Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Buhari presents 2017 budget to National Assembly nextweek

The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, at the floor of the upper chamber on Tuesday in Abuja, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will present the 2017 budget proposal to the National Assembly on Dec. 14.

This is contained in a letter to the Senate and read by Dr. Saraki. The letter reads: “I crave the indulgence of the National Assembly to grant me the 10.00 hours on Wednesday Dec. 14, to formally address a joint session of the National Assembly on the 2017 budget proposal.’’

The president will also address the joint session on plan to get the country out of recession.
“Please extend, Mr Senate President the assurances of my highest regards to the distinguished senators as I look forward to addressing the joint session.”

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Check Out The Photos Of JAB Model Of The Week


Wonderful and beautiful personality, Josephine Adudu is the JAB model of this week. She is a Beauty Therapists who is an experts in therapeutic facial and body care, with a strong understanding of key body systems, skin biology, anatomy and cosmetic chemistry.

Josephine is the Chief Beautician of Jstarz Beauty Signature. She graduated from the University of Lagos. If you need any of the therapeutic services you can follow her on Instagram @simplyjstarz to get all necessary answers that you need.



Obama to deliver speech defending his counterterrorism fight


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will make the case on Tuesday that his counterterrorism policies have helped protect Americans from evolving international threats as he prepares to hand over the White House to a successor who has been critical of his approach.

Obama will deliver his final major speech on national security as president at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.

He will argue that his administration has been successful in building coalitions and working with local governments to take out militant leaders and disrupt Islamic State and other groups without overextending the U.S. military, the White House said.

"This represents a more sustainable approach ... one where we had a limited number of U.S. forces on the ground," White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said on a call with reporters.

Some counterterrorism experts have pointed to the rise of Islamic State as an example of Obama being too slow to respond to an emerging threat.

While the United States has been successful in killing some key militant leaders, Obama's "legacy has been tarnished by the way terrorist groups have regenerated and strengthened in the latter parts of his presidency," said Robin Simcox, a fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

Republican President-elect Donald Trump referred to Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as the "co-founders" of Islamic State during the presidential campaign, blaming them for the initial spread of the militant group.

Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, has chided Obama for not speaking out more bluntly against "radical Islam." He has also voiced support for waterboarding captives.

Obama signed an executive order after taking office in January 2009 that banned waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" or EITs. Such executive orders can be rescinded by a president's successors.

Many lawmakers and human rights groups have denounced waterboarding, an interrogation technique that simulates drowning, as torture.

Some former officials from President George W. Bush's administration and the CIA officials have defended waterboarding and other EITs, denying they are torture and saying they elicited valuable intelligence.

Rhodes said Obama's national security speech had been planned long before the Nov. 8 election and was not aimed specifically at the incoming Trump administration.

Rhodes said, however, that Obama would argue the administration's decision not to use waterboarding had actually improved national security.

"We've actually been strengthened because it's easier to get other nations to cooperate with us," Rhodes said.




Source: Reuters.

See The 23-YEAR-OLD NIGERIAN ENTREPRENEUR WHO TURNED DOWN A JOB OFFER FROM BILL GATES’ MICROSOFT


A 23-year-old Nigerian entrepreneur, Chris Kwekowe turned down a job offer to work as a software engineer at Microsoft, owned by the richest man in the world, Bill Gates, in order to begin his own start-up in Lagos.

The Lagos State University computer science graduate proudly revealed this to Bill Gates during a television interview for Africa’s brightest young entrepreneurs in August 2016.
Kwekowe, who won the 2015 Anzisha Prize which came with a $25,000 cheque, said he rejected the offer to build up his own startup, Slatecube– a website aimed at helping other young Nigerians find jobs.


“When I told him, Gates was intrigued and he smiled. After the programme, all the directors were like, ‘Dude, you mean you actually turned down a job at Microsoft and had the guts to tell Bill Gates?’

Kwekowe founded Slatecube with his brother Emerald, 20, in October 2014. The pair funded their efforts by freelancing as web designers and running a software solutions firm.

He said Slatecube seeks to solve that problem by nurturing the graduates through digital internships and so far, Slatecube has an 80% employment rate for its users. Companies that have used the platform, have saved over $100,000 in 2015 by hiring skilled, ready to work employees.

In a Facebook post published last August, Chris narrated in details of his meeting with Bill Gates:

“Oh yeah, I did meet with Bill Gates in Durban, South Africa where we had some candid discussion about everything – from his involvement with charitable causes in the continent, to how he makes time to be a great father for his kids. My favourite moments were watching his reaction after I told him I turned down job offers from Microsoft and the likes to pursue something more defining for me, and how Africa’s development depends more on sustainable investments in innovative social startups like Slatecube that solve some of the continent’s biggest problems, rather than donating entirely to charity organisations who end up requiring more financial injection to deal with the minutest of issues. Anyways, we’d be working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to make our value proposition at Slatecube a pan-African privilege. Soon, you’d rather be in demand across the globe, and engage in companies and projects that make you better, and suits your career goals. Nothing can really be better”

Monday, 5 December 2016

Ex-Super Eagles Striker Emmanuel Emenike Surprised Lover With A Customized iPhone.

Ex-Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Emenike surprised lover and  ex-beauty Queen, Iheoma Nnadi with a new customized gold iPhone.

