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MASSOB leader, Ralph Uwazuruike sent to Prison

Chief Ralph Uwazuruioke, founder of the Movement for the actualization of a Sovereign state of Biafra, MASSOB, has been sentenced to one month in jail for disobeying a court order by the Owerri high court.

Uwazuruike was handed down the sentence for disobeying a directive to appear in court for a case in which he is a plaintiff. Presiding Justice Kemakolam Ojiako made the order in the civil case, HOW/265/2013, between Uwazuruike (plaintiff) and Barr. Chigozie Iheama and others over a land dispute.

Ruling on the motion on notice filed on July 6, 2017, by C.K. Okorie, counsel to the defendant, praying the court to commit the plaintiff/contemnor to prison for disobeying the order of the court, Ojiako ruled that,

“The plaintiff, Chief Raphael Uwazuruike, is hereby found guilty of contempt/disobedience to the said order of court made on April 2, 2017. That the plaintiff, Chief Raphael Uwazuruike, is hereby committed/sentenced to prison custody and shall be so detained for a period of one month from the date of his commitment to prison.”

Uwazuruike, his agents, privies or servants were also restrained from entering the land. Proceedings were adjourned to June 10, 2018.

 

 

Source: Politics Nigeria

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What Beyoncé and Jay-Z told us about their marriage and more in surprise joint album

New York – Music’s most famous couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z pulled a surprise by releasing a joint album, a long-rumoured collaboration that celebrates their marital passion and black identity.

The pop diva and hip-hop superstar announced the album, Everything is Love, from the stage in London as they wrapped up the British leg that opened a global tour.

The album came out late on Saturday exclusively on Jay-Z’s fledgling Tidal streaming service and is not available on Spotify – a far larger platform, which Beyoncé disses on the album in a string of F-bombs.

The couple also put out a beautifully choreographed video that takes place inside the Louvre museum in Paris for a song off the album, Apeshit.

The video is currently number two on the local YouTube Trending chart.

The video opens with the couple standing regally in front of the Mona Lisa – Jay-Z in a light green double-breasted suit, Beyoncé in a lavender pantsuit — and features a squad of scantily clad dancers moving sensually in front of Jacques Louis David’s The Coronation of Napoleon.

Driven by warm, sultry soul with a largely hip-hop cadence, Everything is Love marries the styles of the two artists but is more consistent with the recent direction of Jay-Z.

The two stars have recorded together previously, notably on the Beyoncé,-led single Drunk in Love, but the album comes after an especially public window into their marriage.

Beyoncé, on her last solo album Lemonade in 2016 revealed infidelity on the part of Jay-Z, who a year later asked forgiveness on his own album 4:44.

This year, as the title of Everything is Love implies, their relationship is apparently swell. On her very first lyrics, Beyoncé, beckons to her husband, “Let’s make love in the summertime.”

On the final track, Lovehappy, the two acknowledge past pain but also their efforts to reconcile.

“We’re flawed / But we’re still perfect for each other,” Beyoncé sings.

POLITICS:

As two of the most prominent African Americans in pop culture Jay-Z and Beyoncé, have played increasingly visible political roles, from campaigning for former president Barack Obama to championing the Black Lives Matter movement.

Everything is Love offers a paean to African American identity in Black Effect, which opens with a Beyoncé monologue about self-love before a haunting soul sample.

Jay-Z on the song name-checks Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African American shot dead in 2012 by a neighbourhood watchman in a Florida gated community, and raps, in a twist on performers’ rote calls for crowd gesticulation, “Get your hands up high like a false arrest.”

SAYING NO TO THE SUPER BOWL:

Elsewhere on the album Jay-Z appears to confirm a report that he turned down an offer by the National Football League to perform at this year’s Super Bowl, the most-watched event on US television, with Justin Timberlake ultimately playing American football’s title match.

Jay-Z is an outspoken supporter of Colin Kaepernick, the now-unemployed quarterback whose kneeling protest against racial injustice during the national anthem has triggered angry denunciations by President Donald Trump.

“I said no to the Super Bowl / You need me, I don’t need you,” Jay-Z raps.

“Every night we in the endzone / Tell the NFL we in stadiums, too,” he raps, likely referring to the racial dynamics in American football where almost entirely white owners employ mostly African American players.

The rapper, also known by the nickname Hov, takes aim more directly at Trump on “Salud!”, a song with Beyoncé that inexplicably did not make the nine-track album but was released simultaneously.

