The wait is over. The “Fifty Shades of Grey” trailer debuted on the “Today” show on Thursday, and it teases just about everything fans of the book will want to see — plus a special, exclusive version of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love.” (That explains her Instagram teaser.)
Based on E L James’ best-selling erotic novel, “Fifty Shades of Grey” stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. It’s set to hit theaters Feb. 13, 2015.
On “Today,” Savannah Guthrie admitted that NBC only showed a portion of the trailer — some of it, including the bondage scenes were too raunchy for daytime television — but the entire tease is available online. Watch above.
It’s common knowledge that St. Peter guards the pearly gates. But what many people might not know is Pope Francis used to guard the door at a bar in Argentina.
That’s right: Pope Francis used to be a bar bouncer.
The 76-year-old pontiff disclosed his previous vocation in a parish visit to the church of San Cirillo Alessandrino in a working-class neighborhood on the outskirts of Rome on Sunday, the Catholic News Service reported.
The nugget from Francis’ past, when he used to be known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was disclosed during a four-hour conversation, in which the pope also mentioned he used to sweep floors and run tests in a chemical laboratory as a teenager.
The anecdote is yet another example of Francis’ growing reputation as a “pope of the people.” Since ascending to the papacy in March last year, Francis has eschewed such trappings as the Popemobile, washed the feet of prisoners and has shown a penchant for showing up unannounced wherever the faithful gather.
Last year, photos of Francis cradling and kissing the head of a man covered with tumors went viral, providing a powerful image of a pope dedicated to helping the poor.
In turn, Francis’ popularity has sparked renewed interest in the church. A recent survey by sociologist Massimo Introvigne of Catholic clergy in Italy noted an increase in the numbers attending Mass and confession since Francis’ election. In Italy alone, more than 100,000 are “returning,” often after decades of non-attendance.
Fox News’ Courtney Walsh contributed to this report.
The House of Assembly in Enugu State on Thursday passed a motion asking the Clerk, Christopher Chukwurah, to serve the impeachment notice on Deputy Governor Sunday Onyebuchi, through substituted means.
Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi has since relocated to Abuja as he lobbies the PDP National Executive and party bigwigs to help save his job.
The clerk of the Enugu State House of Assembly had tried unsuccessfully to serve the deputy governor the impeachment notice at his official and private residences, making the “substituted means” method the best available option.
The deputy governor could not attend the weekly State Executive Council meeting which held Wednesday evening at the Government House, Enugu, which Governor Sullivan Chime presided over.
The Leader of the House, Hon. S.K.E. Udeh Okoye, had moved a motion asking that the notice of impeachment be served through substituted means.
The motion, which was seconded by the Deputy Leader and member representing Uzo-Uwani State Constituency, John Ukuta, had prayed the assembly to mandate the clerk to post the impeachment notice at three different locations including the gate of the deputy governor’s official residence in the Government House, the gate of his private residence at salvage crescent, GRA, Enugu and his email address.
The Deputy Governor is being accused of gross misconduct and disregard for the Governor, Mr. Sullivan Chime.
The members of the board of the Nigeria Football Federation have impeached the President of the federation Alhaji Aminu Maigari. The former president was accused of wrong financial dealings and maladministration.
The decision was taken at an Executive Committee meeting of the federation which was held on Thursday in Abuja. The First Vice-president, Mike Umeh was mandated to act as president pending new elections on August 26, 2014.
The meeting which had all 13 members including Maigari in attendance also agreed to open up negotiation leading to contract renewal for Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi.
The decisions of the members were communicated through two separate communiqués signed by the finance committee chairman Alhaji Muazu Suleyman and media committee chairman Emeka Inyama.
The first statement read in part, “…After thorough and exhaustive deliberations on the uncalled-for secrecy surrounding all financial dealings of the Federation and failure to call meeting of the Executive Committee for the past eight (8) months, during which so many weighty decisions on Nigeria football had been taken by a small cabal within the Board, the Executive Committee passed a vote of no confidence on the NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari.
“In view of the above, the Committee approved the immediate dismissal of Alhaji Aminu Maigari, from the NFF Executive Committee on grounds of financial misappropriation, misapplication and maladministration.
“The Committee resolved to mandate the First Vice President, Chief Mike Umeh as Acting President, to preside over the affairs of the Federation, pending the composition of the new NFF Executive Committee after the elections of Tuesday, 26th August, 2014.”
The members also agreed to hold an Emergency Congress in Abuja on July 31 to ratify the impeachment of Maigari.
