Goodbye Andy Murray, a human in the land of the Gods, a testament to the power of dreams

Goodbye Andy Murray, a human in the land of the Gods, a testament to the power of dreams
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Truck crushes mother, child, one other to death in Ogun

Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Spokesman, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) in Ogun, on Thursday, confirmed an accident that claimed the lives of three in Ogun.He said that a Mack truck loaded with soft drinks on Wednesday crushed a woman and her child to death in an accident which also killed the truck’s Motor Boy at Ajibawo in Atan on Sango /Idiroko road, Ogun.READ ALSO: Many feared dead as trailer crashes into market in EkitiAkinbiyi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the accident occurred around 5:45pm and was caused by wrongful overtaking, complicated by loss of control by the truck, marked, LSD 563 XW.He added that four people were involved in the accident which included three male and one female , saying that two male and one female died in the accident while one person was injured.“In the process of overtaking another truck ahead of it loaded with granite, the edge of the truck loaded with soft drinks entered a ditch which results in its fall, killing a woman and her child selling along the road and the motor boy,” he said.Akinbiyi said that the injured had been taken to Oluwalogbon Hospital, Atan before the arrival of TRACE officials while the corpses had been claimed by their relatives.He urged motorists to always obey traffic rules and regulations and also avoid excessive speeding and wrongful overtaking. (NAN)

Portuguese hacker linked to Football Leaks held in Hungary

Hungarian police said Thursday they had arrested a suspected Portuguese hacker linked to the Football Leaks whistleblower website who is accused of extortion in Portugal.French lawyers for 30-year-old Rui Pinto confirmed the arrest and said they would fight any attempt at extradition.Without naming Pinto, Budapest police said that a man was arrested on Wednesday following a warrant “issued by the Portuguese authorities on 15 January”.READ ALSO: Ronaldo seals Italian Super Cup for JuventusPortuguese police said he could be extradited within a month.“In accordance with the warrant, items in his possession believed to be connected to criminal activity were also seized,” Budapest police said, adding that extradition proceedings were under way.Portuguese prosecutors said that the man was suspected of “aggravated attempted extortion”.Pinto’s lawyers described him as “a young Portuguese man who loves football and who, out of disgust at practices that he gradually became aware of, decided to reveal to the world the extent of criminal practices which not only affect the football world but do grave damage to its image”.“These are the Football Leaks revelations” which over several years have given rise to the publication of crucial information, resulting in several investigations,” the lawyers said.According to Portuguese media reports, Pinto is a self-taught IT expert from the Porto suburb of Vila Nova de Gaia and has been living in Budapest for several years.The Sabado magazine was the first to reveal Pinto’s identity in September and linked him to the Football Leaks website which has published several revelations about alleged wrongdoing in the football industry.In 2016, a consortium of several European media organisations used material from Football Leaks to expose alleged tax evasion in the football world, notably by Cristiano Ronaldo when he was at Real Madrid.In November a new tranche of revelations alleged that UEFA had helped Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City get around the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules that are meant to regulate clubs’ spending.Pinto is also suspected of being behind the leak of internal emails at Lisbon’s Benfica club which were then used by Porto FC to accuse Benfica of having improper influence over referees.The same emails sparked a corruption lawsuit targeting a former legal adviser for Benfica, who is accused of having improper access to confidential legal documents.Pinto has also been linked to a data hack on the Doyen Sports investment fund which was also targeted by Football Leaks.

Court orders police to show cause for detaining Melaye

An Abuja High Court sitting in Maitama on Thursday ordered the police to show cause over it’s continued detention of Sen. Dino Melaye.Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, who has been in police custody since Jan. 4, approached the court for enforcement of his fundamental right.Justice Yusuf Halilu gave the order after Melaye’s counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) informed the court that his client has been in police custody since Jan. 4 against what the law stipulated.READ ALSO: How Dino Melaye surrendered to Police, slumped minutes later“We are talking about the liberty of a citizen not because he is a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, but a citizen, this is contrary to sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution of Nigeria.“If you keep a man for 13 days you have already presumed him guilty, ” he submitted.Mr Simon Lough, the respondent counsel, told the court that he only got the motion on notice on Jan. 16, and needed five days according to law to reply.He added that he was and not aware of the order to show cause.He said though Melaye was in the police custody, he as the counsel does not have the power to effect his investigation which was ongoing, preparatory to charging him to court.Lough therefore prayed the court for an adjournment to enable him file and serve his reply before Jan. 18.The judge explained that the police was put on notice to come and show cause why the detained senator should not be granted bail.“The court was approached by the police for his custody and the court granted it, and now the court ordered that the police should come and explain why he would not be released.“I granted an order on Jan. 14, that the police should come and show cause,’’ the judge said.He, however, adjourned hearing till Jan. 18, to enable the respondent file his reply on the applicant.Both parties agreed to the application for adjournment prayed by the respondent.The judge further ordered the respondent to serve the applicant all the processes today. (NAN)

Breaking: Court dismisses suit challenging Katsina APC congresses

By Bashir BelloKATSINA – The Federal High Court sitting in Katsina State on Thursday dismissed a case filed by a factional group of the All Progressive Congress, known as APC AKIDA challenging the APC congresses held in the state on the ground that it is statue barred.The Judge, Justice Hadiza Rabiu Shagari while giving judgement at the court sitting dismissed the case saying it was not filed within the stipulated 14 days time.The case was filed by Sani Bello and 170 others against the APC executives and others on the ground that they were shut out of participating in the congress.READ ALSO: Buhari shakes Kogi as mammoth crowd welcome him for campaignHowever, the counsel to the plantiffs, Iorhuna Shedrack said it will study the judgment and may likely approach the appeal court on the matter based on the fact that the court rely on a provision mentioning primaries and not congresses.Shedrack said the ruling is against his client but the judge acted in line with the court of law.“our case is on the congress and does not touch on the primaries. The provision the court rely on specifically and categorically made mention of primary election and not congresses.“So we are going to approach the higher court, appeal court to make a pronouncement and interpretation of that section and provision “4th alteration of the 1999 constitution.“We want the court to make pronouncement, we want to know the difference between congress and elections. If there is a difference, then we have a case but if there is no difference then we don’t have a case,” the counsel to the plantiffs said.Meanwhile, counsel to the APC, Ernest Ogbunadike lauded the judgment of the court saying it was well thought out.“The decision of the court was well thought out. It is a big relief to Masari and other APC who are truly elected from a rightful election,” Ogbunadike said.

2019: What I will do if I lose election – President Buhari reveals ▷...

- President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken on possibility of losing 2019 presidential election- Speaking at a town hall meeting tagged "The Candidates," the president said he was not afraid to lose the election since he had suffered it three times- He also expressed optimism on the election, but said he will succumb to Nigerians' will if he lostPresident Muhammadu Buhari has promised to concede defeat if he lost the forthcoming 2019 presidential elections.Speaking at a town hall meeting tagged "The Candidates," the president said he was not afraid to lose the election since he had suffered it three times before becoming the president in 2015, The Punch reports.President Buhari, who expressed optimism on winning the poll with a landslide victory, however promised to succumb to the will of the country in case if was defeated.READ ALSO: upgrades to a letter from our Editor-in-Chief Bayo OlupohundaRecall that Buhari had lost three presidential elections in 2003, 2007 and 2011 to former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umar Musa Yar'adua, and Goodluck Ebele Jonathan respectively.In his first attempt, he garnered 12.7 million votes, while in the second one he got 6.6 million votes to succumb to late president and compatriot Yar'adua.In an election that boomeranged into violence in the norther part of the country, then a candidate of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), President Buhari lost to ex-president Jonathan with 12.2 million votes.Asked by the coordinator of the programme how he will react to 2019 presidential election if he lost, President Buhari said: “It won’t be the first time I will lose election. I tried 2003 and I was in court for 13 months, 2007. I was in court for 18 months in 2011 and went up to the Supreme Court. I sat down and said; `God Dey’, and for the fourth time, God and technology helped me.’'PAY ATTENTION: Download our mobile app to enjoy news updateMeanwhile, had reported President Muhammadu Buhari had urged individuals or organisations with any evidence of corrupt practices against members of his administration to come forward with such proofs to him for prompt action at anti-graft commission.The president gave the challenge at a town hall meeting tagged: ‘The Candidates’ organised by the MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with NTA and DARIA Media in Abuja on Wednesday, January ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better'Nobody can stop Buhari in 2019, Atiku cannot win' - Nigeria Street Gist | Legit TVSource:

Nigerian soldier dies of Lassa fever

Major General Nuhu Angbazo, General Officer Commanding 3 Division, Nigeria Army Rukuba, has directed that Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, Jos, Plateau, be fumigated.The directive was given following the death of a non-commissioned senior officer in the cantonment from Lassa fever.The Division made the disclosure on Thursday in a statement by Maj. Ikechukwu Eze, Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations.Eze said that while the Division commenced investigations to unravel all circumstances that led to the soldier’s death, it also took other measures to forestall the spread of the disease in the cantonment.“Contact tracing and monitoring for both primary and secondary contacts have commenced.“This is being done in collaboration with representatives of World Health Organization, medical personnel of Bingham University Teaching Hospital and 3 Division Medical Services and Hospital.“Sensitization for residents of Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, the host community and the general public has also commenced,” he added.The acting deputy director explained that the deceased was admitted and being managed for resistant malaria at the 3 Div Hospital after returning from Kogi State where he went for his father’s burial, but with no significant improvement.This, he said, resulted in the patient being referred to Bingham University Teaching Hospital Jos for further management.He said that the soldier died on January 15, 2019, four days after his case was reported.“Available medical information confirmed that the soldier may have died of Lassa Fever,” he said.

A Russian company wants to put giant billboards in low-earth orbit

WTF?! Ads are pretty much everywhere these days. From TVs to phones to posters, they’re hard to avoid. But there’s one untapped piece of real estate that might eventually be displaying massive billboards for everyone to see: space.Russian startup StartRocket wants to fill the night sky with logos and brand names such as McDonald’s, KFC, and Coke, which, as you can see in the video below, is as bad as it sounds.The idea is to use an array of programmable CubeSat satellites that can be arranged to display ads in a low-Earth orbit of 250 – 310 miles. Each one has a collapsible sail that can reflect the sun’s light, forming a single pixel of a display measuring 19 square miles. The company said the logos would only be visible for six minutes at a time, which is still unlikely to appease people.There’s obviously a lot of obstacles facing StartRocket’s plans, including regulations regarding the satellites’ potential to interfere with aviation safety, as well as any advertising rules. Testing and funding might also be issues that prevent the ads being displayed by the planned 2021 date, and you can expect a lot of objections from citizens.Assuming the concept becomes a reality, which is doubtful, StartRocket hasn't revelaed how much companies would have to pay for their logos to appear in space.The idea to use microsatellites to illuminate part of the night sky isn’t totally new. A Japanese startup plans to use two of the devices to create artificial shooting stars on demand over the city of Hiroshima in early 2020.Alexey Skorupsky, a member of the StartRocket team, said: “If you ask about advertising and entertainment in general — haters gonna hate.”“We are developing a new medium. At the advent of television no one loved ads at all.”

Shock as Ghanaian undercover journalist shot dead

By AFPMore by this AuthorA Ghanaian undercover journalist who helped expose corruption in African football has been shot dead in the capital Accra, police said Thursday.Ahmed Husein was part of a team led by award-winning journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, whose probe led to the resignation of the head of the Ghana Football Association.Dozens of football referees and officials were also banned.A police spokesperson told AFP the journalist was shot in the neck and the chest by unknown gunmen on his way home on Wednesday night.Confirming the incident, Anas tweeted: "Sad news, but we shall not be silenced. Rest in peace, Ahmed."Prior to his death, Husein had made a complaint to police after his pictures were published on national television.Related Content Master of disguise brings down high level criminalsGhana's national media regulator condemned the killing and called on the police to conduct a thorough investigation."It will be in the national interest to arrest the perpetrators of this crime," the commission's chairman Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo said in a statement.Ghanaian journalists condemned the killing of the 34-year-old reporter, who was instrumental in the international football corruption investigation which broke last year.Football's world governing body Fifa last October banned former Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi for life and fined him nearly $500,000 after he was seen on camera accepting bribes.Nyantakyi was accused of requesting $11 million (9.3 million euros) to secure government contracts.Eight referees and assistant referees were banned for life while 53 officials were subject to 10-year bans. Fourteen officials were exonerated.The revelations rocked Ghana, where football is the national sport and which prides itself as being a stable democracy in an often turbulent region.

