Sunday, 24 December 2017

TUPAC 'MURDER WEAPON' MYSTERY SOLVED


The gun L.A. cops believed was used to murder Tupac Shakur has been located -- TMZ tracked it down, and conspiracy theorists are gonna love this.

TMZ broke the story ... ballistic testing on the .40 caliber Glock found in Compton -- back in 1998 -- showed it matched the one fired in the 1996 Tupac shooting. The mystery was where the the gun went after that testing. Neither LA cops nor Las Vegas cops knew for sure, but we've learned the feds actually had it last ... and it's been destroyed. Now here's why.

ATF agents did the testing in 2006. While it did come up as a possible match for the Tupac weapon, it also possibly matched another unsolved case in Las Vegas ... according to ATF spokesperson Ginger Colbrun. She tells us the ATF then sent the weapon to Vegas.

Multiple law enforcement sources tell us LV Metro PD conducted its own ballistic testing, and here's the big let down -- they determined it was not a match for Pac's case. It did match the other unrelated case, but police had no need for the handgun, so in 2006 they sent it back to the ATF.

The Glock sat in storage until 2013 when the ATF was taking inventory.

Colbrun says as part of standard ops, the agency decides what to do with items after a while. They checked with Las Vegas cops, who signed off on the weapon being destroyed ... and it was, along with a stockpile of other unneeded guns.

It's gone. That's it. Case NOT closed.

Source: TMZ

THE FUTURE IS NOW! SELF-DRIVING ELECTRIC BUSSES UNVEILED IN JAPAN


A self-driving electric shuttle bus wound its way around the streets of Tokyo, Japan Friday, and it looks a little scary and a lot awesome.

It's actually made in France and can carry up to 15 passengers. Its top speed is 45 miles per hour -- not too shabby.

Japan's telecom giant SoftBank's subsidiary SB Drive and Mitsubishi Estate Co. Ltd. collaborated on the vehicle.

The Japanese government is trying to roll out autonomous driving technology ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Get the bugs out first, please.

Lai Mohammed: War Against Corruption is Everybody’s War


Minister of Information, Mr. Lai Mohammad has said that anticorruption war is everybody’s war and that unless there is a collaboration that involves the government, the media, CSOs and others, the fight will be tougher than it should be.

Speaking at the launch of the anti-corruption situation room in Abuja, the minister said, “we have been saying that the fight against corruption is not Buhari’s fight, neither is it APC’s fight. It is Nigeria’s fight.

This means all Nigerians must take possession of this war if we are to win it. The courageous and patriotic minds behind the Anti-Corruption Situation Room have take the first critical step to ensure that Nigerians buy into this war. Permit me, therefore, to thank the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA ResourceCentre) and its partners for coming up with the ACSR.

“May I also use this occasion to appeal to more Civil Society Organizations to join this initiative. Unless there is a collaboration that involves the government, the media, CSOs and others, this fight will be tougher than it should be.

Mr. Olanrewju Suraju, Chairman of HEDA Resource Centre, puts it most succinctly when he said, and I quote: “The central thrust is to build synergy between anti-corruption CSOs, the labor movement and law enforcement agencies, the Parliament and the Judiciary as a means of improving and broadening the anti-corruption agenda as well as creating an accountability loop and feedback mechanism between anti-corruption agencies, the civil society organizations and the citizens”.

“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, the ACSR could not have come

at a better time. The Buhari Administration’s fight against corruption is gaining momentum, and the government is winning the war. But there is a challenge: There seems to be a feeling of numbness among the citizens about the conduct of those whose actions brought us here,

those who looted the national treasury dry. Suddenly, these same people are engaging in revisionist history and blaming everyone but

themselves for the mess their actions put the country into.

Source: This Day

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Mourinho: United ‘really punished’ by festive schedule


Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United have been “really punished” by the fixture scheduling this Christmas.

As if denting Manchester City’s 11-point lead at the Premier League summit was not hard enough, Saturday’s trip to Leicester kicks off a run of four top-flight games in 10 days.

United highlighted their “fixture frenzy” by publishing research on their website showing that “United have a harder time of it than our rivals towards the top of the table”.

