South Sudan Former FA president Chabur Goc Alei, has been banned with immediate effect from all soccer-related activities for 10 years at national and international level for misappropriation of funds and bribery.
Manchester United have made an initial approach to sign the Frenchman who they’ve been following since his youth days with Paris Saint- Germain
Manchester United made an offer in excess of €40 million (£35m/$45m) for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.
The 22 year old French striker, who is being followed by several Premier League clubs, has enjoyed a productive first season with the Ligue 1 side, scoring 23 goals in all competitions since his move from Celtic.
That has prompted Manchester United to make an initial offer worth around €40m as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to improve his attack following a disappointing 2018-19 campaign.
Moussa Dembele is contracted to Lyon until 2021 meaning the Ligue 1 side, who secured Champions League football for next season with their 4-0 win over Caen last time out, are in a strong position in negotiations.
It remains to be seen how attracted Dembele is to a move to Old Trafford, however, with Solskjaer’s side having to settle for a place in the Europa League after finishing sixth in the Premier League table.
Dembele has an impressive record for France at Under-21 level although is yet to earn a senior call-up.
Chelsea team celebrating Victor Moses for his outstanding performance and helping Chelsea to keep their outside chances of chasing down Tottenham Hotspur for a place in next season’s Champions League alive as a much-changed side secured a 2-1 win at Burnley.
At the other end of the table, Southampton crept closer to relegation as a 0-0 draw at Leicester leaves the Saints still four points off safety with just four games remaining to save themselves.
Chelsea closed to within five points of fourth-placed Spurs, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men also have a kinder run-in than their London rivals.
Southampton and Chelsea meet for the second time in eight days in a FA Cup semi-final on Sunday after Antonio Conte’s side came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at St. Mary’s on Saturday.
And with the Cup representing Chelsea’s last chance at silverware this season, Conte left Eden Hazard and Willian on the bench as Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata started together up front for the first time.
Burnley’s opening day 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge was an early indicator as to how the season would develop for both sides with Sean Dyche’s side now dreaming of qualifying for European competition for the first time since 1967.
However, Burnley’s hopes of leapfrogging Arsenal into sixth were dealt a blow by a first defeat in seven games.
Conte has lamented Chelsea’s inability to take their chances all season, and it was another night to forget for club record signing Morata as he passed up a host of opportunities to score just his third goal of 2018.
The Spanish international’s first clear opening was well saved by England World Cup hopeful Nick Pope low to his right.
Pope, though, could arguably have done better when the opening goal arrived on 20 minutes as he punched Victor Moses’s cross into the onrushing Kevin Long and the ball ricocheted off the defender into his own net.
Much worse was to come for Morata on the hour mark when he burst clear on goal, but, with just Pope to beat, side-footed wide of the target.
That miss looked like it could be the turning point in the game when four minutes later Burnley levelled in fortuitous fashion.
Joey Gudmundsson’s long-range effort was heading well wide until it deflected off Ashley Barnes to completely wrong-foot Chelsea ‘keeper Thibaut Courtois.
Just minutes later, though, Chelsea retook the lead when Moses fired in low at Pope’s near post from Emerson Palmieri’s cross.
Morata then stormed off the field in disgust at himself as he was replaced by Hazard for the final 20 minutes.
But despite some delightful touches by the Belgian, Chelsea had to settle for victory by the finest of margins.
At the King Power, Leicester manager Claude Puel took his revenge after Southampton sacked the Frenchman despite finishing eighth and reaching the League Cup final last season by pushing his former employers closer to the drop.
In a game of few clear-cut chances, Shane Long had Southampton’s best effort as he was denied by a point-blank save by Leicester’s reserve goalkeeper Ben Hamer.
At the other end, Alex McCarthy also made a smart stop from Jamie Vardy as Southampton at least stopped a run of four straight league defeats.
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Saudi Arabia has ended a 35-year ban on movie theaters with a screening of “Black Panther.”
American movie theater company, AMC, (AMC) played the Hollywood blockbuster on Wednesday at its new single-screen cinema in the financial district of the capital Riyadh.
The screening opening was limited to about 500 invited guests, executives and officials, but public screenings of the movie will begin soon, AMC said. A Saudi official said that would happen from May 1.
A Saudi private investment firm, in collaboration with AMC Entertainment, an American cinema chain, hosted the opening night and plan to open three more screens at the complex later this year, according to the Saudi Gazette.
The partnership envisions opening 30 to 40 cinemas in some 15 cities nationwide over the next five years. By 2030, the Saudi government hopes to have up to 100 more up and running in 25 cities.
The revival of the cinema is the latest move by 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with the blessing of his father, to ease social restrictions by also opening concert halls, clubs and dropping the ban on women drivers.
It marks a sharp reversal from the clampdown by the Saudi leadership that followed the 1979 seizure of The Grand Mosque in Mecca by extremists. The siege ended after two weeks with the help of French special forces.
Shaken, the Saudi royal family cracked down on dissent while also tightening social norms in a trade off to shore up its support of the ultra conservative Wahhabi clergy. Many Saudi clerics view Western movies and even Arabic films made in Egypt and Lebanon as sinful.
The social push by the heir to the throne is part of his so-called Vision 2030, a blueprint for the country that aims to boost local spending and create jobs amid sustained lower oil prices.
“This is a landmark moment in the transformation of Saudi Arabia into a more vibrant economy and society,” Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Awwad Alawwad said in statement ahead of the screening. “Cinema has always played an important role in bringing cultures together, and Saudi Arabia is ready to play its part,” he said, according to Saudi Gazette.
Movies screened in Saudi cinemas will be subject to approval by government censors, as is the case in other Arab countries. Scenes of violence are not cut, but scenes involving nudity, sex or even kissing are often deleted.
The U.S.-based AMC was granted the first license to operate a cinema in Saudi Arabia in a deal signed earlier this month in California with the crown prince.
Until now, Saudis who wanted to watch a film in a movie theater would have to drive to nearby Bahrain or the United Arab Emirates for weekend trips to the cinema. Other at-home options include streaming services, such as Netflix, and satellite TV, although this can run into attempts by the government to censor what the Saudi public could view.
Saudi writer and dissident Jamal Khashoggi describes the theaters of the 1970s as being “like American drive-ins, except much more informal.” In an opinion piece for The Washington Post, he wrote that to avoid being arrested at one of these screenings in Medina, a friend of his broke his leg jumping off a wall to escape the religious police.
The film “Black Panther,” which has taken in more than $1.2 billion worldwide, is a particularly apt film to end the ban. It features an African country that was never colonized or conquered and used its wealth to develop advanced technology while isolating itself from the rest of the world.
Kenya joins the ranks of African nations backing Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup.
Morocco is hoping to become only the second African country to host the World Cup after South Africa in 2010 but faces a stiff challenge from a joint Canada-Mexico-US bid when the vote is held in Moscow at the FIFA Congress on June 13.
On Wednesday 18, chief Nick Mwendwa Football Kenya Federation (FKF) told delegates visiting from Morocco, led by Nigerian former international striker Daniel Amokachi. “Kenya will be firmly behind Morocco’s bid for the 2026 World Cup, since the whole of Africa is for Morocco”.
“We have worked closely with the Moroccan Football Federation since we came into office in 2016,” said Mwendwa at a press conference in Nairobi.
The north African country has already received backing from many African countries including South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Tunisia and Ghana, while others including France, Russia and Iraq have expressed their support.
Though considered a long shot, Amokachi believes Morocco stands a chance after being unsuccessful four times in the past.
“It took our continent a hundred years to host the World Cup. Morocco is a capable country to host the tournament in 2026 since it has all the infrastructure,” said Amokachi.
Zimbabwe sacks 16,000 striking nurses as the new government sought to keep a lid on labour unrest in the build-up to the first elections since the fall of Robert Mugabe, Reuters has reported.
Vice President Constantino Chiwenga accused the nurses of staging a “politically motivated” walkout and said they would be replaced by retired and unemployed staff. The nurses’ union told its members to stay calm as it considered its response.
The nurses went on strike on Monday over unpaid allowances and other issues, leaving hospitals understaffed. The action came days after junior doctors wrapped up a month-long walkout over pay and working conditions.
Chiwenga, the retired army general who led a de facto military coup against Mugabe in November, said the Zimbabwe Nurses Association had rejected a $17 million offer to clear wage arrears.
“Government now regards this lack of remorse as politically motivated, and thus going beyond concerns of conditions of services and worker welfare,” said Chiwenga late on Tuesday.
“Accordingly, government has decided, in the interest of patients and of saving lives, to discharge all the striking nurses with immediate effect.”
He did not say which political group he thought was behind the strike. Mugabe regularly accused opposition groups of trying to undermine his government by encouraging the public sector strikes that punctuated his time in office.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who replaced Mugabe in November, will stand in elections set for July against a revitalized opposition Movement for Democratic Change party led by 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa.
Mnangagwa has promised to revitalize the economy after decades of severe mismanagement. Cash shortages mean banks are forced to limit withdrawals, unemployment remains above 80 percent and the government still struggles to pay workers on time.
