40 best iPhone and iPad games of 2014 (so far)

Hearthstone for iPad.
Stuart Dredge
Wednesday 9 July 2014 14.06 BST
If you’re an iPhone and/or iPad-owning gamer in
2014, you truly are spoiled for choice when it
comes to new titles.
This year has seen a steady flow of innovative,
creative and above all super-playable games for
Apple devices in pretty much every genre, from
hardcore RPGs and twitch-action games to casual
puzzlers and even ballet. Yup: ballet.
Every week, The Guardian’s Best iOS Apps column
tracks new releases on the App Store, including
games. With July already underway, it’s time for a
recap of some of the best iOS games to have
been released in the first half of the year.
Prices are correct at the time of writing (9 July)
but bear in mind they may have changed if
you’re reading it even a few days later. IAP means
a game includes in-app purchases of some kind:
from virtual items and currency being sold
through to single-purchase unlocks for full games.
This is just my take, though. Do contribute your
own recommendations for games that should
have been included (or left out) in the comments
section. Although please, before posting “Why
have you left Game X out?” check that Game X
didn’t come out before 2014.
One final note: if Android’s more your bag, read
the separate 40 best Android games of 2014 (so
far) feature.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Free +
This official spin-off from World of Warcraft started
on desktop and crossed to iPad, where it appears
to have found its perfect medium. It’s a card-
battling game where you build a deck of
characters and spells, then lay waste (in theory)
to other players around the world. It’s accessible,
but a very deep rabbit-hole to go down once you
get into its intricacies. Spellbinding.
Monument Valley (£1.49)
The word “beautiful” is hugely overused in
connection with apps: usually it means “has nice
menus”. Monument Valley really is beautiful
though, almost as much an artwork as it is a
game. Inspired by the art of M.C. Escher, it’s a
collection of impossible-architecture puzzles,
which you twist to explore.
iPhone / iPad
Supernauts (Free + IAP)
Supernauts was the first game from hotly-tipped
Finnish publisher Grand Cru. It’s a little bit
Minecraft, in the way you craft buildings from raw
materials, with elements of city-building and
resource management games added on as you
build a space-base, complete Earthling-rescuing
missions and play and chat with friends online.
iPhone / iPad
Boom Beach (Free + IAP)
Boom Beach is the third game from Supercell, the
developer that has enjoyed huge success with its
Clash of Clans and Hay Day games. Like those,
this is a freemium game: you have to build an
island base and invade those of other players,
with a military theme and plenty of potential for
strategic planning.
iPhone / iPad
Thomas Was Alone (£3.99)
Thomas Was Alone is one of the most buzzed-
about indie games this year – and before that, in
its browser, PC and PS3 / PS Vita incarnations.
You bounce your way through a platform game as
a rectangle named Thomas, but with a proper
story behind the action. It’s excellent.
Threes! (£0.69)
Flappy Bird isn’t available any more, so I’ve left it
out of this roundup. However, only Threes! could
rival it this year for just-one-more-go addiction. It
sounds simple: swipe number tiles to make
matches, adding 1s and 2s together to make 3s,
then adding those. But once you’re sucked in, it’s
nearly impossible to put down.
iPhone / iPad
Leo’s Fortune (£2.99)
This is lovely: a platform game with puzzles that’s
one of the most well-crafted iOS games released
this year. Spread across 24 varied levels, it
doesn’t outstay its welcome as you navigate fuzzy
ball Leo through the game to recover his lost
gold. The extra “Hard-core” mode once you finish
the game is worth persisting for too.
iPhone / iPad
Kiwanuka (£0.69)
Kiwanuka sat alongside Monument Valley as a
lovely puzzler for iOS this year, although the
gameplay takes its cues from different sources:
Lemmings, for example. It gets you to guide a
colourful collection of characters to freedom using
a glowing staff: a neon-infused delight.
iPhone / iPad
FTL: Faster Than Light (£6.99)
Space-strategy game FTL is one of the deeper iOS
gaming experience to be released in 2014. It’s a
super-addictive yet deeply challenging game of
resource management, based on a popular PC
game – complete with its expansion edition. You
have to save your spaceship from disaster,
PlunderNauts (Free + IAP)
Pirates in space is a theme that’s been tapped by
numerous games and TV shows in the past, with
PlunderNauts an impressive update of the idea.
Your job is to loot galactic booty (so to speak) in
your spaceship, crafting weapons and upgrades
to keep your fleet in shape, and plotting your
space-battle strategy.
iPhone / iPad
TwoDots for iOS.
TwoDots (Free + IAP)
Betaworks’ original Dots game remains one of the
most simple-yet-addictive mobile puzzle games of
recent times. Its follow-up, TwoDots, sees you
tracing more lines of same-coloured dots. This
time, though, it’s more structured: you work
through 85 levels with different challenges to
complete, comparing scores with Facebook
