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WILL THERE BE A TITANIC 2?

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On April 15th 1912, tragedy struck when on its maiden voyage, British mega ship Titanic hit an iceberg and soon after found herself at the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean. Despite its infamy, or perhaps because of it- will there ever be a new version of this ship built?

On April 15th 1912, tragedy struck when on its maiden voyage, British mega ship Titanic hit an iceberg and soon after found herself at the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean. The manufacturers claimed it was unsinkable, but more than 1,500 of the 2,224 passengers and crew aboard died that day, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. Despite its infamy, or perhaps because of it- will there ever be a new version of this ship built? It’s been rumored for years but not materialized yet, and that’s what we’ll be exploring in this episode of The Infographics Show: Will there be a Titanic 2?

The Rumors

There have been a number of rumors about the proposed plan to build the Titanic 2 and most seem to link back to an Australian business tycoon and millionaire Clive Palmer. He originally announced the project back in 2012 with the new Titanic proposed to be on the water by 2016 as the flagship of his cruise company, Blue Star Line Pty. Ltd based in Brisbane, Australia. The new nine-deck ship would be 885 feet long, which is two feet longer than the original Titanic and 174 feet high, with a maximum speed of 24 knots. She would have been able to carry 2,400 passengers, 177 more than the Titanic. But 2016 came and went and no Titanic 2 has yet turned up. So why the delay and is Clive Palmer really going to be launching this ship? Back in 2015, Australian news network ABC ran a report on Palmer claiming that his business empire was facing financial hardship due to a drop in iron ore prices and a $2.3 billion writedown of his main asset, the Sino Iron project in Western Australia. It looks like this could have been the catalyst for the delay in producing Palmer’s dream ship as in the same, article the boat-building project’s Finnish engineering partner, Deltamarin, was quoted confirming that work with Mr. Palmer’s Blue Star Line had come to a halt. “At the moment we have no work ongoing,” a company spokeswoman told the ABC. 

Is Palmer broke? 

Despite experiencing cash flow issues, it’s hard to get a genuine insight, as Palmer’s three main companies had not filed any financial returns since late 2013. “Historically, when companies file late or when companies have accounting irregularities, it can be a sign of deeper problems or a malaise.“ said Jeffrey Knapp, a lecturer in accountancy at the University of NSW’s School of Business. Palmer also declined to talk to ABC about his financial situation.

Will Palmer’s Titanic ever materialize or is this just a lot of news about nothing? 

British newspaper the Daily Telegraph also mentioned Palmer and the mystery ship in an article they ran in January this year, claiming that the project is yet to begin construction. The newspaper published pictures from 2017, released by Palmer’s Blue Star Company showing the ornate interiors, which bear a close resemblance to the original ship, with the same Turkish baths, Edwardian style gym and the grand staircase, which is one of the most recognizable features of the Titanic. Impressive looking pictures but still no ship! The newspaper’s travel section attempted to contact the Blue Star Line for an update on the project but got no response.

So no new Titanic 2? 

Actually, if Palmer and Blue Star don’t bring this ship to water, there may still be some good news in the pipeline for Titanic fans, as it looks like the Chinese have their own project on the go. In 2014, The Qixing Energy Investment Group announced the planned construction of a replica Titanic and it kicked off in 2016. Known as the Romandisea Titanic, the ship was already half completed last December with six of its nine decks built. The ship will be identical in size to the original vessel and measure 269 meters long and 28 meters wide. But it won’t be going anywhere, instead it will be docked on the Qi river in Sichuan, south-west China, kind of like a museum in memory of the original ship, rather than a fully functioning vessel. It will cost $105 million to build and includes a ballroom, theatre, swimming pool and cabins, all in the same style of the 1920’s vessel. The ship will be a central feature of a new amusement park in China called the Romandisea Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort, which can accommodate up to 5,000 tourists.

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Ok, so it looks like we might get another Titanic after all, though it may not be one that’s making trips from London to New York anytime soon. Have you heard other information about this story? If so, do let us know in the comments.

