Heat waves force UK citizens to beaches. As UK citizens experience unexpected high wave of temperature which rose 40C, the world has been warned to expect killer heat this year.Other parts of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the U.S. have already seen record temperatures for May and June. The Pakistani city, Turbat, recorded 54 degrees in late May, the hottest temperature ever seen in Asia, according to the World Meteorological Agency (WMO). The United Nations weather agency said in Geneva that the world should be prepare for further heat waves this year. The world record of 56.7 degrees was set in Death Valley in the U.S. in 1913. “The concern now is that we are close to that record,” WMO meteorologist Omar Baddour told a press conference. “According to the data we have, we expec
Chief Ayo Opadokun, a former Secretary of National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) is the Convener of the Coalition of Democrats for Electoral Reforms (CODER). In this interview, Opadokun reacts to allegations by Major Hamza Al- Mustapha (retd), a former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the late Sani Abacha that he led other Yoruba leaders to Aso Rock where they were bribed to be silent over the circumstances surrounding the death of Bashorun MKO Abiola, acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential election. The former NADECO scribe also revealed that some Yoruba leaders betrayed Abiola during the June 12 struggle. Excerpts: Opadokun By Dapo Akinrefon On the 24th anniversary of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Major Al- Mustapha, disclosed that Yoruba leaders led by you, were a...
Abacus: system of calculation. By Suzzy TolofariThe Malaysian High Commissioner, Mr Datum Lim, has inaugurated the Social Intellectual Progressive (SIP) Abacus that would help strengthen the bridge in mathematical learning in Nigeria. Lim made the inauguration and presentation of the SIP and Brain Gym on Wednesday in Abuja. He urged Nigerians to adopt the SIPAbacus teaching method that originated from Malaysia to strengthen mathematics skills in Nigeria. Lim said that Nigeria had a larger number of students studying in Malaysia, adding that about 15,000 Nigerians were presently studying in Malaysia. “Mathematics is what students are usually afraid of, the introduction of SIP Abacus in Nigeria will help strengthen the bridge in mathematics. “It will also help to strengthen intellectual shar
Ahmed Markarfi, PDP Caretaker Committee Chairman commends Osinbajo By Emmanuel OloniruhaThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on steps he had taken to douse tension in the country occasioned by “hate speeches’’ Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, Chairman, PDP National Caretaker Committee, said at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja, that Osinbajo deserved to the commended. Makarfi, a factional leader of the party, however, called on government to build on the efforts by making all sections to be viable and operate an inclusive government. He advised the government to ensure that its programmes, policies and steps were tailored in a manner that no section of this country would have the impression that it didn’t count. Makarfi also called on leaders and governm
Poverty: China, Africa meet on poverty reduction By Lawal SalehMore than 50 African countries and China have gathered in Addis Ababa to share experiences on prosperity and poverty reduction. The brain-storming holding at the African Union headquarters was organised on the platform of Africa-China High Level Dialogue and Think Tanks Forum. The event was flagged-off by the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, on Wednesday. He assured African countries of China’s continued commitment to strengthen the existing mutually beneficial cooperation in order to assist the continent and its people achieve independent and sustainable development. Wang stated that no fewer than 400 million people still live under the poverty line in Africa. “China and Africa need to join hands in fighting poverty and achi
Constituents of Kogi West Senatorial District on Wednesday submitted a petition to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) demanding the recall of Dino Melaye from the Senate.Dino Melaye But reacting to the action, Dino Melaye said the move to recall him from the upper legislative chamber will land many people in jail. His constituents of on Wednesday submitted a petition to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) demanding the recall of Dino Melaye from the Senate. Leader of the constituents, Chief Cornelius Olowo, at INEC headquarters, shortly after submitting the petition, said that electorate in Melaye’s constituency were resolved to recall him. He said that the petition, which had signatures of more than 52 per cent of the electorate in the area, was submitte
Ibadan – The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has urged the National Assembly to quicken the amendment of the 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Act.A woman in Purdah casting her votes during the Gubernatorial and State Assembly Elections in Minna, Niger State. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida Yakubu made the call in Ibadan on Wednesday, at an International Conference organised by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan. The theme of the conference is “Enfranchising the African Diaspora: Comparing Notes across Sub-Saharan Africa.’’ Yakubu was represented by a National Commissioner of INEC, Prof. Anthonia Simbinne. He said that the conference was organised to underscore the importance of the card reader and electronic voting to
Banks want Etisalat investigated By Florence Onuegbu and Chinyere Joel-NwokeomaStrong indications emerged on Wednesday that consortium of 13 banks, involved in Etisalat Nigeria’s 1.2 billion dollar loan is seeking the Federal Government’s intervention to investigate the management. A management source close to the banks told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the banks want the government, through the EFCC, to wade into the matter, by investigating what the company did with the loan. The source alleged that the loans were siphoned and needed to be investigated by the EFCC, noting, there was no proof of what the company did with the loan. He said that the affected banks had rolled out a lot of viable options to Etisalat for the loan to be restructured, but was rejected by the co
Out-of-School children to get World Banks’s aid The World Bank has approved a credit of $961 million to support Nigeria in bringing back out-of-school children into the classrooms.Out of the money, $350 million is for Kaduna State Economic Transformation Programme, which focuses on enhancing private sector investment in Kaduna State. The Head of Communications, World Bank, Nigeria, Mrs Olufunke Olufon, said in Abuja on Wednesday that the gesture was to support the federal and state authorities in their efforts to foster inclusion and revive growth. The investment in the two programmes, she explained was in alignment with the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the Federal Government. “The 611 million dollars to Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) Programme aims to bri
Nigerians have poor reading culture By Maureen AtuonwuProf. Lenrie Aina, the National Librarian, says that Nigeria is not rated among the most reading countries in the world. Aina, who is also the Chief Executive Officer, National Library of Nigeria, said this in Enugu on Wednesday at the Readership Promotion Campaign (RPC). He said that a recent study on the most reading countries in the world showed that Nigeria was not mentioned in the ranking while Egypt and South Africa were among the first 30 countries rated. “Leading world nations pride themselves on their promotion of reading. “They see a high level of literacy as a major source of their competitiveness and social maturity. “The absence of a widespread culture of reading in the case of Nigeria acts as an effective barrier to our de
IG of Police Ibrahim Idris, wants a crime free society By Uche EletuoThe Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Western Ports, Mr Adeyemi Gbola, has warned police officers against collecting money from truck drivers to allow them in and out of the ports gate. Gbola told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos that the police high command would not condone such corrupt practice. “The task of the police at the ports is to provide maximum security of life and property for the port users to enhance economic growth. “The police management will treat officers found wanting in this regard with disdain, as many of them have already been dismissed from the force,” he said. He alleged that officers of the Area B Command and other stations near the ports were involved in this unwho
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has received the 188,588 signatures out of the 360,098 registered voters in Kogi West representing 52.3% percent required for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye. Sen. Dino Melaye Reports have it that six bags contained the signatures of the electorates were submitted to the electoral body on Wednesday. The post Breaking: INEC receives 52.3% signatures on Dino’s recall appeared first on Vanguard News. This post was gotten from Vanguard Politics
The Federal Government has appealed a court ruling that acquitted the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, of charges of corruption and false declaration of assets. The Court of Conduct Tribunal last week cleared the Senate President of 13-count charge of corruption levelled against him. The government yesterday at the Court of Appeal Abuja filed eleven grounds of appeal challenging the judgment of the CCT. The notice of appeal was signed by Rotimi Jacobs SAN and Pius Akutah, an assistant Chief State Counsel. Saraki The government is seeking an order setting aside the CCT judgment of June 14 that upheld the no case submission filed by Saraki at the close of the prosecution’s case. The FG also prayed the Court of Appeal for an order calling upon Saraki to enter his defence. The CCT on Wednesday
