* Valentine’s Day: Fun seekers besiege Badagry beach, resorts (Vanguard) * Roger does it again (Tennisworldusa)

* Valentine’s Day: Fun seekers besiege Badagry beach, resorts (Vanguard)         * Roger does it again (Tennisworldusa)



Valentine’s Day: Fun seekers besiege Badagry beach, resorts (Vanguard)

The Suntan Beach in Badagry, Lagos State, on Wednesday recorded a large turnout of fun seekers who trooped out in large numbers to celebrate the Saint Valentine’s Day. The fun seekers were mostly dressed in red and white attires. Mr Temitope Adebayo, who came with his fiancee, noted that he was excited about the day. “Valentine’s Day is a day I always look forward to; it is a day I share with the people I cherish the most. I make sure I give my lover a gift to let her know that there is love in the air,” he said. Mr Kehinde Tajudeen , a student, said that he received gifts from his girlfriend. “I’m so excited about today as my girlfriend bought me a cake, perfume and a bottle of wine. So, we just came to the beach because of its serene environment to mark the day,” he said. Read more

Roger does it again (Tennisworldusa)

There were few illusions as to who the favorite was going into the Australian Open. But to call Roger Federer the favorite felt very strange, given that he is nearly 37 years old, an unheard-of age for a top tennis player. But while his younger colleagues all fell by the wayside with injuries and fitness issues, it was the positively geriatric Swiss who seemed like a spring chicken on the searing hot courts in Melbourne. Perhaps even more impressive than the fact that he won his 20th Grand Slam was the manner in which he won it. Up until the final, he had not dropped a single set. Indeed, he had barely even been challenged in most sets until the last round. Read more

The dark origins of Valentine’s Day (Punch)

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate romance and love and kissy-face fealty. But the origins of this festival of candy and cupids are actually dark, bloody — and a bit muddled. Though no one has pinpointed the exact origin of the holiday, one good place to start is ancient Rome, where men hit on women by, well, hitting them. From February 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain. Read more

Valentine’s Day: Former Miss Nigeria, others say flowers, cards still have emotional values (Vanguard)

Former Miss Nigeria, Chioma Obiadi and some other Nigerians on Wednesday said that young girls were still accepting flowers and cards as gifts during Valentine season. They told newsmen in separate interviews that the advent of the computer age and introduction of smart phones had not stopped the age long tradition. Read more

How probe panel found NHIS’ Usman Yusuf guilty of fraud, misconducts (PremiumTimes)

The recent reinstatement of the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf, stirred nationwide controversy and left some staff of the agency bemused. Some of the staff protested at the premises of the agency Thursday last week when Mr. Yusuf reported back to his office. During the protest, the workers complained about alleged highhandedness of Mr. Yusuf  before his suspension. The workers’ complaint, which they claimed had not been addressed, was one of the 12 allegations over which Mr. Yusuf was suspended by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, who also set up a panel to investigate the allegations. Read more

Another JAMB official ‘steals’ N23 million, gives strange defence (PremiumTimes)

A few days after the bizarre report that a snake ‘swallowed’ about N36 million from the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board’s vault in Benue State, another state co-ordinator of the board in Nassarawa state has come up with a rather strange story to back an alleged fraud. This time, JAMB staffer, Labaran Tanko, said his car got burnt and in the process scratch cards worth N23 million were destroyed in the inferno. However, not impressed, as in the case of the Benue saga, the board, reacting through its registrar, dismissed Mr. Tanko’s claims. Read more

As a very proud Nigerian register for national identity cards, Ambode begs Lagos residents (Vanguard)

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday urged residents of the State to come out and register for the National Identity Card scheme being administered by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), saying compliance would enhance proper planning and facilitate national development. Speaking at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja after registering for the scheme, Governor Ambode said it was important for people to register for the scheme, as such would go a long way to scale up data planning and financial planning, as well as boost the delivery of democratic dividends to the people. Read more

Kwara denies alleged deductions from workers’ salaries (Nation)

The Kwara state government has denied alleged illegal deductions from its workers salaries. It added that only statutory deductions are made from the salaries of state and local government (LG) workers and pensioners. This follows claims that the local government workers in the state received reduced pay instead of the full January salary as previously announced by the LG authorities. According to him other deductions are for loans and cooperatives as supplied to the payment consultants by the state ministry of funance and LG treasurers as a well as a N200 monthly charge agreed and endorsed by all labour unions in the State including the NUT, NLC, JNC and NULGE. Read more

Save my palace from collapsing, Ogegbo of Ibowon appeals to LASG (Vanguard)

Oba Cajetan Adekoya, the Ogegbo of Ibonwon in Eredo Local Council Development Area  in Epe, Lagos State, has appealed to the Lagos State Government to save his palace from collapsing saying the palace was currently in a bad shape. Adekoya who made the appeal in an interview with newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday said the current palace was in a dilapidated state. The monarch said that if nothing was done by the state government, the community could lose its cultural essence and representation. Read more

How Osinbajo’s daughter got hooked (Nation)

Mixed reactions have continued to trail revelations occurring just yesterday that the daughter of Vice President, Damilola Osinbajo will be getting married to Oluseun Bakare. According to an inside source who is close to Oluseun, He first set his eyes on Damilola Osinbajo during the monthly Divine Encounter programme in the Abuja stadium by the Redeemed Christian Church of God. From then on, he would regularly sight her at the ‘Divine Encounter’ program and at the monthly Holy Ghost service but never had the chance to have an up-close conversation with her. Read more

Enugu increases NYSC members’ allowance (Nation)

