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Sports / Roger Federer Breaks Record, Wins Eighth Wimbledon Title by johneewalker: Last month on Mon 17 at 08:42am
Roger Federer hit a record in tennis of eight Wimbledon titles on Sunday after a three-set win over Marin Cilic. Federer triumphed from start to finish against his opponent, recording a 6-3 6-1 6-4 victory after the match that lasted for an hour and 43 minutes. He has now won 19 Grand Slam titles.

Federer won the opening set in 37 minutes – breaking Cilic on two separate occasions. Cilic, who was competing in his first ever Wimbledon final, received treatment to his left foot during the contest, and this made the rest of the match challenging for him. Federer, however, moved into a two-set 6-3 6-1 lead in just 25 minutes, and won 6-4 in the third.

-guardian

Events / 15 Feared Dead In Calabar Tank Farm Explosion by johneewalker: Last month on Mon 17 at 08:39am
Not fewer than 15 persons were feared dead and many others injured yesterday in a fire incident at a tank farm in Calabar Free Trade Zone (CFTZ), Calabar, Cross River State.
It was gathered that the incident occurred when a vessel was supplying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, to two of the tank farms around 2:00 a.m.

The eyewitness said the ship was on the river supplying the product through pipes that passed through the premises of the tank farms about 700 metres away.

He said: “While supplying was going on, a member of staff of one of the tank farms, who was not on duty that night, opened the pipes inside their premises to siphon petrol but pressure from the pipe knocked him down and he died on the spot.

“The petrol now flowing in huge quantities filled the premises and flowed through gutters back into the river and into the Esuk Utan community and this was around 4:00 a.m. Due to the strong fumes of the petrol, some members of the community woke up to realise that petrol was flowing through their gutters and decided to scoop the product for themselves.

“There must have been a spark which set off a fire and killed six of them on the spot. The fire followed the petrol through the gutters back to the vessel that supplied it but the men on board managed to stop the fire from engulfing the vessel, using sophisticated fire-fighting equipment.”

However, a fishing settlement on the waterfront nearby was not so lucky as “the settlement, which also serves as a fish market, was razed and seven people, who lived there, lost their lives and many wooden canoes and engine boats were caught in the inferno.

Three vessels in the adjoining Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) were also affected by the fire, including the tank farm where the problem started but it was also checked by the sophisticated fire-fighting equipment in the premises.

Another eyewitness, a member of staff of one of the tank farms, who pleaded anonymity, said: “Almost 13 people that we have been able to confirm have died. So, many have severe injuries and have been rushed to the hospital.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, who confirmed the incident, said that nine people died. He added that several other persons, who sustained injuries, were currently being treated in one of the hospitals in Calabar.

According to him, the manager of the depot is yet to brief the police on what led to the explosion. “Up till now, nobody has come out to tell us what caused the fire outbreak.

“We have gone round, we have done what we can do but investigation will later reveal what actually led to the explosion,” he said.

The Commissioner for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Itaya Nyong, who was at the scene and apparently not happy with the unfortunate incident, said: “The culprits will be brought to book. The fire was as a result of the activities of criminal elements.”

-theguardian

Crime / Allegations Of Fraud Rock Customs E-auction by johneewalker: Last month on Mon 17 at 08:28am
There have been allegations and counter allegations from various interest groups and stakeholders across the country since the Hameed Ali led Customs service flaged off its first electronic auction to sell an estimated 2,000 vehicles seized at its various formation. The raging controversy trailing the auction was based on fears that it has been the veiled and shrouded in secrecy, prompting many to urge the Federal Government to suspend further auctions.

For most Nigerians, any process, that shut out the majority from participation cannot be accepted as transparent and should be suspended forthwith. Others have wondered why only Jaiz Bank, with limited branch network across the country can qualify for the auction, where over 23 more established banks were shut out for inexplicable reasons, a situation that raised strong suspicion that the auction was conducted to favour the North.

A stakeholder and the National Co-ordinator, Save Nigeria Freight Forwarders (SNFF), Mr. Patrick Osita Chukwu, said the process was not acceptable to Nigerians. According to him, the Federal Government should set up an auction commission that will privatise the auction sales so as to make the process transparent.

“In United States where auctions are being handled, every bank is acceptable by the government. So, nobody can tell us that only one bank qualified for the auction. That is not acceptable. The Federal Government should give a directive allowing approved Customs duty collecting banks to participate to allow more Nigerians to benefit from the auction,” he said.

