Dr Sid and wife Simi Osomo share first photos of their new baby girl

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Dr Sid first shared the news that he and wife Simi Osomo were expecting a new addition to their family after the pair stepped out for the Africa Magic video awards last year and it appears their bundle of joy has now arrived!

The musician shared a photo on his instagram 2 days ago sharing the news with his thousands of followers.

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Dr Sid married his heartthrob at an exquisite ceremony last year. Congrats to them!

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Keke Palmer’s wardrobe is every fashionistas dream- we chart her top 10 looks

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Keke Palmer’s summer style game is so on point, she’s giving poor Olivia Pope a good run for her money. Filled with cool, colourful separates all thoughtfully and artfully paired together to create a casual, chic look that screams I’ve got sass, I’m fabulous and I darn well know it!!!

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Keke Palmer looking smoking hot. Photo: Keke Palmer/Instagram

We can definitely get with that programme, Keke…bring it on.

Here are some of our favourite Keke fashion moments:

On a trip to FOX TV to promote her new film ‘Brotherly Love‘, Keke sports an orange 2 piece suit from ICB paired with a white crop top from Timo Weiland and shoes by Stuart Weitzman

 

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Keke looking chic in a Victoria Beckham dress and Stuart Witzman shoes.

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Photo: Keke Palmer/Instagram

Casual chic: Keke in a Shirt by Wasteland Vintage Tee, trousers by Piazza Sempione and an Oroton clutch.

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Photo: Keke Palmer/Instagram

One of our favourite looks for transitioning from spring to summer! Here’s the actress in a top by Opening Ceremony, trousers by Alexander McQueen and Lanvin shoes. 

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Photo: Keke Palmer/Instagram

Boss lady- Keke taking over the fashion world in a top from Carven, trousers from Theory and Shoes from Christian Louboutin. 

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Photo: Keke Palmer/Instagram

Blooming marvellous: Keke does summer beautifully in Shorts and blouse from House of Holland.

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Photo: Keke Palmer/Instagram

Bringing sexy back in an a skirt by Alexander Wang, top and bando by Nasty Gal paired with shoes from Giuseppe Zanoti. 

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Photo: Keke Palmer/Instagram

And for the ultimate summer look, try this one with the 21 year old in a bomber jacket, a bando and shorts paired with these Miu Miu metal top brogues.

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Photo: Keke Palmer/Instagram

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UNBELIEVABLE – Soccer Star Cristiano Ronaldo Donates a HUGE $8m To The Nepalese Earthquake Appeal!

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As one of the world’s most successful and talented sports stars, Cristiano Ronaldo is almost constantly in the limelight. Known as a flashy and often selfish player, he has somewhat of a reputation for diving and bending rules to suit him. So, while almost unbelievably brilliant at soccer, the Real Madrid star isn’t always the best loved. But that might be about to change… He’s just donated an amazing $8m to Save The Children for their Nepal earthquake mission. Pretty amazing, huh? Ronaldo The Portuguese star has a real history of kindness and generosity, though. He has his own charities and foundations and donated a significant amount of money to help rebuild Indonesia after 2004’s devastating tsunami and earthquake there. Not only that, last year Ronaldo was asked to donate items to help out in raising $83,000 to pay for a much-needed operation for a 10 month old baby. He not only gave the family a signed shirt and boots but even paid for the entire operation!

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#360TvSeries: Grant Gustin(The Flash) Writes Thank You Message To The Flash Fans, Casts And Crew #TheFlash

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Grant Gustin or The Flash as we know him on Popular TV series, The Flash has taken ton his official Facebook page to thank the cast, crew and fans of the hit CW series.

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The show, which debuted to the highest-ever ratings on the network, has turned out to be one of The CW’s flagship series.

Here is Grant Gustin  message.

It’s happening, guys. The finale is finally here. THIS TUESDAY. It was a long, emotional season and it’s all about to come to an end. Well, there will be some closure at least. It is the season finale of The Flash after all.. it can’t be ALL sunshine and smiles. You’ll just have to come back for season 2.
Check out the trailer if you please. I do suppose it could be considered SOMEWHAT spoilery. As usual though, it does not reallyyyyyy give away any of the big reveals…

AGAIN, I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for tuning in to our show all season and making it the hit that it has become. Every time I stop and think about the fact that I get to play The Flash and Barry Allen and there are people out there that love our show… I can’t even fully explain it to be honest. It almost feels like I’m watching it happen to someone else at times. I will always feel grateful for getting to do what I love to do and now I have all of you to thank for helping me get to do that, AND on what I think is a ground breaking show led by geniuses Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns. I really believe they are the perfect people to be bringing this iconic character to life. They love this character & they’re incredibly passionate about getting him right. They’re also pretty okay guys and I love working with them. I feel incredibly lucky.
I also feel very lucky to get to work with the cast & crew every single day on this show. We have spent some lonnnggggg days & nights together and we all know how challenging it was to make every single one of the 23 episodes we made this season. I have so much respect for every person I got to work with on this first season. It was no joke.

I especially love our cast. Jesse, Tom, Candice, Danielle, Los & Pretty Ricky. The “we moved to Canada to make this tv show” group. I love you all. You inspire me every day and getting to work with you is a dream. Our show doesn’t accidentally rock. It’s because you all bust your butts because you want to and it’s fun. I can’t wait to start season 2 with you.

I can’t not mention awesome cast members John Wesley Shipp, Patrick Sabongui, Robbie Amell, Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, Brandon Routh, Paul Blackthorne, Katie Cassidy, Wentworth Miller, Dom Purcell, Victor Garber, Liam McIntyre, Malese Jow, Clancy Brown, Michelle Harrison, Logan Williams, Greg Finley, Chad Rook, Nicholas Gonzalez, Andy Mientus, Emily Kinney, Paul Anthony, Anthony Carrigan, Dani Nicolet, Britne Oldford, Micah Parker, Devon Graye, Chase Masterson, Doug Jones, Peyton List, Kelly Frye, Roger Howarth, Michael Smith, Matt Letscher, Michael Reventar, Amanda Pays, Isabella Hofmann, Jeremy Schuetze, Robert Knepper, Vito D’Ambrosio, Al Sapienza, David Ramsey, William Sadler & Mark Hamill. I realize that’s a long list of people, but for me being relatively “new” to the business and having never been a regular a show before, getting to work with all of those actors and watching them help bring our show to life always made it feel like that much more of an authentic world to me. Those are some heavy hitters and bad ass actors on that list. SO i guesses I should also thank David Rapaport for bringing all of them to us and for jump starting this opportunity for me as well.
OKAY.

I apologize for the ramble.
Thank you for putting up with it if you made it through all of my poor grammar and absurd train of thought.

Point is…thank you & watch the season finale please.

360nobs will also like to thank you Grant Gustin for being an amazing actor.

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Grimm Star Actress Claire Coffee ( Adalind Schade) Welcomes Baby Boy With Husband

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360nobs will love to say a big Congratulations to Claire Coffee and her husband Chris Thile.

The Grimm star, 35, and her husband have welcomed their first child – a son – she announced via Instagram Friday.

“GRIMM Season Finale! @christhile & I had a baby! I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S MORE INTENSE!!” she announced Friday evening. “JK, it’s definitely childbirth, but watch tonight anyway! #buryingthelead.”

It should be noted that the actress announced her pregnancy in January.

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#360TvSeries: Caitlin Snow To Become “Killer Frost” On The Flash + Season Finale Pictures And Spoilers

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Danielle Panabaker or Caitlin Snow as we know her as on The Flash is set to get a super power upgrade

Dr Snow has revealed she will eventually become Killer Frost on the show.

Panabaker had this to say

“From the beginning, I knew that Caitlin Snow becomes Killer Frost. And I can’t wait to suit up and duke it out with the boys!” While she didn’t reveal exactly when she’d receive the power upgrade, Panabaker did say that it was coming soon, and to “watch the season finale” for developments.

Dr Snow is likely to undergo some transformation during next week’s Tuesday anticipated season finale, setting up Frost for Season Two

She even went on to reveal that The Flash’s production team has already assembled a Killer Frost costume for her.

SPOILER ALERT: Panabaker revealed
that there will be a wedding in next week’s episode, describing it as “Fun. Cold. Emotional.”

Here are some pictures from Next week’s season finale

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#360TvSeries: Arrow Season 4 Will be Less “Darker” Than Previous Seasons

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Marc Guggenheim who is the producer of CW’s popular TV series, Arrow has said the show will take a lighter tone.

He6told io9 that Arrow will star to bridge some of the gap between its dour tone and that of the relentlessly bright The Flash.

“It will take a lighter tone. That’s pretty much the only thing I say without spoiling it,” . “We’ve been working for about a month now in the writers’ room, talking about Season Four, and I think that one thing we all collectively understood was Season Three beginning with Sara’s death, because it’s the death of a major character on the show, it set a tone for the remainder of the season. And I’m not the least bit apologetic for that tone. I happen to like dark and I like the fact that Arrow is a pretty dark show particularly for a network show. That said, every year you want to mix things up and there was sort of a collective desire on all of our parts to try to inject a little bit more lightness into the show, a little bit more humor. It’s not going to radically change. The show’s still going to be the show but in terms of tone we’re coming off a very very hard season for all of our characters. We wanted to try to mix it up a little bit.”

Arrow has just recently concluded it’s third season and will returns in the fall for its fourth season, with Damien Darhk and H.I.V.E. serving as the primary antagonists.

Here are pictures from the just concluded Season finale
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Tickets price surge for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard’s Anfield farewell

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Steven Gerrard is bringing down the curtain on a 17-year Liverpool career at the end of the season. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters
Tickets for Steven Gerrard’s Anfield farewell are being sold for more than £1,200.

On Tuesday evening the price of tickets for Liverpool’s home match with Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday ranged from £179.01 to £1,258.63 on www.ticketbis.net.

The Liverpool captain will bring down the curtain on his 17-year career with the club at the end of the season before a move to Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy.

The game against Palace is classed as a category C fixture and adult tickets normally cost between £37 and £49.

Gerrard is scheduled to play his final game for Liverpool away to Stoke the following weekend.

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Edo State Governor Adams Oshimhole weds young Cape Verde beau Lara Forte

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Some have dubbed them ‘Beauty and the Beast’ but in the early hours of Friday, Edo State Governor Comrade and Adams Oshiomhole married Cape Verdean model Lara Forte at an intimate ceremony in Edo State.

The new bride who’s over 30 years younger than the 63-year-old governor looked beautiful in a simple white dress with lace embroidery. Dignitaries including the newly elected President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari, Billionaire Dangote, Jim Ovia, Bukola Saraki and Nasir El Rufai.

Comrade Oshiomhole and his new wife Lara Forte. Photo: Bayo Omoboriowo/Instagram

Comrade Oshiomhole and his new wife Lara Forte. Photo: Bayo Omoboriowo/Instagram

Comrade Oshiomhole lost his first wife to Clara to cancer in 2010.

First kiss. Comrade Oshiomhole and his new wife Lara Forte. Photo: Bayo Omoboriowo/Instagram

First kiss. Comrade Oshiomhole and his new wife Lara Forte. Photo: Bayo Omoboriowo/Instagram

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Three reasons the Burundi coup plot failed miserably

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VENTURES AFRICA – Despite riding on popular local support and a silent acquiescence of the international community, the Major General Niyombare-led plot to remove Burundi’s sit-tight President Nkurunziza was a colossal failure. Backed by some prominent forces within the country’s security establishment, Niyombare had on Wednesday announced the dismissal of the President for seeking a controversial third term mandate. His announcement was received with wild jubilations on the streets of Bujumbura, and a tacit heave of relief from members of the international community, most of whom were frustrated by the president’s quest to remain in power.

However, barely 24 hours after the Major General’s announcement, the euphoria that greeted the coup was all but diffused. It dawned on the coup plotters and their backers that they had lost the plot, same with the international community which finally began to condemn the act of the plotters. By this morning, the government announced it has arrested the leaders of the putsch, among them Major General Niyombare, who had been on the run and begging for clemency. So why did coup that looked so sure to succeed fail so swiftly?

Here are three things the plotters so wrong:

They wrongly assumed that ‘away’ meant ‘out’ 

The first mistake of the coup plotters was assuming that President Nkurunziza’s absence from the country meant a power vacuum.  Immediately the President left for a meeting in Tanzania, Major General Niyombare, the former chief of army staff and recently sacked national intelligence service, announced the dissolution of the government. He moved to seize institutions as well as seal the country’s borders to prevent the President from returning, pretty easy tasks he must have thought. Analysts thought so too; looking solely at precedence, they called the deposition a facsimile success, but they were wrong.

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The president, around or not, could count on his loyalists in the army to safeguard his government.

 

Burundi has a history of similar takeovers that went smoothly.  The first President of the country, Michel Micombero deposed the Monarchy in 1966 through a bloodless coup and was removed in similar fashion ten years later by then Army Deputy Chief of Staff, Jean-Baptiste Bagaza. Bagaza was himself deposed by Pierre Buyoya without much hassle while he was on his way to Canada in 1987. Buyoya would leave office in 1993 and return three years later in another popular, military backed and bloodless coup against interim President Ntibantunganya. But, the present has proven different from history because unlike with past presidential casualties, the current president still has a solid support base within the military and the civilian population.

Once learning of the Niyombare’s announcement, the Nkurunziza’s spokesman derided the dismissal as a “joke”, and he had reason to feel confident. The president, around or not, could count on his loyalists in the army to safeguard his government, and that was exactly what they did. This is evident in the statement by coup co-leader, General Cyrille Ndayirukiye, who said the rebels had been “faced with an overpowering military determination to support the system in power”. This brings the second reason the coup failed.

They failed to win over the Army, or, at least, most of it

Major General Godefroid Niyombare announced the president’s dismissal at a military barracks and had some senior Army and Police Officers by his side. However, what he did not have was the support or control of most barracks, which was in the hands of the Chief of Army Staff, General Prime Niyongabo. And Niyombare did not have the General.

Major General Niyombare did not have the general support of the Army

Major General Niyombare did not have the general support of the Army

Within hours, forces loyal to General Niyongabo had pushed back the advances of the coup plotters, retaken the airport that they had blocked and sacked Radio Stations that broadcasted their declarations. “The coup attempt failed, loyal forces are still controlling all strategic points,” said Army Chief of Staff General Prime Niyongabo in a statement broadcast on state radio. While there were still running battles around the state television and radio station in the capital by Thursday, it was clear that the plot had failed.

The coup’s failure is also partly because its main backers, Niyombare and former Defence Minister Cyrille Ndayirukiye, were largely out of the pivots of the military establishment, and thus had limited control over men and resources. Niyombare lost favour with Nkurunziza in February over his warning to the president not to run for third term. He was fired as intelligence chief, and was shifted off any role of strong influence. Cyrille Ndayirukiye, who became Defence Minister after former president Busoya sacked current President Nkurunziza from the position in 2000, has also been far away from the corridors of power. It was highly inconceivable that both men could rally the armed forces without support from the current military leaders, and they clearly did not have that. This brings us to the third reason.

They did not realise the extent of ethnic sentiments, in the Army and in the public

The rebel leaders underestimated the level of ethnic loyalty to President Nkurunziza, and paid a dire price for it.

The Burundian Army is widely regarded as one of the best products of the year 2000 Arusha Accords, which marked a formal end to the country’s civil war. It was reconstituted to balance the representation of the Hutu Majority and Tutsi minority through the establishment of ethnic quotas. Since then, the unity within the army seemed to be growing– it even declared itself neutral from the protests against the President– until the coup attempt. “… In the wake of the coup, divisions between those supporting the coup and those backing Nkurunziza quickly manifested themselves in battles for control of the capital, especially state radio,” Stephen Graham and Anthony Morland wrote in IRIN. 

The Coup plotters underestimated the ethnic loyalty to Nkurunziza.  Source: Desire Nimubona, IRIN

The Coup plotters underestimated the ethnic loyalty to Nkurunziza.
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While at the surface the divisions seemed to be between supporters and opponents of Nkurunziza, than Hutu and Tutsi, it now seems not to be the case. Both Niyombare and Ndayirukiye may be of Hutu extraction, but the opposition that they led has been propagated by the government as Tutsi driven. The President’s CNDD-FDD party youth wing, the Imbonerakure, is overtly Hutu and has been accused of attacking Tutsis. Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame has also warned of the influx of fighters from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a Hutu rebel group based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), whom he says have come to assist Nkurunziza’s hold onto power. Such ethnic sentiments, played up by the president–a former Hutu rebel leader– made any attempt to sack him as an attempt to dismantle Hutu domination.

Given this ethnically tensed climate, it is unforeseeable how the rebels would have succeeded without starting another nationwide bloodshed. Members of the international community feared this too and condemned the coup attempt, although most did after its failure was certified.

Although coup is a confirmed failure, President Nkurunziza’s problems are far from over. Many in his country are still disgruntled with his bid for a third term, how he responds to their protests will determine if the country plunge further into crisis. Already, over 105,000 Burundians have fled to neighbouring countries for fears of more violence.

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Burundi arrest 3 generals over coup attempt, leader on the run

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VENTURES AFRICA – The spokesman of the President of Burundi said this morning that security forces have arrested three generals for their role in an attempted coup in Burundi, but that the leader of the group was “still on the run.”

