All eyes on Messi and Robben

The Netherlands are one win away from a second
straight World Cup final while opponents
Argentina head into Wednesday’s last-four clash
looking to end their 24-year wait for a place in the
biggest game of all.
Two teams with a rich tradition and an
abundance of motivation should produce a close
game, characterised by tight marking, disciplined
defence and threats on the break as they bd to
reach the July 13 final at Rio de Janeiro’s
But for all the expectation, all the history and all
the focus on the tactical approaches of Alejandro
Sabella and Louis van Gaal, the clash at the
Corinthians arena is likely to come down to how
two individuals seize the moment.
With both teams set to pack the midfield,
regardless of what formal formation they field,
Argentine Lionel Messi and Dutchman Arjen
Robben will be charged with producing thrilling
moments of skill that could decide who heads to
Rio for the final.
The narrative around the 27-year-old Messi’s
stature in the game has long suggested that the
four-time World Player of the Year needs to take
his country to a World Cup triumph to enter the
list of the game’s true greats.
Whether that assessment is fair or not, Messi is
certainly doing his best to prove that he deserves
to be mentioned in the same breath as
compatriot Diego Maradona and Brazil’s Pele.
The forward has four goals, all in the group stage,
but his contribution has gone well beyond finding
the back of the net.
Messi has always had the ability, for Barcelona
and Argentina, to drop away from the opposing
back-line and run at defences from deep, but in
the quarterfinal win over Belgium he played
almost as a classic playmaking number 10.
In this withdrawn role, Messi successfully
controlled the tempo of the game, slowing it
down when needed and probing for spaces for
striker Gonzalo Higuain to exploit.
So often the virtuoso who provides the dramatic
crescendo to an attack, Messi has evolved in this
tournament into the conductor of the orchestra.
The absence of Angel Di Maria on the right
through injury is a blow for Argentina because the
Real Madrid winger has provided the other main
attacking threat for Sabella’s team.
It will be interesting to see whether the Argentine
coach goes with the defence-minded Enzo Perez,
who replaced Di Maria against the Belgians, or
goes for a more attacking option.
His Dutch counterpart Van Gaal has been willing
to adjust his line-up and formation for each game,
but the one constant is the reliance on Robben to
terrorise defences with his high-speed dribbling.
While much attention has focused on the tricky
winger’s tendency to go down easily in seeking
penalties, that has distracted somewhat from the
way his pace, directness and shooting have been
the main focus of the Dutch attacks.
Van Gaal’s side have cut it fine on the route to the
semifinals though – they needed penalties to get
past Costa Rica in the quarterfinals having only
beaten Mexico by a controversial last-minute
penalty in the previous round.
They will need striker Robin van Persie to
recapture his form from the group stage to give
the Argentina defence something else to ponder
apart from Robben’s direct threat.
The two teams have met four times before in the
World Cup, including in the 1978 final which
Argentina won 3-1 after extra time on home soil.
That was their only win over the Dutch at the
finals having lost twice and drawn once in the
other matches.

Over 2m Africans Support D’Banj’s ‘Do Agric’ Petition

The ‘Do Agric’ petition by top Nigerian music
artiste, D’Banj has been signed by over 2million
Africans, the singer’s management has revealed.
The ‘Kokomaster’, as the artiste is fondly called,
has been working hard to ensure that youths in
the continent embrace agriculture. He is an
ambassador of Agriculture in Nigeria.
In January 2014, at the African Union Summit in
Addis Ababa, D’Banj helped launch the ‘Do Agric’
petition, which is aimed at making African leaders
encourage investment in Agriculture in the
continent. The singer took his campaign further
by recording a song entitled ‘Cocoa Na
Chocolate’, which featured top music acts across

Stephanie Okereke To Star In New America Film

A Nigerian movie icon, Stephanie Okereke-Linus,
will feature in a new American movie entitled
‘Boonville Redemption’.
Stephanie, a former Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria
(MBGN) contestant, is one act that is well
respected and influential in the Nigerian film
industry. The leggy wife of Linus Idahosa is also
known for her acting prowess, which keep many
The beautiful actress is also excited about this
Stephanie, we learnt, will be playing the role of
Doris in the said flick, which is set in 1906. The
movie is reportedly about a 13 year-old girl,
Melinda, who is angry about the hand life has
dealt her and out on a tough quest to find her

How I Turned RMD’s PA—Top Comedian, Bovi Narrates

Some days ago, veteran actor Richard Mofe
Damijo, better known as RMD, clocked 53, and
the actor celebrated it in his Lagos home with few
friends and family members.
On his birthday, several encomiums poured, and
one of the persons was a popular comedian called
Bovi, who shared his experience as RMD’s
Personal Assistant for over two years.
Read his story below;
“Fresh out of school via NYSC, I had come to
Lagos with just a bag. Squatting with my uncle
who was a squatter, I dusted my scripts and
headed to my appointment with nollywood icon,
RMD. He leaned back on his swivel chair and
crossed his legs on his table. It was the cleanest
pair of mokasin shoes I had ever seen. In my
mind I was before a ‘god’.
“Tell me about yourself, he said. I mumbled my
family history affluently. Any hopes of selling my
scripts to him fizzled when he pointed to a corner
in his office that had about a hundred scripts. I
wasn’t the only one trying to sell scripts. He
promised to read mine and that he did. To fulfill
all righteousness he took me to meet potential
buyers on movie sets. One of such buyers, a
director, ripped my story and made movie years
down d line.
“After four weeks of escorting RMD on set, he said
‘I’m looking to hire a PA. If you think you fit the
profile go home and think about it and let me
know on Monday.’ My answer was immediate, ‘I
don’t need to go think. I can do it, then resume
on Monday.’ And PA I was for two years and six
months but what I came out with, the things I
learned from his direct teachings is what u
describe as d polishing of diamond. He have me a
book and said ‘Bovistus, if you read this book it
would seem like you have a masters without d
certificate.’ And that book was ‘the 22 immutable
laws of branding’. And it was true.
“Once I asked him, how do you cope with the
attention and the fame? He replied ‘ignore it. Or
you will just die.’ Once I asked him ‘when does
one cement his status as an entertainer’ and he
said ‘you are only as good as your last
performance. There is no holiday on this job. If
you flop in your next outing, that’s the one
people will remember.’ Once I asked him why a
favourite big brother Nigeria character had been
shockingly evicted, he smiled, looked me in the
eyes and said ‘whenever you start from the top,
there’s only one place to go; down.’
“These are few of the very many life changing
advice that where handed down to me. More than
silver and gold. And I appreciate them forever.
Well, all I’ve been trying to say is “happy
birthday to the legend, Richard Mofe-Damijo.”

