Wednesday, 31 October 2012

So Sad!! Ph.D holder abandoned by family dies in rubbish heap in Lagos

*Photo, courtesy Larry Happiday, shows the late Dr. Thorpe in the rubbish heap where he died this evening.31/10/12

This afternoon in Lagos, a man with a doctorate degree who later fell on hard times died dejected and rejected..his case was so bad that he died in a heap of rubbish.
Olawunmi Thorpe, Ph.D, died by the Iju Railway line not too far from the Lagos suburb where a Dana aircraft crashed last June 3, killing all 153 people on board in addition to ground casualties.

Dr. Thorpe died just as a Lagos-based NGO touched by his plight was making efforts to evacuate and take care of him.

“My dear brother, the man is dead,” journalist and social worker Larry Happiday, through whom News Express got to know of Dr. Thorpe’s plight, said a few minutes ago. “We just came to check on him only to be told that he died around 5pm. His body is still lying here close to the railway station by Fagba Bus-Stop. We don’t even know what to do but I wish there’s away to give him a befitting burial,” Happiday added.

VIDEO: Woman train traveller is caught on camera as she launches racist tirade at black passengers

-The woman, who appears to be in her 40s, is recorded saying: 'Go home, go home where you belong'
-During the film, a man is heard warning the woman she is being recorded and other passengers can be heard asking the woman to leave'

Anyone with information should contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B4 LSA of 31/10/2012.

VIDEO: Do you know who this woman is?

Police are hunting a woman caught on film hurling vile racist abuse at passengers on a London train.

British Transport Police (BTP) launched an investigation after being made aware of a YouTube video which shows the woman taunting a group of black passengers.

The woman, who appears to be in her 40s, is recorded saying: 'Go home, go home where you belong... You might have been born here, but I bet your grandparents and your great great grandparents weren’t.
'Yeah, go home. If yous belonged here you’d be pink-skinned, blonde-haired, blue eyes, green eyes.
'Go home the lot of you. You make me sick. It’s why the country’s like it f****** is.'
And as she steps off the train at her destination, she continues her disgusting racist attack, saying: 'F****** monkeys, the lot of you. Go home.'

 NHS worker Oliver Miller, 24, said his sister Leah, 21, was one of the victims of the rant.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Money Laundering Scandal: Gov. Ajimobi sues media outfit for N1bn

Governor Abiola Ajimobi

FOLLOWING alleged money laundering of about N500m in London by Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s wife and her arrest by Metropolitan police, the governor has filed N1billion suit against Independent Communications Network Limited.

This was disclosed by the Special Adviser on Media to the governor, Dr. Festus Adedayo.

According to him, the evening newspaper had on Tuesday published a piece entitled ‘Anxiety over Florence Ajimobi’s alleged arrest in UK’ wherein it published a story purportedly written by an online agency named Newsleak which alleged that the wife of the governor had been arrested in London for money laundering.

According to the release, the government of Oyo State had the responsibility to ensure that the media does not become an instrument in the hands of blackmailers for such acts.

“We want to state unequivocally that this report is not only wicked, it is the figment of the imagination of the writers.

Governor Ajimobi's Wife: I Was Never Arrested by Met Police

Wife of Oyo State Governor, Florence Abiola Ajimobi, has denied claims of her arrest by the Metropolitan Police for money laundering as reported in some online media.

Mrs. Ajimobi who spoke in a telephone interview said the story of her arrest was both shocking and surprising.

An online media had run a story of the purported arrest of the governor's wife for allegedly laundering N500million.

But the embattled First Lady told newsmen on telephone Tuesday night that she was never invited nor arrested by the Met police on any charge.

"I have never been invited by the police. I don't know where they got the information from. I don't know what they are talking about. It is all lies," she said.

She, however, confirmed being in London to attend to her 14-year-old daughter, who is schooling in the United Kingdom.

She promised to return to the country Wednesday.

Florence also denied that she has been to London 52 times since her husband's inauguration as the state governor.

"It is laughable that I have travelled 52 times. It means that I hardly stay in Ibadan or I travel every week.

"I have been living in London since 2007. I have even travelled less since 2011 when my husband became the governor," she said.


Williams Sisters Storm Nigeria To Promote Women's Rights

Tennis icon,Venus Williams today arrived Lagos ahead of her sister Serena who is due to fly in this night, as part of their recently launched ‘‘Breaking The Mould’’ (BTM) campaign, a women’s empowerment initiative.

According to a statement released by the Breaking Mould Initiative which they are representing, their trip is aimed at promoting “the role that women play in shifting perceptions and encouraging development at all levels across the African continent.”

“They are coming to Lagos to encourage more women to break moulds that have stood between them and their potentials,” the statement said.

During their visit they are scheduled to meet the Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos state, hold a tennis clinic at the Ikoyi Club, visit a puberty education class for girls and play an exhibition match before heading to South Africa on November 2.

