Thursday, July 28, 2016

Chinese woman set hotel ablaze to kill lover in Lagos

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Forty-seven-year-old Zhen Zhen attempted to kill her lover, Leo Feng, 41, when she set Ernest Hotel in the Ikeja area of Lagos on fire.  The hotel attendant, Emeka Nwaegbo, said this at the resumed hearing of the case at the Ebute-Meta Magistrate’s court.

Nwaegbo told the court that Zhen accused Feng of sleeping with her without giving her food, which informed her decision.  It was alleged that the couple smoked and shunned the warning of the hotel attendant to stop the act.

The lovers checked into the hotel on Allen Avenue, Ikeja, on July 4. However, around 2am on July 5, the hotel was said to have been gutted by fire.

The couple were arrested by the police and the case transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.

Although the couple were arraigned last Wednesday on counts of arson, the magistrate adjourned till Friday to enable all witnesses to be present in court.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the suspects, who could not meet their N2m bail conditions, were remanded in prison.

Present at the resumed hearing were the manager of the hotel, Ernest Nwayerem; the hotel attendant, Nwaegbo; and the representative of the Chinese Embassy, who identified himself only as Olayiwola.

Nwaegbo told the court that the lovers were customers at the hotel, adding that Feng, who was indebted to the hotel, dropped his personal effects, including passport, to assure the management that he would pay his outstanding debts.

He said, “At about 10.30pm, they both checked into the hotel. The man dropped his belt, money, passport and socks with the receptionist downstairs because they owed the hotel some money.

“I was conducting a routine check round the hotel when I discovered that the frontage of their room was littered with cigarette stubs and broken plates.

“I told them to pack the dirt, but the woman started shouting on me; I did not understand because she was speaking in their language.

“I later went downstairs to call the manager. When she got there, she tried to calm them, but they did not listen to her.

“Some minutes later, Feng came downstairs saying he wanted to collect what he dropped at the reception. I gave him everything, except his passport.”

The attendant said as Feng was stepping out, someone raised the alarm about fire, adding that he discovered that the fire started from the suspects’ room.

He said he alerted the hotel manager to the incident.

“When I asked the female suspect what happened, she said the man starved her for two days and that was why she wanted to burn him in the room. She said, ‘Two days, I no chop. I wan make e die.’ ”

Zhen, who spoke through an interpreter, denied the allegation, saying the fire started from a television in the room.

“I did not set the hotel on fire. The fire started from the television in the room. I did not tell the room attendant that he (Feng) starved me for two days; he is lying. We always bought food from a restaurant,” she said.

When the magistrate, Mrs. Bola Folarin-Williams, asked why she did not call attention to the fire, she said she could not because she did not know how to communicate with people in the hotel.

However, the representative of the Chinese embassy, Olayiwola, said the embassy wanted the law to take its course.

He said, “The embassy said the suspects did not come into the country through it. Also, it gathered that their passports are expired.”

The magistrate said the argument of the defendants on how the fire started was unconvincing.

She, however, asked all the parties to meet and agree on settlement terms, just as the hotel insisted on recovering its loss which it estimated at over N17m.

The defendants were ordered to be remanded in prison until they perfected their bail conditions.

The case was adjourned till August 9, 2016.
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Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo opens CR7 museum in Portugal (Pictures)

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The international footballer has created his CR7 museum at Funchal, Madeira, Portugal.  The museum, dedicated to his professional career, is on the ground floor of his Pestana CR7 hotel which was launched recently.

A wax replica of the sporting star was displayed in the new location for fans to take photos with as well as housing his greatest prizes, including Champions League, La Liga and Premier League medals.

Check out some photos from the museum below:

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hillary Clinton makes history, gets Democratic President Nomination for the White House

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Hillary Clinton has been formally nominated as the Presidential candidate of Democratic Convention. She becomes the first woman ever to be the standard-bearer of a major U.S. political party.

The 68-year-old former secretary of state exceeded the 2,382-delegate threshold needed to clinch the nomination amid huge applause in the hall.


Congrats to her.

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Adele, Beyonce, and Drake lead nominations for the 2016 Video Music Awards (see full list of nominees)

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Beyonce and Adele are the top nominees at the 2016 "Video Music Awards" announced on Tuesday. Their music videos will compete against Kanye West's controversial "Famous" for video of the year.

Beyonce leads the pack with a career-high 11, followed by Adele with 8 nominations.Other artists nominated this year are Calvin Harris, Rihanna, Fifth Harmony, and Ariana Grande. All Time Low and Coldplay are nominated for Best Rock Video, while Kanye West and Drake are nominated for both Video of the Year and Best Male Video. Also nominated for Video of the Year is Justin Bieber's "Sorry." Bryson Tiller, Designer, Zara Larsson, Lukas Graham, and DNCE are all nominated for Best New Artist. 

The late David Bowie scored four nominations, one for “Blackstar” (Best Art Direction) and three for “Lazarus” (Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Editing).

The show will air live on August 28 at 9pm from Madison Square Garden in New York. This will be the first year the event takes place at Madison Square Garden.  No word on who is hosting and who will be performing yet.  You can vote here.

See the full list of nominees below:
Video of the Year
Adele – “Hello”
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Justin Bieber – “Sorry”
Kanye West – “Famous”
Best Female Video
Adele – “Hello”
Beyoncé – “Hold Up”
Sia – “Cheap Thrills”
Ariana Grande – “Into You”
Rihanna ft. Drake – “Work” (short version)
Best Male Video
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
Kanye West – “Famous”
The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”
Best Collaboration
Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom”
Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Work From Home”
Ariana Grande ft. Lil Wayne – “Let Me Love You”
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
Rihanna ft. Drake – “Work” (short version)
Best Hip Hop Video
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Desiigner – “Panda”
Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
Chance The Rapper – “Angels”
2 Chainz – “Watch Out”
Best Pop Video
Adele – “Hello”
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Justin Bieber – “Sorry”
Alessia Cara – “Wild Things”
Ariana Grande – “Into You”
Best Rock Video
All Time Low – “Missing You”
Coldplay – “Adventure Of A Lifetime”
Fall Out Boy ft. Demi Lovato – “Irresistible”
twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
Panic! At The Disco – “Victorious”
Best Electronic Video
Calvin Harris & Disciples – “How Deep Is Your Love”
99 Souls ft. Destiny’s Child & Brandy – “The Girl Is Mine”
Mike Posner – “I Took A Pill In Ibiza”
Afrojack – “SummerThing!”
The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”
Breakthrough Long Form Video
Florence + The Machine – The Odyssey
Beyoncé – Lemonade
Justin Bieber – PURPOSE: The Movement
Chris Brown – Royalty
Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy
Best New Artist
Bryson Tiller
Desiigner
Zara Larsson
Lukas Graham
DNCE
Best Art Direction
Beyoncé – “Hold Up”
Fergie – “M.I.L.F. $”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
David Bowie – “Blackstar”
Adele – “Hello”
Best Choreography
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell – “WTF (Where They From)”
Beyoncé – “Sorry”
FKA Twigs – “M3LL155X”
Florence + The Machine – “Delilah”
Best Direction
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Coldplay – “Up&Up”
Adele – “Hello”
David Bowie – “Lazarus”
Tame Impala – “The Less I Know The Better”
Best Cinematography
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Adele – “Hello”
David Bowie – “Lazarus”
Alesso – “I Wanna Know”
Ariana Grande – “Into You”
Best Editing
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Adele – “Hello”
Fergie – “M.I.L.F. $”
David Bowie – “Lazarus”
Ariana Grande – “Into You”
Best Visual Effects
Coldplay – “Up&Up”
FKA Twigs – “M3LL155X”
Adele – “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”
The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”
Zayn – “PILLOWTALK”
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Rihanna launches a Pop-up Shop in Paris

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Songstress Rihanna has opened a pop-up shop at the popular French boutique, Colette in Paris. The Creative Director of Puma's exclusive pop-up is available in-store and online until July 30. It features a lot of Riri's creations - such as her Dior sunglasses, fragrances, Stance socks and the aforementioned Manolo Blankhiks. 

