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15.8.18

US embassy suspends consular services and appointments in Abuja till further notice

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US embassy suspends consular services and appointments in Abuja till further notice
The United States Embassy has suspended consular services and appointments in Abuja till further notice. It explained that appointments for visa and for American citizen services have also been put on hold temporarily.

Consular operations in Lagos were, however, not affected, the mission said in a statement on its website on Tuesday. No reason was given for the decision.

The message read, “until further notice, all consular appointments at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja have temporarily ceased for both visa and for American Citizen Services. Consular functions in U.S. Consulate Lagos are not affected and will continue. Scheduled visa and ACS applicants for Abuja will be contacted for rescheduling.”  

The Embassy directed American citizens in the north with emergency services needs to continue to contact the after-hours emergency number for Abuja at 09461-4000 and press “0” to go to the operator to request assistance. It said American citizens in the north with urgent travel needs who are travelling before Tuesday and who are willing to re-schedule their travel through Lagos should contact the ACS office at Consulate Lagos ( 01460 3400 and LagosACS@state.gov) to discuss their options.

“Those travelling after Tuesday should follow up with Abuja ACS to confirm their appointments closer to their appointment date. Please monitor the Facebook and Webpage of the US Embassy for a later announcement of resumed consular operations in Abuja,” the mission said.

Kylie Jenner shows off her bag closet and it's massive

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Kylie Jenner shows off her bag closet and it
As someone who is on her way to becoming the youngest billionaire in history, it's no surprise that Kylie Jenner has some of the finest things in life, including an impressive collection of handbags.
The mother-of-one who just turned 21 took fans on a tour of her purse closet to show all her purses, how they are arranged, and the one she will save first if there's a fire.
The closet is arranged by brands and colors. The lip kit entrepreneur mentioned in the video that the Hermes row is her favorite, and she has quite an impressive number of Hermes bags.

Kylie Jenner shows off her bag closet and it

Some viewers have accused her of being vain after the video was shared online, but a lot of people were left in awe and told her they would give anything to raid her purse closet.
Watch the video below.

Global survey ranks Lagos third least liveable city

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Global survey ranks Lagos third least liveable city
Lagos has been ranked third among the ten least liveable cities in the world.
This was contained in the 2018 Global Liveability Index released by The Economist Intelligence Unit and World Bank.
The report, which rated Lagos 138th of the 140 cities on earth, said it based the report on five parameters.
It cited the criteria to be political and social stability, education, culture, environment, infrastructure and access to healthcare.
In the report obtained by The Guardian yesterday, Lagos was rated 37.5 per cent and 33.3 per cent in healthcare and education.
It said Lagos recorded 53.5 per cent in culture and environment and 46.4 per cent in infrastructure.
According to the report, the only cities, which were scored lower than Lagos on the ranking, were Syria and Bangladesh, while Vienna, the Austrian capital, was ranked the most liveable city in the world.
The report also noted that unavailability of adequate infrastructure and conflicts, among others were responsible for many of the lowest scores, adding that stability indicators have the highest single scores.
“Conflict will not just cause disruption in its own right, it will also damage infrastructure, overburden hospitals and undermine the availability of goods, services and recreational activities.
“This is particularly visible in the ranks of cities like Dhaka (Bangladesh, 139th), Harare (Zimbabwe, 135th), Douala (Cameroon, 133rd) and Dakar (Senegal, 131st).
“Nevertheless, the impact of stability indicators, especially those related to crime, cannot be understated for some of these cities.
“The Middle East, Africa and Asia account for the ten lowest-scoring cities in the survey where violence, whether through crime, civil insurgency, terrorism or war, has played a strong role.”
The report disclosed that the concept of liveability assessed in locations around the world, provide the best or the worst living conditions.
This, it, said stretches from benchmarking perceptions of development levels, to assigning a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages.
“The Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability rating quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual’s lifestyle in any given location, and allows for direct comparison between locations.
“Every city is assigned a rating of relative comfort for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure,” the report said.
It added that each factor in a city is rated as acceptable, tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable or intolerable. For qualitative indicators, a rating was awarded, based on the judgment of in-house analysts.

14.8.18

Premier League Star, Lukaku Shows Off His New Mercedes (Photos)

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Premier League Star, Lukaku Shows Off His New N46.8 Million Mercedes (Photos)
It's a case of new season, new motor for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku
 
It's new season, new motor for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku as he arrived for training on Tuesday.
 
Lukaku drove into Carrington in a brand new black Mercedes AMG-GT Coupe for preparations ahead of United's away game against Brighton on Sunday.
 
Lukaku drove into Carrington in a brand new £102,000 black Mercedes AMG-GT Coupe
 
The Belgian forward gave a brief wave to the cameras as he drove his impressive new sports car through the front gates.
 
Lukaku's new drive has cost him a pretty penny - the Mercedes website quotes the basic price of the new Coupe at £102,030 (roughly N46.8 million).
 
That said, Lukaku is currently on a £200,000-a-week contract at United until 2022 - his new car costing him around four days' work. 
 
 
The striker showed off his new wheels for the first time following United's victory in their opening Premier League fixture, a 2-1 win over Leicester on Friday.
 
The car is a brand new design from Mercedes, an update on their three-year-old GT - and they have an ideal model to show it off in United star Lukaku. 
 
All the United stars were back at training following their good start to the Premier League season, with some stopping to sign autographs for fans waiting at the entrance.
 
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Source: Daily Mail UK

Vogue Magazine Declares Wizkid The Hottest Pop Star In Africa

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Wizkid
 
Vogue, an international fashion magazine, has affirmed Wizkid as Africa’s hottest pop star.
 
The magazine made this pronouncement at the inauguration of his pop shop in New York, United States.
 
Vogue also posted the information on its Twitter handle, @vogue magazine: “Wizkid, currently Africa’s pop star by almost any measure, unveiled his new capsule collection with a takeover of reign in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District,” the magazine added.
 
Vogue Magazine Declares Wizkid The Hottest Pop Star In Africa
 
The Ojuelegba crooner also responded through his Instagram handle @wizkidayo “Thank you, Vogue’’
 
The New York streetwear shop was restyled, floor to ceiling, in Wizkid’s image, with a glass vault inscribed with “Star Boy.’’
 
Wizkid also posted a picture of the shop on his Instagram handle.
 
The 28-year-old super star and Star Boy Entertainment boss has been earning lots of accolades outside the country for his talent, music and creativity.

Student Who Scored 364 In JAMB, 9 Distinctions In WAEC Presented With N5m Cash (Photo)

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Student Who Scored 364 In JAMB, 9 Distinctions In WAEC Presented With N5m Cash (Photo) 
The recipient of the cheque, his mum and govt officials
 
Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has given a cash prize of N5million to Israel Galadima for scoring the highest mark in the 2018 United Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
 
Israel, an indigene of Biu Local Government Area in the southern part of Borno State, had a total mark of 364 in the just concluded examination, and also had nine distinctions in his O’level West African Examinations Council.
 
Shettima had earlier promised Israel full scholarship throughout his undergraduate study when he hosted him and his family at the Government House in Maiduguri to celebrate his exploit.
 
The Governor promised to give him N1million to cover his yearly tuition and other expenses while in university.
 
Presenting the cheque on behalf of the Governor, Borno State Commissioner for Higher Education, Usman Jaha, urged Israel’s family to ensure the money is used for the right purpose, and he encouraged them to pay Israel's tuition fee in advance of five years to avoid any future rise in fees.
 
Israel had gained admission into Covenant University in Electronics Engineering.
 
Receiving the gift, his family lauded the governor for his kind gesture.
 
"Governor Kashim Shettima was a University lecturer. He is well-educated, very sound and visionary," Jaha said. "He is extremely passionate about education and those of us from Borno State know how he is completely changing existing schools, modernizing them and building many new schools.”
 
The presentation was done at the office of the Registrar, Covenant University in Ota, Ogun State.
 
Also present were representatives of the student's family, principal of his secondary school, some officials from the university and Borno's liaison office in Lagos.

11-year-old Boy Hacks Government Website In 10minutes And Changes Election Results

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11-year-old Boy Hacks Government Website In 10minutes And Changes Election Results
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An 11-year-old boy managed to hack into a replica of Florida’s election results website in 10 minutes and change names and tallies during a hackers convention, organizers said, stoking concerns about security ahead of nationwide votes.
 
The boy was the quickest of 35 children, ages 6 to 17, who all eventually hacked into copies of the websites of six swing states during the three-day Def Con security convention over the weekend, the event said on Twitter on Tuesday.
 
The event was meant to test the strength of U.S. election infrastructure and details of the vulnerabilities would be passed onto the states, it added.
 
The National Association of Secretaries of State - who are responsible for tallying votes - said it welcomed the convention’s efforts. But it said the actual systems used by states would have additional protections.
 
“It would be extremely difficult to replicate these systems since many states utilize unique networks and custom-built databases with new and updated security protocols,” the association said.
The hacking demonstration came as concerns swirl about election system vulnerabilities before mid-term state and federal elections.
 
U.S President Donald Trump’s national security team warned two weeks ago that Russia had launched “pervasive” efforts to interfere in the November polls.
 
Participants at the convention changed party names and added as many as 12 billion votes to candidates, the event said.
 
“Candidate names were changed to ‘Bob Da Builder’ and ‘Richard Nixon’s head’,” the convention tweeted.
 
The convention linked to what it said was the Twitter account of the winning boy - named there as Emmett Brewer from Austin, Texas.
 
A screenshot posted on the account showed he had managed to change the name of the winning candidate on the replica Florida website to his own and gave himself billions of votes.
 
The convention’s “Voting Village” also aimed to expose security issues in other systems such as digital poll books and memory-card readers.
 
-Reuters

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