Monday, August 25, 2014

A Show of Indiscipline in Kubwa Camp Abuja

It was a show of indiscipline in KUBWA CAMP ABUJA today when a pot belly soldier hit a corp member (FG pikin) with a stick. Riot broke out as angry corp members witnessed the flow of blood from their fellow's head, A corp member confirmed to be a Delta State indigene in my own platoon8, married with a kid whose wife served few years back in the same Kubwa camp here was molested and abused by an indiscipline soldier with a pot belly who every corp member hates with passion because of his unlawful behavior towards corp members. The angry members chased him to the gate with the motive of revenging of his ugly attitude towards corpers but the situation was calmed by NYSC senior staff and the Camp Commandant (Ijakpa) who is popularly nicknamed by corp members as Can U Hear Me, who every corper reference alot because of his matured cordination and an Army Officer Ahember popularly known as Pape loved by everyone were able to calm the situation and promised that the army officer will be dealt with as part of their ethics that no soldier should touch or hit a Corp member. We are happy the situation is calm now after we watched the soldier being handcurved and bundled into the SSS hilux van. We are happy we are leaving the camp tomorrow but sad that one of us is going home with an injury. All the best to us as we patiently await our PPA letter.

Falconets Lose To Germany In U-20 Women’s WC Final

Nigeria’s Falconets lost to Germany in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup final which took place on Sunday 24th August 2014 in Montreal, Canada. It ended 1-0.
After 90 minutes and an extra time, Lena Petermann scored the lone goal of the game. This will be the third time Germany will win the competition.
The Falconets also lost to the Germans in the 2010 edition.
Falconets forward Asisat Oshoala was voted the Most Valuable player at the 2014 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada.
She won the Golden Ball award as the best player and Golden Boot after scoring seven goals.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Why Banana is important

BANANA -A very interesting FACT Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!... This is interesting. After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again. Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet. DEPRESSION: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier. PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood. ANEMIA: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia. BLOOD PRESSURE: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke. BRAIN POWER: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert. CONSTIPATION: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives. HANGOVERS: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system. HEARTBURN: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief. MORNING SICKNESS: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness. MOSQUITO BITES: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation. NERVES: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.. Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady. ULCERS: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chroniclercases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach. TEMPERATURE CONTROL: Many other cultures see bananas as a 'cooling' fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature. So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has FOUR TIMES the protein, TWICE the carbohydrate, THREE TIMES the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, 'A BANANA a day keeps the doctor away!' PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time!

Single and married Nollywood actresses sleep around – Blessing Egbe

It isn’t really clear what prompted Blessing to take to twitter recently to vent her frustration over what she considered as the promiscuous and wanton ways actresses conduct themselves these days. According to the Vow and After the Vow producer, most actresses sleep around for fame, roles and for the simple reason of just getting paid. In several of her tweets, she not only stated as an opinion she did so like an expert dissecting a situation she is very much at home with: “How desperate can one be in pursuit of fame and money? In the end, where will you end up? In hell or in heaven? Not all who call God are true. Sad!” she observed wryly. Then followed up more tersely, “ Single and married women sleeping with countless men to climb to the top! Please when you get there, what next please? Vanity, vanity, vanity Some say the competition is too stiff and must do the uncanny to stay abreast. Please if you don’t have anything to offer, go and sell recharged cards. People now put all artistes under same umbrella. We are not respected because of some greedy, talent-less lot who flood the industry. Husbands skip a heartbeat whenever their wives are on location because of the dirt that goes on. Orgies in hotel rooms involving married couple. Acting is now the gateway to prostitution. People will do anything to have their faces on the screen because ‘market go come and true true market plenty’” she declared. But more thought-provoking than her declarations are the intentions behind them. People have been wondering what got into Blessing.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

