Conte Not In A Hurry To Offer Costa New Contract

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Antonio Conte is looking to secure a domestic double in his first season at Chelsea and doesn’t think offering Costa a new contract is the priority.

Costa still has two seasons left on his contract and rumours have it Chelsea are looking to give him a new contract.

The Spain international has been linked with a move to Tianjin Quanjian, with the CSL outfit looking to give him £30 million a year.

And despite the tempting offer, Conte is in no hurry to secure his striker at the Stamford Bridge.

“I don’t know about this situation because I think now it’s very important to be focused on the present and not to look so far forward,” Conte said.

“I think now for the players, for the people who work for Chelsea, and for me it’s important to be focused on the present. At the end of the season we’ll see the situation.”

Asked if he was confident of keeping Costa he said: “Yes, I’m confident, but I repeat now it’s important to keep the great concentration for the present.

“Tomorrow’s game against Wolverhampton is the present. We must go into the next round and then, I repeat, this situation will be better to face at the end of the season.”

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Conte Not In A Hurry To Offer Costa New Contract

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Antonio Conte is looking to secure a domestic double in his first season at Chelsea and doesn’t think offering Costa a new contract is the priority.

Costa still has two seasons left on his contract and rumours have it Chelsea are looking to give him a new contract.

The Spain international has been linked with a move to Tianjin Quanjian, with the CSL outfit looking to give him £30 million a year.

And despite the tempting offer, Conte is in no hurry to secure his striker at the Stamford Bridge.

“I don’t know about this situation because I think now it’s very important to be focused on the present and not to look so far forward,” Conte said.

“I think now for the players, for the people who work for Chelsea, and for me it’s important to be focused on the present. At the end of the season we’ll see the situation.”

Asked if he was confident of keeping Costa he said: “Yes, I’m confident, but I repeat now it’s important to keep the great concentration for the present.

“Tomorrow’s game against Wolverhampton is the present. We must go into the next round and then, I repeat, this situation will be better to face at the end of the season.”

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Spence Jr Looking Forward To Fighting At Bramall Lane

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Errol Spence Jr is looking to win the IBF welterweight title in grand style and believes winning at Bramall Lane in front of 30,000 fans is the way to go.

The mandatory challenger, who is unbeaten is going to be fighting Brook in Britain, with the boxer’s home ground of Sheffield United a proposed venue for the fight expected to happen May 27.

Spence Jr believes going to the champion’s home ground is what true fighters do and it is a part of the job.

Spence Jr said: “I’m old school. I don’t care where I fight. I’ve got to do what Kell did when he came to America to beat Shawn Porter for the title and that is what I plan on doing.

“Fighting in front of 30,000 people will be electrifying and a great event.

“I don’t think Kell’s fought anyone like me before. I’m faster and hit harder than other welterweights he has faced.

“I believe I may have Kell’s number, great champion that he is.

“I want everyone in the UK to make sure they come to the fight or watch it on TV because it’s two fighters in their prime, so it’s going to be exciting. It is going to be a war.”

Spence Jr says speculation about Brook’s weight is not an issue for him and has shown great respect to the Sheffield man.

“The truth about the GGG fight was a true 160-pounder beat a 147-pounder,” he added. “Kell showed a lot of heart and came back a little bit before being overrun.

“I don’t know if he has made a mistake coming back down to welterweight or not. That would be up to his camp. A lot of fighters walk around well above their weight. I walk around at 170lbs.

“I do believe Kell will bring out the best in me. So far I haven’t faced anyone who can push me enough for me to show my true skills.

“I might be the underdog but it’s understandable. He’s the champ and I don’t take anything from him. But I’m 100 per cent focused and confident.”

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Haye: It Is Going To Be A Brutal Night For Bellew

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David Haye says if Tony Bellew wants to avoid a brutal defeat against him, he’ll have to change the way he fights.

The former heavyweight champion, 36, is back in Britain ahead of his grudge match against Bellew at The O2 on March 4.

Bellew has repeatedly criticised Haye’s training camp in Miami, which he has brushed off, insisting the Liverpool man better change his fighting style to avoid an early defeat.

“I don’t know what he is going to do,” Haye told Sky Sports News HQ. “I’m looking forward to seeing, I hope he does bring his A-game.

