UEFA League: Barca eye yet another famous comeback

    Little over a month after producing the greatest comeback in Champions League history, Barcelona need another special turnaround as they face Juventus in the second leg of their quarter-final on Wednesday. Luis Enrique’s side were taken apart in the first leg in Turin, losing 3-0 to a Juve team inspired by Paulo Dybala, who scored twice. In the last 16 they became the first team ever to overturn a 4-0 deficit when they beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the return at the Camp Nou, so fans are hoping…

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Local oil firms walking a tight rope

Indigenous firms are the worst-hit by myriads of challenges bedeviling the oil and gas industry. ADEOLA YUSUF reports on how many of them are running into bankruptcy     Aiteo, an indigenous oil firm, made the headlines penultimate week; basking in the euphoria of its new status as the biggest Nigerian- owned oil firm in terms of production, hitherto known by many as the petroleum product trading firm, it announced the production of the largest share of the 313,602 barrels per day output from indigenous companies. The firm’s management cannot…

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Fawehinmi: Why Senate can’t compel FG to sack Magu

Mohammed Fawehinmi, scion of the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi law dynasty in this interview with AKEEM NAFIU, speaks on the Senate, Presidency’s face-off, rejection of the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, former Adamawa state’s governor, Bala Ngilari’s post-conviction bail, democratization of SAN award and sundry issues     There seems to be a crack in the Senate, Presidency relationship over the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu’s rejection as the agency’s czar by the Senate. What does this portend…

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La Liga: Messi keeps Barca’s title hope alive

  Lionel Messi kept Barcelona’s title hopes alive with two goals and an assist to see off Real Sociedad 3-2 as Spain’s top two edged five-goal thrillers ahead of next weekend’s El Clasico. Earlier on Saturday, Isco struck at the death to keep Real Madrid three points clear and with a game in hand at the top of the table after twice coming from behind to beat Sporting Gijon 3-2. Barcelona will need Messi on this form if they are to produce another miracle Champions League fightback against Juventus on…

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DONALD DUKE’S DAUGHTER: I PICKED SAX BECAUSE OF MY DAD

Xerona Duke, the heiress of former governor of Cross River state, Donald Duke, is both an entertainment lawyer and an Afro-beat exponent. It runs in the blood, plays saxophone and mum sings and plays the piano. The young lady will be performing live with her dad at the Runway Jazz concert in commemoration of Lagos at 50 set to be held on April 30 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. She speaks with LANRE ODUKOYA.     Have you ever been to any music school? Yes, I…

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Buhari appoints DGs, CEOs of 23 federal agencies

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointments of Chief executives of various Federal Government Agencies. A statement signed by Mr Bolaji Adebiyi, Director (Press), Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation stated that the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has Barrister Julie Okah-Donli as Director-General; National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) has Barrister Mary Ikpere-Eta Director-General; Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Bayo Somefun as Managing Director, while Tijani Suleiman, Mr. Jasper Azuatalam and Kemi Nelson have been appointed as Executive Directors.…

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Depression: When to seek medical assistance

The World Health Organisation (WHO), has recently declared depression, which could lead to disability and death, the world’s most widespread illness.For someone living with depression, talking to a person they trust is often the first step towards treatment and recovery, reports APPOLONI A ADEYEMI   Depression is not a new disease condition. It has been in the world from the time of old. Recent events have however brought it to the front burner, prompting attention to be focused on it. World Health Organisation, WHO, last month raised the alarm, alerting…

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In Syria and Nigeria, Trump faces the limits of American power

    President Trump, inspired by TV images of faraway suffering to launch missile strikes against Syria, may be about to discover a lesson that has confounded presidents for 25 years: American power can only do so much. That truth is also embedded in another set of disturbing images that Mr. Trump has not cited publicly: those from Nigeria’s conflict-torn northeast, where a very different crisis is drawing different American action toward different ends. Those two conflicts, in both their contrasts and commonalities, reveal something of the role that Mr.…

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So, even God knows!

BOLA BOLAWOLE TREASURES

Last week’s “The havoc of namechange” was a revelation to many people. Akin, a friend who now lives in the United States, said he never knew me as anything other than Bola Bolawole. And thanks, my brother and friend, Tunji Bakare, for the correction. “Oje” in Yoruba has to do with “Egungun”, that is, masquerades, and not drummers as erroneously interpreted here last week. “Ayan” is for the drummers while “Oje” is for the masquerades. I should have known that because I have many Ayans as friends, such as Ayanbadejo,…

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Tiny newspaper in US wins Pulitzer prize for taking on big business

A number of important local stories were leading the website of the Storm Lake Times, circulation 3,000, on Tuesday morning. Second-grader Alejandra Gonzales found a four-leaf clover in the field behind her school. A local woman had bought and renovated a building to house 25 elderly cats. And in a modest announcement of just a sentence, another notable local happening: on Monday, Art Cullen, the paper’s owner and editor, was awarded a Pulitzer prize, the most prestigious award in global journalism, for his editorial writing. Fellow honorees for 2017 include…

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