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Saturday, April 30, 2016

My Marriage with Tee Billz is over- Tiwa Savage



Finally, singer Tiwa Savage, has opened up to say her own side of the issues she has in her marriage.
Earlier in the week, her husband, Tee Billz, had gone on a social media rant, accusing his wife of infidelity and so many other issues.
But in an emotional  video interview with Pulse.ng.com, the singer revealed she had been miserable in her marriage for a long time.

Tiwa said she didn’t really know about what her husband had said online but what mattered to her most was that he should be found alive because he was suicidal.
“I just wanted him to be found and make sure he was okay. I couldn’t respond to anything because I didn’t know the extent of what he had said because somebody had actually taken my phone away because they didn’t want me to see what was said online. I was just scared for his life, I was just panicking.  We were in my bedroom, It was around 11am that Banky’s mum came and we were praying. I know his family in LA were praying as well. We got the call that he was found on Lekki Bridge and he was brought to Banky’s house.”
Tiwa, who said there had been crack in the marriage for a long time, also said she had been covering up in order for the public not to know the issues in her marriage.
“I knew our anniversary was coming. For the past two  months, Tee J (as he is also called) and I have not been together and I knew this marriage wasn’t going to work. It has been like that. I didn’t know if I should post (about the anniversary) and keep up appearances and I didn’t know if I shouldn’t post and face reality.
“I have not spoken to him for a week, he had left the house. We were supposed to get some documents for my son. We were supposed to get his passport. I was calling him on Sunday because the interview was on Monday. He was reading the messages and he wasn’t responding.  I even told him we should try and be friends for our son’s sake and keep whatever is happening between us away from our son. He didn’t respond,  I left it.”
Tiwa said she realised her marriage was over when she lost her pregnancy recently and her husband didn’t care about her health.
“I have covered up for a lot of hurt in our relationship. I was in Jamaica recently and just before then, I found out I was pregnant again and we discussed it and we were trying to find out how we would manage the situation. That morning, I was supposed to do the shoot, I started bleeding uncontrollably. I panicked and I called him. I took pictures and sent to him. I passed out and I was rushed to hospital. I had complications. I tried to reach him and I couldn’t get him. I was discharged from the hospital and I still tried to reach him, he didn’t call to find out what happened.
“I got back to Nigeria, I was sleeping and somebody was calling him. He saved the number as ‘Edible caterer’, I wondered why a catering service would be calling him at 2am. As a woman, I picked it up and I went though his phone and I saw a long whatsapp conversation with the same person that has the number saying ‘can we meet at the hotel?’  The last message I saw was that she said ‘I had to leave at 7am, you were sleeping when I left. He responded with ‘wow, because you knocked me out last night. It was a great night’.
“ I woke him up and I asked him what was going on. I asked him if this happened on our bed, he said it was in a hotel. I asked him if he took another woman to a hotel and he said yes but nothing happened that they were chilling. He wanted me to believe that. The thing that hurt me most was that this happened when I was in Jamaica and I was in the hospital. He was busy in a hotel while I was in a hospital and he couldn’t find out what happened to me. At this point, I packed my stuff and took my son and went to my friend’s house. She asked me what is the next step and I told her I was done.”
Tiwa said she had to sack him as her manager because he was stealing from her.
“I will never deny that he hustle d and worked hard for me. Our policy is that you don’t go for event until you are paid in full. He booked me for a show in London and I was already in London. I called the accountant to find out if the people had paid and he said no. I called Tee J and I told him they had not paid and he said I should go ahead and perform. So I pulled the guy aside and asked him what was happening  as per payment and he asked me what I  was  talking about that they had paid about four months ago and they paid into Tee J’s personal account. They even paid more than what Tee J declared. He didn’t feel anything, he was stealing from his wife. He didn’t see it as stealing. I had to perform at the wedding for free.”
Concerning the allegation that she had slept with some musicians including Don Jazzy, Dr. Sid and Tuface, Tiwa swore she was never unfaithful to her husband.
“I will say for the records, I have never cheated on my husband, NEVER! Not with Don Jazzy, Tuface, Dr. Sid, not with anybody and I am willing to take a lie detector test for this. He knows this is true.
 “It is not my fault that he has been struggling financially. But he messed up, he started stealing from me. I wanted to save my marriage and I had to separate business from family. He wants to live a life that is not true. He went to buy a Mercedes that he didn’t have the money for. He paid for it in part and I ended up paying the balance because the owner of the car was calling. I didn’t want people to look down on my man. I wanted people to feel that my husband is taking care of me. I put the money in his account so that people would think he paid for things but he went and bought a Rolex watch and he still didn’t pay for the car. People were always threatening me because of his debts. I would always find a way to find money to pay up the debts, he was clubbing and spending money on drinks and he would leave the tab and they will call me and I will pay.”

Source: Punch

Friday, April 29, 2016

Ten Safety Tips when driving in the Rain


The Federal Road Safety Corps has reminded all motorists and other road users to be cautious on the roads as the rainy season has set in.
This is to ensure sanity on the highways during the season even as the Corps also harps on the need for strict compliance with traffic rules and regulations among road users especially during this period.

