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Lionel Messi Will Be A FREE AGENT In The Next 24 Hours

Lionel Messi will be a FREE AGENT in the next 24 hours. But it’s just a matter of days – then he’ll extend his contract with Barcelona until June 2023. 🇦🇷⏳

source:- Fabrizio Romano

Nuno Espirito Santo Has Signed His Contract As New Tottenham Manager

Done and confirmed. Nuno Espirito Santo has signed his contract as new Tottenham manager until June 2023, official statement announces. ⚪ #THFC #Spurs

Arsenal Have Made An Official Bid For Locatelli

Sassuolo CEO Carnevali to Sky Sport: “Arsenal have made an official bid for Locatelli. They’re pushing hard to sign Manuel and it’s an important bid… we will see.

Also Juventus want Locatelli and we’ve a special relationship with them. We’ve a new meeting scheduled with Juve”.

source :- Fabrizio Romano

Burkina Faso President Takes on Defence Role Amid Security Crisis

Burkina Faso’s president Roch Kabore has taken over the role of defence minister in a cabinet reshuffle aimed at stopping a wave of jihadist attacks that has plagued the West Africa country in recent years, according to a presidential decree on Wednesday.

Groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State originally based in neighbouring Mali have embedded themselves across north and eastern Burkina Faso, launching regular attacks on civilians, including one this month that killed more than 130 people, the worst in years. read more

Pressure has increased on Kabore to win back control and end a humanitarian crisis in which more than 1 million people have been displaced by violence.

Leading opposition politicians have demanded the resignation of the government and called for a demonstration this weekend against what they say is the government’s inability to deal with the crisis.

Kabore will oversee the defence ministry with help from Colonel Major Aimé Simpore, replacing Cheriff Sy who was in the post since January 2019, according to the decree read on national television. Simpore had previously helped run national security policy.

Maxime Koné will replace Ousseni Compaore as security minister.

Despite the presence of thousands of U.N. peacekeepers, attacks by jihadists in West Africa’s Sahel region have risen sharply since the start of the year, particularly in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, with civilians bearing the brunt.

The attack this month pushes the number killed by armed Islamists in the Sahel region to more than 500 since January, according to Human Rights Watch.

Reuters

El Salvador’s Appointment Of New Judges Raises Fears Of Power Grab

Lawmakers in El Salvador on Wednesday voted to keep the head of the Supreme Court in place for three more years and appointed five new justices, triggering concerns that President Nayib Bukele is shoring up a bid to consolidate power.

Bukele’s New Ideas (NI) party and its allies hold a super-majority in El Salvador’s Congress, where lawmakers have now appointed 10 court judges in less than two months.

Supreme Court President Oscar Lopez was first appointed last month, just as Bukele’s legislative allies abruptly ousted five judges as well as the attorney general in a move that was harshly criticized by the United States and international rights groups as a dangerous power grab.

The new judges to the 15-seat court will be able to serve for nine years.

Bukele said lawmakers voted in line with the constitution and selected the judges from candidate lists submitted by bar associations.

“Their decisions are totally legitimate and represent the power of the people,” Bukele said on Twitter.

However, during the congressional session that began on Tuesday and stretched until dawn, lawmaker Dina Argueta from the leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) warned that the new judges were Bukele loyalists whose appointments marked a “concentration of power.”

Jose Miguel Vivanco, the head of Human Rights Watch in the Americas, also expressed worry that the new judges would not be impartial.

“I am concerned about the appointment of judges to be made tonight,” he wrote on Twitter shortly before the vote.

“Under rule of law, judges must be appointed through a transparent, previously established process that guarantees their independence.”

Reuters

Canada’s Senate Puts LGBT Conversion therapy Bill On Hold For Summer

A pledge by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to ban LGBT conversion therapy has been delayed until at least September, after an attempt to recall the Senate over the summer to deal with the bill failed late on Tuesday.

Canada’s Senate, or upper chamber, held special sittings earlier this week to deal with a raft of bills passed last week by House of Commons lawmakers ahead of their summer break, adopting the key budget bill late last night. read more

A push by the government’s representative in the Senate to add sittings over the summer to deal with outstanding business, like the conversion therapy bill, was blocked.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday told reporters she was frustrated that the Senate did not see through Bill C-6, which passed by Canada’s House of Commons 263 to 63 last week.

“Disappointed is too weak a word,” she said. “This is something that would really help Canadians and not doing it really hurts a lot of people.”

Aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, conversion therapy can include talk therapy, hypnosis, electric shocks and fasting. The American Medical Association has condemned the practice as “harmful and ineffective.”

Conservative Senator Don Plett said the push to fast-track the bill had more to do with Trudeau’s Liberals scoring political points ahead of an expected election, which could come as soon as September.

“Liberals are playing politics with important bills again,” he tweeted on Wednesday.

The bill will be considered when the Senate reconvenes in late September, though if an election is called before then, the legislation will die with all other unfinished business.

Trudeau, whose Liberals have a minority government, is eyeing a snap election to capitalize on Canada’s emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic, two sources told Reuters

Reuters

Hidalgo Becomes Third Mexican state To Allow Abortion

Lawmakers in Mexico’s Hidalgo state on Wednesday voted to lift the penalties for elective abortion, making Hidalgo the third state in the largely Roman Catholic country to let women choose to end their pregnancies.

The initiative passed with 16 votes in favor and one abstention with 28 lawmakers present, Hidalgo’s congress said on Twitter.

Only the vast capital of Mexico City and the southern state of Oaxaca also allow women to opt for abortions, as long as they are within 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Hidalgo’s law, which follows the same terms, will go into effect once it is published in the state’s official government gazette.

Hidalgo, which neighbors Mexico City, previously had only allowed abortion in certain cases, including if the mother had been raped.

Several dozen women clad in green bandannas symbolizing the abortion rights movement burst into cheers and applause outside the session as the vote count was announced, local media showed.

Although Latin America has some of the world’s harshest abortion laws, a growing movement has called for a loosening of restrictions and Argentina legalized the procedure in December.

Reuters

Reno Omokri Reacts As Toyota Snubs Nigeria, Opens Assembly Plant In Ghana

Reno Omokri, a former media aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has reacted as Nigeria get snubbed by Toyota, a Japanese multinational automotive manufacturer and opened an assembly plant in Ghana, Igbere TV reports.

According to report the plant was established to assembly Toyota Hilux pick-up and other sedans by the Toyota Tsusho Manufacturing Company Limited.

The plan is located in the Freezones Enclave in Tema.

President Akufo-Addo of Ghana commissioned the plant yesterday (Tuesday, June 29, 2021), saying the development will help make the acquisition of new vehicles by Ghanaians more affordable as well as enable public sector workers to be able to afford and purchase locally assembled vehicles.

Reacting to the development via his Instagram account on Wednesday, Reno Omokri said;
“Toyota snubbed Nigeria for Ghana

“Twitter snubbed Nigeria for Ghana

“Google AI Twitter snubbed Nigeria for Ghana

“Suzuki snubbed Nigeria for Ghana

“And that is why one GH₵1 is equal to ₦70. Even Buhari snubbed Nigeria for The UK when it came to healthcare.

“The world will continue to snub a government that arrests freedoms, for a government that arrests poverty.”

How Lady Lured Nnamdi Kanu From London To A South American Country

There are Indications that IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, was arrested in a South American country after he was tricked by a Nigerian Lady working undercover with Nigerian security agencies

A source who did not give details of what Nnamdi Kanu was doing with the lady in the South American country, confirmed that Nnamdi Kanu left his London abode where as a British citizen, he has rights and flew to the South American country, thereby falling prey to security operatives.

The source said that on arriving at the popular South American country, the undercover agent ushered him to a hotel which unknown to Kanu was already secured by intelligence operatives.

The IPOB leader was subsequently tranquilized with a suspected high dose of drugs that knocked him off before he was moved into a vehicle and driven to the airport.

Thereafter, the source said Kanu was flown to Nigeria in a private jet which was already on standby for the journey to Nigeria and that he slept all through the journey.

A source said the successful arrest of Nnamdi Kanu by the coordinated efforts of Nigerian Security Agencies led by the National Intelligence Agency and INTERPOL and his subsequent Movement to Nigeria, was the reason President Muhammadu Buhari’s scheduled trip to London for medical check up was postponed.

The planning and execution of the arrest and his movement to Nigeria was said to be ‘an Ultra-Secret Intelligence Mission’ which many diplomatic and other officials, even in government were not privy to.

Source:- Vanguard

2023: I Don’t Know What Record Yahaya Bello Will Campaign With – Sagay

Professor Itse Sagay SAN, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), on Wednesday said he does not know what record Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello is going to base his presidential ambition on if truly he is serious about contesting in the 2023 general elections.

