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Monday, 16 October 2017

Former Al-Shabab Leader Donates Blood To Help Victims Of Mogadishu Bombing

Former al-Shabab leader
donates blood to help victims of
Mogadishu bombing


Mukhtar Roobow, a former commander in Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabaab has been photographed donating blood to survivors of the truck
bombing in the capital,Mogadishu.



Robow defected to the government over the weekend.


He was one of the founders of al-Shabab, along with other
radical leaders following the defeat of the Islamic Courts Union in late 2006.


He quickly rose in the group's ranks to become its official spokesman and a
deputy leader.



He, however, fell out with
the al-Qaeda-linked group’s leadership in 2013, and remained a fugitive in the remote areas of south-western Somalia until his surrender.


In June, the US State Department
withdrew Mr Robow from its terror list and lifted the $5m (£3.8m) reward for information leading to his capture.


He announced his defection to the Somali government in August.
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Former British Basketball Coach And NFL Presenter, Kevin Cadle Dies At 62

Former British basketball coach and NFL presenter, Kevin Cadle dies at 62



Former basketball coach and American television presenter, Kevin Cadle has died at the age of 62.


Cadle is said to have died unexpectedly this morning.


A statement issued by the British
Basketball League reads:
“we are
shocked and saddened to hear that #BritishBasketball has lost a true legend
in Kevin Cadle.
Our thoughts and prayers
are with his family and friends'.

NFL UK added:
“We are shocked & saddened to hear of the death of Kevin
Cadle, a great friend of #NFLUK for so long. Our thoughts are with his loved ones.”


Cadle became the most successful
coach in British basketball history
during a 13-year career from 1984 to 1997, during which he won 30 titles and eight Coach of the Year awards with teams in Glasgow, Kingston,Guildford and London Towers.
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Ministry Of Justice Official Speaks As Nnamdi Kanu Remains Missing On Eve Of Trial

Ministry of Justice official speaks as Nnamdi Kanu remains missing on eve of
trial


Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the outlawed pro-Biafran separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), remains missing on
the eve of his trial.



Kanu, who has been leading IPOB's agitation for a sovereign Biafran state, is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday,
October 17; however, his whereabouts remain unknown.



IPOB leader has not been seen in public since the invasion of his Abia country home, by troops of the Nigerian army.


In a telephone conversation, his counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, stated:

"Only the Army can
tell us where he is. Either they arrested him or they killed him.

"If he is alive, they should bring him to the court on Tuesday."



Kanu's younger brother, Prince Emmanuel Kanu, has also accused the army of holding his brother in secret.


He insisted that his older brother was at the family home when it was attacked by soldiers carrying out the Operation Python
Dance operation.


He stated:

"They were so numerous. They
started to shoot from 200 metres (650 feet)
away.


"People were running for their lives. We had no guns with us."


Speaking further on the hot-button issue,Salihu Othman Isah, a justice ministry spokesman, stated that whether the trial
goes ahead would be determined by Kanu's appearance and the judge.


He added:
"I can't tell you specifically what
will happen."


Nnamdi Kanu had been in detention since October 215 until April this year, when he
was released on bail.
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Sunday, 15 October 2017

5 'facts' you learned in school that are no longer true


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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Yetunde Verissimo of The Sight News Weds Fiancé Ademola



It was all smiles and jubilation in Abuja on Saturday as the Sight News Staff, Yetunde Benedicta Verissimo exchanged vows with her beau, Timothy Ademola Fuwa


The wedding which took place at the HOLY Rosary Catholic church,Wuse Zone 2 Abuja, had friends and family of the bride and groom in attendance.


The newly wedded Mrs. Yetunde Verissimo-Fuwa has been a dedicated staff of www.thesightnews.com from its inception.


The entire staff of the online news platform wishes the couple a blissful marriage as they embark on this journey together.

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House Of Reps To Investigate JAMB Cut-off Mark

Reps To Investigate JAMB Cut-off
Mark

The House of Representatives has
mandated its Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to investigate the
circumstances surrounding the reduction of cut-off mark for admitting candidates
into tertiary institutions.


This followed a motion by Rep. Hassan Saleh (Benue-APC) on the "Need to Investigate the
Reduction in the Cut-off Marks for
Admissions into Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria'' at plenary on Tuesday.


The committee is expected to report back findings within four weeks, was directed to
determine whether the cut-off mark reduction would lower the standard of education in the country.


Moving the motion, Saleh expressed concern that the new policy was bound to
lower the standard and quality of education from the tertiary institutions.

According to him, many candidates who
perform poorly in Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examination (UMTE) can secure admission through nepotism, bribery and corruption while many other
candidates who perform excellently can be
denied admission.


Saleh said that in spite of
the fact that more than 500,000 candidates scored above 200 marks, representing 50
per cent of the total mark, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) reduced cut-
off mark to 120.


He said that the cut-off mark represented only 30 per cent of the total examination
mark of 400, adding that 100 marks fixed for Polytechnics and Colleges of Education
was 25 per cent of the total mark.


In his contribution, Rep. Ahmed Pategi (Kwara-APC) disagreed with the motion,saying that the decision taken by JAMB was
in order.


Pategi said that all stakeholders in tertiary education were in agreement with JAMB on
the new policy.


He added that it was unfair to deny a child admission into higher institution simply on
his/her UTME score even after eleven years of basic education and possession of five
credits, including in English Language and Mathematics.


Other lawmakers supported the motion and called for a reversal of the policy, saying
universities were supposed to be centres of excellence for learning, hence the need to
always admit the best candidates.


According to them, it will be in order to produce graduates that can compete favourably with their peers anywhere in the
World.

Rep. Afe Oluwookere (Ondo-APC) described the new policy as "highly detrimental'' to
the country's push for economic growth and development.



On their parts, Reps. Henry Archibong, Rita Orji and Abubakar Chika called for the
scraping of JAMB and the UTME.


They stated that lowering cut-off marks for admission into tertiary institutions was a
signal that the Board had outlived its usefulness.

The lawmakers also accused JAMB of buckling under pressure from privately owned universities, many of whom were
seeking to increase the number of yearly admissions into their schools.

Rep. Abubakar Chika (Niger-APC), a former lecturer at the Polytechnic, said it was highly disappointing that JAMB could succumb to
pressure from private institutions, which he alleged had long pushed for cut-off marks to be lowered.


"Let me even open up, this decision was taken because of private universities.

They usually need to admit the children of the rich, who are not ready to work hard,'' he
said.


Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede,announced that a minimum of 120 marks
in the UTME would be required for
placement of candidates into universities,while 100 marks were needed for
placement into Polytechnics or Colleges of Education.


The announcement followed the Aug. 22 policy meeting between JAMB, heads of
tertiary institutions and other stakeholders,on modalities for the conduct of admissions
into tertiary institutions for the 2017/2018 academic session. (NAN)
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Don't Allow Soldiers Immunise Your Children - Ezeife Tells Ndigbo

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Former Anambra state governor, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has called on people
from the southeast not to allow Nigerian military immunise their children.


The former governor said this while reacting to the recent panic caused by the
military's free medical treatment in Anambra state.


Ezeife said people in Anambra state should
not allow the military kill them with syringe.

The Sun reports.


He said:

"Last week, I was in Anambra, a
traditional ruler called me and told me that
his people were called to come out on
Wednesday for free medical treatment by
the military. He asked me whether he should allow his people to come out for the
exercise. I told him, no, that if we could not
stop them from killing with guns, we shouldn't allow them to kill us with
syringe,"
he said.


Going further, the former governor said the
people of the state are capable of taking care of themselves, given the fact that they
are rich to do so.

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"But on Wednesday, they went to schools in Anambra for the free medial treatment and
everybody including school children were
running helter-skelter, and parents were
running to take back their children in the schools.


I appeal to every parent in the
Southeast to not allow their children to be
treated by the soldiers. We are rich enough
to treat our children.


"We are grateful to the governor of Anambra State for approaching the military
and advising them to stop the medical treatment of our people until we understand what they want to do.


"The military should have gone to the minister of Education or the commissioner
of Education or commissioner of Health,and the governor before releasing the
soldiers in a civilian population.


