Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Brazil becomes first country to qualify for Russia 2018 World Cup!

Brazil has officially become the first
country to qualify for next year's
World cup in Russia after the South
American nation defeated Paraguay
3-0 on Wednesday morning, and
then watched Peru's inflict a 2-1
victory over Uruguay.
The win over Paraguay, inspired by
country captain Neymar, was
Brazil's 13th match without a loss,
booking their place in Russia.
In Brazil's group, Colombia,
Uruguay and Chile occupy the
remaining three guaranteed World
Cup spots..
Brazil even though they lost their
first game during qualifying, to
Chile, have not lost in the 13
subsequent matches. A run which
means Brazil sits on 33 points after
14 matches, with 10 wins, one loss
and three draws.
“When I look at my family — the
players — and when we talk to
the fans and see how happy they
are, that’s when you think ‘I’m
part of something very special,'”
Head coach, Tite said after Brazil’s
qualification was confirmed.
Congrats to them!
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Cristiano Ronaldo climbs into the top 10 international goalscorers of all time after scoring 70th & 71st goal for Portugal Football star, business man an


Football star, business man and
World Footballer of the year,
Cristiano Ronaldo has broken
another record!
The Real Madrid star scored two
goals against Hungary last week, his
69th and 70th goal for his country,
Portugal, and then followed it up
with another goal against Sweden
his 71st, which automatically put
him among the top 10 highest
goalscorers for national sides in the
history of football. Congrats to him!
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Keystone Bank names Transition Board

Following its sale to new investors,
Keystone Bank on Tuesday
announced the appointment of
Alhaji Umaru H. Modibbo and Mr.
Hafiz Bakare as board Chairman
and acting Managing Director/Chief
Executive Officer respectively.
The lender also announced the
appointments of Mrs. Yvonne
Isichei as Executive Director as well
as Mrs. Titilayo Tairat Adebiyi and
Mr. Bulus Bunken Dan-Habu- as
Non-Executive Directors.
A statement from the lender’s
Head, Corporate Communications,
Omobolanle Osotule, said the new
board is a transitional governance
arrangement, which follows:
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“the successful conclusion of the
divestment of Keystone Bank
Limited by the Asset Management
Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON),
which culminated in the
Completion Meeting of 23 March
2017 and the formal handover of
the bank to the Sigma Golf-
Riverbank Consortium (the
Consortium).”

According to the statement:
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“The transitional governance
arrangement, which will take
effect from the 1st of April 2017 is
subject to approval by the Central
Bank of Nigeria. By the 31st of
March 2017, the current board of
the bank (including the MD/CEO,
Mr. Philip Ikeazor) would have
fully disengaged, except for Mr.
Bakare and Mrs. Isichei, who will
continue as part of the
transitional governance board.”
Modibbo started his working career
as a Commercial Officer in the then
Gongola State Civil Service, and
would later join the Gongola State
Investment Company Limited
where he rose to the rank of Senior
Investment Executive.
A 1983 graduate of Business
Administration from the Ahmadu
Bello University, Zaria, Alhaji
Modibbo qualified as a Chartered
Stockbroker in 1991 and was
elected to the Council of The
Nigerian Stock Exchange from 1993
to 1996. He is currently a member
of the Investors Protection Fund
(IPF) of the Nigerian Stock
Exchange.
He founded Sigma Pensions
Limited, and served as its Managing
Director/Chief Executive from 1st
February 2011 to 31st October
2016.
Hafiz Bakare is currently the
Executive Director, Corporate Bank
& Treasury at Keystone Bank
Limited also overseeing the Lagos &
West Directorate. Before his
appointment to the Board of
Keystone Bank in July 2014, he was
running a management consulting
and capacity development firm he
founded with the objective of
assisting organisations across
different sectors to deliver
sustainable value in an increasingly
challenging and dynamic
environment.
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Monday, 27 March 2017

