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    FG resolves to boost domestic trade
    2014-07-30, 17:11:19
    The federal government has re-affirmed its commitment towards facilitating the growth and development of domestic trade across the country. The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, gave the assurance during a Town Hall Meeting with Traders in the South-west geo-political region, in Lagos. The meeting was attended by traders and representatives of market associa...
    SEC moves to generate interest in market activities
    2014-07-30, 17:11:20
    The Securities and Exchange Commission has said pursuant to its market development mandate under ISA 2007, its enabling law, it plans to send five journalists for intensive training on capital markets at the International Law Institute in the United States. The commission explained in a statement that the goal was to strengthen interest in reading and writing about the capital markets on the...
    Slow dollar demand to raise naira, other currencies
    2014-07-29, 17:12:48
    The summer holiday is expected to slow demand for the dollar, allowing the naira to gain some ground this week, while the usual month-end buying of local currencies is expected to buoy African units in general. The naira is seen gradually appreciating against the dollar this week as energy companies operating in the country buy local currency to meet domestic obligations, while a summer holi...
    Access Bank rewards Mobile Banking customers
    2014-07-29, 16:56:01
    Access Bank Plc has rewarded its mobile banking customers through its “Download and Win promo.” The bank said the move was to encourage customers in the use of electronic payment channels. The winners were rewarded for downloading and using the Bank’s new mobile banking application (App).With the new Access Mobile Banking app, customers can manage their money from mobile device and enjoy 24ho...
    CBN maintains status quo on rates as foreign reserve...
    2014-07-28, 16:48:13
    A combination of rising foreign exchange reserves and the attendant expansion of the nation’s fiscal buffers informed the decision of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to retain existing monetary policy rates at its meeting last week as the apex bank promised to monitor the twin issue of sustained marginal increase in inflation rate and growing liquidity in the ...
    Banking sector key to economic growth – Durosinmi-Etti
    2014-07-28, 16:41:39
    Former Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (GMD/CEO) of Skye Bank Plc, Mr. Kehinde Durosinmi-Etti, has said that the Nigerian banking industry has a crucial role in stimulating the growth of the economy. Durosinmi-Etti who said this in an interview with THISDAY noted that regardless its challenges, the Nigerian economy has remained resilient, with strong growth prospect. “The ec...
    Investors spend N26bn on equities as trading resumes
    2014-07-27, 17:30:47
    Investors staked N26.618bn on 536.869 million shares in 7,048 deals on Friday after the Nigerian Stock Exchange fixed the network hitches, which disrupted trading the previous day. Trading activities had been prevented due to failure of the trading engine to connect with the trading terminals on Thursday. An operator, who spoke to our correspondent had explained, “The trading engine could...
    Nigeria to be among world’s top 20 economies by 2030...
    2014-07-27, 17:30:45
    Nigeria has the potential to be one of the world’s top 20 economies by 2030 with a consumer base exceeding the current population of France and Germany, according to McKinsey & Co, a global management consulting firm. Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, may expand about 7.1 per cent a year through 2030, boosting Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to $1.6 trillion, possibly pushing it above Netherla...
    CBN sells N134.9bn treasury bills
    2014-07-26, 17:09:32
    The Central Bank of Nigeria has sold N134.9 billion treasury bills of three-month, six-month and one-year maturities, with three-fifths fetching lower yields than at the previous auction. The central bank disclosed this on Thursday, a day after the sale. The central bank on sold N34.88 billion in the 3-month paper at 9.84 per cent, compared with 9.95 per cent at the previous auction on July...
    PrivateProperty.ng lists over 130,000 properties in ...
    2014-07-26, 17:09:27
    Private Property Nigeria has reached a remarkable milestone of listing over 130,000 properties and 1.3 million enquiries since its inception in November 2011. Speaking on this achievement, www.privateproperty.ng Managing Director & Co-Owner, Oluwafemi Taiwo, said “We keep data of property listings on our website as this ensures we have an estimate of growth in use of our website. The number ...
    Diamond Bank to raise N50.37bn via rights issue
    2014-07-25, 19:20:31
    Diamond Bank to raise N50.37bn via rights issue
    Arrangements for a Rights Issue by Diamond Bank Plc (“Diamond Bank” or “the Bank”), have now been concluded, following the approval granted by shareholders at the Bank’s Annual General Meeting held on 24 April 2014. A total of 8,685,145,863 Ordinary Shares of 50 kobo each will be offered to the Bank’s shareholders in the ratio of 3 new Ordinary Shares for every 5 Ordinary Shares held as at 13...
    Zenith Bank grows profit to N58bn in six months
    2014-07-25, 19:08:54
    Zenith Bank Plc yesterday reported a profit before tax (PBT)of N57.85 billion for the six months ending June 30, 2014, showing an increase of seven per cent compared with N54.08 billion for the corresponding period of 2013. Details of the results showed that Zenith Bank’s gross earnings went up by 7.8 per cent from N171.02 billion in 2013 to N184.43 billion, while profit after tax (PAT) ...

