Sanwo-Olu announces salary increment for workers in Lagos (Tribune)
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, announced an increment in the salaries of the state workers, saying that the biting economic situation of the country and high inflation necessitated the increment.
The governor who was on a working visit to the state secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, addressed the workers, who came out in large numbers to welcome him at the office of the Head of Service.
He, however, did not mention the percentage of the increment and when it will kick off, saying the modalities were being worked out.
The governor also promised that his administration would present 100 brand new cars to some of the directors in the civil service, starting from the end of October, while those on the core establishment duty would receive a 25 percent duty allowance increment. Read more
Syndicate denies injecting child beggars, Lagos police hunt doctor (Punch)
The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of four members of a syndicate that allegedly specialised in endangering the lives of child beggars to attract alms from members of the public in the state.
PUNCH Metro gathered that a good Samaritan was on his way to a destination in the Kirikiri area of FESTAC, Lagos, when he saw one of the suspects using an ointment to rob the protruded stomach of a girl in the early hours of the day.
Following the discovery, the good Samaritan raised the alarm and the suspect, alongside three other accomplices, were apprehended and taken to the FESTAC Police Station for investigation.
The suspects are Uchenna Eze, 24; Onyedikachkwu Isiala, 18; Ikechukwu Kingsley, 22; and Smart Alasuomu, 20. Read more
Lagos decries dearth of reliable tourism data (Vanguard)
Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Pharm. Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, yesterday, decried the lack of reliable statistics and data about the numbers of visitors or tourists that visit Lagos on yearly basis.
Speaking at the launch of the Q4-Lagos initiative at Victoria Island, she noted that data about tourism contributions to the State’s economy are often not captured.
“The need to change this and have a more holistic data of tourists to Lagos State brought about the conceptualization of the Q4 Initiative.
“Q4-Lagos which simply means 4 Quarters comprising of January to March, April to June, July to September and October to December, was developed as a term that will provide an all-round entertainment and fun for Lagosians and visitors to Lagos State.” Read more
Why I work despite my father’s wealth — Davido’s sister (DailyTrust)
Daughter of Nigerian Billionaire, Adedeji Adeleke; and sister to music star, Davido, Sharon Ademefun, has revealed why she works despite her father’s wealth. In a viral video uploaded on Instagram, Sharon stated that people wonder why she works hard despite her father’s wealth. She asserted that her father’s wealth has never stopped her from working to earn a living.
Sharon also disclosed that she grew up with rich British kids who pressed on making their wealth which played a major impact on her determination to work.
She said, “A lot of people come up to me and say Sharon, why do you even work? So because I have a Master’s degree and I am intelligent I shouldn’t do anything because my father is wealthy?
“I attended school with the British, children of billionaires and royals. One thing was common amongst all of them. They never admitted that they came from rich backgrounds and would say, ‘Oh, I’m not rich, my father’s rich.
“Honestly, I had to adopt that mentality. I’m so happy that I did. I’m so grateful because my dad spoilt me to bits. But I also understand that these are gifts and I need to use these gifts well and manage my money well. Read more
FG urged to promote cultural heritage for unity (Independent)
The Federal Government has been urged to explore the cultural heritage of all ethnic regions to promote unity in the country.
Chief Michael Senayon Kunnuji, the Gagbo Menon Toyon of Ajido kingdom in Badagry, made the call, noting that the historical and cultural heritage of the numerous ethnic groups across Nigeria were strong enough to foster unity in diversity.
He made the observation while celebrating the first coronation anniversary of his traditional title in Lagos on Saturday.
While lamenting that the culturally rich heritage of the people of Nigeria is being killed on a daily basis as a result of new religions introduced by the colonial masters, the Gagbo Menu toyon of Ajido called on the government to take the lead in reawakening cultural consciousness. Read more
Bible Society organises Bible Quiz for the blind (ThisDay)
Students with visual disabilities from seven schools will gather at The Apostolic Church, Palmgrove, Lagos on Thursday October 6, 2022, to participate in the annual Bible quiz organised by The Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN).
In a release by the BSN’s Manager, Media and Public Relations , Benjamin Mordi, “Two students will represent each of the following participating schools in the 4th edition of the Bible quiz: Bethesda Home for the Blind, Mushin; Nigeria Farmcraft Centre for the Blind; Vocational School for the Blind, Oshodi; Kings College, Obalende; Lagos State Senior Model College, Agbowa-Ikosi; Lagos State Junior Model College, Agbowa- Ikosi, and Federal Government College, Ijaniki all in Lagos’’.
