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Former world boxing champion Joshua is finished, Fury says

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London, June 12,2019 Anthony Joshua is finished as a boxer after losing his world heavyweight titles to Andy Ruiz Jr, fellow-Briton Tyson Fury says.

Fury, also a previous IBF, WBA and IBO champion, fights German underdog Tom Schwarz in a non-title bout in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

The big Briton said Joshua had shown against Ruiz that he did not want to be in the ring.

“When a man doesn’t want to be there once, he will always do it and it’s hard to come back from,” the self-styled ‘Gypsy King’ said on Wednesday.

“It’s been done many different times by many different fighters. He did it that night and I don’t think he will come back from it. Finished. Ask any top trainer who has been around the sport a lifetime.

“When he got to the ring I saw he didn’t want to be there.”

Mexican-American Ruiz stopped 29-year-old Joshua in seven rounds at New York’s Madison Square Garden in a major upset on June 1.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has said there will be a rematch, probably in November or December, with the venue to be decided.

Fury is also scheduled for a rematch with WBC champion Deontay Wilder, with a date to be set.

The Briton, whose fight with Schwarz is the first of a multi-fight broadcast deal agreed with ESPN in February, is the only boxer Wilder has faced and not defeated.

That was after the pair battled to a draw in December in Los Angeles.

Frank Warren, Fury’s British promoter, said in January that his man was bigger box-office than Joshua.

“Everybody thought that man could beat me,” Fury said of Joshua. “In what world could he ever beat me? What were people seeing?

“Physically Joshua could out-train everyone,” he added. “He would break every heart monitor, has probably worn out every treadmill in the gym, smashes the bag, (but) it’s all very unimportant.

“The two best conditioned fighters in the last 20 years have been (Ukrainian Wladimir) Klitschko and Joshua and they both got done by two fat men.”

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(Edited by Olawale Alabi)

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Tinubu commiserates with former I-GP Smith over wife’s death

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Sen. Bola Tinubu, National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), on Saturday commiserated with former Inspector-General of Police, Musiliu Smith, over the demise of his wife, Alhaja Ariat Smith.

Tinubu, in a condolence message by his media adviser, Tunde Rahman, described the late Alhaja Smith as a diligent woman, dependable wife and doting mother to her children.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Alhaja Smith died on Friday at the age of 69 and her remains have been buried in accordance with Muslim rites.

The APC leader said: “Alhaja Smith was a devout Muslim who will be remembered for her life of service to Allah and humanity.

He prayed Allah comfort the former I.G and the children.

“I pray that Allah forgive the shortcomings of the deceased, reward her good deeds and grant her Aljanna Firdaus,” he said



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Interview: George Floyd death reveals United States’ double standards on human rights, says former Yugoslavian FM

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The death of George Floyd and the United States‘ response to ensuing protests demonstrated double standards in the country’s policies on certain rights it has been insisting on around the world, according to Zivadin Jovanovic, former foreign minister of Yugoslavia.

Jovanovic told Xinhua that the United States‘ respect for human rights is reserved only for those countries on which it wishes to impose domination.

“The rights are acceptable for them only in their objective to dominate globally,” Jovanovic said.

He noted that such policies are rooted “in the theory of their exceptionality and the strategy of hegemonic and global domination.”

The senior Yugoslavian diplomat believes that double standards are the source of many problems in global relations, while obtaining peace, stability and prosperity requires all countries to abandon such practices.

As for the United States itself, Jovanovic said racial discrimination is deeply rooted in the history of the country’s socio-economic and political practice, and that segregation is still visible in the distribution of wealth and availability of health protection.

“The present problem should be treated in much broader contexts and only a systematic approach could deliver the sustainable solution and social stability,” he said.

Moreover, Jovanovic said that the United States’ double standards are also reflected in its disrespect of international conventions and agreements, such as those related to the International Criminal Court, arms control, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the World Health Organization.

“They accused some countries of interfering in their electoral process, without any proof, but the United States is particularly interfering in the electoral process all over the world by bribing political parties and blackmailing politicians,” he pointed out.

(XINHUA)

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Iran confirms FM’s meeting with former United States envoy over prisoner’s release

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Iran on Friday confirmed the country’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s talks with Bill Richardson, the former United States envoy to the United Nations, over the release of a United States prisoner in the Iranian jail, according to official IRNA news agency.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, said Friday that the meeting between Zarif and Richardson was held months ago.

On Thursday, Iran released Michael White, a United States Navy veteran, who was detained nearly two years ago in Iran for security reasons.

On the same day, the United States released one Iranian scientist, Majid Taheri, who had been in the United States jail for “violating United States sanctions against Iran.”

Mousavi said Friday that Iran has always welcomed the “humanitarian efforts that help release of Iranian hostages in the United States and elsewhere.”

On Wednesday, another Iranian scientist, Sirous Asgari, held by the American authorities was returned to Iran.

Iran, however, denied that Asgari has been released as part of a prisoner swap with the United States.

Mousavi said that Asgari was released after being acquitted of charges.

(XINHUA)

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Verdict on former Malaysian PM Najib’s first case set for July

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The verdict on a case against former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak related to SRC International, a former unit of state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), will be delivered on July 28, a Malaysia court said Friday.

The verdict will be the first of several corruption trials against Najib in the multi-million-dollar scandal.

Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali ruled that he will deliver his verdict next month following the close of final submissions.

The case involves 42 million ringgits (10.3 million U.S. dollars) deposited into Najib’s personal bank account from SRC International, in which Najib faces seven charges including criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power.

The trial has lasted for 94 days with final submissions being read since Monday and ending Friday afternoon.

For each offence, the 66-year-old could be jailed for up to 20 years, except for the money laundering charges in which he could be jailed for up to 15 years.

In the closing submission this week, the defence argued that Malaysian businessman Low Taek Jho or Jho Low, SRC International‘s board of directors, and bankers had misled Najib on the source of the fund into his account.

The prosecution countered that Najib had full control and dominion over SRC International‘s affairs.

Najib has been slapped with dozens of charges for corruption, money laundering, power abuse and criminal breach of trust involving billions of ringgit after his ruling coalition lost power during the national polls in May, 2018.

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EKEDC promises to install idle transformers to improve supply in Badagry

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The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) on Thursday promised to install all  the idle transformers in Agbara and Badagry communities in order to improve power supply in the area.

 

The Managing Director and the CEO of EKEDC, Mr Adeoye  Fadeyibi,  gave the assurance at the virtual customer forum, created by the company to replace the town hall meeting usually held with customers and community leader representatives.

 

Fadeyibi, who was represented by Mr Sunday Oyejide, the company’s Business Manager, Agbara District Unit, said the meeting was in continuation of its normal town hall engagement usually held to feel the pulse of the community on its service delivery.

 

“On transformers that were not connected, either donated by the state government, local government or community efforts, we have compiled them and forwarded same for necessary actions.

 

“The project department of EKEDC will take up the issue of idle transformers and address it promptly.

 

“My advice is that all communities that have idle transformers should attach the receipts of purchase or letter of allocations or evidence of right ownership that they are meant to be used within your community to EKEDC for necessary action,” he said.

 

Fadebiyi appealed to customers who were on analogue meters to apply for prepaid meters through its Meter Asset Providers (MAPs) process.

 

“Prepaid meter  is the solution to billing and everyone should endeavour to key into MAP process of getting it.

 

“You either download the form from  our website or get the form from our office, complete and submit for processing.

 

“After that,  you will be communicated on the mode of payment and after 14 days the meter will be installed,” he said.

 

On the issue of high billing, the managing director said that efforts were being made for the  installation of statistical meters on all the transformers that would  ensure adequate billing.

 

He advised the customers on estimation to equally manage energy by ensuring no light was on during the day.

 

“Please, let us encourage our people to come for adjustments and key in for prepaid meters as a means  of  putting ends to billing issues,” he said.

 

Fadebiyi urged the customers within the network to pay promptly their monthly bills.

 

“All these equally depend on revenue we are able to get back from the system.

 

“In some areas, their collection efficiency is nothing to write home about and the business can not be run at a loss,” he said.

 

He urged communities within the zone to create WhatsApp group on electricity and add EKEDC so that issues could be discussed without delays in fault clearing.

 

“I want to appreciate everyone here for their time and data spent for this meeting,” he said.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that earlier, some customers in Agbara and Badagry communities had complained of idle transformers bought by government and through  community efforts, estimated billings and outage in their areas.

 

Mr Salami Idris, the Chairman, Iroko Epa Community Development Area in Apa, Badagry, urged the management of EKEDC to energise the transformer given to the community by the Lagos State Government.

 

He said the transformer had been lying  idle for 10 years without being energised,  adding that over 120 registered customers living in the area were not enjoying power supply.

 

Also, Mr Adeleke Raheem, the Secretary Itesiwaju Iledu CDA in Araromi, Badagry , said the community had been suffering from load shedding since 2016.

 

The Chairman of Olorunda Local Council Development Area, Mr Samson Olatunde, gave us a new transformer but  the staff of EKEDC had refused to install it for us,” he said.

 

Mr Tunde Genty, Secretary, Ayedotun CDA , Atiporomeh area, Badagry, said they had problems with estimated billings, insufficient transformers and prepaid meters.

