Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Family of Lawyers! Check out photos of Nollywood actor Kenneth Okonkwo and his sisters at Enugu High Court

Nollywood actor and lawyer, Kenneth Okonkwo shared photos of himself and siblings at the Enugu High Court. He wrote: "It tastes pretty good for lawyers from the same womb to appear on the same side of a case. Glad to be with Anita and Princess my siblings at an Enugu High Court. To God be the glory"

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Desmond Elliot calls for assistance for ailing Nollywood actor, Prince James Uche

Actor/Lawmaker, Desmond Elliot, took to social media this morning to call for public assistance for ailing Nollywood actor, Prince James Uche, who has been ill for over a year now. He wrote;

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Olympian Tyson Gay 15 years old daughter was shoot death.

Tyson Gay's 15-year-old daughter has been shot dead at a Kentucky restaurant.
Trinity Gay, herself a rising track star, was shot in the neck at Cook Out restaurant in Lexington early Sunday morning.

She was taking to  the University of Kentucky Medical Center and died after a short while, the coroner's office for Fayette County said in a statement. 

Olympian Tyson Gay, who will be flying back to Lexington Sunday, told LEX 18: 'She didn't make it. I'm so confused. She was just here last week for fall break. It's so crazy. I have no idea what happened.'

She wanted to be the fastest woman in the world, and they took that away from her.' Said her mother Shoshana Boyd.


 Officers went to the parking lot of the restaurant near the University of Kentucky campus at about 4am after witnesses reported gunfire was exchanged between two vehicles, Lexington police said in a statement.

The vehicles have been described as a gray Dodge Charger and a dark-colored sports car with tinted windows.

 Police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said police don't believe Trinity, who died shortly before 5am, was in either of the cars involved.

Officers located one of the vehicles and stopped two people for questioning, the statement added.
Police were still searching for the second vehicle and are continuing to investigate.

Sophomore Trinity had followed in her sprinter father's footsteps and was making a name for herself as a Lafayette High School athlete.

She was a sprinter and finished fourth in the 100 meters and fifth in the 200 meters at the state Class 3A high school track meet in May, records show. 

She also ran on a 4x200 relay team that finished fourth. Her father also ran at Lafayette and still holds the state record in the 100 set in 2001. 

 Julian Tackett, commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletics Association, wrote on Twitter: 'Shocked to hear of death of Trinity Gay. A life of such potential cut so tragically short. Sympathies to Tyson and entire family.'  May her soul rest in peace.


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A tuba of cassava weighed 30kg in Ohaji Imo-state

 As seen today on the web. Someone wrote, I am proud to be an Ohaji man (food basket of the Imo State). A tuba of my cassava weighed 30kg, only 3 stems of cassava in my farm gave me one basin of garri. He is lucky as the Nigerian Government has made it clear to all Nigerian to invest into farming bussines.

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Saturday, 15 October 2016

Footage reveals trails of devastation left behind by migrants in the city of Paris

The street of Paris, French capital  has been captured by a filmmaker. The footage revealing trail of devastation left behind by African migrants forced to leave on the street in the middle of Paris.

An anonymous Frenchman wearing a hidden camera recorded the aftermath of a raid on a migrant camp on Avenue de Flandre in the north of the French capital.

After the migrants had been forced on to buses by police officers in full riot gear, all that was left was sidewalks blocked with trash, junk and mattresses.

The video also captures the scene before the hundreds of young Africans, mainly Sudanese and Eritreans, were confronted by riot shields and tear gas.
The men are shown forced to live and sleep on flat pieces of cardboard, with all their worldly belongings stuffed into plastic bags. 

However the authors of the video, entitled 'Scenes from the apocalypse, were not sympathetic to the plight of the migrants - blaming them for ruining the iconic image of the French capital.

While no part of Paris looks like the romantic Cliches in Hollywood movies, some districts now resemble post-apocalyptic scenes of a dystopian thriller.

Scenes like this might spread to areas frequented by tourists, forever changing the last romantic parts of Paris that match what most people have in mind when they think of the iconic city.'

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Nigerians supports Aisha Buhari as she slams the president.

Reactions have trailed Aisha Buhari’s comments that she may not support her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, at the 2019 election unless he (the President) reshuffles his cabinet.

Aisha Buhari, had in a BBC Hausa interview, expressed her disappointment in President Buhari’s government, saying that the President does not know most of the appointees in his cabinet.

She also said that the President’s government has been hijacked by  few people, who were behind the presidential appointments.

In the interview, Mrs. Buhari said, “The president does not know 45 out of 50, for example, of the people he appointed and I don’t know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years.

“Some people are sitting down in their homes, folding their arms, only for them to be called to come and head an agency or a ministerial position.”

When asked to name those who had hijacked her husband’s government, she refused, saying, “You will know them if you watch television.”

On whether President was still in charge, she said, “That is left for the people to decide.”
Mrs. Buhari also said that her husband had not told her whether he would contest the 2019 election.

She said, “He is yet to tell me, but I have decided as his wife, that if things continue like this up to 2019, I will not go out and campaign again and ask any woman to vote like I did before. I will never do it again.”

Meanwhile, Mrs. Buhari’s comments on her husband’s government have attracted both applause and criticisms by Nigerians.

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Benin groups commence spiritual dance to usher in new Oba

THE two prominent traditional groups in Benin Kingdom, the Eguadase and Ogbelaka groups, have commenced a spiritual dance called Ekassa to herald the Crown Prince of Benin, Ehenede Erediauwa to the throne of the Oba of Benin.

The Ekassa dance will be held daily until after the coronation ceremony, this  is said to be one of the processes to usher in a new king in Benin Kingdom and it is being carried out by specific families in the kingdom. Ekassa is performed  only by the males dressed in white robes after undergoing spiritual cleansing. The dance moved through streets in Benin city to Uzama Palace where the crown prince is currently carrying out coronation rites and rituals which will last for seven days. Chief Obawonyi of Ogbelaka and Chief Robert Uhuoba who spoke about the significance of the dance said it was imperative that the dance is carried out after the death of an oba and when a new one is about to ascend the throne. According to Uhuoba, partaking in the dance that comes in a life time was a privilege.

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Friday, 14 October 2016

My wife's wrongdoing lured him into alcoholism__ man tells court

A 41yrs old Mr. Oladele Adelakun, a motor spart dealler has
told Akure Customary Court that his wife’s wrongdoing lured him to alcoholism.   The man disclosed this while asking the court to put an end to his 16-year-old marriage with Mrs Kike Adelakun. According to him, the respondent has been engaging in mischievous behaviours ranging from promiscuity to  ritualism

He added that he caught his wife twice in extra marital activities with a man named Felix which was settled by his pastor. The complainant said that he was taking alcohol to keep away from tension caused by the wife. He said that the wife’s harsh treatment to their three children also caused their constant rift which made the wife to rain curses on him and tore his clothes severally.

Responding, Kike Adelakun denied other allegations, but confessed that the she once had sexual relationship with Felix before her marriage to the husband.   She said that the husband packed out three times during the marriage without her notice, but she later found out that he actually went to his mistress house which led to a secret wedding.   The respondent said that her husband’s allegation of not having sexual intercourse with her in the last three years was a lie, citing different instances when the complainant would secretly come to her apartment to make love with her.

Ruling on the case, Chief Rotimi Olusanya, the court’s President, said that peace should be restored to the two parties and adjourned the case till Nov.2 for judgment.

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Thursday, 13 October 2016

FG releases N3.9tr to MDAs –Finance Minister

Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has said that at the end of September, N3.9 trillion out of the N6.1 trillion budgeted for the year has been released.

Mr Mohammed Dikwa, Director, Special Projects in the ministry, who represented the minister, made the statement at a stakeholders’ forum on reducing the cost of governance in Abuja.

