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Saturday, 11 June 2016

FOOTBALL - POSITIVE FELLAINI REVEALS MOURINHO SMS


Manchester United midfielder, Marouane Fellaini has revealed that he has already been in touch with new Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.

Bangladesh Arrests 3,000 After Gruesome Murders



Bangladesh police have arrested 3,155 people in 24 hours following a spate of gruesome murders.
The nationwide operation came as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina vowed to catch "each and every killer".

Entertainment - The Voice' singer Christina Grimmie dies after Florida shooting



Christina Grimmie, a rising singing star who gained fame as a YouTube sensation and contestant on television's "The Voice," died after being shot while signing autographs at a concert hall in Orlando, police said on Saturday.

NIGERIA - TROOPS KILL 10 BOKO HARAM FIGHTERS, WITH 2 CAPTURED IN BORNO STATE


The Nigerian Army on Saturday confirmed the killing of 10 suspected Boko Haram fighters after a clearance operation in Gamboru-Ngala, Borno.
Col. Sani Usman, the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, said this in a statement in Maiduguri. 

Islamic State claims blasts near Damascus Shi'ite shrine in Syria



Islamic State claimed responsibility for suicide and car bomb blasts that struck a Damascus suburb on Saturday near Syria's holiest Shi'ite Muslim shrine, and a monitoring group said at least 20 people were killed.

SAD MOMENTS FOR NIGERIAN FOOTBALL, AS AMODU SHUAIBU'S BODY IS DEPOSITED IN THE SAME MORTURARY WITH KESHI


Sadly, the body of former Super Eagles Coach, Amodu Shuaibu who died in his sleep has been deposited at Stella Obasanjo hospital in Benin where Keshi's corpse is also kept. 

Football - Sad news again Nigeria: Former Eagles coach Shuaibu Amodu is dead


Former Super Eagles handler Amodu Shaibu, and presently manager of the Nigerian Super Eagles  and Technical Director of the NFF is dead. 

Entertainment - Voice Star Christina Grimmie Critical After Being Shot At Concert



A former contestant on the American version of The Voice is in a critical condition after being shot at a concert in Florida.
Christina Grimmie, who came third on the show in 2014, was attacked while signing autographs after performing at the Plaza Live venue in Orlando.

Oh goodness! Two More Riders Killed At Isle Of Man TT Races



Two motorcyclists competing in the Isle of Man TT Races have died, bringing the total number of fatalities at this year's event to five.
Sidecar driver Ian Bell, 58, of Bedlington, Northumberland, was killed in a crash at Ballaspur. He was racing with his son Carl, who is said to be uninjured.

NIGERIA - IBB RETURNS TO MINNA AFTER MEDICAL TREATMENT IN GERMANY



Former military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida has arrived Minna after a medical trip in Germany.
Babangida arrived the Minna International airport in a chartered aircraft N550 DR  at about 3.30 pm on Friday.

NIGERIA - OH BOY!!! NEW MILITANT GROUP BAKASSI STRIKE FORCE URGE NIGER DELTA AVENGERS TO EMBRACE PEACE, DISPLAY ARMS



Militants under the aegis of Bakassi Strike Force (BSF) have embarked on a rare show of arms display as they charged the Niger Delta Avengers to drop arms and embrace peace.
Brandishing sophisticated arms at the Esuk Mba Beach in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State, the masked militants clothed in camouflage and singlet equally declared total solidarity with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government saying a round table negotiation was the way forward and not violence.

FOOTBALL - MOURINHO READY TO LET GO OF DARMIAN AS POGBA BAIT


After seeing a reported £60 million offer rejected for the explosive Frenchman, Jose Mourinho is looking to use Darmian as a bargaining chip in the club's next approach.

US Election 2016 - Clinton leads Trump by 11 points in White House race, according to Reuters/Ipsos poll



Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 11 points in the U.S. presidential race, showing little change after she became the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee this week, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday.

Friday, 10 June 2016

FOOTBALL - EURO 2016: FRANCE KICK START WITH 2-1 LATE WIN OVER ROMANIA



France got their Euro 2016 campaign off to a solid start on Friday as they beat Romania 2-1 at the Stade de France.

FOOTBALL - DE GEA DENIES PROSTITUTION CASE



Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David de Gea has rejected allegations he organised a party at which two women were forced to have sex as "lies".
The 25-year-old is in France with the Spain squad for the Euro 2016 tournament that got under way on Friday evening.

