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Napoli Sack Ancelotti Despite Champions League Victory

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Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked by Napoli despite taking the Serie A side to the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday with a 4-0 win over Genk.

“Napoli has decided to relieve Carlo Ancelotti of his role as first team coach,” the Italian side said in a statement.

Tuesday’s win over Genk, which saw Napoli finish second in Group E, one point behind Liverpool, broke a nine-match winless run that came amid dressing room unrest and friction between the club, Ancelotti and the players.

Former AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso is the favourite to take over at Napoli, who finished second behind champions Juventus last season but are miles off the pace this year.

They sit seventh in the Italian top flight on 21 points, a whopping 17 points behind league leaders Inter Milan and more worryingly eight behind fourth-placed Cagliari, who hold the final spot for next season’s Champions League.

On Monday Ancelotti told reporters that “a coach’s suitcase is always ready” ahead of Tuesday’s match, and as speculation ramped up over the 60-year-old’s future at the southern club he ruled out stepping down after Tuesday’s win.

“Resignation? I have never resigned in my life and I never will,” he said. “My future? The team management will make its assessment.

The club has been in turmoil this season as club owner Aurelio De Laurentiis sank into a bitter row with his players following a series of disappointing results.

The squad refused to bow to De Laurentiis’ demand they be confined to a week-long training camp in November, reportedly receiving a collective deduction to their wages of 2.5 million euros ($2.7 million) for their disobedience.

Union FIFPro said they would back the players against “further abuse and intimidation”, calling De Laurentiis’ decision to fine his squad “unjustified”.

Ancelotti, who won three Champions League titles as a coach, twice with AC Milan and once with Real Madrid, replaced Maurizio Sarri in July 2018.

He guided the team to a runners-up finish in Serie A last season, when they missed out on the Champions League last 16 on goal difference to eventual winners Liverpool.

“I can’t pretend, the team doesn’t give what it could give,” Ancelotti said on Monday.

“In Europe, we have seen another Napoli, the one I would like to see in the league as well. I am looking for solutions to get out of this difficult period,” he added.

They are without a win in seven Serie A games since October 19 and next play Parma on Saturday.

Suspected Gunman Kills Himself After Czech Hospital Rampage

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The man suspected of killing six people and injuring two in a Czech hospital on Tuesday morning is dead after shooting himself in the head, police said in a tweet.

“We have found the gunman. The 42-year-old man shot himself in the head before the police took action, he’s dead,” police said.

Niger Governor Presents N148bn Budget For 2020, Promises Not To Abandon Projects

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Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State on Tuesday presented a budget estimate of N148billion for the year 2020.

Bello, during the presentation to the State House of Assembly at Minna, Niger State capital, said the 2020 budget tagged Budget of Inclusion for Sustainable Development, would focus on completion of all ongoing projects in line with the resolve of his administration not to abandon any project.

The budget constitutes over N69billion for recurrent expenditure and over N78billion for capital expenditure.

Sports Minister Moves To Resolve AFN Crisis, Sets Up Committee

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The ministry of Youth and Sports has announced it is setting up a team to resolve the crisis rocking the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN.

Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare disclosed this through a twitter post where he said he would be setting up the crisis resolution team, in an attempt to end the disagreement amoung members of the Athletics board.

The minister’s call is coming a day after President of the AFN, Ibrahim Gusau, said he is willing to make peace with aggrieved members of the federation.

Gusau explained the autonomy the athletics body was yearning for which angered the ministry of sports.

Gusau said: “The autonomy we are talking about is in so far as administering the Federation is concerned and had always been in existence in the statutes of the AFN, the CAA and the WA. We have always borne all expenses associated with the administration of the Federation.

Four Killed, Two Injured As Gunman Attacks Czech Hospital

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A gunman opened fire Tuesday in a hospital in the eastern Czech city of Ostrova, killing four people and seriously injuring two others, police said.

“There are four dead and two seriously injured people on the site,” regional police spokeswoman Pavla Jirouskova told the public Czech Television.

She added the suspect remained at large, with police asking the public for help.

Police have published a picture of the alleged suspect on Twitter, showing a man with receding ginger hair and wearing a red jacket.

Czech TV reported that he was about 180 centimetres (5.9 feet) tall.

“I can confirm a shooting at the Ostrava Faculty Hospital after 7:00 am (0600 GMT) today,” Interior Minister Jan Hamacek tweeted.

The DNES daily reported on its website that the shooting had occurred at the trauma ward of the hospital in Ostrava, a steel hub located around 300 kilometres (190 miles) east of Prague.

Education Get Highest Allocation As Gombe Budgets N130.668bn

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Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, has proposed a total of N130,668,737,593.48 tagged ‘Budget of Change’ for the 2020 fiscal year in the state.

He presented the 2020 Appropriation Bill to members of the State House of Assembly during plenary on Monday in Gombe.

In his remarks, the governor informed the lawmakers that his administration intended to spend over N59 billion and N71 billion on recurrent and capital expenditure respectively.

This, according to him, represents a shift in the government’s approach to the welfare of the people and the development of the state.

Governor Inuwa explained that some of the key areas the government would focus on included agriculture, education, water, youth and women development.

He disclosed that education gulped the highest allocation followed by infrastructure, as well as health making the central focus on capital expenditure.

In his response, the Speaker of the House, Sadiq Abubakar, assured the governor that the lawmakers would pass the appropriation bill as soon as possible to ensure the people of Gombe enjoy the dividends of democracy.

Two Articles Of Impeachment Expected Against Trump On Tuesday

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Democrats are expected to announce on Tuesday two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, US media reported Monday evening, after laying out their case at a hearing against a president they branded a “clear and present danger” to national security.

The articles will focus on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, The Washington Post said, citing three official familiar with the matter.

It added that the full House of Representatives would vote on the articles next week, ahead of a trial in the Senate.

CNN said a third article on obstruction of justice was still being debated, and the network’s sources cautioned that plans were still being finalized.

Four months after a whistleblower sparked the investigation of Trump for seeking illicit political favors from Ukraine, Democrats said at Monday’s hearing there was abundant evidence that he had committed bribery, abused his power and obstructed the investigation.

“President Trump’s persistent and continuing effort to coerce a foreign country to help him cheat to win an election is a clear and present danger to our free and fair elections and to our national security,” said Daniel Goldman, counsel for the Democrats.

Facing an almost certain vote to make Trump the third American leader impeached and placed on trial, top Republican Doug Collins countered that the effort was simply “a good PR move” for Democrats ahead of next year’s presidential elections.

“It’s all political,” Collins said. “Where’s the impeachable offense? Why are we here?”

The allegations came in a contentious House Judiciary Committee hearing in which Republicans repeatedly punched back, while Trump himself denounced the inquiry as a “disgrace” and “hoax.”

Fueling the partisan divisions in Washington, the Republicans marshaled a Department of Justice report released Monday as ammunition for a counteroffensive.

The DoJ’s inspector general said its review of investigations into four Trump aides did not find evidence of “political bias” in the decisions to open the probes.

The report effectively rebutted Trump’s repeated claims that the FBI illegally spied on his campaign — but Republicans seized on its findings that the bureau committed “numerous serious factual errors” related to the investigations.

Imo Govt Closes Hotel, Water Factory Over Attack On Officials

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Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, has ordered the immediate shutdown of a hotel and a water factory over an attack on officials of the Environmental Transformation Commission (ENTRACO) in the state.

M2 International Guest House and Tapa Pure Water factory are located in the Amakohia and Orji areas of the state.

A statement from the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Chibuike Onyeukwu, said the Ihedioha gave the order on Monday at a crucial meeting with the 27 Chairmen of the Local Government Areas (LGAs) and ENTRACO officials at the Government House in Owerri, the state capital.

He decried that the current state of sanitation, particularly in Owerri was unacceptable and harped on the need to adopt strategies to improve refuse collection and disposal across the state.

