Louis Van Gaal Deserves To Be Sacked – Mark Bosnich

Louis van Gaal deserves to be sacked after going seven matches without a victory, with Jose Mourinho the man to replace him and reignite Manchester United’s season, claims their former goalkeeper Mark Bosnich.

Van Gaal admitted that he could choose to resign before United’s board decide to sack him if results fail to improve. United have lost four matches in a row in all competitions, with defeats by Bournemouth, Norwich and Stoke coming in the wake of their Champions League exit after losing to Wolfsburg at the start of the month.

The 2-0 loss to Stoke saw United drop to sixth in the Premier League as Crystal Palace scaled above them, although they remain nine points off the top after leaders Leicester lost to Liverpool on Boxing Day.

However, that will have done nothing to cheer up Van Gaal, who appeared disconsolate after the match and admitted in his press conference that he could resign before Monday’s encounter with Chelsea – although that looks unlikely to happen.

Speaking after the defeat at the Britannia Stadium, Bosnich admitted that Van Gaal looked a “defeated man” and believes United have no other choice than to sack him.

“If one keeps losing continuously, it sometimes leaves the board with no choice,” Bosnich told Talksport.

“I watched his body language very closely on Saturday and he just looked like a defeated man. The fact that he actually said he might come out and resign told its own story in itself.

“Last week against Norwich was a disaster, it was a little bit better on Saturday, but they’re just not good enough. In football, it generally comes down to the manager and it’s much easier to get rid of the manager than 11 players.”

Army Arrests Seven Suspects With Ieds In Kaduna

Troops have arrested seven suspected Boko Haram bomb and Improvised Explosive making Devices (IEDs) specialists.

The terrorists were arrested in Kaduna after painstaking surveillance and proactive intelligence operations over a period of time.

A statement by army’s acting Director of Information Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, said: “From all indications, the suspects were in Kaduna to conduct suicide bombings, kill and maim innocent citizens in the state and other surrounding areas during the Christmas period.

“Recall that recently in Maiduguri some of them were arrested while trying to detonate IEDs carried in food containers in public places.

“The arrest of these suspects would no doubt assist in the fight against terrorism in the country, more so as the military have technically defeated the Boko Haram terrorists in the field, the terrorists have resorted to attacking soft targets through suicide bombings, IEDs and harassing attacks on isolated communities.

“Therefore, the public is please requested to continue to be more vigilant and security conscious by reporting suspicious persons and their movements to security agencies. This request has become necessary because the terrorists have resorted to mingling with the public across the country after sensing the futility of their encounter with troops in the northeast.

“They adopt other methods of perpetuating violence in the society.”


CBN Explains Forex Restrictions

Foreign currency restrictions will be lifted only when reserves have been built up to an appreciable level, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said.

Addressing journalists in Abuja at the weekend on the recent decision by Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) to limit the use of their debit cards overseas, the CBN’s Director, Monetary Policy Department, Mr. Moses Tule, said the restrictions will be lifted “as soon as we build up reserves; when you see us building reserves to $50 billion, $60 billion, $70 billion, $200 billion or more”.

Tule added: “The moment we begin to build reserves, we expect that just as this restrictions were not there most of the restrictions will be lifted, but for now every hand needs to be on deck. We need to earn foreign exchange. As a country you can improve your business processes in order to export and earn foreign exchange and that is what the country is calling on patriotic Nigerian businessmen to do.”

There have been criticism of the restrictions and banks’ decision to limit the use of debit cards overseas.

Explaining the build-up to the debit card restrictions by the DMBs, Tule said: “The limitation on the use of debit or credit cards outside the country was not a limitation that was placed by the CBN. They were restrictions that Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) placed because they have to settle whatever transactions you make with your debit cards with their corresponding banks in foreign currency and if the banks do not have the foreign currency to do that then you create a liability on them which will crystallise on their balance sheets.”

The CBN, he said, sympathises with Nigerians who are unable to use their debit cards overseas, but the CBN, Tule said, cannot stop it. His words: “At this point, we are in in this country, the obvious answer is that the CBN cannot stop what the banks are doing now and the reason is very obvious. Our priorities as a nation for the allocation or use of foreign exchange is 1) for the settlement of matured LCs (letters of Credit) that have been opened for importation; 2) for the importation of petroleum products until such a time either when we have our refineries fully operational and we are not in a position to import fuel again to ensure that the wheels of economic development continue turning and running  and 3) for the importation of raw materials.”

By the time the CBN meets these conditions “given the level of current flow into the reserves, by the time we meet these three priority areas, you will discover that people who are using their debit cards overseas for shopping can never be on the priority list. We would then go back to the point where the foreign exchange, which is a stock dries up that is the position we are in today.”

The CBN director added: “Whatever decisions banks take with respect to allowing their customers use debit cards overseas, those are strictly business decisions. They are looking at their balance sheets, they are looking at their capacity to settle with their corresponding banks the obligations that will crystallize on their balance sheets, rather than open themselves to the people who are out their shopping in foreign currencies, using their debit cards for one thing or another.”

The CBN official admitted that they understand that not all the demands will be for shopping, but “we have seen that the reserves are not there and what we have; we have to use essentially for the purposes that will keep the wheels of the economy running”. “We have to produce for export we can’t continue to depend only on the export of crude oil,” he said.

Tule noted that “the banks have not said customers do not have access to their dollar accounts; what they are saying is that if you deposited cash, you can ask for cash; if the deposits in your account were by way of transfer and you want to carry out a transaction you can only transfer; that is what they are saying.”

The CBN, he said, frowns at the situation where “you benefited from cheap foreign exchange, bought imported raw materials by using the official channels and you brought in your proceeds, now you want to go and draw cash so that you can sell them in the parallel market, we will not allow you because first you generated the proceeds by accessing the official window, which was more cheaper so we wouldn’t allow you”. “These are some of the reasons behind our saying that we placed those restrictions on even people who had dollar export domiciliary accounts background but they can have access to these accounts if they want to import raw materials and that is what we have stuck to.”

Shedding more light on the reason for the forex restrictions, Tule said that “the currency of use in this country is the naira, not the dollar; you cannot expect carrying out dollar transactions over the counter in an economy whose currency is not dollar-denominated we must learn to respect our systems and laws that govern our system.”

The law, he said, clearly states that “your deposits are in naira; if you have a domiciliary account the proceeds, if earned outside the country, you can receive foreign currency deposits into it or if you have earned foreign currency the foreign currency can be deposited in that account. I don’t see you carrying out a transaction and earning foreign currency within Nigeria; you will earn naira. If you had a business that earned foreign currency it will come into your domiciliary account by way of transfer; it is not going to come into your account by way of cash. If you have got cash deposit in your domiciliary account, there are only two ways about it, a) either you’ve patronised the black market or you’re doing some short changing and that’s against the law. The CBN would not like to sit and watch our people using the legitimate channels of the financial system to promote illegality.”

Asked if the CBN will stop funding bureau de change (BDCs) and if it is considering devaluing the naira, Tule said: “From the policy perspective, very hard choices will have to be made and we will make them for the sake of the country and that is the bottom line of that budget speech delivered by President Muhammadu Buhari, the decisions are not to harm or hurt anybody, the decisions would have to be made but it would not be to the detriment of the generality of Nigerians so we must ensure that we promote the welfare of the average Nigerian.”

Whatever the nature of the hard decisions that policy makers will take in 2016, the CBN, Tule said would not shut down BDCs because “when you make policy decisions that involve the public you must protect the employment those agencies are generating, whether you like it or not the BDCs the way they’re currently run one way or another generates some level of employment we don’t want to take decisions that will increase the unemployment situation in the country.”

“It is not as if we are oblivious of some of the things they’re doing we have placed a whole regime of sanctions on erring BDCs in the past, we will continue to fine tune the regulatory mechanism around BDCs, but the button line is that we shouldn’t take decisions that will worsen the situation for policy decisions, you must always be careful when you take them even if you want to take such decisions you must be careful when to take it you must weigh the fundamentals and all the issues round you so we’re looking at the entire regime of BDC operations, the policy regime around it and the regulatory framework; we are fine tuning it and will continue to fine tune it but I definitely assure that we definitely are going to have better BDCs we are beginning to see the example of Travelex that is the way it will go,” Tule said.


Fed Govt To Decide On Petrol Price In Jan – Kachikwu

Minister of State for Petroleum Dr. Emmanuel Ibe-Kachukwu yesterday made some clarifications about the Petroleum Subsidy Fund (PSF), otherwise known as petrol subsidy.

He said that there was no subsidy in the price  of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

Kachikwu, who is also the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), spoke  to reporters after inspecting the Kaduna Refining  and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) in Kaduna.

His clarification on the subsidy regime became necessary following stakeholders’ request, such as the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) that he provides an explanation with regards to reports that the government has deregulated the downstream petroleum sector and removed petrol subsidy.

