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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Arik Air returns passengers from Gombe back to Abuja at 10 .30 pm to search for baggages !

Arik Air  maltreated    passengers  who boarded its plane from Abuja to Gombe yesterday  subjected them to   untold hardship ,  suffering and humiliation
The story of agony from experienced in the hand of ArikAir started  on Tuesday   when the passengers who had earlier booked  for  2 pm  Abuja - Gombe  flight on Wednesday  were informed  by the management of Arik  that the said flight had been rescheduled for 4 pm on Wednesday
  The passengers lapped it up , got to the  Airport  on Wednesday only to wait till 8 .30 pm when the supposed 4.30 pm flight took off the Tarmac enroute Gombe .
On landing in Gombe , the passenger realized that none of their luggages were airlifted to Gombe !
The passengers were then ordered to get into the plane again  at about 10 .30 pm  back to Abuja to go and search for their baggages !

President Jonathan launches new 64-page e-passport @N8,750

President Jonathan launches new e-passport 
The President of Nigeria , Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has launched a new 64- page e-passport for NigeriaThe launching is not only to offer a relief to travelling Nigerians but in conformity with international practices. 
The cost of new e-passport for below 18yrs & 60 yrs & above is N8,750 while changing of name as a result of marriage or divorce is also N8,750.

Boko Haram stalls take off of new Oyo Technical Varsity

Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Mr. Ismail Olalekan Alli (middle), Chairman, Governing Council of Technical University, Ibadan, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi (left) and the state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Solomon Olaniyonu (right) at a press briefing announcing the postponement of the take-off of the institution, at the Executive Council Chambers of the Governor's Office, Ibadan on Wednesday

The Oyo State Government on Wednesday announced the postponement of the formal take-off of its Technical University, Ibadan, attributing to the security situation in the country.
The development was announced at a joint press conference held at the State Executive Council Chambers of the Governor’s Office, Ibadan by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Ismail Olalekan Alli and the Chairman of the Governing Council of the institution, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi.
It would be recalled that the university, established by the state government, had hitherto been scheduled to formally take-off with the admission of its new set of students in September 2014.
However, the SSG, at the press briefing, said that the institution would not be able to commence academic activities in September 2014 as earlier scheduled due to the recent upsurge and spread of insurgency resulting in general insecurity across the country.
He said that all the necessary arrangements had been put in place towards the take-off of the university in September part of which he said was the arrival of advance parties of the partner institution, that is, the Texas Technical University of the United States of America in April this year.
 Mr. Alli, however, said that the advance parties were recalled by the partner institution in USA towards the end of last month, thus necessitating the shift in the take-off of the institution.
``We have mutually agreed to watch the security development until January next year when we would review the situation and determine an appropriate take-off date,’’ the SSG said, adding, however, that the infrastructural development currently going on in the campuses of the university at Ajoda New Town, Egbeda and on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway would go on unhindered.
Also speaking, Prof. Afolabi assured that the university would rank among the best in the world, given the arrangement being put in place by both the state government and the Technical University of Texas to provide an exceptional educational experience for students as well as ambience for teaching and learning.
Prof. Afolabi, a former Head of Service of the Federation, said that the university would be run on a public-private partnership (PPP) which he said would enhance its sustainability and make it distinct from other universities in Nigeria.    

Edem Duke has a case to answer on Fascinating Nigeria Project !

