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Saturday, 3 September 2016

Iheanacho loan strike for Nigeria edges Tanzania in warm up formality Afcon qualifier





Gernot Rohr claimed his first win as Nigeria coach as his men saw off Tanzania 1-0 in Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.

Photos: Kanu Nwankwo scores hat-trick as Arsenal Legends beat Milan Glorie



A Nwankwo Kanu hat-trick and goal from Robert Pires gave Arsenal Legends a 4-1 win over Milan Glorie in a charity match at Emirates Stadium.

Moderate quake hits temblor-prone Oklahoma



US - One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded in Oklahoma rattled a state where seismic activity linked to energy production has become a growing concern and sent tremors through six neighboring states, a federal agency said on Saturday.
The quake, which struck 14 km (9 miles) northwest of Pawnee in north-central Oklahoma at 7:02 a.m. CDT (1302 GMT), had a magnitude of 5.6, matching in strength a temblor that hit the state in 2011, the United States Geological Survey reported on its website.

Zimbabwe president Mugabe jokes he was dead and resurrected



Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe joked Saturday that he had been resurrected as he returned from a foreign trip, mocking rumours that he had died or is critically ill.
“Yes, I was dead. It’s true I was dead. I resurrected as I always do once I get back to my country. I am real again,” the 92-year-old ruler told reporters at Harare international airport after arriving from Dubai.

Hurricane Hermine crashes holiday weekend on US East Coast


Tropical Storm Hermine churned Saturday off the US East Coast, threatening deadly flooding and spoiling beach plans for summer’s last-hurrah holiday weekend.
Hermine was moving across the northern Outer Banks of North Carolina in an east-northeasterly direction at near 21 miles (33 kilometers) per hour, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.

World Health Alert! Man dies in Malaysia’s first locally transmitted Zika case



Malaysia reported its first locally transmitted Zika case on Saturday, a 61-year-old man who has died of heart-related complications, the government said.
The patient was a resident of the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah, the Ministry of Health said, and already was in fragile health due to heart problems, high blood pressure and other maladies.

Uzbekistan buries President Islam Karimov






Islam Karimov, president of Uzbekistan for the past quarter of a century, was buried in his home city of Samarkand on Saturday, leaving behind a power vacuum in a nation that serves as a bulwark against militant Islam in Central Asia.

Sultan of Sokoto says September 12 is Eid el-Kabir Day, surely a public holiday



Nigeria - The Sultan of Sokoto,  Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared Monday, September 12, as Eid-el-Kabir Day.
This followed the declaration of September 3 as the 1st of Zulhijja, 1437 AH.

President Buhari hails Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg for inspiring Nigerian youths



Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of social networking website, Facebook, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, yesterday found an admirer in President Muhammadu Buhari on account of his simplicity.

Zuckerberg yesterday hurried back to Nigeria from Kenya after an earlier visit to keep an appointment with Buhari.

Animal music in the cards! Mognificent Music? Album For Feline Listeners



A musician has created an album of music for feline listeners, even though he is allergic to them.
David Teie, a scientist and cellist in the US National Symphony Orchestra, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through crowdfunding and sold 10,000 copies of his record independently.

Jupiter's North Pole 'Like Nothing We've Seen Before'



The NASA spacecraft Juno has sent the first pictures back to Earth of Jupiter's north pole, leaving scientists stunned.
The spacecraft made its first flypast of the planet with its instruments switched on during 27 August.

Mother Teresa To Become Saint After 'Miracles'



A woman who claims she was cured of stomach tumours by praying to Mother Teresa says she "shivered" when she saw light emanating from an image of the diminutive nun.
Monica Besra, a mother of five, told Sky News she approached nuns from Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity organisation in the remote rural village of Balurghat in northeast India in 1998, after medication failed to ease her pain.

US ELECTION 2016 - Trump catches up to Clinton, Reuters/Ipsos poll shows


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has pulled into an effective tie with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, erasing a substantial deficit as he consolidated support among his party’s likely voters in recent weeks, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos national tracking poll released Friday.

Wonderful! 55 year old woman on Saudi Arabia pilgrimage from Nigeria arrested for drugs by NDLEA



A 55-year-old female pilgrim to Medina, Saudi Arabia has tested positive to narcotics.


Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, arrested and placed her under observation. 

Friday, 2 September 2016

Amazing! A week to Edo GUBER election, Sheriff asks INEC to recognise his factional PDP candidate (without campaign?)



Nigeria - A factional national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, on Friday, in Abuja,  asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to recognise his candidate, Mr. Mathew Iduoriyekwemwen, as the party’s candidate f‎or the September 10, Edo State governorship election.

WHO says no Zika Virus cases from Rio Olympics



The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday said there have been no confirmed cases of Zika among travellers or athletes at the Rio Olympics.
The WHO said its prediction that the Games would not fuel the spread of the Zika virus was being proved correct.

Messi out Injured for Argentina and out of 2018 World Cup qualifier on tuesday



Lionel Messi will miss Argentina's 2018 World Cup qualifier in Venezuela on Tuesday after injuring his groin in Thursday's 1-0 victory over Uruguay.

Amazing!!! Japanese Karate Expert, 63, Fights Off Bear Using Black Belt Skills



A 63-year-old karate expert was the unlikely victor of a fight with an angry bear, police in Japan have said.
Atsushi Aoki was fishing in the mountains of the Gunma Prefecture region when the animal emerged from woodland.

Photos: Mark Zuckerberg flew back to Nigeria and was with President Buhari in Abuja



Lol! Missing goat found in Pastor's house. Read how and why


A 45-year-old pastor, Chukwuemeka Okoro, and his wife, Esther, 39, were on Friday arraigned in a Mararaba Upper Area Court for allegedly intimidating their neighbour whose missing goat was found in their house after several searches. 

Football - Aguero handed three-game ban after FA reject appeal



Sergio Aguero has been handed a three-game ban after the FA rejected Manchester City's appeal.

Police Shelter Philippines President Duterte After Deadly Blast



The Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is sheltering at a police station after an explosion in his home city killed 10 people.
The blast happened in the city of Davao on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. 

Uzbekistan President Karimov is dead



Uzbek President Islam Karimov has died aged 78 after suffering a stroke, three diplomatic sources told Reuters on Friday, leaving no obvious successor to take over the Central Asian nation.
The Uzbek government did not immediately confirm the reports. Earlier on Friday it said the health of Karimov, who has been in hospital since last Saturday, had sharply deteriorated.

Nigerian Air Force bombs BOKO HARAM camp in Tumbun Borno Nigeria



Taking members of the Boko Haram in a camp unaware, the Nigerian Air Force
(NAF), has successfully destroyed their camp at Tumbun Rego in Northern Borno.

Oh my! Samsung Halts Galaxy Note 7 Sales After Battery Explosions



Samsung is suspending sales of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after some of the batteries exploded.
Some buyers reported their phones caught fire or exploded while they were charging, and Samsung said it had confirmed 35 such cases, caused by faulty batteries.

Bombs kill at least 12, wound dozens at Pakistan court



Two bombs killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens outside a court complex in northwest Pakistan on Friday, a rescue official said, hours after militants killed two people in a Christian neighborhood in the same region.
Both attacks were claimed by Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a breakaway Pakistani Taliban faction believed to be behind some of the past year's deadliest attacks, including last month's bombing of lawyers in the city of Quetta that killed 74 people.

Weapons storage blast fires off bombs on Baghdad, killing four



Iraq - A blast caused by a fire at a weapons storage in eastern Baghdad on Friday set off rockets that hit neighboring districts, killing at least four residents and injuring a dozen others, police and hospital sources said.

Militants attack Christian area in Pakistan, one guard dead



At least four suicide bombers attacked a Christian neighborhood in northwestern Pakistan early on Friday, killing at least one security guard, the military said.

Football - Brazil back winning as Neymar and Gabriel Jesus continue Olympic momentum away to Ecuador



Neymar and Gabriel Jesus led Brazil to a long-awaited qualifying win in Quito, securing a 3-0 victory over Ecuador.

Football - Messi makes a scoring return for Argentina as Uruguay with Suarez bow to 10-man Albiceleste



Lionel Messi struck the only goal of the game as 10-man Argentina secured a 1-0 win over rivals Uruguay in World Cup qualifying on Thursday. 

Just over two months after retiring from international football, a decision he later reversed, Messi was the hero for Argentina in Mendoza.

