The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has imposed a 10,000 Swiss Francs fine on both the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) and the Serbian Football Federation for the misconduct of their fans.
FIFA said in a statement on Thursday that the disciplinary measure, which was in line with article 67 of its Disciplinary Code, was in relation to discriminatory and insulting chants by the fans.
The Mexicans committed the offence during the first half of the 2018 FIFA World Cup match played between Germany and Mexico on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Colossus Gists reports that the Group F opening match ended 1-0 in favour of Mexico.
“The decision was passed after a thorough assessment of the relevant match reports, the FMF’s precedents and the evidence provided.
“The evidence included videotapes of the incidents and examples of certain sustainable actions taken by the FMF to raise awareness among its supporters.
“Moreover, the Disciplinary Committee gave a warning to the FMF, who may face additional sanctions in case of repeated infringements of this type,’’ the committee said in the statement.
The Disciplinary Committee, chaired by a Ghanaian, Yeboah Anin, also sanctioned the Serbian Football Association with a fine of 10,000 Swiss Francs for the display of an offensive and political banner by Serbian fans.
This reportedly occurred during the Group E match played between Serbia and Costa Rica on Sunday at the Samara Arena.
The committee added that it took its decisions after analysing all specific circumstances of each case.
“These, in particular, were the match officials’ reports, the position adopted by the association (if any), as well as the relevant evidence available.
“This included the report of the anti-discrimination match observers, who have been deployed for the first time at a FIFA World Cup,’’ it said.
FIFA has a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination and has stated it would not tolerate such behaviour from fans in the stadium.
A series of measures to fight discrimination and promote diversity have been implemented, including an anti-discrimination monitoring system, which has been active since 2015.
“This has been in place to observe and report on all 871 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and all matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup,’’ the committee said in the statement.
Furthermore, FIFA has published a Good Practice Guide on Diversity and Anti-Discrimination to support all of its member associations.
“In general terms, FIFA calls on all fans to come to the stadiums in a spirit of unity, peace and friendship,’’ the committee added.
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A mourner of XXXTentacion ties balloons to a pole at a memorial in Deerfield Beach, Fla., on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Police have made an arrest in the murder of 20-year-old rapper XXXTentacion, shot dead outside a Florida motorcycle dealership earlier this week. A 22-year-old was taken into custody Wednesday on a charge of first-degree murder, the Broward County Sheriff's Office confirms, per the Independent, identifying the man as Dedrick Devonshay Williams of Pompano Beach.
Dedrick Devonshay Williams. (Broward County Sheriff's Office via AP)
Held without bond in Broward County Jail, he has been hit with at least 11 felony charges, with previous arrests for grand theft auto, cocaine possession, weapons possession, domestic violence, and aggravated assault with a firearm, per TMZ. He allegedly held a gun to his girlfriend's head in 2014.
His arrest Wednesday also led to probation violations for car theft and driving without a valid license, per the Independent.
Police initially described two suspects in Monday's shooting in Deerfield Beach. It's unclear if more arrests are expected.
News of Williams' arrest first circulated at a Wednesday memorial for XXXTentacion, real name Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy. It came a day after the rapper posthumously broke Taylor Swift's record for most Spotify streams in one day.
Tuesday's 10.4 million streams of his song "Sad!" topped the 10.1 million streams of Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" on Aug. 25, 2017, per Billboard.
This undated mugshot shows rapper XXXTentacion. (Miami-Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation Department via AP)
That and more of the rapper's accomplishments are to be celebrated Sunday at a charity event XXXTentacion reportedly planned before his death, now described as his "final wish," per NME and XXL. (An ex-girlfriend tells of XXXTentacion's dark side.)
The Governing Council of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has dismissed Prof. Richard Akindele who was allegedly involved in a sex-for-marks scandal. The Vice-Chancellor of OAU, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, announced Akindele’s dismissal in a statement on Wednesday in Ile-Ife.
Ogunbodede had, on April 19, confirmed Akindele’s suspension pending the findings of the investigative panel.
A student undergoing the Masters of Business programme, Miss Monica Osagie, had released a recorded telephone conversation, which went viral, in which the lecturer, identified as Akindele, demanded five rounds of sex to enhance Monica’s marks.
Ogunbodede said that the University Senate at its meeting on June 14 considered the committee’s findings that Akindele had an inappropriate relationship with his student.
He said this was established through their conversation in the audio recording, his reply to the query, the oral evidence and the printed ‘WhatsApp conversations’ tendered before the committee.
The vice-chancellor said Akindele had acted in a manner that compromised his position as a teacher and examiner, in that his conversations with Monica Osagie were about examination scores and inducement of favour for the alteration of examination scores.
