Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Again!! Another BBC African Journalist Dies Young!

One of the most talented Kenyan journalists of her time, she had been reportedly battling cancer for the past two years.  Anne joined the BBC crew in 2009 after many years with local TV and radio stations.

Interestingly, she was the first BBC bilingual English and Swahili reporter to be appointed to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Her death comes less than a fortnight after that of another celebrated BBC journalist, Komla Dumor from Ghana, in London.   BBC Africa editor Solomon Mugera described her as "a brave, well-organised and talented journalist".    BBC international bureaux manager Razvan Scortea added, "I am very saddened by this. Anne was a lovely person, bright, gentle and positive, and she fought so hard. God bless her."

US concerned by China's new hypersonic missile

China’s recent test of a new ultra-high speed strike vehicle highlights growing concerns that Chinese military advances will overtake those of the United States in as few as five years, a senior Pentagon official told Congress Tuesday. Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's chief weapons buyer, told lawmakers that when it comes to "technological superiority, the Department of Defence is being challenged in ways that I have not seen for decades, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region."

Citing China's major investments in anti-ship missiles, stealth fighter jets, hypersonic vehicles and other hi-tech weaponry, Kendall said the United States could lose its dominant position if it failed to respond to the altered strategic landscape.

We'll not Abandon our Responsibilities - Fashola

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Raji Fahola has assured citizens of the State of the determination of his administration to continuously live up to its responsibilities as a government.

Governor Fashola, who spoke while handing over the Ejigbo-Ajao Link Road and Bridges recounted the commitment made by the former governor of the State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu which led to the construction of the roads and bridges.

2014 Budget: Lagos Projects 10% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Growth.

Intensification of revenue generation drive as part of implementation strategies, says Akabueze  The Lagos State Government is projecting a 10 percent growth in its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for 2014 even as it also plans to intensify its revenue generation drive as part of the strategies to implement the 2014 Budget.

The projected percentage GDP growth represents a 3.2 percent increase over the projected GDP growth for Nigeria put at 6.8 percent. It also represents 6.6 percent over the projected GDP growth for the World Economy and 4.7 percent over the projected GDP growth for Emerging Economies.

VIDEO: US lawmaker threatens to break reporter in half, throw him off balcony

Being a journalist is definitely very stressful and dangerous. Reporters risk their lives not only gathering news in hot spots but also just asking US politicians uncomfortable questions. An embattled US congressman was caught on film threatening to break a reporter in half and throw him off a Capitol balcony after he was asked about a campaign finance probe.

Michael Grimm, a Republican from New York, lost his temper during an interview with NY1 News television immediately after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday.
"I'm not talking about anything that's off topic. This is only about the president's speech," Grimm said, after the NY1 journalist asked him about an investigation into campaign finances.

Lagos Woo Private Sector on Regeneration of Lagos Island CBD, as Gov. Fashola Affirms That the area already has Master plan

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (2nd left), addressing Captains of Industry, entrepreneurs, State Executive Council members, and other stakeholders during the 2014 Central Business Districts Stakeholders’ Forum with the theme, “Strategic Partnerships, Re-Development and Sustainability – The Lagos Island Central Business District”, at the Banquet Hall, State House, Marina, Lagos on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. With him are: Special Adviser to the Governor on Central Business District (CBD), Mrs. Derin Disu (left), Chairman, Honeywell Group, Dr Oba Otudeko (2nd right) and the former Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Supo Sansore (right)

 Lagos Woo Private Sector on Regeneration of Lagos Island CBD, as Gov. Fashola Affirms That the area already has Master plan

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday unfolded its plans to redevelop and regenerate the Lagos Island Central Business District through strategic partnership with the Organised Private Sector, with Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) emphasizing that the Island CBD already has an infrastructure Master plan that is being followed religiously.

Death penalty in US: 'absolute violation of human rights' - Amnesty Int'l

Struggling to find drug supplies for lethal injections the American states that still have death penalty are mulling other methods of execution. The states’ authorities are considering a wider use of electrocution or gasing instead of lethal injections. Sergei Nikitin, the head of Amnesty International Russia told our source that death penalty in all cases "is absolutely an ultimate violation of human rights."

Welcome to Sochi, no US warships required.

