Albanian police arrest four over airport heist

TIRANA, Albania — Albania police say they have arrested four suspects over the theft of some 5 million euros ($5.6 million) from a passenger plane at the country’s only international airport.

In a statement Monday, they said three people were arrested in the central Albanian town of Elbasan. Another was arrested in the northern town of Kruje.

Earlier this month, the thieves took the cash as it was loaded onto an Austrian Airlines plane. One robber was shot dead in an exchange of fire with police, but the cash has not been recovered.

Military police and police have installed a security perimeter and also run the airport’s internal security, which has been managed by a private company.

 

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Serena Williams: Duchess Meghan’s baby shower was a ‘lot of effort’

Serena Williams says it took “a lot of effort” to plan Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s baby shower.

The 37-year-old tennis star has been friends with the former actress – who was known as Meghan Markle before marrying Prince Harry last year – for several years and took on the task of planning her baby shower back in February for the tot she’s expecting any day now, and has now revealed the party was a lot more pressure than she’d first thought.

Speaking to Business of Fashion, she said: “Planning something like that takes a lot of effort. I’m a perfectionist, so I’m like, ‘Let’s make it perfect.'”

Serena – who has a 19-month-old daughter of her own named Alexis Olympia – threw Meghan’s shower at The Mark Hotel, where guests were treated to a flower-arranging class and plenty of delicious food.

The sporting superstar invited the likes of Amal Clooney, Gayle King, Jessica Mulroney, Misha Nonoo, and Abigail Spencer to the event.

Meanwhile, Serena recently insisted the Duchess will make a great mother when her first child is born in the near future.

 

She said: “She’ll be the best mom, for sure.”

And the star even shared some of her tips on coping with parenthood for the first time, saying she had to learn to “go with the flow” and adapt to living day-to-day without too much planning to avoid causing unnecessary stress.

Serena added: “Accept mistakes and don’t expect to be perfect. We put so much pressure on ourselves.

“I had all those high expectations and what I was going to do and then I had what I was going to do.

“I was gonna recover and I was gonna be great, and this is a time that everything is not going to go as planned.

“My whole life is so planned and this is the one time where it wasn’t. You just gotta go with the flow.”

 

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Doctors free to leave Nigeria, we have enough – Ngige

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, says doctors who feel they want to relocate in search of greener pastures are free to do so as the nation has enough medical personnel.
Ngige said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.

 

The minister was responding to a question on brain drain and the deliberate recruitment of Nigerian doctors by foreign embassies in Nigeria to the detriment of the nation’s health sector.

In his response, however, Ngige, who is also a medical doctor, said there was nothing wrong with doctors leaving the country as they would continue to send foreign exchange home which could, in turn, grow the economy.

He said, “No, I am not worried (about doctors leaving the country). We have surplus. If you have surplus, you export. It happened some years ago here. I was taught chemistry and biology by Indian teachers in my secondary school days.

“There are surplus in their country and we also have surplus in the medical profession in our country. I can tell you this. In my area, we have excess.

“Who said we don’t have enough doctors? We have more than enough. You can quote me. There is nothing wrong in them travelling out. When they go abroad, they earn money and send them back home here. Yes, we have foreign exchange earnings from them and not just oil.”

When asked if he was sure of what he was saying, the minister said it was good for doctors to travel out as they would receive training from abroad and open up centres in Nigeria.
“Will you call that brain drain? I know a couple of them who practise abroad but set up medical centres back home. They have CAT scan, MRI scan which even the government cannot maintain. So, I don’t see any loss,” he said.

When asked if brain drain was not hurting the health sector, he said, “Brain drain will only be inimical when for instance neurosurgeons travel and we don’t have neurosurgeons here.”

 

Nigeria is believed to be one of the most affected countries in the world as regards emigration of medical doctors.

With an estimated population of over 180 million, there is one doctor per 5,000 people in Nigeria, according to the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, compared with the World Health Organization recommendation of one per 600 people.

There are 72,000 doctors registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria; over half practise outside the country.

Nine in every 10 doctors are considering work opportunities outside Nigeria. And it is projected to keep rising as doctors continue to face systemic challenges, according to NOI polls.

 

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What are the habits that damage your kidney?

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs found in vertebrates. They are located on the left and right in the retroperitoneal space, and in adult humans are about 11 centimetres (4.3 in) in length. They receive blood from the paired renal arteries; blood exits into the paired renal veins. Each kidney is attached to a ureter, a tube that carries excreted urine to the bladder.

Just as it is related to other organs in human body, the inability to manage and maintain this important organ in the body is expensive, costly and life threatening which makes any disease that resulted from poor management of the kidney to be called terminal diseases or lifestyle diseases.

 

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Jilted lover sets girlfriend’s family members ablaze, kills five

A man, Deji Adenuga, a.k.a. Dakar, on Tuesday allegedly set eight family members of his estranged girlfriend ablaze on Adetuwo Street, Igbodigo town, in the Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that five of the victims had given up the ghost, while three others were receiving treatment at the Trauma Centre, Ondo town, Ondo State.

A source told our correspondent that Adenuga was dating a girl in the family, identified only as Titi; but she later called off the relationship.

In retaliation, the suspect was alleged to have set the room where the family lived ablaze.

 

The source said, “What happened today (Tuesday) was shocking. The man (Adenuga) almost wiped out an entire family early this morning.

“He was angry because the girl (Titi) he was dating said she was no more interested in the relationship. In order to deal with the girl, he poured petrol in the room where all members of her family were sleeping and set them ablaze.

“He actually missed his target because the girl was not in the room at the time he set the room ablaze.

“Eight members of the family were severely burnt. Five of them have been confirmed dead, while the remaining three were rushed to the Trauma Centre, Ondo, where they are receiving treatment.”

 

The source noted that the suspect fled the town after the act, adding that his whereabouts was unknown to residents.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Mr Femi Joseph, said the police had begun investigation into the incident.

“We are on the trail of the suspect, while investigation has commenced into the matter. We will soon arrest him,” Joseph said.

 

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PDP, CUPP, CACOL attack Aisha over proposed Buhari university

The Peoples Democratic Party, Coalition of United Political Parties, and The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership have expressed opposition to a proposal by the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, to establish a private university to be known as Muhammadu Buhari University.
The groups described the proposed university as misplaced.

 

Aisha had, during a town hall meeting in Yola, Adamawa State organised by her in collaboration with Concerned Indigenes of Adamawa, disclosed her plan for the private university.
But the PDP Deputy National Publicity, Mr Diran Odeyemi, in an interview with our correspondent on Tuesday alleged that Buhari’s family was building a private university for themselves with public funds under the guise of donations from individuals who, he claimed, had been empowered by the Buhari family purposely for donations to their private university.

He urged Nigerians to resist any attempt by Aisha to use public funds to finance her private university under whatever guise.

 

Odeyemi said, “The proposed university by Mrs Aisha Buhari to be named after her husband is a manifestation of the warnings that the PDP has been giving Nigerians that the APC is a rotten political platform that was established to dupe Nigerians under the coinage of change mantra.

“Nigerians will remember that we raised the alarm about the deceitful tactics of Buhari and his immediate family who made us to feel they could not afford the money for a nomination form for his second term.

“Rather than engage in building a capital-intensive new university, why doesn’t the Federal Government improve on the dilapidated, failing and obsolete facilities of the existing great citadels of our ivory towers that are begging for upgrading and improvement?”

CUPP’s first spokesperson, Mr Imo Ugochinyere, in an interview said the planned university indicated that Buhari had no idea on how to improve the education system in the country, security and fight corruption.

He said, “It is a misplaced priority. It shows that the same people are promoting the use of state institutions to acquire personal wealth. It also shows that the President and his wife are clueless on how to solve the problems affecting the education sector in the country. The problem with our education system is not how to build a university in the name of Muhammadu Buhari.

“Look at the UNESCO requirement of minimum of 25 per cent of the budget going into education; we even do not have 22 per cent to education. They do not have plan for education. It is a wild goose chase and an opportunity for the President’s wife to dip her hands into the looting jamboree that is going on in the country. She wants to be part of it.

“It is contradictory. Where are they getting the land from? Where are they getting the money from to build the institution? And this is a government that has not fulfilled up to 30 per cent of his budget/promises to the education sector.”

Ugochinyere further alleged that Buhari’s administration did not have respect for the education sector. He lamented the infrastructure decay in many universities.

According to him, Buhari and Aisha have no idea for education development in Nigeria.

“She (Aisha) wants to call some friends of her husband so that they can donate for her to build a university which is going to be another illegal asset she is going to bequeath to herself. The only priority that the Constitution allows people in public position to do is more of farming. But now she wants to build an institution. She is going to use her influence to get land, she is going to use the friends of her husband to donate.

“These are the same people who were condemning Obasanjo Library. They are doing the same thing over and over again.”

CACOL’s Executive Chairman, Mr Debo Adeniran, in an interview said, “I do not think it is a right idea for a President who lives an austere life by example to allow his wife to embark on such a project although she said she was going to raise the money eternally. But wherever it comes from, if she has the capacity to raise adequate funding for a university, then she should use it for social welfare. She should use her influence to advance things that will solve maternal mortality, infant mortality and others that are confronting the people.

