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NEWS

  • Buhari unveils agenda for next 3 years

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, listed nine areas his regime would prioritise during his remaining years in office. He listed those priority areas to include improvement of access to quality education, health care, power supply poverty reduction.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving letters of credence from ambassadors/high commissioners of eight countries at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He quoted the President as saying, “In our efforts to achieve a realistic domestic and foreign policy, as well as national development, we have identified the following nine priority areas to guide our policy directions over the next few years.

“Build a thriving and sustainable economy; enhance social inclusion and reduce poverty; enlarge agricultural output for food security and export; attain energy sufficiency in power and petroleum products and expand transport and other infrastructural development. “Expand business growth, entrepreneurship and industrialisation; expand access to quality education, affordable healthcare and productivity of Nigerians; build a system to fight corruption, improve governance and create social cohesion; and improve security for all.’ He said while describing Nigerians as the “nation’s most prized assets,’’ the President said the nine priority mandates were already reflected in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, a medium-term initiative pioneered by the government to restore economic growth and development while leveraging the resourcefulness and resilience of the citizens.

  • UNN manufactures anti-COVID-19 digital machine

The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, has launched a contactless digital hand-cleaning machine that uses sensor to monitor body temperature, dispenses hand sanitizer, detergent and water.
Inspecting the equipment produced by the institution’s faculty of Engineering, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof Charles Igwe, said that the machine was an improvement over the manual hand cleaning machine that dispenses detergent and water. “This machine is different from what we have seen before, it performs four functions at a time without the user making any physical contact,” the Vice-Chancellor, who was visibly elated said after using the machine to clean his hand and measure his temperature.

He challenged the Faculty of Engineering and other faculties in the university to come up with more fabrications, products and designs that would have a direct impact on the society. “We should go beyond writing research papers to the fabrication of machines, equipment and designs that will solve the numerous problems in our society,” he said while congratulating the Dean of Engineering and his staff for demonstrating leadership in engineering and fabrication. The Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Prof. Emeka Obe, while explaining the processes that led to the manufacturing of the machine said that it was produced within four weeks by the Auto Service Centre of the faculty.

  • International Flights To resume September 5 – FG

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Thursday said the resumption of international flights has now been shifted to September 5. The earlier date had been August 29. Director-General of the NCAA, Musa Shuaibu Nuhu, revealed the news during a Presidential Task Force COVID-19 briefing in Abuja.

He said while airlines and airports were ready to operate, other non-aviation logistics prompted the one-week extension. Mr Nuhu described September 5 as a “sacrosanct date”, noting that “the initial announcement was anytime from the 29th.” “In due course, we will be announcing the protocols for the resumptions and we will be giving further details,” he said. “Hopefully early next week, we will release this.”

  • Adesina returns as AfDB’s chief executive

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has secured 100 votes of the Board of Governors of African Development Bank (AfDB) for a fresh term of five years as president of the continental organisation. The election ended the 55th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the institution, which held virtually for three days. With the re-election, the Nigeria’s former Minister of Agriculture, whose bold reforms earned him Forbes Man of the Year in 2013, is poised for another half decade of pro-Africa’s developmental campaign from September 1, 2020.

The outcome, which gave him a 100 per cent of votes of both regional and non-regional members, was announced by the Chairperson of the Board of Governors and Cote d’ Ivoire’s Minister of National Planning, Mrs. Niale Kaba. Declaring the result, Kaba said the board would give Adesina “all the necessary support to carry forward and implement his compelling vision for the bank” in the next five years. President Muhammadu Buhari, House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun have congratulated the Nigerian on the resounding victory.

EDUCATION

  • Edo Gets $75m World Bank Loan – Obaseki

The World Bank has approved a $75 million facility to support the Edo State government’s effort at revamping its education sector. Governor Godwin Obaseki disclosed this on Thursday during a visit to Usen in Ovia South-West Local Government Area of the state for his re-election campaign rally. He noted that the Board of the World Bank gave the approval on Wednesday, saying it was in recognition of the successes recorded by his administration in the education sector. “I am very glad to inform you that our efforts in revamping education in Edo State and Nigeria have now been richly rewarded.

