Wednesday, 3 October 2012
That’s settled, D’Banj celebrated the Nigerian independence day with a cake. In his typical fun character, G.O.O.D Music and DB Record honcho, D’Banj released a picture of him taking a piece off a 52nd Independence day themed cake.
The singer said the idea to reach out to some needy people in the society began to germinate when she visited a children’s school at the slum quarters of Makoko in Lagos after her encounter with a lady, Doyinsola Ogunye who had an ongoing aid project.
She told The Vanguard: ‘It concerns some of the poorest but most cheerful kids ever . Every quarter, Waje Safe House will partner with an NGO to raise funds and awareness for their projects.’
Aituaje Iruobe, who is mostly known as Waje broke out after her vocal contribution to p square’s Do me and recently released the single – Oko mi.
Last week, Diddy listed his high-rise apartment in New York City for $8.5 million.The apartment called the Park Imperial is a large one-bedroom carved from a three-bedroom unit. The apartment which made AOL’s house of the week is boasts some pretty fabulous views of Central Park and slick, at times sparkly, decor by celebrity designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, not to mention a kind of cool transparent piano, more than one black velvet sofa, and a colossal bottle of Champagne.
He dazzled his UK fans earlier this year when he performed at one of the biggest shows of this year – The BBC Radio 1Xtra Hackney Weekend.
Here is some footage of Ice Prince’s performance from the Hackney Weekend:
Flooding has forced hundreds of thousands of Nigerians from their homes
Dangerous animals, including crocodiles, snakes and hippos, have found their way into homes and communities in central Nigeria after devastating flooding, residents say.The creatures were carried along flood-swollen rivers, say the authorities.
"There is now a hippopotamus in [my] house," Benue state resident Wuese Jirake told the BBC. "I hope that when it is tired, it may leave my home."
Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the flooding.
Hundreds also died in the worst flooding in decades.
Vast tracts of farmland have been completely destroyed.
'Hope it will leave' Mr Jirake told the BBC he had returned to his home to find it occupied by the hippo.
"This morning I visited my house. It is still inundated with the flood waters above my waist. There is now a hippopotamus in the house," he said.
I weep for this generation! Whoever that did this, God will not forgive you!!! Some women are crying! Praying to God for a child and some useless fool had the guts to do this!? .If you know you're not ready to handle the responsibility, have safe sex! to avoid situations like this...HABA..
Source- Linda Ikeji
|Johnson with the seized military uniforms and other items.|
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a fake soldier, Samuel Johnson, for impersonation.
According to the authorities of the command, Johnson was arrested on September 17, 2012, in full military uniform with the rank of lance corporal. He claimed to be member of the Nigerian Army attached to Ojo Cantonment, Lagos.
Three police walkie talkies, 10 pairs of military uniforms, four pairs of military boots and six military belts were recovered from him.
The Commissioner of Police for the command, Mr. Umar Manko, said Johnson’s arrest was a proof that some criminals operated in either police or armed forces’ uniforms.
Manko said, “I have always said that most of these crimes are sometimes not committed by genuine officers. Sometimes, you will see somebody in complete uniform that is in action. The suspect has never gone for military training and yet he does operations.
“We found in his possession three police walkie talkies, 10 military uniforms, six berets and boots.”
It was learnt that the suspect claimed to have bought the uniforms from a serving soldier attached to NA Intelligence Barracks.
|Arrested kidnappers of Lagos businessman.|
Women leader, Redeemed Church of God, Cornerstone Parish, Lagos, Mrs. Adebusola Odunaya, on Tuesday described her release by kidnappers after six days of captivity as an act of God.
PUNCH Metro reported last Thursday that Adebusola had on Saturday, September 21, left home for Lagos to buy beverages and some other items but could not be found for six days.
But the 37-year-old Adebusola resurfaced on September 27.
In a telephone interview, Adebusola said although she could not recognise the exact spot, she was held in a bush along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and was released after six days.
Adebusola said, “On the fateful day, I was to go to Lagos Island to pick my stock of noodles. It was past 12 noon.
“When I got to Ishaga area, there was no vehicle there. I decided to go to Agege to board a bus. When I got to Agege, there was no direct bus going to Idumota on Lagos Island. I had to board an Oshodi vehicle (molue). As we were already in the vehicle, I heard a conductor calling Idumota. I had to alight from the vehicle I was in and went for that.
“When I got there, the vehicle was still loading. Three women and the driver were inside. I joined them. As soon as I did, the women then asked the driver to move so that they could carry people along the road. I became happy that the vehicle would be fast.
