Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Money Talk: Money lessons your parents failed to teach you

We never knew these money lessons while growing up

The only basic money lesson we learnt while growing up was about saving your money and the benefits of saving.

I am very sure while growing up most people did not have any idea of all the money and financial knowledge they have now. 

We never learnt these money lessons when we were young. We started learning more about finance when we started earning and trying to save money, looking for ways to make money.

The only basic money lesson we learnt while growing up was about saving your money and the benefits of saving.

These are money lessons we never knew while growing up

1. Budgeting

One money lesson most people never knew while growing up was budgeting. Money was spent on how you felt it was meant to be spent.

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A budget is meant to help you track your spending, giving you an idea where your income is coming in from and where it is going into.

It also curbs your excess spending and controls your expenses.

2. Setting financial goals

The only thing people knew back then was that they wanted to be rich and they thought this would be achieved just by getting a job and saving money.

 

But contrary to that opinion, earning an income and only saving is not enough to make you financially stable.

You need to set financial goals you plan to achieve in the future. You need to ask yourself where you see yourself financially in future.

This is why you need to set financial goals both short-term and long-term financial goals.

But make sure you set realistic financial goals that you will be able to achieve.

3. Investing

Investing is just making your money do all the work for you. You don’t have to wait till you are financially stable before you think about venturing into investment opportunities.

You can start early but you need to be clear of debt before going into an investment.  There are so many things you can invest in. The stock market, real estate, bonds, business ventures.

Though investing is a way of making more money, you need to do your research before venturing into an investment.

4. Emergency savings fund

We never had any idea what an emergency savings fund was. We only knew that it was important to have a place to put our savings.

 

But there is a difference between having savings and having an emergency savings fund.

Imagine if you had an unexpected situation you never planned for and you had to take out of your savings which is meant for a totally different project.

That unexpected situation has disrupted your savings and you have to start saving again.

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If you had an emergency savings fund, it would have sorted that unexpected occurrence and your savings would still be intact.

So it is important to have an emergency savings fund for unexpected happenings.

5. Saving for retirement

One of the money lesson people had no idea about while growing was saving for retirement. A  time will come you'll stop earning salary due to old age.

This is the period you retire and stay at home.

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It is a bad financial move to start planning for retirement when you are close to old age. You should start planning for your retirement early in life, probably in your twenties.



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Politics: New poll finds British people would vote to scrap Brexit in a second referendum

Protesters against Brexit in Parliament Square

One-in-five Brexit voters would now vote to remain in the EU instead.

  • British people would vote to remain in the EU if a second referendum were held today, according to a new poll.
  • Among decided voters, remaining in the EU now has a 12-point lead.
  • Demands for a second vote have been growing in recent weeks.
  • However, the poll finds little public enthusiasm for another vote.


LONDON — British people would vote to scrap Brexit and remain in the EU if a second referendum were held today.

Support for scrapping Brexit now has a 10-point lead with almost one-in-five Brexit voters now saying they would vote to remain inside the EU instead, according to a new poll commissioned by Lord Ashcroft.

Some 45% of all voters would now vote to remain in the EU, with 35% opposed and 20% unsure. Among all decided voters, Remain now has a 12 point lead of 56% to 44%.

The shift has come from those who voted Brexit in 2016, almost one-in-five of whom now say they would vote to Remain in the EU instead.

The findings come as demands for a second referendum have grown, with even the prominent Leave campaigner and former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, saying last week that he was moving towards backing holding another vote.

However, the public still remain largely opposed to the idea of another poll. Overall, 51% are opposed to a second referendum and just 38% are in favour.

However, these positions switched when respondents were asked whether they would support another vote if May fails to get a Brexit deal with the EU.

In these circumstances 39% would back a second referendum as opposed to 31% who would oppose one.



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Lebanon Reverses Ban On Steven Spielberg’s Latest Film, “The Post”

Lebanon’s interior ministry will allow the release of Steven Spielberg’s latest film, “The Post”, overturning a ban by the General Security authority, a senior official said Wednesday.

The security body had on Monday announced it was banning the Hollywood thriller to comply with an Arab League boycott targeting supporters of Israel.

In a rare move, the interior ministry chose not to sign off on the decision by General Security, which in addition to controlling Lebanon’s borders, is responsible for censoring films, plays, and books.

“Interior Minister Nohad Mashnouk is going to allow the film to be shown,” a senior ministry official told AFP.

The company distributing the film in Lebanon confirmed that the film, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks would be released in cinemas in Beirut and elsewhere on Thursday.

The acclaimed production tells the behind-the-scenes story of the 1971 publication by The Washington Post of the Pentagon Papers, which exposed the lies behind US involvement in the Vietnam War.

Lebanon is divided on the boycott-driven bans, with some welcoming them as a bulwark against the “cultural normalisation” of Israel’s occupation.

Banned films can often be found in bootleg movie shops across the country for as little as one dollar, and even blacklisted books can sometimes be found in regular bookstores.

AFP

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Omoku Attack: Wike sets up N50m trust fund for toddler who was shot in Rivers massacre

Wike sets up N50m trust fund for 1-year-old Omoku victim

Wike said the state government will ensure that the little girl will be sponsored through school.

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has announced the decision of the state government to set up a N50 million trust fund for the education of Purity, a one-year-old girl who is a victim of the New Year Day massacre that claimed 22 lives in Omoku, Rivers State.

The governor announced the decision on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, when he paid another visit to residents of Omoku in Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni Local Government Area of the state.

Wike said the state government will ensure that the little girl will be sponsored through school after losing her parents to the massacre.

