The Best Fifa Awards 2018: Here Are All The Winners

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The Best Fifa Awards 2018: Here Are All The Winners

FIFA on Monday night handed out its ‘The Best’ awards for 2018 in London, recognizing the, well, best of the best in the sport over the past year.

BREAKING: Modric Breaks Ronaldo-Messi Dominance, Wins FIFA Best Player Award

LUKA Modric broke a decade of award dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after being crowned world footballer of the year by FIFA, while Marta won the women’s award for a sixth time.

Modric was voted FIFA’s best player in the 2017-18 season after winning the Champions League for a fourth time in five seasons with Real Madrid and leading Croatia to its first World Cup final where it lost to France.

He beat Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah to the prize.

AWARD WINNERS FULL LIST:

Mens Player of the Year: Luka Modric (Real Madrid and Croatia)

Womens Player of the Year: Marta (Brazil)

Mens Coach of the Year: Didier Deschamps (France)

Womens Coach of the Year: Reynald Pedros

Puskas Award: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool v Everton)

FIFPRO World XI: De Gea, Alves, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Kante, Hazard, Mbappe, Ronaldo

FIFA Fan Award: Peru supporters

FIFA Fair Play Award: Lennart Thy (VVV Venlo, missed a match last year to donate stem cells to help a Leukaemia patient)

Thibaut Courtois won the best goalkeeper award for helping Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals as well as the FA Cup with Chelsea before a summer move to Madrid.

Salah’s strike in last season’s Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield has won the Puskas Award for the goal of the season.

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BREAKING: Modric Breaks Ronaldo-Messi Dominance, Wins FIFA Best Player Award

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Modric Breaks Ronaldo-Messi Dominance, Wins FIFA Best Player Award

Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long domination of football’s individual awards by being crowned FIFA’s best player of the year on Monday.

The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions League, and he inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time.

He beat Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah to the prize.

Modric’s success means Ronaldo remains tied with Messi having won FIFA’s award in different guises five times each.

At 33, Croatia’s run to the final was the culmination of a brilliant career for Modric that had often been overshadowed by Ronaldo’s goalscoring in their time together in the Spanish capital, before the Portuguese left for Juventus in July.

Modric scored twice and also netted in penalty shootout wins over Denmark and Russia, but it was his playmaking ability that caught the eye in winning the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup.

“It was an unbelievable season, the best season in my life,” said Modric.

“I’m still not realising how good a year I had collectively, individually, and I’m very proud for everything I achieved this year and it will be remembered forever.”

For a sixth straight season, Ronaldo was the Champions League’s top scorer with 15 goals and also scored four times at the World Cup, including a hat-trick against Spain in a thrilling 3-3 draw to open Portugal’s campaign.

However, Portugal’s last 16 exit to Uruguay in Russia and Ronaldo’s failure to score in the semi-finals or final of the Champions League opened the door for Modric.

– Messi, Ronaldo no show –

Neither Ronaldo or Messi attended the glitzy ceremony in London with both in action for Juventus and Barcelona respectively on Wednesday.

For the first time in 12 years, Messi was not among the finalists with third place going to Salah for his incredible 44-goal debut season with Liverpool that carried the Reds to the Champions League final.

However, a shoulder injury suffered early on in the final robbed Salah of the chance to help Liverpool lift the trophy and also meant he was far from peak condition as he led Egypt’s World Cup bid.

Despite scoring in each of his two appearances in Russia, he bowed out with the Pharaohs bowed at the group stage with three defeats.

Salah did not go away empty handed, however, as he picked up the Puskas award for best goal for his strike against Everton in the Merseyside derby last December.

Modric was joined by Real team-mates Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Marcelo in the FIFPro team of the year, also featuring David De Gea, Dani Alves, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe, Messi and Ronaldo.

France’s World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps won the best coach of the year prize in recognition for his work in leading Les Bleus to success in Russia.

Deschamps, who became just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach, beat off competition from Dalic and his former France team-mate Zinedine Zidane, who won a third consecutive Champions League title with Real Madrid before resigning in June.

Thibaut Courtois won the best goalkeeper award for helping Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals as well as the FA Cup with Chelsea before a summer move to Madrid.

Brazil’s Marta was crowned best women’s player for a record sixth time for her role in winning the Copa America to beat out Lyon duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan.

Lyon boss Reynald Pedros did win the award for best women’s coach, though, after winning the Champions League with the French giants.

AFP

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Buhari Releases N42bn To Universities, Retirees Of Nigeria Airways

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Buhari Releases N42bn To Universities, Retirees Of Nigeria Airways

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate release of N22.68 billion for settlement of the retirement benefits of ex-workers of the Nigeria Airways Limited, more than 15 years after the liquidation of the defunct airline.

The president has also approved the release of N20 billion to revitalise public universities in line with demands of the Academic Staff of Universities (ASUU).

The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, made the disclosure in Abuja on Monday.

She said the money for the universities will be released through normal channels while that of the ex-airways workers would be paid after verification.

The minister, who announced the setting up of a nine-member committee to verify the claims of the ex-workers, said the money approved was 50 percent of their N45 billion benefits.