According to the FRSC’s Public Education Officer, Corps Commander Imoh Etuk, the corps was concerned over the attitude of many drivers.
However, here are a few tips to drive safely during this period according to wikiHow;
1. Keep both hands on the steering wheel at all times!
Keep all distractions, such as cell phones or even the radio, off and away from you. While focus to your front do Take a Look in Back View Mirror as well Right Hand side & Left Hand side so that you get an 360 degree over view what is happening around any mud slide or falling tree, electric pole, hanging electrical wires , or in coming hazard etc
2. Turn on your headlights.
This will make it easier for you to see what is in front of you; thus, preventing any accidents.
3. Keep a minimum of a good five car length from the car in front of you.
You never know what other drivers are going to do or what could happen to you! If that feels too close or too far a rule of thumb is 1 second of following distance per 10 mph (16 km/h). That holds true especially in bad weather.
4. Drive at or below the speed limit.
To the extent that you are comfortable with, and can see far enough in front of you to appropriately make driving decisions.
5. Be aware that the maximum speed at which you can drive is DIRECTLY related to your tires.
Be sure to know the condition of your tyres. Radial tires have better traction than the old bias ply polyester tires, but even they lose their ability to grip wet pavement and channel water out as the tread wears out.
6. Be aware of hydroplaning.
This is where your vehicle travels on top of the water and has NO or very little contact with the ground. Your traction is reduced significantly. To safely get out of a hydroplaning situation let off the gas and steer straight or slightly in the direction you must go. Do not make sudden motions and remain calm.
7. Avoid flooded roads.
Never drive through standing or flowing water in a road way unless you have no choice or you are able to follow someone else to judge the depth of the water. Flooding the engine of your car can cause the engine to stall, and deep water can actually float your car and take it off the roadway.
8. Turn on the defroster if the windshield begins to fog.
In hot, muggy weather, air conditioned air (which cannot contain as much moisture) will usually clear the inside of the windshield faster than non air conditioned.
9. Be aware that brakes can be affected by water.
Wet drum type brakes are especially prone to decreased stopping power after driving through deep water.
10. Watch for splashing from potholes and pools of water that accumulate at clogged storm drain pipes and low areas of the pavement.
Highways also develop “ruts” where the heaviest traffic tracks, and you may be able to position your vehicle while remaining in your lane to avoid these.

Source: Punchng

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New Minimum Wage: Labour Unions Demand 56,000 Naira

Labour unions and the new minimum wage
The unions made the proposal at a press conference held on Wednesday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The President of the NLC, Mr Ayuba Wabba, told reporters that the unions made the formal demand on the proposed national minimum wage to the Federal Government on Tuesday.
The current national minimum wage is 18, 000 Naira.
“I can say now authoritatively that as of yesterday (Tuesday) we made a formal proposal to the Federal Government of 56,000 Naira to be the new minimum wage.
“The demand has been submitted officially to the government and we hope that the tripartite system to look at the review will actually be put set up to look at it.
“Our argument is that, yes, it is true that the economy is not doing well, but the law stated that wages for workers must be reviewed after every five years.
“So, the issue must be looked into by the Federal Government and workers should not be seen as sleeping on their rights,” he said.
‘Long Overdue’
The NLC President further told the conference that the last review of the national minimum wage was done in 2011 and that the setting up of a tripartite committee to review the newly proposed national minimum wage was long overdue.
He urged the government to set up the committee to the review the minimum wage, with their proposal in mind.
According to him, the representatives of the unions and the government could only fashion out the negotiation process at a roundtable.
He pointed out that the proposed minimum wage would ensure that no worker earned below what could sustain him or her in a month.
“You also know that when we negotiated the 18,000 Naira minimum wage, the value in terms of exchange rate at that time was almost at 110 Naira to the dollar.
“But as at today, the value of the Naira to the dollar has been reduced; and there are the issues of inflation and purchasing power, among others to contend with.
“So, it also about the law of the review of the wage, the law envisaged that within a circle of five years, there must be a review,” Mr Wabba stressed.
The unions demand is coming at a period the scarcity of petrol and other forex related issues have affected economic activities and had pushed inflation up, reducing the value of the Naira.
Nigerian workers are also preparing to mark the next Workers Day on May 1.

Source: Channels Tv

We will fix lago-ibadan expressway despite court injunction

Funding for the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is captured in the 2016 budget and the road will be constructed despite court injunctions against its further development, the Federal Government has said.
It argued that the development of the country and the lives of the citizens should not be held in abeyance because of a court case or injunctions.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday, also noted that the Federal Government would pay more attention to developing roads that carried heavy vehicular traffic across once the budget was signed into law.
When asked if the government would consider giving out the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to a new concessionaire, Fashola stated that the funding for constructing the road had already been captured in the 2016 budget.
He said, “The Lagos-Ibadan road as you know is now the subject of a court case. Injunctions have been obtained to stop the arrangement put in by the last administration to finance the road with the private sector. And an injunction was granted by a court in Nigeria saying that nobody should raise money or finance the development of the road.
“Thankfully, there’s no injunction against the government building its road yet, and I hope there will be none. So, the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is part of what we put in the budget this year. However, I got a message last night (Monday) from one of the lawyers suggesting to me that the action has been dismissed. But this was late last night. So, these are some of the problems that we see, when people write and get court orders to stop development.
“At the end of the day, in a contract, the main remedy that the law recognises is damages for breach of contract; of course, you know I am a lawyer. But why should the developmental process of Nigeria and the lives of Nigerians be held in abeyance because you are in court?”
Fashola reiterated that the amount needed to complete the over 200 roads that had been awarded was about N2tn, adding that the government would make sure that every road get some level of attention.
He said, “The strategy I recommend is let’s take the roads that carry the heaviest traffic and phase them. Phase one should be done this year and finished or taken to near completion. Next year, phase two; third year, phase three; and in each phase, let us ensure that at least every geopolitical zone of the country gets something.
“But there are some roads that are more compelling than others, and my classic case is the Ilorin-Jebba road. That road is the lifeline for agriculture as it ensures a lot of supply between the North and the South. So, our stand is to focus on those kind of roads that carry the heaviest number of vehicles and that carry critical services, which other departments rely on to survive.”
On whether the government would fund road construction strictly from the budget, the minister said, “Essentially, we can do most of those roads because we proposed a budget of N433bn for the three combined ministries. And our plan is to use N68bn for roads, N99bn for power and N66bn for housing.”
This is just as a Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday rejected the prayer by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to dismiss a suit filed by Bi-Courtney Highway Services Limited seeking to halt the rehabilitation of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Bi-Courtney had filed the suit in 2012 to challenge the termination of the concession contract awarded to it by the Federal Government for the construction of the road.
The company contended that the fresh concession purportedly granted to Motorway Assets Limited through The Infrastructure Bank did not go through any due process.
The AGF had on November 3, 2015 filed a notice of preliminary objection challenging Bi-Courtney’s locus standi to file the suit.
source; punch

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Review: HTC gets back in the game with its latest Android smartphone

When HTC released its One M7 in 2013, it not only proved that makers of Android smartphones could create phones that were as beautiful as Apple’s, it also pushed competitors like Samsung and LG to finally build handsets that weren’t made of creaky plastic.
But with the phones it released since then, HTC seemed to stop innovating, and it quickly fell behind the competition.
Which brings us to the new HTC 10. Available for preorder for $700 and on sale in early May, the 10 is the handset that HTC hopes will win you over again and make you forget about Apple’s iPhone 6s and Samsung’s Galaxy S7.
Sporting a sleek new look and packing a vastly improved 12-megapixel camera, the 10 stands a fair chance of doing just that.

