US firms poised to invest in Nigeria


SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 : ‘FEMI ASU
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Representatives of 16 United States’ companies
cutting across multiple sectors arrived Nigeria on
Monday and expressed the readiness of their
firms to invest in the country.
The three-day visit was described as the largest
overall US Government-led trade mission to
Africa in history.
The Trade Winds-Africa spinoff trade mission to
Lagos saw a day of meetings for US business
executives with Nigerian government leaders and
entrepreneurs, furthering business leads and
deals between both countries.
The overall Trade Winds-Africa trade mission is
said to have brought more than 100 US
companies to the continent this year.
The acting US Consul General in Lagos, Dehab
Ghebreab, said, “Nigeria is the largest economy
in Africa with countless business opportunities,
and it can be a great launching point into other
African markets.”
The Trade Winds-Africa mission is part of the
concerted effort of President Barack Obama’s
Doing Business in Africa campaign, under which
the US Government has committed billions of
dollars to financing in order to stimulate trade
and investment in a wide range of industrial
sectors.
“Nigeria’s burgeoning market means untold
possibilities for US companies, which can provide
quality goods, services and solutions in a broad
array of sectors,” the US Senior Commercial
Officer, Brian McCleary, who is based in Lagos,
said.
The delegation was in South Africa from
September 16 to 18 for business-to-business
meetings and a forum with regional leaders and
representatives of US and African companies.

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Saraki loses bid to stop trial, faces tribunal today


SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 : OUR CORRESPONDENTS
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Senate President Bukola Saraki
THE Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Monday
said he would appear before the Code of
Conduct Tribunal on Tuesday (today) to face a
13-count charge of false asset declaration
levelled against him by the Code of Conduct
Bureau.
Saraki’s promise to appear before the CCT as a
“law-abiding citizen” followed failed judicial
battle on Monday to stop his arrest and trial by
the tribunal.
“I will be there, I have nothing to hide. One was
exercising his own right both at the Federal High
Court and the Court of Appeal. So, I will appear
before the tribunal. The most important thing is
that I believe in the process and I will ensure
that I am there tomorrow morning,” he told
journalists covering the Senate in Abuja.
Moments later, a statement by the Senate
president’s spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu,
reinforced the promise by Saraki to finally appear
before the CCT.
Olaniyonu’s statement partly read, “Following the
adjournment for the determination of the motion
on notice and the substantive suit before the
Federal High Court to 30th of September and the
appeal pending before the Court of Appeal
adjourned to the 29th of September 2015, the
Senate President has decided, as a law abiding
citizen, to appear before the Tribunal in the
interim.
“Dr. Saraki has taken the decision to attend the
Tribunal sitting to demonstrate his respect for
the rule of law in spite of his personal
reservation on the process of his trial and the
purpose it may be intended to serve.
“Dr. Saraki wishes to assure Nigerians of his
absolute belief in the judicial process and is
therefore confident that the course of justice
would be served at the end of this matter.”
Courts refuse to stop trial
Earlier in the day, both the Court of Appeal and a
Federal High Court in Abuja had refused the
Senate President’s ex-parte applications to halt
his arrest and trial respectively.
Saraki had asked the FHC to stop the CCB and
the CCT from prosecuting him while demanding
from the Appeal Court an order to stay the
execution of the order of arrest made by the
Justice Danladi Umar of the CCT as well as the
proceedings of the tribunal.
At the FHC, Saraki’s lawyer, Adebayo Adelodu
(SAN), had asked the court to make his prayers
that the tribunal be stopped from proceeding
with the trial in the ex-parte application absolute.
But Justice Ahmed Mohammed, who presided,
refused the application and ordered that the
respondents be put on notice.
He held that in view of the fact that the
respondents had joined issues with the plaintiffs,
coupled with fundamental, constitutional and
radical nature of the preliminary objection, which
borders on the jurisdiction of the court and
supervisory powers of the tribunal, the court
would not dissipate energy and time on
interlocutory matters.
The court therefore dismissed the application
and ordered that the applicant to put the
respondents on notice. The judge later adjourned
the case till September 30 for hearing of the
substantive suit.
At the Court of Appeal where Saraki’scounsel
prayed the court to set aside the order of arrest
on Saraki and also stay the proceedings at the
tribunal, Justice Morri Adumein, in his ruling, held
that the respondents should also be put on
notice.
According to him, Section 15 of the Court of
Appeal Act 2004 (as amended) gives the court
the general power to make interim orders.
He further stressed that for the court to exercise
such powers, the application for the interim order
should be in writing.
“It is for this reason that the court will refuse
this application for interim injunction. It would
better serve the interest of justice for the
respondents to be put on notice. Consequently,
the motion is hereby refused and struck out,” the
judge stated.
He however adjourned the case till September 29
for hearing of the motion on notice.
After the ruling, Adelodun prayed the court to
make a preservative order to preserve the RES
of the case so as to maintain status quo.
In his response, Justice Adumein, said that it
was not in the interest of the court to interfere
in the affairs of lower courts.
“To appear before the tribunal is not a death
sentence, we can come in at any point,” he
stated.
CCT renews arrest order
The CCT on Monday renewed its order of arrest
on Saraki by the Inspector-General of Police.
The tribunal’s Justice Danladi Umar again
ordered the IG, Solomon Arase, to arrest and
produce the Senate president at the tribunal on
Tuesday (today) to take his plea in the 13-count
charge slammed on him.
The CCT had earlier on Friday ordered Saraki’s
arrest by the IG with a mandate to produce him
on Monday (yesterday).
The lead counsel to Saraki and former President
of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Joseph
Daudu (SAN), had on Friday given an undertaking
to produce the Senate president in court on
Monday.
However at the resumed trial on Monday, Daudu
informed the CCT that the accused had filed an
appeal before the appellate court to challenge
the tribunal’s earlier ruling.
He prayed the tribunal to stay proceedings,
pending the determination the appeal.
The prosecution counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs
(SAN), opposed the application, arguing that
Section 305 and 306 of the Administration of
Criminal Justice Act (2015), did not allow a stay
of proceeding in any criminal matter any longer.
Jacobs further informed the CCT that because of
the undertaking made by Daudu on Friday that
he would produce Saraki in court, he (Jacobs)
had advised the Federal Government not to
execute the arrest as a mark of honour to the
senior lawyer.
He said that he was surprised that despite the
undertaking by Daudu, the accused person was
still not in court.
Jacobs therefore prayed the tribunal to make an
order that will produce the accused person in
court.
Delivering his ruling on the absence of Saraki in
court, Justice Umar said, “We have taken note of
the observations made by counsel for the
accused on the pending matter at the FHC, but
it is worthy of note that the order of the FHC did
not suspend the sitting of the tribunal.
“We also disagree on the argument of the
accused that applicability of the Administration
of Criminal Justice Act did not affect this
tribunal; this tribunal is duty bound to apply the
new law because it affects the tribunal. This
tribunal has to take a position that in the interest
of justice, the position of the tribunal is that the
accused must be compelled to appear before
this tribunal tomorrow (today).
“In this wise, we re-affirm that the bench
warrant of last Friday must be executed for the
Inspector-General of Police or other security
agencies to arrest and produce the accused
before this tribunal tomorrow (today) by 10:00
am.”

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Violence mars APC gov primary in Bayelsa


SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 : SIMON UTEBOR,
YENAGOA
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The primary election of the All Progressives
Congress, Bayelsa State, is marred by violence
and intimidation.
The primary taking place at the Samson Siasia
Sports Complex started on a controversial note
with some aspirants calling for the cancellation
of the exercise.
Before 8am, thugs invaded the entrance of the
venue.
The thugs hurled stones at delegates who lined
up to be screened for the exercise, creating
chaos and panic in the area.
But over 1,300 security operatives deployed in
the venue battled and eventually restored the
peace.
Most of the delegates were shut out of the
exercise and were not allowed access to the
venue of the primary.
When the accreditation of the delegates started,
most persons who presented themselves for the
exercise were said to be fake delegates in
possession of cloned voter cards.
The Master of Ceremonies announced that some
persons with cloned cards had been arrested and
handed over to the police.
The rowdiness of the exercise was blamed on
the lateness of the Chairman of the Electoral
Committee, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, who arrived
the area at about 12pm.
The convoy of Oshiomhole came in the midst of
the controversies, two minutes after one of the
top contenders and former Governor of the state,
Chief Timipre Sylva, arrived the area.
The Edo State Governor immediately intervened
and held a meeting with members of his
committee.
After meeting with his committe members,
Oshiomhole also met with all the aspirants
leading to speculations that the primary could be
postponed.
Shortly before the arrival of the committee
chairman, the former Managing Director, Niger
Delta Development Commission, Chief Timi
Alaibe, Preye Aganaba and Ebitimi Amgbare
briefed the press and called for the cancellation
of the exercise.
Alaibe said, “You have seen the rancorous
process leading to the primary. The process is
being marred by irregularities, violence,
intimidation and complete disrespect for
aspirants, agents and party officials.
“This is an enactment of negative history for a
party that stands on the mantra of change. I
think something is missing somewhere and we
need to get it right. We have had delegates
perceived to be loyal to us, threatened, beaten,
wounded since morning.
“Quite a lot of people you see here are not
delegates. Most of the authentic delegates are
outside. We need to put a stop to this process.
We will meet with the chairman of the
committee and ask for the cancellation of the
process.
” Some other times we can get the security
dynamics right so that we can get the
methodology of the primary right. We cannot
continue with this process.”
Also, Aganaba described the process as
shameful.
He said it failed to represent the values and
principles of the party.
Aganaba noted, “I am ashamed of this process. I
was a member of the Presidential APC in Lagos.
It was a successful convention and when the
winner emerged, all other aspirants supported
the winner. But the process today is flawed.
“It is a pity that the chairman Adams Oshiomhole
is not here. We have been here since 8am and it
is 12pm and he is not here. Most of the
delegates here are fake. I toiled for this party
and sweated for it to be established in Bayelsa
and if l am asking for the cancellation of this
exercise, they should know how serious l am. I
beleive we should even move the primary to
another state.”
But Sylva said he had not received any
complaints from his agents. He added that he
was hailed by the people because of his
outstanding credentials.
He urged delegates and the aspirants to conduct
themselves peacefully.
“I am not an agent and if there are people with
cloned cards, we will make sure they are
arrested. I was part of the arrangements put in
place. Among all the aspirants, l am the only one
with the credentials; someone who has done a
term here.
“You know how unjustly I was treated in office.
So, their sense of justice is still burning.
Delegates should conduct themselves peacefully
just as I advise all the aspirants to conduct
themselves peacefully.”
The meeting between Oshiomhole and the
aspirants which began about 1pm was still going
on as of 2pm.

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How to Successfully Sell Ad Space on Low Traffic & New Blog


I have been getting asked lately about
how to approach companies for
advertising or sponsoring contests.
Almost all inquiries I can respond to
easily with several of the following:
1) You have a super spammy blogspot
domain. I doubt any company is going
to take you seriously.
2) There is no about or bio page on the
site that says anything about what
your site is about.
3) You have less then 10 posts on your
blog and it looks like the last one was
over 7 months ago.
4) You are based outside of the United
States. I know its not fair… but its just
the way it is. (I have sponsored
contests outside of the USA but I
doubt most companies will)
5) Your blog is titled “Make Money
With firstname lastname”.
6) It looks like nobody ever visits your
site but you ? PageRank 0 and Alexa
9,000,000
7) You have no other advertisers
advertising on your blog. Just a bunch
of “Advertise Here” boxes
8 ) Your email is @hotmail/@gmail/
@yahoo and not @yourblog.com or the
site your trying to pitch.
9) The whois information about your
site is anonymous (or in your case not
yours)
10) Just in the email you wrote me I
spotted 10 grammatical errors alone.
So I guess I will start with the
advertisers one first. Here are my tips
for getting advertisers for your blog/
website.
Just start with anyone at any price.
Yes that’s right. Nobody wants to
advertise on a blog that nobody is
advertising on. When I first sell ads
on websites most of the time its either
trade outs or for very very low money
(usually 1/10th of what it should be).
You can always raise your rates later
and let the market decide if its too
high but nobody likes being the first
advertiser.
Create a Zone page with demographics
and statistics.
You can see my advertising page here.
It makes it very easy for people to see
what placements are available and
where they are located on the page.
Take a full screenshot if possible. The
Pearl Crescent Page Saver extension
works well to take a screenshot of the
full page instead of just what you can
see.
Also on that page I give out general
statistics on traffic the website
receives.
Tell the advertiser why they should
advertise with you.
Again as you can see on my
advertising page I show all the awards
and mainstream press mentions the
website gets. I also highlight the
sites that point out how my site has
driven them tons of sales and what a
value it was to advertise. Testimonials
can also be good.
Well those are the basic tips for how
to get advertisers… but as far as
getting contest sponsors I will add one
more.
Let the company know exactly what
they are getting
Don’t try to bs companies… especially
if your in the “Making Money Online”
space. After spending money with you
or sponsoring a contest on your site if
the traffic you told them you expected
is not there then not only are they not
going to spend any more money with
you but you can bet they will let other
companies know that your website is
not a very good return on investment.
Usually before I advertise I will ask
other or previous advertisers there
experience with a website. Its
amazing what a small group the
advertising space is.
One last tip for both contests and
advertising – Hit up people that you
already have a business relationship
with first. Especially those affiliate
companies you are making money for.
There is so much bullcrap being
written by people who have ZERO
experience actually doing what they
are talking about that usually
companies are happy to put their
brand on your site.

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GANGCAR ROUND-UP


Type MISSION
Game Grand Theft Auto III
For King Courtney
Location Liberty Campus ,
Staunton Island
Target Mafia Sentinel
Yakuza Stinger
Diablo Stallion
Conditions of mission failure
Wasted
Busted
Reward(s)
$10,000
Unlocks Kingdom Come
Unlocked by Uzi Rider
” I want you to steal me some gang cars so we
can do some hits on our enemies’ turf. ”
― King Courtney
Gangcar Round-up is a mission in Grand
Theft Auto III given to protagonist Claude by
Uptown Yardies leader King Courtney in
Liberty Campus , Staunton Island, Liberty City .
Mission
King Courtney wants Claude to steal some
gang cars so they can do some hits on their
enemies. The cars he wants are a Mafia
Sentinel , a Yakuza Stinger, and a Diablo
Stallion . He wants them in fair quality and
doesn’t want them wrecked. The cars are
taken to a garage in an alleyway in Newport .
Mission objectives
In order to complete the mission the player
must:
Steal a Mafia Sentinel, a Yakuza Stinger
and a Diablo Stallion
Take it to the garage
Take it to the garage
Take it to the garage
Reward
The reward for completing the mission is
$ 10,000. Completing the mission unlocks
Kingdom Come .
Video walkthroughs
iPad Version
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PC Version
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Trivia
King Courtney asks for a ” Diablo Infernus “,
instead of ” Diablo Stallion” as the subtitles
state. This implies that the Diablos’ gang
vehicle was supposed to be the Infernus ,
but was replaced by the Stallion.
Very much like in the previous mission ,
King Courtney’s dialogue does not match
the subtitles provided by the game.
Players may find this mission difficult, as
they should steal a Mafia Sentinel , which
will normally spawn at Saint Mark’s . The
Leone family is hostile to Claude at this
point of the game and will shoot him with
shotguns if he goes there, easily
destroying a car.
However, there’s a safe way to get to
Salvatore’s Gentlemen’s Club and steal
one of his Sentinels. The player should
get to Portland Beach , then go up the
hill and steal the car. When getting the
car, he/she should go down the hill.
After this, it’s possible to get to the
Newport garage safely.
This mission can be greatly sped up by
having the Sentinel and Stallion already in
your Staunton safehouse (they must be
brought from Portland otherwise, requiring
two time-consuming trips back and forth;
the Stinger, obviously, can be found in
Staunton Island, near the Casino or
Asuka’s apartment .) This is particularly
useful since the drop-off point is very near
your safehouse, making this mission
trivial.