In a paper entitled: ‘Public Sector Financial Management Reforms as a Strategy for Cutting Cost of Governance in Nigeria’’, Adeosun said only 18 per cent of the releases was for capital expenses as against 82 per cent for recurrent expenditure.

She, however, said that the releases to the productive sectors of the economy remained the highest in recent times.

She added that Nigeria’s inability to finance most of its development projects had been largely attributed to high cost of governance in the form of large recurrent expenditure.

“In order to grow the economy and fasten the rate of growth and development, there is the need to reverse the trend,’’ the minister said.

She stated that it was important to  allocate through the budgeting process, a larger proportion of funds for massive investment in infrastructure and other capital projects.’’

Adeosun said in the last two decades, costs associated with the running of the government in Nigeria had increased dramatically.

She added that there was a decline in the proportion of the budget allocated to recurrent expenditure.

Adeosun said that from 60 per cent in 1990 to 36 per cent in 1998, the budget increased to 80 per cent in 2003 but dropped to 74 per cent in 2016.

She also said that the rising cost of governance had been a vexed issue in economic discourse in Nigeria.

“Reasons for rising cost of governance in Nigeria are issue of inflation, misuse of public funds and corruption, increase in population, extra-large NASS, extra-large public bureaucracy and need for accelerated growth and development.

“Others are lack of economic efficiency and lack of well-defined rules and regulations,’’ Adeosun said.

She said it showed that all tiers of government in Nigeria spent far more than they earned such that between 2011 and 2015, Nigeria had a consistent annual deficit of over N1 trillion in budget execution.

Adeosun also said that the country’s external and domestic debts amounted to over 30 per cent of national revenue during the period.

In a welcome adress, Mr Victor Muruako, acting Chairman, Fiscal Responsibility Commission, said the forum was the outcome of a very critical review of the financial management framework of Nigeria.

Muruako said the country had failed to address critical issues, such as infrastructure challenges, as well as failure to set priorities right in the face of dwindling revenues.

Muruako said that the continued high expenditure on overhead cost against capital expenditure was unacceptable.

He said that the idea of managing public income and expenditure in a responsible and responsive way in the larger interest of the country was the sole responsibility of the commission.

“It is indeed about prudent management of resources based on fundamental rules of action that provides the framework for evidence based budgeting,’’ Muruako said.

He said in the past, budgets were prepared not for the necessity and solutions required in the system but in such ‘’careless manner’’ that agencies only fixed figures on paper.

“This is why we support the zero based budget which is replacing the incremental budget where no critical effort is made to look at issues,’’ Muruako said.

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Facebook and Google team on undersea cable to Hong Kong

Facebook and Google on Wednesday announced plans to work with a China Soft Power Holdings subsidiary to connect Hong Kong and los  Angeles with a high-capacity internet cable.

The Pacific Light Cable Network will stretch 12,800 kilometers (8,000 miles), crossing beneath the Pacific Ocean in a first-of-its-kind direct connection between the two locations, according to companies involved with the project.

PLCN is expected to handle some 120 terabytes of data per second, enough capacity to enable 80 million high-definition video conference calls simultaneously between Hong Kong and los  Angeles, said Google network infrastructure director Brian Quigley.

Facebook and Google are working with Pacific Light Data Communication Company and with undersea communications technology firm TE SubCom on the cable, which was scheduled to be ready in mid 2018, according to a joint release.

PLCN will be among the lowest-latency fiber optic routes between Hong Kong and the US and the first to connect directly using ultra-high-capacity transmission,” PLCN chairman Wei Junkang said.

It is certainly gratifying that global technology companies like Facebook and Google have become co-investors in PLCN.”

Most Pacific subsea cables stretch from the US to Japan, according to Facebook vice president of network engineering Najam Ahmad.

As the number of people using Facebook apps and services continues to grow in the region, PLCN will help further connect Asia and our data centers in the US,” Ahmad said.

