It is a great feat of achievement when anyone is able to put down any form of idea that will birth a business venture or conglomerate in the process of time.
At least, having a business avails someone to have control on its time and finances to a large extent.
This has been the desire of many and it is on this desire that vision that turns out to be globally accepted is birthed.
Just of recent, on a particular Saturday afternoon, after I closed from office. I took a tricycle to one of the bus -stop that I will passed through in getting myself back home.
As usual, every bus-stop in Lagos is always a place for trade and commerce that is conveniently created by Small Medium Scale entrepreneur.
As usual, I always pause at this bus-stop to get my fruits and vegetables. The first set of fruits I bought was cucumber and carrot. Since, we are in the season of Mango fruit which is one of my best fruit, I have to look around to get some mango fruits.
In the course of getting it, I looked around but I was unable to see a particular young guy who has been a regular face that I always approached.
So, I patronized the first stand but our transaction was not successful. Then, I moved forward until I got to the next one on the line but the person in charge was not around.
As I was about leaving and turning back, I heard a voice from the other side of the road.
Don’t leave. I am here.
I heard a voice behind me because I already turned my back walking ahead to look for another stand.
As I turned to answer or reference the voice at my back, I realized that it was the particular known lad that I always patronize that kept beckoning on me to come back.
He ran across from the other side of the road to inform me that that stand I checked on which no one was around to attend to me is his stand.
Then, I challenged him.
Why are you not staying with your goods?
I always recognize your stand by seeing you only.
If I see you with your goods, I wouldn’t have turned back to look for another stand and I wouldn’t have patronize the first stand.
He later apologized giving excuses that he was busy attending to some issues at the other side of the road.
It was at this point that I realized that he would have lost my patronage just because I couldn’t meet him in the vicinity of his business venture.
This might be common or uncommon in many business ventures especially the small scale businesses that the business owner will get to a point whereby the focus required by the business to scale up is lost and once the owner is distracted looking for another business idea, the business venture starts suffering due to the absence of the person that birth the vision of such business idea.
Newly-hatched business idea needs full and utmost presence of the visioner or founder for such a business to achieve the desired growth.
Running businesses by proxy or third party might be good and acceptable to a certain extent but it might end up attracting a risk that might end up being too expensive to avert. Hence, such business idea remain stagnant or suffer total crash.
Any form of small scale business should not be left unattended to by the owner. The presence of the owner will have an indelible mark of progress on such a business. This involves investment of time and attention to such business.
It is when the desire and the deserved timely attention is given to such a business that the business is ripe to attract the desired growth.
A situation whereby a customer or a client is unable to access the presence of the business owner when necessary smell a doom for the expansion of such business.
It is pertinent to note that a stagnant business venture or any business that collapse is a function or poor management of resources which can be due to poor policies and managerial skills on the part of the owner or on the part of the entire society due to some business-environmental forces that are toxic and acidic to the survival of the business idea.
And the collapse of any business signifies quantum loss of resources and finances that will end up adding up to unemployment indices of any geographical entity.
In conclusion, small scale business owner should be aware of this fact that the survival and the prosperity of their business is hinged and hanged on the availability of their beautiful faces that is potent enough to draw customers to patronize their wares and goods at any point in time.
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ABUJA, April 18 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s most senior judge was sacked on Thursday by a tribunal that convicted him of falsely declaring his assets.
Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari in January, weeks before a presidential election, in a move that triggered accusations of interference in judicial matters.
The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), which rules on allegations of false asset declaration, said it had found Onnoghen guilty of hiding the extent of his wealth and removed him from office.
The chief justice holds a key role in determining the outcome of Nigerian elections if the results are appealed by a candidate and a tribunal is formed.
Buhari, who has promised to fight corruption in public life, won a second term in February’s election. He beat business tycoon and former vice president Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party, who is appealing the results.
The CCT said it had also banned Onnoghen from holding public office for 10 years and ordered any assets he could not account for to be forfeited to the state.
