But I want to talk about tomorrow — the feast of St. Nicholas of Myra. But in recent years, it seems to me that story is often overshadowed by another — the tale of St. Nicholas’ punch. “At one point, jolly ol’ St. Nicholas got so angry at Arius’ obstinacy that he socked him right in the face,” Michelle La Rosa recounted last year. A contemporary rendering of St. Nicholas of Myra, enjoying a refreshing beverage, presumably after slapping Arius in the face. If you want to know what’s happening with Cardinal Burke, read it here at The Pillar.
December 05, 2023 23:41 UTC
In a groundbreaking moment for Indian chess, siblings, R Praggnanandhaa and Vaishali Rameshbabu have penned their names in history as the first-ever brother-sister pair to achieve the esteemed title of Grandmaster in the world of chess. This historic feat was accomplished when Vaishali, 22, crossed the 2500 FIDE ratings during the IV El Llobregat Open in Spain, becoming India’s third female Grandmaster. Together, the siblings have now become the first brother and sister duo to become grandmasters. “Becoming a [grandmaster] has been my goal since I started playing chess,” Vaishali said after earning the title last week at the IV El Llobregat Open in Spain. “I’m happy to see that she’s finally getting to where she belongs.”As the chess world applauds the historic achievement of the Praggnanandhaa siblings, the future looks promising as they aim to build on their success and bring more accolades to Indian chess.
December 05, 2023 23:12 UTC
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has directed its members to discontinue all pending intra-party litigations across the country. The decision was reached at its 578th meeting in Abuja on Tuesday. According to a statement issued by Debo Ologunagba, National Publicity Secretary, the committee used the session to thoroughly review the state of the party and “directed that all pending intra-party litigations across the country should be withdrawn forthwith.”The statement said that the decision is pursuant to the provision of Section 58 (1)(l) of the Constitution of the PDP as amended in 2017 and in line with the spirit of unity and reconciliation in the Party. The NWC urged all party leaders, critical stakeholders, and members across the country to remain united and continue to promote the values “for which the PDP is known as a truly democratic party.”The statement also mentioned that the NWC considered and approved the report of the Establishment Committee for the appointment of a substantive Director-General of the Peoples Democratic Institute (PDI). It added that the successful candidate will be announced in due course.
December 05, 2023 21:39 UTC
Over the years, Nigeria has recorded several accidental strikes by the Nigerian Air Force, killing innocent citizens across the country. The PUNCH investigations revealed that over 425 persons including children and women had been killed by military accidental bombings between September 2017 and 2023. In this report, PUNCH Online highlights cases of NAF accidental strikes. Kaduna village bombing mishapRecent of all is the Kaduna village bombing mishap where 85 villagers in Tudun Biri of the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State are feared dead after a bomb was allegedly dropped by a military jet on Sunday. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, has, however, apologised to the relatives of victims of the accidental bombing.
December 05, 2023 18:22 UTC
Upcoming Tata Punch EV spied once again with LED headlights similar to the Nexon EV. The Punch EV will be offered in two variants – Medium Range and Long Range – with a range of up to 325 km. Tata Motors is extensively testing its next EV, the Punch EV, and we have got our hands on the latest spy shots. Take a look at the expected specifications here:Tata Tigor EV (Punch EV Medium Range) Tata Nexon EV Medium Range (Punch EV Long Range) Power And Torque 75 PS/170 Nm 129 PS/215 Nm Battery Pack 26 kWh 30 kWh ARAI-claimed range 315 km 325 kmTata Motors is expected to unveil the Punch EV sometime in 2024, at an expected price of Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom). It will rival the likes of the Citroen eC3 while serving as a premium alternative to cars like Tiago EV and Tigor EV.
December 05, 2023 15:37 UTC
“In this regard, it is mandatory for all Tier-1 bank accounts and wallets for individuals to have BVN and/or NIN. “Retrieve their customers’ NIN from NIMC and retrieve their BVNs from NIBSS and marry the two. This circular that has come out will help to strengthen the fight against money laundering. Money laundering thrives on information asymmetry because someone can open 10 accounts with 10 different names where no data connects the person to the accounts. It means that if I’m acquiring a customer, I’m doing a two-level check on BVN + NIN, and both have tokenisation (two OTPs), which means a longer onboarding time.
December 05, 2023 15:00 UTC
It is gathered that while one boat crosses passengers to Oniyanrin, the other crosses others to Maidan area simultaneously. Semiu lamented that some residents had relocated out of the community due to the inconvenience and associated risk of boarding the boat. I have gone to our state lawmaker, Mr Femi Saide, in the Lagos State House of Assembly, and he said they would do something very soon. A letter was written to the state government on the need to take a prompt action on the collapsed bridge. “Last month, I was with the Counsellor for Ward G. He said he would try to do the bridge with the Lagos State budget for next year or that he would look for another way.
