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Politics / Buhari Returns Home Today by johneewalker: Today at 09:43am
President Muhammadu Buhari is returning to the country today, after receiving medical attention in London.

The President had left the country on May 7, this year, after handing over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who has functioned as Acting President since then.

President Buhari is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast by 7 a.m on Monday, August 21, 2017, according to Femi Adesina, the President’s media adviser.

Adesina said Buhari thanked all Nigerians who have prayed ceaselessly for his recovery and well-being since the beginning of the health challenge in January this year.

When the president first went abroad for a medical checkup in January, he thought he was for a routine checkup, only to find that it was something more serious. He returned in March to announce to his countrymen that he had never felt so ill in his life.

He returned for another round of medical attention two months later, the same day he received 82 Chibok Girls freed by Boko Haram.

His stay abroad had stirred a protest movement
led by the entertainer, Charles Oputa, otherwise known as Charly Boy, who wanted him to return home or resign.

The President who follows development at home while recuperating in London mocked Charly Boy’s campaign, when it was discussed with him during a meeting with his media team last week. After all, he had transmitted power to his deputy before leaving home.


While away in London, President Buhari received a number of visitors, beginning with the vice-president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who first hinted Nigerians about the President’s massive recovery.

After him came a stream of visitors, that included leaders of the All Progressives Congress, state governors, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and the leaders of the National Assembly, Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara. His last visitor on Friday was Pastor Enoch Adeboye, leader of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

Saraki after his visit, announced confidently that Buhari’s return was imminent.
NAN

Webmasters / Do You Know You Can Make Your Blog Post Rank First On Google Click Here by techniquewide51: Today at 09:38am
Do You Know You Can Make Your Blog Post Rank First On Google click here
Google is the highest search engine ever.
Google gives you information more than you request. I.e, many articles are being suggested to you when you browse.
Bloggers specifically complain of their articles not ranking high i.e. Ist, 2nd, 3rd or forth on google.
This article is really going to help you boost your google ranking skills.
Those blogs ranking first on google are being owned by human beings like. You too can equally be among... Do you believe?
If yes wake up and do something.
If no, do not continue in reading this article.
There are few things you need to do in starting the journey of google ranking.
Have noticed that when you search a keyword eg. "How to start a blog", that article of how to start a blog is also in your site yet you can't see it even on the 10 page on google .oh that's really bad.
Consider Our Hit Points;
Getting A Paid Domain
#Submitting Your site To Google
#S.E.O
#Post Title
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Let's go to the main point.
In order to have a high website ranking you need to do these things. In fact this is a must which without them no way.
1. Get A Paid Domain: A blog with a sub-domain or free domain is rarely seen ranking high unless if the site content is extensively rich and standard. What am i saying? The summary is for you to get a paid domain before expecting google high ranking.
2. Submitting Your Site To Google Search Console: Many bloggers start their blog and have many articles on it without submitting the site to google search console (submit here)
Submitting your site to google means giving google team a respect and informing them that such a site do exist.
source to read more:
www.techniquewide.com/2017/08/How-to-make-your-post-rank-well-on-google.html

Sports / Yukhub Football Predictions 19th August - Sure Games For Saturday by KingVictor: Today at 09:13am
1. ENGLAND
Premier League
13:30 Swansea - Manchester United 2 & Over1.5
2. ENGLAND
Premier League
16:00 Leicester - Brighton 1x & Over1.5
3. ENGLAND
Premier League
18:30 Stoke City - Arsenal X2
4. Isreal
19:30 H. Beer Sheva - Netanya 1
5. ITALY
Serie A
18:00 Juventus - Cagliari 1 & Over1.5
6. ITALY
Serie A
20:45 Verona - Napoli X2 & Over1.5
7. PORTUGAL
Primeira Liga
21:30 Benfica - Belenenses 1
8. SCOTLAND
Premiership
13:30 Kilmarnock - Celtic Bet On Away To Score 2 - 4 goals
9. ENGLAND
Championship
Sunderland - Leed Utd 1X

Phones / Tecno Camon Cx Price & Specs Newly Updated by techniquewide51: Yesterday at 06:32pm
Tecno Camon CX Specs & Price
Tecno Camon CX (a.k.a Tecno Camon C10) is the 2017 top of the line member of Tecno’s Camon CSeries family of camera-focused phones. It is a direct successor of the Tecno Camon C9 and offers a stripped down and sleeker variant called the Camon CX Air. Tecno Camon CX runs on Android 7.0 and is powered by a MediaTek 1.5GHz octa-core chipset.
Where to Buy Tecno Camon CX
Jumia Nigeria – See Offers |
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Jumia Ghana – See Offers
Konga - see Offers
Tecno Camon CX Key Specs & Features
5.5-inch IPS Display, 1080 x 1920 pixels (400ppi)
1.5GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6750T CPU with 2GB RAM
Android 7.0 (Nougat) with HiOS 2.0
16GB Storage with support for memory card up to 128GB
16MP Rear Camera and 16MP Front Camera
4G LTE (up to 300Mbps)
Fingerprint Sensor (Rear)
3200 mAh Battery with Fast Charging
Display and Camera
Tecno Camon CX sports a 5.5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution. This puts it at the same size and pixel density as its predecessor.
Camera and photography has always been the strength of the Camon series and with a 16 megapixels camera on the back, the Tecno Camon CX is carrying on the legacy. The C9 came with a 13MP camera. So, if raw specs is anything to go by this new camera should offer some improvement.
Tecno Camon CX sports an equally impressive 16 megapixels camera with dual-LED flash on the front. This means both cameras are bound to be great for photography and selfie enthusiasts. The rear camera features a quad-LED Ring flash.
Hardware and Software
Tecno Camon CX runs Android 7.0 (Nougat) on the 1.5GHz octa-core Mediatek chipset. The smartphone has 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. It supports up to 128GB microSD memory card.
Tecno Camon CX has a fast fingerprint sensor that unlocks your phone in as little as 0.1 second. Tecno Camon CX supports 4G LTE on all LTE networks in Nigeria including Glo, MTN, NTel, Etisalat, Smile, and InterC.
Pricing and Availability
Tecno Camon CX is now available in Nigeria, Ghana, and Kenya. It was launched in Kenya on March 23, 2017. You can buy the Android phone at leading online stores in the countries. Tecno Camon CX price in Nigeria ranges from 59,500 Naira to 95,000 Naira.
The Tecno Camon CX Price in Kenya starts at around 16,999 KSh.
The Tecno Camon CX will launch in 22 countries across Africa, including Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, among others. It will also launch in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Tecno Camon CX Specs
Here are a few specs of the Tecno Camon CX Phablet:
read more reviews @
www.techniquewide.com/2017/08/tecno-camon-cx-specs-price.html?m=1

Properties / The Ups And Downs Of Underground Building by johneewalker: Yesterday at 10:22am
underground living

Has the idea of living in an underground home tempted you?

If so, you’re part of a growing minority. More and more people, worldwide, have already or plan to build an earth-sheltered or earth-bermed home. Earth-sheltered homes usually have their tops and sides completely covered with earth, while earth-bermed homes usually have an exposed side and roof.

Many underground enthusiasts join local and international organisations for support, ideas and information. Most of these enthusiasts and their groups can readily spiel off what they see as the advantages of an underground lifestyle, and, surprisingly to some, our own U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) agrees.


Advantages

Conservative energy use tops just about everyone’s list. The DOE says, “An earth-sheltered home is less susceptible to the impact of extreme outdoor air temperatures, so you won’t feel the effects of adverse weather as much as in a conventional house. Temperatures inside the house are more stable than in conventional homes, and with less temperature variability, interior rooms seem more comfortable.”

Other advantages cited by the DOE include protection against the extremes of Mother Nature, such as high winds, hailstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes; less susceptibility to fire; lower insurance premiums; less maintenance; natural soundproofing; conservative use of land and natural resources.

To these, non-governmental groups usually add a few more advantages. Most say that a buried house provides maximum protection from not only natural disasters but man-made ones, such as explosions, nuclear accidents, burglaries and break-ins. Many claim that earth-sheltered homes are the only way to gain total privacy. Still others like having the ability to grow your food on top of your house.

Monolithic Dome vs. Underground

“But,” says MDI President David B. South, “a Monolithic Dome home – by its very nature – already has most of those advantages without being buried. Think about what the DOE says about earth-sheltered homes. They could be describing any unburied Monolithic Dome.

“On the other hand, some people want the added security and privacy of an earth covering. There are folks who like the idea of a house that does not change the natural landscape or deplete our tree supply. Still others might want a really real roof garden.

An underground Monolithic Dome

“Fortunately, for those who want to, it’s very possible to build a Monolithic Dome underground,” South adds. “It’s already been done. We have a number of buried domes. Some have an earth covering of 15 feet. Monolithic Domes have the strength to bear this added weight.”

According to South, Monolithic Domes generally need very little increase in thickness and rebar size to be buried. He says, “Usually another inch or two of concrete and a size larger rebar will take care of all the structural considerations. But the footing has to be quite a bit larger since the weight of the dome plus the earth cover will try to push it into the ground. Consequently, burying a Monolithic Dome usually increases its construction cost by about 20 percent.”

Condensation and Insulation

While the added weight of an earth covering may not seriously challenge a buried structure, condensation will. South claims that when any underground house fails it’s usually due to condensation on the inside, since such moisture becomes feed stock for mold and mildew.

American pioneers built storages and shelters underground. First they built them with rocks, logs, and straw. Later they started building them with reinforced concrete, but they all suffered from same problem. They were always dank and damp and had mildew growing inside them.

