Buhari: 2018 budget is worse than nonsense, says Akintunde

Akintunde said Buhari’s 2018 budget is about N10 trillion and grossly unrealistic. The managing editor of Financial Nigeria Magazine, Jide Akintunde has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2018 budget of consolidation is about N10 billion and not N8.6 trillion as stated by the federal government.In an interview on the Osasu Show, Akintude described the 2018 budget estimate as grossly unrealistic.He expressed worry over Nigeria’s growing debt burden given the poor implementation of the 2017 budget despite the huge borrowings.His words: “My assessment is that the 2018 budget is worse than nonsense. This budget is exactly what it is given the fact that this government wants to revert to the January-December circle of budget making.

Burnley install anti-terror barriers

Burnley became the first Premier League club to install security barriers to protect fans from Nice-style terrorist attacks at the weekend.
BurnleyThe barriers, which were used outside Turf Moor for Burnley’s 2-0 win over Swansea on Saturday, were installed in order to prevent terrorists from ramming vehicles into supporters making their way to the stadium.
“A series of hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) barriers will be installed ahead of and immediately after the match,” Burnley said in a statement ahead of the win.
Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes shot Burnley to seventh in the Premier League on Saturday, level on points with Liverpool and Arsenal, and with crowds flocking to Turf Moor the club used the barriers to safeguard security around the ground.

EP Review: Mars & Barzini live their most robust lives on “In Spirit”

The two young men, turn up, feel the rush, and savour what it means to possess youth, and be plugged into the Nigerian dream. If any music group epitomises the cross-pollination that makes Nigerian Hip-hop become so diverse and interesting, it is the duo of Mars and Barzini. The Afro-Groove duo combines so well to hop between subgenres, becoming sonic chameleons with each new record.Signed to TGIF Music, their new EP, “In Spirit”, is an entertaining journey through diverse music formations, ranging from Afrobeat to Trap. The end result is an appealing body of work that works the sweet spot between experimental ‘cool kids’ leanings, and pop music indulgence.It’s a project made by two young men, turning up, feeling the rush, and savouring what it means to possess youth, and be plugged into the Nigerian dream.

Tech: New York City’s subway is falling apart — here’s how it compares to...

As a New York Times investigation recently showed, the NYC subway is in crisis mode. Here are the cities that have public transit that regularly leaves on time. 2017 is a particularly bad year for the New York City subway. A few highlights: A train got stuck underground without air-conditioning in the summer for nearly an hour; a track fire bogged down multiple lines and sent nine people to the hospital; and after a train derailed for the second time in 2017, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo declared the system was in a “state of emergency.”
Delays have become a normal for NYC commuters.
This week, The New York Times investigated why the the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)-run subway system has gotten so bad. The reporters found a slew of financial issues caused by the MTA’s fiscal mismanagement.

Tech: 6 myths about Japan that put its ‘demographic time bomb’ in perspective

Japan is dealing with what economists call a “demographic time bomb.” The country has coped with this in creative and sometimes extreme ways. Japan is dealing with what economists call a “demographic time bomb.”
Through a vicious cycle of low fertility and low consumer spending, the country’s economy has gradually shrunk over the last 20 years.
Japan has coped with this demographic time bomb in creative and sometimes extreme ways. But the reputation Japan still maintains as a tech leader with a booming economy belies the daily reality for many citizens.
Here are a handful of myths that put the demographic time bomb in perspective.
MYTH: Japan is an economic powerhouse.
Japan’s GDP is the third-largest in the world, at nearly $5 trillion. But its national debt is more than twice that, at $10.5 trillion.

Saraki: Senate says it won’t debate Buhari’s 2018 budget yet

Saraki said the decision was to enable the Senate pass the MTEF and FSP. The Nigerian Senate says it won’t debate the 2018 appropriation bill presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.Speaking at plenary on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, Senate president Bukola Saraki said the decision was to enable the red chamber pass the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and the Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP).His words: “We have to pass the MTEF which we are hoping to relay by tomorrow, to be passed this week. Secondly, the distribution of documents and I hope you have all received the documents that accompany the 2018 budget.

Conte Wary Of Qarabag Upset, Rules Out Moses, Moans About Chelsea Schedule

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says his side cannot afford to make mistakes in Wednesday’s Champions League fixture against minnows Qarabag.
The Blues were embarrassed 3-0 by Italian side AS Roma in their last game in the competition and a win against the Azerbaijan club will see them book their ticket into the round of 16.
Conte has however warned his players to be wary of the threat posed by the lowly rated team who have picked two draws in their last two games in the competition against Atletico Madrid.
“For us it must go game by game, tomorrow is the most important thing for us. If we win we go into the next round, it is a really good target for us.