Domestic Servant Found Dead In Employer's Swimming Pool

Onyeka Kingsley Raphael

Onyeka Kingsley Raphael, a 22 year old boy, who worked as a domestic servant was found dead Saturday morning at the bottom of a swimming pool in the home located at Ogudu GRA where he worked.

According to reports, eye witnesses said there were no visible body injuries on the corpse except a twisted neck, indicating that the domestic worker may have had his neck snapped before being dumped into the pool.

According to Kingsley's family, the dinner which the deceased had apparently made for himself the previous night, was still lying cold on the kitchen table, with his cap beside it. The family also claimed that Kingsley and his employer, a retired accountant named Tunde Williams had a misunderstanding a month earlier which almost led to Kingsley getting sacked.

So far, Mr Williams has not cooperated with the police in their investigations.

The family of the deceased is however suspecting foul play and have petitioned the police for a thorough investigation.

Monday, 29 October 2012

PHOTOS: What Sleeping Positions Say About Relationships

According to relationship psychologist Corrine Sweet, sleeping habits can reveal stresses and strains in a relationship.
"During sleep, you cannot fake your body language. This is the time when you are honest, vulnerable and your sleeping position can reveal a lot about your relationship."

Corinne added: "Couples fall into habitual ways of sleeping together that suits their personalities and personal preferences. These are negotiated at the outset, so if something changes in how they sleep together, this can reflect a change in their relationship and cause concern for the other partner.
Cherish - back to back but touching (18%)
This couple are comfortable, intimate and relaxed with each other. A popular position in a new relationship.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

PHOTOS: Ribbons and Pins Fundraise for the Irish Cancer Society.

The Pink Event, a charity night of information, education and entertainment was held to raise awareness and support of breast cancer for the Irish Cancer Society.

Here are some photos from the successful event which was held on the 20th of October at Maldron hotel, Tallaght, Dublin.

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Saturday, 27 October 2012

SNEAKY!! Snake On A Plane At Glasgow Airport


Thought the plot from the Samuel L Jackson movie Snakes On A Plane could never happen in real life?.....Think again.

The snake that was on a plane

This week the Scottish SPCA rescued a snake from Glasgow Airport after shocked staff found the slithery creature on a flight from Cancun, Mexico.

Staff from the organisation were called to the airport on Tuesday when staff discovered the stow-away under a row of seats in the passenger cabin after the plane landed.

Quick-thinking workers remained “remarkably calm” and managed to safely contain the 18-inch long snake in a box.

Senior Inspector Billy Linton, who has more than 30 years’ experience as a zoo keeper, took the juvenile snake to the SPCA’s Glasgow Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre at Cardonald for care.

He has been named Furtivo, which is Spanish for ‘sneak’.

SI Linton said, “We have had the snake examined by a vet and, although we can’t be a hundred percent certain, we believe he is of the Dryadophis family, which are commonly referred to as American smooth-scaled racers.

“Racers aren’t venomous but, like all snakes, they can bite and Furtivio is very feisty.

“Although small at the moment, he is still a juvenile and has a lot of growing to do.

“The staff at Glasgow Airport remained remarkably calm when faced with what must have been a rather unwelcome passenger.

“I can only imagine that Furtivo managed to sneak his way onto the plane while it was waiting to take off in Cancun, although it is also possible he has hitched a lift in someone’s hand luggage.

“We have rescued several exotic creatures from international flights including scorpions, spiders, turtles and even giant land snails so this isn’t as unusual as many people might think.

“Furtivo will remain in our care until we can find him an expert home with someone who has the necessary experience and knowledge to be able to look after such a creature.”




Plane crash: Danbaba Suntai flown to Germany

Taraba State Governor, Danbaba Suntai, who was involved in a Cesna 208 5N-BMJ plane crash Thursday at the Yola Airport, was flown to Germany today for treatment. The governor was moved out of the National Hospital, Abuja, where he was receiving treatment at about 3:30 pm today.

According to vanguard, injured governor was driven in an ambulance to the local wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe international Airport into a waiting air ambulance to an undisclosed Germany hospital for "intensive treatment."

Fire Outbreak At The Euro- Asia Plaza In Balogun Market, Lagos

Fire has gutted the multi-storey Euro-Asia Plaza in the popular Balogun Market on Lagos Island,Nigeria, today.

The cause of the fire could not be immediately ascertained but huge smoke was seen billowing from the building.

Traders were also seen hurling their goods from adjoining buildings to prevent them from being gutted by fire.

A Union Bank fire service crane has been deployed to the scene and was trying to rescue trapped traders.


Photos: Alleged Victim Of FRSC Officials’ Brutality

According to an mail received by blogger Linda Ikeji, the person whose swollen face you see in the above photos, apparently from battery, was a victim of Federal Road Safety Commission officials’ brutality.

