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Friday, 30 September 2016

Indian grandmother shrinks to just 2ft tall due to rare condition

An Indian grandmother has shrunk to just two-feet tall after being affected by a rare medical condition. 
Shanti Devi has been completely immobile and in constant pain for the past two decades after her legs
shrunk and twisted to the size of an infant.
The 60-year-old was originally five-feet tall, but after giving birth to her third child she gradually became weaker and her bones stiff.
She said: ‘I have been living like this for nearly 25 years now. This is painful. I get bored but I can do nothing on my own. I miss sitting and walking and meeting my friends or watering plants.’
Shanti, from Kanpur in North India, told her family she was looking smaller but they did not believe her at first.

Devi told her family she was shrinking but they did not believe her (Picture: Caters News)
Her husband, Gangacharan Kushwaha, said: ‘After a couple of months, she noticed changes in her body as she was looking smaller. She told us but we did not believe her until we realised she had shortened by half a foot in just four months.’
The woman’s condition slowly deteriorated and she became completely bed-ridden after a thatched roof from a neighbouring hut fell on her legs.
‘Her bones had become weak and tight. She complained of severe pain and eventually lost physical strength and became bed-ridden,’ added the 62-year-old farmer.

Several doctors were unable to diagnose the condition (Picture: Caters News)
The family initially sought help from several doctors, none of whom were able to diagnose the disorder.
So now, for the last decade Shanti has not been to any more doctors and her family remains uncertain about the ‘mysterious’ condition.
But Dr Pankaj Srivastava, a local physician, believes it could be Brittle Bone Disease (also known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta).


Lifestyle: 25 Powerful reasons to eat bananas

You’ll never look at a banana the same way again after discovering the many health benefits and reasons to add them to your diet.
Bananas combat depression, make you smarter, cure hangovers, relieve morning sickness, protect against kidney cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and blindness.

They can cure the itch of a mosquito bite and put a great shine on your shoes. Here are 25 reasons to eat bananas you might have never considered before.

If You Think Bananas Are Just For Monkeys, Think Again

These 25 ways to use and eat bananas will blow your mind!

1. Bananas help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin — the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.

2. Eat two bananas before a strenuous workout to pack an energy punch and sustain your blood sugar.

3. Protect against muscle cramps during workouts and night time leg cramps by eating a banana.

4. Counteract calcium loss during urination and build strong bones by supplementing with a banana.

5. Improve your mood and reduce PMS symptoms by eating a banana, which regulates blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation.

6. Bananas reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells, all due to high levels of vitamin B-6.

7. Strengthen your blood and relieve anemia with the added iron from bananas.

8. High in potassium and low in salt, bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.

Eating Bananas Aids Digestion

1. Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body.

2. Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients.

3. Constipated? High fiber in bananas can help normalize bowel motility.

4. Got the runs? Bananas are soothing to the digestive tract and help restore lost electrolytes after diarrhea.

5. Bananas are a natural antacid, providing relief from acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD.

6. Bananas are the only raw fruit that can be consumed without distress to relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach against corrosive acids.

Natural Cures From A Simple Banana

1. Eating bananas will help prevent kidney cancer, protects the eyes against macular degeneration and builds strong bones by increasing calcium absorption.

2. Bananas make you smarter and help with learning by making you more alert. Eat a banana before an exam to benefit from the high levels of potassium.

3. Bananas are high in antioxidants, providing protection from free radicals and chronic disease.

4. Eating a banana between meals helps stabilize blood sugar and reduce nausea from morning sickness.

5. Rub a bug bite or hives with the inside of the banana peel to relieve itching and irritation.

6. Control blood sugar and avoid binging between meals by eating a banana.

7. Eating a banana can lower the body temperature and cool you during a fever or on a hot day.

8. The natural mood-enhancer tryptophan helps to relieve Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

9. Quitting smoking? Bananas contain high levels of B-vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium to speed recovery from the effects of withdrawal.

