El Barcelona ya piensa en el partido ante el Chelsea | Valentí Enrich
Barcelona are in action in the Champions League against Chelsea on Tuesday at Stamford Bridge. Ernesto Valverde has everyone available -- with the exception of cup-tied Philippe Coutinho -- for the game. 
Here's Barça's plan...
THE AGENDA Chelsea - FC Barcelona:
Sunday, February 18:
11.00h: Training at Ciutat Esportiva Sant Joan Despí. Ernesto Valverde may give the squad list after.
Monday, Februrary 19:
09.15h: Barcelona leave the Ciutat Esportiva in Sant Joan Despí for Barcelona - El Prat airport.10.10h: Leave on flight number AEA937 for London.12.35h: Arrive in London and head to the Hotel Grosvenor Palace.19.00h: Ernesto Valverde and a player to speak at Stamford Bridge.20.00h: Training at Stamford Bridge.20.45h: Chelsea - FC Barcelona (Champions League 2017/2018, last-16 first leg)00.15h: Flight back to Barcelona.03.00h: Arrival at Barcelona - El Prat ariport.
Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Is’haq Oloyede
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Sunday said the much anticipated conduct of the 2018 Mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) would now hold on February 26.
The board’s Head, Media and Information, Fabian Benjamin, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
According to him, a total of 245,753 of the 1,652,795 candidates that registered for this year’s  UTME are expected to write the test.
“We are happy to announce to the public that the board has concluded arrangement for the conduct of the mock UTME, slated for Monday, February 26.
“This is irrespective of the ongoing strike embarked upon by members of the non-academic  unions of federal universities nationwide.
“Candidates will soon be informed on when to print notifications for the examination and in addition, notifications will be sent through e-mails and text messages on the schedules of their examination,” Dr. Benjamin said.
He explained that the examination was expected to be hitch free because the board had successfully reduced incidences of malfunctioning of computers by electronically integrating the systems to see their functionality and effectiveness through link tests.
“What this means is that, at the end if the exercise, whatever system that is not seen will not be used for the mock examination.
“The 2018 exercise sold a total of 1, 966,918 candidate generating profiles.
“In previous examinations this number of candidates would have paid for the forms but through our efficient and effective system of ensuring that candidates do not waste resources, we decided to introduce the profile generating regime.
“By this method, candidates will first have to   generate personal  profiles before proceeding to obtain pins, in between which they are open to deciding whether to go ahead to pay for the registration documents or otherwise,” Mr. Benjamin explained.
The main UTME is expected to hold nationwide from March.
Staff of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, were on Tuesday morning surprised when the senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, stormed their office with anti-snake venom and snake charmers, a day after a staff claimed a missing N36 million was eaten by snake.
JAMB Registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, went into rounds of laughter when the lawmaker presented him with two packs of anti-snake venom and offered the services of two snake charmers to fish out snakes that swallowed huge amount of money.The exams board said it suspended the staff, Philomena Chieshe, at its Makurdi office following the bizarre claim.In reaction to the development, the senator visited the JAMB headquarters to ascertain the truth of the matter and to lend his “assistance”.
“The reason for my presence here is in response to the story that a snake swallowed about N36 million. It is my concern that such a huge amount of money is reported to have been swallowed by a snake. I believe the contribution I can make is to bring snake charmers from my constituency to the JAMB office to help them fish out the snake or weed out snakes from their premises,” Mr. Sani said.
“If a snake can actually swallow N36 million one day we may wake up in this country to see that a snake has swallowed our foreign reserve or it has swallowed money that was gathered in the TSA.”Mr. Oloyede continued his laughter and insisted on taking photograph with the unexpected gift.“Let’s take pictures with anti-snake,” he said.One of the snake charmers, Tasiu Abdulrasheed, who claimed to have been a professional snake charmer for up to 20 years, said he has never encountered a money-swallowing reptile.
I inherited the skill from my grandfather and I’ve been doing it for up to 20 years. I have dealt with different types of snakes, including pythons, cobra and others, but I have never captured a snake that swallowed money. My master has at different times captured snakes that swallowed various kinds of animals but he has never caught one that swallowed money,” he said.
JAMB spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin,said the board is dealing with more frivolous stories like Ms. Chieshe’s.“There was even a case in Nasarawa when a staff claimed that on his way to come and submit the scratch card, he had an accident and the car got burnt with the scratch cards,” he said.
The cards have numbers and when we checked we found out that those cards were used. There was another staff that said his signature was forged. He agreed that it was his signature but he wasn’t the one that signed and did not collect the scratch cards. We have many issues like that but all of them have been queried, they appeared before the disciplinary committee, they were interrogated. A report has been written. Once that report has been approved, we will be commended for their dismissal and prosecution.”
He advised Nigerians against trivialising the issue.
“We are not ashamed of whatever because Nigerians are turning it into a joke. It’s not a joke. We should be surprised and we should weep for this country that people could be that mischievous. The effrontery of someone saying a snake could swallow money is something that should disturb us.”He added that the accused staff is currently undergoing disciplinary procedures and would be handed over to security agencies after the minister’s approval.
President Muhammadu Buhari has declined assent to the bill to establish Peace Corps which was transmitted to him last year.
According to Vanguard, Buhari has refused to append his signature to the NPC Establishment Bill, which was officially sent to him by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Sani Omolori, in the last week of December 2017.
The 30-day window under, which the president should sign a bill duly transmitted to him elapsed on January 31, 2018.
The President now leaves the National Assembly with the only option of mobilising two thirds of its members to veto the president’s rejection of the bill.
A top Presidency official told the newspaper last night that the President could not have assented to the NPC bill because there was no need for such an outfit under the Nigerian security architecture.
The newspaper quoted the source as saying that by implication, the bill has been rejected by Mr. President since he did not sign it into law within the stipulated 30 working days.
Reacting to the development, the Spokesman for the House of Representatives, Abdulrazaq Namdas, told the newspaper that the members would wait patiently for President Muhammadu Buhari to write the NASS on why he would not append his signature to the bill before deciding on next step.
Namdas said lawmakers were aware that the president was in the habit of giving reasons whenever he rejects a bill sent to him by the NASS.
He added, “But if we wait up to a certain time and the usual excuses we expect of him does not come, then the House may take a further action to override the president.
“If you remember just last week, he returned three bills stating the reasons he refused to sign them into law.”
The NPC has been having a running battle with the Nigeria Police since it came out as a security outfit but not yet licensed by the Federal Government.
Also reacting to the President’s refusal to sign the bill, the chairman Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, APC, Niger North, said that the Senate will do what the Constitution specifies in case Mr. President refused to assent to the Peace Corps Bill.
He said that the constitution of the country provided for what should be done if a bill passed by the National Assembly, transmuted to the President for assent did not receive the assent of the President.
He said, “For me personally, I see it as a very good thing; it is not new to Nigeria but it is happening in many other countries so that was why in the first instance, the National Assembly supported it.”

Paris Saint Germain forward Angel di Maria blasted his former club Real Madrid and insisted he can play for Los Blancos' bitter rivals Barcelona.

The Argentine forward claimed that he has little affection for his former, Di Maria was signed from Benfica in 2010 by Real Madrid and the fast playing forward helped Los Blancos to the long-awaited La Decima( 10th Champions League trophy)  in Lisbon against Atletico Madrid, the Argentine was the most active player on the pitch that day.

His relationship with Real Madrid went sour and was sold to Manchester United in 2014 but failed to establish himself at the Old Trafford and after a season he was shipped out to PSG in 2015.

The Argentine and his PSG teammates are preparing to face Real Madrid in the Champions League in the round of 16 on Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"My relationship with Real Madrid ended," he told So Foot. "My cycle with them closed some time ago.

"Honestly, I would have no problem playing for Barcelona."

Before leaving Real, he remembers the club sending a letter to the Argentine FA in which they warned of the national team's culpability for any injuries he would pick up at the 2014 World Cup.

"I took the trouble to read it, and then I ripped it up," added Di Maria.

"I don't need to remember that letter to be motivated against them. Facing Real Madrid is always a motivation."

The Argentine won one La Liga, two Copa Del Rey, one Spanish Super Cup, one Champions League and One European Super Cup with Real Madrid during his four years spell in Spain with the Los Blancos.

Diamond Bank

Diamond Bank Plc has shown its commitment to empowering young entrepreneurs and SME operators through the National Youth Service Corps Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (NYSC-SAED) initiative as itrecently rewarded a set of corp members for the fifth consecutive edition in a row.

Speaking on behalf of the bank, the Head, Sales, Diamond Bank, Mrs. Ogechi Altraide, said the bank understands that youths constitute about 60 per cent of the nation’s population and are the driving force of the economy.

She further stated that the NYSC-SAED initiative was born out of the bank’s love for the youth and passion for grooming young entrepreneurs who would become employers of labour and business leaders of tomorrow.

A statement from the bank quoted her to have also stressed that Diamond Bank was doing a lot to ease the pains of the young graduates as job search which was why it created the first ever Curriculum Vitae (CV) bank which allows young graduate to upload their CVs to a digital bank where employers can easily asses the documents for employment purposes.

She also encouraged the corps members to take advantage of all the Diamond Bank entrepreneurship grooming platforms which included SAED and BET, so as to acquire all the necessary skills to build a formidable business career.