friends. A mighty time-killer.
iPhone / iPad
Baldur’s Gate II (£10.49 + IAP)
Baldur’s Gate is a classic RPG from the PC world
ported to iOS devices: a careful conversion of the
1998 game plus expansion kits that see you
exploring a sprawling world of monsters, loot and
storytelling. In-app purchases are used to unlock
extra characters, but the core gameplay is all
Third Eye Crime: Act 1 (£1.99 + IAP)
Third Eye Crime’s developers spent time at
Bungie working on the Halo games, but that
doesn’t mean they’ve churned out another first-
person shooter in their new company. This is a
fab stealth-puzzler with jazzy music and a film
noir atmosphere, as you creep around enemies
over 120 levels.
iPhone / iPad
Broken Age (£6.99)
Known to many gamers as “that Kickstarter
project that raised $3.3m” when it was known as
just Double Fine Adventure, it’s since been
renamed as Broken Age for its release on PC and
iPad. It’s a spiffing-looking traditional adventure
game, with humour and puzzles.
Wartune: Hall of Heroes (Free + IAP)
Massively multiplayer fantasy game Wartune may
be intimidating for casual gamers, but if you
relish the challenge, there’s plenty to get stuck
into: city-building, battles and careful levelling up.
With a dedicated community of players, there’s
months of gameplay in store if you get into it.
iPhone / iPad
Angry Birds Epic (Free + IAP)
There are plenty of doubters wondering if the
Angry Birds bubble is about to burst, but Angry
Birds Epic was an intriguing move into a new
genre: RPGs. You have to build up a team of
birds, craft and upgrade weapons for them, and
then see off pigs through turn-based battles,
rather than physics-flinging.
iPhone / iPad
Eliss Infinity (£1.76)
Eliss is a puzzle game that’s perfect for modern
multi-touch devices, as you fuse and split planets
to match them. Eliss Infinity is its latest version
for iOS, complete with a new “endless” mode, a
revamped version of the original game, and more
polish. An excellent introduction to one of the
best ways to spend your mobile downtime.
iPhone / iPad
Card City Nights (£1.49)
This was unusual: a game in a genre (card
battling) that’s almost always freemium, but
which uses no in-app purchases at all. More
importantly, it’s really good: a mix of adventure-
style storytelling and card battles, with 180 cards
to collect as you play. The combo system, where
you connect cards up, is a nice twist too.
iPhone / iPad
Godfire (£2.99 + IAP)
Godfire is a visually-spiffing action adventure
inspired by console series God of War: expect
plenty of monsters, boss battles and mythical
storytelling. The animation and scenery looks
impressive, and although you may need a bit of
practice to get used to the controls, perseverance
is rewarded.
iPhone / iPad
Bubble Witch Saga 2 (Free + IAP)
Candy Crush Saga remains the biggest mobile
gaming hit of the modern app store era, but
publisher King is trying to follow up its success
with other Saga games. This takes the template
of (ace) console franchise Puzzle Bobble and adds
social features and in-app purchases. There are
lots of critics of King’s approach, but mainstream
mobile gamers continue to love games like this.
iPhone / iPad
Final Fantasy VI for iOS.
Final Fantasy VI (£10.99)
Square Enix has been steadily working through
its back catalogue of Final Fantasy games to bring
its famed RPG series to iOS. This was a pixel-
perfect port of the 1994 game in the series,
adding in some of the features from its 2006
remake. A great blast of nostalgia if you loved the
iPhone / iPad
Table Tennis Touch (£2.49 + IAP)
It doesn’t sound like it should work: table tennis
played with a touchscreen. But in this game, it
works beautifully: fast, idiot-proof controls, a long-
lasting career mode and some very fun mini-
games. One of those games you think you’ll just
dip into every so often, but find yourself playing
compulsively on the sofa.
iPhone / iPad
Battleheart Legacy (£2.99)
If you love a good RPG, you’ll absolutely love
Battleheart Legacy: it’s one of the most charming,
playable examples of the genre yet on iOS.
Released as a follow-up to the (also impressive)
Battleheart, it sees you questing through a
colourful world battling, looting and levelling up.
Looks good, and plays even better.
iPhone / iPad
Botanicula (£2.99)
This is an adventure game from developer
Amanita Design, who made the equally-excellent
Machinarium. Converted from a critically-
acclaimed PC title, it sees you controlling five
“little tree creatures” as they explore a
beautifully-realised world of seeds and parasites. A
joy to explore at your leisure.
Word Monsters (Free + IAP)
This was the latest game released through Angry
Birds maker Rovio’s publishing arm, Rovio Stars.
It’s a fun and accessible word game that involves
swiping words off the screen, competing against
friends from social networks. The monster aspect
may appeal to younger players, if their parents
don’t mind the in-app purchases.
iPhone / iPad
Ninja Village (£2.99)
Japanese developer Kairosoft’s Ninja Village sees
you building a ninja clan and sending them into
battle, while also building their village into a
prosperous settlement. If you’ve loved other
