Rio Olympics: Nadal And Lopez Win Gold For Spain

Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal, French OpenSpanish tennis players, Rafa Nadal and Marc Lopez won the Olympic men’s doubles tennis title on Friday, after beating Romania’s Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau to win gold for their country.

The Spanish duo beat Mergea and Tecau 6-2 3-6 6-4 to secure their country’s third gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Meanwhile, American duo Steve Johnson and Jack Sock beat Canada’s Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil 6-2 6-4 to clinch bronze.

Seyi Shay Joins United Nations Campaign To Empower Women

Seyi ShayNigerian songstress Seyi Shay has joined artistes from around the world to collaborate on a remake of the Spice Girls’ Wannabe video done 20 years ago.

They include Gigi Lamayne and Moneoa from South Africa, Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez from Sri Lanka, M.O from the UK, Taylor Hatala from Canada and Larsen Thompson from the USA.

The video called #WhatIReallyReallyWant will be viewed by world leaders in September 2016 during the Global Goals week telling them what girls and women really want in 2016.
Directed by MJ Delaney, #WhatiReallyReallyWant focuses on women empowerment as a means of achieving the Global Goals which are a mighty plan to end poverty, fix climate change and address inequalities over the next 15 years.

This will only be possible if they address the needs of the most marginalised first, particularly girls and women.

Project Everyone has convened the first Global Goals campaign for girls and women to fight for Goals which are famous, financed and focused on girls and women.

Seyi-Shay-Child-MarriageDuring the next United Nations General Assembly, world leaders will convene to make informed decisions as the film and campaign will call on people to share a picture of #WhatIReallyReallyWant for girls and women.

The visual response from around the world will then be presented at the UN General Assembly in September.

This demonstration of mass public support for the rights of girls and women will be used to engender new political and financial commitments from governments, in support of their commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals.

The campaign on Wednesday previewed the “#WhatIReallyReallyWant” film at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in partnership with Getty Images and SAWA, the global cinema advertising association.

The film is an updated version of the Spice Girls’ Wannabe music video to reflect the voices of girls and women all over the world telling world leaders what Goals they ‘really really want’ to be achieved to help improve their lives.

These include issues like quality education, an end to violence, an end to child marriage and equal pay for equal work.

Seyi Shay

Seyi Shay is an international recording artist, song writer and performer currently signed to Island Records UK, she has made a name for herself as one of the biggest artists to come out of Africa.

Seyi Shay also known as Oluwaseyi Deborah Joshua was born on December 21st 1985 in London, UK to Nigerian parents.

She spent the majority of her life living in London. Seyi Shay discovered her passion for music at an early age and also got some valuable exposure when she was 14 years old as a member of the London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) headed by Basil Meade, they embarked on a 13-city tour in Japan where they performed in front of hundreds of people.


Cross River To build Canadian International School

Cross River, Canada, Ayade, international schoolThe Cross River State Government has concluded paper work with the Canadian Government in Ottawa, Canada to enable the takeoff of a Canadian international school.

The school will provide learning facilities for primary, secondary and a tertiary institution in Calabar.

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade disclosed this upon arrival at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport following his trip abroad to acquire practical knowledge on how the state can develop in some sectors.

Answering questions from pressmen at the airport, Ayade said that the state decided to partner Canada owing to the fact that the country is rated the best in terms of education in the world.

The Governor said that his administration would stop at nothing in giving the educational sector a face lift which will in turn birth new study system that will encourage learning in schools as practiced in developed countries.

Ayade added that, a builder’s school will also be built in the state to encourage local talents gain international recognition as the state sets to build new cities.

Being away for more than three weeks, the Governor said, he was happy to be back to the state to put into practice all he learnt abroad.

In June 2016, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and the Cross River State Government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on education in Ottawa, Canada.

The MoU signing came barely 24 hours after the Canadian Government and Cross River State concluded a deal on trade and investment.

The President of CBIE, Kate Mebride, signed on behalf of her bureau while Governor Ben Ayade signed for Cross River State Government.


U.S.-Led Coalition Troops Seen Near Front Line In New Iraq Offensive

iran2Servicemen from the U.S.-led coalition were seen near the front line of a new offensive in northern Iraq launched on Sunday by Kurdish peshmerga forces that aim to retake a handful of villages from Islamic State east of their Mosul stronghold.

Reuters says its correspondent saw the soldiers loading armored vehicles outside the village of Hassan Shami, a few miles east of the frontline. They told people present not to take photographs.

They spoke in English but their nationality was not clear. Reuters had earlier reported that they were American but this could not be confirmed officially.