Design and size

When HTC unveiled its One M9 last year, the company took a lot of heat for failing to make any meaningful changes to the handset’s design. It was as if HTC simply copied and pasted the plans from 2014’s M8, made a few small tweaks, and called it a day. Worse still, the M8 itself was essentially a carbon copy of HTC’s One M7.

Thankfully, the company seems to have woken up when designing its HTC 10.
Like its predecessors, the 10 is built on an all-aluminum body. But while it pays clear homage to the One M7, the 10 is no clone.
Sporting embellished chamfered edges that beautifully reflect light and a rounded camera lens, the 10′s futuristic exterior easily makes it one of the most attractive phones around.
Up front, HTC got rid of the dual front-mounted Boom Sound speakers found on the M7, M8, and M9 and instead coated the 10’s face with an edge-to-edge glass panel that gives the phone a cleaner look. (It also happens to ape Apple’s iPhone 6s.)
Boom Sound isn’t gone, though: HTC moved the speaker previously located below the phone’s display to its bottom edge. The top speaker, meanwhile, has been redesigned to look like a traditional phone speaker.
Because of its contoured back, the HTC 10 tends to look bulky next to the likes of the Galaxy S7, but it’s really not. Measuring 5.7 x 2.8 x 0.35 inches, the 10 is in fact taller, wider, and thicker than the S7 (5.6 x 2.7 x 0.31 inches), but only by the slimmest of margins.
Nonetheless, the 10 is significantly bigger than the iPhone 6s (4.4 x 2.6 x 0.28 inches), but that’s because the 10 has a 5.2-inch display, compared with the iPhone’s 4.7-inch panel.
HTC’s designers failed to keep up with the competition in one significant way. Samsung introduced waterproofing with its Galaxy S7, promising that the handset can survive in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes. HTC says the 10 can easily shake off getting a glass of water spilled on it, but that’s not quite the same thing. I’d rather know my phone can take a dip and keep on ticking without issue.

A good, not great, screen

The HTC 10’s 5.2-inch display packs a 2560 x 1440 resolution. By comparison, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 rocks a 5.1-inch panel with that same resolution, while Apple’s iPhone 6s has a 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 resolution screen.
Source: YahooTech

Hands-on with Sony’s PlayStation VR: The virtual reality dark horse

It’s official, 2016 is the year of virtual reality. But you probably can’t afford it.
Systems like Oculus Rift (from Facebook) and HTC Vive (from HTC and Valve) are too pricey for many of us. That’s because in addition to the Rift and Vive’s already hefty price tags — they sell for $600 and $800 respectively — they also require you to have a high-end PC, which will cost you at minimum another $1,000.
But there’s a dark horse in the virtual reality wars: Sony’s PlayStation VR. Formally announced back in March, the PSVR is both less expensive than its rivals — bundles run $500 — and doesn’t require a hardcore PC to operate; instead, it runs off your standard PlayStation 4.
(The standard PSVR pack will cost $400, but it won’t include the Camera or Move controllers. To get those you’ll have to get the special pre-order bundle for $500 — or else you could presumably purchase everything separately.)
I spent some time with the PSVR during a recent press event in New York, and believe that, while the system could be the first VR headset for the masses, it still has a few drawbacks.

The hardware

I’ve been lucky enough to try out all three of the major virtual reality headsets, and while none of them are exactly uncomfortable, Sony’s is the least noticeable when you’re wearing it. It doesn’t feel heavy; after a bit, you almost forget it’s there.

The PSVR is also the easiest headset to put on. A button on the back lets you stretch out the headset’s band to quickly fit it around your noggin. It’s a much better system than the velcro-style straps used by the Rift and Vive. 
A second button on the front of the PSVR lets you move the actual display portion of the headset closer to or farther from your face. This is by far my favorite feature of the headset, because it enables people who wear glasses (like me) to adjust the PSVR so it doesn’t mash your lenses against your face.

To track your head movements (and so adjust your perspective inside its virtual worlds), Sony’s PlayStation Camera follows nine large blue lights on the PSVR’s front, back, and sides. To sense your motions, the camera also tracks a large, light-up ball on top of the PlayStation Move controller and the light on the front of the standard PlayStation 4 controller.

The experience

Having used HTC’s Vive room-scale virtual reality system, Sony’s PSVR felt a bit restrictive at first. You can certainly move around a bit when playing standing games, and the Camera will still track the headset, but move too far, and it’ll stop tracking.
One of the onerous — though ultimately helpful — features of the Vive is that it has two tracking stations, which you position on opposite sides of your room. If, in turning around in a game, your body blocks the sensor in front of you, the one behind you will still have you covered.

That’s not the case with the PSVR. While playing Waltz of the Wizard, I turned away from the camera and the system had trouble picking up my controller. Facebook’s Oculus Rift, which also uses a sensor to track its headset and soon-to-be-released motion controllers, will presumably have to deal with the same issueIt’s official, 2016 is the year of virtual reality. But you probably can’t afford it.
Systems like Oculus Rift (from Facebook) and HTC Vive (from HTC and Valve) are too pricey for many of us. That’s because in addition to the Rift and Vive’s already hefty price tags — they sell for $600 and $800 respectively — they also require you to have a high-end PC, which will cost you at minimum another $1,000.
But there’s a dark horse in the virtual reality wars: Sony’s PlayStation VR. Formally announced back in March, the PSVR is both less expensive than its rivals — bundles run $500 — and doesn’t require a hardcore PC to operate; instead, it runs off your standard PlayStation 4.
(The standard PSVR pack will cost $400, but it won’t include the Camera or Move controllers. To get those you’ll have to get the special pre-order bundle for $500 — or else you could presumably purchase everything separately.)
I spent some time with the PSVR during a recent press event in New York, and believe that, while the system could be the first VR headset for the masses, it still has a few drawbacks.

