Thursday, March 24, 2016

Rejection of gender bill: Minister expresses mixed feelings

Minister for Women affairs and Social Development.
Report from Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development. 

Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan has received with mixed feelings, the news of the rejection of the proposed Gender and Equal opportunities Bill, by the Nigerian senate.

According to Senator Alhassan, the bill if passed, would have addressed discriminatory practices against women, especially in the areas of access to education, female entrepreneurship development, participation in governance, decision making and protection against violence, etc. The minister made this statement in New York while attending the “Governance and Women’s Representation: Achieving Agenda 2063”, marking the international women’s day and related activities.

FG declares Friday, 25th, Monday, 28th of March, Public Holidays for Easter celebration.

The Federal Government has declared Friday, 25th and Monday, 28th March, 2016 as public holidays to mark the Good Friday and Easter celebrations.
FG declares Friday, 25th and Monday, 28th March, 2016 as Public Holidays to mark the Good Friday and Easter Celebrations
Making the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd), enjoined all christian faithfuls and Nigerians in general, to support, co-operate and join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari, in his sustained efforts to build a peaceful, united and virile nation. General Dambazau further urged all Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for peace and unity across the nation. The Minister wished all Nigerians a happy Easter celebration.

Meet LIAM, the iPhone Recycling Robotic Arm

Rather than the usual parade of stats and milestones, CEO Tim Cook started off the March 21 Apple event by unveiling something totally new and different—LIAM, a robotic arm that’s designed to break down old iPhones and separate all their component parts for recycling.

Scientists Just Removed HIV from Human Immune Cells Using CRISPR Gene-Editing

Scientists managed to eliminate HIV-1 DNA from T cell genomes in human lab cultures. It will take time for advanced use in humans, but it is a remarkable accomplishment.

Using the much-touted CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing method, scientists have demonstrated how they can edit HIV out of human immune cell DNA, and in doing so, can prevent the reinfection of unedited cells too. If you haven’t heard of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technique before, get ready to hear a whole lot more about it in 2016, because it’s set to revolutionise how we investigate and treat the root causes of genetic disease. It allows scientists to narrow in on a specific gene, and cut-and-paste parts of the DNA to change its function.

Meet Alfie—A Robot Designed to Care for the Elderly

This robot can help the elderly be more independent by providing assistance with medicine and integrating with smart home technology.

A new robot is being developed as part of the ENRICHME project, which hopes to provide assistance to the elderly.Residents from the LACE Housing Association, located in Lincolnshire in the UK, where the robot was first introduced, named the prototype Alfie. Its tasks will include providing the elderly regular reminders to take their medication, finding misplaced objects around the house, and enabling video chats.

Baidu is coordinating with the US government to get self-driving cars on the road

Baidu, often called the “Google of China,” recently announced that it will begin its driverless car testing at its Silicon Valley center. Ultimately, Baidu foresees having a commercially viable autonomous car on the road by 2018. As some motor companies tackle difficult issues, such as self-driving in inclement weather conditions, Baidu and BMW teamed up to release a modified BMW 3 late last year that demonstrated no issues in these conditions.

China Has a New Armed Drone Helicopter

The Sky Saker H300 in the International Exhibition of National Security and Resilience in Dubai

One of China’s leading defense contractors NORINCO has entered the international drone export industry with its new armed drone. The company unveiled the Sky Saker H300 at the International Exhibition of National Security and Resilience in Dubai. The Sky Saker H300 is a 200 kg (440 lb) helicopter UCAV with a coaxial rotor. It’s equipped with cameras that have infrared and electro-optical systems, and it is capable of laser targeting. It also has two missile launch tubes on each side and possibly a version HJ-10 anti-tank missile (or the more compact 16kg TL-2 missiles). More interestingly, the Sky Saker is able to make midcourse corrections for guided munitions launched at it, like cruise missiles and shells. The drone’s ground control station is expected to be integrated into the Chinese military systems, which will make it an invaluable asset for urban combat situations and counterinsurgencies. The system is also well suited for hunting ships and other vehicles.