“The process of this auction is not acceptable globally. The authorities would have set up an auction commission which would privatise the auction. The transparency, which the Federal Government wants to achieve through the process will be messed up at the end of the day.

“Let the Acting President suspend the auction sales for now and bring all the parties together and let them harmonise the system to enable everybody participate. It is like a national cake. They want to use the auction to ‘pay’ those on top. Let them put a hold on this auction if they don’t want to cause disaffection in the country.

“Alternatively, the authorities should look for the owners of the seized cargoes with a view to making them pay for their cargoes. Remember, these cargoes are items that have been imported by some persons. Let them look for the owners through the manifest. The owners can come and pay for the items and take back their cargoes. Some people sold their houses while some deposited C of Os in the bank for loans to import some of those cargoes, but they ended up being held by Customs. What will be the fate of those who imported these cargoes? They lost their cargoes because of one mistake or the other. What happens to them?

“A situation where another person will pay N10 million for goods worth over N50 million is not acceptable. Why not look for the owner to pay that amount of money so that he will have something to pay to his bank in order to retain his house or property. Let them suspend the auction now. It is very fundamental,” he said.

A bidder, Mr. John Badmus, who was shut out from the auction queried why only a non-interest commercial bank emerged as the only institution used for the auction while the other 23 banks are still struggling with connectivity problem. Badmus, a freight forwarder, told Daily Sun that he suspects some foul play.

“I can’t understand why my bid was not taken because I tried for several hours and there was connectivity problem, even after Customs had assured that the system was hitch free,” he said.

Badmus called on the Federal Government to suspend the auction until all the grey areas are sorted out. He said it will be improper to deny Nigerians opportunity to bid for the cargoes. Another bidder who does not want his name in print, called for a probe of the current Customs auction.

However, another freight forwarder, Mr. Olusegun Ologbese, interjected by saying that since the auction is a continuous exercise, the initial difficulty regarding the website will be freed up.

“I have not got the details of the auction. But I think I saw the CG talking on television. I am sure that there is no decision arrived at for that exercise that can be suspicious because I know the type of fellow the CG is. He is a man who will not want a reproach. Let us believe he would be thorough. Well, website is not friendly to everybody. So, if somebody does not get it today, he will get it tomorrow. It is a continuous exercise.”

One of the intending bidders and a maritime analyst, Mr Ismail Aniemu told Daily Sun that the idea is good because it is one of the most transparent steps ever taken by this administration. According to him, it gives bidders the confidence that the winner of the items will take delivery of them without favouritism or godfatherism.

“For the first time in the history of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), there is an attempt to increase the degree of transparency in the auction sales of condemned items. When I said condemned I mean items that have gone through the court process and the court has approved the sale. So, it makes it very possible for only identifiable persons, traceable persons, existing persons, not phoney names, not fabricated names, not a state where we have to suspect that not the same person who seized the items will now issue auction paper to non-existing persons and give to themselves. This makes it possible that every item that is purchased we know that it is Mr. A that purchased it. His identity is verifiable, traceable, without any form of godfatherism or favouritism. In fact, this is a groundbreaking transparent method,” he noted.

On July 3, 2017, the NCS inaugurated the e-auction platform aimed at giving all Nigerians equal opportunities to partake in bidding for seized vehicles with a view to increasing Customs’ revenue.

But few days after the Comptroller General of NCS, Colonel Hameed Ali (retd), got widespread commendation from Nigerians for instituting what would be the first ever electronic auction for the Customs, the Service is again in the eye of the storm following what many described as a controversial award of successful bids to 43 bidders out of thousands of people that applied in the auction.

Customs spokesman, Mr. Joseph Attah, aggravated the matter when he said that only Jaiz Bank, Nigeria’s leading non-interest commercial bank, has the only active portal for the transaction while the other 23 banks were said to be having interswitch challenges.

Attah also confirmed that at the first day of the launch, there were technical challenges with the e-auction platform but stated that those challenges have already been resolved while potential bidders can register smoothly without hitches.

“The first 48 hours expired at 12noon on Wednesday (July 5, 2017) and 43 persons won the bidding including a journalist. So you can see this platform is working. For now, it is only Jaiz Bank that is on the platform. Other designated banks are having interswitch issues and they will soon be on board as soon as they ratify the issues.

“I understand that today (July 6, 2017) one bank will soon be on board. For those trying to register, they should go to the designated bank area on the platform, click on the Jaiz Bank and print out the page from their system and go to the bank to pay.

