Premier League’s highest-earning managers

We kick off with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers who earns just above the average for a top flight manager. During the Northern Irishman ‘s two years and four month reign at the club he has transformed the Redmen from eighth place to title contenders.

Manuel Pellegrini Man City


When he arrived in Manchester last summer, Manuel Pellegrini did so with great pressure on his shoulders. That didn’t seem to worry the Chilean though, as he delivered City their second league title in three seasons and took them to their most advanced stage in the Champions League. His salary is modest in comparison to the remaining managers on this list, and seems well worth the outlay.

Arsene Wenger Arsenal

The Premier League’s most experienced boss, Arsene Wenger changed the culture of football in England when he arrived at Arsenal in 1996 and has since become woven into the fabric of the club. That longevity has also resulted in bumper salary, although given his delivery of just one trophy over the past eight seasons asks questions of his high earnings.

Louis van Gaal Man United

Man United appear to have learned from the mistake in appointing David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor by opting for high-level experience in their latest appointment Louis van Gaal. However, such a managerial signing comes at a price, with the Red Devils lavishing a reported £7m-a-year for the Dutchman’s services. Only time will tell if it is money well spent.

Jose Mourinho Chelsea

Jose Mourinho’s track record for success makes him one of the world’s best managers and as one of the world’s best he is able to command astronomical money. Mourinho returned to Chelsea last summer following a five-year spell away from Stamford Bridge and while he did to mark his homecoming with silverware, the Blues look in good shape to do so this season.
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Who wins Gulder Ultimate Search tonight?

By 11pm tonight when the final episode of this year’s edition of Gulder Ultimate Search, Africa’s longest running reality TV programme, would have aired, a new winner would have emerged. One of the four remaining contestants on the show would have found the great General’s Helmet thus bringing an end to a Mission for which over thousands of individuals registered to be a part of.

Of the 14 contestants that were selected from over 40,000 applicants to enter the Aguleri jungle, only four remain. They are Otto Canon, a 25 year old undergraduate, Nne Cosy Joe, a 28 year graduate of Agric Science, Emmanuel Afolabi, a 29 year old undergraduate and 24 year old Chinedu Ubachukwu, also an undergraduate.

For the millions of viewers of Gulder Ultimate Search 11, the anxiety
and excitement over who is crowned the new ultimate champion is fever pitch.

However, for the remaining contestants, the journey to the final stage of the show has been long and tortuous.

They have progressed through several phases on this year’s edition; including the precision phase, the survivor phase and the innovation phase. They were also inducted into the Elite Squad of the great General’s Army.

The remaining contestants are also not leaving anything to chance as they have been assessing their fellow contestants’ strengths and weaknesses ahead of an epic battle to locate the helmet.Chinedu said Otto is strong in solving riddles but weak in solving puzzles. Chinedu also pointed out that Emmanuel is not too good with puzzles.

He further revealed that Cosy is better at solving puzzles and not very good with riddles.Emmanuel said he never expected he would be among the four finalists for Gulder Ultimate Search 11.

He also confessed that he was not good with puzzles. Emmanuel however said he’s working on improving his puzzle solving skill. He said: “Over time, I’ve learnt to stay calm, paint a mental picture before I start working, and while I am working with my hands, my head is thinking ahead.”Emmanuel described Chinedu as a proud and arrogant person.

He hinted that these attributes may lead to his downfall. Cosy corroborated Emmanuel’s claims. He said: “Chinedu is erratic and the type of confidence he has may also be suicidal.”Cosy assessed Emmanuel as a contestant who is good with riddles but not with puzzles. Cosy confessed that he can be easily beaten in riddles.

He noted: “They can beat me in riddles. It’s always funny when someone uses his own knowledge to set a question for me and you expect me to get the answer.”Otto also confessed that he was not too good with solving puzzles. Otto’s fate of continuing in Gulder Ultimate Search 11 hangs in the balance as he failed Episode 25’s Code Box task.

