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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Juventus name club legend Andrea Pirlo as new coach after Maurizio Sarri sacking

 


Juventus name club legend Andrea Pirlo as new coach after Maurizio Sarri sacking

Italian giants, Juventus have appointed Andrea Pirlo as their new head coach on a two-year deal after sacking Maurizio Sarri following the club's Champions League elimination against Lyon. 

 

Pirlo, 41, who was a legendary player for the club was only named as Juventus Under-23s manager 10 days ago but has now signed a two-year contract to coach the first team.

 

A Juventus statement read: "The club has decided to entrust him with the technical leadership of the first team, after having already selected him for Juventus Under-23.

 

"Today's choice is based on the belief that Pirlo has what it takes to lead, from his debut on the bench, an expert and talented squad to pursue new successes."

 

Andrea Pirlo played 164 games for Juventus between 2011 and 2015 and won four Serie A titles in Turin after joining from AC Milan, where he spent most of his career and won two Champions League including two league titles.

 

He also spent two years in Major League Soccer at New York City FC after leaving Juventus.

 

Pirlo, who retired in 2017, also represented Italy on 116 occasions and won the 2006 World Cup with his country.

 

Bayern 4-1 Chelsea (7-1 agg): German champions run riot in one sided affair (UEFA Champions League)

 

                           
Bayern 4-1 Chelsea (7-1 agg): German champions run riot in one sided affair (UEFA Champions League)

              

Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich blazed through Chelsea in the UEFA Champions league to enter the quarterfinals after beating Frank Lampard's men 4-1 on Saturday night, to put an end to the London club's UEFA misery.

 

Bayern 4-1 Chelsea (7-1 agg): German champions run riot in one sided affair (UEFA Champions League)

 

Bayern had already won Chelsea 3-0 in the first leg before the Coronavirus lockdown and just had little to do in order to qualify.

 

In the first 20 minutes of the game Chelsea hardly had a kick as Bayern toyed with them and by the 24th minute it was already 2-0 in Bayern's favor.

 

Bayern 4-1 Chelsea (7-1 agg): German champions run riot in one sided affair (UEFA Champions League)

 

At the 44th minute, Bayern goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer parried away an Emerson low cross very poorly which allowed Tammy Abraham to tap in from close range to end the first half 2-1.


Bayern 4-1 Chelsea (7-1 agg): German champions run riot in one sided affair (UEFA Champions League) 


Lampard couldn't do much coaching with his team who were already decimated by a raft of injuries caused by a gruelling premier league finale.

By the 90th minute, he watched his beloved team ship in two more goals to end the match 4-1.

 

Bayern have now qualified for the next stage of the competition. Full score ; Bayern 4-1 Chelsea (7-1 aggregate)

 

More photos below.

 

Bayern 4-1 Chelsea (7-1 agg): German champions run riot in one sided affair (UEFA Champions League)

Bayern 4-1 Chelsea (7-1 agg): German champions run riot in one sided affair (UEFA Champions League)


Thursday, August 6, 2020

Update: Naira Marley pleads guilty in court, fined N100k


Update: Naira Marley pleads guilty in court, fined N100k

The  Lagos State Special Offences (Mobile) Court, Oshodi has fined singer Afeezz Fashola and his manager N100, 000 for flouting the ban on interstate travels in June this year.

 

The singer and his manager had on June 8 this year, travelled from Lagos to Abuja and back to Lagos for a drive-through concert in Abuja. He was arraigned before the court by the state police command today August 6.

 

A statement from the spokesperson of the state police command, Bala Elkana, said Naira Marley was arraigned alongside his Manager Seyi Awouga on a one-count charge of ''breach of the cessation of movement and interstates travel order made by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under Regulation 4(i) of the Lagos State Infectious Disease Emergency Prevention) Regulation No 2 of 2020 and committed an offence punishable under Section 58 Public Health Law, Ch. P16, Laws of Lagos State 2015''

 

When the charge was read to them, Naira Marley and his manager pleaded guilty and were awarded a fine of one hundred thousand naira each by the presiding Magistrate. 

Nothing new about US intel on Al-Qaeda infiltrating north-west - DHQ

Nothing new about US intel on Al-Qaeda infiltrating north-west - DHQ

The Nigerian Defence Headquarters has said there is nothing new about US intelligence on the incursion of Al-Qaeda militants into the north-west region of the country. 

 

John Enenche, the coordinator of defence media operations in a statement released on Thursday August 6 said the intelligence is as old as maybe five or ten years, and it is also not the first time the US would raise such alarm. 

 

The Defence spokesperson further disclosed that it was the Nigerian military that raised the alarm on movement of “terrorists from the middle east to West Africa”.

