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Monday, 28 November 2016

Allies defend Corbyn over comments about Castro’s ‘heroism’

Jeremy Corbyn’s allies have defended him after criticism of comments in which he praised Fidel Castro’s “heroism”.

The Labour leader said that “for all his flaws” the former Cuban president had been a “champion of social justice”. Mr Corbyn was accused of glossing over of human rights abuses and political repression.

I had to eat 'in pitch blackness' during five days of 'torture' while facing 'extra-marital sex' charge said UK wife who claimed she was raped by two Britons in Dubai

A woman who claimed she was raped by two Britons in Dubai says she had to eat 'in pitch blackness' during five days of 'torture' while facing charges of 'extra marital sex'. 
The 25-year-old who had stopped off in the United Arab Emirates on her travels to Australia claimed she was assaulted by cousins Louis Harris and David Butlin.
A campaign was launched by her parents to raise £30,000 for lawyers' fees after her report to police led to her imprisonment for extra marital sex charges.
Prosecutors in Dubai dropped the rape case after saying that mobile footage showed the sex was consensual.
After flying back to Britain, the IT consultant described her ordeal of being locked up in Al Barsha prison for five days.

10 shot in US city's French Quarter

One man was killed and nine people were injured after a shooting in the bustling French Quarter of New Orleans.

Jacob Zuma South African president facing vote that could see him sacked

SOUTH Africa's scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma is facing a vote of no confidence by the ruling party's executive committee.

Eight dead and 58 injured in shootings in Chicago over the Thanksgiving weekend as the city's homicide rate hits a ten-year high

About 58 people were shot in Chicago over Thanksgiving weekend, leaving eight dead as the city faces the highest number of homicides in more than a decade.
The latest victim is an 18-year-old who was shot dead in his vehicle at 2pm on Sunday.
Two gunmen outside a house party on Saturday night left one dead and five others injured, while another shooting killed a 16-year-old boy on Friday evening. 
In October, Chicago surpassed 600 homicides this year, in numbers that have not been seen since 2003. There were 468 murders in 2015, and 416 the year before. 
On Sunday afternoon, an 18-year-old was in a parked vehicle when a suspect in an SUV opened fire in a drive-by shooting.
The victim was hit several times, and drove himself to the Christ Medical Center about five miles away, where he was pronounced dead. His name has not been released.
Rickey J King, 37, was shot in the head just 10 minutes before, by someone who opened fire from across the street in East Garfield Park and ran off, police said. 
Eric Peoples, 30, died on his own birthday, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
He was in a parked vehicle with a 31-year-old when two men emerged from a silver car at 2.38am on Sunday and opened fire, police said.

Most experienced Britain's sniper tells of his frustration in Iraq

Soldier training Iraqi army in remote base says he would love to help fight against Isis in Mosul but has not been allowed out
One of the most experienced snipers in the British army, who is currently based in Iraq, says he has not been allowed beyond the perimeter fence of Camp al-Asad, a remote, highly fortified base in the desert of Anbar province.

Buhari Congratulates Ondo State Governor-Elect Chief Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and his campaign team

President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates the Governor-Elect of Ondo State, Chief Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on his well-deserved victory in the Saturday, November 26 governorship election in the state.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Israeli air strike kills four Islamic State-linked gunmen on Golan

Israeli aircraft killed four Islamic State-linked gunmen on Sunday after they fired mortars and shot at troops patrolling along the occupied Golan Heights, the military said.

Israel has often responded to errant fire from the Syrian civil war, but exchanges of fire with gunmen on the Golan have been rare since the fighting began more than five years ago.

The militants fired at the Israeli soldiers, who were on the Israeli-controlled territory, from a vehicle driving along the Syrian side of the Golan, said Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner.
The troops fired back before Israeli aircraft struck.

"The air force intervened, targeted the vehicle the gunmen were in and hit and struck the vehicle, killing what seems as four terrorists," Lerner said. He added that the militants were from the Islamic State-affiliated Yarmouk Martyrs Brigades.

Previous Israeli attacks deeper in Syria have mainly targeted supply routes and arms depots of Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah, whose fighters support Syrian President Bashar al Assad's army.

There was no immediate response from the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade. The United States designated the group a terrorist entity in June for its activities and links to Islamic State.