10. Remove a wart by placing the inside of a piece of banana peel against the wart and taping it in place.

11. Rub the inside of a banana peel on your leather shoes or handbag and polish with a dry cloth for a quick shine.

Oh, and remember — bananas make great snacks and delicious smoothies.

Delicious Creamy Banana & Avocado Smoothie Recipe!

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Rihanna lovely as she walks the runway for her Fenty-Puma collaboration at the Paris Fashion Week

The 28-year-old singer debuted her SS17 collection at the Paris Fashion Week and looked unfazed as she took to unchartered waters with her first foray into the fashion industry. Strutting her stuff on the catwalk at a packed room in the Hotel de Salomon De Rothschild, she showed off pieces from her Fenty x Puma collaboration to the applause of guests. More photos after the cut...

Kim Kardashian steps out in sheer outfit in Paris

On Wednesday, mother of 2 and business woman, Kim Kardashian was walking down the street after leaving the Balmain offices in the French capital when prankster Vitalii Sediuk slipped past security and tried to kiss her bum, fortunately he was stopped in time. The sheer dress was what Mrs West had on during that attack. More photos after the cut...

Teen kills father, opens fire on schoolyard in South Carolina

A 14-year-old South Carolina boy shot and killed his father then drove to an elementary school playground where he shot and wounded two children and a teacher with a handgun before being tackled by a firefighter who held him till the police arrived, authorities said on Wednesday.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, was accused by police of fatally shooting his 47-year-old father, Jeffrey DeWitt Osborne, then driving a pickup truck about 2 miles (3.2 km) to Townville Elementary School where he crashed into a fence surrounding the playground.

 After the teenager began shooting, volunteer firefighter Jamie Brock pinned him down while staff led children to safety inside the building, Anderson County emergency services director Taylor Jones told a news conference. brock has been credited for saving the lives of everyone by tackling the suspect on time.

"(He) was there in the hot scene and risked his life to mitigate this incident," Jones said. "He just used enough force to take him to the ground."
Police arrived within seven minutes of a teacher calling 911 to take the suspect into custody at the school in Anderson County, near the Georgia state line about 100 miles (160 km) northeast of Atlanta. The shooter never entered the building, said Chief Deputy Keith Smith.

One of the victims, a 6 year old boy who was shot in the leg, remained in critical condition. The other boy and a female teacher were treated and released, said Ross Norton, a spokesman for AnMed Health Medical Center.

His grandmother said the suspect was home-schooled and that he had called he had called her while he cried but didn't understand what he was saying, so she went to visit her son, Osborne where she found him dead from a gunshot wound.

"She could not make out what he was saying because he was crying and upset and so they went to the house ... and that's when she discovered her son and called 911," coroner Greg Shore told a news conference on Wednesday night.

 Immediately after the shooting, armed officers guarded students as they were evacuated from the school and taken by bus to a nearby church, local media said. Television images showed police swarming the school, with some officers on the roof while others moved around the building.

We Are Already Coming Out of Recession – Finance Minister

Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, the Minister of Finance, has said Nigeria is already getting out of the economic recession, given the pragmatic approaches the Federal Government is taking to reverse the trend.

She said this on Wednesday while fielding questions from journalists at the end of a 2-day National Council of Finance and Economic Development conference held at the Green Legacy Resort, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.

It was held in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Finance with the theme: ‘Enhancing revenue generation and obtaining best value for money in expenditure.’

Commissioners of finance from the 36 states across the country were in attendance. The minister noted that since the problems have been identified, and steps are already being taken to block waste, the road to recovery was sure.

She said, “We are already getting out of recession because of the actions the Federal Government is taking. We're investing more in capital than we have ever invested. We're sorting out infrastructure, we are stopping wastage and so the signs of recovery are already there.”

