Lagos-Ibadan: LASTMA announces road closure at Yaba level crossing (Nation)
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Wednesday announced the closure of railway level crossing at Yaba following the ongoing construction of Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line.
According to a travel advisory made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos by Spokesman for LASTMA, Mr Olumide Filade, the level crossing will be closed from 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday to 1: 00 a.m on Thursday.
The authority advised motorists to use alternative routes.
“As a result of the ongoing track laying for the Lagos-Ibadan Rail Project, there will be road closure of Railway Level Crossing at Yaba from 8 pm on Wednesday (16/10/2019) to 1 am on Thursday (17/10/2019). Read more
Extra-judicial killing: Lagos set to prosecute 4 police officers (PMNews)
The Lagos State Government says it will prosecute four police officers indicted in an alleged extra-judicial killing of two people in Lagos.
The families of late Segun Sholaja and Ogheneovo Ebobo had petitioned the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Lagos State, Moyosore Onigbanjo over what they described as travesty of justice.
The two families had cried out to the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu to launch an independent probe into the killings of their children by the police, as well as appealed to Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to look into the complicity of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions in the matter. Read more
FG to complete Ogoni cleanup in 2024 with $1bn ― NOSDRA DG (Tribune)
Director-General, National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Mr Musa Idris on Wednesday disclosed that 21 contractors were currently working to clean up Ogoniland and that the exercise will be completed in 2024.
He also lamented activities of crude oil thieves and illegal crude refining as they are responsible for 70 per cent of oil spillage.
At a media interaction on activities of NOSDRA in Abuja, Idris added that 36 other contractors were currently undergoing procurement processes that will escalate the number of contractors working on the project by the end of 2019 to 57. Read more
Kogi guber election: INEC recruits 81 physically challenged persons as ad hoc staff (Nation)
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that 81 persons with disabilities were among ad hoc staff it had recruited for the Nov. 16 governorship election in Kogi State.
Alhaji Ahmed Biambo, Director, Voter Education and Publicity, INEC office, Lokoja, disclosed this on Wednesday on the sideline of a one- day sensitisation forum organised by the commission for persons living with disabilities.
Biambo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the 81 physically challenged persons were recruited to work as Presiding Officers and Assistant Presiding Officers. Read more
What we are doing to make Lagos roads motorable – FG (PMNews)
The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr. Adedamola Kuti, on Wednesday said that the Federal Government was committed to ongoing reconstruction and rehabilitation of roads in the state.
Kuti told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that work was ongoing on Lagos federal roads, adding that contractors handling the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway project would soon return to the site.
“We are working on all our projects except that serious work seems to have slowed down because of the rains, but the most important thing is that all the contractors are on-site,’’ he said. Read more
Constituency projects not under my purview ― SGF (Tribune)
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has said that his office has nothing to do with execution or supervision of constituency projects.
He also warned Nigerians against activities of fraudulent and dubious persons impersonating his office to defraud unsuspecting victims.
SGF in a statement signed by the Director of Information in his office, Mr Willie Bassey, said his office has never called for submission of Curriculum Vitae for appointments. Read more
Rivers residents deplore roads as Wike raises maintenance agency (Guardian)
Residents have deplored the deplorable state of roads in Rivers made worse by flooding, describing driving as hellish in the state. They lament that some of the highways that got facelift had degenerated barely two months after, urging the state government to embark on a comprehensive road maintenance and construction of drainages to reduce pressure on the facilities.
This comes as Governor Nyesom Wike yesterday inaugurated the State Road Maintenance Agency with a charge to make the infrastructure motorable. He said: “Settle down and draw out a comprehensive work plan on how to address the potholes on some of the roads in Port Harcourt and its environs.
“Almost all the major roads in Port Harcourt have been awarded for reconstruction. Therefore, identify the roads that have not been awarded, but have potholes. Read more
Why detoxing is a load of BS: doctors (NYPost)
The only thing you’re cleansing is your wallet.
“Detox” is the hottest word in the woo-woo universe right now.
Fancy teas, juices, beauty products and treatments that claim to purify the body are everywhere — from Instagram to the beauty counter to health food stores. According to Grand View Research, the global detox product market was valued at $50.92 billion in 2018 and growing.
Too bad it’s all bogus. Read more
Man called ‘a spree killer’ arrested in Florida after barricading himself in house and shooting at officers (CNN)
A man suspected of slashing three people to death — two in Florida and one in Tennessee — was arrested in Winter Park, Florida, after barricading himself in a house for six hours, shooting at sheriff’s deputies and fighting a K-9 officer that found him hiding under a pool table, authorities said Tuesday.
The standoff and arrest Monday capped a multi-state manhunt for Stanley “Woo Woo” Mossburg, 35, who boasted that he’d killed more people, Polk County, Florida, Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference. Read more
Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi disagrees with Martin Scorsese (Independent)
has combatted Martin Scorsese’s criticism of Marvel movies, after the director claimed they were “not cinema”.
Waititi – who directed Thor: Ragnarok – told Associated Press ahead of the release of his new film Jojo Rabbit: “Of course it’s cinema! It’s at the movies.”
To emphasise his point, he highlighted the word “cinema” in Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read more
How Jennifer Aniston broke Instagram (PageSix)
Jennifer Aniston‘s new Instagram page amassed followers so quickly, it broke.
Hours after the actress joined the social media site on Tuesday, fans were no longer able to follow her, so many moved over to Twitter to freak out. Read more
EU threatens to delay Brexit until January even if a deal IS struck (DailyMail)
Brexit talks resumed this morning after a midnight deadline set by the EU passed without event last night.
Boris Johnson was closing in on a possible Brexit deal last night – but has been warned that Britain’s departure from the European Union faces being delayed until January even if a deal is agreed.
Following a day of intense negotiations, sources in both Brussels and London said the details of a possible deal were ‘within sight’. Read more
Saudi military orchestra welcomes Putin with Russia’s anthem (RT)
President Vladimir Putin has been greeted in Saudi Arabia by a dodgy rendition of the Russian national anthem. The performance was far from stellar – but still merely mediocre, compared to some of the worst-ever anthem fails.
The unexpected ear-shattering performance of the country’s anthem awaited Russia’s president at the Saudi royal palace as he met King Salman on Monday. An entire military orchestra, accompanied by a sizeable honor guard detachment, performed for the two leaders right inside the palace – and their rendition of the Russian anthem turned out to be a bit off – to put it mildly. Read more
More Americans approve impeaching trump, say congress is doing good job: new poll (Newsweek)
Americans’ approval of Congress has climbed at the same time support for President Donald Trump’s impeachment has risen, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday morning.
Fifty-two percent of Americans say they want Trump to be impeached by the House of Representatives and removed from office by Senate, the poll found. The findings from Gallup align with rising support for impeachment proceedings noted by other recent polls. Read more
North Korea releases bizarre photos of Kim Jong-un riding a horse(Mirror)
The secretive state has unveiled pictures of Kim Jong-un riding a white horse in the snow up the Korean peninsula’s tallest mountain
North Korea has released bizarre picture of Kim Jong-un riding a majestic white horse through snowfall.
The unusual scenes of Kim Jong-un on horseback have drawn comparison to Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s shirtless horseback glamour shots of years gone by. Read more
Trump insists ‘nothing wrong’ with Giuliani’s Ukraine probe (WashingtonTimes)
President Trump said Wednesday that there is “nothing wrong” with his personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani investigating U.S. election corruption that he believes originated in Ukraine.
Warning that Democrats’ impeachment effort will come back to haunt them, Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House that Mr. Giuliani “was seeking out corruption” in his probe and his discussions with Ukraine officials. Read more
Snow to hit UK this month in ‘coldest winter in 50 years’ (Mirror)
The worst winter for more than 50 years is about to hit the UK as temperatures fall dramatically over the next week.
Snow is expected this month, with November and December also set to be especially cold.
“Through the weekend and into next week it looks like heavy rain at times and strong winds at times,” Met Office weather forecaster Greg Dewhurst told Mirror Online. Read more
Florida man, 94, killed wife in failed murder-suicide: police (NYPost)
A 94-year-old Florida man fatally shot his dementia-stricken wife and intended to turn the gun on himself — but the firearm malfunctioned, police said.
Wayne S. Juhlin, of Venice, called cops to report that he killed his 80-year-old wife at their residence late Monday after deciding to “end her life” since she was suffering from dementia, Venice police announced Tuesday.
Juhlin told detectives he had planned to kill himself after taking his wife’s life, but his gun wouldn’t fire again, “preventing him from carrying out the suicide portion of the event,” Venice police tweeted. Read more
Liverpool defender enters Guinness Book of Records (Tribune)
Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold’s attacking proficiency has earned him an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The 21-year-old has been officially recognised for claiming the most Premier League assists by a defender in a single season after contributing 12 as Jurgen Klopp’s side missed out on a thrilling title race by a point to Manchester City.
Two major reasons why I retired from the National team-Mikel(Nation)
Former Super Eagles Captain John Obi Mikel has underscored two major reasons he decided to retire from international football shortly after the last Nations Cup in Egypt.
The Trabzonspor midfielder, who led the Eagles to third place finish in Egypt, said the first reason was to pave way for younger players and the need to soft pedal since he no longer has many years of football ahead of him after close to two decades romance with the round leather game. Read more
Megan Rapinoe says US women players are ready for a legal fight over equal pay (RT)
FIFA women’s player of the year Megan Rapinoe said she is “optimistic” that the US women’s national team can strike a deal with US Soccer over their gender discrimination lawsuit, but also warned they’re ready for a legal fight.
Speaking to news agency Reuters just one day before Rapinoe and her US teammates are set to be honored at a Women’s Sports Foundation gala, the World Cup hero said she hoped things could be agreed before the players felt compelled to take their fight to the courts. Read more
Ronaldo floors Messi as highest earner on Instagram (Nation)
Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as the highest paid celebrity on Instagram beating perennial rival Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Neymar and Ronaldinho.
The 34-year-old earned a staggering £38million on the social media platform last year which doubled that of his longtime rival Messi.
A recent study shows that out of the major celebrities around paid to promote products on Instagram, Ronaldo has been the highest earner by far. Read more
Nine Nigeria-born football stars who never played for Super Eagles (Nation)
Nigeria is blessed with many talented footballers who sadly never played for the Super Eagles- the national team.
This was due to issue of dual nationalities, personal decision to represent other countries or lack of opportunity.
Here is a list of such household football talents who never played for Nigeria:
David Olatokunbo Alaba was born in Vienna to a Filipino mother (a nurse) and a Nigerian father, a DJ and former rapper. He is an Austrian professional footballer, who plays for Bayern Munich and the Austria national team. Read more
Messi wins third straight Golden Shoe as top league-goal scorer (Guardian)
Barcelona captain Leo Messi received his sixth Golden Shoe as the top scorer in the European leagues on Wednesday.
Messi won the trophy for a third straight year after scoring 36 goals, three more than his closest challenger, Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi’s sons Thiago and Mateo, presented their father with the trophy supervised by his wife, Antonella Rocuzzo and watched by team-mates, including Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba. Read more
Racism: Bulgaria coach apologises to England players (Tribune)
Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov has apologised to the England team for the racist taunts they were subjected to during Monday’s European Qualifier.
Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Tyrone Mings were abused during England’s 6-0 victory – and four arrests have now been made by Bulgarian police.
Bulgaria coach Balakov issued a statement on Facebook on Tuesday, in which he said: “I condemn unconditionally all forms of racism as unacceptable behaviour that contradicts normal human relationships. Read more
Ozil linked with Fenerbahce (Tribune)
Arsenal’s highest-paid player Mesut Ozil could be set to leave in January, with Fenerbache reportedly interested.
Ozil, who moved to the Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid back in 2013, has been frozen out of manager Unai Emery’s plans this season.
The Arsenal boss has preferred young prospects Reiss Nelson, Dani Ceballos and Joe Willock and now the Gunners could be set to cut their losses in sanctioning a loan deal for Ozil come the January transfer window. Read more