‘B’ sample confirms Nigerian gold medallist’s Commonwealth Games doping
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has confirmed that weightlifter Chika Amalaha has been suspended from the Commonwealth Games after her backup doping sample came back positive.
The 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter, who won gold in the women’s 53kg category last Friday, was provisionally suspended from Glasgow 2014 earlier this week after failing a drugs test. Read more
Israel-Hamas ceasefire collapses
The Israeli military has told people in Gaza it is resuming operations, saying Hamas broke a planned 72-hour ceasefire just hours after it had begun.
The army said it had warned residents to stay indoors.
Palestinian sources said at least 30 people had been killed in an Israeli attack in Gaza. Israel said it was in response to rocket fire from Hamas.
Some 1,460 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died in the conflict and 63 Israelis, mostly soldiers. Read more
NFF: No Emergency Congress
The Nigeria Football Federation has tagged the news making the rounds about a group of persons who claimed that an emergency congress of the NFF held in Abuja on Thursday, 31st of July, 2014 a ruse.
According to a statement from the NFF assistant director of communication, Ademola Olajire, the NFF rose from its meeting on Wednesday, 30th July to postpone the emergency congress earlier scheduled for Thursday. Read more
Senate committee on Education Slams Aregbesola on Osun Schools
The Senate committee on Education, has taken a swipe at the education project of the Rauf Aregbesola’s led administration in the state of Osun.
According to a member of the committee, Senator Uche Chukwumerije, “two years ago when the Senate Committee on Education visited Osun State as part of its oversight functions, I had cause to commend the education policies of Rauf Aregbesola”.
“Over 700 days down the line, a lot of water has passed under the bridge with many insisting that those policies were merely on paper”. Read more
FMDQ Reiterates Commitment to Market Efficiency, Transparency
THE Financial Market Dealers Quotation (FMDQ) OTC Plc, has stressed its commitment to continue to focus on market efficiency by creating innovative products that would drive liquidity and transparency in the market.
The Managing Director, Bola Onadele, while addressing shareholders at the second yearly general meeting of the company in Lagos yesterday said the company was committed to the transformation of the nation’s OTC financial market. Read more
GOP-led House authorizes lawsuit against Obama
The Republican-led House approved a resolution on Wednesday authorizing Speaker John Boehner to sue President Barack Obama over claims he abused his powers at the expense of Congress and the Constitution.
The vote was 225-201.
Republicans argue Obama’s executive orders in a number of areas were unlawful because it’s the job of Congress to make or change laws. But they believe his handling of the Affordable Care act gives them the best chance at proving their case, and are basing the suit on that issue. Read more.
Rebels ambush convoy in east Ukraine
Separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine have ambushed a government troop column, killing at least 10 soldiers, close to where flight MH17 crashed.
A military spokesman confirmed 10 deaths but Ukrainian media say as many as 20 died in the overnight attack.
The rebels say they destroyed more than 30 vehicles while unverified video shows bodies around a burning vehicle.
A team of 70 Dutch and Australian forensic experts has arrived at the crash site. Read more
US: CIA spied on Senate, internal review finds
The CIA’s insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency’s internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers.
Five agency employees — two lawyers and three computer specialists— improperly accessed Senate intelligence committee computers earlier this year in a dispute over interrogation documents, according to a summary of a CIA inspector general report describing the results of an internal investigation. Then, despite CIA Director John Brennan ordering a halt to that operation, the CIA’s office of security began an unauthorized investigation that led it to review the emails of Senate staffers and search them for key words. Read more
Nigeria: NNPC, NAOC On Collision Over Award of JV Contract
The National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) are heading for a collision over the award of multi-million dollar maintenance service contract for gas turbines and related equipment for OB/OB, Ebocha and Kwale Gas plants in Delta State, THISDAY has learnt.
THISDAY gathered that while NAPIMS has directed NAOC, operator of NNPC/NAOC Joint Venture to award the joint venture contract to Arco Petrochemical Limited, the Italian firm has insisted on awarding the contract to Plantgeria, a local firm being put forward by NAOC. Read more
Govt to Deploy More Female Security Operatives
Following the recent dimension adopted by the Boko Haram of using female suicide bombers, the Federal Government has announced that there will be deployment of more female security operatives to check women.
The Police Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, disclosed this in Abuja at a briefing on the abducted Chibok schoolgirls and the security situation in the country. Read more
Tension in Ibadan over planned removal of NURTW boss
There was tension in Ibadan on Thursday, as a cross-section of motor park touts were spreading falsehood of the removal of the state chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Taofeek Oyerinde, (alias Fele) through impeachment.
The impeachment, it was gathered, followed alleged threat to the lives of the Deputy-Chairman of the union, Abideen Olajide and the State Auditor, Kasali Lawal, a development said to have led to crisis within the union.
But, as at Thursday, it could be confirmed that the impeachment was yet to be carried out, as the chairman, Oyerinde, was still seen in charge at the Olomi state secretariat of the union. Read more
Nigerian student wins audience with Sir Richard Branson with smartphone farmers’ app
A smartphone app for farmers has earned a Middlesex University student a business master class with Sir Richard Branson after he won a competition to find outstanding Nigerian entrepreneurs.
Creative Technologies masters student Nasir Abdulqadir Yammama beat thousands of competitors to win the Enterprise Challenge – an online competition run by the British Council and Virgin Atlantic, in partnership with Zenith Bank. Read more
Basketmouth reacts to a report on his income and assets, says it’s exaggerated
Comedian Basketmouth has reacted to a report by Vanguard which was published last week where he was estimated to worth so much money. In the publication, the newspaper said the comedian has two choice properties in Lekki worth N350million, N60million home he built for his mum, a Kia Quoris saloon car worth over N12m, a Honda Crosstour, and 3 other brand new SUV’s which cost over N70m plus s a Cherokee SUV, an Hyundai Elantra, and a 2013 customized Opel Insignia. They also said he makes N60million annually from his comedy shows and made one million pounds from his recent Basketmouth Uncensored show which held in four cities in the UK. Read more