Abuja airport runway to be shut again

Abuja – The second phase of the rehabilitation on
the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja,
runway will be executed from Saturday, July 12,
to Monday July 14.
The information is contained in a statement
issued by Yakubu Dati, Coordinating General
Manager, Aviation Parastatals in Abuja on
“The second phase for the rehabilitation of the
remaining section of the runway will hold for 30
hours between Saturday 12 (2300 UTC) and
Monday 14 (0500 UTC), 2014,’’ the statement
He said the rehabilitation was being carried out in
two phases to minimise the inconveniences the
runway closure would have on air passengers and
aircraft operators.
“A NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) to this effect has
already been sent to all aircraft pilots and other
relevant stakeholders, informing them of the
impending closure.
“The authority regrets the inconvenience the
second closure of the runway, in one week would
cause passengers and other stakeholders,’’ he
The statement said the rehabilitation of the
runway would enhance safety of flight operations.

Family Releases Kefee’s Burial Arrangements

The family of late gospel singer, Irikefe Obareki
Don-Momoh has announced her burial
arrangements. The Kefee Memorial Committee (a
coalition of Kefee’s family and friends in the
gospel music and entertainment industry) is also
involved in the process.
In a statement signed by late Kefee’s publicist,
Chilee Agunanna, it was confirmed that the singer
will be laid to rest at her hometown, Okpara
Inland in Delta State on Friday, July 11, 2014 at
Akpevweoghene Educational Centre open field
from 12noon till 2pm.
A celebration of Kefee’s life service will later hold
that day at Events Galleria, Okirigwe Junction by
MFM, Sapele, Delta State by 4pm.
Before that day, a candlelight/Service Of Songs
will hold at Oba Akezua Cultural Centre, Airport
Road, Benin City, Edo State from 5pm – 7:30pm.

Chinese court rules against Apple in patent case.

US technology giant Apple has lost a
lawsuit against a Chinese state regulator over
patent rights to voice recognition software such
as the iPhone’s “Siri”, a Beijing court said.
The legal battle begun in 2012 when Shanghai-
based Zhizhen Network Technology pursued
Apple for allegedly infringing its Chinese patent
with Siri, its “intelligent personal assistant”.
Apple asked China’s patent review board, which
operates under the State Intellectual Property
Office, to declare Zhizhen’s original patent
ineffective but the request was rejected.
Late last year, Apple appealed to Beijing’s Number
One Intermediate People’s Court to overturn that
“The court did not support the cause of action
stated by Apple,” the court said in a statement on
Tuesday, referring to the case in which Apple
“brought a lawsuit” against the government
“The patent for the invention of the ‘type of
chatbot system’ involved remains effective,” the
court said, referring to Zhizhen’s patent.
Apple had decided to appeal to the Beijing Higher
People’s Court, it added.
Apple’s Siri, which responds to a user’s
commands through voice recognition software,
made its formal debut with the release of the
iPhone 4S in 2011, while Zhizhen claims its earlier
“Xiao i Robot” product works in a similar way.
It is not the first time that Apple has been
embroiled in intellectual property right
infringement and controversy in China, where its
products are popular.
Apple in 2012 paid $60 million to settle a
separate legal dispute with a Chinese firm over
the iPad trademark.

Men Develop Breast Cancer, Too But little research is done on male treatments, expert says

rare, breast cancer does occur in men and is
often diagnosed at a later age and stage than in
women, experts say.
Each year in the United States, about 2,000
cases of male breast cancer are diagnosed and
about 500 men die from the disease. It can strike
at any age, but is most often diagnosed among
men at ages 60 to 70, which is five to 10 years
later than in women.
Breast cancer in men is typically diagnosed at a
later age and stage than in women because men
don’t believe they’re at risk for the disease, said
Dr. Tatiana Prowell, a medical oncologist and
breast cancer scientific lead at the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration’s office of hematology and
oncology products.
“You’d think that because men have smaller
breasts they would notice a lump instantly. But
men don’t expect a breast lump to be cancer,
whereas most women who feel a breast lump
immediately assume the worst,” she said in an
FDA news release.
Because breast cancer in men accounts for only 1
percent of all breast cancer cases, there is little
research into treatments for men with the
“We tend to treat men the same way we treat
women,” Prowell said.
“Men have historically been excluded from breast
cancer trials,” she added. “We are actively
encouraging drug companies to include men in
all breast cancer trials unless there is a valid
scientific reason not to. The number of men in
breast cancer trials will still be small because male
breast cancer is a rare condition, but any
information to help men facing this disease is
better than none.”
Most men with breast cancer have painless lumps
that can be detected by touch, but the disease
usually isn’t diagnosed until they develop
soreness, she said.

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