Anthony Martial ‘sounding out offers’ in push for Man United exit

According to reports in the English media today, Anthony Martial is now actively seeking a departure from Manchester United. Gifted

According to reports in the English media today, Anthony Martial is now actively seeking a departure from Manchester United.

Gifted youngster

Martial, a 22-year-old French international attacker, made the move to Old Trafford from Monaco in the summer of 2015 for a fee which could eventually rise to £58 million, following a breakout campaign at the Stade Louis.

After an excellent debut campaign in English football, during which he found the net on 11 occasions in the Premier League, Martial struggled to maintain his form last season, notching just 4 times in the league.

He has enjoyed a more effective campaign this time around, having racked up 9 goals and 5 assists in the Premier League, but the 18-time capped Les Bleus’ international has nonetheless managed starts in just 17 of United’s 35 league outings.

Anthony Martial

Anthony Martial of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park on January 1, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

On the move?

Martial’s lack of a guaranteed starting place under Jose Mourinho, coupled with Alexis Sanchez’s arrival at the club in January, has led to mounting rumours over recent months that the Lyon youth product could seek a departure from Old Trafford this summer.

And Martial is not likely to be lacking in suitors if he does in fact decide to move on, with Juventus, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Arsenal and more having all been touted as potential destinations.

Pushing for an exit

And, as per a report via Goal.com this afternoon, Martial is now no longer satisfied to simply sit back and await offers from other clubs, with the Frenchman having requested that agent Philippe Lamboley ‘sound out’ the interest of any and all suitors.

This development comes after Lamboley recently refused to confirm that his client will be plying his trade at Old Trafford next season:

‘Will Martial stay in Manchester in the summer? I’m sorry, but at the moment I cannot say anything else about it.’

Manchester United are said to be willing to open negotiations with other clubs, if an offer of 50 million Euro+ is to arrive.

Martial’s contract at Old Trafford is due to expire next summer, though an option for a further year is included in his deal.

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‘Black Panther’ Leads MTV Movie And TV Award Nods

Lagos screening of the Black Panther.   “Black Panther,” the breakthrough superhero film that has become one of the highest-grossing

Lagos screening of the Black Panther.

 

“Black Panther,” the breakthrough superhero film that has become one of the highest-grossing motion pictures of all time, on Thursday led nominations for the MTV Movie and TV Awards.

The action movie about the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda led with seven nominations including Best Movie for the June 18 awards, which will be decided by public voting.

Placing second with six nominations is “Stranger Things,” the Netflix series about supernatural occurrences in a small town in Indiana.

The MTV Movie and TV Awards, like the channel’s signature MTV Video Music Awards, celebrate pop culture moments and pride themselves on being less stuffy than the industry’s benchmark Oscars and Emmys.

Categories include “Best Kiss” and “Most Frightened Performance.” In another contrast with the industry-led awards, the MTV prizes for the second year will be gender neutral with no separate competitions for men and women.

“Black Panther,” a rare action film to celebrate black culture, has already become the third highest-grossing movie ever in North America since its release in January.

Comedian Tiffany Haddish will serve as the host of the MTV Movie and TV Awards, which hands out statuettes shaped like popcorn boxes.

Haddish stars in the comedy “Girls Trip” which is also up for Best Picture, along with the action flicks “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Wonder Woman” and horror adaptation “It.”

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Nigeria, China Sign $2.5bn Currency Swap Agreement

File photo   The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced the execution of a $2.5billion bilateral currency swap agreement

Nigeria, China Sign $2.5bn Currency Swap Agreement
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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced the execution of a $2.5billion bilateral currency swap agreement with the Peoples Bank of China (PBoC).

The CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, led the Nigerian officials while PBoC Governor, Dr Yi Gang, led the Chinese team at the official signing ceremony in Beijing, China, on Friday, April 27.

A statement from the Acting Director of CBN Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor, revealed that the deal was sealed after over two years of painstaking negotiations by both apex banks.

The transaction, which is valued at Renminbi (RMB) 16 billion, or the equivalent of about $2.5billion, is aimed at providing adequate local currency liquidity to Nigerian and Chinese industrialists and other businesses, thereby reducing the difficulties encountered in the search for third currencies.

Okorafor noted that among other benefits, the agreement would provide Naira liquidity to Chinese businesses and provide RMB liquidity to Nigerian businesses respectively, thereby improving the speed, convenience and volume of transactions between the two countries.