NIGERIA - SUSPECTED YAHOO GUY DIES IN EFCC CUSTODY AFTER #91M FRAUD


Desmond Nunugwo, a suspect who was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over allegations of fraud, has died after spending six hours in EFCC custody. 

Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman, disclosed this on Friday, saying Nunugwo was taken into custody on Thursday, but died a few hours later. 

Football - Manchester United keeper De Gea named in high profile sex scandal



The name of Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David De Gea has appeared in testimony about a high-profile sex scandal, a Spanish daily claimed Friday.
According to Eldiario.es, the name of De Gea and Athletic Bilbao’s Iker Muniain appeared in the testimony of a “protected witness” as part of an investigation into Ignacio Allende, a porn producer in Spain who was detained in April for alleged sexual abuse on minors and spreading child pornography.

NIGERIA - GOSH IT! EX-IMMIGRATION BOSS CONFESSES MORE ON RECRUITMENT SCANDAL; EACH COMPTROLLER GOT #300,000


Erstwhile Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, Mr. David Shikfu Paradang, on Friday, narrated before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, how the botched recruitment exercise that led to the death of 20 persons across the country in 2014, was planned and executed. 

Entertainment - Ghostbusters Stars Unite For Theme Tune


The original and the new stars of Ghostbusters have united to dance to the famous theme tune from the film.
Thirty-two years after the original smash hit film, and a month before the all female re-boot is released, the stars got together on American TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Oh gosh! Aquatic problem yet again!!! Sea Lice Stinging Swimmers At Florida Beach.



Oh come on could people just stop visiting water bodies meanwhile? Alligator, shark, crocodile tragedies and now sea lice? Goodness gracious me!!! - Joshua Osagie.

Stinging jellyfish larvae, more commonly known as sea lice, are attacking bathers at a Florida beach and causing them to break out in a painful red rash.

Swiss fighter crashes in Netherlands ahead of air show


A Swiss fighter crashed and burst into flames in the Netherlands Thursday after hitting another jet during a training session before an air show, officials said. 

NIGERIA - THE MILITARY SAYS BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS ARE NOW TRAPPED IN SAMBISA FOREST


The military said many Boko Haram terrorists are now trapped in Sambisa forest, the insurgents’ major stronghold in Borno State, following sustained offensive in the area by the troops.

Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen Lucky Irabor, said at a press briefing in Maiduguri that the operation of the military troops reduced the capacity of the insurgents to fight, adding that they have been trapped in their hideouts.


NIGERIA - JUDGE HANDLING METUH'S CASE THREATENS NATIONAL HOSPITAL, ABUJA



A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has berated the National Hospital, Abuja, over the transfer of PDP Spokesman Olisa Metuh to a Lagos hospital.
The judge, Justice Okon Abang, berated the hospital when he ruled in an application for adjournment brought by Metuh’s Counsel, Emeka Etaiba (SAN) in Abuja on Friday.

WIVES OF AFRICAN PRESIDENTS CLAMOUR FOR IMPROVED HEALTH CARE FOR WOMEN

The Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV and AIDS (OAFLA), on Thursday, called for stronger integration of services to improve health of women.
They made the call at the First ladies session at the ongoing UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, taking place in New York.

US - WSJ reports emails in Clinton probe dealt with planned drone strikes


Emails between U.S. diplomats in Islamabad and State Department officials in Washington about whether to challenge specific U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan are at the center of a criminal probe involving Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

FOOTBALL - EURO 2016 SET TO KICK OFF AMID WORRIES



Euro 2016 will kick off tonight in France, with the largest-ever continental tournament taking place amid terror threats and strike action.
The hosts will kick-off against Romania tonight in the same national stadium attacked by three suicide bombers last November, and with the nation under an extended state of emergency.

Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Can 'Reverse Disease'



A radical treatment can halt the progression of multiple sclerosis and even reverse symptoms of the autoimmune disease, research suggests.
The "highly exciting" therapy involves destroying the patient's immune system and regenerating a new one using stem cells taken from their bone marrow.

NIGERIA - 2016 BUDGET TO BE CUT AS DEBT RATIO WOULD INCREASE


Federal government has opted to reduce total budgetary spending on 2016 capital expenditure plan ahead of indication that the budget would not be implemented fully. 

