MonthDecember 2017

Appointment of dead people: Umar Dange’s family reacts, warns impostor

Family of a late stalwart of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Sokoto, Alhaji Umar Dange, has finally reacted to the appointment of the deceased by President Muhammadu Buhari as a member board of the Federal Medical Centre, Ebute-Metta. The late Dange’s family denied ever describing the appointment of the former APC leader in Sokoto […] Appointment of dead people: Umar Dange’s family reacts, warns impostor [hmp_player]

New Year: Have positive attitude, Tambuwal tells Nigerians

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, has urged Nigerians to adopt positive attitude in 2018. According to the governor, every available indices indicated that the country was on the brink of greatness. Tambuwal in a New Year Message issued by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, said the prospect of a better nation will be realized […] New Year: Have positive attitude, Tambuwal tells Nigerians [hmp_player]

Ekiti 2018: Ojudu group accuses Fayemi of hijacking board appointments

Mr. Dare Oguntuase, one of the loyalists of the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari. on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu has described the list of people from Ekiti State that were appointed into federal boards and agencies as “The Ekiti List Of Shame.” Oguntuase, who is one of the Social Media aides of Senator […] Ekiti 2018: Ojudu group accuses Fayemi of hijacking board appointments [hmp_player]

2018: Nigerians expect good governance, not blame game – ASUU tells Buhari

Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan chapter, Dr. Deji Omole has declared that Nigerians expect good governance in 2018 and not another year of blame game. Omole in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan on Sunday while setting agenda for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2018, disclosed that the ordinary […] 2018: Nigerians expect good governance, not blame game – ASUU tells Buhari [hmp_player]

NBBF invites 20 players for Commonwealth Games preparation

Twenty players have been invited by the Nigeria Basketball Federation for the first phase of camping ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. In a memo signed by the Secretary General of the NBBF, Chimezie Asiegbu and sent to the respective clubs, the camping exercise which will be supervised by the duo of D’Tigers assistant coaches, […] NBBF invites 20 players for Commonwealth Games preparation [hmp_player]

Appointment of dead people: Nigerians blast Buhari

Nigerians have berated President Buhari over his appointment of dead persons into the board of government agencies. This is in reaction to report that some dead people were included in Buhari’s latest 209 appointments of chairmen and 1,258 board members. Some Nigerians described the Buhari led administration as incompetent, while others blamed the office of […] Appointment of dead people: Nigerians blast Buhari [hmp_player]

Monday’s best TV: The Great Festive Bake Off; McMafia

Britain’s favourite baking show returns for a seasonal special; plus James Norton stars in a timely drama about Russian criminals in London The latest David Walliams book to be adapted by the BBC stars Tom Courtenay as a dashing but forgetful pensioner convinced he is still fighting for air superiority in the second world war. When his hapless son (Walliams) packs Grandpa off to a sinister nursing home, plucky youngster Jack (Kit Connor) vows to spring him out. It’s a family-friendly adventure with a vibrant 1980s setting and a dual role for Jennifer Saunders. Graeme Virtue Continue reading… [hmp_player]

The Price Is Right review – Alan Carr reboots everyone’s favourite guessing game

Bringing back this gameshow may be lazy, but the fantastically entertaining presenter makes it work. Plus: French legal drama Spiral returns for a gory sixth series Appropriately, for hard times, there is a growing tendency for old light-entertainment series to be recycled into new, with not much effort required for the transformation. Take a concept that did well enough in its heyday to invoke a VHS fuzz of nostalgia, give it a nod to the contemporary with a mildly ironic host and, as with a low-rent movie franchise with extra cardboard, glitter and camp, the theory is that you will be rewarded with an instant audience. From Catchphrase to The Crystal Maze, early-evening television now looks much as it did in the 90s. If Gladiators isn’t kicking Ninja Warrior UK off its big boulders by the end of 2018, I’ll eat my pugil stick. As Blind Date (Channel 5) returns for a second series under the stewardship of Paul O’Grady – who lets one bunch of contestants bring their pet pooches on this weekend, perhaps because he got tired of writing a separate script for For the Love of Dogs – The Price Is Right (Channel 4, Saturday) is the latest old banger to get a new engine. Alan Carr is a fantastically entertaining host, seemingly born to raise the already very high spirits of the TV studio audience here; it is as if he’s been doing it for years. This new version will be its fifth incarnation, with Carr following in the slick footsteps of Leslie Crowther and Bruce Forsyth for a pilot that may well turn into a full series. Amazingly, it has only been off the air for 11 years. The last time we saw The Price Is Right, it was on ITV and being helmed by Joe Pasquale. I’m sorry to remind you of that difficult time. Continue reading… [hmp_player]

Glass half empty: the hangover from hell that made me tackle my drinking

Alcohol doesn’t have to affect your life dramatically to be problematic. When I realised I had missed the same event two years in a row because I was suffering after a heavy night, I knew I had to change It was the worst hangover of my life – and I have had a lot of hangovers. There were several very bad things about it, from the roiling nausea that made getting out of bed or even drinking water impossible to my questionable decision to take my mind off it by watching the anxiety-inducing film Get Out (not a great choice if you are feeling anxious). But one of the worst things about it was that it was entirely predictable. I don’t mean it was foreseeable the night before in an “Oh, I really shouldn’t have a third glass of wine” way, but rather that, earlier that week, a still, small voice had told me as I reached for the gin that, if I continued normalising drinking like this, sooner or later I would wake up massively hungover and full of regret. I had heard that internal voice before. It had been saying similarly annoying things for years. This time, though, it was clearer than usual. But, like all the other times, I had poured myself a drink and ignored it. Continue reading… [hmp_player]

‘I feel less stuffed after dinners – and less guilty’: why I stopped eating meat

My journey towards vegetarianism started 30 years ago for practical reasons, but the more I eschew animal products the better I feel about everything My experience of giving up meat has been a gradual process, starting about 30 years ago, when a vegetarian friend and her two little boys came to live with me and my daughter. For practical reasons, we ate less meat. Why bother to cook two dinners when you need only cook one? Anyway, we all loved macaroni cheese and baked potatoes, and the odd tuna bake, because fish seemed sort of halfway and my friend wasn’t a strict enforcer. Back then, meat still featured heavily when my parents visited. After all, I did love meat. I had been brought up on it and my mother was a superb cook. Her stews and casseroles, oxtail and neck of lamb; her roasts, turkey stuffing and chicken liver paté; her chicken soup and salt beef were delicious beyond words. There was something about meat-eating that my father found admirable, too, especially in boys. He once sat at the table with the children, watching my friend’s three-year-old son eat a large sausage. “Look at that!” he said with pride and joy. “What a good boy!” He failed to comment on my daughter’s equally impressive sausage-eating. I have found that it is easier for a meat lover to give it up if you think of all the delicious alternatives Related: Meera Sodha’s vegan recipe for Christmas veg Penang curry Continue reading… [hmp_player]