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Saturday, 14 May 2016

NIGERIA - ORGANIZED LABOUR TELLS BUHARI, REVERT FUEL PRICE OR WE SHUT DOWN THE NATION


Organised Labour, made up of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) and their civil society allies has given the Federal Government till 12 midnight of Tuesday, 17th May, to revert to the old pump price of petrol or face a nationwide shut down if the economy.

NIGERIA - BUHARI VOWS TO ELIMINATE BOKO HARAM AND OTHER TERROR GROUPS INCLUDING HERDSMEN


President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that Nigeria will work with other countries to eliminate Boko Haram and other terrorist attacks in West Africa.

Oh wow!!! Origami Robot' In Pill Could Carry Out Surgery



Scientists are trialling a miniature robot that can perform remote-controlled surgery after unfolding itself inside a person's stomach.
Small enough to be hidden in a capsule made of ice and swallowed, the tiny electronic device can be steered around the stomach by doctors using a magnet field to move it into position to grab and extract foreign objects or repair internal injuries.

They just keep killing!!! IS 'attacks Syria hospital, kills 20, takes hostages'



The Islamic State jihadist group on Saturday overran a government-controlled hospital in eastern Syria, killing 20 members of pro-regime forces and taking medical staff hostage, a monitor said.

FOOTBALL - BARCELONA ARE LA LIGA CHAMPIONS, REAL PUSH TILL THE END


Barcelona have won La Liga following a 2-0 win at Granada, pipping rivals Real Madrid for the second consecutive season, to claim a 24th league crown.

NIGERIA - BOKO HARAM SAMBISA ATTACK REPELLED BY TROOPS TODAY MORNING


The Nigerian Army said on Saturday that its troops repelled an early morning attack by Boko Haram terrorists while on harbour inside the Sambisa forest. 

Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, in a statement issued in Abuja, said the troops comprised elements of 21 Brigade and the Armed Forces Special Forces (AFSF) on `Operation Crack Down.’ 

Not again! Suicide bombers attack town outside Baghdad, kill 6 people



More than a dozen suicide bombers attacked a residential and government complex outside Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least six people, an official said.

UK - QUEEN ELIZABETH RELEASES THREE PHOTOS FROM HER CHILDHOOD (UPDATED)


Three pictures never seen before of the Queen have been released as celebrations to mark her 90th birthday continue.
One of the images, a colour photo, shows a smiling Princess Elizabeth with her sister and father King George VI.

UK TO ASSIST NIGERIA WITH £40m IN FIGHT AGAINST INSURGENCY

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The Forefront understands that the United Kingdom said on Saturday that it has approved 40 million pounds (about N14 billion) to assist Nigeria in the fight against insurgency.
The UK Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, disclosed this on arrival for the one day Regional Security Summit holding in Abuja, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

NIGERIA (POLITICS) - FAYOSE ACCUSED BY PDP OF UNDERMINING PARTY AUTHORITY


There appears to be more crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the national Secretary of the Party, Prof. Wale Oladipo has accused the governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose of undermining the authority of the party leadership.

US - SO SAD!!! California Amtrak train slams into pickup, killing 3 men



Three men in a pickup died Friday when the driver pulled in front of a speeding Amtrak, ripping the truck in two but injuring none of the train's passengers, authorities said.

IBORI, DIEZANI, DARIYE AND 57 OTHER NIGERIANS MAY LOSE THEIR ASSETS IN THE UK



Fresh facts emerged yesterday that more than 60 top Nigerians may lose assets and cash laundered in the United Kingdom.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) may soon submit a list of those convicted, under probe, the fleeing suspects and those watch-listed to the relevant agencies in the UK.

NIGERIA - Ekiti Gov. Poll: Aluko floors Fayose as court quashes arrest warrant



An Ado Ekiti High Court has quashed a warrant of arrest issued against a former Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, Dr. Temitope Aluko.
The state government through the Office of the Attorney General on February 3,2016, secured the bench warrant seeking Aluko’s arrest at an Ado Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s Court presided over by Mr. Adesoji Adegboye..

Pfizer blocks its drugs from use in lethal injections



Pfizer Inc has taken steps to ensure that none of its products are used in lethal injections, the largest U.S. drugmaker said on Friday.

Wow! Dog Saves Seven-Year-Old From Rattlesnake



A two-year-old German shepherd is recovering after coming to the rescue of a seven-year-old girl when she was confronted by a rattlesnake in Florida.
Molly DeLuca was playing in the garden with her pet, named Haus, on Wednesday when the eastern diamondback snake suddenly appeared.

Friday, 13 May 2016

US Sees First Case Of Microcephaly From Zika in Puerto Rico



Zika-related microcephaly has been confirmed in Puerto Rico, the US territory's health department has said.
It is the first local transmission of the congenital condition - that causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads - in the United States.

NIGERIA - SEE WHO AN EX-MILITANT ALLEGES IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RENEWED NIGER DELTA HOSTILITIES


The National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators, NCNDE-A, has alleged that the renewed hostilities being witnessed now in the region were planned in January last year ahead of the March 2015 presidential election.

Belgium to begin air strikes against IS in Syria



Belgium will extend its F-16 air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq into Syria, the government said Friday, as it grapples with the aftermath of deadly IS-claimed bomb attacks in Brussels in March.

NIGERIA - SUSPECTED HERDSMAN BEHEADS WOMAN AND INJURES TWO IN DELTA COMMUNITY


Chaos pervaded the air in Illah community, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State as unknown assailant suspected to be Fulani herdsman beheaded a woman and inflicted severe injuries on two others.

WORLD'S OLDEST PERSON DIES, AGED 116


The world's oldest person has died at the age of 116.
Susannah Mushatt Jones, who had been living in a care home in Brooklyn, New York, for more than 30 years, died on Thursday night.

NIGERIA - FOUR STOREY BUILDING COLLAPSES IN OGUN STATE, MANY FEARED KILLED


Tragedy struck today morning as a four-storey complex currently under construction at the sprawling Itoku Market in Abeokuta, Ogun State, collapsed, killing several people.

FOOTBALL - ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVICH ANNOUNCES PSG EXIT


Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed he will leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season.
And now the 34-year-old Sweden striker has taken to Facebook ahead of Saturday's Ligue 1 finale with Nantes to announce: "My last game at Parc des Princes. I came like a king, left like a legend."

AWW... TENNIS STAR SERENA WILLIAMS FELL SICK AFTER TASTING DOG MEAL



Serena Williams has revealed she made herself ill after eating dog food just hours before she stormed through to the quarter-final of the Italian Open.

IRAQ - Sources say shooting in Northern Iraqi town has killed 12

Three gunmen opened fire on a popular cafe in the northern Iraqi town of Balad overnight, killing at least 12 people and wounding 25, police and hospital sources said on Friday.

ANTI-CORRUPTION SUMMIT IN LONDON: LOOTED FUNDS TO BE RETURNED TO NIGERIA AND OTHER COUNTRIES



Yesterday’s anti-corruption summit in London agreed to a plan to speed up international efforts on asset recovery.
The Global Forum for Asset Recovery will bring together governments and law enforcement agencies to discuss returning assets to Nigeria, Ukraine, Sri Lanka and Tunisia.

NIGERIA - THE EFCC INSISTS CCT CHAIR DANLADI WAS IMPLICATED IN A #10M BRIBERY.


There are indications that the dark cloud hovering over the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, has refused to clear as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday insisted that he was implicated in a N10 million bribery allegations.

Apple falls below $90 as iPhone worries grow



Shares of Apple dropped below $90 on Thursday for the first time since 2014 as Wall Street worried about slow demand ahead of the anticipated launch of a new iPhone later this year.

Subaru recalls 48,500 U.S. vehicles for steering issue



Subaru of America said on Thursday it is recalling 48,500 new U.S. vehicles because of a serious potential steering issue and warned owners not to drive them until they are inspected and repaired if needed.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

UK - Oh boy!!! Homes Evacuated Over World War 2 Unexploded Bomb At Bath School



Up to 1,000 properties are being evacuated in Bath after contractors found what is believed to be a "large" unexploded World War Two bomb.
A 300-metre cordon has been set up, while residents have been taken to Bath Racecourse. 

Aid agencies say flash floods have displaced nearly 120,000 in Ethiopia


Flash floods displaced nearly 120,000 people in Ethiopia last month and a total of almost half a million are expected to be affected this year, government and humanitarian agencies said on Wednesday.

NIGERIA - ON FANTASTICALLY CORRUPT COMMENT, BUHARI SAYS CAMERON WAS ONLY BEING HONEST




President Muhammadu Buhari has defended British Prime Minister, David Cameron’s comments, caught on video this week, about Nigeria being “fantastically corrupt.”
Buhari insisted that Cameron had nothing to apologize for, as he was merely talking about what he knows.

NIGERIA - IBE KACHIKWU SAYS PETROL PRICE WILL GO DOWN IN FEW MONTHS



Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu said Thursday that the price of petrol will come down in a few months.

NIGERIA - AGAIN FEMI FANI- KAYODE'S RESIDENCE INVADED BY GUN WIELDING MEN OF THE EFCC


Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, on Thursday night, condemned the invasion of his Abuja residence by gun-wielding operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, noting that this was the fourth time in a week that the anti-graft agency was invading his home.

FOOTBALL - MOURINHO SAYS BENITEZ WOES WOULD BE FORGOTTEN IF REAL MADRID LIFT THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TROPHY



Jose Mourinho says success for Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane in the Champions League would "gloss over" the club's season and make fans forget about Rafael Benitez's reign.

Barcelona are hot favourites to pip arch rivals Real to the La Liga title ahead of the final round of fixtures, while the Santiago Bernabeu outfit were expelled from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player, Denis Cheryshev, against Cadiz in December.

FOOTBALL - EVERTON BOSS MARTINEZ SACKED


Everton have confirmed manager Roberto Martinez has "left his position" at the club as a dismal Premier League campaign nears its end.
The Spaniard leaves Everton on the back of a poor run of just one win in their last 10 league games, with the club currently sitting 12th in the table with one match to go. 

NIGERIA - REP GBAJABIAMILA CALLS FOR MINIMUM WAGE REVIEW UPON SUBSIDY REMOVAL



The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila (Lagos-APC) Thursday said in order to cushion the effects of deregulation of the petroleum sector by the Federal Government, there was need for a review of the minimum wage of workers.

IRAQ -Islamic State kills 17 Iraqi soldiers with suicide truck bombs near Ramadi



Islamic State insurgents killed at least 17 Iraqi soldiers with suicide truck bombs on Thursday in a major attack on government forces that recaptured the western city of Ramadi in December, military officials said.

Brazil's Rousseff set to bow out after Senate votes to put her on trial



Brazil's Senate voted on Thursday to put leftist President Dilma Rousseff on trial in a historic decision brought on by a deep recession and a corruption scandal that will now confront her successor, Vice President Michel Temer.

NIGERIA - EXPLOSION IN MAIDUGURI, SIX KILLED

A bomb explosion rocked Maiduguri, Borno State capital, today with six people killed, while six others were injured in the incident.

NIGERIA - FUEL SUBSIDY REMOVAL: CESJET (GROUP) COMMENDS DECISION



The Civil group Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency has commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve to remove the controversial subsidy on fuel.

NIGERIA - ON #24Bn PAY OUT, EFCC DETAINS EDO'S IMASUEN AND IZE-IYAMU, INTERROGATES CROSS RIVERS' IMOKE


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has made a major breakthrough in pinning down and obtaining first hand information from the major beneficiaries of the $115 million (N24 billion) payout by former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, through the former Managing Director of Fidelity Bank. 

Hyperloop In First Test Of Super-Fast Transport



A US firm says it has successfully conducted a first public test of its ultra-high speed transportation system.
Hyperloop One aims to whisk passengers through a low-pressure tube at speeds of up to 750mph (1,207 km/h).

PHOTOS - CHECK OUT THE SUPPOSED WORLD'S LONGEST CAR WITH A HELIPAD, POOL AND OTHER FEATURES


The American Dream Limo is owned by car collector and designer Jay Ohrberg of Burbank,California,USA.It is considered as the world's longest Car.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

INSTAGRAM GETS NEW LOGO AMID MIXED REACTIONS



Instagram has launched a new logo - and some users aren't happy.
The photo-sharing app, which has 400 million monthly users, has ditched its retro logo in favour of a bright, multi-coloured design.

NIGERIA - NLC VOWS TO RESIST FUEL PRICE INCREASE


As reactions trail fuel subsidy removal, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) today faulted the federal government on the hike in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly called petrol describing it “as an act of insensitivity and impunity”

NIGERIA - FUEL SUBSIDY REMOVED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, FUEL TO NOW SELL FOR #145/LITRE


The Forefront has learned on good authority that the Federal Government has finally removed subsidy from sale of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, also known as petrol with immediate effect. 

Antibiotic Resistance Becoming Global 'Crisis'



Doctors in Thailand have said they are seeing a worrying growth of antibiotic-resistant infections - with some warning of a "collapse of the modern medical system" if urgent action is not taken.
It comes as health ministers from across Asia prepare to present a new regional action plan to G7 leaders when they meet in Japan next month.

FOOTBALL - ARSENAL STRIKER WELBECK RULED OUT FOR 9 MONTHS


Arsenal have confirmed striker Welbeck will be out for around nine months following surgery on his right knee.


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The England international was forced off in the first half of Sunday's draw with Manchester City following a coming together with Bacary Sagna, and will now miss Euro 2016.

NIGERIA - BAYELSA GOVERNOR SERAKE DICKSON TELLS MILITANTS THEIR ACTIVITIES ARE DESTROYING THE NIGER DELTA



The Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, on Wednesday lamented that activities of militants were damaging the image of the state and the Niger Delta region as a whole.