Showing posts with label Business. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Business. Show all posts

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Ban on electronic devices on airlines take a new twist

Laptop ban on air plane

Donald Trump’s laptop ban takes a new shape, after the US and Europe entered a vital decision concerning the embargo.

According to latest information, discussions between the US and Europe have defeated a plan for the laptop ban to be extended.

It was said that the US government was putting plans to implement the electronic device restriction on inbound flights from the European continent, including Britain. But was later put on hold after a meeting between officials from both sides in the European Capital in Brussels.

After which they all promised to engage in further talks and improved intelligence sharing, when they meet next week in Washington.

The two parties while making a joint press statement mentioned that they would “further assess shared risks and solutions for protecting airline passengers, whilst ensuring the smooth functioning of global air travel”.

The electronics ban is already being enforced for airlines coming from ten Middle East nations. And encouraged Britain to also do same in implementing its own ban to also include famous holiday destination Turkey.

Nevertheless, the planned extension of the restriction to Europe is being faced with strong criticism from the aviation industry.

Records show that about 65 million passengers travel between the US and Europe, which amounts to about 400 flights on a daily basis. Most of whom are business travellers who need such devices to execute business transactions while embarking on their journey.

Currently, if you’re flying to the US directly from Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates, your electronic devices are banned from the cabin. Similarly, the UK’s ban applies to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

Instead passengers have to check their laptops into the hold or refrain from travelling with them at all.

This new restriction is came after an intelligent information revealed how terrorists were planning to hide explosive devices as electronic gadgets on airlines.

On the other hand, the ban has brought about significant drop on demand for Emirates Airlines to the US, which is now forcing the company to making moves to cut airline services to the US.

An Emirates spokesperson said: “Over the past three months, we have seen a significant deterioration in the booking profiles on all our US routes, across all travel segments.”

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Facebook make frantic efforts to stop fake news


In its current effort to tackle the proliferation of fake news, social media giant, Facebook is now turning to newspapers.

According to a press release, Facebook will make some adverts in British newspapers from this week Monday advising users to be "sceptical of headlines" and check other reports on the same subject before believing a story.

This effort comes after the public condemned social network for failing on their part to deal with the spread of fake news on its platform.

Last month Facebook placed a notice on its users' news feeds warning about fake news, after claims that fake stories supporting Donald Trump may have helped him win the US election.

According to Simon Milner, the tech firm's director of policy in the UK: "People want to see accurate information on Facebook and so do we.

"That is why we are doing everything we can to tackle the problem of false news.

"We have developed new ways to identify and remove fake accounts that might be spreading false news so that we get to the root of the problem."

Mr Milner said Facebook was working with fact-checking organisations to analyse content around the General Election.

"To help people spot false news we are showing tips to everyone on Facebook on how to identify if something they see is false," he said.

"We can't solve this problem alone so we are supporting third party fact checkers during the election in their work with news organisations, so they can independently assess facts and stories."

Last week, Facebook said it was looking to hire an extra 3,000 staff to combat extremist and distressing content, especially in videos.

Friday, 28 April 2017

European bankers fight back, as they reject proposed laws aimed at Brexit

EU bankers react to proposed new policies

Being disturbed by the various impact Brexit is causing the system, bankers in Europe have placed a demand on the European Union to backpedal on planned various regulatory changes ahead.

The bankers are deeply worried because they said the proposed changes would not let them compete globally.

As a result, bankers in France and Germany are making serious moves to stop the obvious power grabs by EU leaders concerning that such policies will hinder growth, result to loss of jobs and kill profits of various businesses.

According to Frederic Oudea, chair of the European Banking Federation, and chief executive of SocGen: "We cannot ignore the growing fragmentation of the international regulatory landscape in light of recent political changes notably in the US.

"The perspective of the Brexit adds ... to that trend.

"This topic is particularly important at a time where we need to think strategically about the direction we want to take for capital market activities in Europe in light of Brexit consequences.

"The Economic Affairs Committee has oversight of financial rule-making in the European Parliament, which has joint say with member states on approving the EU's laws.”

Also speaking was Andreas Treichl, chief executive of Austria's Erste Group, who said he was spending most of his time with politicians and 10 regulators, rather than with customers.

He said: "Please reflect on what you have done.