She said: “As you are aware, the ex-workers of Nigeria Airways Limited in liquidation were not paid their retirement benefits for the past 15 years despite the liquidation.

“As a result of the delays in settlement of these benefits, many ex-workers have been thrown out of their houses, their children have been unable to attend school, and others have lost their businesses, fallen ill or indeed, passed on.

“This unfortunate situation cannot be allowed to continue under a responsible administration.

“It is on this basis that Mr President has approved the immediate release of N22.68 billion being 50 per cent of N45.3 billion total entitlements of the ex-workers of the Nigeria Airways Limited in liquidation.”

Ahmed said that the committee is headed by Mohammed Dikwa, director of presidential initiative on continuous audit.

Other members would be drawn from the office of the head of service, ministries of aviation and finance, Bureau of Public Enterprises, accountant-general office, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, the ex-workers union, and the budget office.

“The committee is mandated to physically verify the claims of pensioners and relevant next-of-kin before the release of funds to the approved beneficiaries,” she said.

The minister also explained that the N20 billion for the universities will be released immediately in line with the established criteria used by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

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Buhari Releases N42bn To Universities, Retirees Of Nigeria Airways

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Buhari Releases N42bn To Universities, Retirees Of Nigeria Airways

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate release of N22.68 billion for settlement of the retirement benefits of ex-workers of the Nigeria Airways Limited, more than 15 years after the liquidation of the defunct airline.

The president has also approved the release of N20 billion to revitalise public universities in line with demands of the Academic Staff of Universities (ASUU).

The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, made the disclosure in Abuja on Monday.

She said the money for the universities will be released through normal channels while that of the ex-airways workers would be paid after verification.

The minister, who announced the setting up of a nine-member committee to verify the claims of the ex-workers, said the money approved was 50 percent of their N45 billion benefits.

She said: “As you are aware, the ex-workers of Nigeria Airways Limited in liquidation were not paid their retirement benefits for the past 15 years despite the liquidation.

“As a result of the delays in settlement of these benefits, many ex-workers have been thrown out of their houses, their children have been unable to attend school, and others have lost their businesses, fallen ill or indeed, passed on.

“This unfortunate situation cannot be allowed to continue under a responsible administration.

“It is on this basis that Mr President has approved the immediate release of N22.68 billion being 50 per cent of N45.3 billion total entitlements of the ex-workers of the Nigeria Airways Limited in liquidation.”

Ahmed said that the committee is headed by Mohammed Dikwa, director of presidential initiative on continuous audit.

Other members would be drawn from the office of the head of service, ministries of aviation and finance, Bureau of Public Enterprises, accountant-general office, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, the ex-workers union, and the budget office.

“The committee is mandated to physically verify the claims of pensioners and relevant next-of-kin before the release of funds to the approved beneficiaries,” she said.

The minister also explained that the N20 billion for the universities will be released immediately in line with the established criteria used by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

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324,000 Nigerians Battle For 4,000 Slots In FRSC Recruitment

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324,000 Nigerians Battle For 4,000 Slots In FRSC Recruitment

About 324,000 applicants are jostling for the 4,000 vacancies available in the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) recruitment exercise, which is ongoing across the 36 states of the federation including the FCT.

2018 Recruitment: FRSC Publishes Time-Table For Nationwide Screening | See Details

The Corps Marshall, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, who visited two screening centres at the National Stadium and Mogadishu Barracks in Abuja on Monday, explained that only 4,000 successful applicants would be recruited by the corps.

According to him, only 400 would be engaged out of the 105,000 university graduates that were taking part in the ongoing screening exercise which he said would hold for four days.

Oyeyemi expressed satisfaction with the orderly conduct of the exercise, attributing this to the high number of graduate applicants.

FRSC Publishes Important Update On 2018 Recruitment Exercise | See Details

The applicants for officers cadre, the FRSC boss said, would be screened on Monday and Tuesday while the screening for other cadres would hold between Thursday and Sunday.

He said, “The programme started by 6am, you can see the orderliness, it shows the level of planning in accordance with the directive of the Secretary to Government of the Federation.

“The same thing is going on all over the federation. We are working with about 324,000 applicants nationwide out of which we have about 105,000 graduates and you can see their level of discipline too, I think I’m impressed.”

He further frowned on the participation by pregnant women and nursing mothers in the exercise, noting that they would be disqualified, adding that over-aged applicants will also not be considered.

“From what we are seeing, there are some pregnant women, there are some who are over-age and those who are short, they didn’t meet the requirements, some are married, so it’s bound to happen,” he added.

Represented by the Assistant Corps Marshal Shehu Zaki, at the recruitment centre at the 6th Battalion, Ibagwa Barracks, Oyeyemi assured candidates of transparent exercise.

Oyeyemi said, “The whole exercise will be transparent; we have other agencies in the recruitment centres, like the Federal Character Commission officials. Only the best candidates will be recruited.

“The recruitment exercise has commenced across the centres in the federation. Today, we have started with officers with degree certificates, by tomorrow, they will go to the next stage which is running to keep fit.