Commenting on the ground deployment of coalition soldiers seen near the battle front, Baghdad-based spokesman for then coalition, U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren, said: “U.S. and coalition forces are conducting advise and assist operations to help Kurdish Peshmerga forces”.

He said he could not confirm which country those seen by Reuters were from.

“They may be Americans, they may be Canadians or from other nationalities,” he said, when told that some forces were reported to be wearing maple leaf patches, the emblem of Canada.

The sighting of the servicemen near the frontline is a measure of the U.S.-led coalition’s deepening involvement on the ground in Iraq as the war against Islamic State approaches its third year.

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the early hours of Sunday launched an attack to dislodge Islamic State fighters from villages located about 20 km (13 miles) east of Mosul on the road to the regional capital, Erbil.

Fighting appeared heavy. Pick up trucks raced back from the frontline with wounded people in the back, and two of the U.S.-led coalition servicemen helped haul one man onto a stretcher.

Gunfire and airstrikes could be heard at a distance, while Apache helicopters flew overhead. One of the villages, Mufti, was captured by mid-day, the Kurdistan Region Security Council said in a statement.

Mosul, with a pre-war population of about 2 million, is the largest city under control of the militants in both Iraq and Syria. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the end of last year expressed hope that the “final victory” in the war on Islamic State would come in 2016 with the capture of Mosul.

About 5,500 Peshmergas are taking part in Sunday’s operation, said the Kurdish Region Security council.

“This is one of the many shaping operations expected to increase pressure on ISIL in and around Mosul in preparation for an eventual assault on the city,” the council said.

The Peshmerga have driven the militants back in northern Iraq last year with the help of airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition, and are positioned around Mosul in an arc running from northwest of the city to southeast.

The Iraqi army is also keeping up the pressure on Islamic State in their stronghold of Falluja, 50 kilometers (32 miles) west of Baghdad, in central Iraq.

Backed by Shi’ite militias on the ground and airstrikes from the U.S.-led coalition, the army is about to complete the encirclement of the city in an operation that started on May 23, state TV said Sunday citing military statements.

Counter-terrorism forces specialised in urban warfare have taken up positions around Falluja and should begin advancing in inside the city when the encirclement is complete, the TV said.

U.S. Oil Hits Seven-Month High As Inventory Drops

oilU.S. crude prices hit seven-month highs on Tuesday on expectations of lower U.S. stockpiles and after wildfires threatened anew Canadian oil supplies, but pared some gains due to the potential for higher Libyan output.

U.S. crude inventories likely fell a second straight week last week, declining by around 3.2 million barrels, a Reuters poll of analysts said.

In Canada, energy producers were hit with fresh disruptions after a massive wildfire burning around the oil sands hub of Fort McMurray, Alberta, shifted north, forcing the evacuation of about 4,000 people from work camps.

The combined factors drove U.S. crude’s West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures to mid-October highs. Brent crude futures reprised November peaks reached on Monday.

Prices came off their highs after a deal struck in Vienna between rival Libyan oil factions indicated the first step towards restoring crude production mostly shut down in the North African country. Traders were also eyeing the restart soon of some of the shut Nigerian output.

WTI’s front-month was up 49 cents, or one percent, at $48.21 a barrel by 10:59 a.m. EDT (1459 GMT), after a seven-month high at $48.42.

Brent crude’s front-month rose 42 cents to $49.39, off the six-month high of $49.47 reprised from the previous session.

On Monday, WTI rallied more than two per cent while Brent three per cent on worries over Nigerian and Venezuelan outages and as long-time bear Goldman Sachs sounded more positive on the market.

“All in all, this feels like a complex that still possess enough bullish momentum to boost nearby WTI values to above the $50 mark, while bolstering July Brent to as high as the $53-54 area,” said Jim Ritterbusch of Chicago-based oil markets consultancy Ritterbusch & Associates.

But some prominent banks in commodities, such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAM) and Switzerland’s UBS, said the rally could fade.

“As refiners prepare to go into maintenance, we thus reiterate our end of 3Q16 target for WTI of $39 per barrel,” BAM said in a note, citing typical weakness for oil in the third quarter.

It suggested investors sell WTI “into event-driven stress at $45.75.”

UBS raised its longer-term upward target for Brent to $55 a barrel from $47, but remained bearish near-term.

“Although a smaller market surplus reduces the risk of prices hitting $30 a barrel in the short run, temporary price setbacks towards $36 mark our base case,” it said.

