Thursday, 24 September 2020


Tottenham have been linked with a move for the Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik this summer.

According to Calciomercato, the 26-year-old striker’s entourage held talks with the officials of the London club earlier today and the discussions have been quite positive.

It seems that a loan deal with an obligation to buy is on the cards. Milik will be a free agent next summer and therefore he is expected to sign a short extension with Napoli before going out on loan.

Such an agreement would be beneficial for both parties. Tottenham will not have to pay for the striker this summer and Napoli will not lose the player on a free transfer next year.

It will be interesting to see if the two parties can secure the agreement in the coming weeks now.

Milik needs to join a club where he can play more often and a move to the Premier League would be ideal for him. The 26-year-old managed to score 14 goals for Napoli last season and he could be the ideal backup option to Harry Kane. Alternatively, he could partner the Spurs star depending on the tactics and opposition.

Spurs need more depth in their attack if they want to compete with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal for a top-four place.

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SAN FRANCISCO — TikTok, the short-form viral video app, asked for a preliminary injunction against the Trump administration on Wednesday, a legal maneuver aimed at protecting the company’s service in the United States against a potential ban.

The request, filed in the District Court for the District of Columbia, is in response to Commerce Department rules that Apple and Google remove the TikTok app from their respective app stores by Sunday for American users, and cease to provide further software updates to people who have downloaded the app in the United States.

TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese internet company ByteDance, has lately been working to complete a deal that would keep it operating in the United States. In August, President Trump signed executive orders effectively mandating that ByteDance sell TikTok’s U.S. operations or risk halting its transactions in the country. The White House has positioned TikTok’s American presence as a national security threat.

ByteDance and government officials have worked to find a resolution for months. On Saturday, Mr. Trump said he had “blessed” a proposed deal between TikTok, Oracle and Walmart, under which the two American companies would get a 20 percent stake in a new entity called TikTok Global.

But Mr. Trump on Monday said he would not approve any deal where ByteDance continued to own a stake in the app. TikTok has said that ByteDance would hold an 80 percent stake in the new TikTok Global until the app goes public in about a year. Oracle has said that ByteDance would not own any of the app outright; instead, its investors would receive shares in TikTok and hold a direct stake in the app.

It remains to be seen whether the Chinese government will take steps to block any deal. Last month, Beijing announced new export restrictions that appeared to forbid the sale of TikTok’s valuable algorithm without a license, making an outright acquisition of the app by an American company less viable.

On Wednesday, China Daily, the official English language newspaper of the Chinese government, called the TikTok deal “dirty and unfair and based on bullying and extortion.”

In its filing on Wednesday, TikTok requested that an expedited hearing for a preliminary injunction occur before the Sunday deadline. The company said it had “made extraordinary efforts to try to satisfy the government’s ever-shifting demands and purported national security concerns.”

“There is simply no genuine emergency here that would justify the government’s precipitous actions,” TikTok said in its filing. “And there is no plausible reason to insist the prohibitions be enforced immediately.”

The Justice Department declined to comment.

TikTok said that a ban of its service would do irreparable damage to the company if allowed to proceed. TikTok said that it was adding more than 400,000 new users a day before July 1, when rumors of a potential ban began to circulate, and that its growth would be stymied if people were cut off from the service.

David McCabe contributed reporting from Washington and Raymond Zhong from Taipei, Taiwan.

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Matt Berninger has shared the official video to his latest solo single ‘One More Second’ – you can watch it below.

The National‘s frontman is set to release his debut solo album ‘Serpentine Prison’ on October 16, and has also previewed the project with its title track as well as ‘Distant Axis’.

Having offered up a third taste of the record earlier this month, Berninger has today (September 23) shared the ‘One More Second’ visuals, in which the musician dances on his own in an illuminated studio space.

The video, directed by Chris Sgroi, combines footage of a Berninger singing the song from behind a classic microphone with shots of him busting moves against a backdrop of colourful projections. At the end of the clip, we see masked crew members enter the set.

“All dance moves property of The Breakfast Club, Footloose, and the holy grail of modern dance films: Flashdance,” Berninger wrote on Twitter. See that post above.

Upon the release of the song, the musician explained: “I wrote ‘One More Second’ with Matt Sheehy (Lost Lander, EL VY) with the intention for it to be a kind of answer to Dolly Parton’s ‘I Will Always Love You’, or sort of the other side of that conversation.

“I just wanted to write one of those classic, simple, desperate love songs that sound great in your car.”

During an interview with NME back in December, Berninger said that he’d been “really prolific” in his songwriting, and had been “writing way more than I ever did” at that time.

“I’ve been editing myself less, and I’ve been less insecure both on stage and in my writing too. I’m writing more, but I don’t know if I’m writing better. I don’t know what to do with it all. I guess I’ll have to make more records.”

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Kanye West has revealed that he’s giving all artists signed to his label, G.O.O.D. Music, the 50 per cent share he holds in their masters.

West has spent the majority of this month advocating for artist ownership over their own masters, as well as calling out major record labels like Sony and Universal for restrictive contracts.

On Twitter, West announced that “I’m giving all Good music artist back the 50% share I have of their masters”.

He later shared a screenshot of the text message conversation with Elon Musk where they discussed making the change, with Musk saying “this will be powerful”.

West seems to have referred to the contracts of his own label, saying “I don’t think those contracts are good either”.

West captioned the screenshot with “Now let’s have Universal match me”.

Some artists signed to the label have already begun to thank West for the change, including Desiigner who was signed to G.O.O.D. Music following the release of his debut single ‘Panda’ in late 2015, which West then sampled on his 2016 album ‘The Life Of Pablo’.

Earlier this week, West began outlining on Twitter what he believes to be new and fair guidelines for recording and publishing deals in the future.

He even reached out to Taylor Swift, saying that he’ll help her get her masters back after they were infamously sold to a company managed by Scooter Braun last year.

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Michael Adeshina/ PM NEWS

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Wednesday commended the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, for the roles he played after he was pushed out of the All Progressives Congress.

Obaseki described Wike as a true brother, who sheltered him during the stormy period.

The Edo state governor gave the commendation during his thank-you visit to Wike at Government House in Port Harcourt.

Obaseki, who was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki; Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, and his wife, Mrs. Maryann Shaibu, with members of the Edo PDP Campaign Council led by Chief Dan Orbih, said;

“I want to thank Edo people for their doggedness and determination in ensuring that their votes counted and the will of the people achieved.

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“The victory in the September 19 poll was made possible by God and God used the people as an instrument to actualise my second term ambition.

“After I was pushed out of my former party, this house was the first place I sought solace. You took me in as a brother, out of the storm, changed my clothes, and gave me food to eat.

“It was in this house, the Campaign Council met to work out the key strategies that led us to victory. You mobilised people across the country. You moved to Benin, went through the humiliation and attacks. You supported us and we won.

“As the chair of the National campaign council, you applied yourself diligently to task. Indeed, you are a true brother.”

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“It will be a sin against God if we do not come to say thank you. Even if the victory we are celebrating is from God. He has used people like you to make it happen.”

Reacting to Obaseki’s statements, Wike commended him and his deputy, for standing firmly to defend the interest of the Edo people.

He said Obaseki and his deputy’s determination was a motivating factor for them to join hands in solidarity.

Wike, however, urged Obaseki to forgive those who stood against him in the build-up to the election.

“I did not want division. I insisted that it will be good we are all together. This will make it easy to go into the electoral battle and win,” Wike stated.

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“I thank you, my brother, Obaseki for carrying everybody along in the party. Edo people are also looking up to you.

“Forgive everybody. Forgive your political opponents. I am happy that today, South-South is under one political party. This will make for integration. We can speak with one voice in moving Nigeria forward. This is the sweetest electoral victory I have ever witnessed.”

Published in Politics
Thursday, 24 September 2020 00:26

Jonathan goes to Mali again for consultations

By Kazeem Ugbodaga/ PM NEWS

Nigeria’s former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has returned to Mali to continue negotiation with key stakeholders as the troubled nation begin plans for restoration of civilian administration.

On Monday, Mali’s former Defence Minister, Colonel Bah N’Daw (Rtd) was named the Interim President of the troubled nation.

N’Daw will oversee the 18-month transition period in which election is expected to be conducted to usher in a new democratically elected government in Mali.

Mali’s junta leader, Colonel Assimi Goïta is the Vice President of the 18-month transitional government.

However, Jonathan, who heads ECOWAS Special Envoy in the Mali crisis, on his twitter handle, said he returned to the West African nation on Thursday afternoon for further consultations.

READ ALSO Jonathan, ECOWAS leaders arrive Mali

“We returned to Bamako this afternoon to continue consultations with key stakeholders as Malian authorities begin the implementation of their plans for the restoration of a civilian administration.

“The ECOWAS mediation team expects to have fruitful engagements,” he said.

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Michael Adeshina/ PM NEWS

Adams Oshiomhole, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, has finally spoken up after the victory of his political adversary, Godwin Obaseki, in the September 19 governorship election in Edo State.

Oshiomhole stated that he was not affected by the party’s defeat. He noted that “in life, you win some and you lose some”

“I want to thank everybody. I am sure a lot of people think comrade is down but I am not down. When God says you are not down, you are not down and I am not down.

“No matter the outcome of an election or a particular edition of the process, have faith in God and have faith in our country. God bless you all,” Oshiomhole told Gee Africa TV while granting his first interview since the party’s defeat at the poll in Edo.

Prior to the election, the relationship between Oshiomhole, and his protégé, Obaseki, has broken down.

Oshiomhole, a former governor of Edo, helped Obaseki to succeed him as the state governor in 2016, but the bubble of their relationship busted in 2019.

Obaseki accused Oshiomhole of instigating a crisis within the APC in Edo and later call for his resignation as the National Chairman of the party.

Obaseki also went further to accuse Oshiomhole of wanting to control the affairs of the government in Edo state.

The rift escalated to the extent that Obaseki was pushed out of the governorship race in APC by committees set-up by Oshiomhole.

Obaseki defected to the People’s Democratic party but Oshiohmole insisted he will teach him a lesson by ending his ambition to run for another four years as Edo governor.

However, Obaseki pulled through. He polled 307,955 votes to defeat Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the APC, who secured 223,619 votes.

Published in Parliament
Thursday, 24 September 2020 00:04

111 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Nigeria

Adeyinka Akintunde/ THE NATION

Nigeria’s confirmed cases of Coronavirus reached 57,724 on Wednesday night following new infections, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said in an update.

Lagos recorded 31 of the 111 cases, followed by Gombe with 18, Kaduna with 18 and the FCT with 15.

The rest are: Rivers-14 Imo-3 Kwara-3 Oyo-3 Bayelsa-2 Ogun-2 Edo-1 Osun-1

The total confirmed cases so far in Nigeria now stands at 57,724 of which 48,985 have been discharged.

However, the infection has claimed 1,102 lives.

Published in Parliament
Wednesday, 23 September 2020 23:56

CBN disburses N3.5tr COVID-19 intervention cash

From Nduka Chiejina, Abuja/ THE NATION

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had disbursed N3.5 trillion to different sectors of the economy to cushion the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

It will also contribute N1.8 trillion into the N2.30 trillion Federal Government’s one-year Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) through its Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs).

CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele stated this on Tuesday after the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting in Abuja.

Emefiele gave a breakdown of who got what out of the N3.5 trillion COVID-19 intervention as follows: Real Sector (N216.87 billion); COVID-19 Targeted Credit Facility (N73.69 billion); Agri-Business/Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme (N54.66 billion); Pharmaceutical and Health Care Support (N44.47 billion); and Creative Industry Financing (N2.93 billion).

Under the Real Sector Funds, Emefiele said: “a total of 87 projects that include 53 manufacturing, 21 agriculture and 13 service projects were funded.

He added: “In the health care sector, 41 projects which include 16 pharmaceuticals and 25 hospital and health care services were funded.”

The CBN boss also said: “Under the Targeted Credit Facility, 120,074 applicants received financial support for investment capital.

“The AGSMEIS intervention has been extended to a total of 14,638 applicants, while 250 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), predominantly the youth, have benefited from the Creative Industry Financing Initiative.”

Emefiele said in addition to the initiatives, the apex bank “is set to contribute over N1.8 trillion of the total sum of N2.30 trillion needed for the one year ESP, through its various financing interventions using the PFIs.”

Published in Parliament
Wednesday, 23 September 2020 17:53

Sanwo-Olu splashes 51 SUVs, 8 houses on judges

By Kazeem Ugbodaga/ PM NEWS

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday splashed 51 Sports Utility Vehicles, SUVs, and eight houses on judges of the State High Court.

The governor, after handing over the vehicles, said efforts to build a strong and formidable judiciary in Lagos State was on course in Lagos.

He said no arm of government in the State would be deprived of requisite tools to perform its statutory duties, reiterating his administration’s continued support to the judiciary and raise the bar of legal practice in line with global standards.

It would be second time in a year Gov Sanwo-Olu would be giving out official vehicles to members of the State’s judiciary. Last October, the Governor gave out 50 official cars to magistrates to aid their duties.

At the event which held at the Ikeja High Court, the governor said there would be no good governance and development without a formidable judiciary, re-assuring members of the judicial arm that the executive arm under his leadership would be a dependable partner.

“In handing over these 51 vehicles to our judges and eight houses to the newly appointed judges of the state High Court, we are ensuring that our judiciary has all it takes to seamlessly perform its duties as the bastion of the common man. We cherish the work you do; we thank you for justifying the confidence reposed in you; we appreciate you for being independent umpires even when the stakes are high.

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“The judiciary is the bedrock of our society, and our judges need all the support they can get to effectively perform their duties. In line with this, we have devised a thorough process to overhaul our judiciary in such a way that justice is dispensed without fear or favour.

“There will be no dividends of democracy for the people if there is no active, independent, impartial and incorruptible judiciary. We will continue to provide the necessary training and infrastructure required to ensure that the integrity of the judiciary is not eroded,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu, who toured the Ikeja and Igbosere High Courts last Saturday for facility inspection, disclosed that he had already approved a complete renovation on decrepit court rooms in the two courts.

He said his government would not evade its responsibility to create conducive ambience for the judicial staff to engage their duties.

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Sanwo-Olu said the support being extended towards the judiciary must be reciprocated, charging the judicial officers to deepen the rule of law and accelerate justice administration without compromising its independence.

“I urge members of the judiciary to co-operate with the executive arm by and show highest form of dedication to your statutory duties. We must not forget the important role the judiciary has to play in the building a just and unified society. Our success as a government is highly dependent on our ability to entrench the rule of law through continuous collaboration with the judiciary.

Sanwo-Olu in one of the vehicles

“In maintaining your independence, our judges must not forget that their contribution is pertinent to the achievement of our administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S agenda. I am confident that under the Hon. Justice Kazeem Alogba-led judiciary, our people are assured of innovative judicial reforms in our state,” he added.

The Chief Judge, Justice Kazeem Alogba, described the event as “double grace” for members of the judicial arm in the State, noting that the magnanimity of the Sanwo-Olu-led executive was unprecedented in the annals of Lagos’ judiciary.

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He said: “The kind of support which the judiciary has received from the Government of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is unprecedented and today’s event is historic because it is a double grace for our members. It is the first time a Governor will be giving out vehicles to judges and accompanying the gesture with gift of houses.

“It takes a man with a large heart to be committed to satisfying the needs of an arm of Government he is not leading. Since inception of his administration, Mr. Governor has been swift in responding to our requests and this gesture shows he is committed to improving administration of justice in Lagos.”

The highpoint was the handing over of the title documents and keys to the houses to the beneficiary justices. The Governor also cut ribbon to officially deliver the 51 SUVs to the beneficiary judges.

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