Manchester City Are Close To Signing Dani Alves

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It is reported that Manchester City are closing in on signing Juventus defender, Dani Alves this summer.

City are looking to buy defenders and Dani Alves joined the list of four names, wanted by the club.

Other targets for City are Benjamin Mendy of Monaco and Kyle Walker of Tottenham , both of who play left-back and right-back.

However, City are yet to agree terms with Monaco and Tottenham, but are somewhat close to a deal with Juventus.

The Serie A club is asking for a nominal fee for the former Barcelona and Brazil international.

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Roma Expect An Improved Bid For Salah From Liverpool

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Reports have it Roma are expecting Liverpool to come back with an improved bid for Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool already made a £24 million bid for Salah, which they had rejected, but they are still maintaining dialogue with Roma.

Even though the 24-year-old has agreed terms with the English club, Roma are still waiting for terms to be agreed, before signing off on the sale.

He was a regular starter as Roma finished runners-up to Juventus last season, scoring 15 goals in 31 league appearances.

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Timothy Weah Signs Professional Contract With PSG

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Timothy Weah, son of George Weah, has rejected the likes of Chelsea and AC Milan to turn professional at PSG.

The 17-year-old is going to turn pro, with the club he joined 2014. Negotiations have been ongoing and an agreement has been reached, despite interest from elsewhere.

Weah has been courted by Chelsea and AC Milan, with a couple of French clubs, Lille and Monaco also wanting him.

However, PSG have avoided selling the forward, who has signed a three-year contract at the Parc des Princes.

He represented the States at the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship earlier this year and is expected to be part of their squad at the Under-17 World Cup in India in October.

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Nigeria Bans Smoking In Public Places | Offenders Liable To N50,000 Fine Or 6-Month Imprisonment

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Nigerian Government Bans Smoking In Public Places | Offenders Liable To N50,000 Fine Or 6-Month Imprisonment

The Federal Government, through the office of the Ministry of Health, has launched a campaign to ban smoking in public places including motor parks, shopping malls and health care centres.

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The Health Ministry, in a communiqué, said according to Section 9 of the Nigeria Tobacco Control Act 2015, once convicted, offenders are liable to a fine of at least N50, 000 and/or six months’ imprisonment.

Tagged the Clean Air Campaign, the ministry said the law would henceforth be taken seriously in a bid to protect and promote the citizens’ right to health, life, physical integrity and safety, The Punch reports.

The communiqué read, “The World Health Organisation estimates that worldwide, second-hand tobacco smoke is currently responsible for the deaths of about 600,000 people yearly, 80 per cent of which occur in low-income and middle-income countries like Nigeria.

“Smoking in public places is now banned in Nigeria. Section 9 of the Nigeria Tobacco Control Act 2015 stipulates that offenders, once convicted, are liable to a fine of not less than N50,000 or not less than six months’ imprisonment, or both.

“Public places where smoking is prohibited by law in Nigeria include: child care facilities, educational facilities, health care facilities, playgrounds/amusement parks, public parks (gardens), stadia, restaurants/bars, public transportation parks and plazas.

“The Federal Ministry of Health is committed to the fight to ensure a tobacco-free Nigeria, and will in the weeks and months ahead actively collaborate with law enforcement agencies to ensure enforcement of the Act, and with the National Assembly to ensure that necessary supporting regulation is passed.”

To carry out the campaign successfully, the ministry also said it was being supported by the Cancer Society of Nigeria, World Health Organisation, ONE Campaign, Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, Civil Society Organisations and the Tobacco Free Kids based in Washington DC, United States.

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Santos Backs Ronaldo Amidst Tax Evasion Accusations

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Portugal coach Fernando Santos, says he totally trusts Cristiano Ronaldo as a man and a player, as he is accused of tax evasion in Madrid.

Prosecutors in Madrid have filed a complaint against the Portuguese star of tax evasion totalling €14.7 million.

Santos has launched a passionate defence of his star striker, insisting Ronaldo’s character should not be questioned.

“I’ve known him for many years,” he told a news conference ahead of Portugal’s Confederations Cup opener against Mexico in Kazan.

