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Lil Nas ‘Old Town Road’ tops chart for five consecutive weeks

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Lil Nas’ ‘Old Town Road’ has continued to top the Billboard Hot 100 for the fifth consecutive week.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the viral single is the only song ever to earn over 100 million dollars weekly streams in four separate weeks.

Taylor Swift’s new single ‘Me’which debuted on the chart at No.100 last week, came as  second.

Post Malone’s Wow’, ‘Sucker’ by Jonas Brothers and  Post Malone and Swae Lee ‘Sunflower’, were rated third, fourth and fifth on the chart, respectively.

‘7 rings’ by Ariana Grande, ‘Without Me’ by Hasley and ‘Dancing with a Stranger’ by Sam Smith and Normani, are other songs that occupied the sixth, seventh and eight positions on the chart.

‘Bad Guy’ by Billie Eilish and ‘Talk’ by Khalid completed the top 10.

Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard Magazine.

Chart rankings are based on sales, both physical and digital, radio play and online streaming in the United States.

A new chart is compiled and officially released to the public by Billboard on Tuesday’s of every week.

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Manchester City to appoint Lillo as Guardiola’s assistant

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Pep Guardiola is set to appoint his former mentor Juanma Lillo as his assistant coach at Manchester City, reports in the Spanish media on Friday indicated.

Manchester City did not replace Mikel Arteta when he left his role as Guardiola’s assistant to become Arsenal manager last December.

Now, Spanish newspapers Marca and AS said Guardiola was set to hire Lillo, who recently left Chinese Super League side Qingdao Huanghai.

The 54-year-old Lillo has been a coach for 35 years, working as an assistant to Jorge Sampaoli with Sevilla and the Chile national team.

He has had limited success in a number of first team coaching roles at several clubs, including Real Sociedad, Almeria and Atletico Nacional.

In 2005, he signed Guardiola for Mexican side Dorados Sinaloa.

“Guardiola is like a son to me,” said Lillo in a 2012 interview with FIFA, explaining that the former FC Barcelona midfielder went to see him after Lillo’s Real Oviedo side had been beaten 4-2 by Barca.

“He told me that he liked how my team played a lot and wanted to stay in touch. What began as a professional relationship developed into something much more.”
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Sea of Galilee water level rises after years-long dry spell

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Heavy rains in recent months have replenished the Sea of Galilee, ending years of worries about falling water level, Israeli officials said on Friday

The rainfall has put the sea’s level at 208.9 metres below sea level, just 10 centimetres short of its record high.

The sea, back in 2017, as the region suffered from drought, was recorded at 214 metres below sea level.

The Sea of Galilee is the world’s lowest-lying body of fresh water.

It is also Israel’s most important source of water.

It is also a draw for religious pilgrims who want to see the waters, which play prominently in the Bible.

According to the Bible, Jesus performed multiple miracles there, including walking on the water and feeding a crowd of people with only five loaves of bread and two fishes.

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Coronavirus – Somalia: Two More Cases of Coronavirus Disease in Somaliland

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The @MoH_Somalia confirms two more cases of coronavirus disease in Somaliland.

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Osimhen’s goal fails to rescue Lille as Marseille close Ligue 1 gap

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Olympique de Marseille cut the lead by Paris St-Germain (PSG) at the top of Ligue 1 in France to 10 points on Sunday after a 2-1 win at Lille.

Two quickfire goals midway through the second half gave them the win after Nigerian international Victor Osimhen had given the hosts the lead.

Champions PSG are in pole position on 62 points from 25 games after Saturday’s 4-4 draw at Amiens.

Marseille have 52 points while Lille stayed fourth on 40 points after the visitors came from behind in an entertaining clash.

Osimhen twice came close in the first half before he fired Lille into a 51stminute lead.

He scored with a dinked shot over goalkeeper Steve Mandanda after he took a defence-splitting pass from Jonathan Bamba in his stride.

Marseille missed a penalty kick on the hour as home goalkeeper Mike Maignan saved Valentin Rongier’s spot kick after Tiago Djalo tripped Bouna Sarr, but Lille’s joy was short-lived.

The visitors levelled in the 67th minute as Lille defender Reinildo Mandava diverted Valerie Germain’s glancing header into his own net and the Marseille midfielder again turned provider two minutes later.

Germain broke loose on the right flank and sent a superb low cross for Argentine striker Dario Benedetto to tap the ball in at the near post and complete Marseille’s fightback.

Earlier on Sunday, Olympique Lyonnais continued their patchy form with a 1-1 home draw against Strasbourg after Kevin Lucien Zohi cancelled out Bertrand Traore’s opener for the home side.

The result left Lyon in 11th place on 34 points while Strasbourg moved one place up to seventh on 37.

Third-placed Rennes suffered a 1-0 setback at Stade Reims, while Brest stayed 13th after holding on for a 3-2 home win over struggling Saint Etienne.

First half goals from Paul Lasne, Gaetan Charbonnier and Irvin Cardona gave Brest a 3-0 lead.

Then the visitors, who remain hovering above the relegation zone in 16th position, set up a tense finish through Denis Bouanga and Lois Diony.

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Somali president apologises for deadly 1980s Somaliland bombings

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  Somali President Mohamed Farmajo apologised on Thursday for deadly bombings carried out by one of his predecessors more than three decades ago in the breakaway region of Somaliland.

Farmajo’s apology to the people and government of Somaliland on Thursday was the first of its kind.

This came two days after he held talks for the first time with Somaliland leader Muse Abdi in Ethiopia on the margins of an AU summit.

“When we forgive each other, we get justice, and when we get justice, we get peace,” Farmajo said at an annual judiciary conference.

In 1988, Somali strongman Mohammed Barre ordered his air force to bomb Hargeisa and other cities in the northern region to suppress an uprising.

The operation killed thousands of civilians and northern Somalis have long called the event a war crime.

Barre’s ouster in 1991 plunged Somalia into anarchy as warlords carved out clan-based fiefdoms.

Governments formed since 2004 have tried to impose their authority, but have faced a growing threat from the al-Shabaab terrorist group.

Somaliland declared independence in 1991, but the state is not internationally recognised.

The relationship between the Somali government and Somaliland had deteriorated since Farmajo took power in 2017, with Somaliland repeatedly accusing his government of disrupting talks on uniting northern and southern Somalia.

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Defending Champion Joe Harris and NBA All-Stars Damian Lillard and Trae Young Headline 2020 MTN DEW® 3-Point Contest

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Defending champion Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets and NBA (http://www.NBA.com) All-Stars Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks will participate in the 2020 MTN DEW® 3-Point Contest on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the United Center in Chicago.

The eight-player field for the two-round, timed shooting competition also includes Davis Bertans of the Washington Wizards, Devonte’ Graham of the Charlotte Hornets, Buddy Hield of the Sacramento Kings, Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls and Duncan Robinson of the Miami Heat.

The 34th MTN DEW 3-Point Contest is part of State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night, which also features the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge and AT&T Slam Dunk. All-Star Saturday Night will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the United States at 8 p.m. ET. NBA All-Star 2020 will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.

The 2020 MTN DEW 3-Point Contest features a new look with the addition of two shots in the “MTN DEW Zone” – two locations positioned equidistant between the traditional racks at the top of the 3-point arc and the adjacent “wing” rack. Each of the two ball pedestals in the MTN DEW Zone is located 6 feet behind the 3-point line and holds one special green ball, the “3-Ball.” Shots made with the green ball are worth three points. Click here (https://on.nba.com/2UxEyWS) for a diagram showing the location of the MTN DEW Zone.

In addition to the two new shots, the MTN DEW 3-Point Contest will continue to have five main shooting locations – four racks containing four official NBA game balls (each worth one point) and one multicolored “money” ball (worth two points) as well as one special “all money ball” rack. Every ball on the all money ball rack, which each participant can place at any of the five traditional shooting locations, is worth two points.

With the addition of the MTN DEW Zone, the number of balls in a round has increased to 27 from 25, the amount of time in a round has expanded to 70 seconds (1:10) from 60 seconds (1:00) and the maximum possible score in a round has risen to 40 points from 34 points. The three competitors with the highest scores in the first round advance to the championship round. The player with the highest score in the championship round is the winner of the 2020 MTN DEW 3-Point Contest. Click here (https://on.nba.com/31rtlbW) for a complete explanation of the rules.

Here is a closer look at the 2020 MTN DEW 3-Point Contest participants:

Davis Bertans, Wizards (1st appearance): In his first season with Washington, the 6-10 forward from Latvia is fourth in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game (3.6) and leads the league in catch-and-shoot 3-pointers made per game (3.1). Bertans is shooting 42.9 percent from beyond the arc, which ranks 10th in the NBA and is identical to his full-season mark with the San Antonio Spurs last season.

Devonte’ Graham, Hornets (1st appearance): Playing his second NBA season, Graham ranks fourth in the league in 3-pointers made with 176. He was selected to play for the U.S. Team in NBA Rising Stars on Friday, Feb. 14 during NBA All-Star 2020 in Chicago.

Joe Harris, Nets (2nd appearance): Last year, Harris became the second NBA G League veteran to win the 3-Point Contest, joining 2009 champion Daequan Cook. Harris, who led the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage last season, is shooting better than 40.0 percent from beyond the arc (40.5) for the third consecutive season.

Buddy Hield, Kings (2nd appearance): Hield was one of three players to reach the final round in the 2019 MTN DEW 3-Point Contest, along with Harris and the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry. In his fourth NBA season, Hield has made the third-most 3-pointers in the league with 186.

Zach LaVine, Bulls (1st appearance): LaVine has already set a career high for 3-pointers made in a season with 154. A two-time AT&T Slam Dunk champion (2015 and 2016), LaVine is seeking to become the first player to win both the Slam Dunk and the 3-Point Contest.

Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers (3rd appearance): Lillard, who earned his fifth NBA All-Star selection this season, ranks third in the NBA in scoring (29.8 ppg) and second in 3-pointers made (192). In his last six games, Lillard has averaged 48.8 points and 8.2 3-pointers made per game and shot 57.0 percent from beyond the arc.

Duncan Robinson, Heat (1st appearance): The undrafted Robinson ranks fifth in the NBA in 3-pointers made (165) and sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (43.9) in his second season. An NBA G League veteran, Robinson tied a Miami franchise record by making 10 3-pointers against Atlanta on Dec. 10.

Trae Young, Hawks (1st appearance): The NBA’s fifth-leading scorer (29.2 ppg) has made the same number of 3-pointers in 46 games this season as he did in 81 games last season (156). In his second season, Young was named a starter for the NBA All-Star Game and a participant for the U.S. Team in NBA Rising Stars. 

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NBA roundup: Lillard scores 61 in Blazers’ OT win

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Damian Lillard broke his own franchise records by scoring 61 points and making 11 3-pointers to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 129-124 overtime victory over the visiting Golden State Warriors on Monday night. Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots the ball past Golden State Warriors guard Damion Lee (1) during the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Lillard scored 60 points during a 119-115 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 8. He also held the franchise mark of 10 3-pointers.

Lillard was 17 of 37 from the field — including 11 of 20 from 3-point range — and hit all 16 of his free-throw attempts. He also had 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Hassan Whiteside recorded 17 points and 21 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who had lost four of their previous six games.

Alec Burks scored a season-high 33 points and matched his season best of eight assists for Golden State, which lost for the 11th time in the past 12 games.

Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded a triple-double with 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, and host Milwaukee cruised past Chicago for its seventh win in a row.

Khris Middleton added 24 points on 10-for-13 shooting as the Bucks improved to 21-2 on their home court and completed a four-game sweep of the Bulls in the regular season.

It was Antetokounmpo’s fourth triple-double of the season and the 18th of his career.

Zach LaVine scored 24 points to lead the Bulls, who have lost nine of their past 12 games. Kris Dunn had 15 points, and Thaddeus Young finished with 14 points off the Chicago bench.

Final scores Milwaukee Bucks 111 – Chicago Bulls 98.

Jayson Tatum scored 27 points, Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown added 20 apiece, and host Boston overwhelmed Los Angeles to end a three-game losing streak.

Enes Kanter had 18 points (all before halftime) and 11 rebounds off the bench, and Gordon Hayward chipped in 16 points.

Walker (knee) and Brown (thumb) were back in the lineup after one and two missed games, respectively. Walker ended a personal 0-28 career drought against LeBron James-led teams.

James had 15 points and 13 assists for the Lakers, who lost for just the second time in their past 12 games. Anthony Davis had nine points in his return from a five-game absence caused by a bruised tailbone. Final scores Boston Celtics 139 – Los Angeles Lakers 107.

Dennis Schroder scored 15 fourth-quarter points and teamed with Danilo Gallinari to rally visiting Oklahoma City past Houston.

Gallinari scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth as the Thunder erased a 15-point deficit in the final period and won for the seventh time in their past eight road games.

They did so in spite of a a quiet second half from Chris Paul, who tallied just one point after posting 27 prior to halftime.

