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    Did CIA Dupe Danish Double Spy Agent Marten Storm of $5 million USD? When first revealed, Morten Storm's account of his life as a double agent inside al Qaeda sent shockwaves through Denmark's political and intelligence establishment. The first accounts came in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in October 2012. In those articles, and in his new memoir "Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA," which we co-authored, Storm recounted how after being recruited by Danish intelligence agency PET, he helped the CIA target several al Qaeda terrorists for assassination, most notably the American terrorist cleric Anwar a-Awlaki, who was killed in a CIA drone strike in September 2011. The allegations have proven explosive in Denmark, where it is illegal for the government to take part in targeted killings. Storm says his Danish handlers set up and attended meetings he had with the CIA in Denmark and overseas at which plans to track down terrorists were set in motion. He says Danish intelligence was fully aware the Americans planned to use lethal force. Storm has significant corroborating evidence to back up his claim. He provided us with several hours of secret iPhone recordings of meetings and phone calls with his Danish and American intelligence handlers during which several of the kill missions were discussed. CNN has not been able to independently authenticate the recordings, but the time the electronic files were first created were consistent with his account. One of the recordings was of a meeting he says was set up with his PET and CIA handlers at a Danish resort a week after al-Awlaki was killed. On the tape, Storm makes clear to an American interlocutor that he and Danish intelligence had been key to getting al-Awlaki: "We took initiative to create this because the Americans failed in their attempt to hit Anwar, they failed in their attempts to trace Anwar al-Awlaki, the Americans have failed in every single attempt to arrest or kill Anwar al-Awlaki, except when we went in, we traced him down again, created contacts with him, now he is dead, because of the work we have done." Agent claims he had been promised $5 million In the same recording, the American can be heard telling Storm that President Barack Obama knew about his contribution to the al-Awlaki mission, "We had our whole project going forward -- of which you played the highest role,' he said. But the American denied Storm provided the critical breakthrough, frustrating Storm, who told CNN he had been promised $5 million if he led the CIA to the terrorist cleric. It was after this meeting he first made contact with the Danish newspaper. After Jyllands-Posten first broke the story, PET refused to confirm or deny Storm's claims. "Out of consideration for PET's operational work, the PET neither can nor will confirm publicly that specific persons have been used as sources by the PET," it said. "However, the PET does not participate in or support operations where the objective is to kill civilians. The PET did therefore not contribute to the military operation that led to the killing of al-Awlaki in Yemen," then-PET director Jakob Scharf stated. Neither PET nor the CIA responded to CNN's requests for further comment. Storm's revelations led Danish parliamentarians to demand new oversight rules for PET. In January 2013, Storm met with several of them in Copenhagen. Denmark's Ministry of Justice announced it would set up a supervisory board to oversee the Danish intelligence agency, without acknowledging Storm was the reason. Then-Justice Minister Morten Bodskov said the new board would strike "the right balance that will ensure that we have an effective intelligence agency and a good rule of law." But the government resisted calls from opposition MP's for a full parliamentary inquiry. After the publication of another Jyllands-Posten article in March 2013, with fresh evidence retrieved from Storm's cell phones, Storm's account received heavyweight backing from Denmark's former spy chief. Hans Jorgen Bonnichsen, Scharf's predecessor as head of PET, told Danish television that the corroborating evidence presented in the Danish media suggested the PET had used Storm to track down terrorist operatives overseas to help the U.S. target them for assassination. Bonnischen was at the helm of the intelligence agency in the period before Storm says he was recruited as an agent. In late 2013, a political scandal forced the resignations of PET Director Scharf and Interior Minister Bodskov after it emerged Scharf had instructed subordinates to obtain information on the movements of a Danish MP. Reforms may be coming in Denmark The revelations put Storm's story back in the public spotlight. Bonnichsen sharpened his criticism of PET, asserting the disclosures on Danish involvement in assassination plans overseas were so serious there was a basis for a criminal investigation. At the end of the year the beleaguered agency was put under more pressure when Jyllands-Posten disclosed PET's refusal to offer Storm protection after ISIS linked militants in Syria threatened his life in a video. "Is it really a satisfactory way for the security services to carry out their task in that it takes three weeks before you answer a former employee who -- rightly -- felt threatened by Islamists?' the chairman of the Danish People's Party told the newspaper. Storm now lives in hiding in an undisclosed location in the UK, and says he currently receives no protection from any Western intelligence service. In April 2014, the pressure on Denmark increased further when the Open Society Foundation, a New York based legal advocacy group, called on Denmark to acknowledge its role in al-Awlaki's killing and announced it had filed freedom of information requests with the Danish government regarding Storm. "Danish officials have refused to respond specifically and meaningfully to numerous questions posed on this subject by the legal affairs committee of Denmark's parliament," a press release by the group stated. "The evidence that has been revealed by Jyllands-Posten, is very worrying. They show that PET actively cooperated with the CIA in the operation to track down and kill Anwar al-Awlaki. They show that PET was eager to cover up his role in the program. They show that PET was trying to hide the truth from the Danish public. The evidence suggests that PET may have violated the Danish Criminal Code provisions relating to murder and international legal prohibitions on, among others, the right to life, among other laws. These are very serious offenses," Amrit Singh, the senior legal officer for national security and counterterrorism for the Open Society Justice Initiative, told Jyllands Posten. Bonnischen told CNN new oversight rules for PET are now being discussed which would require the agency to submit an annual report to a parliamentary oversight committee on how many agents it was running and how they were being run. Magnus Ranstorp, one of Scandinavia's leading counterterrorism academics, told CNN Storm's revelations had "opened a Pandora's box of ethical problems which will probably lead in the future to PET's ability or leeway to act being restricted." It is rare indeed for an intelligence informant to go public about his work. In Storm's case the disclosures may change the law -- and radically change the way his former employer works. source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/17/world/agent-morten-storm/Did CIA Dupe Danish Double Spy Agent Marten Storm of $5 million USD? When first revealed, Morten Storm's account of his life as a double agent inside al Qaeda sent shockwaves through Denmark's political and intelligence establishment. The first accounts came in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten i...See more
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    Telangana government to set up Data Analytics Park, SME Tower. The Telangana government is mulling setting up a " Data Analytics Park" and a tower to house SMEs in the information technology sector
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    CEO who set firm's minimum wage at $70,000 hits hard times. An American man who was criticised for raising the minimum wage of his employees is now renting out his home after his business ran into trouble A CEO from Seattle has been forced to rent out his home after his business suffered when he raised the minimum wage to $70,000. Dan Price, 31, made headlines in the US three months ago when he made the decision to increase the salaries of all 120 staff members at his Gravity Payments credit card processing firm. However, the move, which included Mr Price taking a pay cut, has not ended well, with two employees resigning and several customers walking away as well as part of a backlash against the payrises. “I’m working as hard as I ever worked to make it work,” he told the New York Times. “I’m renting out my house right now to try and make ends meet myself.” Mr Price lost two of his "most valued" employees when they became angry that lower-skilled workers were being paid a similar salary. Some customers left the company because they thought that raising the minimum wage was a political move that could also end up costing them more. “There’s no perfect way to do this and no way to handle complex workplace issues that doesn’t have any downsides or trade-offs,” Mr Price said. source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11778597/CEO-who-set-firms-minimum-wage-at-70000-hits-hard-times.htmlCEO who set firm's minimum wage at $70,000 hits hard times. An American man who was criticised for raising the minimum wage of his employees is now renting out his home after his business ran into trouble A CEO from Seattle has been forced to rent out his home after his business suffered when he ra...See more
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    Snoop Dogg stopped by Italian police and $211,000 cash seized. Snoop Dogg has had another run-in with European authorities. The news agency ANSA said the rapper was stopped on Saturday by financial police in southern Italy while carrying $422,000 in cash, well above the limit that can legally be transported across European Union borders without being declared. Snoop Dogg: I was racially profiled by Swedish police Read more Snoop Dogg, who has been touring Europe after releasing the album Bush earlier this year, will have to pay a fine, said Andrea Parisi, his lawyer. “We clarified everything from a legal point of view,” Parisi told Reuters on Saturday. “The money came from concerts he had performed around Europe. There was no crime; it was just an administrative infraction.” Half of the cash was given back to Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, while the other half was being held by Italian authorities until the amount of the fine was determined, Parisi said. The incident comes less than a week after Snoop Dogg was briefly stopped in Sweden, on suspicion of drug use, and afterwards claimed that he had been a victim of racial profiling. The rapper was questioned and tested for suspected drug use north of the capital. Authorities said test results would not be available for some time. Snoop Dogg played in Calabria on Friday night, and was scheduled to perform on Sunday at the Kendal Calling Festival in Britain. The rapper has repeated convictions for possession of marijuana. In July 2012, he was banned from entering Norway for two years after being found in possession of eight grams of the drug, as well nearly £18,000 ($28,119) of Norwegian currency. source: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/aug/01/snoop-dogg-stopped-italian-police-cash-seizedSnoop Dogg stopped by Italian police and $211,000 cash seized. Snoop Dogg has had another run-in with European authorities. The news agency ANSA said the rapper was stopped on Saturday by financial police in southern Italy while carrying $422,000 in cash, well above the limit that can legally be tr...See more
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    Review allocations of oil blocs, PENGASSAN tells Buhari. ABUJA — THE Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, has alleged that the allocation of oil blocs in the country lacked transparency and has urged president Muhammadu Buhari to review the process. The association has also told Mr. President to declare a state of emergency in the oil sector to have permanent solution to the myriads of problems bedevilling the sector. President of PENGASSAN, Comrade Francis Johnson, who made the allegation while delivering an address at the 4th Triennial Delegate Conference of Total E & P Branch of PENGASSAN in Abuja, weekend, alleged that lack of transparency in the allocation and transfer of oil blocks had remained one of the key factors affecting the oil and gas industry in the country. Johnson said what the sector required was not cosmetic but rather a holistic approach which he said was the reason why it had become necessary to declare a state of emergency on the sector bearing in mind that it is the main stay of the country,s economy. According to him: “The association is using this forum to restate its call on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the oil and gas industry in view of the highlighted challenges bedeviling the industry. “When you are talking about allocation of oil blocks, under normal circumstances the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, in conjunction with the minister will do land tripping or something that is transparent, it must be opened. But what is on ground now at present does not represent that. “That is why we are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the issue; and we said that for the oil and gas sector to grow as expected by all Nigerians, the government must declare a state of emergency. “Look at the issue of oil subsidy, there are many challenges and anything the government plans to do apart from holding that forum, where we will all sit down and discuss the issues will just be cosmetics; because this industry is the main stay of the economy of this country. So, we need to sit down, and if necessary give it publicity just like it was done during the Oputa panel.” He also enumerated other challenges confronting the industry to include crude oil theft, pipeline vandalisation, irregular Joint Venture Funding and Non payment of JV Cash Calls, state of the refineries and fuel subsidy claims. Others, according to him were the poor condition of access roads to operational locations (refineries, depots, among others), non- passage of Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, and divestment by IOCs. source: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/review-allocations-of-oil-blocs-pengassan-tells-buhari/Review allocations of oil blocs, PENGASSAN tells Buhari. ABUJA — THE Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, has alleged that the allocation of oil blocs in the country lacked transparency and has urged president Muhammadu Buhari to review the process. The associat...See more
  • Nollywood and Ebola Movie
    Following the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria about a year ago, a movie centred on the true-life story of men and women who risked their lives and made sacrifices to save others from the consequences of the outbreak of the highly dreaded disease is set for production. The movie, '93 Days' is a compelling human story of dedication, sacrifice, resilience and survival.

