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Gordon Banks: England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper dies aged

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Banks was part of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup and was credited with making the “Save of the Century” when he denied Brazilian great Pele at the tournament four years later.

His death was confirmed by his former club Stoke City which tweeted a statement from his family.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight,” the statement read.

“We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.”

Banks, who revealed in 2016 that he was battling kidney cancer for the second time, was widely considered as one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation.

He was named Fifa goalkeeper of the year six times and earned 73 caps for England.

Banks was a hugely loved and respected figure within the world of football.

He played in every game of England’s run to the 1966 World Cup final which culminated in a 4-2 victory over West Germany.

But it was four years later in Guadalajara, Mexico, that Banks produced one of football’s most historic saves.

Facing the legendary 1970 Brazilian side, he produced an astonishing save to prevent Pele’s header from finding the net.

Bobby Charlton raises the Jules Rimet trophy in the air  following England's 4-2 victory after extra time over West Germany.

Recalling the save years later, Banks said: “As I got to my feet, Pelé came up to me and patted me on the back. ‘I thought that was a goal,’ he said. ‘You and me both,’ I replied. The TV footage of the game shows me laughing as I turn to take up my position for the corner. I was laughing at what Bobby Moore had just said to me. ‘You’re getting too old Banksy, you used to hold on to them.’ Like hell I did.”

On Tuesday, Pele wrote his own heartfelt tribute to Banks, the two having become inextricably linked through that moment in Mexico.

“I scored so many goals in my life, but many people, when they meet me, always ask me about that save,” Pele wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday.

“While it was indeed phenomenal, my memory of Gordon is not defined by that – it is defined by his friendship. He was a kind and warm man who gave so much to people.

“So I am glad he saved my header – because that act was the start of a friendship between us that I will always treasure. Whenever we met, it was always like we had never been apart.

“I have great sadness in my heart today and I send condolences to the family he was so proud of.

“Rest in peace, my friend. Yes, you were a goalkeeper with magic. But you were also so much more. You were a fine human being.”

Gordon Banks made 73 appearances for England.

Banks made his name at Leicester City, earning his first England cap in 1963 against Scotland.

He appeared in two FA Cup finals and won the League Cup in 1964 before joining Stoke City in 1967. It was there that he helped the club win the 1927 League Cup.

A car crash in October 1972 led to him losing the sight in his right eye and he retired in the summer of 1973.

Banks went on to enjoy a career in coaching and was named club president of Stoke City in 2002. A statue of him holding the World Cup trophy was unveiled outside the club’s stadium in 2008.

He is survived by his wife Ursula and their three children, Robert, Wendy and Julia.

Tributes

Tributes to Banks poured in from the world of football within minutes of the announcement of his passing.

“An all-time great for England, I was privileged enough to be in his company on a number of occasions,” England manager Gareth Southgate said in a statement.

“It was particularly special to be with him at a Football Writers’ tribute dinner last year and wish him well on his 80th birthday.

“Gordon spoke to the room about that incredible save from Pele against Brazil back in 1970 and moments like that from his remarkable World Cup-winning career will continue to linger long in the memory.

Former England striker Gary Linkeker tweeted: “Oh no. Gordon Banks, an absolute hero of mine, and countless others, has died. @England’s World Cup winner was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man. #RIPGordon.”

Ex-England forward Michael Owen called Banks “one of the game’s true gentlemen.”

Manchester City star Raheem Sterling tweeted: “Of course there was THAT save, but its so much more we are mourning today. RIP Gordon Banks. @England legend, your legacy will live on. All my thoughts with the family.”

On Twitter, the English Football Association said: “We’re deeply saddened to hear that Gordon Banks, our #WorldCup-winning goalkeeper, has passed away. Our thoughts are with Gordon’s friends, family and supporters at this difficult time.”

The German Football Association passed on its condolences, tweeting: “A fierce opponent and a good man. Rest in peace Gordon Banks.”

Peter Schmeichel, one of the greatest goalkeepers of his own generation, also paid tribute to Banks, calling him “an inspiration, a winner and a true gentleman.”





