Police arraign man for posing as doctor (Punch)
The Lagos State Police Command has brought before the Ikeja Magistrates’ Court one Ebuka Duru for allegedly parading himself as a medical doctor.
Duru was arraigned on Tuesday on four counts of conspiracy, stealing, impersonation and unlawful possession of medical instruments.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
It was gathered that Duru paraded himself as a medical doctor and commenced treatment of unsuspecting members of the public of various ailments. Read more
Sanwo-Olu: Poor health insurance bane of low life expectancy (ThisDay)
The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has attributed Nigeria’s low life expectancy to poor health insurance scheme.
Sanwo-Olu, also expressed his administration’s readiness to partner with the insurance industry to enhance the well-being of people through protection of their lives and material assets against unforeseen loses.
The governor stated these at the unveiling of Plum Insurance Brokers’ House in Lagos.
According to him, “as a people, we know that our life expectancy is 52 years. Libya, after series of war, still has life expectancy of 78 years, so what is wrong? To me, it is lack of insurance; we do not have health insurance. And that goes for everything,” he asserted. Read more
Nigeria railway modernisation project: LASG shuts Yaba/Jibowu road to motorists (Vanguard)
The Lagos State Government has announced plans to close down Yaba and Jibowu/Ogunmorin axis on the 16th and 23rd of November, 2019, respectively.
The closure is to pave way for the ongoing work on the Nigerian Railway Modernization Project: Lagos-Ibadan section with extension to Lagos Port at Apapa.
According to state Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Federic Oladeinde, who stated this Wednesday, the axis would be closed from 8:pm to 6:am till the next day for the level cross construction of the rail tracks. Read more
DSS: Why we are holding Sowore (Nation)
-Denies shooting Abuja protesters
The Department of State Services (DSS) on Wednesday said #RevolutionNow crusader Omoyele Sowore was still in their custody because the appropriate to take him were yet to turn up.
This was contained in a statement released by spokesman Peter Afunanya where the agency insisted it was only appropriate that those who stood as sureties for Sowore have not come for him.
The DSS also denied reports that its men shot at protesters who stormed the agency’s Abuja office on Tuesday to demand Sowore’s release. Read more
Nigerian kid, Chika propounds new math formula (DailyTrust)
A Nigerian boy, Chika Ofili, has been recognised by the Westminster Under School, London, UK for propounding a new mathematical formula in solving number divisibility especially of 7. In a test assessed by Miss Mary Ellis, his Mathematics teacher, who is also the author of ‘The Aliens Have Landed and 174 Other Problems’ book, Chika was able to solve a divisibility problem associated with number 7 in mathematics.
According to her, “Something very exciting happened last Friday when one of my pupils, Chika Ofili, popped into the classroom and asked if he could tell me something he had thought of over the summer holidays. I was intrigued.” The Westminster Under School is an independent preparatory school for boys aged 7 to 13, in the heart of London. Read more
Call for NEC meeting or resign, APC govs tell Oshiomhole (Punch)
The governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Governors Forum have asked the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, to convene a National Executive Council meeting or resign.
The governors said the inability of the chairman to call for superior organs of the party to a meeting was causing increasing organisational challenges in the party.
The governors made the call through the Director-General of the Progressives Governors Forum, Salihu Lukman, in a statement made available on Wednesday in Abuja. Read more
CAN denies praying for Gov Bello’s re-election (Nation)
The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Wednesday refuted claims making the rounds in the social media that its President Rev. Samson Ayokunle visited Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello to pray for his reelection.
The Christian body said it is not partisan and does not support any candidate or party for the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship polls this weekend.
It calls on Christians to come out en mass to exercise their franchise and advised all Nigerians to pray for fair, peaceful and credible elections in the two States. Read more
Israel-Gaza fighting continues for second day after militant’s death (BBC)
Palestinians gathered around a destroyed house in Khan Younis, where Israel said it had targeted a Palestinian Islamic Jihad headquarters
Cross-border violence between Israel and militants in Gaza is continuing, a day after an Israeli air strike killed a Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander.
