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24
Sep2017

Eat, pray, live: Lagos megachurches building their very own cities

Eat, pray, live: Lagos megachurches building their very own cities

Redemption Camp has 5,000 houses, roads, rubbish collection, police, supermarkets, banks, a fun fair, a post office – even a 25 megawatt power plant. In Nigeria, the line between church and city is rapidly vanishing. “Ha-lleluuuu-jah,” booms the distinctive voice of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, also known as the general overseer.The sound comes out through thousands of loudspeakers planted in every corner of Redemption Camp. Market shoppers pause their haggling, and...

23
Sep2017

Instagram's 'follows you' feature reveals your true friends

Instagram's 'follows you' feature reveals your true friends

In what might be one of the most overdue updates of all time, Instagram is finally testing a feature that lets you see if someone is following you directly from their bio. Previously, you'd have to laboriously scroll through your followers list to see if your crush/boss/favorite celebrity cat was following you -- now you can just check their bio for the "follows you" label. This incredibly simple and much...

22
Sep2017

Barack Obama earns $400,000 an hour from speeches to bank

Barack Obama earns $400,000 an hour from speeches to bank

Obama is earning staggering amounts of money through speeches. Former President Barack Obama is reportedly earning up to $400,000 (£296,000) an hour for making speeches to investment banks. The 56-year-old has been criticised by several Democratic senators who said they are "troubled" by the sums he is taking home.Mr Obama is reported to have received the fee for delivering a lecture to clients of asset manager Northern Trust Corporation in ...

21
Sep2017

Twitter now displays popular articles from your timeline

Twitter now displays popular articles from your timeline

Twitter keeps looking for ways to improve its service to better meet the needs of its diverse and, er, passionate audience. Last September, code in the Android app pointed to an experimental "tweetstorm" feature aimed at helping longer-form content make sense on Twitter. Just a few months earlier, the company also added a new inbox that separates out direct messages from people you don't follow, too. Now, Twitter is rolling...

18
Sep2017

Twitter has an unlaunched tweetstorm feature

Twitter has an unlaunched tweetstorm feature

Subverting the 140 character limit by chaining tweets together into a cohesive “tweetstorm” takes some know-how, or you’ll screw it up. Luckily Twitter has built but not yet launched a feature for easily composing tweetstorms. Hidden inside the current Android app is a way to write out a tweetstorm and see it broken into distinct tweets, then tweet them all at once. By institutionalizing tweetstorms with a graphic user interface,...

17
Sep2017

2019: Men behind buhari -Onyedika Agbedo

2019: Men behind buhari -Onyedika Agbedo

Although President Muhammadu Buhari has not declared his intention to seek re-election in the 2019 general election, there are indications that some of his core loyalists and appointees have started putting up machinery in place to ensure that he not only contests the election, but also emerges victorious. And they are also mounting pressure on the President to make sure he does not decline to run. All that became clear...

17
Sep2017

Buhari’s govt wants to kill Kanu, complete 1967 genocide — MASSOB

Buhari’s govt wants to kill Kanu, complete 1967 genocide — MASSOB

National Director of Information of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, Samuel Edeson, in this interview with IHUOMA CHIEDOZIE, alleges that Operation Python Dance II was designed to eliminate the Igbo What are your reasons for opposing the military campaign, Operation Python Dance II, recently launched in Abia State? Operation Python Dance, also known as ‘Egwu Eke,’ is a ploy by the Federal Government of...

17
Sep2017

Happiness is overrated, finding deep meaning in life comes down to 4 'pillars' - Chris Weller

Happiness is overrated, finding deep meaning in life comes down to 4 'pillars' - Chris Weller

Around the time Emily Esfahani Smith went off to college, she began searching for deeper meaning in her life.She would eventually find it in researching the topic itself, ultimately reaching graduate school to study the psychology of happiness. More recently, Esfahani Smith toured the United States, asking hundreds of people what they considered important in their lives. The answers she received didn't have much to do with happiness, fame, or...