“This means the person has activated with Jaiz Bank and the bank can key you into the bank system to enable you pay the N1,000 administrative fee, which will be transferred to your e-wallet,’’ he said.

The statement added that the portal has been fully networked to designated banks to ensure that money accruing from the auction gets to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Treasury Single Account (TSA) for transparency and accountability.

The conditions for the e-auction qualification include that applicants must have a valid Tax Identification Nnumber (TIN) issued by Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) with an active e-mail account and shall pay a non-refundable fee of N1,000 as administrative charge. An item is auctioned “as is” as such request for replacement or refund shall not be entertained. The successful bidder shall make payment within five working days and failure to pay within the stipulated timeframe, the items revert to the second highest bidder.

However, despite assurances by the spokesman, the challenges continued in the second round of the auction, which took place on Monday, July 10, 2017. This has prompted Attah to explain that three Customs duty collecting banks were not only carried along, they were properly trained to participate in the bidding process.


When the platform was developed, it was subjected to user-acceptability test with all the banks, including the CBN. Throughout this period, no bank indicated any problem with the platform,” he said.

-sunnewsonline

Crime / Breaking: Suicide Bomber Kills 10 In Maiduguri by johneewalker: Last month on Mon 17 at 08:21am
A female suicide bomber struck early Monday morning, killing 10 worshippers who came for prayers at London Ciki mosque in Maiduguri, Borno state, TheCable has learnt.

Two others also lost their lives in separate attacks at Mamanti area of the ancient city, but details are still sketchy.

This is the latest in a spate of suicide bombings since the release of some commanders of Boko Haram in exchange for 82 out of the kidnapped Chibok girls.

Shortly after the captives were freed, the sect released a video to warn of devastating attacks in the days ahead.

The attacks have continued even though security agencies claimed that the insurgents have been subdued.

The University of Maiduguri, which was peaceful in the heart of insurgency, has suffered many attacks.

Security agencies are yet to comment on the latest attacks in the region.

-thecable

Crime / Court Papers: How Aluko, Omokore Laundered $1.7b Stolen From Nnpc by johneewalker: Last month on Mon 17 at 08:13am
Court papers in Lagos Nigeria have revealed in graphic details how oil businessmen, Kolawole Akanni Aluko and Jide Omokore laundered the $1.7 billion creamed off the questionable oil swap transactions between them and the NNPC, during the tenure of Diezani Alison-Madueke.


Some of the money laundered through the United States and which had been used to acquire assets are now the subject of a forfeiture bid by the United States Justice Department. But the filings in a Lagos court have provided the most insightful details yet into how the entire money was laundered, while the Nigerian treasury was left dry and emasculated.

According to an affidavit sworn at the Federal High Court by Isaac Kehinde Oginni, a lawyer in the Federal Ministry of Justice, both Aluko and Omokore lifted and sold allotted Nigeria’s crude oil. While they were paid for their service, they deliberately diverted to private use, what was due to the Federal Government and the people of Nigeria, in the sum of $1,762,338,184.40.


*They bought vehicles with a combined value of over N800million and donated them to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through its then National chairman Prince Secondus.

*They also bought vehicles valued at over N130million and gave them as gifts to former minister of Petroleum, Mrs Dieziani Alison-Madueke and some other management staff of Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).

*Kolawole Aluko paid $18,548,619.99 and N1,070,000,000 to FBN Mortgages Limited as part payment for block A consisting of 26 Flats at 46 Gerrard Road Ikoyi Lagos. The block was bought for a total cost of N5,210,520,315.

*Payment of a total sum of $25,839,606.77and N95,000,000 was made to Real Bank for the purpose of part financing the acquisition and renovation of properties by the Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Nigeria Limited (AEDC) and Atlantic Energy Brass Development limited (AEBD). The Properties are: Mason apartments at 6 Gerrard Road Ikoyi Lagos comprising 60 units of 3 bedrooms apartment valued at $78,000,000, Marion apartments Block 8 located at 4&5,Onikoyi Estate, Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos consisting of 43 units of apartments valued at $76,160,000, apartments at 33A Cooper Road Ikoyi, Lagos renovated at a total cost of $4,937,750, Admiralty Towers at 8 Gerrard Road Ikoyi, Lagos., which was also renovated.

