Nigerian Army Rescues Missing Commanding Officer, 5 Other Soldiers

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The Nigerian Army has announced the rescue of a commanding officer and 5 other soldiers declared missing after an ambush by terror group, Boko Haram, at Guru Gongon in Borno state on Wednesday.

READ ALSO: Some Nigerian Soldiers Missing After Boko Haram Ambush

 “It will be recalled that some of our troops were missing in action after an ambush at Guro Gongon on July 20, 2016,” the spokesperson for the Army, Col. Usman Sani, said on Saturday, in a statement released.

According to the acting director of the army public relations, the soldiers sustained injuries but are now in stable condition at the military’s medical facilities.

His words: “Consequently, concerted efforts were initiated to search for and rescue them. The measures include the use of air assets, Special Forces and patrols.

“We wish to inform you that the search party has this morning found 5 more officers and soldiers that were declared missing in action, including the unit’s Commanding Officer.

“Although they are in a stable condition, they have been moved to our Medical facilities for medical care.”

Last week Wednesday, a commanding officer, three officers and 16 soldiers were declared missing in action after joining the civilian JTF in clearing operation at Gongon village in Alagarno general area.

 “Own troops destroyed BHT camps and captured a gun truck mounted with an Anti-Aircraft gun, an RPG tube, a Light Machine Gun, 3 AK-47 rifles and other logistics items of the BHT,” the army had said earlier.

“However, when own troops were returning to their defensive location, they ran into an ambush by BHT who came to reinforce their fleeing comrades. The troops fought back gallantly killing many BHT.

“Sadly, 16 soldiers and 3 CJTF were wounded in action. Some others, including the commanding officer, are missing in action.”

It said a search party was immediately dispatched to find the “three officers and 16 soldiers still missing”.

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The Vampire Diaries To End After 8th Season

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The Vampire Diaries To End After 8th Season – Barely one day after MTV announced the end of Teen Wolf, CW has announced the end of The Vampire Diaries. 

The announcement was made at the San Diego Comic-Con by showrunners Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, and the show will now end after it’s upcoming 8th season.

“It’s so rare for a show to get to last this long, and what a privilege that Mark Pedowitz and Peter Roth have allowed us to choose the time to end the journey on our own creative terms,” said Plec. “It’s been eight of the best years of my life. I will miss it terribly, but I’m so proud to be here to see it to its proper end.”

“’The Vampire Diaries’ has meant so much to so many fans around the world, and has meant so much to all of us at The CW,” said Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW. “I am a huge fan of the show myself, and I’ve seen every episode. So I am very happy that we can give Julie and Kevin the chance to finish their story the way they have envisioned, and to give viewers a fantastic conclusion to eight spectacular seasons.”

“I feel so blessed to have been a part of ‘The Vampire Diaries.’ It has been a magical, thrilling, life-changing experience,” said executive producer Kevin Williamson. “Working with Julie and our amazing cast and crew has been one of the highlights of my career and life. At its core, the show has always been about family and that’s what we have become behind the scenes as well — one big family. And while it’s sad to see it come to an end, I’m thrilled to be back and part of the final chapter. We’re very grateful to our loyal audience — they’re our family, too — and we hope to say thank you by giving them the last and most epic season ever. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

“The sun, the moon and stars aligned for me one day in March when I got the official call that I had been cast in this very special role as Damon Salvatore,” said star Ian Somerhalder. “I’m so very grateful to those who fought for me to have this opportunity (you know who you are), for those that have worked so hard to make this show happen, and to those that have loyally watched it, making it part of their lives. This show has enriched my life greater than anything I’ve done in my career and it will live in my heart. We are a family and I will miss you. Thank you again to this amazing cast and crew, Kevin, Julie, Warner Bros., The CW and the most loyal fan base the world has ever seen. Wow, what a ride.”

“Being cast in ‘The Vampire Diaries’ has changed the trajectory of my life, to say the very least,” said star Paul Wesley. “I’m beyond fortunate for the experiences I’ve had and lessons I’ve learned over the last seven years. I want to thank Kevin and Julie, as well as Peter Roth and Warner Bros., Mark Pedowitz and The CW, our incredible cast and crew, and especially the TVD fans all around the world who are the reason this show became such a worldwide success. I am beyond grateful to have been a part of it.”

The eighth and final 16-episode season of The Vampire Diaries will premiere Friday, October 21.

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Scholes : Pogba Is Not Worth £100m

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Paul Scholes believes Manchester United will be way too much for Paul Pogba, should they sign him from Juventus for a world record transfer fee.

It is understood that Paul Pogba is close to returning to Manchester United for a record fee of £92 million. He joined Juventus from United on a free transfer and has gone to claim Serie A glory.

Scholes is a fan of Pogba’s abilities but feels such a hefty price tag would suggest he is at the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and he does not believe the France international can be considered as good as the Barcelona and Real Madrid stars just yet.

“He was a very talented player,” Scholes told reporters when discussing Pogba’s fledgling United days. “I played with him quite a lot.

“If you ask me, at that time his agent was asking for a lot of money for a player who did not play first-team football except once or twice.

