Keyamo, lawmakers clash over planned 774,000 new jobs

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Hello and thank you for joining us on the mid-week edition of Journalists’ Hangout with Ayodele Ozugbakun, Babajide Kolade-Otitoju, while Sam Ibemere joins via Skype

Today on the programme… Keyamo, lawmakers clash over planned 774,000 new jobs, vows to quit if politicians hijack job slots, Buratai charges troops to take battle to bandits’ door, Governor Akeredolu orders his cabinet, close aides and others to do COVID-19 test, as Delta Governor and Wife test positive for coronavirus.

Later on the show, Journalists’ Hangout Midweek Special features pains of transport companies during lockdown and prospects after lifting of ban on inter-state movement.

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Public Transportation Isn’t Always The Best Or The Cheapest Option – Your Mileage May Vary

Sharon and I are big fans of public transportation. For most large cities in the world, it’s one of the cheapest and quickest ways to get from an airport to the city center. Heck, when we were in Frankfurt, we got from our hotel to the subway to the airport in less than twenty minutes. When visiting London, we’ve learned that there are several options other than the “express train” to get from the airport to the city.

The last time we stayed in San Francisco, we were at the Palace Hotel and it was right across the street from a BART station. It was easy to get there from SFO and back to OAK for our departing flight. For this visit, I picked a hotel that was reasonably close to the Powell BART station, figuring that would be the cheapest and best way for us to get into the city. Turns out I was wrong.

When we arrived at the BART station at San Francisco Airport, we had to buy tickets to the city. The fare to the Powell St. Station was $9.65 if we had a Clipper card and $10.15 if we chose to get a paper ticket. The fee for a new Clipper card is $3. Since we were planning on using the BART to get around for most of our trip, we each purchased cards, so our OOP cost was $12.65.

Our flight home was leaving SFO at 9:40 on Sunday morning. One little problem. The BART trains don’t start running until 8AM on Sundays.

Oops!

We ended up having to take a Lyft to the airport. Since I had already registered my Sapphire Reserve with Lyft, we got a 15% discount on our ride with Lyft Pink. I also received 10x Ultimate Rewards, 2x Delta SkyMiles for a ride to the airport and 3x Hilton Honors points for our trip.

I paid $23.63 for our trip to the airport and it only took us 20 minutes to get there.  Our trip to our hotel had taken well over an hour. With Lyft, we were picked up at our hotel and dropped off at our terminal instead of having to walk to the BART station from the hotel and take the AirTrain from the BART station once arriving at SFO.

I paid $25 for our trip into town if you include the price of our Clipper cards. That’s more than I paid for a Lyft.

These calculations will change depending on how many people are in your group. For a solo traveler, the BART will still be a cheaper option, but if you’re a family, a Lyft or Uber will probably be a less expensive and more convenient alternative.

Final Thoughts

When planning trips to and from the airport in a major city, I usually default to look for public transportation. As it turns out, this might not always be the most convenient or cheapest option. Next time, I’ll check to see the price for Uber and Lyft before buying our train tickets.

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Governors Obaseki, Okowa Hold Closed Door Meeting in Benin

Governor Obaseki and his Delta state counterpart, Okowa held a closed-door meeting in Benin, Edo State, Nigeria.

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Revised budget: Nigeria reduces expenditure, revenue projections for 2020

The senate and house of representatives last week passed the revised 2020 budget of N10.805 trillion.

The budget was passed at Plenary after the red Chamber received and Considered the report of its Appropriations Committee.

A lump sum of N500 billion was added to the budget as an intervention fund for COVID-19 of which N186 billion was earmarked for the health sector.

In the revised budget, N4.9 trillion was voted for recurrent expenditure and N2.4 trillion is for capital expenditure.

N422 billion is fixed for statutory transfers, while the sum of N2.9 trillion is also earmarked for debt servicing.

Key assumptions in the revised 2020 Budget includes, a proposed benchmark oil price of $28 per barrel, 1.9m barrel oil production per day target reduced to 1.8 million barrel per day and exchange rate of N360 to $1.

According to the revised document, the ministry of works and housing got the highest cut of N58.83 billion.

Its capital expenditure was slashed from N315.57 billion to N256.74 billion.

the federal ministry of agriculture and rural development came second with a reduction in capital expenditure from N124.4 billion to N79 billion.

In the revised budget proposal, budgetary allocation to the National Assembly complex renovation was reduced by 25% from N37 billion to N27.7 billion.

Provisions for education and health were cut by 54% and 42%.

Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) got N44 billion, a reduction from N80 billion; North East Development Commission was allocated N20 billion against N38 billion earlier approved.

The declined in global oil prices caused by coronavirus pandemic made it necessary for major economies to revisit their earlier expenditure plans.

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Traders count losses as fire razes Asaba popular market

Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has promised to help those affected by the fire outbreak in the market.

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NDDC’s request for Virement

A request for forty billion as virement in the budget of the Niger Delta Development Commission is the subject of interest in Nigeria today.

While the storm rages between the agency and the national assembly, the acting executive director of finance, Bassey Ibanga-Etang, has died, in what may be another twist to the tale as the calls for an investigation intensify.

Ovieteme George reports.
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NDDC’s request for Virement

A request for forty billion as virement in the budget of the Niger Delta Development Commission is the subject of interest in Nigeria today.

While the storm rages between the agency and the national assembly, the acting executive director of finance, Bassey Ibanga-Etang, has died, in what may be another twist to the tale as the calls for an investigation intensify.

Ovieteme George reports.
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LCC warns Nigeria faces a bleak economic future over coronavirus pandemic

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Today on the show, Lagos Chamber of Commerce warns that Nigeria faces a bleak economic future over coronavirus pandemic, as number of confirmed cases continues to rise, and later on the show, National Assembly investigates alleged 40 billion naira fraud in NDDC, summons Niger Delta Minister, Godswill Akpabio.

Our analysts are Babajide Kolade-Otitoju and Cyril Abaku.

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A woman wore her mother-of-the-groom dress to the grocery store after the coronavirus prevented her from showing it off, Business Insider – Business Insider Malaysia

Ann Emge’s son Matt had to change his wedding plans because of the coronavirus.

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The 51-year-old mother told Insider that her son was supposed to have a 200-guest wedding on March 28, 2020, in Ohio, but the coronavirus prevented the event from happening.

The couple postponed their reception, but they had a small, 12-person wedding at Emge’s home on March 21.

Although it wasn’t the wedding they imagined, Emge’s family worked to make the day special for the newlyweds.

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“They got married at our house which is on a lake, so after the ceremony, they took a boat ride,” Emge said.

“The neighbors came out and cheered for them and made signs. Some people threw birdseed and rice at them. Some people set off fireworks for them and gave them gifts of toilet paper.”

“It was just a last-minute, really unexpected, fun thing,” she added.

Emge told Insider that before the couple officially postponed, she joked on Facebook that she would wear her dress to the grocery store if the wedding didn’t happen.

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“It seemed like a joke the week before, but it was reality a week later,” she added.

The day after the small wedding, Emge wore her gown, which she ordered from Macy’s online, around her town.

Her daughter photographed her at different locations, where people were mostly delighted to see her ensemble.

Emge posed at a gas station, grocery store, and even pretended to fish in the gown.

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“Most people were cracking up,” Emge said of people’s reactions to the gown, though the woman who checked her out at the grocery store was surprised by the look.

“It’s a country grocery store,” Emge said.

“So the checkout girl was like, ‘You’re a little overdressed for these parts.’”

“But once I told her the story, she was great,” Emge added.

Emge posed by the lake on her property.

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“It’s just been a fun experience,” she said of wearing the gown.

Emge also wore the dress to the Pittsburgh airport, where she works as a Delta agent.

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“It was fun to wear it at the airport, just because it’s almost depressing to be there right now,” she said.

“It’s been so slow recently,” she added, as a result of the coronavirus.

She took photos throughout the airport, posing near different landmarks in the building.

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“I think people just enjoyed seeing something fun going on,” she said of everyone who saw her in the gown at the airport.

“Most people are afraid for their jobs and the industry, so it was just a distraction from the realities they were facing.”

Emge’s son is planning on having a wedding reception over the summer.

