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Breaking news: Senate passes Petroleum Industry Governance Bill into law

The Senate, Thursday, broke the 17 years jinx by passing into law the age long Petroleum Industry Governance Bill.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki while commenting on the bill said “this is a Bill #PIGB that has been here for many years, we made a commitment and it’s being fulfilled.” Continuing, Saraki said, “this Bill is not only for Nigerians but for our investors. We are proud of what has been done.” The PIG bill was read the third time at the Senate’s plenary before it was passed. The PIGB was passed after the Senate, in the Committee of the Whole, considered the Report of the Committee on Petroleum Upstream, Petroleum Downstream and Gas presented by Senator Donald Alasoadura. Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) has always been identified as a comprehensive instrument for the oil sector development and diversification. The content, in summary, pushes for a more inclusive development away from crude oil to other product lines and by-products and robust engagement between international oil companies (IOCs) and the government in the area of investment and modifications in the Joint Venture Partnerships (JVPs)/cash call obligations. It also advocates the activation and extension of indigenous participation and local content development, just and fair engagement of the oil producing communities and transparency/accountability in the industry.

See What Manchester United Will Earn From Europa League Final Win Over Ajax

Manchester United are set to pocket about £77.5million from winning the Europa League.

Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan netted in a comfortable 2-0 victory over the Eredivisie side in Stockholm, to qualify for the Champions League.

According to the Times, United will earn £50m from the Champions League in TV rights and prize money, along with the £5.5m windfall for lifting the Europa League trophy.

As part of their kit sponsorship with Adidas, they will also be handed a £22m bonus.

However, United will be forced to pay out £28m to players, as part of bonuses written into their contracts. The squad will share a £1million bonus between them. Also, majority of the squad would enjoy a basic pay rise.

JAMB revealed why many candidates’ results will be seized

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, on Thursday said it would not release results of candidates identified in footages of Close Circuit Television, CCTV, to have indulged in malpractices during the just concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.

This was disclosed by JAMB registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, who spoke as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

According to him, the agency had been busy reviewing recorded footages of the examination across the country.

He disclosed that a number of candidates had been marked out for sanction.

Oloyede, “Those who have not received (their results) are qualified not to receive for now. In all cases where there were no problems, we released results of the examination within 24 hours.

“But those who have not (received their results), they may not be culpable but we are investigating. Where we have reason to doubt anything or where we have report of anything that is not acceptable to us, we have withheld the results.

“And we will keep on releasing them as we clear them. For instance, this morning, we released another 15,000 results.

“But among those who sat in that centre, we have reasons, concrete evidence to say about 300 of them, their results will not be released because we know they were not in the hall where the examination took place.

“We are comparing those who sat for the examination, how long they sat in the hall, and how some of them took excuses that they were going to the toilet only to go to what they called VIP…

“All this we are now able to track. And we want to say that we will not hesitate to sanction anybody no matter how highly placed.”

Oloyede further explained that the CCTV cameras deployed at every Computer Based Test, CBT, centres across the country helped JAMB to detect and arrest unwholesome practices.

ManCity Exodus: Sagna, Clichy, Jesus Leave ManCity amidst umcertainty surrounding Yaya Toure’s Future

Manchester City has confirmed that Bacary Sagna is leaving the club after three seasons.

The French defender becomes the fourth first-team player released by Pep Guardiola’s side on Thursday.

City also announced the departures of Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas and Willy Caballero.

“It has been a privilege to play for this football club,” Sagna said.

“I have enjoyed every moment of my City career and will look back on my time at City fondly.

“I would like to thank the staff, players and fans for making my three years so memorable”‎, he added.

Pablo Zabaleta’s exit was confirmed two weeks ago, while Yaya Toure is still waiting to be offered fresh terms.

Revealed: See the face of the Manchester Arena bomber

British police on Tuesday identified the suicide bomber who killed 22 people, including children, in an attack on a crowded concert hall in Manchester, and said they were trying to establish whether he had acted alone or with help from others.

The man suspected of carrying out Britain’s deadliest bombing in nearly 12 years was named as Salman Abedi, aged 22, but police declined to give further details about him. (For a graphic showing where the blast hit: tmsnrt.rs/2rKy5Y1)

U.S. security sources, citing British intelligence officials, said he was born in Manchester in 1994 to parents of Libyan origin. He is believed to have traveled by train from London before the attack, they said.

“Our priority, along with the police counter-terrorism network and our security partners, is to continue to establish whether he was acting alone or working as part of a wider network,” Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said.

The attacker set off his improvised bomb as crowds streamed out of the Manchester Arena after a pop concert by Ariana Grande, a U.S. singer especially popular with teenage girls.

“All acts of terrorism are cowardly,” Prime Minister Theresa May said outside her Downing Street office after a meeting with security and intelligence chiefs.

“But this attack stands out for its appalling sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenseless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives.”

Britain has increased its security threat level to “critical” from “severe” following the attack, May said in a later televised statement, adding that members of the armed forces would boost security at key sites and military personnel might be deployed at public events such as concerts and sports events.

Islamic State, now being driven from territories in Syria and Iraq by Western-backed armed forces, claimed responsibility for what it called a revenge attack against “Crusaders”, but there appeared to be contradictions in its account of the operation.

FRANTIC SEARCHES
Witnesses related the horror of the blast, which unleashed a stampede just as the concert ended at Europe’s largest indoor arena, full to its capacity of 21,000.

“We ran and people were screaming around us and pushing on the stairs to go outside and people were falling down, girls were crying, and we saw these women being treated by paramedics having open wounds on their legs … it was just chaos,” said Sebastian Diaz, 19. “It was literally just a minute after it ended, the lights came on and the bomb went off.”
A video posted on Twitter showed fans, many of them young, screaming and running from the venue. Dozens of parents frantically searched for their children, posting photos and pleading for information on social media.

Singer Grande, 23, said on Twitter she was devastated: “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”

The attack was the deadliest in the UK since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London’s transport system in 2005. But it will have reverberations far beyond British shores.

Attacks in cities including Paris, Nice, Brussels, St Petersburg, Berlin and London have shocked Europeans already anxious over security challenges from mass immigration and pockets of domestic Islamist radicalism. Islamic State has repeatedly called for attacks as retaliation for Western involvement in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

While claiming responsibility on its Telegram account, the group appeared to contradict the police description of a suicide bomber. It suggested explosive devices were placed “in the midst of the gatherings of the Crusaders”.

“What comes next will be more severe on the worshippers of the cross,” the Telegram posting said.

It did not name the bomber, as it usually does in attacks it has ordered, and appeared also to contradict a posting on another Islamic State account, Amaq, which spoke of “a group of attackers”. That reference, however, was later removed.

“DEPRAVED”
May said security services were working to see if a wider group was involved in the attack, which fell less than three weeks before a national election. Campaigning was suspended as a mark of respect.

May spoke to U.S. President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and several other foreign leaders on Tuesday about the attack, her spokesman said. She also visited the police headquarters and a children’s hospital in Manchester.

The White House said Trump had agreed with May during their telephone conversation that the attack was “particularly wanton and depraved”.

Macron and senior French ministers walked to the British embassy in Paris to sign the condolence book.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it “will only strengthen our resolve to…work with our British friends against those who plan and carry out such inhumane deeds”.

The U.N. Security Council condemned “the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack” and expressed solidarity with Britain in the fight against terrorism.

Queen Elizabeth held a minute’s silence at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London.

Manchester remained on high alert, with additional armed police drafted in. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said more police had been ordered onto the streets of the British capital.

Police raided a property in the Manchester district of Fallowfield where they carried out a controlled explosion.

On Tuesday evening thousands of people attended a vigil in central Manchester in somber but defiant mood.

“There’s hard times again in these streets of our city, but we won’t take defeat and we don’t want your pity, because this is the place where we stand strong together with a smile on our face, Mancunians forever,” local poet Tony Walsh said in a poem he read to the crowd that drew loud cheers and applause.

British police do not routinely carry firearms, but London police said extra armed officers would be deployed at this weekend’s soccer cup final at Wembley and rugby at Twickenham. Security would be reviewed also for smaller events.

In March, a British-born convert to Islam plowed a car into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, killing four people before stabbing to death a police officer who was on the grounds of parliament. The man was shot dead at the scene.

In 2015, Pakistani student Abid Naseer was convicted in a U.S. court of conspiring with al Qaeda to blow up the Arndale shopping center in the center of Manchester in April 2009.

-Reuters: Additional reporting by Alistair Smout, Kate Holton, David Milliken, Elizabeth Piper, Paul Sandle and Costas Pitas in LONDON, Mark Hosenball in LOS ANGELES, John Walcott in WASHINGTON, D.C., Leela de Kretser in NEW YORK, Omar Fahmy in CAIRO and Ben Blanchard in BEIJING; Writing by Guy Faulconbridge, Nick Tattersall, Gareth Jones and James Dalgleish; Editing by Mark Trevelyan.

Good heart: Some Nigerians went to India to pray for Buhari’s health

Onochie said the President’s political enemies changed their tactics when they found out their prayers did not work.

The Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie has alleged that some politicians went to India to pray for the President’s death.

According to Daily Post, Onochie said the President’s political enemies changed their tactics when they found out their prayers did not work.

The president’s aide, in a post of her Facebook page, also alleged that the unnamed people paid media house to attack Buhari.

Onochie said “There must be a reason why some members of the political elite in Nigeria do not want to see President Muhammadu Buhari in power.

They rigged him out of elections in the past and now that Nigerians overpowered them with the support of the card reader, they want him dead.

“In 2015, when it was obvious the electorates had their eyes set on him, they scammed President Jonathan to postpone the election and to further empty the Nigerian treasury so they could ‘buy’ more electorates.

“But they knew Nigerians were not ready to be bought so they pocketed the campaign loot. Those who took part in the scamming of ex-President Jonathan, are being asked to cough up and the junkiest of them all, is cursing and swearing because he is being held accountable.

“Transition was a scam. Financial books were cooked. They tried to cover up their financial wickedness and recklessness against this nation. They hired some school dropouts, products of their 16 years of mis-governance across the nation, to try to disrupt the nation.

“And then they hired red, green, blue, and all shades of media outfits to unleash a coordinated attack on his government. Bravely, he soldiers on.

“They travelled as far as Niger Republic, India, etc. and in vain, they engaged the services of marabouts and soothsayers (mere men), to their own disappointments.

“Pastors and bishops (mere men), whose unholy services were engaged to pray for his death, resorted to attacking him once they have prayed and he did not die.”

The presidential aide did not reveal the names of the politicians who went to India.

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in London receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg Gets His Harvard Degree After Dropping Out 12 Years Ago

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, 33, who famously dropped out of Harvard University more than a decade ago, received his honorary degree on Thursday.

The billionaire started Facebook in his dorm room in 2004 before leaving for California to build the enormously successful social networking site. He also met his wife, Priscilla Chan, at the university.

Speaking to graduates in Cambridge, Zuckerberg joked that “you accomplished something I never could.”

He also said his best memory from his Harvard days was meeting Priscilla, and that getting into the school “is the thing my parents are most proud of me for.”

2face Idibia ports from Airtel to become a Glo ambassador

In 2015 2face Idibia was unveiled as an Airtel brand ambassador. A few weeks ago when the contract expired, 2face declined to renew the deal citing personal reasons. Last night, the legendary musician was unveiled as the latest GLO brand ambassador at an event in Port Harcourt where he also performed.

He now joins the likes of Olamide, Timaya, Mercy Johnson, and others as Glo ambassadors.

Real Madrid crowned La Liga champions

Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid secured their 33rd Primera Division title with a 2-0 win over Malaga at La Rosaleda.

Real Madrid clinched the LaLiga title for the first time since 2012 with a 2-0 win over Malaga courtesy of goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, rendering Barcelona’s comeback victory against Eibar irrelevant.

 

Ronaldo continued his remarkable run of form, scoring his 25th league goal of the season in the second minute at La Rosaleda to take his tally to 14 in his last nine games in all competitions.

Benzema doubled Madrid’s lead with his 11th league goal of the season to make it 2-0 after 55 minutes and Zinedine Zidane’s side, who needed just a point to be crowned champions, had extra cause for celebration by becoming the first in the club’s history to score in every La Liga game of the season.

The result keeps Madrid on course for a league and European double and, with Ronaldo playing his best football for some time, Zidane’s men will be confident of beating Juventus in the Champions League final.

Malaga tested Madrid’s resolve and forced a number of good saves from goalkeeper Keylor Navas, but lacked the quality to cause an upset.

The hosts made the worst possible start when Luis Hernandez clumsily played the ball to Isco and the Madrid midfielder instantly slotted an immaculate throughball to Ronaldo, who skipped around Carlos Kameni and rolled into an empty net.

Sandro Ramirez had the chance to equalise for the home side after 12 minutes, but his low shot was saved by Navas at his near post when there were Malaga players crying out for a cross.

Navas risked injury to save a blistering free-kick from Sandro after 20 minutes, turning the ball around the post with a one-handed block before colliding with the frame of the goal and taking a blow to the ribs.

Kameni made a brilliant stop to prevent Ronaldo from scoring a second goal after 33 minutes, when Benzema’s cross was allowed to run by Mikel Villanueva, and the Malaga goalkeeper blocked a low drive from Toni Kroos moments later.

Madrid’s slender lead remained intact at the break, but only after Keko Gontan looped a header just over the crossbar from Jony Rodriguez’s pinpoint cross.

The second half almost started in disaster for Madrid when Ronaldo went down holding his knee after a challenge from Malaga’s Federico Ricca, but he opted to stay on the field.

Madrid doubled their lead after 10 minutes of the second half when Kroos’ corner found Sergio Ramos and, after the defender’s shot was saved by Kameni, the rebound hit Raphael Varane on its way into the path of Benzema, who appeared to be in an offside position before his bundled the ball into the net.

Navas made a diving save to prevent Ignacio Camacho from pulling a goal back moments later, and Benzema had the ball in the net again after 70 minutes but the offside flag was correctly raised.

Zidane substituted Isco, Casemiro and Benzema in the closing stages and Malaga substitute Gonzalo Castro hit the crossbar in injury time as the champions elect began to lose focus, but their full attention soon turned to celebrating a first title in five years when the final whistle blew.
Key Opta Stats:

– Real Madrid have ended their longest streak without winning LaLiga (four seasons) since 1994 (also four).
– Madrid are the first LaLiga team to win the title at La Rosaleda since Rafael Benitez’s Valencia in 2002.
– Cristiano Ronaldo has become the second player to score 25+ goals in eight straight LaLiga seasons, after Lionel Messi.
– Madrid have scored 57 goals away from home in La Liga 2016-17, their best record in a single LaLiga season in their history.
– Isco has been directly involved in more goals than any other midfielder in LaLiga this season (10 goals and eight assists).
– Keylor Navas has kept his first clean sheet in La Liga since January 29 against Real Sociedad, ending his longest run of matches conceding (13 games).

One dead as mudslides hit Lagos

A mudslide occurred at Magodo Area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria on Friday night, killing a little girl and injuring another, PM News reports.

The incident, it was gathered happened at 21 Idohofia Street, Magodo around 7:07pm.

It was learnt that the little girl, Tara was playing with her friend, Khadijat outside when the mudslide hits the area.

A top Lagos State Emergency Management, LASEMA source who craved anonymity told PM News that  while the Tara died, Khadijat sustained injuries and was rushed to an unknown hospital for treatment.

Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Rasak Fadipe confirmed the incident, saying that casualty was recorded.

According to him, “A mudslide incident occurred at 21 Idohofia Street, Magodo with casualty.”

Last year, a mudslide occurred at Agidingbi area of Lagos with two people killed in the tragedy.

In 2015, a mudslide occurred in Magodo area of Lagos, killing about three people.

“Jonathan developed all the anti-corruption crusades but lacked the political will to implement them”

A member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Abiodun Olasupo, representing Iseyin/Iwajowa/Kajola/Itesiwaju federal constituency of Oyo state under the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that Ex-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan developed the Whistlblowing policy, the Treasury Single Account, TSA, the Bank Verification Number, BVN, and other anti-corruption mechanisms but lacked the will to use them to fight corruption to its knees.

The lawmaker made the statement while commissioning some projects at the inauguration of some projects in his constituency on Friday. According to him, “You should not be surprised that all the measures used in the anti-corruption crusade today were developed by President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.” “The Jonathan administration developed the policies of whistle blowing, Bank Verification Number (BVN), Treasury Single Account (TSA) but lacked  the political will to implement them.”

“You can see that the implementation by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is bringing the desired results.” The implementation of the Biometric Verification Number (BVN) as unique identity number for bank customers as well as the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) are all part of the cost-saving and anti-corruption agenda being aggressively championed by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. The Finance minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun once highlighted the gains of TSA as such: In practice, TSA is an essential reform for any government wishing to pursue fiscal sustainability and prudent management of its resources. It increases accountability and transparency, improves the processing of payments and collections and reduces borrowing costs. TSA at the federal level has allowed, for the first time, visibility of the total quantity of government funds at any point in time. The balance, which changes daily as MDA’s remit revenues and make payments, according to the latest reports from CBN exceeds N2.2 Trillion. I can report that work is now ongoing within The Treasury, to determine how much of these funds can potentially be utilised to part fund the 2016 budget and how much relates to pending commitments. This, of course, will reduce the amount to be borrowed. The TSA has provided us with financial information on the revenues of agencies funded by government and has reduced revenue suppression. This information is being used to drive our programme to enforce compliance with the Fiscal Responsibility Act and ensure that Revenue Generating Agencies generate expected surpluses and remit to the Federal Purse. TSA has eliminated opportunities for brokerage and other corrupt practices that previously encouraged agencies to accumulate funds with commercial banks rather than apply them to their intended uses. We believe that this will reduce payment delays to contractors, minimise late payment penalties and will consequently improve project completion times and service delivery. TSA has corrected the practice of government borrowing short term funds at high rates of interest, whilst simultaneously having idle funds in various bank accounts. By reducing the number of accounts in operation, monitoring and control has significantly improved.

Lady commits suicide drinking sniper in Lagos

A Young Lady, Identified as Patience Akpan who is said to be in her late 20’s committed suicide.. and her reasons for this is unknown.

The sad incident happened in the Ajuwon Area of Lagos State on Wednesday, May, 17 at Bada Hospital, Bale road.

Reports gathered says that Patience left her father’s place on Wednesday afternoon before she was seen in another street within the area in pains, with a bottle of sniper still in her hands.

Her dad is said to be a driver who works with a bank on Ajuwon/Akute road.

According reports by LIB, on the day of her suicide, Patience was seen on Oni Street around Ajuwon, on the floor and in pains before she was rushed to the hospital where she later died.

She had lived in the area with her parents about 12 years ago but when her parents separated, she left with her mum, only to come back that Tuesday and committed suicide the next day.

South Africa deports 90 Nigerians

SOUTH African government yesterday deported 90 Nigerians for allegedly committing  immigration-related offences in the country.

According to DSP Joseph Alabi, the spokesman of the Lagos Airport Police Command , the deportees ,who were all men, landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 3.30pm. He said they were brought back to Nigeria from Johannesburg aboard a South African Airways aircraft with registration number BBB712 He said : “This afternoon, about 3.30pm, 90 Nigerians were deported from South Africa for committing immigration-related offences. Some of them were alleged to have been living in the country without the prerequisite documents. “They were received by the appropriate agencies including the police and profiled before being allowed to depart to their respective destinations. “ This deportation is coming barely three days after  another batch of 258 Nigerians were  deported from Libya. The deportees who  arrived the cargo section of the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 10.00pm aboard an Airbus A333-200  and were received at the Hajj Terminal by the National Emergency Management Agency narrated how they were brutalized like animals in Libya. Mr Akhere Ken, one of the deportees from Edo State, said he had been in detention in Libya in the past one year after he was arrested on board a boat while trying to cross the Mediterranean sea to Italy.  He said about 100 of them were cramped into a room  not enough to accommodate 20 people with resultant suffocation to death of one inmate almost every week.

Victory in defeat: Real Madrid advanced to 2017 UCL final

Spanish football heavyweights, Real Madrid wil now face Juventus in the UEFA Champions League final on 3rd of June 2017 after losing 2-1 to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.Madrid won the first leg 3-0 due to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, but in the second leg at the Vicente Calderon, first half goals from Saul Nigez and Antoinne Griezmann made Real Madrid nervous at first- but an incredible effort in the second half put the game to bed and ensured Real Madrid will have the chance to defend their Champions League crown next month June 3.

NO ONE CAN STOP RONALDO FROM WINNING THE BALLON D’OR AGAIN THIS YEAR

The Portuguese forward has eight goals in his last three Champions League games and will be the big favourite for the individual award once more.

Cristiano Ronaldo is back doing what he does best. The Real Madrid attacker has found a rich vein of scoring form when it matters most and his eight goals in the last three games have left Los Blancos on the verge of another Champions League final. And whether or not they win in Cardiff, another Ballon d’Or is likely to follow.

Just recently, the Portuguese was on his longest drought in the continental competition, having failed to convert in over 600 minutes in Europe. But that streak came to an end with his double at the Allianz Arena in the quarter-final first leg – and he has not looked back since.

A hat-trick followed in the sides’ second match at the Santiago Bernabeu as Madrid prevailed in extra time against Bayern Munich, before another treble in the semi-final meeting with Atletico last Tuesday. Eight goals in three matches and the drought is a distant memory now.

Rested by coach Zinedine Zidane more than usual in the current campaign in order to keep him fresh for the biggest tests, Ronaldo is some way behind Lionel Messi’s 51 goals in all competitions this term. But with Madrid favourites to win La Liga and also the Champions League, Cristiano could end the season with both of the major trophies in his possession.

Messi and Barca will be expected to win the Copa del Rey later in May against Alaves, while the Catalan club remain in contention for La Liga as well. However, Madrid are on the same points as Barca and still have a game in hand over their Clasico rival.

Even if Luis Enrique’s men can claim another domestic double (as they did in 2015-16), it is unlikely to be enough for Messi to win the Ballon d’Or – because voters seem to place more emphasis on the Champions League these days.

Ronaldo won it last season and also added another continental crown as Portugal claimed the European Championship. This summer, however, there is no major international tournament and the Confederations Cup is unlikely to have too much sway when it comes to the Ballon d’Or.

And although the individual award has turned into something of a popularity contest between Messi and Ronaldo in recent years, major competition for the Portuguese for the golden ball could come from a different source this time around.

Juventus sealed their place in the Champions League final with victory over Monaco on Tuesday night and the Itallian side are still on course for a treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and European Cup crowns.

If the Bianconeri can beat Madrid (who should seal their place in Cardiff on Wednesday against Atletico) in the final, Gianluigi Buffon could be in contention for the Ballon d’Or (which cut its ties with FIFA last year and is now the property of magazine France Football) and perhaps even Dani Alves as well.

However, it is extremely difficult for goalkeepers and defenders to win the prestigious prize and even the French magazine posted a piece on Tuesday entitled “Who can beat Ronaldo to the Ballon d’Or 2017?”

The answer is probably no one. Because the Portuguese looks odds-on to claim the award for a fifth time to draw level with Messi in December. Only a catastrophe can stop him now.

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Wenger worried Chelsea success could damage football

Arsene Wenger believes football might have to “rethink the whole process” if clubs who do not dominate possession continue to succeed.

Following Leicester’s remarkable Premier League title victory last season, Chelsea are on the verge of winning their second top-flight crown in three years.

Both sides have adopted a counter-attacking style, with more possession-oriented sides such as Arsenal and Manchester City struggling in the meantime.

Wenger fears that this change in approach must be addressed as teams should be “encouraged” to play more.

“Over the last two seasons, teams who have not big possession have won the league,” Wenger said. “And, as well, teams who were not involved in Europe, at all, won the league. Because the league is so physically difficult, maybe it is very difficult to cope with both. We will see how Chelsea respond next season.

“Are teams who are not making the game doing well? Yes. When we analyse it in Geneva [at coaching conferences], we always analyse the Champions League and I must say, in some seasons, the team who had low possession won the Champions League. Over a longer period, it is the teams who have the most possession who win it.

“I still think sport has to encourage initiative and, if it rewards too much teams who don’t take initiative, then we have to rethink the whole process because people will not, forever, come to watch teams who do not want to take the initiative. The responsibility of people who make the rules is always to encourage teams who want to play, because that is what you want to see.

“I am convinced you still need to have the ball to create goal chances and that you cannot encourage, as well, youth teams to say: ‘We do not want the ball’,” Wenger said. “You cannot buy big players and say: ‘We do not want the ball’. Big players want the ball.”

Police detain Chinese man who attempted to stab Ubi Franklin at a furniture show room in Lekki

CEO of Made Men Music, Ubi Franklin, yesterday escaped being stabbed to death by an angry Chinese man, who is reportedly a manager of a furniture showroom in Lekki, Lagos. Sharing a photo of the man in Police Custody, Ubi wrote;

“Earlier today I was at LIFEMATE furniture show room at the palms Lekki to enquire about a service I paid for that wasn’t attended to. I was then asked by a junior staff (Nigerian) to speak to his “OGA” (a Chinese man). The Chinese man paid me no attention when I approached him with my concerns, he rather walked away as I was still trying to make my concerns known to him. So I followed up to say his attitude was unacceptable and then proceeded to leave the shop since he wasn’t going to pay me any attention or courtesy as a returning customer.
“As I was walking out the door I heard someone scream, I turned my back, only for me to see the Chinese man running towards me with two knives. But for the quick intervention of my cousin the story would have been different.

“I handed him over to the police who then transferred him to Maroko police state and he was asked why he wanted to stab me and he said Cos I  said “see this Chinese man o”. Anyways God got me covered Physically and spiritually

FIFA investigating Paul Pogba’s record transfer to Manchester United

FIFA has opened an investigation into Paul Pogba’s world-record transfer from Juventus to Manchester United.

