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UFC Champion, Conor Mcgregor Calls Floyd Mayweather ‘monkey,’ Floyd Looking For A Knockout

When UFC champion Conor McGregor and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather fight this month in Las Vegas, many experts predict it will shatter pay-per-view records. 

However, the fight might be more personal than many fans thought thanks to comments by one of the fighters. Conor McGregor called Floyd Mayweather “monkey” in one of their confrontations leading up to the fight.

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This shocking revelation came in a Floyd Mayweather interview with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN. Smith explained that he didn’t hear the “monkey” comment by Conor McGregor, but he did hear Conor call Floyd a “boy.” The difference is that McGregor calls everyone he fights “boy,” regardless of race or skin color. However, “monkey” has long been used as a derogatory statement towards black individuals.

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In the interview, Floyd Mayweather was very calm when talking about this racial insult. He simply said that he didn’t like it. Mayweather said that it didn’t make him “go crazy,” but he felt it disrespected those who came before like Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, who went on the front line for him and his family.

Mayweather then said that this sort of racism still goes on. MMAFighting reported that Floyd then said that he is going for a knockout in this fight and will not be fighting on the defensive.

Conor Mcgregor’s Response To The ‘monkey’ Statement

While it seemed very shocking for Conor McGregor to call Floyd Mayweather “monkey,” it wasn’t the first time he used the statement, and when asked about it, MMAFighting also reported that McGregor didn’t step back from the statement.

There was a YouTube video that reportedly showed a backstage interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live with Conor McGregor, where the UFC champion was asked about Rocky 3. McGregor responded by asking if that was the movie with “dancing monkeys in the gym.” In Rocky 3, the Sylvester Stallone character went to train at an all-black gym.

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That video clip was removed from the Jimmy Kimmel YouTube page.

When asked about the Floyd Mayweather “monkey” comments, Conor said that he was just trying to make light of the situation. McGregor seems to think it was part of his schtick, which included him asking Floyd to dance for him. Conor said that he knows who he is as a person, and “realistic people” will know as well.

Racism In Boxing

In a follow-up response to the Floyd Mayweather “monkey” controversy, ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith once again said that he never heard the comments from Conor McGregor, but if it is true, he finds it highly offensive and a slap to all black people.

Smith then brought up the classic 1982 fight between Larry Holmes and Gerry Cooney, a boxing match that really separated the racial lines with promoter Don King and manager Dennis Rappaport using the “black vs. white” storyline to sell the fight. The media even referred to Cooney as the “Great White Hope.”

While both Smith and his First Take co-host, Max Kellerman, said that they believe that neither Holmes nor Cooney wanted the race card to be played, it made the fight a huge success despite many people making death threats to both boxers leading up to the fight.

Both George Cooney and Larry Holmes are close friends and have worked together for special causes ever since.

Stephen A. Smith said that the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight might cause a huge racial divide similar to that of Cooney vs. Holmes.

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Donald Trump Thanks Russia’s President, Putin For Slashing US Diplomatic Staff

President Donald Trump on Thursday thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for slashing the number of U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia, “because now we have a smaller payroll.”

“I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down our payroll and as far as I’m concerned I’m very thankful that he let go of a large number of people,” Trump told reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. “There’s no real reason for them to go back.”

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Putin, reacting to new sanctions imposed by the U.S. Congress, on July 30 ordered Washington to cut 755 of its 1,200 embassy and consulate staff by September. Many of those affected are likely to be local Russian staffers.

It was unclear if Trump was joking in his comments, his first substantive reaction to Putin’s move.

Nicholas Burns, formerly the State Department’s third-ranking official, called Trump’s comments “grotesque.”

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“If he was joking, he should know better,” said Burns, now a professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. 
“If he wasn’t, it’s unprecedented. A president has never defended the expulsion of our diplomats.”

Trump’s remarks are at odds with the State Department’s reaction to Putin’s order. A State Department official on July 30 called the Russian move “a regrettable and uncalled-for act.”

Trump also said he has not given any thought to the possibility of firing special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia.

