Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday lauded the achievements of five-time world cruiserweight and heavyweight boxing champion, Evander Holyfield, describing him as the greatest living boxer of all times.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at Lagos House in Ikeja when he received Holyfield on courtesy visit, said he was personally proud of the achievements of the legend in the boxing field, and described him as a great role model.

Holyfield, who is billed to slug it out with former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at an exhibition boxing match, is in Lagos as part of activities marking the Golden Jubilee anniversary of the State, and to also give back to the society through his foundation.

The Governor, who described the visit of the boxing legend to Lagos as historic, said there was no better way to showcase sports as catalyst for growth than the collaboration of such an icon as Holyfield.

“This is exciting and historic moment for us coming at a time Lagos is celebrating the 50 years of its establishment and we want to say a big thank you to Holyfield for collaborating with us to put this as part of events marking the Golden Jubilee anniversary of Lagos State.
Boxing Legend Evander Holyfield Donates $3m Health Equipment To Lagos State Gov

“We believe strongly that in all sectors that we have tried to celebrate Lagos, this is one momentous topic that we really mean to celebrate. As a government, we have always wanted to use sports as a way of driving our economy and there is no way we can showcase sports as the catalyst for economic growth than bringing somebody who is a champion; a revered person and for him to use his God given talent and resources to promote sports in our State,” Governor Ambode said.

While noting the vision of the Evander Holyfield Foundation to nurture young stars and future boxers, as well as the issues relating to promotion of health and wellbeing of the people, Governor Ambode pledged to partner with the foundation to ensure that the set objectives are achieved, especially with regards to the people of the State.

The Governor described Holyfield as the living greatest boxer of all times, a sport icon and a champion who he is proud of his achievements, adding that the visit to Nigeria would also be used to trace the roots of the boxer back to Lagos.

“I love the concept that you want to pay back and that is the essence of leadership which is to be able to touch humanity. There are very many people that go away from their stardom and not pay back and so many champions have not been able to do anything after leaving the ring but Holyfield stand as an exception.
“On the other side, boxing should now be in the front burner of sports in Nigeria especially now that a Nigerian, Anthony Joshua recently won as the unified world heavyweight champion.

“Lagos has the largest concentration of the black people in the world and we just believe that Lagos should be well projected the visit by the boxing legend is also to promote the brand called Lagos,” Governor Ambode said.

Earlier, Holyfield said he was in Nigeria to give back to the society having achieved so much in life especially in boxing.
While recalling how he started boxing at the young age of 8 and became champion at 9, Holyfield said he felt like quitting after initially suffering defeats but his mother told him to hang on.

“I became the person I am because I listened, I followed direction and I did not quit even when I lost. In giving back to the society, I am here to say I got a Real Deal Promotion. We are looking for young fighters who want to listen and follow instruction.
“This is about giving back to the society. I want kids to learn from me how I became four times heavyweight champion,” Holyfield said.

He also announced donation of $3million worth of health equipment to Lagos State Government, a gesture which Governor Ambode commended and urged other sports legends and individuals to emulate.
17 Facts life you should about Presisent Donald Trump

The United States elected Donald Trump as its 45th President after winning a majority of the electoral college vote on November 9, 2016. He fell short of popular vote by as much as 2 million votes. Here are 17 facts you should Know about him: .'

1- Born in New York City on June 14, 1946, he received a Bachelor Degree in Economics from the Wharton School , University of Pennysylvania in 1968. At age 70, he will be the oldest President ever sworn into office.

2- He is the second youngest child of five of his four siblings, which are: Maryanne, Elizabeth, Robert and his elder brother, Fred Jr who died in 1981 from alcoholism.

3- He is of German ancestry on his father's side and Scottish ancestry on his mother's side; all four of his grandparents were born in Europe. His father Fred Trump (1905-1999) was born in Queens to parents from Kallstadt, Germany and became one of biggest real estate developer in New York City.Hos mother Mary Trump (1912-2000), was born in Tong, Lewis, Scotland. Fred and Mary met in New York and married in 1936.

4- After College, he worked for his grandfather's company and convinced him to develop and expand real estate opportunities. According to Trump's biography, his father often said, ''everything my son touches seems to turn to gold.

5- He was given control of the company in 1971 and , in one of his first facts, renamed it to the Trump Organisations. He became the President of the Organisation in 1973. That year, he and his father drew wider attention when the Justice Department alleged that they discriminating against Black who wanted to rent apartments, rather than merely screening out people based on low income as the Trump stated.

6- In 1978, he finished negotiations to develop the Trump Tower, a 58-story skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, for which the New York Times attributed hi persistence and Skill of negotiation. The building was completed in 1983, and houses both of the Trump Organisation. Trump Tower was the setting of NBC television show, including a full functional television studio set.

7- He has filed for bankruptcy for four times since 1990 due to massive personal and business debts. He has often bragged about how well his companies fared under bankruptcy. Today, he owns more than 100 companies and his net worth is about $4 billion. 

8- In 2007, he received his own Hollywood walk of Fame star for his role as a producer of the apprentice. His star was the 2,327th added to the Walk of Fame.

9- He has had three wives: Ivana (1977-1992), Marla Maples (1993-1999), and Melina Knuass. He and Melina have been married since 2005, Altogether, Trump has five children including Donald Jr (1977), Ivanka (1981), Eric (1984), TIffany (1993), and Barron (2006).

10- Trump has owned the Miss Universe Organisation since 1996. In 2003, NBC became a joint partner of the Organisation with Trump. The Miss Universe Organisation also produces the miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants. 

11- He was involve in the BIRTHER movement that questioned whether Barack Obama was born in the United States, though he acknowldged in September 2016 that the President was indeed born in the US.

12- Two days before the second US Presidential debate leading to the election, a 2005 recording surfaced, made on a studio bus while preparing to film an episode of Access Hollywood. On the tape, Trump is head bragging about forcibly kissing and groping women with the show's then-chost Billy Bush. He stated that: I just start kissing them.... I do not even wait. And when you are a star, they let you do it,  you can do anything.... grab them by the pussy. He also spoke of his efforts to seduce a married woman, saying he moved on them very heavily.

13- Following the release of 2005 recording, at least 15 women came forward with new accusations of sexual misconduct including unwanted kissing and groping, resulting widwspread media coverage.

14- His victory was seen at one of the biggest political upset in America history, as nearly all polls at the time showed Hillary Clinton with a modest lead over Trump. This was later attributed to pollsters overestimating Clinton's support among well educated and nonwhite voters, while underestimating Trump's support among white working-class voters. Trump's victory simultaneously marked the first time that Republicans gained control over both the White House and Congress since 2006.

15- He is Presbyterian, he has said that he began to going to Church at the first Presbyterians Church in Jamaica neighbourhood in Queens as a child.

16- He on insulted Pope Francis and has also insulted women for decades, including media mogul Arianna Huffington and Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

17- He once appeard in a soft-core porn movie. In the non-sexual cameo appearance, he sprayed champagne foam at a playboy-branded limousine on a New York street.

Ethiopia's Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Ethiopia's Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus becomes the World Health Organization's next leader after two rounds of voting Tuesday.

 He succeeds China's Dr. Margaret Chan.
Dr. Tedros ultimately beat Dr. David Nabarro, the British candidate to become WHO's Director General after two rounds of voting by winning 121 votes.

Who is Dr Tedros?
Age: 52
Family life: Married, with five children and lives in Ethiopia
Previous jobs: Ethiopian minister of health and foreign affairs, chairman of the board of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria

Qualifications: Internationally recognised malaria researcher, with a PhD in community health.
A Zimbabwe Pastor is claiming to have God's Phone Number

Paul Sanyangore, a pastor at Victory World International Ministries Church in Zimbabwe appeared to be speaking to God on phone before the congregation during a church service.

The pastor claims to have a direct phone number to heaven, after a video of him talking on the phone during a church service emerged, reports the Citizen.

In the Photo, the pastor can be seen holding his cellphone and responding to God’s questions. After calling a woman from the crowd, and as she kneels down, he then starts receiving instructions from “heaven”.

“Hello‚ is this heaven? Is it heaven? I have a woman here‚ what do you have to say about her?” the phone call started, the pastor starts asking the woman personal questions from God on the other side of the phone.

The Pastor asked personal information revealed by “God” about the woman who was responding in the affirmative.

The pastor spoke while assuming the role of connecting a woman and God infront of a cheering crowd.

