Monday, June 23, 2014

#2 of 5 Innovations you will not Believe are coming out of Africa, Produced by Africans.

Mellowcabs are high-tech electric pedicabs manufactured from recycled materials. These vehicles primarily provide first and last mile public transport in urban areas, thereby filling the gap for commuters who need micro transport within a 3 km radius.
Mellowcab was developed in South African by South African serial entrepreneur Neil du Preez.

Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera journalists to 7 years imprisonment

Three Al-Jazeera journalists, Peter Greste (correspondent, Australian), bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy (Canadian/Egyptian) have been sentenced to 7 years in prison each over allegations of false reporting and association with the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. While a 3rd journalist, Baher Mohamed (producer) was given 10 years for same charges and also for being in possession of ammunition.

The three journalists were arrested in December 2013 after security forces raided their work suite office in Cairo on charges of 'spreading false news' and holding meetings with Muslim Brotherhood.

The journalists had reported on how Egyptian security agencies killed hundreds of peaceful protesters in sit-ins in Cairo. This was when Egyptians took to the streets to protest the coup by the army that removed former Egyptian president, Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood from power in July 2013 and demanding for his reinstatement. 

Suicide bomber kills 3 soldiers in Borno, Boko Haram kills 40 in new attack

Three soldiers were reportedly killed yesterday June 22nd after a suicide bomber suspected to be from the Boko Haram sect attacked a military post near a Secondary school in Gwoza, Borno state.
Vanguard reports the suicide bomber drove through Wala and Warabe villages before addressing the military post where in fact the bomb detonated and a loud sound immediately followed, with the car the suicide bomber rode in and other things in the attack scene destroyed.
Among the residents of the location, Mallam Usman Yaro who spoke with Vanguard said residents of the location were still in bed when the bomb detonated. 


Nigeria security forces arrest suspected Kano bomber.

 Nigeria security forces have arrested a suspect in charge of the bomb blast that happened this afternoon at the School of Hygiene, BUK Road in Kano at the least eight people lost their lives with 12 others sustaining various levels of injury.

Confirming the arrest, Kano State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adenrele Shinaba said investigations begins immediately.
"The suspect is in our custody, and the vehicle he used for the operation has also been towed to the police headquarters. We will get to know the motive behind the attack, and who sent him on this deadly errand." he said

Putin, Obama discuss implementation of Poroshenko's peace plan by phone

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed proposals for peace in Ukraine with US President Barack Obama on Monday, the Kremlin said in a statement, after Ukraine's leader announced a ceasefire in military operations in the east, informing Reuters. US President urged Putin to support peace in Ukraine and said Moscow would face further "costs" if it did not take steps to reduce tensions in the country, the White House said.

"They discussed ... the implementation of the peace plan proposed by the President Petr Poroshenko," the Kremlin said. "Putin stressed that priority must be given to halting military operations and to the start of direct negotiations between the opposing sides."

Anti-gov't protest under way in Donetsk during peace talks

An anti-government demonstration started outside the regional administration headquarters in Donetsk on Monday evening even as representatives of the Ukrainian government, eastern Ukrainian militias, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe were holding peace talks inside the building.

The demonstrators were holding banners reading "Donbass is Russia and "Get fascism out of Donbass."
Pensioners and women were joining in the demonstration, Interfax reports

Kiev court issues arrest warrants for leaders of Donetsk, Lugansk People’s Republics

Kiev's Shevchenkivsky District Court has issued arrest warrants for 11 leaders of the "Donetsk People's Republic" and "Lugansk People's Republic" at the request of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office, the office said on Monday.

EU overtakes US as main food exporter

The EU beat out the United States to become the world's top exporter of agricultural and food products last year, AFP cites a European Commission report on the global farming market as saying Monday.

Fuelled by record sales to China and other emerging markets, in 2013 the 28 countries of the European Union sold 120 billion euros ($163 billion) in agri-food products, up 5.8 percent and with cereals alone accounting for over two thirds of the jump.
A market of 500 million people, the EU remained the world's biggest importer of farming and food products, though the level was mostly unchanged from 2012 at 101.5 billion euros.
A quarter of Chinese imports came from the United States, but the EU saw its share rise to 9.1 percent in 2013, mainly on sales of malt extract for beer brewing, and pork.

Referee to be Petitioned for Celebrating Nigeria's Win Over Bosnia

Over 20,000 people have signed an on line petition requesting the removal of  Peter O'Leary from the World Cup after a photo of him celebrating with Nigeria's goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama made its way online.
 New Zealand referee drew widespread criticism after wrongly disallowing an Edin Dzeko strike after 21 minutes.
Emmanuel Emenike also appeared to “clip the heels” of Emir Spahic which went unnoticed by the referee.
Consequently of these, a Bosnian fan has sent the petition to FIFA, asking for O'Leary's removal.