Whether it was an intended good or evil, they approached it in a very wrong way," he added.
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Four dead as plane crashes into sea

Four people have been killed when a propeller-engine cargo plane crashed in the sea near the international airport in Ivory Coast's main city during a thunderstorm.
Six more passengers were injured - two seriously - in the crash which left the broken into several pieces after coming to a rest near the beach.
Rescuers were hampered by rough seas.
The four dead and six injured were confirmed by the chairman of the airport's management.
The crash occurred near the Aeroport Felix Houphouet Boignyr Airport in Abidjan during a storm with heavy rain and lightning.
The aircraft was reportedly a propeller engine Ukrainian Antonov cargo plane chartered by the French army.
Pictures from the scene on social media show the plane appearing to be broken into pieces in the waves.
Emergency services officials can be seen on the beach looking at the wreckage.
Though the airport is located in a heavily populated area, it did not appear there were any victims on the ground.
The name of the company operating the aircraft was not immediately known.
The airport in Abidjan, a city of around 5 million people, is a busy regional transportation hub.
It is also used by the French military which operates a logistics base there in support of an anti-Islamist militant operation in West Africa's Sahel region.
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'God's Got You'- Davido's Babymama,Sophia Comforts Him With Psalm 91





In these trying times for the singer, all he needs is prayers and moral support from the people close to him.


Though they might not be dating, they sure have a common bond – the singer’s baby
mama, Sophia Momodu is rendering that
moral support to the singer as she references a verse of the Holy Book for him.





To give him comfort, Sophia references Psalm
91:7 – which says
“ A thousand may fall at
your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will
not come near you. ”
– and tells him God’s got him.
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Friday, 13 October 2017

North Korea Says It Will Attack U.S. Territory of Guam If Trump Keeps Tweeting Threats

North Korea has renewed its threat to attack the U.S. island territory of Guam with missiles, warning that President Donald Trump's social media antics and military moves are pushing Pyongyang over the edge.
North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) published Friday a new article attributed to Kim Kwang Hak, a researcher at the North Korean Foreign Ministry's Institute for American Studies, in which he blasted the Trump administration's pursuit of joint drills with Japan and South Korea, as well as the president's militant "letters" on Twitter. In tweets, the Republican leader has suggested the U.S. may seek to disarm North Korea's nuclear and ballistic weapons arsenal by force, and Kim wrote that such threats have led North Korea to revive an earlier plan to attack the Pacific island.
"We have already warned several times that we will take counteractions for self-defense including a salvo of missiles into waters near the U.S. territory of Guam, an advance base for invading the DPRK, where key U.S. bases are located, as the U.S. has resorted to military actions in sensitive regions, making the waters off the Korean peninsula and in the Pacific restless," Kim wrote, using an abbreviation for the country's official diplomatic name—the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
"The U.S. military action hardens our determination that the U.S. should be tamed with fire and lets us take our hand closer to 'trigger' for taking the toughest countermeasure," he added.
 A target island off the coast of the Kalma International Airport in Wonsan, North Korea, is hit during a live-fire artillery drill August 26, 2017. North Korea's army revealed a plan to attack the U.S. island territory of Guam in August in response to U.S. military moves in the Pacific. KCNA/via Reuters
North Korea first revealed a detailed plot to strike Guam with four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles in August, shortly after Trump told reporters he was prepared to "unleash fire and fury like the world has never seen" against North Korea. After a number of tense days passed, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced he would not go through with the plan, but would reserve it for future use.
Trump praised the move as a "very wise and well-reasoned decision," but the two leaders almost immediately resumed their war of words, swapping insults from the highest levels of government. Trump used Twitter to label Kim a "Rocket Man," while the young North Korean leader fired back, calling Trump a "dotard."
Trump has since repeated his "Rocket Man" monicker for Kim both at the U.N. last month and again on social media, where he tweeted earlier this month that he told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that he was "wasting his time" talking to North Korea because "being nice to Rocket Man hasn't worked in 25 years." He then vowed not to fail in handling North Korea as he claimed his last three predecessors did.
RTS1FUYSA series of maps show missile testing sites used by three generations of North Korean leaders. The youngest of the three, Kim Jong Un, made good on his vow earlier this year to produce an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the U.S. mainland, despite President Donald Trump's insistence that he would prevent such an achievement. The CNS North Korea Missile Test Database/Nuclear Threat Initiative/Reuters
In defiance of U.S.-led sanctions at the U.N. Security Council, Kim has continued to develop and test his country's nuclear and ballistic weapons capabilities. Kim, who took power after his father's death in 2011, has vastly expanded his country's military power, successfully testing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and a hydrogen bomb this year alone.
Trump, like previous U.S. presidents, does not recognize North Korea's self-proclaimed right to possess and produce nuclear weapons. The Trump administration has boosted the U.S.'s military presence in the Asia-Pacific and urged allies to take steps to completely isolate North Korea. Allies have urged Trump to adopt a less aggressive approach to the nuclear crisis, and Russia and China have begun planning their own possible solution to the standoff.
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Amazon Boss suspended