The hardware

I’ve been lucky enough to try out all three of the major virtual reality headsets, and while none of them are exactly uncomfortable, Sony’s is the least noticeable when you’re wearing it. It doesn’t feel heavy; after a bit, you almost forget it’s there.

The PSVR is also the easiest headset to put on. A button on the back lets you stretch out the headset’s band to quickly fit it around your noggin. It’s a much better system than the velcro-style straps used by the Rift and Vive. 
A second button on the front of the PSVR lets you move the actual display portion of the headset closer to or farther from your face. This is by far my favorite feature of the headset, because it enables people who wear glasses (like me) to adjust the PSVR so it doesn’t mash your lenses against your face.

To track your head movements (and so adjust your perspective inside its virtual worlds), Sony’s PlayStation Camera follows nine large blue lights on the PSVR’s front, back, and sides. To sense your motions, the camera also tracks a large, light-up ball on top of the PlayStation Move controller and the light on the front of the standard PlayStation 4 controller.

The experience

Having used HTC’s Vive room-scale virtual reality system, Sony’s PSVR felt a bit restrictive at first. You can certainly move around a bit when playing standing games, and the Camera will still track the headset, but move too far, and it’ll stop tracking.
One of the onerous — though ultimately helpful — features of the Vive is that it has two tracking stations, which you position on opposite sides of your room. If, in turning around in a game, your body blocks the sensor in front of you, the one behind you will still have you covered.

That’s not the case with the PSVR. While playing Waltz of the Wizard, I turned away from the camera and the system had trouble picking up my controller. Facebook’s Oculus Rift, which also uses a sensor to track its headset and soon-to-be-released motion controllers, will presumably have to deal with the same issue,
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source: yahootech

Why early marriage pays


At 26, I was ready for marriage – mentally, psychologically, spiritually, physiologically – but my pocket was not! As the Academic Staff Union of Universities is wont to say: My take-home was not taking me home. In spite of that, I was counted among the lucky few who got a job shortly after graduation. Many saw me as privileged because I went to work in suit and sometimes the office car took me to meetings and events.
However, since my salary was not enough to sustain me, I felt it would be selfish of me to bring in a girl to join me at that time. Having a child then would have worsened a bad situation.
I was not looking for a billion naira. I just wanted to have enough funds to take care of the basic needs of a family. And I didn’t want my family to take care of my wedding or to feed my children and clothe my wife for me.

So, I waited.
I eventually got ready at 32 and married at 33. That was late by my expectation, but that was the earliest I could marry. I wish I was ready earlier. I would have married at about 28.
I have noticed a gradual rise in the marriage age of men and women. My father married at 24 in the 1950s. His brothers and friends married at about that same age. My elder brother married at 29 in the 1980s – our father disturbed him for a while before he got married. He bought a brand new Peugeot 504 Serie 2  car and built his own house close to our father’s before he got married. I married at 33 in the 2000s. Many of my friends and relatives married at about that same age. Today, I have noticed that many of the young men around me are getting married at between 35 and 40 years.
And the more men delay marriage, the more the marriage age of women moves up, because in our clime, men still marry women, not the other way round. Thirty years is therefore looking like 20 years among ladies now because many men who are 35 still think that it is too early for them to get married.
Among the Igbo, this is more prevalent. Igbo people have this tradition that the man has to be wholly responsible for the cost of all the customary marriage rites as well as the church wedding expenses. And these events need to be impressive. There is also this attitude that a man needs to have a very good apartment or house, a good car, a good amount of money in the bank, before he could get married.  So, the young men wait and wait to get ready financially. They soon realise that they are over 35 years old but still not ready.
I used to admire the Yoruba attitude towards early marriage. At 30, a Yoruba man would not only be married but would also have one or two children, while his Igbo counterpart at the same level in the same office would not even be thinking about marriage. But in recent times, I have noticed that the late marriage bug has bitten some Yoruba guys, as I have seen many Yoruba guys in their 30s, who have good jobs, but are not even talking about marriage. They either think they are not old enough or are not financially ready.
There is no doubt that the single most crucial reason for late marriage is finance. A young man graduates from the university at 24 years, after losing two years to strikes and demonstrations. Then, at 25, he completes one-year compulsory national service. He spends two or three years searching for a job. Maybe, at 28, he eventually gets a job, but it is not his dream job. He hangs in there for two or three years before getting another job. By now, he is about 31 years old. He gives the job another four years before he feels that he is ripe for marriage. By then, he is 35 years old. Even at that, many people would see him as having moved fast, for some don’t get a job three years after graduation. Many have to start one form of business or the other: either buying and selling cloths and shoes or driving a cab. No wonder, the Nigeria Police Force advertised to fill 10,000 positions but got about 800,000 applications.
Therefore, many people have a very good reason not to marry early. It is not good for someone who cannot take care of his basic needs to bring in a woman and children to compound that problem and make the woman and children eternally in want.
But sometimes, money is not the reason. It is a desire to have enough money to have a marriage ceremony that will be the talk of town for a long time; to have enough money to buy a big car and even car for the bride; to have enough money to send the wife to the United States of America to have her babies, so that the children can become American citizens. These are not basic needs.
When a man marries in his late 20s and is lucky to have a child soon after, he will be about 50 years by the time his first child is graduating from the university. He may still be working when his last child graduates.
But if he marries at 38 or 40, by 70 years, he may still be paying school fees. If he is not financially buoyant then, it becomes a big problem taking care of his children. Even though the World Health Organisation’s figures show that life expectancy in Nigeria has increased to 53.4 years for men and 55.4 years for women, it is still not high enough, neither does it determine how long a person will live. So, if the man passes on even at 60, the children will still be in school. It becomes a financial struggle for the woman.
Even medically, men and women in their 20s and early 30s are said to be best suited for conception and delivery. The older the couple, the higher the risks associated with reproduction.
It is very important that people are psychologically ready for marriage. But those who truly want to marry early tune themselves up psychologically. They start reading about marriage and learning about marriage. They start dropping some baggage that cannot be brought into a marriage that is expected to be a happy one.
Financial stability is good for marriage, but abundant wealth is not a necessity to start a family.
Besides, there is strength in the power of two. Somehow money flows in when a woman enters. What looked difficult becomes easier.
If a man is financially stable at 28, let him start planning to marry before 30, for the saying is true that he who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favour from the Lord.

