Juventus Vs Genoa starting Xi revealed

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The line-ups of Genoa vs Juventus have been announced.

Genoa XI: Behrami, Masiello, Schone, Perin, Soumaoro, Sturaro, Cassata, Favilli, Ghiglione, Pinamonti, Romero

Subs: Pandev, Zapata, Marchetti, Falque, Destro, Lerager, Biraschi, Sanabria, Goldaniga, Jagiełło, Barreca, N. Radaelli

Juventus XI: Szczesny; Cuadrado, De Ligt, Bonucci, Danilo; Bentancur, Pjanic, Rabiot; Bernardeschi, Dybala, C. Ronaldo.

Subs: Buffon, Pinsoglio, Rugani, Wesley, Ramsey, Matuidi, Muratore, Douglas Costa, Higuain, Olivieri.

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Fatima-Ganduje-Ajimobi blast Seyi Makinde | Must Read.

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Fatima Ganduje-Ajimobi, who is married to late Isiaka Ajimobi’s son, Idris has taken a swipe at Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

According to the daughter of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Seyi Makinde can never surpass the achievements of the late ex-Governor Ajimobi.

Fatima, who is SA to Speaker Gbajabiamila, said this in a tweet in response to a post by Nigerian activist Segun Awosanya aka Segalink on Tuesday.

Awosanya had tweeted, “I don’t know how many people are glad to know that Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State cannot be guilt-tripped into endorsing a heist wrapped in emotions at the expense of the beleaguered people of Oyo State. I’m personally happy he saw through the shenanigans.”

In her response, however, Fatima tweeted, “Lol. Face with tears of joy half-truth is dangerous sha! SM can never ever ever come close to Ajimobi. Not your mate!!!”

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The Ajimobi family has been engaged in a feud with the governor since the death of their patriarch last week.

Ajimobi’s widow, Florence, had last week accused Makinde of abandoning the family, and being insensitive and refusing to condole with the family when Ajimobi died.

The family had also accused the governor of refusing to give them the approval to bury their father on a parcel of land in Ibadan.

Makinde had said the land in question was a subject of court litigation and thus could not allow Ajimobi to be buried there.


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Breaking : Bayern signs Mancity’s Leroy Sané

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Bayern Munich have completed a deal Manchester City winger Leroy Sané on a five-year contract, according to reports in Germany.

Earlier this month, City manager Pep Guardiola revealed the 24-year-old attacker refused to agree a new deal at the Premier League club with Sané in favour of a move to the German champions.

And German news outlet say the deal has been agreed for Sané to return to the Bundesliga ahead of the start of the 2020/21 season, but paperwork has yet to be signed.

A move to Bayern Munich would end four-year spell at the Etihad Stadium, which has seen the German winger win two Premier League titles, two EFL Cups and last season’s FA Cup.

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Before Restructuring, Beyond Biafra – By Ohanaeze Ndigbo

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In the piece, Coronavirus: The Nigerian Dream Cure, I wrote that the COVID-19, which “compelled people to stay within their nations and localities, illuminates the genius of the ageless adage: charity begins at home.” The lessons from the virus also strike a chord with the famous quotation: the “fierce urgency of now”, where Martin Luther King demanded action in the face of a looming catastrophe.

Nowhere are these maxims more expedient than Igboland. Despite the dearth of development in Eastern Nigeria, which has continued to pose existential threats, the Eastern leaders have made no serious attempt to harness current resources for the greater good. Instead, the Igbo politics has been overly consumed with mundane excuses, heightened with utopian ideas that focus solely on the future, most of which are envisaged to satiate the thirsty sentiments of the gullible masses, forgetting that the people must first survive before they can prevail.

An alarming reminder is the deplorable state of healthcare delivery in Igboland. For instance, before the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no hospital with a laboratory capable of testing for such deadly disease in the entire Eastern Nigeria. The plague also exposed the fact that the East, more than any other region, would have been in grave danger, if the COVI9-19 national lock-down had prolonged.

The common excuse for the lack of development in Igboland in the recent times is the structure of the country. Interestingly, the loudest echo chambers for the current campaign from the East are some of the very politicians who held sway during the 16-year rule under the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) but did practically nothing about restructuring. I mean, the very same cabal who are still clad in the same corrupt toga used in colluding with contractors to loot development facilities in the region, especially during the economic boom under Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, “an Igbo adopted son.”

Ironically, some of such looted projects, for example, the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Port Harcourt International Airport, 2nd River Niger Bridge, Zik Mausoleum, and the major Eastern highways and seaports are currently undergoing real work under President Muhammadu Buhari, the perceived grinch. The malfeasance under the PDP becomes more manifest when considered that the East is witnessing measurable infrastructural development under the current regime, despite meagre resources—and, of course, amid Buhari’s misguided vendetta against the region for not voting him.