Dzeko who spoke to us describes the referee as “shameful”.


Missouri church lures young parish with rifles

Nowadays, the church has to be creative to bring more people in. In a bid to “get more people to follow Jesus,” a Joplin, Missouri, church held a raffle giving away two Black Rain AR15 assault rifles as a prize.

On Father’s Day, men were given an opportunity to put their names in a hat to win one of two AR-15 rifles. Each father was eligible to submit a ticket for himself and a ticket for each of his children he brought to church with him. An additional ticket was given if a man brought his own dad.

US hypocritical and extortive towards its citizens living abroad – immigration expert

More expatriate Americans are parting with their US citizenship than ever. Overseas US offices reported 1,000 US citizens and green-card holders had renounced their allegiance in just the first three months of the year. The figure puts 2014 on track to top last year's total of almost three thousand renunciations, which was already a record high since the government began disclosing such data.

The figures are somewhat disturbing, as it is more than three times higher then the number in 2012, and greater than the combined totals for 2011 and 2012, according to the US Treasury Department.

Gunmen Attack Convoy Of Edo Deputy Speaker, Others.

The Deputy Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Festus Ibea, along with the Minority Leader, Emmanuel Okoduwa, and a member of house, Patrick Iluobe. were reportedly attacked by unknown gunmen on Sunday, 22 June, 2014.

Gunmen Attack Convoy Of Edo Deputy Speaker, Others.

The Deputy Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Festus Ibea, along with the Minority Leader, Emmanuel Okoduwa, and a member of house, Patrick Iluobe. were reportedly attacked by unknown gunmen on Sunday, 22 June, 2014.

Just In: Bomb Blast in Kano This Afternoon Leaves Many Dead

Based on a breaking information report, a blast gone off this afternoon around 2pm at the School of health Technology found along Gida Murtala–W UK Rd in Kano state eliminating scores of people. More details later... 

Health Insurance Convention To Hold Soon

As part of efforts to reduce the level of ignorance on insurance by celebrities which has led to the untimely and unavoidable deaths of several prominent entertainers in the music and movie industries, the first Nigerian Entertainment Industry Health Insurance Convention is set to hold soon.
The convention will serve as a forum to introduce health insurance policies and its benefits to the Nigerian entertainment industry and the society at large.

Accordingly, the convention is designed as a customised learning and education platform for the practitioners of the entertainment industry.

13-Yr-Old Nigerian Boy Dies After Trying To Save A Drowning Girl

13 year old Ricky Osagie (pictured above, his dad right) from Warrenstown died on Saturday June 21st following a brave attempt to try to save a girl who had got into trouble swimming in a man-made pond at Waterville Hall residential complex in Blanchardstown, Dublin on Friday June 20th.

According to Irish Mirror, a friend of Ricky’s, a teenage girl got into the water and was almost drowning when Ricky and another female friend jumped into the pond to try to help her. The other teen girl who jumped in to help also now had difficulties in the pond, and it was up to Ricky to save both girls. Which he did. Paramedics were called and all three teens were taken to the hospital. The two girls survived, but Ricky died the next day.

World Bank okays $495.3m for northern farmers

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on Friday approved a $495.3m International Development Association credit to improve farmers’ access to irrigation and drainage services in the North.
A statement issued by the bank on Friday said the money would strengthen institutional arrangements for integrated water resources management and improve delivery of agricultural services in selected, large-scale public schemes in northern Nigeria.
“The Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria project will improve existing irrigation on 27,000 hectares, irrigate an additional 23,000 hectares, and benefit more than 140,000 farmers while mobilising private sector investment.

Post Ekiti state election: Ayo Fayose explains Why he won

Some of you think he won simply because he gave out bags of rice.. No o! It was a free and fair election and even the incumbent governor Kayode Fayemi called Fayose to concede defeat and congratulate him. In a sit down with some journalists yesterday in Ekiti, the Ekiti state governor-elect tells how he managed to defeat a sitting governor
"It is the Lord’s doing. I want to recall that my removal in 2006 remains a mystery to the common man on the streets but they never left me for a day, they believed in me. I want to equally let you know that I was left with the people without money, eight years in the wilderness. My charge to every politician is to target the poor people. They will not come and ask you for contracts, all they want is to have their lives improved, to which they believe I have an answer.

20yr old Pakistani woman gang molested, killed and hanged from a tree

A 20 year old Pakistani lady identified as Muzammil Bibi was found strangled and hung on a tree after resisting rape attempts by three men. Police in Pakistan say the young lady was accosted by the men in a field at the densely populated Punjab province and when she tried to resist being molested, they beat her up, molested her, strangled her and afterwards hanged her on a tree, local media reports.


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