Day: June 12, 2019

Lionel Messi Claims Top Spot on List Of The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes

Ugochukwu Nwankwo – Sports Editor Lionel Messi came top spot ahead of arch rivals, Cristiano Ronaldo for Juventus and Neymar, the golden boy of Brazil and PSG, in the Forbes top 100 list. It is the first time that a trio of footballers have ranked as the top three earners, while Messi becomes only the second footballer to top the rankings after Ronaldo. The next footballer on the list is Manchester United’s Paul Pogba in 44th place, who is the highest earning Premier League player with $33m. In Forbes’ annual ranking of the World’s 100 Highest-Paid athletes, Lionel Messi topped the charts. The top 100 collectively earned $4 billion over the last 12 months, up 5% from last year’s earnings of $3.8 billion. Kurt Badenhausen, senior editor, Forbes Media said: “The global impact of soccer is clearly reflected in earnings in 2019, with the top three athletes on the list being Messi, Ronaldo, and Neymar, ” “But basketball players continue to dominate the top 100 overall with 35 athletes on the list earning a total of $1.29 billion, with 72% of that income coming from salaries rather than endorsement deals.” Here is the top 10: Rank, Name, Total Earnings in $ [Dollars] 1. Lionel Messi 127 [Football] 2. Cristiano Ronaldo 109 [Football] 3. Neymar 105 [Football] 4. Canelo Alvarez 94 [Boxing] 5. Roger Federer 93.4 [Tennis] 6. Russell Wilson...

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Obasanjo calls Buhari’s regime a disaster

Ugochukwu Nwankwo – Editor The Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has said the country is moving towards disaster under President Muhammadu Buhari reign as democratic ruler of Nigeria. The first democratic leader of the Nation, spoke in an interview with a news firm, He laid emphasis on the instability in the country economy, adding that the current administration has failed in the battle of corruption which he admitted started during his [Obasanjo] regime. He claimed that Buhari has “corrupted” the fight against corruption, which started during his [Obasanjo] government with the creation of two anti-corruption grafted agencies, EFCC and ICPC Obasanjo who backed the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, in the February 23rd election has based his decision on the situation in the country and also, he insisted Buhari is “too old” to run for a second term. Obasanjo said, Although Buhari was re-elected, i believe the country was on the edge of the precipice. “The progress we are making may be questionable –Is it fast enough? Is it steady enough? Is it stable enough? Are we taking two steps forward and one step backwards or one step sideways? “You can question that, but we have no choice but to be the path of sustainable development. Any other thing will be a disaster. In fact, the pace at which we are going now is tending more and...

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June 12: Roles Tinubu, Nzeribe, Diya, Saraki played in Abacha’s regime – MKO Abiola’s son reveals

Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, first son and present head of the extended Abiola family, Kola Abiola, has said his father was a victim of complex conspiracy in his struggle to win the June 12, 1993, presidential election and reclaim his mandate after the results were cancelled. Abiola in an interview with The Sun revealed roles played by different persons of influence before, during and after the annulled 1993 election He said, contrary to widely held beliefs, Abiola never nominated anybody into the regime of the late General Sani Abacha, and explained that some of his father’s former...

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Port Harcourt Shopping Mall Fire: Several Injured

Several people were injured in a fire incident at the Port Harcourt Shopping Mall on Wednesday. Mrs Chioma Okorie, Manager of Port Harcourt Shopping Mall, who disclosed that a few persons were injured as a result of the fire incident, said the fire started in a kitchen of one of the shops in the facility. She however said that the fire fighting equipment and officials of the mall helped in putting out the fire. Okorie said that the facility will be opened to the public Thursday after the smoke would have cleared. The Rivers State Government has also assured...

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Kudirat Abiola and many others inducted into Hall of Fame

Ugochukwu Nwankwo – Editor The National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) has inducted the wife of the late Chief MKO Abiola, Late Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, who died in her car from machine gun fire. Her driver also died in the assassination. After the peak of the June 12 elections. Dr. Stella Adadevoh, who helped in curbing the outbreak of Ebola in Nigeria. Mr Sawyer, an Ebola Patient was admitted in her hospital, She resisted the pressure from Liberian officials who wanted the patient to be discharged to attend a conference, she respond to their threats saying: “for the greater public good i would not release him” She[Stella] died on August 14, 2014, after testing positive to the deadly Ebola Virus on August 4, 2014. She lost the battle to the virus barely 10 days after contracting The Director-General of the Centre, Mrs. Mary Ekpere-Eta, spoke in Abuja during the induction ceremony of 22 female icons into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame, she said The centre was honoring reputable women also keeping records of the wives of heads of states and presidents. ”The hall of fame features a comprehensive display of records of women from the pre-colonial days, who played legendary roles in trade and commerce, politics, inter-tribal wars etc, but since 2007, no woman has made it to the hall. “The Hall of Fame provides role models for...

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