Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles claims he has endured similar racist abuse to Manchester City star Raheem Sterling. The shocking incident has reignited the debate over how to tackle racism in football after the sport struggled for decades to eradicate the problem. Now Maitland-Niles has revealed his own disturbing experience of racism. England Under-21 international Maitland-Niles said his own encounter with racism came during his time in Arsenal’s academy. But I think that’s why it’s so important that we need to get rid of it from the game.
December 12, 2018 17:15 UTC
A Nigerian man, Abolaji Onafuye, 54, has been convicted on charges of fraud, after he claimed £32,000 in donations and housing support upon lying to authorities that he lived in Grenfell tower and that his sister and nephew were both killed in the fire that destroyed it in June 2017. A jury, on Tuesday, convicted the father of five of fraud after hearing he was not related to victims of the fire, Zainab Deen and her two-year-old son Jeremiah, reports Metro UK. The property consultant was given emergency accommodation in the four-star Grosvenor Hotel in Belgravia, Central London. After he was arrested, Onafuye, who is from Hammersmith in West London attempted to blame his fraudulent claims on low blood sugar, saying he was ‘hallucinating’ and ‘temporarily insane’ because he had been fasting. Michael Phillips, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said, “Abolaji Onafuye had no connections to the Grenfell Tower tragedy but saw an opportunity to benefit himself, both financially and with accommodation.
December 12, 2018 16:41 UTC
Two journalists facing possible prison sentences in Jordan over the publication of an “offensive” image of Jesus were released on bail on Wednesday, a judicial source said. The pair were arrested on Monday in connection with a retouched version of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”, which depicts Jesus’s final meal with his disciples before his crucifixion. The altered version shows celebrity Turkish chef Nusret Gokce, who goes by the name Salt Bae, standing behind Jesus and doing his famous salt-sprinkling gesture. The decision follows a request by three lawmakers, while “the Council of Churches of Jordan has also requested a pardon and compassion from the prosecutor,” the source said. The publication of the doctored image sparked an online outcry which prompted Wakeel to remove it and apologise, saying it was an unintended “mistake” by a trainee editor.
December 12, 2018 16:29 UTC
The Speaker, Yobe House of Assembly, Adamu Dala-Dogo, has resigned his position. Dogo tendered his resignation through a letter sent to the House, which was read on the floor of the Assembly by the Deputy Speaker, Dr. Ibrahim Kurmi. SEE ALSO: Mohammed Imam is Borno PDP gov candidate, court rulesThe House, therefore, replaced Dala-Dogo with Zannah Machina, following a motion for nomination of a new Speaker, moved by Ibrahim Kallalawa and seconded by Ishaku Daya. Dogo, who is representing Karasuwa constituency in the House, served as the Speaker of the house for seven years. The leader of the House, Usman Kabaruma, representing Tarmuwa Local Government Area, told newsmen that Dala-Dogo voluntarily tendered his resignation to the House.
December 12, 2018 16:09 UTC
Globalisation and rapid changes in the international business environment has led to a greater need for internationally-minded business professionals the world over. Students studying the MANCOSA 100% Online MBA programme have an opportunity to embark on an exciting international study tour every year and they were in Shanghai, China recently. The tour is organised by MANCOSA and Regent Business School, in collaboration with the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (SUIBE). I got to understand China’s work ethic; how the international trade works; as well as how seriously they take entrepreneurship and international trade. I have in-depth understanding of the impact China has in South Africa and the world.” – Bulelani Gongxeka, MBA alumnus.
December 12, 2018 15:11 UTC
The Lagos State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Jimi Agbaje, has said that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Jide Sanwo-Olu, would not have been contesting for the Lagos seat if not for the influence of his godfather. Ibidapo-ObeAgbaje also reacted to the issue of Igbo in Lagos, which the APC candidate addressed. Sanwo-Olu had debunked the notion that Lagos hates Igbo. He highlighted the roles that Igbo had played and are still playing in the politics and governance of Lagos state. In response, Agbaje said, “Oh yes, Lagos does not dislike the Igbo, your political establishment does.
December 12, 2018 15:00 UTC
Nigeria’s state for environment minister Ibrahim Usman Jibrin has resigned his position after emerging Emir of Nasarawa. He tendered his resignation on Wednesday at the ongoing Federal Executive Council, which was presided over by president Muhammadu Buhari. Jibrin was appointed Emir of Nasarawa on Saturday, December 8. “His people will benefit immensely from his wealth of experience in the Ministry of Environment,” Buhari said in a congratulatory message. Jibrin was appointed as the Minister of State for Environment in December 2015 after confirmation by Nigerian Senate.