Rihanna to launch own fashion label, sues father

By AFPMore by this AuthorBy BBCMore by this AuthorPop idol Rihanna is preparing to launch her own luxury brand with the world's biggest fashion conglomerate, according to reports Thursday.The Barbados-born superstar, who already has her own highly successful Fenty sportswear label, is in secret talks with the French giant LVMH, according to Women's Wear Daily (WWD).The industry bible said the group, which owns such iconic brands as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Givenchy, is assembling a gang of top designers for the project.LVMH, which is owned by the fashion titan Bernard Arnault, said they could not comment.With her huge fan base and tens of millions of social media followers, Rihanna is one of the most powerful style influencers on the planet.A regular on the front row of fashion shows, and particularly at Dior in Paris, the singer has also proved herself to be a canny creator.As well as her Fenty line she upped sales at Puma when she became its creative director, and has also dipped her toe into lingerie.Her Fenty Beauty operation — which involved a hook-up with LVMH — racked up sales of more than $100 million dollars within weeks of its 2016 launch.WWD said that her planned luxury brand, which will take in ready-to-wear as well as leather goods and accessories, could be launched alongside her ninth album later this year.A new large-scale luxury label — especially one led by a black woman — would be huge development in the fashion world.The top end of the market has been traditionally hogged by historic French and Italian houses.Despite its dominance, LVMH have not started a luxury brand from scratch since Christian Lacroix in 1987.Black American designers have, however, been making dramatic inroads of late, with Virgil Abloh the most talked about designer at Paris men's fashion week.The creator, whose parents come from Ghana, now heads LVMH's treasured Louis Vuitton menswear line as well as his own hugely cool Off-White Label.Rihanna, 30, who shot to fame with her "Music of the Sun" and "Good Girl Gone Bad" albums, is locked in a legal battle with her father over the use of the Fenty name.Trademark disputeShe is suing her father Ronald Fenty over the use of the family name in his company, according to reports on Wednesday.She claims her father and his business partner have falsely suggested that she is connected to their firm, Fenty Entertainment.Their conduct has misled the public and hurt her Fenty brand, the name of her beauty business, the lawsuit says.Fenty Entertainment did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Rihanna has asked the court to bar the firm from using the Fenty name for business.The lawsuit says Rihanna owns trademarks in the US for the Fenty name and has sent formal "cease and desist" requests."Defendants continue to this date to use their misrepresentations for their commercial advantage and to mislead the public," it says."This fraudulent conduct harms not only plaintiffs but the public at large and requires judicial intervention."Mr Fenty, with whom Rihanna has said she has a difficult relationship, started the firm in California in 2017 with business partner Moses Perkins, according to the lawsuit.A press release, posted on the firm's website until "at least October 2018" announced the launch of the firm "with" Rihanna, despite the fact that she was not involved, it says.In another instance, Fenty Entertainment entered negotiations for Rihanna to perform 15 shows in Latin America for about $15m, without her authorisation, according to the complaint."Although Mr Fenty is Rihanna's father, he does not presently, nor has he ever, had the authority to act on Rihanna's behalf or had the right to use her Fenty mark, to exploit the goodwill of her Fenty brands or to solicit business on her behalf," it says.

Zimbabwean Doctors Treat 68 People Of Gunshot Wounds, Police Arrest Hundreds

Zimbabwean doctors on Thursday said they had treated almost 70 people for gunshotwounds while police rounded up hundreds after violent protests this week triggered by a steep rise in fuel prices.The protests, only five months after six people were killed in post-election demonstrations in August, pose a challenge forPresident Emmerson Mnangagwa who promised to repair the struggling economy.Mnangagwa made the promise after he replaced long-time leader Robert Mugabe following a coup in November 2017.Three people died during the protests but rights groups, lawyers and witnesses said scores of people were beaten by soldiers,pointing to a heavy crackdown on dissent by security forces.State broadcaster ZBC said 600 people, including a prominent activist and an opposition legislator, have been detained overthe protests.A Zimbabwean lawyers’ group said it was so far representing over 130 people arrested for protesting.Evan Mawarire, a Harare pastor who rose to prominence as a Mugabe critic and led a national protest shutdown in 2016,will appear in court to face public violence charges.Courts dismissed two similar charges against him in 2017 for lack of evidence.The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) said its members had treated 172 people, some with dog bitesin private and public hospitals since Monday, when the protests erupted in the capital, Harare, and the second city, Bulawayo.“There are cases of patients who had chest trauma and fractured limbs who were forcibly taken from hospital to attend court inspite of the advice of doctors,” ZAHDR said in a statement.The casualty list included 68 people treated for gunshot wounds, 17 of whom underwent emergency surgery. (NAN)