 

He revealed that the army’s intelligence agency has been providing information about the infiltration of insurgents, and Nigerians shouldn't be worried about the activities of the terrorist groups as strategies have been put in place to halt them.

 

Eneche said; 

 

“Our attention is being drawn to the fact that terrorists from other zones are coming here, I think it would be good for us to be keeping records of events as they unfold. 

“For me, this is not the first time they are raising such an alarm, the alarm is as old as maybe five or ten years ago and the armed forces and the country is conscious of it.

“When the conflict in Libya was declared officially that it ended, which did not end what happened? It was we, our NIA, state service and all that raised the information that these people are moving.

“Have we not captured foreigners among the people that have been terrorizing us in this country? So it is just like a call to keep doing what you are doing, so the general public should know that the security agencies are on top of that one.

“Why do we have ISAWP here now, was ISWAP indigenous to Nigeria, No! So it’s just like telling you the obvious and I want to take like an advice to continue to ensure you have measures in place to continue checking them."

COVID-19: FG extends ease of lockdown for another four weeks...


COVID-19: FG extends ease of lockdown for another four weeks...

The Federal Government has announced the extension of the second phase of the eased lockdown for another four weeks.

 

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha made the announcement during the Task Force briefing in Abuja on Thursday August 6. 

Monday, August 3, 2020

Nigerian man invents breast cancer-detecting bra to save rural women












A primary school teacher has invented an affordable cancer-detecting bra to help women with early detection after a woman died from breast cancer.



Idris Dangana, 43, a Kano native, was unfulfilled with his job as a teacher and wanted to do more to help his community. Consequently, he decided to quit and develop his interest in learning computer and software development skills.



Idris confided in a friend, Isah, who had just returned from Burum Burum Village in Kano, where a woman had just died from breast cancer.



Idris said the story reminded him of the pains his sister went through when she had breast cancer. Fortunately, she survived it. This spurred him to seek a solution.



Idris, a graduate of physics education, started researching on cancer and set up BCScan, an innovation of the DiceHub (DIHub), which is behind the cancer-detecting device they would later come up with.



He was soon trying out different models and algorithms and they had to think of the best possible way to go about it, alongside doctors who collaborated on the project.



"We joined hands and talked on possible partnerships with a local NGO on breast cancer, we deepened our search about this deadly cancer by asking as many women in our network, including healthcare professionals. The feedback was scary," he told Daily Trust of his project.



Their solution Idris came up with was a brassier, fitted with Artificial Intelligence, that could detect tumours that are as small as 2mm in diameter.



The wearable device would guarantee early detection, Idris Dangana said and is especially targeted at women in rural areas with limited access to health care and the prohibitive cost of mammography.



However, mass production of the device is a challenge. Not finding the capacity to mass-produce in Nigeria, idris Dangana decided to seek collaboration abroad.



"We out-sourced to India and China to get the materials that we will use for manufacturing the cancer-detecting device produced," he said.



Idris explained that with his invention, women can be tested for as low as N1, 000 if the device is available at primary healthcare facilities and private hospitals nationwide. Those who want a personalized device would have to pay N15, 000 – N25, 000.



Though his idea is global, he is desirous of immediate local impact.



He said: "It is evident that the gap is too wide between Africa and the rest of the world, particularly Nigeria and the northern region to be precise. Though we are still learning, I believe over time, the impact could be felt and will serve as a wakeup call to many to co-join and change the narratives."

Shoprite announces plan to pull out of Nigeria












Shoprite, Africa’s biggest grocery retailer, has announced plans to leave Nigeria after 15 years.



The Cape Town-based retailer has started a formal process to consider the potential sale of all or a majority stake in its supermarkets in Nigeria, it said in a trading statement for the 52 weeks to end June, which was released on Monday, August 3.











Bloomberg reports that Shoprite is considering selling its Nigerian operations. This process was initiated after the retail chain said in November that it was reviewing its supermarket operations outside South Africa and would consider exiting certain countries if that would help reverse regional sales declines.



Shoprite has been battling currency-induced inflation surges in several other African countries.



International supermarkets (excluding Nigeria) contributed 11.6% to group sales, and reported 1.4% decline in sales from 2018. South African operations contributed 78% of overall sales and saw 8.7% rise for the year.



As a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, customer visits declined 7.4% but the average basket spend increased by 18.4%.



This comes just weeks after it was revealed that another popular retail store, Mr. Price Group, is making plans to close its Nigerian business to focus on its home market business in South Africa.



Below are reactions from Nigerians to the news that Shoprite is pulling out of Nigeria.









 

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