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  •  The Nigerian Army says it will not succumb to intimidation by the International Society for Civil Liberty and Rule of Law INTERSOCIETY in its effort to rubbish army s image and reputation The Director Army Public Relations Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu said this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja Nwachukwu said that INTERSOCIETY had continued with its antics of dragging the image of the Nigerian army in the mud while promoting irredentists lawless and outlawed organisations He said the allegation by the organisation that the Nigerian military especially the army had been working with armed to terrorise the Eastern part of the country and Benue was libelous spurious and derogatory According to him a cursory look at the content reveals a business as usual pattern of propaganda by the well known paid jobbers and fifth columnists christened INTERSOCIETY Unfortunately for these mischief makers the highly patriotic and untiring efforts of the Nigerian army to neutrally defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Nigeria is visible enough and boldly seen by all and have received international accolades It is on this unmistakable pedigree that the army wishes to dismiss these concoctions and evil propaganda peddled and served to unsuspecting members of the public by INTERSOCIETY covertly sponsored by the proscribes Indigenous Peoples of Biafra IPOB and the Eastern Security Network ESN with the singular purpose of destabilising our dear nation It is on record that the Nigerian army conducted and will still conduct series of exercises not only in the South Eastern states but across all the states of the Federation This has reasonably reduced criminality especially in the South East where INTERSOCIETY s cohorts like IPOB and ESN can no longer enjoy freedom of action to unleash death and mayhem on Ndigbo and other Nigerians who do not support their evil bid INTERSOCIETY s unprofessional posture is crystal clear and evident in its biased and unbalanced submissions and reportage as it has never openly condemned the atrocious activities of ESN for which it is fronting INTERSOCIETY will rather turn a blind eye when these groups illegally deny law abiding citizens their rights to freedom of movement and association through their illegal sit at home order the attack on military police paramilitary personnel and other security agencies the attack and callous beheading of Nigerians including Ndigbo the destruction of government facilities and infrastructure amongst myriads of other nefarious activities he said Nwachukwu said that army had through the conduct of its exercises checkmated and drastically reduced their criminal activities and other sundry crimes in South Eastern Nigeria He said the recently concluded Nigerian Army Day Celebration NADCEL 2022 held in Owerri Imo saw the Nigerian army bringing succor to the South Easterners through organised medical outreaches renovation of schools sinking of boreholes and road repairs These according to him are totally in dissonance with the image being concocted of the Nigerian army by the glorified Civil Society Organisation INTERSOCIETY and their collaborators The Nigerian army therefore remains a professional institution that is resolved to protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria and will never be distracted by mischief makers who find pleasure in blackmailing and defaming the institution to gain cheap publicity and satisfy the interest of fifth columnists in their unrelenting effort to destabilise the nation The army is not by this reaction denying the presence of black sheep in its fold just like in any other organisation or institution We are very mindful of and actively monitoring and effectively handling the issue of black ship in our fold within the provisions of extant laws We call on INTERSOCIETY to channel its energy like the Nigerian army into nation building rather than tearing our nation apart Nigeria remains our nation and no other The Nigerian army will continue to count on the support of all Nigerians and the international community as it selflessly continues to carry out its constitutional mandate to defend Nigeria and restore sanity and peace in all troubled parts of the country he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Army ‘ll not succumb to intimidation by INTERSOCIETY, IPOB – Nwachukwu
     The Nigerian Army says it will not succumb to intimidation by the International Society for Civil Liberty and Rule of Law INTERSOCIETY in its effort to rubbish army s image and reputation The Director Army Public Relations Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu said this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja Nwachukwu said that INTERSOCIETY had continued with its antics of dragging the image of the Nigerian army in the mud while promoting irredentists lawless and outlawed organisations He said the allegation by the organisation that the Nigerian military especially the army had been working with armed to terrorise the Eastern part of the country and Benue was libelous spurious and derogatory According to him a cursory look at the content reveals a business as usual pattern of propaganda by the well known paid jobbers and fifth columnists christened INTERSOCIETY Unfortunately for these mischief makers the highly patriotic and untiring efforts of the Nigerian army to neutrally defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Nigeria is visible enough and boldly seen by all and have received international accolades It is on this unmistakable pedigree that the army wishes to dismiss these concoctions and evil propaganda peddled and served to unsuspecting members of the public by INTERSOCIETY covertly sponsored by the proscribes Indigenous Peoples of Biafra IPOB and the Eastern Security Network ESN with the singular purpose of destabilising our dear nation It is on record that the Nigerian army conducted and will still conduct series of exercises not only in the South Eastern states but across all the states of the Federation This has reasonably reduced criminality especially in the South East where INTERSOCIETY s cohorts like IPOB and ESN can no longer enjoy freedom of action to unleash death and mayhem on Ndigbo and other Nigerians who do not support their evil bid INTERSOCIETY s unprofessional posture is crystal clear and evident in its biased and unbalanced submissions and reportage as it has never openly condemned the atrocious activities of ESN for which it is fronting INTERSOCIETY will rather turn a blind eye when these groups illegally deny law abiding citizens their rights to freedom of movement and association through their illegal sit at home order the attack on military police paramilitary personnel and other security agencies the attack and callous beheading of Nigerians including Ndigbo the destruction of government facilities and infrastructure amongst myriads of other nefarious activities he said Nwachukwu said that army had through the conduct of its exercises checkmated and drastically reduced their criminal activities and other sundry crimes in South Eastern Nigeria He said the recently concluded Nigerian Army Day Celebration NADCEL 2022 held in Owerri Imo saw the Nigerian army bringing succor to the South Easterners through organised medical outreaches renovation of schools sinking of boreholes and road repairs These according to him are totally in dissonance with the image being concocted of the Nigerian army by the glorified Civil Society Organisation INTERSOCIETY and their collaborators The Nigerian army therefore remains a professional institution that is resolved to protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria and will never be distracted by mischief makers who find pleasure in blackmailing and defaming the institution to gain cheap publicity and satisfy the interest of fifth columnists in their unrelenting effort to destabilise the nation The army is not by this reaction denying the presence of black sheep in its fold just like in any other organisation or institution We are very mindful of and actively monitoring and effectively handling the issue of black ship in our fold within the provisions of extant laws We call on INTERSOCIETY to channel its energy like the Nigerian army into nation building rather than tearing our nation apart Nigeria remains our nation and no other The Nigerian army will continue to count on the support of all Nigerians and the international community as it selflessly continues to carry out its constitutional mandate to defend Nigeria and restore sanity and peace in all troubled parts of the country he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Army ‘ll not succumb to intimidation by INTERSOCIETY, IPOB – Nwachukwu
    Defence/Security4 weeks ago