Throughout history the Olympics have been a celebration of sport and a time when even warring nations lay down their arms and settle their differences on the playing field. It has been a time when all nations regardless of their geo-political leanings, internal conflicts or spats with their neighbors have a chance to put aside differences and celebrate human advances and achievements in sports.

For the guests, the athletes, the media and the delegations it is a time to show the world the best side of their countries and to get to know the people and the customs of the hosting nation. A time when we can all be friends, regardless of race, religion or political beliefs and above all put aside conflicts and for once, attempt to find peace amongst our fellow citizens of the world.

19-Yr-Old Teen caught with Charms, as 81-year-old Woman was Beaten to Pulp over a Girl.

Hell was let loose on Wednesday at Alaro area of Ibadan, Oyo State, when okada riders and hoodlums numbering over 100 stormed a building in the area and injured some people with broken bottles while the building was also vandalised.

Not only that, a brand new Toyota Sequai Sport Utility vehicle worth N7million was destroyed with all its glasses broken and the body dented by the hoodlums, while the landlady, an 81-year-old whose name was given as Mrs Oke, was seriously beaten.

Russia to consider Kiev gov't to determine Ukraine aid details.

Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Wednesday that Moscow will take changes in the Ukrainian government into consideration when determining the schedule and details of a $15 billion financial aid package to Kiev, the Interfax news agency reported.

"Our commitment to fulfilling these obligations has been confirmed. As for the schedule and parameters, this is an issue that requires further discussion with our Ukrainian colleagues and consideration of the restructuring of the government," Ulyukayev was quoted as saying.

Kwara State PDP To File Lawsuit Against Defectors

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State is set to take legal action against 20 members of the State House of Assembly who recently defected to All Progressives Congress (APC). The chairman, caretaker committee of the Kwara State chapter of thePDP, Solomon Edeje, in his first interactive session with journalists after the inauguration in Abuja on Wednesday said that the party had concluded arrangements to file lawsuit.  Mr Edeje said that the party still believed that most of the defectors would retrace their steps and return to the party which he described as truly national.

11 Senators dump PDP, defect to APC

According to a report by Sahara Reporters, 11 PDP senators have defected to the All Progressive Congress APC. A formal letter to this effect has been handed to the Senate President, David Mark, and would be read to the general house this afternoon.

The defected senators are:
Senator Bukola Saraki-Kwara Central.
Senator Umaru Dahiru-Sokoto South

Prince Drags Facebook fans to court for posting links to his concerts

Prolific US singer/songwriter, Prince has instituted a lawsuit against 22 Facebook fans for posting links of his live concerts on their Facebook page and blogs without express authorization from him or his label. If found guilty in court, the fans would face a damage claim of $22million. He filed the law suit at the Northern District of Carolina, USA.

Although the actual names of most of the defendants in the lawsuit haven’t been revealed and the websites named in the suit can no longer be accessed, the usernames identified in the lawsuit (like “PurpleKissTwo”) indicate that at least some of the targets are Prince die hard fans.

Bizarre : Secondary school students threaten to kill Corpers in Kogi

Here's a bizarre email I got from a batch A Corp member serving in Victory Model College, Efodo - Okpo, Olamaboro L.G.A of Kogi State. The mail below and the threat written on a blackboard above

It's no good news to hear that NYSC Corp Members are treated with discontentment in Kogi State, especially in remote local government like Olamaboro.There have been cases of some drunk youths ganging up to launch attack on corpers at their capital project sites, accusing them of integrating strange norms into their culture

Nigeria to spy and intercept text messages

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan.
(image credit: UK Cabinet Office)
Nigeria’s Federal Government has brought into action a draft bill that will allow the government to intercept and record electronic communications, and acquire internet usage data from internet service providers and mobile networks.

While the bill still needs to be passed into law, it will give the authorities the power to intercept personal email, text messages, instant messages, voice mails and multimedia messages – which they say will help with criminal investigations.

Under a subheading titled ‘Interception of electronic communications,’ section 22 of the bill says, “Where there are reasonable grounds to suspect that the content of any electronic communication is reasonably required for the purposes of a criminal investigation or proceedings, a judge may on the basis of information on oath:


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