“My outfit to Aso Villa was appropriate” – Omoni Oboli slams critics

Omoni Oboli held a private screening of her movie,Mrs Elliot at the Aso Rock villa with President Jonathan in attendance. However,all eyes were on her cleavage which many deemed a bit inappropriate. She reacted in a chat with Punch I styled myself and I thought the outfit was appropriate because there were no vital parts showing. Sometimes the angles with which pictures are taken can portray certain things you do not have intention of portraying. We have pictures from the event and you won’t see what people are seeing.The truth is that a lot of people are very bitter and when people are bitter they try to look for a lot of negative things in every positive thing. It is unfortunate that we are in the limelight because if someone else wears that outfit no one will say anything. I don’t even read blogs and see the comments. My true fans know who I am and my intention when I am doing things.” On reports that she got money “Before the screening, they asked me what I wanted and I said I didn’t want anything but that the President and his people should see the movie and give their blessings. For me that is good enough for the industry. The first time I ever saw the President was at his brother’s burial ceremony, which I attended. I don’t know him from anywhere or personally. “During the event, President Jonathan said the government didn’t have money to give me and he said this in front of everybody. So if anybody is going aside to say something else, they are wrong. I returned to Lagos with the small purse I took to. the event and after the event I went back to my hotel room and left for Lagos the next morning. I didn’t stay back in Aso Rock or sneak out to meet anybody. I am still hoping they will call us to come and take something, that they are impressed,” On how she got the president to watch the movie,she said The Film Producers Marketers Association of Nigeria actually wrote to the presidency.“To our greatest surprise, they said they would do it. The event had the president, Vice-President, PDP chairman, some senators and ministers and two governors in attendance. It was huge and it is a big achievement for Nollywood. I sat on the high table with all these men and never expected that I would get to this point. The President said Nollywood had put Nigeria on the world map and contributed to our economy in so many ways and so could not be ignored.”

Jonathan disburses N220bn MSME fund

President Goodluck Jonathan has kick-started the disbursement of the N220 billion Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund (MSME).

Jonathan flagged off the disbursement of the fund in Abuja today while declaring open, the 8th annual MSME finance conference themed "MSME Financing in Nigeria: Past, Present and Future".

The conference was organised to look at the MSME finance sub-sector from a holistic perspective. 60 percent of the fund is said to have been set aside for providing financial services to women in order to address their peculiar financial exclusion circumstances.

The guidelines of the Fund stipulate that each state of the federation will be able to access N2 billion which will be administered to beneficiaries at an interest rate of nine percent.

Jonathan said as part of measures to enhance the contributions of MSME to economic growth, he Federal Government would establish a one-state development finance institution that would provide long term funds up to 15 years for industrial development.

The president assured that the existing development finance institutions would be restructured for better performance and increased access to finance by the MSME.

Jonathan noted that in view of the enormity of the task of making MSME viable, he was kick-starting the disbursement of the fund to participating financial institutions and state governments for onward lending to MSME across the country.

He expressed optimism that the governors at the conference would their special plenary session to showcase their efforts towards promoting inclusive growth through micro-credit delivery, poverty reduction, job creation and economic empowerment.

The president maintained that Nigerians must be provided with an opportunity to live a better and more productive life

Earlier, the Minister of Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga said small businesses accounted for about half of the Nigeria's Gross Domestic Products (GDP).

Aganga, however, lamented that over the years, the sub-sector had not received enough attention.

According to the minister, only eight percent of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the country has access to financing.

He said the launch of the N250 billion MSME Development Fund facility represented a bold statement by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) that it was committed to developing small businesses in the country.

