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VIDEO: TEKNO – DANCE

Triple MG is a music group that’s always in the spotlight with their multiple award winning talented artistes. The youngest signed act to the label Made Men Music Group [MMMG] Tekno Miles has something up his sleeves as he drops the offcial video to the hit cracker “Dance”. Tekno Miles is arguably one of the young talented artistes to watch out for this year as he brings good music with hot and pacey but rhythmic melody to his latest hit banger “Dance”. This dope tune was released sometime in the last quarter of last year and now he gives us a sneak pick of what to expect from this beautiful song. The entire MMMG is in the building Iyanya, Emma Nyra, Baci, Ubi Franklin and of course Tekno.Video directed by Sesan..

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Watch Tekno & Emma Nyra Thrill At ‘The Place’

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TripleMG musicians, Tekno & Emma Nyra, were the guest at the last edition Pulse VIP Night which held the prestigious ‘The Place” in VI, Lagos on Friday, March 14, 2014. The Nigerian singers who arrived looking ready to thrill and have fun, brought down the house, and we have it all on video.

Young entertainer, Tekno, strode in classic jean, customized Tee, a camouflage snapback cap, and shades, for the extra perp. Emma Nyra graced the event wearing a chic printed mini-gown.

Also present were Selebobo, Beat FM’s Osi Suave, Uti Nwachukwu, MTV’s VJ Ehis, who switch on their party buttons and had mad fun. Also did we have a dance completion, with winners announced and gifted.

If you missed out, check on the video (above)

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It’s double delight for all Olamide fans. The Nigerian rap superstar has premiered two spanking new music videos.

They are “Sitting on the Throne” and “Anifowose“. You can help but appreciate the crisp visuals. If only most of our Nigerian music stars can take a note from this, we will love our videos more.

Buzzing artist Olamide has been heating up the street and radio with his national anthem songs “Anifowose“ and Sitting on the Throne. Fans anticipating the videos can now rejoice as the YBNL record artiste has released the videos for both songs.

The well-produced visual of ‘Siting On The Throne” features numerous gothic and animated costumes, as various fonts flash across the screen spelling out the songs.

In ‘Anifowose’, Olamide packs it full with his heart-rending ‘grass to grace’ story, playing out in a well-thought and creative video which really reflects Olamide’s humble roots.

Both are directed by Kemi Adetiba.

Check them out!

Defiant Putin says Crimea will become Russian

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(Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin, defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, announced on Tuesday that Russia would move forward with procedures to annex Ukraine’s Crimean region.

Putin signed an order “to approve the draft treaty between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Crimea on adopting the Republic of Crimea into the Russian Federation”. The order indicated the president would sign the treaty with Crimea’s Russian-installed leader, who is in Moscow to request incorporation into Russia, but it gave no date.

The move followed a disputed referendum in Crimea on Sunday, staged under Russian military occupation, in which a Soviet-style 97 percent of voters were declared to have voted to return to Russian rule, after 60 years as part of Ukraine.

By pressing ahead with steps to dismember Ukraine against its will, Putin raised the stakes in the most serious East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War.

On Monday, the United States and the European Union imposed personal sanctions on a small group of officials from Russia and Ukraine accused of involvement in Moscow’s military seizure of the Black Sea peninsula, most of whose 2 million residents are ethnic Russians.

Leonid Slutsky, one of the Russian politicians hit by the U.S. and EU visa ban and assets freeze, said in the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, that Crimea’s decision was historic. “Today we see justice and truth reborn,” he said.

Japan joined the sanctions on Tuesday, announcing the suspension of talks on investment promotion and visa liberalization with Russia.

“The recognition of Crimean independence by Russia violates Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and is regrettable,” Japanese Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference.

Putin was to address a special joint session of the Russian parliament on the issue on Tuesday, aides said.

Russian forces took control of Crimea in late February following the toppling of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich after deadly clashes between riot police and protesters trying to overturn his decision to spurn a trade and cooperation deal with the EU and seek closer ties with Russia.

SANCTIONS

Despite strongly worded condemnations of the Crimean referendum, Western nations were cautious in their first practical steps against Moscow, seeking to leave the door open for a diplomatic solution.