A very  excited Iheoma took to social media to share the good news. She wrote; “New customized gold iPhones it’s so freaking cuttteeeee!!!! What will happen when my surname changes in a bit ?? we will have to change my iPhone again ?haha #Saturdaysurprise #loveit #BAE #iheomannadi #29 I am just really excited to show you all and not stunting! ”


Nollywood Queen, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde Unveils As The Brand Ambassador For NLPGA.

Nollywood  actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde was unveiled as the brand ambassador for the Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA) on December, 1, 2016.

Omotola spoke about the importance and benefits of educating millions of Nigerian women and families on the health hazards surrounding the use of firewood and even kerosene in preparing meals. “We must now reach out to more women and indeed families on the need to embrace the use of liquefied gas, which is cleaner, healthier, safer and even more cost effective”.

Dayo Adeshina, the President of NLPGA said; “Omotola is a great addition to the fight for renewable energy and total conversion to liquefied petroleum gas in Nigeria”.

Omotola would also be working with WINLPG (Women in LPG) as they introduce other women into the LPG world.

In attendance were bank executives and captains of the oil and gas industry. Among the speakers were Chairperson Board Of Directors, First Bank NigeriaIbukun Awosika; Vice President of Techno Oil, Nkechi Obi; CEO Banner Energy, Nuhu Yakubu; Cabana Group UK director, Nikky Brown; and member of the World LPG Association, Allison Abott.





Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Plane carrying Brazilian footballer crashes in Colombia.


Tragedy: A plane carrying 81 people, including members of a Brazilian football team, crashed late Monday near the Colombian city of Medellin, after reporting "electrical failures," officials said. Five people have reportedly survived the crash, including a 25-year-old player Alan Ruschel, a defender on the Brazil team. Reports said 25 bodies have been found.

Members of Chapecoense Real, a Brazilian football club that was supposed to play against Colombia's Atletico Nacional Wednesday in the South American Cup finals, were among the 72 passengers and nine crew members on board, officials said.

"National police have arrived on the scene and all possible aid is being mobilized because six survivors are being reported," the Medellin airport said in a statement.


The LAMIA airlines flight originated in Brazil and had made a stop in Santa Cruz, Bolivia before heading to Colombia.

The airport statement said the plane reported an emergency at 10 pm local time. "It declared it had electrical failures," said an official.

It went down about 50 km from Medellin, Colombia's second largest city, in an area called Cerro Gordo.

Earlier reports had suggested that the plane ran out of fuel.

On its Twitter account, the Medellin airport said the crash site could only be reached overland because of bad weather in the area.

"May God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests traveling with our delegation," the Brazil football club said in a brief statement on its Facebook page.

The South American Cup final that was to be played between the Brazil team and Atletico Nacional has been cancelled.

A video published on the team's Facebook page showed the team readying for the flight earlier Monday in Sao Paulo's Guarulhos international airport.

The team, from the small city of Chapeco, was in the middle of a fairy tale season. It joined Brazil's first division in 2014 for the first time since the 1970s and made it last week to the Copa Sudamericana finals - the equivalent of the UEFA Europa League tournament - after defeating Argentina's San Lorenzo squad.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Davido Hangs Out With Chelsea FC Players After Their Victory Over Tottenham


HKN Boss Davido aka OBO is always repping. The Skelewu master was seen hanging out and rejoicing with Chelsea FC players after their victory over Tottenham (2-1) in Stanford Bridge yesterday.

See more photos from his snap below:



“Seun Egbegbe's Charm Failed During Phone Theft, It's Not His First Time Of Stealing” –Kemi Olunloyo



Controversial social media activist and journalist, Kemi Olunloyo, has explained in her own details, how Nigerian filmmaker and Lagos socialite, Seun Egbegbe, who was accused of stealing phones, tried to hypnotise a sales girl in Lagos on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

In the journalist’s investigation into the alleged phone theft, she claims that Mr Egbegbe left his house with the intention of using charm on phone retailers at the popular Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos.

She said however, during the process, he was caught and could have been killed if not for the intervention of some policemen from Area F Command, who whisked him away to their custodyThis is her below in a series of tweets on her Twitter handle:

“#HNNInvestigates Seun Egbegbe #Nollywood film maker and marketer/CEO Ebony films indeed attempted to steal EIGHT i-phones two models.

“I spoke to several people including the woman he is currently dating. We shall call her “Bisi” to protect her identity.

“Seun Egbegbe told Bisi he was going out on a “RITUALISTIC” heist at Computer Village today. An attempt to jazz retailers.


“Bisi tells #HNNAfrica that this is not the first time Seun Egbegbe has STOLEN gadgets at CVillage. He’s ripped off many

“Seun Egbegbe took a cab to Keelcech stores to specifically STEAL I- phones which cost $650 unlocked in the US N300,000

“The Apple phones stolen today were worth about N2.4M according to an unofficial spokesman one Kola Aleshinloye the owner

“Keelcech employee told me it was NOT a movie set nor publicity stunt and that Seun Egbegbe could easily have been killed

“I have spoken out on ritualism in #Nollywood many times but to hypnotize a sales girl and flee with 8 Apple phones #BAD

“@PoliceNG @YomiShogunle have not returned my inquiries. Bisi tells me the NPF is “protecting” him due to his status. SMH

“Bisi told me Egbegbe is NOT at Area F police station & has been moved 4 “public figure” protection. 8 phones recovered

“One phone still missing according to store employee. Taken by Egbegbe’s accomplice who fled after being gifted.

