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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Khloe Kardashian has a message for Tristan Thompson and other men

Khloe Kardashian has posted a thought-provoking message to men which most feel is specifically directed to Tristan Thompson.

The mother-of-one shared on her Instagram Stories a quote that says: "Dear men, close your eyes. Imagine you have a daughter. Imagine she is dating a guy just like you. Did you smile? No. Then change."

Jordyn Woods announces on Instagram she's coming to Nigeria

Makeup mogul, Kylie Jenner's former best friend, Jordyn Woods is coming to Nigeria.

The 21-year-old model took to her Instagram story to make the announcement, saying ''she's coming to Nigeria and can't wait to be in Africa this week.''

9th Assembly leadership: We won’t work with PDP - Adams Oshiomhole insists

On Tuesday night, Adams Oshiomhole, the All Progressives Congress National Chairman called the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, 'the devil', which the APC would never share power with in the 9th National Assembly.

He insisted that the party had a comfortable majority in both chambers of the National Assembly and could decide on the choice of presiding officers without depending on the PDP to succeed. Oshomhole was speaking at the Presidential Villa, where President Buhari played host to House of Representatives member-elect at a lavish dinner.

It was also a session where he presented the current Majority Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, as the APC’s anointed candidate for the speaker of the 9th House. The APC chairman spoke further, “If you are elected, it means you are tested and trusted. “The National Working Committee (of the APC) had a meeting with representatives-elect, three weeks ago and it was very revealing. Their intervention is a clear confirmation that Nigerians did not make a mistake by electing them.

Their deep knowledge of the constitution would convince many that they were not first timers but seasoned lawmakers. “On their own, speaker after speaker, across the zones, pledged to work together for Mr President to lay a landmark foundation for a new Nigeria. “I am confident that this time around, they are very hungry Nigerians ready to deliver on the mandates at the campaigns.”

He berated the leadership of the current 8th National Assembly, alleging that both Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara remained hostile to the executive in the last four years. He added that with its majority of 223 members out of 360 members in the incoming House, the APC would neither need the support of the PDP nor share power with the opposition. Oshiomhole spoke more, “In life, mistakes are permitted but it becomes a problem if the mistake is repeated twice. We are determined not to repeat the mistakes of 2015 in 2019, we have learnt our lesson.

“Out of 223 APC elected members, about 67 were re-elected, the rest are new members. “In other climes, you don’t go into coalition when you are in the majority, you do so when you don’t have the numbers. We have the numbers, out of 360, Nigerians elected 223 APC members because they don’t want Mr President to face the trauma of 2015. “Most of those who defected were rejected and even those who led it were uprooted. We cannot as a part, which has a comfortable majority, entrust critical committees in the hands of the PDP or the opposition.

“If Nigerians wanted them, they could have voted them. In the days of PDP, every committee was chaired by PDP members.” Describing the PDP in unprintable language, he went on,

“We do not need to do business with the devil for us to survive in the ninth assembly. “In the African family, we sit down in a closed door to address issues, the good news is that there is a role for everyone.

“Neither Mr President nor the party expects the National Assembly to be a rubber-stamp; we don’t even have rubbers…But we will not fight in Wuse market. “Both the re-elected and new members are entitled to heading committees “We have asked our people not to share what belongs to us with other party members. “I don’t have apologies against forces of retrogression.

FCMB Organises Free Training, Urges SMEs to Drive Economic Growth

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, First City Monument Bank (FCMB) hosted the fifth in its series of free capacity building programmes, tagged ‘’Business Enterprises and Sustainability Training (BEST)’’ organised for existing and start-up SMEs in Lagos. This followed the success of the previous editions of the training last year across the country.

The initiative covered various topical areas such as identifying business opportunities, surviving in a harsh business environment, improving productivity, raising capital, optimizing sales, cost and revenue management, among others.
The Bank urged small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) to take the lead in driving the diversification and growth of the Nigerian economy. This is due to the catalytic role they play in the lives of people and the society. SMEs over the years, have stimulated national and economic development in the areas of production, exports, employment and income generation.

