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Watch Video Of Worker Who Claimed Missing N36m Was Swallowed By A Snake

A video had emerged of a Nigerian sales clerk giving a satement claiming a snake was responsible for a missing sum of money belonging to the country’s Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB).

The clerk, Philomena Chieshe, who worked at the board’s finance office in Makurdi, Venue State, and who has since been dismissed, claimed that snake had eaten 36m naira.

That’s the equivalent of $100,000 or £72,250.

The exam board, told the BBC that it dismissed her claim and has started disciplinary proceedings.

In the course of interrogation, Philomena denied the allegations that she stole the money but confessed that her housemaid connived with another JAMB staff who, with the use of spiritual powers, turned into a snake to steal the money from the vault in the account office,” the report said.

The incident has been ridiculed by Nigerians on social media.

One tweeter suggests it would be an unreasonable amount of bank notes for one snake to handle.

A Twitter account has even been set up for the snake. Which, it claims, is very tired.

The entire embarrassing saga was made more bizarre when a state Senator stormed into the JAMB office in Bwari, FCT, with a snake charmer intent on fishing out the snake.

Senator Shehu Sani from Kaduna state said: “I believe that the contribution I can make is to bring snake charmers from my constituency to the JAMB office and to help them fish out the snake and weed out snakes from their premises.”

Sani further said that if a snake could actually swallow N36 million, one day Nigerians may wake up to say that a snake had swallowed the country’s foreign reserve.

“Even if it is a spiritual matter, we believe that these people I brought, are some of the best snake charmers in the country and they will help in arresting both physical and spiritual snakes if there has been any in the JAMB office.”

Video courtesy of The Sun

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Jennifer Aniston And Hubby Justin Theroux Split After Just Two Years Of Marriage

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have split after just two and a half years of marriage.

The decision to go their separate ways ‘was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year’, according to a statement released on Thursday through Jennifer’s publicist.

The 49-year-old Friends star became engaged to the Leftovers actor, 46, in August 2012, and they married in a surprise ceremony at their LA home on August 5, 2015.

The couple’s statement says they would have handled their separation privately, but they wanted to counter tabloid speculation and ‘convey the truth directly.’

They say they intend to maintain love and respect for each other.

Jennifer and Justin were last pictured together during a New Year’s getaway trip in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

It definitely seems as if the power couple have spent plenty of time apart as the Mulholland Drive actor has been often spotted by himself in New York City which is away from their home in Los Angeles.

Full statement from Aniston and Theroux on separation

‘In an effort to reduce any further speculation, we have decided to announce our separation. This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship. Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly. Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another.’

via spokesman Stephen Huvane

Meanwhile Jennifer celebrated her 49th birthday just days ago and Justin was noticeably absent in the photos shared on social media from the festivities in Malibu, California.

Jennifer was keeping busy as she was reportedly in attendance at Amy Schumer’s surprise wedding to chef Chris Fischer in Malibu on Tuesday.

On Monday, Theroux was spotted grabbing a coffee by himself in the Big Apple just a day after his now estranged wife’s birthday.

The shock split will come as a surprise to many as Justin had previously described Jennifer as his ‘ally’.

The ink wasn’t even dry on the separation statement and everyone was ready to set Jennifer up again.

Twitter exploded with reaction to the break-up news on Thursday, and every single tweet had two words in common: Brad and Pitt.

Within moments of the news breaking, the 49-year-old Friends star had split from husband of two years Justin Theroux, fans immediately began shipping her back together with her ex-hubby.

Just 16 months ago, Pitt also found himself back on the single’s market after being dumped by wife Angelina Jolie — the woman he left Aniston for.

Pitt was married to Aniston from 2000 to 2005 in what many deemed a fairytale Hollywood union.

Drug Addict Is Helped To Full Recovery After being Found By Childhood Friend Living Rough On The Streets

This is a story that would melt even  the hardest of hearts and will send us helpless sentimentalists rushing for our hankies. I came across this story on Facebook and I felt it just had to be shared:

It is the story of how a young kenyan lady came across her childhood friend on the streets suffering from drug addiction and rather than walk past him pretending we don’t know him, this selfless lady took him to rehabilitation & helped locate his mum.

The story needs no long narration as the pictures of his journey to recovery speak for themselves

 

 

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James Bond Actor Facing Jail Term

Pierce Brosnan could face a prison sentence in India after fronting an advertising campaign for a chewing mixture that can contain tobacco.

The Irish actor, 64, starred in TV and newspaper ads for Pan Bahar, an Indian concoction that can include tobacco, spices and areca nut or supari, 18 months ago.

It is prohibited from sale in a number of Indian states as areca nut is considered by the World Health Organisation to be carcinogenic.

Brosnan has reportedly been served a legal notice from the Delhi health department under the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003, asking him to explain his appearance in the advertisements.

If he fails to respond within 10 days he could face a fine of 5,000 Indian Rupees (£56) or a two year jail term.

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Health official S K Arora told the Indian Express: “We have issued the notice to Pierce Brosnan through the company, and also reached out to him via social media platforms.

“If he fails to respond to the notice, he would face punishment of a fine up to Rs5,000 [£56] or two years in prison.”

Brosnan previously claimed he was told he was advertising a “breath freshener/tooth whitener [and] all-natural, containing neither tobacco, supari, nor any other harmful ingredient”.

He said he was “deeply shocked and saddened” by the “unauthorised and deceptive use” of his image to promote a potentially harmful product.

In a statement he said: “Having endured, in my own personal life, the loss of my first wife and daughter as well as numerous friends to cancer, I am fully committed to supporting women’s healthcare and research programs that improve human health and alleviate suffering.

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“I would never have entered into an agreement to promote a product in India that is dangerous to one’s health.

He finished: “I shall endeavour to rectify this matter. In the meantime, please accept my sincerest and heartfelt apologies to all whom I have offended.”Standard Online has contacted a representative for Brosnan for comment.

 

 

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Fire Halts National Assembly Sitting As Senators And NASS Staff Are Evacuated

The Senate has suspended its Thursday’s sitting after fire broke out in a section of the National Assembly building.

The fire at the maintenance unit of the Senate building occurred at about 11 a.m.

Lawmakers initially tried to go ahead with its plenary, but were compelled to cut the session short.

After adoption of votes and proceedings, Ibrahim Gobir, Sokoto-APC, moved that the plenary be adjourned due to the “unconducive” state of the chamber.

“The condition is not very conducive because our chambers are there; yesterday we engaged the contractors working in the senate. We believe it is now Saturday they will be able to finish it,” he said.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, approved the motion.

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Senate President Olubukonla Saraki

He said, “What you presented to us makes sense. Definitely the chamber is not conducive for today’s s activities and as such, I would direct that we adjourn till Tuesday so that between now and the weekend the members of the services and maintenance unit can ensure that we bring the chamber into a conducive environment.”

According to Premium Times reporter, Kemi Busari, staff and other workers were evacuated from the building to avoid being trapped as smoke filled up the walkways.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Staff were seen attempting to put out the fire with fire extinguishers.

One staff member familiar with the technical room said the fire started at where air conditioners units serving the assembly are stored.

South Africa To Swear In New President Following Zuma’s Resignation

South Africa’s parliament will elect Cyril Ramaphosa as new president at 2pm local time (1200 GMT) on Thursday and have him take the oath of office, the ruling African National Congress chief whip said.

“The office of the chief justice has made itself available today to officiate in the business of electing a new president,” the ANC chief whip, Jackson Mthembu, told a parliamentary committee meeting.

At the same meeting, the speaker of parliament said a letter of resignation from President Jacob Zuma, who stepped down late on Wednesday rather than face a no-confidence vote from his own party, was “still on its way”.

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Jacob Zuma resigned shortly after declaring his intention to stay on in office

Jacob Zuma resigned as President of South Africa on Wednesday, heeding orders by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to bring an end to his nine scandal-plagued years in power.

In a 30-minute farewell address to the nation, 75-year-old Zuma nonetheless said he disagreed with the way the ANC had shoved him towards an early exit after the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as party president in December.

 

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Read This Before You Go Online Dating If You Are Over 50

For a few years of her life, author Lucy Cavendish did online dating to death. She had became single at 44 and from match.com and Plenty of Fish to Tinder, she tried them all. “As a middle-aged mother with four children, the mature dating arena was particularly fraught. It was nothing like when I was young and you met people through friends and work”, she said.

Instead, it was like stepping in to a world she no longer understood, that didn’t seem to work in any way she recognised.

Men she thought were single and available turned out to be married and available for only one thing. She became wise to this fact after her friend pointed out that a man she’d been talking to online and was very interested in never happened to be available to ‘chat’ at weekends.

There also seemed to be a particular lingo. ‘Favourite activities’, she discovered, referred to activities in the bedroom, rather than hobbies.

“So I felt for Edwina Currie – probably the only time I will ever have feelings for Edwina Currie” she joked – “when she said that online dating over a certain age is a nightmare”.

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The former MP was apparently “startled” to discover many daters were only after sex. Mind you, for many middle-aged women, that wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing. Lucy actually knows loads of really attractive single women who all looking for sex. Many of them have come out of loveless, passionless long-term marriages and would be more than happy to have a one-night stand.

Lucy also believes that people view sex differently these days citing the example of several couples she knowsn – one who are actually getting married – who started with the sex and got to know each other later.

Conversely, she recalls meeting many men who were terrified of women, especially sexually rapacious ones. One rather artistic South African creative spent an entire evening telling her how distressing it was that women kept on trying to entice him in to bed.

But online dating in your middle ages can undoubtedly be a minefield of subterfuge and pitfalls. After four years in the trenches, Lucy finally met her match.  They had mutual friends on Facebook and he chatted her up by saying he liked her photograph.

They got married just before Christmas.

Looking back, Lucy says “If I am relieved, at 50, to be back out of the dating arena again, I am also determined to pass on my dating tips. Here’s what I wish I’d known before logging on..!

 

  1. No one puts their real age up online. Men who say they are 55 are actually 60 or even older. Also, photos mean nothing.
  2. Saying that, beware of anyone who posts photographs of themselves with their kids/ex/holding a pint of beer/strumming an air guitar/has half the picture ripped off (and it is obviously of his wedding day).
  3. Never, ever go out with a man who says he is “looking for cuddles”. This is not a euphemism for sex. It means he needs looking after and hasn’t grown up yet.
  4. If a man asks “what are you in to?” then what he means is “what sort of sex are you in to?” – if that’s OK with you, proceed. If not, run.
  5. Lots of men may well want sex but they have the same body hang-ups as women and many of them – ahem – no longer have the same libido as when they were years younger. This is a tricky area and one which, when we were all first dating, never had to think about.
  6. Be really sure about what you are looking for – if a man with his own house and a stable income is important, there is no point in dating the sad, miserable one who has been crucified by divorce and can’t afford to buy you dinner. They may be witty and handsome but it’s not going to work. I spent far too long dating men I felt sorry for rather than thinking about what I really wanted.
  7. Be aware that women and men are often looking for different things – some older men are looking for a carer, really. They can’t bear the idea of growing old alone and, underneath all the dating shtick, they are quite happy to put on their slippers.
  8. There are some really nice men out there, but they might be hopeless at dating. I’ve met men who are so nervous that they’ve fluffed the first date – gabbling on about their exes, for example – but got on much better when given a second chance.
  9. Always have a back up plan… I’d send a coded text to my best friend and she’d then text me pretending to be one of my children saying I had to go home immediately. It worked every time and it saves you from being rude.
  10. Be careful to make sure they are who they say they are. If someone chats you up, gets you in to bed but is never around at weekends, he is probably already married.