SPORT NEWS

​Kanu, Okocha to play alongside Messi,

Neymar

ON July 11, 2016 1:03 AM / IN

Sports / Comments

TWO of Nigeria’s finest footballers of all-

time, Nwankwo Kanu and Austin ‘Jay Jay’

Okocha will team up with the likes of

Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Diego

Maradona as they set to feature at the

10th Anniversary celebration of the

Fundación Privada Samuel Eto’o on July

16.

The 35-year-old who currently plays for

Turkish side Antalyaspor will host 23

great footballers both retired and those

still playing in a charity game to raise

funds for his Foundation.

The Cameroonian was in Nigeria in May

to honour former Nigerian international

Joseph Yobo who celebrated his 101 caps

for the Super Eagles with a game at the

Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt.

The Charity match in Turkey will see

Messi who is currently appealing a 21-

months jail term play alongside Argentine

football icon Diego Maradona and former

teammate Xavi Hernandez while Fabio

Capello is expected to be the manager on

the day.

Peter of PSquare is scheduled to also

perform at the event as he and the

former Chelsea star are very good friends

while Mr P is a self-confessed Blues fan.

One of the greatest quotes of Samuel

Eto’o is when he talked about how he was

treated by defenders in the beautiful

game of football.

He said: “Getting knocked about just

motivates me more. When someone kicks

me, you wouldn’t believe how much it

makes me want to score a goal, just to get

back at them.”

CHRISTANO VOWS TO COME BACK STRONG AFTER INJURY

​Cristiano Ronaldo vows to come back

stronger after injury

ON July 19, 2016 7:17 AM / IN

Sports / Comments

Cristiano Ronaldo said Monday that he

intends to come back stronger for the

upcoming season despite the injury he

sustained while playing for Portugal in

their victorious Euro 2016 final.

The Real Madrid striker, who played a

key part in leading his country to a

maiden major title, limped off in tears

with a knee injury in the first half of the

final against hosts France earlier this

month.

The 31-year-old has a sprained ligament

in his left knee, and Spanish sports daily

Marca reported that he is unlikely to

return to action before Real’s third game

of the domestic La Liga season.

“Hi everyone! I just wanted to thank all

my fans,” Ronaldo said in a video on his

Instagram account.

“I wanted to tell them that all is well and

that I will come back much stronger.

Thank you, long live Portugal!”

After suffering the initial injury, the

three-time Ballon D’Or winner tried to

play on but had to be replaced in the 25th

minute, before striker Eder grabbed the

only goal of the game in extra time.

ASUU TO FG

​ASUU to FG: You’re responsible for

education backwardness in Nigeria

ON July 19, 2016 6:22 AM / IN News /

Comments

By Johnbosco Agbarakwu

ABUJA —THE Academic Staff Union of

Universities, ASUU, yesterday accused the

Federal Government of being responsible

for the backwardness of education in the

country which had affected its global

rating.

ASUU lamented that instead of the

budgetary allocation to improve, it was

only reducing and called on the

government to commence the process for

the payment of N623 billion, being

backlog of earned academic allowances

and funding of universities.

National President of ASUU, Comrade

Biodun Ogunyemi, while briefing

journalists in Abuja, also kicked against

the proposed plan by the federal

government to scrap the post-University

Matriculation Tertiary Examination,

saying the Joint Admission and

Matriculations Board, JAMB, could not

admit students for universities.

He frowned on the alleged continuous

breach of various Memorandum of

Understanding, MoU, signed between the

government and ASUU between 2009 and

2015, adding that the Federal Government

was in arrears of N495 billion as at the

first quarter of 2016, in respect of the

NEEDS assessment fund for the

revitalisation of public universities.

He further accused the Federal

Government of failing to disburse the

outstanding balance of

N65,833,047,372.24 (2009-2013), in

addition to N62,417,645,224.23

(2014-2016) amounting to

N128,250,692,596.47 as contained in the

report of the 2009 FGN-ASUU agreement

implementation Committee, IMC.

Ogunyemi warned against undue and

further delay in the implementation of

various agreements signed between both

parties.

ASUU strongly condemned the decision by

the federal government to scrap the

conduct of POST-UME, saying the decision

did not serve the interest of Nigerians

and that the university tertiary

matriculation examination, UTME,

conducted by JAMB is not credible enough

to warrant the cancellation of the post

UTME tests.

Ogunyemi said the action by government

was typical of its current lukewarm

attitude towards the spirit and letters of

the FGN/ASUU agreement of 2009, vowing

that the union as an important

stakeholder in the university system will

continue to draw the attention of all

concerned to possible threat to peaceful

development and growth of the Nigerian

Education System.

He said: ”We consider it appalling that no

consultation with stakeholders especially

with ASUU and the Vice Chancellors was

held before such far reaching national

policy like the cancellation of Post Ume

was pronounced.

“In a fundamental way, the policy

undermines the autonomy of universities

and powers of universities’ senate as the

highest policy making body on academic

matters, particularly admission of

students and award of university

degrees.”

The ASUU boss further questioned the

veracity of the claim by the Education

Minister Malam Adamu Adamu that ‘’the

nation has confidence in what JAMB is

doing” and that as a result of this, tertiary

institutions do not need to conduct

further tests towards admitting students

UTME candidates, saying even a former

Minister of education, Mrs Chinwe Obaji,

in 2005 questioned the credibility of most

JAMB high fliers, who even though they

scored as high as 280 performed

abysmally low in the post ume exercise.

