Category: General

Osinbajo off to Niger Delta to checkmate crisis

Osinbajo off to Niger Delta to checkmate crisis

Osinbajo off to Niger Delta to checkmate crisis

In further efforts to address the Niger Delta situation, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, is to visit a number of oil communities in the region.

His visit which is billed to take him across some Niger Delta states begins Monday, January 16, 2017, with a visit to Delta State, after which he is also to visit Bayelsa and Rivers States at a later date to be announced soon.

According to a statement by Laolu Akande, a Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the vice president, at these visits, Osinbajo will lead high-level delegations of the Federal Government that will interact with leaders and representatives of the oil-producing communities.

This, he said is in continuation of ongoing outreach efforts of the Buhari administration towards a long lasting and permanent resolution of the Niger Delta crisis.

“The Buhari presidency is fully committed to having an effective dialogue and positive engagement that will end the crisis in the oil-producing areas, and believes that these visits would further boost the confidence necessary for the attainment of peace and prosperity in the areas and the Nigerian nation in general”, the statement said.

Renewed hostilities in the oil rich Niger Delta area has led to a reduction in the quantity of crude oil coming out of the region, causing a significant reduction to government’s income.

by Ripples Nigeria.

Falz closes in on deal to become ambassador for Blackberry Messenger

Falz closes in on deal to become ambassador for Blackberry Messenger

Falz closes in on deal to become ambassador for Blackberry Messenger

 

The year 2016 is surely a good one for talented musician cum comic actor Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz the Bahd Guy.

Falz who has established his own label known as Bahd Guys Records impressed many when he bagged Best International Act at the BET awards and the Best Comedian in a Movie at the AMVCA’s this year- the first Nigerian entertainer to win awards in music and the movies.

The entertainer who has bagged several endorsements deals notably with MTN and GIGM.com and whose style of comedy delivery was used as a case study for a University student’s project, revealed that he is up to something with Blackberry.

Falz revealed on social media that he is close to sealing a deal to become a brand ambassador for Blackberry Messenger.

The gifted act who squealed recently that he got his funny accent through God’s anointing did not however reveal much details about the deal but noted that it is in the pipeline.

Sources: Ripples

Hope for naira as economy receives $1.5bn diaspora boost

Hope for naira as economy receives $1.5bn diaspora boost

Hope for naira as economy receives $1.5bn diaspora boost

Policy makers have remained upbeat on their expectations of naira rise in value as Nigerians abroad plan to repatriate about $1.5 billion into the country, between December and January.

This is part of the outcome of a series of meetings in Europe and America by a special committee made up of officials from the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Diaspora, representatives of CBN and Ministry of Finance, in September 2016.

A report by the committee says there is a strong commitment from most of the Nigerians in US and Europe to use the Christian holiday to visit home and contribute to the efforts at the country recovering from its recession.

“Ordinarily, the Yuletide is the period of increased business transactions, but this year’s will be different given the positive responses from most Nigerians, who have good investments abroad.

“From our calculation, naira is expected to gain, at least five per cent instead of the usual loss in value as have always been the case during the season,” an official said.

The local currency exchanged, on Thursday, at N485 to a dollar on the parallel market from 480 last week, but traded at N320 at the interbank market.

However, CBN said it was working on the possibility of having naira’s exchange to dollar hover around 305 to a dollar before the end of the year.

“Demand for the dollar is seen dropping ahead of the Christmas as businesses gradually wind down, while dollar flows from Nigerians in Diaspora visiting home on holiday is expected to increase supply in the market,” an official told Ripples Nigeria.

Sources: Ripples

Facebook launches voter’s guide for US elections

Facebook launches voter’s guide for US elections

Facebook launches voter’s guide for US elections

Facebook has launched a new tool that directs voters to information about candidates such as stances on issues, endorsements, recent Facebook posts and campaign websites.
Within the guide, you can add a candidate to your favorites list in order to walk into the voting booth with a detailed list of preferred candidates. After making all your selections, Facebook included a tool at the bottom of the voter guide to email yourself a copy of that preferred list.
Describing the motivation about creating a voter guide, Facebook product marketing manager Jeremy Galen said “We are encouraging civic engagement because we want to make it easier for people to participate and have a voice in the political process…We want to help people get information about the candidates and issues all the way down the ballot.”
sources: Ripples Nigeria 

Boko Haram kills 5 soldiers, wounds 19 in ambush

Boko Haram kills 5 soldiers, wounds 19 in ambush

Boko Haram insurgents on Sunday ambushed troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole at Ugundiri Village, Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

The insurgents, according to a statement by the Army spokesman, Col Sani Usman, the ambush led to the death 5 soldiers, 3 vigilantes and 1 Civilian JTF. Also, 19 soldiers and 1 Civilian JTF sustained various degrees of injuries.

The statement reads: “Operation LAFIYA DOLE troops carrying out clearance operations on suspected Boko Haram terrorists hideouts in Talala and Ajigin, southern part of Borno State, were ambushed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists at Ugundiri village, Damboa Local Government Area, Borno State, while returning to base after clearance operations yesterday.

“Unfortunately, 5 soldiers, 3 vigilantes and 1 Civilian JTF lost their lives during the ambush, while 19 soldiers and 1 Civilian JTF sustained various degrees of injuries.

“The bodies of the late soldiers and civilians have been evacuated to Maiduguri while the injured are receiving commensurate medical care and are in stable condition.

“The troops destroyed the terrorists’ Gun truck and recovered 2 Anti-Aircraft guns, 2 spare Gun barrels, 1 General Purpose Machine Gun, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade, 1 AK-47 Rifle and 320 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

“Troops have been mobilized into blocking positions to further neutralize fleeing Boko Haram terrorists.

“Please recall that another set of troops had earlier cleared Zira, Abulam, Dusula, and Buk villages before returning to base in Bulabulin.

“In a related development, based on information received about gathering of some suspected Boko Haram terrorists around Bori village, which is 16 kilometres away from Mainok, outskirts of Maiduguri, troops swung into action and neutralized them.

“The troops recovered 3 Motorcycles, 1 hand Grenade, 1 round of 7.62mm ammunition, Solar panel, a pair of Niger Republic military camouflage uniform, 1 Gionee mobile telephone handset, 1 Wet Cell battery and half bag of groundnut”, the statement read.

sources: Ripples Nigeria

 

Astronomers find new star surrounded by circumstellar disk

Astronomers find new star surrounded by circumstellar disk

A group of citizen scientists and professional astronomers have discovered a star surrounded by the oldest known circumstellar disk — a primordial ring of gas and dust that orbits around a young star and from which planets can form as the material collides and aggregates.

Led by Steven Silverberg of University of Oklahoma, the team described a newly identified red dwarf star with a warm circumstellar disk, of the kind associated with young planetary systems. Circumstellar disks around red dwarfs like this one are rare to begin with, but this star, called AWI0005x3s, appears to have sustained its disk for an exceptionally long time.

“Most disks of this kind fade away in less than 30 million years,” said Silverberg. “This particular red dwarf is a candidate member of the Carina stellar association, which would make it around 45 million years old [like the rest of the stars in that group]. It’s the oldest red dwarf system with a disk we’ve seen in one of these associations.”

The discovery relied on citizen scientists from Disk Detective, a project led by NASA/GSFC’s Dr. Marc Kuchner that’s designed to find new circumstellar disks. At the project’s website, DiskDetective.org, users make classifications by viewing ten-second videos of data from NASA surveys, including the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission (WISE) and Two-Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) projects.

sources: Ripples Nigeria.

Lawyers protest against DSS in Abuja, say it must obey court orders

Lawyers protest against DSS in Abuja, say it must obey court orders

Lawyers in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Monday took to the streets in protest against what they called the continual disobedience of court orders by the Deprtment of State Services, DSS.

The lawyers, in their thousands and supported by members of the civil society, stormed the Federal High Court Headquarters in Maitama, the Attorney General’s office, National Human Rights Commission.

However, an attempt to march to the seat of power, Aso Rock, was resisted by security agents who prevented them from advancing towards the Three Arms Zone.

The protesting lawyers also insisted that judges must not step down from cases involving the DSS, saying doing so would mean victory for tyranny and intimidation.

The lawyers also called judiciary workers in the country to embark on strike until the DSS obeys all pending orders.

sources: Ripples Nigeria