Day: November 6, 2017


Nigeria has moved up 24 places in the World Bank’s “Doing Business” report released Tuesday.

Nigeria is also mentioned in the report as one of the top 10 most improved economies in the world.

Moving up from last year’s 171st position in the Doing Business report, Nigeria is now ranked 145th, in a project that provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 190 economies worldwide.

A statement by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s spokesman, Mr. Laolu Akande, quoted the vice-president as saying Nigeria had broken the jinx of a decade of decline in global rankings on the ease of doing business.

Osinbajo, said the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) set up by President Muhammadu Buhari and headed by him has worked hard to achieve the feat. He heaped praise on all stakeholders who cooperated with the council to obtain this great achievement.

Th Vive president said in his statement: “I welcome Nigeria’s improved performance. We are one of the top ten reforming economies in the world in 2017. After a decade-long decline in Nigeria’s rankings, last year the government recorded a modest increase.

“This year, Mr. President set us an ambitious target of moving up twenty places in the rankings – I am delighted that we have exceeded his goal.

“Improving the business environment is at the heart of the Buhari administration’s reform agenda. We are reinforcing our economic turn-around by a vigorous and active implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) so businesses operating in Nigeria can thrive and be competitive globally.

“For the first time, coordinated efforts across various levels of governments have been undertaken to make it easier to do business in Nigeria.

“I commend all stakeholders who worked with us to achieve this significant result, particularly the National Assembly, Lagos and Kano State Governments, and the private sector,” he said.
The statement further said before arriving at the decision, the World Bank highlighted five reforms it said made it easier to do business in Kano and Lagos, the two cities covered by the report in Nigeria last year.

The five reform areas identified by the bank were starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering property, getting credit, and paying taxes.


A British hostage kidnapped in Nigeria’s southern Delta state has been killed and three others freed, the Foreign Office (FCO) has confirmed.

Ian Squire was one of four Britons reportedly taken at about on 13 October.

According to the BBC, the British High Commission and Nigerian authorities negotiated the release of Alanna Carson, David Donovan and Shirley Donovan.

The FCO said it had been a “traumatic time” for those involved.

An FCO spokesperson said that Nigerian authorities were investigating the kidnapping, adding: “Our staff will continue to do all we can to support the families.”

Relatives of the four said they were “delighted and relieved” that Ms Carson, Mr Donovan and Mrs Donovan had returned safely.

“Our thoughts are now with the family and friends of Ian as we come to terms with his sad death,” they said in a statement issued on their behalf.

“This has been a traumatic time for our loved ones who were kidnapped and for their families and friends here in the UK.”


A fitness instructor has been found guilty of murdering his 18-month-old baby just two weeks after formally adopting her with his gay husband.

Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, of Delabole, Cornwall, had denied inflicting catastrophic injuries on Elsie at his Cardiff home but a jury rejected this.

He called 999 on 25 May 2016 claiming he had found her unresponsive on the floor. She died four days later.

Elsie Scully-Hicks came to live with the couple when she was 10 months old.

A pathologist said Elsie’s injuries were “very typical” of babies who have been shaken.

Pathologist Dr Stephen Leadbetter told the trial Elsie’s injuries were consistent with “shaking impact syndrome”.

He said she died after suffering a “blunt head injury”, which triggered a cardiac arrest and starved her organs of blood.

Elsie Scully-HicksBaby Elsie

A CT scan showed she had bleeding on the brain and a post-mortem examination revealed she had also suffered broken ribs, a fractured left femur and a fractured skull.

There was also haemorrhaging within both of Elsie’s retinas – associated with inflicted trauma or injury.

In the months before her death, Matthew Scully-Hicks had told his husband and a health visitor a bruise on Elsie’s face and leg fracture were caused by falls around the house.

But a doctor who examined Elsie after her death said his account was inconsistent with her injuries.

Less than three months before she died Matthew Scully-Hicks called 999 and said Elsie had fallen down the stairs after a wooden stair gate accidentally opened when she pulled herself up on it.

On 25 May, Matthew Scully-Hicks was on the phone to the emergency services again.

This time he said he had changed Elsie’s nappy in the living room, left the room before returning minutes later to find her unresponsive on the floor.

He told the court: “I got closer and called her, there was no response. I got down and gave her a gentle tap and there was no response at all so I picked up the phone and called for an ambulance.”

He said he carried out CPR until a police officer arrived and took over and she was rushed to hospital.

Elsie died at the University Hospital of Wales, in Cardiff, on 29 May 2016 after doctors determined she could not be saved and her ventilator was switched off.

Matthew Scully-Hicks arriving at Cardiff Crown Court
Image captionScully-Hicks has said he does not know how Elsie sustained her fatal injuries

During the trail, the jury was told Scully-Hicks had sent his husband Craig text messages saying he was “struggling to cope” and describing Elsie as “Satan in a babygro” and a “psycho”.

Neighbours told the court they heard Scully-Hicks raise his voice and swear at the the baby.

Prosecutor Paul Lewis QC, said: “[Scully-Hicks’] actions on the late afternoon of 25 May were the tragic culmination of a course of violent conduct on his part towards a defenceless child – an infant that he should have loved and protected, but whom he instead assaulted, abused, and ultimately murdered.”

Following the unanimous verdict, Iwan Jenkins, from the Crown Prosecution Service said: “There were complicating factors in that the only two people who knew what happened in the months leading up to the incident which resulted in her hospitalisation were the defendant and the victim herself.

He said evidence from medical experts had been “crucial” to the case, adding the analysis of Elsie’s injuries were “vital to show explanations provided by the defendant were not true and were inconsistent”.

He added: “There are no winners in cases of murder.”


Culled from BBC News




Dozens of Saudi Arabian Princes and former government ministers have been arrested hours after an anti-corruption commission was formed.

Among those detainees is Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal – who is one of the richest men in the world and owns the British capital’s top hotel the Savoy.

Prince Alwaleed is one of the Middle East’s richest people, with investments in Twitter, Apple, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, Citigroup, the Four Seasons hotel chains and most recently in ride sharing service Lyft.

He’s also known for being among the most outspoken Saudi royals, long advocating for greater women’s rights.

He is also majority owner of the popular Rotana Group of Arabic channels.

‘The reported detention of Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, if true, would send shockwaves through the domestic and international business community.’

Prince Alwaleed has made several appearances on CNBC to give investment advice.

Last month he was on the network predicting bitcoin was a ‘speculative bubble that would soon implode’.

Officials in the kingdom has also frozen the bank accounts of 11 princes and 38 former government ministers, deputies and businessmen who are being held in five-star hotels across the capital, Riyadh, in the anti-corruption sweep.

‘The accounts and balances of those detained will be revealed and frozen,’ a spokesman for Saudi Arabia’s information ministry said.

‘Any asset or property related to these cases of corruption will be registered as state property.’

Those detained are being held in five-star hotels across the capital, Riyadh, in the anti-corruption sweep.

Reports suggest some of the detainees are being held at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh.

A royal court official, Badr al-Asaker, on Sunday appeared to confirm the arrests on Twitter, describing a ‘historic and black night against the corrupt’.

The powerful heads of the Saudi National Guard, an elite internal security force, and the navy were also replaced in a series of high-profile sackings that sent shock waves in the kingdom.

The government has so far only announced that an anti-corruption probe was launched, with state-linked media reporting that dozens of princes and ministers were detained without releasing their names.

An aviation source has said that security forces had grounded private jets in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, potentially to prevent any high-profile figures from leaving.

‘The breadth and scale of the arrests appears to be unprecedented in modern Saudi history,’ said Kristian Ulrichsen, a fellow at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University,’ they said.

Read more on this story at the Daily Mail


The rap artist born Sean John Coombes formerly known as Puff Daddy, then Puffy, then P Diddy now wants to be known by a new name.

This came as the rapper recently listed in Forbes Magazine as the highest paid entertainer with a gross earning of $130 million, and an estimated net worth of $820 million, celebrated his 48 birthday

As he explained in a video on Twitter, the artist announced “Hey, y’all. I have some serious news. I’ve been praying on this.

I decided that – I know it’s risky and I know it’s corny to some people – but I decided to change my name again”

He said Diddy was a  name he was just no longer feeling hence the change.

Im just not who i am before”, he continued. I’m something different, So my new name is Love aka Brother Love. I will not be answering to Puffy, Diddy, Puff Daddy or any of my other moniker but love or Brother Love”

Born in Harlem, Love was raised in Mount Vernon, New York. He worked as a talent director at Uptown Records before founding his label Bad Boy Entertainment in 1993. His debut album No Way Out (1997) has been certified seven times platinum and was followed by successful albums such as Forever (1999), The Saga Continues… (2001), and Press Play (2006). In 2009 Combs formed the musical group Diddy – Dirty Money and released the critically well-reviewed and commercially successful album Last Train to Paris (2010).


Combs has won three Grammy Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards, and is the producer of MTV’s Making the Band

Aside being a rapper, the artist now known as Love is also an actor, producer, director, entrepreneur, restauranteur and philanthropist.

Combs is the head of Combs Enterprises, an umbrella company for his portfolio of businesses. In addition to his clothing line, Combs owned two restaurants called Justin’s, named after his son. The original New York location closed in September 2007; the Atlanta location closed in June 2012. He is the designer of the Dallas Mavericks alternate jersey. In October 2007 Combs agreed to help develop the Cîroc vodka brand for a 50 percent share of the profits. Combs acquired the Enyce clothing line from Liz Claiborne for $20 million on October 21, 2008.  Combs has a major equity stake in Revolt TV, a television network that also has a film production branch.  It began broadcasting in 2014. In February 2015, Combs teamed up with actor Mark Wahlberg and businessman Ronald Burkle of Yucaipa Companies to purchase a majority holding in Aquahydrate, a calorie-free beverage for athletes.  John Cochran, former president of Fiji Water, is CEO of the company

Combs founded Daddy’s House Social Programs, an organization to help inner city youth, in 1995. Programs include tutoring, life skills classes, and an annual summer camp. Along with Jay-Z, he pledged $1 million to help support victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and donated clothing from his Sean John line to victims. He has donated computers and books to New York schools.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley named October 13, 2006, as “Diddy Day” in honor of Combs’ charity work. In 2008 Combs was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2014, Combs received an honorary doctorate from Howard University, where he served as the keynote speaker for its 146th commencement ceremony. In his speech, Combs acknowledged that his experiences as a Howard student positively influenced his life