Snipers to guard stadium during France v Russia match

Elite French snipers will surround the Stade de France in Paris to provide security for the football match between France and Russia on Tuesday.

The additional security measures come after the deadly November attacks at several venues in Paris, including the Stade de France, where an explosion was heard inside the stadium during a

match being played between France and


With another terror attack taking place in

Brussels last week, there is huge concern

surrounding the upcoming 2016 European Championships, due to be held in France this summer.

As the first international football friendly to be hosted in Paris since the November 2015 attacks, Russia’s visit holds a special significance for the French government and its

perceived ability to provide adequate security for international football fans.

The deputy director at the French National Police’s Central Directorate of Public Security, Laurent Simon, has said that 400 police officers in addition to the snipers will be involved in patrolling the arena to ensure fans’ safety.

Since the November attacks, French football’s top league, Ligue 1, has successfully continued to

host matches, while French champions Paris Saint-Germain have also hosted their Champions League Round of 16 tie against Chelsea.

The French government is likely to provide the maximum possible protection for visiting fans and players to ensure that confidence returns ahead of the summer tournament, although given how football fans continued to flock to matches in France after the November attacks, the Euros are likely to be as popular as ever with fans, regardless of security concerns.


Rivers abandons monorail project

The RIVERS State Government may have abandoned the multi-billion naira monorail project embarked upon by the immediate-past administration.

Governor Nyesom Wike, who gave this hint on Monday while speaking on a national television programme, Sunrise, said the people of the state did not want the continuation of the project.

Wike explained that in spite of his administration’s commitment to the completion of the projects abandoned by the Rotimi Amaechi administration,

the monorail would not be one of such projects.

He said, “Rivers people have told me not to touch the monorail project left behind by the other government.”

Wike said his administration had taken measures to improve the security of the state through funding of security interventions and provision of logistics

for security agencies.

The governor lamented that the state had been affected by the regular transfer of security chiefs from the state, blaming Amaechi for the development.

He said, “I won’t make a promise that I will not fulfill I don’t politicise development. My interest is to deliver the best for Rivers people.

“In spite of distractions, we have succeeded in completing many projects abandoned by the previous government. We also have cleared the backlog of unpaid salaries and pensions left by the

previous government.

“We have succeeded in restoring the judiciary and reopening courts shut down by the previous government. The Federal Government needs to allow security chiefs remain in Rivers State to do

their jobs and ease tensions.

“I have had over three Commissioners of Police removed since I became governor,”

Wike, who lamented the death of a corps member in the state recently, added.

Reacting to the position of Wike on the monorail project, the immediate-past state Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Tolofari George, said, “The monorail is a laudable project that should be

continued because it is a catalyst to jump-start our local economy and place Rivers State at the

forefront of transport infrastructural development.

“The vision is to take the monorail up to the airport in future traversing the city. A lot of River’s taxpayers’ monies have been sunk into that project that it should not be allowed to die. But Wike has

chosen to play politics with that project and it is most unfortunate.”

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Ukrainian lady calls for ban on gays in police after husband falls for male officer

A man from a Ukrainian city apparently got so

fed up with arguing with his wife that when a gay police officer appeared at their door, he decided it was time to try batting for the other team. The wife filed a petition to ban homosexuals from the


“I went through two weeks of hell trying to get my husband back, but all I got was a fine for making threats to that gay officer,” the petition text stated.

“People should be aware that when calling the police, they run the risk of losing a husband,” the woman warned. “Gay policemen in our city should be banned,” she added.

“It is well known in gay circles” that there are at least two gay men and one lesbian in the Ivano-Frankovsk police, the woman also noted.

The unfortunate wife from the western Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankovsk filed the petition against LGBT people working in law enforcement after her husband apparently left her for a gay police

officer. The woman had called the police during a domestic fight and the officer responding to the incident was gay.

The call to ban gays from working in the police was published on Saturday and has collected five signatures so far, which isn’t as few as it sounds, considering it needs only 245 signatures by the end of June to be reviewed by local authorities.

Just recently Ruslan Martsinkiv, mayor of Ivano- Frankovsk, made a public statement saying that homosexuals lack patriotic feelings, and urged Ukraine to keep in mind “traditional values” as it

heads towards European integration.

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The Game Reveals His ‘1992’ Album Won’t Have Any Features

The Game is making a bold move for his next album, 1992.

The Los Angeles native shared that his upcoming project will have no features; the rapper dropped the news on Instagram with the likely cover art. In

the caption, he made the announcement —


The featureless album comes as a step in another direction for The Game. The Documentary 2 (and The Documentary 2.5) was laden with guest appearances. Lil Wayne, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Q-

Tip, Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Anderson .Paak and Busta Rhymes were just some of the artists who appeared on that album.

1992 ‘s possible cover art features a young Game with his infamous face tattoo — a star with the letters LA in the middle.

To release an album without featured artists nowadays is definitely ballsy. Last year, J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive made history as the first rap album in 25 years to go platinum without any

features. It also nabbed three Grammy nominations.

Once a fairly common occurrence, major hip-hop albums that gained the platinum status without features include Run-D.M.C.’s Raising HellI, LL Cool

J’s Bigger and Deffer, Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique.

No word yet on when the album will drop; The Game only promises that it’ll be here “soon.” In the meantime, the Compton rapper has been hanging

out with hip-hop royalty. On Sunday (March 27), Game posted a photo of him with Nas, captioned

“Hurricane x God Son.”

Check out The Game’s cover art above and let us

know what you think in the comments below. Also,

check out the dope photo of The Game and

Nas below.

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Tyrese Presents Emotional Love Story With ‘Black Book’ Short Film

Last year, Tyrese released his soulful opus Black Rose and in 2016, he’s following that up with his short film, The Black Book .

The veteran R&B singer wrote and directed the 25-minute movie, which was inspired by popular romantic flicks like The Notebook. In The Black Book, an elderly couple are celebrating their 45th

wedding anniversary. Due to his wife’s Alzheimer’s, the aged version of Ty recounts their journey into matrimony — from the break-ups to the make-ups

and, eventually, their wedding.

R&B singer and Empire star V. Bozeman plays the wife and joins Tyrese on three songs: “Can’t Break Me,” “Waiting on You and “Prior to You” featuring Tank.

“I feel like some of the best movies I’ve seen have some type of resolve to it,” Tyrese told Billboard.

“We’ve all experienced trauma and being in dark places, whether it’s relationships, family [or] losing family members.”

“We’ve all been in that dark place that most of us hope never to have to go back to, but I feel like there should always be something positive, something beautiful,” che continued. “It was just my

way of complimenting God. When challenges present themselves, I often say that you will grow through what you go through.”