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Former Germany striker Gomez signs off with goal for Stuttgart



Mario Gomez brought the curtain down on his career with a goal on Sunday as the former Germany international scored in VfB Stuttgart’s 3-1 loss to Darmstadt.

The 34 year old striker helped the side earn automatic promotion to the Bundesliga after one season in the second division by finishing runners-up to champions Arminia Bielefeld.

“It was always my dream after such a great career, which I could not have imagined, to give something back to Stuttgart.

“I’m extremely grateful to VfB and it is nice that I can say goodbye with this great success. It was my last mission,” Gomez told Stuttgart’s website.

Gomez, who returned to Stuttgart in 2018, also had stints with Bayern Munich, Fiorentina, Besiktas and Wolfsburg and registered 319 goals and 72 assists from nearly 600 matches in all competitions.

In his first spell with Stuttgart, Gomez won the Bundesliga crown in the 2006 to 2007 season before joining Bayern in 2009 for a trophy laden spell that included two league titles, two German Cups and the Champions League.

He scored 31 goals in 78 matches for the national team but missed out on their 2014 World Cup success due to an injury plagued season.

Edited By: Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)

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Former nurse admits killing 7 United States military retirees



A former nursing assistant on Tuesday pleaded guilty to murdering seven military retirees in the United States, according to the Department of Justice.

The accused, identified as Reta Mays, was employed at the Veterans Affairs Medical Centre (VAMC) in West Virginia where she committed the crime.

Mays, 46, admitted in federal court that she deliberately injected eight elderly patients with lethal doses of the insulin, which led to the death of seven of them.

She also pleaded guilty to one count of assault with intent to commit murder involving the death of the eighth veteran.

The justice department said in a statement that Mays was working the night shift during the same period of time the veterans died in her care while on admission there.

“Nursing assistants at the VAMC are not qualified or authorised to administer any medication to patients, including insulin.

“Mays admitted to administering insulin to several patients with the intent to cause their deaths,” the statement read in part.

It stated that Mays faced up to life in prison for each count of second-degree murder, and up to 20 years in prison for assault with intent to commit murder.

Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.


Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Lagos SWAN mourns former Vice Chairman, Ukaigwe



The Sports Writers Association of the Nigeria (SWAN), Lagos State Chapter, has expressed deep shock over the demise of its former Vice Chairman, Henrietta Ukaigwe.

The Lagos SWAN Chairman, Debo Oshundun, in a statement on Tuesday, said that the news of her death came as a rude shock.

“Henrietta was dear to Lagos SWAN. She gave her all to the association while she was the association’s treasurer and vice chairman.

“She made her mark in sports reporting and was one of those that made the chapter the most vibrant in the country. The history of Lagos SWAN won’t be complete without mentioning this wonderful lady.

“Sports journalism will miss ‘Worldwide’ as she is fondly called by friends and her colleagues,” he said.

The Lagos SWAN boss prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Ukaigwe worked at the Vanguard Newspapers, MINAJ Broadcasting Service, Super Screen television and a couple of other media houses before serving as Co-ordinator of the Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons.

“Late Henrietta breathe her last in Lagos on Tuesday after a brief illness,” Oshundun said in the statement.

Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Gov. Bello mourns former Niger health commissioner



Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger has expressed shock over the death  of Dr Ibrahim Sule, a former Commissioner of Health in the state.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mrs Mary Berje, in Minna on Monday, described the deceased as a committed, dedicated and hardworking personality who had carved a nitch for himself in the health sector.

Bello said that the deceased played a significant role in the development of the state, having served with him as commissioners in the administration of former Governor Babangida Aliyu.

He noted that although death was an inevitable end of all mortals, the wealth of knowledge and experience of the deceased would be greatly missed.

He prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased and for Allah to grant him Aljannatu Firdaus as well as give the family to the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Sule, until his death was the Chairman of a 7-man committee appointed by the governor to investigate the high rate of deaths occurring in private hospitals in the state.

He was renowned consultant gynaecologist, who served the state in the previous administration as Commissioner for Health as well as Works and Water resources.

As the then Commissioner of Health, the deceased started the agitation for the establishment of College of Medicine for Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai.

He left behind a wife, four children and grand children.

Edited By: Nick Nicholas and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

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Buhari salutes former governor of Rivers, Ada-George at 80



President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former governor of Rivers, Chief Rufus Ada-George, on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

In a congratulatory message released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, Buhari described the octogenarian as a great mentor to many quality leaders in Nigeria’s political landscape.

The president prayed Almighty God to grant “the Peripelebo 1 of Okrika more years of good health and longevity to see change and transformation in his immediate community and the country he loves so dearly’’.

He commended Ada-George’s dedication to the promotion of peace and conflict resolution in the Niger Delta.

President Buhari also noted that “there is no greater joy for a senior citizen order than he who bequeaths a future filled with hope, peace and prosperity for the children.’’

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Pope names former ECB chief, Draghi member of Vatican academic panel



Pope Francis has given former European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi a seat on a Vatican commission which advises the church on social, political and economic affairs.

Italy-born Draghi, who has had no public roles since he left the ECB last year, was made an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, a Vatican statement said Friday.

According to its website, the Academy is made up of academics appointed by the pope “on the basis of their competencies in the social sciences and of their moral integrity.”

It describes its mission as “promoting the study and progress of the social, economic, political and juridical sciences,” to help the Catholic Church develop its own social doctrine.

“The Academy also reflects on the application of that (Catholic Church social) doctrine in contemporary society,” the website said.

