Friday, June 26, 2015

Nigeria: Is ‘Change’ a social media experiment?

The article below is curled from the and is titled; Executive stalemate: Nigeria’s new regime grounded in confusion

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Politics, Hunger for Power causes embarrassing Fracas in Nigeria House of Assembly

Members of the House of Representatives descended into full blown on July 25th 2015, as members disrupted its session and physically assaulted each other over the election of House principal officers.

The House broke into two factions, one supporting the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, which seeks to choose the House principal officers, and another, backing the the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, who insists on defying the party. The House and the Senate have been rocked by crisis over the election of their principal officers.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Nine Black Church Members Shot Dead by alleged White Killer

A gunman opened fire killing nine people in a race-hate crime at the 150-year-old Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina. The gunman let one woman escape at the African American church so she could tell the world what happened. A five-year-old girl also survived by playing dead after the suspect, a white man in his twenties, stormed a weekly bible study group and opened fire on the room.

Eight of the victims died at the scene, and one later in a hospital.  At least one injured person is being treated in a hospital. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, pastor of the church and South Carolina state senator, is among the dead and his sister has also reportedly been shot.  The city is now on lockdown as a police in bullet-proof vests launch a huge manhunt to find the killer, who entered the church and sat down quietly before suddenly standing up and opening fire.

According to Dot Scott, president of the Charleston NAACP, a female survivor told her family members the gunman came into the church at around 9pm on June 17th.  

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Michelle Obama brief Visit to UK

Michelle Obama, USA First Lady and her children, Sasha and Malia, spent two days in London to highlight her campaign to bring girls in the world's most impoverished communities into education.
During her brief visit Mrs Obama enjoyed tea with Prince Harry and had an affectionate reunion with David and Samantha Cameron on the steps of Downing Street.

After touching down in London on Monday evening, the famous family boarded Air Force One this morning to make their way back to The White House.

"That is why President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be championing our efforts to help adolescent girls around the globe attend and complete school through the initiative, which will build upon the public engagement campaign the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched last summer” said the first Lady.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Dangote Commissions $500M Cement plant in Ethiopia

Dangote Cement Plc has commissioned a 2.5 million metric tonnes per annual (mmtpa) cement plant worth N94.5 billion ($480 million) in Ethiopia as the company is set to invest N3.15 trillion ($16 billion) between 2015 and 2018 in its new and existing cement plants in furtherance of its expansion plan in Africa.

President/chief executive officer of the Dangote group, Aliko Dangote made this known at the commissioning ceremony of the Dangote Cement Plant in Mugher District, Ethiopia, yesterday. He said that Dangote Cement is setting up new cement plants and terminals across 16 African countries, including Ethiopia, saying, “This is in line with our long term vision to become one of the world’s biggest cement producers.”

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Texas orthodontic Medicaid Scam uncovered

Texas paid $191,410,707 for unallowable orthodontic services from 2008 through 2010, one of the largest scandals in the history of the Texas Medicaid program according to a federal investigation. As many as 90 percent of those procedures were against state rules, federal investigators found. Federal investigators based in Dallas checked random claims submitted by Texas dentists over a 33-month period from 2008 to 2010.

One in 10 claims that were approved for payment by the state did not have proper documentation.
Eight in 10 claims approved by the state were improper, even though they did include requisite documents. Only one dentist — Dr. Jerry Felkner — was involved in examining all the dental claims submitted statewide in a program that served as many as 80,000 children per year at its peak.

My thought: Really wondered why everybody on the streets seemed to be wearing braces.


Flood and fire kill over 90 in Ghana

Flooding in Ghana's capital swept stored fuel into a nearby fire, setting off a huge explosion at a gas station that killed over 90 people and set alight neighboring buildings, authorities said Thursday. The blast took place as dozens of people sought shelter at the gas station and in nearby shops in central Accra to escape the torrential rains. The disaster raised anew concerns over the city's inadequate infrastructure.

