Girl, 23, drinks pesticide after boyfriend allegedly dumped her (Guardian)
A 23-year-old lady, Motunrayo Balogun, yesterday in Ondo State attempted suicide by drinking pesticide, after she was allegedly dumped by her boyfriend.
The lady, a hairstylist, was said to have taken the poisonous substance in her residence at Ijapo Estate axis in Akure South Local Government Area of the state where her mother found her unconscious.
The Guardian learnt that Balogun had a smooth relationship with her boyfriend, with the lovebirds always seen together until a few days ago when he opened up to her, that he was no longer interested in the relationship.
According to some residents, Balogun’s mother suddenly saw her lying on the floor in her room breathless, with an empty bottle of pesticide in her hands, after which she was rushed to the nearest hospital, where she was revived.
Speaking, a close friend of Balogun, described her as a very beautiful lady that every man would want to have. Read more
Kidnappers selling human parts abduct LASPOTECH undergraduate (Punch)
An undergraduate of the Lagos State Polytechnic, Marvelous Omobobola, who was abducted by a kidnap syndicate in the state, has been released after his family members paid N200,000 ransom.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Omobobola went to school on Saturday to sign a SIWES form.
After he was done, the undergraduate boarded a tricycle to his hostel in the Odogunyan area of Ikorodu, Lagos State.
The 28-year-old said the tricycle operator was conveying him and other passengers to their destinations in Odogunyan when he suddenly veered onto a street to avoid the traffic ahead.
UniOsun wins Bill/Melinda Gates $1.4m grant for research on flies trapping (Nation)
The Osun State University (UniOsun) has won $1.4 million Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s grant to carry out multi-disciplinary research on black flies trapping.
The institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Clement Adebooye, announced the grant while addressing reporters yesterday on Osogbo campus.
The vice chancellor said the approval of the grant followed a proposal by a professor of Public Health Entomology and Parasitology in the Department of Zoology.
He said: “Most black flies feed on the blood of mammals, including humans, although the males feed mainly on nectar of flowers. They are a common nuisance for humans, and many countries have programmes to suppress the black fly population because they spread several diseases, including river blindness. River blindness is one of the debilitating diseases of public health importance Read more
Ikoyi, VI see rise in demand for office spaces (Tribune)
Barely few days to the end of 2022, Ikoyi and Victoria Island, Lagos are witnessing rise in inquiries and demand regarding Grade A office spaces.
According to the analysis from Fine and Country West Africa, companies in the oil and gas industry, financial institutions, telecoms and technology businesses made up the top three on this ranking.
“Office spaces in grade-A buildings are desirable and corporations realize the need to situate their operations in such structures,” the report of the analysts said.
Although, the analysts noted that inquiries did not necessarily result in uptake, pointing out that year 2022 has seen organizations relocate into several of these buildings. Read more
Akarigbo marks 5 years on throne, seeks investments in Remoland (Guardian)
The Akarigbo and paramount ruler of Remoland, Oba (Dr.) Adewale Babatunde Ajayi, has urged indigenes and residents of the community to invest in Remoland owing to its endowment with human and material resources.
He gave the charge during a media briefing to announce his 60th birthday and fifth-year coronation anniversary, yesterday, noting that Remo indigenes had their root at Ile-Ife with the landscape known as Remoland today because of its vantage location which is the gateway between Lagos, the commercial nucleus of Nigeria and the rest of the country.
The monarch said that the key thing in maintaining a healthy relationship with all the ethnic groups in Sagamu, being a cosmopolitan town, was the ability to listen to people’s problems. Read more
11 die of food poisoning in Benue (Vanguard)
No fewer than 11 persons died of food poisoning in Ikobi community, Apa Local Government Area of Benue State.
It was gathered that the victims lost their lives after consuming food that was contaminated with harmful chemicals.
According to the source in the area, those who died from last Monday in the tragedy in a space of one week included Adi Ale, Ochefije Ojo, Maria Ojo, Aipu Ochefije and Aboyi Ochefije.
Others are Mary Ochoyoda and Ehi Abu, Blessing Abu, Peace Ochoyoda, Ojochono Daniel and Favour Edoh. Read more
Adelugba takes over as Ekiti Assembly sacks Speaker (Punch)
The Ekiti State House of Assembly Speaker, Gboyega Aribisogan, has been sacked by members of the House.
Aribisogan was sacked on Monday barely after six days in office as Olubunmi Adelugba was elected as the new Speaker.
Seventeen out of the 25 members impeached the Speaker and elected a new one.
The Assembly Complex was earlier sealed as members were embroiled in a controversy following the death of the former Speaker, Funminiyi Afuye. Read more
Fire guts another 2-storey building in Enugu (Nation)
An early morning fire outbreak on Monday destroyed properties worth millions in a two-storey building located at No 7 Chiene Street, Achara Layout, Enugu, the Enugu State capital.
This is coming barely ten days after a mentally challenged lady set a two-storey building on fire at Bigard Seminary Avenue, Uwani, Enugu.
No life was lost in the latest inferno, which The Nation gathered occurred around 7.00am while residents were still beginning to observe the usual Monday’s sit-at-home.
A source in the area said the fire affected the last floor of the building and would have spread to the adjoining buildings but for the alarm raised by the residents, leading to the arrival of the firefighters who brought the situation under control immediately. Read more
Miley Cyrus is making new music with ”Bangerz” producer Mike WiLL Made-It to debut in 2023 (People)
Miley Cyrus is revisiting her roots.
The Grammy Award nominee, 29, recently reunited in the studio with music producer Mike WiLL Made-It, with whom she worked on her fourth studio album Bangerz in 2013, and they appear to be making some new music.
“EAR DRUMMERS & HEAD BANGERZ!” wrote hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd on Instagram, sharing photos Sunday from the studio session.
Mike, 33, commented on the post with the emojis for the “I love you” hand sign, an ear, a drum and the globe. According to a screenshot shared by Pop Crave, he also shared the post to his Instagram Story with “2023,” teasing a release date next year. Read more
Indiana Jones 5 Director James Mangold reveals Harrison Ford was “de-aged” to look like in the original trilogy (Deadline)
When moviegoers head to theaters to experience Indiana Jones 5, they will see a “de-aged” Harrison Ford, according to director James Mangold.
The fifth installment of the untitled film has an opening sequence that will take place in the years depicted between The Last Crusade (1989) and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).
“I wanted the chance to dive into this kind of full-on George-and-Steven old picture and give the audience an adrenaline blast,” Mangold told Empire. “And then we fall out, and you find yourself in 1969. So that the audience doesn’t experience the change between the ‘40s and ‘60s as an intellectual conceit, but literally experiences the buccaneering spirit of those early days… and then the beginning of now.” Read more
Nas matches Jay-Z’s Billboard chart with King’s Disease 3 (HipHopDX)
Nas has matched one of JAY-Z‘s record on the Billboard albums chart following the release of his latest effort King’s Disease 3.
The Hit-Boy-produced project debuted at No. 10 on this week’s Billboard 200 after earning roughly 29,000 album-equivalent units in its first week. It marks Nas’ 16th top 10 album, equalling Hov for the most top 10s on the chart by a rap artist.
The Queensbridge legend first debuted in the top 10 in 1996 with his second album It Was Written, while JAY-Z secured his first top 10 in 1997 with his own sophomore LP In My Lifetime, Vol. 1.
The Roc Nation boss remains unrivaled among his rap peers when it comes to No. 1 albums, though, with 14. Only The Beatles have more with 19. However, Drake is rapidly making ground on Hov as the recently-released Her Loss became his 12th album to top the Billboard 200. Read more
Emma Bunton confirms Spice Girls have ”things in the pipeline” after birthday reunion (DailyStar)
Emma Bunton has confirmed the Spice Girls have “things in the pipeline” after their epic reunion at Geri Horner’s 50th birthday bash.
The Baby Spice star, 46, appeared on Monday’s episode (November 21) of This Morning.
Speaking to hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, Emma confirmed the group have been discussing ideas to reform – with “all” five original members committed to doing something together.
Emma said: “We were together the other day… we get together and talk about other projects that we could do. Read more
Wakanda Forever VFX outfit Cinesite takes majority stake in Indian animation studio Assemblage (Variety)
U.K. animation and VFX company Cinesite has acquired a majority stake in Indian CGI animation studio Assemblage.
Founded by A.K. Madhavan in 2013, Assemblage’s portfolio includes “Norm of the North” (Lionsgate), “Trollhunters” (Netflix), “Arctic Dogs” (Entertainment Studios), “Chico Bon Bon” (Netflix) and “Miraculous Ladybug” (Disney).
Under the terms of the deal, Assemblage will continue to service its global clientele independently under Madhavan and CEO Arjun Madhavan.
Cinesite previously acquired Image Engine in 2015, Trixter in 2018, and more recently, Balkan VFX studio FX3X as well as Canadian animation studios L’Atelier Animation and Squeeze. The group’s recent credits include “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (Marvel) and “Matilda” (Netflix). Read more
Twitter users are posting full-length films to the platform including “Avatar” and “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” (DailyMail)
New Twitter owner Elon Musk seems to be doing his bit to put cinemas out of business in the latest round of chaos on the platform.
Twitter users have been able to post full-length films in series of tweets, in an apparent violation of the platform’s own copyright rules.
One user went viral for uploading the whole of ‘The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift’ in two minute segments spanning nearly 50 tweets.
Other films posted included ‘Hackers’, ‘Avatar’, ‘Kamen Rider Heisei’ and ‘Need for Speed’, which as of writing is still available to view over 66 tweets. Read more
Russia resumes Artic bomber flights, submarine patrols near North America: Norad (Global)
Russia has started sending long-range bombers back over the Arctic toward North American airspace following a short-lived pause during the early months of its war in Ukraine, according to a senior Canadian military official.
Russian submarines are also operating off both coasts as Moscow seeks to demonstrate its ability to strike Canada and the United States, said Lt.-Gen. Alain Pelletier, the deputy commander of the North American Aerospace Defence Command.
