UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers Live on GOtv
GOtv viewers can look forward to the resumption of qualifying action for the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament, with Matchday 7 and 8 fixtures from Thursday, 10th October till Tuesday, 15th October 2019.
Qualifiers for Euro 2020 get back underway on Thursday, with several major teams in action. Group I opponents, Russia and Scotland are set to battle for three crucial points in a match scheduled to hold October 10th at 7:45pm on SuperSport Select 4.
France, current World Cup holders and two-time European champions, will travel to Iceland for a Group H qualifier on Friday, which will be aired 7:45pm on SuperSport Select 4. France, who have won three qualifying matches in a row since their defeat to Turkey in June, have always found a way past Iceland. But with just four matches remaining, Les Blues are under increasing pressure from Iceland for one of the two automatic group tickets. Turkey currently lead the group, followed by France and Iceland.
Despite losing the reverse fixture back in March, Iceland will seek redemption in front of their fans in Raykjavik as a win bigger than the 0-4 loss suffered in the first leg would enhance their chance of picking one of the group’s two tickets based on the head-to-head rule.
On Saturday, Norway and Spain will go head-to-head in a Group F qualifier. It will be aired live at 7:45pm on SuperSport Select 4. In the seven games played between both countries, Spain have won five, with Norway winning only once. Norway are unbeaten in their last five matches but have only won two of those games, while Spain have won seven matches.
Other fixtures include Wales versus Croatia (showing on Sunday at 7:45 pm on SuperSport Select 4), Ukraine versus Portugal (showing on Monday at 7:45pm on SuperSport Select 4), and Sweden vs Spain (showing on Tuesday at 7:45pm on SuperSport Select 2).
For a full schedule of Euro 2020 Qualifiers on GOtv, please visit www.supersport.com To subscribe or reconnect on GOtv visit www.gotvafrica.com GOtv subscribers are encouraged to take advantage of the “Top Up” campaign and upgrade to GOtv MAX by paying a reduced fee of N2, 600 to gain access to all the exclusive football games on GOtv Max.
The Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN) has announced the jury for the 2019 Lagos Advertising and Ideas Festival (LAIF), slated to hold on 14 December in Lagos.
This was announced in a statement signed by AAAN Publicity Secretary, Jenkins Alumona, on Wednesday.
Members of the jury, according to the statement, include Gbemi Sagay, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Dencil Limited; Stanley Lumax, a New York-based Communication Expert; Toni Kan Onwordi, Author, Editor and Public Relations Specialist; and Irene Donati, Head of Marketing and Brand Strategy, Lionheart Group, Ghana.
Others are Ekenena Ezaga, Creative Director, SO&U; Yaa Boateng, Creative Director, Ogilvy Ghana; Dave Chukwuji, Creative Director, DKK Nigeria; Sunny Mohammed, Creative Director, DDB Lagos; and Kayode Olowu, Creative Director, Onewildcard.
The statement quoted Chairman, LAIF Management Board and AAAN Vice President, Steve Babaeko, as saying that the selection of jurors will create a fair and balanced atmosphere for judging the LAIF entries.
Speaking on the significance of the event, AAAN President, Ikechi Odigbo, explained that the LAIF Awards focuses on recognising, rewarding and fostering creative excellence in all areas of marketing communications.
He added that the jury is a combination of marketing and communication experts as well as creative connoisseurs in and outside the country.
The 2019 LAIF Awards has as its theme: “Tori Tori of LAIF”.
Wrestling fans can enjoy girl-power in action with [dstv.com] DStv, thanks to the pop-up channel that mixes beauty, drama and sportsmanship. And while the WWE is mostly revered for its bulky and rugged male contenders, female WWE stars are also well represented on the channel as seen on the exciting reality series, WWE Total Divas™.
WWE Total Divas™ is an American reality show that features a cast of strong sisters, who provide the viewers with scintillating inside look into their lives, loves and all the personal dramas of your favourite female sports stars.
Here’s an introduction to some of the starring characters on Total Divas:
Real Name: Brianna Monique Danielson
Ring Name: Brie Bella
There’s Brie Bella, one-half of the powerful Bella Twins, who made SmackDown history in 2008 when she took down Victoria with the help of her identical twin Nikki. The Diva Champion of 2011 is not just a superstar, but a magnetic entertainer, wife and mother who takes no prisoners. The fact that she stars alongside her twin in the new pop-up channel promises double trouble!
Real Name: Natalie Katherine Neidhart-Wilson
Ring name: Natalya
It’s like father like daughter with the bold and beautiful Natalya, a legacy of the legendary Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and wife to the equally talented Tyson Kidd. She was born for this – Natalya dominates in the ring with her unparalleled grappling skill. The Queen of Harts also has a big heart, aligned with The Creative Coalition’s Be a STAR Alliance, Make-A-Wish and the WrestleMania™ Reading Challenge.
Real Name: Ariane Nicole Andrew
Ring name: Cameron
Disco diva Cameron is the move-busting, ego-bruising entertainer who grooved her way to fame with her smooth moves at Planet Funk, combining dance and danger with taking down many an opponent with attitude, athleticism and absolutely no apologies.
Real Name: Trinity McCray
Ring Name: Naomi
Another soul-stepping superstar, Naomi, has got all the moves. This entertainer has turned heads all over the world, dancing for the likes of Flo Rider and NBA heavyweight, Orlando Magic. A badass third of the memorable Team B.A.D. in the Women’s Evolution, she’s cutting as much of a rug in the ring as on the dance floor.
Real Name: Natalie Marie Coyle
Ring Name: Eva Marie
The flame-haired and feisty Eva Marie gives as good in the ring as she did on the catwalk. The model-turned-muscle-powerhouse has made a serious name for herself as beauty and brawns on WWE NXT already, and promises plenty of surprises to come.
Real Name: Joseann Alexie Offerman
Ring Name: Jojo
Eva Mari is joined by her girl, JoJo. A one-to-watch wonder, JoJo has got pipes as well as power, wowing WWE audiences with her fantastic voice as much as with her moves in the ring.
Once a side-line for more seriously regarded male entertainers, WWE Total Divas™ proves that female sporting entertainers have strength, substance, style and sass. WWE is celebrating the might (and muscles) of women as they pull back the curtain on the real-life drama and high stakes of what it takes to be among the best in the cutthroat world of sporting stars.
These entertainers are pulling no punches, with more impressive performances and more behind-the-scenes drama than ever before and prove that there’s more to sports extravaganzas than leotards. WWE Total Divas™ combines the revelry and rivalries in the ring with a backstage pass to all the intrigue and inner workings of the industry as these seven sporting superstars play out the show of their lives.
Be sure not to miss these divas, and more WWE™ action on DStv Channel 128 airing every day until 31 December 2019. You can also download the DStv Now app and let the divas entertain you while you’re on the move.
Cashew nuts are some of the crops fuelling growth in the agricultural sector.
Experts say almost three million tonnes are harvested worldwide yearly.
According to Mordor Intelligence, an international market intelligence and advisory firm, the cashew market was valued at $9.9 million last year, and is projected to reach $12.7 million by 2024.
Among all the cashew producing nations, the firm said African countries contributed 56.5 per cent of the global production with Ivory Coast leading the way with yearly production of 725,000 tonnes.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), cashew nuts are Nigeria’s third-biggest agricultural export this year.
NBS said an estimated N8 billion was generated from cashew nuts exported in the first six months of the year.
It also noted that Vietnam, India, Tanzania, Russia and Netherlands were Nigeria’s biggest markets for cashew nuts in half-year 2019.
With output of just 200,000 tonnes this year, however, Nigeria lags behind the top three producers.
According to analysts, the estimated area under cashew plantations in Nigeria varies between 200,000 and 300,000 hectares.
About 70 per cent of the local production is commercialised of which about 90 per cent is exported in form of raw nuts.
For the National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN), the sector is lagging behind due to lack of investment but it is closing the gap with big ambitions.
NCAN is making efforts towards increasing the export value of the intensively-processed cashew nuts and byproducts.
