Australia to spend $195m on housing refugees Australia will spend 195 million dollars (A$250 million) on housing nearly 800 refugees and asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea for the next 12 months after its controversial detention centre closes this month. But hundreds of detainees are refusing to leave the Australian-run and funded Manus Island detention centre, which will close on Oct. 31, fearing for their safety in the general community on Manus Island off Papua New Guinea’s north coast. Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish-Iranian journalist held on Manus Island for four years, said detainees fear being assaulted if they moved to the new Australian-funded Lorengau Refugee Transit Centre. “Refugees either move to Lorengau where they risk being attacked by angry local people, or be taken over by
Minister confirms Maina’s re-instatement By HarrisonThe Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, has confirmed the resumption of duty by former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr Abdulrasheed Maina, as an Acting Director in his ministry. The confirmation came in a statement issued by the Press Secretary to the minister, Mr Ehisienmen Osaigbovo, on Sunday. Osaigbovo, however, debunked media reports that his principal was one of those responsible for Maina’s “re-instatement”. “Maina was posted few days ago to the Ministry of Interior by the Office of the Head of Service on an Acting capacity to fill a vacancy created following the retirement of the Director heading the Human Resources Department in the Ministry. “For the avoidance of doubt, iss
Mrs Priya Heal, member, Board of Directors, Unity Bank and Mr Thomas Etuh, immediate past Chairman, Board of Directors, Unity Bank Plc. By Emmanuel AfonneUnity Bank Plc’s capital base has hit N80 billion, up from N31 billion in 2014, Mr Thomas Etuh, former Chairman, Board of Directors, has said. Etuh, the immediate past board chairman of the bank said in a post-retirement interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the growth was recorded under his watch, between 2014 and 2017. Etuh who retired as the bank’s board chairman a fortnight ago, explained that the bank was able to achieve the feat because of its “agric business” banking. “You know Unity Bank is number one in agriculture, in terms of agric lending to small holder farmers; we also have a product for youths becaus
Russia has accused the US-led coalition of bombing the Syrian city of Raqqa "off the face of the Earth," in the same way the Allied powers bombed Germany's Dresden during World War II. Russia's Defence Ministry said in a statement on Sunday that 200,000 people lived in Raqqa before the conflict, but no more than 45,000 remained. "Raqqa has suffered the fate of Dresden in 1945 when the city was wiped off the face of the Earth by Anglo-American air raids," it said in a statement. WATCH: Syrian fighters capture ISIL's self-proclaimed capital in Syria Most of the German city was destroyed in bombing raids just before the end of World War II. "In comparison, Deir Az Zor city, with its vast suburbs along the Euphrates, used to have a population of more than 500,000 before the war. The terr...
16 killed, 18 others wounded in Maiduguri suicide bomb attacks By Rabiu Sani The Police Command in Borno on Monday said 16 persons were killed and 18 others sustained injuries in multiple suicide bomb attacks at Muna area of Maiduguri. The Police Commissioner, Mr Damian Chukwu, confirmed the incident in a text message sent to newsmen in Maiduguri. Chukwu said that the incident occurred when a male suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in a crowded area, killing 13 people and wounding five others. He said two other female suicide bombers also detonated Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) strapped to their bodies and injured 13 persons. “On 22/10/2017 at about 20: 20 hours a male suicide bomber detonated IED strapped to his body at Muna Garage, killing himself and thirteen persons, w
Rohingya refugees United Nations (U.N.) humanitarian officials, government ministers and advocacy group leaders are convening for a conference aimed at drumming up funds to help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, as the influx from Myanmar has topped 600,000 since late August.The one-day meeting in Geneva hosted by the European Union, the government of Kuwait and the United Nations’ migration, refugee and humanitarian aid coordinating agencies aims to help meet a U.N. call for $434 million in funding through February. Officials say less than one-quarter of that has come in so far. Spokesman Adrian Edwards of refugee agency UNHCR said Monday that some 603,000 people have crossed into Bangladesh from neighbouring Myanmar since Aug. 25, when security forces launched a violent crackdown targetin
This is a preview of a research report bundle from BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here. Artificial intelligence (AI) isn't a part of the future of technology. AI is the future of technology. Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have even publicly debated whether or not that will turn out to be a good thing. Voice assistants like Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa have become more and more prominent in our lives, and that will only increase as they learn more skills. These voice assistants are set to explode as more devices powered by AI enter the market. Most of the major technology players have some sort of smart home hub, usually in the form of a smart speaker. These speakers, like the Amazon Echo or Apple HomePod, are cap...
