Apple, one of the largest companies in the world, announced its highest annual revenue to date in 2018. The company generated a total of 260 billion U.S. dollars in revenue in its 2019 fiscal year, a slight decrease from the previous year, but nevertheless significantly higher than 2017 when Apple generated 230 billion U.S. dollars in revenues. The iPhone has been the most profitable operating segment for the company over the last few years, and much of this recent growth in revenue can also be attributed to iPhone sales. Sales of the iPhone have been on the rise in the last few years, constantly increasing its share of Apple’s total revenue. The iPhone’s share of Apple’s total revenue reached the highest figure to date in the first quarter of 2018 (4Q ’17 calendar year), when 69.74 percent of Apple’s total revenue worldwide was generated by iPhone sales.
Considering the importance of the iPhone for Apple, it is no surprise the largest smartphone markets in the world are also the most profitable regional markets for the technology giant. As of the third quarter of 2020 (2Q ’20 calendar year), the Americas were the most profitable geographical region for Apple. Driven by the U.S. market, the region has been the most profitable one for the company since the beginning of 2012. Europe, a mature smartphone market, was the second biggest regional market for Apple. The region of Greater China held the largest share of global smartphone sales to end users in recent years
Prince George May Call the Queen “Gan-Gan,” but Prince Philip’s Nickname For Her Is Even Better
by Johnni Macke
She Owns a Betting Name She is the longest-lived and longest-reigning British monarch. She is the longest-serving female head of state in world history, and the world’s oldest living monarch, longest-reigning current monarch, and oldest and longest-serving current head of state. Queen Elizabeth II
we know she will rock you 🙂
aka Mama Charlie aka LILIBET aka Cabbage (husbands pet name )
TOPSHOT – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II arrives by carriage on day two of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet, in Ascot, west of London, on June 19, 2019. – The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711 and tradition is a hallmark of the meeting. Top hats and tails remain compulsory in parts of the course while a daily procession of horse-drawn carriages brings the Queen to the course. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II, the queen, her majesty, the reigning monarch of the UK, is a woman of many names and titles. Her royal highness might be known around the world for ruling the United Kingdom for 67 years, but we bet you don’t know all of the adorable nicknames her family calls her behind the gates of Buckingham Palace.
For starters, there is Lilibet. This is one of the more well-known nicknames that the queen has. It was her nickname growing up and is thanks to her father, King George VI, who took it from his daughter’s original name for herself. According to The New York Times, when Elizabeth was about 2 years old, she couldn’t pronounce her own name, so she called herself “Tillabet.” This later became “Lisabet” or “Lilliebeth” before her father began calling her “Lilibet,” which eventually stuck.
In fact, when it comes to signing her Christmas cards, she has three different sign-offs. For politicians and heads of state, she writes “Elizabeth R.”; for her friends, she writes “Elizabeth”; and to her cousins and some other family, she writes “Lilibet.”
One name you may not have heard before, though, is the one her husband of 72 years, Prince Philip, calls her: Cabbage! Before even knowing the backstory to this one, we can’t help but smile when thinking about Philip calling Elizabeth this over the years.
According to reports, Philip calls his wife “Cabbage,” which comes from the French term “mon petit chou,” which is a way of saying “my darling” and literally translates to “my little cabbage.”
Of course, the queen’s grandchildren also have a few nicknames for her, including “Granny” and “Gary.” Yes, the matriarch of the Wales family actually responds to Gary, and it’s all thanks to Prince William.
According to the Daily Mail, when William was growing up, he couldn’t say “Granny” just yet, so he went with “Gary” and Elizabeth ran with it. The paper revealed that the hands-on grandmother was once watching William at Buckingham Palace when he fell and started to cry out, “Gary, Gary,” to which a guest asked who he was referring to. “I’m Gary,” the queen reportedly responded while picking up her grandson. “He hasn’t learned to say Granny yet.”
Prince Harry keeps it simple when referring to his grandmother, calling her Granny, while his wife, Meghan Markle, calls her “Ma’am.” While this seems a little formal to most people, in time, royal expert Ingrid Seward revealed to The Sun, Meghan will most likely begin calling her “Mama,” which is what Princess Diana called her once she had been married to Prince Charles for a while.
When it comes to what her great-grandchildren call her, it’s a little more understandable and totally cute. When Prince George was born, he took to his great-grandmother right away, and once he learned how to talk, he started to call her “Gan-Gan.” During an interview for the documentary film by BBC called Our Queen at 90, Kate Middleton confirmed that this is what George calls her majesty, and it is actually a tradition in the royal family. “Gan-Gan” has been used by generations of royals to talk about their great-grandmothers. Royal biographer Kitty Kelley noted that Prince Charles called his great-grandmother the same thing. Plus, both Prince William and Prince Harry called the queen’s mother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, “Gan-Gan” until she passed away in 2002.
A famous Gorilla called Adamu , died unexpectedly and he had been one of the biggest attractions in Benin City Edo State Zoo -especially for the children.
Well, since the busy season for the Zoo was just around the corner And The President was coming to visit on Christmas Day and they did not have time to get a new gorilla, The President had Invested a Huge Amount in this Zoo and The Head Zookeeper Was Corrupt and had diverted most fo the funds . So The Head Zookeeper came up with this idea.
They had one of the other zookeepers called Gogo dress up in a complete gorilla outfit and pretend to be The Gorilla. This zookeeper really took to this new job and he got to be quite good at swinging from the branches, eating bananas and was fooling everyone or so it seemed . Even The Head Zookeeper got confused if this was still Gogo and decided to leave him there as Adamu The Gorilla since he was enjoying it !
On The Day The President and all the Dignitaries and Holiday Makers Came , however, he was a bit too enthusiastic. He ended up swinging a bit higher than expected and let go at the wrong time. He ended up sailing out of his cage and directly into the cage of the lion Named Osagie He wanted To shout For Help but couldnt
and was barely able to squeak out a tiny “help!” to the Zookeeper Who was Directly in front of The Lion’s Cage
The lion Roared Loud to the Delight of The President , Dignitaries and Guests
The Zookeeper walked over to him, got really close took of his zoo Hat to reveal he was a Monkey and whispered back.
“You better Shut up you this Stupid Fake Lion and Eat Him , or we will ALL lose our jobs!”
This action in 1987 allowed women to become Rotarians in any jurisdiction having similar “public accommodation” statutes. In October of 1987, the Rotary Club of Angels-Murphys D5220 inducted three women and in spite of threats to quit Rotary by some of the older male members – none did. Two of these three women went on to lead the A-M Rotary Club as president and one those has just completed over two years as charter president of the Angels Camp Centennial Rotary Club (a club which which is very proud of its 50% female membership). That president has completed 19 years of perfect attendance.
The RI constitutional change was made at the 1989 Council on Legislation, with a vote to eliminate the “male only” provision for all of Rotary. Since that time, women have become members and leaders of clubs and districts throughout the world.
Women in Rotary – A Potted History
The predominantly dependent status of women in western societies changed irrevocably during World War II as women filled occupations previously the domain of men when the men were called upon to serve in the armed forces. This change accelerated with the growth of the feminist movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Throughout the course of nearly seven decades of Rotary’s history has run the thread of the debate of women as members, yet the first constitution of the Chicago Club #1, adopted in January,1906, makes no reference to gender, referring only to “persons.”
In 1911 an all-women club existed in Minneapolis and between 1911 and 1917 an all-women Rotary club existed in Duluth, Minnesota alongside the men’s club. This club met on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, while the Duluth club #25 met on the 1st and last Thursday. In 1912, the board of directors of the Belfast, Northern Ireland club discussed the advisability of electing women to membership or allowing them to attend weekly luncheons. The club records of that period indicate the board considered it undesirable to elect women to membership or have them at the weekly luncheons. In that year, also, Ida Buell of the Duluth women’s club spoke to the 1912 Duluth Convention seeking support for women’s clubs. The Convention discussed the admission of women and rejected the idea. The RI Boards of 1914-15 and 1915-16 disapproved of Women’s Auxiliaries but the Board of 1916-17 held no objection to them being formed. In 1918 the Board refused recognition of them.
The 1921 Convention in Edinburgh, Scotland produced the Standard Club Constitution in which Article 2, Section III stated “A Rotary Club shall be comprised of men . . . ”
In May 1921, Alwilda F Harvey the wife of the Chicago Club president convened a luncheon meeting of 59 women who formed “Women of Rotary.” The Board of RI rejected that name so it was changed to “The Women of the Rotary Club of Chicago.” In England, on 15 May1923, the Manchester Club proposed “The Formation of a Ladies’ Rotary Club in Manchester.” The proposal was lost, but instead, the first Inner Wheel Club was formed with Mrs Margarette Golding as president. In 1940, Edwina Yearian Nicholls attended many meetings of the Salmon, Idaho club after taking control of her late husband’s Ford dealership, although she did not become a member. In 1950, at the Detroit Convention, the Ahmedabad Club of India proposed that the word “male” be dropped from Article III of the Standard Club Constitution. This was soundly defeated. Between 1964 and 1977 a number of unsuccessful attempts were made to provide for the admission of women.
However, the die was finally cast by a club in a small California town.
On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the Duarte club admitted Mary Lou Elliott and Donna Bogart to membership on 1 June, 1977 and they were followed shortly afterwards by Rosemary Freitag. The reaction of the Board of RI was predictable: on 27 March 1978, Duarte’s charter was terminated. Duarte re-named itself the “Ex Rotary Club of Duarte” and in June, 1978 filed a suit in the California Superior Court against the RI Board decision. This was not heard by the court until 1983 when Judge Max Deutz ruled against Duarte, which in 1986 appealed that decision to the California Court of Appeal and the Deutz judgment was reversed. The RI Board appealed that decision to the California Supreme Court which refused to hear the case and the RI Board then appealed to the United States Supreme Court in 1986.
In 1984, District 5030 District Governor Carl E Swenson perceived the need of a new Rotary club in Seattle and appointed Lloyd Hara as his DG’s Representative to form the Rotary Club of Seattle International Districts. When the provisional club prepared and filed its Charter Application, it deleted references to “male” or “men” and the application was rejected by RI. The application was re-submitted including those terms and a charter was issued on 18 September, 1984, and Seattle ID took a resolution for the admission of women to the 1986 COL. This was soundly defeated. On 4 September, 1986 Seattle I D admitted 15 women members and on 17 September, General Secretary Philip H.Lindsey wrote a strong letter to the club informing it that it could not admit women and continuing to do so would result in its charter being withdrawn. In January 1987, Seattle I D then filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of the Duarte club, and in that year the Oakland club #3 wrote to the General Secretary of RI questioning the termination of Duarte’s charter.
On 30 March, 1987, the US Supreme Court heard an appeal by the Board of RI against the California Court of Appeal decision and on 4 May handed down a 7-0 unanimous decision affirming the California Court of Appeal decision, ruling that Duarte could not discriminate against members because of gender. Duarte had the final say in the matter when on 23 June, 1987 Dr Sylvia Whitlock was inducted by DGE Dr Kim K Siu as the first woman Club president in the history of Rotary. In January 1989, the Council on Legislation voted to change the Constitution and By-laws to permit the admission of women into Rotary and on 1 July1995 Mimi Altman of the Deerfield, Illinois club became the first woman District Governor of District 6440, followed by Gilda Chirafisi (District 7230), Janet Holland (District 5790), Riba I Lovrein (District 5220), Virginia B Nordby (District 6380), Donna J Rapp (District 6310), Ann Robertson (District 6710) and Olive P Scott (District 7190).
•Obaseki pledges support for Okiye •Ize-Iyamu congratulates Edoror
By Chuks Okocha, Udora Orizu in Abuja and Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
The crisis rocking the Edo State House of Assembly over its inauguration festered yesterday as 17 members removed the Speaker, Hon. Francis Okiye.
The removal, though in controversial circumstances, reflected the political divide between Governor Godwin Obaseki and his erstwhile godfather and predecessor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, whose loyalists spearheaded yesterday’s push aside of Okiye.
Okiye was replaced by Hon. Victor Edoror, representing Esan Central, as the new speaker.
Also elected was Hon. Emma Agbaje (APC, Akoko-Edo II), who became the deputy speaker.
In the spirit of the political divide, Obaseki, who is now the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the upcoming September 19 contest, assured Okiye of his backing even as the All Progressives Congress (APC) flag bearer, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, congratulated Edoror.
The first sign of trouble emerged in the early hours of yesterday when a detachment of policemen swooped on the Assembly complex ostensibly to forestall a run on the chamber by unauthorised persons.
But this would appear a decoy as 14 members, who had been refused entry since the convocation of the Assembly in June last year, gathered in a secret place in Benin where they were reportedly sworn to oaths of allegiance and office by the Deputy Clerk, Mr. Tom Efezokhae.
They, thereafter, removed Okiye and installed Edoror.
The crisis arose from the proclamation of the Assembly by the governor in the night of June last year, with only 9 of the 24 members, holding its inaugural meeting where Okiye was elected speaker. The Assembly was subsequently shut for 14 days.
On July 11, 2019, the House of Representatives intervened and set up a fact-finding committee to investigate the crisis in the Assembly and requested the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, to shut down the complex pending the outcome of its investigation.
The House would later give Obaseki an ultimatum to issue a fresh proclamation to enable all members of the Assembly to congregate to elect their leaders. The Senate on July 30 concurred with the request.
But the governor ignored the ultimatum and refused to issue a fresh proclamation.
The matter moved to court on August 3, 2019 with the Federal High Court, sitting in Port Harcourt restraining Obaseki from issuing a fresh proclamation to the Edo State House of Assembly and on September 12, 2019, upheld the proclamation made by the governor and also stopped the National Assembly from taking over the functions of the Assembly.
In the meantime, two of the 14 members loyal to Oshiomhole crossed over to the Obaseki group, while the remaining 12 abstained from the Assembly and refused to present themselves for inauguration, forcing the speaker to declare their seats vacant on December 4, 2019.
But on January 7, 2020 a Federal High Court stopped INEC from conducting by-elections into the 12 seats declared vacant.
THISDAY gathered that yesterday’s push by the 17 lawmakers was given teeth by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, who gave the legal opinion that, enabled them to secure the police protection required to proceed on their course of action.
Analysts, however, faulted the action of the 17 lawmakers, citing the Supreme Court judgment in the case of former Oyo State Governor, Chief Rasheed Ladoja, which declared as unconstitutional legislative sessions held outside the parliamentary building.
Justice Niki Tobi, who read the lead judgment, said: “It appears to me from the intention of the Constitution that the House of Assembly will sit in the building provided for it and for that purpose. By the provision of section 104 of the Constitution, the House shall sit for a period of not less than one hundred and eighty-one days in a year.
“By section 108(1), the Governor of a State may attend a meeting of the House of Assembly either to deliver an address on State affairs or to make such a statement on the policy of the government as he may consider to be of importance to the State.
“In my humble view, a community reading of the two sections show that the intention of the Constitution is to make the House of Assembly sit physically in the building provided for that purpose. If I am wrong and the appellants are right, it will then mean that the governor has to move to a hotel to address the members anytime the House sits there and he wants to take advantage of section 108.”
However, earlier yesterday, a contingent of policemen was said to have taken over the legislative complex, denying access to the building.
The police siege, considered as an attempt to take over the state legislature to pave the way for the removal of the speaker and the sacking of Obaseki drew outrage from a cross-section of the people.
A former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, described the crisis in the state, arising from the irreconcilable differences between Oshiomhole and his successor, Obaseki, as a threat to the forthcoming election in the state.
The PDP Governors’ Forum, chaired by Sokoto State Governor, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, condemned the invasion of the Assembly while the main opposition party urged the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, to immediately stop the action and not to provide security cover for the perpetration of illegality by the APC.
How Okiye Was Removed
It was, however, learnt that Hon. Sunday Aghedo of Ovia South-west moved a motion signed by the 14 members-elect calling for Okiye’s removal.
He was seconded by Hon. Ohio Ezomo, (APC- Owan West).
The motion nominating Edoror was said to have been moved by Hon. Washington Osifo (APC Uhunmwode) and seconded by Hon. Eric Okaka (APC, Owan East).
Hon. Chris Okaeben (APC, Oredo West) moved the motion that got Hon. Emma Agbaje (APC, Akoko-Edo II) who acted as speaker extempore to be elected as deputy speaker.
In his address after his election, Edoror said the legislature would focus on its core duties and not pursue the removal of any member of the executive. He called for unity and togetherness, stating that there was no victor, no vanquished.
Edoror also urged the Edo State Commissioner of Police and the Inspector General of Police and other security agencies to eject the thugs who he claimed invaded the legislative complex in Benin to allow for a rancour-free plenary today.
At the end of the session, Ohio moved the motion for adjournment and announced that plenary will resume today.
In his reaction, Okiye dismissed his removal as a non-issue. He said: “I don’t want to respond because it is a non-issue.”
Police Barricade Assembly Complex
The premises of the Assembly had been taken over by security men from the Edo State Police Command in the early hours of yesterday.
There was a rumour that the lawmakers loyal to Oshiomhole had perfected plans for sitting at the Assembly complex, which is currently under renovation. On Wednesday, Okiye had also raised the alarm, alleging that the Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma, and other leaders of APC had perfected plans to invade the Assembly with a view to removing Obaseki.
Therefore, the early morning siege on the Assembly was considered as part of the plot, given the fact that the lawmakers had been meeting within the precincts of the Government House since the legislative building was being renovated.
Okiye later visited the legislative complex where the head of the police officer in charge of the Assembly premises, Mr. Timi Peters, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), denied the alleged takeover, describing it as a rumour.
Okiye, after being briefed by Peters, noted that the official report at his disposal was that the place was being invaded.
“From what you have told me, it is just a rumour. I am sure the rumour will even scare the intending invaders from carrying out the act,” he said.
Obaseki, who came into the Assembly with a retinue of aides and party supporters, assured the people that he will do everything within his constitutional powers to protect the sovereignty of the legislature, noting that President Muhammadu Buhari had always maintained that the rule of law must be adhered to.
He asked Okiye to go about his normal duties, stressing that he is ready to give them protection.
He said: “I want to assure you that as the governor of Edo State, I will do all within my constitutional powers to protect the sovereignty of the legislative arm of government because Nigeria is governed by laws and the constitution of the country.
“Mr. President has always insisted that we must follow the rule of law and do things according to the law as nobody in this country is above the constitution and so this morning, Mr. Speaker, go about your normal duties as a parliament the way it should and the way the constitution prescribes.
“For us as an executive, we owe you the entire instrument available to us constitutionally to protect you and to protect the state.”
Shortly after journalists dispersed from the Assembly premises and after the departure of the governor, some persons were seen removing the roof of the building.
In addition, heaps of sand and gravels were also tipped in front of the Assembly gate, probably to prevent people from gaining entry into the place.
Outrage over Police’s Barricade
Reactions, however, poured in shortly with the PDP governors condemning the barricade of the Assembly.
In a statement by the Director-General of PDP Governors Forum, Mr. C.I.D. Maduabum, the governors said: “We condemn unequivocally the police invasion of the Edo State House of Assembly in the early hours of August 6, 2020. The House of Assembly was surrounded and cordoned off by the police without the invitation or request of the legitimate authorities of the state or the House.”
The PDP in its reaction charged the IG to immediately stop the barricade.
The party said the barricade by security agents was a direct coup against the democratic order of Edo State and a recipe for anarchy, chaos and bloodletting.
Addressing a press conference yesterday in Abuja, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, urged Adamu to act with dispatch to the barricade, which he said had heightened tension in the state.
He said if the situation was not halted, it would result in a bloody clash as the citizens were already charged to defend their symbol of democracy from a forcible takeover.
The PDP urged the police hierarchy to note that the provocative and lawless act by the APC is part of its plans to overheat the polity and create a security situation with a view of unleashing violence on the people, derail the democratic order in the state and blame it on security agencies.
He said: “We condemn this notorious resort to self- help by the APC and their agents to forcibly take over power in Edo State through the back door.
“Our party has been informed that the plot is to use the illegal security operation to seize the processes of the House of Assembly and illegally inaugurate certain individuals whose seats have been lawfully declared vacant with plans to use them to pull down democratic structure in the state.”
Atiku said the crisis in Edo State could threaten next month’s governorship election in the state.
In a Facebook post yesterday, he, however, asked the warring parties to sheathe their swords and let the people of the state decide who they want to govern them.
“What is happening in Edo State is a threat to constitutional order nationwide, and I strongly urge belligerent forces to reign in their proxies and abide by the rule of law. As I have previously said, without the rule of law, there will be no rule at all.
“The current goings-on portend grave danger, not only to law and order in that state but to the coming Edo elections,” he stated.
The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) also called on Buhari to immediately call Oshiomhole to order and stop the attempt to forcibly take over the Edo State House of Assembly by the police.
CUPP, in a statement issued yesterday by its spokesperson, Mr. Ikenga Ugochinyere, said the attempt to use former members of Edo House of Assembly whose seats had been declared vacant to take over the House was an invitation to anarchy and treasonous.
It urged the president to halt the actions to avoid instigating electoral violence that will consume the nation and its hard-won democracy.
It also called on Obaseki to mobilise the citizens to resist those it described as ”political bandits.”
Okiye also hailed lovers of democracy who rose to the occasion to foil the attempted invasion of the state Assembly complex.
Okiye, who spoke in Benin City, called on “democrats the world over to remain vigilant and keep vigil over the happenings in Edo State as anti-democratic forces are on the prowl and set to undermine core democratic values such as the rule of law and the constitution.”
He also described yesterday’s failed invasion of the Assembly complex as an act of treason.
“The Edo State House of Assembly condemns any attempt to operate the House of Assembly Complex at Ring Road, currently undergoing renovation as the inaugurated members and the Hon. Speaker have relocated the House via a letter widely circulated to a new address at Dennis Osadebay Avenue,” the speaker added.
Ize-Iyamu Congratulates New Speaker
Ize-Iyamu congratulated Edoror, describing his emergence as the end of a deformed and lopsided democracy.
In a congratulatory message signed by the Chairman of the APC State Media Campaign Council, Mr. John Mayaki, he said the emergence of Edoror as speaker was a victory for the state and all constituencies previously denied representation.