Following multiple reports in France, a FIFA spokesperson confirmed that its Transfer Matching System “has been requesting information on this matter,” but would not comment further.

It is not yet clear what aspect of the Frenchman’s £89 million move transfer FIFA is investigating. Some news outlets hypothesised that it could surround agent Mino Raiola, who reportedly pocketed £41m from the deal.

The investigation was revealed in the same week the book “Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football,” which claims to reveal details of the Pogba deal including Raiola’s cut, is due to be published in Germany.

A United spokesperson said that the club “do not comment on individual contracts,” but added that, “FIFA have had the documents since the transfer was concluded in August.”

Pogba, 24, started his career at Le Havre before joining United in 2009. He left Old Trafford for Juventus in 2012 after making just seven first-team appearances.

He returned as the world’s most expensive footballer and has scored seven goals in 48 games this season.

The protracted transfer saga over the summer meant Pogba was not signed in time to play in United’s first game of the season — a victory over Leicester in the Community Shield.

He also missed the first Premier League game of the season after a suspension picked up in Serie A was carried over, before eventually making his second United debut in a 2-0 win over Southampton at Old Trafford on Aug. 19.

After being left on the bench for the defeat at Arsenal on Sunday, Pogba is set to start United’s Europa League semifinal second leg against Celta Vigo on Thursday.

Jose Mourinho’s side hold a 1-0 lead after the first leg in Spain and are looking to book their place in the final in Stockholm later this month.

Photos: Many people sustain crushing injuries in Ghana’s gas explosion

Over 100 people are being treated at Takoradi Port Hospital following two gas explosions that went off Tuesday morning at the Sekondi-Takoradi road, the oil hub of Ghana.
According to Citi FM, eyewitnesses and officials from the Ghana National Fire Service, said the explosion occurred “at about 7: 10 Tuesday morning when a gas tanker discharging gas to another tanker exploded before the second went off around the Total filling station on the main Takoradi Highway.

President Buhari handed over to me- Osinbajo clarifies

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo last night via his twitter handle, addressed the speculations making the rounds that President Buhari did not properly hand over power to him. Responding to a twitter user who asked why President Buhari did not hand over the affiars of the country to him, Osinbajo said President Buhari did transfer power to him and that he had sent a letter to the Senate in compliance with S.145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). That section of the constitution reads:

“Whenever the President transmits to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives a written declaration that he is proceeding on vacation or that he is otherwise unable to discharge the functions of his office, until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary such functions shall be discharged by the Vice-President as Acting President.”

 

There have been an uproar over the non-reference of Osinbajo as acting president in the letter President Buhari sent to the senate notifying them of his trip to the UK for his medical follow-up. President Buhari had in the letter stated that he was handing over to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who would coordinate the activities of government in his absence. Some Nigerians felt this was an oversight and that Osinbajo should have been addressed in the letter as Acting President.

Juventus 2-1 Monaco (4-1 agg): Mandzukic and Alves secure UCL final spot

Juventus have secured a place in the Champions League final with their 2-1 win over Monaco in Turin completing a 4-1 aggregate victory.

First-half goals from Mario Mandzukic and Dani Alves ended the tie as a contest before the break to ensure Massimiliano Allegri’s side will contest the final in Cardiff next month.

Alves’s stunning volley, in particular, emphasised the superiority of the Italian side amid an electric atmosphere at Juventus Stadium.

And while Kylian Mbappe did bolster his growing reputation with a second-half goal from close range it was nowhere near enough to get the Ligue 1 team through.

Boasting a two-goal lead from the away leg, the Serie A champions-elect were, of course, warm favourites to reach a ninth European Cup final going into the second leg.

But Monaco’s young team have won plenty of admirers during their run to the last four and showed signs of their undoubted talent on the night, particularly early on.

Mbappe won a corner inside the first minute from which Gianluigi Buffon, making his 150th European appearance, seemed to foul Radamel Falcao.

The highly-rated teenager then hit the post before the five-minute mark only to see the offside flag go up as Monaco threatened to get right back into the tie.

When Juventus were forced into an early change, midfielder Sami Khedira departing with a hamstring injury, the home side could certainly have been forgiven for being unsettled.

Instead they quickly asserted themselves and Gonzalo Higuain, the two-goal hero of the first leg, should have put them ahead midway through the first half only to get his chip wrong.

Monaco were cut apart far too easily with Danijel Subasic denying Mandzukic and Andrea Raggi blocking a shot from Miralem Pjanic as Juve piled on the pressure.

The need for goals left Monaco vulnerable and the visitors were punished just after the half-hour mark when Mandzukic converted Alves’s right-wing cross at the second attempt.

It was a virtuoso display from Alves and the 34-year-old Brazilian set up further opportunities for Higuain and Paulo Dybala before his magic moment just before half time.

Subasic appeared to have punched the ball to safety from a left-wing corner but Alves struck the ball fiercely on the volley from outside the box to double the lead on the night.

The goal ended any hope of a comeback and while Monaco did cause Juve to concede in the knockout stages for the first time this season, Allegri’s experienced defence saw it out.

It’s this blend of defensive nous and attacking potency that means the Old Lady will go to Cardiff in expectation as well as hope of a first Champions League triumph since 1996.

