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Chelsea board may want Fábregas, but Mourinho sees needs elsewhere

Originally posted on ProSoccerTalk:

Last night, news connecting Cesc Fábregas to Chelsea emerged, something that seemed like a good fit, on paper. With time to follow-up, reports out of England have added a new twist to the Barcelona star’s transfer story: Chelsea’s manager may not share the same excitement as his board.

According to The Independent, José Mourinho would like Chelsea to look elsewhere to bolster his third place squad. Those places include: Atlético Madrid, where Koke is being targeted; Juventus, where Paul Pogba is the object of many teams’ desires; and Porto, where central defender Eliaquim Mangala has drawn the Blues’ attention. With young Brazilian Oscar reportedly meeting Mourinho’s need for creativity in midfield, Chelsea may not be among Fábregas’s main suitors.

From The Independent:

Jose Mourinho is not convinced Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas, with whom he has had several run-ins in the past, is the right player for Chelsea, with the Stamford Bridge…

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Diego Costa passes Chelsea medical

Originally posted on desknewsblog:

Diego Costa
Diego Costa has completed his medical ahead of his £31.8m move from Atlético Madrid to Chelsea. 

Diego Costa has completed a medical examination at Chelsea and he is now poised to complete his £32m transfer from Atlético Madrid. The Brazil-born striker, who is a part of the Spain squad that is currently preparing for the World Cup finals, has been identified by José Mourinho as being what Chelsea need to win the Premier League title.

The London club were four points short of last season’s champions, Manchester City, and their challenge came in spite of the lack of goals from their centre-forwards. Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba contributed a total of 19 in the league, with Eto’o scoring nine of them. Mourinho would bemoan the shortfall at various junctures of his first season back at Chelsea.

He believes that the powerful and ruthless Costa can make the difference next time…

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Chelsea prepare transfer offer for Tottenham midfielder Sandro Raniere

Originally posted on Metro:

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: Eden Hazard of Chelsea is pursued by Sandro of Spurs during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on March 8, 2014 in London, England. Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
Sandro is wanted by Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea are working on a surprise £12million bid for Tottenham’s Brazilian midfielder Sandro Raniere.

The Blues are on the lookout for another tough-tackling player this summer, to compete with Nemanja Matic, and Sandro has emerged as a key target.

According to reports in Brazil, Chelsea are set to make a £12million take it or leave it offer in a bid to lure the 25-year-old across London.

Spurs are reluctant to sell the player, who is loved by fans and known as ‘the Beast’, but he is interested in seeking a move away.

Sandro is a tough-tackling player (Picture: Getty)

Napoli have already failed with an £8million opening bid while Roma and Monaco are also known to be monitoring his services.

Jose Mourinho has lined up former Chelsea ace Tiago if a deal can’t be struck for Sandro, but the Spurs man remains their…

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‘Goodbye to All That’

Originally posted on Peter Shelton:

Joan Didion opens her famous essay on her New York years with this: “It is easy to see the beginnings of things, and harder to see the ends.” She arrived in the city at age 20, from Sacramento, intending to stay six months and left eight years later. We came to western Colorado in our twenties expecting what? We didn’t know, beyond a new ski area and jobs with a new ski school. Now, 38 years later, I agree with Didion that seeing beginnings is easier than puzzling through endings, their tangles of reasons and meaning.

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Marvin Gaye Set To Be Honored by His Hometown, Washington DC In June

Originally posted on Black America Web:

The District of Columbia, in recognition of Black Music Month (June), will pay tribute to native son Marvin P. Gaye Jr., with a major musical concert at the Historic Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street, N.W. on June 14, 2014, 7:00 to 10:00 PM, presenting artists who were heavily influenced by Marvin and his music.

The concert line-up will feature performances by Soul on Point, the Marvin Gaye Tribute Band headed by Gordon Banks (Marvin’s former music director), The Sounds of DC and Mama (Sandy) Morgan.

The line-up will also include DC’s own, The Jewels, The Marquees (Marvin’s original singing group) and rising super-star Maimouna Yousef.

The highlight of the evening will be a special performance by the Legendary Funk Brothers, headed by Jack Ashford. The Funk Brothers is the band that backed Marvin on all of his Motown recordings.