The Bible quiz, which will be chaired by Founder of Rainbow Foundation, Mrs. Kalango Koko, is designed to provide a platform for people with visual impairment to engage with the word ofGod. The winner of the competition will go home with a cash prize of N100,000, the first runner-up will get N75,000, while the second runner-up will get N50,000. Read more
Daniel Bwala: Judgement against Oyetola shows APC does not have candidates for 2023 elections (DailyTrust)
A spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar presidential campaign, Daniel Bwala, has reacted to the nullification of the nomination of Governor Isiaka Oyetola and his Deputy, Benedict Alabi, as candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Osun State governorship election.
Last week, Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court, Abuja, nullified the nominations of Oyetola and his deputy while delivering judgment in the suit filed by the PDP.
The suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/468/2022, has former Acting Chairman of the APC and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni and four others as defendants.
Justice Nwite in his judgement held that the nomination of Oyetola and his deputy, was unlawful and unconstitutional because Buni, who submitted their names to INEC, violated the provisions of Section 183 of the Constitution and Section 82(3) of the Electoral Act 2022.
Reacting, Bwala in a tweet on Tuesday said this means that the APC does not have candidates in all the governorship, national and state assemblies in the country. Read more
House to investigate constant collapse of national grid (Nation)
The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the root causes of incessant national grid collapse and the capacity of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to address the ugly trend to forestall future occurrences.
The resolution followed a motion of urgent national importance by Sani Bala (APC, Kano) on the need to find a lasting solution to the situation which he described as embarrassing to the nation.
According to him, the national grid collapses occur when there are system disturbances along the transmission lines connecting a number of generating stations. Read more
Court sacks Umahi’s rival, Agom-Eze, from APC (Sun)
A Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, has affirmed the expulsion of Mrs Ann Agom-Eze from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Agom-Eze had been embroiled in a legal battle with Governor David Umahi over the party’s 2023 senatorial ticket for Ebonyi South.
The Umudomi Ward executive of the party where Agom-Eze hailed from had expelled the female politician from the party for allegedly violating some sections of the party’s constitution.
However, despite her alleged expulsion from the party, the senatorial aspirant continued to engage in a legal battle with Governor Umahi over the senatorial ticket. Read more
12 killed as bandits attack Taraba community (Channels)
Gunmen suspected to be bandits have killed at least 12 persons in the Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State.
The attackers who disguised as local vigilante group members stormed Dogon-Ruwa village in Bali, pretending to have arrived to arrest suspects and in the process opened fire, shooting sporadically killing 12 persons.
Confirming the incident to journalists in Jalingo the state capital, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Usman said over 50 persons have fled the community.
However, four suspects have been arrested in connection to the incident and are currently under strict investigation. Read more
All blue-eyed people on Earth share the same ancestor (Metro)
Every blue-eyed person on Earth can trace their ancestry back to a single individual who lived between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago.
Scientists have worked out that, long long ago, all humans had brown eyes. Until a specific gene mutation caused them to change.
The mutation comes from a gene called HERC2. Scientists say it switches off OCA2, another gene that regulates the amount of brown pigment that develops in the eye.
It’s believed the first person to have blue eyes lived in Europe up to 10,00 years ago. And every blue-eyed person alive today has that same mutation present in their body. Read more
Daniel O’Donnell to make acting debut in new Halloween film (BelfastTelegraph)
Daniel O’Donnell is set to debut his acting skills later this month with a lead role in an Irish short film.
The singer (60) will embark on a new challenge and star in ‘Night Of The Daniels’, a YouTube video which will be unveiled on October 28 for Halloween.
The Donegal native has again teamed up with the makers of his viral Down At The Lah De Dah video, Shaun Duggan and Ciaran McCann of Re-Act Productions, for the spooky short film.
The lighthearted video for Down At The Lah De Dah showed him surfing waves, sipping cocktails and playing the ukulele went down a storm on social media when it was released last year.
Lorde deletes Instagram post after accidentally breaking New Zealand election law (Standard)
Lorde has revealed she was forced to delete an Instagram post after accidentally breaking rules regarding a local government election in New Zealand.
The Auckland native took to social media to urge her Auckland-based fans to vote in the mayoral election, and went on to accidentally show her voting ballot, with a cross next to her preferred candidate’s name.