     Wale Ojo-Lanre , Nigerian Tribune 
In July 2013, the Minister of Culture,  Tourism and National Orientation Chief Edem Duke dragged eminent personalities, business dignitaries and  tourism practitioners to the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa for the launching of a tourism brand christened ‘Fascinating Nigeria’, a new way of communicating the tourism brand that Nigeria is offering to the world.
The event was not just one of the run-in-the-mills programmes as it commanded the presence of the President, Dr.  Goodluck Jonathan who was represented by the Vice-President, Alhaji Mohammed Sambo.
Others at the venue were Governor Liyel Imoke, Cross Rivers, Mrs Folorunso Alakija, a fashion icon, selected media houses and executives of Tourism Associations, state Commissioners for Tourism and others.
Packaged to be a great event, the pre- launching of Fascinating Nigeria Project was greeted with publicity and marketing campaigns raising the hope and making the nation to believe that a solution has been found to the lingering underestimation of the tourism sector.
The launching ceremony was handled in the most glamorous style, which belched out glitz, colour and fantasy with almost all leading musical stars, comedians, artists, Nollywood icons displayed their talents to excite the world that Nigeria is simply fascinating.
A Nigerian journalist who witnessed the launching vividly captured the night thus, “The foyer of the Banquet Hall was a grand exhibition room with artefacts from across the country competing for attention with models adorned in the best of Nigeria fashion, and giant portraits of past leaders hung on the walls.”
Nikki Laoye who belted out a rousing rendition of the National Anthem kicked off the formalities. This was followed by a cultural dance by the National Troupe tagged “A coat of Many Colours” to celebrate Nigeria’s diversity.
Up next was a medley of musical performances starting with Omawumi, then Inyanya, Tuface and and P-Square. Veteran juju artist, King Sunny Ade, also dazzled the audience with dance steps that belied his age.
It was also a night of screenings as Nigeria’s history and heritage was shown through footage of some of the country’s important sites, rich endowments, the Nollywood industry, football icons and the forthcoming centenary celebration. 
Some of Nigeria’s leading hospitality spots where also included in the minutes-long video which to a large extent portrayed Nigeria as an interesting proposition for potential tourists.”
The Minister did great work to uniquely express and impress the guests and the world that Nigeria did all have what it takes to become a force to be reckoned with in the comity of tourism nations.
“This is a new beginning for Nigerian tourism and the brand Nigeria.”
Thus with the grandiose launching which was not only a star-studded, culturally expressive and touristically  explosive, Fascinating Nigeria Project raised the hope of tourism stakeholders and Nigerians  who believe that a year after  the launch, Nigeria and Nigerians would have been reaping  the dividends of the branding and Nigeria would have fascinated a lot of people.
Despite the successful launching of Fascinating Nigeria Project some critics were of the opinion that the project was nothing but a charade concocted by the Minister to dazzle the President and Nigeria that he has something to offer
According to Otunba Adewale Martins, Public Communication Director, Hospitality Watch, who reacted after the launching of the project last year, ”Brand or branding in tourism is a good idea especially for a country like Nigeria which is suffering from battered image and under reporting particularly in the tourism sector. But, I will tell you that very soon, we shall all realize that this Edem Duke’s one  is a charade and a dazzling stunt to impress the President that he is working and to pool wool in the eyes of the nation. I bet you, going by the circumstances of the launching when Boko Haram insurgency is biting hard and the conception of this project, which is not altruistic; it is another white elephant project, which will not withstand the test of time. Nothing good will come out of it. Let us wait for the next 12 months.”
It is exactly 12 months that Fascinating Nigeria Project was truly launched with pomp and ceremony, apart from the fact that the replica of the launching was held at the World Travel Market in London, (WTM), in November last year, nothing stronger seemed to have come out of the project.
Also, the Minister has not only failed to follow up on his expressed determination of making the branding a useful project to Nigeria, but also failed to ensure that the President affirmed his promises to the sector according to the content of his speech on that fateful night when the Fascinating Nigeria Project Nigeria project was launched in the most fascinating manner and delightful colours.
Chief Duke owes the nation and tourism stakeholders the duty of revealing what truncated the promising glow of the much celebrated Fascinating Nigeria Project launched extravagantly at the bowels of the Presidential Villa and attended by the President last year July or he wants us to believe that it was just an ill conceived, revenue guzzling white elephant projected beautifully collared and packaged to deceive Nigeria?