After an overnight lull, rocket fire towards Israel resumed and Israeli aircraft conducted retaliatory strikes.
Gaza’s health ministry said 13 Palestinians had been killed by Israeli fire on Wednesday, bringing the death toll there to 23 since Tuesday. Read more
LAUTECH: Oyetola doles out N472m (Sun)
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State, has released the sum of N472, 000, 000.00 to the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho, Oyo State, and the institution’s Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Osun State.
The breakdown of the amount, Daily Sun gathered, indicates that, while N250,000,000.00 would go to the university, N222, 000,000.00 would go to the Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, for payment of salaries.
This came barely a week after the inauguration of a five-man panel to negotiate Osun State’s rights and privileges in the joint ownership of the institutions with Oyo State. Read more
Venice floods: Climate change behind highest tide in 50 years, says mayor (BBC)
Severe flooding in Venice that has left much of the Italian city under water is a direct result of climate change, the mayor says.
The highest water levels in the region in more than 50 years will leave “a permanent mark”, Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro tweeted.
“Now the government must listen,” he added. “These are the effects of climate change… the costs will be high.” Read more
Artificial Intelligence-created paintings to be put on sale by Sotheby’s in New York (NDTV)
Two paintings up for auction in New York highlight a growing interest in artificial intelligence-created works — a technique that could transform how art is made and viewed but is also stirring up passionate debate. The art world was stunned last year when an AI painting sold for $432,500 (roughly Rs. 3 crores), and auctioneers are keen to further test demand for computer-generated works.
“Art is a true reflection of what our society, what our environment responds to,” said Max Moore of Sotheby’s.
“And so it’s just a natural continuation of the progression of art,” he added.
Sotheby’s will put two paintings by the French art collective Obvious up for sale on Thursday, including “Le Baron De Belamy.” Read more
UK Christmas postal strikes blocked (BBC)
Royal Mail wins court action to block planned postal strikes in run-up to Christmas
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Ex-Nigeria player Dickson Etuhu guilty of match-fixing in Sweden (BBC)
A Swedish appeals court has found former Nigeria international Dickson Etuhu guilty for attempted match-fixing.
The Court of Appeals in Stockholm said in a release on Wednesday said that it was clear that Etuhu and an unnamed former player tried to influence AIK keeper Kyriakos “Kenny” Stamatopoulos to fix a match in Sweden’s top division in 2017.
Etuhu, who played for several English clubs including Manchester City, Sunderland and Fulham, escaped a jail sentence but was instead fined and sentenced to serve probation, without further details being made public. Read more
Chelsea win battle to sign Australian women’s football icon Kerr (Punch)
Australian striker Sam Kerr will test herself at the top level of European football after impressing in her homeland and the United States as she joined Chelsea on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old Matildas captain — who scored five times in this year’s World Cup as the Australians reached the last 16 — signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Women’s Super League club.
Kerr, who has been a mainstay at Perth Glory since 2014 while also playing for Chicago Red Stars in the United States, will be available for selection from January. Read more
Uzoho in transfer mess! (Sun)
Super Eagles goalkeeper, Francis Odinaka Uzoho is currently enmeshed in transfer mess, as his supposed Nigerian club, Campos Football Academy is up in arms with the management of Aspire Academy of Doha, Qatar over ownership of the FC Omonia of Cyprus player.
Uzoho allegedly transferred from Aspire Dream Academy of Nigeria, an arm of the Qatar based club to Deportivo de La Coruña of Spain before he was loaned to FC Omonia but his purported Nigerian club, Campos FC of Owerri, Nigeria has cried foul on the deal that saw them sidelined from the sale of the goalkeeper.
President of Campos FC, Osuji Patrick Ikechukwu, in an exclusive chat with Daily SunSports had alleged that Uzoho was sold to foreign club by the Nigerian director of Aspire Academy, Sam Ahmedu, a retired colonel in the Nigerian Army, using a phony club as a front in connivance with Nasiru Jibril, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) TSM manager. Read more
Sterling-Gomez clash: Liverpool fans could have caused reaction – Danny Rose (BBC)
England defender Danny Rose has supported team-mate Raheem Sterling, saying his apology for clashing with Joe Gomez was “from the heart”
England full-back Danny Rose said he never realised how much Liverpool fans “dislike” Raheem Sterling until he watched the forward return to Anfield with Manchester City on Sunday.
