Archive for November, 2015

(Basket ball) Kobe retires from Basketball

American basketballer, Kobe Bryant will call it quit with basket ball.

The 37-year-old NBA pro wrote a poem about his passion for the sport, which was posted on The Players Tribune Sunday afternoon. The website almost immediately crashed.

In the emotional letter, Bryant announces that after his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, this will be his last.

He notes that basketball “gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream and I’ll always love you for it.”

“But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer,” he continues. “This season is all I have left to give.”

Adele sells 3.38 million copies in first week

…breaks records

It’s official: Adele’s 25 album sold  in its first week in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. That’s the largest single sales week for an album since Nielsen began tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991. 25 is the first album to sell more than 3 million copies in a week in Nielsen history, and only the second to surpass 2 million sold in a single frame.

Nielsen Music’s tracking week runs from Friday to Thursday each week, so 25’s opening frame ended at the close of business on Nov. 26. The new set, which is Adele’s third studio album, was released on Nov. 20 through XL Recordings/Columbia Records.

T.B. Josua faces court today

Lagos Pastor, T. B. Josua faces court today for the death of 116 people in Lagos due to the collapse of six-storey guest house.

The Lagos State Government has said it will  (today) arraign the trustees of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations and the two engineers who built the church’s collapsed six-storey guest house that killed 116 persons last year.

The Lagos State Ministry of Justice said in a statement on Sunday that the trustees and the engineers would be arraigned before Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo of a Lagos State High Court.

It noted that the founder of SCOAN, Prophet T.B. Joshua is one of the church’s trustees.

The SCOAN and the two structural engineers, Messrs Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun, had on July 8, 2015 been indicted by a Lagos State coroner, Mr. Oyetade Komolafe, who conducted an inquest into the death of the victims of the September 12, 2014 accident.

Komolafe had identified structural defect as the cause of the building collapse, as opposed to the church’s claim that the building was sabotaged.

The coroner had subsequently recommended that the engineers should be prosecuted for criminal negligence while the church should be investigated and prosecuted for building without possessing necessary permit.

The state noted in its statement that the move to finally arraign the SCOAN trustees and the engineers followed the dismissal of a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by the engineers before Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos.

Having rejected the coroner’s verdict, the engineers, through their lawyer, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, had gone before the Federal High Court seeking an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Lagos State Attorney General or anyone acting under his authority from initiating or commencing criminal proceedings against them on the basis of the findings and recommendations of the coroner.

They also sought a declaration that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police “lacks the power to act on the coroner’s verdict to investigate or prosecute them.”

But Buba, in a ruling on November 9, 2015, dismissed the engineers’ suits, saying they failed to establish that their fundamental human rights were being threatened or had been violated.

The September 12, 2014 tragedy claimed the lives of 85 South Africans, 22 Nigerians, two Beninoise, one Togolese and six unidentified persons.

Sixty of the victims were males while 56 were females.

Meet WAEC best student, Samuel Nder

Benue State-born Samuel Nder has become the overall best scholar in the 2014 May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination.

Nder scored A1 in all his eight subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

By this accomplishment, the 18-year-old has become the current holder of WAEC’s national distinction/merit award instituted by the council in 1984 to encourage academic excellence.

The authorities of the West African Examinations Council honoured Nder and two other pupils on Thursday in Akure, Ondo State.

The other two national distinction/merit award winners are Miss Mildred Oguejiofor and Quadri Raji.

The duo also scored A1 in all their eight subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

Nder, who attended Vaatia College, Makurdi, Benue State with examination number 4081345/036, also had A1 in Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Geography, Biology. He had a cumulative score of 659.9318.

The lad, whose feat has made Vaatia College to become the 2014 winner of the Omo N’Oba Erediauwa trophy for producing the best male WASSCE candidate, is currently studying Software Engineering at the Saint Petersburg Electro-Technical University, Russia.

Anambra State-born Oguejiofor, who sat for the examination at Marist Comprehensive College, Nteje, with examination number 4052015/097, obtained A1 in Data Processing, Economics, Civic Education, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

The 18-year-old with a total score of 648.5706, has also placed her school on the excellence radar. Her school has become the 2014 Omo N’Oba Erediauwa trophy holder for producing the best female WASSCE candidate.

She is currently studying Medicine and Surgery at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

On the WAEC’s third placed National Distinction/Merit award chart is 17-year-old, Raji.

Raji, who garnered a cumulative score point of 640.2125, studied at St. Francis Catholic Secondary School, Idimu, Lagos.

Apart from English and Mathematics, he also obtained A1 in Computer Studies, Physics, Chemistry, Further Mathematics, Civic Education and Christian Religious Studies.

Born on November 22, 1998, Raji is presently Studying Petroleum Engineering at the University of Lagos.

To be considered for the 31-year-old distinction award, a candidate must obtain Grade 1 in at least seven subjects, including English Language, Mathematics, one of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, and one subject from any of the three sub-categories of core subjects.

In addition, the candidate must obtain a minimum of Grade 6 in at least one subject from each of the core subject sub-categories.

Candidates are considered under the Merit awards only if enough participants do not qualify for the distinction awards. The eligibility criteria for the Merit awards are the same as those of Distinction awards, except that a candidate must obtain a grade not lower than 2 in English Language.

The results of candidates eligible for an award should have been obtained at the first attempt and at the same sitting. The grades would also have been obtained without any hint of impropriety.

The first National Distinction/Merit awards were presented in Abeokuta, Ogun State in 1985 to the winners in the Nov/Dec 1984 SC/GCE, with Abdulkadir Sarki-Abba, a pupil of Government Science School, Dawakin-Tofa, Kano State, receiving the excellence award.

