Veteran Spanish midfielder Xavi believes it possible for England to win the Euro 2016.
The three lions are yet to win any silverware since winning the 1966 world cup.
And Xavi who has won the Euro’s back to back, in 2008 and 2012, knows England can win it.
“I think England have a real chance,” the 36-year-old told The Mirror.
“Before we [Spain] won our first title I believe it was the pressure that meant we never progressed past the quarter-finals. Because of our quality there was so much pressure on us – and it got to us.
“England – when they had their golden generation of [Frank] Lampard, [Paul] Scholes, [David] Beckham, [Steven] Gerrard – had that same pressure and it is difficult to cope with. Mentally it can be a big block.
“Now England have this new generation of [Harry] Kane, [Raheem] Sterling, Dele Alli and the English guys that have doing incredible things for Leicester [City].
“They have some very good players, but I don’t think there will be the same expectation on them to win the tournament.
“That could work for them, because it allows them just to go and play football. If they can get their leader and great player Wayne Rooney back then they have a big chance.”
As for Vicente del Bosque’s side, the former Spain international said of their chances: “There is no reason why Spain can’t make it three European Championships in a row.
“We have a team that can beat anybody. [Cesc] Fabregas, [Gerard] Pique, [Andres] Iniesta, [Sergio] Ramos all know what it takes to win the tournament, but also we have a new generation of players who can bring new life.”
Xavi added: “Of course it will be difficult, but there is a lot of reasons to be confident. Germany will be another of the big favourites. They are the current world champions and have some exceptional players.
“In these tournaments you can underestimate the importance of playing at home, so because of that and also the quality of some of their players you also have to consider France as well.”
Romelu Lukaku has hinted at a possible exit from Everton, with the forward stating, he’ll love to play in the champions league next season.
The Belgium striker’s father urged him in an interview to join either United or Bayern at the end of the season.
Lukaku says it is not surprising to hear his father mention his own favoured sides as potential suitors but hinted that he could look to engineer a move away from Goodison Park in order to play in Europe’s top competition in 2015-16.
“It’s my dad’s point of view, those are the teams that he likes. It’s good to hear,” he told Sky Sports News.
“Of course, it means people are keeping an eye on you, but I have an agent who is dealing with this for me at the moment. I just want to be good, help my team-mates win the games and score a lot of goals.
“I’m 23 next summer and it would be nice to play in the Champions League next season.”
“In this game of politics, we must understand that match officials, and spectators are not the opponents. We must not direct our anger towards the wrong people.” – Solomon Dalung speaking on the death of Okonta Dumebi Samuel.
The need to re-create INEC, a body hitherto consumed in the shadow of Professor Maurice Iwu into a truly independent body required the erstwhile chairman of the commission, Professor Attahiru Jega to make key changes to its structure from top to bottom.
Worth mentioning amongst the changes, which in all fairness proved to be the lifeblood the body needed to regain its lost glory (if there was any) were: the introduction of the Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) and electronic card readers into the voting process, the employment of the services of heads of tertiary institutions as resident electoral commissioners (REC), and serving youth corps members as presiding officers (PO) and assistant presiding officers (APO) respectively.
With the job of the state collation officers requiring more of administrative and monitoring roles rather than field work especially in urban centres where transportation of logistics and staff are non-issues, there was absolutely no need for a REC to finalise the content of his will before undertaking this national assignment. But the situation becomes different when the roles of the youth corps member are discussed.
Unlike his professor, he sits in a completely different terrain. With one eye on the ballot box, the other on the card reader while at the same time flashes his brain intermittently between the thoughts of the sound of a gunshot and the possibility of him not getting his financial rewards after the poll, the fresh graduates who defy all odds whenever they are called upon to mount polling units across the nation are the ones we owe the most gratitude for the deepening and consolidation of our nascent democracy.
It is thus unfortunate that although these young souls carry on their shoulders the destiny of the nation each time they serve INEC, they are mostly left in the lurch even in communities known to be flashpoints.