Amazon Studios chief Roy Price has been suspended amid claims he "ignored" allegations Harvey Weinstein raped actress Rose McGowan.
In a series of posts on Twitter, McGowan claimed she warned Price about the Hollywood producer, who has been accused of sexual harassment, assault and rape by a string of stars.
In messages directed to Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos, she said: "I told the head of your studio that HW raped me.
"Over & over I said it. He said it hadn't been proven. I said I was the proof."
McGowan added that Amazon Studios "called to say my show was dead" after she asked it "to do the right thing" over a tie-up with The Weinstein Company.
"I am calling on you to stop funding rapists, alleged pedos and sexual harassers," she told Mr Bezos. "I love @amazon but there is rot in Hollywood".
It comes as Price faces a separate allegation from producer Isa Hackett, who claims the Amazon Studio chief inappropriately propositioned her in the back of taxi in 2015.
In a statement, Amazon said it had placed Price on a leave of absence effective immediately.
It added: "We are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Co."
Police in the UK and US are investigating claims of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein, who has denied allegations of non-consensual sex.
Metropolitan Police's child abuse and sexual offences unit is assessing an alleged sexual assault said to have taken place in London in the 1980s.
Meanwhile, detectives in New York have reopened a 2004 case in which former aspiring actress Lucia Evans claims Weinstein forced her to perform a sex act on him at his Miramax offices.
On Thursday, British actress Kate Beckinsale became the latest star to speak out against the Hollywood mogul, who she described as "an emblem of a system that is sick".
Beckinsale claimed she was 17 years old when she was called to Weinstein's hotel room, where the producer opened the door in his bathrobe and offered her alcohol.
Weinstein was sacked by his company after the claims against him first surfaced and has been left by his wife, British designer Georgina Chapman.
When approached outside his daughter's home in Los Angeles, the 65-year-old told photographers: "I'm not doing OK, I'm trying - gotta get help. You know what? We all make mistakes."
He is now understood to be undergoing rehabilitation in Arizona for sex addiction.
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Introducing The West Africa Blog Award(W.A.B.A)


 OVERVIEW
The maiden edition of the West Africa Bloggers Award is aim at celebrating bloggers across West Africa. The award is celebrated with the annual West Africa Bloggers workshop which will be held in Ghana and will be attended by all nominated bloggers and facilitators which ranges from professionals in different areas of webmasters.With participation across West Africa, the West Africa Bloggers Award reflect the diversity of the West Africa blogging community and the needs for a common recognition platform and standard of excellence that represent the wide breadth and impact of bloggers in online journalism.


This new platform serves as reference for the West Africa blogging community to build upon in the coming years, and provides both professionals and newbies with tangible examples of the best blogging tips to help improve their blogging experience.
FEATURES


Public Engagement :West africa bloggers award support full engagement of public allowing them to nominate and vote for their favorite bloggers as they are the readers of this blogs.
Judges:West Africa Bloggers Award selected judges of professionals from each niche in the category of the award to rank blogs according to content creativity and engagement.


Sophisticated Website:West Africa Bloggers Award website is easy to navigate by users, the website automatically notify users after nomination when it’s time to vote and also notify bloggers weekly how many nominations and votes they got.
Transparency:West Africa Bloggers Award criteria for selection are uploaded on the website for the general public and nominees, is strictly adhere to by the organizers.
Workshop:West Africa Bloggers Award is dedicated to improving the blogging community, a 2-day workshop to enlighten bloggers.
AWARD PROCEEDURES
Nomination : This run for one month, it is the stage when bloggers and the general public nominate their favorite blog/bloggers on the award website.


Selection : This stage is divided into two phases, the first phase is when the website automatically run analytics and grade blogs on a scale of ten, the second phase is when our judges grade blogs on a scale of ten using the award criteria for judging. this process run for 1 week
Voting : This is the final phase and run for two months, the public are allowed to vote for their favorite blogs/bloggers and this is 60 percent of the whole process.


