The bearded telephone pole is endemic to Spain,
owing its growth to the high precipitation rates of
the Iberian plains.


Abuja airport runway to be shut again

Abuja – The second phase of the rehabilitation on
the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja,
runway will be executed from Saturday, July 12,
to Monday July 14.
The information is contained in a statement
issued by Yakubu Dati, Coordinating General
Manager, Aviation Parastatals in Abuja on
“The second phase for the rehabilitation of the
remaining section of the runway will hold for 30
hours between Saturday 12 (2300 UTC) and
Monday 14 (0500 UTC), 2014,’’ the statement
He said the rehabilitation was being carried out in
two phases to minimise the inconveniences the
runway closure would have on air passengers and
aircraft operators.
“A NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) to this effect has
already been sent to all aircraft pilots and other
relevant stakeholders, informing them of the
impending closure.
“The authority regrets the inconvenience the
second closure of the runway, in one week would
cause passengers and other stakeholders,’’ he
The statement said the rehabilitation of the
runway would enhance safety of flight operations.

Family Releases Kefee’s Burial Arrangements

The family of late gospel singer, Irikefe Obareki
Don-Momoh has announced her burial
arrangements. The Kefee Memorial Committee (a
coalition of Kefee’s family and friends in the
gospel music and entertainment industry) is also
involved in the process.
In a statement signed by late Kefee’s publicist,
Chilee Agunanna, it was confirmed that the singer
will be laid to rest at her hometown, Okpara
Inland in Delta State on Friday, July 11, 2014 at
Akpevweoghene Educational Centre open field
from 12noon till 2pm.
A celebration of Kefee’s life service will later hold
that day at Events Galleria, Okirigwe Junction by
MFM, Sapele, Delta State by 4pm.
Before that day, a candlelight/Service Of Songs
will hold at Oba Akezua Cultural Centre, Airport
Road, Benin City, Edo State from 5pm – 7:30pm.

Chinese court rules against Apple in patent case.

US technology giant Apple has lost a
lawsuit against a Chinese state regulator over
patent rights to voice recognition software such
as the iPhone’s “Siri”, a Beijing court said.
The legal battle begun in 2012 when Shanghai-
based Zhizhen Network Technology pursued
Apple for allegedly infringing its Chinese patent
with Siri, its “intelligent personal assistant”.
Apple asked China’s patent review board, which
operates under the State Intellectual Property
Office, to declare Zhizhen’s original patent
ineffective but the request was rejected.
Late last year, Apple appealed to Beijing’s Number
One Intermediate People’s Court to overturn that
“The court did not support the cause of action
stated by Apple,” the court said in a statement on
Tuesday, referring to the case in which Apple
“brought a lawsuit” against the government
“The patent for the invention of the ‘type of
chatbot system’ involved remains effective,” the
court said, referring to Zhizhen’s patent.
Apple had decided to appeal to the Beijing Higher
People’s Court, it added.
Apple’s Siri, which responds to a user’s
commands through voice recognition software,
made its formal debut with the release of the
iPhone 4S in 2011, while Zhizhen claims its earlier
“Xiao i Robot” product works in a similar way.
It is not the first time that Apple has been
embroiled in intellectual property right
infringement and controversy in China, where its
products are popular.
Apple in 2012 paid $60 million to settle a
separate legal dispute with a Chinese firm over
the iPad trademark.

Men Develop Breast Cancer, Too But little research is done on male treatments, expert says

rare, breast cancer does occur in men and is
often diagnosed at a later age and stage than in
women, experts say.
Each year in the United States, about 2,000
cases of male breast cancer are diagnosed and
about 500 men die from the disease. It can strike
at any age, but is most often diagnosed among
men at ages 60 to 70, which is five to 10 years
later than in women.
Breast cancer in men is typically diagnosed at a
later age and stage than in women because men
don’t believe they’re at risk for the disease, said
Dr. Tatiana Prowell, a medical oncologist and
breast cancer scientific lead at the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration’s office of hematology and
oncology products.
“You’d think that because men have smaller
breasts they would notice a lump instantly. But
men don’t expect a breast lump to be cancer,
whereas most women who feel a breast lump
immediately assume the worst,” she said in an
FDA news release.
Because breast cancer in men accounts for only 1
percent of all breast cancer cases, there is little
research into treatments for men with the
“We tend to treat men the same way we treat
women,” Prowell said.
“Men have historically been excluded from breast
cancer trials,” she added. “We are actively
encouraging drug companies to include men in
all breast cancer trials unless there is a valid
scientific reason not to. The number of men in
breast cancer trials will still be small because male
breast cancer is a rare condition, but any
information to help men facing this disease is
better than none.”
Most men with breast cancer have painless lumps
that can be detected by touch, but the disease
usually isn’t diagnosed until they develop
soreness, she said.

Jay Z, Roc-A-Fella Records Sued By Chauncey Mahan A Second Time

Jay Z and Roc-A-Fella Records are the target of a
second lawsuit from Chauncey Mahan, according
to TMZ.
The producer and engineer says in a new lawsuit
that he was a key producer and creator of six
Roc-A-Fella Records releases during his tenure
with the company in the late 1990s and early
2000s and that he was instrumental in shaping
the sound of some of the imprint’s best-selling
releases, including Jay Z’s Vol. 3… The Life And
Times Of S. Carter and The Dynasty Roc La
Familia (2000- ), which were released in 1999
and 2000, respectively.
Mahan wants a judge to rule that he is the co-
owner of the copyright to the material because he
was essential to its creation.
In April, Mahan was apprehended after he
allegedly planned to put Jay Z master tapes up
for auction
or return them to Live Nation for a $100,000
“storage fee.”
Jay Z’s representatives filed a grand larceny
complaint with the NYPD in April, but the new
TMZ story says that Jay Z and Roc-A-Fella dropped
their extortion complaint against Chauncey.

  • “Transformers 4” dethrones “Avatar” to become top-grossing film in China

    Optimus Prime and Grimlock – one of the Dinobots
    making their debut in the movie – prepare for
    battle in “Transformers 4: Age of Extinction”.
    It took just 12 days for the Hollywood
    blockbuster film “Transformers 4: Age of
    Extinction” to dethrone sci-fi action film “Avatar”
    and become the top-grossing film to date in
    China, reported Chinese media.
    Helmed by US director Michael Bay,
    “Transformers 4” has raked in about 1.4 billion
    yuan (S$280.7 million) since it opened in Chinese
    cinemas on June 27, surpassing the 1.37 billion
    yuan (S$274.7 million) “Avatar” took in since it
    first opened in China some four years ago in
    The box office receipts for “Transformers 4” in
    China are expected to hit 2 billion yuan (S$401.1
    million) in the following weeks.
    “Transformers 4” director Michael Bay has been
    criticised by some Chinese netizens for his lack of
    creativity and for re-hashing old ideas in
    “Transformers 4”.
    They have even given him an unflattering,
    phonetically-similar Chinese nickname, which can
    be roughly translated as “Selling Copies”.
    So just how did “Transformers 4” become such a
    Some Chinese film industry observers believe
    there is more to this than meets the eye.
    They are convinced that the rapid increase in the
    number of cinema screens in China to meet
    growing demand in the country had made it
    possible for “Transformers 4” to quickly overtake
    “Avatar”, by making the film more accessible to
    its Chinese audience.
    “Transformers 4” opened on about 20,000
    cinema screens in China. “Avatar”, in contrast,
    only opened on about 5,000 screens.
    Others believed that the production team’s
    decision to feature familiar Chinese stars like Li
    Bing Bing and Han Geng, as well as setting parts
    of the film in China, had paid off and allowed it to
    attract Chinese cinema-goers in droves.

    Record defeat “worst day of my life”, admits Scolari

    Brazil’s coach Luiz Felipe Scolari reacts during his
    team’s 2014 World Cup semi-finals against
    Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari
    said his side’s stunning 7-1 thrashing at the
    hands of Germany in their World Cup semi-final
    on Tuesday had been the worst day of his life.
    “I think it was the worst day of my life, but life
    goes on,” said the 65-year-old.
    “I will be remembered as the coach to lose 7-1
    but I knew that risk when I took the job and life
    goes on so that is what I am going to do.”
    Brazil were swept aside by a stunning start from
    the Germans as goals from Thomas Mueller,
    Miroslav Klose, Sami Khedira and two from Toni
    Kroos put them 5-0 in front inside the opening
    half hour.
    Andre Schuerrle added two more goals for the
    Germans after half-time before Oscar’s late
    consolation for the hosts.
    “My message for the Brazilian people and fans is
    that we did what we could do and we did what
    we think was our best,” added Scolari.
    “We lost to a great team with great skill that took
    six minutes to change the game with four goals in
    an extraordinary manner.
    “Please excuse us for this mistake. We are sorry
    we could not get to the final and we will honour
    the team in the third-place playoff in Brasilia on
    Scolari accepted responsibility for the defeat, but
    gave no indication as to whether he intended to
    stay on as Brazil coach after the tournament.
    “Who is the one responsible? I am. This
    catastrophic result can be shared with the whole
    group because that is what my players say and
    want, but I am the one who chooses the tactics,
    the line-up, so the person responsible for the
    result is me.”

    Genevieve Is Too Big For Me To Date—Orezi Confesses

    The name ‘Genevieve Nnaji’ carries weight in the
    entertainment industry in Africa, Nigeria in
    particular and because of this, many people want
    to be associated with the acclaimed ‘queen of
    Ask D’Banj, he will confess that the decision to
    use this Imo State-born actress in his ‘Fall In
    Love’ music video some years ago eventually paid
    off. The controversial kiss between the
    ‘Kokomaster’ and Genevieve gave rise to the
    rumoured romantic relationship between the two
    stars. Even till today, the tale has refused to die
    down. Recently, it was reported that D’Banj
    confessed that he neither had crush on the movie
    star nor dated her as it was being widely
    Also recall that some time ago, Wizkid said in an
    interview that he admires Genevieve, which was
    well feasted on by the media.
    For Orezi, he is just getting to know what fame is
    all about in the practical sense. Just when he was
    about to shoot his ‘Rihanna’ music video, it was
    speculated that he would feature the America-
    based music star from Barbados, but he featured
    a look-alike of the former Miss Barbados in the
    music video.
    Speaking some days ago,
    the fast-rising singer yelled that Genevieve is too
    big for him to have crush on. Orezi was reacting
    to a question we put to him on his celebrity
    He confessed that he has many of them, but
    disclosed that it is definitely not Genevieve, who is
    a big act in the showbiz industry. “Genevieve no
    b for us (Genevieve is not for us), but in the real
    sense, I love Genevieve, I admire her a lot,” said .Orezi.
    So what do you think ? Is orezi really small for her?

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