But what causes the condensation? South blames insufficient insulation. The earth’s temperature tends to stay about 55°. If you take warm humid air, bring it inside, and run it up against a wall surface that is 55° it will condense.

He says, “Any home that’s buried has to be super-well insulated. We have two reasons for insulating. Primarily, we want to contain heat by keeping it out or in. But in an underground home, we also want to keep the surface temperature of interior walls and ceiling approximately equal to the temperature of the air inside the structure. That takes a lot of insulation, but not insulating properly will invite condensation.”

A glass of ice water

So the most common cause for failure of underground houses is not gross heat escaping the structure but an interior surface temperature that allows condensation.

South uses a simple demonstration to prove his point: a glass of ice water sitting on a table. “The ice water is obviously taking on heat from the room,” he says, “and if there were millions of glasses of ice water they would cool the room. But there’s only one. Still that one proves the axiom: opposites attract. The heat in the room is attracted to that glass of ice water, and since the surface temperature of the glass is far below that of the room, moisture condenses and begins running down the glass.”

According to South, an underground house can be compared to that glass of ice water. He says, “Moisture in the air condenses when it contacts cool outside walls. Though there may not be enough moisture to run, it will be enough to attract mold and mildew.

“The only answer is to have enough insulation so that the interior surface temperature of the walls equals the temperature of the air inside the house. Three inches of urethane or six inches of Styrofoam should be used. And even with super-insulated walls, it’s sometimes necessary to dehumidify.”

Obviously a Monolithic Dome can be sufficiently insulated to prevent condensation. But before you begin looking for your shovel, you might consider a few other factors. Even the most enthusiastic proponents of underground construction say that getting financing is a problem and resale is almost impossible.

Code Compliance

No code stops you from burying a house, but there is a code that makes it quite miserable: All sleeping spaces must have a window to the outside.

That window must have a clear opening of 5.7 square feet, a minimum dimension of 20 inches, and be no more than 40 inches above the floor.

Since every bedroom must have a good-size window that opens to the outside, it’s virtually impossible to bury a bedroom.

Some have been built with large window wells outside the bedroom to allow egress, but in reality that is not very practical.

Other factors

The DOE says that soil type is another critical consideration. They say the best are granular, such as sand and gravel, since they compact well but are permeable and allow water to drain quickly. Cohesive soils, such as clay, and permafrost areas are least suitable for underground construction.

Other factors cited by the DOE include radon, an invisible, odorless radioactive gas produced naturally when uranium in rock decomposes, the groundwater level at a chosen building site, and the selection of an adequate air exchange system.

Advice

For all these considerations, the DOE recommends appropriate testing and consultations with professionals.

And David South recommends that anyone interested in building an underground Monolithic Dome take “ample advantage of the information and resources we have here at MDI.”

Sunnewsonline

Business / Egypt Begins Bitcoin Trading by johneewalker: Yesterday at 10:18am

Egypt’s first bitcoin exchange will go live later this month, the founders of Bitcoin Egypt said.

The founders linked the Middle East’s most populous country with a cryptocurrency that has surged in value in recent months.

Many governments around the world are still mulling how to regulate and classify bitcoin, a volatile digital currency that has captured the interest of speculative investors worldwide.

Its value has soared,roughly quadrupling since the start of 2017 and trading at around 4,400 dollars on Thursday.

Egypt, most of whose 93 million people have no bank accounts, but where electronic payments have grown in recent years, lacks regulations for digital currency.

This means local retailers cannot accept it as payment, but users on an exchange may be left to trade freely, potentially cashing in on its ascent.

“We’re still waiting on the Egyptian government to set some kind of regulations…Without any laws, bitcoin is not legal money in Egypt,” said Bitcoin Egypt founder Rami Khalil.

He said the exchange has picked up about 300 pre-registrations from users ahead of its launch.

The Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority, the country’s financial markets regulator, did not respond to requests for comment.

Khalil and co-founder Omar Abdelrasoul see their platform connecting a community of several thousand bitcoin enthusiasts who will for the first time be able to trade in Egyptian pounds.

The pounds have roughly halved in value since November after flotation under an International Monetary Fund loan programme.

“Cryptoassets are happening whether (the Egyptian government) joins in or not. And by not joining they’re missing out on a very big market.

Currently bitcoin is about a 70 billion dollars market,” said Khalil.

Cryptocurrencies allow anonymous peer-to-peer transactions between individual users without the need for banks or central banks.

Bitcoin’s lack of central authority makes it attractive to those wanting to get around capital controls.

This has helped it proliferate in China, the world’s most active bitcoin market, but has led some governments to crack down on its use to prevent money laundering.

Those same dynamics could propel bitcoin in Egypt, where a shortage of hard currency after the 2011 uprising sharply, restricted bank transfers.

Meanwhile, liquidity at banks has improved and capital controls have been lifted in recent months, businesses still resort to a black market for dollars to obtain currency not available in the formal banking system.

“We’re trying to get people used to the idea of bitcoin, to ready the market so that in a couple of years we will reach a greater number of users.

“But for now we are trying to let people know what cryptocurrency is,” said Abdelrasoul.

-NAN

Religion / Russian Ban On Jehovah’s Witnesses Comes Into Force by johneewalker: This week on Thu at 11:51am

Russia’s justice ministry said Thursday that it has added Jehovah’s Witnesses to its black list, formalising a ban for the Christian movement over alleged “extremist activities.”

In a statement, the ministry said that the decision “had entered legal force” to ban the activities of the central organisation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia and also all 395 local offices.

The evangelical movement also appeared in the ministry’s online register of banned organisations.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have fought a long legal battle against the ban, culminating in a Russian Supreme Court ruling in July to reject an appeal.

In April, the Supreme Court issued a ruling banning the Christian group and seizing its property.

That decision came after the justice ministry said it had found signs of “extremist activity” within the religious movement and requested that it be banned.

Members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses — a Christian evangelical movement that was born in the United States in the 19th century — consider modern churches to have deviated from the Bible’s true teachings. They reject modern evolutionary theory and refuse blood transfusions.

Washington last month called the ruling against the group “the latest in a disturbing trend of persecution of religious minorities in Russia.”

There are more than eight million Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide, with some countries classifying the group as a sect.

Its members are known for preaching on doorsteps, where they offer religious literature and attempt to convert people.

In 2004 Russia dissolved the Moscow branch of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2010 that the move had violated the right to freedom of religion and association.

AFP

Crime / Boy Rapes Five-year-old Sister While Playing Hide And Seek by johneewalker: This week on Thu at 11:47am

13-year-old boy appeared before a Brighton court for raping his half- sister while they played hide and seek game then bribed her with a bag of Skittles, Dailymail reported.

The court was told the boy possessed a mobile phone and investigators had found a significant amount of porn on it.

The mother of the five-year-old girl narrated how her child opened up to her about the matter

“She said to me ‘mummy I want to tell you something’. She didn’t normally say things with such an introductory manner,’ the girl’s mother said.

‘She wanted to tell me. It was something important to her. She said it happened while they were playing hide and seek.’

According to the mother, the girl was able to tell her at least three occasions of the rape.

Her mother explained, “She said he offered her sweeties to do this. She said she didn’t like it but she liked the sweeties.

“I said to her liking sweeties was perfectly all right but he should never have offered her sweets to do something like that.

“She said, ‘he made me like Skittles’. She was clearly cross about that. I said to her ‘why didn’t you tell mummy?’ and she said ‘he told me not to’.”

During the court proceeding, District Judge Teresa Szagun said a significant amount of pornographic material had been found on the boy’s phone and warned the boy that he faces the possibility of a severe custodial sentence.

Judge Teresa said, “I’m sure what she described is accurately what happened to her. The way she spoke was very factual and articulate.

“She was able to tell me about those experiences very well. What she describes was you making her take off her skirt and pants, telling her not to tell, it was a secret, giving her sweets.”

The court was told that the boy has already been subjected to psychological assessments to see whether he can tell the difference between right and wrong.
-punch

Crime / Frsc Intercepts 2 Alleged Human Traffickers, Rescues 44 Minors In Kaduna by johneewalker: This week on Thu at 11:37am

The Kaduna State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it has intercepted two suspected human traffickers and rescued 44 minors in Kaduna.

The Sector Commander, Malam Umar Ibrahim, said in Kaduna, on Thursday, that the suspects, a driver and one other adult were arrested on Wednesday on Kaduna – Zaria Expressway.

According to him, the suspects were arrested by FRSC patrol team led by Assistant Route Commander Audu Usman, when he stopped a Fiat Bus (J5) with registration number XC 532 ZAR for overloading.

“Our patrol men along Kaduna – Zaria expressway, around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, stopped a white and blue colour fiat bus popularly known as J5 for overloading.

“On checking to see what the bus was loaded with, our men discovered it was stuffed with 44 minors and one other adult.

“When asked, the driver, one Dauda Ezekiel of Gubuchi Village , Makarfi Local Government Area of the State, said he was hired to transport the occupant to an unidentified location.

“But the other adult claimed they were going for a church programme.

“Our men became suspicious and immediately impounded the vehicle and booked the driver for overloading and speed limit device violation,” he added.

Ibrahim said he later alerted the Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State Command, and handed over the vehicle and the suspects for further investigation. (NAN)

Politics / Army Kills 10 Insurgents Recovers 52 Cows by johneewalker: This week on Thu at 09:37am

The Nigerian Army on Thursday said that it killed 10 Boko Haram insurgents in a clearance operations in Marte Local Government Area of Borno.

A statement issued in Maiduguri by Col. Timothy Atigha, the spokesman of the 8 Task Force Division, said the troops also recovered bicycles and cows from the insurgents.

He also said that the troops launched two separate attacks against the insurgents at Maza, Danari and Mowo villages of Marte and Monguno Local Government Areas.

“In continuation of ongoing efforts to deny terrorists freedom of action in its area of responsibility, troops of the 8 Task Force Division have neutralised 10 terrorists in Maza village of Marte Local Government Area of the state.

“The terrorists fell into an ambush laid by troops at about 9: 00 p.m. on Tuesday as they attempted to sneak back into their swampy hideouts in the Lake Chad Basin.

“ The troops also recovered 52 rustled cows from the insurgents at Danari and Mowo villages in Monguno Local Government Area,” he said.

Atigha said that the troops recovered 10 bicycles, carts and food items.

He disclosed that the insurgents had resorted to bicycles and carts as means of transportation due to the intensified offensive of the military against the insurgents.

Nan

Health / Warning!! Taking Vitamin C With Fanta Or Sprite Is Dangerous To The Human Health by Kingvictor: This week on Thu at 06:25am
A court in Lagos State has warned Nigerians to avoid taking Vitamin C with Fanta and Sprite soft drinks.

The Igbosere High Court also told the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to force the Nigeria Bottling Company (NBC) Plc to place a written warning on the drinks.
The judgment was given on Monday, March 13, by presiding judge, Justice Adedayo Oyebanji.
Justice Oyebanji also awarded damages of N2 million against NAFDAC for failing “to live up to expectations.”
“In consideration of the fact that this case was filed in 2008 and has been in court for nine years, N2 million is awarded against NAFDAC. Interest shall be paid on the cost awarded at the rate of 10 per cent per annum until liquidation of the said sum,” Justice Oyebanji said.
The case against NAFDAC and NBC was instituted by Dr.
Emmanuel Fijabi Adebo , and his firm, Fijabi Adebo Holdings Ltd.
Fijabi Adebo Holdings had, in March 2007, purchased large quantities of Coca-Cola, Fanta Orange, Sprite, Fanta Lemon, Fanta Pineapple and Soda Water from NBC for export to the UK for retail purposes.
However, the drinks failed a sample test for human consumption in the UK and became poisonous in the presence of Ascorbic Acid, known as Vitamin C.
The court also said that NAFDAC had failed Nigerians by certifying the drinks as satisfactory for human consumption.
Fijabi, on his part, urged the court to direct NAFDAC to conduct routine laboratory tests of all soft drinks and allied products of the company, to guarantee their safety.

Crime / Breaking: Gunmen Attack Efcc Headquarters by johneewalker: This week on Wed at 03:17pm

Some gunmen attacked the head office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja on Wednesday.

Wilson Uwajaren, spokesman of the commission, who disclosed this in a statement hours after the incident, said the gunmen left a death note for one of the anti-graft agency’s detectives.

He disclosed that the intruders could not make their way into the complex because security guards on duty repelled them.

“A major security breach was recorded at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the early hours of Wednesday, August 16, 2017, as unknown gunmen attacked the office located at Wuse Zone 7, Abuja,” he said.

“The group of heavily armed bandits invaded the office at about 05.00 hours and began shooting into the premises, damaging vehicles parked in the premises in the process. However, the attack was repelled by guards on duty.

“The hoodlums escaped in a getaway vehicle but not without leaving a message; a white envelope dropped by the fleeing attackers was found to contain a death threat addressed to Ishaku Sharu, a senior investigator with the commission. Ishaku who heads the foreign exchange malpractices fraud section is in charge of corruption investigation involving several politically exposed persons and retired military brass hats.

“The attack on the zone 7 office which houses the commission’s AMCON desk, procurement fraud and foreign exchange malpractices sections, is coming few weeks after another investigator, Austin Okwor was shot and wounded by unknown assailants in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.”

Uwujaren added that the incident had already been reported to the police for investigation.
-thecable

Foreign Affairs / Sierra Leone: Mass Burial For 400 Victims Of Mudslide by johneewalker: This week on Wed at 12:37pm
following yesterday's story yukhub.com/1268/mudslide-buries-over-300-in-sierra-leone

Sierra Leone will today bury close to 400 victims of a devastating mudslide and flood that affected a section of the capital, Freetown on Monday.

A correspondent of Reuters in Freetown, said he counted close to 400 corpses at the central morgue today, with 80 of them brought in Tuesday morning.

“Gut-wrenching! Corpses too many to count strewn outside the mortuary which is full to the brim. More than 80 bodies brought in this morning, a source told me. Total nearing 400. They’re being sorted before mass burial starts. Having been doing this for decades, the pathologist Dr Owiz Koroma says never seen anything like this before”, wrote Umaru Fofana, on his Facebook page.