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Highlighting these missed opportunities must not be misconstrued as an opposition to restructuring. Far from that! Nigeria, as currently structured, is a time-bomb. True federalism has the potential to reposition the country and unleash her abundant resources to greatness, but the process to the change must not hinder progress. It is also true that the ageless marginalization of the Igbo by federal authorities combined to stifle development opportunities in the East. But any innocent analysis equally begs the questions:

To what extent can we blame others for the lack of unity of purpose in Igboland? To what extent can we blame others for the failure to articulate game-changing policies to confront the tap root of the problem, by provoking the Igbo people to invest in their native land that is not even up to 30% developed? Worse still, who (or what structure) is to blame for running aground strategic ventures once jointly owned by the Igbo states, for example, the Presidential Hotel Enugu, Nigercem, Golden Guinea Brewery, Premier Brewery, Cooperative Bank, African Continental Bank, Orient Bank, Progressive Bank, and the Daily Star, to name just a few?

The simple answer is that mere change is not a sole panacea to progress. After all, it was not long ago that different groups within Nigeria, including those in Igbo land, were in wild jubilation for being granted their own states or local government areas. Despite the fact that all federal statutory allocations and constituency projects due to the states and local governments, as well as their internally generated revenues, have been under the control of the native politicians themselves, there are no tangible projects to show for the trillions.

Leadership is action, not excuses. The Igbo politicians should, therefore, not wait till after the restructure of Nigeria before embarking on an economic a dry-run in the remote semblance of the preferred structure—at least to stem the existential threat of mass unemployment and the consequential rising tide of crimes in the region. Governors Jim Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo and Sam Onunaka Mbakwe did not hide behind quotidian excuses of the current structure before performing wonders within just 4 years in the Second Republic. Moreover, the Nnewi model has since rubbished the common excuse that the Igbo must have a functional seaport before it can thrive. This goes without saying that many thriving Igbo destinations, for example, Abuja, Kaduna, and Kano do not have seaports.

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The apparent leadership problem within Igboland is neither lack of people with original visions nor hard work. In fact, there is an abundance of private sector-driven templates, featuring endearing ideas, the latest being the South East Regional Economic Development Company (SEREDEC), led by Barth Nnaji; and the South East Stabilization Fund, championed by the Ohaneze Ndigbo. Sadly, such visions are always derailed by an insecure Igbo political cabal.

That is where and why the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) made the title of this thesis. For sure, the IPOB deserves profound praise for finally recognizing that the real enemies are within. But the group should equally recognize that the real battle belongs at the polling booths. Therefore, instead of banal threats of election boycotts, which only serve to disfranchise the ordinary people, the IPOB should key into a growing democratic revolution to uproot the status quo across Nigeria—to ensure, at base, that good people are elected to positions of power. These political positions, of course, include the 2023 presidency which, by equitable consensus, is the turn of the South-East zone.

Further, development has never been the sole province of elected officials. Thus, instead of fraternizing with the fanatical property acquisitions outside the Biafra land by the Igbo, paraded under the façade of quasi-republican capitalism, the IPOB might as well capitalize on its overflowing influence to mitigate the suffering of its masses, by leading an investment revolution at home—and NOW.

The gist is woven in an Igbo adage which holds that a child who would grow to greatness typically shows some sense of acumen at an early stage. Therefore, before restructure, and beyond Biafra; even as it is vitally important to admit that the Nigerian leadership crisis is not devoid of ethnic schisms, where each group and generation potently share blame, a paradigm shift in perception and approach has become very imperative. The Igbo must recognize the crying need to persevere and rekindle the competitive spirit, ingenuity, and the mental fortitude needed to unleash immediate investment at home, so that the Igbo masses can even survive before the promised land.


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Protest in Edo over allege dismissal of 200 workers

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No fewer than 200 ad-hoc workers of the Edo State COVID-19 Mobile Screening Task Force on Tuesday took to the streets of Benin City, the state capital, to protest their alleged dismissal and non-payment of their two months remuneration.

The protesters, comprising medical doctors and related experts who went round the state during the period of the lockdown to take random samples from residents of the state, blocked the gates to the State Hospital Management Board office, and also went to lodge their grievances with the State House of Assembly.

One of the data collectors, Mr Emmanuel Ojie, said they had worked for over two months with the attendant risks associated with the job without being appreciated.

According to him, “We are owed May and June. We only reported to our duty post today to discover that we have been relieved of the job without being paid. We have no fewer than 26 groups, consisting of eight persons per group.

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“The group consist of doctors, medical laboratory scientists and others.