“…He says we should pray for your children. two of them. He is saying the other one is epileptic, the other one is asthmatic … Heaven is online. God is telling me to tell you that your story has changed,” he said before ending the call.

Yelling in jubilation to his congregants‚ the pastor screamed “heaven is online!”

The pastor said that he will share Gods number when the time is right on Bulawayo 24 after going viral online.

“I have a direct channel, actually I have His number and I can call Him when need arises. It is possible to talk to God; why would you doubt that I got a call from Him? I actually have a direct line which I can call Him on and get instructions on how to proceed. I got this when I was praying and I heard a voice telling me to call direct,” he was quoted as saying.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New Video! All Over by Tiwa Savage

Colorful news music video from the first lady of the supreme marvin dynasty Tiwa Savage titled All Over.Check it out now!!!!

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Nigerian Actress Chika Ike had a wonderful time speaking to the young girls in Asni , Morrocco on the Importance of Education. It's always a great experience traveling around Africa she said: discovering new cultures, learning new things and sharing my story and journey with young African women. Super Excited. I am grateful to God for all I've been through and the grace to share .No mistakes , only lessons.
Watch the video bellow:

Chika Ike speaking to the young girls in Asni , Morrocco on the Importance of Education
Chika Ike speaking to the young girls in Asni , Morrocco on the Importance of Education

Chika Ike speaking to the young girls in Asni , Morrocco on the Importance of Education
Chika Ike speaking to the young girls in Asni , Morrocco on the Importance of Education

Chika Ike speaking to the young girls in Asni , Morrocco on the Importance of Education
Chika Ike speaking to the young girls in Asni , Morrocco on the Importance of Education

Chika Ike speaking to the young girls in Asni , Morrocco on the Importance of Education
Chika Ike speaking to the young girls in Asni , Morrocco on the Importance of Education

ISIL on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the Manchester bomb attack, Reuters reported.
ISIL claims responsibility for Manchester bomb attack

In a statement released on Telegram, the group said: "One of the soldiers of the Caliphate was able to place an explosive device within a gathering of the Crusaders in the city of Manchester." AFP reported that the terrorist group threatened further attacks.
British police on Tuesday confirmed a 23-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the attack.
"With regards to the ongoing investigation into last night's horrific attack at the Manchester Arena, we can confirm we have arrested a 23-year-old man in South Manchester," police said in a statement.
The attack killed 22 people and injured 60 others at Manchester Arena on Monday night local time.
ISIL claims responsibility for Manchester bomb attack
ISIL claims responsibility for Manchester bomb attack

ISIL claims responsibility for Manchester bomb attack
ISIL claims responsibility for Manchester bomb attack

ISIL claims responsibility for Manchester bomb attack
ISIL claims responsibility for Manchester bomb attack

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Wives of the Governors of Southern states in Nigeria, on Thursday, converged on Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, to empower women with knowledge and material gifts. 

Shortly after paying a courtesy visit on the Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, at his Oke Mosan, Abeokuta office, the visiting First Ladies proceeded to the June 12 Cultural Center for an empowerment program designed for women in Ogun State.

At the empowerment program, the First Ladies took turns to address the women, sharing with them entrepreneurial insights, knowledge and health tips.

They also seized the opportunity to share equipment and work tools, including sewing machines, hair dryers and grinding machines to women who are interested in pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams.
Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women
Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women

Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women
Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women

Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women
Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women

Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women
Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women

Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women
Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women

Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women
Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women

Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women
Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women

Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women
Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women

Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women
Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women

Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women
Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women

Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women
Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women

Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women
Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women

Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women
Southern Governors' Wives Empower Ogun State of Nigeria Women

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday stated that his administration is spreading economic opportunities around the State to ensure even development and reduction in crime.
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The Governor, who spoke through the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello when a team from the United Kingdom Royal College of Defence Studies visited him at the Secretariat, Ikeja, noted that the strategy is aimed at ensuring that the city centre is not congested due to overpopulation and influx of people in need of a better life.

He explained that the present administration in Lagos has also ensured that the towns and cities in the hinterlands are provided with the basic necessities of life and fully secured to keep criminals at bay.

The Governor said, “The Government is putting more infrastructure in place at all the divisions of the State - Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos and Epe - so that people can work in any division they live as this will reduce the population of people coming into central Lagos. In the last few weeks, the State Government has commissioned bridges and roads in all the divisions and I want to assure you that this will be a continuous exercise”.