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

 Three feet tall man marries five feet tall woman
At just under three-and-a-half foot tall, Arif Ibrahim Tambe had resigned himself to life alone.
But at 32 years old, having grown against a backdrop of extreme size prejudice, he finally found love – with a woman almost 2ft taller than him.
His new wife Ameena Ahmed, 21, even agreed to marry him - despite the threat of being disowned by her family.
And they have now taken their relationship to new heights by having their first child together.
BarcroftArif Ibrahim Tambe
Looked after: Ameena Ahmed cares for her husband too
He said: "I feel like God took something away and now he has given something back. I have got a reason to live my life. God has given me what I wished for."
The couple met in a mobile phone shop three years ago and both say it was love at first sight.
Arif, who has a form of dwarfism, was worried she would eventually reject him when she realised the full extent of his care needs.
He said: “She said 'I like you and I want to marry you' - so I sat down and told her everything."
BarcroftArif Ibrahim Tambe
Happy: The trio have an inseparable bond
"I said 'if you marry me you will have to do everything for me. You will have to take me to the toilet, to the bathroom and to the shower'. I told her everything and she still agreed."
Just two years later the couple, who live in Pune, in the west of India, sealed their happiness with a lavish wedding in their hometown of Mumbai - but not everyone was happy.
Ameena, who is 5ft 2in tall, said: "When our marriage was fixed, all my relatives opposed it. They would taunt me, saying that my would-be husband is a dwarf.
"In the end, none of my relatives attended my wedding."
BarcroftArif Ibrahim Tambe
Care: Arif's wife looks after his needs, despite early opposition from her family
Her immediate family have now accepted the marriage, but her wider family are still distant.
Determined not to be a burden – especially after the arrival of his new son Aseem Arif Tambe - Arif has invested in an electric wheelchair, which gives him more independence.
And with their newfound confidence the couple are more comfortable to be seen out in public together.
"Their reaction to me is still the same as before," said Arif, who has suffered size prejudice for most of his life.
"But now they look at us together with shock and say ‘look at his wife’.”


See the car that killed El - Rufai's son

This is the car which killed El- Rufai's son

See the bomb laden car that would have blasted Kano today again !

See the bomb laden car that would have blasted Kano today again ! Save for the clinical vigilance of Nigerian Policemen , this car which is laced with bomb and stationed at the front of Isiyaku Rabiu Mosque in  kano  today .  

See the relics of the first plane crash in Africa

Toyin Ayoola , Wale Ojo Lanre , Pa Adeniji , standing on one of the relics of the plane and Hon Gbenga Adewale at the site of the first plane. Crash ever in Nigeria which occured on Sunday 12 April 1942 at about 8 :15 pm at Oke Ilapa Hill Toyin Ayoola , Wale Ojo Lanre , Pa Adeniji , standing on one of the relics of the plane and Hon Gbenga Adewale at the site of the first plane. Crash ever in Nigeria which occured on Sunday 12 April 1942 at about 8 :15 pm at Oke Ilapa Hill ,ikogosi Ekiti,ikogosi Ekiti

Monday, 28 July 2014

See Ebola in action :This is how ebola kills victims

This is how ebola kills victims .

See picture of UN Staff wounded after UN school came under fire in Gaza !

See picture of UN Staff wounded after UN school came under fire in Gaza

UN staff wounded in Gaza as UN school hits by shell !

 UN school in Gaza caught in cross fire , 15 dead , several injured including UN staff  hit
A UN school in Gaza has been hit by by several shots during a cross fire between Israelis army and the Hamas .
According to a report monitored by, about 15 people are dead and dozens wounded .

See the picture of the remains of the 19 years old female bomber in kano !

She bombed herself to pieces in kano ! 



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 The National leader of the Accord Party Sen Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja has debunked  the insinuation that he has endorsed a particular candidate for the next year governorship election in the state saying that he will contest in 2015

Sen Ladoja who a former governor of the state said he has not endorsed any candidate because he is also interested in the post will soon obtain expression of interest form when the time comes
 The  Ibadan born politician in an interactive session with journalists at his residence  maintained that  Accord Party will win gubernatorial seat in the next election because of the antecedent and past records which speaks well of the party
Oyo 2015;I am still in the race – Sen Ladoja According to him” only God is helping us in accord as we have nothing new to tell people but our past records are speaking for us you can imagine when civil servant who did not get their salary lamenting that this was not so during the era of Ladoja, during our time we did not demolish shops without building another one neither do we neglects people urgent need leaving it for more than three years before getting serious about it as in the case of Apete brige“
 While speaking on the present political situation in the country, Sen Ladoja said it was the ACN now APC that wakes up the PDP from their slumber “ the only things the PDP use to say is that they will rule  the country for 60 years but by the time they realize that the APC is taking over  the house of reps after they have  captured some state they wake  up and started  what they are doing now  but it may be difficult for them to have  Oyo state because there is no formidable structure that will  win elections like that of Ekiti.

