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The richest man in Africa goes for Arsenal

first_imgDangote himself already made this intention public in 2018 and has even made movements to test the terrain over the years. The Nigerian has acknowledged having held meetings with several groups of Arsenal fans who ask for patience and maintain confidence in his project, which in England do not specify more details. Dangote is also an Arsenal fan and does not hide his desire to be the new gunner owner. “The Emirates is a place that has always been special for me and my family. I am excited about the possibility of getting there and being able to stay for a long time, “he said.Today, Arsenal is owned by the American Stanley Kroenke, a real estate investor and one of the most important men in sport internationally since he owns several clubs through his company Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. In addition to Arsenal, this company also has several North American sports franchises among its assets: The Los Angeles Rams (NFL), the Denver Nuggets (NBA), the Colorado Avalanche (NHL) and the Colorado Rapids (MLS).The management of Kroenke is raising strong criticism from the Arsenal fans, which has already organized several protests against him. The gunners projected the motto “We care, and you?” Giant size on the facade of a building near the Emirates earlier this month and complaints are more seeing the performance of the team. The North London fans question the investment of the Missouri that promised great conquests that now seem quite distant.If Dangote wants to replace Kroenke at the head of Arsenal, he will have to make a strong investment. According to the latest estimate made by Forbes in May 2019, Arsenal is valued at just over 2 billion euros (€ 2,066,105,777). Aliko Dangote is the richest man in Africa. The 62-year-old Nigerian created the Dangote group in 1977 and has managed to build one of the most powerful companies in the continent dedicated to processing food (salt, sugar and flour), manufacturing cement and transporting goods with an extended business throughout and Africa’s width. Now, The construction of its oil refinery in Lekki, which will be one of the largest in the world (2,500 hectares), focuses all its efforts but the Nigerian has made public its intention to acquire the Arsenal in the short term. The Nigerian, the 66th largest fortune worldwide according to Forbes, has said he will try to buy the club in 2021. “It is a team that I would like to buy someday but today we have projects worth 20 billion dollars and I am focused on it. Once I finished with this we could do it. Maybe in 2021. I don’t want to buy Arsenal now, I will do it when I finish with all these projects that will take my company to the next level, “said Lagos in Bloomberg.last_img read more

City get the better of Arsenal

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): Raheem Sterling capped a rousing second-half comeback by Manchester City with the winning goal as Arsenal squandered a lead to lose 2-1 for the second time in five days in the English Premier League on yesterday. The England winger collected Kevin De Bruyne’s sensational cross-field pass before cutting inside and driving home a low finish in the 71st minute at Etihad Stadium. Arsenal led through Theo Walcott’s fifth-minute strike – another goal that raised questions about City’s defensive frailties – before Leroy Sane equalised in the 47th with his first goal for City. While City moved back to within seven points of first-place Chelsea, Arsenal dropped nine points off the leaders at the end of a week in which Arsene Wenger’s team also lost after being 1-0 up at Everton on Tuesday. “We were caught cold in the second half and we dropped physically,” Wenger said. City have reacted to a 4-2 loss at Leicester last weekend, which led to fierce criticism of coach Pep Guardiola’s tactics, with two wins this week to revive the team’s title challenge. Guardiola’s side dominated the second half after playing it without a recognised striker, with Raheem Sterling – a winger who was up front in the first half – was sent out to the right flank. LOOKING UP With Fernandinho back from a three-match suspension next week against Hull, Sergio Aguero only banned for one more game and Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus joining in January, things are looking up for City again. “The victories give a lot of confidence in the mind of the players in what we are trying to do,” Guardiola said. “I am so happy for the fans. They stayed until the 94th minute, normally they go with 10 minutes left.” What will concern Guardiola, though, was the manner in which his defence was opened by Arsenal for Walcott’s goal. Hector Bellerin was allowed to power up the field unchallenged from right back and pass the ball to Sanchez, who had dropped deep to also find space between City defence and midfield. Sanchez’s reverse pass located Walcott between two defenders and the winger composed himself before slipping a low shot past goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. Guardiola decided not to play John Stones for the second straight game, preferring Nicolas Otamendi and Aleksandar Kolarov at centre back; and City were often too open in defence, while their build-up play was slow from the central midfield in the first half. It was a different story after half-time, with Arsenal unable to pick up City’s floating midfielders. One of them, Silva, clipped a first-time pass over the top for Sane – who may have been slightly offside – to race clear and sidefoot home for a first goal in his 13th appearance for City. Sane was denied in a one-on-one opportunity by Petr Cech, who tipped aside De Bruyne’s deflected shot. De Bruyne was growing in influence and it was his stunning pass that set up the winner. Guardiola praised the “quality and the vision from Kevin to make an exceptional pass. “Seven points is still a huge distance from a team who made 11 wins in a row,” Guardiola said, referring to Chelsea. “(We need to) be there as much as possible and wait for the opponent to fail.”last_img read more