What's the secret to a long and happy marriage? Smile when he picks his nose, trims his toenails on the sofa and chews with his mouth open

The secret to a long and happy marriage is often described as a mix of good communication, a healthy sex life and the occasional romantic gesture.
But new research suggests that the perfect formula is rather less Mills and Boon and a bit more Alf Garnett, with the ability to overlook faults and overcome setbacks key to keeping a marriage alive.
Psychologists at Rutgers University in Newark, US, say that those who learn to accept partners who pick their nose, trim toenails on the sofa or chew food with their mouth open, are well on the way to marital bliss.

Ondo Polls – Collated Result For 11 Local Government Areas

Collated results early Sunday in the Ondo state governorship election show that APC has won in nine out of the eleven local governments released.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

OndoDecides: Live Results Of Ondo Governorship Election

Live results of the governorship election that took place today across Ondo State.

The three-way electoral contest features the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rotimi Akeredolu, that of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede, and Olusola Oke, the candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD).

Results that are coming in from different electoral wards.

Are you kitten me? Woman is left shocked and in tears after her best friend surprises her with a cat after her previous pet died

A woman brought her best friend to tears by surprising her with a kitten after her pet cat died.
In a video posted to YouTube on Friday, one woman clutched an adorable, black kitten, and greeted her friend at the door.

Alternate 1000km Pipeline To Supply Kaduna Refinery - FG

Federal Government will build 1,000 kilometres of pipeline from Agadam Niger Republic, to supply crude oil to Kaduna refinery said by Group Managing Director, (GMD) Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation, (NNPC), on Friday.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Moves To Improve Diesel Quality

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has commenced work on a scheme to improve the quality of diesel in the Nigerian market for efficient and optimal performance of diesel-powered engines.

This was disclosed by the Manager, Collaborative Research of the Research & Development Division, Engr. David Akpan, in a presentation made to the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, during an official tour of some R&D facilities in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

Giving details of the research, Engr. Akpan said the R&D Division was working in collaboration with Petronas, Petrobras, Statoil and Saudi Aramco to achieve significant reduction in sulphur and carbon content as well as other impurities in diesel.

He stated that the project also involves non-conventional upgrading of other refined products including crude oil.

Speaking at the event, Dr. Baru described research and development as a vital tool for advancement in any organization desirous of re-inventing itself in the ever competitive market place.

The GMD called on the Management and Staff of the Division to support him in the renewed vision to transform R&D.

Finnish company to turn Christmas dinner leftovers into renewable energy

A Finnish energy company has devised a plan to create renewable fuel using Christmas dinner leftovers.

The revolutionary anti-waste campaign, Kinkkutemppu – or “Ham Trick” –  will take unwanted fat from Christmas hams donated by Finnish households and convert it into renewable diesel at the company’s Porvoo refinery.

Text of Live Press Briefing of Operation Lafiya Dole By Maj. Gen. Irabor

I am delighted to be with you again this afternoon to acquaint you with developments within the Theatre of operation. The troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have continued with the ongoing operations to clear the remnants of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs). Since our last interaction, our troops have conducted many operations with immense successes. Within the period, there were some command changes. Let me use this opportunity to introduce some of our Commanders who assumed duty recently. As you know, in Operation LAFIYA DOLE, we have a value-addition command philosophy. The pedigree of these officers speaks to their readiness to key into the philosophy for greater effectiveness.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Fashola warns Nigeria’s electricity distribution companies

Babatunde Fashola “Minister of Power, Works and Housing”  has warned Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) to stop blackmailing the Federal Government over outstanding debts allegedly owed them by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA).

Oil minister summoned over deals with China and India- Lawmakers

Nigeria's Lawmakers summoned the country's oil minister on Tuesday to clarify details of oil and gas infrastructure agreements worth $80 billion with Chinese companies and a $15 billion deal with India.

Nigeria, which relies on crude sales for around 70 percent of its national income, is in recession for the first time in 25 years largely due to low global oil prices.

The country's oil and gas infrastructure needs updating. Its four refineries have never reached full production due to poor maintenance, causing the OPEC member to rely on expensive imported fuel for 80 percent of its energy needs.

Oil Minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu was in China in June for a roadshow aimed at raising investment. Nigeria's state oil company said memorandums of understanding (MoUs) worth over $80 billion - to be spent on investments in energy infrastructure - were signed with Chinese companies.

Nigerian-Americans ask Trump him to strengthen ties with Nigeria

Nigerian-American community called on Donald Trump, the president-elect of United States, to capitalize on the goodwill that followed his election by projecting policies that would allay the fears of minority groups in the United States. They speak through the Nigerian Union Diaspora (NUD), in a congratulatory letter to Mr. Trump, urged him to harness the potentials of Nigerian-Americans who the (NUD) celebrated as having the best qualifications in the professions among ethnic groups in the US.