By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor ANAMBRA State is living up to its billing as a centre of political intrigues. Yesterday, Governor Willie Obiano and his political associates were at their wits’end after Justice Onuora, the Enugu State judge hearing the case instituted by Chief Victor Ike Oye, former national chairman of the governor’s party, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, to upturn his removal from office withdrew from the case. Uba, Obiano and Nwoye Justice Onuora’s withdrawal followed his protest at alleged attempts by some extraneous forces to influence the case over the sustenance of Oye and his National Working Committee, NWC. Obiano’s fate as the governorship candidate of APGA is believably tied to Oye winning the case. Remarkably, hearing on the matter has been shifted
A migrant is rescued from the Mediteranean Sea The UN’s refugee agency has confirmed that nearly 2,000 people drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean this year.Celebrating the World Refugee Day on Tuesday, the agency released a catalogue of fresh deaths in the region. “This is among the world’s most dangerous routes — a journey that no one takes lightly,” it said, as witnesses described the horror of watching friends and loved ones drown. After reports on Monday of a shipwreck off the Libya which claimed nearly 130 lives, the UNHCR said dozens of families with children were feared drowned in a separate incident after their boat snapped in two and sank off the North African country. “According to witnesses, a boat carrying at least 85 people broke in two and sank shortly after setting off
The Costa Rican President was being circled by a wasp as he spoke Costa Rica’s President Luis Guillermo Solis accidentally ate a wasp during an interview on live TV but brushed off the mishap by describing it as a meal of “pure protein”.Solis was chatting away to reporters during a tour of the southern part of the country when one of the insects flew straight into his mouth. But rather than spit it out, the president is seen to visibly swallow the bug before expressing surprise and exclaiming: “I ate, I ate the wasp!” In a hilarious video of the incident, one of the journalists laughed and told the president, “You don’t see that every day.” The President laughs as he jokes about his “pure protein meal” Joking that his bizarre snack would make the international news, the South American lead
Michelle shares Courtney with husband Matthew A married couple who felt like ‘something was missing’ from their relationship now live as a threesome and claim it has made them better parents.Matthew and Michelle have two children together but claim being in a polygamous relationship is the secret to their happiness. After signing up to a dating app, they went on a date with Courtney and now she lives with them and their two sons in Huntington Beach, California. Their children even refer to Courtney as their mum. Dad Matthew, 31, said: “Being involved with two women is a confidence booster. I’m a needy person so enjoy the extra love and affection. “I like that the boys have two moms and having a family that is different to what might be considered as ‘normal’ to some people.” Michelle says
Taraba soon to end open grazing By Gabriel YoughTaraba House of Assembly Speaker Abel Diah on Tuesday cautioned members of the public against politicising the anti-open grazing bill currently before the House. Diah made the appeal in Jalingo, when he received a delegation of Taraba Farmers Protection Association, led by its chairman, Mr Ibrahim Bitrus, who paid a solidarity visit to the lawmakers. “Contrary to speculations that the bill is targeted at a particular ethnic group, its intention is to promote peaceful coexistence and reduce clashes between farmers and grazers,” Diah stated. The Speaker regretted that some sections of the bill were being altered or misinterpreted to cause mischief, and advised anyone interested in the bill to get a certified true copy from the House of Assembly
The Northern Youth Leader Forum NYLF has said that the ‘north will not and will never allow the Presidency to move to the South in 2019’ no matter what. The group in a statement signed by Comrade Elliot Afiyo also enjoyed northern youths to embrace dialogue and seek peace with everyone even in the mist of provocations, condemning in strongest term the use of religion and ethnicity by elders to divide the North just as it said that 11 persons, namely: former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State; Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto; the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki; former Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido; Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna State; former Kano State governor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso; former Borno ...
By Ben Agande El Rufai insists on arrest of Northern youths Kaduna – The governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El Ruai has vowed that no matter how long it takes, the Kaduna state government will arrest and prosecute leaders of the Coalition of Northern youths that gave Igbo three months notice to quit the north. This came on a day that the President General of Igbo in the 19 northern states and Abuja said no Igbo would leave the northern part of the country. Addressing a gathering of Igbo Northern traditional rulers who paid him a courtesy visit in Kaduna, governor El Rufai said Kaduna state has no room for hate speech and would ensure that those who perpetrate such are brought to book . According to the governor, Kaduna state government has a duty to ensure that those who fan embe...