“As we were expecting the vehicle to move, the conductor came and touched me with the handkerchief he was holding. That was when I fell asleep. I did not wake until five days after in a forest along Lagos- Ibadan Expressway.”
There was pandemonium at Abule Onigbagbo Estate off Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way when four armed robbers stormed the neighbourhood on Tuesday.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the robbers attacked a house located on Sogunle Street in the estate and carted away valuables worth millions of naira.
One of the occupants of the house, identified simply as Omololu said the bandits might have acted on a tip-off as they stormed the compound with bags with which they used to conceal the stolen items.
According to him, the robbers stole shoes, watches, jewellery, money, laptops and other valuables.
He said, “Around 7.30am, about four men knocked on the gate and told the security guard that they wanted to see my wife. They didn’t know the exact name of my wife so they then said they wanted to see the house girl. They told the security guard the name of the house girl so he (the security guard) then called the house girl. On getting to the gate, the house girl just opened the gate, and the bandits entered.
“The robbers tied up the security guard and then entered the main building. They were specific, they knew where my wife works and also asked for specific items. The robbers operated unhindered for a long time. In fact, they even sat down, relaxed and drank wine.”
Omololu told our correspondent that when the culprit got to the main gate, he was accosted by a security guard and a Man o’ War member.
The culprit, who was not carrying any arm, was then led back to Omololu’s house but on their way, the three other robbers were said to have spotted them.
“The culprit that was carrying the bag was not armed so the security guard was able to arrest him. However, when the other robbers saw that their colleague had been arrested, they started shooting into the air to scare away residents. In the process, the Man o’ War official was hit by a bullet,” he said.
PUNCH Metro learnt that as the robbers attempted to escape, policemen on patrol, who had heard gun shots, immediately rushed down to the scene and engaged them in a gun duel.
This, according to eyewitnesses, resulted in a pandemonium as many residents and motorists scampered to safety.
The policemen were said to have killed one of the armed robbers in the process but others escaped.
Meanwhile, the Man o’ War official, identified as Michael Ekueme, was rushed to Eko Hospital.
Omololu urged the police to beef up security in the area due to the increase in robbery during the ember months.
When contacted, the phone of the police spokesperson in the state, Ngozi Braide, rang out.
She did not also respond to a text message sent to her as of press time.
A final year Law student, Halima Damcida, and another student identified simply as Abdul of the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, were killed on Saturday after some gunmen invaded a hostel outside the university premises.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the two students were in a room in the hostel along Road 202 by Bama Road when the hoodlums attacked them.
A friend of the late Damcida told our correspondent that Abdul was a 400 level student of Engineering.
She said, “Halima (Damcida) and Abdul were very close friends and Abdul had just celebrated his birthday on Thursday. She went to greet Abdul in his room when some men stormed the place and killed the two of them. They slit Halima’s throat.
“Halima went to Queens College, she graduated in 2006 before going to UNIMAID. It’s so sad because she’s the only child of her mother who lives in Lagos. She was such a nice girl.”
The news of the attack was said to have evoked anxiety in the area.
It was learnt that security agents had since taken the corpses to a mortuary and cordoned off the area.
A source at the state police command, confirmed the incident to our correspondent on the telephone but added that the motive for the killings still remained a mystery
The source said, “The incident occurred on Saturday night when some armed men stormed the hostel which is opposite the school and killed the victims.
The truth is yet to be known as well as the motive because the victims were not robbed and such is not common in that area. But investigations are ongoing.”
As a chartered marketer and associate member of National Institute of Marketing Nigeria and Internatonal institute of marketing London it is my joy to analize the significance of marketing in business plan to all my business fans on my blogazine - hope it assists you in your business plan
Positioning is highly important in business. How a new business gets a foothold can be greatly influenced by how close the business is to the people who really need its product or service. This could be by the degree of empathy, by sense of belonging, by location, and by identification. A business may struggle for a long time just because there is a gap between its product and the people who need it or because the owner of the business is perceived to be too aloof by customers.
This is especially if economic condition has made the product to be passing through a buyers’ market period – where buyers dictate the price and can afford go for substitutes or completely turn down the use of such a product.
Today, we are going to continue from where we left the discussion on business plan preparation four weeks ago, to deal with issues on who is fit to start a business. We stopped then on the importance of market research in business plan preparation. We will go further on this salient issue by stepping into the realm of marketing plan and how it serves as pivot, and how it is regarded as the hub on which the wheel of business success rotates.
Inside the training room and as one of the specially-authorised trainers/facilitators to use the standardised business plan training module of the International Labour Organisation to help businesses thrive, I have had occasions to interact with several men and women who found it difficult to take their businesses to the desired heights. The question mostly on their mind sounds like, “What do I need to do to better to make my tottering business perform?”
Often, the fact has been that many Nigerian entrepreneurs have never taken time to discover who they are to serve in business and there was no clear-cut and decisive marketing plan for their businesses. Good enough, we have been able to help as many as we have come in contact with to redirect their focus and reshape their businesses by not only showing them what to do and how to do it but also helping them through the process – with after-training consultation back-up.
Bear this in mind: It is improper for a business to start without proper marketing plan. Many entrepreneurs just open their shops without first finding out how the product ought to be presented or what features should it have before it can become acceptable to consumers. They only found out after rolling out the product in large quantity only for them to be rejected in the market. This shock occasioned by disappointment or rejection had put paid to aspirations of many aspiring entrepreneurs because they were too dazed to know where and how to begin again.
Marketing plan is the roadmap to your business success. It is done so that it can and direct your marketing initiative and assist in the attainment of your business goals.
It should contain everything you need to do to identify your customers out of the numerous people within your business environment. The marketing plan should help you find out the price your would-be customers are willing to pay, the strategies to adopt in making your products easily accessible to them and how you should inform and attract them so that they can patronise you.
What am I saying here? Before you open your business, you should have first listened to the wishes of your would-be customers because if you fail to give them what they want and provide it the way they want it, no one will buy your product. Doing business has gone beyond coming out to push a product just as it catches your fancy; it is now about coming out to offer consumers what they are looking for.
The first thing to check in a car that is overheating is to perform a visual check. First, look underneath the car for any visible sign of a coolant leak. A light green, yellow, or orange fluid on the floor is a sign of a leak. A leak can occur anywhere around the engine bay. Check the radiator reservoir and make sure that there is enough fluid. Is there is not enough fluid, add fluid until it reach the full mark.
The quickest way to check for coolant is to perform a pressure test. Hook-up the equipment to the radiator and apply pressure. This will help you determine where the leak is coming from. Set pressure to around 16 pound and if the gauge start dropping, the pressure is not holding then there is a leak somewhere. Now here are seven reasons to look for in an overheating car.
1. A bad radiator cap can cause the engine to overheat. A radiator cap should hold pressure according to the cap specification. If the cap is rusty or looks like it is worn, you will have to replace the cap.
2. A failed cooling fan will not help the radiator to dissipate the heat. Coolant flows from the engine water jacket passage to the radiator. The radiator fan helps remove heat from the radiator. If the cooling fan fails to do its job the car will overheat.
3. A stuck closed thermostat will not allow coolant to circulate around the engine. The coolant will sit in the engine water jacket and in the radiator causing heat to build up. Replace the bad thermostat.
4. A failed water pump will overheat a car. The fins on the water pump have been worn down and are not able to circulate the coolant.
5. A clogged radiator like most of the symptoms above prevents coolant from circulating. Keep in mind that a radiator can look like it is in good condition but in fact clogged.
6. A blown head gasket will allow coolant to seep into the chamber and burn the coolant. The end result is low coolant and an overheating vehicle.
7. Bad hoses or worn hoses are common for a car to overheat. Coolant leaks out of the hoses resulting in loss of coolant, therefore causing a car to overheat.
Cars overheat most often in very hot weather. It’s rare with modern vehicles, but even a well-tuned automobile can overheat. If you find yourself in stop-and-go traffic or climbing a steep grade on an extremely hot day, and your dashboard temperature indicator starts to rise or a malfunction indicator light comes on, here’s how to help your vehicle regain its cool:
At the first sign of overheating, shut off your air conditioner and open your windows: Doing so decreases the load on the engine and helps it cool off.
If it continues to overheat, turn on the heater and blower: Doing so transfers the heat from the engine to the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
If you’re stopped in traffic and the temperature gauge is rising, shift into Neutral or Park and rev the engine a little: Doing so makes the water pump and the fan speed up, which draws more liquid and air through the radiator. The increased air and liquid circulation helps cool things off.
Try not to ride your brakes: In stop-and-go traffic, crawl along slowly, on little more than an idle, rather than moving up and then braking repeatedly. Brake drag increases the load on the engine and makes it heat up. If traffic is crawling, move up only when the gap between you and the vehicle in front of you gets too large.
