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SHOCKER: Manchester City were knocked out of the League Cup

Holder Manchester City were knocked out of the League Cup as a youthful Newcastle side earned the club's first win in 12 attempts at Etihad Stadium. 

Teenage forward Rolando Aarons put the visitors ahead with an angled drive into the far corner.
Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot superbly denied Stevan Jovetic before his skipper Fabricio Coloccini sliced against the post before half-time.

Man City must recover trust - Pellegrini
Moussa Sissoko slid in the second as Newcastle reached the last eight.

Now they will travel to Premier League rivals Tottenham in the next round, bidding for a place in the semi-finals for the first time since 1975-76.

Newcastle's players embraced in a celebratory huddle at the final whistle after reaching the quarter-finals of a domestic cup competition for the first time under boss Alan Pardew.

Oppo R5 - The slimmest, sexiest smartphone Ever!

China-based smartphone maker Oppo isn’t a well-known brand in the United States or in many other major smartphone markets. The company has been building impressive handset for many years, however, and on Wednesday it showed off its latest and greatest devices to tech bloggers and journalists.

Among the new phones it debuted was the Oppo R5, a shockingly thin smartphone with a big display and solid specs.

The Android-powered Oppo R5 isn’t a phone you’ll see very often in the U.S., if at all. For the foreseeable future, however, it has the distinct honor of being the thinnest smartphone on the planet.
At just 4.85mm thick, Oppo’s new R5 is about 30% thinner than Apple’s iPhone 6. And despite its ridiculously slim stature, it features fairly impressive specs that should make it a capable upper mid-range device. Key Oppo R5 specs include a 5.2-inch full HD AMOLED display, a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 16GB of storage and a 2,000 mAh battery.

The R5 will launch in a familiar color palette — silver, gold and gray models will be available — beginning in December of this year. The phone will cost $499 off contract, but you’ll likely need to visit eBay or find a good online cell phone importer if you want to buy one.


15 things Successful people will never Say

If you want to become more successful as an entrepreneur or in your career, you can start by making a habit of talking and thinking more like the people you know or read about who are already successful.
Here are some phrases you’ll never hear a successful person say:

1. "We can't do that."

One thing that makes people and companies successful is the ability to make solving their customers’ problems and demands their main priority. If a need arises repeatedly, the most successful people learn how to solve it as quickly as they can.

2. "I don't know how."

Instead of automatically shutting down solution-finding, successful people learn what they can in order to succeed in a project or in their career. For example, you would never see a truly successful international business consultant who travels to Italy multiple times per year refusing to learn Italian.

3. "I don’t know what that is."

Pleading ignorance doesn’t make the problem go away. It just makes the asker find someone who is able to work with them to solve the problem. While’s it’s always good to be honest with those you interact with, finishing this phrase with “but I’ll find out” is a surefire way to become more successful.

4. "I did everything on my own."

The best people know to surround themselves with others who are smart, savvy and as dedicated as they are. What makes this work is always giving credit where it’s due, as due credit to you will always come back in hand. Recognize those that have helped you or made an impact and you’ll continue to earn success and recognition yourself.

5. "That's too early."

You would never hear Benjamin Franklin or someone such as Steve Jobs say, “that is too early for me to be there.” If there is a networking meeting, project launch or interview opportunity at the very beginning of the day, the most successful people do what it takes to be there. Part of being successful is being at the right place at the right time, no matter if you’re a morning bird or night owl.

6. "That’s too late."

Along the same lines, if you’re asked to a 9 p.m. dinner by a potential business partner, and you can make it, definitely go. You may be tired the next day, but the connections you will make during a small dinner or after-hours meeting can make all the difference when it comes to your career or next project.

7. "It's too bad we couldn't work together."

Truly hitting it off with someone can be a rare occurrence, but if you truly connect with someone and want to work with them, find a way to make it work. Finding people that you really enjoy communicating with don’t come along too often, so whether it’s a case study or a new business, successful people know that working with those who truly align with your personality and interests are the path to true success.

