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Thursday, 31 August 2017

U.S. releases 1 million barrels of oil from strategic reserve...NCN

The U.S. Energy Department said on Thursday it would release a second batch of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve totaling 1 million barrels as Tropical Storm Harvey’s disruption of the petroleum industry has spiked motor fuel prices.
The oil will be delivered to the Phillips 66 (PSX.N) refinery in Lake Charles, Louisiana, a department statement said. That refinery has not been affected by the storm, which has hammered the Gulf Coast for several days.
In the first tapping of the reserve for an emergency since 2012, 400,000 barrels of sweet crude and 600,000 barrels of sour crude oil will be sent via pipeline to the refinery.

'30 minutes was the longest I have ever fought; Congrats to Floyd on a well fought match' - McGregor returns to social media 5-days after defeat

It has taken Irish born fighter, Conor McGregor 5 whole days to make his first social media post after his Saturday night fight against retired boxer, Floyd Mayweather.

McGregor lost the fight in the 10th round in what judges called a 'Technical Knock Out'. In his lenghty post on Instagram a few hours ago, he congratulated Floyd on a well fought match, thanked every member of his team and reflected on how he could have fought better in the bout.

See his full post below...

Car makers, retailers rush to open, restock Houston after Harvey...NCN

Houston area car retailers and automakers are rushing to reopen dealerships and beef up inventory to replace many thousands of vehicles damaged in flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
Pete DeLongchamps, vice president for manufacturer relations at Group 1 Automotive Inc, the third-largest U.S. auto dealer group, said the company prepared for the storm with a plan designed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This included moving moved inventory to higher ground and cleaning roof drains to avoid cave-ins.

Kylie Jenner's ex, Tyga, spotted on date with Kim Kardashian lookalike...NCN

It's beginning to seem like Tyga is obsessed with the Kardashian-Jenner family. The rapper was spotted on a date with a Kim Kardashian lookalike on Wednesday.
After Tyga broke up with Kylie Jenner, he was spotted with a girl who looked a bit like Kylie, though the resemblance wasn't so strong. But the new girl who was seen with him in Beverly Hills could be mistaken for Kim Kardashian. The resemblance is uncanny!

American actress, Kiersey Clemons, posts photos of her unshaved armpit and it starts a conversation

American actress/singer Kiersey Clemons, shared a photo of her unshaved armpit and it generated so much controversy.
In the photo, Kiersey is seen wearing a sleeveless top and has her hand around Australian actress Toni Collette. It is a really beautiful photo but, as expected, the comments concentrated on her unshaved armpits.
Some criticised her for not shaving while others defended her. It led to a debate about the double standards set by society where men feel it's OK not to shave their armpit and leg hairs but shame women when they don't.
See some of the comments below.

Small Doctor threatens to take legal action over his 'leaked' masturbating video

Nigerian singer Small Doctor isn't pleased about an alleged video of him stroking his penis which went viral on social media last week.
In an interview with HipTV the 'Penalty' crooner said he is taking legal action to find out the culprits behind the video.

''I am taking legal actions to reveal the culprits behind the leaked video, my management will send out a press release about it in due time''
Watch the video below...

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Blow to South Korean carmakers as workers win partial victory over Kia

A South Korean court gave workers a partial victory on Thursday in a closely watched pay dispute with Kia Motors (000270.KS), ordering the automaker to pay about 420 billion won (289.13 million pounds) in unpaid wages.
The payout, though significantly less than the roughly 1 trillion demanded by workers, is a blow to South Korean automakers as it will raise labour costs just as they are battling a sales slump in major market China.
Shares in Kia Motors were down 3.3 percent and its bigger affiliate Hyundai Motor (005380.KS) was 1.4 percent lower after the ruling, while the wider market .KS11 was flat.

Mom who delivered her 'miracle' baby inside an amniotic sac en route to hospital shares her fascinating birth story (Photos)

A Pennsylvania mom has shared her incredible story after her son was born in the amniotic sac in a front seat of a car while heading to the hospital.
Raelin Scurry, from the US, explained that she was only 29 weeks pregnant when she started to experience contractions and assumed they were Braxton Hicks.

Trump touts tax reform, tells Congress to deliver...NCN

U.S. President Donald Trump turned his populist rhetoric to tax reform on Wednesday, calling for “pro-American” business tax cuts as a way to create jobs and telling Congress that it needs to deliver.
Speaking at a manufacturing company in Springfield, Missouri, Trump called on Democrats to join his tax overhaul effort, which he said would also cut taxes and simplify the sprawling U.S. tax code for the middle class. But he offered few specifics, and tax reform will be an uphill task in Congress.

