Thursday, June 30, 2016

Lebanese dupes three Lagos customers, absconds with $487,700

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A Lebanese and bureau de change operator, Aly Sayad, has been accused of absconding with $487,700 (about N170m) in the Victoria Island area of Lagos State.

It was learnt that three businessmen had approached the suspect in his office on Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island, to help them change $487,700 to naira.

He was alleged to have left the men in the office after collecting the money, saying he was going to the bank to transfer the naira equivalent to their various bank accounts.

After waiting for hours, the victims were said to have gone to the bank where Sayad claimed he was going to do the transaction, but could not find him.

He was alleged to have fled with the money.

The case was reported at the Bar Beach Police Division, where a manhunt was launched for the suspect.

A police source told PUNCH Metro that the incident happened on Tuesday, adding that the complainants approached the police after searching for Sayad for seven hours.

He said, “The three men actually met at the Lebanese man’s office where they gave him money totalling $487,700 which they wanted to change to naira. He told them to wait for him that he would be going to the bank to deposit the dollars and transfer the naira equivalent into their bank accounts.

“The three businessmen waited until banking hours were almost over. They decided to go and check him around 3pm, but they didn’t find him in the bank. After checking at other places without result, they reported the matter to the police.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, adding that nobody knew the address of the suspect.

Badmos, a Superintendent of Police, said, “We are on his trail. The unfortunate thing is that nobody knows his address. We have transferred the matter to the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba, for further investigation. We will surely get him.”
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#Fashionmoment: Michelle Obama and her daughters arrives Spain in style

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All four women beamed their megawatt smiles as they greeted a receiving line
Michelle Obama and her daughters continue their African tour as they arrived at Torrejon air base in Spain to promote education for girls. The family was welcomed by the U.S. ambassador to Spain James Costos.

Michelle is due to give a speech on her Let Girls Learn initiative to a group of girls and young women. She rocked a gorgeous $1800 Proenza Schouler dress.

The Obama women - travelling with Michelle's mother Marian Robinson - all balanced holding their hair and their dresses down in the windThree-country tour: It is the girls' final stop on their tour to Liberia, Morocco and Spain to promote Michelle's Let Girls Learn initiativeHola España! Sasha and Malia Obama stride across the tarmac outside Madrid on Wednesday morning after flying in from Morocco

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Michelle, Malia, and Sasha Obama Take on Moroccan-Inspired Dressing in Marrakech
Michelle and her daughters had dinner with Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco on Tuesday
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia

They all look fabulous in their elegant outfits.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Rihanna flaunts toned abs in Rosie Assoulin's dress in London

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Off to bed? She was seen getting into her car after partying all night with her on-off ex flame

Rihanna rocked a flirty cut-out dress with contrasting colour ribbons as she stepped out with Drake to attend Nicole Scherzinger's birthday bash at Tape nightclub in London on Tuesday.  The singer looks flawless in her pretty layered midi dress by Rosie Assoulin.

Been a good one? The Work hitmaker couldn't take the smile off her face as she held hands with her pals while heading back to her hotelBreak of dawn! Rihanna still looked sensational as she stepped out into the sunshine as dawn broke on Wednesday morning after partying all night
Flawless: A low-cut neckline with spaghetti straps allowed her to show off her perky cleavage, and small cut-outs over her middle revealed her enviably toned abs

Stylish or not?

Photo credit: Daily Mail

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Wicked woman burns 7-year-old’s genitals for stealing N100

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the police in Lagos State have arrested a woman identified simply as Saratu, for allegedly burning the private parts of her seven-year-old nephew, Razak Qudus with a stove after he was accused of stealing N100.

The victim, who is a primary four pupil in a private school, lived with the suspect in the Afariogun, Oshodi area of the state.

It was gathered that Saratu’s neighbours reported the matter to a coordinator of the Child Protection Network, Ebenezer Omejalile, living in the area, who in turn reported to the police.

Punch learnt that the matter was reported at the Makinde Police Division, Oshodi, and Saratu was arrested.

Omejalile said the victim had been taken to a hospital for a checkup while the police had charged the suspect to court.  He said, “The victim is her nephew. The boy attends a private nursery and primary school around Afariogun Junction. He was accused of stealing the money in the school.

“The woman brutalised the boy’s genitals. While we were at the police station, I also informed the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, Alausa. I am sure justice will be done in this matter. The boy has been taken into government’s custody.”

A social worker said that the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender had also been involved in the case.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the arrest.

She said, “The suspect rubbed pepper on the boy’s genitals and started beating him.

“The boy in the process fell on a burning stove and incurred burns in his private parts. The suspect has been charged to court and remanded in prison.”
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Four steps to protect your bank account from thieves

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Thieves are getting smarter in their quest to steal large sums of money from unsuspecting bank account holders. They are also becoming more sophisticated with the use of electronic payment platforms.

Many bank customers could have prevented a lot of losses they had suffered if only they had known about safety tips that could help protect their accounts from thieves.

A number of bank customers have fallen victims to thieves who have access to their accounts in different ways.

In the old days, robbers would storm banks with guns; and if they made away with a lot of money, it was the bank’s problem. Now, identity theft is the preferred method of robbery, which means thieves are targeting specific customers, and bank robberies have become a lot more personal.

So it is never a bad idea to make sure you do everything you can to protect your bank account. And while it is arguably easy for a thief to get enough information to break into your account, it is also easy to protect yourself against such attacks. So, the next time you do any bank transaction, keep the following steps in mind.

1.  Anytime you type in your password, keep it covered

Some thieves are known to rig cameras at banks’ Automated Teller Machines. This is meant to catch you in the act of typing in your password when you are depositing or taking out money.

The Chief Security Officer of MagTek, Tom Patterson, says that some thieves have gone into grocery stores and installed tiny, hidden cameras, designed to catch your fingers typing in your password, especially when you pay for products with your debit card.

Patterson, who is one of the world leaders in creating secure electronic payment technology, including those machines you swipe your credit card in, advises that you can block the angles so that nobody can view what you are typing.

When you are designing your hints for online banking information, be clever. Every thief knows that with your social security number or account number, they can learn your mother’s maiden name; they can probably steal you blind. So, credit card companies and banks in general will often ask you to use other forms of personal information, such as your favourite vacation spot, or your primary or secondary school name.

2.  Get to know your bank teller

The Security Director, Crescent State Bank, a regional bank in North Carolina, Jo Sorbi, comments on the problem of keeping one’s identity safe. She stresses the importance of staying with a bank for a long time.

According to her, the longer you stay with a bank, the more you create a history with the bank and it can easily suspect any transaction or request that not tally with your financial habit.

3.  Shred everything

Destroy bills and any other paperwork that includes personal and account information. Buy a personal shredder for your house, and be diligent about shredding everything that contains critical information that could be used to steal from you.

4.  Get a post office box

If you’re truly paranoid, Sorbi notes that you often get unsolicited credit card offers in your mailboxes, which can be a vehicle for a thief to try some mischief.

But if you don’t want to go through the trouble and expense of renting a post office box, Sorbi suggests this instead: “Go online, and take yourself off the unsolicited credit card offers. Tell them you don’t want any of the materials being offered. It may not stop criminals from possibly getting access to your credit information, but it will give them less to work with if they drive up to your mailbox.”

Banks are also constantly working on their own prevention methods. The Los Angeles Times recently profiled a security expert, Jim Stickey, who boasted about how he had “stolen” information in a thousand banks, and that while it could be time-consuming to pull off, it was easy.

As the Times revealed, Stickey disguised himself as a pest-control technician, a fire inspector or some other plausible worker, and once he got access into the bank, he would go to work, stealing customers’ personal information (and then reported his findings to the bank management, which hired him to break in).

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Crazy? Check out Woman with Toes Like Fingers

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A young Taiwanese student has been flaunting her very unusual toes on social media.  She posted the pictures of her toes with the caption  “The long toes nobody can match.” She boasted that she can change the channel on Tv with her toes.  Her big toe is 4 inches long and her second toe is 5 inches long.

