Archive for December, 2012

Love in an unlikely place

Posted: December 22, 2012 in General

She was alone even in the midst of friends
To the world she put on her happy face 
She was leaving in a lonely world
She shut out love and scorned affection 
Blindly living and bearing all her burdens alone 
She wanted no lover or helper 
Slowly waltzing into darkness 
Restrained only by thoughts of years gone by 
Of love long buried with loved ones 
Of family long dispersed and immersed in newer ties

Deep down how she yearned for a shoulder to lean on 
For strong arms to carry her to safety 
For a love so true it would risk anything to win her heart 
For kisses so tender it would melt her soul 
For words so true it would fill her with hope 
Oh how she longed. 

Like sudden lightning it came 
Like thunderbolt on a clear day it struck Like the Aurora borealis it shone 
So bright and so beautiful
Yet so sweet and so tender 
It came, yes love came calling
When least expected
When least acknowledged
From quarters unimaginable
Love came calling. 

It wouldn’t be ignored
It wouldn’t be tabooed
It wouldn’t be shelved aside
It refused to be hidden 
Its light was determined to shine 
Will it, nill it, it was here to stay 
Love was here to bloom 
Love was here to reign
Love was here to conquer
Love came calling.

A helicopter carrying the governor of Kaduna state, Patrick Yakowa,  and former NSA  Andrew Owoeye Azazi and several aides  who were attending the burial of the father of presidential aide Oronto Douglas has crashed in Bayelsa state.
 Reports says there are no survivors

Arsene Wenger is confident of winning the race to sign Crystal Palace wonderkid Wilfried Zaha.

Gunners boss Wenger’s scouts have been watching Zaha for weeks and the 20-year-old forward is keen on a move to the Emirates.

Arsenal have put together a package in excess of £7million, and are hopeful it will persuade Palace to sell the England international – even though boss Ian Holloway is adamant Zaha will stay at the Championship club.

Wenger has cash to spend and is likely to dip into the market, with a keeper, a centre-forward and midfielder also on his agenda for next month and the summer.

Arsenal are keen on long-term target Pepe Reina, with Liverpool understood to be ready to cash in on their first-choice keeper, despite Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers insisting the Spaniard has a future at the club.

Reina’s staggering £110,000-a-week contract is likely to be a major issue but it is believed current Arsenal first choice Wojciech Szczesny is aware Arsenal are in the market for a new face at his position.

Arsenal’s chief scout Steve Rowley has been scouting Schalke’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar for weeks and the Dutch striker could be available for £6m, as he is out of contract at the end of the season.

Newcastle also fear a move for Demba Ba, who has a £7m buy-out clause, next month while Arsenal have also watched PSV Eindhoven midfielder Kevin Strootman.

They are also in the market for a right-back as Bacary Sagna is set to go next summer, as revealed by MirrorFootball.

Arsenal tried to sign Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa last summer and still rate him highly.

Wenger also has a loan deal for Thierry Henry lined up as he hopes to make it a busy January with fans keen for new signings.

But it remains to be seen whether Wenger is prepared to spend big to rejuvenate his squad in January and next summer.

ARSENAL: Bacary Sagna staying put

Posted: December 6, 2012 in Sports

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has stated his desire to remain at the club.

The former Auxerre defender insisted that he is happy with life at Arsenal despite rumours that he was disappointed with the contract offer he received from the club.

The Frenchman has suffered two broken legs in the last 18 months, and the club were reported to have only offered the full-back a 12-month extension to his current deal, which expires in 2014.

However, Sagna has moved to dismiss reports that he is unhappy, stating his desire to remain at the club after they stuck by him through his injury nightmare.

“I’m very happy to be back to football and to play for Arsenal”
Bacary Sagna
Quotes of the week
“I’m very happy,” Sagna said.

“I’m very happy to be back to football and to play for Arsenal.

“I’m looking forward to playing more games this season because I’ve been injured lately.”

Sagna has made seven appearances this season after returning from injury to face QPR in October.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday deregistered 28 political parties in Nigeria.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Attahiru Jega
In a press statement signed by the Secretary to INEC, Abdullahi Kangama, the commission based its action on the power conferred on it by the 1999 constitution (as amended) and the electoral act 2010 (as amended).

The statement listed the deregistered parties as:

1. African Liberation Party (ALP)
2. Action Party of Nigeria (APN)
3. African Political System (APS)
4. Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP)
5. Congress for Democratic Change (CDC)
6. Community Party of Nigeria (CPN)
7. Democratic Peoples Alliance (DPA)
8. Freedom Party of Nigeria (FPN)
9. Fresh Democratic Party (FDP)
10. Hope Democratic Party (HDP)
11. Justice Party (JP)
12. Liberal Democratic Party of Nigeria (LDPN)
13. Movement for Democracy and Justice (MDJ)
14. Movement for the Restoration and Defence of Democracy (MRDD)
15. Nigeria Advanced Party (NAP)
16. New Democrats (ND)
17. National Majority Democratic Party (NMDP)
18. National Movement of Progressive Party (NMPP)
19. National Redemption Party (NRP)
20. National Solidarity Democratic Party (NSDP)
21. Progressive Action Congress (PAC)
22. Peoples Mandate Party (PMP)
23. Peoples Progressive Party (PPP)
24. Peoples Redemption Party (PRP)
25. Peoples Salvation Party (PSP)
26. Republican Party of Nigeria (RPN)
27. United National Party for Development (UNPD)
28. United Nigeria Peoples Party (UNPP)

Contrary to the much hyped readiness of host state, Lagos for the ongoing National Sports Festival, the poor state of a key facility, floodlight on Thursday stalled proceedings during the second semi-final men’s football match at Agege Stadium.

Drama started barely a minute to the regulation time when the center referee, Magama hurriedly ended the game with score line at 2-2 between Team Kwara and Team Lagos.

Thousands of soccer fans, who were still in shock over the bias officiating in favour of the host state, were further disappointed when it became obvious that the resultant penalty shootout will not hold due to poor visibility at the arena despite the floodlights.

Although host team, Lagos scored first in the early minute of the encounter, the better coordinated Kwara team dominated most proceedings of the game.

It was no surprise when fans started booing the Lagos side while applauding every move by their opponents.

Questionable calls via free kicks eventually gave Lagos the much desired equalizer in the 87th minute of play.

The resultant penalty shoot-out will now hold at the same venue on Friday.

Earlier at the same venue, Cross River defeated Delta 7-6 via penalty to book a place in the final.

The final match will hold on Saturday at the Agege Stadium.