Mine blast kills French, Iraqi journalists in Iraq

  A French journalist and an Iraqi journalist have been killed by a mine explosion in the Iraqi city of Mosul. Stephan Villeneuve, a video journalist, and Bakhtiyar Haddad, his fixer, were reporting on an advance by Iraqi forces against Islamic State militants. Two other French journalists were injured, one of them seriously, by the blast in the Ras al-Jadah district west of the Old City on Monday. Iraq is one of the world’s deadliest countries for journalists. A total of 27 professional and non-professional journalists have now been killed…

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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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Ndidi relishes Leicester’s winning mentality

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has exoressed excitement on the winning mentality of the team. The Nigeria international joined Leicester from Belgian club Genk midway through the current season and many have regarded him as N’Golo Kante’s replacement. Kante, who is a French international, left Leicester for Chelsea after helping them win the 2015/16 English Premier League (EPL) title. “I can only see myself as myself,” Ndidi told Own Goal Nigeria. “Whether people say I play like Kanté, or that he’s better than me, I don’t listen to them. “All…

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UEFA League: Lewandowski set to face Madrid’s shaky defence

    Real Madrid’s struggling defence will probably have to keep Bayern Munich’s deadly striker Robert Lewandowski at bay in the Bernabeu to reach the Champions League semi-finals. Real will be defending a 2-1 lead from the first leg of the quarter-final, which the Polish hitman missed with the shoulder injury that also kept him out of the German side’s 0-0 draw at Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga on Saturday. However, Lewandowski trained on Sunday and is poised to return as Bayern look for goals on Tuesday against a Real…

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How Sparkling wine is made

We are still learning about how Sparkling wines are made. The base wine grapes are picked a bit younger to preserve acidity and fermented into a dry wine. The winemaker then takes the various base wines and blends them together into what the French call a ‘cuvée’, which is the final sparkling wine blend. Tirage yeast and sugars are added to the cuvée to start the second fermentation and the wines are bottled and topped with crown caps. The second fermentation takes place inside the bottle, which adds about 1.3%…

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Total targets devt through adult literacy

To boost development in its host communities in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, French multinational energy giant, Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited has organised a training for teachers, who would help educate adults. The Manager and Capacity Development officer of Total E&P Nigeria limited, Mr. Enefiok Akpan, who spoke at Obite Civil Centre during the annual Adult Teachers Development Workshop, said educational development remains a priority for the oil company, assuring that host communities would continue to benefit from the programme. He said Total’s goal of sustainable…

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EPL: Iheanacho makes cameo appearance as City sink Saints

Manchester City strengthened their hopes of a top-four Premier League finish as a slick second-half display saw off a subdued Southampton in a game in which Nigerian international, Kelechi Iheanacho made a cameo appearance. Injury-hit skipper Vincent Kompany headed David Silva’s left-wing corner past keeper Fraser Forster’s weak save for his first goal in 20 months. Leroy Sane drilled in Kevin de Bruyne’s pass after a quick counter, with Sergio Aguero’s far-post volley sealing it. Pep Guardiola’s side are now five points clear of fifth-placed Everton. Mid-table Saints failed to…

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Wenger focused on team amid reports board split on his future

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he was unsure whether there were divisions in the club’s boardroom regarding his future and that he was more focused on salvaging his team’s stuttering Premier League campaign. Wenger is out of contract at the end of the season and calls for the Frenchman to end his 20-year reign at the north London club grew louder after they suffered their fifth loss in eight league games at Crystal Palace on Monday. The Arsenal board, according to British media, are split over Wenger’s future after…

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EPL: Alonso wary of United threat

    Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has warned the leaders to beware of a Manchester United backlash, while Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham can provide a dramatic finale to the title race. With just seven games remaining, Chelsea are looking to land the knockout blow as they slug it out with second placed Tottenham in the fight for Premier League supremacy. Antonio Conte’s side hold a seven point lead at the top, but Tottenham can temporarily trim the gap to four if they beat Bournemouth at White Hart Lane in Saturday’s…

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Europa League: Ajax win, United held; chaos in Lyon

    European football was given good and bad reminders of its past on Thursday with an impressive 2-0 win for once-mighty Ajax Amsterdam over Schalke 04 in one Europa League game but ugly scenes in the crowd at Lyon delaying another. Anderlecht, like Ajax once a major force in continental competitions, snatched a late 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United in another of the quarter-final first-leg ties while Celta Vigo beat visitors Genk 3-2 in a goalfest. There was an untimely reminder that the hooliganism which once plagued…

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