“He offered to change Miss Osagie’s purported “33%” result to a pass mark in consideration for sexual favours; this was established in the audio recording which he admitted.
“His claim that Miss Osagie knew that she had passed with a score of ‘45’ but was seeking to score an ‘A’ and that this led to him being sexually harassed by Miss Osagie cannot be supported by any evidence.
“Professor Akindele’s actions in requesting sexual favours from Miss Osagie to change her examination scores was scandalous behaviour that has brought ridicule to the name of the university and has tarnished the reputation of the university, as it portrays the university as an institution where its teachers and examiners trademarks for sexual favours.
“From the evidence, Miss Osagie had no idea that she scored ‘45’, a pass mark as later claimed by Professor Akindele, although she later found out she did not fail the course.
“Professor Akindele’s claim that he reported Miss Osagie’s ‘harassment’ to his colleagues cannot be supported by any evidence, as all his colleagues denied it and one mentioned that she only talked about the matter with him after the audio recording was released over the internet.
“Professor Akindele operated in a position of power and authority over Miss Osagie and as such, sexually harassed her.
“Professor Akindele was liable for all the allegations of misconduct levelled against him.’’
The vice-chancellor said the Senate recommended that Akindele, having been found liable on all the allegations against him, should be dismissed from the services of the university.
“The Council, at its meeting of today, Wednesday, 20th of June, 2018, having considered the recommendation of Senate, as well as the report of the Joint Committee of Council and Senate, decided that Professor Richard I. Akindele should be dismissed from the services of the university for gross misconduct.
“The university has also taken further steps to ensure the total elimination of Sexual Harassment (SH) in the OAU community.
“The university has a legal duty to prevent sexual and gender-based harassment within the institution and ensure that both men and women are protected from this menace; and thereby provide conducive environment for teaching and learning,’’ he said.
Ogunbodede said in order to create a conducive environment for teaching and learning, the university was creating more awareness and disseminating information on what constitutes sexual harassment within the university.
He said the veracity of sexual harassment concepts include sexual solicitation and advances, sex exploitation, prostitution, seduction, pimping, sexual assault, unwanted touching, vulgarly sexual jokes and rape, among others.
Ogunbodede said that OAU was fully committed to the eradication of sexual and other types of harassment from the university and would do all that is possible to curb them.
“OAU has zero tolerance for sexual harassment and as a renowned university, will do everything humanly possible to maintain the rules and regulations of the university,’’ he said.
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Man can’t just stop scoring. He scored his fourth goal at Russia 2018 yesterday. The lone goal Portugal defeated Morocco by was scored by the man of the hour, making him the leading goal scorer in international games.
No wonder Twitter went crazy when he headed in on four minutes.
With 85 goals, he has only Iran’s Ali Dae ahead of him. And maybe that’s how you know exceptional players: apart from Ronaldo’s goal, Portugal was below par for the rest of the game.
Morocco was better for most of the second half but the difference was Ronaldo; they didn’t have that extra spark of brilliance that could turn things around.
In the other group B match, Spain’s blushes were spared courtesy of a Diego Costa deflected goal. Iran had had a goal ruled out for offside in the first half- blame the VAR system that was introduced at the beginning of the tournament.
Defender Ramin Rezaeian kicked the ball into Diego Costa and left their goalkeeper stranded. That one goal was enough to lift Spain into second place after Portugal and effectively dump Iran and Morocco out.
All the permutations Egypt would have been scheming came to nought: they’re out. Uruguay defeated Saudi Arabia to condemn the whipping boys of the group and Mo Salah’s Egypt to an early exit.
Having conceded five in the first game against Russia, the Saudis tighten their defence and limited Uruguay to a single goal. On his 100th international appearance, Luis Suarez popped up unmarked to score in the first half.
How cute it was that he chose that moment to cheekily announce that he and his wife were expecting their third child together.
Saudi Arabia now have one of the worst statistics in world cup history: in the last twenty-four years, they have yet to secure a win at the world cup. They’ll be hoping to change that in their dead rubber game against Egypt.
Mo Salah too will have something to prove in spite of his country’s lacklustre outing in Russia.
That ‘GOAT’ cover is haunting Lionel Messi. It wasn’t enough that Ronaldo mocked it by stroking his chin in the game against Spain, the Portuguese is now growing out his goatee, essentially telling the world that he is the greatest, not Messi- who had a forgettable game against Iceland.
Today, Argentina take on Croatia. They need to win comfortably as Nigeria could get a big win against Iceland and leave them worried. Messi too, for all intent and purposes, needs to make his mark. His rival has a four-goal head start already. Not sure Messi can bag a haul against the intense Croats.