Ambode said despite the fact that Lagos is the smallest in size and the commercial nerve centre of West Africa with over 20 million people, the administration has invested enormously in the provision of logistics support to the various security agencies to make them better prepared to confront criminals and criminal elements.
He advocated a restructuring of the present revenue allocation and power sharing system to devolve more powers to the States to enable them to function effectively like true component States in a federal system.

He reiterated that the present administration believes that only a secure State can attract foreign investment, adding that the administration has left no stone unturned in its quest to secure life and property by putting in place a State Security Trust Fund to attract assistance from the Organised Private Sector.

In his remarks, the Head of the Delegation from the United Kingdom Royal College of Defence Studies, Major General Craig Lawrence said the team was in Lagos as part of its visit to Nigeria to learn about how Lagos has been able to achieve prosperity in security despite the challenges of insurgency and other crimes.
He added that the team would also want to learn a thing or two from the State Government on the strategies being adopted by the security agencies in tackling crimes like kidnapping so that such can be replicated in their home countries.

Earlier in a presentation, the Executive Secretary, Lagos State Security Trust Fund, Dr. Abdul Rasak Balogun said agencies of the Federal Government are in the process of creating security trust fund to provide a viable means of providing funds to assist the security agencies.

He added that the Lagos Government through the Trust Fund has introduced Life insurance policies for policemen in the State, adding that cheques were recently given to next-of-kin of some officers slain in the course of crossfire with criminals.
LASODA holds Disability Expo and Talent Hunt

The Lagos State Office of Disability Affairs, LASODA has held its 3rd disability Expo and Talent Hunt, promising that the Office will continue to create platforms for physically challenged persons to exhibit their inherent skills and talents.

Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Pharm. (Mrs.) Akinbile-Yussuf, said that the Exhibition and Talent Hunt event was aimed at giving opportunities to people living with disability to showcase their inherent skills and abilities through the various work of arts, vocations and trades, and also display their individual skills.

She said that the State government believes in the ability of its human resources and is prepared to invest in them to enhance their productivity regardless of their physical state.

In her words, “The administration of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode is poised to leave no one behind in the overall development of the State and the country at large, this is why the State government has consistently maintained that no matter the physical state of any resident of the State, be it physically fit or living with disability, the dividends of democracy would be extended to all."

"Towards the realisation of this objective, LASODA has begun its empowerment project aimed at assisting many PWDs in the State with the provision of minimum capital for them to either start or boost their businesses." the Commissioner explained.
She urged all qualified persons to take advantage of the empowerment opportunity to become self –reliant.

Also, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola said that the event demonstrated to all that there is indeed ability in disabilities if PWDs are given a level playing field to unleash their potentials.

Outstanding participants at the Expo and Talent Hunt which witnessed the display of skills in musical comedy and other forms of entertainment were rewarded with cash gifts.
Dr. Ola Oki of the Research Centre for Special Persons in Badagry emerged as the 1st place winner of the disability expo while the vocational and rehabilitation centre for persons with disability, Owutu Ikorodu and Deaf women Association of Nigeria emerged as the 2nd and 3rd place winners respectively.

The Lagos State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has said it is collaborating with research institutes to develop solid minerals available in Lagos State.
Lagos to collaborate with research institutes on solid mineral development
Lagos to collaborate with research institutes on solid mineral development

The Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Olawale Oluwo disclosed this during the visit of Members of Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Energy and Mineral Resources led by its Chairman Hon. Folajimi Muhammed.

The Commissioner, while briefing the committee members on the activities of his Ministry for the first quarter of the year 2017, said geological research carried out by the Ministry revealed the existence of some solid minerals in the State which will require further studies.

He said the State is already in touch with relevant stakeholders like some research institutes to further develop these minerals and make them attractive to investors.
‘‘We have discovered the occurrence of some minerals in the State like clay, kaolin, limestone and silica sand, we are discussing with some research institutes like the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Raw Material Research Institute and Epina Technology amongst others to further develop and make the discovered minerals viable and attractive to investors''.

Mr. Oluwo disclosed that “Our flagship project, the embedded power project, which is being done in collaboration with major stakeholders in the power sector will soon commence and will guarantee a 24hour, 7day power supply to businesses and homes where they are deployed”.