The girl also sustained gunshot injuries to her left thigh during the incident that was carried out by the criminal gang of notorious killer, kidnapper and militant, Igwedibia Johnson, aka 'General' Don Wani.

While addressing bereaved resident, Wike said, "I am here today to further express my condolences to the families that lost loved ones and also express my sympathy to the injured.

Like I said before, the Rivers State Government will foot the hospital bills of the injured and support support the families of the deceased."

He promised that everyone involved in the attack will be brought justice, expressing confidence that security agencies are doing their best.

"And for all those of you who have been running away, continue to run away we will find you," he warned perpetrators.

Don Wani, 8 others killed

The mastermind behind the massacre, Don Wani, was killed in a shootout in Enugu State on Saturday, January 6.

In what was a joint hunt by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and soldiers of the Nigerian Army, Don Wani was killed with two of his lieutenants; Ikechukwu Adiele and Lucky Ode.

While addressing journalists on Thursday, January 11, Police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, announced that six more gang members had been killed after they engaged officers in a shootout in Awara Forest, a boundary between Imo State and Rivers.

Moshood also noted that the police was able to apprehend a senior member of the cult group, Desmond Okotubo, a 32-year-old native of Egbenma from Unelga LGA of Rivers.

He revealed that Okotubo confessed to being one of the masterminds of the gang and actively participated in the killings that sent shock around the nation at the dawn of the new year.



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Nigerian Bobsled Women: Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga celebrated by Beats by Dre

The Nigerian Bobsled team has been recognised by international electronics company, Beats by Dre.

The Nigerian Bobsleigh team of Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga who qualified Nigeria to her first-ever appearance at the Winter Olympic games have joined forces with popular music electronics company Beats by Dre to make an Advert video.

In a video posted by Beats by Dre on You tube titled 'Above the Noise', the Nigerian team are seen preparing, and show a great deal of determination which saw team qualify for the Olympics.

 

The Bobsleigh team have enjoyed roller coaster year  which saw them get a popular interview on the Ellen show, but now need sponsors and support as they prepare or the Olympics.

The Nigerian Bobsleigh team pilot Adigun talks briefly on how wanting to create their legacy has fuelled their desire to qualify Nigeria for its first winter games.

She said "You can live in your own legacy, but you gotta start somewhere,"

"Our goal is to create a legacy where people will never be limited by the fear of the unknown."

 

The Nigerian bobsleigh team is aiming a podium finish at the 2018 winter Olympics despite being ranked low.

They will be encouraged by the fact that they made history as Africa's first bobsleigh team to a Winter Olympics.



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Harry Uzoka: Fellow model George Koh charged with murder

George Koh charged with Murder of model, Harry Uzoka

Harry was murdered by acquaintance and fellow model after Met Police charge two men with murder

The world was shocked by the sudden and untimely death of popular British-Nigerian model Harry Uzoka who was fatally stabbed in East Acton, London on Thursday 11th January. In an even more surprising turn of events, the Met Police have charged two men with murder. One being George Koh, friend of the deceased and fellow model.

Harry Uzoka's death caused ripples worldwide as the death of the young model was announced. Harry, who had starred in adverts for Zara and Mercedes amongst others had a very bright future ahead of him and was spoken of very highly by colleagues in the fashion industry.

Remembered as 'gentle, kind and hard-working' young man, Harry had just returned from a holiday in St. Lucia where he celebrated Christmas and New Year.

 

Police Investigation

The Met Police called the incident a 'robbery gone wrong' and appealed for any information. Detective Inspector Beverley Kofi from the British Met Police released a statement saying, ''This is another tragic murder with a young male victim who has met a violent death.

We believe that the incident started Ollgar House, in Ollgar Close and the victim was assaulted and stabbed before staggering and collapsing in Old Oak Road. We believe there were a number of people involved, but we are still working to establish the circumstances and a possible motive.

We have made two arrests and continue to pursue a number of lines of inquiry. We need to public's help to piece together what happened - who the victim was seen with, the incident itself and the immediate aftermath.

If you were in the area at the time and saw anything that could be of significance to the investigation, we would urge you to get it touch right away."

 

Arrests Made

In the wake of Harry's tragic death, police have now charged two men on suspicion of murder. Detectives have charged IMG model George Koh, 24, from Camden, and Jonathan Okigbo, 23, from Kentish Town, with murder, while Koh is also facing charges of possessing an offensive weapon as Koh was reportedly caught with the weapon that was used to stab Harry.

George Koh, who has modelled for brands including Louis Vuitton and Paul Smith, was arrested on Sunday and Okigbo was arrested yesterday, Scotland Yard said. 

 

Koh, a professional model in his own right, was signed to IMG models, arguably one of the biggest agencies in the world. His Instagram, with a following of 12k, was littered with abusive comments and threats left by mourning friends and fans who learnt of Koh's role in Harry's death.

 

A representative for IMG models said: 'Koh hasn't been on our books since March 2017.'  Koh's profile has since been removed completely from the IMG models website.

Both suspects appeared before Westminster Magistrates' Court today. The pair appeared in the dock in grey prison issue tracksuits, and only spoke to confirm their personal details. They were remanded in custody and will next appear at Old Bailey on Thursday where they will officially be charged in a court of law.

Shocked friends and fans react

Social media was alight with the news of the arrests. Many, who knew Koh as well a s Harry expressed their shock at the outcome. Many speculated that jealousy must have been a motivator in the murder considering the two were working in the same industry.

One user claimed that Koh often remarked that people mistook him for Harry.

Tributes Pour In For Harry

Photographer Sophie Jones posted this heartwarming video in honour of the young model who was so widely loved by his peers.
 