Making no apologies for his success, Jay-Z raps, “Your president tweeting about Hov like he knows us / My road to the top was to take what you owe us.”

 

 

Source: News24

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Diego Maradona responds to reports of racist incident during Argentina game

Diego Maradona has given his version of an exchange with an Asian fan at a World Cup game in Moscow that witnesses perceived as racist.

British television staff working in Spartak Stadium during Argentina’s 1-1 draw with Iceland on Saturday reported seeing Maradona respond to South Korea fans calling his name.

Maradona “obliged with a smile, kiss and wave. Then pulled his eyes to the side in a clearly racist gesture,” broadcaster Jacqui Oatley posted on Twitter. A second British broadcaster wrote that she also saw the incident, although no images or video of the alleged gesture have yet emerged

The Argentina great is an official FIFA ambassador and attended the game in a VIP section as part of a group of former players branded as “FIFA Legends.”

On Maradona’s Facebook page, a message was posted on Sunday in Spanish, English and Italian seeking to explain the incident, which seemed to break FIFA anti-discrimination rules.

“I understand better than anyone that in the World Cup people are looking for news everywhere,” Maradona wrote, adding that he saw “an Asian boy wearing an Argentina T-shirt.

“I, from afar, tried to tell them how nice it seemed to me that even the Asians cheer for us. And that’s all, guys, come on.”

FIFA statutes prohibit acts of discrimination by teams, officials and fans at games it organises.

In a response to The Associated Press, FIFA referred to its rules without commenting on the incident, and included a link to Maradona’s Facebook page.

A similar gesture last year in a game against South Korea led to a Colombia player being banned by FIFA for five friendly games.

Edwin Cardona later apologised for the gesture during the game in Seoul, and he was also fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,050) by FIFA. Cardona was not selected for the World Cup.

In the World Series last year, Yuli Gurriel of the Houston Astros made a similar gesture toward Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish, then pitching for the Dodgers. Gurriel apologised and was suspended for the first five games of this season.

Maradona also apologised on Facebook for smoking a cigar on Saturday, despite a FIFA ban on smoking at World Cup stadiums.

“Everyone has their way of feeling things,” he wrote, citing tension at the game. “I honestly did not know that no one can smoke in the stadiums.”

 

 

Source: ESPN

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Amaechi reveals those who betrayed IPOB

A first Republic Minister of Aviation, Mbazulike Amaechi has accused Igbo leaders of betraying the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other pro-Biafra agitators.

In an interview with Vanguard, Amaechi said IPOB members were made to look like law breakers.

“Any aggrieved person, group or organisation has the right to engage in agitations for better condition. There is no law that says that when you are maltreated, you should not complain against or to the person maltreating you. But in the case of IPOB, the Igbo leaders who should have directed them on the best way to follow betrayed them.

“Igbo leaders must not support the IPOB, but at the same time, they should not have betrayed them. If you are my leader and I am doing something you do not support, you should not sell me out or betray me the way Igbo leaders betrayed IPOB and other pro-Biafra groups.

“Personally, I believe in one great country which we fought for its creation and independence, with other notable and patriotic Nigerians who do not have the divisive minds like the present leaders of the country have in today’s Nigeria.

“I am very sad that the country I and other nationalists fought very hard for its creation and independence has been betrayed and my side of the people treated as slaves in their country. It is very annoying and saddening.

“Young men have the right to agitate but their leaders have betrayed them. If their leaders do not support them, they should not sell them out or betray them like they have done to IPOB which has been roundly betrayed by Igbo leaders who should guide them.

“IPOB is not a terrorist organisation and they are neither armed nor involved in any kind of violence.

MASSOB has been there over the years doing their thing without violence, yet Nigerian government has been after them, but in the North, people are being killed, houses burnt and communities sacked by herdsmen, yet they have not been declared a terrorist group. It is IPOB they declared as a terrorist group.

“When a people as part of a union say they are not happy with the union like the Biafra agitators are doing and embark on protest against the union, the people should be allowed to decide their faith whether to belong or not, it was done in Great Britain,” he said.

 

 

Source: Daily Post

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Kim Kardashian Finally Meets Alice Johnson After Trump’s Pardon

Woman Who Gained Prison Pardon Mets With Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian West, yesterday finally met with Alice Marie Johnson, the 63-year-old great-grandmother she helped free after 21 years in prison, they both celebrated the moment in Memphis, and taking time out to snap with Snapchat.