President Buhari presides over the FEC meeting for the first time in five months

Today, President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the Federal Executive Council meeting for the first time in 5 months.

Excluding the over 100 days for which he was out of Nigeria for health treatment, ‎the president had missed five consecutive meetings, two of which were cancelled.
Before today's meeting, the president received members of the national women's basketball team who won at the AfroBasket tournament in Mali last week.

Suspected ritualist burnt to death in Mushin...naijacoolnews

A suspected ritualist was this afternoon set ablaze by a mob at Challenge bus stop in Mushin. Three suspected ritualist who pretended to be insane were found with ATM cards, phones, and blood stains on their clothes under a tunnel in the area. The mob beat them and in the process, set one of them ablaze. The timely intervention of the police saved the two other suspects from been burnt to death. Five persons have been arrested in connection with the attack.

Monitoring of social media by the military is a normal practice all over the world- Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, was a guest on Channels TV where he spoke on the recent announcement made by the Nigerian Army that it would be monitoring social media for anti-Buhari and anti-military comments. According to Lai, monitoring social media is a normal practice all over the world.

South-East Governors meet with IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu...NCN

South-east governors are currently having a closed door meeting with the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu. The meeting is holding in Enugu State.
Present at the meeting are the governors of Enugu, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Ebonyi Governor Dave Umahi, Anambra Deputy Governor Nkem Okeke while the governors of Imo and Abia State are yet to join the meeting.

Pentagon acknowledges about 11,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan...NCN

The Pentagon on Wednesday acknowledged that there are about 11,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, thousands more than it has previously stated publicly and giving an accurate picture of the U.S. military footprint in that country for the first time in years.
The announcement does not represent an increase in troops and came after U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis expressed frustration with the method of counting U.S. troops in conflict zones.

French government outlines gradual corporate tax cut plans...NCN

The French government outlined on Wednesday tax cuts it plans to make over President Emmanuel Macron’s five-year term, in line with election promises to ease the country’s considerable fiscal burden.
Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the 2018 budget bill to be presented in a month would see corporate tax on profits over 500,000 euros ($596,000) gradually cut starting in 2019 to 25 percent by 2022 from 33.3 percent currently.
Rates would fall faster and sooner on profits of less than 500,000 euros.

Storm-hit Houston strains from influx of evacuees, crime outbreak...NCN

Houston strained under the arrival of tens of thousands of people fleeing submerged homes and flooded roads on Wednesday, while some incidents of looting and armed robberies forced a midnight curfew.
City officials prepared to vote to allocate $20 million to storm relief, said city Controller Chris Brown. “Houston will have enough money to handle this storm,” he vowed.

U.S.-led jets strike in Syria to block Islamic State evacuation deal...NCN

U.S.-led warplanes on Wednesday blocked a convoy of Islamic State fighters and their families from reaching territory the group holds in east Syria and struck some of their comrades traveling to meet them, a coalition spokesman said.
The strikes were aimed at stopping an evacuation deal for Islamic State fighters to leave their enclave on the Lebanon-Syria border for areas they hold in eastern Syria, arranged by the Lebanese Hezbollah group and the Syrian army.

Trump says 'talking not the answer' on North Korea, Mattis disagrees

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said “talking is not the answer” to the tense standoff with North Korea over its nuclear missile development, but his defense chief swiftly asserted that the United States still has diplomatic options.
Trump’s comment, coming a day after Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile over Japan that drew U.N. and other international condemnation, renewed his tough rhetoric toward reclusive, nuclear-armed and increasingly isolated North Korea.

UK police release second man held over Buckingham Palace incident

British police said on Wednesday they had released a second man held in connection with an assault on three police officers by another man armed with a four-foot sword outside London’s Buckingham Palace on Friday night.
The 30 year-old man was arrested on Sunday in London on suspicion of being involved in the attack, but has been released from police custody with no further action.

Suspected car snatchers nabbed and stripped naked in Anambra

The two men pictured above, allegedly snatched a red van in Owerri, Imo State capital on Sunday, August 27. However, luck ran out on them when they were intercepted by members of a vigilante group in Igboukwu along Obiuno - Ekwulumili road, Anambra State, with the help of revellers drinking palm wine at one of the bars in the area.

