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November 2015 Edition


Ivorian captain and Chelsea midfielder Yaya Toure has been named in the FIFA Ballon d'Or list released, according to FIFA, the world football governing body.

Toure, who led his country to win the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and was a key player in Chelsea side that won the English Premier League last season, is the only African on the list.

The list also includes the current holder Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Spanish side Real Madrid, as well as his rival Argentine Lionel Messi who plays for Spanish side FC Barcelona.

The statement said FIFA and France Football were announcing the names of the nominees for the FIFA Ballon d’Or and for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football awards, which recognise the best in each category, without distinction of championship or nationality, for their respective achievements between 22 November 2014 and 20 November 2015 inclusive.

The final decisions will be made by the captains and head coaches of the men’s national teams as well as by international media representatives selected by France Football.

The winners of all of the awards will be announced at the FIFA Ballon d’Or as part of a televised show at the Zurich Kongresshaus on 11 January 2016.

The voting period for the awards commences on 26 October 2015 and closes on 20 November 2015.

The following is the men’s football shortlists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2015:

Sergio Agüero (Argentina/Manchester City), Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/VfL Wolfsburg/Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden/Paris Saint-Germain), Andrés Iniesta (Spain/FC Barcelona), Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Poland/FC Bayern Munich), Javier Mascherano (Argentina/FC Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona), Thomas Müller (Germany/FC Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Germany/FC Bayern Munich), Neymar (Brazil/FC Barcelona), Paul Pogba (France/Juventus), Ivan Rakitić (Croatia/FC Barcelona), Arjen Robben (Netherlands/FC Bayern Munich), James Rodríguez (Colombia/Real Madrid), Alexis Sánchez (Chile/Arsenal), Luis Suárez (Uruguay/FC Barcelona), Yaya Touré (Côte d'Ivoire/Manchester City), Arturo Vidal (Chile/Juventus/FC Bayern Munich).

The following 10 coaches are in contention for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football 2015:

Massimiliano Allegri (Italy/Juventus), Carlo Ancelotti (Italy/Real Madrid), Laurent Blanc (France/Paris Saint-Germain), Unai Emery (Spain/Sevilla FC), Pep Guardiola (Spain/FC Bayern Munich), Luis Enrique Martínez (Spain/FC Barcelona), José Mourinho (Portugal/Chelsea), Jorge Sampaoli (Argentina/Chilean national team), Diego Simeone (Argentina/Atlético Madrid), Arsène Wenger (France/Arsenal).


The much-publicised and much-awaited second edition of the extravaganza concert of Morgan Heritage group at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi did not fail to disappoint.


Thousands of music lovers trooped to the event which sure lived up to its billing. Several artistes show-cased their talents, including Victoria Kimani, Avril, Nameless, Vivian, Wyre, Rapdamu, Timmy, Fidempa, Gravity, Wangechi and Denise Gordon.


However, majority of the attendees came to see the top headliner, the world class reggae bands of Morgan Heritage group.



Gramps Morgan: "The new cool is to be conscious, and it doesn't mean religious but it tells people to be aware of what is going on in their lives."


It was nothing short of deafening ovation when the "Reggae Royalty" group finally came on stage. Singer Jemere Morgan was first to mount the stage, followed by the trio of Peetah, Gramps Morgan and Mojo.

As expected, the legendary Jamaican group went on to give an energetic two-hour performance. To the delight of everyone, the group performed some of its most popular and new songs among them Don't Haffi Dread, A Man Is Still a Man, Nothing To Smile About, Your Best Friend and Down by the River.


Nigeria's inability to fully exploit its unity of purpose is affecting its quest to be a great nation, President Muhammadu Buhari said when it marked its 55th independence anniversary.

''We have all the attributes of a great nation. We are not there yet because the one commodity we have been unable to exploit to the fullest is unity of purpose,'' President Buhari said in a broadcast to the nation to mark the anniversary. ''This would have enabled us to achieve not only more orderly political evolution and integration but also continuity and economic progress.''

He said countries far less endowed than Nigeria have made greater economic progress by greater coherence and unity of purpose.

But the President hailed the fact that the country had remained one, despite fighting a bitter, 30-month civil war, and stressed the need to consolidate what he called an achievement.

President Buhari said the opposition's ascension to power was an indication that the nation's democracy had grown, and commended his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, for ''not digging-in in the face of defeat and thereby saving the country untold consequences''.

He said while he bore no ill will against anyone on past events and that nobody should fear anything from him, ''people should only fear the consequences of their actions'', in an apparent reference to the ongoing probe of the immediate past public officials.

The President used the speech to highlight the achievements of his Administration since he was sworn into office 29 May 2015, listing the building of a regional coalition to fight the terror group Boko Haram, the stepped-up military campaign against the group, the modest improvement in power supply and the sanitization of the oil industry as key achievements.

''In addition to (state-run oil firm) NNPC, I have ordered for a complete audit of our other revenue generating agencies mainly (Central Bank of Nigeria, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Customs, Nigerian Communications Commission) for better service delivery to the nation,'' he said.

President Buhari defended the delay in naming his cabinet, an issue that has elicited widespread criticism of his Administration, especially from the opposition.

Saying his Administration received the hand-over notes from the immediate past government very late, the President noted: ''It would have been haphazard to announce ministers when the government had not finalized the number of ministries to optimally carry the burden of governance.

''Anyway, the wait is over. The names for ministerial nominees for confirmation have been sent to the senate. Impatience is not a virtue. Order is more vital than speed. Careful and deliberate decisions after consultations get far better results. And better results for our country is what the APC government for CHANGE is all about.''


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By A.G. Kleijweg


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With matters of immigration law, it is not always bad news; sometimes I can bring good news to the readers’ attention.  In this article, I bring to your attention few important issues. Some are good news while others are only informative or warning. 


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 Africa News

  • 7.5 million euros for CAR refugees in Cameroon

  • Mali takes pride in its success against poverty

  • South Africa defends decision to endorse ICC boycott

  • Sudan, Chad agree to protect borders with Libya

  • New mobile application attracts farmers in Botswana

  • Malian suspect makes first appearance at ICC

  • Pres Mahama on gender gap, ending child marriage

 Dutch News

  • Four-day working week to become the norm

  • More Dutch schools dump Zwarte Piet

  • No more Belgian prisoners in Tilburg from 2017

  • Is integration course in jeopardy?

  • The Hague police to recruit more minority officers

  • Dutch hospitals in financial trouble

    Belgium News

    • Warning of deadly ecstasy pills

    • Three-year-wait for new licence scrapped

    • Government to intensify screening of refugees

    • Norwegians denounce Belgian child porn website

    • “Government leaving public to pick up the tab”

    • Minister wants to persuade more women to cycle

    • Big health gap between rich and poor

     Sports News 

    • Football hero C.K. Gyamfi passes on

    • Brown Ideye is now with Olympiakos

    • Sudan’s national football team coach resigns

    • All Africa Games now renamed ‘African Games’

    • Commonwealth Games 2022 in Durban

    • Controversial Japanese Olympic logo withdrawn

    • ..And More

    Other News

    • Are you growing old too quickly?

    • 25 women give birth without ever having sex

    • DHL is top employer in Africa

    • ... And More 

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