Rockets star James Harden struggled mightily throughout, missing 16 of 17 3-point attempts while scoring 29 points.

Russell Westbrook posted a triple-double of 32 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists, but his errant 3-point try with 8.8 seconds left represented the Rockets’ final gasp.

Final scores Oklahoma City Thunder 112 – Houston Rockets 107.

Bradley Beal had 29 points to pass Wes Unseld for fourth on Washington’s career scoring list and lead the Wizards past visiting Detroit.

Ian Mahinmi supplied 21 points on 9-for-10 shooting and added seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals for Washington, which won the season series 3-1. Thomas Bryant added 13 points and six rebounds off the bench.

Derrick Rose led the Pistons with 21 points. Andre Drummond had 18 points and 16 rebounds but also committed nine turnovers. He left the game in the final minute after being elbowed in the face by Bryant.

Final scores Washington Wizards 106 – Detroit Pistons 100.

Norman Powell came off the bench to score 27 points, and Fred VanVleet scored eight points in the final 63 seconds to help visiting Toronto hang on for a win over Atlanta.

VanVleet scored 20 points and made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 42.6 seconds to help prevent the Raptors from blowing a 21-point lead.

He made each attempt of a three-shot foul with 14.2 seconds remaining to give Toronto a five-point lead and preserve the win.

Powell was 6-for-9 on 3-point attempts and scored 20-plus points for his fifth straight game. Toronto also got 18 points from Pascal Siakam and 14 from Marc Gasol.

Final scores Toronto Raptors 122 – Atlanta Hawks 117.

Ben Simmons posted a triple-double with a career-high-tying 34 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds, and Philadelphia made enough plays down the stretch to beat Brooklyn in New York.

The 76ers beat the Nets for the second time in six days by executing in the fourth quarter.

After outscoring the Nets 31-16 in the final 12 minutes Wednesday at home, Philadelphia did not dominate the entire quarter, but it made plays on both ends in the final minutes after blowing most of a nine-point lead in the final six-plus minutes.

Al Horford scored 19 points for Philadelphia, and Josh Richardson and Tobias Harris had 15 apiece. Seven Nets scored in double figures, led by Spencer Dinwiddie, who had 22 points and added seven assists.

Final scores Philadelphia 76ers 117 – Brooklyn Nets 111.

Marcus Morris’ four-point play capped a game-turning run of 15 unanswered points in the third quarter as visiting New York pulled away from Cleveland.

The Knicks, playing on the road on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for just the second time since 1987, snapped a three-game losing streak. The Cavaliers have lost five straight — their fourth losing streak of at least five games this season.

Morris finished with 19 points for the Knicks in spite of playing through an ankle injury sustained when he landed awkwardly while being fouled by Kevin Love on the four-point play.

New York’s Julius Randle had 19 points and nine rebounds. Cleveland’s Collin Sexton had 17 points, and Tristan Thompson added 13 points and 22 rebounds.

Final scores New York Knicks 106 – Cleveland Cavaliers 86.

Evan Fournier scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half as Orlando overcame a sluggish start to win at Charlotte.

Nikola Vucevic poured in 24 points, and Terrence Ross, who carried the team in the first half, ended up with 19 points for the road-weary Magic, who played Saturday night at Golden State and wrapped up a season-long six-game road trip.

Malik Monk came off the bench to lead the Hornets with 20 points. P.J. Washington finished with 19 points, and Devonte’ Graham had 15.

Final scores Orlando Magic 106 – Charlotte Hornets 83.

Jrue Holiday returned from a seven-game absence and tied a season high with 36 points to lead visiting New Orleans to a victory over Memphis. The Grizzlies’ seven-game winning streak ended.

Holiday overcame an elbow contusion to make 12 of 18 field goals, including 7 of 10 3-point tries, and the Pelicans made a franchise-record 21 3-pointers on 48 attempts.

Brandon Ingram added 25 points, Nicolo Melli had 15 and Josh Hart and JJ Redick scored 10 each as the Pelicans won for the 11th time in 16 games since they had a 13-game losing streak. Dillon Brooks poured in 31 points for the Grizzlies.

Final scores New Orleans Pelicans 126 – Memphis Grizzlies 116.

Rookie Kendrick Nunn scored a game-high 25 points and reserve James Johnson added a season-high 22 points to lead host Miami to an overtime win over Sacramento.

Johnson made 9 of 11 shots from the floor, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range, as the Heat improved their home record to an NBA-best 19-1. Johnson also blocked a potential game-tying 3-point shot by Bogdan Bogdanovic in the final seconds of overtime.

The Heat improved to 7-0 in overtime games this season in a contest that featured 16 lead changes and 14 ties. Nemanja Bjelica led the Kings with 22 points, Buddy Hield had 20, and Marvin Bagley III contributed 15 points and 15 rebounds.

Final scores Miami Heat 118 – Sacramento Kings 113 (OT).

Rookie Michael Porter Jr. had 20 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, Nikola Jokic finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Denver beat Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Jerami Grant scored 19 points and Will Barton added 18 for Denver, which has won seven straight against the Timberwolves. The Nuggets have won four of their past five games overall.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points, Josh Okogie scored 16 and Andrew Wiggins 15 for Minnesota, which has lost six straight. Allen Crabbe had three points in his first game for the Timberwolves.

Final scores Denver Nuggets 107 – Minnesota Timberwolves 100.

Derrick White racked up a season-high 25 points, including a big 3-pointer in the final two minutes, and San Antonio outlasted host Phoenix.

The Suns’ Devin Booker scored a game-high 37 points but clanked a 34-foot 3-point attempt with two seconds left. Deandre Ayton scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Kelly Oubre Jr. and Ricky Rubio scored 10 points apiece for Phoenix.

Bryn Forbes scored 24 points, all on 3-pointers, for the Spurs. DeMar DeRozan finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points.

Final scores San Antonio Spurs 120 – Phoenix Suns 111.

Donovan Mitchell scored 25 points, and Rudy Gobert added 20 points and 14 rebounds as Utah continued its home dominance while also halting Indiana’s winning streak at five games.

Georges Niang scored 15 points as the Jazz improved their home record to 17-3 while winning their eighth consecutive game at Salt Lake City. They are the only Western Conference team with three or fewer home defeats. The Jazz won for the 12th time in 13 games overall.

Aaron Holiday and Myles Turner each scored 12 points, and Jeremy Lamb added 11 for the Pacers, who lost for the first time since Jan. 8 against the Miami Heat. Indiana fell on the road for the first time since losing at Atlanta on Jan. 4.

Final scores Utah Jazz 118 – Indiana Pacers 88.

Edited by: Emmanuel Okara/Silas Nwoha

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Music Review: Lil Kesh’s ‘ Kowope’ battles shallow lyrics 

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Nigerian Afro beat singer, Keshinro Ololade, popularly known as Lil Kesh, ushers in the new year with a brand new single titled “ Kowope“.

“ Kowope” which means “ Complete the money ”  which he rendered in Yoruba language, is a song produced by highly skilled beats maker and producer, Runtinz.
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The rapper, song writer and  CEO Yagi Entertainment, appears to be on a spontaneous speed lane this time, with amazingly nice beats, yet  leaving audience without the right balance in Kowope’ s lyrics.

The lyrics “I’m all about my paper, I’m all about my bread, Sise gbowo gbowo nawo, me i no dey beg”  lacks good lyrics, it only stresses on particular words like “kowope ” throughout the song.

One could easily notice the energy but the lines are “pure flat”and monotonous, it needs a lot  more to serve fans the value of their listening time.

Lil Kesh on this record says his main purpose is to make complete money “Secure the Bag!”.

The song talks about the person of the singer “himself” and money, stressing that he has no other job than making money, asking people to work and make money.

He says  that  he is making his money for himself. while people are  calling and mocking him calling him  dullard, explaining that he is living well without begging anyone for money.

He also talks about Angels of grace and blessings , calling  on them not to pass him by but give him  blessings.

The Lagos bred singer started out well with a good push in 2012 when he rapped among his colleagues in Bariga, Lagos.

He went on to  release”Lyrically”, a single which became popular in university campuses in Nigeria.

He rose to fame after releasing the hit single “Shoki” in 2014, the song became popular all over the country and outside the country because the song came with his unique dance style.

In 2015 he was nominated for Best New Act at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

The versatility and musical style of Lil Kesh is similar to that of his boss and mentor Olamide, who raps and sings in his local dialect.

However, he was criticised for using too much obscene and abusive language and for failing to find the right balance in his lyrics, which he is battling with till now, he should find balance and good lyrics for his songs.

Edited by: Ifeyinwa Omowole

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