MonthFebruary 2018

N-Power: What N-Build trainees must know

N-Power, Federal Government youth empowerment scheme, Wednesday night, alerted participants of N-Build of what they must know. This is as trainees under the programme begins on March 1, 2018. A statement on N-Power Twitter page reads: “N-Build training will commence tomorrow March 1st, 2018.” “As stated before, the FG will be paying tuition for the […] N-Power: What N-Build trainees must know [hmp_player]

INEC announces general elections dates for next 36 years

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced dates for general elections in the country for the next 36 years, starting from 2019 to 2055. Prof. Mamood Yakubu, Chairman of the commission, made the announcement at a consultative meeting with leaders of political parties in Abuja. Yakubu said “In 2019, the dates are Feb. 16 […] INEC announces general elections dates for next 36 years [hmp_player]

Dapchi SS3 students moved to Nguru for WAEC

Final year students of the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe, will be temporarily relocated to Government Girls Secondary School, Nguru, to enable them prepare for the forthcoming senior secondary school certificate examination. Yobe State commissioner for education, Mohammed Lamin, disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday in Damaturu, the state capital. Lamin said […] Dapchi SS3 students moved to Nguru for WAEC [hmp_player]

Thursday’s best TV: Civilisations; Serial Killer With Piers Morgan

Simon Schama launches an epic new BBC history series, while Piers Morgan has a disturbing encounter with Lorenzo Gilyard, the Kansas City Strangler. Plus, Married at First Sight We begin with Khaled al-Asaad, the impossibly brave Syrian archaeologist beheaded by Isis after refusing to lead them to Palmyra’s antiquities. As Simon Schama says: “When its opposite shows up, we know what civilisation is.” Schama launches this history-spanning series (Mary Beard and David Olusoga will also take turns) in engaging and awestruck fashion, looking at cave paintings, mosaics and cities reclaimed by deserts. This looks likely to be one of those self-consciously emphatic epics that the BBC still does better than anyone else. Phil Harrison Continue reading… [hmp_player]

Bridget Christie: ‘I don’t do jokes about my personal life. Just my husband, my kids and my polyps’

The comedian Louise Reay is being sued for allegedly defaming her estranged husband on stage. So should standups keep their private lives to themselves? I’m not a confessional standup. I don’t know what I am. On the whole, I haven’t mined my personal life or relationships for comedy. Yet. Who knows what direction my work will take in the future? There is still time. I am only 46. Not that I don’t love confessional standup. I do. It’s given us some of the most groundbreaking, pioneering comedy we’ve had and it’s hard to imagine what standup would look like now if Richard Pryor had never existed. It’s just not something I’ve felt hugely comfortable doing. I’ve told the odd routine about my “husband”, “children” or “upbringing”, but they’ve generally been lighthearted, hugely exaggerated, or untrue, and even then it makes me feel uneasy and anxious. We should be able to express opinions however we choose – through words, mime, origami or baking Related: Standup comedian’s husband sues for defamation over ‘provocative’ show When I stumbled across Naked Attraction and saw six vaginas on display, I knew I was out of step with the modern world Continue reading… [hmp_player]

Curd your enthusiasm – my adventures in vegan cheese

Vegan burgers are increasingly convincing, but can vegan cheese – or ‘cheeze’ or ‘chease’ – melt our hearts? Vegan cheese has been suffering a bad case of Fomo – fear of missing out on the vegan food revolution. Some of the new, plant-based products have been groundbreaking, such as the Impossible Burger, which not only tastes like cow, but also “bleeds” like one. Some, such as mock duck in gravy, are startlingly bad. But with vegan cheese, quality versions have been so late to the party, you would be forgiven for not letting them in even if they brought a nice bottle of vegan wine. At last, 2017 was a big one for vegan cheese. Most supermarkets started stocking it. A vegan friend points me towards Sainsbury’s coconut-based vegan cheddar and a feta substitute “that is getting close”, although lately he is excited about a very realistic vegan parmesan from Ocado. There’s now a vegan camembert made with cashew nut milk and even Domino’s has rolled out a vegan pizza in Australia and New Zealand. Continue reading… [hmp_player]

Hijab controversy: Court tells House of Reps what to do

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has stopped the House of Representatives from conducting the planned public hearing on the Hijab wearing controversy between the Nigerian Law School and Ms Firdrusa Abdulsalam. The order was given by Justice Anwuli Chikere on Wednesday in her ruling on an application filed by a collation of legal […] Hijab controversy: Court tells House of Reps what to do [hmp_player]