When contacted, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Onilu, said his mandate was to speak for the APC and not for Aisha.

 

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Britney Spears Breaks Silence Amid Allegations She’s Being Held Against Her Will: ‘Don’t Believe Everything’

Britney Spears says all is well and just needs “time to deal.”

The singer broke her silence on Instagram on Tuesday, sharing a video reassuring her fans that she is in good health amid allegations that she is being held against her will at a health facility.

“Hi guys, just checking in with all of you who have been concerned about me. All is well. My family has been going through a lot of stress and anxiety lately so I just needed time to deal,” she says in the clip. “But don’t worry I will be back very soon.”

She also posted a lengthy caption, addressing the recent rumors circulating her health and family.

 

“I wanted to say hi, because things that are being said have just gotten out of control!!! Wow!!! There’s rumors, death threats to my family and my team, and just so many things crazy things being said,” she began. “I am trying to take a moment for myself, but everything that’s happening is just making it harder for me. Don’t believe everything you read and hear. These fake emails everywhere were crafted by Sam Lutfi years ago… I did not write them.”

“He was pretending to be me and communicating with my team with a fake email address,” she continued. “My situation is unique, but I promise I’m doing what’s best at this moment 🌸🌸🌸 You may not know this about me, but I am strong, and stand up for what I want! Your love and dedication is amazing, but what I need right now is a little bit of privacy to deal with all the hard things that life is throwing my way. If you could do that, I would be forever grateful. Love you ❤️❤️❤️.”

 

Spears checked herself into a health facility earlier this month. A source told ET that Spears’ decision was made due to the tremendous stress she’s endured due to the current health crisis of her father, Jamie Spears.
However, in the past week, #FreeBritney has been trending on social media as a result of allegations that the singer is being held against her will. Tess Barker and Barbara Gray, comedians and creators of the Britney’s Grampodcast, claimed last week that they had received “an anonymous tip from a credible source” alleging that Spears entered the health facility against her will. Around the 8:22 mark of the podcast episode, the hosts play back a voicemail that is allegedly from a paralegal who used to work for an attorney that was involved in Spears’ conservatorship.

 

There is no corroboration that the “Stronger” singer went against her will or is being held in the facility. In fact, ET learned that Spears briefly left her treatment facility earlier this month to get her hair done at a salon in Los Angeles and stepped out with her boyfriend Sam Asghari on Easter. She is still in treatment.

 

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We expect every state to pay minimum wage – Presidency

Amid concerns over the ability of states and local governments to pay the new National Minimum Wage of N30,000, the Presidency said on Tuesday that it expected every state to comply with the payment.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Thursday signed the N30,000 National Minimum Wage Bill into law and directed that the implementation should commence immediately.

It replaces the current N18,000 minimum wage, which had been in place since 2011.

 

Speaking exclusively with The PUNCH in Abuja on Tuesday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, said the President expected all the states to pay the new wage.

Enang said, “For Mr President, he has signed the bill. Remember that the negotiations took place for over two years and all these things (funding) were taken into account and they were addressed by the committee.

“The governors and the local governments were all heard before eventually it was agreed that N30,000 should be the minimum wage from the initial demand of labour.

“I don’t think we should entertain any fears until there is any implementation problem.”

The presidential liaison officer further told The PUNCH that the only immediate challenge might be that some of the states had already passed their 2019 budgets before the new Act came into effect.

 

For such states, he said the option for them was to consider supplementary budgets to make up for the difference between N18,000 and N30,000.

He said, “The only fear may be that some states may have already passed their budgets (2019) on the basis of N18,000, without the inclusion of the wage increase; in which case, they may have to consider a supplementary budget.

“Even the Federal Government today is still operating the 2018 budget, which had N18,000 as the minimum wage. The 2019 budget, which contains the provision for N30,000, has yet to be passed by the National Assembly.

“For the FG, it will only do adjustment of cost when the budget is passed without needing an additional appropriation.”

The PUNCH recalls that most of the state governors had opposed the N30,000 minimum wage during negotiations with labour.

At the January 17 National Economic Council meeting held in Abuja, it was learnt that the governors rejected the N30,000, insisting on N22,500.

They reportedly gave two conditions that would enable them to pay 30,000. They proposed a review of the revenue-sharing formula or reduction in workforce.

Under the current revenue sharing formula, the Federal Government takes the lion’s share of 52.68 per cent from the Federation Account. The 36 states take 26.72 per cent while the balance of 20.60 per cent is given to the 774 local governments in the country.

 

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