16
Sep2017

People come in 4 types — and two of them tend to make the best match - Shana Lebowitz

People come in 4 types — and two of them tend to make the best match - Shana Lebowitz

There are lots of things that determine a couple's long-term compatibility — their values, their goals, their idea of fun, their commitment to work.Add to that list "how they respond to expectations." It's a rather nebulous and highly unsexy term that turns out to be a big predictor of who you'll be attracted to.That's according to Gretchen Rubin, the bestselling author of multiple books including, most recently, "The Four Tendencies."...

16
Sep2017

French court bans parents from using Breton 'ñ' in baby name saying incompatible with law

French court bans parents from using Breton 'ñ' in baby name saying incompatible with law

French couple have been told to find another name for their baby after a court ruled they could not use the name they wanted because it contains a tilde, or an “ñ”. The French language does not use the tilde, but the couple from Brittany had picked a traditional and fairly obscure name from the Breton language - Fañch. That displeased a court in the Breton port town of Quimper,...

14
Sep2017

Five privacy and security concerns about Apple’s new FaceID facial recognition

Five privacy and security concerns about Apple’s new FaceID facial recognition

Apple on Tuesday (Sept. 12) unveiled its new FaceID facial recognition technology for the iPhone X—the successor to the iPhone TouchID fingerprint scanner. The company says FaceID is 20 times more secure than TouchID, and can be used for unlocking apps and using ApplePay. Still, this kind of technology raises a lot of questions. Here’s what we’re wondering: Where will the data be stored? Apple has traditionally stored biometric data...

14
Sep2017

New Apple Watch that makes calls turns comic book fantasy into reality

New Apple Watch that makes calls turns comic book fantasy into reality

More than two years after releasing the Apple Watch, Apple Inc has finally been able to replicate 1940s comic strip technology, an advance that analysts say will spur sales. The Series 3 of the Apple Watch, released on Tuesday along with the much-anticipated iPhone X, features wireless LTE connectivity. That means customers will be able to make phone calls or send text messages from the watch without needing to have...

14
Sep2017

Dwarfs meet at festival in South Africa

Dwarfs meet at festival in South Africa

A recent South African festival for people with dwarfism featured dancing, a tug-of-war contest, stand-up comedy, talks on health issues facing dwarves and a Mr. and Ms. Dwarf competition. The event this past weekend in Modimolle town in Limpopo province drew dwarfs from around the country and was an opportunity to share experiences, and discuss challenges and ways to overcome them. Bernadine Coetzee, 19, won the Ms. Dwarf competition and...

13
Sep2017

Apple iPhone X: the internet reacts

Apple iPhone X: the internet reacts

When Apple chief Tim Cook declared the iPhone X "the biggest leap forward since the first iPhone" at his latest launch extravaganza, you couldn't help but wonder if he was referring to its features or its price. With the top-end model costing £1,149, customers are paying a premium to swap their fingerprint sensor for a facial scanner and the ability to make an animated monkey or poo emoji copy their...

13
Sep2017

Peter Tosh: 30 years after the iconoclast - Festus Adedayo

Peter Tosh: 30 years after the iconoclast - Festus Adedayo

Exactly 30 years ago, reggae music and indeed the world, lost iconic maestro, poet, philosopher and a staunch defender of African rights, Winston Hubert MclnTosh, popularly known as Peter Tosh. Three gunmen, led by Dennis “Leppo” Lobban, one of Tosh’s ‘boys’ whom he sustained as part of the communal Rastafarian injunction of brotherly co-existence, had stormed his house at Barbican Road residence, St Andrew, Jamaica at about 7.30pm on this...

12
Sep2017

Successful people who lose their spark fall prey to a tendency we all have - Gary John Bishop

Successful people who lose their spark fall prey to a tendency we all have - Gary John Bishop

Success is never certain. It never comes without risk. Even if you’re the smartest or the hardest working, there’s no guarantee of anything.The people who go on to do great things in their lives know this. They also embrace it. “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do...

11
Sep2017

Customs uncovers 1,100 pump action rifles in Lagos

Customs uncovers 1,100 pump action rifles in Lagos

Again, operatives of the Nigerian Custom Service, Tin-Can Island Command have impounded 1,100 pump action rifles. This bring to a total of about 2110 pump action rifles so far impounded in Lagos alone in the last seven months. The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Custom Service, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) who confirmed the seizure said that the weapons were fearfully concealed in a 1×20 ft container.He said that the weapons...

11
Sep2017

Bride, groom kidnapped on wedding day

Bride, groom kidnapped on wedding day

Suspected kidnappers abducted a couple in Akunnu, Akoko North East Local Government of Ondo State, while on their way to Akure for their marriage ceremony. The groom, Moses Yakubu, and his bride were travelling from Okene, Kogi State on Sunday morning for the scheduled marriage when they were attacked and kidnapped by gunmen. Sources said the couple were also kidnapped alongside some family members accompanying them, including the best man...

10
Sep2017

Yuck or yum? Insect burgers of mealworm larvae on offer

Yuck or yum? Insect burgers of mealworm larvae on offer

Swallow deeply, pinch the nose and repeat the mantra: "Tastes like beef, tastes likes beef." Then bite into the burger of rice, chopped vegetables, spices and mealworm larvae. The Swiss supermarket chain Coop, to a bit of domestic hoopla, has begun selling burgers and balls made from insects. It's being billed as a legal first in Europe, a continent more accustomed to steak, sausage, poultry and fish as a source...

10
Sep2017

Why religion isn't going away and science won't destroy it - Peter Harrison

Why religion isn't going away and science won't destroy it - Peter Harrison

In 1966, just over 50 years ago, the distinguished Canadian-born anthropologist Anthony Wallace confidently predicted the global demise of religion at the hands of an advancing science: ‘belief in supernatural powers is doomed to die out, all over the world, as a result of the increasing adequacy and diffusion of scientific knowledge’. Wallace’s vision was not exceptional.On the contrary, the modern social sciences, which took shape in 19th-century western Europe,...

10
Sep2017

With saxophones and sobbing, Mexicans mourn earthquake dead

With saxophones and sobbing, Mexicans mourn earthquake dead

Slow-moving funeral processions converged on Juchitan's cemeteries from all directions on Saturday, so many that they sometimes caused temporary gridlock when they met at intersections. A monster earthquake and a Gulf coast hurricane have combined to take at least 67 lives in Mexico, and no place suffered more than the Oaxaca state city of Juchitan, where 37 died as buildings collapsed in the magnitude 8.1 temblor. The graveyard swelled with...

09
Sep2017

You are a failure, Clark replies Okoko

You are a failure, Clark replies Okoko

In his reply to the interview by Prof Kimse Okoko, elder statesman and leader of PANDEF, Chief Edwin Clark expressed disappointment that the former president of Ijaw National Council accused his leadership of pursuing selfish interests. According to him: “I am really peeved, disgusting and amazed that my brother Prof. Kingsley Okoko of the University of Port Harcourt, would open his mouth to accuse the leadership of PANDEF of seeking...

09
Sep2017

2019: Battle for Buhari’s job begins -Willy Eya

2019: Battle for Buhari’s job begins -Willy Eya

Nearly two years to the next general elections, a major political battle over who succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari after the expiration of his first tenure in 2019 has begun in earnest. The development comes even as feelers from top presidency and the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) sources confirmed that Buhari would likely seek re-election as he has never told anybody that he would not seek a second...

09
Sep2017

Girl mutilated by rats in night attack at home

Girl mutilated by rats in night attack at home

A disabled French girl covered in rat bites is critically ill in hospital after a pack swarmed into her bedroom in northern France. The 14-year-old paraplegic was sleeping on the ground floor when the attack happened, in a rented house in Roubaix. A medical expert quoted by France Info said the girl had 45 facial lesions, 150 on her hands and 30 on her feet. The girl's father is suing...

09
Sep2017

Harvey and Irma, married 75 years, marvel at the storms bearing their names

Harvey and Irma, married 75 years, marvel at the storms bearing their names

Harvey and Irma Schluter have been married for 75 years. He turned 104 in July; she will be 93 in November.They vividly remember many of the major events of the 20th century, from her first time spotting an airplane, during the Great Depression, to his wonder at watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. In a recent phone interview, Mrs. Schluter even recalled the weather near her home in Spokane,...

08
Sep2017

Judge opens door for lawsuit over girl declared brain dead

Judge opens door for lawsuit over girl declared brain dead

A California judge ruled that a teen girl who was declared brain dead more than three years ago after a tonsillectomy may technically still be alive, allowing a malpractice lawsuit against the hospital to move forward and possibly setting up the family to have her care paid for if they succeed. Alameda County Judge Stephen Pulido ruled Thursday that it's up to a jury to determine whether Jahi McMath is...

07
Sep2017

Macron is more unpopular in France than Trump is in the US - Polls

Macron is more unpopular in France than Trump is in the US - Polls

With the recent worldwide ascent of right-wing populism, Emmanuel Macron's victory in the French presidential election last year was supposed to be a beacon of light for all disheartened progressives. He was proof that left-wing politics could still win at the ballot box. But here's a bucket of cold water: Macron has been in office for just a little over 100 days, and he is now more unpopular in France...

06
Sep2017

Police confirm three officers missing after attack by armed men

Police confirm three officers missing after attack by armed men

Police in Zamfara have confirmed that three police officers were missing after armed persons attacked a police post in the state. Zamfara Police Command on Tuesday said it had commenced massive search for the three police officers who went missing after Monday’s attack on their outpost in Keta village, Tsafe Local Government Area. A press release issued by the command’s spokesman in Gusau, Mohammed Shehu, denied online media reports that...

06
Sep2017

Suitor dies during marriage flogging

Suitor dies during marriage flogging

A young man, Yari Inusa, has died while competing with another suitor for a lady’s hand in marriage. The incident happened at Durmin Biri village, in the Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State. Police sources said the man died following injuries he sustained on the head when he engaged in a Fulani traditional game of Sharo with another man, Ahmed Saidu, to determine who would marry the lady. Sharo...

05
Sep2017

Clark misinformed on Oyegun’s position — Abdullahi

Clark  misinformed on  Oyegun’s  position — Abdullahi

However, in his reaction, the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said the elder statesman must have been misinformed about his position on the issue. Speaking through the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, the party chairman said the fact that APC has set up a committee to articulate its position on restructuring should not be misconstrued to mean that it had no understanding of the concept. “Has he...

05
Sep2017

Clark takes APC to task on restructuring, says we must be sincere with one another

Clark takes APC to task on restructuring, says we must be sincere with one another

South-South Leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has called on the All Progressives Congress, APC, to come out of its closet on restructuring. According to him, it is insulting to Nigerians for the ruling party to pretend not to know the meaning of restructuring, a word etched in its constitution. Clark, the Convener and National Leader of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, the umbrella body of monarchs, leaders and stakeholders of the...

04
Sep2017

Sani advises Buhari to purge cabinet of hyenas, jackals -Abdulgafar Alabelewe

Sani advises Buhari to purge cabinet of hyenas, jackals -Abdulgafar Alabelewe

President Muhammadu Buhari got a piece of advice from an unusual quarter yesterday. Senator Shehu Sani urged him to immediately purge his cabinet of hyenas, jackals and wolves. Sani, representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, said the cleansing was necessary as part of efforts by the President to move the country forward. Yesterday’s advice came almost two months after the activist-turned politician drew attention to the scheming of hyenas, jackals and...

04
Sep2017

Love, wrinkles and all, conquers Venice

Love, wrinkles and all, conquers Venice

Love conquers all, even when wrinkles become part of the equation. That's the message from Helen Mirren and from Venice, appropriately the world's oldest film festival. An art form that for decades was constructed around the dynamics of youthful sexuality has belatedly discovered that, when it comes to love and sex, there are other stories to tell, and audiences waiting to hear them. After Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, 81...

04
Sep2017

Remember the confidential letter by Obama kept for Trump in the Oval office? Here is the content

Remember the confidential letter by Obama kept for Trump in the Oval office? Here is the content

Dear Mr. President - Congratulations on a remarkable run. Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure. This is a unique office, without a clear blueprint for success, so I don't know that any advice from me will be particularly helpful. Still, let me offer a few reflections from the past 8 years.First, we've...

03
Sep2017

How flood sacked over 100,000 people in Benue

How flood sacked over 100,000 people in Benue

Days of torrential rains have destroyed property and displaced many in Benue State. It was early Wednesday morning, the family of George Okoh had been deep in their sleep when they were suddenly awoken by screams from their neighbourhood at the Media village in Achussa, a suburb of Makurdi metropolis in Benue State. As the head of the family, Okoh, the state correspondent of This Day newspaper decided to brave...

03
Sep2017

Who is this brave judge that annulled Kenya presidential election?

Who is this brave judge that annulled Kenya presidential election?

Kenya's Chief Justice David Maraga, and three of his colleagues, have created history by annulling the August presidential election.It is unprecedented in Africa for an opposition court challenge against a presidential election to succeed. Kenyans have praised Justice Maraga for having the courage to rule against the man who appointed him, President Uhuru Kenyatta, and for restoring their faith in the independence of the judiciary. Several Kenyan papers have referred...

03
Sep2017

Between Buhari and Asiodu: Where is the truth on Lagos metroline?

Between Buhari and Asiodu: Where is the truth on Lagos metroline?

Muhammadu BUHARI: Why I canceled the Lagos Metroline Project As at the time I was in government, the company handling the project requested for $100m and I could not pay such huge amount, as the country was broke then. When Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo was leaving the government in 1979, the economy was good, but within four years, the civilian regime squandered the money in government coffers. Nigeria was broke when...

02
Sep2017

Evans: Arrested informants open up

Evans: Arrested informants open up

The guilty plea entered by Chukwudumeje Onwuamadike, aka Evans, during his arraignment for kidnapping before Justice Oshodi of the Lagos State High Court Ikeja, last Wednesday, didn’t come as a surprise, giving the level of cooperation he had exhibited to his investigators. Saturday Vanguard gathered that prior to his appearance in Court, Evan had revealed the identities of his accomplices, who gave him information about his targets. The arrested suspects,...

02
Sep2017

‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’ returns, Frank Edoho dropped as host

‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’ returns, Frank Edoho dropped as host

Barely two months after popular TV game show, Who wants to be a Millionaire, went off air, it is expected to begin airing again across major TV stations on Sunday. Following a partnership with Airopay, which is a global international payments operator, the show’s producer, Ultima Studios Limited, said the show has been revamped. To this effect, Managing Director of Ultima Studios, Femi Ayeni, said the show’s anchor, Frank Edoho,...

01
Sep2017

EID-EL-KABIR: Amosun, Fayose, Ajimobi others preach unity, sacrifice

EID-EL-KABIR: Amosun, Fayose, Ajimobi others preach unity, sacrifice

As Muslims celebrate Eid-el-Kabir today, some leaders including governors and the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, have tasked Nigerians on sacrifice, selflessness, peace and harmonious co-existence to boost the country’s unity. Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, has charged Muslims and Nigerians in general to be ready to make the sacrifices necessary for the progress of the country, which is currently passing through challenging period. In a sallah message, by...