Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Royal Ascot with the Queen

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Royal Ascot with the Queen

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, made her first appearance at the UK’s prestigious Royal Ascot today.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived the Royal Ascot in a horse-drawn carriage, part of the famous royal procession that begins each day of racing at the Berkshire course west of London. The prestigious event is the jewel in the crown of the British horse racing calendar.

 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Royal Ascot with the Queen

 

Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla were also present for the first day of the race meeting, which runs until June 23.

Harry and Meghan presented the winning trophy for the St James’s Palace Stakes to “Without Parole” jockey Frankie Dettori.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Royal Ascot with the Queen

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Royal Ascot with the Queen

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Royal Ascot with the QueenMeghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Royal Ascot with the Queen

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Royal Ascot with the Queen

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Royal Ascot with the Queen

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Royal Ascot with the Queen

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Royal Ascot with the Queen

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Royal Ascot with the Queen

FAAN tightens security at airports following reports of ISIS sneaking jihadists into Nigeria

FAAN tightens security at airports following reports of ISIS sneaking jihadists into Nigeria

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it has beefed up security at the major airports in the country following a recent report that insurgents are sneaking into Nigeria from Syria.

A report published by The Sun UK on Monday June 18th, alleged that leaders of the terrorist group, Islamic State, are sneaking battle-hardened jihadists from Syria into Nigeria to train terrorists for possible attacks in Britain.  The report said there were fears that strong links between Nigeria and the UK would make it easier for ISIS to send its killers to Britain to carry out terror attacks, death and destruction. The report also stated that there are fears that IS would exploit regular flights between Lagos and London to export more evil to the UK.

In a swift reaction to the disturbing report, the general manager, corporate affairs of FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, told NAN that the agency has already taken concrete steps to stop anything untoward from occurring at the airports. According to her, special attention is being given to the Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Enugu and Port Harcourt airports which services international passengers and were gateways into the country via air.

“We have sent alert to all our aviation security at the airports to ensure that they improved on security, especially screening of passengers to make sure unauthorised persons don’t gain access into our terminals. The airside patrol is being done through the military joint force and AVSEC. They do it round the clock. There are vehicles that are parked on the airside and they escort arriving and departing passengers.’’ she said

Yakubu said FAAN had deployed modern equipment to screen passengers and baggage before entering the terminal.

“Our closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the terminals and the airside are all functional. The anti-bomb squad are deployed behind the screening machines at the terminal alongside the AVSEC and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). They carry out further checks on any baggage that they suspect.” he said

Yakubu also disclosed that the periodic simulation exercises to sensitise travellers and other airport users on how to manage emergency situations at the airports would soon be conducted following the fresh terrorism threat.

Saudi king sacks country’s head of entertainment after female performers in body hugging costumes were featured at an event (Video)

Saudi king sacks country

Saudi Arabia’s king has reportedly sacked the head of the country’s entertainment authority after conservative citizens critized a Russian circus show that featured female performers in tight costumes.

King Salman issued the royal decree relieving Ahmed al-Khatib of his post as head of the General Entertainment Authority.

Semi-official newspaper Sabq reported that Ahmed was fired because of a public backlash over the Russian Triumph Circus on Ice event in the capital, Riyadh.

Saudi king sacks country

An Arabic hashtag on Twitter that translates as ‘Naked Russian Women in Riyadh’ was trending in Saudi Arabia over the weekend with many blasting the appearance of the Russian female performers, including a trapeze artist, in body-hugging leotards.

According to the entertainment authority’s ticketing website, the circus was scheduled to run for five days and it’s meant to coincide with the presence of the Saudi national team at the World Cup in Russia,

It’s yet unclear if the shows had been cancelled.

Watch video of the women performing below.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/embed/video/1710988.html

Photos: IDPs relocate to their homes in Borno

Photos: IDPs relocate to their homes in Borno

More than 2,000 IDPs of Guzamala extraction living in Bakassi IDP Camp in Maiduguri, today Tuesday 19 June 2018 commenced movement to return to their original homeland in Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno state.

 

The returnees were all smiles as they were transported back to a place they once called home before the insurgents forced them out. See more photos below

Photos: IDPs relocate to their homes in BornoPhotos: IDPs relocate to their homes in BornoPhotos: IDPs relocate to their homes in Borno

Photos: IDPs relocate to their homes in Borno

See the advice a Twitter user gave ladies about relationships that has angered men

See the advice a Twitter user gave ladies about relationships that has angered men

A tweet shared by Twitter user Shade Mami has gone viral but men are coming for her because of it.

 

Shade told women they are still single until a man has claimed them and made his intentions clear. Until then, she advised women to “go on  dates, meet people, and have fun. ”

She wrote:

“Dear single Sis Until that man has claimed you as his own you are single Until he has used his words to make his intentions clear,You are single. Act accordingly Go on other dates,meet people,have fun. It’s okay,you owe him nothing. One sided expectations birth disappointment.”

After sharing the tweet, men accused her of advising women to be promiscuous and she revealed that the men are calling her out for the post .

She wrote: “The names I have been called for this tweet alone bruh..niggas want my head on a pitch fork.”

 

See the advice a Twitter user gave ladies about relationships that has angered men

 

What do you think about her initial post? Great advise or not?

RBI revises upwards housing loan limits under priority sector

MUMBAI: Housing loans of up to Rs 35 lakh, for dwellings costing less than Rs 45 lakh, will be treated as priority sector lending (PSL) to give a fillip to the low-cost segment, the Reserve Bank said on Tuesday.

PSL loans are relatively cheaper than market interest rate.

“With a view to bringing convergence of the PSL guidelines for housing loans with the Affordable Housing Scheme, and to give a filip to low-cost housing for the Economically Weaker Sections and Low Income Groups, the housing loan limits for eligibility under priority sector lending will be revised to Rs 35 lakh in metropolitan centres, and Rs 25 lakh in other centres…,” the RBI said in a notification.

There is a condition however that the overall cost of the dwelling unit in the metropolitan centre (with population of ten lakh and above) and at other centres should not exceed Rs 45 lakh and Rs 30 lakh, respectively, for being classified as priority sector.

Currently, loans to individuals for up to Rs 28 lakh in metropolitan centres and Rs 20 lakh in other centres, can be classified under priority sector, provided that the cost of dwelling unit does not exceed Rs 35 lakh and Rs 25 lakh respectively.

An announcement in this regard was made in the ‘Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies’ released along with the Second Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy on June 6.

The RBI notification further said that the existing family income limit of Rs 2 lakh per annum for loans to housing projects for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and Low Income Groups (LIG) stands revised to Rs 3 lakh per annum and Rs 6 lakh per annum, respectively.

Govt prepares standardization plan to boost economy, promote brand India

The government today came out with a product and services standardization strategy, which includes promoting brand India, developing quality norms for services sector and ease compliance burden for small and medium enterprises.

It is expected that all elements of the strategy would be undertaken and completed over a five-year period (2018-23).

“The rapid growth of the Indian economy, its size and emerging relevance in global trade, makes it essential to establish a robust quality ecosystem in India with a harmonised, dynamic and mature standards framework,” according to the strategy paper.

The strategy would focus on four areas – standards development, conformity assessment and accreditation, technical regulations, and awareness and education.

It intends to develop a comprehensive ecosystem for standards and quality development besides using standards for providing a level-playing field to domestic industry and enhancing the competitiveness of Indian goods and services in domestic and global markets.

Releasing the strategy, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said at a CII function that standards of goods and services would help promote exports and boost the domestic economy.

The implementation of the strategy would be monitored by a high-level committee with quarterly reviews.

As part of standards development, it has set eight goals including the convergence of all standards development activities in India, harmonizing standards with international norms, and development of services sector standards.

 “The topic of standardization in services is relatively new and is also weakly addressed in trade law…with services accounting for a major share in the Indian and global economy, there is an urgent need to develop standards in services,” it said.
It has also proposed to set up a national task force with the mandate to identify the service quality gaps in the 12 champion sectors, including IT and communication.
Further, it said that to expand the outreach of the products for a global audience, the ‘brand India’ label would need to be significantly large in scale, and operated on professional lines.