Thursday, February 23, 2017
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Following are the quarter-final pairings at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon, after the conclusion of the group phase matches on Wednesday:
Saturday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. in Libreville —– Burkina Faso vs Tunisia
Saturday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. in Franceville —- Senegal vs Cameroon
Sunday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. in Oyem —– DR Congo vs Ghana
Sunday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. in Port Gentil —— Egypt vs Morocco
We have heard people say it’s ‘wrong’ and ‘disrespectful’ to get involved with the same person your friend has been with in the past, but the funny thing is, every time people say that, they don’t usually back it up with a solid reason. It’s always something about ‘girl codes’ and ‘boy codes’. Who made these codes?
Who says your heart has to follow codes when it comes to whom to love or like? If it has to be that way, then, there’s nothing genuine about it. In my little experience, no one ever gets to choose who they really love, especially when it’s true, these things just happen sometimes.
A young schoolboy has died a heroic death after he prevented a suicide bomber from detonating a bomb in a Mosque where hundreds would have lost their lives.
A young student,is now a hero after he sacrificed his life to save hundreds of worshippers at a Mosque in the Kaleri area of Maiduguri, Borno State
The hope mavrodians have of retrieving their ‘investments’ and ‘profits’ from the Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox (MMM) Ponzi scheme continues to dim by the day, as Nigeria’s top guider, Chuddy Ugorji, has reportedly fled the country.
It was gathered that Ugorji, left Nigeria with his wife to the Philippines.
He fled the country when many investors were waiting to be paid their money with the accrued interest, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.
Chuddy’s relocation came barely 24 hours after he released new conditions for payment of participants.
He had given the impression that the Ponzi scheme had started paying outstanding money to participants of the scheme. But the payment is just symbolic.
Meanwhile, the ponzi scheme issued new guidelines on Wednesday.
It said, “As a necessary measure, we decided to set limit to withdrawal this week thus the N31,000 maximum withdrawal on your PO.
“We are still committed to prioritise paying smaller amounts first and gradually increase the amount to higher ones. The system does the calculations and knows how to calculate everyone’s mavros.
“Between Friday that we opened and today, hundreds of thousands of GH orders have been matched.
More and more GH orders will be matched as time goes on. If you see error notification when trying to GH, just keep trying.
More and more GH orders will be matched as time goes on. If you see error notification when trying to GH, just keep trying.
“PH to GH is still a suggestion to be tabled before Sergey Mavrodi for consideration. Disregard any info suggesting that you must PH to GH till further announcement in your PO. Freezing of bonuses for now is another suggestion to be tabled before Sergey Mavrodi for his consideration. Which means if approved, you will only be able to GH your personal contributions for now until the system recovers and stabilises.”
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
A 15-year old boy, Yahaya Yau, has died in controversial circumstances in Katsina after he was kicked in the stomach by his friend, Mannir (surname withheld).
The incident which was initially reported at the Sabon Gari police station by the deceased’s father, Mallam Yahaya Umaru, is now being investigated by the state Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department.
Mannir appeared before a Katsina Senior Magistrate court on Thursday charged with culpable homicide.
He was subsequently remanded in the state’s Children’s Remand Home, Katsina.
According to the police, the incident happened at Abatua Quarters when the late Yahaya was playing with his friends, among who was Mannir.
The other friends that were reportedly at the scene included Adamu Mohammed, Usman Babangida and Haliru Babangida.
The police First Information Report with number: KT/802X/16, read in the court alleged that the offender “out of play, hit Yahaya Yau on his stomach with his leg as a result of which he developed serious stomach pain and was taken to the General Hospital, Katsina, where he later died.
The FIR added, “His corpse was examined and certified dead by the medical doctor. He (Mannir) thereby committed an offence contrary to section 222, subsection 7 of the penal code law.”
Police prosecutor, Insp. Kabir Muhammed, told the court that the offence was culpable homicide, adding that he was still awaiting legal advice on the case from the state Ministry of Justice.
He said, “The case is that of culpable homicide. We are still awaiting legal advice. We hereby apply for the new date for the case to be mentioned.”
