Friday, February 28, 2014

This man and the vehicle he built were spotted on the road around the Ikorodu area of Lagos yesterday. He built a multi-routed car which he says can be sailed on water just like a boat and as well could move on the road with its three tyres. He says he needs encouragement and motivation. From linda ikeji blog

Nigerian Man Builds Multi-routed Car In Lagos

This man and the vehicle he built were spotted on the road around the Ikorodu area of Lagos yesterday. He built a multi-routed car which he says can be sailed on water just like a boat and as well could move on the road with its three tyres. He says he needs encouragement and motivation. From linda ikeji blog

FG Drops Plans To Ban Tokunbo Vehicles

The Federal Government has reversed its plans to ban the importation of fairly used vehicles also known as Tokunbo, in line with popular opposition to the policy since it was announced late last year.The shift in position was taken at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting penultimate week, following intense debate on the issue with the conclusion that the planned ban was not in the best interest of the nation's economy for now. The Minister of Industry,Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, disclosed this in Kaduna on Friday, during a facility tour of one of the nation's automobile assembly plants, Peugeot Automobile of Nigeria, Kaduna. According to him, government has since realised that despite the laudable intention of the policy, the prevailing socio-economic circumstances in the country for now would not be supportive of it. Stakeholders in the import sector who roundly condemned the plans have been locked in a fierce debate over its desirability or otherwise with the automobile manufacturing industry who saw the policy as long overdue. But Aganga said despite the new automotive policy in place,the government would not ban the importation of fairly used vehicles because of its socio-economic importance to the country. Rather than banning, the minister noted that Nigeria must work towards providing alternative cars. Hesaid the idea to ban the imports was aimed at revamping the auto industry adding that a lot more needed to be put in place before adopting such policy because of its apparent backlash. The minister, who said he was at PAN to assess how the automobile company was taking the opportunity of the new automotive policy of the government, saidthough Tokunbo vehicles would still be imported into the country, government would do everything possible to ensure that affordable and new vehicles are produced for Nigerians. Theministersaid,"We studied what was done in Pakistan, India and South Africa. It is normal that in most countries they ban the importation of Tokunbo cars because that will help the demand of the local manufacturers. "However, for Nigeria, we discussed and we said we are not going to ban Tokunbo vehicles because of the socio-economic problems we have in the country. We must work towards providing alternative cars before we even consider placing a ban on them. "So, in Nigeria we have not banned it yet. If we slow down the demand, it will slow down the pace of growth. If you look at the cars today, for every new car that is imported, almost six Tokunbo vehicles are imported into the country. That tells you that the economy of the country is a priority. "When you see that, as a country, you cannot afford to place a ban. The Federal Executive Council has said we are not banning Tokunbo vehicles until we have alternative for them. So, Tokunbo cars will still be imported into the country and we will do everything possible to make sure we can produce affordable and new cars for Nigerians. It is important that we provide an environment and the alternative for Nigerians before we embark on banning Tokunbo cars."

Thursday, October 24, 2013

If you're in Kano, watch what you wear, they're arresting people now!

According to a report by AFP, police who enforce Islamic law in Kano have arrested 150 people in the last week, including for indecent dress, as part of a crackdown on immorality. 

From AFP
Some people in Nigeria’s second city have been picked up for sporting hair styles inspired by prominent international football players, said Mohammed Yusuf Yola, spokesman for Kano’s sharia police, or Hisbah. Others were thrown in jail and fined for wearing their trousers too low on their waists, mimicking a style that became prominent in the 1990s, partly through the influence of some American hip hop artists. The arrests have followed an order by Kano state Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to cleanse the city of immoral practices and the trend is set to continue in the weeks ahead, said Hisbah Director-General Abba Sufi.The Hisbah is a state police force funded by state govt and is not part of the federal police.“We have arrested 150 men and women in the past week, including prostitutes and their boyfriends, transvestites, alcoholics and those engaged in indecent dressing in contravention of the sharia legal code,” Yola told AFP.

Religion has repeatedly been used as a political issue in Kano and the governor, seen as a moderate, has been accused by rivals of lacking commitment to sharia’s guidelines.Yola insisted the operation was launched to reverse disturbing trends in the city of some five million people and is targeting people of various faiths.“Those arrested include Muslims and non-Muslims and we treat them equally because this is about morality,” he said.

Kano, like the rest of northern Nigeria, is majority Muslim, but the city has a sizeable Christian minority.

Some of those arrested have been released after paying fines ranging from 10,000 naira ($63, 46 euros) to 15,000 naira, Yola said.
“Those who could not afford the fine are being kept in prison,” he added, but he would not specify the number of people currently being held.
At the restoration of civilian rule in 1999, 12 northern states, including Kano, formally adopted sharia, but the Islamic legal system has been unevenly applied.

The Hisbah was formed in 2001, largely to enforce sharia, but the force has other duties, including some community development work and alternative dispute resolution.

The southern half of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, is mostly Christian

Friday, October 4, 2013

How to Tell if Your Boyfriend/Girlfriend Is Cheating

  1. Pay attention to changes in their normal routine. Is he, for instance, coming home from work later than usual on some nights? Sometimes these small changes to a person's routine mean nothing more than life has given them a reason to be unavailable, but they are still something that you want to be aware of.
  2. Does he/she allow you to touch, or look through their phone, emails, etc.? If your boyfriend or girlfriend is hiding their phone from you, or deleting all their messages before letting you have it, then there is something they don't want you to see.
  3. Notice if they leave the room to take calls. If you ask whom called or texted them, do they always tell you "It's nobody?" These are also important signals, which like number 2, show that your fiancée, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc. has something to hide.
  4. Have they become moody suddenly, and eager to start fights? Sometimes, a cheating lover will displace his or her shame, anger, and guilt onto you by starting a fight, which can then be blamed on you. In short, they need a place to throw off their negative feelings.
  5. Has your boyfriend or girlfriend stopped talking to you? Did your significant other always have things to say, and has suddenly become distant? Your relationship may be losing intimacy because your lover has started a new one with someone else.
  6. Notice if a boyfriend or girlfriend is constantly putting someone else down. They may be saying awful things about that person, but pay attention to the fact that they are still talking about them 24/7. They are trying to fool you into believing the person is undesirable, thus throwing the suspicion off them.
  7. Pay attention to changing interests, including music, political views, social issues, favorite books, or movies, etc. When someone spends enough time with someone else, they begin to adopt their views, or at least understand them. If your boyfriend or girlfriend is interested in things that they hated before, perhaps they are being influenced by someone else more than usual.
  8. Have his or her friends begun to act oddly around you? When you casually talk to his friends, do they seem anxious, nervous, or eager to leave? They probably know something you don't know.
  9. Does he smell different when he comes near you? Everyone knows this one is cliché, but it is also true. If he's coming around smelling like a perfume that you don't wear, then he's been too close with someone who wears it.
  10. Does he or she become angry when you come over unannounced, or only text you when they are at home, never calling you? These are also signs of a between-the-sheets betrayal. For some reason, they do not want you at their home at certain times, and they do not want to call you while they are at home.
  11. Catch them in a lie. Casually ask a boyfriend or girlfriend where they were such and such day, and let them answer. Remember their answer, and ask again a few days later. If they are lying constantly, then they will have a hard time keeping up. They may start to get angry with these simple questions, another big hint.
  12. Watch for unexplained bills, receipts for meals, etc. bought for two people. If you keep finding receipts from McDonalds with two different meals on it, or two sodas in the cup holders, or a bill for a bracelet you did not get, then watch out.
  13. Pay attention to whether he has to "clean up" before letting you into his house, room, or car. If an earring is lying in the passenger side of his car, or a condom is behind their bed, extra time will probably be taken to dispose of those items.
  14. Do they have other email accounts, or other online accounts? Or begin to, out of nowhere, change their passwords to keep you out of their accounts? Normally, if they didn't give you their password to start with, this is no problem. But if they've suddenly changed it to protect messages they've written, or chats they've had, you should be aware.
  15. And lastly, notice whether he begins to buy you gifts out of nowhere, or she starts casually mentioning an end to your relationship. Questions such as, "What would you do if we broke up," are key hints. Men and women, both, become guilty. This guilt can easily be forgotten with an action or item for the other person that makes the cheater seem selfless.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Woman escapes unhurt after giant container crushes her car(Photos)

This is Amazing....A Chinese woman left many speechless when she miraculously emerged unhurt after her car was crushed by a giant container.
The woman was reportedly driving in Zhangjiagang in the Jiangsu Province of China alongside a lorry carrying the huge, orange box, which suddenly tilted to one side crushing her car.
Firefighters were called to the scene but had to wait almost twenty minutes for a crane powerful enough to life the container off of the car.Rescuers and members of the crowd which had gathered were then astounded to hear a voice from inside the car shouting for help.
They were able to cut the car open with tools and pull the woman, who had sustained no serious injuries, to safety.

8 Ways to Stay Young as You Age

What does it mean to be "psychologically young"? It's not about wrinkle creams, plastic surgery, or injections to make you look younger. It's about having a positive mental attitude, staying cognitively and physically active, and having a high-quality life.

How long you live and the quality of your life are, to a great extent, under your control. Apart from all the studies that show how lifestyle choices such as exercise and diet play a role in longevity, there's also a good body of research that links positive attitude with the number of years people live. For example, one study involving 100,000 women found that women who were optimists were 30 percent less likely to die of heart disease than pessimists. Another study found that optimists were less likely to become frail. Frailty was defined as impaired strength or endurance, balance problems, as well as vulnerability to trauma and other stresses.

Want to live longer and stay younger as you age? Here are eight ways to stay psychologically young, add years to your life, and boost the quality of those years.

Develop a positive mental attitude.
How you feel about getting older can actually affect how long you live. This gets tested more as you age because of an emphasis on youthfulness in our culture. You must have goals and look forward to the future, irrespective of your actual age. Will you look forward to the future when you are 75 or 85 as much as you did when you were 25? If the answer is "yes," your positive attitude will help keep you going.

Don't act your age.
You are only as old as you feel. The key to psychological health is how you feel inside, not your chronological age or your physical appearance. Feeling old is a self-fulfilling prophecy. For example, if a person genuinely feels too old to do a physical activity, such as hiking a mountain, she is apt to cut back on the activity. Once she does, her muscles will start to shrink from lack of use, and her bones may get smaller, and she may cut back her activities even more. Avoid this rut by continually doing things like exercise as you age. You are as young as you feel.

Resist mobility aids until you need them.
Don't use a scooter or a motorized wheelchair unless you really need to. It's too easy to become dependent on such mobility aids because they are easier than doing the work our bodies need and crave. If walking tires you out, walk slowly and walk often to build up your strength and endurance. The more often you exercise and use your muscles, the less tired you'll feel. As activities become more difficult, resist the urge to give up. Instead, maintain or improve your existing fitness level by continuing to remain active or gradually ramp up to where you want to be.

Continue working in retirement.
Many studies have shown a correlation between early retirement and earlier death. A recent one showed that for every extra year of early retirement, workers lost about two months of life expectancy. Many people can't wait to retire, because their jobs are stressful and they don't take enough vacations. But having a job gives you something to look forward to. You learn new things through work and develop social networks, important activities to have throughout life. Work, actual or volunteer, is in part what keeps people living to advanced ages. If your full-time career is too taxing, consider working part-time, switching to a less stressful job, or volunteering.

When you have health problems, keep your chin up.
Even if you have a disease or illness that's impacting your life, having a positive attitude will keep you healthier and could extend your life. One team of researchers analyzed 35 studies of populations with existing health conditions. The people who had optimistic outlooks during the duration of the studies had significantly less risk of dying than those with pessimistic attitudes.

See aging as an opportunity.
Self-perception of aging has a greater impact on survival than blood pressure and cholesterol levels. That's what one recent study found when the researchers measured the functional health of participants aged 50 or older over the course of 18 years. The ones who lived longest demonstrated a positive outlook about their future and their ability to function effectively. Those who believed aging was no big deal were able to climb stairs, do housework, work full-time, go out socially, and do other activities associated with younger people. And they lived 7.5 years longer than those with less positive ideas about aging.

Ignore negative stereotypes about aging.
A study out of North Carolina State University found that negative stereotypes have a negative effect on memory performance. People were exposed to negative words associated with aging, such as "cranky," "senile," or "feeble," or positive aging words such as "active," "accomplished," and "knowledgeable." Adults 57-82 performed more poorly on memory tests when they were exposed to the negative stereotypes before taking the tests. In contrast, when these same adults were exposed to the positive stereotypes, they performed significantly better and as well as people in their teens and 20s.

Have goals for the future.
Draw up lists of things to do. This is important regardless of your age, particularly for those who are retired. While work itself can keep you younger, there is more to life than just work. Look forward to life in general. You must have personal goals and aspirations, as well as professional ones. These can be career goals, personal interest goals (e.g., take up a new sport, start a new hobby, read Shakespeare's plays), physical goals, cognitive goals (e.g., learning a language, taking up crossword puzzles), or nutritional goals. Goals help you grow and develop at any age.

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