“Okay, he has gone on to great things and there was a massive improvement in him. I just don’t think he is a player worth £100m-plus right now.

“For that money, you would need a player who scores 50-plus goals a season, like Ronaldo or Messi. Pogba is not there yet.”

Jose Mourinho has added Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to his attacking options for the forthcoming season and Scholes feels both men will have points to prove.

“I haven’t seen much of Mkhitaryan but he seems to be a good player,” he said.

“With Ibrahimovic, he was playing at PSG and there were a lot of chances created and it was easy to score in that league.

“Is the United team as good as the PSG team? Not yet, maybe it will be. So in this league he will have to do a lot himself to score goals.”

Nevertheless, Scholes suggested rivals Manchester City might have snared the most impressive buy between the clubs so far this close season by persuading Ilkay Gundogan – the Germany international midfielder who is still recuperating from a knee injury – to join from Borussia Dortmund.

“He is a very good player if he can stay fit,” he added. “I have seen a lot of him with Dortmund. He has had a lot of injury problems but he can be fantastic if he can be fit.

“[Buying Gundogan] for about €20m – that’s a steal, these days.”

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Amber Rose Delves Into Kanye West – Taylor Swift Feud

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Amber Rose Delves Into Kanye West – Taylor Swift Feud – Amber Rose has shared her opinion of the ever growing feud between Kanye West and Taylor Swift.

The former video vixen now has her own talk show on VH1, and despite not being Kanye’s biggest fan, said she was definitely sure Kanye called Taylor Swift to veto his controversial Famous lyrics.

“I was next to him at the VMAs [in 2009],” she said about the incident that started Kanye and Taylor’s releationship. “I remember the repercussions … He was so remorseful, I mean he really felt so bad, because it wasn’t about Taylor. It was about Beyonce and her video. We all know that Beyonce should have won that. It’s no shade.”

Amber revealed that the incident had caused a lot of trouble for Ye, including Lady GaGa cancelling a joint tour. “I know that Kanye would never go through that again without calling Taylor and saying ‘Heads up, I’m about to write this verse real quick, just want to make sure you’re cool with it.’ I know that about Kanye.”

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Trending Right Now: Your MCM – What Your Friends Really Think Of Your Man Crush Monday

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Your MCM is wonderful like Dwyane Wade, amazing like John Legend, sexy like the dude in Nicki Minaj’s Right Thru Me – Willie Monfret, well-built with six packs like Shaka Smith, has abs and stones like Idris Elba and is well-chiseled like Omar Hardwick in Power, not to mention as generous as Jesus. Your friends have their own opinion and it isn’t good.

As much as your buddies will click ‘like’ on your Facebook page or Instagram, retweet or love your MCM tweets, here’s what they really think so brace yourself.

The next time they you get a notification from your social media and you spot a friend has liked your man crush post, bear in mind, they just might be thinking any of these thoughts while clicking send….

  • ‏@anwar_Francis – Your man crush monday is broke playing Pokemon.
  • @TheMCMTruth  – Your MCM chews xanax.
  • @YaGirlSmalls – Ok there’s nothing wrong with going out with more than one guy but you can’t post them all as your mcm.
  • @iamprinceromans – Your Man Crush M will buy you a bottle for the “pre game” just so he doesn’t have to spend money on you for the rest of the night at the club.. 😂😂
  • @TheMCMTruth – Your Man Crush Monday was never a line leader in elementary.

Follow the Twitter thread for more Your MCM tweets

 

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Rihanna Is Coming To TV… Joins ‘Bates Motel’ Series As Marion

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Rihanna joins the cast of Bates Motel series as the character Marion, taking over from late movie Icon, Janet Leigh.

If you ever wondered what Bad Girl Riri’s acting skills is, don’t wonder far as she will be making her appearance in the show’s fifth and final season.

Plus, there has been news of an actual shower part, so, those interested can finally see Rihanna go nude, just as she likes it, ie if they don’t take that part off the script. That is highly unlikely seeing as Riri has no reservations in showing a little skin, or a lot of it anyway.

The announcement was made during the show’s Comic-Con 2016 panel, with Riri revealing the information herself.

She said, “Yes, hello Comic-Con. It’s your girl RiRi. And let me tell you what a bad bitch is about to do. I’m about to check in to the Bates Motel very soon.”

“And guess what else. Guess who’s playing Marion. Yes, so all you Comic-Con fans, all you Bates Motel fans, stay tuned!”, the You Needed Me singer added.

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Rihanna to play iconic role

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This piece of information was gladly received by Rihanna and Comic-con fans as executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin said in a statement, “We wanted to thrust the iconic role into a contemporary spotlight and redefine it in a meaningful and exciting new way. “

“We also heard Rihanna was a fan of the show, and we were huge fans of hers, so it was the perfect collision of creativity and fate”, the statement concluded.

Bates Motel which returns for its fifth and final season in 2017 on A&E had Janet Leigh play the original character of Marion in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Leigh died in October 3, 2004.

The Barbados starlet is taking over from Janet and we can’t wait to see what Riri has in store for us with her acting skills.

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Janet Leigh played Marion

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Rooney: I’m Desperate To Play Under Mou

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Wayne Rooney has revealed he can’t wait to start playing under Jose Mourinho. He has compared the Portuguese manager, to former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The England international was close to joining Mourinho at Chelsea in 2013, and now has the shot at for the man. The Portuguese has won three EPL titles, and is looking to win more.

And after opting to leave Everton to work with Ferguson in 2004 – a move that has yielded 13 trophies – Rooney hopes he can enjoy the same amount of success under Mourinho.

“I came to Manchester United because I wanted to work under Alex Ferguson and then in the latter years [with] what Mourinho has done in football, in Spain and Italy and England, he is a manager who you want to play under,” the 30-year-old forward said as United take part at the International Champions Cup in China.

“He is one of the best around and to learn from what he brings it’s going to be exciting for me to try and learn under a manager such as himself.”

Rooney: “I’ve been working under the manager for the last few days and the sessions have been very good.

“It is exciting, he is one of the best managers in world football and he has a clear idea of what he wants. I’m just looking forward to playing for him now.”

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Giggs: I Can’t Wait To Get My Managerial Career Started

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Former Manchester United captain, Ryan Giggs has revealed he has had offers to manage at the clubs. The veteran midfielder insists he is ready to get his career started.

The 42-year-old ended a 29-year association with the club, after following LVG out of the club. Giggs spent two years assisting the Dutchman in managing Manchester United, before he was sacked.

Mourinho commented on the Welshman’s exit in his Manchester United unveiling, suggesting that he had nothing to do with his departure, but rather the decision being down to Giggs’s desire to start his managerial career.

And the United legend has now revealed he has had offers, albeit on the coaching side.

“I have [had offers] but little bits really,” Giggs told Goal. “I didn’t know that I was leaving United, maybe a month ago I did and it is a short window and most clubs have got their managers, more or less, and they want to work with them pre-season.

“Unfortunately, managerial jobs can be very short, who knows what happens in the next four or five months.

“I’ve not had any managerial offers, not at the moment. I’ve been just enjoying myself, did a bit of media work during the Euros and now have come here [India] to be in the Premier Futsal.

“So, now I am relaxing and enjoying a bit of free time. ”

Giggs was named as caretaker coach at Old Trafford when David Moyes was relieved of his duties in 2014, and he believes the experience will benefit him for years to come.
“It was an unbelievable experience even only for four games,” Giggs added. “I had done all my coaching qualifications but there is nothing like it than sitting on the hot seat and it was two-and-half weeks but I learnt so much.

“You can do all your coaching badges but once you’re in there, you’re on your own. You’re in your office, you’ve got to pick the teams, prepare training, watch the opposition. So many things going on.

“I know that experience is going to help me forever in my managerial career.”

Giggs, however, admits that he is currently enjoying his time away from the game and will not accept an opportunity unless it is the correct one for him.

“Obviously, I want to be a manager. Ever since I left school, I’ve been at United, my work,” he added. “So this is the first time in 25-26 years where I have gone into a pre-season not going to work.

“I am quite happy and relaxed. It is similar when I’d finish playing, there was a disappointment but also I was relieved for my body for what I had done for 25 years.

“There is a little bit of relief so I can step back and if the right offer comes, I will jump on it. I am not in any rush, but at the same time I don’t want to leave it too long.”

The former Wales international is currently competing in India’s Premier Futsal tournament, also believes that Paul Pogba is a fine player, despite admitting he has no inside information about a potential transfer.

“I haven’t got a clue. I know as much you do. I have got no inside information. He is a good player.”

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Lopetegui: If Not For Spain Job, I Will Be Coaching Wolves

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New coach of the La Roja, Julen Lopetegui has revealed that he would have been managing Wolves. However, due to the delayed buyout of the club by a Chinese consortium, the deal never went through.

The former Porto boss was announced as the new Spain manager this week. He replaces Vicente Del Bosque after managing the under-19 and Under-20 sides of the national team.

However, he was on the verge of joining Wolves, who belatedly confirmed a takeover from the Fosun International investment group on the same day as Lopetegui’s Spain appointment was announced.

“I was waiting to hear about an agreement that I had in place about what was an incredibly attractive and exciting project at Wolves,” the 49-year-old told Sky Sports.

“Certainly if the Spanish job hadn’t come up, I know I would now be coach at Wolverhampton.

“We were looking forward to working with a great project, looking to build the future, but the truth is when your country calls you, obviously everything changes.

“I was very keen to come to England. There were so many positives. Wolves are a great, historic club, with fantastic fans, with an infrastructure to become one of the great clubs.”

Lopetegui took time to pay tribute to Wolves manager Kenny Jackett, who was left in a frustrating state of limbo by the club’s prolonged courtship of his Spanish counterpart.

“I know how difficult it can be to carry on as normal with all this going around and I want to put on record my maximum respect for him and all his staff throughout this whole situation,” Lopetegui said.

“The timing was not down to me, and Mr Jackett behaved throughout it all in a magnificent exemplary manner.”

Following three consecutive major tournament wins spanning 2008 to 2012, Spain were dumped out at the group stages of the 2014 World Cup before Italy eliminated them in the last 16 of Euro 2016.