  “ Fayose was able to get party ticket and win election in Ekiti because he was in charge of the party  executives, Omisore was in charge of the party executives in Osun  and who is in charge of the executive in Oyo  so whatever happens in Osun will not happen in Oyo state because Accord party will be in control by 2015

Ebola Virus : Fear grip Nigerians over Nigerian Ambassador in Liberia and 58 others

Patrick Sawyer -Died of Ebola Virus 
Ebola Virus :   Fear  grip Nigerians over  Nigerian Ambassador in Liberia and 58 others
Nigerians are deadly scare over the possibility of some Nigerians who have close contact with Patrick Sawyer , the Liberian  man who died of Ebola virus in Lagos
The fear was raised by the disclosure made on Monday 27 July at the Lagos State Government Secretariat in Alausa, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, by the  Lagos Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris  who disclosed that 59 people had contact with the late Sawyer, which include the Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia
“So far, a total of 59 contacts have been registered consisting 44 hospital contacts (38 healthcare workers and six laboratory staff) and 15 Airport contacts, comprising 3 ECOWAS staff-driver, Liaison, and Protocol officer, Nigerian Ambassador to Monrovia, two nursing staff and five Airport passenger handlers.
“As of the time of this report, 20 contacts had been physically screened of which 50% are type 1 contact and 50% had had type 2 contact. Airline manifest has not been provided by the airline at the time of this report and therefore the precise number of passenger contacts is yet to be ascertained, especially as two flights were involved (Monrovia-Lome and Lome-Lagos),” he disclosed. 

This is the face of Partick Sawyer , the Ebola Virus victim who died in Nigeria

Patrick Sawyer
Patrick Sawyer

NCAA grounded ASKY Airlines operation in Nigeria over Ebola Virus

Ebola grounded ASKY operation in Nigeria
For its impudence of flying an Ebola Virus victim to Nigeria , the management of Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority , NCAA, has put on hold the operation of ASKY airlines in Nigeria
According to NCAA ,Eng  Benedict Adeyileka, acting Director General of the NCAA  the suspension takes place with immediate effect.
The Airlines contravened  the provision of Article 14 of the Chicago Convention,1944, which states that: “Each contracting State agrees to take effective measures to prevent the spread by means of air navigation, of cholera, typhus (epidemic),smallpox, yellow fever, plague and such other communicable diseases as the contracting state shall from time to time decide to designate…..” 

Unilorin Student Sentenced To 20 Years Imprisonment Over Kidnapping !

Unilorin Student Sentenced To 20 Years Imprisonment Over Kidnapping

A Court of Appeal sitting in Ilorin has sentenced a 300-level student of the University of Ilorin to 20 years imprisonment for attempted kidnap.
Ebenezer Gbadamosi, 22, who had earlier been arraigned before Justice Sulyman Kawu of Ilorin High Court, on a three-count charge, was sentenced by the appellate court for attempted kidnap of the son of an Ilorin-based Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
The High Court had convicted Gbadamosi on charges of conspiracy to kidnap, threat by means of telephone/SMS to kidnap and attempt kidnap under sections 2, 3, 5 and 15 of the Kwara State Prohibition and Kidnapping Law, 2010 of the penal code.
In case No. CA/IL/C.104/2013, the appellate court, in the lead judgment delivered by Justice Hussein Mukhtar, on July 10, 2014, agreed with the submission of the assistant state lead counsel for the respondent, MAI Akande that the appellate court has the power to re-evaluate the evidence before the trial court and substitute higher sentence for one which the accused person was earlier convicted for by the trial court.
At the lower court, the trial Judge sentenced the accused to one year imprisonment with an option of N100, 000 fine for the offence of extortion, while the 2nd accused person, Samson Ibitoye, was discharged and acquitted.