She explained that agriculture and solid minerals are already starting to grow, as they are responding to government’s policy initiative

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton? Kim Kardashian reveals who she'll be voting for

The reality star originally said she was "on the fence" after speaking to Republican supporter Caitlyn Jenner

Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton? Kim Kardashian reveals who she'll be voting for

The reality star originally said she was "on the fence" after speaking to Republican supporter Caitlyn Jenner

 Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
Kim reveals who she'll be voting for
Kim Kardashian has revealed who she will be voting for in the upcoming presidential election.
It was first thought the reality queen, 35, would be supporting Donald Trump after having a conversation with staunch Republican Caitlyn Jenner.
"At first I thought, ‘Oh my god, I’m so Hillary (Clinton),’ but I had a long political call with Caitlyn (Jenner) last night about why she’s voting Trump. I’m on the fence," she reportedly told Wonderland magazine.
But the star has now revealed she'll be voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

 “I had a long conversation with Caitlyn, who has always been open about her political views,” she wrote on her website over the weekend, “and she encouraged me to do my research before making my decision and then vote for the candidate whose policies aligned with the things that matter most to me.”

Kim continued: “And so that’s what I did. I thought about the things that are so important to me that they outweigh everything else, such as gun control and protecting women’s rights to safe and legal abortion.”

                                                  Kim, Kanye and Hillary pose for a selfie

Woman is selling virginity online to fund studying abroad - and it comes with a hefty price tag

                                     Ariana, a 20-year-old student that wants to sell her virginity on the internet

An escort website is auctioning off a young woman's virginity so she can afford to go to university abroad.
The advert shows photos of 20-year-old Ariana, who says she is selling her body so she can study medicine in another country.
And it doesn't come cheap. Bids are starting at 150,000 EUR - that's over £130,000.
Bidders in the online auction can apparently even meet two virgins in one night if they also make an offer for the student's best friend.
Ariana said that she is offering her virginity to cover the costs of her education.
She said: "Many students have the issue that during their studies they have to deal with multiple problems. You have to go to work in order to pay for your education.
"I want to move to another country for my studies in medicine. The university will be very expensive, the rent will also be high.

                                          Ariana says it's the easiest way to earn lots of money quickly

"I imagine that living in another country will be very hard, therefore I want to get the financial burden out of the way so I can focus on my medical studies."
Ariana does not think that offering herself is ethically wrong.
She replied: "It is the easiest way to earn money in a short time."
Some critics say her auctioning herself will provide a lot of trouble for other women who yearn for independence and equality. Yet Ariana does not see any issue.
She said: "I am also an independent woman and can do just what I want. Believe me, I have thought long and hard to make this decision.
"I have hoped for so long to find my great love, but it did not work out. So why should I wait any longer? And why should I lose my virginity to someone who could then break my heart later?"

                           Ariana is one of many women being advertised on the escort's website 
The young student said that she looked into alternatives. But as her parents are not rich and Russia does not offer grants to study abroad, she says she has no other chance.
She says that her parents are unaware of her decision, but if they were to find out she will explain the situation to them.
Ariana hopes that the highest bidder is a gentleman who deals sensitively with the situation. She said that perhaps it will also be a man she would like to see more often after their sexual encounter.
Those who might be interested in bidding on Ariana’s virginity can also consider her best friend Lolita, who has also offered her virginity online.
The website offers the possibility for people to bid for Lolita’s virginity alone or in combination with Ariana’s.
It writes: "That means you can bid for 2 virgins in 1 night."
The minimum bid for 21-year-old Lolita is also set at 130,560 GBP.
Her reasons for offering herself online are currently unknown.

Andy Burnham resigns from Jeremy Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet live on stage at Labour Party Conference

Andy Burnham quit as Shadow Home Secretary live on stage during his speech to Labour Party conference.
He said he needs to devote all his attention to running for Mayor of Greater Manchester next year.
He condemned the behaviour of Labour over the last 12 months for making him “profoundly sad”.
“It’s time for me to turn my full focus to Greater Manchester,” he says.
“That’s why I can tell you all first today that I have asked Jeremy to plan for a new shadow cabinet without me. Though of course I will stay until it’s in place.

