Showing posts from April 17, 2014

Femi Otedola’s Daughter DJ Cuppy Named Nigeria’s Tourism Ambassador

Ife Otedola – DJ Cuppy, the daughter of Nigerian business and oil mogul Femi Otedola, today was named the Tourism Ambassador for Nigeria in FCT, Abuja.

At the private announcement, the hip disc jockey beamed in her green print dress and black pumps.

Nigeria’s Minister for Culture and Tourism, Edem Duke as well as the Permanent Secretary made the announcement as they presented DJ Cuppy with an award.

DJ Cuppy is excited about her new gig. She says “On Behalf Of The Ministry Of Culture, Tourism, And National Orientation… I Am So Honoured and Proud To Be Officially Dressed As A Tourism Ambassador For The Federal Republic Of Nigeria #ilovemycountry” via an Instagram post.

Man beheads cousins, injures two others

A 35-year old man, Mr. Uwem Job, on Wednesday, beheaded two of his cousins, Mr. Akaninyene Job, 45; and Ezekiel Job, 36.
Two other cousins – Itoro Job and Ekemini Job – narrowly escaped death as Uwem’s machete missed their throats, but cut through their hands. They were said to have been taken to a hospital in the area.
Eyewitnesses said the incident occurred around 8.10am in Ikot Nkim, Ibesikpo/Asutan Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State.
It was learnt that Uwem fled after the incident and his whereabouts had not been known.
Akaninyene’s younger brother, Mr. Ekemini Job, told PUNCH Metro that around 8.10am, Uwem came to their house and told Akaninyene to come with him, saying that he had something to show him (Akaninyene).
He stated that as Akaninyene opened the curtain to see what Uwem had for him, he (Uwem) hit Akaninyene on the neck with a machete and severed his head from the body.
Ekemini said, “Uwem came to our house around 8am and asked Akaninyene to open the door and colle…

NEMA releases list of Abuja bomb blast victims (see list)

The National Emergency Management Agency on Thursday released the list of the Monday’s bomb blast victims at Nyanya Motor Park in Abuja which claimed no fewer than 89 lives and leaving about 200 other victims injured. NYANYAN GENERAL HOSPITAL S/NNameSexState of OriginAddressAgeContact/Phone1Emmanuel OdumaMCustoms Qtrs2Charity EnangFCross-RiverSharp Corner Cross – River07031317603Pius NwaonuanMEbonyiNew Karshi080926292714Clifford NwaforM080975344985Attah FridayMMopo Quarter080661574536Chidozie IyokeMEnugu081862411037Peter OmehMEbonyi080324914918Ibrahim SalisuMKadunaOrange Market070394221229Shamsu HusseinMKastinaNyanaya Market10Adamu M BelloMPlateau0806128631311Osaretin JohnM08030719953 ASOKORO DISTRICT  HOSPITAL S/NNAMESEXSTATE OF ORIGINADDRESSAGECONTACT NO1Hamza IbrahimMKatsina33yrs2.Rakiya SuleimanFKebbi33yrs3.Saidu AyindeMKwara53 yrs080372198354Adamu AbbisiMKogi39yrs5.Inuwa MusaMKogi54 yrs6Arimiyawa SaiduMSokoto21 yrs070667891307Ebele IbezimFImoAdult081331518078Oguike CharlesMImo30 yrs…

Funsho Williams was strangled to death – Pathologist


Lagos State Chief Forensic Pathologist, Prof. John Obafunwa, on Wednesday told a Lagos High Court in Igbosere that the slain former governorship candidate in the state, Mr. Funsho Williams, was strangled to death.

Six men – Bulama Kolo, Musa Maina, David Cassidy, Tunani Sonani, Mustapha Kayode and Okponwasa Imariabie – are standing trial before the court for the murder of Williams.

Williams, who was to contest the 2007  governorship election in Lagos, was murdered on July 27, 2006, at his residence, 34A, Corporation Drive, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi.

Obafunwa, who was testifying as a prosecution witness before Justice Adeniyi Adebajo, said the post moterm conducted on the deceased person’s body showed that this death resulted from asphyxia (lack of oxygen intake) due to “manual strangulation.”

He said, “Based on our findings, the deceased’s death resulted from asphyxia or lack of air intake due to manual strangulation, and the wounds found on the deceased can be described a…

LASU lecturers threaten strike, fault fee hike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities , Lagos State University, Ojo Chapter, on Thursday threatened to go on strike at the expiration of another 14-day ultimatum it declared on April 15.

The union made the declaration at its South-West zonal congress, held at the institution.

ASUU South-West Zonal Coordinator, Dr Adesola Nasir, said the ultimatum was with effect from April 15.

“The 14-day ultimatum trade dispute had been issued to accord the management an opportunity to address the demands of the union.

“ASUU would be holding its National Executive Council meeting at the expiration of the ultimatum and ASUU-LASU will embark on a full scale strik, if its demands are not met,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ASUU- LASU had, on March 25, declared a 21- day ultimatum trade dispute, following the non-implementation of some agreements reached with its management over 12 months ago.

Nasir said ASUU, at the National level, had intervened to resolve the brewing crisis in t…

X-Men Director, Bryan Singer Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Underage Boy

former child model and aspiring actor is accusing "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager in a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday says the prominent director of the forthcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past" forced Michael Egan III into sex during parties in California and Hawaii when he was 17 in the late 1990s.

Singer's attorney, Marty Singer, said in a statement that the claims are absurd and defamatory.

"It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan's new movie is about to open in a few weeks," said Marty Singer, who said he is not related to the director.

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" is set for release May 23. It has an all-star cast, including Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry and Patrick Stewart. It's the fifth film in the blockbuster franchise.

Egan and his attorney, Jeff Herman, planne…

Tom Cruise, Laura Prepon Rumored To Be Dating Even Though They've Apparently Never Met

Tom Cruise and Laura Prepon just might be Hollywood's hottest new Scientologist couple, if they've ever met that is.

When sources told British tabloid Grazia that the pair was seen dining together at the Manor Hotel in Los Angeles in November 2013, reps for the "Mission Impossible" star and the "Orange Is The New Black" actress denied any romance between the two. Now, Page Six is reporting that Cruise and Prepon are still seeing each other and working hard to keep their relationship a secret. "It’s the buzz on the set of her show,” an insider told Page Six's Richard Johnson.

Well, Cruise's rep told The Daily Mail that not only are the two not dating, but they have actually never even met. Meanwhile, an unnamed source insisted to E! News that the "story is false," adding that they also learned the two actors have apparently never been introduced.

There is a lot of denial going on here, as reps for both actors also shut down the report…

Baby Born With 4 Feet, 4 Hands In China

A baby born with four arms and four legs had his extra limbs surgically removed on Friday.

The boy, born April 2 in China's Guangdong Province, is in stable condition after the surgery, the Global Times reports.

Yu Jiakang, chief surgeon at Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center, told the Yangcheng Evening News that the baby was born joined at the torso to a headless parasitic twin.

According to the Evening News, the mother underwent five examinations at various local clinics and hospitals, and doctors found no abnormalities with the fetus.

However, the boy's father, identified only as "Mr. Chen," told ImagineChina that he felt guilty about his son's birth defects because he did not arrange for his wife to receive good enough care.

"I only cared about my work," he said. "I just thought of making money instead of taking [my wife] to hospital for a medical checkup."

Kris Jenner Hospitalized After Suffering 'Internal Pains'

Kris Jenner was hospitalized for "internal pain" on Wednesday, April 16, reports E! News.

A source close to Jenner confirmed to The Huffington Post that Jenner was indeed hospitalized, while an insider told E! that the 58-year-old momager "went to the hospital for some internal pains she was having," and "got a scan for precautionary reasons." At this time Jenner is choosing to keep the details surrounding her medical issue private, the source explained.

Whatever Jenner is dealing with, the reality star seems to be in good spirits and is focusing on the upcoming Easter holiday, as she just posted a photo of an adorable table she set for her grandchildren, Mason, Penelope and North. "Easter sweets and goodies for my precious Bunnies!! #EasterLove," she captioned the photo.

Heidi Klum Goes Topless On The Beach With Boyfriend Vito Schnabel

Heidi Klum enjoyed a topless day at the beach in Mexico while with her new boyfriend, Vito Schnabel.

Klum and Schnabel were photographed frolicking in the ocean and sunbathing on some lounge chairs while in Tulum on Tuesday, April 15. The two engaged in plenty of PDA as nearby paparazzi captured snapshots of the 40-year-old supermodel clad in nothing but bikini bottoms and a hat.

Klum was first linked to Schnabel in February after the two were spotted kissing at Bootsy Bellows in Hollywood around Valentine's Day, Us Weekly reported. She split from her bodyguard boyfriend, Martin Kirsten, in January.

Schnabel is a 27-year-old art dealer in New York City and the son of famed artist-filmmaker Julian Schnabel. He previously dated Demi Moore and Elle Macpherson.

US rapper Eve picks June for wedding in Spain

Rapper Eve Jihan Jeffers, 35, is said to be preparing for summer nuptials with her fiancée Maximillion Cooper 41. According to the New York Post, the pair are planning a lavish June wedding at the Blue Marlin megaclub in Ibiza,Spain. The couple got engaged on Christmas Day last year after over three years of dating, and Eve broke the news after posting a picture on Instagram of herself with her family, with a diamond ring clearly visible on her left hand. It will be  Eve’s first marriage , while Cooper, whose company Gumball 3000 is an annual 3,000-mile British car rally and lifestyle brand has four kids from a previous marriage. Eve recently sealed a deal with ABC in January to star in an interracial romantic comedy series loosely based on her life ...

Nearly 300 People Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks

Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search Thursday for 287 passengers still missing a day after their ferry flipped onto its side and sank in cold waters off the southern coast of South Korea.

Nine people, including five students and two teachers, were confirmed dead, but many expect a sharp jump in that number because of the long period of time the missing have now spent either trapped in the ferry or in the cold seawater. There was also fury among families waiting for word of passengers who were mostly high school students.

There were 475 people aboard, and some of the frantic parents of the 325 student passengers who had been heading to Jeju island for a four-day trip gathered at Danwon High School in Ansan, which is near Seoul, and on Jindo, an island near where the ferry slipped beneath the surface until only the blue-tipped, forward edge of the keel was visible.

Relatives of the three dead students wailed and sobbed as ambulances at a hosp…

Khloe Kardashian & French Montana Head To Dinner [PHOTOS]

French Montana and Khloe Kardashian are slowly but surely easing their relationship (or friendship, whatever they call it these days) onto our news feed. Apparently the two have been inseparable for the past month. With photos of them cuddling in the studio, hitting the strip club together, and jet setting to Vegas for an appearance French had to make it’s definitely clear that they are spending lots of time together behind the scenes. Lately, the “couple” have been making sure the paparazzi catch their one-on-one outings. Last night French and Khloe headed to Crustacean, a well known eatery in LA. The place is known for its delish food and evidently for the tons of paparazzi that sit on the restaurant waiting for celebs. Anyone who isn’t looking to be seen would probably avoid that restaurant but our dear Koko made her way their despite the fact that her and French would be seen. In the photos above you’ll see the two leaving in Khloe’s Range Rover with French in the passenger seat.…

GTB shareholders approve N50bn dividend

Shareholders of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc have approved a total dividend payout of N50.033bn or N1.70 per share for the 2013 financial year.

The shareholders gave the approval in Lagos on Monday at the bank’s Annual General Meeting.

The GTB’s board of directors had recommended the dividend payment following the release of the bank’s result for the year ended December 31, 2013 which showed that it made a profit after tax of N90bn in the period.

During the period, the directors paid an interim dividend of 25 kobo per ordinary share of 50 kobo each for the six months ended June 2013.

The directors then recommended a final dividend of N1.45 per ordinary share of 50 kobo, bringing the total for the financial year to N1.70 per share.

Besides approving the dividend, the shareholders also elected Mrs. Osaretin Demure as a non-executive director of the bank.

The Chairman, GTB, Mr. Egbert Imomoh, told the shareholders that achievements of the bank in the course of the year under review were as a …

Astronaut Urine May Help Power Future Spacecrafts, Experts

Urine is typically considered something to get rid of. But urine is largely water, and that’s a valuable resource in space. If a new process can be successfully scaled up from recent lab tests, future space travelers could more efficiently recycle their own urine to reclaim its water and make a little electrical power to boot.
Getting water and other supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) is expensive. It costs about $33,000 per kilogram to launch materials into low-Earth orbit, says Eduardo Nicolau, an analytical chemist at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. Launching them higher is even more costly. Resupplying spaceships carrying people far outside Earth’s orbit—to Mars, say—probably would be prohibitively expensive even if possible.

Thus, Nicolau says, crews of long-term space missions will have to recycle their water. And the biggest source of that water is their own urine. Each astronaut on such a mission will likely produce more than 1.5 liters each day, ac…

Lab-Grown Vaginas Implanted in Humans for the First Time

Lab-grown vaginas were implanted in patients for the first time report scientists at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine. In a paper published here in The Lancet the researchers describe long-term success in four teenage girls who received vaginal organs created using their own cells. The girls in the study were born with Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, a rare genetic condition in which the vagina and uterus are underdeveloped or absent.

Anthony Atala, M.D., director of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the leader of the research team, says in a statement, "This pilot study is the first to demonstrate that vaginal organs can be constructed in the lab and used successfully in humans. This may represent a new option for patients who require vaginal reconstructive surgeries. In addition, this study is one more example of how regenerative medicine strategies can be applied to a v…