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Picture Story: Highlights from Hajia Aisha Buhari's NGO #GetInvolved cocktail


The wife of the Nigerian president,  Her Excellency Aisha Buhari is launched the Get Involved initiative as a component of her Future Assured project

Get Involved is an initiative aimed at raising awareness on the issues of Malnutrition,  advocating for the underprivileged women and children; and victims of insurgency in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.

The new midlife crisis
Ministry Of Transport and Federal Road Safety Commission partner to reduce accidents

Road accidents are one of the top 10 causes of death among Nigerians.

The Lagos State Ministry of Transportation and the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) are poised to undertake joint traffic monitoring to reduce road carnage arising from the current traffic flow pattern, especially at the Toll Gate/7up area by Motorways in Ojota, Lagos.

The joint action plan to deal with incidences in the area was unfolded recently when the Unit Commander of Ojota Unit of FRSC, Kehinde Hamzat paid a courtesy call on the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Dayo Mobereola in his office at the Secretariat, Ikeja.

The Commissioner, who observed that the essence of collaboration is to protect lives, explained that the joint action and synergy between agencies of the three tiers of government will ensure commuters safety and assist in the realization of the goals of each tier.

He decried the continued loading and off-loading of passengers at locations that hamper free flow of traffic especially at Ojota despite the existence of designated motor parks, adding that the approval given by the State government for the construction of a new pedestrian bridge will not only enhance safety of road users but also engender free vehicular movement.

Earlier, Assistant Corps Commander, Kehinde Hamzat of the Ojota Unit Command had briefed the Commissioner on the situation of accidents around the axis, saying that crashes were becoming rampant due to inappropriate utilization of the two U- turns at the 7up area.

The Unit Commander however commended the Lagos State Government for the positive impact of various constructions being undertaken to improve the flow of traffic in various locations within the State.

Describing the commitment of the present administration as laudable, Hamzat, noted that the various developments, which can be traced to the traffic summit shows that the State is committed to building its economy and ensuring safety.
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Death toll rises to 18 after Phillipines night market explosion


A blast ripped through a night market packed with customers in the city of Davao in southern Philippines, killing at least 12 people and wounding 60 others.

A presidential spokesman said on Friday that the blast took place at the open-air market in Davao City, 960km south of the capital, Manila.

The explosion occurred close to the high-end Marco Polo hotel that is popular with tourists and business people, city spokeswoman Catherine de la Rey told AFP news agency.

Regional police chief Manuel Guerlan told Reuters news agency that a ring of checkpoints had been thrown around the city's exit points.

A thorough investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the explosion

Student John Rhyl L Sialmo told Al Jazeera that the explosion happened around 10:30pm local time (4:30GMT).

"We were inside one of the university buildings when we heard the loud explosion," Sialmo, a student at Ateneo de Davao University, said.

"There were so many people, because it was a night market and also because it's a Friday," Sialmo said, adding that "the rescuers had to use improvised bandages on the victims".

"One woman rushed to the university to ask for help and she said she saw bodies and body parts laying around," he said. "She looked very traumatised."

The Philippine president was in Davao, but was safe and at a police station after the explosion, his son Paolo Duterte, who is vice mayor of the city, told Reuters news agency.

Duterte is hugely popular in Davao, having served as its mayor for more than 22 years before his stunning national election win in May, garnered from the popularity of a promised war on drugs.

His election has prompted a spike in drug-related killings, with more than 2,000 people killed since he took office on June 30, nearly half of them in police operations.

Davao is located in Mindanao, a large southern island beset by decades of armed rebellion by Muslim groups. The region is also home to Abu Sayyaf, a rebel group loosely linked to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL also known as ISIS) and notorious for making tens of millions of dollars from kidnappings.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Source: Al Jazeera And Agencies

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Nigeria: Five new cases of #Lassa confirmed in Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Rivers states


Five confirmed cases of Lassa Fever were reported from four states of Nigeria within the week 24th August to 2nd September.
Two cases were reported from Plateau State, one from Rivers, and one each from Bauchi and Gombe. The case reported from Gombe died on 22nd August 2016, all other cases are alive.

