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Pirlo credits 'mentor' Conte with fuelling coaching ambitions


    jan. 16, 2021, 3:50 p.m.

by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo on Saturday credited Inter Milan counterpart Antonio Conte with fuelling his coaching ambitions as the pair prepare for their first clash in Serie A.Ex-Juve boss Conte, 51, led the Turin giants to the first three off their current run of nine Serie A titles with then midfielder Pirlo, 41, on his team. He taught me so many things and made me want to be a coach, but tomorrow we will be opponents,” said Pirlo ahead of Sunday’s game in the San Siro. maybe that’s why we always got along well,” said Pirlo, who had never coached before taking over at Juventus, receiving his diploma just before the season kicked off. Inter are second, three points behind leaders AC Milan, with Juventus fourth, seven points adrift of top spot with a game in hand. Juventus’ Italian coach Andrea Pirlo reacts during the Italian Serie A football match AC Milan vs Juventus on January 6, 2021 at the San Siro stadium in Milan. hopes of winning a first ‘Scudetto’ since 2010 could depend on the game. “Last year we narrowed the gap,” said Conte, whose side finished runners-up just one point behind Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus. side are coming off a three-match winning streak including 3-1 over AC Milan in the San Siro earlier this month. “It is inevitable that Juventus must represent a benchmark because in recent years they have dominated in Italy.

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Liverpool seek solace in Europe but Leipzig loom

  Guardianng   Today, 3:21 a.m.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher labelled the current squad “mentality midgets” — in sharp contrast to the “mentality monsters” moniker previously used by Klopp to describe his team. Klopp’s first season in charge, in 2015/16, ended with Liverpool a lowly eighth in the league, but they were roared on as they battled back from 3-1 down to beat Borussia Dortmund 4-3 in the second leg of their Europa League last-eight tie on their way to the final. Spanish giants were demolished 4-0 in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final, 24 hours after Manchester City landed a vital blow in a titanic title race with Klopp’s men. AFP)Jurgen Klopp’s stumbling English champions will approach Wednesday’s second leg with trepidation — knowing they will not even be at Anfield for the “home” match. Liverpool’s “home” match against Leipzig will be played in the Puskas Arena in Budapest as a result of Covid-19 travel restrictions, the same stadium that hosted the first leg. But the unusual circumstances of this year’s Champions League have robbed the competition of much of its sparkle, with various teams forced to travel to neutral venues for home matches while the public remains locked down in many countries. In 2005, Rafael Benitez’s league also-rans were inspired to thrilling wins over Juventus and Chelsea before producing the greatest comeback in Champions League final history in Istanbul against AC Milan. Liverpool’s dramatic exploits in European competition over the years have been fuelled by the colour, noise and energy provided by fans packed into their famous old stadium. Injuries have played a major role in their dramatic decline, which has left them struggling just to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
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Okowa charges council chairmen on continuity of predecessors’ projects

  Guardianng   Today, 3:15 a.m.

Ifeanyi OkowaOkowa gave the charge yesterday in Asaba during the swearing-in of the 25 chairmen in the state, saying the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) victory in the Saturday, March 6, 2021 council poll, demonstrated its supremacy in the state. While giving the vote of thanks on behalf on the new council bosses, Chairman of Ndokwa-East Council Area, Ameachi Governor, assured Okowa that they would work in line with the blueprint of his administration. He further cautioned that no council chairman would be permitted to live outside his local government headquarters to ensure smooth running of their administration.
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Ardova, Lafarge Africa, others lift market index by 0.17%

  Guardianng   Today, 3 a.m.

Oando rose by 9.43 per cent to close at N2.90 kobo while Morison Industries, Cornerstone Insurance and Wema Bank gained 9.09 per cent each, to close at 72 kobo, 60 kobo and 60 kobo. Ardova and Linkage Assurance recorded the highest price gain of 10 per cent each to close at N14.85 and 55 kobo while Champion Breweries followed by a gain of 9.52 per cent to close at N1.84 kobo. Livestock Feeds followed with a decline of 9.87 per cent to close at N2.01 kobo while SCOA Nigeria depreciated by 9.85 per cent to close at N2.38 kobo. FBN Holdings (FBNH) followed with 23.478 million shares worth N169.455 million while AXA Mansard Insurance traded 21.365 million shares valued at N20.918 million. Guinea Insurance traded 20.185 million shares valued at N4.037 million, while United Capital transacted 13.596 million shares worth N64.134 million.
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Chelsea cruise, West Ham win as top four race hots up

  Guardianng   Today, 2:40 a.m.