It also includes her ANTi tour merchandise: hoodies and tees bearing Riri’s face and the album’s lyrics, along with caps emblazoned with the slogan “Bitch I know you know”.

Congrats to her.
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#Perfectmatch: Beyonce and Blue Ivy dazzle in matching printed dresses

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Beyonce and her daughter Blue Ivy rocked matching outfits by Gucci. Mother and daughter were pictured in Paris on a balcony with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Queen Bey is still busy with her "Formation World tour."

Like mother like daughter.
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Google introduces Android's Caller Identification for Nexus phones

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Google has announced a new update to Nexus and Android One devices running its Android operating system. With Android's caller identification, answering a call from a number you don't recognize or making a call to a suspected spam caller will be gone.

A post on Google + reads:
"Spam callers be gone! Today, we’re beginning to update your Google Phone app with spam protection on #Nexus and #AndroidOne devices to warn you about potential spam callers and give you the ability to block and report these numbers. If you already have Caller ID turned on, spam protection will be available on your phone once your app updates to the latest version."
The update will be rolling out over the coming days.

Welcome development.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

#Music Meets Fashion: Check out Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in their latest 2016 Balmain Campaign

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Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian looked so good in their latest ad campaign for Balmain titled "Music Meets Fashion"  The picture was tagged:
"THE #BALMAINARMY IS BACK Starring #KanyeWest and #JoanSmallsPhotography #StevenKlein Creative Direction #PascalDangin at#KidsCreative #BALMAINFW16"
This isn’t the first time they model for the company. Back in 2014, Kanye and Kim were also the faces of Balmain’s menswear campaign.

Cool or not?

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#Fancycars: Check out Cristiano Ronaldo's hottest wheels

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Cristiano Ronaldo is famous not only for his amazing performance on the football field. He is rich and has many passions and fancy cars is one of them!

Below are photos of his 7 most expensive  cars:

1. Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, 2012

Looking forward to your birthday and gifts? So was Ronaldo and decided to have a real treat for his 27th birthday. That’s when he got one of the most expensive cars for his collection – Lamborghini. It is worth over 500 000 US dollars. However, being owned by the legendary footballer makes the car even more expensive.

2. Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

This elegant car is worth over 400 000 dollars. Most of the parts of it are handmade, including the interior. So, Ronaldo has a good taste, after all.

Read: Ronaldo tops the list of world highest-paid Football stars- See List of Top 20

3. Ferrari 599 GTO 2011

This is classic! The price of the car is about the same as that of Rolls-Royce. And surely red, hot and speedy Ferrari is the best match for the spicy footballer.

4. Bugatti Veyron

You have to be Bond, James Bond to drive a car like that! Or, you can be a renown footballer like Cristiano Ronaldo! The car is expensive, and the price may rise up to $800 000.

5. Maserati GranCabrio 2011

We could say that’s a budget car for Ronaldo, as it costs just $150 000. But it was the love at the first sight!

6. Audi collection

He’s got Audi R8 2009, Audi RS6, and Audi RS6 Avant 2014. Ronaldo loves this brand and constantly looks out for the new models.

Read also: Real Madrid Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo Unveils Statue of Himself In Madeira

7. Koenigsegg CCX 11, 2009
It’s a sports car and it is one of the fastest models in his collection. He paid for it 391 000 of Euro and it can do 400+ km per hour.

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Instagram introduces Testing Tool to Enable Celebrities overcome social media attacks

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Instagram has introduced a new tool that allows celebrities and public figures to easily block thousands of internet trolls on the site. The tool enables users to automatically prevent and block harmful comments and insults.

This comes after Taylor Swift, 26 was dubbed a "snake" by Twitter users using the green snake emoji features following her online row with Kim Kardashian and her ex boyfriend Calvin Harris.

I feel this should be extended to every user of the photo-sharing application.  What do you think?

Source: Tuko

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