Taming the lions from the Villa

T Onwuka Nzeshi he mystical philosopher, Validivar wrote in his book, The Whisperings of Self: “There is no wound as deep as that of a ruptured ego and none that heals more slowly.” It has been many weeks full of drama. Our distinguished parliamentarians had very interesting encounters with men of power from the executive branch of the Federal Government. Two acolytes of President Muhammadu Buhari were special guests at the Red Chamber. One of them was the President’s nominee for the post of Chairman of the Economic and Financial…

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How Sparkling wine is made

We are still learning about how Sparkling wines are made. The base wine grapes are picked a bit younger to preserve acidity and fermented into a dry wine. The winemaker then takes the various base wines and blends them together into what the French call a ‘cuvée’, which is the final sparkling wine blend. Tirage yeast and sugars are added to the cuvée to start the second fermentation and the wines are bottled and topped with crown caps. The second fermentation takes place inside the bottle, which adds about 1.3%…

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Russia will not broadcast Eurovision

  Russian broadcaster Channel One will not broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest next month because the country’s competitor has been barred from host country Ukraine. Russia’s decision removes any chance of it competing this year, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said. Ukraine is refusing to allow Julia Samoilova to perform at Eurovision because she has visited Crimea, the peninsula seized by Russia in 2014. The EBU has condemned the ban. It says Ukraine is undermining the non-political nature of the contest. The union, which produces Eurovision, said it had offered…

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CPC: Burden of policing a delicate market

The task of policing over 170 million Nigerians in a vast, unorganised market, as carved out for Consumer Protection Council( CPC), is a burden the agency can deliver, if given power of prosecution, ABDULWAHAB ISA reports     The consumer is supposedly a king in an ideal business transaction. He deserves to be treated like a king by product and service providers for enduring business relationship to be maintained. In Nigeria, the opposite is the norm. Consumers are treated shabbily. It’s a slave/master relationship, with the consumer, in most instances,…

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Udeaja targets third AfroBasket crown for Nigeria

Chioma Udeaja has expressed confidence that Nigeria will emerge as champions at the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2017 stated for Septemeber. Udeaja, who plays for Nigerian women’s league champions First Bank Basketball Club, is already foreseeing Nigeria emerging top at the end of a 12-team battle from September 15-24 in Bamako, Mali. Udeaja’s confidence stems from the D’Tigresses’ 3rd-Place Game win at FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2015 where she played a key role in the Semi-Final 65- 55 win over Angola. “Though Nigeria have qualified automatically for the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2017,…

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51,000 students to context for Cowbellpedia Maths crown

A total of 51,018 students have competed in the first stage of this year’s Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz Show, with schools from the South-West states of Lagos, Oyo and Ogun leading the enrolment chart. According to the organisers, the enrolment figure represents a 12 per cent growth over the previous year, even as Lagos State topped the chart with 7,098 candidates, followed by Oyo and Ogun States with 3,833 and, 3,234 students respectively. Further analysis of the enrolment shows a total of 26,053 candidates in the Junior Secondary…

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ZENITH FEMALE B/BALL LEAGUE: F’ Bank, IGP Queens in good start

This year’s Zenith Bank Women Basketball League began on Monday at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Abuja with defending champions, First Bank of Lagos, the Inspector General of Police Queens and Delta Force winning their first matches. Delta Force blazed the trail when they took their opponents the Coal City girls from Enugu to the cleaners by scoring 86 to 29 points. The IGP Queens in the second match of the day took their opponents, Ekiti Angels, through some basketball tutorials by dumping them by 100 –…

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