Friday, 16 August 2013

FAAN gets 48-hour ultimatum on fuel tankers’ relocation

The Federal Government on Friday issued a 48- hour ultimatum to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria to relocate fuel tankers out of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, citing concern over safety and security.
To ensure compliance, all security agencies attached to the MMIA, including State Security Services, Nigerian Air Force, and others have been mobilised to ensure the fuel tankers are moved out of the airport before Wednesday, as they constitute an infraction to terminal operations.
Briefing journalists on Friday, the Director of Aviation Safety, FAAN, Mr. Wendel Ogunedo , said there is no going back on the relocation of the fuel tankers, many of which have broken down and could be a vulnerable target by people with sinister motives.
He said FAAN acting on the orders of the presidency would not like to see the fuel tankers along the way into the international terminal, as any spillage of inflammable liquid including aviation fuel could do huge damage to installations and houses around the airport.

Jonathan appoints inventor as entrepreneurship Ambassador

President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday appointed a United Stated-based Nigerian, Jessica Mathews, who invented energy generating football and skipping rope as Entrepreneurship Ambassador.
The Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, disclosed this to State House correspondents after the football and skipping rope was demonstrated to President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said: “The product is actually versatile, it is not just about the electricity you see, you can use it to charge your mobile phones, for fans so there are so many things for which it can be used.”
“We are also looking at the possibilities of manufacturing it in Nigeria and see how we can make it cheaper in this country.”
“I am glad that Jessica has also agreed to be our ambassador in terms of promoting entrepreneurship in our Universities. What we want to do is to bring successful entrepreneurs like Jessica to inspire the students and make them more creative so that they can also be employers of labour,’’ he stated
According to the 25 years old Edo State -born inventor, the football could generate three hours of electricity after 30 minutes of play and could store power for 72 hours.
The electricity generated by the ball, she said, could be used as electricity source to power lighting points and household equipments.
Mathews, who is the co-founder of Unchartedplay, said that the airless football when not in use can span for 18 months before replacement.
She also disclosed that she studied Psychology and Economics at Havard University, but taught herself Electrical and Mechanical Engineering because of her interest in the field.

Strike: ‘ASUU will wait till FG gets money’

The Academic Staff Union of Universities will sustain its ongoing strike until the Federal Government gets the money to meet its demands, an ex-officio member has said.
The immediate past chairman of the union at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Prof. Aloysius Okolie, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Nsukka, Enugu State on Friday that the government should not allow a total collapse of tertiary education in the country.
Okolie said that no country had attained enviable height economically and technologically without adequate funds for the education sector.
He said the sector remained the engine room of national development.
“The National Assembly and some executive members are paid jumbo salaries but when it comes to education funding the government has no money.
“How will the country be able to achieve its vision 20:2020 of being among the 20 leading economies if the education sector is not well-funded,’’ he asked.
The former chairman solicited the understanding of the students and their parents, saying the union’s demand was to ensure quality teaching and learning in the universities.
“It is unreliable that in some universities student receive lectures under the trees and in stadium.
“Books, laboratory equipment in our libraries and laboratories are outdated while some politicians and government officials are wasting money in building houses in every state capital and buying fleets of exotic cars.
“The demands will enable the universities to produce quality graduates employable in any part of the world,’’ he said.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

WWE Summerslam: Read our recap of the 2012 event in Los Angeles

SummerSlam come your way in the early hours of Monday morning, live on Sky Sports Box Office and Sky Sports HD Box Office.
Bryan: faced Kane last year - and later became his tag team partner
There are some cracking encounters in the pipeline with Daniel Bryan battling WWE Champion John Cena, CM Punk locking horns with Brock Lesnar, and Cody Rhodes combatting Damien Sandow.
But Summerslam 2013 has a lot to live up to following the 2012 version, which was full of memorable moments, eye-catching bouts and successful title defences.
So before you watch events unfold at the Staples Center in Los Angeles this weekend, read below for our recap of last year’s summer spectacular – and where it lead the men involved…
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Egypt declares national emergency

Egypt has declared a month-long state of emergency after scores of people were killed when security forces stormed protest camps in Cairo.
Map of Rabaa camp
The camps had been occupied by supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi, who was deposed in early July.
State media say the security forces are now in control of the two main camps.
The health ministry says 149 people were killed – but the Muslim Brotherhood, which was behind the protests, says more than 2,000 died.
The state of emergency is scheduled to last for a month. It imposes a curfew in Cairo and several other provinces between 19:00 local time (17:00 GMT) and 06:00.
The measure was taken because the “security and order of the nation face danger due to deliberate sabotage, and attacks on public and private buildings and the loss of life by extremist groups,” the presidency said in a statement.
Vice-President Mohammed El Baradei has announced his resignation from the interim government in the wake of the violence.
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