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Akinwunmi Adesina re-elected as AFDB president

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Rio Olympics (Basketball) - The US ladies roll past Spain to win sixth straight gold in the Olympics

The United States women's basketball team thumped Spain 101-72 to claim a sixth straight gold medal on Saturday to rubber-stamp their credentials as one of the greatest Olympic sporting dynasties of all time.

Breaking News! Goodness me! 8 killed, 60 injured in blast at wedding in southeast Turkey

Eight people were killed and 60 were wounded on Saturday, security sources said, in what a regional official in southern Turkey called a "terror attack" on a wedding party.

Mother And Son Die After Aberdeen Beach Rescue

Aberdeen, Scotland - A mother and son have died after a rescue operation to recover five people off the coast in Aberdeen.
Police Scotland said earlier they had received a number of calls about people in difficulty in the water off Aberdeen beach at around 4.45pm.

Football (La Liga) - Barcelona crush Betis 6-2 as Suarez and Messi soar

The defending champions set the season rolling as Lionel Messi and hat-trick hero Luis Suarez were in sensational form, they helped Barcelona start their title defence with a crushing 6-2 win over Real Betis at the Camp Nou on Saturday.
Messi scored twice and set up another goal, dominating proceedings, while Suarez added three of his own after Arda Turan’s opener.

NAN reports that Jigawa has been hit by flood, at least 120 houses, farm lands damaged

Jigawa, Nigeria -  Flood have destroyed 120 houses and washed away farms and other valuables worth millions of naira in Jahun Local Government Area of Jigawa.
Rep. Sai’du Yusif (APC-Jahun/Miga) made the figure known to newsmen after visiting the victims to sympathise with them.

Rio Olympics (Football) - Medal at last for Nigeria as Dream team manage a 3-2 win against daring Honduras

Nigeria claimed men’s football bronze at the Rio Olympics after a battling 3-2 win over Honduras in Belo Horizonte on Saturday to deny the Central Americans their first ever Olympic medal in history.

Football - English premiership results and scorers so far this weekend

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English Premiership results today:


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US - More controversy hits Trump as report says his companies owe $650m

Companies belonging to Donald Trump have at least $650 million in debt, more than twice the amount shown in public filings made by his presidential campaign, the New York Times reported Saturday.
The paper employed a property information firm to search publicly available data on more than 30 US properties connected to the Republican candidate, including offices and golf courses.

Football - After Euro 2016 finals with Portugal, Ronaldo returns to training looking slim

Portugal’s Euro 2016 winning captain Cristiano Ronaldo resumed training for his club Real Madrid on Saturday after picking up a knee injury in the final victory over France.
No date has been set for a full return to action but a slimline and tanned Ronaldo trained separately from the rest of the group, as did teammate Karim Benzema, who has also been sidelined through injury.

Health Alert Nigeria!!! The FG has warned Nigerians of fake Quinine Sulphate in circulation

The Federal Government has stepped up vigilance within the drug supply chains in the country on the circulation of two confirmed falsified versions of Quinine Sulphate. A statement said the Federal Ministry of Health received a medical alert that the two falsified drugs contain zero active pharmaceutical ingredients. 

Photos: Awesome!!! China opens longest glass bottom bridge in world

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Tourists who suffer from vertigo need not apply. The world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge opened Saturday in China’s spectacular Zhangjiajie mountains — the inspiration for American blockbuster Avatar. Some 430 metres (1,400 feet) long and suspended 300 metres above the earth, the bridge spans the canyon between two mountain cliffs in Zhangjiajie park in China’s central Hunan province.  More details and photos after the cut>>>

Report says the Taliban have captured Afghan key district

Kunduz, Aghanistan - Taliban militants have captured a key district in Afghanistan’s northern province of Kunduz, officials said.
The fighters attacked from several directions and government troops were forced to retreat to Kunduz city, which briefly fell to the Taliban last year, the BBC reports.

Football - In the EPL early kick off, Man City stroll past Stoke City 4-1

Pep Guardiola extended his 100 per cent start as Manchester City manager as Sergio Aguero’s brace and a late double from Nolito secured an impressive 4-1 win at Stoke on Saturday.
City’s away form last season undermined their efforts to regain the Premier League title with just four wins from Manuel Pellegrini’s last 16 away league games in charge.

Lol. 4,395 couples register for mass-wedding in Kano

Kano, Nigeria - About 4,395 prospective couples wishing to participate in the Kano State Government’s mass wedding have so far registered for the programme.

The state government had directed the Hisba Board to register all interested prospective couples in the state.
 Dr Abba Sufi, the Director-General of the board, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Saturday.

Rio Olympics (Athletics) - Zero medal looms for Nigeria as US win 4X100m relay

Felix, long jump gold medallist Tianna Bartoletta, English Gardner and Tori Bowie, who won 100m silver and 200m bronze in Rio, combined to clock the second fastest relay time ever run, in 41.01 seconds.