Read the official statement on the appointment of a new Commissioner of Police in Lagos state


The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has appointed, Imohimi Edgar, as the new Commissioner of Police in-charge-of the Lagos State Command, following Edgar’s recent promotion to by the Police Service Commission.
‎Edgar, a seasoned police officer, who was until his promotion, the  Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, in-charge-of Operations, in Lagos State, was instrumental in ending  activities of the dreaded Badoo cult and militants  carrying out kidnappings within  Ikorodu and its adjoining communities.

Beyonce pledges to help victims of Hurricane Harvey amidst rumors she's donated $7 million

Beyonce is pledging to do her part to help her hometown of Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
In a statement to the Houston Chronicle, Beyonce said she was devising a plan for relief.
"My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help. I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor (Rudy Rasmus at St. John's in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can."

President Buhari meets with the female national football team, D’Tigress , gifts each player N1m

President Buhari this morning received Nigeria's female basketball team, D’Tigress in the presidential villa, Abuja. The women basketballers won the Afrobasket Championship title for the first time in 12 years in Mali last Sunday, making them the new African women basketball champions.
President Buhari while receiving them, announced that each player will receive the sum of a million naira while the officials will receive half a million.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

U.N. condemns 'outrageous' North Korea missile launch, Pyongyang says more to come

The United Nations condemned North Korea’s “outrageous” firing of a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday, demanding Pyongyang halt its weapons program but holding back on any threat of new sanctions on the isolated regime.
North Korea said the launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) was to counter U.S. and South Korean military drills and was a first step in military action in the Pacific to "contain" the U.S. territory of Guam. (Interactive package on North Korea's missile capabilities - tmsnrt.rs/2t0oSv7)

Arsenal reject Man City bid for Sanchez...NCN

Arsenal have turned down a £50m bid from Premier League rivals Manchester City for forward Alexis Sanchez, according to a report by BBC.
The BBC said should City’s offer be more tempting, they might sell if City would also trade Raheem Sterling along with the transaction.
It is not clear yet whether a deal could be struck before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Sanchez was a pillar of Arsenal last season, scoring 24 goals.

Reading FC pulls Aluko from Fulham...NCN

English Championship club-side Reading on Tuesday signed Fulham forward Sone Aluko on a four-year contract.
Aluko, who can play upfront or on the wing, has moved to Madejski Stadium after just over a year at Craven Cottage in a deal believed to be worth about £7.5 million.
The 28-year-old started out with Birmingham City and went on to play for Aberdeen, Rangers and Hull before joining the Londoners.
“With his pace and ability on the ball, he can make life difficult for every opponent we face,” the Reading FC manager, Jaap Stam, said.

Justin Bieber's 'swollen testicle sparks a lawsuit as hospital employee is fired for accessing his file to confirm if he had STD

Following Usher's ongoing Herpes controversy, Pop singer, Justin Bieber, has become the latest artiste to be embroiled in a sexually transmitted disease' drama.
A hospital visit which the Canadian singer made in May after suffering a swollen testicle fearing he'd twisted it during a soccer match, has led to the firing of one of its employees and a subsequent lawsuit.

The Rock accepts Kelvin Hart challenge, donates $25k to Houston Relief and take a slight swipe at the comedian for calling out celebs

American actor, Dwayne Johnson, popularly known as The Rock, has accepted Kevin Hart's challenge by donating $25k to the Houston relief, but in the process, he took a slight swipe to the comedian for calling out celebs by name.
Yesterday, Kevin Hart donated $25k and then called out The Rock, Steve Harvey, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Jerry Seinfeld challenging them to donate big bucks. (Watch here)
In his message to the victims of the Hurricane Harvey, The Rock announced he has donated $25k to the Houston Relief and his company is equally donating too. But the former wrestler ignored calling out his celebrity friends to donate, citing the fact that Celebs know what to do without being called out.

55 top officials affected as NNPC embarks on major shakeup...NCN

The ongoing restructuring of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC received fresh impetus on Tuesday with the appointments and deployments of top executives across the value chain of its operations.
Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, told NNPC staff shortly before the announcement was made public that the new appointments would not only help to position the Corporation for the challenges ahead but would help fill the gaps created due to statutory retirements of staff. A total of 55 top management staff were affected in the exercise.

Back together? Blac Chyna and Mechie spotted together in a car dealership...NCN

Blac Chyna and her boyfriend of two months Mechie reportedly split last week after she caught him becoming overly friendly with women online. But it seems they are back together again.
Blac Chyna and Mechie were spotted at a car dealership where they spent some time looking at cars on Monday. There are rumors that Chyna is trying to get a car for Mechie. The car dealership they stopped by is the Calabasas Luxury Motorcar dealership where Scott Disick gets his luxury cars from.

