This may not be the best of time for the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC. Although it successfully conducted its 10th delegate conference this year where its national president, Abdulwaheed Omar was re-elected unopposed, for another four years in office, the crisis rocking the congress over the forced leave of its national secretary, John Odah is threatening the peace at the labour house.
Bhutan police are raiding homes of smokers in a search of contraband tobacco and are training a special tobacco sniffer dog in a crackdown to honor a promise to become the world’s first smoke-free nation. Buddhist Bhutan, where smoking is considered bad for one’s karma, banned the sale of tobacco in 2005, but with a thriving tobacco smuggling operation from neighboring India, the ban failed to make much of an impact.
The Washington winner of the Mega Millions lottery jackpot planned to discuss his windfall, while officials in Idaho waited for another lucky ticket-holder to come forward and claim half of the $380 million prize. Washington Lottery spokesman, Scott Kinney said the Washington ticket, purchased at a supermarket in Ephrata, was sold to a retired man who planned to bring his family to claim the winnings. The holder of the other winning ticket, purchased just 125 miles away in Post Falls, Idaho, remained unknown.
im Jablon will spend all of January inside an enclosure with two African lions as part of an effort to raise funds for a Florida wildlife rehabilitation centre struggling to meet operating costs. It seemed like a clever idea at first, he joked during an interview, but after the first four days he is not so sure. The cats -- a 2-year-old named Lea and a 1-year-old named Ed -- are young and playful, but they are also powerful and their caretaker sometimes feels over-matched.
Beware of spilling drinks while flying a plane. During a United Airlines flight to Frankfurt, Germany from Chicago this week, a cockpit crew member spilled a beverage on equipment, an airline spokesman said. It prompted a chain of events that inadvertently sent an alert that the plane was being hijacked. “During a period of light turbulence, a cockpit crew member’s beverage spilled, causing issues with the airplane’s communications equipment," said United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson.