Barca job, dream come true – Quique Setien

Quique Setien says he could not imagine becoming Barcelona manager “in his wildest dreams”. Former Real Betis coach Setien, 61, was named Barca boss on Monday following Ernesto Valverde’s sacking. Setien, who has signed a two-and-a-half year deal , led Betis to their highest finish since 2005 and to the Copa del Rey semis before leaving in May, reports the BBC. “I want to thank this institution for giving me the chance,” said the Spaniard at his first news conference. “Not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined this. I…

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Barca, Madrid to face 3rd-division clubs in Copa

Barcelona and Real Madrid will face third-division clubs in the last 32 of the Copa del Rey, with the Catalan team taking on Ibiza and Madrid playing Unionista de Salamanca. It will be the first round that will include the teams that participated in the Spanish Super Cup — Barcelona, Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Valencia. Atlético and defending champion Valencia also will face third-division clubs — Cultural Leonesa and Logroñés, respectively. There will be two matchups between first-division clubs: Sevilla vs. Levante and Real Sociedad vs. Espanyol, reports The Associated…

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Soleimani: Influential Iraqi cleric Sadr calls for anti-US demonstrations

  Populist Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called on Tuesday for a million Iraqis to march against the U.S. “presence and violations” in Iraq after Washington’s killing of an Iranian commander in Baghdad. Iraq’s parliament has called for U.S. and other foreign troops to leave amid growing a backlash against Washington’s air strike, which also killed a top Iraqi militia commander. Iran launched a missile attack on U.S. targets in Iraq in retaliation for the death of General Qassem Soleimani, a move that heightened fears of a wider Middle East…

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Electricity: Reps direct NERC to halt tariff hike

…Say increment illegal By Philip Nyam Abuja   The House of Representatives on Tuesday asked the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to suspend the planned increment in electricity tariff until all customers acquires prepaid metres. The lower chamber also rejected the presidential directive to the ministry of power transferring the supervision of the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Transmission (NBET) to the ministry of finance and claims by NERC that 50% of Nigerians had prepaid metres.   Chairman of the Committee on Power, Hon. Da’u Magaji Aliyu (APC, Jigawa), gave the order…

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Isiaka’s defection: Ogun now one-party state – Abiodun, Oshiomhole

Gboyega Isiaka

Kunle Olayeni, Abeokuta  Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, was literally shut down on Tuesday as three-time governorship candidate, Prince Gboyega Isiaka, formally defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Isiaka, who was the governorship candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2019 elections, was received into the APC by Governor Dapo Abiodun, the party’s National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and the state APC Caretaker Chairman, Chief Yemi Sanusi. Prominent politicians in the ADC and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who were joined by hundreds of their followers from the 20…

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Why we’re collaborating with Red Cross – Navy

Pauline Onyibe, Yenagoa The Nigerian Navy on Tuesday said the collaboration between the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the military will assist to develop a naval force that is well organised, trained and highly motivated to discharge its constitutional roles professionally and efficiently. It said the collaboration will also impact on the efficiency of the Navy’s standard of complying with international humanitarian laws and human rights in its operations. Speaking at a two-day workshop at the headquarters of the Central Naval Command Yenagoa the Bayelsa State capital,…

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JUST IN: Houses burnt as petrol tanker explodes in Benue

From: Cephas Iorhemen MAKURDI Many houses were on Tuesday burnt down when a petrol tanker carrying large quantity of petroleum products exploded in Agudo village in Tarka Local Government Area of Benue State. The incident occured at a sharp bend along the  ever-busy Makurdi-Gboko Expressway.   Tarka is the home of Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs Senator George Akume. A witness from the local government, Sunday Kaase, told New Telegraph that the tanker, which was heading towards Gboko from Makurdi, attempted to pass by a burning bush causing…

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APC crisis: Oshiomhole’s chairmanship illegal – N/E chair

Johnchuks Onuanyim, Abuja Crisis Tuesday erupted at the National Working Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the North East National Vice Chairman, Comrade Salihu Mustapha declared that the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is presiding over the NWC illegally. Mustapha, who had had altercation with the Chairman at the NEC meeting, told journalists that Oshiomhole has been suspended by his ward and the state chapter of the party and therefore had no right to preside over the NWC. According to him, the chairman had read a…

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Tanker explosion: Welder burnt to death, three injured in Anambra

The Federal Road Safety Corps, on Tuesday, confirmed the death of one person, while three others sustained various degrees of injuries in a petrol tanker explosion at a welder’s workshop in Amawbia area of Awka in Anambra. The FRSC Sector Commander, Mr Andrew Kumapayi, who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka, said the explosion was caused by welding repairs being carried out on the tanker. “An explosion occurred at a welders’ workshop around Amawbia Bridge in Awka about 3.00 p.m from a tanker loaded with petrol. “The…

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Supreme Court declares Hope Uzodinma Imo gov

*Sacks Ihedioha Tunde Oyesina, Abuja The Supreme Court in a unanimous decision just declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the Governor of Imo State. The apex court consequently sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who was declared winner of the election which held last year by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Details later…

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