Balotelli Suspended For Three Games – Daily Times

Mario-Balotelli-008AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has been suspended for three matches by the Italian league’s disciplinary committee on Tuesday after insulting an assistant referee.

The Italy international was given a one-match ban after picking up a fourth yellow card of the season in last Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Fiorentina.

He was banned for a further two games after insulting a linesman at the end of the match, the league said in a statement.

Balotelli turned on the official who was watching the forward having an animated discussion with Fiorentina goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano.

The suspension means he will miss Milan’s next two big matches against Napoli and league-leaders Juventus, plus the encounter with Catania.

It was a controversial trip down to Florence for Balotelli who was involved in an incident on the train from Milan on Saturday.

The 22-year-old was caught smoking in the toilet of the train, whose controller informed Milan’s chief executive Adriano Galliani of the indiscretion.

The CEO joked about fining the tempestuous Italy forward who has been in hot water several times during his short career both on and off the pitch.

He was infamous during his Manchester City days for picking up traffic fines in the town centre while he had training ground bust-ups with several teammates as well as manager Roberto Mancini.

Off the pitch he was fined by his club for throwing a dart at a youth team player while he was in trouble with the emergency services after starting a fire in his bathroom when setting off fireworks in his house.

“Super Mario” has scored seven goals in eight games since his arrival from City in January.

His absence robs third-placed Milan of their first-choice striker as they seek to wrest second spot from Napoli.

Oliech to Miss Super Eagles Visit – Daily Times

Oliech-links-upKenya skipper Dennis Oliech is suspended for next Junes 2014 World Cup qualifier against African Champions Nigeria in Nairobi.

The French-based striker together with first choice goalkeeper Arnold Origi will miss the crucial game after accumulating two yellow cards each in the qualifiers.

Both players picked up their second cautions during last month’s 1-all away draw to the Super Eagles in Calabar.

Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche said that their non-availability is sad new for the team. “I always believe in using players who are available and fit for a particular match,” said Amrouche.

Amrouche was however disappointed that no one in the Kenya FA had informed him of the players’ previous bookings when he took over the team last month.

“All these things have got to be documented well so that they can be followed,” added the Coach.

The former Burundi coach is currently in the coastal city of Mombasa where he has been scouting for talent to bolster the squad.

The Harambee Stars are reportedly going to start training early next month ahead of the crucial game against Nigeria.

The last time Kenya played Nigeria in Nairobi, the visitors won 3-2 and qualified for the 2010 World Cup.

I sleep in a Coffin says Charly Boy- Vanguard

CharlieBoyCoffinPoint of correction, I do not sleep in a casket, I sleep on my bed, it’s big and comfy, I only lay in my “casket”when I do my meditation because it helps me to be focused, it tells me more about the imminence of death. My casket is a reminder. It wakes me up from slumber. It tells me, “guy, you have got little or no time left, wake up, be creative and work”.

Of course, when I read some of the comments of my people, I know a good number of us are ill-informed about quite a number of things. I think it is more of what the casket represents that shocks my people and they start reading meanings into it, depending on their level of understanding. But one question is, what if the same wood that was used to build the casket was used to make a sofa chair?

May be, all the hullabaloo about me sitting on a chair wouldn’t have been there in the first place? So when people vocalize their disapproval of my message via the image of a casket,  I understand that they do that from a position of Fear, fear of what the casket represents – Death. So whatever people fear they antagonize. But, the fact that I have reminded myself and even you about death does not really change a thing. It won’t draw your death near, and it won’t even shift it away. All it does is simply a reminder, to thread carefully.

My Coffin sensitizes

Only if a kidnapper can buy a casket for himself today, and begin to lay inside, constantly reminding himself that death looms even as he goes about kidnapping and extorting money from families. It’s possible to realize at a point that all his activities will one day end up in a casket, and there, his flesh will rotten. The same is applicable to all evil doers. They need to realize, like in the famous book, “Waiting for Godot” that the world is bizarre and empty, as vanity plus vanity will always end up in vanity. Crime no dey pay jor.