AMCON hands over Keystone Bank to new investors

Following the sale of Keystone Bank
to Sigma Golf-Riverbank
Consortium by the Asset
Management Corporation of Nigeria
(AMCON), the new investors have
finally taken possession with a view
to repositioning the bank
immediately.
A statement from the bank said the
handover took place last Friday
after the Completion Board Meeting
to consummate the acquisition and
pave way for the takeover was held
the previous day (Thursday) with
representatives of Sigma Golf-
Riverbank Consortium (the Buyer),
AMCON (the Seller), Board and
Management of Keystone Bank as
well as the advisers to the buyer
(KPMG Professional Services,
Boston Advisory Services, Giwa
Osagie & Co., Pan-African Capital
Limited) and the Seller (FBN Capital
Limited, Citibank Nigeria Limited,
Banwo & Ighodalo, CrosswrockLaw).
Recall that AMCON had announced
on Tuesday 21stMarch 2017 that
Sigma Golf-Riverbank Consortium
had acquired Keystone Bank
Limited. The Completion Meeting
signified the effective hand-over of
the bank to the buyer and the
commencement of a transition
process that will culminate in the
reconstitution of the Board and
Management of the bank to reflect
the new ownership.
Keystone Bank, formerly Bank PHB,
was taken over by AMCON in 2011
and has been managed by the
AMCON-appointed board and
management which stabilised the
bank over the years to make it
attractive as potential new
investors, who emerged as
preferred bidders after a very
transparent and competitive
bidding process.
Analysts believe that the
emergence of the Sigma Golf-
Riverbank Consortium will bring a
new lease of life to Keystone Bank
with the expected injection of fresh
capital that would position the bank
to play competitively in the industry
and actualize its full potentials.
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“In moving the bank forward as a
major player in the industry, the
new investors will be backed up
by a pool of reputable
professionals both currently
within the bank and across the
industry.
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“Keystone Bank, therefore,
assures all its stakeholders that
the transition process will
reposition the bank to serve its
customers better, creating
enhanced value for all
stakeholders”, the statement
added.

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A total of 193 pupils (meant to turn 9-11 years) fell pregnant between 2014 and 2016 in South Africa

A total of 193 pupils in grades 3, 4
and 5 (the grades in which one is
meant to turn nine to 11) fell
pregnant between 2014 and 2016. If
pregnant school children from
grades 6 and 7 are added, this
number increases to 1 449, reports
The Citizen .
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"This information should shock
every South African. Young girls,
most under the legal age of 16,
are having their futures
undermined, likely through being
taken advantage of or abused,"
said Sonja Boshoff, DA MP and
member of the portfolio
committee on basic education.

She added that the DA
would urgently submit further
parliamentary questions to find out
if these girls were under the age of
16 and, if so, whether any charges
had been instituted against those
responsible, as this would be
statutory rape.
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“We will also investigate whether
these girls have since returned to
school, following the birth of their
child, what support the school
and the department of basic
education have provided them to
catch up on the syllabus, and
whether counselling and other
emotional support have been
provided,” Boshoff said.

In 2014, 18 357 pupils fell pregnant,
with 15 504 in 2015, and 8 732
pupils last year.
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“Although the overall numbers
seem to indicate a drop in school
pregnancies, the department was
not able to provide the statistics
for Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-
Natal.
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“Traditionally, these two provinces
account for large numbers of
school pregnancies: a total of 6
477 in 2014, and 5 178 in 2015
combined,” Boshoff said.
“It is vital that Minister of Basic
Education Angie Motshekga
provide these missing numbers as
a matter of urgency so that a
realistic and honest assessment
can be made and solutions can be
found. These young girls cannot
be lost to the system and the
department must follow up to
ensure that they continue to
attend school,” Boshoff said.
¤
“Keeping children in school
should be our major priority if we
are to ensure that every person,
no matter the circumstances of
their birth, are able to live a life
they truly value, filled with
opportunity. This is something the
DA will continue to fight for.”

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Fayose promises to tone down his criticism of President Buhari

Ekiti state
governor, Ayo
Fayose, has
promised to tone
down his crticism
of President
Buhari and his
government.
Fayose made the
promise when he
spoke with the
Minister of Works,
Roads and
Housing
Babatunde
Fashola at the
Ekiti state
government
house.
Fayose said this
when he was
thanking Fashola
of the Federal
government roads
being constructed
in the state.
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"If we would be
getting this
much of help,
we wouldn't be
criticizing the
Federal
government
like this and
maybe bcause
of you now, I
would tone
down".
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Jamie Vardy reveals death threats over alleged involvement in Claudio Ranieri’s sacking