This year’s event is being sponsored by the African American…

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Google Gets New Requests To Be ‘Forgotten’ Following Ruling, Plans Request Mechanism For Germany

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Google has already started to see a stream of new requests to be digitally “forgotten,” following a ruling by the European Court of Justice on a complaint by a Spanish man seeking to have results related to his name and a property closure removed from the search engine were successful. It’s not a good sign for Mountain View; these requests could quickly become a big new headache for the search provider to deal with, especially if these initial requests are representative of what’s to follow.

The requests for removal of results come from an ex-politician looking to be re-elected, who would rather links detailing bad behavior in office not appear under his name; a doctor who doesn’t like the negative reviews from patients that appear when he’s searched for; and a convicted paedophile who wants details of his court conviction for possession of child abuse images taken down.

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Reissued Brings Vintage Shopping To Mobile

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Today, there are a number of ways to shop from your mobile phone ranging from big companies like Amazon and eBay down to individual e-commerce retailers. But a new application called Reissued, launching this morning, wants to make it easy for you to shop for vintage items. The company offers a curated marketplace featuring only vintage, rare and other one-of-a-kind items across a number of categories, including fashion, furniture, art and music.

The idea, explains Reissued creator, furniture and interior designer Jennifer DeLonge, is to bring her love of vintage shopping as well as the thrill of “the find” to mobile.

The company works with a number of hand-picked curators who sell their items on Reissued, such as Decades, Urban Americana, OneFortyThree, A Current Affair, Satya Twena Millnery, Ascot & Hart and Amber Interiors, and others. These sellers have full control of their profile, explains DeLonge…

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Homeless Man Turns In Lost Cash Found On Street, For The Second Time



Originally posted on Black America Web:

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a homeless man who last year turned in a lost wallet stuffed with money has done it again.

Police in the city of Kingston in New York’s Hudson Valley say 67-year-old Hassell “Junior” Barberapproached an officer on May 9 and said he wanted to turn in a “wad” of cash he had found on the ground.

The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports that police aren’t saying how much money Barber found.

They’re attempting to locate the owner.

The money was found on the same street where Barber discovered a wallet containing $485 in cash last July.

He turned it in to police, who tracked down the owner.

Kingston police posted that story on the department’s Facebook page, leading to numerous calls from peopleoffering to help Barber. He declined the offers.

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So The President Jonathan Should Resign? by Eta Uso, Jr

Originally posted on STUDNigeria:

So The President Jonathan Should Resign?

by Eta Uso, Jr.


Few days ago, the wife of erstwhile Governor of Lagos State and current Chieftain of the APC, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, called for the resignation of Mr. President, citing the failure to secure the safety of lives and property in the country as the reason for her call.

Before we join or draw daggers at the distinguished Senator for her call, let us take a while and go back memory lane.

In the aftermath of the September, 2001 attacks, which totaled four attacks in a single day, history will recall the resilience of the American citizenry in their stand against their common enemy. History records that America mourned. “Some flew the American flag from their front porches and car antennas. Others pinned it to their lapels or wore it on t-shirts. Sports teams postponed games. Celebrities organized benefit concerts and performances”…

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Chibok Girls: PDP Criticizes Amaechi’s Wife For Indifference

Originally posted on Nigeria News:

As the world and Nigeria?s First Ladies mobilize efforts to secure the release of about 200 innocent Nigerian girls abducted by the Islamist sect, Boko Haram some three weeks ago, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Rivers State Chapter has noted with disdain the failure of the wife…Chibok Girls: PDP Criticizes Amaechi’s Wife For Indifference

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Studio Lighting Practice

Originally posted on Professional Development Plan (Prof Frameworks 3):

Hello, all! Long time no see! ;)

It’s time to resume this blog, starting with… studio lighting!

If you recall, that has been one of my PDP objectives. Although I’ve not had any technical training per se, since my last PDP submission, I have tried to go out there and experiment with it.

So when music student Thomas Parry (who I met whilst working on the video assignment, as a potential collaboration for soundtrack) got in touch asking if I could take a couple of photos of him against a white background for a tv extra job application, I said yes! I told him I wasn’t experienced, but would try my best… consequently, I didn’t charge him anything.