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    New pics from Dr Sid and Simi Osomo's traditional we...
    2014-07-30, 17:41:49
    New pics from Dr Sid and Simi Osomo
    Cute. Continue.....
    Kanye reportedly resisting second baby with Kim Kard...
    2014-07-30, 17:28:13
    Kanye reportedly resisting second baby with Kim Kardashian
    These oyibo reporters can like to report anything they like...lol. Just two months after Kanye spent millions of dollars to marry the woman he's obviously obsessed with, insiders claim he is now reluctant to have a second baby with her Sources tell Radar Online, “Kim has made no secret for her desire to get pregnant right away with another baby. However, Kanye is resisting because he is ...
    Ciara and Future end their engagement? Side chick re...
    2014-07-29, 17:24:13
    Ciara and Future end their engagement? Side chick revealed...
    How do heck do you get involved with a man who has three children with three different women and has never been married? If he wasn't faithful and didn't marry any of them, what makes you think he will be different with you? Even if you're Ciara? It looks like the singer is now just a baby mama as inside sources claim she and Future have ended their engagement amid rumors of a secret side ...
    Photos: pregnant Mercy Johnson steps out with her cu...
    2014-07-29, 17:22:49
    Photos: pregnant Mercy Johnson steps out with her cute daughter
    Awww, proud papa. Naeto C shares photo of his new bo...
    2014-07-28, 17:02:44
    Awww, proud papa. Naeto C shares photo of his new born daughter
    The rapper and his wife welcomed their second child - a girl - on July 25th. He just the first pic of the bundle of joy
    Osun campaign: Lagbaja rejects Iyiola Omisore’s offe...
    2014-07-28, 16:54:37
    Osun campaign: Lagbaja rejects Iyiola Omisore’s offer, blasts him...
    Muiscian Lagbaja over the weekend reportedly turned down an offer by the Iyiola Omisore Campaign Organisation to perform at the grand finale rally & reception for Pres. Jonathan scheduled to hold in Osogbo, Osun State, next week. According to The Nation, Lagbaja was approached to entertain supporters of Omisore, the candidate of PDP in the up-coming governorship election in Osun State, b...
    More photos from Dr Sid and Simi Osomo's traditional...
    2014-07-27, 17:52:38
    More photos from Dr Sid and Simi Osomo
    Happy married life to them. See more photos after the cut...
    "I don't have step kids, they are all my kids' Annie...
    2014-07-27, 17:49:23
    "I don
    In this very revealing interview with Sunday Sun, mother of 2 Annie Idibia opened up about life before the fame and money; how her mother coped after they were abandoned by their father, her acting career, marriage to 2face Idibia, her relationship with his other kids and much more. Excerpts from the very interesting interview below.... Ordinarily, people would expect to see the pompous ...
    Photos from Nollywood actor Jnr Pope's white wedding
    2014-07-26, 17:51:19
    Photos from Nollywood actor Jnr Pope
    Yes o, na wedding gossip we dey today o. Lol Actor Jnr Pope Odowodo and Jennifer Awele's church wedding held today Saturday July 26th in Asaba. Congrats to them.
    Photos from Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo's son's wedding
    2014-07-26, 17:20:52
    Photos from Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo
    KICC Head pastor Matthew Ashimolowo's son Tomi married Dorothy Jeneba Kamara in Kent today. See more photos after the cut...
    Rapper Naeto C and wife Nicole welcome daughter
    2014-07-25, 19:48:58
    Rapper Naeto C and wife Nicole welcome daughter
    Rapper Naeto C and his wife Nicole welcomed a daughter this afternoon July 25th in a UK hospital. Naeto C was with his wife as they welcomed their second child. The couple, who married in 2012, already have a son...and now a girl. They must be thrilled. Big congrats to them!
    Shots were fired yesterday...but not at Wizkid!
    2014-07-25, 19:43:50
    Shots were fired yesterday...but not at Wizkid!
    Davido fired shots at 'some' artist yesterday on Twitter (see that here) and many of you thought it was at Wizkid. But nah, it was not him! Davido and Wizkid pictured above at JFK airport in New York yesterday. They are both in the city to perform at different shows. I actually found out who he was referring to and why but since he didn't mention names, I won't either..:-)

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    Childhood obesity: is it being taken seriously?
    2014-07-30, 19:03:53
    Childhood obesity is not a cosmetic issue or something the child will just grow out of. Obese children tend to become obese adults, and there are many medical issues associated with obesity. Children are now taking the same type of medications as their parents to manage blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol. This is frightening but true," Dr. Rani Whitfield, a spokesperson for the American H...