“In the course of this job, we staked our lives. At least three of my colleagues in the same group went on isolation as a result of Covid-19.

“We have been working everyday in the last three months, including public holidays. They said they were going to pay us N90, 000 per month.

“Nobody has told us why we are being owed and we really do not care why we are relieved of the job, but we need our money because we worked for it.”

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Speaking in the same vein, another data collector, Patience Efe, said they had to embark on the protest because of the method of dispersal by the Incident Manager of the task force, Dr Andrew Obi.

“The development is annoying because Dr. Andrew Obi chose to disperse us through a social media platform. Things are not done that way because for over two months, we risked our lives without pay.

“We need to know where we stand. It is not easy to come out as front liners to risk our lives without being paid for it. That is why we had to embark on this peaceful protest,” Efe said.

Efforts to speak with the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, failed, as he did not pick up several calls on his phone.

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Also, when contacted, the State Covid-19 Incident Manager, Dr Andrew Obi, said he was in a meeting.

“I am in a meeting right now and will call back in two hours,” he said.

However, the Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, in a statement, said the taskforce was demobilised after the state exceeded its target to screen and test over 500,000 and 5,000 persons respectfully.

According to him, “The screening exercise was massive and crosscutting. The officials were inundated with lists of persons, who were said to have participated in the exercise.

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“So, we are carefully vetting the lists before making the final payment. The outstanding allowances would be paid before the end of the week.”

Osagie added that “The taskforce for the screening exercise was set up in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The government, upon the outbreak of the pandemic in the state, based its response on the data polled from an epidemiological study done in partnership with the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH).

“This led to the setting up of a taskforce to embark on a massive screening and testing of 500,000 and 5000 persons across the state.

“The target has been achieved and surpassed. This has led to the modification of our response to the pandemic. With this, the taskforce was demobilised across the screening centres at mobile posts, borders and several other locations.”


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Lagos gov swear in new Chairman

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Former Vice Chairman of Agbado-Oke Odo Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Mr. David Oladapo Famuyiwa, on Tuesday, took the oath to formally assume the council’s leadership, three weeks after the demise of the Executive Chairman, Dr. Augustine Arogundade.

At a simple swearing-in ceremony held in the Banquet Hall at the State House in Alausa, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu charged the new Executive Chairman to ensure the continuation of programmes and services that will have positive impacts on the lives of the people across Agbado-Oke Odo community.

Famuyiwa stepped in consonance with Chapter 89, Sections 24 and 25 of the 2015 Local Government Administrations Law of Lagos State, which provides legal backing for a Vice Chairman to take over the leadership of a council upon incapacitation or demise of the substantive chairman.

Sanwo-Olu eulogised the late Arogundade, who passed away on June 2, 2020, noting that his three-year leadership in the council brought positive impacts and prosperity to the community. The Governor, however, urged the new chairman to sustain the late Arogundade’s legacy, charging him to provide people-centric and result-oriented leadership that must enhance the lives of the residents.

He said: “Local government is the third tier of government that is the closest to the people. As a result, your policies and programmes must be people-centric. I urge you to continue with the provision and facilitation of services that will directly and positively impact the lives of the ordinary people within the Agbado-Oke Odo community.

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“I do not need to reemphasise that your assumption to this office today is coming at a very delicate time when we need all hands to be on deck across various levels of Government. Given the position you previously occupied, I expect that this transition will be smooth. It is expected that you will bring to bear on governance, purposeful, tactful and result-oriented leadership that will not only deepen the significance of the Agbado-Oke Odo LCDA, but also enhance the living condition of the people.”

The Governor assured the council boss and residents of the LCDA of his administration’s commitment to working with the council in delivering good governance and dividends of democracy in the area. He urged the chairman to complement the State Government’s effort by discharging his responsibilities through local initiatives and programmes in the areas of construction and maintenance of inner roads, waste management, primary education, healthcare and security.

Sanwo-Olu implored Famuyiwa to galvanise members of the council to sustain the ongoing efforts by the State Government in sensitising residents of Agbado-Oke Odo on health measures issued to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our State. The Governor disclosed that the Government was in talk with stakeholders to establish another isolation centre in Alimosho area to strengthen the State’s response to the virus.

“I am confident that, if we continue to work together, we will achieve total victory in Lagos over COVID-19 pandemic,” the Governor said.

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In his acceptance speech, Famuyiwa paid tribute to his late boss, noting that both had rancour-free relationship until Arogundade’s passing.

He pledged continuity of the projects and programmes started by the late chairman, stressing that his leadership would increase the speed of governance to ensure the council meets its responsibilities to the people.