Asked to say categorically whether subsidy has been removed or not since there is no provision for it in next year’s budget, the minister said: “Today, there is no subsidy; we are selling products at N87. In January, we will look at what the trend is, we will announce prices. If that is less than N87, we will announce it and if it is more than that, we will have to announce it. “

According to him, what really matters is not availability of subsidy in the budget, but the consideration of the large amount of money the government spends on subsidy.

Despite the huge fund, Kachikwu said no one had been able to account for it due to the corruption in the  management of the fund.

He said : “I don’t want to get caught into this subsidy or no subsidy; money provided in the budget or not.

“I think what is critical is two-fold: one is that the amount that we spent in the past on providing what you might call monetary subsidy is huge, we have never been able to account for it and the amount of corruption there nobody has been able to account.”

The minister noted that Nigerians were expending too much energy discussing if the government should continue to fund the funding gap called subsidy, which runs into N1 trillion.

He said he believed that Nigerians were of the same frame of mind with him that the country needs to exit the subsidy regime.

His words: “First, let me say that we are expending too much energy on semantics. There are two critical issues here; one is, should the Federal Government continue to fund the gap that we see, this huge one trillion naira, and I think everybody is on the same page that as much as it is we need to get out of it.”

“Where we have a disagreement is if we get out of it, should we sell products at certain price or should you let free markets to roll in so that you can skyrocket prices?”

Kachikwu recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had said that the price of petrol should remain N87 per litre for now, approved that the government should review the market and make the necessary adjustment in line with the dictates of the market.

The minister said: “The President is very emphatic on this; he says, for now, he expects that products should be about N87. He has also given approval for us to be able to look at market trends and make adjustments as need be. So, when you keep asking me if subsidy has been removed, I ask what is subsidy?.

“At today’s price, there is no subsidy and that is why I have gone away from the use of the word ‘subsidy’ and have continuously said that I am more on the page of price modulation. How do we look to fluctuate the market to reflect market dynamics.”

Kachikwu, disclosing that the government will continue to modulate prices of domestic petrol supplies to avert unwholesome profiteering by marketers, said towards the end of January 2016, he expected that Nigeria would be able to locally source up to 10 million litres of her domestic petrol consumption from four of her refineries in Warri; Port Harcourt and Kaduna.

He, however, said that through the price modulation mechanism, the government would continue to monitor price to keep it within a specified band.

“Happy to have Kaduna back, looking forward to have Port Harcourt back. Warri is still a bit far gone but all in all, the more refineries we can bring on board, the better for the situation we have ourselves in.”

Speaking on the volume of products he expects that the refineries would add to the country’s local consumption, Kachikwu said although the country would still import products next year, it would however get up to 10 million litres of petrol from the refineries, starting from the end of January when repairs would have been completed on them.

“Kaduna is doing about 1.5 million litres; hopefully, it will be getting into 2 million very quickly, once the FCC is working. Port Harcourt, when it comes back with a combination of VDU and the FCC, we will probably be looking at about 5 million litres.

“Ideally, we want to be able to get to about 10 million type capacity out of the about 40 that we say is the national consumption per day; that is the trend,” he said.

He added: “If all things were equal, I think the max cap for Kaduna will be in the 2 to 3 million range, Port Harcourt will probably be 5 and 6 million and Warri, if it comes, will be another 3 or 4 million. So, Warri is projected to come back between early and mid-January and I will say that by the end of January if all things were working and we do not have any other complications arising from these aging plants, we will expect to see 10 million litres.”



Here, we look at the top five reasons for choosing a curvy woman to warm your bed:


Reason #1: Her body is made for holding.
Have you ever struggled to hold on to a skinny woman in bed? In fact, with the lights out, it can be hard to feel your way to much of anything at all! But curvy women have all the telltale markers you need for cuddling and more – lights not required.

Reason #2: Her gene pool is better.
If making little yous is on your mind, you definitely want to choose the mate with the best DNA. When science looks at the reason why men as a whole prefer a curvier shape, it all goes back to health and passing on the gene pool. Curvy boobs and butts also point to more omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for strong development of brains and bones.

0b1825d17d6f215ac68c56681cbc6247Reason #3: Long before Twiggy, curvy girls owned the runway…and the red carpet.

You don’t have to look too far back in beauty history before you happen upon Marilyn Monroe, who is still making waves today for her unstoppable curvy feminine beauty. Is it any wonder you still want to go to bed with her? Having a curvy lady beneath your sheets turns all those Marilyn fantasies on full force….for your benefit and hers!

Reason #4: Your eyes can’t lie.
Men are visual creatures, period, the end. If it looks good, it turns you on. This is part of male biology honed throughout thousands of years of history. And the truth is, nothing looks better than a set of brick house curves in some “take it off” lingerie.

Reason #5: Her curves enhance certain, um, positions.

Let’s face it, we all have our preferences in the bedroom. But the curvier your partner is, the more she can do and the easier it is for her to try out new things. Plus, her confidence is contagious – as she owns her curves, she encourages you to let loose and enjoy what you’ve got without reservation or hesitation!

Black Lives Matter activits arrested as they protested at the airport, Mall of America

Several hundred Black Lives Matter activists shut down at least one terminal at the Minneapolis-St.Paul International airport Wednesday for about two hours in an afternoon of protest that began miles away at the huge Mall of America.

A total of 15 people were arrested at both sites, mostly for trespassing or obstruction of justice, police said. No injuries or property damage were reported.
The protesters not only disrupted rail traffic to the terminals, they blocked the freeway in front of the airport, snarling holiday traffic on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

The protest was aimed at drawing attention to the police shooting last month of Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old black Minneapolis man. Clark died one day after he was shot by officers responding to a complaint of an assault.

Most of the protesters came to Terminals 1 and 2 by light rail from the initial demonstration at the mall in suburban Bloomington.
In anticipation of demonstrations at the mall, several stores, including a Starbucks and a Barnes and Noble, were closed around the central rotunda. Barricades were also erected on several levels nearby.

As protesters began assembling, the mall announced that the demonstration was unlawful and asked the activists to leave the grounds. Signs had advised visitors that many shops would be closed temporarily during the early afternoon, when the protests were scheduled.

As police urged onlookers out of the rotunda, threatening arrests, many protesters abruptly filed outside, toward a light-rail station. Many chanted “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!”
Many then went by light-rail to the airport, where they renewed their demonstration. Some got into pushing and shoving matches with police and airport security. Heavily armed police, trying to stem the arrival of protesters, eventually assembled at the rail arrival platform to keep people from entering the terminal.

Trains were eventually prevented from stopping at the terminals. After more than an hour, as the protest dwindled, police then had to deal with protesters who left the airport to return to the privately owned and operated mall, which includes an amusement park and more than 500 shops on four floors.

A judge on Tuesday ordered three organizers of the black activist movement not to attend the protest but said she did not have the power to block unidentified protesters associated with the group from showing up.
Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday that 30 Minnesota State Patrol officers would be on hand in Bloomington at the request of the local police department.

State Governors have no right to reduce minimum wage – FG

The Federal Government yesterday declared that state governors have no right to reduce the national minimum wage from the present N18, 000 because it was a product of agreement.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, who disclosed this at a meeting with the leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, warned against any attempt by the governors to reduce the minimum wage, even as he observed that they were only playing politics with the issue.

The Minister assured that the government, rather than contemplate reducing the minimum wage, would want workers to be paid higher when the economy improves.
He however blamed NLC for allegedly heating up the polity by joining issues with the governors over their planned reduction of the wage.

According to him, “When the NLC joined the governors in talking about minimum wage, with the governors saying we can’t pay N18,000 minimum wage and NLC says it is time for us to ask for increase, we now know that these are talks that are heating up the system.

“The NLC knows better that the governors are playing politics. This is one matter that you cannot play politics with because it is a matter of rule of law. The law in place now is the Minimum Wage Act enacted by the National Assembly and the National Assembly derived their power from the Exclusive List of the constitution which gives them power to make laws on labour related matters including minimum wage.

“So, anybody who wants to talk about minimum wage should go to the National Assembly or ask the President to send an executive bill which can be discussed and it will be a tripatite discussion, involving public hearing.
“Please let a sleeping dog lie, because this country is going through a very difficult time now and requires your prayers and support. Nobody can reduce wages now. If anything, if you have more money, you pay higher,” he said.

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All right. Well, take care yourself. I guess that’s what you’re best, presence old master? A tremor in the Force. The last time felt it was in the presence of my old master. I have traced the Rebel spies to her. Now she is my only link to finding their secret base. A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master.

Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him. I can’t get involved! I’ve got work to do! It’s not that I like the Empire, I hate it, but there’s nothing I can do about it right now. It’s such a long way from here. I call it luck. You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! Take her away!

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands. The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands. Leave that to me. Send a distress signal, and inform the Senate that all on board were killed. Red Five standing by.

I find your lack of faith disturbing. A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master. Hey, Luke! May the Force be with you. Red Five standing by. Red Five standing by. Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.