My Coffin preaches:

Take a critical look at my image inside the coffin, it speaks volume. I always lay in my casket with my cap, glasses, shoes on. I’m always well dressed. Yes, it is always done intentionally to tell us that your glory disappears with all the wealth you must have acquired the very day you go to that coffin. Your glory-your cap goes with you, your vision-your glasses goes with you; your struggle-your shoes goes with you. The only thing left of you is your history and your legacy. The crux of the message is to leave a legacy, so we can live forever, not in the physical, but in people’s memories.  As for me, I will live forever. You dey vex???

We are blind because of our fears

Who knows what any of us sees from the privacy of our own blindness? Make no mistakes, each of us is blind in a particular way, just as each of us is sighted uniquely. Consider how each of us is blinded by what we fear. If we fear heights, we are blind to the humility vast perspectives bring. If we fear Passion, we are blind to the comfort of Oneness. If we fear change, we are blind to the abundance of life. If we fear death, we are blind to the mystery of the unknown. And since to fear is something thoroughly human, to be blind is unavoidable.

It is what each of us must struggle to overcome. To a large degree, I have overcome my fear of death, all I ask God, is that may my death not be painful. I’m sure some of you know how my cousin who was killed by kidnappers died an agonizing death. You see, in the course of our lives, we all stumble and struggle, repeatedly, in and out of relationship, in and out of the grace of the hidden wholeness of life, most of us struggle and stumble with the uncertainty of tomorrow as Nigerians.

I have discovered that in the course of our lives, and as blind children, we may never know what we are called to be until we have learned what we are called to become by simply overcoming our fears. In life, death is the most important reminder of all activities.

I Don’t Understand Love, Rihanna Confesses- Leadership

rihanna2Rihanna says she doesn’t understand love. The Stay singer – whose relationship with her on/off boyfriend Chris Brown is reported to be on the rocks again – opened up to her fans on stage in Los Angeles, on Monday night.

The 25-year-old hinted that all is not well in her romantic life.

The pop star, who is currently on her Diamonds world tour, asked the audience: “How many of you are in love? How many of you hate love? How many of you don’t f**king understand it? I’m in that group.”

The confession came, according to, as an introduction to her new song What Now from her latest album.

The lyrics for the new track are quite revealing: ‘I’ve been ignoring this big lump in my throat. I shouldn’t be crying, tears were for the weaker days.

“I’m stronger, now what, so I say. But something’s missing.”

While the singer may be embroiled in relationship trouble, she took to the stage dressed like royalty. The Diamonds (In The Sky) artist wore a gold embroidered jacket and thigh-high leather boots.

OGHA Confirms DG Nominee For Debt Management Office

ogun state hose of assemblyThe Ogun State House of Assembly has confirmed the nomination of Mr. Hassan Taiwo Adekunle as the Director General for the Debt Management Office (DMO) for the State.

The confirmation was consequent upon the adoption of the report of the Committee of Whole presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon Suraj Ishola Adekunbi which was earlier presented by his Deputy, Hon. Tola Banjo.

With the confirmation, Mr. Adekunle, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria becomes the pioneer Director General of the newly established Debt Management Office in the State.

The new Director General of DMO had worked at different times as Director of Finance and Account of the State Agriculture and Multi-purpose Credit Agency (OSAMCA) Assistant General Manager, Finance in the State Water Corporation as well as Director of Finance and Account in the State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology before his confirmation.

Meanwhile, the Ogun State House of Assembly has commiserated with the people and Government of Ekiti State over the sudden death of their Deputy Governor, Mrs. Funmi Olayinka, describing her as a seasoned banker and administrator who had contributed immensely to the development of her State.

Members prayed for the repose of her soul and later observed a minute silence in her honour.

Soyinka Highlights Importance Of Community Based Health Insurance Scheme

soyinka olaogunThere is the need to revolutionaries the health system in order to enhance the provision of qualitative health care delivery programme.

