It was Jay Z's 45th birthday on 4th Dec and he likely had blowout celebration with friends and family.But besides what will ensure on his special day, the rapper got a lot of love from Rihanna on Instagram.The S&M singer took to the social media app to playfully call attention to a throwback photo of a much younger version of the rapper.The 80s-looking image features the then-aspiring artist wearing gold grills and a matching thick gold chain.With no need for a caption, Rihanna simply wrote 'Jz' alongside the upload.
Friday, December 5, 2014
A grieving Afghan mother took bloody revenge on the Taliban militants who gunned down her son, killing 25 and injuring five of them during a seven hour gun battle.Reza Gul watched helplessly as her son died while he manned a village checkpoint with his small team of police officers in the lawless Farah province.But flanked by her daughter and daughter-in-law, she led a counter strike on his attackers killing 25 militants and wounding another five during a ferocious seven hour gun battle.
‘I couldn’t stop myself and picked up a weapon,’ Gul told TOLO News. ‘I went to the check post and began shooting back.’Her daughter-in-law Seema added: ‘The fighting was intensified when we reached the battlefield along with light and heavy weapons. We were committed to fight until the last bullet.’She added that the combats zone was strewn with Taliban bodies when the fighting was over.A spokesman for the Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior told the agency it was a symbol of a public uprising.The Taliban is yet to comment about the incident.We’re sorry for her loss, but it certainly looks like she’s actively working on healing. This story would make a crazy action flick.Via DailyMail:
Western Ports Command of the Nigeria Police has raised the alarm over threat by the Boko Haram sect to bomb Lagos, with the nation’s seaport in Apapa as its likely target.Commissioner of Police in charge of the Western Ports Command, Mrs. Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison stated this at the inauguration of new executives of the Maritime Reporters’ Association of Nigeria (MARAN) in Apapa, Lagos.She stated that based on intelligence report it received three months ago, the deadly Islamic sect could be planning to bomb Lagos and possibly target the seaport.
“We are not taking the threat lightly at all and we encourage all stakeholders who visit the port to keep their eyes and ears open in case of the activity of the sect,” said Ibifuro-Harisson who was represented by the Assistant Commissioner in charge of administration, Salem Machree.She said as part of measures put in place to check the threat, the Police had beefed up security within and around Lagos including the port environment, just as she disclosed that Police would remain alert and vigilant at ensuring that the violent sect did not hit the ports.It will be recalled that at least four persons were confirmed dead, when two explosions suspected to have emanated from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off near the Folawiyo Energy Depot on Creek Road, Apapa on June 25 this year.
Unconfirmed reports quoting witnesses at the scene of the explosion said the blast occurred after some persons suspected to be bombers set off the twin explosions.
In a video release in July, leader of the violent Islamic sect, Abubakar Shekau, claimed responsibility for the two explosions, according to Agency-France Press reports.Speaking at the same event, Area Controller, Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Comptroller Charles Edike said the service collected N950.1 billion as revenue into the federation account from January to November 2014. Edike said the figure was 23.4 per cent higher than the N769.3 billion collected in the corresponding period of 2013.Besides the amount collected, he said the NCS also saved the country N36.9 billion collected under the one per cent Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme (CISS), which would have been paid to the three former destination service providers.
Also speaking, representative of the Customs Comptroller General, Comptroller Frances Enwereuzor, while congratulating the new executives of MARAN, said the role of the media in the development of the maritime sector could not be overemphasized and must be discharged with great sense of responsibility and dedication to duty.She urged the new executives to continue to promote the existing relationship between MARAN and the NCS.Via..tribune
Opulence: Sofa space for chilling out, tick. But where's the television?
Is it a boat, is it a car? No, it's a mega yacht. The supercar designer's mega boat costs more than £16 million
Shiny shiny: Believe it or not this is actually the inside of the boat. It feels as large as an airplane hangar, but with an Art Nouvea vibe
And so to bed: By night, the superyacht glows in the dark thanks to oceanLED lighting
Holy moley! A good sized helipad on deck ensures A-listers can be flown in if needed
And of course every megayacht needs a megacar for those all important onshore errands. Right, have we run out of champagne again?
Whether it's being used as a swanky party venue, floating showroom or private vessel, the Xhibitionist is certainly a boat designed to turn heads. The 75 metre long vessel is an extravagant, multipurpose yacht which even comes with its own supercar. Designed by Swedish-based car designer Eduard Gray, the slick ship's interior is decked out in Art Nouveau decor, with classic touches like a Steinway piano, a dual staircase, and fine crystal Baccarat lighting.
Photo credit Daily mail
Madonna will be the face of Versace's Spring/Summer 2015 campaign.
The Italian fashion house confirmed that the global superstar will front their upcoming range which intends to capture the unapologetic and timeless power of their muse.And latest images from a photo shoot prove the Like a Virgin singer has still got what it takes.Showing off her super toned body, Madonna channels a vampish look with dark lips, smoky eyes and tousled tresses.
The collection will focus on Madge's unique and iconic image from pop star to business woman and humanitarian.“It’s always exciting to be dressed head to toe in Versace and experience first-hand Donatella’s vivid imagination and passion that she has created for this collection,” said Madonna.It will be the fourth time Madonna has appeared in Versace's advertising campaigns.She first appeared three decades ago in 1995 and has gone on to represent the brand since then.
Former England footballer Michael Owen is slammed on social media after comparing women to luxury cars in 'sexist' new car ad
Former England footballer Michael Owen has been inundated with critical messages after starring in a 'sexist' new car adIn the ad, which was made on behalf of his local car dealership, Owen, who is married to childhood sweetheart Louise Bonsall, compares women to luxury cars and goes on to boast about the 'dozens' of Jaguars he owns. 'You've got to go for looks to start with,' said the star in the clip, before adding: 'Then you look inside. It's probably similar to girls isn't it? 'The look attracts you to start with and then you get to know them a bit more, I think it's the same with cars.' Andrew North, a director at Alexanders Prestige, the dealership behind the ad, defended Owens’s statement when contacted by MailOnline.'I think it's a fair comparison,' said Mr. North. 'You are attracted to the outside but ultimately, it's what's on the inside that counts and that's what he was trying to say.'We actually filmed three hours of footage so that was just a very small part of it.'The cringe-making video, which is set to a classical soundtrack, begins with Owen, 34, standing in the middle of the garage surveying the cars around him.During the two-minute ad, he goes on to make several more gasp-worthy claims.
'I've owned quite a variety of cars over the years,' he says. 'My first car being a Rover coupe, [I then] progressed to a BMW, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Range Rovers. It's great to come back home so to speak. ‘I had a deal with Jaguar for a long time as well, so probably had a dozen Jaguars and a few others.' He continued: 'You know, you grow with cars I was never going to get a Ferrari at 18 or something. You wait until you've earned your stripes so to speak. ‘Owen who was once reported to have a net worth of £40million - was clearly unaware that for most, the stumbling block to Jaguar ownership is not being too young but being unable to afford the £170,000 price tag. Not content with that, Owen added: 'In football there is a hierarchy so if you go in with a nicer car than someone who has played a 100 games and played for his country then you'll be quickly slapped down and told to sell it.
A 52-year-old grandfather is hoping his tattoo depicting 203 characters from popular cartoon series The Simpsons will win him a Guinness World Record.Michael Baxter has spent almost AU$12,000 on getting inked and has been a big fan of the show since its debut.His bid to be recognized as a world record holder coincides with the series' 25th anniversary on December 17. The prison officer said he had sat through an eye-watering 130 hours under the needle over the course of a year.Mr. Baxter's favourite character was Homer but his tattoo includes all the main characters - including Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. Supporting characters - such as Sideshow Bob, the Comic Book Guy, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner are littered among the faces that span across Mr. Baxter's back.The tattoo also depicts scenes and locations of Springfield - home of the world's favourite yellow-skinned family - like Moe's Tavern and the famous couch scene of the opening credits. 'I wanted to get something which was unique, which nobody else had or would even think of getting,' Mr. Baxter who hails from Bacchus Marsh near Melbourne - said.
'I'm a huge fan of the show. I love the tattoo, and I know lots of other people, including my grandchildren, do too.'To claim his record, Mr. Baxter has to depose New Zealand's Lee Weir who has the 'most tattoos of the same cartoon character tattooed on the body'.Mr. Weir has 41 tattoos of Homer Simpson on his left arm. Despite Mr. Baxter's tattoo including lots of different characters, he understands that because all the characters are from the same show, he is eligible to make a claim for the record.'Guinness has accepted my application, but I have a lot of paperwork to fill out,' he said.Mr. Baxter's tattoo has pushed him onto the international stage, with pictures of his tattoos being spread all over the world via the internet.
A campaign has even launched in the U.S. to persuade The Simpsons producers Matt Groening and James L. Brooks to invite him to appear in animated form on the show.'I'm recognized everywhere. My friends love it, especially the attention it's now getting. They all think the tattoo's awesome, especially when they see it in the flesh,' Mr. Baxter said.'My wife Sharyn, 50, and daughters Michelle, 31 and Rebecca, 29, love it. My seven-year-old grandson Kohen and my five-year-old granddaughter Milah, think it's fantastic.'Via.daily mail
The Katsina State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has set ablaze 6,795.2 kilogrammes of drugs, including Cannabis sativa (popularly called hemp) among other narcotic substances.The NDLEA Public Relations Officer, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, said hemp constituted 5,879kg of the burnt drugs which were valued at N120m, a statement said on Thursday.
The statement read in part, “The agency is encouraged by the huge support of the state government and other stakeholders in drug control. The total weight of the destroyed drug is 6,795.2kg. This is made up of Cannabis sativa, which is commonly referred to as hemp, with a weight of 5,879kg and psychoactive substances that weighed 916.”The Katsina State Governor, Ibrahim Shema, who was represented by the Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Munir Talba, said the state was prepared to strengthen partnership with the NDLEA to prevent the youth from addiction to illicit drugs.He said, “The problem of insecurity cannot be effectively tackled without addressing the problem of drug abuse. Katsina State will continue to collaborate with the NDLEA. Let me also use this opportunity to charge parents to teach their children to make healthy choices and shun drug trafficking.”
The state NDLEA Commander, Hajia Maryam Sani, promised to continue to collaborate with the Ministry of Information in sensitizing the public on the devastating effects of drugs.The agency’s Chairman, Mr. Ahmadu Giade, in his remarks, identified some negative effects of drugs such as brain damage, addiction, crime and terrorism.Giade said, “Narcotic drugs are powerful habit forming substances that affect the brain leading to dependence. It jeopardizes the cultural, political and socio-economic life of a people. Drug use decreases ethical and personal values. It increases domestic violence, loss of jobs, violence and criminality.Some people commit crimes in search of money to sustain their drug supply while others kill and terrorize innocent citizens under the influence of drugs.”Via.Punch