ASUU: Lagos traditional ruler laments prolonged strike action (Tribune)
A Traditional ruler in the Otumara community in Lagos State, High Chief Kehinde Kalejaiye, has bemoaned the Federal Government foot-dragging in bringing to an end the strike actions embarked upon by members of the Academic Staff Unions of University (ASUU) which, according to him, has not only crippled the education sector but also inflicted financial difficulties on university staff.
Kalejaiye made the statement in an interactive session with undergraduates and secondary school students in Lagos Mainland on Sunday where he also reacted to the death of a data entry staff of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prince Carter Oshodin who committed suicide over months of unpaid salaries due to the strike action.
Lamenting the poor living conditions of members of staff of Nigerian Universities and the Federal Government’s underfunding of education, he appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to increase the budgetary allocation to the education sector and accede to the demands of ASUU.
He described a situation whereby University staff would contemplate suicide as a getaway from financial difficulties and hardship as harmful, inhuman and demoralising. Read more
2023: Source of Tinubu’s riches, Dele Alake reveals (Independent)
The Director of Strategic Communication of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council, Dele Alake, has disclosed the source of the party’s presidential flag bearer, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s wealth.
According to Alake, during an interview on Channels Television on Sunday, the former Lagos Governor was rich right from his days in the corporate world, as he had been involved in trading in stocks even in foreign currencies.
He said, “What I know is that right from his days in the corporate world, he has been trading in stocks even in foreign currencies.
“He has been buying stocks, bonds and all of that. I’m not a finance person. I’m not going to be interested in the nitty-gritty of it all. Read more
24 ships arrive Lagos Ports with frozen fish, others (DailyTrust)
No fewer than 24 vessels laden with frozen fish, wheat, bulk sugar, bulk gypsum among others are expected to berth at the Lagos and Tin-Can Island Ports from September 5 to September 21, 2022.
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in its bulletin “Shipping Position” revealed that the vessels are expected to discharge their consignments at the different terminals in Lagos.
It said top among the list of items to be discharged are bulk sugar, container, bulk wheat, bulk gypsum, and frozen fish.
According to NPA, other items expected at the port are general cargo, butane gas and petrol. Read more
Lagos harps on collaboration, teamwork to develop talents (ThisDay)
The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) has stressed the need for collaboration, teamwork and idea sharing, among persons with special tech skills in a work space community, to further develop their talents.
The Executive Secretary at LSETF, Tejumola Abisoye, gave the advice in Lagos at the weekend, during a one-day programme organised by Terawork for graphic artists, content developers, printers, copy writers, software engineers, and data analysts who are freelancers on the Terawork community platform.
Abisoye who decried the state of the Nigerian Economy, which according to her, is not growing in proportion to the high growth rate of the Nigerian population that is growing at 2.5 per cent per annum.
“The Nigerian population is growing faster than the economy itself, and the economy is not able to provide enough jobs for the people. The Terawork platform therefore provides the best opportunity to address the situation by bringing together, content developers and other persons with specialised tech skills who can deliver jobs to interested job hirers,”Abisoye said. Read more
Secular Artiste, BNXN, desires to feature gospel singer, Tope Alabi (DailyTrust)
Fast-rising Nigerian artiste, Daniel Benson, fondly known as BNXN or Buju, has hinted that he would love to have a song with iconic gospel singer, Tope Alabi.
The recipient of the Next Rated award at the recently concluded 15th edition of the Headies via his verified Twitter account where he teased his fans about his desire to collaborate with the gospel musician.
“I need Tope Alabi on my album,” he wrote in the terse post.
However, in a past interview, the popular gospel singer made it known that she would not be willing to work with secular artists. Read more
7 kidnapped Enugu traders regain freedom (Nation)
Seven traders kidnapped at Nrobo community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State have regained freedom after their captors collected N500,000 from the affected families.
The victims were kidnapped on Wednesday evening with their abductors demanding N30,000,000 ransom.
They later settled for N500,000 on Friday after all efforts showed that the families could not raise more than that.
The taxi conveying the abductees was coming from Nsukka to Abbi through Nrobo community when the occupants were waylaid at a bushy bypass by gunmen, forcing them down from the vehicle before they were taken away into the forest. Read more
Lagos to prosecute homeowners without waste bins (Punch)
The Lagos State Government has said that, as part of its efforts to ensure a clean environment, it will begin to prosecute homeowners who fail to show evidence of having waste bins in 2023.
The Managing Director of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority, Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, disclosed this on Friday during an event to commemorate the third anniversary of the Lagos Recycling Initiative in Olusosun, Ojota.
Odumboni added that the state has grown from three official recyclers in 2019 to over 157 registered recyclers in 2022 and this has created job opportunities for over 12,500 persons.
He said, “From October 1, every household must own a waste bin. It is mandatory and non-negotiable. You just have to have a waste bin. It is in the law of the state. Read more
Concerns over extension, validity of UTME results
Nigeria federal lawmakers have indicated interest to consider extending the validity period of results issued by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for admission into institutions of higher learning in the country.
The amendment to the JAMB Act 2021, which was sponsored by Tolulope Shadipe, a member of the House of Representatives from Oyo state, passed second reading last month, citing the financial burden the services of the board impose on parents and students as reasons for the amendment.
The legislation titled, ‘A bill for an Act to amend the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (Establishment, Etc.) Act, 2021, and other related matters,’ is also seeking to address the tenure of the registrar and membership of the board, among others.
In Nigeria, millions of candidates participate in the test yearly to be qualified to study in higher institutions of their choice. The Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is usually taken at the end of Senior Secondary School. Read more
2 feared killed, 3 houses burnt as Agip surveillance team allegedly storms Rivers community (Vanguard)
There is fear in Okobe community, Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State, following the killing of two persons by security men, allegedly attached to a pipeline surveillance team of Nigeria Agip Oil Company, NAOC.
It was gathered that the security team also burnt down about three houses in the area during the operation in Okobe community on Friday and Saturday.
A source in the area said the community has been under fire by the surveillance team led by one Mr. Brown, adding that over 10 people from the community have been arrested.
Speaking on the development, a lawyer, Tuduru Ede, SAN, who hails from the community, condemned the development, urging Agip to call its surveillance team to order. Read more
Marvel film to feature Israeli ‘superhero’ Sabra (MEMO)
Marvel announced on Saturday that it will feature an Israeli “superhero” in its upcoming Captain America: New World Order film.
The Israeli superhero first debuted in the pages of Marvel Comics in 1980 in The Incredible Hulk and is called Sabra. She has several superhuman powers and is the first superhuman agent to serve Mossad, the Israeli Security Agency. According to the Direct, her powers range from superhuman strength, stamina, agility to regenerative healing factor.
However, the controversial announcement has drawn a wave of criticism as pro-Palestine advocates slammed the move as “disgusting”.
Users online noted how the term “Sabra” was insensitive due to the massacre of Palestinians in Sabra and Shatila in 1982. Read more
Busan Film Festival to open with Iran’s ‘Scent of Wind,’ close with Kei Ishikawa’s ‘A Man’ (THR)
The 27th edition of Busan International Film Festival will open with Scent of Wind by the Iranian director Hadi Mohaghegh and close with A Man by Japan’s Kei Ishikawa.
Launched in 1996, Busan has long been considered Asia’s premiere film festival, famous both for launching the careers of exciting new Korean and Asian auteurs, as well as its festive beachfront vibe, with tented restaurants serving soju and Korean seafood specialities into the wee hours.
This year, Busan festival director Heo Moon-young has promised an edition that represents “a full recovery” from the pandemic, restoring various programs and forums that were interrupted over the past two years due to the Seoul government’s social distancing measures. In 2022, the festival will screen 354 films from 71 countries, with various satellite events happening across town.
Scent of Wind is the fourth film by Mohaghegh, whose feature film Immortal was invited to Busan’s New Currents program in 2015.
Harry Styles tells TIFF audience that LGBTQ drama “My Policeman” is ‘timeless’ (CBC)
Harry Styles has been making headlines for another movie — but on Sunday, the pop singer was in Toronto for My Policeman, a historical drama about a gay man’s strained relationship with his wife and secret lover in mid-20th century Britain.
Speaking at a TIFF press conference hosted by Twitter, Styles said he was drawn to the film because it uses two timelines (one in the 1950s and another in the 1990s) to explore enduring themes.
“The general themes are incredibly timeless. I think that’s why the film works so well,” Styles said. “I think the themes of love and freedom and the kind of search for that is incredibly relevant, whatever time you were to set it in.”
Along with the pop singer-turned-actor, My Policeman stars British actors Emma Corrin and David Dawson as Marion and Patrick, respectively. Read more
British talent expected to fare well at 74th Emmy Awards (Standard)
UK talent is set to fare well at the 74th Emmy awards, with several big British names nominated for top awards.
Colin Firth, Jodie Comer and Lily James are among those battling it out against their US counterparts for acting awards at the annual ceremony on Monday.
The show ceremony recognises the best in television excellence, and is organised by the US Television Academy.
Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson will host the 2022 show, which is taking place at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. Read more
Britney Spears felt like she was in ‘science lab’ during stay at mental health facility (MusicNews)
Britney Spears felt like she was being “studied” in a “science lab” during her stay at a mental health facility in 2019.
The Toxic hitmaker took to Instagram on Saturday to share five audio messages in which she reflected on a variety of topics, including the time she spent in a treatment facility in 2019 after she cancelled her Domination residency in Las Vegas.
“I know it’s an old story, but the psychological damage is not having real contact in that place…eight hours of just communicating by just sitting in a chair, and their big smiles and asking me questions and studying me. I couldn’t come out of my seat, and I wanted to get the f**k out of there,” she alleged in the clip. “I mean, Jesus Christ, how come, by law, these people can just do this and make me think, think, think? Most people would say I’d like to be asked questions like that. It was more like, ‘We’re studying you.’ I was like a science lab. I’m saying this God knows I’m not perfect. I’m taking each day at a time.” Read more
Punch admits he will always be ‘concerned’ about Kendrick Lamar following TDE departure (HipHopDX)
While Kendrick Lamar is no longer tethered to Top Dawg Entertainment, label president Terrence “Punch” Henderson admitted he’s still going to worry about him from time to time.
In a recent interview with the My Expert Opinion podcast, Math Hoffa and company asked Punch how he felt in the wake of Kendrick’s departure from the imprint.
“I care about him generally as a person,” he said. “But using the analogy like if you got kids, at some point they gotta go outside. You can’t walk with them everywhere they go. They gotta go out and gather they own experiences.
“Even if th, get up and leey fall on they head, they gotta fall on they headarn from that and keep moving. You’re concerned always, but it’s still like, ‘I’m proud of you, bro. Do what you do.’ If you need something, the phone is open. Whatever, whatever.” Read more
5 killed as powerful earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea (Aljazeera)
A 7.6 magnitude earthquake shook Papua New Guinea, damaging buildings, triggering landslides and killing at least five people.
The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake struck at a depth of 61km (38 miles), about 67km (41 miles) from the eastern town of Kainantu, on Sunday morning.
Local member of parliament Kessy Sawang said at least two people were killed in remote mountain villages, with four others airlifted to hospital in critical condition. In nearby Wau, Koranga Alluvial Mining said three miners were buried alive.
“There has been widespread damage,” said Sawang, adding a landslide had buried homes and “split” one village where people “lost their houses”. Read more
Nwakali ends goal drought after 504 days (Punch)
Super Eagles midfielder, Kelechi Nwakali, was on target as SD Ponferradina suffered a 1-2 home defeat to Real Zaragoza in a game week five fixture of the Segunda Division on Sunday.
Nwakali sent the home fans at the Estadio Municipal El Toralín into wide jubilation after his goal drew level for the home side just a minute before the end of the first 45 minutes after Giuliano Simeone had handed the visitors a 12th-minute lead.
However, six minutes into the restart of the second half, Simeone grabbed his second goal of the game to condemn Ponferradina to their third league loss on the bounce.
On a personal note, Nwakali, despite the disappointing result, would be slightly pleased to have ended his long goals drought panning to 504 days. Read more
Odegbami, others laud FG on LMC sack (Sun)
Stakeholders in football have commended the recent judgment of the Supreme Court that proscribed the organisers of the Nigeria’s domestic League, League Management Company.
The Federal Government through the Ministry of Sports also last week advised the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to uphold the verdict of the apex court in the country by withdrawing the license of the LMC and set up an Interim Management Committee for the running of the domestic league.
In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Ismaila Abubakar, the sports ministry also stated that the FG would no longer recognise the LMC in the operations of football in the country.
A former international, Chief Segun Odegbami, at the weekend stated that the LMC and the NFF were illegal and not in the Nigerian laws. Read more
Fears of further Premier League cancellations over policing shortages (IrishIndependent)
Arsenal’s Europa League match against PSV Eindhoven was in doubt last night with growing concerns over next weekend’s Premier League fixtures due to the availability of police following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Thursday’s match at the Emirates had yet to be given the all-clear yesterday after tomorrow evening’s Champions League game between Rangers and Napoli was postponed by 24 hours as Britain’s longest-reigning monarch began her final journey from Scotland to London.
The next round of Premier League games, which are due to kick off on Friday night, could come under threat of mass postponement due to police resources being required in the English capital for the funeral of the late Queen this day week.
Uefa are confident this week’s other European fixtures would go ahead, barring Arsenal’s second Group A fixture, due to take place in London less than four days before Queen Elizabeth’s funeral. Read more
Real Madrid brush Mallorca aside to return top (France24)
Vinicius Junior scored for the fifth game running as Real Madrid came from behind to beat Real Mallorca 4-1 in La Liga on Sunday and extend their perfect start to the season.
Mallorca grabbed a surprise lead through Vedat Muriqi on 34 minutes but Federico Valverde levelled for the hosts in first-half stoppage time after a brilliant solo run.
Vinicius put Real ahead with 18 minutes to play before late goals from Rodrygo and Antonio Rudiger rounded out a fifth successive league win as Carlo Ancelotti’s side moved back above Barcelona at the top.
“Vini is a special player, for the way he plays and for his character,” said Ancelotti. “He has extraordinary qualities.” Read more
Carlos Alcaraz receives Rafael Nadal message after US Open win and historic No 1 rise (Express)
Rafael Nadal has congratulated compatriot Carlos Alcaraz for his US Open title win. The 19-year-old became the first teenager to win a Grand Slam since Nadal himself back in 2005, and has become the youngest world No 1 in ATP rankings history after defeating Casper Ruud 6-4 2-6 7-6(1) 6-3.
Alcaraz made history with his US Open victory on Sunday night, becoming both the youngest-ever ATP world No 1 and the first male teenager to ascend to the top of the rankings. He defeated new world No 2 Ruud in an epic four-set thriller, in what was the first time that a Grand Slam final would also determine a brand new world No 1.
Nadal had also been in with a shot of ascending to the top of the rankings but both men denied him the chance by reaching the final, but it was clear the 22-time Grand Slam champion had no hard feelings as he was quick to congratulate both men after the match.
“Congratulations @carlosalcaraz for your first Grand Slam and for number 1, which is the culmination of your first great season, which I am sure will be many more!” the world No 3 tweeted. Read more
F1 fans ‘gutted’ as Aussie driver Daniel Ricciardo was robbed of a points result in Italian Grand Prix due to yet another McLaren stuff-up (DailyMail)
Dumped Aussie McLaren star Daniel Ricciardo’s F1 season has lurched from one disaster to the next after he suffered another engine failure in Italy with a points result in sight.
The manufacturer has confirmed that Ricciardo will make way for fellow Australian star Lando Norris in 2023, leaving the 33-year-old without a home for next season.
Ricciardo famously stormed home to victory at Monza in 2021 ahead of compatriot Lando and had high hopes of another strong performance over the weekend despite a season littered with engine failures.
With around half the field copping points penalties for engine modifications, including leader Max Verstappen, Ricciardo started from the second row of the grid. Read more
Las Vegas Aces shed ‘frustrating’ 1st half, post Game 1 win over Connecticut Sun in WNBA Finals (ABC)
Generally, Las Vegas Aces coach Becky Hammon is not a screamer. She will get her point across, for sure, but if she can do it in the measured, even vocal tones she’s known for, that’s what she prefers.
But sometimes circumstances — in this case Game 1 of the best-of-five WNBA Finals — call for a different approach. The Aces won a Finals game for the first time in franchise history, topping the Connecticut Sun 67-64 here Sunday, and they did it with a second half fueled by a halftime torching from their coach.
“Oh, I was lit,” Hammon said of her talk in the locker room with the No. 1 seed Aces. “Because everything we had talked about, we didn’t do any of it. And true to form, they just step up and do it then.
“I don’t even yell in my real life. But when you feel so strongly about how you have to play a certain way … and you don’t execute it, it’s frustrating. But at the end of the day, they know it. They are smart. They get it.” Read more