National Conference’s Recommendations Will Strengthen Nigeria’s Unity- Mai-Sule

A Delegate at the National Conference, Ambassador Ibrahim Mai-Sule, says the recommendations made at the end of the National Conference will strengthen the unity of of Nigeria and lead to rapid infrastructural development.
He stated that contrary to expectations that the conference would not end well due to disagreements over some crucial issues, the conference ended in an amicable way.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Ambassador Mai-Sule noted that most of the decisions had been reached through voice votes and that recommendations like the creation of more states were made to ensure that all states could begin to look at their resources and develop them.
“It has been a wonderful experience. We have made a little friends. We have exchanged ideas and our motive of being there was to help achieve the unity of this country and I believe we have achieved that purpose.
“The unity of Nigeria as a country is not negotiable.
“If you look at the demands of infrastructure in Nigeria, the rail, ports and roads, you don’t need to spend too much money on recurrent expenditure,” he said.
The Ambassador mentioned that the current states were created under the military regime and that they had never had any sovereignty.
He advised states getting less than other states to try and look for resources outside the oil money but called on the federal government to give the states something they can survive with .
“It has been the will of the people that states have to be created and that has been done actually to satisfy the yearnings of some people. The issue of sharing the money from the oil proceed is part of why that was called for.
“The basic idea is that when you are living as a federation, people tend to misconstrue the idea. Looking at the 1963 constitution, the regions came in and surrendered some of their sovereignty. And the state that we have now never had any sovereignty,” he pointed out.
The conference delegate said that the conference saw the need to encourage other states to look at other resources other than crude oil, but stressed that the states should be given money to start up. “If you move out of that one, it will be very difficult for some states to survive as it is now.”
He explained that there is a lot of demand for infrastructural development in states affected by terrorist, leading to the suggestion of five per cent allocation to the states, which resulted in heated disagreements.
He said that the elders of the conference had called on the Federal Government to set up a committee to look at the demands that were not resolved by the conference.
Ambassador Mai-Sule stressed that needed infrastructure should be put in place to encourage investors to come and invest in the country.
He said that lack of needed infrastructures would continue to hinder investments in Nigeria.