His ex-girlfriend, Victoria Secret model, Leomie Anderson, after a few days of silence posted a moving tribute where she wrote:

He wasn’t just my ex boyfriend, he was one of my oldest and dearest friends. He didn’t deserve this and I am heartbroken.

Whilst the arrests come as a relief to many hoping Harry's killer would be brought to justice swiftly, it brings little comfort to those still reeling from his senseless and unnecessary death.



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Tech: Kind is sending out its competitors' products to 10,000 consumers in an edgy marketing stunt

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Kind Snacks is entering the protein bar category with an edgy marketing stunt.

  • Kind Snacks is shipping its competitors' products alongside its own to 10,000 consumers for them to the two try side-by-side.
  • The stunt is to mark its foray into the protein bar category, which is the fastest-growing category within the energy and nutrition bar category as a whole.
  • It is also running a digital ad featuring Anna Faris modeled after Jimmy Kimmel’s infamous 'Celebrities read mean tweets' video series, in which she reads a series of unsavory Amazon consumer reviews about other protein bars on the market.


After setting up a three-story high mound of sugar at Times Square to tout its "healthier" fruit bites last fall, Kind Snacks is back with yet another marketing stunt.

The healthy snack-maker is marking its entry into the protein bar space by taking direct potshots at competitors including Clif, Quest, ThinkThin and Power Crunch. It is shipping its competitors' products alongside its own to 10,000 consumers who sign up first, for them to the two try side-by-side.

Kind claims that nuts are the primary protein in its bars and so they automatically taste better than others in the market, which are heavy on synthetic protein blends, artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols.

"Since we're entering a new category, we need to convince people to switch in a compelling way," said Drew Nannis, Kind's VP of integrated communications. "Taste is very subjective, so we wanted to put our best foot forward by making people actually sample our product."

Protein bars are a clear expansion opportunity for the brand, which ventured outside of snack bars and granola for the first time last year to launch fruit bites for kids. Kind likes to think of itself as a "challenger brand" taking on established competitors, so these marketing stunts work well for it. Its sugar stunt, for example, increased traffic to its website by 61% during the week of launch, said Nannis.

The protein bar category is now the fastest-growing within the energy and nutrition bar category as a whole, with a 54% increase in the number of new products claiming to be high in protein since 2008, according to a study by Mintel. And the hype is unlikely to end anytime soon. 71% of people say that they want more protein in their diets, according to a survey by the NPD Group.

It also allows the brand to remain true to its mission of creating products made with minimally processed, real ingredients while expanding into newer categories.

"For us, it's always been about disrupting stale categories or creating new categories," said Nannis. "Our approach has always been to always elevate the categories we enter and challenge the false compromises in those categories."

Kind is also promoting its new protein bars through a digital video starring Anna Faris in partnership with Funny or Die, which once again calls out leading protein bar brands for their taste — or rather lack thereof.

The video is modeled after Jimmy Kimmel’s infamous 'Celebrities read mean tweets' video series, and features Faris reading a series of unsavory Amazon consumer reviews about the leading protein bars on the market, without directly naming them. It will be promoted across several digital channels.

Kind will also be running a TV campaign for its protein bars later in the summer.



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Relationships & Sex: 5 ways to spice up your sex life with your partner

How to spice up the sex life with your partner.

Tips to help rediscover the passionate form you once had with your partner.

Sex sometimes gets monotonous after you have been doing it repeatedly over the course of a period.

And the effect of this predictability on that aspect of your relationship is that the spark fizzles out.

To begin a pattern of steamy romance or to rediscover the red hot sensual form you and your partner once had, the 5 tips below are just for you:

1. Bring back that spontaneity

One major way to get stuck in a sexual rut is by becoming a one-trick pony.

You need switch things up! And do it in such, exciting unexpected ways that will be thrilling for your partner.

If it’s mono-dimensional all the time, that spark will likely stay dead for longer.

 

2. Talk It up

There’s also something sexy about sexy talk… the type that does not happen in the bedroom.

Whisper it, or text your partner and set the mood with a promise of what you intend to do to him  or her later. Being specific and as explicit as possible will be more effective.

Do this occasionally as opposed to beginning the buildup only when you get into the bedroom.

3. More morning sex

Become a fan of regular morning sex. It's a great way to start your day, anway.

 

4. Fun and games

A little strip tease and other games to ramp up the anticipation won’t hurt.

"If my husband and I are getting ready to go out but I'm in the mood for a little action later, then I make sure to get dressed last and spend the entire time getting ready wearing just a sexy bra and panties.

He almost always wants to do something right away, but I usually shoo him off. That way when we get home later, we're both practically bursting with anticipation," writes an anonymous wife, who has been married for one year.

5. Anywhere but the bedroom

Take up the challenge where you have to stay away from the bedroom whenever you want to have sex.

Doing it on the bed every time kind of limits the experience.

Change scenery. The shower, couch in the living room and dining area are all waiting to get some of the action too.

Make it happen.



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Finance: Here comes Goldman Sachs ... (GS)

Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein speaks at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York, U.S., September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Goldman Sachs is expected to release results from its fourth-quarter at around 7.30 am Wednesday.

Goldman Sachs is expected to release results from its fourth-quarter at around 7:30 am Wednesday.

Wall Street analysts are expecting the firm to report adjusted earnings of $4.90 a share.

Like the other big banks, Goldman Sachs is expected to take a hit from the recently passed tax law, thanks to a combination of taxes on repatriated cash and deferred tax assets that declined in value.

JPMorgan reported a $2.4 billion fourth-quarter loss because of the new tax law, and Citigroup reported a $22 billion loss. The CEOs of each firm nonetheless praised the potential long-term benefits of the law.