The winner of Gulder Ultimate Search 11 will drive home a brand new SUV in addition to the N10 million grand prize money.For the first time in three years, no female contestant will be part of the final search.

Samantha Appi, who emerged as the Last Woman Standing was evicted in Episode 25 after failing the Infinity task.
Her performance in the reality TV programme has been described as marvellous and even earned her respect from both her male and female contestants. Being the smallest of the seven female contestants did not deter her.

After emerging the Last Woman Standing, Samatha said she felt very good, adding that she thoroughly enjoyed her stay as a contestant.

Speaking on her achievements despite her small frame, Samatha noted: It’s not really about my size but about my thinking capabilities. And most of the time, my size was my motivation.

People thought I will not be able to do some things because they think I am fragile due to my small frame. But I look at myself and I tell myself, I know I can do this even though people think I can’t do it.”For the first time in the history of Gulder Ultimate Search, the Last Woman Standing will drive home a brand new Ford Eco sport.

This is in addition to the amount that will accrue to her as the fifth placed contestant.Gulder has recorded another first as the beer brand will also give the contestant who emerges as the winner of the on-going Viewers’ Choice a brand new Ford Focus car.

Samsung expands Galaxy series with Note


As the battle for market share in the smart phone ecosystem heightens, Samsung electronics last week heightened competition in the Nigerian smart phone market with the release of its new Galaxy offering, the Note 4.

The smart phone boasts of advanced S Pen and superior viewing experience. Speaking during the launch, Managing Director of Samsung Electronics West Africa, Mr. Brovo Kim, said that Galaxy Note 4 has introduced the most refined Note experience to-date by combining the latest technology that users expect from Samsung’s Galaxy series.

“In 2011, we introduced the original Galaxy Note and launched a whole new smart device category. Its larger screen size and iconic S Pen technology initiated a new standard in smartphone culture.

“The undeniable success of the category strengthened our conviction that consumers want higher quality features on their devices and they want those new features to positively impact their quality of life” he said.

Also speaking, the Director of Information Technology & Mobile for Samsung Electronics West Africa, Mr. Emmanouil Revmatas said that “a major complaint by users of smart mobile devices is that their device’s battery doesn’t charge fast enough, even after extended charging periods.

“With the Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s Adaptive Fast Charging technology, users can get their battery charge up from zero to 50% capacity in just 30 minutes. Its ultra power saving mode also lets users make the most of their battery power, helping them stay connected for longer periods,” he explained.
The device boasts a 5.7-inch QUAD High Definition (QHD) resolution display that reproduces clearer and more vivid images with better viewing angles, to deliver the ultimate viewing experience to users.
Its large screen and refined multi-window feature optimize users’ experience by making multi-tasking easier; users can choose how they access their applications using the device’s full, split or pop-up screen options. They can also easily change the size and positioning of on-screen applications with just one swipe.

Improving lives through smart intelligent online tools, the Google example


At the just concluded “Google House” initiative held in Lagos, the search engine, Google has introduced to the Nigerian market online tools like Voice Search, Maps and Google Now via the Google Search App as well as YouTube, Google+, and Play on how best Google can be a smart intelligent assistant to people’s living.

The “Google House” initiative aims to provide a platform through which everyone can experience firsthand how apps and gadgets could improve everyday living.

The event which hosted over 400 guests from government, media, education and content creation sectors was the first to hold in Africa.

Speaking on the Google House initiative, Affiong Osuchukwu, Google’s Country Marketing Manager said that, “our goal is to introduce Nigerians to the Google brand, as well as our key features like Voice Search, Maps (and Google Now) via the Google Search App as well as YouTube, Google+, and Play.”

According to him, Google Nigeria team aims to show Nigerians how Google can be a smart intelligent assistant, making everyday life simpler for everyone.

“We want everyone that attends to feel that they are entering a better, easier, smarter world powered by the Internet and Google” he explained.

Also explaining, Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Communications and Public Affairs Manager West Africa said that, “Everyone should be able to use technology to make their lives easier.