The two businessmen also transferred $69,912,981.15 to the following companies ;Mia Hotels Limited, First Motors Limited, V.I.Petrochemicals, Evergreen Reality &Management, WIz Trade limited, DE First Union Integrated Services and Amity Plus limited.

Mr Ogini also averred that Kolawole Aluko literally took residence outside the shores of Nigeria, to embark on a spending spree and assets acquisition in Britain, Canada, United States and Switzerland.

Among the assets acquired were houses at: Grove End Road, London NW; 755 Sarbone Road, Los Angeles;952 North Alpine drive Los Angeles;815 Cima Del Mundo. He also bought land at 807 Coma Del Mundo in Los Angeles.

Aluko also bought houses or apartments at 1049 Fifth Avenue, New York, 1948&1952 Tolls Avenue, Santa Barbara, 157 West 57th St,New York , 4100 Let Revenge, Dubai. In Nigeria , he bought Avenue Towers in Lagos. He also bought a piece of land in Mont Tremblat, Canada and a property at Colina D’oro Montagnola, Switzerland

After hiding his loot in many assets, he also bought the luxury $80million yacht, the Galactica Star, 58 exotic cars, expensive watches, private jets, Global Express S5-GMG and a Bombardier Global 6000 9H-OPE.

Cash found in his bank accounts, according to documents before the court are: LDT Switzerland -$25million, Corner Bank, Lugano, Switzerland -$ 1million, Deutsche Bank, Geneva -$40million, HSBC London $175,000.

He also had 75% shareholding in Atlantic Energy Drilling concepts Nigeria and Atlantic Energy Brass Development and 10% Shareholding in Seven Energy.

The case came before Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos state last Friday, incidentally the same day the US Justice Department filed a forfeiture bid at a court in Houston.

The Nigerian judge adjourned hearing till 29th of September, 2017 to decide whether to stay proceeding in tune with an application filed by the defendants or continue with the case.

The Federal Republic of Nigerian and two of its agencies are the plaintiffs and they are ranged against Aluko and Jide Omokore’s Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Nigeria Limited (AEDC) and Atlantic Energy Brass Development Limited (AEBD). The Nigerian government wants to recover $1.76 billion from the businessmen and their companies. Omokore is the chairman of the companies, while Kolawole Aluko is a Director.

Apart from Aluko and Omokore’s application, a limited liability company Virtual Properties and Investment Limited, has also filed another application as an intervener.

The company is urging the court to discharge or vary its order,as it relates to Marion Apartments, on the ground that the property located at Block 8 Plots 4&5 Onikoyi Estate, Banana Island, Ikoyi consists of 56 apartments owned and developed by the intervener.

By virtue of two separate deeds of sublease, the intervener said it conveyed its interest in 43 out of the 56 apartments to Realblanc Energy Engineering limited, an affiliate of the defendants.

The intervener contends that it still retains ownership of 13 out of the 56 apartments in Marion Apartments. It says that the order of the court is prejudicial to its interest and interferes with its right ownership over these flats.

Last year, the Nigerian government had frozen the accounts of the defendants in 19 banks in Nigeria and eight offshore banks.

This was sequel to the affidavit deposed by Oginni of the Federal ministry of Justice in Abuja and filed by a Lagos lawyer Oladipo Okpeseyi SAN.

The court was urged as a matter of utmost urgency and public interest, in aid of administration of justice to issue a worldwide Mareva order restraining the defendants from dissipating all known assets directly or indirectly by the defendants including but not limited to assets listed on the face of the motion paper filed before the court.

After hearing the submission of Okpeseyi, counsel to the Federal Government, Justice Oguntoyinbo restrained the defendants and their agents from demanding, receiving, transacting, mortgaging or whatsoever dealing in any manners with the assets of the defendants in banks, houses, land and shares in Nigeria and others located outside Nigeria ,while the Nigerian banks listed in the motion papers were ordered to within 7days to sequestrate all money and negotiable instruments standing to the credit of the defendants in the sum of $1,762,338,184.40 and keep same in an interest yielding account in the name of the Chief Registrar of the court as trustee of same pending the determination of the motion on notice.

The court also ordered that its ruling should be served on the affected parties by way of advertisement in newspapers circulating within and outside the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


-nan.ng

Crime / Boy, 16, Rapes, Impregnates 14-yr-old Girl In Katsina by johneewalker: Last month on Mon 17 at 08:06am

A magistrates’ court in Katsina State has remanded 16-year-old Abdulmalik Yau of Durbi Ta-Kusheyi village in Mani Local Government Area over alleged raping and impregnating a 14-year-old girl.