The Pentagon says US scrambled jets to protect its advisers in Syria

The US-led coalition scrambled fighters to protect US advisers working with Kurdish forces after Syrian regime jets bombed the area, in the latest escalation of Syria's bloody conflict, the Pentagon said.
The air strikes took place on Thursday, conducted by two Syrian SU-24 attack planes targeting Kurdish forces undergoing training with US special operations advisers around the northeastern city of Hasakeh, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said.

Abia power tussle: Ogah vows to challenge court judgement at the Supreme Court

Nigeria - The Dr. Sampson Uchechukwu Ogah Organisation has assured Abians not to loose hope because of the judgment of  the Appeal Court in Abuja, which  on Thursday, nullified the Certificate of Return issued to Dr. Sampson Uchechukwu Ogah by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as the governor of Abia State .

Read PDP's reply to APC on the unaccounted funds under Jonathan plus more

Nigeria - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Friday refuted the claim by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun, that it was responsible for the current economic challenges Nigerians are facing under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Recall that the chairman of the ruling APC had on Thursday said the Nigeria is currently in intensive care unit after it was rescued from PDP.

The Sultan of Sokoto says no one can islamize Nigeria

The Sultan of Sokoto and President of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has told Nigerians to forget the fears or suspicion of a grand plan to turn Nigeria into an Islamic state.

Woooow!!! Two Astronauts Install Parking Space On ISS Spacewalk

Two astronauts have completed a six-hour spacewalk to install a parking spot on the International Space Station (ISS).
Jeff Williams and Kate Rubins stepped outside the orbiting lab to fit an adapter, which will be used by private spacecraft to dock at the station in the coming years.

Rio Olympics (Women Football) - Germany wins gold, overcoming Sweden 2-1

Silvia Neid was given the perfect send-off as her Germany side beat Sweden 2-1 to claim gold in the women's football final at Rio 2016.

Neid, who is standing down after 11 years in charge, has enjoyed much success as a player and coach during her illustrious career, but an Olympic triumph had previously proved elusive.

Revealed!!! Obasanjo says he and four others ensured President Buhari came in to save Nigeria, says he won't fail

Nigeria - Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that he and four other eminent Nigerians brought President Muhammadu Buhari to salvage Nigeria from its current challenges.
He said they took the decision when they felt that the country stood at a crossroads.

An Official says ex-President Jonathan's complicity with the Avengers is known by the South South Governors, PDP's Wike denies

Nigeria - The Forefront understands that the revelation that former President Goodluck Jonathan or some people sympathetic to him are behind the spate of bombings being witnessed in the Niger Delta was first made at a meeting inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, it has been revealed.

Rio Olympics (Athletics) - Unbeatable Bolt signs off Olympics career with triple-triple

Usain Bolt drew down the curtain on his brilliant Olympic career by securing a sweep of the sprint titles for a third successive Games when Jamaica successfully defended the 4x100 meters relay crown in Rio on Friday.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Football - King Zlatan double edges Southampton as Pogba shines in debut Man Utd win

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as Manchester United defeated Southampton 2-0 at Old Trafford on Friday.

Paul Pogba - who played the full 90 minutes - also impressed on his second debut for the club after completing his world record transfer move from Juventus and missing Sunday's 3-1 win at Bournemouth through suspension.

World Health: Florida governor confirms Zika transmission in Miami Beach

US - Florida officials said on Friday they have identified a new area of Zika virus transmission through local mosquitoes in a small area in Miami Beach, the second area in Miami-Dade county where the Zika virus is spreading.

Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Clinton now leads Trump by eight points

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leads Republican rival Donald Trump by 8 percentage points among likely voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday.
The Aug. 14-18 survey showed 42 percent of Americans supported Clinton ahead of the Nov. 8 general election. That compares with 34 percent support for Trump. Another 23 percent of likely voters would not pick either candidate.

Photo: Oh gracious! 11 Military personnel killed in autocrash

South Africa - Eleven South African military officials were killed on Friday when the bus transporting them fell down an embankment.

Abia power tussle: PDP praises the judiciary for upholding Ikpeazu's election

Nigeria - The Peoples Democratic Party has expressed appreciation to the judiciary over the Appeal Court judgment that upheld the election of Abia State governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, by setting aside the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja, presided over by Justice Okon Abang.

Awww... Baby Born on an Airplane Given 1 Million Miles as a Birthday Present

A baby girl is having an exciting first week on the planet.

After being born on an airplane during a flight from Dubai to Manila on Sunday, Philippine airline Cebu Pacific gave the baby one million air miles, the Guardian reports.

Some positives in the Stock Exchange today as Capital trading appreciates by 0.84%

Nigeria - Market indices of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Friday improved by 0.84 per cent amid interim dividend declared by some quoted companies.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the All-Share Index appreciated by 229.33 points or 0.84 per cent to close at 27,650.32 points compared with 27.420.99 achieved on Thursday.

Obasanjo to PDP: I won't return, 'Goodnight,' says President Buhari won't fail

Nigeria - Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday bade the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) good night, saying he will not return to the party.
Obasanjo spoke to journalists in Jalingo, Taraba, while assessing some projects initiated by his administration in the state.

US Election 2016 - Trump campaign chairman Manafort resigns

Paul Manafort resigned as chairman of Donald Trump's U.S. presidential campaign on Friday, Trump said, days after the Republican candidate effectively demoted him in a leadership shakeup aimed at boosting his struggling White House bid.

Football (Nigeria) - New Eagles coach Rohr invites 23 players for 2018 Afcon qualifiers clash with Tanzania

Coach Gernot Rohr has invited 23 players for next month's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania in Uyo.

Although the game is inconsequential, the fixture serves as rehearsal for Super Eagles’ 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia in October.

Research Says Babies Show Signs Of Being Good At Maths At Six Months

Signs that a child will become a maths whizz later in life can be spotted when a baby is just six months old, researchers say.
Spatial reasoning in infancy is a strong predictor of how children will do at maths when they are four years old and beyond, the study found.

Niger Delta militants blow up NPDC installations close to venue of stakeholders meeting

Delta State, Nigeria - Gunmen suspected to be Niger Delta militants have blown up oil facilities at Owhrode community, Udu Local Government Area of Delta State.
The scene of the incident is about 20 kilometres from the venue of the one-day stakeholders’ meeting of the six coastal states of the Niger Delta, which was convened to proffer solutions to the ongoing militancy in the region.

Read Niger Delta Avengers' prayer to Buhari and Northern Elders

Nigeria - The Niger Delta militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, on Thursday night prayed for the Buhari-led federal government to discover oil in commercial quantity in the northern part of the country. 

BOKO HARAM linked Wakil and Bolori, stopped by the army from attending Hajj

Nigeria - The Nigerian Military has released the two persons, Aisha Wakil and Ahmed Bolori, who were declared wanted by the Army on Monday for allegedly hoarding information about the whereabouts of the Chibok girls.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, confirmed the release of the duo who reported to the Directorate of Military Intelligence on Tuesday, in a text message to a source on Thursday.

Scientists Discover That Birds Sing Special Song To Babies Through Shell

Scientists have discovered something unexpected about the way birds communicate with their unborn chicks.

One species sings a special song to their eggs to warn their offspring if the weather outside is getting too hot.

On hearing the song, baby zebra finches hatch sooner and gain less weight - meaning they're smaller and better able to keep themselves cool.

About 15 reportedly killed in Abakaliki prison attempted jailbreak

Ebonyi, Nigeria - The Forefront has learned that about 15 inmates and one prison officer may have died following an attempted jailbreak at Abakaliki Federal Prison in Ebonyi State.
Governor David Umahi, however, has waded into the matter, promising to carry out rehabilitation of facilities at the prison.

US Election 2016 - Trump tries to redeem his dwindling fortunes, apologises for his hurtful remarks over time

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump apologized on Thursday for past remarks that "may have caused personal pain" as he sought to refocus his message in the face of falling opinion poll numbers in his first speech since shaking up his campaign team this week.

PDP must keep shut, Jonathan's Government can't account for #33trn - APC says

Nigeria - The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, says at least N33tn was unaccounted for under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He, therefore, asked the Peoples Democratic Party to keep shut as the opposition party had no right to criticise the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.

Odigie-Oyegun was quoted as saying this in a statement issued by his media office and signed by Segun Dipe.

Pakistan military kills 11 militants

Pakistan's military said Thursday it had killed at least 11 militants in air strikes in a restive tribal region near the Afghan border as part of an ongoing offensive.

Photo: Did you know? World's 'largest aircraft' got off ground this week

The world's "largest aircraft" embarked on its maiden flight on Wednesday, four days after a previous attempt was abandoned due to technical issues.
The Airlander 10 -- part plane, part airship -- took to the skies amid cheers and applause from crowds gathered at an airfield in Cardington, central England.

Nigeria Police to Niger Delta Avengers: Declare Republic and face treason

The Police have warned the Niger Delta Avengers against its planned secession from Nigeria, saying it is a treasonable offence.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Donald Awunah, stated that the security agencies would not allow any action that might lead to a breakdown of law and order in any part of the country.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

And Ex-President Jonathan again denied links with Niger Delta Avengers

Nigeria - Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has again denied allegations that he is sponsoring the Niger Delta Avengers.
The former President said this in a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, on Thursday.

In case you missed this: Report links ex-President Jonathan to Niger Delta Avengers

Nigeria - Despite his denial, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has been allegedly fingered in the formation and activities of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).
Also, findings by the security have confirmed that oil installations were mined before the May 29, 2015 handover to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Embattled Brazil President Rousseff demands ‘justice’ in impeachment trial

Brazil’s suspended president Dilma Rousseff said Thursday she will demand “justice” when she defends herself next week at an impeachment trial.

Rousseff was suspended from office in May over accusations that she fiddled with state accounts to make the numbers look better in an election year.
Senators will vote on whether to remove her from office for good after an impeachment trial starting on August 25.The leftist leader, 68, has denied breaking budget laws.

EFCC to arraign Jonathan’s ex-aide, lawyer for alleged $15.6m fraud

Lagos, Nigeria - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday filed a 17-count of alleged $15.6m fraud against a former aide of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, before a Federal High Court in Lagos.