Angel Di Maria Gets One-Year Prison Sentence, Fined £1.76m For Tax Fraud While At Real Madrid

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Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria has been given a one-year prison sentence and fined 2 million euros (£1.76million) after pleading guilty to two counts of tax fraud at Real Madrid in Spain.

However, the former Manchester United forward is unlikely to spend any time behind bars though – most sentences under two years in Spain are suspended for first-time offenders.

It is understood that Di Maria agreed to a deal with Spain’s state prosecutor on Wednesday in which the former Real Madrid forward admitted to two counts of tax fraud of almost 1.3 million euros ($1.4 million) in exchange for a lighter sentence.

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In a document reviewed by The Associated Press, Di Maria’s lawyer accepted the two counts, which relate to fraud committed in 2012 and 2013. The prosecutor recommended a sentence of 16 months and a fine of nearly 800,000 euros ($890,000).

Di Maria, who currently plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain, will likely not serve any prison time because sentences of less than two years for first-time offenders are usually suspended in Spain.

His former Real team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to testify in his tax case on July 31, while Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho also has allegations of fraud against him.

Ronaldo faces no formal charge at this stage and is appearing in court as an ‘investigated person’ and could be fined as much as £37m if he is found guilty.

Also, last month, former Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao and Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao were accused by the prosecutor’s office of not paying all their taxes.

Di Maria’s deal is similar to the one struck by Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano, who was convicted of tax fraud last year and given a suspended one-year sentence.

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We Will Get All The Players We Need – Barcelona Sporting Director Robert Fernandez

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Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has insisted that he is “satisfied” with the players signed last year and is confident of further strengthening the squad this summer.

Barcelona are in need of more options ahead of the 2017-18 campaign after missing out in La Liga and the Champions League last time out, instead settling for just the Copa del Rey.

Of last summer’s recruits, only defender Samuel Umtiti earned a regular starting spot, but Fernandez claims that it is not easy persuading players to join a club where chances could be limited.

“The main difficulty we have when it comes to signing players is the greatness of this club because it means many players won’t come, as they know they will play little,” he told the club’s official magazine. “The squad will, of course, be strengthened in the positions where we need it and [those who arrive] will be important players.

“We are happy and satisfied with the signings made last year because we think that they will take important steps forward in their careers this season. Players need time to adapt because it’s not easy. They are young players.”

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Juventis Confirm Dani Alves Will Quit The Club

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Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed that Dani Alves will leave the club this summer.

Dani Alves impressed during his first and only season with the Italian giants, scoring six goals and creating seven assists.

Despite helping the team win the Serie A title and the Coppa Italia, Alves has cancelled the option of a one-year extension in Turin.

“It is not failure, motivation is important for a player,” The Mirror quotes Marotta as saying. “Dani Alves has made you want to try an alternative experience, we will make a consensual resolution, and we wish him every luck.

“Surely there is bitterness for what he said, but I confirm that there was no break.”

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Football Headlines: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Rumors This Evening

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MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

  • Spanish sources claim Lionel Messi asked Barcelona to leave for Manchester City last summer before changing his mind.
  • Manchester United’s hopes of signing Ivan Perisic could be boosted by Inter Milan’s requirement to meet Financial Fair Play obligations.
  • Besiktas believe Benfica attacker Anderson Talisca will spend another season on loan in Turkey amid reports he could join Manchester United.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

  • Chelsea have resumed their interest in Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore with Antonio Conte keen to strengthen his attacking midfield options.
  • Chelsea’s sell-on clause means they stand to earn £2.7m when Mohamed Salah completes his move from Roma to Liverpool.
  • Tottenham have been warned they have only until the end of June to agree a deal for Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

  • Mohamed Salah’s Liverpool medical is likely to take place on Thursday after the Egypt international arrived into London on Tuesday night.
  • Salah wants to take the famous No 9 shirt at Anfield when his move from Roma is completed.
  • Everton have been linked with a move for West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

  • Aston Villa are among the front-runners to sign former Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley.
  • Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez is being heavily tipped to become West Brom’s first signing of the summer.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

  • Newcastle have received indication Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham is set to snub their loan offer and join Swansea instead.
  • Tim Krul and Siem de Jong want a final chance to impress at Newcastle.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

  • Fabio Borini’s agent believes the striker will leave Sunderland after the club’s relegation from the Premier League.

WEST LONDON SPORT

  • Everton, West Ham and Newcastle are interested in Brentford star Jota.

DERBY TELEGRAPH

  • Derby fans are split over whether midfielder Will Hughes should leave the club following reports of a £8m move to Watford.

NOTTINGHAM POST

  • Former Nottingham Forest winger Oliver Burke – now playing in the Bundesliga for RB Leipzig – is being linked with a move to the Premier League.

LEICESTER MERCURY

  • West Brom have offered defender Jonny Evans a new contract amid interest from Leicester City.

THE PINK UN

  • Declan Rudd will complete a move to Preston on July 1 after cutting his ties with Norwich City.

THE DAILY ECHO

  • Jay Rodriguez looks set to finally depart Southampton this summer with West Brom keen to resurrect a £12m move.

