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‘Historic’ World Rugby reforms to aid development of women’s game

New Zealand defeated defending champions England to win the World Cup in Ireland in August Reforms that will “accelerate the global development of women” in the game have been announced by rugby union’s world governing body. World Rugby is to expand the number of positions on its council – recently all held by men – from 32 to 49, with the 17 new roles to be taken by women. It is aiming for “at least one-third women’s representation from 2018”. Chairman Bill Beaumont described the reforms as “historic, reflective of our ambitions and long overdue”. World Rugby ratified the changes at the same time as its 2017-25 Women’s Plan, a long-term strategy to “significantly increase involvement and interest” in the women&#...

Bolaji Abdullahi a liar, exposed his book as tissue of lies – Jonathan

By Anthony Ogbonna Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Bolaji Abdullahi is a liar. Dr. Jonathan also said that the APC’s spokesman’s book, On a Platter of Gold: How Jonathan Won and Lost Nigeria’ which attempted a narration of how he (Jonathan) lost the 2015 election, is equally “a tissue of lies.” Jonathan Jonathan who spoke through his former aide and bestselling author, Pastor Reno Omokri, also said that Mr. Abdullahi’s book claimed that he (Jonathan) had convened a meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, elites to renege on his decision, after earlier conceding defeat to the then candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, party, who is now President Muhammadu Buhari for ...

Arjen Robben hints at retirement

Arjen Robben has hinted that his football career could end with this season as he enters the final year of his contract with Bayern Munich. Robben The Dutch forward remains relevant to Jupp Heynckes’ team, playing 18 times in all competitions this season. Robben talking to Kicker said, “My future is uncertain. It could be over for me after this season, I could try something new or play three more years for Bayern. Everything is possible. “I try to enjoy my football and play on a high level as long as possible, but I don’t know how long it will work out.” Arjen Robben is one of the top players who will be absent at the 2018 FIFA World Cup after the Netherlands failed to qualify from their group.

Security: Rep calls for more involvement of traditional institutions

A House of Representatives member, Mr Johnson Agbonayinma, has called for more involvement of traditional institutions in tackling security challenges in the country. House of Representatives Agbonayinma stated on Thursday in Abuja that traditional institutions should not be undermined in governance, insisting that they had prominent role. “I am sponsoring a Bill soon on involvement of traditional institutions in the governance of this country because their role is important. “The youth and the women must also be involved as we have youth council, traditional council, women council and others. “They must be part of the National Orientation Agency to disseminate the right information. “We cannot do anything without involving the traditional institutions in fighting insu...

Senate postpones consideration of MTEF/FSP over discrepancies

The Senate on Thursday announced the postponement consideration of the 2018-2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP). SENATE CHAMBER Chairman, Senate Joint Committee on Finance, Appropriation and National Planning, Mr John Enoh, who made this known at plenary, attributed the action to “some discrepancies’’. The MTEF/FSP, which provides the parameters upon which the national budget is prepared, was slated for debate and consideration on Thursday by the lawmakers. According to Enoh, there are some matters that are contained in the report at the moment that we need to consult further with the Joint Committee in the House of Representatives. In his remarks, President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, directed the committee to ensure that...

Britain sends envoy to Zimbabwe ahead of inauguration

Britain’s Africa minister Rory Stewart arrived in Zimbabwe on Thursday for wide-ranging talks, ahead of the inauguration of a new president following Robert Mugabe’s dramatic departure. Emmerson Mnangagwa Stewart is due to meet political and business leaders, as well as human rights groups and NGOs, the UK foreign ministry said in a statement. His arrival in the capital Harare comes just days after Mugabe’s resignation on Tuesday, ending his 37-year rule as MPs gathered in parliament to impeach their 93-year-old leader. Stewart described the historic change as “an absolutely critical moment” following “Mugabe’s ruinous rule”. “The events of the last few days have given people here real hope that Zimbabwe can be set on a different, more democratic and more prosperous pa...

