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Liverpool 'in talks to sign these TWO Argentine stars'
Liverpool are in talks to sign Sergio Romero (left) and Paulo Dybala (right) (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Argentine duo Sergio Romero and Paulo Dybala with talks said to be underway over a double deal.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been given the green light to add to his squad in the new year, with the club’s owners set to make cash available.

And Sampdoria goalkeeper Romero looks like being the first one in, with reports in Italy saying a move is at an advanced stage.

The same report also says an approach has been made for Palermo striker Dybala, who was a target for Arsenal, and is rated at about £31million.

Liverpool are seemingly hoping to get both deals wrapped up in time for January.

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The dreaded Islamist insurgents under the umbrella of the Boko Haram Islamist group on Thursday, December 18, 2014 attacked a village named Gumsuri which is not very far from Sambisa forest in Borno state.
About 32 persons were reported dead following the attack while no fewer than 185 people, including women and children were abducted and taken away in trucks towards Sambisa Forest, which is their base.
According to AFP, two local officials said that the local government was able to establish the number of those abducted through contacting families, ward heads and emirs.
Meanwhile, a vigilante leader Usman Kakani, based in Maiduguri, Borno State’s capital revealed that fighters who were in Gumsuri during the attack provided a figure of 191 abducted, including women, girls and boys.
It was learnt that the details of the attack took four days to come tolight due to the poor mobile phone networks and the bad road networks in the region.
Some survivors who fled the village said it was too dangerous to head directly to Maiduguri.
Confirming the incident, one  of the survivors identified as Mukhtar Buba, who fled to Maiduguri, said, “After killing our youths, the insurgents have taken away our wives and daughters.”


One amateur mixed martial arts fighter named Alan Grays had his eyes pop out of the socket to the floor during an unregulated MMA bout in Michigan,in the United States of America.

According to MMA Weekly, one of his opponents Jose Johnson brutally kicked him so hard on the head that his ’ prosthetic eye popped out of the socket and rolled onto the cage floor.

Immediately after the fight, the referee almost stepped on the eye while trying to stop the fight.

It was really a double tragedy for the victim who lost the fight to his opponent and at the same time lost his  right eye.

Alan Grays lost his prosthetic eye after being kicked in the head during an amateur fight in Michigan
Amateur MMA fighter, Alan Grays lost his prosthetic eye after being kicked in the head during an amateur fight in Michigan. (Photo Credit: Youtube)
Alan Grays lost his prosthetic eye after being kicked in the head during an amateur fight in Michigan
The opponent, Jose Johnson who brutally kicked Alan Grays on the head  which made him lose his prosthetic eye during an amateur fight in Michigan. (Photo Credit: Youtube)
Grays was floored by the brutal kick from his opponent and his prosthetic eye was dislodged
Amateur MMA fighter, Alan Grays lost his prosthetic eye after being kicked in the head during an amateur fight in Michigan. (Photo Credit: Youtube)

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Some men suspected to be armed robbers were on Thursday, December 18, 2014 arrested and paraded by the Ogun State Police Command across the state.

One of the suspects identified as Emmanuel Olowu, 26, was arrested in the Redemption Camp of the Redeemed Christian Church of God on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, for allegedly stealing from worshipers in the camp.

The state police spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi, disclosed that some items were recovered from the suspect including atoy gun, phones and money.

According to Punch  other suspected robbers paraded along with Olowu aged between 17 and 34 were Sunday Akinlosotu, David John, Osilaru Osodare, Okeke Emmanuel, Dayo Akinola, Daramola Arogun, Ayomide Tobi, and Onayemi Femi.

He said, “The command wants to assure the general public of adequate security during and after the Yuletide season.

“We encourage everyone in the state to support the police in the area of information sharing and robust intelligence.


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Nigeria's Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has named Rivers State Governor,  Chibuike Amaechi, as the Director-General of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation.
The party expressed hope that Ameachi, who lost the tussle for the vice-presidential ticket to Prof. Yemi Osibajo, would drive the party’s efforts to win the 2015 presidential election.

In a statement issued on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the announcement followed the hugely successful convention at which its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu  Buhari, was elected, and the follow-up successful choice of his running mate, Osibajo.
The statement described Amaechi as a man of courage, principle, outstanding reputation, strength of character, decency and love of country.

It also acknowledged his administrative prowess and organisational skills, adding all that combined to fetch him perhaps the most important task in the quest for positive change in Nigeria.

APC thanked Nigerians for their support and prayers towards the success of the convention, the emergence of Buhari as the APC presidential candidate and the choice of Osibajo as his running mate.