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He said he was surprised by the FBI raid last month on his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, adding that it sent a “strong signal.” 

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VIDEO: Nigeria No Longer Giants But Joke Of Africa – Jim Iyke

Famous Nollywood actor, James Ikechukwu Esomugha, otherwise known as Jim Iyke has described Nigeria as a joke of Africa.

The actor said the giant of Africa title had since been taken away from Nigeria due to bad leadership.

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Iyke was among those who on Wednesday stormed Abuja to join forces with anti-Buhari protesters who are seekingg for the resignation or the resumption of president Buhari.

Jim Iyke, who spoke to newsmen in Abuja said that “Nigeria that was once the giant of Africa is now the joke of Africa”.

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He equally stressed that our ‘mumu don do.’

“Enough is enough. It is a simple thing, our mantra is one and our decision is one.

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“Unequivocally, we are saying that the president either resumes or resigns. 
It is natural when you get old; you shift and let the young ones take over.”

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UNDERGROUND KIDNAPPERS’ DEN: Seven Suspects Nabbed By Lagos Police

The police in Lagos have arrested seven suspected ritualists following the discovery of an underground kidnappers’ den at Obadeyi in Ijaye area of the state.

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The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, told newsmen at the scene on Tuesday evening that the dungeon was discovered by joint efforts of security agents and members of the public.

According to Owoseni, the place was discovered after a highway sweeper with the Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA) raised an alarm when she heard the voice of a woman calling for help from the canal.

He said that two of those caught were set ablaze by the mob before the arrival of the police at the scene.

Tunnel leading to the Obadeyi Underground den

Owoseni said that detectives would be on ground on Wednesday with more sniffer dogs and other security gadgets to ascertain more facts concerning the incident.

“In the process, people moved in there to help and also noticed that some persons who had some charms like gourd in their mouths tried to escape and that made the crowd to suspect something unusual.

“For now about seven persons, who are suspected to be using those buildings as base for rituals, have been arrested.

“We will continue to give it a touch of professionalism and scientific approach by deploying sniffer dogs that can also penetrate into the canal to see whether we can get materials to be of evidential value,” Owoseni said.

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Items including clothes, under wears, identity cards and wigs of people suspected to be victims were seen at an abandoned house near the canal reportedly used as a hideout by the suspects.

According to an eyewitness who pleaded anonymity, two of the kidnappers had come out of the canal in an attempt to escape but they were overpowered by the angry mob.

Mr Fatai Ajibola, an eyewitness, said that some members of Oodua Peoples’ Congress also went into the dungeon to continue with the search and recovered shoes, clothes and other female items.

A resident, who identified himself simply as Kunle, said the discovery of the den came as a surprise to most members of the community.

“Most of us in the estate pass through the bridge on daily basis without observing such a thing under the bridge; only God knows how many people that have been killed by the ritual killers in the dungeon.” he said.

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The police commissioner said that investigation was underway and assured that perpetrators would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

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CAUGHT IN THE ACT: Woman Digging Up Grave Of Man Buried Since February

A 25-year-old, Deborah Usman, on Wednesday appeared before an Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan charged with attempting to open up a grave to exhume a corpse.

Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Olalekan Adegbite, said the accused was caught as she started digging up the grave of a man that was buried in February outside a house.

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He recalled that the offence was committed on July 31 at on Transformer Road, Oluyole, Ibadan, he told the court.
The woman, he said, conducted herself in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace.

Adegbite noted that the offence contravened Section 249 (d) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Oyo State 2000.
The accused pleaded not guilty.

The Senior Magistrate, Mrs Patricia Adetuyibi, granted her bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum, one of who must be a blood relation of the accused.

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She directed that the accused should be taken to the clinic to ascertain her mental state and adjourned the case until November 28.

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Just In One Week, Television Giants HBO Gets Hacked The Second Time

Television giant HBO faces a cybersecurity crisis as the company experiences its second leak in five days.