“I hope he does do something I’m not expecting, because if he doesn’t, if the usual Tony Bellew turns up, it’s going to be pretty brutal, pretty fast. It’s going to be very bad for his health.”

“I’m in a really happy, positive place and I’m not looking forward to his dark energy coming,” said Haye.

“If you just listen to him, he’s just angry and moaning and moody. I don’t like that vibe. I like to stay well away from negative people as possible and he’s very negative.

“Come the fight, you’re going to see the darkness versus the light and you’re going to see someone who is really, really positive, someone who is sharp, who watches their diet, who really takes care of themselves versus someone who – you just look at his physique – it says all you need to know about him.

“He doesn’t live the life. He says he does, he talks it, but look at his body and you can see you have obviously been eating something you shouldn’t.

“He obviously wasn’t training as hard as he should have been. If I didn’t train and I just ate junk food all day long, I would have the same body as he would, that’s plain and simple.”

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It’s Official! JAMB 2017 UTME To Hold In May

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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) will hold in May this year.

The announcement was made today by the JAMB spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, through the Board’s Twitter handle @JAMBHQ.

In the tweet, he revealed that the actual dates will be announced soon, adding that candidates should beware of false dates and fraudsters.

“2017 UTME is scheduled to hold in May 2017. Actual dates will be announced soon. Beware of false dates and fraudsters,” he said.

In the meantime, JAMB registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede has explained why an unusual delay has preceded the sales of application forms.

JAMB Uncovers ‘Fake’ Websites Defrauding Unsuspecting Nigerians

He said the ongoing switch-over in the major thrust of the sale of form which is the scratch card to direct payment into the Treasury Single Account (TSA) was responsible for the delay.

He said: “We are changing the major trust of the sale which is the scratch card. Candidates used to buy scratch cards to access the forms online and that has been abused thoroughly.

“What we want to do is for students to pay directly to government coffers and we are working out the process of doing so to avoid the type of abuse that it has been subjected to. So, we want to sell directly and to make sure that candidates pay into TSA account.”

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JAMB Uncovers ‘Fake’ Websites Defrauding Unsuspecting Nigerians

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Thursday uncovered some ‘deceptive’ websites with activities that have great tendencies to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

JAMB Set To Announce Sale Of 2017 UTME Form | Expects 1.7 Million Candidates

Decrying the activities of these websites in a statement, Prof. Ish-aq Oloyede, JAMB Registrar said such websites were being used to solicit payments for malpractices in the forthcoming 2017 JAMB examination.

“Special attention is drawn to the continuous advertisement soliciting for payments for malpractice services for the forthcoming 2017 JAMB examination by;www.askjamb.com,’’ he said.

Oloyede lamented that the website had continued to advertise help for candidates with JAMB 2017 live questions and planned malpractice offers to candidates, including help within the examination hall.

The Registrar also called on relevant authorities to ensure that the websites were brought down and their perpetrators brought to justice.

Beware! Fraudsters Now Selling Fake JAMB Forms Nationwide

Explaining further that JAMB uncovered the fraudulent websites in January, Oloyede said the board had liaised with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to suspend some of the domain.

2017 UTME: JAMB Issues New Guidelines For Registration, CBT Centres

He thanked NITDA for taking swift action, but added that there was still much to be done.

“We would like to note that the following domains remain active:www.jambresults.org.ng,www.askjamb.com and www.jamborgng.info,’’ he said.

The JAMB Boss also pleaded with the public to be careful of the websites, saying that they do not belong to JAMB.

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Naira Crashes To All Time Low Of ₦516 As Dollar Scarcity Persists

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The naira on Thursday crashed to an all time low of ₦516 per dollar at the parallel market in Lagos state from the ₦510 it sold against the greenback on Wednesday.

Naira Trades At 494/$ On Christmas Day, From 268/$ On December 25, 2015

Reports have it that those who deal with currencies on the streets of Lagos Island sold the greenback at 516 and bought same for 513 while in Egbeda, a major black market centre in Lagos, the local currency was sold for 516 and bought at 510.

The local currency also depreciated to N630 against the Pound sterling from N625 and crashed against Euro to trade at N538 from N535.

 

Economic experts are divided over the outlook for the naira this year, while some have predicted that the local currency will take further beating against the dollar this year.

