Tuesday, October 7, 2014

National e-ID Card May Be Used As Travel Visa



The National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, is pushing for the use of the new national e-Identity card as travel document. One of the applets fixed in the card has all the travel details and requirements contained in Nigeria’s e-passport. Known as Travel Applet, it could easily be used as travel document with the approval of the international community.


Tunji Durodola, Head, Card Management Services, NIMC, said that the back of the NIMC e-ID Card contains three lines called MRZ Lines, Machine Readable Zone, just like the Passport. “The NIMC e-ID Card has support for e-Visas when they become acceptable worldwide,” he said.

US may consider screening air passengers for Ebola






Looks just like the US is considering screening passengers from Ebola hit countries before they enter the country. This is coming about one week after having a Liberian man entered the U.S with Ebola. President Obama said yesterday that though the likelihood of an Ebola outbreak in the US is "extremely low'but they've to react.
"We're also going to be working on protocols to do additional passenger screening both at the source and here in the United States. Countries that think that they can sit on the sidelines and just let the United States do it, that will result in a less effective response, a less speedy response, and that means that people die."
"And it also means that the potential spread of the disease beyond these areas in West Africa becomes more imminent," President Obama said at the White House briefing with US health officials

APC Presidential Aspirants To Pay ₦27million For Forms.



The All Progressives Congress (APC) has rolled out guidelines for the 2015 general elections. The process, which begins with the sale of expression of interest forms, commences today. The party’s timetable, which was adopted at the last National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, stipulated that collection of the forms would close on October 19, while collection of nomination forms would commence the same day and end on November 16.
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Ex-Anambra Governor Peter Obi defects from APGA to PDP



Former Governor of Anambra state and chieftain of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) this evening defected to the ruling People's Democratic Party, PDP. He made his decision known after a meeting with members of the South East zone of the PDP at his residence in Onitsha, Anambra state.

Speaking through his media aide this evening, Mr Obi who said his defection was to enable him become a competitor and not a spectator in national affairs. The former governor had maintained for a while now that he will not seek any further elective position.

"Hyper Ebola" - New Bug, Marburg Fever Emerges In Uganda, Kills One.



 Hmmmm...This is scary,I hope this does not find its way into Nigeria oooh. A man has died in Uganda's capital after an outbreak of Marburg, a highly infectious hemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola, authorities said on Sunday, adding that a total of 80 people who came into contact with him were quarantined.

 Marburg starts with a severe headache followed by hemorrhaging and leads to death in 80 percent or more of cases in about nine days. It is from the same family of viruses as Ebola, which has killed thousands in West Africa in recent months.
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Stop easting Ponmo: Ponmo consumption is dangerous to health- Leather Scientist reveals



The Director General of the Nigerian Institute of Leather Science & Technology (NILEST), Zaria, Dr Isuwa Adamu, has said that consumption of animal hides and skin, popularly known as Ponmo is dangerous to human health. Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, today in Abuja, Adamu said scientific research has shown that ponmo doesn't have any nutritional value to human health and that some of the animals where ponmo is gotten from are usually sick & harbor dangerous chemicals.
"In fact, it is not advisable for you to consume ponmo in the sense that some of the animals killed and used for ponmo actually have skin diseases. Some of these skin diseases are such that boiling them ordinarily, may not kill the bacteria. Some of the animals because of the ailments that they have gone through, are sometimes treated by way of injection with chemicals. 

Happy Birthday, Mr President Putin Clock 62!



The President of Russia Vladimir Putin turned 62 on October 7, 2014. Some of his more notable activities during the last year are depicted in the following gallery. Above: Russia's President Vladimir Putin meets with members of the St. Petersburg Combined Choir at the square in front of the Saint Isaac's Cathedral on the Day of Slavic Writing and Culture. May 24, 2014.

One of 4 Patients in Spain Cleared of Ebola: Reports




 
One of the four patients in Spain, suspected of being infected with Ebola virus, has been tested negative, Reuters reported Tuesday.
A nurse at a hospital in Madrid tested positive after taking part in a treatment of Spanish priest Manuel García Viejo, who became infected with the Ebola virus, while serving at a Sierra Leone hospital and died in a Madrid hospital on September 25. This was the first Ebola case in Europe during the current outbreak.
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Is Kiev Wildly Understating Combat Deaths?





by Charles Bausman for Russia Insider

In the past two weeks persistent rumors that Kiev has been hiding thousands of killed and wounded Ukrainian servicemen and ‘volunteers battalion’ casualties have forced their way into the Ukrainian press.

