Wednesday, 15 August 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) — Brazil football great Ronaldo has moved to allay fears about his health, revealing that he expects to leave hospital on Monday after suffering pneumonia.

The 41-year-old was admitted to the Can Misses hospital in Ibiza on Friday and was originally placed in intensive care.

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“Friends, I had a strong bout of the flu in Ibiza and I had to be admitted to hospital … but everything is all in order.”

“Tomorrow I’ll be discharged and I’ll be able to go back home. Thank you all for your love and your messages!”

Ronaldo, who scored 62 goals in 98 matches for Brazil, was on vacation in Ibiza, where he owns a holiday home.

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The former striker is considered one of football’s greatest ever players, having won the World Cup in 1994 and 2002 as well as three FIFA World Player of the Year awards and two Ballon d’Or trophies.

His club career comprised spells at Cruzeiro, PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Corinthians.

NYSC mobilises 300,000 graduates annually—DG

Bauchi—No fewer than 300,000 graduates are mobilised annually for the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, programme in its over 40 years of existence, the Director-General, Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure, has said.

The NYSC DG spoke at an opening ceremony of the 2017 Batch ‘A’ pre-orientation workshop, entitled Evolving Strategies to Meet the Challenge of Increasing Corps Population in Bauchi. He said the essence of the workshop was to review the previous orientation course with the intention of indentifying best practices and challenges to chart a way forward in the conduct of the next orientation exercise. In his address at the occasion, Governor Mohammed Abubakar reiterated the commitment of his administration towards the security of NYSC members serving in the state and assured them of a conducive atmosphere that would make their service year in the state a memorable one.

“You are too small”– Apostle Suleman attacks Prophet T.B Joshua

Founder of the Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman, who has been in the news of late has described Prophet T.B Joshua as ‘too small’ to watch members of his church mock the General Overseer, Worldwide, of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Enoch Adeboye and the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa without rebuking it.

The Auchi-based preacher was reacting to comments made by one Dr Azuh Mary Ifeoma of the Synagogue church, who alleged that she was asked to sow a N5,000 seed to secure a private meeting with Apostle Suleiman and after sowing the seed, his prayers didn’t work .

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Dr. Azuh, who said this while giving a testimony also mentioned the names of Pastor Enoch Adeboye and the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa in a disparaging manners

Suleiman said, “I will respond not because of me but because of two people, Papa Idahosa and Adeboye. Prophet T.B. Joshua is too small to stand and allow people ridicule Adeboye and Papa Idahosa and keep quiet. The Synagogue is too small to speak against the Redeemed, the CGM, it’s too small.”

Nigerian porn actress, AfroCandy threatens to sue Instagram over closing her account

Nigerian porn actress and movie producer, Judith Opara Mazagwu, popularly known as AfroCandy, has threatened to file a lawsuit against Instagram for discrimination, pain, heartache, frustration and prejudices.

The 45-year-old is not happy with the social media site for taking down a photo of her baring her boobs. She complained that Instagram also closed her account,  whereas, that of rapper, Nicki Minaj, who posted something similar was allowed to stay.
According to her:
So you removed my post and allowed #nickiminaj #NickiInPARIS on Instagram, why? What is wrong with mine? What is the difference? I feel discriminated here and I am calling a lawyer right away for all the distress, heartbreak, frustration and prejudices against me on this platform. I had to call you guys out. Enough is enough! Every time I post stuff that is not as provocative as posts I see on this IG, they take it down. I have cried enough and as I’m writing this, I feel so bad like my world is coming to an end, and I have to get both legal and maybe psychiatric help. They have caused me enough pain; I can’t take it anymore. #nickiminaj #NickiInPARIS #afrocandy#judithafrocandy #judithmazagwu#AfroCandy; it’s time to get to the bottom of thisdiscrimination.
In another post, the mother of two continued to rant: “So they removed my pictures; why is this one on Instagram for days now and it’s top post? I will wait for answers and I guess it’s time someone takes a legal action for discrimination. Enough of this bullshit, it’s not fair and can no more be tolerated.
While some Nigerians have come out in support of AfroCandy, others condemn her for posting such photo in the first place.

Lift ban on radio station, Falz’s ‘This is Nigeria’; SERAP asks NBC

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) “to immediately lift the ban on Jay FM 101.9 Jos, stopping the radio station from playing songs such as Falz’s ‘This is Nigeria’, Wande Coal’s ‘Iskaba’ and Olamide’s ‘See Mary, See Jesus’, and rescind the unlawful fine of N100,000 imposed on the station.”

The organization said the action by the NBC “amounts to illegal restrictions on media freedom, the right to freedom of opinion and expression and free information and ideas.”

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The NBC had in a letter dated August 6th, 2018 and addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, JODAJ Global Communications Limited, Jos, owners of Jay FM 101.9 stated varying reasons for the ban and fine ranging from ‘vulgar and indecent lyrics’ in contravention of the body’s regulations. But in a statement today signed by SERAP deputy director Timothy Adewale, the organization expressed “Concern about the censorship of the media and songs deemed ‘vulgar and indecent’ by the NBC, as such action risks undermining legitimate expression and independent voices. The NBC must immediately lift the ban on the radio station and rescind the arbitrary fine.” The organization said, “The right to freedom of expression, information and ideas is applicable not only to comfortable, inoffensive or politically correct opinions, but also to ideas that offend, shock and disturb. The constant confrontation of ideas, even controversial ones, is a stepping stone to achieving a vibrant democratic society, transparency, accountability and respect for the rule of law.” The statement read in part: “Vague rules on vulgarity and indecency should not be used subjectively to ban or fine independent media outlets, particularly radio and television channels. The action by the NBC can create an uncertain environment for radio and television stations and media professionals in general and lead to fostering self-censorship and shunning any meaningful criticism of public policies and authorities.” “The NBC is adopting vague rules vulgarity and indecency to undermine freedom of expression, right to information and opinion. By banning the radio station from playing the songs, the NBC is not only undermining and harming the station, but also undermining everyone’s right to information, public participation and open and democratic governance” “Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Nigeria is a state party includes the right of individuals to criticize or openly and publicly evaluate their Governments without fear of interference or punishment.” “It is important for the NBC to strive to promote diversity of views, and the media’s importance as a platform for public debate about important matters of public interest and ideas. Censorship or impermissible restrictions in the exercise of media freedom and freedom of expression can restrict free circulation of ideas and opinions and impose obstacles to the free flow of information.” “Freedom of the press and other news media afford the public one of the best means of discovering and forming an opinion of the ideas on political and social issues and other issues of public interest. Not only does the NBC have the task of ensuring that radio stations and other media organizations can function effectively to impart such information and ideas: the public also has a right to receive them.” “SERAP notes that three clear-cut conditions must be respected for any limitation on the right to freedom of expression and free information: (a) restrictions must be established in law; (b) they should pursue an aim recognized as lawful, and (c) they must be proportional to the accomplishment of that aim.

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 SERAP considers the action by the NBC against the radio station to be inconsistent with the principle of proportionality and therefore impairing the free exercise of the right both to impart and to receive information and ideas.” It would be recalled that the NBC had cited the radio station’s airing of a song by Falz titled “This is Nigeria” saying the song was laced with vulgar lyrics, ‘this is Nigeria, look how we living now, everybody be criminal.’ Also, the NBC cited the airing of a song by Wande Coal titled, ”Iskaba” as laced with vulgar lyrics, ”Girl you de make me kolo, shaking the ass like kolo” in contravention of Section 3.6.1 and’. The NBC also cited Jay FM airing a song by Olamide titled “See Mary, See Jesus” which it claimed was laced with casual use of the names of “Mary” and “Jesus” regarded as sacred by the Christian faith which contravenes Section, 4.3.1e.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

The world’s first 5G phone call made in Tallinn

The world’s first 5G phone call was made in Tallinn on 27 June after the mobile operator, Elisa, opened its fifth-generation cell network in the city and in the Finnish town of Tampere.

