Chapecoense To Honour Fallen Heroes By Playing Last Brasileirao Fixture

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Chapecoense will pay tribute to the players and staff who lost their lives in an air disaster Monday night, by playing their next scheduled league match, according to president Ivan Tozzo.

The flight that was heading for Medellin carrying members of the first team and journalist crashed in Cerro Gordo, with 71 of 77 passengers losing their lives.

The Brazilian club were going to face Nacional in the Copa Sudamericana final. The Colombian club has asked CONMEBOL to crown Chapeco champions of the competition.

Previously vice-president, Tozzo has assumed duties at the head of the club.

He revealed on Wednesday that Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president Marco Polo del Nero has requested that they line-up for their Campeonato Brasileiro match against Atletico Mineiro on December 11.

Tozzo said at a news conference: “I spoke with president Marco Polo del Nero and he told me the game against Atletico Mineiro, which is our next game, we’re going to have a big event in Chapeco, which is going to be scheduled.

“I replied to him: ‘But we don’t have 11 players to put on the field!’

“He said to me: ‘You guys have it. You have a base team [Under-20s). Put on the players that are recovering from injury, which is five or six players, and another who is ready to play, and then complete the team with juniors.

“It doesn’t matter what the final score is. We have to have a big party that you deserve, that Chapeco deserves, that the region deserves, that Santa Catarina deserves, and that Brazil deserves.’”

Though Chapecoense’s squad has been decimated by the tragedy, several Brazilian clubs have reportedly offered to loan them players at no cost in order to fulfil their fixtures.

Chapecoense also offered medical updates on their three players to survive the crash.

Goalkeeper Jackson Follmann has had a leg amputated, with doctors also considering whether to amputate his other foot.

Neto was described as being in a “stable medical state”, with Alan Ruschel able to move his limbs after undergoing spinal surgery.

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Enzo Zidane Scores On His Real Madrid Debut

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Real Madrid’s manger’s son, Enzo Zidane scored on his debut for the club in the Copa del Rey.

The 21-year-old Frenchman was a second half substitute in the match against Cultural and needed just 18 minutes to score his first competitive goal for the club.

Madrid went into the second leg of the encounter with a 7-1 advantage and racked up a 3-0 lead in the first half. Mariano’s opener is Madrid’s fastest goal in the competition.

The France U19 international was found on the edge of the box and was able to smash it low beyond goalkeeper Leandro to make it 4-1.

The home side found the net again through Mariano before an own goal made it 6-1 on the day, 13-2 on aggregate.

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Mourinho Gets One Match Ban For West Ham Fracas

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Jose Mourinho has been handed a one match touchline ban by the Football Association, meaning he’ll watch the quarterfinal against West Ham from the stands.

The former Chelsea manager has also been fined £16, 000 for kicking a bottle during United’s EPL clash against West Ham, he was shown a red card for that action.

Mourinho’s angry outburst was in reaction to Paul Pogba being cautioned for a dive by referee Jon Moss.

An FA statement on Wednesday confirmed the Portugese would serve his latest suspension with immediate effect, the announcement coming three hours before the clash with the Hammers was due to kick off.

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ICYMI: Moses Voted PFA Fans’ Premier League Player Of The Month

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Chelsea midfielder, Victor Moses has been voted the PFA Fans’ Premier League player of the month for November.

The Nigeria international got 18, 756 votes of 40, 000 to beat Gylfi Sigurdsson (7, 791) Nordin Amrabat (5,378), Sergio Aguero (3,457) and Matt Phillips (1,203) to the award.

The Chelsea wingback has been in exceptional form for the club, and scored the winning goal in the 2-1 win over Tottenham, making it seven straight wins for the blues.

The former Crystal Palace and Wigan Athletic man has adapted brilliantly to his new position, with Moses now an essential part of Antonio Conte’s side.

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Manchester City Celebrates Global Partnership With Tecno Mobile

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Premium mobile phone brand, TECNO Mobile, and the Premier League’s Manchester City, celebrated the launch of their new global multi-year partnership today.
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Stephen Ha, TECNO Mobile’s GM, and Tom Glick, Chief Commercial Officer for City Football Group, moments after signing the partnership agreement between TECNO Mobile and Manchester City.

As the Official Tablet and Handset Partner of Manchester City Football Club, TECNO Mobile will work with the Club to grow their strategic marketing and advertising campaigns across the globe, including Africa where TECNO is already recognised as the market’s leading mobile phone brand.

TECNO, part of Transsion Holdings, was first established in China and over the last decade has grown its global presence to over 40 emerging markets, where City’s fan base is also strong and continuing to grow every day.

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Tom Glick, Chief Commercial Officer for City Football Group, presents Stephen Ha, TECNO Mobile’s GM, with a personalised Manchester City shirt.

Speaking at the launch of the global partnership, which took place at the City Football Academy, Manchester City’s elite training and youth development facility, Tom Glick, City Football Group’s Chief Commercial Officer, said:

“We are delighted to welcome TECNO Mobile to Manchester City’s growing repertoire of global partners. Its global focus coupled with a commitment to each of its local markets reflects our ethos and we look forward to working with them to connect with Manchester City’s global fan base.”

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Tom Glick, Chief Commercial Officer for City Football Group, receives a customized Phantom 6 Plus from TECNO Mobile’s GM, Stephen Ha.

Stephen Ha, General Manager of TECNO Mobile, speaking at a launch event at Manchester City’s City Football Academy added:

“We are honoured to be partnering with such a successful and well known club as Manchester City, continuing our long association with sport at the highest level.

“Providing our consumers with an unparalleled mobile experience is a top priority for TECNO Mobile and we see many similarities with Manchester City when we look at their commitment to delivering a premium match day and digital experience for their fans.

We are delighted to join their team and can’t wait to kick start this partnership together.”


About Manchester City Football Club

Manchester City FC is an English Premier League club whose roots began in East Manchester in 1880 as St Mark’s West Gorton. It officially became Manchester City FC in 1894 and has since then gone onto win the European Cup Winners’ Cup, four League Championship titles, including two Premier League titles, and five FA Cups. Manchester City FC is one of four teams comprising the City Football Group and counts New York City FC, Melbourne City FC and Yokohama F-Marinos among its sister clubs.

Under manager Pep Guardiola, one of the most highly decorated managers in world football, the Club plays its domestic and Champions’ League home fixtures at the Etihad Stadium, a spectacular 55,000 seat arena that City have called home since 2003. Today, the Stadium sits on the wider Etihad Campus, which also encompasses the City Football Academy, a world-leading first team training and youth development facility located in the heart of East Manchester. Featuring a 7,000 capacity Academy Stadium, the City Football Academy is also where Manchester City Women’s Football Club and the Elite Development Squad train on a daily basis and play their competitive home games.

For more information, please visit: www.mancity.com

About Tecno Mobile

TECNO Mobile, born in 2006, is a premium mobile phone brand of Transsion Holdings. As the first dual-SIM handset supplier in Africa, TECNO is dedicated to transforming state-of-art technologies into localized products under the guideline of “Think Globally, Act Locally”. By now, TECNO has spread its presence in more than 40 countries across the globe. Its product portfolio comprises of smartphones, tablets and feature phones.

Adhering to the brand essence of “Experience More”, TECNO is committed to enriching customers’ recreational life by providing customized quality products. In 2014 and 2015, TECNO maintained top 20 “Most Admired Brands in Africa” as per African Business, the most influential business magazine in the continent. In 2014, TECNO was awarded the International Quality Crown Award in the Gold Category in London.

As a fast-growing international brand, TECNO has achieved an accumulative sales volume of 114 million units. It is now one of the top three mobile phone brands in Africa and a major player worldwide.

TECNO is fully supported by Transsion’s strength in manufacturing, R&D and after sales services. With 5 manufacturing units around the world, the company is capable of producing 300,000+ handsets per day. Transsion R&D centres are located in Shanghai, Beijing, Lagos (Nigeria) and Nairobi (Kenya) with more than 800 experienced professionals, which are paired with an outstanding design team in France. Transsion’s after sales service brand has 1000+ service touch points globally powered by 4 repair factories to provide unequalled support to TECNO consumers.

For more information please visit www.tecno-mobile.com

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Buhari Fires Sally Mbanefo As DG NTDC

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The President Muhammadu Buhari led government has wielded the dismissal stick on the director-general of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Sally Mbanefo.

Mbanefo’s dismissal was contained in a letter dated November 27 and addressed to her by Babachir Lawal, secretary to the government of the federation.

Mbanefo, who was appointed by Goodluck Jonathan, former president, in 2013, was alleged to have diverted N270 million.

“I refer to the attached letter, Ref. No. SGF.6/S.23/1/568 of 8th October, 2013 in respect of your secondment from the Keystone Bank Limited to serve as Executive Director/ Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation( NTDC) for a period of two years with effect from 6th May 2013,” the letter read.

“You may note from the foregoing that the period of your secondment at the corporation had since lapsed on 5th May 2016.

“Consequently, you are to handover the affairs of the corporation to the most senior officer on or before Wednesday, 30th November, 2016.”

In reaction to her removal, Nigerian Tribune quoted stakeholders in the tourism industry as seeing the step as a sigh of relieve.

The stakeholders also described the wind of change as a good omen, urging the Federal Government to look for a credible replacement that will reposition the agency to operate like its counterpart in other countries.

“Tourism stakeholders who spoke with Travelpulse&MICE, but declined their names being mentioned said, “NTDC plays a significant role in the development, marketing and promotion of the tourism in Nigeria, but if you don’t have the right person in place nothing will work, because it is the pivot on which the public and private sector partnership spin.

“We need to critical bring in core professional, who has a good wealth of experience and exposure in tourism promotion and marketing domestically and internationally.

“We need someone who will not shrink the office into a kiosk but someone who will expand the horizon of the agency with practical commitment to achieving record-breaking evidence under short period of time.”

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BREAKING: Gareth Southgate Appointed England Manager On 4-Year Contract

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The Football Association (FA) has officially announced Gareth Southgate as the new full-time England manager, after a board meeting on Wednesday.

Southgate and England chief exec Martin Glenn have shaken hands on a four-year deal

Southgate and England chief exec Martin Glenn have shaken hands on a four-year deal [Press Association]

The 46-year-old, who has been in charge of the national team for four games on a temporary basis, signed a four-year contract which will take in both the 2018 World Cup and the 2020 European Championship.

READ ALSO: England FA And Gareth Southgate Disagree Over ‘Break Clause’ 

 

Southgate oversaw two wins and two draws as interim boss and has signed a contract reportedly worth up to £2m a year.

He said: “I am extremely proud to be appointed England manager. However, I’m also conscious that getting the job is one thing, now I want to do the job successfully.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with the players over these past four games and I think there’s huge potential.

“I’m determined to give everything I have to give the country a team that they’re proud of and one that they’re going to enjoy watching play and develop. For me, the hard work starts now.”

Also speaking, the Three Lions chief exec Martin Glenn said:

“We are delighted to confirm Gareth as England manager. He’s obviously somebody we know well but it’s his understanding of international football and the development set-up at St. George’s Park that is important.

“He performed extremely well during the four games he was in temporary charge and he impressed us during a tough interview process.

“Gareth is a great ambassador for what The FA stands for, he’s a very good football tactician and a leader but beneath that he’s a winner and that’s an important part of the job.”

The FA plans to unveil the ex-Middlesbrough gaffer at a press conference on Thursday, December 1, 2016.

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ELOY Awards 2016: Here Is The Full List Of Winners

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The annual Exquisite Lady Of the Year (ELOY) Awards for 2016 was held on November 27, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lagos.

The 8th edition of the Exquisite Ladies of the Year (ELOY) 2016 held on Sunday 27th November at the Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos.

The 8th edition of the Exquisite Ladies of the Year (ELOY) 2016 held on Sunday 27th November at the Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos.

This year’s award event, which was themed “all women are worth celebrating“, saw a host of industrious women taking home awards from different categories at the end of the show.

RELATED NEWS: PHOTOS From The Exquisite Ladies Of The Year (ELOY) Awards 2016

Here are the winners below:

  • Female Photographer Of The Year – Bisola Ijalana, M12 Photography
  • Female Fashion Designer Of The Year – Derin Fabikun, Fab Lane By Derin
  • Femake Makeup Artist Of The Year – Oluchi Onuigbo
  • Female Stylist Of The Year – Jane Michael Ekanem
  • Female Accessory Designer Of The Year – Femi Olayebi, Femi Handbags
  • Female Movie Producer Of The Year – Omoni Oboli For Wives On Strike
  • Actress Of The Year, Big Screen – Somkele Idhalama For 93 Days
  • Tv Actress Of The Year – Okawa Shaznay For Delilah
  • Female Music Artist Of The Year – Tiwa Savage, Red
  • Female Youtuber Of The Year – Lola Oj, Beauty Undercover
  • Female On Air Personality Of The Year – Mayowa Ekpo, Wazobia Fm
  • Female Tv Presenter Of The Year – Olive Emodi And Ayo Thompson, Wazobia Max
  • Female Upcoming Music Artist Of The Year – Sunkanmi
  • Ladies Who Inspire Award For Humanitarian Services – Dr Nneka Nwobi, Founder Children Living With Cancer Foundation
  • Ladies Who Inspire Award For Trailblazer– Latasha Ngwube,  About That Curvy Life
  • Ladies Who Inspire Award For Lady In The Oil And Gas Sector– Damilola Owolabi

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SSANU Ask FG To Suspend FUNAAB VC Over Alleged N800m Fraud

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The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) have asked the Federal Government to suspend three principal officers of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, over alleged N800 million fraud.

The chairman of the Lagos State University(LASU) chapter of SSANU, Mr Saheed Oseni, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday. He said that the suspension was necessary as the three men, FUNAAB Pro-Chancellor Sen. Adeseye Ogunlewe, FUNAAB Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oluwole, and FUNAAB Bursar, Mr Moses Ilesanmi were under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) for alleged corruption.

The EFCC arraigned the trio before an Ogun State High Court in Abeokuta on November 25, Justice O.O Majekodunmi oversaw the case which was based on a petition by some university workers. The three men are facing an 18-count charge of alleged stealing, abuse of office and fraudulent conversion of university’s properties to personal use.

Mr Oseni said “At the moment, the trio must step aside so that investigation will not be tampered with and the government is in the best position to take the action,’’ . He also urged the Federal Government to immediately reinstate members of SSANU in FUNAAB who were unjustly sacked by the governing council for writing the petition to the EFCC. Adding that since the officials were being prosecuted based on the petition, the sacked workers should be recalled without further delay.‎

According to him, their sack was questionable, faulty and did not follow due process. “The staff were not issued query nor asked to appear before staff disciplinary committee and the governing council did not investigate the allegations against the VC before sacking them. We are happy that the EFCC charged the pro-chancellor, VC and bursar to court for corruption. It shows that our members who wrote the petition were right and victimised by the governing council and the VC,’’ he said.

Mr Oseni advised the EFCC to always protect whistle blowers so that workers in the establishment would not be reluctant to expose corrupt practices for fear of victimisation.

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MUSIC: Symun – Hey Baby (prod. E-Kelly)

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Off the soon to be released “Chronicles of Love,” fast-rising singer, Symun opens the lid to serenade with this amazing rhythm and blues tune dubbed “Hey Baby”.

Produced by E-Kelly, the joint “Hey Baby” is a cruise for lovers of good music; most especially “Rhythm and Blues”.

With this one, Symun profiles himself as the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air RnB.

Check on it below.


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BREAKING: NCC Bows To Pressure, Suspends Data Price Hike [Read Full Statement]

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Following pressures that have continued to ensue, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Wednesday announced the immediate suspension of the new minimum pricing template for data services by mobile operators.

The new rate, which would have led to price increase in data for some Nigerians, was scheduled to take effect from December 1.

READ ALSO: Just In: Senate Orders NCC To Halt Planned Data Price Hike

However, the Commission stated that the decision to suspend the hike is to allow for further consultation.

The decision is coming barely hours after the Senate ordered a stop to the planned increase.

Read press release below:

NCC suspends directive on data segment price floor

Following the concerns that visited the directive to introduce price floor for data segment of the telecommunications sector beginning from December 1, 2016, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has suspended any further action in that direction.

The decision to suspend this directive was taken after due consultation with industry stakeholders and the general complaints by Consumers across the country.

The Commission has weighed all of this and consequently asked all operators to maintain the status quo until the conclusion of study to determine retail prices for broadband and data services in Nigeria.

Recall that the Commission wrote to the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) on November 1, 2016 on the determination of an interim price floor for data services after the stakeholder’s consultative meeting of October 19, 2016.

The decision to have a price floor was primarily to promote a level playing field for all operators in the industry, encourage small operators and new entrants.

The price floor in 2014 was N3.11k/MB but was removed in 2015. The price floor that was supposed to flag off on December 1, 2016 was N0.90k/MB.

In taking that decision, the smaller operators were exempted from the new price regime, by virtue of their small market share. The decision on the price floor was taken in order to protect the consumers who are at the receiving end and save the smaller operators from predatory services that are likely to suffocate them and push them into extinction.

The price floor is not an increase in price but a regulatory safeguard put in place by the telecommunications regulator to check anti-competitive practices by dominant operators.

This statement clarifies the insinuation in some quarters that the regulator has fixed prices for data services. This is not true because the NCC does not fix prices but provides regulatory guidelines to protect the consumers, deepen investments and safeguard the industry from imminent collapse.

Before the new suspended price floor of N0.90k/MB, the industry average for dominant operators including MTN Nigeria Communications Limited, EMTS Limited (Etisalat) and Airtel Nigeria Limited was N0.53k/MB.

Etisalat offered (N0.94k/MB), Airtel (N0.52k/MB), MTN (N0.45k/MB) and Globacom (N0.21k/MB).

The smaller operators/ new entrants charge the following: Smile Communications N0.84k/MB, Spectranet N0.58k/MB and NATCOMS (NTEL) N0.72k/MB.