Thursday, 9 June 2016

FOOTBALL - CARRICK SIGNS ONE YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH MAN UTD


Michael Carrick has ended speculation over his future by signing a new one-year contract with Manchester United, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.
Carrick was due to be out of contract in the close-season and faced the possibility of having to leave Old Trafford when Jose Mourinho was appointed to replace sacked manager Louis van Gaal.

NIGERIA - ANOTHER PIPELINE BLOWN UP BY MILITANTS


Report says Niger Delta militants blew up another oil facility suspected to belong to Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, around Ogidigben, Warri South West Local in Delta State, Thursday evening.   

NIGERIA - FINALLY PRESIDENCY HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF FAYOSE, AIDES CALLED FOR QUESTIONING



The Presidency seem to have had enough of the Ekiti State Governor Fayose who few days ago raised alarm that he was one of the targets of the Federal Government travel ban to be placed on two serving governors, there is a move by the Presidency to clamp down on his aides and lawmakers of the Ekiti State Assembly.

Three Killed As Plane Crashes Into Car Park



Three people have died after a plane crashed into a car park in Texas.
The aircraft hit an employee's vehicle outside a hardware store near a Houston airport at 1pm on Thursday, said police.

US ELECTION 2016 - OBAMA ENDORSES CLINTON, SAYS "I AM WITH HER"



Barack Obama on Thursday endorsed Hillary Clinton to succeed him as US president, declaring in a video message “I’m with her.”
Obama’s endorsement comes after a hard fought Democratic primary season, in which Clinton struggled against leftist rival Bernie Sanders.

NIGERIA - SEE LIST OF BUHARI'S AMBASSADORIAL NOMINEES


President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday forwarded names of 47 ambassadorial nominees to Senate for confirmation.
The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, who read the letter to senators, said President Buhari requested the upper legislative house to approve the list at the shortest time possible.

NIGERIA - MASS SACK TO BE STOPPED, BANKS AGREE


Bank workers, who have been apprehensive over the retrenchment gale in sector, can now heave a sigh of relief, as Deposit Money Banks, under the aegis of Bankers Committee have agreed to halt further mass sack in the industry. 

The decision was announced at the end of the 327th Bankers Committee meeting in Abuja, Thursday. Mrs. 

Tokunbo Martins, CBN Director of Banking Supervision; Mrs. Bola Adesola, Managing Director of Standard Chartered Bank; Mr. Philip Odozua, retiring Managing Director of UBA; Mr. Emeka Emuwa, Managing Director of Union Bank and Mr. Isaac Okoroafor, Acting Director of Communications of the CBN, briefed the press on the outcome of the meeting.


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US ELECTION 2016 - Sanders says will work with Clinton to defeat Republican Trump



 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said on Thursday he would work with rival Hillary Clinton to defeat Republican Donald Trump, though he promised to stay in the White House race through the last primary election next week.
Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, spoke outside the White House after a meeting with President Barack Obama, as Democrats pressured him to end his campaign and support Clinton after a hard-fought primary race.

US (VIRGINIA) - Again Its Tragedy Around An Aquatic Body!!! Umbrella Fatally Stabs Woman On Windy Beach



A Virginia woman has died after being stabbed by an umbrella on a windy oceanfront.
Lottie Michelle Belk received a fatal chest injury on Wednesday afternoon after the beach parasol was caught in a gust.
Virginia Beach police responded to the scene after receiving calls about a 56-year-old woman in cardiac arrest.

Top Flight Russian Pilot Dies In Crash



A pilot of the Russian air force's elite aerobatic squadron died when the fighter jet he was flying crashed outside Moscow.
Russia's defence ministry confirmed the Su-27 jet went down while returning to its base in Kubinka, west of Moscow. 
Earlier reports that the jet was from the Russian Knights display team - the country's equivalent of the Red Arrows - were confirmed and the pilot was named as team member Sergei Yeryomenko. 

NIGERIA - CULT CLASH KILLS FIVE IN UNIVERSITY OF AGRIC, MAKURDI, SCHOOL CLOSED


Authorities of Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, have shut down the institution indefinitely following cult activities which led to the death of four students and one security guard. The institution’s Information Officer, Mr Dzerka Fanafa, said in Makurdi on Thursday that the decision to close down the school was to prevent further escalation of the crisis. 

NIGERIA - FG THREATENS TO WITHDRAW LICENSES OF GSM OPERATORS OVER MASS SACKING


Federal Government  in Geneva threatened to withdraw operating license of banks or telecom operators who violated its order to put on hold the current mass sack in the two sectors.
‎Speaking at the on-going 105th Session of the International Labour Congress (ILC), in Geneva, Switzerland, Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, said the government would go a step further, on erring companies, if the banks and the telecommunication outfits continue with the mass sack of the workers.

NIGERIA - BABANGIDA'S AIDE SAYS HIS BOSS IS ALIVE


In less than two months, the rumoured death of former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida has once again rented the air through some social media postings but with a swift reaction from his Hill top residence in Minna, Niger state that he is still alive, hail and hearty. 

One of the social media sites had, yesterday, indicated that the former military president had died in Germany and that he would be buried in Minna his home town today by 2pm. Reacting to the rumour, spokesman of the General, Alhaji Mahmud Abdullahi, described the development as a figment of lies by the authors who are only out to spread falsehood about the man. 

SOME GOOD NEWS AS LIBERIA OUTBREAK OF EBOLA TO BE AGAIN DECLARED OVER TODAY



The latest Ebola outbreak in Liberia, the last country still affected by the deadliest flare-up in the history of the feared tropical virus, is to be declared over on Thursday.
Liberia will have passed the World Health Organization (WHO) threshold of 42 days — twice the incubation period for the virus — since the last known patient tested negative for the second time.

Israel - Four Killed In Mass Shooting In Tel Aviv, Israel suspends Palestinian entry permits


The Israeli military on Thursday revoked permits for more than 80,000 Palestinians to visit Israel during the ongoing Muslim holy month of Ramadan after a Palestinian shooting attack that killed four Israelis in Tel Aviv.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the assault by two Palestinian gunmen on Wednesday in a trendy restaurant complex near Israel's Defence Ministry, but Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups were quick to praise it.

Iraq - Over 22 killed, 70 wounded, in two bombings in Baghdad

Over 22 people were killed and 70 wounded in two separate bombings on Thursday in Baghdad, one targeting a commercial street and the other an army checkpoint, Iraqi police said.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

TENNIS - MARIA SHARAPOVA GIVEN TWO YEARS BAN OVER DOPING



Maria Sharapova has been banned from professional tennis for two years after she admitted to breaking anti-doping rules.
The 29-year-old's suspension has been backdated to 26 January this year, which was when she provided a urine sample containing meldonium shortly after a quarter-final match at the Australian Open.

NIGERIAN SENATE SUMMONS NGIGE AND EMEFIELE OVER THREAT OF BANKS LICENSES WITHDRAWAL


The Senate, today, summoned the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige over his threat to sanction and withdraw licences of banks that sack their staff. 

The development was sequel to a motion of personal explanation by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking and other Financial Institutions, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, over the threat by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige, to revoke the licenses of banks that ignored Federal Government’s directive on retrenchments in banks. 

Goodness Gracious Me!!! Alligator Dumps Body And Flees As Cops Arrive In Florida, US



The trend of aquatic wild animals feasting on humans is becoming of so much concern globally as a Florida alligator found with a dead body in its jaws near a lake dumped the remains and swam off once police showed up, The Forefront has learned.
Police in Lakeland, about 35 miles east of Tampa, said they received a 911 call on Tuesday afternoon after someone reported seeing the creature with the cadaver on the shore of Lake Hunter.

FORMER INDIA MINISTER CLAMOURS FOR BAN ON NIGERIANS ENTERING INDIA


Former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader, Ravi Naik, used a social slur and sought a ban on Nigerians entering India and demanded that students staying illegally be screened for documents and deported immediately.
“The Central government should ban Nigerians,” Naik reportedly said at a press conference.

NIGERIA - SOBER FEC MEETING AS ACTING PRESIDENT OSINBAJO PRAYS FOR BUHARI AND THREE ILL MINISTERS


The Forefront has learned that wednesday’s meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC started on a sober note with supplication to God to heal President Muhammadu Buhari and 3 other members of his cabinet.

President Buhari had on Monday departed Abuja for London, United Kingdom to seek medical treatment for an ear infection. 

Football - Adidas In 'Epic' Colombia Spelling Mistake In Centenary Copa America



Sportswear giant Adidas has apologised after it misspelled the name of Colombia in football promotional images.
Social media users took to Twitter to mock the spelling of the South American country’s name as "Columbia".
Users posted images apparently taken from sports store promotional material in recent days.