EVENING GAZETTE

  • Reports claim Middlesbrough are one of three teams to enquire about Derby full-back Cyrus Christie.

THE STAR

  • Chris Wilder will step-up his attempt to sign a new goalkeeper before the season starts in August.
  • Sheffield Wednesday are expected to strengthen defensively but Glenn Loovens will remain a key member of the Owls’ squad.

EVENING TIMES

  • Vitor Pereira believes Bruno Alves will be worth the wait for Rangers fans after the defender agreed to join the Scottish club after the Confederations Cup.

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Workers Of 5 Kogi Tertiary Institutions Suspend Their 5-Month-Old Strike

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Workers Of 5 Kogi Tertiary Institutions Suspend Their 5-Month-Old Strike

The academic and non-academic staff in five Kogi State government-owned tertiary institutions have suspended their five-month-old strike, NAN reports.

Mr Moses Balogun, Chairman, Joint Action Committee of the tertiary institutions, who announced this on Wednesday in Lokoja, after a meeting with officials of the state government, said that the strike would be suspended “for four weeks”.

He directed the workers to resume work on Thursday, June 22.

“The workers decided to suspend the strike in the interest of the students and out of respect for the members of the governing councils of the tertiary institutions.

“The suspension is to allow government to pay arrears of workers salaries and implement tax relief packages approved by government since 2014,” Balogun said.

While sympathising with students over the impact of the strike, Balogun pleaded with the government to meet the workers’ demands to prevent them from resuming the strike.

NAN reports that the workers have been on strike since Jan. 31.

Among the workers demands are the implementation of 65 years retirement age for non-academic staff, complete investigation into certificate status of some staff and payment of salaries.

Reacting to the development, the Commissioner for Education, Mr Sunday Tolorunleke, commended the workers for suspending the strike and promised that government would fulfill its side of the agreement “within the next four weeks”.

The institutions are the Kogi State University, Ayangba, Kogi Polytechnic, Lokoja, College of Education, Ankpa, College of Education (Technical), Kabba and College of Nursing, Obangede.

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Governor Bello Disowns 2019 Re-Election Campaigners In Niger

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Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State has disowned supporters placing his posters across the state, urging him to re-contest the 2019 elections.

The disavowal was made in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Jonathan Vasta, to newsmen in Minna, the state capital.

“The governor and the entire government of Niger state are dissociating themselves from such outright contraventions that are not in the character of the administration in the state.

“The governor believes in the rule of law and will not support placing of posters in form of campaign when INEC the body constitutionally empowered to give such go ahead has not done so.’’

The statement also quoted Vatsa as saying that Bello would not encourage such distraction when he was occupied with delivering the dividends of democracy to the people as promised during his campaigns.

“The government has well-articulated restoration agenda on education through the whole school approach; infrastructural development by providing good roads and healthcare delivery.

“Others include agricultural development, youth and women empowerment and many other sectors.

“The people can see the revolutions in these sectors and this is not the time for Mr governor to be distracted by such politicking and we dissociate ourselves from it,’’ he said.

He further said that the policies and programmes of the government had always been conducted in consultation with the people as permitted in democracy.

The Commissioner alleged that such act might be the handiwork of mischief makers, urging the people to disregard such posters that had no bearing with the governor’s effort to deliver on his mandate to them.

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Kluivert: PSG Won’t Sell Verratti To Barcelona

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Patrick Kluivert, PSG’s former sporting director, does not see the Ligue 1 club selling Marco Verratti to Barcelona.

The Italy international has requested for a move away from the capital club, but he still has four years left on his contract and is most likely to be held on to by PSG.

Verratti is rated as highly as €100 million, but Kluivert does not see his former employers letting an important player go.

“I know that Verratti wants to sign with Barcelona but PSG won’t allow it. It will be very difficult,” he told La Sexta.

“Verratti will cost more than €100m.”

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Mihajlovic Open To Balotelli Joining Torino

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Torino manager Sinisa Mihajlovic is open to the idea of bringing Mario Balotelli to Torino, should Andrea Belotti leave the Serie A club.

Balotelli has attracted interest from a number of clubs, after a fine campaign with Ligue 1 side , Nice. He scored 17 goals in all competitions.

Belotti has been linked with Manchester United, after a lucrative season with Torino, but should he leave, Mihajlovic is hoping to link up again with the former Milan and City forward.

“Balotelli to Turin? I’d take him,” he told Sky Italia.

“I got him to Milan. Why not?”

Balotelli scored just one goal in 20 league games – eight of which were starts – during his 2015-16 season at Milan.

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Tammy Abraham Of Chelsea, Close To Swansea City Loan

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Chelsea youngster, Tammy Abraham is close to joining Paul Clement’s Swansea on loan for the 2017-18 season.

Chelsea have been shopping for a highly rated EPL club for their youngster to continue his development.

Abraham will be linking up with former Chelsea assistant manager Paul Clement, who he worked with when the Swansea boss was at Chelsea.