Kairosoft games, you’ll love this – they’re famously
moreish. For new players, it may be the perfect
iPhone / iPad
World of Tanks Blitz (Free + IAP)
This is a polished wargame from Wargaming.net,
based on its existing massively multiplayer online
PC game, but created for iOS as a standalone
spin-off. It sees you choosing tanks (from the US,
Germany and USSR in times gone by) battling
other humans across a varied set of
environments, upgrading your army as you go.
iPhone / iPad
King of the Course (Free + IAP)
Tiger Woods may not be the cover star he once
was for EA’s golf games, but the publisher isn’t
giving up on the genre. King of the Course was its
attempt to reinvent the golf game for free-to-play,
blending famous courses, neat touchscreen
controls and purchasable boosts.
iPhone / iPad
Trials Frontier (Free + IAP)
Finnish developer RedLynx’s Trials racing game
series has many fans on Xbox and PC. Now there’s
a brand new one for iOS. Whether you’re new to
Trials or a hardened fan, it’s great fun, as you
race motorcycles across a range of courses and
missions. Just-so physics and well-implemented
social networking add to the appeal.
iPhone / iPad
Bounden (£1.99)
This is a wonderful idea: a game designed to be
played by two people that gets you dancing ballet
moves. You both hold the iPhone, follow its
instructions, and quickly you’ll find yourselves
dancing to its classical pieces. Or falling over amid
recriminations over who sat on the iPhone. But
hopefully the former.
Wayward Souls for iOS.
Wayward Souls (£3.99)
Expect dungeons, monsters, lots of loot and
infinite (thanks to its procedurally-generated
levels) exploration in this roleplaying game, with
six different characters to master as you progress.
Developer Rocketcat is releasing regular updates,
and raising the price by a dollar each time, so it’s
worth getting in now if you haven’t already.
iPhone / iPad
VVVVVV (£1.99)
Terry Cavanagh is a games developer with a
growing following, both among gamers and his
peers. Known best on mobile for Super Hexagon,
he released VVVVVV this year: a mobile version of
a retro platform game available since 2010 on
other devices. It’s hard – this won’t come as a
surprise if you know his work – but rewarding.
iPhone / iPad
Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff (Free + IAP)
The Simpsons’ freemium mobile game was a big
hit in 2013, so it wasn’t a surprise to see Family
Guy following suit this year. It starts with Peter
Griffin having accidentally destroyed his
hometown, leaving you with the task of rebuilding
it, meeting characters, completing quests and
unlocking animations as you go.
iPhone / iPad
Hitman Go (£2.99 + IAP)
Square Enix’s Hitman has traditionally been a
third-person shooter on console, but its iOS game
this year opted for a different style of gameplay:
grid-based puzzling. Assassination remains your
main goal, with neat “scale-model style” graphics
and well-crafted puzzles making it a surprise joy
to play.
iPhone / iPad
Rival Knights (Free + IAP)
Jousting: pretty hard, whether in real life or in
games – I was frequently brought to tears by the
jousting section in Defender of the Crown as a
child. Rival Knights manages to make the
medieval sport fun though: console-style graphics
and gameplay involving unlocking and upgrading
horses, weapons and armour before galloping into
(mock) battle.
iPhone / iPad
Panzer Tactics HD (£2.99 + IAP)
More war, although this time, the emphasis is
very much on tanks, along with other second
world war units. This sees you playing as the
Soviet, German or Allied forces in 1939, with bags
of depth across its 33 missions – some of which
are bought using in-app purchases.
Great Little War Game 2 (£1.99)
Developer Rubicon Development has won a wide
following with its little and big war games. This
sequel continued the company’s fine run: turn-
based strategy with more than 60 missions to
strategise your way through. Or not: “Just jump
in and start shooting,” suggested the developer.
iPhone / iPad
Pixel Press Floors (Free + IAP)
Pixel Press Floors isn’t the first app to let you
create your own games by drawing them on
paper, but it’s the most fully realised. It helps you
draw levels for platform games using symbols
(“glyphs”) for common elements: ladders, moving
blocks, coins and so on. There are two themes to
start with, plus more on the way, and everything
can be shared with the community.
SXPD (£1.49)
This shooty-racing game is presented in the style
of a graphic novel, all monochrome save for
prominent red flashes. The idea is that you play
and read your way through the gripping tale of
the “privately owned 52nd state of America called
New Royale”. One of the most inventive iOS
games of 2014 so far.
HonorBound (Free + IAP)
Finally, another RPG, but this one built for the
free-to-play model that’s so big on mobile devices
in 2014. You build a party of heroes, explore
levels, capture monsters and level everyone up to
repeat the above. The Pokemon-style collecting
complements the main RPG gameplay well.
iPhone / iPad
That’s the list of 40, but what iOS games have
you loved this year? Make your recommendations
in the comments section.


Candidiasis in females

The Facts on Candidiasis

Candidiasis, also called thrush or moniliasis, is a
yeast infection. Candida albicans is an organism
that normally makes a quiet home for itself on
your skin and doesn’t bother anyone. We all carry
this organism on our skin, in our mouth, in our
gastrointestinal tract (gut), and, in the case of
women, in the vagina.
Occasionally the yeast multiplies uncontrollably,
causing pain and inflammation. Candidiasis may
affect the skin. This includes the external surface
skin and the skin of the vagina, the penis, and the
mouth. Candidiasis may also infect the blood
stream or internal organs such as the liver or
spleen. By far the most common problems are
skin, mouth and vaginal infections. It also is a
common cause of diaper rash. These can be
bothersome infections, but are not life
Candidiasis can kill if it reaches the bloodstream
or vital organs such as the heart, but this is rare
even in people with damaged immune systems
and is almost unheard of in healthy people.
Nevertheless, candidiasis is a constant nuisance,
and sometimes a serious threat to people with
AIDS and some cancer patients who lack the
immune resources to fight it.

Causes of Candidiasis

You don’t catch candidiasis. The yeast is already
there. A number of factors can increase the
chance of the yeast growing out of control. The
leading cause is overuse of antibiotics. Yeast
must compete for the right to live on us with
various other organisms, many of them bacteria.
These bacteria, which live on the skin and in the
intestine and vagina, among other places, are
harmless but good at fighting off yeast. When we
take antibiotics to deal with less friendly bacteria,
we kill off these harmless ones as well. Yeast,
which is unaffected by antibiotics, moves into the
vacated spots once occupied by bacteria, and
starts to grow and multiply.
Steroids and some cancer medications weaken
the immune system and can allow yeast to
flourish. Candida albicans infections of the mouth
(known as oral thrush ) most often develop in
people with diseases such as cancer and AIDS.
They can also develop in people with diabetes or
in people who have long-term irritation resulting
from dentures. Taking birth control pills increases
your chances of getting vaginal candidiasis. Hot
weather and tight clothing are also risk factors,
as they create the ideal environment for candida.
Other conditions that tend to encourage yeast
include obesity and pregnancy. Yeast generally
infects intertriginous areas, that is, areas where
skin contacts skin. Overweight people have more
folds in their skin. They also sweat more, and
Candida albicans is fond of moist skin. Pregnancy
causes temporary obesity and may weaken the
immune system, increasing the risk of yeast
Experts disagree on the question of sexual
transmission. Some research has suggested that
it’s very unlikely for an infected woman to give a
man candidiasis. On the other hand, it’s not
unlikely that a man could give candidiasis back to
his partner once he has it. Recent research has
actually found Candida albicans in the sperm of
men whose partners suffered from recurrent yeast
infections. You should be aware of this possibility
if a yeast infection keeps coming back.

Symptoms and Complications of

A candida infection of the skin appears as a
clearly defined patch of red, itchy skin , often
leaking fluid. Scabs and pustules may be seen
around the edge of the rash. It will usually be
found in areas such as the groin, the folds of the
buttocks, between the breasts, toes, or fingers,
and in the navel.
A vaginal yeast infection may well result in a slow
leakage of a thick, white, cheese-like substance.
The vagina may itch or burn, especially during
urination or sex. Pain or discomfort during
intercourse is common.
Candidal paronychia is candidiasis of the
fingernails. It often strikes people whose hands
are in water a lot. Sometimes it presents as a
painful, red, swollen area around the fingernail. In
worse cases, the fingernail may separate,
revealing a discoloured white or yellow nail bed.
Oral thrush causes curd-like white patches inside
the mouth, on the tongue and palate and around
the lips. It may also cause cracked, red, moist
areas of skin at the corners of the mouth. Thrush
patches may or may not be painful.
Yeast infections of the penis are rare but may
cause the tip to be red, swollen, and painful.

Diagnosing Candidiasis

To make a diagnosis your doctor will ask about
your diet and recent use of antibiotics or
medications that can weaken the immune system.
The doctor will also take into consideration any
history of diabetes, cancer, HIV, or other chronic
Candidiasis is easy to identify. The yeast can be
seen under the microscope after being scraped off
the affected area. However, since yeast is
normally there anyway, your doctor will want to
be sure that it’s candida causing the problem and
not something else. The appearance of the rash
may be enough.
Treating and Preventing Candidiasis
Candidiasis isn’t normally a dangerous disease
except in rare cases when it enters the blood and
spreads to vital organs of people with weakened
immune systems.
For infection of the skin, your doctor can give you
an antifungal cream or powder or prescribe you
an antifungal pill. For vaginal yeast infections,
treatment consists of antifungal medications that
are administered directly into the vagina as
tablets, creams, ointments, or suppositories, or
administered by mouth (e.g., fluconazole*). For
oral thrush, a suspension of antifungal medication
can be swished in the mouth and swallowed, or
sometimes the doctor will have you dissolve an
antifungal lozenge in the mouth.
For severe cases, antifungal medication taken by
mouth for several days may be needed. Speak
with your pharmacist – you can buy many of the
creams and powder products intended for minor
infections without a prescription.
Here are some hygiene tips to help prevent
vaginal candidiasis:
wipe from front to back after going to the
toilet – the rectal area is full of yeast
take baths not showers – sitting in the bath
can clear yeast from the vaginal area
dry yourself thoroughly afterwards, especially
the pubic hair – use a hair dryer on low setting
if you have to
don’t use soap around the vagina – soap kills
the bacteria you want to keep, and has no
effect on yeast
sterilize or throw away underwear that you
wore during your last infection – the washing
machine isn’t hot enough, you must boil them
if you want to keep them. You must also
replace any diaphragms or caps.
avoid chemicals like deodorant tampons and
especially vaginal douches, which serve no
purpose and may cause infection
These sensible precautions may also help prevent
wear loose cotton underwear
avoid pantyhose and tight pants
eat live yogurt, especially if you have been
prescribed antibiotics or have other factors
which increase your risk for yeast infections –
pasteurized yogurt isn’t effective. Some health
food stores carry lactobacillus acidophilus pills
which may help to keep yeast in check
cut down on sugar and alcohol (yeast’s
favourite foods)
consider changing “the pill” – if you’ve had
recurring infections, talk to your doctor about
changing your birth control pill and see if it
make sure your partner is not infected –
there’s no point curing candidiasis if you’re
going to be re-infected
don’t ask for antibiotics if you’ve got a cold or
the flu – the flu is caused by viruses, so taking
antibiotics won’t help and they might provoke
*All medications have both common (generic) and
brand names. The brand name is what a specific
manufacturer calls the product (e.g., Tylenol®).
The common name is the medical name for the
medication (e.g., acetaminophen). A medication
may have many brand names, but only one
common name. This article lists medications by
their common names. For information on a given
medication, check our Drug Information database.
For more information on brand names, speak with
your doctor or pharmacist.

Boko Haram: Okorocha’s registration rumpus in the Senate

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has been
famed for some weird policies since he came to
power nearly three years ago. His latest policy of
registering northerners in the state has, however,
received blistering criticisms from several
quarters including the Senate.
The proposed policy was reported to be part of
the administration’s attempt to protect life and
property in the state following the upsurge in the
Boko Haram insurgency.
The scheme it was learnt was originally designed
by members of the Hausa community in the state
to keep away people with strange ideologies from
their midst. The scheme it was learnt was bought
over by an aide of the governor who is himself a
non-indigene, a development that seemed to give
it government approval.
The government was as such quick to deny any
role in it. Despite the denial, this purported policy
has attracted the wrath of the Senate and
especially, the governor’s most formidable
opponents in the legislative chamber.
The first to express disgust over the purported
policy was the Deputy Senate Leader, Senator
Abdul Ningi from Bauchi Central who brought a
motion to that effect last Wednesday to condemn
the policy.
In his motion titled: “The Issuance of
Identification Card to Northerners residing in Imo
State – Urgent call for policy reversal”, he argued
that the policy contravenes the provisions of
section 41(1) and 42(1) of the 1999 constitution
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended
which guarantee amongst others, free movement
of Nigerians from any part of the country to the
other and right of residence without any
inhibition or condition whatsoever.
Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba in support,
described the policy as wrongheaded,
unconstitutional and discriminatory and
lampooned the governor for even contemplating
such a policy at this level of our nationhood.
He said: “ Yes, right away, Nigeria is passing
through the most difficult period of our history
even worse than the civil war going by the kind of
anxiety enveloping the country presently as a
result of the Boko Haram insurgency but that
should not be used as a licence by any governor
or anybody to go out of our constitutional
provisions in coming up with a policy to tackle the
Also condemning the policy, Senator James
Manager, PDP Delta South stated that the policy
was evil and dangerous for the survival of Nigeria
as a Nation.
Senator Ahmed Lawan, APC, Yobe North while
threatening retaliation by the North said:
“The policy is abominable, unacceptable and
certainly driven to cause disunity in the country.
We Northerners will not accept this. If you do this
to us in Imo, we shall definitely retaliate.”
His threat drew the quick interjection of the
Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike
EKweremadu who presided over the session as he
called on the Senators to debate the motion as
patriotic Nigerians and not as senators from the
South or North.
What appeared to be the worst salvo on Okorocha
came from Senator Chris Anyanwu, a one time
political ally of the governor, both of whom were
elected in 2011 on the platform of the All
Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, in Imo State
before they separately dumped the party.
Senator Anyanwu, Imo East, who is aiming to
take over Okorocha’s job in 2015 made good use
of the opportunity as she descended on the
governor to the chagrin of some other senators
especially those of the APC.
She described the governor as a stranger who
has brought shame to the people of the state and
one who lacked the knowledge of the country’s
constitution, stressing that the governor’s action
was part of the arrogance and disrespect she
claimed he is known for.
She said:“Today, the governor of Imo State has
drawn an unusual attention to himself because he
failed to respect the constitutional provision of
free movement, free association, free worship
which are well cherished by our people.
“Our people are the best travelled and most
liberal minded in the World. We are highly
accommodating. We are a people that are very
friendly to the extent that we have a settlement
for the Hausa people in Owerri who have been
living there for generations.
“We have somebody who has brought insult to
the people of Imo State. This is somebody who
does not believe in the constitution. Our people
are well travelled, liberal and friendly. Peaceful
coexistence is in the marrow of the people of Imo
“We have lived with Hausa people for many
generations some of them speak better Igbo than
I do. I even sponsor some of them to Mecca. But
suddenly, you have someone from somewhere,
who is not from us, who is not for us and does not
believe in or respect the constitution.
“He does not believe in advice. He is alone and all
alone, there are many court decisions that he has
refused to obey.
“We cannot plead on his behalf because we did
not believe in his policy and he is a governor that
doesn’t listen to the advice of his people.”

Dr Chris Ngige
Her tirade forced Senator Chris Ngige, APC,
Anambra Central to raise a Point of Order against
perceived use of offensive and insulting language
on the governor.
Tying up the proceedings, Senator Ekeremadu
while thanking senators for being patriotic in their
contributions lamented that ethnicity still remains
one of the problems affecting Nigeria’s drive for
Upon the motion as amended, the Senate called
on President Goodluck Jonathan to direct security
agencies not to partner with Imo state
government in the implementation of the policy
and also urged the Imo state government to
rescind the policy.
Following the Senate resolution, the Senior
Special Assistant on Media to the governor, Mr.
Sam Onwuemeodo denied the existence of the
He stated, “Governor Okorocha’s government has
not begun to register northerners in the state and
does not have any plan to do that.” He accused
the governor’s political opponents of being
behind the report as he stated, especially where
those behind the malicious claim could not
mention where the claimed registration involving
human beings could not be done in vacuum.”
He stated, “We know those behind this blackmail.
The same people who deceived Charley Boy into
action of absurdity were also behind the blackmail
in the Senate. They used the senators because
the three senators in the senate are all of the PDP
and all governorship aspirants who want to
replace governor Okorocha.

2 policemen docked for stealing N30m from Oba’s palace

Two policemen, who used to provide
security at the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu’s
palace were, yesterday, arraigned before a Lagos
magistrate’s court sitting at Igbosere for allegedly
stealing N30 million.
The policemen are Victor Ikudehin, 34 and Philip
Hunsa, 34.
The defendants, who are standing trial before
Magistrate Helen Omisore, are facing a four-count
charge bordering on conspiracy and stealing.
The Police prosecutor, Superintendent of Police,
SP Charles Odii, told the court that the duo
committed the offence between March 2012 and
March 28, 2014.
He said the incident took place at the Oba’s
Palace in Iduganran at Lagos Island of the state.
Odii said the money that was stolen belongs to
His Royal Highness, Oba Rilwan Akiolu.
The prosecutor further said the policemen
conspired to steal the said amount, adding that
they also did not prevent one teenager (names
withheld) from committing the offence.
According to the prosecutor, the offences are
punishable under Section 409, 285 (7) and 408,
of the Criminal Laws of Lagos state of Nigeria,
Sections 285 prescribes three years
imprisonment, for any offender, if found guilty.
Earlier, the defendants had pleaded not guilty to
the charges against them.
However, Magistrate Helen Omisore granted the
defendants bail in the sum of N250,000 each
with two responsible sureties each in like sum.
She adjourned the matter till July 31.

IBM to spend US$3b aiming for computer chip breakthrough

IBM announced plans to pump $3
billion into an overhaul of computer chip
technology to better meet modern demands of
“Big Data” and computing pushed to the Internet
The New York-based technology veteran hopes to
leave behind the silicon long used in computer
chips for a material that could ramp up power
while shrinking processors to molecular levels.
Services and programs are increasingly being
hosted at data centres in the Internet cloud, and
companies are keen to mine and quickly analyse
mountains of data available in the Internet age.
But chip technology is hitting limits in regard to
improving speed, size, power-efficiency and other
features, according to IBM.
The company said the money will be used over
the next five years to beef up research teams in
areas including carbon nanoelectronics, silicon
photonics, new memory technologies, and
architectures for quantum and cognitive
“In the next ten years computing hardware
systems will be fundamentally different as our
scientists and engineers push the limits of
semiconductor innovations to explore a post-
silicon future,” said IBM Systems and Technology
Group senior vice president Tom Rosamilia.
IBM maintained there is urgent need for new
material to power chips of the future along with
“new computing platforms to solve problems that
are unsolvable or difficult to solve today.”
Among IBM goals is to emulate the processing
efficiency of the human brain.
“Businesses are entering a new era of computing
that requires systems to process and analyse, in
real-time, huge volumes of information known as
Big Data,” IBM said.

Parents, here’s an app to help you understand what your kids are doing online

Singapore Telecommunications
(SingTel) and TOUCH Cyber Wellness have
launched a mobile application to help parents
gain more insight into their children’s online
In a statement issued on Thursday (July 10),
SingTel and TOUCH said the app, called
notAnoobie, is Singapore’s first cyber wellness
mobile application designed to help parents
better understand and protect their children from
online risks. The term “noobie” refers to a novice.
The development of the app is funded by SingTel,
while the content is developed by TOUCH’s
coaches and counsellors. The app features the
latest on cyber issues, game reviews and real life
stories of youths who have overcome their online
problems, the statement said, citing two earlier
surveys by Microsoft and Symantec that showed
six out of 10 youths have experienced a negative
situation online such as cyber bullying.
Mr Eugene Seow, Executive Director of TOUCH
Community Services, said: “Many parents have
told us that they are often clueless about their
children’s online activities. Yet, they are and
should be the first line of defence when their
children run into problems.”
“With notAnoobie, we want to equip both young
users and parents with the necessary knowledge
to manage their digital footprint, protect their
privacy and safety, while enjoying the benefits
the online world offers,” said Mr Andrew Buay,
SingTel’s Vice-President of Group Corporate Social
notAnoobie by SingTel and TOUCH is free for
download from the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play Store.

I Don’t Just Feature In Any Song—Olamide Story by Ben Adegoke

Rapper of the moment, Olamide, has sounded a
warning to his colleagues that he will not just
feature in any song, no matter the caliber of
artiste involved in the song.
The talented rapper said he will only align himself
with meaningful songs, even if such is with little
amount of money.
The ‘Yahoo Boy No Laptop’ crooner explained that
he is only interested in good music, which has
good lyrics. He also revealed that he is not after
anybody’s money and warned that no amount of
money can make him be in bad song.

Wizkid Expresses Worry Over Inadequate Sleep

Star Boy boss, Wizkid, has expressed worry over
his sleep pattern. The singer, who is always busy
and travelling to many countries for shows,
disclosed that he has not been able to sleep well
lately as he would have expected.
He expressed this in his recent tweet. According
to him, he needs to go on a vacation in order for
him to observe rest.
Wizkid said, “My sleep pattern is so messed up!
Too many trips, different time zones! Don’t why
i’m up!”
It is learnt that on July 26, 201, the singer will be
having a show in New York.

Kanye West, Nicki Minaj & Jay Z Among Rappers Clowned By “Fact-Checking Rap Meme”

A series of memes from Instagram user
emanhudson, dubbed the “Fact-Checking Rap
Meme” by BuzzFeed, point out the inaccuracies in
lyrics from several prominent rappers.
Kanye West, for instance, is singled out for
rhyming “I keep it 300 like the Romans,” on
Yeezus cut “Black Skinhead.” “But 300 was about
Spartans…,” the meme says.
Nicki MInaj is berated for some of her rhymes on
Young Thug’s “Danny Glover (Remix).” “I am not
gay, but let’s be precise/‘Cause if she pretty, then
watch it ‘cause I’mma be fuckin’ ya wife.”
“But thats gay…,” the meme says.
Jay Z is targeted for some of his lyrics on “It’s Hot
(Some Like It Hot),” a cut from his 1999 album,
Vol. 3… Life And Times Of S. Carter.
“Thirty-eight revolve like the sun ‘round the
Earth,” Jay Z raps on the song.
The meme’s retort: “But the Earth revolves
around the sun…”
To view the entire collection of the memes, visit
The Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Jay Z memes are
as follows, as are the songs which the memes mock.

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