U.S. President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on 11 Russians and Ukrainians blamed for the military seizure, including Yanukovich, and Vladislav Surkov and Sergei Glazyev, two aides to Putin.

Putin himself, suspected in the West of trying to resurrect as much as possible of the former Soviet Union under Russian leadership, was not on the blacklist.

Amid fears that Russia might move into eastern Ukraine, Obama warned Moscow on Monday that what he called further provocations would only increase Russia’s isolation and exact a greater toll on its economy.

“If Russia continues to interfere in Ukraine, we stand ready to impose further sanctions,” he said.

A senior U.S. official said Obama’s order cleared the way to sanction people associated with the arms industry and targets “the personal wealth of cronies” of the Russian leadership.

In Brussels, the EU’s 28 foreign ministers agreed to subject 21 Russian and Ukrainian officials to visa restrictions and asset freezes for their roles in the events. They included three Russian military commanders in Crimea and districts bordering on Ukraine.

There were only three names in common on the U.S. and European lists – Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov, Crimean parliament Speaker Vladimir Konstantinov and Slutsky, chairman of the Russian Duma’s committee on the Russian-led Commonwealth of Independent States, or CIS, grouping former Soviet republics. The EU blacklisted Yanukovich earlier this month.

The U.S. list appeared to target higher-profile Russian officials close to Putin, including deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, while the EU went for mid-ranking officials who may have been more directly involved on the ground.

Rogozin retorted that the measures would not affect those without assets abroad.

Washington and Brussels said more measures could follow in the coming days if Russia does not back down and instead formally annexes Crimea.

The EU also said its leaders would sign the political part of an association agreement with Ukraine on Friday, in a gesture of support for the fragile Kiev coalition brought to power by last month’s uprising. The accord does not include any commitment to eventual EU membership, on which the bloc’s member states are divided.

RIGHT TO DEFEND

Putin has declared that Russia has the right to defend, militarily if necessary, Russian citizens and Russian speakers living in former Soviet republics, raising concerns that Moscow may intervene elsewhere.

Putin has repeatedly accused the new leadership in Kiev of failing to protect Russian-speakers from violent Ukrainian nationalists. Ukraine’s government has accused Moscow of staging provocations in Russian-speaking regions of eastern Ukraine to justify military intervention.

Moscow responded to Western pressure for an international “contact group” to mediate in the crisis by proposing on Monday a “support group” of states. This would push for recognition of the Crimean referendum and urge a new constitution for rump Ukraine that would require it to uphold political and military neutrality.

While a Western diplomat said some of the Russian ideas may offer scope for negotiation, Ukraine’s interim president ruled out ever accepting the annexation of its territory.

A pressing concern for the governments in Kiev and Moscow is the transfer of control of Ukrainian military bases. Many are surrounded by and under control of Russian forces, even though Moscow denies it has troops in the territory beyond facilities it leases for its important Black Sea Fleet.

Crimea’s parliamentary speaker said on Monday Ukrainian military units in the region would be disbanded, though personnel would be allowed to remain on the Black Sea peninsula, Russian news agency Interfax reported.

Ukraine’s border guard service accused Russian troops of evicting the families of their officers from their apartments in Crimea and mistreating their wives and children.

(Additional reporting by Mike Collett-White and Andrew Osborn in Simferopol,; Writing by Paul Taylor; Editing by Giles Elgood)

General in sex case: Guilty plea on lesser counts

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — An Army general who admitted to inappropriate relationships with three soldiers who had served under his command pleaded guilty Monday to a host of lesser charges as prosecutors dropped the most serious — sexual assault counts — as part of a deal.

The hearing at Fort Bragg caps the high-profile prosecution of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair. It comes as the military continues to grapple with revelations of sex crimes in its ranks and political pressure to address the issue. A sentencing hearing for Sinclair — believed to be the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to face court-martial on sexual assault charges — could begin as soon as Monday.

Sinclair pleaded to the lesser charges in exchange for the Army dropping sexual assault charges and two other counts that might have required him to register as a sex offender.

Sinclair, 51, had been accused of twice forcing a female captain under his command to perform oral sex during a three-year extramarital affair. The Associated Press does not generally identify alleged victims of sexual assault.