Asked by the CCT chairman if he had anything to say, Onnoghen declined to comment
Heavyweight boxer Kash Ali was disqualified for twice biting his opponent David Price in Liverpool on Sunday night.
The British Boxing Board are almost certain to take action at their next meeting.
Birmingham fighter Ali, previously undefeated in 15 professional bouts, appeared to bite Price just below the shoulder in the third round of their heavyweight contest before being punished again for landing a punch on the back of his opponent’s head.
In the fifth, Price landed a heavy right on his opponent before the two ended up in a tangle and fell to the mat. Ali held onto Price as the two were down, appearing to bite him again just below the left pectoral muscles, below his ribcage.
Ali was immediately disqualified with Price awarded the victory – with images clearly showing where he had left his mark on the Liverpudlian.
Elsewhere on the night, Preston’s light-middleweight Scott Fitzgerald defeated Anthony Fowler – the nephew of former Liverpool Football Club star Robbie Fowler – on points to hand Fowler his first defeat.
In the main event, Liam Smith stopped Sam Eggington in the fifth round to claim the WBC Silver light- middleweight. The former world champion Smith is undefeated in all ten fights he has had in Liverpool.
Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has pledged that his American debut will go ahead as planned at Madison Square Garden in six weeks’ time after his original opponent Jarrell Miller tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing steroid.
The positive result for the drug GW1516 came from a random urine test which the unbeaten Miller had taken for the Nevada-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Association on March 20. Joshua had also undergone a similar test.
Miller, of Brooklyn, who was set to earn a career-high $6 million (£4.6 million) purse to challenge the Briton for three of the world title belts, was denied a licence to fight on Wednesday evening and replacements for Miller are being sought.
Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, told Telegraph Sport: “We are talking to other potential opponents. The first person I called when I learnt the news was Anthony, and he said ‘I’ll fight anybody. The event goes on. Just get me an opponent’.
“We had a dozen calls from fighters wanting an opportunity and we will go through the serious ones. Anyone in the top 15 in the world is acceptable, but the higher ranked, the bigger the name, the better.
“In an ideal world, we would prefer it to be an American opponent, but there are 17,000 tickets sold and 10,000 Brits are flying over. How many of those were coming to watch Miller?”
Former world title challenger Luis Ortiz or Polish fighter Adam Kownacki are potential replacements, but even Joe Joyce, the Olympic silver medallist and Commonwealth Games gold medallist put himself forward, although he is only 8-0 as a professional, as did Joseph Parker, who lost his World Boxing Organisation belt to Joshua in Cardiff a year ago.
“I’m ready to go,” Parker said on Wednesday. Another possible opponent is Londoner Dillian Whyte, who is ranked fourth with the World Boxing Association, though turned down a fight with Joshua scheduled for Wembley Stadium on April 13, saying he was unhappy with the deal and the timings. “Is Dillian Whyte in the mix? I don’t think so…” Hearn said. “Our plan is for him to fight in July.
“If he wanted the fight on June 1, AJ would take it. We are obviously moving into action and we are going to have a replacement standing by.”
Meanwhile in New York, Amir Khan went head to head with Terence Crawford, the World Boxing Organisation champion, at a news conference ahead of their welterweight clash at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. Khan said that he is “inspired” by the support of the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard, revealing to Telegraph Sport that he abstains from sex for six weeks leading into his fights. Some boxers believe abstinence helps them retain vim for training and the contest itself.
“I’ve always been like that, I like to be getting into fight mode without thoughts of that, so from about six weeks out there is no sex,” said Khan. “It’s something different boxers do differently. I’ve even had my own apartment training for this fight. I think staying away from sex just keeps you more in your animal spirit side, retaining something inside you.”
Jarrell Miller says he has “never knowingly taken any banned substance” and intends to appeal against the decision to revoke his licence following an adverse doping test.
Miller, who was due to fight British heavyweight Anthony Joshua in his native New York on June 1, produced an adverse result for a metabolic modulator in testing carried out on March 20 by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
He retains the right to request another sample be tested and to reapply for a licence, and has now stated his intention to “vigorously appeal” against the decision.