Boko Haram crisis: Soldiers revolt over inadequate weapons

Army Chief: Mutineers will face firing squad
A group of soldiers in Maiduguri yesterday refused orders to deploy to fight Boko Haram militants in some areas of Borno State until they receive better equipment.
The incident happened after soldiers from the Maimalari Barracks were asked to move to a location in Damboa and to Gwoza town, which has been under Boko Haram control for two weeks now.
Daily Trust learnt that dozens of troops were mobilised at the barracks and asked to board vehicles to head to Gwoza and Dalwa village in Damboa where some troops were ambushed on Tuesday.
The two separate teams drove out of Maiduguri but stopped in the outskirts of the city and said they would not move an inch further until they were provided with adequate weapons to confront the insurgents.
Some of the soldiers, who spoke to Daily Trust on condition of anonymity, said Boko Haram insurgents have superior weapons.
“Whenever we voice our grievances within the precinct of the barracks, our superiors accuse us of disobedience… Sometimes they even say we would face mutiny charges and that is why we forced our drivers to stop at Bulabulin,” one of the soldiers said.
“We were only given guns and some ammunitions, even the armoured tank that we are supposed to go with was withdrawn, and that is why we said we would not move an inch.”
Another soldier said they were asked to go to Dalwa in Damboa where troops run into a deadly ambush laid by insurgents.
“After the Boko Haram insurgents were displaced from Damboa, they moved towards Gwoza and suddenly some of them appeared again in Dalwa. Sadly, they ambushed our colleagues on Tuesday which resulted in casualties on both sides,” the soldier said.
“Our superiors directed that we must go back today (yesterday) and we feel this is not proper. We want superior weapons so that we can confront the insurgents head on.”
Asked if their action did not amount to mutiny, the soldier said, “You can give it whatever name you like but we have to be alive before we can fight. We lost dozens of our colleagues these days simply because we don’t have fighting equipment.”
Another soldier, who spoke to the BBC Hausa, said at least 40 of his colleagues rejected orders to deploy to areas where insurgents hold sway.
“Soldiers are dying like fowl…The Nigerian army is not ready to fight Boko Haram,” he said. “Boko Haram are inside the bush, everywhere…They (senior commanders) are sacrificing soldiers.”
When contacted yesterday, Defence spokesman Major-General Chris Olukolade told Daily Trust the report of soldiers’ revolt was false.
“That degree of cowardice is not in the character of a real soldier of the Nigerian army,” he said in a text message to our reporter.
“The series of lies contained in the alleged responses of the faceless person referred to as a soldier confirms the whole arrangement as another step of the mischief makers working for terrorists.
“No soldier has been sent on any mission without being armed. Each soldier answers for his action in terms of discipline. Anyone who knows the military reward for mutiny will not join anyone to try it.
“The overwhelming majority of the Nigerian soldiers remains as brave and disciplined as ever. They will certainly not join any renegade, coward, deserter or those trying to incite mutiny in the military to betray the nation at a time like this, in the way that impostor told his interviewers. His claims are false.”
Yesterday’s revolt came just over a week after wives of soldiers at the Giwa Barracks held a protest to stop the deployment of their husbands to Gwoza to try to dislodge Boko Haram militants who seized the town on August 6.
Earlier in May, soldiers mutinied at the Giwa Barracks, where they fired at their commander in protest of the incessant killings of their colleagues in combat because of inadequate equipment.
Many of those involved in that incident are now being court-martialled.
Daily Trust also learnt that nearly 100 soldiers from the Maiduguri-based 7 Division of the Nigerian Army are facing court martial over various offences.
“Some of the soldiers are answering questions over the ‘misguided’ conduct of their wives who staged protests in front of the Giwa Barracks last week. Most of those facing the charges are noncommissioned officers,” he said.
When contacted on Monday on reports of the court-martialling of 100 soldiers, Defence spokesman Olukolade said in a text message: “Court martials are normal features of the disciplinary and judicial system of the military, the procedure is ever at work to handle any conduct that falls short of expectation whether an operation is ongoing or not. Those arraigned are only pronounced guilty after due process.”
Minimah warns mutineers, wives
Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff Lt-General Kenneth Minimah yesterday warned wives of soldiers to desist from interfering with deployment of their husbands of risk being thrown out of the barracks. He also warned that soldiers who mutiny will face the firing squad if convicted.
“If they repeat it, all those wives will leave the barracks,” Minimah said while addressing soldiers of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army in Enugu yesterday.
“This is not a civil service organisation. This is not a Boys Scout organisation. Any repeat of such act, I will tell soldiers to use koboko (whip) on the wives and bundle them out of the barracks.”
Minimah also warned soldiers: “If you are tired of the army, you quietly pack your things and go away; don’t come to ridicule the army.”
He said in line with the military law, mutiny is punishable by death where the offender is found guilty.
“Mutiny is death sentence, if you are found guilty you face firing squad,” he said.
The Army Chief advised soldiers and those who might want to mislead them into committing mutiny to always study the military law so that they would appreciate the enormity and implications of their actions.
Minimah also said the army must win the war against Boko Haram “very, very soon” with the arrival of the brand new weapons and equipment procured by the Federal Government.

Ebola: Adadevoh, senior consultant infected by Sawyer, dies

Dr. Stella Adadevoh, a female consultant physician, in Lagos
Nigeria on Tuesday recorded the fifth Ebola virus fatality with the death of Dr. Stella Adadevoh, a female consultant physician, in Lagos. Adadevoh, a consultant endocrinologist, was the first Nigerian to be diagnosed with the disease. The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Dan Nwomeh, announced Adadevoh’s demise on Tuesday evening. “We regret to announce the death of one of the primary contacts of the index case, the most senior doctor who participated in the management of the patient, a female consultant physician, with this unfortunate development the total number of Ebola virus related deaths now stand at five,” the terse statement read. The late Adadevoh was a Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, and a member of the Nigerian Medical Association and the British-Nigerian Association. She obtained her MBBS degree from the University of Lagos, Akoka as well as a Diploma in Endocrinology from the University of London. She was a Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College. The late Adadevoh practised in the United Kingdom and Nigeria for more than three decades. As of the time she encountered the Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, on July 20, she was the Lead Consultant at the First Consultants Medical Centre Lagos, where the man who brought the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease was admitted. The death of the medical practitioner reinforces the concern over the safety of health workers in the crusade against the killer disease. Reacting to the death of Adadevoh on Tuesday night, the Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Prof. Akin Osibogun, described the deceased as a “thorough professional.” Osibogun said he was in the same class at the medical school with the late Adadevoh. “We owe her a lot; she managed the situation like a thorough professional that she was. She had helped Nigeria to contain the epidemic in her own way. “She was very passionate and lively in class when we were in school,” he said. Chairman, National Human Rights Commission, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, said the nation owed the deceased “a debt of gratitude.” Odinkalu said Adedavoh was one of the “very best” in the medical profession.

NDE urges youth, women to develop enterprise

The National Directorate of Employment has said the growing rate of unemployment in the country can be tackled with enterprise development. To make youths and women financially independent, it said, there were various programmes designed to empower and equip them in establishing and sustaining their businesses. At an empowerment programme organised by Rays of Light Empowerment Initiative in collaboration with Christ Gospel Mission International, the Lagos State Co-ordinator, NDE, Mr. Joseph Modey, said that the directorate was established to tackle unemployment in the country. According to him, some government policies had caused some companies to close down; privatisation of some government agencies has led to the reduction in its workforce and increase in the number of tertiary institution has contributed to the increase in the number of graduates and job seekers. Modey said, “The government responded by setting up NDE with a mandate to tackle youth unemployment. It was discovered that a large number of the unemployed were youths between 18 and 35 years. A lot were school dropouts, some had not gone to school at all and a small proportion were graduates. He said that among the adults, some retired people were discovered to be active, therefore the directorate came up with a number programmes that would make them self-employed after retirement, adding that vocational skills programmes were introduced to address unemployment among youths to make them employable. To achieve this, he said the agency came into contact with the operators in the private sector who had various training centres and attached them as apprenticeship in various trades. Modey said, “They are attached to master craftsmen who train them on different skills. They acquired the skills and after graduation, some were employed by the trainers, government or the private sector while others set up businesses with the assistance of family members and friends.” To encourage the graduands without family support and immediate employment, the co-ordinator said the directorate introduced a follow-up programme that leases equipment for them to establish their businesses. Modey advised the women and the youths to make use of the enlightenment seminar to key into the various programmes of the directorate.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ebola Updates: Panic In Ado-ekiti Over Monkey

Residents of Federal Housing Estate in Ado Ekiti and its environs have appealed to the state government to assist in taming a rampaging monkey in the area. Report says the monkey, which was domesticated by its owner, escaped and terrorise the people of the area. The fearful animal had caused panic by jumping fences, attacking women and children and seizing fruits from hawkers in the area any time of the day. A resident in the area, Ajayi Abiodun, said it was about two weeks ago when a woman shouted she saw a monkey come out of a nearby bush around her house in the estate, adding, “Given her age, we believed her. Since then, we have been looking for it”. He explained that officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) had visited the area many times when they were alerted but could neither kill nor catch the fearful animal. Abiodun said: “Last Sunday, I invited officials of the Civil Defence Corps when I saw it on a tree. But before it could be shot, it dived into a compound and vanished. It comes and goes anytime and anyhow. Residents in the area especially around Plot Four have been seeing it. But no one has been able to arrest it”. Appealing to the state government to support the NSCDC, Abiodun noted: “We wish government would come to our rescue. Last week, it attacked about two people around Covenant Academy and Housing Estate on Afao Road here”. His words: “The monkey is real. There is no one in this area who can say he has not seen it. Children cannot play freely again and, women, especially ladies are being harassed by the monkey. This is a period of Ebola. Government should help us”. Confirming the incidence, the Public Relations Officer of the Corps in the state, Tolulope Afolabi, maintained the Corps had made several attempts at killing the monkey to no avail. Said Afolabi: “The species is different from the common small ones. It is big enough to cause anyone fears. It has been seen beside Covenant Academy and Upperland areas.”

