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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Andy Ruiz Jr. sacks his coach Manny Robles one month after losing to Anthony Joshua














Andy Ruiz Jr. has sacked his coach Manny Robles who helped him to defeat Anthony Joshua in June last year.



Robles coached Ruiz and helped him defeat the odds to beat Joshua in June 2019 before Joshua came back to school the Mexican-American six months later in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.







Now a month after Ruiz' defeat, Robles has been sacked by Ruiz as he prepares to mount a come back in 2020, but Robles has blasted Ruiz saying he refused to listen to him or his dad after winning the heavyweight belts from Joshua and his stubbornness eventually led to his loss six months later.



Speaking to ESPN, he added that the relationship between him and Ruiz was never going to work going forward because Ruiz 'wasn't listening'.

'I've seen it coming, I'll be honest with you,' he said. 'Andy was just doing whatever the hell he wanted to do. The dad, obviously with him being the manager, he just had no control over his son. None of us had control of him, for that matter.

'So I just saw it coming, it wasn't going to work because he wasn't listening. He's not listening to me, he's not listening to his dad, he's not listening to anybody. He said it himself after the [post-fight] press conference..

'Fortunately for me, Andy took the blame on himself and didn't sit there like a majority of fighters and blame the coach.'..



Robles said the decision was taken by the fighter's promoter Al Haymon to give him a fresh start.

'They apparently told them that they didn't want the same thing to repeat itself again,' Robles continued.

'It is what it is, I don't know what to tell you. It's not the first time it's happened to me. I'm absolutely grateful and blessed to have been able to experience everything that I was able to experience in 2019



Speaking after his one-sided loss to Joshua in December, Ruiz said his emotional victory over his rival last year had put him on cloud nine ..

'I think I ate everything... EVERYTHING... that's why I gained so much weight,' he said...
I was having too much fun, I was celebrating too much. Even out of shape, even the way that I was training back and forth (between Mexico and California)... f******, I did pretty good, dude! I did pretty good! But, I wish I had taken it more serious.'

'I mean, we made history, and I have to be thankful for that. I have to be thankful to Andy and his dad for giving me the opportunity to be part of something special, to have made history – for him to become the first Mexican heavyweight champion of the world.'

Femi Adesina calls out CAN for allegedly painting President Buhari as an ''anti-Christian'' over the gruesome murder of CAN chairman, Reverend Andimi












Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, has called out the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN, for allegedly painting President Buhari as an ''anti-christian'' following the recent beheading of Reverend Lawan Andimi, the Chairman of CAN in Michika Local government area of Adamawa state by Boko Haram members.



Adesina in an article posted this morning, accused the Christian leaders of mixing Bias and sympathy in their reaction to the unfortunate incident.



Adesina said the statement released by CAN after the killing can breed hatred and malice in a country, and ''CAN should not be involved in such, for Jesus would not do it.''



Read his article below


BEHEADED ADAMAWA PASTOR: CAN GOT IT MIXED UP

It was very sad and doleful to hear of the eventual beheading of Rev Lawan Andimi, Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Michika Local Government, Adamawa State. He had been abducted by terrorists earlier this month .



I felt the killing of Andimi very keenly, not for the fact that he was a clergyman, but “any man’s death diminishes me, because I’m involved in mankind.” (John Donne).



No man should die the way Rev Andimi was killed. Beheaded by insurgents, who then proceeded to gleefully announce his decapitation. It should not happen. Evil and senseless. It is classic example of man’s inhumanity to man, and those who did it have long lost their humanity, if they ever had any.



President Muhammadu Buhari has sympathized with the family and relations of the dead. I have also been in a state of melancholy over it. May God have mercy.



I am mourning Rev Andimi, not just because he was a cleric, but because he was a human being. And my distress was increased by the statement issued on the tragic event by the central body of CAN. Too many things were mixed together, which the apex Christian body in the country should have been mindful of, lest it departs from the mind and essence of Jesus Christ, our perfect example.



For years, since he emerged on the national scene as a military leader, and later as an aspirant for the highest political office in the country, and eventually as President, spirited attempts have been made to position Muhammadu Buhari as anti-Christian faith. It worked against the man for a long time, till majority of Nigerians saw through the smokescreen, and made up their minds against the demonization. That was why as much as some church leaders tried to dress Buhari in borrowed robes in 2015 and 2019, millions of Christians went ahead to vote for him. The inexorable truth is that in Nigeria, Muslims can’t wish Christians away, and vice-versa. We shall all stay here, and salvage it together.



However, the statement by CAN on the death of Andimi gives hint that the leadership of the Christian body still harbors some of the old narratives that have been discredited, and from which majority of people have purged themselves, except the willfully irredeemable.



Hear CAN, through its Director of Legal and Public Affairs, Evangelist Kwamkur Vondip, speaking for Rev Samson Ayokunle, President of the body: “Maintenance of security is the least responsibility of any government that knows its worth. We are once again calling on President Buhari to purge himself of the allegations of nepotism and religious favoritism by reconstituting the leadership of the security forces.”