source:punchng

Thursday, April 21, 2016

One-Time Slave Harriet Tubman to be the new face of US$20 bill



The one-time slave turned abolitionist Harriet Tubman was named Wednesday as the new face of the $20 banknote, the first time an African American has featured on US currency.
A sweeping redesign of the US bills to be unveiled in four years will also protect Alexander Hamilton’s central place on the $10 note, once thought threatened until Broadway’s hit hip-hop musical “Hamilton” made the 18th century US finance chief a modern-day star.
Hamilton’s latter-day successor, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, announced the changes slated for the $5, $10, and $20 notes after more than a year of lobbying and polling, with heavy pressure for a female figure to take place on a US banknote.

An open poll of more than 600,000 people had strongly favored Tubman, a hero to African Americans for her escape from slavery in Maryland in 1849 to help run the legendary Underground Railroad that helped thousands of slaves flee to freedom in the 19th century.
The announcement brought widespread cheers.
“A woman, a leader, and a freedom fighter. I can’t think of a better choice for the $20 bill than Harriet Tubman,” tweeted Hillary Clinton, the Democrat seeking to become the country’s first female president.
Clinton’s rival for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders, echoed: “I cannot think of an American hero more deserving of this honor than Harriet Tubman.”

– ‘Role model’ –

The plan originally was to revamp the $10 note in 2020, possibly having a woman share it with Hamilton, while the $20 bill, one of the world’s most circulated banknotes, would wait another decade for redesign.
But the grassroots group Women On 20s launched a powerful campaign to get the $20 note revamp sped up, with a woman featured, in time for 2020, the 100th anniversary of American women receiving the right to vote.
“The decision to put Harriet Tubman on the new $20 was driven by thousands of responses we received from Americans young and old,” Lew said.
“I have been particularly struck by the many comments and reactions from children for whom Harriet Tubman is not just a historical figure, but a role model for leadership and participation in our democracy.”
Lew also came under pressure over the talk of changing the $10. Hamilton is a hero in the Treasury as the architect of the US financial system.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of “Hamilton”, lobbied Lew when the official attended the musical in New York. Miranda later said Lew had assured him his fans would be happy with the decision.
Women and African Americans will feature more broadly in the remakes of all three bills. US currency traditionally has featured a president or one of the founding fathers like Hamilton on the front and a monument on the back.
Women have only featured twice before: first president George Washington’s wife, in 1886, and the native American folklore heroine Pocahontas in 1875.
The new $10 note will depict a historic 1913 protest for women’s suffrage at the Treasury and several women, black and white, involved in that campaign.
The backside of the new $5 bill — which features president Abraham Lincoln on one side — will depict a number of historic events at his memorial in Washington, including Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I have a Dream” speech for racial equality.
The choice of Tubman pushed Andrew Jackson, a southern slave owner and general who was US president from 1829 to 1837, to the backside of the $20 note.
Lew said the target for the redesigns, which are complicated by the need to employ the most modern anti-counterfeiting technology, was 2020.

Source: Punchng

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

EFCC Uncovers 37395 Ghost Workers in Federal Civil Service

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said in Abuja on Tuesday that it had detected 37,395 ghost workers on the payroll of the federal civil service.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the Acting Chairman of INEC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, announced the figure at an anti-corruption sensitisation programme.
Magu said that apart from the widespread procurement frauds in Ministries, Departments and Agencies, the issue of ghost workers was a source of serious concern for the commission.

He said that current investigations by the EFCC had revealed that the Federal Government lost about N1bn to ghost workers recently.
“The EFCC has uncovered 37,395 ghost workers in the federal civil service. And investigation is still going on.
“Our investigations have so far revealed that the Federal Government has lost close to N1bn to these ghost workers.
“The figure will definitely increase as we unravel more ghost workers buried deep in the federal civil service payrolls,” he said.
Magu also said that the commission had established a procurement fraud unit to handle the increasing number of petitions relating to violations of the public procurement laws.
He advised civil servants to avoid any acts in breach of public procurement, warning that violators risked terms of imprisonment and dismissal from service.
“In regard to procurement frauds, there has been a sharp rise in the number of petitions coming to the commission relating to violations of the Public Procurement Act 2007.
“That is what informed my setting up a procurement fraud unit which has since commenced investigations of procurement fraud cases, with some of those cases already in courts.
“Let me warn that civil servants found guilty under the Public Procurement Act risk terms of imprisonment ranging from five years to 10 years and in addition, may face dismissal from the service.
“The commission is determined, more than ever before, to rid all MDAs of all forms of fraudulent activities,” Magu said.
The chairman also said that the commission intended to place suggestion boxes at designated places for people to drop their petitions and reports of corrupt practices to assist it in the fight against corruption.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Alhaji Abubakar Magaji, in his paper, said that as the drivers of government policies, the MDAs should be in the forefront of compliance to public service laws and regulations.
“It is rather sad that over time, the laws, regulations and standard practice governing the operations of the public service are being neglected and often abused, in many cases with impunity.
“The MDAs are expected to be in the forefront of compliance to extant laws and regulations because they collectively constitute the engine room of the government.
“They are responsible for the implementation of government policies and programmes.
“Therefore, the success or failure of such policies and programmes are fully on the shoulders of public officers,” he said.
Magaji said that the works and housing sectors had resolved to regularly organise interactive sessions to educate officers on the importance of compliance to extant laws, regulations and guidelines.
The  programme was organised by INEC for workers in the works and housing sectors.
It featured paper presentations by members of staff of the EFCC on its legal and operational activities

Be ready to Jail 5000 Pastors, PFN tells el-rufai

The Kaduna State Chapter of the Pentecostal  Fellowship of Nigeria, on Tuesday, said the over 5,000 pastors in the PFN would rather obey God than obey the proposed preaching bill currently before the state House of Assembly when passed into law.
The state PFN chairman, Prof. Femi Ehinmidu, who spoke at a stakeholders’ roundtable conference in Kaduna, expressed concern on the bill being sponsored by the state government.