“We have seen a reduction this year, especially since the Feb. 24 illegal invasion of Ukraine by Russia. However, some of those activities have now resumed,” Pelletier told the Senate defence committee on Monday.
“The activities are not only limited to long-range aviation. Russia uses its submarines now both on the Atlantic coast and the Pacific coast to actually demonstrate its strategic capabilities and to present a threat to North America.” Read more
Qualifying for Qatar 2022 would have papered over Nigeria’s football ills, says Adegoke (Guardian)
Former international, Adegoke Adelabu, believes Nigeria’s inability to qualify for the ongoing World Cup in Qatar is a blessing in disguise, saying that the country’s football administrators have learnt nothing from past failings.
Ghana defeated Nigeria in the last qualifying round for World Cup via the away goal rule. The teams drew goalless in Ghana and drew 1-1 in the decisive leg in Abuja.
Speaking with The Guardian, yesterday, Adelabu said: “I wouldn’t have expected anything from the Super Eagles if they had qualified to play in Qatar.
“This is because even in the past editions we attended, we did not translate the lessons learnt into the growth of our football. Then, you begin to wonder why we go to the World Cup in the first place.
“Also, after returning from the World Cup, you expect the administrators to do better, but at the end, the standard you see is below one’s expectation.” Read more
Giovanni Reyna ”100%” healthy despite absence from US draw with Wales (ESPN)
United States attacker Giovanni Reyna said he is “100 percent” healthy despite being an unused substitute in the team’s 1-1 draw with Wales to open the World Cup.
Reyna, who has battled injuries for most of the last year, featured in Borussia Dortmund’s final three games before the World Cup break and figured to be a major contributor for the US at the tournament.
“I feel really good. I feel great,” Reyna said. “I feel fine. [Coach Gregg Berhalter] doesn’t have to tell me why he didn’t put me in or why he does.”
Berhalter used his first four substitutes to insert midfielder Brenden Aaronson, striker Haji Wright, right-back DeAndre Yedlin and midfielder Kellyn Acosta all with the US leading 1-0. He appeared to be ready to sub in center-back Aaron Long before Wales equalized through a Gareth Bale penalty in the 82nd minute. Read more
Alex Scott wears “OneLove” armband during BBC coverage of England vs Iran (Standard)
Former England defender Alex Scott wore the rainbow-coloured ‘OneLove’ armband while working as a pundit for the BBC on England’s World Cup opener against Iran.
England captain Harry Kane had been planning to wear the armband for the match in Qatar but the FA, and six other European nations, announced on Monday morning they would no longer be doing so after being warned by FIFA their captains would be booked.
The FA held eleventh-hour talks with FIFA and confirmed on Monday morning they could not “put players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions” and would “show our support in other ways”.
Former England defender Scott, who is working for the BBC as a pundit during the tournament, duly elected to wear the armband while working on the Iran game. Read more
Rangers: Giovanni van Bronckhorst sacked after a year (BBC)
Rangers have sacked Giovanni van Bronckhorst after a year in charge, with the Ibrox club nine points adrift of Celtic in the Scottish Premiership title race.
The Dutchman took over in November 2021, guiding his team to the Europa League final and lifting last season’s Scottish Cup.
However, after recording the Champions League’s worst ever group stage campaign and falling further off the title pace, Van Bronckhorst’s 12-month tenure is over.
“I want to thank Gio for the hard work he has put in over the last 12 months and, especially, the achievements of taking the club to the Europa League final and winning the Scottish Cup last season,” said Rangers chairman Douglas Park. Read more
Williams formally announce Logan Sargeant as F1 2023 racer (PlanetF1)
Logan Sargeant has formally been confirmed as a Williams F1 racer for 2023 after securing his FIA Super Licence.
The 21-year-old American was unofficially announced by Williams chief Jost Capito as Alex Albon’s team-mate during a press conference at the United States Grand Prix.
That hinged on Sargeant qualifying for a Super Licence by virtue of his position in the Formula 2 series, as well as additional points gained through mileage accrued for Williams in free practice sessions at the closing races of the F1 season.
By finishing sixth and fifth in the two F2 races in Abu Dhabi, Sargeant ended up fourth in the standings and is set to make his Williams race debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix in early March. Read more
Anthony Davis, looking to fill ”void,” scores 30 again as Lakers win 3rd straight (ABC)
In mid-December of last season, after Anthony Davis suffered a left knee injury that would sideline him for more than a month, LeBron James immediately upped his scoring average to try to make up for the big man’s absence. James reeled off seven straight games of 30-plus points, and topped 30 in 11 out of 12 games overall, to steady the Los Angeles Lakers.
Davis is doing his best to return the favor this season.
With James sidelined for a fourth straight game Sunday because of a strained left groin, Davis scored at least 30 for the third straight time in L.A.’s 123-92 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
It was the Lakers’ third straight win, improving their record to 5-10, and Davis has been instrumental during the streak. He’s averaging 35 points on 61.7% shooting overall and 91.2% shooting from the foul line along with 17.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks over the past three games. Read more