“I am absolutely devastated upon hearing the news my boxing licence has been revoked in NY State and I will be vigorously appealing this decision,” he wrote on Instagram.
“I have NEVER knowingly taken any banned substance and when I found out the news last night I was totally shocked.
“My team and I stand for integrity, decency & honesty and together we will stand to fight this with everything we have!
Joshua’s camp are still working towards a fight at Madison Square Garden on June 1, with Matchroom chief executive Frank Smith stating on Wednesday night that his organisation were “looking at other potential opponents”.
Miller continued: “This was a voluntary test that I was very happy to do and these results came just one week after another voluntary test that I had taken which was completely clean.
“I refuse to just lie down and let my dream be taken away from me when I know in my heart that I’ve done nothing wrong.
“Fifteen years of hard work. I’m a WARRIOR .. I don’t need a banned substance.
“Remember, don’t believe everything you hear and see. The facts will prevail and I shall be vindicated. I don’t have anything to hide and the truth will make itself known.”
Unbeaten heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller of Brooklyn, N.Y., has submitted a positive test for a banned performance-enhancing substance, throwing into peril his fight against three-belt champion Anthony Joshua on June 1.
The positive test, first reported by ESPN.com, stemmed from a random urine test Miller (23-0-1, 20 knockouts) took March 20.
While Miller co-promoter Dmitry Salita said in the ESPN report that he is “obtaining further information,” and that Miller “continues to train for his June 1 fight against Anthony Joshua,” it would likely take a negative B sample and significant new information for the New York State Athletic Commission to approve Miller for the bout at Madison Square Garden.
Miller was reportedly due to earn $4.5 million to fight Joshua.
Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed he’s been informed by the Nevada-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Assn. of Miller’s positive test, and said he’s awaiting further guidance from the New York commission.
Asked who’d be next in line for the important date that Joshua plans to keep, Hearn told the Los Angeles Times in a text message, “Anyone who wants it! Can’t rule anyone out.”
The substance found in Miller, GW1516, was identified by BALCO founder Victor Conte as a selective androgen receptor modulator.
“It is basically like a steroid that targets muscle tissue only and not organs,” Conte wrote to The Times in a text message. “Potent and effective anabolic substance … .”
Joshua’s two most prominent possible opponents, World Boxing Council champion Deontay Wilder and unbeaten lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, each have upcoming fights, with Wilder to meet Eastvale’s Dominic Breazeale May 18 in Brooklyn, and Fury taking a stay busy bout in Las Vegas June 15.
Joshua’s International Boxing Federation mandatory foe, Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev, is suspended by the California State Athletic Commission after kissing a female reporter on the lips to close her post-fight interview with him in Costa Mesa last month, and Pulev’s disciplinary hearing is scheduled May 14 after he suffered a bad cut in his victory.
Another top-ranked contender, England’s Dillian Whyte, previously had a falling out with Hearn, so the promoter’s interest in initiating contact with Whyte appears unlikely.
A resurgent Mohamed Salah scored one and set up another to inspire a clinical Liverpool to a 4-1 win at Porto in their Champions League quarter-final second leg on Wednesday that teed up a last-four clash with Barcelona.
The Reds, who eased through 6-1 on aggregate, held off Porto in the early stages before Salah and Sadio Mane combined for the Senegalese to put them ahead with their first shot on target following a VAR review.
Egypt striker Salah doubled the tally after the break and goals from Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk wrapped it up late on.
Porto had briefly reduced the arrears through Eder Militao, but having lost the first leg 2-0 at Anfield, they never seemed in a position to overturn the deficit.
Barcelona advanced on Tuesday when they won 3-0 in their second-leg against Manchester United, completing a 4-0 aggregate victory.
Five-times European champions Liverpool, who had produced a scintillating display to beat Porto 5-0 in the last-16 at the Dragao stadium last season, had a totally different approach this time.
They soaked up the pressure as Porto made an adventurous start, with Jesus Corona curling a powerful shot just over the bar in the opening minute.
Juergen Klopp’s side looked temporarily toothless, but they were just waiting for their moment — which came in the 26th minute.
Mane latched onto a cross from Salah to beat Iker Casillas from close range but he was initially flagged offside, only for referee Danny Makkelie to check the VAR.
After a two-minute review, the goal was eventually given.
Facing the huge task of scoring four goals to qualify, Porto looked stunned, despite having attempted 15 shots before the interval.
Salah, who endured a goal drought in March, confirmed he was getting close to his best again when he coolly slotted the ball past Casillas after collecting a perfect diagonal through ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold in the 65th minute.
It was Salah’s first Champions League goal since December, and his first away from Anfield in the competition in 12 months.
Militao soothed the home fans’ suffering a little, beating Roberto Firmino in the air to head home in the 69th minute.
Brazilian Firmino, who had started on the bench as Klopp handed a rare start to Divock Origi, made it 3-1 with a downward header with 13 minutes left and Van Dijk headed home a fourth from a corner eight minutes later.
Tottenham Hotspur will face Ajax Amsterdam in the other semi-final tie.
NASA astronaut Christina Koch is going to have her mission on the International Space Station (ISS) extended to nearly 11 months, which would set a record for the longest spaceflight by a woman, the US space agency said Wednesday.
Koch, 40, arrived on the ISS on March 14 with two other crew members — an American and a Russian — for what was initially planned to be a six-month mission.
The two other astronauts will return to Earth on October 3 but Koch’s stay would be extended until February 2020, which would beat the record held by another female US astronaut, Peggy Whitson, who spent 288 days aboard the ISS in 2016-17, NASA said.
“It feels awesome,” Koch said when told her mission was being prolonged. “I have known that this was a possibility for a long time and it’s truly a dream come true.”
Jennifer Fogarty, chief scientist of NASA’s Human Research Program, said Koch’s extended mission would provide additional data about the effects of long-duration spaceflight on the human body and “support future missions to the Moon and Mars.”
The record for an extended spaceflight by an American is held by US astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent 340 days aboard the ISS in 2015-16 with Russian Mikhail Kornienko.
The longest ever spaceflight was by Russia’s Valery Polyakov, who spent 14 months aboard the Mir space station in 1994-95.
The current team aboard the ISS is made up of three Americans — Koch, Anne McClain and Nick Hague — two Russians — Oleg Kononenko and Alexey Ovchinin — and a Canadian, David Saint-Jacques.
Between June and September, several astronauts will return to Earth and be replaced by others, including an Italian, Luca Parmitano, and the first ever astronaut from the United Arab Emirates, Hazzaa Ali Almansoori, who will spend about a week in space.
Astronauts are currently flown to and from the ISS using Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft. US manufacturers SpaceX and Boeing are developing their own transports and those are scheduled to be ready by the end of the year.
The ISS — a rare area of cooperation between Moscow and Washington — has been orbiting the Earth since 1998.
There’s no doubt that Justin and Hailey Bieber are definitely head over heels in love.
In yet another example of the newlyweds’ adorable habit of publicly declaring their adoration, Hailey took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a sweet message about her husband.
“My love,” the 22-year-old fashion model wrote alongside a photo of her hubby standing in front of a green screen during a photoshoot. “You are an incredible man, you make me a better human being, you make me happier than I’ve ever been.”
She continued her shower of praise telling Justin that she’s “insanely proud of who you are and who you’re becoming. I love you more every single day.”
The heartfelt message follows an adorable post the 25-year-old singer shared less than two weeks ago, in which he penned a heartfelt poem inspired by his beautiful lady love.
In his post, Justin shared similar sentiments as Hailey, writing, “I fall more in love with you every day! You have walked hand and hand with me as I continue to get my emotions, mind, body and soul in tact! You have given me so much strength, support , encouragement and joy. I just wanted to publicly honor you, and remind you that the best is yet to come!”
It’s been nearly seven months since the pair tied the knot at a secret ceremony last September in New York City, and they reportedly just moved into a new home in Beverly Hills late last month after the duo spent a long time house hunting for a place to live together and could call their own.
Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia died after shooting himself as police waited Wednesday to arrest him on corruption allegations involving a massive Latin American bribery scandal.
Garcia, 69, who served two terms as Peru’s president, from 1985 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2011, shot himself in his bedroom at his home in Lima, the capital, as police waited outside his door to take him to jail. He was rushed to a hospital, where he died despite emergency surgery.
Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra wrote on Twitter: “Dismayed over the death of ex-President Alan Garcia. I send my condolences to his family and loved ones.”
Prosecutors had ordered Garcia’s arrest over allegations that he took payoffs from a construction company. Scandal involving the same Brazilian-based firm has led to the arrest of, or extradition requests for, all of Peru’s living former presidents save one.
At the center of the controversy is the construction giant Odebrecht, whose officials have admitted paying hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to secure lucrative public works contracts. Investigations surrounding the global firm set off investigations that have ensnared officials across South America.
The order to arrest Garcia came from Jose Domingo Perez, a special prosecutor in charge of Odebrecht investigations. He said money from the construction firm illegally helped finance Garcia’s 2006 election campaign.
Perez was also investigating a bank account in Andorra believed to be controlled by Garcia that held $1.3 million in funds from Odebrecht. Prosecutors have said Garcia’s government may have accepted up to $14 million in illegal payments during his latter term in office.
Interior Minister Carlos Moran told reporters that Garcia met officers who appeared at his doorstep early Wednesday morning to take him into custody. But he refused to go, and turned and walked upstairs to his bedroom.
Sources close to Garcia criticized the prosecutor’s arrest order. Garcia’s personal secretary, Ricardo Pinedo, said his boss understood that the police were coming Wednesday morning to search the ex-president’s house, not to arrest him.
Garcia’s attorney, Erasmo Reyna, confirmed that Garcia’s shooting was a suicide, telling reporters that the arrest order was “arbitrary.”
“These acts of injustice must stop now. People should know that this can happen [as a result of] arbitrary acts such as these,” Reyna said.
Garcia last year requested political asylum at the Uruguayan Embassy in Lima, arguing that he was the victim of political persecution. Uruguay denied his request in December.
Consternado por el fallecimiento del ex presidente Alan García. Envío mis condolencias a su familia y seres queridos.
— Martín Vizcarra (@MartinVizcarraC) April 17, 2019
Word of Garcia’s suicide came after the arrest last week of former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail over allegations that a consulting firm he co-owned accepted nearly $1 million in payments from Odebrecht while he served as a Cabinet minister under President Alejandro Toledo.
Toledo, who governed from 2001 to 2006, is also wanted on charges that he received $20 million from the Brazilian firm. The ex-president is fighting extradition from the United States, where he holds citizenship.
The other former Peruvian president implicated in the Odebrecht scandal is Ollanta Humala, who is under house arrest with his wife over allegations that he accepted $3 million in bribes during his term from 2011 to 2016.
A money-laundering inquiry known as Lava Jato, or Car Wash, that started in 2014 in Brazil quickly spread. And Peru is far from alone in having its leaders caught up in the scandal involving Odebrecht.
Garcia’s two terms in office were dogged by controversy and corruption allegations.
Upon completion of his first term in 1990, the Peruvian economy was a shambles, suffering from hyperinflation and a raging war that pitted government troops against militant groups, notably the leftist Shining Path.
That insurgency was brought to heel by Garcia’s successor, Alberto Fujimori, who is now in prison after being convicted of crimes against humanity over actions taken during his presidency.
Keiko Fujimori, the ex-leader’s daughter and a former presidential candidate, sent condolences to Garcia’s family via Twitter. “I will pray for him and his loved ones,” Fujimori wrote. The younger Fujimori is herself in prison on corruption charges stemming from more than $1 million in funds prosecutors allege her campaign received from Odebrecht.
Garcia was able to remake his public image as a fiscal conservative in the 2006 election, when he positioned himself as the preferable alternative to his opponent, the socialist Humala.