Defense attorney Richard Scheff said Monday that Sinclair is admitting to his mistakes, but added that the general is pleading guilty to behavior that likely wouldn’t be criminal in the civilian world.

Scheff said he expected Sinclair to “to retire at a reduced rank and go home to his family.” Scheff said he understands that the military needs to take a harder line against sexual assault but that there must be a balance: “It doesn’t mean every complaint that’s brought should go forward.”

The Army’s case against Sinclair started to crumble as questions arose about whether his primary accuser had lied in a pre-trial hearing. It was further thrown into jeopardy last week when Judge Col. James Pohl said the military may have improperly pressed ahead with the trial to send a message about its determination to curb rape and other widespread misconduct. Under the military code of justice, the decision was supposed to be decided solely on the evidence, not its broader political implications.

Ultimately, a judge will give Sinclair a sentence that can’t exceed terms in the agreement struck between defense lawyers and military attorneys. The legal agreement is likely to require a punishment far less severe than the maximum penalties of 15 years in prison and dismissal from the Army.

Sinclair may face additional administrative penalties from the Army, which could force him to retire at reduced rank. That could cost Sinclair hundreds of thousands of dollars in pension benefits.
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Retired Maj. Gen. Walt Huffman, a Texas Tech University law professor who previously served as the Army’s top lawyer, said Sinclair could be busted back two ranks to lieutenant colonel because the affair at the heart of the case began before his most recent promotion.

Huffman also said it’s possible the judge could sentence Sinclair to a punishment lower than what’s called for in the plea agreement.

“If the judge determines he was a good soldier who served his country well other than his inability to control his zipper, then the judge might cut him a break,” Huffman said. “But either way, his career in the Army is going to be over.”

Sinclair’s new plea agreement was approved and signed over the weekend by a high-ranking general overseeing the case, according to a copy provided by the defense team.

The married 27-year Army veteran pleaded guilty earlier this month to having improper relationships with three subordinate officers, including the female captain who accused him of assault. He also pleaded guilty to adultery, which is a crime in the military.

Under the plea deal reached over the weekend, Sinclair also admits to abusing a government credit card he used while traveling to visit his mistress.

Prosecutors did not comment on the deal or the case before Monday’s hearing.

According to the defense, a separate agreement reached with Fort Bragg commander Maj. Gen. Clarence K.K. Chinn, who approved the plea deal, will dictate what punishments Sinclair will receive.

That part of the agreement will remain secret until after Pohl conducts the sentencing hearing. That process will include testimony from about 20 witnesses.

It was not immediately clear whether his primary accuser will be among those called to the stand.

At the hearing, Pohl will sentence Sinclair based on the evidence presented before unsealing the plea deal. Sinclair will receive whichever is the lesser punishment — the judge’s sentence or the negotiated pre-sentencing agreement with prosecutors.

Capt. Cassie L. Fowler, the military lawyer assigned to represent the accuser’s interests, did not respond to a message seeking comment Sunday.

In a December letter, Fowler had argued to prosecutors that dismissing the sexual assault charges against Sinclair would not only harm her client, but would set back the military’s broader fight to combat sexual assault.

Obama announces sanctions on Russian officials

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials, including top advisers to President Vladimir Putin, for their support of Crimea’s vote to secede from Ukraine. The sanctions are the most comprehensive since the end of the Cold War.

Obama said he was moving to “increase the cost” to Russia, and he warned that more people could face financial punishment.

“If Russia continues to interfere in Ukraine, we stand ready to impose further sanctions,” Obama said. He added in a brief statement from the White House that he still believes there could be a diplomatic resolution to the crisis and that the sanctions can be calibrated based on whether Russia escalates or pulls back in its involvement.

The Treasury Department also is imposing sanctions on four Ukrainians — including former President Viktor Yanukovych and others who have supported Crimea’s separation — under existing authority under a previous Obama order. Senior administration officials also said they are developing evidence against individuals in the arms industry and those they described as “Russian government cronies” to target their assets.

The administration officials said Putin wasn’t sanctioned despite his support of the Crimean referendum because the U.S. doesn’t usually begin with heads of state. But the officials, speaking to reporters on a conference call on the condition they not be quoted by name, say those sanctioned are very close to Putin and that the sanctions are “designed to hit close to home.”