The Solar Panel singer’s slip-up went against the Electoral Commission’s rules, which state that no one should film or take photos of their ballot, or post anything to social media that could influence voters on election day.
The Kiwi hitmaker, real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor, admitted in a later clip that she had been “told off” for the infringement but insisted that the sentiment behind her original post still applied. Read more
Kanye West wears controversial ‘White Lives Matter’ top at surprise fashion show (ITV)
Kanye West has been criticised on social media after being photographed wearing a “White Lives Matter” t-shirt for his Yeezy collection at Paris Fashion Week.
The rapper, now legally known as Ye, held a last minute, exclusive show on Monday with 100 guests of which, according to organisers, “a big part (was made up) of Ye’s friends.”
His models in the show were seen wearing t-shirts along the runway.
Conservative commentator Candace Owens, who attended the show, posted a photo on Twitter standing next to the rapper with the words “White Lives Matter” written on the back of their t-shirts. Read more
Amazon Studios inks partnerships with 2 Latino industry organizations (THR)
Right in the middle of Latino Heritage Month, Amazon Studios has announced partnerships with Latino Film Institute and LA Collab, two community organizations working to boost U.S. Latino representation in the entertainment industry.
For the Edward James Olmos-founded LFI, the studio will serve as the exclusive sponsor of its Youth Cinema Project Alumni Program for the current 2022-23 school year and also fund the first-ever YCP Fellowship, which will give 15 aspiring film school students, aged 14 to 18, the resources needed to make a team short film to bolster their school and scholarship applications.
The short will screen at LFI’s Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival next year. YCP is a curriculum conducted in 4th to 12th grade classrooms in low-income, under-resourced public schools in which students learn to make a film themselves, from concept to screen, over the course of the academic year. The Alumni Program has connected more than 300 YCP graduates to continued learning opportunities, including mentoring, internships, more advanced filmmaking programs and help with college applications.
“After two decades of building the pipeline from our community into Hollywood, we are excited that Amazon Studios is supporting our work with the Youth Cinema Project,” Olmos said in a statement. Only together will we be able to create Hollywood’s multicultural future.” Read more
“House Of The Dragon’’:HBO responds to fan complaints over “unwatchable” lighting (NME)
HBO has responded to complaints about the lighting on House Of The Dragon, with some fans describing recent episodes as “unwatchable”.
Episode seven of the Game Of Thrones prequel drew particular criticism from viewers for featuring a number of dimly-lit scenes.
“I’m gonna need @hbomax to issue a written apology for literally a whole episode of black screen of #HouseOfTheDragon,” tweeted one viewer, while others described it as “ridiculous” and “unwatchable”.
In direct response, HBO Max’s help account replied: “We appreciate you reaching out about a night scene in House of the Dragon: Episode 7 appearing dark on your screen. The dimmed lighting of this scene was an intentional creative decision. Thanks!” Read more
Depositors storm 4 Lebanese banks, demanding their own money (ABC)
Lebanese depositors, including a retired police officer, stormed at least four banks in the cash-strapped country Tuesday after banks ended a weeklong closure and partially reopened.
As the tiny Mediterranean nation’s crippling economic crisis continues to worsen, a growing number of Lebanese depositors have opted to break into banks and forcefully withdraw their trapped savings. Lebanon’s cash-strapped banks have imposed informal limits on cash withdrawals. The break-ins reflect growing public anger toward the banks and the authorities who have struggled to reform the country’s corrupt and battered economy.
Three-quarters of the population has plunged into poverty in an economic crisis that the World Bank describes as one of the worst in over a century. Meanwhile, the Lebanese pound has lost 90% of its value against the dollar, making it difficult for millions across the country to cope with skyrocketing prices.
Ali al-Sahli, a retired officer who served in Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces, raided a BLC Bank branch in the eastern town of Chtaura, demanding $24,000 in trapped savings to transfer to his son, who owes rent and tuition fees in Ukraine. Read more
NFF: Gusau to focus on national teams’ welfare (Nation)
The new President of Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau has given his pledge to run an inclusive administration, in which all stakeholders will be welcome to make suggestions and recommendations on the best way to deal with knotty and not-so-knotty issues.
“Administration at every level, that of football inclusive, requires the wisdom to be able to listen to everyone who has an idea and then pick the very best to deal with each situation at hand. Those of us in the Executive Committee are only privileged to be representing the entire fraternity.