“The last 12 months have made me profoundly said.
“Sad that old friendships have been strained. Sad that some seem to prefer fighting each other to fighting the Tories.”
Mr Burnham announced his intention to stand for Mayor of Greater Manchester in May, as polls closed in the local elections.
Dismissed suggestions his support for several successive - and vastly different - Labour leaders made him inconsistent.
He said: "I have given my all to this Party and always put its interests above those of factions and personalities.
"And I have given exactly the same loyalty to all four of the Labour leaders I have served.
"Some say that makes me inconsistent.
"But, you know what Conference? I have an old-fashioned belief - that a Labour Government of any kind is a million times better for my constituents in Leigh than any Tory Government and that is more likely to happen if Labour is united."

50 children raped in the state within the last four months - Plateau State Government

About 50 children have been raped in the state in the past four months alone, according to a shocking data disclosed by Plateau State Government:

"Our records show 50 recent cases of rape in the state. This is just within the last four months or so," Mrs. Rufina Gurumyen, state commissioner for Women Affairs told newsmen in Jos, ahead of the launch of the state initiative to End Violence Against the Children (EndVAC), later this week. The initiative is a national child protection campaign funded by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
 "The last two cases are just days away; one in Jos involving a suspect who raped a child of two years, and another in Langtan. In Langtan, the suspect raped a disabled child. The first one was found to have raped a child sometimes ago, but the family decided to conceal it. So this particular one, a neighbour reported to the ministry for us to track him and the family to start the case." - Daily Trust quoted her as saying...

TMZ claims separate baby showers were in the works for Rob K & Blac Chyna, but he had no idea!

TMZ has shared a new update on the drama between Rob Kardashian, Blac Chyna and the Kardashian sisters. For starters, Rob had publicly shared his younger sister Kylie's phone number in revenge against his family for allegedly planning a baby shower without inviting his pregnant fiancee.

This was reportedly a case of misinformation, as Rob had no idea about what was actually going on. Read below...

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna are seriously on the outs, and Kylie Jenner got caught in the cross fire when she planned a baby shower for Rob sans Chyna ... TMZ has learned. 

Sources close to the Kardashians tell us Rob got pissed at his sisters Monday -- especially Kylie -- for what he considered a slap in the face ... the Chyna-free shower they were throwing. We're told the sisters only planned separate his and hers showers because Rob and Chyna haven't been speaking for months.

They briefly reunited for a dinner the night before their reality show premiered, but other than that ... they've been split.

Still, Rob was pissed when he learned BC wouldn't be at the shower -- so he skipped it, and dialed up some revenge by tweeting Kylie's phone number. Thing is ... we're told Chyna had agreed separate showers were best.

Rob wasn't told that until after the fact, and we're told he's still pissed, We're guessing Kylie will have to get that number changed.

Court in Oyo State sentence couple to 14 years imprisonment for human trafficking

A Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo state on Monday 26th September, 2016; sentenced a couple to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour for procurement and facilitating the trafficking and forcing one Bidemi Adesina into prostitution in Libya.
Justice Joyce Abdulmaleek convicted Mr Idowu Folorunso, 37, and his wife Mrs Titilayo, 35, and sentenced them to seven years each.
 Abdulmaleek said that the prosecution provided overwhelming oral, documentary and other substantial evidence against the couple.
"Therefore, Idowu and Titilayo are sentenced to seven years imprisonment each for count one, and seven years imprisonment for count two, without any option of fine and with hard labour. The sentences are, however, to run concurrently," the judge said.
Testifying in court earlier, the victim said the Folorunsos lured her into prostitution in Libya where she became infected with HIV/AIDS. Adeshina said that the couple told her that three other girls would be joining her for the teaching job in Libya. She revealed that she travelled from Ibadan through Kano, to Niger to Libya and found herself in a brothel.
The witness said that within eight months, the Folorunsos made her abort four pregnancies. She also said that the couple did not give her anything from the proceeds of her prostitution.
According to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP), the couple committed the crime on May 20, 2014, at Odo-Oba Elere, Ibadan.