Analysts expect Goldman Sachs to report non-adjusted earnings of -$6.05 a share after accounting for the effects of the tax law and other one-time gains and costs.

Here's what else Wall Street will be looking for:

One last item to be on the lookout for: Any losses related to scandal-wracked South African retailer Steinhoff International.

A group of Wall Street banks loaned money last year to an entity controlled by Christo Wiese, the former chairman of Steinhoff International, whose stock has been ravaged by an accounting scandal.

Citi, HSBC, Goldman Sachs, and Nomura initially arranged the $1.8 billion loan, backed by some 628 million shares of Steinhoff's now-crippled stock, and subsequently sold off parts of the loan to other banks.

JPMorgan reported a $273 million hit to its fourth-quarter earnings from the deal.

Though Citi didn't name the single client responsible for a $130 million wipeout in in its equities-trading revenue, it's also likely attributable to Steinhoff.

Other banks, including Goldman Sachs, are expected to have exposure to Steinhoff as well.



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Sports: One of the deadliest strikers in world football is close to joining Arsenal for £50 million — and the stats show he’s better than Alexis Sánchez

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cuddles former Borussia Dortmund teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has also been linked to Arsenal FC.

Arsenal FC is reportedly close to securing a double swoop for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

  • Arsenal FC could lose Alexis Sánchez to Manchester United but gain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.
  • The deals will likely see Arsenal better off as the team would benefit from the presence of a prolific penalty box striker.
  • Sánchez' transfer to United could also see Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to Arsenal.
  • The United midfielder has a pre-existing playing relationship with Aubameyang — and it is one that yielded many goals when both played in the same Dortmund team just two years ago.

Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, one of the deadliest goalscorers in world football, is close to joining Arsenal FC.

German news publication Bild says Aubameyang's father/agent is in transit so he can meet with Arsenal executives to discuss a £50 million move.

Should Aubameyang maintain his current form, Arsenal would get considerable value for money on its investment.

The 28-year-old Gabon international is at the peak of his powers, scoring 100 goals in his last 118 games in all competitions for Dortmund, and — just like former Arsenal icon Thierry Henry — is capable of scoring goals that are works of art.

This deft one-touch volley from ten yards in 2017 is just one example:

Arsenal may be loathe to lose wantaway forward Alexis Sánchez to Manchester United in the January transfer window, yet Aubameyang would improve Arsène Wenger's first team even in Sánchez' absence.

A "fox-in-the-box" type striker, Aubameyang thrives on quick, counter-attacking plays — an Arsenal speciality. He has a Sánchez-like work-rate, poses an aerial threat in the penalty box, and is an expert finisher.

With 13 goals and three assists in the Bundesliga this season, Aubameyang has been responsible for scoring or creating one goal for every 82 minutes he has been on the pitch.

Meanwhile, Sánchez has only scored or created a goal once for every 150 minutes he has played in the Premier League this season, but has played in a variety of positions across the forward line.

Here's where Arsenal could get real bang for its buck

One of the mooted deals with United could be a straight player swap, according to Sky Sports News.

This would see no money change hands between Arsenal and United as, instead, the two clubs would change players. United would get Sánchez and would send Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Arsenal in return.

A former Dortmund midfielder, Mkhitaryan would arrive in north London with the added advantage of having a pre-existing relationship with Aubameyang.

In their last Bundesliga season together at Dortmund (2015/2016), they featured prominently on an attacking partnership efficiency list put together by data crunching website Whoscored.com:

Here's an example of their link-up play in that 2015/2016 season:

Securing Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang in the same transfer window may seem like the stuff of fantasy, but Arsenal has a trick card up its sleeve.

The club appointed Sven Mislintat as chief scout in November 2017. Mislintat is the man who brought both Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang to Dortmund and is reportedly pushing for both deals to be done in his debut transfer window at Arsenal.

Should Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang reignite their productive partnership from their Dortmund days at Arsenal, it will ensure the club has no regrets about losing Sánchez.



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Tech: Ex-Uber CEO Travis Kalanick met with the driver he yelled at to say sorry

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.

Kalanick originally blamed the driver for not taking responsibility for his "own shit."

  • Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick met up with Fawzi Kamel, an Uber driver he yelled at during a ride last year.
  • Bloomberg published a shocking video last February which showed the driver getting into an argument with Kalanick about Uber's lowered fares, with Kalanick eventually losing his temper.
  • Kalanick apologised publicly and, according to Recode, privately in a meeting with Kamel.
  • Kalanick apparently thought about buying Kamel's cars as compensation, though it isn't clear that he actually did.


Disgraced former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick met up with a driver he shouted at after the Super Bowl last year to apologise, and even thought about buying the driver's cars as compensation.

According to Recode, Kalanick's private apology was something of a planned operation which involved multiple Uber executives debating whether he should say sorry.

At the time, Kalanick was still Uber's chief executive. Video had just emerged which showed him taking an Uber after the Super Bowl in February last year. The ride had started normally enough but once the driver, Fawzi Kamel, realised who was in the back seat, he complained that Uber had dropped its fares and made life tougher for drivers. The discussion became heated, and Kalanick ended up saying: "Some people don't like to take responsibility for their own shit. They blame everything in their life on somebody else. Good luck!"

The entire conversation was captured on Kamel's dashboard camera, and was handed to Bloomberg.

48 hours later, Kalanick met with Kamel to apologise and potentially offer to pay for his vehicles. Uber's legal counsel Sallie Yoo reportedly advised that Kalanick would have to stump up for the cars out of his own pocket, though whether he actually did so isn't clear. Kalanick's spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for clarification.

Though Kalanick was scheduled to give a simple apology, he apparently stuck around for an hour with Kamel to discuss the problems with Uber.

A spokesman told Recode: "Travis met with Mr. Kamel following their interaction in Mr. Kamel’s car, where he apologized for his behavior and the two had a constructive discussion. Travis appreciated the conversation and thought it led to greater understanding for each person’s perspective. The meeting ended on a positive note, and Travis appreciated Mr. Kamel’s openness and forgiveness."

Kalanick subsequently stepped down as CEO and was replaced by former Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.



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"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire": Why popular game show isn't back on TV as promised

Frank Edoho, hosting a contestant during an episode of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire".

A revamped version of 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' was scheduled to return on TV in September 2017.

Why isn't the popular game show 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' back on TV as promised?

In June 2017, the then host of the show, Frank Edoho, announced a temporary break after MTN Nigeria withdrew their sponsorship.

The announcement elicited social media reactions from many of the viewers, who weighed in with a mixture of sadness and gratitude for over a decade of entertainment. For 13 years, the entertaining game show was their source of entertainment and knowledge.

 

After a two-month break, Ultima Studios, the producers of the show, announced that the TV game show will return on September 3, 2017, with new sponsors on board.

It was also revealed that Edoho, who had hosted the show since it made its debut in 2004, had quit.

To create ample time to set up a better show and choose a new host, it was also announced that highlights from past editions of the show would be aired for five weeks.

It's almost five months since that exciting announcement and new episodes of the game show are yet to return on TV. The official Twitter page of the show has also been inactive since November 2017.

The question on the lips of most fans of the household TV show must have been: What's really stopping 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' from an epic return to TV?

 

Pulse reached out to Ultima Studios for an answer. And according to the production company, 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' is currently on a temporary break.

The studio has other projects in active development, most notably is the Nigerian adaptation of the popular US game show, Family Feud.

"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire has been put on hold temporarily  due to fresh and brand new formats in the works," Ultima Studios told Pulse Nigeria.

"Ultima Studios is ready to launch new and big formats into the Nigerian market this year," they added.

 

About Family Feud

Family Feud is an American television game show created by Mark Goodson.

On the show, two families compete to name the most popular responses to survey questions in order to win cash and prizes.

The program which premiered in the US on July 12, 1976, is currently hosted by American comedian and TV host, Steve Harvey.

 

About Who 'Wants to be a Millionaire'

The first episode of 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' aired on October 8, 2004.

On the show,  large cash prizes are offered for correctly answering a series of multiple-choice questions of increasing difficulty, with three lifelines presented to the contestants at the beginning of the game - 50/50, Phone a friend and ask the audience.

On September 11, 2009, a contestant named Aroma Ufodike became the first and only person to win the 10 million naira prize.

There's no official date for when 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' will return, but Pulse already has a list of celebrities who can replace Edoho as the host.



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Game of Breasts! 5 things guys think about while shagging your boobs

Here are thoughts running through his mind as his dick goes back and forth between her boobs.

If you're an experimental person and an avid boobs person, then you'd have thought about titty-fucking or done it as well.

Boobs sex is one thing you won’t find with most guys, it’s for the boobs crazy guys, people who are in love with boobs. For those of us that are into it, let’s see a show of hands in the comment section.

Just like while you’re doing anything, thoughts run through the mind, and here are some fun ones according to Frank Kobola, Cosmopolitan.

1. Sorry about your neck

 

Depending on how long his dick is, and how mindless he is thrusting into those glorious boobs, there is a chance that he is jabbing his dick into your neck which can be annoying when he’s thrusting really fast. Annoying and even more embarrassing to see how much he is lost in the act that he cannot note the displeasure he is causing.

ALSO READ: 5 things guys think about while been jerked off

2. It’s much better with big boobs, but #SmallBoobsMatter

Yes, he may never say this out loud but know that he is thinking about this. Not to say he isn’t enjoying this but if those bad boys were double Ds, he’ll probably have ejaculated by now.

3. Chances he might cum over your boobs

 

If the titty-fucking is what is being used as a finisher which means the last act to finish the sex, then there is a huge possibility that he’d been ejaculating over your boobs. While ejaculating over the boobs might not be something you’re into, you may want to let him know, else he will be spraying his jizz all over your boobs. Some ladies enjoy having cum over their boobs during the guy’s orgasms and others don’t, get her consent before doing it.

4. It works better when the boobs are tighter

This is the one we probably want to say but are still looking for the best way to just say it. What makes the boobs fucking really good is how tight the boobs as the guy thrusts through them. So, he’s still looking for a way to tell you to press them together tighter, the dick feeds off the tightness of the boobs together as it penetrates. It will be tough for us to do this by himself.

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5. Jizz could get into your eyes

 

It could happen, and he’s very sorry about that. He might have a fetish of ejaculating into all sorts of places but your eyes isn’t one place he wants to. He is scared about doing this, but there is a risk of this happening, and sometimes ejaculation can come at fast speed and this happens. Sorry…

Something weird going through his mind as well is the fact that while he’s thrusting into your chest, his bare ass is all over your stomach area, hovering over it. In case you’re wondering why he wants it, it’s one of those things really that he thinks will be enjoyable. He loves boobs already so why not put his dick in between.

There is really no big logic behind it asides adventure that could be fun.



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Strategy: The 29 coolest small cities to visit in the US in 2018

Charleston, South Carolina, was featured on the list.

There are the most musical, hipster-friendly, Instagrammable, artsy, dog friendly, and beer and coffee-heavy cities the US has to offer.

National Geographic Traveler has released its list of the 29 Best Small Cities in the US — and it's giving us some serious travel inspiration.

The travel magazine worked with consultants to produce a Small Cities Index — a ranking that drew from core statistics and social media mentions on the likes of Instagram and Yelp to determine which cities rank highest across 10 categories:

  • Most hipster friendly (coffee shops, tattoo parlours, record shops, vintage stores)
  • Musically grooviest (music venues, live music, instrument stores)
  • Most Instagrammed (hashtags)
  • Most artsy (art galleries, art supply stores, art schools)
  • Best groomed (barber shops, hair salons, hair removal services, cosmetic dentists)
  • Meatiest (butchers, delis, steakhouses)
  • Most dog friendly (pet sitting, pet stores, pet groomers, dog friendly restaurants)
  • Sudsiest (breweries)
  • Most caffeinated (coffee shops)
  • Greenest (parks)

The results in each area were then sorted into three categories based on population sizes — 40,000-100,000, 100,000-200,000, and 200,000-600,000. An algorithm then determined which cities ranked highest per capita.

The Traveler editors also included "trending" cities in the list that didn’t make the cut on the ranking this year, compiled by branding advisors Resonance Consultancy, but appear to be on the rise.

The 29 cities included in the list weren't ranked relative to each other, but Business Insider has noted which and how many categories each won. From all-time favourites like Charleston to the beaches of Pensacola, scroll down to see the 29 coolest small cities to visit in the US in 2018.

Albuquerque, New Mexico — "Sudsiest".

Sun, craft beer, and food trucks galore — what more could you ask for?



Anchorage, Alaska — Trending, Most Caffeinated.

There are 5.98 coffee shops for every 10,000 residents in Alaska's largest city and cruise ship port. Need we say more?



Ann Arbor, Michigan — Greenest.

With botanical garden and 159 parks, the city plans to plant more than 1,000 trees every year.



Annapolis, Maryland — Trending, Most Dog Friendly.

Take in some colonial charm and visit the Middleton Tavern, where George Washington once enjoyed oysters and even your dog is welcome.



Asheville, North Carolina — Most Artsy, "Sudsiest."

Craft breweries, pubs, and art galleries make this an idyllic place for sipping something tasty while taking in something beautiful.



Baton Rouge, Louisiana — Best Groomed.

Full of barber shops and hair salons, Baton Rouge natives are known for rocking cowboy boots.



Boulder, Colorado — Hipster Friendly, Musically Grooviest, Most Caffeinated, "Sudsiest."

Backed with music venues, vintage clothing boutiques, and craft breweries, this city — with stunning surroundings — has something for everyone.



Charleston, South Carolina — Most Instagrammed, Most Artsy.

You'll notice work from local artists both in public and inside schools and galleries — perfect for your vacation snaps.



Columbia, South Carolina — Best Groomed, Meatiest.

Head to the salon and then enjoy a BBQ at this foodie hotspot.



Greenville, South Carolina — Meatiest.

There's no shortage of butchers, delis, and steakhouses, but you'll also find a stunning park with a natural waterfall.



Hagerstown, Maryland — Best Groomed.

Bikers and hikers can come together with history buffs alongside the C&O Canal National Historical Park trail, packed with Civil War and African-American history.



Healdsburg, California — Trending, Greenest.

Wine fans will love exploring the vineyards, which were mostly saved during the wildfires that tore across Sonoma Country last summer.



Hickory, North Carolina — Hipster Friendly.

The annual Hickory Hops festival is the place for beer and live music, but you'll also find tattoo parlours and vintage boutiques — or plenty of golf if that's more your thing.



Honolulu, Hawaii — Musically Grooviest, Most Instagrammed, Most Artsy.

While there are plenty of stunning scenes to capture, head to Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club for Sunday brunch and your Instagram will thank you.



Kansas City, Missouri — Trending- Most Artsy.

This midsize city was home to Depression-era painter Thomas Hart Benton, and you can check out his work — and home studio — if you pay it a visit.



Lakeland, Florida — Most Dog Friendly.

Outdoor patios, restaurants, and wine bars alike allow you to bring your four-legged friend in this architectural city.



Louisville, Kentucky — Trending, Meatiest.

You simply cannot visit this city without trying The Hot Brown, an open-faced turkey and bacon sandwich with Mornay sauce, best enjoyed with a bourbon and the sounds of bluegrass.



Madison, Wisconsin — Greenest.

If you're seeking a breath of fresh air while still in a city, there are 11.6 parks per 10,000 residents in this capital city, as well as trails and beautiful views.



New Orleans, Louisiana — Trending, Hipster Friendly.

This uber-cool spot is celebrating the 300th anniversary of its founding this year, and you can take it in alongside plenty of trendy bars, music clubs, and restaurants.



Newport, Rhode Island — Trending, Best Groomed.

Think antique horse-drawn carriages in this quaint spot, which also happens to boast some pretty great spas.



Olympia, Washington — Most Caffeinated, Greenest.

Fuel up on caffeine at one of many quirky coffee shops then explore the 314-acre waterfront Priest Point Park.



Omaha, Nebraska — Trending, Musically Grooviest.

Musicians and bands are always welcome in this cool midwestern city, which has a historic area with cobblestone streets, restaurants, boutiques, and coffee shops.



Pensacola, Florida — Most Dog Friendly.

Pooches are welcome on the sand and the sidewalks of this sunny city, where you'll find plenty of galleries, shops, and restaurants alongside 18th to 20th century buildings.



Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania —Trending, "Sudsiest."

Home to more than 30 craft breweries, most of the beer is made in historic buildings — and there's even a brewpub/museum combo in the works.



Portland, Maine — Most Instagrammed.

Hopefully you like to eat seafood as much as you'll love photographing the scenes in Portland — it's full of red lobster, fishing boats, and lighthouses.