8. "Let's catch up sometime."

Many times, this phrase is said as filler, without any true follow up. Successful people know that if they really want to catch up with someone, they follow up to make it happen. This also builds on the idea that the most successful people have worked hard to build genuine connections and relationships within their network, without any hidden agenda. Nurturing your network means being thoughtful of others, while keeping your relationships with them on top of your mind.

9. "I'm sorry, I'm too busy."

If an opportunity comes their way, successful people do what it takes to make it happen. Sure, this might mean longer hours occasionally, but if you want something to work, that is what it takes. After all, according to Lao-Tzu: "Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’”

10. "That was all my idea."

Again, as mentioned in number four, the most successful people spread the wealth when it comes to doling out praise from a successful project. No idea is truly one’s own -- it’s a sum of their experiences from interacting and building off of collaborative ideas with a team. Doling out praise and encouragement is a crucial part of building a successful company and culture.

11. "I never read books."

Tom Corley of Rich Habits found that rich people read (and listen to) books at a much higher rate than poor people: “63 percent of wealthy parents make their children read two or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3 percent of poor.” Also, “63 percent of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5 percent of poor people.” Reading non-fiction (as well as fiction) can help reduce stress, enhance creativity and boost your memory.

12. "I'm not good enough."

Part of being successful is having a high sense of self-worth. Being yourself is one trait that promises success in business and your personal life. Follow your true interests. What you would do in your life if you didn’t need money?

13. "It's OK." (over and over)

Successful people know when to walk away and stop taking excuses from others. If there is a bottleneck and something (or someone) is preventing you from completing a project on time, build up your business, or move you forward in your goals, then it’s time to set boundaries and decide to limit your involvement.

14. "If our competitors don't have it, then we don't need it."

Copying competitors is one of the many possible deaths for most companies. True innovation comes from the flip side: figuring out what competitors aren’t doing and fill that niche to answer a need in the industry.

15. "Time off is for suckers."

True success should be seen as a well-rounded approach, one with vacations, weekends with friends and family and hours of downtime on the weekdays. While workload varies for everyone at times, taking vacation can make you better at your job.

Sometimes to get to where you want to be, the best and easiest thing to do is to simply follow the examples that others set for you.
What phrases are you going to eliminate from your day-to-day conversations and thinking?

source: Yahoo

Costa: Chelsea's success is due to detail preparation before games

  • Diego Costa joined Chelsea for £32million from Atletico Madrid in July
  • Costa has scored nine goals in nine appearances for the Blues so far
  • 26-year-old attributes Chelsea's early-season form due to their preparation
  • Diego Costa believes top sides cannot leave the smallest stone unturned in football nowadays if they are to win matches.

    The Chelsea striker has started his career at Stamford Bridge with a bang scoring nine goals in as many appearances since his £32million switch from Atletico Madrid in the summer.

    Costa's form has been mirrored by the Blues' start to the season that sees them leading the Premier League by four points after nine games.

    Chelsea’s unbeaten record in this season’s Premier League remains intact following their 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford but it was two points dropped by the visitors.

    After having a poor start to the season and having a few players absent many would have been surprised by United’s performance – especially in the first half – and Thibaut Courtois had to be called upon a number of times, but Chelsea will come away thinking they should have done more.
    Putting Phil Dowd’s dreadful performance aside for one moment, the Blues were a little tardy at the beginning and in the second half when it looked like they were beginning to turn the screw I thought Jose Mourinho’s changes were a little negative. He did the same at City (against 10 men) and suffered a similar fate.

    There was no excuse to defend so poorly from the set-piece the Red Devils got their equaliser from. Chelsea had enough defenders on the field even without Branislav Ivanovic, plus the height of John Obi Mikel, Didier Drogba and Nemanja Matic.

    Mourinho rightly bemoaned the performances of the referee, who had managed to miss seeing Ivanovic and John Terry hauled down inside the box from a corner but every time Angel Di Maria went to ground (contact or no) he gave a free-kick and was dying to send Ivanovic off at the end of the match.