The most vocal allegations of a cover-up of Ukrainian combat deaths comes not from Russian media or the leaders of the ‘separatist’ Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, but from right wing MP and Radical Party leader Oleh Lyashko, and from the commander of Kiev’s ‘Donbas Battalion’ Semyon Semchenko.  

South Korean Prime Minister Claims North Korea's Nuclear Reactor Up and Running





North Korea's nuclear reactor is thought to likely to be up and running according to a South Korean Foreign Minister, who has dismissed a US think tank's report suggesting that the Yongbyon reactor was shut down by Pyongyang.
"Many believe it is still in operation. On whether the Yongbyon nuclear reactor has been shut down, and on the reasons for the shutdown if it is true, I do not necessarily have the same views as the report," said Yun Byung-se, the Foreign Minister of South Korea, as cited by Yonhap.

Ukraine Will Not Have Enough Stored Gas to Sustain Winter: Gazprom



Ukraine will not be able to fill its underground gas storage facilities with 18-20 billion cubic meters of natural gas necessary to sustain winter and ensure uninterrupted transit, Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller said Tuesday.
"As to the time left until the start of [the winter] consumption period, Ukraine will certainly not be able to fill in time its underground storage facilities with at least 18 billion [cubic meters], or better - 20 billion," Miller told reporters.
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IS Directs All Its Military Might Against Syrian Kurds: Politician




All the military might of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group is currently being thrown against the Kurdish autonomy in Syria, a Kurdish politician and a former member of the Turkish parliament, Osman Ozcelik told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.
"It is becoming obvious that the IS has given up fighting against Assad and is concentrating all its efforts on war against the Kurds," Ozcelik said, adding that what is currently going on in the area of the Syrian town of Kobani can be best described as "genocide over Kurds." Ozcelik added that the Kurdish lands are rich with resources, wanted by many."At the moment, Islamic State is conducting attacks against Kobani, and if they manage to capture it in full, they will attack the remaining two Kurdish cantons," Ozcelik said.
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Catalans Vow to Hand Over to Madrid Boxes Full of Pro-Vote Demands



The Catalan government vowed on Tuesday to send four boxes full of pro-vote demands from some 900 municipalities across the independence-minded Spanish region of Catalonia to the central government and the top court, the regional government's spokesman Francesc Homs said.
As many as 920 out of 947 municipalities in this northeastern region submitted their requests. Homs said the sheer volume of demands would be enough for the government in Madrid and the Spanish Constitutional Court to see "with their own eyes" that Catalonia's desire to vote in the independence referendum should be taken seriously.
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Israel Not Looking for Escalation of Situation in Southern Lebanon: Foreign Ministry



Israel does not want to escalate the situation in southern Lebanon, a spokesperson for the country's foreign ministry told the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency Tuesday.
"The Israeli side does not intend to escalate the situation on the Israeli-Lebanese border," the spokesperson said, noting that Israel shelled Lebanon's Kfar Shuba Heights on Tuesday in response to an earlier blast in southern Lebanon that wounded at least two Israeli soldiers.
The Hezbollah group has claimed responsibility for the blast.
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100,000 Chechens Attend Putin`s Birthday Rally in Grozny




Up to 100,000 people have taken part in a birthday celebration rally in honor of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Chechnya's capital of Grozny, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Tuesday. The rally was launched at Minutka Square later moving on to Akhmad Kadyrov Avenue in Grozny, where "up to 100,000 Chechens attended the celebration", a spokesman for the Chechen Ministry of Internal Affairs told RIA Novosti. The participants carried 600 meter Russian and Chechen flags chanting "Russia!", "Chechnya!" The celebration will conclude with a birthday concert and Chechen folk dancing. This year, on October 7, Vladimir Putin celebrates his 62nd birthday. According to presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the Russia leader took a day off and left for the Siberian taiga to mark his birthday.