In 2011, at least 11 corps members lost their lives in the post-election violence that went on unabatedly in several states of the north mostly targeted at youth corps members whom were thought to have carried out the bidding of the PDP. In Niger state, we lost Ademola Adejoke and Nwali Ifeoma; others like Adeniji Jehleel, Gbenjo Ayotunde, Ukeoma Ikechukwu Chibuzor, and Akonyi Sule, Teidi Olawale, Nkwazema Chukwunonyerem, Okpokiri Obinna Michael, Adowei Elliot, Adewunmi Paul got their bloods scattered across several states up on the Nigerian map.
These people were not only extra-judicially executed; their last moments on earth were the most brutal, painful and agonising as their lives ended with a fate that was underserving of the most insignificant creature under the heaven. While some were clubbed to death, others, according to media reports were dragged out of their lodges, tortured, butchered and burnt right in front of our very eyes – a fate the then president, Goodluck Jonathan perceived as “the supreme sacrifice.”
These names were not the only victims of the ballot as almost 100 youth corps members sustained varying degrees of injuries for daring to participate in the 2011 elections. Speaking on behalf of the scheme at the presentation of cheques to some of the victims, Mrs. Justina Andirya, the NYSC Coordinator in Niger, said “the Federal Government was pained by the death of the corps members and the sufferings of the injured.”
Yet, the NYSC – after losing at least 11 souls put in her care by parents who toiled so hard to send their wards to school – did little to withdraw the services of corps members from INEC’s subsequent activities even as it was clear that the latter, in the build-up to the 2011 poll was well aware of the volatile nature of the north and the impossibility of the fanatical supporters of gladiators to not resort to violence should results not go their way, and more damningly, the feebleness, nay, helplessness of our security agencies to protect themselves not to mention others when war looms.
Let’s read a speech in their honour, invite their families for a crying session, pay their blood monies, set-up a fact-finding committee, and then move on. That is why with almost N80m paid for blood and limb, the country went to sleep – one that would have annihilated more youths corps members in the 2015 elections had the poll not favoured the masses in most parts of the country.
With the Supreme Court affirming Nyesom Wike’s mandate, a man whose brashness and barbarity scares the shit out of the devil, coupled with the hubris and invisibility that comes with becoming a minister of the federal republic which Rotimi Amaechi exemplifies, not forgetting the litany of arms in the hands of the militants, neither INEC nor NYSC would deny that sending youth corps members to mount the poll in Rivers State was a suicide mission.
But due to reasons best known to Professor Mahmud Yakubu and Brigadier General Johnson Bamidele Olawumi, neither the war drum coming out of the Brick House nor Amaechi’s obsession at reclaiming his lost territory was sufficient for NYSC to sit with INEC to excuse youth corps members from the poll.
But with the fatal death of Okonta Dumebi Samuel, a graduate of political science from Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma on Saturday during the re-run elections in Rivers State, the nation has once again failed to protect one of its own. Just as it happened in 2011, youth corps members were singled out for attacks by aggrieved persons. According to THISDAY, “the deceased was trailed and killed after he had submitted the election results to the local government office of INEC in Ahoada West.”
This is why the threat issued by Brigadier General Johnson Bamidele Olawumi over the murder of Samuel that the scheme might be forced to withdraw the services of youth corps members from electoral duties is a welcome one.
“The NYSC as a body may not be able to continue to cope with the gruesome murder of corps members during elections. We may have to review our partnership after this investigation.” He continued: “We may be forced to review our partnership with INEC on the use of corps members as ad hoc workers as we cannot continue to witness the death of our innocent corps members.”
Coming into NYSC should never be a call to answer the angel of death. So it’s instructive to advise the leadership of the NYSC that until sanity prevails in the conducts of Nigerian politicians, the services of youth corps members should be withdrawn in its entirety from INEC. While we eagerly await the report of the findings of the security operatives, no one disagrees that the continued hostility of political gladiators towards defeat will not dissipate soon, hence a need to put an end to this memorandum.
We must never allow anyone else to be killed before taking further action.
It is worth saying that being a serving corps member, I’m well aware that this essay is a breach of protocol – but that’s the least of my worry. It’ll be a miracle if I complete my service year without an extension or at least a query anyway.