REVEALED | How I Got $4million From Jonathan’s Aide

A witness has opened up before the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos how he got $4million cash from former President Goodluck Jonathan’s ex-aide Waripamo-Owei Dudafa.
It was during the trial of the former Senior Special Assistant of Domestic Affairs to the ex-President on a 23-count charge of concealment, retention of proceeds of crime, and failure to furnish information, before Justice Mohammed Idris.

A Bureau de Change operator Murtala Abubakar said he received about N1.6billion

from Mr. Dudafa through five companies – Pluto Properties and Investment Limited, Avalon Global Property, Rotato Interlink Services, Seagate Property and Ebiwise Services Limited – between 2013 and 2015.

Dudafa is standing trails with Joseph Iwejuo.

The witness said he had known Mr. Dudafa since his days as Commissioner for Local Government in Bayelsa State

“He (Mr. Dudafa) usually sent two of his employees – Festus and Jahman – with dollars in order to change same and deposit the naira equivalent into specific accounts he provided via text messages,” said Mr. Abubakar.

The witness said he received those text messages from Mr. Dudafa on his Samsung mobile phone. The mobile phone and an Ownership Attestation Form were admitted and marked as Exhibits E and E1 respectively.

When asked whether all the instructions on how to disburse the money were received via text messages, Mr. Murtala replied in the affirmative; but added that in the last transaction, Mr. Dudafa invited him to the Presidential Villa and handed to him $4 million cash.

The witness was confronted with exhibits A – B3 in which he identified all the transactions that transpired between himself and Mr. Dudafa from 2013 to 2015 both from his companies’ accounts and his personal account.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Former Miss universe who Donald Trump allegedly called 'Miss Piggy' and 'Miss Housekeeping' speaks out (video)

On Monday night's US presidential elections debate, Hillary Clinton revealed that Donald Trump in 1996 as the owner of the Miss Universe pageant called Alicia Machado 'Miss Piggy' and Miss 'Househelp' because of the way she had added weight after winning the competition. Hillary Clinton's campaign organization has now released a video showing Alicia, now a U.S citizen, saying that Trump called her “Miss Piggy” after she gained some weight following the victory and “Miss Housekeeping” because she is from Venezuela. Watch the video after the cut...

24 year old teaching assistant stand trial for sleeping with a 15yr old school girl, 14 times

A 24 year old teaching assistant Hamid Bhatti, allegedly slept with a 15 year old year ten pupil 14 times after grooming her while on a work placement at her school, a court heard on Monday.

According to the court hearing, Bhatti was caught having a fling with the then 15-year-old schoolgirl after her mother found his love note saying, “You were amazing last night as always”.
The girl, had developed a “crush” on him and thought he was “good looking” after seeing him in an art lesson before he lavished her with love notes and jewellery before having sex with her on his bedroom floor while her her teenage friend slept in his bed, prosecutors claim
Bhatti who has a thick black beard and long hair also told her he loved her and gave her a necklace, money and a cushion with ‘I love you’ written on it, the court heard.
He's been charged with five counts of sexual activity with a child at least 14 times between May 2014 and February 2015, but he denies all the charges.
He's also denied an extra charge of child abduction after the girl went missing and he allegedly ignored an order made by police banning him from having any contact with the girl.
Prosecuting counsel, Lee Bremridge said:
“The Crown says that he knew full well how old the girl was. A sexual relationship between them started in May 2014 when he worked at the school and she was a pupil. That sexual relationship continued throughout later 2014 into 2015, which is why she was prepared to lie to the police and tell them that nothing happened when she was interviewed. It was because they were in a relationship together and she was protecting him.
Even after he was sacked by the school, the girl and Bhatti, maintained that they had never slept together, while Bhatti claiming the girl was “pestering” him.
Mr Brembridge continued:
 “She said that although she had a crush on Hamid Bhatti and had stayed at his house, they never had sex. The girl was clearly protecting them because the two of them were having a sexual relationship and they didn’t want anyone, particularly the police or her parents, to find out.”
In October 2014, the girl’s mum called police after finding a handwritten note among her daughter’s belongings.
Bhatti, who currently lives in Rochdale, Yorks., allegedly wrote: “Hey baby, I’m sorry I had to leave this morning for work. You were amazing last night as always.
“I hope you get this message and leave me a note. Plan to see you soon. I love you. P.s. don’t forget to go to the doctors.”
Police after searching his bedroom discovered a used condom with the girl's DNA found in the semen sample.

