Flood alert: Relocate to safe grounds, Lagos tells residents (Vanguard)
The Lagos State Government yesterday, alerted residents of the state, especially those residing on the banks of Ogun River to relocate upland.
The state government also directed property owners and developers to desist from embarking on any form of physical development without adherence to processes and procedures outlined by the government to provide habitable structures across the state.
On the Ogun River Banks, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, who issued the red alert, stressed the need for residents to be vigilant.
Bello said the situation might also be worsened by the release of water from Oyan Dam by the managers, the Ogun Oshun River Basin Development Authority which has increased the level of water in the lagoon. Read more
Kogi flood kills toddler, 5 others (Punch)
No fewer than six persons, including a toddler, have reportedly been killed by the massive flood that sacked the entire Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State.
Two of the victims were brought ashore by divers following a boat that capsized on Tuesday while trying to ferry residents across to Ganaja village from Gadumo area in Lokoja.
The Kogi State Police Command confirmed this on Wednesday through its Public Relations Officer, SP William Aya, in a telephone chat with our correspondent.
“Yes, I can confirm that two bodies were discovered by divers following a boat mishap on Tuesday when trying to ferry residents across the flooded parts of Ganaja-Lokoja road.”
Also, the Chairman of Ibaji Local Government Council, Williams Iko-Ojo, while speaking with journalists said four persons, including a toddler, have been killed in addition to the destruction of the entire farmland in the local government. Read more
Employment Clinic rallies maritime industry operators over 1m jobs offer (Tribune)
Determined to reduce unemployment in Nigeria, an advocacy group, Employment Clinic recently organised a stakeholders meeting where government agencies and private investors operating in the nations maritime industry brainstormed with thousands of unemployed youths to see how 1million job openings can be generated.
Speaking during the programme which had indigenous Shipowners, Chairmen of local governments in Lagos State in attendance, the Chief Executive Officer of Employment Clinic, Ronke Kosoko explained that if Apapa infrastructural deficit is fixed, it will boost employment opportunities in the seaport town of Apapa.
According to Ronke Kosoko, “When we say we want to create employment in one year, we need to understand that those jobs are actually there which all of us have been talking about in the last one decade. Read more
Lagos pupils receive educational tools (Nation)
Rotary Club of Lagos Mainland has donated books, school bags and other educational materials to Ago-Ijaiye Methodist Primary School, Ebute-Meta, Lagos.
The club, led by Rotarian Muyideen Asanike, also embarked on a tree planting exercise, which kicked-off at Ijero Baptist Primary School, Abule-Nla Road, Ebute Metta (West).
Asanike said the tree planting exercise, with its theme: “In Harmony with Nature”, was in conjunction with Lagos Mainland Local Government and in observation of the International Tree Planting Day.
The exercise was held at St. Peters Primary School, Iponri Grammar School and Ashafa Tijani High School. Read more
Ikorodu warehouse can accommodate 9k containers – Customs (Punch)
The Nigeria Customs Service, has said that the Ikorodu government warehouse can comfortably accommodate 9,000 containers.
The Zonal Public Relations Officer, Uche Ejesieme, said this in a statement on Wednesday.
According to the statement, the Zonal Coordinator in charge of Zone A of the Service an Assistant Controller of Customs, Adeyanju Aremu, said this when she went on an ‘on the port’ assessment of the facility.
It stated, “As part of the oversight function of the zonal coordinator, zone ‘A’ to the facilities under her supervision, the ACG on Wednesday 5 October 2022, embarked on a working visit to Ikorodu Customs Warehouse for an on-the-spot assessment of the general conditions of the warehouse. Read more
Power Supply Challenge: LASU Professor invents fueless generator (Independent)
Professor Patrick Adebisi Olusegun Adegbuyi, a Professor of Mechanical Engineering Design And Material Technology at the Department Of Mechanical Engineering of the Lagos State University (LASU) has risen boldly to the challenge of erratic, epileptic supply of electricity in Nigeria by inventing a fueless, environment-friendly power generator.
The ingenious LASU academic pride and industrial hope announced this cheering scientific breakthrough and presented the pictorial slide of the generator while delivering the 86th inaugural lecture of the soaring Best State University in Nigeria on Tuesday.
Doing an in-depth justice to the topic: Exploitation Of Materials And Material Properties For Machine Design In A Developing Economy, the academic engineer explained that the power challenge which had negatively impacted Nigeria’s economy made him put on his thinking cap and came up with the innovative idea which has now transformed into the realistic invention of the fueless generating set. Read more
Airlines to save cost with new MMA Airfield Lighting (DailyTrust)
Airline operators in the country are set to heave a sigh of relief as the Federal Government is set to inaugurate the AirField Lighting for the domestic runway (18L) of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
Daily Trust reports that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had shut down the runway since July 8 for the installation of the runway lighting.
The runway 18L/36R had been without the AFL for the past 13 years amidst grumbling from airline operators as evening flights land at the international wing before taxiing to the domestic.
Managing Director of FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu about three weeks ago said the project is 90 percent completed. Read more
FG announces N720b borrowing plan (Vangaurd)
The Debt Management Office (DMO) has released its Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) Bonds Issuance Calendar for the fourth quarter of 2022.
The calendar contains a N720 billion borrowing plan for the period.
According to the calendar, on Oct. 17, the DMO will re-open a 14.55 per cent, April 2029 bond valued at between N70billion and N80billion, with six years, six months term-to-maturity and an original tenor of 10 years.
The office will also re-open a 12.50 per cent, April 2032 FGN bond valued at between N70billion to N80billion, with a term-to-maturity of nine years, six months, and original tenor of 10 years. Read more
FG commends Industrial Court’s handling of dispute with ASUU (Nation)
The Federal Government has commended the National Industrial Court for putting the nation’s interest above other considerations in its handling of the dispute between it and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Speaking in Abuja on Wednesday, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami noted that the court had, on many occasions, saved the country from undue crisis through its deft handling of labour disputes.
On judges’ welfare, Malami argued that the Federal Government has done considerably well in that regard, and challenged judicial stakeholders, particularly the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to lead the fight to ensure that state governments comply with a constitutional provision guaranteeing financial autonomy for the Judiciary. Read more
Widower of tragic cinematographer to work on Rust as part of deal with Alec Baldwin (IrishIndependent)
The widower of the cinematographer shot dead by Alec Baldwin on the set of Rust will become the movie’s executive producer when filming restarts next year as part of an out-of-court settlement agreed after her death.
Baldwin, the 64-year-old Oscar winner, was in a scene for the Western, in October last year, when a prop gun he was holding fired a live round, killing Halyna Hutchins and injuring Joel Souza, the film’s director, in October last year.
Ms Hutchins’s husband, Matthew, filed a wrongful death suit earlier this year, alleging that the “reckless conduct and cost-cutting measures” of Baldwin and the producers “led to the death of Halyna Hutchins”.
But now, in a dramatic about-turn, the case has been dismissed following a settlement that appoints Mr Hutchins the film’s executive producer. Its production will resume with all of the original principal cast members. It is not known how much has been paid to Mr Hutchins, who also brought the case on behalf of the couple’s nine-year-old son. Read more
Mayor among dead as gunmen launch attack in Mexico town (BBC)
Gunmen have killed the mayor of the city of San Miguel Totolapan, in south-western Mexico, and at least nine others, local media has reported.
Police say they attacked the city hall at 14:00 (19:00GMT) on Wednesday, with photos posted online showing the building riddled with bullet holes.
Mayor Conrado Mendoza Almeda’s party, the PRD, has condemned his “cowardly” assassination and demanded justice.
The attack has been blamed on the Los Tequileros criminal gang. Read more
Christian Bale credits Leonardo DiCaprio for helping career (Fox)
Christian Bale is getting candid about how Hollywood actors only get offered roles in movies after star Leonardo DiCaprio turns them down.
During a recent interview, the “Batman Begins” actor claimed most roles get offered to DiCaprio first and then become open to everyone else if he decides to pass on the offer. One example of Bale almost losing a role to his fellow actor includes “American Psycho.”
Bale said there were a few actors cast in the role before him, one of them being DiCaprio, but Bale never lost hope he would eventually be cast. Bale says it also happens to every other actor working today.