Traders will be looking out for more U.S. crude inventory data due from industry group, the American Petroleum Institute, after market settlement at 4:30 p.m. EDT (2030 GMT). The U.S. government will issue official stockpiles data on Wednesday.

FG Asks Police To Eradicate Custodial Violence Against Suspects

Police Custodial ViolenceThe Nigerian government has advised the police to work towards eradicating custodial violence against suspects and other detainees in their custody.

It also asked the police to ensure an improved investigation and prosecution of suspected criminals.

In a speech delivered at the inaugural Strategic Police Management Conference organised by the Nigeria Police Force on Friday, the Economic Adviser to the President, Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu, stressed that the idea of confessional statement obtained by the police was militating against the successful prosecution of criminals.

He said most confessional statements were often disputed in court, as the suspects claim such statements were written under duress.

At the conference held in Abuja were senior police officers, who gathered to brainstorm and fashion out ways of effective and intelligence-based policing.

The Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, called on Nigerians to support the police in becoming effective social arbiters.

The convener of the conference and Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, also decried the inadequate training opportunities for senior police officers.

Issues to be discussed at the two-day conference include investigation of custodial violence; a comparative analysis of Canada, USA, UK and South Africa and strategies for managing the multiple demands of policing in democratic conditions.

Novak Djokovic Reacts To Monte Carlo Defeat

Novak-Djokovic-Andy-Murray-Tennis-Monte-CarloDefending champion, Novak Djokovic, has reacted to his exit from the Monte Carlo Masters after losing to Jiri Vesely.

Djokovic played down reports that an early exit from the competition would aid his chances of winning the French Open at Roland Garros this year.

Unseeded Vesely stunned the world’s number one 6-4 2-6 6-4 to hand Djokovic his second defeat this year.

The organisers of the Monte Carlo Masters said that it was the defending champion’s earliest defeat in the last three seasons.

Vesely came out strongly to win the first set 6-4 as Djokovic seemed to lack his usual speed around the court.

On the flip side, second seeded Andy Murray had to work hard to scale through to the quarter-finals of the competition.

The two-time Grand Slam winner dropped the first set to Benoit Paire of France, and risked losing the second before equaling the scores.

He took just over two and a half hours to finish the match, winning the third set 7-5.

Murray goes on to play Canada’s Milos Raonic, who beat Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Canada Shootings: Four Killed In Saskatchewan

La Loche community school, canadaAt least four people have been killed and several others injured after a gunman opened fire in a community school and another location in Canada.

Officials said that a male suspect is now in custody and children had been moved to safety after the shootings at La Loche community school.

Earlier, the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, said that five people had been killed, but this was later corrected.

The school shooting was “every parent’s worst nightmare”, Mr Trudeau said.

The Prime Minister, who was speaking in Davos, Switzerland, also praised “the first responders, who acted quickly and bravely”.

The Chief Superintendent of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Maureen Levy, said “a call came in Friday afternoon about a shooting at a school in La Loche.

“Officers went to the La Loche Community School, arrested a suspect and seized his weapon”, he said.

In addition to the school, police are investigating a shooting at a residence in the town of about 2,600 people, Levy said.

Donald Trump Jabs Ted Cruz Over His Canada Birth

Donald Trump and Ted CruzRepublican frontrunner, Donald Trump, has attacked his fellow republican presidential contender, Ted Cruz, over his birth in Canada.

The BBC reported that in the latest Republican debate for White House hopefuls, Mr Trump told his rival, “There’s a big question mark over your head.”

The constitution mandates the President be a “natural born citizen” of the US.

Cruz forcefully responded to Trump’s accusations that he is not eligible to be President because he was born in Canada – a controversy that Trump has only recently embraced.

“Back in September, my friend Donald said he had his lawyers look at this in every which way,” Cruz said. “There was nothing to this birther issue.”

He added, “Since September, the Constitution hasn’t changed. But the poll numbers have.”

Issues of national security, the economy and foreign policy also played heavily in the debate.

In the polls, the pair are leading the five other candidates, who were also on the stage in North Charleston.

The debate came just two weeks before the first real test of the campaign, when voters in Lowa picked their Republican and Democratic choices for President.

The event, hosted by Fox Business Network, came after days of Mr Cruz and Mr Trump taking shots at each other, shattering a months-long period of goodwill between the two men.

The start of hostilities began a week ago when the billionaire businessman started raising questions about whether the Texas senator’s birth in Canada put his eligibility in doubt.

But on the debate stage on Thursday night, Mr Cruz said there was “zero chance” of a lawsuit succeeding because the Constitution’s definition of “natural born citizens” included people born to an American parent.

Mr Cruz was born in Calgary to an American mother and a Cuban father.