The Chief Executive Officer, Financial Derivatives Limited, Mr. Bismarck Rewane, said the local currency would hit 520/dollar this year on the parallel market and touch 350/dollar at the official market.

Panic As Naira Plunges To An All Time Low Of 500 Per Dollar

An economic expert, Mr. Henry Boyo, has predicted that the naira will hit 1000/dollar on the parallel market this year if the Central Bank of Nigeria fails to review its monetary policy framework.

 

Meanwhile, analysts have predicted that the naira will face fresh pressure on the parallel market next week with dollar supply falling short of demand by persons seeking currency to pay school fees abroad as the CBN continues to ration forex for businesses.

The Naira Is Dead: Lets Redenominate The Currency Before Its Too Late

Demand for dollars has soared even though the external reserves have reached $29bn.

The naira continues to trade flat at the official interbank window at 305.5 to the dollar.

 

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Zidane : Bale Will Play Against Espanyol

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Gareth Bale’s long awaited return to the pitch is expected to come against Espanyol, Zidane has confirmed.

The Wales star has been out of action since November 22 and was expected to feature against Napoli after returning to training this week.

And the former Tottenham star will be back on the pitch at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, although it remains unlikely that he will start.

“Bale will be in the squad and the idea is for him to have some minutes,” Zidane told a news conference on Friday. “He’s excited to be with us and we’re happy to have him, although we still have two or three who have injuries. Nearly everyone is ready.

“Bale is an important player. We know his quality, his speed, the damage he can cause the opposition. I’m happy to have him but he’s even happier to be back with the team and ready to play.”

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Appeal Court Sacks Makarfi, Declares Ali-Modu Sheriff As PDP National Chairman

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has declared a former Governor of Borno State, Ali-Modu Sheriff, as the authentic Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

According to the ruling of the Port Harcourt division of the Appeal court on Friday, Sheriff, a faction leader of the opposition party, is the legitimate Chairman.

A three-man panel of justices – Justice B.G Sanga, Justice A.B Gumel and Justice Orji Abadua – set aside the judgement delivered by Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court in Rivers State who recognized former Kaduna State governor, Ahmed Makarfi, as the leader of the party.

The verdict by the Court is one in a series of judgments on the impasse.

Liman had sacked Sheriff as chairman of the PDP, while the Abuja division of the court, presided over by Okon Abang had declared Makarfi’s caretaker committee as illegal.

Due to the conflicting judgments by the lower courts, both parties went to appeal to seek redress.

However, NAN reports that one of the Appeal court members, Justice Orji Abadua dismissed all the judgment of the other judges.

She held that the PDP national convention was in line with the 2012 amended PDP constitution and not an abuse of court process.

The judge after setting aside the decisions of the other judges, stated that Ali-Modu Sheriff  had no powers to cancel PDP national convention and awarded N100, 000 cost against Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff.

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Insigne: A Comeback Against Madrid Is Possible

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Lorenzo Insigne is not giving up on qualifying for the quarterfinals, as he believes Napoli can turn it around against Madrid despite losing 3-1 in the first leg.

Insigne put Napoli in front with a long-range strike in the eighth minute, but fell to goals from Benzema, Kroos and Casemiro.

The attacker has credited Madrid’s experience in the UCL for the victory, but believes they can turn it around at the San Paolo.

“The result clouds the real performance, but we are alive and kicking, you will see,” Insigne told Corriere dello Sport.

“Napoli will amaze you. We’ll find ourselves again, the side the people are accustomed to seeing. I also want to add that the 3-1 result lulls you into a false sense of security, because the gap was not so wide on the night.

“Real Madrid players are at the top level, but they are not monsters. We lacked something, perhaps a certain calm needed to express ourselves in our usual style, but there were times where we were able to pass it around and create chances.

“We are the same Napoli side who went unbeaten in 18 matches. The side who went into the break 1-1 with Real Madrid.

“I don’t think it was the stadium, but rather the fact Real are more accustomed to playing this type of match. They have it in their DNA and have won every trophy.

“We are on the right track, but still need to grow and to do that we have to go through games and disappointments like this.”

