Earth and Environment

Many killed in clash between police, illegal miners

IN NIGERIA Many people have lost their lives in a clash between illegal miners and the police at a mining field in Mayo Sine area of Mambilla Plateau, Taraba State. Daily Trust gathered that the incident occurred yesterday afternoon when a team of armed policemen stormed the field to dislodge the miners but met resistance. It was further gathered that the miners, about 10,500 in number and mostly from neighbouring west African countries, had been carrying out illegal mining in the area for the past 10 years. Daily Trust also learnt that the police on arrival destroyed temporary structures used by the miners as their houses and confiscated items used by the miners to dig out the precious stones. The field where the illegal mining activities was taking place had been earlier allocated to a m...Read More

Boko Haram still with us – Experts 

Some retired military officers also said yesterday the governors’ approval for $1 billion for arms is government admittance that the terror group is still powerful. Salihu Bakari, a retired army officer, said it was good that the civilian authorities admitted that the Boko Haram is still a national threat. “I may sound naïve but this singular approval is an admittance of the obvious by our political leaders, that the Boko Haram is still deadly,” he said. He said it was good news that the governors were probably briefed by Nigeria’s security chiefs on the security architecture of the country and therefore resolved to do the needful. “I am sure that they were briefed and that was why they agreed that such huge money should be used. Constant procurement of arms by serious countries is a legit...Read More

Great Home Businesses You Can Start While You Turn Your Passion Into Profits

There’s a million-dollar idea for everyone, a way to start a business and make money from your interests, insights, and inventions. Are you one of those people who dream about a home business of their own? Are you creative? Would you like to take your favorite hobby or inventive concept to a new, more profitable level? How about working from the comfort of home while you make money around the clock? If this decade has taught us nothing else, it has taught us that we can’t count on an employer for our long-term financial security. There’s no such thing as job security when you work for someone else. This article opens up a world of opportunity and shows you how to turn your creativity into cash. The first step to independence and success is to find a great home business. S...Read More

U.S. flies bombers over Korea – MSN

In Seoul/Washington The U.S. military flew two strategic bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force late on Tuesday, as President Donald Trump met top defense officials to discuss how to respond to any threat from North Korea. North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth nuclear test in recent weeks as it fast advances towards its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland. The two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers were joined by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military after leaving their base in Guam, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement on Wednesday. After entering South Korean airspace, the two bombers carried out air-to-ground missile drills in waters off the east coast of South Kor...Read More

Cameroon’s separatist movement gains ground

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya is facing one of the biggest threats in his 35 years in power as a separatist movement in the country’s English speaking regions gains ground. Soldiers shot dead at least eight people and wounded others in the two English-speaking regions on Sunday, the anniversary of Anglophone Cameroon’s independence from Britain

Buhari speech at UNGA raises dust

President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the United Nation’s 72nd General Assembly. And his speech was one for the records. It was posted on social media and shared on his Twitter handle @mbuhari. It has already retweeted 803 times and gathered 1,192 likes. Not to mention 236 comments—and all not very soothing.

What to do about the North Korean crisis? – AlJazeera

North Korea’s actions have once again put the region and the entire world on edge. Pyongyang has launched another ballistic missile across Japan – for the second time in as many weeks. Earlier this month, North Korea conducted its biggest nuclear test. And there’s another meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the crisis. But will another diplomatic meeting do anything to help ease the fears and concerns over North Korea’s Nuclear programme? Video Credit: (Al-Jazeera)

VIDEO REPORT: Al-Shabaab Storms Military Base Near Kenyan Border

Al-Shabaab has detonated a suicide bomb in the Somali border town of Balad Hawo, near Kenya, prompting a fierce and deadly battle between the group and local armed forces. According to a military official, ten soldiers and seven militants were killed before the al-Qaeda-linked group was chased out of town. However, a spokesman for Al Shabaab claimed it had captured an Army base and residents said fighting was ongoing. Video Credit: Euronews

Fire Outbreak Costs Nigeria N6trn In 5 Years

In Nigeria Regular fire outbreaks has cost the national economy about N6 trillion in the last five years, with major cities like Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt , Abuja experiencing serious consequences of the scourge. The president of Fire Disaster Prevention and Safety Awareness Association of Nigeria, Badanga Ahmed Lamidi, who disclosed this in an exclusive interview with LEADERSHIP Sunday, said fire outbreaks in the country have become a perennial problem, with many reported cases happening at the federal state levels. Noting that the figure could be higher if there was operational Fire Statistics Database, Lamidi said, “However, our Association created a National Fire Statistics Databased launched in 2014 in partnership with Federal Fire Service but it is yet to be fully functional. Lamidi...Read More

Presidential Flood Committee Donates N250m To Benue Victims

In Nigeria The presidential committee on flood relief and rehabilitation led by chairman of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has donated N250 million as relief and assistance to victims of the devastating flood in Benue State. More than 110,000 persons in 24 communities, including Makurdi, have been displaced by the flood in Benue State. The executive secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr. Boniface Ortese, who disclosed this recently said over 2,769 households were also affected. According to the executive chairman: “In Achusa, 200 houses were affected with 5,125 persons displaced. In Idye, 217 houses with 5,200 persons displaced. Also, behind the Civil Service Commission, 200 houses were submerged in flood and 5,777 persons were displaced.” At Genabe, 200 house...Read More

Update On the Mexico Earthquake

In Mexico The biggest earthquake to hit Mexico in over a Century occurred on September the 7th and death toll is now put at 58. The earthquake is said to have moved the fault by 32 Feet. Seismologists now say the magnitude 8.1 quake was so large it moved the fault up by 32 feet, as the Cocos and North American tectonic plates collided. According to David Galloway, from the British Geological Survey, in a Yahoo report; “Since the initial quake, many aftershocks have been recorded, ranging between magnitude 4.3 and 5.7. Seismologists are currently monitoring for more, as these could pose a major risk to the buildings already destabilized by the initial 8.1 earthquake.” Several reports put the death toll at 58, with most killed in the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tabasco. Photos ...Read More

Entire Island Buried Underwater In Hurricane

The island of Barbuda is “literally under water” and “barely habitable” after nearly all of its buildings were destroyed by Hurricane Irma. One death in Barbuda adds to two deaths in nearby St. Barts and St. Martin, according to the French Overseas Affairs Minister Annick Girardin. The estimated cost of rebuilding Barbuda is expected to be at least $150 million, the beginning of what could be a devastating impact from the storm that has hit Puerto Rico and is now moving towards the U.S. mainland. Authorities in Florida issued emergency warnings on Tuesday, with officials in Georgia and South Carolina following suit for their states’ coastal areas after forecasts showed Irma veering northward.