Guardiola Rules Out Future Return To Bayern

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Outgoing Bayern Munich coach, Pep Guardiola has stated he will not be returning to the Allianz Arena in the future.

The former Barcelona coach celebrated his third straight bundesliga title with Bayern Munich, after a 3-1 win over Hannover.

Guardiola will take charge of Bayern for the last time in next Saturday’s DFB-Pokal final against Borussia Dortmund and the coach, who will take over at Manchester City next season, ruled out a return to Bavaria.

“I don’t think [I will be back],” Guardiola said. “Bayern need a new coach, to fight on another level.”

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Guardiola Rules Out Future Return To Bayern

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Outgoing Bayern Munich coach, Pep Guardiola has stated he will not be returning to the Allianz Arena in the future.

The former Barcelona coach celebrated his third straight bundesliga title with Bayern Munich, after a 3-1 win over Hannover.

Guardiola will take charge of Bayern for the last time in next Saturday’s DFB-Pokal final against Borussia Dortmund and the coach, who will take over at Manchester City next season, ruled out a return to Bavaria.

“I don’t think [I will be back],” Guardiola said. “Bayern need a new coach, to fight on another level.”

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Revert To N86.50 Now Or We Will Shut Down Nigeria – NLC Gives FG 96-Hour Ultimatum

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The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has given the federal government a 96-hour ultimatum to rescind the deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry and revert to the initial petrol price of N86.50 per litre or face a total shutdown of the economy from Wednesday morning, May 18, 2016.

READ ALSO: Oil Workers Back New Fuel Price, Demand N90,000 As Minimum Wage

Speaking on Saturday after their meeting at the Labour House, Abuja, the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said if the government failed to accede to their demands by midnight Tuesday, the workers would have no option than to call out their members on an indefinite strike.

“Since there has not been any increase in salaries, wages or pensions of workers in the past five years, and in the face of devaluations, spiraling inflation and other vagaries of the economy, the increase in fuel price is unrealistic, unaffordable, unacceptable, and is thus rejected.”

“It is evident that the neo-liberal forces in the government have taken over, and we should expect more inhumane policies which will further degrade the living standard of the average Nigerian. The punitive electricity tariff and PMS product prices may just be teasers,” Mr. Wabba said.

“The price hike from N86:50 to N145, representing 67.63% increase, is the height of insensitivity and impunity as there was no previous consultation with stake holders, especially the organized labour, or any justification for this reckless decision other than the fact that government believes it is accountable to no one,” he added.

READ ALSO: Fuel Subsidy Removal: NLC Vows To Shut Down Economy Over Petrol Price Increment

Meanwhile, the organised labour also revealed that  it will join hands with the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to lead Nigerian workers and their civil society allies to shut down the country if the federal government failed to reverse the price increase.

“The Congress gave the government till late night on Tuesday within which to reverse the increased price of petrol and the electricity tariff, or face a total nationwide strike.”

“The NLC has deliberately delayed their press conference till today in order to liaise with their TUC counterpart, harmonise their positions and jointly address the media”, a source told Daily Trust.

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Revert To N86.50 Now Or We Will Shut Down Nigeria – NLC Gives FG 96-Hour Ultimatum

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The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has given the federal government a 96-hour ultimatum to rescind the deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry and revert to the initial petrol price of N86.50 per litre or face a total shutdown of the economy from Wednesday morning, May 18, 2016.

READ ALSO: Oil Workers Back New Fuel Price, Demand N90,000 As Minimum Wage

Speaking on Saturday after their meeting at the Labour House, Abuja, the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said if the government failed to accede to their demands by midnight Tuesday, the workers would have no option than to call out their members on an indefinite strike.

“Since there has not been any increase in salaries, wages or pensions of workers in the past five years, and in the face of devaluations, spiraling inflation and other vagaries of the economy, the increase in fuel price is unrealistic, unaffordable, unacceptable, and is thus rejected.”

