This rail station, which the King ordered to be built in four years, looks more like the inside of five-star hotel, the proposed network, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, will boast a space age design featuring marbled walkways, gold-plated walls and, naturally in one of the hottest places on earth, air conditioning. The facade will apparently be designed to let in light while keeping out the harsh desert sun, while the overall shape is meant to recall the country's wind-blown sand dunes. The half British-half Iraqi London-based designer, Zaha Hadid, was the brains behind developments in the Capital's Hoxton Square and Eaton Place, as well as international projects in cities including New York, Singapore and Dubai.PHOTOS BELOW...
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
More than 2,000 Nigerians living in border villages in Borno State have reportedly fled as a result of the ongoing military operations targeted at routing insurgents from the area under the emergency rule. The fleeing villagers were said to have headed to the neighbouring Niger Republic. “Most of the residents of border villages of Borno have fled to Niger. About 2,000 people from Abadan, Malam Fatori and other villages are now refugees in Difa, Niger Republic,” a top security officer told one of our correspondents on Sunday.
The source said that the Joint Military Task Force was on the trail of members of the Boko Haram sect, who were dislodged from the Sambisa Game Reserve and other camps on Thursday in Borno State.
It was learnt that residents of Maiduguri and other communities far from the border, who did not want to be caught in the cross-fire had also fled to some neighbouring states, including Kano and Bauchi
Rescuers have uncovered the bodies of seven children who drowned in a pool of water under the flattened Plaza Towers Elementary School and up to 24 more students are feared dead after a two mile-wide tornado touched down in a highly-populated suburb of Oklahoma City on Monday.
Search teams on site had reported hearing cries for help from beneath the rubble at the elementary school that was obliterated in the worst storm the area of Moore has ever seen but the screams reportedly stopped at around 6:30 p.m. Shortly after, it was reported that the search and rescue mission had become a recovery mission with scores of little ones feared buried under the rubble. Some of these, however, had reportedly been found in churches and triage centers since, though it's unclear how many.
The monstrous tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs obliterating entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph pulverizing a 30-square-mile stretch. Block after block lay in ruins. Homes were crushed into piles of broken wood. Cars and trucks were left crumpled on the roadside.
Frantic parents rushed to the school, which was directly hit when the massive storm that has been given a preliminary rating of EF-4 on the enhanced Fujita scale barreled through the area of 170,000 residents shortly after 3pm Monday. The families were later taken to a nearby church to await news of their children.
KWTV reports that at least 51 people in the area of Moore, Oklahoma, have now been confirmed dead by the Medical Examiner's Office, with more than 20 of those children. Among the dead is a three-month-old baby, a four-year-old child and three adults who were killed at a 7-Eleven, as well as the seven school kids. Local hospitals said that more than 145 injured residents had flooded into emergency rooms, including more than 70 children - but these numbers are expected to rise....READ MORE BUT MIND THE OVER 50 GRAPHIC PHOTOS PLEASE
In the last 15 months, the Nigerian entertainment scene has witnessed more label shakedowns than we could have ever imagined. And the breakup season isn’t over yet…
Rapper Naetochukwu Chikwe better known as Naeto C has ended his relationship with Storm Records, the music home where he launched his career into the Nigerian music market.
NET investigations have revealed that the rapper plans to fully launch his WKG/Cerious Music label in a matter of months.
Unlike the many breakups that have preceded Naeto’s, the rapper’s exit is not battlemented; both parties have been very silent about the issue. As a matter of fact, Storm Records insist that the rapper is still signed with them.
Veteran actor, Zachee Ama Orji popularly called Zack Orji has officially joined the list of movie stars who have officially yielded to the callings of God to enter a full time ministry.
It all started with actress Iyabo Ogunsola aka Efunsetan Aniwura followed by Eucharia Anunobi and actor Kanayo O Kanayo.
According to reliable sources, Zack Orji has been ordained a full-time evangelist by Bishop Emma Isong of Christian Central Chapel International (CCCI).
We learnt the talented actor had engaged in various gospel activities in Abuja, Lafia (Nasarawa) and Makurdi.
Pastor Zack Orji has dedicated his time to preaching the gospel of good tidings across the nations of the world.
He was born Zachee Ama Orji in Libreville, Gabon to a Nigerian family in the 1960s. He graduated from the University of Nigeria in Nsukka.
Zack Orji is married to Ngozi Orji and the couple has 3 children together.
Wizkid has won the award for the African Artiste of the year at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
Wizkid beat other heavyweight nominees D’banj, Psquare, Flavour, Davido and Iyanya to win the award.
Star Boy Wizzy was present to receive his award too, the young hit maker had traveled to Ghana along with his team – EME execs Banky W, Tunde Demuren, Star Boy Entertainment manager Godwin Tom, producer Maleek Berry and official EME DJ, DJ Xclusive.Wizkid posted the picture of the award on his Instagram profile.R2Bees were the men for the night, with the duo racking up 5 awards, including Ghanaian artiste of the year.
The awards were hosted by Kofi Okyere Darko (KOD) and songstress Eazzy, with performances by E.L., Banky W, Fuse ODG, and many more.
CHECK OUT THE FULL LIST OF Winners AND HIS AWARD AFTER THE CUT:
A woman who underwent surgery on one of her kidneys was stunned to be told by doctors she had actually had four of them.
Jessica Curphey, 20, was rushed to hospital after she developed excruciating pain on her right side.Just weeks earlier, her GP had diagnosed a urine infection, prescribing her antibiotics.
But scans at Surrey's St Helier Hospital revealed what doctors first thought was a 17cm cyst on her right kidney.
Then 11 days later, further tests showed Jessica actually had two kidneys on her right side, the second of which was the 'cyst' - and was so damaged it would have to be removed.
Kenwyne Jones’ girlfriend also didn’t find the incident funny. ‘Big men acting like kids. A pig’s head is not a prank, it’s just disgusting. I don’t get, how was that supposed to be funny. Really? Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. Mine is I don’t agree wrapping a pig’s head in his clothes’ she vented on Twitter.
Pranks like this are common in Stoke City. Michael Owen who will be retiring at the end of this season had his car covered by eggs and flour as ‘parting present’ by the players.
Akwa Ibom State governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, has bagged the best Governor in Africa Award from an Accra-based Africa Development Magazine, for his development strides in the state.
Presenting the award in Accra, Ghana, renowned Ghanaian Professor, Walter Alhassan, described Governor Akpabio as an icon of democracy and a good example of what leadership should represent.He said that available and verifiable facts singled out Chief Akpabio as a pride of Africa, worthy of emulation.
Who wants to be a billionaire? Tech wonder David Karp, evidently and certainly !The 26-year-old tech wonder, a high school dropout from New York, is now on his way to becoming a billionaire thanks to the all-cash deal.The plucky, 26-year-old Tumblr founder has sold his popular blogging platform to tech behemoth Yahoo for an amazing $1.1 billion, news site AllThingsD reported Sunday.The deal is bound to make boatloads of dough for the native New Yorker and high school dropout, while cementing his place among the growing pantheon of celebrated tech entrepreneurs, like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Nelson Mandela's daughters are suing him for the rights to his artworks and control of his millions.According to the newspaper, Zenani and Makaziwe Mandela intend fighting an April 2004 Johannesburg High Court order which gave Mandela the right to instruct Ismail Ayob, his then lawyer, to stop managing his financial, personal and legal affairs.The court order barred Ayob from selling any of Mandela's artworks.
The Star reported that Mandela's current lawyer, Bally Chuene, filed an affidavit last week in response to a lawsuit brought by the sisters, who are represented by Ayob.
Last month the sisters filed papers asking for Chuene, George Bizos SC and Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale to remove themselves as directors and trustees of the Mandela Trust and as directors of Harmonieux and Magnifique (Pty) Ltd with immediate effect.
In his replying affidavit, Chuene reportedly said he, Bizos and Sexwale had, in 2011, refused to release the trust's money to the daughters without a legal justification.
The Star reported that Chuene was adamant Ayob was behind the women's court action.
A California teen has attracted the attention of tech giants Google for her potentially revolutionary invention which charges a phone in 20 seconds flat.The super-fast charging device has been dubbed a supercapacitor by 18-year-old Esha Khare, of Saratoga - as she took home $50,000 from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which took place in Phoenix this week.The device will make waiting hours for a phone to charge a thing of the past and the gizmo packs more energy into a smaller space than traditional phone batteries and holds the charge for longer.Eesha Khare, 18, of Saratoga, Calif., received the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award of $50,000 for the invention of a tiny energy-storage device.
So far, Khare has only used her supercapacitor to power a light-emitting diode or LED - but she sees a bright future that one day will see her invention powering cellphones, cars and any gadget that requires a rechargeable battery.