The accused was arraigned before the court for rape contrary to Section 283 of the Penal Code.

The victim’s father, Murtala Lawal, reported the matter to the police, the charge sheet, revealed.

According to the charge sheet, both the accused and victim were residing in the same house.

The presiding Magistrate, Fadila Dikko, told the accused that the case was only brought before the court for cognisance as the court had no jurisdiction to entertain the case.

She, therefore, ordered the accused to be remanded at the remand home pending when the case would be assigned to an appropriate court.

Magistrate Fadila adjourned the case to July 20, 2017, to enable the court receive advice from the state Ministry of Justice.

-dailytrust

Jokes Etc / Re: Touch And Follow by ekensi01: Last month on Sun 16 at 07:16pm
Lol. Just passing.

Sports / Re: Sure Football Predictions 16th July - Sure Games For Sunday by HITCH: Last month on Sun 16 at 12:34pm
I pray for luck

Sports / Sure Football Predictions 16th July - Sure Games For Sunday by Kingvictor: Last month on Sun 16 at 12:20pm
1. CLUB FRIENDLY
14:30 Jena vs Hertha Berlin 2 (WON)
2. ARGENTINA
Primera B Nacional
20:15 Chacarita Junior vs Gimnasia Jujuy 1 (LOSS)
3. NORWAY
Division 2 - Group 2
18:00 Notodden FK vs Honefoss BK 1x
4. HUNGARY
OTP Bank Liga
17:00 Videoton FC vs Balmazujvaros 1.
5. POLAND
Ekstraklasa
18:00 Lech Poznan vs Sandecja Nowy 1x (WON)
6. NORWAY
Eliteserien
18:00 Molde FK vs Stromsgodset IF 1X. (WON)
7. IRELAND
Premier Division
17:00 Bray Wanderers vs Cork City FC X2. (WON)
8. SWEDEN
16:00 Assyriska FF vs Sandvikens IF over1.5. (WON)
9. AUSTRIA
OFB Cup
18:00 SC Schwaz vs Rapid Vienna | Bet on 1 and OVER 2.5 (LOSS)
10. SWEDEN
Allsvenskan
14:00 Orebro SK vs IFK Gothenburg OVER 1.5 (WON)

Sports / Re: Sure Football Predictions 15th July - Sure Games For Saturday ( Game Won) by HITCH: Last month on Sun 16 at 11:12am
I miss dis

Sports / Re: Sure Football Predictions 15th July - Sure Games For Saturday ( Game Won) by simoneblosson: Last month on Sun 16 at 02:55am
Good job, king!!

Science/Technology / Singing Mice by Aloyzeus: Last month on Sat 15 at 11:21pm
•SINGING MICE•


A team of researchers at the University of Osaka are breeding genetically modified mice that are prone to miscopying DNA and are more likely to develop mutations.

The 'tweeting' mouse was created as part of the team's ‘Evolved Mouse Project. They hope it will shed new light on how languages evolve.

"We checked the newly born mice one by one... One day we found a mouse that was singing like a bird,’ he told AFP.

He said that the ‘singing mouse’ was born by chance but that the trait will be passed on to future generations.

The project has also produced ‘a mouse with short limbs and a tail like a dachshund’.

The laboratory, directed by professor Takeshi Yagi at the Osaka University’s Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences in western Japan, now has more than 100 ‘singing mice’ for further research.

The team hopes they will provide clues on how human language evolved, just as researchers in other countries study songbirds such as finches to help them understand the origins of human language.

'Mice are better than birds to study because they are mammals and much closer to humans in their brain structures and other biological aspects,’ Uchimura said.

‘We are watching how a mouse that emits new
sounds would affect ordinary mice in the same
group... in other words if it has social connotations,’ he said, adding that ordinary mice squeak mainly under stress.

Uchimura said their chirps ‘may be some sort
of expressions of their emotions or bodily
conditions.’

The team has found that ordinary mice that
grew up with singing mice emitted fewer
ultrasound squeaks than others.This could mean that communication methods can spread in the same group like a dialect.

