Thursday, February 16, 2017

Nigeria inflation at more than 11-year high: govt

 Inflation in Nigeria rose to its highest levels in more than 11 years in January, driven by higher food, fuel, transport and electricity prices, the government said on Wednesday.
The consumer price index which measures inflation rose 0.17 points to 18.72% in December, the National Bureau of Statistics said in a statement.
A separate index showed food prices increased to 17.82% year on year in January, 0.43 points up from December, it added.
Inflation has not been higher since September 2005, when it was at 24.3%, figures from the Central Bank of Nigeria indicated.
Nigeria announced it was in recession in August last year, as a result of a fall in revenue from oil sales because of the slump in the global cost of crude since mid-2014.
At the same time, attacks on oil and gas facilities cut production throughout last year.
The naira currency has shed value and foreign currency has been in short supply, hitting investors.
The rise in the cost of living in Nigeria has led to increasing anger. Earlier this month, hundreds took to the street to protest against the government's handling of the economic crisis

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Ex-CBN staff forfeits property to EFCC for operating fake polytechnic

Seized Property By EFCC
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, on Monday‎ executed the interim order granted by a Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti, in respect of the property of Teedek Polytechnic, Ilogbo- Ekiti.
The institution was allegedly being operated by Johnson Babalola, a former Principal Manager of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, without the requisite government approval.
A petition was written against the accused‎ by the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, in Kaduna, alleging that he was operating the illegal polytechnic.
The board said that the accused had allegedly extorted gullible students, who were not aware of the status of the institution.    
The petitioner said some of the students of the polytechnic had earlier reported the institution to the board and the school had been published as an illegal institution in some national dailies.
The petitioner said that the accused failed to stop the fraudulent act and as such continued to fleece innocent students through the polytechnic.
Property Seized By EFCC from EX-CBN Staff
The petitioner said that Mr. Babalola had sometime between the month of August 2013 and March 2015 intended to defraud Adakeja Thomas Olusola at Ilogbo Ekiti within the jurisdiction of the court to the tune of N118,000 having falsely represented that the money was tuition fees.
He allegedly told the victim that money was for the award‎ of National Diploma Certificate by Teedek Polytechnic.
However, the EFCC arrested the suspect and subsequently arraigned him on Monday at a Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti, before Justice Taiwo Taiwo for operating an illegal polytechnic.
Justice Taiwo after the trial ordered the confiscation of the polytechnic located on Km 4 Ido-Ijero Ekiti Road, Ilogbo Ekiti, Ekiti State.
When contacted, the Zonal Public Relations Officer of the EFCC, Ayo Oyeweso, confirmed the order and confiscation of the property.
“The order of the court is pending the final determination of prosecution of the accused person charged with advance fee fraud and operation of illegal Polytechnic,” he said.

Scientists discover banned toxic chemicals in animals living in world's deepest ocean trench

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“Extraordinary” amounts of toxic chemicals that were banned in the 1970s have been discovered in the bodies of sea creatures living at the bottom of the deepest ocean trench in the world.
Scientists were stunned to discover that such high levels of  polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other persistent organic pollutants were to be found more than 10km (six miles) below sea level in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. It is about 1,300km from the nearest major land mass, Japan.
And a similar situation was found about 7,000km away in the Kermadec trench, which is also more than 10km deep and about 1,500km north of New Zealand, the researchers reported in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.

Nigerian man apprehended for attempting to kill his daughters in their sleep



Ekpokemem Odoni, 57, has been arrested for trying to kill two of his daughters, Ezonboere Odoni, 23, and Miemene Odoni, 16, with a machete while they were asleep in their home in Agudama, Yenagoa Local Government Area, Bayelsa state.
The man told officers of the Bayelsa Police Command that he cut his daughters on their heads, hands and legs with a machete because he overheard them plotting to kill him.
Ekpokemen had allegedly returned with an injury on his leg after he went to cut wood. His daughters boiled hot water for him to clean up and also cooked him a meal but before he was served, he claims he overheard them plotting to put charm in his meal, leading him to reject the food.