“I was his last coach in Portugal when he was 18 years old. I can put my hands on the fire for his character and integrity, as a man and an athlete. That’s my clear statement. I trust him 100 per cent as an athlete and as a man.”

Santos was pressed on the subject further but preferred to focus on on-field matters, adding: “I’m sure you want to ask the same questions but I will answer no more questions about Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I have a pact with my players, I have a great relationship with each of them. We’ve laid down that everything to do with their personal relationships is done outside the team.

“When we’re focused on a tournament, all those other issues, we don’t pay attention to.

“So you have to pay attention to what the sources are for this information. I never heard about some of the news being spread. Either I am deaf, and I’m not, everyone knows I’m a great listener, or you have to be careful about where this news comes from.

“Cristiano supports every single player in the team and we have a great relationship. There are no individuals. Each player supports the other.”

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Marcel Keizer Appointed As New Ajax Manager

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Ajax has appointed Marcel Keizer as their new manager, following the exit of Peter Bosz from the team.

Keizer was in charge of the reserve team at Ajax, and has now been trusted with the senior team.

The former Cambuur coach signed a two-year deal with the Amsterdam side with an option for a third.

“The conversations we had were really positive and I also feel trust from the club,” Keizer told Ajax’s official website.

“I was setting out to lead Jong Ajax to another good season in the Jupiler League, but in football things can suddenly change. This is obviously a very good opportunity that I will grab with both hands.”

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Arsenal Should Sign Top Class Players

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John Hartson has told Arsenal they must match Manchester United, by signing top class players to challenge for trophies.

United managed to sign star players, without playing in the UCL and it paid off, as they qualified for the competition next season.

Hartson would very much like to see Arsenal do such, as they could only finish fifth last season.

“Their priority this summer is to be in for big players,” the former Gunners striker told Sky Sports.

“It’s difficult attracting big names, the biggest names in football when you’ve not got Champions League of course.

“But Manchester United were able to attract them when they didn’t have Champions League. They brought in the likes of Ibrahimoivc, Mkhitaryan, one or two others.

“It’s going to be difficult keeping hold of [Alexis] Sanchez but I think from Arsene Wenger’s point of view, I’ve not really got a problem with Arsene Wenger staying on as Arsenal manager.

“He is a terrific manager, a brilliant man, I was fortunate to have worked with Arsene Wenger during my time at Arsenal.

“But I really want to see him in for the big names that become available in the world of football, I mean the real top, top class players.

“That’s what Arsenal need to challenge and challenge for title honours, of course they just won the FA Cup.

“I just feel that they need to go in for the big, big players which become available just to make them competitive next season in terms of challenging for the title, because that is what the supporters want.”

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Juventus Rejects Chelsea’s Bid For Sandro

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Juventus managing director, Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed the club has rejected a bid from Chelsea for Alex Sandro.

Antonio Conte won the league with Chelsea last season, and is looking to strengthen his squad for next season.

However, Chelsea are yet to sign any player, with their bid for Sandro getting rejected, not the only bid they’ve had rejected.

“Our desire is to not sell any of our most important players,” Marotta told Corriere dello Sport.

“We said no to a very good offer from Chelsea for Alex Sandro.

“But we know that we are competing with clubs that are in a position to offer wages that are not rational for us. And players are always their own boss.

“I do not know how Alex Sandro reacted.”

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INEC Issues Certificates To 5 Newly-Registered Political Parties

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued certificates of registration to the five newly-registered political parties in the country.

The parties are Action Democratic Party (ADP), All Democratic People’s Movement (ADPM), Advanced People’s Democratic Alliance (APDA), New Generation Party of Nigeria (NGP) and the Young Progressive Party (YPP).

INEC Registers APDA, Four Other New Political Parties

During the presentation of the certificates to the parties on Friday in Abuja, INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, urged them not to consider their registration as an end in itself.

He further said the registration should be seen as opportunity for the political parties to exercise their critical roles in the best interest of growing the country’s democracy.

“As you are aware, political parties are at the heart of our democracy. Under the Constitution, no Nigerian can contest an election conducted by lNEC unless he/she is sponsored by a political party.

