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Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom Headed For “$75 Million Divorce,” Claims Mag

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom are headed for a “$75 million divorce,” blares the cover of Life & Style, regurgitating a false report that has been touted by tabloids for the past few months.
The magazine claims that on August 15, the couple met for “crisis talks about their crumbling marriage” at the Hilton Garden Inn in Calabasas, California.
Nope, that never happened.
As Gossip Cop previously reported, Kardashian was at the hotel to film the family’s reality show.
Anyway, the tab goes on to allege that the Kardashians “held an intervention in early August” during which they purportedly confronted Khloe about Odom’s supposed cheating scandals.
A “family source” tells the magazine, “Momager Kris Jenner instigated it.”
Yes, because a true friend of the family would refer to Jenner as “momager.”
Also, the Kardashian matriarch told reporters just last week that everything is completely fine with the couple, who had recently been together and happy at her house.
Still, the so-calle…

Monalisa Chinda & Lanre Nzeribe Break Up

Culled From :- LIB After dating for almost a year and a half, actress Monalisa Chinda and business man Lanre Nzeribe have called it quits and this is authoritative.
According to sources close to the actress, Monalisa walked out of the relationship about a month ago. Why they really broke up is of course only known to both of them but I know there was a lot of disagreement about a business venture they were to start together.
Monalisa and Lanre were working on a magazine called Monalisa before their break up. They already got an office at Chase Mall on Adetokunbo Ademola street in VI, employed staff and even worked on the first edition of the mag before they went their separate ways.
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[Photos] Ex-MBGN Sylvia Nduka spends Summer in Miami

Not wanting to be left out of this year’s Summer Season, Sylvia Nduka travelled to Miami to have some ‘me time’.
The 2011 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria shared fun photos of herself on a boat cruise wearing a white tube and jean bum shorts.
Check out more photos below…

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Deep cyberattacks cost U.S. banks millions

At least three U.S. banks have lost millions of dollars after fraudsters gained control of payment applications that control wire transfers.
The attacks, which occurred over the last three months, show that hackers are "moving deeper and deeper into the [banking] systems," Avivah Litan, a Gartner vice president who has frequent confidential discussions with banks on security issues, said Friday. "There's no doubt about it."
Hackers have long targeted individual users, compromising account logins and passwords to execute wire transfers. Money "mules" are recruited to accept the fraudulent money in their own accounts and then transfer it again, often overseas where it can be difficult to recover.
But the latest attacks appear to be much more financially damaging. Litan said she cannot identify the affected banks, and few technical details are available about how the fraudsters accessed the wire payment application, also sometimes referred to as a wir…

Study: 1-in-10 UK 5-year-olds have mobile phones

When they turn 5 years old, most children are just learning to tell time. However, kids may soon have to learn to master synchronizing Google Now’s reminder functionality with the Keep app. That’s because a tenth of all 5-year-olds are given mobile phones, at least according to a new UK study.
The study, conducted by uSwitch.com, found that 11 is the average age a British child receives their first mobile phone; however, a not-insignificant minority of 5-year-olds also are the proud owners of a mobile phone for the first time.
A direct comparison to US kids is a bit harder to suss out, as the kindergarten age group hasn’t been closely scrutinized by researchers. A 2012 study from AT&T found that 12 is the average age for American teens to get their first cell phone, while a 2011 study found 20 percent of third graders own a cell phone. Neither study focused on the pre-school/kindergarten set, though.
One reason to suspect that phones may be more ubiquitous in the hands of child…

Soldier sentenced in civilian deaths

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales pleaded guilty in June to more than 30 criminal charges, including 16 premeditated murder counts.NEW: "We didn't get our wish," says an Afghan whose relatives were killed NEW: Another says America has lost credibility, support in Afghanistan Staff Sgt. Robert Baleshot dead 16 Afghan civilians before turning himself inBales pleaded guilty in June, sparing him the prospect of a death sentence
(CNN) -- On Friday, a military jury decided U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will get life in prison without parole for killing 16 Afghan villagers.
Yet victims left behind -- some bearing physical scars, others with emotional ones from seeing their kin indiscriminately, brutally gunned down -- say that, with that sentence, they don't feel they got justice.
Friday's decision was not entirely unexpected. In June Bales' pleaded guilty to more than 30 criminal charges, including 16 premeditated murder counts, spared himself from the prospect of a death…

Suit: Cops filmed suspects using toilet

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 12 plaintiffs: 11 women and one man"I am absolutely horrified and violated. I honestly can't believe it," says onePolice and the city of Puyallup, Washington, deny any wrongdoingThey say suspects are recorded for the safety of everyone at the jail
(CNN) -- "A peep show."
That's how attorney James Egan described the jail in Puyallup, Washington.
In a lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of 12 plaintiffs -- 11 women and one man -- Egan alleges that police there recorded suspects undressing and using the toilet. Each had been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
"For an extended period, the Puyallup Police Department has engaged in a pattern and practice of violating the fundamental rights to bodily privacy, dignity, and unlawful searches and seizures of the inmates detained within the Puyallup Police Department's Jail," read the lawsuit, which was filed in Pierce County Superior Court.
"Plainti…

Orezi Covers Dynamix Magazine.

Pop singer, Orezi, covers latest edition of music and youth magazine, Dynamix.

Orezi was recently was in South Africa to shoot the video for his hit single, Rihanna.

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Funke Akindele Facebook impersonator on the prowl

Funke Akindele is not happy that certain persons have been usingher name to ‘extort unsuspecting individuals and fans’.
A rep for the recently-separated actress has issued a statement describing the impersonators as ‘criminals’, explaining that they used Akindele’s name to open a Facebook account to demanded payment from members of the public to participate in movie productions and promotional campaign through her ‘Scene One Production’ company.

The impersonators are said to have gone as far as offering a rangeof prizes including Laptops, TV sets and other consumer products.

‘We wish to state that the star actress, who has a genuine account,will not demand money from anyone to take part in her movie productions or to run her school. Bonafide students of the school pay ONLY to the school’s account (Scene One Production) and not her personal account. Meanwhile, members of the public should note that in due course, registration to the school of drama will commence’, the stat…

Umuahia: Abia’s Multicultural Metropolis

Eket Street in Umuahia
Charles Ajunwa writes that though the north may be far away from the east, Eket Street in Umuahia, Abia State, has become a melting pot where there is a boom in intertribal marriage between the Hausas and Igbos
Eket Street in Umuahia, Abia State capital is renowned, but not for many things. It is the mosaic of peoples, ethnicities, class, languages, faiths, and cultures that the street has become.
In the past it was rare and considered a taboo for the easterners to marry the northerners, but all that is changing. The barrier posed by difference in languages, customs, cultural beliefs and values is giving way to harmonious relationship.
In Abia State, dubbed God’s own state, intertribal marriages reaches high heavens. Over the years the state has continued to encourage marriages between tribes to promote national cohesiveness and unity. And because of the peace and harmony that always exist in the southeastern state, people from different ethnic backgrounds are flo…

Amaechi, Wife Didn't Condole with Me, First Lady Insists

First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan
Muhammad Bello
The Presidency  Wednesday stated for the second time that the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi and his wife, Judith, did not visit with the first family to condole with the First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, over the death of her foster mother, Mrs. Charity Obah.
The presidency's message was contained in a statement issued last night by the Director of Information in the First Lady's office, Mrs. Ayo Adesugba, which also indicated that many people from all walks of life commiserated with the First Lady but that the Amaechis never did.
According to it, "The governor and his wife from the state which the First Lady hails from have not paid such a visit.
"The caption in The Nation Newspaper states that the photographs were taken in the house of the late mother of Mrs. Patience, Mrs. Obah. However, the First Lady did not receive guests for condolence visits in her late mother’s home.
"All those who come to pay c…

Okwu Sues Umeh, Shinkafi over Anambra Poll

Victor Umeh, APGA Chairman
Onyebuchi Ezigbo
The embattled factional leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA), Chief Maxi Okwu, has dragged the National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh, the National Secretary, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before a Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking recognition to nominate candidates for the  November 16 governorship election in Anambra State.
Okwu who had previously enjoyed the support of the Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, but later lost out in a fence-mending reconciliation between Umeh and the governor, is demanding to be recognised as the authentic leader of the party.
In the suit filed by Oba Maduabuchi, lawyer to Maxi Okwu and four others elected with him in the party’s national convention onApril 8, 2013 in Awka, the plaintiffs averred that the APGA convention and election on  February 10, 2011, in Awka in which Umeh was re-elected National Chairman and Shinkafi National Secretary…

President Jonathan: We Won’t Allow PDP to Disintegrate

President Goodluck Jonathan
•  Says we will disappoint our critics 
• Party suspends South-west congress
Chuks Okoch  in  Abuja
President Goodluck Jonathan vowed Thursday to rally other leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to save the party, which is bedevilled by multifarious crises, from disintegrating.
The president, who spoke at the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja, lashed out at the opponents of the party who wish it to disintegrate, saying they would be disappointed.
Jonathan, in his remarks at the meeting, made against the backdrop of the various reconciliatory efforts to put the party in shape ahead of the 2015 general election, said the crises would not overwhelm the party as its strength lies in its ability to resolve members’ differences.
The president also said the strength of PDP as a political party lies in its ability to resolve its differences, whenever such differences occur.
The NEC meeting, which lasted 50 minutes, the shortest in the…

P-square has signed a new act to their label!

P-square has signed a new act to their label! Square records CEO and producer, Jude Engees okoye announced her encampment on twitter.

This is coming as a surprise because the okoye brothers rarely sign other artistes to their label…the only male artist they signed,May D got kicked out barely 3-5 months later.

So square records now have an official first lady.

GCSEs 2013: Top grades fall in UK

There has been a drop in the proportion of General Certificate of Secondary Education examination entries awarded top grades, for the second year in a row.
More than 600,000 teenagers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are receiving results, with head teachers saying changes have caused “a lot of turbulence” in grades.
About two-thirds of exam entries were graded between an A* and a C – a fall on last year.
And the proportion getting an A* or an A fell from 22.4 per cent to 21.3 per cent.
The overall pass rate also fell marginally, for the first time in the exam’s 25-year history.
The results – released by the Joint Council for Qualifications   – also show more pupils are taking exams early (particularly in Mathematics and English), a rise in re-sits and teenagers being entered for more than one exam in the same subject.
The JCQ says these early entries are partly responsible for the drop in results because 16-year-olds are outperforming younger pupils, together with falls in scie…

Enugu: 6,251 apply for 400 UBEC teaching jobs

August 22, 2013 by Agency Reporter Leave a Comment
The Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board has received 6,251 applications for the 400 slots for primary and secondary schools teachers allotted it by the Federal Government.
The Desk Officer for Universal Basic Education in the state, Mrs Amaka Eze, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday that the Universal Basic Education Commission allotted only 400 spaces to the state in its intervention for the employment of teachers.
Eze, who was in Nsukka for the written interview for candidates from Enugu North Zone, said the recruitment was Federal Government’s education intervention programme to ensure that primary and secondary schools in the country had enough teachers.
“This recruitment is government’s intervention programme to solve the problem of inadequate teachers in some primary and secondary schools in the country. Successful candidates will be employed and they will teach for two years and will be paid N18, 000 as monthl…

Don’t leave PDP, North-East caucus tells Atiku

The North-East zonal leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has urged a former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, not to leave the party.
The Chairman of the PDP in the North East, Senator Lawan Giriigiri, who led the PDP zonal delegation to the residence of the former vice president at Asokoro, Abuja, on Wednesday, said the PDP leaders from the zone visited Atiku to identify with him as one of the founding leaders of the party, and to enlist his support towards repositioning the party for the challenges ahead.
The PDP North East, which is also the zone of Atiku, was said to have complained about the need to surmount the myriads of problems affecting the party, chief among which was finance.
Although journalists were not allowed into the meeting, a source who attended the parley, told our correspondent on the condition on anonymity that the former vice president assured his guests that he was still in the PDP and even pledged to render necessary support.
Atiku was said to have …

N100 bribe: Policewoman caught in video arrested

The Lagos State Police Command on Wednesday said it had arrested a policewoman caught in a video footage demanding a bribe of N100 from a commercial bus driver.
Public Relations Officer of the command, Ngozi Braide, told our correspondent on the telephone that the arrest followed a probe of the video which has been circulating on the social media.
 “We have arrested her and she is presently in custody. She will be made to undergo an orderly room trial and the outcome will be made public,’’ Braide said.
When asked to provide the name and the station the female cop was attached, Braide said she could not immediately provide the details and told our correspondent to call back.
Subsequent calls placed to her phone were not answered. A text message sent to her phone on the matter was also not replied.
In the last 24 hours, the one-minute 25 seconds video, which first appeared on YouTube, has attracted double the amount of views, moving from 23,000 to over 46, 000 as at the time of this repo…

APC unfolds manifesto, targets 40,000MW

The All Progressives Congress on Wednesday in Abuja  unfolded a seven-point  cardinal programme that would ensure that electricity generation hit 40,000 megawatts within four to eight years of its leadership.
The  party, in a 31-page manifesto, which was presented to Nigerians  listed the   other components of the cardinal programme as war against corruption, food security,   integrated transport network and free education.
Others are devolution of power, accelerated economic growth and affordable health care.
According to the party, the programme  will transform Nigeria into a progressive state anchored on social democracy.
“Our government shall vigorously pursue the expansion of electricity generation and distribution of up to 40,000 megawatts in four to eight years,”  the APC   said.
Last Tuesday, the Presidential Task Force on Power put the nation’s power generation at 3,311.40MW.
But the APC said it would also   work at making power available from renewable energy sources such as…

Sleep helps brain learn motor task –Study

Sleep helps the brain consolidate what we’ve learned, but scientists have struggled to determine what goes on in the brain to make that happen for different kinds of learned tasks.
You take your piano lesson, you go to sleep and when you wake up your fingers are better able to play that beautiful sequence of notes. How does sleep make that difference? A new study helps to explain what happens in your brain during those fateful, restful hours when motor learning takes hold.
“The mechanisms of memory consolidations regarding motor memory learning were still uncertain until now,” said Masako Tamaki, a postdoctoral researcher at Brown University and lead author of the study that appears Aug. 21 in the Journal of Neuroscience. “We were trying to figure out which part of the brain is doing what during sleep, independent of what goes on during wakefulness. We were trying to figure out the specific role of sleep.”
In part because it employed three different kinds of brain scans, the research i…

Sovereign funds’ fortunes turn as emerging assets sour

LONDON: The world’s biggest sovereign wealth funds may see their bumper profits of 2012 diminish this year as recent diversification into high-growth emerging markets starts to produce disappointing returns, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
Their long-term horizon may allow many sovereign funds, which globally control $5tn of oil and other windfall assets, to weather losses. But the sheer size of these funds may increasingly limit the window of opportunities even when emerging markets recover.
SWFs have piled into emerging markets, crucially via public equity and debt markets, which are cheap to invest in and big enough to absorb sizeable investments, rather than potentially higher-yielding private equity deals, which are often too small and labor-intensive to discover real gems.
According to Thomson Reuters data, the world’s top 38 sovereign funds which globally invest nearly $900 billion in listed public equities allocate more than a third of the total to emerging markets at $383 billi…

13 investors complete payment for power firms •Interstate, North-South miss deadline

Director-General, BPE, Mr. Benjamin Dikki
The 13 consortia that beat the Wednesday’s deadline for the preferred bidders to pay the 75 per cent balance of the bid prices for the 15 successor companies of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria are set to take over the firms.
Sources at the Bureau of Public Enterprises, who spoke with one of our correspondents under the condition of anonymity on Wednesday, said 13 consortia succeeded in making payment for the remaining 75 per cent before the 5pm deadline.
The successful consortia are: West Power and Gas, the preferred bidder for the Eko Distribution Company; NEDC/KEPCO, Ikeja Distribution Company; 4Power Consortium, Port Harcourt Distribution Company; Vigeo Consortium, Benin Distribution Company; Aura Energy, Jos Distribution Company; and Kann Consortium, Abuja Distribution Company.
Others who met the payment deadline, according to the source, are: Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Company, the preferred bidder for both the Iba…

Heineken profits fall as bad weather hits sales

August 22, 2013 by Agency Reporter Leave a Comment
HONG KONG: Poor weather in Europe and the United States has contributed to a fall in profits at Heineken, the world’s third-largest brewer, the British Broadcasting Corporation reported on Wednesday.
Heineken, whose brands include Sol and Strongbow cider, saw first-half profits fall 17 per cent to ¤639m (£546m).
It said bad weather had led to weak “consumer sentiment”, but there was also slower growth in emerging markets.
Chief Executive, Jean Francois van Boxmeer, said the outlook for the second half of 2013 was similar.
Revenues rose three per cent to 10.4bn euros, but that was because of Heineken’s takeover of Asian Pacific Breweries, the maker of Tiger beer.
Heineken bought the 58per cent stake in APB it did not already own for ¤4.8bn last year.
Shares in Heineken fell four per cent in early morning trading.

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India boosts liquidity with $1.3bn

India’s central bank has said that it will inject 80bn rupees ($1.3bn) into the country’s banking system by buying long-term government bonds.
It comes days after the central bank tightened the money supply in an attempt to stem the rupee’s decline.
According to a British Broadcasting Corporation report on Wednesday, the move is expected to make more credit available and also bring down borrowing costs for the government.
 On Tuesday, the bond yield or the cost of borrowing on India’s 10-year bonds touched 9.48 per cent, the highest since 2001.
The Reserve Bank of India said that it was “important to ensure that the liquidity tightening does not harden longer term yields sharply and adversely impact the flow of credit to the productive sectors of the economy.”
The bank said that it would buy the bonds via open market purchase operations on August 23.
India has been grappling with a declining currency. Its rupee has fallen nearly 16 per cent against the US dollar since May and it is Asi…

Leverage crackdown puts spotlight on Credit Agricole, Deutsche

FRANKFURT: A regulatory crackdown on debt could hit Deutsche Bank harder than expected and embroil Credit Agricole  despite the French bank’s insistence that its ownership structure reinforces its capital defenses, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
Global regulators meeting in the Swiss city of Basel in June surprised banks with a new focus on leverage to measure risk, prompting banks holding large amounts of financial derivatives such as Barclays and Deutsche Bank to either tap investors for more equity funding or make plans for yet another purge of assets to free up capital.
With euro zone banks still considered too large — their assets are over three times the size of the bloc’s economy — others are expected to have to raise capital and shrink with Credit Agricole seen by some analysts as most at risk.
France’s third-biggest bank will have to reduce its balance sheet by ¤242bn, or 14 per cent, and generate ¤17bn in capital over the next three to five years to meet new regulatory requi…

Majors eye SE Barents moves

BP, ConocoPhillips and Statoil have joined other major oil companies in showing an interest in the resource potential of part of the Barents Sea and around Jan Mayen island off Norway, www.upstreamonline.com reported on Wednesday.
Italy’s Eni, BG Group of the UK and French player GDF Suez have also snapped up the seismic data package which has been on offer from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate for acreage in the South-east Barents and off Jan Mayen.
A total of 15 oil companies have now bought the package at Nkr 12 million ($1.99m ) plus VAT including Denmark’s Dong Energy and OMV of Austria.
By early July seven companies had already taken packages: Shell, Total, Chevron, Tullow Oil, Lundin Petroleum, Det Norske Oljeselskap and Idemitsu.
The packages include fresh data shot by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) in the South-east Barents, as well as off Jan Mayen island, in surveys carried out in 2011 and 2012.
Norway’s parliament recently approved a proposal to open for up f…

Facebook-led project seeks Internet access globally for all

New York: Facebook Inc’s Chief Executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has enlisted Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, Qualcomm Inc and four other companies for a project aimed at bringing Internet access to people around the world who cannot afford it, following efforts by Google Inc, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
The project, called Internet.org, is the latest move by an Internet company trying to expand Web access globally. Facebook rival Google is hoping technology, including balloons, wireless and fiber connections will expand connectivity.
Internet.org, which was launched on Wednesday, will focus on seeking ways to help the five billion people — or two-thirds of the world’s population — who do not have Internet access, come online, the company said in a statement.
It added that so far, only 2.7 billion people around the world have Internet access.
The partnership’s potential projects will include the development of lower-cost smartphones and the deployment of Internet access in underserved commun…

Comply with nuclear regulations, FG urges oil operators

Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke
| credits: File copy
The Federal Government has urged operators in the oil and gas sector to uphold stipulated regulations set by the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority.
The Minister of Petroleum Resources and Chairperson of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, who said this, encouraged service providers in the industry to cooperate with the NNRA.
She said this would ensure an effective monitoring of nuclear application in the sector.
Alison-Madueke made the plea in a keynote address at the technical meeting on regulating nuclear application in the oil and gas sector organised by the NNRA in Abuja.
She observed that as the biggest importer of radioactive materials in the country, petroleum industry operators must conform to basic safety and security standards.
The minister explained that nuclear applications in Nigeria’s petroleum industry were not new and stressed that s…