The Swans were impressed with Abraham’s efforts in the Championship last season when he scored 23 goals in 40 appearances for Bristol City in his first full year as a professional footballer.

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Big Brother Naija’s Kemen And TBoss Reconcile, Check Out Video Here

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The issue between former Big Brother Naija housemates, Ekemini Ekerette a.k.a Kemen and Tokunbo Idowu a.k.a TBoss has been well publicized.

However, in a recent interview and peace meeting organized by Journalist, Azuka Ogujiuba of Media Room Hub and Charles Opaleke, at a night club in Abuja, both former housemates have finally reconciled after their silence about what really happened while in the house.

Although, they had not spoken to each other since the show concluded and they returned from the house, during the interview they reveal what really happened that led to Kemen’s disqualification, how they managed the crisis, forgiving each other and moving on.

Check out the interview below

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Spain

Jose Mourinho does not want Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United. The former Real Madrid manager is reluctant to link up with the attacker again after how their relationship deteriorated before he left the Spanish capital. Mourinho also feels any deal would not make financial sense for the 32-year-old Portugal forward. (Marca)

Jorge Mendes met with Barcelona representatives on Tuesday over the potential arrivals at the club of Valencia’s Joao Cancelo and Benfica’s Nelson Semedo. The Benfica full-back has interest in Manchester too with both United and City keen on acquiring the 23-year-old. (Marca)

Chelsea are close to signing Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore as they look to bulk up their wing-back options. (Sport)

Germany

Liverpool transfer rumours suggested Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was a target this summer after a deal to take the Gabon International to Paris Saint-Germain fell through. However, Borussia Dortmund want his future sorted by the end of July and if no deal can be struck he’ll be staying in Germany. (SportBild)

Mainz are interested in experienced goalkeeper Rene Adler, who currently plays for Hamburg. The 32-year-old could become first-choice keeper for the team with Jonas Lossi moving on from the club. (Kicker)

France

Paris Saint-Germain are keeping a close eye on developments between Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portugal forward has jumped to the top of the list of Manchester United transfer targets this summer, but his prickly relationship with Jose Mourinho could hinder the potential move. (L’Equipe)

Lyon are interested in signing Manchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala. The Frenchman spent time on loan at Valencia last season and is surplus to requirements at City. (L’Equipe)

Italy

Inter Milan enquired about the availability of Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta and Aleix Vidal but the response from the Catalan club was not encouraging.New Inter boss Luciano Spalletti wants to sign Borja Valero from Fiorentina to bolster his midfield options. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola says the 35-year-old striker, who is out of contract at Manchester United at the end of June, has had “many offers from the US and beyond”. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Barcelona, Inter and Juventus are battling it out for Fiorentina attacker Federico Bernardeschi. The two Serie A clubs have been courting the Italian for some time but interest from the La Liga giants threatens their bids. Juventus believe the player’s desire to move to Turin will be enough to help them secure his services alongside Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa.(Calciomercato)

Super-agent Mino Raiola is plotting an exchange between Serie A champions Juventus and Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain. Raiola wants to move Blaise Matuidi, his client, to the Champions League finalists this summer. (Corriere dello Sport)

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Nigeria Loses N140bn To Apapa Road Traffic On Weekly Basis – Dangote

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President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has commended the decision of the federal government to reconstruct the failed Apapa-Wharf road, adding that there is also a huge loss of about N140 billion to the government on a weekly basis.

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Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Dangote said:

“The economy loses more than N20 billion daily. It affects businesses across the country. All our operations in the hinterland in Ilorin and in Kano are operating at 40 per cent maximum capacity.”

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He further lamented the state of roads in the country, saying:

“Today, there is no linkage road going from South-west to the North. You have to go all the way through Ajaokuta, Obajana, Lokoja and you have to go by that uncompleted road Obasanjo started 13 years ago.”

Commenting in his resolve to personally get involved in the Apapa-Wharf road reconstruction, he said:

“Because it is very embarrassing! We can’t just sit and have a road like that which it is the heart of the trade of the country. More than 60 per cent of our country’s import and exports come through the port and we leave it un-attended. That is why we started on our own. Flour Mills said they would join us, but now government changed the design because they want all the cables and pipes underground and to have a more robust solution.”

To help in bringing the cost down, he explained that he forced his company to do it at zero profit.

According to him, “Both Dangote and Flour Mills are pumping in over 2.5billion for two kilometres double lane on each side making a total of four kilometres.”

He further explained that the biggest job “is drainage, because that is what is destroying the road. We will make sure this problem is sorted out once and for all. This thing should not be allowed to happen. We started discussion with the government over one year and we are happy that we have been given the opportunity to finally fix it.”

The federal government last weekend handed over the troubled road to Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) and Flour Mills of Nigeria (FMN) for immediate reconstruction with concrete overlay.

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The memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the construction of the road was signed by the federal government, DIL, NPA and the FMN.

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Dear Acting President Osinbajo, Saraki Is Coming… Act Fast!

