Wednesday, May 24, 2017

James Bond Actor Roger Moore Dead at 89-UPI


Roger Moore signs copies of the book "Bond on Bond" in New York on November 9, 2012. The actor died Tuesday after a short battle with cancer. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI| License Photo
 
May 23 (UPI) -- James Bond actor Roger Moore died Tuesday at age 89.
The British star, who played 007 in seven films, died in Switzerland after a short battle with cancer, Moore's children said on his social media accounts.
"It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer," Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian Moore wrote.
"The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone," the trio added. "Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people."
Moore shared Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian with his third wife, Italian actress Luisa Mattoli. He is also survived by wife Kristina Tholstrup, whom he married in 2002.
"Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina at this difficult time, and in accordance with our father's wishes there will be a private funeral in Monaco," the actor's children said. Moore first played James Bond in Live and Let Die (1973), and last portrayed the character in A View to Kill (1985). He later appeared in The Man Who Wouldn't Die, Spice World and Boat Trip, and was also known for his humanitarian work with UNICEF.


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Nigerian Authorities Demolish Radio Station Office-CPJ

Uyo, Nigeria, May 23, 2017--Nigerian authorities' demolition of the office of radio Breeze 99.9 FM is a shocking affront to press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. State authorities in Nassarawa, roughly 200 kilometers (124 miles) east of the capital Abuja, on May 20 demolished the radio station's office and transmitter while police shot in the air to disperse a crowd that had gathered to try to save the station, according to media reports.
Adamu Sule, managing director of the Nassarawa State Urban Development Board, said Breeze FM was demolished for not having approval to operate in a residential area, and that the station was notified prior to the demolition, according to media reports. Correspondence between the station and the board reviewed by CPJ shows that days before the demolition, the board had told the station to apply for a permit to continue operating. Breeze FM's management told CPJ that they believe the state demolished their office in retaliation for the station's broadcasts.
"Demolishing a radio station's office and equipment in retaliation for its coverage would be censorship in its bluntest and most violent form," said CPJ West Africa Representative Peter Nkanga. "We call on authorities in Nigeria's Nassarawa state to take all possible measures to return Breeze FM to the air."
In a May 17 letter to Breeze FM, Sunday A. Abason, the board's assistant general manager, wrote, "You are hereby directed to submit forthwith an application for Planning Permit from the Board, if you wish to continue using the property for whatever purpose."
Breeze FM Director Nawani Aboki told CPJ he received the board's letter on May 18, and that he went to the board's office the following day to submit the application and building plans for approval. Officials at the board refused to receive the application on the grounds that board employees were on strike. "Yet the board's officials, who are striking, went and marked the station for demolition that same May 19, and carried out the demolition on May 20 by 8 a.m.," Aboki said.
Aboki told CPJ that Breeze FM began broadcasting only in February 2017, and that he believed the demolition was politically motivated because he does not belong to the ruling All Progressives Congress party and because the station aired a live discussion to mark the May 1 Nigerian national holiday of Workers' Day, in which invited guests and callers criticized the government for not paying state workers' salaries, according to media reports. The board first ordered Breeze FM to stop ongoing construction work at the station in a letter dated May 12. A board official who spoke to CPJ on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press privately agreed the demolition was wrongfully carried out, but directed all inquiries to Adamu Sule, the board's managing director.
Sule did not respond to text messages CPJ sent to his mobile phone number.
The Nassarawa state branch of the Nigeria Union of Journalists condemned the demolition as "an assault on the media and threat to freedom of the press in the state," news reports said.



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Messi Wins Golden Boot with Barca

Sensational Argentine forward, Lionel Messi has earned himself a personal award despite the abysmal season at his Spanish club side, Barca.

 
Lionel Messi
 
The  Spanish La Liga season ended in disappointment for Barcelona but there was still some individual recognition for Lionel Messi.
 Real Madrid saw off Malaga 2-0 on the final day to end Barca’s hopes of a final day miracle.
 Luis Enrique’s men appeared to be set for a shock defeat against Eibar too, but fought back to win 4-2. Messi scored twice late on, making it 37 La Liga goals for the season to take the Pichichi Trophy.
 He finishes eight ahead of teammate Luis Suarez and 12 clear of Cristiano Ronaldo. It is the first time Messi has won the Spanish golden boot in four seasons.
 His tally will also be enough to claim the European Golden Shoe ahead of Bas Dost and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, who both finished the season with 31 in the Bundesliga.
 Tottenham’s Harry Kane took the Premier League prize with 29 after a stunning final week of the campaign. Messi could have had four on the final day but missed a penalty and a gilt-edged chance at the Nou Camp after Eibar went 2-0 up.
 He finally found the net from the spot to complete the turnaround before wrapping it up in added time. The Argentine now has a staggering 53 goals in 51 games this term and will hope to add to his tally in the Copa del Rey final against Alaves.

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Yahya Jammeh Lands in Trouble

Mr. Yahya Jammeh, former President of Gambia has landed in trouble following the new decision made by the Government of his country.