The phone call was initiated by the Estonian minister of economy, Kadri Simson, who called her Finnish colleague, Anne Berner, in Tampere, Finland.
“The weather is nice and it’s an unbelievable opportunity to contact you like this,” were Simson’s first words over the 5G network.
The new cell network was opened in Tallinn’s Rotermann Quarter, a hip area between the Old Town and the city centre, home to several restaurants and shops.
5G is the next generation wireless network technology that enables clients to use speeds ten times faster than the current 4G technology. 5G networks will also reduce to virtually zero the lag time between devices and the servers they communicate with.
A speed test at the 5G network in Tallinn showed the network’s speed as 2.2 Gbit/s, which is many times faster than any wireless or wired connection in the country.
Elisa said the network will remain open in the Rotermann Quarter, and its customers can use it if they have suitable 5G devices.
The world’s first GSM phone call was made on the network of Elisa’s predecessor, Radiolinja, on 27 March 1991. Radiolinja was also the network on which the world’s first world’s first person-to-person SMS text message was sent in 1993; the world’s first fixed-mobile service bundle launched in 1996; and the world’s first paid downloadable mobile content – a ringtone – was provided in 1998.

Barca win Spanish Super Cup after late penalty save

FC Barcelona lifted the Spanish Super Cup for a record extending 13th time by coming from behind to beat Sevilla 2-1 on Sunday.

A stunning strike from France winger Ousmane Dembele and a penalty kick save in stoppage time from Marc-Andre ter Stegen ensured the La Liga champions went home winners.
King’s Cup runners-up Sevilla took a surprise lead in the traditional curtain raiser to the season against FC Barcelona when Pablo Sarabia fired home in the ninth minute.
That was after Luis Muriel had powered his way through the Barca defence.
The video assistant referee (VAR) was used for the first time in Spanish soccer to award the goal, which had initially been ruled offside.
Gerard Pique levelled for Barca shortly before halftime by pouncing on the rebound after Lionel Messi’s free kick had ricocheted off the post.
Sevilla’s Franco Vazquez glanced a header off the crossbar in the second half of the match played in Tangier, Morocco.
The competition, which ditched its traditional two-legged format and was also played outside Spain for the first time, looked to be headed for extra-time then.
But that was until Dembele let fly from outside the area and his shot thumped in off the crossbar in the 78th minute.
“It was a really difficult game because we conceded very early and we had to fight back. A lot of players have only recently come back from breaks and that took its toll,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde told reporters.

“We grew as the game went on. It was an exciting game and they also had their chances. It’s good to win because it gives you belief in what you are doing and it allows you to start the season on the front foot.”

Sevilla had a golden late chance to force extra-time when former Barca player Aleix Vidal was fouled by Ter Stegen in the 89th minute.

But substitute Wissam Ben Yedder struck his penalty kick softly along the ground and the towering German goalkeeper comfortably caught the ball.

ITTF challenge: Ambode pledges bigger tourney in 2019

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, on Sunday, expressed excitement over the emergence of first Nigerian to win the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Seamaster Challenge, assuring that the state government would support the tournament in a bigger edition in 2019.
Speaking to journalists after watching the finals of the tournament tagged ITTF Nigeria Open 2018 held at Molade Okoya Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere where Nigerian table tennis star, Aruna Quadri emerged victorious, Governor Ambode said it was gratifying to note the remarkable improvement in this year’s edition of the championship, saying that next year’s edition would be more exciting.
He said, “This is a major improvement from last year’s competition and again for the very first time in the last six years, we found a Nigerian winning the men’s singles and this brings a lot of excitement for me because I have been supporting table tennis and I know that next year’s tournament will be more exciting than this.

“As a government, we are going to put more support; we put more financial support so that we can attract more people and also encourage more Nigerians to participate. You know we actually gave bonus to Nigerians that have qualified and that is also to encourage more of our own local players to compete internationally,” Governor Ambode said.