Leicester City
striker Jamie
Vardy has
revealed he
received death
threats after it
was alleged by UK
Media outfits that
he played a major
role in the sacking
of former coach
Claudio Ranieri,
barely 9 months
after winning the
club's first
premier league
title.
Leicester City
prior to Ranieiri's
sack were
languishing in the
relegation zone
and the club
owners shockingly
made the
decision to sack
the Italian
manager,
replacing him
with Craig
Shakespeare.
It had been
reported that
senior players
such as Jamie
Vardy and
Schmeichel had
asked the owners
to sack Ranieiri –
but the players
have categorically
denied the claims
And now Jamie
Vardy has
revealed that he
received death
threats from
Leicester fans
over the alleged
gang-up.
In an interview
published by
Guardian UK
newspapers on
Tuesday morning,
Vardy said:
↓↡
“The story is
out there, then
people pick it
up and jump
on it and you’re
getting death
threats about
your family,
kids,
everything,”
Vardy said. “I
try to get on
with it but
when people
are trying to cut
your missus up
while she’s
driving along
with the kids in
the back of the
car it’s not the
best. It’s
happened
plenty of times.
It is terrifying.”
¤
Vardy said the
threats had been
made “on social
media, walking
down the street,
you name it” and
insisted he was
wrongly named as
one of the players
who allegedly
turned against
the manager who
won the first
league
championship in
Leicester’s
history.
He also denied
there was a
problem with the
players and their
former manager.
↓↡
“No, not at all.
Basically if
there was an
issue you went
and did it in the
gaffer’s office,
man to man. Or
you did it on
the tactics
board because
he was happy
for you to come
in and put your
opinion across.
↓↡
“Apparently the
meeting that
got him sacked
I read one story
that said it was
straight after
the Sevilla
game. Absolute
shambles. It
said I was
personally
involved in a
meeting when I
was actually sat
in anti-doping
for three hours.
The stories
were quite
hurtful. A lot of
false
accusations
were being
thrown out
there and
there’s nothing
us, as players,
could do about
it.”
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Vardy was also
criticized for not
posting a farewell
message to his
former manager
on his social
media account,
immediately after
his sacking.. But
he has revealed
that he took over
48 hours to post a
social media
message because
'it was very hard'
for him.
↓↡
“I can
understand
what you are
saying but,
personally, my
tweet was
[meant to be]
going out
straightaway,
but I wrote it
that many
times I couldn’t
quite get the
wording right.
You don’t know
what to say. It
was 24 hours
before I did it
but we had just
got back from
Seville. We
were delayed,
landed, then
went straight
home, kids in
the bath and
straight to bed
myself.
↓↡
“It’s hard. Don’t
get me wrong,
what he did for
Leicester was
unbelievable
and nobody
would have
expected that
[title] in a
million years.
We can only
thank him for
that. The way
this season has
gone, players
never seem to
be the ones
who get the
sack. It always
falls on the
manager and
that is what has
happened. We
are all sincerely
gutted that it
did.
↓↡
“I get abuse at
every stadium
that I turn up
at. You are
always going to
get stick from
fans. It is part
and parcel of
football. I’m
one that carries
on and winds
them up a bit.
Do I enjoy it?
Yeah, it’s just
me. I couldn’t
tell you why I
get it, but it’s
part of the
game. I am not
really fussed
about it. It’s
fine by me.”
¤
Vardy also
explained why he
had not chosen to
report the death
threats to the
police. “All that
can happen is
they get banned
on Twitter,” he
said.
↓↡
“People get cut
up but if there’s
no cameras
you’re
screwed.”
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Saturday, 18 March 2017

PDP is dead- Former Governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime says as he decamps to APC

Former Enugu state governor,
Sullivan Chime, has decamped from
PDP to APC. Speaking to newsmen
in Enugu after announcing his
defection, Chime said his decision
to defect is based on the fact that
PDP is a dead party.
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"The PDP, we used to be members
of is dead. The party I joined in
1999 and had the opportunity of
leading in the state for eight years
is no longer in existence.
We have two groups claiming to
be in charge of the party as
chairman. These two, none of
them can actually lay claim to the
chairmanship of the party. There
is no provision in PDP’s
Constitution for interim caretaker
committee led by Sen. Ahmed
Maikarfi. The PDP convention has
no power to set up a caretaker
committee and did not seek to
amend the party’s constitution”
he said
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Friday, 17 March 2017

Manchester United fined £20,000 by Football Association for failing to control players in FA Cup against Chelsea

Manchester United fined £20,000
by Football Association for failing
to control players in FA Cup
against Chelsea
The Red Devils face a
punishment for their conduct at
Stamford Bridge

Manchester United have been
fined £20,000 by the Football
Association after accepting a
charge of failing to control their
players during Monday's FA Cup
defeat at Chelsea.
United's run in the competition was
ended at Stamford Bridge by Jose
Mourinho's old club on a night
when Spaniard Ander Herrera was
dismissed in the 35th minute for a
second caution following a foul on
Eden Hazard.
Several United players surrounded
referee Michael Oliver after he
brandished the red card at Herrera
and that earned the club a
misconduct charge, and the
standard punishment of £20,000
has now been applied.
If United had challenged the charge
and it had been proven, the fine
would have gone up to £30,000.
An FA statement read: "Manchester
United have been fined £20,000
after the club admitted an FA
misconduct charge and accepted
the standard penalty.
"It relates to a breach of FA rule
E20(a) for failing to ensure its
players conducted themselves in an
orderly fashion in or around the
35th minute of their Emirates FA
Cup quarter-final against Chelsea
on Monday 13 March 2017."
Herrera himself will miss this
weekend's game against
Middlesbrough along with West
Brom's visit to Old Trafford after
the international break as it was his
second dismissal of the campaign.
United are also without Zlatan
Ibrahimovic for both of those
fixtures after the Swede received a
retrospective punishment when his
elbow caught Bournemouth's
Tyrone Mings in the face.
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Europa League: Manchester United face Anderlecht in quarter-finals – live!

Thoughts on that draw? United have a
little history with Anderlecht – the sides
have met six times in European
competition, with United winning four
and losing two. Their last meeting, in
October 2000, saw the Brussels club win
2-1 – a result that helped them pip their
opponents to top spot in their Champions
League group. A more positive omen for
United is that their record win in any
competition came against Anderlecht – a
10-0 triumph way back in the 1956
European Cup.
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The draw in full

Anderlecht v Manchester United

Celta Vigo v Genk

Ajax v Schalke

Lyon v Besiktas
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Lyon v Besiktas
And finally, a tricky round trip for Lyon,
second favourites for the trophy behind
United.
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Ajax v Schalke
Two former winners of the UEFA Cup –
Ajax in 1992, Schalke in 1997 – are
drawn together.
¤
Celta Vigo v Genk
Celta, the only hope for Spain to continue
their recent dominance of this
competition, face Genk.
¤
Anderlecht v Manchester United
United will face the Belgian league
leaders!

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Champions League and Europa League quarter-final draws -

We're down to the final eight teams
in the Champions League after a
wild round of 16 which saw more
drama than you can shake a stick
at.
Leicester City are the Premier
League's only representatives in the
last eight after they made it past
Sevilla to keep their hopes of
another unlikely trophy alive.
Barcelona are in the hat after their
historic comeback win over Paris
Saint-Germain and will be joined by
their compatriots Real and Atletico
Madrid.
Bayern Munich thrashed Arsenal to
book their place, with Borussia
Dortmund also booked their place,
as did Juventus and Monaco.
The balls are set to be released this
morning and we will know who will
face who in the quarter-finals.

As you would expect from
European club football's premier
club competition, there are some
juicy looking quarter-final ties to
look forward to next month.
The Premier League champions
will face last year's losing
European Cup finalists Atlético
Madrid while Juve go up against
Barcelona in a repeat of the
2015 final.
The tie of the round, though,
will have to be Bayern Munich
up against Real Madrid
while Borussia Dortmund's
game with Monaco will, no
doubt , be a high-scoring affair.

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The Champions League quarter-
final draw in full
¤
Atlético Madrid v Leicester City.

Borussia Dortmund v Monaco

Bayern Munich v Real Madrid

Juventus v Barcelona

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JAMB Registration 2017/18 Starting Date, Online Form, Requirements

JAMB Registration form for
2017/2018 CBT is out online at
jamb.org.ng. Sales of form now
has a starting date and closing
date. Here is the
guide, requirements and all you
need to know that will walk you
through the registration process. All
candidates who seek admission into
Nigeria’s Federal, State and Private
Universities, Federal, State and
Private Polytechnics, Colleges of
education and other specialised
institutions are hereby notified.
All secondary school leavers who
wish to gain admission in the
coming 2017/2018 session
through Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examination (UTME)
should follow instructions released
strictly. Below is the majority of
information you need to
successfully register for JAMB 2017.

JAMB Registration 2017 / 2018
Period (Registration Starting and
Closing Date)
Majority of the questions we have
been getting have been about when
JAMB registration for 2017 will
start. Yes, there has been a long
delay than usual in the
commencement of JAMB
registration 2017 online for UTME. A
lot of intending applicants are
already frustrated by the long wait
and would like to know when they
can go online to register. Now the
information you want is here.

NOTE: Intending JAMB candidates
should note that JAMB CBT
registration will start on the
Monday 20th March, 2017, and
scheduled to come to a close on
Wednesday 19th April,
2017. Registration portal closes on
Saturday 22nd April 2017. Now,
the closing date has not been set
by JAMB.

DIRECT ENTRY (DE):
For Direct Entry Candidates, the
JAMB application will be on sale
from Sunday 23rd April, 2017.
JAMB Exam Starting and End Dates,
Venues
Exam Starts 6th May, 2017 to 20th
May, 2017 (excluding May 12, 2017
because of Candidates sitting for
WAEC’s Further Maths Exam). The
venue of the examination will be at
any centre in the candidate’s
chosen examination town.
JAMB UTME Registration Fees
For 2017

Another question we have received
a lot is about how much candidates
are expected to pay to register for
JAMB UTME. The 2017/2018
registration fee is ₦5,500
(confirmed). If you want this
broken down for you, the JAMB
scratch card is ₦5,000, while the
online registration itself is ₦700 and
N700 for the book.
The JAMB Fee of 5,500 Naira
includes Registration fees, Reading
text and all other Document
(Syllabus and Brochure).
So, now you know how much the
scratch card for JAMB registration is
(e-PIN), and how much the online
registration costs. In addition,
candidates are expected to
purchase the textbooks, titled “In
Dependence” by Sarah Ladipo
Manyika for UTME and “The Last
Days at Forcados High School” by
A.H. Mohammed for Direct Entry
Candidates.” As mentioned earlier,
it comes at a cost of Five Hundred
Naira (₦700.00) only.
Registration centers will collect
N700 for registration.
Where can you buy registration
scratch cards/form?
We have been informed that the
2017 JAMB registration scratch card
(e-PIN) for UTME 2017/2018 is now
available at designated points and
banks nationwide.
Registration forms and cards are
now available in the following
Banks and NIPOST offices
Nationwide. Banks will also have
their representatives at JAMB CBT
registration centers where
candidates can register.

Zenith Bank Plc

Skye Bank Plc

First Bank

All candidates are to take note that
irrespective of their choice of
course of study or method of
testing, they will also be tested on
two general books. The name of the
general books are; “In
Dependence” by Sarah Ladipo
Manyika for UTME candidates and
“The Last Days at Forcados High
School” by A.H. Mohammed for
Direct Entry candidates.
Before you go ahead, it is good to
also know the JAMB cut-off mark for
the course you want to choose. This
should give you an idea of how
much to prepare for the course.
Your Registration Credentials &
Expected Documents
(Requirements)
You should go along to the
accredited JAMB registration 2017
center near you with your
credentials that can be uploaded to
the registration portal. Also, after
your registration, there are items/
documents you are expected to be
given. Make sure you collect them
before leaving the registration
center.

. A soft copy of the
current JAMB Syllabus for the
examination.

. Admission procedure and
requirements of Tertiary
Institutions in Nigeria. Also
included are the available
programmes of study in the
institutions.

. If you paid for the book before
going to the registration center,
show them your receipt and you
will also get your own copy of the
book.

Accredited JAMB Registration
Centers
As said earlier, registration for
JAMB UTME 2017/2018 can be done
on Jamb website or accredited
centers. All interested candidates
should note that they can easily
access the Board’s website on
www.jamb.org.ng for registration
using the registration scratch card.
Please take note that Registration
for the CBT examination can be
done on the website at anytime
within the specified registration
period through any of the
accredited 2017 JAMB registration
centers nationwide.
2017 JAMB Registration Updates
Free
We will also keep you updated
under this headline as more JAMB
updates roll in for both UTME and
Direct Entry candidates. Stay with
us and you will also be the first to
hear about it when JAMB Result is
released.
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