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Nigerian and West Brom striker Osaze Odemwingie who earlier fixed his wedding for May 19 has postponed his wedding to June 2, two weeks after the UEFA Champions League.
Odemwingie and his fiancée, Sarah, had initially fixed the wedding for May 19, the date of the Champions League final and one week after the close of the Premier League, but his would-be father-in-law insisted he would not attend if Manchester City survived to the end of the competition.
“We wanted to get married the week after the season ends but when we fixed the date, Manchester City were still in the Champions League and Sarah’s dad, Mike, who is a big fan, said he’s never coming if they’re in the final, which is on that Saturday,” Odemwingie told guardian.co.uk.
“When he was saying it, we were laughing at the table. And then Sarah looked at me and said: ‘He’s not joking.’ I was still laughing and she said: ‘I’m serious.’ So because of him we had to have it two weeks later. It was too late to change when Manchester City went out of the Champions League. And Sarah has something in her head that once a date is fixed, it has to be done then. So we left it.”
Odemwingie finds the whole episode hilarious and breaks into more laughter when he recalls Albion’s meeting with City at The Hawthorns on Boxing Day. “Sarah’s family are all Man City fans and they had to sit with the West Brom supporters but her dad couldn’t help but sing the City songs. His wife was hitting him, saying: ‘Will you stop that!’ They were looking forward to winning the game but it was a 0-0 draw so I changed my shirt with Vincent Kompany and gave it to Mike as a consolation. I said, ‘Here you are, don’t cry (about the result)’.”
He was the fifth highest Premier League scorer last term with 15 goals and although he is frustrated that ankle, knee and hamstring injuries disrupted a second season that he describes as “a little strange”, he has still managed to score nine times in the top flight at a rate of one every three appearances. Five of those goals came in February, including a hat-trick in the 5-1 victory over Wolves that has left an indelible mark on one fan.
“There was a guy who came to the training ground, he looked so bright and it was maybe two months after the game,” says Odemwingie. “He showed me a tattoo on his leg with my face and me holding up three fingers. I couldn’t say anything. I was shocked, positively shocked that it meant so much that he could go and do that. I said to Youssouf Mulumbu: ‘Youss, do you know what I just saw? I saw a tattoo of my face on someone’s leg because of that Wolves game!’”
- The Guardian
Starcomms Plc, one of the Code Division Multiple Access operators in
teh country, is set to introduce the latest version of its tablet,
myPAD2 in to the Nigerian market. According to the statement on Friday,
the device is an upgrade of myPAD, the first tablet introduced into the
market by the company in 2010. myPAD2 is a high-end tablet and a data
device, innovatively crafted to support multiple functionalities that
help the users maintain high standard of living. The device has wide
screen of 10.1 inches and it is powered by a 2.3 Android operating
system that gives best of processing speed. It offers the user excellent
visibility while using the tablet.
We’re so happy Giuliana and Bill are finally having a kid after all they’ve been through trying to make it happen!
“We are so thrilled that our prayers have been answered,” reality star and TV host Giuliana, 37, told E! News Monday. The couple’s first child is due in late summer via gestational surrogate.
Gushed her hubby of five years Bill, 40: “We are absolutely ecstatic to be sharing this with everyone who has been following our journey.”
The pair were frank with fans and on their reality show Giuliana and Bill about their years-long struggle to conceive, which included failed IVF treatments and a miscarriage; late last summer, Giuliana was set for another round of IVF when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
She eventually opted to undergo a double mastectomy, and is currently cancer free.
Moments after E! News’ online announcement, the couple broke the news in person chatting with Ann Curry on TODAY.
“We are finally having a baby!” Giuliana said emotionally. She said that they know the baby’s gender, but “we’re not telling anyone yet.”
Explaining that the baby-to-be is their biological child, the couple told Curry that they were set up with their surrogate through their doctor in Colorado after their last IVF attempt. The woman is “a dream come true,” Giuliana raved; although she lives in another state, the couple visit with her every month and accompany her on doctor’s appointments.
“We see the baby grow and it’s very exciting,” Bill said.
When doctors confirmed the surrogate was pregnant, “It was pretty much one of the best moments of my life if not the best moment of my life,” Giuliana admitted.
“It was pretty emotional,” Bill added. “This was our last effort.”
We received an incredible amount of love and prayers from viewers around the world,” Giuliana told E! “and we want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of them for their love.”
“What more can I ask for?” she said on TODAY.
Mass resignation looms in the Nigeria Police Force, following the transfer of police officers to the northern part of the country.
Investigations revealed that more than two thousand police officers are affected by an ongoing mass transfer in the Force.
A number of police officers from the western part of the country are facing transfer to the troubled northern region, while their colleagues from the north are being moved down south.
Those affected by the mass transfer include police officers from the rank and file to the Chief Superintendent Police (CSP) cadre.
It was gathered that the move is part of the police’s strategy to combat activities of the dreaded Islamist sect, Boko Haram, which has targeted police stations and other government offices in the northern part of the country.
Sources say that police officers in the north may have been compromised and as such, may be jeopardising the government’s efforts to tackle the dreaded sect.
Though the mass transfer is legitimate and compulsory for the officers, most of those transferred to the north are unhappy and scared of the fate that could await them there.
Many officers, especially from Lagos State, have begun desperate moves to prevent being transferred to the troubled spots in the north.
Also, some affected officers who have been unable to revert their transfers to the west, have threatened to resign.
Socialist Francois Hollande and conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy are heading for a runoff election in their race for France’s presidency, according to partial official results in a vote that could alter the European political and economic landscape.
French voters defied expectations and handed a surprisingly strong third-place showing to far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, who has run on an anti-immigrant platform aimed largely at Muslims. That could boost her influence on the French political scene, hand her party seats in parliament and affect relations with minorities.
With 75 percent of the vote counted, Hollande had 27.9 percent of the ballots cast and Sarkozy 26.7 percent, according to figures released by the Interior Ministry after final polls closed.
Le Pen was in third with 19.2 percent of the vote so far. In fourth place was leftist firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon with 10.8 percent, followed by centrist Francois Bayrou with 9.2 percent and five other candidates with minimal support.
Turnout was also surprisingly high, projected by polling agencies at about 80 percent, despite concern that a campaign lacking a single overarching theme had failed to inspire voters.
Hollande, a 57-year-old who has worried investors with his pledges to boost government spending, pledged to cut France’s huge debts, boost growth and unite the French after Sarkozy’s divisive first term.
“Tonight I become the candidate of all the forces who want to turn one page and turn another,” Hollande, with a confidence and stately air he has often lacked during the campaign, told an exuberant crowd in his hometown of Tulle in southern France.
Detectives in Lagos said yesterday that when Mr. Saraki reports tomorrow, they hope he will explain how he secured loans to purchase choice properties in the up-scale markets of Ikoyi and Victoria Island in Lagos, that ended up being the collaterals of the same properties.
Former governor of Kwara State and serving senator, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, failed to keep faith with a police invitation Friday at the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigerian Police regarding a N11 billion Intercontinental Bank loan scandal that has trailed him for years.
Detectives at the Milverton Road headquarters of the SFU say they received a letter from Mr. Saraki pleading for extension of time till Monday before showing up, making the excuse that he needed to attend the burial ceremony of a close relation.
“We have no problems with that and we look forward to receiving him here on Monday” remarked a top SFU officer who told Premium Times that the office released a statement late yesterday to counter the claims from Mr. Saraki’s media operations that he was “surprised at the reopened investigation” of his case because he had already gone through series of investigations.
“…We are once again surprise it is resurfacing,” his media office said, adding, “ The attempt to link this baseless petition to Senator Saraki is purely a blackmail and character assassination.”
SFU detectives yesterday waved off this argument telling Premium Times that Mr. Saraki still has important questions to answer on how his over N11 Billion loans ended up in the accounts of subsidiaries of the oil marketing company, Joy Petroleum, which was owned by one of his former aides, Mattew Obahor. now deceased.
- Premium Times
Star Quest 2012 Winners – Crystals
The youngest band in Star Fameland, Crystals have won the just concluded TV musical reality show Star Quest.
Crystals beat the Quantum Vibes and Soul Rhythm to clinch the coveted prize of N7.5m recording contract, N3.6m cash prize, a year’s accommodation in a choice location with state-of-the-art facilities and a minivan at the grand finale of Star Quest 2012, held at the Expo hall of the Eko hotels and suites on 21 April, 2012.
Crystals, a 6 man band consists of Civian Aluebho Obehi (Vocalist), Romeo Ukwudike (Rapper), Daniel Onibudo (Keyboard), Emmanuel Oghenakogie (Drums), Tinuke Afolayan (Vocalist) and the band leader Godwin Edim Inyang (Bass).
Emmanuel Oghenakogie, who spoke on behalf of the band members, was obviously overwhelmed by their win, saying ‘we are actually grateful to God and the audience for believing in us. Though young, we are vibrant and optimistic and believed we will win. Being in the same band with all these creative minds was just the Lord’s doing’.
The show was anchored by ‘Tinsel’ actor Gideon Okeke, their house master, and was aired live from the venue only on selected stations such as AIT, STV, TVC and Africa Magic.
Former Head of State and the presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change in the April 2011 elections, Major-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), in Kaduna on Saturday warned that there would be revolution in Nigeria if the ruling Peoples Democratic Party failed to address the social injustice ravaging the country
He says the PDP will be consumed by a political revolution unless it adopts ‘real democracy.’
“If there is no social justice, there will be revolution in one way or the other. The PDP does not believe in real democracy and I hope they are strong enough to go through the consequencies of their injustice,”Buhari said yesterday in Kaduna at the launch of a poverty alleviation programme of the member of the House of Representatives representing Kaduna North on the platform of the CPC, Alhaji Usman Bawa.
According to Gen. Buhari, the PDP would be thrown into political turmoil by 2015 which would then trigger a revolution that would put an end to what he called the injustice and stealing entrenched by the party.
- Nigerian Eye
Kidnappers in Nigeria have released a Spanish doctor they abducted three weeks ago, police said on Saturday.
Gunmen kidnapped Jose Manuel Machimbarrena on April 4 from his home in southeastern Nigeria, a region where several foreigners have been seized for ransom in the past few years.
“The kidnapped Dr Machimbarrena … was released yesterday,” Enugu police spokesman Ebere Amaraizu said in a statement.
“The state police command has intensified its manhunt in the pursuit of the hoodlums who took him.”
Kidnapping is a major criminal enterprise in Africa’s second biggest economy, and most victims are Nigerian.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says a total of 110 million SIM cards have been registered and collated by all the GSM service providers operating in the country.
Mr Reuben Muoka, NCC’s Public Relations Officer, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday.
Muoka said that the figure was based on the data collated by the commission from all the GSM providers.
He said that the registered SIMs were more than the estimated number of lines on the network.
Muoka said that the commission would soon commence the verification of all GSM registered SIM cards.
“By March 2012 we had finished uploading all the data registered from the exercise and it amounted to 110 million plus. You know in the network we have about 90 million lines.
“Then you will asked how comes we now have 110 million lines, it means that people registered twice, people probably registered one number in three different locations, people may have registered five lines repeatedly in several areas.’’
The NCC spokesman attributed the multiple SIM registration to inconsistent information from the GSM operators.
“In 2011 and early 2012 most service providers were still sending text messages to their subscribers asking them to register their SIMs even after some of them had done so. This created room for multiple SIM card registration.
“That was why NCC advised subscribers who had registered their SIM cards to ignore such messages.’’
“Now the next stage which the Commission is going to commence very soon is verification. You know during the exercise we were telling people even when your operator sends you a number telling you, you did not register well or you have not registered well, you should not bother, at the end of the day it is NCC that will determine the status of your data, so it is that stage that NCC is going to enter now.