    93 Days will be directed by Steve Gukas, and produced by Bolanle Austen-Peters, Dotun Olakunri and Steve Gukas demonstrates the bravery of the late Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh and her colleagues during their encounter with the late American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer who was the index case of the Ebola Virus to ensuring that the right medical procedures were in place to stop the spread of the disease in the country.

    Their selfless service not only prevented a national catastrophe and international contagion, but also left a permanent mark on the society and solidified their legacy as courageous Nigerians amid continuous support from the Lagos State Government, Federal Government, World Health Organisation (WHO), MSF and other organisations.

    Speaking about the movie, Bolanle Austen Peters said "We recognize that we have to tell our own stories… Also recognize that hardly ever are all the stars aligned to allow Nigeria and Nigerians shine on the international scene.. Our role is to celebrate our heroes and Nigeria on the global scene"

    The movie is definitely a must-watch with a perfect blend of both local and international casts to ensure excellent quality and international exposure is achieved. Renowned American Theatre practitioner and Filmmaker Pemon Rami also co-produced the movie.

    "Our aim is to create a feature film that will resonate with many people across the world particularly in Nigeria and its sub-region". At its core, 93 days is a tale of common humanity and just how much we can achieve when we stand united. In celebrating these icons, we celebrate our own potential to stand for what is right, serve selflessly and make a difference in our world." stated the producers of the movie.



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    Nollywood and Ebola Movie
    Following the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria about a year ago, a movie centred on the true-life story of men and women who risked their lives and made sacrifices to save others from the consequences of the outbreak of the highly dreaded disease is set...See more
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    Benefits of Ginger. Ginger has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries. Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like ginger decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes,heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight. Digestive issues: The phenolic compounds in ginger are known to help relieve gastrointestinal irritation, stimulate saliva and bile production and suppress gastric contractions and movement of food and fluids through the GI tract. Nausea: Chewing raw ginger or drinking ginger tea is a common home remedy for nausea during cancer treatment. Pregnant women experiencing morning sickness can safely use ginger to relieve nausea and vomiting, often in the form of ginger lozenges or candies. Pain reduction: A study involving 74 volunteers carried out at the University of Georgia found that daily ginger supplementation reduced exercise-induced muscle pain by 25 per cent. Ginger has also been found to reduce the symptoms of dysmenorrhea (severe pain during a menstrual cycle). In one study, 83 per cent of women taking ginger capsules reported improvements in pain symptoms compared to 47 per cent of those on placebo. Inflammation: Ginger has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation and treat inflammatory conditions. A study published in Cancer Prevention Research journal found that a ginger root supplement administered to volunteer participants reduced inflammation markers in the colon within a month. Researchers on the study explained that by decreasing inflammation, the risk of colon cancer is also likely to decrease. Ginger has also shown promise in clinical trials for treating inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. Tags: Inflammation, Osteoarthritis, nausea, pain reduction, GI tract, gingerBenefits of Ginger. Ginger has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries. Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like...See more
  • Nigeria declares August 24, 25 Diaspora Days.
    The Federal Government on Thursday in Abuja declared August 24 and 25 as Diaspora Days to recognise Nigerians in Diaspora as important stakeholders in national development.


    This is contained a statement issued by Mrs Ibukun Odusote, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation.

    The statement said the days were set aside to create an environment for cross fertilisation of ideas among the Diaspora experts and their Nigerian counterparts.

    It hoped this would lead to proffering solutions to some of the nation's developmental challenges.

    According to the statement, the 2015 Diaspora Day celebration will be marked with a National Diaspora Day and Conference with the theme, "Diaspora and Nigeria Change Agenda.

    "It would serve as a platform for dialogue, interaction and collaboration by Nigerians in Diaspora particularly professionals who have excelled in their various fields of endeavors as health, science, sport and arts, among others.

    "The event, slated to hold at the State House Conference Centre, Presidential Villa, Abuja, will be declared opened and closed by President Muhammadu Buhari."