TV footage showed corpses being piled into the back of a pickup truck and other charred bodies trapped amid the debris. Floodwaters around the site hampered rescue and recovery efforts. Officials at the nearby 37 Military Hospital said its morgue had reached capacity. President John Dramani Mahama visited the scene on Thursday, calling the death toll "catastrophic" and offering condolences to families of the victims.

The flooding "caused the diesel and petrol to flow away from the gas station and a fire from a nearby house led to the explosion," said Billy Anaglate, spokesman for Ghana's national fire service. In addition to the dead at the gas station, local media reported that many drowned in various parts of the city following two days of torrential rains. The combined death toll from the explosion and flooding is expected to rise. Anaglate said precise figures were not available at midday Thursday.

The explosion is likely to intensify criticism of the government's failure to improve the infrastructure. Though the downpours this week have been especially bad, heavy rains in June are not unusual yet drainage systems in Accra remain inadequate. The area where the blast occurred is a heavily trafficked section of central Accra with several banks and other offices in addition to residences. Multiple bus terminals connect the area to the rest of the city.

Throughout Accra, drivers caught in the flooding abandoned their cars on the road. The Education Ministry instructed all children who were not already at school Thursday morning to stay home.

Source: AP/abc

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Iphie Aggrey-fynn, Rhythm 93.7FM personality Killed

Armed Robbers shot at a vehicle that was conveying Iphie Aggrey-fynn and she was killed in the process.  She had just visited her parents in Aba, Abia State Nigeria and was returning to Port Harcourt on the notorious Aba-Port harcourt expressway when the incident occurred. Her soul Rest in peace. 

Woman fired for trying to help crying child

A school kitchen manager and married mother of two from Colorado was fired last week for offering hungry elementary school students free lunches when they could not afford to pay for them. Until Friday, Della Curry, 35, had supervised food preparation at Dakota Valley Elementary School in Aurora.

The school staffer has revealed this week that she was let go for feeding hungry children in violation of district rules. But students whose families do not meet the district's strict income parameters receive no more than a single slice of cheese on a hamburger bun and a small carton of milk, according to Ms Curry.

The former school kitchen manager, who has two young children of her own, said she often paid for kids’ lunch out of her own pocket to keep them nourished.

source: dailymail

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sepp Blatter resigns as FIFA president

Sepp Blatter has sensationally announced his intention to resign as the head of FIFA after a 17-year career that has ended in infamy. In an astonishing announcement at FIFA HQ in Zurich this evening, Blatter revealed that he will call an emergency congress of FIFA executives to vote in his replacement.

While no timetable has yet been set for the election, officials have said it could take place any time between December this year and March next year. Blatter will continue in his role until then. At an earlier  press conference, Blatter said: 'I have been reflecting deeply about my presidency and about the forty years in which my life has been inextricably bound to FIFA and the great sport of football. I cherish FIFA more than anything and I want to do only what is best for FIFA and for football.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Coscharis Motors hosts Ford Ranger Odyssey special event

The second tough and reliable Ford Ranger Odyssey in-market special event held on the grounds  of the ultra-modern Coscharis Motors facility on the Lekki Peninsula axis in Lagos. Coscharis Group Managing Director Mr. Josiah Samuel described Ford Ranger Odyssey as an extremely tough adventurous expedition and not a’race or rally’. The Odyssey is designed to test participants 4x4 driving and mechanical skills, endurance, stamina, perseverance and resilience against the worst that nature has to offer.
L-R: Moyosore Fawole, 1st Runner-Up; Ugochukwu Onuiri, Winner; John Amadi, 2nd Runner-Up; All of the 2015 Ranger Odyssey In-Market Competition organized by Coscharis Motors

L-R: Justin Ngini, Assistant General Manager, Ford, Coscharis Motors; Ugochukwu Onuiri, Winner; Moyosore Fawole, 1st Runner-Up; John Amadi, 2nd Runner-Up; Abiona Babarinde, General Manager Marketing & Corporate Services, Coscharis Motors; During the 2015 Ranger Odyssey In-Market Competition organized by Coscharis Motors