Champions League draws released [See full fixtures] – Main News

The draws for the first qualifying round of the Champions league have been made public.

Scottish champions, Celtic, will take on FC Alashkert, as they begin a battle through four ties to reach the group stages.

Brendan Rodgers’ side booked their place, by romping to the title last season.

Northern Irish side Crusaders will play Ludogorets and Welsh team TNS will take on KF Shkendija.

Irish outfit Cork City drew Legia Warsaw, while APOEL FC clash with FK Suduva.

Champions League first qualifying round draw in full:

FC Torpedo Kutaisi vs FC Sheriff

KF Shkendija vs TNS

FK Suduva vs APOEL FC

NK Olimpija Ljubljana vs Qarabag FK

F91 Dudelange vs Videoton FC

Winner of preliminary round vs Malmo

HJK Helsinki vs Vikingur

Ludogorets vs Crusaders

Cork City vs Legia Warsaw

Valur Reykjavik vs Rosenborg

FK Kukesi vs Valletta FC

FC Flora Tallinn vs Hapoel Beer Sheva

FK Spartaks Jurmala v FK Crvena Zvezda

Alashkert FC vs Celtic FC


Pastor, His Wife And Three Kids Killed, 95 Houses Burnt In Fresh Plateau Attack –

Not less than eight persons were killed and 95 houses burnt in the early hours of Wednesday morning when suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked churches and houses in Abonong and Zayit communities in Foron district of Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau.

The state police spokesperson, Tyopev Terna, said the incident occurred at about 6 a.m, adding that 310 cows were also rustled while three other persons were severely injured during the attacks.

His words: “At about 6: A.M., the Plateau State Police Command, Jos received an information that some communities in Foron District of Barkin Ladi LGA namely; Abonong and Zayit were under attack by unknown gunmen.”
“The command quickly mobilised to the communities. While the police were approaching the areas, the attackers sighted them from afar and ran away from the scene of crime.

“As a result of the attack, Eight (8) persons lost their lives, three (3) people were injured, ninety five (95) houses were burnt down and three hundred and ten (310) Cattle were stolen.”

The incident is coming barely a day after the Northern Chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) held a two-day conference in Jos on how to find solutions to the crises bedevilling the region, especially the farmers/herders conflict.

The Punch reports that during one of the attacks, a pastor of the Church of Christ in Nations, Rev. Adamu Gyang Wurim, his wife and three children were killed.

The assailants were said to have set the branch of COCIN church in Abonong village, Foron district on fire.

The cleric and his children were said to have been burnt beyond recognition in his bedroom while his wife was shot in the bathroom.

A source said: “The attackers armed with machetes and AK47 rifles stormed the village at about 8pm on Tuesday, shooting sporadically and burning houses including part of the reverend’s house.”
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Berom Youth Movement (Foron Branch), Thomas Tsok, said:

“The herdsmen first shot at two young men walking out of the village where they had gone to charge their phones at the pastor’s house, killing one and wounding the other.”

APC vs PDP: What David Oyedepo Speak about Saraki, Tinubu

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, Iyiola Oyedepo, has spoken on his decision to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after Senate President, Bukola Saraki and supporters joined the party.
The former Kwara PDP chairman, who recently defected to the APC, lamented that his former party gave 60 per cent of the state structure to Saraki.
Oyedepo also spoke on negotiations with APC leader, Bola Tinubu, to ensure that he and others who crossed to the platform are integrated.
Oyedepo told Guardian: “We are under oppression in Kwara State. We have to clear Kwara before we can face Nigeria. We are complaining about Kwara. The only issue is Bukola Saraki. We do not pretend about that.
“He is an issue, because this is one person that is sure to anoint councillors, lawmakers, both state and National Assembly. Besides, Saraki is fond of shifting. He shifted from ANPP in 2003 to PDP. In 2013, he shifted from PDP to APC; today he has shifted from APC to PDP.”
He lamented that only four of his executives were left behind, including the woman leader, the deputy chairman, treasurer and the youth leader, stressing that virtually all the council chairmen of the party are intact with them in APC.

“When Bukola Saraki decided to move from APC to PDP, we believed that he has already infiltrated the party. He has more or less provided some sort of stench that may make the party become an unwarranted instrument that can change anything in Kwara State. And necessarily because our politics is different from his, we had to leave their party,” he stated.
“PDP said anybody coming to PDP with governor will have 60 per cent and those that have been piloting the affairs of the party for a long time will only have 40 per cent. Another obnoxious policy is that whoever decamps from APC to PDP will be given automatic ticket.
“The governor decamped, even if he can no longer run any term, three senators decamped, six members of the House of Representatives decamped, almost 24 members of the House of Assembly decamped, 16 council chairman decamped, if those people are to be given automatic tickets, what therefore remains for those of us who had been piloting the affairs of that party for a long time. So we had to leave.

“But, not because of that alone, even if we were given all those slots and Senator Saraki would still come, we will have a moral burden to be with him, because for a long time, we had been telling the whole world that he has not been able to govern well, infrastructure in Kwara State has collapsed, hospitals are not there, no medication and no personnel, educational institution is not a thing we can be proud of, poverty is everywhere and these are the things that we have been telling the general public about the same misgovernance.
“Now if we have to be in the same party with Saraki, we will have a moral burden. That explains why we believe that even if we were given 100 per cent of the slots, we still do not want him behind us because it is not going to be something we can explain to the people.

“We have also held series of meetings with the national chairman and some top leaders of APC. We have even invited Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is the national leader. We have been meeting with the party leadership to make sure that we integrate fully into the party. New congresses would soon be held and we hope to enjoy full participation. Luckily, when we came in, we could not meet any substantive executive, because they were headed by Balogun-Fulani, which was dissolved, we only met a caretaker committee headed by Bashir Bolarinwa.

“Registration would be done probably within one week, after that primaries will be held and leaders will emerge and everything we have, we are not losing anything, it makes the platform to be more credible because incidentally when Saraki and the governor were leaving, many people decided not to go with them. Not less than 85 per cent of our people followed me to APC. If you had 85 per cent with the people in APC before, the party is richer now.”

BREAKING: 2019: Massive crowd as Kwankwaso declares for presidency [PHOTOS] – MainNews.Blog

Former Governor of Kano State and Senator representing Kano Central, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso on Wednesday formally declared his 2019 presidential ambition in Abuja.

Kwankwaso announced his intention in front of Chida hotel Abuja, while addressing a crowd of supporters despite a change of venue.

He said: “Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, let me thank you for coming far and wide to hear my decision to run for the president of Nigeria.

“Today, I declare under PDP to offer a leadership as all is not well in our polity.

“On this day, I offer you a great leadership anchored on our constitution.”

Kwankwaso, on Wednesday morning changed the venue for his formal presidential declaration, after he was allegedly denied the use of the Eagle Square in Abuja by President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Fans and supporters on Wednesday were seen in front of Chida Hotel, Abuja chanting songs and cheering Kwankwaso as he declared for the highest office in the land.

From Sango World Festival

FROM August 16 to 25, a privileged and extravagant Sango World Festival brought together Sango adherents and cultural enthusiasts from around the world and with over 5,000 participants and thousands of spectators, the Sango World Festival has become a sustained cultural event in the annals of history, providing a tip of the iceberg into the rich age-long cultural development, civilization, diversity, and strength of the most powerful empire in Yoruba’s civilization history – The Oyo Empire.
It signifies the beginning of the Yoruba Indigenous Traditional 13-month Calendar New Year and it took place at the town of Sango, where the sacred Koso Temple, where it is believed that Sango disappeared, is situated.

In the indigenous calendar, one year has 13 months, a month has 28 days and a week has four days. The 28 days monthly circle is called Jakuta Oloyin. The festival starts with sacred rites by Mogba Koso and climaxes with the annual Idaasa Erindinlogun divination cast for the Alaafin of Oyo, all adherents of Orisa, Yoruba land and the world. Idaasa is divided into 16 ancient numerical categories known as Onka Agba, each accumulating unaccountable narrative oral forms of families and towns history, which are recorded in verses. It also forms Yoruba’s historical, cultural, and mythological compendium.

This great institution of checks and balances have endured from ages, pioneering the cabinet system of the administration of justice, law, peace and social order since the time of Oranmiyan, Baba Oba and founder of Oyo Empire.

Oyo Empire had sustainably been in the forefront of the protection of the identities of the Yoruba race through sustained practise of Yoruba civilization and origins in its promotion of language, fashion, food, culture, traditions and specialised arts and craft knowledge.

Our society began to snowball into backwardness against its own value system, when our identities witnessed being violated because of the dearth of knowledge in its development and continued practise and propagation, while we simultaneously pay endless prizes for this disrespect to our identities through anti social infractions like drug abuse, desperate migration leading to modern slave and labour trade, imported HIV and AIDS, terrorism, homos3xuality, transgender, bleaching, indecent dressing and many other vices which were abominations and alien to us. These anti-social doctrines represent false knowledge, derailing our world formerly driven by knowledge to a world merely driven by information, with attendant effects more dangerous than ignorance itself.

Finally, as His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyemi III, has set the cultural ball rolling, the ball is in our court to either prioritise education in the physical, metaphysical, scientific and spiritual knowledge in order to flourish our identities or we ignore education and lose our identities.

Suicide: Barber set himself on fire in lagos

“We earlier reported the story of a barber who set himself ablaze on a road leading to Omole Estate, near Akiode Bus Stop, Ojodu area of Lagos state (READ HERE). Here are things you need to know about the all man, who killed himself.
The man, who became a news item after burning himself, has been identified as Ahmed – according to a

report by Punch.
The burning man was a barber.
The sad incident occurred on a road

leading to Omole Estate, near Akiode Bus Stop, Ojodu area of Lagos state.
According to eye-witnesses, the incident occurred around 4:30 pm on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
Ahmed emptied a five-litre jerrycan of petrol on his body; struck a match and lit himself.
Ahmed was rescued from the scene around 5:00 pm by officials of the Lagos State Ambulance Services after passersby had rushed to put the fire out.
Ahmed died while he was receiving treatment at a hospital.
On Friday, July 6, 2018, a senior official of the Lagos state emergency unit confirmed that Ahmed died while he was receiving treatment.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, confirmed the incident.”

How To Prevent Someone Spying On You When You Are Lodged In A Hotel

While the chances of someone peeping or spying on you in your hotel room are slim, it is better to put measures in place to prevent such from happening. It’s no secret that hotel rooms can be pretty germy places. Every frequent visitor to hotels should know to check every nook and cranny for bed bugs, stay off the hotel hair dryers and be on the lookout for any untoward activity.

However, your health might not be the only thing at stake when staying in hotels; your privacy could be, too. Chances are you have heard the horror stories about hidden cameras and microphones found in the hotel rooms of unsuspecting travellers.

Although it’s highly unlikely that hotels are spying on their guests, security experts say it’s not outside the realm of possibility.

The fact that someone has access to the room before and after the customer uses it, makes it quite easy because there are many devices available to the public that can be inserted into a room and retrieved after. Such devices are usually not high-speed stuff, and it’s not hard for anybody to retrieve them.

You don’t however have to worry much, as the risk of someone spying on an ordinary traveller is next to none. If you are a public figure, politician or celebrity on the other hand, information on you would be much more valuable, but not many of them run into anything worrisome.

More so, the hotel industry assures everyone that it is not their for hotels worldwide to have cameras in guest rooms. Not only are hotel policies in place to protect guest privacy, but the hotels would never risk majorly damaging their reputation.

In the U.S and much of the world, there is no hotel or management company of hotels that would ever subject themselves to the massive liabilities of putting surveillance cameras in an actual hotel room.

If you are however still paranoid or feel nervous about it all, you can request a room change when one is assigned—just in case the first one has already been rigged with any devices.

Try to introduce some randomness and if you do run into any concerns, it’s best to alert the hotel management and call the police.