“We have seen that there is more that can be done with mobile devices beyond making / receiving of calls or browsing the internet. Our mobile devices can assume the role of a personal assistants that help us get more efficient. At the Google House, we aimed to make a practical connection between technology through Google tools and everyday Nigerian life”.

“From being able to plan your day’s journey using Google Maps & Nav, helping the kids with homework and assignments using Google Drive, and getting help with everyday kitchen chores via Google voice search, we have shown that Google can be an assistant”

Some of the top highlights from the demo-event were the kitchen demonstrations by celebrity chefs; Tolu Eros and Uzo Amuta who took turns showing attendees how to use Google in the Kitchen. Their demos included using Google Voice to set reminders, finding recipes, research health benefits of different foods and also make food-related conversations that many people find “puzzling”.

Accordingly, the Google House Nigeria was sectioned into over five rooms; Kitchen, Living room, Teen room, Business professional room, travel room and the Future Room set aside for visitors to try out Google Earth and other recent technologies like Cardboard and Google Glass.

Mother of four docked for stealing N15m

By Onozure Dania & Hope Ofobike

Lagos— A 36-year-old mother of four, Ebele Okeke, was yesterday arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court, for allegedly stealing N15 million under false pretence.

The defendant, an alleged Facebook scammer, from Nkpor, Onitsha, in Anambra State, was docked before Magistrate Adeola Adedayo on a two-count charge of stealing and obtaining by false pretence.

The Police prosecutor, Inspector Marcus Okon, told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offence in 2012, at Allen Avenue in Ikeja area of Lagos.

Okon said she obtained the said sum from one Sunday Okpere, with pretence that if he becomes her business partner, she would use the money to buy items to sell and make profit from it, which she knew to be false.

According to the prosecutor, the offence is punishable under Sections 312 and 285 of the criminal law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

Earlier, the defendant had pleaded not guilty to the two charges against her.

The defendant’s counsel G. Ojakovo, who prayed the court to grant the defendant bail in the most liberal terms, told the court that the charge before it was meant to divert attention from the initial case filed by the defendant at the Special Fraud Unit, Ikoyi.

However, Magistrate Adedayo told the defendant’s counsel to file a formal bail application before the court could grant the defendant bail and adjourned the matter to November 3.

Herdsman kills friend for sleeping with wife

By Daud Olatunji

ABEOKUTA—A Magistrate’s Court sitting at Isabo, Abeokuta, Ogun State, yesterday, remanded a herdsman, Mohammed Ibrahim, in prison custody for allegedly killing his friend, Abdullahi Saliu, for sleeping with his (Ibrahim) wife.

The prosecutor, Corporal Moshood Hammed, told the court that the accused committed the alleged offence on October 11 at Ojubu Village in Abeokuta.

He said the accused killed his friend by hitting him with a stick on his head for sleeping with his wife.

He said: “The accused and the deceased were close friends and lived together in the same apartment.

“When the accused learned that the deceased slept with his wife while he was away from home, a fight ensued between the two men, which led to the murder of Saliu.”

Hammed said the offence contravened Sections 316 and 319 of the Criminal Laws of Ogun State.

The accused, who had no legal representation and whose plea was not taken by the court, is facing a charge of murder.

The magistrate, Mr. Martins Akinyemi, ordered that the accused be remanded in Oba Prison, while awaiting Director of Public Prosecution’s advice.

He, thereafter, adjourned the case to February 11, 2015, for further hearing.

Man, 32, commits suicide over N1,000 theft

By Peter Okutu

ABAKALIKI—A 32-year-old man, Mr. Simon Mbam, of Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State has committed suicide after he was tortured by some villagers for allegedly stealing N1,000 from a shop in the market.

The victim, who jumped into a pond in the area last weekend, found himself in the mess when he left his house in the evening of the fateful day to buy drinks with his friends.

While late Simon and his friends were busy sipping their drinks, the owner of the shop raised an alarm over a missing N1,000 in his carton of drinks, but no customer admitted to haven taken the money.

The alarm raised by the shop owner attracted villagers who stormed the scene and gave the suspects till the following day to return the money or face the consequences.

It was learned that the said missing money was found at the door step of the shop, but when the villagers who were determined to get to the root of the matter gathered, the owner of the shop insisted on knowing the person behind the act.

Vanguard further gathered that the suspect, who later confessed to the crime, was allegedly beaten by the irate villagers until he started bleeding and losing consciousness.

They demanded that he should be treated like a thief, even as he was fined two goats, two crates of beer and N5,000, which were immediately provided by the suspect’s mother (names withheld).

It was gathered that the village head rejected what the suspect’s mother brought, insisting that an additional N5,000 should be provided so that the matter would be completely resolved without involving the police.

This second demand by the villagers made the suspect, who felt humiliated by the entire process, escape from his captors and jumped into Aku Pond, which was not far from the market square.

All efforts to rescue him on time proved abortive as he drowned before his body was retrieved by the villagers.

Meanwhile, four persons including the village head, had been arrested by the police after the mother of the victim reported the matter.
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Man, 28, bags 7 months in prison for stealing ram

An Upper Area Court sitting in Zuba, Abuja, on Thursday sentenced a 28-year-old man, Shamsudeen Usman, to seven months imprisonment for stealing a ram.

The Presiding Officer, Malam Aminu Sa’ad, sentenced Usman to two months in prison or fine of N5,000 for the offence of criminal trespass and five months, or pay a fine of N10,000 for theft.

The convict, who could not pay the fines, was, however, taken to prison.

Usman, a resident of Kubwa, was charged with the offences of criminal trespass and theft.

According to the report filed at Dutse-Alhaji Police Station, Usman unlawfully entered the premises of the complainant, Mr Sebastine Sossou, and stole a ram.

Sossou, a Pastor, had the ram given to him by one of his church members in Kubwa.
The convict, however, took the ram to livestock market at Dei-Dei with the intention of selling it, but was arrested by the police.

Usman pleaded guilty to the charges.
The prosecutor, Cpl. Kelechi Echendu, informed the court that the offences contravened sections 287 and 348 of the Penal Code.

Why I stayed away from APC Special Convention—Atiku

By Abiodun Alade

Former Vice- President and leading presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has explained his decision to stay away from Wednesday’s Special Convention of the party.

Atiku made the disclosure via his official facebook account (Atiku Abubakar), which boast of 390,408 likes, saying that he was unable to return from a business trip abroad as earlier scheduled to make it to the convention.

“I was scheduled to return to Nigeria yesterday from a quick business trip abroad, but could not, due to last minute logistics changes.

This is why I couldn’t attend the APC Special Convention. Apologies to leaders & supporters of our great party, who were expecting me -AA,” he posted on his facebook’s wall.

The Special convention was convened to approve the party’s amended constitution and adopt its revised six point manifesto. It was also an avenue for all the other presidential aspirants to address party’s delegates.

Former military dictator, General Mohammadu Buhari, Kano state governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, his Imo state counterpart Rochas Okorocha, and Leadership newspaper publisher Nda Isaiah addressed the convention. source

Mourinho: Mikel’s a true professional

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has praised the professionalism of Super Eagles midfielder John Obi Mikel for keeping up his performance when needed despite losing his spot in the team.

The manager in his post-match conference after beating Shrewsbury 2-1 highlighted the Nigerian and Goalkeeper Petr Cech as players who should ordinarily be regulars in the team for big games, but were not bothered and put up a good showing in the game against the team from league two, the fourth tier in English football.

“I had people like Petr Cech and Mikel people with lots of years at the club, who would prefer to start the game at Old Trafford,” said Mourinho.

“They didn’t and they came here today and gave a fantastic example. After that there are the young boys and they have to follow the spirit and the professionalism of the others.

“Today even if I lost I would have the same kind of words for my players – their respect for the competition, for the opponent, for Chelsea and the Chelsea fans was fantastic.’

John Obi Mikel has been at Chelsea since 2006 making a total of 214 Premier league appearances with one goal since joining from Lyn Oslo in Norway.