New Zealand Prime Minister Gives Birth; First World Leader To Do So In Decades

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had a baby girl on Thursday, becoming the first sitting world leader to give birth in nearly three decades. The last head of government to give birth while in power was Benazir Bhutto, who had her second child in 1990, while prime minister of Pakistan.

Ardern gave birth to a 7.3-pound baby in an Auckland hospital early Thursday morning, four days after her due date. She says she will take six weeks of maternity leave, during which Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters will assume her duties. Ardern says she will continue to read Cabinet papers during her time off.
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Zimbabwe elections: Emmerson Mnangagwa declared winner as opposition denounces ‘fake’ results

Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa has secured a narrow victory in Zimbabwe’s first election since the dictator Robert Mugabe was overthrown last year.

Mr Mnangagwa took 50.8 percent of the vote, obtaining by a whisker the 50 percent plus one vote majority required to avoid a second round run off, Zimbabwe’s election commission announced in Harare late on Thursday night.

Nelson Chamisa, his nearest challenger, took 44.3 percent of the vote.

Mr Mnangagwa said he was “humbled”, hailing the victory as a “new beginning”.
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Head of Armed Forces: troops did ‘bloody good job’ as row grows over hounding of veterans

The new Armed Forces chief has warned against rewriting history by insisting troops did a “bloody good job” in Northern Ireland while vowing to protect veterans against “a clutch of vexatious claims”.

Sir Nick Carter, the recently installed Chief of the Defence Staff, has waded into the growing row over the treatment of retired soldiers being investigated over incidents during the Troubles.

Sir Nick – in his first public statements on the controversy since taking over as head of the British Armed Forces – said that troops had done an “extraordinarily amazing task” in securing peace in Northern Ireland and warned the public not to forget their role.

Swedish police shoot dead man, 20, with Down’s Syndrome who had run away from home with toy gun

A man with Down’s Syndrome has been shot dead by Swedish police after running away from home in the middle of the night carrying a toy gun.

Eric Torell, 20, who was autistic and was described by his family as being severely disabled, was fatally shot by police who erroneously believed he was carrying a real weapon in the early hours of Thursday morning in central Stockholm.

Police officers say Mr Torell acted “threateningly” after responding to reports of a man showing a gun to residents at around 4am local time in the district of Vasastan.

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Ini Edo, Wizkid, others set for Peace Achievers Awards

Nigerian entrepreneur, philanthropist and founder of Elisabeth Jack-Rich Foundation, Dr. Mrs. Elizabeth Jack Rich Tein Jr, Hon. Godwin T. Ebosa, hip-hop artiste, Wizkid are among celebrities that have been nominated for the 2018 edition of the ‘Peace Achievers Awards’.

Slated for September 22, 2018 at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, organisers say that the event aims to celebrate personalities who have contributed to the peace and unity in Nigeria through their selfless efforts.

Speaking on the award, Project Director of Peace Ambassador Agency, Amb. Kingsley Amafibe, said that it is vital to honour men and women in the country who have written their names on the sand of time with humanitarian achievements in the society.

Other personalities nominated for the award include former president Goodluck Jonathan, Godwin Emefiele, Governor Aminu Bello Masari, Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, Suzzette Wike, Abdul Samad Rabiu of BUA Group, Hon. Dr. Godwin T. Ebosa, Mrs. Nnenna Obiejesi, Hon. Diepreye Abaye Leghemo and Mr. Akinaka Richard.

In the entertainment circle, some nominees include Gordons, Ini Edo, Mayorkun, among others.

According to Amafibe, Dr. Mrs. Elizabeth Jack Rich Tein Jr. is to be honoured with the award to recognise her continuous commitment and outstanding contribution to youths, widows and the less privileged in the society.

OAU students panic as flood sacks Ife community

Students of the Obafemi Awolowo University ( OAU ) Ile Ife have expressed fear over the heavy flood which sacked residents from their community.

The flood, The Nation gathered, was as a result of heavy downpour of rain which lasted over seven hours on Sunday.

The heavy downpour led to destruction of properties, caused harm to the Ife community and led residents leaving their houses.

James Ibrahim, one of the affected students said the heavy flood as caused serious harm as all their properties were carted away by the rain.

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Buhari to Saraki, other defectors: you’re bad eggs

PDP seals deal with 39 parties

Wammako hits Tambuwal

Kwara PDP chief joins APC

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday referred to defectors from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as “bad eggs”.

He said as the 2019 elections approach, “God will continue to fish out the bad eggs among us”.

He reiterated his resolve to ensure that nobody is allowed to loot the treasury.

Said Buhari: “What I will never exhibit is to allow selfish politicians loot public treasury and allow the masses be cheated.

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Wamakko to Tambuwal this is your worst decision ever

Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday got a plea from some of its leaders – stay firm.

Three governors, some federal and state lawmakers, including Senate President Bukola Saraki, have defected from the ruling party to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

To political leaders in Sokoto and Nasarawa states, among others, the defection will not affect the support for President Muhammadu Buhari and the party.

Party stakeholders led by Nasarawa State Governor Tanko Al Makura urged members to remain steadfast. Senator Abdullahi Adamu said the defectors were envious of Buhari’s achievements.

They spoke at a meeting in Lafia, the state capital.

Senator Aliyu Wamakko, the political leader in Sokoto State, chided Governor Aminu Tambuwal for his “worst decision” to defect to the PDP. Continue reading “Wamakko to Tambuwal this is your worst decision ever”

Abuja metro rail-line is first of its kind in Africa, —-minister

•Mohammed: Buhari has delivered in three key areas

THE Abuja Metro Rail inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari is the first of its kind in Africa, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed has said.

Mohammed, who spoke yesterday after a tour of the rail line, said the project was the first integrated rail system in Africa.

According to him, it is aimed at achieving seamless transfer of passengers from air to train, air to land and then connect to regional rail (Abuja-Kaduna national rail) with metro system.

The minister noted that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has delivered in the three key priority areas – security, economy and fight against corruption.

The achievements of the administration, he said, has left the opposition parties in the lurch since they have nothing to hold against the government.

He said the opposition parties have resorted in fanning the ember of disunity.

The tour, which was the continuation of the nationwide inspection of Federal Government’s projects across the country, is aimed at showcasing the infrastructural development feat of the Buhari administration in the last three years.

He said: “The truth is that in the three key priority areas of this administration, that is security, economy and the fight against corruption, we are delivering.

“This has left the opposition in the lurch, hence their resort to fake news and hate speeches. They fan the embers of disunity and violence. They believe they could use this as a weapon against the administration. But Nigerians are too smart to be conned.”

He noted that the administration is not looking for quick fix like the past administration, which has not worked.

“This administration is not looking for quick fixes. Because quick fixes don’t work. We are laying the foundation for an enduring infrastructural development.

“We are painstaking, we are very transparent, but we remain focused and committed. Despite what people say every day, we remain focused and committed. Despite what people say every day, we remain focus on delivery to the people.”

On the light rail project, he said, it is the first of its kind in the continent, which, according to him, it’s a thing of pride.

“There is nowhere in Africa that you have what we have here today. The kind of integrated rail system that we have here today. This is the first and I am very proud.”

The light rail project, he added, “is actually designed to alleviate the challenges of transportation for the metropolis”.

Mohammed said: “It is a project that no one single administration can start and finish. Every administration must take off from where the other administrations stopped.

“My pride is that when we came in, this project was only 53 per cent completed and we took 18 months only to get to where we are now. So, in eight years’, 12 years’, 20 years’ time, if we continue to sustain this, every part of the metropolis will be covered by rail and 20 years is such a short time in the life of a country or a city.”

The minister was convinced that the coming generations would appreciate the project.

The rail’s Chief Resident Engineer, Mr. Anthony Agbakoba, while briefing the minister, announced the signing of agreement for the beginning of the project’s second phase by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) Ltd.

He noted that when the project is fully operated, it would directly or indirectly employ about 10,000 Nigerians.

Agbakoba said that in addition, 68 highly-skilled personnel have been trained in Malaysia and China on Railway Operations and Management to build the required technical capacity needed to run such a modern rail system.

Conducting the minister and his team round the train stations, the Secretary of Transportation in the FCTA, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, said the project is the first integrated mode of transportation in Africa that connects the railways and the airport to ensure seamless movement of passengers.