This new direct route will give us more diversity and resiliency in the Pacific.”

– Cables to Clouds –

Lifestyles increasingly centered on access to cloud-based online services as well as to video, pictures and other content on the internet have increased the need for infrastructure capable of quickly and efficiently moving digital data.

PLCN will be the sixth submarine cable in which Google has an ownership stake, according to Quigley. The US internet giant claimed to have the “largest network backbone of any public cloud provider.”

Facebook and Microsoft early this year teamed together to lay a high-speed Internet cable across the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

The subsea “MAREA” cable was expected to be completed by late 2017, with the aim of meeting growing demand by the tech companies’ customers for fast, reliable data connections.

MAREA was expected to have a capacity of some 160 terabytes per second of data, according to the companies.

The 6,600 kilometer cable system will also be the first connecting the United States and southern Europe, running from Northern Virginia to Bilbao, Spain, Facebook and Microsoft said.

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Germany plans 48 million Euros package to stop illegal migrants from Nigeria

Germany is putting together total amount of  47.7 million Euros development package for Nigeria to address the challenge posed by illegal migrants.
The package is expected to stop illegal  migration.

German Foreign Affairs Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier made the statement in Abuja when he fielded questions from newsmen at the end of a meeting of Nigeria-German Bi-National Commission.

He said Nigeria and Germany have signed an understanding not to allow illegal migrants from Nigeria stay in Germany or any where in Europe.
“There is an understanding in Nigeria and we have just signed a Memorandum of Understanding in our meeting of the BNC that, we have to insist that illegal migrants from Nigeria will not be allowed to stay in Germany. That, they have to return and that we have to find the legal basis for the return of illegal migrants from Germany, Europe to Nigeria,’’ he said.

He said that Germany had already offered two million Euros for humanitarian assistance to Nigeria to assist the country tackle the challenges posed by illegal migrants.
The minister said that Nigeria and Germany had a common issue on the illegal migrants, adding that was the reason Germany was offering the assistance.
He said that the number of illegal migrants from Nigeria which was about two per cent in the last two years had increased recently.
In the last few months, the number of illegal migrants from Nigeria is increasing.

Poverty and lack of security may be dominant reasons; young people are leaving Nigeria and embarking on a risky and dangerous journey to cross the Mediterranean sea to Europe.
“So therefore, we have a common understanding that we have to first of all work on perspectives for the younger generation and that is the reason we are offering fund,” he said.

In his remarks, during the question and answer session, Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama expressed concern on the number of irregular migrants leaving Nigeria.
He traced the cause of such a dangerous adventure especially for young people to economic security and the need for education.
He said that the Federal government would address the issue.

We appreciate the willingness of your government to try to tackle some of those peculiar challenges especially Lake Chad, which has shrunk from 90 per cent to 10 per cent of its original size.
“The Lake is impacting directly on the economic life of 30 million people; these are all the areas we believe we should be addressing and the government is doing that,
 he said.

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kim kardashian sues a website over fraud report

Kim Kardashian has filed a suit against for alleging the reality TV star faked having her expensive jewelry robbed in Paris to cheat her insurers out of millions.

In a suit filed in New York, the 35-year-old star said that “after having been the victim of a horrific and traumatic armed robbery in France, Kim Kardashian returned to the United States only to again be victimized, but this time by an online gossip tabloid that published a series of articles in early October 2016 referring to her a liar and thief.”

The articles claimed, without any factual support whatsoever, that Kardashian faked the robbery, lied about the violent assault, and then filed a fraudulent claim with her insurance company to bilk her carrier out of millions of dollars,” the lawsuit said

Kim kardashian, who was in France capital Paris Fashion Week, was robbed on October 3 by five men posing as police officers.

Kardashian was tied up and locked in the bathroom while the robbers helped themselves to a ring worth around four million euros ($4.5 million) and a case of jewelry with a value of five million euros ($5.6 million).

