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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

Check out their other outfits below:
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.

Related: 8 tips to start your business in 2016

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.

Read: Ebola and Zika Virus can be detected through Urine test -New study

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.

Read also: Breastfeeding, vaccination cut the risk of ear infections in babies - New study

"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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California woman wins $10,000 judgement from Microsoft (MSFT) over Automatic Windows 10 Upgrade

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A California woman has won a $10,000 judgement against Microsoft for an automatic installation gone wrong that she said seriously crippled her work PC.  Reri Goldsteing, the owner of Sausalito, California based TG Travel Group LLC said her computer started trying to download and install the upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10, despite the fact that she had not approved it a few days after Windows 10 launched in July 2015.

Her computer started acting up, crashing, running super slowly, and becoming unusable for days at a time.

“I had never heard of Windows 10,” she told the Seattle Times. “Nobody ever asked me if I wanted to update.”

Read: Windows 10 will be a Free Upgrade for existing Windows user

When outreach to Microsoft’s customer support didn’t fix the issue, Goldstein took the software giant to court, seeking compensation for lost wages and the cost of a new computer.

She won an initial judgment, which Microsoft appealed. The company then decided to drop its appeal last month —without admitting any wrongdoing — and agreed to pay her $10,000.

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Osas and Gbenro Ajibade welcome first child together

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Osas and her husband actor Gbenro Ajibade has welcomed their first child. Osas gave birth in United States on Monday.

Congrats to the family.
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Saudi Authorities Lifts 2-year Ebola Ban on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

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Two years after a devastating Ebola outbreak reached the country, Muslims in Sierra Leone have been granted permission to make the Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.  

Saudi authorities have lifted a ban on pilgrims from the three West African countries—Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone— at the center of the Ebola outbreak.  Both Guinea and Sierra Leone’s populations have substantial Muslim majorities, according to a 2015 study by the Pew Research Center.

Saudi Arabia’s government has allocated 800 places to Sierra Leone for hajj pilgrims, lifting a two-year ban imposed due to the Ebola crisis, officials said Friday.  
“The government had requested accommodation for 3,000 pilgrims but due to limited accommodation, the Saudi authorties had turned down the request,”.
The Hajj is an annual five-day pilgrimage, which all able-bodied Muslims are required to undertake once in their life if they can afford to. The pilgrimage involves several rituals including circumambulating the Kaaba, a black building considered to be the holiest site in Islam. 

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Conduct post-UTME, face sanction, FG warns varsities, others

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THE Federal Government has warned that any university or other tertiary institutions caught conducting the post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (post-UTME) in violation of its earlier directive will face appropriate sanctions.

Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, issued the threat on Monday, against the backdrop of reports that some institutions had defied the government’s ban on the post-UTME and have gone ahead to conduct the test.

It was gathered that some institutions had also advertised in the media in preparation for the conduct of the exercise. 

But Adamu said those who had already advertised for the conduct of the post-UTME under any guise should stop the exercise immediately, as “any university caught conducting post-UTME will face appropriate sanctions.”

He added that if any tertiary institution had already conducted post-UTME, ‘‘such an exercise stands annulled and money taken from such candidates must be refunded immediately.’’
He has accordingly directed the National Universities Commission (NUC) and appropriate departments in the ministry to communicate this directive to relevant agencies and institutions to ensure strict compliance.

Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, Mr Ben Bem Goong, in a statement, confirmed that the minister reiterated the ban on post-UTME conducted by tertiary institutions for admission into universities and other higher institutions of learning in the country.

Adamu said the ban was with immediate effect and that under no circumstance should any institution violate the directive.

He explained that although he had made this known earlier, the emphasis had become necessary in order to ensure that no stakeholder was left in doubt as to government’s position on the matter.
Affirming his position on the ban, the minister said the responsibility for admission into public tertiary institutions lied solely with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and under no circumstance whatsoever should anybody or institution take over that responsibility by proxy.
He said: “For the avoidance of doubt, any educational institution after secondary education is regarded as a tertiary institution.

“Therefore, all tertiary institutions, polytechnics, colleges of education, universities or by whatever name it is called after secondary education must be subjected to admission through the JAMB.
“At the end of probationary admission by JAMB, the candidates can be cleared (screened) for final admission. For any institution with a shortfall in admission, such institution can revert to JAMB for supplementary admission.