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Top Army officers planning to overthrow President Buhari, Militants allege On June 22, 20165:18 pmIn NewsComments By Emma Amaize, Regional Editor, South South, Egufe Yafugborhi and Perez Brisibe WARRI- THE Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force, NDLF, Wednesday, revealed that some top Army officers allegedly planning to overthrow President Muhammadu Buhari had approached Niger- Delta militants to continue bombing oil installations to give reason and justification for a coup against him.MILITANTS-buhari The militant group in a statement by the Commander, General Duties, Joint Revolutionary Council, JRC, of JNDLF, General Akotebe Darikoro and others, said: “We are constrained to let the cat out of the bag today that President Muhammadu Buhari should be wary about the security of this country as some military men are making move to remove him from power by instigating civil unrest in the country. ” “Some top military men through their civil agents approached us to cause and continue the vandalization of the oil and gas pipelines in the Niger delta region to use as an excuse to take over the government from democracy to military rule in the country,” the group asserted. It added: “We said no, as such plan will not work and not in conformity with our genuine desire of agitation. The military want to disgrace him now and let him quickly look into the issues and make pronouncement for his administration to be in peace.” JNDLF asserted: “Let the President analyze certain memo from the military concerning Niger Delta region before taking action or otherwise the military will use that as a platform to remove him”. “We know the issue of Niger Delta is political and we prefer political solution to resolve it, but if the president refuses, we strongly advise the President to take a holistic approach to solve the Niger Delta problem.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/06/top-army-officers-planning-overthrow-president-buhari-militants-allege/

LOVE WORLD

You haven’t really lived as a mother until you have survived your first mommy-shaming birthday party. What does one look like, you may ask. Allow me to offer a few examples of what you might hear:

“Oh, yes, we only use bamboo and wool diapers.”

“Does your child attend the Jewish Montessori preschool?”

“No sugar or food dye for our son!”

Last year our family attended such an event, and I literally thought my ears might fall off from the weight of collective pride pouring into them. Every mother seemed focused on a particular agenda and, if you were nearby, you were going to hear about it.

I think this is part of the bigger lie that our culture projects onto mothers: you not only have to have it together ALL the time, but you also have to make sure everyone else knows you do.

Needless to say, I have never run from a party faster than I did that day.

This past weekend, I helped host a baby shower, and I couldn’t help but ponder how little I knew about motherhood before my first child was born. And yet, I was much more confident in those early days.

In academics, it’s no secret that we are all pursuing knowledge, and it’s generally agreed that the more you know, the better you are at teaching young minds.

In motherhood, however, the opposite seems to be true. The longer you are a mother, the less you feel prepared for any given moment.

Recently, my son reminded me of this truth when, before my very eyes, he accidentally tumbled into a swimming pool at a friend’s birthday party. Despite all of the precautions we had taken and the endless warnings we had offered our son, the unthinkable happened. As I saw his motionless body – just out of reach – sink, my mind reflected on all the moments I have felt equally powerless over the first three years of my motherhood journey.

Miraculously, another mother in the pool was able to save my son before he swallowed any water. And, from the comfort of an oversized beach towel in my arms, a special child excitedly shared his adventure – over, and over, and over again.

In that moment, uncertainty gave life to experience.

Some days we will be tempted to tell the world about our mothering, and others will leave us wanting to hide behind an obnoxiously large diaper bag. I would argue that the sweet spot of vulnerability is somewhere in between.

And, every so often, you will see that little boy – the one whose mother espoused a gluten- and flavor-free existence – devouring a piece of cake smothered with cheap red icing, and you will discover the truth your heart knew all along: the perfect mother doesn’t exist.

::today’s daily inspiration::

You haven’t really lived as a mother until you have survived your first mommy-shaming birthday party. What does one look like, you may ask. Allow me to offer a few examples of what you might hear:

“Oh, yes, we only use bamboo and wool diapers.”

“Does your child attend the Jewish Montessori preschool?”

“No sugar or food dye for our son!”

Last year our family attended such an event, and I literally thought my ears might fall off from the weight of collective pride pouring into them. Every mother seemed focused on a particular agenda and, if you were nearby, you were going to hear about it.

I think this is part of the bigger lie that our culture projects onto mothers: you not only have to have it together ALL the time, but you also have to make sure everyone else knows you do.

Needless to say, I have never run from a party faster than I did that day.

This past weekend, I helped host a baby shower, and I couldn’t help but ponder how little I knew about motherhood before my first child was born. And yet, I was much more confident in those early days.

In academics, it’s no secret that we are all pursuing knowledge, and it’s generally agreed that the more you know, the better you are at teaching young minds.

In motherhood, however, the opposite seems to be true. The longer you are a mother, the less you feel prepared for any given moment.

Recently, my son reminded me of this truth when, before my very eyes, he accidentally tumbled into a swimming pool at a friend’s birthday party. Despite all of the precautions we had taken and the endless warnings we had offered our son, the unthinkable happened. As I saw his motionless body – just out of reach – sink, my mind reflected on all the moments I have felt equally powerless over the first three years of my motherhood journey.

Miraculously, another mother in the pool was able to save my son before he swallowed any water. And, from the comfort of an oversized beach towel in my arms, a special child excitedly shared his adventure – over, and over, and over again.

In that moment, uncertainty gave life to experience.

Some days we will be tempted to tell the world about our mothering, and others will leave us wanting to hide behind an obnoxiously large diaper bag. I would argue that the sweet spot of vulnerability is somewhere in between.

And, every so often, you will see that little boy – the one whose mother espoused a gluten- and flavor-free existence – devouring a piece of cake smothered with cheap red icing, and you will discover the truth your heart knew all along: the perfect mother doesn’t exist.

::today’s daily inspiration::