On Monday, HBO faced its first cyber attack of the week where hackers stole “thousands of Home Box Office (HBO) internal company documents,” according to IP Echelon , a security company hired to scrub search results following the hack. The revelation came as part of a take-down notice sent to Google so the site could remove the links to the hacked files.

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In addition to the script of an upcoming episode of “Game of Thrones,” episodes from their series “Insecure,” “Ballers,” “Room 104,” and upcoming show “Barry,” were released. Hackers claim to have stolen total of 1.5 terabyte of data which include infrastructural data and the personal information of employees, further suggesting there would be more leaks to come.

“The problem before us is unfortunately all too familiar in the world we now find ourselves a part of,” HBO CEO Richard Plepler wrote in a staff email obtained by Entertainment Weekly. “As has been the case with any challenge we have ever faced, I have absolutely no doubt that we will navigate our way through this successfully.”

More recently, an unaired episode of “Thrones” appeared on the internet Friday morning, sparking more controversy over the network’s security. However, the leaked episode is not part of Monday’s successful hacking, as first reported by The Verge . Sources familiar with the breach explain the episode was leaked by HBO’s distribution partner, Star India — the logo of which is watermarked on the episode.

“This confirms the compromise of episode 4 of Game of Thrones Season 7, earlier this afternoon,” says a Star India spokesperson. “We take this breach very seriously and have immediately initiated forensic investigations at our and the technology partner’s end to swiftly determine the cause. This is a grave issue and we are taking appropriate legal remedial action.”

Each year, “Game of Thrones” continues to hold the title as the most pirated show on television — a title the network has boasted previously. But now, as the leaks become more common and — using the stolen personal information as proof— more insidious, HBO faces a systemic security issue. This week’s leaks suggest HBO has a lot of work to do to ensure major hacks such as these don’t spoil their shows with a cult-following, and don’t put the personal information of their employees in jeopardy.

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As for now, don’t watch the leaked episode — a move more for your self respect rather than any moral reason considering it was uploaded in 360p. Avoid all of your social media accounts to ensure you won’t find a spoiler. The leaked episode premieres this Sunday on HBO.

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Russian President, Vladimir Putin Goes Fishing

V​ladimir Putin went fishing at Russia’s Lake Baikal in Siberia and warned that the world’s deepest freshwater lake, has extremely high pollution levels.

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Lake Baikal is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the world’s deepest lake at 1,700 metres (5,580 feet) and also the oldest at 25 million years. Tourists flock there to enjoy the unique wildlife and clear waters.

Mr Putin, while meeting officials in a room looking onto the shimmering waters of the lake, complained that “significant areas around Baikal have suffered extremely high pollution.”

Saying that Baikal “belongs to the entire planet,” Mr Putin insisted that preserving it for future generations is “undoubtedly a government priority.”

The Russian president has declared that environmental issues are a personal passion and has spent time tracking whales and tigers and even flown with migrating cranes. In 2009 he went down to the bottom of Lake Baikal in a mini-submarine.

But he was also instrumental in keeping a polluting factory open beside the lake and has presided over a crackdown on environmental activists and non-governmental organisations, including those specifically trying to protect Baikal.

Russian President Vladimir Putin hunts fish underwater in the remote Tuva region in southern Siberia

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On Friday, Mr Putin called for officials to pay “special attention” to clean up the aftermath of “irrational and often irresponsible economic activity” around the lake, and to prevent such damage happening again.

A giant Soviet-built paper mill right beside the lake sullied its waters for decades but it was finally closed in 2013. Mr Putin had reopened the plant in 2010 after it initially shut in 2008, citing concerns over employment for local residents.

Mr Putin said the lake’s waters were now being polluted by household sewage and chemicals from farming, citing the need to “drastically cut down the volume of untreated water being discharged into the lake.”

He called for the Prosecutor-General’s Office to carry out a check into illegal and environmentally damaging activity around the lake and “take the necessary measures.”

In 2013, a group campaigning to protect the lake called Baikal Wave, was dubbed a “foreign agent” under tough new legislation targeting NGOs with foreign funding.

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The group, founded in 1990, closed down in 2016, saying it had become impossible for it to function.

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