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PDP raises alarm over plot to remove Saraki with Police, DSS

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised an alarm over a fresh plot to use the Police and the Department of State Services (DSS), to forcefully remove Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, from office. In a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, in Abuja, the party also condemned in totality, “the continued clampdown, harassment, intimidation, arrest and detention” of members of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration. According Ologbondiyan, the plot against Saraki, “which is akin to the last invasion of the National Assembly by anti-democratic forces, is to scuttle the success being recorded by the PDP Presidential campaign organisation in its consultations and winning campaigns across the nation ahead of the 2019 general election.” The PDP said that it is privy to clandestine meetings by the Buhari Presidency and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which it observe…

Zayn Malik Teases New Song With Nicki Minaj

Seems like we are about to get new music from Zayn Malik and Nicki Minaj soon.
The former One Direction singer took to Twitter to tease a new single that seems to feature Nicki Minaj. The singer shared a short clip consisting of the instrumental. Although he didn't reveal that Nicki would be on the track, she's heard saying "Young Money" in the clip. Zayn simply tweeted, "THURSDAY" with the clip so look out for that to drop later today. 
Who's looking forward to this collaboration?

Drama! Nicki Minaj Launches Merchandise Line Based On Cardi B Fight

Cardi B accused Nicki Minaj of trying to mess with her money, pointing to that as one of the reasons behind their infamous New York Fashion Week run-in. But now Cardi is helping to make her reported rival some cash. Minaj is selling merchandise inscribed with the words “Nicki stopped my bag,” a nod to Cardi B’s quote after the September 7 incident. The phrase refers to an attempt to stop someone from making money, the opposite of the slang phrase “securing the bag.” The rappers were seen leaving New York Fashion Week’s annual Harper’s Bazaar Icons party when some attendees documented Cardi B yelling, throwing a shoe and being restrained while attempting to charge Minaj. Cardi B was escorted out of the event and afterward posted a profanity-laden note on Instagram explaining what she said happened. “I let you sneak diss me, I let you lie on me, I let you attempt to stop my bags, f**k up the way I eat,” Cardi B wrote. On Thursday Minaj posted photos of backpacks, a T-shirt and a jacket …

Nicki Minaj Sued by former Stylist over Outfits

According to a TMZ report, Nicki Minaj has been reportedly slammed with a lawsuit by her former stylist. Maher Jridi, who became popular for dressing Nicki through all her 2017 Paris Fashion Week appearances, claims he splashed thousands of dollars on a wardrobe company in order to rent the clothes that the star rapper wore. However, after wearing the clothes, he never got them back. In the documents obtained by TMZ, Jridi revealed that he was sued for the missing clothes and has to pay nearly $74k, hence the lawsuit.

Ugandan schools to start teaching Chinese language to boost trade

- A total of 35 schools have been selected across the country to pioneer the programme - The decision is aimed at boosting trade band the growing friendship between China and Uganda - A total of 35 teachers have been trained to teach the language while 100 more will be trained within the next two years In an effort to boost trade between Uganda and the Chinese countries, the Ugandan government has selected 35 secondary schools country wide which will be teaching Chinese language. According to the government, the decision which will roll out in 2019 was informed by not only the trade ties but to also the growing friendship between the countries. The schools were identified and selected by the country's Ministry of Education’s National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC), Daily Nation reported. At least 35 teacher trainers, who learned the Chinese language for the last nine months, will be posted to the institutions spread across the country's five regions. “We have received m…

2019: Political parties sign undertaking in Ebonyi

- About 26 political parties registered political parties have signed an undertaking to ensure peaceful and credible general elections in Ebonyi state - Commissioner of police, Muhammad Mustafa, who presided over the signing ceremony, noted that sister security agencies and other relevant stakeholders desired violence-free elections - Mustafa promised that the police and other security agencies would remain neutral and apolitical during the elections Twenty-six registered political parties in Ebonyi state have signed an undertaking to ensure peaceful and credible general elections in the state in 2019. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the occasion was at the instance of the Ebonyi Police command and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) among other relevant authorities. Muhammad Mustafa, commissioner of police in Ebonyi, who presided over the signing ceremony, noted that the command, sister security agencies and other relevant stakeholders desired violence…

Kashamu-Adebutu controversy deepens as PDP factions disagree over authenticity

- The controversy between the two factions of PDP in Ogun state has worsened with fresh disagreement from both sides - The two factions recently stated that their governorship candidates, Senator Buruji Kashamu and Ladi Adebutu, remain the eligible flagbearer of the party - The spokesperson for Adebayo Dayo-led faction and Sunday Solarin, secretary-general of the Ladi Adebutu democratic organisation, however, spoke on the leadership tussle The controversy between the two factions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun state has taken another dimension as Austin Oniyokor as well as Ladi Adebutu appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. Oniyokor, spokesperson for the Adebayo Dayo-led faction while Solarin, secretary-general of the Ladi Adebutu democratic organisation spoke about PDP leadership tussle in the state. The two factions recently insisted that their governorship candidates in the coming elections, Senator Buruji Kashamu and Ladi Adebutu, remain the eligible flag…

11 die in road accident at Kaburengu junction along Eldoret-Webuye Highway

- The junction has been a black spot for years on the busy highway - Construction works are ongoing at the scene causing major traffic snarl ups on the road - The accident occurred after a lorry developed brake failure ramming into a matatu At least 11 people have been confirmed dead following a bad accident at Kaburengu junction, just a few kilometers from Webuye town after a truck rammed into a matatu. The Friday, December 21, 5pm accident occurred after the driver of the truck lost control and rammed into the static matatu on busy Eldoret-Webuye highway. Confirming the deaths, Webuye OCPD Zaccheaus Ng'ameno stated that the truck lost control due to brake failure. The truck then rammed into the matatu that was picking passengers at the busy and dangerous junction. He said that only a young child survived. "So far 11 bodies have been taken to Webuye Sub county hospital mortuary after the matatu was badly rammed into killing almost all passengers on board, the drivers of the…

Area 1: How US-China hacker war reached Europe and beyond

The email looked innocuous enough. It contained a link to access a shared document relating to a project the staffer was working on. Once clicked, they were asked for their login details, which they provided -- just one of dozens of times a day they had to type them out. The moment the staffer pressed Enter, a notification was triggered on the other side of the world. A cascading series of actions then kicked into gear, which would eventually compromise the staffer's entire computer network and expose huge quantities of sensitive documents and information. According to an explosive new report out this week, the above scenario played out hundreds of times in recent years as Chinese state-sponsored hackers allegedly targeted and compromised government entities around the world, including the European Union's diplomatic communications network. Sensitive cables from that network were released by Area 1 -- a cybersecurity firm founded by former US National Security Agency employee…

UK forces retake ship after stowaways threaten crew

LONDON (Reuters) - British forces stormed an Italian cargo ship on Friday and regained control after stowaways threatened crew members as it sailed close to the coast of southeast England. Police said no one was injured in the operation. The Sun newspaper said the rescue was led by members of the navy's elite Special Boat Service. Four stowaways had threatened crew on the ship, the Grande Tema, a spokesman for the boat's operator, Grimaldi Lines, said.
Four men were detained under Britain's immigration laws and the vessel was being taken safely to the port of Tilbury, police said in a statement. Sky News said the stowaways were believed to have boarded the ship in Nigeria and had demanded to be taken to the English coast, threatening the crew with iron bars. Earlier, police said they did not think the incident in the Thames Estuary was piracy or terrorism-related. Police first attended the incident at 0900 GMT on Friday and the operation was concluded about 14 hours later…

Nicki Minaj recruits Juice WRLD for revamped tour

Nicki Minaj has recruited rapper Juice WRLD to join her on tour in 2019 after her co-headlining trek with Future fell apart earlier this year (18). The Anaconda hitmaker had initially teamed up with Future for the NICKIHNDRXX shows, which were announced over the summer to promote the release of her album, Queen. The North American leg had been due to kick off on 21 September (18) in Baltimore, Maryland, before concluding in Las Vegas on 24 November, but in August, promoters at Live Nation announced the 28-date trek had been postponed until May, 2019 so Nicki could "reevaluate elements" of her production. As a result, Future had to drop out of the gigs due to scheduling conflicts, and now Minaj has finally given fans the news they had been waiting for, revealing the newly-renamed Nicki Wrld Tour will hit Europe first, before making stops in other territories. "I'm so excited to bring the full Nicki Minaj experience to my fans in Europe," she declares in a statem…

Lady shares photos of herself rocking her mum's blouse 8 years after

Gratitude and thanksgiving - this is what this season is all about. But even more, it is also about remembering good memories, getting nostalgic and sharing experiences and stories that once hurt us terribly. In line with this thought, a Nigerian lady named @IfeomaBNwobu on Twitter took to sharing a throwback photo of her mother. The lady who was at the time still a kid was hugging her mother in a very affectionate manner. The mother who was very beautiful was wearing a very pretty blouse that was very well embellished. If only this lady named Ifeoma knew that eight years after her mom wore that attire, she was going to be no more. In any case, Ifeoma lost her mother eight years after but that pretty blouse which her mother wore on that memorable day still lived on. In reminisce of her mother, Ifeoma wore the blouse, and it really looked good on her. The navy blue attire fit her perfectly because, of course, she was now a big girl. But even more, it fit her well because she was her m…

Russia, China, Iran sought to influence U.S. 2018 elections - U.S. spy chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Foreign powers, including Russia, China and Iran, sought to influence voters in the U.S. 2018 mid-term elections, but there is no evidence of any penetration into U.S. voting systems, the top U.S. intelligence official said on Friday. U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats added that the intelligence community did not assess the impact of the foreign influence efforts on the election results. (Reporting by Jonathan Landay and Mark Hosenball; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Ravens Announce John Harbaugh Will Be Back in 2019 With a New Contract

It isn't clear whether or not the Baltimore Ravens will earn a right to play a 17th game this season, but it is now clear who will be running things from the sidelines next year. There has ben a ton up in the air for the Ravens, including future of their head coach. But now, the Ravens released a statement that Jon Harbaugh will not only be back next season, but that a contract extension is currently in the works beyond 2019. Harbaugh and the Ravens were once expected to mutually part ways, as the head coach was ​rumored to head back to college, but that doesn't seem mutual anymore after this tweet. Baltimore has remained afloat in this AFC playoff race and apparently has done enough to justify their head man stickingaround a while longer. He's far from a bad coach, and has had success with this team, culminating with a victory in Super Bowl XLVII over his brother, Jim, and the 49ers. but you have to wonder how long this leash really extends. They'll finish .500 or be…

All PVCs are now ready for collection - INEC

- Nigerians who have not collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) have been told to come their cards - PVCs of those who requested for replacement and relocation of their cards ahead of 2019 general elections, had also been printed - INEC chairman, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu disclosed this in Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it has printed Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) for all new registered voters between 2017 and 2018 and they are ready for collection. INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, disclosed this on Friday, December 21, in Abuja after the swearing-in of the new secretary to the commission, Mrs Rose Oriaran-Anthony. Yakubu also said that all the PVCs of those who requested for replacement and relocation of their cards ahead of 2019 general elections, had also been printed and ready for collections. ”The commission has printed all PVCs for new registrants between April 27, 2017 and Aug. 31, 2018. ”We have also printed all the requests for replac…

President Buhari lauds MBO group for its sacrifices to stabilise Nigeria

- Buhari/Osinbajo Dynamic Support Group has been applauded by the president for making sacrifices to stabilise the nation’s socio-political environment - Buhari said that the show of support by the group was not only a morale booster - The president gave the commendation when he received the leadership of the group led by its National Coordinator, Usman Ibrahim President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Muhammadu Buhari/Osinbajo Dynamic Support Group for making sacrifices to stabilise the nation’s socio-political environment for the general good of the society. The president gave the commendation when he received the leadership of the group led by its National Coordinator, Usman Ibrahim, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday, December 21. Buhari observed that the show of support by the group was not only a morale booster but a clear demonstration that his administration was on the right course in the task of salvaging the country for sustainable growth and development. “I’m ho…

Super Eagles goalkeeper and 1 other NPFL star undergo medicals at Katsina United FC

Super Eagles goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa was caught on camera undergoing medicals with Nigeria Processional Football League campaigners Kastina United. The former Enyimba goalie also had the company of former Abia Warriors Winger Sheriff Bashir during the assessment at a medical facilities at the kastina-based outfit. At the end of the exercise, while Ezenwa’s contract was not revealed, Bashir agreed personal terms and signed a 3-year contract that will keep him at the club until 2021 . Interestingly, before undergoing the routine medical with Katsina United, Ezenwa disclosed in an interview on Brila Sports FM, the shot-stopped confimed he was leaving the People’s Elephant in search of regular football. “I needed to play regularly. It’s a very important decision in my career,” Ezenwa stressed. “Although I had a good time at Enyimba but as a player you have your decisions to make and I’ve taken the decision to play for Katsina United. “The deal has not been done but Ikechukwu Ezenwa i…

Kremlin says would welcome Rusal minimising impact of U.S. sanctions

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin can only welcome Russian aluminium giant Rusal succeeding in minimising the impact of U.S. sanctions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday. On Wednesday, the U.S. Treasury said it will lift sanctions on the core empire of Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska, including Rusal and its parent En+, watering down the toughest penalties imposed since Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea. (Reporting by Polina Nikolskaya; writing by Polina Devitt; editing by David Evans)

National cathedral fundraising ticket for $1,000

Fundraising for the construction of a historic national cathedral has been set for December 28, 2018. A member of the board of trustees for the Cathedral, Rev. Dr Paul Frimpong-Manso revealed the event comes off at the forecourt of the Black Star Square in Accra at a cost $1,000 per person Rev Frimpong Manso said the Board of Trustees encouraged Ghanaians to contribute at the fundraising event. YEN.com.gh earlier reported head pastor of the Action Chapel International, Archbishop Duncan William urging memebers of his congreagtion to get tickets for the fundraising dinner According to him a table at the dinner would cost $10,000 while a chair will cost $1,000. “I need some of your secret monies. Some of you, your savings, you are going to Dubai and Europe for [holidays]. Give us that money to build the national cathedral. One day, you and your loved ones and your children’s children may use there. One day one of your sons or daughters will be president of Ghana and shall benefit from …

Boeing lands jet deals with Nigeria, Saudi for $9.3 billion

- US plane maker Boeing has announced that it had agree to a deal worth $9.3 billion - The deal involves selling 50 jets to Nigeria's Green Air and 30 to Saudi carrier flyadeal - The company lauded the Nigeria accord, which includes a further 50 options, as the largest signed to date in Africa US plane maker Boeing on Friday, December 21 said it had agreed deals worth an overall $9.3 billion to sell 50 jets to Nigeria's Green Air and 30 to Saudi carrier flyadeal. The company specifically lauded the Nigeria deal, which includes a further 50 options, as the largest signed to date in Africa. As with the Saudi deal, the Nigerian company, largely unknown in Nigeria, are purchasing single-aisle 737 MAX planes. Flyeadeal is a subsidiary of Saudi Arabian Airlines and flies to a range of domestic destinations across the kingdom. If all the purchase options are exercised, the two deals unveiled will be worth around $17.6 billion at list prices. Green Airways owner Babawande Afolabi sai…

Nigeria to face Egypt in international friendly game next year

Super Eagles of Nigeria will be facing the Pharaohs of Egypt in an international friendly match in March 2019 which will prepare these two national teams for the African Cup of Nations. Nigeria and Egypt have met 17 times in international games with the Super Eagles winning 7 of those encounters, drew five and lost five against the Pharaohs. The Egyptian Football Federation are said to have received an approval from the Nigerian FA for the match to played on March 26. Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah is expected to face Nigeria which should be his first game against the Super Eagles. The three-time African champions finished fourth in Africa behind Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal who are occupying first position. And in the global ranking, Senegal who are first in Africa are placed number 23 in the world, while Tunisia who are second are occupying 26th in the world ranking. Despite their current status as the champions of the world, France are occupying second position on the world ranki…