“From Wednesday, other categories of candidates will take their turn. We are starting with physical screening of candidates and certificates.”

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324,000 Nigerians Battle For 4,000 Slots In FRSC Recruitment

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324,000 Nigerians Battle For 4,000 Slots In FRSC Recruitment

About 324,000 applicants are jostling for the 4,000 vacancies available in the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) recruitment exercise, which is ongoing across the 36 states of the federation including the FCT.

2018 Recruitment: FRSC Publishes Time-Table For Nationwide Screening | See Details

The Corps Marshall, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, who visited two screening centres at the National Stadium and Mogadishu Barracks in Abuja on Monday, explained that only 4,000 successful applicants would be recruited by the corps.

According to him, only 400 would be engaged out of the 105,000 university graduates that were taking part in the ongoing screening exercise which he said would hold for four days.

Oyeyemi expressed satisfaction with the orderly conduct of the exercise, attributing this to the high number of graduate applicants.

FRSC Publishes Important Update On 2018 Recruitment Exercise | See Details

The applicants for officers cadre, the FRSC boss said, would be screened on Monday and Tuesday while the screening for other cadres would hold between Thursday and Sunday.

He said, “The programme started by 6am, you can see the orderliness, it shows the level of planning in accordance with the directive of the Secretary to Government of the Federation.

“The same thing is going on all over the federation. We are working with about 324,000 applicants nationwide out of which we have about 105,000 graduates and you can see their level of discipline too, I think I’m impressed.”

He further frowned on the participation by pregnant women and nursing mothers in the exercise, noting that they would be disqualified, adding that over-aged applicants will also not be considered.

“From what we are seeing, there are some pregnant women, there are some who are over-age and those who are short, they didn’t meet the requirements, some are married, so it’s bound to happen,” he added.

Represented by the Assistant Corps Marshal Shehu Zaki, at the recruitment centre at the 6th Battalion, Ibagwa Barracks, Oyeyemi assured candidates of transparent exercise.

Oyeyemi said, “The whole exercise will be transparent; we have other agencies in the recruitment centres, like the Federal Character Commission officials. Only the best candidates will be recruited.

“The recruitment exercise has commenced across the centres in the federation. Today, we have started with officers with degree certificates, by tomorrow, they will go to the next stage which is running to keep fit.

“From Wednesday, other categories of candidates will take their turn. We are starting with physical screening of candidates and certificates.”

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Victoria Crest Homes Honours Oba Akinloye’s 25th Coronation Anniversary With Football Competition

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Victoria Crest Homes Honours Oba Akinloye’s 25th Coronation Anniversary With Football Competition

Victoria Crest Homes Limited, a retail real estate company providing affordable luxury housing solutions to Nigerians, has thrown its weight behind the 2018 Oba’s Cup to celebrate the 25th Coronation Anniversary of His Royal Majesty, Oba Tijani Adetunji Akinloye, JP, OON, SATERU ӏӏ, OJOMU OF AJIRANLAND.

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The company announced the sponsorship of the event during a press conference held at Marco Polo Hotel, Chevron Drive, Lagos last Wednesday.

Victoria Crest Homes Honours Oba Akinloye’s 25th Coronation Anniversary With Football CompetitionThe Oba’s Cup is a football tournament which draws players from the different villages in Eti-Osa Local Government Area and its environs to come together to compete in a friendly manner to celebrate the Oba’s 25th anniversary.

Dr. Kennedy Okonkwo, Chief Executive Officer, Victoria Crest Homes Limited, the sponsors, stated that as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility, it has thrown its weight behind the football tournament to encourage the spirit of sportsmanship among the youths in the area. 

“We are playing to celebrate our Royal Father by competing as brothers in the tournament through our display of sportsmanship,” he said.

He further urged the players to compete peacefully to ensure the gospel of unity and love that football preaches is sustained during the competition, and assured the audience that subsequent editions of the competition would be better if the show of sportsmanship during the competition is really achieved.

The Oba also extended his show of sportsmanship by advising all teams to compete in harmony and love.

“Football preaches oneness, peace, togetherness, unity and love and this tournament would help instill these virtues in our youths,” he said.

The Football Tournament kicks off September 22nd, 2018 at the newly built Ajiran Stadium.

32 games would be played by 16 teams in one month and each team has been given a participation fee of ₦50 Thousand and their respective football jerseys.

At the finals of the competition, the Winner goes home with ₦500 Thousand; second position goes with ₦300 Thousand while third winner, ₦200 Thousand. Highest goal scorer bags ₦100 Thousand and the best Goal Keeper gets ₦100 Thousand.

It promises to be a month of celebration through the display of sportsmanship characterized by fun and excitement.

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Cech: Arsenal Forgot How To Win The League

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Arsenal goalie, Petr Cech has stated that the Gunners must have forgotten how to win the Premier League title under Wenger.

Arsenal have not won the Premier League title since 2004, with Wenger just retiring at the end of last season.

Emery has helped Arsenal to four straight wins, after losing their first two games and Cech has hailed the new gaffer.

“For any club who wins titles in the recent years, you have a team with the knowhow how to finish it off – and you can see it in any sport,” he told reporters.

