Rafael Nadal powered past Chung Hyeon into the US Open fourth round, capitalising on the extra rest he enjoyed before facing the South Korean.
The Spanish second seed, who had a walkover in the previous round, had not played since Tuesday and it showed in a dominant 6-3 6-4 6-2 win. By contrast, Chung had come through three rounds of qualifying and spent nine hours more on court.
With defending champion Novak Djokovic and 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the opposite side of the draw, Nadal has – on paper at least – a more favourable route to a potential fifth US Open … >>> Read Full Story



Story Written By: by Emmanuel Okogba

By Gabriel Olawale
For many centuries, the game of chess was regarded as the zenith of human cognitive ability. To master the game, one requires near ingenuity and supreme intellectual ability.
However, in the year 2017, Google’s AlphaZero AI program defeated the world’s best computer chess program after only four hours of learning and creating unique chess moves – all without any human interference!

Such is the power of Artificial Intelligence. 10-year-old Emmanuella Mayaki is, however, rewriting the script and setting new milestones.
At age seven, she had already earned a proficiency certificate in all major Microsoft programs and now, at 10, after building and … >>> Read Full Story



•Approve joint air operation to rid forests of bandits
•Deny involvement in Python Dance
•Why we shut down Enugu Airport, by Minister
Christopher Isiguzo and Gideon Arinze in Enugu
Worried by worsening insecurity in their domain, governors of the South-east yesterday held an expanded closed-door meeting with security chiefs and leaders of thought in Enugu to discuss the response to the security situation. They reaffirmed their resolve to ban the movement of herdsmen bearing rifles and cutlasses and their cattle across the five states in the region.

The governors also resolved to commence a joint air operation to flush out bandits from forests in the … >>> Read Full Story



Story Written By: by Bankole

•Faults President as petroleum minister
•On 2nd Republic: Why Ekwueme/Dikko presidential permutation failed
•On 2023: The Tinubu, el-Rufai factors
By Soni Daniel, Editor, Northern Region
Junaid Mohammed, Second Republic member of the House of Representatives from Kano State, assesses the composition of President Muhammadu Buhari’s new cabinet. Junaid, however, kicks against Buhari’s assigning to himself the petroleum portfolio.
Junaid Mohammed
What do you make of the cabinet just inaugurated by Mr President? Are you impressed with the quality of the members?

They appear as people with competence and integrity. But we can only see how far they can go when they begin to render service … >>> Read Full Story



Ortom

Did you see the way the Benue State Governor, Sameul Ortom, who was on the entourage of President Muhammadu Buhari to the seventh Tokyo International Conference for Africa Development (TICAD7) held in Yokoma, Japan, last week, dressed to a pre-conference meeting with the president?
To leave Nigeria for Japan sporting such poorly combined shirt and a pair of trousers, with a face cap – all in some colour blinding materials – as if he was going on some project inspection in one of Benue’s local communities, is to say the least disappointing. It was a very embarrassing outing for the country and a disgraceful … >>> Read Full Story



Story Written By: by Bankole

Sixteen-year-old Ansu Fati became Barcelona’s youngest ever La Liga goalscorer on Saturday but could not prevent his side stumbling to a surprise 2-2 draw at promoted Osasuna.
Barcelona’s French forward Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring a second goal during the Spanish League football match between Barcelona and Real Betis at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on August 25, 2019. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP)
The result left the champions with only four points after three games.

Roberto Torres’ thumping volley gave Osasuna the lead in the seventh minute to send the boisterous El Sadar crowd into a frenzy.
Barca struggled to cope with … >>> Read Full Story



Femi Falana

•Says it usurped Taraba Governor’s powers
Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja
Foremost human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Femi Falana, yesterday called for the disbandment of the panel set up by the Defence Headquarters to investigate the killing of policemen and a civilian by soldiers of the 93 Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Takum, Taraba State. The soldiers had also freed a kidnap kingpin arrested by the policemen.

Falana said the panel usurped the powers exclusively conferred on the Governor of Taraba State by virtue of the Commission of Enquiry Law of Taraba State.
The Rear Admiral Ibikunle Olaiya-led … >>> Read Full Story