Source:
www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1340478/Japanese-scientists-create-genetically-modified-mouse-tweets-like-bird.html


~Dren

Gaming / Download First Touch Soccer 2018 (fts18) For Android - Apk + Obb Data by Kingvictor: Last month on Sat 15 at 10:13pm
When it comes to gaming we have too many readers that love playing games most especially on their android device, that why we decided to publish this post for the gamers in the building and the game is known as (FTS 18) First touch soccer 2018. Is out and available for download it has been updated with new features, good stadium, better graphics, players abilities has been updated and lot more. First Touch Soccer 2018 (FTS 18) is an outstanding soccer game app with great graphics, a powerful simulator, and an enormous array of options. A brilliant game with absolutely nothing to envy (PES 18) or other popular soccer games for Android.


FEATURES OF FIRST TOUCH SOCCER APK 2018
1. Manager Mode: As the controller of the game, you are now the manager. So you can sign in new players of your choice, control the created team on and off the field, access to the contracts section/option and design your chosen club’s stadium with the provided standard stadium editor.
2. Beautiful Graphics FTS which was built or developed by game programmers is embedded with nice graphics and many animations. Has a definitive mobile soccer experience for gamers. You can easily score goal when you have the skills to control your players.
3. Fast Gameplay Mode Intelligent AI here was highly modified, as the game functions very fast in carrying out functions like passing and dribbling your fellow players in any match.

REQUIREMENTS:
» Android phone
» free storage of at least 350MB
» 250mb data plan to download the game, players and managers.

How To Install (FTS) 2018 apk and Obb
1. Move the APK mod to your SD card or phone memory.
2. Extract and Copy the OBB folder to your Android/OBB folder. Can be found at Android/Obb/paste the folder here. Make sure the folder you copy looks like this com.firsttouchgames.Pes2018, this folder contains the obb file.
3. Locate the APK file and install it.
However, you might install this game and the default Language isn't English, see how to change the Language to English.
1. Launch the game
2. Tap on the last icon with a tool sign
3. A new window should open, now click on the first option which takes you to Settings
4. Now Click on the last option (which is advanced Settings) 5. Finally, swipe left or right until you get English. And you are done! Happy game play.

GAME CONTAINS:
Game apk size: 272 MB for APK

Download First Touch Soccer 2018 (FTS) 18 OBB file: drive.google.com/file/d/0B3UFY7w45wBjQmJ2OTlnb0p2SUE/view
Download First Touch Soccer 2018 (FTS) 18 OBB file: drive.google.com/file/d/0B3UFY7w45wBjN0U3TXRiMFRBTGM/view

Romance / ‘regular Sexual Intimacy May Keep Women Healthier, Younger’ by johneewalker: Last month on Sat 15 at 11:59am

Women who have regular sexual intimacy tend to have better mental, emotional, physical health, and look younger, a study suggests.

The study, published online in Psychoneuroendocrinology, says sexual intimacy in women has been linked with longer telomeres – a trait associated with slower cellular ageing, improved overall health, and even increased lifespan.

According to the study involving 129 women, women who reported having sex at least once a week often displayed significant telomere length, regardless of other relationship circumstances.

The researchers however explained that other poor health habits, such as destructive drinking, traumatic life events, and childhood abuse, can also shorten telomeres, while healthy lifestyles can lengthen these important cellular structures.

“Although normal life-course processes, such as ageing and cellular replication, shorten telomeres, sustained psychosocial stress accelerates this process,” explained lead researcher Tomás Cabeza de Baca.

“Over time, shortened telomeres may contribute to chronic degenerative diseases and premature mortality.

“There are many physiological and psychosocial mechanisms that may mediate the sex-telomere relationship.

“For instance, we proposed that sexual intimacy may dampen the effects of stress by down-regulating stress response systems and up-regulating immune response. Over time, these patterns of stress function should result in longer telomere length.”

The team admitted there were several caveats to their research, as they only studied mothers who were in long-term relationships.

They said the study does not definitively prove anything, adding that there was the possibility that women with longer telomeres may tend to have more sex, and not the other way around.

-thecablestyle

Phones / You Can Now Share Any Type Of File On Whatsapp by johneewalker: Last month on Sat 15 at 11:56am

WhatsApp has upgraded its features to allow users send any type of file.

Prior to the upgrade, users of the instant messaging app were restricted to sharing only the PDF file formats.

But the new update makes WhatsApp more useful and multi-purpose.

Users will be able to share Android apps, Android APK installers, MP3s, Word files, Excel files, among others.

The feature also works on the web-based platform.

Users will now also be able to select photos and videos straight from the camera screen, rather than going back and forth.

The camera interface will enable users swipe up and view their photo and video gallery.

WhatsApp recently introduced a new status feature which shares similar characteristics with Instagram and Snapchat stories.


-thecable

Phones / Telcos Are Nigeria’s Top Spammers, Says Truecaller by johneewalker: Last month on Sat 15 at 11:52am

Truecaller, an application that helps GSM users identify callers that are not in their phone book, has said telecommunications operators are to blame for the bulk of spam calls in Nigeria.

Spam calls are unsolicited calls received on mobile phones and these are largely advertorial messages.

In a recent ranking carried out by the company, Nigeria was ranked 9th out of the top 20 countries affected by spam calls in the world.

India, USA, Brazil, Chile and South Africa were the top five countries.

“Similar to its regional partner, Kenya, the country of Nigeria also has an issue with scam calls (27 percent), but is plagued more by calls from operators,” the company wrote in a statement.

According to the research, 61 percent of the total spam calls were from telecoms operators. During these calls, call centre agents would often seek to inform customers of promotional offers.


27 percent were said to be nuisance calls, 10 percent were scam calls while two percent were telemarketing calls, which are promotion calls from companies, and surveys being done by analytics firms on behalf of their clients.


In the first week of May 2016, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) mandated telecommunication companies to activate a Do Not Disturb code, giving June 30 of the same year as the deadline for implementation.
The code gave subscribers the option to opt-in or opt-out of unsolicited text messages and calls.

-thecablenews

Politics / Three Dead As Blaze Tears Through Hawaii High-rise by johneewalker: Last month on Sat 15 at 11:32am

At least three people were killed and a dozen injured Friday when a massive fire tore through a 36-story apartment complex in Honolulu, local media reported.

Flames and thick black smoke could be seen billowing from the building as the blaze, which burned for more than four hours, sent glass from the windows raining down.

Authorities warned the death toll could rise as they scoured the scene of the charred building that had no sprinkler system.

A woman and her adult son were among the victims, who all died on the 26th floor, the Honolulu Star Advertiser said.

About 12 residents and one firefighter were injured, according to the newspaper. The firefighter and three others were taken to hospital in serious condition.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell tweeted just before 7:00 pm (0500 GMT) that the fire at the Marco Polo Building was now “under control.”

“Mahalo to all first responders,” Caldwell wrote, using a Hawaiian word for “thank you.”

However firefighters later responded to a “flare-up” in the building.

At least 100 fire personnel and more than 30 fire department units responded to the blaze, which was initially reported as burning through the 26th floor but then spread to multiple units across the 25th and up to the 28th floor.

Hawaii Red Cross volunteers assisted evacuees in a local park and a shelter was opened at a local school.

Emergency Medical Services spokeswoman Shayne Enright told the Star Advertiser that paramedics were carrying out “emergency treatment with a triage location inside the building.”

Some residents complained about how long it took fire crews to reach the building and evacuate it.

“With all of these fire trucks, I can’t understand why they can’t put it out,” Barbara Hudman, who has lived at the Marco Polo since 1979, told the Star Advertiser. “Something is screwed up.”

Troy Yasuda, who lives in a building across the street, helped evacuees by giving them water. “They were choking from the smoke,” he said.

-theguardiAN

Education / N8.4 Billion Fraud Uncovered At Kogi State Varsity by johneewalker: Last month on Sat 15 at 11:21am

The Kogi State government announced on Friday that it had uncovered an N8.4 billion fraud at the Kogi State University, Ayangba.

Mr Kingsley Fanwo, the Director-General, Media and Publicity to the state governor, who disclosed this to newsmen in Lokoja, said that three suspects had been arrested in connection with the fraud.

“The suspects perpetrated the fraud by including names of ghost workers into the payroll of the institution.

“They (suspects) work in the accounts department of the school and committed the fraud by stealing N100 million per month over a period of seven years,” Fanwo said in a briefing, shortly after the weekly executive council meeting.

He said that the fraud was discovered during the just concluded staff screening exercise.

Fanwo said that the suspects had been handed over to the police for investigation and prosecution.

He said that government would soon establish international markets at Kabba, Ankpa and Adavi to boost the Kogi economy, adding that contracts for the projects hand been awarded with work expected to commence in September.

He said that the council also approved the contract for the construction of the office of the state-owned newspapers, “The Graphic.”

Fanwo said that the council also took a decisive look at the menace of erosion in some parts of the state and set up a committee to work with the State Emergency Management Agency to tackle the problem.


-dailytrust

TV/Movies / `mtv Shuga,’ Tv Series Returns To Nigeria by johneewalker: Last month on Sat 15 at 11:14am
MTV Shuga, a Television Series is returning back to Nigeria for the sixth season after it moved to South Africa last season.

Shuga is a TV soap opera that was first aired in November 2009 on MTV Base as part of an initiative dubbed “MTV Staying Alive Ignite”.

Also dubbed “Shuga Naija”, the new version is a multimedia campaign which educates youths on HIV, safe sex and teen pregnancy.

The show also puts a spotlight on family planning and issues that affect young people and the challenges they face from day to day, with a particular focus on adolescent girls.

Nigeria’s Timini Egbuson, Jemima Osunde and Sharon Ezeamaka who played lead roles in former seasons of the Television drama are returning to the show.

In a statement on the show’s website, the producers explained the reasons for bringing the show to Nigeria.

They said, “After a season Down South, we’re coming back to Naija for what will be an explosive season.

“Coming back to familiar territory can be strange. Time passes and people change, but some things always stay the same.

“After two lit seasons in Nigeria, there’s a lot to look forward to as MTV Shuga plunges back into West Africa.”

They also stated that there is more work to be done in Nigeria especially with the rate of unplanned pregnancies growing every year which is part of the programme’s focus.

MTV added that the need to continue the Nigerian storyline, the beauty of Nigerian music and the happy spirit of Nigerians have also propelled the need to bring the drama back here.

Executive Director of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, Georgia Arnold said on the return of the series to Nigeria; ‘We are thrilled to be bringing MTV Shuga back to Nigeria.

“Nigeria is Africa’s most populous nation with a vibrant, colourful and energetic urban youth culture and we can’t wait to share the exciting new storylines and important messaging on family planning and sexual health that we’re touching on this season.

‘We’ll explore more issues that affect young people and highlight the reality faced by many adolescents in their everyday lives, as well as the choices they can make to empower themselves.’

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the series designed to spread the message about responsible sexual behaviour and tolerance became a hit and was aired in 40 different African countries.

It was produced in partnership with Nigeria’s “National Agency for the Control of AIDS” (NACA).

Season 3 of the series which was the first time it was broadcast in Nigeria aired on 88 television stations across the world, with estimated household viewers of over 550 million.

-dailytrust

Crime / Nigerian Sodipo Williams Pleads Guilty To $12m Fraud by johneewalker: Last month on Sat 15 at 11:10am
A Nigerian, Kunle Sodipo Williams, who resided in St. Louis, Missouri in the United States has pleaded guilty to mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, voter fraud and illegally re-entering the country after having been removed.

Williams who faces a maximum 20 year jail term for the offences and deportation, will be sentenced in October.

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Carrie Costantin for the Eastern District of Missouri, said Sodipo entered the guilty plea in a Federal court in Alabama.

According to documents filed with the court, Kevin Kunlay(Kunle) Williams aka Kunlay Sodipo, 56, and others stole public school employees’ IDs from a payroll company and used them to electronically file more than 2,000 fraudulent federal income tax returns seeking more than $12 million in refunds.

He also stole several return preparer’s Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs) and used them to secure tax-related bank products and services that facilitated the issuance of tax refunds, to include blank check stock and debit cards. Williams used the blank stock to print checks funded by the fraudulent refunds and directed some of the refunds onto debit cards.

Williams previously entered the United States from Nigeria under the name Kunlay Sodipo, but was deported in 1995. In 1999, Williams illegally returned to the United States from Nigeria using the last name Williams.

In 2012, Williams registered to vote in federal, state and local elections by falsely claiming that he was a U.S. citizen and voted in the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.

Williams remains in federal custody and his sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 13 before Chief U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel.

Williams faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for mail fraud, 10 years in prison for illegal reentry, five years in prison for each voter fraud count and a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison for aggravated identity theft.

Williams also faces a period of supervised release, restitution, forfeiture and deportation.

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Goldberg and Acting U.S. Attorney Costantin commended special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation, FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service as well as the Dothan, Alabama Police Department and Alexander City, Alabama Police Department, who investigated the case.

Goldberg and Constantin also commended Trial Attorneys Michael C. Boteler and Charles M. Edgar, Jr. of the Tax Division, who are prosecuting the case with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the Eastern District of Missouri and Middle District of Alabama.

-NAN

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