EPL: Arsenal survive Boro scare

  Arsenal kept alive their hopes of finishing in the top four of the Premier League with a narrow victory at second-bottom Middlesbrough. A dull opening was brought to life when Alexis Sanchez’s superb free-kick gave Arsenal the lead just before the break. Middlesbrough responded soon after the restart when Alvaro Negredo volleyed in Stewart Downing’s pinpoint cross. However, Mesut Ozil secured the much-needed three points for Arsenal with a first-time strike at the near post, reports the BBC. The win – only Arsenal’s third in their past nine league…

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Zenith B’ball League: First Bank, Dolphins win again as 1st phase ends

The first phase of the National Women’s Basketball League sponsored by Zenith Bank ended on Monday in Abuja with favorites First Bank and Dolphins maintaining winning streak. A total of 18 teams from various parts of the country took part in the competition which started on April 10 at the Package B Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Abuja. However, three top contenders maintained an unbeaten run so far in the league series which is expected to continue in Kaduna from May 1. First Bank, Dolphins and Customs after…

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US ‘era of patience with N’Korea over’

  US Vice-President Mike Pence has said his country’s “era of strategic patience” with North Korea is over. Pence made the remarks at the demilitarised zone (DMZ), the area dividing the two Koreas, during a visit to South Korea to reaffirm ties. His visit comes amid escalated tensions on the peninsula, with heated rhetoric from both North Korea and the US. He arrived in Seoul on Sunday hours after North Korea carried out a failed missile launch. On Monday, the US and South Korea launched a joint air force military…

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US ‘era of patience with N’Korea over’

  US Vice-President Mike Pence has said his country’s “era of strategic patience” with North Korea is over. Pence made the remarks at the demilitarised zone (DMZ), the area dividing the two Koreas, during a visit to South Korea to reaffirm ties. His visit comes amid escalated tensions on the peninsula, with heated rhetoric from both North Korea and the US. He arrived in Seoul on Sunday hours after North Korea carried out a failed missile launch. On Monday, the US and South Korea launched a joint air force military…

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Curtain falls on 1st phase of Zenith B’ball League

First Bank, Dolphins, Customs remain unbeaten   The first phase of the 2017 Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League ends today (Monday) in Abuja with three teams battling to emerge tops after maintaining an unbeaten run so far. First Bank, Dolphins and customs are the unbeaten teams in the first phase looking to compete for the top position. This will make the second phase in Kaduna an explosive competition. Today in Abuja, First Bank will square up with Taraba, Dolphins take on Zamfara while Customs will entertain Oluyole. The results in…

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What we do with dogs, monkeys, dolls – Commercial drivers

An ancient traditional practice of sacrificing live dogs on the altar of Ogun, the god of Iron, by commercial drivers in search of protection is still being practiced today, mainly by truck and commercial bus drivers. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports A very experienced driver, who has been a commercial transport driver for over 30 years, Mr. Akinrede Ephraim, who is in his early 60s, said that the practice of deliberately killing dogs with a vehicle for protection against accidents does not work for him. Rather, he believes strongly in drivers praying…

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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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NSE moves to restructure REITs, closed ended funds

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has proposed changes to the framework regarding the trading of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and Closed End Funds listed on the Exchange. The proposed changes, which will be implemented over the next three quarters of 2017, according to a statement issued yesterday, are aimed at promoting transparency, disclosure, visibility and liquidity of listed REITs and Closed End Funds in the market. The changes, according to the statement, will also make it easier for existing and potential investors to access information required to make investment…

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