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Stephens beats Keys to win first US Open

American Sloane Stephens beat compatriot and friend Madison Keys in two straight sets  6-3 6-0 to win the US Open trophy on Saturday. It was her first Grand Slam trophy. En route the final, the 24 year-old  had beaten Venus Williams in the semi finals. Playing with much composure than her friend on Saturday , and committing fewer errors, she  broke Keys’ serve to go up 3-2 in the first set. She was unstoppable thereafter, closing the set 6-3. Stephens and Madison Keys: for friendship In the second set, she held serve and went ahead to break Keys twice to register a 4-0 lead. She held serve again for a 5-0 lead and clinched the championship on her Opponent’s serve. Both friends ran to the net for a bear hug after the match, with the champion consoling  her defeated frie...

AHEAD OF ANAMBRA ELECTION: I will build on the savings Obi made for Anambra —Obaze

By Lekan bilesanmi Why are you contesting to be governor? It is borne out of my desire to serve my people. If your bid is successful, what would you do differently as governor? Oseloka Obaze If I become the governor, no matter how challenging the economic situation is, I will build on the savings Obi made for Anambra. I shall complete all projects abandoned in the state. We shall work on all sectors. We shall re-establish the partnership established by the Obi administration with the Church in various sectors. How do we explain how the state regressed from debt-free status in Obi’s tenure to huge indebtedness to banks and contractors? A study my team conducted reveals that with the current slide, the socio-economy of Anambra will collapse in barely a decade’s time. We ...

Facebook Offers Music Labels and Publishers ‘Hundreds of Millions’ in New Licensing Agreement, Report Says

Facebook looks to be entering the music business. The site is offering major record labels and music publishers “hundreds of millions of dollars” so its users can legally include copyrighted music in videos they upload to the platform, according to Bloomberg. It’s no secret that Facebook has been a strong advocate of video for some time, not-so-subtly incentivizing traditional media outlets to join the video marketplace. Already a major force behind certain sites’ now-routine “pivot to video,” the tech giant has continued to benefit from its relationships with advertisers, whose viewership metrics appear significantly higher for video content, at least according to reports from the platform itself. Facebook is already one of the biggest advertisers in th...

We lost because ghost, witches, wizard, human beings voted during the election – Zuma

By Nwafor Sunday The president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, Saturday said that his party, African National Congress (ANC) lost the Western Cape polls because of witches and wizard in union with ghost who took part during the voting process. Jacob Zuma According to Huffington Post, Zuma was quoted to have said that ghosts voted to keep the Democratic Alliance (DA) in power. In his word, “I don’t know where they get the luck to win here because people in the majority are not living comfortable. I don’t know‚ [maybe] it’s because of witchcraft‚ witches practice their craft in different ways. “In the last elections I was satisfied that we are taking the Western Cape‚ I even said so. What went wrong? I too can’t tell you. It’s witchcraft‚ you never know. Maybe even ghosts a...

Nigerians both young, old ‘should ask, what can we do to make this country truly great? – Osinbajo

Vice President Prof. Yemi osinbajo, SAN, GCON has said that Nigerians both young and old ‘should ask, what can they do to make this country truly great? What is their contribution? In what way by word, deed, action, can they really bring about a country that is great? A country that we can be proud of? A country that people all over the world will come to and be truly proud. Yemi Osinbajo Osinbajo speaking at the presentation and the inauguration of HIYA Nigeria on Nigeria Television Authority, NTA headquarters in Abuja on Thursday said: ‘…whether here or in the diaspora, some of the smartest people in the world are Nigerians. But our greatest assets are our young people; bright, creative and irrepressible. In technology, music and entertainment, we have proved that we are the future.’ He ...

We need steady supply of electric power to be competitive – Rikki

Among the cultural spectacles is Rikki Chinedu Nwajiofor, Director, Arts,Culture & Tourism, National Youth Council of Nigeria.  Adorned in his rich Igbo attire, Nwajiofor told Vanguard’s Arts & Reviews that he is grateful to the Federal Government of Nigeria, the National Council for Arts & Culture, and the indefatigable Otunba Segun Runsewe, for organizing such a grand event as AFAC Expo 2017 in order to showcase the wonderful skills and crafts of our people. Rikki Chinedu Nwajiofor, Director, Arts, Culture & Tourism, National Youth Council of Nigeria. Photo by OSA AMADI. Nwajiofor, however, has some word of advice for the government: “There are some young men I know who are so skillful and creative with their hands. I have spotted them here today at this event. There is a...

