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1 killed in St Petersburg hospital fire – Agency

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One person was killed after a fire broke out at a St Petersburg hospital, treating patients with infectious diseases, the RIA news agency reported on Wednesday.


Officials from the emergency services said the blaze broke out in the bedding of a patient with hepatitis, the TASS news agency reported.

An official told the RIA that the patient had been smoking.

A deadly fire at a Russian hospital last month was attributed to ventilators used to treat patients infected with the novel coronavirus.

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Rohr calls up 21 old faces, 4 new faces for Super Eagles’ 2 friendlies

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Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has called up 25 players ahead of October’s friendly matches against the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire and the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia, scheduled for Austria.


Ademola Olajire, the Director of Communications, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), disclosed in a statement on Monday in Abuja that five other players have been put on standby.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the friendlies are the three-times African champions’ first games this year, as a result of the prolonged global coronavirus pandemic.

Rohr has listed the team’s top names such as Ahmed Musa, Kenneth Omeruo, William Ekong and Wilfred Ndidi, as well as new brooms Frank Onyeka and Chidera Ejuke.

Former FIFA Under-17 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Dele Alampasu returns to the group, as well as midfielder Mikel Agu.

Captain of the most recent Nigeria under-17 squad, Samson Tijani, will join up with the elite, as well as Portugal-based exciting wing-back Zaidu Sanusi.

Goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, now in The Netherlands, is heading to Austria for the games, just as England-based forward Kelechi Iheanacho also returns.

Victor Osimhen, now in Italy with Napoli, and another former U17 World Cup winner Samuel Chukwueze are also called up.

The Super Eagles, now ranked 29th in the world and third in Africa, will take on the Elephants on Oct. 9.

They will four days later engage the Carthage Eagles, who are second in Africa in the rankings.

Both games have been arranged by the NFF to prepare the Super Eagles for the next rounds of 2022 AFCON qualifiers, home and away against Sierra Leone in November.      

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Goalkeepers: Dele Alampasu (FK Ventspils, Latvia); Matthew Yakubu (SKF Sered, Slovakia); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Boavista, Portugal); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Olaoluwa Aina (Fulham FC, England); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)

Midfielders: Mikel Agu (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Frank Onyeka (FC Midtjylland, Denmark); Oghenekaro Etebo (Galatasary SK, Turkey); Samson Tijani (TSV Hartberg, Austria)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli, Italy); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Cyril Dessers (KRC Genk, Belgium)

Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia)

Standby: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor, Turkey); Ramon Azeez (Granada CF, Spain); Joshua Maja (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Henry Onyekuru (AS Monaco, France); Tyronne Ebuehi (FC Twente, Netherlands)

 

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Club’s server collapses over demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years

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Ticket demand for Arminia Bielefeld’s first Bundesliga home game in 11 years on Saturday prompted their server to collapse.


Season ticket-holders were originally able to register from Sunday evening for the promoted team’s game against Cologne for which as of now 5,300 spectators are to be allowed in.

This is as a result of coronavirus restrictions.

Demand was so high that their internet server went down and they had to take the registration form off their website, apologising and promising a new form later Monday.

“We had expected a rush, but nothing like this,” a club statement said. “We will do everything we can to learn from the mistakes.”

Arminia Bielefeld reassured fans by saying the time of registration would have no influence on the distribution of the tickets which is to be done by lot.

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Dutch Prime Minister tells cheering football fans to shut up

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Amsterdam, Sept. 21, 2020 Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Monday hit out at fans who sing and cheer at football matches, saying they were frustrating the fight against COVID-19 amid a surge in infections.

Limited crowds have been allowed back in Dutch stadiums since the start of the new season this month.

But that is only if they adhere to social distancing rules and refrain from singing and shouting.

“Just shut up when you’re sitting there,” Rutte said when asked about fans’ behaviour in the stadiums. “Watch the game and don’t shout. It’s possible.”

The fans have been far from quiet and many have left their designated seats during matches to stand and sing together.

“It’s utterly stupid,” the Prime Minister said. “That way we won’t get the virus under control.”

The daily tally of new coronavirus infections in The Netherlands topped 2,000 for the first time on Monday, setting a record for the fifth time in a week.

Rutte on Friday announced regional measures to limit the spread of the disease, forcing bars and restaurants to close early and limiting group sizes.

He has repeatedly warned that football stadiums could be closed down again if fans cannot restrain themselves.

The venues are operating at around a quarter of their capacity to make sure there is at least 1.5 metres (5 ft) distance between fans from different households.

Fans can only enter and exit stadiums at certain times, meaning some have to arrive more than an hour early.

Others have to wait a long while before they can leave after the games.

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Resumption: Schools comply with COVID-19 protocol

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As schools across Osun state resumed today, the authoritiest of all schools complied with the Federal Government COVID-19 protocol.


The News Agency of Nigeria correspondent who monitored resumption of schools in Ile-Ife, Osun, on Monday, observed compliance with the Covid-19 protocols of use of face mask and observance of social distancing in the schools visited.

The Principal, Anglican Central Government Middle School, Ilare, Ile-Ife, Mr Rufus Ojedokun, commended the state government for the re-opening of schools.

He described as impressive the turn out of students and teachers in school, adding over 90 per cent were in attendance.

Ojedokun said that all the students came with their face mask and sanitizers from home, while the school already put all materials in place for the schools as well.

He admonished parents to support their children academically by providing necessary materials for them and ensure they are punctual in schools.

Also, Mrs Kehinde Olafimihan, Coordinator for Triumphant Baptist Private Primary School, Ilare, Ile-Ife, told NAN that the school resumption was a welcomed development.

Olafimihan said that ahead of resumption, government had decontaminated the school premises and classrooms, provided washing hand basin with soaps and sanitizers for the pupils, staff and visitors.

She said that also provided were thermometers to checkmate the temperature of the children before entry into the school compound while the pupils complied with social distance protocols in their classrooms.

According to her, all the students came with their face mask and sanitizers from home while the school also provided as well.

Also, Mr Ademola Sanusi, the Principal, Oduduwa College, Ile-Ife, stated that almost 90 per cent of the students resumed today, because majority of them were already tired of staying at home.

Sanusi said that JSS 3 and SSS 3 students had finished their WAEC, while SSS 3 students are currently preparing for their NECO.

He said that all the students came with their face masks and sanitizers from home, while the schools also provided for their students, staffs and visitors to the schools.

The principal urged the students to face their studies, saying that they have limited time to run the abridge third term, for they would write unified promotion examinations.

Also, Johnson Agboola, the Vice-Principal, Ambassador College, said that as a private school, they were happy at the resumption and all their staff and students were 100 per cent present in school.

Agboola added that the school had provided face masks for the students, staff and the visitors.

He stated that the school ensured compliance with social distancing, provided thermometers to check the students temperature and water and hand washing basin with soap and sanitizers

The Vice-Principal appealed to the students to be diligent in their studies, saying this was necessary because of the time lost due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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