    Ebola fears grow, with Europe and Asia on alert
    2014-07-30, 19:01:12
    Fears that the west African Ebola outbreak could spread to other continents grew on Wednesday with European and Asian countries on alert and a leading medical charity warning the epidemic was out of control. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said the crisis gripping Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone would only get worse and warned there was no overarching strategy to handle the world's worst-ever...
    Scientists demand emergency response mechanism to Eb...
    2014-07-29, 17:56:26
    Scientists under the aegis of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria in Cross River State are calling on the Federal Government to urgently put in place effective emergency response mechanism to prevent the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country. They made their position known on Tuesday at a one-day workshop in Calabar titled; “Ebola Virus: An emerging global challeng...
    Nigeria Quarantines Hospital as Ebola Spreads to Mos...
    2014-07-29, 17:50:00
    Nigeria has evacuated and quarantined a hospital in the city of Lagos after a patient died from Ebola, the first reported case to reach one of Africa’s most densely-populated countries. Reuters reports that the patient, Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for Liberia’s finance ministry, collapsed shortly after his flight landed at Lagos airport on July 20. He died while in treatment at First Consul...
    FG moves to privatise hospitals
    2014-07-28, 18:05:01
    The Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria on Monday raised the alarm over plans by the Presidency to clampdown on the Nigerian Medical Association and privatise all hospitals owned by the Federal Government. Doctors in Government hospitals under the aegis of NMA have been on nationwide strike for the past one month over alleged breach of agreement reached by both parties. ...
    Ebola Virus: Liberian Envoy Urges Regional Collabora...
    2014-07-28, 17:30:57
    he Ambassador of Liberia to Nigeria, Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh has called on all countries in West African sub-region to collaborate to combat the spread of the deadly Ebola virus as it poses a major threat. The envoy spoke in the wake of the Monday's announcement by Arik Air of the suspension of all its flights to Monrovia (Liberia) and Freetown (Sierra Leone), with immediate effect. Speakin...
    Lack of sleep 'increases risk of false memories'
    2014-07-27, 18:18:45
    Past research has claimed lack of sleep can cause memory loss. Now, in what is deemed a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from the University of California-Irvine and Michigan State University suggest sleep deprivation could increase susceptibility to false memories. Woman unable to sleep Sleep deprivation could increase the risk of false memory formation - the recall of an event that neve...
    Nigeria: Ebola - In Contact Tracing, FG Orders More ...
    2014-07-27, 18:16:04
    a red alert, Department of Port Health begins detailed checks on passengers from West and Central Africa In a bid to ensure that the Ebola virus does not spread, following the death of a Liberian national in Lagos last week, the Federal Government yesterday ordered six persons made up of Liberians and other West Africans from Ebola-afflicted countries currently attending an ECOWAS meeting in...
    Could a high-fat diet lead to reduced sense of smell?
    2014-07-26, 18:12:29
    It is common knowledge that obesity increases the risk of numerous health problems, including heart disease and diabetes. But could it also reduce sense of smell? A new study by researchers from Florida State University found that induced obesity in mice through a high-fat diet led to loss of smell. Woman eating burger Could eating a high-fat diet lead to reduced sense of smell? Researchers f...
    Childhood reading skills linked to 'higher intellige...
    2014-07-26, 18:11:56
    w study published in the journal Child Development finds that having strong reading skills as a child is a predictor for higher intelligence levels as a young adult. In previous studies, reading ability has been associated with improved health, education, socioeconomic status and creativity. The ability to read well can directly improve some of these factors. An example is that by being able t...
    Amazon's far-reaching ambitions, lack of profits, un...
    2014-07-25, 20:27:46
    Amazon.com Inc's message to investors has always been clear: trust in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. But after more than a year of mostly disappointing quarterly results, that faith is being tested. Some on Wall Street wonder if Amazon may have bitten off more than it can chew. After an unusually busy first half of the year that saw the online retailer spend on developing everything from mobile...
    Nigeria wins first gold in Commonwealth Games in Gla...
    2014-07-25, 20:19:54
    Nigeria wins first gold in Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
    Nigerian weightlifter Chika Amalaha has given Nigeria its first gold at the Commonwealth Games which started in Glasgow, Scotland yesterday July 24th. Chika won the gold medal today after pulling a total of 196 points in snatch and clean and jerk in the 53kg class to beat her competitors from New Guinea & India who picked the silver & bronze medals.

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    10 year old girl found wearing explosive device appa...
    2014-07-30, 18:50:05
    10 year old girl found wearing explosive device apparatus in Katsina
    A 10 year old girl strapped with an explosive belt was yesterday July 29th discovered by security forces in company of two other people, a man and an 18 year old girl, while traveling along a road in Katsina state. The DG of the National Information Center, Mr Mike Omeri said this while briefing news men at the National Information Center; "Security forces on Tuesday, July 29, at about 10...
