What was the experience like playing against Argentine megastar Lionel Messi at the 2014 World Cup? I had nightmares playing against Messi at the 2014 World Cup. How pleased were you seeing him win the World Cup in Qatar? I was actually surprised that Argentina won the World Cup. It was just too much and they didn’t look and play like a team hungry for the World Cup title.
That was an indication that INEC officials did not visit their assigned centres days before the D-Day. TV stations also showed many of the INEC officials arriving at election venues in rickety commercial vehicles which can easily break down for lack of maintenance. However, this did not stop thugs from besieging different polling centres, attacking voters and destroying votes and other electoral materials. INEC failed on transparency, failed on organisation, failed on impartiality, failed on logistics, and failed on time management. Despite all the money provided for INEC and the fact that the chairman of INEC was on his second term, INEC did not only disappoint Nigerians; it betrayed Nigeria and Africa at large.27 days ago Punch Newspapers
Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, Monday, strongly condemned the ongoing large-scale manipulation of the results of the 2023 Presidential and National Assembly Election. Frank in a statement in Abuja called on Nigerians to reject the results, demand for their cancellation and reordering of fresh presidential and National Assembly election. He said INEC deliberately delayed the release of the Presidential and National Assembly election results to give the ruling APC room to doctor the results to favour their candidates. “INEC has scientifically rigged the election through deliberate delay in announcing results and failure to electronically transmit the results as promised. “It is on record that election results in Gombe and Bauchi States where the Peoples Democratic Party is clearly ahead are now being changed in favour of the APC,” he said.28 days ago Blueprint Newspapers Limited
At polling unit 121, Obi scored 58, APC scored 31 while the PDP scored 32. Also, at polling unit 131, Obi scored 17, APC scored six while the PDP scored three. Also, at polling unit 128, Obi scored 12, APC scored 1 while the PDP scored zero. Similarly, at polling unit 022, Obi scored 174, APC scored 71, while the PDP scored 78. The party won 33 votes, Obi won nine votes while Atiku won seven votes.29 days ago Punch Newspapers
“Similarly, in the Oshimili LGA of Delta State, thugs attacked a polling unit and two BVAS machines were lost in the process. “Similarly, in Safana LGA of Katsina State, thugs attacked one of our voting locations and snatched six BVAS machines. The hoodlums carted away ballot boxes and chased away electoral officers. An eyewitness, who preferred not to be named, said the hoodlums came to the polling unit on motorcycles and Sienna. The attack followed the arrest of a man for allegedly masterminding a vote-buying procedure at the polling unit situated at THE Science Primary School, Bwari.29 days ago Punch Newspapers
Now past his professional years, Detroit native Johnie Drake is passing on his wisdom to young athletes through Johnie Drake Speed Performance, in Fraser. “Understand that it’s a process and you have to get out of your own head, and then you have to trust in that process and in that new technique,” Drake said. Drake, a Cass Tech High School graduate, spent four years as a professional track runner, traveling around the world to compete. While helping Drake improve on the track, Drake said Gailliard had a significant impact on him as a person and his itch to become a trainer himself as well. “I try to build that bond with all my athletes,” Drake said.1 month ago C&G Newspapers
Nottingham Forest delivered another twist in the Premier League title race as Chris Wood’s late goal saw them snatch a 1-1 draw against Manchester City at the City Ground. City looked prime to return to the top of the table after Arsenal’s lunchtime win over Aston Villa when they went ahead through Bernardo Silva’s first-half stunner. But a string of missed chances after the break, including two from Erling Haaland, proved costly and Wood’s first goal for Forest in the 83rd minute saw them take a point. Shortly after, in the 41st minute, he gave City the lead in style. When Navas tipped over De Bruyne’s fizzing free-kick in style it looked like one would be enough for City, but Forest had other ideas.1 month ago Punch Newspapers
With China’s dropping of its “zero-COVID” policy, makeshift quarantine centres and testing booths are being repurposed as mini-libraries, information points or even housing. Some of the metal or plastic testing booths that were once ubiquitous symbols of the “zero-Covid” policy have found a new life as mini-pharmacies, shelters or information stations. Some booths near the train station have been transformed into information points for new arrivals, offering them job opportunities or legal advice concerning work disputes. But many former testing booths remain unused — so much so that some people are trying to sell them on the internet. Elsewhere in Jinan, a former makeshift quarantine centre has been converted into housing for employees of nearby companies.1 month ago Punch Newspapers