Photo: Pres. GEJ at Lake Chad Commission summit in Niger Republic



 President Jonathan is in Niger Republic where he's attending the Lake Chad Commission summit. At the summit, GEJ and other Heads of Government will deliberate on further joint action to curb terrorism and insurgency within and across their national borders. See more photos after the jump

Short Selling Bitcoin, Buy and Hold Bitcoin



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 Buy & Hold Bitcoin

Many of those who have Bitcoins made a big profit a year ago by just holding the coins within their wallets. This really is still the simplest way to purchase the cryptocurrency phenomenon. There are lots of opportunities for further growth and more price surges in coming your way. Which means there remains a definite possibility that the coins could keep in increasing in value as fast (or even faster) as they've been up till now. If that takes place then simply buying and holding would end up being a really profitable investment opportunity indeed for this year.

 But obviously there's also a really real possibility that the purchase price could crash and you might lose most of the money invested. If you never mind holding your cash on a trade as opposed to in a budget all on your own computer then the good tip is to keep your coins within an account on a website such as for instanceBter, which pays a tiny amount of interest on all deposits. In the event that you click the web link in the line above to subscribe you may also get yourself a 6 month discount of 10% of any trading fees you incur -  

Dallas Tops Texas’ List of Counties With Highest Numbers of Women Killings: Reports





Dallas County in the US state of Texas has topped a list of the state's counties showing the numbers of women killed in domestic violence, Dallas News reported.


"It is certainly not anything to be proud of as a community, and it's not a competition that we would want to win," Paige Flink, executive director of The Family Place shelter, told Dallas News Monday.
Dallas stands alongside Harris County, also in Texas, which has long held first place in the number of women who died as a result of domestic abuse, the newspaper said.
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Australia’s New Laws Could Damage Travelers’ Privacy: Reports





New laws proposed in Australia to protect the country's security could damage the privacy of travelers' personal data through security checks such as Iris, thermal or biometric scanning, The Guardian stated Tuesday.


According to a statement published on the Australian Attorney-General's website, the second part of amendments to be made to the existing Australian legislation on security will give greater power to customs and immigration officers to collect and retain personal identifiers of people traveling to Australia.

Coalition’s Airstrikes Hit IS Positions in Syrian Border Town Kobani





Airstrikes by the US-led coalition have hit Islamic State (IS) positions in the Kurdish Syrian town of Kobani shortly after IS fighters advanced into the city, The Guardian reported Tuesday.
"On Tuesday morning journalists on the Turkish side of the border heard the sound of warplanes before two large plumes of smoke billowed just west of Kobani," according to The Guardian .
IS tanks and artillery managed to enter into Kobani Monday evening, fighting street battles with the local Kurdish population.
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Oil Price War to Hit Both Sides Amid Flat Demand





The rapid depreciation of oil seen in the recent weeks threatens to trigger a global price war, which will eventually damage all of its participants to different extents.


Oil prices have been trending downwards for some time now as new deposits have opened up new supplies to the world. One of the biggest is the North American shale oil boom, which has given America some energy independence for the first time in many decades.
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#VictoryForNigeria: Call For Court Martial Of Army Chiefs



We stand by the brave men of the nation’s army any day and every day. Our prayers are with them and their families. Indeed these men at the battlefront are the only remaining vestiges of patriotism in this nation. They are making the ultimate sacrifice and losing their lives fighting a war created by free roaming Nigerian politicians, military Chiefs and friends of the Presidency. What greater sacrifice can a man make than to fight and die to protect the masses while the ruling Cabal associate with the sponsors of the enemy and regard them as their “siblings,” as President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan did to the dismay of Nigerians and international observers.
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Lt. Col, 15 Others to Face Trial over Chibok Girls




The Nigerian Army has reportedly concluded arrangements to arraign 16 soldiers over the April 14, 2014, abduction of over 200 students of the Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State.


A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location.
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Tyga & Kylie Jenner spotted on dinner date



 There were reports that rapper Tyga, who's 25 years of age is dating 17 year old Kardashian reality star, Kylie Jenner. He took to twitter to deny it 2-3 weeks back but both ask them to have now been spotted on a cosy night time dinner and someone took a pic. A MediaTakeOut reader took a picture of both of them on a romantic date this weekend and sent it in... See the pic after the jump

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