The courtroom was packed to capacity as activists flocked to witness the conclusion of a case that shocked the nation [Azad Essa/Al Jazeera] Middelburg, South Africa - A court is sentencing two white men found guilty of kidnapping, assault and intent to do grievous bodily harm after they shoved a black man in a coffin and threatened to set him alight. Sentencing proceedings were being heard at the Middelburg Magistrate's Court on Monday after the men were found guilty of six out of seven charges in August 2017. The courtroom was packed to capacity as activists and representatives from some of the major political parties flocked to witness the conclusion of a case that shocked the country. The incident caught the country's attention after mobile phone footage showed the two white farmers ...
Thomson Reuters The Toshiba Corp conglomerate announced on Monday it expects its net loss to be close to $1 billion this business year. It had separated its prized chip unit in April. The sale has yet to be approved by regulatory bodies. This could cause the second year in a row the company records negative net worth. TOKYO (Reuters) - Embattled Japanese conglomerate Toshiba Corp said on Monday it now expects to slide to a net loss of nearly $1 billion this business year after calculating taxes related to the sale of its prized chip unit. Toshiba, which separated out the unit in April as a prelude to a sale, said it was being taxed on the basis of assets and liabilities of the transferred business at the time of the split. The latest forecasts, however, do not reflect expected gains fro
Oil price to rise on tightening supply, strong demand Oil prices rose on Monday over supply concerns in the Middle East and as the U.S. market showed further signs of tightening while demand in Asia keeps rising. Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil prices, were at 57.84 dollars. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at 52.03 dollars per barrel.. The amount of U.S. oil rigs drilling for new production fell by seven to 736 in the week to Oct. 20, the lowest level since June, General Electric Co’s Baker Hughes energy services firm said on Friday. RIG-OL-USA-BHI Much will depend on demand to guide prices, with the U.S. market tightening, flows from Iraq reduced due to fighting between government forces and Kurdish militant groups. Again, production is stil
U.S. B-52 Bomber getting set for North Korea The tension in the Korean Peninsula is gradually taking a different dimension as the U.S. Air Force is preparing to place its fleet of nuclear-armed B-52 bombers on 24-hour alert for the first time since 1991.Report quoted a U.S. Military Chief Gen. David Goldfein, as saying that the escalating tensions with North Korea had made the deployment of the bombers inevitable. However, Defense officials denied to Fox News that bombers were ordered to go on 24-hour alert. “This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared. “I look at it more as not planning for any specific event, but more for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in and how we ensure we’re prepared going forward,” Goldfein said. Goldfein noted that in a world wh
The Dodgers keep winning -- first the NL pennant, and now Stevie Wonder tells TMZ Sports he's willing to pick up his harmonica and perform the national anthem at the World Series!!! Of course, there's some backstory here ... Wonder famously…
Meek Mill Airport Assault Case Dismissed EXCLUSIVE Meek Mill's gotta give it up to his legal team -- the rapper struck another sweet deal and his assault case has been thrown out. TMZ broke the story ... Meek was charged with misdemeanor assault back in March after allegedly getting into an altercation with someone wanting a pic with the rapper at St. Louis International Airport. Fast forward 7 months ... Meek's high-powered attorney, Joe Tacopina, tells us Meek struck a deal with prosecutors to have the case dismissed if he performed community service ... which he did at the Veterans Association in Philly. The news comes on the heels of Meek's reckless driving case -- where his arrest record will be wiped clean if he keeps his nose clean for 6 months. Lay low, Meek. This post was go