He added that it would also assist both countries in their foreign exchange reserves management, enhance financial stability, and promote broader economic cooperation between the two countries.

“With the operationalisation of this agreement, it will be easier for most Nigerian manufacturers, especially Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and cottage industries in manufacturing and export businesses to import raw materials, spare-parts and simple machinery to undertake their businesses by taking advantage of available RMB liquidity from Nigerian banks without being exposed to the difficulties of seeking other scarce foreign currencies.

“The deal, which is purely an exchange of currencies, will also make it easier for Chinese manufacturers seeking to buy raw materials from Nigeria to obtain enough Naira from banks in China to pay for their imports from Nigeria. Indeed, the deal will protect Nigerian business people from the harsh effects of third currency fluctuations,” the statement read.

With this development, Nigeria becomes the third African country to have such an agreement in place with the PBoC.

Both the Nigerian and Chinese officials were delighted at the conclusion and signing of the agreement.

They were also hopeful that it would boost mutually beneficial business transactions between the two countries.

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CBN signs a N720 billion local currency swap agreement with China’s Central Bank

Nigeria is expanding its trade and investment relationship with China with a bilateral local currency swap deal worth 720 billion

Nigeria is expanding its trade and investment relationship with China with a bilateral local currency swap deal worth 720 billion naira. But while this a positive development, it is not without some downsides.

China’s Central Bank, People’s Bank of China (PBOC), said on Thursday it has signed a three-year bilateral currency swap agreement with Nigeria worth 15 billion yuan (N 720 billion). It was also stated on the bank’s website that the swap deal will facilitate trade and investment, and safeguard the stability of financial markets of both countries.

“On April 27, 2018, with the approval of the State Council, the People’s Bank of China signed a bilateral local currency swap agreement with the Central Bank of Nigeria in Beijing for the purpose of facilitating bilateral trade and direct investment and safeguarding financial market stability in both countries. The size of the swap facility is RMB 15 billion/NGN 720 billion. The agreement is valid for three years and can be extended upon mutual consent,” the statement read.

The currency swap deal had been proposed a year into the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, but had failed to materialize till now. The arrangement between the two countries to trade in their own local currencies, paying for import and export trade at pre-determined rates of exchange will shield investors from exchange risks and boost trade between both countries.

However, critics have often complained about the trade imbalance between Nigeria and China; how these trade deals end up turning Nigeria into a dumping site for Chinese products.

But the deal definitely has its own benefits, especially for local entrepreneurs looking to the Chinese market, and if the government is able to lure Chinese investors to move manufacturing units to the country, this would put the country in a favourable trade position with China.

The deal has its own downsides also as it could potentially weaken Nigeria’s domestic production of some goods. This is because importers would have easy access to the Chinese Yuan to bring in cheap goods rather than produce within the country. As at the end of 2017, the volume of trade between Nigeria and China was put at $2.7 billion, making Nigeria the third largest African partner with China. But this relationship so far has been lopsided with Chinese imports accounting for a major chunk of the transaction.

China is rather familiar with these swap deals, having signed with more than 30 countries since 2008 with the biggest being the 400 billion yuan currency swap with Hong Kong in November 2014. One major reason for signing these deals is for broader use of the Renminbi in trade and finance, thereby helping to expand China’s influence as a global economic power.

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Eko Atlantic City To Be Completed In October 2019 – LASG

Lagos State Government on Thursday said the phase six of the Eko Atlantic City, Nigeria’s premium rising smart city situated

Lagos State Government on Thursday said the phase six of the Eko Atlantic City, Nigeria’s premium rising smart city situated adjacent to Victoria Island will be completed in October 2019.

The state’s Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Mr. Babatunde Adejare revealed this while speaking at the annual Ministerial Press Briefing to mark the third year anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration held in Lagos.

He said the flagship project designed to stand on 10 million square metres of land reclaimed from ocean has six phases of implementation.

He said, ‘’Phase one and two has already been completed with roads, portable water to World Health Organisation (WHO) standards, fibre optics and advanced telecommunication facilities and over 10,000 trees planted within the city in recognition of the Lagos State Government initiative to plant one million tress in the state.

‘’The new city emerging will change the aesthetic of the coastline and real estate market.’’

Adejare said work is progressing steadily on the construction of nine jetties with shelter and shoreline protection and channelization of four new ferry routes as part of efforts to boost water transportation in line with the multi-modal transport policy across the State.

