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Daniel Craig confirms return as James Bond

Daniel Craig confirms return as James Bond

Bond, James Bond will again be played by Craig, Daniel Craig.

The actor, who was a guest on Tuesday night's "Late Show," confirmed to host Stephen Colbert that he will return to the role as the super spy in the upcoming, and yet untitled, 25th Bond film.

"Now, you've been reported to play the role of James Bond again," Colbert said to Craig, who said he has been pretty coy about if he would return. "We could use some good news here. Daniel Craig, will you return as James Bond?"

"Yes," Craig responded with a smile.

This led the audience to cheer and Colbert to get up from his chair and shake Craig's hand.

The actor then explained that he knew for a couple months that he would return, but had been discussing it and trying to figure things out.

"I always wanted to, but I needed a break," Craig said.

Colbert cut Craig off and pointed out that Craig didn't always seemingly want to return to the role once saying that he would rather slash his wrists than play Bond again.

"There's no point in making excuses about it. It was two days after I finished shooting the last movie," Craig said. "Instead of saying something with style and grace, I gave a really stupid answer."

This will be the fifth time that Craig has played Bond. He made his debut in 2006's "Casino Royale" and is considered by some fans and critics to be the best ever to take on the iconic role.

It was announced in July that a new James Bond film would hit theaters in 2019. Soon after, the New York Times reported that Craig would return.

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ASUU STRIKE: DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN EDUCATION, TINUBU URGES FG

ASUU STRIKE: DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN EDUCATION, TINUBU URGES FG

Senator Oluremi Tinubu on Tuesday called for declaration of a state of emergency in Nigeria's education sector.

The lawmaker spoke in Lagos while reacting to the indefinite strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) nationwide.

"We have to declare a state of emergency on education in this country", Tinubu told newsmen at the 12th Annual Research Conference and Fair organised by the University of Lagos.

"This is what we have been going through, even during the budget process.There are lots of shortfalls in our universities.

"Even when I visit universities, when I look at their laboratories and a lot of other teaching materials, they are nothing to be cheerful about", she added.

She urged the Federal Government to look into the agitation of the union seriously and proffer a workable solution.

"I also want to plead with ASUU to show understanding with the government, and consider the young people," she added.

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Anambra 2017: My governorship ambition not a joke – Kcee

Anambra 2017: My governorship ambition not a joke – Kcee

​NIGERIAN pop singer,
Kingsley Okonkwo, popularly
known as Kcee has maintained
that his bid to contest the
Anambra governorship
election holding in November
is not a joke.
Recall that last week,
the singer announced
his intention to join the
gubernatorial race with
the sharing of a campaign
banner that bears "Peace and
enjoyment for all" as slogan
Following his
announcement, several
celebrities have towed the
same path, making many
question the seriousness of
any of them.
But Kcee insists that he's
keen to run.
In a chat with HIP TV, he
said: "My campaign manager
said I should not speak much
about it and that's what
I'm going to stand on. I'm
going to be making official
statement about it but trust
me it's not a joke.
"I think the youth has to
speak up and that's what I'm
saying right now.
"And I think you have what
it takes to do it and I have
what it takes so if you believe
in yourself, make it rain."
The singer, who further
explained his decision to
venture into politics, said
he was interested in making
an impact on the lives of the
masses.

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2023 World Athletics Championship Kenya to bid for tournament

2023 World Athletics Championship
Kenya to bid for tournament

Kenya is to launch a bid to host the athletics world championships in 2023 after successfully staging two other international competitions in the last 10 years.

Kenya is to launch a bid to host the athletics world championships in 2023 after successfully staging two other international competitions in the last 10 years.

No African nation has ever staged the sport's flagship event, but Kenyan sports minister Hassan Wario said Kenya had shown its capability when it brought together athletes from 130 countries to compete in the IAAF World Under-18 Championships in Nairobi in July.

"We have shown that we are capable to host smaller events, and it has now reached a time when we should host big competitions," said Wario at a welcome reception for Kenyan athletes who finished second overall at the just-concluded world championships in London, beaten only by the United States.

"Kenya became the first African nation to win the world championship in Beijing in 2015, it is only fitting that we should be the first country to bring the championships to Africa," Wario said.

"We have a plan to build three big stadiums in Nairobi, Mombasa and Eldoret and seven additional new ones in other parts of the country."

Wario echoed the recent call by Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) president Hamad Kalkaba Malboum for Africa to be awarded the World Championships by 2025.

Malboum said six African countries, including Kenya, are capable of hosting the event.

The Qatari capital of Doha is set to host the 2019 IAAF World Championships before Eugene, Oregon, stages the 2021 edition.

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#TrendingNow: Tom Cruise suffers major injury during movie stunt

#TrendingNow: Tom Cruise suffers major injury during movie stunt

​Mission Impossible star, Tom Cruise, has reportedly suffered a serious injury while filming the latest installment of the movie. The Hollywood actor was taking a daring leap off a rooftop while attached to a harness, but he fell short of the jump and crashed into the side of a building. Cruise's injury is worse than it first appeared and the actor will need two months to recover, Daily Mail reports As a result, the film's producers have postponed shooting until 2018, to allow the actor recover from the injury.

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Man spotted caressing the breasts of his underage adopted sister in a train station

Man spotted caressing the breasts of his underage adopted sister in a train station

A Chinese man has been arrested for molesting his adopted sister while at the Nanjing South Railway station in China.

The 18-year-old man, who is a college student in Nanjing, was arrested on Monday in Henan's Hua County after photos of him with his hands groping the girl's breasts went viral online. The girl, reportedly under 14 years old, was sitting on her adopted brother's laps and their parents were just beside them when he put his hands into her dress as they waited at the Nanjing South Railway waiting hall.

The woman who took the photos was shocked when she noticed what was going on, but what surprised her the most was the nonchalance of the parents and other relatives who were nearby.

She said: "First I heard the girl sitting opposite to me giggling on the man's lap and I thought he was tickling her,. I was astonished when I noticed that his hands were not on her waist but on her breast. During the whole process, the girl just played with a cell phone and didn't struggle at all. The man's father finally noticed that people around were watching them and asked his son to stand up and leave the place."

The witness, known simply as Chen, said she couldn't report to the police immediately because the man's family outnumbered her. Others on the train also took photos but did nothing to confront the man as he touched the girl for about five minutes. The photos were later sent to an Chen Lan, an NGO worker who has worked for years to protect abused children, and she shared it on social media while calling on the police to intervene.

After the photos went viral, police officers were sent to the man's home to investigate. There, they arrested the young man. He remains in custody while local authorities are in the process of finding a safe place for the girl to live.The police have vowed to deal with the young man in accordance with the law. 

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National Industrial Court orders LASPOTECH to suspend strike action

National Industrial Court orders LASPOTECH to suspend strike action

The National Industrial Court in Ikoyi has directed the Staff Unions of the Lagos State Polytechnic to suspend the strike action embarked upon on August 1, 2017.

A press statement issued by the Special Adviser on Education, Obafela Bank-Olemoh said the court ruling by the Justice F.I. Kola-Olalere earlier today precedes the hearing and determination of the Unions' notice and preliminary objection to the notice of the interlocutory injunction by the Lagos State Government.

He said the State Government took the agitating staff unions of the institutions to court after their refusal to halt the industrial action in the interest of students while the Ministry of Education explored an enduring solution to the lingering crisis.

The statement revealed that the Unions filed a Statement of Defense and preliminary objection on Friday 11/08/2017. "Hon. Justice Kola-Olalere adjourned the hearing of the preliminary objection by the defendants to Wednesday, September 27, 2017, and directed the parties involved to explore amicable resolution of the issues before the adjourned date in line with the provision of section 20 of the NIC Act, 2016".

According to the Special Adviser, the Akinwunmi Ambode administration recently increased the monthly subvention of State tertiary institutions and has always paid staff salaries promptly. 

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"To the ones I owe everything to" Zahra Buhari says as she a lovely photo with her parents

Zahra Buhari shared this lovely photo with her parents, President Buhari and Aisha Buhari on her Instagram page. She captioned it; "to the ones I owe everything to"

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Actress, Onyii Alex and her massive butt pose for some pictures

Actress, Onyii Alex and her massive butt pose for some pictures

She shared the photos online and her fans have gone crazy! 

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Buhari’s reunion with his media team by Reuben Abati

Buhari’s reunion with his media team by Reuben Abati

I was really excited on Saturday when I received news of the eventual visit of President Muhammadu Buhari's media team to him in London. I had always felt that the exclusion of the media team from the London medical vacation and the various visits practically undermined the Presidential media office, and created the space for the mismanagement of the communication process around and about the President's illness.

I could never have imagined my own boss in our time, travelling without me or shutting me out of any important event. He took my team everywhere. Every President has what is called a Main Body. This comprises his first line of assistants, namely his Chief Security Officer, Aide-de-Camp, Chief Detail, Chief Physician, State Chief of Protocol, Personal Assistant (Luggage), Personal Assistant (Private matters), and of course, the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity)/Official Spokesperson.

Whereas other parts of this body face their own challenges, the major problem that the President's media team often faces is that everyone in the Presidency, and even persons from outside, particularly the na-my-brother-dey-there crowd tend to assume that they know a lot about the media. They probably have an uncle who once worked as a journalist or newspaper vendor, or they happen to know one or two editors or correspondents, who are perpetually telling them how the media team is not doing what it is supposed to do.

While other parts of the President's Main Body are usually civil servants, the Chief Physician and the Special Adviser (Media) are traditionally political appointees, and they are easily the targets of so many people who want their positions. My then colleague, the Chief Physician used to complain bitterly about how on many occasions he had to warn self-appointed physicians who used to recommend vitamins and other drugs for the President behind his back. In the corridors of power, the jostling for power, territory, and space could be psychologically crippling and emotionally corrosive.

I recall in particular, how in those days, (indeed, yesterday is beginning to sound like those days!), some persons used to draw attention to how the media is managed in the US White House. After a while, I started asking them: "have you ever worked in this White House, that you talk so eloquently about?" Now, we have seen a different White House under President Donald Trump, and hence, when I call up "the White House experts", their only response these days is that "it is not easy." Of course, no part of Presidential work is easy.

There is also no standard formula for serving a President. No two presidencies are alike in any way. The nature and character of an executive Presidency is determined by the style/temperament/competence/choices of the individual President and the circumstances of his tenure, and it is these same factors that account for the differences between great, mediocre and bad Presidents. To each category, history is the eventual judge.

Nonetheless, I thought it was wrong to have kept President Buhari's team out of the London trips. The core team should have been there all the time to take photographs, issue statements, if needed, organize video recordings, liaise with local journalists, and manage "inconvenient" journalism and public perception. But what did we have? The various pictures taken of the President until the visit by his media team, looked like photos taken by quacks. The President was presented as if he was a statue, or at best, as a sick man propped up for photographic effect. Nobody even paid attention to his wardrobe.

I imagined that some characters would have filled the gap left by the absence of the media team, and would have been busy taking pictures with a miserable gadget, not knowing that photos are meant to tell stories and that they are taken with the brain. Whoever was behind that newspaper vendor style of journalism did the President a disservice and was responsible for most of the damage that was done. The real damage was that Nigerians did not believe the official narrative, they concluded that the pictures were photo-shopped or that they were old pictures and that there was an attempt to hoodwink the public. It didn't help that whoever took those early pictures focused on the President's weak points: his fingers and arms in a poor pose, for example.

But the game changed the day Bayo Omoboriowo accompanied seven governors to London to see the President. With five pictures, the President's official photographer showed him in better light. The photographs presented him as a living being. Every Presidential assistant is as important as the amount of access and empowerment that he/she enjoys. Many Presidents undermine their media team, as US President Trump has done. I consider the visit to London by President Buhari's media team, a form of rehabilitation, for the team and for the office. The meaning of that visit was not lost on the team either.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on his arrival at the Abuja House, looked like he had been grinning about 100 metres away before he met the President. When the President extended his hands for a handshake, Alhaji Lai Mohammed did a Nigerian version of the Cameroonian Bidoung challenge. He bowed close to 90 degrees. Even when the President took another person's hand, Lai Mohammed was still busy bowing. When the President praised him, he grinned so much, I thought he was going to prostrate! My brothers, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu didn't bow, they stayed professional, but I have never seen both former Presidents of the Nigerian Guild of Editors grin so enthusiastically!

Lauretta Onochie was probably the biggest beneficiary of the visit. Considered by opposition activists a footnote in the Presidency pretending to be a valuable attack dog, her inclusion in that trip has elevated her relevance. She still has a lot to learn on the job though, especially from the masters of the attack dog game in Nigerian politics: the inimitable and talented Femi Fani-Kayode, the grandmaster of this chivalric Order, Doyin Okupe, the senior warden of rebuttals, Lai Mohammed, Ayodele Fayose, Reno Omokri, Lere Olayinka, Deji Adeyanju, and Jude Ndukwe. Given the nature of Nigerian politics, future Nigerian presidents will certainly need the services of these dogged political fighters to complement the officialdom of Presidential spokesmanship.

Lauretta Onochie has a lot to learn from them, albeit she is doing much better than the pathetic play-safe crowd in the Buhari team but the London recognition should further empower her. Abike Dabiri-Erewa was also in London, curtseying with both legs and hands; she was described in the reports as Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, but I guess she was included in the team in her professional right as a seasoned broadcast journalist. Bayo Omoboriowo, the official photographer, was also in attendance and when it was his turn to have a Presidential handshake, he grinned and shook so much he almost staged an Olamide-inspired Wo-challenge. I hope he remembered to inform the President that his wife had just been delivered of twins and that being a father of twins has serious implications in Yorubaland!

Together, the team delivered a professional reportage. Brilliant. Different. Good moment for the Presidency's Media Department. Whereas previous coverage before the Governors' visit showed the President in an unconvincing manner, his media team has managed to show him in a three-dimensional frame. We saw him sitting, standing, and walking. He shook hands. He talked. His wardrobe was different. He appeared animated and alive. With that visit, many doubts have been laid to rest through the power of media. We now know that Buhari can talk. Dirty-minded persons may even stretch the matter and imagine that our President has been engaging in "the other room" skelewu in London. The media team has also managed to establish that medication or not, Buhari remains in charge. He is still President and he is not incapacitated.

In the kind of system that we run, there cannot be two Presidents at a time. When you have a living and breathing President, be he in Iceland or Antarctica, for whatever reason, he remains the President. This, thus, creates a special problem for Acting President Yemi Osinbajo. The combined interpretation of the to-ing and froing to London to visit President Buhari is the impression that whereas Acting President Osinbajo has an office, transmitted to him constitutionally in the light of Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution, he has neither the power nor the authority of that office, or he is not being allowed to enjoy the full benefits of his legal status. This puts Nigeria in a lurch, technically and pragmatically and let no one make any bones about that.

What is worse is the declaration by the media team that the President's return now lies in the hands of his doctors and he is resolved to obey their orders. It is tragic that Nigeria's sovereignty, which resides in part in the office of the President, has been ceded to UK doctors. They alone can determine when Nigeria can have its President back in the homeland. Saddening as that situation is, not even the Queen of England or the British Prime Minister has deemed it necessary to visit President Buhari or seek audience with him.

This egregious insult is well-deserved by Nigeria and other African countries whose leaders embark on medical tourism to Europe, Asia and North America. The intelligence agencies in these countries have all the strategic information on our leaders and country, but we are happy to play third fiddle in global politics. In 2050, Nigeria's population is likely to be over 300 million, with some of the youngest people in the world being Nigerians. If by 2050, we do not have enough good hospitals and medical facilities to take care of our people, we would be a doomed nation.

This is not a task for Buhari's media team. But just as they tried to put out a fire in London, another had already started at home. By the way, a Presidential media department is a Fire Service office and an ambulance operation. There is always another fire next time and victims in need of desperate rescue. In the present instance, a group called "Our-mumu-don-do" group, led by Charly Boy, the self-acclaimed Area Fada of Frustrated Nigerians had begun a protest in Abuja asking President Buhari to resume office or resign.

They were echoing the protests of those who have argued that the Nigerian electorate voted for a President not an absentee one, that they voted in the expectation that their President would stay in office and serve them, and did not expect that the President would become an apparition or a London-based tourist and museum attraction. Charly Boy, 66, went out with his pro-democracy troops, but they were tear-gassed and harassed by the police. They were accused of engaging in unlawful pro-corruption and irresponsible activity that was hijacked by hoodlums. That of course is stupid talk.

At issue was the right of every Nigerian to protest without being molested, and the right to free speech. When free speech is denied, hate speech is encouraged. It is ironic that the same government that is so concerned about hate speech is the same one promoting it.

Meanwhile, sycophantic speech is encouraged. To counter the Charly Boy group, someone organized a pro-Buhari group, which has been busy dancing around Abuja proclaiming that Buhari will win the 2019 election, denouncing those who want him to resign. I have taken a look at this group and they look like a bunch of hoodlums, every one of them, but they have so far enjoyed police protection and the government is very happy with them. When government gains one thing with one hand, some other characters remove it with another hand. This is the sign of the times.

But there are unresolved questions that will not go away just like that. For how long will the President remain on medical vacation in London, even when the Constitution, the country's basic law, is silent and ambiguous on this score? What is the actual cost of the President's absence in a context that disallows the transfer of power and authority in the presence of an apparently living and said-to-be-capable President who is otherwise indisposed?

I'll not ask that the visits to London be stopped, in case that is part of the doctors' therapy, but it is ridiculous and insensitive that government officials are now visiting the President in medical exile, with some of them posing for photo-ops with their children. Our President should not be turned into a tourist attraction and the Abuja House in London should not become a museum.

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