The first move to forcibly remove Maigari through the court failed as the world football governing body FIFA suspended Nigeria from all international programmes. FIFA lifted the ban after the case was withdrawn from a Jos High Court.
The communiqué added that, “Henceforth, all financial issues with players and officials must be thoroughly deliberated upon and agreed ahead of major matches and competitions, to avoid the kind of embarrassment brought upon the nation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.”
The members then mandated the Technical Sub-Committee to open discussion with Super Eagles coach, Keshi, with a view to extending his contract. The Technical Sub-Committee is to report back to the Executive Committee within one week. The contract of Keshi ran out with the 2014 World Cup. The former Eagles captain had expressed his desire to earn double what he earned during the first deal with the federation. The coach earned N5m monthly through the period.
The NFF said that every opportunity would be explored to enable the Eagles play a friendly match on the FIFA window of August 13 as part of preparations for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches.
Nigeria’s Under-17 midfield maestro, Kelechi Iheanacho, had a good showing as his new team, Manchester City took on Sporting Kansas City in a pre-season encounter.
The 17-year-old Nigerian capped an impressive display in the colors of Manchester City by netting the last of City’s goals in a 4-1 win at Sporting Park. Manchester City gaffer, Manuel Pellegrini was in fulsome praise of the golden boot winner at the last U-17 World Cup.
“Kelechi is just 17 years old and he’s a very important player for us in the future. He demonstrated today what he can do in the future. It depends on the way he takes this profession, but I think he’s a good talent.
“We’ve not decided yet (what the plan is for him) because it’s not easy. He’s just 17 and sometimes that’s the problem. We’ll see what he will do in the future. For the moment, he will stay with us and we’ll see when we return to England what will happen with him. But he’s a very important player for the future of the club”.
Pellegrini also hinted that securing a work permit for Iheanacho could take a while.
“After the tour, we will see what happens with him. There are a lot of things to arrange to play in England but he has an important future.”
Iheanacho was Nigeria’s best player at the U-17 World Cup won by his country; spraying delightful passes all over the park and weighing in with goals as well.
While receiving the Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Yero, on a sympathy visit, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) who was a hair’s breath away from being killed in a bomb attack on Wednesday, said Nigeria can quash the Boko Haram menace now gripping the entire country. He said it was a mistake to say that the extremist group is pursuing an Islamic agenda after killing scores in the North as well; and burning mosques and Muslim places of worship.
Buhari said with the same zeal that the Nigerian forces ended the 30-month long civil war that killed millions, Boko Haram will soon be a thing of the past.
“When this question of Boko Haram started I’m sure it was on record that the first statement I made about 18 months ago was that no religion advocates what is happening. So basically it is not the case of religion or ethnicity when they kill children in schools in the North-East; they kill teachers; they burn churches , they burn mosques, they burn motor parks , they burn markets”, Buhari said.
He added that; “Where is religion there? Where is ethnicity there? This is terrorism and I hope the government will come to grips with it. Nigeria is capable of dealing with this. We dealt with the civil war. For 30 months, we fought and we kept Nigeria one and God willing we are going to keep Nigeria one.”
While commiserating with the families of those who died in the blast, Buhari said, “When I came out of the car there was blood on my dress I did not know how it came about because I did not have a scratch on my body but there were dead bodies all over the place. The security tried to move me to the other side and we just got one of the vehicles passing by and they brought me home.”
“I hope the law enforcement agencies and the chief executives of the states will succeed in securing the country. May God help us.”
During a Hausa Service Voice of America Program monitored in Lagos, Buhari had said of his narrow escape:
“We were on our way then a car suddenly started to trail us and was trying to get close to my vehicle but the vehicle following mine did not allow that. When we reached Kawo, near the market, he had to wait for other vehicles coming from the other end. On the right side of the market on the left side, is the road coming into Kaduna before the overhead bridge.
“From the right side, they detonated the bomb but Allah saved us. The three vehicles on my convoy were affected. I came out unhurt but I saw many people on the ground, some were dead while others were seriously injured. My aides were injured but they were treated and discharged.
“Nobody had written me or called to threaten me. The incidence took me by surprise.”
President Jonathan on Thursday held a behind-closed-door meeting with six lawmakers from the Nasarawa State House of Assembly in a last ditch bid to halt the impeachment moves against Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State. Al-Makura had met with the President earlier in the course of the weekend.
