Croatia Sink Hosts Russia To Advance To World Cup Semi-Finals

Ivan Rakitic scored the winning penalty as Croatia beat Russia 4-3 in a shoot-out after a dramatic 2-2 draw on Saturday to end the World Cup hopes of the host nation and advance to a semifinal against England. Brazilian-born Mario Fernandes had kept Russia’s dream alive when he headed home in the 115th minute to level the scores and force penalties, but he and Fedor Smolov both failed to convert their spot-kicks in Sochi. Croatia, for whom Andrej Kramaric and Domagoj Vida had earlier found the net, advance to their…

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MKO Abiola: What manner of man?

On the 20th  anniversary of MKO Abiola’s death on 7 July, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, a former associate of MKO and pro-chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University reproduces a portrait first published in 1993, of the man who was denied from claiming the presidential mandate given him by Nigerians in the election of 12 June, 1993. Following the honour bestowed on MKO Abiola by President Buhari and the re-focused attention on Abiola’s legacy, my daughter Oreoluwa, who, by the way, read Politics and Philosophy at Cambridge and was only one year old…

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World Cup: Defeat By Belgium The Saddest Moment Of My Career – Neymar

Less than a day after being knocked out the World Cup by Belgium, Brazilian striker Neymar said he will find it hard to return to club football. The Paris St Germain player came to Russia as one of the potential leading lights but he did not live up to his own high standards and left saying the 2-1 quarter-final defeat was the low point of his footballing life. “I can tell you this is the saddest moment of my career, the pain is huge because we know that we could…

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Firm to boost agriculture trading with block-chain technology

Binkabi, a London-based start-up firm said on Saturday that it was set to boost agriculture trading through its block-chain technology. The Chief Executive Officer of Binkabi, Mr Quan Le, said during a meet-up with entrepreneurs in Lagos that such technology would be leveraged to make agriculture commodity trading fairer and more profitable. According to him, the company is a decentralised commodity network for emerging market that changed food commodities to tokens which would be redeemed for real commodities. Le said that agriculture commodities played a key role in propelling growth…

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Facebook boss Zuckerberg now world’s third richest

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is now the third richest man in the world, overtaking Warren Buffett on Bloomberg’s list of the world’s richest people. Zuckerberg passed Buffett Friday as Facebook shares rose 2.4 percent, Bloomberg reported. Above Zuckerberg were Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, in the No. 1 spot, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. The daily rankings of the world’s 500 richest people listed in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index showed the top 3 remained the same Saturday. Zuckerberg is now worth $81.6 billion, nearly $400 million more than Buffett, chairman of…

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Mike Edegware Foundation Congratulates Gov Okowa @59

…commends his developmental strides as Governor of Delta State   By Grandball Joel  The Chairman and Grand Patron of Mike Edegware Foundation, (MEF), High Chief (Barr) Mike Edegware has congratulated the Executive Governor of Delta State, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa on his 59th birthday, describing him as an embodiment of development. Edegware, who is the Secretary to the Delta State Board of Internal Revenue, DBIR, said, the emergence of Okowa as the Governor of Delta State has transformed the state to a hub of economic growth and development. The…

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