The Association said it focused on the key gaps inhibiting growth in the business. Closing these key gaps would help to rebuild the sector’s potential, stimulate growth, and enable smallholder farmers to raise their incomes and yields, while creating jobs for youths and raising incomes for women.
Consequently, NCAN is to sign a N3.6 billion memorandum of understanding (MoU) with foreign investors to boost the cashew value chain.
Its National President, Mr. Ojo Ajanaku, said the MoU would provide over N50 billion yearly investment opportunities.
Ajanaku said: “NCAN wants to increase annual production of cashew from N50 billion to N220 billion by 2020. The targeted investors are local off-takers of which we have about 20 in Nigeria, while targeting about 15 off-takers that are from foreign countries.”
He said: “At present, Nigeria is producing over 200,000 metric tonnes of cashew yearly and out of the 100 per cent of cashew that goes out, 60 per cent is from Kogi State. The aroma is what the world wants. We have the market place but we need a strategic plan on how to harness it.”
Despite its efforts, Nigeria’s cashew industry is also being confronted with numerous difficulties as the growth rate of farming production has yet to keep up with the growth rate of the processing industry. The output of raw cashews only met about 20 per cent of the demand for export processing of the businesses.
In addition, competition in the industry is becoming fiercer, with the penetration risks posed by potential opponents, especially those from China, East Africa and Thailand and Cambodia.
Also, the consumption demand is increasing with stricter requirements in terms of quality and food safety.
To the economy, stakeholders said the cashew boom presents an unexpected but welcome opportunity to diversify agricultural exports beyond cocoa beans and rubber. It will also help develop the country’s agro-industry. However, to realise its potential, Nigeria has to process and add value to its raw cashews.
Ogbomoso cashew plantations
The Chief Executive, Hastom Nigeria, Mr. Debo Thomas, said there was no alternative to increasing productivity.
According to him, if growers are able to increase productivity and investors can establish processing factories, Nigeria could regain high production levels.
For him, there is room to further develop the industry, such as processing cashew apple juice.
He said efforts were needed to achieve prosperity through the sector.
His vision is to transform Ogbomoso’s cashew sector into a significant foreign exchange earner creating jobs and substantial wealth for Nigerians.
He said his organisation is working hard to support the industry to achieve yearly productivity of 500,000 raw cashew nuts.
He cultivates 600 hectares of cashew in Ogbomoso. At the farm, are many cashew trees.
Buoyed by his success, he plans to plant 500 new trees. He has plans to cultivate another 1000 hectares.
Thomas said the productivity of the cashew trees is increasing and the plan is to support the industry to reach the historic level of 500,000 tonnes of nuts yearly.
For this reason, he is converting every available farm land in the town into cashew plantation.
He said the government should support the private sector to help the curved, nutrient-packed nut to recover its past glory.
Even though improving the productivity of plantations is a good measure, it is definitely not enough because to raise the added value in the country, production must be accompanied by an equal increase in processing capacity.
For him, the cashew model today should be different—instead of using major processing units, as was the practice about 15 years ago, the country should be using small units that can process between 1,000 and 5,000 tonnes of cashew nuts more efficiently.
He said his organisation intends to focus on cashew processing to boost the performances of the sector and related exports.
In Ogbomoso, Thomas is building a processing factory. The goal is to process 11,000 tonnes of nuts yearly. He is building warehouses, where cashew nuts will be aggregated in sacks for processing.
Outlining problems that the sector has been facing, Thomas said the presence of few farms in different parts of the country is affecting productivity.
He, however, added that there was no alternative to increasing productivity.
Thomas said Nigeria needs to be self-sufficient in cashew production, which will also boost the country’s economy.
Roles of India and Vietnam
India and Vietnam’s rising needs for raw cashew nuts have also fuelled the growth of cashew farming in Nigeria.Vietnam is the world’s leading cashew nut exporter, but the industry relies on imported raw materials.
It has about 300,000 hectares under cashew and an average output of 350,000-400,000 tonnes yearly, meeting only about 30 per cent of processors’ demand.
Thus it imports over one million tonnes of raw cashew every year from many countries, mainly in Africa. Vietnam’s cashew industry has invested in 500,000 hectares of plantations in Cambodia with the vision of turning its southwestern neighbour into a major supplier. The Vietnam Cashew Association (VINACAS) has pledged to provide technical support to Cambodian farm owners to reach a yearly yield of one million metric tons of raw cashew nuts by the end of 2028.
In 2017, Vietnamese businesses spent over $2.5 billion importing more than 1.3 million tonnes of raw cashew nuts for processing.
As the top world exporter of processed cashew, India also imports about 60 per cent of raw cashew for processing from Africa and Asia.
Although Nigeria produces at least five per cent of the world’s cashew supply, fewer than seven per cent of raw cashew nuts are processed domestically. Experts attribute this to lack of finance to upgrade or build modern processing facilities.
The industry still faces several challenges, including shrinking cultivation area and unstable output. Aging trees and abnormal weather conditions have decreased yields, and many farmers preferred other crops for higher profits, which has reduced the planted area.
The Director-General of Raw Material Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Dr Hussaini Doko Ibrahim, listed the major factors limiting cashew nut production in Nigeria as old age of most trees, deforestation, low yielding varieties, dominance of small holdings, dependence of most farmers on wild varieties, land acquisition problems, high cost of input, climatic conditions, disease, pest and fire outbreaks, high post-harvest losses, infrastructural constraints and quality, and market price of the product.
Ibrahim, however, noted that the agency, vested with the mandate to promote development and utilisation of Nigeria’s industrial raw materials, has made several interventions over the years and entered various strategic partnerships to boost the nation’s cashew production.
Improving opportunities through cashew value chain
Thomas urged the government to consider cashew as a strategic crop in rural development, and should have policies to promote the cashew industry’s further growth.
He said boosting cashew production would create enterprises and processing factories.
He said thousands of farmers and workers would enjoy improved livelihoods thanks to cashew trees.
Through crowd farming, he said his organisation would develop large cashew fields in Ogbomoso and improve cashew yield and quality. He pledged to purchase cashews from farmers.
He said finding answers to yield and quality questions, and proper investments were important for the cashew industry to reach sustainable development.
He said government’s policies, business participation and community’s support are integral for sustainable agricultural development. Seed is the first problem that needs to be improved to increase yield and output. About 80 per cent of the 300,000 hectares of cashews are old and the seed varieties needs to be improved. Agricultural promotion policies, including policies on application of new varieties and advanced farming practices, are very important, he said.
Cashew re-cultivation, according to him, is not only the task of farmers but also the government and the agricultural sector.
Stakeholders have urged the government to allocate sufficient funds and put forward necessary schemes to increase production of cashew nut in the country.
They said Nigeria’s cashew subsector has strong potential for growth if the value chain, and especially local processing, can improve.
They said what the industry needs is enough quality stocks for farmers, inputs, and better extension services, improved cashew storage and upgraded processing technology, expanded access to markets with better roads, raising environmental and social standards, and local banks encouraged to lend to smallholders and processors.
Stakeholders also urged the government to start restoring plantations that were no longer as productive or efficient as before.
This requires a development strategy to enable the industry to develop in a sustainable way in the coming years.
They want support to increase the rate of fully processed nuts to satisfy the requirements of customers and boost domestic consumption.
In addition, reviewing and tweaking cashew zoning plans, replacing aged cashew trees and developing high-quality seedlings and advanced farming techniques are vital, the stakeholders added.
Also, modern technologies and equipment should be used and products diversified to meet the increasing demand from customers. (The Nation)
Access the Stars”, a new music reality talent hunt to discover and grow new stars was unveiled on Wednesday in Lagos to empower creative minds of the youth in the country.
The show which promises N150 million grand prize and brand new car, among other consolation prizes, was being co-sponsored by Access Bank and Nigerian Breweries.
Organisers say the show will kick off with regional auditions in six cities of Abeokuta, Lagos, Abuja, Onitsha, Calabar and Owerri with wild card entries for online submissions.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, NB Chief Executive Officer, Mr Jordi Borrut Bel, said that the country had the talent and creativity to help push its economy.
According to him, ‘Access the Stars’ is a platform that will be used to help grow talents not just in Nigeria but in Africa.
“This journey has started and it will start in earnest at the end of the year and so interested persons should do the needful,” he said.
He added that this was also to bring something new and more entertaining to our consumers, where they not only enjoy good music, but get the opportunity to have their own voices and music showcased to the rest of the world.
Also, the Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank, Dr Herbert Wigwe, said that the platform was about accessing raw talents and making them shine even more.
According to him, Access the Stars comes from the desire of both brands to continue to connect with people through the one platform they both have in common – music.
“There is need to support young people that abound in the country, socially impact them, bring out these great talents and supporting national development is the major thrust of this partnership.
“There is also the need to appreciate these talents and this can help change the narrative of how the youth of this country are seen and to do this is through the ‘Access the Star’ platform,” he said.
Shade Morgan, NB Spokesperson, said that the main focus of the collaboration was to empower the creative minds in the country.
According to her, the collective strength of the two organisation was leveraged upon to come out with the platform aimed at impacting the youth in the creative space.
“70 years ago a star was born and has been shining over the Nigerian landscape and titillating the fans, and now is collaborating with another star.
“ This innovative collaboration will help to bring value to the life of people in the creative space,” she said.
The Police at the Area ‘A’ Command, Lion building, Lagos Island of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested and arraigned seven sales managers before a Lagos Magistrate’s Court for allegedly conniving to defraud their employer, Helen Onasanya of the sum of N168, 298, 916 between 2017 and 2019.
Police Identified the accused persons as Sola Gbadebo, 36; Ngozi Ngobiti, 36; Dickson Eromosele, 41; and Aiyeola Olayemi, 67.
Others include Helen Kadri, 50; Bukola Adesanya, 40; and Glory Ogbomaya, 39.
All the accused were charged before the Igbosere Chief Magistrate’s Court, Lagos on a three count charge of stealing and fraud.
Police counsel, Edward Abiodun, informed the court in charge NO A|59|2019 that the accused persons committed the offense between January 2017 and August 2019 at 134, Issa Williams Street, Lagos Island, Lagos and Akwa Ibom Plaza, Trade fair complex, Ojo, Lagos.
Abiodun told the court that the complainant, Onasanya entrusted goods valued N168,298,916 in the care of the accused persons to sell and remit the proceeds into her account, but that the accused persons sold the goods and converted the proceeds to their use.
He said the complainant uncovered the fraud when she audited her account books.
Abiodun said the offenses the accused persons committed were punishable under sections 411, 280, and 323 of the criminal law of Lagos state, 2015.
All the accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the alleged offence in the open court and Chief Magistrate O.O Oshin granted them N500, 000 bail each with two surties each in like sum.
Oshin adjourned the case till 13 November, 2019 for mention and ordered that the defendant be kept at the Ikoyi and Kirikiri Prisons till they perfected the bail conditions.
The Osun House of Assembly has confirmed the 35 nominees sent to the House by Gov. Gboyega Oyetola to fill vacant positions of Commissioners and Special Advisers.
At the plenary in Osogbo on Wednesday, the Assembly’s Speaker, Mr Timothy Owoeye, said the nominees had the requisite qualifications to drive development in the state.
He commended the lawmakers for their efforts during the exercise, adding that it was in line with the 1999 constitution.
Owoeye also advised the nominees to partner with the governor to move the state forward.
Other lawmakers commended the choice of the nominees, saying they have the qualifications to hold the exalted offices.
The motion for confirmation of the nominees was moved by the Majority Leader of the House, Mr Moruf Olanrewaju, and unanimously adopted by the 26 lawmakers.
Governor Oyetola on Sept. 24 sent the list of 35 persons for the positions of commissioners and Special Advisers in his cabinet to the assembly for approval.
Among the nominees are President Nigeria Guild of Editors and editor-in-chief of Daily Telegraph, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, Femi Akande, son of the former Interim National Chairman of All Progressives Congress; Mr Remi Omowaiye and Mr. Nathaniel Agunbiade, who represented Oriade/Obokun Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives between 2011 and 2015.
