Police arrest six deadly kidnappers

The operatives of the inspector general of police intelligence response Team (IRT) have arrested six deadly kidnappers responsible for the arrest of Chief Nemi Adoki  61yrs CEO Menakeb Limited on 15th of December, 2017 and the killing of one Maikano Abdullahi at  No.129 Victoria Street in Port-Harcourt and recovery of two Pump Action Guns.
Following the killing of Maikano Abdullahi and Kidnapping of Chief Nemi Adoki on 15th of December 2017 and his eventual release on payment of nine million naira ransom on 4th of January 2018 after 21 days of captivity in the Creeks of Akuku-Toru LGA of Rivers State.
Between 15th of January, 2018 and 5th February 2018, the operatives of the IGP- Intelligence Response Team IRT deployed to PH by IGP Idris Ibrahim during unrelenting follow up, arrested Six members of the Kidnapping gang from different locations In Rivers and Bayelsa states.
Suspects arrested and roles played are:
Justice Timothy  22 deadly gang leader, uses the AK47 and responsible for the death of Mikano Abudullahi.
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He was in charge of negotiations and his share from the ransom was 1.8million Naira, Akpos Livinus  33, coordinator of the gang’s operations who arranged the weapons used and the location of the stronghold in the creeks.
His share was 1.2milion Naira, Daniel Allen ‘m’ 27 who participated in the kidnap, also negotiated for ransom and his share is 1million Naira,The Kelvin Alpheus  30yrs was tasked with cooking and running errands for the gang and hostages. His share was 400k Naira.
Others include David Abak 29 who was the driver of the operational vehicle used for the kidnap and his his share was 800, 000 Naira.
Tekena Silva 26yrs, the sacked driver Of the victim, Chief Nemi Adoki,  brought the kidnapping job to the group and got  one million Naira share from the Ransom. Serious efforts towards arresting the only
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Chima Okereke: Film producer urges stakeholders to advocate MOPICON Bill passage into law

Okereke told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the Nollywood industry proposed bill would help reshape the sector when it is passed into law. Mr Chima Okereke, the Managing Director of Fresh Talent Productions (FTP) on Thursday appealed to Nollywood stakeholders to lobby the National Assembly  for it to pass  the Motion Picture Council of Nigeria (MOPICON) Bill into law.Okereke told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the Nollywood industry proposed bill would help reshape the sector when it is passed into law.“But that the guilds and associations read what is being done in the newspapers without being involved in what baffles them.“Heads of Nollywood guilds and associations should  lobby for the passage of the bill into law as this will reshape their future positively,’’ he said.He noted that Nollywood was not making progress structurally because it lacked the law that could guide their operations .“We want MOPICON Bill passed into law to guide us like how Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) is guiding  the operations of  the advertisers and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) is guiding the lawyers.“The Council for the Regulation of Engineering (COREN) also structures the industry very well and dictates how it should be run by engineers.The film producer also said they needed to start planning and developing the Nollywood village where they could  always shoot their films freely.“We need structures at  the proposed village to shoot movies and stop  facing hostilities when we go anywhere to do our jobs.“If we are organised, Nollywood can key into organisations that run credit facilities and get loans both locally and internationally for film production,’’ he said.He argued that Nollywood guilds and associations were not founded to conduct elections but to collectively fashion out ways that it could progress, which was the major reason for its existence.According to him, too much ego in the industry and unnecessary quarrels have been prevent development in the industry.“Nollywood in the past six years was not making progress. It has  got to the  point where government held forums, organise industry programmes without the  guilds and associations being officially informed.“We need to prioritise heads of Nollywood guilds and associations, for them to focus on the big picture of making the industry work,’’ he said.Okereke  advised the members  to be committed to the development of the associations as laid down by the founding fathers.He said that through committed and sacrifice by the present generation as a formidable team, they would move the associationsforward collectively.

Austria to train 1,000 Nigerians irregular migrants before repatriation

Migrants. PHOTO: FADEL SENNA / AFP
The Government of Austria says it has completed the process of organising skills acquisition programmes for no fewer than 1000 Nigerian irregular migrants in Austria before their repatriation.
The country’s Director-General, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), Michael Spindelegger, made this known on Thursday in Abuja at a meeting with the Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama.
Spindelegger said that ICMPD, with its headquarters in Austria, would start the programme with Nigeria as a pilot case before extending to others.
He said that the programme was to prepare the migrants for gainful employment which some Austrian companies were to set up later in Nigeria.
The centre director-general said that the proposed programme would facilitate reversed migration of the irregular migrants, who had no likelihood of being given legal residents in Austria.
“It is a new idea of how to combine future investment in Nigeria with the return of irregular migrants.
“A lot of companies are interested in investing in Nigeria because of its market.
‘“The idea is to train these irregular migrants before repatriating them so that when they come back, they will have something to do instead of becoming liabilities.
“The idea is also to encourage more Austrian companies to come and invest in Nigeria so that they also can contribute to solving the problem of unemployment and irregular migration,” he said.
According to him, there is provision for asylum in Europe, but in a situation where an emigrant fails to secure asylum, the person will be deported at the long run.
“For them, there is no chance of remaining in the country, because once they are picked, they will not be allowed to take anything, but would be brought back to their country empty.
“There are no fewer than 1,000 Nigerians that are not granted refugees status living in Austria.
“The programme is starting with Nigeria as a pilot, then, we will see what the experience is before extending it to other countries,” he said.
Spindelegger said, “though, only few Austrian companies are currently in Nigeria, efforts are being made to convince companies involved in the programme to come and invest in Nigeria.
“It is also part of the programme. They can get benefits from the European Union for the investment, which serves as more business security for them,” he said.
In his remarks, Onyeama said that the initiative would not only have Nigerians coming back home to contribute to national development, but also stood to benefit from foreign investors.
“It can be companies in Austria that are interested in investing in any sector of Nigerian economy.
“They will be selecting from Nigerian irregular migrants in Austria, train them and send them down to work with their companies in Nigeria,” he said.
The minister, however, dismissed the fears of likely ploy to deport Nigerians in the country through the process.
“Remember that those Nigerians are in that country illegally, and do not have any prospect of regularising their stay. As such, they would be deported in any case.
“So, instead of being deported with the shame that comes with it, they would be given training and guaranteed employment with the companies that would be coming to invest in Nigeria,” he said.
Onyeama said that the present administration had already put in place mechanism to address irregular migration and promote the concept of reverse migration.
He said Nigeria was in full support of the scheme and would ensure its success, adding that government had made huge investment on social intervention programmes and was having such similar scheme partnership with Germany.

Africa has great potentials for youths- Buhari 

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerian youths to believe in the potentials that abound in Africa.
He made the remark at the opening ceremony of the African Wrestling Championships on Wednesday at the Alfred Diete Spiff Civic Centre in Port Harcourt.
Buhari
The President, who was represented by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, said sports  is the only tool that can unite and promote peace and coexistence among Africans.
“Africa remains the bride of the next civilization. Therefore, we must exploit the potentials of sports to create jobs, to entertain our people, to promote peaceful coexistence, to improve on tourism and promote the health, wellbeing of our nation. Investing in sports is the next step Africa must look into.”
President Buhari charged the athletes to be good ambassadors of Africa and compete fairly.
“This is an opportunity to showcase the very rich talents you possess. This championship will afford you the opportunity to excel because athletes who will be competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be produced here. Therefore, I urge you to compete fairly and honestly and ensure that the benefits accruing from this competition remain the ultimate goal for all.”
President Buhari who had earlier commissioned the Alfred Diete Spiff Civic Center also commended the Government and the people of Rivers State for hosting the championship and renovating the venue of the championship to international standard.
He also used the opportunity to appeal to African youths to believe in Africa and the greatness therein.
“Let me encourage African youths to continue to have hope in Africa. African youths must believe in Africa. There is no better place than Africa. Therefore, the trans-Mediterranean migration by African youths should be discouraged. There are great potentials on this continent so let us collectively work hard to build a strong continent that will be the hub of the black world.”
Over 26 countries are in Port Harcourt as of today, for the 5-day championship.
 
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Herdsmen Killings: Include Kaduna, Plateau among crisis-ridden states, Reps demand

The call followed a motion under matters of urgent public importance by Rep. Sunday Katung (Kaduna-APC). The House of Representatives on Thursday demanded the inclusion of Kaduna and Plateau among States ravaging by herdsmen listed to be visited by a subcommittee setup by Federal Government.The call followed a motion under matters of urgent public importance by Rep. Sunday Katung (Kaduna-APC).Leading debate on the motion, the lawmaker explained that Kaduna and Plateau, which were the hotbed of the conflicts, were mistakenly omitted from the states to be visited by the sub-committee.Katung explained that the mandate of the sub-committee headed by Ebonyi Governor, Mr David Umahi, was to hold consultation with stakeholders and interested parties on how to bring an end to the conflicts.He said that Kaduna and Plateau had recorded many killings.“The omission of these states from the interactions and consultations with the sub-committee will only ensure that the conflicts are not finally, comprehensively and conclusively addressed.“We believe this is the true intent of the Federal Government,’’ he added.“Every effort must be put in place to save Nigeria from these needless and brutal killings and that the inclusion of Kaduna and Plateau will advance this objective.’’In his contribution, Rep. Adams Jagaba (Kaduna-APC) said “the number of people killed by herdsmen in my state is three times higher than those killed in Benue.“Why is the Benue case different, because they have a governor standing by them? God is watching and He’s going to send his ballistic missiles to destroy them (the herdsmen).’’The motion was adopted by members when it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara.The House, however, mandated its Committee on Public Safety and Intelligence to immediately contact and liaise with the office of the Vice President to ensure the inclusion of both states.The committee has two weeks to report back to the House.

Twitter Delivers First Quarter Profit

Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) shares surged 22 percent at the market open on Thursday after it reported its first quarterly profit and better-than-expected revenue, helped by ads that better-targeted users and sales growth outside the United States.
Investors shrugged off zero growth in Twitter’s users from a quarter earlier, which the company blamed in part on seasonal weakness and its purge of fake and spam accounts.
Shares hit $35 in morning trading, their highest level since July 2015. Twitter debuted as a public company in 2013 at $26 a share.
“The revenue number was up year-over-year for the first time in several quarters, which is a good sign,” analyst Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities said, adding that flat growth in monthly users from a quarter earlier was nonetheless a warning sign.
Twitter’s previous inability to turn a profit or turn out consistent revenue growth had confounded investors given the company’s ubiquitous presence in the media and popularity among celebrities, athletes and politicians such as U.S. President Donald Trump.
In October Twitter had signaled it could turn a quarterly profit as it slashed expenses. Revenue and adjusted fourth-quarter profit both topped analysts’ targets.
Overall revenue rose 2 percent year-over-year to $731.6 million, the first increase since the fourth quarter of 2016, beating Wall Street’s target of $686.1 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
U.S. revenue fell 8 percent from a year earlier, but sales elsewhere rose 17 percent. Revenue from Japan was a particular strength, rising 34 percent to $106 million.
Twitter said revenue was helped by better ad targeting that raised clickthrough rates, or the ratio of users who click on a specific ad to the number that view it, and higher video ad sales.
The company also continued a push to grow its non-advertising revenue. It reported $87 million in data licensing and other revenue, up 10 percent from a year earlier, outpacing advertising revenue which rose 1 percent to $644 million.
Twitter reported a net profit of $91.1 million, or 12 cents per share, compared to a loss of $167.1 million, or 23 cents per share, a year earlier.
Adjusted profit was 19 cents per share, topping analysts expectations of 14 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
The company said it expects “to be GAAP profitable for the full year 2018,” referring to generally accepted accounting principles.
Twitter reported 330 million monthly active users for the quarter, a 4 percent increase from a year earlier but flat from the third quarter.
Analysts on average had expected 332.5 million monthly active users, according to financial data and analytics firm FactSet.
San Francisco-based Twitter said usage was hurt by seasonal weakness and a change that Apple Inc (AAPL.O) made to its Safari web browser that reduced the tally of users by 2 million. Twitter had warned investors about the factors in October.
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Kane Is Europe’s Best, Wenger Admits Despite Derby Tension

(FILE PHOTO) Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger Oli SCARFF / AFP
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger put North London rivalries aside as he accepted Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane is the most in-form striker in Europe on Thursday.
Kane, 24, became the second fastest player to ever reach 100 Premier League goals by netting his 31st of the season in just 32 games to salvage a point for Spurs from a thrilling 2-2 draw at Liverpool last weekend.
“If you look at the numbers, no, because he has high numbers,” Wenger said when asked if there was a better striker in Europe at the moment than Kane.
The England international spoke this week of how being released from Arsenal’s academy as an eight-year-old left him with a “chip on his shoulder”.
Kane has more than taken revenge with a fine record against Arsenal, scoring six goals in seven North London derbies.
Wenger broke Arsenal’s transfer record last week to add more firepower to the Gunners quest to beat Tottenham to a top-four finish by splashing out £56 million ($78 million) on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
And the Frenchman is hoping his new front line of Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan — who shone in a 5-1 thrashing of Everton in their fist outing together — can outgun Kane when the sides meet on Saturday.
“I believe what you want in a game like that is to keep him quiet and for our strikers to express their talent.”
More than local bragging rights are on offer with Arsenal trailing fifth-placed Spurs by four points in the race for a return to the Champions League place with just 12 Premier League games of the season remaining.
“It’s a big game because we are behind in the table and we have to catch up,” added Wenger.
“It is more important for us to come back mathematically than it is emotionally-charged.”
Following their controversial draw at Anfield that saw Spurs win two late penalties and Dele Alli booked for diving, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino defended his players by criticising the fixation with diving in English football.
Yet Wenger, who also spoke out against Manchester City’s England international Raheem Sterling earlier this season, believes it is English players who have become the “masters” of diving.
“I remember there were tremendous cases here when foreign players did it but I must say the English players have learned very quickly and they might even be the masters now.”
AFP
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In Ogun State: Vice-President Osinbajo inaugurates N4.1bn Nestlé Milo RTD factory in Ogun

Osinbajo said that they should take a cue from Nestlé Plc’s expansion drive to domicile their factories in Nigeria as the country remained the preferred destination for investment in Africa. The Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday urged multinational companies to domicile their factories in Nigeria as he inaugurated Nestlé Nigeria Plc’s N4.1 billion Milo-Ready-to-Drink (RTD) factory at Agbara in Ogun.Osinbajo said that they should take a cue from Nestlé Plc’s expansion drive to domicile their factories in Nigeria as the country remained the preferred destination for investment in Africa.“We are grateful to Nestlé for these significant investments, particularly for locating its factories in rural communities and sourcing its raw materials from local farmers, contributing to the sustainable development of Nigeria,’’ he said.Osinbajo said that the Federal Government was committed to creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive and actualising the objectives of its Economic and Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP) of the government.The vice-president said that government would facilitate private sector growth and sustainable development through increased investment in infrastructure.He noted that the plant which was equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology, adopted high safety and environmental standards.“This new plant is a reflection of the continued confidence the industry has in the robustness of our economy,’’ said Osinbajo.The Managing Director of Nestle Nigeria, Mr Mauricio Alarcon, said the new plant was a reflection of how Nestlé creates Shared Value for all, by providing jobs and sourcing 80 per cent of inputs from local farmers and investing in rural communities’ development.“The new Nestlé Milo RTD is complementing the existing range of offerings of our iconic Milo brand.“It is conveniently packaged to offer the unique Milo taste and meet the nutrition needs of active children on the go. This is in line with the company’s commitments to enable healthier and happier lives,’’ he said.Alarcon said that the company would continue to invest in people, innovation and enhancing quality of life and health for sustainable future.He noted that Nestlé Milo had built a rich heritage in Nigeria as the food drink of champions, inspiring early participation in grassroots sports through various programmes, including the Nestle Milo Basketball Championships.Alarcon said that Nestlé believed that the programmes was a platform for learning valuable life lessons, like respect, teamwork, perseverance and resilience for success, vital not only on the field but in life.The Governor of Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun, said the factory’s inauguration was a testament to Nestlé’s belief in the economy and prevailing tranquility of the state.Amosun, represented by the Deputy Governor, Yetunde Onanuga, urged companies in the state to collaborate with government in infrastructure development, educational improvement and compliance with tax payment.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the new plant is part of the company’s existing factory at Agbara which has successfully been operational for 37 years.The new plant produces Nestlé Milo Ready-To-Drink (RTD) beverage in 180ml cartons and has a yearly production capacity above 8,000 tonnes.Nestlé has been present in Nigeria since 1961 and has a staff strength of over 2,300 direct employees, three manufacturing sites and eight branch offices.Launched in October 2017, Milo RTD is made from the natural goodness of milk, malt and cocoa.Milo provides essential nutrients and is fortified with Nestlé’s unique blend of vitamins, ACTIV- GO (Vitamins B3, B2, B6, B12, vitamin C, and vitamin D) and minerals, including Calcium and Iron.Nestlé is a strong pillar of growth in the Nigerian economy. It produces a range of high quality iconic brands including Maggi, Milo, Golden Morn, Nescafé and Nestlé Pure Life.

Boko Haram: UN appeals for $1bn to help insurgency victims in northeast

The UN said emergency assistance to the most vulnerable in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states is the immediate priority. The United Nations has said that over $1 billion will be needed this year to help millions of Nigerians affected by Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency in the northeast.The UN humanitarian co-ordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon disclosed this on Thursday, February 8, 2018.He said “life-saving emergency assistance to the most vulnerable” in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states is the “immediate priority”.Funding will also go towards improving the quality of programmes already in place and increasing the ability of local agencies to respond in the longer term, he added. “In doing so, humanitarian partners will require $1.05 billion to reach 6.1 million people with humanitarian assistance,” he said in the foreword to the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan.Launching the document in Abuja, Kallon said some 70 percent of last year’s appeal for $1 billion in funding was met, making Nigeria “one of the best-funded appeals globally”.A total of $196 million has been carried over and will go towards programmes providing food, shelter, clean water, education for out-of-school children and medical care.ALSO READ: 14 million Nigerians in need of humanitarian assistance – UNHCRBut Kallon said: “Most of the carry-over will be exhausted in the first quarter of the year”.The UN and other aid agencies have previously warned about the potential effects of under-funding the humanitarian response to the insurgency.At least 20,000 people have been killed since 2009 and more than 2.6 million have been forced into camps for the displaced or to stay with distant family or friends elsewhere in Nigeria.Others have fled across the border into Cameroon, Chad or Niger.

Winter Olympics qualification, proof Nigeria can do the impossible-Atiku

 
By Dirisu Yakubu
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Thursday, wished the nation’s contingent an outstanding and memorable outing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Nigeria’s Bobsled Team for 2018 Winter Olympics
 Atiku Abubakar, in a statement released by his media office in Abuja, described Nigeria’s quest at the Winter Games as historic, given the fact that snow is yet to be experienced in the country.
“Once again, Nigeria is proving to the world and, most importantly, to ourselves, that we can do the unimaginable and the impossible once we set our hearts on it,” he said. He lauded the team made up of Ngozi Onwumere, Akuoma Omeoga, Seun Adigun and Simi Adeagbo, who will represent Nigeria in bobsled and skeleton respectively, at the games. The women competing in bobsled were originally trained in track and field only to switch to bobsled and qualified for the Olympics, a feat which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain described as pure evidence of the indomitable spirit of Nigeria to conquer new grounds. The Waziri further expressed joy at the team’s audacious goal of becoming Africa’s first-ever bobsled team to go to the Winter Olympics saying “These Nigerians are an example of what each and every one of us can accomplish once we set hearts to it, irrespective of the obstacles that may lie in our path. “I wish these brave women the best as they fly our nation’s flag at the Olympics. May they be an inspiration to us all to chart new territories and seek to conquer new grounds.”
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‘Overweight’ Emenike Not Ready For Las Palmas Debut

By Adeboye Amosu: Nigerian forward Emmanuel Emenike is not yet fit  to make his official debut for Spanish LaLiga club Las Palmas, reports in Spain claim.
Former Super Eagles striker Emenike joined Las Palmas on the final day of the winter transfer window on a six-month loan deal from Greek outfit Olympiacos.
He was excluded from the squad that defeated fellow strugglers Malaga 1-0 on Monday.
The other Nigerian at the club Oghenekaro Etebo however made his debut for Las Palmas in the game.
According to report in Spanish online news outlet, laprovincia.es,  the 30-year-old arrived overweight and a special plan has been mapped out to put him in the right physical condition.
The forward weighed 95 Kilos during his medicals last Wednesday and needs to lose four to five Kilos to be in his ideal weight.
He has been ruled out of Saturday’s  Spanish LaLiga Santander fixture against Athletico Bilbao at the San Mames as he is not included in Las Palmas 18-man squad for the game.

Etebo Included In LaLiga Team Of The Week After Las Palmas Debut

By James Agberebi: Las Palmas new signing, Nigeria midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo, has been included in the Spanish LaLiga Team of the Week.
The Team of the Week was compiled by football facts and statistics website whoscored.com.
Etebo joined Las Palmas from Portuguese top flight club Feirense on loan in January until the end of the season.
His inclusion into the Team of the Week was due to his impressive performance in his debut for Las Palmas in their 1-0 home win against Malaga in a league clash on Monday. He featured for 90 minutes in the encounter.
Also included in the list is former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho who joined Barcelona in the January transfer window.
According to whoscored.com, the Team of the Week is in a 4-4-2 formation with Etebo in the central of midfield.
The 2016 Rio Olympic bronze medal winner is expected to be in action when Las Palmas travel away to face Athletic Bilbao.
Whoscored.

Tech: Here’s why Snapchat is a valuable partner for TV networks (SNAP)

Snapchat will be launching a tool that allows TV networks to push portions of their live broadcasts directly into the app, The Wall Street Journal reports. This story was delivered to BI Intelligence “Digital Media Briefing” subscribers hours before appearing on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here.
Snapchat will be launching a tool that allows TV networks to push portions of their live broadcasts directly into the app, The Wall Street Journal reports.
NBC will be the first network to utilize the tool this coming Saturday, broadcasting 2- to 6-minute live segments of sporting events at the Winter Olympics, including skiing and figure skating. This is different from the television network’s 2016 partnership with Snapchat, in which NBC featured behind-the-scenes videos and photos from the Olympics on its Discover channel. The messaging app won’t initially include advertising on its live TV broadcasts.
Snapchat’s tool aims to capitalize on the trend of traditional TV broadcasters relying on digital platforms to reach younger audiences. Traditional TV networks are increasingly relying on digital platforms to address the growth of cord cutting. For example, the NFL, which is dealing with double-digit year-over-year (YoY) declines in viewership, recently signed a deal with Verizon that allows it to stream games on Verizon’s digital properties, which include Yahoo and go90.
Snapchat represents a valuable partner for TV networks for several reasons:
Millennials represent the majority of its user base. At the end of Q4 2016, Snapchat boasted 158 million daily users, and 85% of these users were under 35. Of this 85%, 22% were aged 13-17.
It’s growing in popularity among teens. Thirty-nine percent of US teens said Snapchat was their favorite social media platform in 2017, up from 24% in 2016, according to Piper Jaffray.
It’s planning on selling more Shows ads programmatically. In October 2017, Snapchat told its Shows partners it would insert more programmatic ads, as opposed to direct-sold ads, into its Shows, according to Digiday. This could benefit TV networks because it may become easier to fill ad space within Shows programming if TV networks or Snapchat’s direct ad sales efforts fall flat.
And it’s been able to draw sizable audiences to its Shows thus far. In Q4 2017, more 13-34-year-old viewers watched an average episode of Face Forward by E! on Snapchat than many of the most popular TV shows over the same period, accordingto Snapchat.
Snapchat’s tool will come shortly after its reported accelerated user growth in Q4 2017. The company reported 187 million daily users in Q4, representing 18% YoY growth versus 16% in Q3 2017, and beating expectations of 184 million. Snapchat’s December release of its “easier to use” redesigned app may have helped spur user growth during the quarter. And this reinvigorated user growth could attract more companies to Snapchat’s live TV broadcasting tool.
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Quincy Jones: Richard Pryor and Marlon Brando were lovers, Pryor’s widow confirms music producer’s...

Pryor’s widow said the late comedian had written extensively about his sexual relationships in his diaries. Iconic US music producer Quincy Jones’ claim that comedian Richard Pryor and late actor Marlon Brando were lovers has been confirmed by Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee.Jones had made the allegation in a no-hold-bared interview with New York Magazine.He said Brando was sexually wild and that he would sleep with anything.”He’d fuck anything. Anything! He’d fuck a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye,” Jones had said.In the interview which went viral online, Jones also  described the Beatles as “the worst musicians in the world” and claimed that Michael Jackson stole “a lot of stuff” from other musicians.He also claimed to know the identity of the man who killed President John F Kennedy. Jones added that he briefly dated US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, and described Trump as a “fucking idiot”.Speaking to TMZ, Pryor’s widow said that her late husband, who was openly bisexual, often cracked up about his relationship with Brando being made public.”It was the 70s! Drugs were still good, especially Quaaludes. If you did enough cocaine, you’d fuck a radiator and send it flowers in the morning,” Lee said.She added that Pryor had written extensively about his sexual relationships in his diaries, which she says will be published later this year.ALSO READ: Quincy Jones says Michael Jackson’s nickname was ‘Smelly’Pryor died in 2005. He was married seven times to five different women.The comedian and Lee Pryor  divorced after a year together in 1982, but remarried in 2001 and remained together until his death.

Chelsea paying for Champions League gain – Hazard

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard believes the English champions’ defence of their title was always going to be compromised by a return to Champions League football this season.
Despite the Belgian’s 13th goal of the season, Chelsea crumbled to a 4-1 defeat at Watford on Monday night to remain fourth in the Premier League, 19 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City.
“I think the Premier League is difficult. It is hard to win every year,” Hazard told ESPN FC.
“Last year we didn’t have the Champions League. This year we have less time to be ready for the games. Every week there are three games.”
Despite speculation intensifying over his future, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte dismissed suggestions of tiredness for his side’s struggles as an excuse.
“The winner finds a solution, the loser finds excuses. In my life I like to be a winner and I am a winner,” said the Italian.
However, with his job on the line, Chelsea face a season defining few weeks after West Brom’s visit to Stamford Bridge on Monday.
A home tie against Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round is followed by the visit of Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on February 20, before trips to both Manchester United and City in the league and then the return Champions League leg at the Camp Nou on March 14.
Conte has repeatedly voiced his displeasure at the club’s recruitment strategy following the departure of key players in Chelsea’s title-winning campaign such as Diego Costa and Nemanja Vidic.
Tiemoue Bakayoko’s poor first season in England following a big money move from Monaco continued as he was sent-off after just half an hour at Watford, whilst club record signing Alvaro Morata has struggled to fill Costa’s shoes due to a mixture of inconsistent form and injury.
However, with no side having retained the Premier League since 2009, Hazard believes it is the unpredictability of England’s top flight that makes it so attractive to players and fans around the world.
“We changed a couple of things, we lost players, we brought some new ones and every year is different,” he added.
“That’s why we love football, if there is only one team that wins it would be boring.
“That’s why football is special. You never know what’s going to happen, especially in England.”
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