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Let’s investigate Mark Zuckerberg and his plot for world domination and India’s latest Anti-crypto bill.

First, we are going to talk about my boy Marky Mark and his latest new scheme of trying to get into the crypto orgy fest. Mark Zuckerberg announced facebook’s cryptocurrency, Global coin. Want to hear the most disappointing part of all this? so far major companies are actually backing Global Coin. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, payment giants Visa and Mastercard in addition to PayPal and Uber have all jumped onto Mark Zuckerberg’s crypto bandwagon. What worries me is this all is probably the plan to decentralized cryptocurrency.

On another news, What’s the deal with India and this new anti-crypto bill?

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The price of bitcoin (BTC) hit a 13-month high above $9,300 on Sunday.

The leading cryptocurrency by market capitalization rose to $9,381 at 05:55 UTC – the highest price since May 10, 2018, according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index.

BTC was last seen trading at $9,250 representing 6.4 percent gains on the day. On a month-to-date basis, the cryptocurrency is up 8 percent.

More than $19 billion worth of bitcoin has been traded across cryptocurrency exchanges in the last 24 hours, according to Messari data. Meanwhile, major exchanges included in the calculation of Bitwise’s “real” bitcoin trading volume are currently reporting the 24-hour volume figure at $867,697,751.

With the price rise, Bitcoin’s dominance rate, or its share of the total cryptocurrency market, has ticked higher to 57.1 percent from lows near 55 percent see on Friday.

The bitcoin price rally is boding well for the broader market. At press time, litecoin is up 2.3 percent on a 24-hour basis. Names like ethereum’s ether token, XRP and bitcoin cash are up 4 percent, according to CoinMarketCap.

Meanwhile, EOS is the best performing top 10 cryptocurrency of the past 24 hours with 7 .4 percent gains.

However, on a seven-day basis, litecoin is leading the top 10 cryptocurrencies with 18.29 percent gains followed by bitcoin, which has appreciated by 17.20 percent.

Looking forward, BTC may rise further toward the next major resistance at $10,000, as long-term technical studies are biased bullish. For instance, bitcoin’s 50- and 100-candle moving averages on the three-day chart look set to produce a bullish crossover – a sign of bull market momentum. Back in October 2015, the same cross marked the start of a long-term bull market.

Notably, with a move to 13-month highs, the cryptocurrency has retraced nearly 38.2 percent of the sell-off from December 2017 highs to December 2018 lows, as seen in the chart below.

Weekly chart

BTC’s sharp rise from $7,500 to levels above $9,300 has invalidated the bearish doji reversal confirmed by last Sunday’s UTC close below $8,000. As a result, the path of least resistance is to the higher side and prices could cross the 38.2 percent Fibonacci retracement hurdle of $9,442.

However, a minor pullback to $8,000 could be seen before a break above $9,442, as the bearish divergence of daily trading volumes discussed on Friday is still valid. Further, the widely tracked relative strength index is reporting overbought conditions with an above-70 print on the hourly and 4-hour charts.

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It’s always sort of fun seeing celebrities getting into insane shape for various movie roles. However, when the celebrity is Daniel Craig getting fit for James Bond and it’s Daniel Craig getting fit for James Bond while recovering from an injury, the image is even cooler.

But don’t take it from me. Take a look at the James Bond official image of Daniel Craig getting back in the workout saddle following Craig’s ankle injury back in May…

Talk about swole goals. Daniel Craig, like fellow quinquagenarian Tom Cruise, is still crushing it out at the gym, even while injured. Honestly, that boot looks pretty serious in the James Bond official photo, but it’s nice to see that Daniel Craig is not sitting on his laurels while he recovers from his injury.

About a month ago, reports from the set of the still-untitled Bond 25indicated the actor had hurt his ankle while filming a scene for the movie while on set in Jamaica. At the time the production schedule was put on hold while Daniel Craig figured out exactly what had gone wrong with his ankle.

During that time, the James Bond production was pretty transparent about the injury, noting that Daniel Craig would need to undergo ankle surgery – albeit “minor” surgery – after injuring his leg on set. Two weeks of recovery were expected to be needed before production to go back into full swing. The good news? Bond 25 is still expected to hit its release date in 2020! (And that’s even with that controlled explosion injury that happened once the film was back in production.)

Bond 25 has honestly been a long time coming, so hearing the flick is still on track even with this injury is very good news indeed. First and foremost, the last James Bond movie, Spectre, came out all the way back in 2015. Then, there was some question about whether or not Daniel Craig would even return to the role.

Finally, Daniel Craig signed on and all seemed well… but it wasn’t quite. There was another snafu with finding a director to stick with the film through production. At one point, Danny Boyle was signed on and left because of “creative differences.” Then, the movie allegedly went through a rewrite. Next, the injuries happened. So, clearly this hasn’t been the smoothest movie to come to fruition ever.

Now, Daniel Craig is back in the gym, the cast for the movie (including Bohemian Rhapsody‘s Rami Malek) is cemented, and things seem to be moving forward.

Daniel Craig’s workouts have been a big topic of conversation ahead of Bond 25. Reportedly, prior to filming, the actor was working out an absolutely insane amount in order to make sure his physique was at a peak. That reportedly even involved 12-hour workout sessions.

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The Foxes midfielder has been linked with some of the biggest names in the Premier League, but he only has eyes on Nigeria’s AFCON campaign

Leicester City star Wilfred Ndidi has admitted he is “flattered” to be linked with a big money move away from the King Power Stadium, but insists his focus is currently on Nigeria’s bid to win the Africa Cup of Nations.

The midfielder was an ever-present for the Foxes in the Premier League last season, and enjoyed an eye-catching campaign – particularly once Brendan Rogers had taken the managerial reigns in February this year.

Perhaps not surprisingly, his form has attracted the attention of some of England’s biggest clubs, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Champions League winners Liverpool all credited with an interest in the 22-year-old.

But, while Ndidi has acknowledged such reports are complimentary, his feet remain firmly on the ground as he looks to make his mark in Egypt over the next five weeks, and in the blue of Leicester beyond that.

“I am flattered when hearing such a thing,” Ndidi, who arrived in the Premier League from Belgian club Genk in a £14m deal in early 2017, told Goal.

“It is very good to hear about that interest from big clubs, but there is nothing on the ground so I won’t care about it.

“I am focusing on AFCON with Nigeria now, and then pre-season with Leicester City. We have a great manager with ambition to compete with big clubs in the Premier League.”

Nigeria open their AFCON campaign against Burundi in Alexandria on Saturday, and are overwhelming favourites to qualify for the last 16 from a group that also contains Guinea and Madagascar.

Ndidi, however, is taking nothing for granted ahead of next weekend’s opener, and claims one of the biggest potential challenges could well come from one of his former Leicester team-mates as well as the tournament’s other big hitters from the likes of Egypt and Senegal.

“Mohamed Salah is a very good player,” he says. “I’ve played against him three times – he’s a great finisher and very fast. Sadio Mane is also a very good player.

“But the toughest one for me is (Algeria’s) Riyad Mahrez. He was at Leicester and we trained together every day before he left for Manchester City.

“He is very difficult, skinny and very technical. You have to slow down to take him out – if you go fast he will finish you in seconds.

“I don’t think that it is an easy group. For me, there is no easy team in modern football. The name does not matter – the only thing that matters in the 90 minutes of the game.

“We can get a shock from this group, so we have to stay focused on the game, not on how easy it is, and ignore what people say.

“We will play tough games against very good teams, and our target is to be on the top by the end of the group stages.”

With a warm-up friendly against Senegal to come on Sunday, Nigeria’s attempt to reach next month’s final in Cairo will depend heavily on the form of Ndidi and his midfield co-star John Obi Mikel.

The former Chelsea man and Nigeria’s captain, now 32, was something of a hero of Ndidi’s during his younger days, and his influence in the middle of the park for the Super Eagles could have a huge bearing on their fate.

“It is great to play with him,” admits Ndidi. “I grew up watching Mikel. He is my role model and playing alongside him is a great thing

“He is very calm, a good captain, and he gives advice to everyone and speaks with everyone. When you talk to him, he is very humble.

“It is a plus to the team having such a player. We grew up watching him, and now we’re playing with him he gives us more confidence

“With our current players, coach and staff, I think we can do something great. The important thing is to try to win games as much as we can.

“We cannot talk about winning the cup now – we will deal with it game by game and see what will happen. There are many good teams here.

“For me, Senegal and Egypt are the favourites. Senegal is a very good, tough team and they have great players, while Egypt are at home.”

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After posting considerable gains on Thursday, the cryptocurrency markets retreated slightly Friday. SegWitCoin BTC was up by around 2% to the $8,200 mark. Ethereum (ETH) retreated slightly by around 1.5% from its gains on Thursday and was trading at around $254 at press time after having reached the $260 mark during the last 24 hours.

Bitcoin SV (BSV) posted an impressive 10% increase and reached the $210 level over the past 48 hours before dropping to $205—still a rise of 7%, making it the best performing currency over the past 24 hours.

Other cryptocurrencies with larger market caps demonstrate mixed fortunes. Litecoin (LTC) continued to decline and fell below the $130 level at press time or a 5% decline to trade at around $128. Ripple (XRP) was also disappointingly stagnant and declined by around 1% to just below the $0.40 level and was trading at around $0.3975 on Friday.

EOS was down by a similar 1.5% to the $6.40 level, whilst BCHABC was the only other coin which seemed to buck the trend and was up by around 2% to the $408 level after having reached the $418 mark on Thursday. Cardano (ADA) was down by 3% to the $0.0898 level, whilst NEO was minutely up by around 1.5% to the $13.04 level. Stellar Lumens (XLM) was correspondently down by around 2% to the $0.124 level. IOTA remained stable at the $0.432 level.

Cryptocurrencies with smaller market caps exhibited mixed fortunes but the star performer of the past 24 hours was undoubtedly LINK which rose by an astonishing 65% to the $1.80 mark over Thursday before dropping to the $1.60 level at press time on Friday. Binance Coin (BNB) exhibited a steep decline to the $33.30 mark or a drop of 6% after it had risen to just under the $36 mark on Thursday. Most other coins such as BTT, TROn and ATOM were also in decline.

Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (SegWit) chain are referenced as SegWitCoin BTC coins; tokens on the Bitcoin Cash ABC chain are referenced as BCH, BCH-ABC or BAB coins. Altcoins, which value privacy, anonymity, and distance from government intervention, are referenced as dark coins.

Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) is today the only Bitcoin project that follows the original Satoshi Nakamoto whitepaper, and that follows the original Satoshi protocol and design. BSV is the only public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin and will massively scale to become the world’s new money and enterprise blockchain.

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It comes after Noel criticised people who are trying to overturn the EU referendum result

Liam Gallagher has slammed his older brother for making inflammatory remarks about EU referendum voters when he abstained from the vote himself.

Noel Gallagher labelled the people who are trying to overturn the vote for Britain to leave the EU “cunts”. “There’s only one fucking thing worse that a fool who voted for Brexit, Noel told the Manchester Evening News yesterday (June 15), “that’s the rise of the cunts trying to get the vote overturned.”

Noel Gallagher performing at Isle of Wight Festival 2019.

Now, Liam has hit out at Noel’s comments in a thinly veiled attack, saying there’s “nothing worse” than a ballot-shy person airing their political views.

Liam wrote on Twitter today (June 16): “Nothing worse than the cunt who doesn’t vote then has an opinion on everything sit down stand up Dolly Gallagher.

“Dolly Gallagher” is seemingly in reference to Liam’s comments made in 2017 that Noel was singing Oasis songs like Dolly Parton.

Noel has previously said that people who take part in the democratic process should support the result of the referendum even if they disagree with it. In 2017 he told Noisey: “It was a legal vote. Fucking get it done and let’s move on”.

Elsewhere in this month’s interview with the Manchester Evening News, Noel said: “You take part in a democratic fucking process – if you don’t like the outcome, go to North Korea…I sat the day of Brexit and thought: ‘I can’t be arsed going to the polling station, who the fuck would vote to leave Europe? It’s a nonsensical fucking idea’. And you wake up the next day and think: ‘Fucking ing hell, shit.’”

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A former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi, on Friday told an Ikeja High Court that Fred Ajudua, alleged serial conman, defrauded him in spite of swearing with his son’s life.

Bamaiyi made the disclosure while being cross-examined by Ajudua’s counsel, Mr Olalekan Ojo, at the resumed hearing in allegedly swindling of Bamaiyi of 8.4 million dollars at the Kirikiri Maximum Prisons by Ajudua in 2004.

Friday’s session was the fifth in the proceedings in which Bamaiyi was cross-examined by the defence since giving his evidence-in-chief on Nov. 26, 2018.

Responding to Ojo’s question on why he did not ask for receipts from Ajudua as proof of receiving the funds, Bamaiyi said that he trusted Ajudua not to defraud him.

He noted that his trust was further strengthened when Ajudua swore with his son’s life not to defraud him.

“I trusted him completely; you don’t understand the concept and level of trust I had.

“I’m a father and a grandfather. I understand these things. If as a father he (Ajudua) swears that his only son should die if he should defraud me; that is more than sufficient receipt.

“When he defrauded me, I initially kept quiet. It was after he ran away for six years that I decided to complain. By God, I never knew I will find myself in court,” Bamaiyi said.

The former army chief said that the funds given to Ajudua for payment for the legal services of Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), were brought to him in prison by family members, friends and staff.

He said that prison rules allowed money meant for the payment of legal representation to be brought into the premises of the prison, adding that he recorded every money brought to the prison in his diary.

“Sometimes money was put in our food containers. The money is counted in the presence of the prison officers, so it was not hidden.

“My lord, I said it before and let me repeat it, when visitors come with the food containers, he who brings the food will taste it so that they will not poison the inmate.

“The food container has food on top; that is the one they will taste. Money is kept underneath the container.

“To me, the counting of the money is a record; the prison authorities knew about this money and constitutes records to the prison authorities.

“I can remember the specific amount each person brought; my former ADC, Timothy Chechet, brought one million dollars on two different occasions,” he said.

He said the individuals who brought some of the foreign currencies, gave statements to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) confirming that they brought money to the Kirikiri Maximum Prisons.

Explaining the source of the funds, Bamaiyi said that the money was given to him by friends who did not want their identity disclosed.

He also said that the funds were sourced from his personal savings, property and farming businesses, adding that some of the funds were withdrawn from his account at the defunct Nal Merchant Bank.

Following the revelation, Ojo requested for a copy of Bamaiyi’s statement of account, saying that the prosecution had not frontloaded a copy of the statement to the defence.

On his part, the prosecuting counsel for EFCC, Mr Tope Banjo, said that an additional proof of evidence containing the requested bank statement would be filed in court by the prosecution at an adjourned date.

The Judge, Justice Josephine Oyefeso, adjourned the case until Sep. 16 and 19, 2019, for continuation of trial.

According to the prosecution, Ajudua was incarcerated at the Kirikiri Maximum Prisons over alleged fraud while Bamaiyi was incarcerated over alleged involvement in the attempted murder of Mr Alex Ibru, late publisher of The Guardian Newspaper.

The prosecution alleged that Ajudua had alongside some accomplices, approached Bamaiyi in the prison in 2004.

The defendant had allegedly convinced Bamaiyi that he could hire the legal services of Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) to help secure his freedom from Kirikiri, and Ajudua allegedly fraudulently collected 8.4 million dollars as the legal fees.

When the alleged fraud came to light, the law chambers of Afe Babalola and Co. issued a disclaimer disassociating itself from the case.

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The new Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, on Friday assured that the Ninth Senate will move fast to cover lost grounds and support President Muhammadu Buhari to implement people-oriented projects and programmes.

He spoke with State House correspondents after observing the Jumat prayer with President Buhari at the State House mosque.

Lawan also assured of early passage of national budgets.

He said: “The expectations from Nigerians is a National Assembly that is very focused, that is very united, that is very patriotic and nationalistic, and that is, by the grace of God, the National Assembly that we shall have.

“From my interactions with my colleagues when I was contesting, every senator there when I was contesting, has one massive experience or another.

“I saw my colleagues exhibit patriotism and desire to work for Nigerians. Therefore, we hope to have a National Assembly that will work for Nigerians optimally and patriotically.

“We also hope to have a National Assembly that will work with the executive arm of government in partnership and synergy to ensure that we perform our functions as a government, because we are a single unit.

“I also foresee a National Assembly that will insist that whoever has a responsibility in government performs that responsibility, because it takes all of us to work together to ensure that no part or nobody is left behind.

“If there is anyone that is deficient, it would cost the system. So we are going to work very hard. We would like to catch up the lost grounds over the last four years.”

He noted that the last Senate didn’t perform to capacity.

“I am sure we did not perform to our capacity as a National Assembly in the last National Assembly.

“This time around, we want to perform to full capacity, and by the grace of God, Nigerians will see a positive difference in terms of delivery of service to our country men and women.”

On timely passage of budget bills, the Senate President said that the National Assembly is ready speed up their passage.

He explained that national budgets will be passed before Christmas break if the executive sends the proposal by September or October.

He said: “Well, this is a crucial thing that worries everyone. Every Nigerian wants to see the National Assembly pass the budget in good time, and we’ve campaigned with that and it’s something all of us in the National Assembly have bought into – that we’ll pass the budget within three months, by the grace of God.

“But I want to say here that it takes two sides of government to pass the budget in good time, and I am sure that the executive side of the government would like to present the budget before the National Assembly in good time – in September or early October.

“And by the grace of God, we in the National Assembly will ensure that we carry out the budget defence and do the remaining parts of the processes, and before we leave for Christmas break, the budget would have been passed and Mr President would have the budget before him to sign and assent.

“It is our desire in the National Assembly that every minister, every chief executive officer of every agency comes to the National Assembly to defend the budget of his agency or her agency before going out of the country.

“That window is going to be available within the one month. But that is the only window that is going to be available. After that, for example, every minister or head of agency who did not come to defend the budget of that institution, the National Assembly would go ahead to work on such a budget appropriately.

“I believe that nobody would take pleasure in wasting the time of this administration.

“We are in a hurry, we are thirsty to perform, we want to support Mr President, we want to see Mr President achieve those legacy dreams that he has, and we are going to work full course and full time to ensure that we give him the maximum support that he requires.”

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