Trump surveys 'epic' damage as Harvey's rains lash Texas...NCN

U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Texas on Tuesday to survey the damage of Tropical Storm Harvey, the biggest natural disaster of his tenure, as record-setting rainfall lashed Houston and tens of thousands of people fled flooded homes.
The slow-moving storm has brought catastrophic flooding to Texas, killing at least 11 people and paralyzing Houston, the fourth most-populous U.S. city. City officials were preparing to shelter up to 19,000 people, with thousands more expected to flee the area as the flooding entered its fourth day.

Barcelona attackers' suspected supplier arrested in Morocco: source...NCN

Moroccan authorities have arrested a man suspected of supplying gas canisters to a jihadist cell that carried out a double attack in Catalonia earlier this month that killed 16 people, a source from the Spanish investigation said.
The cell accumulated around 120 canisters of butane gas at a house in a town south of Barcelona with which, police say, it planned to carry out a larger bomb attack.
Police believe the cell accidentally ignited the explosives on Aug. 16, the eve of the Barcelona attack, triggering a blast that destroyed the house in the town of Alcanar.

Afrocandy twerks in new video...NCN

The soft-porn Nigerian actress shared a video of herself twerking for her followers on social media. See the video below

2018 World Cup Qualifier: Mikel, Onazi, Musa, Moses and 19 others arrive Uyo for Cameroon clash...NCN

23 Super Eagles players have arrived in Uyo ahead of Friday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Cameroon.
Players who have arrived in camp are skipper Mikel Obi, Daniel Akpeyi, Dele Alampasu, Ola Aina, Mikel Agu, Ahmed Musa, Ogenyi Onazi, Odion Ighalo, Tyronne Ebuehi, Oghenekaro Etebo, Elderson Echiejile, William Troost-Ekong, Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, Chidozie Awaziem and  Ikechuckwu Ezenwa‎.

11 bus passengers, driver abducted in Rivers..NCN

Suspected kidnappers have hijacked a commercial bus and abducted 11 passengers and its driver along the Ndele-Elele axis of East-West road, in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers state. The incident happened last night when the bus was passing through that road.
According to reports, the bus departed Rumuokoro in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area at about 7pm and was heading to Ndele, Elele and Ahoada when they were ambushed by armed men who ordered the driver to come down from the bus.

U.S. coalition exchanged fire with rebels in Syria: spokesman...NCN

U.S.-led coalition forces returned fire after being repeatedly shot at near Manbij in northern Syria, where they are patrolling near areas held by Turkish-backed rebels, coalition spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon said on Tuesday.
“Our forces did receive fire and return fire and then moved to a secure location,” he said by phone.
The coalition has told Turkey to tell the rebels it backs there that firing on U.S.-led coalition forces “is not acceptable”, Dillon said.

NIGERIA: ASUU fails to show up for meeting with Federal Government...NCN

Today, leaders of  the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) failed to show up for a scheduled meeting with the Federal Government.

According to a report by Channels Television, ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, confirmed that the union will not attend the meeting saying ASUU has met, discussed the new offer from the FG and submitted a proposal to the government.

He said consequently, the union will only honour another meeting after receiving a reply to their proposal from the government.

Global stocks, dollar and yields slip on North Korea jitters; gold up...NCN

Global equity prices slipped and investors flocked to safe-haven assets on Tuesday after North Korea fired a missile over northern Japan, fueling fresh tension between Washington and Pyongyang.
The dollar fell to its lowest in more than 2-1/2 years against a basket of major currencies, benchmark 10-year Treasury yields fell and gold hit a more-than-nine-month peak.
North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan’s northern Hokkaido island into the sea on Tuesday, prompting a warning from U.S. President Donald Trump that “all options are on the table” as the United States considers its response.

Labor reform to make or break Macron presidency, say bosses...NCN

France’s employers federation urged President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday to “go all out” in a reform of the labor market to be presented this week in the face of a precipitous fall in his popularity and increasingly restless unions.
His government will announce decrees on Thursday aimed at making it easier for bosses to hire and fire while chipping away at long-cherished labor rights.
The reform is Macron’s first major policy move since a landslide election victory in May against far right leader Marine Le Pen and it is expected to set the tone for other initiatives.

