BELGIAN BOY LAURENT SIMONS HEADS OFF TO UNIVERSITY AGED 8

** A Belgian boy has graduated secondary school aged eight after completing six years’ study in just a year and a half. Laurent Simons, whose father is Belgian and mother Dutch, and has an IQ of 145 according to his parents, collected a diploma with a class of 18-year-olds.

Speaking to Belgium’s RTBF radio, Laurent said his favourite subject was maths “because it’s so vast, there’s statistics, geometry, algebra”. After a two-month holiday from school, he will start university.

Laurent said he had considered becoming a surgeon and an astronaut but was now thinking about going into computers.

TRENDING

*. Two goals – one in each half from Edinson Cavani — gave Uruguay a 2-1 win over Portugal. Even though the Uruguayans conceded for the first time in the 2018 World Cup, they march to the quarterfinal against France. This could be the end of Cristiano Ronaldo, who at 33, must know he can not get his hands on the biggest football prize anymore and he still failed to score in the second round of the FIFA World Cup. Uruguay were ahead as early as the seventh minute

*. Rabiu Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress who is increasingly becoming estranged from the ruling party, has said President Muhammadu Buhari will be defeated in 2019. He identified the Peoples Democratic Party as the most potent opposition platform capable of defeating the incumbent in the upcoming presidential election fixed for next February, and swiftly added that he is the suitable candidate to fly the party’s flag to victory.

NEWS FLASH

1. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Senate President Bukola Saraki has accused security chiefs of lack of proper coordination.
He said while the security architecture in the country has “failed”, some of the security officials overseeing security in the country do not talk to one another. Saraki was speaking on Saturday when he visited communities affected by a rainstorm in Ilorin, Kwara state. While lamenting the killings in different states, Saraki said the issue is “not something to be politicised” but is about the interest of Nigerians. “If somebody is not capable and cannot do what he has to do, let others have the opportunity to do it,” he said.

2. GOVERNORS FORUM:
The Nigeria Governors Forum on Friday threatened to pressurize President Buhari to relieve security chiefs of their duty, if they cannot stay on top of security challenges bedeviling the country. The threat was made by Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, when members paid a condolence visit to Governor Simon Lalong, over last weekend killing of around 200 persons in some villages in Plateau State. Yari said, “We are here to console you, the families of the victims and the entire people of Plateau State for this unfortunate thing that happened to the State.

3. INEC:
INEC says it will soon release the full report of its investigation into alleged underage voting in the Kano election report. INEC chairman, disclosed this during an interaction with political editors of media organisations in Lagos. The commission had earlier said its voter register was not used by the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) for the February local government poll. Yakubu, however, said based on the demand by some stakeholders, the commission will release the report submitted by the committee set up to investigate the allegations.

4. ECONOMY:
The Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) appears to be set for a long drawn battle with NNPC over alleged non-remittance of N20billion to the federation account by the corporation.
Chairman of the Finance Commissioners Forum, Mr. Mamood Yunusa, told reporters last night in Abuja that the NNPC must pay fully what is due to FAAC.
Yunusa said the national oil company remitted N127 billion as May earnings instead of N147 billion, leaving a shortfall of N20 billion.

5. #2019 ELECTION:
Less than a week after the All Progressives Congress (APC) held its national convention amid deep disaffection, a fresh crisis appears to be brewing in the party. Some governors in conjunction with a former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as well as some top security officers are alleged to have commenced moves against the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, principally to replace him as Director-General of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 campaign. This development is said to be connected to scheming ahead of the 2023 presidential run.

6. POLITICS:
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said he is prepared to go to the United States if the country’s diplomatic authorities approve his application for visa. Mr Abubakar, vice president from 1999-2007, has not been able to travel to the U.S. since he left office. “If America says come today, I will board the flight and go there soonest,” Mr Abubakar told political columnist Dele Momodu. Mr Momodu has been interviewing potential presidential candidates in 2019 elections, and he spoke with Mr Abubakar earlier this week as part of the series.

7. POLITICS:
Mr. Peter Obi, has stressed that he is not in politics for position but as a loyal party man to contribute in building a better Nigeria for the benefit of all Nigerians. Obi made the clarification while responding to media inquiries while attending the 242nd US Independence ceremony on Saturday. Asked to confirm if it is true that he has been chosen as the vice presidential candidate of PDP for the 2019 elections, Obi threw the question back, asking: “Do you choose the vice presidential candidate before the emergence of the presidential candidate?”

8. ENTERTAINMENT:
AT a time where lots of music artistes are without shows despite being in the music industry for years, singer Wizkid is on Social Media boasting about being booked for 3 years. The singer has been making major waves since the beginning of the year and it’s safe to say that he’s currently at the peak of his musical career. The 27 years old took to his Twitter page to share that he’s already been booked for shows for the next three years.

9. #RUSSIA 2018:
As global superstars Messi and Ronaldo depart the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup, a new teenage star Kylian Adesanmi Mbappé is born. The PSG star who plays for the French national team was born with a middle name Adesanmi and while that is clearly a Nigerian name, no ties had been found between the 18-year-old and Nigeria.
Several reports, however, have it that Mbappe’s father Wilfred Mbappe has Cameroonian and Nigerian roots. Wilfred Mbappe a Cameroon refugee who migrated to France got married to Algerian-French lady Fayza.

10. SPORTS:
Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano has announced his retirement from international football. His decision to quit the Argentina national team is coming on the heels of his side’s 4-3 loss to France in the round of 16 of the World Cup on Saturday. “This story has ended. We gave it our everything until the end,” the former Barcelona and Liverpool man told reporters after the match. “It cost us so much to lift ourselves up again. From this point on I will be just another fan of the Argentina national team. It is over. The illusion is shattered.

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