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Singer Chris Brown arrested after Florida concert

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Singer Chris Brown was arrested for battery following a concert in Florida, authorities said Friday, the troubled star’s latest brush with the law. Chris Brown Police seized the R&B star shortly after he left the stage Thursday night in West Palm Beach. He was booked on a charge of felony battery and released after he paid a $2,000 bond, the sheriff’s office said. The Palm Beach County sheriff’s office said that Brown was arrested on a warrant from Tampa but did not give specifics. The celebrity news site TMZ said the warrant was related to an incident last year when Brown punched an in-house photographer during a paid appearance at a nightclub. The singer was due to return to Tampa on Friday for a concert as part of an ongoing tour. Brown, 29, has a long history of violence. In May, a Los Angeles woman said she was lured to the singer’s house and repeatedly raped by him and a rapper.

FIFA boss invites Thai cave boys to World Cup final

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino has invited the Thai boys’ football team trapped in a cave to the World Cup final, as messages of support poured in from top players. Some of the Thai boys trapped inside the cave Infantino said he hoped the Wild Boars team, who were stranded by rising floodwaters two weeks ago, would be rescued in time to watch the final in Moscow on July 15. “If, as we all hope, they are reunited with their families in the coming days and their health allows them to travel, FIFA would be delighted to invite them to attend the 2018 World Cup final as our guests,” he wrote in a letter to the head of the Football Association of Thailand. “I sincerely hope that they will be able to join us at the final, which will undoubtedly be a wonderful moment of communion and celebration.” The Thai footballers, aged 11-16, have been stuck in darkness deep underground after setting off to explore the cave with their 25-year-old coach after training on June 23. The players remain trapped despite being reached this week by cave-diving rescuers, who released footage of them looking emaciated but calm, some wearing football shirts. Their harrowing ordeal coincides with the World Cup in Russia and it has not escaped the attention of players. “I’ve been speaking about it with a few of the boys,” said England defender John Stones, according to British media. “It’s so sad to see where they are and we hope they get out safe and sound.

Kane sends records tumbling as he targets World Cup Golden Boot

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Harry Kane is leading the race for the World Cup Golden Boot as he bids to become the first England player to win the prize since Gary Lineker 32 years ago. England’s Harry Kane celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal The clean-cut skipper is on the fast track to virtual sainthood in England, matching Lineker’s tally of six goals from 1986 in just three matches in Russia to set up a quarter-final against Sweden. Kane scored twice against Tunisia in England’s first match in Russia and then bagged a hat-trick in a 6-1 romp against Panama. Gareth Southgate rested Kane for the third group game — a 1-0 defeat to Belgium — but the Tottenham striker returned to score from the penalty spot against Colombia in the last 16. In doing so the England captain became the first player to score in six consecutive England appearances since Tommy Lawton in 1939.

NASS, Executive strain relationship not good for democracy – Sen. Ndume

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 A National Assembly member, Sen. Ali Ndume, has cautioned against strain in National Assembly and the Executive relationship, saying it might put the country’s nascent democracy in jeopardy. Ndume gave the advice at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja. Mohammed Ndume He said that both arms of government were to be blamed for the seeming lack of cooperation between them, adding that it was unhealthy for democracy. Acknowledging existence of distrust between both organs of government, the lawmaker said “it is true that the relationship between the Executive and the Legislature is not what it ought to be and it is very unfortunate. “I think we got it wrong from the beginning. I was in the centre of this issue to a certain level.’’ He said that some misunderstanding between both arms of government began with the selection of leadership of National Assembly at the inauguration of its 8th session in 2015. According to him, there was problem when our leadership emerged against the interest of the party. “When we were to be inaugurated we were looking forward to direction from the Executive and President Muhammadu Buhari said he was ready to work with anybody. “Following that, we formed an interest group called the `The Like Minds’ and struggled to take over the leadership which is normal in any political setting, and we emerged. “I emerged as the Leader of the Senate and Dr Bukola Saraki emerged as President of the Senate and we formed our team. “From there, the party said certain positions should be comprised including my own and we refused because I was, for example, elected by my colleagues from the North-East when the position was zoned to the area.

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Reports has it that Elder statesman and former Minister of Finance, Mallam Adamu Ciroma is dead. Ciroma who was also a one-time Minister of Agriculture died in an Abuja hospital on Thursday after battling a protracted illness. Malam Adamu Ciroma A former Managing Director of the New Nigerian Newspapers, Ciroma was a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He was aged 84.

National Water Resources Bill to protect all geopolitical zones

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The Minister of Water Resources, Engr Suleiman Adamu, Friday, explained that the National Water Resources Bill at the National Assembly, when passed into law will protect all geopolitical zones in the country. Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu. Adamu made the statement as it concerns some issues raised against the bill, which he said if passed into law will better serve and provide for the enhancement of Nigeria water sector in line with global best practices hence, will be in the overall best interest of every citizen, region and section of the country. Also allaying the fears of some governors in the South-south geopolitical zone, according to him lands and river banks belong to the States and the communities where such exist, rather the bill only has concern with the water resources of the country, especially waters that are trans-boundary cutting across States. According to him the bill has nothing to do with management or control of inland water ways as misunderstood by some people whom he said has not gone through the bill to understand its contents. He said: “This National Water Resources Bill when passed into Law will better serve and provide for the enhancement of the Nigeria water sector in line with global best practices hence, it will be in the overall best interest of every citizen, region and section of the country. “The National Water Resources Bill seeks to eliminate conflicting roles of sector institutions and create seamless synergies among the Agencies with focus on professionalizing the sector and to encourage specialization.

Supreme Court declines to unseat Ugwuanyi, awards N1m cost against Eze

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The Supreme Court, on Friday, declined to remove Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State from office over allegation that he was illegally nominated by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to contest the April 11, 2015, governorship election. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi The apex court dismissed as lacking in merit, the suit which was lodged by a chieftain of the PDP in the state, Senator Anyogu Eze. In a unanimous verdict, a five-man panel of Justices of the apex court resolved all the issues against the appellant, even as it upheld the judgement of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal which earlier affirmed Ugwuanyi’s election victory. The apex court panel which was presided by Justice Kayode Ariwola, berated the appellant for raising issues it said was previously decided, saying there was no point re-litigating on issue bordering on the primary election that produced Ugwuanyi. According to the court, by the provision of section 87 (4) and (9), the appellant who did not participate in the said primary election, lacked the locus-standi to query the outcome. “There is no substance in this appeal and it is accordingly dismissed”. The apex court further awarded N1million cost against the appellant, in favour of Ugwuanyi who was cited as the 4th Respondent.

Mike Adenuga receives “Commander of the Legion of Honour” from Macron

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Reports reaching us at ChetaMedia.com has it that the French President, Emmanuel Macron, on Wednesday in Lagos conferred France’s highest national honour of Commander of the Legion of Honour on Globacom Chairman, Dr Mike Adenuga, Jr. French President, Emmanuel Macron and Globacom Chairman, Dr Mike Adenuga, Jr. Dr. Adenuga thus becomes the first Nigerian to be decorated with the award. Explaining why the French Government decided to confer the country’s highest honour on Adenuga, President Macron said the legendary business guru is “a true role model for Africa” who has contributed immensely to the growth of the African and French economy. President Macron applauded Dr Adenuga on his promotion of the French language and culture in Nigeria, and also commended Bella Disu, Dr. Adenuga’s daughter who conceived, coordinated and executed the Alliance Française project. He disclosed that in his two and half years in Nigeria, he can testify that Nigeria holds one trump card that is more important to surmount all challenges it may be facing now. This, he said, is the “incomparable spirit of entrepreneur, tenacity and ability to think out of the box,” adding that “Dr. Adenuga personifies all these qualities.”

Buhari arrives Borno to celebrate Nigerian Army Day

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Reports has it that President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday arrived in Maiduguri, Borno state, for a one-day state visit. Buhari arrived the Maiduguri International Airport at 10.30 a.m. in company of his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari. Buhari was received by Gov. Kashim Shettima, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar as members of the National and State Assemblies. The president proceeded to the 8 Division of the Nigerian Army, Munguno, about 150 kilometres from Maiduguri to participate in the activities lined up to mark the 2018 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL). The week-long event was designed to celebrate the soldiers fighting the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East and other security challenges in the country.

Queen Elizabeth breaks down

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Reports has it that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, 92, is feeling unwell and will not attend a special service on Thursday at St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace said. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II “The queen is feeling under the weather today and has decided not to attend this morning’s service at St Paul’s Cathedral marking the 200th anniversary of the Order of St Michael and St George,” the palace added. “Her Majesty will be represented by The Duke of Kent as Grand Master of the Order,” a palace statement said. Elizabeth, the world’s oldest and longest-reigning living monarch, celebrated her 92nd birthday in April. On Tuesday night, Queen Elizabeth presented three Nigerians, Hauwa Ojeifo, Isaac Ezirim and Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph from Nigeria with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London. The awards were in  honour of the work they are doing to transform lives in their communities. The Queen was joined at the Award ceremony by the  Duke and Duchess of Sussex in recognising their success.

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