According to Governor, education is very important and the state government has begun working to reposition and re-enact the sector, starting with the basic education. He added, “What that means is that over the next three years, we will have about N40 billion to utilise in changing the face of education in Edo and Nigeria. The governor gave an assurance that the loan would be utilised to change the face of education in the state for the next three years.

  • Why we won’t call off strike – ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it will sustain its current strike if the Federal Government does not address its demands. Speaking at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) in Rivers State, ASUU President Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi said the government must first implement the report of the NEEDS assessment it conducted in 2012. Ogunyemi, who addressed stakeholders on the union’s struggles, said its demands were genuine and in the interest of the nation.

The union leader said students would be the major beneficiaries of the demands and urged them to support the demands. He said: “Students who are our children and partners in progress should show understanding. What we are asking from the government are in their interest and the interest of the nation: good hostel accommodation, good classroom blocks that can engender effective learning, laboratories where cutting-edge researches can be carried out and offices that

  • School Resumption: Bear With Us A Little More, Education Minister Tells Students

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba wants students to exercise more patience as Nigeria mulls the reopening of schools after months of forced closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nwajiuba who praised the students for their patience since schools were shut down in the country, gave an assurance that the Federal Ministry of Education is working with stakeholders for the safe reopening of the education centres. “I urge our students who have actually exercised a lot of patience along with their parents … I urge you to bear with us a little bit more. The rioting needs to stop; there is nothing to riot about,” the minister stated during Monday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

Nwajiuba disclosed that there have been moves to safely reopen schools, noting that the guidelines for such have been given to higher institutions, with a number of them already expressing their commitment to adhere to the protocols. He expressed confidence that relevant authorities would soon give a nod to the resumption of classes. “We don’t want to bandy around dates,” he said, “We remain positive.”

  • UNILAG Council ratifies Ogunsola’s appointment as Acting VC

The Governing Council of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has ratified the appointment of Prof. Folasade Ogunsola as the institution’s Acting Vice Chancellor. Her appointment was ratified during a virtual meeting the Council held yesterday and chaired by Dr. John Momoh, who was appointed on Monday as interim Governing Council Chairman. Ogunsola was elected on Monday by the university’s Senate, following the Federal Government’s directive that embattled Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, and the Council’s erstwhile chairman, Dr. Wale Babalakin, should step aside while a Special Visitation Panel it set up examines the university’s affairs.

Dr. Momoh, who is also the National President of UNILAG Alumni Association, was directed to convene an emergency meeting to ratify Ogunsola’s nomination and submit a report on the meeting immediately. Newsmen gathered that the National Universities Commission (NUC) had been directed by the Federal Ministry of Education to prepare for the inauguration, while it communicated the same to the Registrar, Oladejo Azeez.

HEALTH

  • NAFDAC warns against apple, blackcurrant from Australia

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has cautioned Nigerians to stop consuming an organic apple and black currant originating from Australia. NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, who disclosed this, said the products had been certified harmful for human consumption. “The Centre for Food Safety of Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has warned against the consumption of Pure Tassie Organic Apple and Blackcurrant Juice originating from Australia. “This was due to unacceptable level of patulin (a mycotoxin) which had exceeded the maximum limit in fruit juice,” she said.

Adeyeye pointed out that the level of patulin content in the affected fruit juice can induce the liver, spleen, and kidney damage. She added that the toxic level would affect the immune system and causes nausea, gastrointestinal disturbance and vomiting. Adeyeye implored importers, distributors, retailers and consumers to immediately stop the importation, distribution, sale and consumption of the affected commodities. The NAFDAC director-general urged members of the public in possession of the affected fruit to submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.

  • Chloroquine potent for COVID-19 prevention – NAFDAC

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), yesterday, declared that chloroquine prevents the dreaded coronavirus. Its Director General, Prof. Christianah Mojisola Adeyeye, during an online interactive session with journalists said: “We realise that chloroquine can be used in the early stage of the COVID-19 infection as prophylactic treatment. Science does not lie.” The pharmacist further explained: “On March 20, 2020 during a press briefing, I said I was going through a literature and I found (out) that chloroquine and remdesivir killed COVID-19 in vitro – that is in the laboratory. In early March, there was a publication where 100 patients were treated with chloroquine in 10 hospitals across Chinese cities.

