BBNaija’s Mike Joins EME Management

Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) has signed former Big Brother Naija housemate Mike Olayemi Edwards to its management division.

The endorsement was announced on Friday via EME official Instagram handle theofficialeme_.

“We are so pleased to announce that @aireyys is now signed to the management division of Empire Mates Entertainment. We welcome you to our family and cannot wait to do amazing things together.Thank you for trusting us with your brand. #ManLikeMike #TeamMike #TeamEME.”

 

EME is a Media Agency jointly owned by music star Banky W and aeronautical engineer Tunde Demuren.

Banky W also took to his personal Instagram handle to announce that Mike is now a member of EME family.

He also showered praise on Mike describing him as “one of the most focus housemates ever in the history of Big Brother Naija.”

 

 

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#ManlikeMike – @aireyys is unquestionably one of the most focused housemates EVER in the history of #bigbrothernaija. Even BEFORE he got on the show, he was an ambitious and accomplished athlete and Businessman – with his stellar line of Beard Oil, Caps and @aireyyscigars (first black owned cigar company in the UK). Proud of the classy way he carried himself during the show, and excited to be partnering with him and his incredible wife @itspsd on their vision and plans going forward. Glad to announce that Mike has signed to @theofficialeme_’s management division. Welcome Mike and Perry to the family!!! Thank you for trusting us. We will build something special together by God’s grace 📸: @iredeadunni with moral support from @aoquadry 😆🤣🤦🏽‍♂️🙌🏽

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Mike was the first runner up in the 2019 edition of Nigeria’s most popular reality show, BBNaija tagged Pepper Dem. He is married to British Olympian, Perri Shakes-Drayton.

It Takes More Than A Song To Unite People – Ron Kenoly

Ron Kenoly and other artistes at the Halleluyah Concert held recently in Lagos.

 

American Christian Worship leader and singer, Ron Kenoly believes that unity among people of a nation goes beyond a song.

The music legend was one of the ministers at Hallelujah Concert held recently at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.

Hosted by gospel singer and humanitarian, Esther Osaji, the concert had other notal gospel singers including Panam Percy Paul, Nathaniel Bassey, Eben Rock, BJ Sax, among others lead thousands of worshipers.

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Ron Kenoly after the concert told Channels Television that it takes the intervention of the Holy Spirit for people to shun evil vices and worship God with one mind.

“Music is something that you do when you are united. However, it takes more than a song to unite people. It takes the divine intervention of the Holy Spirit to touch people’s hearts and lives and create an atmosphere of love and appreciation.

He added that this same intervention of the Holy Spirit is what is need for people to “eschew corruption, evil and bad things.”

The Lift Him Up crooner said one this is in place, then we can come together and worship God with one heart and mind.

 

Trump Inaugurates New Louis Vuitton Production Site

Ivanka Trump, advisor to the US president, US President Donald Trump, Chief Executive of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) Bernard Arnault and Alexandre Arnault prepare to cut the ribbon during a visit to the new Louis Vuitton factory in Alvarado (40 miles south of Fort Worth), Johnson County, Texas on October 17, 2019. PHOTO: NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP

 

The opening of a new Louis Vuitton production site in Texas provided a rare chance for Donald Trump to meet with a foreign business leader — and not just any business, but one the president says he knows “very well.”

“It cost me a lot of money over the years,” he joked of the posh French handbag maker.

Among those joining Trump and Bernard Arnault, head of the LVMH conglomerate that owns the leathergoods brand, for the tour were Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.

“Even though they’re related to me, just slightly, I will tell you, what a job,” he said of the pair, extolling their work on his job-creation pitch as he gears up for next year’s re-election campaign.

The group saw a demonstration of how the luxury handbags are sewn, cut an opening-day ribbon and met with workers at the new facility.

The president himself even appeared to admire a handbag covered in the brand’s iconic LV print — a bag with an extra red detail.

Trump applauded the company’s $50 million investment.

“I want to thank you all for your confidence in the United States and your confidence and investment in the Lone Star State, the great state of Texas,” the president said, speaking in front of a wall of colorful spools of thread. “You’ll be very happy.  You’ll be very, very happy.”

The workshop is near the town of Alvarado at the Rochambeau Ranch, named for the general who led French troops alongside the 13 colonies in the American Revolution.

It is expected to employ about a thousand skilled workers within five years, according to Arnault.

 ‘Manufacturing renaissance’

“This investment in job creation reflects the strengths of our US business, which continues to grow,” said Arnault, whom Forbes magazine has ranked as the third-richest person in the world.

“I always believed in the fact that America is a land of opportunity,” he said.

Arnault was one of the first high-profile French business leaders to meet with Trump in January 2017, weeks after his election, when he suggested he would consider expanding Louis Vuitton in the United States.

On Thursday, Trump called such an expansion part of his “vision for creating an American manufacturing renaissance.”

Highlighting France as the US’s oldest ally, Trump asked Arnault to pass on a message to French President Emmanuel Macron.

“We have our little disputes with Emmanuel every once in a while. Say hello to Emmanuel.”

The American market generates a quarter of LVMH’s sales overall, and it already has two US production sites in California for Louis Vuitton, whose handbags can cost thousands of dollars.

The company has said half the Louis Vuitton workers it hires have no previous experience in leathercraft, and receive intensive in-house training before being allowed to cut or sew.

The brand first opened in 1859 in Asnieres, France. Overall, the LVMH group and its 70 brands saw a record-breaking 2018, with 46 billion euros ($51 billion) in profits.

Trump touted the Louis Vuitton opening during a campaign rally in nearby Dallas Thursday night, seeking to mobilize supporters as he fends off an impeachment inquiry.

AFP

California Unveils Early Warning Earthquake App

A person checks the “MyShake” app on their smartphone in Hollywood on October 17, 2019. California on Thursday launched the country’s first earthquake warning system in the hope that residents will be alerted within seconds of a possible impending disaster and can “drop, cover and hold on.” PHOTO: Chris Delmas / AFP

 

California on Thursday launched the country’s first earthquake warning system in the hope that residents will be alerted within seconds of a possible impending disaster and can “drop, cover and hold on.”

The app, created by the University of California, Berkeley, and unveiled on the 30th anniversary of the deadly Loma Prieta quake, uses ground motion sensors located across the state to detect the start of earthquakes before humans can feel them.

“Nothing can replace families having a plan for earthquakes and other emergencies,” Governor Gavin Newsom said in unveiling the warning system.

“And we know the Big One might be around the corner. I encourage every Californian to download this app and ensure your family is earthquake ready.”

The cellphone app called MyShake can provide potentially life-saving seconds of warning before the ground starts to shake from a nearby quake — enough time to drop, cover and hold on to help prevent injury, Newsom’s office said in a statement.

“Warnings delivered through the system are based on a computerized program called ShakeAlert operated by the US Geological Survey that analyzes data from seismic networks in California, calculates preliminary magnitudes, and then estimates which areas will feel shaking,” the statement said.

The new app was put to the test this week before its official launch when two earthquakes struck in the San Francisco area and central California, measuring 4.5 and 4.7 respectively.

Residents who had the app were alerted within an average of 2.1 seconds in the first case and 1.6 seconds in the latter.

Newsom said that the system was not perfect but would improve over time.

Officials warned that in rare circumstances, residents may receive a ShakeAlert when there is no quake taking place.

Seismologists say that California is long overdue for a huge earthquake, dubbed the Big One, as the state straddles one of the country’s most dangerous fault lines — the San Andreas fault.

Fuel Spills As Tanker, Truck Collide In Lagos

Photo combination of the truck and fuel-laden tanker in a collision and emergency service operators at the scene.

 

An accident involving a truck and petrol laden tanker on Friday resulted in fuel spillage at Akin Adesola intersection, Lagos Island.

According to the official handle of the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) on Twitter, the road was closed and traffic diverted in order to forestall further accidents.

“Please note that there is an incident involving a Dangote truck and PMS laden truck. They rammed into each other before Km 0 (Akin Adesola intersection) coming from Bonny camp. The Pms is spilled on the road. The road has been closed and traffic has been diverted atm.

READ ALSO: Four Commuters Burnt To Death In Ondo Crash

“All relevant agencies are at the site. Fire service is on ground flushing the spilled PMS in the drain atm. From reports, the PMS is no longer leaking but we will confirm again. Traffic from Bonny Camp on the eastbound has been diverted into Kofo Abayomi through Akin Adesola.

“Motorists are advised to use alternative routes,” LCC tweeted.

The situation was brought under control by emergency service operatives at the scene of the accident who flushed the leaking fuel into the drain.

The trailer was eventually driven off the location and truck towed off the road.

Another Petrol Tanker Explodes In Omagba, Onitsha

Barely 48 hours after a petrol tanker exploded at Upper Iweka, Onitsha another tanker explosion has occurred along the Enugu/Onitsha Expressway near Omagba, Anambra State.

The fuel-laden tanker according to eyewitnesses fell at Bessoy Filling Station Bus Stop around 3:00 am spilling its contents. The contents then flowed through an underground tunnel into Heritage Street, Omagba where it eventually exploded.

Properties including earthmoving machines, two residential buildings, and several business outlets were gutted by the fire. Vehicles numbering about 15 were destroyed in the fire.

Before the intervention of emergency service operatives from Anambra State Fire Service, residents trooped out en-masse and lent support to quench the fire.

Presently, no death has been recorded but residents decry the huge losses caused by the fire accident.

Meanwhile, another petrol tanker has also lost control and fallen along Agulu road this morning creating panic among residents in the area.

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Man Jailed For Blasphemous Facebook Post

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A Pakistani court on Friday sentenced a man to five years “rigorous imprisonment” — jail and hard labour — for a blasphemous Facebook post, in what is believed to be one of the first such cases under controversial cybercrime laws.

Sajid Ali was charged with posting blasphemous and derogatory content against revered Islamic figures on the social network in 2017.

Blasphemy is a hugely sensitive issue in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where the laws can carry a potential death sentence for anyone deemed to have insulted Islam. Even unproven allegations have led to mob lynchings and murder.

Prosecutor Munam Bashir Chaudhry told AFP the case is the first to be tried under a section of the cybercrime laws, which were passed in 2016, pertaining to hate speech.

There have been other cases of prosecution against “online blasphemy” in Pakistan, including one in 2017 that saw a man sentenced to death for sharing what the court said was blasphemous content on social media.

However, none of the previous convictions have come under the cybercrime laws, according to Chaudhry.

Pakistani authorities say they have registered about 500 cases in total under the cybercrime laws since they came into effect.

Critics of the laws say they are open to abuse by government agencies to restrict freedom of expression in a country where activists have long warned of a shrinking space for dissent.

In 2017 the Islamabad High Court ordered the government to open an investigation into “online blasphemy”, threatening to ban social media platforms that failed to censor content insulting Islam and its values.

Pakistan famously blocked Facebook for two weeks in 2010 over blasphemous content.

It also blocked Youtube from 2012 to 2016 due to a film about Islam’s Prophet that led to violent protests across the Muslim world.

AFP

Soldiers Kill Bandit, Rescue Three Kidnap Victims In Kaduna

A photo combination of troops destroying the bandits’ hideout and the rescued victims.

 

Troops of Operation Thunder Strike of the Nigerian Army on Friday killed one suspected bandit along the Abuja- Kaduna Highway during an operation.

The troop during the operation also rescued three villagers who were abducted from their farms on Wednesday in Maro village along the expressway.

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The Deputy Director Army Public Relations of One Division Nigerian Army in Kaduna State, Colonel Ezindu Idimah said in a statement, that the troops acting on credible information, raided the hideout of the kidnappers inside the bush where they held the farmers and engaged them in a gun battle.

He explained that one of the bandits was killed during the exchange of fire while other members of the gang escaped with gunshot wounds, leaving behind their victims.

The rescued farmers have been reunited with their families while One AK 47 rifle with two 7.62 special ammunition were recovered from the bandits.

Foreigners In South Africa Appeal To Be Relocated After Attacks

A man kicks a burning piece of furniture during a riot in the Johannesburg suburb of Turffontein on September 2, 2019, as angry protesters loot alleged foreign-owned shops in a new wave of violence targeting foreign nationals. PHOTO: Michele Spatari / AFP

Hundreds of foreign nationals on Wednesday took to the streets of Cape Town, demanding to be relocated from South Africa after camping at the UN refugee agency offices for a week.

The foreigners, many of whom described themselves as asylum-seekers, say they no longer feel safe in South Africa after a surge of xenophobic attacks last month.

“Save lives of refugees before it is too late,” said one slogan, painted in green on a white banner.

Many of the protesters have been camping at the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cape Town since October 9, vowing not to leave the premises until the agency addressed their concerns.

Children play as hundreds of people, originally from Rwanda, DR Congo, Burundi, and Bangladesh, sleeping in a corridor close to the offices of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on October 8, 2019, in Cape Town. These people are asking the UNHCR to intervene on their behalf as they say they don’t feel safe in South Africa any more, due to high levels of crime as well as xenophobia, and want help in getting home, or to another country. PHOTO: RODGER BOSCH / AFP

 

The numbers had grown steadily over the past week, spilling out from corridors to the kerb outside the building.

“We marched to parliament for the government to hear us and to send a loud and clear message,” said Sylvia Nahimana, a group representative from Burundi.

“We have been negotiating with them since 2008 but the killing still goes on.”

‘No future for us’

Xenophobic violence left at least 62 dead that year. Seven people were killed in 2015 and 12 died in the latest spate of attacks this year — most of them South African. The incidents occurred mainly in the Johannesburg area.

The continent’s most industrialised economy is a magnet for migrants searching for better job prospects and asylum seekers looking for safety.

The country attracts people from neighbouring Lesotho, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Others come from farther afield including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi, Nigeria, and South Asian countries.

Seen as competing with locals for jobs, they are often the first to come under fire when South Africa’s chronic unemployment and inequality boils into resentment.

“We aren’t safe here and we aren’t safe in Bangladesh either,” said Hafeez Mohamed, a political dissident who sought refuge in South Africa’s Northern Cape province, where he saw his grocery store burned down.

“They treat us like chickens and we don’t want to be chickens here anymore.”

The protest broke out following a visit by the UNHCR chief.

“Preserving fair and efficient asylum systems is vital,” said Filippo Grandi in a statement on Wednesday.

“But to function effectively, they must be accompanied by safe, regular migration channels and other stay arrangements.”

But Grandi noted that resettlement to third countries was a “very limited option for refugees worldwide”, as the number of resettlement places was dropping.

South Africa is home to 268,000 refugees and asylum seekers, according to government statistics. They are mainly from Somalia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, and the DRC.

But the exact number of foreign nationals is unknown as the majority are undocumented.

“South Africa isn’t better than our home countries we fled,” said Congolese Jean-Pierre Balus at the scene.

“We want to go somewhere out children have a future, where we aren’t segregated.”

“There is no future for us here,” he added.

AFP

Watford Football Club Saved Me, Says Rock Legend Elton John

Elton John performs live on stage at iHeartRadio ICONS with Elton John: Celebrating The Launch Of Elton Johns Autobiography, “Me” at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles on October 16, 2019. 
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British rock legend Elton John says Watford football club was his unlikely saviour as he experienced the “worst period of my life” in the 1980’s.

The 72-year-old Englishman — known for his zany outfits when performing on stage and hits such as ‘Rocket Man’ and ‘Goodbye Yellowbrick Road’ — has been chairman of ‘The Hornets’ twice.

He says in his new autobiography ‘Me’ Watford “might have saved my life” in his first spell as chairman (1976-1990) when they enjoyed huge success under the late Graham Taylor rising from bottom of the old fourth division to the heights of being runners-up to Liverpool in the 1982/83 title race and beaten by Everton in the 1984 FA Cup final.

“I was chairman throughout the worst period of my life: years of addiction and unhappiness, failed relationships, bad business deals, court cases, unending turmoil,” he writes.

“Through all of that, Watford were a constant source of happiness to me.

“For obvious reasons, there are chunks of the eighties I have no recollection of -– but every Watford game I saw is permanently etched on my memory.”

John, who had a strip torn off him by Taylor when he turned up for a match after a “mammoth coke bender” and helped himself to several large whiskeys in the boardroom, said one game which was pivotal and made people aware of his team was a giant-killing act when they were a third-tier side.

“The night we knocked Manchester United out of the League Cup at Old Trafford, when we were still a third Division side, the newspapers that never normally bothered about writing about Watford were calling them Elton John’s Rocket Men the next morning,” he purrs proudly.

However, he admits his devotion to Watford earned him ridicule from both fellow rock stars — Rod Stewart queried his knowledge of football at joining such an unglamorous club’s board — and royalty.

Prince Philip, the husband of  Queen Elizabeth II, was typically blunt when he saw John — who at the time he first became chairman lived close to Windsor Castle — driving his Aston Martin painted in the Watford colours.

“Ridiculous. Makes you look like a bloody fool. Get rid of it,” said Prince Philip.

AFP

Angry Emojis Flood Hong Kong Leader’s Facebook Live Chat

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C-on screen) is pictured on an internal broadcast as she holds a question and answers session (below) at the Legislative Council (Legco) in Hong Kong on October 17, 2019. PHOTO: PHILIP FONG / AFP

 

Hong Kong’s embattled leader took to Facebook Live late Thursday in a bid to reach out to citizens after months of political unrest — and the emoji count was far from kind.

Carrie Lam — the city’s unelected chief executive — currently boasts record-low approval ratings as the financial hub convulses with more than four months of huge, increasingly violent pro-democracy protests.

Backed by Beijing, her administration has refused to grant any major concessions to protesters, who are demanding greater democratic freedoms and police accountability.

Angry faces significantly outnumbered hearts and likes left by viewers on the hour-long Facebook Live broadcast, while critics also used the comments section to pile on.

By the end of the session, in which a host chose from a series of pre-selected questions and some live ones, the angry face count stood at more than 9,400 compared to 2,100 likes and 632 hearts.

Lam defended her record and stuck to her oft-repeated talking points that she cannot give in to violent protesters and won’t be resigning.

“We need more dialogue and communication, more mutual understanding and tolerance,” she said.

She added that she was taken aback by the huge rallies.

“Nobody could predict that we would be facing such a huge storm,” she said.

Millions have taken to the streets this summer, initially against a now-dropped bid by its leaders to allow extraditions to the authoritarian Chinese mainland.

But after Beijing and Lam took a hard line, the movement snowballed into a broader push for democracy and police accountability.

Lam has previously stated a willingness to hold dialogue sessions with the public, but they have also got off to a rocky and limited start.

In late September she sat down with some 150 randomly selected members of the public for a live forum where questions critical of her government dominated.

Protesters also surrounded the venue and she was unable to exit for hours until the crowds dispersed.

AFP

Lagos Set For 10th Korean Ambassador’s Taekwondo Cup

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The 10th Korean Ambassador kicks off today, October 17, at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos State.

From the registration, eight national athletes that represented Nigeria at the recently concluded 12th African Games will be competing for medals at the two-day tournament.

Among the national athletes expected in Lagos are: African Bronze Medallist, Benjamin Okuomose [male heavyweight +87kg], ex-African champion Uzoamaka Otuadinma who came away with a bronze in the female -73kg and commonwealth gold medal Josephine Esuku [female -46kg], who returned a fortnight ago from a Tokyo 2020 test event in Japan.

Other national team athletes are defending Korean Ambassador Champion and Most Valuable Player of the last 2018 edition, Ifeoluwa Ajayi, Peter Itiku [male welterweight -80kg], [male featherweight -63kg], Abdulfathi Sanusi [male fly weight -58kg], Arinola Abdullateef [male fin weight -58kg].

With the star prize of new flat TV screens to be dished out to the best male and female athlete, as well as gifts of equipment to medallist plus vital national ranking points, the taekwondo stars will have their work cut out against other taekwondo gladiators in the country, keen to impress and rise up the national ranks.

National athletes like Ifeoluwa Ajayi, who is the defending Korean Ambassador Champion in the male is -63kg and was the Most Valuable Player of the last 2018 edition, will be hard-pressed pressure to retain the MVP award he won last year as he is competing in the higher male -68kg weight category.

Registered so far to compete in 16 kyeorugi events and five poomsae events are 170 athletes from 25 teams, including athletes from Nigeria Army, Nigeria Police, Nigeria Civil Defense and Security Corps, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Borno, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, FCT, Kaduna, Kano, Kebbi, Lagos, Niger, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, and Taraba

Final registration numbers will be ascertained when the online portal closes by 6pm GMT on 14th October 2019.

International award-winning Kukkiwon Demonstration Team is expected to perform at the closing ceremony on Friday October 18 at the prestigious event.

The event is being organized by the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation and supported by the Korean Embassy in Lagos.

Other partners involved to ensure the success of the event include the Lagos State Taekwondo Association and Blitz Management Consult.