    The statement said invitation could be obtained upon registration online at www.nigeriadiasporaday.com



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    Source: http://odili.net/news/source/2015/jul/31/303.html
    Nigeria declares August 24, 25 Diaspora Days.
    The Federal Government on Thursday in Abuja declared August 24 and 25 as Diaspora Days to recognise Nigerians in Diaspora as important stakeholders in national development.


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    Police alert ATM users on new tactics by robbers. The Police on Friday advised members of the public using Automated Teller Machines (ATM) at various banks to be security conscious as some criminals now disguised as customers queuing to withdraw money. This is contained in a statement on the Nigeria Police Force website exposing the antics of criminals. The statement noted that on July 30, at about 12.10 a.m., a male bank customer went to withdraw money from one of the ATMs at the Central Business District (CBD), Abuja. It stated that three young men who pretended to have come to withdraw money also were on queue with the plan to attack the man. "The victim raised an alarm which attracted nearby police patrol team to the scene. The hoodlums took to their heels upon sighting the advancing policemen. "One automatic pistol fell from one of the suspects and was recovered by the police and the victim was rescued. "However, another male victim was unlucky as hoodlums attacked him and snatched the N50,000 he withdrew from ATMs on July 28. "Police responded to his distress call and one of the suspects was arrested. Efforts are on to apprehend other gang members," the statement said. Tags: ATM, Abuja, Nigeria police force, N50,000, Automated teller machines source: http://odili.net/news/source/2015/jul/31/603.htmlPolice alert ATM users on new tactics by robbers. The Police on Friday advised members of the public using Automated Teller Machines (ATM) at various banks to be security conscious as some criminals now disguised as customers queuing to withdraw money. This is contained in a statement on the Nige...See more
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    MH370: ''Plane seat'' found washed up on Reunion Island three months ago. Nicolas Ferrier barely gave the blue seat a second glance. As he carried out his daily patrol of the wild shores of Reunion, picking up debris from the jet black sands and giant boulders, it seemed to him like just another piece of rubbish – a bus seat, perhaps, or a hang glider’s chair. “It wasn’t until Wednesday that it hit me what it could have been,” said Mr Ferrier, climbing off his BMX to speak to The Sunday Telegraph in the shade of a screwpine tree, overlooking the pounding surf. “It was probably part of that plane.” Mr Ferrier spotted the seat in early May. And yesterday he told his story for the first time – up until now, no one but his wife has known about the find. It was, he explained, washed up on the mile-long stretch of coast which he monitors near Saint Andre, on the east of the Indian Ocean island. And last week the same stretch of coast was at the centre of the world’s attention, after what is believed to be part of a Boeing 777 wing was washed ashore. Given that the only such plane to have crashed in the Southern Hemisphere is MH370 – the ill-fated flight that vanished in mysterious circumstances in March 2014 – it seems, at last, that the riddle could have been solved. An Australian-led search has spent 16 months combing the southern Indian Ocean for the aircraft, which is known to have inexplicably veered off-course from its designated route, from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. "This is the first positive sign that we have located part of that plane," said Julie Bishop, Australia's foreign minister. On Saturday the suspected wing component arrived in Paris, having been flown from Reunion on an Air France flight on Friday night. Malaysian and French experts will begin their analysis on Wednesday, along with an examination of parts of a suitcase discovered nearby. On Monday three French magistrates as well as a Malaysian legal representative and an official from France's civil aviation investigating authority will begin meeting, behind closed doors, in Paris. “I believe that we are moving closer to solving the mystery of MH370,” said Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, Malaysia's deputy transport minister. “This could be the convincing evidence that MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean.” Yet Mr Ferrier had no idea of the significance of the object. Flotsam and jetsam washed up are part of his everyday life on the inhospitable beach, where nobody dares to enter the fierce waves and shark-infested waters. “I found a couple of suitcases too, around the same time, full of things,” he said, almost in passing. What did you do with them? “I burnt them,” he said, pointing to the pile of ashes lying on the boulders. “That’s my job. I collect rubbish, and burn it. “I could have found many things that belonged to the plane, and burnt them, without realising.” source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/mh370/11777921/MH370-Plane-seat-found-washed-up-on-Reunion-Island-three-months-ago.htmlMH370: ''Plane seat'' found washed up on Reunion Island three months ago. Nicolas Ferrier barely gave the blue seat a second glance. As he carried out his daily patrol of the wild shores of Reunion, picking up debris from the jet black sands and giant boulders, it seemed to him like just another pi...See more