According to him, the projects, upon completion, would transform water transportation and thereby contribute to the vision of the present administration to reduce pressure on road infrastructure.

The jetties under construction, according to Adejare, include VIP Chalet, Badagry; Apa Waterfront, Baiyeku Waterfront, Offin Waterfront, Isalu-Ajido, Badagry; Liado Waterfront, Amuwo-Odofin; Ilashe-Ojo Waterfront, Ito Omu Waterfront, Epe; and Takwa By Island.

He said, “The jetties which are at various stages of completion ranging from 90 per cent to six per cent, essentially involves the construction of modern concrete jetties with shelter and shoreline protection across the riverine areas of the State.

“The work done and on-going include construction of reinforced concrete jetty supported by 24 number of concrete piles, hydraulic sand filling to be paved using 60mm paving stone, chrome handrail with canopy over the jetty, fenced waiting area, street light, waiting shelter with concrete seats, toilets for male and female, soak-away, among others.”

On channelization of four new ferry routes, Adejare said the project was conceived to improve water transportation, adding that it would be completed with new world class comfortable ferries already ordered to be procured by the State Government to convey people through the waterways.

He said, “The four channelization projects are at various stages of completion and are progressing satisfactorily with Ijede-Badore route at 40 per cent, Baiyeku-Ajah route at 70 per cent, Ebute Ojo-Marina at 60 per cent, and Ijede-Marina at 35 per cent completion.

“The projects involve the dredging of ferry routes, creating a path of 40meters width and four meters minimum depth to accommodate bigger boat movement. With the population of the State progressing numerically, there is the need to intensify and compliment the predominantly road based transportation in the State with water transportation in order to move large number of people from one point to another,” Adejare said.

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Pensioners & Workers In Imo State Haven’t Been Paid But Governor Rochas Is Out Here Playing Santa Claus To #BBNaija Housemates

  Rochas Okorocha, the Governor of Imo State, hosted Big Brother Naija housemates Miracle, Nina, Teddy A and BamBam in

 

Rochas Okorocha, the Governor of Imo State, hosted Big Brother Naija housemates Miracle, Nina, Teddy A and BamBam in the state’s government house today, and according to reports, each of the housemates left the state a lot richer than they came.

The controversial governor reportedly gifted Miracle a plot of land and scholarship for his Commercial Pilot License.

This comes days after he made the BBNaija winner the state’s Education Ambassador.

 

Rochas is also said to have given Nina, Teddy A and BamBam 2 million Naira each while promising to support Nina in the completion of her studies.

Governor Okorocha reportedly gifts Miracle a plot of land + scholarship for his CPL, gives Nina, Teddy A and Bam Bam N2m each

 

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Ex-Chelsea star Joe Cole details incredible plans to prolong career

Hanging on Former Chelsea star Joe Cole has revealed how he is taking to yoga and vegetarianism to win one

Hanging on

Former Chelsea star Joe Cole has revealed how he is taking to yoga and vegetarianism to win one last trophy with his current club Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The English midfielder is currently 36 and his playing career has now taken him to the second tier of American soccer.

The player had much promise and having joined Liverpool, was expected to propel himself to the top of football. ]

Instead, his career took a turn as he fell down the English footballing pyramid one club at a time.

He left for Lille on loan before joining West Ham, then Aston Villa and finally joining Coventry.

Going for as long as possible

Now, the player has revealed how he is planning to prolong his career.

While some may look to ice baths and other solutions, Cole is taking to yoga and becoming a vegetarian to ensure he gets the most out of his legs.

“I do yoga. I do that but real relaxing yoga and nothing too strenuous as there’s thousands of different types,” explained in an exclusive interview with Goal. 

“My wife does it as well. I would say that I am more or less a pescatarian now. I don’t eat meat. I try to cut down on fish and just have it once or twice around games, apart from that I am a vegetarian.

“You make a lot of sacrifices to be a footballer but it is more than worth it. A lot of people find it strange [to give up meat] but it is working because I am still here, I am still working and I am still running so [I am happy with it].

“If it comes to the day where I wasn’t enjoying it or there was a massive opportunity on the other side of the fence that I couldn’t turn down then you would have to make a decision.

“I am just focusing on giving myself the opportunity to play on for as long as I possibly can.”

Man Ends Life Of Boyfriend Of Woman He Wanted To Date…

This s pathetic!!! Kevin Prasad never seemed threatening. At least not to the woman whose boyfriend Prasad killed, authorities say.

This s pathetic!!!