"It's very, very difficult for us to be helpful to create prosperity, and part of the reason is ourselves, and part of the reason is you, the politicians, and part of the reason is the regulators.

"Who do you think will finance start-ups? The capital market is not there, the private investors are not there, and banks increasingly face difficulties in doing it.”

In the meantime Karl-Peter Schackmann-Fallis German Savings Banks Association board member stressed that banks need “a regulatory pause."

Brussels announced last week of a proposals to implement "limitations" on central banks across the remaining 27 states as they continue to power grab.

Accordingly, the EU's European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), established in Paris, says it does not support "competition" as it arranges to issue its new rules and regulations before the summer.

The rules, which are being packaged under the "Capital Markets Union" (CMU), is being targeted to clamp down European-based finance firms in a post Brexit environment.

According to the regulator, far-reaching rules will be implemented that financial institutions, including central banks, will must follow.

ESMA chairman Steven Maijoor said: "This work is aimed at avoiding competition on regulatory and supervisory practices between member states, and a possible race to the bottom, which might be detrimental to the capital markets union.

"Noting the EU is keen to put blocks in place they are also looking at broker-dealer trading arms of banks in Britain and added there would be "potential limitations to outsourcing and delegation".

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Shock as a woman found ‘snake’ in her Asda shopping bag

Snake found in ASDA shopping bag

A mum got traumatised when she opened her Asda shopping bag and found a ‘snake’ as one of the content in the shopping bag.

The woman whose identity is given as Claire Lewis found the snake-like object with deep shock as it was taped by the side of a chocolate cake that was bought in Wales.

Clair told Wales Online: ‘I was obviously shocked as I didn’t expect a snake-like creature in my shopping – and it was alive.’

Upon discovering the ‘snake’, Clair discarded the items and made a complaint to Asda, but became angrier for being offered only £6 for all the embarrassments.

She said: ‘It’s not really about the money, it’s the initial reply that’s annoyed me. I’ve had loads of home deliveries and never had a live creature or such bad customer service.’

The store has since apologised and offered her a £30 gift voucher as a gesture of goodwill.

A spokesperson told the site: ‘We’re really sorry that there was an unexpected visitor tagging along with Ms Lewis’ home shopping and we’ve been in contact to apologise for her experience.

‘We have given Ms Lewis a refund and have offered a gesture of goodwill to go some way towards making up for any upset caused.’

Tragedy as a light aircraft crashes into Lidl Supermarket killing five people

Lidl plane crash

PORTUGAL: A plane which crashed into the car park of Lidl supermarket has killed five people made of four passengers and a lorry driver who was delivering goods to the Lidl as at the time of the tragedy.

The small air craft which went down in a residential area is believed to have exploded mid-air prior to the crash 150m from a school.

The plane went ablaze after it fell onto a lorry the car park, and killed the lorry driver while he was unloading goods close to cargo bay at the supermarket.

Aside the Swiss pilot and three French passengers on board that died together with the lorry driver, about four people inside the Aldi were treated for shock and smoke inhalation, caused by the incident, while nine people were also evacuated from their homes after their houses blackened by smoke.

The plane had taken off from Tires aerodrome - which is used mainly by private aircraft and situated about 12 miles (20km) west of the Portuguese capital - shortly before the crash.

Officials described the weather at the time of the crash as clear skies with a light wind.

The Tires airfield said the plane was a twin-engine Piper PA-31 Navajo aircraft and was Swiss-registered.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

United Airlines at it again as a stowaway scorpion stings a passenger on-board

Stowaway scorpion

Another trouble for United Airlines as a stowaway scorpion believed to have originated from a warmer weathers in the city of Texas falls on the head of a passenger and stung him amid a business-class lunch.

The victim, Richard Bell was on his way to Calgary in Canada from Houston, Texas when the stowaway creature dropped on his head.

"Something fell on my head so I grabbed it. I was hanging on to it and then I realised what it was," he said.

"My neighbour was a gentleman from Mexico and he said 'that's a scorpion, they're dangerous'. I dropped it on my tray and I went to grab it again and that's when I got stung.

"It stung me on the thumb, right next to my nail."

He said the creature's shock presence caused "excitement" among passengers and crew.

He added: "I kind of flicked it on to the floor... then we covered it up with a cup so it wouldn't get around, and then got out of a chair and we hit it with a shoe."

Cabin crew flushed the scorpion's remains down the toilet.

Mr Bell said staff were "fantastic" during Sunday's incident and called doctors on the ground to make sure he was not in danger.

Emergency workers got on to the plane when it touched down in Calgary and he was given a clean bill of health.

"Border security came on the plane... the bad part was that we killed it and threw it in the toilet, and everyone wanted to see if it was dangerous or not," he said.

Mr Bell has now been compensated with credit for another flight.

This comes just as United Airlines is working hard to dig its way out of a public relations disaster over video of a doctor being dragged screaming from one of its planes.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Germany’s secrete plan to topple London as the financial hub of Europe after Brexit exposed


Days after the media exposed countries within the EU wanting to Britain to fail was revealed, another report has emerged where Germany was accused of scheming to snatch banks based in London into Germany.

However, the government of the United Kingdom is also making desperate moves to ensure that the city of London remains the Europe’s major financial hub, even after Brexit.

Meanwhile, companies on their parts seem to be plans which may be of threat to London as the financial hub.

On the other hand, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has waded into the uproar after he revealed he made known his hopes of moving European Union banking supervision to Germany after the UK quits the Brussels bloc.

Despite the several hopes and promises made by many Leave campaigners before the EU referendum, the reality is beginning to manifest as the concentration of the European financial industry in London appears to be on the verge of crashing, due to the uncertainties being posed by Brexit negotiations.

Experts have already warned the financial centre will suffer drastically after Brexit as firms look elsewhere for their business.

Thus, it has been predicted by academics that up to 30 per cent of jobs could migrate to Frankfurt or Paris as large financial institutions expand to the European mainland. While on the other hand, smaller banks are expected to merge with companies in Frankfurt and Paris.

In January, representatives from Germany’s financial watchdog BaFin met 50 or so foreign banking envoys, including representatives from Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, to discuss how best to move their operations to Germany.

Peter Lutz, who led the banking supervision arm at the time, said: “Foreign banks are welcome.”

And it seems Frankfurt could reap the rewards of the move, and potentially see a total of 10,000 jobs relocated there from London.

Friday, 7 April 2017

UK’s property market experiencing boom despite Brexit fear

UK property market

While some persons are predicting a collapse of the UK economy, current happenings seem to be proving pessimists who said the UK will see doom if the country votes to leave the EU wrong.

Experts have said that the prices house will skyrocket within the next four years due to anticipated growth rate after Brexit.

According to the projection, values of houses will increase by almost 25% by 2021, due to the confidence consumers have built in the property market of the UK.

Currently, the price of houses across the UK in 2017 is projected to be at about £220,000, marking a £9,000 rise as against that of 2016, as reported by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr).

According to the projection, by the year 2021, the average £272,000 would be the price for an average home, which will result to a £52,000 rise matched with 2017.

Kay Daniel Neufeld, a Cebr economist and main author of the report, said: “Already towards the end of 2016 indicators pointed to a stabilisation in the housing market, a trend that has continued in the first months of 2017.

“Transaction numbers are slowly recovering from the introduction of a stamp duty surcharge on second homes in April 2016, which has led to considerable distortions in the market.

“Mortgage approvals, are nearing post-crisis heights, boosted by low interest rates and favourable borrowing conditions.”

Though it is also predicted that due to Brexit talks billed to take place, the value of houses will rise at a slower speed resulting into a yearly rise below five percent.

But then again from 2019, growth is likely to pick up, with an annual increase of 5.7 per cent pencilled in for that year and increases of around six per cent in 2020 and 2021.

Furthermore, “The UK property market seems to be Brexit-proof. It has coped remarkably well with the economic turmoil in the months following the vote to leave the EU.

“Price growth has eased a little but not to the degree people were expecting.

“Now Article 50 has been invoked we could see a short period of low growth, but there’s not reason to face the next few months with fear and trepidation.

“House prices are still being supported by a lack of property stock and although buyers are taking longer before committing, now that Article 50 has been triggered, any reservations about making a purchase may ease.

“It wouldn’t be at all surprising if house price growth beats expectations this year.”

Shaun Church, director at mortgage brokers Private Finance, also said that: “Homeowners will be thrilled to hear that house price growth isn’t expected to be slowed down by Brexit, particularly as growth is currently relatively subdued compared to recent years.