Enugu State Government has announced increase in the allowance for National Youth Service Corps ( NYSC ) members serving in primary healthcare facilities in rural areas in the state. The Commissioner for Information, Mr Ogbuagu Anikwe, announced this in Enugu on Wednesday while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting. Anikwe said that medical doctors serving in hospitals in rural areas would henceforth receive N30, 000 monthly from the state government as against N3, 800 being given to them currently. Read more

Dangote Rice Mill will  be ready in Sokoto this Year, says Director (ThisDay)

The Dangote Rice Processing Mill with a production capacity of 250,000 metric tonnes per annum will be ready in Sokoto State this year. The Group Executive Director, Corporate Communications of Dangote Group, Mr. Mansur Ahmed, made this known during a courtesy call on Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal at the Government House, Sokoto on Wednesday. He said Dangote Industries had already taken delivery of the milling machines which would be transported to Sokoto and installed as soon as land is secured.

“We have already identified 25 hectares of land suitable for the project and have our civil engineers on ground. Our plan is to start the construction next week which will take six months to be completed. Read more

Zuma vows not to resign; faces another no-confidence vote in parliament (PremiumTimes)

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) would on Thursday initiate a no-confidence motion against President Jacob Zuma at the parliament, local media reports said Wednesday. The decision came as Mr. Zuma refuses to stand down even after police raided homes of his associates, the Gupta family, in Johannesburg, the country’s commercial capital. The Guptas, who have been named in a series of corruption probes, are said to be associates of Mr. Zuma, who has led South Africa since 2009. Some members of the ANC have long asked Mr. Zuma to step down, and the party itself formally took a position on the matter by asking Mr. Zuma to resign. Read more

Dutch club sacks Sunday Oliseh (PremiumTimes)

Despite creating several records and being on the verge of getting Fortuna Sittard promotion from the second division to the elite cadre, Sunday Oliseh has been fired by his Dutch employers. The club on Wednesday explained that the sacking of Oliseh was not particularly about the results no longer going his way, but more of his interpersonal relations with others at the club. In a statement on their official website, Fortuna said: “The club management makes this decision as a result of the repeatedly culpable actions for a longer period by the trainer (Oliseh) towards several persons in the organization. Read more

Man United stars hold inquest into club’s midfield problems after Paul Pogba’s performance is slated (Mirror)

Manchester United players took matters into their own hands when they endured a number of issues in their midfield. Jose Mourinho took a back seat during the break in their win over Huddersfield earlier this month as players spoke up to highlight their perceived weaknesses. The Manchester Evening News understands a number of Red Devils stars urged the midfielders to pass the ball forwards more often during a constructive conversation. The first-half ended goalless and United have failed to score in the first 45 in their last four league fixtures, beating Burnley and Huddersfield but losing at Tottenham and Newcastle. Read more

Wanda sells off stake in Atlético Madrid (Sportbusiness)

Quantum Pacific Group, an entity led by Israeli billionaire Idan Ofer, has more than doubled its stake in Atlético Madrid after agreeing a deal to acquire the interest held in the Spanish LaLiga football club by Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group. Atlético announced today (Wednesday) that Quantum will acquire Wanda’s 17 per cent stake, adding the Chinese firm’s decision to divest its interest was part of its “global strategy”. Once the transfer of the shares is finalised, which requires the authorisation of the Spanish Superior Council of Sports, Quantum will increase its stake from 15 to 32 per cent. Read more

Canada to create framework to guarantee indigenous rights (Reuters)

Canada will create a legal framework to guarantee the rights of indigenous people in a bid to head off court battles over treaty rights with aboriginals, a government source said on Wednesday. Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has pledged to repair the relationship between the government and Canada’s aboriginal people, is set to deliver a speech on “the recognition and implementation of Indigenous rights,” on Wednesday afternoon, according to his schedule. Read more

Investment and development pledges for Iraq at $30 billion – Kuwaiti Foreign Minister (Reuters)

Iraq has received investment and donation pledges from allies worth $30 billion, Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al Khalid Al Sabah told a news conference on Wednesday. “What resulted from this wide momentum of investor and developmental participation in the reconstruction of Iraq has reached $30 billion,” he said. Donors and investors have gathered in Kuwait to discuss efforts to rebuild Iraq’s economy and infrastructure as it emerges from a devastating conflict with Islamic State militants who seized almost a third of the country. Read more

UN staff say they were urged to support official accused of sexual misconduct (Guardian)

Staff within a UN agency say they are being approached at their desks and asked to sign a letter in support of a senior official at the centre of a recent sexual harassment and assault investigation. The letter asks employees to testify that Luiz Loures, deputy executive director of UNAids, behaves respectfully and is committed to advancing women’s rights. UNAids has been accused of mishandling a recent investigation into Loures. Loures, who is also an assistant secretary general, was accused of sexually harassing an employee and assaulting her in a lift. The investigation found the allegations were not substantiated, but campaigners say that the investigation process was flawed and should have been handled externally. Read more

Virgin Atlantic taking Valentine’s Day to new heights, flying heart shape over the UK (Whdh)

Love really was in the air for those looking up to the sky this Valentine’s Day when Atlantic Flight VS85oP departed London Gatwick at 11:00 AM and mapped out a heart shape as it flew over the South West coast of England. Virgin Atlantic submitted a special request to NATS (National Air Traffic Services) to fly a heart shape over British air space, which is the first time this had ever been done. The flight was operated by an Airbus A330 called ‘HonkyTonk Woman’. Aviation lovers follower the flights progress on Flightradar24 by searching for flight number VS850P Read more

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