The lawmakers who met with President Jonathan on Thursday were led by Speaker of the House, Mr. Musa Muhammed.
The Deputy National Chairman, South, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, was also at the meeting. The National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Mu’azu couldn’t attend the meeting as he’s on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia for the lesser Hajj.
The lawmakers maintained sealed lips as they filed out of the venue of the meeting, although Speaker Muhammed did say the meeting was a very “private” one.
“It is a private visit. We are here to see the President on a private visit. I do not have the mandate of the assembly to address the press. We have the Chairman of the House Committee on Information who we have agreed should be talking on our behalf,” he said.
Army officers have arrested some traders alleged to be suppliers of arms to Boko Haram.
The three suspected gun runners of Igbo origin, who were heading to the North from Imo State, were intercepted in Nsukka, Enugu State, by officers and men of the Nigerian Army while traveling in a bus.
Items recovered from them include 40 AK47 magazines, 4 boxes of AK47 live ammunition, 100 pieces of live cartridges, one pair of Mobile Police uniform and charms concealed in a cap.
One of the army officers who spoke to reporters under anonymity disclosed that a police corporal serving in Imo State Police Command was also involved in the arms running.
He said: “When we asked the occupants of the vehicle to come down, we discovered a police corporal in uniform among them. The corporal on getting down pretended to be pressed; he later ran away.
Ukraine’s prime minister has tendered his resignation, berating parliament for failing to pass legislation to take control over the country’s increasingly precarious energy situation and to increase army financing.
Earlier on Thursday two parties quit a parliamentary coalition, a move that opened the way for a new election to clear what a politician called “Moscow agents” from the chamber, a decision welcomed by the president, Petro Poroshenko.
The resignation of the prime minister, Arseny Yatseniuk, could leave a hole at the heart of decision-making when Ukraine is struggling to fund a war with pro-Russia rebels in its east and dealing with the aftermath of a plane crash that killed 298 people.
The usually mild-mannered Yatseniuk bellowed at politicians who had failed to pass a law to allow a liberalisation of control over Ukraine’s pipeline system.
He said Ukraine’s politicians were at risk of losing the hearts and minds of the thousands who protested for months in the “Maidan” protests in favour of joining Europe and against a pro-Moscow president.
“History will not forgive us,” he told parliament.
“Millions of people made this revolution. We did not take the European choice but the ‘heavenly hundred’ and thousands of other Ukrainians did,” he said, referring to those killed, mainly by sniper fire, during the protests.
Yatseniuk, who has been central to talks with the European Union and the United States, cannot leave office immediately, political analysts said, because he is obliged to oversee his duties before a new prime minister and government are installed.
But his impassioned speech underlined the frustration of many in Ukraine that change in the higher echelons of power was taking too much time.
The mood has also sunk in Kiev since the downing of a Malaysian airliner in rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine last week, even though Ukrainian forces are making headway in the military campaign against the separatists.
Poroshenko welcomed the decision by the nationalist party Svoboda and the Udar (Punch) party of the former boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko to withdraw from the majority coalition in parliament.
“Society wants a full reset of state authorities,” Poroshenko said in a statement, adding that the move showed that those who decided to quit the coalition were following the will of the people.
Politicians and political activists have complained that while Ukraine has a new president, it has yet to elect a new parliament since the toppling of Viktor Yanukovych in February, and accuse his supporters of hampering its work.
Yatseniuk said that by blocking legislation, such as a bill to exert tighter control over the energy sector in the face of dwindling natural gas supplies from Russia, the parliament was putting Ukraine’s future at risk.
By not tackling budget spending, it was also putting the lives of Ukraine’s soldiers at risk, he said.
“Our government now has no answer to the question: how are we to pay wages, how are we tomorrow morning going to send fuel for armoured vehicles, how will we pay those families who have lost soldiers, to look after the army?” he asked parliament.
“Those people who are sitting there under fire, can we just think of them?”
The Lagos state Ministry of Health has said that the city’s first case of the deadly Ebola virus may have been recorded. It announced today that a man is being tested for the virus.
The man whose identity remains undisclosed is a Liberian national in his 40s.
Lagos, a megacity of about 21 million people, is Nigeria’s commercial capital. If the virus is allowed into the city, the effects could be disastrous.
Ebola has killed 632 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since an outbreak began in February, straining a string of weak health systems despite international help.
This would be the first recorded case of one of the world’s deadliest diseases in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy and most populous nation, with 170 million people and some of Africa’s least adequate health infrastructure.