A few weeks ago, a former colleague informed me that Dr. Karo Ogbinaka, the Deputy Dean of Students’ Affairs II of the University of Lagos once told him that he hoped I was not planning to return to the university for masters. As a fierce critic of the corrupt acts and human rights violations that go on unchecked in the university, it appears the school still cannot fathom how I managed to graduate in three years.
I would gladly welcome sanction of any kind from NYSC if that is the sacrifice that needs to be made to put an end to the murder of my serving brothers and sisters.
This piece was written by Modiu Olaguro, a youth corps member who teaches mathematics at Jebba. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter: @ModiuOlaguro
The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.
She wrote: “It’s tomorrow!! My last show as a ‘Music Artiste’! Yes, I am ending another chapter in my life and ready for the next! If you Love Eva, you gotta be here tomorrow no? Please I really want you to come. Bring 4 friends.
I would be performing songs from before you knew me till right now! It is Live and Unplugged with the band and I want to share this experience with only the best and realest fans!”
“If you have never seen me play with the band please be here tomorrow! I promise you a fantastic Hiphop experience, God help me. Can’t wait to see you guys. . I would be at the Venue from 8PM to meet you all one on one! Pictures, Selfies, Drinks, anyone?”
Eva never got round to releasing her debut studio album, the highly anticipated 1960, but has a catalog that contains the very impressive GIGO EP, and hit songs like Lights Out and Deaf.
Nigerians are concerned about the lack of results from President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration after ten months in office. Many agree that Buhari inherited enormous challenges from the previous administration, but he was voted into office because Nigerians trusted him to bring the change he promised. Almost one year on and Nigerians are disappointed and feel betrayed.
Nigeria’s troubled economy is on the brink of a recession, which is expected to worsen following the inability of President Buhari to steer it otherwise. Thousands of people are losing their jobs and there is tremendous hardship all over the country. Unemployment, insecurity, the deplorable power supply, and fuel scarcity are urgent concerns that are yet to be addressed. The economic and security situation will threaten Buhari’s ability to implement the widespread reform he promised.
Nigeria has inadequate infrastructure, poor roads, power that is available only intermittently, the lack of safe drinking water, no sewage system, insufficient schools, hospitals, and medical doctors. The government must make huge investments in these areas, as well as in training and paying for qualified teachers and doctors to provide our people with a decent standard of living.
Crude oil, the backbone of Nigeria’s economy, is no longer the commodity it was internationally, and the recent dip in oil prices is primarily the cause of the country’s current economic predicament. As a result, Buhari’s administration must concentrate on revenue generation. The Nigerian government must seek revenue through other means such as sales tax or government fees. There is a great opportunity for our country to diversify the country’s economy due to the collapse in oil prices, however it appears that improving the economic situation by creating more jobs in multiple sectors of the economy outside of the oil industry is beyond Buhari’s span of knowledge.
The current administration must create an environment conducive to the growth of business. A large number of controls and regulations should be removed because these have stifled the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship, and restructured the scope of competition, both internally and externally.
Entrepreneurship is by far the most effective method to enable people to earn more, and in turn consume more and become participating members of the economy. The idea whose time has come is that Nigeria should emerge as a major global and economic power. The alternative path is economic stabilisation and a credible structural adjustment programme. Nigeria has resources in all parts of the country. All the states of the federation have products they could sell locally and equally export. Governors must work with private sector operators to produce and sell what they have to other states, other African Nations and the rest of the world.
Buhari must face the brutal reality of Nigeria’s current economic and security situation. His administration has shown no signs of creating conditions that will attract investors to Nigeria’s economy. Without addressing two major national concerns, the economy and national security, it is highly unlikely that prospective investors will consider Nigerian an investment haven. Since Nigeria is the only place we call home, we have the moral right and obligation to ensure that those in government are accountable to the electorate.
Ibrahim Abubakar Lajada can be reached through email@example.com.
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A suspected female suicide bomber, who was intercepted by the Cameroonian Army on Friday before she could blow herself up, has claimed to be one of the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in the Nigerian town of Chibok in 2014.
According to military sources, two female bombers carrying explosives were caught by local self-defense forces in the village of Limani, in an area of northern Cameroon.
The suicide bombers were then handed over to the Cameroonian troops which are currently working alongside with a multi-national force set up to put an end to terrorism.
