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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Ajimobi solicits support for Oyo Tech. University

Ajimobi solicits support for Oyo Tech. University

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has solicited for the support of well-meaning individuals and corporate bodies towards the development of the education sector in the state.
He made the call in Ibadan on Monday at the official commissioning of the Multi-million naira Adebayo Akande Hall of residence built under the Public Private Partnership arrangement with the University of Ibadan, UI.
Governor Ajimobi while reiterating the commitment of his administration towards the smooth take off of the Technical University, Ibadan, called for the positive contributions and support of prominent Oyo State indigenes towards the realisation of government plans for the university.
According to him, “Our administration is determined to leave a legacy of qualitative education in the state. Education is the only way to empower the people in order to achieve meaning development.
“Also, our administration has committed a lot of funds towards mechanised farming to make it more comfortable for farmers in the state. The government has also procured 320 tractors to our farmers to improve their farming activities and enhance food production,” the governor said.
Governor Ajimobi commended Chief Adebayo Akande for the initiative to come up with a PPP arrangement with UI to solve the accommodation problems in the institution.
In his remarks, the facilitator of the 120-room edifice, Chief Akande applauded Governor Ajimobi’s urban renewal programmes which he said had made his administration different from others.
He said, “We all appreciate him. He has changed the face of Ibadan, yesterday has become history. Awolowo has done his part, he left a legacy for us. We are all following this. I believe I can describe my “Aburo” (Ajimobi) as Mr. Urban renewal. This is a legacy we will not forget.”
The Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Isaac Adewole lauded Chief Akande who he said had contributed immensely towards the realisation of the 120-room hall of residence for the development of  the university in solving its accommodation problems.

FG, Bans Polytechnics from running post HND, PGD programmes

  FG, Bans Polytechnics from running post HND, PGD programmes

 The Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufai, has warned polytechnics undertaking the post-graduate diploma programmes to stop, saying it is not part of their mandate.
Rufa’i gave the warning on Monday in Abuja at the inauguration of the governing councils for the National Teachers Institute, National Educational Research Development Council, 15 federal polytechnics and 19 federal colleges of education.
She directed that henceforth, no polytechnic convocation would hold without issuance of certificates to graduating students.
The minister also ordered that the provosts and registrars of colleges of education must sign NCE certificates as obtained in polytechnics and universities.
“The provosts and registrars of colleges of education should sign NCE certificates as obtained in polytechnics and universities.
“Issuance of certificates to graduating students is a prerequisite for approval for holding convocations; thus no certificate, no convocation,” she directed.
While addressing the inaugurated council members, Rufai urged them to encourage responsive and responsible unionism in their respective institutions and arrest problems of cultism, drug abuse and other social vices among students.
“Governing councils have a strategic role to play in facilitating the required transformation of the tertiary education sector in order to actualise the desire of government to provide easy access without compromising standards and quality.
“The composition of these governing councils is apt and places high demands on you to work assiduously to realise these goals,’’ she said.
Rufa’i said that effective strategies should also be developed for early detection and eradication of all forms of vices such as examination malpractice, sexual harassment, extortion, inducement, loss of examination scripts and results.
She advised the councils not to be lured into turning the prestigious fellowship awards to chieftaincy title affairs.
Responding on behalf of his colleagues, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Chairman, Governing Council of College of Technology, Yaba, pledged to use their appointments to contribute to the development of the education sector.
He thanked the Federal Government for the privilege to serve the country. (NAN)

Monday, 29 April 2013

Singer Taylor Swift blows $17.75million on new Rhode Island pad

Singer Taylor Swift blows $17.75million on new Rhode Island pad

Taylor Swift's new house
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Taylor Swift has just forked out $17.75million in cash on a new beach front mansion in Rhode Island.

The singer has been house hunting in the area for a while and has settled on a 11,000 square-foot oceanfront estate, which lives on a 5.23 acre plot and has 700 feet of shoreline.

Taylor Swift performs on stage
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Taylor Swift has expanded her growing property portfolio with new purchase

It's not known yet whether the Red singer is expected to live in the eight bed home, use it as a holiday house or was just making a smart investment with all her earnings.

The singer also owns a home in Beverley Hills, California and a penthouse in Nashville, Tennessee which is her main residence.

Taylor Swift's new house
© Seaboard Properties
'Cause I knew Taylor Swift liked cushions when she walked in

She also bought a home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts last year to be close to her then boyfriend Conor Kennedy, but after they split she flipped it and made a nice little $1 million profit.

Well that's one way to get over a break-up.

Taylor Swift's new house
© Seaboard Properties
Rumour is the removal men have already been round

Her latest investment has it's own fitness centre and a cliff top pool and was listed for $20 million, but Taylor managed to savvy negotiate her way down to paying only $17.75 million for it…which she reportedly did, in cash.

Well, she did earn $57 million last year according to Forbes, so it's pocket change really.

Oh, and did we mention she's only 23? Yes – way to make us feel like under achievers Swifty.

Taylor Swift's new house

10 Sex Tips Every Girls should Know

Feel comfortable in your own skin

1. Whether your sex life has fallen by the wayside of late or you're slipped into a dull and passionless routine, brush up on your sexual prowess in the bedroom with these 10 mind-blowing tips from relationship expert and sex dynamo, Tracey Cox...

If you want to be a demon in the sack you need to put all of those body concerns straight to the back of your mind. Tracey Cox sums it up in the following: "A billion studies have shown body self-conscious women are more timid and less likely to initiate sex, try new positions or talk about their needs than women who are happy with their butt - I mean lot. The truth is, men don't look at it and think 'porridge', they think 'let me get my hands on that'." So stop worrying about that Kit Kat you ate at lunch and start focussing on the rampant sex kitten that seduced him into the bedroom in the first place - you.