Kevin Prasad never seemed threatening. At least not to the woman whose boyfriend Prasad killed, authorities say.

Prasad, 31, had spent months trying to woo the woman, who authorities say was his co-worker at San Francisco International Airport, where the two provided security services. Prasad on several occasions asked the woman to date him, at one point presenting her with a piece of jewelry. The woman would always rebuff him, explaining she had a 3-year-old child with her longtime boyfriend, 31-year-old Mark Mangaccat.

The woman never felt harassed or endangered by Prasad’s pursuit, said San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. And after a hooded man approached Mangaccat’s car last week with a gun and shot at him, it didn’t immediately occur to the woman that the killer could be her smitten co-worker.

“Wait, there’s a guy at work who’s been trying to date me,” she told police during an interview, after explaining that Mangaccat had no gang affiliations or enemies, according to Wagstaffe.

Police took that information and “ran with it,” Wagstaffe told The Washington Post Wednesday. “Ultimately, it led to Mr. Prasad.”

Prasad and his friend, 25-year-old Donovan Matthew Rivera, now face the possibility of life in prison or the death penalty, Wagstaffe said. Both men are charged with first-degree murder, but with an enhancement of lying in wait — meaning that because the men allegedly ambushed Mangaccat, they are eligible for a more severe punishment than that of a regular murder charge, Wagstaffe said.

Prasad and Rivera are additionally charged with assault with a firearm and firing into an occupied vehicle, Wagstaffe said.

Prasad and the woman had an amicable relationship, Wagstaffe said, and still did on April 25, the woman’s last day of work at the airport. She told Prasad she was leaving because she was moving to Las Vegas with Mangaccat and their child. Prasad had met Mangaccat before in passing, as Mangaccat used to work at the airport with them, Wagstaffe said. He left after suffering an injury.

“Don’t move,” Prasad told the woman, according to Wagstaffe. The woman said goodbye.

That night, Prasad decided to follow Mangaccat to his house in Daly City, Wagstaffe said. Prasad asked Rivera, his friend, to drive him, and the two men followed Mangaccat for nearly eight miles, watching him pick the woman up from work and take her to their house on the 100 block of Abbot Avenue, Wagstaffe said.

Around 10 p.m., as Mangaccat backed into their garage, Prasad jumped out of the car, ran up to Mangaccat’s car and fired five or six shots at him, Wagstaffe said. He jumped back into the car Rivera was driving and the two took off, Wagstaffe said.

Mangaccat died in the driver’s seat of his car. The woman was uninjured.

Prasad and Rivera were arrested within 24 hours, on April 26, soon after the woman raised the possibility that Prasad was involved in the killing. Wagstaffe said the case — and the two men — will be thoroughly investigated.

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Asus Zenfone Live L1 Android Go phone debuts

Today Asus announced a new entry-level smartphone – the ZenFone Live L1. It is the first Android Go-powered smartphone by

Today Asus announced a new entry-level smartphone – the ZenFone Live L1. It is the first Android Go-powered smartphone by the company and Indonesia is going to be its debut market.

The device sports a 5.5-inch HD+ display (1440×720) with 18:9 aspect ratio, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC paired with 1GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot.

There's a 13MP PDAF main camera and a 5MP front-facing snapper that's also used for face unlock. The smartphone features a impressive for its size 3,300 mAh battery unit.

As we already mentioned, the smartphone is powered by the lightweight Android Oreo Go Edition. It comes with 4G VoLTE support as well as Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GPS/A-GPS and FM radio. The Zenfone Live L1 will be available in three different colors – Rose Pink, Midnight Black and White.

Availability and pricing are yet to be detailed.

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha Gives Miracle And Other BB Naija 2018 Housemates That Visited Him Money And Other Gifts

Imo state governor Rochas Okorocha hosted some of the BB Naija 2018 housemates including winner Miracle Igbokwe today. The housemates

Imo state governor Rochas Okorocha hosted some of the BB Naija 2018 housemates including winner Miracle Igbokwe today.

The housemates were received warmly by the governor and representatives of the state who also gave fans of the reality stars to meet and greet them.

Also according to reports, the governor gifted Miracle a plot of land and scholarship for his Commercial Pilot License CPL.

The governor also gave Nina, Teddy and Bam Bam N2 million each. He has also promised to support Nina in the completion of her course.

Read: BB Naija 2018 Finalist Nina Disappointed That Imo State Favoured Miracle And Ignored Her

See the photos below.

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