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Dating With Schizophrenia

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Dating when you have schizophrenia can be a challenge. But your condition doesn’t have to stand in the way of a happy, healthy relationship. Get tips on easing into the dating game.



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‘Coming to America’ sequel set for 2020 release

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Paramount confirmed Monday that the actor will star in a sequel to “Coming to America,” set to hit theaters next year.

Craig Brewer will direct and Kenya Barris is executive producing.

Little has been revealed about the new plot. In the original, Murphy played an African prince [Akeem] who comes to Queens, New York to avoid an arranged marriage. The film also starred James Earl Jones, Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley and John Amos.

According to Deadline, “Akeem learns about a long-lost son, and must return to America to meet the unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda.”
Murphy has a lot to celebrate these days, with the recent birth of his 10th child. The 57-year-old actor and his fiancée, Paige Butcher, 39, welcomed a son named Max Charles Murphy, last year.

The as-yet untitled “Coming to America” sequel is scheduled to hit theaters on August 7, 2020.



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Reddit valued at $3 billion after raising $300 million in latest funding round

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FILE PHOTO: Reddit mascots are displayed at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco, California April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

(Reuters) – Social media network Reddit Inc said on Monday it raised $300 million in its latest funding round, led by Tencent Holdings Ltd, giving it a market valuation of $3 billion.

The series D funding round saw a $150 million investment from Tencent and the company’s former investors, including Sequoia, Fidelity, Tacit and Snoop Dogg.

The investment from a China-based company, news of which started making the rounds around five days ago, quickly ignited censorship fears on Reddit, which calls itself the “front page of the internet.” Reddit is banned in China under the country’s censorship laws. bit.ly/2Gl7J9E

Barring the latest funding, San Francisco, California-based Reddit has raised more than $250 million in three other funding rounds. Its last funding was on Aug. 1, at a valuation of around $1.8 billion. The company has over 20 investors, including Advance Publications, which owns Conde Nast, Reddit’s one-time parent company.

The company recently faced a user data breach where a hacker broke into its systems and accessed data, including current email addresses and a 2007 database backup containing old encrypted passwords. However, Reddit largely shrugged it off, saying the attacker gained read-only access to some systems that contained the backup data.

Reddit has more than 330 million average monthly active users, with 14 billion screenviews per month, as of Nov. 12, 2017, it said on its website.

Reporting By Aparajita Saxena in Bengaluru; Editing by James Emmanuel



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Jury still out on Bale in Spain after 100th Real strike

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(Reuters) – Gareth Bale struck his landmark 100th Real Madrid goal in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Atletico Madrid but there is a sense that the club’s record signing has been a disappointment in Spain despite a considerable haul of goals and trophies.

Soccer Football – La Liga Santander – Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid – Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain – February 9, 2019 Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale scores their third goal REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Bale’s strike, coming in his 217th appearance for Real, took him into the club’s all-time top 20 scorers, with an impressive ratio of 0.46 goals per game, more prolific than Santiago Bernabeu greats such as Raul Gonzalez and Emilio Butragueno.

He has also lifted 13 trophies since joining from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a then world record fee of 101 million euros ($114.36 million), among them a staggering four Champions League crowns, one La Liga title and a Copa del Rey.

But his stock among Real fans and in the public eye is not as high as peers such as Sergio Ramos or Luka Modric due to a constant struggle with injuries and his failure to step into the void vacated by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus.

Bale’s apparent lack of influence in the dressing room, hindered by an inability to speak Spanish despite 5-1/2 years in the nation’s capital, does not help his cause.

Not even decisive displays and goals in the 2014 and 2018 Champions League final triumphs over Atletico Madrid and Liverpool have cemented his place in the hearts of fans.

In an October survey in newspaper Marca, Bale was the player supporters blamed most for their poor start to the season.

Over 70 percent of respondents to a poll in daily AS, meanwhile, said they would like to see the club sell him.