“The edge I have in business today is as a result of the trainings and funding I got from the Diamond Bank full scholarship to Enterprise Development Center (EDC) which fortified me for the task ahead,” Mr. Abiodun Folawiyo, a past winner of the BET (Building Entrepreneurs Today) program, another platform through which Diamond Bank grooms and supports young entrepreneurs, said.

Also, one of the NYSC State coordinators, Prince Mohammed Momoh, urged the NYSC members to participate actively in all activities of the day and make sure they go out better than they came.

The Lion’s Den Business Idea competition which was the major highlight of the day saw representatives of Platoons 1, 10, 7, 9 and 4 competing for the crown, saw Platoon 10 clinching the crown while platoons 7 and 1 came second and third respectively.


From your question i am am inferring that you believe Ousmane Dembele is a bad player and pulling their team down as a whole.

Yes he is no Neymar, but he truly is one of the best young talents in the world, and his price tag agrees to that. At only 20 years old, the young winger is fast, skillful and provides attackers in the box with killer passes and crosses. By no means is he the best winger Barca could have bought, perhaps Coutinho of Liverpool or Hazard from Chelsea would have been a better buy, but Dembele is one for the future. Many fans already believe he will soon be a Ballon d’Or contender so by no means will a player of his quality be holding Barcelona back in the attacking areas.

Prasenjit Dutta

21w ago

You have got the question wrong which clearly indicates you are a dembele hater , barca hater or a plastic fan who was in awe of MSN

You should be asking , “How good will be barca as a team with the addition of dembele ?”

Ok , now coming to the answer ,

Neymar's departure has been a blessing in disguise for Blaugrana . No doubt he is one the best players in the world and of course better than Dembele but you will get it when i end up .

Last year Barca had poor performance which even hindered messi to score more despite his 51 goals in the season. The things that changed this year was the signing of Nelson Semedo and Dembele and I won't forget to add Gerard Deulofeu. Semedo is a beast . After we lost Alves we suffered a lot at the RB position reason being Roberto isn't a professional RB .He doesn't attack much and his defensive abilities are not at par .No offense to him , he is a versatile player but he needs to play at CM which he ia good at and the manager should play him at that position . With addition of semedo the RB position has been sorted out , he being more of an attacking player can use up his sheer pace to move forward and pass it to dembele or cross it to other side.With the departure of Neymar , the good thing has been Alba is giving his best , he has pace and likes to speed up things and requires space on the left side . People don't ubderstand what actually changed is that , neymar being on the left wing didn't provide much space to Alba to attack quickly and neymar likes to take his own time to dribble and pass it to Messi. Since neymar's departure, left wing is handled by Alba and passing has been increased between Alba and iniesta , with that being said iniesta has been doing good in midfield being back at what he does the best and Messi supporting him at the false 9 and he has the freedom to attack whenever finds it possible .

Coming to Dembele , he has been quite expensive addition to the team but he is someone who the team wanted too , Valverde is playing him the RW has been great. The thing that lies behind this is he can play equally good with both his feet and has sheer pace to counter So being in the right wing he is perfectly someone who can give a cross to suarez or messi or someone on the left side or if required he can even dribble past the defenders and shoot from the right side itself , so this might create difficulties for opponents.Deulofeu is great for same reason.

Valverde as the manager has brought back the glimpse of Guardiola ,although not the same but similar.This season the passing has been increased and pressing has been noticed and bringing back Messi at false 9 which creates confusion in minds of defenders whetjer to go forward or to stay back and wait .

Denis is being underrated , he needs to tested.He is a good player and paulinho is just like typical brazilians , aggression in his blood .He is someone from who can score goals .

The only thing now to be done is to hope for suarez to get his form back and hope for rakitic to play like he did against espanyol ,for the entire season.

We don't have the best squad in the world though but its pretty much good enough to win titles if used perfectly.I hope this will be a good season for us .

PS- I am not a Neymar hater , I admire him too.

Scott Whyte

studies at Hilton College (2019)

21w ago

Barcelona are a great team and will struggle without dembele but they should be okay.He hasn't really become a key player as of yet and if Messi carries on with his form they should be okay.Barca’s greatest problem is the lack of depth and will have to play someone out of position or Denis SuarezThey are currently playing well but its to soon to say but I would expect them to struggle

Sat Corby

21w ago

James Cook Ródenas

Half American + Half Spaniard = 100% Lost

21w ago

Barcelona can be a good team with ANY current player in the squad, on the field. This same idea applies to other big clubs, none are guaranteed titles and such.

Dembele? Is a good player. Why can’t they do well with or without him?

Still early season to evaluate any club. So far though, Barcelona is doing just fine. And Dembele has barely played at all, though hoping he recovers well and fast. :)