Ogun state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka who made this assertion said one sure way of doing this was through Community Based Health Insurance Scheme.

Soyinka bore his mind in Abeokuta at a stakeholders’ meeting with Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) on Community Based Health Insurance Scheme.

Dr. Soyinka said it was in realization of this that the Ogun State Government had formulated all encompassing health policy which had the insurance scheme as one of its cornerstones to make its healthcare delivery system more efficient, equitable, accessible, affordable and sustainable for residents.

“There is need to revolutionize the health system through health Insurance that will be owned and controlled by the community” Soyinka remarked.

He noted that the community-based health insurance scheme introduced in the State would eliminate out of pocket spending on health care by individuals, imploring the residents to embrace the scheme.

Contributing, the Zonal co-ordinator, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Pharmacist Taiye Adeleye commended the State Government for adopting the scheme, saying that it would ensure free health care for pregnant women, children below age five and the elderly.

Adeleye enthused that it would go a long way in bringing about rapid improvement in the health indices of the country.

Anenih Not Usurping Our Functions-PDP NWC

Tony-AnenihPDP says Mr. Anenih’s election as the chairman of the BoT has been most beneficial to the PDP.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has refuted claims made by the Forum for Equity and Justice that there is a rift between the National Working Committee headed by the National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, BoT, Tony Anenih.

In a statement by the PDP spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, on Tuesday, the party described the Forum for Equity and Justice as a “group of meddlesome interlopers and political jobbers with no fixed address has been commissioned to stir up controversies and to portray the BoT as working at cross purposes with the NWC”.

The ruling party said the NWC and the BoT are united and committed to providing the necessary political direction for the party.

“The leadership of the party reiterates that the Chief Tony Anenih led-BoT has in no way usurped the functions of the NWC. His reconciliatory visits complement the reconciliation and consolidation tours embarked by the NWC and they have been yielding desired results,” the PDP said in the statement.

It added that the NWC is solidly behind the activities of the BoT in further uniting the party which is central and cardinal for the party ahead of 2015.

Speaking further, Mr. Metuh stated that Mr. Anenih, as one of the founding fathers of the party, has always been in the political mainstream and commands the respect of all PDP leaders and elders.

“He has proven to be highly effective in handling party issues and has been acclaimed as one of the greatest political minds the nation has ever produced,” he said.

Mr. Metuh said that nothing has been more beneficial to the PDP than the election of Mr. Anenih as the BoT Chairman and the NWC is committed to giving him all the support he needs to achieve his mandate.

“The Board of Trustees is made up of men and women of high integrity who are the conscience of the Party. Most of them are experienced Statesmen and women who played key roles in the formation of the Party. The Party therefore stands to benefit a great deal from their wise counsel at this critical moment,” he added.

Mr. Metuh also urged PDP members to completely disregard “these amorphous groups and continue to work together as a family, in line with the visions of the founding fathers of our great party”.

Nigeria Bullies Ghana in Aviation Market

AviationThe Ministry of Transport and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority have for the past one year battled without any success to get Nigerian authorities to allow Ghanaian domestic airline operators to ply the various Accra-Nigeria routes.

Nigeria is said to have ignored the Yamoussoukro declaration that commits its 44 signatory countries to deregulate air services, and promote regional air markets open to transnational competition.

It followed up on the Yamoussoukro Declaration of 1988, in which many of the same countries agreed to principles of air services liberalisation.

In 2000, the decision was endorsed by Heads of States and governments at the Organisation of African Unity, and became fully binding in 2002.

In an exclusive interview with Citi Business News, the Minister of Transport, Dzifa Ativor said she is expecting Nigeria to open its airspace to local airlines operating in Ghana to fly there soon.

The Transport Ministry is unhappy about the situation and believes Nigeria is not being fair to Ghana as their commercial airlines still fly to Accra every day. Madam Ativor expressed the hope that the newly elected Chairman of the African Civil Aviation Commission, Air-Commodore Kwame Mamphey (Rtd) will lead this effort to get the Nigerian Civil Aviation to open its airspace to domestic airline operators in Ghana.