Garcia appeared to distinguish himself in the latter term with several important highways and other public works, although the luster dimmed as it became known that many of the projects were awarded to Odebrecht.
In Ryan Hatrick’s London kitchen, Prince William and his wife Kate smile from lined up royal-themed mugs, a magnet of Queen Elizabeth sticks to the oven, and a tea towel marking Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle hangs nearby.
Books about the British royal family lie on the table around which the 41-year-old’s labrador, named Windsor, plays with his favourite toy – a squeaky crown.
Hatrick has long been a royal fan – he remembers his mother looking for somewhere to watch Prince Charles marry Diana Spencer while on holiday in a remote seaside cottage in 1981 and avidly read about Tudor monarchs as a teenager.
“I think in a day when we are just being inundated with depressing news…the royals have given us something to look forward to,” he said.
“Will and Kate’s wedding…the births of (their children) George, Charlotte, and Louis, the weddings of Harry and (his cousin Princess) Eugenie, as well as the Jubilee and the Queen’s 90th…always something to look forward to.”
Hatrick, who works in security, has hosted royal-themed parties: last May he decorated a pub with balloons and bunting and ordered a cake to celebrate Harry marrying American actress Meghan in a televised wedding watched by millions.
From Boston to Karachi, Britain’s royal family draws fans around the world, eagerly following special occasions, their outings, and in the cases of Kate and Meghan, their outfits.
They collect memorabilia, travel to see the royals in public or follow their news from afar. In an age of social media, new types of fans have created Facebook pages, Instagram accounts and broadcast podcasts to global audiences.
When Harry and Meghan, who are expecting their first child, launched their @sussexroyal Instagram handle on April 2, the account broke the record for the fastest time to get one million followers on the platform, hitting the number in five hours and 45 minutes, according to Guinness World Records.
“People are always interested in the news and the fact that Harry and Meghan are going to have a baby…will be of passing interest to most people,” royal commentator Claudia Joseph said.
“But of course there are royal watchers who are fascinated and other people who just shrug their shoulders in the pub.”
DIFFERENT TYPES OF FANS
William, Kate and their children, Harry and Meghan, have particularly generated social media buzz. Websites, blogs and Instagram accounts have sprouted in their honour.
“The reason behind posting is…I love her a lot,” said Karachi-based Mah Jabeen, 36, who set up a Meghan Markle Facebook fan page and YouTube channel about the now duchess.
“People love to read about her. Her biography, her life…her fashion style.”
In Amman, Ala Mashharawi, content and social media editor at news website Al Bawaba, follows Kate and Meghan news, but his @meghanmarkle_arabic Instagram account focuses on the latter.
“Any new person that enters the royal family will attract a lot of attention…But Meghan…already had three different things about her: she was older than Prince Harry, she is divorced and she was an actress,” the 28-year-old said.
“What inspired me was her style, I just wanted to keep a personal library of…everything that Meghan wore; then one thing lead to another, people started to like the page and following and asking for news.”
Other fans want to shine a light on royal work. Boston-based Denese Carpenter started the “My Duke and I” podcast with a friend to discuss Harry and Meghan’s work relating to the Commonwealth: he is Youth Ambassador while she patron of The Association of Commonwealth Universities.
“I think it’s important the focus stays on that and not on their personal lives,” she said.
British retiree Margaret Tyler has garnered her own press attention for her royal dedication. Her London home is filled with plates, cups, pictures, dolls and life-size cardboard cut-outs of the queen and other royals.
The 75-year-old has met the queen, her mother, Harry and Meghan among others: “I’m so excited about baby Sussex…I can’t wait.”
Just one week after it was revealed that Kim Kardashian is studying to become a lawyer, the reality star has not only passed one of her exams — but she did it with flying colors.
On Wednesday, the 38-year-old shared the exciting news about her torts test with her 60 million social media followers.
“Aced my test btw,” she wrote on Twitter along with several emojis.
The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star revealed her plans on becoming a lawyer in an interview with Vogue last week after the writer noticed a large pile of books on tort law in the social media star’s house.
