professionally as Naira Marley, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He is known as the president of his controversial fan base, "Marlians". He has reacted to the backlash he received after videos of him performing in a concert during the weekend went viral. Yesterday, Naira Marley was trending after videos of him performing in a concert in Abuja despite the coronavirus pandemic plaguing the nation. Naira Marley who on several occasions has made it known that he doesn’t believe that the coronavirus doesn’t exist was slammed by Nigerians over the concert issue. Recall that Naira Marley earlier this year was indicted in a violation of lockdown regulations for attending Funke Akindele’s husband’s birthday.  
FCT Will Decide Naira Marley’s Penalty – PTF
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FCT Will Decide Naira Marley’s Penalty – PTF

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has expressed displeasure over Saturday event held in Abuja despite the ban on large gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. MCI reports that hip-hop artiste, Azeez Fashola, alias Naira Marley, held a concert at the Jabi Lake Mall on Saturday in contravention of the PTF directive geared towards curbing the spread of the virus. The event, which had a lot of people in attendance, has come under intense criticisms lately. PTF National Coordinator, Sani Aliyu, noted during a briefing on Monday that the PTF supports any sanctionagainst the musician. Aliyu, however, stated that the Federal Capital Territory Administration will take the decision on whether to penalise the artiste or not. He said, “With regards to the fate of Naira Marle...
Sanwo-Olu, Tinubu Mourn Senator Osinowo
Politics

Sanwo-Olu, Tinubu Mourn Senator Osinowo

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed sadness over the sudden death of Senator Sikiru Adebayo Osinowo, representing Lagos East Senatorial District at the Upper Legislative Chamber of the National Assembly, who passed away on Monday morning at the age of 64 after a brief illness. Sanwo-Olu in a condolence message, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile described Senator Osinowo’s death as a rude shock, coming at a time when the State and indeed the entire nation had just started benefiting from his wealth of political and administrative experience. The Governor said Senator Osinowo’s demise had thrown the State into mourning, urging Lagosians, whose interests the late lawmaker represented at the National Assembly to use his death as a reminde...
Manchester United and Sheffield United hold Talks Over Deal for Henderson to Stay at Bramall Lane next Season
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Manchester United and Sheffield United hold Talks Over Deal for Henderson to Stay at Bramall Lane next Season

Chris Wilder is optimistic that an agreement can be reached for the goalkeeper to continue his development with the Blades Sheffield United have held talks with Manchester United over keeping Dean Henderson at Bramall Lane beyond the current season. Henderson has spent the past two campaigns on loan at Bramall Lane and his current agreement is due to expire at the end of June. However, with the season being extended due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the Blades have spoken to United regarding a short-term agreement to retain Henderson.
Pope Francis push for end to Libya violence, call on international bodies
Religion

Pope Francis push for end to Libya violence, call on international bodies

Pope Francis on Sunday urged international bodies as well as political and military leaders to stop the violence in Libya and to also end the plight of migrants, refugees and others trapped there. Speaking from a window at his Vatican residence on St Peter’s Square, the pope told the faithful he included his concerns in his prayers over recent days. “I am following the dramatic situation in Libya with great apprehension,” he said. “I urge international bodies and those who have political and military responsibilities to recommence with conviction and resolve the search for a path towards an end to the violence, leading to peace, stability and unity in the country.” The pope also said he prayed for “the thousands of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced...
Messi set another La Liga record in Barcelona win against Real Mallorca
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Messi set another La Liga record in Barcelona win against Real Mallorca

The Argentine star once again stole the show as the Catalans returned to action following the coronavirus pandemic Lionel Messi set another La Liga record on Saturday as Barcelona made a winning return to the pitch. The leaders won 4-0 at Real Mallorca  in their first match since the campaign was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Arturo Vidal opened the scoring after just two minutes before Messi set up Martin Braithwaite for his first Barca goal  and then Jordi Alba to make the points safe. Messi then added a fourth in second-half injury time to reach 20 La Liga goals for 2019-20. The Argentina star is the only player to score 20 or more goals in Spain's top flight in 12 consecutive seasons. Messi's strong performance against Mallorca also saw his...

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