Decomposed body of Herstelling man found floating in canal

first_imgThe partially-decomposed body of a Herstelling, East Bank Demerara (EBD) man was discovered on Tuesday morning in a canal.The dead man has since been identified as 38-year-old Jaigobin Seecharran, called “Red Man”, of Lot 92 Herstelling New Housing Scheme.Dead: Jaigobin SeecharranHis body was discovered floating in the “number three canal”, which separates Herstelling and the Mocha Access Road, around 08:30h by workers of a nearby block-making establishment. The body was clad in a black T-shirt and a pair of long blue jeans.The owner of the business, Shazad Ally, told Guyana Times, that he was in his yard checking on his workers when one of them informed him about the body in the canal.“When I go out and check, it was a dead body in the trench, so I call the Police and inform them about it,” he recalled.According to the businessman, ranks of the nearby Providence Police Station were summoned and subsequently contacted the undertakers to remove the body.“The undertakers them came and when they pull out the body, then we realised it was a villager – a guy name “Red Man”,” Ally related.He noted that at the time word of the “floating body” had already spread through the village and persons, including relatives of Seecharran, were gathered around and so they were able to positively identify the man.This publication understands that Seecharran, a former minibus conductor, was last seen alive by relatives on Sunday evening when he left home around 19:30h.His brother, Seegobin, told this newspaper that they were not worried when the 38-year-old man did not return home, since he would usually disappear for a few days without informing anyone whenever he imbibed heavily.“Sometimes, he would go over Herstelling (old scheme) and stay there… He does even leave and go by my other brother in Mahaica without telling anybody and stay there for like two weeks and so,” the man explained.According to Seegobin, he was at work on Tuesday morning when his wife called and informed him that a body was found in the nearby canal and that a cousin had confirmed that it was his brother.Meanwhile, the Police said that Seecharran’s body was found face down in the water. Checks were made for marks of violence, but none were found.The body of Seecharran is currently at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination.last_img read more

PI into teen’s death to commence on Tuesday

first_imgA preliminary inquiry into the death of nineteen-year-old Sasia Adams — who reportedly died as a result of blunt trauma to the head occasioned by allegedly being pushed from a moving car being driven by her boyfriend in June last — will begin on September 11, 2018.The decision came after Police prosecutor Neville Jeffers handed over the final statements into the matter to the court earlier last week.Fifteen witnesses are expected to testify in the matter, which will be heard by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The accused, twenty-one-year-old Rick Sewcharran of Section ‘A’ Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, was released on $500,000 bail back in June when he appeared before the court to answer to a manslaughter charge.The late Sasia Adams, who had been an Essequibo native residing at East Street, Georgetown, succumbed to head injuries on June 12 after falling out of the moving car at Lamaha Street, Georgetown.It was reported by her boyfriend that the teen had fallen out of his moving vehicle at about 20:00h on June 10, two days prior to her demise.However, alternative versions of what had transpired during the incident surfaced, as the still conscious Adams had related to doctors that she had fallen down. Another account had her jumping from the moving car.The post-mortem examination conducted by veteran State Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh indicated that the teen died as a result of blunt trauma to the head. No mention was made of her dying from injuries consistent with a vehicular accident.Investigators revealed that the teen had apparently been struck to her head and then pushed out of the moving car, resulting in her sustaining severe head injuries.The late Sasia Adams had been employed as a front desk clerk at the Princess Ramada Hotel at Providence, EBD.last_img read more