They are two points ahead of fifth placed West Ham, who have a game in hand in a tense race to qualify for next season’s Champions League via a top four finish. “If you share special moments and good results, this is the thing that lifts you up to the special performances you need,” Tuchel said. The Blues have kept nine clean-sheets under Tuchel and only their former Italian boss Maurizio Sarri, who went 12 games unbeaten, has enjoyed a better start with the west London club. The 21-year-old has not scored in the league since October, but Tuchel entrusted him with an important role as Chelsea’s false nine and Havertz’s intelligent movement put him in position to earn the second-half penalty that Jorginho converted. “He needs to adapt to the Premier League, he needs to be at a club where you play to win every game, where the highest standards are normal. (Photo by Ian Walton / POOL / AFP)Havertz has endured a disappointing first season following his £70 million ($96 million) move from Bayer Leverkusen last year. But the Germany forward was given a rare start by Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel and he responded by playing the key role in both goals at Stamford Bridge. But they have won four of their last six league games to leave Hammers fans dreaming of a place in Europe’s elite club competition. ”Chelsea are unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions — winning eight times — since Tuchel replaced the sacked Frank Lampard in January. “I’m very happy with his performance, no doubt about his quality, his talent and also his character,” Tuchel said.
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Ganduje hails Aspira’s contribution to Kano economic growth

  Guardianng   Today, 2:33 a.m.

Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and other guests received by the Chairman, Aspira Nigeria Limited, Ahmadu Haruna Danzago and CEO of the Company, Sami Jaafer, during the governor’s commissioning of the company’s new plant in Kano…recentlyThe governor, who gave the commendation during an official visit to the company site to commission the new plant, also appreciated the company for its immense contributions to the employment of thousands of Kano residents. According to the governor, there is no better way to support the people of Kano State and the people of Nigeria than what the company is doing now, hence his government is encouraging the company. “I wish to tell you that work has started for the construction of the gas pipeline from Ajeokuta to Kaduna and Kano and when this project is completed, the gas you will use will be much cheaper and the government would get more taxes and you would employ more people because it would give more opportunities to you to expand your company. Addressing the officials and the management of the company led by Chairman of the company, Ahmadu Haruna Danzago, the governor observed with delight that Aspira Nigeria Limited has been catalyzing economic growth in the state. The company, which began operations in Nigeria about a decade ago, has continued to expand its operations, introducing a new range of healthcare products that serve the need of the populace, while creating employment opportunities for many residents.
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‘Governance, transparency challenges affect debt management in W/Africa'

  Guardianng   Today, 2:16 a.m.

Debt Management Roundtable, Taiwo Oyedele, said this during the launch of the Debt Management Roundtable to help Nigeria and West African countries provide a pathway to fiscal sustainability. While calling for collaboration with the private sector through social financing and public-private partnership (PPP), he said the roundtable would develop analytics that formed the basis, fiscal consideration and sustainability, comparative analysis and also help to champion advocacy. He said the debt burden was not about the present but the future generation, stressing that debt was not necessarily bad if properly managed.
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Minister to commission Real Madrid Academy Port Harcourt today

  Guardianng   Today, 1:50 a.m.

Sunday dareAccording to officials of the academy, the school is free to all Rivers State indigenes, who will constitute 70 percent of the students, while 30 per cent will be open to trainee-footballers from other states across the country.
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Bank reimagines digital banking, gives customers more control

  Guardianng   Today, 1:26 a.m.

UBA’s Group Head, Digital Banking, Kayode Ishola, who spoke about the new banking app during an international virtual media parley on Monday explained that apart from being able to decide where they want their cards to operate and block, view, or request new cards straight from the app to suit their specific needs, the app was tailor-made to give customers what they want and how they want it. United Bank for Africa Plc is changing the face of digital banking services with its new mobile banking app aimed at delivering first-rate services to customers.
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Transcorp launches app for accommodation booking

  Guardianng   Today, 1:26 a.m.

The new brand, Transcorp’s first in the alternative accommodation segment, is part of the company’s asset-light model leveraging technology to deliver true hospitality, exciting experiences, and drive shareholder value, said a statement. I am thrilled to introduce you to Aura by Transcorp, the digital platform we are using to connect people to quality accommodation, great food and awesome experiences,” Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Transcorp Hotels, Dupe Olusola, said.
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COVID-19: FG May Suspend Flights From UAE, Netherlands

  Naijanews   Today, 12:24 a.m.

Recall that Emirates Airline, which operates from Dubai, had on February 1, 2021, announced that it would conduct rapid COVID-19 tests for Nigerian travellers at the Lagos and Abuja airports before departure in addition to banning transit flights operated by other airlines with Nigerians on them. At the time, the agency said the airline has been airlifting passengers from Nigeria using rapid antigen tests conducted by laboratories not approved by regulatory authorities. “For over a month, Nigeria has been engaging with the authorities of the UAE and the Netherlands over pre-departure testing requirements passengers should meet before travelling from Nigeria,” TheCable quoted Mustapha as saying.
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Shatta Wale is a joke - Nhyiraba Kojo compares his 9-bedroom mansion with Wale’s East Legon mansion

  Pulse-gh   Yesterday, 11:08 p.m.