“Clearing in this case (screening) entails only the verification of certificates of the candidates, JAMB scores and any other physical examination to ensure that such candidates are not cultists.
“After this, the candidates are qualified for matriculation. Such screening should be at no cost to the parents or students and should be done upon resumption in order to avoid unnecessary travels in search of admission.

Mallam Adamu decried the situation where final year students in secondary schools were subjected to too many examinations all in one year, describing it as traumatic, exploitative and absolutely unnecessary.

According to him, “mere admission into the university does not guarantee any student the award of a degree until such a student successfully goes through a minimum of eight examinations (for four-year courses) or 10 and 12 examinations (for five and six year courses), among other requirements.”
The minister wondered why any university would not be satisfied with examining a student for eight, 10 or 12 times for the award of a degree, but would rather sort to conducting entry examinations, adding that the universities were at liberty to expel any student who failed to meet up with the requirements of the award of any degree enrolled for. 

He also said there had been no empirical evidence to show that since the inception of post-UTME, universities had been having better quality students, adding that students were still being expelled on a yearly basis for low performance, even as they gained admission through post-UTME.
Furthermore, Mallam Adamu said he was deeply concerned about the plight of parents/guardians who spend fortunes on transportation, hotel accommodation, examination fees and sundry costs, just for their wards to gain admission into our universities, adding that such practice negated the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s resolve to make education affordable for Nigerians.
The minister said he was also mindful of reported cases where some staff of tertiary institutions take undue advantage of the female students in their quest to gain admission into the system.

Adamu also acknowledged that in some cases, parents die in the process of travelling to secure admission for their wards, and never live to see those children through, a situation he described as painful and avoidable. 

Meanwhile, there are indications that new decisions may be taken this week over the resolution of the Federal Government to discontinue with the post UTME tests being conducted by tertiary institutions for candidates seeking admission in the schools.
The Nigerian Tribune gathered that heads of the universities in the country were scheduled to meet with the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu over the matter during the week.
The meeting, according to the Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin, Abdulganiyu Ambali, who spoke with newsmen in Ilorin, at the weekend, would separately involve heads of federal, state and private universities.
He said the vice chancellor of federal universities would meet with the minister today while those of the state and private ones would have their meetings tomorrow and Thursday respectively.
“The directive for the abolition of post-UTME was an executive directive. Since then, different universities have been thinking on how best to admit prospective candidates, what protocol to observe, what to do in order to screen candidates that would come in.

“As God would have it, we got a letter or a notice about two days ago that we should be in Abuja, on Tuesday, that the minister wants to meet all the vice chancellors. The main agenda is on this issue.
Ambali also said it was untrue that Unilorin had decided on any date or modality for post-UTME or had asked prospective applicants to pay for any fee into any bank for post-UTME.
He asked the prospective applicants to visit Unilorin website and take instructions from it. He stated that other forms of communication other than from the website were not authentic, adding that the prospective applicants should be careful to avoid being misled or duped. The VC said he was hopeful that the Nigerian University Commission would increase the admission quota of the university, as he said Unilorin had increased its infrastructural and human capital facilities.
“I have a strong belief that it may be not less than what we have last year, because between last and now, we have added more facilities in the campus, more lecture theatres, more lecture halls, more offices for staff and more equipment.

The VC also said there had been positive development on the accommodation issue with the university, as many people and bodies had shown commitment to building more hostels in the university. He also said accommodation capacity for students had been increased significantly.

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High Demand for Brazilian Butt: What you need to know about its safety


Ever since Sir Mix-A-Lot topped the charts with “Baby Got Back,” big butts have been in style. Celebrities like Nicki Minaj and Kim Kardashian have changed the attitude toward butts to be “the bigger the better.” Most people who want a bigger derriere hit the gym to do some squats. Lately though, more people are turning to plastic surgery to fill out their jeans. From 2014 to 2015, the demand for Brazilian Butt Lifts went up 36%. But, how safe is the Brazilian Butt Lift?

What Is A Brazilian Butt Lift?

First let’s examine the procedure-just what is a Brazilian Butt Lift? It’s a cosmetic procedure designed to reshape or increase the size of someone’s butt. Brazilian Butt lifts combine liposuction and fat grafting, moving fat from one place to another.

What Does the Surgery Offer?
Butt augmentation offers a balanced figure and a better self-image. It gives women the opportunity to use unwanted fat from the back and thighs to create a solid bottom. Without slaving away at the gym, women can receive results in no time.