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CHRISLAND, PARENT TANGO OVER ‘ABUSED’ PUPIL

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•My daughter was suspended by school authorities

•Why we suspended student —Chrisland

•Lagos govt shuts down schools

•As NAPTAN, NUT call for probe

•We’ve commenced investigations —CP Alabi

A woman has claimed that her 10-year-old daughter was raped during a trip to Dubai, which was organised by Chrisland Schools.

Pupils from the private school, located in Victoria Garden City, were in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, UAE, to participate in the World Schools Games between March 10 and 13, 2022.

Chrisland Schools was in the public eye in October 2021, after Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson, claimed that her 8-year-old daughter was bullied by her teacher.

Also, three years ago, a supervisor at Chrisland Schools, Victoria Island, Lagos, Adegboyega Adenekan, was sentenced to 60 years in prison for defiling a 2-year-old child.

Justice Sybil Nwaka of an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court handed down the sentence, convicting Adenekan on a count charge of defilement.

She held that evidence before the court showed that the supervisor was guilty as charged. Adenekan was a supervisor at the Chrisland Schools, Victoria Garden City, Lagos State.

Seven witnesses, including the pupil and her mother, testified for the prosecution, which closed its case on March 14, 2019.

School trying to cover up incident —Mother

In a viral video shared by a music executive, Ubi Franklin, via his Instagram page, yesterday, the woman also claimed that footage of the incident has been shared multiple times on social media.

She said she was not aware of what transpired in Dubai, till another parent showed her the video of the incident.

The woman also accused the school of trying to cover up the case and demanded justice.

She said: “As I was beating my daughter, she opened up to me and said the school threatened her not to speak out. My daughter was dying in silence and I did not know.

Every day, I’ll be forcing her out of the room but she wouldn’t want to go to school.

“I’m begging Nigerians to help me because Chrisland attempted to hide the issue; they wanted to push us out of the way and my daughter was going psychologically insane. I need help as a mother. My daughter is not okay.

“They took her for pregnancy tests without my knowledge, and lied to us that it was a COVID-19 test. They did the tests almost three times. Please do they require blood or urine for the COVID-19 test? I did not know until the whole issue became public.”

My daughter was suspended by school authorities

The woman said her daughter was suspended from school after they called the management to ask questions about the incident.

Continuing, she said: “To crown it all, because we started confronting them that we are aware of what has happened, they sent her a suspension letter,” she added.

“When I asked her what happened, my daughter said on the day of the incident they went out in the morning to have breakfast and one of the boys begged her to borrow him her phone charger which she did.

“She said later in the evening, the boy called her and asked her to come for the charger in his room. So, she went there.

“When she got to the room to get the charger, they opened the door and one of the boys asked her to go and get her charger inside the toilet. She said it was when she entered the toilet that the boys surrounded her and asked her to drink a substance.

“She said they were all under the influence of drugs after that and she did not know what she was doing again. My daughter said the boys asked her to climb on them while one of them was filming and sending out the videos.”

Why we suspended student —School

The school has since suspended the student for what it described as an immoral act

But the letter of suspension dated April 14, 2022, was signed by the Head Teacher, G. I. Azike.

The letter, titled: ‘Indefinite suspension of …(the female student)’, reads: “It was discovered that your daughter was involved in improper behaviour during the recently concluded World School Games in Dubai with a few of her counterparts. She willfully participated in a game they called truth or dare, a game which led her and a few other co-learners to carry out an immoral act after the lights-out instruction was given.

“In line with our core values centred on discipline, Chrisland Schools have zero tolerance for any improper behaviour and misconduct. A full-scale investigation has been done and the parents of all the culpable learners have been duly notified of the necessary punishment meted out on the learners.

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I’M A MAN OF CONVICTION, I TAKE FULL CONTROL — Fani-Kayode Exonerates Grace Bent From Family Feud

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… Warns Precious Chikwendu to desist from alleging falsehood on the ex-Senator

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Grace Folashade Bent, has been exonerated from a family feud involving a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode.