Rose said it was the first time he “sat back and took note”, as the forward who left Liverpool for City in a £49m move in 2015 was jeered by Reds fans.
Sterling then clashed with Liverpool’s Joe Gomez when the pair reported for England duty on Monday. Read more
Abd’Allah: Enyimba fear no foe in Confederation Cup (Nation)
Enyimba International FC coach Usman Abd’Allah has alluded to the popular dictum that only the grass would suffer wherever the People’s Elephants after they were drawn inn Group D for the 2019-20 Total CAF Confederation Cup group stage.
In the draw conducted yesterday at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo by CAF Director of Competitions Samson Adamu assisted by Uganda’s football legend Edgar Watson and DR Congo’s former captain Herita Ilunga, Enyimba were drawn against Cote d’Ivoire’s San Pedro, Algeria’s Paradou and Morocco’s Hassania Agadir. But Abd’Allah said there was no cause for alarm: “ At this stage, we are waiting for anybody and you know that any team that has gotten to the stage must have worked so well to here. So, we are going to prepare very well for all the matches. Read more
Spain’s record scorer Villa retires after 19-year career (Punch)
Star striker David Villa, Spain’s top goalscorer, Wednesday announced he will retire next month, ending a glittering career in which he won the World Cup, European Championships and Champions League.
The 37-year-old Vissel Kobe striker said he will call it a day at the end of the 2019 J-League season after a 19-year career that took in Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Valencia while accumulating 98 caps for his country.
“I have decided to end my professional career and that I have decided to retire,” Villa told reporters in Kobe, his voice occasionally breaking with emotion. Read more
My dream is to play for Madrid or Liverpool – Umar Sani (DailyTrust)
Galadima Football Academy striker, Umar Sani has expressed his desire to don the shirts of Real Madrid, Liverpool or Bayern Munich in the nearest future.
He made this known after his side defeated Dosad FA 3-2 during the 7th Dreamland-Embassy of Hungary Cup preliminary stages at the Training Pitch of the MKO Abiola National Stadium on Tuesday.
The competition which is ongoing will also afford foreign scouts to pick exciting players who will be taken to Europe. Read more
Europe’s top club coaches express concerns over VAR (Vanguard)
Some of the best European coaches participated in UEFA’s Elite Coaches Forum on Monday, with the VAR being one of the main points of discussion.
Zinedine Zidane, who was the only LaLiga Santander representative, joined Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti, Unai Emery, Maurizio Sarri, Massimiliano Allegri, Rudi Garcia, Mircea Lucescu, Paulo Fonseca, Erik ten Hag and Thomas Tuchel for the event that took place in Nyon on Monday. Read more
Racism the catalyst for outspoken remarks, says Fury (Guardian)
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury said his outspoken remarks which have caused huge offence to many are down to the racism aimed at Travellers he experienced as an amateur.
The 31-year-old Briton — who is of Irish Traveller descent and is nicknamed ‘The Gypsy King’ — drew a hail of criticism with controversial comments such as ‘a woman’s best place is in the kitchen’ and claiming it would only take the legalisation of paedophilia in addition to the decriminalisation of abortion and homosexuals to see “the devil come home.”
However, Fury — who has battled demons such as substance abuse and mental health issues which he claims prompted him to think of committing suicide — says he made the comments to fulfil the role of being an outsider. Read more
Kosgei, Fraser-Pryce Listed for Woman Athlete of the Year Award (ThisDay)
Marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei is one of five finalists for the Female World Athlete 2019 award.
Last month the Kenyan broke Briton Paula Radcliffe’s 16-year-old world record, running a time of 2hrs 14mins 04secs to win the Chicago Marathon.
Kosgei, 25, also became the youngest winner of the London marathon in April.
American Dalilah Muhammad, Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas and the Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan are also up for the award. Read more