How Safe is the Brazilian Butt Lift? What are the Side Effects?
General anesthetic is used, so all risks associated with being put to sleep apply. The most common side effects are uneven cheeks and removal of more fat than was necessary. However, those are the easy-to-live-with side effects.

Read: How to give your bum a lift

There are many features that make the Brazilian Butt Lift different, and that’s where the real risks come in. As opposed to just having fat removed, fat is reinjected into the body. This causes a risk of fat embolism, a situation where fat is improperly placed and ends up in a blood vessel. Through the blood vessel, fat can travel to the lungs and cause death.

Septic shock and infection are concerns. In the case of model Andressa Urach, complications from thigh injections caused her legs to start rotting. A septic shock infection almost took her life. The experience was so scary that she has vowed to stop having plastic surgery altogether.

You may have heard some Brazilian Butt Lift horror stories like this one from Gossip Magazine. Cases like this are extremely rare, but are a potential risk of the procedure.

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#2016BETAwards: Check Full List Of Winners

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The 2016 BET Awards held yesterday, June 26, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.  The event witnessed a star-studded show with a lot of celebrities bring glamour and glitz to the fore. Below is the Full list of winners.

2016 BET Awards: FULL List of Winners

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Andra Day
Beyoncé – WINNER
K. Michelle

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Bryson Tiller – WINNER
Chris Brown
The Weeknd

Best Group
2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
Drake & Future – WINNER
Puff Daddy & The Family
Rae Sremmurd
The Internet

Best Collaboration
Big Sean feat. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign – “Play No Games”
Big Sean feat. Kanye West & John Legend – “One Man Can Change the World”
Future feat. Drake – “Where Ya At”
Nicki Minaj feat. Beyoncé – “Feeling Myself”
Rihanna feat. Drake – “Work” – WINNER

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Drake – WINNER
Fetty Wap
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Dej Loaf
Lil Kim
Missy Elliott
Nicki Minaj – WINNER
Remy Ma

Video of the Year
Beyoncé – “Formation” – WINNER
Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Rihanna feat. Drake – “Work”

Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Chris Brown
Colin Tilley & The Little Homies
Director X – WINNER
Hype Williams

Best New Artist
Alessia Cara
Andra Day
Bryson Tiller – WINNER
Tory Lanez

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Anthony Brown & Group Therapy
Erica Campbell
Kirk Franklin – WINNER
Tamela Mann
Tasha Cobbs

Best Actress
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington
Taraji P. Henson – WINNER
Tracee Ellis Ross
Viola Davis

Best Actor
Anthony Anderson
Courtney B. Vance
Idris Elba
Michael B. Jordan — WINNER
O’shea Jackson Jr.

Youngstars Award
Amandla Stenberg – WINNER
Quvenzhané Wallis
Willow Smith
Yara Shahidi

Best Movie
Beasts of No Nation
Straight Outta Compton – WINNER

Sportswoman of the Year
Cheyenne Woods
Gabrielle Douglas
Serena Williams – WINNER
Skylar Diggins
Venus Williams

Sportsman of the Year
Cam Newton
Kobe Bryant
Lebron James
Odell Beckham Jr.
Stephen Curry – WINNER

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Beyoncé – “Formation” – WINNER
Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
Chris Brown – “Back to Sleep”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Future feat. Drake – “Where Ya At”
Rihanna feat. Drake – “Work”

Centric Award
Andra Day – “Rise Up”
Beyoncé – “Formation” – WINNER
K. Michelle – “Not a Little Bit”
Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money”
The Internet – “Under Control”

Best International Act Africa
Aka (South Africa)
Black Coffee (South Africa) – WINNER
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Mzvee (Ghana)
Serge Beynaud (Cote D’ivoire)
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Best International Act U.K.
Krept & Konan
Lianne La Havas
Skepta – WINNER
Tinie Tempah
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Following Chile Defeat Lionel Messi Retires From International Football

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Lionel Messi, 29 has announced her retirement from International football after Sunday night's Copa America final loss to Chile.  Argentina lost 4-2 on penalties to Chile after a 0-0 draw in MetLife Stadium, and an emotional Messi said after the match that his career with the national team is over.

The teams were down to 10 men by the end of the first half, and it ultimately took a penalty shootout to determine the winner, with Chile emerging triumphant.

Messi when asked if he would wear his country's shirt again said,

"I don't think so," he said. "I've thought about it. Like I said earlier, "I tried my hardest. It's been four finals, and I was not able to win. I tried everything possible. It hurts me more than anyone, but it is evident that this is not for me. I want more than anyone to win a title with the national team, but unfortunately, it did not happen."