“It’s not just me. Look, to this day, any role that anybody gets, it’s only because he’s passed on it beforehand,” Bale explained. “It doesn’t matter what anyone tells you. It doesn’t matter how friendly you are with the directors. All those people that I’ve worked with multiple times, they all offered every one of those roles to him first. Read more
Take That may begin recording nth album early next year, says Mark Owen (Standard)
MrTake That have discussed starting recording sessions for their ninth studio album at the start of 2023, according to Mark Owen.
The group, now a trio following the departure of Robbie Williams and Jason Orange, last released an album in 2017.
They also embarked on a greatest hits tour in 2019, marking their three decades together.
Owen told the PA news agency he expected to reunite with Gary Barlow and Howard Donald in the studio very soon. Read more
Styles P announces his retirement and plans for 2 final albums (HipHopDX)
Styles P has announced he’s retiring as a solo artist, but not before he gives his fans two more albums.
The LOX veteran took to Instagram with a lengthy farewell dedicated to his devoted fans, and said he’s merely stepping away from the microphone so he can be more “spiritually healthy.”
“I believe I have run myself down a tad bit over the past few years,” he wrote. “Being a super hard working emcee and a health advocate. For one, I’m not really that great at multitasking. It’s actually my drive that keeps me going and that slack falls back on my family, business partners and co-workers. I thought about it harder and came to the conclusion that I need to walk away from my solo career period ( I think I gave y’all enough ).”
Styles continued by noting he still plans on working with his LOX brethren Jadakiss and Sheek Louch, but that aside from a feature here and there his solo output will soon cease. He added that he’s on several “important boards” that he’ll dedicate more of his time to, and additionally said he’ll be stepping away from his juice company Juices For Life. Read more
Korea’s Busan Film Festival kicks off in comeback mode (THR)
The 27th Busan International Film Festival opened Wednesday night on a long overdue note of optimism with the premiere of Scent of Wind by Iranian director Hadi Mohaghegh. Festival organizers have indicated that they view the 2022 festival as a full-scale comeback edition, following two hard years of pandemic restrictions and a sequence of prior political challenges.
“We believe that the seat occupancy rates have recovered to about 80 to 90 percent compared to 2019,” said Huh Moon-young, the festival’s director, on opening night.
The opening ceremony, which took place at the festival’s main venue, the Busan Cinema Center, was attended by Asian cinema luminaries and celebrities, including Hong Kong screen icon Tony Leung, Korean star Song Kang-ho, Korean-American actor Daniel Dae Kim, Thai actor-model Mario Maurer and Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda.
Leung, who starred last year in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and will next be seen in Felix Chong’s crime film Once Upon a Time in Hong Kong, was feted with the festival’s Asian Filmmaker of the Year award Wednesday night. “It’s really my great honor to receive this recognition at the Busan International Film Festival,” Leung said. “Thank you for giving me an opportunity to come to Busan again to meet my Korean fans in person.” Read more
European Union agrees on price cap for Russian oil over Ukraine War (HuffPost)
European Union countries agreed Wednesday to impose a price cap on Russian oil and other new sanctions after Moscow illegally annexed four regions in Ukraine amid its monthslong war, EU officials said.
Diplomats struck the deal in Brussels that also includes curbs on EU exports of aircraft components to Russia and limits on steel imports from the country, according to an official statement from the Czech rotating EU presidency.
The 27-nation bloc will impose a ban on transporting Russian oil by sea to other countries above the price cap, which the Group of Seven wealthy democracies want in place by Dec. 5, when an EU embargo on most Russian oil takes effect. A specific price for the future cap has yet to be defined.
A deal on the price cap was not easy to reach because several EU countries were worried it would damage their shipping industries. More details about the sanctions will be published as soon as Thursday. Read more
Cricket: Nigeria beat Sierra Leone, top Group B (Punch)
Hosts Nigeria defeated Sierra Leone by 11 runs to top Group B in a nerve-wrecking game at the ongoing ICC U-19 World Cup Africa Division Two Qualifiers in Abuja.
Nigeria won the toss and elected to bat. Usual suspects Paul Pam and Selim Saliu opened the batting order for Nigeria, putting up an excellent partnership to score a 100 for the team, before Pam was sent to the stands in the 27th over.
Pam’s dismissal was the twick Sierra Leone needed to dismiss the hosts successfully in the next 20 overs, limiting Nigeria to 184 runs, all out in 47.4 overs.
The second innings meant Nigeria needed to defend the score against a strong-willed Sierra Leonean side, with captain John Bangura steering the ship. Read more
Sevilla fires Julen Lopetegui after loss to Dortmund in CL (DailyMail)
Sevilla officially announced the departure of coach Julen Lopetegui after the team´s 4-1 home loss to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The Spanish club is expected to announce the return of Jorge Sampaoli in the coming days.
An emotional Lopetegui bid farewell to fans who chanted his name after the match.
“I’m very thankful for everyone and very sad to leave a club that I love very much,” Lopetegui said. “Sevilla will forever be in my heart.” Read more
Leipzig beats Celtic 3-1 for 1st win in Champions League (USAToday)
Leipzig earned its first win of the Champions League season by beating Celtic 3-1 on Wednesday thanks to two late goals from André Silva and a defensive error from visiting goalkeeper Joe Hart.
The outstanding Christopher Nkunku also scored as Leipzig finally got off the mark in Group F after losses to Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid. But the win came at a cost as influential goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi had to be carried off early with an apparent right knee injury. Janis Blaswich replaced him for his Champions League debut.
Nkunku had a goal ruled out through VAR for offside shortly afterward, but the French player showed his class in the 27th when he went past Hart and finished from a narrow angle.
Kyogo Furuhashi had just gone close for the visitors, who suffered a further blow when captain Callum McGregor had to go off injured in the 37th. Read more
Haaland doesn’t have Real Madrid clause in contract – Guardiola (ESPN)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has dismissed reports that Erling Haaland has a clause in his contract allowing him to join Real Madrid for a lower fee.
Another double by Norwegian striker Haaland ensured City strolled to a third win from three Champions League Group G matches on Wednesday with a 5-0 thrashing of FC Copenhagen.
Those goals took Haaland’s tally since joining City this summer freezer to an extraordinary 19 goals in 12 games in all competitions.
Spanish media reported this week that there is a release clause in Haaland’s City contract that is exclusive to Real Madrid and gives the LaLiga giants a massive advantage if they want to buy him following the 2023-24 season. Read more
Hans Niemann: Chess player accused of cheating ‘not backing down’ (BBC)
A top chess player accused of cheating has insisted he is “not going to back down” after making his first comments on the scandal in nearly a month.
On Tuesday, a Chess.com investigation claimed it was “likely” Hans Niemann cheated in more than 100 games online.
The 19-year-old American rising star had already been accused of cheating by world champion Magnus Carlsen.
Speaking on Wednesday after winning his US Championship game, Niemann said his victory was “a message to everyone”. Read more
2 Warriors stars reportedly get into a fight at practice (SI)
The Golden State Warriors just played their first two preseason games of the year in Japan against the Washington Wizards this past weekend (they won both games).
Now that they are back, they will face off with the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 9 at home in San Francisco.
On Wednesday evening, Shams Charania and Anthony Slater of The Athletic reported an altercation at Warriors practice that involved Draymond Green and Jordan Poole on Wednesday morning.
Charania and Slater via their article in The Athletic: “When a heated interaction with guard Jordan Poole escalated, Green forcefully struck Poole and needed to be separated swiftly, sources said. Green and Poole came chest-to-chest, with both players pushing and shoving each other prior to Green’s escalation of the physical altercation, those sources said.”
Novak Djokovic feeling ‘confident and motivated’ after ‘perfect’ Astana start (TennisHead)
Novak Djokovic believes he produced his top level of tennis as he made a stunning start in Astana.
Fresh from winning his 89th career title in Tel-Aviv last week, Djokovic crushed Cristian Garin 6-1, 6-1 in the opening round at Nur-Sultan.
It was another powerful display from the former world number one, who appears to be in ominously good form heading into the final part of the season.
“From the start to the end, [it was] a great performance,” Djokovic said. “Playing in a new tournament, under different conditions, the first match is never easy. Read more