THERE were concerns among party faithful Friday night in Abuja following the submission of the report of the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun led Presidential Screening Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
The committee had announced that only 13 of the 23 presidential aspirants scaled its hurdles and that more would have been axed were it not for the fact that it wanted to give a chance to younger aspirants to participate in the primaries.
Indeed, there were concerns that a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Senator Rochas Okorocha, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State and a few others may have been disqualified.
While Chief Odigie-Oyegun declined comments on the fate of those affected, the National Chairman of the party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, was said to be holding tightly to the committee’s report to avoid any leakage.
A party source said many of the aspirants were disqualified on age and health-related grounds just as some were cleared because they are younger.
“The committee has recommended that the NWC should look at ways of pruning down the figure of 13 aspirants even before the primary.
“Some of those disqualified were because of their ages – they are advanced in age. There were also petitions against a few of them while one of them has a running battle with one of the anti-graft agencies.
“The committee also looked at security reports on the aspirants before arriving at its conclusions,” said a party source.
Arsenal have set a launch date and first match outing for the new 2022/23 black away kit, according to a report.
Arsenal Fixture News report that Arsenal will launch their new 2022/23 black kit on Wednesday, 20th July in Orlando. The team will then wear the new shirt that evening for the match against Orlando City.
The expectation is that the shirt will go on sale in the UK on the same day.
Arsenal tend to use their pre-season tour to advertise their new shirt releases nowadays, so it’s not a surprise to see them doing the same again this summer.
The team’s long-awaited return to the US seems like a great time to get some merchandise sales in.
As for the pink third kit, early reports suggest it will be released as part of the Emirates Cup event in late July. Though those reports came out before Arsenal announced the game would be against Sevilla.
Sevilla aren’t the ideal team to wear a pink kit against, given they wear red and white. They did at least have a black third kit this season, so perhaps they’ll wear those colours and Arsenal will wear pink on the day.
It will be strange to see the Gunners playing at home in an alternate kit, but it would be far from the first time – particularly in pre-season.
Liz Cambage’s father is from Nigeria but called Nigeria’s D’Tigress MONKEYS in friendly game.
A viral video on social media has hinted that WNBA star Liz Cambage called members of D’Tigress monkeys.
The incident reportedly happened in Las Vegas, United States of America (USA) last year when Cambage was playing for Australia against D’Tigress.
According to several reports, a Nigerian player has come forward to reveal that Cambage used a racial slur in the scrimmage.
Los Angeles Sparks center Liz Cambage pushed back Sunday against a report from an Australian newspaper that she directeda racial slur toward the Nigerian women’s basketball team during a pre-Olympic scrimmage last year in Las Vegas.
Cambage took to her official Instagram account to post a statement stating her version of what happened.
She said, “The incident that took place in the pre-Olympic scrimmage with the Nigerian national team was handled privately almost a year ago,
“I am very disappointed and hurt by the events and accusations that have unfolded in the Australian media. The account of what took place is inaccurate and misleading. I did not use the racial slur toward the Nigerian team that has been circulating.
“After I unintentionally fouled a Nigerian player on court, I was then physically assaulted by this player on the sideline of my bench. I was hit in the face and pushed to the ground, but I walked away.
“We did not have professional referees to manage and prioritize both teams’ safety during this highly physical scrimmage.
This is not an excuse of justification to the events that unfolded or my actions, however, I feel that a full picture of the environment that led to this outcome must be shared.
“I have taken responsibility and accountability for my involvement in what occurred. I genuinely apologized to the Nigerian team and I once again am sorry that these events are being rehashed.
“I truly hope that I can move forward from this incident and apply actionable effort to be my best self.”
Nneka Ogwumike a player of Nigerian descent is teammates in the WNBA with Cambage,
Ogwumike’s younger sister Erica was part of the D’Tigress team to the Olympics last year and featured in the friendly game against Australia.
In a video call, Ogwumike stated that Cambage had a discussion with her teammates and they have moved past the issue.
She said, “We’re past it. Whatever agenda is happening with it resurfacing, that’s other people’s business.
“Quite frankly, we talked about it before she came to the team. And, granted, people have their own accounts of what happened. But we addressed it. We talked about how important it is for us to be together, be transparent, and also the power of giving people second chances.”
Nigerians are doing really well in the entertainment sector all over the world, and no matter where we end up, we always attempt to make a difference. Apart from being of Nigerian ancestry, several of these famous persons are also of Yoruba descent, and while some are well-known, many people are unaware that they are of Yoruba descent.
Some of these Yoruba International performers have filled some roles in Hollywood’s American film business and have done well. These actors have appeared in major American films and television series and are doing well in the industry. The following are five Yoruba actors from Hollywood.
Babatunde Adetomiwa Stafford Edun is a British-Nigerian actor who was born in 1984. He is well known for his appearances in the popular television show Merlin as Sir Elyan.
Young, Marcus In Bates Motel and Alex Hunter in the football video games FIFA 17, 18, and 19. In MERLIN, he played a knight of Camelot as well as the queen of Camelot’s sister.
Tomiwa was born in Lagos, Nigeria to Olawale Edun, a Nigerian father, and Amy Adwoa, a half-Ghanian, half-English mother. Tomiwa came to the United Kingdom with his family when he was 11 years old, where he attended Eton College until the age of 13. He then studied Classics at Christ’s College, Cambridge (University of Cambridge).
David Oyelowo, born April 1, 1976, is a British-Nigerian actor and producer who holds dual British and American citizenship. His most well-known performance to date was that of Martin Luther King Jr. in the 2014 biographical drama picture Selma. He also starred as the lead in A United Kingdom (2016) and as a chess tutor in “Queen of Katwe” (2016). He has appeared in films such as Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and Lincon, among others.
Oyelowo was born to Nigerian parents in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. His father is from Oyo State in Nigeria, and his mother is from Edo State. He was raised as a Baptist. He grew raised in Tooting Bec, South London until he was six years old when his family relocated to Lagos, Nigeria, where his father, Stephen, worked for the national airline and his mother for a railway firm. While growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, David attended a “military-style” boarding school.” When Oyelowo was fourteen, they moved back to London and settled in Islington.
John Boyega, born John Adedayo Bamidele Adegboyega, is a British-Nigerian actor and producer. He rose to notoriety in his native Britain for his role as Moses in the sci-fi comedy film Attack the Block (2011), but his international success came with his portrayal as Finn in the Star Wars sequel trilogy films The Force Awakens (2015), The Last Jedi (2016), and The Last Jedi (2017). (2017).
John Adedayo Bamidele Adegboyega was born on March 17, 1992, in the London borough of Peckham, to Abigail (née Aboderin), a social worker, and Samson Adegboyega, a Pentecostal minister. Both are Nigerians.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is a British actor, director, former fashion model, and writer who was born in Washington, D.C. to Nigerian parents. Adewale has appeared in blockbuster films such as “The Bourne Identity,” “Pompeii,” “The Mummy Returns,” and many others.
Akinnuoye-Agbaje was born in Islington, London, to Nigerian parents of Yoruba ancestry who were students in the UK. When he was six weeks old, his biological parents gave him up to a white working-class family in Tilbury, Essex. His biological parents sent him to Nigeria when he was eight years old, but because he couldn’t speak Yoruba and was prevented by his parents from speaking English, he was quickly returned to Tilbury.
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Kae-Kazim, who is originally from Ogun state, was born in Lagos, Nigeria, where he spent his childhood before moving to London, England, with his family. His most well-known part was in the 2004 drama film “Hotel Rwanda.” He also appeared in several episodes of the iconic BBC show Grange Hill.
Kazim has also appeared in Nigerian films such as “The Last Flight to Abuja,” “Half of a Yellow Sun,” and “Black November.”
The Premier League is over for another season. The prizes have been handed out, the tickets to Europe delivered and passports to obscurity in the EFL rubber-stamped.
And with it, we draw the curtain on the third season of VAR, and with it another 38 rounds of controversy and arguments over refereeing in England’s top flight.
This season we logged all VAR decisions across the Premier League, and calculated how they might have affected the outcome of games.
And the final table shows some crucial changes.
Who won the title? Did Tottenham still make it into the Champions League? And did Manchester United get the best of VAR? Also, could one of the strugglers have stayed up without those crucial VAR calls?