December 05, 2023 10:01 UTC
Eight people lost their lives on Tuesday in intense floods as Cyclone Michaung was set to make landfall on India’s southern city of Chennai. The Indian Meteorological Department said the cyclone was forecast to hit the coast of Andhra Pradesh state later on Tuesday, as a “severe cyclonic storm”, packing winds up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) per hour. In some parts of the flooded city, people used boats to get out of their flooded neighbourhoods to the safety of government relief shelters. “We are facing the worst storm in recent memory,” Tamil Nadu state chief minister M.K. Apple iPhone manufacturers Foxconn and Pegatron and automaker Hyundai suspended their operations in Tamil Nadu due to the storm, local media reported.
December 05, 2023 09:22 UTC
President Bola Tinubu has been dragged before the Supreme Court for allegedly presenting himself for inauguration as president in spite of a pending legal action against the conduct of the February 25 2023 election. Citing the doctrine of Lis Pendens, the presidential candidate of Hope Democratic Party (HDP) in the 2019 general election, Chief Albert Owuru wants the apex court to nullify the inauguration of Tinubu as winner of the 2023 election. Owuru, a constitutional lawyer, is contending that the election which produced Tinubu was an exercise in futility and illegal self help in view of his yet-to-be-determined suit against Tinubu and others at the Supreme Court. The pending Supreme Court suit numbered, SC/667/2023 has Chief Owuru and his party, HDP as appellants, while respondents are former President Muhammadu Buhari, Attoney General of the Federation (AGF), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Justice Tukur had held that Owuru engaged in gross abuse of court process by filing a frivolous, vexatious and irritating suit to provoke the respondents.
December 05, 2023 06:50 UTC
AS part of efforts to provide reliable energy to its people, the Federal Government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the establishment of a one Gigawatt (GW) Solar PV Manufacturing plant in the country. “The project focuses on local manufacturing, green manufacturing and renewable energy, equipment manufacturing, and climate resilient infrastructure,” he said. While commending the Infracorp-led consortium for successfully securing a manufacturing plant in Nigeria, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Olawale Edun, said available data indicates a substantial market size for solar energy in Nigeria and the West Africa region. Edun said the establishment of a solar PV manufacturing plant in Nigeria has the potential to address various socioeconomic challenges and bring about positive impacts across different sectors. The Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment, Dr Doris NkirukaUzoka-Anite, who said that the establishment of the Solar PV Manufacturing plant will be a significant catalyst for Nigeria’s industrial sector, stressed that energy infrastructure is the foundation for innovation, job creation, and prosperity, paving the way for a brighter, more sustainable future.
December 05, 2023 05:50 UTC
Melting Snowman1 cup orange juice 1 – 10 oz. frozen strawberries, partially thawed ½ cup water 2 large scoops of vanilla ice cream Garnish: Strawberries or orange slicesCombine juice, berries and water in a blender. Pour into tall glasses or goblets and add a scoop of ice cream to each. Garnish with fruit, add straw and serve immediately. Makes two large glasses.
December 05, 2023 00:00 UTC
The Federal Government has said that there is more than enough uncultivated land for Nigerians to go into farming. It also revealed that the country has about 50 million hectares of uncultivated arable lands. The Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Aliyu Sabi, made this known in Abuja on Monday while speaking to journalists covering the Senate. He explained that out of the eight-point agenda of President Bola Tinubu-led administration, food security is the most critical because of the multifaceted benefits that could be realised from the policy. The government is also determined to get a substantial part of the uncultivated hectares of land in the country cultivated.
December 04, 2023 23:33 UTC
President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Adepoju Wura-Ola as substantive Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service. The statement partly read, “President Tinubu approved the appointment of Adepoju Wura-Ola as the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service. “As an NIS officer, CGI Wura-Olu attended some training, including the Immigration Training School in Kano, the Immigration Command and Staff College in Sokoto, the National Institute for Security Studies in Lower Usman Dam, Bwari, Abuja, and Emotional Intelligence and Transformation Leadership. She is happily married with children.”He also said the president approved the appointment of six Deputy Comptrollers-General for the service. “Similarly, Mr President has also approved the appointment of six DCGs of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) with effect from January 1, 2023.
December 04, 2023 20:32 UTC
The Kaduna State Governor, Senator Uba Sani, has described as shocking the Army bombing of Tudun Biri villagers in Igabi Local Government Area while celebrating Maulud on Sunday. PUNCH Online reports that the Nigerian Army claimed responsibility for the attack. The governor said he had ordered a thorough investigation into the bombing to forestall future occurrences. A statement by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mohammed Lawal-Shehu, quoted him as saying, “I have ordered immediate investigations into the tragic incident. “I have also directed the immediate evacuation of the injured to the Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital for emergency medical attention.
December 04, 2023 20:25 UTC
At least 11 hikers have been found dead after a volcano erupted in western Indonesia. “There are 26 people who have not been evacuated, we have found 14 of them, three were found alive and 11 were found dead,” said Abdul Malik, head of Padang Search and Rescue Agency, speaking a day after the eruption. He said there were a total of 75 hikers on the mountain from Saturday who rescue workers were trying to account for. Rescue teams were working through the night to help bring mountaineers down to safety, West Sumatra’s natural resources conservation agency said. Related News Governorship Election Live UpdatesRudy Rinaldi, head of the West Sumatra Disaster Mitigation Agency told AFP some of the rescued hikers were receiving medical treatment.
December 04, 2023 16:43 UTC