Arsene Wenger is eager to return to football, but the former Arsenal boss is unsure if his comeback will be in management.
Wenger, 69, ended a 22-year stay with the Premier League side at the end of last season before stepping away from management for this campaign.
The Frenchman, who has reportedly turned down numerous opportunities, said he would return, although he is unsure in just what role.
“I will go back into football, for sure,” Wenger told The Guardian.
“In what position I don’t know, whether that is as a manager or not. The appetite, the desire, is still there.”
Wenger, who also managed Nancy, Monaco and Nagoya Grampus Eight during his career, said he would quickly decide what kind of position he wanted for his first job away from the Gunners since 1996.
“Originally I said I want to manage straight away again. After that I thought maybe I take a little distance,” he said.
“I came to the conclusion that I want to share what I learned in my life. Because life is only useful if at some stage you share what you know. In what way will it be, will it be just winning football games or in another way? That’s what I have to decide. That decision will come very quickly.
“Football is still my passion. That’s the only thing I have a little bit of a feeling I know a little bit about.”
During his time with Arsenal, Wenger led the Gunners to three Premier League titles, with the most recent being the famous Invincible season in 2003-04.
The Gunners also claimed seven FA Cups during his tenure as well as seven Community Shields.
The country’s athletes have set their sights on competing keenly with their East African counterparts as the Okpekpe 10km road race takes centre stage in Okpekpe, Etsako East Local Government of Edo State on Saturday.
The IAAF Silver Label Race has been won in the last six editions by athletes from East Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia to be precise, but some of the long distance runners in Nigeria have set their targets on achieving something from this year’s edition.
The organisers are targeting a Gold Label after this year’s race and some top athletes from Nigeria believe this will make them perform better running side-by-side some of the top distance runners across the world.
Speaking on Thursday, Emmanuel Gyan, husband of Deborah Pam, another top athlete, said they were ready for the race.
“I have been available for the race in the last six editions, this time around, I am ready to do better than I have been doing in the past,” he said.
“Although we are going to be competing with some of the best in the world, it will only make us better.
“It is not going to be easy, but we are ready and nothing will stop us from getting our dues as athletes in Nigeria.”
On her part, Pam said marriage would not stop her from achieving her goal of coming out on tops at this year’s Okpekpe Race.
Meanwhile, the organisers have announced the arrival of all the athletes expected for the race and will embark on the tour of the course on Friday (today) in line with IAAF requirements.
Head of the race secretariat Mercy Etukudo said this year’s event would be explosive as only the best athletes over the 10km distance have been assembled for the race.
LONDON (Reuters) – Fighting back tears, Theresa May said on Friday she would quit after failing to deliver Brexit, setting up a contest that will install a new British prime minister who could pursue a cleaner break with the European Union.
May’s departure deepens the Brexit crisis as a new leader, who should be in place by the end of July, is likely to want a more decisive split, raising the chances of a confrontation with the EU and potentially a snap parliamentary election.
Former foreign minister Boris Johnson, the favourite to replace May, was first out of the blocks, saying Britain should be prepared to leave the EU without a deal to force the bloc to offer a “good deal”.
Current foreign minister Jeremy Hunt also confirmed he would run for the leadership just hours after May, her voice cracking with emotion, said she would resign as Conservative Party leader on Friday, June 7, setting up a contest to succeed her.
“I will shortly leave the job that has been the honour of my life to hold,” May said outside her Downing Street official residence with her husband, Philip, looking on. “The second female prime minister, but certainly not the last.
“I do so with no ill will but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love,” said the usually reserved May.
May, once a reluctant supporter of EU membership who won the top job in the turmoil that followed the 2016 Brexit referendum, steps down with her central pledge – to lead the United Kingdom out of the bloc and heal its divisions – unfulfilled.
“It is, and will always remain, a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit,” May said, adding that her successor would have to find a consensus to honour the 2016 referendum result.
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, said the new prime minister must hold an election to “let the people decide our country’s future”.
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May, who endured several crises in her failed effort to find a compromise Brexit deal that parliament could ratify, bequeaths a deeply divided country and a political elite that is deadlocked over how, when or whether to leave the EU. The latest deadline for Britain’s departure is Oct. 31.
Most of the leading contenders to succeed May want a tougher divorce deal. The EU has said it will not renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement it sealed with Britain in November.
Spain said it now seemed almost impossible to avoid a so-called hard Brexit, or clean break from the EU, and the bloc signalled there would be no change on the agreement despite European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker learning of May’s resignation “without personal joy”.
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney underlined the bloc’s stance that there would be no better Brexit deal.
“This idea that a new prime minister will be a tougher negotiator and will put it up to the EU and get a much better deal for Britain? That’s not how the EU works,” Coveney told Ireland’s Newstalk radio station.
Johnson, the face of the official Brexit campaign in 2016, is the favourite to succeed May, with betting markets giving him a 40% implied probability of winning the top job..
He made his pitch at an economic conference in Switzerland, appealing to Brexit-supporting Conservative Party members by saying: “We will leave the EU on Oct. 31, deal or no deal.”
He said Britain could forge a “fantastic free trade relationship” with Europe after it quits the bloc but could also be a champion for global free trade.
Others tipped are Dominic Raab, a Brexit supporter and former Brexit secretary, with a 14% implied probability on his chances. Environment Secretary Michael Gove, former House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom and Hunt each have a 7% probability, according to betting markets.
Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt and International Development Secretary Rory Stewart each have a 4% chance of the top job while Home Secretary Sajid Javid has a 3% chance.
Conservative lawmaker Graham Brady resigned as chairman of the party’s 1922 Committee of backbench MPs in preparation for a potential leadership bid, the BBC said.
For many Conservative lawmakers, speed is of the essence to install a new leader to try to break the Brexit impasse.
The governing party said it would move quickly to try to end the leadership contest before parliament breaks for a summer holiday, a so-called recess which usually falls in late July.
“The fight for the heart and soul of the Conservative Party officially starts now,” said Andrew Bridgen, a pro-Brexit lawmaker. “We need a new PM as soon as possible and who that is will decide the future of our democracy, our country and the Conservative Party.”
Sterling swung back and forth on May’s resignation, and British government bond yields edged off near-two-year lows struck first thing on Friday.
Jennifer Aniston has revealed the only time she met Angelina Jolie before her split with Brad Pitt.
The Friends actress, known for playing Rachel Green in the popular New York City-based sitcom, met Brad in 1998.
The relationship between the actress and Fight Club star was widely publicised in the press.
The pair married in 2000, after two years of dating, in a lavish Malibu wedding.
But they announced their separation, in 2005, and finalised their divorce amid intense speculation in the media that Pitt had been unfaithful to Aniston.
The Ocean’s 11 actor was allegedly unfaithful with his Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-star Jolie, whom he started dating soon after the split.
Aniston commented on the divorce in a January 2015 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, stating that: “Nobody did anything wrong…. It was just like, sometimes things [happen].”
And now Jennifer has revealed that the one and only time she met Angelina was actually in the car park of where Friends was filmed.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, Jennifer said about the meeting: “I pulled over and introduced myself.
“I said, ‘Brad is so excited about working with you. I hope you guys have a really good time.'”
Aniston added: “I’ve never in my life said I didn’t want to have children.
“I did and I do and I will! … I would never give up that experience for a career.”
Aniston also revealed that the divorce prompted her to reach out to her mother, from whom she was estranged for nearly a decade.
They initially became estranged when Nancy talked about her daughter on a television show and wrote From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir.
Aniston has also stated she was devastated by the death of her longtime therapist, whose work helped make her separation from Pitt easier.
She said her relationship with Pitt, which she does not regret, was “seven very intense years together” and that “it was a beautiful, complicated relationship”.
Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has returned an honorary degree awarded by Britain’s Oxford University after a global backlash led by celebrities including George Clooney and Elton John for proposing the death penalty for gay sex and adultery.
Nearly 120,000 people had signed a petition by April calling on Oxford University to rescind the honorary law degree awarded in 1993 to the sultan, the world’s second-longest reigning monarch and prime minister of the oil-rich country.
Oxford University said the sultan had decided to hand back the honorary degree on May 6, while it was reviewing its decision to award it.
News of the decision was made public on Thursday.
“As part of the review process, the university wrote to notify the sultan on 26 April 2019, asking for his views by 7 June 2019,” the university said in an emailed statement to the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“Through a letter dated 6 May 2019, the sultan replied with his decision to return the degree.”
The small Southeast Asian country sparked an outcry when it rolled out its interpretation of Islamic laws on April 3, punishing sodomy, adultery and rape with death, including by stoning.
Seeking to temper the backlash, the sultan earlier this month said the death penalty would not be imposed in the implementation of the penal code changes.
The law, which the United Nations condemned, had prompted celebrities and rights groups to seek a boycott on hotels owned by the sultan, including the Dorchester in London and the Beverley Hills Hotel in Los Angeles..
Several multinational companies have since put a ban on staff using the sultan’s hotels, while some travel companies have stopped promoting Brunei as a tourist destination.
Socially conservative attitudes prevail across Asia where Myanmar, Malaysia and Singapore ban sexual relationships between men, and Indonesia has seen an increase in raids targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people recently.
Brunei, a former British protectorate of about 400,000 people nestled between two Malaysian states on Borneo island, was the first country in the region to adopt the criminal component of sharia at a national level in 2014.
A five-member panel of justices, in the Supreme Court on Friday, May 24, nullified all votes cast for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 elections in Zamfara state.
In the court’s ruling, given by Justice Paul Adamu Galinji, the panel said that the APC in the state did not carry out primaries according to the party regulations, Daily Trust reports.
The panel therefore described that all votes cast for the APC as “wasted votes” and declared that all political parties with the second highest votes in the polls are elected to the different offices.
In an appeal filed by the APC, the apex court ruled against the apellant and ordered a fine of N10 million against the party.
The Court of Appeal ruled: “Candidate other than the first appellant with the highest vote stand elected. A cost of N10 million is awarded against the appellant.”
Although Mukhtar Idris, the APC’s gubernatorial candidate, was earlier declared winner of the elections, having polled 534,541 votes, Alhaji Bello Matawalle, the PDP’s governorship candidate, who came second in the polls can now be declared as the governor-elect in the state.
The Court of Appeal’s decision affected all candidates of the APC in the elective positions of the 2019 general elections.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had promised to obey the Sokoto appeal court ruling on Zamfara election but noted that the Supreme Court will decide fate of the APC primary held in the state.
The INEC national commissioner, Festus Okoye, on Wednesday, March 27, made this known while reacting to the verdict of the appeal court binding on Zamfara poll.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
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