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Brazilians divided on impeachment of President Bolsonaro: poll

first_imgBrazilians are split on impeaching President Jair Bolsonaro despite a majority believing accusations by the former justice minister that Bolsonaro tried to interfere with the federal police’s work for political gain, a poll conducted on Monday showed.Pollster Datafolha found that 48 percent oppose impeaching Bolsonaro while 45 percent of those surveyed want to see him impeached, a difference within the margin of error of the poll.Sergio Moro, a popular minister because of his record fighting corruption as a federal judge, resigned as justice minister on Friday, accusing the president of attempting to interfere in sensitive police investigations involving family members. Bolsonaro said the accusations were unfounded.For 52 percent of those polled by Datafolha, Moro was telling the truth and only 20 percent said they believed Bolsonaro’s account.While Brazilians are split on Congress removing the president by impeachment, the number that believe Bolsonaro should resign has risen to 46 percent from 37 percent in the previous poll at the beginning of April. Those opposed to his resigning have decreased to 50 percent from 59 percent.A main reason for discontent with Bolsonaro has been his handling of the coronavirus epidemic, whose gravity he has downplayed as the death toll rises in Brazil. The poll found 45 percent consider his handling bad or terrible against 27 percent who think he has done a good or excellent job.The Datafolha poll showed that Bolsonaro has hung on to his core support, with the positive approval rating of his government rising to 33 percent from 30 percent in December. Its negative numbers have risen to 38 percent from 36 percent four months ago.Datafolha polled 1,503 people by telephone on Monday. The poll has a margin of error of 3 percentage points up or down.Topics :last_img read more

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GTBank sponsors 2020 Lagos International Polo Tournament

first_imgRelatedPosts H1: GTBank declares 30k interim dividend GTBank named Africa’s Most Admired Finance Brand Breaking: 49 COVID-19 patients discharged in Lagos From February 4 to 16, 2020, Lagos will play host to some of the most prestigious teams for Africa’s premier polo competition, the 2020 Lagos International Polo Tournament. Sponsored by leading African Financial Institution, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, the competition will feature 39 teams, the highest number till date. The teams will compete in four major cups: Silver Cup, Open Cup, Low Cup and Majekodunmi Cup. The finals of the Silver Cup and Open Cup will hold on February 9, 2020, while the finals of the Low Cup and Majekodunmi Cup hold on February 16, 2020. This year, the Lagos International Polo Tournament, themed: “Lagos Develops Polo,” aims to encourage the participation of young and indigenous talented players, while featuring top class action from some of the most experienced and acclaimed polo players in and out of the country, including South Africa’s Chris Mackenzie +7, Argentina’s Andres Crespo +5, Raul Laplacette +7 and Santiago de Estrada +6, as well as Nigeria’s Neku Atawodi-Edun +5, the first black female polo player and the highest-handicapped female player at the tournament. Over the years, GTBank has been at the forefront of supporting Polo, widely revered as the Sport of Kings, and promoting the Lagos International Polo Tournament, which has hosted reputable personalities such as His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. Played on the grounds of the Lagos Polo Club, Ikoyi, the premier polo club in the country, the tournament has featured polo greats like Alphonso Pieres, Gonzalo Pieres and Alan Kent. Commenting on GTBank’s sponsorship of the 2020 Lagos International Polo Tournament, Segun Agbaje, Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, said: “We love the game of polo, not only because it is one of the most anticipated events in the social calendar of the country, but also because its values such as discipline, rigour and fair play strongly resonates with our brand. “Our sponsorship of the 2020 NPA Lagos International Polo Tournament also reflects our strong belief in the role of sports as a major vehicle of social development and our commitment to championing activities and events that bring people together.” Guaranty Trust Bank is a leading advocate of Sports Education as a major way of promoting the values of excellence and fair play whilst laying a solid foundation for the emergence of sporting talent. The Bank maintains a defined Corporate Social Responsibility strategy focused on championing causes and fostering initiatives that transform lives and uplift communities. Alongside the GTBank Lagos International Polo Tournament, the Bank organises and sponsors several other sports competitions, one of which is the GTBank Masters Cup, a football competition amongst secondary schools in Lagos State.Tags: Alan KentAlphonso PieresGonzalo PieresGTBank Masters CupGuaranty Trust Bank PlcLagos International Polo TournamentLagos Polo ClubNPA Lagos International Polo TournamentPrince of WalesSegun Agbajelast_img read more