2. The warm-up

It's not just us women who like to be stroked, massaged and played with, men love it too and it's a great way of connecting with your other half. A head massage is a good place to start and easy to do, no matter what your level of experience. Think of how your hairdresser massages your head at the salon and spread your fingers on his scalp using the pads to firmly rub the head in circular movements so that the scalp moves in response. Massaging is also a great way of initiating sex if you're not used to coming straight out and asking for it, so let your hands do the talking and he'll soon get the message
.3. Foreplay
It's nothing new that men love getting blow jobs, but did you know that if men had to live without sex or foreplay for the rest of their lives, most men would give up sex? So now you know how key a bit of fellatio is to pleasing a man, here are a few tips to keep you on track. For starters, don't just head straight down there, tease him. Kiss and lick his chest, stomach and the inside of his thighs. While you're at it let plenty of saliva build up in your mouth (gross but very necessary for plenty of lubrication). Then, make an 'O' shape with your mouth and slide your lips (not teeth!) over his penis slowly and firmly moving back and forth. Use a hand to hold the shaft and follow your mouth and incorporate some tongue swirlings to really make an impression. Keep the pace even to let the excitement build and when he's about to climax increase the speed and pressure.
 4. Talk dirty
If even the thought of talking dirty is making you cringe it's time to get serious about the benefits this surprisingly easy trick will have on your sex life. As well as being a great - and subtle - way of telling your man exactly what you want in bed it will drive him crazy so it really is a win-win situation. If you really can't bear to open your mouth in bed try texting him. A simple, "My fingers are doing what I want yours to do to me later," will build plenty of sexual tension and have him standing to attention ready for you when you get home.
 5. It's in his kiss
As we grow up and out of adolescence kissing becomes less of a big deal and more of a formality. Done right though, kissing can work wonders and some people even claim that they can orgasm by kissing alone, not surprising when you think about the amount of nerve endings in the mouth. Reignite your love of a good snogging session by starting off with light, fluttery kisses on his lips. Move on to the neck, repeating the light kisses before taking things up a notch and lightly - lightly - nibbling his bottom lip and sucking it gently. Repeat with the top lip before moving into traditional lip-locking kissing, alternating the pressure. Increase the tempo with a tiny moan/sigh of pleasure and he'll be eating out of your hand before you know it
6. Striptease
Lock all of those nagging thoughts about feeling/looking stupid away, this is your time to shine and we can guarantee he'll love you forever if you follow these simple golden stripping rules from Tracey. "Stripping is all about showing off your body, not hiding it. It really doesn't matter whether you'd put a supermodel to shame or make the local vicar's wife look good, sexy is all about how you feel. During the entire performance, parade around, walk up and down, flirt, flick your hair around, gyrate your body. Touch yourself the way he wants to touch you, in places he wants to touch and you'll have him eating out of your hand."
  7. Take it outside
Men like doing naughty things and they like having sex in naughty, forbidden places. Why? Because it reminds them of adolescence and it adds an element of danger and getting caught into the equation. Try taking him for a walk or going for a drive to a secluded spot before getting down to business or, if the thought of someone seeing just stresses you out too much go at it in a friend's bathroom at a party, less risky but still takes you and him out of your comfort zone.
 8. Get kinky
No I'm not talking about leather, crazy swings and inflicting pain (unless you want to, then that's fine). Kinky doesn't have to mean whips and chains, it covers a broad spectrum of fun stuff from role-playing to a little gentle spanking. If you're shy, Tracey's advice is to start off using the simple and seemingly innocent looking blindfold. "Blindfold him, lead him into the bedroom, tie his hands behind his back, and get him to lie on the bed. Now, take him to the brink of orgasm and back again, time and time again. Kiss him. Rub your breasts against his chest, lower yourself over him, let him smell you then lift off again. Later, lower yourself on to his manhood and let him penetrate, then climb off almost immediately. Follow that with the best snog he's ever had, but no body contact."
 9. Get hands on
Using your hands to drive him crazy fell by the wayside as soon as we discovered oral and full-on sex and these days, giving him a hand job is probably way down the bottom of your to-do list. Re-learning the art of using your hands will not only conjure up memories of school days, it will feel amazing too. Just remember to keep plenty of lube within reach for the ultimate hand job that will blow his mind
 10. Perfecting your signature sex move
If you want to really be at the top of your game when it comes to sex, you need to be remembered for a signature move, something which you're truly amazing at and always has him begging for more. Whether its oral sex or your incredibly strong thighs a signature move will give you tons of bedroom confidence and keep your sex life alive.

See $40Millions Own by No One

Mr. Blum's home on Staten Island, where he built and sold hundreds of other houses.When Roman Blum died last year at age 97, his body lingered in the Staten Island University Hospital morgue for four days, until a rabbi at the hospital was able to track down his lawyer.

Mr. Blum, a Holocaust survivor and real estate developer, left behind no heirs and no surviving family members — his former wife died in 1992 and the couple was childless. His funeral, held graveside at the New Montefiore Jewish Cemetery in West Babylon, N.Y., was attended by a small number of mourners, most of them elderly fellow survivors or children of survivors.

Much about Mr. Blum’s life was shrouded in mystery: He always claimed he was from Warsaw, although many who knew him said he actually came from Chelm, in southeast Poland. Several people close to Mr. Blum said that before World War II, in Poland, he had a wife and child who perished in the Holocaust, though Mr. Blum seems never to have talked of them, and the International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen, Germany, has no record of them in its database. Even his birth date is in question. Records here give it as Sept. 16, 1914; identity cards from a German displaced persons camp have it as Sept. 15

But perhaps the greatest mystery surrounding Mr. Blum is why a successful developer, who built hundreds of houses around Staten Island and left behind an estate valued at almost $40 million, would die without a will.

Charles Goldgrub, Mr. Blum's godson. (Michael Kirby Smith/NYT)
That is no small matter, as his is the largest unclaimed estate in New York State history, according to the state comptroller’s office.

“He was a very smart man but he died like an idiot,” said Paul Skurka, a fellow Holocaust survivor who befriended Mr. Blum after doing carpentry work for him in the 1970s.

Gary D. Gotlin, the public administrator handling the case, sold Mr. Blum’s home on Staten Island, auctioned off his jewelry and his furniture and is putting other properties that he owned on the market. Mr. Gotlin’s office, which is overseen by Surrogate’s Court in Richmond County, is also using Mr. Blum’s estate to pay his taxes, conduct an in-depth search for a will and hire a genealogist to search for relatives. If none are identified, the money will pass into the state’s coffers. That, Mr. Blum’s friends said, would be a tragedy, compounding the one that befell him as a young man in Eastern Europe.

“I spoke to Roman many times before he passed away, and he knew what to do, how to name beneficiaries,” said Mason D. Corn, his accountant and friend for 30 years. “Two weeks before he died, I had finally gotten him to sit down. He saw the end was coming. He was becoming mentally feeble. We agreed. I had to go away, and so he told me, ‘O.K., when you come back I will do it.’ But by then it was too late. We came this close, but we missed the boat.”

Roman Blum was, by all accounts, an emotional man with a large personality. Six feet tall and handsome, he was a ladies’ man, a gambler and a drinker. He was also enterprising and tough in business.

“He had deeds on his desk piled up to the ceiling of properties he owned,” said Vincent Daino, who was Mr. Blum’s neighbor for 25 years and became his unpaid driver when the older man’s eyesight began to fail. “There were royalties from oil rigs in Alaska, money from his stocks — about once a month he would have me drive him to the bank so he could deposit $100,000 checks.”

Much of what is known about his life comes from a circle of fellow Holocaust survivors who met in displaced persons camps after the war.

They said that when war broke out, Mr. Blum was in Poland and, fearing capture, ran alone across the border to Russia, where he was briefly detained and placed in prison. The Russians soon released him along with thousands of other prisoners to fight the Nazis. The fate of his wife and child, if they existed, is unclear.

In the months after the war, Mr. Blum met a family of survivors with two daughters. One of them, Eva, had been in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

He married her, although by all accounts it was not a love match. “It was immediately after the war — he thought she was the last Jewish woman alive, and she thought there were no more men,” said a friend and fellow Holocaust survivor who met Mr. Blum around that time. The friend would speak only anonymously, for fear that he would seem to be trying to make a claim on the Blum estate.

In 1946, Mr. and Mrs. Blum made their way to Zeilsheim, a displaced persons camp on the outskirts of Frankfurt. In the chaos of postwar Germany, Mr. Blum became a smuggler, as many Jews did, Mr. Skurka said: He pirated cigarettes into Belgium while biding his time waiting for a visa to the United States. During that period, Eva remained in Zeilsheim and Mr. Blum preferred the livelier Berlin.

Paul Skurka, a Holocaust survivor who knew Mr. Blum for many years. (Richard Perry/NYT)
Mr. Skurka related a story from those days that, he said, Mr. Blum had told him. One day while in Berlin, Mr. Blum walked into a barbershop and asked the proprietor for a shave. When the barber finished, Mr. Blum said he had no money, shrugging his shoulders and smiling as he walked out the door. “He had chutzpah, that’s the kind of man he was,” Mr. Skurka said.

In 1949, the Blums came to New York and settled in Forest Hills, in Queens. There, they joined a tightknit community of survivors, many of whom they knew from the Zeilsheim camp.

“They all lived the same type of lifestyle, going to the bungalow colonies together, the Catskills, everything was done as a group,” said Jack Shnay, a child of survivors who grew up in Forest Hills with the Blums. “Initially, they all lived in apartments in Rego Park; then they starting buying or building private homes.”

“Every weekend was a party,” said Charles Goldgrub, the child of survivors and Mr. Blum’s godson, who also grew up in Queens. “They had survived Hitler so they thought they would live forever.”

On weekends, the survivors would often gather to play high-stakes poker and drink plum brandy. They rarely discussed their wartime experiences, but sometimes, as a group and tipsy, they would grow emotional. Mr. Blum’s favorite tune was the 1968 single by Mary Hopkin, “Those Were The Days,” recalled Michael Pomeranc, a hotelier who grew up in Forest Hills and whose parents, also survivors, were close to the Blums. “He was always singing that song, and especially if he’d had a bit to drink, he’d try to get everyone to join in with the lyrics,” Mr. Pomeranc said.

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Many of the men started businesses together, the majority becoming homebuilders and hotel developers. They referred to themselves as griners, a Yiddish term meaning greenhorn or newcomer. “They were known as the griner builders,” said Robert Fishler, a Staten Island real estate lawyer who represented Mr. Blum for nearly three decades.

The men also had affairs. “There were lots of women on the side,” Mr. Goldgrub said. “It was a way of life, everyone knew — the wives just closed their eyes to it.” By many accounts, Mr. Blum often had female companions other than his wife. “It was really more like growing up in the Italian mob than your typical Jewish upbringing,” Mr. Goldgrub said.

While the people in the group liked having fun, they were not showy, despite their growing wealth. Most drove the same Buicks and Oldsmobiles for years and remained in the same middle-class neighborhood. Their modesty might also have been a desire to keep their wealth under wraps. “They didn’t want anyone to know what they had. They had been so scrutinized they didn’t want to call attention to themselves,” Mr. Goldgrub said.

The Blums struggled to start a family. Mrs. Blum told her friends that she was unable to have children, and the couple spent thousands of dollars on doctors’ visits. According to stories that swirled around the couple, Mrs. Blum had been a subject of the dreaded Dr. Josef Mengele while at Auschwitz, and his experiments had rendered her infertile.