The NCC as a responsive agency of government takes into consideration the feelings of the consumers and so decided to suspend the new price floor.

Signed

Tony Ojobo

Director, Public Affairs

NCC

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Stowaway Found Dead On Arik Air Plane

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The lifeless body of a stowaway was found was found in the wheel well of an Arik Air plane after it landed in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Plane had departed the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos at 3:55pm on Tuesday and landed at the Oliver Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg just before 11pm. The body was found on Wednesday in the wheel wall by engineers of South African Airways facility during a routine inspection.

“The lifeless body of a stowaway was on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 found in the main wheel well of one of Arik Air’s A330-200 aircraft,” Arik Air spokesman Adebanji Ola said in a statement. “Investigations are ongoing to determine how the stowaway found his way into the aircraft’s main wheel well.”

 

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Three Women To Make History As The First Nigerians To Participate In The Winter Olympic Games

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Earlier this year, the Nigerian Paralympics team made the country proud at the Paralympics and now three women are planning to do one better and make history.

Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga, three Nigerian women based in the United States are the three members of a Bobsled team who plan to make history as being the first Nigerians participating in the Winter Olympic Games in 2018. African countries rarely participate in the Winter Olympic Games due to the weather conditions. Only three African countries have previously participated in the games, Ghana, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

The Nigerian bobsled team have started a GoFundMe campaign in order to raise the funds for their Olympic dream as well as drum up awareness between now and 2018.

Seun Adigun, who refers to the project as her ‘gift to Nigeria’, said: “The success of this bobsled team will positively affect millions of people all over the world and will represent monumental international advancements in social, athletic, and economic statuses. Together, we can demonstrate that nothing is impossible with a little faith, support and willingness to persevere.”

Women

Seun Adigun

 

Between now and the 2018 Winter Games, the team needs to raise $150,000 to successfully execute their historic run. The money would be used to fund the following:

  • A bobsled for practice and competition
  • Sled Runners (blades on the base)
  • Tools for the sled
  • Ice time for practice
  • Cost of shipping the sled to different tracks
  • Transportation, lodging, travel expenses
  • Winter gear, including shoes, jackets, spikes, and travel bags
  • Team competition gear – helmets, uniforms, practice gear e.t.c
  • Athlete insurance
  • Miscellaneous (registration and membership fees)

 

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UNAIDS: 60,000 Nigerian Babies Are Born With HIV Yearly

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The United Nations AIDS Agency has revealed that an estimated 60,000 babies are born with HIV every year in Nigeria.

READ ALSO: Biggest HIV Vaccine Trial To Commence In South Africa

In a report titled ‘Progress Report in the Global Plan’, the agency averred that the figure was the highest for any country in the world.

Nine-year-old boy takes his antiretroviral (ARV) pills at Nkosi's Haven, south of Johannesburg, South Africa [Reuters]
Nine-year-old boy takes his antiretroviral (ARV) pills at Nkosi’s Haven, south of Johannesburg, South Africa [Reuters]

The report, which was made available to The Punch, identified mother-to-child transmission as the major means in which these babies were being infected with the viral disease.

The report read: “Nigeria has the largest number of children acquiring HIV infection – nearly 60, 000, a number that has remained largely unchanged since 2009. Without urgent action in Nigeria, the global target is unlikely to be reached.

“Nigeria accounts for one-third of all new HIV infections among children in the world, the largest from any country. Progress here is therefore critical to eliminating new HIV infections among children globally.

“Nearly all indicators assessed show stagnation and suggest that the country is facing significant hurdles.”

In confirmation, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS had in one of their statistics identified that about 3.2 out of the 34 million people living with the virus in the world are Nigerians.

The survey showed that Nigeria accounted for 10 per cent of the global burden of HIV/AIDS.

READ ALSO: ‘N6’: Scientists Identify Potent Antibody That Neutralizes 98% Of HIV Strains

Lending his voice in corroboration, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, while confirming that Nigeria had the highest number of children acquiring the infection, said the figures could only be reduced if more Nigerians, especially knew their HIV status.

Speaking at meeting of stakeholders in Lagos, the minister also said it was needful to increase funding so that more HIV patients could be placed on antiretroviral medication.

He said, “With the new guidelines, about 500,000 people need to be on treatment and we don’t have the resources. So we chose 100,000. However, we will be meeting with officials from UNAIDS to get more funding. Most importantly, we want Nigerians to know their HIV status.

“This will reduce transmission from mother to child because Nigeria is the highest contributor of paediatric  HIV in the world and this cannot continue.”

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Just In: Senate Orders NCC To Halt Planned Data Price Hike

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Senate now resolves to halt the new tariff approval.