    We didn't receive N100m from Presidency - Chibok com...
    2014-07-30, 18:47:03
    We didn
    Speaking with journalists today at the daily sit out of the Abuja #bringbackourgirls campaign, a leader of the Kibaku Area Development Association of the Chibok community, Dauda Iliya said contrary to media reports, they didn't receive N100m from the presidency. He said only N200,000 was handed to some of the parents. "On July 22nd at about midnight, the Senior Special Assistant to the Presi...
    Prince William and Kate Middleton put on rare PDA at...
    2014-07-29, 17:49:16
    Prince William and Kate Middleton put on rare PDA at CW Games
    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge put on a rare public display of affection when they attended a Swimming competition at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow yesterday. The couple who have been together for over 10 years, were pictured holding hands, looking into each others eyes, Kate at one point laid her hands on her husbands leg while William used her ID card to fan her. All these is not a b...
    Son of former FCT Minister, Nasir El Rufai dies in c...
    2014-07-29, 17:43:37
    Son of former FCT Minister, Nasir El Rufai dies in car accident
    Hamza El Rufai, one of the sons of the former Minister of the FCT & Chieftain of the APC, Nasir El Rufai died this morning July 29th in a car accident. His father took to his Facebook page to announce his passing on. Such a young man. Too sad! May his soul rest in peace.. Amen
    Photo: Meet President Jonathan's elder sister
    2014-07-28, 17:55:14
    Photo: Meet President Jonathan
    President Jonathan and his elder sister during Eid el Fitr visit to the president by the FCT Muslim Community yesterday..
    Bomb blast at Trade Fair Complex in Kano today
    2014-07-28, 17:49:44
    Bomb blast at Trade Fair Complex in Kano today
    A bomb went off this afternoon around 1.40pm at the Trade Fair Complex on Zoo Road close to the popular Shoprite shopping mall in Kano State. According to police report, a female bomber about 18 years old died, while at least six people were injured. The area has been cordoned off by security attached to Shoprite. Find the State House press statement below... President Goodluck Ebele Jon...
    Bomb blast at Trade Fair Complex in Kano today
    2014-07-28, 17:23:17
    PHCN cable falls, electrocutes three in Ogun market
    2014-07-27, 18:13:13
    Three persons were electrocuted at the Ifo township market in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State on Sunday when the high-tension cable of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria fell on them. Our correspondent gathered that the high-tension wire fell on the victims in the crowded market. The identities of the victims could be confirmed as of press time. Apart from the three persons w...
    The world has forgotten the Nigerian girls-Mohamed Adam
    2014-07-27, 18:12:49
    How easily the world forgets. It has been only three months, but it feels like a lifetime since more than 200 Nigerian girls were snatched from their school in the dead of night by the brutal Boko Haram. Vigils and marches around the world marked the girls’ 100 days in captivity, and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan managed to emerge from his cocoon to finally meet the parents of the abduct...
    16 church members suffocate, one dies at service
    2014-07-26, 18:06:56
    16 church members suffocate, one dies at service
    A six year old boy has been confirmed dead while 16 others are receiving treatment for suffocation after they inhaled carbon monoxide fumes from a generator they were using during worship at the Young People's Christian Fellowship in Aba, Abia state today Saturday July 26th. According to eyewitnesses, the worshipers were doing their Friday night vigil with a generator close by when they s...
    Man spends 23years in prison for allegedly failing t...
    2014-07-26, 18:06:44
    Man spends 23years in prison for allegedly failing to bribe policeman
    A shaft of pain knifed through his facial contours as he recounted the grisly experiences he had in prison for more than 23 years. Prior to 1989, Calistus Ike had dreamt of becoming a very successful business man. Little did he know that he was going to spend seven years as an awaiting trial inmate and another 16 years on the death row. As the first son and bread winner of his family at th...
    Sheikh's son, 5 others killed as police and proteste...
    2014-07-25, 20:01:48
    Sheikh
    About 5 people, including the son of popular Zaria based Sheikh, Ibraheem El Zakzaky, were killed today after a clash between Nigerian soldiers and Shiite Muslims in Zaria, Kaduna State. The Shi'a Muslim group had gathered in the PZ area of the town for their annual Ramadan ritual called Muzahara, where thousands of Muslim faithful march around the city dressed in black to protest a cause....

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    Nigerians Divided on Jonathan's 'Unity Rallies'
    2014-07-30, 17:25:50
    Nigerians Divided on Jonathan
    Some groups and individuals have expressed divergent views on the “zonal unity rallies” currently being conducted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) across the country. While the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) described the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a toothless bulldog for keeping quiet in the face of abuse of the Electoral Act by President Goo...
    Sarumi elected president Nigerian Chamber of Shipping
    2014-07-30, 17:17:00
    The Former Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Chief Adebayo Sarumi, has been elected as the 5th President of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping. Sarumi had served as the Managing Director of NPA from Oct. 15, 2003 to May 2007. Mr Bolaji Akinola, the spokesman of the chamber, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos that Sarumi was elected on July 22. He said that S...
    Anambra Gets $2.5bn 1500mw Power Plant under Power A...
    2014-07-29, 17:19:41
    Anambra Gets $2.5bn 1500mw Power Plant under Power Africa Initiative
    Nigeria’s formal agreement to work with the government of the United States (US) to increase access to and availability of electricity in Nigeria through the US-backed Power Africa initiative will bequeath to Anambra State, a brand new 1500 megawatts (MW) thermal power plant. The new thermal power project, to be built at the cost of $2.5 billion by international power firm, Global Edison C...
    Buhari: Nigeria’s disintegration holds no good, says...
    2014-07-29, 17:14:39
    Former military governor of Kaduna State, Col. Abubakar Umar(retd) on Tuesday said that violent disintegration of Nigeria would do no one any good, noting that the attack on Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd) should not be blamed on the Federal Government. Umar, reacting to the bomb attack on the former Nigerian leader, appealed to the nation’s political elite to desist from what he described as “p...
    Nigeria: Dokubo Blasts Buhari Over Kaduna Bomb Attack
    2014-07-28, 16:54:33
    Self-acclaimed Niger Delta warlord and leader of Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Force (NDPSF), Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari yesterday accused former Head of State, General Mohammed Buhari (rtd.) of masterminding last Wednesday's alleged assassination attempt on himself in order to attract public sympathy and paint President Goodluck Jonathan as a bad leader. The attack, which took place in Kad...
    Group urges Atiku to declare presidential ambition
    2014-07-28, 16:49:57
    A group, Atiku Abubakar Restore Nigeria, on Monday, called on former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, to declare his intention to contest the 2015 Presidential election. The group, in a statement by its Convener, Mr. Oluwasegun Ola-Jones, in Abuja, said Abubakar should contest on the platform of the All Progressives Congress. The statement added that the only hope left for the restorat...
    Group tackles petroleum minister over moribund refin...
    2014-07-27, 17:47:36
    A group known as #BringBackOurRefineries has called for the immediate restructuring of Nigeria’s refineries to function at a minimum of 70 percent of their installed capacity before their privatisation. The group has also accused the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke and her management team of deliberately refusing to repair the refineries in a bid to sell them off as s...
    Nigeria would have been in turmoil if Buhari was kil...
    2014-07-27, 17:39:08
    President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday said the country would have been in turmoil if former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari and top Islamic preacher, Sheik Dahiru Bauchi have been killed in the recent terrorists attack in Kaduna. The duo last Wednesday escaped assassination when the Islamic sect, Boko Haram detonated twin bombs in Kaduna State. Jonathan spoke while receiving muslim leader...
    Debasing of Impeachment
    2014-07-26, 17:20:44
    Impeachment in a democratic setting is supposed to be a serious process. In Nigeria it is supposed to lead to the removal from office of those elected to executive office positions who have been found seriously wanting. But apparently in line with the bastardisation of democratic norms, a supposedly sombre process has now been turned into a mockery defying democratic ethos. As politicians get ...
    Nigeria: Jonathan - We'll Shock World With 2015 Elec...
    2014-07-26, 17:14:54
    President Goodluck Jonathan says Nigeria will surprise the whole world in 2015 by conducting peaceful and credible elections. Jonathan was speaking at the State House in Abuja Thursday night at the breaking of Ramadan fast with members of the diplomatic corps and senators. He said: "I know that one thing that is dear to your hearts is what the elections in this country will look like next...
    We're ready for APC at tribunal -Ekiti REC
    2014-07-25, 19:31:16
    Independent National Electoral Commission in Ekiti State has assured to cooperate in the prosecution of the petition before the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in the State. The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Halilu Pai, gave the assurance during a telephone conversation with journalists on Friday in Ado-Ekiti. The All Progressives Congress is challenging the victory of t...
    INEC Must Protect Materials Used For Ekiti Election—...
    2014-07-25, 19:17:28
    he Prince Adedayo Adeyeye Movement (PAAM) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to safeguard all materials used during the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State. PAAM, which accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of desperately plotting to rubbish the election results by replacing the used ballot papers with those already printed in China, said; "the Ekit...

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    Usman gets weightlifting gold
    2014-07-30, 19:25:02
    Maryam Usman won another gold medal for Nigeria on Wednesday after lifting a total of 280kg in snatch (125kg) and clean and jerk (155kg) in the women’s +75kg weight class. She beat Samoa Island ’s Ele Opeloge to the medal. Usman and Opeloge pushed themselves to the limit after the Nigerian took the lead, lifting 155kg. But Opeloge opted to lift 161kg to beat her, but she failed in the attemp...
    NFF to finalise Keshi’s contract
    2014-07-30, 19:13:16
    The board of the Nigeria Football Federation will convene an emergency meeting devoted to finalising contract deal with Stephen Keshi as Nigeria coach. The decision follows the meeting of the Federation’s Technical Committee members and later the board on Wednesday in Abuja. A member of the committee, Mr. Paul Bassey, however told The PUNCH that nothing had been said on the pay for the coach...
    Nigerian midfielder Joel Obi ready to fight for Inte...
    2014-07-29, 18:00:47
    Nigeria midfielder Joel Obi has put behind him all his injury problems and he will fight to stay at Inter Milan, according to his agent Renzo Contratto. The Nigeria international is in pre-season training camp with Inter and looked to have overcome his injury woes which affected him for the past two seasons with a good display against Real Madrid. “Obi is earning his place? To say that he...
    Nigeria’s Amalaha faces Suspension after testing pos...
    2014-07-29, 17:59:50
    Nigerian teenage weightlifter Chika Amalaha has been provisionally suspended from the Commonwealth Games after testing positive in a doping test taken after she won gold in the women’s 53kg category, the Commonwealth Games Federation announced Tuesday. The 16-year-old Amalaha provided an’A’ sample on July 25 which revealed traces of diuretics and masking agents. She will have a ‘B’ sample...
    Recovered from illness, Serena ready for return
    2014-07-28, 18:09:09
    Recovered from illness, Serena ready for return
    Serena Williams finally realised what happened days later, when she was allowed to get out of bed. Williams said she was barely aware of how sick she was as she tried to play through a viral infection that caused her to lose equilibrium during a women's doubles match with sister Venus at Wimbledon. It was only later, when she was able to clear her head, that she realised the seriousness of...
    Blessing Okagbare wins Gold in Women's 100m final in...
    2014-07-28, 18:06:11
    Blessing Okagbare wins Gold in Women
    Sprinter Blessing Okagbare just won Gold in the Women's 100m for Nigeria in the Commonwealth Games. She won in a time of 10.85 seconds in a new Games record, making her the second fastest woman of all time in World 100 metres. She beat Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown, Kerron Stewart and England’s Asha Phillip who came second, third and fourth respectively. Blessing becomes the first Nige...
    Obi Impresses Against Real Madrid
    2014-07-27, 18:25:49
    Obi Impresses Against Real Madrid
    Nigerian International Joel Chukwuma Obi started for Inter Milan as they beat Real Madrid 3-2 on penalties after extra-time couldn't separate the teams at 1-1. Joel Obi was Inter Milan top battler in a physical contest that saw four yellow cards and feisty confrontations from players of both teams. It was the Nigerian midfielder third consecutive preseason game for Inter-Milan since re-...
    Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare happy with "chilled" 100...
    2014-07-27, 18:21:47
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    Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare has described this afternoon's 100m heat at the Commonwealth Games as "really easy". The 25-year-old cruised to victory in her heat ahead of England's Asha Philip exactly a year after setting a new African record of 10.79 seconds at the London Anniversary Games. Today's time of 11.20 seconds was the fastest of qualification ahead of the Jamaican trio ...
    Payment of allowances to Team Nigeria athletes guara...
    2014-07-26, 18:21:01
    The Minister of Sports, Tammy Danagogo, has directed the immediate payment of competition allowances of Team Nigeria athletes at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland. Danagogo gave the directive following the reactions of some of the athletes over the non-payment of their competition allowance in Glasgow by officials of the National Sports Commission (NSC). Tamuno Danagogo Tamu...
    EAGLETS BEAT HOSTS DR CONGO 1-0
    2014-07-26, 18:17:03
    Nigeria Golden Eaglets got off to a winning start when they pipped hosts DR Congo 1-0 in an African U17 Championship second round qualifier in Kinshasa on Saturday. Victor Osimhen was the match winner for the Nigeria schoolboys in the 13th minute. The return leg will be played in Calabar in a fortnight with the winners clashing with the overall winners of the game between Ethiopia and Ga...
    Amazon shares tank after big Q2 loss
    2014-07-24, 19:43:59
    LOS ANGELES — Amazon.com shares tumbled Thursday after the e-commerce giant posted a wider-than-expected $126 million loss for its second quarter despite revenue of $19.34 billion. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos didn't address the loss in the earnings release, but mentioned new ventures. "We continue working hard on making the Amazon customer experience better and better," he said in a statement. ...
    Maigari impeached as NFF president over 'financial m...
    2014-07-24, 19:27:58
    Maigari impeached as NFF president over
    Members of the board of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF have impeached its president, Aminu Maigari, over allegations of financial misappropriation. The members today passed a vote of no confidence on Maigari during an executive meeting to review Nigeria’s performance at the just concluded FIFA World Cup. The meeting held at the NFF Glass House Headquarters in Abuja. Announcing the ...

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    European regulators training sights on Google's mobi...
    2014-07-30, 19:31:19
    European regulators are preparing what could be a stern challenge to Google Inc's (GOOGL.O) (GOOG.O) mobile software business in the coming months after a nearly four-year investigation into the company's Web search practices left rivals and European politicians dissatisfied. Two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said that with a new antitrust chief taking over in November, Europea...
    Tech Five: Twitter surging, Yelp to report earnings
    2014-07-30, 19:25:16
    Investors are very pleased with Twitter this morning. Let's take a look at the technology stocks to watch Wednesday: Twitter. Shares of the social network soared 25% in pre-market trading after reporting a huge spike in its monthly active user base. Twitter revealed it has 271 million monthly users, up 24% from a year ago. Its mobile monthly user based surged 29%. Meanwhile, second quarter r...
    The new Google? Baidu's big plans to bust out of China
    2014-07-29, 18:14:41
    IS BAIDU about to step it up a gear? Rumours have been circulating that the Chinese search engine is developing a bike that could drive itself through packed city streets. The project isn't ready to be launched yet but Baidu confirmed it is exploring the idea. The news is intriguing, and not just because self-navigating bikes would be cool. Research into autonomous vehicles is yet another wa...
    US government chatbot gets you to tell all
    2014-07-29, 18:06:17
    Want access to the US government's secrets? Talk to the robot. Some 5.1 million Americans hold federal security clearance of one level or another, entitling them access to classified information. Putting each person eligible for clearance through the detailed screening process is a huge bureaucratic headache. Dean Pollina of the US National Center for Credibility Assessment in Fort Jackso...
    Why one developer switched from Java to Google Go
    2014-07-28, 19:13:58
    While Java may be a good choice for building business software, Google's Go language has advantages when it comes to building systems software, says a Java developer at Pivotal who has become a Go advocate. Go has benefits in areas like packaging and modularity and concurrency, said Matt Stine, a platform engineer at Pivotal, which uses Go in its Cloud Foundry cloud platform. "If you're tryi...
    Is the Samsung Z smartphone just delayed -- or doomed?
    2014-07-28, 18:16:28
    The launch of the Samsung Z, the first smartphone to run the Tizen OS for commercial use, will be delayed, with no release date given by Samsung. The reason for the delay isn't entirely clear. Two analysts suggested that the smartphone could well be doomed. The company, in a short statement to IDGNS and others on Monday, said only that more time is needed to "enhance the Tizen ecosyst...
    Apple iPhones allow extraction of deep personal data...
    2014-07-27, 19:00:59
    Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicized techniques by Apple Inc employees, the company acknowledged this week. The same techniques to circumvent backup encryption could be used by law enforcement or others with access to the "trusted" computers to which the devices have been connected, according to the secu...
    Facebook says SEC's IPO probe ends, extending WhatsA...
    2014-07-27, 18:32:43
    Facebook Inc said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission dropped its probe into the social networking company over events surrounding its controversial initial public offering. In its quarterly report filed on Thursday, Facebook said the regulator in May "notified us that it had terminated its inquiry and that no enforcement action had been recommended by the SEC." Facebook shares be...
    Facebook says SEC's IPO probe ends, extending WhatsA...
    2014-07-27, 18:30:04
    Facebook testing in-house purchasing feature
    2014-07-26, 18:25:18
    Facebook is testing a new feature that allows users to purchase items advertised by businesses directly from the social network. The feature, what Facebook calls the "Buy" button, gives Facebook mobile or desktop users the option to buy a business' product directly through the social media outlet, ensuring that users remain on Facebook without being directed to a new tab or window. To acc...
    No sign of Anonymous cyber attack on Israel Friday
    2014-07-26, 18:21:15
    The hacking group Anonymous said it planned to launch a concerted attack against Israel on Friday, but as night fell little had happened. As of 9:00 pm in Israel there had been no major cyber attacks, said Uri Rivner, head of cyber strategy at BioCatch, an authentication and threat detection computer security company with staff in Boston and Israel. "So far, Israel is still on the net, an...
    Dell, BlackBerry downplay threat from Apple-IBM alli...
    2014-07-25, 20:22:18
    IBM Corp's recent move to partner with Apple Inc to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now. Top executives at Dell and BlackBerry Ltd scoffed at the threat posed by the alliance this week, arguing the tie-up is unlikely to derail the efforts of their own companies to re-invent themselv...

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    Palestinian-American: 'Living in occupation felt nor...