December 12, 2018 14:48 UTC
Kamarudeen Ogundele, AbujaThe Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, has threatened to work against the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Oyo State, Adebayo Adelabu, at the February elections. Shittu who lost in the race for the governorship ticket said without restitution, there won’t be peace in the APC. The National Working Committee of the APC had raised the Peace and Reconciliation Committee for each of the six geopolitical zones to reconcile aggrieved members ahead of the general elections. The minister joins the list of Governor Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun) and his counterpart in Imo, Rochas Okorocha, who had threatened to work against the party’s governorship candidates in their states. READ ALSO: Uproar in Senate as Buhari excludes South-South, South-East from EFCC boardSpeaking during a media chat in Abuja, Shittu accused the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and Oyo Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, of being the brains behind his exclusion from the party’s primaries.
December 12, 2018 14:28 UTC
Sweden said Wednesday it was freezing its support to UNAIDS until its executive director is removed, after an expert report blasted the agency’s leadership for systematically failing to address bullying, abuse and sexual harassment. He has to resign now,” International Development Cooperation Minister Isabella Lovin told daily Svenska Dagbladet, adding “I’ve even told him so personally”. “For… UNAIDS to regain a culture of dignity and respect, a change in leadership has become necessary,” the report said. “For 2019 no money has been earmarked as long as this leadership remains in place,” Lovin said. On Tuesday, Sidibe proposed staying on until at least mid-2019, possibly even until the end of his mandate in January 2020.
December 12, 2018 14:26 UTC
While Syria might come to mind as a war-torn zone, women are creating a haven for themselves in the Northern side of the country. Jinwar (meaning women’s land in Kurdish) is a village which inhabited by women who have been able to sustain and excel devoid of any male interference. The village is open to Widows, women who have lost their families, women want to escape the patriarchal system in the country. History tells that when the Isis caliphate ravaged Syria, Kurdish women took up arms to revolt against the war that left thousands killed and others used as sex slaves. Although men are allowed into the village, they cannot spend the night in the village.
December 12, 2018 14:15 UTC
The Pro Chancellor, Crawford University, Igbesa, Prof. Oye Ibidapo-Obe, on Wednesday said that Nigerians were spending a whooping N1 trillion annually to pursue university education abroad. Ibidapo-Obe said that it was pertinent for the country to look into how education policy makers would encourage private universities to bring out their best. Ibidapo-Obe, suggested that government could establish an Education Bank to provide a single digit interest for the private and public universities to draw funds. The university also introduced its new Pro Chancellor, the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof Oye Ibidapo-Obe. The former Vice-Chancellors are: Prof. Moses Ige, the founding Vice-Chancellor and Prof. Samson Ayanlaja.
December 12, 2018 14:13 UTC
Borussia Dortmund are hoping to avoid ex-coach Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool when the last 16 of the Champions League is drawn on Monday. “It doesn’t have to be Liverpool in the next round,” CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke replied tersely when asked if he wants to draw Liverpool in the next round. “Liverpool? That would be tough, but whoever we get, it will be tense and difficult,” said Germany midfielder Mario Goetze, who captained Dortmund in Monaco. In addition to Liverpool, Tottenham and Roma will be in the pot of second-place finishers.
December 12, 2018 14:03 UTC
The Presidency has dismissed the recent utterances by former President Olusegun Obasanjo as “a sign of confusion not worthy of attention.”Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said that whoever “Obasanjo chooses to support at the 2019 elections is irrelevant.’’He noted that the former president had publicly changed his mind on the matter so many times over the past few months. He said: “Former President Obasanjo denounces one person today and supports that same person the next day. We know that the slightest wind can make him change his mind again. “After all, this is the same man who publicly tore his party registration card barely four years ago, and he now claims to be backing the same party,’’ Shehu added. (NAN)(Visited 6,935 times, 403 visits today)DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
December 12, 2018 13:30 UTC
Google on Wednesday announced the results of its 2018 year in search, offering an insight into the year’s major moments and top trends based on searches conducted in Nigeria. NAN reports that Google Search, also referred to as Google Web Search or simply Google, is a web search engine developed by Google LLC. According to him, the Osun elections, Alexis Sanchez, Black Panther searches top the 2018 trending list. “This year’s most searched news event was the Osun elections, which gripped national attention in September due to alleged incidents of voter intimidation and interference. “Black Panther took number one in the trending movies list, while Fever by Wizkid was the top trending song,” he said.
December 12, 2018 13:10 UTC
Australian Cardinal George Pell and Chilean Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz were both removed from the so-called C9 Council of Cardinals, an international advice body set up by Francis himself, the Vatican said Wednesday. The last time the C9 met in September, Errazuriz, who is accused of ignoring reports of abuse in Chile, and Pell, who faces charges in Australia related to historical child sexual offences, were both absent, and the council said it was considering restructuring. Despite being removed from the C9, Pell remains in charge of Vatican finances, the third most powerful position in the Roman Catholic Church. The Church has been hit by a series of child abuse scandals in recent years, with widespread allegations of cover-ups, including against the pope himself. The pope clarified the composition of the C9 ahead of a February meeting with leaders of bishops’ conferences from around the world dealing with the “protection of minors”, to which victims of priest sex abuse have been invited.
December 12, 2018 12:45 UTC