The Senate on Wednesday ordered the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to immediately halt the planned data tariff hike.

According to the Upper Chamber, before any such hike could be announced all parties should be consulted.

It would be recalled, subscribers of the Global System of Mobile telecommunications across Nigeria were told that as from December 1, 2016, they would pay more for data.

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King Sunny Ade Donates Memorabilia To Hard Rock’s World-Famous Collection

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GRAMMY Award-nominated artist and veteran Juju music maestro, King Sunny Ade will be joining Hard Rock history as the first Nigerian musician to donate several pieces from his personal reserve to Hard Rock’s world-famous memorabilia collection.

Mark Redguard, Head of Entertainment, The Temple Management Company indicated “King Sunny Ade will make an appearance at Hard Rock Cafe Lagos on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at 12 p.m. to reveal a donated vintage Fender Guitar, album cover, and other personal items to celebrate his partnership with Hard Rock International”.

King Sunny Ade To Be Inducted Into Hard Rock Cafe Lagos Music Memorabilia Collection

King Sunny Ade To Be Inducted Into Hard Rock Cafe Lagos Music Memorabilia Collection

“I’m honored to be the first Nigerian musician to donate personal items to Hard Rock’s world-famous collection and to be showcased alongside other legendary artists,” said King Sunny Ade.

“Hard Rock embraces all genres of music, and I’m thrilled to help represent Juju music and inspire others around the globe.”

King Sunny Ade’s donated personal items will join more than 81,000 pieces of music memorabilia that Hard Rock has acquired over its 45-year history.

Other iconic pieces include Madonna’s wedding dress from “Like a Virgin,” John Lennon’s wireframe tinted glasses, Jim Morrison’s famous brown leather pants, and much more.

The first-of-its-kind donation was brokered by leading talent agency and event management company, Temple Management Company, who are also putting together the highly-publicized grand concert for King Sunny Ade tagged “Sunny On Sunday” scheduled for Sunday, December 11, 2016, at Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos.

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King Sunny Ade To Be Inducted Into Hard Rock Cafe Lagos Music Memorabilia Collection Today

Hard Rock Cafe To Honor King Sunny Ade

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APC Suspends Senator Sani Indefinitely

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Senator Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna central senatorial district, has been suspended indefinitely from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Sani, who doubles as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, had his suspension announced in a letter addressed to him, a copy of which was made available to reporters in Kaduna on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

READ ALSO: APC Suspends Senator Sani For Picking Holes In El-Rufai’s Policies | Sani Reacts

The letter was signed by the Secretary of the APC in his Ward 6, Tudun Wada ward, Kaduna, Mallam Awal Abdulhamid Garba.

The letter read, “As you are aware, your suspension from the party for a period of eleven months elapsed today, being November 29, 2016.

“The suspension which was in line with the constitution of our great party, was to enable you to defend yourself against illegalities committed by you against the party as well as breach of its constitution.

“We expected the period of your suspension to give you the grace of being remorseful, but you rather choose to play otherwise, and this made our party to be vulnerable to disunity, disharmony and further shattering the existing peace mechanism within our ward and the state at large.

“Therefore, in consideration of the constitutional provisions as contained in Article 21 (A) i, ii, iii, v, vi, and vii of the constitution of the APC, you are hereby suspended indefinitely from active participation of APC activities.

“This is in conformity with article 21 (D) i-(F) which provides punishment for any erring member of the party.

“With this letter, you are hereby warned to abide by the party’s decision.”

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Nigeria To Begin Exportation Of Rice In 2017 – CBN

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has stated that following the ‘huge’ success of its agricultural financing, the country would begin the exportation of rice in 2017.

This assertion was made on Tuesday by the Apex Bank’s Acting Director, Corporate Communication, Mr. Isaac Okoroafor, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, while sensitizing farmers on how to adopt the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP).

READ ALSO: FG Okays Ban On Foreign Rice In Ebonyi

The target was jointly set by the Anchor Borrowers Programme of the CBN and the Presidential Committee on Rice Production – which was launched in July.

In the theme of the workshop entitled: “Promoting Stability and Economic Development,” Mr Okoroafor stated that the price of rice has started to fall in Ebonyi and other states to N8, 000.

He stated that farmers in Kebbi, Jigawa, Ebonyi, Sokoto and Cross River states, among others, have already keyed into the programme, resulting in massive rice cultivation.

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He predicted that the country will achieve self-sustenance in rice production if the momentum is sustained, adding that the country should commence exportation of locally produced rice by 2017.

Okorafor said Kebbi State had already harvested one million tons of rice, adding that Ebonyi’s harvest had outstripped the earmarked production for the year.