    Army ‘ll not succumb to intimidation by INTERSOCIETY, IPOB – Nwachukwu

    The Nigerian Army says it will not succumb to intimidation by the International Society for Civil Liberty and Rule of Law (INTERSOCIETY) in its effort to rubbish army’s image and reputation.

    The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, said this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

    Nwachukwu said that INTERSOCIETY had continued with its antics of dragging the image of the Nigerian army in the mud while promoting irredentists, lawless and outlawed organisations.

    He said the allegation by the organisation that the Nigerian military, especially the army had been working with armed to terrorise the Eastern part of the country and Benue  was libelous, spurious and derogatory.

    According to him, a cursory look at the content reveals a business-as-usual pattern of propaganda by the well known, paid jobbers and fifth columnists christened INTERSOCIETY.

    “Unfortunately for these mischief makers, the highly patriotic and untiring efforts of the Nigerian army to neutrally defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Nigeria is visible enough and boldly seen by all and have received international accolades.

    “It is on this unmistakable pedigree, that the army wishes to dismiss these concoctions and evil propaganda peddled and served to unsuspecting members of the public by INTERSOCIETY, covertly sponsored by the proscribes Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network  (ESN) with the singular purpose of destabilising our dear nation.

    “It is on record, that the Nigerian army conducted and will still conduct series of exercises not only in the South Eastern states, but across all the states of the Federation.

    “This has reasonably reduced criminality especially in the South East, where INTERSOCIETY’s cohorts like IPOB and ESN can  no longer enjoy freedom of action to unleash death and mayhem on Ndigbo and other Nigerians, who do not support their evil bid.

    “INTERSOCIETY’s unprofessional posture is crystal clear and evident in its biased and unbalanced submissions and reportage, as it has never openly condemned the atrocious activities of ESN, for which it is fronting.

    “INTERSOCIETY will rather turn a blind eye, when these groups illegally deny law abiding citizens their rights to freedom of movement and association,  through their illegal sit-at-home order, the attack on military, police, paramilitary personnel and other security agencies, the attack and callous beheading of Nigerians including Ndigbo, the destruction of government facilities and infrastructure, amongst myriads of other nefarious activities,” he said.

    Nwachukwu said that army had through the conduct of its exercises, checkmated and drastically reduced their criminal activities and other sundry crimes in South Eastern Nigeria.

    He said the recently concluded Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) 2022 held in Owerri, Imo, saw the Nigerian army bringing succor to the South Easterners through organised medical outreaches, renovation of schools, sinking of boreholes and road repairs.

    These, according to him, are totally in dissonance with the image being concocted of the Nigerian army by the glorified Civil Society Organisation (INTERSOCIETY) and their collaborators.

    “The Nigerian army therefore, remains a professional institution that is resolved to protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria and will never be distracted by mischief makers, who find pleasure in blackmailing and defaming the institution to gain cheap publicity and satisfy the interest of fifth columnists, in their unrelenting effort to destabilise the nation.

    The army is not by this reaction denying the presence of black sheep in its fold, just like in any other organisation or institution.

    “We are  very mindful of  and actively monitoring and effectively handling the issue of black ship in our  fold within the provisions of extant laws.

    “We call on INTERSOCIETY to channel its energy like the Nigerian army into nation building, rather than tearing our nation apart.

    Nigeria remains our nation and no other.

    “The Nigerian army will continue to count on the support of all Nigerians and the international community, as it selflessly continues to carry out its constitutional mandate to defend Nigeria and restore sanity and peace in all troubled parts of the country,” he added.


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  •  The Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC Ogun Command on Saturday warned motorists against excessive speeding and night travelling to stem road crashes during the Ember Months The FRSC sector commander Mr Ahmed Umar gave the warning while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota Ogun Umar noted that speeding night travelling and nonchalant attitude of the drivers were the major causes of crashes during the Ember Months The sector commander said that the erroneous belief that the evil in the ember months caused crashes was not true Umar noted that the increase in mobility activities and movement of people also caused some of the crashes during the period This is because festivities like Christmas and the New year celebration is associated with the ember months he said Umar noted that there were also increased activities such as wedding and coronation mostly shifted towards the end of the year The increase in mobility in addition to bad condition of roads also lead to crashes during the ember months Because of all these people believe that the ember months are evils and this is not true he said Umar advised motorists to continue to obey traffic rules and regulations avoid speeding as well as night travelling to stem road crashes during the ember months The year s campaign is Avoid speeding overloading and use safety tyres to alight safely at different destinations www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ember Months: FRSC warns motorists against speeding, night journeys
     The Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC Ogun Command on Saturday warned motorists against excessive speeding and night travelling to stem road crashes during the Ember Months The FRSC sector commander Mr Ahmed Umar gave the warning while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota Ogun Umar noted that speeding night travelling and nonchalant attitude of the drivers were the major causes of crashes during the Ember Months The sector commander said that the erroneous belief that the evil in the ember months caused crashes was not true Umar noted that the increase in mobility activities and movement of people also caused some of the crashes during the period This is because festivities like Christmas and the New year celebration is associated with the ember months he said Umar noted that there were also increased activities such as wedding and coronation mostly shifted towards the end of the year The increase in mobility in addition to bad condition of roads also lead to crashes during the ember months Because of all these people believe that the ember months are evils and this is not true he said Umar advised motorists to continue to obey traffic rules and regulations avoid speeding as well as night travelling to stem road crashes during the ember months The year s campaign is Avoid speeding overloading and use safety tyres to alight safely at different destinations www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ember Months: FRSC warns motorists against speeding, night journeys
    General news4 weeks ago

    Ember Months: FRSC warns motorists against speeding, night journeys

    The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun Command on Saturday warned motorists against excessive speeding and night travelling, to stem road  crashes during the Ember Months.

    The FRSC sector commander, Mr Ahmed Umar, gave the warning while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota, Ogun,Umar noted that speeding, night travelling and nonchalant attitude of the drivers were the major causes of crashes during the Ember Months.

    The sector commander said that the erroneous belief that the evil in the ember months caused crashes was not trueUmar noted that the increase in mobility, activities and movement of people  also caused some of the crashes during the period.

    ”This is because festivities like Christmas and the New year celebration is associated with the ember months,” he said.

    Umar noted that there were also increased activities such as wedding and coronation, mostly shifted towards the end of the year.

    “The increase in mobility in addition to bad condition of roads also lead to  crashes during the ember months.

    “Because of all these, people believe that the ember months are evils and this is not true,” he said.

    Umar advised motorists to continue to obey traffic rules and regulations, avoid speeding as well as night travelling to stem road crashes during the ember months.

    The year’s campaign is “Avoid speeding, overloading and use safety tyres to alight safely at different destinations.

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  •  The Senate Chief Whip Sen Orji Kalu has congratulated an eminent business man and elder statesman Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu on his 80th birthday anniversary Kalu in a congratulatory message issued on Saturday in Abuja described Iwuanyanwu as a detrabilised and patriotic statesman with passion for a united and indivisible Nigeria While extolling the virtues of the founder of Champion Newspapers Kalu acknowledged the invaluable contributions of the statesman to the social economic and political development of the country The former governor of Abia joined family friends and associates in celebrating the 80th birthday anniversary of Iwuanyanwu According to him on behalf of the people of Abia North Senatorial district I felicitate with Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu as he clocks 80 The elder statesman has consistently contributed to the growth and progress of Nigeria in many ways As a successful businessman engineer community leader and philanthropist of repute Chief Iwuanyanwu has carved a niche for himself beyond the shores of Nigeria Through various platforms the celebrant has continually demonstrated large heart selflessness and patriotism Chief Iwuanyanwu is a role model for his contemporaries and the younger generation As he marks this glorious feat I pray that God will strengthen him Kalu said He wished Iwuanyanwu a memorable birthday celebration The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Iwuanyanwu was proprietor of Iwuanyanwu National Football Club a premier league clubside later taken over by Imo government and renamed Heartland Football Club NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Orji Kalu hails Iwuanyanwu at 80
     The Senate Chief Whip Sen Orji Kalu has congratulated an eminent business man and elder statesman Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu on his 80th birthday anniversary Kalu in a congratulatory message issued on Saturday in Abuja described Iwuanyanwu as a detrabilised and patriotic statesman with passion for a united and indivisible Nigeria While extolling the virtues of the founder of Champion Newspapers Kalu acknowledged the invaluable contributions of the statesman to the social economic and political development of the country The former governor of Abia joined family friends and associates in celebrating the 80th birthday anniversary of Iwuanyanwu According to him on behalf of the people of Abia North Senatorial district I felicitate with Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu as he clocks 80 The elder statesman has consistently contributed to the growth and progress of Nigeria in many ways As a successful businessman engineer community leader and philanthropist of repute Chief Iwuanyanwu has carved a niche for himself beyond the shores of Nigeria Through various platforms the celebrant has continually demonstrated large heart selflessness and patriotism Chief Iwuanyanwu is a role model for his contemporaries and the younger generation As he marks this glorious feat I pray that God will strengthen him Kalu said He wished Iwuanyanwu a memorable birthday celebration The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Iwuanyanwu was proprietor of Iwuanyanwu National Football Club a premier league clubside later taken over by Imo government and renamed Heartland Football Club NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Orji Kalu hails Iwuanyanwu at 80
    General news4 weeks ago

    Orji Kalu hails Iwuanyanwu at 80

    The Senate Chief Whip, Sen. Orji Kalu, has congratulated an eminent business man and elder statesman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu on his 80th birthday anniversary.  

    Kalu, in a congratulatory message issued on Saturday in Abuja, described Iwuanyanwu as a detrabilised and patriotic statesman with passion for a united and indivisible Nigeria.  

    While extolling the virtues of the founder of Champion Newspapers, Kalu acknowledged the invaluable contributions of the statesman to the social, economic and political development of the country.  

    The former governor of Abia joined family, friends and associates in celebrating the 80th birthday anniversary of Iwuanyanwu.  

    According to him, on behalf of the people of Abia North Senatorial district, I felicitate with Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu as he clocks 80.   “The elder statesman has consistently contributed to the growth and progress of Nigeria in many ways.  

    “As a successful businessman,engineer, community leader and philanthropist of repute, Chief Iwuanyanwu has carved a niche for himself beyond the shores of Nigeria.  

    “Through various platforms, the celebrant has continually demonstrated large heart, selflessness and patriotism.  

    “Chief Iwuanyanwu is a role model for his contemporaries and the younger generation.  