“We will run an inclusive administration in which ideas and advice will be welcome from all quarters, and will be guided in our resolutions. It is very important to resuscitate the League and engender a massive football economy from which every stakeholder can benefit and also be happy to contribute to its growth.” Read more
Newcastle owners ‘rejected’ £700m Man Utd deal before completing Toon takeover (Mirror)
Newcastle’s owners reportedly rejected the chance to pay £700million for a 30 per cent stake in a Premier League football club – believed to be Manchester United.
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) had been weighing up potential opportunities to get involved in English football for some time prior to their £305m takeover of Newcastle, which was initially agreed in April 2020 and eventually completed in October last year.
It took Premier League chiefs around 18 months to ratify the deal following a rigorous investigation into how PIF was funded due to links with Saudi’s controversial Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. However, Newcastle’s takeover may not have even happened had things turned out differently, as Salman is said to have been keen on investing in buying Man Utd.
According to The Athletic, Salman has dismissed the reports – while the Premier League stated after the takeover of Newcastle it is “comfortable and satisfied” the Saudi state will not interfere with PIF’s dealings at St James’ Park. Read more
Oxford United’s flares warning after girl hit at Charlton Athletic (BBC)
A football club has reminded fans that flares are not allowed at matches after a girl was struck by one and a person was arrested on Saturday.
Oxford United said three fans have been arrested for using flares at their games in less than three months.
It said each of them faced a lengthy ban and a criminal record.
The club said pictures from CCTV, along with social media, fans’ cameras and TV images, mean those responsible are “almost always” identified. Read more
RB Leipzig boss Marco Rose wary of ‘fun’ Celtic (RTE)
Marco Rose has warned RB Leipzig they must stop Celtic’s “fun” football if they are to spark their Champions League campaign into life when the two teams meet at the Red Bull Arena on Wednesday.
The Germans have lost their opening two matches against Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid and are hoping to get their first points on the board against the Hoops.
Recently-appointed manager Rose expects a tough test from the Scottish champions and pinpointed their Japanese contingent of Kyogo Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda and Reo Hatate as players who have the ability to “decide the game”.
“You have to say, it’s great fun to watch Glasgow Celtic, especially their Japanese players,” he said. Read more
ATP Astana: Carlos Alcaraz suffers early loss and ends notable streak (TennisWorld)
World no. 1 Carlos Alcaraz made an early exit at the ATP 500 event in Astana. The Spaniard fell to a lucky loser David Goffin 7-5, 6-3 in an hour and 46 minutes, experiencing his second defeat since becoming world no. 1. Carlos bounced back in the opening set before losing serve in the closing stages.
He lost ground in set number two and failed to win a set for the first time in 2022, ending his streak of 67 encounters without a straight-sets loss! David won 17 points more than Carlos and had the upper hand despite serving at 53%.
The Belgian defended seven out of ten break chances and turned over half of the return points into five breaks from 11 opportunities. The youngster made a solid start and created three break chances in the first game.
Goffin denied them and held after Alcaraz’s forehand error to bring the game home and avoid an early setback. Read more
Former world champion David Haye ‘threatened to kill man over remarks’ (IrishIndependent)
Former world champion boxer David Haye grabbed a man by the throat and threatened to kill him because he believed he was making “derogatory remarks” about him and his partner, a court heard.
The 41-year-old, who won a heavyweight world title in 2009, is accused of assaulting a man, Nickesh Jhala, at the Hammersmith Apollo on October 30 last year.
Haye appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday wearing a white shirt and a navy blazer.
Jonathan Bryan, prosecuting, told the court that the alleged assault occurred during the interval at Paul Chowdhry’s comedy gig at the venue. Read more
Bernie Ecclestone trial date set for October 2023 over alleged fraud (PlanetF1)
Bernie Ecclestone will face trial after being charged with alleged fraud by false representation, with his case due to be heard in October 2023.
The former Formula 1 boss was charged earlier in the summer after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs, the British tax authority, claimed he had failed to declare offshore assets worth in excess of £400m from 13 July 2013 to 5 October 2016.
Ecclestone appeared in Westminster Magistrates’ Court in August to plead not guilty to the single fraud charge against him, and a hearing at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday saw a trial date of 9 October 2023 set by Judge Deborah Taylor.
Prosecutor Alexander Langhorn expects the trial to last around six weeks, with the potential for half-day sessions in case the “defendant’s fitness to participate” is not enough, and the judge confirmed Ecclestone himself may not be required to be “present throughout” proceedings. Read more