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Thieves, Madness And The Nation

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Thieves, Madness And The Nation, By Jibrin Ibrahim

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Nigeria is suffering from a real crisis related to the scale of theft of public resources that is beyond all logic and can only be equated to madness. For decades, some public officials have been stealing billions of naira and subsequently some of them graduated into stealing billions of dollars. In the process, they have completely lost sight of rationality; that is, how much can you reasonably spend in your lifetime and the lifetimes of your children?! Two million dollars, for example, is over one billion naira and there is no way a family can reasonable spend one billion naira in their lifetimes. I say ‘reasonably’ because, of course, one can spend one billion naira renting planes and buying houses that are too big for a family to live in. It is the disappearance of reasonableness that I find extremely alarming.

This piece was written by Jibrin Ibrahim. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

We have it on judicial authority that the former Delta State governor, James Ibori, is a thief. Specifically, Mr. Ibori was convicted of corruption and money laundering on April 17, 2012, after five years of trial by the Southwark Crown Court in the United Kingdom, and sentenced to 13 years in prison. The whole world knows that, and yet he was bold enough to go for thanksgiving in his church and say that he is not a thief; that his enemies were simply maligning him. This happened when Mr. Ibori returned to Nigeria after serving a jail term in the United Kingdom for corruption and the theft of public funds.

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During the special thanksgiving held in his honour at the First Baptist Church in Oghara, Delta State last Sunday, Mr. Ibori said he was wrongly accused and that he was truly hurt by the anguish his people went through because of the long absence of their hero. He told them that: “They want me to go to the corner where I won’t be seen. Today, I have decided to speak for myself. I am not a thief; I cannot be a thief. Today is the day they say I should give testimony to God. For those who know me, you know that my life is a testimony itself. I have said it over and again that my life is fashioned by God, directed by God, sealed, acknowledged and blessed by God. I believe that since the day I was born.” This is the other element of madness that I find unbelievable.

People will break God’s commandments, do the ungodly and confidently declare God to be on their side. I find it difficult for someone who believes in God to act this way because the first principle is that God knows what you have done, and although human beings can sometimes succeed in deceiving other human beings, they cannot deceive God. The only real explanation I can think of is that they do not really believe in God.

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Just before starting to write this column, I saw a video clip distributed on WhatsApp by the friends and colleagues of Andrew Yakubu, the former Group Managing Director of NNPC, giving testimonies of his life as a good Christian and an excellent professional. I remember when I met him once in a mutual friend’s house, he spent a lot of time talking about his devotion to God. At the same time, he would see no contradiction in being found with almost ten million dollars, which had obviously been taken from public coffers. I remember that when the discovery was made, a number of people from his zone in Southern Kaduna were complaining bitterly that he had never done anything for his community, had no record of helping people, and yet was hiding all this money he and his family would not have been able to spend.

The Federal Government announced a few days ago that its whistle-blower policy has started yielding fruits and has so far led to the recovery of US$151 million and 8 billion naira in looted funds. According to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the amount does not include the $9.2 million in cash found with Andrew Yakubu. The monies were recovered from just three sources through whistle-blowers who gave actionable information to the office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation.

Ibori And A Nation United By Corruption

This means that relations and friends of looters of funds are releasing information so that they would get their slice of the cake, which is between 2.5 and 5 percent of the amount recovered. When I heard about this inducement, I had laughed it off thinking people would not take it seriously. As usual, I was underestimating the greed of some Nigerians. I now think this policy should be widely publicised so that more looted funds would be recovered. The whistle-blower policy is only about two months old and so much money has already been recovered. From all indications, only a very small amount of stolen money has been recovered so far. The capacity of some of our people to engage in mega looting is indeed scandalous.

I think some basic civic education is necessary for the Nigerian elite. The most important one is to send as many people as possible to long jail terms for corruption. That is the ultimate lesson that can teach people that corruption is bad. This approach is the most effective because many corrupt Nigerians are convinced that God is on their side, so lessons on morality and ethics cannot be effective.

All Hail James Ibori, The Kleptomaniac “Redeemer”

The second lesson would be for the National Orientation Agency to trace the home communities of all confirmed mega looters and organise seminars and rallies on how such people have done so much harm to the nation. Its difficult to succeed but seeing the way Ibori was received at home, we cannot fold our hands and say communities have the right to welcome thieves with a 21-gun salute and mega feasting. Finally, we should open a register in what should be called the NATIONAL HALL OF SHAME, where the names and the terrible deeds of mega thieves would be displayed. The information on the register should be used to teach this history to our children, now that we have decided to re-introduce the teaching of history in our schools.