In the 1960s, on a five-week trip to Israel on the Queen Elizabeth, Mr. Blum found a boy, an orphan, whom he wished to adopt. But friends who were with them said Mrs. Blum begged him not to go through with the adoption, convinced that her doctors would ultimately be able to help them conceive. They did not adopt the boy and never had children.

Army amputee completes air assault school

Sgt. 1st Class Greg Robinson has become the first amputee to complete Army air assault school, a course so grueling his prosthetic leg broke twice over the 10 days spent rappelling down ropes, navigating obstacle courses and completing strenuous road marches.
Each year thousands of soldiers are physically and mentally tested at the Fort Campbell school. Instructors said Robinson accomplished everything other participants did and trainers cut him no slack even though he lost part of his right leg on a deployment to Afghanistan in 2006.
When Robinson joined teammates at a brief graduation ceremony Monday at the Sabalauski Air Assault School, others called his success a testament to what can be achieved by amputees. War wounds from Iraq and Afghanistan and the recent bombing at the Boston Marathon have highlighted the challenges amputee patients face in recovering.
An inspiration to the Boston bombing victims? Robinson, a 34-year-old noncommissioned officer from Elizabethtown, Ill., said his attitude was one of just wanting to grit it out and complete the same program he sends soldiers to who are under his command.
"Right now, I am a platoon sergeant," Robinson told reporters after graduating. "I have roughly 30 men in my platoon. As a leader, I didn't want to tell my soldiers that they needed to go to air assault school, if I am not air assault qualified."
On Monday, he had his followers: dozens of soldiers from his unit lined up to congratulate Robinson after he graduated. His 4-year-old daughter, Drew, and his wife, Amanda, gave him hugs and kisses.
The 34-year-old noncommissioned officer from Elizabethtown, Ill., toughed out Monday's 12-mile road march even after he had to repair his prothesis in mid-trek.
Robinson was wounded in 2006 during an attack while on a major military operation. But he said his traumatic injury wasn't going to prevent him from meeting some of the Army's toughest standards or finishing his career in the Army.
"It's not my job; it's my lifestyle," said Robinson, who has deployed four times in his 16 years in the military.
The 101st Airborne Division — unlike other airborne units in planes — uses helicopters to quickly drop troops into combat and move equipment on the battlefield.
Each day of the course began with running a couple of miles. Troops were expected to carry a 35-pound ruck sack as they complete their tasks. Though he ran with a noticeable limp, his boot and trousers covered his prosthetic leg and generally made him indistinguishable from the others. He also learned to rappel from a tower and maneuver past obstacles.
Robinson said he decided about six months ago to take on the program, though he had to get a doctor's approval. Now he hopes his accomplishment will encourage other wounded soldiers with their recoveries.
"It's not a disability if you don't let it slow you down," he said.
His instructor, Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Connolly, said there was some concern at one point whether he was going to make it through when a piston in his leg stopped working on the obstacle course.
"He got down and fixed it, reattempted the obstacle and went back on," Connolly said.
Capt. Greg Gibson, an Army nurse with Robinson's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, said his attitude was what pushed him to finish the course. Gibson said that in his experience treating amputees, attitude and will are critical to recovery.
Gibson worked with amputees at Walter Reed before coming to Fort Campbell and said many patients struggle at first with the loss of a limb, their own body image and the pain of multiple surgeries.
"Some of these guys never even learn to walk on a prosthesis, let alone go through the air assault course," Gibson said.
Gibson said Robinson is adept at using his prosthesis, which is below the knee, but the air assault course requires using muscles in a way Robinson would have found very difficult.
One part of the obstacle course, nicknamed "The Tough One," is a mandatory 3-meter rope climb in which participants wrap their feet around a rope and pull themselves up with their hands and feet. Gibson said completing that climb had to have been arduous for an amputee.
In light of the traumatic leg injuries suffered at the Boston Marathon, including several amputations, Gibson said Robinson's accomplishments translate beyond the military world.
"He's had this thing happen to him that most would see as a career ender," Gibson said. "He's a shining example that life can carry on."

Sunday, 28 April 2013

NCAA formally grounds Governor Amaechi’s plane


NCAA formally grounds   Governor Amaechi’s plane print

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Saturday formally grounded Gov. Rotimi Amaechi Rivers state government owned Bombardier aircraft.
The authority said that the aircraft was on “illegal operation” in the country.
Mr Benedict Adeyinka, the Director of Airworthiness and Standards, NCAA, said this while addressing newsmen in Lagos.
Consequently, the NCAA said it had grounded the Bombardier-BD 700, Global Express Aircraft, with registration number N565RS.
He added that the aircraft’s clearance approval expired since April 2.
“By our records, the last flight clearance for this aircraft was approved for operations on Thursday March 28, 2013, on Accra/Port Harcourt and Accra to terminate on April 2, 2013. With this development, the aircraft has exceeded the extra two days or 48 hours leeway for it to leave the country,” he said.
He said the clearance for the aircraft was sought by Caverton Helicopters on March 27.
Adeyinka said the certificate of registration of the aircraft showed that its owner was Bank of Utah Trustees of Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Adeyinka, however, said that in spite of the expiration of its clearance to fly, NCAA did not ground the aircraft prior to request for start up in Akure on Friday.
“But consequently, this aircraft in reference, is hereby grounded at any airport that is located right now in the country.”
The aircraft return trip to Port Harcourt from Akure on Friday was delayed because the pilot allegedly refused to submit the passengers manifest.
Mr Nnamdi Udoh, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), made the allegation at a news conference in Lagos.
Amaechi was among the dignitaries that attended the burial of Mrs Funmilayo Olayinka, former Deputy Gov. of Ekiti State in Ado Ekiti on Friday.
Observers have linked the aviation authorities action with politics, saying Governor Amaechi is being witch-hunted because of his cold war with President Goodluck Jonathan.
NAMA has also explained why Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers’ aircraft was delayed at the Akure Airport.
The Managing Director of the agency, Mr Nnamdi Udoh, said the delay happened because its pilot refused to submit the passengers’ manifest.
Udoh said that submission of documents, including the manifest stating those on board the aircraft, was part of the mandatory requirements and regulations any pilot had to comply with before taking off from any of the nation’s airports.
“We need to stress that we operate by rules and regulations in the aviation industry. Aviation is not politics and we don’t play politics in the industry,” Udoh said.
Udoh appealed to pilots and operators to comply with the operating rules at all the airports in the country.
He recalled that the aircraft, which flew the governor to Akure, had registration mark 5N565 RS -Global Express.
The NAMA boss said that the Akure Airport made daylight operations, which ended by 6.00 p.m. after which no aircraft was allowed to land or take off, except with permission from higher authorities.
He said the pilot, who flew Amaechi, called for clearance from 6.35 p.m., which was some minutes after the close of daylight operations.
“The pilot called for Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) clearance at 6.35 p.m., got clearance same time, started taxiing by 6.45p.m. and departed by 6.51p.m. ,” he said.
Udoh said the delay in the flight being cleared to take off at that time was subject to the approval of the authorities concerned .
“By regulations, the airport manager has no power on his own to clear any aircraft at this period, except an approval is given by the authorities concerned. After due clearance and the provision of the needed logistics, the aircraft in reference was cleared for take off,” Udoh said.
He, however, said that the issue was still being investigated further.
Reports had indicated that an aircraft conveying Amaechi was grounded temporarily at the Akure airport on Friday .
The incident was said to have happened after the burial