Lopetegui believes it is time to refine the unmistakable and relentless passing style that inspired La Roja’s glorious period of success.

“We need to know what our strengths are and where we need to get better,” he added. “We know that our rivals have learnt how to counter Spain’s domination of the game and now is the time for us to find an answer to the rivals we are facing.

“Effectively, it is to have a response to our opponents without losing our essence.”

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Jovetic Not Concerned With Juventus

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Inter Milan striker, Stevan Jovetic has stated he is not worried about the strength Juventus has garnered ahead of next season.

Juventus have acquired Miralem Pjanic, Marko Pjaca, Dani Alves and Mehdi Benatia ahead of the 2016/17 season. They are also looking to sign Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, as they aim to win a sixth consecutive scudetto.

Nevertheless, Jovetic is hopeful Inter can run Massimiliano Allegri’s men close this term.

“Juventus have a great team and they’ve signed three more good players, but I’m not worried,” Jovetic told Sport Mediaset.

“I like playing teams like that.

“We want to be up there challenging at the top, like last season and even better. We aim to get back in the Champions League.

“If Inter bring in reinforcements, I’m sure they’ll do well.”

Jovetic, who has scored seven goals for the club, made a superb start to life at Inter last term, but faded somewhat toward the end of the season and he is desperate to show his true self in 2016-17.

“I’m trying to put in a good pre-season so that I reach my best by the time Serie A gets under way,” he added.

“I’m working hard so that I can be a success. What’s past is past, I always look forward. I know what I can do and I am a bit disappointed [with last season], but I want to focus on this campaign.

“There’s never been any doubt in my mind about staying at Inter.”

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Ronaldo Looking For Madrid Contract Renewal

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Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he is eager to renew his contract at Real Madrid. The forward is looking to open contract renewal talks when he gets back to the club.

The Portuguese international has a contract that’ll expire in 2018. And the star forward is ready to commit his long-term future to the club.

“I spoke to the president [Florentino Perez] on the phone and when I get back to Madrid, we’ll talk [over a new deal],” the 31-year-old was quoted as saying by AS.

“Obviously it’s something I want.”

Ronaldo scored 51 goals at club level in the 2015-16 season, and also netted three goals at the European Championships.

And the former Manchester United star claims that this season has been the best of his career thus far.

“This season has been the best of my career,” he added. “I won two major titles, with my club and country, so it was something unique.

“It was a very emotional moment to win the Undecima. Winning the trophy is incredible, every time I look at it I see the memories of when I won it for the first time with Manchester United as well as my triumphs with Madrid.”

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MUSIC: D’Prince – Worldwide (Prod. by Don Jazzy)

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Mavin Records Act, D’Prince is Back with a new single titled “Worldwide” produced by The label boss Don Jazzy. Listen Up

This is a follow-up to ‘Show me’ single featuring street hop singer Small doctor, the visuals is set to premiere this Sunday at Club Escape in Lagos. Check out “Worldwide” by D’Prince and tell us what you think.

Enjoy!



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Remembering Amy Winehouse, Five Years Gone And Her Light Still Shines

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Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning today, five years ago at the age of 27. Still her light shines brightly as ever.

Amy whose life was trailed with controversy after controversy and negative headline of alcohol and drug abuse was found dead in her home in Camden Town, north London on July 23 2011.

At 27, the multiple Grammy award-winning singer sold over five-million-records worldwide, becoming one of the best singers in Britain and the world.

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Amy Winehouse lives on in her music

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While having a recording session with Tony Bennett who she has mentioned as an idol of hers, Amy revealed in her last ever interview, “I’m not a natural born performer. I’m a natural singer, but I’m quite shy, really. You know what it’s like?”

“I don’t mean to be sentimental or soppy but its a little bit like being in love, when you can’t eat, you’re restless, it’s like that. But then the minute you go on stage, everything’s OK. The minute you start singing.” She concluded.

After her sad and untimely death, Tony Bennet joined stars and fans the world over in eulogizing her with his words describing her as an extraordinary musician.

Bennet said, “She was an extraordinary musician with a rare intuition as a vocalist.”

Amy’s bestfriend, Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace also shared a message on Twitter for her late-bestfriend as she expressed how much she missed the singer.

A British-made biopic titled Amy was made after the late-singer and it went on to win the reputable prize of Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Oscars though her father, Mitch Winehouse described the movie as a “sham”, according to MirrorUK.

Mitch said: “It’s gratifying to know that people still love Amy, and they love her music, and they love her as a person. But the anger around the film hasn’t abated. It’s just a very negative image and portrayal of Amy and her family.”

He wasn’t pleased the movie misrepresented Amy and cast her in a bad light while failing to mention the great things she had accomplished such as her clothes designs and philanthropy.

To celebrate her legacy and help raise money for her foundation, The Amy Winehouse Foundation, Mr Winehouse will be performing at London’s Pizza Express Jazz Club, Sunday, (July, 24) where he’ll be singing songs they both love.

Keep RIP Amy Winehouse, your legacy lives on in your music.

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Amy Winehouse immortalised with a life-size bronze statue in Camden

Read: Adele Says Amy Winehouse’s Death Made Her Scared Of Fame

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Hans-Joachim Watzke : “Mario Gotze Will Return Back To His Best At Dortmund” 

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​Borussia Dortmund’s general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke is expecting Mario Gotze to get back to his very best following his return to the club.

