Saudi King Salman will launch the construction of an “entertainment city” near Riyadh Wednesday, authorities said, part of a series of multi-billion dollar projects as the kingdom seeks to diversity its oil-reliant economy. The 334-square kilometre project in Qiddiya, southwest of Riyadh, would rival Walt Disney and include high-end theme parks, motor sport facilities and a safari park, officials say. Qiddiya chief executive Michael Reininger said he expects the project will draw foreign investors in entertainment and other sectors, but did not specify the total cost of construction. The reform stems partly from an economic motive to boost domestic spending on entertainment as the kingdom has been reeling from an oil slump since 2014. In February, Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) announced it will stage more than 5,000 festivals and concerts in 2018, double the number of last year, and pump $64 billion in the sector in the coming decade.
April 24, 2018 11:48 UTC
Reprudencia Sonkey, US-based Cameroonian/Nigerian singer and fashion designer, popularly known as Dencia, took to her Twitter page @iamDencia, to advise young people who are aspiring to get married to get psychiatric evaluations of their partners before marriage. She warned that pastors can’t evaluate anyone better than a psychiatrists. Dencia also believes this should be enforcedSee her tweet:All ye future married folks need to get psychiatric evaluations of ur partners before ending up with crazy wives or Husbands,Infact they should enforce that.Pastors can’t evaluate y’all better than psychiatrists .Save urself future problems. — Dencia (@IamDencia) April 24, 2018(Visited 243 times, 7 visits today)
April 24, 2018 11:48 UTC
At least 18 people were killed in different parts of Rwanda due to disasters triggered by heavy rains on Monday night, the government said on Tuesday. Eight people were killed in Gasabo district, capital city of Kigali, Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs said on its Twitter handle. Up to seven people were killed in Northern Province’s Rulindo district, while another three were killed in Gatsibo District, Eastern Province, said the ministry. READ ALSO: Falz’s security aides rough-handled me –Kate Henshaw in mock claimLocal media reports indicated that in Rulindo district heavy rains triggered a landslide which destroyed a house, killing four family members while in Gasabo district four of the victims died after a house they were sleeping in collapsed. The ministry earlier this month said 41 people had been killed while more than 160 others were injured across Rwanda by disasters triggered by heavy rains since March 2018.
April 24, 2018 11:37 UTC
Former France football coach Henri Michel, who led Les Bleus to the 1984 Olympic title, has died at the age of 70, the French footballers’ union (UNFP) announced on Tuesday. “Henri Michel, a colossus of French football, left us this morning,” the UNFP wrote on Twitter, adding their “sincere condolences to his family and friends”. He took over France’s Olympic men’s squad in 1982, guiding them to the ’84 gold medal in Los Angeles where they beat Brazil in the final. Michel then took over a France team containing Michel Platini which had just won the European Championships under the management of Michel Hidalgo. “He was a great friend, a true professional, a great guy in every respect.”Under Michel, France made it through to the 1986 World Cup semi-finals where they lost 2-0 to West Germany.
April 24, 2018 11:26 UTC
Just a day old, Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton’s third baby is already making history. Kensington Palace announced on Monday morning that Prince William and Kate had welcomed their third royal baby — a boy! According to the Daily Mail, the birth weight of his dad, William, and Kate’s second son, George, makes him the heaviest royal baby to be born in over 100 years. As the world celebrates the arrival of a new royal child, speculation is already mounting around the name that Will and Kate will choose. Arthur, Albert and Philip are considered to be front-runners for their second son, who is now fifth in line for the throne behind Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
April 24, 2018 11:26 UTC
It was an occasion to mark the 48th annual Earth Day celebrated April 22, yearly. (like an eagle flying in the sky) in the place called Nigeria? That’s the great job!”Speaking of resilience, the Ambassador Symington mentioned the Lekki Conservation Area in Lagos as an example of resilience at work. The Earth Day was founded by former Wisconsin, US Senator Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970. Today, the world celebrates Earth Day to support and promote awareness on the need to protect the environment.
April 24, 2018 11:15 UTC
An Indonesian court on Tuesday sentenced a former parliament speaker to 15 years imprisonment for his involvement in a multimillion-dollar corruption case. Setya Novanto was found guilty of receiving 7.3 million dollars in kickbacks for garnering parliamentary support for a 440-million-dollar government project to issue electronic ID cards. The seasoned politician was arrested in November by the country’s anti-corruption commission after evading questioning for weeks, claiming ill health. Investigators picked him up at the hospital after doctors certified that he was fit for questioning. KPK said total losses to the state as a result of corruption in the ID card project are estimated at $172 million.
April 24, 2018 11:15 UTC
A former female student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Monica Osagie, whose leaked audio conversation with Professor Richard Akindele, allegedly demanding for five rounds of s3x to secure marks, on Tuesday, appeared before the panel, constituted by the university to investigate the matter. Though, the panel was sitting at the Vice Chancellor (VC)’s lodge, located around the staff quarters of the institution, only two lawyers were allowed entranced into the fenced premises with tall black gate. Tribune Online authoritatively gathered at the venue that officials from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) were prevented from the observing the proceedings which began at 10.00 am, just as journalists were also barred from gaining entry to observe the proceedings. A white colour Hilux van, belonging to the university security department was parked at the entrance of the gates leading into the VC’s lodge with about four plain cloth security officials, led by the Chief Security Officer ( CSO) of the institution.
April 24, 2018 11:03 UTC
Friends of the Earth Netherlands has revealed plans to institute a legal action against Shell Oil Corporation if it failed to stop activities that destroy the climate. The Executive Director of ERA/FoEN, Godwin Ojo disclosed this at a media briefing on ‘Litigation as Advocacy’ with the theme ‘climatechange: Court Case against Shell’ held in Benin City, recently. “This case is supported by Friends of the Earth International, which campaigns for climate justice for people across the world impacted by dirty energy and climate change. “Friends of the Earth Netherlands’ case is part of a growing global movement to hold companies to account for their contributions to dangerous climatechange. In January, the cities in USA instituted court case against Shell, the case was unique as it was the climate lawsuit demanding that a fossil fuel company acts on climate change rather seeking compensation.
April 24, 2018 11:03 UTC
Femi Makinde, OsogboThe alleged victim of sex-for-mark, Monica Osagie, is currently appearing before the committee raised by the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, to probe the allegations against Prof. Richard Akindele. The committee is sitting at the Pro-Chancellor’s Lodge on the campus but only Osagie and her lawyer were allowed into the venue which is manned by the OAU security personnel. The Vice-Chancellor of the OAU, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, confirmed to our correspondent on the telephone that the lady is appearing before the committee. The committee said the lady failed to honour their invitation but her appearance now has settled the controversies surrounding that. YOU MAY ALSO LIKE- Sex-for-marks: What Monica Osagie told panel – Counsel(Visited 7,320 times, 1,099 visits today)
April 24, 2018 10:41 UTC
“Thailand is ready to facilitate and host the talks,” Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai told reporters, though he stressed that the kingdom has not been contacted about the possibility. Kim is set to meet South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in on Friday, an event seen as a major stepping stone towards the summit with Trump. Earlier this month Trump said five locations were under consideration for a summit “probably in early June”, which he hopes will result in a denuclearisation deal with North Korea. Thailand is a historic US ally which also has diplomatic relations with North Korea. Analysts are divided over the headline-grabbing offer, with many noting it is reversible and did not signal any intention of actual nuclear disarmament.
April 24, 2018 10:18 UTC
The police in Borno said they had foiled a suicide bomb attack, coordinated by Boko Haram insurgents in Bama town area of the state. He said that the three suicide bombers were neutralised by policemen on guard in the area. Okon said: “On Monday April 23; at about 10: 00 pm, three suicide bombers who attempted to infiltrate Bama town through Ajilari area were sighted and challenged by security operatives at a guard location. “The suicide bombers hurriedly detonated the Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) strapped to their bodies, killing themselves only”. Okon also said that the Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team had sanitised the area and normalcy had been restored.
April 24, 2018 10:18 UTC
The rejection by Delta APC makes it four out of the six states’ chairmen of the party from the South South geo-political zone distancing themselves from the purported endorsement of the comrade governor as a consensus candidate. The other four state chairmen, who have earlier disassociated themselves, were the Rivers State APC Chairman, Chief Davies Ikanya, Bayelsa State APC Chairman, Deacon Joseph Fafi, Cross River State APC Chairman, Mr. Etim John and the Akwa Ibom State APC Chairman, Dr. Amadu Attai as well as the APC Deputy National Secretary, Hon. Speaking to journalists, the South South states chairmen said they were ambushed with Oshiomhole’s adoption agenda at the meeting. They insisted that the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, should be given a right of first refusal to seek re-election for the position. Leader of APC in Delta State, Chief O’tega Emerhor, while also commenting about the development, expressed shock that the National Vice Chairman South South could conceive such a stance.
April 24, 2018 10:07 UTC
READ ALSO: Buhari’s uncharitable comment on Nigerian youthsAn incredible return of 41 goals in 46 appearances saw Salah crowned the Premier League Players’ Player of the Year on Sunday. “He’s a fantastic player, obviously he’s up there with the world’s best and there will be other clubs that want to take him away,” said Henderson. “But he’s in a great place with a great set of lads, great team, with a great manager, going in the right direction. – Klopp’s ‘privileged’ players –Klopp is credited with finding the system to bring the best out of Salah. “I am concerned we play a team coached by such a great manager.
April 24, 2018 09:22 UTC
Wennubst said Switzerland returned about 322.5 million dollars (N116.11 billion) to the Federal Government. According to him, the original amount was 321 million dollars. Confirming this, Wennubst said: “We returned 321 million dollars including the interests. “We return all the amount, 322.5 million dollars including the interest for the time that the funds were blocked’’. NAN recalls that the ‘Abacha loot’ was frozen in 2014 by a Swiss court after a legal procedure against his son, Abba Abacha.
April 24, 2018 09:00 UTC