A professor of Political Science and development consultant/expert, Jibrin Ibrahim is a Senior Fellow of the Centre for Democracy and Development, and Chair of the Editorial Board of PREMIUM TIMES.

This piece was written by Jibrin Ibrahim. 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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Madrid Is Home For Morata, Says Zidane

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Zinedine Zidane is eager to keep Alvaro Morata at Real Madrid and will be starting him against Espanyol.

The striker has been frustrated with the lack of game time at Real Madrid and could leave in the summer. He also stated he would have rejected a move back to Real Madrid had there not been a buy-back clause in the contract.

Zidane has confirmed that the Spain international will face Quique Sanchez Flores’ side from the start and has assured him it will not be his only chance to impress across 90 minutes for the remainder of the season.

“I would not like it if Morata wanted to go at the end of the season,” he told a news conference. “He’s had fewer minutes, fewer than Karim, but he has had them. This is his home.

“He’ll play from the start and it’s not the last game in which he’ll play from the start. But you can’t stop that – there will always be players who have more minutes than others.”

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Conte Confirms Solanke Wants To Leave

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that youngster Dominic Solanke wants to leave the club.

The 19-year-old’s contract will expire in the summer and a new contract is yet to be agreed and Liverpool are interested in the striker.

Solanke, who is a product of Chelsea’s academy has only made one appearance for the top team.

“I think [he will leave], I am not sure, but I think this is his will,” Conte said at a news conference at Cobham Training Centre. “It is best to ask him why. For me, it is very difficult to answer this question because I have only been working with Chelsea for seven months.

“I think for a young player to play in a great team like Chelsea is a great opportunity. I have spoken with him to try to understand his decision. It is normal. We must have a great respect for every decision.

“His contract expires in June and he has the choice to stay with Chelsea or to go away. I wish him and his family the best.”

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Joshua: Trash Talk Is Not Needed

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Anthony Joshua is respecting Wladimir Klitschko and says there is no need for trash talk ahead of their Wembley bout.

The IBF heavyweight champion is facing the Ukrainian with his belt on the line and the WBA and IBO title also on the line.

Klitschko has praised Joshua for the respect he has received, which is quite different from the reception he has received from previous British opponents.

Klitschko received little respect from Tyson Fury and David Haye previously but he’s getting plenty of it from the 27-year-old.

Joshua told Sky Sports News HQ: “You’re not dealing with two novices – I don’t need to talk about what I’m going to do and how I’m going to knock him out.

“You know Wladimir Klitschko and you’re getting to know Anthony Joshua. The fight speaks volumes for itself. I don’t need to talk reckless about what this fight’s about.

“I’m not perfect but I have my ways about me and I was raised with conduct and discipline, that’s just who I am. I would rather defend my corner than provoke it.

“Everyone’s saying we’re friends and stuff. Yeah, the respect’s there. I never expected to compete with Wladimir so he’s someone where I can say I’m going to analyse what he’s about.

“But now we’re fighting? Trust me, let that first jab hit me or hit him. It changes. In films, when they taste blood and you see red, it’s a fight. That’s what I train to do and the best man will win.”

Joshua admits this is a rich period for boxing’s heavyweight division at present and is relishing his chance to add more titles to his collection.

Asked if it is an exciting time, the 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight champion added: “Yeah, you can hear it in my voice.

“At heavyweight in general, Tyson Fury did a great job in beating Klitschko and he needs to get back in the ring doing what he does best.

“But right now, with or without Tyson Fury, this division is hot. It always has been and it always will be.

“It was a matter of time (before Joshua got his world title shot). This time has come earlier than expected but it was always going to happen for me. Now that I’m here, I feel comfortable.”

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Lacazette: We Are Keeping A Close Eye On What Memphis Is Capable Of

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Alexandre Lacazette is not willing to say if Memphis Depay will be a Ligue 1 success, but has praised his power and technique.

Memphis did not feature in the UEL tie against AZ, due to being cup tied, but Lacazette scored a brace in the 4-1 win.

The former Manchester United winger’s form has not been consistent, as he was criticised for his play in the 2-0 loss to Saint-Etienne, but made up for that with a sublime performance against Nancy, scoring a fine goal.

His offensive colleague, though, is willing to wait before passing judgement.

“I think that Memphis is a good player, but we’ll have to wait and see what he can bring to the team before the end of the season,” the striker told Goal.

“He has strength, is a technical player and has a good deal of experience because he plays for the Netherlands team and he played at Manchester United. He’ll bring us all that.”

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Casting Call: Do You Have What It Takes To Be The Next Big Thing On TV?

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Platinum Plus TV is calling on all future presenters to take over TV.

Presenters/Media personalities are being created everyday.

Africa now has a slew of media personalities, and that doesn’t mean you can’t have your space.

The world is big enough for everyone to co-habit.

Seeing as we are still in first quarter of 2017, this is your chance to achieve that one thing from your New Year Resolutions list.

All you need is an opportunity, right?

Send a 60 sec’ clip of your presentation to info@platinumplustv.com

You never know what could happen.

Tell a friend, tell a brother, tell a sister, tell a colleague.

Entries close on the 28th of February 2017 at 10am.

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Thousands Of Chilean Fans Organise Protest Urging Alexis Sanchez To Quit Arsenal

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Thousands of Chilean football fans have signed up to march in protest against Alexis Sanchez remaining at Arsenal.

A Facebook event named ‘National March for Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal’ has been organised with nearly 7,000 supporters planning to campaign along the streets of Santiago – the capital of Sanchez’s home country – on March 1.

“Chileans are tired of watching one of our stars work alone so that their team can move forward,” the description of the event says.

“We do not want him to play in Madrid, not to return to Barcelona, the truth is that we do not give a damn what team to play, we just want to see him fight along with ten others to get results. No more alone.”

Sanchez is in the final 18 months of his contract at the Emirates, and there are reports that he was involved in a dressing-room row after the defeat in Germany.

The former Barcelona man has netted 20 times in all competitions this season and leads the way in the Premier League goal-scoring charts with 17 strikes.

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Liverpool Interested In Chelsea’s Teenage Striker Dominic Solanke

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Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing striker Dominic Solanke from Premier League rivals Chelsea this summer.

The 19-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance for the Blues and spent last season on loan at Eredivisie side Vitesse, where he impressed with seven goals in 25 appearances.

According to The Sun, Solanke had demanded a contract worth £50,000 a week in order to pen fresh terms with the Blues but has now told friends that he is destined for Merseyside.

Liverpool are expected to pay up to £8m in compensation for the England Under-21 international but will not meet his salary demands, instead offering him the promise of the chance to force his way into manager Jurgen Klopp‘s first-team plans.

Solanke has been with Chelsea since the age of seven.

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Paper Talk: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Rumors Today

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  • Arsenal fear Alexis Sanchez has decided to leave the club, with Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain locked in a two-way battle for his signature.
  • Arsene Wenger is preparing to leave Arsenal at the end of the season – and make a clean break from the club.
  • Everton and Leicester are eyeing Hamburg midfielder Walace.
  • Chelsea starlet Dominic Solanke is ready to join Liverpool in a stunning summer switch.
  • Alexis Sanchez plans to quit Arsenal after a furious dressing-room row following their 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich.
  • Pedro has changed his mind and is looking to stay with Chelsea after all.
  • St Etienne could face punishment from UEFA after fans threw a flare onto the Old Trafford pitch ahead of their Europa League clash with Manchester United.
  • Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho have flown to Dubai with the West Ham squad to step up their recoveries from injury.
  • Jose Mourinho has been urged to buy Atalanta star Franck Kessie by international team-mate Eric Bailly.
  • Mark Clattenburg turned down a £1m-a-season offer from China before quitting the Premier League for Saudi Arabia.
  • Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat has emerged as a shock contender to replace Mark Warburton at Rangers.
  • Manchester City have strengthened their defence against the threat of a terrorist attack by making the 55,000-seater Etihad Stadium more bombproof.
  • Daniel Sturridge was forced to sit out Liverpool’s first full day of warm weather training in La Manga having been struck down with a virus.
  • Matz Sels is hoping to seal a loan move to an English club in a bid to convince Rafa Benitez he has a future with Newcastle.
  • Brendan Rodgers believes the key to Rangers landing a top boss will be ensuring the new man has confidence and faith in the Ibrox board.
  • Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool suffered at the start of 2017 as a result of reaching the EFL Cup semi-finals and the festive schedule.
  • Arsenal have begun working on the succession plan for Arsene Wenger, but remain willing to give him more time before a definitive decision.
  • Huddersfield Town and head coach David Wagner has revealed how his team’s transformation into Premier League promotion candidates started with a box of chocolate raisins.
  • Arsenal could lose midfielder Santi Cazorla to Fenerbahce this summer with the injured Spain international now in the final six months of his Gunners deal.
  • Scott Bain is set to leave Dundee after turning down a new deal with Celtic and MK Dons lurking.
  • Rangers won’t be successful until they sort it out at the top, says Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers.

