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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has fixed June 26 for the 2018 admission policy meeting to kick-start the admission process into the nation’s tertiary institutions.

Benjamin said; 
“The main reason for the meeting is to define all modalities for admission of qualified candidates into the nation’s tertiary institutions for the 2018/2019 academic session.
“The board has concluded arrangements for this year’s admission policy meeting with all stakeholders in the education sector.
“This kind of meeting is to give room for contributions as well as ensure fairness and equity in the conduct of the 2018/2019 admission process.
“We are expecting in attendance all heads of tertiary institutions across the country.
“We shall be convening this meeting, for the first time, in the South-West, Osun precisely.
“All the South-West governors have been invited coupled with other critical stakeholders.
“To ensure that there is no misrepresentation of facts or information, there will be a live coverage of the meeting on NTA from 11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m, so that Nigerians can follow the proceedings,” he said.
Benjamin said that in addition, Nigerians would also be able to get first-hand information on how the admission would be conducted, especially the requirements needed.

He assured Nigerians that the board would continue to ensure it brought on board innovations and reforms that would give the candidates an edge over admission process challenges.
“Our determined objective is to ensure that every prospective candidate is treated fairly and equally under a transparent platform.
“We will also continue to strive to open up space for healthy competition.
“As it was done in 2017, this year’s admission process will also be conducted through the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS).
“This system eliminates all human interference in the admission exercise, where candidates are selected purely on the basis of defined criteria,” Benjamin said.



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The MTV Movie and TV Awards gave “Black Panther” its first taste of awards glory, with Marvel’s blockbuster taking home four honors including two awards for its star, Chadwick Boseman.

Boseman quickly handed off his best hero award to James Shaw Jr., who wrestled an assault-style rifle away from a gunman in a Tennessee Waffle House in April. “This is going to live at your house,” Boseman told Shaw, giving him the show’s golden popcorn award.

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The actor said while it was an honor to be recognized for playing a superhero, it was more important to “acknowledge the heroes we have in real life.”

Boseman, who starred as T’Challa in “Black Panther,” also won the award for best performance in a movie. Michael B. Jordan, who played the villain Erik Killmonger, won best villain.

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“Stranger Things” was the top television honoree, winning four awards including a repeat win for best show.

The awards were handed out Saturday and were broadcast Monday night.

The show is known for bringing fresh talent to light, as well as acknowledging established celebrities in more quirky categories like best kiss and most frightened performance. Host Tiffany Haddish donned a variety of costumes throughout the ceremony, including nods to classic film and TV roles such as Holly Golightly from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and Starlet from “The Carol Burnett Show.”

She kicked off the show with a “Black Panther” skit, foreshadowing the film’s big night, noting in her opening monologue that is it the first African-American film to earn more than $1 billion at the box office. Throughout the night, Haddish also parodied other hit films such as “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “A Quiet Place.”

“Black Panther,” about a king and virtuous superhero of the technologically-advanced nation of Wakanda, broke barriers earlier this year as the first Marvel film to feature a black lead. Its massive popularity overshadowed competing films like “Wonder Woman” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Haddish, who also won an award for her breakthrough role in “Girls Trip,” noted that she is the first black woman to host the awards show, which is in its 27th year.

The gay teen comedy “Love, Simon” won for best kiss for a scene between Nick Robinson and Keiynan Lonsdale.

While Robinson wasn’t there to accept the award, Lonsdale gave some encouraging words to LGBTQ youth.

“I just want to say to every kid,” he said. “You can live your dreams and kiss the one that you love no matter what gender.”

In addition to winning best show, kids of “Stranger Things” also won awards for most frightened performance, best musical moment and best performance for Millie Bobby Brown. The actress, who plays Eleven in the series, couldn’t make the event because of a broken kneecap. Brown accepted the award for best performance via satellite.

Other winners included Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom in “Riverdale” for scene stealer, Gal Gadot for best fight as Wonder Woman and the young cast of “It” for best on-screen team.

“Gaga: Fight Foot Two” won the award for best documentary. The Netflix feature followed Lady Gaga during the production of her fifth studio album “Joanne.”

Common presented Lena Waithe with the trailblazer award for her activism, writing and “deeply honest art.”

During her acceptance speech, Waithe paid tribute to “Paris is Burning,” the 1990 documentary released about the drag scene in New York during the late ’80s. She called those documented, many who aren’t alive anymore, “the bravest human beings that ever lived”

“I’m doing what we as a society should have done a long time ago and give them the glory and shine that they deserve,” she said.

Chris Pratt mixed humor and religious messages while accepting the show’s generation award, telling the crowd to “breathe. If you don’t, you’ll suffocate.”

He also urged fans to “learn to pray” and accept that they are imperfect.

The show also featured musical performances by Nick Jonas and Mustard, as well as rising stars and Beyoncé protégés Chloe x Halle.




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The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has given an approval for the commencement of commercial operations of the Abuja Light rail project.

At the weekend, a seven-member technical team from the corporation was in Abuja on a fact-finding mission to ascertain the readiness of rail Project for commercial operations.

The team visited the stations and the rolling stockyard boarding the newly acquired train coaches and also received briefs from the chief resident engineer on the level of completion of the project.

Speaking at the end of the visit, the team leader, Mr Akin Osinowo, explained that the visit was a follow up to the previous one to determine the readiness of the Abuja rail system.

Osinowo added that the visit was also to ascertain if the rail is ready for passenger operations, especially as it relates to safety, engineering and repairs, operation, management and other issues, in line with the Nigerian Railway Act of 1955 and in accordance with global best practices.

He expressed satisfaction at the level of development and work completion and assured the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) that the rail system would receive all technical and regulatory support from the corporation at every level of its operation.

Responding, on behalf of the transportation secretariat, the director of BRT and transport regulation, Engineer Wilson Unogwu assured the team that the administration would constantly interact with the corporation to ensure a seamless take off of Abuja Light Rail Mass Transit.




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The Federal Government says it will shut down the land border between Nigeria and a neigbouring country in a few days time to avoid smuggling of foreign rice into the country. 

Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, made the disclosure in Abuja on Monday while speaking with youths in a leadership clinic under the auspices of Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI). 

Rice-Smugglers intercepted by Customs

Ogbeh who did not mention the particular country and border, said that shutting the borders had become necessary to encourage local production and sustain the economy of the country. 

The minister said that a neighbouring country was bent on destroying the economy of the country and discouraging local production of rice, hence the need to shut down the border. 
“Our other problem is smuggling. As we speak, a neighbor of ours is importing more rice than China is importing. 
“They do not eat parboiled rice, they eat white rice, they use their ports to try and damage our economy. 
“I am telling you now because in a few days, you will hear the border has been shut, we are going to shut it to protect you, us and protect our economy. 
“You will start seeing all sorts of negative things on the internet. 
“Let me tell you why we need to shut the border, I grow rice, I was the first Nigerian to mill rice free of stones, if you plant rice in certain parcels of land, some poisonous materials gets into the rice. 
“There are three kinds of water in their natural state; there is fresh water from the river, salt water from the sea, blackish water. 
“If you go to the Delta in many countries, in South East Asia where they grow the rice, if you plant rice in the same place like four to six years continuously, the quantum of arsenic begins to increase and arsenic causes cancer and that is what they are dumping for us. 
“Some people say they prefer Thai rice because they are very sophisticated, welcome to poison,’’ Ogbeh said. 
He said that the Federal Government in two years reduced rice importation by 95 per cent and increased the number of rice farmers from five million to 30 million. 

The minister said that states like Anambra, Ebonyi, Kebbi, Kano, Jigawa were doing well in rice production. 
“We just have to handwork you to prosperity otherwise, this country will not grow. My wish for you is to have a better time that we had,’’ Ogbeh said. 
The President of GOTNI, Dr Linus Okorie, commended the minister for sharing prosperity experiences with the youth. Okorie noted that the leadership clinic was organised by GOTNI to expose young people to practical leadership principle for life success. 

According to him, GOTNI is committed to changing the narratives of poor leadership in Nigeria by consciously developing the capacities of generational leaders. 
“A lot of young people are asking questions, seeking answers to their questions, wish that they have an experienced person who will hold them by the hands and show them the way to achieve success. 
“There are a few people that are readily available to do this; a lot of them are making decisions everyday on the basis of their limited exposure. 
“If Nigeria must make progress, if we must consciously build the next generation of leaders then, we must expose these young people to experienced leaders that have gone ahead for a conscious transfer of knowledge and experiences,’’ he said. 
Some of the youths who spoke at the meeting called for continuous mentorship from leaders, access to finance and low-interest rates to assist them in businesses. 

GOTNI is a non-profit youth leadership capital development organisation with a passion to nurture various categories of young people under 40 years of age, into transformational leaders.




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The David's Heart who released their debut single earlier this year is out with another beautiful single "Grace" 

Ever felt lucky about the goodness of God you enjoy?? Its much more than luck my friend... God's GRACE has been sufficient for you. David's Heart released the song GRACE to remind us of the wonderful and amazing grace God has blessed us with... This song promises to bless your heart... Listen and be blessed.....







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It has been a wonderful time for young people around Lagos state, with MTN Nigeria's 21 Days Of Y'ello Care. Two weeks have passed since the kick-off of the campaign and a lot has happened...

Apart from the several visits to Skills Acquisition Centres, various divisions in the ICT company have been visiting secondary schools and the lives of the students have been better for it!


MTNers (MTN Staff) know how to make an entrance... At the Community Senior High School, Wasimi, Maryland, Lagos, they came with one purpose - to brighten lives.

Cross section of students and MTNers (MTN Staff) at the Community Senior High School, Wasimi, Maryland, Lagos.

For a day, the staff became students of the Community Senior High School, Wasimi, Maryland, Lagos; inspiring and learning from the students of the school, simultaneously.


Sonny Onyegbula, Senior Manager, Customer Services, MTN Nigeria, introduced the programme to the students, explaining the various ways the programme will benefit them.


And Ugonwa Nwoye, Customer Services Executive, MTN Nigeria spoke about leadership, excellence and how the students can learn to appreciate themselves.


Odunayo Sanya, General Manager, Customer Management, MTN Nigeria gave strong pointers on achieving excellence and the power of  'NO' when they need to stand up for themselves.


Chioma Chimere of Technology Distributions Limited talked about ICT and how the world has greatly evolved since children had to stretch their hands over their ears to get enrolled in school!


Later, we heard an inspiring real-life story on the wrongs of drug abuse from a 20 year old former user...


And Razak Olorunibe of Rhesus Solutions Initiative educated us on Rhesus incompatibility, infant mortality and how to prevent it.


Next up was the Spelling Bee competition that had the school on its feet! The team of 'spellers' huddled together for each question and it was suspenseful!


After nearly thirty minutes of "English-Gymnastics", three winners were announced and they got mouthwatering gifts.


This is Y'ello Care so all the 'spellers' got GIFTS!


The youth empowerment phase of 21 Days Of Y'ello Care did not end in one school. The various divisions in MTN Nigeria headed to schools around Lagos!

MTN Staff and students at the Ilupeju Grammar School, Ilupeju, Lagos.

And there were lots and lots of gifts for everyone...

With all the fun happening, many students got advice from seasoned professionals.

 

Then it wrapped up with a photo session... Now, we are excited for next week. Great work has been done already and with one week left in the 21 Days Of Y'ello Care campaign, we are excited for even more!





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OIT Dynasty Entertainment and Real Beat Planet presents the street ambassador Small Doctor as he decides to dishes us another single just after the huge successful released of Remember here he titled “Thank You” to share his success story and also in appreciation for love and support on his music career from street to stardom.




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Chidinma Asole; a gospel recording artist and worship leader has released a brand new song to mark her birthday today 17 June. The song titled More Than produced by Badbeats by Mr Tee.

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Chidinma Asole is a UK based Nigerian song writer, worshipper, psalmist and gospel music minister. She started singing at a very young age and hails from Orlu in Imo State. By the grace of God she has ministered in various gospel concerts and events within Europe and Nigeria. She's now out with her debut from the album Rhythm from My Soul.

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In what seems to be a follow up to Assurance, Ruffcoin teams up with Davido to serve us this beautiful tune titled Baby Special , the DBigSwish produced song, was Mix and Mastered By MixMonsta, and Guitar By Fiokee

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Rihanna has often attended the Met Gala and remains one of the most anticipated guests thanks to her unique styles. In 2015, she stole the show with a super long yellow Guo Pei dress robe that inspired multiple memes, including one comparing her outfit to an omelet.

On the Graham Norton Show, Rihanna's co-stars, including Carter, teased her about her look, which she herself dubbed "the yellow situation."
"I got a stretch limo, girls...the garmet-" she began.
"The omelet," Paulson said.
"Yeah, the omelet," Rihanna said. "I put it in the car first and then I had to put it on in the car...the train actually had to come out first so I that I wasn't like, dragging it out."
"You must've had some handmaidens," Carter said.
"And it was all choreographed," Rihanna said.
"And were they all in the car with you?" Blanchett asked.
"Yes," Rihanna replied.
"Under the omelet?" Blanchett joked.
"I can't lift that thing by myself," Rihanna said. "Six people helped me up the stairs."
Host Graham Norton asked the singer where the dress is now.
"You wear it every breakfast?" Carter asked.
"All these [outfits], I either keep them in archive or I have to send it back," Rihanna said.



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During the 2016 presidential campaign, the criticisms of Donald Trump came thick and fast: that he was a political amateur, inexperienced in the ways of government, a babe in the swamp of Washington. And yet, he steamrolled his GOP opposition and crushed Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College. In the 18 months since his inauguration, taxes have been slashed, the economy has boomed and “now hiring” signs have sprouted from coast to coast.

Now it’s Trump’s turn to shine on the foreign policy stage. His early overtures to Russia were frustrated by the Democrats’ as-yet-unproven “collusion” charge, but his brand of personal diplomacy with other adversaries has paid off via his carrot-and-stick treatment of China’s Xi Jinping and, most spectacularly, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Trump had the former Little Rocket Man eating out of his hand at the summit last week in Singapore, where the pair signed a four-point document including a pledge to work toward the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

How does he do it? Simple: the Big Dog takes what he wants. Trump puts his best offer on the table first, and then snatches it away at the first sign of hesitation — as he did with Kim in the run-up to the summit. He has no interest in acceding to diplomatic niceties unless (as in his flattery of Kim in Singapore) they further American national interests. Best of all, he doesn’t care who knows it or what they think about it.

Let the sniping begin! “Shockingly weak,” “reality TV,” “a joke,” nattered the usual nabobs of negativism of the Trump-Kim agreement. What had been unthinkable for more than half a century — the American president shaking hands with the leader of the Hermit Kingdom — was suddenly deemed both unremarkable and insufficient. And then, the dogs having barked, and the president’s accomplishment dismissed, the caravan moved on to carp another day.

Because, for the rabid Trump haters, there’s always something to froth about. Before the Singapore summit, the president had infuriated the usual establishment suspects with an offhand remark that he didn’t need much prep work before engaging with Kim, enraging the credentialists, whose outlook on life was formed in late-night cram sessions back at Harvard. That Trump was bringing a lifetime of experience in taking the measure of his man across a bargaining table never occurred to them.

Why, they exclaimed, just look at the hash he made at the G-7 conference in Canada before departing for his rendezvous with Li’l Kim to end the Korean War — Trump’s imposition of tariffs and his refusal to sign the final communique, they complained, had “alienated” some of America’s oldest allies and set off fears of a trade war.
International diplomacy is not a popularity contest or a sewing circle
The pièce de résistance of outrage stemmed from the president’s typically Trumpian parting shot on Twitter slamming Canada’s beta-male prime minister, Justin Trudeau, as “weak and dishonest” and “meek and mild.”

In short, Trudeau, the French popinjay Emmanuel Macron and the colorless Theresa May are now getting the same treatment that, so far, has helped bring Xi and Kim to the table. A pat on the head here, the back of Trump’s hand there, until his opponents realize their best interests actually align with America’s and getting with the program is their best guarantee of self-preservation.

Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, can threaten “resistance” to America all she wants, but any “trade wars” will be nasty, brutish and short, and end with a humiliating climbdown by the European leaders.

In their obsessive quest for “stability,” our Foggy Bottom bonzes forget that nothing lasts forever, including — especially — alliances. Trump’s early skepticism regarding NATO was well-founded, since the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has long outlived its usefulness as a check on Soviet power, but zombie NATO staggers on, even as our European “allies” fail to live up to their obligations to spend at least 2 percent of GDP on defense.

In the past, America has fought wars against Britain, Germany, Japan, Italy, France (during the French and Indian War) and, yes, Canada. At the same time, a war that began in Korea in 1950 may soon be, legally, over. And a fading Russia has already been supplanted in the geopolitical arena by China. Things change.

Trump and his foreign-policy team of Mike Pompeo and John Bolton understand the truth of this dictum from former British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston: “Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.” International diplomacy is not a popularity contest or a sewing circle. Instead, it’s a pit-bull arena in which the toughest breed comes out on top and the rest succumb, fall in line or slink away. Always bet on the big dog.




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Michael Walsh - an author, screenwriter and contributing editor at PJ Media and American Greatness. His new book, “Fiery Angel,” is out now.



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It was cruel on the Super Eagles but the Croats were just that bit better with definitely more experience even when they did not really light up the match. For the Nigerians, there is still a chance but it just got harder but they have to cut out the mistakes.

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Beyonce and Jay-Z just dropped a joint album Everything Is Love and it is indeed, EVERYTHING.

We thought we had plans tonight but turns out we’ll be busy memorizing the latest release from The Carters now that they have treated fans to a surprise project exclusively on Tidal.

The featured track is “Ape Shit” and Ricky Saiz-directed music video for the single was shot at the Louve in Paris in May. The video is a stunning six minutes of splendour that features Bey in so many incredible looks my head is still spinning.

Watching Beyonce rock a spandex Burberry two-piece bodysuit, a pink power suit, or a gorgeous white couture gown while spitting lyrics that highlight how far she and her husband have come is almost too much to take.
“I can’t believe we made it, This is why we thankful, I can’t believe we made it, Have you ever seen a crowd ape sh*t? Pay me my check, Put some respect on my check. Pay me in equity, watch me reverse out of debt. He got a bad bit%#h, We living’ lavish…”
Last time we checked, we weren’t even allowed to snap a photo of The Mona Lisa at The Louvre so it’s kind of a big deal that Mr. And Mrs. Carter snagged the location for this masterpiece.

Although we suspected that Beyonce and Jay-Z would release new music ahead of their On The Run IItour, we’re pretty shocked that they decided to drop the joint project after the kick off on June 6.





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