50 Dead, 500 Injured In China Chemical Explosion 5 hours ago___Not less than 50 people are confirmed dead, including 12 firefighters, officials said on Thursday, August 13. More than 500 are hospitalized, 57 with severe injuries. Dozens of firefighters are still missing. Hell on Earth in China on August 13, 2015. The Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency said local authorities suspended firefighting efforts because of a lack of information about the “dangerous goods” stored at the warehouse at the heart of the blasts. A warehouse site owned by Tianjin Dongjiang Port Rui Hai International Logistics Co. Ltd., is said to be the origin of the blast. The executives of the company, which stores and transports dangerous chemicals, have been taken into custody, state media said. Men, cars and buildings were shattered by the twin blast. The magnitude of the blasts equaled the size of a massive earthquake, officials say. The explosions’ destructive force smashed buildings and mangled shipping containers in the port city of Tianjin. According to the China Earthquake Networks Center, the first blast was huge, but the second was even more powerful: the equivalent of 21 metric tons of TNT, or a magnitude 2.9 earthquake.Many still lay within the debris, as the death toll is expected to rise. At least 12 firemen have been confirmed dead, with a dozen more missing in the flames. Qian Jiping, a witness and survivor of the explosion, said the house where he and his wife were staying was destroyed by the power of the explosions. He said: “When I heard the first explosion, I thought we were finished.” Residents take a look at the colossal damage. Many ran off without clothes and money as the blasts went off. Qian narrated that strangers pulled them from the rubble, and afterwards they fled barefoot, desperate to get away, barely feeling the jagged shards of glass that littered the ground. Many victims of Tianjin blast suffer serious burns A survivour rushed to a hospital amidst fears of a repeated blast Residents were jolted awake as the blasts shattered windows and fish tanks across the city. People gathered outside one hospital not far from an area of badly damaged buildings, waiting for news of loved ones.

2 more Bodies found dead in Lagos helicopter Crash ___The two missing bodies from the ill-fated helicopter that crashed in the Lagos lagoon, on Wednesday, August 12, have been found. With the recovery of the two bodies on Thursday, August 13, the death toll of the Bristol helicopter crash rose to 6. Ten people, four dead and six rescued, were retrieved from the lagoon on Wednesday. The two recovered bodies of Thursday, August 13, implies that six people have now been confirmed dead from the crash. Police officers and rescuers stand next to the two dead bodies of passengers rescued from the helicopter which crashed into a lagoon. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi____As of the time of filing this report, the rescue team were putting the corpses into body bags. Local rescue team at the scene of the crash. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi Meanwhile, the management of Bristow Helicopters Limited, owners of the helicopter, released a statement on Thursday, August 13,  in which it promised to assist survivors and families of the deceased. The helicopter parts and some personal belongings have been recovered from the water: Emmanuel Osodi The statement signed by Duncan Moore, the company’s regional director for Africa, said that their thoughts were with those affected by the unfortunate accident. It further states that they regret the loss of lives in the air crash and were ready to assist the victims with the full resources at their disposal. The company said their highest priority was to take care of their crew and clients and their family members, as well as to provide them with any assistance needed. NEMA rescue officials at the site of the crash. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

Gov amosun sack workers for setting Hard exam Questions __The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has ordered the sacking of six officials of the state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, including a secondary school teacher, over alleged offensive examination question. Those sacked include two Grade Level 17 officers, Mrs. Folashade Oresegun, who was the Director, Education Support Services, and Mr. Rotimi Odunsi, who was the Director, Curriculum Development and Evaluation, and a Grade Level 16 officer, Mr. Majekodunmi Oluwole. Others are a Grade Level 10 officer, Mr. E.O. Asegbe, a Grade Level 8 officer, Taylor Damilola , and an English Language teacher in Mayflower Secondary School, Ikenne, Mr. Joel Adegbenro. The sacking of both Oresegun and Odunsi has been converted to compulsory retirement while the four others were summarily dismissed. Our correspondent gathered that their offence might not be unconnected with a comprehension passage in the English Language examination conducted by the ministry for the Unified Examination in Public Secondary Schools for the third term of the 2014/2015 academic session. The offensive section was Section C, where the pupils were asked to summarise a comprehension passage on a policy defect on education. It was alleged that it was considered too critical of the state government. The section partly read, “There is no arguing about the fact that the government is merely paying lip service to the development of education. It is true that a lot of money is being spent on the education sector but with little or no impact felt by the people, except where we want to deceive ourselves. “Many schools run by the government, which were formerly known for academic excellence have suddenly lost their prestige and are living on past glories. No wonder, many parents and guardians are threateningly left with only one option, to withdraw their wards from these schools to other ones that are better managed. “The evidences to show that the government is not doing enough to assist in the development of education are many. Even pupils in both primary and secondary schools can volunteer a good list on their finger tips. “One of the numerous indications is the government’s inability to pay running cost to schools. The running cost is the token amount per pupil paid to school administrators to run the affairs of the school in a term. This has been neglected to pile up for several academic sessions. “Another one is the regular poor conduct of terminal examinations. These examinations are not usually conducted as and when due. The government may have one excuse or the other, but real educationists know that appropriate timing is a strong factor in the process of Continuous Assessment (CA) of students. Thus, a situation, where for instance, the first term examination is shifted to second term is an outright departure from the norms and ethics of Continuous Assessment.” The summary passage was said to have been culled from Jola Adegbenro’s Issues on Education Today. The governor and some other top government officials were allegedly angry with this section, which they believed made a veiled reference to what obtained in the state. Consequently, the embattled officials were invited to Abeokuta last week to face a disciplinary panel set up by the state Bureau of Establishment and Training, where they were quizzed. The state’s Head of Service, Mrs. Modupe Adekunle, while reacting to the sacking, said the government followed the due process “because the affected officials were given opportunity to defend themselves.” She said, “I am aware that not all of them were dismissed, some had their appointment terminated and some were compulsorily retired. “When the issue came up, the state government put in the necessary process, a panel was set up to investigate and based on their recommendations, the state Civil Service Commission has to decide. It is a decision that has been relayed to the affected officers. “The normal process was that a panel was set up, the report was forwarded to the Civil Service Commission for the civil servants, the Teaching Service Commission, for the teachers. “The decision was in line with the civil service rule, due process was followed to the latter.”