The U.S. announcement came shortly after the European Union announced travel bans and asset freezes on 21 people they have linked to the unrest in Crimea. Obama administration officials say there is some overlap between the U.S. and European list, which wasn’t immediately made public.
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The sanctions were expected after residents in Crimea voted overwhelmingly Sunday in favor of the split. Crimea’s parliament on Monday declared the region an independent state. The administration officials say there is some concrete evidence that some ballots for the referendum arrived pre-marked in many cities and “there are massive anomalies in the vote.” The officials did not say what that evidence was.

The United States, European Union and others say the action violates the Ukrainian constitution and international law and took place in the strategic peninsula under duress of Russian military intervention. Putin maintained that the vote was legal and consistent with the right of self-determination, according to the Kremlin.

The administration officials said they will be looking at additional sanctions if Russia moves to annex Crimea or takes other action. Those targeted will have all U.S. assets frozen and no one in the United States can do business with them under Obama’s order.

“Today’s actions send a strong message to the Russian government that there are consequences for their actions that violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including their actions supporting the illegal referendum for Crimean separation,” the White House said in a statement.

“Today’s actions also serve as notice to Russia that unless it abides by its international obligations and returns its military forces to their original bases and respects Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the United States is prepared to take additional steps to impose further political and economic costs,” the statement said.
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Administration officials say those Obama targeted also are key political players in Russia also responsible for the country’s tightening of human rights and civil liberties in the country. Obama’s order targets were:

— Vladislav Surkov, a Putin aide

— Sergey Glazyev, a Putin adviser

— Leonid Slutsky, a state Duma deputy

— Andrei Klishas, member of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation
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Raw: Crimea Votes on Whether to Secede

— Valentina Matviyenko, head of the Federation Council

— Dmitry Rogozin, deputy prime minister of the Russian Federation.

— Yelena Mizulina, a state Duma deputy

The four newly targeted by the Treasury Department are:

— Yanukovych, who fled Ukraine for Russia and has supported the dispatch of Russian troops into Ukraine
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Raw: Pro-Russia Demonstrators Clash With Police

— Viktor Medvedchuk, the leader of Crimea separatist group Ukrainian Choice and a close friend of Putin

— Sergey Aksyonov, prime minister of Crimea’s regional government

— Vladimir Konstantinov, speaker of the Crimean parliament

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Throw an Elegant (Easy!) Brunch

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You saw that headline and rolled your eyes, didn’t you? You’ve seen the promise of “elegant and easy!” fail to deliver one too many times, the last of which ended with both egg yolk and lipstick stains on your skirt.

Well, our promises, and our headlines, are true. Open up your hand, and let us take it; then, we will descend together into the wonderfully relaxed world of the chic, no-frills brunch. It only takes five steps.

Send paper invitations. While we’re down for the casual, “Hey, come on over” phone call, you’re going for elegance, here. Send a Real Invite. Like, via snail mail. Your friends will open their mailboxes, huffing and puffing their ways through bills, and suddenly, they’ll come upon a hand-written note. They’ll open it and smile immediately, whether they’re free to attend or not. The card doesn’t have to be made for an event invite, either; we like these blank ones from Rifle Paper Company, and vintage postcards picked up from antique stores. (That’s right, they don’t even have to have envelopes!)

Let the food take the backseat. It should be tasty, of course, but it need not be fancy. What people want on a late weekend morning are hearty, simple dishes like frittatas and vegetable casseroles and hunks of yeasty bread with really good jam. And booze. Sparkly booze.

Step up your décor. The food is easy, so take some time with the table. Select some playfully mismatched dishes; wash and press your napkins; spring for a fresh bouquet; write up some place cards. Why not? This is where you can have some fun. Fish’s Eddy is a great resource for cheap, cheeky wares.

Do serve dessert. This is another way to make your guests feel special without breaking your back. People rarely eat dessert during the daytime—pretty much only on vacation or at brunch—and it’s easy, because you can do all your prep ahead of time. We vote pie or trifle.

The chicest thing you can wear is calm. As etiquette maven Emily Post wrote, “The truly good host is gracious and unflappable, no matter what happens. The more you take things in stride and handle them gracefully, the better your guests will feel.” What’s more elegant than that?