Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Nigerian Teenage Rapper Agassi Odusina 'Spared Jail In The UK So He Can Pursue Music Career'

Nigerian teenage Agassi Odusina, up-and-coming rapper who threatened to kill a mother and her two children has been spared jail so he can pursue his promising music career. 

Agassi Odusina, 19, who performs under the name Sneakbo, is signed to the same management company as top London rapper Chipmunk.

Odusina admitted being in breach of an ASBO when he ‘aggressively threatened’ the mother earlier this year, after his sister had an affair with her husband. 

Odusina approached the woman and her seven-year-old daughter, neither of whom can be named for legal reasons, and told her to leave his 'sister alone’, a court heard. 

Read more here.

ANTI-GAY BILL: Europe Will Not Condone Punishment of Gays In Nigeria - British High Commissioner

The British High Commissioner in Nigeria today said western countries will not condone the punishment of gays as prescribed yesterday by the Nigerian Senate.

Speaking to Journalists after a closed door meeting with Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa in Dutse, the British High Commissioner said that countries have rights to exhibit their cultural and religious norms but laws punishing expression of one’s sexuality shouldn’t be a yardstick for transgression on the individuals.  

“It is wrong to punish people for mere expression of their relationships or for choosing to become what they have chosen for themselves. Punishment is infringement upon their fundamental human rights and the western countries would not condone the action,” he said.

BOKO HARAM: U.S. House Committee Met Today On “Emerging Security Threat Of Boko Haram To The U.S. Homeland”

On Wednesday, November 30, 2011 the US House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence held a hearing entitled "Boko Haram - Emerging Threat to the U.S. Homeland."

The Committee Chairman Rep. Patrick Meehan’s Opening Statement on Boko Haram's Emerging Threat to U.S – Video below:

Rep. Patrick Meehan Questions Witnesses at Hearing on Boko Haram's Emerging Threat to U.S. Homeland – Video below:

Witnesses at the hearing including:
Dr. J. Peter Pham
Director, Michael S. Ansari Africa Center
Atlantic Council of the US
[full text of testimony]

Ms. Lauren Ploch
Africa Analyst
Congressional Research Service
[full text of testimony]

Dr. Ricardo Laremont
Professor of Political Science and Sociology
Binghamton University
State University of New York
[full text of testimony]

Ms. Jennifer G. Cooke
Africa Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies
[full text of testimony]

The hearing took place few hours ago....

Fake NYSC Camp Discovered By State Security Service (SSS) In Niger State, Nigeria

A fake National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp has been discovered by Niger state command of the State Security Service (SSS) in Bosso Local Government area of the state.

The Assistant Director Security, Mr. Essien Okon told Channels Television at the command headquarters in Minna that the victims comprising of twenty-one males and thirteen females, suspected foul play when on arrival at the orientation camp discovered they were only thirty four and were left alone for three days without any NYSC staff on hand to brief them.

He said the men of the command then commenced a search and in the process discovered the fake orientation camp where the victim were stranded having been abandoned by the operators of the fake orientation camp. Okon said after staying in the camp for three days without food the victims started making contacts with their parents and guardians who alerted the command of the situation.

Essien Okon explained the victims which are products of part-time programmes of six universities across the countryand  were forced to part with sums of money ranging from one hundred and fifty thousand naira (N150,000) to three hundred and fifty thousand naira (N350,000) to facilitate their participation in the NYSC scheme.

While the victims will be released to the parents and guardians, the command is on the heels of the syndicate who are presently at large, Okon stated.

Channels Television crew were however not allowed to use either a still or video camera, thereby making picture and video evidences unobtainable.

