Fire guts warehouse in Lagos (Punch)
Fire has gutted a warehouse on Moshood Abiola Way, in the Ijora 7-Up area of Apapa-Iganmu, Lagos State.
The Director, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Margaret Adeseye, who confirmed the incident, said the cause of the fire is still unknown, adding that efforts were on to salvage the situation.
She said, “The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service is presently attending to a warehouse fire at 243, Moshood Abiola Way, Ijora 7-Up, Apapa-Iganmu LCDA, Lagos.
“The fire which was reported around 11.04 am on Sunday saw the deployment of Sari Iganmu Fire Station to douse the fire that is involving some private warehouses used to trade and stock frozen fish and take-away plastic packs. Read more
Ikoyi Passport Office now works 7 days weekly to clear backlog of applications, says Control Officer (Guardian)
The Ikoyi Office of the Nigeria Immigration Service(NIS) in Lagos, says that it has extended its working days to include Saturdays and Sundays to meet the demands of its applicants.
Mr Ibrahim Liman, the Passport Control Officer (PCO), stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.
Liman, a Deputy Controller of Immigration (DCI), added that the office also had issued no less than 15,000 passports to qualified applicants since his assumption of office in June 2021.
The official said these while reacting to a series of complaints regarding passport racketeering and cases of uncleared backlogs of passports among others.
He said that his office would fishout and sanctioned offenders appropriately. Read more
Singer Oritse Femi survives ghastly car accident (Punch)
Popular Nigerian singer, Oritse Femi is currently thankful to God for saving his life earlier today as he was involved in a car accident that seriously damaged his Sport Utility Vehicle.
Shortly after the incident, the singer via his Instagram story shares some pictures and videos of his damaged cars as well as him receiving treatment in a hospital to douse the fears of his fans and loved ones.
In one of the video, the singer was seen being treated by a nurse, moreso, the video showed that the singer was not visibly badly hurt.
However, in a telephone conversation with The Punch, the self-acclaimed Musical-Taliban narrated his near-death experience. Read more
Sanwo-Olu assures of rail lines completion in 2022 (Guardian)
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state, says the Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) project would be completed by the last quarter of 2022.
Sanwo-Olu gave the assurance on Saturday while on an assessment tour of the construction of both Blue and Red Lines.
The inspection came five months after the governor had performed the ground breaking ceremony to kick start the construction of the 37-km-long Red Line, which starts from Agbado and terminates at Oyingbo.
The Blue Line project, which started in 2010, is currently at over 80 per cent completion.
The governor said that the take-off of the Red Line project represented a major breakthrough for his administration in its drive to deliver an integrated transportation model that would ease road congestion in the state. Read more
Lagos partners with maize farmers on production (Vanguard)
The Lagos State Government says it is partnering with the Maize Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (MAAN) to explore possibilities of commercial production of maize in the state.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya made this known in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.
Olusanya said this after receiving members of the association.
The commissioner said the meeting with MAAN was in view of the opportunities available for the sourcing of silage from the partnership.
She noted that silage was `a very cheap and affordable source of feed for livestock in the state, particularly for cows. Read more
“Why pedestrians shun Lagos footbridges” (DailyTrust)
Some pedestrians in Lagos have said that they continued risking their lives crossing highways on foot because many of the footbridges had become safe haven for thieves, beggars and traders.
In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the pedestrians said they also avoided using footbridges as most either didn’t have lights at night or too far from bus stops.
Mr Vincent Mefor, who was spotted on Ojota footbridge, told NAN that the bridges were fast becoming a trap for innocent pedestrians.
According to him, apart from the presence of traders and destitute seeking alms, petty robbers were already turning the bridges to a safe haven.
“I think government should do something fast about all these persons crowding these bridges. Read more
3,300kgs of drugs seized in Abuja hotel, Lagos airport, Edo, Kaduna raids (Tribune)
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have uncovered a hotel in Abuja where drugs are sold and young ladies camped for commercial sex.
The Agency, in a statement on Sunday, said, three ladies and a man were arrested when the drug joint, JAT Suites, located at 30 Lobito Crescent, Wuse 2 was raided and some quantity of Rohypnol and paraphernalia for smoking crack cocaine were recovered on Wednesday 22nd September, 2021.
Investigations revealed that the hotel is operated without requisite approvals in a high-profile neighborhood and patronised by call girls while the bar serves as the spot to smoke and sell drugs to the young girls and their customers.
The Director, Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said in the statement that the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Agency,, Brig-Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd) has directed the FCT Command and the Directorate of Assets and Financial Investigations of the Agency to do all within the law to ensure the property is forfeited to the federal government to serve as deterrence to others who allow their premises to be used for drug dealing. Read more
2023: Count me out of online campaign posters — Fashola (Vanguard)
Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola has distanced himself from campaign posters bearing his name and photograph and that of Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State as a presidential and vice-presidential candidate, respectively for the 2023 general elections.
Although, the posters currently making the wave in the social media just at the erstwhile Governor of Lagos denied to have anything to do with the promoters of the campaign materials under the aegis of Nigeria Project 2023.
Fashola in a rebuttal issued by his Special Adviser, Communications, Mr Hakeem Bello, Sunday, in Abuja, said the groups promoting The Nigeria Project 2023 were unknown to him and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
The minister explained further that his major focus now is to deliver on the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari for an expanded and upgraded road transport infrastructure, and affordable housing nationwide in order to achieve economic growth and prosperity for the citizenry. Read more
Burna Boy thrills in ‘Yaba Buluku’ remix visual (Leadership)
Grammy award-winning singer, Burna Boy has registered his excellent trademark with a new visual. Following up closely to the recently released audio of the smash-hit street anthem ”Yaba Buluku” remix featuring Preck, Nelson and Mozambique’s newest sensation, DJ Tàrico, Burna Boy came out with the energetic crispy visuals that tells the “Yaba Buluku” story perfectly.
Directed by The Alien for The Alien visuals, DJ Tàrico’s mega-hit “Yaba Buluku”, has joined the wave of African artiste collaborations and is steadily becoming the number one club banger, swinging the tune right back into 2021’s highest-ranking charts.
Towards the end of the visuals, we see a delicious twist, highlighted by the drums used throughout the song and made more irresistible with riveting choreography. Unrehearsed yet authentic and full of rhythm; without a doubt, a new dance movement has been introduced. The ambience is authentic, indigenous and African, the director, The Alien ‘finish work’ on this Yaba Buluku remix visuals. Read more
50 Cent talks new Starz series “BMF” and his journey from our speakers to our TVs (Complex)
50 Cent released his debut single “In Da Club’’ 18 years ago. In that time, the track has become a go-to for birthday celebrations, while he has transformed from a hitmaker into a television giant. Fans used to line up at stores to buy his latest albums or his G-Unit sneakers, and now millions of viewers tune in week after week to catch the latest episodes of one of the many shows he has created. 50 has proved to be a force in television. He founded a film production company named G-Unit Films in 2003, but it folded before it was revived it in 2010 as G-Unit Films and Television Inc. He started selling projects to different networks, including the hit Starz drama Power, which debuted in June 2014. 50 starred in the show as Kanan Stark, and also served as co-creator and executive producer. Viewers loved Power so much that they extended the universe with two spinoff shows Power Book II: Ghost and Power Book III: Raising Kanan, with more spinoffs in the works. The original series brought fans together every Sunday night on social media, and people’s love for Power has poured over into the spinoffs. Read more
Celebrities who regret cosmetic surgery like ‘disfigured’ Linda Evangelista (Sun)
Increasingly under pressure to look young and beautiful, countless celebrities have gone under the knife.
But while some are happy with the results of their nip and tuck, others were left reeling after their cosmetic surgery went badly wrong – most recently supermodel Linda Evangelista.
This week the 56-year-old Canadian claimed a fat melting procedure left her “deformed” due to a rare, adverse reaction.
She told how CoolSculpting – a fat reduction procedure – had the opposite effect on her – making her fat cells expand and leaving her “permanently disfigured”, destroying her livelihood and sending her into a spiral of depression.
She told fans she is now suing the company after she was so badly affected that she became a recluse.
Her supermodel pals praised her bravery for speaking out.
Cindy Crawford said: “Linda – your strength and true essence are forever recognisable and iconic! Bravo!”
Christy Turlington said: “You are loved.” Read more
Israeli mask 99.95% protective against Delta strain, European lab says (JPost)
The Israeli mask company Sonovia has released a report from a leading Italian textile-testing laboratory showing that its fabric eliminates the COVID-19 Delta variant particles with over 99.95% effectiveness.
At the announcement of the results, the company’s stock spiked by nearly 30%, company founder Shuki Hershcovich told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday during a meeting at his headquarters in Ramat Gan.
Specifically, the masks were tested by Vismederi Textyle, the same lab that reported earlier that the unique fabric, which is coated in zinc nano-particles, also protects against the British variant of COVID-19 and H1N1, otherwise known as swine flu.
The lab is next expected to test the fabric against the MU strain, which carries several mutations to the spike gene, and is labeled a “variant of interest” by the World Health Organization, said Sonovia Chief Technology Officer Liat Goldhammer-Steinberg. Read more
Mali’s elephants show how people and nature can share space in a complex world (Conversation)
The challenge of conserving wildlife while meeting the many needs of humans is a complex one. Some policymakers don’t see how economies can grow while still making space for wildlife. Others understand that conservation must make space for people, but it’s difficult to do in practice.
The issues involved in the coexistence of humans and wildlife are interconnected and can’t be broken down into small, predictable, manageable parts.
Recognising the uncertainty that arises from multiple relationships could help to make conservation more effective.
An example is provided by the “desert-adapted” elephants of Mali. These 250 to 300 animals are among the last of an elephant population that once stretched across the Sahel. They’re now reduced to tiny refuges due to the intrusion of human activities. Read more
Food myths busted: dairy, salt and steak may be good for you after all (Guardian)
A new Swedish study says decades of official dairy wisdom is wrong.
Over the past 70 years the public health establishment in Anglophone countries has issued a number of diet rules, their common thread being that the natural ingredients populations all around the world have eaten for millennia – meat, dairy, eggs and more – and certain components of these foods, notably saturated fat, are dangerous for human health.
The consequences of these diet ordinances are all around us: 60% of Britons are now overweight or obese, and the country’s metabolic health has never been worse.
Government-led lack of trust in the healthfulness of whole foods in their natural forms encouraged us to buy foods that have been physically and chemically modified, such as salt-reduced cheese and skimmed milk, supposedly to make them healthier for us.
No wonder that more than 50% of the food we eat in the UK is now ultra-processed. Read more
“What Really Happened in Wuhan”: Author calls for Fauci resignation over lab leak Covid origin theory (inews)
An award-winning Australian journalist has called for the resignation of America’s top infectious diseases expert after her explosive new book uncovered links between the US government and the Wuhan lab that she believes is where the Covid-19 pandemic began.
Sharri Markson told i that evidence from painstaking research and interviews with insiders in China and Washington have added weight to the “lab leak” origin theory. It purports that a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China in late 2019 triggered the pandemic, causing the deaths of more than 4.7 million people worldwide.
The hypothesis is being investigated by scientists exploring the pandemic’s origins, after it was initially dismissed early on as a conspiracy.
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Markson’s book, What Really Happened in Wuhan, claims Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser, partly funded research at the Wuhan lab, including controversial “gain of function” studies – which involve genetically modifying viruses for research. Read more
Lewis Hamilton takes 100th win in Russian Grand Prix as Lando Norris spins in rain (BBC)
Lewis Hamilton won his 100th Formula 1 race as a frantic last few laps in the Russian Grand Prix caused by heavy rain dashed Lando Norris’ hopes of a maiden victory.
And the rain helped Hamilton’s title rival Max Verstappen vault from seventh to second in his Red Bull after timing his change to wet tyres perfectly.
The Briton’s win puts him back into the title lead but Verstappen’s drive from the back of the grid in Sochi means Hamilton’s advantage is only two points.
Hamilton already held the record for most F1 wins with Michael Schumacher next in the all-time list with 91 victories. Read more
Pressure mounts on Solskjaer as Man Utd stumble again (Guardian)
Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return to Manchester United allowed fans to dream big but three defeats in four games have ramped up the pressure ahead of Villarreal’s Champions League trip to Old Trafford on Wednesday.
There is no need for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to hit the panic button yet, with his side just one point behind Premier League leaders Liverpool after six matches.
But there are worrying signs for the Red Devils, who must rediscover their mojo quickly after a shock reverse in their Champions League opener against Young Boys, a League Cup exit to West Ham and Saturday’s defeat against Aston Villa.
The one result that breaks up that nasty sequence was a 2-1 victory at West Ham, but that only came courtesy of a late winner and a David de Gea penalty save in stoppage time. Read more
Cristiano Ronaldo ‘wants to retire at Man Utd’ before staying on to coach son (Metro)
Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly wants to eventually hang up his boots at Manchester United before guiding his son through the club’s academy.
Despite yesterday’s defeat to Aston Villa, Ronaldo has lit up Old Trafford since his return to the club this summer with four goals to his name.
At 36 years of age the five-time Ballon d’Or is showing no signs of slowing down but according to The Sun he already has plans for when he does retire and that involves staying at United.
The report suggests he wants to move into coaching at the club after retiring and that could see him oversee his son Cristiano Jr’s development. Read more
Ex-Man City, Arsenal midfielder Nasir retires at 34 (Punch)
Samir Nasri has confirmed his retirement from football at the age of 34.
The former France international announced his decision on Sunday on Canal+, a media outlet where he is now a pundit.
Nasri came through at Marseille and transferred to Arsenal in 2008, spending three years at Emirates Stadium before he joined Manchester City.
At Manchester City, Nasri won two English Premier League (EPL) titles, a League Cup and a Community Shield. Read more
Juventus into top half of Serie A with second consecutive win (BBC)
Juventus beat Sampdoria to earn a second successive league victory and climb into the top half of Serie A.
Paulo Dybala fired into the bottom corner after 10 minutes but left the pitch in tears after picking up an injury soon after.
Leonardo Bonucci doubled the hosts’ lead with a penalty but Maya Yoshida’s header made it 2-1 before half-time.
Manuel Locatelli struck what proved to be the winner, as Juventus held on after Antonio Candreva’s late response. Read more
Cesar Azpilicueta rues ‘many mistakes’ in Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City (Metro)
Cesar Azpilicueta has admitted that Chelsea did not keep the ball well enough and made ‘so many mistakes’ during their disappointing defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.
The Blues, who started the season with four wins and a draw in the opening five matches, struggled to cope with City in a game where the hosts failed to register a single shot on target for the first time in the league since Thomas Tuchel arrived at the club last season.
The result leaves both Man City and Chelsea on 13 points after six games, with only Liverpool ahead of them in the table by a solitary point after their 3-3 draw away at newly-promoted Brentford. Read more