He said: “The development is encouraging and by the end of 2017, we will not only meet our national demand which is between six and seven million tons but have surplus to export.

We must rid ourselves of eating foreign rice that has been stored for over nine years in Thailand, Vietnam and India. Nigerian rice is fresh and healthier.

We should eat Nigerian rice provided for by the CBN Anchor Programme;  50 Kg of local rice is now N8, 000 in Ebonyi. Already, the Abia Government has ordered rice from Ebonyi for Christmas.

What we have done with this programme so far is to create jobs through farming, especially for the unemployed youths.

Nigerian youths must wake up, dust themselves up and join this worthy campaign. Remember that the status of our farmers is now better due to the support they are receiving as a result of government’s policy.

Our currency is weak because we engaged in needless importation of all kinds of food stuffs, including tooth picks; the government is determined to stop this.’’

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King Sunny Ade To Be Inducted Into Hard Rock Cafe Lagos Music Memorabilia Collection Today

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Veteran Juju music maestro, King Sunny Ade will officially become the first Nigerian to join the Hard Rock Cafe Lagos Music Memorabilia Collection on Wednesday, November 30th at an induction ceremony in Lagos.

Scheduled to hold at Hard Rock Cafe, Oniru, KSA as Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye is fondly called will donate rare items from his collections including a vintage Fender Guitar, shoes and album cover.

Hard Rock Cafe To Honor King Sunny Ade

The first-of-its-kind donation was brokered by leading talent agency and event management company, Temple Management Company who are also putting together the highly-publicised grand concert for King Sunny Ade tagged Sunny On Sunday scheduled for December 11th at Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.

King Sunny Ade To Be Inducted Into Hard Rock Cafe Lagos Music Memorabilia Collection

King Sunny Ade To Be Inducted Into Hard Rock Cafe Lagos Music Memorabilia Collection

To commemorate the induction, Chivas will present King Sunny Ade with a Chivas Regal 25 Year Original Blended Whisky; and create a signature drink for KSA, which will debut, and be served as cocktails at the induction.

Temple Management Company’s Head of Entertainment, Mark Redguard said, “With the induction, King Sunny Ade will now rank among other Hard Rock world greats whose music paraphernalia dots the walls of the franchise business across the world.”

Other greats who are on the Hard Rock showcase include, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Brian Wilson and Elton John among others.

After he first encountered music at the age of 12 in 1958 at Osogbo, Osun State, KSA has risen to global recognition with two Grammy-Award nominations and three Hollywood movie features and hundreds of recordings, which includes international collaborations.

Date: 30th November 2016

Time: 11:00am

Venue: Hard Rock Cafe, Water Corporation Road, Landmark Village, Oniru, Lagos

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Porzingis On Whether Knicks Are His Team Or Melo’s – “Doesn’t Really Matter”

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There’s much talk over whose team the New York Knicks are, whether Kristaps Porzingis or Carmelo Anthony.

The debate has gone as far as suggesting Anthony takes a back seat and let the young big man take over.

The debate is not alien to the young center, but he is not putting much stock into it, as long as the Knicks keep winning.

“I don’t really react to it,” Porzingis said Tuesday. “That’s not something I’m worried about. I read social media and Twitter and all that. But a lot of that is just in and out. And I don’t really pay attention to it. It doesn’t really matter. All that really matters is [to] win games. And as long as we’re winning it’s not going to be a debate about whose team is it or whatever. So that’s the main focus.”

Porzingis has said that Anthony helps his production on the court. And the numbers thus far this season back that up.

The Knicks (8-9) have been carried by Anthony at times this season and by Porzingis in other stretches.

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Mayweather Responds To Those Predicting His Return To The Ring – “The

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Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather has responded to talks linking him with a return to the ring in ridiculing fashion, insisting he is happily retired.

The American boxer retired in September 2015, with a perfect 49-0 record after claiming world titles in five different weight classes and commanded purses of up to $100m in his 19-year career.

Rumours of rematch against Pacquiao were laughed off by Mayweather, while UFC superstar Conor McGregor continues to call out Money.

Now Mayweather has responded to the speculation in typically brash fashion, posting a picture of the $100m cheque he earned by taking on and beating Pacquiao last year.

A message written alongside read: “Gotta love these backseat drivers so worried about another man’s legacy instead of trying to write their own. Ultimately, I will always have the last laugh.

“This is just one of my many checks, a cool $100,000,000.00 that I still have every dime of. Y’all still have to work however, I’m happily retired. At the end of the day, it’s them Benjamin Franklins that matter to me, so the joke’s on you.