Heading to Harvard, Khare told CBS San Francisco that this is only the start and that she will 'be setting the world on fire' from here.
'My cellphone battery always dies,' she told NBC News when asked what inspired her to work on the energy-storage technology.Specializing in nanochemistry allowed Khare to reduve the size of her invention. 'Really working at the nanoscale to make significant advances in many different fields.'
Eesha Khare (left), Ionut Budisteanu (center) and Henry Wanjune Lin (right) claimed the top three prizes at this year?s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix
Aspirations: Google have been in contact with Miss Khare to explore how she plans to change the makeup of cell phone battery life.
Saturday, 18 May 2013
Rihanna is suing UK retail giant Topshop for $5 million over an alleged unauthorised use of her image on their products.
The Bajan beauty is reportedly furious after that the High Street Fashion chain have been selling women's T-shirts printed with an image of her in an oufit from her iconic We Found Love video.
She is apparently taking legal action after eight-months of negotiations with the firm - owned by billionaire Sir Philip Green - over the tops bearing her image that are being sold without her consent.
A source told the New York Post newspaper: "Rihanna's management asked Topshop a number of times to stop selling her image and were told, 'We do what we want'.
"They buy the pictures from a photographer, but they do not pay the artist licensing fees. Unfortunately, UK law does not protect the artist.
"What is most offensive for Rihanna is that they basically told her, 'Go to hell. We don't care; we are going to continue selling you'.
"They offered her $5,000 and said they don't care." Rihanna has reportedly hired international lawyers Reed Smith to file a lawsuit against Topshop in London.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho were sent off as Atletico Madrid beat Real Madrid in extra-time at the Bernabeu to overcome their local rivals for the first time in 14 years and lift the Copa del Rey.Miranda's header in the 99th minute won it for Atletico. Ronaldo's header gave Madrid the lead after 14 minutes, but Diego Costa levelled 10 minutes before half-timeMadrid struck the woodwork twice in the second half while Juanfran blocked a shot from Mesut Ozil on the line to force extra time.Atletico goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois made two superb saves to keep his side in front. Madrid's frustration told and, with Mourinho having been sent from the technical area during normal time, Ronaldo saw red in the 114th minute for kicking out at Atletico captain Gabi - who was himself dismissed in the frantic final minutes for a second bookable offence.It is the 10th time that Atletico have won the Copa del Rey, and is the third trophy Diego Simeone has won in just 18 months in charge of Los Rojiblancos. That matches Mourinho's tally during a three-year stint at Madrid now expected to come to an end in the summer.
The Lagos State Government on Friday said it had just employed 70 women as truck drivers, as part of efforts to empower women in the state.
The Deputy Gov., Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, announced this at a news conference in Ikeja organised to mark Gov. Babatunde Fashola`s sixth year in office.
She said that the women had been trained on driving large vehicles before they were deployed to the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) as waste truck drivers.
“We are also considering training and empowering women as Taxi drivers. We are currently examining some security risks that these women might face driving taxis.
Kim Kardashian refuses to let her swollen feet get in the way of fashion – pressing them into perspex stilettos way too tight for her puffy tootsies.
The pregnant star’s feet bulged over the clear strap across the span, leaving a painful-looking bulge between the arches and her ankles.
The ankle strap on the high heels was also too tight, cutting into Kim’s flesh.
But the mum-to-be, who looked otherwise stylish in her white dress with caped sleeves seemed determined not to show any discomfort, strutting through Beverly Hills with her mum Kris Jenner.But Kim, 32, seemed decidedly glum amid reports that boyfriend Kanye won’t be around much during the first few months of their child’s life.
The rapper is planning a world tour later in 2013 after releasing his new album.
World number one Serena Williams beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-0 to book a semi-final place at the Italian Open and extend her career-best winning streak to 22 matches.Navarro was only able to hold twice in the first set as Williams produced another dominating performance.
The 31-year-old unleashed stream of winners while claiming the second set without dropping a game and the match over in less than an hour.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has finally released the results of candidates whose results were initially withheld over non-biometric verification even as 91, 610 candidates will commence the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME. Computer based Test in the 7 various designated centres, CBT from Saturday.
Registrar and Chief Executive of JAMB, Professor ‘Dibu Ojerinde, while announcing the release of the results of the paper-pencil test and dual-based test conducted a forthnight ago across the nation and two foreign centres, said the CBT will take place in the country and other countries namely Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and South Africa.