“It is evident that the neo-liberal forces in the government have taken over, and we should expect more inhumane policies which will further degrade the living standard of the average Nigerian. The punitive electricity tariff and PMS product prices may just be teasers,” Mr. Wabba said.

“The price hike from N86:50 to N145, representing 67.63% increase, is the height of insensitivity and impunity as there was no previous consultation with stake holders, especially the organized labour, or any justification for this reckless decision other than the fact that government believes it is accountable to no one,” he added.

READ ALSO: Fuel Subsidy Removal: NLC Vows To Shut Down Economy Over Petrol Price Increment

Meanwhile, the organised labour also revealed that  it will join hands with the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to lead Nigerian workers and their civil society allies to shut down the country if the federal government failed to reverse the price increase.

“The Congress gave the government till late night on Tuesday within which to reverse the increased price of petrol and the electricity tariff, or face a total nationwide strike.”

“The NLC has deliberately delayed their press conference till today in order to liaise with their TUC counterpart, harmonise their positions and jointly address the media”, a source told Daily Trust.

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Buhari To Name Looters, Reveal Amount Recovered On May 29

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President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to announce the names of looters of public funds and the amount his government has so far recovered from those who looted the nation’s treasury in a speech he intends to deliver on May 29.

Speaking to pressmen on Friday before he departed London, Buhari said such corrupt individuals will be prosecuted.

He said: “So far, what has come out, what has been recovered in whatever currency from each ministries, departments and individuals.

“I intend on the 29th to speak on this because all Nigerians are getting from the mass media because of the number of people arrested either by the EFCC, DSS. But we want to make a comprehensive report on the 29th.”

Speaking on whether the names of those indicted will be published, he said: “Yes, eventually, it has to be done because we want to successfully prosecute them. But you know you cannot go to the courts unless you have documents for prosecution.

“People signed for these monies into their personal accounts, their banks gave statements that the money is there, when it came, how much and so on.”

Also speaking on allegation of selective prosecution, Buhari said: “That is an accusation against the law enforcement agencies. But I assure you that we do not interfere. Try and get those who are now under arrest, you will find out it is across the board.”

On 2016 Budget implementation, he said: “It depends on the efficiency of the technocrats. Yes, we have six months to implement the budget. You know why there was a delay. There is something called padding. I have been in government since 1975. I was governor of what is now six states: Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, that used to be North East. Then I was in Obasanjo’s cabinet, Petroleum for three and a quarter years. I was Head of State for 20 months.

“I hadnever heard about that one padding until this year. And what does it mean? It means that the technocrats just allowed the government to make its noise, to go and make the presentation to the National Assembly. They will remove it and put in their own.

“When we uncovered this, we just had to go back to the basics again. Ministers had to go again and appear before the Minister of Budget and National Planning and make presentations again. This was clearly brought out by the Minister of Health.

“I saw with my own eyes, nobody told me. I was watching NTA and he appeared before a committee that said the minister should come and defend his budget. He looked at what was presented to him as his budget and he said he had nothing to defend, that that was not what he presented.

“Subsequently, we discovered that it was not only the ministry of health. So they allowed us to talk rubbish as government and they do what they like.”

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Oil Workers Back New Fuel Price, Demand N90,000 As Minimum Wage

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Following the increase in the price of petrol from N86.50 to N145 per litre, Nigerian oil workers have called on the federal government to increase the new minimum wage from N18,000 to N90,000.

READ ALSO: NLC, TUC Propose N56,000 As New National Minimum Wage

This is contained in a statement issued after the joint meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) in Calabar, Cross River State on Friday.

READ ALSO: PENGASSAN, NUPENG To Deliberate On New Petrol Price

While commending the Federal Government for removing subsidy on petrol, they said that they would push for a new minimum wage demand of N90,000.

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, had criticised the decision, and vowed to resist what it called “the height of insensitivity and impunity”.

READ ALSO: Fuel Subsidy Removal: NLC Vows To Shut Down Economy Over Petrol Price Increment

Several aggrieved Nigerians had expected the two oil workers unions, which are key affiliates of the NLC, to follow suit with strong words against the new fuel price.

READ MORE: Petrol Will Now Sell At N145 Per Liter As Subsidy Is Removed

However, after the meeting, the leadership of the two unions in a joint communiqué said:

“The price is the secondary issue; the Federal Government has brought up a policy that would stop money from entering into the hands of few individuals.”

“The subsidy removal is a welcome development; we must not mortgage our economy into the hands of few selfish individuals.’’

“With the new pump price of N145 per litre, government must speed up the negotiation process for a new minimum wage of N90, 000 to cushion the effect of the envisaged inflation.

As the price of fuel increases, there should also be an increment in workers’ salary as the old minimum wage of N18, 000 has no effect again.’’

 

 

 

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Troops Capture Another ‘Wanted’ Boko Haram Kingpin

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Troops of the Nigerian Army attached to 143 Battalion have captured a wanted Boko Haram leader, Sulaiman Umaru.

READ ALSO: MNJTF Kills 675 Boko Haram Militants, Arrests 566 Others, Rescue 4,950 Hostages In 5 Months

This is contained in a statement issued by the acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, on Saturday.

The statement read: “In continuation of  Operation CRACKDOWN deep inside Sambisa forest, troops have arrested one of the declared wanted Boko Haram terrorists leaders, and also conducted patrols and clearance operations within the theatre of operations.”

“At about 1.35pm yesterday troops of 143  Battalion arrested one  Sulaiman Umaru, a suspected Boko Haram terrorists group member whose photograph is on the poster containing the photographs of the 100 Boko Haram terrorists declared wanted. He has since been moved to 28 Task Force Brigade Headquarters for further investigation.”

“Troops of 21 Brigade have continued with the clearance operations at Yerimari, while troops of 22 Task Force Brigade Garrison have also embarked on patrols along  Dikwa–Mafa-Maiduguri road. The patrol was aimed at picketing the road to keep it safe and open.”

“Similarly, the same unit in conjunction with some elements of 112 Task Force Battalion  conducted a fighting patrol along Dikwa-Gulumba Gana road. The team had a fierce fire fight with some Boko Haram terrorists elements  in which the troops killed quite a number of the Boko Haram terrorists.”

“Unfortunately, while on their way back, the team ran into an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Antul, a village south east of Dikwa, in which 7 soldiers and 4  Civilian JTF accompanying them sustained injuries. The injured soldiers and their civilian counterparts have been evacuated to 7 Division Hospital and Medical Services Maiduguri.”

“However, the patrol killed 2 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered   2  AK-47 rifles from them.”

“The patrol team had earlier intercepted 31 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), including women  and children coming  from   Sunabaya,  Gumule,  Garno and Mane-Gana villages.”

“During preliminary investigations along with the vigilantes, one of the IDPs,  Abacha Bulama, a native of Mane-Gana village, was found to be in possession  of   the sum of One Million, Nine Hundred Thousand Naira (N1,900,000.00k).”

“Although he claimed to be a businessman, his possession of such large amount of money arose suspicion.”

“While Bulama has been detained for further investigation, other IDPs have been handed over to Dikwa IDP Camp Manager for screening and further humanitarian assistance.”

“On their part, troops of   254 Task Force  Battalion, 25 Task Force  Brigade have moved to Ngalimeri and shelled Boko Haram terrorists hideouts at    Budumairi,  Goneri Baleni, Mallam Maitari,  Malemiri and Gombori. Although there were no signs of the Boko Haram in the area as they have all fled, however,  35 persons were rescued, screened and rehabilitated at Damboa IDP camp. The troops also arrested 2 suspected Boko Haram terrorists with Dane Guns.”