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How To Get Advertiser Or Sponsors On Your Website Or Blog


I have been getting asked lately about
how to approach companies for
advertising or sponsoring contests.
Almost all inquiries I can respond to
easily with several of the following:
1) You have a super spammy blogspot
domain. I doubt any company is going
to take you seriously.
2) There is no about or bio page on the
site that says anything about what
your site is about.
3) You have less then 10 posts on your
blog and it looks like the last one was
over 7 months ago.
4) You are based outside of the United
States. I know its not fair… but its just
the way it is. (I have sponsored
contests outside of the USA but I
doubt most companies will)
5) Your blog is titled “Make Money
With firstname lastname”.
6) It looks like nobody ever visits your
site but you ? PageRank 0 and Alexa
9,000,000
7) You have no other advertisers
advertising on your blog. Just a bunch
of “Advertise Here” boxes
8 ) Your email is @hotmail/@gmail/
@yahoo and not @yourblog.com or the
site your trying to pitch.
9) The whois information about your
site is anonymous (or in your case not
yours)
10) Just in the email you wrote me I
spotted 10 grammatical errors alone.
So I guess I will start with the
advertisers one first. Here are my tips
for getting advertisers for your blog/
website.
Just start with anyone at any price.
Yes that’s right. Nobody wants to
advertise on a blog that nobody is
advertising on. When I first sell ads
on websites most of the time its either
trade outs or for very very low money
(usually 1/10th of what it should be).
You can always raise your rates later
and let the market decide if its too
high but nobody likes being the first
advertiser.
Create a Zone page with demographics
and statistics.
You can see my advertising page here.
It makes it very easy for people to see
what placements are available and
where they are located on the page.
Take a full screenshot if possible. The
Pearl Crescent Page Saver extension
works well to take a screenshot of the
full page instead of just what you can
see.
Also on that page I give out general
statistics on traffic the website
receives.
Tell the advertiser why they should
advertise with you.
Again as you can see on my
advertising page I show all the awards
and mainstream press mentions the
website gets. I also highlight the
sites that point out how my site has
driven them tons of sales and what a
value it was to advertise. Testimonials
can also be good.
Well those are the basic tips for how
to get advertisers… but as far as
getting contest sponsors I will add one
more.
Let the company know exactly what
they are getting
Don’t try to bs companies… especially
if your in the “Making Money Online”
space. After spending money with you
or sponsoring a contest on your site if
the traffic you told them you expected
is not there then not only are they not
going to spend any more money with
you but you can bet they will let other
companies know that your website is
not a very good return on investment.
Usually before I advertise I will ask
other or previous advertisers there
experience with a website. Its
amazing what a small group the
advertising space is.
One last tip for both contests and
advertising – Hit up people that you
already have a business relationship
with first. Especially those affiliate
companies you are making money for.
There is so much bullcrap being
written by people who have ZERO
experience actually doing what they
are talking about that usually
companies are happy to put their
brand on your site.

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