“Take Tiger Woods – it’s 10 years since he won a Major tournament. The longer it goes on, the harder it becomes.

“This club has not won the league for over 10 years so, obviously, you need to get back into knowing how to do it.

“We started with the new manager from scratch, basically, and we try to get this mentality of winning every game, progressing every game, working every day and, hopefully, we can build this up and win the title sooner rather than later. That will make the big difference.

“In the past I would say the Arsenal way was more important than getting the points sometimes  and this is not how you win the league.

“Sometimes you need to make sure you win an ugly game, when you are not playing well but you just dig deep, close the back door and win 1-0 no matter how. I think this is what we lacked.

“Yesterday, we went through difficult moments but got the win with the clean sheet, so this is very positive.”

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Giroud: Chelsea Must Become More Versatile

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Olivier Giroud believes Chelsea must become versatile in their attack, if they are to thwart their rivals.

The Blues had most of the possession against West Ham, but could not score a single goal in that encounter.

Ahead of a meeting with Liverpool next weekend, he thinks that his side will have to become more flexible as teams work out solutions to Sarri’s tactics.

“I always want to take this frustration to transform it into a positive thing for the next game,” Giroud said at the London Stadium. “Now we are going to look at what went wrong in this game. Even though we didn’t do so well, we could have won the game at the end of it.

“It’s disappointing and we lost two points – West Ham were happy with this draw. We have a big game at the weekend and we want to show our strength, our character. I’m not saying it’s a tactical problem. Sometimes as players we have to recognise the best way to put them in difficulties.

“Sometimes we rushed our game and have not been patient, or maybe we did not put enough pace in our game. Now our opponents are starting to know Chelsea well so we need to bring something else. Maybe we need to give a bit more on the pitch as well.

“It’s a tough time, but this is when you see the men and we have to show stronger character and response in the next game. As a team, we didn’t succeed in finding the solution. We tried too much to play centrally and against a strong defence like that, a lot of players, it was very hard to combine, especially in the last 30 yards.

“Maybe we should have gone a bit more down the wings and put in more crosses into the box. It was a bit disappointing, we are aware of that and we will work on it. We want to bounce back as soon as possible.”

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Klopp Insists He Is Not A Genius

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Jurgen Klopp has stated that he is no genius, but Liverpool are currently having a time of their lives.

The Reds are the only side in the English topflight with a flawless record, winning all six of their games.

Klopp was brought in to Anfield to rectify the crumbling foundation put in place by Rodgers and he has delivered on that front.

“We grow step by step. The club, the team, everything. Hopefully it stays like this,” Klopp told reporters in the wake of a 3-0 victory over Southampton.

“I am not a genius. I knew about the potential of the club and the stadium because everyone knows about it.

“Of course it is different [now] but the team is different and we win step by step. If I would have said three years ago we would have a better atmosphere in the stadium and win more home games then that is nothing. People would expect that.

“We want to win things but we don’t know when that will happen. We don’t have a clue, so we should have the best time of our lives until it happens.

“Performance-wise, result-wise, atmosphere-wise, have the best time until it happens.

“When it happens we have to start again. If it doesn’t happen we have to try again. That is how life is and football is.”

“I don’t expect a better atmosphere because what I like is our crowd really responds to the game,” Klopp added ahead of a midweek visit from the Blues to Anfield.

“Not in a bad way if we don’t perform they don’t moan or whistle. But if we deliver passion, they are over the moon. Against Southampton we controlled the game so I am completely fine.

 

“But now Chelsea is coming in a very good moment.

“I don’t understand why people constantly say it is about City and Liverpool [for the title] and forget that Chelsea are winning games in a quite impressive way. Then again Chelsea on Saturday. It is fine but nothing else.”

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Giroud Backed To Take Morata’s Spot By Chelsea Legend

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Ron Harris, Chelsea legend believes Olivier Giroud can take Alvaro Morata’s spot as the top striker, as the Spain striker misses a lot of chances.

The Blues spent an heavy amount in bringing the former Madrid striker to the club, and he scored 15 goals in his debut season.

However, Morata struggled for consistency and has continued in that vein this season.

Blues legend Harris told Love Sport Radio of that selection battle: “[Giroud] seems to link up better with Eden Hazard.

“The other lad Morata is desperate for goals. He’s had some good opportunities and missed them, and when sometimes when the luck is going with you, you can mishit a shot and it goes in.

“This fella seems to miss some unbelievable chances and I just feel he’s lacking in a bit of confidence at the moment. The one that seems to be thriving with Eden Hazard is Giroud.”

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2Pac Not Dead! British Man Reveals How He Aided Rapper’s Escape (WATCH VIDEO)

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2Pac Conspiracy Theory Revived! Man Says He’s Not Dead, Reveals How He Aided Rapper’s Escape

Despite multiple confirmations that Tupac Shakur AKA 2Pac was killed after a drive-by shooting 22 years ago, scores of people have refused to believe he is dead.

While there are have been many theories surrounding his death or rumoured survival in decades – with a popular one being his alleged escape to the Caribbean – this particular take is being revived by a British man who claims to have been part of the rapper’s exit strategy.

HotNewHipHop is reporting that, Michael Nice, has said he was a member of a security working for The Black Panthers Party during the 90s. that helped smuggle the rapper out of Las Vegas and safely to Barbados and he even has a video that apparently proves it.

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The Sun UK also quoted him as saying that when the group caught wind of a hit being placed on Tupac, they decided to shield the entertainer from danger by getting him out of the country, affirming further that the rapper was injured during the Las Vegas shooting on September 7, 1996. Still, they managed to flee successfully.

His words: “It was me, my brother, the pilot, Tupac as the co-pilot and two Panther guys on the jet.”

“We took off and immediately knew we were safe, we felt good and it was like escaping from prison.”

“There were hugs and handshakes when we finally managed to get him to Barbados.”

In a video, Michael Nice describes part of his experience and reveals his plans to recount the tales in a book.

“I just cannot wait to answer you haters and just tell the truth, come up with the good. You won’t be able to doubt me.”

Nice says the reason he was selected for the risky operation was due to his quasi-irrelevance.

“No one could be trusted and I was unknown.”

He told TMZ

“Why you think nobody been arrested if they said they the one that killed Tupac?

“Because Tupac is not dead. If he was dead, they’d be arresting those dudes for murder.”

“You know he’s somewhere smoking a Cuban cigar on an island.”

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Kanye West Thinks Social Media Users Are “Committing Suicide Due To Not Getting Enough Likes”

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Kanye West Thinks Social Media Users Are “Committing Suicide Due To Not Getting Enough Likes”

Popular rapper Kanye West is of the opinion that some social media users are being driven to suicide over lack of engagement from their followers – as they are not getting enough likes on social media.

The multiple Grammy award winning rap star is adamant about Twitter tweaking some of its functions.

“There are people who are committing suicide due to not getting enough likes,” he captioned his tweet on Saturday.

“Seeking validation in the simulation. We need a live-streamed meeting with Jack Dorsey Kevin Systrom Mike Krieger Mark Zuckerberg and Evan Spiegal. Speaking for myself I personally want to participate in social media with the option of not having to show my followers or likes. Having your amount of likes on display for the world to see and judge is like showing how much money you have in the bank or having to write the size of your dick on your t shirt.”

Last week, the singer shared a text conversation he had with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey where he expressed his feelings directly to the man in charge.

We should be able to participate in social media without having to show how many followers or likes we have,” West later tweeted. “Just like how we can turn off the comments we should be able to turn off the display of followers. This has an intense negative impact on our self worth.”

Dorsey sounds receptive to the change.

He wrote back:

“We’ve been thinking deeply about follower and like counts, and what that incentivizes. What made sense 12 years ago doesn’t make sense today. At least for us,” Dorsey replied. “Us making that number bold and big incentivized people to want to increase it, and feel bad if they couldn’t. That’s not right. We want to incentivize contribution to the global conversation and consciousness.”

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The Best Fifa Awards 2018: Here’s All You Should Know About Today’s Awards

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The Best Fifa Awards 2018: Here’s All You Should Know About Today’s Awards

The world’s best male and female footballers will be named at the Best Fifa Football Awards in London today, Monday (September 24).

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah are the finalists for the men’s player award for 2018 – with no place for Lionel Messi.

Ada Hegerberg, Dzsenifer Marozsan and Marta are the nominees for the women’s player award.

British actor Idris Elba and French journalist Anne-Laure Bonnet host the show.

Venue for the awards?

This year’s ceremony will be held at the Royal Festival Hall, on London’s Southbank.

What time is it?

The ceremony is scheduled to run from 6:30pm UK time to 10:30 at night. 

What awards are Fifa offering this year?

  • The Best Fifa Men’s Player
  • The Best Fifa Women’s Player
  • The Best Fifa Men’s Coach
  • The Best Fifa Women’s Coach
  • The Best Fifa Goalkeeper 
  • The Fifa Fair Play Award
  • The Fifa Puskás Award
  • The Fifa Fan Award
  • Fifa Fifpro World11

Award shortlists

The Best Fifa Men’s Player

  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus & Portugal)
  • Luka Modric (Real Madrid & Croatia)
  • Mohamed Salah (Liverpool & Egypt)

The Best Fifa Women’s Player

  • Ada Hegerberg (Lyon & Norway)
  • Dzsenifer Marozsan (Lyon & Germany)
  • Marta (Orlando Pride & Brazil)

The Best Fifa Men’s Coach

  • Zlatko Dalic (Croatia)
  • Didier Deschamps (France)
  • Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

The Best Fifa Women’s Coach

  • Reynald Pedros (Lyon)
  • Asako Takakura (Japan)
  • Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands)

The Fifa Puskás Award

  • Gareth Bale (Real Madrid vs Liverpool)
  • Denis Cheryshev (Russia vs Croatia) 
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid vs Juventus)
  • Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (AEK vs Olympiakos) 
  • Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro vs America MG) 
  • Riley McGree (Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City)
  • Lionel Messi (Argentina vs Nigeria, World Cup) 
  • Benjamin Pavard (France vs Argentina, World Cup)
  • Ricardo Quaresma(Portugal vs Iran, World Cup) 
  • Mohamed Salah (Liverpool vs Everton) 

The Fifa Goalkeeper Award 

  • Thibaut Courtois (Belgium & Real Madrid)
  • Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark & Leicester)
  • Hugo Lloris (France & Tottenham)

This is the third year of the Best Fifa awards after the world governing body’s six-year association with the Ballon d’Or came to an end.