While presenting the profile of its vice-presidential candidate, the party said  it had lived to its promise to Nigerians to ensure that the choice of its presidential running mate would be made within the context of the best democratic ideals, considering the enormously-positive reactions from the general public to the choice of Osibajo.

‘’With a presidential candidate that has rekindled the hopes of the citizenry and revived their belief in democratic ideals, we believe we must also choose a running mate that will complement the sterling qualities of the presidential candidate. We must confess that the choice was a tough one, considering the array of eminently-qualified and outstanding candidates that we had to choose from.

‘’Yes, we were spoilt for choice but, in the end, we picked as running mate a man whose pedigree, nationally, sub-regionally, regionally and globally, attests to the fact that our party, the APC, is a repository of high quality leadership materials, and that our country, Nigeria, has no shortage of the very best human resources,’’ it said.

APC said whether in the academic, legal or ecclesial world, Osibajo stands much taller than his physical frame, and serves as a good accompaniment to our presidential candidate, himself a man of such rare sterling qualities that have stood the test of time, qualities that are now so sorely lacking in our country’s leadership.

‘’Educated in Nigeria and the UK, Osibajo is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, who has served in many organisations and professional bodies in Nigeria, West Africa, Africa and the United Nations. He has authored or edited over a dozen publications, has taught and practised law at the highest levels, and has served on the editorial boards of learned publications and non-legal publications, in addition to publishing many articles in learned journals.

‘’Now that we have presented Nigerians with the best possible choices for the exalted positions of president and vice-president, we expect that citizens, who have been yearning for quality leadership, will use their voting power to put Nigeria firmly on the path of greatness.

“A country seeking to be among the greats in the comity of nations cannot afford to have a mediocre leadership,’’ the party said.

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A man weeps as he joins parents of the kidnapped girls during a meeting with the Borno state governor in Chibok on Tuesday, April 22. | Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Armed men suspected to be members of the deadly Boko Haram group have killed 32 people and abducted 185 others in Gumsuri village, Borno State, a security source and witnesses told Xinhua on Thursday.

Among those abducted were married women, girls and boys, a security source,
who declined to be named, told Xinhua over the phone.

The village head and leader of the youth vigilante, also known as the civilian Joint Task Force (JTF), were also killed by the attackers who invaded the village on Sunday.

Several civilian JTF members were injured, while attempting to repel the invasion, the source said.

According to a CNN report, gunmen in pickup trucks attacked the village of Gumsuri, just north of Chibok, a local government area in Borno on Sunday.
“They gathered women and children and took them away in trucks after burning most of the village with petrol bombs,” a local government official said on the condition of anonymity.

News of the attack took four days to emerge because of lack of communication, with telecoms towers in the region having been disabled in previous attacks.
Local officials learned of the attack from residents who fled to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, where the officials had moved a year ago to escape Boko Haram attacks.

The militants stormed the village from two directions, overwhelming local vigilantes who had repelled the Boko Haram over the course of the year, said Gumsuri resident Umar Ari, who had trekked for four days to Maiduguri.

“They destroyed almost half of the village and took away 185 women, girls and boys,” Ari said.

Another resident, Modu Kalli, said that the militants fired with heavy machine guns on the village and poured canisters of gasoline on houses before setting them on fire.

“We lost everything in the attack. I escaped with nothing, save the clothes I have on me,” Kalli said.

Hundreds of residents of Gumsuri continue to arrive in Maiduguri, which has been struggling to accommodate thousands of residents fleeing towns and villages overrun by the militant group.

Boko Haram, which has proved to be a major security threat in Nigeria since 2009, seeks to enshrine the Islamic Sharia law in the constitution of Africa’s most populous country.

The radical Islamist terror group has killed more than 3,000 people this year, according to the Nigerian government.

The group has targeted mainstream Islam, saying that it does not represent the interests of Nigeria’s 80 million Muslims and that it perverts Islam.

In another incident, an estimated 116 Boko Haram members, who attacked Amchide, a border town in Cameroun, have been killed, the Camerounian army said on Thursday.

Residents told the BBC that the gunmen attacked Amchide on Wednesday, some arriving in two vehicles and many others on foot. They raided the market area, setting fire to shops and more than 50 houses.

A statement from the army added: “A column made up of a military truck and four pick-ups from the BIR (elite Rapid Intervention Battalion) were caught in an ambush that began with an explosion of a roadside bomb.”

“At the same time…, the Amchide military base was attacked by hundreds of fighters from the sect, but the response from our defence forces was instant and appropriate,” a statement quoted by AFP said.

