Sevilla stun Barca in Copa del rey

With on-loan signing Kevin Prince-Boateng given a debut, Barca were slow off the starting blocks inside the opening stages of the match.

Past the 30-minute mark, neither side had launched any insightful openings but the hosts debunked this quickly.
Talisman Wissam Ben-Yadder caused commotion after dancing around a few defenders, but he curled the final delivery off target on 36 minutes.

Malcom went close to his second goal in Barca’s colours, but missed from a good position after rounding Juan Soriano four minutes before the interval.
It was the turn of the hosts to cause havoc as the second half took off, and Ibrahim Amadou found space in the box before sending a low shot wide.

Sevilla went into the lead on 58 minutes after Pablo Sarabia beat Jasper Cillessen with a right-foot shot following a good cross by Quincy Promes.
Even after going ahead, Sevilla didn’t stop their offensive ways and Ever Banega nearly added a second but he sent a header over the top on 61 minutes.

Seconds later, Barca called Phillipe Coutinho and Luis Suarez from the dugout for Boateng and Suarez respectively.
In the 76th minute, Banega’s deflected shot from the edge of the area fell kindly to Ben Yedder to give the White and Reds a two-goal lead on 76 minutes.

Despite receiving more chances to go in front, the home side settled for a 2-0 first-leg victory ahead of the return tie in a few weeks time.

BREAKINGS NEWS: Oby ekwesili withdraw from Presidential race

Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, on Thursday stepped aside from the presidential race to help build a coalition to defeat the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party in the February 16, 2019 election.

In a statement issued to DAILY POST by the spokesperson for the Obiageli Ezekwesili Presidential Campaign Organisation, Ozioma Ubabukoh, Ezekwesili was quoted as saying that her decision to withdraw from the race followed extensive discussions with Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora.

According to her, the action was also prompted by an examination of the country’s electoral environment sequel to the 2019 presidential debate on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

“This decision followed extensive consultations with leaders from various walks of life across the country over the past few days.

I deem it necessary for me to focus on helping to build a veritable coalition to ensure a viable alternative to the #APCPDP in the forthcoming elections,” the statement read.

She said, “It is my ardent belief that this broad coalition for a viable alternative has now become more than ever before, an urgent mission for and on behalf of Nigerian citizens.

I have therefore chosen to lead the way in demonstrating the much needed patriotic sacrifice for our national revival and redirection.

“I wish to state that over the past three months, I have been in private, but extended talks with other candidates to birth a coalition that would allow Nigerians to exercise their choice without feeling helplessly encumbered by the evil twins of #APCPDP.

“While the deliberations continued, In ever hesitated for a moment in my willingness and determination to sacrifice my candidacy in order to facilitate the emergence of the envisaged strong and viable alternative that Nigerians could identify with in our collective search for a new
beginning.

“My commitment to this promising political recalibration has been consistent and in consonance with my agreement, at the request of candidates under the Presidential Aspirants Coming Together, PACT, arrangement in 2018, when I consented to supervise the internal selection process as an outside observer passionate about building an alternative force.”

Ezekwesili also said, “despite resistance from the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria on these and other issues, I have decided that it is now necessary to show by action and example my determination on this issue by stepping down my candidacy so as to focus squarely on building the coalition to a logical conclusion.

“We have no right to allow citizens give in to despair. We will #Fight4Naija together and prove to all that the mess, which the political class has now become, should not be allowed to destroy our spirits and nation. We are also determined to ensure that the message keeps resonating that our beloved country deserves better, and that we will get the best that we deserve.”

She added, “From last year, when I joined the presidential race, I made it clear to Nigerians that the country has always had a 20-year cycle of change – 1958, 1979, and 1999.

As such, 2019 begins another 20-year cycle, and together with all Nigerians of good will, I stand ready to play my part to ensure that we do not miss this golden opportunity to sing a new song.
“There is no more time to waste. Let’s get to work!”

Meanwhile, Ubabukoh thanked Nigerians, including campaign donors and volunteers, who supported Ezekwesili, saying that “every money donated to the campaign and funds spent will be accounted for in the coming days.”

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Cheasea players blasts sarri over use of Hazzard as false nine

Chelsea players are angry with Sarri’s decision to play Eden Hazard as a false No. 9, in the wake of their 2-0 defeat to Arsenal.
Hazard has been the Blues’ standout attacker this season, scoring 12 goals in all competitions.

But the Belgian is being played out of position, after Sarri lost patience with Alvaro Morata, who is Atletico Madrid bound.

Pedro and Willian started on the wings with Hazard playing through the middle at the Emirates and Chelsea once again failed to get the best out of the 28-year-old.

Sarri blasted his players in an explosive press conference after the game and an inquest continued at the club’s training ground.

According to the Daily Mail, Sarri invited Chelsea’s staff and players for clear-the-air talks, in a bid to get their season back on track.

The Blues next face Tottenham in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final clash, where they must overturn a 1-0 deficit to progress.
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At Least 10 people dead as fire rages on b

10 crew died and another 10 were missing presumed dead in a fire that broke out on two ships while they were transferring fuel in the Black Sea, Russia’s Transport Ministry said on Tuesday.The vessels which caught fire on Monday have the same names as two Tanzania-flagged ships the Maestro and Venice, which in 2018 were included on US sanctions advisory as delivering fuel to Syria.

12 people were rescued from the burning vessels but there was little hope of finding any more survivors, a spokesman for the Transport Ministry’s maritime unit said.The focus had switched from a rescue operation to a search for bodies, he added.

