Tech: The Disney-Fox deal could create a Hollywood giant (DIS, FOX)

Disney is already the leading movie studio. By adding assets from 21st Century Fox, it could become the dominant one. Disney’s plans to acquire most of the assets of 21st Century Fox could reshape Hollywood. Assuming the $52.4 billion deal goes through, the Mouse House will get the rights to the “Avatar” movies, full control over movies based on Marvel’s X-men characters, and the rights to distribute the original “Star Wars” movie. As we can see in this chart from Statista, Disney was already the top movie studio; adding on Fox’s assets should cement its lead.
But the move is about more than movies. The deal includes Fox’s 30% stake in Hulu, which would make Disney the majority owner of the streaming service and put it in a good position to compete with Netflix.

Tech: Mark Zuckerberg says technology could be a solution for America’s broken school system

In a letter posted to Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg said that technology is the solution to providing students with a more “personalized” education.
In a letter posted to Facebook, Zuckerberg outlined his “lessons on philanthropy” in 2017.
Zuckerberg asserted that technology is part of the solution to improving education in the US. He wants to build tools that empower teachers.
Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have sold more than $900 million worth of Facebook shares this year to fund programs that bolster schools.
In a letter posted to Facebook on Wednesday, Mark Zuckerberg reflected on what he and wife Priscilla Chan have learned about philanthropy in 2017. One of his biggest takeaways was that improving education will be among the biggest challenges that the next generation faces.
Zuckerberg thinks he has a fix for a broken school system: more technology.

Atiku Abubakar: Fr. Mbaka says ex-VP has what it takes to make Nigerians smile

Mbaka also called on his members to pray for the blessing and protection of God on the former Vice-President. The leader of the Adoration Ministry, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka has said that ex-Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has what it takes to make Nigerians smile.Mbaka also called on his members to pray for the blessing and protection of God on the former Vice-President.The priest, who was Buhari’s staunch supporter, also said that the President has been a stubborn resistance against negotiations.Mbaka also said “Every political relationship is open for negotiations, without pre-set outcomes. Atiku do not fear negotiations, as democrat and businessman that is what reasonable human beings that love his people do. This is even more important if a stubborn resistance against negotiations can lead to unsavoury outcomes, which the present governments have demonstrated!“For the Nigerian State to have a soul, the constituent parts need to renegotiate and rework the union.

[WATCH] Hilarious Video Of Manchester United’s Eric Bailly Challenging Zlatan Ibrahimovic To A Fight

By Kayode Ogundare: 
A short video clip has surfaced on Twitter of the Manchester United dressing room as well as two Red Devils having a bit of a fool around.
When Eric Bailly dared to fight Zlatan
— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) December 14, 2017
In the video, posted by Football Funnys with the Twitter handle @footballfunnys, defender Eric Bailly was seen coming into the picture to tap Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the back in a provocative manner.
The Swede, never one to allow a slight go unreplied, turned and chased the Ivorien out of the locker room to the amusement of the backroom staff present.
Ibrahimovic has made five substitute appearances since returning from a long-term injury and is set to play a part in United’s Premier League fixture at West brom on Saturday.
Bailly, on his part, is out nursing an injury and last played for Manchester United in the 1-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on November 5, 2017.

Burna Boy: Singer arrested, detained over robbery

Burna Boy has been arrested and detained by the Lagos Police Command over the robbery and assault melted on Mr 2Kay. Burna Boy has finally handed himself to the Nigeria Police Force over the robbery and assault on Mr 2Kay.The singer who handed himself to the Lagos Police Command on Friday, December 15, 2017, was later arrested on arrival, interrogated and detained he is expected to be arraigned and charged to court on Monday with the four other suspects.Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal, after the interrogation, said the State Police Command has zero tolerance for all forms of crime and would not hesitate to prosecute anyone found culpable in any criminal offence perpetrated in the State. “There would be no sacred cows. This Command is poised to ensure that every resident can feel safe wherever they are and carry out their businesses without fear or favour. Anyone, therefore, found to be involved in this case would be made to face the law to clear his or her name or face prosecution,” Imohimi said.