“I’ve made smart investments, sorry for those who thought that I couldn’t read, write, or count. Y’all call them watches, I call them time pieces. Y’all call them boats, I call them yachts. Y’all call them houses, I call them mansions. Y’all charter jets and we own jets.”

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Lucas Found It Hard To Focus After Chapecoense Tragedy

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They won’t be forgotten and Lucas Leiva will hold them in his hearts forever, as he admits he found it hard to focus after the crash that claimed the lives of Chapecoense team and staff.

Tributes Roll In From The Football Community For Chapecoense

At least 70 people lost their lives in the tragic Monday incident, when a chartered plane carrying Chapecoense players and staff to the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final against Nacional in Medellin, Colombia.

And Lucas who captained Liverpool to a 2-0 win over Leeds in the quarterfinals of the EFL cup, admits it was hard to focus due to the fact that he knew a few of the players who died.

“It was a terrible accident. I have a few people that I played with [on the flight], some young players,” Lucas told Sky Sports, having led his team in a minute’s silence before the match.

“It was very hard for me to play tonight because I know a lot of people there.

“We just hope that the families have the support that they need and the victims rest in peace.”

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Mike Conley, Grizzlies PG To Miss Six Weeks

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The Memphis Grizzlies will have to do without star PG, Mike Conley for an extended period of time with transverse fractures in the vertebrae of his lower back.

The Grizzlies expect the point guard to miss the next six weeks of action, and will be reevaluated in four weeks. The team said, the injury is expected to resolve itself with rest.

Conley took to Twitter to express his optimism and a hope for early return.

I appreciate all the love and support. God has a plan and my conviction will not waiver! #builtforadversity #backbeforeyouknowit – @mconley11

He sustained the injury in the third quarter of Monday’s loss to the Charlotte Hornets.

He is averaging a career-high 19.2 points to go with 5.7 assists per game, leading the injury-riddled Grizzlies to an 11-7 record.

The Grizzlies are now missing Chandler Parsons (knee), Zach Randolph (personal leave), James Ennis (calf) and Brandan Wright (ankle).

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Klopp To Liverpool Fans On Woodburn: “Don’t Get Too Excited”

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Liverpool advanced to the next stage of the EFL cup after a 2-0 win over Leeds, and Ben Woodburn got on the score sheet, making him the youngest player to ever score for the Reds.

However, Jurgen Klopp has warned the media and the fans not to get overexcited about the youngster, who came on as a substitute to seal the win and displace Michael Owen in the club’s history books.

The youngsters that featured in the cup tie had a profitable night, with Trent Alexander-Arnold performing well at right-back, before providing the assist for Origi’s opener in the 76th minute.

“We know what Ben is capable of and what he is already able to do,” Klopp said.

“My first job is to help these boys so that they can be the best – in this case, Ben Woodburn.

“There’s a lot of things to do, especially to keep the public away as long as possible.

“That’s quite a difficult thing to do. But on the other hand, we only bring him in because we want to use him.

“So that means when he’s on the pitch he’s absolutely allowed to score goals, to prepare situations, to make crosses – how Trent did, for example.

“So, all good. I’m really happy for him. The only problem is I’m a little bit afraid about you [the media].

“That’s why I’m so quiet on this. Think and do what you want, but don’t write anything – only ‘Goalscorer, Ben Woodburn.’ Done. Quite a challenge!”

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Brotherhood: Top Brazil Serie A Clubs Offer Free Loan Deals To Chapecoense

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Synonymous to the gesture made by Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in the wake of the Busby Babes tragedy, top clubs in Brazil have offered to loan players to Chapecoense for free following the tragedy that has rocked the club.

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At least 70 persons lost their lives in the tragic air incident, after a flight carrying members of the first team and some journalists crashed in Colombia.

Brasileirao clubs, including Corinthians, Santos and newly crowned champions Palmeiras, published a statement of solidarity on Tuesday in which they offered to provide players to Chape and called for them to be made exempt from relegation for the next three seasons.

“Though we are aware of the irreparable damage caused by this terrible event, the clubs understand that now is the moment for unity, support and assistance for Chapecoense,” the statement read.

“In this regard, the clubs announce solidarity measures towards Chapecoense, which will consist of, among other things:

“(I) Free loan players for the 2017 season;

“(II) A formal request to the Brazilian Football Confederation for Chapecoense not to be subject to relegation to Serie B of the Brazilian championship for the next three seasons. If Chapecoense finish the championship in the bottom four, the team in 16th place would be relegated.

“This is the minimum gesture of solidarity that is at our disposal at present, but it is endowed with the most sincere objective of reconstructing this institution of Brazilian football, which has been lost.”

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