CROATIAN POLITICIANS WEAR COUNTRY JERSEY TO WORK
** The 2018 World Cup tournament certainly is quite an interesting one as country, Croatia which is one of the underrated countries that was expected to leave the game at the early stage, took many by surprise as they fought their way to the finals.
Come Sunday, the Eastern European country will be competing with France on Sunday for the winner of Russia 2018 World Cup.
To show support to their country and as a way of motivating the players, Croatian Politicians turned up to work wearing their jersey.
“. Former Napoli manager, Maurizio Sarri on Friday agreed terms with Chelsea to become the club’s new manager after Antonio Conte was sacked on Thursday.
Recall that Conte was sacked after spending two years at the Stamford Bridge. Sky Sports reports that Sarri has finalized terms with the West London club, with Chelsea legend, Giafranco Zola set to join the coaching staff as his assistant. The report claimed that Sarri will be announced as the new Chelsea manager within the next 48 hours.
*. Governor Fayose has taken the 2018 Ekiti election battle to the next level Fayose was seen clutching a bible on his left hand and laying his right hand on Kolapo Olusola, PDP governorship candidate in Saturday’s election.
Olusola, a professor, PDP gubernatorial candidate in Ekiti state. Fayose has endorsed him as his successor. “I disarm your enemies; I disarm them, I disarm them… I disarm Buhari in the name of Jesus! It is done. The Lord said I should congratulate you.”
1. FOREIGN SCENE:
The US Justice Department yesterday announced indictments against 12 Russian nationals as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, accusing them of engaging in a “sustained effort” to hack Democrats’ emails and computer networks. All 12 defendants are members of the GRU, a Russian federation intelligence agency within the main intelligence directorate of the Russian military, who were acting in “their official capacities.” The new revelations provide more detail on the sophisticated assault on the US election in 2016,
2. FOREIGN SCENE:
The 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama has said he’ll be coming to Africa this week. The father-of-two made the announcement via his Facebook page and went on to recommend amazing African literary works he’s found inspiring. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel, Americanah, was one of the novels he recommended for summer reading. He wrote: This week, I’m traveling to Africa for the first time since I left office – a continent of wonderful diversity, thriving culture, and remarkable stories.
3. AFRICAN ISSUES:
Over 100 Nigerians who went to Russia to watch the world cup and had intentions of staying back to pursue a better life in Moscow, are currently stranded. The stranded Nigerians have for some days now camped in front of the Nigerian Embassy, waiting for help to be relocated back home. Narrating their ordeal to AFP, two brothers said they were approached by fellow Nigerians and told that, should their dreams of soccer stardom not work out once they get to Russia, they would easily find other well-paying jobs in Russia. They paid $300 each for fan’s passport of the World Cup
President Buhari will on Sunday depart for the Netherlands to participate in activities to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), at The Hague. Mr Buhari was invited to deliver a keynote address during the “Solemn Hearing” to commemorate the anniversary at Courtroom 1 of the ICC’s Headquarters at The Hague, his office said in a statement. It also said after the event at the Courtroom, Mr Buhari will have a bilateral meeting with the ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda.
Tunde Bakare, senior pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Lagos, says he and Kemi Adeosun, minister of finance, were at the villa for different reasons. Addressing reporters on his way out of the presidential villa after over an hour with President Buhari, Bakare said he did not go to Buhari on Adeosun’s behalf, explaining that they met at the entrance of the villa.
“Our visit was not related. We met at the entrance of the villa,” he told reporters before leaving. While the pastor left around 4pm, Adeosun departed the villa 35 minutes later. They both arrived at 2:30pm
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Nigeria’s economic outlook for 2018 remains challenging as private sector lending remains low and foreign exchange inflows are mostly short-term. IMF in a statement issued in Washington on Friday by Lucie Fouda, the Fund’s Press Officer, said higher oil prices and portfolio flows had helped strengthen fiscal and external buffers. It added that action on a coherent set of policies to reduce vulnerabilities and increase growth over the medium term remained urgent.
Olusegun Obasanjo today met behind closed doors with PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus, Chief Olabode George, and members of the National Working Committee of the party. The meeting was held in Oke Ona hall, at the Green Legacy wing in the Olusegun Obasanjo’s Presidential Library complex, Abeokuta.
Secondus had earlier informed newsmen of the Saturday’s meeting, saying the consultation had become necessary to get direction from the former president and to tap from his wealth of experience.
8. #EKITI ELECTION:
There was a massive turnout of voters in Ekiti as the accreditation and voting processes got underway in Saturday’s governorship election. Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) monitoring the election across the three senatorial districts of the state report that many voters had arrived their polling units as early as 6.30 a.m. to wait for election officials. Across many polling units in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, there was an impressive turnout of enthusiastic voters determined to exercise their civic responsibilities
9. NIGERIAN POLICE:
The Nigeria Police Force yesterday said allegations by Governor Ayo Fayose that he was slapped and kicked by a policeman were false. The Police also said the governor was just being overdramatic. The Police said it investigated the matter by inviting the Aide-de-camp (ADC) and the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the Governor. Both officers according to the Police said nothing of such happened despite the governor’s claims that the police shot at him and fired teargas that blinded him. This was disclosed by the Force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, on a television programme
FIFA president, Gianni Infantino has announced that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played between November 21 through December 18. Infantino, however, failed to confirm the number of participating teams.
The next edition of the tournament will switch to the winter months because of the summer climate in Qatar.
“The dates for the World Cup are set. It will played in Qatar from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18, 2022.
“The leagues are all aware and they will have to adapt their calendars as a consequence.