Monday, December 26, 2011

“Can Nigeria Survive A Religious War?”…Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Is Asking

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in 19 Northern states and Abuja on Monday told Christians to defend themselves against any attacks. In a statement entitled “Can Nigeria Survive A Religious War”, signed by its Secretary-General, Elder Saidu Dogo, CAN said, “enough is enough” of Boko Haram attacks and security agencies must arise and carry out their constitutional responsibilities.

We appreciate the efforts of the Federal Government and its security agents in trying to curtail these attacks. However we are piqued that the efforts of Government are being undermined by the sponsors of the Islamic Fundamentalists in the North. We are particularly disturbed that the perpetrators of these dastardly acts and their sponsors are well known to government and no serious or decisive actions have been taken to stem their nefarious activities.”

Read more here.

VIDEO: Christiane Amanpour “This Week” Anchor Signs Off From Final Broadcast

Christiane Amanpour signed off from her final broadcast of ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. Amanpour closed the broadcast with some final thoughts.

She thanked viewers for welcoming her into their homes each Sunday and spoke of her upcoming gig. "In the new year you can find me off on new adventures, covering global affairs and challenges here at home in this struggling economy," Amanpour said.

Amanpour's departure from "This Week" was announced in mid-December. She will split her time between hosting prime time specials on ABC, and launching a new international affairs program on CNN International. Former "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos will return to ABC's Sunday morning show on January 8, 2012.

View a video of Amanpour's farewell below.
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Eric Benet & Wife Manuela Testolini WELCOME Baby Girl!

Both the stork and Santa Claus delivered a bouncing baby girl to R&B singer Eric Benet and wife Manuela Testolini last week.

Eric Benet and wife Manuela Testolini are now the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl named Lucia.  The proud papa posted about the birth on Twitter saying, 
“Best thing in the world..Sending your 3 day old baby back to sleep w lil kisses on her head at 3:20am :) so happy!!”
Proud Dad...
Happiest Dad...
At home, Lucia will be welcomed by big sister (and singer) India, Eric's daughter from a previous relationship.

Congrats to the newlyweds and new parents!

MURDER-SUICIDE: Gunman Dressed As Santa Claus Killed Self & 6 Others on Xmas Day in Texas

Police in Texas say the man they believe is responsible for a Christmas Day shooting that left him and six members of his extended family dead was dressed as Santa Claus.

Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling said Monday the shooter "showed up shortly before the incident took place" in the Santa outfit and was a member of the family opening gifts in the apartment.

Eberling said the identity of the man and the victims will be released after autopsies are conducted Monday.

Police went to the apartment Sunday after receiving a 911 call in which no one was on the other line. They found four women and three men, aged 18 to 60, dead.

The apparent murder-suicide involves the first homicides in this Fort Worth suburb since June 2010.


Brazilian Football Star Adriano ACCIDENTALLY “Shot Girl In Hand”

Brazil football star Adriano accidentally shot a woman in his car with his bodyguard's gun, it has been claimed.

Adriene Cyrilo Pinto, 20, was hit in her left hand and needed surgery following the incident outside a Rio de Janerio nightclub.

The former Inter Milan forward, 29, had reportedly left a party at Barra Music club with four young women at 6am on Christmas Eve when the incident happened.

Ms Pinto told police the footballer was fooling around with his bodyguard's .44 calibre pistol in the back seat of the BMW when it accidentally went off and hit her.

Police sergeant Amilton Dias told Brazil's Record TV that the footballer had taken out the gun's magazine and was showing off to the women, who he was taking back to his home.

Police in Rio are investigating.

Probe: Police in Rio de Janerio inspect the BMW which the
20-year-old woman was sat inside when she was shot by mistake
Gunshot: A bullet hole can be seen on the white BMW after the
 young woman was shot after Adriano left a nightclub in the city

PHOTOS: Julius Agwu on the Cover of Vanguard ALLURE (Christmas Edition)

JULIUS AGWU: On Christmas…Excerpts:

”You can’t take away the fact that we are Africans and we love our communal life, you can’t be on your own, at Christmas, we go to the village to kindle those memories”…


Happy Boxing Day To You All…

AUDIO: Lady Gaga Released “Stuck On F*ckin' You”, Unreleased Track From 'Born This Way'

This Christmas, Lady Gaga presents the world with "Stuck On F*ckin' You," an unreleased track off Born This Way.

Gaga tweeted that she wrote the bluesy track in Minnesota, on the tour bus after the Monster Ball, recorded it "in one shot," Fernando on guitar, Paul on "Drum Machine," and Gaga writing, singing and "freestyling the last minute + a half of the song." "We're in Minnesota/And it's a sold-out show again" isn't exactly inspired free-styling, but there you have it.
Little Monsters?
 Christmas with bad words.


PHOTOS: Mr. & Mr. Elton John Welcomed Their Son Zachary A Year Ago (Last Year’s Xmas Gift)

Four weeks old (left) and my first magazine cover. Daddy Elton and Papa David are telling everybody how wonderful life is... We're in Hawaii (right) and daddy's about to EAT me! I know he has a big appetite, but this is ridiculous. Oh, he’s just making funny faces
Exactly one year ago (On Christmas Day) Elton John and his partner David Furnish welcomed their son Zachary (thanks to a surrogate mother).

Back then, Mr. & Mr. Elton John  told the world ‘we are overwhelmed with happiness and joy’ and the feeling clearly hasn’t dimmed, as Zachary has followed his besotted parents on a veritable world tour. 

David Thomas imagines his diary of a very eventful year...
I'm Elton's baby, so of course I've got outrageously cool specs. I need them too. It's not the Hawaiian sun that's dazzling me, it's Papa David's wild swimming trunks

It's springtime in New York and Papa David is taking me for a walk in my stroller. What are we up to today? Shopping, lunch, more mwaah mwaah kissies? Whatever, just wake me up when we get there...

My dads are having lots of fun with TV presenter Barbara Walters at our home in Manhattan. But if she keeps patting my back like that, don't blame me if I add some accessories of my own to that expensive blouse of hers

My nanny is pushing me round Central Park (right) to look at the Spring blossom. Forgive me for looking bored, but I live with a man who once spent £290,000 on flowers in a year

Daddy Elton arrived at Venice airport in his leopard-print shoes and Papa David got a snazzy silk hanky in his pocket. Me, I'm just rocking
This is more like it! The daddies and I are spending August in sunny St Tropez. So it's goodbye to boots and raincoats and time to break out the shorts. Don't tell the old fellas, but I think I've got the best bod, don't you?

Feeding time at the zoo in Georgia: I hope Daddy Elton changes out of that tracksuit before someone takes a photo. Oh, too late

Daddy Elton used to wear caps like these (left), before his hair magically grew back. Happy birthday to me (right), in Sydney. I’m just one and I’ve been right round the world. It’s been quite a year!


XMAS DAY BOMB BLASTS: Condemnation From Around the World…Bombings, Burden Nigerians Must Live With, Says Nigerian President

Terror attacks targeted at Christians, including two bombs at church services, killed at least 40 across Nigeria. A radical Muslim sect claimed responsibility for five attacks which struck the nation's north-east yesterday.

Most of the victims died on the steps of a Roman Catholic church after celebrating Christmas Mass.

However, world leaders have condemned the terror attacks:

The Vatican condemned the blast at the Catholic Church. A Vatican spokesman said the church hoped ‘this senseless violence does not weaken the will of the Nigerian people to live peacefully and promote dialogue in their country’.   The Vatican spokesman also describe the attacks as a sign of 'cruelty and absurd, blind hatred' that shows no respect for human life.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague called the bombs ‘cowardly attacks on families gathered in peace and prayer to celebrate a day which symbolises harmony and goodwill towards others’.       

French President Nicolas Sarkozy ‘condemned these acts of violence in the strongest terms’ and ‘expressed solidarity with Nigeria's fight against terrorism’, his office said.  
Italian foreign minister Giulio Terzi condemned ‘vile attacks ... against the universal principles of civilisation.’  

The White House said the attacks appeared to be acts of terrorism. The White House said: ‘We condemn this senseless violence and tragic loss of life on Christmas Day’

Nigerian President said on Sunday, “The issue of bombing is one of the burdens we must live with. It will not last forever; I believe that it will surely be over’’. Jonathan said there was no justification for the crime and called on Nigerians to continue to pray for peace in the country.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Award Winning Comedian AY Nets 60 Million Naira Endorsement Deal

Haven Homes has unveiled multiple award winning comedian AY as its brand ambassador. The unveiling took place during an Expo held at Oriental Hotel which was attended by the crème de la crème of the Nigeria society.

The award winning comedian was visibly excited about the union with the Home Builders whose qualitative finishing was fast becoming the toast of the nation.

“I have always strive for excellence in the implementation of my events and my performance to be singled out by a brand as unique as Haven Homes is indeed an honour", an elated AY stated. 
AY revealed the endorsement on Twitter via Facebook...
The ambassadorial contract, which means the brand AY, would grace various publicity campaigns for Haven Homes brands within the next one year including Billboards, Television Commercials (TVCs) and other Press Ads. In line with this, Haven Homes unveiled two of its TVCs that will soon hit the airwaves during the unveiling.

Congrats man, you have paid your dues.

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PHOTOS: Kelly Handsome Involved in a Car Accident on Christmas Eve

News came in yesterday that Kelly Handsome was involved in a fatal accident in Imo state on Christmas Eve. Thank God he survived the accident with his crew.

Wishing him speedy recovery.


XMAS DAY BOMB BLAST: Mountain of Fire Church Bombed in Jos, Policeman killed

KANO (AFP) – A policeman was confirmed killed in a second Christmas Day explosion near a church in Jos, a spokesman for the state governor said, bringing the toll from both explosions, i.e. Suleja and Jos Bombings to at least 28.

Pam Ayuba, a government spokesman, told reporters the blast struck on Sunday near the Mountain of Fire Church.

“There was a bomb blast at Mountain of Fire church this morning,” Pam Ayuba said of the attack in the central city of Jos. “One policeman guarding the church was killed and three vehicles were burnt in the inferno. A wall of the church was destroyed.”

Two other locally made explosives were found in a nearby building and disarmed, Ayuba said. Military personnel moved in to secure the area following the attack.

There was no immediately claim of responsibility for either explosion.

Father Federico Lombardi, a spokesman for the Vatican, condemned the blasts as "terrorist violence".

"We are close to the suffering of the Nigerian Church and the entire Nigerian people so tried by terrorist violence, even
in these days that should be of joy and peace," Lombardi told Reuters.


(GRAPHIC IMAGES): Another Suicide Bomb Blast in Jos, At Least 25 Confirmed Dead in Suleja On XMAS DAY

St. Theresa's Catholic church in Madala, Niger State
At least 25 people have been killed after an unknown person set off an explosive device outside a church in the Nigerian capital during Christmas Day celebrations, according to a relief worker.

Witnesses have also reported a second attack and loud explosions in the central town of Jos according to Reuters sources.

Al Jazeera's Ahmed Idris, a producer reporting from near the scene of the attack, says the attacker used an "improvised explosion" device after failing to gain access to the church.
A relief worker told Idris at least 25 bodies were recovered and of those six have been mutilated and the 19 others were still intact.

"I am standing near a huge crater left in the road. The damage to structures and buildings can be seen from 150m away. The church and surrounding shops and homes were also damaged.

"At least eight cars and two motorcycles were burnt beyond recognition."

The explosion at St Theresa Church on Christmas morning was confirmed by Yushau Shuaib, a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency of the blast in the Madalla area.

People were inside the church at the time of the blast, but Shuaib could not say initially determine how many.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Felix Onuah, a Nigerian journalist said emergency workers were trying to evacuate the scared and the injured from the area where a Christmas day procession and service were being held.

The emergency agency reported that it is not have enough ambulances available to evacuate the dead and the wounded, according to Reuters.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, though Nigeria has been hit by scores of bomb blasts and shootings attributed to the rebel group Boko Haram.


{images: Saharareporters, Story: AljazeeraTV}



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