Showing posts from September, 2013

Ibori was broke in 1999, say prosecutors

TWO of the major oil majors operating in the Niger Delta area have been indicted of entering into corrupt transactions with the jailed former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori.
   Chevron and Shell were indicted of refusing to produce written statements to back up the payments they said were made to MER Engineering, a company linked to Ibori.
   Southwark Crown Court was also told at the on-going hearing that the former governor had a cash balance of N425,000 at hand and his account with a bank on Victoria Island was overdrawn by N1.2 million when he assumed office as governor in 1999.
   Crown prosecutor, Sasha Wass and prosecution witness, detective constable Peter Clark, made these revelations at the hearing on Ibori’s case.
   Ivan Krolick, who is defending Ibori, was rounding off his cross-examination of Clark and had been contending the claims that the former governor’s source of wealth was from corrupt practices in his position as governor and that both …

Education: S’East, S’South governors pleads with ASUU to end strike

GOVERNORS of the South East and South South geopolitical zones have called on the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and all others to be sensitive to the plight of university students and call off the three months old strike that has crippled studies in the universities.
   At a meeting at the Enugu State Government House, the governors called for continued dialogue at resolving national issues and management of the security situation in the country. They commended the Federal Government for the massive reduction in crude oil theft.
   Present at the meeting were Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Peter Obi (Anambra), Sullivan Chime (Enugu), Theodore Orji (Abia), Martin Elechi (Ebonyi), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom) and the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State retired Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah.
  Addressing the media , Imoke stated that the meeting “deliberated over issues affecting the zone and the nation in …

Man United are out to build a dynasty but there’s Real proof chaos is just as good

A strange thing, stability. Every club in football seems to strive for it, yet the benefits are unproven.
Arsenal may sit top of the league after six games with Arsene Wenger in charge but the club have won nothing since the FA Cup final in 2005. In that time, Chelsea have had nine managers, including a caretaker and an interim, and have won two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the League Cup, the Champions League and the Europa League.
It might be argued that they would have won more had they stuck longer with Jose Mourinho the first time, or Carlo Ancelotti. But nobody knows. 
     Tough times: David Moyes has made a stuttering start to his career as Manchester United manager

We think this because we believe stability to be more adult than another ludicrous round of hiring and firing; and because Manchester United had 26 years of Sir Alex Ferguson and swept the board.
Yet Ferguson had exceptional players, too. And top-level recruitment seems to work just as well as hang…

Why I won’t declare stance on 2015 now, by Jonathan

• Denies signing pact not to re-contest
• Says ASUU playing politics with strike
THOSE waiting for President Goodluck Jonathan to officially declare interest or otherwise in the 2015 presidential election may have to wait longer.   He explained Sunday that apart from an early declaration creating more problems in the polity than it is aimed to solve, it would equally be breaching regulations in that regard.
   During a Presidential Media Chat  in Abuja Sunday, Jonathan noted that the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) rules and regulations concerning election processes were clear and none of the provisions mandate that the President must declare early.
   However, the President denied ever entering into any agreement with any person or group not to seek a second term in office. He challenged any person or group with such a document to make it public.
   The President, who believed that critics of his reported ambition were merely heating up the polity as reg…

Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool: Sturridge and Suarez Fire the Reds Into Second Place

Liverpool held on to beat a resurgent Sunderland side with first half goals from their own SAS strike force, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez. Emanuele Giaccherini gave the hosts hope early in the second half by firing in after Simon Mignolet could only parry Ki Sung-Yeung's long range effort, but for all Sunderland's huff and puff they could not conjure up an equaliser. Suarez finished them off by scoring Liverpool's first goal in any second half this season when he received Sturridge's pass and swept home from five yards in the final minute.

The Reds moved up to second place in the Premier League after this win, but Sunderland remain rooted to the bottom with just one point from six games. New manager Kevin Ball will surely be happy with his side's effort and commitment, but the result will be all that matters to the home fans as they lost their opening three home games for the first time in the Premier League.

The game started with a quick tempo a…

Top Five Most Controversial Premier League Players Ever

Hello Football Fans, saw this in a blog and decided to share with you, feel free to drop your comments below   

5. Lee Bowyer2 / 6 Premier League Clubs: Leeds, Newcastle, West Ham

Bowyer's date with the newspaper front pages began while at Charlton, where he and a teammate tested positive for cannabis. However, much worse was to come during his high-profile spell with Leeds. Firstly, Bowyer was accused of an alleged racist incident at a McDonalds. Then, he and teammate Jonathan Woodgate were charged after an incident outside a Leeds nightclub. Bowyer was eventually cleared following two trials, but an argument with Leeds over his discipline led to his exit.

Controversy seemed to follow Boywer as a mid-match fight with teammate Kieron Dyer earned him a six-game ban and a police conviction for using threatening behaviour. A monstrous 80 yellow cards and five red in the Premier League are almost forgotten in light of his off the pitch antics.

4. Ashley Cole3 / 6 Pre…

How Technology Is Killing Eye Contact

Christen had an alarming wake-up call one day about the toll that technology was taking on her life -- and her family.
"I realized several years ago that I had stopped looking in my children's eyes," the HopeLab President and CEO said at a Huffington Post panel at Ad Week on Tuesday. "And it was shocking to me."
Christen's "a-ha" moment was an alarming one, but it's more common than you might think -- and it points toward a larger, and often undiscussed, byproduct of excessive screen time. The decline of eye contact is well-documented, and as we spend more and more of our time staring at screens, there's less time left over to look into people's eyes -- including the eyes of the people we care about most.
Between staring at computers during the work day and regularly gazing down at our phones, Americans spending more time with their eyes glued to their screens than ever before. According to recent estimates, the aver…

Google's 'Jolly Good Fellow' On The Power Of Emotional Intelligence

When Google engineer-turned-mindfulness expert Chade-Meng Tan gives a talk in front of a group of Silicon Valley developers and executives, he often starts with a simple exercise.
“Imagine two human beings. Don’t say anything, don’t do anything, just wish for those two human beings to be happy. That’s all.”
During one recent talk, he gave the group a homework assignment: Perform the exercise the next day at work, spending 10 seconds each hour randomly choosing two people and silently wishing for them to be happy. The following morning, Tan received an email from an employee who attended the workshop that read, “I hate my job. I hate coming to work every day. But yesterday I tried your suggestion and it was my happiest day in seven years.”
It’s not the first time that Tan -- who Wiredrecently dubbed an "Enlightenment engineer" -- has seen emotional intelligence exercises transform an employee’s work and life. As Google’s resident “Jolly Good Fellow,” Ta…

How Your iPhone Is Harming Your Health (INFOGRAPHIC)


15 Things The Experts Don't Tell You About Childbirth

We live in a world where information about having and rearing babies is everywhere.
When is the best time to have kids? Where does your favorite name rank popularity-wise? What's the real deal with bed-sharing, and does your baby really need to crawl?
Don't worry. Go online! And if you can't find answers there, there's always your doctor, parenting group, favorite mom friend or well-intentioned-but-meddling-mother-in-law ready to weigh in.
But what about the information that, for one reason or another, people neglect to share? What about the things that happen during and after childbirth that leave mothers wondering, "why didn't anyone tell me?" The Huffington Post went straight to a team of midwives and doctors, to ask what they might not tell their patients beforehand -- because they don't want them to worry, because they assume prior knowledge, because they run out of time or simply because they forget ...
1. You probably won’t be allo…

NEWS: Nigeria College Shooting: Dozens Of Students Shot Dead In Their Sleep

POTISKUM, Nigeria — Suspected Islamic extremists attacked an agricultural college in the dead of night, gunning down dozens of students as they slept in dormitories and torching classrooms, the school's provost said – the latest violence in northeastern Nigeria's ongoing Islamic uprising.
The attack, blamed on the Boko Haram extremist group, came despite a 4 1/2-month-old state of emergency covering three states and one-sixth of the country. It and other recent violence have led many to doubt assurances from the government and the military that they are winning Nigeria's war on the extremists.
Provost Molima Idi Mato of Yobe State College of Agriculture told The Associated Press that there were no security forces protecting the college. Two weeks ago, the state commissioner for education had begged schools and colleges to reopen and promised they would be guarded by soldiers and police.
Idi Mato said as many as 50 students may have been killed in the assault …

6 Things That Influence Your Dreams

When we’re sleeping, our bodies do everything they can to stay asleep. So rather than waking us up, outside stimuli -- smells, sounds, sensations -- often become woven into our dream narratives. “The dreaming mind has this really cool way of seemingly flawlessly incorporating the outside interference into the storyline of the dream,” explains Lauri Loewenberg, a certified dream analyst and member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.
Which means that there are a lot of influences that can shape how your dreams play out. Just keep in mind that your natural dreams, i.e. those that aren’t at the mercy of what’s happening around you in the real world, help you process your thoughts and feelings about your day. Too much interference, Loewenberg says, “can be disruptive to the message your dreaming mind is trying to give you.”


If you’ve ever incorporated the sound of your alarm clock into your dream -- maybe it became a fire alarm or a whistle -- you…