He said: “In the remaining period of our administration, we shall continue to work as a team on a path of efficient management of our resources, effective mobilisation of our people to ensure the completion of all ongoing projects and programmes of the Government within the context of the development agenda of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration in the State.”

In line with COVID-19 regulations, residents and political leaders in Agbado-Oke Odo community virtually joined the council boss’ inauguration.


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Trouble hit Ethiopia amid Popular Singer, Hundessa’s murder

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The fatal shooting of a prominent Ethiopian singer in the capital Addis Ababa sparked rising tensions in the city on Tuesday, with calls for demonstrations circulating online.

Hachalu Hundessa was shot and killed in the city’s suburb of Gelan Condominiums on Monday evening, local media reported.

With the ongoing chaos, the internet had been shut down, major roads were blocked, tyres were being burned and smoke was seen billowing across the city.

Circumstances that led to the singer’s death was not initially clear, although the embassy said Hundessa’s supporters had blamed security forces and “assume a political motive” for the crime.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed his condolences and tweeted that an investigation was currently underway.

Hachalu’s music is considered by many to advocate the rights of Ethiopia’s Oromo ethnic group, the largest in the multi-ethnic state, who have long believed they are being neglected by the government.


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AIICO Insurance reveal reason for divesting shares in Pension Managers

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AIICO Insurance Plc on Tuesday said the move to divest its 70 per cent stake in AIICO Pension Managers Limited to FCMB Pensions Limited had nothing to do with its recapitalisation plans.

The company said this in a statement by Mr Segun Olalandu, Head, Strategic Marketing and Communications Department, made available to Media in Lagos.

He quoted Mr Babatunde Fajemirokun, the Managing Director /CEO of AIICO, as saying that the proposal was for two reasons.

“The first is to unlock the value that is greater than holding the asset as a subsidiary now and in the future.

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“The second is to deploy the ensuing capital in other assets where AIICO has a stronger competitive advantage, thereby maximising long-term value for its stakeholders,” Fajemirokun was quoted in the statement.

According to the managing director, the move is not driven by the company’s recapitalisation plans which, on its own, is nearly completed.

The statement reiterated that AIICO was in discussions with FCMB Pensions Limited for the divestment of its 70 per cent stake in AIICO Pension Managers Limited.

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It explained that the proposed transaction was subject to the approval of the National Pension Commission (PenCom) and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC).

AIICO Insurance is a leading composite insurer in Nigeria with a record of accomplishment of serving its clients for over 50 years.

Founded in 1963, AIICO provides life, health and general insurance, and investment and pension management services as a means to create and protect wealth of individuals, families and corporate customers.

Recall that FCMB Group and AIICO Insurance had on Friday notified the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and the investing public of discussions for sale of 96 per cent stake of AIICO Pensions Managers to FCMB Pensions.

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This is disclosed in separate statements by FCMB Group and AIICO Insurance posted on the Exchange website.

FCMB Group in a statement signed by Mr Kayode Adewuyi, Chief Financial Officer and Mr Ladi Balogun, its Group Chief Executive Officer, said the proposed acquisition would make AIICO Pensions an indirect subsidiary of FCMB Group.

They said both organisations had entered into discussions with shareholders of AIICO Pension Managers to acquire the 70 per cent stake held by AIICO Insurance and 26 per cent held by some other shareholders in AIICO Pensions.

According to the statement, the proposed transaction is subject to the approvals of the National Pension Commission and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

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“We shall notify the NSE and the investing public once the relevant approvals for the transaction are received,” it said.

In the same vein, AIICO, in a statement signed by the Company Secretary, Mr Donald Kanu, said at the conclusion of the proposed sale, AIICO Pensions shall cease to be a subsidiary of AIICO Insurance Plc.

“The proposed sale is AIICO’s stake of 70 per cent and other shareholders stakes of 26 per cent thus bringing the cumulative sale of 96 per cent stake to be purchased by FCMB Pensions,” Kanu said.

He said that the company would notify NSE once the relevant approvals for the transaction were received.


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FG flag off Ajaokuta-Kano-Kaduna Gas Pipeline

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President Muhammadu Buhari has formally flagged off the construction of the $2.8 billion Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project, said to be the largest of its kind in the nation.

The President who performed the ceremony virtually from the State House on Tuesday, called on governors of states on the path of the pipeline route to create an enabling environment for the success of the project.

The AKK project is a section of the trans-Nigeria gas pipeline with a capacity to transport 2.2 billion cubic feet of gas per day and will be fed from the existing domestic gas infrastructure.

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai also flagged off the Kaduna end of the pipeline with a proclamation that the project will bring about rapid economic development in the northwest zone and the entire country.

El-Rufai was accompanied at the flag-off ceremony by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.