“Alice has never used filters before so I’m showing her the ropes. Love you Alice!” said Kim in one of the videos. And later, during a sitdown with Hoda Kotb for a Today show, she said this of Ms. Johnson: “I love this woman. I love this lady.”

“I mean I already knew just by talking to you on the phone and just seeing you in videos, but I mean you are everything and more than I ever thought,” she continued.

The incident is coming few weeks after kim meet with Presidnt Trump at the White House to discuss prison reform, and particularly the case of Ms. Alice Marie Johnson who had served more than 20 years in prison for a low-level drug offence.

Johnson was convicted of drug-trafficking charges and was sentenced to life in prison in 1996. Kim Kardashian took interest in her case and joined the cause for Johnson’s clemency after she watched a prison video published by the online outlet Mic, in which Johnson argued that she had turned to the world of cocaine trafficking because she was in a desperate situation.

The step taken by Kim weeks later led to Trump granting the great-grandmother a pardon, and she was allowed to reunite with her large family.

Now, Kim has met Alice Johnson and the reality star’s fans are super proud of this.

Source: Nigeria News

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President Ramaphosa launches high-level investigation into State Security Agency

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a high-level review panel into the work of the State Security Agency (SSA).

The panel, to be chaired by former minister Dr Sydney Mufamadi, will assess the mandate, capacity and organisational integrity of the SSA.

Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko said the panel follows Ramaphosa’s statements made in the National Assembly last month.

“President Ramaphosa has said that the panel must seek to identify all material factors that allowed for some of the current challenges within the agency so that appropriate measures are instituted to prevent a recurrence.

“The main objective of the review panel is to assist in ensuring a responsible and accountable national intelligence capability for the country in line with the Constitution and relevant legislation,” Diko said in a statement.

Overhauling the SSA

The other members of the panel include former spy boss Barry Gilder, Professor Jane Duncan, Anthoni Van Nieuwkerk, Professor Sibusiso Vil-Nkomo, Murray Michell, Basetsana Molebatsi, Siphokazi Magadla, Andre Pruis and Silumko Sokupa.

Ramaphosa earlier shifted SSA director-general Arthur Fraser to the Department of Correctional Services. This was seen as the first move in overhauling the agency plagued by allegations of corruption.Agency

Fraser was moved after Inspector-General of Intelligence Dr Setlhomamaru Dintwe claimed in an affidavit that Fraser was interfering with his duties. It had emerged that Fraser had revoked Dintwe’s security clearance.

A new minister of state security, Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, was appointed during Ramaphosa’s Cabinet reshuffle earlier this year.

The Presidency also announced that Ramaphosa has appointed former defence minister Charles Nqakula as his national security advisor.

 

 

 

Source: News24

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South Sudan's warring leaders invited to meet next week

South Sudan’s president and rebel leader have been invited to meet face-to-face next week for the first time in almost two years in an effort to end a five-year civil war.

An opposition statement on Wednesday welcomed the invitation by Ethiopia’s prime minister for Riek Machar to meet with President Salva Kiir on June 20 and called it a “prudent and timely decision.”

Machar fled South Sudan after new fighting erupted in the capital, Juba, in July 2016, ending a brief attempt at peace in which Machar had returned to his role as Kiir’s deputy. Machar, who later was put under house arrest in South Africa, hasn’t met with Kiir since then.

While South Sudan’s government hasn’t said whether the president will attend next week’s proposed meeting, spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny called the invitation “significant” and told The Associated Press that “anything that brings peace in South Sudan is wanted.”

The meeting would be mediated by the east African regional bloc that has led several rounds of failed peace talks. The Intergovernmental Authority on Development last month called for a meeting of Kiir and Machar ahead of an African Union summit on July 1 in Mauritania, saying it would inform a “final decision” on Machar’s participation in the South Sudan peace process.

The new invitation comes as pressure grows on the warring sides to end a conflict that has killed tens of thousands and created Africa’s largest refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Both sides have been accused of abuses against civilians, including along ethnic lines.

Early this month the UN Security Council adopted a United States-sponsored resolution that threatens an arms embargo on South Sudan and sanctions against six people, including the country’s defense chief, if fighting doesn’t stop and a political agreement reached. The resolution asks Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to report to the council on that by June 30.

Regional bloc IGAD also has threatened to submit “punitive measures” against violators of December’s failed cease-fire in South Sudan, though sanctions would need approval by the bloc’s heads of state and government.

Observers offered mixed views on next week’s proposed meeting.

“The last time the two leaders agreed to work together under threat of U.S. sanctions, it ended in an explosion of fighting and Riek Machar fleeing for his life through the bush into Congo,” said Alan Boswell, a South Sudan conflict analyst. “Now we have a new U.S. administration and it seems we want to try it all again.”

The leader of a South Sudanese advocacy group, however, called the Ethiopia meeting a test of Kiir and Machar’s responsibility to their country.

“The citizens and world are watching them. The only option they have is to compromise for reaching a peace deal,” Edmund Yakani, director of the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization, told the AP.

 

 

Source: News24

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Sylvester Stallone under probe for sexual assault

US prosecutors have launched a probe to determine whether film star Sylvester Stallone should be charged in connection with a sexual assault reported last year, a spokesman said Wednesday.

“A case was presented today by the Santa Monica Police Department regarding Sylvester Stallone,” Greg Risling, a spokesman at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, told AFP.

“It is under review by our sex crime task force.”

The case involves a woman who reported last November that the 71-year-old actor, best known for his roles in the “Rocky” and “Rambo” movies, had assaulted her in 1990.

Risling declined to provide more details about the alleged assault or to clarify whether California’s 10-year statute of limitations applies in the case.

Police in Santa Monica and Stallone’s attorney, Martin Singer, could also not be reached for comment.

The allegation against the star comes in the wake of the #MeToo movement that has focused attention on sexual harassment in Hollywood and beyond.

Singer in December told US media when the allegation first surfaced that his client “categorically disputes the claim and it is apparent that the woman filed the report to get a media outlet to publish the story.”

He acknowledged that Stallone had a relationship with the alleged victim while shooting a movie in Israel in 1987 while he was single.

The attorney said at the time that he planned to submit a claim against the woman for filing a false police report.

The #MeToo campaign took off last year following sexual assault allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. It has since become a worldwide phenomenon.

Hundreds of celebrities and powerful people, including actor Kevin Spacey and longtime broadcast journalist Charlie Rose, have been accused of sexual harassment in the wake of the Weinstein scandal.

 

 

Source: The Punch

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Apostle Suleiman’s father warned his son to stop criticizing President Buhari

Hon. Imoudu Sule, father of controversial preacher, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, has publicly warned his son to stop criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari.

Sule, who is the current All Progressives Congress (APC) Leader in Auchi as well as the APC Deputy Leader, Etsako West, Edo State, Nigeria, told the fiery cleric to “leave politics for politicians”.

He stated this while speaking with select journalists in Lagos.

“This is a man I love, respect and hold in high esteem for being a person of integrity over the years.

“Each time I hear people criticize my party, the (APC), my heart bleeds. Apostle Johnson Suleiman who’s my biological son and a renowned preacher of the gospel is seemingly becoming a consistent critic of the ruling party lately.

“And I am seriously concerned about it as numerous well-wishers are now urging me to call my son to order.

“I hereby speak out to let Nigerians know that I have warned my son (Apostle Johnson Suleiman) to immediately leave politics to politicians and focus on his calling as a priest.

“Being a retired Army officer, PMB is my commander in chief and the overall leader of my party, the APC. Hence, I will do anything in my capacity as a stakeholder to support Mr. President for his noble repositioning of our dear country Nigeria.

“Consequently, anybody who is not supporting the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is an enemy of the nation,” Sule said.

 

 

Source: Daily Post

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Prime Minister in DRC Says President Joseph Kabila will not seek third term

The prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has said that President Joseph Kabila will not seek a third mandate in the country’s delayed elections because of constitutional term limits that prevent him from running again.

Kabila, whose second term officially ended in 2016, is constitutionally ineligible for December’s poll and his rivals accuse him of wanting to stay in power.

So far, he has not clearly stated himself whether he will step aside despite appeals from the international community to publicly say he will not run for re-election.

But DRC Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala said on Tuesday that Kabila will respect the constitution.

“The elections are going to take place without the participation of President Kabila who will abide by the spirit and the letter of the constitution,” he said in an interview on the sidelines of the International Economic Forum of the Americas conference in Montreal, Canada.

December election
The country has seen widespread anger over what some see as Kabila’s refusal to relinquish power after the end of his his second full term in December 2016.

Kabila came to power in 2001 after the assassination of his father, Laurent-Desire Kabila, the country’s third president.

