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Sport: Stan Kroenke Will Provide Arsenal With A 1I Cash Injection To Help Ease The Club Through The Coronavirus Financial Crisis.

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And in another boost, the club are moving closer to negotiating a pay reduction with manager Mikel Arteta while there is growing hope a wage deal can be struck with the playing squad.

Owner Kroenke has often been criticised by Arsenal supporters for what some perceive as a lack of spending in the transfer market.

But Sportsmail reports the American businessman has guaranteed to pump a significant amount, which will run into millions, into Arsenal to soften the blow of the Covid-19 pandemic.

His financial support comes at a time when his NFL franchise the LA Rams are facing spiralling costs to complete their new stadium – which is a reported $2bn over budget.

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Meanwhile, the club are in talks with Arteta over taking a pay cut on his £5million salary – but the main focus is on agreeing a wage reduction deal with the playing squad.

As revealed by Sportsmail, Arteta held talks with his squad on Wednesday night over the ongoing pay issue during which the Gunners boss is said to have stressed to players the importance of doing their part to help Arsenal survive the financial storm.

And Arteta, it is understood, is ready to lead by example by taking a substantial pay cut.

On Wednesday, the club confirmed their executive committee had agreed to take a minimum 33 percent wage cuts.

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Arsenal players were split with regards to accepting the club’s original proposal of a 12.5 percent pay cut, rather than deferral.

The proposal was officially rejected at the start of this week, but it has emerged the offer was not unanimously rebuffed with some players willing to accept cuts. And there is now optimism an agreement has moved closer following further discussions

Some players, however, are steadfastly refusing to to accept cuts, which leaves the club facing the tricky prospect of negotiating individual pay deals.

The prospect of Arsenal players accepting cuts rather than deferrals would risk upsetting their Premier League rivals, who have made a collective decision to push for pay deferrals.

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Even before the coronavirus pandemic, the Gunners were under significant pressure to reduce their inflated wage bill and there is a concern among the squad they are using the current climate to achieve their long-term pay plans.

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Plateau State Government Revokes 3 PW Roads Contracts, Says The Contracts Will Be Re-awarded.

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Yahaya Idris, Jos.

Governor Simon Lalang of Plateau State.

Plateau state Government has approved the termination of three road projects awarded to a company PW Nigeria Limited, explaining that the contracts were revoked based on request by the company handling the projects.
PW Nigeria is one of the leading construction contractors of roads, bridges, airports, urban infrastructure, dams and water treatment.

Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang, who spoke to newsmen after the State Executive Council Meeting in Jos said the contracts would be re-awarded.

He said the projects include Shinkwan-Tunkus-Shendan bypass, Mangu bypass and the Tahos-Ganwuri section one roads.
Mr. Manjang said council also approved the scaling down of the Lalong legacy projects by fifty percent.

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He said that the state Executive also approved the engagement of a consultant to carry out review of the audit report by the federal inland revenue service on unremitted Tax and VAT by the state MDA’s between 2016 and 2017 .

Commissioner for Finance in the state , Regina Soemlat ,who also spoke to newsmen said the state is set to obtain a loan of One hundred million naira from commercial banks to invest in the education and water sectors.
She said the loan is intended to finance counterpart fundings for the state Universal Basic Education Board and the Partnership for Expanding Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programmes that will benefit people at the grassroots.

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The approval to obtain the bank facility which would be serviced within one year was made during the state executive council meeting presided by Governor Simon Lalong.

The council also approved the printing of booklets of vehicle licence, certificate of road worthiness and general receipts which the commissioner explained that they would be produced in a way that will check forgery.

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Fire Guts PeeLinks Electronic Mall In Lokoja

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Barely few days of Felele Tanker explosion that left several people dead, destruction of million worth of properties, popular electronic mall in Lokoja, Kogi state has been gutted by fire, razing down multi-million worth of electronic appliances.

According to eyewitness who spoke to Globaltimesnigeria, The incident was reported to have occurred at about 10:47 pm on Friday, The Mall which is located at about 100meters to the office of the fire service couldn’t receive the appropriate attention of the fire service as at the time, the office has closed for its services.

All efforts to provide help by people living around the residence prove abortive.

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The people who were greeted by confusion expressed dissatisfaction over the incident, describing it as evil.

The people living at the neighborhood angrily called on the Government to find permanent solution to prevent further occurrence, stating that they have lack of confidence in the present Adminstration, as the government is seen at all times failing in their primary responsibility of providing adequate security of lives and Properties.

It could be recalled that, Pastor Gideon Isah had call for severe prayer for Lokoja, and Kogi state.

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BREAKING: FG Obtains Fresh Order To Stop Planned Labour Strike

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The Global Times Nigeria reports that the Federal Government has obtained a fresh order stopping the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress from embarking on their planned strike which is to start on Monday.

According to the reports, the restraining order was issued on Friday by Justice Ibrahim Galadima of the National Industrial Court in Abuja, following an ex parte application by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

This came barely 24 hours after the same judge made a similar restraining ex parte order in favour of a group, Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association, on Thursday.

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The duo of Acting Director of the Department Civil Litigation of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mrs Maimuna Shiru, and Mr Tijjani Gazali, led the Federal Government’s team, who moved the ex parte application that was later granted by Justice Galadima on Friday.

The NLC and TUC had jointly declared to embark on a nationwide strike on Monday to press for the reversal of the recent hike in electricity tariff and petrol pump price.

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