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Lambert accepts criticism

first_imgLiverpool striker Rickie Lambert admits he cannot argue with criticism of their lack of physical and mental toughness. Press Association “We lost the individual battles and it wasn’t good enough,” said the £4million summer signing from Southampton, who is likely to start in Bulgaria in the absence of the injured Mario Balotelli having finally got off the mark for his new club against Palace. “There wasn’t anyone in a Liverpool shirt who was good enough and it was wholly down to the players on the pitch. “I do believe it is a lack of confidence at the minute but that will come back. “It is not going ideally but it is up to the players on the pitch to ‘dog’ the performances out. “Whatever the result in any game we have to perform better than we did at the weekend. “It is totally down to the players. They are desperate to get the game under way and try to rectify our performance at the weekend. “Win or lose we have to put in a performance of the standard of a Liverpool team.” Despite a four-match losing streak and poor performances all round, manager Brendan Rodgers retains the confidence of owners Fenway Sports Group and has had messages of support from them this week – although he has not spoken to anyone in person. He has urged his players to display some “aggression and tenacity” which has been lacking this season, starting against Ludogorets as they seek to keep their hopes of progress to the knockout phase of the Champions League alive. “It can happen. It is something that you work towards,” Rodgers said. “Sometimes it takes one moment that can change a season for you and that is something that we have to believe can happen. “It has happened as of late and apart from a half in a game, or the game at Tottenham, we haven’t been anywhere near our levels. “But one thing you can never do is give up. We keep working in the belief that the honesty and belief of the group will get us the results.” Liverpool have lost their last three Champions League games – they have never lost four in succession in the same season and never been defeated in all three away games in a European group stage. Goals have been a problem with the two they scored against Ludogorets back on September 16 their only efforts so far – and one of those was an added-time penalty winner from Steven Gerrard. In the wake of Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace ex-Reds defender Jamie Carragher said the team was lacking in leaders and was bullied in games. Lambert accepts, on that occasion, the former vice-captain’s assessment was right, but he insists the players are determined to put things right against Ludogorets in the Champions League. last_img read more

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Mourinho launches veiled attack

first_imgJose Mourinho launched a thinly-veiled attack on referee Martin Atkinson after Chelsea’s 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with Burnley at Stamford Bridge. The turning point of the match unfolded in the 70th minute when Nemanja Matic was sent off for pushing Ashley Barnes to the ground in response to a nasty one-footed lunge from the forward. Mourinho insisted that Barnes should not have been on the pitch to commit the studs-up foul as his 31st minute knee on Branislav Ivanovic was worthy of a red card. “A couple of weeks ago when I was here in the press conference after the Liverpool game in the Capital One Cup, the television subtitles had gone on and on about Diego’s crimes. Well compare Diego’s crimes with what happened against Burnley.” Mourinho may have been guarded with his thoughts, but Chelsea’s official website later posted a story which contained no quotes but a breakdown of the incidents. It read: ” MINUTE 30: Branislav Ivanovic is felled by a challenge from Burnley’s Ashley Barnes [pictured above], who escapes punishment; MINUTE 33: The Blues are denied a clear penalty as Ivanovic’s shot strikes the arm of Michael Kightly inside the penalty area; MINUTE 43: A second clear penalty appeal is turned away, this time after Diego Costa was pushed to the ground by Jason Shackell; MINUTE 69: Barnes goes through Nemanja Matic with a potentially leg-breaking tackle, a challenge which ultimately led to Matic’s dismissal.” Mourinho claimed in January that there is a “clear campaign” by “people, pundits, commentators and coaches from other teams” against Chelsea and the Portuguese hinted that Saturday’s events against Burnley have only solidified his belief. “Have I seen a run of decisions like this? I don’t remember. I’m happy that I’m not stupid and I understood everything a couple of months ago. I’m not in the mood to laugh,” he said. “If this story that started a couple of months ago finished today with 12 matches to play with an advantage of five points, I’d tell you we will be champions. But I don’t know if the story ends here, or if there is more waiting for us.” Burnley boss Sean Dyche refused to antagonise Mourinho, though clearly disagreed with his belief that Barnes should have been sent off. “I’ve only seen it as it happened. It looked like a coming together at an odd angle. Then Matic reacts in the way he did,” Dyche said. “I will look back at it again, but I haven’t seen it since. But there’s more to talk about than that because it was an excellent performance. “Barnes was involved in something earlier in what sense? Playing football? A charge in the back? Is there anything else? The grass was too short? “I have total respect for Jose Mourinho, his players and Chelsea. Fantastic manager, fantastic club.” The Chelsea boss also disagreed with Atkinson’s decision to reject penalty appeals when Michael Kightly handed the ball in the 34th minute and Jason Shackell barged over Diego Costa in the 44th minute. Ivanovic opened the scoring for the Premier League leaders before Ben Mee headed home an 81st-minute equaliser. Mourinho, mindful of avoiding another run-in with authorities, chose his words carefully as he criticised Atkinson. “This game had four crucial moments – minutes 30, 33, 43 and 69. This is the story of this game. I can’t comment because it’s difficult for me to not say the truth,” Mourinho said. “I’m making it easy for you because if you look at these moments you know exactly what I think about the game. “What happened to Matic was in minute 69 and minute 69 had a big relationship with minute 30 because normally that player, if I can call him a player, should have been in the shower in minute 31. “There wouldn’t have been a minute 69 if the person in charge had dealt with minute 30 properly.” When asked about Barnes’ tackle, Mourinho replied: “I’ll leave it with you. I’d prefer not to call it because if I call it I’m going to use some words….. Press Associationlast_img read more

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