Russian senator alleges plot by US to ‘discredit’ World Cup

A top Russian senator said on Thursday he had credible evidence of the United States plotting to “discredit” the 2018 World Cup his country is staging for the first time. Official 2018 FIFA World Cup match-ball The claim came as Russia prepares to host the June 14-July 15 global showpiece in the heat of a diplomatic war with the West over disputes ranging from Ukraine and Syria to Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election. The Federation Council upper house of parliament’s new ‘protection of state sovereignty commission’ chief Andrei Klimov said the issue would be addressed at a meeting attended by foreign ministry and sport officials on Tuesday. “The commission has received credible evidence showing that American government officials are direc...

Juan Mata open to extending Man United stay, eyes playing until 40

In an exclusive interview with ESPN, Manchester United’s Juan Mata discussed his future in football, and said how pleased he’d be if he could play until he turns 40, like United legend Ryan Giggs. Speaking exclusively to ESPN, Juan Mata discusses the monumental boost that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba bring to Manchester United. MANCHESTER — Juan Mata has told ESPN FC he would like to extend his stay at Manchester United and has not ruled out playing until he is 40 years old. The Spain international’s current contract expires next summer, although United hold an option to keep him at the club until 2019. Mata says he would like to remain at Old Trafford, and when asked whether he would like to sign a new long-term deal and finish his career at the club, the midf...

Sevilla’s Wissam ben Yedder targets World Cup spot with France

Sevilla completed an improbable comeback after going down 3-0 in the first half to Liverpool. Sevilla completed an improbable comeback after going down 3-0 in the first half to Liverpool. Sevilla striker Wissam ben Yedder has told RMC he remains optimistic about his chances of forcing his way into France’s World Cup squad thanks to his Champions League form. Ben Yedder, 27, has only found the net twice in La Liga this term, but he has been far more impressive in European competition with his double in Tuesday’s 3-3 thriller with Liverpool taking his group-stage tally to six. The former under-21 international is yet to win a senior cap and with Antoine Griezmann, Alexandre Lacazette, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud all ahead of him in the national team pecking order, his chance...

Radja Nainggolan dismisses Roma exit talk following Diego Simeone praise

Radja Nainggolan has regularly been linked with a Roma exit. Radja Nainggolan has reiterated how happy he is to be a Roma player after Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone revealed he would like to have him in his team. Nainggolan was linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer and Atletico boss Simeone confirmed that he would be interested in the 29-year-old, telling Mediaset that he “would be an extraordinary player for us.” Nainggolan made up his mind in June that he was sticking with Roma, having made the same decision the year before, and he told Mediaset that is his final decision — all the more so after he was given the captain’s armband to wear in Wednesday’s 2-0 Champions League loss to Atletico in the absence of Daniele De Rossi and Alessandro Florenz...

Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster must keep feet on the ground – Steven Gerrard

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool opened the door for Sevilla to fight back for a draw after going 3-0 up in the first half. Steve Nicol responds to your tweets on all things Liverpool after their second-half collapse saw them draw 3-3 at Sevilla. Steve Nicol and the rest of the FC crew don’t hold back in their critique of Liverpool’s 3-goal collapse against Sevilla. Steven Gerrard has told the Liverpool Echo that he has been pleased with the return of the “magnificent” Rhian Brewster to Liverpool after his heroics on the international stage. Brewster is back with the club following his eye-catching performances that helped England win the Under-17 World Cup in India last month. The striker scored an excellent volley in last weekend’s rout against Everton at U23s le...

Exclusive: Mata eyes new United deal

In an exclusive interview with ESPN, Manchester United’s Juan Mata discussed his future in football, and said how pleased he’d be if he could play until he turns 40, like United legend Ryan Giggs. Speaking exclusively to ESPN, Juan Mata discusses the monumental boost that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba bring to Manchester United. MANCHESTER — Juan Mata has told ESPN FC he would like to extend his stay at Manchester United and has not ruled out playing until he is 40 years old. The Spain international’s current contract expires next summer, although United hold an option to keep him at the club until 2019. Mata says he would like to remain at Old Trafford, and when asked whether he would like to sign a new long-term deal and finish his career at the club, the midf...