Kardashian told the magazine she decided last summer to do a four-year apprenticeship with a law firm based in San Francisco and planned to take the bar in 2022. Despite Kardashian not finishing college, in the state of California, “reading the law or apprenticing with a lawyer or judge” is allowed, according to the magazine. If she passes the “baby bar” this summer, she will be allowed to study for three more years.
“I had to think long and hard about this,” the mom of three explained to the outlet, adding that she was inspired to study law after she saw a “really good result” following her high-profile campaign for clemency for Alice Marie Johnson last year.
The great-grandmother was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole after being convicted of a first-time nonviolent drug offense. In May, Kardashian visited the White House to meet with President Trump about Johnson and, in June, Trump commuted her life sentence.
On Monday, the KKW Beauty mogul further explained her decision, while also hitting back at critics who said it was her “privilege” and “money” that got her where she is.
“Last year I registered with the California State Bar to study law. For the next 4 years, a minimum of 18 hours a week is required, I will take written and multiple choice tests monthly,” she captioned a photograph of herself studying with two pals.
“As my first year is almost coming to an end I am preparing for the baby bar, a mini version of the bar, which is required when studying law this way. I’ve seen some comments from people who are saying it’s my privilege or my money that got me here, but that’s not the case,” she continued. “One person actually said I should ‘stay in my lane.’ I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams, and the accomplishment of new goals.
“You can create your own lanes, just as I am,” Kardashian noted. “The state bar doesn’t care who you are. This option is available to anyone who’s state allows it. It’s true I did not finish college. You need 60 college credits (I had 75) to take part in ‘reading the law’, which is an in office law school being apprenticed by lawyers.”
Kardashian also had a message to anyone thinking she’s taking “the easy way out.”
“My weekends are spent away from my kids while I read and study,” she shared. “I work all day, put my kids to bed and spend my nights studying. There are times I feel overwhelmed and when I feel like I can’t do it but I get the pep talks I need from the people around me supporting me.
“I changed my number last year and disconnected from everyone because I have made this strict commitment to follow a dream of mine – It’s never too late to follow your dreams.
“I want to thank Van Jones for believing in me and introducing me to Jessica Jackson. Jessica along with Erin Haney have taken on the role of my mentors and I am forever grateful to them both putting in so much time with me, believing in me and supporting me through this journey. This week I have a big torts essay due on negligence. Wish me luck,” she concluded.
Offset released the steamy new video for “Clout” Wednesday, featuring Cardi B. The track, which features on the Migos rapper’s solo LP Father of 4, is the hip-hop couple’s first collaboration since their guest verses on Lil Yachty’s “Who Want the Smoke?” last July.
Decked out almost entirely in yellow and black, the “Clout” video shows Offset rapping against a chamber of mirrors and flexing in front of a giant fan. Cardi B appears halfway through to deliver a verse while grinding atop of Offset and – keeping with the yellow theme – inside a mountain of lemons.
“Clout” is Offset and Cardi B’s fifth song together overall, after “Who Want the Smoke?”, “Drip,” “MotorSport,” and “Lick.” Cardi B recently performed “Taki Taki” at DJ Snake’s Coachella set, alongside Ozuna and Selena Gomez. Offset most recently featured on the DaBaby track “Baby Sitter,” and guest-starred in the video alongside the rising North Carolina rapper.
The landing cost of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol, is N35 higher than the pump price of N145 per litre, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, said on Tuesday.
Kachikwu said the rise in global crude oil prices after the 2016 hike in petrol price brought back subsidy.
Recalling the experience of 2016, when the government increased petrol price from N86.5 to N145 after months of severe scarcity, he described fuel subsidy as an emotive issue.
“You have very positive argument that says, ‘Why is this happening; let’s get it out.’ Once you do it, the streets get flooded by protesters. You have five or six or 10 days of no activity in the country. So, any attempt to remove the subsidy must be very well-managed,” the minister said on the NTA Good Morning Nigeria programme, monitored by our correspondent.
He noted that in 2016, the government wrote to the Nigeria Labour Congress and all the trade unions, adding that meetings were held with the security apparatus.
Kachikwu said, “Even when there was a consensus on how we were going to do it, we still had an issue at the very tail end of the moment; NUPENG and PENGASSAN supported but, of course, the other members of the trade unions pulled out.
“Eventually, thankfully, Nigerians saw through what we were trying to do and let it happen. And thank God that happened at the time because when you look at the gap today, the landing cost is about N180 per litre and sale price is N145. Imagine if it (pump price) was N90-something; we will literally be a bankrupt country.”
The minister added, “The point I am making is that anything you are going to do on subsidy requires a very efficient management of information – getting everybody who are stakeholders to tie into it.
“Should we deal with the removal of subsidy? I was gung-ho when I assumed this position that there was no way I was going to tolerate a subsidy regime at the time in 2015 of about N1.2tn-N1.3tn. There was just no way; we didn’t have the capacity to continue to pay.”
“So, I convinced the President that this needed to happen; thankfully, he listened, he agreed and we did. Now, we then had over-recovery period for quite a while and then we went into this upswing in prices that has now taken us again into under-recovery.”
The minister noted that the government had not paid marketers all the outstanding subsidy arrears.
He said, “I think, first and foremost, we need to find a way of fixing refineries quickly, whether it is government-funded or whatever – my preference is always private sector funding.
“I think the labour union has never really said they would not be supportive of an attempt to take away this subsidy element; the union has always said, ‘If you are doing it, show me what you [will] do with those new receipts of income. Two, what do you do with the refineries?’ Therefore, we need to address those to even get their buy-in.
“Secondly, we need to segregate between those who need subsidy and those who don’t; you will find that 80 per cent or more of those who get subsidy today do not need it. There is nothing necessarily bad with some element of subsidy if it is well-managed and is very little, and if the private sector can take it away completely; that is fantastic. That is the most ideal situation.”
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, which has been the sole importer of petrol into the country for about two years after private oil marketers withdrew from the importation of the product, bears the burden of subsidising the product.
As of March 20, 2018, when the international benchmark price for oil (Brent) was around $66 per barrel, the expected open market price of petrol, according to data obtained from the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, was around N189 per litre. The agency has not released any data since then.
The Group Managing Director, NNPC, on December 23, 2017, said the Federal Government had been resisting intense pressure to increase the pump price of petrol, noting that the landing cost of the commodity was N171.4 per litre as of December 22, 2017 when oil price was around $64 per barrel.
A bad romance? Lady Gaga’s decision to end her engagement to ex Christian Carino didn’t come without a flood of emotions.
“She was devastated at first,” an insider exclusively tells Us Weekly of the 33-year-old A Star Is Born actress, noting that Carino’s personality “infringed on her creative process” leading up to their split. “[She] couldn’t risk jeopardizing her career in that way, over a man, and that’s not something she would stand for.”
Us Weekly confirmed in February that the former couple called it quits after two years together. The twosome first sparked split speculation earlier that month when Gaga attended the 2019 Grammy Awards solo and sans her pink diamond engagement ring.
“Chris didn’t treat Gaga very well toward the end of their relationship,” a source previously told Us, with a second insider adding that it was the “Million Reasons” songstress “who broke things off” with the 50-year-old talent agent.
“He was jealous,” the insider explained. “He was trying to find her all the time and texted her a lot. Her friends didn’t like him either.”
The Oscar winner had a jam-packed awards season schedule during her breakup, leading her to not fully process things at the time. “Gaga has been in such a focus on her career right now and has not even had time to address what has been happening between her and Christian, emotionally,” a source told Us days after news of their split. “She has been telling those around her, ‘Let’s stay focused.’”
Prior to her relationship with Carino, Gaga was engaged to Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney. The couple called it quits July 2016 after nearly five years together. Carino, for his part, was married to newscaster Brooke Baldwin from 1997 to 2015. The pair share teenage daughter Bella.