The public health response commenced immediately in all the affected states under leadership of the respective state’s Ministries of Health. Resources were immediately mobilised from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and its partner, the Nigerian Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (NFELTP), to support the investigation and management of cases in the affected states.

According to the CEO of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, “We commend the early detection and reporting of the most recent cases, as it significantly improves the likelihood of survival for the cases and also reduces the risk of further transmission. We also urge all States to report cases immediately for Lassa fever while improving on the timeliness of their reporting generally”

As a result of increasing number of cases, the NCDC is issuing an advisory to all States reminding them of the steps they have to take to prepare and respond to cases of Lassa fever and other haemorragic fevers, as well as the resources that they can access for this. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control remains committed to supporting the States to prevent the spread of Lassa fever in Nigeria.

For further media inquiry on Lassa Fever in Nigeria, you can reach NCDC via Facebook Messenger on The website is currently being redesigned to improve our communication opportunities.

As Spotify declare that 42 is the age people start listening to chart music again, we examine the new rules of having a midlife crisis. How did we swap the Ferrari for Taylor Swift?

Wear it dry, and you’ve got your standard dusting of color—classic and predictable (in a good way). But wet! Wearing it wet opens a whole new world of opportunity. “What you’re doing is bringing out the pigmented nature of the shadow,” makeup artist Vincent Oquendo says. “Whenever I wet an eye shadow, it’s when I really want it to pop—but it really has to be a special kind of product to be able to blend after it sets. Because a lot of the times when it sets, you get streaking.” Nobody wants that. In order to avoid any wet shadow mishaps, follow these guidelines:


Midlife crises are still alive and well.
Midlife crises are still alive and well.

First, go with the obvious: any eye shadow labeled wet-to-dry. The Nars Dual-Intensity line is the standout—the singles come in 12 different shimmery shades, and there’s a corresponding brush (then there’s the newly released Dual Intensity Blush line, which was all over Fashion Week—but that’s a product for another post). Burberry also makes a few very versatile shades specifically for this in their Wet & Dry Silk Shadows. And the technique-specific eye shadow category isn’t just a ploy to get you to buy more product. “You can’t just use any eye shadow for this,” Vincent says. “Certain ones will harden up on top and become unusable because they’re not made for this.”

Baked shadows are also fair game—we’re fans of Laura Mercier’s Baked Eye Colour Wet/Dry and Lorac’s Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in particular.

For more advanced players, Vincent suggests moving on to straight pigment (MAC or even OCC’s Pure Cosmetic Pigments). With the added moisture, they’ll become easier to layer with other products. For a look with more depth, try using a cream shadow as a based before swiping with a wet powder shadow. “It’s like insurance,” Vincent says. “You’re doubling your wearability.

This all depends on exactly what you want to do. “Mind the resistance,” Vincent says, particularly if you’re looking for uniform color across the lid. “I tend to recommend a blender brush, which is the brush that looks like a feather duster. If you do it with a stiff brush, you’re defeating yourself before you even start. The joy of a wet-to-dry is you have to get it right amount of product loaded up, and then it blends itself. If the brush is too stiff, it will leave the shadow streaky and then much harder to control.”

However, if tightlining or waterlining is in the cards, a much thinner brush is required accordingly.

Do not, repeat, do not put eye drops, water, or any other sort of liquid directly on your eye shadow. This’ll screw up your product for later use. “Lately, I’ve been wetting the brush with the Glossier Soothing Face Mist, but Evian Mineral Water Spray is good for sensitive eyes,” Vincent says. If the top of your powder does get a little hardened by wet application, there’s a trick to remove it: Get a clean mascara spoolie and “exfoliate” your compact, Vincent recommends. This won’t crack the compact and will make it ready to go once more.

Photographed by Tom Newton.



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