It currently has 22 ordinary members, including Draghi, United States Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz, and the director of Germany’s renowned Max Planck Institute, Christoph Engel.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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Former African heavyweight boxing champion recovers from cancer



Ngozika Ekwelum, a former African Heavy Weight Boxing Champion, has been  discharged from the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Enugu, after a successful treatment of cancer of the bladder.

Ekwelum was diagnosed of cancer of the  bladder and had been undergoing treatment since April 8.

Addressing newsmen in Enugu on Wednesday, during his visit for a checkup, Ekwelum said he had completed all the Radiotherapy for the treatment and would undergo chemotherapy once a month till November 2020.

The boxing champion, thanked Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra, his Home Town Union President General, Mr Mezie Okwuokolo and Mr Ikechukwu Okoronkwo for their immense support throughout his ordeal at the hospital.

Ekwelum also appreciated the media for informing the world that he was in need and all others that contributed spiritually and financially to his successful recovery.

He also commended organisations and individuals who donated financially for his treatment both in Nigeria and outside the country.

” I was referred to UNTH Ituku Ozalla from a hospital in Anambra  and we arrived UNTH on April 8,” he said, adding that he was at that time unable to walk for four weeks because of the ailment.

Ekwelum recalled that patients were discharged from UNTH in their numbers at the time, because of the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

”It was my brother and my wife that brought me to the hospital and due to the massive discharge of patients, we rented an apartment outside the hospital.

” We used to visit the hospital from the rented apartment for treatment and thank God that I am now back on  my feet,” he said.

Ekwelum said he was never abandoned at the hospital, and  said his biggest surprise was the efforts and commitment  of a Personal Assistant to Anambra State Governor to his recovery,  whose name he did not disclose.

Ekwelum advised sports administrators in the country to always take good care of their athletes, both active and retired.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Catholic reformers warn pandemic could slow change in German Church



A movement for reform within the German Catholic Church has warned that the coronavirus pandemic could cause reform efforts to stall.

The “Wir sind Kirche” (We are Church) group referred to conservative efforts within the church to slow down the reform process as a “transparent ploy.”

“The reform process must under no circumstances come to a standstill, even if it is delayed due to the coronavirus crisis,” spokesman Christian Weisner said in Munich.

“The renewed attempt by the conservative minority to harm and slow down the entire reform process is a transparent ploy,” he said.

Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of the Regensburg diocese recently accused the “Synodal Path” reform initiative, launched in response to sexual abuse revelations, of “authoritarian unilateralism” after a decision to hold smaller coronavirus-friendly meetings instead of a general assembly.

Though “consultations are becoming more difficult due to hygiene regulations,” Weisner said “the reform process as a whole is not endangered by corona.”


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Most former militants trained as divers jobless – expert



Mr Julius Ugwuala, Diving Inspector-elect, on Saturday said that most of the former militants trained as divers under the Federal Government Amnesty Programme had been jobless.

Ugwuala made the claim on an Instagram live programme organised by Mrs Ezinne Azunnah of the MaritimeTv.

The programme had the theme, ”Code of Practice for Driving Operations in Nigeria”.

According to him, the situation is a security risk that needs to be addressed so that the ex-militants do not go back to their bad ways due to idleness.

“The Federal Government under the Amnesty initiative trained former militants, and some of them chose diving as a profession; they are back in the country and are qualified to work.

“Unfortunately, since they returned, they have not had the opportunity to work with the oil and gas sector.

“The security risk with them being jobless is that the training they had in diving will further enhance their former business if they decide to go back to it; so,” he said.

He suggested that the code of practice for diving should be implemented through inauguration of a diving advisory board.

He said that absence of the code of practice had set the ex-militants back.

He urged proper regulation of diving in Nigeria.

“Divers are not insured because we do not have regulation that is working; this is part of the issues that the code of practice will address.

“For us to have an effective code of practice, we are looking at the most strigent one, to meet expectations or exceed international standards,” he said.

He suggested that, to reduce accidents, no diving contractor should mobilise to site without clearance from the advisory board, adding that inspectors should be deployed to check equipment to ascertain their suitability for operations.

The advisory board will enforce the regulation, code of practice and develop policy for diving to thrive,” he said.

Edited By: Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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Another former Nsukka LG Chairperson in Enugu, Chinwe Ugwu is dead



Ms Chinwe Ugwu, former Transition Committee Chairman of Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State is dead.

Ugwu died barely one month after her successor, Chief Patrick Omeje died of heart failure.

Chief  Bala Ugwu,  the eldest brother to Chinwe confirmed her death to the News Agency of Nigeria in Nsukka on Saturday.

According to him, sudden death happened on early Saturday morning at a hospital in Enugu as a result of high blood pressure.

“My sister, the former TC Chairman of Nsukka Local Government died on Saturday morning.

“The  family of Ugwu at Ozzi  Edem in Nsukka LGA has been thrown into serious mourning as a result of this sudden death,” he said.

It would be recalled that, Chinwe Ugwu was appointed the transition chairman of Nsukka council on Dec 16, 2019 by Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

She served for three months and handed over to late Chief Patrick Omeje, Chairman of Nsukka LG after Feb. 29, 2020 Enugu State  Council election

in the state.

But unfortunately Omeje died on June 16 and less than three weeks Ugwu had died today July 4.

NAN reports that Ugwu’s death is the fifth of prominent persons in the state that died in the past one month.

They include former Sen. Fidelis Okoro that represented Enugu North Senatorial Zone, former Nsukka LG Chairman, Patrick Omeje, member representing Isiuzo state constituency, Chijioke Ugwueze, and veteran broadcaster and lawyer, Chijioke Okibe.

Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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