Entries from July 2018

  • July, 2018
  • Hair loss gene may help kill cancers

    Modern immunotherapy techniques are revolutionizing how we treat cancers, but these treatments still fail in a large amount of patients. The trick to success is finding unique biomarkers that can help our body's natural immune cells home in on, and kill, these evasive tumors. An intriguing new study from Columbia University Irving Medical Center has found that the same gene associated with a condition responsible for autoimmune-related hair loss could be recruited to help our immune cells better target tumors.

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  • (Canada) high-end retro TV consoles by canadian craftsman

    anadian craftsman Konstantin Mazin runs MazinCraft, a Vancouver-based company specializing in high-end custom timber interiors and home theaters. He recently launched a line of mid-20th century-style hi-fi-enabled TV consoles under the MeiliAudio name, which should be great if they sound half as good as they look.

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  • Powerful electric massage buffer could replace the foam roller

    The BFF pro takes foam rolling to the next level. Used by the likes of former Olympian Jeff Galloway and Mr. Universe, it's a powerful, deep-tissue massage tool that mixes precise pressure with strong vibrations, so it loosens and relaxes muscle and fascia while stretching and massaging it.

    The BFF's strong, mains-powered random orbital oscillations vibrate against your soft tissue at 3,300 "buffs per minute," loosening and desensitizing the flesh through a layer of triple-dense foam

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  • (Nigeria) Blockchain incubator hub in Lagos

    Paxful, a bitcoin technology company says it plans to build a blockchain technology incubation hub in Lagos.

    The proposed blockchain technology hub in Lagos expands Paxful’s African investments, the company says.

    Under the plan, the hub will later in 2018 and provide a co-working space and services including mentorship, corporate and individual blockchain training and networking for ICO advisors.

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  • (USA) Collusion is not a crime Says Trump

    Following the lead of his lawyers, President Donald Trump on Tuesday tweeted that collusion “is not a crime.”

    The tweet, alluding to the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election that includes possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Moscow, came a day after the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, in a media blitz, began making the same defense. Giuliani appeared on multiple television networks Sunday and Monday to stress the president’s innocence and add that “collusion is not a crime.”

    Trump added in his tweet, as he always does, that there was “no collusion.”

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  • (Nigeria) Without connectivity, development trajectory of Nigeria is truncated

    Vice President, Nigeria at The Google Nigeria Event in Lagos held Thursday, July 26, 2018 in Lagos.
    I am delighted to be to be here with you today at this year’s Google for Nigeria event. Just couple weeks back, it was a special pleasure to be welcomed to the Googleplex by Google CEO, Sundar Pichai and his great management team. We all have very warm memories of that visit, and I am truly grateful for your kindness and warm hospitality.

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  • (Nigeria) CredPal and Zowasel are winners in a programme by Visa

    Two Nigerian startups, CredPal and Zowasel, have emerged winners in a programme by Visa, the digital payments giant, targeting startups to develop the next big thing in payments.

    CredPal and Zowasel became winners in the Merchant Payments and Financial Inclusion challenges of its first ever Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) Everywhere Initiative beating 10 other contenders selected from 238 submissions to emerge as champions, Visa announced in a statement.

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  • (Nigeria) Deadline for Sale of 9mobile extended

    Boye Olusanya, CEO of 9mobile, today said that the deadline to close the ongoing sale of the fourth largest mobile phone in Nigeria has been extended.

    Olusanya did not give the new timeline for a close of the sale process underway for the acquisition of 9mobile, according to a statement today made available to Dial a Business.

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  • (Nigeria) Lagos Ecobank Headquarters Inferno

    A fire outbreak Tuesday morning engulfed the heavy duty generator of Ecobank Headquarters on Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos.

    According to eyewitness reports, the fire started at about 9am when a diesel laden tanker was offloading its products close to the switched on generating set.

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  • (CANADA) Cars set on fire in Montreal North

    Montreal's arson squad is investigating the destruction of four vehicles in Montreal North.

    Early Monday morning someone set four cars parked next to apartment buildings on Villeneuve St. near Langelier Blvd. on fire.

    Police and firefighters were alerted to the flames around 4:30 a.m. which also forced residents of one apartment building to leave because of the heavy smoke.

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  • (SA) Nigerian killed Again in South Africa

    Another Nigerian man has been killed in South Africa, the media confirmed.

