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Manchester City v Arsenal postponed over coronavirus fears

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Manchester City’s Premier League match with Arsenal on Wednesday has been postponed as a “precautionary measure” and several Gunners players are in self-isolation after Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis contracted coronavirus.

Arsenal say Marinakis, 52, met a number of their players when the Gunners hosted the Greek side in a Europa League match two weeks ago.

Marinakis – who also owns Championship side Nottingham Forest – said on Tuesday he had tested positive for Covid-19.

Olympiakos will host Wolves in the Europa League on Thursday after Uefa rejected Wolves’ request for the last-16 first-leg match to be postponed.

The Premier League says it has no plans to postpone any other matches and “all necessary measures are being taken”.

Brighton say their home game against Arsenal on Saturday (15:00 GMT) “remains scheduled to go ahead as planned”.

“The risk is considered extremely low with the self-isolation period for those players ending on Thursday,” the Seagulls said.

Figures accurate at 06:00 GMT show 382 cases of the virus in the UK, with six deaths.

The disease, which can cause a fever, cough and breathing problems, is spreading around the world and has already affected more than 116,000 people.

It has impacted on the staging of sport events around the world, with Italy’s Serie A suspended and French and Spanish top-flight games being played behind closed doors.

European matches involving Manchester United, Rangers and Chelsea will be held behind closed doors in Austria and Germany in the coming days, but this is the first match in the UK to be affected.

The postponement means Premier League leaders Liverpool can no longer win their first title since 1990 this weekend.

Liverpool would have been crowned champions if City had lost to Arsenal at Etihad Stadium and then also been beaten by Burnley on Saturday.

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Arsenal said some players – which the club have not identified – “met the Olympiakos owner immediately following the game”.

“The medical advice we have received puts the risk of them developing Covid-19 at extremely low. However, we are strictly following the government guidelines which recommend that anyone coming into close contact with someone with the virus should self-isolate at home for 14 days from the last time they had contact.

“As a result, the players are unavailable for tonight’s match against Manchester City and the Premier League has decided the game should be postponed.

“The players will remain at their homes until the 14-day period expires. Four Arsenal staff, who were sitting close to Mr Marinakis during the match will also remain at home until the 14 days are complete.”

The 14-day period ends on Friday and Arsenal said they were “looking forward” to the players returning to work before their Premier League game at Brighton on Saturday, 14 March.

Scientists have confirmed it takes an average of five days for symptoms to show.

The club said it would refund supporters with tickets and was also contacting other Arsenal staff or guests who shared the directors’ box restaurant during the game on 27 February.

“We understand this will cause inconvenience and cost to fans planning to attend the game but Arsenal, Manchester City and the Premier League have agreed that the short notice of Mr Marinakis’ infection means there is no alternative but to take the time to complete a proper assessment of risk,” the Premier League said in a statement.

Source: bbc.com

NIGERIA RECORDS SECOND CASE OF CORONA VIRUS

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As Countries across the world grapple with the scourge of Coronavirus, the Nigerian government has confirmed the second case of coronavirus in the country.

The confirmation was made by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, during a press conference in Benin, the Edo State capital. Ehanire briefed reporters at the boardroom of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, where he gave an update on the coronavirus infection in the country

Dr Osagie Ehanire, however, noted that the newly confirmed case was a contact of the index case and not an importation into the country.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC), also announced the confirmation of the second coronavirus case via its verified twitter handle.

The Lagos State government has also given the names of two individuals that had contact with the Italian index case of coronavirus.

The Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi, revealed this while giving an update on the new case of the virus recorded in the country. He gave the details of the fleeing male persons as Enwelunta Godfrey and Salami Abiodun Sodiq, and urged the media to be of assistance in locating them.

THE PRESIDENCY REACTS TO THE DETHRONEMENT OF MUHAMMADU SANUSI II AS EMIR OF KANO

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The Presidency has reacted to the dethronement of Muhammed Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano, noting that sitting governors can exercise powers over royal institutions within their jurisdiction.

While reacting to the dethronement, one of the media aides of the President, Tolu Ogunlesi, stated that a sitting governor has the power to dethrone anybody as they have the power.

Sanusi was unanimously deposed yesterday by the Kano State Government led by Governor Umar Ganduje, who immediately announced a replacement for the former Governor of the Central Bank while he was banished and quickly whisked to Abuja.

Olivier Giroud happy at Chelsea but unsure over future at club

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Olivier Giroud says he is happy at Chelsea but is unsure if his long-term future lies at the club.

The 33-year-old French striker has started the Blues’ past five games – and has scored twice in that time – after it appeared he would depart Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window.

His latest goal came in Sunday’s 4-0 rout of Everton, a clinical back-post finish at a corner.

Inter Milan and Tottenham had been among the clubs linked with a move for Giroud, but while he is currently enjoying a run in the first team with Tammy Abraham out injured, he admits doubts remain over his future in west London.

“I’ve been waiting for my chance and the gaffer has given me the opportunity to show my desire and be competitive,” Giroud told Sky Sports News.

“I’m determined to do my best to help the team. It’s been five games and I’ve really enjoyed it. I feel really good and I want to bring something more to help us win games.”

“I’m determined to do my best to help the team. It’s been five games and I’ve really enjoyed it. I feel really good and I want to bring something more to help us win games.”

When asked if he saw his long-term future at Chelsea, Giroud said: “I don’t know. It’s too early to say but I’m happy here.”

Giroud will also be conscious of the fact that France will be monitoring his performances with this summer’s European Championships in mind, and he knows he must play as much first-team football as possible if he wants to feature in the squad.

“It’s not me who will take the decision,” he said. “But if I play more and I am helping the team then I think I have a good chance to go.”

Source: Skysports.com

THE ITALIAN GOVERNMENT ON THE CORONA VIRUS.

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Italy’s government has pledged to further increase spending in a “massive shock therapy” to offset the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

The country is struggling to adapt to the most restrictive measures since World War Two, introduced on Sunday. Up to 16 million people in Lombardy and 14 provinces need special permission to travel under new quarantine rules.

Police Arrest Ritualist Gang In Ogun State

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In Ogun state, officers of the Inspector General of police intelligence response team in Ogun state have apprehended a gang of nine including herbalists and clerics who admitted to killing a woman for rituals.

Surprisingly, the leader of the gang, Segun Olaniyi who calls himself the ‘devil’, in confessing to the crime also pleaded for mercy. The police say the suspects will face the full wrath of law and would be charged accordingly

The Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Kenneth Ebrimson, had stated that he and other security operatives in Ogun state will nip crimes and criminality in the bud.

Source: Channelstv.com

INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY 2020

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In commemoration of the 2020 International Women’s day, which was on March 8th 2020, Women across the world have called for inclusion of the female gender in decision making as they have proven overtime that they are efficient and effective.

The calls were made in commemoration of the International Women’s Day held across the World on the 8th of March of every year. This is just as the Women wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria called for the release of Leah Sharibu, the only lady in insurgents’ captivity.

This year’s theme is let’s all be #EachforEqual, encouraging collective cooperation to create a gender-equal world.

Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester City: Aguero and Rodri strike to secure hat-trick of League Cups

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Manchester City lifted their third Carabao Cup in succession on Sunday evening as they beat Premier League rivals Aston Villa 2-1 at Wembley Stadium.

Sergio Aguero kept up his excellent scoring record against the Villains by notching the opening strike in the 20th minute of the match. It took just ten minutes for City to get their second as midfielder Rodri headed in powerfully from a corner. Mbwana Samatta reduced the deficit for Villa just before half-time with his second goal for the club since arriving in January.

Dean Smith’s men continued to push for an equaliser throughout what was a pulsating tie under the arch but once again Manchester City ran out victors as their period of glory continues under Pep Guardiola.

Aguero on the scoresheet

Despite being touted as huge underdogs before the game, Villa actually started very well. Anwar El Ghazi should have opened the scoring early on but lifted a headed effort over the bar.

He would soon regret that miss as City begun to dominate and eventually took the lead through Aguero. Rodri did excellently to spin a ball in behind for Foden, who nodded the it across the face of goal to the Argentine striker. He struck clinically with a bouncing finish into the far corner of the net.

Foden went close to then doubling the advantage himself as his curling effort was deflected behind.

Controversial corner costs Villa but hope restored

They did not have to wait much longer to score again but this time in controversial circumstances. Having been awarded a corner that maybe should have been given Aston Villa’s way, Rodri leapt highest in plenty of room to plant a firm header into the back of the net.


 Dean Smith’s men struggled to find any kind of a foothold throughout the first-half, that was until Samatta reduced the deficit. John Stones failed to correctly deal with a lifted ball in-behind, giving El Ghazi the chance to cross. With a brilliant diving header, Samatta reached the ball and powered it into the bottom corner.

Bravo, Bravo!

The second-half took a familiar pattern to the first, with City looking for more goals. It took a low stop from Orjan Nyland to stop Rodri adding another to his tally as he again reached a dangerous corner. Aguero also went close to doubling his afternoon’s work but volleyed a powerful shot into the side-netting.

The longer City went without netting their third, the more encouragement Villa got. They went so close to equalising in the final few minutes as Bjorn Engels saw his header from a corner tipped onto the post by Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

The longer City went without netting their third, the more encouragement Villa got. They went so close to equalising in the final few minutes as Bjorn Engels saw his header from a corner tipped onto the post by Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

His opposite number Nyland also had to be on top form to deny substitute Bernardo Silva a late goal but they only needed the one-goal margin as they again secured the League Cup – the seventh in the club’s history in all.

Final Thoughts

Villa put up a fight and that is a remarkable thing to suggest after the final was made to look like a formality following Rodri’s goal. In all though, Manchester City deserved to win the trophy. They created some of the clearer opportunities and but for some better finishing, it could have been a far more convincing and emphatic scoreline.

Match Report

Aston Villa: Nyland (7); Targett (6), Mings (6), Engels (6), Guilbert (6); Luiz (6), Nakamba (5); El Ghazi (6) (Hourihane (6), 70′), Grealish (5), Elmohamady (6) (Trezeguet (5), 70′); Samatta (7) (Davis (N/A), 80′).

Manchester City: Bravo (7); Zinchenko (6), Fernandinho (7), Stones (5), Walker (6); D. Silva (7) (B. Silva (N/A), 76′), Rodri (7), Gundogan (6) (De Bruyne (7), 58′); Foden (7), Aguero (7) (Jesus (N/A), 84′), Sterling (6).

Goals: Aguero (20′), Rodri (30′), Samatta (41′)

Referee: Lee Mason

Yellow Cards: Sterling (57′), Rodri (60′), Elmohamady (68′), Nakamba (72′), Mings (90+3′)

Red Cards: N/A

SOURCE: soccernews.com

VETERAN NOLLYWOOD ACTOR, PA KASUMU DIES AT 67

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Veteran Nolly wood actor Kayode Dosunmu, popularly known as “pa kasumu” has been reported dead. According to Nollywood actress, Foluke Daramola- Salako who took to her Instagram page on Sunday to break the news, said the veteran died after a brief illness.

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Kayode Dosunmu is known for his exceptional character interpretation


Kayode Dosunmu is known for his exceptional character interpretation. Born on the 16th of March 1953 in Agbeni area of Ibadan, Oyo State, to an Odogbolu, Ijebu (Ogun state) father. He started his career at age 15; taking up challenging roles on stage under the tutelage of Elder Chief Ayinla Olumegbon whom. In 1968 the stage play “Iyawo Orun” gave him his break.


He was reported to have been critically ill sometime in 2013 and said to be receiving treatment at The Lagos Teaching Hospital (LUTH) for heart, liver and kidney-related issues. he has  over 400 movies under his belt.

Health Minister Confirms First Case Of Coronavirus In Nigeria

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The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed the first case of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria.
Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, confirmed in a statement issued in the early hours of Friday, February 28, 2020.


According to the statement he issued, an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and just returned from Milan, Italy on the 25th of February 2020, was confirmed to be positive by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The patient is currently undergoing treatment at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos. And condition is said to be stable.

The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in Lagos State, Nigeria. The case, which was confirmed on the 27th of February 2020, is the first reported case in Nigeria since the beginning of the outbreak in China in January 2020.
The Nigerian Government through the Federal Ministry of Health is now working towards containing the outbreak and to avoid further spread of the virus. The multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has immediately activated its national Emergency Operations Centre and will work closely with Lagos State Health authorities to respond to this case and implement firm control measures.
I wish to assure all Nigerians that have we have been beefing up our preparedness capabilities since the first confirmation of cases in China, and we will use all the resources made available by the government to respond to this case.
We have already started working to identify all the contacts of the patient, since he entered Nigeria. Please be reminded that most people who become infected may experience only mild illness and recover easily, but it can be more severe in others, particularly the elderly and persons with other underlying chronic illnesses. All Nigerians should take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families, following the precautions below:

  1. Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  2. Maintain at least 1 & half metres (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  3. Persons with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance, but not mix in-crowd.
  4. Make sure you and people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene, meaning cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or into your sleeve at the bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  5. Stay home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Please call NCDC toll free number which is available day and night, for guidance- 0800-970000-10. Do not engage in self-medication.
  6. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 through official channels on TV and Radio, including the Lagos State Ministry of Health, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health.
    Citizens must not abuse social media and indulge in spreading misinformation that causes fear and panic. The Federal Ministry of Health, through Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, will continue to provide updates and will initiate all measures required to prevent the spread of any outbreak in Nigeria.
    Dr Osagie Ehanire
    Hon. Minister of Health
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