Ehinmidu told the state government to be ready to jail the over 5,000 pastors in the state’s PFN if the government believed it could muzzle the citizens to pass the bill into law.
He argued that the bill remained a recipe for crisis in the state when passed into law.
Ehinmidu pointed out that unless the government carried out wider consultations among critical stakeholders, the bill, which he claimed started on a faulty note, was bound to fail.
The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has, however, cautioned religious leaders against politicising the bill before the Assembly.
El-Rufai told the stakeholders that the preaching bill he sent to the state Assembly had no intention of banning evangelism in the state but aimed at curbing emerging religious extremism.
Speaking at the Roundtable Forum, organised by a non-governmental organisation, Carefronting Nigeria, with the support of the Canadian High Commission, el-Rufai, who was represented by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, said the bill was informed by the government’s concern for security of lives and property.
The forum was tagged Kaduna State Religious Preaching Regulation Bill: Intention and Perception.
The governor said the government had no ill feeling towards the views of the Christian Association of Nigeria, the Jama’atul Nasril Islam and other critical stakeholders, who had made genuine positions on the matter.
He added that some people had started politicising the good intention of government to restore peace in the state.
He explained that the bill, when passed into law, would allow the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Jama’atu Nasir Islam to check strange ideological beliefs that were not in tandem with Christianity and Islam.

Diabetes Cure Revealed

If you have diabetes, what I’m about to share with  you in this post could prevent you from having a premature heart attack, save your eyesight, kidneys, legs, and nerves—even save your life. www.healthvitalneeds.com
Diabetes has a devastating effect on virtually every system in the body. This is what sets the stage for a variety of diabetic complications. But, as I will explain, this devastation is largely preventable if you consistently do the following:
  1. Avoid High Fat Animal Diet (Such as Red Meat and The Fats in Meats) There is an enzyme called GnT-4a.This enzyme is responsible for enabling the production of Insulin from the pancreas. When this enzyme is not available, insulin production is altered. www.healthvitalneeds.com

Scientific studies have found that eating high amounts of animal fats like red meats from cows, goats, dogs, lambs etc disrupts the production of this hormone, hence limiting or making the production of Insulin less likely by the pancreas. When Insulin is not produced in this case, blood sugar will be elevated leading to the development of type2 diabetes. www.healthvitalneeds.com
  1. Avoid Consuming Huge Amounts of Refined Carbohydrates:
What are refined carbohydrates? Refined carbohydrates are all foods in packaged food products.
Such as:
  1. All categories of soft drinks
  2. Biscuits, Short breads, white breads, wheat bread,
crackers.
  1. All snacks made of flour whether baked, roasted, smoked, or fried.
  2. All foods processed and packaged in cans and bottles Research has found out
that by simply eating with “minerals” or soft drinks all the time, there is a 20% chance of developing diabetes in a 5 year period.Yet, I know many people who can not go a day without taking a bottle of soft drink.
  1. Avoid Smoking:
An online scientific journal from the American Medical association recently disclosed a review of a study conducted which showed that those who smoke has a 44% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  1. Avoid A Sedentary lifestyle :
For most people, this period is for vacation and relaxation even at that you must not break your regular exercise regimen.A sedentary lifestyle is one that is void of regular exercise. Everybody knows this that lack of exercise leads to weight gain. The truth is that a sedentary lifestyle can be life threatening. A life void of exercises can lead to a very weak heart and eventual heart failure (diseased heart) and this easily results after prolonged physical inactivity. Lack of exercise leads to the following problems; high blood pressure and poor blood sugar regulation which eventually results in diabetes.www.healthvitalneeds.com
After all, the effect of exercise on the body is the same effect that Insulin has on the blood stream
In other words, the work of Insulin is to convert excess sugar in the body to energy thereby lowering blood sugar levels.
The same goes with exercises. Exercising daily helps the heart and body to burn excess sugar and converts them to energy thereby lowering the excess blood sugar levels.
  1. Go The Natural Way:
The natural way is the only ‘true way’.  Inside this natural solution, we have harnessed the power of an all-natural remedy that works well without any side effect.
Consuming this Nature-Endowed food will make your body whole again, the way you were supposed to be. And it works great especially if you’d like to reverse diabetes and keep it away for good.
No, this isn’t some ‘magic pill’. You’re too smart to believe that something like that exists. This is natural, the way God intended. See it here www.healthvitalneeds.com

Sexual Issues and Solutions

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As a matter of fact, about one-sixth to one-third of men worldwide are circumcised (their foreskin removed), usually for religious or hygiene reasons. Judgments differ as to whether it’s a good idea or not, but it’s largely agreed that circumcision makes a penis less sensitive.
The average man has 11 erections during the day, 9 erections during the night, and will ejaculate 7200 times in his life time and one teaspoon of semen only has seven calories.

But let’s be real, it technically has zero since you’ll either spit it out, throw it up, or avoid it altogether
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Recruitment: Police Receives over 700,000 Applications

The Police Service Commission has received 705,352 applications from candidates seeking employment into the Nigeria Police Force.
A breakdown of the applications showed that 202, 427 applicants have successfully applied for the position of Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police,  169,446, for the position of Cadet Inspector and 333,479 for the position of Constables.