The letter was written by the victim’s colleague and we reproduce below (un-edited):

"On October 24, at about 10am, Gbolahan Olayinka and his office driver had gone to the Mobil filling station along Agege Motor Road, adjacent FRSC office, Mushin, where they usually buy fuel. On arrival, they observed that some men of the Federal Road Safety Commission where stationed there. Gbolahan and his office driver parked at a place that obviously didn’t obstruct traffic, by the gate of the filling station. Before they could turn an eyelid, one of the officers was by their car and was about to release the tube of their tyre.

Gbolahan challenged him for his action. That was when a slap landed on his face, then another slap from another officer. Before he could say anything in self defense, the officers – three of them – had pounced on him. He was bundled into their vehicle and taken to their office where he was handcuffed to a mast behind their office, his phone was ceased – he was held incommunicado – and beaten mercilessly. He was forced to write a letter of apology (under duress). They made it clear to him that he had no way out; he got threats that he would simply be said to have attacked an officer of the law or that he used charms on someone.

When his brother, who is a lawyer, and other family members got there,the FRSC officials threatened to beat them too. Gbolahan and his people have lugged complaints at the FRSC office in Ojodu and the Commissioner of Police. "

How do we curb the brutality of these men in uniform..Army, Navy, Airforce and the regular culprits, the Nigeria Police and now the FRSC? Don't get me wrong as there are some good ones among them, but generally their image are being tarnished by the bad ones.

This allegation should be thoroughly investigated and the guilty brought to book.


Albino models setting the trend for Africa

Backstage amidst the chaos of Africa Fashion Week in the South African city of Johannesburg one woman sits quietly in a corner.

Other models and designers from across the continent dash from one end of the tent to the other - there seems to be an unofficial competition to see who can make the most noise.

Yet despite her silence, US albino supermodel Diandra Forrest is still the most noticeable person in the room.

With a complete lack of pigment in her hair or skin, the New Yorker who grew up in the city's mainly black Bronx community is used to sticking out a mile.

Around one person in 17,000 is born with the genetic disorder, which can also cause blindness.

But she knows that her presence at Africa Fashion Week has a much greater significance than just challenging ideas of what is beautiful.

In some African countries, particularly in East Africa, people with albinism are at risk of abduction and mutilation, as their body parts are believed by some to make potions and rituals more powerful.

"It matters a lot to me to be here, because I want to change the way people see girls with albinism on the continent," she told the BBC.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Nigeria’s Movie Industry Becomes Third Richest Globally

Nigeria’s film industry a.k.a. Nollywood has ranked third in revenue generation globally, behind US’ Hollywood and India’s Bollywood, respectively, despite challenges undermining its true potential.

In a BusinessDay report, Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) MD, Robert Orya was reported to have said Nollywood generated close to 126.4 billion naira ($800 million) revenue within 2010 till date.

According to the report, the global film and entertainment industry generated about 14.3 trillion naira ($90.6billion) revenue in 2010 which is expected to increase to 16.2 trillion naira ($102.7 billion) in 2012.

Orya speaking on global entertainment industry revenue generation, said most of the revenue channels come from “theatrical distribution,” with North America accounting for the largest market share of about 40 percent. Africa, Europe and Middle East make up for 24 percent, Latin America, 20 percent and Asia Pacific accounting for a meagre three percent contribution.

With an average production of over 2,500 movies per year– 2,408, 2,514 and 2,621 in 2008, 2009 and 2010 respectively, Nigeria ranks has Africa’s largest producer. Bollywood on the other hand churns out an average of 800 movies yearly, which is more than double the amount of feature films produced by Hollywood.

Like many industry watchers, Mildred Okwo, former US-based film maker and producer agrees that Nollywood is a potential multi-billion dollar industry, underdeveloped and undermined by poor distribution framework, piracy and poor funding.

Orya said at a media briefing: “Aside piracy, there are still genuine concerns regarding distribution, developing a proper framework for the industry, and of course the problem of funding.”

According to Okwo, California, home of the world’s largest movie industry and the ninth largest economy in the world, did not feel the pinch of the global recession due to immune internal revenues generated from the movie making industry.

Mildred believes Nollywood can contribute much to the GDP of Africa’s second largest economy, which is poised to grow with continued investment and development in the oil rich country.

businessday; venturesafrica

Breast Self-Awareness...Your Breast Care: Helpful Hints for Women

Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, but it can be successfully treated. Screening tests can find cancer early, when it's most treatable.

1. Know your risk
  • Talk to your family to learn about your family health history

2. Get screened
  • Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk
  • Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk
  • Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40

3. Know what is normal for you
See your doctor if you notice any of these breast changes:
  • Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
  • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin
  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
  • Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
  • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
  • New pain in one spot that doesn't go away

4. Make healthy lifestyle choices
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Add exercise into your routine
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Limit menopausal hormone use
  • Breastfeed, if you can


Here are some of the collections from your favourite designers, showcased at the MTN Lagos fashion and design 2.


House of Marie: