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Friday, July 27, 2018

Five die in DR Congo plane crash

Five people were burnt to death on Friday, after a small passenger aircraft crashed in southern Democratic Republic of Congo near the border with Angola, a local official said, giving a provisional toll.

The piston-engined Antonov 2, operated by local airline Air Kasai, burst into flames, just after takeoff from Kamako for a flight to Tshikapa, 150 kilometres (93 miles) away.

“The plane crashed into the bush three kilometres (two miles) from Kamako,” said Anacletus Muswa Kapinga Safia, the deputy territorial administrator.

“Only two people got out, the pilot and a passenger. They are unable to talk,” he said.

“We already know that five people have died. We will know the final toll when the company provides us with the passenger list.”

The crash is the second in a month in DR Congo’s sprawling Kasai province. Last month, a light plane chartered by the World Food Programme (WFP) had an accident on takeoff at Kamonia, leaving several people injured.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse on Friday –Scientist

Nigeria will on Friday night experience a spectacular total lunar eclipse, which will last for one hour, Prof. Augustine Ubachukwu, has said.

Ubachukwu, the leader of Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Group of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, disclosed this on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

“Nigeria is set to experience a very spectacular total lunar eclipse on Friday, July 27, weather permitting.

“It will be visible from 9:30.p.m. and last till 11: 20 p.m.

“This total lunar eclipse will be primarily visible  from  the  world’s  Eastern  Hemisphere, which are Europe,  Africa,  Asia,  Australia  and  New Zealand.

“Part of South America will be able to watch the final stages of the eclipse just after sunset on July 27.

“New Zealand will catch the beginning stages of the eclipse before sunrise on July 28.

“It will be the century’s longest total lunar eclipse with a whopping one hour and 43 minutes in totality.

“It starts with a partial eclipse at 7:24 p.m.  The total eclipse begins at 8.30 p.m., and ends at 10.13 p.m. The peak of the eclipse will occur at 9.22 p.m. The partial eclipse ends at 11.19 p.m.,’’ he said.

Ubachukwu observed that a lunar eclipse could occur only on the night of a full moon.

The scientist said during a total lunar eclipse, the earth completely blocks direct sunlight from reaching the moon, while the only light reflected from the lunar surface would be refracted by earth’s atmosphere.

According to him, unlike solar eclipses,  lunar  eclipses  are safe  to view without any eye protection  or  special precautions as they appear dimmer than the full moon.

The professor, however, said that the next total lunar eclipse that would be visible in Nigeria would occur on January 21, 2019.

Prof. Rabiu Babatunde, the Director, Centre for Atmospheric Research in Kogi told NAN that people should not be perturbed at the occurrence.

Babatunde said that the event underscored the fact that planetary objects, including the earth were in a state of defined continuous motion.

He said that the occurrence necessitated the need for scientists to continue monitoring and exploring the dynamics of the motion and the phenomena associated with them.

“Keeping tab on the dynamics will enable scientists sensitise the global community of any hazard associated with such occurrences,’’ he said.

Google to provide 10m Nigerians with free WiFi

Google Nigeria plans to reach more than 10 million Nigerians with free Internet access in five cities in Nigeria.

According to the company, the Wi-Fi will be available in 200 Google Stations across five cities in the country which includes Lagos, Kaduna, Port Harcourt, Ibadan and Abuja by 2019.

This was made known on Thursday at the second Google for Nigeria event in Lagos.

Speaking at the unveiling of the Google Stations, the Google Nigeria Country Director, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, said the initiative would address affordability and access to data as well as broadband penetration.

She said the free Wi-Fi was rolled out in partnership with an Internet Service Provider with extensive fibre network, 21st Century, adding that the company was open to partnerships with other ISPs and telcos.

“One of the challenges we found was access to data. Broadband penetration is low and are not reliable and there are challenges with affordability just allow many Nigerians benefit from the digital economy. We are very excited to be able to launch in collaboration with partners,” she said.

She added, “We are starting in Lagos with four sites and commitment is to expand to 200 sites across five cities in Nigeria by 2019. There are opportunities that are available once people get online and are able to consume information.

Commenting on the initiative, the Vice President, Products Management at Google, Anjali Joshi, said the initiative would be scaled to other countries in Africa.

Details soon.

DEVELOPING STORY: Dino Melaye allegedly kidnapped – Senator

Dino Melaye has been allegedly abducted by unknown gunmen, his colleague Ben Murray-Bruce said on Thursday.

Mr Murray-Bruce, one of the key allies of Mr Melaye at the Senate, disclosed this on Twitter a few minutes ago, citing the senator’s brother.

The kidnap is yet to be confirmed.

Mr Melaye was among the 14 senators who defected from the All Progressives Congress on Tuesday.

The controversial senator is facing separate charges for allegedly aiding criminals and attempted suicide.

The Kogi police commissioner, Ali Janga, said he invited Mr Melaye to report at his office by 10:00 a.m. today.

The police chief said Mr Melaye had not arrived, but strongly denied knowledge of his whereabouts.

“I did not send officers to attack him, please call Gwagwalada police to confirm if they have reports,” Mr Janga said.

Mr Melaye’s associates said the senator was feared kidnapped on his way to Lokoja, but could not ascertain the specific section of the Abuja-Lokoja highway where the incident might have occurred.

Mr Janga’s suggestion that Gwagwalada police should be contacted indicated that Mr Melaye might have run into the encounter while still within the Federal Capital Territory.

The FCT and Kogi State share a border after Abaji, which is about 170 kilometers south of downtown Abuja.

Mr Melaye was reportedly arraigned for attempted suicide in Lokoja yesterday. It was unclear whether he received Mr Janga’s invitation to appear at 10 a.m. while he was still in Lokoja for the court appearance or after he had returned to his base in Abuja.

More details later…

Five dead in Lagos boat mishap

The incident happened at about 5.57 p.m.

The general manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Adesina Tiamiyu, who confirmed the deaths, said the cause of the incident was still unknown.

We learnt that a 20-capacity passenger boat belonging to Blue sea capsized mid-sea enroute Ikorodu from Lagos Island.

Bodies of victims have since been deposited at the morgue at Ikorodu general hospital.

The deceased, whose identities still remain unknown, include four women and a man.

Meanwhile, five other persons were rescued after the incident.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

HOW TO INCREASE THE STANDARD OF YOUR LIFE AND NOT STANDARD OF YOUR LIVING


Whether you drive a Volkswagen or you drive a Bentley, the road remain the same isn't it?
Whether you speak on a Samsung or on an iPhone X, whoever you are calling remain the same isn't it?
Whether you're flying economy or business, your destination remain the same isn't it?
Whether you're wearing a simple fastrack or you wear an omega or a Rolex,  the time remain the same isn't it?
It's quite amazing how we work ourselves up so much with increasing the standard of living that we forget to increase the standard of our life. There's nothing wrong with an omega, there's nothing wrong with a Bentley. God bless you with that so if you have it drive it - no problem.
But if trying to increase, enhance and improvise the standard of your living, please please please do not compromise with the standard of your life. It's not the standard of your living that makes you happy, it's the standard of your life that makes you happy. And very often, we forget to give attention to those things that can truly make us happy. Which is why I always say, things I am talking about have utility values right? Not happiness value .
Travel business class or first class, travel - no problem. Drive a Bentley - no problem. But in doing so, never ever compromise on those principles that also improve the standard of your life. And therefore I always say, some people are so poor, so poor, so absolutely poor, that all they have is money.
That's all they have,  that's all they have . I consider that life a poverty stricken life. If all you have is money, you are the poorest person on the world. Because there's more to life than money and there's is way more to life than what money can buy. And therefore I many times say, if you want to truly know how rich you are, drop a tear and see how many hands come to wipe that tear. Ladies and gentlemen our happiness and our increase standard of life are not in things, it's in people. It's relationship, It's meaningful, heartfelt deep bondings of love. That being fulfilment of the heart. It's those meaningful exchanges of love that we share with each other in relationships, that bring true joy to the heart and isn't it the greatest irony, that something that bring the greatest fulfilment, we very conveniently neglect in just running after increasing and enhancing the standard of living.

*LEARN TO INCREASE THE STANDARD OF YOUR LIFE AND NOT STANDARD OF YOUR LIVING*

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Customs seized 35 containers of tramadol, handed 9 to us – NAFDAC DG

The Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Moji Adeyeye, has said that the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) seized 35 containers of Tramadol at various ports in the country but handed only nine containers to the agency.

NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye Adeyeye disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Sunday.

She said nine out of the seized containers of Tramadol were released to NAFDAC by the Nigeria Custom Service (NCS), and had been destroyed by her agency.

“We are seriously working with the custom on this and each time they seize any container, they usually invite us to come and see the containers with Tramadol.

“So far, 35 containers were seized and only nine of them have been handed over to NAFDAC which we have destroyed,” she said.

Adeyeye, however, decried the delay by the custom in handing over the rest of the containers to her agency.

The NAFDAC boss stated that Tramadol was a restricted drug but had been abused by Nigerian youths who use it without prescription.

According to Adeyeye, who is a professor of pharmacology, the drug destroys children’s brain thereby threatening the future generation of the nation.

She lauded the present administration for placing an embargo on codeine, which she said, like Tramadol, should only be given only by prescription as done in advanced country.

The director-general said the agency was more determined and committed than ever to stem the menace of illicit and fake drugs in the country.

Germany's Thomas Muller releases children's book ahead of World Cup

Thomas Muller has released a children's book based on his career ahead of the World Cup.

The kids story explains his rise from humble beginnings at TSV Pahl right the way through to reaching the top of the sport with Germany and Bayern Munich .

On Twitter, the 28-year-old posed proudly alongside 'My Way to the Dream Club'.

He said: "My first children's book My Way to the Dream Club.

"The book from the publishing house Friedrich Oetinger is intended to teach young reading beginners the fun of reading and shows my story of how I came from TSV Pahl to Munich."

The book has been written alongside author Julien Wolff and illustrated by Jan Birck.

Phyno, Olamide Collabo On Super Eagles Theme Song For Russia 2018

Phyno and Olamide, two indigenous rappers that have great chemistry when it comes to dishing out hits have come up with a massive tune to support the Super Eagles at the FIFA World Cup – Russia 2018.

The track titled ‘Dem Go Hear Am’ is powered by Aiteo, the optimum sponsor of the Super Eagles to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Aiteo Group, an integrated, global- focused Nigerian Energy conglomerate founded in February 2008 partnered with the Nigerian Football Federation to deliver superior quality football in Nigeria. So far, Aiteo has paid a huge amount of money to cover its contractual obligation of providing support to the players and technical crew of the Super Eagles throughout their World Cup campaign.

The Super Eagles official theme song would be launched at a special event at Cocoon Lagos along Awolowo road, Ikoyi. The launch party is expected to commence by 11pm and several artistes including Phyno, Olamide, Cynthia Morgan, Small Doctor are expected to be present while comedians A.Y and Bovi are expected to anchor the occasion.

Special guests expected to be at the track launch event are; the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, Aiteo  Deputy CEO Francis Peters and former Super Eagles stars Victor Ikpeba and Julius Aghahowa not excluding other special guests that would grace the event.

The track which is produced by YBNL in-house producer, Pheelz is an up- tempo melodious tune which is expected to cheer the Super Eagles to soar higher in Russia 2018 set to kick off in 5 days time. The lyrics of the song also pays respect to past ex Super Eagles midfield maestro Sunday Oliseh, and late Samuel Okwaraji and Rashidi Yekini.

Some quotable lines in the song are;

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2018 World Cup: I’m good enough to displace Uzoho – Akpeyi tells Rohr

Chippa United goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, has said he has all it takes to start for Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup in Nigeria.

Akpeyi is likely to play second fiddle to Deportivo La Coruna stopper, Francis Uzoho, who will be Gernot Rohr’s first choice in goal, while Ikechukwu Ezenwa is favoured to be second choice.

Although he is the most experienced among the trio, Akpeyi said he won’t be bitter if he is not selected to play, but insisted that even the coaches know he can do a good job between the posts.

“We are teammates and not rivals and whoever is selected to be in goal will get my backing as usual. With all due respect to the goalkeepers here, I’m the most experienced and I believe I will do well if selected by the coaches.

“The coaches will decide who will be in goal and once that is made we will all support whoever is picked. The team comes first and hopefully we will deliver at the World Cup in Russia,” Akpeyi told OwnGoalNigeria.