Speaking on the matter, 2 military sources confirmed that the captured suicide bomber had claimed to have been one of the Chibok schoolgirls.
“We need a few days to be able to confirm this information. We have to debrief all the men who were present and interrogate the two girls before we can say anything,” the source said.
A local government administrator, Raymond Roksdo also said: “One of them indeed declared that she is one of the Chibok hostages. She is around 15. We are now verifying, because on the Nigerian side they have the names and photos of these girls.”
In April 2014, some members of the ferocious death cult raided the school in Chibok, Borno state, while the girls were taking exams.
They loaded 270 of them onto trucks, though around 50 escaped shortly afterwards.
Former president, Goodluck Jonathan was criticised by many for his slow reaction to the Chibok abductions.
However, Muhammadu Buhari, who defeated Jonathan in an election, last year, ordered a new investigation into the kidnappings in January.
Networking, is something every business owner should do. Whether through business associations or other means, networking has been proven over the years to be the most prevalent and cost effective way for small and large businesses to attract new and repeated sales.
How can you make it work for your business? Here are five (5) simple tips to get you started:
Actively participate in some key associations or organizations.
When you identify an association that you want to be part of, go to meetings as often as possible and work on one or two committees. The major goal is to be the first person everyone remembers and suggests when others ask, for example “Do you know anyone who….”
Get to events, seminars to meet up with people.
Going out and associating with people also grows your network of connections. But, note that you can’t meet and talk to people while a meeting is in progress. So, make sure you wait till everybody is in a less serious mood to meet with them. If you spend too much time with any one person, you can’t meet others. When you finally meet up with a prospective client, check out the 3rd step on this article on ways to keep them.
Follow up on leads.
All the leads in the world are worthless if you don’t follow up on them. Make that phone call or send the information you promised. All thanks to several social media app out there, that have made it easy for people to follow up on their leads. Take for instance, some features that comes with the new Palmchat 5.2, that allows users sync the app with their phone book seamlessly to connect with both existing friends and new contacts. With the contacts’ phone number synched with the app, you can easily be in touch with any lead. Click the link to download the new Palmchat 5.2
Share business tips, referrals and leads with non-competitors.
This is very important, don’t be selfish with any information that could help a non-competitor. You’ll be remembered for your help, and may get business or referrals as a result later on. You win in another way, too. Helping others become successful is as rewarding as being successful yourself.
Check on people you met before
Always check on the people you have met in the past. Whether, they are immediate clients or not because you can never tell where you might meet them again. Ask about their well-being and business. Also, congratulate them on any recent successes they’ve had. Sales grow out of relationships, and this is a good way to establish relationships with key contacts and prospects.
The presidency has formally issued a statement dissociating itself from the #IStandWithBuhari advocacy group and also demanded that the group immediately stop claiming any alliance with the Muhammadu Buhari government.
The activities of the political group – which is planning a 9 million man march to further acquaint Nigerians with the policies of the Buhari government and drum support for the president – have recently sparked national outcry and online controversy.
A statement issued on March 25, Friday, by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, read:
“The #IStandWithBuhari group should stop dropping the name of the president’s wife, Aisha Buhari, to promote its activities.”
“President Buhari does not believe in premature and ostentatious celebration of his government’s successes. While the present administration has indeed recorded significant successes in its priority areas of improving security across the nation, ending the Boko Haram insurgency, curbing official corruption and revamping Nigeria’s economy, President Buhari is well aware that his government still has a lot of national challenges to overcome.”
“The President prefers to give his fullest attention to addressing those challenges without the unsolicited and unwelcome distraction of untimely praise-singing from groups with dubious and questionable motives.”
Miller had however denied the allegations in an open letter, and in a recent interview, claimed it got him beaten at a store by Meek Mill.
“This was my first time really talking with Meek and basically he told me that he didn’t appreciate the letter that I dropped and it made it seem like he was a liar,” Miller said. “And they f–king stole off on me in the Nike store and ran. I shed blood in the Nike store.”
“I’m one of the most peaceful, nicest mother f–kers that you’ll ever meet. I’m not a street n—a ,so you can have it,” Miller concluded. “You can have the tough title — that doesn’t do anything for me.”