“@PoliceNG is PROTECTING this celebrity like a looting politician who “returns” stolen items. Egbegbe needs CHARGES!

“@PoliceNG A teen gang member can be burned after stealing a phone while a celeb #Nollywood filmmaker MAY GO HOME!

“@policeng needs to give us accountability in Seun Egbegbe iphone theft case. @YomiShogunle, I Sent a MSG to PRO Badmos,”

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Commissioner Of Police Has Withdrawn My Security-Governor Wike


Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State says the State Commissioner of Police has withdrawn majority of policemen providing security for him.

The alleged withdrawal of security aides is coming just as the state is preparing to hold its legislative election re-run on December 10.

Governor Wike gave a hint of the withdrawal while flagging off the reconstruction of the Igbo-Etche Road on Friday.

He claimed it was a deliberate security infraction orchestrated to intimidate him, but also expressed confidence that it would not succeed.

The Governor said: “As I speak with you, the Commissioner of Police has withdrawn the security around me. It is God that will protect me.

“As a governor, the Commissioner of Police has the effrontery to withdraw my security. There is no limit to this kind of intimidation and impunity”.

He said despite the assault by the Commissioner of Police and the Security Agencies, nobody in Rivers State would be intimidated by the political antics of the police.

The governor informed the gathering that he had intercepted the security manual for the election to be used by Rivers State Police Command.

According to him, “the Rivers State Police Command will deploy policemen in a manner that APC leaders in the state will have access to disproportionate number of policemen on election day”.

He noted that on the average, the police command will attach at least 15 policemen to one APC leader, for the purpose of intimidation and theft of electoral materials.

Governor Wike further claimed that some of the policemen would also be used by the Independent National Electoral commission (INEC) to divert election materials to the home of APC leaders for electoral fraud.

He advised the Rivers State Police Commissioner not to allow APC leaders to mislead him into committing electoral fraud.

He also warned the police commissioner against indiscriminate arrests being proposed by APC leaders on the premise of frivolous petitions.

The Governor Also told youths in the state to protect their votes and the mandate of the people, despite the planned deployment of security personnel for illegal electoral purposes.

He assured the Etche Ethnic Nationality that the time had come for massive developmental interventions in the area.

Meanwhile the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr Francis Odesanya, has denied withdrawing Governor Wike’s security aides, saying the Governor had over 200 policemen attached to him

He expressed shock over the claims of the governor and told Channels Television’s correspondent Emmanuel Ereyi, that the appropriate channel of complaint was not used, which according to him, was the Inspector General of Police.

Mr Odesanya highlighted that it was beyond his office to withdraw the security details of the governor.

“How can the governor say that kind of thing? Can the governor’s security details be removed by a commissioner? The man has over 200 policemen attached to him and not a single soul has been removed.

“The governor even recently requested for more which had been sent to him. How can he choose a rally or the flag-off of the reconstruction of a road to make such comments? The appropriate channel is to write to the inspector general of police or the president. Please I am here to do police work not politics,” he added.

Legend Of Nollywood, Richard Mofe Damijo Addresses The Effects Of Social Media On The Male Gender.

Nollywood actor Richard Mofe Damijo took to Instagram to addressed the effects of social media on the male gender, how to address a lady and the importance of respect and fear of God. He pointed out these facts in an open letter he wrote to the boy child. Read the piece below...

Dear Son,
I'm writing to you today because there is no day "internationally" set aside for the "boy child", so, tired of looking on in horror as you constantly shock and embarrass me, this is from daddy to you.
I'm shocked at how many of you carry yourselves here on social media. I am shocked at the things you L O L at. I am worried at the way you speak
to and about women. I am frightened at the kinds of things that inspire and motivate you.
I am concerned that the women who get your attention are not the virtuous, brilliant types but the frivolous party, skimpily clad ones.
I am disappointed to see that the pictures you fall over yourselves double tapping are not the inspirational quotes or of clean, beautiful modest women but of women with their breasts, thighs and bottoms spilling over.
I cringe at how many of you blatantly use swear and curse words at women like it makes you cool.
I am distraught to see that many of you insinuate that a man who loves and stays with one woman is a wimp, that a man who publicly displays and speaks about his love for his woman is a "jew man", that a man who is more interested in deeply spiritual and intellectual pursuits should be shamed...
I am worried son, deeply worried.
My dear son, being uncouth, indecent, unintelligent is NOT cool and contrary to what you think, the man who stays on social media looking for naked ladies to validate, smart people to shame, brilliant people to tear down, celebrities to attack are NOT men but little boys battling low self esteem issues.
A real man loves God and is not ashamed to show it. He loves and respects women. He does not ask for nudes and if any misguided woman sends him her nudes respectfully deletes it and not use it as a blackmailing tool. A real man reads, yes, he reads a lot. He picks his mentors wisely, thinks before he speaks and reads his comments over and over before he hits send.
Dear son, do not let the "anonymity" of social media make you a fool rather use it to shine and be kind, reasonable and sensible at all times because that is the man I desire to see you be.
Love,
Daddy

Rita Dominic Looks Stylist At The Launch Of Her Signature Hairline


Nollywood award winning actress, Rita Dominic, launched her signature beauty hairline, yesterday, 22nd November, 2016. Rita has collaborated with Nigerian Canadian beauty entrepreneur Blessing Kenneth to produce the exclusive luxury human hair collection "Rita Dominic's Signature hair by BK Unique hair."

Kate Henshaw and some of her friends also attended the event. On their collaboration with Rita Dominic, The CEO of BK Unique Hair, Blessing Kenneth, said, “ BK Unique Hair chose to collaborate with Rita Dominic because she is a sophisticated brand just like BK Unique Hair which is a luxuriant brand. She is a very phenomenal woman, beautiful, a great actress and she has been able to build a great brand for herself and BK can relate with that.” On her new Hair Line, Rita Dominic said:

“The beautiful part of this collaboration is that both the BK Unique team and I will donate proceeds from the sales of this exclusive luxury collection towards cancer research, as well as treatment for cancer patients undergoing treatment. “The new line of hair is designed for all races which has been marketed in New York, Colombia and Canada. It also boasts of all textures of hair- kinky, silky, straight and wavy.”




Fidel Castro, Cuba's communist revolutionary, dies aged 90.


Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States and for five decades defied U.S. efforts to topple him, died on Friday. He was 90.

A towering figure of the second half of the 20th Century, Castro stuck to his ideology beyond the collapse of Soviet communism and remained widely respected in parts of the world that had struggled against colonial rule.

He had been in poor health since an intestinal ailment nearly killed him in 2006. He formally ceded power to his younger brother Raul Castro two years later.

Wearing a green military uniform, a somber Raul Castro, 85, appeared on state television on Friday night to announce his brother's death.

"At 10.29 at night, the chief commander of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, died," he said, without giving a cause of death.

"Ever onward, to victory," he said, using the slogan of the Cuban revolution.

Tributes came in from allies, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro, who said "revolutionaries of the world must follow his legacy."

Although Raul Castro always glorified his older brother, he has changed Cuba since taking over by introducing market-style economic reforms and agreeing with the United States in December 2014 to re-establish diplomatic ties and end decades of hostility.

Fidel Castro offered only lukewarm support for the deal, raising questions about whether he approved of ending hostilities with his longtime enemy. Some analysts believed his mere presence kept Raul from moving further and faster, while others saw him as either quietly supportive or increasingly irrelevant.

He did not meet Barack Obama when he visited Havana earlier this year, the first time a U.S. president had stepped foot on Cuban soil since 1928.

Days later, Castro wrote a scathing newspaper column condemning Obama's "honey-coated" words and reminding Cubans of the many U.S. efforts to overthrow and weaken the Communist government.

The news of Castro's death spread slowly among Friday night revelers on the streets of Havana. One famous club that was still open when word came in quickly closed.

"I'm very upset. Whatever you want to say, he is a public figure that the whole world respected and loved," said Havana student Sariel Valdespino.

But in Miami, where many exiles from Castro's Communist government live, a large crowd waving Cuban flags cheered, danced and banged on pots and pans.

Castro's body will be cremated, according to his wishes. Cuba declared nine days of mourning, during which time the ashes will be taken to different parts of the country. A burial ceremony will be held on Dec. 4.

The bearded Fidel Castro took power in a 1959 revolution and ruled Cuba for 49 years with a mix of charisma and iron will, creating a one-party state and becoming a central figure in the Cold War.

He was demonized by the United States and its allies but admired by many leftists around the world, especially socialist revolutionaries in Latin America and Africa.

Nelson Mandela, once freed from prison in 1990, repeatedly thanked Castro for his firm efforts in helping to weaken apartheid.

In April, in a rare public appearance at the Communist Party conference, Fidel Castro shocked party apparatchiks by referring to his own imminent mortality.

"Soon I will be like all the rest. Our turn comes to all of us, but the ideas of the Cuban communists will remain," he said.

Castro was last seen by ordinary Cubans in photos showing him engaged in conversation with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang earlier this month.

Transforming Cuba from a playground for rich Americans into a symbol of resistance to Washington, Castro crossed swords with 10 U.S. presidents while in power, and outlasted nine of them.

He fended off a CIA-backed invasion at the Bay of Pigs in 1961 as well as countless assassination attempts.

His alliance with Moscow helped trigger the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, a 13-day showdown with the United States that brought the world the closest it has been to nuclear war.

At home, he swept away capitalism and won support for bringing schools and hospitals to the poor. But he also created legions of enemies and critics, concentrated among the exiles in Miami who fled his rule and saw him as a ruthless tyrant.

"With Castro’s passing, some of the heat may go out of the antagonism between Cuba and the United States, and between Cuba and Miami, which would be good for everyone," said William M. LeoGrande, co-author of a book on U.S.-Cuba relations.

However, it is not clear if U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump will continue to normalize relations with Cuba or revive tensions and fulfill a campaign promise to close the U.S. embassy in Havana once again.

Castro's death - which would once have thrown a question mark over Cuba's future - seems unlikely to trigger a crisis as Raul Castro is firmly ensconced in power.

In his final years, Fidel Castro no longer held leadership posts. He wrote newspaper commentaries on world affairs and occasionally met with foreign leaders but he lived in semi-seclusion.

Still, the passing of the man known to most Cubans as "El Comandante" - the commander - or simply "Fidel" leaves a huge void in the country he dominated for so long. It also underlines the generational change in Cuba's communist leadership.

Raul Castro vows to step down when his term ends in 2018 and the Communist Party has elevated younger leaders to its Politburo, including 56-year-old Miguel Diaz-Canel, who is first vice-president and the heir apparent.

Others in their 50s include Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and economic reform czar Marino Murillo.

The reforms have led to more private enterprise and the lifting of some restrictions on personal freedoms but they aim to strengthen Communist Party rule, not weaken it.

REVOLUTIONARY ICON

Then Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro attends manoeuvres during the 19th anniversary of his and his fellow revolutionaries arrival on the yacht Granma, in Havana in this November

A Jesuit-educated lawyer, Fidel Castro led the revolution that ousted U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista on Jan 1, 1959. Aged 32, he quickly took control of Cuba and sought to transform it into an egalitarian society.

His government improved the living conditions of the very poor, achieved health and literacy levels on a par with rich countries and rid Cuba of a powerful Mafia presence.

But he also tolerated little dissent, jailed opponents, seized private businesses and monopolized the media.

Castro's opponents labeled him a dictator and hundreds of thousands fled the island.

"The dictator Fidel Castro has died, the cause of many deaths in Cuba, Latin American and Africa," Jose Daniel Ferrer, leader of the island's largest dissident group, the Patriotic Union of Cuba, said on Twitter.

Many dissidents settled in Florida, influencing U.S. policy toward Cuba and plotting Castro's demise. Some even trained in the Florida swamps for the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion.

But they could never dislodge him.

Castro claimed he survived or evaded hundreds of assassination attempts, including some conjured up by the CIA.

In 1962, the United States imposed a damaging trade embargo that Castro blamed for most of Cuba's ills, using it to his advantage to rally patriotic fury.

Over the years, he expanded his influence by sending Cuban troops into far-away wars, including 350,000 to fight in Africa. They provided critical support to a left-wing government in Angola and contributed to the independence of Namibia in a war that helped end apartheid in South Africa.

He also won friends by sending tens of thousands of Cuban doctors abroad to treat the poor and bringing young people from developing countries to train them as physicians

Angry at social conditions and Batista's dictatorship, Castro launched his revolution on July 26, 1953, with a failed assault on the Moncada barracks in the eastern city of Santiago.

"History will absolve me," he declared during his trial for the attack.

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison but was released in 1955 after a pardon that would come back to haunt Batista.

Castro went into exile in Mexico and prepared a small rebel army to fight Batista. It included Argentine revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, who became his comrade-in-arms.

In December 1956, Castro and a rag-tag band of 81 followers sailed to Cuba aboard a badly overloaded yacht called "Granma".

Only 12, including him, his brother and Guevara, escaped a government ambush when they landed in eastern Cuba.

Taking refuge in the rugged Sierra Maestra mountains, they built a guerrilla force of several thousand fighters who, along with urban rebel groups, defeated Batista's military in just over two years.

Early in his rule, at the height of the Cold War, Castro allied Cuba to the Soviet Union, which protected the Caribbean island and was its principal benefactor for three decades.

The alliance brought in $4 billion worth of aid annually, including everything from oil to guns, but also provoked the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis when the United States discovered Soviet missiles on the island.

Convinced that the United States was about to invade Cuba, Castro urged the Soviets to launch a nuclear attack.

Cooler heads prevailed. Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and U.S. President John F. Kennedy agreed the Soviets would withdraw the missiles in return for a U.S. promise never to invade Cuba. The United States also secretly agreed to remove its nuclear missiles from Turkey.


'SPECIAL PERIOD'

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, an isolated Cuba fell into an economic crisis that lasted for years and was known as the "special period". Food, transport and basics such as soap were scarce and energy shortages led to frequent and long blackouts.

Castro undertook a series of tentative economic reforms to get through the crisis, including opening up to foreign tourism.

The economy improved when Venezuela's late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, who looked up to Castro as a hero, came to the rescue with cheap oil. Aid from communist-run China also helped, but Venezuelan support for Cuba has been scaled down since Chavez's death in 2013.

Plagued by chronic economic problems, Cuba's population of 11 million has endured years of hardship, although not the deep poverty, violent crime and government neglect of many other developing countries.

Cubans earn on average the equivalent of $20 a month and struggle to make ends meet even in an economy where education and health care are free and many basic goods and services are heavily subsidized.

For most Cubans, Castro has been the ubiquitous figure of their entire life.

Many still love him and share his faith in a communist future, and even some who abandoned their political belief still view him with respect.

"For everyone in Cuba and outside his death is very sad," said Havana resident Luis Martinez. "It is very painful news."




Source: Reuters.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Lesson To All Single Ladies: How my husband got another woman pregnant-Toke Makinwa reveals


To all the youths who are still single and praying to tie the knot soon. Are you heart broken  because of a man who never seem to notice you? Here are some piece of advise you can get from Toke Makinwa. The reality of life is that when a guy is not taking note of what you are doing, it means he doesn't notice you and you are not is kind of woman.

The media personality who talks about Relationships and Situational issues on her blog, advises single women on how to handle their men, in her book 'On Becoming' which was released on Monday. Toke Makinwa talked about how she found out about a baby, how she toned her skin to please her man and about her secret wedding. Get Excerpts.


On her discovery of Maje expecting a baby with his side chic Anita Solomon, she wrote;
I got on my knees in front of him, my voice calm as I can make it. “Maje, you can’t keep lying. What is going on? He walks away, leaving me there with my heart in my hands. I see him pacing, like he is having a private conversation. Then all of a sudden, he walks back to the living room, looks straight into my eyes and says, ‘She’s pregnant’.I fall to the ground. My head….‘What’s she having?’

‘A boy,’ he says.
‘How long have you known?’
‘I’ve always known…. It was what I thought I wanted,’ he says.

Toke revealed details as she works towards her healing.
The devil finds a way to fill your head with lies when you have just gone through a period. These lies can make you question everything, including the very purpose of your existence. Lies like: ‘You’re not good enough’ ‘This is the best thing that could have happened to you and now it’s falling apart’ ‘This will end you’. When these lies came, God’s word provided a much-needed comfort and a reminder of my identity and His plans for me.


About her secret wedding on January 2014, Toke wrote
“Finally, I thought. He chose me! He has stepped up and he’s finally ready to make us a priority. It was my wedding day. I was happy, yet I was waiting for something to happen. Maje had disappointed me three times before. We would pick a date to go to the wedding registry and he would call it off…. We had discussed eloping, but he’d never committed to any plan. It wasn’t until we shared our first dance to John Legend’s ‘All of Me’ that I finally believed that it had happened.  We got back together (after a quarrel because Maje took ‘an ex’ to a party he bluntly told Toke he wasn’t taking her to and he and the ex were ‘touching freely and kissing’)… Maje invited me to Abuja…. As I was putting away my things I saw all kinds of feminine items – earrings on the dresser, sanitary pads in the drawer….”

On Anita Solomon, Toke wrote
    “Who was that girl?” I asked
    “That’s that girl”
    “Which girl?”
    “The girl I told you about. Her friends are always calling me to say she really likes me and has a crush on me. Her name is Anita.”
    “So that’s the Anita girl they say you are dating.”
    “I’m not dating her. How can I date someone that is always saying ‘can I come and see you? I’ll bring my friend that you think is cute’?” I accepted Maje’s explanation and concluded that Anita was not important. So I’ll be with Maje and she’d call and I’d tell him, “The girl that has a crush on you is calling.” And it would be nothing.

  She revealed that while dating she obliged Maje's request for them to have a sex tape

 “At some point while we were dating, Maje had asked if he could tape us having sex. This was a new one for me but I would do anything to keep my man, or so I thought, and so I obliged.
    But I was nervous afterwards because I didn’t want the tape to get into the wrong hands…. I dragged the file back to his desktop, and I could tell from the stilled image in the video that the person in it was not me…. I clicked play and watched horrified as Maje had sex with Anita. Watching that video, all of the inadequacies I thought I had dealt with over the years came rushing back. I had been with Maje from when I was an immature teenager, through my twenties, and for most of those years, Anita had been the standard I had to live up to. I had lightened my skin at some point – Anita was half Lebanese and half Ibibio, and Maje made me feel like he preferred her lighter skin.”

On her and Maje's Breakups and Makeups
Months passed and I still couldn’t find a job (in London). And I was still heartbroken. Maje and Anita were officially an item, and I stalked them on Facebook. Maje would put her picture up and they would write on each other’s walls.
 …one cold night as I got off the bus, I got a Facebook message from Maje. It read: ‘I miss you and I cannot deny or hide it, come back to me’. We started talking again… I convinced myself that he had changed. Maje and I had been together for nine years, on and off, at this point, and it had been an unending cycle of hurt and betrayal. Every time we took ten steps forward in our relationship, we took fifty back. Each time I gave up and let go, Maje would come after me and hold on so tightly till I gave in.

On Maje having another child
  … there was a 70-day fasting and prayer programme at my church. I joined in. I was praying for Maje and I. On the final day, I prayed and asked God to reveal why Maje and I couldn’t find peace with each other. I opened my email address and typed Maje’s email address in. I had no idea what his password was but I was determined to get into his account…. I went through email after email until I found pictures of a boy that looked exactly like Maje….

On Contemplating Suicide
 I was sitting in the bedroom one day. There was a bottle of Dettol in the bathroom and a thought came, very strong, “Just drink it and die. What’s the point? The whole world is laughing at you right now. Just end it.”

    Faith
The devil finds a way to fill your head with lies when you have just gone through a period. These lies can make you question everything, including the very purpose of your existence. Lies like:
 ‘You’re not good enough’
‘This is the best thing that could have happened to you and now it’s falling apart’ ‘This will end you’. When this lies came, God’s word provided a much-needed comfort and a reminder of my identity and His plans for me.
 
Moving on and Healing
Maje hadn’t made it easy for me to move on. He’d begged like his life depended on me staying….And then there were the outrageous comments: ‘Maje spent X amount of time with Anita so she wasn’t the mistress, Toke was’
‘She didn’t break your home, you did. You came between two people who loved each other by marrying him’. …. That day’s topic was about making marriage work, and it hit me so hard that I cried like a baby. I wasn’t a virtuous woman; I was a girl! A girl with a daddy-void so large that she had all of her issues and expectations on a man who was still trying to discover his purpose.
All my mistakes became clear to me. I hadn’t lost my marriage to another woman. I had given my marriage to her.
While I’m not sure if I’ll find love again, I am sure of the contentment I have found in a God who’s got my back 100%.

Battle royale for APC, PDP, AD


All eyes are on Ondo and the Sunshine state is currently the focus of many power brokers in Nigeria. Tomorrow, people of the state would be confronted with one simple task – choosing who governs them in the next four years. But the assignment before voters of the state is not as simple as it appears.

Among the contending political parties, the battle line is drawn and as the voters file out in the next 24 hours to take that important decision, the concept of democracy, free and fair elections would resonate among the people. And as they perform that civic duty, three major candidates are likely to occupy their minds among others. They are Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy(AD) and Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).

In terms of resume, many would agree that the three top candidates are eminently qualified to govern the state. All the three are lawyers with two as Senior Advocates of Nigeria. Akeredolu who is a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association(NBA) and Jegede are both SANs. But in the estimation of critical observers, winning elections especially in Ondo is more than just having beautiful credentials.

For the informed, tomorrow’s exercise is more than just an election. It would be a battle among three contending power brokers. One of the battlefronts would be controlled by President Muhammadu Buhari and his loyalists who obviously would be working for the emergence of Akeredolu, the APC candidate. Another camp would be spearheaded by former governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his legion of supporters. Majority of the people here who are aggrieved members of the APC would be doing everything possible to ensure that Olusola Oke wins the election. The other group is that of Governor Olusegun Mimiko whose supporters are fully behind Jegede.

With the picture above, many insist that Ondo State is surely going to be one huge theatre of power, influence and money. There is a consensus among critical observers that none of the three candidates would be in short supply of what it entails to prosecute the election.

The argument in many quarters is that even though President Buhari may not be disposed to supporting Akeredolu with government funds, his close associates would ensure that the APC candidate is not in short supply of anything.

In the case of Mimiko who is currently the governor of Ondo State, he is the major financier of Jegede’s election. As the incumbent, money is not likely to be his major headache. It is one battle he would not like to lose.

The same could also be said of Olusola Oke who enjoys the backing of Tinubu who is believed to have enough resources to embark on any political battle. The governor of Lagos State, Akinwumi Ambode and his Osun State counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola who are close associates of Tinubu are also in support of Oke’s ambition.

So, with the political portfolios of the three candidates, tomorrow’s election would be a battle of the titans. However, the ultimate decision is for the people of Ondo State to make.

But as the former United States President and great thinker Abraham Lincoln: would say “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”




Source: TheSun.

Make-up Reality Tv Show: Yyookos reality tv calls for Make-up artist who desire to take Make-up business to the next level.

Yyookos Global Concepts presents the first of its kind, Make-up reality tv show. An event that is set to showcase Make-up artists and those who desire to take Make-up business to the next level.

Yyookos Global Concepts was incorporated July 24, 2014. Yyookos is an event and modeling management Organisation. The  office is located in the state capital of Lagos state Nigeria. 6th floor, KFC building Allen, Ikeja.

Yyookos organizers are the first to bring to light the Make-up reality tv show in Nigeria. A reality show that attracts prominent personalities and celebrities to help project talented Make-up artists to the next level.


Do you have what it takes to be called a professional Make-up artist? Then this is the opportunity you have been waiting for. Grab a ticket and join the event.

Facilitator: Darlington, Leke Shades, Bv Makeover, Bm Pro, Charles Otudo, Sola Oyebade.

Make up activities: Special Effects, Bridal, Traditional, Vintage, etc.

Event starts November 26, 2016, duration of four weeks.
Gala night December 24, 2016.
Ticket: N1,000; regular, N5,000; VIP, N10,000 VVIP.
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See photos of special guests below:



Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Wow, Emmanuella crowned the princess of comedy


Nigerian Comedienne, Emmanuella has been honoured by the Australian Government with an award for her outstanding comedy shows.
Emmanuella was crowned the Princess of Comedy by the Australian Government while Uncle Mark Angel himself was also Honoured with a leadership Award.
She has become the the youngest recipients of the Afro-Australia Music & Movie Awards (AAMMA). The event took place in Sydney, Australia. She won 2 awards – Best new comedienne & Princess of Comedy.
The AAMMA AWARDS was established by Scrim Entertainment (owned by Daniel Okoduwa) to celebrate Artists of African origin irrespective of borders or National identities.

Senators knock Presidency over non-release of N500bn intervention funds.



Barely one month to the end of the year, the Presidency, yesterday, shocked lawmakers when it revealed that less than N1 billion, out of the N500 billion Social Welfare Scheme in the 2016 budget, has been released.

Special Adviser to the President for Social Protection Plan, Mrs Mariam Uwais, said this at a meeting of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) with the National Assembly Joint Committee on Appropriations, with respect to a N181 billion virement request by President Muhammadu Buhari.

She said since the 2016 budget became law, only N25 billion has been released for the scheme. Mrs. Uwais, however, expressed optimism that another N40 billion would be released to it before the end of the year but pointed out that it would be impossible for the scheme to utilise the funds within the remaining short period to the end of the year. She stressed need to vire the remaining fund to MDAs which had shortfalls in the budget.

“Out of the N500 billion appropriated for the social intervention programme, we have not spent up to N1 billion. We have been preparing, we have the framework in place but, unfortunately, we did not get the release early enough.”

At the meeting, some agencies presented figures which conflicted sharply with the figures presented by the president to the two chambers of the National for virement of N180 billion from the N6.06 trillion 2016  budget.

