Uzoho Thanks Iceland For Ikeme Support

Super Eagles goalkeeper Francis Uzoho  has thanked the Icelandic team for their kind gesture towards Nigerian international Carl Ikeme who is down with acute leukemia. Uzoho stated this in Thursday’s press conference ahead of Friday’s must-win game against Iceland. After their impressive 1-1 draw against Argentina, the Icelandic squad posed for a picture with Ikeme’s […]
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Russia 2018: Croatia Advance, Argentina Face Early Exit After Thrashing

By James Agberebi: Croatia booked their place in the round of 16 of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup following their impressive 3-0 win against Argentina in Group D on Thursday. Three second-half goals from Ante Rebic, skipper Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic sealed Croatia’s passage into their first appearance in the last 16 since […]
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World Cup 2018: Reactions as Cabellero gifts Croatia win over Argentina

Here are the reactions as Argentina lose 3-0 to Croatia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Willy Caballero was the trending topic on Twitter after his mistake condemned Argentina to a 3-0 loss against Croatia in their 2018 FIFA World Cup, group D opener on Thursday, June 21.Argentina were hoping to register three points after a 1-1 draw against Iceland in their opener while Croatia needed three more points to seal their place in the round of 16 after victory from Nigeria.Chances fell for both sides both were unable to convert as they went into the break goalless.Cabellero gifts Rebic Croatia goalWilly Cabellero was the villain as he turned provider for Croatia’s Ante Rebic in the 53rd minute.The mistake was heavily criticised out Twitter as he was a target man for insults for his unfortunate mistakes.   Modric scores stunner against Argentina Rakitic complete Argentina humiliation Messi and his Argentine teammates will hope to bounce back when they take on Nigeria while Croatia face off with Iceland on Tuesday, June 26.

BREAKING: Croatia Thrash Argentina 3-0 To Reach Last 16

Croatia’s midfielder Ivan Rakitic (R) celebrates with Croatia’s forward Mario Mandzukic after scoring their third goal against Argentina. Johannes EISELE / AFP
 
Lionel Messi’s Argentina are on the brink of World Cup exit after being thrashed 3-0 by Croatia.
A howler from Argentina’s Willy Caballero gifted Croatia a 1-0 second-half lead in the second half, which send the Luka Modric-inspired Croatia to the last 16 of the World Cup.
The Chelsea stopper attempted a chipped pass over Ante Rebic from inside his own area, but totally underhit his effort and the Croatia winger fired an unstoppable volley into the roof of the net.
The World Cup in Russia has already seen some questionable goalkeeping, including a poor performance from Saudi Arabia’s Abdullah Al-Mayouf in a 5-0 thumping by Russia on the opening day.
David De Gea, regarded by many as the best goalkeeper in the world, also had a moment to forget when he allowed a Cristiano Ronaldo shot to slip through his grasp in Spain’s 3-3 draw with Portugal.
Liverpool’s Loris Karius made two embarrassing blunders in last month’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid.
Caballero is only starting for Argentina because Manchester United’s Sergio Romero is missing the
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Rohr: Super Eagles Won’t Lose To Iceland, Hot Weather Could Favour Us

By Nnamdi Ezekute in Russia: Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has expressed optimism that the family atmosphere in his team will see them avoid defeat to Iceland in their must-win Group D game against Iceland in the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup on Friday. The Super Eagles must go all out for victory to stand […]
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Deschamps Happy With “Solid” France Showing Vs Peru

France manager Didier Deschamps has stated that he is very satisfied with his side’s progress to the knockout stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia World Cup following Thursday’s 1-0 victory over Peru. Kylian Mbappe netted the winning goal for France in the first half. Deschamps men have failed to hit  expected standard […]
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Russia 2018: 1million fans attend matches

The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia entered full swing on Thursday as fans’ attendance at stadia, recorded one million with Denmark vs Australia game in Samara.
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Most Bizarre Injuries Of The Sporting World

When you are a professional sportsman one of your biggest fears is that injury will end your career prematurely. There is always a degree of danger involved in sports, whether it is cricket, soccer, baseball or basketball and one would expect most injuries to occur on the field right? Wrong! Wolverhampton Wanderers’ goalkeeper and Nigerian […]
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Mbappe Voted MOTM In France Win Over Peru