“Similarly, under the Constitution, you are registered to operate as national political parties.

“As such, you should remain committed to the politics of principles and development of the entire nation as articulated in your party constitutions and manifestos which you submitted along with your applications for registration.

“You must eschew the politics of division, bitterness, mud-slinging and hatred.

“You must also be inclusive in all your activities by giving opportunity to all citizens, especially disadvantaged groups such as women, youths and persons with disabilities,” Mr. Yakubu said.

He assured the new parties would enjoy equal rights and privileges of recognised political parties under the Constitution, the Electoral Act as well as INEC’s regulations and guidelines.

“At sometime, the commission will continue to strictly monitor the activities of all political parties and will not hesitate to apply sanctions against any violation of the law governing the terms and conditions of your registration.

“I wish to remind all political parties that the law also provides for de-registration of parties. We shall vigorously apply this aspect of the law as the need arises,’’ he said.

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N-Power Jobs: Nigeria Announces Plans To Recruit Another 300,000 Youths

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The Federal Government has announced that it is set to recruit 300,000 youths in the second batch of its N-Power social intervention and job creation programme.

The announcement was made on Friday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in Isanlu-Isin community near Omu-Aran town in Kwara State.

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Mr. Mohammed said the Federal Government would “reopen the N-POWER portal by next week to commence the process for the recruitment”.

The minister further urged the youths to take advantage of the recruitment exercise by completing the application process on line, adding than 200,000 people benefitted from the first batch of the programme.

He said at least 27,000 people had benefited from the Conditional Cash Transfer programme, while government had given 7,000 interest free loans to market men and women across the country.

The minister said the home grown school feeding programme of government had covered over 1.2 million pupils and that Kwara State would be on the team of the social intervention programme in September.

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It is understood that the minister was in Isanlu-Isin to explore ways to develop the road leading to Owu Water Fall, located near the community.

The Water Fall, which is 120 metres above sea level, is credited to be the highest and most spectacular natural water fall in West Africa and a significant symbol of nature.

The minister recalled that he visited the Owu water fall in February, where he advocated Public-Private-Partnership for its development.

He said he was glad to hear that efforts had been made as far back as 2009 to develop the road leading to the fall.

Mr. Mohammed urged the community leader to make available to him documents relating to the contract to enable him move for quick execution of the project.

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Nigerian Navy Announces Date For Commencement Of 2017 Recruitment | And Basic Requirements

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The Nigerian Navy on Friday announced the commencement of its online registration for the 2017 recruitment exercise from July 1 to July 31.

“The Nigerian Navy wishes to inform the general public and all interested candidates that the online registration for the 2017 recruitment exercise will commence on July 1 and closes on July 31,” said a statement issued on Friday by the Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas via the Navy Secretary.

Premium Times quoted the naval chief as saying that the 2017 recruitment exercise is free of charge for applicants, and that interested candidates are to apply online via www.joinnigeriannavvy.com.

Mr Ibas, in the statement, urged applicants to apply once, adding that multiple online application will lead to disqualification of candidate.

“On submission, applicants are to print out the completed application form which must include; declaration and certification by parents/guardian, Local government area certificate form, Police certification form and guarantor form,” he said.

Mr. Ibas also said the recruitment exercise will commence with an aptitude test and screening of certificates of candidates at designated centres for various States across the country on October 7.

“You are advised to carefully read the instruction page on the website or call support line 08159999011 from 9am to 4pm on working days,” the notice said.

“Candidates are further advised in their own interest not to give any form of gratification or inducement to any person or group of persons to assist them on the recruitment exercise,” he added.

Basic Requirements for 2017 Exercise

Applicants Must:

  1. Possess a minimum of five credits in not more than 2 sittings in WASCE/SSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB (English and Mathematics inclusive)
  2. Candidates must be between 18-22 years old for O/level applicants while 24-26 are acceptable limits for those with ND, NCE, Nurses and Motor Transport Department, MTD respectively.
  3. Applicants must be single and of Nigerian origin by birth.
  4. Required height of 1.7m for male and 1.67m for female applicants

Meanwhile, 360nobs had reported – two days ago – that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has closed application for the Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC).

The information was made known on a day the Navy alerted Nigerians on the activities of fraudsters currently operating fake online recruitment sites.

Recall, NAF had said “online registration starts on 18th May, 2017 and closes on 15th June, 2017.”

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290,000 Nigerians Apply For N-Power Jobs In 3 Days | Register Here

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No less than 290,000 Nigerians have visited the N-power portal to apply for jobs on Friday, just three days after the portal was opened, a presidential aide said.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation, Afolabi Imoukhuede, made this known during an interactive session with the first batch of the scheme’s beneficiaries in Edo at the Urhokpota Hall, Benin City.

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According to him, 200,000 graduates are already participating in the scheme while the next batch of 300,000 will be engaged from the new applicants.

“The recruitment portal opened on Wednesday and 290,000 applications have entered as at this morning.

“The next recruitment will be very competitive.

“If we do validation of data and any applicant fails at the point of recruitment he or she has lost the chance,” he said.

Imoukhuede expressed displeasure with the wave of wrong data fed into the portal by graduate applicants and said such problems were discouraging.

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He told the volunteers that while the scheme was making efforts to assist them to validate their entries it would not do same for the next batch of recruits.

“The Federal Government is spending N6 billion on stipends to current beneficiaries every month and the amount is not a child’s play.

“It is a lifeline to lift you out of unemployment and out of poverty.

“This is a serious business to reduce unemployment and you have to maximize this chance,” he advised the youth.

The SSA advised applicants to file their applications by themselves and ensure that the information asked for in the application is correct and verifiable.

He acknowledged the challenges encountered by volunteers in the scheme which were largely caused by them and called on the new applicants to ensure that they did not make same mistakes.

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Mr. Imoukhuede also said that many of the applicants residing in the rural areas stood better chance of being recruited as emphasis would be on residence of the applicants to curb rural-urban migration.

“We do not encourage state re-deployment because the scheme is unlike the National Youth Service Corps.

“Anyone who is not ready to do volunteer job in his state of domicile should not bother to apply,” he added.

NAN reports that the presidential aide announced that deployment of the non-graduate applicants successful from the screening of applications received in 2016 would be done in batches from July/August 2017.

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Nigerian Govt Reacts As South African Communities Give Nigerians Quit Notice

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The Nigerian mission in South Africa on Friday said it had waded into issues surrounding the alleged quit order given to Nigerians by two communities in that country.

Martin Cobham, Nigeria’s Acting High Commissioner in South Africa, told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone from Pretoria that the mission was on top of the situation.

NAN reports that the Nigeria Union in South Africa had accused two communities in that country of ordering Nigerians residing within their territories to vacate.

Nigeria’s Acting High Commissioner in South Africa said that he had engaged in processes to nip in the bud whatever crisis or situation that could affect the welfare of Nigerians living in South Africa.

“I engaged the union leader who has given me the graphic details of what happened.

“In view of that I have engaged with the authorities here to bring in the community, the police and the Nigerians living there for a meeting so as to prevent any mayhem.

“On Monday, I am going to dispatch our officials to the Northern Cape Province to engage in a meeting with the local police and the community for a tripartite meeting,” he said.

The High Commissioner said that he would also meet with the authority to ensure that instruction was given to the police not to allow any outbreak of violence.

“All we are trying to ensure is to nip in the bud any breakdown of law and order or anything that could lead to violence.

“So, we in the embassy are on top of the situation. And I am engaging the union leader and my office is equally engaging the South African Foreign Ministry on the issue.

“So, I believe with this measure we will be able to contain all these excesses,” he said.

The President of the union, Ikechukwu Anyene, had alleged that the Kuruman community in Northern Cape Province also gave Nigerians till Friday, June 16 to leave.

Mr. Anyene also said that the Klaafontein community, Extension 5, Johannesburg, directed landlords not to renew the rent of Nigerians in the community.

He said that the grievance of the South Africans was that Nigerians were responsible for some social vices such as illicit drug trade and prostitution.

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