Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Rivers State House of Assembly speaker says he hasn’t been sacked from office

Speaking with newsmen at the state house of assembly complex yesterday, Ibani said his election was only nullified and that he was not sacked from office as speaker. He and the other 20 PDP lawmakers whose elections were nullified, have asked their lawyers to appeal the election tribunal ruling.

“I heard in the news that the Speaker and 20 others have been sacked by the election tribunal. But this is not true. No member of the Assembly, not even the Speaker, has been sacked. The lower tribunal gave judgment… In their judgment, they argued that there should be a rerun within 90 days. The judicial process in Nigeria is that when a lower court gives its judgment, you can proceed to a higher court. That is why we have asked our lawyers to appeal the matter immediately.”he said
Some people says he is a joker. What do you think?

Sylvia Nduka & Joseph Benjamin cover House Of Maliq November’s cover




Marks & Spencer says they are sorry after website suspended

Marks & Spencer suspended its website for 2 hours after customers were able to partially view other people's details when they accessed their accounts and now they are apologetic about the whole situation.
The company said no one's financial details were compromised by what it called an "internal technical problem", but apologised to customers for the inconvenience. They claimed they werent hacked by anyone.
Customers said they were shocked when they logged in to their accounts and saw other people's orders, with some claiming they could see payment details. This made a lot of their customer angry. I can imagine their reactions when you notice that someone else can view your security details. These things are meant to be personal. This why some countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Latin American countries don’t like purchasing things online. The are afraid of these kind of issues.
One of their spokesperson said they had to temporarily suspend activities on its website on Tuesday evening while it investigated the "technical difficulties" to find out what really happened.
She added that customers may have been able to see the last four digits of another person's payment card "for a brief moment", but stressed that because full financial details are encrypted there was no security risk. So there isn’t any cause for alarm. Those who logged in during that period are safe .
She said: "There were no financial details compromised at all." So customers have no fear.
She said they weren't hacked by a third party, that it was an internal technical problem and it has been checked and resolved.

Former Bishop Jailed Over Drink-Drive Death

A former Episcopal bishop who killed a cyclist in Baltimore while drink driving has been jailed for seven years.
Her blood-alcohol level was 0.22%, nearly three times the 0.08% limit, and prosecutors said she was texting on her phone when she hit 41-year-old Tom Palermo on 27 December.
Her blood level was so high that she couldn’t control herself. UK has strict concerning texting while driving. If she wasn’t texting while driving she wouldn’t have hit Tom Palermo.
Heather Cook, who was once the second highest-ranking Episcopal leader in Maryland, pleaded guilty last month to manslaughter, drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
The impact threw him on to the bonnet of Cook's car and into the windshield. He died from severe head trauma, leaving behind his wife and two young children. Now she has caused his wife to be a widow at a young age, made his children fatherless and his wife now has to fend for her kids alone.
This will teach people not to drink and drive, text while driving or be under the influence of alcohol and still drive.
After testimonies from Tom’s family She finally said these words: "I am so sorry for the pain and agony I have caused. This is my fault and I accept complete responsibility.
At the trial the prosecutors said she left the scene for thirty minutes before returning to the scene of the accident. My guess is she tried to run but her conscience to the better of her. Prosecutors had asked for a 10-year sentence, but Baltimore Circuit Judge Timothy Doory handed down a 20-year sentence with all but seven years suspended.
He said: "I hope everyone can begin now to put these events behind us.
"It is, I trust, a situation where everyone can now focus on the future."
Cook resigned from her position as bishop in May, and her credentials were revoked by the Episcopal Church.
Alisa Rock, Mr Palermo's sister-in-law, said the sentence "could have sent a stronger signal that our community takes driving under the influence and driving while distracted seriously".
I think she has learnt her lesson and she is now remorseful judging from what she told the family. I think her aplogy is sincere but for a minister of her callibre she is a disgrace to the society. Anyway that’s my own opnion.

VW hit by £2.5bn loss after emissions scandal

Volkswagen has reported a third-quarter operating loss of €3.5bn (£2.5bn) in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal. This scandal has really taken a toll on VW.
VW said it would have made a profit of €3.2bn (£2.3bn) if the "diesel issue" had not emerged and the “diesel issue” has created so much trouble for the firm financially.
Matthias Muller  who is Chief executive of  VW said: "The figures show the core strength of the Volkswagen Group on the one hand, while on the other the initial impact of the current situation is becoming clear.
"We will do everything in our power to win back the trust we have lost." I hope they will be able to repair their destroyed image and bounce back like Toyota.
Volkswagen also announced it has set aside €6.7bn (£4.8bn) to deal with the controversy, €200m (£144m) more than the figure given when the scandal broke last month. Why did the figures change is what I ask. Don’t mind me I don’t even drive a Volkswagen motor and I am not buying anyone soon.
They also admitted last month that they had installed software designed to cheat diesel emissions tests in 11 million vehicles around the world, almost 1.2 million of which are in the UK. This could have caused so much deaths across the world. I am not sure if any “PR Strategy” can pull them out of this mess easily. I am not going to buy any VW motors until I fell safe to drive their cars. They have definitely lost the public trust in their brand. I advice  all heads of departments in VW to resign.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Playboy magazine will no longer publish images of nude models


According to New York Times, last month, Cory Jones, a top editor at Playboy, went to see its founder Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion and suggested that they should stop publishing images of naked women. Mr. Hefner, now 89, but still listed as editor in chief, agreed.
As part of a redesign that will be unveiled next March, the print edition of Playboy will still feature women in provocative poses. But they will no longer be fully nude.
Its executives admit that Playboy has been overtaken by the changes it pioneered.
“That battle has been fought and won,” said Scott Flanders, the company’s chief executive. “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passé at this juncture.”
For a generation of American men, reading Playboy was a cultural rite, an illicit thrill consumed by flashlight. Now every teenage boy has an Internet-connected phone instead. Pornographic magazines, even those as storied as Playboy, have lost their shock value, their commercial value and their cultural relevance.

Due to internet porn, Playboy’s circulation has dropped from 5.6 million in 1975 to about 800,000 now, according to the Alliance for Audited Media. Many of the magazines that followed it have disappeared.
'You're now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it's just passé at this juncture,' Playboy Enterprises CEO Scott Flanders told the Times.
Playboy's website got rid of nudity last August, and the company says that traffic quadrupled to 16million as a result.
Future versions of Playboy will still feature pictures of women in 'provocative poses', but not full nudity and it is not yet known whether it will keep publishing a centerfold. 
Hefner, who still personally selects all the nude spreads for the magazine, was not quoted in the Times piece and has not commented publicly on his Twitter account. 
The company insists that its strategy is best for business.
'Don't get me wrong,' editor Cory Jones said of the decision to dispense with nudity, '12-year-old me is very disappointed in current me. But it's the right thing to do