He was elected in 2006 in the DRC’s first democratic election since it gained independence from Belgium in 1960.

Kabila secured a second term in 2011, though that election was plagued by allegations of widespread voter fraud.

Currently, a DRC president can only serve two, consecutive, five-year terms.

According to the DRC’s Independent National Electoral Commission, the elections – which have been postponed twice – will take place on December 23, 2018.

Last week, exiled opposition leader Moise Katumbi addressed thousands of supporters in the capital, Kinshasa, via a video link and called for a united front against Kabila.

 

 

Source: News24

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Russia 2018: Super Eagles Win Best Fashion Team

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have been named as “team with the best travelling uniform” in Russia by the British

Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), few days to the commencement of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The rating comes days after a world fashion magazine GQ rated Nigerian Super Eagles jersey as the best for the 2018 World Cup.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Nigerian Monitor

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Let's pray... How Zuma could use the churches to bring down Ramaphosa

For most of 2017 I predicted that the race for the ANC presidency between Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma would be extremely close and if Ramaphosa didn’t obtain an overwhelming majority in the party’s national executive committee (NEC) it would make it very dangerous and difficult for him to implement his reforms.

Since Nasrec I have also consistently warned that the Zuma faction is not dead and will continue to fight back.

This has become increasingly obvious over the last few weeks – in particular at Zuma’s court appearance on Friday when he brought his A-team with him. The ever-faithful Carl Niehaus was there, as were Hlaudi Motsoeneng, Supra Mahumapelo, Des van Rooyen and Faith Muthambi.

We also saw the collapse of the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) provincial conference on Saturday after Zuma supporters prevented the chairperson of the ANC from speaking.

The newspapers have been filled with speculation of a possible breakaway or split in the ANC, which have been denied by the Zuma supporters.

I don’t believe much of what the Zuma supporters say, but I do believe that they won’t break away from the governing party. These guys want power and they know that no new party can at this stage overtake the ANC.

However, there is no doubt that the Zuma faction wants to get rid of Ramaphosa. They want to “take the ANC back”, to quote secretary general Ace Magashule. They want revenge for the loss at Nasrec andthey want to ensure that money keeps flowing to them. Most importantly, they want to be safe from prosecution – something they can not be assured of under Ramaphosa’s presidency.

There are only two (legal) ways to get rid of the current president before the next ANC national electoral conference in 2023.

Firstly, it can be done at a national general council (NGC) of the ANC. That is not an easy route to take. To get the NEC to agree to it would be difficult. I understand someone tried to raise an early NGC at the latest NEC meeting, but was shouted down.

They would then have to convince branches to support a motion to remove Ramaphosa as ANC president. This might also prove difficult, even if supported by the premier league provinces and KZN. These provinces are increasingly divided and Ramaphosa has enormous popularity among ordinary ANC members.

The only other way Ramaphosa’s detractors could get rid of him is through the parliamentary processes. This is where it gets interesting.

From what I understand there has been a move by the Zuma camp to quietly support the formation of a political party by some of the indigenous churches – a kind of ACDP on steroids – especially in KZN and Gauteng. Rumours have it that the Zuma faction is supporting it with some money stashed away from the Gupta years.

This does not mean that any of the prominent Zuma-ites would join such a party. They only want to ensure that this party gets between 8-10% of the national vote at the national election. This would reduce the ANC majority, but it would remain the biggest party.

After the election, rumour has it, that the Zuma-iteswould then try to get rid of Ramaphosa at the election of the president in the National Assembly by forming an alliance with the EFF and this new party.

It is important to remember that the president is elected by the National Assembly through a secret ballot. Unlike with a vote of no confidence, where a majority of the house (201 votes) are required for the motion to pass, whoever gets the most votes becomes president.

So, let’s assume the ANC gets 54% of the vote (less than in the 2014 national election, but the same as in the 2016 local government elections). This means the ANC will get 216 seats in the National Assembly. In the (unlikely) event of the DA retaining the same amount of support as in 2014 they will get 89 seats. If the EFF increases their vote to about 10% they will get 40 seats and if the new church party gets 8% they will get 32 seats.

Now, if the Zuma-ites constitute about 30% (70 seats) of the ANC MPs and if the EFF and the new church party join forces with the Zuma-ites they can form a voting block of 142 votes, leaving the ANC with 146 votes. This is tooclose for comfort for Ramaphosa, because with a few extra votes you can possibly have deputy president David Mabuza or another Zuma-ite becoming president and Julius Malema deputy president, for example.