Citi Business News has learnt that domestic airline operator; Africa World Airline has currently applied to the Nigeria Civil Aviation to allow it to start operating that route but has not received any positive reply months after the application.

A source at the airline company said: “We are still keeping our fingers crossed. We have our adverts and promotions ready for the Nigerian route but we are still waiting. We don’t know how soon the response will come.”

Nigerian airline operators, Arik and Aero are said to be monopolizing the Accra-Lagos routes with support from their regulator.

Ogun Govt Signs MOU On Rail Construction

ogun mapA memorandum of understanding on construction of rail system withing the major town in Ogun State has been signed between the government and China civil engineering construction corporation, CCECC and the project will commence soon

Senator Ibikunle Amosun signed the contracts with the head of the CCECC, Cao Bao Gang in his office @ Oke Mosan in Abeokuta area of Ogun State.
The rail project which will commence soon was described by the Managing Director of the company will help boost economic activities in the state and also attract investors.
The company manager also assured the government and it’s people of good work,share ideas and technology with the people and also engage the locals while the construction is going on.
The governor of Ogun State,Senator Ibikunle Amosun who again is writing his name on the annals of history in Ogun State led us more into the content of the MOU.
Senator Ibikunle Amosun thereafter assured the people of Ogun State of more goodies like this as the era of government not been up to their responsibility is over.

Immediately the two partners in the signing append their signature on the papers with hopes and belief by th two parties that it will start materializing witching the next two years.

China Consul General,Liu Xian Fa was also on sit as a witness to Memorandum Of Understanding.




NCC Directs Mobile Operators To Conclude Subscriber Registration

Executive-Vice-Chairman-NCC-Eugene-Juwah-360x268Ahead of the introduction of mobile number portability in the country, the Nigerian Communications Commission has directed mobile network operators to tidy up the registration of subscribers on their respective networks.

Number portability is an application that enables subscribers to migrate from one service provider to another without losing their numbers.

The Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Mr. Tony Ojobo, confirmed this in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja on Monday.

Although Ojobo declined to confirm the take-off date for the mobile number portability, there were indications that its inauguration ceremony might hold on Monday, April 15, 2013.

He added that the directive became necessary because subscribers that had not registered their Subscriber Identification Module cards would not be able to port their numbers.

Ojobo said such subscribers would eventually be cut off from the networks not long after the take-off of the number portability service.

The mobile number portability service is expected to put network operators on their toes in offering good quality service at very competitive tariffs.

Following the directive of the industry regulator, mobile operators have been intensifying efforts to get their existing subscribers, who have not complied with the SIM card registration requirement to do so.

While some operators have been sending text messages to subscribers on their networks who have not registered, others have been sending recorded voice messages or a combination of both.

A text message from Globacom, for instance, urged subscribers to ensure that they register on or before April 12 in order to continue enjoying services from the operator as directed by NCC.

NCC had planned to commence the mobile number portability on March 25 but had to announce the postponement for about three weeks.

Announcing the postponement, Ojobo had said it became necessary to enable the regulatory agency to sensitise Nigerians on how to port their numbers from one network to another, and to allow operators time to test their systems.

“The mobile operators are fine-tuning their equipment and they have requested for about three more weeks to test their equipment. They have been given additional three weeks, but definitely; the launch of number portability must be in April,” he had said.

The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, said the service was being introduced to act as an incentive for networks to improve their quality of service and customer satisfaction.

The NCC had in 2011 issued a licence to Interconnect/Saab Grintek/Telecordia to run the porting platform for a period of five years in the first instance.

Consequently, the consortium will be responsible for the setting up and implementation of the Number Portability Clearing House in Nigeria and provide mobile number portability solution administration.

In the Nigeria Mobile Number Portability Business Rules and Port Order Processes, the industry regulator said a central reference database would be implemented by the licensee.

(The Punch)