Solange EnlistsThe Help of African Style Tribe Les Sapeurs in The Video for Her New Single ‘Losing You’ Shot in South Africa
African fashion and now it’s style is been sought after by celebs and no other than the eclectic Solange Knowles to put the style tribe Les Sapeurs to good use in her music video for single Losing you which was shot in Cape Town, South Africa. Asides the beautiful scenery, the fashion was on POINT. Print looks from Kenzo, Givenchy ran the gamut.
When Melina and I decided to film ‘Losing You’ in South Africa, we really didn’t have a real firm concept in place. It was sort of a grab a camera and let’s go moment. I knew I wanted to capture a couple things: the vibe of our friendship and all of the crazy escapades we’ve gotten ourselves into all over the world, and the abstract and elegant Le Sape Society. We called Daniele to guide us, and some of my friends from New York came down to Cape Town and we all had a very damn good time.- Solange
Relationships are good. The various Holy books recommend marriage, and most men want to settle down with someone good. However, if you are a woman and unable to find a man who consistently enjoys your company, then there’s a problem. I’ve tried to categorize some character traits commonly found in women which tend to keep the prospective men at bay. If you fall into one or two of these categories, sister, it just might be time to make a change.
Being judgemental and generalizing: A few bad experiences don’t mean all men are the same. It shocks me to hear women say all men are the same. Making such an assertion is not only wrong, it affects your judgement of men and consequently affects how you relate to them. A woman who generalizes is usually quick to read the wrong meanings into men’s actions, and usually reacts irrationally before even considering their actions. No man will stick around too long if he’s always feeling attacked and misunderstood.
The Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Rufai had disclosed the ministry’s readiness to approve the request made by Nigerian teachers that the government should consider 65 years as their retirement age as against the existing 60 years.
Disclosing this in Abuja, yesterday the Minister said that the ministry and the federal governmnet has not discarded the appeal made by the teachers through its highest body, National Union of Teachers ( NUT) on the extension of their retirement age from 60 to 65 years . The minister had divulged that the ministry was working towards the matter, only that it must follow the normal procedure.
The minister who was at a press briefing of the event marking the 2012 World Teachers Day which will be holding on Friday promised to support the teachers in the best possible way in relation to their request, but equally stressed that the higher authority must be made to understand why such concern raised by the teachers must be implemented. He assured that the ministry would not let them down.
The Minister advocated for the revival of commitment amongst Nigerian teacher. He also stressed on the need to encourage committed teacher. Thus, he said, “encourage them with motivation, training, and providing welfare packages as most people in the profession have taken to it as a last resort.”
When Peace Asugwo a teenage mother willingly accepted to marry an Abuja based driver out desperation and frustration, she never had inkling of what would behalf her and her one month old baby in less than one week after their marriage.
Peace, an orphan who hails from Agwa Village in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State was impregnated by her boyfriend, one Johnson, thus regarded by her grandmother as a disgrace to the family. Luckily for her, Mr. Kingsley Linus, a driver based in Abuja was eager to marry her regardless of the fact that even though at 16 years, she already had a month-old baby boy.
After he met with her family and the necessary marital rites were performed, Peace, the young bride, happily followed her new husband to Abuja to start a new life.
According to the 16-year old, who was later rescued from the hands of her kidnapper husband, it was a twist of stories when they got Abuja and he lodged her in a hotel in Kubwa, claiming that he had lost the keys to his house and would have to get someone to break the door in the morning.
“Few days later, he introduced a nurse, one Mrs. Martina Onwelikwe, to me as his elder sister who would take care of the infant. Eager to please my in-law, I promptly handed over the baby to her but shortly after that, the supposed nurse and Linus disappeared.”
In her confused state and nowhere to turn to for succor in a strange land, Peace found her way to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and later to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
The agencies set their tracking device in motion and were able to recover the baby alongside four other teenagers from the run-away. It was furthered discovered that Linus leads a syndicate, which specialized in luring teenage mothers with the promise of marriage to dispossess them of their babies.
The Assistant Director, Press and Public Relations of NAPTIP, Mr. Arinze Orakwue, maintained that the case is presently undergoing serious investigations.
He added that some couples who bought babies from the syndicate were also in custody of the agency, but they were shielded from the press as they had agreed to be principal witnesses against members of the syndicate.
Robert Pattinson, 26, has been voted the “World’s Sexiest Man” by the UK’s Glamour Magazine for the fourth year running.
No wonder Rihanna is already tripping. I’m sorry for Kristen Stewart though. I hope they get back together.