France forward Kylian Mbappe has been voted Budweiser Man of the match in Les Blues 1-0 win against Peru in their Group C Clash at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Mbappe, 19, became France’s youngest ever World Cup scorer by converting a close-range rebound after Peru’s goalkeeper Pedro Gallese had partially blocked Olivier […]
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In United States: Congress sets immigration vote amid furor over family separations

But Republicans were divided over the two bills up for a vote in the House of Representatives, and Democrats signalled their opposition, making for a day of legislative drama. US lawmakers were poised to vote Thursday on long-term Republican-sponsored fixes to immigration amid a firestorm over family separations on the US-Mexico border.But Republicans were divided over the two bills up for a vote in the House of Representatives, and Democrats signalled their opposition, making for a day of legislative drama.The votes come a day after US President Donald Trump, in a stunning about-face, ordered an end to the family separations at the border.Images and recordings of wailing children detained in cage-like enclosures has ignited global outrage, forcing the legislative action on an immigration system in disarray.Despite Trump’s order there was no immediate plan in place to reunite the more than 2,300 children already separated from their families.”Congress has the authority and the responsibility to make the law of the land and to fix the immigration system,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a security forum on Capitol Hill.”We need Congress to act.”Two measures are before the House of Representatives — a conservative bill and a more moderate “compromise,” which the White House and leadership in the Republican-controlled Congress has been urging rank-and-file members to support.Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi said her caucus was opposed to both bills, and it was unclear if there was sufficient Republican support for the compromise measure.Trump himself raised doubts before the votes, seeming to signal that conservatives need not cast tough votes on the compromise while shifting the blame for failure to Democrats.”What is the purpose of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct,” Trump tweeted.The compromise bill, in addition to ending family separations, addresses Trump’s goals of boosting border security including funding for his wall, limiting so-called “chain migration,” ending the visa lottery program and providing legal protections for young immigrants in the Obama-era DACA program who were brought to the country illegally as children.”It does not guarantee citizenship, but it does provide for a merit-based visa that the DACA population could apply for,” congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a member of House GOP leadership, told Fox News.New legal battlesTrump has accused rival Democrats of causing the problems at the border, telling supporters that Democrats put “illegal immigrants before they put American citizens.”For weeks, Trump had insisted he was bound by law to split children from their parents and that only Congress could resolve the problem — before he radically shifted gears.Trump’s order suggests the government intends to hold the families indefinitely by challenging a 1997 court ruling known as the Flores Settlement, which places a 20-day limit on how long children, alone or with their parents, can be detained.Trump’s executive order would keep families together but in custody indefinitely while the parents are prosecuted for entering the country illegally.That move could lead to new legal battles for the administration.Trump said there was a need to sustain his “zero tolerance” policy to prevent crime.”We still have to maintain toughness, or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don’t stand for and we don’t want,” he said.After a downturn last year, the flow of migrants from Central America and Mexico has surged since October.From March to May this year, more than 50,000 people a month were apprehended for illegally crossing the border from Mexico.Nearly all of the arriving families, and many others, have officially requested asylum, citing the high levels of violence in their home countries.The “zero tolerance” policy, including mandatory separation of children from adults as a deterrent, was announced May 7.Gene Hamilton, a senior Justice Department official, said the executive order was a “stopgap” move and that Congress needs to pass new legislation to give the president more powers to fight illegal immigration.Current laws, he argued, simply encouraged people to enter the country with their children, expecting to be caught and then released into US society.Democrats have warned that any order to undermine the critical Flores protections would be immediately challenged in court.

World Cup: France Become Third Team To Qualify For Knockout Stage

France’s forward Kylian Mbappe applauds at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group C football match between France and Peru at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 21, 2018. FRANCK FIFE / AFP
 
France reached the last 16 of the World Cup on Thursday after Kylian Mbappe’s 34th minute goal defeated Peru.
Mbappe, at 19 years and 183 days, became France‘s youngest ever World Cup scorer but Peru will exit the tournament despite a spirited second-half performance.
1998 winners France joined Russia and Uruguay in the last 16 with a 1-0 win against Peru, who cannot now progress from the group stage after two defeats.
Paris Saint-German star Kylian Mbappe tapped into an empty net in the 34th minute in Yekaterinburg and the South Americans were unable to respond.
Mbappe is now the youngest French goalscorer at a World Cup, aged 19 years and 183 days, beating David Trezeguet’s record of 20 years and 246 days.
Denmark, also in France‘s Group C, stayed on course for the knockout rounds after drawing 1-1 with Australia in the early game of the day in Samara.
Christian Eriksen’s half-volley was cancelled out by Mile Jedinak’s VAR-assisted penalty after Yussuf Poulsen’s handball, giving Denmark four points, while Australia are stuck on one point.
Australia coach Bert van Marwijk said the “last piece of the puzzle” — goals — was missing for his side who had several chances to win the game, leaving their survival hanging by a thread.
“We had chances to win and we deserved to win, so I’m disappointed,” the Dutchman said.
“The last part of the puzzle is that we must make the difference by scoring one goal more than the opponent.”
AFP
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Russia 2018: Mbappe Makes History As France Advance, Peru Crash Out

France booked their passage into the second round at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after securing a 1-0 win against Peru in a Group C encounter   in Ekaterinburg on Thursday. The Les Blues defeated Australia 2-1 in their first game last Saturday. Australia and Denmark battled  to a 1-1 draw earlier in the […]
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2018 budget: FG to borrow N1.6tn to fund deficit

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo-Udoma
The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, says the Federal Government will borrow N1.6 trillion to finance part of the N9.12 trillion 2018 budget.
The minister said this on Thursday in Abuja at the presentation of the approved 2018 Budget of Consolidation.
The N9.12 trillion 2018 budget was signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday after it was raised from N8.61 trillion by the National Assembly.
The budget expenditure was premised on oil price benchmark of 51 dollars per barrel, while crude oil production was bench-marked at 2.3 million barrels per day and exchange rate of N305 to one dollar.
Udoma said N793 billion would be borrowed domestically, while N849 billion would be borrowed from foreign sources to finance the budget deficit.
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He added that the overall budget deficit of N1.950 trillion in the budget represented 1.74 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
He noted that the projected deficit was within the threshold stipulated in the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA) 2017.
Udoma said that N306 billion was expected from privatisation proceeds and N5 billion from the sale of other government property to part finance the budget.
According to him, the Federal Government expects that oil revenue will make up 41.7 per cent of the revenue for the budget, while Independent Revenue would make up 11.8 per cent.
He also said that proceeds from the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) would make up 4.5 per cent as it was expected that revenue would go up significantly.
Other sources of revenue are Value Added Tax (VAT), which is to make 2.9 per cent, Company Income Tax (CIT) 9.2 per cent, Tax amnesty: 1.2 per cent, Signature Bonus: 1.6 per cent and Joint Venture (JV) Equity Restructuring to make up 9.9 per cent.
He added that grants and donor funding was estimated to make up 2.8 per cent, while other sources would make up 7.2 per cent of the revenue.
The minister said that recoveries would make up for 7.2 per cent of the revenue, noting that
the recoveries was made up of 320 million dollars from Swiss, assets and fines.
Udoma added that the 2018 revenue projections would reflect new funding mechanism for JV operations to allow for cost recovery in lieu of previous cash call arrangements.
He said it would also reflect additional oil-related revenue to include royalty recovery, new/marginal field licences and early licencing renewals.
Others are the review of the fiscal regime for oil Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs), restructuring government’s equity in JV oil assets with proceeds to be reinvested in other assets.
“This will improve efficiency in the operations of the JVs and position them for better revenue performance in the future”, he said.
Udoma added that increase in excise duty rates on alcohol and tobacco and tax administration improvement initiatives would positively affect collection efficiencies across various tax categories.
He, however, said that to get the projected revenue, Federal Government had embarked on some key reform initiatives.
He explained that the initiatives included deployment of new technology to improve revenue collection, upward review of tariffs and tax rates where appropriate, and stronger enforcement action against tax defaulters.
He also said that the Federal Government was improving Government Owned Enterprises (GOEs) revenue performance by reviewing operational efficiency and cost-to-income ratios and generally ensuring that GOEs operate in more fiscally responsible manner.

Argentina v Croatia World Cup starting line-ups

Argentina v Croatia World Cup starting line-ups
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In Lagos: Mother caught father committing incest with their daughter, witness tells court

Orebe, a policeman attached to the Gender Unit of the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, is the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) of the case. A witness, Sgt. Olakunle Orebe, on Thursday told an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court how Folorunso Oluwaseun, a 52-year-old father, was caught by his wife having unlawful sexual intercourse with their 17-year-old daughter in their matrimonial home.Orebe, a policeman attached to the Gender Unit of the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, is the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) of the case.He was led in evidence by Mr Babajide Boye, the lead state prosecutor.“The survivor (name withheld) told the police that her father had been sexually abusing her since 2012 and that sometime in 2016 her mother caught her father in the act in the bedroom.“Their home which was the scene of the crime was a bungalow and the family uses a room and a parlour in the building.“Her mother was unaware of the sexual abuse until 2016 when she caught the defendant with their daughter.“The survivor said that was what made her to leave Lagos for Ibadan to stay with her younger brother and sister,” Orebe said.The IPO, in his testimony, narrated how the alleged sexual crime came to the attention of the authorities.“When the survivor got to Ibadan, she began to teach in a school but the issue was weighing heavily on her mind.“She reported the matter to the proprietress of the school, the proprietress in turn directed her to a  NGO.“The NGO in turn directed her to the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), Alausa, Ikeja.“The DSVRT sent us a referral letter dated Oct. 19, 2017 and we immediately arrested the defendant.“The DSVRT let us understand that they referred the survivor to the Mirabel Center for a medical examination and I saw a report from Mirabel, ” he said.Following the revelation, Boye sought to tender the statement of the defendant into evidence.Mr Worer Obuagbaka, counsel to Oluwaseun, however, objected to the tendering of the statement on the grounds that it was obtained by the police under duress.Proceedings,however, took an interesting turn when Justice Sybil Nwaka, ordered a trial-within-trial to determine the voluntariness of the statement.During the trial-within-trial, Orebe denied forcing Oluwaseun to write his confessional statement.Led in evidence by Boye, the IPO said, “I cautioned him before he wrote the statement and I told him he was entitled to legal representation.“After he wrote his statement, I read the statement aloud to him and he affirmed the contents, he was never handcuffed or chained from Ikorodu to Ikeja.“I did not torture, beat, slap or threaten him, he understood the statement when I read it aloud and he signed it.“My superior officer, ASP Abimbola Williams, read the statement again to him and he affirmed making the statement and the superior officer signed,” he said.Oluwaseun, however, gave a different version of how his confessional statement was obtained.Led in evidence by Obuagbaka, he said, “I was in my house when the police came to arrest me, they told me that I should respect myself and if I do not, they will handcuff me.“They did not come with a vehicle and I had to pay for a commercial tricycle to take us where their vehicle was and when we got there, they handcuffed me.“When we got to the Police Command, they gave me a paper and I was told to write what went on between me and my daughter.“I was instructed to write what my daughter wrote in her statement, the IPO threatened me and I was showed a pistol.“I was never told I had a right to legal representation.He slapped me and I was shivering and out of fear, I wrote out that I sucked my daughter’s breast three times,” he said.While being cross-examined by Boye, Oluwaseun,told the court that he was physically assaulted by the IPO.“The IPO gave me a heavy slap, he said if I write that I sucked my daughter’s breast three times in my statement, I will be set free,” he said.Countering the defendant’s testimony, Boye queried: “How come out of all the body parts of your daughter, it is her breasts you could write a statement about?“I put it to you that you did what you were accused of and despite you alleging it to be untrue, you willingly signed the statement.”The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Oluwaseun, a technician and a resident of No. 30, Popoola St., Ikorodu, Lagos, was arraigned on Feb. 8 and on a two-count charge of defilement and sexual assault.He however denied the charges.According to the prosecution, the offences contravene Sections 137 and 263 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.His daughter and alleged victim had on May 23 testified about the abuse which spanned four years (2012-2016) which started when she was 13 years old.She had told the court that Oluwaseun blackmailed her by refusing to give her and her younger siblings aged five and two years, food unless she gave in to his sexual demands.Justice Sybil Nwaka adjourned the case until June 28 for adoption of the final written addresses of the trial-within-trial.