Two mobile phones were also stolen during the holdup in the chic Madeleine district of Paris, near the city’s main department store
She flew home to the US after being questioned by police over the incident, which a spokeswoman said had left her “badly shaken.”

Kardashian has been a fixture of US celebrity news for more than a decade, known mainly for the TV show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” and a leaked sex video.

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Court admits exhibits on Badeh’s trial

The Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, has evidence documents showing payments to contractors who allegedly worked for former Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.

After listening to both parties, Justice Okon Abang ruled that though they were public documents, they did not fall under those that required payment of fees. He, therefore, admitted the documents in evidence as Exhibits B6 and B7.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Badeh alongside a firm, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited, on a 10-count charge of money laundering.
The admission is followed by the testimony given the Prosecution Witness No. 6 (PW6), Mohammed Lawan Sini, the then Camp Finance Officer of the Nigerian Air Force (NFA), against Badeh.

The witness told the court that on assumption of office, he was intimated of the monthly disbursement of N558,200,000, officially earmarked for maintenance of the office of the Chief of Air Staff.

He added that since he was already made to understand that the monthly transfer was meant for official maintenance, he had no need for details on how the funds were used.

The defense counsel, Chief Akin Olujimi, asked the court to reject the document, saying there was no evidence of payment of any fees in the document tendered in evidence.

“The mere fact that a government department is making use of a true copy of document, which is certified, does not exclude the department from paying appropriate fee for the document,” Olujimi said.

He, therefore, urged the court to direct that before the document was tendered in evidence, appropriate fees were paid.Olujimi also stated that the witness testified that he was the Camp Officer between November 2012 to December 2013 and accordingly, it is only a public officer who had custody of public documents that could certify same, and not a person who had held office before and had retired or been transferred.

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Khloe Kardashian breaks silence on Kim's robbery as she says her older sister 'is not doing well' after the robery incident

Kim Kardashian is 'not doing very well' nine days after her dramatic robbery at gunpoint in Paris.
 Her younger sister Khloe Kardashian broke her silence on the jewelry heist that saw Kim robbed of over $10 million as she appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The 32-year-old said of the crime's impact on her family: 'I mean, it's incredibly traumatic what happened to her.'

'But our family is super close and great and we'll get through it together,' she continued, 'and we do appreciate all of your guys' love and support and it will take time.' 
'You know, it was horrible what happened to her,' Khloe added.
The reality star went on to reveal how she and her family are reevaluating their social media presence after the incident. 
 I think it's just a wake up call to make a lot of life adjustments,' Khloe explained. 'This is a really serious matter for Kim.' 
'I think that's really personal, as to that emotional terror [and when] you could move on from that. It's a wake up call for all of us, but definitely [the focus is] just to make sure our sister is okay.' 
Khloe said that the entire family has escalated their level of security: 'Just [to] make sure we're protected as well as possible.

'Like I said, we're a family, we'll do this together. I think it's important to make those adjustments and to pull back a little bit I think is always smart.'
One of those precautions appears to be putting the family reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians on hold as Kim recovers.
Khloe's interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show will air on Tuesday. 
Kim was robbed on October 2 while attending Paris Fashion Week.

Five robbers in masks and dressed as police officers held her at gunpoint in her Parisian luxury apartment. They bound and gagged her and placed her in a bathtub after she reportedly begged for her life.
The robbers escaped with over  $10 million worth of jewelry. The investigation is ongoing. 

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This is how Lord's Chosen church members in Ebonyi choose to rejoice following news of their founder's visit

The  LordsChosen Church members in Ebonyi state branch, were very dramatic in their expressions as they rejoiced over their founder, Lazarus Muoka's visit to the state. ‎  see more photos after the cut

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Monday, 10 October 2016

Red carpet photos of Lupita Nyong’o at the premiere of ‘Queen of Katwe’

 Oscar winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o had it at the premiere of her new movie ‘Queen of Katwe’ on Sunday, October 9. The ’12 Years a Slave’ actress hit the red carpet wearing multi-coloured African attire alongside a pair of powder blue high-waisted trousers to the BFI London Film Festival for her movie premiere. See more photos after the cut.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

British voters do not regret backing Brexit 

British voters do not regret backing Brexit and do not want a second referendum on EU membership, said a leading polls expert  Wednesday as he presented the results of a new study.