Prior to the shoot I spoke to my classmate Patryk, who’s really good with studio lighting, and watched a couple of online tutorials so I had an idea of what to do.

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Further Lighting Practice

Originally posted on Professional Development Plan (Prof Frameworks 3):

In addition to photographing Thomas in the studio, a few classmates and I experimented with some portable lighting equipment. I intended to use it as part of my Final Major Project, but was later discouraged as it would add extra pressure, when there was a lot going on already. Prior to giving up on it, I had posted on my class’s Facebook group to check whether anyone would like to join me to test the equipment together.

Gladly, Laura, Rebecca B. and Patryk were up for it.

We had only been briefly introduced to the portable equipment in year one, on a slideshow about what equipment they had, and never saw it since. So it was great to have other people with me so we could try to figure things out collectively.

We got a couple of stands, flash heads, battery packs, reflector dishes, umbrellas and flash triggers and went…

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Assisting other photographers

Originally posted on Professional Development Plan (Prof Frameworks 3):

Another thing I intend to do after graduating is to contact photographers and offer to assist them.

The reason for that is because I’d like to:

1) get to know more established photographers locally, which is effectively networking;
2) watch them working and learn by osmosis;
3) try various photographic genres to figure out what I want to specialise in;
4) experience in my CV and hopefully recommendation letters;

I’d be happy to do it free first time, but after that it would be good if they could pay me – after all, I have bills of my own.

In terms of who specifically I’d like to assist, I think right now my top choice would be Layla Sailor, who came in uni as a guest speaker.

The reason for that is because not only she can she use studio lighting, but I really like her use of colours, props…

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3 JTF Operatives Die, As Jigawa Records 1st Bomb Blast

Originally posted on Voice of Arewa:

Barely two  weeks after the signing of a peace agreement between community and religious leaders at the palace of the chairman, Taraba State Council of Chiefs, the Aku Uka, fresh crisis yesterday erupted in Kungana village in  Bali local government area of the state, leaving seven people dead.
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2015 Presidency: Arewa PDP Supporters Back Lamido

Originally posted on Voice of Arewa:

Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State
Arewa PDP Supporters Network has endorsed governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido as the PDP presidential candidate in the 2015 general elections.
The PDP supporters who are aggrieved over President Goodluck Jonathan’s refusal  to quit in 2015 to al…

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Originally posted on Professional Development Plan (Prof Frameworks 3):

I’ve revisited my PDP, as we’re about to graduate and circumstances have changed. The first one is still valid, but this is “What NOW?”.

Of course, at this stage there isn’t much the course can offer anymore, although they can still do loads for the years below us.

As I’ve suggested in a Student Rep + Staff meeting, it would be great if alumni could have access to the studios for a symbolic fee, when they’re not in use. Studio and equipment hire can be quite pricey, and this may put us off using them, when we’ll be having a hard time trying to survive before anything else :P

I would still find it extremely useful if maybe John could give us some studio lighting training before we graduate for good. As I’ve previously stated, a small group of us are planning to go in to practice anyway, but to…

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PDP Will Not Apologise To Buhari, APC Over Terrorism Support Accusation

Originally posted on zazawaga:


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not going to retract its earlier statement that the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) aided insurgency in Nigeria.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary Olisa Metuh said this on Tuesday in Abuja.

Metuh also said that in its pursuit of power shift the opposition party was heating up the polity by distracting President Goodluck Jonathan from his transformation agenda.

Immediately after a bomb exploded at the Nyanya bus park killing more than 75 people on April 14, Metuh issued a statement in which the ruling party alleged that the attack was politically motivated and could be traced to the words of some of the APC politicians who wanted to make Nigeria ungovernable

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Reps To Vote On Extension Of State Of Emergency In Borno, Yobe, Adamawa

Originally posted on Voice of Arewa:

The House of Representatives will on Thursday, vote on the extension of state of emergency in Adamawa , Borno and Yobe states.
President Goodluck Jonathan in a letter to the House on May 13, requested for the extension of the state of emergency in the three states for another six months.

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