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Samson Siasia
Samson Siasia, former coach of the Under-23 Eagles

Samson Siasia, the head coach of Nigeria’s Olympic team, the Dream Team, has described his players 5-4 victory against Japan in Olympic opener as a “miracle”.

The squad arrived Manaus from Atlanta, where they had gone for preparations, some five hours before the kickoff at the Amazonia Stadium.

Siasia said, “I just can’t describe what happened today. My boys defied science to win this game; what gave us this game was the mental toughness of the boys. For a team not to train for two days and put up this type of performance is a miracle. You know that when players are tired they tend to lose focus. That is why we conceded four goals. For now, all I can say is I just want to go and savour this victory with my players.”

The coach said the team has shifted focus to the next game, explaining that the win over Japan was “just the first step” towards winning the goal medal.

He said, “We just won a game, we can’t and won’t allow this victory get into our heads. Our target here is to win the gold and this is just the first step of us achieving that aim. No two games are the same, for me this hurdle is over, when I wake up tomorrow I will then think of my next game.”

Describing the Japanese side as a good side, Siasia added: “The team we defeated is a good side; I respect them for pushing my boys to the limit.”

Coach Siasia refused to speak on the issues that caused him and the team to arrive Manaus hours before the game, saying the team has put that behind them and are grateful to Delta Airlines for coming to the rescue of the team when they did.

Describing the nine -goal session as a spectacle, the 2008 Olympics silver –winning coach said: “I knew that towards the end of the game my boys were tired and barely managed to hang on. I will not blame any one of them for the goals we conceded. We have put this match behind us. I hope my team sustains this great form and even step up a gear in our subsequent matches.”

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President Muhammadu Buhari visits troops of HQ 1 BDE in Dansadau ,Zamfara State as he inaugurates anti-cattle rustling task force as part of the 2016 Nigerian Army Day celebration on 13th July ,2016.

The Nigerian Army said on Friday, August 5, 2016, that three soldiers and seven civilians died in a clash between soldiers and some residents of Kpaidna community in Niger state.

Major Njideka Agwu, the assistant director, Army Public Relations, 31 Artillery Brigade, Minna, said that the incident occurred at 2.00 a.m. on Friday in the community located in Bosso Local Government Area of the state.

“The 31 Artillery Brigade of the Nigeria Army, Minna, was on a joint operation with the Nigerian Air Force Quick Response Group in the area when we were attacked by the villagers, Major Awgu told the press.

“We were on a cordon and search operation in the village because we got intelligence report that there were caches of arms and ammunitions in the area.

“During the operation, three soldiers and seven civilians lost their lives, while 57 villagers were arrested by the joint operation.’’

Agwu said that arms and ammunition were discovered during the operation which was still ongoing.

She said, “Trouble started when some of the villagers denied the military access to their houses to enable soldiers search for arms and ammunition believed to be stockpiled there.

“During the clash, six operation vehicles belonging to the army were destroyed by the villagers; four were set ablaze while two were vandalised.’’

Agwu enjoined law abiding citizens in the area to go about their normal businesses as the operation was to safeguard lives and property.

She urged members of the public with useful information that would lead to the recovery of arms and ammunitions in the area to report to the nearest security agency.

Bala Elkanah, the Police Public Relations officer in the state, confirmed the incident which he described as “purely military matter.’’

He said, “It was purely a military operation. We (police) were not involved.”

Budget Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, and the embattled speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara,  on Friday, August 5, 2016 met behind closed doors.

Dogara is currently in the eye of the storm following allegations by a former chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, that he (Dogara), and 12 other House members, padded the 2016 Budget.

The Speaker was accompanied to the meeting which was held inside the president’s office by the senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Suleiman Kawu.

At the end of the meeting, which lasted less than 30 minutes, Dogara told State House correspondents that he would not resign to pave way for thorough investigation of the allegations as being canvassed by some individuals and groups.

He said with his experience as a lawyer and a federal lawmaker of many years, he has never heard padding as being an offence under the law.

“I don’t know, educate me. I am a lawyer and the Speaker and I have never heard of the word ‘padding.’ What does ‘padding’ mean?” Dogara said.