This was in a letter jointly signed by the Secretary General of the NUD, Dr. SKC Ogbonnia and Executive Director, Political Affairs, Bayo Oluwasanmi also drew Mr. Trump’s attention to the great opportunities for trade and consolidation of relations between the United States and Nigeria.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Niger Dock Pledge Synergy on Local Content:- NNPC

As part of concerted efforts to grow local content in the Oil and Gas Industry, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Niger Dock Plc have promised to work together in the areas of engineering, procurement and construction to boost the nation’s economy.

Nigeria National Assembly Leaders in Crucial Meeting – Budget 2017

The National Assembly leadership on Tuesday held a crucial meeting in the office of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, over what insiders said was aimed at finding a middle ground on the issue of the 2017 budget.
It gathered that last night that the meeting, which lasted one and a half hours, was said to have centered on three key issues including the resolution of the logjam regarding the 2017-2019 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and the request of virements to address shortfalls in the 2016 Budget.
Sources in the National Assembly confirmed that Speaker Yakubu Dogara led the leadership of the House of Representatives to Saraki's office, where they met with their Senate counterpart for the crucial meeting.
A source privy to the gathering however said that the meeting did not discuss the $29.9 billion external borrowing plan request of President Muhammadu Buahri, which was earlier rejected by the Senate for lack of details.
It was gathered that the leadership of the two chambers decided to meet in order to ensure that they speak with one voice henceforth on the issues.

"The meeting ironed out all issues regarding the MTEF and Virements requested by President Buhari and decided the way forward on the 2017 Budget," a source told select journalists.

The meeting is also said to have laid the foundation for continuous engagements between the two chambers of the National Assembly such that the process of Bills and issues demanding joint actions would run smoothly henceforth.

Just yesterday, the Senate rejected a list of 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees sent to it by the President over avalanche of petitions received by its Committee on Foreign Affairs against majority of the nominees.

UN: Around 14 million in northeast Nigeria may need humanitarian aid in 2017

14 million people will need humanitarian help in the former northeast Nigerian stronghold region of Boko Haram militants and tens of thousands of children will be at risk of dying from famine, a UN official said on Tuesday.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

A Third Force, APC, PDP And Prospects

The realignments going on within political parties ahead of 2019.

The core of the two major political parties, governing All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is shifting- hard and fast for that matter.

The centrifugal forces within these parties are pulling relentlessly, scheming to forge, what pundits aver, might be an inter-party alliance.

Ahead of 2019, party heavy weights are not at ease, as most appear to have either being schemed out in the power play or are in the process of being cut to size.

While former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been quoted as making allusion to the emergence of the new party, Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State had last year warned that if his party failed to put its house in order, some of its members along side aggrieved APC members will form a new party to edge out the governing party.

Seed Council Centre Will Enhance Current Industrial Manpower Gap

The director-general of the National Agricultural Seed Council, Dr Ojo Olusegun, in this interview with journalists, opens up on the many benefits of the proposed Seed Centre of Excellence, the first of its kind in West Africa.

What is the Seed Council Centre of Excellence all about?

The proposed establishment of the NASC-CoESI, Nigeria, is a strategic centre for seed industry development and seed business incubation, to enable both public and private individuals and small-holder seed companies to boot-strap themselves to help solve the problem of food insecurity.

The Seed Centre of Excellence will include a sound seed testing laboratory,  guest hostels for the accommodation of trainees, a training hall with up-to-date equipment, a conference centre, greenhouse, seed storage facility, demonstration barn and associated infrastructure, all constructed to meet international standards.

On My Father’s Shoulders

Osita Chidoka
I stood on daddy’s shoulders and grew tall enough to see distances unimagined, to scan the horizon and enjoy vistas of a world he dreamt about. My father carried me on a shoulder broad enough to hold me aloft and strong enough to keep me steady on the journey to growing up.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs says that Buhari’s aides incompetent

Senate decried their lack of details of President Muhammadu Buhari’s economic policies on Saturday.

Warning to APC Chieftains , “We will not allow you to destroy Tinubu’s plans” – Protesters

Loyalists to a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, have stressing that it will not sit back and watch the party sidelining the elder statesman. He sounds it as a warning to the Chieftains of the ruling party to allow the party leader achieves his plans for the country.