 

Gentry called on the management of EKEDC to address these issues so that the community would enjoy power supply.

 


Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Peter Dada (NAN)

 

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Bamidele Olumilua, former governor of old Ondo dies at 80

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Chief Bamidele Olumilua,a former Governor of the old Ondo State, has died at the age of 80.

Olumilua is also the father of Ekiti State Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Mr Muyiwa Olumilua.

Muyiwa, while confirming his father’s death, in Ado Ekiti, said that the former governor, died in the early hours of Thursday.

“I can confirm to you that it is true that Baba died today (Thursday) around 3 a.m.

We thank God that he lived a good and worthy life and we are proud of his personality and achievements while alive,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Olumilua, had been battling some illnesses, associated with old age, before his eventual death.

He served as state governor from January 1992 to November 1993 under the platform of the Social Democratic Party, during which another late Governor, Olusegun Agagu was his deputy.

His tenure as Governor was, however, truncated along with others nationwide, when retired Gen. Sani Abacha-led military administration came into power.

Olumilua, who hailed from Ikere Ekiti, was appointed the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the Ekiti State University (EKSU), by Gov. Kayode Fayemi, during his first tenure in Office.


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Roundup: Former United States defense secretary says Trump deliberately sows division among Americans

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Former United States Defense Secretary Jim Mattis broke silence on Wednesday amid the ongoing turbulent unrest across the United States, saying that President Donald Trump “tries to divide” the American people.

Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us,” said the revered Marine general, who resigned as the Pentagon chief in December 2018 in protest against Trump’s Syria policy.

“We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership,” Mattis continued in an article carried by the Atlantic magazine.

“We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children,” he said.

Mattis’s excoriation came as Trump threatened to send in active-duty military forces to quell the ongoing protests against police brutality and racial discrimination that have spread to over 300 U.S. cities and towns following the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis, by white police.

“We should use our military only when requested to do so, on very rare occasions, by state governors. Militarizing our response, as we witnessed in Washington, D.C., sets up a conflict — a false conflict — between the military and civilian society,” Mattis said.

Noting that the protesters were “rightly demanding” equal justice under law, Mattis said he has “watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled.”

“It is a wholesome and unifying demand — one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers,” he continued. “The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values — our values as people and our values as a nation.”

“We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution,” said the former defense secretary.

Mattis also bluntly berated Trump’s posing for a photo op in front of a fire-damaged church near the White House. The president, flanked by senior administration officials including Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, visited on Monday the St. John’s Church minutes after police used non-lethal weapons to disperse peaceful protesters nearby.

When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution,” Mattis wrote. “Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens — much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.”

Apparently outraged by Mattis’s remarks, Trump took to Twitter to fight back, saying he “had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world‘s most overrated General.”

“His primary strength was not military, but rather personal public relations,” Trump said. “I didn’t like his ‘leadership’ style or much else about him, and many others agree. Glad he is gone!”

On May 25, 46-year-old Floyd died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes until he stopped breathing.

In a video posted online, the victim is heard saying “I can’t breathe,” while three other police officers stand close by.

Referring to the death of Floyd and the ensuing nationwide unrest, former President Barack Obama — himself an African American — said Wednesday that “as tragic as these past few weeks have been, as difficult and scary and uncertain as they’ve been, they’ve also been an incredible opportunity for people to be awakened to some of these underlying trends.”

(XINHUA)

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Former United States defense secretary says Trump deliberately sows division among Americans

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Former United States Defense Secretary Jim Mattis broke silence on Wednesday amid the ongoing turbulent unrest across the United States, saying that President Donald Trump “tries to divide” the American people.

Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us,” said the revered Marine general, who resigned as the Pentagon chief in December 2018 in protest against Trump’s Syria policy.

“We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership,” Mattis continued in an article carried by the Atlantic magazine.

“We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children,” he said.

Mattis’s excoriation came as Trump threatened to send in active-duty military forces to quell the ongoing protests against police brutality and racial discrimination that have spread to over 300 U.S. cities and towns following the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis, by white police.

“We should use our military only when requested to do so, on very rare occasions, by state governors. Militarizing our response, as we witnessed in Washington, D.C., sets up a conflict — a false conflict — between the military and civilian society,” Mattis said.

(XINHUA)

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Buhari greets former Gov. Alao Akala at 70

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President Muhammadu Buhari has rejoiced with former Oyo State Governor, Christopher Alao-Akala, on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

In a congratulatory message released by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Wednesday, the President saluted the Ogbomoso-born grassroots politician.

He lauded him for ability to blend with all classes of society, and touching lives positively.

President Buhari felicitated with the family, friends and political associates of the former governor, wishing him longer life, good health, and greater service to his people and motherland.


Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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