Pulse Opinion: Victor Moses gave us some thrilling moments in Super Eagles shirt but...

Moses never etched himself into the heart of Nigerians before his sudden and unexpected international retiral. It’s not a familiar occurrence for players to throw the towel on their international careers at the age of 27. When this happens, it’s always due to injuries, falling out with coaches, or some rational reasons. In some of these cases, there is always room for a return for the players either after they resolve their issues or much persuasion from coaches and fans because of the obvious need for them in the team. But this has not been the case for Victor Moses who called time on his Super Eagles career at just the age of 27.  Indeed, Moses’s decision to retire from international duties on Wednesday, August 15, was not met with downhearted reactions, rather just shocks at the abruptness of it and then the farewells. Over the course of his Super Eagles career, Moses never etched himself into the heart of Nigerians before his sudden and unexpected international retiral. This does not in any away negate everything he achieved with the Super Eagles. Moses gave us some thrilling moments. Nigeria’s triumph at the 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) easily comes to mind. Although Sunday Mba and Emmanuel Emenike snagged the camera moments, Moses was head and shoulders above everyone in that squad. His trickery and pace brought the needed spark and lifted the sturdy team of late Stephen Keshi that went on to win the AFCON 2013 title.  But while his performances against Ethiopia in the group stage and Mali in the semi-final were timely interventions that Nigeria badly needed on their way to the title, it was Emenike’s goals including the one against pre-tournament favourites Cote d’Ivoire and Mba’s heroics in that quarter-final clash and in the final that remained more memorable till date. The AFCON 2013 title remains the high point of Moses’ Super Eagles career little wonder four out of the five photos he put on the Instagram post with which he announced his decision to quit were those of the trophy. After his AFCON 2013 heroics, his fine moments came sparsely before he hung his intentional boot and that is why his legacy is sullied.  Moses’ international career was trailed by the perception of not being committed. He always found a way to miss games which were not convenient enough for him and the withdrawn cast he evinced with the national team also made his allegiance a suspect. On the pitch, he also leaves at a time when the Super Eagles are in little need of him. He reportedly fell out with Gernot Rohr after he was asked to play wing-back in the three-man defence system used in Nigeria’s last two games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. And with his flair and slick movement already stifled with the defensive demand during Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 stint at Chelsea, it was becoming more difficult for Moses to impress as a forward for the Super Eagles. While it is not clear if Rohr will continue with the 3-5-2 system in the long term, Moses is clearly a luxury he can afford not to have. As a starter at Chelsea, he was the stardust that reignited optimism around the Super Eagles, but with some exciting talents waiting to take over, his absence won’t be a sore miss for the national team.

NUJ: Union explains why fake fake journalists can’t be prosecuted

He said that several unethical practices had been perpetrated by some people masquerading as journalists on social media in the name of journalism. Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) lacks the enabling legislation to prosecute fake journalists in the country Mr Abdulwaheed Odusile, the union’s President, has said.Odusile made this known in Lokoja on Thursday while speaking at the Kogi NUJ 2018 Press Week with the theme; “The Media and News Reporting in an Election Year”.He said that several unethical practices had been perpetrated by some people masquerading as journalists on social media in the name of journalism.He commended the state chairman of the NUJ for carefully choosing the topic as the election year in which journalists have a big role to play, was fast approaching.“Posting on social media does not make you a journalist. As professional journalists, we must process information before releasing it to the public for consumption.“On our part as leadership, we have approached the National Assembly for a law to be enacted on that. National Press Council Act that is being amended will also take care of many of these anomalies,” Odusile said.He urged the council to ensure that each chapel has a copy of the revised Code of Ethics for Journalism in Election Coverage, stressing that every member should read the document.“The bottom line is that as journalists, we must strictly adhere to the ethics of our profession.”In his remarks, Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi, who was represented by the state House of Assembly Speaker, Rt Hon. Matthew Kolawole, urged journalists to ensure proper investigation in whatever they report.‘Let us join hand together and build a better Kogi because we have no place to run to.”The governor gave the approval for the release of the bus he had promised in 2016 and the renovation of the building in the premises of the state NUJ.Earlier, the state NUJ Chairman, Mr Adeiza Jimoh, said: “in spite of its imperfection, Nigeria’s Democratic Governance is in its 19 unbroken years and the role of media cannot be overemphasized.”Jimoh commended the governor for enhancing the work of journalists in the state, while appealing to him to fulfill the promises he made in 2016, to donate a bus to the council and the reconstruction of the NUJ colonial building.NAN reports that Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari was one of the Guest Speakers at the occasion.

Tech: The 9 most popular Twitch streamers in the world, one of whom makes...

