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Discovery of the decade: 400-year-old shipwreck found off coast of Portugal

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A 400-year-old shipwreck that would have once been involved in the spice trade has been found off the coast of Portugal, according to archaeologists.

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People watch the pictures during a news conference regarding the announcement of the discovery of a centuries-old shipwreck, in Cascais, Portugal September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes

People watch the pictures during a news conference regarding the announcement of the discovery of a centuries-old shipwreck, in Cascais, Portugal September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes

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It has been described as the most important underwater discovery in the nation for a decade. The ship, which was found 40 feet below the surface during dredging at the mouth of the River Tagus in early September, is believed to have sunk near Cascais, close to Lisbon, on its way back from India.

It is likely that the vessel was wrecked between 1575 and 1625, at the height of the lucrative spice trade between the European country and Asia.

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On the wreckage site, divers found spices including pepper corns, cowry shells – currency used to trade slaves – and bronze artillery pieces.



Other finds include porcelain dating from the period of China’s Wanli Emperor in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

The wreck was found as part of a decade-long archaeological project supported by the municipal council of Cascais, the navy, the Portuguese government and Nova University of Lisbon.

The discovery comes just two decades after Our Lady of the Martyrs, a Portuguese ship, was found near Cascais in 1994. Minister of Culture Luis Mendes said: “For a long time, specialists have considered the mouth of the Tagus river a hotspot for shipwrecks. This discovery came to prove it.”

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Alexander Zverev World number one to win ATP Finals in London

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Alexander Zverev stunned world number one Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win the season-ending ATP Finals and earn the biggest victory of his career.




Djokovic, 31, was the heavy favourite to win a sixth finals title but was outclassed 6-4 6-3 by the German.

Third seed Zverev broke Djokovic for a 5-4 lead in the first set and then served three big aces to take the set.

Zverev, 21, continued to dominate in the second set and sealed a memorable victory as Djokovic faltered.

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“I’m unbelievable happy, obviously it is the biggest title I have ever won,” said Zverev, who also took home around £2m in prize money.

Zverev lost to the Serb in straight sets in the round-robin stage but, after beating Roger Federer in Saturday’s semi-finals, produced a more confident performance to stop Djokovic equalling Federer’s haul of end-of-season titles.

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Zverev missed his first championship point before hitting a sensational backhand down the line for victory, falling to the court in a mixture of disbelief and celebration as Djokovic jumped over the net to congratulate him.

“You definitely played much better than you did the group stage,” Djokovic told Zverev with a laugh. “You deserved to win.”

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Nigeria Musician Ayefele reacts to Oyo govt reconstruction of Music House

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Popular gospel musician and Chairman of Fresh 105.9 FM, Ibadan, Mr. Yinka Ayefele, has reacted to the reconstruction of the Music House, which houses the radio station by the Oyo State Government.



 The building was partially demolished by the agent of the state for allegedly violating building plans in the state.It was however gathered that the state government under the leadership of Governor Abiola Ajimobi, has began the reconstruction of the building located along the Challenge-Toll Gate Express Way, Ibadan.

From a visitation to the site by newsmen, it was observed that some of the building materials used for the reconstruction such as sand, gravels among others are still at the front of the building to finish the work.

But, Ayefele while reacting showered encomiums on Ajimobi for fulfilling his promise to assist in rebuilding his partially demolished Music House.

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In a statement personally signed and made available to newsmen by Ayefele, he said the Governor had the choice to ask him to go and rebuild the Music House but he was magnanimous and compassionate to have promised to rebuild the affected areas.He said, “It is not common to find government doing that, anything near that is to allow you to rebuild it yourself but here the Governor promised and he has fulfilled his promise.

“Let me use this opportunity to register my heart-felt gratitude and sincere appreciation to my Governor, Senator Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi for his prompt positive response to our plight.

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“It is not our right but the Governor only showed us mercy by offering to help us to rebuild the Music House. He, has, through this magnanimity help us to right our wrong and we’ll be eternally grateful to him.

“I was surprised to see some engineers reportedly from the governor’s office some weeks ago on the instruction of the state government to start work on the Music House.

“I had thought it would be the usual promise but our dear governor proved us wrong and with this development he has demonstrated the qualities only found in true and exceptional leaders”.

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