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Iheanacho Nominated For PFA Fans’ Player Of The Month

 Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has been nominated for the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month award in March, sponsored by Bristol Street Motors.

- Kelechi Iheanacho is nominated for the Bristol Street Motors PFA Fans’ Player of the Month award

- The Leicester City striker scored seven goals in four games for the Foxes in March

- City picked up seven Premier League points from a possible nine and reached the semi-finals of the Emirates FA Cup

Following a superb strike during the 1-1 draw at Burnley, the Nigeria international added another to his tally in a 2-1 win at Brighton & Hove Albion, before netting a first Foxes hat-trick in a 5-0 success over Sheffield United at King Power Stadium.

Iheanacho then made it seven goals in four games in all competitions with a brace of efforts in a 3-1 victory over Manchester United on Filbert Way, securing Leicester's place in the semi-finals of the Emirates FA Cup for the first time since 1982.

The 24-year-old forward is nominated alongside Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), Jesse Lingard (West Ham United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) and Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City).

Vice President of Nigeria Yemi Osinbajo Decorates Usman Alkali, New IGP (Photos)

 VICE President Yemi Osinbajo is currently decorating Usman Alkali Baba with the rank of Inspector-General of Police, IGP

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday approved the appointment of Usman Alkali Baba as the Acting Inspector-General of Police.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, who disclosed this to State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said that the appointment was with immediate effect.

The Acting IGP replaced Mr. Mohammed Adamu whose tenure expired February 1, 2021, but President Buhari extended his tenure for three months.

Until his appointment, Mr. Usman Alkali Baba was a Deputy Inspector-General, DIG of Police and will be in acting capacity pending his confirmation by the senate.

Present at decoration ceremony taking place at Vice President Conference Hall are the former IGP, Mohammed Adamu, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, the Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu and his colleague in the office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande.

Also present is the Permanent Secretary, State House, Tijjani Umar and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police Affairs.

Manchester City Vs Dortmund (2 - 1)

 Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden were on target to give Manchester City a narrow advantage at the halfway point of the tie.

Match in brief

Foden’s 90th-minute strike gave Josep Guardiola’s side a narrow lead in this last-eight showdown with Dortmund. His vital intervention came more than 70 minutes after Kevin De Bruyne had started and finished a City counterattack for the opener. 

When Foden rolled the ball across goal to reach Riyad Mahrez beyond the back post, the latter's cutback found De Bruyne arriving in the box, and the captain shifted it neatly into his stride to steer home.

A threat throughout, Dortmund levelled late on as Marco Reus latched onto Erling Haaland’s through ball to slot past Ederson and seemingly snatch a draw for BVB. However, Foden’s subsequent close-range finish, teed up by İlkay Gündoğan following a lasered pass by De Bruyne, sealed the hosts' victory in Manchester.

Player of the Match: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

"A goalscorer, but more importantly at the centre of everything good for City tonight, with and without the ball. He brought purpose to City's play, intent and threat, with his constant and energetic attacking play. Another false nine display that showed great understanding and space awareness in his performance."

Roberto Martínez, UEFA Technical Observer

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos endorsed President Joe Biden proposal to hike US corporate tax rate

President Joe Biden has proposed hiking the US corporate tax rate to 28% from 21% to help pay for his plan to build up the country's infrastructure 

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos endorsed President Joe Biden’s focus on building up the country’s infrastructure Tuesday and said the company even supports a corporate tax rate hike to help pay for it.

Bezos’ statement, posted on the company’s website, was notable because it came after Biden singled out the company for criticism about how much it pays in federal taxes when he recently unveiled his $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal.

Biden has proposed hiking the U.S. corporate tax rate to 28% from 21% to help pay for his plan, an idea that Republican leaders are panning as harmful to economic growth. Democrats will surely cite support from individual companies to undercut that argument.

“We recognize this investment will require concessions from all sides — both on the specifics of what’s included as well as how it gets paid for (we’re supportive of a rise in the corporate tax rate),” Bezos wrote. “We look forward to Congress and the Administration coming together to find the right, balanced solution that maintains or enhances U.S. competitiveness.”

Bezos was careful not to endorse a specific plan. Rather, he said “we support the Biden Administration’s focus on making bold investments in American infrastructure.”

The company would benefit from the investments made in roads, bridges, airports and broadband. Business groups have joined in the call for more public works investment by the federal government, but they have generally balked at Biden’s call for raising the corporate income tax, with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce describing Biden’s proposal as “dangerously misguided when it comes to how to pay for infrastructure.”

Along with partially undoing the corporate tax cut put in place during President Donald Trump’s administration, Biden also wants to set a minimum U.S. tax on overseas corporate income, and to make it harder for companies to shift earnings offshore.

Amazon has long been criticized for paying virtually no federal taxes in the U.S. for years even as it built an e-commerce empire that currently has a market value of $1.6 trillion.

That has changed slightly in recent years as the Seattle company has become more profitable. Last year, it reported paying $1.7 billion in federal taxes on its U.S. income of $20.2 billion, working out to an effective tax rate of about 8%.

Woman finds out on son’s wedding day bride is her long-lost daughter at a recent wedding in Jiangsu, China

The daughter-in-law is the biological daughter, and the son instantly becomes the son-in-law! At a recent wedding in Jiangsu, China, a woman found her daughter-in-law’s birthmark from her daughter-in-law as her biological daughter who had been separated for many years. 

A woman attending her son’s wedding was left in tears after she identified the bride as her long-lost daughter. The incident happened in Suzhou, Jiangsu province in China on March 31.

The mother-in-law noticed a birthmark on her new daughter-in-law’s hand, which was similar to the one on her lost daughter’s hand.

After spotting the birthmark, the woman approached the bride’s parents and asked if she had been adopted over 20 years ago. The bride’s family was baffled by the question as it had been a secret. However, they went on to reveal that they had found a baby girl by the roadside several years ago whom they brought up as their own daughter.

On hearing the story, the bride burst into tears. She wanted to know more about her biological parents. She described the moment of meeting her biological mother as “happier than the wedding day itself”.

The story didn’t end there. There was more to come.

The bride was now concerned about marrying her elder brother. However, the mother-in-law revealed that there would be no objection to their marriage as the groom was also adopted.

The woman had adopted a boy after losing all hopes of finding her missing daughter. She had searched for her for years but in vain, Oriental Daily reported.

She said that there would be no problem in their marriage as they were not biological siblings.

The bride was relieved to know this and the couple completed their wedding rituals.

Source: Orientaldaily 

ASUP Shuts Down Nigeria Polytechnics Nationwide

 The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has commenced an indefinite strike. Anderson Ezeibe, president of the union, announced this at.

The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has commenced an indefinite strike.

Anderson Ezeibe, president of the union, announced this at a press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday morning.

He said members of the union have agreed to shut all the Nigerian Polytechnics and monotechnics until their demands are met.

This is coming despite the federal government’s move to avert strike action in Polytechnics.

Daily Trust reports that the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had Monday evening, invited the ASUP for an emergency meeting following the threat to embark on another round of strike.

The emergency meeting, according to a statement by the Education ministry’s spokesman, Ben. Bem Goong, was scheduled to hold today, Tuesday, at 11:00 am in the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja.

But Ezeibe, at the briefing, said the resolution of members of the union to shut down all Polytechnics across the country is now enforced effectively from 12:00 am of 6th April.

He said, “Today, therefore, marks Day 1 of the execution of the resolutions of our union as already, academic activities have been shut down in ALL PROGRAMS run in Polytechnics and like institutions across the nation effective 00:00 hrs of 6th of April, 2021.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the following demands were communicated to the government through the Ministries of Education; as well as Labour and Employment and indeed other ministries where our members offer services through various monotechnics.”

ASUP listed one of their demands as non-implementation of NEEDS Assessment report of 2014 in the sector nor release of any revitalization fund to the sector despite assurances since 2017.

The union also said the non-reconstitution of governing councils in Federal Polytechnics and many state-owned institutions has led to the disruption of governance and administrative processes in the institutions since May 2020.

This, according to the union, undermined the renegotiation of the union’s 2010 agreement with the government as such was unilaterally suspended by the government for over 2 years.

Ezeibe added, “The non-release of the 10-month arrears of minimum wage owed our members in Federal Polytechnics and non-implementation of the same in several state-owned institutions.

“This is despite a directive for the payment of these arrears since December 2019.

“Continued victimization of officials of our union as seen in Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu; Federal Polytechnic, Mubi; as well as Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo.

“This situation has degenerated to the clamping down and brazen illegal seizure of the properties of our union by the Rector of Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa”.

Source: Daily Trust

Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in the first leg of their Uefa Champions League encounter

 Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in the first leg of their Uefa Champions League encounter thanks to a goal in each half from Brazilian youngster Vinicius Junior.

Marco Asensio also scored from a Liverpool mistake while Mohamed Salah momentarily reduced the deficit for the Reds in a repeat scoreline and outcome of the 2018 UCL final.

Liverpool have lost each of their last three UCL games against Real Madrid and the Santiago Bernabeu outfit made it a fourth successive defeat on Zinedine Zidane’s 50th UCL game as manager, handing the French coach a 31st win in the competition.

Real Madrid was expected to be wobbly and overpowered by Liverpool’s fearsome attack due to the absence of captain Sergio Ramos and partner Raphael Varane but it was the visitors who looked jittery and were ruthlessly punished.

Toni Kroos split Liverpool’s backline with a raking deep ball that Brazilian youngster Vinicius Jr, ran onto before finding the back of the net with a bubbly shot to give the home side the lead.

A proper mistake, this time from Trent Alexander-Arnold, allowed Asensio through on goal and the Spain international chipped goalkeeper Alisson Becker before tapping into an empty net with his fourth goal in four matches and 2-0 to Real Madrid at halftime.

Liverpool halved the deficit with their first shot of the game on 51 minutes, a lackadaisical Real allowed Diogo Jota too much space and the Portuguese set up Salah to slot under Thibaut Cortouis for 2-1.

Vinicius Jr. however restored the two-goal advantage with his fourth UCL goal for Real Madrid, slotting home Luka Modric’s inch-perfect pass that rolled into his path in the penalty area.

Real Madrid closed out the match to make it four consecutive UCL wins in a row for the first time in three years, taking a two-goal lead to the second leg at Anfield next week.

Manchester City also won at the Etihad, the Cityzens will take a narrow 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund secured via a 90th minute Phil Foden curled shot ito the second leg in Germany.

The young England international restored Pep Guardiola side’s lead after Marco Reus had cancelled Kevin De Bruyne’s early lead in the 84th minute.

Cuba Adopts Cryptocurrency as Part of Communist Party Agenda

 Cryptocurrency is now officially part of the Communist Party agenda in Cuba. Over the weekend, Cuba’s government adopted a proposal to incl...




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