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    Nigeria Welcomes Walmart. Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has assured a delegation of Walmart Incorporated that the state is ready to give necessary support to assist the firm in establishing its presence in the state. The delegation of the firm, a leading global brand in retail supermarket, was led by the President and Chief Executive Officer of Walmart Europe, Middle East, Africa and Canada, Shelley Broade, on Thursday. Ambode said the presence of the Walmart brand in Lagos would go a long way not only to create jobs for the teeming youths, but also boost the economy of the state. He said the success story of the brand, which currently operates in 28 countries with over 2.2 million employees, would be beneficial to the growth of the state as well as his vision to make life comfortable for residents. The governor said, "That summaries the reason why Walmart has to berth in Lagos. We are committed to expanding the business scope for Walmart and like I said, I am interested in having your brand signature in Lagos. "You have been pro-people and that's why we find a congress between the objectives of Walmart and Lagos State Government. "As we speak, we have a population of over 21 million people and four million of that population are in the middle class. We have a bulging youth that is craving for employment and whatever it is that we do, we want to make sure that we attract as much investmenttoLagos that can help us to take our youths off the streets and give them employment. "What I stand here to offer is the commitment to make the investment climate favourable to investors. We want to ensure that whatever it is that would make the business bigger for you, we are committed to it.” "I want to assure you that if it is in the area of land permits or authorisation for issues that relate to setting up business, we are committed to making sure that we fast-track and do it as transparent as possible to allow more businesses to come to Lagos.” Broader acknowledged the investment opportunities that abound in the state, adding that the Group was ready to expand its business horizon and create jobs for the people. She said, "We are incredibly excited and proud to be in this exciting state of Lagos. Just looking at the burgeoning economy and at the growth in this market is very exciting and now Walmart operates around the world in 28 countries and our mission is to lower the cost of living, to help people save and live better. "The passion that you feel right when you land at the airport, there's an excitement here. You can feel that this is a state within a country really on the move forward. There is a smile on the people's faces; there is eagerness and there's a mission that they are on to better themselves and their families. It's very exciting.” Tags: Walmart, Nigeria, Lagos, investment source: http://odili.net/news/source/2015/jul/31/801.htmlNigeria Welcomes Walmart. Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has assured a delegation of Walmart Incorporated that the state is ready to give necessary support to assist the firm in establishing its presence in the state. The delegation of the firm, a leading global brand in retail su...See more
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    Airplane debris arrives in France for Malaysia crash investigation. Airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and may belong to a vanished Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 arrived in France on Saturday for investigators to study its origin. An Air France flight carrying the debris landed at Orly airport near Paris at 0417 GMT (12.17 a.m. ET), and it was then transferred by road to a military-run laboratory near the southwestern city of Toulouse that specializes in analyzing aviation wreckage. French investigators are not expected to begin examining the wreckage before Wednesday afternoon and their Malaysian counterparts will also be present, the Paris prosecutor's office said in a statement. Experts hope the barnacled 2-2.5 meters (6.5-8 feet) long wing surface known as a flaperon and a fragment of luggage also found on Reunion could yield clues as to the fate of Malaysia Airlines (MLYAF.PK) Flight MH370, which vanished without trace in March 2014. There were 239 passengers and crew on board. Some families of the victims are demanding further compensation from the airline. Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai told Reuters in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday that additional Malaysian officials were headed to Reunion to look for more debris and others would go to France. "If the flaperon does belongs to MH370, it is actually in accordance with the drift pattern seen in the southern Indian Ocean. But we do not want to speculate. We will wait for verification from the French authorities," he said. Discovery of the debris may finally confirm the plane crashed into the sea after veering off course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, helping to end 16 months of lingering uncertainty for relatives. Investigators believe someone deliberately switched off MH370's transponder before diverting it thousands of miles off course. Most of the passengers were Chinese. The debris will be analyzed at a lab staffed by 600 experts that is operated by the French defense ministry near Toulouse. The luggage fragment will be sent to a police unit outside Paris that specializes in DNA tests. If the serial number on the flaperon confirms that it is from Flight 370, then the laboratory can use sophisticated tools to try to glean more information about the causes of the crash, such as whether its shape corresponds more to a mid-air explosion or a crash into the ocean. The defense ministry also contributed to the investigation of Air France flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that crashed into the southern Atlantic Ocean in June 2009, killing 228 people. Tags: Mh370, france, reunion, malaysia, kuala lumpur source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/01/us-malaysia-airlines-crash-idUSKCN0Q62WN20150801Airplane debris arrives in France for Malaysia crash investigation. Airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and may belong to a vanished Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 arrived in France on Saturday for investigators to study its origin. An Air France flight carrying the ...See more
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    Lagos orders government agencies to vacate rented apartments Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has directed agencies of the state government occupying rented apartments to vacate them, in a move to block lopeholes and conserve scarce resources. The agencies, according to a memo signed by Folashade Jaji, the state head of service, are to vacate their rented apartments within seven days and re-allign with their relevant main ministries within the state secretariat. Over 20 agencies of the state government are said to be currently occupying rented apartments, which a source said belong to friends and cronies of people in government. “The cost of running such apartments are often inflated, thus leading to waste of scarce resources,” the source said. Some of the agencies are Motor Vehicle Administration Agencies (MVAA) situated at Lateef Jakande Road; Lagos Water Regulatory Commission, Allen Junction; Law Reform Commission, Ikeja, Lagos; Lagos State Safety Commission, Magodo, and Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Ikeja. Others are Audit Service Commission, Ogba; State Valuation Office, Lagos State Christian Pilgrims Board, Ikeja; Lagos State Planning and Environmental Monitoring Office, Ikeja; Audit Service Commission, among others. The vacate order contained in a circular No. 072 dated July 24, 2015 is titled, “re-alignment of office accommodation of ministries departments and agencies.” It reads in part “sequel to the HOS circular Ref. NO: CIR/HOS/15/Vol.1/065 on creation, abolition and re-alignment of ministries, departments and agencies of government in Lagos State, it is hereby notified for general information that His Excellency, the Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has directed that all affected MDAs are to commence relocation to their new offices with immediate effect from 27th July to 3rd August, 2015.” The affected agencies are to be integrated into the mainstream ministries. It is gathered that the agencies have already been allocated offices in each of the existing parent ministries the Lagos State government uses to drive its policy. Keywords: Lagos state, vacate order, MVA, ogba, ikeja, valuation office, audit service commission source: http://businessdayonline.com/2015/07/lagos-orders-government-agencies-to-vacate-rented-apartments-2/#.VbzB__lVikoLagos orders government agencies to vacate rented apartments Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has directed agencies of the state government occupying rented apartments to vacate them, in a move to block lopeholes and conserve scarce resources. The agencies, according to a memo signed by Folas...See more
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    Cameroon deports 2 000 Nigerians in fight against Boko Haram. Yaound - Cameroon has deported more than 2 000 Nigerians who were living in the country illegally as part of new security measures intended to prevent suicide attacks by Boko Haram jihadists, sources said Friday. Regional newspaper L'Oeil du Sahel reported that about 2,500 Nigerians had been "rounded up" in Kousseri, in the far north of Cameroon, and sent back to their country on Thursday. The weekly posted a photo on its Facebook page showing several departing trucks crammed with hundreds of passengers. A source close to regional authorities confirmed that "more than 2 000 'irregular' Nigerians have been expelled from Kousseri". Mey Aly, an official from a local NGO, said that most of the Nigerians "had fled the atrocities of Boko Haram" to take refuge in Cameroon. Thursday's deportations came just a day after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari visited Cameroon for talks on how to combat the escalating regional threat from Boko Haram. Suicide bombers Buhari and Cameroonian counterpart Paul Biya pledged to strengthen co-operation between their two countries in the fight against the insurgents. Between July 12 and July 25, Cameroon's far north, on the border with Boko Haram's Nigerian strongholds, suffered three suicide attacks - two in the regional capital, Maroua - leaving at least 44 people dead. The Cameroonian border post at Kousseri - which has been hit by two suicide attacks since June - occupies a strategic position, with just a bridge separating it from Chad's capital N'Djamena. Authorities in Cameroon's far north have taken significant steps to boost security, including banning women from wearing the full face-veil amid fears that suicide bombers could use the garment to conceal explosives. "With these attacks, the tone of the authorities has changed," said a security source in Maroua. "They have asked that foreigners [notably Nigerians] and displaced people in the border areas go home." Some 300 Cameroonian children were removed from their Koranic schools in Maroua and taken back to their villages on Friday, according to a source close to local authorities, as the schools' managers feared that insurgents could try to use them for suicide attacks. Boko Haram's bloody insurgency in Nigeria has left more than 15 000 people dead since 2009 and has increasingly spread across the country's borders, with Chad and Cameroon suffering deadly suicide bombings in recent months. tags: cameroon, nigeria, chad, boko haram, yaounde source: http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/Cameroon-deports-2-000-Nigerians-in-fight-against-Boko-Haram-20150801Cameroon deports 2 000 Nigerians in fight against Boko Haram. Yaound - Cameroon has deported more than 2 000 Nigerians who were living in the country illegally as part of new security measures intended to prevent suicide attacks by Boko Haram jihadists, sources said Friday. Regional newspaper L'Oe...See more
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    The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, said in Abuja on Friday that 36,000 police officers would attend promotion courses in December. Mr. Arase, who said this during an inspection tour of the FCT Police command, said that 4,000 Inspectors would also attend the board for promotion. He advised the officers against bribing any instructor during the duration of the course as all expenses would be paid by the police authority. “If you go on course do not give any instructor money during the course for whatever reason. “You know I have zero tolerance for corruption, that is why the roadblocks were removed,’’ he said. He said the implementation of the safer highways introduced by his administration was yet to yield the desired results. The IGP warned officers against arbitrary arrest and detention, adding that their operations must be intelligence driven. He also warned Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and Area Commanders (ACs) against illegal deployment of policemen to guard people who are not entitled. “The illegal deployment of police officers is not going to be accepted. “If you are a DPO or an Area Commander, don’t deploy our officers without permission, if you do that and you are caught, severe sanction awaits you,” he warned. However, he said that the welfare of officers would be tied to performance. “You cannot have a good police force without addressing their welfare,’’ he said. He said that there are plans by the police to set up a scholarship scheme for children of officers. Similarly, he said that a housing scheme for the rank and file before they retire from service was in the offing. The police boss also warned officers against using horsewhips on civilians. “I don’t want any of you whenever you are on the traffic to start carrying horse whip and sticks,’’ he said. Earlier, FCT Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu, said that the rapid expansion of the territory was posing a challenge to the command’s resources. He said that there was a need for the creation of two additional area commands in Karu and Gwarinpa to meet the demands of effective policing. Mr. Wilson pointed out that accommodation for personnel was also a challenge as most of them live outside the territory. He said crime had been reduced to the barest minimum with the commitment of officers of the command. The police commissioner said the command was partnering with relevant stakeholders in the territory to ensure safety of residents. He said the command had keyed into the IGP’s initiative of safer highways with 25 patrol vans. tags: solomon arase, police, karu, promotion, igp, december, corruption, source: http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/more-news/187623-36000-police-officers-to-attend-promotion-courses-in-december-igp.htmlThe Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, said in Abuja on Friday that 36,000 police officers would attend promotion courses in December. Mr. Arase, who said this during an inspection tour of the FCT Police command, said that 4,000 Inspectors would also attend the board for promotion. He advis...See more
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