GL&SC sends several employees packing for corruption

first_img– cases not turned over to Police; complainants didn’t want to pursueIn keeping with its internal policies, the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC) has so far sent several of its employees home for corruption-related reasons, including taking bribes to fast-track land transactions.The Guyana Lands and Surveys head officeSeveral former employees of GL&SC are likely to spend Christmas without a job, having been booted from the agency for corruption. This was revealed by the Commission’s Chief Executive Officer, Trevor Benn during a press conference on Monday.However, Human Resources Manager Shonda James-Williams explained that the Police were not called in, although such actions were criminal offences. James-Williams explained that this was because the Virtual Complainants (VCs) did not want to pursue the matter further.“We had about three employees who were terminated for corruption. And in those cases, staff entered into agreements with clients, issued receipts and collected money in exchange for land. So, when those cases came to us as a Commission, we acted in relation to our policy.“However, in those cases, they weren’t turned over to the Police, since the client didn’t want to pursue. As a Commission though, we took our action based on our policies. We also had another staff who was terminated for inflating bills, taking advances to do surveys. So, we had to terminate that staff, since it is dishonest and against our policy,” she revealed.Explaining how the employees were caught, James-Williams noted that some were nabbed after audits were conducted. Others were nabbed when the clients’ suspicions were aroused after having paid their money and not receiving the land.She noted that while some clients were reimbursed by the culprits, the GL&SC could not reimburse anyone since they did a private transaction outside of the Commission’s policies. Asked about the systems to prevent corruption from taking place, James-Williams pointed to the agency’s policies.“We have our policies. We keep meetings. And we also issue memos and internal messages to staff. Corruption is something we can’t stop. But as soon as we find it, we deal with it. Some of them, the clients came in after time would have passed and the promise of land wasn’t coming through. Others, from audits. The one with the inflated bill, that was an audit,” the Human Resources Manager detailed.The Commission has had to also deal with various cybersecurity threats, some of which Benn said has targeted his own computer. According to Benn, however, no sensitive information was stolen.last_img read more

Motor vehicle accident east of Chetwynd

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – There has been a motor vehicle accident on highway 97, east of Chetwynd.A silver Fort Mustang appears to have went off the road and ended up in the ditch. No other vehicles were involved.Traffic is down to single lane, alternating traffic.- Advertisement –last_img

Mahrez to join Vardy at Arsenal? Leicester to land Watford star Deeney? GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Arsenal are in talks to add Riyad Mahrez to the signing of Jamie Vardy in a stunning double raid on Leicester. Arsene Wenger has already met the £20million release clause of Foxes striker Vardy, who has reportedly had his medical today at London Colney. But now in another incredible twist, Vardy is set to be joined by his PFA Player of the Year team-mate Mahrez. (The Sun)Leicester could also lose another key man – midfielder N’Golo Kante. French giants Paris Saint-Germain are dangling a mega five-year contract to tempt Kante who, like Vardy, has an exit clause in his contract. (The Sun)Leicester, meanwhile, have launched a bid to sign £15m-rated Watford striker Troy Deeney. (Daily Telegraph)Manchester United have made a £35.2m bid to sign Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes. (Daily Star)Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is set to stay at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho after Real Madrid decided not to trigger the £39m release clause in his contract. (AS)Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he will make an announcement on his future on Tuesday. The Swedish striker is expected to join Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. (The Sun)Eden Hazard insists Paris Saint-Germain are not part of his plans and he intends to stay at Chelsea. (Daily Telegraph)Southampton managerial target Eddie Howe is ready to snub the chance to replace Everton-bound Ronald Koeman to stay at Bournemouth. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Manchester United transfer news: £65m transfer battle, defender news, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic latestTransfer spotlight: All you need to know about Manchester United target Eric BaillyArsenal activate release clause for Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy – reportsChelsea target Antonio Rudiger plays down talk of Roma exit: ‘I know nothing. I am only focused on Euro 2016’Liverpool FC transfer news: Portugal star wanted, £45m bid plotted and morelast_img read more

DDTV: All the goals as UUJ pip Donegal in McKenna Cup thriller

first_imgTHERE WERE six goals in all yesterday in Ballybofey as UUJ overcame Donegal 2-20 to 4-13 in the Dr McKenna Cup.Donegal’s Under-21s are lining out in the competition and Declan Bonner’s men looked nailed on for the win with goals from Eoghan Ban Gallagher, Micheál Carroll, Brendan McCole and Ethan O’Donnell. UUJ had taken the lead early through a Daire Gallagher goal and it was one of Donegal’s own, Ryan McHugh, who had the final say of the day, with an injury time goal that gave UUJ the spoils.See the goals in the clip below, by Brendan Bradas O’Donnell of JacksonsmediaTV…DDTV: All the goals as UUJ pip Donegal in McKenna Cup thriller was last modified: January 9th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SHOOTING RANGE GETS THE BULLET

first_imgPlans for a state-of-the-art shooting range have been shot down in the High Court.The court ruled yesterday that the range did not have planning permission.Permission for a range, used by a target shooting club near Lifford, had been validly refused by Donegal County Council in 2011, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns found. The action arose after Donall McGroary, secretary of the Donegal Target Club, applied to the local Garda Superintendent Vincent O’Brien for authorisation for a range at Cavan, Upper Killygordan, near Lifford.SHOOTING RANGE GETS THE BULLET was last modified: June 30th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Target ClubLiffordshooting rangelast_img read more

Ligue One: PSG out to pull away from chasing pack

first_imgPSG currently hold an 8 point lead at the top of the Ligue One. (PHOTO/File)The Ligue One will return on Friday night with PSG away to relegation-threatened Dijon at the Stade Gaston-Gerard.This is the second time in three weeks that the Parisians are playing on Friday and if their latest performance and result on this particular day is to go by, Dijon are in for a very long night.In their last game on Friday, they beat Nice 4-1 away from home with Angel Di Maria, Mauro Icardi and Kylian Mbappe all on the score-sheet.After a wobbly start to the season, Tomas Tuchel’s side are slowly getting back to their usual ruthless selves.They have won all their last six games in all competitions, scoring 19 goals and conceding just once.In the Ligue One, they have won all their last four scoring 10 and letting in one.Currently, they sit 8 points clear at the top of the standings and victory will see them 11 points above second-placed Nantes for at least 40 hours as Nantes will only return to action on Sunday.The injuries started to ease up in PSG’s camp but they will still be without Neymar Jr who is steadily recovering from a hamstring injury. The Brazilian is joined on the side-lines by Idrisa Gueye and Thomas Meunier.Dijon too have a few injury concerns coming into the with Naif Aguerd and Jordan Marie both out of Friday’s contest.Stephane Jobard’s side are the bookmakers favourites for the drop this season and they are currently not doing enough to suggest otherwise.After 11 games, they sit at the bottom of the pile with just 9 points.Their last two games have all ended in 2-0 defeats away to both Bordeaux and Brest.Getting a result off an in-form PSG side will be a miracle of sorts but Dijon will try anyways.History too points at an away victory as PSG have won all their last 10 meetings with Dijon, scoring 30 goals whilst conceding just four.Last season, the Parisians beat Dijon home and away with both games ending 4-0.On Saturday, Marseille will host Lille at the Velodrome in what is without a doubt the highlight fixture of match-day 12.Marseille are having a frustrating season so far and currently sit 7th on the standings with 16 points.Their form leading into the game has also been wanting as they have lost both of their last two competitive games. They were humiliated 4-0 by PSG last weekend before losing 2-1 to Monaco in the League Cup on Tuesday.Head coach Andre Villas-Boaz is feeling the heat as pressure keeps on mounting on him and will know that a run of poor results in his next two games leading to the international break may see him face the sack.Luckily for Boaz, Lille are not the side that blew away French football last season and are struggling too.After selling some of their best players in the summer, Christoph Galtier’s side have found life not the same anymore in the League.Before a kick of the ball on Saturday, they sit third on the log with 18 points, just three ahead of 12th placed Saint Etienne.Have once contested the title last season, Lille find themselves closer to the relegation zone that the top at the moment. They are 7 points above 18th placed Nimes and 9 behind leaders PSG.They did beat Bordeaux 3-0 in their last game but with a Champions League game away to Valencia coming up mid-week, the visit to Marseille becomes more complicated than it would normally be.Both side have no new injuries with Florien Thauvin the only one missing for the hosts while Renato Sanchez and Timothy Weah remain out for Lille.Last season, Lille beat Marseille 2-1 at the Velodrome, their only victory away to Boaz’s side since 2011.On Sunday, Saint-Etienne will host Monaco at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in another interesting affair.After starting slowly, both sides have slowly started picking up form and as a consequence, climb up the table.Etienne are currently on a six-game unbeaten run in all competitions, winning three and drawing as many.In the League, they have won three of their last four games, drawing the other. The draw came in their latest Ligue One game at home to Amiens, ending 2-2.Monaco on the other hand are enjoying their best run of form since the season started.In their past six games, they have won the last five with the odd one being the 3-1 loss away to Montpellier at the start of October.Leandro Jardim is finally steadily putting his house in order and it would come as no surprise if Monaco beat Etienne on Sunday.Monaco will continue being without Diego Benaglio, Pietro Pellegri and Stephen Jovetic as they are all still nursing injuries.For Etienne, they will also be without Yohan Cabaye, Monnet-Paquet and Loic Perrin.Last season, Etienne beat Monaco home and away including a 2-0 victory in the reverse fixture.All the Ligue One match-day 12 gamesFriday, 01-11-2019-Diojn vs PSG @10:45pmSaturday, 02-11-2019-Marseille vs Lille @7:30pm-Nimes vs Rennes @10pm-Metz vs Montpellier @10pm-Toulouse vs Lyon @10pm-Angers vs Strasbourg @10pm-Amiens vs Brest @10pmSunday, 03-11-2019-Bordeaux vs Nantes @5pm-Nice vs Reims @7pm-Saint-Etienne vs Monaco @11pmComments Tags: DijonFrench Ligue OneNeymar JrPSGlast_img read more