It was 100 degrees in Kaduna yesterday and the high for Friday's clash between Nigeria and Egypt is supposed to be 95 degrees with humidity at 53%. In Alexandria it was 56 degrees yesterday, and in Europe where a bulk of the players on both teams play, it is even colder.

NASS slashes, passes N6.06trn 2016 budget


The National Assembly, yesterday, passed a N6.06 trillion 2016 budget into law, following a motion by the Chairman, Joint Committee on Appropriations, Senator Danjuma Goje, seconded by Senator Andy Uba, thus reducing the President’s proposal by N17 billion. While the President proposed a budget of N6.07 trillion, the National Assembly slashed it to N6.06trillion.


Hindus are celebrating the two-day Holi "festival of colours" in mass gatherings across the globe. The ancient festival, which originated in India and Nepal, is a spring rite that has in recent years gained popularity amongst non-Hindus. The first day is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi while the second day is known as Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi or Dhulivandan. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia. ....

Significance of Holi
In spite of being such a colourful and gay festival, there are various aspects of Holi which makes it so significant for our lives. Though they might not be so apparent but a closer look and a little thought will reveal the significance of Holi in more ways than meets the eyes. Ranging from socio-cultural, religious to biological there is every reason why we must heartily enjoy the festival and cherish the reasons for its celebrations. So when, its time for Holi, please don't hold yourself back and enjoy the festival to the hilt by participating with full enthusiasm in every small tradition related to the festival.

Mythological Significance
Holi gets us close to our religion and our mythology as it is essentially the celebration of various legends associated with the festival. Foremost is the legend of Prahlad and Hiranyakshyap. The legend says there once lived a devil and powerful king, Hiranyakshyap who considered himself a god and wanted everybody to worship him. To his great ire, his son, Prahlad began to worship, Lord Vishnu. To get rid of his son, Hiranyakshyap asked his sister, Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap, as she had a boon to enter fire unscathed. Legend has it that Prahlad was saved for his extreme devotion for the lord while Holika paid a price for her sinister desire. The tradition of burning Holika or the 'Holika dahan' comes mainly from this legend.

Holi also celebrates the legend of Radha and Krishna which describes the extreme delight, Krishna took in applying colour on Radha and other gopis. This prank of Krishna later, became a trend and a part of the Holi festivities. Mythology also states that Holi is the celebration of death of Ogress Pootana who tried to kill infant, Krishna by feeding poisonous milk to it. Another legend of Holi which is extremely popular in Southern India is that of Lord Shiva and Kaamadeva. According to the legend, people in south celebrate the sacrifice of Lord of Passion Kaamadeva who risked his life to revoke Lord Shiva from meditation and save the world. Also, popular is the legend of Ogress Dhundhi who used to trouble children in the kingdom of Raghu and was ultimately chased away by the pranks of the children on the day of Holi. Showing their belief in the legend, children till date play pranks and hurl abuses at the time of Holika Dahan.

Cultural Significance
Celebration of the various legends associated with Holi reassure the people of the power of the truth as the moral of all these legends is the ultimate victory of good over evil. The legend of Hiranyakashyap and Prahlad also points to the fact that extreme devotion to god pays as god always takes his true devotee in his shelter. All these legends help the people to follow a good conduct in their lives and believe in the virtue of being truthful. This is extremely important in the modern day society when so many people resort to evil practices for small gains and torture one who is honest. Holi helps the people to believe in the virtue of being truthful and honest and also to fight away the evil. Besides, holi is celebrated at a time of the year when the fields are in full bloom and people are expecting a good harvest. This gives a people a good reason to rejoice, make merry and submerge themselves in the spirit of Holi.

