Arsenal are in talks with Real Madrid over a move for Dani Ceballos.
There has been significant interest in the attacking midfielder from Premier League clubs this summer, with Tottenham long thought to be his most likely destination.
But Arsenal are pushing to get a deal done for the 22-year-old and talks are progressing over a season-long loan.
16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg named Time’s 2019 Person of the Year
Climate activist, Greta Thunberg has been named Time’s 2019 Person of the Year, becoming the youngest ever recipient of the title.
The magazine announced 16-year old Thunberg as its preferred choice on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.
“She became the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet this year, coming from essentially nowhere to lead a worldwide movement,” Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal told “TODAY.”
He also revealed that Thunberg is the magazine’s youngest choice ever to be named Person of the Year.
The 16-year-old Swedish teen who became a global voice for climate change and environmental activism inspired the school strikes for the climate movement.
For over a year, her movement has drawn large crowds with her appearances at protests and conferences around the world.
Thunberg, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at a young age, heard about climate change at 8 years old. She gave up eating meat and traveling via airplanes, among other things, just to reduce her carbon footprint.
“I remember thinking that it was very strange that humans that are an animal species, among others, could be capable of changing the Earth’s climate,” she said during a 2018 Ted Talk.
Ed Sheeran crowned UK’s ‘artiste of the decade’
Ed Sheeran has been named the UK’s artist of the decade by the Official Charts Company.
Sheeran achieved the milestone after a combined run of 12 number one singles and albums between 2010 and 2019 – more than any other artist.
He’s also had the most weeks (79) at number one in both the album and singles charts in this period.
Shape Of You was the biggest hit of the 2010s, spending 14 weeks at number one and selling more than 4.5m copies.
Sheeran thanked his followers for his success.
“Thank you to everyone who’s supported me over the past 10 years, especially my amazing fans. Here’s to the next 10!”
Shape Of You is one of three Sheeran singles in the top five end-of-the-decade list. Thinking Out Loud is at number three while Perfect is at number five.
Overall, Sheeran has spent 38 weeks at number one in the singles chart and sold 53.8m tracks. His songs have also been streamed 4.6 billion times in the UK alone.
In the albums chart, X is at number three followed by Divide at number four.
Top 10 singles of the decade
|1) Shape Of You||Ed Sheeran|
|2) Uptown Funk||Mark Ronson Ft Bruno Mars|
|3) Thinking Out Loud||Ed Sheeran|
|4) Despacito (Remix)||Luis Fonsi/Daddy Yankee/Bieber|
|5) Perfect||Ed Sheeran|
|6) One Dance||Drake Ft Wizkid & Kyla|
|7) Happy||Pharrell Williams|
|8) All Of Me||John Legend|
|9) Sorry||Justin Bieber|
|10) Rather Be||Clean Bandit Ft Jess Glynne|
Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts Company, said Sheeran had “truly dominated” the decade.
“At the start of the decade, he was a little known, albeit highly-rated, young 18-year-old lad from Suffolk – but his catalogue of achievements since then are genuinely remarkable. Today, he is firmly established among the highest level of global music superstars,” Talbot added.
The star’s latest accolade comes a week after Spotify named him the UK’s most-streamed artist of the 2010s. Globally, only Drake achieved more plays.
The remainder of the top 10 biggest singles is dominated by male artists. They include Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars at number two for Uptown Funk and Justin Bieber at number nine for Sorry.
Female singers only appear as featured artists – with Kyla cited for her collaboration with Drake on the track One Dance, and Jess Glynne for singing Clean Bandit’s Rather Be.
In the album charts, however, it’s Adele who comes out top, holding both the first and second positions with 21 and 25 respectively.
Top 10 albums of the decade
|3) Multiply (x)||Ed Sheeran|
|4) Divide (÷)||Ed Sheeran|
|5) Christmas||Michael Buble|
|6) In The Lonely Hour||Sam Smith|
|7) Plus (+)||Ed Sheeran|
|8) Our Version Of Events||Emeli Sande|
|9) Progress||Take That|
|10) The Greatest Showman||Motion Picture Cast Recording|
Her second album 21, released in 2011, has sold 5.17 million copies. It debuted at number one and spent 23 weeks at the top of the albums chart.
Her follow up 25 spent 13 weeks at the top and became the UK’s fastest-selling album to date, selling 800,307 copies in its first chart week in November 2015. And Adele’s debut album 19 from 2008 is the UK’s 13th biggest record of the 2010s.
The only other woman in the top 10 albums is Emeli Sande who comes in at eight for Our Version Of Events.
With the chart company’s data spanning an entire decade of sales, older releases tend to dominate the countdown.
The most recent album in the top 100 is the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman, which was released in December 2017.
Lawan Wants State Of Emergency Declared In Power Sector
Lawan stated this while declaring open a one-day round-table discussion with the theme: “Addressing Nigeria’s Power Problems” organized by the Senate Committee on Power.
The Senate President said the privatization of the power sector in 2005 and 2013 was a grand scheme conceived with the intention to defraud Nigeria.
He said, “For me, if there’s any sector of our economy that is so important and yet so challenged, it is the power sector. I believe that this is a sector that needs a declaration of emergency.
“This is an opportunity for us in this round-table to exhaustively discuss not only the problems of the power sector in Nigeria, but the solutions and way forward.
“The truth is that we all know what is wrong. What we really need to do is to have the political will to take on the challenges generally.
“From the electricity power reform of 2005 to the privatization of Gencos and Discos and to what is happening today, we know that everything is fraud. If we play the ostrich, in the next ten years we will be talking about the same things.
“I think the time has come for us to have courage. I want to remind us, that we have signed the African Continental Free Trade Agreement. What will give us an edge is to have a competitive environment.
“Our industries and businesses must be able to produce things that can compete favourably with products produced in other countries in Africa. We are not in that position today, and we all know the consequences of that.
“Even our citizens, who have capital, will rather relocate to Ghana, produce whatever they want and bring to Nigeria to sell. Where does that leave our country? No employment opportunities; Nigeria becomes a dumping ground.”
The Senate President, therefore, called for a review of the privatization exercise undertaken by the Goodluck Jonathan administration which led to a takeover of the power sector by private Generating Companies (Gencos) and Distribution Companies (Discos).
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