There is still admiration for the forward’s immense physical qualities and his ability to produce magical moments like his overhead kick against Liverpool in Kiev or his breathtaking solo goal to win the 2014 Copa del Rey against Barcelona.

But there is a widespread feeling that, given his transfer fee and the expectation that he would take the baton from Ronaldo as the team’s galvanizing figure, Bale has fallen short.

“We are always measuring Bale for his price, which gave us the fantasy that he was a world star,” said Real and Argentina great Jorge Valdano last year.

“But the last five years do not match up to what Madrid paid for him. Still, every season he seems to score a contender for goal of the year, and we have to applaud him for that.”

REMARKABLE RECOVERY

Real have made a remarkable recovery from their slump earlier in the season, barging their way into the title race after Saturday’s win over Atletico, their fifth consecutive La Liga victory.

But Bale has had only a peripheral role in their revival, missing most of January with injury and not making the starting lineup against Atletico or in the Copa del Rey semi-final, first-leg clash with Barcelona, losing his place to thrilling Brazilian teenager Vinicius Jr.

Madrid coach Santiago Solari praised Bale for seeing off Atletico and said he was in “phenomenal shape,” but the forward is far from certain to start away to Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League last 16, first-leg tie on Wednesday.

“Vinicius has earned untouchable status for Solari, so now it is time for Bale, the 101 million euro man and the reason why (Paris St-Germain’s) Kylian Mbappe did not come to Madrid, who must reinvent himself,” said an article in AS.

Bale must consistently show he is capable of being more than a highlights player and a decisive substitute if he is not to be regarded as a player who just delivers spectacular moments.

Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Ken Ferris



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The young politicians aiming to consign Africa’s old guard to history

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A year ago, he would not have been able to put up his candidacy.

Ukaegbu is part of the new cohort of young aspirants taking advantage of the eligibility law to demand their seats at the table.

Nigeria has recycled the same crop of older leaders for decades.

President Muhammadu Buhari first ruled Nigeria in 1983 as a military head of state. He returned as a democratically elected president in 2015.

The 76-year-old president is standing for re-election in February 16, and his main challenger is Atiku Abubakar, 72, Nigeria’s former vice president, who has also been long in the corridors of power.

“What I am doing is not unprecedented in Nigeria. It was 31-year-old Yakubu Gowon that led the country out of a civil war,” Ukaegbu said.

“The only problem is that our generation of millennials has not seen any young dynamic leader in Nigeria, and it’s now an anomaly for us when we see a young person going into politics, and it should not be.”

The old guard

Millennials make up more than 60% of Nigeria’s 190 million people, yet older leaders preside over its affairs.

The dominance of the old guard is deeply rooted in corruption, Leonard Raphael, Nigerian political commentator and research fellow at the University of Sussex, told CNN.

Only candidates with deep pockets and wealth amassed from the nation’s resources have emerged victorious in past elections, Raphael said, shutting out younger aspirants and newcomers without a “war chest” to finance their campaigns.

To rattle the older order, young contestants need to “sell themselves to the populace” and those building their political presence from scratch often do not have the resources.

“Electoral violence and rigging, vote buying and money politics have been the negative trend since 1999 and by previous leaders. The ‘do or die’ attitude to elections has been the bane of our politics and this has yet to change,” Raphael said.

The situation in Nigeria mirrors that in many other countries across the continent.

Despite its young population, Africa has been under the grip of older leaders, widening the gap and disconnect between the leadership and the electorate.
In the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is sparking hope for a new reform.

At 42, Abiy is the youngest head of government in Africa and has since championed radical changes since he came into power in 2018.

His performance has triggered calls for youthful government across Africa, but older leaders remain elsewhere.

Cameroon’s 85-year-old president Paul Biya was elected for a seventh term last October, extending his 36-year rule in the country. More than 60 percent of Cameroonians were not born when Biya came into power 36 years ago.
More than 70% of Ugandans were not born when Yoweri Museveni took over power 32 years ago.
#NotTooYoungToRun: Nigeria lowers minimum age for election candidates

The 74-year-old president has held the country’s politics in a vice-like grip, changing the constitution twice to extend his stay in office. He has been known to stifle newcomers wanting to get into the ring.

Ugandan pop star turned lawmaker, Bobi Wine, who challenged Museveni is currently facing treason charges. His legal battles aside, the 36-year-old MP’s youth movement seeks to end Museveni’s long-time rule when the country heads to the polls in 2021.

“We started a campaign calling upon all people of Uganda, especially the young people that have been so apathetic to go ahead and register themselves and be voters.

“By the time we get to the election… we will have many Ugandans registered as voters,” Wine said.

The grassroots advocate

While Wine is going toe-to-toe with the Ugandan president, thousands of kilometers away, Nigerian actor and musician Bankole Wellington (or Banky W) is taking on politics “one community at a time.”

He is going door to door in Eti-Osa, an affluent neighborhood in Lagos, mobilizing young people to vote for his new party.

The 37-year-old says nothing will change if young people remain apathetic and abstain from the polls and politics.

“We have done a lot of talking, tweeting and complaining and that is where we have stopped. Not enough of us are doing something about it. We actually have to get into the system to fix it, and I am not just talking about from the presidential level,” Wellington said.

“It’s like we are obsessed with who is running for president or governor, forgetting that the choice of our lawmakers can make the country better.”

Raphael agrees with Wellington, while young aspirants bring fresh perspectives that energize the electorate, they must build their way up the political ladder.

“The major parties in Nigeria have built deep political structures since 1999, and the current crop of young contestants, especially those vying in the presidential election are representing parties which do not have the required grass root to be a formidable force against the old guards,” he said.

“They can start with junior positions in politics to build their experience and influence in society and hopefully will eventually get to the top.”

Newcomers vs old timers

Activists and technocrats have joined the race for Nigeria’s most powerful office, promising to disrupt the presidential race in 2019.

Journalist Omoyele Sowore, 47, launched a campaign to “take back the government” from the grip of corruption, while Nigerian motivational speaker Fela Durotoye, 47 and former UN official, Kingsley Moghalu, 56, are running for president on the same promises.

None of these men are by definition youthful candidates, but they are newcomers and some decades younger than the frontrunners.

A coalition to pick a single presidential aspirant among these candidates last year descended into chaos, amplifying concerns that the emerging political class might not be different from their predecessors, given the same chance.

Ukaegbu, who has focused his campaign on the three prongs of technology, education, and entrepreneurship, says only a young candidate can understand and tackle the frustrations of the Nigerian youth.

“I represent the largest block of the Nigerian population,” he said.

“I understand the three key things that can transform the lives of millions of unemployed youth in the country. Now, we have old leaders ruling a digital population.”



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Pfizer Japan recalls high blood pressure drug over cancer-causing impurity

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FILE PHOTO – The logo of U.S. pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer Inc. is seen at a branch in Zurich, Switzerland October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Japanese subsidiary of Pfizer Inc is recalling a drug for high blood pressure which was found to contain a carcinogenic substance in its active ingredient valsartan, the drugmaker said on Friday.

More than 763,000 tablets of the drug Amvalo, manufactured from April to July in Mylan Laboratories Limited in India, are the subject of recall, Pfizer Japan Inc said in a statement, adding there were no reports of any damage to health.

“We will fully pay careful attention to our manufacturing and quality control to prevent a recurrence,” Pfizer Japan President Akihisa Harada said.

Mylan NV said in November it would recall certain batches of blood pressure medicine valsartan in the United States after they were found to contain a probable cancer-causing impurity.

Chinese pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturer Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals also said in July it would recall valsartan from consumers in the United States after finding traces of a probable carcinogen.

Last year, the Japanese Health Ministry asked pharmaceutical firms to check whether any of their drugs using valsartan contained any carcinogenic impurities.

Reporting by Takashi Umekawa; Editing by Alexander Smith



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    Eurovision 2019: Why Michael Rice believes he can break the UK’s losing streak

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    Media captionMichael Rice’s version of Bigger Than Us

    Michael Rice, who won BBC talent show All Together Now last year, has been chosen to fly the flag for the UK at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

    The 21-year-old from Hartlepool, who was also on The X Factor in 2014, was picked in a TV viewers’ vote on Friday.

    He will now travel to Israel in May in the hope of impressing Eurovision fans with his rousing anthem Bigger Than Us.

    The UK has struggled in recent years – it has not won for 22 years and has not finished in the top 10 for a decade.

    Rice won the £50,000 prize on All Together Now in March 2018, and used the money to take his family to Disneyland and to set up a shop selling ice cream and waffles.

    Below, he reveals that he went to Europe for the first time two weeks ago (and broke his toe while away), says his Eurovision song is dedicated to his late father – and insists he has a chance of winning.

    Are you in it to win it?

    Yeah, definitely. I believe in this song 100%. It might just be a ballad but that song’s got a big message and I can’t wait to perform it and show the rest of the world what this song’s all about.

    You weren’t born the last time the UK won Eurovision, so all you’ve ever known is British failure. How do you get such positivity?

    I think you have to be positive when it comes to stuff like this. Some people do take the mickey out of it and these other countries really do take it seriously.

    We might have lost loads of times, but I think, why couldn’t it change? Why can’t we make this different? We’ve got the best music industry – Adele, Sam Smith, The Beatles – why can’t we send someone and hope for the best?

    What do the song’s lyrics mean to you?

    I grew up with my mam, and my dad had drug problems and stuff like that, and later on I got to know him. He used to know I was singing and he was dead proud of me. When I’m singing them words at the beginning – “Hear these words that I sing to you” – it just reminds me of him.

    He’s passed away, and winning All Together Now, and if he could see this today, it would make his world.

    Have you been to Europe much?

    Not really – two weeks ago was my first holiday with my friends and we went to Tenerife. It was the best time. I broke my toe as well. I fell in the pool. You couldn’t write my life.

    Did you do karaoke in Tenerife?

    Yes I did, in the resort. I love Tina Turner, a bit of Whitney, just fling it at me and I’ll give it a crack.

    You used to be a busker. Do you still busk?

    Yeah, on a weekend sometimes I’ll just pop down to York or to Newcastle and go busking. Sometimes it’s really nice because people recognise you and say, “I remember you from that show” or, “Do you want to play at my wedding?” I really love it.

    Is it a good earner?

    Yeah, sometimes you can make £250, maybe £300 for half a day or a day. At York Races, when they do the big races and everyone’s dressed up and drunk, they just fling tenners in.

    What are your ambitions for your longer-term career?

    I finished my EP just before Christmas so hopefully now I’m doing Eurovision I can experience all this and then hopefully release an album and stuff like that, and see where it takes me because I’m still only young.

    There might be an odd atmosphere this year because of Brexit – do you think that will play a part?

    I’m not really into politics and stuff because I just don’t have a clue about it. It’s a singing competition and I’m just thinking, work hard and get the best result and hopefully turn a few heads and see if we can get a better score.

    There have been protests about the fact Eurovision’s being held in Israel, with some saying it should be moved because of the treatment of the Palestinians – what’s your response to that?

    I’ve seen a lot of things on social media, but it’s not really my place to say. I don’t know a lot about what’s going on over there, and music unites everyone so hopefully we can do something positive.

    You also fronted an anti-bullying campaign – tell us about that.

    When I was growing up at secondary school I used to get bullied a lot – in Year 7 and Year 8. When I left school, I did The X Factor and I got loads of hate from that, and it really sparked me on to go to schools and tell people my story and inspire them.

    Rice will be hoping to improve on last year’s UK performance, when singer SuRie finished 24th out of 26.

    Her performance was interrupted by a stage invader, who grabbed her microphone and shouted slogans about the media.

    The contest was eventually won by Israeli singer Netta with her quirky song Toy, which encouraged people to celebrate their differences.

    The winning country hosts the following year’s competition, and the 2019 event will take place in Tel Aviv on 18 May.

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