Former President of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh
 
The exiled former President of the Gambia, Mr. Yahya Jammeh, is in trouble following the seizure of his assets.
 The personal assets of Jammeh been frozen included bank accounts and local companies in his name.
 Justice Minister Abubakar Tambedou said in Banjul on Monday at a press conference.
 Tambedou said the assets frozen were without exception; all his known properties including his lands, companies and livestock.
 He said the current government had secured a court order freezing properties inside The Gambia. including those directly or indirectly linked to the former leader who was being investigated for economic crimes against the state.
 According to Tambedou, the order allows the state to impound 131 of Jammeh’s landed properties, 88 local bank accounts in his name and those of his associates, 14 firms and a cattle ranch located in his home village of Kanilai.
 52-year-old Jammeh fled into exile in Equatorial Guinea in January after losing last December’s presidential election to current President Adama Barrow.
 Since he left the current government had promised to investigate Mr Jammeh’s extensive business network both in and out of The Gambia.
 
-APA/NAN




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Donald Trump Becomes the First Sitting US President to Visit Jerusalem's Fiercely-Contested Western Wall

Highly controversial American president, Donald Trump, has become the frst ever sitting US president to visit Jerusalem's Western Wall.

Donald Trump at Jerusalem's Western Wall
 
US President, Donald Trump has today made history as the first sitting US President to visit Jerusalem’s Western Wall – a fiercely-contested piece of religious land.
 According to The Sun UK, Trump was photographed placing his hand on the wall, which is considered one of the most sacred sites in Judaism.
 
Trump made history with the visit to Jerusalem’s Western Wall
 
The Western Wall is the holiest site where Jews can pray.
Trump, wearing a black skullcap, paused in front of it, then placed what appeared to be a written prayer or note between its stones, as is custom. He was not accompanied by any Israeli leaders.
 
 
The Western Wall visit drew controversy before Trump even left Washington, when US officials declined to say whether it belonged to Israel.
 “Jerusalem was and will always be the capital of Israel,” Netanyahu said late Sunday, adding that the Western Wall “will always remain under Israeli sovereignty”.
 
Melania wore a respectful white outfit during her visit to the sacred site
 
The status of Jerusalem is ultra-sensitive and has been among the most difficult issues in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
 Israel occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967 in moves never recognised by the international community.
 
Ivanka closed her eyes as she touched the famous wall
 
It later annexed east Jerusalem and claims the entire city as its capital.
 The Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Donald Trump's Evidence of Secret Contact with Russia Exposed

It has been revealed that Donald Trump's campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails.

US President Donald Trump
 
Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters.
 The sources said the 18 calls and emails, took place in the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race.
 The previously undisclosed interactions form part of the record now being reviewed by FBI and congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
 The sources said six of the previously undisclosed contacts described to Reuters were phone calls between Kislyak and Trump advisers, including Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, three current and former.
 
Conversations between Flynn and Kislyak accelerated after the Nov. 8 vote.
 The two discussed establishing a back channel for communication between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that could bypass the U.S. national security bureaucracy, which both sides considered hostile to improved relations, four current U.S. officials said.
 In January, the Trump White House initially denied any contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign. The White House and advisers to the campaign have since confirmed four meetings between Kislyak and Trump advisers during that time.
 The people who described the contacts to Reuters said they had seen no evidence of wrongdoing or collusion between the campaign and Russia in the communications reviewed so far.
 The disclosure could increase the pressure on Trump and his aides to provide the FBI and Congress with a full account of interactions with Russian officials and others with links to the Kremlin during and immediately after the 2016 election.
 The White House did not respond to requests for comment.
 Flynn’s lawyer declined to comment.
 In Moscow, a Russian foreign ministry official declined to comment on the contacts and referred Reuters to the Trump administration.
 Separately, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Washington said: “We do not comment on our daily contacts with the local interlocutors.”
 Sources said the 18 calls and electronic messages took place between April and November 2016 as hackers engaged in what U.S. intelligence concluded in January was part of a Kremlin campaign to discredit the vote and influence the outcome of the election in favour of Trump over his Democratic challenger, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
 Those discussions focused on mending U.S.-Russian economic relations strained by sanctions imposed on Moscow, cooperating in fighting Islamic State in Syria and containing a more assertive China, the sources said.
 Sources said members of the Senate and House intelligence committees have gone to the CIA and the National Security Agency to review transcripts and other documents related to contacts between Trump campaign advisers, associates, Russian officials and others with links to Putin.
 The U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday it had appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential campaign and possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
 Mueller will now take charge of the FBI investigation that began last July.
 Trump and his aides have repeatedly denied any collusion with Russia.
 In addition to the six phone calls involving Kislyak, the communications described to Reuters involved another 12 calls, emails or text messages between Russian officials or people considered to be close to Putin and Trump campaign advisers.
 According to one person with detailed knowledge of the exchange and two others familiar with the issue, one of those contacts was by Viktor Medvedchuk, a Ukrainian oligarch and politician.
 Sources said it was not clear with whom Medvedchuk was in contact within the Trump campaign but the themes included U.S.-Russia cooperation.
 Putin is godfather to Medvedchuk’s daughter.
 Medvedchuk denied having any contact with anyone in the Trump campaign.
“I am not acquainted with any of Donald Trump’s close associates, therefore no such conversation could have taken place,” he said in an email to Reuters.
 The sources said in the conversations during the campaign, Russian officials emphasised a pragmatic, business-style approach and stressed to Trump associates that they could make deals by focusing on common economic and other interests and leaving contentious issues aside.
 Beyond Medvedchuk and Kislyak, the identities of the other Putin-linked participants in the contacts remain classified and the names of Trump advisers other than Flynn have been “masked” in intelligence reports on the contacts because of legal protections on their privacy as American citizens.
 However, officials can request that they be revealed for intelligence purposes.
 U.S. and allied intelligence and law enforcement agencies routinely monitor communications and movements of Russian officials.
 After Vice President Mike Pence and others had denied in January that Trump campaign representatives had any contact with Russian officials, the White House later confirmed that Kislyak had met twice with then-Senator Jeff Sessions.
 Sessions later became attorney-general.
 
