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More history for Iceland, Serbia qualify for world cup

Iceland qualified for the World Cup for the first time after beating Kosovo 2-0 on Monday, while Serbia clinched a spot at next year’s finals with a 1-0 win over Georgia. Iceland players celebrate after qualifying for World Cup Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johann Gudmundsson scored in Reykjavik as Iceland, with a population of just 330,000, became the smallest country to advance to the World Cup finals. It is the tiny northern European island nation’s second successive appearance at a major tournament after their shock win over England in a surprise run to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals. “I thought after Euro 2016 that the hardest thing would be to motivate ourselves again,” said Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson. “The hardest thing was to get going again afte...

O’Neill backs Ireland to ruffle play-off feathers

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill fears “every single” potential opponent in the World Cup play-offs, but after eliminating Wales, he thinks few teams will want to face his side. O’Neill Ireland won 1-0 in Cardiff on Monday courtesy of James McClean’s 57th-minute strike to take second place in Group D at Wales’ expense and secure one of the eight berths in next month’s European play-offs. Italy and European champions Portugal are among the teams Ireland could face, but after becoming the first opposition manager to prevail in a competitive game at Cardiff City Stadium in over four years, O’Neill was upbeat. “I don’t think everybody would want to play us,” he told reporters. “Do I fear teams? Absolutely. Every single one of them. I’ve always feared teams. That’...

Chukwuka canvasses continuity with Obiano

By Chimaobi Nwaiwu AN industrialist, Chief Augustine Okechukwu Chukwuka, has called on the people of Anambra State to embrace the policy and spirit of continuity in the issue of governance and other political activities in the state, particularly in electing the governor of the state. Speaking in an interview with Vanguard in Ogidi, Idemili North local Government, headquarters, Chief Chukwuka said: “without embracing the policy of continuity and imbibing the spirit, the state will not achieve much in its developmental goals.” Chief Willie Obiano Chukwuka who is the chief executive officer of Austraco Industries Nigeria Limited, said, “good governance, security, infrastructural development, civil service welfare and agricultural development will not be achieved if the p...

Pentathlon: We’ve started work in earnest – Ogboro

Chairman of the Local Organising Committee for the fast-approaching Modern Pentathlon Youth Olympic qualifier, Africa and Senior African Championship billed for December in Lagos, Chief Francis Ogboro has said that the various sub-committees under him had started turning in positive reports already. Marathoners at the Warri-Effurun peace marathon Briefing members of the Media sub-committee in his Victoria Island office Monday, Chief Ogboro who doubles as President of the Nigeria Polo Federation commended the Modern Pentathlon Union for awarding the hosting rights of the global event to Nigeria and said the Pentathlon body would not be disappointed at the end of the event which will be holding in Africa for the first time. He pledged his personal commitment to the succe...

A’Ibom rebuffs FG’s prog for rice farmers – Inyang

By Emmanuel Ayungbe UYO- AKWA IBOM  State has reportedly backed out of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN’s N12 billion Anchor Borrowers Programme for rice farmers in the state sponsored by the Federal Government. Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Hebron Integrated Farms and Mills Limited, the company coordinating the programme for rice and cat fish farmers in Akwa Ibom and Cross River states, Mr. Alphonsus Inyang, stated this in an interview with NDV. •Mr. Alphonsus Inyang, Coordinator, CBN Anchor Borrowers Programme, Akwa Ibom State. Inyang, an agricultural development expert, who sounded disturbed at the development, asked the NDV reporter, who probed for the reason from the Akwa Ibom State government. He bemoaned: “Well, we have had numerous challenges, the ...

Senators Imoke, Enoh, monarchs brainstorm on peace in C’River Central district

By Emmanuel Una IKOM- FORMER Governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke, current Senator representing Central senatorial district, Senator John Enoh, former Commander of the United Nations Peace Troop to Sudan, General Moses Obi, monarchs and other leaders of the district converged on Ikom community in the state, penultimate Saturday, to proffer solutions to the incessant communal conflicts and cult clashes in the province. They noted that the fact that Central senatorial district has become the hotbed of inter communal wars, leading to loss of lives, destruction of property and insecurity in the state is no longer an issue, but what has agitated sane minds in the state was why leaders took a long time in intervening. •Imoke and Owan Enoh It was, therefore, not...

Why North is gathering for restructuring —Bugaje

A former member of the House of Representatives and ex-Political Adviser to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Dr. Usman Bugaje discusses the clamour for restructuring within the context of the likely position of the north on the matter. By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor YOU have lately been under the political radar, what have you been doing? I am not sure about being under the radar, but I am sure about what I have been doing. I have in the last few years focused my mind on development, for it is pretty clear that without development there cannot be peace. A lot of the security breaches we have in different parts of the country are inextricably linked to development, or lack of it as it were. Bugaje Myself, and a host of colleagues, have created the Arewa Resea...

Voting Obiano’s opponents tantamount to committing political suicide, Obigwe tells Anambra electorates

By Nwafor Sunday The National Coordinator APGA Media Warriors Forum, Evang Chinedu Obigwe, on Tuesday advised Anambra people to vote for Governor Willie Obiano who has a wonderful socio-economic cum political mission to complete before 2022, noting that a vote for any of his political opponents is synonymous to committing a political suicide. Obigwe who described governor Obiano’s opponents as selfish and visionless politicians, added that nothing good comes from them except taking Anambra back to another moribund state. Chief Willie Obiano In a press release issued to pressmen, Obigwe said “I advise you to vote for Gov Willie Obiano, I advise you to vote for continuity, I advise you to vote for APGA. Obiano’s plan is to make Anambra state the light of the nation and h...

LOVE POTION: Love-struck Akwa Ibom women warned over tortoise

By Emmanuel Ayungbe MBIAKONG—DIRECTOR of Biodiversity Preservation Center, BPC, in Akwa Ibom State, Dr. Edem Eniang, has expressed concern over the widespread hunt for tortoises in Akwa Ibom State by women for the preparation of love potions, popularly known as Kop nno mi for their lovers and other charms. CEPF, GWWA partners: Dr. Eniang, a University of Uyo, UNIUYO, lecturer, who spoke at a campaign, “Conserve Nigerian Endangered Tortoises, Don’t Hunt Them, Don’t Use Them For Love Potions,” in Mbiakong community, Uruan local government area, said that the survival of the animal is greatly endangered in the state, as it was daily hunted for meals and preparation of love concoctions, popularly known in the area as Kop nno mi and charms for fortune seekers. Tortoise The ...

How Buhari can bring off Kachikwu/Baru commotion

By Emma Amaize INSIDERS, particularly workers, watching the power play between the workstations of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Kachikwu and the Group Managing Director, GMD, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, in the last six months, at the NNPC Towers, Abuja, had diagnosed that it was only a matter of time for things to explode. In fact, when the powers that be at the corporation started taking more than a passing interest in the workers that stopped at the Minister’s work floor and the deeper reason of them by-passing, it was palpable that matters could run out of control. Kachikwu, Buhari and Baru Not unanticipated: By and large, the developments were not totally unexpected. Some have described it as a personality problem be...

Obiano’s poor performance will pave way for our victory — Ikedife, APC running mate

By Chimaobi Nwaiwu THE APC Deputy Governorship candidate, Mr. Dozie Ikedife jnr, yesterday, said the poor performance of the incumbent Willie Obiano administration which has turned the state into a failed state had created a big opportunity for the party to win the election. Ikedife who spoke in Nnewi yesterday, said, “with Dr. Nwoye and myself as governor and deputy governor, respectively, there will be a new lease of hope and life in Anambra State, that would signal a new era, now the Obiano’s lacklustre performance has made it very imperative to deny him second tenure. Dr Dozie Ikedife “Our task now is to defeat a non-performing, but very well funded incumbent in the gubernatorial election. Time is tight. The campaign will gather much-heightened media visibility in ...

Ehanire, Osayomore: Edo indigenes protest in Abuja, call for CP’s removal

By Simon Ebegbulem BENIN—FOLLOWING the violent crimes and kidnappings witnessed in Edo State in the past one month, indigenes of the state, yesterday, stormed Abuja, calling for the removal of the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Haliru Gwandu. Meanwhile, the state Police Command has said it was making progress towards securing the release of musical ace, Joseph Osayomore, and Mr. Andy Ehanire, who were recently kidnapped, urging the people of the state to remain calm. Haliru Gwandu The protesters, who stormed the National Assembly and the Police Command in Abuja, lamented that while Governor Godwin Obaseki and the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, were working round the clock to encourage investments into Edo State, the “IG has refused to support the government of Edo S...