The other games today are Group C fixtures between Denmark and Australia as well as France and Peru.
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Chances are you've experienced constipation at one point or another. If the problem is more than occasional or includes severe pain or bleeding, it's important to check it with your doctor, as these symptoms can be a sign of a more serious digestive disorder.
But in most cases, constipation is just a sign that your diet needs more fibre and likely fluid as well.
Watermelon doesn’t have a lot of fibre, but it’s 92% water, and that can encourage a bowel movement. It’s also full of nutrients, with antioxidants that help protect your cells, as well as vitamins A, B, and C, which helps shield you from Ultraviolet rays.
Popcorn is a great low-calorie way to get more fibre in your diet. So, it’s not just a perfect movie food, it can be a healthy snack any time, as long as it does not contain too much salt and butter.
This sweet fruit is packed with vitamins and antioxidants, and it has a lot of fibre and water, which can help with constipation. One pear has only about 60 calories.
This is one of the simplest things to do to deal with constipation. So, when you are constipated, endeavour to down several cups of water and this can help get you back on track.
E. Wheat bread
If you want to keep constipation at bay, the bread you eat should be made from 100 per cent whole grains or wheat. Whole-grain pieces of bread are low in fat and high in dietary fibre which can relieve constipation.
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In a bid to improve the fitness level of Nigerians, Pan-African payment card company Verve International on Saturday the 16th of June 2018 at the Landmark events centre successfully engaged fitness loving citizens with a number of exciting, body and transformational workout and healthy living sessions. The guests had an opportunity to network and break a sweat at the same time.
Verve decided to up the ante this year after a successful 1st edition Of Verve Life that held last year by increasing the number of participants through proper sensitization for the event.
This year’s edition themed “Zero Excuses” was aimed at encouraging both fitness enthusiasts and individuals who are not so keen on exercising that they have no excuse to work out, be healthy, stay fit and generally endeavour to lead healthier lives.
The event which took place at the same venue as last year’s edition, however with much larger participation, was richly attended by corporate executives, celebrities, and individuals from all walks of life.
Nobody was left out of the event as even the pregnant women had a session of where they were engaged in exercises to ease delivery at childbirth.
The children also had a variety of games to play as well as exercises that will improve their intellectual development. All attendees were treated to a delightful morning with fitness challenges and masterclasses on Boxing, Strength and Conditioning, Dance, Yoga, Zumba, Martial Arts and Nutrition.
We can't wait for the next edition!!!!
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A Nigerian man identified as Goodluck, has taken to social media to reveal how his wife gave him the surprise of his life after their landlord came to the house to request for their rent, a month after the previous one expired.
Narrating how it happened, Goodluck said:
“My wife surprised me today. My landlord came to my flat today and embarrassed me by shouting to the hearing of the whole neighbours that my rent expired last month and he needed repayment.
As for me, my pocket is not telling me good story, but surprisingly I mean to my greatest surprise, my sweet wife felt humiliated and dragged me inside her room and brought something out which she asked me to break open.
I obeyed and used a hammer to break it open. My people do you know what I saw? It was money and I counted it diligently to be #147,400. Men I no fit shout. I called the landlord immediately to send me his account no.
Advice, please marry a good wife like mine, you would be happy always and please if you see my angel thank her for me. She saved my face.”
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Graduation is a time for families to celebrate their loved one’s success, however, this year will be extra special for a Nigerian family who have fallen in love with the University of Dundee.
Sulaiman Badmus, who graduated today in Mechanical Engineering will soon witness his father Abdulwaheed Badmus feel the tap of the Dundee bonnet as he graduates from Scottish Law tomorrow.
The pair will follow in the footsteps of Sulaiman's sister, Mariam, who graduated from the University two years ago. Meanwhile, Abdulwaheed’s wife, Khadijat, who will be watching the ceremony, is also due to finish her own degree in Scottish Law later this year.
Sulamain said that the friendliness of Scottish people initially attracted the Badmus family from Ibadan in Nigeria to Scotland.
“Everything is wonderful about Dundee. We think it is marvellous. We were able to integrate so quickly into Scottish culture and feel much more involved here than anywhere else.”
“Dundee is an excellent example of inclusive education, it is laudable and something we, as graduates, should be proud of.
"Studying in Dundee is like a second chance. I will be 55-years-old next year and the University helped me to start a new career with a promising future. Dundee sets the pace for inclusive education for all, irrespective of family backgrounds and ethnic diversities.
“No matter who you are and where you are from, I think that Scottish education can help you become who you want to be.”
After graduating, Abdulwaheed says the family intends to continue to practice law in Scotland.
“We don’t just want to stay here in Scotland. We want to work here and run our own family law for and be ambassadors of the University. All of this wouldn’t have been possible without the University.”
Photo Credit: University of Dundee, Scotland
President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the 2018 Appropriation Bill into law. The President assented to the bill on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
In his remarks, President Buhari thanked the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and all the lawmakers for passing the 2018 Appropriation Bill.
He, however, noted that
“When I submitted the 2018 Budget proposals to the National Assembly on 7th November 2017, I had hoped that the usual legislative review process would be quick, so as to move Nigeria towards a predictable January-December financial year.”
The President said he is determined to continue working with the National Assembly to improve the budgeting process and restoring Nigeria to the January-December fiscal cycle.
He explained that the Federal Government’s budget represents less than 10 per cent of the aggregate yearly expenditures in the economy.
President Buhari also revealed that the budget has “a very significant accelerator effect” on the financial plans of other tiers of government, as well as the private sector which mostly operates on a January-December financial year.
Recall that President Buhari had submitted a budget proposal of N8.612 trillion to the National Assembly on November 7, 2017.
The lawmakers, however, increased the proposal by N508 billion to N9.12 trillion, when they passed the Appropriation Bill on May 16, 2018 – six months after it was presented.
The President signed the budget in the company of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.
Some of the ministers, who witnessed the signing are Senator Udo Udoma (Budget and National Planning), Lai Mohammed (Information and Culture), and Kemi Adeosun (Finance).
SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, AT THE SIGNING INTO LAW, THE 2018 APPROPRIATION BILL, PRESIDENTIAL VILLA, ABUJA,
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2018
I would like to thank the leadership of the National Assembly, particularly the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as well as all the Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members, for passing the 2018 Appropriation Bill, after seven months.
2. When I submitted the 2018 Budget proposals to the National Assembly on 7th November 2017, I had hoped that the usual legislative review process would be quick, so as to move Nigeria towards a predictable January-December financial year. The importance of this predictability cannot be overemphasized.
3. While the Federal Government’s budget represents less than 10% of aggregate yearly expenditures in the economy, it has a very significant accelerator effect on the financial plans of other tiers of government, and even more importantly, the private sector, which mostly operates on a January-December financial year.
4. Notwithstanding the delay this year, I am determined to continue to work with the National Assembly towards improving the budgeting process and restoring our country to the January-December fiscal cycle.
5. I note, with pleasure, that the National Assembly is working on the enactment of an Organic Budget Law, so as to improve the efficiency of the nation’s budgetary process.
6. As I mentioned during the presentation of the 2018 Appropriation Bill, we intend to use the 2018 Budget to consolidate the achievements of previous budgets and deliver on Nigeria’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017-2020.
7. It is in this regard that I am concerned about some of the changes that the National Assembly has made to the budget proposals that I presented. The logic behind the Constitutional direction that budgets should be proposed by the Executive is that, it is the Executive that knows and defines its policies and projects.
8. Unfortunately, that has not been given much regard in what has been sent to me. The National Assembly made cuts amounting to 347 billion Naira in the allocations to 4,700 projects submitted to them for consideration and introduced 6,403 projects of their own amounting to 578 billion Naira.
9. Many of the projects cut are critical and may be difficult, if not impossible, to implement with the reduced allocation. Some of the new projects inserted by the National Assembly have not been properly conceptualized, designed and costed and will therefore be difficult to execute.
10. Furthermore, many of these new projects introduced by the National Assembly have been added to the budgets of most MDAs with no consideration for institutional capacity to execute them or the incremental recurrent expenditure that may be required.
11. As it is, some of these projects relate to matters that are the responsibility of the States and Local Governments, and for which the Federal Government should therefore not be unduly burdened.
12. Such examples of projects from which cuts were made are as follows:
a. The provisions for some nationally/regionally strategic infrastructure projects such as Counter-part funding for the Mambilla Power Plant, Second Niger Bridge/ancillary roads, the East-West Road, Bonny-Bodo Road, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and Itakpe-Ajaokuta Rail Project were cut by an aggregate of 11.5 billion Naira.
b. Similarly, provisions for some ongoing critical infrastructure projects in the FCT, Abuja especially major arterial roads and the mass transit rail project, were cut by a total of 7.5 billion Naira.
c. The provision for Rehabilitation and Additional Security Measures for the United Nations Building by the FCT, Abuja was cut by 3.9 billion Naira from 4 billion Naira to 100 million Naira; this will make it impossible for the Federal Government of Nigeria to fulfil its commitment to the United Nations on this project.
d. The provisions for various Strategic Interventions in the health sector such as the upgrade of some tertiary health institutions, transport and storage of vaccines through the cold chain supply system, provision of anti-retroviral drugs for persons on treatment, establishment of chemotherapy centres and procurement of dialysis consumables were cut by an aggregate amount of 7.45 billion Naira.
e. The provision for security infrastructure in the 104 Unity Schools across the country were cut by 3 billion Naira at a time when securing our students against acts of terrorism ought to be a major concern of government.
f. The provision for the Federal Government’s National Housing Programme was cut by 8.7 billion Naira.
g. At a time when we are working with Labour to address compensation-related issues, a total of 5 billion Naira was cut from the provisions for Pension Redemption Fund and Public Service Wage Adjustment.
h. The provisions for Export Expansion Grant (EEG) and Special Economic Zones/Industrial Parks, which are key industrialization initiatives of this Administration, were cut by a total of 14.5 billion Naira.
i. The provision for Construction of the Terminal Building at Enugu Airport was cut from 2 billion Naira to 500 million Naira which will further delay the completion of this critical project.
j. The Take-off Grant for the Maritime University in Delta State, a key strategic initiative of the Federal Government, was cut from 5 billion Naira to 3.4 billion Naira.
k. About seventy (70) new road projects have been inserted into the budget of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. In doing so, the National Assembly applied some of the additional funds expected from the upward review of the oil price benchmark to the Ministry’s vote. Regrettably, however, in order to make provision for some of the new roads, the amounts allocated to some strategic major roads have been cut by the National Assembly.
13. Another area of concern is the increase by the National Assembly of the provisions for Statutory Transfers by an aggregate of 73.96 billion Naira. Most of these increases are for recurrent expenditure at a time we are trying to keep down the cost of governance.
14. An example of this increase is the budget of the National Assembly itself which has increased by 14.5 billion Naira, from 125 billion Naira to 139.5 billion Naira without any discussion with the Executive.
15. Notwithstanding the above stated observations, I have decided to sign the 2018 Budget in order not to further slow down the pace of recovery of our economy, which has doubtlessly been affected by the delay in passing the budget.
16. However, it is my intention to seek to remedy some of the most critical of these issues through a supplementary and/or amendment budget which I hope the National Assembly will be able to expeditiously consider.
17. I am pleased with the success recorded in the implementation of the 2017 Budget. A total sum of 1.5 trillion Naira has been released for the implementation of capital projects during the 2017 fiscal year. In response to this and other policy measures implemented, we have observed significant improvement in the performance of the Nigerian economy.
18. To achieve the laudable objectives of the 2018 Budget, we will work very hard to generate the revenues required to finance our projects and programmes. The positive global oil market outlook, as well as continuing improvement in non-oil revenues, make us optimistic about our ability to finance the budget.
19. However, being a deficit budget, the Borrowing Plan will be forwarded to the National Assembly shortly. I crave the indulgence of the National Assembly for a speedy consideration and approval of the Plan.
20. The 2018 Budget I have just signed into law provides for aggregate expenditures of 9.12 trillion Naira, which is 22.6% higher than the 2017 Appropriation. Further details of the approved budget will be provided by the Minister of Budget and National Planning.
21. I thank the Ministers of Budget and National Planning, the Budget Office of the Federation, and everyone who worked tirelessly and sacrificed so much to bring us to this day. However, the job is only partly done.
22. I am sure you will remain committed to advancing our Change Agenda, not only in the preparation of the national budget but also in ensuring its effective implementation.
I thank you and may God bless Nigeria.
Amb Hussaini Coomassie urged Nigerians especially the youth to embrace peace and be prayerful, he said peace & harmony with prayers are joint applications that are needed for the forthcoming general elections in 2019, he made this known at the BANI COOMASSIE Eid prayer ground in Katsina.
Ambassador Coomassie is the Deputy Coordinator of the Buhari Campaign Organization, North West Zone, according to him, with Allah by his side he is certain to deliver bulky votes for President Buhari come 2019.
He also advised the Nigerian youth especially those in the northern part of this country to stay off drugs and should avoid been used as political tools by desperate politicians.
Francis Uzoho claims to be 19 years old. On this issue, Colin Udoh, the former press officer of the Super Eagles, has added his voice to the ongoing controversy over the real age of Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho.
Udoh took to his Twitter handle on Tuesday to share a picture of Uzoho at 14 in 2013 at the Under 17 camp, adding that looks are not determinants of age.
At 19, Uzoho is the youngest player in the 2018 World Cup.
See his tweet below: