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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

'He is extraordinary'- Juventus coach Sarri heaps praise on Cristiano Ronaldo after he becomes quickest player to score 50 Serie A goals

Juventus manager, Maurizio Sarri has hailed superstar footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo after the footballer broke another record by becoming the quickest player to reach 50 goals in Serie A.

The Portuguese scored twice within three minutes against Lazio to help his club's quest to clinch the Serie A after he converted a penalty and then scored from a swift counter attack following a pass from Paulo Dybala in the 2-1 victory.

The brace took him to 51 Serie A goals in total but he became the quickest to reach half a century, doing so in just 61 league games.

Former AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko previously held the record by getting to 50 goals in 68 games, while Brazilian Ronaldo reached the 50 mark in 70 appearances.

Sarri praising Ronaldo, said;

“When Cristiano smells blood… He’s extraordinary, as he recovers so quickly between games,’ Sarri said to Sky Sport Italia.

“It’s not just physical, but psychological.

“He could be someone who uses up so much energy in each game, but he recovers it every time and he’s world class in the mind as well as the legs.”

Ronaldo also became the first player to score at least 50 goals in the Premier League, LaLiga and Serie A.

His 51 goals in Italy go alongside his 84 in the English Premier League, and 311 in LaLiga make Ronaldo's feats look supernatural. The star player, however, played down his achievements.

“Records are always important, but the most important thing is that the team wins,” Ronaldo said.

“We are a phenomenal team and we showed that again today, although we always want to improve and raise the bar.”

Kanye West is holed up in ‘super secure’ bunker and ‘doesn’t trust’ wife Kim Kardashian or her family

Billionaire rapper, Kanye West is holed up in a secure bunker in his £11.82m Wyoming ranch and has told close friends that he doesn't trust wife, Kim Kardashian and her mum Kris Jenner according to reports.

The rapper, who is running for US President, shocked fans early Tuesday morning July 21, by going on a Twitter rant accusing Kim and her mother Kris Jenner of “trying to lock him up” .

On Sunday June 19, during a rally for his campaign, he claimed that he stopped Kim from aborting their daughter North, now 7. “I almost killed my daughter,” he said while crying.

The rapper's behaviour in recent weeks has raised concern that he is suffering from a bipolar disorder.

In Kanye’s now-deleted Twitter rant, he told Kris and Kim to “call him” and “come and get him” before adding: “Kim tried to bring a doctor to lock me up with a doctor. If I get locked up like Mandela Y'all will know why."

Then, referencing the horror movie Get Out in which an Black man is tormented by his white girlfriend's family, he posted: "'Kim was trying to fly to Wyoming with a doctor to lock me up like on the movie Get Out because I cried about saving my daughters life yesterday."

He also accused Kris of "avoiding his calls" before ranting how his wife "would never photograph" their seven-year-old daughter North "doing playboy" in an apparent dig about how mother in law Kris booked Kim a shoot with the magazine in December 2007. Sister Kylie also stripped off for the mag in 2019.

Following his tweets and rally outburst, his wife Kim Kardashian, has told friends she’s “living through the worst nightmare of her life” according to Sun Online.

“Kanye has a compound at the ranch in Wyoming. He’s had a lot of building work going on there and a lot of it is geared towards security." Insiders speaking to The Sun Online said.

“There’s an underground bunker, a panic room originally built for the family to go to in an emergency, stocked up with food.

“Kanye’s surrounded himself with a small group of people he trusts, and he doesn’t trust Kim or her family."

“He changed his Twitter and social media passwords last week to lock everyone out.

“He’s very paranoid and is convinced that he needs ‘protection’ from Kim and Kris - even though they’re only trying to help him.”

“Kim says she’s living through the worst nightmare of her life right now,” the insider added.

“She’s furious about how this will affect their kids, and feels incredibly sad for North. For Kanye to bring that up, to say it in public without giving her the chance to add context or explain what was going on, is such a betrayal for her.

“She’s also terrified for Kanye and his safety. Normally Kanye is so private that he won’t let the reality show cameras film in their house and has a long list of rules around filming their children, so for him to say something so private so publicly, something is very wrong.

“Originally Kim was happy that Kanye chose to go to Wyoming as he’s always calmer when he’s there. Now she’s regretting it.”