When asked if when his mansion and new projects he told Pulse Ghana about are combined, he would be richer than Sarkodie, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy together, he accepted it in good faith: “If you say I’m bigger than Sarkodie, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy, I’ll accept ”He also revealed that he is building a new recording studio in his new mansion and would make recording free for rising talents. According to the owner of Nhyiraba Kojo City Night Club, Shatta Wale’s wealth is nothing close to what he has achieved financially, and anytime he sees him brag on social media, he laughs out loud.
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Bandits Attack Kainji National Park, Kill One, Injure Four

  Naijanews   Yesterday, 11:02 p.m.

According to Vanguard, the official Hillux van which the Guards were using to patrol the park was burnt by the bandits along Kemanji Oil Camp axis of the Kainji Lake Park where the incident occured. The Guards who were on routine patrol of the park were said to have run into the bandits during which the bandits fired them leaving Tanko dead instantly. The source added that a total of 11 males and eight females were among those who were abducted by the gunmen.
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Will the original screenwriter of Coming to America get royalties from "Coming 2 America" sequel?

  Pulse-gh   Yesterday, 10:29 p.m.

said Buchwald and Buchwald’s partner, producer Alain Bernheim, could collect between $5 million to $10 million as their share of the film’s net profits and called the decision a victory for Hollywood’s creative community.″I’ve never seen such a decisive victory for a writer,″ he said. A second accounting phase of the trial will examine profits on ″Coming to America″ and determine the plaintiffs’ share.″The court concludes that ‘Coming to America’ is a movie that was based upon Buchwald’s treatment ’King for a Day,‴ Schneider said in a 34-page written ruling. Schneider emphasized that his decision was not intended to disparage the creative talent of Eddie Murphy, who said he wrote the script.″The court desires to indicate what this case is and is not about,″ the judge said. ″The only similarity is that both (of the characters in the Buchwald and Murphy scripts) are black.″We think that the law is clear on it, and we think that the evidence that came in on it was clear and we intend to present that to the appellate court.″Buchwald attorney Pierce O’Donnell suggested the accounting phase of the trial would ″take In Murphy’s movie, a prince from a mythical African kingdom comes to New York in search of a bride, winds up in a ghetto working in a fast food restaurant, meets a young black woman and marries her. Superior Court Judge Harvey Schneider’s decision means Paramount will have to pay Buchwald a share of profits from the film, which has grossed more than $300 million since its 1988 release. the lid off Hollywood creative financing.″ Paramount claims ″Coming to America,″ with its gross profits over $300 million, has shown no net profits.″If you believe that,″ quipped Buchwald, ″then there’s Buchwald, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, filed a $5 million suit against Paramount a year ago, claiming the studio breached a 1983 contract to purchase his script idea.
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SONA: Akufo-Addo to address Ghanaians 1pm on Tuesday, March 9

  Pulse-gh   Yesterday, 10:22 p.m.

Mr Bagbin stated: “In accordance with Article 179 of the constitution, his excellency has given further indication his horse is prepared to present and lay before this house the Budget 2021 on Friday 12 March for consideration and approval.” Addressing the house on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, after the resumption of parliament following a 3-week shutdown due to COVID-19, Speaker Alban Bagbin indicated that the house will host the President to deliver his address on 9 March. March 2021.”The address is expected to include an outline of plans for his second term in office, health and the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, agriculture, security, education, environment among other areas of national interest.
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GPL Wk 17 REVIEW: Sharks stun Kotoko, Boadu picks first Hearts win 

  3news   Yesterday, 9:52 p.m.

There was another 1-0 win for King Faisal against Liberty Professionals while Inter Allies and Ashanti Gold shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. WAFADreams FC 0-1 Great OlympicsBerekum Chelsea 1-1 1-0 Asante KotokoInter Allies 1-1 Ashanti Gold In some other results, Legon Cities were brought back down to earth following a recent positive run of good results with a 1-0 loss to Eleven Wonders. Medeama SCEleven Wonders 1-0 Legon CitiesKarela United 2-1 United 1-1 The result will be a thing of pride for the Phobians but the club’s fans will take this in even more and expect more of the same in the second round under a coach with a great reputation of being hard to beat. Aduana StarsKing Faisal 1-0 Kotoko may have been undone by off-pitch issues concerning a new head coach, and need to get back to winning ways as soon as they can.
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