“There are 116 of the assailants dead on Camerounian territory and undetermined casualties on the Nigerian territory from our artillery fire,” the statement said. “There is one dead on the Camerounian side and one officer missing.”

According to the army, the Boko Haram fighters destroyed a pick-up and a troop truck, as well as managing to capture another military truck.

Boko Haram has grown in power in the area, where Cameroun and Nigeria are linked by a bridge. Militants have carried out repeated massacres of civilians and attacks on villages there, but are now increasingly active against military targets.

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Justice Jide Falola of an Osun State High Court sitting in Okuku has sentenced two robbers to death for stealing fowls.

The convicts, Olowookere Segun and Morakinyo Sunday, were found guilty of forcefully breaking into the house of one Mr. Balogun Tope, a police officer attached to Divisional Police headquarters, Okuku, in April 2010 and carting away some of his belongings.

The convicts were charged with conspiracy, robbery and stealing contrary to Section 6(b) and 1(2)(a) of Robbery and Firearm (Special Provisions) Act, cap R 11 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Section (390)(1) Criminal Code Law, Cap 34, Laws of Osun State, 2002.

The prosecution team, led by the state Solicitor-General, Mrs Abiola Adewemimo, called six witnesses and tendered several exhibits during the prosecution.

The prosecution told the court that on November 13, 2010, men were sighted around Balogun’s home armed with cutlass and a dane gun, and that while two of them were arrested, others escaped.

The convicts were said to have confessed that they stole the complainant’s fowls, adding that they had been in his house before to steal.

Adewemimo said: “They also stated that they had earlier robbed Alhaja Umani Oyewo in her house and stole broilers, eggs and kegs of vegetable oil from the house.”

In his judgment, Justice Falola convicted them on only three counts: to death for conspiracy; life sentence for robbery, and three years imprisonment for stealing.

Justice Falola recommended that the governor can decide to commute the death sentence to 10 years imprisonment, considering the convicts’ ages.

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Your 20s are full of new jobs and dates and trips and parties and mistakes that you can fix (or forget about) in your 30s. And there’s basically no time for sleep.

Unfortunately, late nights don’t just make morning suck. When you keep not getting enough sleep, it can affect your body in the long run. (The American Academy of Sleep Medicine [AASM] recommends between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night for adults.

Experts are just beginning to understand how sleep affects just about everything you do. But they do suggest you look out for these scary side effects of skimping on sleep in your 20s:

1. Increased risk of disease: In a recent study involving more than 54,000 adults, researchers found that people who sleep less than six hours per night (or more than nine) were significantly more likely to have heart disease or diabetes, have suffered a stroke, or be obese, even after researchers adjusted the results for other known risk factors.

2. Heightened blood pressure: Sleep loss stresses out your body and mind in a way that causes your blood pressure to spike. Over time, this could damage your heart, arteries, kidneys, and even bring about stroke, loss of vision, and a host of other health problems you seriously don’t want.

3. Weakened immune system and reduced effectiveness of certain vaccinations: Vaccines are designed to trick your body into creating antibodies that provide immunity to a particular disease or infection. But exhaustion compromises the immune system, so your body doesn’t produce adequate antibodies, according to astudy in which researchers administered hepatitis B vaccinations and measured patients’ antibodies before and after treatment. People who slept fewer than six hours a night were the least likely to respond to the vaccine and were 11.5 percent more likely to emerge unprotected.

4. Stress: When you don’t get enough sleep, your body naturally releases the stress hormone cortisol, says Dr. Shalini Paruthi, director of the Pediatric Sleep and Research Center at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri, and an AASM fellow. And it doesn’t matter whether you were up late to work on spreadsheets or to work on catching up on The Mindy Project.

5. Greater risk of death: People who sleep less than five hours per night are 15 percent more likely to die from literally any cause, according to data from three massive studies. So yes, going to bed too late could eventually kill you.

6. Impaired creativity: Neuroimaging studies suggest that the brain spontaneously reorganizes information when you rest, which could explain why it’s so much harder to focus and come up with ideas when you haven’t slept.

7. Moodiness: There’s something about exhaustion that turns you into Negative Nancy: In a two-year study in which 78 medical residents tracked their sleep and intermittently recorded their emotional responses to various stimuli, researchers found that fatigue intensified participants’ negative emotions. Sleep deprivation actually affects your mood even more than it does your motor and cognitive performance, according to a massive review of 19 original research studies published in Sleep. Meaning? You’re more susceptible to angry tangents when you’re sleepy.