The Presiding Senior Magistrate, Hajiya Dikko, in her ruling adjourned the case till March 6, 2017 for mention and ordered that the accused be remanded in the children’s remand home.
Friday, January 20, 2017
A new study conducted in Ibadan, Oyo State, has revealed that the use of clean-burning ethanol stoves, as against kerosene stoves, can reduce hypertension and cardiovascular risk in pregnant women.
According to the lead study author and professor of medicine and family director of international programmes at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, Christopher Olopade, pregnant women who were used to using kerosene stove had lesser chances of developing high blood pressure when they switched to ethanol stoves.
In report titled, ‘Randomised Controlled Ethanol Cookstove Intervention and Blood Pressure in Pregnant Nigerian Women’, researchers stated that the frequency of developing hypertension and diastolic blood pressure were decreased in pregnant women who cooked with ethanol, rather than with traditional cookstoves fueled by wood or kerosene.
They, however, noted that systolic blood pressure levels of the pregnant women that took part in the study did not change significantly.
Olopade stated, “Although previous studies found that exposure to household air pollution increased the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, no randomised, controlled trial had investigated whether clean-burning fuel would reduce the incidence of hypertension in pregnant women,”
According to the report, Olopade and his colleagues enrolled 324 pregnant women living in Ibadan. However, women who smoked or lived with a smoker or who cooked for a living were excluded from the study.
None of the women enrolled were hypertensive when they enrolled and they were randomised into the study between the 16 and 18th weeks of pregnancy.
Half of the participating women who previously cooked with firewood or kerosene were randomly assigned to cook with ethanol. The other half continued to cook with either wood or kerosene. Blood pressure was recorded during six patient visits.
By the end of the study, the researchers found that 6.4 per cent of those cooking with wood or kerosene became hypertensive compared with 1.9 per cent of those cooking with ethanol. The study also showed that 8.8 per cent of those who cooked with kerosene became hypertensive compared to only 1.8 per cent who stopped using from kerosene and switched to ethanol.
It stated, “Mean diastolic blood pressure was 2.8 mmHg higher among those cooking with wood or kerosene than those cooking with ethanol. It stated. The mean diastolic blood pressure was 3.6 mmHg higher among those cooking with kerosene than those cooking with ethanol. “
Olopade said the findings have echoed the call by the World Health Organisation to remove kerosene as a home cooking or heating fuel.
The newest item in Nollywood, perhaps, is a movie produced by Seun Oloketuyi, directed Toka Mcbaror and titled Blogger’s Wife. The movie tells the story of a male blogger whose power lies in his internet-enabled personal computer. The quest to overcome the challenges facing him and to meet his wife’s expectation leads to a succession of events that add a twist to the story.
Starring Segun Arinze, Adejumoke Aderounmu, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ijeoma Grace Agu and Adeniyi Johnson, among others, Blogger’s Wife has stirred up different opinions from viewers since the official trailer was released a few days ago.
The producer thinks that viewers have a lot to gain from the movie. He says, “Blogger’s Wife, is a different Nollywood movie with a fresh storyline. It has a lot of moral lessons. We get to see how a man plays the role of a blogger, which is regarded as a woman’s job. This is the kind of movie that everyone should see this Valentine season. It will teach us how to handle occupational problems in our families and build a happy home.”
The movie, loaded with suspense, intrigue and such intense drama, promises to keep viewers on the edge of their seats from start to finish as it opens in cinemas across the country as from Friday, February 10, 2017.
Award-winning Nigerian actor and stand-up comedian, Ayo Makun, popularly known as AY, is set to release a new movie “10 Days in Sun City”.
AY who dropped the hint on his Instagram handled and shared a photo from his production wrote: “Production meeting is in progress for my new movie ‘10 Days in Sun City.”
He is yet to reveal more details about his upcoming movie.
The actor is still basking in the success and popularity of his movie, “30 Days in Atlanta,” with the highest domestic gross of N137m.
The comedy movie was also recognised by the 2017 Guinness World Records, as one of the films with the highest domestic gross in the territories of Bollywood and Hollywood, listed alongside “PK” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,”.
It was the first time that the Nigerian movie industry received such recognition by the ‘Guinness World Records’ since inception in 1955.
Thereafter, AY’s second movie titled: “A Trip to Jamaica” was premiered in Sept 2016, and grossed N168m at the box office within three months of its premiering at cinemas.
It surpassed the N137 million record set by Guinness World Record holder, “30 Days in Atlanta”, to become the highest grossing movie of 2016 in Nigeria.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Every year, we make a list of all the things we will love to do and how we would love to make a change. But of all these goals, the hardest to cross off the list might be that you wished you had travelled more. The New Year affords you another opportunity to gift yourself a lasting memory of some of the most captivating cities in the world.
Making a list is just never enough, you have to make appropriate plans as well. Planning allows you get rid of nervous tensions or anxiety, avoid overspending and make the most out of your travel experiences.
I recently interviewed a number of influential travel bloggers, see here and here. Some of whom have been fortunate to have visited close to 50 countries.
Here are some of the tips I picked from the interview to help you accomplish your travel goals in 2017
1. Do not be in denial of your money situation:
Depending on your income, set up a dedicated saving account to help meet your travel goal. You will be surprised at how quickly it adds up to make a whooping sum of money. Declutter your home or wardrobe and get rid of anything that is unessential. Put them up for sale on an online market place and put the money straight into your dedicated savings account.
2. Plan according to your budget:
Pick destinations within your budget and start planning. Making plans always get easier once you know what destinations you can or cannot afford. If you have an endless budget, good for you as there are endless possibilities just for you.
However, all hope isn’t lost for everyone else on a low budget. You just need to be more tactical about your travel plans. Consider going to an affordable destinations closer to your country, focus on places where the currency exchange leaves you at a considerable advantage or where local lifestyle is much affordable than back home.
3. Explore your backyard:
Who ever said traveling mean going far away and for a long time? Explore nearby cities, visit ancient landmarks and museums or take a vacation to one of the best resorts in Nigeria. Enjoy a weekend getaway at La Campagne Tropicana Resort in Lagos or Sheraton hotel Abuja.
Get to know your own country and check off all the tourist attractions and sights on your list of things to see. Remember that awesome things are happening all around you and your travel goals might take flight if you start with a couple of “staycations”, enjoy and learn more about the place you call home.
4. Make the most of long layovers:
Getting the longest layover possible is recommended as your fare is likely to be cheaper. Layovers can be a blessing, whether it’s for a few hours at the airport or a night’s stay in an unknown city, take advantage of that layover time to the fullest. Enjoy 2 trips for the price of 1, as it gives you the chance to get out of the airport and experience a middle destination ahead of your final one.
5. Take advantage of your business trips:
Congratulations! If you are lucky enough to have a job that allows you travel. Going to a seminar in Tanzania, obviously doesn’t mean you’ll be spending the day at the beach or a game reserve. But if you have a bit of free time on your hand, enjoy a couple of touristy visits or even just hang out in a bustling city centre to feel the local vibe.
6. Find the right travel buddy:
If travelling solo isn’t your thing, find a travel buddy with similar interest. This may inspire you to visit places that you have never heard of before. The right travel companion may not be your closest relative or spouse. It could be your colleague or a new friend. Once you’ve succeeded in finding your partner in travel, be sure to discuss interests, expectations and budget before traveling.
Photo by http://www.geodus.com/
Writteh by: Mariam Banwo Barry
Monday, January 9, 2017
A pastor has been arraigned before a Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan for cutting off his wife’s breast, causing her death.
The man identified as Adejare Adebayo, 61, pleaded not guilty to the charge and was remanded in the Agodi Prison by Chief Magistrate F Richard
The charge sheet read, “That you Pastor Adejare Adebayo on 24 December 2016 at 12am, Onikankan Village, Ibadan did unlawfully cause the death of Rukayat Adegbule aged 43 by cutting her breast, thereby committed an offence contrary to sec. 316 and punishable under vol.11 sec. 319 of the criminal code cap ix Vol. 11 of the Laws of Oyo State.”
The Prosecutor, Mr. Sunday Ogunremi, told the court that the wife died some days after the incident.
The case was adjourned till February 14,2017.