    The Chelsea manager will also defend his side by pointing to the Premier League table. They currently sit four points clear at the top, ahead of Southampton, and increased their league over champions Manchester City by a point, but after the Citizens lost against West Ham this can only feel like a missed opportunity.

    Perhaps the main bright point was seeing Drogba roll back the years and scoring what ought to have been the match winner.

    Robin van Persie’s passionate goal celebration against Chelsea was ‘stupid’ according to Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

    Van Persie netted a dramatic last-gasp equaliser against Jose Mourinho’s men in the 90th minute following Didier Drogba’s opener earlier in the second half.

    After salvaging a late point for his team, Van Persie celebrated his goal by taking off his shirt – which earned the Dutchman a booking.

    Following the game, Van Gaal criticised the striker for having received, what he felt, was a needless yellow card.

    ‘You can see he had a stupid reaction after the goal,’ Van Gaal said.
    ‘You can be excited, but you don’t have to pull your shirt off because then you get a yellow card.
    ‘It’s not so smart.’

    DJ Xclusive among Wealthy Africans who spends almost £4million on London property Every Week

    The new wave of super-rich includes Aliko Dangote, a Nigerian business magnate who, with a £16billion fortune, is Africa's wealthiest man. Folorunsho Alakija, a billionaire oil tycoon, fashion designer and philanthropist from Lagos, is also a big investor in the London property market. She recently bought four apartments in One Hyde Park, the super-exclusive development in Knightsbridge. Her British-born nephew Rotimi Alakija, who also goes by the stage name of DJ Xclusive, has also invested property in the capital.

    You recall that Business Insider had sometime ago also listed DJ Xclusive as one of the World's Hottest Billionaire Offspring". Read DailyMail's report below.

    Wealthy African buyers are spending almost £4million on London property every week as they look to snap up exclusive investments in the UK, it has emerged. A mixture of
    traditional reasons combined with increased terrorism and the outbreak of Ebola is said to be behind the dramatic influx of African money to the capital.

    Beauchamp Estates, which sells some of London's most expensive homes, today released a report on African buyers in the capital. The upmarket estate agency said the buyers are coming from six countries - Nigeria, Ghana, Congo, Gabon, Cameroon and Senegal. Nigerians are the biggest spenders, with wealthy nationals forking out £250million on London homes in the last three years. The recent Ebola epidemic and continued terrorism from groups such as Boko Haram has resulted in an increase in buyers in recent months.

    Photos of the properties wealthy Africans are buying:

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    Bizarre Graduation Party In Delta State University

    No harm intended, just fun. Yet mates are seen mobbing and bullying each other.

    The celebrating victims have just finished their final exams in Delta State University and mates are celebrating the feast in a bizarre style.

    Friends, junior schoolmates and well wishers are celebrating with them. But not in the conventional party mode you know. This is ‘rough and dirty.’

    Graduands in Delta state University are literally flogged, dragged on bare floor, and bathed with dirtiest and most stinking waste water – sometimes saved for the party.

    Celebrants take no offence at the bizarre treatment, they endure it because they are overjoyed with graduating, an achievement that is not guaranteed for many university students in Nigeria.

    The celebration is paradoxically fun for the students and have gradually grown into a huge tradition.

    Some Alumni say celebratory bullying, seen in this pix, is a new peak for a tradition which started with wetting graduands’, fresh from final examination classrooms, with water from ‘pure water’ bags or wine from expensive bottles.

    Pre- Birthday Vacation Pix of Nollywood Actress Chika Ike

     Chika 'Nancy' Ike is a leading Nigerian actress, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She is a UN Ambassador, Refugee Ambassador for Displaced persons and founder of the Chika Ike Foundation. Chika ike is the brand Ambassador of Bullet Energy Drink. She share this pix before her B`day. She was Born on November 8, 1985 (age 28). See More pics below, Life is good.

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