Amazon is trying to position its video-game streamer Twitch as a YouTube competitor, and these nine Twitch stars and video game enthusiasts already have millions of followers on the site.
Amazon wants to catapult the next generation of internet stars, and it’s positioning its video-game streamer Twitch to do just that.
According to Bloomberg, Amazon is going after exclusive livestreaming deals with media companies, YouTube stars, and Hollywood talent like Will Smith in an effort to expand Twitch beyond its niche of video games.
As Bloomberg pointed out, Twitch has a long road ahead if it wants to go toe-to-toe with YouTube — the largest ad-supported video site in the world with 1.9 billion monthly viewers — but even YouTube has caught on to Twitch’s appeal (it introduced paid subscriptions after Twitch did).
Twitch is largely a platform for people to play video games and stream them live for others to watch. Many have found success on the site similar to famous YouTube personalities.
But that’s not the site’s only use, and CEO Emmett Shear is looking to the future. Bloomberg reported, based on anonymous sources who were at a recent meeting, that Shear set a target of $1 billion in ad sales for Twitch, which would double its current ad sales.
Twitch has a loyal user base, and there are already plenty of Twitch stars with huge followings. Popular internet personality and streamer, Ninja, for example, makes at least $560,000 a month, Forbes estimated — and that was in March. Amazon Prime subscribers are allowed to donate to his Twitch stream, plus he has a popular YouTube channel. And Twitch star Summit1g revealed his donation total in a stream last year to be over $208,000 at the time.
Below are the nine biggest Twitch stars, some of whom are making millions:
9. ESL_CSGO
Twitch stream: twitch.tv/esl_csgo Followers: 2.46 million The ESL Gaming Network hosts numerous competitive-gaming events and its “Counter Strike: Global Offensive”-focused Twitch stream is a massive hit.
8. TimTheTatman
Twitch stream: twitch.tv/timthetatman Followers: 2.52 million Tim says on his YouTube channel bio that if he could, he would make streaming his full-time job. “The real reason that I love streaming is that I get to meet and talk to some many unique and different people,” he says. He primarily plays Fortnite.
7. Syndicate
Twitch stream: twitch.tv/syndicate Followers: 2.59 million Syndicate’s real name is Tom Cassell. He started his video career in 2010 on YouTube where he became prominent for “Halo” and “Call of Duty.” On Twitch, he primarily plays “Fortnite,” “Minecraft,” and “Call of Duty.”
6. DrDisRespectLIVE
Twitch stream: twitch.tv/drdisrespectlive Followers: 2.62 million DrDisRespect’s real name is Guy Beahm. He’s known for being a prominent internet personality within the competitive-gaming circle. “I created a character who plays multiplayer video games, and he’s considered the most dominating gaming specimen,” Beahm told ESPN last year. He primarily plays “PlayerUnknown’s Battlgrounds.”
5. Riot Games
Twitch stream: twitch.tv/riotgames Followers: 3.01 million Riot Games is a video game development and eSports tournament company, best known for the popular multiplayer battle arena game, “League of Legends.”
4. Summit1g
Twitch stream: twitch.tv/summit1g Followers: 3.26 million Summit1g’s real name is Jaryd Lazar, who rose to prominence as a competitive “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” player, which he still plays on his Twitch stream. He has also recently been playing “Realm Royale” and “Escape from Tarkov.” He describes himself as a “full-time streamer” in his Twitter bio.
3. Shroud
Twitch stream: twitch.tv/shroud Followers: 4.014 million Michael Grzesiek is Shroud’s real name, and he is a Canadian former eSports competitive gamer who focused on multiplayer battle arena games like “Counter-Strike” and “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” which he still primarily plays on Twitch.
2. TSM_Myth
Twitch stream: twitch.tv/tsm_myth Followers: 4.06 million Ali Kabbani is a professional “Fortnite” player, which is a popular multiplayer battle royale game.
1. Ninja
Twitch stream: twitch.tv/ninja Followers: 10.4 million Richard Tyler Blevins is a popular internet personality and the most popular streamer on Twitch by more than 6 million followers. He is known for playing “Fortnite.” He plays video games for roughly 12 hours a day. However, he’s been the subject of controversy over his refusal to stream with women, saying that he’s afraid of it being taken the wrong way and making headlines if he were to flirt with someone. “The only way to avoid that [gossip] is to not play with [women] at all,” he has said. He recently released a statement on Twitter regarding backlash, in which he said that he wanted to bring attention to the issue of online harassment, and minimize it in his family’s life. Blevins’ wife, Jessica, is his manager. In an interview with Business Insider, Jessica opened up about what it’s like to be her video-game playing husband’s manager and how it affects their marriage. She said that he takes a four-hour break each day to make time for them. But it helps that she, too, understands Twitch and the business of gaming/streaming. She has her own channel with over 320,000 followers, and she not only wants to see her husband succeed, but be known throughout Hollywood. She views his gaming as not gaming, but working. “I have so much more respect for him, and I’m so proud of him, because I get to say my husband works all day, he works so hard, and he really does so much for our family,” she told Business Insider.

Pulse Opinion: The PDP presidential primary will be lit and we are here for...

The PDP presidential primary election will throw up plenty of drama and action. You really don’t wanna miss this. When PDP chieftains, faithful and delegates converge on Abuja for their presidential primary election on the weekend of October 5 and 6, expect fireworks, plenty of drama, a few punches and security personnel having their hands full.Those of us who follow the nation’s politics really can’t wait. It’s about to go down, as they say. The reason why the build-up to the PDP presidential primary election will be more keenly contested and followed than that of the governing APC, is simple really. Unless something very catastrophic happens, Muhammadu Buhari will be the APC presidential flagbearer come the February 2019 general election. It’s not so cut and dry in the PDP where a host of big name presidential aspirants are jostling for the party’s ticket ahead of the challenge with Buhari.Senate President Bukola Saraki’s defection to the PDP has only made the political space a lot more interesting. Saraki has been setting up his presidential stall rather nicely and he’s told Bloomberg that he’s the man to bring change to Nigeria as president. Asides Saraki, there is Sokoto Governor Aminu Tambuwal, former Kaduna Governor Ahmed Makarfi, former Jigawa Governor Sule Lamido, Gombe Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and even Ekiti Governor Ayodele Fayose whose pains from the Ekiti governorship election should have eased by the time of the primary contest. Between now and October, there’ll be plenty of horse trading in the PDP, deals will be cut, many will get angry and threaten fire and brimstone, some PDP chieftains will get so aggrieved they will threaten the party with a return to the APC, many contenders will retreat behind the shadows to lick their wounds and several camps will emerge from within Nigeria’s major opposition party, badly bruised and dejected. At the end of the day, I expect the PDP presidential contest to come down to a two-horse race between Saraki and Atiku. Now 71 years of age, this could be Atiku’s last chance to become president of Nigeria—an office he’s been gunning for since 1993. Atiku must have been cursing his luck when Saraki made a return to the political camp he abandoned before the 2015 elections. Saraki is younger (he’s only 55 years of age), has got a ferocious, young social media savvy team behind him, he’s more energetic, urbane, cunning and full of ideas. Saraki also probably has most of the PDP governors in his corner. You also have a feeling that Saraki was promised the PDP presidential ticket as a pre-condition for his defection. The PDP says it has internalized democracy in its operations. The run up to the primaries will be a good place to see democracy in the PDP in action. Will the Uche Secondus led national working committee of the PDP be able to manage all the egos in the room before, during and after the primaries?The PDP will arguably throw up the greatest reality TV show in Nigeria before the year draws to a close and you really don’t want to miss this one for anything in the world.

Police say married woman died after ‘marathon sex’

Assistant Commmisoner of Police, Abayomi Shogunle, head of the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) poses during an interview on the public’s demand for the recall of the Special Anti Robbery Squid (SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force in Abuja, Nigeria December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
A forty-year-old married woman Monsurat Idowu has been confirmed dead after marathon sex with a twenty-eight-year-old lover in Ogun state.
Husband of the forty-year-old woman said she was at home hale and hearty when he left for work on 15th August this year.
It was, however, discovered that she died after marathon sex with one Kelvin Micheal.
The police said it has started a homicide investigation to determine the cause of her death.
“Police in Ogun State have launched a homicide investigation following the death of 40yr-woman, Monsurat Idowu shortly after “marathon sex” with 28yr-man, Kelvin Micheal in Sango-Ota on 15.08.2018,” police spokesperson Abayomi Shogunle tweeted.
“Husband of deceased said his wife was hale and hearty as he left her at home for work,” Shogunle said.

Tech: Elon Musk says grueling 120-hour work weeks are taking a toll on his...

