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2Face in tears as wife and baby mama end rift

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The rift between Annie Idibia and 2Face’s baby mama, Pero Adeniyi, seems to be finally resolved, as a video of the women making peace has gone viral.

2Face Idibia was seen crying in the video as the two women, surrounded by friends, reconciled their differences.

The rift between Pero Adeniyi and Annie Idibia can be traced back to when they called each other out on social media around in 2015/2016.

Their relationship hit rock bottom when pictures of 2Face and Pero kissing at 2face’s nightclub hit the internet. Annie apparently stormed the nightclub in a rage after she was informed, but was led to a room to await 2face’s arrival. She was allegedly restrained in the room and when she was finally released, the ‘meeting’ between Pero and 2Face had ended.

However, when the news of the incidence broke the internet, Annie released a statement with “That1960Chick”, saying she didn’t go to the club, and the incident was just a distraction.

Annie said “I am aware of the photo’s circulating the internet with my husband and Pero Adeniyi. I want to state officially that I was not in that space at that time and therefore there was no confrontation between myself and Pero Adeniyi.

“Pero Adeniyi and this momentary indiscretion pose no threat whatsoever to my relationship with my husband. As a matter of fact, for all of our children’s’ sake, I do encourage cordial relationships with parties involved. This year, my focus is solely on God, Family and my career which doesn’t give me the luxury of paying attention to any distractions,” the statement read.

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Nigerians celebrate 2019 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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As the world marks the 2019 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Saturday, the Coalition for the Rights of Older Persons in Nigeria (COSROPIN) has called on governments to address the welfare of older persons.

The group is asking for improved healthcare, social security and prompt payment of pensions and stipends for older persons in the country.

The coalition noted that the senior citizens have contributed to national progress in their prime and consequently deserve attention now that they are less active.

Sen. Eze Ajoku, former senator representing Imo East, who is the President of COSROPIN, made the appeal at an event to mark the 2019 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Abuja.

The event had its motto as: “Lifting up your voices’’.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 66/127, designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

It represents the one-day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted on some of our older generations.

Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.

The theme for 2019 Elder Abuse Awareness Day is: “Access to Justice: Legal, Social and Economic Services for Older Victims of Sexual, Physical and Financial Crimes”.

Ajoku said: “Government has done very little to ameliorate the plight of older persons either through policies or legislation.

“We are asking the Federal Government, among other things, to fast track the Social Security Act which is a poverty safety net for older persons in order to reduce their sufferings.’’

He said the healthcare system at the rural levels should be improved upon for the benefit of this set of people.

Ajoku also said that government at all levels must facilitate the payment of pensions and stipends to older persons as well as create day care facilities for them.

According to him, there is no national policy on ageing that is why COSROPIN has come up with a draft bill which will be forwarded to the ninth National Assembly with strong hope of passage.

“Elderly people suffer several societal ills ranging from neglect to verbal, physical, emotional, material and financial abuses.

“Older Nigerians are vital as contributing members of the society, hence their abuse or neglect diminishes all of us.’’

He noted that the Elder Abuse Awareness Day should remind every Nigerian that each one has a role to play by focusing attention on “elder justice’’.

He said with this year’s motto of “Lifting Up Your Voices,’’ COSROPIN wants all Nigerians to say no to elder abuse.

Ajoku added that in a society where cultural values of respect for elders are firmly rooted, it is disheartening that older persons are still treated with disdain.

He also advocated for improved public sensitisation on the role of Nigerians towards “senior citizens’’.

The president of COSROPIN charged religious leaders to use their platforms to orientate their members on according right treatments to older persons.

The UN said millions of seniors have been falling victim to some form of elder abuse, neglect or monetary manipulation around the world.

Around one in six older people experience some form of abuse, a figure higher than previously estimated and predicted to rise as populations age worldwide, the noted.

Elder abuse can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences, it emphasised.

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#DidYouKnow Nigerians are the smartest people to walk the earth?

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Nigerians are smart, adaptation to hardship coupled with the intense ‘survival of the fittest’ situation we face due to a peculiarly high population density made us smart. We are undoubtedly the smartest people in the world.

Well, smartness is a mental state, a response to environmental conditions. Basically, smartness is an adaptation for tolerance, the capacity to endure continued subjection to the uniquely challenging Nigerian state made us who we are, smart! Adaptation definitely still occurs in humans, and at a different rate proportional to environmental factors.

In biology, adaptation has three related meanings. Firstly, it is the dynamic evolutionary process that fits organisms to their environment, enhancing their evolutionary fitness. Secondly, it is a state reached by the population during that process. Thirdly, it is a phenotypic or adaptive trait, with a functional role in each individual organism, that is maintained and has evolved through natural selection.

Generally, organisms face a succession of environmental challenges as they grow, and show adaptive plasticity as traits develop in response to the imposed conditions. Therefore, if this index does not exist already, I would state that the Gross Adaptive Plasticity (GAP) of a Nation is a measure of the smartness of a Nation: that’s what we are talking about here.

Consequently, this index is a direct reflection of the degree of enhanced evolutionary fitness, and it seems imperative that this factor correlates to population growth. The evidence of this can be attributed to the ever-increasing population of people in Nations with smart people.

It is projected that Nigeria will surpass the US population sometime around 2050 to hit 500m despite the prevailing circumstances. Yes, of course, the next generation of Nigerians would need to find ways to support this growth, by finding value in population growth. Certainly the smart once would thrive in the midst of this and even become smarter at surviving.

Thus all the peculiarities and unique challenges as Nigerians have allowed us to develop tolerance and resilience to varying environments across the world. The agility and swiftness towards this success facilitating adaptation is what we basically regard as smartness. Undoubtedly far more Nigerians tend to be on top of this than any other Nationality today.

Ultimately, smartness is a strength, and “that which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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The astronomical rise of the English Premier League and Sports Betting

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Football is certainly the number one sports in the world and accounts for over a billion followership worldwide. Football is not just huge because of it’s amazing following all over the world but it is also a money spinner in many ways.

The FIFA world cup is football’s premier event world and according to a report from the New York Times, the 2018 world cup staged in Russia saw the World football governing body raking in over $6.1 billion. The revenue source for FIFA includes gate takings and sponsorship and partnerships with some of the biggest companies and franchise in the world. The thirty-two countries that participated shared over $400 million in prize money.

While FIFA’s stream of income is mainly dependent on its periodic tournaments, the European leagues are fast becoming cash cows for their countries. The German Bundesliga, French Ligue One, Italian Serie A, the Spanish La Liga, and the English Premier league are the elite leagues that have attracted cult followership all across the globe. The UEFA champions league which is an annual tourney to determine the numero uno amongst all the top European clubs is the icing on the cake that has made European football a mecca of sorts.

But over the last two decades, the meteoric rise of the English premier league has continued to astound followers of the round leather game. The Premier League is the biggest in terms of revenue generated, followership all around the world and TV viewership. English clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Liverpool have a worldwide fan base that accounts for 600 million people in 200 countries watching via TV and the internet every weekend.

Premier League TV tights games for the 2019-2022 was sold for £4.464bn to Sky Sports and BT sports with the remaining batch of TV rights still to be contested for. Social media giants like Facebook and Amazon are locked in a hot contest to acquire the remaining tranche of the rights. This is a pointer to the fact that the premier league is going to be on top of league football for many years to come.

But what is the reason for the astronomical rise of England’s Premier League? It’s quite simple actually. It’s down to what I call democracy. In England, revenues are shared from top to bottom irrespective of your actual contribution or position at the end of the season. Every club gets a chunk of revenues from domestic and international TV rights. This sets England apart from all the other leagues. In the other leagues, a larger chunk of the revenue generated from TV rights is shared by just the top teams such as what is evident in the Spanish LA Liga, where the top teams Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid take a significant portion and just some few million Euros is shared among the lower cadre. What this means is that while all the clubs in England have enough money to develop their facilities and also court some of the best players anywhere in the world, only the top teams can afford to do that in other parts of Europe.

In England, the best of the best converge. This makes the league competitive. At the start of every season, the top six clubs- Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspur have a chance of winning the league. In the last ten seasons, no one club has won the league back to back. This is not the case in other parts of Europe. Juventus has all but won the Scudetto for the seventh time in a row. In Spain, Barcelona is on course to win the domestic double for the second successive season. Bayern Munich looks likely to win it’s fifth Bundesliga title. The other leagues are not as competitive as the English premier league.

English clubs also boast of some of the best sporting facilities in the world. Tottenham Hotspur just moved into its £1billion stadium at White Hart Lane. Theatre of Dreams, Manchester United’s home ground sits a capacity of over 70, 000 and many other home grounds of these clubs serve as opportunities to hit multiple streams of income such as season tickets and stadium tours. English football fans can go any length to support their clubs including paying huge amounts to watch their team play live and also buy club memorabilia. This is why the English premier league is first among equals.

One industry which is profiting from the growth and spread of football is sports betting. The growth of sports betting has further been fuelled by an increasingly globalized world and rapid internet penetration. Countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Tanzania are seeing a huge expansion in sports betting and other forms of gambling. While there is an influx of sports betting company, just a few have been able to set the pace with best practices and nice betting experience. One of such online sports company is NetBet.

NetBet Sport is an online bookmaker specializing in sports betting.

NetBet which was established in 2001 is considered to be one of the largest and prestigious gaming enterprises in Europe because of its array of unique products ranging from sports, casino, live casino, games, poker and lottery. It’s consistently and attention to details has made it one of the go-to site for online gaming.

NetBet’s reputation is built on a fair and safe-playing experience which guards against scam and fraudulent transactions. NetBet has gambling licenses from the United Kingdom and Malta and this shows that there is no room for fraud or any other hand dealings.

NetBet has continued to set the pace in the online gaming industry by introducing eye-popping innovations and unique product offering. Its comprehensive sportsbook is very popular. There is also a unique innovative lottery section that sees live draws take place every few minutes, as well as the poker client – which offers cash games and tournaments

With over 450 games available to play on site, and with reputable firms such as Playtech, NetEntertainment, Amaya, iSoftBet, Aristocrat and High5Games providing software for NetBet, the world is getting better for online gamers.

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PDP expresses confidence in Saraki

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State yesterday passed a vote of confidence in the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki. In a statement issued after its state executive meeting and made available to newsmen in Ilorin, the party assured Saraki of its continued support and all that he stood for.

Bukola Saraki

The statement, signed by the state Chairman of the party, Kola Shittu, assured Saraki that the party’s executive and members stood firmly behind him in all his struggles to liberate, emancipate and free the country from draconian and autocratic rule and also share in the pains of the present with him in all ramifications.

The statement also thanked Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed for his administration’s giant stride in the various development programmes embarked upon since his assumption of office in 2011. It, however, urged him to continue his good work till the end of his tenure in May.
“The party hereby assures the general public that the Garin-Alimi Underpass, the UITH dual carriage way and the new state secretariat, among other projects already embarked upon by his Excellency, would be completed by the end of his tenure.

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