“We’re convinced that our coach will get Mario back to the level he was once at,” Watzke told Germany’s Bild newspaper.

“In Munich, Mario started to think a bit too much about his football and that certainly saw some of his natural instinctiveness disappear.” 

Along with Gotze, the 2015/16 Bundesliga runner-ups have also added Andre Schurrle to their squad after the forward’s transfer from Wolfsburg was confirmed on Friday. 

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We Did Not Ask Athletes To Fund Their Way To Rio Olympics – Sports Minister

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The Minister of Youths and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, has reacted to rumours spreading on social media like wildfire that ‘Nigerian athletes going to the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil were urged to buy their own air tickets.’

Dalung, while dispelling the allegation, stressed that the letter – which disseminated the rumour – was not from the ministry and vowed to investigate the writer.

READ ALSO: Rio 2016 Olympics: Nigeria Tells Athletes To Find Their Own Way To Brazil

He disclosed this in a statement signed by his media aide, Nneka Anibeze, which was posted on his Facebook account.

The minister explained that the Director, High Performance, Angie Taylor has been given the task of arranging for the flights and movement of the foreign based athletes to and from Rio.

He said, “We did not write any mail asking athletes to pay their way to Rio. As the overseers of sports in the country, it is our duty to take care of all our athletes. The letter did not come from us and we will investigate the writer of that letter.

“It does not represent our stand concerning the movement of athletes to Rio and the writer or anybody asking athletes to buy their tickets to Rio will be investigated. We ask Nigerians and athletes in particular to disregard the mail.”

He, however, tasked athletes to focus on their build-up to the Rio games.

News had earlier claimed that some of the athletes representing the country at the Olympics in Rio were told to source fund through the social media in order to pay for their air tickets.

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Gonzalo Higuain Having Medical At Juventus Ahead Of £79 Million Transfer 

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​Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain has undergone a medical at Juventus and has agreed to join the Serie A champions.  

 Juventus remain in negotiations about a potential deal for the 28-year-old Argentina international, whose buyout clause is almost £79m.

Higuain, who joined Napoli from Real Madrid in 2013, has two years remaining on his contract in Naples. He ended the 2015/16 season as the top scorer in Serie A with 36 goals. 

Both Arsenal and Atletico Madrid have been credited with an interest in Higuain’s services this summer but it would appear Juventus are now poised to win the race for his signature. 

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Celtic Close To Completing Signing Of Kolo Toure 

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​Scottish Champions Celtic will complete the signing of former Liverpool defender Kolo Toure this weekend, subject to a medical 

Toure, 35, capped over 100 times by Ivory Coast, worked under Brendan Rodgers during his time at Anfield and was released by Liverpool this summer 

Rodgers has made only one signing since his arrival in Glasgow – bringing in Moussa Dembele from Fulham
Should the deal go through, Toure would be available for the third round Champions League qualifier against Astana in Kazakhstan next week.

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Arsenal Set To Make £41 Million Bid For Riyad Mahrez 

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​Riyad Mahrez has agreed to join Arsenal from Leicester City in a 50million euro (£41.8m) move, according to Eurosport in France.

Claudio Ranieri had said earlier in the week that the 25-year-old PFA Player of the Year was happy at the King Power Stadium, but it now looks as though he may be set to lose another of his star men following N’Golo Kante’s departure to Chelsea. 

The Algerian enjoyed a memorable 2015/16 season, scoring 17 goals as the Foxes won the Premier League title.

Last August, he signed a new contract worth around £35,000-a-week but his performances have led to considerable interest from several clubs.

Manager Claudio Ranieri was quizzed about Mahrez’s future during the week and was confident he would stay at the club.

He said: “Everybody here is happy and, yes, he ­[Mahrez] wants to stay. 

“No other players will go away – we will stay together. Riyad will stay with us for all of the years.”

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Antonio Conte Tells Roman Abrahimovic That He Needs 5 More  Signings 

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​Antonio Conte has told Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich he needs five more signings to make the Blues title contenders, according to the Mirror.

The paper reports that Conte laid out his demands in a two-hour meeting with Abramovich, director Marina Granovskaia and technical director Michael Emenalo.

Chelsea have already signed Michy Batshuayi and N’Golo Kante this summer.  

Conte fears he will have no chance of leading Chelsea to the title if his squad is not drastically improved and wants new signings in ALL departments

The crunch hotel talks took place last Saturday night in Austria after Chelsea’s 2-0 friendly defeat to Rapid Vienna.

That was Conte’s first look at some of his squad in match action and a fresh discussion about their transfer plans followed.

Chelsea failed to invest sufficiently last summer and had a disastrous season, finishing 10th a season after they cruised to the league title.

Conte is desperate to avoid a repeat and with Chelsea’s rivals like Manchester United and Manchester City spending big the Italian is pressing the Blues to also splash the cash to stand any chance of regaining the title.

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Sunderland Annouce David Moyes As New Manager 

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​Sunderland have confirmed the appointment of David Moyes as their new manager.

David Moyes signed a four-year deal with Sunderland 

Moyes has not been in management since being sacked by Real Sociedad in November and revealed he was delighted to be back in the Premier League.

“I am delighted to have joined Sunderland. I am relishing the challenge and excited by the opportunity,” Moyes told the club’s official website.  

“I have taken over a big British club, with a great support and I’m looking forward to working in the Premier League again. 

“I look forward to continuing the good work done by Sam.”
Chairman Ellis Short welcomed Moyes to the club and said the 53-year-old was the Black Cats’ top target.

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome David Moyes to Sunderland, who was by far and away our first choice,” said Ellis.

“He is a man whose football pedigree speaks for itself and is someone I have long admired. I have spoken with him on many occasions and I have always been hugely impressed.

“He was my number one managerial target for the last five appointments, but his desire to honour existing contracts meant we were not able to bring him to Sunderland previously.

“To be able to finally welcome him as our manager is fantastic news for the club.  

“The fact that David has committed to a four-year deal is a clear demonstration of his belief in what he can achieve here.”

Moyes will be in attendance for Sunderland’s pre-season friendly at Rotherham on Saturday and will fly out with the rest of the squad to France this weekend.

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JAMB And Admission Criteria (Must Read)

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The raging controversy over what criteria should be used to admit candidates into tertiary institutions and who determines it is unnecessary and embarrassing as it advertises Nigeria as a nation without a clear system and without standards.

READ ALSO: JAMB Unveils Portal For Admission Status | Check Yours Here

For more than five decades, universities and other tertiary institutions in the country have taken in students without any hitch. It is, therefore, incomprehensible that the 2016 admission exercise is so mired in crisis.Indeed, contrary to claims, the scrapping of post-UTME tests is not enough to cause chaos in this year’s admission process. Prior to the introduction of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and its allied post-UTME which came much later, tertiary institutions in the country were admitting candidates without contention. Qualified candidates applied to the individual institutions and the best were offered admission.

The final authority on admission should be the Senate of each university and not JAMB. JAMB’s assignment should end with the conduct of the entrance examination and release of the results. The institutions have the legal right to admit qualified and suitable candidates based on their established standards as part of their autonomy.

READ ALSO: JAMB Clarifies On ‘Point System’, Issues Criteria For Admission Into Nigerian Universities

The setting of a flat cut-off mark of 180 by JAMB is also an aberration. Ideally, JAMB, after releasing its results, should allow the universities to determine their minimum cut-off marks, which ought to vary from one institution to another as the difference between institutions distinguishes them. All the universities cannot, therefore, have the same standard or adopt the same criteria for admission.

The current contention arose after JAMB was alleged to have approved a point system as an option for admission, insisting that the Federal Government gave the nod. It, however, stated that the point system being peddled was a mere illustration. The point system, of course, has been in use by some institutions for some time in place of the post-UTME.

But JAMB clarified the position that rather than resort to the much-touted point system, the Federal Government had approved the re-enforcement of the admission guidelines as recognised by law. The three admission pillars, according to JAMB, are merit, catchment area and educationally disadvantaged states. But that is stating the obvious for there has never been a time the so-called three pillars were ignored in the admission process. Even at that, the concept of “educationally disadvantaged states” needs to be redefined since every state of the federation now has no less than two universities.

READ ALSO: Is JAMB Distancing Self From Points System Option For Screening?

The nation will, however, return to the old order by re-introducing Advanced Levels (A/L). Age is an important issue when it comes to tertiary level education because there is little supervision of the student. Only a mind that is fully developed with a vision of what he or she wants can’t easily be influenced. The prevalence of cults in Nigeria’s educational institutions is partly due to the immaturity of the students.

The universities should be allowed to brand their admission the way they want. In the United States and UK, there is the scholastic aptitude test (SAT) and A/Levels, that some universities require a certain grade as precondition for admission. The monopoly of university admission by JAMB has lowered the admission standards and that is why 180 score over 400 is deemed acceptable for admission. Nigeria with its current educational system is merely promoting mediocrity in a world where competition is keen and there is no room for sloppiness of skills.

This newspaper insists that the very low cut-off mark for entrance into Nigerian universities is deplorable and can never produce the best brains the country needs. With standards so low, this country is only institutionalising mediocrity.

There must be a sensible way of setting standards. One is to go back to advanced Level system in which higher school certificate education of two or more years prepare all students for university.

University education is about excellence. But Nigerian universities have been reduced to less than their worth. Nigeria cannot excel when all universities are placed on the same level. Again, each university should be free to set its minimum entry point based on the standard it has set for itself.

Source: The Guardian

READ ALSO:JAMB Issues New Guidelines For 2016/2017 Varsity Admission

READ ALSO:JAMB Issues Admission Modalities Into Federal, State And Private Universities (2016/17)

READ ALSO:FG Officially Cancels Post-UTME, Threatens Sanctions

READ ALSO: JAMB: Nigerian Govt Scraps Post UTME, Pegs Cut-Off Points At 180

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Watch African All Stars’ Renditions At The One Africa Music Fest

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The highly anticipated One Africa Music Fest finally took place, Friday, (July, 22) after keeping Africans on edge.

Broadcasted live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and presented by Upfront & Personal the event began at 7PM EST and was livestreamed on TIDAL as members tuned in for an unforgettable night of Afrobeat and Afropop music.

The One Africa Music Fest which was hosted by one of Africa’s finest RnB artistes, Banky W, opened its gate to its American audience for the first time as it held its first U.S concert.

The festival had a throng of Africa’s biggest names on its performers list as the crowd were wowed with live rendition from Nigeria all stars such as, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Banky W, Flavour,  Davido, Seun Kuti, Don Jazzy, Timaya, Praiz, and Ayo Jay.

Other African stars who graced the stage with amazing performances that got the crowd dancing non-stop included, Stonebwoy, Wale, Diamond Platnumz, Machel Montano, Jidenna and more.

Read: The count down has begun! 4 weeks to One Africa Music Fest At Barclays Center, New York

Watch The One Africa Music Fest here.

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Why I Ordered The Beheading Of Todays Prints MD – Herbalist

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A 37-year-old herbalist, Asimiyu Agboola – the mastermind behind the killing of the Managing Director of Todays Prints LTD, Olalekan Ogunranti, who was kidnapped on May 16, 2016 in Osun state – has stated why he carried out the nefarious act.

Agboola, who is better known as Alhaji, was among the five suspects arrested on Tuesday by the Inspector-General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team in connection to Ogunranti’s death.

READ ALSO: 5 Suspects Arrested Over Murder Of Todays Prints MD

The four other suspects cooling off in the custody of the police in Osun State are Adesina Muyideen, 27, Ramoni Afolabi, 37, Akeem Akorede, aka Jaruf, 32, and Coker Daniel, 28.

The suspects Asimiyu Agboola, Adesina Meyidan, Ramoni Afolabi, and Akeem Akorede

The suspects Asimiyu Agboola, Adesina Meyidan, Ramoni Afolabi, and Akeem Akorede

During his confessional statement to reporters, Alhaji, who owns a shrine at No. 8, Oloti area in Iragbiji, of the state, disclosed that Ogunranti was his client before his death.

However, the deceased was swindled of about N3 million; in order to prevent him from spilling out the beans, he had to order his boys to murder him.

Daniel Coker led the police to the remains of Today’s Print MD

Daniel Coker led the police to the remains of Today’s Print MD

Here is an excerpt of the narration as published by The Punch Newspaper, below:

Alhaji, seen as an expert in the cure of diabetes and fibroid, said the deceased was brought to his office sometime in March by two of his customers, Ramoni and Akorede, for help, which he rendered.

He began, “Five days after they mentioned him to me, they came with Ogunranti and after listening to him. I gave him a bill of N90,000 and gave him drugs and he left.

“Normally, we assess customer’s financial status before giving them bill. So I asked him to pay that amount because the people that brought him said he was rich. I removed N20,000, which is the real cost of the drugs, and shared the balance of N70,000 into two.”

Perhaps that was the beginning of their business relationship. Alhaji, who is married with children, recalled that 20 days after their first meeting, Ogunranti called back and sounded excited, because the drug he gave him worked and that his situation had improved.

“He requested to come and see me again and I said no problem,” Alhaji continued, “As soon as he came, he was so excited and promised to bring more customers. After the discussion, he said he wanted something that would make him rich. I told the people who brought him and they suggested that he must be a good victim to extort. So, I had to play along.

“I told them that I could do it, and that there were two categories of money ritual. The first was to get money and put it in a bag after some important rituals, and the money would multiply. The second would be to construct a big box and keep it in a room. After several days of prayer, he would be picking money from the box endlessly.

Alhaji said Ogunranti chose the first option; the one that had to do with the bag, because he said he did not have a place to hide the box. Then, he gave him the needed instructions.

“Two weeks later, he called that he had gathered N2.5m. I took the money and put ordinary paper and other stuffs in the bag and tied it up. I warned him not to open the bag until he was instructed to do so. I told him to return in four days with the bag. I told him that he was to bathe in a river which could be very close to where he was living. I gave him options and he chose Ijebu area. I also told him to come with N500,000 to buy more ingredients for the rituals.”

Notably, Ogunranti complained to his herbalist that he wouldn’t be able to afford to give out more money because he didn’t have money again. Alhaji assured his client that his money was on the way as they would soon conclude the preparation.

He continued, “I told him not to worry, and that he would soon be rich because what remained was not much. I told him to go back to Lagos that as soon as I got signal from the gods, he would open the bag. After 10 days, he called back, threatening to involve the government. He said he would arrest us. Then, I knew it was time to shut him up, so I called Akorede and Afolabi and we agreed to shut him up.”

That was how Ogunranti’s journey to the bottom began. Alhaji told journalists that he invited the deceased to come with N150,000 and a goat for the final sacrifice and that he would be able to use the money the moment they finished the sacrifice.

Unknown to the former MD, his herbalist had already initiated plans to eliminate him, as he had alerted and paid two cultists, Daniel and Biggie, to do the job, having helped them in the past.

“I did some incantations for them to become powerful when they were in school,” he said, adding that “I contracted them to eliminate the man. They suggested that he should be lured to a remote place where they would ambush him and kill him. “I gave them N120,000 to do the job.

“I knew the fastest way was to lure him to a river to bathe. So, we selected a river in Obokun in Osun State and I asked Olalekan (Ogunranti) to go the river and bathe as part of the final ritual. We assigned a motorcycle rider to take him to the location that we chose, while we were hiding in the bush at a distance.”

Meanwhile, Alhaji had instructed his client not to look back while having his bath and that if he did, the charm would no longer work. Painfully, that was his end.

“Ogunranti removed his cloths and started bathing when Biggie and Coker attacked him. They came to tell us they had killed him and cut off his head. I asked them where the head was and they said they had thrown it away,” he explained.

After the incident, Alhaji said his informant in the police told him the police were looking for him, thus, he had to run. He left his office and stayed in a hotel where he and his driver, Adesina, were later arrested by the police.

He however blamed the economic situation in the country for his action, saying his patronage had dropped because of the poor economy. “I’m a legitimate herbal doctor. It’s just that the situation of the country is very bad. People do not have money to buy drugs again, that is why I decided to take advantage of the situation to make money. It was when he requested for money ritual that I knew that he would be an easy prey,” he concluded.

In his own confession, Coker, son of a pastor, who hails from Auchi in Edo State and a graduate of Ondo State University, said he took to crime since he could not get a job after his National Youth Service Corps programme in 2011.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, said the suspects were arrested in Lagos and Ondo States respectively, while one of them, Coker Daniel, who is a 32-year-old graduate, led IRT operatives to Ibukun River in Ibukun local government area of Osun State where the mutilated body of the late Ogunranti was recovered. He said the body had been deposited at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso.

The statement added, “All suspects confessed they kidnapped, killed and mutilated the body of the late Olalekan Ogunranti to stop him from disturbing them over the huge sums of money they duped the deceased.

“They led the police to a bush near a river where his headless body was found. It was also discovered that his manhood were cut off. Investigation is ongoing to fish out the remaining suspects who are still at large.”

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Amber Rose Doles Out Her Opinion In Kanye West And Taylor Swift Feud

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Amber Rose shared her opinion on the social drama ensuing between Kanye West and Taylor Swift.

“I want to talk about Kim and Kanye’s Snapchat,” Rose said during Friday’s segment of her show, The Amber Rose Show which aired on VH1.

The 32-year-old said,  “I’m not the biggest fan of Kanye. But I will say this: I was next to him at the VMAs that year and … I remember the repercussions after that. I remember Taylor’s mother and father coming up to us and saying, ‘One day, Kanye, you’ll have a daughter and somebody is going to do that to you.’ He was so remorseful. I mean he really felt so bad, because it wasn’t about Taylor. It was about Beyoncé and her video … he didn’t want to interrupt Taylor – he didn’t even know who she was at the time.”

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Taylor Swift and The Wests at Grammys 2015

Read: The Amber Rose Show Is Finally Here And She Is Serving Sex, Magnum Condoms And Threesomes

She continued, “It was just a very hard time for him. I watched people say that they did not want to work with him anymore because of it. … I know that Kanye would never ever go through that again by not calling Taylor and say, ‘Heads up, I’m about to go write this verse real quick. Just wanted to make sure you’re cool with it.” I know that about Kanye.”

After showing a tinge of support for the 39-year-old rapper, Muva concluded with, “So, I say all of that to say: Why didn’t I get a phone call for using a naked wax figure in your video, Kanye? I mean, Taylor gets a call but I don’t get a call. … Please stay the f–k out of the news so I don’t need to talk about your ass anymore.”

Trust Amber, she says it as she sees it, doesn’t have time to be two-faced.

Read: Amber Rose Is Team Taylor Swift, Says The Singer Doesn’t Need Time To “Let Her P***y Rest

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Omisore Surrenders To EFCC, Agrees To Return N1.3bn

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released a former Senator and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Iyiola Omisore, after he reportedly signed an agreement to refund the over N1.3billion he allegedly received from the office of the National Security Adviser.

Omisore, who was allowed to go home on Friday, after spending about 19 days in the custody of the EFCC, was apprehended in Abuja on July 3, for allegedly collecting the huge funds from a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki – as it was traced to the accounts of five companies allegedly belonging to him.

READ ALSO: Omisore Threatens EFCC With Lawsuit, Demands N500m For Libel

The money was said to be part of the N4.7bn allegedly disbursed by a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and his two sons, Gbolahan and Babajide.

It was learnt that, the former governor of Osun state, this week, succumbed to the uncompromising pressure from the commission.

Premium Times gathered that he approached the EFCC and agreed to refund the money he was alleged to have fraudulently received.

On Friday, the EFCC granted him administrative bail after he struck a deal with the commission to refund the N1.3billion in instalments.

He paid the first instalment of N300million before he was allowed to go home, this newspaper learned.

Those familiar with the negotiation said before his release on Friday, Mr. Omisore issued a letter authorising his bank to release N170million to the EFCC, being the entire amount in his frozen account.

He also gave the anti-graft commission a draft of N130 million, bringing the first installment of the repayment plan to N300 million.

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