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Dear Acting President Osinbajo, Saraki Is Coming… Act Fast! – Akin Fadeyi

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“Nelson Mandela was an extra ordinary human being. He put a strong ‘truth and reconciliation’ committee together. He was not insulting everyone and anyone. It earned him global respect. Leadership matters when you want to heal a divided nation. Donald Trump hurls abusive speeches at every perceived opposition in sight and that has greatly damaged America.”

These were very punchy and incisive comments of ED LUCE, Financial Times Chief Commentator on Fareed Zakaria on GPS on the night of Sunday June 18th, 2017.

This article was written by Akin Fadeyi and first published on TheCable. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

Opening topic was on why GOP Congressman and Louisiana Rep, Steve Scalise, was shot by an obviously disgruntled 66 year old American who had nursed disgust for Donald Trump’s style of racially divisive politics. James T. Hodgkinson was lurking in dark shadows like an untamed reptile. He struck before anyone could cage him and dealt a great blow not through the injury caused Scalise but actually to the ideals of diversity America once proudly represented.

I have written against Donald Trump before published in Premium Times describing him as a “bad dream for a fragile world”.

But nonetheless, I love Trump because he is down to earth, sometime recklessly though, but again, you cannot fault his unconventional radicalized republican brand of politics. Hate him all you like, he has millions of followers who look up to his “rascally” tweets. In a democracy with all its faults, it is figures that still counts. Trump will seem  to have the figures albeit within a nation now beleaguered by naked hate and prejudice.

Having said this,  there are learnings to pick in Fareed’s GPS guests’ stance that a nation is full of divergent political interests, social alignments and cultural leanings; and therefore, you cannot be insensitive to the feelings of the led as a leader.

NIGERIA: I have no doubt the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo is probably genuine with his efforts aimed at harmonizing various positions in this nation and bridge the divides. Same Sunday on Channels TV, I saw his rapprochement with South East Leaders. He has been to Cross River, few days ago, he hosted the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi to a very private meeting at the Villa.

Osinbajo is writing some plausibly good history as a strong believer in a compact Nigeria. Awesome.

But let me give the Acting President a piece of advice. David Blankenhorn, activist and president of “Better Angels” does something for America that Osinbajo needs to do in Nigeria. His organization brings grassroots people together despite political differences. His organization believes people can get angry at each other, debate emotionally against each other, but they must all be heard with a sole focus on nation building and genuine healing. He strongly recommends a public square engagement.

Another guest on Fareed’s GPS warned against “dehumanizing” Steve Scalise’s shooter, James Hodgkinson and painting him totally evil. He describes the shooter as a symbolic representation of certain hurt, frustrated and shattered feelings after Trump shaped America’s political narrative with racial colorations. He wants this hush-tone section of the nation to be heard, understood and brought back to the mainstream.

The Acting President at this stage cannot engage with elites and leaders alone while assuming that the real agitators are committing heresy. The anger and agitation is down here Mr. Acting President. Those “Leaders” I doubt have the ears of the crowd you are trying to rein in. If they did, IPOB would not arise, OPC will not flourish and Arewa youth will not issue ultimatum.

The Acting President must necessarily open up strategic and far-reaching processes of honest and robust engagements where every tribe is allowed to openly express where and how they have been hurt. Where no tribe feels superior to the other. Where citizens will now believe and trust the government. Where leadership is handed to competence and not federal character but also done and well managed  within the delicate thresholds of our interests and diversities. Where federal government vacancies are not presumably filled up “already by their children” despite paid advertorials. The government must identify with genuine youths who want to discourse without angling or positioning themselves for pecuniary gains. Many “youth leaders” seize the Microphone and utter gibberish once they have access to the media. The job of identifying the truly aggrieved and the honestly prepared in national discourse must be factored into our engagement template.

The Executive I dare say must confront our fears and maybe revisit the national confab report which is about to evolve into a nuisance-value boobytrap Ex President Jonathan inadvertently put in place for this administration.

PYO must manage carefully how he serves into the hands of the NASS who are now demanding for it without falling naively for a populist goal about to be scored against the Presidency. The Presidency has lost many recently.

I am still in doubt what the underlying motive of our Senators are. If it is positive, great for Nigeria. Not a few though will be pleasantly surprised. On Channels TV a few days ago, even the then confab chairman, Senator Femi Okunrounmu expressed reservations about the National Assembly’s sudden interest in the report so soon after Senate President, Bukola Saraki was let off the hook in a no-case submission and acquittal which Professor Itse Sagay has been losing sleep over. For the NASS to now open the books of the confab report will be a masterstroke move to “buy-the-public” applause in a political chess game. But hey, who would not like to us to discuss the issues tearing us apart for which we have been living in denial. In-here lies why the NASS might trounce the Executive once again and silly too. If ABS organizes national grassroots forum today for these discussions, he would have a huge crowd. The Presidency must act fast, either play this game or glide painfully into public irrelevance.

Overall, we must all mean well for this nation no matter which desk we occupy. Corruption is still a damning monster and it is actually getting brazenly bold. Leaders should visit social media occasionally and find out to their utter shock how many people have lost faith in the government’s anti corruption fight. We must go back to the drawing board and re-strategize. The Acting President should read the Chatham House report where a holistic approach involving grassroots behavioral change is recommended as a great tool for tackling corruption.