The governor, in a recent interview, had said he is considering running for President in 2023 on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as all Nigerians are asking him to run.

“Nigerians, the youth and women, and all Nigerians, including very objective elites are asking me to run for President in 2023. And I believe it is high time that we look into capacity, who can do the job, who is going to unify this country. And I think they are seeing something in me that they are asking me to come and unite and fix this country.”

However, speaking in an interview with DAILY INDEPENDENT, Sagay said Yahaya Bello needs to understand that by the zoning arrangement in the ruling party, it will be the turn of the South to produce the APC presidential candidate in 2023.

He said: “If he (Yahaya Bello) wants to run, he knows what to do. But he should know that this time around in 2023, it is the turn of the South. The North is already completing its two terms in the current dispensation and it will rotate to the South.

“But if he wants to go against that understanding and run, let him do so and let’s see how much support he is going to get.”

On the governor’s claim that Nigeria needs a youthful president in 2023, Sagay said being a youth is not an automatic qualification for becoming president.

“If he says Nigerians need youth as president, we have to select the youth we want, not anybody who can just jump in because he is a youth. Being a youth is not an automatic qualification for the presidency.

“So, he can do what he wants to do but nobody is committed to his line of thinking at all. I don’t know what record he is going to base his presidential ambition on.”

Source:- Independent Ng

Kano Hisbah Bans Use Of Mannequins For Display Of Clothes By Tailors, Boutique O

The Kano State Hisbah Board has ordered tailors, supermarkets and boutique owners to stop using mannequins to display clothes in the state.

The Commander General of Hisbah, Sheikh Harun Ibn-Sina, announced the ban on Wednesday, adding that the use of mannequins for advert purposes contravenes Islamic injunctions.

According to Mr Ibn-Sina, “Hisbah prohibits the use of mannequins at shops, commercial and private residences and other public places.

This violates Islamic provisions, it is also responsible for immoral thoughts among some members of the public, all these are against Islam.

“We have divided Kano into five areas for the monitoring and implementation of the ban across the state,” Tribune reports.

He also said that the agency would embark on sensitisation of the people to educate them on how Islam frowns on the use of the mannequins, while the agency will send its officials to apprehend and prosecute offenders.

The board had recently arrested 40 teenagers for their alleged involvement in immoral acts, which according to the board are prohibited under the Sharia Law operating in Kano state

Similarly, the board on May 25, prohibited the sale of beer in the state, after it arrested a driver conveying bottles of beer from Zaria to Kano.

Source:- Gazette Ngr

Jadon Sancho Now Finally Joining Manchester United

🚨 | Sancho > Man Utd, here we go!

Jadon Sancho now finally joining Manchester United… HERE WE GO 🔴🏁

  • Done deal and confirmed. Agreement now reached between Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund for €90m with add ons. 🤝
  • Payment structure and agents fee agreed, contract until 2026 and Man United already planning for official announcement in the next days. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
  • Sancho only wanted to join Man United and he’s set to sign after more than one year negotiations, he was ‘one step away’ from signing as new #MUFC player last summer. ⏳

Finally the three words… here we go! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿✊🏻

source:- Fabrizio Romano

Senator Dino Melaye Washes The Dishes And Prepares Food

Sen. Dino Melaye gives his cook a day off, washes the dishes and prepares food

What a responsible and humble man.
He is on money but still humbles himself.

The Senator captioned the video:

Oh mennn!!! No cook, no steward or cleaner for yanky ooo. All man for himself and God for all. Enjoying doing this every day

Joy And Scepticism As Myanmar Frees Hundreds Held Since Coup

Myanmar freed more than 2,000 detainees on Wednesday, among them journalists and others who the ruling military said had been held on incitement charges for taking part in protests, local media reported.

The release was described by some activists as a ploy by the ruling military to divert attention from an ongoing security crackdown.

The army has been under pressure from Western countries and Myanmar’s neighbours to release thousands of people detained during protests since it ousted the elected government of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb. 1.

Many of the military’s opponents have been held, some convicted, under a law that criminalises comments that could cause fear or spread false news and is punishable by up to three years in jail. Suu Kyi is on trial for a similar offence, among others, and remains in detention.

Military spokesman Zaw Min Tun said most of those freed had been charged with incitement for joining protests.

“A total of 2,296 people have been released. They took part in protests but not in leading roles. They didn’t participate in violent acts,” he told Irrawaddy new site.