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bill Gates wins the Ice Bucket Challenge with ridiculous machine

Mark Zuckerberg laid down the challenge, and Bill Gates has answered: he's taken a bucket of ice water over the head in the name of charity. Gates is the latest major name in the tech industry to join the quickly growing roster of people who have completed the Ice Bucket Challenge, which involves daring someone to either get soaked or donate money to a charity focused on Lou Gehrig's Disease — or more likely, do both.

Beyonce-Jay Z Billion Dollar Divorce: Bravo's ‘Untying the Knot’ Expert Breaks Down Possible Split

Reports are heating up that hip-hop royalty Beyonce and Jay Z are heading toward divorce. Since the notorious Solange elevator brawl, there have been several reports that divorce is inevitable. And in Friday's issue of Us Weekly, the magazine's sources weighed in. One source told the publication that Beyonce “is done” after they conclude the remaining On The Run shows in Paris, France on Sept. 13. “If the reports are true they're going to divorce, they are probably working behind the scenes to figure out the timing of the announcement and how they'll divide their business entities,” Bravo's “Untying the Knot” star and divorce attorney, Vikki Ziegler, told TheWrap. Also read: Beyonce to Receive MTV VMA Video Vanguard Award Ziegler says that the couple's pre-nup, though they haven't publicly confirmed that they have one, will determine how difficult the divorce will be. Another contributing factor is whether they keep joint or separate finances. “That would be a huge factor,” the attorney said. “If they kept everything separate and discussed how they will be separately paid from their joint business ventures, such as the present tour, or if they've put everything into a marital pot for the last six years of marriage.” The couple's net worth has been estimated at $1 billion. “They're almost on par with net worth,” Ziegler said. “I think it's estimated that Jay Z's at $520 million and she's at $480 million,” she continued. “We're talking one of the biggest divorces in celebrity history, topping Michael Jordan in the athletic world and most others that we've seen.” Hear audio: Beyonce Explains Jay Z and Solange's Elevator Fight in Nicki Minaj Remix Custody is never included in a pre-nup and Ziegler said that would become a pretty big deal as it will probably include child support payments to whomever becomes the custodial parent. “In New York, which is not like other states, joint custody is not preferred if the parties can't co-parent,” she said. “The court usually awards custody to the better, more fit parent.” And again, two-year-old Ivy isn't just any child. The payments would have to support the life she's used to. Also read: Beyonce, Jay Z Concert Special Coming to HBO in September “From what I can tell, this baby has a great lifestyle, vacations, wardrobe, nannies, those are all factors that will govern the amount of child support,” Ziegler pointed out. “And that can be hefty. It could be $50-$100,000 a month. And that's nontaxable.” Those are just a few of the basic components of divorce. But, what if emotions are high? How will that affect the proceedings? “You never know when someone is angry,” the attorney said. “So, say Jay Z did cheat on several occasions and Beyonce is angry. People do things that that they normally wouldn't do. They could be fighting over jewelry, cars and boats, something so insignificant as a yacht they can go purchase on their own. They may not want to let it go. People fight over crazy things when they're angry.” Also read: Beyonce, Eminem, Iggy Azalea Top MTV's 2014 Video Music Awards Nominations On her Bravo show, Ziegler helps divorcing couples cut through the emotions, so they can split the property fairly and avoid years and years in court. So, what would Ziegler's advice for Beyonce and Jay Z be? “Celebrity breakups are on such a different level,” she said. “I think statistics show that 80 percent of celebrities divorce. I'm not shocked at the news of a divorce, because of my business.” “I don't know them personally, but I know a lot of friends that know them,” she continued. “And I can honestly tell you that it's certainly in their very best interest to strike a deal behind closed doors, because this can negatively affect them in so many ways. Even though they're so wealthy, your reputation is everything. You're born with it and you die with it. You always want to try to preserve it. Some people never come back once they've been scrutinized in the media.”