    2014-07-30, 18:43:47
    I am an American, and I love my country, but I also love my heritage. I was born in Tampa, Florida, to Palestinian-American parents, but 70% of my family still lives in the West Bank, including my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. When I was 3, my parents decided to move back to Palestine -- a choice that changed the course of my life. The purpose of the move was for me and my siblings ...
    Landslides trap 150 people or more in western India
    2014-07-30, 18:00:28
    Landslides trap 150 people or more in western India
    Landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains may have trapped 150 people or more in a village in western India, a senior official said Wednesday. At least eight bodies had been recovered Wednesday as the search continued. Two survivors were pulled out with injuries, said Suresh Jadhav, a district administrator in Maharashtra state. "There are reports that up to 30 to 40 houses have been affecte...
    Report: Dozens killed, injured in China terror attack
    2014-07-29, 17:40:36
    A gang wielding knives and axes attacked civilians, a police station, government offices and smashed vehicles in a restive region of China, the country's state-run Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday, citing local police. The incident -- called an "organized and premeditated" terror attack -- occurred Monday in northwestern China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Police officers at the sce...
    Israel prepared for cease-fire, but 'ball is in Hama...
    2014-07-29, 17:33:44
    Hamas made it clear Tuesday that a cease-fire with Israel may be more remote than ever. On Hamas-run television, Mohammed Deif, chief of the group's military wing, said that "there is no middle ground" regarding a truce until Israel ends its "aggression" and "siege" of Gaza. "The enemy kills the civilians and we kill the soldiers . ... the enemy sends his soldiers to their death in Gaza," he ...
    Japanese high school girl accused of murdering, deca...
    2014-07-28, 17:22:43
    A 16-year-old Japanese girl has been arrested in Sasebo, Nagasaki prefecture, on suspicion of murdering a fellow student. Police confirmed that the alleged attacker also dismembered her victim's body. The girl, who cannot be named as she is a minor, is suspected of hitting Aiwa Matsuo, 15, with an object repeatedly before strangling her. The victim's family said that she had gone to meet frie...
    Militants in Syria put victims' heads on poles; hund...
    2014-07-28, 17:05:18
    Militants in Syria put victims
    In some of the most gruesome images yet to emerge from the latest mass violence in Syria, videos show militants raising their victims' severed heads on poles. The amateur videos emerged as a Syrian human rights group reported 1,600 deaths in just 10 days this month. The latest images come from an area taken over by the militant terrorist group the Islamic State, which recently changed its ...
    Fighting rages in Ukraine town; 2 children among 13 ...
    2014-07-27, 18:06:45
    More death and violence were reported in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, as some investigators stood ready but were unable to go to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, downed more than a week ago. At least 13 people, including two children, were killed in fighting on Sunday between pro-Russian rebels and Ukraine government forces in and near the Ukrainian city of Horlivka, according to t...
    Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon's vice PM
    2014-07-27, 18:01:45
    Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon
    The wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister was kidnapped and at least three people were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants in the northern town of Kolofata on Sunday, Cameroon officials said. A local religious leader, or lamido, named Seini Boukar Lamine, who is also the town's mayor, was kidnapped as well, in a separate attack on his home. There was no immediate claim of responsib...
    Extremists destroy Jonah's tomb, officials say
    2014-07-26, 17:59:58
    Militants with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, planted explosives around the tomb and detonated them remotely Thursday, civil defense officials there told CNN. Officials: Jonah's tomb blown up by ISIS The holy site is said to be the burial place of the prophet Jonah, who was swallowed by a whale or great fish in the Islamic and Judeo-Christian traditions. CNN could not immedia...
    Israel approves extension of cease-fire in Gaza; Ham...
    2014-07-26, 17:58:33
    Israel late Saturday authorized an extension of the humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza for another 24 hours at the request of the United Nations, Israeli officials told CNN. Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan told CNN that the group was still undecided on whether to agree to the truce. "What was declared was a positive sign but we're still waiting for clarification from mediators," he said of the late...
    Pentagon: Russia getting ready to send more powerful...
    2014-07-25, 19:55:45
    Russia is preparing the transfer of more powerful weaponry into Ukraine, and it could happen at any time, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday, citing the latest U.S. intelligence. The transfer could be "imminent," the spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, told reporters. It's believed the weaponry will be driven into Ukraine "potentially today," he said, but it is not clear if Russian troops will be invo...
    Man guns down pregnant burglar after she told him 'I...
    2014-07-25, 19:52:05
    Man guns down pregnant burglar after she told him
    80 year old pensioner Tom Greer (pictured right) shot and killed Andrea Miller, 28 (pictured left), as she ran away from him after burgling his home with another man. Mr Greer, who was not arrested for the killing, said he shot the woman twice in the back after she told him she was pregnant. "She says 'don't shoot me, I'm pregnant - I'm going to have a baby'. And I shot her anyway. The ...

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