However the World Health Organisation (WHO), said Nigeria and 171 other nations were in discussions to participate in COVAX, a global initiative for affordable acquisition of licensed and secure vaccines by nations globally. COVAX currently has the world’s largest and most diverse COVID-19 therapy portfolio – including nine candidate vaccines – with nine others being evaluated.


ECONOMY

  • FG targets creation of 12m jobs with national gas expansion programme

Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources says the implementation of the National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP) will create 12 million direct and indirect jobs across the country.
A statement issued on Tuesday by Mr Justice Derefaka, Technical Adviser on Gas Business and Policy Implementation to the Minister, said Sylva made the assertion at the recently concluded Ministerial Mandate Performance Scorecard Review Session. Sylva said: ” In terms of impact, the NGEP will create over 12 million direct and indirect jobs and human capacity development nationwide. “I, hereby declare NGEP as the flagship programme of the ministry based on the outstanding work the committee is doing.

“I have surrendered my vehicles to the NGEP to convert all to dual fuel with the use of either Auto Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)or Auto Condensed Natural Gas (CNG).
“And on that premise, I now have the moral standing to direct that all Chief Executive Officers and their able lieutenants do the same by converting all their official vehicles to run on autogas.”
According to him, this will demonstrate to the Nigerian people that the government meant it when it declared this year “The Year of Gas”.

  • Rice farmers escape with N364m Central Bank of Nigeria loans in Taraba State

No fewer than 3,383 farmers, who benefited from the N364 million loan in Taraba State between 2018 and 2019, are on the run. The state chapter of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) disclosed this to The Guardian, corroborating an earlier publication on July 22, 2020, that recouping about N240 billion ‘revolving’ credit facilities granted to small-scale businesses had flopped. Acting chairman of RIFAN, Tanko Andami, said the amount was collected as loans for both wet and dry season farming in 2018 and 2019. Wondering why the farmers failed to adhere to the conditions of loans, he said: “None of them, as I am talking with you, has refunded the facility extended to them, and many of them are on the run now.”

The Federal Government under its rice production programme, as gathered by newsmen, made the said fund available to the farmers through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to the beneficiaries in the state, via various multi-purpose co-operative societies. The beneficiaries, the majority of whom are now said to be on the run, were said to be from Lau, Gassol, Wukari, Karim-Lamido, Ardo-Kila and Jalingo councils of the state and were registered under 185 multi-purpose co-operative societies.

  • Nigeria’s GDP Shrinks By 6.10 Per Cent In Second Quarter

Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) decreased by six percent in real terms in the second quarter of 2020, according to the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics. This was contained in the NBS’s GDP report published on Monday. The retreat ends a three-year trend of low but positive real growth rates recorded since the national economy emerged from recession in 2017. According to the NBS, the decline was “largely attributable to significantly lower levels of both domestic and international economic activity during the quarter, which resulted from nationwide shutdown efforts aimed at containing the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Nigeria essentially shut down its economy in March – restricting inter-state travel, closing worship centres, schools and markets – as parts of efforts to keep the spread of the novel coronavirus under control. “The efforts, led by both the Federal and State governments, evolved over the course of the quarter and persisted throughout,” the NBS said.

POLITICS

  • PDP slams APC for justifying suffering of Nigerians under Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said the attempt by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to rationalize the excruciating hardship being suffered by Nigerians under the Buhari administration has further given the party out as an insensitive group of people. The PDP also chided the ruling party for supporting the increase in the price of fuel from N87 to the current N148 per litre as well as “the endemic corruption in the Buhari administration,” saying that “only a corrupt party that relishes in inflicting suffering, pain and anguish can defend the actions of Buhari administration.”