International Flights may resume before October – Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika says

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has said that international flights in and out of the country may resume before October.

Sirika revealed this in a tweet while dismissing reports the resumption date has been set.

International flights have been suspended in the country since March 23 in a bid to contain the spread of the COVID-19.

His tweet reads

''International Flight resumption date is not October. NAMA just issued a routine 90 day Notices to Airmen (NOTAM). In liaison with Health, Foreign Affairs & PTF COVID-19, we will announce the agreed date, regardless of the ban by Europe, UAE etc. May be earlier than October.''

Woman allegedly defrauds victims of N179m then spends N1m on tithe and N139m on sport betting

A woman, Nkechi Mercy Ikogwe alongside two companies, Elites Finance Investment Limited and Efinc Global Investment Limited, were on Monday July 20, arraigned before Justice E.A. Obile of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, over alleged N179 million fraud.

EFCC arraigned them on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence contrary to Section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.

The woman was said to have used the sum of N139,704,097 of the N179 million to play sport betting and also paid a tithe of N1 million to a church in Port Harcourt.

One of the counts against the defendants read: “That you Nkechi Mercy Ikogwe, Elites Finance Investment Limited and Efinc Global Investment Limited sometime in 2019 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this honorable court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N179,326,386.62 by inducing unsuspecting members of the public to invest with your companies: Elites Finance Investment Limited and Efinc Global Investment Limited, assuring them under a false pretence of making 15% interest on all investment made, a representation you knew to be false, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.”

Justice Obile ordered that the 1st defendant, Ikogwe, be remanded in prosecution’s custody and adjourned the matter till October 19, 2020 for determination of the bail application.

Mercy ran into trouble when the commission received a report about the defendant and two others, accusing them of inducing their victims into participating in a fraudulent investment scheme with a fake promise of 15 per cent return on investment.

Sudan's ousted President, Omar al-Bashir faces death sentence over 1989 coup that brought him to power

Omar al-Bashir, the former Sudanese President Omar who was ousted last year following mass protests, has gone on trial in the capital over his role in the 1989 coup that brought him to power.

The 76-year-old appeared in court on Tuesday, July 21, alongside more than 20 former officials who are also standing trial in connection with the military coup.

The former officials include 10 military personnel and six civilians, including his former vice presidents, Ali Osman Taha, and Bakri Hassan Saleh, as well as former ministers and governors.

They all appeared in cages amid tight security conditions.

Al-Bashir, who has been jailed since his removal for corruption, faces charges of undermining the constitution, violating the Armed Forces Act and fomenting a coup in 1989 against the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi.

After hearing an appeal from the defense team, the judge adjourned the trial to August 11.

“We decided to postpone the trial session to Aug. 11 as we need a bigger hall in order to guarantee social distancing, put different arrangements in place and ensure that the entire defendants have lawyers and other rights,” the judge said.

In May 2019, Sudanese prosecution opened an investigation into charges against al-Bashir of undermining the country’s constitutional order over the coup.

On June 30, 1989, al-Bashir staged a military coup against the government of Prime Minister Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, and ruled the country under what he named the "national salvation revolution" for more than 30 years.

If convicted, the 76-year-old could face death penalty.

New York will sue Trump if he sends federal troops - Mayor Bill de Blasio

New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio on Tuesday July 21, threatened President Donald Trump with a court fight if he follows through with his plan of sending federal troops to quell uprisings in the country's most populous city.

Commenting on Trump's insistence on sending federal law enforcement to New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and other cities in a federal crackdown on anti-racism protests sparked by George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody on May 25, Blasio described it as “bluster”.

He said;

“If he tried to do it, it would only create more problems. We would immediately take action in court to stop it.

“I do believe it’s bluster. I do believe we can beat him in court. It would just create a lot of pain and confusion. Maybe that’s what he wants.”

On Monday, Trump called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to end the recent crime spree in the Big Apple, saying, “if the governor is not going to do something about it, we’ll do something about it.”

Trump also floated the idea of sending in federal law enforcement officers — like he did last week in response to violent protests in Portland, Oregon. Officials there have said the presence of federal agents has only exacerbated the riots, which have been raging for more than 50 nights.

Oregon's Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum also sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security last week and asked a federal judge to grant a temporary order blocking its officers from what she called unlawful detentions that lacked probable cause.
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