Reuters could not reach Zaw Min Tun for further comment.

Videos posted on social media showed a stream of mostly young detainees pouring off buses from Yangon’s colonial-era Insein prison, smiling, waving and embracing family members who wept as they arrived.

Others showed a succession of buses leaving the rear entrance of the jail, with passengers leaning from windows and waving at small crowds that gathered outside.

The military has struggled to impose order since it took power, with daily protests nationwide and paralysing strikes.

Ethnic insurgencies that beset Myanmar for decades have flared anew and civilians angered by a wave of arrests have taken up arms against security forces.

Insein prison chief Zaw Zaw had earlier told Reuters that some 700 people would be released, without giving a reason. He did not respond to subsequent calls seeking comment.

The news portal Myanmar Now said its reporter Kay Zon Nway was freed after 124 days charged with incitement.

“Like many other political detainees, she was unfairly arrested. She has suffered a lot in prison. But today, I’m glad to see her again in great spirits,” Swe Win, Myanmar Now’s editor-in-chief said in a text message.

The Irrawaddy said six journalists were freed altogether.

State-run MRTV made no mention of the release in its nightly newscast.

Western countries have demanded political prisoners be freed and condemned the military takeover. Myanmar’s neighbours in April sought a commitment from its military rulers to initiate dialogue, end the violence and release detainees.

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), a non-profit based in Thailand, said the mass release was engineered to give the impression the military’s sweeping crackdown had eased.

“Today’s events intend to make it seem like there has been a relaxation in the junta’s oppression. This is not the case,” it said in a statement.

More than 5,200 people are being held, according to AAPP. It also says 883 people have been killed – a figure challenged by the military leadership, which has blamed the unrest on “terrorists” among supporters of Suu Kyi’s party. Reuters has been unable to confirm the numbers.

On Tuesday, the army-run Myawaddy television said authorities had dropped charges against 24 celebrities on wanted lists under the anti-incitement law. read more

Salai Za Uk Ling of the Chin Human Rights Organisation, a group from Chin state, a centre of opposition to the takeover by the military, said the release was “quite meaningless” and intended to appease the international community.

He said people were still being arrested daily in Chin state and elsewhere in Myanmar. Reuters was not immediately able to confirm his statement.

“We will face this same problem until they stop the unlawful arrests,” he added. “People will not feel safe in their homes.”

Reuters

Sun-starved Britons Flood To Spain’s Mallorca After Restrictions Eased

Beach-craving British tourists flocked to the Spanish island of Mallorca on Wednesday after London added the Balearic archipelago to its “green travel list”, boosting hopes for a better tourist season after a disastrous 2020.

Tourists stepping outside Palma de Mallorca’s airport expressed relief and gratitude to be back in the sunshine, with some saying they were lucky to have bought tickets early as prices soared in the past week.

The lifting of restrictions by Britain means holidaymakers will not have to quarantine for 10 days on return from the islands, as they still have to with the rest of Spain and most other countries.

The quarantine rule had scared away many, but not all.

“I booked two weeks ago and was prepared to quarantine for 10 days afterwards. We were just very lucky,” said Georgia Dover, 20.

A spokesperson for Spain’s Melia (MEL.MC) hotel chain said that in the 24 hours after Britain put the islands on the green list, bookings soared to the equivalent registered during 10 days in pre-pandemic 2019.

Underscoring the importance of the British market to Spain’s top destinations, authorities on the Canary Islands, which are not on the green list, recently slashed their forecast for annual tourist arrivals to 5 million from 8 million.

Infection concerns have returned to the fore as Spain’s 14-day infection rate rose over the past week to 117 per 100,000 people – its highest since early June – led by cases among teenagers and young adults who have not been vaccinated.

Mallorcan authorities are investigating an outbreak among some 600 Spanish students celebrating the end of term. read more

A judge ruled on Wednesday that most of the group, who have been in enforced quarantine on the island since the weekend, could go free after testing negative, while 68 people who tested positive must remain isolated.

Rising cases in Britain prompted Spain on Monday to demand a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination from British tourists – the same requirements as for European Union travellers – after having let them in freely for a month. read more

The government forecasts tourist arrivals will reach 45% of their pre-pandemic levels this summer and about 54% this year. That is a steep improvement from 10% in April.