In a statement issued by spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP noted that by kicking against its solidarity with Nigerians in “our caution to President Muhammadu Buhari against making empty promises to the people, the APC has pitched itself against the Nigerians and further confirmed that it is a propaganda machine that only thrives in lies, deception, fake promises and incurable corruption.” “Instead of attempting to divert public attention from the serious issue of fake and unfulfilled promises, with another set of false performance claims, the APC should responsibly apologize to Nigerians for its failed promises and for running an incompetent government that has brought so much anguish and pain to Nigerians in the last five years.”

  • Igbo Presidency: Group tips Obi, Onu, Ngige, others as possible candidates

A political pressure group, Igbo for President Solidarity Congress, IPSC, Thursday listed 11 possible candidates of Igbo extraction for the Presidency of the Presidency in 2023. The group listed former Anambra state governor, Peter Obi, incumbent Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu and his Labour and Productivity counterpart, Chris Ngige as possible candidates capable of succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. Other leaders in the reckoning of the group are Senator Rochas Okorochas, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state, Senators Orji Uzor Kalu, Ike Ekeremadu, Eyinnaya Abaribe, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state, Senator Ifeanyi Uba and Professor Kingsley Moghalu.

This is even as it called on the South-East geo-political zone to embrace the path of peace and unity to realise the lofty ambition.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, IPSC President, Dr. Olukayode Oshinariyo said the Congress, has come to the conclusion that in 2023, the surest antidote to agitation for Biafra is to support the right individual of Igbo extraction to become the President of Nigeria. “In the actualization of this laudable vision, IPSC National Working and Technical Committees were inaugurated with two members from each of the six-geo political zones.

  • Lagos PDP Challenges Sanwo-Olu’s Govt To Public Debate On IGR

The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has criticised the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Following a meeting of the State Executive Committee, the party challenged the present administration to a public debate on the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and acclaimed expenditures of the state government. According to the State Publicity Secretary, Taofik Gani, this formed part of the resolutions of the party reached at the end of its meeting held on Monday. It faulted the ruling APC over purported claims that it has given advice and progressive suggestions to the governor, both privately and publicly in the interest of the resident.

The opposition party accused the APC of failing and extorting the people, describing the party as “very arrogant and incompetent,” as well as not fit and proper for the present challenges in the state. It also resolved to take up the ruling party – vote for vote, and strategy for strategy ahead of the forthcoming bye-elections and the general elections in 2023. The PDP stressed that the inadequacies identified in the Sanwo-Olu led administration would be its winning asset going into any future election in the state.

  • Only credible candidates would be accepted for by-elections – APC

Chairman, Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress APC, Governor Mai Mala Buni has said the Party would only accept credible candidates for the October 31 concurrent legislative by-elections scheduled to be conducted across eight states of the Federation. Buni who was represented by the Secretary of the APC Caretaker Committee, Senator John Akpan Udoedeghe stated this while inaugurating the Party’s Screening and Appeal Committees for the by-elections at the APC National Secretariat, Abuja.

The Committees are saddled with the responsibility of screening APC Candidates for the by-elections. He stated that the Party was moving in a new direction and would ensure that things were done properly. Buni also charged members of the Committees to be fair to all the aspirants and ensure that only those with impeccable records in their careers were chosen as APC candidates.

  • Akeredolu unveils campaign team for gov poll

In preparation towards the Ondo State governorship election in October, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has released the list of members for his campaign. this team is made up of 953 names divided into committees and sub-committees. Akeredolu, who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the election, is expected to flag off the campaign in September.
The list of the committees was contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the governor, Politics and Strategy, Mr Victor Olabimtan, on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the list contained 953 names divided into committees and sub-committees. The committees include voting unit canvassers, campaign committee, youths, students’ mobilisation, media, legal and medical, among others. The statement said all the committees would be inaugurated on Wednesday.

WORLD

  • Paralyzed black US police shooting victim tied to bed: father

Jacob Blake is shackled to his hospital bed even though he is paralyzed after US police shot him repeatedly in the back, his father said Friday. “Why do they have that cold steel on my son’s ankle?” Blake Sr., who visited his son in the hospital Wednesday, said in an interview on CNN. “He can’t get up, he couldn’t get up if he wanted to.”

African American Blake, 29, was shot over the weekend by a white police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin and has no movement from the waist down. The latest shooting of a black man by a white officer has triggered a new national uproar over police violence against people of color in America. “This is an insult to injury,” said Justin Blake, an uncle of the younger Blake. “He is paralyzed and can’t walk and they have him cuffed to the bed. Why?”

  • Boris Becker supports Osaka’s withdrawal over racial injustice

Former U.S. Open champion, Boris Becker, said he fully respected the decision of Naomi Osaka to pull out of her semi-final at the Western & Southern Open in a protest against racial injustice, reports REUTERS. American-based Japanese Osaka, who won the U.S. Open two years ago against Serena Williams, joined similar protests by athletes in the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, on Sunday in Wisconsin. The 22-year-old’s move prompted the WTA Tour and ATP Tour to pause the tournament for a day as a show of support.

“We love our sport but it puts everything into perspective,” Becker said in a Zoom call with Reuters on Thursday. “When people get killed for the colour of their skin its outrageous, it’s bigger than the sport, it’s huge, bigger than whoever wins. I applaud the stance they (athletes) have taken. “It’s good the players take their responsibilities seriously. I respect them. Police brutality against black men and women is outrageous and must stop now, period.” Becker, part of Eurosport’s team covering the Flushing Meadows fortnight, said he hoped the tournament would still go ahead smoothly despite the circumstances.

  • Japan PM Abe announces he will resign over health problems

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Friday that he will resign over health problems, in a development that kicks off a leadership contest in the world’s third-largest economy. “I have decided to step down from the post of the prime minister,” he told a press conference, saying he was suffering from a recurrence of the ulcerative colitis that ended his first term in office. Abe said he was receiving a new treatment for the condition, which needed to be administered on a regular basis which would not leave him with sufficient time to discharge his duties. “Now that I am not able to fulfil the mandate from the people with confidence, I have decided that I should no longer occupy the position of the prime minister.”

Abe is expected to stay in office until his ruling Liberal Democratic Party can choose a successor, in an election likely to take place among the party’s lawmakers and members. There is no clear consensus on who will succeed him, with likely candidates including Finance Minister Taro Aso and chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga. Abe, who stepped down as prime minister just one year into his first term, in 2007, offered his apologies for the second resignation. “I would like to sincerely apologise to the people of Japan for leaving my post with one year left in my term of office, and amid the coronavirus woes, while various policies are still in the process of being implemented,” Abe said, bowing deeply.

  • Mali Soldiers Want Three-Year Stay In Power, Agree To Release President

The junta that seized power in Mali wants a military-led transitional body to rule for three years and has agreed to release the ousted president, a source in a visiting West African delegation and the rebel soldiers said Sunday. Last week’s coup — Mali’s second in eight years — followed months of protests calling for Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign as public discontent with the government grew over the collapsing economy and a brutal Islamist insurgency. “The junta has affirmed that it wants a three-year transition to review the foundations of the Malian state. This transition will be directed by a body led by a soldier, who will also be head of state,” a source in the ECOWAS delegation told AFP after talks with the junta.

“The government will also be predominantly composed of soldiers” under the proposal, the source said on condition of anonymity. A junta official confirmed to AFP that “the three-year transition would have a military president and a government mostly composed of soldiers”. The source and the official added that the soldiers have agreed to free Keita, detained along with other political leaders since the coup on Tuesday, and he would be able to return to his home in the capital Bamako. “And if he wants to travel abroad for (medical) treatment, that is not a problem,” said the source from ECOWAS, which stands for the Economic Community of West African States.

  • Mali suspended from international Francophone community over coup

The international community increased pressure on the military junta that has seized power in Mali, as the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) suspended the nation from its membership Tuesday. Its leadership agreed the move at an extraordinary session held via videoconference, while adding that it would maintain any cooperation that would help the civilian population and a transition to democracy. The decision came a day after envoys from the West African bloc ECOWAS and the new military rulers said they had failed to agree on a timetable to return Mali to democratic rule.

The OIF also called for the liberation of the ousted president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who stepped down from power last week after the military revolt, saying he wanted to avoid bloodshed.
And they called for the establishment, as soon as possible, of “a transition government led by an civilian authority”. The OIF said it would be sending a high-delegation to Mali in the coming days.
The international community has already condemned the August 18 coup and ECOWAS has suspended Mali from its ranks. ECOWAS has so far taken the lead in the international community in trying to negotiate a timetable for a return to civilian rule with the country’s new military leaders. But both sides said Monday they had failed to reach agreement — and also that Keita no longer wanted to be restored to be power, which had been one of the initial demands made by ECOWAS.

ENTERTAINMENT

  • ‘Black Panther’ Star Chadwick Boseman Dies After Battle With Cancer

Chadwick Boseman, star of the ground-breaking superhero movie “Black Panther,” has died after a private four-year battle with colon cancer, his publicist told AFP Friday. Boseman, 43, never publicly discussed his condition and continued to work on major Hollywood films during and between “countless” operations and chemotherapy, his family said in a statement. “It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in ‘Black Panther,’” they said. “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all,” the statement added.

Boseman became the first black superhero to get his own standalone film in the record-breaking Marvel franchise with 2018’s “Black Panther.” The movie, set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, was adored by critics and audiences, becoming the first comic book film to be nominated for best picture at the Oscars and grossing over $1 billion worldwide. Earlier in his career, Boseman played black icons Jackie Robinson in “42” — today, ironically, was Jackie Robinson Day in the US — and James Brown in “Get on Up.”

The news of Boseman’s death sent shockwaves through Hollywood and around the world. “The true power of @chadwickboseman was bigger than anything we saw on screen,” wrote Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. “From the Black Panther to Jackie Robinson, he inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want — even super heroes.” Boseman’s Marvel co-star Mark Ruffalo tweeted: “Brother, you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King.”

  • Nigerian Grammy-winning artiste, Sikiru Adepoju releases single

World-renowned master of Nigerian talking drum and two-time Grammy winner, Sikiru Adepoju has released his second single, “Take Me Home, Country Roads” off ỌPẸ, his upcoming debut nine-track album and collaboration with Riddim Doctors project. Distributed by DashGo across all digital platforms, the single, which drops on Thursday, August 20, on MansMark Records, is a vibrant remake of John Denver’s iconic “Take Me Home, Country Roads”; giving African flavour to the beloved country classic.

Founder of MansMark Records, Prince Ayo Ajisebutu asserts, in a statement that Adepoju, dubbed “the Mozart of Talking Drum” by longtime musical collaborator Mickey Hart, found deep inspiration in John Denver’s timeless ode to the quiet splendor of nature and the universal yearning for a place to call one’s own. According to Ajisebutu, “His sunny, buoyant re-imagining of the beloved country classic melds African stylings with global musical influences in a collage of intricate guitar articulations, shimmering steel drums and the sonorous undulations of talking drum, all layered beneath the resonant timbres and easygoing phrasings of vocalist Rashida Clendening, a.k.a. Audio Angel.” For Adepoju, the recording is a testament to the power that a great song has to transcend genres, as well as an opportunity to showcase the talents of his A-list collaborators.

  • Bollywood’s Bachchan Back At Work As India Relaxes On-Set Rules

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan is back at work filming India’s version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” following a bout of COVID-19, while authorities eased coronavirus curbs on movie and TV shoots. A blanket ban on studio activity in March dealt a huge blow to India’s cinema and TV industries, hitting not just Bollywood — the world’s most prolific film factory — but also regional movie-making hubs and productions for television and streaming platforms. In June shooting was allowed again but with strict rules, including a ban on actors and crew aged over 65 — including Bachchan, 77 — until a court overturned that earlier this month.

Late Sunday the government eased the regulations but still insisted that common facilities be regularly sanitised, masks worn and social distancing “followed as far as possible”. But the relaxation depends on individual Indian states, and Maharashtra, home to Mumbai and Bollywood and responsible for more than a fifth of India’s virus cases, is sticking to the old rules for now. “We are careful and will review these decisions based on how the pandemic is evolving in the state,” a spokesman for the state government told AFP. The veteran star, who spent much of July in a Mumbai hospital, shared a photo with his 22 million Instagram followers of crew members “in a sea of blue PPE”, wearing full-body overalls and face masks.

SPORTS

  • Bayern Beat PSG To Win Sixth Champions League Title

Bayern Munich won the European Cup for the sixth time on Sunday as Kingsley Coman’s goal gave them a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in an engrossing Champions League final in Lisbon, completing a fantastic season for the German giants and leaving their opponents still searching for the trophy they covet more than anything. It was often a cagey final, with a bit of needle between the teams, but chances too, especially before Coman appeared at the back post to head in Joshua Kimmich’s inviting 59th-minute cross and wrap up a treble for a team who had already won the Bundesliga and German Cup. Hansi Flick’s team will feel they deserved their victory, yet PSG will regret not taking any of the chances that were offered up to them on a surreal occasion at an empty Estadio da Luz.

Kylian Mbappe in particular should have done better than shoot straight at Manuel Neuer right on the stroke of half-time. The France World Cup-winning forward had spoken of his determination to go down in his country’s history by helping PSG become just the second French winners of European football’s greatest prize. But they will have to wait for the chance to match Marseille, who won the inaugural Champions League in 1993. PSG’s Qatari owners spent a combined 402 million euros ($474m) on Neymar and Mbappe in 2017 to win this competition, not just reach the final. However, in the end, it was one who got away from Paris who denied them.

  • Sprint Legend Usain Bolt Self-Isolating After COVID-19 Test

Multiple-Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt says he is self-isolating and waiting for his COVID-19 test result. Reports had gone viral on social media on Monday that the Jamaican sprint legend had tested positive to the virus. But he took to his Twitter handle to clarify that although he had undertaken a COVID-19 test, he has not been confirmed to have contracted the disease.

“This weekend, like everybody else, I checked social media and saw social media say that I’m confirmed of COVID-19,” he said. “I did a test on Saturday to leave (Jamaica) because I have work,” he added. “I am trying to be responsible so I am going to stay in and be safe. “Also, I am having no symptoms, I will quarantine myself and wait on the confirmation to see what is the protocol and to see how I go about quarantining myself from the Ministry of Health. “Until then, I will call my friends and tell them once they came in contact with me to be safe, quarantine and take it easy.”

  • Ronaldinho Released From Paraguay Detention After Five Months

Former Brazil star Ronaldinho was released on Monday by a Paraguayan judge after five months in detention over a forged passport. Judge Gustavo Amarilla also released Ronaldinho’s brother Roberto de Assis Moreira, who also had been held for a month in jail and another four months under house arrest in a hotel in Paraguay’s capital, Asuncion, for the same charge. The 40-year-old former World Cup winner “is free to travel to whatever country in the world he wants but he must inform us if he changes his permanent residence” for a period of one year, the judge said.

“He has no restrictions except for the fulfilment of reparations for damage to society.” Dressed in jeans, a black beret and black shirt, Ronaldinho accepted the terms of his release, which include payment of $90,000 damages. His brother, who is also Ronaldinho’s business manager, must pay $110,000. The pair are also expected to appear before a judge in Brazil every three months — Ronaldinho for a year and his brother for two.

  • Chelsea Sign Leicester’s Ben Chilwell On Five-Year Deal

England left-back Ben Chilwell on Wednesday became Chelsea’s third high-profile signing of the summer, leaving Leicester for a fee reported to be around £50 million ($66 million). Chilwell’s arrival at Stamford Bridge on a five-year deal follows the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner from Ajax and RB Leipzig, with more business expected before the transfer window closes. While neither Chelsea nor Leicester officially disclosed the sum paid for Chilwell, the Foxes said on their website it was “one of the largest transfer fees ever received” by the club.

“I am delighted to be joining Chelsea at this very exciting time for the club,” 23-year-old Chilwell said on Chelsea’s website. “I’m looking forward to being a part of this young, dynamic squad led by Frank Lampard as we challenge for honours next season.” “Ben leaves with the best wishes of everyone at Leicester City, and the club would like to thank him for his contribution to an exciting period for the team and its fans as they look forward to another season of European football,” the Foxes said in a statement.

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  • Two dead as helicopter crashes into Lagos building

A helicopter operated by Quorom Aviation has crashed in the Opebi area of Lagos State, on Friday. It was gathered that the copter dropped from the sky around 12 noon and crashed into a residential building on Salvation Road in the Opebi area. Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Nosa Okunbor, confirmed the incident to newsmen
“Yes, it just happened. The helicopter crashed in Opebi around 12pm. LASEMA operatives are on our way to the incident site. I’ll give you more updates,” he said.

In an update, LASEMA General Manager, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said two persons died in the crash while another was injured and has been rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital. Oke-Osanyintolu said, “The agency received distress calls concerning a privately operated helicopter that crashed into 16A Salvation Road, Opebi, Ikeja and immediately activated the emergency response plan. “The helicopter was carrying three people, one is in the intensive care unit at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, while the other two were killed on impact and their bodies have been deposited in a mortuary. We are on top of challenges, especially crowd control. The operation is ongoing and updates will follow.”

  • Suspects involved in the rape and murder of UNIBEN student, Vera Uwaila Omozuwa paraded

Men of the Edo state police command have arrested and paraded six suspects in connection with the rape and murder of Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), inside a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. After months of investigation, the state police command has arrested and paraded the suspects identified as Nelson Ogbebor, Akato Valentine, Mrs Tina Samuel, Mrs Mary Ade, Nosa Osabohien and Collins Ulegbe. A breakthrough in the investigation came after the police traced the phone of the deceased to one of the suspects, Nosa Osabohien.

Nosa who claims to be a phone repairer said he bought late Vera’s phone from the prime suspect, Collins Uyegbulen. He led the police to arrest Collins who confessed to have directly participated in the murder. Collins told the police that he used the fire extinguisher in the church to hit late Vera after the other suspects took turns to rape her. He gave the names of other members of his gang as Akato Valentine and Collins Ogbebor. He told the police that one Mary Ade gave them N1m to kill the suspect and then use a handkerchief she gave them to clean the blood from the private part of the deceased. Another suspect, Tina Samuel, was arrested for allegedly obstructing the police from arresting her son, Lucky, who is one of the suspects.

  • Gunmen Abduct JSS3 Students In Kaduna, One Reported Killed

Gunmen have reportedly abducted an unconfirmed number of students from a school in Kaduna State. The incident took place on Monday at Prince Academy in Samba-Kasaya, a village around Buruku area in Chikun Local Government Area of the state. Those kidnapped are said to be some JSS 3 students who are preparing for the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) before the armed men invaded the school at about 7am and took them away. The Kaduna State Police Command has yet to confirm the incident and the number of those abducted.

But a security source in the area told newsmen that a member of a local group in the village was shot dead by the gunmen while some villagers were also abducted along with the students. The source also disclosed that troops of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies have begun a manhunt of the kidnappers with a view to rescuing the victims and bringing the culprits to justice.

  • Mob attack FRSC officer for pushing driver from moving truck

An officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Delta State Command, Mr C. U. Mgbede, narrowly escaped death on Thursday as an angry mob almost lynched him for allegedly pushing a truck driver out of a moving vehicle. The officer was said to have jumped into the truck in a commando style and allegedly pushed down the driver after efforts to take over the steering failed on the Benin-Asaba Expressway, Asaba. Eyewitnesses told newsmen that the driver landed on the paved road and was gasping for breath, which attracted the mob, who pounced on the officer.

The FRSC response team was said to have arrived the scene of the incident and evacuated the driver and Mgbede to the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba. When contacted, the FRSC Sector Commander, Delta State, Mr Alphonsus Godwin, denied that the officer pushed the driver out of the truck. “Before our response team got to the scene, the mob had brutalised the officer; our men carried the two of them, who were laying on the ground, to the FMC, Asaba. This is one of the challenges we are facing on the job when vehicle owners try to resist arrest.”