Let’s consider this part of the press statement. Maintenance of security is the least responsibility of any government that knows its worth. Not news. The Constitution says so. But don’t you glean a hint of bile and bias in “that knows its worth?” Oh, CAN, this is not the mind of our Master. He gives praises when due. Security is number one on the priorities of the Buhari administration. It has pumped time and humongous resources into it, and while the job is not fully done, we are not in the same position we were before the administration came. At least, to those who want to be honest. And CAN should be honest. That is what we’ve learnt from our Master. There were times bombs used to go off in this country like firecrackers, and deaths were in many scores. Now for months on end, you may not hear of a single bomb blast. Emirs that had fled their palaces, like those of Askira and Uba, have returned after two years. Secondary schools that were shut for two years in Maiduguri have reopened. Roads long closed due to activities of insurgents are back in use. Kidnappers are being arrested in droves in different parts of the country. Clashes between farmers and herdsmen are reducing to the barest minimum. Yet, CAN is talking about a government that knows its worth? The Buhari government does, and honest Nigerians know it, and wish it more successes. Security, in any country of the world, can only be work in progress.



Hear again: We are once again calling on President Buhari to purge himself of the allegations of nepotism and religious favoritism...Wait a minute. If any purging is to be done, is it not by those making allegations? The allegations lasted for many years, but truth eventually overtook them. If CAN would then still dwell on the discredited accusations, it must be the one to purge itself, as millions of Nigerians, including Christians, have already done. The insecurity in the country is not about any religion. It is pure evil, from the pit of hell.
And then: ...purge himself of the allegations...by reconstituting the leadership of the security forces. CAN, oh CAN, in a condolence statement?



Are you saying under a different leadership of our security forces, insurgency will vanish after they wave their fingers? Why mix the wheat and chaff together? In the leadership of the security forces as we have it now, is the position of Chief of Defence Staff not held by General Abayomi Olonisakin, who is also a pastor? Is he not a member of CAN? Is the Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ekwe-Ibas, not a Christian, and under the banner of CAN? Listening to the organization, you would think not even half a Christian is in the leadership of the security forces. This kind of sentiment breeds hatred and malice in a country, and CAN should not be involved in such, for Jesus would not do it. And we’ve been called to walk in His steps.
If the leadership of the security forces would be changed, it is a sitting President that has the prerogative. It will not happen when CAN begins to make such demand in what should be a sober condolence press statement. Don’t mix bias and sympathy. They don’t mesh.



And then, this completely reckless portion of the statement: “In the light of the current developments and the circumstantial facts surrounding the prevailing upsurge of attacks against the church, it will be difficult for us to believe that the Federal Government is not colluding with the insurgents to exterminate Christians in Nigeria, bearing in mind the very questionable leadership of the security sector that has been skewed towards a religion and region.”
Holy Moses! Did CAN say this? Shameful and ridiculous. These are the things that sow malice and animosity in the country, and a Christian body is not expected to be involved in such. You can’t sow discord, and expect concord.



In that statement, the Christian body urged the Federal Government to ensure the release of the prisoner of faith, Leah Sharibu, and hundreds of victims who are in Boko Haram and ISWAP captivity. It equally called for three days fasting and prayers by Christians in the country. Good. The role of the church is not just in making snide remarks and statements, it is in what the Good Book calls “the demonstration of the Spirit and power.” When Herod locked Peter up, and was going to behead him, the early church prayed fervently, and Peter was rescued miraculously the night before. Rather than cast the government as omnipotent, it is God that has all powers. And some things are never resolved spiritually except through prayer and fasting. It is not me that said so. Jesus did. So, let the Church be fully involved in supplication for divine intervention in the country, rather than playing subtle politics and unwittingly generating hate in the land.



CAN says kidnappings and killings are shameful to a government that boasts that it has conquered insurgency. Boasts. So that is all that matters to CAN, as if it was an opposition political party? Boasts. No. This would not augur for unity and cohesion in a country. We are not asking the Christian body to be in bed with government, that would not help anybody, but the organization has been sounding too long like a political party. We daily learn to walk with Jesus. His spirit is not an unduly critical one. And He left us an example “that ye should follow in his steps.”



Rev Andimi was not killed solely because he was a Christian. Those evil people kill anyone they lay their filthy hands on.



May Andimi’s soul Rest In Peace. May his loved ones be comforted. And may evildoers get their recompense, and fast too. Amen.



.Adesina is Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Buhari

Actress Annabella Sciorra testifies in court that Harvey Weinstein allegedly brutally raped her












American actress, Annabella Sciorra on Thursday testified in court that disgraced film producer, Harvey Weinstein allegdely raped 25 years ago.



In an emotional testimony, Annabella, who is one of the first of six women to testify, said that the movie mogul whom she first met at a party in Los Angeles sometime in 1990, raped and sexually assaulted her at her Manhattan apartment in the winter of 1993-1994.