The joint committee expressed shock that the scheme, which is a key campaign promise of the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration could be treated with levity to the extent that only less than one billion had been spent out of the N500 billion appropriated for it. Committee members, led by chairmen of the Senate and House of Representatives’ Committees on Appropriations, Dajuma Goje and Mustapha Bala Dawaki, respectively, expressed reservations about the readiness of the executive arm to implement the scheme.
Said Goje:

“I don’t know if you are aware that your agency is borne out of our campaign promises. And, you are here to say that you don’t need the money? You don’t need the balance of the money, you want it appropriated to other agencies? After we have promised people that we are going to provide them money and the money will be sent to them? It’s quite sad.”
However, discrepancies were observed in the figures presented for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

The development attracted the attention of lawmakers when  the Director of Finance and Accounts in NYSC, Mr. AIB Adeleke, informed the committee that the Corps only needed N8.5 billion as opposed to the N19.792 billion proposed by president Buhari.
Goje insisted that Adeleke should be sure of his facts and figures to avoid throwing the system into confusion but the NYSC finance director stood his ground that his figures were correct.

But, Director-General of the Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, swiftly intervened and informed the committee that Adeleke got the figures mixed up. Akabueze said there was another N11.2 billion which the NYSC had requested, earlier in the year, which Buhari wanted to deploy to take care of all NYSC needs at once by asking for N19.792 billion.
When called upon later to declare his final position, the seeming confused Adeleke rose and said “I agree with the submission of the DG Budget.”
Other agencies which presented conflicting figures with the President’s  fugures include Public Complaints Commision, which asked the committee to approve the sum of N2.5 billion against Buhari’s N1.2 billion.
Also, the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme for which the President voted N35 billion asked the National Assembly committee to approve N35.2 billion.




Source: TheSun

Breaking: Buhari to run for second term in 2019, Presidency confirms


ABUJA-With just one year and seven months into the four years term of the administration of President Muhammdu Buhari which will terminate in 2019, the Presidency has given sure indication that the President would seek a second term in office.

It also vehemently dismissed comments that it would be a lonely walk for the President, a development expected to serve as a punishment for perceived bad governance.

The refutation was a sharp reply to a statement credited a former member of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Alhaji Buba Galadima, that the people of Nigeria would abandon Buhari should he choose to seek re-election.

In a strong worded statement Monday night, the Presidency, through the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, stated that the “suggestions that the masses will desert President Buhari in 2019 was unfounded and utterly ridiculous.”

Shehu asserted:  “Ordinary Nigerians are the backbone of his mandate and the only reason he ran for the office is to protect them against the rapacious merchants of corruption, who have held Nigeria back for decades.   Galadima’s calculation and prediction are utterly confused and misleading.”

According to the presidential spokesman, “the masses are solidly behind Buhari because he is not stealing their money and their future.

‘’President’s enormous goodwill remains ever strong because the people are convinced the President is acting in their best interest, despite the temporary unintended consequences of reforms.”

Suggesting vendetta and strong animosity against the person and the government of Buhari, Shehu recalled that an age-long face-off between both Arewa leaders in their CPC days, revealing that it was the reason Buhari discarded the likes of Galadinma in the 2015 elections he ran and won.

He urged Galadima to retire to his constituency and stand an election if he still enjoyed the goodwill of his people.

“President Muhammadu Buhari is far from isolation. He enjoys a very strategic relationship with ordinary Nigerians. This relationship is as solid as the proverbial rock.

‘’If Buba Galadima thinks that because he has no role and no job in this government that means President is isolated, he is putting himself to ridicule.

“Galadima cannot speak for the masses as far as their steadfast loyalty to Buhari is concerned. While acknowledging that Galadima was entitled to advance his own political agenda, Malam Garba said Galadima didn’t have the right to decide for ordinary voters.

“Buba Galadima’s disagreement with President Buhari was based on principle. He explained that President Buhari is committed to level playing field and would not want anyone to link his name to injustice.”

“Galadima’s disagreement with Buhari started in 2011 when a group within the party, orchestrated an organizational mess by which the CPC embarked on the imposition and substitution of candidates for cash payments at the expense of those duly and democratically elected.

“Muhammadu Buhari was embarrassed by the incidents and complaints about the imposition and substitution of candidates, adding that he, as a democrat, would not suppress the will of the people to please selfish interests.

“Consequently he dispensed with the service, such as they are, of Buba Galadima; ran and won the 2015 Elections without them. Let Buba Galadima go to his constituency, stand for election and see what will happen to him”, Shehu stressed.

     


Source: Vanguard.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Toke Makinwa looks awesome on the cover of Essays Magazine


Amazing! Toke Makinwa is moving successfully without a break. Just after the announcement of her first book 'On becoming' Toke made it to Essays of Africa magazine.

Essays of Africa magazine is a South African women’s lifestyle magazine that prides itself on giving African women across the continent a voice.

This cover marks the start of Toke Makinwa’s 6-month promotional book tour. Toke’s book tour will roll out with a Book Launch in Lagos, Nigeria on the 27th of November and quickly after South Africa, Kenya, United Kingdom and United States.

Dates for Toke’s South African tour will be soon released for fans across major South African cities including Cape Town and Johannesburg.

‘On Becoming’ goes on release on the 28th of November 2016 in bookstores across Africa and will be available online via Kindle, Amazon, OkadaBooks and others.