“What is padding? You haven’t told me. Ask Jibrin what is padding? For me, I studied Law and I have been in the legislature and all this period I have never heard of the word ‘padding’ being an offence under any law. If I don’t know, you are the media, research the law and let me know.

“Ask him(Jibrin). He who alleges must prove; that is the law in Nigeria.”

He also ruled out the possibility of reconvening the House before the September scheduled resumption time over the matter, saying the House of Representatives is not a mock institution.

“We have rules and regulations. This is not a mock institution, we operate by rules and we will follow the rules.” He said.

When asked whether he is not worried by the allegations leveled against him, Dogara said, “worried for what? Worried over nothing? Why should I be worried? As far as I am concerned, I am not worried over anything.”

“I am not the chairman of Ethics Committee of the House so I wouldn’t know and I don’t know what padding means,” the speaker said, when he was asked whether the House will sanction Jibrin.

When asked what informed his visit to the president, he said: “You mean I can’t come and see my President? Do I need any reason to come and see my President. It was a private visit.”

 

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The Nigerian Air Force has resumed the aerial bombardment of hideouts of the vandals in the riverine community of Arepo in Ogun State axis of Arepo, launching fresh air strikes on Friday, August 5, 2016.

It was gathered that the NAF resumed the current attack after gunshots were heard firing from deep inside the mangrove forest following the visit of the acting inspector general of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, and other top security personalities to the area on Thursday, August 4, 2016.

A top security source said that the NAF deployed an Augusta helicopter for the operation which struck some locations of the vandals.

The source said that the helicopter which commenced operation in the afternoon was still carrying out the onslaught on the hiding militants as of 3pm on Friday.

A senior military officer said that the helicopter was deployed in the area after the vandals were sighted by a surveillance aircraft.

However, the source was silent on whether there were casualties in the attack or not.

“The operation is still ongoing. There is still serious military action going on in the place. Even as we are talking, the Air Force is engaging them from the sky,” the source said.

Shortly after the IGP left, ground forces had also moved there to respond to the gunfire from the vandals and the place was quiet for some time, according to the source.

“Then on Friday, the helicopter started the fire again. Some of the guys are trapped in the thick forest,” he added.

 

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Bashir Yuguda, a former Nigeria minister of state for finance, had his application, seeking to travel abroad for medical checkup, denied by an Abuja High Court on Friday, August 5, 2016.

Yuguda is standing trial for alleged diversion of N3.3 billion alongside retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki, the former national security adviser.

Other accused are Dalhatu Investment Limited as well as Shuibu Salisu, Sagir Attahiru and Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa.

Justice Olukayode Adeniyi dismissed the application on the grounds that it was frivolous and did not have the consent of the sureties.

“The court cannot grant such application without the persons that stood as sureties showing evidence of their consent,” he said.

Adeniyi also said that the defendant failed to depose to any sufficient facts to enable the court grant his application.

“Therefore the application is dismissed,” he stated.

Earlier, Yuguda’s counsel, Mr Akin Ayodele, had told the court that he had filed an application on July 19 seeking the court’s leave for the applicant to travel to the United Arab Emirates for medical checkup.

He said that the application was supported by an 11-paragraph affidavit attached with documentary exhibits.

Ayodele said that Exhibit F was the most crucial, adding that it indicated that the court once granted a similar order to the applicant to travel and he returned to continue his trial.

“We attached also a further affidavit to show his appointment has been rescheduled by the doctor at UAE,’’ he said.

The prosecuting counsel, Henry Ejiga, however, opposed the application, contending that it was an attempt to further delay the trial.

Ejiga said that two hospitals in Nigeria had already conducted the check up and that the results showed that the applicant was okay

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Marquita Alston, a 24-year-old teacher in Tennessee, has been arrested for allegedly seducing and having sex with five of her students.

Alston was said to have had sexual contact with five boys while teaching at Pearl Cohn High School in Nashville.

The teacher, according to Metro UK, allegedly had the act with the students between September and November 2014.

Marquita Alston
Marquita Alston

Following a report the school principal had received about Ms. Alston, the matter was reported to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department’s Sex Crimes, who started carrying out investigation since November 2014.

Police say some of the contacts may have occurred on the Pearl Cohn campus.

Since then, more and more alleged victims have stepped forward with evidence.

Alston has now been charged with five counts of statutory rape and is now free on a $1,000 (£760) bond.

The teacher resigned a month later after being placed on administrative leave by the school system when the investigation started, Metro Uk reported.

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President Barack Obama is a feminist and he’s not afraid to let the world know it.

In an impassioned essay for Glamour magazine, POTUS wrote about the negative impact rigid gender stereotypes have on people of all gender identities, racial identities and sexual identities ― and the special importance of “21st-century feminism” in an election year in which Democrats have nominated a woman to be president and Republicans have nominated a misogynistic cheeto.

Obama wrote about his own relationship with feminism, and called on men to join the cause: “It is absolutely men’s responsibility to fight sexism too. And as spouses and partners and boyfriends, we need to work hard and be deliberate about creating truly equal relationships.”

The essay touches on “the progress” we’ve made over the past 100 years in the United States. But, of course, making progress doesn’t mean we’ve reached gender equality. In fact, as Obama acknowledges, we are still far from it in many respects. We still have a notable gender wage gap, which disproportionately impacts women of color. Sexual violence against women (and men) remains underreported. Women of all colors remain underrepresented in the highest levels of government, business and tech. And the list goes on…

It is absolutely men’s responsibility to fight sexism too. – Barack Obama

The below messages are pretty amazing coming from the (male) President of the United States:

We need to keep changing the attitude that raises our girls to be demure and our boys to be assertive, that criticizes our daughters for speaking out and our sons for shedding a tear. We need to keep changing the attitude that punishes women for their sexuality and rewards men for theirs.

We need to keep changing the attitude that permits the routine harassment of women, whether they’re walking down the street or daring to go online. We need to keep changing the attitude that teaches men to feel threatened by the presence and success of women.

We need to keep changing the attitude that congratulates men for changing a diaper, stigmatizes full-time dads, and penalizes working mothers. We need to keep changing the attitude that values being confident, competitive, and ambitious in the workplace ― unless you’re a woman…. We need to keep changing a culture that shines a particularly unforgiving light on women and girls of color.

Obama related these double standards and gaps back to his own life, and the lives of his daughters, Sasha and Malia. As a father of daughters, Obama acknowledged that gender equality has become an even more personal cause for him.

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama

“It’s important that their dad is a feminist, because now that’s what they expect of all men,” he wrote.

And in the midst of an election where we have seen misogyny used as a campaign strategy, Obama’s reminder that “it’s never been just about the Benjamins; it’s about the Tubmans too,” feels especially important.

Thanks, Barry.

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Daily Grace Inspiration is a devotional that brings you the message of grace from Joseph Prince, the world celebrated TV preacher and pastor.

Proverbs 18:21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue…

Many things in life can cause us to fear—losing our jobs, deadly diseases, terrorist attacks and so on. When these things confront us, we tend to give in to worry and fear, and start talking about our fears.

Job was no different. He constantly feared that God would punish him and his family because he kept thinking that his sons had sinned against God. He would get up early in the morning to offer burnt sacrifices, saying, “It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” And the Bible tells us that he did this “regularly”. (Job 1:5)

So Job kept confessing the sins of his sons and fearing that something terrible would happen to him and his family. In fact, his sin-consciousness didn’t just produce fear, the Bible tells us that he “greatly feared”. (Job 3:25)

It is important that we understand that it was Job’s sin-consciousness that opened the door to Satan. His preoccupation with sins that his family may have committed gave Satan the opportunity to bring death and destruction into his life. God had a hedge of protection around Job. But when he started being sin-conscious and having a fearful expectation of judgment, the hedge was removed and Satan could attack him. (Job 1:9–12)

My friend, today, if you have sinned, don’t say, “I have failed again. I deserve to be punished by God.” Know that you already have forgiveness of sins because Jesus was punished and condemned in your place! (Ephesians 1:7) So say, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ. Jesus, You are my holiness and perfection.” (1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

We must be mindful of what we believe and say regularly because “death and life are in the power of the tongue”. So when you hear of a deadly virus taking many lives, don’t say, “I’m next because I have not been a good Christian!” Instead, say, “Jesus, You are my righteousness and protection. Surely You shall deliver me from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence!” (Psalm 91:3)

Beloved, such believing and confessing not only please God, but they also shut the door on Satan so that he cannot make any inroad into your life!

Joseph Prince is senior pastor of New Creation Church. He is a leading voice in proclaiming the gospel of grace around the world through his teaching resources and television ministry. He is known for teaching God’s Word in a fresh, practical and revelatory way that always unveils Jesus. His daily television program, Destined To Reign currently reaches millions of homes across North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Israel on both secular and Christian networks. Subscribe to Pastor Prince’s Daily Grace Inspiration HERE

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Ivanka Trump with her father, Donald Trump | Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images

Donald Trump may be behind in the polls right now, but the Republican presidential nominee is already starting to think about putting together his cabinet if he wins.

Asked who his first female pick would be, the 70-year-old businessman suggested someone close to his heart – his daughter Ivanka Trump.

“I can tell you everybody would say, ‘Put Ivanka in! Put Ivanka in!’ you know that, right?” he told Florida journalist Angelica Savage, a cohost on First Coast News’ afternoon program The Chat.

“She’s very popular, she’s done very well,” he continued.

Savage could be a good pick too, he went on to suggest. The 44-year-old previously worked for the Trump Organization, is a former Miss Florida and claims to have known Donald for “probably 20 years now.”

“There really are so many people that are really talented people,” Donald said, “Like you – you’re so talented, but I don’t know if your viewers know that.”

“Is this breaking news? Am I going to be in the cabinet?” she joked. “Is that a yes?”

“Sounds like it to me – looking good to me,” he joked.

The GOP presidential candidate failed to name any other women he would add to the Cabinet of the United States – a group composed of the most senior appointed officers of the executive branch of the federal government.

Cabinet members are nominated by the president and then confirmed or rejected by a simple majority of the Senate. The president may dismiss or reappoint cabinet members at will.

Despite her rousing speech at the Republican National Convention last month and the work she’s done for her father on the campaign trail, Ivanka has been coy about whether she wants to explore a political career or would take a more formal role if her father is elected president.

“My life is chaotic right now,” the 34-year-old told PEOPLE. “I’m exhausted 90 percent of the time.”

She does have a pretty full plate, between raising her three kids – Arabella Rose, 5, Joseph Frederick, 2, and 3-month-old Theodore James – with husband Jared Kushner, working for the Trump Organization alongside her brothers, running a website devoted to helping working women, and helming her own personal brand of Ivanka Trump shoes, diamonds and more.

Of all those gigs though, she places motherhood first.

“Being a mother is the most rewarding experience, but also the most wild and stressful,” Ivanka said.

via People.com

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James Faleke

The Court of Appeal on Thursday, August 4, 2016, upheld the election of Yahaya Bello as the duly elected governor of Kogi State.

Mr. Faleke challenged the emergence of Mr. Bello as governor and asked the tribunal to declare him governor because the election of late Abubakar Audu was almost concluded before he died.

Mr. Bello was nominated by the APC to replace its late candidate, Mr. Audu.

Mr. Faleke ran as deputy governorship candidate with Mr. Audu and they were coasting to victory before Mr. Audu suddenly died.

INEC declared the election inconclusive and asked the APC to nominate a replacement for the deceased. Mr. Bello was nominated and he nominated Mr. Faleke as his deputy, an offer the latter refused.

But on June 6, the Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Abuja, dismissed Mr. Faleke’s petition, saying the lawmaker was unable to prove his case.

The tribunal said the fact that INEC declared the first election held on November 21, 2015 inconclusive meant no governor or deputy governor-elect had emerged.

It also averred that all votes cast belong to political parties, “it is the political party, through the instrumentality of its candidate that runs for election.”

The tribunal said Mr. Faleke therefore lacked the locus standi to challenge the nomination of Mr. Bello to replace the late Mr. Audu since he was never a deputy governor-elect.

The tribunal therefore, threw away his petition as lacking in merit.

“No right can accrue from an inconclusive election,” it said.

Dissatisfied with the judgment, Mr. Faleke headed to the appellate court, which has now thrown out his appeal.

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