In order to counter this, Ramaphosa will have to convince the DA to vote for him and not put up their own candidate – which might make for some really interesting horse trading.

Of course, if the DA does not agree, it still leaves another 23 votes between the smaller parties, but if the Zuma-ites can convince the IFP to go with them (as is rumoured already), then it could possibly leave less than 10 opposition votes for Ramaphosa to play with.

I’m fully aware that this scenario is built on a lot of “ifs” and might seem very far-fetched – a feeling I shared when I first heard it. However, it is clear that Zuma and his supporters are growing in confidence. One also has to ask why Zuma has suddenly become so close to certain churches in KZN (a priest was even the MC at the event after his court appearance) and when you then start doing the math it does not seem impossible.

Clearly Zuma and his supporters are going nowhere and what happens in the next few months in KZN could be a deciding factor for Ramaphosa and the country’s future.

 

 

Source: News24

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Real Madrid announce Julen Lopetegui as new coach

Real Madrid have made the surprise announcement on Tuesday afternoon of Julen Lopetegui’s appointment as their next coach.

With Spain currently preparing for their World Cup opener with Portugal on Friday, it had been expected that the 51-year-old would sign a new contract to lead La Roja into the subsequent European Championship.

Real Madrid have therefore beaten the RFEF to the punch and confirmed through their website that Lopetegui will join after the World Cup on a three-year deal.

The likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte and Jurgen Klopp had been touted for the role since Zinedine Zidane left on May 31.

However Lopetegui’s exploits with Spain appear to have won out, given that he remains unbeaten ahead of the tournament in Russia having turned around an aging team into one of the genuine favourites for the crown.

Lopetegui was a player and coach of Real at youth level before also coaching the national team at at Under 19, 20 and 21. His following success at Porto then saw him become the Spain coach in 2016.

 

Source: Marca.com

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Zidane Says I didn't leave Madrid to take France job

Potentially coaching France had nothing to do with Zinedine Zidane’s decision to leave Real Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane insisted he did not leave his Real Madrid post just so he could take over as France coach.

Zidane made the shock decision to resign as Madrid head coach just days after leading the LaLiga giants to a third straight Champions League title.

The 45-year-old was quickly linked to taking over his nation, who under Didier Deschamps are considered among the World Cup favourites.

But Zidane said his decision to leave Madrid had nothing to do with potentially leading his country.

“The most important thing is to support the team of France,” he told TF1.

“I didn’t stop to want to take the team of France. I stopped to make a parenthesis.

“I’m behind the French team. We want it to bring back a second title.”

France begin their World Cup campaign against Australia on Saturday before meetings with Peru and Denmark in Group C.

 

 

Source: Fourfourtwo.com

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Kevin-Prince Boateng enjoys summer break with stunning wife during beach holiday

KEVIN-PRINCE BOATENG gets over his World Cup heartbreak on a summer holiday with his stunning wife.

The Eintrach Frankfurt midfielder, 31, looked loved-up with 32-year-old Melissa Satta, his wife of two years.

They shared a smooch on the sandy shores and even had a go at bodyboarding.

Boateng and his better half were soaking up the sun in Ibiza.

The former AC Milan star was given the summer off following Ghana’s failure to qualify for the Russia showpiece.

Five days ago Boateng posted to his 1.64 million Twitter followers that he was in vacation mood.

                                                      The 32-year-old mum of one looked amazing in her bikini

He was listening to music on what appeared to be a private jet.

Boateng has enjoyed a successful season for the Bundesliga side.

Although all-conquering Bayern Munich had easy work of the league, Frankfurt sprung an upset in the German Cup.

That ensured Niko Kovac’s former side will be in Europe next season.

Source: Thesun.co.uk

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Pastor Chris Oyakhilome spends time on Mount Nebo, prays for Jordan

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is by every account a man of God, and he will go to whatever lengths he can to lead his congregation and foster their spiritual growth.

This would even include going on important trips to not only enrich them, but to enrich himself and continue to mold him into the man he needs to be to help their spiritual walk. Brother Chris Oyakhilome has recently finished up his trip to Israel, and he knows that he had some incredibly profound moments and that he will have an immense amount of things to share with his congregation. His only regret? The fact that he couldn’t take each and every one of his congregation with him to personally experience it from an extremely personal – and tangible – point of view.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s unforgettable trip consisted of three different important parts. First of all, he had the incredible privilege to visit the Mount Nebo site, which tradition has it was the place where Moses went to his final resting place and also the area where God allowed him to see the splendor of Canaan, which was the final home for all of his brethren. Moses did his duty and finished his task, but unfortunately, so the story goes, he was not allowed to go into the promised land. However, just the very visit to Mount Nebo reminds believers and theologians such as

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome alike just how immensely this man was used of God. For Pastor Oyakhilome realizes intently that God still uses ordinary men and women even today to accomplish His good will and His good purpose.

The visit to Mount Nebo was part of an incredible 8-day journey for Pastor Chris Oyakhilome throughout Israel. He was able to embark on this trip primarily because of the funding from the Believers’ One World Incorporation, and he knows this excellent organization is also called Christ Assembly. As the leader of this group, one of the things he has always desired to impress upon them was this: they must seek to live out their faith and emulate our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as much as possible. Thus, one of the things that Christ emphasized throughout his teaching was that the best way to become closer to God would be through humbling yourself and helping others in need, either materially, spiritually, or a little bit of both. This is one of the primary reasons why Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has planned this pilgrimage all along: he knew that believers would be afforded to opportunity to reconnect with the Lord simply through this peaceful sojourn through the Holy Land.

Although not everyone was able to take part in this remarkable journey in the way that Pastor Chris Oyakhilome would like,

he knows that he will serve as a living testimony to the remarkable area that is the Holy Land. He knows that through his eyes – and the eyes of the other visitors – they will be living, breathing, loving witnesses that are living proof of the power of the Gospel to change lives.

For one thing, Pastor Chris realizes this will be demonstrated through the compassion that many have for each other. One major example of this would be when he delivered his prayer not only for Israel but also for the country of Jordan as well. He and his congregation know that the only way God will continue to place his hand upon the Middle East is through the prayers from believers such as himself and the rest of his congregation.

Source: Dailypost

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Cristiano Ronaldo's wish to leave Real Madrid is 'irreversible' - reports

Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid this summer and his decision is “irreversible,” according to reports in Portugal.

The front page of Diario Record has a photograph of Ronaldo with the headline: “Ronaldo will leave Real – Irreversible decision.”

Ronaldo’s contract at the Bernabeu commits him to the reigning European champions until June 2021.

Record claims that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has reached this conclusion, less than two weeks after winning his third straight Champions League with Madrid, not because of money but rather status, and because of unkept promises from Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

Correio Da Manha also attributes Ronaldo’s alleged decision to Perez, claiming that he had promised the club’s all-time top scorer shortly after winning the Champions League in the 2016-17 campaign a €14 million increase from his annual wages which never happened. The outlet reports that Ronaldo currently earns €23.6m per season and had agreed with Perez to see that upped to €37m net after tax.

Spanish daily AS reports that Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge mendes, will meet with the Madrid hierarchy again on Thursday.

Ronaldo has remained tight-lipped regarding his future since casting doubt over his future at Madrid after the Champions League final against Liverpool on May 26 when he spoke about his time at the club in the past tense.

Sources close to Ronaldo confirmed to ESPN FC in January that the Portugal captain wanted to leave the club after a new contract delay.

Ronaldo felt he deserved a pay rise, especially having seen Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar sign deals earning far more.

The 33-year-old forward, who joined Madrid in 2009 from Manchester United, is preparing for the World Cup with Portugal.

Ronaldo remained silent about his future but did speak about his team’s chances at the tournament in Russia at Belem Palace in Lisbon on Wednesday where he and his teammates gathered and had an audience with the country’s president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

The Euro 2016 winners begin their World Cup campaign against neighbours Spain on June 15. They also take on Morocco and Iran.

Manchester United’s Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho recently said that having Ronaldo in the squad gives Portugal an edge at the World Cup.

“I can guarantee great ambition from all the team,” Ronaldo said. “We are not favourites but in football nothing is impossible. The group stages are going to be very difficult but with the players that we have, we can think big. We will give our best, with humility, we are going to do the same as we did in 2016, fight until the end and step by step see what happens. It’s a privilege to represent our nation and let’s see what awaits us.”

Ronaldo posted a photograph on Twitter with Portugal’s possible starting XI and the message: “Ready.”

 

 

Source: ESPN

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Nkem Owoh family: wife, children, brothers & sisters

Comedian Nkem Owoh is a famous actor in Nigeria and many people are interested in knowing more about his family. Does he have a wife and children? Who are his siblings? Learn everything you never knew about Nkem Owoh family.

Nkem Owoh: who is this man? Currently,

it is impossible to imagine Nollywood without the bright and talented actor Nkem Owoh. He has starred in multiple movies starting his career with the series “Things Fall Apart” with Pete Edochie in 1987. Since then, his career went up, and he started getting big roles in Nollywood productions. His comedic talent is appreciated by movie lovers because he always knows what to say in every situation, and this makes his characters alive and hilarious. Wherever he appears, he always makes Nigerians laugh.

Nkem Owoh was born on October 17th, 1960. His birthplace is Enugu State in Nigeria. He pursued his education in Nsukka and then went to the University of Ilorin to get a degree in Electrical Engineering. During his studies, he developed an interest in acting, and his outstanding talent was quickly noticed by the Nollywood producers. The Nigerian movie industry was still being developed, so they really needed someone like Nkem Owoh. Nowadays, he has starred in more than 200 movies and TV productions. He won the “Best Actor” award in 2008. Now,

we will talk about his personal life. How many siblings does the actor have? Is Nkem Owoh married? Does he have children? What are they up to? We have all the answers to the questions that might interest you about Nollywood’s favourite comedian!

Nkem Owoh and family

Even though on the screen Nkem Owoh is a comedic actor, he had a deep trauma in his life that he had to go through. His younger brother Bartholomew Owoh was publicly killed together with two other young men, for a crime related to using forbidden substances, which they did not foresee the death penalty. Nkem Owoh still mourns his brother because he was only 26 years old when he was killed. He says that he will never forgive the government for doing this to his younger brother.

Many people think that Nkem Owoh is married to the famous actress Chinwe Owoh. However, this is a misconception, and they are not husband and wife. According to Nkem, they are in-laws. However, he refused to give a lot of information on their family ties because they want to protect their families from the media attention. This is a respectable decision because media always want to create more rumours.

Nkem Owoh wife and children

It is known that the real wife of Nkem Owoh prefers to stay away from the public attention. Her name is Ngozi Nkem Owoh, and not much is known about her, except the fact that the couple has two beautiful daughters. Nkem and Ngozi got married in 1998, and they are still together and in love. Nkem Owoh wife always supports her husband in whatever he does. As Nkem Owoh says, he travels around the world a lot, but Ngozi is always understanding and sensible towards him. She appreciates that he is the main source of money in the family, and does not mind that he is often away. However, the whole family spends as much time as they can together when Nkem has free time.

As for Nkem Owoh daughters, he kept them away from the media eye for many years. He preferred for them to lead a normal life and not always be in the objectives of the cameras. Therefore, their names and occupations are also unknown to the broad public. However, there was one time when he decided to bring his two daughters along with him to the business event, which was held to renew his endorsement deal with MTN. This caused a lot of surprise among the fans. His daughters looked great, and everyone could make sure that Nkem Owoh and his wife have really good genetics.

Nkem Owoh is an accomplished Nollywood superstar. Whether his daughters decide to become actors like their father or pursue another career, it is up to them.

Source: naija

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Nwankwo Kanu Names Two Of The Good Players In Super Eagles Team

Nigeria legend Nwankwo Kanu has named ex-Watford striker Odion Ighalo and Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi among the good players in the Super Eagles team for the World Cup but stressed that there are no standout players.

The Atlanta 1996 gold medalist revealed that the young players are the lifeblood of the Nigeria team and he expects them to do well in Russia because of the tranquility in the camp ahead of the World Cup.

”As the years go by we keep growing and planning, getting more experience. I believe we have the best young players in the World Cup, in terms of age, ” Kanu told RT.com.

”They are doing well. The hunger is there and this is the first time that they have a peaceful camp, in terms of everything [being] well organized.

”[Odion] Ighalo, Alex Iwobi. There is a lot of them that you can mention. We don’t really call them star players but all round we believe they are a good team.”

The former Arsenal striker represented the Super Eagles at three World Cups, in 1998, 2002 and 2010.

Kanu added : ”That was the best. You do everything you do at club level just for you to be in the World Cup.

”The best players in the world have to come to the World Cup. For every player, that is a dream.

”For me as a player I always look forward to the World Cup because it is every four years, it is not something that comes every year.”

Source: Allnigeriasoccer

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