Elon Musk says he sleeps less than 7 hours every night. Scientific studies suggest that’s a recipe for disaster, both for a person’s body and brain. Here’s what we know about long-term sleep deprivation and how it can kill us.
Elon Musk says he doesn’t get much sleep.
In an interview with the New York Times, Musk revealed he frequently logs 120-hour work weeks and doesn’t leave the Tesla factory for days at a time.
Science suggests that sleep deprivation is a recipe for disaster. Here’s what we know about how a lack of sleep affects your body and brain.
Elon Musk seems exhausted.
The Tesla CEO told the New York Times that he’s been logging 120-hour work weeks lately, and it’s taking a toll on his well-being.
“It’s not been great, actually,” Musk told the Times. “I’ve had friends come by who are really concerned.”
He even missed out on his own birthday this summer and only carved out a few hours away from the factory for his brother’s wedding. Musk also said he hasn’t taken more than a full week off of work since 2001, when he got malaria.
If Musk is truly working 120-hour weeks on a regular basis, that means his work days are a minimum of 17-plus hours — seven days a week.
“There were times when I didn’t leave the factory for three or four days — days when I didn’t go outside,” he told the Times.
Based on Musk’s own numbers, there are only a maximum of seven hours per day that he’s not working. So he’s almost certainly getting far less than seven hours of shut-eye per night.
The dangers of sleep deprivation
Sleep expert and neuroscientist Matthew Walker, who directs the sleep and neuroimaging lab at UC Berkeley, studies what a lack of sleep can do to a person’s body. He regularly gives sleep advice to the NBA, NFL, and Pixar, among others.
Walker recently summed up his overall stance on snoozing for Business Insider: “The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life.”
That’s not hyperbole — Walker’s research suggests that routinely getting only six or seven hours of shut-eye per night can do serious long-term damage to your health, and in some cases even kill you. He believes everyone should aim for between seven and eight hours a night on the pillow.
Walker is such an evangelist about this, that in his own life, he gives himself a strict eight hours of “sleep opportunity” each night. That means he’s in bed for at least eight hours, even if he spends a portion of that time falling asleep and waking up. He says that schedule helps keep him productive, as well as emotionally and physically fit.
How getting less than seven hours of sleep affects your body and brain
If you’re not sleeping enough, “you will be both dead sooner, and the quality of your life will be significantly worse,” Walker told Business Insider. Here’s why.
Sleep deprivation depletes stores of your “natural killer cells,” a type of lymphocyte (white blood cell) that nix tumor and virus cells. A single 4- or 5-hour night of sleep could lower your body’s “natural killer” cell count by around 70%, Walker says.
Missing sleep can put your body on a crash course for chronic disease. Insufficient sleep has been linked to increased instances of Alzheimer’s, obesity, stroke, and diabetes. Lack of sleep also changes how insulin operates in your body and how quickly your cells absorb sugar. After a week of sleep-deprived nights (five or six hours), your doctor could diagnose you with pre-diabetes, Walker says. That means your blood-sugar levels are elevated enough that you’re on track to become a diabetic. Long-term damage to your heart, blood vessels, and kidneys could already be in motion.
Insufficient sleep makes the body a better breeding ground for cancer. Sleepiness is now being blamed for cases of colon cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer. An off-kilter sleep schedule may also give rise to cancer, since it causes melatonin to be suppressed. The World Health Organization calls night work a “probable carcinogen.”
Of course, not everybody’s body works in exactly the same way.
Some people — a “sleepless elite,” as Walker calls them — are built to survive on less sleep and will sleep just six hours, even in laboratory sleep conditions. But those lucky individuals make up just a fraction of 1% of the population, Walker says, and share a gene (BHLHE41) that’s incredibly rare.
You probably don’t have it, so it’s probably best to get a good night’s rest before you tweet about having any “funding secured.”
Read the full Musk interview with The New York Times here.

Pulse List: 7 things you should know about sex scenes in movies and TV...

Except if it’s a reality TV show like “Big Brother” or “Made in Gidi,” here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about sex scenes on TV. There’s no shortage of sex scenes and nudity in movies and TV shows.However, while sexually explicit sex scenes may be thrilling for the audience watching, it’s not exactly an exciting experience for the actors.What exactly goes on behind the scenes of some of these sex scenes? Pulse Movies has put together seven things you should know about sex scenes.Check them out:1. There’s often nothing appealing about sex scenes for the actorsIn most cases, there is nothing enjoyable or satisfying about shooting sex scenes for actors.Jean-Marc Valle – director of some of the sex scenes in HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies”  – told New York Times that while he has never seen an actor with an erection during shoot, it’s normal for the actors to get excited because they are “humans, and they’re naked, and they touch each other.”During an interview with Punch, Nollywood actor Bolanle Ninalowo admitted to being turned on – once or twice – on set while shooting an intimate scene. However, according to the actor, nothing gets to happen as his eyes and mind are always on the price.Hollywood actor, Michael Shannon, once described shooting those scenes as having sex without any of the pleasure, but all the horror, fear, anxiety, sadness, and loneliness are present. 2. Those sex scenes can be really awkwardThis is probably because the scenes are technical and with several crew members present. Also, you’re in an intimate position with someone, who you’re actually not intimate with. “You’re alone with a man who’s not your husband who also has a husband. He’s in his underwear, you’re in your underwear, and you’re sort of dry humping on a bed,” Rosamund Pike told Seth Meyers about her sex scene with Neil Patrick Harris in “Gone Girl.”According to Michael Douglas, the hardest thing about sex scenes is that everybody on set is a judge.”I don’t know the last time you murdered somebody or blew anyone’s brains out, but everyone has had sex and probably this morning, which means everyone has an opinion on how it should be done.” he told The Times UK.Talking to Pop Sugar about his sex scenes in Jane Eyre, Michael Fassbender said sex scenes can be quite awkward and the actor has to ensure that the actress doesn’t feel like she’s being taken advantage of.  3. Sometimes, nothing ever happens In a country like Nigeria where most filmmakers still shy away from sex scenes for several reasons, filmmakers use tricks like prosthetics and camera angles to create watchable sex scenes.In an interview with Pulse, Omoni Oboli talked about how she shot the scenes in “Okafor’s Law.””You thought you were seeing things that you really weren’t seeing. If you remember the scene on the couch when Terminator was having sex with his ex girlfriend, you couldn’t see anything. All you could see was the couch moving until he stood up and you saw a bit of his bum crack,” she said.According to her, when it’s shot in the above-mentioned way, the audience get what is going on: they get that two people are having wild sex, but they are not really seeing anything. 4. And sometimes, the scenes aren’t simulatedWhile most of the sex scenes are simulated, few others are very real. One of such examples is the 2013 Lars von Trier two-part art film, “Nymphomaniac,” which features several scenes of real sex.Before the release, there were reports that Shia LaBeouf and Stacy Martin had real sex. However, it was later revealed that the sex was performed by porn stars, and LaBeouf and Martin’s bodies edited in with CGI.Another example is “The Brown Bunny,” which saw Chloe Sevigny give Vincent Gallo a blowjob on screen.5. The actors aren’t always nakedWhen shooting a sex scene, the actors are required to be naked. However, in most cases, they aren’t. To appear naked on screen, the actors sometimes wear skin-colored lingeries or a clothing called cock sock to cover their private parts, preventing any real intimate contact between co-star.For “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Jamie Dornan had to cover his penis, while Dakota Johnson had a patch that covered her pubic area. The coverings had to be hidden and more natural details added to make the nude scenes appear real. 6. Alcohol and water often help in the creation of great sex scenesIn some cases, alcohol was used to reduce an actor’s uneasiness. Adrian Lyne, who directed “Fatal Attraction” once said she had to use champagne and margarita to loosen up Michael Douglas and Glenn Close.Also, according to a report by The Independent, to make the sex scenes appear real, the production team often sprays actors with water and glycerin, which adds an oily layer to the skin, and comes off as real sweat on camera. 7. Chemistry between the actors is very importantOC Ukeje told Pulse Nigeria that sex scenes are difficult to shoot when the actors are not comfortable around each other.To perfectly interpret the sex scenes in “Alter Ego,” Omotola Jalade Ekeinde had to create a chemistry with her co-stars – Kunle Remi and Wale Ojo.During an interview with Pulse, Ekeinde complained about how actors have gone away from preparing for roles, which eventually affects sex scenes. “If you don’t prepare for your role and you don’t have chemistry with your co-actor, and you’re on set doing something of that nature, if it didn’t show in any other scene, it will show in that one,” she told Pulse.It’s instincts. Someone you’re not very free with is just coming to give you a peck. You know you’re supposed to allow him peck you, but your body just reacts.According to the actress, an actor should always be relaxed if they intend to shoot sex scenes in a movie.

130 Children, Youths Learn Digital Marketing Skills

 
About 130 children and youths on Friday concluded a training in digital marketing, Digitest, organised by Digital Peers International (DPI) in Osun State.
The two-week long programme, according to the Digitest Project Manager, Precious Jay, was aimed at helping the participants leverage on the trending digital marketing tools to sell anything and profit largely in the global market.
He said, “We put children together who have little or no idea about ICT and in the course of few days, they are taught about the tools that we have designed for that year and we don’t stop there.
“We have them design projects that will address the real time social problems”.
Jay further explained that the focus for this year’s edition was to teach the young ones how to generate value on social media by sharing valuable content which could also contribute to community development.
For the students, it was equally an opportunity to brainstorm which resulted in the invention of applications that can help boost sales of products and services online.
Some of them shared their experiences, highlighting the benefits of the programme on their individual lives.
A student of the Obafemi Awolowo University International School, Ile-Ife in Osun State, Abegunde Mary said, “It’s actually going to help me a lot because we learnt about digital marketing, how to sell your various businesses and how to use the social media to sell them so people can be aware and make you relevant in the society.
“I could be a digital marketer with this experience and I can also educate other students to be a part of the ICT knowledge I have gained during this camp,” she added.
The National Coordinator of the programme, Mrs Ibukun Odusote, also told Channels Television that she believes that the trainees have been well equipped to start businesses that are of great economic value.
She said, “I’m expecting that some of these children in fact right from here and the teachers and some volunteers will start marketing their businesses.
“People are already coming up with different ideas, our own desire is that it becomes of great economic value and this program that we have had with them would generate income for them in their various homes”.
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United We Shine: Star lager millionaires promo to continue for another 30 days

The promo which was launched on the 15th of June, 2018 will now end on 15th of September, 2018 a month after the original end date. Star Lager Beer, has extended the Star United We Shine Millionaires Promo by another 30 days to allow for more consumers in more regions of the country to partake in the promo and win. The promo which was launched on the 15th of June, 2018 will now end on 15th of September, 2018 a month after the original end date.Consumers will continue to win prizes and millions of Naira from the crown corks of Limited Edition Bottles Of Star Lager where a winning code that is redeemable via a USSD dial of *566*20# doable on any network from all mobile phones. Speaking on the extension of the Millionaires Promo, Mr. Olayinka Bakare, Portfolio Manager National Premium, Nigerian Breweries Plc, declared:“We have decided to give more consumers across Nigeria  the opportunity to win in the Star United We Shine Millionaires Promo.”He continued “We appreciate every one of our consumers who has been loyal to the brand over the years, and we are glad that we can continue to reward Nigerians across the country with this promo.” The Star Lager promo has on offer cash prizes of N1 million, N2 million, N5 million and the mega dream cash of N10 million for Star consumers across Nigeria. These are in addition to millions of free drinks and other items available for win.Designed to reward loyal consumers, Star Lager with this move, is reinforcing its commitment as a consumer focused brand.

Monkey 47: Handcrafted gin launches in Nigeria

Monkey 47 is loved by Aficionados, bartenders and connoisseurs around the world, and now in Nigeria, who have come to appreciate the incredible complexity and harmony of Monkey 47. From the tranquil Black Forest valley, Monkey 47 has arrived in Nigeria! The handcrafted gin that fuses British traditions, the exoticism of India and the purity and originality of the Black Forest launched to a very exclusive crowd at Alara multi-concept store.  Kresan Naidu, Monkey 47 Brand Ambassador welcomed guests to an immersive brand experience as he shared the journey of Monkey 47, a gin distilled from 47 predominantly unusual but regional botanicals such as lingonberries and blended with natural spring water. Monkey 47 is loved by Aficionados, bartenders and connoisseurs around the world, and now in Nigeria, who have come to appreciate the incredible complexity and harmony of Monkey 47. Certainly not just another gin, with a third of its ingredients originating from the Black Forest, guests enjoyed five specially curated cocktails including the signature cocktail called Monkey See Monkey Do (Monkey 47 gin, Elderberry, Jasmne Tea, Citrus and Aquafaba) created by award winning mixologist, Kurt Schlechter.  A great deal of care and attention to detail went into the Monkey’s classic good looks, as the Monkey 47 bottle, which is custom-made for Black Forest Distillers, represents the rebirth of an old pharmacy decanter. Providing the  finishing touch is a custom metal ring that marks the Monkey as a true species rara. It is with this same precision and attention to detail that the recreation of the Black Forest was created at Alara multi-concept store to bring the Monkey 47 experience to gin lovers who attended the event.

Immigration: Report says 74% of Nigerians would live in another country if they had...

‘The Nigerian Dream’ of tweeting one’s love for Nigerian from far west colonies is very alive and kicking. The average Nigerian millennial, hustling in Lagos has dreams of slipping out in the dead of the night without the knowledge of the ‘village people’.He hopes to go ‘ghost’ for 3 months to live it up in Europe, the US or Canada, or get a Schengen visa before destroying social media with pictures with locations tagged. The business must sell.No one has really put numbers to the desire for Nigerians to travel abroad until now. The Pew Research Centre released a new report on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. According to the centre, 74% of Nigerians would relocate to another country if given the chance.Funny enough, despite the high percentage, some Nigerians felt it wasn’t accurate. With the rate at which Nigerians queue up at embassies, the percentage should be higher.  Reality of life abroadIn 2016, I had a conversation with a certain Tawa (not real name), 38 – then 36, and a mother of one, somewhere around Schoolgate, Ibeju Lekki for over 70 minutes. She had just returned – mostly for her son – from a 36-month sojourn  in London having saved enough while working as a nanny, and then, a babysitter. She claimed she used to work with her sister’s work permit with whom she shares a striking resemblance, but it just goes to highlight the immense risks and ‘life on edge’ lived by these people. The juiciest in all the gist was the way illegal immigrants move through London in buses.If it is true, I don’t know, but she says, “They basically only take buses driven by other Nigerians. Since they have no documents, they cannot get permits for buses or make payments. So, what they do is leave their homes around 3am to meet buses at stations to continue the sleep they cut short for one-to-two hours.”She continues, “The reason is simple; they want to be on those buses before automated checks for passengers start with the central controlling system a little later. The crazy aspect though is during impromptu police checks. The drivers, being Nigerian help these passengers if they spot the police early enough. They always give them a head start to prepare to run — when necessary.”Why relocate?Foreign countries simply possess far greater prospects to anything Nigeria can offer most people, barring the affluent or the politicians.Even some affluent people still loathe the idea of living in Nigeria. For the lucky immigrants who don’t get deported, the job opportunities and the prospect of great paydays are simply better than being faced with unemployment in Nigeria — especially for one without expertise in any craft or trade.The desperation to live abroad is a worry, however. Recently, the BBC reported how over 50 Nigerian immigrant girls were victims of serial abuse, violent crimes, terrible working conditions and other factors that mirror modern slavery in Saudi Arabia — they also reported that the actual number runs into the thousands. Equally, we hear of Nigerians who perish in the Sahara desert or the Atlantic Ocean while attempting to illegally cross to European countries like Spain through Libya and Morocco on overfilled boats or via the desert. We cannot really blame them, terrible conditions in their countries made extreme choices palatable.According to the PEW Global research;  The rate of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa to Europe was pegged at about 970,000 people between 2010 and 2017.About 400,000 people fleeing conflict from sub-Saharan Africa moved to the United States of America between 2010 and 2016. From that number, the US Department of Homeland Securities and US State Department records that 110, 000 people were resettled as refugees, another 190,000 were became lawful permanent residents by virtue of family ties and nearly 110,000 more benefited from the US diversity visa program.The United Nations reports that about 420,000 sub-Saharan African migrants lived in Europe in 2017 (4.15 million) than in 2010 (3.73 million), and that another estimated 1.55 million sub-Saharan African migrants lived in the U.S in 2017, an increase of about a 325,000 from 2010, when an estimated 1.22 million sub-Saharan African migrants lived in the country.The United Nations reports that more 51% of sub-Saharan African migrants living in the U.S. as of 2017 were born in just four countries: Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya.In terms of destinations, as of 2017, nearly three-quarters (72%) of Europe’s sub-Saharan immigrant population was concentrated in just four countries: the UK (1.27 million), France (980,000), Italy (370,000) and Portugal (360,000).In the U.S., migrants from sub-Saharan Africa can be found across the country, with 42% in the American South, 24% in the Northeast, 18% in the Midwest and 17% in the West.The problem is very much alive, but it is not one to be solved by criticism or appraisal, but with affirmative, pragmatic action.

Orji Kalu: Ex governor to be conferred with traditional title in Buhari’s town Daura

The monarch in a letter dated Aug. 9, conveyed the decision of the Daura Emirate Council to honour Kalu, who is also a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC). Dr Orji Kalu, former governor of Abia, is to be conferred with the traditional title of Dan Baiwan (gifted child), by the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouk Umar.The monarch in a letter dated Aug. 9, conveyed the decision of the Daura Emirate Council to honour Kalu, who is also a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC).A statement endorsed by Mr Kunle Oyewumi, Kalu’s Special Adviser, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) on Friday in Abuja stated that the event would take place during the Eid-el Kabir  periodKalu in his acceptance letter dated Aug. 16, said that the honour would encourage him to sustain his good works.The former governor stressed that the emir has demonstrated his passion and commitment to a united and indivisible Nigeria.He said: “I received with so much excitement, a letter of conferment of traditional title of Dan Baiwan Hausa on me by the Daura Emirate Council headed by Emir of Daura, Alhaji (Dr) Umar Farouk Umar.“The honour is timely and encouraging.“I am a detribalised Nigerian. This is a good compensation for continually spreading the message of peace and unity across the nation.“We must continue to build friendship and relationships beyond our communities.“I was born in Aba, I had my university education in Maiduguri, and Lagos is my business base. I have workers from different ethnic groups and religions. Nigerians should see themselves as one.” I am appreciative of the recognition of my contributions to nation building and I pledge my continued loyalty to Daura Emirate Council, Katsina State and Nigeria at large.

Saraki: APC calls on Nigerians to condemn Senate President’s abuse of office

The party urged Nigerians to be vigilant and prevent Saraki from using the legislative arm for his own personal interests. The All Progressives’ Congress (APC) has once again condemned Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for his refusal to heed the ruling party’s calls to reconvene the National Assembly to consider the budget for the 2019 general elections.The national assembly adjourned legislative sittings till September 25 during plenary on July 24, amid a controversial clampdown by security operatives on Saraki and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, in what has been described as a witch-hunt orchestrated by the executive.The alleged witch-hunt raised even more concerns when operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) invaded the national assembly complex on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.The APC has been putting public pressure on Saraki to reconvene the National Assembly, describing his actions of ‘shutting down’ parliament as bordering on high treason.In a statement signed by the party’s Acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, on Friday, August 17, the APC once again demanded that the National Assembly should be reconvened to consider the budget sent by President Muhammadu Buhari last month.The party accused Saraki of using the legislative arm to serve his own personal interests as well as the ‘sinister ends’ of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).The statement read, “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attempt to hide under the yet-to-be assented Electoral Act Amendment bill is an attempt to draw attention away from the treasonable actions of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki who has refused to convene the National Assembly to consider at plenary the crucial 2019 Election Budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”The Electoral Amendment Bill passed by the National Assembly is alive and awaiting assent. However, assent to Bills in all democratic governments reflects the prudence and discretion of the president in balancing the powers of key constitutional bodies and understanding the concerns of the executive. “While we strongly condemn the abuse of office by the Senate President backed by his PDP cohorts in sabotaging the executive, specifically INEC, all well-meaning Nigerians have a duty to speak up and ensure that the National Assembly performs its constitutional role and not serve an individual’s personal interest and sinister ends of the opposition PDP.”We call on all Nigerians, civil society and indeed the international community to resist the ongoing travesty and legislative rascality being perpetuated by the Senate President and the PDP. The sanctity of our electoral system is being threatened by this orchestrated sabotage and deliberate attempt to weaken INEC as we prepare for General Elections in 2019.”The National Assembly must be convened immediately.”Meanwhile, the PDP has realised that the 2019 elections has been won and lost. If the election is held today, it is clear that the APC will win by a landslide, judging by visible and landmark achievements recorded by the President Buhari administration. “This is an apparent fact that gives the PDP sleepless nights, hence its daily lies and propaganda in its desperate, failed and early campaign to attract non- existent votes.”Why National Assembly won’t reconvene soon – Saraki, DogaraIn a statement jointly issued by Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday, August 14, they noted that recalling members of the National Assembly at the moment would be ‘irresponsible’ as joint Senate and House Committees don’t yet have reports on the budget for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct the 2019 general elections.The APC has relentlessly called for Saraki’s impeachment since he dumped the party for the PDP last month and both sides have made several public allegations of evil plots by the other party.This was reiterated in Tuesday’s statement when the party called on him to resign from his position as leader of the “APC majority Senate” or be dishonourably impeached.