Our calculation is not just about the number of times a team gets a favourable VAR call, or about how many goals are affected. What’s more important is when these VAR decisions take place, how they might have changed the course of the match and, crucially, whether that impacted upon the final scoreline.
ESPN brings you the VAR Effect Table. We’ve taken all 120 VAR decisions in the Premier League and worked out an alternative table, showing who the true winners and losers are
How we work out the VAR Effect Table
We take only the first VAR overturn in each game, because the calculation considers that any subsequent VAR incident wouldn’t have happened and the whole direction of the game has been altered. (Think of it like a Marvel timeline, or the plot of any time travel movie.)
The VAR decision is then reverted to the original on-field call — so if a goal is disallowed for offside, it’s given as a goal.
If a penalty has been cancelled, it is considered to have been awarded and scored, unless the team in question has a penalty-conversion record of 50% or below over the season. For instance, Burnley and Watford missed half the spot kicks they were awarded, with Brighton on 57.1% and Man United on 60%. If 50% or below, a penalty may be judged to have been missed.
If a team has been awarded a goal through a penalty or an incorrect offside through VAR, the goal is disallowed.
We then took into account a series of factors before settling on a predicted outcome:
Team form: Results in the previous six matches give an indication of how a team has been playing generally.
Time of incident: For instance, if an incident happens late in the game, it’s less likely that the scoreline would change again after this point.
xG at time of incident: This allows us to take into account which team has been creating the better chances and is in the ascendancy.
Team strength: As well as form, a team’s general strength plays a part. This factors in league position, and a team’s goal-scoring and defensive records across the season.
Impact of incident: For example, a red-card decision being reversed may change the outcome of a match.
These results were then used to modify the table and work out what impact VAR has had on teams’ positions this season, with the arrows indicating if their league position is better or worse without VAR.
The big winners without VAR
Arsenal suffered Champions League heartbreak at the hands of arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur, pipped on the final day. But it could have been a different story without VAR.
Arsenal gain four points across the season, while Spurs were one of the biggest losers without VAR and drop two points. That six-point swing sees the Gunners finish in fourth, a comfortable four points clear of their neighbours. The race for the Champions League wouldn’t even have gone down to the final day.
⁸In a quirk of VAR, only West Ham had more VAR decisions in their favour than Arsenal, yet it’s when the negative decisions came that really hurt Arsenal.
Two in particular changed the course of key matches. Arsenal were 1-0 up at home to Manchester City on New Year’s Day when a VAR decision gave the visitors a penalty. That goal changed the course of the game and led to a City win; the VAR Effect Table has this as an Arsenal win. The second decision came in a home loss to Brighton, with a Gabriel Martinelli goal disallowed for offside when Arsenal were 1-0 down in the 45th minute; again this is calculated as a win for Mikel Arteta’s men.
The overturns that went for Spurs’ include Everton‘s cancelled penalty at Goodison Park, in a game which finished goalless, and a spot kick awarded to Antonio Conte’s men at home to Burnley when the score was also 0-0. Added to that, Spurs had a Harry Kane offside goal allowed in what became a 3-2 win at Newcastle. That said, they did have decisions go against them, such as Kane’s goal ruled offside in the draw at Southampton.
Arsenal might consider themselves hard done by, but it is in fact Leicester City who gain the most points without VAR calls. The six points gained by the Foxes catapults them up two places from eighth to sixth, and a spot in the Europa League. That comes at the expense of Manchester United, who like Spurs gained two points from VAR and drop out of Europe completely.
Leicester were 1-0 up away to Newcastle when the VAR overturned a disallowed Bruno Guimaraes goal as the Magpies went on to win 2-1, while Brendan Rodgers’ men also had an Ademola Lookman goal chalked off for offside in a draw at Leeds United.
Among the decisions to go Man United’s way were a late winner for Everton ruled out for offside, and a red card shown to Brighton’s Lewis Dunk at Old Trafford when United were 1-0 up but the Seagulls in the ascendancy. Most importantly, there was the disallowed late winner for Leicester at Man United for a Kelechi Iheanacho foul, which effectively enabled the points swing between the clubs.
Everton also lost out badly through VAR calls, and that’s without factoring in decisions that didn’t get overturned such as Rodri‘s handball for Man City, for which PGMOL, the refereeing body, apologised. Like Arsenal, Everton are four points better off without VAR and climb seven points away from the relegation zone. Key decisions that went against Everton were the cancelled penalty at home to Spurs, plus the winner at Man United.
Of the other teams to receive points without VAR, Brentfordgain two to finish 12th, while Burnley, Manchester City and Norwich are all one point better off.
As Liverpool‘s final points tally is unchanged on 92, it means Man City win the Premier League by two points rather than one.
In the first half of the season Newcastle United were one of the biggest winners without VAR, but decisions have evened themselves out since and the Magpies are now on the same points.
West Ham Unitedhad 10 VAR decisions in their favour, more than any other club, but their points tally is unaltered, as is Chelsea‘s.
The big losers without VAR
Leeds Unitedcelebrated survival on the final day with victory at Brentford, but they might have VAR to thank for retaining their Premier League status — because the VAR Effect Table shows them relegated.
A couple of factors come into play here as Leeds lose two points without VAR. First there’s the home draw with Leicester which goes down as a loss, then the an injury-time penalty given to Leeds against Crystal Palace when the score was goalless; two of the key calls which went the way of the Yorkshire side.
Added to that, Burnley also gained one point, and among a series of VAR decisions was the second-half Burnley penalty revoked when the Clarets trailed 1-0 against Arsenal. That three-point swing is enough to put the clubs both on 35, and Leeds finish in the bottom three on goal difference.
It was a close call for Southampton, too. The Saints are three points worse off without VAR, the joint-most along with relegated Watfordand mid-table Wolverhampton Wanderers. The loss of those points left Southampton hovering just a single point above the relegation zone. It could have been a much closer call but for decisions like the late equalising VAR penalty at Newcastle when they seemed destined for a 2-1 defeat.
Even though Wolves finished with more VAR decisions against them than in their favour (-2 net), the timing of these calls means they actually lose two points without VAR. costing them a place in the top half of the table.
Watford, meanwhile, slump to rock bottom as they suffer a four-point swing with Norwich City. Norwich had 11 VAR decisions against them, more than any other team, but such was the nature of their poor form they were only a single point better off without VAR.
After a detailed investigation, the police arrested John who confessed to having ambushed Precious while she was on her way to church, took her to an uncompleted building where he murdered her, and then moved to an unknown destination.
A 27-year-old man, John Aipoh, has been apprehended by men of the Edo state police command for allegedly strangling his 24-year-old girlfriend to death after she ended their four-year relationship.
Precious Ikpikhumi, a final year student of the Institute of Health Technology, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, was declared missing by her family on May 1 after she went to church and failed to return.
After a detailed investigation, the police arrested John who confessed to having ambushed Precious while she was on her way to church on May 1, took her to an uncompleted building where he murdered her, and then moved to an unknown destination.
It was discovered that Precious and John have been at loggerheads over some issues. It got so bad that Precious even sent a voice note to a friend of hers in which she expressed fears that John might kill her for calling off their relationship.
She said;”What I want to let you know is that it is not those two boys that are making me to do all these things. It has been long I have been telling John.
John said I cannot tell him that I am tired of the relationship as he was the one who approached me and he is the one who can decide when it will end. I told him even if you force me to date you, hope you know you cannot force me to marry you. It is better we have a broken relationship now than a broken marriage.
I can’t please. I cannot die. If it happens that truly he harms me or kills because I refused to continue dating him, I know it shall never be well with him. My blood will always cry over his head.
I have made up my mind. If is that I will die in this relationship, a fly that fails to hear word is one that follows the corpse into the grave. Since I don’t listen anything John does to me I will bear it.”
Precious is said to have gone underground after calling off their relationship but was unfortunately found by John.
On May 1st, 2022, a disgruntled John decided to carry out his threat to ”end her” when he dragged her to an uncompleted building and killed her by using her scarf to strangle her. He then escaped to an unknown destination.
Following his arrest, John took the police to the uncompleted building where he dumped Precious’s lifeless body.
When interrogated, John who was found with the phones of the deceased, said he killed Precious in anger after she called off their 4-year relationship.
Precious’s body has been deposited in the morgue while the suspect is now in police custody and will be charged to court as soon as possible.