Professor John Curtice of Glasgow’s Strathclyde University analysed a series of polls since the June 23 referendum when 52 percent voted to leave the European Union.

“We remain divided three months on — very few minds have been changed,” he told a briefing in London.

He also said that people were now adjusting their expectations over pledges during the campaign to cut immigration and reallocate funds to the National Health Service which currently go to the EU.

“Before the referendum, over half the public expected the level of immigration to fall as a consequence of Brexit,” Curtice said. “Now, that number has fallen to around 45 percent.”

Asked what they expected of Brexit, most Britons mentioned the end of freedom of movement but also continued access to the single market.

“The European leaders including European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker insist that the will not accept limits on the free movement of people, a core EU principle, in any deal that allows Britain access to the single market.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s government contains both supporters of a “hard” Brexit which would involve severing ties with EU institutions and those who would prefer a “soft” departure that could involve continued access to the single market.

May says she will not trigger the formal process for leaving the EU before the end of this year.

Triggering Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty would begin a two-year countdown to actual Brexit.

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husband tells the court that his his is a thief.

 Livinus Uwa, A 42-year-old businessman, told the Igando Customary Court in Lagos that he wife whomm he married is a  thief. Uwa made this known when he testified in his divorce petition against his wife, Chineye, on Wednesday in Lagos.

He begged the court to dissolve his four-year-old marriage to his wife Chineye because of her behaviour for stealing his money in the wardrobe. “I married a thief, on severally occasions, my wife stole my money from my wardrobe, rendering me broke. The last time she burgled my room and stole N350, 000. “I reported the theft at the police station and she confessed to the theft, but the money was not recovered, “I have reported all her behaviours of stealing habits to both families, they called her but she refused to change,’’ he said. The petitioner accused his wife, who failed to appear in court after several summonses of abandonment, adding that since they married, Chineye had been appearing and disappearing.

“When she was pregnant, she left the house to an unknown place and came back after she was delivered of the baby. “She abandoned our baby when she was 10-month-old; I have to engage a baby sitter to take care of her. When the baby was two years, I enrolled her in school and my wife reappeared, he said. He described his estranged wife as a lazy and dirty woman, adding that “Chineye is lazy, she cannot cook, wash or sweep and I do the house chores. Uwa pleaded with the court to dissolve the marriage, since he could no longer condone her stealing habits, adding that he was no longer in love with her. In his judgment, President of the court,

 Mr Adegboyega Omilola, dissolved the marriage. Omilola held that it was obvious from available testimony and the respondent’s refusal to appear in court that the marriage had hit the rock. He said throughout the duration of this case, the respondent refused to honour court summon, adding that the court had no other choice than to dissolve the marriage. “The marriage between Livinus Chineye and Uwa. both parties are no longer husband and wife, they are free to go their separate ways without any hindrances and molestation,’’ Omilola said.

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Sunday, 11 September 2016

India Business man who owns 22 apartments in the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa wants to buy more

For someone to own one apartment in the world's tallest building would be impressive. But to own upto 22 apartment, Is a jaw dropping and amazing.

Well it is a real life story! Indian businessman George V. Nereaparambil is the very man who owns more than his fair share of the 900 apartments in the Burj Khalifa. He is thought to be one of the biggest private owners within the building, but he says will not stopping at 22.

"If I get a good deal, I'll buy more. I am a dreamer and I never stop dreaming," he tells Khaleej Times from one of his apartments in the iconic Dubai landmark.
With lavish gold decor covering the walls, floors and ceilings, the apartment is a good match for George himself.

Sharply dressed in a silver-toned suit with bright white shoes, he is every bit the successful businessman he portrays: Passionate, hardworking, but humble down to his core. George's impressive property resume all came about when a friend teased him about the 828-metre building.
A relative of mine jokingly told me: See this Burj Khalifa, you cannot enter it."
But George did more than enter it. After seeing an advertisement in a newspaper about an apartment for rent in the building, the Kerala-born businessman got straight on the phone.
"That very same day, I rented the apartment, and the next day I was living in it. That was in 2010."

Now, six years on with 22 apartments under his belt, he said five are rented, and as for the rest, he's "waiting for the right tenant". George first touched down in Sharjah back in 1976. The visit marked his first trip outside of India, but the expat was far from a naïve newcomer.
After realising there was huge scope for an air conditioning business in the hot climate of the desert, the mechanic-turned-businessman went about setting up the beginnings of his now mini empire, GEO Group of Companies. But this wasn't his first taste of life as a businessman.

At the age of 11, George would regularly help his father trade cash crops.

Tasked with the job of transporting the materials to the market and bargaining with the traders, he juggled all this while still at school. With a taste for independent trading, the then young boy set up his own little side business too, making money from waste.
"People in my hometown used to trade cotton, but they'd throw away the cotton seeds. Not many people knew at that time that you could make gum from those seeds."

Sifting through the dirt and sand to gather up the disregarded seeds, George said he'd often make a "90 per cent profit selling them on".
"I'd do the same with tamarind seeds too. I'd sell the empty shells on as cattle feed."
A true rags to riches story, George has not let his success get to his head - nor the fact that he owns a huge chunk of one of the world's most popular landmarks.

For me, learning is the biggest wealth. I continue to learn every day, this is my biggest success. People should dream, people should learn, and then people will achieve."
From as young as 11, George has been a champion of utilising waste.
His next big plan is to build a canal from Trivandrum to Kasarakod, and he's inviting others to step forward and help make his dream a reality.
"This canal will give back to nature. Whatever water will come from the forest nearby, we will produce electricity from it. We will also use the water to cultivate vegetables, and I plan to section off a small part of it so that fisherman can cultivate fish. We will also use the slurry as fertiliser.
"My hobby is to buy land and I want to make use of every single part of that canal."

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Saturday, 10 September 2016

Federal government can’t train rescued Chibok girls in U.S  –Minister.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has said it can’t afford to training 10 Chibok girls taken to the United States by some  Non Governmental Organizations (NGO)  and individuals and now stranded.
The 10 girls were among the 57 Chibok school girls that have escaped from Boko Haram few days after their abduction by the insurgents on April 14, 2014.
Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aishatu Alhassan told newsmen at a briefing in Maiduguri yesterday that her ministry was inundated with requests to intervene in the academic careers of the 15 Chibok girls taken to the US by some individuals and NGOs with the consent of their parents.

“These girls were among those that escaped from Boko Haram after their abduction. Those who took them to the U.S did so, on a private arrangement. The Federal Government was not involved and we learnt that these girls were not  going to school over there at the moment. We waded in when we learnt the girls were being used to solicit for donations in the U.S.

“This prompted the president to permit me to meet with their parents to discuss the way forward because I have told them the reality on ground now; that this government cannot afford the cost of their educations in the U.S now in view of the present economic reality,” Alhassan told newsmen shortly after meeting with the parents in Maiduguri Government House on Thursday night.

She said her interactions with the parents and guardians of Chibok girls revealed that a total of 15 Chibok girls were taken to the us

“From my discussions with the parents, I discovered five who had gone earlier to the U.S are getting along with their studies while the Murtala Foundation (named after the late Head of State, Gen Murtala Mohammed), has agreed to sponsor five,” she explained. She said two out of the remaining five girls were with a white man, while three are with a lawyer who had written the Federal Ministry of Women affairs, informing it of the girls condition.
She said government could not finance their education because of the current economic condition in the country now, but assured it would facilitate sponsorship through some NGOs and international donors.

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