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Do You Have A Great Script You’d Like to Turn Into A Movie?

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Platinum Plus TV is inviting script writers, story tellers to send in their works or passion pieces

Nollywood is becoming more and more insatiable for good movie scripts.

Seeing as we are still in first quarter of 2017 and you’ve prayed, fasted that your dreams of getting your work to a wider audience will come to pass.

Or you have a fresh captivating story to tell the world.

This could be your answer.

Send your scripts, treatments, synopsis and character bible to info@platinumplustv.com

You never know what could happen.

Pick up your laptop now, open that folder you’ve locked up for a while and send in your work.

Tell a friend, tell a brother, tell a sister, tell a colleague.

Entries close on the 28th of February 2017 at 10am.

Watch the Platinum Plus TV Promo below

 

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Wenger Dismisses Talk Of Retirement

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Arsene Wenger has denied talks that he will be retiring as manager at the end of the season, but didn’t say if he’ll remain at Arsenal.

The frenchman has been at Arsenal for 21 years now, but has a contract that will expire at the end of the season and it doesn’t look like he’ll be signing an extension.

Speculation over his future has grown since the loss to Chelsea and intensified after the 5-1 humiliation at the hands of Bayern.

The Frenchman insisted on Friday that he will not retire, but he did not confirm he will remain in his current post.

“No matter what happens, I will manage next season whether that is here or somewhere else,” he said.

“It is important for the club to make the right decision for the future. I have not worked here for 20 years not to care.

“I had many opportunities to go somewhere else but I care for this club and its future. It is important to be in safe hands.”

He refused to be perturbed by speculation, however.

“I am used to it. I’ve been here for 20 years. In life, it is important to do what is right. I am in a public job and I must accept that. Everybody can have an opinion,” he added.

“If I said March, April, it is because I didn’t know. I do not want to comment [on my future]. My future is not important, the team is and Arsenal Football Club.

“We have to focus on real problems, the way we play football and not my future.”

The former Monaco boss did admit, however, that the midweek loss stung.

“I hate defeat, I hate to lose games. I have a big responsibility at this club. It is difficult to take but I have the strength and experience.”

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Nigerian Govt Releases N775m For 2018 National Population Census

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The Federal Government has released over N775m for the conduct of Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD), exercise throughout the country in preparation for the 2018 national population census.

This is just as the FG announced the inclusion of religion and ethnicity in the 2018 census data as against the conduct of the 2006 housing and population census.

The chairman of the National Population Commission, Chief Eze Duruiheoma (SAN), made this known at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, February 16, 2017.

He said: “Now, on the question of some of the things missing in the last census; well, we are making a commitment about improving on what might have happened in the past. Some of these things are there. We intend to improve on them.

“I am not saying that anything went terribly bad in the past because I wasn’t even here. So, I don’t know what happened. But we want to make sure that whatever product we produce after this census would be accepted by the majority of Nigerians and that should be the test.

“Those things that ought to be there, something like religion, ethnicity and others; I know there is something controversial about them. Now, we want to engage Nigerians on some of those things. We want to let Nigerians to give us feedback on what they want or what they think because we don’t claim to know it all here.

“And that is why we have never been tired of telling you what we are doing. We tell you all that so that you can criticise us and make input. If you think any particular step we are taking is wrong, tell us. It is our duty to accept corrections.

“So, the assurance I give you is that most of those things you complained about will not be left out in the census we are contemplating.”

EAD involves the process of deploying high calibre technology to divide the country into small units that could be easily covered by a team of enumerators.

The exercise will begin on February 20 and end on March 10 2017.

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Troops Kill 6 Boko Haram ‘Suicide Bombers’ In Maiduguri

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Troops of the Nigerian Army on Thursday killed six suicide bombers who are members of the deadly Islamic sect Boko Haram.