Source – ChannelsTV

Photos Of The Day: Legs Wide Wild Spread - Miley Cyrus & Nigerian Singer Goldie

                         Miley Cyrus                     Image Credit: sheifunmi
                    Nigerian Singer Goldie                   Image Credit: ladunliadi
My attention was drawn to these images and I saw a couple of similarities….Seems like Miley Cyrus, former Disney teen Princess and Nigerian singer Goldie both have something in common…Lol

$412,000 Found Buried In Zambia’s Former Labour Minister’s Farm

Zambian investigators are hunting for an ex-minister at whose farm they dug-up about $412,000. According to a state-run newspaper Zambia Daily Mail newspaper, Inspector General of Police Martin Malama has urged former Labour minister Austin Liato to “come out of hiding”.

A combined team of Zambia Police, Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) and Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) last Thursday raided the farm of former Mr Liato – about 45km west of the capital Lusaka – where they found Zambian Kwacha 2.1 billion (about $412,000) buried underground.

“He should hand himself over to the team of investigators now and come out of hiding because this is not helping matters. It is not helping his situation at all,” the Zambia Daily Mail quoted Dr Malama.

“We need to find out from him personally where he could have gotten the K2.1 billion found at his farm. It’s not a secret that we are looking for him.” The police chief said Mr Liato should have been questioned earlier, but he had told the investigators that he was sick and “we understood, but now he must come because we are looking for him.”

The former ruling party – the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) – over the weekend suspended Mr Liato from the party and his portfolio as chairperson for labour in the party’s supreme organ – the national executive committee.

President Michael Sata had said the “Mafia-style” under which this money was hidden raised serious questions about how the same was acquired.


My Son, Conrad Murray Has "Never Drank Alcohol or Took Drugs In His Life”…Mama You Lied, Claimed TMZ

Dr. Conrad Murray's mom wrote a letter to Judge Michael Pastor before his sentencing, pleading for mercy for her son and claiming Conrad is a good person who "never drank alcohol, took drugs or smoked cigarettes in his life."

Alas! TMZ claimed “mama you’re wrong, we have got 80% proof”, your son was at a holiday bash in Vegas in the late '90's and he was seen drinking champagne and cocktails all night long.

You can read full text of the letter Conrad Murray’s mom wrote to Judge Michael Pastor is here.

Journalists I “fear” you o… In fact I “fear” myself, lol.

VIDEO: RACIST RANT - 'You're Not British Because You're Black'…THE HORRIFIC TRANSCRIPT

A 34-year-old former dental receptionist, Emma West of New Addington, London, has been remanded in custody on a racial harassment charge after video uploaded to YouTube showing her allegedly abusing passengers aboard a tram while balancing a toddler on her knee appeared on the internet.

Following an appearance at Croydon Magistrates Court, West was kept in custody over fears of 'revenge attacks' after the video of her rant swept the internet.
Her arrest followed an appeal by the British Transport officers who asked the media to publicise the video to help identify her.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: 'This is in relation to an incident onboard a Croydon Tramlink.'

The video, posted on YouTube, shows a woman apparently hurling abuse at other passengers on the South London tram and making xenophobic insults. The footage appears to have been discreetly captured by a passenger as the tram travelled from Croydon to Wimbledon.

Comments By One Viewer Called The Specialscrew, Read: 'As A White British Male, I Feel Disgusted To Even Be Associated With This Woman By My Race And Nationality.'

The transcript of her rant reads: 'What has this country come to? A load of black people and a load of ****ing Polish. A load of ****ing, yeah... you're all ****ing... do you know what I mean? 
'You ain't English. No, you ain't English either. You ain't English. None of you's ****ing English. Get back to your own ****ing... do you know what sort out your own countries, don't come and do mine.
'It's nothing now. Britain is nothing now. Britain is **** all. My Britain is **** all.
'Yeah its fine. I have got a little kid here. Have respect? I have a little boy here. **** you. I dare you, I ****ing dare you.
'Don't watch my language. Go back to where you come from, go back to ****ing Nicaragua or where ever you come from. Just ****ing go back’.
'I work, I work, I work, this is my British country until we let you lot come over.
'So what. It is my British country, you ain't British. Are you British? You ain't ****ing British. **** off.
'You ain't British, you're black. Where do you come from?
'No, someone's got to talk up for these lot. Look the whole ****ing tram, look at them. Who is black and who is white.
'There is all black and ****ing burnt people.'