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ebola virus claims another victim in Nigeria

The deadly virus Ebola has claimed a third victim in Nigeria, taking the overall death toll to over 1,000 people since it was first reported in March 2014.
It is thought the latest victim, an official who came into direct contact with the disease in July, was in isolation before he died.
The outbreak, which has been declared an International Public Health Emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO), has mainly affected four countries in Africa - Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.
The WHO has authorised the use of an experimental vaccine called Zmapp developed in Canada, in an effort to prevent health care workers contracting the virus.

Beware of monkeys, bats, Jonathan’s doc warns Villa workers

As the nation grapples to contain the spread of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease in the country, workers in the Presidential Villa, Abuja have been warned to be wary of the presence of bats and monkeys.

The two animals with large presence in the Villa have been linked to the virus therefore causing panic among workers.

The warning to members of staff was contained in an internal circular dated August 12 and issued by the Chief Physician to the President, Dr.  Fortune Fiberesima.

In the circular, Fiberesima cautioned State House personnel against contact with the two animals, either dead or alive.

He warned them to avoid using hands to clear animal faeces on parked cars.

He further warned car owners to water-hose vehicles parked under trees (with or without animal droppings on them) properly before washing them.

He also urged them to sanitise or wash their hands with soap and water as often as possible.

The circular read, “In view of the recent outbreak of of the Ebola Virus Disease and that certain animals (bats and monkeys) have been linked with the virus, the following precautionary measures are deemed necessary:

“Avoid physical contact with bats and monkeys, whether dead or alive.

“Do not pick dead bats and monkeys. Please immediately notify the Public Health Unit of the State House Medical Centre for proper disposal.

“Avoid using hands to clear animal droppings (animal faeces) on parked cars.

“Hand gloves are available at the SHMC on request.

“Water-hose vehicles parked under trees (with or without animal droppings on them) properly before washing.

“Sanitise hands or wash your hands with soap and water as often as possible.

“The aforementioned measures are purely precautionary in view of the large number of bats and monkeys in the villa.”

Our correspondent reports that the two animals that are linked to the virus have large presence in the Villa.

While the monkeys are seen walking around in any part of the Presidential Villa, the bats are concentrated on trees around the car park and other places.

One of the characteristics of their presence is the faeces they drop on cars parked in the parking lots and other places.

Hand sanitisers have since been deployed in strategic points inside the Villa.

Ebola: FG says 198 Nigerians quarantined

The Federal Government on Wednesday said a total of 198 persons are currently being quarantined for the Ebola Virus Disease.
It said while 177 are being quarantined in Lagos where the index case was reported, 21 persons are being attended to in Enugu.
Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents of the outcome of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Maku said Enugu came into the picture because one of the nurses that treated the American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, who brought the virus to the country disobeyed medical advice and travelled to Enugu.
He said all those the nurse had contacts with, including her husband, are currently being quarantined.
The minister said, “All those who had primary contacts have been quarantined. Secondary contacts have also been traced.
“So far, the number of people that have been traced is 198. Out of this number, 177 are in Lagos. Some are in quarantine, some are being monitored by health specialists.
“21 persons in Enugu are also being watched. This is because one of the nurses that was involved with the treatment of the index case, unfortunately, disobeyed medical instructions and somehow travelled to Enugu.
“All those who she was in contact with including her husband are under quarantine. The medical team have been to traced all those who made contact with her.
“Health workers are now in all our border units. All the entry points into this country and exit points, we have port health workers that are working in our airports and seaports.
“We are calling on citizens specifically to cooperate. If health workers say you have had contact with A,B,C, don’t move to anywhere, respect that judgement. It is very important.
“In one or two cases where we have had disobedience, we lost one of them and this one now moved with it to another place (Enugu). So we are urging Nigerians, please to help us in making sure that all these messages and appeals we are making on you, we implement them.”
He said all those being watched had contact with Sawyer and handled his case as no other person outside this contacted the virus.
Maku said contrary to some media reports (THE PUNCH not included), no case of the virus has been reported in Abuja.
He urged media practitioners to get their information right before publishing.
He said the Minister of Health was the only person that could confirm any new case of the virus.
Maku also denied another media reports that some Indian doctors were being forced to treat Ebola virus victims in Abuja.
“We did not force any doctor to treat Ebora virus patient. As a matter of fact, there are no Ebola patients in Abuja. The report did not mention the names of the Indian doctors or the affected hospitals,” he said.
He urged Nigerians not to panic as the best measures in the world had already been put in place to stop the spread.

FG Says 21 Suspected Cases Of Ebola Reported In Enugu

After a Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, told reporters that one of the nurses, who had contact with the index patient, late Patrick Sawyer, had traveled to Enugu State contrary to instructions and had had contact with the 21 persons.
According to Mr Maku, 198 Nigerians have been traced to have contacted the virus. While 177 are in Lagos, 21 persons in Enugu are being watched.
The FEC devoted this week’s meeting to the efforts being made to combat the Ebola Virus which entered Nigeria some 23 days ago and had been declared a National Emergency.
At the meeting, the Minister of Health, Dr Onyebuchi Chukwu, told the council that Nigerians had been on the alert even before late Sawyer entered Lagos with the virus.
He told reporters that he was in touch with all the Commissioners for Health and that the Governors of the 36 states and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory had been called for a meeting with the President, an indication that the government was taking the case serious.
He said a committee had been set up to handle the claims by many Nigerians that they have a cure for the ailment and called on Nigerians not to panic, as the government was in touch with the rest of the world on the possible cure for the disease.
The Nigerian government had requested for an untested drug, Zmapp, believed to be efficient in the treatment of Ebola virus from the United States but had not gotten any concrete response.
On Tuesday, the World Health Organization supported the use of untested drugs for the treatment of the disease, which the Nigerian government said its outbreak was a National Emergency.
As part of efforts to contain the disease, which had claimed three lives in Lagos State, President Goodluck Jonathan had set up an intervention plan with 1.9 billion Naira approved for the control of the disease.
The Federal Government had urged those who had primary contact with the index patient to report themselves so that they could be quarantined.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Airtel Unveils Internet Bundles for Android Devices

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has taken yet another bold step in realization of its corporate vision of becoming the No1 mobile Internet service provider in Nigeria as it announces the introduction of Internet Bundles for Android devices. According to Airtel, the new value offering, which is first of its kind in the country, is consistent with its key objective of providing innovative and affordable mobile Internet solutions that will make life simpler, exciting and more enjoyable for telecoms consumers across the country. The new Android Internet Bundle plan is specifically tailored to empower Android users to connect with business associates, family and friends and also enable them enjoy an amazing data experience on their smartphones. The Bundle plan comes in two variants, the Android 2.0, which comes with 2GB data designed for medium Internet users while the Android Bundle 4.5 with 4.5GB data is tailored for high Internet consumers. Speaking on the new value offering, the Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Maurice Newa, said Airtel will continue to blaze the trail in revolutionizing the mobile Internet landscape in Nigeria with highly innovative and affordable solutions. “At Airtel, we are positioned as Nigeria’s number one mobile Internet Company just as we are committed to making life simpler, more enjoyable and really exciting for our customers. “We understand that our Internet bundle for Android users will help increase productivity, boost personal relations, family happiness and business profitability,” he said. First of its kind in terms of data offerings in Nigeria, the Airtel Android packages offer customers sufficient data to browse on their Android phones at very affordable rates. With the introduction of these packages, customers using Android phones no longer have to worry about affordability and the required data needed to enjoy an amazing browsing experience on the Airtel network. Customers are advised to dial *437# to subscribe to the 2G Android Bundle while customers who prefer to subscribe to the 4.GB Android Bundle are advised to either dial*438# The 2GB and 4.5GB Bundles go for a rate of N2,000 and N3,500, respectively and are both valid for 30 days. Both Bundles have different burn rates, allowing customers to enjoy the service at a more affordable rate during the night.

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