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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Documents show Prince’s painkiller habit

  Numerous opioid painkillers were found at US singer Prince’s home shortly after his death last year, unsealed court documents show. Some of the pills discovered at Prince’s Paisley Park estate in Minnesota had prescriptions in the name of his friend and bodyguard. But the documents do not offer evidence about the source of the fentanyl that killed the singer on 21 April 2016. Medical examiners have concluded that he died from an accidental overdose. No-one has been charged over the death of the 57-year-old singer. The court documents were…

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US court halts two executions

  The top court in Arkansas has halted two executions that were due to start a series of seven in 11 days. The state’s Supreme Court acted hours before convicted murderers Don Davis and Bruce Ward were due to die, but the Davis decision could yet be reversed. Their lawyers had argued they were mentally unfit to face execution and were denied proper assessment. But there was a victory for the state when a federal court lifted an order that blocked all seven executions. A blanket ruling made on Saturday…

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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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Karamajiji: A forgotten beggars’ colony

Some years ago, the then Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Nasir el-Rufai considered beggars a nuisance on the streets of Abuja and decided to forcefully evacuate them to a “special location”. The idea was to give Abuja, the Capital City, a facelift. However, many years after, the vision appears to have been derailed. CALEB ONWE reports     Karamajiji, a sprawling ghetto is home to both Gwari aborigines and other tribes, especially, low income earners. It is hidden right behind the National Military Cemetery, a few metres…

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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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Furore over WAEC’s new examination diet

DISAGREEMENT Less than one week that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) unfolded plans to introduce a new diet for external candidates, key stakeholders have faulted the move, kicking that it would not see the light of the day   While Nigerian students and their parents are yet to recover from the confusion generated by this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), last week, introduced a new diet in its examinations, which has continued to generate debate among stakeholders. With the new diet,…

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Is Arik slipping into oblivion?

Government is at a crossroads on what to do with Arik Air, having injected N1.5 billion since it took over the carrier. It’s time to take far reaching decision on the airline’s future, writes WOLE SHADARE   Arik on life support For those who don’t know, Arik Air is currently dying a slow death and here are some of the signs. The airline has just five aircraft from the over 29 it acquired when it made a debut 10 years ago. It purportedly came with a difference with state-of-the-art aircraft,…

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Umahi promises more dividend of democracy for Edda people

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has promised the people of Edda in Afikpo South Local Government Area of the stateof more dividends of democracy even as he said that the people will not be left behind in his developmental strides. The governor while speaking on Easter Sunday at the country home of his friend and chieftain of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Julius Amah Orji at Nguzu Edda, said the people were dear to his heart. He said it was the special love he has for his friend in…

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