We must patriotically work towards building a nation where no one sees anyone as inferior. Where Yorubas don’t feel Hausas are “hungry for power” and where Igbos don’t feel “Yorubas can’t be trusted”.  I have met fantastic northerners, civilized Igbos and golden-hearted Yorubas. Those dividing us don’t mean well for us. Their intentions are not beyond their ambitions.

This country is beautiful and holds a promise:  But the frank realities confronting us cannot be skirted over. Doing so may damage us irredeemably.

Shall I say, God bless Nigeria? For those who believe there’s some God somewhere, an amen might mean a lot at this critical moment in our nation’s history.

This article was written by Akin Fadeyi and first published on TheCable. 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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Report: Mohamed Salah To Wear ‘Number 9’ Jersey At Liverpool

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Mohamed Salah was scheduled to fly to the UK on Tuesday to finalise a £35m transfer.

The club are yet to confirm the deal, but numerous reports in the British media have claimed that the move is close to completion.

According to the Liverpool Echo, once everything is done and dusted, Salah wants to be handed the number nine shirt, which was vacated by Christian Benteke when he left last year.

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BREAKING: INEC Receives Signatures Asking For Recall Of Dino Melaye From Senate

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday received signatures from the electorates in Kogi West Senatorial District, asking for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye from the Senate.

The Punch reports that six bags, which contained the signatures of 52.3 percent of the electorates from the zone and other petitions, were submitted to the Commission in Abuja in the early hours of today.

It is understood that about 188,588 voters, representing 52.3 per cent of the total number of registered voters in Kogi West senatorial district reportedly approved the recall of Melaye from the Senate.

The Special Adviser to the state governor on political affairs, Pius Kolawole, announced this on Monday in Lokoja while addressing party members from the district.

He said that the collation of signatures of voters to that effect was carried out successfully on June 17.

Mr. Kolawole commended voters in the district for turning out en masse for the exercise, saying that Section 69 of the 1999 constitution backed their action.

“In 2015, we voted for Dino and now we are using the same method to return him home,” he said.

Announcing the result of the collation, the Returning Officer, Adamu Yusuf said that 188,588 out of the 360,098 in the senatorial district endowed Melaye’s recall.

While giving the breakdown of the result per the seven local governments in the district, Mr. Yusuf said that 18,374 of the total number of 35,331 registered voters in Yagba East approved the recall.

Others are 9,186, out of 18,356 voters in Mopa-Muro local government; 24,703 out of 46,810 voters in Yagba West; 63,736 out of 116,296 in Lokoja Local Government; and 24,283 out of 46,819 in Ijumu Local Government.

In Kabba/Bunu Local Government, 28,277 out of 60,520 voters endorsed the recall, while 24,703 out of 46,810 voters in Kogi Local Government voted for move to recall Melaye.

NAN had quoted Yusuf as saying that with this, the next move is to submit the document to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the next action.

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Watford Close To Sealing £8m Deal For Derby County Midfielder Will Hughes

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Watford are close to landing Derby’s highly-rated midfielder Will Hughes, in a deal which could rise to £8m.

An agreement between the two clubs is thought to be close, however a medical is not imminent as Hughes is currently in Poland as part of England’s U21s European Championships squad.

Will Hughes was one of the country’s brightest teenagers when he made his debut for Derby as a 16-year old in 2011.

He was coveted by a number of Premier League clubs and was linked with a £15m move to Liverpool.

However he suffered a cruciate ligament injury at Bolton during the opening game of the 2015/16 season and was side-lined for 8 months.

Hughes has scored nine goals in 165 appearances for Derby.

Hughes’ agent is Paolo Vernazza, the former Watford midfielder, and negotiations are now at an advanced stage between the two clubs.  Gary Rowett, the Derby manager, is prepared to sell players to raise money for transfers and is reluctantly ready to bring Hughes’ spell in the east Midlands to an end.

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Juventus, Barcelona And Juventus All Want Fiorentina Winger Federico Bernardeschi

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Barcelona, Inter and Juventus are battling it out for Fiorentina attacker Federico Bernardeschi, reports Calciomercato.

The two Serie A clubs have been courting the Italian for some time, but interest from Barca threatens their respective bids.

Juventus, however, believe the player’s desire to move to Turin will be enough to help them secure his services, alongside Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa.

Bayern Munich and Inter Milan have also expressed an interest but, according to broadcaster Sportitalia, it is Juve who have pushed ahead with a £40m bid.

The Italian champions are hoping that formal offer can win them the race for Bernardeschi, but it was originally reported that Fiorentina wanted closer to £45m.