The death toll is expected to be higher as government and the Red Cross said hundreds of people are still missing.

The mudslide and the flood swept away homes overnight on Monday after a downpour.

Police and military personnel were still at the scene in the mountain town of Regent on Tuesday searching for people trapped in the debris.

Many people living at the foot of Mount Sugar Loaf were asleep when the mountainside collapsed, burying dozens of houses, including two-storey buildings, witnesses said.

Standing in the rain, residents sobbed as they mourned family members and waited for news of those missing. Adama Kamara wept as she described a failed attempt to rescue her 7-week-old child.

“We were inside when we heard the mudslide approaching. I attempted to grab my baby but the mud was too fast. She was covered alive,” said Kamara, who escaped with bruises. She said she was not sure what had happened to her husband.

A man said he had left early in the morning to buy bread. When he returned, his wife, children, siblings and in-laws were all dead.

The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are recovered, Red Cross spokesman Abu Bakarr Tarawallie said.

Vice President Victor Foh told Reuters at the scene: “It is likely that hundreds are lying dead underneath the rubble.” He said a number of illegal buildings had been erected in the area.

“The disaster is so serious that I myself feel broken,” he said. “We’re trying to cordon the area. Evacuate the people.”

An excavator plowed away at the mountainside and ambulances rushed back and forth to the city center with bodies and wounded, but rescue efforts were hampered by bad roads and the weather.

Community chief Fatmata Tarawallie said she had started calling for help at 4 a.m. (0400 GMT) but that it did not come soon enough.

“Now our community has sunk,” she said.

Mudslides and floods are fairly common during the rainy season in West Africa, where deforestation and poor town planning has put residents at risk.

-NAN

Sports / Bolt Set For Man U Debut by johneewalker: This week on Wed at 12:28pm

Sprint sensation, USAIN Bolt, has signed for Manchester United — to play a charity football match against Barcelona.

The lifelong fan was to make his first appearance since retiring from athletics to line up alongside legends Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes at Old Trafford on September 2.

But after pulling his hamstring in his final race at the World Championships in London on Saturday (Sunday AEST), the 30-year-old athlete might not be fit.

“This has been his dream for many years. He’s desperate to do it as long as he can get over the injury,” A source said.

The Jamaican sprinter will also train with German club Borussia Dortmund. He said: “I’ve always said I wanted to play football. It’s something I’ll be good at.”

Meanwhile, the 30-year-old has been offered a trial at Championship side Burton.

The unlikely opportunity comes after Brewers chairman Ben Robinson revealed a trial offer would be forthcoming should Bolt be interested.

Robinson told SunSport, “I’m sure we would (offer a trial) and that the manager would. He’s quick, if nothing else!

“He’s done great for his sport athletics and if you look at Adam Gemili who was in the 4x100m relay he played football when he was younger.

“We would be very interested, obviously, I’m sure the manager would give him a trial. He’s done a tremendous amount for his sport.

“If he can apply the same amount of enthusiasm and dedication to soccer then who knows what might lie ahead?

“The standard is very high (in the Championship) and obviously he would need a level of talent to get his place in the team.”

Source: UK Sun

Culture / Nike Davies-okundaye: Expressing Nigeria Through Art by johneewalker: This week on Wed at 12:21pm
Over 186 million people and over 250 ethnic groups, Nigeria is a place filled with diverse people, cultures and traditions. Art is a major medium of expression in this beautiful country, and we find a lot of artists expressing these Nigerian cultures through fascinating art. Art is of historical relevance in this country; Nigerian artists rebelled against British colonisation by incorporating traditional elements into their work, proudly showcasing their culture. New, passionate artists emerge everyday, and their work is spectacular. Their work has created and is increasing cultural awareness in Nigerian art and history.

She was brought up in her home town of Ogidi, in Kogi State, in North Central Nigeria, amidst the traditional weaving and dyeing as practised there. After she lost her mother at a tender age, she was introduced to the craft by her great-grandmother; from weaving to embroidery, to Adire, to painting, to patchwork.


She found that traditional methods of weaving and dyeing, which had been her original inspiration in Nigeria, she pioneered a global revival of this aspect of Nigerian culture. She became famous for her modern approach to traditional themes in her colourful batik and paintings. She has been established as a household name in textile design as a result of her unique approach of fusing traditional styles with modern techniques.


She is on a mission to improve lives of disadvantaged women in Nigeria through art. She teaches the unique techniques of indigo cloth-dyeing (Adire) to rural women at her workshop in southwest Nigeria. By doing so, she's hoping to revive not just the centuries-old tradition, but the lives of these women as well. She believes it is critical for the women to the business of art as well as to learn how to manage their resources.