But the business mogul stood firm, noting that a Harvard law scholar had raised doubts and Mr Cruz could face lawsuits by Democrats wishing to challenge his qualification.

Lawmaker, Canadian Group Build Primary School In Abia

SchoolA federal legislator has partnered with the Challenge AIDS and Malaria in Africa (CHAMA) to build a six classroom block primary school in Abia State.

The representative of Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal constituency, Honourable Uko Nkole and the CHAMA team, led by Mr Olugha Ukpai paid a visit to the site of the ongoing project in Ndeaku, Ohafia to ascertain the pace of work.

The Ndeaku people over the years, have yearned for a conducive primary school for their children but got none.

Speaking on behalf of the people of Ndeaku, the traditional ruler of Nde Aku Ohafia, Eze Anaso Lekwa, commended the gesture of the lawmaker and the orginisation.

He said that they had hoped for the development for at least 40 years, shortly after the government took over schools in 1976 and demolished the only thatched shanty building they were using for learning in the 60s.

He said that the only alternative available was to walk for about seven kilometres to a neighbouring town of Okagbue Ohafia to acquire learning.

According to some residents, Chinyere Lekwa and Nwafor Ebieke, the situation had led to the community having several school dropouts who have had to consider the option of learning trades and abandoning education.

The new school being built by Hon. Uko Nkole is expected to be completed in six months with all the learning facilities in place.

The gesture by the lawmaker and CHAMA, an organisation based in Canada, is part of efforts to improve the standard of education at the rural areas.

Ezekwesili Expresses Disappointment Over Abducted Chibok Girls

ezekwesiliThe Co-Convener, Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), Oby Ezekwesili has expressed disappointment with the rescue efforts and lack of intelligence on the 219 abducted Chibok girls.

Mrs Ezekwesili mentioned that today makes it 626 days since the Chibok girls were abducted, and day 606 since the commencement of the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign started at the Unity Fountain Abuja.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Programme, Mrs Ezekwesili said that the remark on lack of intelligence on the girls’ where about by  the President during the media chat is a “shocking signal of the fact that the collapse of the nation’s institution is deeper than anyone could be comfortable to live in.

“There should be no country that would not have some pieces of information on what happened to one citizen or 219 girls” she added.

The Co-convener explained that on July 8, at a meeting  with the President and some members of the BBOG and parents of the girls, the president assured that his government will exhaust all options possible to ensure the girls are rescued.

She added that in August a gentle reminder was also sent to the government but there was no response. She questioned the  intelligence support that came from  International communities such as US, UK, Israel, France, Canada, Australia.

She cautioned that the government must be seen to be living up to their responsibilities.

Support Our Efforts To Check Oil Sector Corruption, Buhari Tells Commonwealth

powerPresident Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has urged the international community to support his government’s efforts to curb corruption in the oil and gas industry.

The President made the demand on Saturday at a group meeting of Commonwealth leaders on corruption held in Malta and chaired by Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain.

He said that corruption in the oil sector and outright theft of Nigeria’s crude oil had been exacerbated by the culture of impunity which reigned under previous administrations.

The President further stated that corruption in the sector had also thrived because of the ease of transferring illicit funds abroad and the institutional protection given to corrupt officials in the past.

“Now that we have the political will to stop impunity, we need the cooperation and assistance of the international community.

“We must all work together to compel multinational oil companies, international financial institutions and international shipping lines to stop aiding and abetting corruption in the oil sector in Nigeria,” President Buhari told the gathering which included the leaders of Australia, Canada, Singapore, Malta, Sri Lanka, Botswana and Trinidad and Tobago.

Need To Reject Corruption

In his opening remarks at the meeting, Prime Minister Cameron said that the Commonwealth and the international community must do more to fight corruption and promote good governance.

“We care passionately about this issue of fighting corruption. In my view, this issue needs to have a much higher billing on the international agenda, not just because fighting corruption is right in itself, but because all the other things we want to achieve as countries and members of the Commonwealth depend on our success in doing so.

“If we want fair economic growth, we need to reject corruption. If we want to see fair and sustainable development, we need to deal with corruption. I think this is an absolutely vital issue. It is an issue for all of us because so much of the money stolen from developing countries is hidden in developed countries.

“So dealing with money laundering, dealing with beneficial ownership and making sure we stop stolen money being hidden away in developed countries is absolutely vital,” the British Prime Minister said.

In an earlier meeting, President Buhari had asked for the support of the Commonwealth in the war on terror currently going in Nigeria’s north-east and other countries that may have been affected by the scourge of terrorism.