Fani-Kayode is currently in court with his estranged wife, Precious Chikwendu, who accused Senator Grace of intimation, harassment and being responsible for her inability to have access to her four kids produced by marriage to the former Minister.

But Fani-Kayode has absolved the former Adamawa South Senator, Grace Bent, from the allegations against her by some bloggers on social media, saying she has no hand in his family feud.

In a statement signed by a counsel to Chief Fani-Kayode, Ibikunle Ayodeji, titled; “To Whom It May Concern: Savage Posts On The Well Respected Senator Grace Bent and Her Family,” he said Mrs Bent does not dabble into the home affairs of Fani-Kayode and she has no power to do so.

“We are solicitors to Chief Femi Fani-Kayode. Our attention has been drawn to a series of posts making rounds on the internet.

“The said posts heavily denigrate the well-respected Senator Grace Bent and her entire household.

“The deep-rooted animosity which reflects in the post, can be easily connected to her association with Chief Femi Fani-Kayode.

 “A response to the post, which is full of cunningly devised fables, is not necessary at this time.

“For the record, however, there is a need to reassert the point that,  Senator Grace Bent does not dabble into the home affairs of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and she has no power to do so. Senator Grace Bent is a mother and grandmother and she has her family to take care of,” Barrister Ayodeji said.

He added that regardless of their political association, Senator Grace Bent does not meddle in the private affairs of Fani-Kayode, neither does she volunteer any advice on how he should run his family business.

“Chief Femi Fani-Kayode is a man of conviction and he takes full control of what goes on around him and what happens in his family and household.

“No one can dictate to him, tell him what to do or manipulate him and neither has Senator Grace Bent or any member of her family tried to do so.

“It is unfortunate that the Bent family is being attacked by persons with unknown pedigrees and a disillusioned mindset.

“The vicious and libellous slander and falsehood levelled against Senator Bent’s daughter, Jackie B, is particularly repugnant and disgraceful.

  “This is a well-brought-up and decent young lady who is a well-respected public figure and celebrity in her own right and who has achieved so much at such an early age.

“Senator Bent and her husband, Chief Jackson Bent, who is a highly respected retired Army officer and who has served our nation diligently and selflessly, are worthy of double honour and our client will not cease to accord them same, just like every other well-meaning Nigerian.

“In the light of the above, it is important that our client should clear the air on the savage posts, which are not only distracting but also intended to muddle the waters.

“The Bents are decent, loving, honourable and law-abiding people who should not be subjected to the kind of wickedness that we are witnessing,” he stated.

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SEPARATE US, MY WIFE IS DATING RECTOR — Offa Poly Lecturer, Bankole Tells Court

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A lecturer with Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State, Mr Aderemi Bankole has urged an Osun State High Court, sitting in Ede to dissolve his marriage after alleging his wife of infidelity alleged infidelity with a Rector.

A copy of the signed petition received by Osun State High Court, Ede with the number HED/25D/2021 which was obtained by Vanguard in Osogbo, Bankole alleged his wife, Adebukunola of cruelty, promiscuity, infidelity, waywardness among others against him.

The petition which was submitted to the court by his counsel, Hashim Abioye has as defendants, his wife, the said Rector and one Oluwole.

While stressing that he and his wife have continuously lived apart for two years, he noted that they were married at the marriage Registry at Amuwo Festac Town, Lagos before they relocated to Ijagbo via Offa, Kwara state, adding that “the union is blessed with three children of age, 18, 16 and 9-year-old.”

“Since the marriage, my wife has been behaving in such a way that I can’t reasonably be expected to live with her because she continuously had illicit affairs, committed adultery with the Rector, to the extent of it becoming scandalous and also a subject of social media discourse.

“My wife made an illegal and unauthorised trip to London for six months without my consent facilitated by a former and she was harboured by one Sunday and Sodipo.

“When she was illegally harboured, it later resulted in the premature birth; she was pregnant at the said period.

“While in London and in Nigeria she engaged in illicit and immoral relationships with some colleagues.

“I plead with the court to dissolve our marriage and the court should grant me the custody of our two children”, it reads.

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