Courtesy -Reuters/NAN


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Nollywood's Pretty Actress, Moji Olaiya is No More

Nollywood industry is in a state of mourning as one of its pretty star actress, Moji Olaiya passes away.

 
Nollywood star actress, Moji Olaiya, who was also known for her roles in films such as "Sade Blade ", "Nkan adun" and "Omo iya meta leyi ", has been reported dead. She was 42-years-old.
Multiple online sources said she died of a heart attack in Canada where she gave birth to a baby girl in March. The baby was her second child. Her first daughter is 18-years-old. The beautiful actress, who had featured in many Yoruba and English movies, married her second husband last year after the first one crashed in 2008.
The details of her death is still sketchy as at the time of filing this report.She was the daughter of highlife music legend, Victor Olaiya. She was born in February 1975.


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Stinking Bees Storm GCE Centre in Buea, Create Commotion



An atmosphere of stale familiarity now reigns at Government Bilingual High School Bonakdikombo-Buea in the South West Region where stinking bees stormed the GCE Centre causing commotion. Reports say the presence of these unwanted guests caused panic and commotion as students and teachers took to their heels. It is alleged that about 8-10 students were admitted in hospital after the hullabaloo. However, the situation we gathered is under control though there is apprehension among students.  
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Special Competitive Exams into NSAM (ENAM) Launched (Candidates of English Express Only)

Government has announced a special competitive Exams for Cameroonians of English-speaking expression into the National Advanced School of Magistracy-NSAM. According to the Minister of Public Service and Administrative Reform Michel Ange Angouing, who issued a press release,  the two special competitive examinations targets the recruitment of 50 pupil magistrates  and 30 student registrars  of English expression for the 2017-2018 academic year . It specifies that potential candidates must be at least 17 years of age and not more than 32 years old on 1 January 2018. 
 Here below is the press release :


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ENEO Set to Curb Rampant Power Cuts, Improve Quality Supply in Bda II



For some months now, Bamenda II municipality has recorded recurrent power cuts. This is so due to the ageing installations and electrical network supplies. To remedy the situation, the electricity supply company, ENEO KICK starts a rehabilitation plan in the Bamenda II Municipality aimed at replacing wooden poles with metal poles as well as the replacement of low quality transformers and their accessories.  Within the framework of the implementation of this programme, Eneo Cameroon in the Press Release issued by the Regional Delegate for North West informs its customers in Bamenda II that it would begin intensive works on Tuesday.
The Press Release further states that:” a powerful team of Eneo engineers and technicians as well as 8 of its partner companies have been mobilized to execute these works.
The works consists of:
-         planting 50 metal and wood poles
-         replacing 447 insulators
-         replacing 12 protection devices 
-         Installing 20 new distribution transformers thereby replacing the former ones
-         Installing 35 crossarms
These works are going to improve on the service quality in the neighborhoods concerned notably by reducing the risks of drop in voltage in the localities concerned. Works will be executed in 3 phases. During the first phase from 16 to 18 May 2017 the neighborhoods and localities concerned are as follows: Ntaturu; Bali Parck; Azam; Nitop 2; Old Cenajes; CDE Mbatu; Travellers; Azeri New Church; Buea/Bamenda Street; Atuakum; Abango; New Bell; Metta Quartes; Atuazeri; Azeri Old Church; and Mbengwi Road.”
For safety purposes, the Regional Delegate for ENEO in the North West Region, Michel Mbopda further informs the population of these localities that they shall be deprived of electricity from 6am -7 pm. during operations, these localities will be deprived of electricity. This work, he emphasized in the statement “is part and parcel of Eneo Cameroon’s five-year investment plan that will be speed up in the North-West Region in view of the urgency of the situation, subject to the availability of funds. It should be recalled that a similar exercise took place in Nkambe where some wooden poles were replaced and the  old transformers changed. The rehabilitation helped in curbing electricity cuts and regularized voltage in the town.
For more information including safety and energy saving tips visit our website at: www.eneocameroon.cm or call our customer care centre at 8010
 


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