“In a related development, troops  of 192 Battalion, 26 Task Force Brigade also carried out clearance operations at Guduf Buba, Yagwa, Gamude, Kwatara  Kasa and Kwatara Tsakiya villages. It was observed that at Kwatara Tsakiya, the terrorists have neatly removed the roofing of the dispensary and other buildings possibly to cart away later.”

“Apart of the formations and units mentioned above, quite a number of them have maintained blocking positions to prevent Boko Haram terrorists escaping from Operation CRACKDOWN  and aerial bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force, while other troops carry out raids, cordon and searches in suspected Boko Haram terrorists hideouts.”

“Due to increased security, the theatre is witnessing increased humanitarian activities by various government and non-governmental agencies.”

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Forex Scarcity And The Fuel Pricing Debate: Our Story – Yemi Osinbajo

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I have read the various observations about the fuel pricing regime and the attendant issues generated. All certainly have strong points.

The most important issue of course is how to shield the poor from the worst effects of the policy. I will hopefully address that in another note.

Permit me an explanation of the policy. First, the real issue is not a removal of subsidy. At $40 a barrel there isn’t much of a subsidy to remove.

In any event, the president is probably one of the most convinced pro-subsidy advocates.

What happened is as follows: our local consumption of fuel is almost entirely imported. The NNPC exchanges crude from its joint venture share to provide about 50 percent of local fuel consumption. The remaining 50 percent is imported by major and independent marketers.

These marketers up until three months ago sourced their foreign exchange from the Central Bank of Nigeria at the official rate. However, since late last year, independent marketers have brought in little or no fuel because they have been unable to get foreign exchange from the CBN. The CBN simply did not have enough. (In April, oil earnings dipped to $550 million. The amount required for fuel importation alone is about $225million!)

Meanwhile, NNPC tried to cover the 50 percent shortfall by dedicating more export crude for domestic consumption. Besides the short term depletion of the Federation Account, which is where the FG and States are paid from, and further cash-call debts pilling up, NNPC also lacked the capacity to distribute 100 percent of local consumption around the country. Previously, they were responsible for only about 50 percent. (Partly the reason for the lingering scarcity).

We realised that we were left with only one option. This was to allow independent marketers and any Nigerian entity to source their own foreign exchange and import fuel. We expect that foreign exchange will be sourced at an average of about N285 to the dollar (current interbank rate). They would then be restricted to selling at a price between N135 and N145 per litre.

We expect that with competition, more private refineries, and NNPC refineries working at full capacity, prices will drop considerably. Our target is that by Q4 2018 we should be producing 70 percent of our fuel needs locally. At the moment even if all the refineries are working optimally they will produce just about 40 percent of our domestic fuel needs.

You will notice that I have not mentioned other details of the PPRA cost template. I wanted to focus on the cost component largely responsible for the substantial rise, namely foreign exchange. This is therefore not a subsidy removal issue but a foreign exchange problem, in the face of dwindling earnings.

Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) is Vice President of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Howard Denies Talk Of Everton Dressing Room Unrest

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Everton goalkeeper has denied talknof unrest in the dressing room that led to the sacking of Martinez.

Roberto Martinez was relieved of his duties, following Everton’s 3-0 loss against Sunderland.

But Howard described rumours that the Everton squad played a role in Martinez’s axing as baseless speculation.

“That is a grenade that people throw and they duck and watch to see what happens. It’s a load of rubbish,” said the 37-year-old, who will depart for Colorado Rapids at season’s end.

“There is so much in the head of a footballer. You pull that shirt on, you run out on the pitch and the last thing that crosses your mind is: ‘Hey, I’ve got an idea, I’m just going to strut around here because I am going to get the manager sacked. Let’s do that.’

“I don’t know how that works. I don’t think anyone thinks like that individually.

“We don’t sit around in the dressing room and have a pow-wow that we are all going to down tools. I don’t really know where that comes from.”