Recovery and rotation will be crucial if the festive period is be fruitful, but Mourinho is concerned about the impact it will have on his team.

“We are not the only ones,” he said.

“There are other teams in the same situation as we are and Leicester is one of them in the same situation as we are.

“We did the simple objective study on that and there is a big gap – a really big gap – between some clubs and other clubs.

“There are clearly the ones that are really privileged, there are clearly another group of the ones that are really punished by the decisions of the calendar and there are another group in the middle of it where I would like to be.”

Mourinho laughed then added: “I know that I would never be in the top group but in that middle group we would like to be.”

Put to him he cannot believe that is deliberate, Mourinho said: “It’s a good question. You want me to be punished again, right?”

The United boss is already on thin ice with the Football Association for comments made in press conferences.

Mourinho confirmed in this media engagement that he had not complained to the Premier League about the schedule, despite its potentially adverse effect on United’s already fading title hopes.

The second placed Reds cannot afford City to build any bigger cushion, but the gap has not seen motivation dip in their manager’s view.

“We are in the race that only ends for us in May when we play against Watford at Old Trafford,” said Mourinho, whose side suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Bristol City in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

“When we play against Watford at Old Trafford, we finish the game and then it’s finished.

“Then, do we have FA Cup final to play? We have one more game.

“Do we have a Champions League final to play? If we do, we have one more game.

“If we don’t have, it’s finished, but until last match of the season we have work to do.”

The festive portion of work will have to be done without Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Eric Bailly, while Antonio Valencia remains absent for the trip to Leicester with a hamstring injury.

Mourinho is, though, able to call upon Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the veteran’s speedy return from a serious knee injury, with the striker making his first start of the season with a first goal at Bristol City.

“Yes, he is an option (to start),” the United boss said. “He played one hour, a bit more.

“Could be obviously ready to start the match.

“90 minutes is probably too much, it depends on the match, but I think, yes, I think he is ready to start.”

Mourinho was less forthcoming when it came to Ryan Giggs’ criticism of United’s recruitment before his arrival, so too the FA deciding against sanctioning United or City for the post-derby fracas.

“You have to ask the people who was hit by a bottle,” he said as he left the press conference to hop on the coach to Leicester.

Tragedy. Egypt road accidents leave 26 dead

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Two accidents on Egypt’s roads have killed at least 26 people in three days, authorities said.
A collision Saturday involving a minibus on a desert road 145 kilometres (90 miles) south of Cairo left 13 dead, the health ministry said.

That came just days after a crash on the same road also claimed 13 lives.

Accidents on Egypt’s roads killed more than 5,000 people in 2016, according to official figures, and authorities have moved to strengthen enforcement of traffic laws.

Deadly flooding and landslides hit the Philippines

Tropical Storm Tembin has triggered widespread flooding [Manman Dejeto/AFP]
More than 100 people have been killed after Tropical Storm Tembin triggered floods and landslides in the Philippines.

The storm, known locally as Vinta, hit the southern island of Mindanao, bringing winds of 80 kilometres per hour and torrential rain. Dozens of people were missing on Saturday.

At least 48 people were killed in the hard-hit provinces of Lanao del Norte, where floodwaters from a mountain swept away several houses and villagers.

Mayor Bong Edding of Zamboanga del Norte province's Sibuco town told The Associated Press that a search-and-rescue operation was ongoing after more than 30 people were swept away by flash floods in the fishing village of Anungan. Five bodies had already been recovered.

"The floodwaters from the mountain came down so fast and swept away people and houses," Edding said. "It's really sad because Christmas is just a few days away, but these things happen beyond our control."

Rainfall totals from Tropical Storm Tembin are believed to be around 145 millimetres, which is not unusual for a storm in the Philippines. However, it hit a part of the country that is not prepared for such violent storms.

Mindanao avoids the majority of the tropical systems because of its location. Tropical storms do not form within 5-degrees latitude of the equator. As Mindanao lies between 6 and 9-degrees north, on average it only gets hit once every 12 years.

However, only six years ago, Tropical Storm Washi hit the island. Like embin, Washi wasn't a particularly strong storm, but it killed more than 1,249 people.

The storm brought heavy rain to regions where the natural forest had been logged or converted into pineapple plantations. This allowed the water to run off the relatively barren soils and create devastating flash floods.

These floods struck at night, killing many people as they slept in their beds.

After the disaster, Mayor Edding blamed years of logging for the tragedy, adding he and other officials would move to halt logging operations.

However, unless there is an active replanting programme to replace the trees, his efforts are likely to be futile.

Source: ALJ

Fireworks during Christmas not scriptural – Clergymen

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A clergyman, Jonathan Olaoye, has described the throwing of firecrackers by youths during Christmas festival as mere fun rather than being scriptural.

Olaoye of the Christ Apostolic Church, Ijomimo Oluwa, Isolo in Lagos told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday that firecracker “is just for fun’’.

According to him, it does not have anything to do with the birth of Jesus Christ.
“Christmas is a season of celebration and there is nowhere in the Bible where it is stated that firework is for Christmas.

“It is just for fun and not for Christ,’’ Olaoye told NAN.

He, therefore, cautioned the youths, playing with the fireworks to be careful because of the lethal nature of some of the explosives.

NAN reports that annually as the yuletide approaches, some people, especially the youths usually engage in throwing all kinds of fireworks, especially at night.

The throwing of fireworks also known as “banger” often starts as early as November.

Some youths, who spoke with NAN in Lagos, said without fireworks there could be no Christmas.

Source: NAN

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Now that the recession is over, what next?

Now that the recession is over, what next?
Last Tuesday, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) gave a lot of Nigerians the news they desperately wished to hear: Nigeria is out of recession. After five consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth that started in Q1 2016, Nigeria’s economy grew by 0.55 per cent in Q2 2017. Predictably, data once again became the hero and villain in a long-running social media battle of bias between the supporters of Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, and his critics. The optics of sneaking out of a 15-month recession apart, a 0.55 per cent year-on-year GDP growth is hardly anything to cheer for Africa’s biggest economy. But as the NBS data reveals, the Q2 2017 growth is an improvement, even if marginal, on the GDP performance recorded in the preceding quarter (-0.91 per cent) and the corresponding quarter of 2016 (-1.49 per cent). Beyond the numbers, however, questions persist about the long-term economic recovery prospects of the nation. Questions that demand that all post-recession celebrations be suspended until further notice.

Twenty-seven months into the Buhari administration, the patience of the Nigerian masses on the state of the economy and general standard of living is wearing thin, and understandably so. Inflation rate dropped for the fifth consecutive month in July, but the prices of goods and consumables which skyrocketed during the recession remain exorbitantly high. In reality, the recession persists for the economically dis-advantaged demographic of Nigeria’s 170 million population. Nigeria’s path out of recession is lined with commendable efforts in improving the ease of doing business through the Presidential Enabling Business Council (PEBEC). Chaired by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. the Council implemented a 60-day National Action Plan on Ease of Doing Business and was able to tackle some of the critical bottlenecks and bureaucratic constraints that had hitherto defined the ordeal of doing business in Nigeria.

Osinbajo, who assumed the role of Acting President while President Buhari was away in the United Kingdom on medical leave, issued executive orders on port operations heralding a much-needed improvement in the operational efficiency of the nation’s airports and seaports. He also signed two critical bills on improving access to credit, a major stumbling block for businesses in Nigeria. As the NBS data released yesterday show, Nigeria came out of recession the same quarter the implementation of these reforms started. The recession has also proved pivotal to Nigeria’s drive for revenue diversification and a rebalancing of the economy’s over-reliance on the oil sector. The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) for example recently revealed it generated N2.11 trillion as revenue in the first six months of 2017 and is on course to meet the N4.94 trillion revenue projection for the year. Similarly, the Nigerian Customs Service generated N486 billion as revenue in the first half of the year, surpassing the N385 billion generated for the same period in 2016.

Neville identifies Manchester United’s ‘problem’ position


Gary Neville says Manchester United have a “problem” position – at left-back.