“Without training the workers, we are harming the society,” Obasa, represented by Mr. Olumuyiwa Jimoh, the Deputy Majority Leader of the House, said on Wednesday.
Lagos State House of Assembly, Speaker Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, made the remarks as the House began a three-day capacity building workshop for its staff, tagged “Effective Capturing, Report Writing, Documentation and Presentation of Parliamentary Proceedings,” to enhance their performance in legislative business.
“These staff needs to be educated for them to even add value to whatever we are doing.
He also added “It is the bureaucratic system that determines direction and dimension of whatever the political and economic system are doing,”
He said the development of bureaucratic system should be in geometric progression instead of arithmetic progression, hence the need to do more.
He added that the development and growth of any country lies in the capacity of the civil service.
Also speaking, Mr. Azeez Sanni, the Clerk of the House, said that the workshop was another decisive and epoch-making stride by the House to raise the performance of the staff.
Sanni, who commended the leadership and management of the House, said that the workshop would improve parliamentary reporting and legislative practices.
“This training is borne out of an urgent need by the leadership of the House to address certain areas of inadequate performance by some of the staff, and which has been a source of growing concern.
“This programme has been packaged to deepen the skills and proficiency of staff in the three core directorates of the House — the Legislative Matters, Legislative Drafting and Legal Services, and Publications — in the art of writing and indeed other areas peculiar to their duties and practices.
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This open letter is written not to condemn you but to give you a guideline of the things you need to do when you finally get out of the Big brother House, your fans can be crying out loud, PR paid, movement creative, even some pastor praying for you. But please remember these are the reasons you were being sent to the house or picked to represent one chapter of the house mate:
1. To be yourself enough to sell a brand to public.
2. To demonstrate how well humans can cope in smooth ,sweet and tough times.
3. To become a role model who can be a spokesperson to the people who have patiently watched you for 3 months.
4. To be a brand investors can invest in .
5. To be someone’s dream woman in all aspect of Life
6. To influence people with your God given talent and also Promote God with your talent and character e.t.c, I hope you come out victorious to see how well you have been able to impact wrongly Into the society..
I am not judging you but whatever you face or meet outside of the house either Good or Bad am sure your Character, self-discipline, Anger, fight, and so on caused it.. I am praying for God to lead you on so you become a better person. I am not perfect but trust me most of ladies supporting you are doing so blindly and am sure when you come out I pray you don’t lose it either.. To all the people reading this I think instead of condemning her. She needs to be talk to, prayed for and also see lots of older women who can advise her. This might be the way God want her to learn and put herself together for her future family and ambition.
Enjoy your fame and remember to always seek God.
From Yours truly
60 Niger Delta Youths are currently undergoing a one-week fish processing and entrepreneurship induction course in Benin City, the Edo state capital, under the Federal Government’s Amnesty Programme .
The training programme, which is being organized under the auspices of the Federal Government in partnership with Obax Worldwide Limited kicked off on Sunday and will end this weekend.
Facilitator of the programme, Princess Ethel Eweka of Obax Worldwide Limited, told journalists that the training was part of Federal Government’s initiatives aimed at equipping and empowering the ex-militants for proper reintegration into the society.
Princess Eweka said, “Obax Worldwide Limited, which I represent would not just stop at training the 60 delegates, but go further to certify them and report back to government, with a view to continuing with the second and third phases which involves the empowerment proper (establishment of fish farm) and subsequently mentoring to guide them until they are able to stand on their own.
“The training is basically on entrepreneurship for fish farming and fish processing to equip the ex-militants before they are fully integrated into the society which the Federal Government asked us to collaborate with it in the task of empowering them.
“The Federal Government has approved the 60 candidates to be given theoretical training for one week, and thereafter, we will take them to the farm that is operational at Obax for practical and take them throughout processing.
These would be followed with empowerment proper which involves acquiring the fish farm and later monitor their progress,” she said.
Mr. David Ekesi, one of the facilitators who took the ex-militants on entrepreneurship class, told them that government expects them to acquire the knowledge so as to be able to sustain and expand their businesses after the training and empowerment.
Some of the participants, who spoke to newsmen at the venue, paid glowing tribute to the Federal Government for engaging them for the programme.
Among those who spoke were Ebiye Jacob, Adonkie Douye John and Seleton Mabiri who commended the government’s efforts in initiating the prodramme, just as they pleaded for its sustenance adding, “we appealed to the Federal Government to ensure that the
programme is not abandoned midway”.
Some of the participants, however, expressed displeasure over the way and manner they have been sidelined in the payment of Amnesty allowances, alleging that they are being tossed around while those in phase two and three are receiving their allowances and called on the presidency to wade into the issue.