Tuesday, February 28, 2017

FIFA bans Amos Adamu for two years

The Nigeria former football official, Amos Adamu was on Tuesday banned for two years by world governing body FIFA for ethics violations.

Adamu, a former FIFA executive committee member and West African Football Union
president, cannot take part in any “football-related activity at national and international level” for the next two years, FIFA said in a statement.

The sanction is effective from February 28.

Adamu, 62, had already served a three-year ban in 2010 for accepting bribes in relation to the attribution of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and
2022 tournament to Qatar.

An investigation into Adamu was opened on March 9, 2015. A final report was passed to
FIFA’s adjudicatory chamber last December recommending a sanction, after which ethics
committee chairman Hans-Joachim Eckert decided to open proceedings.

FIFA said on Tuesday that “through his involvement in the organisation of an event in
2010, while being a member of the (then) FIFA Executive Committee, Mr Adamu violated the FIFA Code of Ethics”.

World football’s governing body has been in turmoil since last year due to a number of
corruption scandals, including that of a two million Swiss franc payment made by former
president Sepp Blatter to ex-UEFA supremo Michel Platini that saw both men banned from the game.
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I will defend my players to death – Zidane fires back at Pique

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has hit back at Gerard Pique after the Barcelona defender went on a Twitter rant at referees in Spain.

Pique seemed to suggest that officials favoured Madrid, as they fought back from two goals down to beat Villarreal 3-2 last week.

“Against the same teams. 8 points. Those clips are from the Madrid press, if you doubted,” Pique wrote, along with press cuttings from AS and Marca.

Zidane has now blasted the Spain international for his disrespect of the officials.

“Everyone can air their views,” Zidane said.
S“Nobody can stop that. But there’s no truth in what he says. We do what we do out on the pitch and I am proud of my players because they respect referees.

“We try to entertain the paying public. Madrid has always been a professional club and respectful towards football.

“I don’t interfere with the referee’s job, and nor do my players; they have a lot of respect for what match officials do. I have a fantastic group of
players in that respect; all they want is to do things right.

“I can understand that might annoy some people. I am very proud of my players because they have a great deal of respect referees and the job they do. I’ll defend them to the death.”
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Xenophobia attacks: FG wants NEPAD Continental to intervene

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal, has
called on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Continental to intervene in the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South

He made the appeal on Tuesday in Abuja during the two-day stakeholders meeting
and skill initiative workshop for youth empowerment organised by the NEPAD Continental and NEPAD Nigeria.

Lawal was represented by Amb. Roy Ugo, the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Affairs,
Office of the Secretary to the
Government of the Federation (OSGF).

He said that NEPAD Continental as seat of the continent’s development programme in South Africa should design a quick intervention programme
to end the attacks on Nigerians.
According to him, Nigeria and South Africa have several business and economic development partnership
which should not be disrupted because of some groups of selfish persons.

He said that the Federal Government would not want to take any drastic action that would negatively affect the
relationship between Nigeria and South Africa.

Besides, Lawal charged the NEPAD continental office to engage with relevant authorities in South Africa to do the needful with stringent measures put in place to punish perpetuators of
xenophobia to serve as a deterrent to others.

In a response, Mrs Esterine Fotabong, Director, NEPAD continental said that the
Government of South Africa has openly condemned the attacks on Nigerians and
fellow Africans in the country.

She said that that there would be a peaceful dialogue to resolve the misunderstanding and to continue the peaceful relationship between both
countries for a better future.

Fotabong said she would relay the message to the Chief Executive Officer of NEPAD Continental so that quick
interventions would be put in place to stop the menace.

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President Jacob Zuma: The world is being fed an incorrect perception that all South Africans are xenophobic.

Speaking to journalists outside Rietgat Police Station following a crime intervention visit to Soshanguve near Pretoria‚ Zuma said he did not feel that
current violence‚ looting and clashes between police and protesters in Jeppestown was as a result of xenophobia.