Jim Broadbent Joins Game Of Thrones Cast



Jim Broadbent has signed up to play a "significant role" in the seventh season of Game of Thrones.
Details of the character the Oscar-winning British actor will play in the hit HBO series, shown on Sky Atlantic in the UK, are being kept under wraps.

Facebook Satellite Destroyed In SpaceX Rocket Blast



An unmanned SpaceX rocket has exploded during a routine test at Cape Canaveral in Florida.
The Falcon 9 rocket and its $200m (£150m) satellite payload were destroyed in the blast, which happened while the rocket was being test-fired just after 1pm.

First nation airways suspend operations as over 2,500 lose their jobs


Just 24 hours after Aero Contractors shut down all its scheduled flight operations, another domestic carrier, First Nation Airways, has announced the suspension of its commercial operations in the country.

The Nigerian Army again affirms that the Real and Fake BOKO HARAM leader Shekau have been killed


The Nigerian Army has described as “a façade” videos of Abubakar Shekau released by Boko Haram.

Theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Lucky Irabor, reiterated in Adamawa state yesterday that Shekau was dead.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Eagles coach Rohr wants goal keeper Enyeama back with the national team



Coach Gernot Rohr has expressed his desire to have Vincent Enyeama back in the Nigeria senior national team.

Photos: Varying degrees of eclipse in Nigeria today 1st September, 2016


More photos after the cut>>>

Finance Minister Adeosun cries out, 'I don't have a twitter account'



Nigeria - The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Thursday said she had no Twitter account, stating that the one being used to post comments about the economy within the last 24 hours does not belong to her.

See photos of Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg eating with his bare hands in Kenya



Mark Zuckerberg, eating with bare hands during a meeting with Kenya ‘s cabinet secretary in charge of information and communication.
Another photo after the cut. Smiles...

Florida finds first local mosquitoes with Zika virus



Florida officials on Thursday said they have trapped the first mosquitoes that tested positive for the Zika virus in the Miami area, further confirming reports of local U.S. transmission of the illness that can cause severe birth defects.

Powerful 7.1 magnitude quake jolts New Zealand



Evacuations were under way in New Zealand after a tsunami warning was issued following a powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake which struck before dawn off the east coast of the North Island.

Tanzania arrive for Eagles Afcon clash at Uyo, Nigeria




Tanzania have arrived ahead of Saturday's Africa Cup of Nations encounter with Nigeria.

Brazil’s Rousseff appeals against losing presidency


Impeached Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff filed a Supreme Court challenge Thursday to her removal from office in an early blow to new President Michel Temer’s bid to stabilize the country.

Jets bomb Syrian rebels as they wage big attack in Hama province



Areas of Syria's Hama province captured by Syrian insurgents came under heavy air attack on Thursday as government forces sought to counter a major rebel assault in an area of strategic importance to President Bashar al-Assad.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes during test firing in Florida



An explosion destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket belonging to Elon Musk's SpaceX during routine test firing at Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday, shaking buildings miles (km) away and sending a thick plume of black smoke pouring into the air.

NAN reports that the price of bag of rice to crash soon



Nigeria - Chief Anthony Ndubuka, a major rice dealer in Umuahia, has expressed optimism that the price of rice would soon fall in Nigeria.
Ndubuka expressed the optimism in Umuahia on Thursday while speaking on the high price of the grains in the country.

Discovery Of Oldest Ever Fossils Hints At Earlier Life On Earth



The world's oldest fossils have been found in Greenland, suggesting life may have emerged on Earth earlier than first thought.
A series of small conical structures were recently found on an exposed piece of rock in the sea, which have now been shown to be the oldest fossils of a living organism.

Study shows what your phone says about you



What does your smartphone say about your personality? According to a university study, it's actually quite a lot.
Researchers from the University of Lincoln found that people who buy phones running Google's Android operating system are seen as more honest and humble than those who pick iPhones.

Twin Stars Orbited By Three Giant Planets Discovered



Astronomers have discovered a trio of giant planets orbiting a pair of stellar 'twins' similar to our sun.
The twin stars - known as HD 133121A and HD 133131B - circle each other just 33.5 billion miles apart, a third of the distance of other binary systems.

Mexican leader defends decision to invite Trump


Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday dismissed criticism that his meeting with Donald Trump was a mistake, saying he invited the US presidential candidate in order to confront his views.