This single mum went to see her son, but says she got beaten of her life from ex-husband

Too many drama between women and the men they used to be married to because of kids. Why not maturely sit and talk your issues out, agree how to be spending time with your kid(s) individually, that is if you two can't live together anymore, for whatever reason. No need to fight, at all.

The ex-wife is crying out. Read what she wrote below:
"I got the beatings of my life today in front of my son, just because I visited my son. I can’t keep quiet anymore because my life I at stake, I’m posting this here because I don’t know what will happen to me next. 
My ex husband told me he will kill and bury me and nothing will happen to him. I can’t tell my mum about this trait because of her health."

Diezani In More Trouble As EFCC Probes Another N4bn Hotel

EFCC Detectives have uncovered yet another multi-billion Naira transaction believed to have been carried out by former Petroleum Resources Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.

EFCC is now probing a N4billion hotel deal between Diezani and a former military administrator

whose identity is yet to be released “so as to protect the investigation”. The hotel may go under the Interim Forfeiture process as soon as the preliminary investigation is concluded.

The Nation learnt that detectives of the anti-graft agency have secured relevant papers on the hotel, said to be valued at N4billion.

Also, it was gathered at the weekend that some business associates of Mrs Alison-Madueke were yet to refund to the EFCC about $1.85billion traced to them.

They would rather follow through the case than make a refund, a source said.

According to the anti-graft agency, the hotel was one of the five being investigated in Port Harcourt.

An EFCC source: “We have been able to link the N4billion hotel in Port Harcourt to the ex-minister. We are probing alleged sales deal between her and a former military administrator.

“We have been able to ascertain the value of the hotel. But we are gradually tracking how the deal was carried out including verification of bank details and transactions by all those involved.

“Some of these deals we are unearthing were carried out in layers in order to shield them away from anti-corruption agencies. But we are cracking them all.”

Photos: Six injured in Houston mall shooting, gunman shot dead by police

Six people were wounded after a gunman opened fire at a strip mall in Houston, Texas on Monday, September 26th, before he was shot and killed by police.
Houston Fire Department spokesman, Richard Mann, said via Twitter that an active shooter at Weslayan &Bissonnnet was shot by officers and that there are no reports of other suspects at this time. Several people have been taken to the hospital but they cannot provide details about how many were shot or the severity of their injuries.
"Several people shot by suspect are being transported to area hospitals; unknown exact number or severity of injuries" he said.
The scene is still active as a bomb squad is searching his vehicles for explosives. The shooter said to be a lawyer was described as black and carrying a revolver. 
According to Memorial Hermann Hospital, one victim is in critical condition. Residents in the West University apartment complex are asked to remain indoors until further notice.



Jordanian writer who posted cartoon mocking ISIS and Muslims killed outside courthouse (photos)

A prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar standing trial for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam was shot dead by an lone gunman outside a court house in Amman, the capital of Jordan. 56 year old Hattar was struck by three bullets as he made his way into the court house yesterday Sept. 25th.

He was preparing to enter the courthouse for a hearing when the gunman shot him at close range

 Hattar, a Christian, was arrested on August 13th after posting a caricature on his Facebook account that depicted a bearded man in heaven smoking in bed with women, asking God to bring him wine and cashews. He removed the cartoon shortly thereafter, saying "it mocks terrorists and their concept of God and heaven. It does not infringe God's divinity in any way".

It is not known who produced the cartoon. Many Jordanian Muslims found the cartoon offensive and against their religion. Authorities said Hattar violated the law by widely sharing the caricature. He was charged with inciting sectarian strife and insulting Islam before being released on bail in early September. Spokesperson of the Jordanian government, Mohammad Momani, condemned Hattar's killing as a "heinous crime".


 The government will strike with an iron hand all those who exploit this crime to broadcast speeches of hatred to our community," he told the Petra agency.

 The gunman who shot him has been arrested and is to face investigation and trial.

Daoud Kuttab, an award-winning journalist and director of Community Media Network, told Al Jazeera Hattar's killing represents a "scary situation where people with opinions we don't like or the government doesn't like become susceptible to assassination". 
"It's a clear case of intellectual terror," said Kuttab. 
"The omen is that many people are now going to be worried about what they say ... It's a scary situation for people who believe in the freedom of thought and opinion and the right of expressing their opinion."


Niger Delta Militants Force Shell to Shut Down Major Crude Oil Export Line (DETAILS)

Nigeria’s crude oil production suffered fresh set back on Monday as Trans Niger Pipeline, (TNP), which exports about 180,000 barrels of crude oil per day was shut down as a precautionary measure after a fire was seen on the “right of way” at Gio community in Ogoni land.

Unfortunately, this is one of the two pipelines that export Bonny Light crude oil.

TNP transports crude to Bonny Export Terminal and is part of liquid gas evacuation infrastructure, critical for continued domestic power generation (Afam VI power plant) and liquefied gas exports.

According to spokesman for Shell Petroleum Development Corporation (SPDC), the operator of the joint venture with Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Precious Okolobo, “It was not yet clear whether export supplies will be subject to force majeure. A joint investigation visit will determine the cause and impact of the fire.”

The line is also the right of way for a Bonny-refinery pipeline belonging to the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of NNPC.

A project officer with a local environmental rights group, Kentebe Ibiaridor, said: “The fire is huge and still raging when I left, we do not know the cause of fire yet, whether it is sabotage or system failure."

But on Saturday, the Niger Delta Avengers, a group that has claimed responsibility for most attacks on oil infrastructure, said it had struck a Bonny Light pipeline, ending several weeks of calm.

A spokesman for the militants had said in an emailed statement that the attack on Saturday was in the sea near Bonny island.

W TRUE? Presidency Plotting To Scheme Tinubu Out Of APC Hierarchy – Yakasai

Erstwhile adviser to former President, Shehu Shagari on National Assembly matters, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, has alleged that there is an evil scheme in the Presidency to completely scheme out the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu from the hierarchy of the ruling party.

Speaking from his base in Kano, Alhaji Yakasai charged Tinubu not to hesitate to tackle President Muhammadu Buhari if the latter is seen to be behind anything objectionable.

Tinubu, had while demanding the resignation of APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, stated that: “There exists a regressive element in the party that cares nothing for the progressive ideas upon which this party was founded. They joined the APC because it was the best ride available at the time. Now they want to guide the party into the ditch. They want to turn the party into a soulless entity incapable of doing good, just like they are.”

Also, former Aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode wrote that “They are a small cabal of power-brokers who constitute the leadership of the Buhari-led CPC. These people believe that they were born to rule and that they own Nigeria. They simply used Tinubu’s old ACN as a compliant and ready piggy-back to catapult their way back to power and once they achieved that they never looked back.”

But insisting that Tinubu’s political travails were well-thought-out and plotted in the Presidency, Yakasai recalled that Senate President, Bukola Saraki, had asserted that the APC government has been hijacked by a cabal now in control of day-to-day affairs of running the government.

“People are inclined to believe what the Senate president has said,” Yakasai said, adding that “from all indications, every right thinking person will figure out a sinister plot to completely scheme out Tinubu from the hierarchy of APC and I want to believe this is coming from the Presidency.

US #Debates2016: Hillary Clinton's Message Is Clear & Direct

President Barrack Obama once described Hillary Clinton as the most prepared candidate for office of the President of United State. So far, with her words, she's living up to that endorsement.