Tech: Insiders say the press leaks during Google’s all-hands meeting backfired and handed Sergey...

During a meeting between Google’s top managers and employees to discuss the controversy surrounding the company’s plans for China, many were shocked to learn someone inside Google was feeding real-time information to reporters. Suddenly, press leaks became the No. 1 issue.
Many Google employees were shocked to learn that one of their own was leaking real-time information to reporters during a company all-hands meeting on Thursday.
Google managers and employees have a long tradition of not sharing what is said in all-hands meetings, known as TGIFs, but that changed on Thursday.
When tweets from a New York Times reporter indicated that someone was providing her with the internal discussion, many within the company appeared to react with anger, according to sources.
The result: Google managers were handed a reason not to disclose any more information about the company’s controversial plans to operate again in China, founder Sergey Brin was made to look like a victim.
“F–k you,” said the male Google employee standing at the microphone during a pivotal moment at the company all-hands meeting on Thursday night.
According to three sources in attendance who spoke with Business Insider, the man was addressing an unknown person within Google who was relaying what was said at the gathering in real time to a New York Times reporter. The reporter had posted quotes said minutes before by Google cofounder Sergey Brin and CEO Sundar Pichai to Twitter and her tweets were displayed on a large screen before the gathering.
Sharing what is said during these discussions between leaders and employees — known internally as TGIFs — has long been considered a no-no at Google. Few companies have as much regular open and frank communication about sensitive subjects with their staff, and the thinking is that leaks would make them impossible.
And that’s likely why many inside Google appeared sympathetic to the sentiment expressed by the man at the mic. After he said the epithet and exhorted the leaker to leave, some in the audience applauded, said the sources. On Google’s internal communications systems, the man also received praise.
The man at the mic spoke for many at Google
For Googlers, this was an extraordinary public rebuke and it came during an exceptionally fractious period at the company.
Brin and Pichai were expected to discuss media reports from two weeks ago that indicated Google planned to operate once again in China, the sources said. In 2010, Google pulled out of that country rather than censor the information that the government there finds objectionable from its search results. The act of censoring is considered by some to be a human-rights violation.
A Google spokesman did not immediately respond to questions.
According to a report on August 2 in The Intercept, Google had experienced a change of heart about China and had built a search application that would indeed filter out websites and other data banned by the Chinese government. The obvious flip flop angered and saddened many at Google who believe Brin and the other leaders have abandoned at least some of their well-publicized ethical values.
Google has long been known as a hippie haven, a workplace that possessed left-leaning political views.
That was before news leaked late last year that Google had agreed to provide the Pentagon with artificial intelligence that could help analyze drone video footage. Some experts argued the technology could also improve the accuracy of drone missile strikes. Thousands of Google workers signed a petition demanding leaders put an end to the relationship and promise to never produce AI-enhanced weapons. At least a dozen quit in protest.
The protesters appeared to triumph. Google’s management released a set of governing principles for AI that included a promise never to build AI weapons, and said it would allow its AI contract with the Pentagon to expire.
The press leaks backfired this time
Similar protests then sprang up at Amazon, Microsoft, and Salesforce. Many tech workers now feel they have the opportunity to influence how their companies approach ethical questions. Among these movements, one of the most potent tools has been press leaks.
But the practice appeared to backfire on Thursday, according to the sources. The person who shared information to the Times, presumably someone involved with the movement inside Google, not only handed Pichai and Brin an excuse to stop discussing anything substantive about China at the meeting, but the executives were also made to look victimized by a breach of trust.
All of the sources who talked to Business Insider agreed that the display of the reporters’ tweets before the audience stunned the audience and marked a turning point at the meeting. All the momentum and sympathy swung in the direction of management. Some of the sources said they fear the leaks might now have a chilling effect on the sharing of information inside Google among employees sympathetic to the protests.
“(The leaker) and the Times overplayed their hand,” said one source.
Another said “It was a stupid mistake” to live tweet during the meeting. “It shocked Googlers and it was so unnecessary.

‘I’ve never been so happy with him’: Mourinho praises Pogba

Jose Mourinho has broken his silence on his relationship with French World Cup winner Paul Pogba and insists there has been no disagreement with Manchester United’s record signing.
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