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* Hurricane Florence: Trump issues warning as storm strengthens (BBC) * FIFA releases list of World XI nominees (DailyTrust)

* Hurricane Florence: Trump issues warning as storm strengthens (BBC)     * FIFA releases list of World XI nominees (DailyTrust)



Hurricane Florence: Trump issues warning as storm strengthens (BBC)

US President Donald Trump has issued a series of warnings to prepare for Hurricane Florence, which is gathering power as it approaches the Carolinas. Mr Trump tweeted that this was “one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years”. Florence is at present a Category Four storm, with sustained winds of about 140mph (220km/h). On its current track it is predicted to make landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina, late on Thursday. A number of mandatory evacuations have been ordered in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, affecting more than a million people. South Carolina’s Governor Henry McMaster has given the entire coastline until noon on Tuesday to leave. Read more

FIFA releases list of World XI nominees (DailyTrust)

Football’s governing body FIFA and the worldwide players’ union FIFPro have revealed a 55-man shortlist for the FIFA FIFPro World XI for 2018. The list which features two players from Africa, will be whittled down to a list of 11 players voted by almost 25,000 professional footballers from 65 countries. According to the rules, players are to vote one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards based on the players’ performances between 3 July 2017 and 15 July 2018 inclusive. The list features 10 players that featured in the final of the World Cup with the goalkeepers, Hugo Lloris and Danijel Subasic, missing out. Read more

Buhari accepts donated nomination forms, slams APC defectors (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, accepted the presidential nomination and expression of interest forms of the All Progressives Congress from a group, Nigerian Consolidation Ambassadors Network, which donated the forms worth N45m to him to support his bid for re-election next year. At an event marking the handover and acceptance of the forms in the Presidential Villa, Buhari lashed out at defectors from the APC, describing them as weak and selfish politicians. He said, “I am honoured today to receive youths from all over the country contributing to buy the form for me. “The weakest whose sense of expectation do not align with our vision have exited our party.” Read more

UN: 821m People Undernourished in 2017 (ThisDay)

The United Nations has said that 821 million people globally were undernourished in 2017. According to a report, “The State of Food Insecurity and Nutrition in the World”, put together by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), the number of people suffering from hunger has increased during the past three years. The UN also said nearly 151 million under-fives – 22% of the global total – have their growth stunted by poor nutrition. Read more

FG bars states owing salaries from accessing $2.69bn Paris Club refund (Vanguard)

The Federal Government said states must clear backlog of salaries and other related staff arrears before they would be able to access the remaining 2.69 billion dollar Paris Club Refund. The Director of Information, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mr Hassan Dodo, on Tuesday, said the Federal Government would commence phased payments of the refund to the states once the condition and several others were met. “The DMO led the reconciliation process under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Finance. The final approval of 2.69 billion dollars is subject to some conditions. “Salary and staff related arrears must be paid as a priority. Read more

UN blasts Nigeria for human trafficking (Guardian)

The United Nations on Monday criticised Nigeria for failing to tackle human trafficking, after a human rights mission looked at efforts to stamp out the organised trade in people. “What is being done is not enough,” the world body’s special rapporteur on the subject, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, told reporters at the end of an eight-day visit. Some 18,000 Nigerians arrived in Italy via the Mediterranean Sea from north Africa in 2017, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The number of arrivals in Europe fell sharply in the first six months of this year but Giammarinaro said there was “no indication of a decrease in the trafficking trend”. Read more

Gas explosion: security operatives block road to avert another disaster (Punch)

Security personnel have diverted the road leading to Monaco Gas Filling Station which went up in flames on Monday in Lafia to avoid another disaster. A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria, who visited the scene on Tuesday, observed that personnel from various security agencies were on ground to control traffic on the road. NAN reports that the State Fire Service, Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Road Safety Corps, National Emergency Management Agency were at the scene. Akwanga/Jos road was sealed from the Secretariat of People’s Democratic Party to Lafia Township Stadium. Read more

Gunmen kill Imo Catholic priest, 1 other (Punch)

Tragedy struck in Nkwerre in the Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State on Monday night after gunmen murdered a Catholic priest and made away with his vehicle. The gunmen equally murdered a young man whose identity could not be ascertained immediately. The man was said to be with the priest in his vehicle when the criminals struck. A native of the community told our correspondent on Tuesday morning that the priest, identified as Rev Fr. Jude Egbuom, was until his death in charge of St Patrick’s Catholic Parish, Amucha, in the Njaba LGA of the state. He hailed from Umuwala, a village in Nkwerre Community. He was attacked around 8pm when he went to a barber’s shop on Anara-Nkwerre Road in Nkwerre town. He reportedly resisted giving the car keys to his killers, which angered them. Read more

Balogun advises Eaglets to be cautious against Niger (Punch)

A sport analyst, Tayo Balogun, on Tuesday advised the Golden Eaglets to play cautiously in their match against Niger Republic in the ongoing U-17African Cup of Nations qualifiers. Balogun, who gave the advice in a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan, said that the semi-final match was crucial and sensitive. The Golden Eaglets will lock horns with their Niger counterparts on September 12 by 7p.m. Nigerian time. ‘‘They should play their game with caution and adequate respect for the opponents; they should open up their opponents by using the wings,” Balogun said. Read more

Maradona seeks rebirth at Mexican second division club (IOL)

Argentine legend Diego Maradona described his decision to coach second-division Mexican club Dorados as a rebirth after years battling addictions, as he officially became the team’s new manager Monday. Maradona has raised eyebrows with the decision to accept a job in the heart of Mexican drug cartel country — the rough-and-tumble state of Sinaloa. But in his first press conference for Dorados, he described the job as a healthy new beginning after a long “sickness,” alluding to his very public struggles with drug addiction, alcoholism and obesity. “I want to give Dorados what I lost when I was sick,” he told the 200 journalists who packed the hotel conference room in Culiacan, the state capital, where he was officially presented as Dorados’s new coach.  Read more

‘Green light given’ for Uefa to launch third European club competition (Telegraph)

A third European competition is set to return to club football as part of a dramatic reshuffle expected by Uefa to reduce the Europa League’s mammoth group stage. The extra contest, which has yet to be named despite an initial “green light” by governing officials, is likely to be marketed primarily towards internet streaming sites. The Champions League, Europe League and the third tournament are expected to include 32 teams each from the 2021/22 season. Officials are keen to slash the current 48-team Europa League group stage by a third as the current format has drawn years of criticism for the burden it takes on clubs’ domestic fixture calendars. Read more

Russia protests: More than 1,000 detained, monitoring group says (CNN)

Police in Russia detained at least 1,018 people in nationwide protests against a proposed government pension overhaul Sunday, a Russian independent monitoring group said. Protesters gathered in cities around Russia to rally against a government proposal to raise the country’s retirement age. The protests were organized by supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is under administrative arrest for organizing an unsanctioned rally in the capital in January. The crackdown was heaviest in Russia’s second largest city, St. Petersburg, according to independent local media and OVD-Info, a nonprofit organization that monitors detentions. The group said at least 452 people were detained in the city. Read more

Zimbabwe declares cholera emergency in capital after death toll rises to 20 (Reuters)

Zimbabwe declared a cholera outbreak in the capital Harare after 20 died from the disease and more than 2,000 people were infected after drinking contaminated water, new Health Minister Obadiah Moyo said on Tuesday. Harare city council has struggled to supply water to some suburbs for more than a decade, forcing residents to rely on water from open wells and community boreholes. The latest cholera outbreak came after burst sewers in Budiriro and Glenview suburbs contaminated water in boreholes and open wells, which are used by residents, said Moyo, who was flanked by Harare’s new mayor and other health officials. Read more

Russia kicks off massive war games, hosts Putin-Xi meeting (CNN)

Russia kicked off what it says are its largest war games since the fall of the Soviet Union on Tuesday, as it hosted a bilateral meeting between President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping in the far eastern city of Vladivostok. Tuesday’s meeting between the two leaders comes amid continued US-led sanctions against Russia and an escalating US-China trade war. At least 300,000 troops, 36,000 vehicles and 1,000 aircraft will take part in the Vostok 2018 exercises, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense. They’ll be joined by thousands of troops from China and Mongolia, which the Chinese Defense Ministry insisted wasn’t “directed against any third party” and would focus purely on “defenses, firepower strikes and counterattack.” Read more

Will a ‘Saturday Night Live’ makeover rescue the Emmys? (Abcnews)

Excited about Monday’s 70th Emmy Awards? Probably not. That’s an educated guess based on shrinking interest in entertainment’s back-slapping ceremonies generally and television’s biggest night in particular. Last year’s Emmys drew 11.4 million viewers, a smidge above 2016’s worst-ever 11.3 million. The 2018 Oscars dipped to an all-time low with 26.5 million viewers — still more than double that of its small-screen sibling. But imagine this: An expert in producing live TV jumps in to invigorate the stale, decades-old Emmy format by orchestrating more laughs, more surprises and fewer trophy presentations capped by giddy yet dull speeches. Read more


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