Thursday 31 December 2015

Annual Yuletide Decorations On Lagos Street!

Pictures from Zenith Bank's annual decorations on Ajose Adeogun street, Victoria Island, Lagos:


Bill Cosby Arraigned On Felony Charges!

American comedian, 78 - year- old Bill Cosby was on Wednesday, 30th December,  in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania - U.S, charged for sexual assault that took place in 2004. 

Prosecutors in a statement said the victim was a guest at Cosby's home in Cheltenham near Philadelphia one evening in January 2004, when he gave her wine and urged her to take three blue pills. "Shortly thereafter, the victim became incapacitated, and Cosby led her to a couch. The victim lay down ... and Cosby positioned himself behind her. Cosby then fondled the victim's breasts, put his hands inside her pants, and penetrated her vagina with his fingers,".

Information revealed that the victim was aware that Cosby was fondling with her breasts, his fingers in her private, and that he penetrated her . 
About 50 women also shared similar story of being drugged and raped.

On his part, Bill Cosby stated that the victim never told him to stop, never pushed him away and never told him her vision was blurred, nor that she was partially paralyzed.

Cosby's Attorney believes that Cosby will be exonerated.

Meanwhile Cosby has been set free on a $million  bail.

Wednesday 30 December 2015

Nigerian President Holds First Presidential Media Chat!

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Aso Rock Villa, Abujaon Wednesday, 30th December, during the much awaited Presidential Media Chat, his very first since assuming office on May 29.

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With the President are: Mr Kayode Akintemi, Ibanga Isine ,Dr Ngozi Ayaegbeluman and Manir DanAli.

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Tuesday 29 December 2015

Forbes 2015 List Of Overpaid Actors!

Here is a list of Hollywood's 2015 most overpaid actors according to Forbes:

Tom Cruise

Returns $13.60 for every $1 paid.

Ben Affleck

Returns $12.30 for every $1 paid.

Brad Pitt

Returns $12 for every $1 paid.

Channing Tatum 

Returns $10.80 for every $1 paid.

Christian Bale

Returns $9.20 for every $1 paid.

Will Smith

Returns 8.60 for every $1 paid

Liam Neeson

Returns $7.20 for every $1 paid.

Will Ferrell

Returns $6.80 for every $1 paid.

Denzel Washington

Returns $6.50 for every $1 paid.

John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II 

Returns $1.20 for every $1 paid. 

Plane Crashes Into Building In Alaska!

One person died when a  small plane crashed into two buildings in downtown Anchorage - Alaska, at about 6:19am, Tuesday, 29th December.
The plane struck the Brady Buildinga 90,000-square-foot downtown office building which houses offices of the state departments of Law and Corrections and the District Attorney's office, located at 1031 West Fourth Avenue, a 90,000-square-foot downtown office building.
The airplane struck an electrical transformer on the outside of a building as it crashed, which forced authorities to shut down power to the area. 
The building was struck about four stories up. The total number of occupants the plane is yet to be ascertained.

El Nino Hits South American!

In pictures, El Nino flood caused by heavy rains hits Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil.

South America floods

Flooding in the region of the Argentine city of Concordia, Dec. 26, 2015.

More than 100,000 people were reportedly evacuated from their homes, in what is believed to be the worse flood in South America in 50 years.

Monday 28 December 2015

Illiterate Chinese Farmer Builds 35mLong Airplane Model As Restaurant!

An illiterate Chinese farmer living in  a small landlocked village in Henan, Wang Lanqun has built a near life-size aircraft model resembling Boeing's signature 737 jetliner with over 150,000 yuan, estimated 23,160 U.S. dollars.

Wang's family has been running a restaurant in the village, the farmer believes an "airplane restaurant" will definitely draw more clients. It the 61-year-old  a year to finish the work on the giant aircraft model that measures 35 meters high, 38 meters wide and 11.5 meters high.

There have already been strings of visitors to his unfinished "airplane diner".

Pictures Of Damages Of 21st December Land-Slide Disaster In South China!

Pictures of damages done by the land-slide 21st December disaster at Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong Province.

Rescue workers look for survivors on December 22, 2015.

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Sunday 27 December 2015

Nigerian Government To Enact Laws To New Investments In The Transport Sector!

Nigeria's Minister of Transportation Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, in  a press briefing on Wednesday, 23rd December, which was it's first interactive session with the media, stated that the Buhari administration will optimally exploit the potentials in the transportation sector through the enactment of legislation that will open up the sector to new investments that will lead to economic prosperity. 

Below is the text of the Press Briefing: 

We are delighted to welcome you to this first interaction with our media stakeholders in the transportation sector. We are certain this would be the first of many such interactions in the light of President Buhari administration’s commitment to accountability and open government. Since we assumed office as Ministers, I and my colleague – the Honourable Minster of State for Aviation have received briefs from different departments and agencies of the ministry and have also embarked on a fact – finding tour. These briefings and tour have enabled us to firm our workplan and policy direction in line with the determination of this administration to lay solid foundation, and improve critical infrastructure that will reflect on our economy.
The transportation sector holds the key to any economy and forms the basis of all socio-economic interactions. Like many other countries, Nigeria suffers the bane of inadequate transportation but perhaps worse than other countries. Nigeria’s huge population puts enormous pressure on a very poor transport infrastructure that bedevils the nation.
The problems of Nigerian transport system include bad roads, inadequate fleet of busses and trucks; irregular and inadequate trains and airplanes services and congested ports. In line with these, are physical problems such as the dearth of suitably trained transport managers and planners, capital restructuring bottlenecks, serious issues of institutional reforms and ineffective traffic regulations.
The contribution of the transport sector to the Gross National Product is an unacceptable 1.41%. For a sector that plays a major role in the nation’s development, there is an urgent need to exploit the opportunities that abound within the sector to improve its contribution to the national economy.
Countries like South Korea and Singapore have built their economies around a vibrant transportation sector. Although Nigeria is blessed with multiple modes of transportation that is the envy of many, these potentials have largely remained untapped. Our air transport and railways sub-sectors hold the key to unlocking the vast potentials in our cities and rural areas.
The Buhari administration is determined to fully exploit the potentials in the transportation sector. As a first step, the government will pursue the enactment of legislation that will open up the sector to new investments that will lead to economic prosperity. Among the bills that is ready for legislative action is the National Transport Commission Bill – an act to provide for the establishment of a National Transport Commission as an independent multi-modal economic regulator and other related matters. This bill among others have been approved by the Federal Executive Council in March 2014.

This sub sector has suffered significant neglect in the past though it is the most effective and cheapest mode of mass transportation for both passengers and freight. During the hey days of Nigerian Railway Corporation, railway was the fastest means of transporting mass freight between different regions of the nation thus reducing pressure on road usage; these included petroleum
and agricultural products.
The current state of the railway is an indication of the serious neglect of this important sub-sector occasioned by poor policy initiation and implementation. This has led to the proliferation of privately owned and operated road haulage services resulting in unregulated and chaotic situation on the nations roads. Nigerian Railway Corporation has been effectively reduced to uneconomically unviable venture dependent on government subvention without any return on the huge investments.
The present administration is determined to revamp the railway sector with a view to enhancing national integration by encouraging mass transit of passengers and goods between and across the geographical regions of the country. The immediate impact will be the reduction of haulage of heavy cargoes by roads thus reducing road damage and increasing the life span of roads.
The movement of petroleum products by rail will be re-introduced in 2016. As you are aware, we have commenced and almost completed the narrow gauge rehabilitation which will be retained for the movement of cargoes. At the same time massive investments into the standard gauge to link most parts of the country with faster trains for passenger movements has begun. In2016, we hope to complete work on the Abuja-Kaduna railway lines as Mr. President is highly committed to it. Work will start in earnest on the standard gauge on the following routes:
1. Calabar-Lagos line which will transverse the following towns and cities. Obudu Cattle Ranch-Calabar-Uyo-Aba-PHYenagoa-Otuoke-Yenagoa-Ughelli-Sapele-Benin-Agbor-Asaba-Onitsha-Benin-Ijebu Ode-Ore-Sagamu-Lagos Seaports.
2. Lagos-Kano. Lagos-Ibadan-Ilorin-Minna-Kaduna- Kano. The construction of new lines and rehabilitation of old railway lines will generate over 250,000 direct jobs and more indirect jobs while having multi-pliers effect on economic activities. With the resuscitation of commercial traffic from Port Harcourt to Aba amongst others, we have begun the revitalization of this key sub-sector of the Nigerian economy.

The maritime sector globally is largely private sector driven with governments providing the appropriate policy and regulatory framework to improve investments and safeguard the nation’s waterways. In Nigeria, the potentials in the maritime sector remains largely untapped. This sector’s contribution to the nations GDP is appreciable. Government will implement policies that encourage private sector participation and investments towards diversification and growth of the nations economy.
Government will streamline all the agencies in the maritime sector for a more effective and efficient performance to meet the expectations of all stakeholders. For example is attempt to improve the clearance of good at the reports within 48hours time period.

The aviation industry in Nigeria has not been without its peculiar problems in the recent past which includes but not limited to weak airlines and decaying infrastructure. The ministry of transportation in collaboration with relevant parastatals and agencies have drawn up short term plans that are currently being implemented of which the traveling public will take notice of the improvements in the not distant future. These plans include the expeditious completion of on going airports remodeling projects at Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt and the decongestion of airports access roads among several others. The new terminal in Lagos will generate additional 15 million passengers annually making a total of 30 million passengers yearly nationwide. The medium and long term plans will require significant investments to upgrade and expand infrastructures to meet current and future requirements.
As a result of limited resources for capital projects development, government is exploring the possibility of private sector participation to towards the realization of the industries’ potentials.
The ministerial committee on the National Airline has submitted its report the President which the government is studying carefully and will announce its decision in due course.
In June of this year, Nigeria scored 96.45% during the International Civil Aviation Security Audit. Despite this feat, the nation can ill afford to let its guards down considering recent events in the international scene where passenger airplanes have been blown out of the skies. Subsequently in accordance with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Security Program (NCASP) and International Aviation Organization (ICAO) annex 17, the Federal Government is looking to overhaul and streamline the security
apparatus at the nations airports for a seamless and more effective security surveillance and enforcement. This will also improve facilitation and passenger experience.. The use of appropriate technology and customized training for security personnel will play a major role in this process. The purpose of all these measures is to work smarter in achieving stated goals and targets.
With regards to the operators and service providers, they must operate within the ambit of Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations and International Civil Aviation Organization Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS) or face the full wrath of the law and extant regulations. This has become necessary as we cannot afford any mishap. Ladies and gentlemen, safety and security is non negotiable.
Efforts will be re-doubled towards the recovery of debts owed to the ministry and all its parastatals and agencies to mitigate the effects of dwindling resources. The ministry through its regulatory agencies will ensure strict compliance with all laws and regulations. In this regard there will no sacred cows. All stakeholders in the transportation sector are encouraged to join hands with the government towards building a virile, vibrant and profitable industry.
Your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, having toured the various parastatals and agencies; the enormity of the tasks ahead has become much clearer.
The government of President Muhammadu Buhari is in the process of developing a national transportation master – plan that will be implemented as a fulfilment one of his campaign promises
to diversify the national economy while improving non oil sector
revenues. While reducing dependence on oil revenues it will also develop the rural economy, reduce unemployment and urban drift.
We understand and appreciate the issues clearly and are committed to ensuring the goals and targets of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government in the transportation sector are met in earnest for the benefits of our people and the nation.
I thank you for listening, God bless you all and the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
RT Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON
Honourable Minister of Transportation
December 23, 2015."

Governor Ambode Hangs With The Osinbajos At Christmas!

Lagos state governor Akinwunmi Ambode hangs with the Osinbajos in Obanikoro - Lagos, and at the Lagos State Secretariat Alausa, Ikeja - Lagos at Christmas.

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Rihanna Shares Photos Of Her Vacation in Barbados!

Rihanna shares Boxing Day photos of her vacation in Barbados: 

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Saturday 26 December 2015

Nigerian Catholic Archbishop Denounced Fake Interview Credited To Him!

A Nigerian Catholic Archbishop John Cardinal Onaiyekan has denounced a fake interview he reportedly granted an online news medium on Sunday, 2oth December 2015.

The Press release below:

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Friday 25 December 2015

Aliko Dangote Ranks 41 In Bloomberg's 50 Most Influential People Of 2015 Markets!

Nigerian mogul and Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote ranks  41 in Bloomberg's  50 most Influential list of 2015 Markets

American economist and Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Janet Louise Yellen ranks 1st on the list. 

Barack Obama ranks 6th, German's president, Angela Merkel ranks 9th, while Pope Francis ranks 31st.