Social Significance
Holi helps to bring the society together and strengthen the secular fabric of our country. For, the festival is celebrated by non-Hindus also as everybody like to be a part of such a colouful and joyous festival. Also, the tradition of the Holi is that even the enemies turn friends on Holi and forget any feeling of hardship that may be present. Besides, on this day people do not differentiate between the rich and poor and everybody celebrate the festival together with a spirit of bonhomie and brotherhood. In the evening people visit friends and relatives and exchange gifts, sweets and greetings. This helps in revatalising relationships and strengthening emotional bonds between people.

Biological Significance
It is interesting to note that the festival of Holi is significant for our lives and body in many other ways than providing joy and fun. We also need to thank our forefathers who started the trend of celebrating Holi at such a scientifically accurate time. And, also for incorporating so much fun in the festival. As Holi comes at a time of the year when people have a tendency to feel sleepy and lazy. This is natural for the body to experiences some tardiness due to the change from the cold to the heat in the atmosphere. To counteract this tardiness of the body, people sing loudly or even speak loudly. Their movements are brisk and their music is loud. All of this helps to rejuvenate the system of the human body. Besides, the colours when sprayed on the body have a great impact on it. Biologists believe the liquid dye or Abeer penetrates the body and enters into the pores. It has the effect of strengthening the ions in the body and adds health and beauty to it.

There is yet another scientific reason for celebrating the Holi, this however pertains to the tradition of Holika Dahan. The mutation period of winter and spring, induces the growth of bacteria in the atmosphere as well as in the body. When Holika is burnt, temperature rises to about 145 degrees Fahrenhiet. Following the tradition when people perform Parikrima (circumambulation or going around) around the fire, the heat from the fire kills the bacteria in the body thus, cleansing it. The way Holi is celebrated in south, the festival also promotes good health. For, the day after the burning of Holika people put ash (Vibhuti) on their forehead and they would mix Chandan (sandalpaste) with the young leaves and flowers of the Mango tree and consume it to promote good health. Some also believe that play with colours help to promote good health as colours are said to have great impact on our body and our health. Western-Physicians and doctors believe that for a healthy body, colours too have an important place besides the other vital elements. Deficiency of a particular colour in our body causes ailment, which can be cured only after supplementing the body with that particular colour. People also clean-up their houses on Holi which helps in clearing up the dust and mess in the house and get rid of mosquitoes and others pests. A clean house generally makes the residents feel good and generate positive energies.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Conduct Tribunal fixes March 24th for ruling on asset declaration charges against Bukola Saraki

Code-of-Conduct-Bureau A
ABUJA (Code of Conduct Tribunal Report) – The Code of Conduct Tribunal has on Friday 18th of March 2016 fixed Thursday March 24, 2016 for ruling on the motion filed by the Senate President’s lead counsel – Kanu Godwin Agabi (SAN) seeking to quash the charges relating to asset declaration against his client, Bukola Abubakar Saraki (Senate President) before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

Journalists have nothing to fear from FG – Minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said journalists in Nigeria have nothing to fear from the Nigerian government in the performance of their duties. ”Under this dispensation, we have never even contemplated stifling the freedom of the media not to talk of hounding them to death,” the Minister said in Doha on Sunday when he featured as a panelist at the ongoing 2016 Annual Congress of the International Press Institute (IPI) in the Qatari capital. ”Not a single journalist is in detention in Nigeria today.

Christians Celebrate Palm Sunday, Starting Holy Week

Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus Christ's entrance into Jerusalem, when his followers laid palm branches in his path.Roman Catholic devotees wave palm fronds to be blessed by a priest to commemorate Palm Sunday which marks the beginning of Holy Week Sunday.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Two soldiers feared dead in Rivers

Tension heightened in Rivers state, Thursday ahead of Saturday’s rerun elections as news filtered in that a Major and two soldiers were killed along the waterways in Abonnema, Akuku Toru local government area by suspected political thugs.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Leadership Deficiency: Why Business Executives Are Falling Short

Leadership Deficiency: Why Business Executives Are Falling Short

Leadership stands out as a business competency critical for success say executives from across business, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s recent report: ‘Using Competencies to Achieve Business Success: The Executive Perspective.’ The study found that a significant number of executives reported that many employees and candidates lack leadership competency.