Wenger: Iwobi Now A Better Finisher, But Must Improve Defensively

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi to improve the defensive side of his game even after the Nigerian has progressed as a finisher.
Iwobi has enjoyed a strong start to the new season, especially for the Super Eagles, scoring the goal that sent Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup in a 1-0 win against Zambia back in October.
Then last week Iwobi scored twice in a 4-2 comeback win against Argentina.
And in the Premier League, his only goal was in a 2-0 win against Brighton, bringing his tally so far this season in all competitions to four.
Following his impressive performances so far, Wenger who hailed the 21-year-old’s ‘unbelievable’ progress, however says the young attacker still has a fair way to go before becoming the complete article.

Salisu To Retain Home Eagles WAFU Cup Team For CHAN

By Adeboye Amosu: Home-based Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf will stick with the majority of the players  that played at the recent WAFU Nations Cup for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The Super Eagles will make their third appearance at CHAN and will play in Group C with Rwanda, Libya and Equatorial Guinea.
The team came second at the WAFU Cup competition in September, losing 4-1 to perennial rivals and hosts Ghana in the final.
The 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League season is expected to kick off on January 14 which leaves Yusuf  little or no chance of scouting for new players.
“Coach Salisu Yusuf will surely stick with the players that played at the WAFU Cup.

Pulse Movie Review: “Potato Potahto” is an anomaly; a comedy about divorce

In “Potato Potahto,” Shirley Frimpong-Manso puts a hilarious twist on divorce; a serious topic often accompanied by stigmatization shrouded in religion and culture. Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s “Potato Potahto” is an anomaly; a comedy movie about divorce.Divorce is a tricky topic in Africa, often accompanied by a never-ending stigma and shrouded in religion and culture.Couples who divorce are often made to feel a sense of shame and failure; their plight even become a subject of public conversations and ridicule.An African parent is likely to panic once their child mentions ‘divorce,’ forcing couples to avert divorce for as long as they can. There’s also the bad blood that tends to follow an ugly divorce.

Pulse Opinion: That clash between EFCC and DSS is really some hot mess

EFCC, DSS and Police personnel all clashed in Abuja. They’ve let their badges and their nation down. It’s another day and another inter agency rivalry in Nigeria. Personnel of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) had a disturbing clash in the Asokoro area of Abuja on Tuesday morning.The gist is that the EFCC chaps had stormed apartments belonging to Amb Ayodele Oke (who was recently relieved of his job as boss of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, after that N13B was discovered in an Ikoyi apartment) and Ita Ekpeyong, immediate past Director of the DSS.The EFCC was on the Mamman Nasir Street in the Asokoro district of the FCT to obviously arrest both men. That didn’t quite work out as planned.

Mugabe: Zimbabwean President resigns after 37 years in office

The 93-year-old has finally stepped down after days of intense pressure. Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, has resigned from his position after ruling the southern African country for 37 years since 1980.The 93-year-old’s resignation comes after a week of intense pressure from the military and the public.He is expected to be replaced by ousted vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who returned to the country after the military took over the government.Details later.

Tech: There are 2 types of time travel and physicists agree that one of...

Renowned physicist Brian Greene explains how time can be manipulated with wormholes. Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and co-founder of the World Science Festival, explains what we know about time travel so far. Following is a transcript of the video.
Brian Greene: I’m Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and co-founder of the World Science Festival.
It’s critical that you realize that there are two types of time travel, and they are radically different. Time travel to the future? Definitely possible.
We know how to do it because Einstein showed us the way over a hundred years ago. It’s surprising how few people actually really know about this in their bones.

Neymar free to enjoy himself with friends outside football, says coach Emery

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insists he is not concerned about Neymar’s lifestyle after the Brazilian superstar was photographed at a Paris nightclub in the early hours of Sunday.
Neymar “Outside of his work, his football, he can enjoy himself with his friends,” Emery said on Tuesday, at a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League meeting with Celtic at the Parc des Princes.
“In training he is great. He is young, and he also needs to go out, but he is still responsible.”
Neymar was pictured at a nightclub in the Paris suburbs attending a private concert held by the American rapper Tyga, according to a report in Le Parisien. Earlier he had played 90 minutes in PSG’s 4-1 win over Nantes.

Amosun Present N345.42bn Appropriation Bill For 2018

File PhotoOgun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun has presented the 2018 appropriation bill of a total of N345.42 billion to the State House of Assembly in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta the state capital.
In the proposed budget tagged the ‘Budget of Accelerated Development,’ a total of N223.72billion was earmarked for capital expenditure, which represented 64.77 percent of the estimates, while N121.69 billion would be for recurrent expenditure, representing 35.23 percent.
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At the budget presentation to the house on Tuesday, November 21, the governor promised to expedite actions on his five cardinal programmes with more focus on agriculture that will lead to industrialisation.