WHY WEST AFRICA BLOGGERS AWARD
Most bloggers awards have failed to get the required hypeand support because they ignore some key and important aspects.I and my team have made our research and some outlines are;
Plaques : This is the aspect where most bloggers awards has ignored; they depend mostly on online badges which gives little or no prestige to the award.


Glamour : This is the most important aspect if bloggers are meant to be celebrated, most bloggers awards have failed to host any form of award ceremony to celebrate winners of and so have lack the prestige. glamorous ceremony are needed to give any award needed prestige.
Publicity : Most bloggers awards have made their criteria for selection of winners hidden and have had questionable credibility because of these reasons.


Public Engagement : A major reason why bloggers awards should be organized aside from celebrating and acknowledging bloggers, it is to enlighten the public the right place(blogs) to get information and not to be misled by desperate bloggers, west africa bloggers award is making sure the public has a bigger involvement in its award proceedures.
Workshop : Bloggers need to be professionals, and so west africa bloggers award is dedicated to give all its nominees trainings and lectures to live up to the required standard set by the west africa bloggers award.


FOR ENQUIRY AND SPONSORSHIP
West Africa Bloggers Award call for sponsorship and partnership from the General Public, Firms, Government and Bloggers, kindly call these numbers to support this award;
OLUFEMI : 08115572634
TIMILEHIN : 08128506580

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Uncovered : Details On WabaWards Nominations


 WEST AFRICA BLOGGERS AWARD CALLS FOR NOMINATIONS FOR HER MAIDEN EDITION

The maiden edition of the Yearly West Africa bloggers award is Focused at celebrating bloggers across West Africa. This occasion includes yearly West African blogger workshop which will be attended by all the award nominees and is Promoted by professionals from different areas of webmasters.

WABA calls on each blogger the general public to engage in nominating their favourite blog(s)/bloggers as this qualifies them to join in the voting process for the race to earn an award.The nomination begins on Monday 9th of October 2017 to end on Friday 10th of November 2017.


Nomination will be done on the official website of WABA www.westafricabloggersaward.com.The website will be officially opened on the same day nomination starts.

Best fashion blogger 

Best political blogger 

Best news blogger 

Best entertainment blogger 

Best sport blogger 

Best tech blogger

Best gossip blogger 

Best event blogger 

Best education blog

Best PR 

Best religion blogger 

Best movie review blog

Most outstanding female blogger 

Most outstanding male blogger 

Next rated blogger

Best lifestyle blog 

Best health blog

Best travel blog

Best food blog 

Best indigenous blog

Best inspirational blog

@WABA_17

Facebook page; West Africa Bloggers Award

Some of the criteria for nomination includes the following :

– Correct URL of the blog to be nominated

– Blogs nominated shouldn’t be less than 3 months old

– Blogs should have at least 7 content on it

– Multiple nominations will be allowed

– Blog must be based within the West African Region

– Blogs must have WABA updates as part of their content.

How to nominate :

*log on to www.westafricabloggersaward.com

* Click on nominate

*Follow all WABA social media accounts

* Follow the instructions thereafter.

Nominations category;

For enquiries, sponsorship and partnership please contact

Email : [email protected]

Twitter handle; 

@WABA_17

Facebook page; West Africa Bloggers Award



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See photos of the world’s most expensive house on sale for £315 million!

See photos of the world’s most expensive home that has gone on sale for a whopping £315 million.
Villa Les Cèdres, an 18,000 square-foot estate in the South of France that comes with a 14-bedroom mansion and 35 acres of land, was built 187 years ago.
It was once owned by Belgian King Leopold II, who bought the glorious patch – along the coast of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat – in 1904 after becoming exorbitantly wealthy from his savage exploitation of the Congo Free State.
It had previously been owned by the mayor of Villefranche-sur-Mer and was used as a farm for olive trees.
The property still has one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe, which includes manicured lawns, 15,000 plants and 20 greenhouses containing rare tropical vegetation.
The palatial home even features a ballroom, an Olympic-size swimming pool and stables for up to 30 horses.
Close neighbours include British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
It is now owned by Italian distiller Davide Campari-Milano SpA, which owns Campari and Grand Marnier liqueurs.
It has previously been spoken of as being worth £900million, but Fabio Di Fede – the managing director of Société des Produits Marnier Lapostolle – told Bloomberg that price tag is ‘absurd rumour and folly’.
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