Speaking on the BEST initiative, the Executive Director, Business Development of FCMB, Mrs. Bukola Smith, said the Bank recognises the increasing role and impact of SMEs.

According to her, ’the BEST initiative is one of the innovative ways we support the growth of our SME customers because without effective training and exposure, resounding success could be quite difficult to achieve. In FCMB, we are passionate about helping our customers thrive in a sustainable manner. We believe this comprehensive training programme will go a long way to impact positively on the SME operators who have participated in our training. It will propel them to further develop themselves”.

The participants at the capacity training expressed gratitude to FCMB for living up to its core values of Execution, Professionalism, Innovation and Customer-focus (EPIC).

Pictures from the training below.

Update: Ex-Peruvian president who shot himself in the head moments after police arrived his home has died

Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia has died after shooting himself in the head as police arrived at his home to arrest him.

The ex-president was rushed to hospital, but doctors could not save him.

As police officers knocked on his door on Wednesday morning, Garcia shut himself in his room and shot himself in the head. The former leader was rushed to hospital, reportedly suffered multiple cardiac arrests during surgery, and died several hours later.

Peruvian president Martin Vizcarra confirmed Garcia's passing, sending his condolences to the late leader's family and loved ones.

Garcia, who served as president of Peru from 1985 to 1990 and again from 2006 to 2011, had been under investigation for bribery.

The former president was one of more than 230 people across Latin America investigated in a corruption case centered on Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht.

The former leader sought asylum in Uruguay last November, after a judge barred him from leaving Peru for 18 months. The asylum request was denied, and a judge in Lima ordered his detention on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Garcia took bribes from Odebrecht in exchange for a lucrative public transport contract in Lima. Garcia denied the charge, and claimed he was being politically persecuted.

Peru’s last five ex-presidents have all served jail time or are under investigation for corruption.

Garcia’s successor, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, is also being investigated for his alleged involvement in the Odebrecht scandal.

Prosecutors are currently seeking to extend Kuczynski’s detention until he can be brought to trial.

As an oil producing nation, we should frustrate sale of electric cars in Nigeria - Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has said that, as an oil producing country, sale of electric cars in Nigeria should be frustrated, “this will enable us to sell our oil,” he argued.

Ekweremadu spoke at the Plenary today as the senators debated a bill sponsored by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP Bayelsa East ). Ben Murray-Bruce had sponsored a bill for an Act to phase out petrol vehicles by 2035 and introduce electric cars.

In his argument, the senator had argued that electric cars are healthy, economical and would not deplete the ozone layer.

“In no distant time, combustible vehicles would be phased out; and the earlier Nigeria buys into the change, the better. I own an electric car that I have been using for the past five years. It is cheaper to maintain and durable,” the senator added.

The bill ignited debates in the hallowed chamber, as each senator aired reasons for the rejection of the bill. In his submission, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu commended Murray-Bruce for his “uncommon common sense and brilliant ideas,” but noted that the ancillary to Section 41 of the 1999 Constitution grants Nigerians freedom of movement; and that there is no need to introduce a law to mandate the use of electric cars.

Ekweremadu added, “besides, in economic sense, we are an oil producing country. So, we should do everything possible to frustrate the sale of electric cars in Nigeria to enable us to sell our oil.”

Senator Barau Jibrin (APC-Kano) said while electric vehicles no doubt would be more friendly to the environment and health, making its use mandatory was not feasible. “We have to look at individual networth. Not all Nigerians can afford the vehicles at a given time. “We all know the importance of vehicles in our daily activities. So, banning use of fuel cars will cause hardship, particularly for those who may not be able to acquire electric cars.

Murray-Bruce withdrew the bill ultimately.

FG declares Friday and Monday public holidays to celebrate Easter

The Federal Government has declared Friday 19th and Monday 22nd April 2019, Public Holidays to mark this year’s Easter celebration.

Minister of Interior, Lieutenant Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Retd) who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, enjoined all Christians to emulate the exemplary attributes of Jesus Christ amongst which are tolerance, love and peaceful co-existence.

This was conveyed in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Barr. Georgina Ekeoma Ehuriah, and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday.

Dambazau, urged all Nigerians at home and abroad to use the occasion to pray for the peace,unity, and progress of Nigeria irrespective of diversity in religious beliefs. The Minister while wishing all Nigerians a happy and peaceful Easter celebration, further called on them to support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in its determination to take the country to the next level.

Beyoncé reveals she stayed off carbs, meat, fish, sugar, dairy, bread, and alcohol to get her body back after welcoming her twins

Beyoncé has revealed the extreme lengths she went to loose weight for her headline slot at Coachella last year, following the birth of Rumi and Sir Carter.

The 37-year old singer weighed 218lbs on the day her twins were born in June 2017 and embarked on a gruelling vegan diet in a bid to lose weight, but vowed 'never to push myself that far again'.

Speaking in her Netflix documentary, Homecoming, released today, she said: 'In order for me to meet my goals, I’m limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol… I’m hungry'.

She also added that;

"It’s not like before when I could rehearse 15 hours straight. I have children. I have a husband. I have to take care of my body. Just trying to figure out how to balance being a mother of a six-year-old and of twins that need me, and giving myself creativity, and physically, there’s a lot to juggle.

'I definitely pushed myself further than I knew I could and I’ve learned a very valuable lesson. I will never, never push myself that far again. I feel like I’m just a new woman in a new chapter of my life and I’m not even trying to be who I was. It’s just so beautiful that children do that to you.'

'Female entertainers are recycling and dating the same men' - Curvy Actress, Princess Shyngle

Curvy Ghanaian actress, Princess Shyngle has stated that actresses and female entertainers are "recycling and dating the same men."

According to her, 'now I understand why the old actresses don’t like most of the new and upcoming actresses. Abeg I don’t want to be an actress anymore before they use voodoo finish my life. I want to be a lawyer now. Law school I’m on my way. not just actresses sef, all female entertainers y’all are not left out musicians, models, tv , radio hosts ,sexy Instagram models, we’re all dating the same men your boyfriend is also my bae'.

'We will not fail Nigerians' - President Buhari tells Bill Gates

President Buhari last night commended one of the world’s richest men, Bill Gates for his consistent and generous support to public causes around the globe, and specifically for supporting the eradication of polio and HIV diseases in Africa and Nigeria in particular.

Speaking in a telephone call to congratulate the President upon his resounding election victory, winning a second four-year term of office, Gates, who said he was happy to be associated with the President, restated his commitment to the success of the administration as well as the progress, prosperity and well-being of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He expressed willingness to do more for the country.

President Buhari reiterated his opinion that Mr Gates’ wealth has benefited Nigeria’s development, and expressed appreciation for the call.

“I am very happy the way your projects have touched the life of the average Nigerian. The people of this country have given their verdict. This verdict says we have to work hard to meet their expectations. God willing, we will not fail, ” the President said.

Egypt announces plan to hold referendum on extending President Sisi's rule till 2030

Egypt’s election commission announced today that a referendum potentially allowing President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in office until 2030 will take place on April 20-22. The ballot, featuring several constitutional amendments, was given final approval in parliament on Tuesday.

The changes, if approved, would extend Sisi’s current term to six years from four and then allow him to run again for a third term lasting six years. They would also grant the president new powers over the appointment of judicial officials, bolster the role of the military and create an upper parliamentary chamber.

Sisi came to power after spearheading the removal as president of Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013. He was elected to a second four-year term in 2018. Sisi’s supporters say the changes are necessary to give him more time to complete major development projects and economic reforms.

His critics say they concentrate more power in the hands of a leader accused by rights groups of presiding over a relentless crackdown on freedoms. Egypt’s 596-member parliament, which is dominated by Sisi supporters, voted 531 to 22 in favour of the amendments.
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