    The latest killing raises to 121 the Nigerians killed in South Africa since January 2016.

    Mr Chibuzo Nwankwo, 42, from Enugu State, was reportedly shot in the early hours of Friday at a bar in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, following a disagreement with an unknown person.

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  • (Nigeria) A dismissed United States soldier Arrested by SARS

    A dismissed United States soldier, Garrick Slacks, has been arrested by operatives of the federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the Imo state Police Command, for allegedly defrauding Nigerians with promises of securing the US visa for them. The Punch reports that a police source said Slacks is a serial fraudsters who has defrauded a lot of Nigerians and often change his location after his victims paid him. The source said:

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  • (USA) Cash For Votes at Political Event

    Politicians giving cash to voters in order to win their votes is now a culture in Nigeria and across most African countries. What politicians has always believed is that they must be voted into that position or die trying. This is the issue that has resulted in voters getting the political result which contradicts their interests. However, a similar occurrence has been recorded in Illinois poltical Event.

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  • (Sierra Leone) New strain of ebolavirus discovered

    The ranks of the ebolavirus genus have grown for the first time in a decade, with the identification of a new strain in free-tailed bats in Sierra Leone. It is not yet known if it is harmful to humans, but its discovery will assist scientists trying to better understand how the virus hides between outbreaks, and by extension help our efforts to better contain them.

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  • (Europe) Tiny Microlino EV Car now legal in Europe

    It was Introduced back in early 2016, the Microlino promised a new electric interpretation of the classic 1950s bubble car, the BMW Isetta. After some unexpected design delays the stylish little EV has finally been approved as street legal by the European Union with production to commence immediately and first deliveries expected by early 2019.

    For about a decade, from the mid 1950s to the mid 1960s, the BMW Isetta existed as a stylish little vehicle with magnificent fuel economy that was perfectly designed to cruise around narrow European streets. Inspired by these tiny retro bubble-cars, designer Wim Ouboter first revealed the Microlino in 2016.

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  • (USA) Nigerian Email scammer is jailed for $900,000

    An American based Nigerian has been sentenced to four years in prison for engaging in email scams and laundering $900,000 proceeds of the crime.

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), said on Saturday that Maryland-based Emeka Ndukwu, 46, tricked seven companies in the US and abroad into wiring more than $900,000 into accounts controlled by various co-conspirators.

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  • (Copenhagen) Old transformer station Now a five-star hotel

    A decommissioned electrical station in Copenhagen has been given a second life as a luxury hotel. Local chain Brøchner Hotels oversaw the transformation of the facility, with the resulting boutique hotel maintaining a distinct industrial charm.

    The old transformer station was constructed in 1963, and the recent renovations have seen its street-facing facade retain its rows of dark bronze beams, while large glass doors welcome guests inside into spectacular bar and lobby area with a 12-meter-tall (40 ft) ceiling.

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  • (Nigeria) Politicians are Behind the crisis across Nigeria

    A report from a United Kingdom-based organization has indicted some governors and the opposition party in Nigeria over fueling the crisis between herdsmen and farmers across Nigeria.

    The report by the Bridge Center said there are possibilities that chieftains of the opposition especially the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are supporting killers in their desperation to get at the government of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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  • (Nigeria) EFCC invites Ekweremadu for questioning

    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to interrogate the deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, over some assets linked to him.

    The commission's detectives are to quiz the senator at the EFCC's headquarters in Abuja on Monday, July 30, The Nation reports.

    Ekweremadu is to appear before the commission by 10am.

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  • (SA) China set to invest $10bn in South Africa

    Chinese investors signed agreements to build a $10 billion metallurgical complex in South Africa during President Xi Jinping’s state visit this week and hope to start construction next year, an executive involved in the project and a provincial official told Reuters.

    South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa said at a joint news conference with Xi on Tuesday that China had committed to invest $14.7 billion in the South African economy, but neither leader mentioned the $10 billion complex.

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  • (Kenya): Tenth rhino dead after transfer

    A tenth critically endangered black rhino has been reported dead after a botched operation to move the animals to a new reserve in southern Kenya, the country's tourism minister said on Thursday.

    The one surviving animal from last month's attempt to transfer 11 rhinos from Nairobi and Lake Nakuru national parks to Tsavo East is in a critical condition and could also die after being attacked by lions.