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But since her gown is long-sleeved, Emge isn’t sure she’ll be able to wear it at the reception.

She also noted that they haven’t picked a firm date for the reception yet, as it’s still unclear when it will be safe for people to gather.

“It’s been a blessing for me to share the joy with other people about their marriage,” Emge said of the attention she’s received for wearing her gown.

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“Through the whole process of planning their wedding, I really had to let go of any expectations I had because it was definitely their wedding and not mine,” Emge said of her son’s wedding.

“But this was really the icing on the cake because it was uncharted territory for all of us,” she said, speaking of having to reschedule.

“So they were just really making decisions for themselves, which was good for their marriage to start out that way.”

“It was a healthy experience for all of us to walk through that and to really let them take the lead,” Emge added.

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‘Your seat just ruined my livelihood’: Passenger furious after reclined seat destroys laptop | Stuff.co.nz

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A passenger aboard a Delta Airlines plane has slammed flyers who recline their seats after his laptop was destroyed by the person in the seat in front of him.

Pat Cassidy, an anchor on Barstool Sports’ ‘Hard Factor News’ podcast, was flying in the US when the incident occurred and took to Twitter from the air to voice his fury.

“@Delta small note for the suggestion box, maybe have a little warning sign or someway to prevent my laptop from being destroyed when the person in front of me reclines their seat,” Cassidy tweeted.

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Pat Cassidy said the passenger in front of him had ‘castrated [his] livelihood’.

“Also, this one is more of a critique than a suggestion. I really appreciate that your flight attendant came over to tell me that the passenger in front of me ‘needs to be able to recline’ and then asked him ‘if he was okay?’ as if your seat hadn’t just ruined my livelihood.”

Infuriated by the incident, Cassidy took to the Barstool Sports website with a piece about his experience, where he referred to the person in the seat in front of him as “the selfish b—tard” who had “castrated [his] livelihood”.

@Delta small note for the suggestion box, maybe have a little warning sign or someway to prevent my laptop from being destroyed when the person in front of me reclines their seat. pic.twitter.com/QHmphXiDhH

— Pat Cassidy (@HardFactorPat)

In the article he explains that he was editing photos on his laptop when the person in seat 13A reclined his seat completely, “destroying” Cassidy’s laptop in the process.

“YOU NEVER FULLY RECLINE. It’s rude and a sign of sociopathy,” Cassidy wrote.

“People that fully recline have no souls.”

The incident reignited the ongoing debate over whether it’s socially acceptable to recline your seat on a plane, with people for and against reclining sharing their views.

Update: @Delta is giving me the equivalent of a $75 gift card and an explanation that you would give a six year old. Cool. pic.twitter.com/etGLUXOOjs

— Pat Cassidy (@HardFactorPat)

Some insisted that Cassidy’s laptop was proof that seats should never be reclined on planes, or at least not fully reclined, while others said that the person in front should have reclined more gently.

However, fellow Twitter users pointed out that it wasn’t entirely 13A’s fault that the laptop had been damaged.

“Am I the only one to think this is not the airline’s fault? You tucked the screen into the tray storage area. Frankly, it’s unsurprising that this would happen,” one replied to Cassidy’s original tweets.

Another chimed in: “Pretty easy to tell if you jam your computer under there that will happen.”

Am I the only one to think this is not the airline’s fault? You _tucked_ the screen into the tray storage area. Frankly, it’s unsurprising that this would happen.

— Hisham (@hisham_hm)

On Saturday, Cassidy updated his Twitter thread with Delta’s response to the incident, saying that the airline had offered him “the equivalent of a $75 gift card and an explanation you would give a six-year-old.”

Attached to the tweet was a screenshot of an email that looks to have come from the Delta customer care team, which explains that personal items damaged in-flight by other passengers aren’t reimbursable.

Instead Cassidy was offered 7,500 bonus miles “as a goodwill gesture” and the airline apologised for any “inconvenience”.

Delta later reached out to Pat, responding to his tweet with: “Afternoon, Pat. I would like to review this further with you. May I give you a call? HDR.”

This article first appeared on Nine Honey and is republished with permission. 

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