A series of top-flight games involving elite European teams across various football competitions will be aired live on GOtv during this weekend.
The games, scheduled to hold from November 8th -10th, will be broadcast live on SuperSport Select 2 to GOtv Plus and GOtv Max subscribers and on SuperSport Select 4 and 5 exclusive to GOtv Max subscribers.
Leading the pack is the game between rivals Juventus and AC Milan in the Italian Serie A. The game kicks off at 8:35pm on Sunday, 10th November and will be aired live on SuperSport Select 5.
Juventus, the defending champions, head into the encounter atop the league table, with four wins in their last five games. The Old Lady, managed by Maurizo Sarri, are certainly firing on all cylinders and will hope in-form attacker, Paulo Dybala, as well as Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo will maintain their winning tempo in front of goal. On the other hand, AC Milan are going through a bad patch in form, placed in 11th position and won only two of their last five games. However, manager Stefano Pioli will hope that his I Rossoneri team will spring up to the challenge of playing an old rival and create a massive upset.
In the Premier League, 15th placed Newcastle United welcome Bournemouth to the St. James’ Park on Saturday, 9th November. It will be aired live at 3:50pm on SuperSport Select 2. Both teams are enduring indifferent forms currently, with The Magpies, managed by Steve Bruce, winning only two of their last five games, while The Cherries, led by Eddie Howe, have drawn three of their last five games.
Fourth-placed Atletico Madrid clash against 19th-placed Espanyol at the Wanda Metropolitano in LaLiga on Sunday, 10th November. The game kicks off at 3:55pm on SuperSport Select 4. Los Rojiblancos’ flying start to the season has stuttered, having secured four draws in their last five league matches and also lost to Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, 6th November. Coach Diego Simeone will, however, bank on influential players such as Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata and captain Koke to deliver a much-needed victory against a relegation-threatened Espanyol, who have lost four of their last five games and won only two games so far in the season.
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Fidelity Bank Plc, one of the top six lenders in terms of total assets, loans and advances and customer deposits has said that it is committed to the long term expansion of the businesses of its customers whilst providing positive experiences at all its touch points to grow bottom line and gain competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Managing Director/CEO, Fidelity Bank Plc, Nnamdi Okonkwo made the disclosure Wednesday at the Fidelity Bank Special Day at the ongoing 2019 Lagos International Trade Fair. Okonkwo who was represented by the bank’s Executive Director, Corporate Bank, Obaro Odeghe said that the bank will leverage its proven expertise, and highly trained professionals to take customers’ businesses to the next levels of growth.
He noted that the bank’s success story is anchored on “improved service quality, innovative products and services tailored to meet the varying needs of our numerous customers which is beyond generic financial intermediation”.
“Our efforts aimed at aiding the diversification of the country’s monolithic economy and we have in this regards, continued to channel significant resources into the real sector, particularly in the area of can manufacturing, food and beverages and Independent Power Projects,” he said.
Okonkwo commended the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), the organizers of the Fair, for a job well done while noting that the participation of numerous local and international companies from China, Japan, Ghana, India, European Union, Indonesia, Taiwan, Bangladesh, India, Cameroun, Benin Republic and Ethiopia mirrors the great potentials in the Nigerian economy.
Pointedly, the Bank chief noted that the Fair had continued to provide an avenue for various trade groups and professionals to tap into the myriads of business opportunities that exist.
The highpoint of the ceremony was the presentation of N500, 000 extra income to 5 Fidelity Personal Savings Scheme (FPSS) customers and N150, 000 school fees support to another 5 SWEETA account customers under the bank’s Loyalty Savings Reward Scheme. Some of the beneficiaries of the Fidelity Loyalty Scheme, Uchenna Benedict Anyamaele; Oniyeyone Honeybell Ogunye; Ogochukwu Ijeoma Ugwu; Victoria Adebukola Oloyede; Ofuremen Marvellous and Adewale Oluwasegun Adekunle.
The world’s richest people became a little less well off last year, according to a report by UBS and PwC, as geopolitical turmoil and volatile equity markets reduced the wealth of billionaires for the first time in a decade.
Billionaires’ wealth fell by 388 billion dollars globally to 8.539 trillion dollars, the UBS and PwC Billionaires Report found, with a particularly sharp decline in Greater China – the second-biggest home for billionaires after the United States – and the Asia-Pacific region more broadly.
Private banks including the world’s largest wealth manager UBS have felt the effects of U.S.-China trade tensions and global political uncertainties, as clients last year shied away from trading and taking on debt in favor of hoarding more cash.
“Billionaire wealth dipped in 2018 for the first time since 2008 because of geopolitics,” UBS’s head of ultra-high net worth clients, Josef Stadler, said in the report published on Friday.
The net worth of China’s richest dropped 12.8 per cent in dollar terms on the back of tumbling stock markets and a weaker local currency and as growth in the world’s second-largest economy slowed to its lowest level in nearly three decades in 2018, the report found, knocking dozens off the billionaires list.
In spite of the drop, China continues to produce a new billionaire every 2-2.5 days, Stadler said.
Worldwide, the number of billionaires fell everywhere except in the Americas, where tech entrepreneurs continued to buoy the ranks of the United States’ wealthiest.
“This report shows the resilience of the U.S. economy,” where there were 749 billionaires at the end of 2018, said John Matthews, head of private wealth management and ultra-high net worth business for UBS in the United States.
While a stock market recovery from a steep drop in late 2018 has helped wealth managers increase their assets, the world’s richest families remain concerned about global affairs from trade tensions and Brexit to populism and climate change and are continuing to keep more of their money in cash.
“It is likely that billionaire wealth will go up again this year,” said Simon Smiles, UBS’s chief investment officer for ultra-wealthy clients, adding it would likely be a more muted increase than the wider financial market rally might suggest. (AFP)
…Education, Healthcare Top Priority
…Earmarks 62 Per Cent For Capital Spending
With a proposed fiscal plan of N115 billion for public infrastructure, Lagos State, next year, will be a massive construction site.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday, presented the Year 2020 Budget proposal to the House of Assembly, unveiling his administration’s plan to accelerate the growth of State’s economy by proposing aggressive investments in critical areas of priorities – physical infrastructure, environment, human capital and security.
Sanwo-Olu announced that the State would be spending N1.168 trillion, which will be funded from a projected Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of N1.071 trillion. The budget deficit, put at N97.53billion, will be financed through internal and external loans, the Governor said.
Besides, the fiscal proposal also included a provision for the new minimum wage.
Giving a breakdown of the budget tagged “Awakening to a Greater Lagos”, Sanwo-Olu earmarked 62 per cent, representing N723.75 billion of total spending, for capital expenditure. He said recurrent expenditure, put at 38 per cent, will take N444.81 billion.
About N167.81 billion of the recurrent expenditure will go for personnel costs and other staff-related expenses, representing 22.02 per cent of the total revenue. This, the Governor noted, is within the acceptable wage policy, which benchmarks 25 per cent staff overheads in the budget.
Sanwo-Olu said the proposed budget would help the State achieve a sustainable social investment and scale up private sector-led economic growth through investment in infrastructure and security. He said it would also improve civic engagement in governance and foster partnership with the Federal Government and the civil society.
Explaining why his administration will be earmarking huge funds to the environment and public infrastructure, the Governor said Lagos had been facing combined threats from population explosion and climate change.
He said: “Lagos faces an existential threat, arising from the interplay of demographic and climate change. Lagos will continue to be a magnet for multitudes within and outside Nigeria, in search of jobs and economic prosperity. These levels of migration put phenomenal strain on the physical and fiscal resources of the state.
“This budget seeks to aggressively invest in and develop our education, health and other physical infrastructure sectors. As at September 2019, our capital expenditure on works and infrastructure was just N31 billion, which is less compared with N78 billion proposed in the current year. It is our intention to spend N115 billion on physical infrastructure in 2020.
“In response to the perennial challenges of flooding in the metropolis, we have to triple the capital budget provision to tackle this observed problems from N3 billion in 2019 to N9 billion in 2020. We are embarking on massive desilting of major drain systems across the State next year.”
Sanwo-Olu plans to spend N48 billion on education and technology. This represents 60 per cent rise in capital allocation to the Ministry of Education. On healthcare, the State plans to spend N33 billion on healthcare programmes, which include proposed revamping and re-equipping over 350 Primary Health Centres.
Sanwo-Olu described the proposed budget as “unique”, noting that its details reflected the wishes of residents, following series of consultations and feedback from stakeholders across senatorial districts.
The Governor assured residents of transparency and accountability in the implementation of the budget, pointing out that there would be strict performance mechanism to drive compliance and measure the progress of the budget at the execution stage.
He said: “The 2020 Budget will be supported by a Performance Management System that will ensure that, by December 2020, we shall achieve an optimal budget implementation when compared with previous years. This is in line with our commitment to transparency and accountability in the management of public finances.
“We have provided N11.8 billion as counterpart funds in preparation for various social impact schemes. In addition, we have made provisions for N7.1 billion this year, to provide for industrial hubs, parks, graduate internship programs and virtual markets for artisans. This is in support for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) which are the engines for both economic and employment growth.”
Reviewing the performance of 2019 Appropriation Bill, which he signed into law in June shortly after he assumed office, Sanwo-Olu said his Government embarked on strict implementation of the budget and achieved 69 per cent efficiency at the end of September.
He said his administration completed critical projects that directly impacted residents, including two Maternal and Child Care Centers (MCCs) in Eti-Osa and Alimosho areas, and 492-flat Lateef Jakande Housing Estate in Igando.
The Governor said several other capital projects captured in the 2019 budget, including 31 arterial roads in Ojokoro/Ijaiye area, a High Court and Magistrates Court complex in Eti-Osa Local Government Area, and a Police Command Complex in Ojo Local Government Area, will be completed.
Sanwo-Olu observed that the approved re-ordering of the 2019 budget by the legislature gave the Government an opportunity to raise N250 billion in addressing critical infrastructure needs, including rehabilitation of public schools, ongoing construction of Lagos–Badagry Expressway, Agege–Pen Cinema Overhead Bridge, Agric–Isawo Road, Bola Ahmed Tinubu–Igbogbo Road, and an ongoing road rehabilitation by Lagos Public Works.
He added that the loan will also enable his administration to start the desilting of drain systems, provision of security and emergency hardware, light rail infrastructure, and construction of a General Hospital in Ojo, which is to be fitted with a Spinal and Neurology Unit.
Sanwo-Olu reiterated that his administration’s development agenda, known as Project T.H.E.M.E.S, was designed to address major challenges facing the State and create a city that would work for the citizens. He said his administration was ready to transform Lagos by rethinking projects that will improve the wellbeing of the residents.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, praised Sanwo-Olu for accepting the responsibility to tackle challenges faced the State.
He said the Governor’s activities since his assumption of office had re-assured Lagosians about Sanwo-Olu’s zeal to fix problems he inherited from the last administration.
The Speaker said: “Mr. Governor, your actions so far have shown the zeal, desire and passion in you to get things done, to fix what has been left undone and to move the state forward. Hence, we believe that the content of the budget will serve this purpose in making life worthy of living for our people in Lagos.”
Obasa promised the Assembly would ensure speedy passage of the budget and make it a “New Year” gift for people.
The Assembly chamber was filled to capacity, as a large crowd of Lagos residents, comprising leaders and members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), State Executive Council members, traditional rulers, workers, traders, artisans, students and stakeholders in the private sector, witnessed the budget presentation.
Google has launched a new Traffic tab on Google Maps in Lagos.
It was first announced in July at Google for Nigeria. The new Traffic tab offers users in Lagos snapshots of the information they care about the most, be it traffic, weather, bus stop busyness, as well as current and expected fare levels for Danfo buses.
The Traffic tab provides bus riders with information to help them find their most efficient routes in travel times and transport costs.
Before now, Google Maps users have only been able to access information for other forms of transportation including cars, 2-wheelers, BRT and ride hailing.
It had direction experience, which features suggested routes which may combine walking, taking a Keke or okada, Danfo or BRT.
Butv information about the estimated fare range, expected travel time and pictures of the stops along the route are available to aid travellers on their trips around Lagos.
Clicking on the pictures will allow users to get a 360 degree view on street view to help them better understand their location.
Senior product Manager of Google maps, Jeff Albertson, who spoke at the launch, said: “What we have built for Lagos is a global first for Google Map and a step towards helping people in many other cities where transport can be informally organized as it is in Nigeria.
“We co-designed this product with people in Lagos. It was an engaging process to start from scratch, bring diverse teams of Googlers to Lagos, interview Lagosians and Local Guides, understand local needs, and then design something that weaves together all the many ways that people here move around”.
He added: “Nigeria is important to us. Beyond providing tools to help Nigerians use Maps, we also want to continue to bring more of Nigeria to the map. It’s a journey that we are happy to be on.”
Google also recently published more panoramic imagery on Street View, to help make it easier to visually explore places in Nigeria, including imagery of Abuja, Benin City, Enugu and Ibadan with almost 12 thousand kilometers of roads added.
Lady has revealed how she had sex with her landlord on several occasions which has amounted to her N1.3 million house rent in Lekki.
According to the lady, she is a professional escort who got coincidentally was sent to her landlord to service him severally after every sex, he asked her to deduct it from her next rent and it has now surpassed the cost of her rent for next year but she needs help getting a receipt to prove she has paid for the rent.
I’m a bit confused on the status of my house rent for next year?
A client saw my reveiews, all 5 stars and excellent, he contacted me and we agreed on N90k, only for him to give me his address and it turned out to be my landlord’s house.
Being a decent girl, I refused initially, I didn’t want to give ideas to my landlord. However after much plead, as a Christian I gave in.
On first meet, he paid me my N90k. However on realising I am his tenant, he started to see me most nights and early morning. At times as early as 4 am.
After spending the night, he will not pay me, rather he would ask me to deduct each N90k from 20/21 house rent. Although the morning 1hr services, he mostly paid me that case @30k naira.
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Fast-rising boxer, Dennis “The Range” Mba, has declared that he will stun Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, West African Boxing Union (WABU) welterweight champion; when they both clash in a national welterweight challenge at the maiden GOtv Boxing Night Mini on 16 November.
The bout is one of the five fights scheduled to take place at the Rowe Park Sports Complex at Yaba, Lagos.
Speaking in an interview on Thursday, Mba acknowledged that his more illustrious opponent might be considered by some fans as the favourite but said he is well primed to create an upset that would catch the current sub-regional champion and boxing enthusiasts off guard.
“I respect ‘Babyface’ for being the West African champion, but he will be roundly shocked by the time I am done with him in the ring. He barely survived his last fight and thanks to his last opponent (Eden Biki), I know his weakest point. So, I would just ramp up my punches hard to make sure he is dazed by the time I knock him out”, he boasted.
Mba lauded sponsors of GOtv Boxing Night Mini for introducing the event, describing it as a welcome development for Nigerian boxing and an opportunity for the boxers to improve and pile up their professional record.
Other bouts for the event include a national lightweight challenge Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, reigning West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion, and Ola Adebakin; a national cruiserweight challenge between Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi and Tunji “Germani” Olajide; and a national light welterweight challenge between Waheed “Showmax” Shogbamu and Semiu “Jagaban” Olopade.
There is also an all-female clash as Cynthia “Omo Bobby” Ogunsemilore will take on Omowunmi “Mummy’s Pet” Akinsanya in a national super featherweight challenge.