The governor directed his Special Adviser on Sanitation and Environment and General Manager, ENTRACO, Alex Emeziem, as well as his team to immediately ensure that sanitation was improved in the state.

“We must make Imo very clean and healthy. Therefore, I want to see a rapid improvement in our culture of sanitation to rid the state of dirt,” he said.

Governor Ihedioha warned that his administration would not tolerate any form of attack on any government official while on his or her lawful duty.

He asked the people of the state to be law-abiding and cooperate with the government to deliver on its promises.

The governor stressed the need for ENTRACO to be self-funding to carry out its activities, adding that Imo would not be put under further debt burden.

He also advised residents to as a matter of civic obligation comply with the payment of sanitation levy to enable ENTRACO to discharge its mandate effectively.

Governor Ihedioha directed the LGA Chairmen to set up ENTRACO units in their areas as part of measures to ensure effective waste management across the state.

He warned that he would not hesitate to take appropriate actions against any LGA Chairman or ENTRACO official, who fails to keep his or her LGA clean.

Arsenal Beat West Ham To End Worst Winless Run Since 1977

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Arsenal caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg believes a weight has been lifted off his players’ shoulders after a three-goal blitz in nine second-half minutes beat West Ham 3-1 on Monday to end the Gunners’ worst winless run in 42 years.

Another miserable night for the Swede seemed in store when the visitors trailed at half-time to Angelo Ogbonna’s deflected header.

However, Arsenal suddenly sparked into life after Gabriel Martinelli scored his first Premier League goal as Nicolas Pepe finally started to deliver on his club record £72 million fee by curling home a brilliant second, before crossing for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to secure all three points.

“It means so much for the players. They have been living under enormous pressure and you see it in their performances,” said Ljungberg.

“You can see the players have been a bit low and you see in the dressing room the relief and how happy they are.”

A first win in 10 games in all competitions lifts Arsenal up to ninth and cuts the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea to seven points in the battle for Champions League qualification next season.

Ljungberg reacted to taking just one point from his opening two games in temporary charge against lowly Norwich and Brighton by making five changes with Martinelli and Pepe among those coming into the side.

Pepe’s inability to make an impact has been one of the major reasons for Arsenal’s struggles, but the Ivorian looked a new player after curling home his first Premier League goal from open play 24 minutes from time.

“Nicolas is an amazing football player, but it is not easy to come from the French league into the Premier League and adjust straight away,” added Ljungberg.

“It was an amazing goal and he’ll get better and better.”

Omo-Agege Says APC Government Is Not Against Restructuring

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The call for restructuring of the country has gained more support and this time, from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This is coming from the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, on the sideline of the Electoral Reform Conference which held on Monday in Abuja.

He stressed that the ruling party was not opposed to restructuring the country while the matter was being taken more seriously.

This government, the APC led government is not against restructuring,” Senator Omo-Agege , He added, “A couple of days ago, I believe I read the release from the Villa; that release represents the view of the APC.”

The lawmaker insisted that his party was not opposed to restructuring, stressing that the Committee on Constitution Amendment would be considering the report of the committee led by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State.

He noted that the amendment to the Electoral Act was the major task before the National Assembly and the lawmakers would expedite action on it and base its recommendations majorly on the submissions of the El-Rufai led committee set up by the APC.

“The APC supports restructuring and indeed, the restructuring committee that was put in place headed by Governor El-Rufai came up with some very significant recommendations.

“Those recommendations represent the views of the party. We are going to be taking that into account as we proceed with the exercise,” Senator Omo-Agege stated.

Earlier, he informed the conference that the bill seeking to amend the Electoral Act, which he co-sponsored, might be passed by February 2020.

The event put together by the Civil Society Elections Situation Room was attended by top officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), representative of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), and members of the civil society.

The office of the AGF made a commitment that it would work with INEC while the electoral umpire promised to work with the National Assembly to ensure the early passage of the bill.

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