This is the first year since 2006 that Lionel Messi has not been in the final three of Fifa’s top award – then called the Fifa World Player of the Year.

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Will NYSC Extend Davido’s Service By 90 Days? Here’s All We Know

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Will NYSC Extend Davido’s Service By 90 Days? Here’s All We Know

Will the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) wield its mighty stick on multi award-winning singer, David Adeleke, better known as Davido, by extending his service year by 90 days for participating in politics?

There’s no gainsaying that a lot of “learned” Nigerians will be pondering over this question and will curiously seek answers to it.

The curiosity may have stemmed from what is clearly written in the revised NYSC bye-laws, in section 4, which state that a Corps member is not supposed to take part in partisan politics.

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The section also stipulates that any member who takes part in partisan politics is liable to extension of service for a period not less than three (3) months without pay.

But the prominent singer has broken some of the NYSC bye-laws and this has led to many questioning the double standard being displayed by the Scheme, knowing well that if these acts were flouted by an ordinary Nigerian, the Scheme wont temper justice with mercy.

Otondo OBO! Davido Enrolls For NYSC - 3 Years After Graduation
Otondo OBO! Davido Enrolls For NYSC – 3 Years After Graduation

On Thursday, August 30, the superstar singer was among the 2,152 Batch “B”, Stream 2 corps members sworn-in at the Lagos State NYSC Orientation Camp, Ipaja and his presence surely caused pandemonium.

Barely 24 hours later, Davido left the mandatory three-week orientation exercise and travelled to Boston, USA for his tour – a deed that naturally wont go down well with the Scheme if it was an average Nigerian.

While his colleagues were struggling to cope with the various yet difficult training sessions in camp, OBO was busy thrilling fans in the United States.

Apparently peeved by this, Shomoye Adeboye, a social media commentator, said he has written an open letter to the DG of the Scheme, notifying him of the double standard demonstrated by NYSC officials.

Many Nigerians also expressed divergent views as to whether the “IF” crooner has flouted the by-laws guiding the NYSC scheme with his travel.

Meanwhile, findings showed that the singer may have already broken Rule 15 (i) and (ii) of the NYSC camp rules when he arrived the campground, because Davido landed the Camp in chauffeur driven in a conspicuously white car amidst fanfair and jubilation by his fellow corps members and officials.

The law states, “Any member who brings vehicles or motorcycles to camp shall not be registered, and if already registered, shall be decamped. Such member shall only be allowed to return to service to join the next batch in the orientation camp.”

Also, excerpts from the NYSC bye-laws revised in 1993 give strict rules for corps members during the orientation period.

According to Schedule 1:3b: “During the period of orientation, every member shall:

Not leave the Orientation Camp or absent himself from any official activity without the written consent of the State Director or his representative;

Also, Schedule 2:1b states that:

“The following penalties shall be imposed in the following circumstances.

“Leaving the camp without permission of the State Director” will attract “extension of the service year by double the number of days for which the member was absent from his camp and forfeiture of his allowance for the same number of days of which he was absent.”

Therefore, for Davido not to have flouted these laws, he must have secured ‘written consent’ from the state director of NYSC to leave the camp and travel for his foreign trips.

Back to what I was saying, after about two weeks of sterling performances in several states in the US, the singer canceled the remaining of the tour saying that:

“Due to scheduling conflicts and NYSC commitments in Nigeria, the remaining dates for the Davido Locked Up Tour has been cancelled.”

While it remains to be seen if he returned to complete the last week in camp, ever since his arrival from the US, Davido has been pre-occupied, campaigning for his Uncle, Senator Ademola Adeleke, one of the top contenders for Osun state’s number one job.

The singer took the campaign to another level as he became the star attraction during Adeleke’s rally, leaving his trail in every parts of the state.

The music star was also pictured donning a PDP regalia and he sure looks dapper in the Agbada.

Yesterday, the artist was also seen venting his chagrin on social media at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the results from Oshogbo local government in the Osun governorship polls.

And some Nigerians wont stop talking about what he has been doing in the past one month.

While 360nobs learnt that efforts have been made to confirm if the NYSC would sanction the singer for breaking its bye-laws, it is understood that the Scheme did not respond as repeated calls were left unanswered.

As of the time of writing this report, it remains to be seen if the NYSC would sanction the singer.

Comment your views below if you think Davido should be sanctioned.

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DJ Cuppy Pictured With Anthony Joshua After Win Over Povetkin

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DJ Cuppy Pictured With Anthony Joshua After Win Over Povetkin

Florence Otedola, a daughter of Nigerian billionaire, Femi Otedola, who is popularly known as DJ Cuppy, was on Saturday night pictured with Anthony Joshua after his victory against Russia’s Alexander Povetkin in London.