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Lewandowski: Aubameyang Form Made Me Better

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Robert Lewandowski has credited Aubameyang’s form for his deadliness in front of goal.

Lewandowski has 29 goals to Aubameyang’s 25, as he looks to be named highest goalscorer for the second year running.

The Gabon international had 18 goals in the first half of the season, topping the goalscoring charts, only for the Polish striker to overtake him in the second half of the season.

“To score 18 goals in the first half of the season is an amazing performance,” Lewandowski told Goal.

“During the winter break, when I had three goals fewer, I thought [Aubameyang] would maintain these performances in the second half of the season.

“I knew it would be hard but I thought: ‘Now I have to go on, the second half of the season is also very important.’

“When I saw that he scored a goal, my motivation increased. At the moment I have 29 goals.

“Nevertheless, I was always focused on myself. I never looked directly after our game to see if Pierre scored one or two goals. I was focused on my game.

“No matter if I scored or not, I always thought: ‘I have to try to score again in the next game. I have to score as many goals as possible.’ I’ve thought this way for the whole season.

“Now I have the chance to win the goalscoring trophy. I could become the only foreign player to score 30 goals or more in one season.”

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Van Gaal: Winning EPL Was Unrealistic

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Louis Van Gaal has told supporters it was unrealistic of them to envision Manchester United winning the EPL.

Though winning the EPL is out of it, Van Gaal is still hoping to qualify for the UCL by some miracle.

Manchester United currently sit in fifth with the final game of the season slated for Sunday, they’ll be hoping for a loss from fourth placed Manchester City, if they’re to qualify for the elite competition.

But Van Gaal – facing an uncertain future amid constant speculation linking Jose Mourinho to Old Trafford – insisted their campaign cannot be deemed a total failure, even though it was always unlikely that United would win the league.

“We can win the FA Cup. How many are still in the race? How many? Of course, when we don’t qualify ourselves [for the top four] then we don’t reach our aim,” he told reporters.

“That is true, because our aim was to qualify, but we are in the final of the FA Cup and we are in the race [for fourth] going into the last match, so mathematically we can qualify still.

“How many teams can say that? Not many. Of course you can say Manchester United need to be champions. Yes, I know the expectations are like that, but I don’t think that is realistic.”

United host AFC Bournemouth in their final game of the Premier League season on Sunday, before facing Crystal Palace in the FA Cup decider on May 21.

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Happy Reunion! Keyshia Cole Meets Superstar Father For The First Time In 34 Years

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Keyshia Cole is one happy woman after meeting her real father for the first time in 34 years and he is a very big deal in the boxing world.

The singer posted her joy over Instagram in a touching message which announced that the result for the paternity test she had done with her long-lost father confirmed a DNA match.

The singer captioned her delight:

While in NYC I was overwhelmed with emotion, I explained while on stage at the Barclays, the situation I was faced with at that moment, which was, my father and I finding our way to each other, After 34 years.

I knew at that time, a paternity test was in place, well the results are in, and this is my father!!

His name is Virgil Hunter, and at this present time, I’m in Oakland spending time, getting to kno him! The story behind this is beyond me!!!

God has his hands all in this!!! I’m so excited, So excited with taking this a day at a time!!!

According to BoxRec, Virgil Hunter, Miss Cole’s father is an award-winning boxing-trainer who has schooled the likes of Andre Ward, Amir Khan, Mike Dallas Jr. Brandon Gonzales Alfredo Angulo, Karim Mayfield and more.

Read: Keyshia Cole Attacks Bow Wow’s Car After Breakup

He began training Andre Ward who eventually became an Olympic gold medal winner when Ward was nine.

In the boxing world, Keyshia Cole’s dad is a legend.

Read: Michelle Willams Ignores Keyshia Cole; Thanks Beyonce For Superbowl Experience

 

Source, BoxRec, VH1

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