Eyes on Costa after throwing bib at Mourinho

The bad blood between  Diego Costa  and  Jose Mourinho seems to have continued as the striker threw a bib at his manager in  Chelsea

Costa was not named in Chelsea’s starting 11 and was left on the bench all through their goalless  Premier League  draw withTottenham   yesterday.

After warming up, Costa was not called up to enter the game and he was not happy about it.

As he made his way to the bench, the striker pulled his bib and threw it backwards towards his coach,   Mourinho.

Nigerian midfielder, John Obi Mikel who was sitting behind Mourinho saw it all and laughed.

Mourinho who was focused on the game did not see the bib. When pressed on the incident after the game, Chelsea manager Mourinho said he didn’t expect Costa to be happy to be on the bench.

“I was not expecting a player to be on the bench jumping and singing… a top player on the bench is not happy. If he wants to hurt me, it’s not with a bib,” Mourinho said.

“I don’t like my subs to warm up. I just want them to be mentally ready to play for when we need them. There’s no issue between me and Diego, it was just a decision.”

5 suspected fraudsters arrest in Lagos

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Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, have arrested five members of a 15-man syndicate that specialized in defrauding innocent members of the public in Lagos and its environs of their hard-earned money.

The suspects identified as Adeola Oladele, 42, Friday Philip, 33, Israel Ibe, 35, Oyewole Thompson, 30, and Onyebuchi Godwin, 20, were arrested by RRS operatives after a tip off.

Information gathered that the five suspects who were arrested in Oko -Baba- Sule, off Wilma Street, Olodi ,Apapa, were taken to the State Headquarters of the RRS, Alausa, Ikeja, for interrogation.

They allegedly admitted being culpable and stated that it was greed and unemployment that lured them into crime.

They also claimed to be 15 in number, with one Toronto, as the kingpin of the syndicate.

Oyewole Thompson, 30, said:   “We are 15 in number and we divide ourselves into groups whenever we want to go on the prowl. We usually walk around Boundary Market and Marine Beach, all in Apapa, where we go after our preys. We introduce ourselves as foreigners that brought some imported gadgets for sale. We convince our victims and anybody that falls into such a booby trap, we will milk him or her dry. We will ask him or her to bring Naira, which we would either change into fake US dollars or British Pounds. Toronto is the head of our syndicate, while Ifeanyi, Emeka, Bobo and Onyibo head different groups.”

Residents of the affected Wilma area, who also came and testified against the arrested men, claimed their base under the Wilma flyover was a dangerous and no-go area where cries of students and ladies were often heard.

 

(Football) Meet the hottest striker in EPL, Jamie Vardy

IF you’re wearing golden boots, the expectation is that you will deliver. Jamie Vardy took that questionable sartorial decision yesterday evening. However, he also did the necessary deed and extraordinary tale gathered yet another chapter.

He already shared the Premier League record of scoring in ten successive games with Ruud van Nistelrooy.

So, it was fitting that it was against Manchester United, with their travelling support singing the old songs in praise of their legendary Dutch striker, that the Sheffield Wednesday reject and alumnus of Stocksbridge Park Steels, who was still playing non-league football three years ago, chose to go one better.

The new record is now eleven successive games and Vardy has actually scored 13 in that run. Yesterday it felt as though he were trampling all over the established order, not just van Nistelrooy. Whilst Vardy was all energy and action, Wayne Rooney looked a much older man than his 30 years at the other end.

There were a few snapped shots wide, a desperate dive on 35 minutes and an attepot to fling himself at a rebound. But, bruised and seemingly hobbling with a dead leg, he was substituted on 67 minutes. It may not be the case come the summer, but yesterday evening the comparison with his Leicester counterpart and England team-mate was unkind for Rooney.

The Vardy goal when it came was a classis of its kind from Leicester this season. Kasper Schmeichel bowled the ball to Christian Fuchs who advanced upfield to play a raking pass behind United’s extremely shaky back three for Vardy to run onto.

Such is his confidence at present, few inside the King Power Stadium can have doubted the conclusion once the man of the moment began that run.

He simply sprinted across a startled Darmian, took one touch and crashed it past David De Gea.. The stadium fairly erupted as Vardy raced off to celebrate, dashing briefly past the United fans, pointing at his chest and shouting something, presumably along the lines of: ‘I’m the man now.’

And he was but it was not just him. Leicester may have to share top spot with Manchester City after this draw, but their resilience as we approach December is remarkable. They aren’t going away and were magnificent in that first half, when United reverted to their stuttering shapeless alter ego, a parody of their finest sides. And when United improved, as they were almost bound too, Leicester proved equal to their defensive task.

Yet it was first half onslaught which truly exhilarated the King Power Stadium. Vardy and Marc Albrighton has already served warning on Darmian on 11 minutes, hounding him into losing the ball and being unfortunate to concede a free kick. Darmian and Paddy McNair in particular will not remember their first-half performances fondly.

But all over the pitch Leicester were embarrassing United, none more so than Riyad Mahrez, whom Ashley Young had to pull back as he raced away on yet another counter attack and thus earned a yellow card. United’s 3-5-2 formation, simply looked ragged. And when Mahrez broke through on 31 minutes it needed the steadfastness of De Gea to block his smart shot with his knees.

Date of birth 11/01/1987 Height 1.78 m
Age 28 Weight 76 kg
Country of birth

England

National team
Appearances 48 Titles won
Goals 19 25-man squad member SQUAD
Yellow cards

8

Home grown player HG
Red cards

0

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