Rapid City, South Dakota — Trending, Most Instagrammed.

Located near Mount Rushmore, stop off here to check out the Dinosaur Park and stunning views.



Reno, Nevada — Meatiest, Most Dog Friendly.

Take in the incredible food and drink scene in the likes of Harrah’s Steak House, which has been serving up tasty cuts of meat since 1937.



Santa Cruz, California — Musically Grooviest.

Cruise record stores and check out live tunes after a day at the beach in this Cali hotspot, every music fan's dream.



Spokane, Washington — Hipster Friendly, Most Caffeinated.

Head to Garageland — a gastropub/vinyl store with a canoe hanging over the bar — or in the summer, head to Riverfront Park for music festivals and beer along the river.





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Sexual Harassment: OAU responds to complaint about sex-lover lecturer

Funke Dezern complained of being sexually by a former of the Obafemi Awolowo University, who failed her in an Anatomy course because she refused to sleep with him.

OAU has stated its zero tolerance when it concerns sexual harassment in the academic institution.

The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has responded to an Oprah Winfrey-inspired sexual harassment allegation levelled against a former lecturer who demands sex from students.

Funke Dezern shared on Facebook her experience in the hands of an instructor named Francis Fakoya now lecturing at St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies, who reportedly made her resit for an examination due to her refusal to sleep with him.

 

In light of this, OAU stated in a press release its commitment to partner with parties concerned in a bid to investigate the report which occurred over 15 years ago.

The institution emphasized its interest in defending members of the school community thought to have been sexually harassed.

"The attention of the management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has been drawn to an allegation of sexual harassment, trending on social media, levelled against one Dr. Francis Andy Fakoya, a former lecturer in the Department of Anatomy of our university.

Fakoya had left the services of the university about 15 years ago.

The allegation against him, which purportedly occurred while still in the employment of the university, is considered by the management to be too grievous.

We are prepared to fully cooperate with the Medical School of St. George’s University, Caribbean Island, the alleged victim(s), and or any other group, to fully investigate the allegation and get to the root of the matter.

We wish to inform the general public, particularly the stakeholders in the education sector, that the Management of OAU has zero tolerance for any form of harassment, and most especially, sexual harassment, in whatever guise.

The university also prides itself in having one of the best established Centre for Gender and Policy Studies in the world.

Our students and staff are hereby encouraged to report any form of sexual, material or financial harassment to the university management or to the Centre for Gender and Policy Studies, which is technically and administratively saddled with the responsibility of fighting sexual abuse and gender discrimination, for immediate action," a statement released by OAU reads.

Sexual harassment is everywhere

Sharing the spotlight with common crimes such as rape and abduction in Nigeria, is sexual harassment, a menace which has eaten deep into the society.

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Tertiary academic institutions are often the main base of this societal worm but one will find examples among the most unlikely type of culprit - the police.

 

A 27-year-old woman who was standing trial for armed robbery, Victoria Amodu, shocked a court sitting in Lagos State when she revealed that an Investigative Police Officer (IPO), framed her for refusing to have sex with him in exchange for her bail.

The suspect indicted the IPO attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja Division, for requesting for sex in order to have her released.

Her refusal soon got her charged to court.



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Chilling in Orbit: Russians to build luxury hotel in space

Russians to build luxury hotel in space

Would you travel to a luxury hotel in Space with prices ranging from $279 million to $446 million?

Russia has proposed a luxury hotel for the International Space Station.

The Russian space agency Roscosmos is floating the idea of building a hotel module for the International Space Station.

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Jason Torchinsky at Jalopnik reports the hotel could accommodate paid travellers for two weeks during a $40 million vacation to orbit.

The new module would give paying passengers private cabins that include larger-than-normal windows, bathrooms, personal exercise equipment and WiFi. Visitors would even have the opportunity to take a Cosmonaut-accompanied spacewalk.

Anatoly Zak at Popular Mechanics got an exclusive look at the specs for the proposed 20-ton module. Inside it would have four private rooms, two private “hygiene and medical stations” and a 16-inch window in a “lounge” area.

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The hotel would be called NEM-2 and has an estimated price tag ranging from $279 million to $446 million. The company is looking to secure at least 12 travellers who will commit to a $4 million down payment on the $40 million trip in order to begin construction.

This isn’t the first time Russian companies have promised to build a space hotel. In fact, in 2011 Orbital Technologies reported it would have a seven-room luxury space lodge in place by 2016, promising rooms priced at $1 million, one-week trips that would include sightseeing trips to orbit the moon. That project has yet to materialize.



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Tech: Keira Knightley doesn't like playing modern-day characters because they 'nearly always get raped'

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Knightley, who is best known for her work in period dramas, believes that women in modern-day films are either raped or a doting wife or girlfriend.

  • Keira Knightley avoids taking roles in modern-day films because of the way that women are presented.
  • Knightley claims that female characters are either "raped in the first five pages" or "simply there to be the loving girlfriend or wife."
  • She also admitted that she is more likely to take on "corset roles" due to her love of the genre.


The level of sexual violence shown towards women in films set in the current day is a main reason why Keira Knightley shies away from taking modern-day roles, she revealed in an interview with Variety.

While she praised Netflix and Amazon for producing original dramas with "strong female characters and female stories," Knightley believes that the stories for women on the silver screen tend to portray female characters that are abused and violated.

"I don't really do films set in the modern day because the female characters always get raped," she said. "I always find something distasteful in the way women are portrayed, whereas I've always found very inspiring characters offered to me in historical pieces."

Knightley is best known for playing female leads in blockbuster period dramas, including Anna Karenina in Joe Wright's 2012 portrayal of the eponymous novel by Leo Tolstoy, and Elizabeth Bennet in Wright's 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice."

Alongside her frustration with the way modern-day parts for women are written, the actress was also happy to admit that her reputation for popping up in period dramas also stems from her own love of the genre.

While she admitted to "feeling quite guilty about" her reputation to take on "corset roles" early on in her career, Knightley has grown to accept that period dramas are the films she's always loved watching.

"I think some people find escapism through science fiction or fantasy, and I suppose my escapism into another world has always been through period dramam," she said. "It's nice that in my 30s I can finally admit that."

Although the landscape for female characters on the silver screen may seem bleak, the actress added that more recently she has received multiple scripts for "present-day women who aren't raped in the first five pages and aren't simply there to be the loving girlfriend or wife," which makes her hopeful for a shift in the industry.

This could only be a positive change in an industry landscape currently overshadowed by the stream of sexual abuse allegations made against countless powerful male figures late last year, sparked by accusations against Harvey Weinstein.

The powerful "Me Too" campaign followed shortly after in an effort to promote awareness of sexual harassment and assault, leading to the creation of the "Time's Up" initative, which saw Hollywood's biggest stars wear black on the red carpet at the Golden Globes as a way of speaking out against sexual assault, harassment, and inequality in the workplace.

While Knightley asserted that she has never personally experienced any form of sexual harassment on set, she said the difference between the way that women are treated by some industry bigwigs is "obvious."

"I was surprised by some of the specifics," she said. "But I was aware of the culture of silencing women and the culture of bullying them, and I knew that men in the industry were allowed to behave in very different ways than women. That was obvious.

"What was fascinating about the #MeToo movement was I was sitting with friends who weren't in the industry, and there wasn't one of us who hadn't been assaulted at some point. We'd never had that conversation before. That was an eye-opener."



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Aminu Tambuwal: Mace ta farko da ta zama farfesa a jihar Sokoto ta samu sabon mukami

Farfesa Aisha Madawaki tare da sauran sabbin kwamishnoni a bikin rantsarwa

Farfesa Aisha Madawaki malama ce a fannin ilimin halayen dan adam a nan jami'ar Usman Danfodio dake jihar Sokoto

Gwamnan jihar Sokoto Aminu Waziri Tambuwal ya rantsar da mace ta farko da ta zama farfesa a fadin jihar a matsayin kwamishna tare da wasu.

Farfesa Aisha Madawaki malama ce a fannin ilimin halayen dan adam a nan jami'ar Usman Danfodio dake jihar.

An rantsar da ita a matsayin kwamishnar ilimi tare da Ahmed Barade Wamakko da Garba Yakubu Tsitse da Bello Isa Ambarura a matsayin kwamishnoni ranar talata 16 ga watan janairu 2018.

 

Duk a cikin sabon rantsarwa da gwamnan yayi akwai tsohon dan majalisar wakilai Umar Bature da tsohon shugaban makarantar kimiya ta jihar dakta Bello Rabiu Alkali wadanda aka nada a matsayin masu baiwa gwamnan shawara akan ayyuka ta musamman tare da Alhaji Bello Buba wanda aka ratsar a matsayin sabon shugaban karamar hukumar Wamakko.

A jawabin shi a bikin rantsuwa da aka gudanar a gidan gwamnati jihar, gwamna Tambuwal ya shawarci sabbin kwamishnonin da su amfani da wannan damar wajen biyan bukatar al'ummar jihar da samad da cigaba a jihar.

Tambuwal yace gwamnatin shi na kan tafarkin inganta rayuwar al'ummar jihar ta hanyar aiwatar da ayyukan cigaba.



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Sonni Ogbuoji: Drama at Senate as PDP lawmakers halt colleague from defecting to APC

A near empty house during one of the Senate Plenary.

There was a mild drama on the floor of Senate on Wednesday, January 16, 2018, as a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker, Sonni Ogbuoji, announced his defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ogbuoji, an Ebonyi state lawmaker cited problems in the PDP both in his state and at the national level as the reasons for his defection. 

"I have decided to leave my former party (PDP), both in the state and national level...," he said.

But as this point the PDP lawmakers prevailed on him not to speak and he.

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After about fifteen minutes of consultations, Ogbuoji withdrew his announcement.

"When I started my colleagues from my party said they needed me to consult with them. Because of the love they have showed me I have decided to step down my declaration," the senator said.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki in his gave the lawmaker the before the end of plenary to come up with a decision on the matter.



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Gee Connection: Popular Jos DJ is dead

According to reports, DJ Gee Connection died on Tuesday, January 16, 2017, after an undisclosed illness which affected his leg.

According to reports, DJ Gee Connection died in his sleep on Tuesday, January 16, 2017, after an undisclosed illness which affected his leg.

Popular Jos DJ and one of the pioneering Disc Jockeys, Goodwin Gabriel popularly known as Gee Connection, is dead.

According to reports, DJ Gee Connection died in his sleep on Tuesday, January 16, 2017, after an undisclosed illness which affected his leg.

Until his demise, Gee held sway in Raypower 100.5FM, Jos, He was popular for holding down the radio shows: Grand Slam and The Power Drive with impressive skill.

 

Reactions to his passing has flooded social media, with his friends, family and colleagues sharing messages of mourning.

“What a big loss to the entertainment industry in Jos & beyond.... We live to remember you sir,” wrote Emirate Garba, a student from Jos. Emeka Ferdinand, another student describes him as a ‘fine DJ’, in another Facebook post.

 

Until his death, Gee was also a leading reggae enthusiast, playing influential roles in the organization of the Marley Day shows in Jos.



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