Bolt Rules Out 2018 Commonwealth Games Appearance

Bolt Rules Out 2018 Commonwealth Games AppearanceJamaican sprint great, Usain Bolt, has no plans to extend his career beyond the 2017 World Championships in London and has ruled out a return to Australia for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The 30 year old will lead an international team of “All Stars” in the Nitro Athletics series against four other teams representing England, China, New Zealand and Japan.

The first meeting is on February 4, with the other races on February 9 and 11.

“It is going to be something different, not going to be normal and a lot more exciting. I feel personally, it is a great idea. This is why I am a part of it.” Bolt said.

N-Power: Ahmed Lauds Scheme, Engages 5,553 In Kwara

Abdulfatah-AhmedThe Federal Government has engaged about 5,553 graduates through its N-Power job creation scheme in Kwara State.

The state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, disclosed this in Ilorin, at the stakeholders’ forum on the implementation strategies of the Federal Government’s special intervention projects.

He also informed that the home-grown school feeding programme for primary school pupils, will soon commence.

The N-Power is the Federal Government’s Programme, designed to drastically reduce youth unemployment, with focus on providing young graduates and non-graduates with skills, tools and livelihood to enable them advance from unemployment to employment, entrepreneurship and innovation.

The governor applauded the Federal Government for its special intervention projects, which he said, had enhanced the quality of lives of the beneficiaries.

“Let me begin by commending the Federal Government for its social intervention projects across the country, such as the conditional Cash Transfer Scheme (CCT), and the N-Power programme.

“These have been designed to restore livelihoods, economic opportunities and sustenance for the poor and impacted positively on the lives of Nigerians.

“I note with pleasure that about 1,080 households in 360 communities spread across 12 Local Government Areas of the state, have benefited from the first phase of the ongoing Federal Government Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme (CCT).

“We have launched various programmes to guarantee that citizens of the state thrive in their various endeavours”, Ahmed said.

Hillary Clinton Secures Democratic Nomination For President

Hilary ClintonFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party’s 2016 nomination for the White House on Tuesday.

She becomes the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in U.S. history.

Delegates from South Dakota gave Clinton 15 votes, ensuring that she had more than the 2,383 votes needed to win the nomination during a state-by-state roll call at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

After a tough battle with Democratic rival U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Clinton is now the party’s standard-bearer against Republican nominee Donald Trump in the November 8 election.

Supporters of Clinton say her Washington credentials show she has the experience needed for the White House during troubled times as the United States tries to speed up its economic recovery and faces security challenges abroad.

Andrea Leadsom Bows Out Of British PM Race

Andrea-LeadsomUK Minister of State for Energy, Andrea Leadsom, has pulled out of the race to become the next Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader.

The Minister admitted that a nine-week leadership campaign at such a critical time would be “highly undesirable” for the United Kingdom.

She also said that she did not believe she had the adequate backing to lead a strong and stable government.

Mrs Leadsom noted that UK Home Secretary, Theresa May, was the right candidate to succeed Mr David Cameron.

She added that Mrs May was “ideally placed” to implement Brexit, and wished her the “greatest success”.

Mr Cameron had resigned as UK Prime Minister after Britain voted to leave the European Union.

Flanked by his wife Samantha, Mr Cameron said, “The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected.

“The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered.”

David Cameron To Quit After Britain Voted To Leave EU

David Cameron, Migrant Crisis, LibyaDavid Cameron has resigned as Prime Minister after Britain voted to leave the European Union.

Cameron says he will remain as PM for the next three months to “steady the ship”.

Flanked by his wife Samantha, Mr Cameron said, “The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected.

“The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered.”

Britain is to get a new PM by October when Cameron quits.

Cameron explained that there should be a new leader by the time his Conservative Party holds its annual conference in October.

The Prime Minister says Britain requires fresh leadership to negotiate the country’s exit from the EU.

In an emotional speech, he said: “I held nothing back, I was absolutely clear about my belief that Britain is stronger, safer and better off inside the European Union and I made clear the referendum was about this and this alone – not the future of any single politician including myself.

“But the British people have made a very clear decision to take a different path and as such I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction.

“I will do everything I can as Prime Minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months but I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination.

“This is not a decision I’ve taken lightly but I do believe it’s in the national interest to have a period of stability and then the new leadership required.”

Hillary Clinton Gets Required Delegates For Democratic Nomination

Hillary ClintonReports say White House hopeful, Hillary Clinton may have clinched the democratic nomination for US President after reaching the required number of delegates.

An Associated Press (AP) count puts Mrs Clinton on 2,383 – the number needed to make her the presumptive nominee. If confirmed, she will become the first female nominee for a major US political party.

Clinton’s delegate count is expected to grow on Tuesday when six states, including California and New Jersey, hold contests.

Speaking in Long Beach, California, on Monday, Clinton said she was still focused on Tuesday and the votes that may come from those states.

“We are on the brink of a historic, historic unprecedented moment but we still have work to do, don’t we?” she said. “We have six elections tomorrow and are going to fight hard for every single vote, especially right here in California.”

Rival, Bernie Sanders, however, said that Mrs Clinton has not won as she is dependent on super delegates who cannot vote until the party’s July convention.

A Sanders campaign spokesman, Michael Briggs said that it was wrong to count the votes of super delegates before they cast ballots at the Democratic National Convention in July.

“Our job from now until the convention is to convince those super delegates that Bernie is by far the strongest candidate against Donald Trump,” Briggs said in a statement

But the AP said Mrs Clinton reached the threshold with a big win in Puerto-Rico and a burst of last-minute support from super delegates.

Clinton has 1,812 pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses, and Sanders has 1,521. She also has the support of 571 super delegates, according to an AP count, compared to 48 for Sanders.

US Election: Trump, Clinton Win New York Primaries

Donald-Trump-Hillary-ClintonRepublican front runner, Donald Trump, and democrat front runner, Hillary Clinton, are still celebrating after emerging victors in the New York primaries of the United States presidential elections.

The highly anticipated event which took place on Tuesday left Mr Trump with the majority of votes counted as he looks forward to extending his lead over rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich.

The American businessman looked set to take nearly all the 95 Republican delegates at stake.

He said on BBC that his nearest rival, Ted Cruz was “just about mathematically eliminated”.

On the democrat side, Mrs Clinton said that her democratic nomination was in sight after victory over Bernie Sanders.

With more than 98% of the results in, Trump is leading with at least 60% of the vote while Clinton has just under 58%.

Earthquake Kills 77, Injures Scores In Ecuador

Ecuador-earthquakeVice President Jorge Glas says an earthquake has killed at least 77 people and injured more than 500 in Ecuador.

The powerful quake of 7.8 magnitude, which was Ecuador’s largest since 1979, hit at 18:58 on Saturday near the northern town of Muisne.

The mishap has led to an extensive destruction and also destroyed a bridge in Santiago de Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador.

Ecuadorian President, Rafael Correa, who was flying back from a trip to Italy, has announced a state of emergency.

“This is a very painful test. I ask the country to be calm and united (and) let’s be strong, we will overcome this.

“Roads and hospitals can be rebuilt (but) you cannot recover lost lives. That’s what hurts the most,” the President said on BBC.

Pressure Mounts On Russia Over Civilian Deaths In Syria

Russia-putinPressure is increasing on Russia over deaths of civilians in Syria, with France and the US urging greater caution.

French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, and US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said civilians were dying in Russian air strikes.

But Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, said there was “no evidence of our bombing civilians, even though everyone is accusing us of this”.

The BBC quoted one observers’ group as saying that at least 1,015 civilians have been killed in Russian air strikes.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said late last month that close to a quarter of those killed were under the age of 18.

Russia, an ally of Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, has consistently denied hitting civilian targets and insists it is battling terrorists.

Mr Valls said his government “respects Russia and Russia’s interests” but “that to re-discover the path to peace, to discussion, the Russian bombing of civilians has to stop”.

Mr Kerry again accused Russia of using so-called ‘dumb bombs’ in Syria that do not hit precise targets. Last week, he said women and children were being killed “in large numbers” by Russian raids.

Mr Medvedev said Russia was “not trying to achieve some secret goals in Syria”, adding that “we are trying to protect our national interests”.

Their comments were made at a security conference in Munich, days after world powers agreed a deal to push for a cessation of hostilities in Syria within a week.

UN Pledges Support For Nigeria Against Insurgency

UNThe United Nations (UN) has pledged to work more closely with Nigeria in tackling its increasing humanitarian challenges and to support the Nigerian Army’s reviewed counter-insurgency operation in the north-east.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to West Africa, Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, gave this assurance during a visit to the Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Tukur Buratai, in Abuja.
Dr Chambas said that the UN would fully cooperate with the Nigerian authorities and its armed forces to stem the tide of terrorism within its territory.
However, he appealed to the Nigerian armed forces to give attention to the growing humanitarian crisis occasioned by the Boko Haram insurgency.
He said that addressing the humanitarian aspect of the problem would go a long way in winning the confidence of the civil populace.
In response, Major-General Buratai reaffirmed the new focus of the military operation in the north-east, identifying humanitarian assistance and protection of human rights as priority areas.

Earlier, Dr Chambas had visited President Buhari on Friday to discuss issues of insecurity and terrorism.

Budget Implementation Will Be A Major Focus – Gbajabiamila

Femi-GbajabiamilaThe majority leader of the House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila says a 100 per cent budget implementation will be one of the major focus of the 8th Assembly now that the principal officers of the National Assembly have been chosen and the lawmakers are set for work.

Gbajabiamila told Journalists that the 8th Assembly would open up its books to the public with a breakdown of what lawmakers earn to allow public scrutiny and end the unfavourable speculations over salaries of lawmakers at the National Assembly once and for all.

Nigerian Army Pulls Out 33 Generals

nigeria armyThirty-three retired Generals of the Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery were on Friday pulled out of service in Kaduna State, North-west Nigeria.

The retired officers comprise of 12 Major-Generals and 21 Brigadier Generals, including a former General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Lawrence Jokotola.

In a valedictory speech, Major-General Jokotola, who spoke on behalf of the retired generals, expressed hope that the current security challenges in the Northeast are surmountable if only the old ideals of military training, good administration and discipline are maintained.

He commended the Army authorities for re-engaging a number of its retired officers to serve as consultants and instructors at the Nigerian Army School of Artillery (NASA), Kachia in Kaduna State, stating that such sharing of knowledge and expertise will be of immense benefit to the serving officers.

The Generals retired between 2005 and 2013, having served for the mandatory 35 years in service.

Having served their fatherland meritoriously, the officers were formally pulled out at a colourful ceremony that was attended by their friends and family members.

Despite the heavy downpour, a colourful match past and parade were held in honour of the retired Generals.

General Jokotola, in his speech, pledged that the retired officers would continue to keep the Nigerian Flag high by providing timely, accurate and effective fire support in the fight against all forms of external and internal aggression.

The General urged the serving military personnel to continue to be loyal, extra-vigilant, and however expressed the conviction that the Nigerian military would overcome the current security challenges in the country.

Other retirees also expressed their gratitude to the Army and Nigerians for the opportunity to serve the nation.

The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Mr Bala Bantex, who represented the state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai at the occasion, commended the effort of officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces in trying to restore peace to all troubled parts of the country.