EPL: Mourinho names ‘not ready’ youngsters in United squad

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says some of the club’s young players “are not ready” for first-team action. Mourinho has named eight players who could make their debuts in his squad for Sunday’s last Premier League game of the season against Crystal Palace. “To play so many kids at the same time, honestly, I don’t think is good. You want them to be surrounded by players who support them,” said the Portuguese. United are guaranteed sixth place, while Palace are safe from relegation. Sam Allardyce’s side are 13th…

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Fashola approves buying of electricity from GenCos for eligible customers

      In line with the provisions of Section 27 of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005 the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has approved four categories of eligible customers in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) to buy power directly from the generation companies. This approval is contained in a statement issued by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). The statement from the Head, Public Affairs Department of NERC, Dr. Usman Abba Arabi states: “The declaration which permits electricity customers to buy…

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Thiem stuns Nadal at Italian Open

Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal is out of the Italian Open after a straight-set defeat by Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals in Rome. The 30-year-old Spaniard was previously unbeaten on clay this year, having won 17 straight matches. That run included victories over Austria’s Thiem, 23, in the Barcelona Open and Madrid Open finals. Yet Thiem dominated this encounter, frequently forcing Nadal behind the baseline to set up a 6-4 6-3 win, reports the BBC.

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Sack: Pengassan calls strike

A Nigerian oil workers’ union has called a strike over 150 workers who were sacked in December, a union member told Reuters news agency. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (Pengassan) union called for the shutdown of all Exxon Mobil Corp facilities in the Niger Delta. Reuters was unable to verify whether union members had shut down the company’s facilities and oil sources told them there had been no impact on production. Madubuezi Azubuike, who chairs the union in Rivers state, said the call followed the…

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Over 70 escape in second Congo prison break this week

More than 70 inmates broke out of a prison in southwestern Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, a local activist and a national deputy said, two days after thousands escaped from the capital’s main penitentiary. Prison breaks are relatively common in Congo, but the latest series of large-scale escapes points to deepening disorder in the wake of President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step down from power after his mandate ended in December. Kabila’s decision to remain in power beyond his mandate has fuelled deadly street protests and a surge in…

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Suspected Ebola cases in Congo rise to 29

The number of suspected Ebola cases in Congo has risen to 29, up from 21, Reuters News agency reports World Health Organisation spokesman Christian Lindmeier as saying. Three people have died so far and 416 peolpe who may have had contact with sufferers were being chased up in case they also developed symptoms, he said. People began to get sick on or after 22 April in Bas-Uele province in the country’s far north. The region affected lies 1,300km (800 miles) north-east of Kinshasa, close to the border with the Central…

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S’Africa turning into ‘mafia state’, says Bishop

A church panel in South Africa has warned that corruption is fast turning the country into a mafia state. Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana, the head of the influential South African Council of Churches (Sacoc), said President Jacob Zuma’s government had lost its moral legitimacy. The Reuters news agency quotes him as saying: “We have come to recognise that South Africa may just be a few inches from the throes of a mafia state from which there may be no return, a recipe for a failed state.” Sacoc has been carrying out…

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