Friday, 30 September 2016
Video recorded at Jerusalem's airport shows Obama in the doorway of Air Force One, engines running in preparation for the return to Washington. The president is rolling up his sleeves and looks anxious to be on his way home.
At one point, Obama yells, "Bill, let's go." He claps his hands to get Clinton's attention and motions for Clinton to come aboard.
Seconds later, Obama exits the plane, stands at the top of the staircase and shouts, "Bill, let's go, I gotta get home."
Clinton then climbs the stairs. The two shake hands and pat each other's backs before stepping inside the plane.
Wearing a Jewish skullcap as a sign of respect and reverence, Obama said he was the 10th president to fall prey to Peres' charms and that they forged an unlikely friendship, despite the nearly four-decade gap in their ages and starkly different backgrounds.
"It was so surprising to see the two of us, where we had started, talking together in the White House, meeting here in Israel," he said. "I think both of us understood that we were here only because in some way we reflected the magnificent story of our nations."
"The last of the founding generation is now gone," Obama said, speaking just to the left of Peres' casket draped in blue and white. Peres died at 93 Wednesday, two weeks after suffering a stroke.
Obama and other world leaders hailed Peres for his vision and his leadership in securing a strong defense. But they also spoke of his never-ending quest for peace. Obama said Peres understood the Palestinians must be seen as equal in dignity to Jews and therefore must be equal in self-determination.
"Shimon never saw his dream of peace fulfilled," noted Obama, speaking at Israel's national cemetery, Mount Herzl.
"The region is going through a chaotic time," the president said. "Threats are ever-present and yet he did not stop dreaming and he did not stop working."
In many ways, he said, Peres reminded him of other giants like Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth, leaders "who speak with depth and knowledge, not in sound bites."
Former President Bill Clinton, in his eulogy, said he was in awe of what he called Peres' endless capacity to move beyond the most crushing setbacks to seize the possibilities of each new day. "He never gave up on anybody; I mean, anybody," Clinton said.
Peres, whose name is synonymous with Israel's history, served stints as prime minister, president and foreign minister. He welcomed Obama on his first trip to Israel as president in 2013, as the two men sought to restart a peace process with the Palestinians that has so far failed.
The United States delegation included Clinton, Secretary of State John Kerry and about 20 members of Congress and several administration officials.
Air Force One landed in Tel Aviv at daybreak Friday, and Obama headed back to the airport as soon as the service ended. He participated in the eulogy portion of the service and walked to the grave site with family members and other world leaders. Obama watched as the coffin was lowered and 10 wreaths were placed next to the grave.
The two leaders shared similar visions for a two-state solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Peres' son-in-law and personal physician, Dr. Rafi Walden, said Obama had called the family the night of Peres' death and spoke to Peres' daughter, Tzvia. "We are deeply moved," Walden said.
Obama awarded Peres the Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor, in 2012, saying "Shimon teaches us to never settle for the world as it is."
In turn, Peres bestowed the Medal of Distinction on Obama, making him the first sitting U.S. president to receive Israel's highest civilian honor.
"This award speaks to you, to your tireless work to make Israel strong, to make peace possible," Peres said in 2013. "Your presidency has given the closest ties between Israel and the United States a new height, a sense of intimacy, a vision for the future."
Those who worked with both men said they shared mutual respect and affection.
"Even a man into his 90s, Peres was always thinking about the future," said Dennis Ross, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a former adviser to Obama. "I think that captured the president's imagination and added to the respect for him."
Ross, who said he spoke often with Peres during the past three decades, said the Israeli leader believed that Obama's heart was in the right place. But "he wasn't always convinced that the president fully understood the nature of Israel's predicament in the region," Ross said.
US Secretary of State, John Kerry, wrote below:
''On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the citizens of Nigeria as you celebrate your Independence Day on October 1.
I recently returned from my third trip to Nigeria as Secretary, and I came away with a strong sense of the nation’s resolve to build a better future. During my trip, I was reminded that many Nigerians are engaged in bringing people together across the divides of culture, religious practices, and ethnicity. There is still much work to be done to provide economic opportunities for all, end corruption, win the fight against Boko Haram, ensure broad respect for human rights and provide humanitarian relief for millions of displaced people. But we know that Nigerians are hard at work to address these challenges.
The United States looks forward to deepening our partnership and friendship with Nigerians from all walks of life, so that we may work together for the betterment of Nigeria and all of Africa.
Best wishes to all of you on this the 56th anniversary of your independence.''
The 35-year-old reality TV star was joined by her sis Kourtney Kardashian, 37, who wore a see-through dress for the evening event.
The kidnappers have made contact with their victim’s husband and they were demanding a huge sum in ransom. according to Sahara Reporters.
Thursday, 29 September 2016
In a telephone call to Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole, President Buhari commended the well-articulated campaign programme of the APC in the state, the doggedness of the governor, governor-elect and party members in going round the state to reach the people with records of good governance over the years and a promise of continuity.
In a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President said that the outcome of the election clearly reflected the mood of the people to sustain the pedigree of responsiveness, forthrightness and diligence that Governor Oshomole brought into the service of his people.
‘‘The victory is good for democracy, for Nigeria and the people of Edo State,’’ he said.
President Buhari also said that the victory was well-deserved as the campaign train, which he joined, worked hard to sell its people-centered manifesto.
He applauded the conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission, security agencies, corps members and electorate in ensuring a peaceful election.
INEC had announced that Obaseki won the majority of the votes cast, with a total of 319,483 votes, and he was closely followed by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the PDP, who polled 253,173 votes.
President Buhari sends his condolences to the immediate family, friends and community of the deceased, who served meritoriously as the head of the nation’s police force for three years, 1983-1986.
As a member of the Security Council and Vice Chairman of the Constitution Review Committee in 1987, the President believes the former Inspector General contributed immensely to the reforms and structuring of the nation’s security, and the processes that heralded good governance and democracy.
President Buhari prays that the almighty God will grant the departed soul eternal rest, and comfort his family.
President Buhari joins the global community and world leaders in mourning the former two-time Prime Minister and President of Israel, whose visionary leadership, voice of wisdom and unparalleled experience of diplomacy in the Middle East will continue to resonate in the long search for peace in the region.
As a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 alongside Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, the President believes the statesmanship and patriotism displayed by Peres in signing the Oslo Accord, the subsequent treaties for a two-state solution, was most quintessential, and should be followed through so that the younger generations will inherit peace and harmony.
Looking into the towering national and global records of the late Israeli statesman, President Buhari affirms that Peres served firmly, faithfully and dutifully in building a modern Israeli
state, and also rose to the occasion when the world desperately needed a heart of love, magnanimity and understanding to heal the wounds of hostility in the region.
President Buhari joins the world in celebrating the warm memory of gentleness, goodness and kindness that Peres leaves behind for other leaders to emulate in serving their country and working for humanity.
He prays that the Almighty God will grant him eternal rest, and comfort members of his family.
The Actress who shared the photos on her Instagram account, is being joined by Lala Akindoju, Yolanda Okereke, PSM, among others.
She wrote in a series of posts:
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While the cause of what led to their death remains sketchy, eyewitness accounts claim that it was a mysterious attack by ghosts or spirits.
Guests at the brothel located on Uyo Street, Uzuakoli Road, took to their heels when panic-stricken prostitutes rushed out of the brothel at about 8am with loud screams of ‘ghost, ghost, ghost!’.
The deceased included the lady suspected to be a prostitute and a man, believed to be the manager of the brothel.
DAILY POST contacted the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Nta Ogbonnaya Nta, who confirmed the incident, saying “The sad incident happened at 44, Uyo Street, 50-50 Bar at about 8 am yesterday.
“The police, led by the Area Commander, Central Police Station, Umuahia, Onyeke Udeviotu, was at the scene after a concerned citizen raised the alarm and drew the attention of the police.
“We recovered two bodies and six unconscious persons from the building. We took them to the hospital, some are suspected dead but only the doctor can confirm them dead or otherwise.
“Two bodies were that of a young man and a lady while the six the unconscious ones were men. They were picked in separate rooms. About 200 other occupants of the brothel had deserted the place by the time the police arrived the scene.
“The manager (names withheld) of the brothel was among the victims of the mysterious attack.
“The police would go after the owner (a woman) of the brothel,” the PPRO told DAILY POST, adding that the Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigations Department, SCID, had begun investigation into the incident.
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After the collation of results from the 18 local government areas of Edo state in south-south Nigeria, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled a total of 319,483 votes while his closest from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osagie Ize-Iyamu, polled 253,173 votes.
The APC won in Akoko-Edo LGA, Ikpoba-Okha, Etsako West, Etsako East, Etsako Cenral, Owan East LGA, Ovia North LGA, Oredo LGA, Uhunwomnde, Igueben LGA, Egor LGA, Owan West LGA.
The PDP won in Esan North Central, Esan West LGA, Orhionmwon LGA, Esan South East LGA, Esan North East LGA.
Prior to the announcement of the results on September 29, security officials had to form a barricade outside the INEC office in Benin City.
This was in order to prevent a breakdown of law and order as some protesters alleged that there was a change of results by the electoral commission.
Atiku who was guest speaker at the investiture of the President of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS), Mr. Oluwaseyi Emmanuel Abe, said, “the biggest problem Nigerians have is their addiction to oil revenues; the belief that we are doomed unless oil flows and oil money fills the Federation Account for our tiers of government to share.
“I will go straight to the point: our economy is broken, and if we wait for the oil price to rebound or for crude exports to bounce back or for oil receipts to recover, we may wait for very long and may not be able to fix it.
“I say this because our constant complaints about the oil price, pipeline vandals and lack of funds tend to divert and distract us from the real challenges we are facing. To me, our economy is broken because our economic model doesn’t work, and to fix it we need the resolve to restructure our government finances so that we politicians have a real incentive to create a more conducive business environment.”
He said he was worried by the flawed belief that the Federal Government alone is the only force, the know-all, be all, and do all that would direct and bankroll the diversification of Nigeria’s economy.
“And we have convinced ourselves, again wrongly, that the only reason that the Federal Government is unable to spend money to do all we expect it to do is that the money has been stolen. We must erase that mindset in order for us to begin to climb out of our current depths.”
While admitting that the government can use oil receipts to improve the lives and livelihoods of the people he pointed out oil money is not a requirement for diversifying the econom.
The former number two man said, “we need Federal Government officials who are willing to step back and carefully work out how they can empower the private sector to grow the economy and create jobs. And above all else, we need to understand that our most valuable resource is not our oil; it is our people. All of our people.”
He further stated that investors have noticed the nation’s predicament.
“Foreign investment has nearly dried up. In the first half of 2016 the total amount of capital brought into Nigeria was less than $1.4 billion compared to $5.3 billion in the first half of 2015. Direct investment has fallen by half, portfolio investment is down by 87per cent and our capital and financial accounts are deep in the red. A number of long established foreign businesses announced they were planning to leave and many of those that decided to stay are cutting costs and trimming their payrolls to balance their books. Some respected Nigerian companies are folding up as well.”
The former Vice President who had earlier advocated the restructuring of the Nigerian state advised that rather than praying for higher oil revenues, Nigerians should seize the current opportunity to get over their addiction to oil revenues, stressing that discovering new oil wells in the north or south was no substitute.
Government he said should look for sustainable sources of revenue, mainly taxes, duties and other levies, by enlarging the tax base and encouraging diverse economic activities right across the country and investing in human capital development to produce the entrepreneurs, inventors and workers of the future.
In the same second quarter of 2016 the Federal Government’s interest payments already exceeded its Federation Account allocations, and debt servicing absorbed almost 60% of retained revenue. In fact, 57 out of every 100 naira the federal government received went straight to its creditors.
As you can see, that doesn’t give us a lot of room to maneuver. And it is the reason why government’s efforts to get us out of the current difficulties should proceed in a manner that targets infrastructure improvements, public education, public health and, above all, reforms that remove obstacles to our people unleashing their creative and productive energies to set up and run businesses and create jobs and wealth in the process.
Investors have noticed our predicament. Foreign investment has nearly dried up. In the first half of 2016 the total amount of capital brought into Nigeria was less than $1.4 billion compared to $5.3 billion in the first half of 2015. Direct investment has fallen by half, portfolio investment is down by 87% and our capital and financial accounts are deep in the red. A number of long established foreign businesses announced they were planning to leave and many of those that decided to stay are cutting costs and trimming their payrolls to balance their books. Some respected Nigerian companies are folding up as well.
Speaking in the same vein, the former Governor of Lagos, Ashiwaju Bola Tinubu said, “Today Nigeria is going through a very serious economic challenges. We are blessed with human and materiel resources. The most important component of this resources. Is human resources that is why change begins with us.”
The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen (rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, while making the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated Nigerians at home and abroad on the commemoration of this year’s independence anniversary.
He assures them that government is working assiduously to put in place various palliative measures to cushion the effects of the current economic challenges.
The minister enjoined all Nigerians to continue to support President Muhammadu Buhari in his avowed determination to build a strong, virile and united country in line with the dream of the country’s founding fathers.
Dambazau in a statement issued by Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido, Ag. Permanent Secretary in the ministry, wished all Nigerians a happy anniversary celebration.
The result of Ovia South West is yet to be announced as INEC personnel await the return of officials who supervised elections in the council.
From the results of 17 local governments announced so far, the APC has 306,663 votes while the PDP has 244,363 votes.
Already, the PDP has rejected the results. The party’s chairman, Dan Orbi, alleged that the results were fabricated and predetermined.
The results from 17 local governments so far show the ruling APC has an unassailable lead of 306,663 votes to the PDP’s 244,363 votes.
Only one local government is yet to be announced.
The News Agency of Nigeria quotes the Edo PDP State chairman, Dan Orbi, as alleging that the results were pre-determined and fabricated.
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''Gary was our rock, our cheerleader, our team captain,'' the NCIS cast and crew said in a statement. ''He inspired us with his leadership, his creative instincts and keen insight. NCIS will not be the same without him, and each of us will miss his smiling face and unwavering humor, which lifted us every day.''
Gary joined NCIS in 2009 as a co-executive producer and writer, became the showrunner in 2011, and created the spinoff NCIS: New Orleans in 2014.
He was married for 20 years to television producer and screenwriter, Mimi Schmir. They have two sons, Dash and Eli.
She wrote on Instagram, "Grateful to GOD for another year. Thanks everyone for your beautiful messages/prayers and happy birthday to all my birthday mates. God bless you. #Birthday"
Happy birthday AS!
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
In a decision on Monday, U.S. District Judge Andrew Carter in Manhattan said Dwayne Walker was not entitled to royalties under a contract allegedly signed two decades ago by Roc-A-Fella co-founder Damon "Dame" Dash.
Walker plans to appeal, his lawyer Gregory Berry said.
The plaintiff claimed in his July 2012 lawsuit to have created artwork in 1995 depicting a vinyl record that became the basis for the Roc-A-Fella logo.
News of the 50-year-old entertainer's pregnancy was first reported by ET.com back in May that she's pregnant with her first child with husband Wissam Al Mana.