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  • (Nigeria):Central Bank governor answers questions after MPC announcement



    After announcing the decision by the Monetary Policy Committee, to keep rates on hold at 14 per cent Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria took questions from the press.

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  • (Nigeria): Art for Unilag Commissioned by Bbc


    A huge art installation in Lagos was commissioned by BBC World Service on thursday in a bid to support their Make More Of Your World campaign.

    This successful on-ground marketing event was witnessed by some renowned faces – rising celebrity photographer Amazing Klef and top comedian Omo Baba – as well as the director of World Service, Jamie Angus.

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  • Medicinal cannabis will be available on prescription within weeks

    Sajid Javid announces that products which meet safety and quality standards will be on offer to patients by the autumn following recommendations from the Chief Medical Officer. Medicinal cannabis will be made available on prescription within weeks say the Home Office

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  • "Amazing" Large McDonald’s worker beats up a customer

    This McDonald's worker battered a customer for apparently 'disrespecting' her mumA BRUTAL incident of a McDonald's worker beating up a female customer who apparently "disrespected" her mum surfaced today.

    It begins with the visitor throwing a milkshake at the employee who is angrily marching towards her.

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  • Cape Town Train on fire

    A train has caught fire in Cape Town, this time in Retreat.

    "We have received confirmation that yet another train is on fire at Retreat station. At the moment details are sketchy."

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  • South Africa's R87.6m lottery prize for a man from Limpopo

    A Limpopo man has finally come forward to claim his R87.6 million lottery prize.

    The winner of last week's Powerball had bought the ticket at a filling station in Mokopane.

    This is the fourth highest cash prize in South African lottery history.

    Thanks to the chairman of Global for being our guest tonight. His store sold the #PowerBall R87M winning ticket pic.twitter.com/t14nPIgHPb
    — IG: sa_lottery (@sa_lottery) July 26, 2016

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  • President Trump's Hollywood sidewalk star vandalised

    A man with a pickaxe vandalised US President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame early on Wednesday and later surrendered to police, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department said.

    “A pickax was used in vandalising the star” embedded in the sidewalk near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in Los Angeles at about 3:30am, Sergeant Ray Brown of the LAPD said by telephone.

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  • Nigeria Senator Dino Melaye has been kidnapped

    Senator Ben Murray Bruce (PDP-Bayelsa) has confirmed that his colleague, Dino Melaye, has been kidnapped by gunmen. Previous unconfirmed sources had disclosed that Senator Melaye was attacked by armed men at the Gwagwalada area of Abuja, as he made his way to Lokoja, the Kogi state capital, on Thursday morning, July 26.

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  • Men charged over an acid attack on a three-year-old boy

    The men accused of the attack arrived in a prison van at court today

    THE men charged over an acid attack on a three-year-old boy - including his own father - will today appear in court.

    Adam Cech, 27, Jan Dudi, 25, and Norbert Pulko, 22, who are from Slovakia and live in London, will appear alongside Afghan-national Jabar Paktia, 41, of Wolverhampton, West Mids.

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  • 20 years in Saudi jail for Meghan Markle’s pal

    Loujain Al-Hathloul faces 20 years behind bars after she allegedly confessed to conspiring with enemies of Saudi Arabia

    A WOMEN'S rights activist and close friend of Meghan Markle faces 20 years in a Saudi jail after allegedly confessing to conspiring with enemies of the nation.

    Loujain Al-Hathloul, 28, who once posed for a Vanity Fair shoot with The Duchess of Sussex, is among nine women held after a brutal crackdown in May.

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  • Wife trapped in 40-year ‘loveless marriage’ is refused divorce by Supreme Court

    A WOMAN who wants to divorce her husband of 40 years because she says their marriage is unhappy has lost a Supreme Court fight.

    Five Supreme Court justices have ruled that Tini Owens must stay married to Hugh Owens.

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  • ''WOW'' Traffic warden tickets an AMBULANCE

    A bystander can be heard saying: "So you are giving a ticket to an ambulance that is on call... they were on call, if their radio goes they have to go."

    However the parking attendant, wearing an LA baseball cap, says: "They are getting some food, so they are not on call are they?"

    The parking worker then asks: "Where are the sirens? Where are the sirens?"

    A medic, who was several hours into her shift, then asks the man where he would like her to park the vehicle.

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  • what it’s like to be the world’s most notorious playboy

    THE Candyman has revealed what life as the planet's most notorious playboy is like in an exclusive interview.

    Travers Beynon lives an extravagant party lifestyle on Australia’s Gold Coast in his "Candy Shop" mansion with his wife, his girlfriend and string of other women.

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  • Bid to privatise Eskom denounced by Numsa

    The union says it has been reliably informed that there is an intention to privatise the power utility, and it has informed the board of this. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has denounced the privatisation of Eskom, saying that it is the enemy of the working class.

    The union says it has been reliably informed that there is an intention to privatise the power utility, and it has informed the board of this.

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  • Nestle Kit Kat loses trademark case

    Kit Kat is a chocolate-covered wafer, which takes its name from a 17th-century literary club. Nestle on Wednesday lost its attempt to protect the shape of its four-finger Kit Kat chocolate bar in European Court of Justice (ECJ) after a tussle of over a decade to establish that it had a distinctive character.

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  • Fifa player of the year shortlists Ronaldo, Messi and Mbappe

    Ronaldo, who has won the award for the last two years, helped Real Madrid claim a third consecutive Champions League crown before securing a close season transfer to Juventus. France’s World Cup star Kylian Mbappe joined regulars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the shortlist for The Best Fifa Men’s player award, world soccer’s governing body announced on Tuesday.

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  • Provisional liquidation order against TNA Media

    The High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday granted Manyi the provisional liquidation order after he said in court papers that the 'Afro Voice' newspaper business was commercially insolvent. Afrotone media chairperson Mzwanele Manyi has obtained a provisional liquidation order against TNA Media, the owner of the Afro Voice newspaper, previously known as The New Age.

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  • Jarome Iginla announce retirement from NHL

    Former Flames Captain Jarome Iginla will announce his retirement at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday after playing 20 seasons in the NHL.

    The Flames released details of the press conference on its website on Wednesday morning.

    Iginla is from St. Albert and was drafted into the league in 1995 by the Dallas Stars.

    He was acquired by Calgary the same year in a trade and signed his first pro hockey contract with the team in 1996.

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  • Shooter's gun in Toronto was illegal

    The gun used to shoot 15 people on a busy Toronto street was likely obtained from a “gang-related source,” according to a person familiar with the case.

    CP24 safety specialist Cam Woolley says a police source has told him the semi-automatic handgun used in the shooting is illegal in Canada and was originally from the United States. American authorities are helping track the gun’s exact origin.

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  • Nigeria Buhari Wishes Defecting Members the Very Best

    In his reaction, President Buhari said the APC tried hard to stop the defection of party members to other parties.

    In a statement by his media aide, Shehu, the president noted that none of the defecting federal lawmakers of the APC had any specific grievances against him or the government he leads, neither did he harbour anything against any of them.

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  • ''Unbelievable'' Only 9,000 Professors in Nigerian Universities



    In the face of approximately 190 million Nigerians and with a youthful population of over 60 per cent , only about 9,000 professors abound so fa‎r in the Nigerian university system as revealed by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

    Out of the total number, ‎as recorded in the commission’s database of professors, it discovered that despite the alarmingly low number, there were duplication of names due to sabbaticals and other engagements, while some who had been sent abroad as professors were in the actual fact not professors.

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  • Nigerian FUT Minna Expels PhD Student and three Others

    The Senate of the Federal University of Technology Minna Niger State has expelled from the institution a postgraduate student of the institution , Olateju Ademola Mukaila

    Olateju Ademola Mukaila was a student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. This is just as three other students were expelled for overstaying in the university.

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  • Lafarge Africa will inject N90bn to Boost Profitability



    The board of Lafarge Africa Plc has approved the extension ofexisting shareholder loan of $315 million and a new Right Issue of up toN90 billion as part of efforts to reduce the company’s leverage and strengthen its profitability.

    The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Lafarge Africa Plc, Mr.Bruno Bayet disclosed this in a statement following the release of thecompany’s half year(H1) results ended June 30, 2018.

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  • Clare Bronfman arrested



    An heiress to the Seagram's liquor fortune and three other people were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the investigation of a self-improvement organization accused of branding some of its female followers and forcing them into unwanted sex.

    Clare Bronfman, 39, a daughter of the late billionaire philanthropist and former Seagram chairman Edgar Bronfman Sr., surrendered to the FBI and pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges.

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