“Yes it is a concern but crime depends on thecircumstances‚” he said.
“There was a time in Johannesburg when attacks were between hostel dwellers
and those who were staying in the townships. You couldn't say there was xenophobia‚ you couldn't say you were
xenophobic‚” he said.

Zuma said he did not agree with the narrative that South Africans are xenophobic.
“We have been staying here with foreigners for centuries. Some have come here and settled here. There are not
always attacks‚” he said.

“If you observe‚ you will realise that we do not have refugee camps in SA. Foreigners stay with us‚ they are not
separated or segregated."

Seal our borders and keep illegals out: Mashaba's challenge to Home Affairs
He said that if South Africa was “anti-foreigners”‚ they would be protected in camps.

“We stay with them‚ they open businesses‚ our people buy from them – until there is an incident that make the attacks look like they are xenophobic.”

He said the xenophobia narrative was only attached to Africans.

“When other people demonstrate they are not welcoming to foreigners‚ it is not said they are xenophobic. As you know there is an ongoing problem in Europe‚ wherein the refugees that are coming in‚ countries are saying
they don't want them‚ but no one is saying they are xenophobic.”

“It is just like when there is something wrong with Africans‚ it's corruption. If it's done not by us (sic)‚ it's collusion‚ but it's exactly the same thing.”

Zuma said more foreigners lived in South Africa that many other countries‚ and that when certain incidents under certain circumstances are reported‚ it is immediately misconstrued as xenophobia.

“We should not highlight that and give a wrong impression than South Africans are xenophobic‚” Zuma said.
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Leap Year Babies! When will they celebrate their BIRTHDAY in 2017? Lol

Parents have a big decision to make about babies born on 29 February: What day should
you celebrate their birthday on in non-leap years?

With the date only coming around once every four years, leap year children either have to go without or choose a different day to celebrate.

Being one of only four million ‘leaplings’ in the world born on 29 February means feeling both a different and unique – and also prompts lots of questions.
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BankyW confirms the fire incident that occurred at his Lekki home, narrates what happened

In the early hours of today, there was a fire incident at BankyW's home in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos . The singer has now
revealed all that went down. In a post made via his Instagram page just now, he wrote,
So there's good news and bad news. The good news is... I'm thanking God that I'm alive to give the bad news as a testimony.

Bad news is...
I was laying awake in bed at about 6am , and I just started smelling smoke. Stood up to shut off my tv and ac and realized it was coming from
outside my door. Opened it to see the whole stairway was filled with huge gusts of black
smoke/soot, and a fire was burning stuff downstairs. The smoke was so much I couldn't
get down past it to see the source of the flames.

Rushed back into my room and climbed down from the 2nd floor balcony with my dog... and then got help from the amazing workers and neighbours who helped me put out the flames.

Turns out the ac in the living room had caught fire.. I know a lot of ppl have been trying to call and I appreciate it. Maybe the fire burnt some of the network in the house because I can't receive calls LOL ๐Ÿ˜‚, but instead of calling to say sorry pls just maybe say a prayer and thank God with me.

Thank God I was awake to smell the smoke.
Thank God we caught it early enough and the damage wasn't so bad.. it basically burnt some of the stuff that was around it. So awards, portraits, and some small electronics. But thank God, Duke and I are alive and well. We only had to form
James Bond and climb down from the top floor balcony LOL ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ Thank God for my neighbors and the amazing workers in and around the
compound for helping us escape via the balcony, helping put out the fire, and helping with the aftermath/cleaning.

Thank God for life. And I'm not even upset.. I'm just grateful for life and health and for the grace
and mercy of God on my life. I figure I'm about to have the best year ever so the devil tried to throw a tantrum. But not today Satan. Not today,
not ever. Now sit back and watch me be great.
By God's grace. Amen. God bless you all.

#TheBankStatements #weMove
#aretheymadddt #theyMustBeMaddt
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Expensive waste!!! Aborted triplets found on the side of the road in Niger state (Graphic photos)

Aborted triplets was lying on the road in Niger state. The news was ascertained on Facebook by a user,
Ernest Obisike. The incident occurred in Bida, Niger State. He wrote, the gate of motherless baby home rather
than taking their lives like this.. anybody that did are not a human being you are a devil in disguise....crying so
deeply right now.. Father in heaven Please give those that value humanity kids in Jesus name Amen... People are wicked seriously...breaking the hearts of those looking for the fruits of the womb.

See the very graphic photo below.
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4 Vigilante boys shot dead by unknown gunmen in Aba, Abia state (Graphic photos)

Unknown gunmen have shot dead four vigilante boys in broad daylight at MCC Junction, Aba, Abia state. According to the reports, the vigilante group disrupted the gunmen's plan to kidnap a
wealthy businessman along Tominas, Bicoz Filling Station located along Enugu/Port Hacourt express way.

Pissed off by the foiled kidnap plans, the gunmen traced the vigilante men who were in a hilux to MCC junction where they opened fire on them.

Three members of the vigilance group died on the spot while the remaining two were taken to the hospital.

According to a facebook user, Michael Onyebuchi, one of the men who was rushed to the hospital has also lost his life. See more graphic photos

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It like Tonto Dikeh's husband arrested the wrong person... original poster mocks him on Twitter

Earlier today, we descry that the Big Church Group owned by ex-husband of actress Tonto Dikeh, Oladunni Churchill, has arrested the owner of instagram page @NigerianWomenDiary, Adeola
Olonilua, for sharing a defamatory post where
Churchill was accused of being a scammer before he met and started dating Tonto. Apparently, Adeola had seen the post on another Instagram
page, @Fashionshade, and reposted the message on her own IG page...

Anyways @Fashionshade has reacted to Adeola's arrest. According to her, Churchill made thevwrong arrest. She insists that he is a wife beater/
Womaniser. Read what she wrote on her page.


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Nigerian man dies onboard while traveling to Malaysia (photos)

Nigerian man identified as Oguadinma Somto, pictured above, died on the plane while returning to Malaysia some days ago. According to his
friend/Facebook user, Princess Bonita Bolingo, Somto left Nigeria healthy but suddenly died on the plane he boarded back to Malaysia where he
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Residents in Oyo state tie local charm (Juju) to an electric pole to prevent officials from disconnecting them [photo]

Residents of a community in Oyo State have tied a local charm “juju” on their electric pole to scare off officials of Ibadan Electricity Distribution
Company from disconnecting their electricity cable.

This could be due to their inability to pay the estimated bills they get from officials of the electricity distribution companies.

The angry residents tied the local ‘Juju’ to a pole to deter the officials of the company from climbing the pole and disconnecting them.

Reacting to the development on the official twitter handle, @IBEDC_NG, where they also posted the image, the IBEDC believes residents were only
doing that to avoid paying their electricity bills.

IBEDC wrote, “Some Nigerians will do anything to avoid paying bills. As seen in Oyo state.
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South Africa's Saidy Brown: 'Why I shared my HIV status on Twitter'

Saidy Brown"When I found out at 14 that I was HIV-positive, I didn't think I would live to see 18, I am turning 22 this year." Since Saidy Brown tweeted those words on Friday, thousands of people have re-shared her hopeful message, with many praising her courage for speaking publicly about her own experience with the virus.
Activist Saidy, who describes herself as an HIVictor in her Twitter bio, has been speaking to the BBC about the extraordinary reaction to her post, why it took so long for her to be diagnosed and the challenges of dating for someone who is HIV-positive.

Deciding to tweet

"I've always disclosed my status. I started disclosing it when I was 18. I usually use Facebook to talk to people about HIV and Aids," she says.
"But I've been having this urgent feeling to post it on Twitter, so it wouldn't be just limited to my Facebook friends. I needed the world to get into conversations about this virus."

Getting a conversation going

"The response has been very great. I've had people who've come to me and told me their own stories. And I like that.
"I like sparking conversations about HIV. I don't believe in treating it like it's an unspoken subject. I want us to talk about it, because once we talk about it more, then we can de-stigmatise it.
"There are people who are naysayers, but I don't even reply. I just leave them.