According to her emotional testimony, Ms. Sciorra had dinner with Mr Weinstein in the winter of 1993-94. The Hollywood mogul then offered to drive the actress back to her Manhattan apartment.



Minutes later, she heard a knock at her door after Mr. Weinstein dropped her off. As soon as she opened the door, the producer shoved his way into her apartment and chased her to her bedroom where he pinned her to the bed during the alleged attack.



She said she tried to run to the bathroom, but "he kept coming at me. I felt overpowered because he was very big," Sciorra told jurors.



"He got on top of me and he raped me," she said. "He had intercourse with me and I was trying to fight him, but I couldn't fight anymore because he had my hands locked."



She said he then forcibly performed oral sex on her, telling her: "This is for you."



"It was just so disgusting that my body started to shake in a way that was very unusual," she said. "It was like a seizure or something."



Ms. Sciorra said she confronted Mr Weinstein at a dinner weeks later. His response was "menacing", she said. The producer allegedly leaned into her and said: "This remains between you and I."



"It was threatening and I was afraid," the actress testified.



She also claimed that Mr. Weinstein continued to harass her after the alleged rape.



At the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, Ms. Sciorra said she opened her hotel room door to find Mr. Weinstein standing in front of her, holding a bottle of baby oil and a movie tape.



She ran back inside her room and Mr Weinstein eventually left. "I got very scared," she said.



When asked by prosecutor Joan Illuzzi why she did not call the police, Ms. Sciorra said she was "confused".



"He was someone I knew," she said. "I felt at the time that rape was something that happened in a back alleyway in a dark place."



According to her, the attack left her traumatised that she began drinking and cutting herself, smearing her blood on to a wall.



Mr. Weinstein who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 80 women also faces five charges related to the alleged rape of Jessica Mann and forced oral sex of Mimi Haleyi.



Three other women are expected to testify as "prior bad acts" witnesses in an attempt to show a pattern in Weinstein's behavior.



The New York trial is expected to conclude in early March.

FG reportedly stops payment of salaries for lecturers not on IPPIS












The Federal government has reportedly asked the Ministry of Finance not to pay January salaries of lecturers and all workers of tertiary institutions who are not enrolled on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), a centralised payroll system.



According to the Cable, the accountant-general of the federation in a letter sent to the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, instructed the Minister not to release funds meant for January salaries to tertiary institutions, saying payments would only be made to lecturers that have complied with the mandatory enrolment to the IPPIS platform.


“l am directed to inform you that the preparation of January 2020 salary payroll and Warrants of the Federal Tertiary institutions are ongoing and will be ready for submission on or before 29th of January, 2020,” the letter read.

This is to give effect to the directive of the Federal Government that all Ministries, Departments and Agencies drawing Personnel Cost from the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) should be enrolled on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

In order to actualize this directive, you are please requested not to release the Funds for payment of salaries to the Tertiary Institutions as their salaries will henceforth be paid on the IPPIS Platform with effect from January 2020.” the letter read in part



The directive on non-payment of January salaries comes three weeks after President Buhari hosted members of The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the presidential villa in Abuja over the IPPIS controversy. ASUU had rejected the federal government’s directive for workers to enroll in the centralised payroll system, saying it would affect the autonomy of universities.The body have threaneted to go on an indefinite strike if the Federal government insists on IPPIS enrolment of its members.



The union had instead proposed the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) “to address the peculiar cases of lecturers in the payment of salaries and other emoluments”.



But the federal government has repeatedly insisted that lecturers still in the Federal government's payroll must get enrolled in the IPPIS.



ASUU is yet to react to this recent development.

Actress Lena Waithe splits from her wife Alana Mayo two months after their marriage announcement












American filmmaker/actress, Lena Waithe and her wife Alana Mayo have split, two months after their marriage was announced.



“After careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways,” reads a joint statement released by Waithe and Mayo’s reps.

"We have nothing but support for one another and ask that you respect our privacy during this time."



Back in November, Waithe, 35, revealed during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that she and Mayo had secretly gotten married after their engagement in 2017.







"We didn't make any announcements," Waithe said at the time. "We went to San Francisco. We went to the courthouse."



Waithe said getting married at the courthouse was Mayo's idea "as all good things are."



"And she was just driving and she saw the courthouse and she said, 'We should get married there," Waithe said. "And I said, 'Cool, I'm down.'"


Waithe is best known for her roles in the series "Master of None" and the film "Ready Player One" as well as being the creator of the Showtime series "The Chi."

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''Worse thing you can do is listen to what I have been through and put me through it again''- actor Blossom Chukwujekwu's estranged wife, Maureen Esisi, writes

















Maureen Esisi, the estranged wife of actor, Blossom Chukwujekwu, shared a cryptic post on her Instastories some hours ago concerning couples having honest conversations about who they really are.



In her post, Maureen who was married to Blossom for three years, said the saddest thing that can happen in a relationship is listening to what your partner has been through in the past and putting them through it again.



Read her post as shared on her Instastories below.



 

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