The lifetime of Shimon Peres, who died Tuesday at age 93 after suffering a stroke on Sept. 13, spans the lifetime of the state of Israel. Born in Belarus, his family moved to Tel Aviv when he was 11, more than a decade before the country was founded. He lived on a kibbutz, when those communal settlements and a utopian, leftist ideology defined the nascent state. He also served in the pre-independence militia that became the Israeli Defense Forces, the institution that would ultimately define Israeli society. A hawk in the early decades of the country’s existence, Peres was a close aide and protege of David Ben-Gurion, the founding father and first prime minister of Israel, and confidant of Moshe Dayan, the commander of the Six-Day War that placed the mountainous West Bank of the Jordan River, and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, under Israeli military occupation.
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump a racist and a sexist - to his face - in brutal exchanges during the year's first presidential debate Monday night. Her charges of racism stemmed from an age-old complaint that he had supported 'birther' conspiracies questioning Barack Obama's U.S. birth and therefore his eligibility to be president. And she leveled charge after charge at the Republican in an attempt to frame him as an unrepentant chauvinist, aided by a question from moderator Lester Holt about a one-time comment that Clinton lacked 'the look' to be president.
'This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs,' Clinton said - a similar challenge to one Trump faced more than a year ago from Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly at the first GOP primary debate. Monday he answered it a second time with a jab at an old entertainment nemesis. 'Somebody who's been very vicious to me, Rosie O'Donnell - I said very tough things to her,' Trump protested, 'and I think everybody would agree that she deserves it, and nobody feels sorry for her.'
Tuesday, 27 September 2016
A witness at the ongoing trial of Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, an aide of former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday told a federal court in Lagos that he received $4 million in cash from the defendant.
Murtala Abubakar, a bureau de change operator, said he received a total of N1.6 billion from Mr. Dudafa through five companies – Pluto Properties and Investment Limited, Avalon Global Property, Rotato Interlink Services, Seagate Property and Ebiwise Services Limited – between 2013 and 2015.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had arraigned Mr. Dudafa, a former Senior Special Assistant to Mr. Jonathan, and Joseph Iwejuo on a 23-count charge of concealment, retention of proceeds of crime, and failure to furnish information, before Justice Mohammed Idris of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court.
Trumps v Clintons: Rival families take their places at historic debate to support Hillary and The Donald as the two candidates go to war
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were joined by their family and political allies as they battled at their first debate at Hofstra University in New York. Trump's adult children were in the hall to support him along with his wife Melania, who was seen for the first time since the Republican National Convention. Ivanka Trump, (left with Melania) Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr and Tiffany Trump (top right with Bill Clinton) all followed Melania into the auditorium before the start of the debate.
Melania then crossed the room and shook the hand of Bill Clinton, bridging the divide between the candidates for the first time. Dressed in a black form-fitting dress Melania and Clinton graciously greeted one another, smiled and appeared to exchange pleasantries.
Former Miss Universe Who Says Trump Called Her Miss Piggy & Miss Housekeeping Slams The Donald's 'Deep Racism'
Former Miss Universe Who Says Trump Called Her Miss Piggy & Miss Housekeeping Slams The Donald's 'Deep Racism' and vows to vote HILLARY
Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado has pledged to vote for Hillary Clinton - after calling Donald Trump a racist who has no idea how much damage he causes.
Machado, now 39, came up during Monday night's presidential debate. Clinton used her story as an example of Trump's demeaning treatment of women.
Monday, 26 September 2016
West Ham’s early season has moved quickly from uncertainty through disappointment and now into the dangerous realms of farce. Manager Slaven Bilic must shiver when he wonders where his team are heading. Do not be fooled by what could generously be described as a late rally from West Ham. Yes, they should have been awarded a penalty and there were was a toe poke from centre forward — if we can call him that — Simone Zaza that was cleared off the line. But West Ham’s late forward movement was an afterthought, the type of ‘everybody out of the trenches’ stuff that teams resort to when all seems lost.
ONE funny aspect of this “blame game” thing, is that you only see what has gone wrong in terms of “the other person” – the person you are pointing accusing fingers at. You hardly realise that as you point one finger at the other person, three of your other fingers are also accusing you, but they are usually hidden from your sight. In the Bible, Our Lord Jesus Christ warned us not to judge others, but to first of all remove the log in our eyes before complaining about the speck in the eyes of our neighbours (or opponents).
We are in an economic recession. Two questions are pertinent: (a) how did we get there? And (b) how do we get out of it?
The All Progressives Congress, APC, Federal Government, in tackling question number one, blames “others”, but it does not see the roles it played in bringing the nation into this pass. This is what I am here to address; that we do not allow them to confuse us with their unrelenting propaganda, the vessel that brought them to power and which they are depending upon to run the affairs of a nation in a deep economic distress. Fortunately, the propaganda has lost its allure in the face of massive suffering, poverty, hunger, mass joblessness and soaring crime rates. Nobody wants to hear any more excuses, and this applies even to the apologists of the regime.
The Nigerian Naira is expected to improve against the dollar when Travelex commences operation on Monday.