Kim Kardashian Spends Her Morning With Matt and Regis


Kim Kardashian Spends Her Morning With Matt and Regis, Evening With Kris

Kim Kardashian Spends Her Morning With Matt and Regis, Evening With Kris

Conduct Tribunal resumes hearing on case against Senate President, Bukola Saraki

The Code of Conduct Tribunal resumed hearing of the case against Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Abubakar Saraki after the judgement of the Supreme Court upheld the competence of the Code of Conduct Tribunal to entertain the matter.

Nigeria to sign United Nations Gas Flaring 2030 deadline agreement - Buhari

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has said that with the support of the National Assembly, Nigeria intends to sign the United Nations Agreement on Zero Routing Gas Flaring by 2030, indicating that the Federal Government has indeed set an earlier national target of 2020 to end gas flaring in the country.

Pope Francis on Tuesday approved sainthood for Mother Teresa

Pope Francis on Tuesday approved sainthood for Mother Teresa, the missionary nun who became a global if controversial symbol of compassion for her care of the sick and destitute. The pontiff set September 4 as the date for her canonisation, elevating the Nobel peace laureate to an official icon for the Catholic faith.

Jamb candidates AND school owners protest

Scores of recent candidates of Joint Admission Matriculation Board(JAMB) and members of Association of Tutorial School Owners of Nigeria protested in Ilorin Tuesday over allegations of shoddy conduct of the examination body which consequently failed the affected candidates for no fault of theirs. In view ‎of this development,the protesters urged the federal government to wade in and compel JAMB to deliberately reduce the cut off scores because of the anomaly in order to accommodate the interest of the affected candidates.

THE NEWEST GSM Android Wrist Watch Phone

GSM Android Wrist Watch Phone
Gsm andriod wrist watch Functions (1) with sim card slot and 2 minion pixels camera (2) pedometer, stopwatch, alarm clock, music palyer (3) anti-lost , health monitoring, remote camera contral,waterproof (4) compatible with andirod phone and iphone (5) use bluetooth to contact with your phone, it has the push function for skype,msn etc and vibration reminding function (6) synchronizing telephone book, bells, message, you can check the short message through the watch (7)support hands-free or cable earphone calling patterns

Brussels manhunt after gunfire in raid 'on Paris suspects'

Security forces at the scene of a shoot-out in Brussels
Belgian security forces are hunting for at least two men after shots were fired at police during a counter-terrorism raid in the capital, Brussels. Three officers were reportedly hurt, one of them seriously. Streets in the suburb of Forest have been sealed off . A BBC reporter at the scene says there has been more gunfire subsequently.


Do you think Nigerians will protest if power supply was constant or close to it? Do you have an idea of how much people spend on petrol/diesel monthly despite paying their bills? To what end is this increment? We hope it is a lasting solution and not business as usual?

Monday, March 14, 2016

Nwahiri Benita: Am surprise with the provocative statements of some of our politician

Can you imagine what some of our politicians/so-called leaders are saying. Imagine Ngige the minister of labour and Employment saying that those Nigerians complaining that things are very hard in this regime are all PDP royalists and supporters. Nwahiri Benita added that most of this ministers are not even concern about the welfare of the overall masses, let pray to God to save this our noble land.

Scientists Find Mysterious, Repeating Radio Bursts Emanating From Space

While sifting through various observation results made using the world’s largest radio telescope, McGill University PhD student Paul Scholz discovered something very rare—repeating fast radio bursts.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Parties gear up for FCT area council polls

Image result for Area council poll: Bwari council  PDP aspirants
Political parties have commenced serious preparations for the Federal Capital Territory’s (FCT) chairmanship and councillorship elections coming up this month on 19th march 2016. According to the timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), recently in Abuja, the tenure of the area council chairmen would expire on May 17, 2016, while elections are slated for March 19, 2016.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Rafa Benitez confirmed as Newcastle boss on three-year deal

Speaking of his appointment, Rafa Benitez said: “I have the pleasure to confirm I have committed to a legendary English club, with the massive challenge of remaining part of the Premier League. “It will be a challenge not just for me and my staff but for the players, the Club and the fans.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

African Scientists: Meet 15 of Africa’s most brilliant young scientists

THE first global gathering of African scientists, the “Next Einstein Forum”, is taking place in Dakar, Senegal. With over 1,000 people from more than 100 countries in attendance, it is shaping up to be the most significant global discussion yet in harnessing Africa’s scientific talent.

Tens of thousands of child brides will marry today

A YOUNG girl’s bouncy curls fall softly around her face as her bright blue eyes are framed with a shimmery gold shadow and her lips are painted red. 

She slips into a white lace dress ironed by her mother then almost disappears under a long, thin veil. Her husband-to-be, John, 35, stands at the alter, waiting for her hand in marriage in front of a small crowd of family and friends.


Miss Veroh Chomba proved how she missed playing with her dad's dog so much. She said, it was my last stay in kisii missing home aleady.....miss playing with dad's dog heheh" and this gesture can be depicted with the above picture of the dog and Veroh Chomba playing together like two seriously engaged couples. Chatting with Veroh Chomba on facebook this morning she told citynewsng that she love the dog so much because she can easily stay for the whole day playing with the dog and also moving around together, that was while she is missing him already. She said, animals like dogs are very friendly and they are more friendly compared to some humans, i love them.

Woman smuggles infant on Paris-bound plane

Air France planes on the tarmac at Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport on March 18, 2015
The airline crews said the child, travelling without a ticket, was discovered on board the flight on Monday night this week. An airport source told AFP news agency that the woman was a resident of France who was in the process of adopting the child, from Haiti to France. The airline notified the French authorities but prosecutors decided not to press charges. The woman was in the transit zone in Istanbul but was prevented from boarding her flight with the child, the source told AFP. She then bought a new flight ticket and hid the child in a bag. Once on board, she placed the child at her feet under a blanket, but the girl needed to go to the toilet and was noticed by other passengers, the source said. It's not clear how old the child was - one source said she was four years old, another that it was a one- or two-year-old baby. "The cloth bag belonged to a woman sitting at the back of the plane. At one point she opened the bag and her neighbour on the other row of seats saw something moving inside. He alerted flight attendants, who then discovered a baby," a passenger named Vincent told French news website (in French). The woman and the girl have been held at Charles de Gaulle airport while authorities investigate the case properly before detention and further information on the case. There are several cases of child trafficking all over the world and it is high we collectively kick the menace out of the society totally. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

50 Cent Flush With Fake Cash In Instagram Photos

50 Cent has said the stacks of cash seen in his social media photos which drew questions from a bankruptcy court judge are not real. The rapper has been ordered to appear in court later today to explain his Instagram photos.

#ChangeToChains: Reactions on social media as fuel scarcity bites harder

Cross section of Nigerians took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, to express their mixed feelings over the current state of the nation under President Muhammadu Buhari, particularly the persistent fuel scarcity in parts of the country.

NECO releases Nov/Dec 2015 results

The National Examinations Council (NECO), has released the results of the November/December 2015 Senior School Certificate Examinations. Prof. Abdulrashid Garba, NECO’s Registrar and Chief Executive, disclosed this on Wednesday in Minna while addressing newsmen. He said that a total of 50,060 candidates registered, out of which 47,507 sat for English Language while 47,554 sat for Mathematics.

Friday, March 4, 2016

FUEL SCARCITY: NLC threatens to order workers to down tools

NLC protest electricity tariff hike in Abuja
NIGERIA Labour Congress, NLC, yesterday expressed concerns over the recurring scarcity of petroleum products, especially the Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, known as petrol across the country, threatening to ask workers to stay at home should the scarcity persists.

23 days ahead of Easter

Ohanaeze to visit Buhari with charter of demands

Ohanaeze Ndigbo has resolved to visit President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja with a charter of demands.The resolution was adopted after a meeting of some members at the private residence of one of their leaders in Enugu, yesterday.

We’ll beat Egypt – Onazi

The Lazio midfielder maintained the Eagles are no strangers to walking a tight rope during qualifying rounds for major tournaments and maintained that Nigeria will triumph over Egypt. In an interview with, the Lazio midfielder said, “We will make it to AFCON 2017 by the grace of God. This time, it’s going to be a different ball game.

UN rights chief warns FBI risks ‘unlocking a Pandora’s Box’ in Apple case

An FBI bid to force Apple to unlock an iPhone risks setting a dangerous precedent that could have serious global ramifications for human rights, the United Nations rights chief warned Friday.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Stella Damasus

Happy birthday to the beautiful & ever adorable @julietibrahim. Love you sweetie. Wish you God's favor always.

Convert between any number of any currencies using actual rates with easy to use online application

Convert between any number of any currencies using actual rates with easy to use online application

Live: Riot in Lagos, 6 killed, shooting still ongoing

crisis in Mile 12
Emerging reports suggest that there is an going riot in Mile 12. The source reports that hoodlums are currently vandalising vehicles. An unconfirmed source has disclosed that a school in the area has been razed. The source further informs that about 6 people have been killed while some policemen have been injured in the row There are speculation that an ethnic clash might be the cause of the fracas. As of the time of filing this report, a heavy gun-battle was still underway, even as security operatives make some arrests.


Applicants must: Possess a minimum of 5 credits in not more than 2 sittings in WASSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB (English and Mathematics inclusive).
Be between the ages of 18 - 22 years while 24 - 26 years are the acceptable limit for those with OND, NCE, Nurses and Motor Transport Department (MTD) respectively.
Candidates with higher qualifications than those specified in the guidelines should not apply. Applicants must be single and of Nigerian origin by birth. Required height of 1.70 metres for Male and 1.67 metres for Female. Check for full detailed instruction at

Beneath Hillary Clinton’s Super Tuesday Wins, Signs of Turnout Trouble

Hillary Clinton set out 10 months ago to inspire and energize the Democratic Party, hoping to bring together the rising American electorate of black, brown, young and female voters into a durable presidential coalition. But buried beneath Mrs. Clinton’s wide-ranging and commanding victories on Tuesday night were troubling signs of a party that has not yet rallied to her call. Democratic turnout has fallen drastically since 2008, the last time the party had a contested primary, with roughly three million fewer Democrats voting in the 15 states that have held caucuses or primaries through Tuesday, according to unofficial election results tallied through Wednesday afternoon. It declined in almost every state, dropping by roughly 50 percent in Texas and 40 percent in Tennessee.

Ese Oruru is Five Months Pregnant

Indications emerged on Wednesday that the 14 year old Ese Oruru who was abducted by Yunusa Dahiru last August and taken to Kano might be carrying a 5 month pregnancy. A source at the Force Medical unit, where Ese was made to undergo check up, told us that the teenager was discovered to be five months pregnant.

'Ludicrous claims about Calais are desperate and illogical'

Migrants surround lorries trying to pass through Calais, with some climbing on the roof of a lorry cab
Responding to the claims by the French Economy Minister, Emmanuel Macron, that ‘migrants will no longer be in Calais’ if we Vote Leave, Matthew Elliott Chief Executive of Vote Leave, said: “These ludicrous claims are simply not backed up evidence, logic or French self-interest.

Majority of auto industry back staying in EU

The majority of SMMT members, 59 per cent, believe Brexit would have a negative impact on their businesses in the medium to long term, with 18 per cent uncertain about the consequences. Fears over losing business to EU rivals and future investment being diverted to the Continent were among the reasons given by those who predicted there would be a negative effect if the UK votes to leave at the referendum.