Man rapes this boy and burns him

Man rapes child then burns him
SAUDI ARABIA: A Saudi man abducted a six-year-old local boy to his apartment and raped him. He then murdered the boy, took his body in a bag to a distant area and burned it.
The charred body of Mohammed Salim Al Azmi was found in the northern town of Alqurayat last month after the boy went missing for a few days.
Police said the body was found near a bridge east of the town and forensic examination later determined it was that of Mohammed.
“Police said a suspect they had arrested confessed to the crime,” the Arabic language daily Alsaudeh said.
“He performed the crime for the investigators…he said that he abducted Mohammed and raped him at his flat…he then took him to that area and burned his body so he would not be identified in order to cover his crime.”
The paper did not identify the killer but other dailies said recently police had arrested Mohammed’s 36-year-old neighbour in connection with the crim

Mother beheads infant, eats part of his brain

Mother beheads infant, eats part of his brain

Charged with murder and is being held on $1 million bail

San Antonio police say a woman accused of beheading her 3-week-old infant son used a knife and two swords in the attack and ate some of the child's body parts.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus told reporters Monday that Otty Sanchez's attack on her son, Scott Wesley Buchholtz-Sanchez, was "too heinous" to fully discuss.

But he says Sanchez ate part of the newborn's brain and bit off three of his toes before stabbing herself twice.

Police say the 33-year-old Sanchez told officers who were called to her house early Sunday that she killed her son at the devil's request.

Sanchez is charged with capital murder and is being held on $1 million bail. She is recovering from her wounds at a hospital.

Tenager beheaded mate

Schoolgirl 'admits beheading classmate after hitting her with a piece of metal and strangling her'

    The teenager reportedly confessed to the horrific crime after the body of 15-year-old Aiwa Matsuo was discovered in Sasebo, Japan
Grizzly: The suspect attended the same junior high school as the dead girl (file picture)
A schoolgirl aged 15 has admitted to beheading a classmate after hitting her on the head and strangling her.
The teenager, who has not been named, reportedly confessed to killing Aiwa Matsuo, also 15, before dismembering her body.
She was arrested yesterday after Aiwa's remains were discovered in Sasebo, Japan.
The suspect also admitted to cutting off the dead youngster's left hand, Japan's Kyodo news agency reports.
The dead girl's body was found on a bed in the suspect's apartment with the implements allegedly used n the killing found close by.
Both girls are understood to have graduated from the same junior high school.
The victim went missing after going to meet friends on Saturday afternoon, Sky News reports.
Her parents raised the alarm after she did not return home that evening.
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Reduce weight and win gold in Dubai

Reduce weight and win gold in Dubai

Dubai Municipality launches ‘Your Weight in Gold’ initiative

Dubai Municipality has launched a community initiative under the slogan 'Your Weight in Gold' aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle and encouraging members of society to achieve and maintain their optimal body weight.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, has launched this initiative after the success of the 'Yallah Walk' initiative launched in 2011. Senior officials from Dubai Municipality, Ahmed bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman of Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre and Anil Dhanak, General Manager of Dubai Gold and Jewelry Group, were present on the occasion.

"It is aimed at introducing walking tracks in different parks in Dubai. Walking is as an easy and economic way to stay fit and healthy that people can easily apply to their day-to-day life. Dubai Municipality has provided residents with safe and accessible walking tracks," Lootah said.

"Currently Dubai has 91 places to practice sporting activities, including residential parks, public parks, squares, jogging tracks and beaches. In addition, every year the civic body opens new parks in more areas and adds sports equipment and tools for the public to promote a healthy community," he said.
"Ramadan is the most appropriate season to launch such initiatives as it reminds us of the many health benefits of reducing weight and encourages us to take steps to change our bad lifestyles," he added.
Ahmed bin Sulayem said, "DMCC is proud to work with Dubai Municipality and DGJG to further support His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in his ‘Your Weight in Gold’ health awareness drive to encourage society to change their daily routines in return for a healthier lifestyle.

"We would highly encourage everyone from all walks of life to take part in this great initiative and hope DMCC’s contribution of Dh100,000 worth of gold coins will help motivate individuals reach the final target of improving and sustaining a healthy lifestyle and consequently a better quality of life," he said.

Anil Dhanak, DGJG, said, "It is amazing to know that the municipality takes initiatives to encourage people to adopt a healthy lifestyle and I believe that this how Dubai distinguishes from other cities in the world. I am sure Dubai can be the role model and astonish the world by its innovative ideas and initiatives."

The weight losing contest sponsored by DGJG and DMCC is open for public participation. The winners will get 2gm of gold if they reduce at least 2kg weight of their body within one month.
The overall winner will be the person who achieves the highest weight loss during the programme period of 30 days from its inception on  July 19. The minimum weight to lose for eligibility is 2kg and participants will get one gram of gold for each kilo reduced from his/her body weight.

The top three winners will get a gold coin equivalent to Dh20,000  through a lucky draw. The weight of each participant will be measured at the point of initial registration and again at the end of the programme.

Dubai's 13-year-old boy weighs 105kg

Dubai's 13-year-old boy weighs 105kg

Winners get 2gms of gold per 1kg weight lost

The Dubai Municipality's annual Ramadan initiative, which is underway this year under the theme “Your Child In Gold” has brought under the spotlight shocking weights of children, such as a 13-year-old boy weighting 105kg, and another 13-year-old boy weighting 90kg.

The other excess weights registered were a three-year-old baby girl weighting 23kg, and the most dangerous weight registered was of a two-year-old baby girl weighting 18kg and a five-year-old boy weighting 30kg and another four-year-old boy weighting 30kg.

According to Khalid Bin Zayed, Assistant General Manager of Dubai Municipality for International and Partnership Affairs, the initiative was successful as more than 20,000 children registered so for, and registration ends on Thursday.

“The main aim of this initiative is to help the public in reaching the perfect body weight, and to maintain that weight. This all at the end of the day aim at insuring healthy society.”

He added that the winner in this initiative is the one who succeeds in reducing the highest percentage of his weight within 30 days of the start of this initiative and the family of the child gets 2gms of gold for each 1kg the child lose. And at the end of the initiative, three winners will be chosen in a raffle draw to win gold bars worth Dh20,000 per winner.

“The organizing committee started work in different locations such as Al Mamzar Beach Park, Al Khawaneej Walking Track, Al Safa Park Walking Track, Al Barsha Walking Track, and Zabeel Park Walking Track. And members of the committee take the weight of the children two times, once in the beginning of their registration in the initiative, and the second at the end of the initiative.”

He added that they are also providing parents of the children free consultation on the dangers of their kids being overweight, as well as the healthy eating habits and diet.

Plane crash-lands: Kills dad walking with daughter; girl fighting for life

Plane crash-lands: Kills dad walking with daughter; girl fighting for life

Neither pilot nor passenger hurt

A small plane crash-landed on a beach in the US state of Florida Sunday, killing a father and critically injuring his young daughter, authorities said Sunday.

The mid-afternoon incident in Venice involved a 1972 Piper Cherokee aircraft and neither the pilot nor his passenger was hurt, Wendy Rose of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

The deceased father was walking along the Gulf Coast beach with his daughter when the plane crash-landed, Rose said.

The girl was transported to a children's hospital in St. Petersburg "and is believed to be in critical condition," she added.

Rose said the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office was notified by Venice Airport officials that the pilot would attempt to make a beach landing after signaling he was in distress and could not make it back to the airfield.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Boko Haram kidnap wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Ministe

amadou Ali- wife captured
Aamadou Ali- wife captured

Boko Haram kidnap wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister  print

Boko Haram militants have attacked Kolofata, a town in Cameroon’s Far North Region near Nigeria and seized several people including the wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali, a military commander in the region said.
According to Reuters, the attack took place today, the celebration of the end of Ramadan.

“Some of them have already taken away the wife of Vice Prime Minister Ahmadou Ali and her house help while the bodyguards of the Vice Prime Minister have succeeded in taking him out of the town to Mora,” Formekong said, adding that there could be more casualties.“The situation is very critical here now, and as I am talking to you the Boko Haram elements are still in Kolofata town in a clash with our soldiers,” said Colonel Felix Nji Formekong, the second commander of Cameroon’s third inter-army military region (RMIA3) based in the regional headquarters Maroua.
Cameroon since it began crackdown on the insurgents in recent weeks has faced a series of  counter attacks by the militants. On Friday, a military court in the country jailed about 20 members of the sect arrested in March for arms trafficking.

Dubai International re-opens refurbished runway

Dubai International re-opens refurbished runway

Flights that had temporarily moved to DWC returns to Dubai International

Dubai Airports has announced successful resumption of its full operations at Dubai International from Monday following the reopening of the northern runway.
The company says that flights that had temporarily moved to Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) while the runway upgrades were underway have now returned to Dubai International.
The number of flights at Dubai International surged by about 31 per cent with the opening of both runways, when compared to the number of flights during the 80-day closure. Despite the sudden increase in traffic, operations ran smoothly.
Dubai International now boasts two newly refurbished runways which allow the airport to accommodate more aircraft while improving operational flexibility during busy peak traffic periods. The runway upgrades were part of Dubai Airports’ $7.8bn SP2020 master-plan aimed at expanding Dubai International’s capacity to help accommodate more than 103 million passengers by 2020, according to Dubai Airports.
Both of the airport’s runways were closed consecutively from May 1 for 80-day period. The project involved the resurfacing of the entire 4,000-metre long northern runway as well as the upgrading of runway lighting and construction of additional taxiways and rapid exits on the southern runway.
Airlines that have moved flights from DWC back to Dubai International include flydubai, Malaysian Airlines, Royal Brunei and PAL Express as well as selected flights from Qatar Airways and Gulf Air. Four airlines will continue to offer flights from DWC including Wizz Air, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways and Jazeera Airways.    
"I am pleased that our planning and preparations over the past year not only ensured that the impact on passengers during the 80-day period was minimal but that we were able to resume full operations and accommodate increased traffic at the end of the programme without a hitch," said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.
"The runway upgrade programme tested the mettle of the over 60,000 people who work at DXB whose dedication and teamwork resulted in the successful delivery of an incredibly demanding programme, led by Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects and Dubai Airports’ operations, while maintaining high traffic volumes and top-flight service levels," added Griffiths. "Additionally it allowed tens of thousands of passengers to experience the speed, convenience and efficiency of DWC, Dubai’s second airport."

UAE to apply new residence, entry visa fee from August 2014

UAE to apply new residence, entry visa fee from August 2014

MoI to announce new fee structure on its website in next few days

The General Directorates of Residency and Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Interior has completed its technical and services preparations to ensure a flexible implementation of the new visa and fees system across the naturalization, residency and ports affairs sector.
The system will be effective August beginning, by virtue of the Cabinet`s resolution number 22 for the year 2014, regarding the organisation and development of the services at the MoI`s naturalization, residency and ports affairs sector.
Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, issued the ministerial decision number 377 for the year 2014, which amended the applicable regulations on foreigners’ entry and residence. The ministry has announced the promulgation of the new visa fees within the next few days on their website:
Major-General Khalifa Hareb Al Khaili, Acting Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior for Naturalization, Residency and Ports Affairs, mentioned that the next stage will include the issuance of a new array of entry permits and visas, such as the multiple entry permits for visit or work; the activation of study visas, and entry permits for medical care and attending conferences.
“This comes in response to community members needs and supports various activities, in accordance with the Cabinet`s decision,” Maj-Gen Al Khaili explained.
He also said that the ministerial decision number 377 for the year 2014 coincides with the Cabinet`s decision. The approved amendments take into account the quality and development of services, in addition to meeting social requirements and activities in a way that supports various aspects of economic, touristic and social activities.
The new decision also focuses on violators, which is the key issue in the suggested amendments, as part of an integrated system, which ensures the field efficiency of executive authorities and customers’ satisfaction.