"My thinking right now and thinking about it in the locker room, I'm done playing with the national team," he told a group of reporters

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#Africantour: Michelle, Sasha and Malia Obama to visit Liberia, Morocco, Spain

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Michelle and her beautiful daughters Sasha and Malia are on trip to Africa.  The trio leave Sunday to promote Let Girls Learn initiative program launched by President Obama in 2015 to encourage developing countries to educate girls.

Their first stop is Liberia, where the first lady will meet with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and have a discussion with local teenage girls, moderated by "Slumdog Millionaire" actress Freida Pinto.
She is visiting a leadership camp for girls in Liberia to launch her latest Africa visit in a country still recovering from the recent Ebola epidemic that left thousands dead.

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/article86157022.html#storylink=cpy

Actress Meryl Streep then will accompany Mrs. Obama in Marrakech, Morocco, on Tuesday for another conversation with adolescent girls. The North African country's rates for girls' education are well below regional averages, U.S. officials told reporters Friday, with a high dropout rate for girls after primary school.

In Madrid, the first lady on Thursday will speak about the Let Girls Learn initiative, launched by her and President Barack Obama last year to encourage developing nations to educate the more than 62 million girls worldwide who don't attend school.

The last part of the six-day trip will be in Spain, where FLOTUS will deliver a speech. The message she’s trying to get across is this: “You have the power, right now, to step up and be a champion for those 62 million girls who aren’t in school. You have everything you need right now to raise awareness about their stories and to support their efforts to get an education.”

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#Redalert: Kendall Jenner is gorgeous in her 2016 Estee Lauder's campaign

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20-year-old Kendall Jenner looks beautiful in her lastest Ads for Estee Lauder.  The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” starlet stuns in her shoots for Modern Muse Le Rouge Gloss Perfume, Pure Color Sculpting Gloss and Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick products, all of which look incredible on her flawless face.

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Man abandons 5-year-old son for a bag of rice in Kano

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A middle-aged man, identified as Mallam Yusuf Bala, on Sunday at Singer Market, Fagge Local Government Area of Kano State forfeited his five-year-old son for a bag of rice.

According to an eyewitness account, Bala approached the rice dealer, Alhaji Suleiman Bagudu, to buy a bag of rice, which he carried home but left his son, with a promise to rush home to bring the money for the foodstuff.

This, he said, was because the money on him was not enough to pay for the bag of rice, selling for N14,000 per 50kg bag.

However, six hours after, the said man failed to show up as promised to settle the rice dealer and collect his son.

According to the source, the rice dealer became suspicious, following the Bala’s prolonged absence, a situation that prompted the trader to interrogate the toddler he left behind.

On interrogation, the five-year-old boy innocently led the rice dealer to their home, located at the abattoir area of Koki in Dala Local Government Area of the state.

Despite expressing embarrassment when the rice dealer arrived his home, alongside his child, Bala openly confessed that he was financially handicapped, hence his unbecoming conduct by abandoning his son as a last resort.

Shortly after listening to Bala’s explanation, the rice dealer donated the bag of rice to him and handed over the boy to his father.

When contacted the Police Public Relations Officer, Kano State Police Command, DSP Musa Magaji Majia, said the incident had not been reported to him, promising to brief the press as soon as the aggrieved party reported the incident. But as of the time of filing this report, Majia had not called our correspondent.
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Friday, June 24, 2016

5 Simple Tips To A Healthier Lifestyle

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The time is about right for a half year review and if your New Year health resolution didn’t get past the first week of January, relax, let’s try again.

There are several things you can do to live a better lifestyle, from following a healthy diet to exercising regularly. The ultimate focus should be on living a life that you can be proud of, while also avoiding health problems; or reverse them if they already exist.

If you’re still in doubt, think about how living a healthy lifestyle can benefit you ten years down the line. When your focus is on the purpose of living healthy, then you’ll start acting right by taking steps towards making it a reality.

Below are some ways you can start living a healthy lifestyle today.

1. Exercise and Sleep well: Exercise and quality sleep go together. With the right exercise routine, good sleeping habits and nutrition, you can live a healthy lifestyle that positively impacts your entire life. Sleep is also an important remedy to certain health challenges like stress and over eating. Well rested people have more control of their appetite; the longer you stay awake, the more likely you are to get hungry anyway. A decent 7-hour sleep is recommended for healthy living. Research actually shows that physical activity impacts overall quality of sleep.

2. Personal hygiene: Mouth or body odour announces you in a really bad way; you do not want people taking three steps back for every step you take towards them. You have to practice those hygiene instructions strictly - “brush your teeth, especially your tongue twice a day”, “take a bath with soap at least once a day”, “floss daily”. Avoid smelly food and drinks like onions, garlic and alcohol. Drink more water and chew gum to prevent bad breath. Use antiperspirant to reduce sweating, change and wash your clothes regularly and let your shoes air dry. Women already shave armpit hair, men should too; it keeps your pores open and gives no room to bacteria.

Read: How sustainable is your current lifestyle?

3. Eat Healthy Foods: Choose foods that contains minimal amounts of unhealthy fats, low sugar and organic ingredients. Minimize your consumption of sweets, but instead, choose whole fruits, freshly-squeezed juices, and whole grain bread instead. The trick to weight loss and staying fit is knowing that calories burnt should exceed calories taken in. It is important not to starve yourself because you quickly pile up the pounds when you feed that ravenous hunger at a go. Instead, eat little portions of healthy foods 5-6 times a day.

4. Laugh: The good old medicine of the soul has been tested and proven by scientists over the decades. Laughter will relieve stress, improve your mood, prevent heart disease and even boost your immunity. If you are anxious or afraid, try smiling often and laughing. It also makes you more attractive and strengthens relationships; so what are you waiting for, laugh already.

Read also: 7 Lifestyle Habits That Cause Diseases in People

5. Practice Meditation and Form Healthy Relationships:

Spend quality time with yourself by having your ‘me time’ and meditating. Meditate at least 20 minutes every day; build relationships with family and friends. Research shows that loneliness often leads to depression and lonely people have a higher risk of heart disease. Healthy relationships with other people also helps challenge your mind which stimulates the brain and makes dementia less likely according to observational studies.

They are no set rules to living healthy, the key is first to accept your body then find the regimen that works for you and stick to it. Don’t be too hard on yourself when you go off tangent on your regimen, we all do but only those who pickup where they left off get results.

In order to live longer and avoid health problems down the line, it’s important to recognize the aspects of your life that you can control right now; your health and daily habits are definitely one of them. When you do achieve results, remember to celebrate your little victories, it would greatly help you move towards the next milestone to a much healthier you.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

6 Tips To Keep The Magic In Your Relationship

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Everything seems beautiful in the beginning and circumstances wear out even the most blissful relationships. Before the arguments, responsibilities, and kids, you were thinking of ways to spend more quality time. By the umpteenth year, you’re contemplating ways to get away on your own. It’s a process that all long-term relationships endure. But this process, ironically, can also strengthen your loving bond: the more you overcome together, the stronger you become together. Once you realize this fact, you and your partner can work towards reestablishing that lighthearted magic that was abundant in the beginning. Believe me that if it was there once, it can be revived. Take these tips to reignite the romantic spark and uphold your chemistry well after the first few years:

1.  Anticipate change. People are constantly changing: who you are now is not who you were last year, last month, or even last week. But unlike a teenager passing through puberty, change isn’t always obvious. It’s easy to become oblivious to your partner’s changes because you see this person so often. Understand how your loved one is transforming and adapt yourself to him or her. In the case of physical change, make it known to your partner that you notice the new look: always compliment a different hairstyle, weight loss, fresh wardrobe, etc. Remain well ahead of changes by preparing for the next phase of your relationship and strategizing how you’ll pass through it side by side. You should also ask yourself this question regularly: is my relationship evolving, or only changing? A relationship should not only shift, but shift positively over time as both partners work to resolve outstanding issues. Evolve in the same direction as your significant other. If this is not happening, it’s time to evaluate at what point the relationship became stagnant.

Read: 11 signs your relationship might be falling apart

2.  Keep out external influences. Nothing kills the magic of a good relationship quite like a jealous friend, a spiteful mother-in-law, or the drinking buddy who cajoles your partner to stay out all night. Such negative influences must be cut out like weeds. Come to a mutual agreement with your partner to adopt an us-against-the-world mentality: never to speak badly of one another to outsiders, not to allow yourselves to be swayed by other people, and always to consult each other first.