Greg Hardy Roughin' Up UFC Fighters in Training ... Says Boxing Coach EXCLUSIVE Greg Hardy made a damn good decision switching over to MMA ... 'cause the former NFL star is already takin' out UFC fighters -- so says his boxing coach, Billy Padden. Billy wouldn't name names ... but told us Hardy's killin' it at American Top Team (ATT) -- an MMA gym stacked with heavy hitters like Junior dos Santos and Tyron Woodley. "He actually knocked 2 UFC fighters down in sparring," Padden told TMZ Sports. Billy says Greg's a "natural born fighter" -- and even has a shot to be 1 of the best in the world. So when it comes to the opponent for his first pro fight -- Joe "The Legend" Hawkins -- Padden told us The Kraken's gonna dominate. Billy also defended Hardy from the haters ... explaining how he
"Little Women: Dallas" stars Emily Fernandez and Bri Barlup are following in Cardi B's footsteps ... jumping from reality TV to rappers flaunting big stacks in their new music video. We got an exclusive clip of Emily and Bri -- emcees Right Cheek…
Asa: Reveals losing virginity at 28 In a rare candid interview, Nigerian singer Asa has revealed that she lost her virginity at the age of 28. And she quickly added that she was not proud of it. Asa made the revelation in an interview with Media personality Funmi Iyanda, recorded in 2015. The interview posted on You Tube is now trending at #21. Asa with Funmi Iyanda during the interview Asa told her interviewer: “On the day I lost my virginity, I called my manager, Janet to tell her and she was surprised that I was a very late starter. I also called my mum and she didn’t have any advice, she said, “it will be painful at first’, and I was there wondering what she was saying. “I am ashamed to say I lost my virginity at 28, so don’t clap for me. Perhaps one of the reasons why I lost my virgi
Matchwinner Sofiane Boufal 'showed his quality' against West Brom, according to teammate, Maya Yoshida. Boufal was again started from the bench against the Baggies in Saturday’s English Premier League encounter but came on as an 81st minute substitute and took just four minutes before providing a moment of magic to lead Southampton to a 1-0 win. As have been with his other two goals for the St. Mary’s Stadium outfit; the £16million record signing from Lille both scored a stunner, and helped the Saints to a lone goal victory. And Yoshida has lauded him for his show of brilliance which reflected how Mauricio Pellegrino wanted to play against Tony Pulis’ men, tactically. Related “That was the plan of the manager,” Yoshida told Express. “We play attacking football and dominate and we were goi
Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino has lifted the lid on the reason why he deployed Serge Aurier against Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah. Spurs completely outclassed Jurgen Klopp’s men in Sunday’s English Premier League clash at Wembley Stadium, handing them a 4-1 defeat. And Pochettino, who opted for a 5-3-2 formation against the attacking Reds, played Aurier in an unfamiliar left-back role to nullify the threat of the Egypt international, who would still go on to net with the scoreline 2-0 in favour of the the hosts. But goals from Dele Alli and a second from Harry Kane would seal the tie for the Lilywhites, after Heung-min Son had doubled their lead earlier. Related And the Argentine tactician has admitted that he played the former PSG right-back out of position to contain his pacy African
Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar felt his red card against Marseille was harsh, saying he had numerous marks on his body to show from the Le Classique. The Brazil forward was sent off in the 87th minute of Sunday's 2-2 draw after clashing with Lucas Ocampos and picking up a second yellow card. PSG 17/4 favs to win CL with dabblebet Related Neymar was fouled five times – the most of any player – during the encounter, which PSG took a point from thanks to Edinson Cavani's free-kick. The 25-year-old, who earlier delayed taking a corner as objects thrown from the stands rained down around him, was unhappy with his sending off, criticising referee Ruddy Buquet. Two yellow cards in as many minutes - and Neymar is OFF! pic.twitter.com/fZkKDYYU2Y — Goal (@goal) October 22, 2017 "I think it was