Woman burnt to death for having less than £10 in her account

Woman burnt to death for having less than £10 in her account

 Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sao Paulo ... one of the most dangerous cities in the world
A VIOLENT gang of thieves in Brazil burned a woman to death after stealing her credit card and finding she had less than £10 on it.
The teenage thugs burst into the office of dentist Cinthya Magaly Moutinho de Souza, in Sao Paulo, shortly after midday on Thursday while she was treating a patient.
They demanded the 46-year-old hand over all her money.
But when a petrified Ms de Souza said she had none she gave them her credit card and PIN.
One of the criminals held her and her client hostage while the others went to a cash point to empty her account – only to find she had less than £10 in it.
The furious men returned, doused her with alcohol and set her on fire.
They put a hood over the head of the patient, who heard Ms de Souza screaming at her attackers: “Don’t do it.”
Cops said: “Military police who rushed to the scene found her dead. The gang was seen escaping in a black Audi driven by a fourth accomplice.”
One of the suspects, a 17-year-old, was arrested at his home within hours and confessed to the crime.
Ms de Souza’s dad said his daughter was attacked three years ago as she was leaving her office, but a security guard in the street had saved her that time.
He said: “I hope that society can be more peaceful and that cases like this do not happen again.”
Victoria Fernandes, a neighbour, praised Ms de Souza, who was to be buried yesterday. “She was a very good, very simple person. She did not charge for consultations, just for the treatment she did.”
It is the latest in a string of violent attacks leading to growing fears over safety in Brazil during the World Cup next year.

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See the 700 pounds car Rihanna bought for her boyfriend as birthday gift

That’s a Ri-hly nice gift for Chris

£700,000 car for birthday boy from Rihanna

Chris Brown
Spoilt ... Chris Brown will be celebrating his 24th birthday

RIHANNA has got enough dosh to make sure CHRIS BROWN doesn’t just get socks and a dodgy jumper for his 24th birthday.

The singer has shelled out more than £700,000 on a limited edition 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss – only 75 were ever made. And she’s also planning to take him to that well-known UK tourist hotspot... York.
A source said: “Chris is in Las Vegas with pals so he’ll get his birthday gifts on his return to LA next week.
2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss
Birthday surprise ... a 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss for Chris

“Rihanna has spent more than a million dollars on his main gift – a custom-made car. She’s had it personalised with his initials on the red leather seats.
“Rihanna is also planning a break to the UK in June when they’ll visit York.She’s on tour then and he has always wanted to visit the historic town.”

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See the pix of the most sexiest woman on Earth

Kelly Brook

Didn’t she do Kell

Kelly Brook wins UK’s hottest women poll

Hot stuff ... TV presenter and model Kelly Brook tops poll
Kelly Brook / Lipstick Syndication

IT’S official – Kelly Brook is the Sexiest Woman in Britain.

Sun readers think the beautiful brunette is a little Brit special. Nearly 43,000 of you voted in our poll and Kelly won by a landslide.
Here, BELLA BATTLE reveals the Top Five, and a surprise No1 in the fave fellas who got the ladies’ vote...

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Gynaecologist gave patient two orgasms in under two minutes

The civil court case against gynaecologist Angus Thomson collapsed on Friday. Bibi Giles had accused him of touching her inappropriately


A gynaecologist gave a patient two "leg buckling" orgasms in a minute and a half during an examination, a court has heard.

The civil court case against gynaecologist Angus Thomson collapsed on Friday. Bibi Giles had accused him of touching her inappropriately Photo: KEVIN REID
Bibi Giles said she was horrified at what Angus Thomson was doing to her, as a nurse stood just feet away, but that her reaction had been "involuntary".
She said that Mr Thomson said she was one of the "fittest patients" he had, accused him of sexual assault and is suing him for distress.
Mrs Giles has accused him of trying to start an affair with her and the court heard that on one occasion, when she complained of symptoms, she said he replied in a raised voice: “Well you need to have sex, if you don't you will have an explosion.”
Worcester County Court heard that Mrs Giles visited Mr Thomson for an internal examination on November 30th 2006 at Droitwich Spa Hospital, six weeks after surgery, when he touched her inappropriately.
She said: “I cannot control my body. He was stroking me and my leg just buckled.
“I felt that it was wrong - but I didn't know if this is the way gynaecologists examined the patient after the operation.
“When I left the room there was no doubt that the conversation and touch was sexual. When I realised he was doing something out of the boundary I didn't want to say anything as I was still under his care.”
Mrs Giles, from Droitwich Spa, Worcs, said she felt that Mr Thomson had abused her and immediately rang her husband in tears.
She said: “I told him what had happened, Mr Thomson had upset me. I explained how I reacted how my leg buckled. It felt like an orgasm after he had caused it. I was very, very sensitive.'
Mrs Giles said that she didn't want to go through the intrusion of another gynaecologist, so stayed with Mr Thomson but claimed whenever she wanted to talk about her condition he changed the conversation to the subject of them having an extra-marital affair.
She said he gave her his mobile and home telephone numbers, urging her to call day or night, and on one visit tried to kiss her. She claimed that whenever she tried to talk to him about her condition, he turned the topic to sex.
She added: “He tried to twist the calls round to personal issues, emotions and sex. The conversation always starts off with him asking any problems, and then it turns into something else.
“His preference was to talk about matters of a personal nature. He promises me half way about treatment, but at the same time he is pursuing me. He turned the conversation round to issues to do with sex and libido.”
Under cross examination, Christina Lambert, for Mr Thomson, told her: “Not only is it not correct that Mr Thomson asked you for a kiss, but never at any stage was he looking at you and saying you were very attractive.”
She said the examination took place “in the presence of a chaperone”, adding: “It would have been an exceptionally dangerous touching for Mr Thomson – the nurse could have seen your left leg buckle.”
Mrs Giles replied: "Yes it was very dangerous to do it that is why he moved away quickly. He watched me get dressed and made a comment that I was one of the fittest patients he had. He started to stare at me while the nurse Moira helped me off the bed.”
The case continues.

Scientists on brink of HIV cure

Scientists on brink of HIV cure

Researchers believe that there will be a breakthrough in finding a cure for HIV “within months”.

Scientists on brink of HIV cure
With modern HIV treatment if medication is stopped, HIV reservoirs become active and start to produce more of the virus Photo: Alamy

They are conducting clinical trials to test a “novel strategy” in which the HIV virus is stripped from human DNA and destroyed permanently by the immune system.
The move would represent a dramatic step forward in the attempt to find a cure for the virus, which causes Aids.
The scientists are currently conducting human trials on their treatment, in the hope of proving that it is effective. It has already been found to work in laboratory tests.
The technique involves releasing the HIV virus from “reservoirs” it forms in DNA cells, bringing it to the surface of the cells. Once it comes to the surface, the body’s natural immune system can kill the virus through being boosted by a “vaccine”.
In vitro studies — those that use human cells in a laboratory — of the new technique proved so successful that in January, the Danish Research Council awarded the team 12 million Danish kroner (£1.5 million) to pursue their findings in clinical trials with human subjects.
These are now under way, and according to Dr Søgaard, the early signs are “promising”.
Dr Ole Søgaard, a senior researcher at the Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark who is part of the research team, said: “I am almost certain that we will be successful in releasing the reservoirs of HIV.
“The challenge will be getting the patients’ immune system to recognise the virus and destroy it. This depends on the strength and sensitivity of individual immune systems.”
Fifteen patients are currently taking part in the trials, and if they are found to have successfully been cured of HIV, the “cure” will be tested on a wider scale.
Dr Søgaard stressed that a cure is not the same as a preventative vaccine, and that raising awareness of unsafe behaviour, including unprotected sex and sharing needles, remains of paramount importance in combating HIV.
With modern HIV treatment, a patient can live an almost normal life, even into old age, with limited side effects.
However, if medication is stopped, HIV reservoirs become active and start to produce more of the virus, meaning that symptoms can reappear within two weeks.
Finding a cure would free a patient from the need to take continuous HIV medication, and save health services billions of pounds.
The technique is being researched in Britain, but studies have not yet moved on to the clinical trial stage. Five universities — Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, London, University College, London and King’s College, London — have jointly formed the Collaborative HIV Eradication of Reservoirs UK Biomedical Research Centre group (CHERUB), which is dedicated to finding an HIV cure.
They have applied to the Medical Research Council for funding to conduct clinical trials, which will seek to combine techniques to release the reservoirs of HIV with immunotherapy to destroy the virus.
In addition, they are focusing on patients that have only recently been infected, as they believe this will improve chances of a cure. The group hopes to receive a funding decision in May.
“When the first patient is cured in this way it will be a spectacular moment,” says Dr John Frater, a clinical research fellow at the Nuffield School of Medicine, Oxford University, and a member of the CHERUB group.
“It will prove that we are heading in the right direction and demonstrate that a cure is possible. But I think it will be five years before we see a cure that can be offered on a large scale.”
The Danish team’s research is among the most advanced and fast moving in the world, as that they have streamlined the process of putting the latest basic science discoveries into clinical testing.
This means that researchers can progress more quickly to clinical trials, accelerating the process and reaching reliable results sooner than many others.
The technique uses drugs called HDAC Inhibitors, which are more commonly used in treating cancer, to drive out the HIV from a patient’s DNA. The Danish researchers are using a particularly powerful type of HDAC inhibitor called Panobinostat.
Five years ago, the general consensus was that HIV could not be cured. But then Timothy Ray Brown, an HIV sufferer — who has become known in the field as the Berlin Patient — developed leukaemia.
He had a bone marrow transplant from a donor with a rare genetic mutation that made his cells resistant to HIV. As a result, in 2007 Mr Brown became the first man to ever be fully cured of the disease.
Replicating this procedure on a mass scale is impossible. Nevertheless, the Brown case caused a sea change in research, with scientists focusing on finding a cure as well as suppressing the symptoms.
Two principal approaches are currently being pursued. The first, gene therapy, aims to make a patient’s immune system resistant to HIV. This is complex and expensive, and not easily transferrable to diverse gene pools around the world.
The second approach is the one being pursued by Dr Søgaard and his colleagues in Denmark, the CHERUB group in Britain, and by other laboratories in the United States and Europe

See the face of the drug baron who won right to stay in England

    Home Office fury as drug dealer immigrant wins right to stay in UK
  1. Home Office fury as drug dealer immigrant wins right to stay in UK

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A judge's decision to allow a convicted drug dealer who abandoned his children the right to stay in Britain over his “human rights” is at the centre of mounting political protest.

Hesham Mohammed Ali
Hesham Mohammed Ali won an appeal against moves by Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to deport him because of his crimes.
He convinced a judge he had a “family life” which had to be respected because he had a “genuine” relationship with a British woman – despite already having two children by different women with whom he now has no contact.
Ali also mounted an extraordinary claim that his life would be in danger in his native Iraq because he was covered in tattoos, including a half-naked Western woman – a claim which was only dismissed after exhaustive legal examination.
In his decision to let Ali stay, the immigration judge said he was not taking into account new guidelines introduced by the Home Secretary last week, in an attempt to stop spurious human rights cases being brought by criminals to prevent their deportation.
The Home Office has said it was “disappointed” by the ruling, while MPs said it showed there was an urgent need to stop abuse of human rights laws.
“Foreigners who commit serious crimes should be deported, regardless of whether they have family in the UK,” a spokesman said.
“We are disappointed with this judgment and that is why this Government will bring forward primary legislation to prevent foreign nationals remaining in the UK through abuse of the Human Rights Act.”
Dominic Raab, the Tory MP who is campaigning for human rights reform, said of the case: “It is bad enough a convicted drug dealer cheating deportation because he has a girlfriend.
“But it’s even worse that our elastic human rights laws consume government time and money fighting such ludicrous claims. The shifting human rights goalposts have encouraged a 'try it on’ culture at taxpayers’ expense.”
Priti Patel, the Tory MP, said: “The right to family life has been completely abused in this case. It’s clear this individual has no regard for proper family life and the upbringing of his children, as he has no relationship with either of the mothers let alone either of his children themselves.
“It is wrong for hard-working British taxpayers to be footing the bill for cases like this. It is further evidence that our human rights laws need to be reviewed immediately.”
The Home Office spent thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money trying to have Ali deported, fighting his initial appeal – which was eventually set aside – and a second hearing.
The two key elements of his claim were his “family life”, and the danger his tattoos would pose if he was deported to Iraq.
During that hearing the court went to great lengths to consider the issue of Ali’s tattoos, with Judge Jonathan Perkins describing the issue as “problematic”. He asked whether Ali, 36, had considered having the tattoos removed and heard evidence from an expert witness on whether Iraqi people were victimised for having body art.
Ali was brought to Britain “irregularly” by a people-smuggling gang in 2000, when he was 24, and has never been in this country legally. Two years after arriving he made an asylum claim which was refused, as was a subsequent appeal. However, for reasons which are unknown, he was not deported and continued to live in Britain.
He had a child with an Irish woman and then another son with a woman from Liverpool but has no contact with either child, the Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber heard.
In November 2005 he was convicted of possessing Class A and Class C drugs, and fined.
Just over a year later he was convicted of another offence at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London but this time it was more serious – possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply – and he was jailed for four years. Under immigration laws any foreign national jailed for a year or more should be subject to automatic deportation.
Within months of his sentencing, the Home Office told Ali they would attempt to deport him but because there was confusion over his true nationality, the case was allowed to lapse.
The drug dealer was released on bail in January 2009. Deportation proceedings began again in 2010, and Ali again lodged an appeal. He told the court he would be in danger if he was returned to Iraq because he was so Westernised.
Allowing him to stay at the second hearing, Judge Perkins said he was impressed by evidence from Ali’s girlfriend, Cy Harwood, 31, a Londoner who has trained as a beautician. They met in 2005.
The judge ruled that Ali’s deportation would have a very damaging effect on her and would be a breach of the couple’s rights under Article 8.
“Destroying an important relationship in the light of a reformed criminal who was last in trouble over six years ago is, I find, just too much and I am satisfied that an exception is made out,” he said.
The judge also detailed the claim that tattoos, and Ali’s claim that he had become Westernised, would put him in danger in Iraq.
“He described himself as 'covered in tattoos’ including a half-naked Western woman on his chest, a sea horse and star on his arm and his fiancee’s name 'Cy’ surrounded by stars on his hand.
“He was asked if he could refer to any evidence to confirm his alleged fear that being tattooed would be a sign of the infidel in Iraq. His answer was vague. He referred to watching videos on YouTube. He said that people with tattoos get stoned or harmed.”
Alan George, a specialist on Iraq who appeared for Ali, told the court he was not aware of any examples of Muslims being persecuted because of their tattoos but he added that “tattoos would be considered un-Islamic and a tattoo of a semi-naked woman particularly objectionable”.
He suggested it would be difficult for Ali to pray because Muslim ritual requires him to bathe and expose his body.
Describing the issue as “problematic”, Judge Perkins said: “I have had to think carefully about this but the appellant had not given any indication that he had any objection to trying to conceal the tattoo or have it removed.
“[The tattoo on Ali’s hand] might prompt inquiry but as it is a central feature of the appellant’s case that he is now a devout Muslim I am not persuaded there is a real risk of a tattoo doing more than prompting curiosity which would be satisfied by his sincere explanation about the strength of his religious convictions.”
Ali said he worked as a wrestling promoter and had also been a professional dancer. At one stage he passed an audition to work for Simon Cowell, the music impresario, but “he was arrested before he was able to take advantage of that opportunity,” the court heard.
Judge Perkins added that he was deliberately not taking into account the Home Secretary’s changes to the immigration rules.
“I do not arrive at this conclusion by considering the rules in their amended form which purports to introduce aspects of Article 8 expressly into the rules,” he said.
“They do not assist me with the proper application of the appellant’s human rights. My decision is in accordance with binding jurisprudence.”
The case raises new concerns over the arguments sometimes put forward by foreigners who are seeking to stay in Britain, such as the Bolivian man whose case was first reported in The Sunday Telegraph in 2009.
Camilo Soria Avila argued that he should not be deported partly because he and his boyfriend had bought a pet cat, Maya, and joint ownership of the animal added weight to his case that he enjoyed the “right to family life” in Britain.
The immigration tribunal ruled that sending Mr Avila, 36, back to Bolivia would breach his human rights because he was entitled to a “private and family life”
with his British boyfriend Frank Trew, 49, and joint ownership of a pet was evidence that he was fully settled in this country

Gunman opens fire on Italian prime minister's office

Gunman opens fire on Italian police outside prime minister's office

Two Italian police officers have been wounded after a gunman opened fire outside the prime minister's office in Rome.

Officials said the shootings took place around 11am as prime minister Enrico Letta's cabinet was being sworn in at the presidential palace nearby.
The motive for the attack is as yet unknown, although officials said that a man had been arrested in connection with the incident. He was reportedly wearing a suit and tie, and was named by Italian media as businessman Luigi Preiti, 49.
One of the wounded police officers had been shot in the neck and was in a serious condition, a police official said. Pictures from the scene showed a man in police uniform lying on a cobbled street while being attended to by other officers, bleeding from the neck.
The area around the Palazzo Chigi, a 16th century building that also serves as the prime minister's official residence, was sealed off. Five or six shots were fired and police had found five spent shells from a small calibre weapon.
A police official told Reuters that the man was from the southern region of Calabria and having fired several shots at the two police on duty outside the prime minister's office, he shouted "shoot me, shoot me" to other police nearby.
"We still have to understand who he is. He's been caught," Antonio Catricala, a cabinet undersecretary in the former government told reporters.
The mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, added: "It's not an act of terrorism but certainly the climate of the past few months has not helped."
He added: "This is the act of a mad, psychologically disturbed man."
An aide to Foreign Minister Emma Bonino told reporters at the presidential palace that the new Cabinet members were being kept inside until the situation became more clear.
The shooting immediately sparked ugly memories of the 1970s and 1980s when domestic terrorism plagued Italy during a time of high political tensions between right-wing and left-wing blocs.
Mr Letta, who at 46 is one of the European Union's youngest prime ministers, is expected to unveil his programme in a parliamentary session on Monday, before the government is put to a confidence vote in parliament on Tuesday.
Mr Letta, who is deputy head of the moderate Democratic Party (PD), on Saturday ended two months of post-election political stalemate when he brought together former political rivals in a broad coalition government.
On Sunday, his ministers stepped forward one by one to swear allegiance to the republic before President Giorgio Napolitano, who personally picked Mr Letta as prime minister and had a central role in the

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Mimiko bags African Diaspora World Tourism Award

: Prince Nekan Olagbegi , an Owo prince who domiciled in Atlanta , Chief B Oye , President , Egbe Omo Yoruba Atlanta , Mrs Remi Duyile , the representative of Governor Mimiko receiving the Award from Dr Babs Onabanjo , President , AD King Foundation

Mimiko bags African Diaspora World Tourism Award 

The giant stride on good governance and responsibility in governance being exhibited by Governor Olusegun Rahman Mimiko facilitated an Award for him from the organiser of the 1st African Diaspora World Tourism Awards held at Atlanta Airport Marriott hotel , yesterday April 27 , 2013 .
The award which was packaged by AfricanDiaspora Tourism .com and AD king Foundation , Atlanta , Georgia attracted distinguished and accomplished diaspora from all over the world including .
According to Monica Kaufman Pearson, the anchor lady who had won 30 Emmys beating out Oprah Winfrey " Governor Mimiko of Ondo - state in Nigeria has maintained a commendable sense of responsibility and enviable mien in government which helped him in providing the essential facilities for his people . The Mare Mountain Climbing Competition which he initiated has cultivated honour and pride to his state and Nigeria "
Governor Mimiko was represented by Mrs Remi Duyile , his former Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora .
Also , two other Nigerian governors , Goodswill Akpabio ( infrastructure ) and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola ( Innovation)
Pix : Prince Nekan Olagbegi , an Owo prince who domiciled in Atlanta , Chief B Oye , President , Egbe Omo Yoruba Atlanta , Mrs Remi Duyile , the representative of Governor Mimiko receiving the Award from Dr Babs Onabanjo , President , AD King Foundation 

See this woman with a botched boobs !

Debbie from Last Chance Salon's botched boob job

Housewife with botched boob job says: I feel like a monster

Botched boob job ... Deborah

A WOMAN has told of her torment after a botched boob job left her with lopsided breasts.

Debbie, from Los Angeles, had her breasts enlarged 15 years ago when she worked in the adult entertainment industry, increasing her chest size five times to a J cup.
But just days after the surgery, she developed an infection in her right breast, and the surgeon who conducted the operation was nowhere to be found.
Seeking new medical help, a different doctor agreed to remove the infected implant and skin — but only operated on one breast leaving her with one J cup and one smaller boob.

'Grotesque' ... Debbie is unhappy with her body
She is now seeking help from Cosmetic expert Dr Vik Vijh, one of Britain's leading plastic surgeons, on new TV series Last Chance Salon, to be aired next month on new UK channel TLC.
On the show, Debbie explains: "Being large and more voluptuous was the epitome of glamour to me."
But looking at her body after the operation, Debbie says she is devastated.
Unhappy with her body ... Debbie
She says: "It looks like someone hacked me up.
"When I look in the mirror I see this grotesque image, I feel like a monster. I haven't found a surgeon willing or able to help me."
Debbie, who lives with her partner Billy, has barely left the house for 15 years.
She adds: "If someone can help me it will change my world and help me feel like a new person."

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