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We want to keep bringing Super Eagles to Asaba, Okowa says

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Asaba, March 22, 2019 Tonobok Okowa, the Chairman of Delta Sports Commission, says the state will be delighted to continuously have the Super Eagles play their matches in Asaba.

Okowa told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Asaba that the team’s handlers seemed comfortable with the Delta capital city’s hosting capabilities and facilities.

“The state government has not influenced it in any way.

“The choice of Asaba by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) may be out of the fact that the state has successfully hosted other international matches and that the facilities are good.

“The state government has not really done any form of pushing to continue to host the matches in Asaba, but if the state has the option, it will grab it.

“We want to keep bringing them (the Eagles) back because we want to always put the stadium into use and our people love to have them here,’’ he said.

The Delta sports official pointed out that Asaba was well situated and bordered by states such as Edo, Anambra and several others.

“I guess the NFF loves what we have here and the first time we ever hosted an event for them was the Aiteo Cup.

“I am sure they (NFF) loved the turnout of people and the crowd was overwhelming. This may be why they are coming back.

“The city’s location is strategic and I know that they will always want to use this place and we will be obliged to be giving it to them at all times,” he said.

Okowa assured that every arrangement to successfully host the three international matches slated for Friday and next week at the Keshi Stadium had been concluded.

He added that they expected to have a surge of spectators.

“Here, we are talking about two international matches between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Seychelles coming up on Friday, the Super Eagles’ friendly with Egypt and the Nigeria Under-23 team’s fixture against Libya next week.

“We want people to come out and cheer them, but we guess we will have a surge. However, we have put mechanism in place to control the crowd and the traffic will be put under check throughout the period of the match.

“We have a good security architecture in place to manage the situation,” he said.

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German police investigate after poisoned drinks found in supermarkets

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German police said on Tuesday that they had launched an investigation after bottles of drinks containing a deadly poison were found in two Munich supermarkets.

The poison was found in the two locations in four separate incidents, and in three of the four, customers consumed small amounts of the toxic liquid, police said.

Two women aged 34 and 42 had to receive immediate medical attention after drinking the beverages.

The third, a 48-year-old, suffered from symptoms including dizziness and nausea, but did not require medical attention.

The fourth bottle found to contain poison had not been sold yet, they said.

Police are yet to determined the motive for the crimes, and a police spokesman said that blackmail was unlikely because the supermarkets had received no demands until this point.

They advised the public to be aware of any unusual smells coming from beverages, and to inform them immediately should the substance be suspicious in any way.


Edited By: Halima Sheji/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

 

 

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Lufthansa’s supervisory board accepts state aid package

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German flag carrier Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s Supervisory Board said Monday that it has voted to accept the German government’s nine-billion-euro (10 billion United States dollars) stabilization package.

The package of loans and various measures was offered by Germany’s Economic Stabilization Fund to help the airline weather the coronavirus crisis. Monday’s decision also means accepting the promises announced to the European Commission, according to the company.

According to a statement issued last Saturday, Lufthansa said it will be obliged to transfer to one competitor each at the Frankfurt and Munich airports up to 24 take-off and landing rights for the stationing of up to four aircraft. The option is only available to new competitors for one and a half years, and will be extended to existing competitors if no new competitor makes use of it, the airline said last Saturday.

Karl-Ludwig Kley, chairman of the Supervisory Board of Lufthansa said in Monday’s statement that the company has made “a very difficult decision.”

“We recommend our shareholders to follow this path, even if it demands substantial contributions to stabilize their company. But it must be said clearly that there is a very difficult path ahead of Lufthansa,” Kley said.

The package still needs the approval of the competition authorities and the shareholders after it was okayed by both the Management Board and the Supervisory Board of the company. A general meeting with shareholders to discuss the package is scheduled for June 25.

Lufthansa’s CEO Carsten Spohr said that stabilizing Lufthansa is not an end in itself, and that the company will work to defend its leading position in global air traffic together with the German government.

Lufthansa said that it is foreseeable that international air traffic will not reach the pre-crisis level in the coming years.

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Yobo takes part in first Super Eagles’ technical crew meeting

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The technical crew of the Super Eagles of Nigeria has admitted newly appointed assistant coach of the team, Joseph Yobo, into its fold.

The Media Officer of the team, Toyin Ibitoye, confirmed the development in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday.

Ibitoye said the former captain of the team was admitted into the crew during a meeting via video conferencing on Sunday.

“Joseph Yobo was welcomed officially to the team at the meeting.

“The scouts and assistant coaches were able to provide the head coach with information about all our players in Europe and draw up a plan to keeping monitoring them,” Ibitoye said.

He said this was the first meeting since Gernot Rohr was handed a contract extension, adding that this offered him the opportunity to enforce his philosophy and the need for the team to stay focused and hungry for greater success.

NAN reports that Nigeria re-signed Rohr to a new two-year contract extension in May that would see the German finish as the longest-serving coach in Super Eagles history by the end of his tenure.

NAN also reports that those that took part in the video conferencing alongside the head coach and Yobo included Nabil Trabelsi, video analyst and Jean Luc Royer, fitness coach.

Others were Tunde Adelakun, chief scout; Alloy Agu, goalkeeper coach; Ibrahim Gyaran, team doctor and Anaemeka Anozie, team physiotherapist.

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Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Mufutau Ojo (NAN)
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Latvian gov’t clears financial supervision authority’s merger with central bank

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The Latvian government on Tuesday approved the proposed merger of the country’s financial supervision authority with the central bank, local media reported.

According to the Finance Ministry’s plan, the merger of the Financial and Capital Market Commission (FCMC) with the Bank of Latvia might be completed in 2022 or 2023.

Citing a risk-benefit analysis, the ministry’s representative told a cabinet meeting that merging the financial supervision authority with the central bank would be useful and result in a significant public benefit, while the potential risks would be manageable.

The merger is expected to increase the efficiency of macro and micro-prudential surveillance and streamline decision-making and appeals processes.

The two institutions’ combined operational costs could be reduced by roughly 3.4 percent as a result of the merger, which is also expected to promote more coordinated and effective development of the Latvian financial sector.

The most serious risks associated with the merger include a greater concentration of influence in the financial system and a potential conflict of interest between monetary policy and macro and micro-prudential surveillance.

The Finance Ministry indicated, however, that the risks can be managed by implementing preventive measures, including an adequate distribution of functions, rights and responsibilities, as well as by ensuring proper internal legislative controls.

The FCMC was established in July 2001 to supervise Latvia’s banks, credit unions, insurance companies and insurance brokerage companies, the actors in the financial instruments market, as well as private pension funds, payment institutions and electronic money institutions.

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SuperStar Gemini cruise ship and SuperStar Aquarius cruise ship used as temporary dormitory for migrant workers

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Crew members wearing face shield perform their duties as food server aboard the SuperStar Gemini cruise ship berthed at Singapore’s Marina Bay Cruise Centre on May 23, 2020. SuperStar Gemini cruise ship together with SuperStar Aquarius cruise ship, are used as temporary dormitory for migrant workers who have recovered from COVID-19 infection. (Photo by Then Chih Wey/Xinhua)

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At least 10 killed in super cyclone Amphan in eastern India state: official

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Chief Minister of India’s eastern state of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee Wednesday night said at least 10 to 12 people were killed in super cyclone Amphan.

The deaths, according to officials, have been caused due to uprooting of trees, collapsing of houses and other falling structures.

“Districts like North and South 24 Parganas, Howrah, Kolkata, West Midnapore, East Midnapore, even Puruli Bankura have been affected by Amphan,” Banerjee said while speaking to media at state secretariat.

“The whole of South Bengal has been affected. We are shocked. It will take three to four days to assess the damage done.”

Cyclone Amphan made landfall in coastal areas of West Bengal at around 2:30 p.m. (local time) on Wednesday, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

According to the India Metrological Department, the very severe cyclonic storm Amphan crossed West Bengal-Bangladesh coast with wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph.

Banerjee said even the state secretariat building has suffered major damages, adding communications have snapped in most of the places. There was no drinking water, the electricity has been snapped and bridges have been cut off in several areas.

A number of embankments were breached in coastal areas and low lying areas were flooded in several areas in South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas districts.

The local government has evacuated half a million people from the affected areas to relief shelters. Over 158,000 people were also evacuated in the adjacent Odisha state.

Amphan is reported to be one of the worst storms over the Bay of Bengal in years. Video footage on television shows huge tidal waves crashing into beaches and coastline, besides heavy rain lashing the areas.

Authorities have deployed 41 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in West Bengal and Odisha.

Amphan comes at a time when India is fighting COVID-19, which has infected at least 106,750 people in the country and killed 3,303.

(XINHUA)

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COVID-19 sounds death knell for Air France’s A380 superjumbos

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Air France’s fleet of nine Airbus A380 superjumbos will not take off again, the Air FranceKLM group announced on Wednesday, after the coronavirus crisis led the company to ground the planes.

Previously, it had planned to phase them out by the end of 2022, but has now decided the A380s will not return to service.

Manufacturer Airbus last year announced that it would end production of the superjumbo, the world’s biggest passenger jet, in 2021.