 

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Rumors Today

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  • Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Rumors TodayChelsea have made a stunning move for Bayern Munich’s goal-scoring superstar Robert Lewandowski.
  • Meanwhile, the Premier League champions have begun talks with Atletico Madrid over £50m Diego Costa – even though a transfer ban means the striker could not play for them until 2018.
  • Liverpool will pay a club-record fee of £39m to complete Mohamed Salah’s on-off transfer from Roma by the end of the week, three years after refusing to pay Basel over £10m for him.
  • Chelsea could still face competition for Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
  • Juventus have earmarked Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin and Matteo Darmian of Manchester United as potential replacements for Dani Alves, with Manchester City and Chelsea chasing him.
  • Swansea are ready to enter the battle for £20m-rated Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho.
  • Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez wants to sign £4m Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons.
  • Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is mulling over a move for Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz.
  • Premier League new boys Huddersfield and Brighton are both interested in taking Oliver Burke on loan from RB Leipzig.
  • West Brom, Aston Villa and Derby County are in the hunt for former Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley.
  • Arsenal have rejected a £4m Wojciech Szczesny bid from Juventus as they hold out for £13m for the on-loan Roma goalkeeper.
  • West Brom are ready to make Jonny Evans the club’s first £100,00-a-week player.
  • Southampton are ready to appoint Mauricio Pellegrino as manager – as long as he promises not to use them as a stepping stone.
  • Swansea are trying to bring ex-Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel back to the Premier League.
  • Manager David Wagner wants to make Izzy Brown his second major summer signing for Huddersfield.
  • Manchester City have been told to pay £45m for Kyle Walker with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy once again playing hardball in the transfer market.
  • Huddersfield are closing in on a deal for Reading midfielder Danny Williams.
  • Arsenal are opening contract talks with Aaron Ramsey as part of an effort to avoid a repeat next summer of the uncertainty that is currently hanging over a number of key players.
  • John Terry is giving serious consideration to playing abroad, even though Aston Villa remain keen to sign him.
  • Chelsea will receive £2.7m from Roma when Mohamed Salah completes his move to Liverpool as a result of a sell-on clause agreed with the Italian club when the Egypt international left Stamford Bridge.
  • Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala was in Lyons on Tuesday night trying to agree a move to the French club.
  • Dani Alves has told Juventus he wants to leave amid Manchester City interest in the right-back.
  • Arsenal have told Barcelona that Hector Bellerin is not for sale and they expect the Spanish defender to remain at the Emirates.
  • Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has told Jurgen Klopp he wants to stay and fight for his place at Anfield.
  • Arsenal fear Monaco star Kylian Mbappe is set for Real Madrid as they concentrate their efforts on Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette.
  • Juventus defender Dani Alves is set to agree a two-year deal with Manchester City, despite interest from Chelsea.
  • Leyton Orient’s takeover has edged towards completion with businessman Nigel Travis to succeed Francesco Becchetti.
  • Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala is in talks over a move to Lyon as City look to recoup £18m for him.
  • West Brom have made an opening bid of £12m for Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez, with Burnley and Newcastle also interested in the striker.

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360Fresh: KOD – Intoxicated

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#KODWEEKLY is a weekly music series targeted to entertain and win new fans of KOD, his music and his career journey so far in the industry. Over the four weeks of June, KOD will be dropping new music every Wednesday primarily on his Soundcloud page and on some of your favourite blogs.

ENJOY!

 

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Lai Mohammed Again!, Evans & Psalms 23, Dino Melaye Continues The “Blame game”

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Evans & Psalms 23, Lai Mohammed Again!, Dino Melaye Continues the “Blame Game” – Here’s a Recap Of The Hottest Stories In Nigeria! #VibesWithVheektor

Did you miss out on any of the hottest stories that trended in Nigeria last week? Here’s an opportunity to catch up as Vheektor Okpala wraps up last week’s Hot Topics on “Vibes with Vheektor” uncovering truthful information with a phenomenal blend of satire.

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Film Review: Isoken

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This year’s play for feel good movie of the year comes in the form of a lavish, colourful debut by new media queen, Jadesola Osiberu.

For those not in the know, Osiberu was the former head of the Guaranty Trust Bank media side project, Ndani TV and in this capacity, Osiberu pioneered the creation of exciting, occasionally addictive content for the online generation. Her relentless pursuit of fresher ways to connect with the millennial audience gave rise to sensations like Gidi Up and The Juice, while spawning about half a dozen imitators.

Osiberu may have left Ndani TV, but her gaze has remained locked on the millennials and Isoken, her first feature length which she also wrote and produced, via her TRYBE85 productions, with help from the Bank of Industry, is simply a continuation of this preoccupation of hers. Few if any of the content producers working today have dedicated themselves the way that Osiberu has, to studying and documenting the lifestyles of Nigeria’s middle-upper class youth population.

Isoken is a thirty four year old high flying career woman suffering from the great Nigerian misfortune of being single. Like Osiberu, Isoken, played by a winning Dakore Akande,- in somewhat of a return to form,- comes from a well-heeled family, has bagged foreign degrees and has made enviable strides at work. All of this of course means nothing to the emotionally abusive mama Isoken, (an adroit Tina Mba) who has had to suffer the indignity of marrying off all her younger daughters while the eldest marches confidently into spinsterhood.

Isoken’s similarly afflicted friends, played by the competent duo of Funke Akindele,- channelling Cookie Lyons,- and Ghanaian Lydia Forson won’t let her forget either, as all their conversations revolve around snagging husbands.