We need to help children battling cancer— Matilda, mother of three–year–old cancer survivor

September is the International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This year, the Daivyan Children Cancer Foundation, a non-governmental organization with the core interest of creating awareness on the scourge and supporting children battling cancer, ushered in the month in grand style by lighting up Teslim Balogun Stadium Lagos in an event tagged ‘Light Lagos Gold’. •Matilda(left), with a participant The founder of the Foundation and mother of Daivyan, a three -year -old kidney cancer survivor, Mrs. Matilda Williams-Obiajunwa, felt there was a need to reach out to other kids battling the scourge her innocent child fought for over a year after he was diagnosed at the tender age of one year 11months. According to Williams-Obiajunwa, the event was also to honour the kids l...

NPFL: Plateau Utd wear the crown

Plateau United are the 19th champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League after beating Rangers International 2-0 in the final match at the Rwan Pam Stadium in Jos. They also pocketed the N50 million prize money at stake. CHAMPIONS…NFF President, Amaju Pinnick (third from left) hands the league trophy to Plateau Utd captain, Golbe Elisha  , as others watch yesterday in Jos It is the first time they are winning the league diadem. It is the year of the underdog, where a team, which were battling for survival last season, have turned the corner to become the beautiful bride of the Nigerian league. Plateau United finished top of the 20-team table with 66 points from 38 matches, runners-up MFM lost to El-Kanemi Warriors in Maiduguri and ended up with 62 points, whil...

Klopp laments Mane’s red card

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Sadio Mane was “unlucky” to be sent off during the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City. CRUSHING… Liverpool’s Sadio Mane collides with City’s keeper Ederson in their EPL match yesterday. Mane was given the marching order and Liverpool collapsed to a 5-0 defeat. City goalkeeper Ederson was involved in a nasty collision with the Liverpool forward during the first half of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium. The former Benfica stopper was caught in the face by a high foot from Mane, who was subsequently given a straight red card by referee Jonathan Moss. Ederson was removed from the pitch on a stretcher after eight minutes of treatment and was taken to the nearby Manchester Institute of Health and Performance to be assessed for...

Man. United stabbed in the back —Van Gaal

Lois van Gaal says Manchester United went “behind my back” in replacing him as manager with Jose Mourinho in 2016. Van Gaal The Dutchman, 66, was sacked 48 hours after winning the FA Cup and Mourinho was appointed less than a week later. “They told me only after it was leaked out, it was the biggest disappointment of my life,” Van Gaal, who was two years into a three-year contract, told Dutch paper Algemeen Dagblad. “United put my head in a noose and I was publicly placed on the gallows.” United paid out £8.4m to Van Gaal following the departure of the Dutchman and his coaches. “United did not discuss this with me. If they had come to me with the Mourinho plan then I could have said ‘OK, let’s give it everything for the last six months, complete commitment to each othe...

Ekiti 2018: I won a primary election in 2006, I will win again – Yinka Akerele, APC aspirant

A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Otunba Oluyinka Akerele, is optimistic about his chances of winning the ticket of the party to contest the 2018 election in the state. •Otunba Oluyinka Akerele Akerele spoke while reacting to a newspaper interview by Engineer Segun Oni, a former governor of Ekiti, in which he claimed that he was not imposed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag bearer in the 2007 governorship election in the state. Oni, also running for the ticket of the APC for the 2018 election, had said in the interview that although Akerele took the first position in the PDP primary ahead of the 2007 election, he (Oni) eventually became the party’s candidate and later went ahead...

Benzema injury exposes Real striking options

Real Madrid’s lack of striking options is set to come under the spotlight with Karim Benzema expected to be sidelined for at least a month due to a hamstring injury. Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema (2L) vies with Levante’s Colombian midfielder Jefferson Lerma (R) during the Spanish Liga football match Real Madrid vs Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO The Frenchman hobbled off midway through the first-half as Real were held to a shock 1-1 draw at home to Levante on Saturday. “Karim Benzema has been diagnosed with an injury in the semimembranosus muscle of the right leg,” Madrid said in a statement without specifying Benzema’s estimated recovery time. However, Madrid sports dailies Marca and AS reported Benzema...