Antonio Conte eyes Manchester United coaching job

- Italian football manager Antonio Conte is interested in Manchester United job next summer - He has not gotten another job since he left Premier League side Chelsea in July this year - United recently fired Jose Mourinho at Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in charge on interim capacity Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is reportedly interested in replacing Jose Mourinho as permanent gaffer at Premier League giants Manchester United. After the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, United chiefs are expected to hire a permanent man at the end of the season. Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is now said to be the leading candidate together with former Real Madrid handler Zinedine Zidane. And according to the latest report by Telegraph UK, Antonio Conte is interested in handling Manchester United five months after being dismissed at Stamford Bridge. The report added that Antonio Conte's daughter is …

How 2018 changed the way we fly forever

Bigger, busier, longer, safer ... but not faster. This was another record-breaking year for aviation. In 2018, we flew more, but safety records were higher than ever. The world's longest flight relaunched, between Singapore and New York, and the first ever direct flight took place between Australia and the UK. We got excited about the Boeing 777X, with its game-changing folding winglets, and the Beluga XL, with its humpbacked shape and smiling whale livery. We were wowed by the upcoming Jewel addition to Changi's Singapore Airport, and can't wait to book our rooms in the retro-themed TWA Hotel at JFK. Here are CNN Travel's highlights from the aviation year. January Nearly four billion people flew in 2017, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization, making it the busiest year ever for commercial flights. However, it was also the safest year in aviation history. Increased traffic doesn't have to mean a drop in service, either. Latvian flag carrier ai…

Women take back running after jogger killed in Spain

Women and students are paying tribute to a 26-year-old teacher who was killed while jogging in southern Spain's Huelva province. Hidden by some branches, Laura Luelmo's body was found Monday 5 kilometers (about 3 miles) from her home in El Campillo, according to local reports. She had been missing for six days. A neighbor reportedly confessed to her killing after hours of interrogation. Luelmo's last tweet, from March on International Women's Day, is now being reshared by women from all parts of Spain. Some also are using the hashtag #LauraSomosTodas (#WeAreAllLaura). The tweet features an image that's the symbol of the 8-M movement, an umbrella group of 400 feminist organizations across the country. The group was behind mass protests in Spain this year over a court's decision to clear five men of gang rape charges in the attack of a teenage girl. Other people are using pictures of themselves running on Instagram and Twitter in a show of defiance since Luelmo …

Woman killed after car ploughs into bus stop in Germany - Bild

BERLIN (Reuters) - A woman was killed by a car that ploughed into a bus stop in the western German town of Recklinghausen on Thursday, media quoted police as saying. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash, which also left nine other people injured. A police spokeswoman told mass-selling Bild newspaper the woman had been killed and that the driver of the car, who was among the injured, was apparently trying to take his own life. Police in Recklinghausen could not be reached for comment. Germany has been on high alert since December 2016, when a Tunisian asylum seeker with Islamist links hijacked a truck, killed the driver and then ploughed it into a crowded market place, killing 11 more people and injuring dozens. (Reporting by Swantje Stein; Writing by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Michelle Martin and Angus MacSwan)

Scallops: Peru's 'golden nuggets' of the sea

Peruvian fishermen need only dive down a few meters to find the scallops considered the "golden nuggets" of the country's seas -- and cherished in European and North American kitchens. Sechura Bay, off northwest Peru's Pacific coast near Ecuador, is the source of 80 percent of Peru's exports of the seafood to France, Spain, the United States and Canada. "God blessed us with this bay, it's really good for scallop production," fisherman Segundo Tezen told AFP aboard a small raft navigating the coast under the baking sun. To harvest the hermaphrodite clams, divers hanging onto a hose plunge down three to five meters (10 to 16 feet) and gather them in nets that are then hauled up to the surface by two fishermen. These treasures have converted Peru into a culinary superpower. Sechura Bay is known as "one of the major producers of scallops in the world," he added. The vast bay is divided up into eight production zones, with 200 fishing associat…