Travelex, an international money transfer agent was first mentioned as an alternative dealer to the Bureau de Change operators in January when the central bank announced its decision to discontinue the sales of forex to the BDCs early this year.
It is believed that the introduction of Travelex to Bureau de Change segment will help close the gap between the parallel market and bank’s rate, and facilitates even distribution of forex to the Bureau de Change operators in Nigeria.
According to the president of the Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, Travelex has the technology to sell forex to over 1,000 Bureau de Change operators within a few hours, which he said is a major advantage and he assured that the distribution would be efficient and uniform across ABCON members, unlike what was obtained in the past.
Friday, 23 September 2016
'Lured to her death by her mother and sister': Relatives of British honour killing victim 'told her her father was dying to convince her to go to Pakistan where she was raped and murdered'
Samia Shahid, 28, from Bradford, was allegedly the victim of a 'devious plan' by her family who wanted her dead because she left the cousin she was forced to marry.
Police in Pakistan have accused her father Mohammad Shahid and first husband Mohammad Shakeel (together right outside court today) of murder and prosecutors want the death penalty if they are convicted. But a final report on her death shows that Samia's mother Imtiaz and sister Madiha are accused of 'abetting the murder'.
University of Ibadan has secured a spot in the top 978 ranked universities in the world.
In the ranking ranking released by the Times Higher Education, Nigeria’s premier university was ranked 801 on the list.
UI was the only Nigerian university to make the list.
Earlier in 2016, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (AWRU) and the Center for World Universities Ranking (CWUR) released a list of the top 500 and 1000 world universities respectively and no Nigerian university was on the list.
CWUR said that Nigerian universities were not considered for the ranking because of lack of quality research.
A Banker, the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and 11 others are to testify on how four slush accounts were opened for former First Lady Patience Jonathan, The Nation learnt yesterday.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has tightened security around the 13 witnesses ahead of the trial’s resumption on September 27.
The accounts were opened by the ex-First Lady’s former Senior Special Assistant (Domestic / Household and Social Events to the former President), Dr. Dudafa Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel.
Thursday, 22 September 2016
One person was shot Wednesday during a second night of protests over a deadly police shooting in Charlotte, city officials said.
The person, who was not identified, is in critical condition and on life support, the city tweeted. Earlier, the city had tweeted that the person had died. The person was shot by another civilian, the city said.
One police officer was injured, according to a city tweet. The officer was transported to a hospital with undisclosed injuries.
The riot and protests came on a day in which the city's police chief gave more details on the shooting that took the life of Keith Lamont Scott.
Chief Kerr Putney addressed the Scott family's claim that he was reading a book in his vehicle when police officers approached and shot him.
Public defender in middle of protest
Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Angelina Jolie and her team have set up a war room in a private Los Angeles home as they prepare to take on Brad Pitt (pictured together left and centre) in the divorce of the century. At the same time, a source close to the couple tells DailyMail.com that Pitt just wants to resolve the divorce amicably for the sake of the children (family pictured top right), whose safety is his main concern at this time. 'Brad still cares for Angelina very much and respects her as the mother of his children,' says the source. 'But after the rhetoric that has been put out over the past 24 hours about his drinking and doing drugs, along with the completely untrue rumors about him having an affair with his co-star Marion Cotillard (bottom right), he is hoping to be able to turn the volume down.' The source then added that while people close to Jolie have been going after Pitt in the press, he is making sure that his friends and colleagues say nothing negative about his estranged wife. 'People close to him specifically avoided criticizing her while trying to stay positive in defending him at Brad's request,' explains the source.
He first acknowledged the staff and management of Transcorp Power, the biggest producer of thermal energy in Nigeria, providing about 18 per cent of national output: “In accepting this award, I want to dedicate it to Transcorp Power staff who remain committed to realizing our dream of improving access to electricity in Nigeria and making our vision of a well-lit, fully powered Nigeria come true,” he said.
Transcorp Power has supported U.S. President Obama’s Power Africa initiative with a $2.5billion commitment. He thanked the broader coalition of investors in the African power sector, as he urged other institutional investors to consider long-term opportunities on the continent. “I also dedicate this to all stakeholders working hard to improve access to power in Africa. I call on others to please join us in this journey to powering Africa out of poverty,” he added.
As the economies of African regional powerhouses like Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Uganda, Nigeria and Angola struggle due to excessive exposure to commodities’ prices caused by limited diversification, Elumelu proffered a sustainable solution to reduce Africa’s historical external vulnerability.
The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission on Tuesday said that Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas and other federation assets should not be sold to meet the country’s financial obligations.
The commission’s Acting Chairman, Alhaji Shettima Abba-Gana, was reacting to Alhaji Aliko Dangote’s suggestion that the country`s assets be sold off to augment the current revenue shortfall being experienced by the nation following the economic recession.
Abba-Gana, in a statement, said it would be unwise for the Federal Government to dispose of its crown jewels which were generating revenues and keeping the Federation Account healthy over a long term.
He cited the NEITI 2013 Audit and Financial Report of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry, adding that 12.9 billion dollars was received by the NNPC from NLNG over an eight-year period.