United have stormed to the top of the Premier League table alongside bitter rivals Manchester City after five games.

Their 4-0 win over Everton means they have the exact same record as City, with four wins, one draw, 16 goals and two conceded.

Antonio Valencia opened the scoring against the Toffees on Sunday and Neville has been suitably impressed by the right-back, but he suggests there is an issue on the opposite side.

“He’s been absolutely outstanding for the last 18 months, two years,” Neville told Sky Sports. “I had doubts as to whether it could last in the long term with him, I thought it was more of a stop-gap until they signed a right-back. But he’s the real thing.

“He is a top right-back now. He’s strong, quick, supports the attack, and doesn’t make any mistakes. United don’t need to sign a right-back. To think they signed Matteo Darmian as the right-back, Valencia is head and shoulders above him.

“I think the problem is on the other side at left-back, where Ashley Young was put under a lot of pressure by [Tom] Davies and [Cuco] Martina. Blind’s played there, Rojo’s played there, Shaw’s played there, Darmian’s played there, they can’t button that one down.

“But Valencia at right-back has been absolutely fantastic.”

Klopp: I can’t tell Sturridge how to score goals


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he cannot give Daniel Sturridge any tips about scoring more goals.

Sturridge started up front for the Reds against Burnley on Saturday afternoon and took seven of Liverpool’s 35 shots in the 1-1 draw.

For more analysis of Liverpool’s failure to score more than one goal, read Daniel Storey’s Winners and Losers.

“It’s not allowed for us to be happy or satisfied abut we cannot question everything. I can see the good and bad things,” said the German in a bristling press conference.

“Sturridge, usually he will score. Shall I go to him and say ‘Daniel, what are you doing?’

“Daniel has not had many minutes, but he was really good for 90 against Burnley – always involved.

“I don’t think I can give Daniel (Sturridge) a lot of tips on how he can score more often. He’s a really good striker.

“When we don’t score the first goal it is like this (pressure) and you can feel it in the stadium.

“I didn’t see a lack of being ruthless. They were in the right positions.”

Monday, 18 September 2017

ICE CUBE GETS ANOTHER RISKY BIG3 OFFER ... 'Gimme a Shout, Cube!'


Add another intriguing name to the list of potential additions for BIG3 Season 2 ... cause former NBA star T.J. Ford says he's healthy and ready to ball out in Ice Cube's league.
We got T.J. leaving L.A. after catching Saturday's USC-Texas thriller -- which he told us was epic, BTW -- and the Longhorns legend holla'd at Cube for a roster spot next year.
The only problem ... Ford retired from the NBA before he turned 30 -- after serious neck injuries left him temporarily paralyzed.
FYI, Lamar Odom, Stephon Marbury and Gilbert Arenas have all been tied to the BIG3  ... so T.J. ain't the only risky proposal on Cube's plate.
If Ford's really 100% though ... sign him up!

KEVIN HART I'M SMILING THROUGH EXTORTION PLOT ... It's My Job!


Kevin Hart isn't missing a beat when it comes to making money ... extortion plot, be damned.
In fact, Kevin was all smiles Monday morning on the set of "Night School," which is currently shooting in Clayton, Georgia. His face didn't show any tension about the fact someone tried to get up to 8 figures from him to keep a video of him allegedly cheating under wraps.
As TMZ first reported, authorities are on the case and closing in on a suspect.
Kevin seems confident. Or he's just a really good actor.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Pray against riots over death of prominent Nigerian —Prophet

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Founder, Christ for All Peoples Church, Ojo, Lagos State, Prophet Samuel Oyadara, has urged Nigerians to pray fervently to avert the death of a prominent citizen, whose demise could spark violent protests across the country.

He gave the admonition while speaking with the TribuneChurch, but said God did not tell him who the person was.

“What I want to say is that Nigerians should pray seriously to avert the death of a prominent person, whose death would lead to series of violent protests, riots, crises across the country.

“God did not tell me who the person is, but we need to pray to avert such calamity,” he said.

Oyadara, however, said he had been praying against such occurrence since the revelation came, and urged Nigerians to continue to pray as well.

According to him, Nigerians needed to engage in fervent prayers for the country.

Source'; Tribune

I’m the new goddess —TBoss


Look away, Tboss is unclad. From her time in the Big Brother Nigeria (BBN) House in far away South Africa, about seven months ago, President of Boss Nation and model, Tokunbo Idowu, famously known as Tboss, has never hidden her passion to set new trends.

For her, discovering herself is a journey that she always loves to explore. Beautiful and bold, Tboss as her name implies, appears to be the boss of her world.

Despite the controversies that trailed her stay in the BBN house, Tboss showed Nigerians and the rest of the world a glimpse of what to expect from her, and she has remained true to that claim.

While other finalists from the BBN House after the end of the reality show moved swiftly into their crafts, making waves and pocketing monies from endorsement deals and movie appearances, Tboss was patient. She was quietly planning her moves and waiting patiently to unleash herself on the entertainment scene in style. There were concerns about her as critics were quick to write off her talent and asked her to find something worthy to do with her time.

But judging by the release of her new unclad pictures, shot at the riverside, the beautiful reality show star described herself as the Goddess of the Water.

The shoot, R gathered may be connected to the role she’s about to play in a new movie entitled Kada River.

It will feature her alongside Joke Silva, Rachel Oniga, Bayray McNwizu, among others.

source; Tribune

Ohanaeze faults Nigerian military, says IPOB not a terrorist organisation

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The highest decision-making organ of the Igbo socio-political organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Imeobi Ohanaeze, has faulted the declaration of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as a terrorist group by the Nigerian military.
The Imeobi stated this in a 9-point communique it issued at the end of its meeting on Saturday at the Nike Lake Resort Hotel Enugu.
The communique was signed by Ohanaeze President -General, John Nwodo, and Secretary-General, Uche Okwukwu.
The military had two days ago declared the pro-Biafran separatist group, IPOB, a terrorist organisation after clashes between security operatives and the IPOB members in Aba and Umuahia which led to many injuries.
The clashes followed the launch of operation python dance II by the Army in the South-east region.
The clashes also made the South-east governors proscribe the Nnamdi Kanu-led secessionist group on Friday. The governors meeting in Enugu was attended by the Ohanaeze and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
But the Imeobi in faulting the military’s declaration argued that the defence headquarters did not follow due process.
“That Imeobi resolved that IPOB is not a terrorist organization. There are processes under extant national and international laws, especially the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011, as Amended in 2015 to determine whether a group is or not a terrorist organisation”, the communique said.

British Police Arrest Second Man in London Subway Bombing


The British police said on Sunday that they had arrested a second man in connection with the terrorist bombing in a London subway station that left dozens of people injured.

The man, 21, was arrested late Saturday night in Hounslow, a borough in West London, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. The suspect, who was not identified, was detained under the Terrorism Act and was being held at a police station in South London, according to the statement.

The second arrest came the same day the police detained an 18-year-old man in connection with the bombing on Friday, calling it “a significant arrest.” That man was arrested in Dover, in the southeastern county of Kent. The police evacuated the Port of Dover during the operation.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack at the Parsons Green station of the London Underground, in a quiet, affluent part of West London. A crude explosive, wrapped in a plastic bag that was concealed in a bucket, detonated during the morning rush hour in a train at the station.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Thousands evacuated as German city disposes of World war II bomb


People living within 250 metres of a World War II bomb discovered during construction work in the German city of Dusseldorf are being evacuated while it is being disposed off.

A police spokesman said officers were checking houses within the exclusion zone on Tuesday to make sure no residents were still at home before work proceeds to dispose off the bomb discovered the day before.

Police were stationed to watch over the site during the night.

According to the city council, some 2,300 people were affected, while a spokesman said on Tuesday that a further 4,400 were ordered to stay at home and not go outdoors until the all-clear signal was given.

Some 80 residents of a care home had to be brought to other facilities as part of the evacuation.

The WWII aerial bomb was due to be defused at 11 a.m. (0900 GMT).

Streets were to be cordoned off around the site and public transport restricted during the operation.