The suicide bombers were killed after they attempted to attack Mafa checkpoint, 9 kilometer to Maiduguri, Borno state capital.

TheCable reports that the six Boko Haram militants came with three other suicide bombers who detonated their explosives at Muna motor park and Muna Dalti, a community located opposite an IDPs camp, killing two and injuring eight members of the civilian JTF.

Confirming the Muna Garage attack, the spokesman for the Borno command, Victor Isukwu, a deputy superintendent of police, said only the suicide bombers died in the attack.

“Yesterday at about 2318hrs, a suicide bomber sneaked into the midst of 13 pick up trucks loaded with goods along Maiduguri/Mafa road, said to be awaiting departure to Gamboru Ngala early hours of today and detonated IEDs strapped on self,” he said.

“The resulting Explosion razed down the parked vehicles beyond recognition. EOD/Police patrol team was promptly deployed to the scene to restore safety & normalcy.

He also confirmed that soldiers had in the night spotted some persons on motorcycle and opened fire in their direction.

In another encounter, some Boko Haram insurgents attacked an helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force, during which an airman was injured.

It was learnt that a large number of the insurgents, who attacked the Mi-17 helicopter, were repelled by the soldiers, and many of them died in an air strike.

The Boko Haram members reportedly laid ambush in Gwoza on Wednesday and thereafter attacked the NAF helicopter which was on a medical outreach to the Internally Displaced Persons’ camp in Gwoza.

The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, while confirming the incident, said:

“Our helicopter conveying personnel on medical outreach programme at Gwoza came under attack by members of the Boko Haram terrorists group. The Mi-17 helicopter was shot at several times by the insurgents. However, there was no casualty except for an airman that sustained bullet wound.

“The helicopter had departed from Maiduguri enroute the venue of a two-day medical outreach programme in Gwoza when it came under attack by the insurgents.  Nevertheless, the pilot was able to fly the helicopter safely to and from its destination to enable the outreach programme to continue uninterrupted.

“Following the attack, the NAF immediately scrambled a fighter aircraft and helicopter gunship to the location between Bama and Gwoza to neutralise the threat. Intelligent report by ground troops confirmed scores of the terrorists were killed, signifying that the air attack on the threat location was successful.”

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Nigerian Gov’t Inaugurates 24-Member National Road Safety Advisory Council [See List]

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The Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday inaugurated a 24-member National Road Safety Advisory Council for the country.

The inauguration of the body was done at the National Economic Council meeting attended by state governors, and presided over by Mr. Osinbajo.

Here are the members of the 24-member Advisory Council below:

  • Six Governors representing each geopolitical zone as follows:
  • South-West – Governor of Lagos State
  • South-East – Governor of Anambra State
  • South-South – Governor of Delta State
  • North-West – Governor of Kaduna
  • North East – Governor of Gombe
  • North-Central – Governor of Kwara State

Others include:

  • Honourable Minister of Transport
  • Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing
  • Honourable Minister of Education
  • Honourable Minister of Health
  • Honourable Minister of Environment
  • Honourable Minister of Finance
  • Honourable Minister of Justice
  • Honourable Minister of Labour and Productivity
  • Honourable Minister of Interior
  • Honourable Minister Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
  • Honourable Minister of Information and Culture
  • Honourable Minister of Budget and National Planning
  • National Security Adviser (NSA)
  • Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF)
  • President, Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA)
  • President Nigeria Society of Engineering (NSE)
  • Corp Marshall, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)

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Mourinho Hails Ibrahimovic After First United Hattrick

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Manchester United beat Saint-Etienne 3-0 in the first leg of their last-32 UEL encounter and Ibrahimovic scored all three.

Mourinho praised the veteran attacker for his contribution to the match, as he continues to impress in his first season in the Premier League.

And while Mourinho was pleased with Ibrahimovic , the clean sheet his men kept made him happier.

“He has scored so many hat-tricks in his career but this is a first for Manchester United,” the Portuguese tactician told MUTV.

“We know that it is more difficult in England, we know clearly that it is fantastic for him.

“But the important thing is the result and the important thing is that we managed a clean sheet at home, which is important, and to score three goals is a good advantage for us.

“We can try to manage with that.”

Ibrahimovic has scored an impressive 23 goals in 35 appearances in all competitions for United this season.

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