While girl talk like this may be par for the course for unmarried ladies of a certain age, it becomes a tad unsettling that three successful, independent single ladies,- plus their married friend, Joke (Damilola Adegbite) would let themselves be conditioned by society into seeking eternal fulfilment only in well matched weddings.

Of course the troublesome plot instantly makes it inevitable that Isoken fails the Bechdel test spectacularly. You know the test, the one where at least two women on screen talk to each other on something other than men. The female characters of Isoken may drive the plot and get all the great lines, but every single (and married) one of them suffers from man issues. And they want nothing more than to talk about it.

Even when Akande’s Isoken has a lengthy conversation with her assistant at work, played by Ndani TV’s Skinny Girl in Transit lead, Abimbola Craig, the only thing they can come up with in the world to talk about is a male colleague dishing out ladles of unrequited love.

All of this would be just well and good if Isoken owned its man obsessiveness unashamedly or at least embraced it with a sly wink. But Osiberu wants to eat her cake and keep it, and so she introduces elements of feminism, while trying also, to grapple with inequalities between both sexes, especially in the African context.

There is a heartfelt scene where Isoken’s happily married younger sister (Bolanle Olukanni) opens up about losing her very essence to the trap of marriage. There is also the half-hearted attempts at presenting Isoken as a modern feminist, complete with bad culinary skills, natural hair, eccentric cut gowns and a house full of books.

But at her core, all Isoken wants to do is really just find Mr right guy. One who notices that she ties her head scarf all funny and appreciates Lagos’ awesome music legacy.

When Isoken finally gets her man, she gets a double dose.

Osaze (Joseph Benjamin) is the most eligible bachelor seen on film since Richard Gere in Pretty Woman. He hails from Edo state like Isoken, comes from old money, runs a successful business and kisses like a dream. Check, check, check.

Just when Isoken is set to stroll down the aisle, she meets a charming expatriate, Kevin (Marc Rhys) who shares so many of her artistic interests. A finely presented sequence highlights the differences between both men, as Isoken and Osaze board a yacht for a cruise while Kevin takes her through downtown Lagos on a far more exciting tricycle (Keke) ride.

It is obvious where her heart lies but what is a thirty four year old unmarried, much put upon single lady to do? Be trapped in the safety of conventional wisdom or give in to the temptation of a joyous uncertainty?

As Isoken struggles with her choice, Osiberu effectively announces herself as the next big deal as far as Nollywood is concerned. A triple threat, Osiberu shines in all the departments she engages in. Isoken is gorgeous to look at and the production design is top notch. Costumes, makeup and music (a mix of old and contemporary tunes) are all perfectly rendered and the film’s wedding party scene teaches that other famous film a thing or two about how to shut down a Lagos party.

The screenplay builds up to a satisfying, if cluttered ending as the usual romantic comedy tropes are ticked off. Osiberu’s imprints are all over the film as she unspools the sights and sounds of contemporary upper class Lagos living. Her camera work is deft and even when she needn’t bother, she comes up with interesting ways of presenting her picture. See the pre-wedding dinner scene in a Eko Hotel room involving Isoken and Akindele’s Agnes.

Competently cast, Isoken shines best when it goes for laughs. The dramatic sub plots (Adegbite’s pregnancy) seem forced but the story’s endless charms ensure that even after the last scene has played out, only warm feelings remain.

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Film Review: Stormy Hearts

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Judith Audu made a fairly well received film, Just Not Married that went ahead to be screened at the City to City component of the Toronto International Film Festival. She returns this year with Stormy Hearts, a musical drama that is about as exciting as watching a fresh coat of paint dry.

It isn’t just that Stormy Hearts is dull, the story is actually a familiar Cinderella style tale of helplessness and clawing out of the pit of desperation.

Ella, played by newcomer, Christiana Martin is a hooker turning tricks for Gold digger, her greedy pimp (is there any other type?) Ella has dreams of being a singer and fancies herself having a great voice (Hint: she doesn’t.)

On a working visit to one of her most generous Johns (Fred Amata), Ella takes advantage of a fatal weakness and makes away with a large sum of money to begin life anew.

In one of the most unconvincing scenes of the film (a reach, as every single frame of Stormy Hearts is quite unconvincing,) Ella attempts unsuccessfully to persuade her roommate to join her on the new path to freedom.

She makes a break for a new apartment on Lagos Island (so much for privacy) and goes to audition for a singing gig at a local club.

Everything about the singing competition is a bad joke; from the host (a terrible Omoye Uzamere), to the uninterested judges and the atrocious singing. Anyway Ella gets the gig and you can guess what happens next, she is spotted by someone loyal to Goldigger. How exciting.

At home, Ella comes in contact with her moody neighbour, Basi (Eddie Watson) a mediocre producer with zero instrumental skills who has the temerity to act surprised when his protégé Kachi (Theresa Edem-Isemin) leaves him for Johnson, a hotter, muscle bound jerk (a bored Kenneth Okolie) with even less talent.