Among those arrested are a police general and two army generals, including former Defence Minister Cyrille Ndayirukiye, spokesman Gervais Abayeho said. He told Reuters that Major General Godefroid Niyombare, who led the coup attempt, was “still on the run, his whereabouts are not known to us.”

On Wednesday, former intelligence chief, Major General Godefroid Niyombare announced that he was dismissing President Pierre Nkurunziza seeking a third term against the Arusha accords that ended the country’s civil war a decade ago. The General’s statement, announced on national radio, was followed by an attempt to seize government institutions, the state radio and seal the Airport to prevent the president, who was at that time in Tanzania, from returning.

However, despite the support from some prominent persons in the security forces and a significant segment of the civilian populace, many of whom have been protesting Nkurunziza’s third term bid, Niyombare’s coup failed to overthrow the president. By Thursday, the early gains of seizing the airport and government institutions had been reversed by forces loyal to the President, led by the Chief of Army Staff. President Nkurunziza returned to Burundi on the same day, his office said, as the army chief declared putsch failed.

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In Very Sand Health: 92-Year Old Indian Woman Who Eats 4 Plates Of Sand Everyday [PHOTOS]

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Sudama Devi, an Indian woman, eats 4 plates of sand everyday, and remains healthy.

Devi, 92, first ate sand when she was 10 years old, and has become quite addicted to it.

Mrs Devi said: “I eat sand daily, about one kilogram and three or four times in a day.”

“My economic condition is not good but I am fond of eating a good and healthy diet. I eat sand but it is not like a food.”

She added: “I had seven sons and three daughters but now I have only three sons and one daughter alive. No one eats sand.”

“Before marriage my father and my brother arranged sand for me and after marriage my husband Krishan Kumar arranged sand for me.”

“When I came first time (sic) in my husband’s home everybody felt surprised to see that a bride eats sand.”

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South Africa’s gold mining sector facing another prolonged strike

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VENTURES AFRICA – South Africa, Africa’s most advanced economy, could face yet another prolonged strike when the militant Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) takes on the gold mining companies. Amcu has called for an increase in the basic pay for entry level workers in the gold mining sector to be more than doubled.

Amcu, which is known for being a tough wage negotiator, was also behind the platinum wage strike which lasted nearly five months last year, demanding that its lowly based workers be paid R12 500.00 ($1.045).

The platinum miners and Amcu resolved to increase the salary by about 20 percent a year annually. But this crippled the platinum miners because these companies are now set to retrench thousands of workers.

Joseph Mathunjwa, the President of Amcu, this week said his union would demand a monthly wage of R12.500 ($1.045) for workers who currently earn around R6.000 ($508.98) from the gold miners.”The mineworkers are enslaved across the country. Whatever we put forward is to liberate the mining workers from this oppression,” Reuters quoted Mathunjwa as having said.

South Africa’s gold miners that could be hit by the strike include AngloGold Ashanti, Sibanye Gold and Harmony. These companies have been negatively impacted by decreasing profits and surging costs.

The companies reckon increased wages and strikes would cripple the already stressed industry.

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WHO fears Ebola vaccine may not see light of day as epidemic nears end

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VENTURES AFRICA – Last weekend, a significant milestone when Liberia was declared Ebola free, having gone 42 days without a new case of the virus. While this is definitely a positive development, there are concerns that further vaccine trials will fail to provide enough insight on the degree of protection offered against the virus.

This twist in the Ebola narrative was recently disclosed by the World Health Organization (WHO) after officially declaring Liberia free of the disease. The epidemic, which lasted for about a year killed more than 4,700 people in Liberia. Neighbouring countries Guinea and Sierra Leone reported 10 and 2 cases respectively last week, confirming a gradual tilt towards the zero case target.

Presently, two experimental Ebola vaccines are being tested on volunteers but may not yield sufficient data on efficacy as the number of cases continue to shrink. According to Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation, these vaccines were developed by GlaxoSmithKline and jointly by Merck and NewLink Genetics. Two other drugs including the already known Zmapp will also be tested, going forward. “The best news is we are going to zero cases, there is absolutely no doubt about that. It is not clear whether it will be possible to have even a hint of efficacy from these two vaccines. To have efficacy we must see if people are actually protected, as the number of cases is going down it is not clear whether there will be a strong robust answer to this question at the end of epidemic.”

The health body continues to hold meetings with experts on developing a plan to expedite the production of vaccines and drugs that can be used during any future epidemic. A deal on research and development could potentially be reached by the end of the year.

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Zambia hikes fuel price less than six months after slashing it

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VENTURES AFRICA – Yesterday, Zambia reversed its decision to lower fuel prices when it increased the pump prices of petrol and diesel by 15 percent.

It comes four months after it slashed prices by 23.13 percent and 28.22 percent for petrol and diesel respectively, its energy regulator said. “This adjustment is mainly due to the volatility of the kwacha, which resulted in significant depreciation of the kwacha against the United States dollar,” the regulator–chaired by Pastor Geoff Mwape–said, referring to the local currency.

Mwape explained that although international oil prices have remained stable during the review period, the exchange rate has been volatile.

Since Zambia last cut fuel prices in January, the Kwacha has averaged K7.1 to a dollar, reaching an all-time high of 7.74 in March. Weeks before the January cut, the southern African country had slashed the pump price of petrol by 4.72 percent and diesel by 5.5 percent.

The energy board hinted that prices would be adjusted again to ensure full cost recovery in the supply chain. “Future price adjustments will be dictated by changes in the key fundamentals. The ERB will endeavor to automatically adjust prices so that cost reflectively is attained for each and every petroleum feedstock cargo and imported finished petroleum products,” said Mwape.

Meanwhile, Hakainde Hichilema, Zambia’s opposition leader, says the hike in fuel prices show that the reduction ahead of the presidential elections was only a campaign gimmick by the Patriotic Front (PF). Hichilema lost the January election to Patriotic Front (PF)’s Edgar Lungu, who was the Minister of Justice under the late president, Michael Sata.

 

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How the world reacted to the Burundi ‘coup’

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VENTURES AFRICA – In the early hours of Wednesday, a senior army officer announced that he has dismissed Burundi’s embattled President Pierre Nkurunziza for seeking a third term against the warnings of the local and international community.

Major General Godefroid Niyombare, a former ally of the president, proclaimed in a radio broadcast that “President Nkurunziza is dismissed, his government is dismissed too.” Nkurunziza, who was at that time in crisis talks in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, dismissed his dismissal as a “joke.”

While uncertainty still hovers over who’s currently in charge of Burundi, several people have taken to the streets and social media to applaud the actions of the Major General. However, supporters of the president have also hit back at the coup, describing it as failed and ineffectual.

Here are some reactions we gathered from the micro-blogging site, Twitter, on the attempted coup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MasterCard maintains Africa is its fastest growing region

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VENTURES AFRICA – MasterCard Inc, the world’s second biggest debit and credit card firm, this week said the volume of its transactions in Africa and the Middle East had surged 21 percent against a 15 percent increase internationally in the past three years.

“This is the fastest growing region,” Michael Miebach, President of Mastercard in the Middle East and Africa, told Reuters, adding the firm continues to anticipate growth that is more than the global average in the region.

MasterCard had doubled up the amount of its cards to around 100 million in the Middle East and Africa. In the Middle East and Africa, the company has launched joint ventures with governments with the aim of providing them with entry to its payments system.

In March this year, MasterCard entered into an agreement with the Egyptian government that would see the issue of digital identification cards with built-in payment devices reach 54 million Egyptians.

MasterCard has run a trial of a plan akin to this with the federal government of Nigeria. Africa’s biggest economy also has a low rate of financial inclusion. “We see in the Middle East as well as Africa a fairly high cash dominance. If you go to Nigeria it is about 94 percent cash,” Miebach told Reuters.

Last month, MasterCard signed a deal with Premier Bank of Somalia to issue debit cards and install ATM machines in some parts of the troubled country.

 

 

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How much are you paying for fuel?

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VENTURES AFRICA – In the last two weeks, Nigerians have been forced to queue for fuel and pay about a dollar more than the official price, despite being citizens of Africa’s biggest oil producer. Its four grounded refineries have ensured most of its locally consumed petroleum products are being shipped from Europe and the US, a situation that has given rise to purported “Subsidy Cabal.”

This cabal (oil marketers) got its relevance from the government’s decision to incur a portion of fuel cost for consumers by regulated the price locally. The difference is paid to this group as Subsidy. Over the last decade, this group has reportedly shared about N3 trillion, a sum that is well over three quarters of the country’s 2015 annual budget.

Despite this, queues remain evident. The group of marketers has claimed that the government still owes it $1 billion, while industry experts believe the uncertainty surrounding the incoming government’s plan on the subsidy scheme has made them reluctant to spend on transporting fuel down to Africa’s most populated country and its biggest economy.

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The bickering aside, the real sufferers are local consumers, some of whom are purchasing fuel for N400 per litre ($2.3) at black market rate–four times the official N87 going rate. This is mostly seen in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub where business and board meetings are happening by the minute, and a huge chunk of the higher net worth individuals reside. In the eastern state of Anambra, home to the popular Onitsha Market, one of West Africa’s largest markets, fuel is selling for around N115 to N150. The same is seen in Warri, an oil-producing city, and Benin City.

A survey by NOI Polls showed that the fuel scarcity is biting harder in Nigeria’s Northeast, a region decimated by Boko Haram insurgency. About 97 percent of people in the region admitted they bought petrol above N87 per litre. The Southwest had the lowest percentage of people who bought petrol above N87 per litre.

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The poll also revealed that a majority of Nigerians have seen a rise in domestic expenses. About 48 percent are paying higher transport fares, 12 percent are spending more to keep their businesses open, and 3 percent have been unable fuel their cars.

In what way has the fuel scarcity affect you? 

Join the conversation on social media and tell us how much you have spent on a litre of fuel recently.

 

 

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Diego Maradona dissing Lionel Messi: My goals were more ‘beautiful’

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Asked by CNN anchor Becky Anderson to pick between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as to who is the world’s top footballer, Argentina’s former World Cup winner emphatically endorsed the Barcelona star — but quickly worked himself into the conversation.
“The thing is, my goals were more beautiful,” insisted Maradona.
However, even Maradona, who led Argentina to victory over West Germany in the 1986 World Cup final, was forced to concede the 27-year-old Messi is trumping him in the goalscoring stakes.
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Messi is “killing it with his goals,” admitted the 54-year-old — a nod to Messi’s prolific career scoring record of 328 and counting for Barcelona and Argentina, far outweighing Maradona’s own tally of 293 for club and country.
Messi’s tally includes 53 goals scored so far this season, including two in a 3-0 drubbing over Bayern Munich last week in the first leg of their European Champions League tie. Barcelona advanced to the final on Tuesday with a 5-3 aggregate score after the away leg.

Messi’s performances in those two games prompted Bayern’s coach Pep Guardiola to describe the diminutive forward as “the best player of all time.”

Both Messi and Maradona were often the smallest men on the pitch and each wore the blue and white stripes of their country along with the unmistakable maroon of the famous Catalan club.

Quizzed as whether it is Messi’s goals or his style that make him great, Maradona offered a compromise: Messi might be scoring more goals, but it’s the former Napoli star who had more flair.

“I think that I had my own style from the very beginning,” said the man famously known for his “Hand of God” goal against England in the 1986 World Cup. “And that is the point in which I could be better than Messi.”

According to Maradona, Messi is still “finding his own style,” adding: “Most likely he will find it very soon.”

Maradona coached Messi at the 2010 World Cup but his contract was not renewed following Argentina’s 4-0 quarterfinal defeat to Germany.

Three years ago, Maradona was sacked by United Arab Emirates club Al-Wasl after only 14 months in charge.

He arrived in Dubai on a lucrative contract in May 2011, but could only manage to take Al-Wasl to eighth place in the 12-team UAE Pro-League — which resulted in the club’s board resigning.

Maradona was not given the chance to continue his two-year tenure by the new board.

He is one of the greatest players in soccer history, having helped Napoli win two Italian league titles after a difficult two-year stay at Barcelona — both clubs signed him for world-record fees.

But his career was marred by controversy over drug use — he was thrown out of the 1994 World Cup after testing positive for ephedrine — and he suffered from subsequent health problems.

Source: sutbeatcom

Glencore, Barrick set to sell Tanzanian nickel project

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VENTURES AFRICA – Resources titans, Glencore and Barrick Gold are poised to dispose of their joint nickel expansion scheme in Tanzania, one of east Africa’s fastest-growing economies.

This is according to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), which cited people familiar with the matter on Thursday.
It is believed that the disposal process may encounter problems because it is happening in the middle of instability in the price of nickel.

The Tanzanian asset is among many that have been disposed of in the past couple of years as mining companies reorganize their investment portfolios and raise funds to fix their beaten up balance sheets.

