Thursday, October 30, 2014

Apple Chief, Tim Cook Reveals He Is Gay

Apple's Chief Executive Officer, Tim Cook, came out publicly on Thursday to proudly identify himself as gay in an essay he wrote for Businessweek.



In the said article, Cook had this to say, "While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven't publicly acknowledged it either, until now.

So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."



The business titan further stated that, "being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day.

It's made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It's been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It's also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you're the CEO of Apple."


He noted that the state has
remained "too slow on equality for the LGBT community."
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Stephen Keshi Reinstated As Super Eagles' Coach?

On Thursday morning, media officer of the Super Eagles, Toyin Ibitoye tweeted: "Keshi returns as @NGSuperEagles coach".



According to reports, the Big Boss has been asked to return to his post, as part of the reconciliatory
moves in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).



President Goodluck Jonathan has also asked the Chris Giwa-board to withdraw its case from court, as FIFA's Friday deadline looms.


Keshi was dismissed on October 16 by the Amaju Pinnick-led board, despite leading the African champions to a 3-1 win over Sudan in Abuja.


Former handler Shuaibu Amodu was then appointed as caretaker coach.



The NFF is yet to release any official statement.
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Security Details Of Speaker Of House Of Reps, Aminu Tambuwal Withdrawn?

Reports reaching Daily Trust indicate that all the security details attached to Speaker of the House of Representatives Aminu Waziri Tambuwal have been withdrawn by the Federal Government.



Tambuwal formally announced his
defection from the ruling Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) last Tuesday. A source told daily Trust: "Early this morning, few minutes after midnight to be precise..., top level security report informed the Speaker that orders have been given for the withdrawal of his security details."The withdrawal of his security details
may not be unconnected with his defection from the PDP which didn't go down well with the party and the presidency.


The PDP had on Tuesday called on Mr. Tambuwal to resign his position as Speaker having left the party that brought him to the House of Representatives in 2011. Tambuwal
received a warm welcome on Wednesday, a day after his formal defection at the extraordinary national convention of the APC in Abuja when he showed up at the convention ground accompanied by 160 of his APC colleagues.


He later addressed the convention expressing his delight in joining the APC and said he has embraced the APC platform as an instrument for genuine change and enduring national development. As the number four citizen of the country in the hierarchy of protocol, the Speaker is entitled to a round the clock security made up of men from the Police, Civil Defence Corps and the Department of State Security (DSS). Our source said Tambuwal was told that "a verdict will be entered against him by a Court in Abuja on Thursday. The thing here is that why not wait for the verdict before any action is taken?


"Efforts to reach the Speaker have so far proved unsuccessful. Calls and SMS sent to his spokesman Malam Imam Imam, have so far remained unanswered.
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Nigerian Man Who Flew In From Sierra Leone To Lagos Isolated And Quarantined

Passengers and other users of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos were on Wednesday thrown into panic as a suspected Ebola patient was flown into the country by Royal Air Maroc in the early hours of the day.

The Moroccan airline arrived Lagos from Casablanca at 6am.

The victim, one Theophilus Onnakhinon, a Nigerian, was said to have been flown into the country by the airline, while his younger brother, Chinedu Eroka, absconded from Sierra Leonean authorities.

As at the time of filing this report, it was not clear why Eroka absconded from the Sierra Leone.

A source close to the Port Health Services at the airport, who spoke on condition of anonymity, explained that the passenger had already been treated for the Ebola Virus Disease and declared cured.

The source said the passenger was assisted into the country by a Nigerian consular official, Mrs.
T. Mohammed.


According to the source, the consular officer accompanied Onnakhinon into the country in order to avoid stigmatisation by Nigerian health officials and others at the airport.

On arrival, he was immediately handed over to the Port Health officials, who immediately isolated and quarantined him.

As of the time of filing this report, Onnakhinon was still being observed by the Port Health officials.


The source said that the essence of his being quarantined was for the officials to determine his health status and confirm that he was indeed free of the disease before being allowed to integrate into the society.

The source said, "It is true that there was an Ebola scare at the Lagos airport today, but the fact is that the victim had been cured of the disease in Sierra Leone before being assisted into Nigeria by our consular officer in that country.

"Immediately he landed, he was handed over to the port health authorities who immediately carried out checks on him and isolated him
from other passengers.


"But the truth is that we just want to re-check what has already been done by the Sierra Leonean authorities. You know, we cannot take chances again in the country. I can assure you that the situation is under control."

Wednesday's incident came a week after the World Health Organisation declared Nigeria Ebola free.

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Woman Kills Man Who Tried To Rape Her In Lekki

An unidentified suspected rapist has been killed in the Lekki area of Lagos State while attempting to rape a 22-year-old woman, Ifeoma
Okechukwu.

It was learnt that the incident happened on Monday, around 12.30pm, in Atlantic View Estate, Alpha Beach Road, Lekki.

Punch learnt that Okechukwu was on her menstrual period and had gone out to buy sanitary pads.


The Imo State indigene was said to be on her way back home when she was accosted by the stranger.


She said, "After buying the sanitary pads, I was going back home when I saw a man, who should be in his forties, standing at a corner. He approached me and ordered me to take him to my house."He put his hand into his pocket as if he wanted to bring out a weapon. He said he would kill me if I shouted. When we got to the house, he said I should shut the door and I did. He said I should remove my clothes; and I started begging him, but he refused to listen.


So I told him to let me get to the kitchen because I was cooking something and I would be back. I got a rod and hid it in my wrapper. I went back and moved slowly towards him, still begging, but he refused. He was taking off his clothes and wearing a condom when I used the rod to hit him in the head. I started screaming. And then I picked the phone and called my uncle."


The victim's uncle, who pleaded anonymity, told Punch Metro that he went to report the matter at the Ilasan Police Station after learning what had happened.


He said, "I was not at home when the incident happened and her younger brother had also gone out.

So, she was alone in the house and
it was possible he had been monitoring her movement. When she called me and said what had happened, I left the office and went to the police station in Jakande Estate where I reported the matter."

A police source told our correspondent that investigators found a pack of condoms on the deceased, including a phone without a SIM card.


The source added that since the incident happened, no one had shown up to claim the man's corpse.


He said, "He was about wearing the condom when the girl hit him on the head and he died. His mission was to rape her and steal from the house.

He probably took advantage of her
frail stature. We have got information that he was not alone.

He belonged to a gang that has been terrorising Lekki residents for
some time now. And that's why since this incident, nobody knows his name and address, and none of his relatives has come forward to say they know him.


The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, promised to call our correspondent back, but he had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.


Okechukwu was however said to have been arrested and detained in police custody.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tonto Dike Fumes As She Damages Two iPhones 6 In 5 Days

Here is Tonto Dike lamenting that she has had enough of iPhones, as she damages both her iPhone 6 handsets in less than 5 days of purchasing each other.
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$9.3m Cash Arms Deal: Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor Cleared By Special Panel

A high powered special team put together to unravel the mystery behind alleged involvement of President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Ayo Oritsejafor
and Alhaji Mujahideen Asari Dokubo in the botched $9.3 million arms deal in South Africa has cleared both men of any complicity in the matter.


A private aircraft belonging to Oritsejafor last month conveyed some unnamed persons and the cash to South Africa ostensibly to purchase arms from the black market to help bolster Nigeria's fight against terrorists in parts of
Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.


This led to widespread speculations in the media and sentiments being expressed by politicians on the issue in Nigeria.

Three individuals on board were subsequently briefly detained in South-Africa while the cash was confiscated by that country's financial authorities.


Weeks later, there were also insinuations that Niger Delta activist, Dokubo was one of those
who flew in the plane.


However, authoritative sources have told Vanguard that a panel set up to investigate the matter cleared the CAN President, while also dismissing allegations that Dokubo was on the flight.


The source said, "A Special Team, comprising security agents, intelligence experts and officials
of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs investigated the $9.3m cash-for- arms deal and submitted its report to the Presidency.


"The committee confirmed that the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo
Oritsajefor had no connection with the transaction.

"It was true that the CAN President's jet was used but we found out that it was without his
knowledge. As at the time in question, the aircraft was on lease. And you may be aware that the lease trend is peculiar to private jet
owners in the country.

"It is the view of the committee that Oritsajefor cannot be held liable for any shuttle made by a lease firm.

"As for the manifest of the plane, the committee also discovered that the Niger Delta activist, Mujahedeen Asari Dokubo was not among those on board the transaction aircraft. There was no
mention of Dokubo in the manifest presented during the investigation."


The source expressed surprise that the matter was made public by South African authorities in the first place since an end user certificate duly signed by the Office National Security Adviser
was presented by those who were on the plane.


"The committee's findings revealed that the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) has the statutorily and legitimately mandate to issue end-user certificate for such arms transactions.


The imputations surrounding the role of the ONSA were unfounded, baseless and ill-motivated.


The source added that "The decision of South Africa to return $15million to Nigeria lent credence to the legality of the transaction"
saying " Certainly, Nigeria had no case to answer".

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Chi Limited Partners With Manchester United

Manchester United has today announced a multi-year sponsorship with Chi Limited to become the club's official soft drinks partner in
Nigeria.

The deal will allow Nigeria's market leader in fruit juices to use the legendary United crest and club
imagery on a range of products throughout Nigeria.

Founded over 30 years ago, Chi prides itself as Nigeria's premier producer of healthy, high quality,
fruit and dairy-based beverages enjoyed by millions of customers every year.


With brands like Chivita 100%, Chivita Active, Chi Exotic, Chi Happy Hour and Chi Ice Tea occupying leading positions in their respective segments, Chi Limited has successfully ensured market dominance in Nigeria over the years through the expansion of its well-known brands. Its emphasis on innovation and community has ensured investment in modern facilities across Africa, creating employment and giving people skills to help improve their lives.


United's group managing director, Richard Arnold, said: "We are delighted to welcome Chi Limited as
an official partner of Manchester United. With over 30 years of experience, Chi has a commitment to the health and well-being of the local population by producing high quality, market-leading products.

"We have close to 35 million followers in Nigeria who are some of the most passionate in our global fanbase, something that we fondly remember after playing in Abuja in 2008. We hope that this partnership will help bring these fans closer even to the club they love."


Chi Limited's head of marketing, Probal Bhattacharya, described the partnership as between two of the most cherished brands in Nigeria, he said: "As a company, we are proud to partner with such a reputable and successful club
like Manchester United whose tradition of excellence is in tandem with ours.


"We are confident that the partnership will further deepen consumer loyalty as well as ensure that millions of passionate soccer fans across Nigeria continue to refresh and rejuvenate themselves with Chivita 100% Juice and Chi's other beverage offerings, as they relish every moment of the beautiful game."

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Official World Cup 2018 Logo Revealed

The emblem for the tournament in Russia was unveiled to the world via astronauts at the International Space Station as Sepp Blatter attended the launch in Moscow.


The official emblem for the 2018 World Cup in Russia has been unveiled in a ceremony on Tuesday.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter was joined by 2006 World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro and Chairman of the Local Organising Committee Vitaly Mutko in a specially-arranged live event in Moscow to mark the first official milestone on the road to the tournament.



Russian TV presenter Ivan Urgant hosted a special version of his late-night show, with his band wearing the official jerseys of the eight World Cup-winning nations as his studio was converted to look like a
stadium.




The World Cup in 2018 will take place across 11 different cities in Russia in June and July.
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Zambian President, Michael Sata Dies In The UK

Zambian President Michael Sata has died at the age of 77 after receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness, the government says.



President Sata, who was being treated in the UK, died in London's King Edward VII hospital on Tuesday night.



Media said that he died after "a sudden onset [of] heightened heart rate".


It is not immediately clear who will succeed the president. The issue may be decided by the Zambian cabinet which meets on Wednesday morning.


"It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing on of our beloved president," cabinet secretary Roland Msiska said on national TV.



He said that Mr Sata's wife and son were at his bedside.

"I urge all of you to remain calm, united and peaceful during this very difficult period," Mr Msiska added.
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