He said further that the State is leveraging on the Federal Government power reform where investors through the embedded power project can generate power for the distribution companies to distribute to end users.

The Commissioner said the State is already harmonizing a bill that will guarantee and make attractive the deployment of embedded power projects to solve the energy challenges of Lagosians.
Clarifying issues on the discovery of crude oil in some parts of the State and how prepared the State was towards solving youth restiveness, the Commissioner said “We are not unaware of pockets of agitations that may arise from that axis, we are putting together a committee that will address future restiveness and youth employment. The Governor will soon inaugurate the committee whose members are mainly from the axis.”

He urged the visiting Committee members to assist the Ministry and the State in ensuring easy and rapid passage of bills that the Ministry will soon be bringing to the State House of Assembly.
In his response, the Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Folajimi Muhammed said the visit which is to be done quarterly is part of the oversight functions of the committee to ensure that the programs and plans of the Ministry are in line with the year 2017 budgetary provision as passed by the State House of Assembly.

Other members of the Committee included Hon.Gbolahan Yishawu, Hon Akeem Sokunle, Hon. Jude Idomogu, Hon. Sola 

Giwa, Hon. Olawale Olayiwola, and Hon. Mojisola Lawal Miranda.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

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Mark Zuckerberg: Today is Priscilla and my five year wedding anniversary, and I want to share a fun story about how it came together.
Yesterday was the five year anniversary of Facebook's IPO. Now you may ask, who would plan their wedding for the day after their IPO? Good question.

Priscilla and I wanted a low key wedding so we decided to make it a surprise and have it in our backyard. I sent our friends and family an email telling them I was throwing a surprise party for Priscilla to celebrate her graduation from medical school. Since they thought it was a surprise for Priscilla, they kept it quiet. When they showed up at our home, I told them we were getting married. It was a great day.

One side effect of having a surprise wedding is that Facebook's CFO who was managing our IPO process had no idea we were getting married. With IPOs, the process goes on for a while and you just go public when everything is ready. When I originally set the date for our surprise, we had no idea when the IPO would be.

I remember the day David, our CFO, told me the IPO process would conclude on May 18. I was shocked. I closed the door and asked if it was possible to maybe do it a few days sooner. He said it wouldn't be ready yet. I asked if maybe we could do it a week later, and he told me that May 18 was the day it would be ready so it needed to be that day. And that's how our IPO came to be the day before our wedding.

The wedding was really special, but, as you know, our IPO wasn't exactly smooth. Priscilla and I took off on our honeymoon, but I wanted to be with our team when things got rocky, so I cut our honeymoon a few days short. Instead, I promised Priscilla that every year we'd have a honeymoon to celebrate our marriage.

That brings us to today. Some years we've gone to Japan or France. This year we're traveling around the US and we'll be spending our honeymoon in rural Maine. One lesson I've learned from marriage is that exploring together just gets better over time.
Priscilla, here's to a great sixth year of marriage and perhaps some better planning in the future!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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Yota Arena, the largest eSports arena in Europe, opened officially in Russia’s capital city on Friday.
The two-storey complex houses a computer club, a stage for competitions and performances, a restaurant, a virtual reality bar, a karaoke room and an eSports goods store.
The arena spans across 5,000 square meters, which is several times grander than similar arenas in the US – the Esports Arena (about 1,400 square meters) and Columbus Arena (1,300 square meters).
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Europe’s largest eSports arena opens in Moscow

The venue in Moscow received an investment of over five million US dollars from world leading eSports organization ESforce.

eSports refers to computer and video game competitions between professional teams and players. The sport is legally recognized in 16 countries including Russia and China.
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Europe’s largest eSports arena opens in Moscow

10 Ways to manage your Boss - Leadership and Management tips

The importance of learning how to manage your Boss can't be overemphasized. In today's busy corporate world, subordinates are becoming increasingly more responsible for maintaining a good working relationship with their boss. Ultimately, how well you manage your boss will have more direct bearing on your promotion, your current working condition and your future career moves than your education and expertise.

Here are the 10 commandments for effective boss management:

1- Have a good grasp of your own strengths and weaknesses as well as his strength, and weaknesses. You will know where you two complement each other, where you conflict, where you need help.