Lack of fund stops 6 wrestlers from C/wealth tourney

SIX wrestlers including 2014 Commonwealth gold medalist, Mercy Genesis; 2014 World Bronze medalists, Makanjuola Bisola and Samuel Bose; Africa champions, John Emmanuel, Victor Firstman and Daniel Amas could not make it to the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa due to unavailability of funds.
It was gathered that 11 wrestlers were scheduled to represent the country at the championship which was part of preparations for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia but only five wrestlers and three officials made the trip on Wednesday. The championship was slated for Dec. 14 to Dec. 17 in Carnival City, Big Top Arena in South Africa.
The five wrestlers already in South Africa are led by seven-time Africa champion, Blessing Oborududu (Olympian), three-time Africa champion, Aminat Adeniyi (Olympian), Kemeasuodei Dressman (Africa champion) and Gofit Winnie (African Champion) in the female category while Soso Tamara is the only male athlete.

Nigerian shines at UK varsity, bags distinction in Cyber security

By Benjamin Njoku
A Nigerian man studying in the United Kingdom has made the country proud as he distinguished himself by finishing with a distinction in Cyber Security, coming top in his class.
Anthony Chukwudi Mazeli, also bagged the Best Dissertation award and Best graduating student of Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Lancaster, UK. He bagged Master degree in Cyber Security.
He was honoured at the convocation ceremony of the University which held Wednesday.
Mazeli carted away the coveted prizes given him in recognition of quality work and exceptional research prowess as the best graduating student in the department.
This feast seemed incredible, but what made it even more exceptional was the fact that the recipient is a serving officer in the Nigerian Army. He hails from Onitsha North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
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Niger Govt. to equip farm institutes to train youths

Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger on Friday said the state government would equip farm institutes at  Tegina, Kuta, Nasko and Bida local government areas to train youths in modern farming methods in 2018.
The governor said this while presenting the state’s N128 billion 2018 budget proposal to the state House of Assembly.
Bello added that the budget, christened “People’s Budget” had provisions for farm institutes to train youths in all year farming system.
He explained that arrangements had been concluded by the state government to clear  2,000 hectares of land under the Accelerated Agriculture Development Scheme.
The governor said ” we will increase  the number of agricultural equipment hiring centres across the state to 15 and rehabilitate irrigation schemes.
“We shall continue to collaborate with agricultural development partners in rural transformation, value chain development and extension delivery.” (NAN)
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Petrol Hoarding: Security, NNPC team discover 144 trucks

Security agents and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) monitoring team have discovered 144 trucks of petrol not streamed by some marketers in Kano.
The NNPC Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Friday.
Ughamadu stated that the team was set up to rapidly end petroleum products supply gaps in parts of the country.
He noted that the hoarded products were meant to feed Kano and its environs.
He added that “sequel to the discovery, resurfaced trucks have been sent to discharge their products at designated locations.
”Of the 144 trucks discovered, 26 were for Katsina, while 118 trucks were to discharge their products in Kano and its environs.
‘”NNPC warns marketers across the country to desist from acts that may heighten supply gaps noticeable in some remaining parts of the country.
“Security agencies have been detailed to go on the trail of any marketer who may be hoarding products.

Nigeria at a cross road, has lost focus says ADP

The Action Democratic Party (ADP), one of the new parties recently registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday took a critical look at current development in the country and concluded that the country has lost focus, saying this is not the country our founding fathers fought for.
Speaking while flagging off the party’s online membership registration code named operation take back Nigeria, National Chairman of the party, Engr. Yusuf Yabagi Sani lamented that despite the available resources, the country was gradually sliding into hopelessness and disintegration against the wish of the founding fathers. 
He said the ADP was out to restore the hope of Nigerians, adding that the party was “a child of necessity born out of the urgent need to retrieve the Country from the precipice engendered by the 16 year rule of treasury looters of yesterday and today’s rudderless government by the current super looters.

Tech: Samsung will release the successor to the Galaxy S8 earlier than expected

The Galaxy S8 wouldn’t even reach its first birthday when the Galaxy S9 is announced.
Samsung’s successor to the Galaxy S8 is said to be called the Galaxy S9, and it could be announced in late February.
That’s a month earlier than the Galaxy S8’s announcement.
The Galaxy S9 is said to come with only incremental updates over the Galaxy S8, with the major updates coming to the new device’s camera.
Samsung will announce the Galaxy “S9” as early as late February 2018, which would be a month earlier than the Galaxy S8’s announcement in 2017, according to Bloomberg, which spoke with people familiar with the matter.
After its supposed late February announcement, Samsung’s new devices will be released in March, according to the sources, but the announcement and release dates are “still fluid” and could change over the coming months.
The Galaxy S8 was announced in late March 2017, and released in late April.

Beijing Unveils Winter Olympics Emblems With Fanfare

Picture taken during the official ceremony which unveiled the logo for the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Game in Beijing on December 15, 2017. FRED DUFOUR / AFP 
China unveiled emblems for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics inspired by Chinese calligraphy on Friday, in a star-studded ceremony featuring songs from actor Jackie Chan and pianist Lang Lang.
Beijing, which hosted the Olympics in 2008, will become the first city ever to hold both the summer and winter Games as the country looks to burnish its sporting prestige.
At the glitzy ceremony in the Chinese capital, a dramatic drumbeat accompanied the countdown to reveal the Olympics logo: bold brushstrokes of colour resembling the shape of a skier as well as the Chinese character for “winter”.
The Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games emblem was similar in design and resembles the Chinese character for “flight” in calligraphy.

Yusuf Insists Home Eagles Must Improve, Confirms Omoyele Invitation

By Adeboye Amosu in Kano: Home-based Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf hopes his side will keep improving after they booked their place in the final of the Nigeria Professional Football League invitational tournament  following a 1-0 win against Enyimba, reports
The Eagles put up a fine performance in the game dominating from start to finish with Sunday Faleye grabbing the winning goal in the 56th minute.
“We are happy with the outcome of the game but obviously we are not at the level wanted yet,” Yusuf stated after the game.
“The performance was better than in the first game against Plateau United but we have to keep working hard until we achieve our objective which is winning the CHAN.
“We have another game which is the final on Sunday to ascertain how ready we are and perfect our strategy for the competition.
“In the first game, we adopted a 3-5-2 formation and today we switched back to 4-3-3 and it worked well for us.

Soldier killed in NE Nigeria landmine blast

A Nigerian soldier was killed on Friday when a military convoy transporting suspected Boko Haram jihadists struck a mine in the northeast of the country, security sources told AFP.
The convoy was travelling to the town of Konduga in Borno state when the lead vehicle drove over the buried mine.
“The vehicle hit an IED planted by Boko Haram terrorists, which damaged the vehicle and killed a soldier,” a Nigerian army officer said on condition of anonymity.
Three other soldiers were wounded in the blast, the officer added, and none of the prisoners escaped.
Boko Haram has carried out a string of suicide attacks and kidnappings in northeastern Nigeria in recent years, leaving at least 20,000 people dead and displacing 2.6 million since 2009.
The Islamists have recently stepped up attacks on military targets despite the army insisting it is a spent force.

SpaceX Launches First Recycled Rocket, Spaceship

This NASA photo shows the SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage as it returned to Landing Zone 1 on December 15, 2017 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Handout / NASA / AFP 
For the first time, SpaceX on Friday blasted off both a rocket and a cargo ship that have flown before, a step forward in the company’s goal to lower the cost of spaceflight.
After the launch, the California-based company headed by Internet tycoon Elon Musk landed its rocket booster upright on solid ground at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
SpaceX has now managed to return 20 of its rocket boosters after launch, whether on land or on a floating ocean platform, as part of its effort to re-use instead of jettisoning costly components.
The gleaming white Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket soared into the blue sky over Florida at 10:36 am (1536 GMT).
Three minutes later, the booster and second stage of the rocket separated.
SpaceX’s live video webcast showed the two components arcing away from each other in the sky.