2018 Games torch relay to begin in Nov

The torch relay for next year’s Winter Olympics will begin in South Korea in November and travel 2,018 kilometres around the country before arriving in Pyeongchang to mark the start of the Feb. 9-25 Games, organisers said on Monday. The flame will be lit in Olympia, Greece on Oct. 24 before coming to Korea for the domestic relay. It would then be taken through 17 cities and provinces by 7,500 torchbearers, beginning on Nov. 1 — the 100-day countdown to the Games, POCOG said in a statement. The identity of…

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‘Nigerians should expect rising suicide’

Against the increasing rate of suicide and suicide attempts being recorded in Nigeria, a Professor of Sociology at the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, Wahab Elias, has said except urgent intervention is made by the government to mitigate the biting impacts of the socio-economic crisis on the people, more Nigerians will choose the suicide option. Elias, who described the development as a form of protest killing, said historically, suicide becomes common when society is building towards revolution. The sociologist, who explained this while delivering the university’s 60th inaugural lecture, said…

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In Syria and Nigeria, Trump faces the limits of American power

    President Trump, inspired by TV images of faraway suffering to launch missile strikes against Syria, may be about to discover a lesson that has confounded presidents for 25 years: American power can only do so much. That truth is also embedded in another set of disturbing images that Mr. Trump has not cited publicly: those from Nigeria’s conflict-torn northeast, where a very different crisis is drawing different American action toward different ends. Those two conflicts, in both their contrasts and commonalities, reveal something of the role that Mr.…

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Man who married two wives same day lied -Nigerians

The claim by a Nigerian man who married two wives on same day that he makes love to his two wives four times every night has attracted divergent comments from Nigerians including a Psychiatrist and doctors. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports Many Nigerians are of the opinion that it’s not possible for the man who married two wives same day to make love to his wives every night, going two rounds each. They argue that such is possible only if the man has a very high libido. They added that a man…

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Ford assures of fully autonomous cars by 2026

Ford Motor Co.’s head of research believes the general public won’t be able to buy a fully autonomous vehicle until sometime between 2026 and 2031. The automaker is developing a Level 4 self-driving vehicle — without a steering wheel or gas and brake pedals — for use in a ride-sharing service in 2021. Ken Washington, Ford’s vice president of research and advanced engineering, said sales to individual consumers likely won’t happen until five to 10 years after that first fleet implementation. That’s a more conservative timeline than what has previously…

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Lagos PDP declares support for Makarfi

As the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continues to bite harder, the Lagos State chapter of the party has expressed support for the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee, saying that the party was working as one in the state. Members of the party at its General Assembly meeting, yesterday in Lagos, unanimously adopted a motion affirming the leadership of Makarfi as the leader of the party. Speaking on the adoption, the state chairman, Hon. Moshood Salvador, stressed that the leader of the party in the state, Chief…

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Suicide attacks: Buratai orders deployment of military dogs

The Nigerian army said it would deploy special dogs in the Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre to curb the suicide bomb attacks in the North- East, particularly in Borno State. The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, disclosed this while inaugurating the newly renovated Sport Complex at 7 Division, Maimalri in Maiduguri, yesterday. He said: “I have directed the deployment of special dogs to the theatre so that they will curb the incessant suicide attacks. “We have done our best in degrading Boko Haram insurgents but we…

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Pray harder for Buhari’s recovery –Udeme

The founder of Voice of Freedom Synagogue, Port Harcourt and President General of the Concerned Good Citizens of the Niger Delta, Prophet Udeme John Bassey speaks about his ministry and other issues in this interview with Emmanuel Masha You are a founder of a church and also preside over a peace group. Could you tell us how you came about all of that? I started the Voice of Freedom Synagogue 15 years ago after a marathon prayer, fasting and consultation with God. I saw myself making prophecies, pronouncements, declarations which…

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Biggest crude exporter and its kerosene scarcity

Dearth of kerosene bites harder in Nigeria, the number one exporter of crude in Africa, despite 4.6 million litres of product, which the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says its refineries produce daily, reports ADEOLA YUSUF   The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), for the umpteenth time last week, rolled out figures on reasons it believes that the blame for acute shortage of Dual Purpose Kerosene, otherwise known as kerosene, currently rocking Nigeria should not be placed at its doorstep. The three refineries under its control, the Corporation said, “roared…

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