2- Know what he needs: both work needs and emotional needs. When they are legitimate needs such as loyalty, feedback and support, provide them without having to be coached. Never criticize him in front of others. Never underestimate him.

3-Understand the rules of team play. Be willing to be a good team player. Your individual contribution has value, but it's greatly enhanced as a part of the group effort. Help your boss become a good team leader.

4- Learn how to build trust. Show your boss you are trustworthy. Demonstrate your trust in him and he'll come through for you. Let your boss know when he has violated your trust, when he has gone beyond the call of duty.

5- Keep the line of communication open. Give him feedback on his performance. Ask him, rely on his guidance. Don't take his criticisms personally.

6-Share your expertise, innovation and creativity with your boss. He can learn from you too. He rely upon you as a problem solver and as a source of ideas and skills.

7- Take the initiative, look for solutions to problems and avoid complaining.

8- When problems arise, be straightforward in dealing with them. Develop the confidence and skill to discuss problems with your boss and, if necessary, how you expert his behavior to change. Always stay objective, concise, professional and calm.

9- If your boss is trying to help you, use him as a mentor or networking source. Even good bosses need managing in spots where they are weak. Find out where your boss needs help. Reward his investment in you by performing well. Voluntee for extra projects.

10- Show your boss you understand the duties of management and leadership by incorporating as much of these qualities as you can into your present role. Support his role as manager and leader.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Ambode charges judiciary to ensure quick dispensation of justice

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has charged the State Judiciary to continue to encourage local and international investors to the State through quick dispensation of justice.

The Governor, who gave the charge on Thursday at an event organised by the State Judiciary to celebrate Lagos@50, said since Lagos is the commercial nerve centre of West Africa and caters for over 20 million people, there bounds to be more litigation that will arise as it affects investors in the State.

The Governor, speaking at the event held at the Lagos High Court Auditorium, Igbosere, through the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, gave assurance that the present administration will continue to support the State Judiciary with necessary materials to ensure its efficiency and effectiveness.

He commended the past successive leadership of the Judicial Arm in the State for their vision and commitment singling out the efforts of the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Femi Osinbajo whose tenure as the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice witnessed the introduction and implementation of great reforms which has improved access to justice.

He said, “As a result of these reforms and commitment of the judiciary to uphold the tenets of the rule of law the State is fast becoming a preferred destination for both local and foreign investors”.

“The ease of doing business index in Lagos State has improved tremendously as a result of the positive perception of our judicial process which guarantees quick and fair settlement of disputes that may arise from business transactions”, the Governor stated.
He noted that the present administration has since its inception continued to build the State into first choice of destination in the tourism industry, stressing that various projects have been embarked on towards achieving this feat.

The Governor explained further that the focus of the State government includes the smart city project, easy connectivity within the city, ease of doing business, encouraging small scale enterprises, helping to build world class business, adding that with all these there is need to have a complimenting judicial system in order to ensure the sustainability of the structures being put in place.

He however noted that the Government is aware that the journey of the judiciary has not been rosy but with the will of the competent leadership the State has enjoyed, progress has been achieved.
“I feel confident with the leadership and present constitution of the judiciary and encourage you to continue to put in your best in service delivery of justice, as you know that justice and order is an undeniable foundation of any civilized society and any lacking of these attributes is bound to fail”, Amobode declared.

In her address, the Chief Judge of Lagos, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade commended the Governor for his support at ensuring a vibrant judiciary and also congratulated him on the giant strides achieved in making Lagos comfortable for its residents.

The event was graced by the all the Judges on the Lagos Bench, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, serving and retired Justices and judges including Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour of the Supreme Court, retired Chief Judge, Justice Omotunde Ilori and Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN).
African Police Chiefs endorses IGP Idris as Vice Chairman of forum.

The African Police Cooperation Mechanism has endorsed the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun-Idris, as its second Vice Chairman.
His endorsement came after he was nominated by the police Chiefs of all the West African countries resent at the forum
The assembly also endorsed IGP of Algeria as its chairman, others are the police boss of Central Republic of African who was endorsed as the 3rd Vice Chairman while police boss of Zambia was endorsed as the rapporteur.
The officials will run the bureau for period of 2 years.
Their endorsement was
announced at a 3 day meeting of all police Chiefs in Africa (AFRIPOL) held in Algiers, Algeria.
The appointment of IGP Idris was collectively accepted and lauded by assembly.
Nigeria has by this appointment gotten the first opportunity ever to serve at such a high profile capacity of AFRIPOL in the region.
Idris who welcome his endorsement said it would be an added advantage for Nigeria to collaborate with member countries in the areas of intelligence gathering and sharing.
He said it will as well ease legislation for arrest and prosecution of trans boarder criminals.
IGP seeks legislation to ease arrest, prosecution of criminals in Africa. The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has advocated the promulgation of a legislation to make the arrest and prosecution of suspects within Africa easier.
Idris spoke to newsmen in the Algerian Capital,Aligiers, during the maiden edition of the General Assembly of the Union Mechanism for Police Commissions( AFRIPOL).
The IGP lamented:'' Sometimes, if a criminal commits an offence in your country and escape to other countries, the Police usually find it difficult to bring him back home to face justice.
'' The proposed law will therefore redress this ugly trend, hence, bolster the criminal justice system in the continent.
'' This therefore means more efficiency and diligence in the
operations of the various police commissions and forces in the
Idris further called for a stronger synergy between the police
commissions, sharing of intelligence and sustained myriad of
'' This also means effective fight of cross border crimes and
criminality, as well as enhanced internal security in the individual
African countries.
'' I am hereby commending Algeria for bringing together police chiefs
from other sister African countries to brainstorm for better policing.
'' This cooperation and strategy should be sustained so that law
abiding citizens in the region can go to bed with their two eyes
closed,'' the Nigerian Police Boss, urged.
Millions of people in north-eastern Nigeria are at risk of dying from starvation

Millions of people in north-eastern Nigeria are at risk of dying from starvation. Aid organisations are struggling to reach communities in need, as many are in remote inaccessible areas. Their mission is further complicated by Boko Haram attacks. The World Food Programmes describes the situation as the biggest crisis it's seen in the past 50 years. WFP estimates it needs another 230 million dollars between now and October to save children in particular from dying of hunger.
One killed, 22 injured by speeding car in New York’s Times Square

An 18-year-old woman was killed and 22 other people were injured when a car plowed into pedestrians in New York City's Times Square on Thursday, according to city officials, as the mayor said there was no indication of a terrorist motive.

The male driver appeared to have made an illegal turn and sped along in the wrong direction for three blocks, knocking people over until the car hit a pole and came to a stop at 45th Street and Broadway in Midtown Manhattan, at 11:55 a.m. local time, said James O'Neill, commissioner of the New York Police Department.

"Based on the information that we have at this moment, there is no indication that this was an act of terrorism," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference at the scene of the incident.
The driver, identified as 26-year-old Richard Rojas from New York City's Bronx borough, is now in custody. Witnesses said that the act was intentional, and a law enforcement source told CNN that Rojas had tested positive for hallucinogenic drug PCP.
He has two prior arrests for driving intoxicated.
One killed, 22 injured by speeding car in New York’s Times Square
One killed, 22 injured by speeding car in New York’s Times Square

At least 4 killed, dozens injured in Taiwan nursing home fire

At least four people have been killed and dozens injured after a nursing home in southern Taiwan caught fire early on Friday, reported Xinhua News Agency.
Fifty people have been hospitalized, with 24 suffering smoke inhalation, after the fire broke out on the second floor of the Nanmen Nursing Home in Hengchun town, Pintung county at about 5 a.m., according to the report.
It said there were 150 people inside the building when the fire started.
The cause of the fire is still unknown and an investigation has been launched.
The four dead were all old people.
The nursing home, established in 2004, offers healthcare services to senior and other patients.
Ten feared dead, dozens missing in Goa bridge collapse

At least 10 people were feared dead and several others were missing after a bridge collapsed on Thursday evening in Curchorem of India’s western state of Goa, the Times of India reported.
The 30-meter steel footbridge collapsed at around 6:30 p.m. local time when about 50 people were standing on it to watch firefighters recover the body of a man who had committed suicide.
Reports said several people managed to swim to the bank and 15 others have been rescued. But several people were still missing.
Local official Sudin Dhavalikar said the bridge had been closed for four years, but people keen to witness the body’s recovery removed barricades to access it.
Indian Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh promised a thorough search and rescue operation.

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