She says, ‘When I’m lazy to reach for the remote on the table I can just change the channel with my feet – that way I don’t have to get up"

‘People have even asked me whether I can climb trees with my ‘four hands’,’ and says other cruel commenters have asked if she hasn’t evolved yet.

She says, ‘I’ve received strange messages on social media where people have confessed their love for my toes.

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Toyota recalls 3.37 million cars over faulty airbag, emissions control issues

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Japan's Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) has recalled 3.37 million cars worldwide over possible defects involving airbags and emissions control units.

The automaker on Wednesday said it was recalling 2.87 million cars over a possible fault in emissions control units. That followed an announcement late on Tuesday that 1.43 million cars needed repairs over a separate issue involving air bag inflators.
"The involved vehicles are equipped with curtain shield air bags (CSA) in the driver and passenger side roof rails that have air bag inflators composed of two chambers welded together. Some inflators could have a small crack in the weld area joining the chambers, which could grow over time, and lead to the separation of the inflator chambers. This has been observed when the vehicle is parked and unoccupied for a period of time. If an inflator separates, the CSA could partially inflate, and, in limited circumstances, one or both sections of the inflator could enter the interior of the vehicle. If an occupant is present in the vehicle, there is an increased risk of injury."
Some of the automaker's gasoline-electric hybrid Prius models contain both of the potential defects, taking the total number of vehicles affected by the recalls to 3.37 million.  No injuries have been linked to either issue.

Toyota on Wednesday said evaporative fuel emissions control units in models produced from 2006 to 2015 including the Prius, Auris compact hatchback and its popular Corolla models were prone to cracks, which could expand over time and lead to fuel leaks.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

China's first jetliner makes first commercial flight

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The first regional jet produced in China made its first commercial flight Tuesday carrying 70 passengers after years of delays due to technical problems.  The ARJ21-700 jet is one of a series of initiatives launched by the ruling Communist Party to transform China from the world's low-cost factory into a creator of profitable technology in aviation, clean energy and other fields.

The plane, which was launched in 2002, operated by Chengdu Airlines took its passengers from the western city of Chengdu to Shanghai in two hours.

More than half were paying customers who were aware they were flying in a new plane.

"The first flight of the ARJ21 marks the beginning of commercial, or passenger, operations for the ARJ21 and signifies the first time a domestically made regional jet has been used by a Chinese airline," said the COMAC chairman, Jin Zhuanglong.
Welcome development.

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6 Tips to Stay Constantly Motivated

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“How do you stay so motivated?”

That is a question I’m asked on a constant basis -- by friends, business connections and readers of this column -- and it’s a question that all entrepreneurs should address on a regular basis.

You see, we are often so consumed by motivating our teams, employees, business partners and customers, that we sometimes forget something extremely important -- our own motivation.

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Here are six ways I stay constantly motivated -- hopefully they can help you as well.

1. Build a business around your passion.
When you do something you truly love it’s not hard to find the motivation needed to succeed. If you are involved in an industry that bores you it will be hard to dig down and find that motivation when you need it because you aren’t truly passionate about what you are doing.

I started my marketing agency after several failed businesses because the marketing aspect of each business was the only thing I really enjoyed doing. I wake up every morning motivated simply because I love what I do. But, passions can change and it’s important that you pivot with them. For example, after five years of providing marketing services, I’m currently pivoting into more of an online marketing consulting agency. Over the years I’ve grown fonder of consulting with in-house teams and helping them build and scale, rather than just providing various services. Follow your passion and you will never experience a lack of motivation.

2. Always have long-term and short-term goals.

I’m a big fan of goals, both short-term and long-term -- they give you something to work towards, and including short-term goals ensures that you are able to taste victory on a regular basis, providing further motivation to push hard towards achieving the long-term goals.

Everyone is different, but I personally like to see my goals written down, and I like them to be in front of my face as much as possible. I write my goals down on one of the whiteboards in my office, and they stare me in the face daily. This constant visualisation keeps me motivated and 100 percent focused on crossing each goal off the whiteboard. Setting clearly defined goals will help you monitor your progress and provide constant motivation.

3. Be extremely optimistic.

When you are constantly optimistic you focus on just the positives, which helps you stay motivated and focused on reaching your goals. The minute you start to bring negative thoughts into your mind is the moment your forward momentum will come to a screeching halt.

Does the possibility of failure exist? Of course, but you can’t think like that. Entrepreneurs need to think like elite athletes. Do you think for one minute LeBron James was thinking about losing during the NBA finals? I’m willing to bet that the possibility of losing and not bringing Cleveland a title never entered his mind. His optimism dominated his thoughts, blocking out all negative thoughts.

4. Commit to the end goal.

Success often comes to those who take big risks, and big risks can result in epic failures. There are very few one-hit wonders, as most successful entrepreneurs have experienced failure at one point.

Even if you have failed in the past, commit to your end goal and don’t think about those past failures or the possibility of failing again. It could happen, yes, but you could also be the next success story. This circles back to the point above -- you must remain extremely optimistic at all times, and if you do get knocked down you have to bounce right back up, 100 percent focused on your end goal.

5. Surround yourself with like-minded people.
The company you surround yourself with has a direct influence on how you behave, both in your personal life and in the workplace. This quote by Michael Dell from his commencement speech at the University of Texas back in 2003 sums it up perfectly:

“Try never to be the smartest person in the room. And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people … or find a different room. In professional circles it’s called networking. In organizations it’s called team building. And in life it’s called family, friends, and community. We are all gifts to each other, and my own growth as a leader has shown me again and again that the most rewarding experiences come from my relationships.”

6. Establish a personal reward system.

It’s always nice to be rewarded for your hard work, and we can all benefit greatly by implementing a personal rewards program. It doesn’t have to be lavish, either, as sometimes simple rewards can go a long way to push us harder.

Friday afternoon pizza for the office if all goals are hit for the week is a great way to keep a team motivated and pushing hard, while you might reward yourself with an early Friday departure from the office if specific personal performance goals are reached.

Trips, cars and material items can be used for larger goals and they can spark that little bit of extra motivation needed to taste victory. Experiment with different rewards to see what works best for you and your team.

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Hovering parents may harm kids- New Study

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Children with "intrusive" parents who push too hard for good grades may be more prone to become highly self-critical or anxious and depressed, a new study suggests.

"When parents become intrusive in their children's lives, it may signal to the children that what they do is never good enough," said study leader Ryan Hong, an assistant professor in the department of psychology at the National University of Singapore.

The five-year study of primary school students in Singapore found that those whose parents acted intrusively, had high expectations of academic performance or overreacted when the child made a mistake were at increased risk of being overly critical of themselves.

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The researchers also found that children who were highly self-critical had higher levels of anxiety or depression symptoms, although the study did not prove that parental pressure caused anxiety or depression.

"As a result, the child may become afraid of making the slightest mistake and will blame himself or herself for not being 'perfect,'" Hong said in a university news release.

"Over time, such behavior, known as maladaptive perfectionism, may be detrimental to the child's well-being as it increases the risk of the child developing symptoms of depression, anxiety and even suicide in very serious cases," he explained. For the study, the researchers studied 7-year-old children from 10 schools in Singapore, as well as one of their parents. The parent's intrusiveness was assessed with an assignment where the child -- with a parent's help -- had to solve some puzzles within a time limit. A parent was deemed very intrusive if he or she interfered with the child's problem-solving and took control over the puzzle. Follow-up assessments with similar tests were carried out each year with the same kids and parents. Researchers recorded each child's signs of maladaptive perfectionism and self-critical behaviors.

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"Our findings indicate that in a society that emphasizes academic excellence, which is the situation in Singapore, parents may set unrealistically high expectations on their children," Hong said.

Parents need to be careful not to push children too hard for good grades.

"Children should be given a conducive environment to learn, and part of learning always involves making mistakes and learning from them. When parents become intrusive, they may take away this conducive learning environment," Hong noted.

The findings were published online recently in the Journal of Personality.

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