Data from airport operator Aena (AENA.MC) showed flight reservations to the Balearic Islands over the next 12 months had reached 80% of their normal levels, compared with just 46% across Spain as a whole.

Reuters

Rihanna Celebrates The End Of Pride Month With New Sexy Photos

Rihanna Celebrates The End Of Pride Month With New Sexy Photos

Rihanna celebrated the end of Pride month in style. 

The singer showed her support to the LGBTQIA+ community by sharing these photos of herself dressed in a crewneck black t-shirt with classic vintage-style yellow-tinted sunglasses while posing in bed.

She also rocked black sheer stockings decorated with a rainbow strap on top and completed her look with a sheer thong in black replete with embellished rainbows from her Savage X Fenty lingerie line.

See full photos below…

Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye Wins Player Of The Year Award In Holland

Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye Wins Player Of The Year Award In Holland

Super Eagles goalkeeper,  Maduka Okoye has been named Sparta Rotterdam’s Player of the Season.

The 21-year-old made 28 league appearances for Sparta Rotterdam and kept 10 clean sheets.

He was presented with the award by sporting director Henk van Stee on Wednesday morning, June 30.

“Supporters of Sparta Rotterdam were given the opportunity to vote for their Player of the Season, an election that was won by Maduka Okoye. The goalkeeper, who played 28 league games and managed to keep his goal clean ten times, received the prize this morning from Henk van Stee,” reads a statement on the club website.

The Nigerian international joined Sparta Rotterdam last summer from Bundesliga club Fortuna Dusseldorf. He is currently being linked with a move to Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam.

Court Quashes Bill Cosby’s Sex Crimes Conviction, Allowing His Release

A US court overturned comedian Bill Cosby’s conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 15 years ago on Wednesday, allowing his release from prison.

“Cosby’s convictions and judgment of sentence are vacated, and he is discharged,” the Pennsylvania Supreme Court wrote in a 79-page ruling.

The 83-year-old, most famous for his role on hit TV series “The Cosby Show,” has served more than two years of a three-to-ten-year sentence for aggravated indecent assault.

It was not immediately clear when he would be released.

“We will need to receive, authenticate and review the court documents before we move forward,” a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections told AFP.

Cosby was convicted in 2018 of assaulting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion.

It was the first guilty verdict for sexual assault against a celebrity since the advent of the #MeToo movement.

An earlier prosecution ended in a mistrial in June 2017 after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

Although more than 60 women charged that they had been victims of sexual assault by Cosby, he was tried criminally only for Constand’s assault, since the statute of limitations had expired in the other cases.

He filed his second appeal against his conviction in August last year.

His lawyers argued that five women should not have been allowed to give evidence at his trial as witnesses.

They complained that their “decades-old” allegations, which were not part of the charges, had prejudiced the jury.

The attorneys also argue it was “fundamentally unfair” that deposition testimony Cosby gave in a civil case regarding his use of sedative drugs and his sexual behaviors in the 1970s was heard in court.

They argue that Cosby believed the testimony was immune from prosecution when he gave it.

Cosby had lost an earlier appeal when a court ruled that the prosecution’s evidence had established Cosby’s “unique sexual assault playbook.”

Source:- News.yahoo

Man Utd Agree £73million Deal To Sign Jadon Sancho

Man Utd Agree Deal Sign Sancho

Manchester United have reportedly agreed a £73million deal with Borussia Dortmund to sign Jadon Sancho.

The Red Devils will finally land their top target Sancho after the two clubs reached a compromise fee for the 21 year-old winger.

Dortmund accepted United’s third offer which will see them pay the fee spread over four years.

Sancho will complete his move to Old Trafford, signing a five-year deal that runs until 2026 and undergo a medical, following England’s participation in the Euros.

United have been long-term admirers of Sancho, and interested in trying to sign him in 2017 before he left Manchester City for Dortmund.

They revived their interest last summer but refused to meet Dortmund’s £108m price tag.

Dortmund lowered their demands this summer, initially hoping for as much as £86m.

But United have managed to negotiate Dortmund down even further and land their man for around £35m less than the price they were quoted last summer.

TryNaija Sport

Zinedine Zidane On Kylian Mbappe

Zinedine Zidane 🎙🎙❗❗🇫🇷
“I don’t like to say anything publicly about the players but Kylian Mbappe must quickly change something that’s dangerous to his profession, that’s a pride. France has the biggest legend that didn’t show the pride like that. Scared if he continues like this he’ll watch.”😮🇫🇷