Just to reiterate, there is no shred of talent between the foursome and the music in Stormy Hearts reflects this. Badly dubbed, badly performed and terribly mixed. You want to weep when a character destroys Asa’s classic, Bibanke.

Anyway, Ella and Basi’s boring romance progresses, Gold digger gets wind and wants his property back. Kachi and Johnson aren’t getting along as swimmingly as she imagined.

Two bumbling neighbours are thrown in for comic effect. All the jokes fall flat. Some more terrible music is made. Can anything be worse than this? Really.

Directed by Tope Alake, working from a screenplay by Brenda Ogbukaa and Chijioke Ononiwu, Stormy Hearts genuinely has nothing good going for it.

The end comes soon and not a moment sooner. Someone is killed, another is arrested, true love runs its course and you, dear viewers can finally be rid of this affliction. Nothing to see here.

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85,000 Candidates With Cancelled Results Get Second Chance As JAMB Fixes July 1 For UMTE

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has fixed Saturday, July 1 to conduct supplementary Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for 85,000 candidates.

The board’s Head, Media and Information, Fabian Benjamin, announced the date in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja.

76,925 Candidates In Trouble As JAMB Releases 1.6million UTME Results

Benjamin also said that the examination, which is for candidates who registered late and those with related issues, will be spread across some Computer Based Testing (CBT) centres.

“Following an enlarged management meeting of the JAMB, the supplementary 2017 UTME has been fixed to hold on Saturday, July 1.

“No fewer than 85,000 candidates are scheduled to write the examination.

“Affected candidates have been notified through text messages.

“By this notice, they are advised to check their e-mail and profile for the schedule of their examination or visit the board’s website for their status,’’ he said.

According to him, candidates will soon be requested to print their e-slip for details such as date, venue and time of the examination.

The board noted that candidates, who are not listed for the supplementary, would not be communicated with; while those, whose results are withheld, would reflect in their profiles, which have been updated.

JAMB Denies Releasing Cut-Off Marks For 2017 UTME

The board also advised rescheduled candidates to comport themselves and be of good behaviour to avoid the circumstance that earlier necessitated the cancellation of their previous examination.

“Many of the candidates rescheduled for this examination enjoy this privilege because of the board’s principles of equality and inclusiveness.

“It is better to let 100 offenders go free than to punish one innocent person.

“The board will enhance its monitoring of the examination as it would not compromise its sanctity.”

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85,000 Candidates With Cancelled Results Get Second Chance As JAMB Fixes July 1 For UMTE

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has fixed Saturday, July 1 to conduct supplementary Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for 85,000 candidates.

The board’s Head, Media and Information, Fabian Benjamin, announced the date in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja.

76,925 Candidates In Trouble As JAMB Releases 1.6million UTME Results

Benjamin also said that the examination, which is for candidates who registered late and those with related issues, will be spread across some Computer Based Testing (CBT) centres.

“Following an enlarged management meeting of the JAMB, the supplementary 2017 UTME has been fixed to hold on Saturday, July 1.

“No fewer than 85,000 candidates are scheduled to write the examination.

“Affected candidates have been notified through text messages.

“By this notice, they are advised to check their e-mail and profile for the schedule of their examination or visit the board’s website for their status,’’ he said.

According to him, candidates will soon be requested to print their e-slip for details such as date, venue and time of the examination.

The board noted that candidates, who are not listed for the supplementary, would not be communicated with; while those, whose results are withheld, would reflect in their profiles, which have been updated.

JAMB Denies Releasing Cut-Off Marks For 2017 UTME

The board also advised rescheduled candidates to comport themselves and be of good behaviour to avoid the circumstance that earlier necessitated the cancellation of their previous examination.

“Many of the candidates rescheduled for this examination enjoy this privilege because of the board’s principles of equality and inclusiveness.

“It is better to let 100 offenders go free than to punish one innocent person.

“The board will enhance its monitoring of the examination as it would not compromise its sanctity.”

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Another Batch Of 175 Nigerians ‘Voluntarily’ Return Home From Libya

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Another batch of One Hundred and Seventy-five (175) Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya on Tuesday aboard a chartered Nouvelair aircraft with registration number TS-INA.

The aircraft of the returnees, who were made up of of 34 males, 122 females, 10 children and nine infants, landed at 7.50p.m at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that they were brought back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian Embassy in Libya.

The returnees were received at the Hajj Camp area of the airport by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Police.

Also on ground to receive them were officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

Speaking to pressmen, Air Commodore Paul Ohemu, Director, Search and Rescue, NEMA, said the agency in collaboration with the IOM was working to stem irregular migration and return stranded Nigerians from Libya.

He further urged Nigerians to stay back and contribute their quota to the socio-economic development of the country.

“There are a lot of things you can do in Nigeria here.

“You don’t have to travel outside the country in search of greener pastures.

“My advice to parents is to keep tab on their children and to ensure that they know where their children are going and not to be deceived by phantom promises,” he said.

Ohemu said NEMA and some state governments had put various schemes in place to help rehabilitate and reintegrate the returnees into the society.

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