“Rising property prices mean homeowners can re-mortgage to a more affordable deal as they fall into a lower loan-to-value (LTV) bracket, or withdraw cash from their homes to be used for things like home improvements.

“Those who decide to sell will also see a bigger return on their original investment.

“As property is most people’s biggest asset, this can be a significant part of retirement financial planning. Retirees who see the value of their property rise could receive a significant bonus to their retirement funds by selling up or downsizing.

“It’s a good sign that consumer demand for housing will keep the wheels of the property market turning, despite the uncertainty of Brexit.”

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Business owners express serious concern over the fate of their businesses as Article 50 is triggered today

Business owner

Business owners are beginning to feel worried as Britain triggers Article 50 today to begin the formal exit process.

One of such is proprietor of a global manufacturer whose major share of its goods are exported to countries within the EU. As he is now insisting that Brexit challenges could force him to cut jobs.

Similarly, Simon Topman, CEO of Acme Whistles, claimed he was "sure" jobs would be lost due to the UK losing access to the single market, which accounts for 40 per cent of the business’ exports.

The chief executive of the Birmingham-based whistles firm alleged exiting the EU would “do damage” to the UK but in the longer term it would pick back up.

Speaking on the BBC, he said: “In the short term, it’s going to do damage and it’s going to make life difficult and expensive.”

Asked about likely job losses, he said: “I’m sure that it will. If our business in Europe, which is 40 per cent of our exports, goes down that has to translate into the number of people we employ.”

In the meantime, a new study has revealed that German firms are arranging to pull the plug on their British investments in the wake of Brexit.

The German Industries and Chambers of Trade group (DIHK) announced that British withdrawal from the EU would do "massive damage" to German companies with UK interests.

DIHK President Eric Schweitzer said: "Further declines in trade are to be expected in the coming months."

Four out of 10 German companies expect worse business while every tenth company plans a shift from investments in the UK to other countries.

The survey took place in February with a total of 2,200 companies - the 1,300 answers by companies with business relations with Britain have only now been evaluated.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Largest undeveloped oil deposit found in the UK

UK largest oil discovery

More revenues coming into the government purse as recent report reveals the discovery of the largest undeveloped oil discovery on the UK Continental Shelf by an oil exploration company.

Dr Robert Trice, Hurricane's chief executive, stated that: "This is a highly significant moment for Hurricane and I am delighted that the Halifax well results support the company's view that its substantial Lancaster discovery has been extended to include the Halifax licence.

"We believe that the GLA is a single hydrocarbon accumulation, making it the largest undeveloped discovery on the UK Continental Shelf.

"The discovery of a 1km (0.62-mile) column at Halifax validates the efforts the company undertook to acquire the licence and drill, test and log the Halifax well through the winter months.

"Given the positive well results, the Halifax well has been suspended to provide the company the option to return to undertake further testing as well as provide the option to deepen the well and thereby establish a definitive oil water contract

"These are exciting times for Hurricane."

The announcement brought the rise in Shares to 6% in early trading after.

Though Hurricane Energy has made no further developments there for budget, time and safety reasons, it has the option to return.

The 2016/17 drilling campaign is now complete, with Hurricane having a 100% success rate with the drill bit.

In the meantime, international energy services company Wood Group has been awarded a £40 million contract with Premier Oil to deliver topside operations and maintenance services to the Balmoral floating production vessel (FPV) in the central North Sea and the Solan installation, west of Shetland.

Also, while delivering his speech, Dave Stewart, chief executive of Wood Group's Asset Life Cycle Solutions business in the eastern region, said: "This contract clearly demonstrates the strong partnership we have developed with Premier Oil in the North Sea, renewing our support of the Balmoral FPV and broadening our delivery to include the Solan field, which came on stream in April 2016.

"We have consistently and successfully assured the management of safety and integrity and applied our innovation and technical expertise to maximise uptime and production, whilst also reducing field lift costs.

"This will be our continued focus - leveraging both our late life asset management expertise and production enhancing technical solutions as we continue to collaborate with Premier Oil on the safe and effective delivery of this latest contract."

Monday, 27 March 2017

List of Successful Applicants for the 2017 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP)

The Tony Elumelu Foundation is an Africa-based, African-funded philanthropic organisation. Founded in 2010, TEF is committed to driving African economic growth, by empowering African entrepreneurship. 
The Foundation aims to create lasting solutions that contribute positively to Africa’s social and economic transformation. Through impact investments, selective grant making, and policy development, it seeks to influence the operating environment so that entrepreneurship in Africa can flourish. 

2017 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP)

About TEEP
The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme represents a decade- long commitment to supporting African start-ups and entrepreneurs. We are committing $100 million to help launch an initial 10,000 entrepreneurs throughout Africa over the next 10 years, creating 1,000,000 new jobs contributing to $10 billion in revenue across Africa. 

Launched in 2015, TEEP is the largest African philanthropic initiative devoted to entrepreneurship and represents a 10-year, $100 million commitment, to identify and empower 10,000 African entrepreneurs, create a million jobs and add $10 billion in revenues to Africa’s economy.

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) is proud to announce the selection of 1,000 African entrepreneurs, creating the 3rd cohort of the 10-year, $100 million TEF Entrepreneurship Programme.

Over 93,000 entrepreneurs, from 55 countries and territories in Africa, applied - more than twice 2016 applications and nearly four times 2015. Successful candidates represent diverse industries, led by agriculture, ICT and fashion. The highest numbers of applicants came from Nigeria and Kenya. All five regions - North, East, Southern, Central and West Africa are represented.

How to view the List

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Britain expresses confidence over clause allowing it to have tariff-free trade for 10 years

EU free trade

It has been revealed that Post-Brexit Britain may continue to have trading activities with the European Union for up to a period of ten years in the event that no new trade agreement is reached by the time negotiations are over.

According to sources, efforts are being put in place take advantage of a little-known section in the WTO rules by officials at the Department for International Trade that give Britain some extra time for a tailored deal to be reached with the EU.

It is strongly hoped that the provision, set out in Article 24 of the WTO’s General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, has been described as a “secret weapon” in Britain’s free trade negotiations with Europe.

There this disturbing concern that the UK may likely not be able to strike any agreement within the official two-year period of negotiations. However, it was revealed by a source  that: “Many have asked what will happen if we reach a Brexit agreement with the EU but we haven’t finished the free trade agreement with Europe by the point we leave.

“What we have discovered is that we do have special dispensation under WTO rules to continue our current trading relationship with the EU, which is zero tariffs, until such time as that free trade agreement is finished and the precedent that has been set is that we would have 10 years to do that.”

The section permits Britain, as a founder member of the WTO, to have a “reasonable amount of time” to agree a new free trade deal before trade law would force both sides to impose tariffs on each other.

According to the rule, any temporary arrangement should “exceed 10 years only in exceptional cases”, which suggests that Britain would have a decade to negotiate.

An insider said: “Of course it would require the agreement of both parties, but by not agreeing the other EU member states would be imposing penalties on their own businesses, which is not a great idea. There’s a big global picture here and the EU can’t afford to disrupt that.

“The Germans totally grasp it. In private, banking officials are saying of Brexit, ‘We think you probably did the right thing for you and in your case we would probably have done the same. We just don’t think you did the right thing for us, which is why we’re cross.’

“Where we need to take that next is to say, we understand why you’re cross, but there’s a lot of mutual benefit we could get if we stay in a very open, expansive trading relationship.

“Deep down they know they’ll end up in a zero tariff trading arrangement, they just need to show they’re negotiating hard to get it.

“Britain doesn’t want the EU to fail. We want the EU to be a stable, prosperous and secure partner because that would be good for us.”

It was further explained by the source that the disposition in the City of London was encouraging, irrespective of the fact that Remainers have predicted mass exodus of businesses to other cities like Paris and Frankfurt.

“Companies are not going to move to Frankfurt, why would they?” the source said.

“When CEOs ask why they should continue to invest in the UK, we say, ‘For the reasons you’ve always invested in the UK – a legal system you understand and our skilled workforce.

“We have the most advanced professional infrastructure and nobody else in the world is going to replicate that in the next 20 years. Equally, nobody’s going to be able to replicate the reputation the Bank of England has as a regulator.

“People across Europe are now saying, ‘If we harm the City of London we are just going to be harming ourselves because capital sits in New York, London, Hong Kong and Singapore, it doesn’t sit in Paris or Frankfurt. People will continue to come to London because they can make money. We speak English and we’re in the right time zone, which is why we have not lost a single investor.

“When we think we might be getting close to losing one, we say, ‘So, you understand the German legal system?’ Or, ‘How many of your staff speak Portuguese?’ Or, ‘You trust Italian magistrates to protect your investments?’ by which point they have changed their mind about leaving London.”

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Man-made island to provide energy for about 80 million people in Europe

Artificial island

Efforts are being put in place to create an artificial island off the UK coast which would be able to supply parts Europe with renewable energy.

The following are countries that would benefit from the project upon its completion: Britain, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway and Belgium. The man-made island would host several wind turbines and solar panels and act as an energy centre of the continent.

The project is said to be proposal made by a group of energy firms from the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany. And it is expected to cost £1.1 billion, and also rubber stamped by Brussels on March 23.

The project which is to occupy 25 square mile island is going to accommodate a small workforce and feature roads, workshops, trees and a man-made lake with a beach.

Sea and airports which accommodate tankers, a control tower and terminal are also going to be built together with the 7,000 wind turbine.

It is believed that by 2050 hubs would be put to used says Energinet, a Danish state-owned energy grid operator.

According to Torben Glar Nielsen, Energinet technical director: “Maybe it sounds a bit crazy and science fiction-like but an Island on Dogger Bank could make the wind power of the future a lot cheaper and more effective.”

Positioned 62 miles off the coast of Hull on Dogger Bank, the site is thought to keep costs low as it is comparatively shallow with depths varying from 15 to 36 metres.

Interestingly, it has been announced that the moment the island becomes ready for use over 80 million people would have their homes powered. Again, the project is intended to meet the target set by the Europe to reduce the release of carbon dioxide emissions.

Energinet said: “Wind and solar energy complement each other: there is more sun from spring to autumn, and more wind in the colder and darker months of the year.

“So a sustainable and stable energy system for the future will need solar and wind energy, both on a large scale.

“This requires optimum cooperation and synergy because it cannot be accomplished by individual member states alone.”

Dogger Bank provided an ideal location as it had optimal wind conditions, it centrally located and is in shallow waters, they said.

They added: “Staff, components and assembly workshops can be stationed on the island, thus optimising and simplifying complex offshore logistics.”

The firm behind the North Sea Wind Power Hub are expected to sign a deal on March 23 in the presence of European Energy Union Commissioner, Maos Sefcovic.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Philip Hammond's U-turn on controversial NI charges

Chancellor Philip Hammond

After much pressure from the British people, the Chancellor Philip Hammond rescinds from his controversial increase in National Insurance for the self-employed which critics said was against the Tories manifesto.

The Chancellor’s resolve to back down was mainly as a result of the colossal condemnation from within and outside his own backbenchers.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Dead rats turned to pencil cases by a Plymouth student

dead rats used as pencil case

Indeed we are in a world and age where creativity takes people to the limelight and make them relevant despite the various challenges facing mankind.

Here is a butcher who became a student, and self-fund his university degree by selling pencil cases he makes from dead animals.

The 22-year-old Jack Devaney created the holders which uses the body of dead rats, mice, moles, squirrels, and rabbit as well.

The finished pencil cases, a rather novel form of taxidermy, have generated enough interest that they sell as far away as Norway and the United States.

Aside the global recognition, however, Mr Delay acknowledges some regard him as a bit of a "nut job".

Mr Devaney, a 3D design student at Plymouth University, made his first post of one of his designs that was made from the dead rat last week on image sharing imgur, which has since attracted over 500,000.

Having worked part-time as a butcher for years, Mr Devaney turned his hand to "making daft stuff" after seeing a funny picture of some bad taxidermy online.

So far his pet projects have sold in places as far-flung as the US and Norway.

Mr Devaney explained: "I'd worked part-time as a butcher for nine years so I've been sort of desensitized to the process.

"It also meant that I knew how to pluck, skin and dress different animals."

He added: "I used to have a snake when I was younger and I knew that you could buy frozen mice, rats and chicks from different pet stores.

"I get them from pest control and estate managers, I basically posted on Facebook asking for help and I had people getting back to me within 10 minutes.

"My last order cost about £25 for four moles and three squirrels."

Despite early success, Mr Devaney is not confident the project is viable in the long term.

"You'd have to be a nutter to think you could make a living out of this," he said.

"Some people have suggested my work is satirical or that they have a deeper meaning but they are just daft."

He said: "There's been a varied response. The average posts range from 'This guy is a nut job' to 'Where can I get one', but I'm always polite when I'm responding."

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Brazilian constitutional lawyer abandon her profession for prostition

Brazilian lawyer turns prostitute

34-year-old Claudia de Marchi quits her legal career in order to become a prostitute, because she said she earns more with more job satisfaction being a prostitute than being a lawyer.

The former attorney quit her job as an expert in constitutional law last year, and moved to capital Brasilia, for high-flying constitutional lawyer charges men £150 an hour for sexual services.

According to her, one of the major reasons behind her career swap, was the ‘masculine selfishness’ of her previous line of work. Saying that making money from her body is a form of liberation, and she has started a blog to help other women ‘demand the best for themselves, both in and out of bed’.

Friday, 17 February 2017

HURRAY: Nokia 3310 set to be relaunched this month with new innovations

Nokia 3310 back again

Famous Nokia 3310 to hit the market again after several years of extinction from the market.

The phone was once everyone’s favourite and was glued into the pocket of almost everyone, including those who had sophisticated phones. This was due to its lasting battery life, durability of the product, and was very cheap to get.

First Nokic 3310 was released in 2000, and replaced its predecessor the 3210, which sold about 126 million of it globally. But was later discontinued in 2005.

The handset is rumoured to be being re-released at the Mobile World Congress later this month.

According to sources, HMB Global, which owns the rights to the Nokia brand, is anticipated to announce four new handsets for sale, among them the 3310.

It’s set to retail at around £49, VentureBeats reports.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Scottish government to ban petrol and diesel powered cars soon in place of renewable energy

Fossil fuel

While Nigerian government and militants in the creeks of the Niger Delta are out there fighting for crude oil that may soon fizzle out or become obsolete in the nearest future, countries which sees beyond oil is working round the  clock to let go of the consumption of petrol and diesel within their environment of which Scotland is one.

Ministers in Scotland have been asked to put into consideration a policy which bans the use of fossil fuel (diesel and petrol) powered cars as one of the effort to make Scotland more environmentally friendly country by the year 2030.

Scholastics and industry specialists on Scotland's future energy team have quite recently distributed their vision of what the energy framework could look like in the next 13 years.

Accordingly, the Scottish Government as of now have vowed to cut emission by 80% by 2050, the year is viewed just like an "important staging point" in accomplishing its objectives.

The new procedure recommends how the energy sector could be "decarbonised" and proposes ministers ought to “identify urban locations for the phased introduction of a ban in the use of conventionally fuelled vehicles by 2025”.

The team, assembled by WWF Scotland, additionally proposed central and local government ought to ensure they purchase and rent just low carbon vehicles that deliver less emanations.

The report supports the advancement of low carbon energy sources, highlighting the need specifically for carbon, capture and storage (CCS) innovation. It additionally proposes a program be set up for all homes to be raised to a base energy proficiency standard by 2025, where practicable to do as such.

It is anticipated that the Scottish Government would soon make a publication about its energy policy. Thus, Dr Keith MacLean, the chair of the UK Energy Research Centre advisory board, and taskforce facilitator said there was “an excellent opportunity for the Scottish Government to assert overall leadership and control over the nation’s energy future”

He stated: “A major task like decarbonising the energy system will not be achieved on a piecemeal and incremental basis, nor without an integrated long-term plan.”

Dr Jillian Anable, Professor of Transport and Energy at the University of Leeds said: ” Transport has for too long been the laggard sector when it comes to reducing carbon emissions, and this energy strategy is the perfect time to introduce policies to address the shortfall.

“The Scottish Government should take this opportunity to identify locations for a phased ban in the use of petrol and diesel vehicles from 2025, take steps to decarbonise publicly owned or managed transport fleets and coordinate collaboration between delivery firms to reduce the recent rapid growth in road freight emissions.”

Professor Jan Webb of Edinburgh University said: ”Scotland’s relatively old and often draughty buildings account for nearly half of our energy spending, and we have a great opportunity to improve their warmth without turning up the heating.

“All homes should be renovated to a minimum ‘C’ energy performance rating by 2025, through incentives and standards which build on successful existing schemes.