Speaking during the ceremony at Rigachikun in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, the governor said the 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano project, will add 3,600MW of electricity to the grid when completed and also supply industrial clusters with constant power.


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Actress Bukola Adeeyo raided by thieves

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Popular Yoruba actress, Bukola Adeeyo has shared a video of how thieves vandalized her car overnight and went away with her two side mirror.

According to the mother of two, she does not understand why a thief will the mirrors of her car.

Watch Video below;

See how Nigerians are reacting to the incident;

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gylliananthonette wrote “U are lucky they didn’t take the whole car sef.”

feminismafrique wrote “Take heart. There’s just a lot of vice going on and these thieves don’t have a conscience. The reality of our society.”

valdonclint wrote “Thank God say na only side mirror them even harvest.”

ifeomapeters_illustrations wrote “She should be thankful for life. At least its only side mirror, nothing wey we no go see”


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Deepening fears as China passes Hong Kong’s security law.

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Law expected to come into force on July 1 in most radical change to semi-autonomous territory since 1997 handover.


China’s President Xi Jinping has signed into law a controversial national security legislation for Hong Kong that Beijing says is necessary to deal with separatism and foreign interference but critics say will outlaw dissent and destroy the autonomy promised when the territory was returned to China in 1997.

Details of the law - which comes in response to last year's often-violent pro-democracy protests in the city - are due out later on Tuesday.

The legislation will come into effect when it is gazetted in Hong Kong – bypassing the semi-autonomous territory’s own legislature – and is expected to be in force by July 1, the anniversary of the former British territory’s return to Chinese rule.

“We hope the law will serve as a deterrent to prevent people from stirring up trouble,” said Tam Yiu-Chung, Hong Kong’s sole representative on the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, which approved the law on Tuesday morning.

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“Don’t let Hong Kong be used as a tool to split the country,” he said.

Reporting from Beijing, NRM noted that the passage of the law had been fast-tracked.

“It’s very symbolic that this law has been passed just a day before the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from Britain back to mainland China,” she said. “It seems to be Beijing telling the people that at the end of the day it is China that is in charge in Hong Kong and China’s leaders will do whatever they deem necessary to protect Hong Kong.”

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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, speaking via video link to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, said the law would fill a “gaping hole” and would not undermine the territory’s autonomy or its independent judiciary.

Lam said Hong Kong had been “traumatised by escalating violence fanned by external forces” and added: “No central government could turn a blind eye to such threats to sovereignty and national security.”

Police detain pro-democracy protesters during a rally at a shopping mall in Hong Kong, China, on June 30, 2020 [Jerome Favre/EPA]

‘End of Hong Kong’
Authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong have repeatedly said the legislation is aimed at a few “troublemakers” and will not affect rights and freedoms, nor investor interests.

After the law passed Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress earlier on Tuesday, prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Nathan Law issued statements on Facebook saying they would withdraw from the pro-democracy organisation Demosisto.

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Wong said “worrying about life and safety” has become a real issue and nobody will be able to predict the repercussions of the law, whether it is being extradited to China or facing long jail terms.

The legislation marked “the end of the Hong Kong that the world knew before”, he said, adding: “From now on, Hong Kong enters a new era of reign of terror. With sweeping powers and ill-defined law the city will turn into a secret police state.”

Demosisto then announced on Facebook it was disbanding, saying the loss of top members made it difficult to continue.

China first announced its plan to impose the legislation on the eve of the National People’s Congress last month, after nearly a year of protests in the territory that began over a now-withdrawn extradition bill with the mainland.

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The security bill gave renewed momentum to the protests, which had calmed as the coronavirus pandemic made it more difficult to hold mass gatherings, and triggered condemnation from countries including the United States and the United Kingdom.

On Tuesday, more than 100 protesters gathered at a luxury mall in Hong Kong’s Central business district, chanting slogans including “free Hong Kong, revolution now”, with several holding up a flag representing an independent Hong Kong as well as posters condemning the law.

Activists are calling for fresh protests on July 1 even though police have said rallies cannot happen because of the coronavirus. Some 4,000 police are expected to be on standby on Wednesday when an official ceremony also takes place.

Reporting from Hong Kong, NRM learnt the mood in the city was sombre.

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The passage of the law has “had an immediate and chilling impact. We went out on the streets at lunchtime to speak to ordinary people at lunchtime to try and gauge their opinions and none of them wanted to comment – that’s very unusual here in Hong Kong,” he said.

“People are now going to vote with their feet and leave in droves.”

Pro-democracy protesters observe a minute of silence during a protest after China’s parliament passes a national security law for Hong Kong, in Hong Kong, China June 30, 2020 [Tyrone Siu/Reuters]

Life imprisonment
This month, China’s official Xinhua news agency unveiled some of the law’s provisions, including that it would supersede existing Hong Kong legislation and that interpretation powers belong to China’s parliament’s top committee.

Beijing is expected to set up a national security office in Hong Kong for the first time and could also exercise jurisdiction in certain cases. Judges for security cases are expected to be appointed by the city’s chief executive. Senior judges now allocate rosters up through Hong Kong’s independent judicial system.

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It is not known which specific activities are to be made illegal, how precisely they are defined or what punishment they carry.

The South China Morning Post said only a handful of Hong Kong’s delegates to China’s parliament saw the draft before it was approved unanimously by the standing committee’s 162 members earlier on Tuesday. The vote came within 15 minutes of the meeting starting at 9am local time (01:00 GMT), the paper added.

Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the state-run Global Times, said on Twitter that the law’s heaviest penalty was life imprisonment.

The US, already in dispute with China over trade, the South China Sea and the novel coronavirus, began eliminating Hong Kong’s special status under US law on Monday, halting defence exports and restricting technology access.

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Meanwhile, Dominic Raab, the British foreign secretary, called the passing of the law on Tuesday a “grave step”, while Charles Michel, president of the European Union Council, said the bloc “deplores” the decision.

Japan described the move as “regrettable”, while Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said she was “very disappointed” at the outcome.

And Joshua Rosenzweig, head of Amnesty International China, said Beijing’s “aim is to govern Hong Kong through fear from this point forward”.

China has hit back at the outcry, denouncing “interference” in its internal affairs.


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COVID-19: Ondo Governor, Akeredolu test positive. | Video

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Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has tested positive for COVID-19.

Akeredolu confirmed his status via his Twitter handle on Tuesday.

He tweeted, “Today, I tested positive for #COVID19. All is well. I’m asymptomatic and have been self isolating. Work continues. Your continued prayers over my well being are most appreciated.”

I am currently self-isolating and supervised home management will be administered by the wonderful team at our Infectious Disease Hospital.’


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Where’s Covid-19 rules? 3000 fans to watch Barca-Atletico at Camp Nou

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Barcelona will not be alone when they face Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night, as there will be 3,000 customised shirts in the stands.

This is part of the ‘Aqui jugamos todos’ (‘Here we all play’) campaign, with all the proceeds going towards solidarity projects in the fight against COVID-19.

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Fans from all over the world have been able to buy a commemorative shirt for this Tuesday’s match.

The shirts were placed on the seats in the first tier of the side and on the north and south goals.

It will be an image that the players will see when they take to the pitch.

The fans will receive this shirt at home after undergoing a thorough cleaning and disinfection process.

Therefore, Barcelona will take on Atletico with ‘fans’ in the stands at the Camp Nou.

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News+: India behind Karachi terror – Imran Khan says

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Prime Minister Imran Khan while paying glowing tribute to martyred four security guards and policemen who defended Karachi Stock Exchange during Monday’s terrorist attack, has said that Pakistan has no doubt that this attack was planned and orchestrated by India.

Speaking in National Assembly on Tuesday, Imran Khan said “I pay tribute to all the four martyrs including Inspector Shahid and three security guards.” He said no powerful country of the world would have foiled this kind of terror attack like these four Pakistani heroes thwarted it.

In a treasury benches-clad parliament the members of the Opposition parties walked out amid verbal clashes between the rival speakers.

“India planned to destabilize Pakistan,” Imran Khan said, adding “We were all-prepared against such terrorist attacks. We had already foiled four such attacks. But no one can always stop such terror attacks.”

“The government knew that all our intelligence agencies were on high alert. They pre-empted at least four major attempts of terrorism and two of them were around Islamabad.”

The primer said the attackers of Karachi Stock Exchange wanted to make people inside the market as hostage. “The martyrs laid down their lives and saved the country from enemy’s big terror plan,” he said.

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He said the defenders of the country, security guards and policemen and law enforcement agencies (LAEs) foiled the terrorist attack that was being orchestrated in the style of Mumbai-attacks.

“What happened in Mumbai, they wanted to do the same; they wanted to create an uncertain (environment). We have no doubt this was done by India,” Imran Khan.

He said Pakistan’s intelligence agencies were on high alert. “I want to pay tribute to the intelligence agencies of the country.”

Imran Khan responding to the opposition criticism of ill-handling of COVID-19 and other issues pertaining to sugar, wheat and oil scandals that hit the country recently said “Get ready for institutional reforms or get ready for tough times.” He said there is mafia sitting in every institution.

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The Prime Minister said there are mafias in Pakistan International Airlines and now reforms are inevitable in institutions. “They {opposition} asked not to publish PIA report.”

Imran termed Opposition ‘liberally corrupt’. “My mission is to take on the mafia under the rule of law,” Imran vowed.

Criticising the main rival party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Imran Khan said that they had no principles as on the one hand they seek money from Taliban and on the other they become liberal in the US.

Earlier, Imran Khan thanked his team for their efforts which led to the passing of the budget although with some amendments. “There was a lot of speculation that a lot could happen, if you had watched TV you would have thought it was our last day,” he said, referring to fears the budget would be unable to sail through the National Assembly.


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Pjanic delivers emotional goodbye to Juventus

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After four seasons in Turin, Miralem Pjanic bid farewell to Juventus on Monday with an emotional video shared on social media.

In it, he thanked fans, teammates and coaches.

“I arrived four years ago to try to win it all, because even when you can’t, that’s what a Juventus player should always try to do,” Pjanic said.

“They have been four intense years, lived with great professionals, but above all, true friends, with whom I’ve shared victories and records, but also bitter defeats when close to our goal.

“Now we have little time to lose and much to win until the end of the season because what seems sad today will be a splendid memory you carry in your heart for life starting tomorrow.”

The 30-year-old also claimed that he had learned that there is no time limit to fall in love regarding his stay with the club.

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Today concludes the ‘Fall of Arda Turan’

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Few imagined in July 2015 how Arda Turan’s relationship with Barcelona would end.

The Turkish playmaker joined the Blaugrana from Atletico Madrid for 34 million euros and today, June 30, his five-year contract comes to an end.

Turan had shone during his four years playing for Los Rojiblancos, representing the club on 178 occasions and helping them win LaLiga Santander, the Europa League, one European Super Cup and one Supercopa de Espana.

However, his time at Barcelona got off to a bad start as he and Aleix Vidal, who was also signed by the Blaugrana that summer, were unable to play until January 2016 due to a FIFA ban imposed on the Catalan club.

In the end, Turan’s time at the Camp Nou has resulted in 55 games played and 15 goals scored, with his best performances coming during Luis Enrique’s time on the bench.

Once Ernesto Valverde was appointed as head coach in the summer of 2017, it was made clear to Turan that he was not a part of the Spaniard’s plans.

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The 33-year-old did not feature under Valverde, with his final game for Barcelona being a 7-1 win over Osasuna on April 26, 2017, when Luis Enrique was still in charge.

Six months into Valverde’s reign, Turan left the Camp Nou in January 2018 as he joined Istanbul Basaksehir on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

He played in Turkey until January of this year, when it was decided that his loan contract would be ended prematurely after 30 goals and two goals with the team from the Turkish capital.

During Turan’s time back in his home country, several controversial moments followed the midfielder, such as receiving a sentence of two years and eight months in prison for shooting a gun in a hospital or being fined 370,000 euros for a fight in a bar.

Now, five years after his exciting arrival at the Camp Nou, Arda Turan officially ends his relationship with Barcelona.

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Griezmann Knows he can do better – Lenglet

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Close friends off the field and teammates on it, Clement Lenglet didn’t hide when asked about the form of Antoine Griezmann.

Having joined from Atletico Madrid in the summer, some have been disappointed by the forward’s contribution.

“He’s well integrated in the dressing room – really, there is no problem – but on the pitch he knows he can do better,” Lenglet told Le Parisien.

“Like Antoine, in a different style, got used to Atletico; he’s a player who we are very demanding of, but I see him working hard in training. He can only improve.

“I’m sure that everything will go well for Antoine at Barcelona.

“He’s scored 14 goals and has various assists. For a first season, that’s not bad.”

The defender also discussed the good atmosphere in the dressing room, despite off-the-pitch drama.

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“It’s not difficult at all. There are still six games left, so we will try to keep winning points and hope to keep that up until the end,” Lenglet said.

“In terms of motivation, it’s difficult to do it better.

Despite that, Lenglet did admit that there are things he can learn from Real Madrid players who also come from France, like Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane.

“There’s no doubt that Benzema is one of the best French attackers in history; Varane is a very good player, with incredible experience; I take advantage to spy on everything good he does and copy it,” Lenglet admitted.

The 25-year-old has been a regular for Barcelona this season and will hope to maintain that in the search for the LaLiga Santander title.

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Man utd will not pay more than €50m for Sancho


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Manchester United will not pay more than £50m for Jadon Sancho, senior club officials have told Sky Sports News.

The 20-year-old is keen on a return to the Premier League but Borussia Dortmund and United remain poles apart on their valuations, with the Bundesliga club demanding in excess of £100m for the player they paid Manchester City £8m for in August 2017.