The spokesman said the vessels, which had a combined crew of 32, were still on fire and rough no attempts were being made to put out the blaze because of rough sea conditionsRussian maritime officials said earlier that the vessels were carrying out a ship-to-ship transfer of fuel in the Kerch Strait, which separates Crimea from Russia.

On Nov. 20, 2018, the U.S. Treasury Department added nine Russian and Iranian individuals and companies on its sanctions list for participating in the shipment of petroleum to Syria.It also issued an advisory note warning of the potential sanctions risk for any entities involved in such shipments which listed 35 ships, including the Maestro and Venice, as having delivered oil to Syria between 2016 and 2018.

Reuters reported in December that both the Maestro and Venice continued operations after the Treasury announcement, and regularly entered Temryuk port, in Russia’s Krasnodar region, according to Refinitiv data.In the port, liquefied petroleum gas of Russian and Kazakh origin is transferred onto tankers for export, via the Kerch Strait.

The strait, between Russian-annexed Crimea and southern Russia, connects both Russian and Ukrainian ports in the Azov Sea to the Black Sea.Protesters clash with police outside parliament during a rally against Macedonia deal.

In November, Russia detained three Ukrainian navy vessels and their crews in the vicinity of the strait, fuelling tensions between the two countries.Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

ASUU strike nears end as details of FG’s meeting with union emerge

The Federal Government says it has released N163 billion to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund)

Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, said this while addressing newsmen after a closed-door reconciliatory meeting with ASUU leadership on Monday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the striking lecturers had embarked on strike on Nov. 5, 2018, to press home their demands.

ASUU demands included some areas of understanding in the implementation of the Memorandum of Action agreed to in 2017.

Some of these areas include shortfall in salaries of some Federal Universities’ workers and lecturers, earned allowances, revitalisation that were part of the 2009 agreement, among others.

According to Ngige, “today we have agreed to fund revitalisation.

“Government has released about N163 billion from TETFund account to universities.

“So, we have gotten some substantial agreement in most of the areas of the agreement.”

“Most of the issues have being resolved, so they are going to go back to their members and present government’s offer to their council,‘’ he said.

Ngige also said that the striking lecturers were not asking for N50 billion before they would call off the strike.

He, however, added that if the total amount of the union’s demand was aggregated it would be more than the N50 billion as the government was paying in different compartments.

“These are debts of 2009, owed by the past administration, that is 2009 to 2012, so it is not our own debt and we have been doing a lot to settle these debts.

“So, we will be reconvening at the instance of ASUU, they said they want to go and consult with their members and they cannot call off the strike without consulting with their members,’’ he said.

Earlier, the minister had said that President Muhammadu Buhari had mandated him to ensure that all issues concerning the ongoing strike in the university system were resolved.

“The president has directed me to pass the night here until all issues that have kept our children away from schools are resolved and strike called off.

“He has also directed me to impress upon you, the imperative of little sacrifice from all sides, knowing fully well that the revenue of the federation has dwindled from what it was before the present administration assumed office,” he said.

Ngige further said President Buhari was greatly worried about the situation in the university system, hence his steady and holistic approach to tackling the rot through adequate funding.

He said, “Mr president told me to assure you of his determination to reposition our universities as he would do everything possible to cast the present challenges in our tertiary education to dustbin of history.

Also, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President, said that there were still some grey areas in the proposal presented by the Federal Government.

He said the union would look at the grey areas and would get back to the government.

“The most critical area is the revitalisation, because it is central to our work, as academics and unless that area is addressed our members will have issues with ongoing action.

“We also did not ask for N50 billion, we are saying that the minimum we expect government to release in order to reactive the revitalisation fund is N50 billion.

“So, the strike is still on,’’ he said

Senate Adjourns as only 10 senators attend plenary

The Senate, on Tuesday, adjourned plenary abruptly till Wednesday after five minutes of sitting following members’ inability to form a quorum.The day’s plenary started at 10:30am ended 10:35am when the Majority Whip, Senator Olusola Adeyeye, moved a point of order drawing the attention of the leadership to the fact that they did not form a quorum.

There are 109 members in the red chamber and they could only form a quorum if at least 37 of them are in attendance.The members were already seated with Senate President, Bukola Saraki, presiding while the votes and proceedings of the previous sitting had been read and adopted before the Adeyeye’s point of order.

At 10:33am, two minutes into the day’s legislative business, Senator Andrew Uchendu moved for the adoption of last Thursday’s votes and proceedings.It was seconded by the Minority Whip, Senator Philip Aduda. As soon as the votes and proceedings were adopted, Adeyeye raised the point of order, citing the lack of a quorum.Saraki, who agreed with his position, called for the adjournment of the day’s sitting.

Adeyeye who stood in for the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, therefore moved a motion for an adjournment.
He was seconded by Emmanuel Bwacha, who stood in for the Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi.Some lawmakers who came to the chamber thereafter, expressed disappointment, upon learning that plenary had been adjourned.The senators in attendance are Saraki, Uchendu, Aduda, Adeyeye, Gbenga Ashafa and Shaba Lafiagi.

Others are Emmanuel Bwacha, Francis Alimikhena, Suleiman Adokwe, and Gbolahon Dada.According to the day’s Order Paper, some reports had been slated for deliberations.Three career ambassadors were also billed for confirmation, while a new bill on mental health and substance abuse, ought to have been presented.