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The Disc Jockey, who was present at the stadium to show her support for her countryman, was pictured at the ringside along with Anthony Joshua’s sister, Janet.

DJ Cuppy Pictured With Anthony Joshua After Win Over Povetkin Britain’s Anthony Joshua on the night retained his world heavyweight titles by inflicting the first stoppage defeat of Povetkin’s professional career with a ruthless seventh-round finish at Wembley.

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In front of about 80,000 fans, Joshua moved on to 22 fights unbeaten in his professional career by handing the 39-year-old Povetkin only his second defeat but his first by TKO.

Victory saw Joshua extend his unbeaten professional record to 22 wins from 22 fights, with 21 knockouts, in front of a raucous home crowd.

“Povetkin is a very tough challenger and he proved it tonight,” Joshua told Sky Sports.

“I realised he was strong to the head but weak to the body.

“I got my knockout streak back, I found my right hand again.”

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FIRS Rakes In N13bn From Billionaire Tax Offenders In Nigeria

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FIRS Rakes In N13bn From Billionaire Tax Offenders In Nigeria

Barely a month after it commenced its substitution of accounts of recalcitrant billionaires who have not been paying commensurate taxes, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has announced the collection of N12.66 in tax revenue from this category of Nigerians.

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This disclosure was made by the Executive Chairman, FIRS, Tunde Fowler, on Friday when he received the new Minister of Finance, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, during her spot visit to the Revenue House in Abuja, according to a statement made available to our correspondent on Sunday.

Fowler told the minister that the initiative had pooled about N12.66bn into the government coffers.

He stated, “The FIRS wrote to all commercial banks in May 2018 requesting for a list of companies, partnerships, and enterprises with banking turnover of N1bn and above. This activity is aimed at ascertaining those companies that are compliant with the tax laws and those that are not compliant. So far, the non-compliant organisations have paid about N12.66bn

“The FIRS will continue to implement initiatives that will drive compliance and generate revenue by continuous taxpayer enlightenment; implementation of the Auto VAT Collect in other sectors of the economy; simplification of the tax processes, especially for small taxpayers; strengthening collaboration with other agencies such as the Corporate Affairs Commission, states’ boards of internal revenue; Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment; and the Nigeria Customs Service.”

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Chimamanda Adichie Speaks Against Bride Price, Says “Its Disgusting” (WATCH VIDEO)

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Chimamanda Adichie Speaks Against Bride Price, Says “Its Disgusting”

Multi award-winning Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has disclosed that she finds the idea of payment of bride price in the modern day weddings “disgusting” because it has been commercialised in most cultures.

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Adichie, a prominent advocate of feminism, who is known for stirring controversies with her viewpoints, made the remark during an interactive session in Lagos on Saturday.

During the event, the author spoke on a wide range of topics including feminism and leadership, tips for aspiring writers, the fight for social justice, and the relevance of bride price to modern marriages.

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When asked to present her views on bride price with respect to feminism, the well-celebrated author said the practice has evolved from its natural form to something that should be gotten rid of.

She further said that her dad didn’t receive any bride price during her wedding, he just collected 10kobo to make it symbolic.

Her words: “If you go back in history, the idea of marriage is different from what it is today. Yes, there was bride price where fundamentally you sort of give things to the bride’s family, but there was also an exchange of gifts… and it was a bit more fluid.”

“Now there is commercialism to the whole idea that I really find disgusting.

“At the same time I’m a person who has a lot of respect for my culture. There’s a lot about African culture that I find very beautiful.

“So it then becomes a struggle to find what things in that culture I find worth keeping, and what things do I think we should get rid of.

“I think these are ways to start to change it. In my opinion I think we should just get rid of the whole idea of money. I think it just ruins things.

“I think that we really need to rethink the way that marriages are done. It’s dangerous on so many levels. People always use culture to justify everything, but I keep thinking so many things have changed in our culture. There are things we can still change. I’m not a fan of bride price. I feel very conflicted about bride price.”

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National Assembly Announces New Resumption Date

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A new resumption date has been announced for the two chambers of the National Assembly.

The parliament, which was earlier slated to resume on Tuesday, September 25, following the ongoing two-month annual recess, will now resume on October 9.

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The postponement was contained in a statement by the National Assembly clerk, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, addressed to the lawmakers.

 It is understood that the decision followed a meeting by the leadership of the National Assembly on Sunday night.

“This is to inform all Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members that resumption of plenary session earlier scheduled for Tuesday, 25th September has been postponed to Tuesday 9th October due to the activities of the primaries of the political parties.

“All Distinguished Senators and Honourable members are expected to resume plenary session by 10 am on the 9th of October, please,” the statement reads.

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PhD Holder Employed As Primary School Teacher In Kaduna

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PhD Holder Employed As Primary School Teacher In Kaduna

The Kaduna State Government has recruited additional 13,606 qualified primary school teachers, including a PhD holder in the state.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mallam Ja’afaru Sani, who stated this on Saturday while addressing news conference in Kaduna, disclosed that the exercise marked the completion of the 25,000 vacancy announced after the sack of the 22,000 unqualified teachers in the state in January, this year.

The Commissioner also noted that in addition to the PhD holder, 8,494 of the 25,000 recruited teachers were first degree holders while the remaining were National Certificate in Education holders.

He further announced that the state had commenced full implementation of free education for girls in the public secondary schools across the state.

This, the commissioner said was in compliance with directives from the state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai.

He said about 191,445 female students currently in public schools are to benefit from the gesture which  would cost the government N143.587 million every term and N430.791 million every year respectively, adding that the decision became necessary in order to remove all obstacles stopping the girl-child from acquiring education in the state.

“We hope by this gesture parents will have no excuse not to send their girl-child to school and significantly increase enrolment and retention of the girl-child in school.

“It will be recalled that the female students were accorded priority when the government distribute 15,000 tablets computers to secondary school students,” he added.

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NiMet: Here’s What Today’s Weather Would Look Like Across Nigeria

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NiMet: Here’s What Today’s Weather Would Look Like Across Nigeria

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted chances of scattered rainfall and thunderstorm activities over most parts of the country on Monday.

NiMet’s Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office (CFO) on Sunday, predicted prospects of rains over the central cities like Yola, Jalingo, Mambilla Plateau, Lokoja, Markurdi, Jos, Kaduna and Bauchi during the morning hours.

It predicted cloudy morning over the remaining parts and prospects of scattered thunderstorms later in the day with day and night temperatures of 26 to 33 and 15 to 23 degrees Celsius respectively.

The agency predicted that Northern cities would experience partly cloudy to cloudy conditions in the morning hours.

It also predicted prospects of scattered thunderstorm over the northeast, Kano, Maiduguri and Dutse in the afternoon with day and night temperatures of 34 to 36 and 21 to 24 degrees Celsius respectively.

According to NiMet, Southern cities will experience rains over Enugu, Obudu, Ogoja, Calabar, Uyo, Eket, Ikom and Yenegoa with cloudy conditions over the remaining parts during the morning hours.

“These conditions are likely to persist later in the day with chances of thunderstorms over most places on the inlands while rains will prevail over the coastal axis.

“Day and night temperature values are expected to be in the range of 28 to 32 and 20 to 23 degrees Celsius respectively over the southern region,“ NiMet predicted.

(NAN)

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Victoria Crest Homes Receives Best Housing Development Award At API Summit

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Victoria Crest Homes Receives Best Housing Development Award At API Summit

Victoria Crest Homes (VCH), one of the luxury offerings of Nedcomoaks Limited, a real estate company providing affordable luxury housing solutions to Nigerians, has been awarded the Best Housing Development at the 2018 Africa Property Investment (API) Awards.

VCH, which was earlier selected as one of the three finalists in Africa for the API Awards, was awarded winner during the award ceremony on Thursday, September 20, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The award is in recognition of Victoria Crest Homes as a market and industry leader in the Best Housing Development category at the 2018 API Summit and Expo.

While expressing his appreciation to his team and the organizers of the event, Dr. Kennedy Okonkwo, Chief Executive Officer, Victoria Crest Homes Limited, stated that developing a successful project requires proper planning and relationship building from start to finish.

“It takes tremendous skill to navigate through all the road blocks along the way, from identifying with the right site to documentation, exciting designs, cutting edge construction techniques, to developing the right relationships with other investors and stakeholders,” he revealed.

He further commended his team and other relevant stakeholders for helping to bring the vision alive through their hard work and faith and God.

“Keep doing it, keep fueling it, trust the process, pray and your reward starts right here on earth. Thank you API, we are humbled and honored,” he concluded.

The API Award was established to recognize and promote excellence in Africa’s rising real estate sector. The award is one of the biggest honors in the African real estate and it has become a critical benchmark for measuring success for the industry.

It also provides peer recognition for the pioneering world class work and services being undertaken by the trailblazing real estate industry.

The 2018 API Summit and Expo features 600 delegates, 100 speakers and 300 companies from around the continent who would discuss themes as it creates a platform for “Developing a Smarter Future for African Real Estate.”

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Armed Bandits Kidnap 7 People In Zamfara, Demand N100m

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Armed Bandits Kidnap 7 People In Zamfara, Demand N100m

The Zamfara State Police Command has disclosed that some armed bandits have abducted seven people from Nahuche village of Bungudu Local Government of the state.

The police said the villagers, including a former councillor, Bello Daniya, were kidnapped in the early hours of Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted an eyewitness, Malam Sani Ibrahim, as saying that the bandits besieged the village in large numbers, fired guns into the air and ordered the villagers to show them the house of Bungudu local government APC chairman, Alhaji Hamisu.

According to the eyewitness, the abductors, however, found themselves in the former councillor’s house, who is a neighbour to the APC chairman, where they took him, four boys and two girls.

Ibrahim said the abductors later released one of the victims with a note demanding N100 million as ransom to release the remaining victims.

While confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu said a combined team of security operatives were on the trail of the abductors.

He appealed to members of the public with useful information on the movement of criminals to report to relevant security agencies for prompt action.

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