She is the founder of Nike art gallery, the largest in West Africa. Nike Art Gallery has housed over 7000 art pieces. This www.nikeartcentres.com is her official website. She started in 1968 when she began selling her creations from her bedroom, which served as a makeshift gallery. Four decades later, Okundaye is the proud owner of the art centre, which attracts customers from around the world. She features the everyday Nigerian life in vivid, unforgettable colors in her work.


Her works, displayed in major international exhibitions, are colourful creations that share the themes from her Yoruba culture with the rest of the world. They have won several accolades and are sold for thousands of dollars at international art auctions.


Nike's painting was permanently featured at The Smithsonian Museum as of 2012, and her work was also part of the collection of The Gallery of African Art and The British Library, in London.


Her biography is The Woman With The Artistic Brush: A Life History Of Yoruba Batik Artist Nike Davies. Written by Kim Marie Vaz, the book has a 4.4 average rating by Goodreeds and AbeBoks. The book traces her life history and illustrates the strategies developed by women to mitigate male rule.


Mama Nike draws her spiritual and artistic inspiration from Nigeria's river goddess Osun who, she says, guides her work through dreams. She is extremely passionate about what she does. She has focused her attention solely on her homeland, even though she is successful internationally, working to bring awareness to her culture, empower women, and improve lives around her.

Crime / Headmaster Docked Over Sex With 4-year-old Male Pupil by johneewalker: This week on Wed at 10:57am

A Katsina Chief Magistrate Court heard, on Tuesday, how a 57-year-old headmaster, Sule Yusuf, sexually assaulted a four years old pupil in his school, through the anus.
The police said the accused allegedly committed the offence in his office at the Salihawa Primary School, in Tunge-Zuri village of Musawa Local Government Srea of the state.
Police Inspector Sani Ado said that the mother of the assaulted boy, Aisha Kabiru, reported the incident to the Village Head of Tungen Zuri, Alhaji Kabir Hussain, who contacted the police in the area over the matter.
The prosecution arraigned him for “cognizance” on a one-count charge of “unnatural offence,” contrary to section 284 of the Penal Code law and the Senior Magistrate, Hajiya Falile Dikko, directed that the accused be remanded in prison custody till August 24.
According to Dikko, “this court will not ask you whether the allegation against you is true or false as allegation of unnatural offence is triable by the High Court.
“Your case file will be duplicated and a copy sent to the Ministry of Justice for legal advice.
“If a prima facie case is established against you, you will be charged at the High Court but if a prima facie case is not established against you, you will be discharged pursuant to section 130(1)of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC). You are before this court for cognisance purpose.”
Reports of sexual abuse of children have virtually become routine in Katsina State to the extent that Governor Aminu Bello Masari recently initiated moves to collaborate with some non-governmental organisations to check the menace.

In fact, on August 3, the police in the state announced the arrest of a 55 years old mechanic for sexually assaulting some female primary school pupils at Malumfashi in Malumfashi Local Government Area of the state.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Gambo Isah, the suspect, “lured three pupils of a primary school in Malumfashi into his workshop with N500 and indecently assaulted them by putting his fingers into their private parts.”
And, within the same period, the police also arrested a 29 years old man for “an unnatural offence,” of having consistently sexually abused three primary school boys by having sex with them through the anus, at the Kadarko Estate of Sabon Gari.

Masari is expected to present before the House of Assembly, an Executive Bill which among other measures prescribes the death penalty for sexual abuse of children.

-Thesun

Crime / Two Youths Shot Dead In Lagos Island Mayhem by johneewalker: This week on Wed at 10:53am

No fewer than two youths were reportedly shot dead by some miscreants, popularly known as ‘Area boys’ from Okepopo area on Lagos Island in different attacks against their opponents.

Also, six other persons who were shot but escaped death, were at different hospitals on the Island after the attack by Okepopo boys, who invaded some streets, looking for their opponents.

Residents and traders on the Island were said to be living in fear as the notorious boys were said to always attack unexpectedly, looting goods and shooting sporadically at people seen around or believed to be trying to obstruct them.
The dead victims include one Small Shakiru, shot at Agarawu area on Monday night and another youth whose name was not known as at the time of this report. He was stabbed in the left eye while returning to his house at Onola area at the weekend.

Others with gun wound include a ‘Keke Marwa’ driver, Saheed Obiripo. who was shot at Haffiner; an Igbo trader at Andrew Street. who refused to release his bag to the boys; a woman returning from her shop on Saturday evening, another trader and two other youths, Sunday and Tandor, who were believed to be harbouring some of Okepopo boys’ opponents.

According to a source, one of the Okepopo boys attended a social gathering at Luther area on the Island some weeks back and was stabbed in the neck by another youth from Onola area, which prompted the Okepopo boys to threaten a reprisal attack.

The source said: “Some days later, the Okepopo boys started attacking Onola boys but suffered serious casualties because they met stiff opposition. As a result, they re-planned their strategy and started attacking people with locally-made guns and used the opportunity to rob.

“The notorious boys now operate at Evans, Massey, Palm-church, Swamp, Apogbe, Olushi, Agarawu, Tom-Jones, Wahab Folawiyo, Nnamdi Azikwe, Alli, Haffner, Onikepo, Obadina, Onola and Aroloya Streets”, he added.

While fielding questions from crime reporters at the police officers’ mess, Ikeja during a media conference, the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said the reported incident that many traders were not opening their shops for fear of incessant attack was an exaggeration, adding that the menace of the notorious youths on the Island “is not anything that is unusual”.

-Theguardian

Sports / ‘coaches ‘messed Up’ Nigeria’s Medal Chances In London’ by johneewalker: This week on Wed at 10:48am

Atlanta ’96 Olympics bronze medallist, Falilat Ogunkoya has blamed Nigeria’s poor performance at the just concluded IAAF World Athletics Championship in London on coaches.

The Nigerian team failed to win a medal in London and Ogunkoya, a 400m gold medalist at Jo’burg ’99 All Africa Games, believes the athletes were poorly managed by the coaches.

Speaking with The Guardian yesterday in Lagos, Ogunkoya, whose personal best and African record of 49.10 seconds at Atlanta ’96 Olympics remains the twelfth fastest of all time, said that Nigeria could have grabbed at least a bronze medal in London but the coaches ‘messed up’ the opportunity.

In particular, Ogunkoya was unhappy with the manner the coaches ‘bungled’ Team Nigeria’s chances in the final of the women’s 4x400m relay on Sunday.

“When the girls qualified for final in the 4x400m relay, I told some few friends around me that Nigeria will surely win a medal in the final. I never knew that the coaches would come up with a formation that will scuttle the whole plan,” Ogunkoya stated.

In the semifinals, Nigeria’s 4x400m women’s team made up of Patience Okon George, Onome Nathaniel, Emerald Egwim and Yinka Ajayi ran a fantastic race with 3.25.40 seconds, a season’s best for the quartet, to emerge second behind winners, Jamaica (3:23:64) in Heat 2.

As at the time of the semifinal, one of Nigeria’s athletes for the championship, Abike Egbeniyi was still battling with visa problems back home. She joined the team a few hours to the final.

The anticipation in many quarters before the final race on Sunday was that the team should be able to pick a medal of any colour for Nigeria if the athletes could add a little bite to their performance in the semi.

“In the first place, I don’t know the reason why the coaches decided to drop one of the athletes for Abike who just arrived the camp few hours to the final race,” Ogunkoya fumed. “Again, I don’t know the rationale behind the decision to allow Patience Okon George to start the race. She was the most experienced among the athletes, and an experienced coach should have prepared Okon George for the anchor leg.”

The Nigerians posted 3.26.72 seconds to place fifth in the final, a performance Ogunkoya said was far below expectation. “After one of the Jamaican athletes suffered a misfortune in the final, the medal was there for Nigeria to pick, if only an experienced athlete like Okon George was running the anchor leg. I felt so disappointed, not with the athletes but the coaches. You can see that the time our girls ran in the semifinal was good enough to fetch Nigeria a medal in the championship.”

-Guardian

Sports / Yukhub Football Predictions 16th August - Sure Games For Wednesday by KingVictor: This week on Wed at 10:24am
1. Europe
Champions League
19:45 Celtic - FC Astana 1
2. England
19:45 Norwich - QPR 1x
3. Switzerland
17:30 FC Lugano - FC St. Gallen Ov2.5
4. Europe
Champion League
19:45 Olympiakos - HNK Rijeka 1
5. Spain
22:00 Real Madrid - Barcelona GG
6. Europe
Champion League
19:45 Hapoel Beer - NK Maribor 1

Crime / 16 Dead, 82 Injured In Konduga Blasts by johneewalker: This week on Wed at 10:11am

Suicide bomb attacks on a mini motor park in Borno’s town have killed 16 people and injured 82.

Commissioner of Police Damian Chukwu, confirmed to journalists, in Maiduguri, that a male and two female bombers approached the motor park, on Tuesday evening, at about 5.30p.m and thereafter blew up themselves. Details of the explosion were sketchy until Wednesday when the confirmation from police came.

“Two female suicide bombers and a male counterpart approached a Mini Motor park/market at Konduga town, the headquarters of Konduga Local Government Area of the state. They all detonated IEDs strapped to their bodies, killing themselves and 16 others while about 82 persons were injured,” the CP disclosed.

He said victims have been evacuated to the state General hospital for treatment while the police Explosives Ordinance Department (EOD) have been deployed to the area to render the scene and the vicinity date.

However, hospital and emergency sources said the casualties may have risen as some corps were discovered early Wednesday morning at the scene. A source at the State Specialists Hospital said some of the injured were responding to treatment.

Konduga which has been severally attacked by Boko Haram, is about 35 kilometres east of Maiduguri.
-thesun

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