Wednesday, 14 August 2013

GOV FASHOLA ORDERS RE-OPENING OF EX-GOV ORJI UZOR KALU'S IKOYI HOME

Gov Fashola orders re-opening of Ex-Gov Orji Uzor Kalu's Ikoyi home Press release from the Lagos State Government The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to a misleading claim by a businessman, Mr. Orji Uzor Kalu that his Ikoyi home has been sealed off following a threat to sue the Lagos State Government over an unrelated matter. We wish to state, for the avoidance of doubt, that nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is that Mr. Orji Uzor Kalu’s property in Park View Estate, Ikoyi was distrained pursuant to Section 40 of the Revenue Administration Law of Lagos State for failure to pay the statutory annual land use charge despite three separate notices delivered to the said property. As a government driven by law and process, the Lagos State Government will ordinarily expect all law abiding residents to discharge their responsibilities to the state. If, in spite of failing to do so, Mr. Orji Uzor Kalu wants to give ethnic colouration to a routine performance of its duties by an agency of the state government, which in this case is the Land Use Charge Office, under the Ministry of Finance, he is welcome to do so. However it should be noted that when the issue was brought to the attention of the Governor, Tuesday evening, he directed the agency to unseal the property and that an additional 14 days grace period be given to Mr. Kalu to pay the said charge. It should be emphasised that notices like these are served on defaulting property owners on a regular basis who either comply or contact the Agency to raise any objections they might have to such notice. Mr. Orji Uzor Kalu, like every other citizen, must fulfil his obligation to the State. Signed: Aderemi Ibirogba HON. COMMISSIONER FOR INFORMATION AND STRATEGY Posted by Linda Ikeji

INJURY MARRS BIG WIN FOR CHALOBAH

INJURY MARRS BIG WIN FOR CHALOBAH Posted on: Wed 14 Aug 2013 Nathaniel Chalobah was was taken off injured as England's Under-21 side beat their Scotland counterparts 6-0 in Sheffield. The Three Lions, under the guidance of senior manager Roy Hodgson, were already 2-0 up courtesy of strikes from Nathan Redmond and Raheem Sterling when the Chelsea midfielder went down under a fierce challenge by Tony Watt just before half-time. Chalobah received treatment for a few moments before it became apparent he would be unable to continue, and the youngster was then stretchered off. Second-half goals from Ross Barkley, Connor Wickham, Jonjo Shelvey and Thomas Carroll compounded the visitors' misery. Islam Feruz started the game for Scotland, while Todd Kane, currently on loan at Blackburn Rovers from the Blues, was an unused substitute for England.

PAT NEVIN: BLOSSOMING BLUES

PAT NEVIN: BLOSSOMING BLUES Posted on: Wed 14 Aug 2013 Another Chelsea legend returns this week as Pat Nevin files his first column of what he anticipates to be a hugely exciting campaign... Jeepers, I remember the days when pre-season friendlies were roughing it down at Aberystwyth in Wales or a little jaunt out to Brentford to get the old muscles moving. Going west now means a rather longer trip, especially as it started out in the Far East for the current squad. All in all it was a pretty successful build-up to the season, though the cliché still holds that the results in these games stand for little or nothing once the season really gets started. The fact that Jose got to test his team against the likes of Roma, AC Milan, Inter and Real Madrid will give him a real feel for who he thinks is best suited for the season's attack on a variety of trophies. With the return of De Bruyne and Lukaku suitably improved and experienced alongside the additions of Michael Essien, Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel and Mark Schwarzer, there appears to be something approaching an embarrassment of riches to choose from. There may of course be the odd extra player to come in but for me that looks awfully like a squad that is capable of slugging it out with the very best anywhere in world football. Last season was one I thoroughly enjoyed but I suspect, like many others, this could be one of the most interesting and entertaining seasons in Premier League history. Clearly Man City and United are going to be up there again, but I have to say I will be surprised if Chelsea find themselves off the pace this time around. Maybe even more importantly I suspect this group will only get better as the likes of Mata, Hazard and Oscar are only likely to become even more influential as time goes by. It is the beginning of the season so there is always hope, but I suspect the clichés will be rolled out about taking every game as it comes. That being the case the fixture computer has once again been kind to Chelsea at the start. A couple of home games that are eminently winnable against Hull and Villa could really allow the team to settle very quickly. That is not to say they will be easy, Aston Villa in particular appear to have acquired intelligently over the summer, but with the right attitude it could be an early boost and hopefully six points out of six. Anyone who has been watching Chelsea TV and enjoying the pre-season games will possibly be none the wiser about who will be in the starting line-up come Sunday afternoon. This is often portrayed as a negative by some, who question whether or not the manager actually knows what his strongest team is, but I do not think that is the case with Jose at all. He has chopped and changed to such an extent that very few players will be comfortable that their names will be among the first 11 at the weekend and that will quite simply keep them on their toes and keep them voraciously hungry. If you get the nod in the first game you know fine well that you will have to be at something approaching your very best if you want to stand a decent chance of staying in the team. From the others point of view, if you are not starting then you will be bursting for your chance, even if it is as a substitute. Coming on as a sub for the last half-hour in this team will need an explosion of energy and skill to get the approval of the boss. Any player under Jose Mourinho who does not have the right attitude and displays a 'petted lip' if he isn't a regular, might as well pack his boots and get out. I suspect there will be no divine right to a game for anyone at all and I suspect the players know that already. It really is one of the top benefits of having a great squad and a great manager. Among the most common questions I am asked these days in the media, okay, the most common question by miles, is who I think will win the Premier League. With all respect to the likes of Spurs and Arsenal I really do think it is a three-horse race and it is impossible to predict, certainly I don't think it would be wise to do so anyway at least until the transfer window closes. One extra player can make a difference, just think back to the Robin van Persie effect last season. I would however predict one thing; no one will run away with the title with the quality that is around in the upper echelons of the league. Another hot topic is who is going to be the premier Leagues star individual performer this this time round. Last season's candidates such as Benteke, Bale ( if he is still around) and Van Persie will of course be in the running, but Chelsea have any number that could step up to the plate. Would you be surprised if Mata, Oscar or David Luiz was in the running for Premier League Player of the Year come next May? I wouldn't and I would be even less surprised if Eden Hazard was in that elite clutch by the end of the campaign. Maybe this more than anything else is why I am so up about the season to come. How many other teams, including United and City, have so many players who have the chance of blossoming into the league's brightest star? So with the best manager still in the business at the helm, who is famed for building teams from great individual players, not always the easiest skill, I am not saying Chelsea are going to win the league, but I certainly wouldn't bet against us. Relax, sit back and enjoy the show, I know I am going to. PS The quiz will be back next week with the usual prizes I am glad to say. Is there no end to the things you can look forward to! Source: Chelseafc.com

Friday, 21 September 2012

INSPRIRATIONAL FRIDAY

A MUST READ! EMERGENCY NUMBERS: Emergency numbers may be dialed direct. No operator assistance is necessary. All lines are open to heaven 24 hours a day. When you are in danger, call Psalm 46. When God seems far away, call Psalm 139. For peace and rest, call Matthew 11:25-30. For keeping things in perspective, call Psalm 91. When the world seems bigger than God, call Psalm 90. For Christian assurance, call Romans 8:1-30. When you leave home for labor or travel, call Psalm 121. When your prayers grow narrow or selfish, call Psalm 67. If discouraged about your work, call Psalm 126. When someone fails you, call Psalm 27. When you want courage for a task, call Joshua 1. How to get along with others, call Romans 12. If you are depressed, call Psalm 27. If people seem unkind, call John 15. For assurance of salvation, call Romans 10:13. When your faith needs stirring, call Hebrews 11. When you are lonely and fearful, call Psalm 23. When you feel condemned, call John 3:16 - 17. When you grow bitter and critical, call Corinthians 13. For the secret to happiness, call Colossians 3:12-17. Who has a friend with whom to share, Has double cheer and one- half care. For a Best Friend, call Psalm 9. When in sorrow, call John 14. When you have sinned, call Psalm 51. When you worry, call Matthew 6:10-34. If your pocketbook is empty, call Psalm 37. This are the phone numbers to call God. Brethren, Please I beg of you, pass this message round. Copy and paste it, share it, call, email and text it.. Have done my part, it's now your turn to spread the Gospel. God is waiting for your call. Let this Gospel reach million people by pressing "LIKE" and writing,"AMEN"

Monday, 17 September 2012

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MATCH DAY ONE PREDICTIONS

REAL MADRID V MANCITY: The most-awaited clash of the Champions League group stage happens to be on Matchday One as mighty Real Madrid welcome Manchester City to the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday. The clash between the Spanish and English Champions is the biggest draw in the ‘group of death’, which also comprises Borussia Dortmund and Ajax. The battle at the Bernabeu is filled with countless subplots as the fixture sees the established power collide with the new pretender, Jose Mourinho facing his predecessor at Inter Milan, Roberto Mancini and not to forget the stellar list of players on show. Madrid have made a stuttering start in the La Liga, winning just one of their four fixtures so far. Man City’s defence of the title hasn’t gone to plan either as they have drawn two of their four games. The big game on Tuesday could just be the trigger both teams have been waiting for, although City will be wary of Madrid’s imperious home record which saw them win all six of their home games in the Champions League last season, scoring 24 goals in the process. Probable Line-Ups: RealMadrid(4-2-3-1): Casillas(GK), Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Alonso, Khedira, Ozil, Ronaldo, DiMaria, Higuain ManCity(4-2-3-1): Hart(GK), Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Y.Toure, Garcia, Nasri, Silva, Milner, Tevez. PREDICTION: RealMadrid 2-1 ManCity MONTPELLIER V ARSENAL: The Uefa Champions League anthem will blare out in the unfamiliar surroundings of the Stade La Mosson on tuesday night as newcomers Montpellier welcome the mighty Arsenal in the matchday one clash in Grp B. The french champions will be turning out in europe's elite competition for the first time in their history, in stark contrast to arsenal who are making their 15th consecutive appearance in the competition. The defending french champions have failed to liveup to their recent reputation as they have claimed judt 4points from their first five games this season. Meanwhile, the Gunners have garnered considerable respect for their new found defensive discipline. Despite a slow start with two goaless draws, Arsenal's new look forward line has begun to work its magic, scoring eight times in their last two premier league outings. This appears to be a lopsided fixture and Arsenal are widely expected to negotiate past their french opponents with considerable ease. However, in the world of football, anything can happen in 90minutes. Probable Line-Ups Montpellier(4-2-3-1): Geoffrey Jourden, Yanga-Mbiwa, Hilton, Henry Bedino, Congre, Stambouli, Utaka, Belhanda, Cabella, Ait Fana, Herrera Arsenal(4-3-3): Szczesny(GK), Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs,Diaby,Arteta,Cazorla,Oxlade-Chamberlain,Gervinho, Podolski PREDICTION: Montpellier 1-3 Arsenal BORUSSIA DORTMUND V AJAX AMSTERDAM PREDICTION: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Ajax Amsterdam MALAGA V ZENIT ST PETERSBURG PREDICTION: Malaga 1-1 Zenit St Petersburg AC MILAN V ANDERLECHT PREDICTION: Ac Milan 2-0 Anderlecht OLYMPIACOS V SCHALKE04 PREDICTION: Olympiacos 1-1 Schalke PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN V DYNAMO KIEV PREDICTION: PSG 2-1 Dynamo Kiev DINAMO ZAGREB V FC PORTO PREDICTION: Dinamo Zagreb 1-3 Fc Porto. What do you guys think?... Watch out for Match Day Two Predictions on tuesday.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND-UP

MAN-UTD VS WIGAN: ManU ran out 4-0 winners with Paul Scholes scoring on his 700th appearance.Javi Hernadez saw his weak effort well saved from the spot by Al-Habsi.With Robin VerPersie on the bench, manU searched for the first goal with Danny Welbeck and Nani shooting wide from close range in the first half. Six mins into the second half, Scholes broke the deadlock. Hernadez doubled the home side lead on 63mins with Butner getting the third 3mins later.Nick Powell came off the bench to netthe fourth for the red devils. QPR VS CHELSEA: All eyes were on the events before the kickoff at loftus road with anton Ferdinand eventually decided not to shake hands with John Terry and Ashley Cole and when the action started neither side could get a goal with Eden Hazard guilty of two clear chances. The R's eventually ended the European champions 100% record in the premier league this season. ARSENAL VS SOUTHAMPTON: Arsenal continued their start to the campaign with an impressive 6-1 victory over southampton with Gervinho netting twice and Podolski scoring a wonderful freekick with Theo Walcott aldo putting his name on the scorers sheet with the other two goals being an owngoal. Southampton got a consolation when Szczeny failing to collect Jason Puncheon and Danny Simpson was around to blast it in. STOKE CITY VS MANCITY: Mancity were held to a 1-1 draw by Stoke city at the Brittania for a fourth sucessive season in this fixture. Stoke city went ahead in the 15mins mark through a controversial Peter Crouch goal. The visitors drew level when Carlos Tevez freekick was met by new signing Jarvi Garcia to bundle home. SUNDERLAND VS LIVERPOOL: 1-1 (Scorers: Fletcher, Suarez) FULHAM VS WESTBROM: 2-0 (Scorers: Berbatov<2>) READING VS TOTTENHAM: 1-3 (Defoe<2> Bale) ASTON VILLA VS SWANSEA: (Lowton, Benteke) NORWICH VS WESTHAM: 0-0 EVERTON VS NEWCASTLE: Not yet played.Will come up on monday 17th September

AGBANI DAREGO

In 2001, she shocked the world, beating over 70 gorgeous girls to emerge as Miss World. Young, beautiful and natural, Agbani Darego is a young woman full of promise. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, she is the sixth of eight children. At the age of two, she moved to Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and says her childhood was loving and memorable, although it was tainted by the death of her mother, who passed away due to breast cancer when Agbani was eleven. She attended Bereton Montessory Nursery & primary school, Federal Government Girls College (F.G.G.C) Abuloma, where she was awarded ‘Most distinguished Alumni’ in 2010, and the University of Port Harcourt, where she studied Computer Science for a year before her foray into the pageant world. In 2001, she achieved great success when she won Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN). During her reign as MBGN, she represented Nigeria in the 2001 Miss Universe competition, held in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. She placed among the top 10 semi-finalists, finishing seventh. She was the only black semi-finalist that year – and the only finalist to wear a one-piece swimsuit as opposed to the more popular bikini. Encouraged by her position at Miss Universe in 2001, Agbani then competed at the Miss World pageant in November 2001, which she won, becoming the first native Sub-Saharan African to claim the title, a victory widely welcomed in Nigeria. Agbani was honoured with the Nigerian national honour ‘Member of the Order of the Federal Republic’ (MFR) after her win as Miss World in 2001. During her reign, she visited a number of countries, including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Puerto Rico, the United States, Germany, Italy, China, Spain and France. She was a public favourite, as for the first time in the history of the Miss World Pageant; TV Viewers were invited to participate in the Final Vote. Since then, Agbani has made appearances at and judged the Miss World pageant, as well as Miss England, Miss Bulgaria, MR Scotland, Miss Tanzania and the Most Beautiful girl in Nigeria pageants. In 2002, she relocated to London for two years. There, she signed with Top Modeling Agency Next Model Management and worked, strutting the catwalks during Fashion Week, gracing Magazine Editorials, and clinching the distinguished beauty endorsement with L’Oreal, which ended in 2005. In 2003, she made the move to New York, where she signed with Next Model Management NY for four years (2003 – 2007), and later moved to Ford Models NY; featuring in numerous beauty and fashion advertising and commercials, including Avon, Christian Dior beauty, Sephora, Target, and Macy’s, to name a few. She graced more pages of several magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Allure, Trace, Stitch, Cosmopolitan, Essence magazine , working with respected designers like Oscar de la Renta, Marc Bouwer, Tommy Hillfiger, Ralph Lauren, Gianfranco Ferre, and eminent Photographers Annie Leibovitz, Markus Klinko, and Richard Burbridge. Always the multi-tasker, she then decided to finish up her education in 2007, enrolling at the prestigious New York University (NYU) where she majored in Psychology, graduating in 2012. Agbani currently works with Ford Models NY and often shuttles between New York & Lagos. Culled from www.agbanidarego.com