He particularly assured that the State Government would put efforts in place to host the tournament in a bigger hall to encourage more participation, just as he assured that the programmes of his administration for sports development in the State were on course.
“We have a master programme to encourage sports in Lagos State and people would see it as it is unfolding. You can see that we are reconstructing Onikan Stadium; we are going to Ajegunle to do another Sports Complex there and I don’t want to overpromise but I can assure that next year, we are going to do this tennis tournament in a bigger hall that can take 16 sets at the same time and also take maybe about 5,000 fans at the same time,” Governor Ambode said.

Quadri emerged victorious after defeating his opponent from France, Harchard Antoine to win $5,000. The Nigerian also won another $200 courtesy of the fair play award which was also awarded to him.


The Presidency has confirmed that now acting president Yemi Osinbajo will run with President Muhammadu Buhari again in 2019, under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, hinted this while fielding questions from State House Correspondents, on Monday.

Shehu, while reacting to the string of victories recorded by the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) at last weekend’s bye elections in the country, said, the ‘decisive’ victories in senatorial and state Assembly elections in Katsina, Bauchi, Kogi states were an indication that the Buhari/Osinbajo presidential ticket that won the 2015 election will ensure an encore in 2019.
The presidential media aide added that the APC wins in those states have proved that the ruling party was still very much popular and that Nigerians have just endorsed Buhari and Osinbajo’s joint ticket.


What should have been a happy day turned into a tragedy for the family of a 42-year-old South African lady identified as Manotsi Lemao, who died on Thursday, the day she was celebrating her birthday.
She had reportedly been brutally beaten by her boyfriend, last Monday. Manotsi’s cousin, Mateboho Selokoma, said she discovered the truth after her husband went to collect some money from Manotsi.
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“He found the boyfriend. He told him that he and Manotsi had a fight earlier and she was sleeping,” said Mateboho. “I then went to check on her and I found her brutally beaten.

She had a blue eye and her body was swollen. She could not walk on her own. She said her boyfriend had beaten her up. I took her to the doctor. X-rays revealed that she had a broken leg.”

Mateboho asked her to spend a few days with her and her family – but she died on Thursday after eating her birthday cake. Police spokeswoman Sergeant Ikobeng Hlubi confirmed the incident.

Court grants Mapoly Student charged of internet fraud bail

An Ikeja Special Offences Court has granted bail to Abimbola Awe, a 23-year-old student of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Ogun, charged with defrauding two foreign women of $750.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that prior to the bail hearing, Awe had been remanded for over a month at the Ikoyi Prisons, following his arraignment on three counts of obtaining money by false pretence and possession of false document.
He had pleaded not guilty to the three counts which were brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
During proceedings on Friday, Awe’s counsel, Mr Frank Eze, in an application dated July 26, asked the court to grant the student bail on liberal terms.
“The defendant is a 23-year-old boy, he is a student of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Ogun State and the charge is for just $750,” he said.
Mrs Zainab Ettu, the prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, however, objected to the defence counsel referring to Awe as a ‘boy’ in his submission.
“The defence cannot call a 23-year-old adult a boy; he is a full grown man who is conscious of his actions and the consequences thereof.
“The amount is not in issue, the person who stole N1 is as guilty as the person who stole N100m; their attitude shows how they regard this matter.
“We will like to seek accelerated hearing in this case, as it is a very direct matter and there are only two witnesses who are going to testify,” Ettu said.
Justice Mojisola Dada, in a ruling granting Awe bail, noted that the defence had claimed that the student was suffering from malaria and that his stay at the Ikoyi Prisons would affect his health.
“The onus put by the prosecution is not enough to deny the defendant bail.
“The fact that he claimed to be of ill health which seems to be the norm among defendants these days, though it may be relative, is not enough to deny him bail.
“The applicant is granted bail of N200,000 with one surety who must be a property owner who must submit his utility bill to the registrar of court.” the judge said.
According to the EFCC, the student committed the offences sometime in 2017 in Lagos.
“The defendant by false pretence and with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of 500dollars from one Barbara by falsely representing to her that she had won a lottery.
“Awe falsely claimed that the said sum represented clearance fees for the release of the lottery winnings.
“The defendant also fraudulently obtained 250dollars from one Karen by representing to her that she had won a lottery and that the said sum also represented clearance fees for the release of the lottery winnings.
“He also had in his possession, a document headed ”Why Did You Contact Us Late?” which he sent from his email address to one which contained a pretence which he knew was false,” Ettu said.
The nationality of Awe’s alleged victims was however not disclosed by the anti-graft agency.
The offences contravene Sections 1(1)(a), 1(3) and 6 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences of 2006.
Justice Mojisola Dada adjourned the case until Oct. 11 for trial.

Monday, 13 August 2018

FCT COE Zuba Post UTME 2018: Form,

FCT College of Education Zuba Post UTME 2018/2019 Form, Cut off Mark and Exam Date.
This is to notify candidates who apply for Admission into FCT College of Education, Zuba that the school management have fix the date of the screening exercise in respect of 2018/2019 academic session admission is scheduled to hold Monday, August 27th, 2018.

The Jamb Cut – Off Marks for the College is 130.

Therefore, all potential candidates who have choosen the College has their first choice can come forward for the screening and for does who choose the as their third and second choice should please go and make a change of Institution and also the course to College of Education Zuba Abuja in other to avoid delayed of shortlisting your name on the first list or getting the Admission early.
All candidates are to present the following particulars at the point of their screening exercise in their various Department.
(i) O’ Level Result (s) Original and 3 photocopies
(ii) Jamb Print – out with Score
(iii) Jamb Print – Out with choice of Institution.

NASU - Association berates inadequate funding of libraries

Adegoke said that libraries, which served as gatekeepers, storehouses of knowledge and a critical element in the educational sector had been neglected.

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), has expressed dismay over inadequate funding of the National and State libraries across the country.
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Mr Micheal Adegoke, the Deputy National President of the union, said this at the end of the regular meeting of the WAEC/Libraries and Others Trade Groups in Lagos.

Adegoke said that libraries, which served as gatekeepers, storehouses of knowledge and a critical element in the educational sector had been neglected

He said that there was no way the country could achieve the education for all if the present level of funding of the national and state-owned libraries was not drastically improved upon.
He described as a national embarrassment, the present rented apartment of the National Library of Nigeria in Abuja and other parts of the country.

The deputy president, therefore, called on the Federal Government to expedite action on the completion of the abandoned National Library of Nigeria Headquarters building, as a matter of utmost priority.

Adegoke also urged the federal and state governments to improve funding of their libraries so that the aims and objectives of establishing them could be attained.

He urged the intervention of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) in the funding of libraries as it did for public institutions’ libraries.

NAN reports that NASU and other varsities’ staff unions such as the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) are currently on strike nationwide.

The unions are demanding that the Federal Government should release N30 billion to them as a condition to calling off their industrial action.

“Government should release more funds to take care of the arrears of the earned allowance of the three non-teaching staff of universities and commence the immediate implementation of the allowances to forestall further accumulation of the arrears,’’ Mr Alfred Jimoh.

Jimoh is the National Vice President of SSANU and made the call at a news briefing on Dec. 15 in Akure, Ondo State.
Ronaldo joined the Turin club from Real Madrid earlier this summer.

The Portuguese captain said he chose to play for the Turin club because it was a great club and since he was a child, he has been hoping to one-day play for Juve.
The 33-year-old is expected to make his debut for Massimiliano Allegri’s men in a friendly match on Sunday against a Serie B team in Villar Perosa.

“It’s nice to be here, I’m happy, when I chose to play in Juventus there was not a specific moment,” Ronaldo told Juventus TV.

“We’ve met Juventus on a couple of occasions in recent years and I’ve always had the feeling that Italian fans liked Cristiano. Juve is the most important club in Italy, one of the best in the world.

“The fans after the overhead kick? It was amazing. Something like this had never happened to me. When you play the Champions League quarter-finals against Juventus, you can see signs and the whole stadium applauds you, it’s incredible! It was a beautiful feeling. At first I was surprised.

“Why did I choose Juve? It’s a great club, first of all. Since I was a child I knew this team and I hoped that one day I could play with it.”