8. Lower GPA: Research suggests that college students who sleep the least earn lower grades than those who sleep nine or more hours per night. Your brain needs to cycle through certain deep sleep stages to store memories and solidify the things you learn. When you fall asleep, your heart rate and metabolic rate drop so your body can focus on those things, says Dr. Paruthi. No sleep, no storage.

9. Poor decisions: Many parts of the brain are involved in decision-making. When you don’t give your brain enough rest, it functions at half-mast, and you’ll end up making less than savory choices, Dr. Paruthi says.

10. Twitchy eyes: Dr. Paruthi says fatigue can cause an awkward-looking eye spaz called nystagmus, which makes your eyeballs move even involuntarily, even though your head is still.

11. Fertility issues: While there’s no conclusive proof that sleep deprivation directly causes infertility, experts know that lack of sleep can stress you out and suspect it can also can interfere with your body’s circadian rhythm. Together, this can ultimately suppress your reproductive hormones and impair your ability to sustain a pregnancy, according to an article published in Sleep Medicine.

12. Sex drought: Sleep or sex? Sex or sleep? When you’re really, really tired, you don’t always get to chooZzZz.

13. Weight gain: Countless studies have found that people who sleep less are more likely to be overweight. That’s probably because sleep deprivation messes with the hormones that regulate your appetite (ghrelin) and tell your brain you’re full (leptin), which can lead to chronic overeating, according to a review of experimental and observational studies of sleep published in The American Journal of Human Biology.

14. Fat Gene activation: Sleep loss basically turns your body against you:Research done on twins suggests that skimping on sleep (i.e., sleeping less than seven hours per night for the purposes of this study) fires up whatever fat-storing genes you have to increase your risk of gaining fat and holding on to it for good.

15. Emotional eating: In a recent study of 114 college students, participants were more likely to increase their food intake in response to strong feelings when they were particularly tired.

16. Depression: Sleep and depression are interrelated: Research suggests people who suffer from insomnia are more likely to suffer from major depression than people who sleep regularly.

17. Increased risk of car accidents: “Sleep-deprived patients in simulators have just as many accidents as someone who is drunk,” Dr. Paruthi says.

18. Slower reaction time: When your brain isn’t well rested, it doesn’t take in information, process it, and respond to it as quickly as usual. “You lose speed before accuracy,” Dr. Paruthi explains. “You’ll get your work done, but it will take longer.”

19. Tired partner: Even if you’re the lone wolf who stays up late to online shop or binge-watch The Affair, you’re not the only one who suffers sleep debt and associated side effects. If you sleep with a partner, you’ll likely wake him up when you jump into bed a few hours later, which compromises his sleep quantity and quality. Regular rude awakenings could cause him to experience any number of the side effects listed here.

20.  Tremors: Shaking can mess with your ability to carry out precise movements and detail-oriented tasks, like needle threading and tweezing your eyebrows. Which you really don’t want to mess up.

21. Premature aging: When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases the stress hormone cortisol. If your body releases too much cortisol, it starts to break down collagen, a protein that promotes smooth skin and elasticity. Sleep deprivation also may decrease the production of the growth hormones in your body that strengthen the skin and fend off wrinkles, says Dr. David Bank, dermatologist and director of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic, and Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, NY, and author of Beautiful Skin – Every Woman’s Guide to Looking Her Best at Any Age. Skimp on sleep and you’ll lose the restorative effects that make your skin look young and healthy.

22. Dry skin: Sleep helps hydrate your skin so it doesn’t get all dry and flaky. In other words, adequate sleep is like a natural moisturizer.

23. Big-time breakouts: When you don’t get enough sleep, your stress levels soar and your body responds by producing more of the hormone glucocorticoid. This disrupts your skin structure, which makes you more vulnerable to acne. Lack of sleep also triggers inflammation, which can makes small blemishes blow up.

24. Dull skin: Sleep improves blood flow to the skin, Dr. Bank says. Don’t get enough sleep, and your skin will look blotchy or pale.

25. Skin sensitivity: Your body’s immune system builds its strength while you sleep, Dr. Bank explains. Sleep deprivation can make your skin more sensitive and even worsen existing skin conditions like rosacea or eczema.

Do You Get Enough Sleep?

If you get into bed and fall asleep within 20 minutes, don’t remember waking up throughout the night, and wake up feeling refreshed each morning, you should be good to go, Dr. Paruthi says. If not? The best way to find out how much sleep you need is to go to sleep when you feel tired and wake up without an alarm for a few days at time — like when you’re on vacation. Then set a bedtime and stick to it for all of the reasons above.

(via Cosmopolitan)

Voters leave a polling place in Morningside, Edinburgh on Sept. 18, 2014. (Photo Credit: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)


A Federal High Court has on Thursday, December 18, 2014 granted the inmates in Nigerian prisons the right to vote in all elections conducted in the country.

The suit was filed by Modugu Odion , Kabiru Abu, Onome Inaye, Osagie Iyekepolor and Victor Emenuwe on behalf of inmates of Nigeria Prisons and against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the Controller-General of Nigeria Prisons Service

According to Justice Mohammed Lima, who made the ruling in a court sitting in Benin, Edo State, the inmates has the right to vote and as such, the defendants should ensure that the applicants (prisoners) were not disenfranchised.

Nigerian Prison (Photo Credit: Bestmob)
Nigerian Prison (Photo Credit: Bestmob)

The plaintiffs had prayed the court to determine “whether, having regards to the provisions of section 25 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended in 2011, and section 12 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010, the plaintiffs are not entitled to be registered as voters by INEC.”

The court was also asked to determine, whether having regard to the constitutional provisions of Section 77 (2) of the 1999 Constitution and Section 12 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010, the plaintiffs were not eligible to express their right to vote at any election in Nigeria.

The plaintiffs had also asked that the court should determine whether the failure of INEC to make registration and voting provisions for the inmates in the custody of Nigerian prisons does not constitute an infringement on their rights as citizens of Nigeria as contained in section 14 (1) (2) (a) (b), section 17 (2) (a), section 24 (b), (c), section 39 of the 1999 constitution and Article 13 (1) and Article 20 (1) of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

According to Justice Lima in her judgement,: “Act by INEC to deny inmates the right to vote is unconstitutional, illegal, irregular, unlawful, null and void and of no effect whatsoever. The defendants do not have the constitutional right to deny the claimants their voting rights.

“Being an inmate is not an offence that impedes their registration and voting right under section 24 of the Electoral Act; and that crime does not change the nationality of any inmate,” he added.


Photo Credit: Francesco Carrozzini/Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli

Nicki Minaj knows how to keep ’em guessing. Her landmark year—across music, film, and fashion—has been one full of turns and swerves. As quickly as she came out swinging on “Chi-Raq,” she embraced her pop princess side with “Pills N Potions.”

Just as unexpectedly as she suited up in a tough leather Moschino look for “Senile,” she paraded down red carpets in flirty Alexander McQueen dresses with a natural beauty look. And a day after performing in her most casual onstage look yet, Minaj has been announced as the face of one of the least casual brands ever, Roberto Cavalli.

Of course, looking at Minaj’s brazen style history, the partnership makes all the sense in the world. Like Cavalli, Minaj has built her reputation on bold moves and an empowering sexuality.

She’s also done it all on her own terms. Even in this high-fashion campaign, in which the singer is swathed in yards of splashy fabrics that would shrink any other model into a faceless canvas, her personality shines through. Like she’s proved all year long with her magazine covers for Elle, V, Dazed, The Fader, and Billboard, Minaj is no one’s hanger.

That’s precisely the reason Cavalli tapped her for the Francesco Carrozzini-shot campaign, aside from the fact that her twice-platinum track “Anaconda” also happens to be one of the fashion house’s symbols.

“I chose Nicki Minaj because she embodies the exuberant and modern femininity of the Cavalli woman,” the designer said in a statement. “In recent years we have become accustomed to women castigated in clothes that hide their body shapes. With this campaign, I wanted to send a strong counter-trend message. I wanted a sensual woman who is aware of her body, who is not afraid to show her curves but rather make them her strength.”

Photo Credit: Francesco Carrozzini/Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli
Photo Credit: Francesco Carrozzini/Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli
Photo Credit: Francesco Carrozzini/Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli
Photo Credit: Francesco Carrozzini/Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli
Photo Credit: Francesco Carrozzini/Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli
Photo Credit: Francesco Carrozzini/Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli
Photo Credit: Francesco Carrozzini/Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli
Photo Credit: Francesco Carrozzini/Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli
Photo Credit: Francesco Carrozzini/Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli
Photo Credit: Francesco Carrozzini/Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli
Photo Credit: Francesco Carrozzini/Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli
Photo Credit: Francesco Carrozzini/Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli
Photo Credit: Francesco Carrozzini/Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli
Photo Credit: Francesco Carrozzini/Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli
Photo Credit: Francesco Carrozzini/Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli
Photo Credit: Francesco Carrozzini/Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli

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