Ambode orders VIO out of Lagos roads

The Lagos State Government has ordered Vehicle Inspection Officers to leave Lagos roads.

It was gathered that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode handed down the directive as a result of public complaints.

Sources in the Ambode-led administration also said the removal of the officers from the state’s roads was to reposition the outfit.

“The story on a painter, whose car got burnt in VIO’s custody, caused a discreet investigation into the activities of the outfit and I can tell you that the report was not palatable.

“Apart from this, complaints about the overzealousness of some VIO men have reached a high level.”

The governor, who said he would not tolerate any highhandedness in his administration, ordered them out of Lagos roads until further notice,” one of the sources said.

A VIO source, however, said the governor told them to leave the roads and go on ‘compulsory retraining on the use of modern technology in order to be humane in dealing with the public,’ adding that the VIOs would be back on the road soon.

It was gathered that the training had been arranged since the officers left the road last week.

The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said nobody had hindered the VIOs from performing their duties.

He said, “The truth is that the transport ministry is undergoing restructuring, including the VIOs. The commissioner for transportation had made some recommendations, which he will present at the State Executive Council meeting and things can move forward from there.

“But we all believe that the VIOs’ activities should be technologically driven and more. These will be seen soon.”

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Don Jazzy, Wizkid, Davido, Sarkodie & More listed as Forbes Africa’s Top 10 Richest African Musicians

Forbes Africa has released their list of Richest African musicians. The list was put together using factors such as endorsement value, popularity, show rates, sales, awards, YouTube views, appearance in newspapers, investment, social media presence, Influence and others.

They include:

1. AKON

Akon has over 35 million albums sold worldwide. He has won numerous awards including five Grammy Award nominations and has 45 Billboard Hot 100 songs under his belt. He tops the list according to Forbes Africa.

2. BLACK COFFEE, SOUTH AFRICA

The multi-award-winning artist’s real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo. He was born in South Africa’s house music province, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and raised in the Eastern Cape province, where Nelson Mandela hailed from, before moving back to KZN to study music.

3. HUGH MASEKELA, SOUTH AFRICA

Hugh was born in Witbank, east of Johannesburg. He has released more than 43 albums and performed with Marvin Gaye, Dizzy Gillespie, The Byrds, Fela Kuti, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Miriam Makeba.

4. DON JAZZY, NIGERIA

Don Jazzy is ranked fourth richest in Africa and also first in Nigeria. Like many artists, his real name is Michael Collins Ajereh, and he started playing music as a child in church before moving to the UK to pursue his career.

5. TINASHE, ZIMBABWE-AMERICAN

Tinashe was a child model by the age of three. The twenty-four-year-old sang before she could talk and made her first appearance in 2000 in the film Cora Unashamed. Her voice also starred in the cartoon feature film The Polar Express alongside Oscar-winning actor, Tom Hanks.

6. JIDENNA, NIGERIAN-AMERICAN,

By the age of 10, Jidenna Theodore Mobisson knew he wanted to do music but was afraid to tell his father who wanted him to be an engineer. He is ranked sixth according to Forbes Africa.

7. WIZKID, NIGERIA

Wizkid is arguably currently the uncrowned king of African music. Grammy Award-winning artist, Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz, danced to his songs Ojuelegba and Caro, with Keys posting a video on her Instagram account with the caption, “This song makes me happy”. Kylie Jenner also posted a video of herself dancing to Wizkid’s music on Snapchat.

8. DAVIDO, NIGERIA

Davido has claimed a high status in just five years. He said it was people like P-Square and D’Banj who made him believe this was possible. He became famous for his widely acclaimed 2012 debut album “Omo Baba Olowo”.

9. SARKODIE, GHANA

Michael Owusu Addo started out as an underground rapper and through the help of Duncan Williams, his former manager, his career was launched. Staying true to his identity, he is a big advocate of Azonto, a Ghanaian genre that is said to have been born out of Kpanlogo, a traditional dance.

His first single off his fourth album, Mewu, sold almost 4,000 copies on the first day of its release in Ghana. He was also the first Ghanaian to win a BET award.

10. OLIVER MTUKUDZI, ZIMBABWE

Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi has 65 albums under his belt, more than the legendary Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. It’s a remarkable career stretching back 41 years with songs that have enlivened parties all over the world. He his ranked 10th richest musician in Africa.

How Cristiano Ronaldo defies the myths behind his legend

Cristiano Ronaldo has done it again. Despite going unnoticed during the first months of the season, Real Madrid‘s number seven scored a stunning and crucial hat-trick against Atlético Madrid during the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals; his second on the trot in the knockout stage.

After Ronaldo became the first player to achieve this feat the reactions to his display were not far behind. Former teammates Álvaro Arbeloa and José María Gutierrez “Guti” were the fastest on Twitter. “Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon D’or” posted the retired Spaniard whereas the current West Ham United defender was even more emphatic. “Surrender to the best player in the world: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro.”

It is curious how the Portugal international is always under suspicion when it comes to the subject of being considered the best player in the world even though his career is simply unbelievable. IBTimes UK points out five false mantras regarding the Madeira maestro.

‘He just scores goals’

Many of Ronaldo’s critics accept that he is one of the best players when it comes to scoring goals, while they insinuate that outside the box, he is incapable of dribbling or assisting a teammate very often. Even though figures prove his critics wrong – he tops the assists ranking this season in the Champions League with five – why should we ask the most lethal forward of the last decade, alongside Lionel Messi – to be the best in every aspect of the game?

In fact, goals are what in the end turn a defeat into a victory, a good tournament into a trophy. And, anyway, is there any football player who is brilliant in every aspect of the game? Messi, for instance, is a magician; one of the greatest of history and obviously he lacks some of Cristiano’s virtues, such as strength, aerial power or even regularity. Does anyone highlight Michael Jordan’s accuracy in scoring three-pointers or Roger Federer’s clay court record when they are constantly pointed out as the best of history? It would not make sense.

‘He just scores against low-profile teams’

Ronaldo has scored eight goals in his last three Champions League games. He has netted more goals in the Champions League’s semi-finals than any other with 13, two more than Alfredo Di Stéfano. On Real’s final appearances in the competition in 2014 and 2016, Ronaldo was on the scoresheet on both occasions. In addition, Los Blancos’ number seven is the first player in history to score 10 or more goals in the Champions League for six successive seasons.

‘He just makes a difference in club competitions’

For a long time, critics pointed out that Cristiano’s performances worsened when he played with Portugal. But again, this is a false mantra, taking into account that Portugal had lost to eventual winners Spain at the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championships, the latter coming on penalties.

Ronaldo ended any perception he underperforms on the biggest international stage as he won Euro 2016 just weeks after winning the Champions League for a second time with Real. The Madeira star won almost every trophy during his Manchester United career, whereas Messi has not been able to achieve success with Argentina or indeed outside of Barcelona.

‘Do not call him Cristiano. Call him ‘Penaldo’

In attempting to downgrade his statistics, Ronaldo is occasionally nicknamed “Penaldo”, noting that he scores many goals from the spot. He has netted 400 goals in 389 games with the club run by Florentino Pérez, and just 73 have come from the penalty spot (18.25%). While mainstream debate centres around “Messi or Cristiano”, here is some advice to neutral fans: Simply enjoy both and one day you will be able to, proudly, tell your sons and daughters that we were lucky to watch two of the biggest legends in world football.

Source: IBTimes UK

Striking resemblance: Looking like Lionel Messi nearly lands man in jail

Reza Parastesh looks so much like his sporting hero Lionel Messi that it almost landed him in jail for disrupting public order in the western Iranian city of Hamedan this week.

So many people came out to take selfies with student Parastesh over the weekend that police rushed him into a station and impounded his car to stop the chaos and clear traffic.

The resemblance is so uncanny that Eurosport UK reportedly used his photo by accident on Twitter recently when talking about the real Messi.

The furore began a few months ago when Parastesh’s football-mad father pressured the 25-year-old into posing in a number 10 Barcelona jersey and sending the pictures to a sports website.

“I sent them one night and by the morning they had called me and said I should come in quickly for an interview,” he told AFP.

Despite his early reluctance, Parastesh soon grew into his new role, cutting his hair like Messi and often donning the Barca jersey when he goes out.

It has paid off – he is fully booked with media interviews and has even landed modelling contracts.

“Now people really see me as the Iranian Messi and want me to mimic everything he does. When I show up somewhere, people are really shocked,” he said.

Real Madrid raid Atletico Madrid camp

It’s yet to be confirmed by the respective clubs, but according to the Spanish media on Monday it’s a done deal.

Real Madrid’s summer recruitment drive has already got underway with ASannouncing that Los Blancos have signed a defender from rivals Atletico.

The update comes two days before Real and Atletico face off in the Champions League semifinal second leg. Real won the first leg 3-0 thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick.

So what’s the story?

The big news is that 19-year-old French left-back Theo Hernandez has agreed to join Real Madrid.

AS believe that Hernandez has signed a deal with Los Blancos which will keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu for five years. The defender will receive €3.5 million net wages in the first season which will increase progressively each year.

Hernandez, who has spent the season on loan at Alaves, is known t0 have a 24 million euro buy-out clause in his Atleti contract.

 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes top 10 rich list in the UK

Mercedes Formula One driver, Lewis Hamilton is still been ranked the richest Sports man in the UK according to Sunday Times Rich List, with a fortune of £131m fortune and has seen his wealth increase by £25m in the past 12 months.

Hamilton is followed closely by Manchester United Zlatan Ibrahimovic,with a wealth of £110m , who was leapfrogged by teammate Wayne Rooney to become the richest footballer on the list after he joined the English side in July last year.

The imposing forward has a wealth of £110m after more than a decade playing for Europe’s elite clubs including PSG, AC Milan, Barcelona, Juventus and Inter Milan and a lucrative long-term endorsement deal with Nike.

Formula One’s Jenson Button and golfer Rory McIlroy make up the top five with wealth of £86m and £82m respectively.

McIlroy’s fortune rose by £26m in the past 12 months, the biggest rise on the list, while Button’s personal fortune grew by £9m even though he handed over his McLaren seat at the end of last season.

Football is the best-represented sport in the top 10, with five of the wealthiest sports people either players or managers.

Rooney (£93m, up £11m) is third, while Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is in seventh place (£61m) and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola equal ninth (£50m).

Wales and Real Madrid striker Gareth Bale has seen his wealth rise by £20m in the last year to a total of £54m, to place him eighth in the top 10.