Archive | May 19, 2016

Inter agree deal for Sevilla’s Banega….

Banega

Inter Milan have agreed a deal to sign Sevilla’s Argentina midfielder Ever Banega. The Serie A club have been linked with Yaya Toure this week but are said not to be interested in the Manchester City man. Instead they will announce the arrival of Banega in the next couple of weeks. The 27-year-old joined Sevilla in 2014 and was part of the side that beat Liverpool 3-1 in the Europa League final in Basel last night.

La Liga to fine empty seats….

A kid at the Nou Cap

The Spanish league is planning to fine clubs that allow empty seats to be shown on television next season. New regulations require top-tier clubs to fill sections of the stadium which are shown by certain camera angles. The move is part of efforts to improve the league’s product for TV audiences and increase its competitiveness with England’s Premier League.

Nigeria confirm rescue of one of the kidnapped Chibok girls….

More than two years after the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by militant sect Boko Haram in Chibok, a town in Nigeria’s north east, the Nigerian army says one of the girls has been rescued. The girl, Amina Ali, was found by a local vigilante group in Sambisa Forest in the northeastern state of Borno—a known base for Boko Haram operations. Her parents later confirmed her identity as one of the kidnapped girls. Amina reportedly confirmed that other girls were still in the custody of Boko Haram but that as many as six have died in captivity.

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See the world’s worst-ranked cities for air quality….

New data from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that four of the world’s 20 worst-ranked cities for air quality are in Nigeria (at least among cities of more than 100,000 inhabitants that monitor their air quality). Onitsha, a densely-populated commercial center in Nigeria’s east, had the worst air quality tested, judged by the annual mean concentrations of particulate matter (PM10). Onitsha recorded 30 times more than the WHO’s recommended levels of particulate matter concentration. Three other Nigerian cities—Kaduna, Umuahia and Aba—also feature on the list of the 20 worst-ranked cities. Two of those, Aba and Onitsha, are manufacturing cities in the industrial hub of eastern Nigeria. The list is dominated by cities in South East Asia and the Middle East. India, Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia each have three cities on the list, while Bahrain and Afghanistan have two each. China, with well-documented air pollution problems, had only one city, Shijiazhuang, on the list.

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EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo disappears from radar….

An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo has disappeared from radar with 66 people on board, the airline says. The Airbus A320 went missing over the eastern Mediterranean, soon after entering Egyptian airspace. EgyptAir says it received a distress signal before the plane disappeared from radar. There were 56 passengers – including three children – seven crew members and three security personnel on board Flight MS804, the airline said. The airline said the passengers included 30 Egyptians, 15 French citizens, one Briton, two Iraqis, as well as people from Canada, Belgium, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan, Chad and Portugal.

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Sevilla defeat Liverpool to win Europa League….

Sevilla win Europa League

Liverpool suffered a dramatic second-half collapse as Sevilla claimed the Europa League for the third season in succession with a superb comeback. Jurgen Klopp’s side looked on course to secure the prize of Champions League football – on offer to the winners of the competition – when Daniel Sturridge’s magnificent strike with the outside of his left foot gave them the interval lead. The good work was wrecked in the first 17 seconds of the second half when Kevin Gameiro turned in Mariano Ferreira’s cross to put Sevilla level. Liverpool, who were denied a clear first-half penalty when Sevilla’s Daniel Carrico clearly handled as Roberto Firmino tried to weave past him, never recovered. Coke’s fine 64th-minute finish confirmed Sevilla’s superiority and he added a contentious third from close range, which was initially disallowed but was then given as Liverpool slumped to their second final defeat this season after losing to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup.