Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Vandalized Chelsea's BUS after defeat....

                                        Chelsea football club Bus Vandalized

Could this be true? Chelsea football Club's Bus may have been vandalized after today's game where they lost to their opponent. Chelsea's hopes of reaching a third Champions League final in seven seasons were ended as Atletico Madrid produced a stunning counter-attacking display at Stamford Bridge to set up a final against city rivals Real. 

The game ended 1:3 in favor of Atletico Madrid.

BREAKING: Northern, Southern delegates agree on Resource Control

While delegates from the North insisted on retaining resource control on the Exclusive List, their counterparts from the South wanted it moved to the Concurrent List.

The National Conference Committee on Devolution of Powers said on Wednesday that its members have reached a truce on the controversial issue of control of mineral resources.

The truce was announced by the co-chairman of the committee, Victor Attah, on Wednesday evening.

Mr. Attah told journalists at the end of the committee’s meeting that the feuding delegates resolved to retain control of mineral resources (Item 39) on the Exclusive List.

The Exclusive List contains items that only the federal government handles.

Mr. Attah, however, said despite the retention, the committee agreed that states would now be involved in the management of such resources.

The committee had, after at least four earlier meetings, failed to agree on the crucial matter. While delegates from the North insisted on retaining resource control on the Exclusive List, their counterparts from the South wanted it moved to the Concurrent List.

The Concurrent List contains matters that can be legislated and acted upon by both the federal government and the state governments.

The debates sometimes degenerated to verbal insults.

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Don’t go to war; Nigeria warns US, Russia, others

Nigeria has warned that a civil war in Ukraine can destabilise the international community and wants all concerned parties to resort to dialogue to resolve the conflict.

Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Joy Ogwu, made this known in New York on Tuesday night at a meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in Ukraine.
Ogwu, who is currently the president of the Security Council for the month of April, spoke in her national capacity as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the UN.

Her comments came after Pro-Russia activists were reported to have stormed several more buildings in eastern Ukraine and kidnapped international monitors in the crisis-torn country.

“The situation in Ukraine remains tense and the risk of further escalation remains a matter of grave concern to the international community.
“Utmost care needs to be taken to ensure that the crisis does not degenerate into a civil war.
“If it does, it might become an internationalised conflict, with its attendant reverberations everywhere.’’

Ogwu said that Nigeria had followed with keen interest recent talks in Geneva on Ukraine which resulted in a joint statement issued by Russia, Ukraine, the EU and the U.S.
She noted that the Geneva Statement had called for the disarmament of all illegally armed groups, the return of seized buildings and amnesty for protesters.

She said that Nigeria strongly believes that the agreement reached in Geneva would constitute the basis for the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Ukraine.

“This glimmer of hope, I’m afraid, is fast fading before our eyes as armed men continue to occupy buildings in eastern Ukraine and the level of violence is escalating.’’

Ogwu called for the immediate release of the kidnapped international monitors, and stressed that the way to lasting peace rested in dialogue by all concerned parties.

She said that the alternative of a military option would “bleed the already-open veins of Ukraine’’ and a strong surgical procedure would be needed to mend those veins.
“Dear colleagues, the clock is ticking, Ukraine is the patient and this council and the international community constitute the surgical team.
“Let us stabilise and restore the patient to health or many more might bleed. It is a collective responsibility,’’ Ogwu told the 15-member council.

Meanwhile, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the council earlier on Tuesday voted unanimously to partially lift the arms embargo on Cote d’Ivoire, differentiating between lethal and non-lethal arms.

The council, in a meeting presided over by Nigeria also lifted the ban on importing rough diamonds from Cote d’Ivoire.

Also, the council extended for another year the mandate of the UN mission tasked with monitoring the ceasefire in Western Sahara and organising a referendum on self-determination for the people of the territory.

The resolution called for greater efforts to improve human rights in Western Sahara, but stopped short of widening the mandate of its peacekeeping mission.

It will be recalled that Rights groups and the government of Western Sahara has repeatedly called for human rights monitoring to be included in the mandate of UN peacekeepers.

However, the move was fiercely opposed by Morocco.
Last week, the Saharawi Ambassador to Nigeria, Ubbi Bachir, told NAN in Abuja that the Saharawi Government had strong evidence of Morocco’s human rights abuses in the occupied Western Sahara.

NAN reports that Nigeria’s government strongly supports the liberation struggle of Saharawi people since their occupation in 1975 by Morocco after the departure of colonial power, Spain.

Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali, reaffirmed Africa’s support and position at a press conference on Monday in New York.

“The African position on Western Sahara has always been consistent; the OAU first recognised Western Sahara in 1982.

“That has been our position as the African Union up till today,’’ Wali said.


UCL: Cech out, Terry, Hazard in, says Mourinho

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech will not be fit to face Atletico Madrid in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg despite returning to training, manager Jose Mourinho said on Tuesday.

“Obviously his condition doesn’t allow him to play, but the message from the group was exactly that: everybody is ready and everybody wants to play,” Mourinho told a press conference at Stamford Bridge.

“But of course his condition doesn’t given him a chance.”
Mourinho ruled Cech out for the rest of the season after he dislocated his shoulder in the early stages of last week’s away leg, which finished 0-0.

The Czech made an unexpected appearance at training on Tuesday, but it appears likely that 41-year-old Australian veteran Mark Schwarzer will continue to deputise against Spanish league leaders Atletico.

Mourinho also revealed that John Terry and Eden Hazard are in line to feature after both took part in training on Tuesday following spells on the sidelines.

Captain and centre-back Terry had to go off in the first leg after injuring his ankle and missed Sunday’s 2-0 win at Liverpool in the Premier League.

Asked if the former England captain, who appeared alongside him at Tuesday’s media conference, would start against Atletico, Mourinho replied: “Of course.”
Terry added: “I’m fully fit. I’ve trained now for three days and I feel OK.”

On Hazard, who has not played since injuring his calf in the second leg of Chelsea‘s quarter-final win over Paris Saint-Germain, Mourinho said: “He’s ready. It’s my option to start him or not to start him, but he’s ready.”

In further good news for Chelsea, striker Samuel Eto’o also took part in training on Tuesday after sitting out the last two matches with a knee complaint.

Kim & Kanye's Vogue cover sells 500k copies, beating both Beyonce and Michelle Obama

Kim and Kanye's controversial Vogue cover just beat out the sales record for both Beyonce and Firsl Lady Michelle Obama's covers, Toofab reports. The power couple officially have the most in-demand cover in the mag's history.

Their cover has sold over 500,000 copies and with subscriptions, expected to sell over 1.2million copies. Beyonce's 2013 Vogue cover sold more than 350,000 copies while  First Lady Michelle Obama's cover sold nearly 300,000. 

Report claims Vogue had to restock many shelves after it sold out, something that almost never happens.

Photos: Angry Chibok women protest girls' kidnap in Abuja

Mothers and other aggrieved indigenes of Chibok, Borno state yesterday staged a protest at the National Assembly calling on the government to speed up the release of their daughters that were kidnapped from the Government Girls Secondary school on April 14th. 

The women under the aegies of Kibaku Development Association and led by senior female police officers converged at the Eagle square Abuja, all dressed in black, from where they match peacefully to the National Assembly, wailing and pleading for help from the government. Senators Barnabas Gemade and Helen Esuene received the protesters and said the senate were considering raising a motion as regards the kidnapped girls for the house to deliberate on. More images below...

Tiwa Savage Tweets a Message for Her Haters.....

Tiwa is still in Dubai enjoying her honeymoon with hubby Tebillz. There's been some criticisms about the stuffs she did during her wedding, right from her bikini bod photos to her wedding gown, some person actually wrote saying it wasn't fit for her, then to her Beyoncé moves during her wedding reception. 

Dangote makes CNBC’s top 25 tycoons


Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group and Africa’s richest man, has been ranked one of the 25 people that have had most profound impact on business and finance worldwide by CNBC, a South Africa based broadcast medium.

The ranking by CNBC came barely a week after Dangote was ranked among the 100 most influential personalities in the world by the renowned Time magazine.
Forbes had earlier named him the second most powerful black man, coming only after the United States President, Barack Obama and the 64th most powerful in the world in the ranking of the movers and shakers of the world.

CNBC ranked Dangote as 23th among the first 25 people who have impacted the business world most since 1989, the year CNBC went live on air.

In the list, Steve Jobs led the pack followed by world richest, Bill Gates.
Others in the list are Ben Bernanke and Alan Green-span, Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Bogle, Larry Ellison, Rupert Murdoch, Jack Welch, Narayana Murthy, Howard Schuldt, Bernard Arnault and Li Ka-shing.

The rest are Carl Icahn, Meg Whitman, Amancio Ortega, Michael Bloomberg, Sandy Weill, Cher Wang, Martha Stewart and Carlos Slim.
CNBC said: “They have disrupted industries, sparked change and exercised an influence far beyond their own companies.

“As CNBC embarks on its second quarter-century, it faces a world completely altered from when it started. Then, the Dow was below 2,400, Wal-Mart didn’t make the list of America’s 500 largest companies and there was no World Wide Web.

“No dictionary contained the words e-commerce or app and a blog was still archaic slang for a servant boy.”

Detectives grill Gov Nyako over genocide allegation against FG

                               Murtala Nyako

Detectives from force headquarters, yesterday, grilled Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State for four hours at Government House, Yola, over a recent memo he sent to the Northern Governors Forum, NGF, alleging genocide in the North by President Goodluck Jonathan.

This came as the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, warned politicians, including serving governors, against inflammatory and divisive statements capable of endangering the peace and security of the nation.

Vanguard gathered that the team of investigators, drawn from the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Force Intelligence Bureau and the IGP monitoring unit, included two Deputy Commissioners of Police, one Assistant Commissioner of Police and two Superintendents of Police.

It was gathered that the interrogation of Nyako, which started at 10am, lasted till 1.30pm and was the first part of the session as the governor is expected to produce a proof of his allegations.

The areas said to have been concentrated on by the detectives were those of the Federal Government’s genocide to reduce the voting populace of the North, allegation of Boko Haram terrorism and the herdsmen attacks and killings which the governor alleged to be a project pursued by the government for political purposes.

Contacted on the development, Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba, confirmed the visit of the Police team to Adamawa State Government House, but noted that the officers were on a fact-finding visit.

Meanwhile, the IG, in a statement by Mba, stressed that inflammatory statements were capable of desecrating the national symbol and identity, and promoting a regime of lawlessness, vowing to visit same with sanctions.

Why Jonathan sacks Political Adviser, Gulak


President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, sacked his Political Adviser, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, in an unceremonious manner.

According to Vanguard, Sources told Vanguard that Gulak’s sacking might not be unconnected with his undue meddling in the affairs of some People’s Democratic Party, PDP, states.

However, Gulak told Vanguard that his leaving the government had nothing to do with the face-off with the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, and Chairman of PDP Governor’s Forum, Chief Godswill Akpabio.

He said that he left the presidency to join the governorship race in Adamawa State, saying “indigenes of Adamawa State are fed up with the misgovernment of Admiral Murtala Nyako, whose accomplishments in office has been very negligible and controversial.”

He said the people of Adamawa have been urging him “to come and contest and the need to give his people the type of leadership that they deserve has come.

“My relationship with President Goodluck Jonathan is very cordial and PDP is functioning as a family. There is no faction among us and our focus is winning 50 percent of the governorship seats in 2015.”

However, a top source told Vanguard that the President had lately become uncomfortable with the activities of his Political Adviser and had to send him packing.

The source pointed out that some governors of PDP had also been kicking against the activities of the former Political Adviser and had asked the President to call him to order for the sake of 2015 elections.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid cruise into final after trashing Bayern

                               Real Madrid celebrating goal scored by CR7 

Real Madrid simply turned on style at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night as they romped to a 0-4 win over Bayern Munich to secure their place in the finals of this year’s UEFA Champions League.

Two goals each from Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo was more than enough to see Madrid stay in the run for the coveted European football silverware while it meant the end of the road for defending champions Bayern.

Gareth Bale had the first real chance of the game after Manuel Neuer came off his line to head the ball away, but failed to clear the Welshman, but his finish went well high.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side did themselves a lot of good when in the 16th minute they were able to claim an away goal after Sergio Ramos nodded in a cross from Luka Modric.

Surprisingly, the defender added his second just four minutes later, heading in again after Pepe flicked the ball forward from an Angel di Maria free kick.

Ronaldo scored his 15th Champions League goal of the season later in the opening period following a counter-attack from Bale, who pulled the ball back for his teammate to fire past Neuer.

With the first half ending 0-3, it was already looking like a lost battle for the Germans who though mustered all they have got but just could not find the back of the net.

Instead it was Madrid who added to their tally as Ronaldo scored the fourth goal and increased his tally to 16 goals in the ongoing campaign.

Real will be without Xabi Alonso in the final, after he picked up a yellow card in the first half.

Indeed this is the heaviest defeat for Bayern Munich at home in the Champions League.

Breaking: Nigerian pleads guilty to US terror charges

                                                    Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi

A Nigerian man has pleaded guilty in New York to charges he took part in a Yemen-based al-Qaida faction's efforts to spread propaganda intended to encourage terror attacks.

Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi entered the plea on Tuesday to charges of providing material support to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. He faces up to 30 years in prison at his August sentencing in federal court in Brooklyn.

The 33-year-old Babafemi was extradited last year from Nigeria. U.S. prosecutors say he traveled to Yemen in 2010 to help the al-Qaida group recruit English speakers for its media operations.

The operations included publication of an online magazine for aspiring terrorists. The magazine has published recipes for homemade bombs and suggested targets in the United States and elsewhere.



Beyoncé Named Highest-Earning Black Artist Of All Time

       Beyoncé's Mrs Carter Show hits Britain

Thanks to her Mrs Carter Show world tour, the star has overtaken Michael Jackson and Prince's records...

According to Billboard magazine, Queen B has overtaken previous earning records held by the likes of Michael Jackson, his sister Janet and Prince to take the title - and it's all thanks to her Mrs Carter Show world tour.

The publication claims that Bey took home a cool $212million (£126m) from the year-long jaunt, with the tour eventually selling 1.8million tickets across 126 dates.

The most recent European leg of the tour - which saw the star perform 25 dates from February to March - is thought to have earned her $41.1million (£26m) alone.

Bey is set to make even more cash this year after announcing a joint US tour with hubby Jay Z, titled On The Run, which starts this summer.

It is currently unknown whether the power couple will bring their shows to the UK.

Jonathan sacks Gulak Ahmed

President Goodluck Jonathan has terminated the appointment of his Special Adviser(Political), Alhaji Ahmed A. Gulak with immediate effect.

President Jonathan thanks Alhaji Gulak for his services to the present administration and wishes him success in his future endeavors.

This information was contained in a series of tweets by the President’s spokesman, Reuben Abati (@abati1990)

Nigeria 2015: Poll respondents prefer Buhari/Fashola ticket for APC

The Buhari-Okorocha combination was the least preferred.

A poll has rated the combination of a former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, and Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, as the preferred presidential candidate and vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the 2015 elections.

Both men are leaders of the APC, Nigeria’s largest opposition party.

The combination of Messrs Buhari and Fashola was preferred above those of Mr. Buhari and the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha; Mr. Buhari and the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi; Kano State Governor, Rabi’u Kwankwaso and Mr. Fashola; and Rabi’u Kwankwaso and Mr. Amaechi.

Others that featured in the poll are former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; the suspended Governor of Central Bank, CBN, Lamido Sanusi; and the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

None of them has, however, declared an interest in any of the elective offices.

The poll was conducted online and via SMS by ‘For The Future Nigeria,’ FTF, a political action committee affiliated with the APC. It was launched a few weeks ago.

Thousands of Nigerians from the 36 states and Abuja as well as Diaspora voted in the exercise, according to the report by FTF on its

The analyses of the poll show that the duo of Muhammadu Buhari-Babatunde Fashola got 7.2 per cent; Buhari-Rotimi Amaechi ticket 6.53 per cent; Rabi’u Kwankwaso-Fashola ticket 6.17 per cent; Rabi’u Kwankwaso-Rotimi Amaechi ticket 6.09 per cent; and Muhammadu Buhari-Rochas Okorocha ticket 4.47 per cent.

On the choice of the preferred presidential candidate, the analyses show that Mr. Buhari got 32 per cent to beat Mr. Kwankwaso who secured 21.3 per cent; Mr. Fashola 15 per cent; Mr. Sanusi 6.4 per cent; and Mr. Abubakar 5 per cent.
On the vice- presidential slot, Mr. Fashola polled 21.7 per cent to place first while Mr. Amaechi got 17.8 per cent. Mr. Okorocha 11.7 got per cent; former Education Minister, Oby Ezekwesili had 10.8 per cent; and Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, 7.7 per cent.

Messrs Buhari and Fashola, who hail from Katsina and Lagos State respectively, are Muslims.

The possible pairing of two Muslims had drawn flak from some of the members of the APC, notably a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, who recently warned against it.

Mr. Fani-Kayode a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, until last year, argued that if the APC fielded Mr. Buhari and a former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, as presidential and vice presidential candidate, it would not only offend the Christian community but could cause the APC to lose the election.

“If we do that, we will not only offend the Christian community, but we will also lose the election woefully,” he said. “Whether we like it or not, we must accept the fact that religion plays a major role in our politics today. Our party must have both a Christian and a Muslim on the ticket if we want to be taken seriously.”

Although some political analysts consider the Muslim-Muslim ticket as one that may be a source of implosion in the party whose national leadership is dominated by Muslims, others believe it would not affect the fortunes of the party.

Those in the latter category refer to the June 12, 1993 presidential election where the defunct Social Democratic Party, SDP, fielded the late business mogul, Moshood Abiola, from Ogun State and Babagana Kingibe from Borno State, both Muslims.

The APC was registered last July following the successful merger of some opposition parties: Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Congress for Progressives Change, CPC, All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, and a section of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.

Meanwhile, some supporters of Mr. Buhari under the aegis of Buhari Vanguard have expressed gratitude to Nigerians for showing preference for the former military leader, a retired major general.

In a statement by its chairman, Jasper Azuatalam, on Tuesday, the group said it was not surprised with the result of the poll.

“The polls showed that Buhari beat his closest rival with a margin over 50% of the votes scored by the closest rival in the poll. We are also aware that this poll was not restricted to members of APC alone,  but open to all Nigerians and as such reflects the views of all Nigerians,” Mr. Azuatalam stated.

“This has once again confirmed the genuine love, believe, and confidence that Nigerians have on Muhammadu Buhari. The spread of the votes across all states and religion also showed that Muhammadu Buhari is widely accepted and loved by majority across all the geopolitical zones in Nigeria.

“We understand that Muhammadu Buhari is more popular among the majority of the unenlightened and uneducated in the North and other parts of Nigeria who were not opportuned to be part of the poll as a result of their low level of literacy and lack of access to the internet or mobile phones; but we are glad that Buhari has gained more popularity among the elite, educated and enlightened who participated in the poll. We know the victory would have been more overwhelming, if this former group of people were able to be part of the poll.”

The Vanguard assured Nigerians that Mr. Buhari “appreciates this show of love and support, as this has been the reason behind his consideration of running for the office of the Nigerian president once again. He is aware that to whom much is given, much is expected and he will continue to live up to the expectations of Nigerians.”

See the result of the poll below:

Who got the most votes to be the Presidential candidate?

Muhammadu Buhari  32.3%

Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso 21.4%

Babatunde Fashola 15.9%

Sanusi L Sanusi 6.4%

Atiku Abubakar 5%

Who got the most votes to be the Vice-Presidential candidate?

Babatunde Fashola 21.7%

Rotimi Amaechi 17.8%

Rochas Okorocha 11.7%

Oby Ezekwesili 10.8%
Adams Oshiomole 7.7%

Which ticket combinations got the most votes?

Muhammadu Buhari – Babatunde Fashola 7.25%

Muhammadu Buhari – Rotimi Amaechi 6.53%

Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso – Babatunde Fashola 6.17%

Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso – Rotimi Amaechi 6.09%%

Muhammadu Buhari – Rochas Okorocha  4.47%

New Lead? Possible MH370 Wreck Site Found 3,000 Miles Away

Officials will investigate possible aircraft wreckage spotted thousands of miles away from the area where searchers have been hunting for missing Flight MH370, Malaysia's transport minister said Tuesday.

“We are aware of a report citing the detection of potential aircraft wreckage in the Bay of Bengal,” acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said. “China and Australia are also aware of this report. Malaysia is working with its international partners to assess the credibility of this information.”

On Monday, Australian exploration company GeoResonance said they believed it may have located the wreckage more than 3,000 miles from where authorities have been looking off the western coast of Australia.

“We identified chemical elements and materials that make up a Boeing 777 ... these are aluminum, titanium, copper, steel alloys and other materials,” Pavel Kursa from GeoResonance told Australia’s 7News.

“The wreckage wasn’t there prior to the disappearance of MH370,” Kursa's colleague David Pope added, according to 7News.

Cech, Terry, Hazard, Eto’o return to training

Petr Cech, John Terry, Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto’o boosted Chelsea on Tuesday by returning to training ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho ruled goalkeeper Cech out for the rest of the season after he dislocated his shoulder in the early stages of last week’s away leg, which finished 0-0.

Mark Schwarzer came on for Cech in Madrid and also deputised for him in Sunday’s 2-0 win at Liverpool, but the Czech international could be in line for a return after taking part in an open training session on Tuesday.

Cech warmed up with the rest of the squad at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground, before moving out of view of the media invited to observe the first 15 minutes of the session.

Captain and centre-back Terry (ankle) was also present, despite Mourinho having suggested he would not be fit before the final on May 24 after hurting himself in the first leg.

In further good news for Chelsea, winger Hazard (calf) and striker Eto’o (knee) also reported for training after recent spells on the sidelines.

6 Things Your Tongue Tells You

There’s no need to wait until you’re in a dentist’s chair to open wide. Regularly inspecting your tongue in a mirror can help you detect issues in your mouth—and other parts of your body—before they become more serious. Stick it out and give yourself a quick health check. 

The sign: Swollen grey/white balloon under your tongue.

What it means: 
You could have a clogged salivary gland. When this occurs, something is blocking the tiny ducts so they can’t drain saliva, causing swelling, fluid build-up, and pain. One of the most common causes of a clogged duct is a salivary stone. “It’s a calcium deposit similar to a kidney stone,” says Mark Woff, D.D.S, chair of cariology and comprehensive care at New York University College of Dentistry. If it doesn’t go away on its own within a few days, make an appointment with your dentist—the deposit may need to be surgically removed. 

The sign: Sores with a halo around them.

What it means: A healthy tongue is pink and relatively smooth with no lumps or bumps. If you notice any red or whitish patches, a spot with a red ring around it, white areas with a lace-like pattern, or an unhealing sore, alert your doctor or dentist—it could signal cancer. While rates of other types of cancer are on the decline, the incidence of oral cancer has increased approximately 25 percent over the past decade, possibly due to the rise in human papilloma virus (HPV), a risk factor for the disease.

The sign: Thick red tongue.

What it means: Check your diet—you could have a vitamin deficiency. Your tongue is one of the first places a vitamin B12 deficiency appears. The vitamin is essential for creating healthy red blood cells, and subpar levels can lead to anemia. With that disease, your tongue may feel sore and is sometimes said to appear “beefy.” If you eat a typical U.S. diet, you’re probably getting enough vitamin B12 since it’s mostly found in meat, poultry, milk, fish, and eggs. However, if you’re a vegetarian or vegan or have a digestive disorder such as celiac disease or Crohn’s disease, you may not be getting enough. Taking a multivitamin and eating fortified foods like cereal can help.

The sign: Black, hairy-looking tongue.

What it means: Did you recently take antibiotics? A course of the drugs can disrupt the normal bacteria in your yapper, causing an overgrowth that builds up on tiny round projections on your tongue called papillae. Instead of sloughing off like they normally do, the papillae can grow and give your tongue a hairy appearance. The good news: For the most part, it’s harmless and should go away on its own. However, the bacteria can cause bad breath and affect your ability to taste. “Brush your tongue really well with a toothbrush and toothpaste each day and you’ll help the normal flora return,” Dr. Wolff says.

The sign: Swelling.

What it means: Of all the symptoms to watch for, this requires the most immediate attention, since you could be having an allergic reaction. “It isn’t actually so much swelling of the tongue that occurs, but swelling of the airway behind the tongue that pushes the tongue forward, making it appear larger,” Dr. Wolff says. Without quick treatment, swelling in your mouth can block your airway and become life-threatening, Dr. Wolff adds. Seek medical attention right away.  

The sign: Dry, white glossy tongue. 

What it means: Dry mouth, or xerostomia, occurs when the mouth doesn't produce enough saliva. This can cause uncomfortable dryness on the tongue and affect the balance of bacteria, which may cause a change in your tongue’s color and appearance. When left untreated, dry mouth can increase your risk of gum disease and tooth decay—normally, saliva deposits minerals that help keep your teeth healthy—and it may also increase your risk of oral infections. Drinking plenty of water and using a humidifier if you live in a dry environment can help. If dry mouth is a chronic problem, medications you take for allergies, high blood pressure, asthma, and other conditions may be to blame. Talk to your doc about switching prescriptions. You can also treat dry mouth with over-the-counter mouth rinses, which work like an artificial saliva substitute.  

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Photos : Woman who gave homeless man her left-over pizza later finds out he was Hollywood icon,Richard Gere

         Woman who gave homeless man her left-over pizza later finds out he was 
                                               Hollywood icon,Richard Gere

 42 year-old French tourist Karine Gombeau,has found her self famous after she stopped by to give her pizza to who she thought was a homeless man.Unknown to her, that homeless man was legendary actor, Richard Gere who was playing the part of a homeless man and was just in character for his latest film 'Time Out of Mind'.

The tourist saw Gere standing outside of Grand Central Station at approximately 5:45pm on Tuesday.

According to her, after exiting a pizzeria in Little Italy, she saw him digging through a trash bin and drinking a beer from a brown paper bag.Touched by the sorry sight,she offered him leftovers from an “enormous” pizza that she, her husband and 15-year-old son had ordered .She told the NY Post

 What’s in the bag?” Gere, 64, asked.I tried to tell him in English, but it came out half in French.I said, ‘Je suis désolée [I am sorry], but the pizza is cold.He said, ‘Thank you so much. God bless you,’"

She was shocked to see herself in a newspaper two days later that the man she extended her generosity to was 64 year old Gere , reportedly worth $100 million.

"It was magical . . . It’s crazy, this story. It’s unimaginable that something like this could happen.I think he’s very handsome, even at his age,” she added. “ ‘Pretty Woman’ was not my favorite movie, but I really loved ‘Chicago.

Monday, 28 April 2014

U.S. Government Suggests that You Switch from Internet Explorer

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security advised computer users to consider using alternatives to Microsoft Corp’s Internet Explorer browser until the company fixes a security flaw that hackers have used to launch attacks.

The United States Computer Emergence Readiness Team said in an advisory released on Monday morning that the vulnerability in versions 6 to 11 of Internet Explorer “could lead to the complete compromise of an affected system.”

Microsoft is rushing to fix a bug in its widely used Internet Explorer Web browser after a computer security firm disclosed a flaw over the weekend, saying hackers have already exploited it in attacks on some U.S. companies.

PCs running Windows XP will not receive any updates fixing that bug when they are released, however, because Microsoft stopped supporting the 13-year-old operating system earlier this month. Security firms estimate that between 15 and 25 percent of the world’s PCs still run Windows XP.

Microsoft disclosed on Saturday its plans to fix the bug in an advisory to its customers posted on its security website, which it said is present in Internet Explorer versions 6 to 11. Those versions dominate desktop browsing, accounting for 55 percent of the PC browser market, according to tech research firm NetMarketShare.

Cybersecurity software maker FireEye said that a sophisticated group of hackers have been exploiting the bug in a campaign dubbed “Operation Clandestine Fox.”

FireEye, whose Mandiant division helps companies respond to cyber attacks, declined to name specific victims or to identify the group of hackers, saying that an investigation into the matter is still active.

“It’s a campaign of targeted attacks seemingly against U.S.-based firms, currently tied to defense and financial sectors,” FireEye spokesman Vitor De Souza said via email. “It’s unclear what the motives of this attack group are, at this point. It appears to be broad-spectrum intel gathering.”

He declined to elaborate, though he said one way to protect against them would be to switch to another browser.

Microsoft said in the advisory that the vulnerability could allow a hacker to take complete control of an affected system, and then do things such as viewing, changing, or deleting data; installing malicious programs; or creating accounts that would give hackers full user rights.

FireEye and Microsoft have not provided much information about the security flaw or the approach that hackers could use to figure out how to exploit it, said Aviv Raff, chief technology officer of cybersecurity firm Seculert.

Yet other groups of hackers are now racing to learn more about it so they can launch similar attacks before Microsoft prepares a security update, Raff said.

“Microsoft should move fast,” he said. “This will snowball.”

Still, he cautioned that Windows XP users will not benefit from that update since Microsoft has just halted support for that product.

The software maker said in a statement to Reuters that it advises Windows XP owners to upgrade to one of two most recently versions of its operating system, Windows 7 or 8.

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Alison-Madueke gets court injunction stopping reps from probing N10b jet scandal

Minister of Petroleum, Dieziani Alison-Madueke, who has been in the middle of a 10bn jet scandal has secured a court injunction stopping the House of Representatives from further investigating her, Premium Times reports. Alison-Madueke had approached a federal high court in Abuja where she asked the court to restrain the House members to discontinue any probe involving her.

Justice . R. Mohammed who presided over the case, barred the house members or their committees  from summoning her for any further investigations or even ordering her arrest if she failed to appear before the house. According to reports, the court injuction was secured on April 14th but was only made public today as the 

House intended to commence further investigation on the matter today.
Speaking on the court injunction, the Chairman of the House Public Accounts Committee, Solomon Olamilekan said they were surprised by the court injunction.

"Today is April 28, the committee scheduled to receive the honourable Minister of Petroleum Resources and other agencies that have stake in this investigation. But as we speak, there is a court order, which has been served to the office of the speaker, even though the committee has not gotten the copy of that order. The nature of the court order is simple. They are just restraining us from carrying out our own investigation" he said.

Spokesperson of the house,  Zakary Mohammed said the house would obey the court injunction

"As a law abiding arm of government, we will tarry a while and of course take a legal opinion as far as issues are concerned" he said

A member of the House, Samuel Adejare had on  March 20th presented a motion before the house accusing the minister of committing about 500,000 Euros (N130 million naira) monthly to maintain an aircraft for her personal use and those of her immediate family.

Mom beats daughter for posting semi-nude pics on Facebook

A single mother from Trinidad and Tobago whipping her 12-year-old daughter with a belt for sharing sexually explicit pics of herself on Facebook has gone viral, sparking a conversation about corporal punishment. 

Last Sunday, this was posted on Facebook showing Helen Bartlett, a mother of four from Point Fortin, beating her daughter while hurling profanities at her. The angry mum raining blows on the girl, who whimpers in pain. White man will feel the beating is shocking and call it child abuse but we are Africans and we have probably seen or experienced worse.

The woman has since said she does not regret beating the girl the way she did and is prepared to go to jail to set her wayward young daughter on the right path. She said since their father left them, the young girl has been unmanageable and she's scared the girl will either end up pregnant or killed. 

What sparked the brutal beating last Sunday according to the mother was a text message exchange between the young girl and a teenage boy who was trying to convince her to have sex with him.

After reading the messages, the mother said she accessed her daughter's Facebook profile and discovered photos of the girl posing 'seductively' in her underwear.

"I stand firmly by my decision. I will go to jail for it,’ the woman said. ‘I know people are saying the authorities should charge me for abuse.’

The young girl has since refuted reports that she attempted suicide after the video went viral and her school mates started to taunt her. She also spoke in support of her mum, saying the beating didn't make her feel like her mum didn't love her.

‘I am very sorry for bringing shame on you and the family. I know you love me dearly. And I love you dearly, too.’

Wow! Check out footballer Dani Alves' incredible response to racism

Barcelona star Dani Alves responded to a racist taunt in the most incredible way during a march yesterday Sunday April 27th

While playing for his team against Villareal, a spectator threw a banana at him as he tried to take a corner kick. What do you think Dani did? He casually picked up the banana, peeled it, eat the banana, threw away the peel, and then completed the kick...

This move has left many people in shock and Dani is getting a lot of praise for how he handled it.

This is not the first time the Brazilian footballer will face racism on the pitch. He complained about it last year after being taunted by monkey chants from sections of the crowd during a match at Real Madrid.

Racism in football is becoming an issue in Europe and enough is not being done to stop it. Dani is a star! Hopefully, he made the person who threw the banana feel like stupid!

Photo Story: Ghastly Motor Accident On Lagos-Ibadan Express Way Yesterday(Viewer Discretion Advised)

A ghastly motor accident that happened yesterday Sunday the 27th of April at under bridge Saapade, along Lagos Ibadan express way.

The bus said to have been coming from Ibadan was headed to Lagos before the unfortunate incident occurred.

According to eye witnesses, the bus driver was over speeding when one of the tires bust. He couldn't control the vehicle hard as he tried, and it eventually skidded off the road and only stopped after colliding into a tree. After wards, the bus bust into flames as seen in the photos.

There were 18 passengers in the bus, including the driver. Of them 18, only 6 people survived.

The survivors were 4 adults and 2 children. Of the survivors, one lady escaped completely unscarred.

An MDB i-reporter who got to the scene 10 minutes after the accident occurred sent in the photos.


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