Afterward, as they slept that night, he attacked them with a cutlass and left them for dead while he fled. Unluckily for him, he was intercepted by policemen on patrol who suspected something shady about his actions. As he was being interrogated he confessed and was taken to Akenfa police station.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Tonto Dikeh confirms ‘cracks’ in marriage, ‘moves out with son’

Tonto Dikeh
controversial Nollywood star, Tonto Dikeh, has confirmed the cracks in her 17-month-old marriage in an open letter to a concerned fan on Instagram on Monday.
In the lengthy letter, the mother-of-one revealed that she had moved out of the house and taken her son, with her.
She also said ever since she moved out of her home, her husband, Oladunni Churchill, has not called his son.
Rumour mill went agog three weeks ago about how the actress’s husband was alledgedly cheating on her and having an affair with Rosaline Meurer, who was said to be his Personal Assistant. He was said to have gone on a three-week holiday with the Rosaline who is also an actress in an African country.
This was coupled with Tonto’s swift change of profile bio data on Instagram and reverting to her maiden name, Tonto Dikeh.

Muslim students protest celebration of lovers' day, say it promotes casual sex

Muslim students protest celebration of Valentine's day

Muslim students in Indonesia on Monday, February 13, protested the celebration of Valentine’s Day.

The students described the lovers' day, which is celebrated globally on February 14, as a Western celebration that encourages casual sex.
The Muslim students who were said to be between  13 and 15 years of age chanted "Say no to Valentine!" as they marched the streets in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country.
"This protest was organised as we have seen on television that Valentine’s Day tends to be associated with free sex," said Pandu Satria, organiser of the demonstration that was attended by dozens of students.
"That makes us afraid," Ida Indahwati Waliulu, the headmaster of the school which is run by an Islamic organisation, adding that; "There is a certain pride about this positive action carried out by the students."
Many cities across Indonesia also banned people from celebrating Valentine's day.
In neighbouring Malaysia, which is also a muslim-majority country, a group called The National Muslim Youth Association urged females to avoid using emoticons and an excessive amount of fragrance in a pre-Valentine’s Day message.
The group also set out guidelines about how people could reject the annual celebration of romance by making anti-Valentine posters and not wearing Valentine-themed outfits.
It was gathered that despite the anti-Valentine campaigns, many in Indonesia and Malaysia still observe the day, mostly in  major cities where cards and chocolates are widely available.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

@SHULEYDEE - REDCUP

Multiple award winning and one of Nigeria’s fastest rising super star, ShuleyDee drops the follow up to her last hit banger “AYAMA” which was released last year.  ShuleyDee shows no sign of slowing down as she drops another certified hit called RED CUP . A Very interesting Title Indeed; It is a simple but massive club song with huge potentials which was Produced By the prolific Flamezbeats. This jam will surely keep you dancing and is a song you will put on replay. It is a very catchy and easy to sing along to. ShuleyDee is a prolific songwriter with great spontaneity in the studio she is a true hit connoisseur. She is bound to have a BIG Year. Wanna have a feel of this hit, download below. The song also premiers on radio stations across the world including Raypower Network and Top Naija Music Radio. ShuleyDee is signed to Forever Records 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Fast food packaging contains potentially harmful chemicals

The greaseproof packaging holding your burger and fries may contain potentially harmful fluorinated chemicals that can leach into food, according to a new peer-reviewed study.
In the most comprehensive analysis to date on the prevalence of highly fluorinated chemicals in fast food packaging in the United States, researchers tested more than 400 samples from 27 fast food chains throughout the country.
The samples, consisting of paper wrappers, paperboard, and drink containers, were analyzed for a class of chemicals called PFASs (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), also known as PFCs. These highly fluorinated chemicals are widely used in an array of nonstick, stain-resistant, and waterproof products, including carpeting, cookware, outdoor apparel, as well as food packaging.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Hollywood legend & Harry Porter actor John Hurt dies at 77


British actor, John Hurt who garnered Oscar nominations for his roles in "Midnight Express" and "The Elephant Man," has died at the age of 77, his agent confirmed this morning. He died yesterday Jan. 27th in London just 5 days after his 77th birthday.

Hurt worked more than six decades in television, movies and voice work in England and the United States. He recently played a priest who counsels Jacqueline Kennedy in last year's biopic "Jackie".


Mourning him, actor Kiefer Sutherland tweeted: "My deepest sympathies to John Hurt's family, friends and fans. He was a dear friend."
 
On 16 June 2015, Hurt publicly announced that he had been diagnosed with early-stage pancreatic cancer but aid he would continue to work while undergoing treatment.


From his Wikipedia page...
Hurt played leading roles as John Merrick in David Lynch's biopic The Elephant Man (1980), Winston Smith in a version of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), Mr. Braddock in the Stephen Frears drama The Hit (1984), and Stephen Ward in the drama depicting the Profumo affair, Scandal (1989).
He is also known for his television roles such as Quentin Crisp in the television film The Naked Civil Servant (1975), Caligula in I, Claudius (1976), and the War Doctor in Doctor Who.[3][4] Hurt's other films include the prison drama Midnight Express (1978), the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), the adventure film Rob Roy (1995), the political thriller V for Vendetta (2006), the sci-fi adventure film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), the Harry Potter film series (2001–11), the Hellboy films (2004 and 2008), and the Cold War espionage film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). His character's final scene in Alien has been named by a number of publications as one of the most memorable in cinematic history.
Recognized for his distinctive rich voice, he also enjoyed a successful voice acting career in films such as Watership Down (1978), the animated The Lord of the Rings (1978), The Black Cauldron (1985) and Dogville (2003), as well as the BBC television series Merlin. One of Hurt's last films is the biopic Jackie (2016), alongside Natalie Portman, about Jackie Onassis.
He will next be in the 2017 film Darkest Hour, as British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, due to be released in November. Among his honours, he received two Academy Award nominations, a Golden Globe Award, and four BAFTA Awards, with the fourth being a Lifetime Achievement recognition for his outstanding contribution to British cinema. He was knighted in 2015 for his services to drama.

'They can't pull us down' - Harrysong reacts to his arrest


Harrysong has indirectly reacted to his arrest by owners of his former record label, Five Star Music, yesterday. Posting a video on his IG page where himself and his friends were popping bottles of Champagne, he wrote "Thank you all so so much for the love and prayers... don't be scared..they can't pull us down...#samankwe all the way.. #@alterplatemusic". Watch the video after the cut...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tycoon’s internet bride ‘set up his hit-and-run murder’, inquest hears


Barry Pring and Ganna Ziuzina with champagne
Barry Pring, 47, died in 2008 after celebrating his first wedding anniversary with Ukrainian wife Ganna Ziuzina, 28. 
The businessman was hit by a stolen car in Kiev, Ukraine, while waiting for a taxi near a restaurant. 
Mr Pring married the former stripper after they met on a dating website, but his family claim she was “only interested in his money” and had “some involvement” in his death. 
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An inquest at Devon County Hall recorded a verdict of unlawful killing. 
Coroner Dr Elizabeth Earland said: “His guard was lowered by inebriation. The car had stolen licence plates and did not brake or stop. 
“I am satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Barry Pring has been unlawfully killed.” 
The hearing was told “strenuous” attempts had been made to get Ms Ziuzina to attend the inquest, but she had refused saying she could not add anything to police statements she gave in Ukraine.

Kenya Moore's ex Matt Jordan claims she cheated on him with married Nigerian man for money


Accusations has continued to fly between The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore and her ex-boyfriend Matt Jordan.

Since the current season began airing, Matt has claimed via social media and interviews that Kenya manipulated and used him for the sake of securing her position on the show. In his latest claim, he accused Kenya of cheating on him during their relationship.