United remain the strong favourites to agree a deal but officials behind the scenes at Old Trafford believe Dortmund’s valuation does not sufficiently reflect the costly fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and must be cut substantially if a deal is to be reached.

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United are yet to make an official approach for Sancho, who has 17 Bundesliga goals and 16 assists so far this season.

Dortmund told the German stock market on Monday that playing games behind closed doors will lead to losses of around £41m.

However, United will be encouraged by Dortmund’s statement that their final figures may change depending on the transfer window which opens next month.

It appears likely that Birmingham City’s Jude Bellingham could play a key role in negotiations.

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The midfielder, who turned 17 on Monday and is now able to sign a professional contract with Birmingham, is expected to choose between Dortmund and United in the next few weeks – increasing the possibility of the clubs agreeing for Sancho to head to Old Trafford and Bellingham to the Westfalenstadion.

While keen to drive a hard bargain, Dortmund are conscious that Sancho has only two years left on his current contract and could leave for nothing in the summer of 2022.

Earlier this week, Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke reiterated that Sancho would only leave if their valuation was met.

“I don’t think a club will pay the sum. There is also no coronavirus discount on him,” Watzke told Sport 1.

United know that any potential impasse in negotiations could see a host of top clubs, including Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona, step up their interest in the former Watford trainee.

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Corey surprises slipknot tribute band’s adverts for new singer

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Corey Taylor has surprised a Slipknot tribute band after personally responding to their advert for a new vocalist.

Taylor, the lead vocalist of the nu-metal titans, responded to a Craigslist advert that was looking for an “accurate, dedicated Corey Taylor” that was posted by the New Jersey-based band Of the SiC, who describe themselves as the “most accurate Slipknot tribute in the world.”

“We are in need of someone in the same or near same physical shape as Corey Taylor, 5’8,” reads the post. “That has the same vocal range, stage experience is a must! Be able to command a crowd and act the part.”

Showing a good sense of humour about the vacancy, Taylor shared the advert on Twitter and wrote: “If you’re interested, I’m also sitting at 166 lbs.”

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Earlier this week, Slipknot shared their notorious home video collection, reliving their chaotic early days.

The half-hour video, entitled Welcome To Our Neighborhood, was originally shared in 1999 and has been re-released to mark the 21st birthday of the band’s self-titled debut album.

During the coronavirus lockdown, Slipknot have also been hosting a virtual edition of their Knotfest touring roadshow after their entire summer touring schedule was cancelled last month.


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MP3: Quavo – More (ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR x Lil Wayne) | Lyrics

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Quavo comes through with yet another new song titled “More (Remix)” featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR & Lil Wayne 


Year: 2020

Song: More (Remix)

Artist: Quavo

Album: N/A

Feat: PARTYNEXTDOOR x Lil Wayne

Prod:



ft partynextdoor x lil wayne

Lyrics•


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PSG’s Choupo-Moting extends his contract with club

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The Cameroon international has been handed a chance to add to his trophy cabinet after he was given a contract extension

Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain have extended the contract of Eric Choupo-Moting until the end of the 2019-20 season.

The forward’s two-year deal was set to expire at the end of June but the outbreak of coronavirus means the season will be extended.

Football activities have been suspended in France and across the world since mid-March following the pandemic, including the French top-flight.

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The French top division, was, however, concluded on a points-per-game basis in April and the Parisians were declared champions.

PSG will compete for two more domestic titles, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue which have been scheduled for July 24 and 31 respectively.

The Parisians will also be contending for the Champions League trophy, a competition which has been put on hold since the outbreak of coronavirus but has now been given the green light to restart in August.

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According to L’Équipe, Choupo-Moting, Thiago Silva and Sergio Rico have been handed contract extensions to enable them to play in the three competitions.

The Cameroon international made a stunning switch to the Parc des Princes outfit in the summer of 2018 following the relegation of Stoke City from the Premier League, having featured for the side in the 2017-18 season.

The forward made an impressive start to his PSG career, scoring in his first game in Ligue 1 after making his debut against Liverpool in a Champions League game.

The 31-year-old has, however, largely endured mixed fortunes since teaming up with the Parisians and in April 2019 he made a mistake that was tagged “one of the worst misses in the history of football”.

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In a match against Strasbourg, the forward unintentionally diverted a goal-bound effort from his teammate Christopher Nkunku in an attempt to touch the ball as it was about to cross the line.

Choupo-Moting has made 48 appearances for the Parisians across all competitions, scoring eight goals during his two-year stay with the side so far.

The forward will hope to help PSG clinch more titles before the end of this campaign and probably add more goals to his tally.

The striker has spent most of his career in Germany, playing for Hamburger, Mainz and Schalke 04.


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