Harvey threatens more U.S. Gulf refineries, others remain underwater...NCN

Heavy rains and flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey on Tuesday triggered more oil refining outages in Texas, bringing the total offline to more than 16 percent of overall U.S. capacity as the storm took aim at plants along the Louisiana coast.
Between five and 15 inches of rain was expected in south-central Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center said on Tuesday. The storm had dropped back over the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, sending heavy rains from Houston through to Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Mother kills her 7-year-old daughter by flinging her from the terrace of a 4-storey building twice

A 36-year-old mother killed her 7-year-old disabled daughter by throwing her twice from the terrace of a four-storey residential building at Jaraganahalli in JP Nagar on Sunday afternoon.
The victim identified as Aishika Sarkar, but popularly called Shreya, survived the initial fall with serious injuries, after which her mother, Swathi Sarkar, rushed down, carried her up, and went back up to their flat only to throw her down again in front of shocked neighbours. She died instantly.

China can meet 2017 growth target, may struggle on investment: planning head...NCN

China can meet its 2017 economic growth targets but may struggle to meet its investment and foreign investment goals, the country’s state planning head told parliament on Tuesday, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
Xinhua cited He Lifeng, head of the National Development and Reform Commission, as saying external factors including rising protectionism, changes in financial policy in major economies and geopolitical instabilities may have a negative impact on the country.
He also said risks from insufficient domestic growth drivers and rising corporate costs cannot be ignored.

Young Sierra Leonean singer tells haters as he shares loved up photos with elderly white wife

As previously reported by LIB, the Sierra Leone artist got married to his older white wife, Sara last week in Freetown.
He shared more photos on his Facebook page thanking God for a successful "marrade"
As for those ridiculing him, he said they should keep talking.

Pakistani bank calls potential $630 million U.S. fine "disproportionate"...NCN

Pakistan’s largest bank, facing a possible $630 million fine over compliance failures by its New York branch, admitted mistakes on Tuesday but denied any wrongdoing and said the penalty sought by U.S. regulators was disproportionate.
New York State’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) said on Monday it was seeking to fine Habib Bank Ltd (HBL) (HBL.KA) up to $630 million for “grave” compliance failures with anti-money laundering rules, in what would be the largest penalty ever faced by a Pakistani financial institution.

(Photos) Miss BumBum contestants parade their killer curves as they get tied to trees...NCN

The 2017 Miss BumBum contestants were out in full force to support Brazil President Michel Temer's campaign in promoting the value of forest against deforestation in the country.
The curvy contestants who decided to make their country proud with their bum bum, were tied to trees in the forest with their mouth taped as they join the campaign.
More photos below..

Will US strike North Korea?...NCN

U.S. President Donald Trump said all options to respond to North Korea were on the table after Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile over Japan earlier on Tuesday.
“The world has received North Korea’s latest message loud and clear:
“This regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbours, for all members of the UN, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behaviour,” Trump said in the statement released by the White House.

Amber Rose and the men who have grabbed her butt on the red carpet (photos)

Amber Rose pictured with her ex Kanye West and current boo, 21 Savage - 8 years apart. Kanye grabbed Amber's butt at the 2009 VMAs when 21 Savage was just 16 years old, and 21 Savage now 24, is pictured over the weekend grabbing Amber's butt at the 2017 VMAs...

NSCDC arrests 5 notorious motorcycle snatchers

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps ( NSCDC) Special Unit deployed to Minna-Suleja Federal Highway has arrested five notorious motorcycle snatchers terrorising residents of Gurara Local Government Area.
The Commandant of the Corps in the state, Mr Philip Ayuba, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Tuesday.
Ayuba said that the suspects were rounded up in Gawu Babangida and Damisa villages in Gurara local government area.

Floyd Mayweather takes some people shopping at Neiman Marcus and shows off the length of his bill...Lol

Floyd Mayweather is reported to have pulled in at least $300m from his recent boxing win against Conor McGregor in Las Vegas and the extravagent spender has started splurging on designer products...as expected!

Photos: Rivers Police arrest member of notorious gang who kidnapped pastor, beheaded him, used his liver, intestines to make pepper soup and plantain portage

Police in Rivers State have arrested one Roland Peter, a member of a notorious gang that kidnapped Pastor Samuel Okpara from Edoha, Ahoada LGA of the state on 15th August.
The gang killed Pastor Okpara, beheaded him and used his liver and intestine to cook pepper soup and plantain portage in their camp.

Kim Kardashian pictures of her day at Disneyland with Saint and North, after welcoming baby Psalm

She joined the hundreds of families taking their children to Disneyland on Wednesday.  And Kim Kardashian shared some of her memories o...