“We also need to start planning now for a future sustainable, and renewable, heat supply.

“Local governments will need to examine the best options for their areas, and be empowered and resourced to develop detailed strategies.”

Jenny Hogan, d irector of policy at industry body Scottish Renewables, said: ” Scotland has made great strides in the decarbonisation of its electricity supply, with renewables now generating enough power to meet almost 57% of our electricity needs.

“Tackling the colossal challenge of climate change while keeping energy bills down and securing sustainable jobs means putting renewables at the heart of our energy supply.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: ” Scotland has adopted among the most ambitious statutory targets in the world and achieved much to date, exceeding the 2020 target of 42% six years early.

“In response to increased global ambition in the Paris Agreement, we will be consulting this year on a new Climate Change Bill to establish a more testing emissions reduction target for 2020.

“The Scottish Government’s support for renewable energy has been a key factor in the remarkable progress the country has made so far through substantially increasing the supply of low carbon electricity and generating sustainable economic growth.

“We have also made available half a billion pounds over the next four years to tackle fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency, made progress on developing a more circular economy – where goods are kept in valuable use for longer – and boosted food waste recycling.

“Later this week we will publish a draft Energy Strategy for consultation, alongside our draft Climate Change Plan, which will outline a long-term vision for the future of the energy system in Scotland up to 2050.

“The Strategy will consider energy supply and consumption as equal priorities and demonstrate how to facilitate and capitalise on the transition to a low carbon economy, securing the social and economic benefits for the people and businesses of Scotland.”

Sunday, 15 January 2017

MMM subscribers disappointed as the scheme fails to keep up to its promise of paying all subscribers upon their return

MMM founder

More troubles for Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox (MMM) subscribers as operators puts limits on payments.

The happiness which welcomed the news of the unfreezing of Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox, a ponzi scheme (MMM), may have died down therefore of the lack of individuals willing to give any financial assistance.

Endorsers of the plan had gone into wild celebrations as news of the unfreezing of the accounts went through, 24 hours sooner than the Saturday 14, 2017, return date declared prior. More than three million Nigerians who subscribed to the plan were tossed into frenzy and disarray a month back when the administrators of the plan reported brief suspension of the plan, referring to overwhelming workload on the platform and assaults from various media houses as the explanation behind the decision to freeze the accounts.

The message, which guaranteed supporters of its arrival on January 14, 2017, guaranteed to pay each endorser when the suspension on the plan is lifted without any clause stating that only small investors would be paid, while heavy investors would have to wait a little longer.

Yet, while declaring its arrival last Friday, administrators of the plan had reported that the plan would take care of little speculators first, while supporters with greater monetary duties would need to hold up somewhat more.

A message on the official website stated that: “We’re the ones setting limits, so it’s completely under our control, and we are not expecting any emergencies in principle. Have no fear and go on about your business as usual.

“As the system is socially oriented, we will make paybacks to the poor and the economically disadvantaged in the first place; it means to the members with small PH (Provide Help) amounts. The richer can wait. Moreover, we’ve warned you repeatedly to only provide help with amounts that are not critical for you.”

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Nigerians agog as MMM returns


Finally, MMM bounces back after about a month of being out of business in Nigeria. Upon hearing the news of its return, several members of the scheme took over various social media to express their gratitude and how they feel about the return of the scheme many people said was a scam and had ran with peoples’ money.

Read below excerpts of some of the reactions of members of the scheme:

Michael Akinniyi @akinmahatma
If you want to know those who mean well for you, tell them MMM is back. Then sit back and watch their reactions. You will open mouth, walahi
2:38 PM - 13 Jan 2017

Mu'awiyyah Muye @P_Muye
MMM is back 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼.Nigerian pple, go invest ur life savings, sell ur properties & possessions, invest it in MMM 2day & reap its fruits 2moro
2:36 PM - 13 Jan 2017

Kimbei Olajufaye @Kimbei27
Join mmm today and let's change the world together #MMMnigeria is back. Register now. DM me for more info n to join whatsapp group.
2:37 PM - 13 Jan 2017

Solace Sister @LadyOMary
After the very long break and conflicting rumours flying upandan, MMM Nigeria is back! I'd like to know:
Which do you trust more and why?

2:31 PM - 13 Jan 2017 · Nigeria