According to Airbus’ April order book, there are only nine outstanding A380 orders – eight with Emirates, which owns almost half of the world’s 240 operational A380s, and one with All Nippon Airways.

The four-engine double-decker, which can carry up to 853 passengers, has long struggled to find buyers, with airlines preferring the flexibility and lower cost of wide-body twin-engine aircrafts.

Air France said the phasing out of its A380s would make its fleet more competitive, using “more modern, high-performance aircraft with a significantly reduced environmental footprint.”

The superjumbos will be replaced by Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s, both widebody twin-engine jets.

The company said it would book an estimated 500-million-euro (549-million-dollar) write-down cost for the phasing out of the A380 fleet to its second quarter results of 2020.

The French government has promised Air France seven billion euros in loans and loan guarantees to survive the coronavirus crisis.

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3 killed as super cyclone Amphan batters India’s West Bengal, Odisha

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Three people were killed Wednesday after super cyclone Amphan battered India’s eastern states of West Bengal and Odisha.

According to local media reports, two women and a man were killed after gusty winds uprooted trees in Howrah and North 24 Parganas districts of West Bengal.

The super cyclone triggering winds of up to 190 kmph entered West Bengal accompanied with heavy rains, leaving a trail of destruction.

Officials said the cyclone after making landfall entered into human habitations blowing away makeshift houses, uprooting electric poles and trees.

“The very severe cyclonic storm lay centered at 7:30 p.m. (local time) today, over West Bengal near Latitude 22.6°N and Longitude 88.5°E, close to Kolkata. Super cyclone – Amphan crossed West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts as a very severe cyclonic storm with the speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph across Sunderban near Latitude 21.65°N and Longitude 88.3°E,” reads information released in the bulletin by India Metrological Department (IMD).

Authorities said they have evacuated 658,000 people in West Bengal and Odisha ahead of the cyclone. Half a million people were evacuated in West Bengal, and over 158,000 were evacuated in Odisha.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) chief S N Pradhan told a press conference in New Delhi that 20 teams of rescuers have begun road clearing operations in Odisha, while in West Bengal the personnel were shifting people to safety.

Video footage telecast on television showed huge tidal waves crashing into beaches and coastline.

The cyclonic storm is likely to get weaker while crossing over Nadia and Murshidabad in West Bengal later on Wednesday night before entering Bangladesh.

Authorities have deployed 41 teams of NDRF in West Bengal and Odisha.

The severe cyclonic storm comes at a time when India is fighting COVID-19, which has affected 106,750 people in the country and killed 3,303.

Authorities have advised fishermen not to venture into north Bay of Bengal along and off West Bengal-Odisha coasts until Thursday.

Reports said cyclone Amphan is one of the worst storms over the Bay of Bengal in years.

(XINHUA)

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Super cyclone Amphan begins landfall in India

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India Metrological Department (IMD) Wednesday said super cyclone Amphan has begun making landfall near the Sunderbans in eastern Indian state of West Bengal with a wind speed of 160 to 170kmph gusting to 190 kmph as an extremely severe cyclonic storm.

“Landfall process commenced and forward sector of the wall cloud region entering into land in West Bengal and landfall process will continue for about four hours,” IMD said.

According to officials over 500,000 people have been taken to shelters in West Bengal and over 100,000 in Odisha.

The cyclone is likely to reach Kolkata by Thursday evening.

Officials said East Midnapore and North 24 Parganas in West Bengal were witnessing heavy rain.

The cyclone is expected to cause heavy to extremely heavy rainfall over Gangetic West Bengal and heavy to very heavy rainfall over north coastal Odisha. It will also cause heavy to very falls over sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim on Wednesday and Thursday and Meghalaya on Thursday.

IMD said extensive damage is likely to occur to all types of kutcha (makeshift) houses, some damage to old badly managed pucca (permanent) structures.

IMD has warned of flying objects, uprooting of communication and power poles, disruption of rail and road link at several places, extensive damage to standing crops, plantations, orchards, falling of palm and coconut trees, uprooting of large bushy trees and large boats and ships may get torn from their moorings.

Authorities have deployed 41 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in West Bengal and Odisha.

The severe cyclonic storm comes at a time when India is fighting against COVID-19, which has infected 106,750 people in the country and killed 3,303.

NDRF chief S N Pradhan said cyclone Amphan along with the coronavirus fight poses a double challenge for the country.

Authorities have advised fishermen not to venture into north Bay of Bengal along and off West Bengal-Odisha coasts until Thursday.

Reports say cyclone Amphan is one of the worst storms over the Bay of Bengal in years.

(XINHUA)

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