Story Credit - Dailymail

Scrap Anti-Gay Bill, It’s Harsh - Amnesty International Urged Nigerian Government

Amnesty International has reiterated its call on Nigerian authorities to scrap a harsh bill that if passed into law would attack basic rights and criminalise relationships between people of the same gender.

Nigeria’s Senate passed the “Same-Gender Marriage” bill yesterday. It will now go before the House of Representatives for approval, after which it will be sent to the President.

Under the bill passed by the Senate, an individual in a same-sex relationship could face criminal penalties of up to 14 years’ imprisonment, an increase compared to the earlier draft. The bill also seeks to impose up to 10 years’ imprisonment and a stiff fine on anyone who “witnesses”, “aids” or “abets” same-sex relationships.

Amnesty International and other human rights organisations previously outlined a range of concerns over the bill’s potential human rights impact. It would place a wide range of people at risk of criminal sanctions, including human rights defenders and anyone else – including friends, families and colleagues – who stands up for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people in Nigeria.

Individuals could face imprisonment based on nothing more than their actual or assumed sexual orientation or gender identity, or stemming from allegations about their relationship status or consensual sexual conduct.

Amnesty International also raised concerns that the bill would contravene Nigeria’s efforts to prevent HIV transmission by driving people already suffering stigma for their identity or consensual sexual behaviour still further underground.

“This bill would have a chilling effect on a range of civil society organisations and events while inciting hatred and violence against anyone suspected of practicing same-sex relationships, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people,” said Erwin van der Borght.

“By aiming to single out and deprive the rights of one group of people, this bill threatens all Nigerians by violating the country’s Constitution and international human rights obligations.”

GARY SPEED DEATH: Depression Advice Sent To 4,000 Footballers In Wake Of Suicide

The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) is to send out a 36-page guidebook on handling depression to all 4,000 members in the aftermath of Gary Speed’s suicide. Chief executive Gordon Taylor has taken swift action after losing a player he regards as ‘one of football’s finest’; although there has been no confirmation Speed was afflicted with the illness.

The guidebook, which includes case studies by Andy Cole, Neil Lennon, Stan Collymore, Paul Gascoigne and PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle, is also being made available to 50,000 ex-professionals.

The PFA have also provided details of hotlines for players who believe they need help, as part of a long-term commitment to curing mental illness. The guidebook highlights situations that could affect a player. Gordon Taylor will distribute the booklet to 4,000 PFA members

Taylor said: ‘If nothing else I hope this tragedy can encourage people who need help to not hesitate to ask for it. ‘I want them to know there is a support system in place to understand their concerns and address them.’

The 36-page document has been produced by the PFA and designed to beat one of football’s last taboos.

Read more here.

Comedian Patrice O'Neal Dies At 41

New York-based comedian Patrice O’Neal has passed Tuesday morning after a long-term battle with diabetes as a result of a stroke he suffered back in October.  The news came from the official Twitter stream of The Opie & Anthony Show, on which O’Neal was a regular guest.

His booking agent Matt Frost released this statement:
The Opie & Anthony Show Broke The Sad News on Twitter...
It is with terrible sadness we must report that Patrice O’Neal has passed away this morning at 7:00am due to the complications of the stroke he suffered on October 19. Many of us have lost a close and loved friend; all of us have lost a true comic genius. His mother, who was also his best friend, was at his side.  Patrice is survived by his wife, Vondecarlo; his step daughter Aymilyon, sister Zinder, and his mother Georgia. The family wishes to thank all of the fans and friends who have expressed an outpouring of love and support for Patrice these past weeks. We ask that you please respect the family’s request for privacy at this difficult time.

Known for his dark, confrontational humor, he was featured on the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn, The Office, and Scary Movie 4. O’Neal was hospitalized earlier this year after suffering a stroke.

May His Soul RIPP....

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lady Gaga Covers Vanity Fair, Reflects On Relationships Past - 'I Have Never Truly Felt Cherished By A Lover'

The singer, who's dating Taylor Kinney now, doesn't always look back positively on some of her previous flings. She tells VF in its January 2012 cover story:

"I have this effect on people where it starts out good," Gaga admits, ominously.
"Then, when I'm in these relationships with people who are also creative, or creative in their own way, what happens is the attraction is initially there and it's all just unicorns and rainbows. And then they hate me."
"I have never felt truly cherished by a lover," the 25-year-old admits. "I have an inability to know what happiness feels like with a man." "I say this honestly, and this is my new thing as of the past year: when I fight with someone I'm in a relationship with, I think, What would my fans think if they knew this was happening? How would they feel about my work and about me as a female if they knew I was allowing this to go on? And then I get out."

"I only know the happiness of putting a smile on someone's face from the stage."


BREAKING NEWS: Dr. Conrad Murray Sentenced To 4 Years Imprisonment for Involuntary Manslaughter

Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray was sentenced to four years in prison today and denied probation for involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death.

The Judge’s flow of sentencing is captured below:

Judge: It's hard to impose sentence. When judge uses discretion is a big responsibility. Neither party is saying Murray acted intentionally.

Judge: “It's important 2 emphasize the standard of proof in this case. Some may think it's was medical malpractice. It is not, it's criminal”.

Judged: I don't look at isolated cases. Dr. Murray engaged in a recurring pattern of deceit, lies and regrettably it was to assist Dr. Murray

Judge: The lies, the deceit began and continue to build up an absolutely astounding set of circumstances.

Judge: the continuous series of lies to guards, unconscionable lies to paramedics, doctors, distortions and lies to law enforcement...
Judge: long-standing failure of character of Dr. Murray as to serve his patient; clear violation of trust and relationship of doctor/patient

Judge: Dr. Murray abandoned his patient. Unacceptable, egregious departure from standard of care, disgrace to the medical profession.

Judge: court makes determination that Murray is not suitable to probation. This court also doesn't have power 2 sentence him to state prison

Judge: He has absolutely no sense of remorse, no sense of fault, he remains danger! I think Dr. Murray is so reckless I believe he's danger

Judge: Denied probation and sentenced Dr. #conradmurray to the maximum of 4 years in state prison to be served at Los Angeles County jail.

Judge: Orders Dr. Conrad Murray to pay $800 in restitution fine; $30 in court fees and $40 in criminal assessment.

Judge: Gave Dr. #conradmurray 46 days of jail credit toward his jail time, 23 for actual time, 23 for good behavior.

Judge: Advises Dr. Murray of his right to appeal. Attorney Nareg Gourjian said he will file notice of appeal either today or tomorrow.

The Judge scheduled Jan. 23, 2012 for restitution hearing. Dr. Murray waived his appearance.

PHOTOS OF THE DAY: 45-Year-Old Singer & Grandma Who Hasn't Cut Her Nails For 18 Years

An American singer better known by 'The Dutchess' Chris Walton told Daily Mail she hasn't cut her nails for 18 years.

But her voice is far from the first thing you would notice if you bumped into her in the street.

The 45-year-old grandmother has the world's longest fingernails.
She stopped cutting them 18 years ago, and now her nails have now reached an incredible 20 feet.

The bizarre nails curl in all directions - yet the mother of five SAYS she cooks and cleans, and can even play the piano and use a computer, but says driving can be a bit of a problem.

Her amazing dedication to her nails has been officially recognised by the 2012 edition of the Guinness Record Book. She painted them a dazzling gold to celebrate.

Nigeria Senate Approves Anti-Gay Marriage Bill…Gay Couples Face Up To 14 Years In Jail, Witnesses Face 10 Years

Nigeria’s Senate voted Tuesday to criminalize gay marriage, instituting prison terms of more than a decade for violations in a nation where gays and lesbians already face discrimination and abuse.

“Such elements in society should be killed,” Sen. Baba Dati said during the debate.

Under the measure, couples who marry could face up to 14 years in jail, and witnesses or anyone who helps couples marry could be sentenced to 10 years behind bars. That’s an increase over the bill’s initial penalties.

The proposed law also has drawn the interest of European Union countries, some of which already offer Nigeria’s sexual minorities asylum based on gender identity. The British government also recently threatened to cut aid to African countries that violate the rights of gay and lesbian citizens.
During the debate, Nigeria Senate President David Mark said Nigeria would not bow to international pressure on any legislation. “Anybody can write to us, but our values are our values,” Mark said. “No country has a right to interfere in the way we make our laws.”

Source – Associated Press

Nigeria’s CBN Governor Sanusi Lamido Emerges Forbes Africa ‘Person Of The Year 2011′

Forbes Africa announced its 2011 Person of the Year in an awards ceremony held in Lagos on Monday night. Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi emerged the Forbes Africa ‘Person of the Year’ 2011, an award that goes to “the individual who, for better or worse, has had the most influence on events of the year gone by”.

Read more here.

Search Engine, BING Named Justin Bieber As 2011 Most Searched Person On Internet

Teen singing sensation Justin Bieber was named the most searched person this year on internet search engine Bing on Monday, edging out reality TV star Kim Kardashian and "Friends" actress Jennifer Aniston.

In a survey conducted by the search engine, Bieber fever took over Bing in 2011 as the Canadian singer, 17, moved from last year's No. 6 position to become the most searched name and musician, based on billions of search queries during the year.

Bieber was the only male to feature in the top 10 list, as Kardashian fell from last year's No. 1 position and Aniston moved from last year's No. 9 position to No. 3 this year, with her rising profile attributed to a burgeoning film career and highly-publicised private life.

Actresses Lindsay Lohan and Megan Fox and singers Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus rounded out most searched names.

Read more here.

SAD! Pastor Femi Emmanuel Of Livingspring Chapel Losses First Daughter, Aged 27

Pastor Femi Emmanuel & Daughter Esther
Sad to hear Pastor Femi Emmanuel of Livingspring Chapel Int’l Church lost his first daughter, Esther Emmanuel on 20 November 2011, aged 27.

Livingspring Chapel Int’l Church is one of the fastest growing Pentecostal Churches in Nigeria. The church is located along Polytechnic Road Eleyele/Sango Bus Stop, Ibadan, Nigeria.

Until her death, Esther worked at the Murtala Mohammed Int’l Airport as a staff of British Airways. The cause of her death remains sketchy, but according to the story being passed around by her colleagues, Esther was on night duty on the day she died, she tripped and fell in the office during the night and when help couldn't get to her on time...she died!

She has since been buried. May her soul RIPP…

Story Credit - Lindaikeji

Mum Shot After Stabbing Girl To Death, Also Threw Son Out Of Window

POLICE in northwest Atlanta today fatally shot a woman when she refused to stop stabbing a young child, who also died. Police said they were called to an Abner Place home after receiving a report that an eight-year-old boy had been assaulted and thrown out of a window by his mother.

When the officers arrived they witnessed the woman sitting in a chair and stabbing another child, aged between two and five, inside the home, a spokesman said.

The child was the 40-year-old woman's daughter, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A neighbour said the girl was four years old.
Two officers drew their weapons and ordered the woman to stop and drop her knife. When she did not they shot her, killing her. The young child - who was not specified as the woman's daughter by police -- was also dead at the scene.

The eight-year-old boy was in a stable condition with what appear to be minor injuries, police said.

The identities of the woman and children were not revealed. Neighbours told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution they had moved to the area from Baltimore about 18 months ago and lived with the woman's adult brother.



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