Day: November 1, 2017

ASIWAJU TINUBU LOSES SON JIDE

The death has been announced of the son of the National leader of the All Peoples Congress Party, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu.

Late Jide Tinubu, a law graduate of the University of Liverpool, England died of yet to be revealed cause early this morning.

He obtained a Masters degree in Maritime Law from the University of London and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1999.

 

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The late lawyer had served as Promoter of TSL Limited and also worked in the Legal Department of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited from January 2000 to September 2001.

Prior to this, he had brief stints with Cargo Maritime in Paris, France, a firm of shipbrokers that specialized in petroleum product tankers, and Ocean and Oil Services Ltd.

 

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A release by a source close to the family reads: It’s with regrets that I inform you of the demise of Mr. Jide Tinubu, the Son of Our dear and esteemed Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Please commiserate with him.

 

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SE LONDON: WOOLWICH MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN JAIL FOR BILAL KARGBO MURDER

A man has been jailed for life for murdering a young father in Peckham during a trivial argument in the street, using a knife that he admitted to carrying ‘for his own protection’.

Parrish Ofoeme, 23, (9.06.94) of Burrage Road, Greenwich was found guilty on Wednesday, 1 November, of the murder of 25-year-old Bilal Kargbo. He was also found guilty of possession of an offensive weapon.

The conviction followed a two-week trial at the Inner London Crown Court. Ofoeme was sentenced the same day to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 21 years. He was given a two years sentence, to run concurrently, for possessing the knife.

On Friday 28 April, at around 15:15hrs, Ofoeme stabbed Bilal three times during an altercation outside a mobile phone shop in Rye Lane, Peckham.

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Bilal had gone to the shop with a friend who was having his phone repaired. He encountered Ofoeme outside the shop, and a row developed between the two men over perceived disrespect and who may have been staring at whom.

Police officers gave emergency first aid prior to the arrival of paramedics, but Bilal was pronounced dead at the scene at 15:51hrs.

A police identification identified Ofoeme through witness accounts and phone records. He was arrested at a relative’s address in Enfield on 1 May, and was charged with the murder three days later.

Ofoeme claimed self-defence, and gave a false account insisting that he had taken the knife used in the attack from the victim. Eventually he was forced to admit that the knife belonged to him and that he carried it ‘for his own protection’ after a previous, unrelated attack on a relative.

Investigating Officer Detective Sergeant Jason Grafham, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “As a result of his habitual carrying of a knife, Parrish Ofoeme stabbed Bilal to death following a pathetic argument about ‘respect’.

“This took place in a busy London street in front of children, local shoppers and worshippers leaving a local mosque. It has had a devastating impact upon the victim’s family, including his children who have lost their father.

“I want to make it clear that we will pursue not only those who commit such heinous crimes, but also those who choose to carry weapons. You will be found, you will be arrested and you will be held to account.”

NEW UNWANTED SEXUAL ADVANCES AND GROPING ALLEGATIONS SURFACE AGAINST ACTOR KEVIN SPACEY

New allegations of sexual misconduct have surfaced against actor Kevin Spacey, as questions mount over the fate of projects tied to the two-time Oscar winner.

Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos and American documentary filmmaker Tony Montana have come forward with accounts of how Spacey allegedly made unwanted advances and even groped one of them. The new accusations follow the explosive allegation by actor Anthony Rapp that Spacey sexually assaulted him in the 1980s when he was just 14 and Spacey was 26.

Production on the sixth and last season of Netflix’s “House of Cards,” in which Spacey plays the lead role of Frank Underwood, has since been suspended. The streaming giant, which said it was “deeply troubled” by Rapp’s allegation, is also behind cGore,” an upcoming biopic starring Spacey as the late American writer Gore Vidal. Shooting on the project wrapped last month in Italy.

Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World,” in which Spacey portrays oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, is still scheduled to premiere Nov. 16 at the AFI Fest and hit theaters in December. But Sony’s TriStar Pictures, which is handling the release, has not commented further on Spacey’s involvement, and it’s unclear whether he will do any press for the film.

Cavazos said Spacey routinely preyed on young actors, particularly those under 30. “It was so common that it became a local joke (in poor taste),” Cavazos wrote. He declined to speak further to Variety.

The Old Vic has said no formal complaints were ever lodged against Spacey during his tenure there, but on Tuesday the theater said it was setting up a confidential email address for people to report experiences of harassment.

Montana told RadarOnline that Spacey approached him in a bar in Los Angeles, in 2003, and ended up grabbing his crotch. “This designates ownership,” Montana quoted Spacey as saying.

“I put my hand down and turned his thumb back to get his hand off it,” Montana said. “I paid for my drink and got away from him.”

And on Wednesday, the BBC aired an interview with an unidentified man who said Spacey had made a pass at him in the 1980s when he was still a teenager. The man, whose face was not shown but who spoke with an American accent, said he had met Spacey at a summer theater and that the actor had eventually invited him to spend a weekend with him at his home in New York. The man said he spent the night at Spacey’s apartment, but refused to share the actor’s bed, and awoke on the sofa to find the actor’s arms around him.

 

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WEINSTEIN SEX SAGA: X-MEN AND RUSH HOUR DIRECTOR BRETT RATNER IN SEX HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS

Director and producer Brett Ratner has been accused of sexual harassment or misconduct by six women, including actress Natasha Henstridge, according to a report published Wednesday by the Los Angeles Times.Ratner, through his attorney Martin Singer, strongly denied the allegations to the Times.

“I have represented Mr. Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment,” Singer told the Times. “Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client.”

Ratner’s publicist Simon Halls did not immediately respond to a request by Variety for comment on the article. Ratner, whose film credits include the “Rush Hour” franchise and “X-Men: The Last Stand,” has long cultivated a playboy image and bragged about his friendships with the likes of Roman Polanski and James Toback, one a convicted rapist and the other accused of serial sexual harassment and assault.

 Director Brett Ratner’s film credits include blockbusters such as X-Men and Rush Hour
The Times report comes as Hollywood has come under greater scrutiny about its culture of harassment following bombshell reports that contain dozens of accusations of rape, assault, and aggressive advances toward women made by Harvey Weinstein. Since the Weinstein allegations broke, other media and entertainment figures, including Toback, journalist Mark Halperin, and Kevin Spacey have been accused of assaulting or harassing people.

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Natasha Henstridge – claims she was forced to perform oral sex on the director

Actress Katharine Towne described a meeting with Ratner at a party in 2005 where he allegedly aggressively came on to her and followed her into a bathroom. His assistant called her for months trying to set up a date, Towne told the Times.

Actress Olivia Munn detailed what she described as several disturbing encounters with Ratner. In one instance, she brought food to his trailer during the filming his 2004 film “After the Sunset.” Munn alleges that Ratner emerged from the bathroom wearing no pants and “furiously masturbating.” Munn later sparred with Ratner after he claimed during a 2011 TV appearance to have slept with her.

 

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Ratner allegedly masturbated furiously in front of actress Olivia Munn and later claimed on a tv show that he had slept with her

A few days later, he apologized for making that statement during an appearance on Howard Stern’s radio show.

Actresses Jaime Ray Newman, Eri Sasaki, and Jorina King also described sexually charged run-ins with Ratner to the Times.

The Times report also featured statements of support for Ratner from five former assistants and other longtime colleagues who said they’d never seen him engage in any misconduct while they worked for him.

The allegations against Ratner, at a moment of extreme sensitivity to sexual harassment issues in the entertainment industry, will put pressure on the filmmaker and his business partners, notably Warner Bros. Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment banner has a $450 million film co-financing pact with Warner Bros. through the RatPac-Dune Entertainment vehicle that Ratner founded with Australian media mogul James Packer. In April, Len Blavatnik’s Access Entertainment acquired Packer’s stake in RatPac. RatPac Entertainment rents production space on the Warner Bros. lot.

“We are aware of the allegations in the LA Times and are reviewing the situation,” said Jack Horner, a spokesman for Warner Bros.

Several media outlets have been chasing the Ratner story over the past two weeks. As reporters canvassed the entertainment industry, digging into the director and producer’s behavior, there were indications that support for Ratner might have been weakening. “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot dropped out of an awards celebration honoring Ratner. She had been set to present the tree of life award to the director at a dinner for the Jewish National Fund on Sunday at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. She was replaced by director Patty Jenkins.

 

WEINSTEIN SEX SAGA: ANOTHER BIG HOLLYWOOD STAR FACES SEXUAL HARASSMENT ACCUSATIONS

CBS hit series Entourage star Jeremy Piven has become the latest Hollywood figure to be accused of sexual harassment after an ex-Playboy model claimed the actor groped her breasts in his trailer.

But the Mr Selfridge actor has denied “appalling allegations” against him

Actress Ariane Bellamar claims Piven groped her on two occasions, once on the set of the Emmy winner’s show Entourage, and again at the Playboy Mansion.

It was the latest allegation in a scandal that has rocked Hollywood in the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s downfall.

Several stars are now facing accusations of inappropriate behaviour, including Kevin Spacey and film-maker James Toback.

In a statement on Tuesday, Piven, 52, said: “I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me.

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Jeremy Piven – latest Hollywood star to be accused of sexual harassment

“It did not happen. It takes a great deal of courage for victims to come forward with their histories, and my hope is that the allegations about me that didn’t happen do not detract from stories that should be heard.”

Bellamar, who is credited for roles in Suicide Squad and The Hangover Part III, used Twitter on Monday to detail the alleged harassment.

She wrote: “Jeremy Piven, on two occasions, cornered me & forcefully fondled my breasts & bum. Once at the mansion & once on set.”

She also tweeted the actor directly, writing: “Hey @jeremypiven! ‘Member when you cornered me in your trailer on the #Entourage set? ‘Member grabbing my boobies on the couch without asking??

CBS, which broadcasts Piven’s latest series Wisdom Of The Crowd, said it was “aware of the media reports and (is) looking into the matter”.

HBO, which aired Entourage, said the press reports were the first it had heard of the allegations, adding it has a “zero tolerance” policy on sexual harassment.

But Bellamar hit back at the networks on Twitter, claiming she had not been contacted by either broadcaster.

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Ariane Bellamar claims she was groped twice by the Mr Selfridge actor

On Tuesday, it was announced that production would halt on the sixth season of House Of Cards after an allegation was made against its star Spacey, 58.

The two-time Oscar winner was met with widespread condemnation when he chose to come out as gay in a statement where he apologised to Rapp and said he could not remember the alleged incident.

Meanwhile, stars including Julianne Moore, Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams were among a reported 200 women who made allegations of sexual harassment against Toback, who was nominated for an Oscar for writing 1991’s Bugsy.

Toback, 72, denied the accounts of the initial 38 women to speak up in an interview with The Los Angeles Times, but has yet to comment since further allegations surfaced.

Weinstein was sacked from The Weinstein Company, the studio he co-founded with his younger brother, and is facing police investigations in London, Los Angeles and New York.

Seven women in the UK have made allegations to the police of sexual assault against the disgraced movie mogul, who has denied all claims of non-consensual sex.

UK: 53 YEAR OLD MAN DIES FROM DRUGS OVERDOSE AT KINKY SEX FESTIVAL

A 53-year-old man died at a woodland sex festival after taking a fatal overdose of MDMA, an inquest heard.

Steven Graves was found dead at Flamefest in the upmarket town of Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, where hundreds of party-goers took part in kinky workshops, The Mirror reports

The 53-year-old’s inquest opened today after he was found unresponsive at the festival site, which offered an ‘adult play area’ staffed by dominatrixes.

It was revealed Mr Graves, from Woking, Surrey, died of a fatal overdose of MDMA, also known as ecstasy, ahead of the full inquest which will be scheduled for a later date.

The festival had caused uproar in the posh Kent town, where about 250 people paid up to £600 to attend on the weekend of August 19 and 20.

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Police initially said the death was unexplained and opened an investigation (Image: PA)

Extra security was also brought in to stop gatecrashers before emergency services found Mr Graves dead two days after the festival officially ended, Kent and Medway Coroners’ Court heard.

Emergency services initially said the death was ‘unexplained’.

Speaking in August, a spokesman for Kent Police said: “Kent Police is making enquiries to establish the circumstances surrounding an unexplained death in Tunbridge Wells.

Tickets cost hundreds of pounds and photography was forbidden inside the venue (Image: PA)

“Officers were called by South East Coast Ambulance Service at 6.14am on Tuesday, August 22 to a medical incident at a campsite in Powder Mill Lane, Tunbridge Wells.

“Patrols and ambulance crews went to the scene where a man was pronounced dead.

“The death is being treated as unexplained at this stage.

“In addition, an unconscious woman received medical treatment and was taken to a local hospital by air ambulance.”

A full inquest into the death will be heard at a later date (Image: PA)

 

Also speaking in August, a spokeswoman for South East Coast Ambulance Service added: “We can confirm that the trust was called to a field off Powder Mill Lane, Southborough, at 6am today following reports of two people found unconscious.

“We have a number of resources at the scene including specialists critical care paramedics, hazardous area response team and helicopter emergency medical service.

“At this stage we have no further information.”

MIND HOW YOU COMPORT YOURSELF: PEOPLE ARE WATCHING

They may never tell you….but many people are watching you closely – even if from a distance, admiring you, and maybe copying you; Being inspired by you, being mentored or being taught by you.

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Others are simply being repulsed, being disgusted or being turned off by you and by your actions. Unfortunately you may never get the opportunity to find out and they might never meet the real you, but they will keep that opinion they have of you in their heart.

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Remember you might never get another opportunity to make a second impression.

 

 

 

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Therefore whatever you do and wherever you find yourself, comport yourself to the highest possible standards and be cautious of how your present yourself at all times. You owe your public that much”

 

 

BJ


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