Ivan Glasenberg, Glencore CEO, has often said the company would not like to invest money in greenfields projects, adding these require bulky cash injections. The Toronto-based Barrick Gold is disposing of assets because it wants to shrink its debt by $3 billion before the close of this year, according to the WSJ.

The price of nickel continues to be unstable with some bankers claiming it could scare some investors from the Tanzanian asset.

Nickel has been surging in recent weeks. But it has slipped 5.3 percent this year and 31 percent down from highs touched last May. The two mining giants each own half of the Kabanga nickel project in northwest Tanzania.

 

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Kim Kardashian superfan who spent £100,000 on surgery gets turned away for more surgery

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 Jordan James is a 23-year-old Kim Kardashian superfan and lip filler addict who has spent more than £100,000 on plastic surgery just to look like his ‘idol’ Kim Kardashian.

Jordan has spent £350 per shot on each of his 50 lip filler operations, even though he’s been warned several times that his lips might end up exploding some day.More photos after the cut.He also has eyebrow tattoos, chin, forehead and cheek filler, botox injections and has had laser hair removal.


James who was brought up in Birmingham, has revealed in a TV show-Botched that he could no longer move his face as a result of the surgery and that his 4mm lip fillers are leaking.

He said: ‘I can’t really move my face. I want just a little bit of definition and they just got bigger and bigger but any attention is good attention.
‘I’m worried if they keep leaking I’m going to end up with small lips again.

Jordan asked ‘Botched’ doctors Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif if he could have a nose job to give him a smaller pinched in looking nose but both doctors said no, demonstrating with cotton buds that if he had the surgery he wouldn’t be able to breathe due to his enormous lips. He disregarded their advice and said he’d go elsewhere to get it done.

In regards to his lips, he said: ‘I’m addicted to lip-fillers. The bigger, the better. I’ve never felt better about myself. I laugh when people try to insult me by telling me I look plastic or fake. Do they think I’m going for the natural look? If I was, I’d ask for my money back”.

‘Whenever I see a new procedure, I have to try it. I’m in the clinic so often I get a discount. I do borrow money off my family. But I have worked hard, in sales and at a health club’, he said. ‘I work so hard as a make-up artist and I grew up with my mum who would spend the last pound in her purse if she wants something. Now, if I want it, I have it. My mum also likes to buy me things, which I’m very grateful for. I am a little bit spoilt, I have to admit’.

Jordan before surgery



With his Mum as a child.

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Glo welcomes NYSC members as Lagos Orientation Camp opens

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Nigeria’s National Telecommunications Carrier, Globacom has organised a night of entertainment for the Batch ‘A’ members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) posted to Lagos.

The party was held on Friday, May 8, at the NYSC Orientation Camp located at Iyana-Ipaja, marking the beginning of the 2015 Batch ‘A’ service year.

Large number of corps members turned up for the party, clad in their white sportswear and generally enjoyed themselves having photo opportunities with Glo ambassadors. The party kicked off at 7 p.m. and lasted till about 10pm, shortly before the light out.
Globacom’s Group Business Director, Kunle Akanmu, in his welcome address said that the company was delighted to be part of the corps members’ orientation camp activities and that the party was aimed at celebrating the beginning of their service year which it believed, would be successful and rewarding.
“As the 2015 NYSC Batch ‘A’ service year begins, we urge you to be good ambassadors of your various institutions and brace yourselves up for the challenges ahead. At Globacom, we believe that the youth are the future leaders of this great nation, and we are optimistic that, with the training you have received in your schools, you will make the nation proud in your various places of primary assignment,” Akanmu said.
Celebrities who graced the event include Glo Ambassador and accomplished standup comic, Basketmouth, who anchored the event and Hip-hop super star, Wande Coal, who thrilled the audience with the performance of his hits songs. His performance was one of the highpoints of the night.
To spice the night, there were a number of competitions during which the Corps members won various items.  Indeed, the dancing competition generated much excitement among the corps members. Jesse Akinwande won the first prize of a Samsung Ace 4 handset plus 2,000 Glo airtime; Chioma Charles was runner up, while Chibueze Udechukwu was second runner-up.  They all smile to their rooms with quality prizes.
Befii Tekor, a corp member at the event thanked Globacom for the party. “It was really thoughtful of Globacom to have such an event at the Orientation Camp. It created an opportunity for bonding of corps members, especially at the beginning of camp activities,” she enthused.

Source: New feed8