FC Barcelona produced arguably the most impressive performance of Xavi’s tenure as the Blaugrana made something of a statement in their 4-2 defeat of Atletico Madrid.
Diego Simeone brought up Xavi’s past criticism of Atletico Madrid’s style of play in the build-up.
But the latter had the last laugh at Camp Nou as Barca replaced Los Colchoneros in fourth.
The visitors did enjoy a promising start with Yannick Carrasco’s well-worked opener eight minutes in, but Barca were soon ahead thanks to Jordi Alba’s excellent volley and a Gavi header.
Ronald Araujo increased Barca’s lead just before half-time and Dani Alves blasted in a fourth for his first goal since his return.
Luis Suarez pulled one back against his former club and Alves was dismissed, but Barca went on to claim a deserved win.
Atletico Madrid led in style as Suarez latched onto Koke’s excellent pass and fed Carrasco into the penalty box, with the Belgian sweeping his first-time finish into the bottom-left corner.
They were pegged back just two minutes later when Dani Alves crossed to the left.
Jordi Alba met it with a spectacular sliced volley that spun high into the far corner of the net.
Another Barca cross proved decisive soon after as the hosts went in front, with debutant Adama Traore seeing his pinpoint delivery nodded in by Gavi.
Araujo then made it 3-1 late in the half, smashing in from close range after Ferran Torres headed Alves’ free-kick onto the crossbar.
Alves became the fourth-oldest player to score in La Liga this century early in the second half, drilling home from Alba’s cut-back.
Barca was made to suffer as Suarez headed in and Alves was sent off for scraping his studs down Carrasco’s calf, but Atletico Madrid could not salvage a result.
Al Humphrey Onyanabo Releases book, ‘Precious Little Thoughts To Lift the Day’
Seasoned Journalist and facilitator of Humanity Awards, Al Humphrey Onyanabo, has released his first book titled, Precious Little Thoughts to Lift The Day on the global bookshop; kdp.amazon.com.
He revealed, that the book is not a religious book neither does it talk about doctrines, but a compendium of divinely inspired inspirational poems that will appeal to human beings who deal with other humans on a daily basis and seek to understand about life and how the relate with the forces and issues that control this plain of existence.
“Who ever we are, what ever is our race or religion or station in life, things happen to us most often that does not make sense. We might try to reason it out, pray, fast, seek counsel or talk it over with a friend, elder or associate and sometimes, the situation persists” He stated.
Sometimes, it’s not for lack of effort but because certain things are beyond our scope of understanding or reasoning.
This life is full of mysteries far beyond our human minds. We live in a world that is billions of years old and sometimes we, young as we are, need more than the wisdom of Solomon to find our way”.
Hear him,”This little two part divinely inspired book will attempt to encourage readers to make sense of certain happenings in and around them. It will not take the place of the Bible or prayer, rather it will help the reader see the hidden hand of a Super power that directs the affairs of men”.
He advices on how to get value from the book,”take time to read it again, if you can read it daily like a devotional. Pick one page a day, read through and ask God to open your mind to understand the words and hidden meanings and how you can apply it.God will reach out to you in a new way as you read this little book and your life will be much better than when you picked it up.
The veteran journalist stated that because this book is invaluable and not easy to outgrow, he and his publishers are planning a pocket size hardcover edition for the Nigerian market,” This will be easy for you to slip into your purse or bag and read quietly in the bus on at work or just anywhere”.
He says he is also available to respond to any queries concerning aspects of this book. His email is Precious Little Thoughts.gmail.com
‘’We Distributed Operational Vehicles To Promote Efficiency and a Safer Lagos’’- LNSA G.M Prince Ifalade Oyekan
The General Manager of Lagos Neighborhood Safety Agency LNSA; Prince Dr Ifalade Ajasa Oyekan on behalf of Governor Babajide Sanwoolu recently deployed operational pickup Vehicles to various Local Government offices of the agency to enhance efficiency and also provide more ease of movement for officers in discharging their duties in gathering intelligence to help relevant security agencies across the state in other to bring sanity and also curb crime to the barest minimum.
While presenting keys of the operational vehicles to the Commanding Officers C.O’s from various Local Government operating areas, at the Agency’s head office in Bolade, Oshodi on the 16th of June 2023, Ifalade disclosed that; the Vehicles are provided to ensure the agency and its officers are on top form while discharging their duties. He also disclosed that it will help them at an advantage when they are to respond to distress calls within their community. He disclosed that the new vehicles serve as support from the Government in its quest to combat crimes by providing intelligence reports and also growing community policing within Lagos state. ‘Today, I had the pleasure of presenting new operational vehicles, identification badges, vests, raincoats, and rain boots to officers of the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency to boost operations for effective community policing in the state.’
These items were purchased with the support of the Lagos State Government and the Lagos State Security Trust Fund. It’s a result of the continued efforts and investment of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu in actualizing the security pillar of his administration’s THEMES agenda. It is also part of the agency’s rebranding initiatives as directed by the governor, aimed at equipping officers with the relevant tools to perform their duties optimally.’
While giving his remarks to the officers and representatives present at the handover, Oyekan however noted that; the distribution is coming barely three weeks into Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s second term which shows the high premium he places on security and his dedication to promoting initiatives that move the agency forward to achieve its full potential.
In addition to presenting the items, he also presented letters of appointment to the newly appointed Divisional Commanders, Corps Officers (COs) Deputy COs, and 16 Zonal Coordinators.
‘I congratulate all the new appointees whose hard work paved the way for this feat. It is expected that they perform their duties with professionalism and shun activities that will bring the organisation into disrepute.’
He also charged them to be good ambassadors of the agency and also implore them to collaborate with their community by creating a cordial relationship which will help them in gathering information. He also averred that; the most active way to reduce crime to the barest minimum is when you speak up when you see anything strange.
‘I have told all the officers to ensure they engage their community heads, opinion leaders and Community Development Council CDC members. This will help us mark black spots across Lagos so we can quickly take action before it goes out of hand. We also call on residents of the community to work in hand with them that’s why it is called Neighborhood, it’s a collective effort and partnership to create a safer Lagos for all to thrive.’ He disclosed.
Sanwoolu, Dapo Abiodun, Tony Elumelu, others to attend Book Launch on ‘Ife the Cradle of World’
All is now set for the launch of a historical book lle ‘Ife the Cradle of World’, written by Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Amb.Maureen Tamuno Ph.D
According to the Press Release made available to journalists, the Coffee- table book, the first of its kind, is based on the Ancestral linkages steming from the ancient city of Ile-Ife.
It would be recalled that the city is considered as the traditional birthplace and ancestral home of the Yorubas, with His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II as the current and 51st King.
The publication documents contain the incredible culture and rich history as well as showcasing the links between the Yoruba Nation and the people of the Caribbean and African Americans who are believed to have migrated as a result of the slave trade to countries, such as Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Haiti and some parts of America.
The book also focuses on four thematic areas; History, Culture, Tourism, and Business. Thus, brief knowledge of the culture/ affinities of the people of Ile-Ife (Yoruba nation) with other countries from historians/ diplomats.
The event, which would be hosted by Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, is expected to be attended by top dignitaries from all walks of life that includes Governor of Lagos State Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu; Ogun State Governor, Mr. Dapo Abiodun; Oyo State governor Seyi Makinde; Osun state governor, Mr. Ademola Adeleke; Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister for Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; Executive Chairman Geregu Power Plant, Mr. Femi Otedola, Chairman Heirs Holdings, Mr. Tony Elumelu, Alhaji Razak Okoya, among several others.
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