3.  Maintain emotional intimacy. Emotional intimacy the glue of any love relationship. It is knowing what your partner needs before they even get a chance to ask—feeling their emotions, needs, and desires as if they were your own. Emotional intimacy is much more powerful than physical intimacy because it delves deep into your loved one’s wishes, fears, and hopes. Maintain this sense of intimacy with your partner by paying attention to how they’re behaving day by day: what’s bothering them? What can you do to relieve their worries? Comprehend what it is that your partner needs most from you at any given moment—is it to be nurtured or to be left alone? This sense of “knowing” your significant other will keep you perfectly in tune as a couple.

4.  Go on new adventures. The daily grind becomes boring to say the least. Doing the same things every day can quickly kill the spark. Break out of routine as often as you can. Travel with your partner, even if it’s a road trip or a weekend getaway. Try new restaurants and take up new hobbies. Even if it’s something out of your comfort zone, find joy in the fact that you’re engaging in a different activity with your other half.

Also read: 9 Ways To Save Your Relationship from break up

5.  Ask. There’s a wrong way and a right way to communicate. The wrong way is bombarding your partner with all of your problems as soon as they walk through the door after a long day at work. The right way is waiting until they unwind, then gently bringing up one subject of genuine concern (one, not twenty). Ask about their day before you begin. Find out what’s important to them, what are their plans, how can you help, etc. Listen intently when they open up to you before responding. It’s important to get your partner to let their guard down before embarking on a subject you’re keen to discuss. Your partner is more likely to be receptive if you’re already engaged in a comfortable conversation.

6.  Be sexy. Many men and women find that their sex drive dwindles after years of being with the same person. Adrenaline and dopamine levels drop with time and with them, the rush and excitement that accompany intercourse. While this is normal, it is not a good indication. Sex is an integral part of any good relationship; the moment that it dries up is the moment a key component of the relationship is lost. Beware not to lose your sexual appeal to your lover, or you run the risk of them searching for it elsewhere. Strive to maintain a desirable image for your loved one. This will boost your self-esteem, too. Take a bit of time to get ready when they’re on their way, eat well, and exercise regularly. Such activities will not only help you look good for them, they’ll make you feel good about yourself. Sex can certainly become better with time if the couple gets creative and invents new ways of pleasing each other. Get a little daring and try intercourse in different locations and positions or order an erotic movie together.

Most couples simply stand by and allow the spark of their relationship to fizzle out in time, partly because they believe there’s nothing to be done. But with the right actions and added awareness, both partners can rekindle the romantic fire so that it burns more strongly than even in the beginning.

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Actress Selena Gomez models womenswear for Louis Vuitton's Series 5

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Selena Gomez looks beautiful in her latest womenswear campaign for Louis Vuitton's Fall 2016 ads. The “Come and Get It” star features alongside former Dazed cover stars Rianne van Rompaey and Natalie Westling in a series of shots for the label. Photographed by Bruce Weber

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Man, 30, beats sister-in-law to pulp over 5-year barrenness

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One Ojeriahi Victor, 30, yesterday, appeared before an Ogudu Magistrate’s Court in Lagos State for allegedly beating his elder brother’s wife to a pulp because she was barren. 

It was alleged that the accused told their neighbours that he beat up his sister-in-law because she had refused to give his elder brother a child after five years of marriage. Ojeriahi, a businessman who lives on Ibefun Street, Alapere, is facing a one-count charge of assault occasioning harm. 

The prosecutor, Mr. Lucky Ihiehie, told the court that the accused committed the offence on June 14 at the complainant’s residence. Ihiehie said that the incident happened shortly after the complainant, a trader, came back from the market that night. Ihiehie said: “She looked for the key where her husband normally kept it for her, but did not find it. As she waited outside for her husband to come back, her brother in-law came into the compound. “He walked to where she was standing and pushed her. She fell.” 

The prosecutor, a sergeant, said that the accused took the torchlight the complainant was holding and started hitting her face. “The accused beat her to a pulp until neighbours came to her rescue,” he added. Ihiehie said that as soon as the complainant’s husband came back and saw what his younger brother had done, he confronted him and was about to beat him up when neighbours stopped him. 

He said that the accused narrated to the neighbours that he beat up his sister in-law because she had refused to give his elder brother a child after five years of marriage. The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. 

The accused, who pleaded not guilty to the offence, alleged that the complainant refused to let him into the house when he came back from work. The magistrate, Mrs O. S. Amzat, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N10,000 with two reliable sureties and adjourned the matter till July 17.

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