When I found out at 14 that I was HIV positive, I didn't think I would live to see 18,I am turning 22 this year. โคโค
"When I was younger, I was so scared of how people would perceive me. "But now I've grown and people's opinions really don't phase me. I think emotionally I've become stronger. When I get these comments and everything, they don't really break me."

Living with HIV

"I have not necessarily been discriminated against. I can say that I was discriminating against my own self, from around 14 until I was 18, because I didn't want to talk about it. Only my family knew; no-one else. Once I reached 18 I decided to start disclosing. It's been better and wiser.
"Where I come from [Itsoseng, a small town in South Africa's North West Province], I'm the first person to ever come forward and talk openly this way about my status.
"But the response and the support is there because whether it's me or someone else, the reality is that people are living with HIV, whether we talk about it or not."

Finding out


"When I was 14, I went to a youth day event to represent my school. At the event there were people who do HIV tests, counselling and everything else.
"When we got there, they asked us if we would like to test. I was one of the people who got tested. That's how I found out.
"I was shocked, I was in denial, I couldn't believe it. I was only 14 at the time so I was like: 'How? I'm only 14... I haven't done anything. How?'
"But when I got home and told my aunt and she was the one who told me that no, I'd actually been born with it. My parents had died from Aids-related diseases, which I had never known.
"My mum passed away when I was 10, my dad when I was nine."

Love life

"I'm in a relationship currently. It's very amazing because usually I disclose right at the beginning of the relationship.
"So once the person decides that they want to stay with me then it's all good, but if they decide to leave, it's still fine.
"I won't hate them because people still have their own issues regarding HIV. I don't really blame the person who says: 'No I can't stay with you because you're HIV-positive'.
I've had someone say that to me in the past. It hurt a lot. But after a while they came back and apologised. We're on speaking terms now, it's fine. I've forgiven them."

Staying healthy

"I'm really not a person who is more conscious about what I eat, but I make sure that I take my pills at the right time every night. I don't skip them.

Starting a family

Saidy says she also hopes to have a family one day and has been reading into preventative treatments to avoid the transmission of HIV to her partner or baby.
"I'm the daughter of mother-to-child transmission so I wouldn't want to put my kids through it," she says.
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Usain Bolt: 'No hard feelings' after losing Olympic gold

Usain Bolt may have lost one of his Olympic gold medals after compatriot Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance -- but the Jamaican says he has "no hard feelings" towards his sprint relay teammate.

Carter, 31, has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the decision to strip him and the Jamaican team of their 2008 Olympic 4x100 meter relay gold and is awaiting a hearing.
But, as it stands, Bolt can no longer claim to have completed the 'triple triple' of nine successive Olympic gold sprint medals.
Usain Bolt is ...

Olympic great Bolt, an athlete who once said returning one of his gold medals would be "heartbreaking," is philosophical about the matter.
Admitting he has yet to speak to Carter, the 30-year-old Bolt -- the 100m and 200m world record holder -- said: "It's just one of those things that happens in life.
"Until I see him I can't really say he did it on purpose or it was a mistake or I should be angry. Until I actually sit down and look at him face-to-face and talk to him, (I) don't know how I'm going to react."
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At least 11 people injured in Rio Carnival float collapse

The float of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school collapses during the second night of Rio's Carnival at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 28, 2017.
 A float in Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parade partially collapsed with dancers on board, injuring several people early Tuesday.
Rio de Janeiro's Municipal Health Secretariat said at least 11 were injured. Nine people were transported to hospitals, Brazilian media reported.
Firefighters assist after a collapse on a float during Rio's Carnival at the Sambadrome on February 28, 2017.
The two-tier float was part of the lineup of the Unidos de Tijuca samba school's parade. This year's theme was inspired by American jazz culture.
This is the second accident registered during Rio de Janeiro's two-day carnival parade. On Sunday, at least 20 people were injured when a float from another samba school crashed into a fence.
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Can this work? Nigerian pastor urges married women to submit their salaries to their husbands at the end of the month

A pastor's sermon on Sunday has become the subject of a heated debate on Twitter after a church member shared one of the topics raised by the pastor in his Sunday preaching.

In his sermon, the pastor told all married women who wanted to have a happy home that the key to that is to submit their salaries to their husbands monthly.
If she needs money for anything, she is to go to the husband and plead for money to meet her needs, but he has to be the one in charge of the money.He was, however, quick to secure his interest by reminding the women to remove their tithe first before submitting the rest of the salary to her husband, you know, just in case the man will refuse to give her money out of her salary to pay the tithe.

What's surprising is that a few Twitter users agree with him, most of them male users. One replied, saying,

"If you can't entrust (him) with a salary, how can you trust him with leading you thru life, trust him to father your children."

The same user went on to suggest that women who wouldn't hand over their salaries to their husbands should get divorced.

Lol. Funny people.

See more on the conversation below...

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Fire incident occurs inside Banky W’s home in Lekki

In the early hours of today, there was a fire incident at singer, BankyW's home in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. an eyewitness at the scene revealed that the fire was caused by a air conditioner and Banky was at home when it happened. The Fire service that was contacted didn't arrive but those at the scene were luckily able to put off the fire on time.

Contrary to reports on social media, the house wasn't destroyed by fire. However, two of his awards plaques and other items were affected by the incident..
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OJ Simpson could be released in October after 9 years in prison

According to Sports Illustrated, former baseball legend and accused murderer OJ Simpson will likely be released from prison this summer – on parole. On December 5, 2008, Simpson was sentenced to a total of 33 years in prison, with the possibility of parole after about nine years, in 2017 for armed robbery and kidnapping. Below is what they SI wrote;

The decision to grant parole is, by definition, discretionary. But it is a decision that Thomas Patton, a former chairman of the parole board in Nevada, stresses is conducted through a “very comprehensive review,” weighing 11 largely objective factors.
Between -1 and +2 points are allocated for each criterion. Inmates exceeding five points are classified as a “medium” or “high” risk and are unlikely to be granted parole. Score fewer than five points, and odds swing the other way. In 2013, Simpson scored three points, falling into the “low risk” category. He seems likely to do well again in 2017.
Here are the 11 factors says will be considered, as well as Simpson’s score in each:
Age at the time of first arrest (0 points)
Prior probation or parole revocation (0 points)
Employment history immediately before arrest (0 points)
Offense leading to current or prior convictions (2 points)
History of drug or alcohol abuse (0 points or 1 point)
Gender (1 point)
Current age (-1 point)
Active gang membership (0 points)
Completed education, vocational or treatment program during prison term (-1 point or 0 points)
Disciplinary write-ups (-1 point)
Custody level (0 points)
Simpson’s final tally on this analysis comes to between 0 and 2 points, making him a low risk and a good candidate for parole. SI quotes Las Vegas criminal defense attorney Daniel Hill as saying, “He’s the kind of person who gets paroled. He has done a significant amount of time and, by all accounts, hasn’t caused any problems [while in prison].”
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Runtown Mad Over You concert Live in New York on March 18th, 2017

Nigerian pop star, Runtown will be live New York City to headline a 'Mad Over You' concert on Saturday March 18, 2017 at Amazura Concert Hall, 91-12 144th Place Queens Ny 11435. The Eric Many frontline act will be performing hit songs Mad Over You, The Banger, Walahi, Lagos to Kampala and many more...

He'll be supported on stage by Ghanaian rapper, Sarkodie and Nigerian singer, JDC.

๐ŸŽŸTickets ๐ŸŽŸ 
For Tickets or V.i.p Reservations or More information Call 646-262-3296 

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Photos: A Pregnant woman dies in fatal accident at Obadore, Lagos

A pregnant woman lost her life after her car, a Camry FKJ 181 EG somersaulted, killing her immediately at Obadore, Lagos. She was on her way to refill her gas cylinder when the accident happened. Continue to see more photos from the scene of the incident after the cut.

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