Yemi Lawal, running mate of Senator Iyiola Omisore, the 2018 governorship Candidate of SDP in Osun and Taiwo Akeju, the spokesperson of the SDP also made the list.
The full list of commissioners/special advisers
Alhaji Bola Oyebamiji, ex-Commissioner for Finance, Engr Oluremi Omowaiye, ex- Commissioner for Innovation, Science and Technology, Prof Lekan Yinusa, ex-Commissioner for Budget, Dr. Obawale Adebisi, Mr Adejare Adebisi, Barrister Femi Akande, Mr Rasaki Adeosun , Mr Sola Oladepo
Funke Egbemode, Oladimeji Samson, Engr Felix Adeniran Ibitoye, the National Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Society of Engineers, Mr Yemi Lawal (Senator Omisore’s running mate, Mrs Olusola Ogunfolaju Oyehan , an ex- lawmake, Folorunso Oladoyin – Bamisayemi, Dr Bode Olanipekun, the son of the Akirun of Ikirun, Mr Kehinde Olawale, Mr Adebayo Adeleke, ex- House of Representative member, Hon. Nathaniel Agunbiade, Mr Tadese Raheem, Mr Taiwo Akeju, Dayo Adewole, son of former Health Minister, Prof Isaac Adewole
Oladepo Solagbade Atanda, Ajisefini Abiodun, Mumini Adekunle Raifu, Olamiju Olasiji, Rafiu Isamotu, Omowaiye Oluremi, Jamiu Olawumi, Olawale Babatunde Olumide, Olaniyan Hussein Toke, Adeosun Adegboyega Rasaq, Badmus Olalekan Rahmon, Giwa Lateefat, Idiat Babalola, Kolajo Aderemi, Kareem Ismail Akande, Oyegbile Rufus, Olaboopo Olubukola and Bakare Akande
Viewers on DStv and GOtv have been enjoying unrivalled coverage of the 2019 IAAF World Championship, but the Athletics action doesn’t end there.
Next week sees the start of the eight-day window for the INEOS 1:59 Challenge, an event in Vienna, Austria in which Kenyan running legend Eliud Kipchoge will look to become the first person to run a sub-two-hour marathon.
The INEOS 1:59 Challenge will be broadcast LIVE on DStv on SuperSport 9 and on GOtv on Select 1.
Going under two hours for the marathon distance is regarded as the last great landmark in modern athletics, and Kipchoge is seen as the most likely to break this barrier. The 34-year-old is the current marathon world record holder with a time of 2:01:39. Kipchoge’s world record run at the 2018 Berlin Marathon broke the previous world record by 1 minute and 18 seconds – the greatest improvement in a marathon world record time since 1967.
Kipchoge has attempted to break the two-hour barrier before: in Italy in 2017 he ran 2:00:25 in the Breaking2 Project.
This year INEOS 1:59 Challenge organisers have set aside eight days in Vienna – 12 to 20 October 2019 – in which an attempt to break the barrier will be made. The window allows flexibility to have the best possible weather conditions. The effort will be run in 9.6-kilometre laps of Prater Park’s dead-straight Hauptallee tree-lined avenue. Kipchoge will change direction on a roundabout at each end.
“This is a golden chance for me to make history and show the world that no human is limited,” said Kipchoge, who last week announced a 14-member pacing squad for the event which includes the likes of Ethiopian Selemon Barega, Uganda’s Ronald Musagala and Olympic 1,500m champion Matthew Centrowitz of United States.
“This is an incredible group of athletes that has been put together to help Eliud try to make history,” Spencer Barden, head of pacemakers for the INEOS 1:59 Challenge, said in a statement.
“These athletes are coming in from all corners of the world. Many of them have had long, tough seasons on the track circuit but not one of them needed convincing. They all recognise this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“They recognise the greatness of Eliud and they want to help him break what is the last great barrier in athletics and become part of history.”
Don’t miss the INEOS 1:59 Challenge on DStv and GOtv. Visit www.dstv.com and www.gotvafrica.com to subscribe or upgrade, and join in on the excitement. And while you’re on the move, you can stream the action on DStv Now.