university-polythecnic discrimination will soon be oVer_Ojerinde assures Students_____The Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Dibu Ojerinde, has promised Nigerian graduates that the controversial dichotomy existing between holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) and Bachelors Degree would soon come to an end. The Board’s boss, made this disclosure known during an interview with Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) network on Thursday. According to Ojerinde, the present administration has set up a committee to look into the matter and other issues in the education sector. Speaking on the issue; “JAMB and Crises in University Admission”, he stated that the Federal Ministry of Education was looking into the matter and there is hope for the removal of the dichotomy. “The nation needs to rethink and attract candidates for technical and vocational education. The problems are created by the system” Ojerinde said.

Buhari Records New achievment __The administration of President Muhammadu buhari has recorded another feat in the oil sector as the Port Harcourt refining company is expected to reach 95% of its 150,000 barrels per day petrol production. The development is also expected to reduce fuel import by 40%, Vanguard reports. This was reported by Chrome Oil Services, one of the three contractors handling the rehabilitation of the refinery. READ ALSO: Refineries begin operation in Nigeria Mr. Bombey Adigbara, the project manager explained that the refinery had already commenced preliminary production. “The job on the Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU)s is about 98 percent completed and by next weekend, we will hand over and the FCCUs will be re-streamed and the refinery will be working at about 95 percent of its throughput. “Three companies participated in this phased works and COS is the first, and we are still doing the work. At the moment, the refinery has started preliminary production, which means  that it is Unit 1 that is producing. “The Unit 3 is being handled by Chrome, and by the end of next week, we will hand over the plant and the FCCs will be streamed. When this is done, we will start experiencing high level of PMS production in Nigeria.  So, all the critical jobs are being done by us.” READ ALSO: House of reps to probe JTF The company, however, complained about the effect of pipeline vandalism on the success of the project. Sir Emeka Offor, the executive chairman of Chrome group urged the federal government to ensure supervision to prevent pipeline vandalism. Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he will head the ministry of petroleum for one and a half years before he appoints a minster so as to reposition it.

6 killed by Boko haram in Maiduguri – At least six people have been killed during a raid by Boko Haram militants outside Nigeria’s northeastern city Maiduguri, a police officer said on Wednesday. The militants “were in Bale Mamman to rustle livestock at about 7:15 p.m. (1815 GMT) on Tuesday. Residents alerted security forces … but before the arrival of troops six persons were shot dead,” police chief Aderemi Opadokun said.

Photos: Oba leads his subjects to protest against PHCN in Ekiti The Oba of Aramoko community in Ekiti state, Oba Adegoke Adeyemi, led his subjects to protest the poor state of electricity supply in their community. The king and his subjects blocked a major road in the community. Now, that’s a leader! More photos after the cut…

katapoT of ENVY_____Unilag guys smash reekado Bank’s Car_____Katapot Of Envy? UNILAG Students Smash Reekado Banks’s Car Windscreen [See Photo] Mavin buzzing act, Reekado Banks after putting up a brilliant performance last night at an event in UNILAG got his car windscreen smashed by the overwhelming students. Poor Reekado took to instagram to express how delighted he was with his performance, however he never failed to mention on a sad note, how they broke his windscreen. See the pics below; The reason for their action isn’t justifiable but being an alumnus of UNILAG, they might be demanding he pays his dues. Anyways, Reeks apparently isn’t that bothered, at least he dines with the rich Mavin crew. Definitely he’ll get a replacement. –