DETAILS | How Diezani allegedly bought the Le-Meriden Hotel

Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria’s former Petroleum Resources Minister, purchased Port Harcourt’s Le Meridien Hotel for $25million from a former Rivers State military administrator, Anthony Ukpo.

According to SR sources, the transaction was carried out using some persons including 
Dauda Lawal a First Bank of Nigeria Executive Director. Lawal’s role, according to investigators at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was to pick up from Skye Bank in Lagos and innocuously drop off $25million cash into a bank account at Sterling Bank PLC.

The directive to pick up the huge cash haul was coordinated by Stanley Lawson, a former group executive director of Finance and accounts at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

During EFCC interrogations, Dauda claimed he did not know that the transaction was aimed at purchasing Le Meriden Hotel in Port Harcourt, and that he was only helping a friend, Mr. Lawson, to run errands. People knowledgeable about Mr. Lawal’s closeness to Diezani, which some say sometimes appeared to be romantic, said he may not be telling the whole truth.

Lawal was one of the bankers arrested by the EFCC in a recent fraud-related raid of high profile bankers involved in financial crimes perpetrated by Mrs. Alison-Madueke. Others include Herbert Wigwe of Access Bank PLC, Nnamdi Okonkwo of Fidelity Bank PLC, and Yemi Adeola, the MD of Standard Bank PLC.
Le Meriden hotel was conceived as a five-star hotel. It was built in 2003 by retired Brigadier General Ukpo with the help of Julius Berger, the construction company with whom he became acquainted during his early days first as the military administrator of Rivers state and later as the Principal Secretary to former Military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida. Ukpo sold the 87-room luxury hotel to Mrs. Alison-Madueke through a web of actors with the hope that no one would find out.

After the EFCC discovered the fraudulent sale, Ukpo reportedly offered to hand over the hotel to the federal government, but President Buhari is believed to have rejected the offer, saying government has no business managing a hotel, and insisting that Ukpo return $25m to the federation account.

ECONOMY | Naira Crashes To 445 To One Dollar

The poor performance of Nigeria Naira against other currency, particular the major ones, is troubling to say the least. The naira sustained its decline on the parallel market as it slipped to N445 to the dollar on Monday, lower than the N440 to the dollar it closed on Friday as pressure and activities of speculators continued to hurt the nation’s currency.

President, Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria, Aminu Gwadabe, has argued that the rate of the naira on the parallel market was not a true reflection of the value of the currency. He also attributed the development to the activities of speculators. 

According to him, the situation in the parallel market is being driven by speculators taking advantage of the poor implementation of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) policy requiring banks to sell dollars to bureau de change (BDC) operators.

Graphic Photos: Suspected thief burnt to death by angry mob in Lagos

An Okada rider was burnt to death by an angry mob for his involvement in a robbery at Finger bus-stop, Badagry Expressway, Lagos, today September 27th. Narrating what happened, a LIB eyewitness said the bike man was shot while trying to escape with his accomplice after a robbery. "He was running along the road and jumped on the bike waiting for him. Unfortunately for them, Police around gave them a chase, fatally shooting the bike man in the process. An angry mob reportedy descended on the robbers, burning the bike man while the Police left with the armed accomplice." - More photos after the cut.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Klint da Drunk and wife celebrate 9th wedding anniversary

Popular comedian Klint da Drunk and his wife, Lilien are celebrating their wedding anniversary today Sept 20th. The couple who have been married for 9 years and have welcomed three kids together, took to their respective IG pages to celebrate. Klint wrote: "Together since 2007! God I thank you. Happy Anniversary sweety@prettylilien. May God continue to bless our union! May God bless all our friends, fans and family and most especially those who wish us well." While Lilien wrote: Save up to 85% at "My Iroko, with you in my life, I became a better person. Thanks for being my better half and soul mate . Loved you, love you and always will. Happy anniversary booboo #ImIncompleteWithoutYou #TogetherSince2007 #MyBestFriendAndLover #LongLifeAndProsperity #GoodHealthOfMindAndBody