A statement by the Head, Press and Public Relations, PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, on Tuesday in Abuja, explained that the commission planned to recruit 500 Cadet ASPs, 500 Cadet Inspectors, 1,500 Specialist Officers and 7, 500 Constables to meet President Muhammadu Buhari’s approved 10,000 new entrants into the Force.
It said that the PSC Chairman, Dr. Mike Okiro, confirmed that the application process has been smooth and transparent, adding that the commission was committed to making the recruitment exercise a huge success.
The statement read, “The Police Service Commission has at 7.30am on  Tuesday, April 19th, received 705,352 applications from applicants who are seeking employment into the recently advertised 10,000 vacancies into the Nigeria Police Force.
“President Muhammadu Buhari at last year’s National Security Summit had approved the recruitment of 10,000 police men into the nation’s Police Force to reinforce the Nigeria Police for better service.”
Okiro, according to the statement, said the PSC would continue to make the process of the recruitment transparent and assured the applicants of fairness and equal opportunity “since the commission is only interested in recruiting for the police the best brains in the society.”
It further stated  that Okiro was excited by the huge interest shown by Nigerians in joining the police force.

source: Punchng

Surgary Drinks Can cause certain cancer- Study

Researchers in a new study reported on Tuesday at the American Society for Nutrition annual meeting in San Diego that people who consume a lot of processed carbohydrates, think snack foods and sweets and sugary drinks may face heightened risks of breast and prostate cancers.
According to Webmd, given that breast and prostate cancers are two of the most common cancers in the United States, the connection gives more reason for people to cut processed foods from their diets, a lead researcher Nour Makarem has said.

Makarem, a Ph.D. candidate in nutrition at New York University said, “The carbohydrate quality of your diet matters for a number of reasons.”
In general, health experts already recommend limiting sugary drinks and processed carbohydrates, and eating more fruits, vegetables, legumes, fiber-rich whole grains and “good” unsaturated fats.
Makarem added that the new findings, though considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal adds more weight to that advice.
She pointed, in particular, to the link her team found between sugar-sweetened drinks (both soda and fruit juice) and prostate cancer risk. Compared with men who never drank sugary beverages, those who had them a few times a week showed more than triple the risk of developing prostate cancer.
According to a report in the Telegraph of UK, Swedish scientists who carried out similar research and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, tracked the health of more than 8,000 men aged 45 to 73 for an average of 15 years.
All were in good health when the study began, and were asked about what they liked to eat and drink.
Those who drank more sugary drinks were more likely to have been diagnosed with prostate cancer by the end of the study.
Isabel Drake, a researcher at Lund University, said: “Among the men who drank a lot of soft drinks, we saw an increased risk of prostate cancer of around 40 per cent.”
The scientists who carried out the study said that while genetics were more important in determining the likelihood of developing prostate cancer than was the case with many other cancers, diet did seem to be important.Researchers in a new study reported on Tuesday at the American Society for Nutrition annual meeting in San Diego that people who consume a lot of processed carbohydrates, think snack foods and sweets and sugary drinks may face heightened risks of breast and prostate cancers.
According to Webmd, given that breast and prostate cancers are two of the most common cancers in the United States, the connection gives more reason for people to cut processed foods from their diets, a lead researcher Nour Makarem has said.

Makarem, a Ph.D. candidate in nutrition at New York University said, “The carbohydrate quality of your diet matters for a number of reasons.”
In general, health experts already recommend limiting sugary drinks and processed carbohydrates, and eating more fruits, vegetables, legumes, fiber-rich whole grains and “good” unsaturated fats.
Makarem added that the new findings, though considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal adds more weight to that advice.
She pointed, in particular, to the link her team found between sugar-sweetened drinks (both soda and fruit juice) and prostate cancer risk. Compared with men who never drank sugary beverages, those who had them a few times a week showed more than triple the risk of developing prostate cancer.
According to a report in the Telegraph of UK, Swedish scientists who carried out similar research and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, tracked the health of more than 8,000 men aged 45 to 73 for an average of 15 years.
All were in good health when the study began, and were asked about what they liked to eat and drink.
Those who drank more sugary drinks were more likely to have been diagnosed with prostate cancer by the end of the study.
Isabel Drake, a researcher at Lund University, said: “Among the men who drank a lot of soft drinks, we saw an increased risk of prostate cancer of around 40 per cent.”
The scientists who carried out the study said that while genetics were more important in determining the likelihood of developing prostate cancer than was the case with many other cancers, diet did seem to be important.

source: Punchng

92 Herdsmen were arrested by Military for weapon possession

The soldiers of the Guards Brigade of the Nigeria Army have arrested 92 Fulani herdsmen in Abuja.
The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations of the Guards Brigade, Capt. Bashir Jajira, said that 36 of the suspects were arrested by the troops at a military checkpoint between the Federal Capital Territory and Nasarawa State.

The suspected herdsmen were said to have told the soldiers that they were on a mission to recover their stolen cows.
He said that 56 others who were also armed were arrested by the soldiers at a military checkpoint at Dantata, along the Abuja Airport Road.
He said that the troops recovered ‘one pump action gun, 19 cartridge dane guns, 118 cartridge ammo, 28 cutlasses, 3 jack knives, 14 sticks, 7 torch lights, certificate of occupancy, assorted charms and hard drugs.’
He said, “A group of 36 herdsmen in Diana Truck and Toyota Camry car with registration number Abu Kuje 994 FX and Niger SUL 541 XA were intercepted and arrested at 177 Guards Battalion location by Keffi checkpoint.
“During the interrogation by troops at the checkpoint, they claimed to be going to Nasarawa Local Government in Nasarawa State.”
He said that the arrested herdsmen would be handed over to the police for prosecution.
This came just as President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the deployment of military to all parts of the country currently witnessing bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this while featuring on a breakfast programme of Channels Television, Sunrise Daily, on Monday.
The programme was monitored by one of our correspondents in Abuja.
Shehu said there was no truth in the claim that Buhari had been largely silent on the issue of the clashes.
He recalled that the President had taken the issue before the National Council of State with a view to getting state governors’ inputs to the solutions.
In the meantime, he said the government was contemplating carving out of grazing reserves for cattle rearers.
Meanwhile, no fewer than 23,000 Internally Displaced Persons in the Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State are battling with the problem of shelter as the rains set in.
The Chairman, Caretaker Committee, Agatu Local Government Area, Mr. Joseph Ngbede, stated this on Monday when Governor Samuel Ortom visited Ugbokpo, Ojantele and Ataganyi communities of the Apa Local Government Area, where the camps of the IDPs are located.
The IDPs are Benue indigenes displaced during the clashes involving Fulani herdsmen and Agatu people.
Ngbede said that only the LGEA Primary School at Ayila was standing in the over 20 villages destroyed in Agatu by herdsmen, maintaining that some of the displaced persons insisted on going to their farms to see what was left of their crops.
 On the feeding of the displaced persons, the chairman said the items donated by individuals, government and non-governmental organisations as well as emergency management agencies at the state and at federal levels were being distributed to them on a daily basis.
He said those not displaced were also contributing towards the upkeep of the IDPs.
He explained that the three villages of Ocholonya, Abugbe and Odugbeho that were occupied by herdsmen had been secured by soldiers.
 Meanwhile, the state’s deputy governor, Benson Abounu, has said that Agatu people have been rescued by soldiers.
Source: PUNCH.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

How to Become a Tech Entrepreneur

A Tech Entrepreneur will argue that there is no entrepreneurship without technology.
          

The fact is they both work together, especially today where technology has levelled the playing field in such a way that you can start a business in your home or office.
However, you have to learn some basic element or skill to be able to maximize this opportunity.
The CEO, Precise Financial Systems, Yele Okeremi, joins us on Tech Trends to discuss how entrepreneurs can leverage on the present technology to scale their businesses.

Statistics shows that half of all start-ups fail within their first five years.
In a study carried out by small Business Administration, only 44% of firms formed in 1998 were still around only four years later.


Source: Channels Tv

Nigerian Troops Clear BokoHaram Out of Biggoro and Warpaya

Troops Clear Boko Haram Terrorists Out Of Biggoro And Warpaya

Troops have killed two Boko Haram members and rescued two children as they clear terrorists in some villages of Bama Local Government Area.


A statement by the Nigerian Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said that troops of 7 Division Strike Group Team B and 22 Task Force Brigade made the feat.
This was achieved while they conducted a simultaneous dawn raid on suspected Boko Haram militants’ hideouts in Biggoro, Warpaya and Aura North of Kumshe in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State, northeast Nigeria.
The essence of the operation, according to the statement, was to stop the reported criminal activities of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists hiding in the three villages.
“This became necessary as previous efforts were futile (and) the suspected terrorists kept coming in search for food, water and shelter.
“The surprised dawn attack yielded positive result as the troops discovered well concealed observation posts on trees in the villages constructed by the terrorists, to give them early warning of troops movement or approach.
“In addition, the troops found out that the observation posts on tree tops, were constructed in such manner with chairs and ropes to pull up foods and other needs by the sentry without necessarily coming down the trees.
“To also save for the rainy day, the terrorists had underground food storage facilities where they stocked large quantity of foodstuffs,” the statement read.
The Nigerian Army also revealed that three AK-47 rifles, magazines, ammunition and two motorcycles were recovered from them.

source; channels tv

OYO GOVERNOR ASSENTS DEALTH PENALTY FOR KIDNAPPING

The Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has signed the new Kidnapping (Prohibition) Bill 2016 into law
Oyo-Kidnapping-Abiola AjimobiValidating the bill at the Executive Council Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Senator Ajimobi commended the lawmakers for the accelerated passage, saying that it would help in curbing crime and criminal activities in the state.
He vowed to enforce the law to the latter, warning kidnappers to steer clear of Oyo State in their own interest.
A former Attorney General of the State, Barrister Adebayo Ojo, expressed satisfaction with the law, saying it was a welcome development.
On his part also, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade, promised that the new law would be implemented to the letter.
The bill had earlier been passed into law by the Oyo State House of Assembly, following the submission of report by the Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary and Justice, Honourable Olukayode Akande.
The Speaker of the House, Honourable Michael Adeyemo, and the Permanent Secretary/Clerk of the House, Mr Paul Bankole, had earlier signed the bill before the governor’s assent.
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Content Of The Law
As contained in the law, a convicted offender would be liable to life imprisonment if the victim is released or rescued unhurt upon the payment of a ransom while the kidnapper would be compelled to pay back the ransom.kidnapped clergies
Similar punishment awaits any person who procures, engages or gives information culminating in the kidnapping of a victim, as the law considered the offence to carry the same weight of kidnapping.
The law also stipulates imprisonment for any person who kidnaps or threatens to kill, maim or cause bodily harm in order to compel another person, corporate body or organisation to do or abstain from doing any act as a condition for the release of the victim.
Twenty years imprisonment awaits anyone who makes an attempt to kidnap while anybody who aids or abets kidnapping is liable to imprisonment for 15 years upon conviction.
Besides, the law also stipulates 15 years imprisonment or any non-custodian punishment that might be determined by the court for any person who puts himself forward to be kidnapped for the purpose of extorting ransom from his employer or any person.
According to the law, any property owner, who knowingly or willingly surrenders his building over which he has control, to be used for the purpose of keeping, is liable to 15 years imprisonment while such property would be forfeited to the government.
Any person who willingly allows his or her electronics, equipment, instrument, mechanical or movable item to be used for the purpose of kidnapping, aiding kidnapping has also committed an offence and would be committed to prison for 10 years if convicted.
Similarly, any property, monies and other valuables owned or realised by anybody convicted of the offence of kidnapping shall be forfeited to the government for public use.
According to the law, any person who kidnaps another person by any other means of instilling fear or tricks, with intent to demand ransom or compel another to do anything against his will has committed an office.
It also declared as an offence, kidnapping in such manner as to prevent the victim from disclosing to any other person, the place where he is being kept or prevent anybody from having access to him with or without payment of a ransom for his release.