    “As he marks this glorious feat, I pray that God will strengthen him,” Kalu said.  

    He wished Iwuanyanwu a memorable birthday celebration.  

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Iwuanyanwu was proprietor of Iwuanyanwu National Football Club, a premier league clubside,  later taken over by Imo government and renamed Heartland Football Club.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   At least 33 people were killed following a militia attack on a town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo a respected monitor said Saturday raising an earlier reported death toll Kivu Security Tracker the monitor tweeted that at least 33 people including militia members and civilians had died following an attack by the notorious CODECO militia on Mongbwalu in Ituri province It did not specify how many of the dead were civilians however The death toll raises an earlier reported death toll of 22 people killed during the attack on Mongbwalu town Town mayor Jean Pierre Bikilisende earlier this week told AFP that 22 dead bodies were discovered following clashes between the militants and Congolese troops Fourteen civilians and eight militants were killed he said explaining that CODECO members had been staging attacks since Tuesday in a bid to free fellow fighters captured by Congolese security forces AFP was unable to independently confirm the death toll from this week s attack The CODECO the Cooperative for the Development of the Congo is a political religious sect that claims to represent the interests of the Lendu ethnic group It is considered one of the deadliest of the more than 120 militias operating in the troubled east of the country and has been blamed for a number of ethnic massacres in Ituri Last year Congo s government put security officials in charge of Ituri and neighbouring North Kivu province in a bid to curb violence but the attacks continue
    At least 33 killed in east DR Congo clashes
      At least 33 people were killed following a militia attack on a town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo a respected monitor said Saturday raising an earlier reported death toll Kivu Security Tracker the monitor tweeted that at least 33 people including militia members and civilians had died following an attack by the notorious CODECO militia on Mongbwalu in Ituri province It did not specify how many of the dead were civilians however The death toll raises an earlier reported death toll of 22 people killed during the attack on Mongbwalu town Town mayor Jean Pierre Bikilisende earlier this week told AFP that 22 dead bodies were discovered following clashes between the militants and Congolese troops Fourteen civilians and eight militants were killed he said explaining that CODECO members had been staging attacks since Tuesday in a bid to free fellow fighters captured by Congolese security forces AFP was unable to independently confirm the death toll from this week s attack The CODECO the Cooperative for the Development of the Congo is a political religious sect that claims to represent the interests of the Lendu ethnic group It is considered one of the deadliest of the more than 120 militias operating in the troubled east of the country and has been blamed for a number of ethnic massacres in Ituri Last year Congo s government put security officials in charge of Ituri and neighbouring North Kivu province in a bid to curb violence but the attacks continue
    At least 33 killed in east DR Congo clashes
    Foreign4 weeks ago

    At least 33 killed in east DR Congo clashes

    At least 33 people were killed following a militia attack on a town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a respected monitor said Saturday, raising an earlier reported death toll.

    Kivu Security Tracker, the monitor, tweeted that at least 33 people — including militia members and civilians — had died following an attack by the notorious CODECO militia on Mongbwalu in Ituri province.

    It did not specify how many of the dead were civilians, however.

    The death toll raises an earlier reported death toll of 22 people killed during the attack on Mongbwalu town.

    Town mayor Jean-Pierre Bikilisende earlier this week told AFP that 22 dead bodies were discovered following clashes between the militants and Congolese troops.

    Fourteen civilians and eight militants were killed, he said, explaining that CODECO members had been staging attacks since Tuesday in a bid to free fellow fighters captured by Congolese security forces.

    AFP was unable to independently confirm the death toll from this week’s attack.

    The CODECO — the Cooperative for the Development of the Congo — is a political-religious sect that claims to represent the interests of the Lendu ethnic group.

    It is considered one of the deadliest of the more than 120 militias operating in the troubled east of the country, and has been blamed for a number of ethnic massacres in Ituri.

    Last year, Congo’s government put security officials in charge of Ituri and neighbouring North Kivu province in a bid to curb violence, but the attacks continue.

  •  As NASA on Saturday resumed its second effort to get its new 30 story rocket off the ground and send its uncrewed test capsule toward the Moon engineers detected a fuel leak that potentially could lead to a new delay With millions around the globe and hundreds of thousands on nearby beaches waiting for the historic launch of the massive Space Launch System SLS a leak near the base of the rocket was found as ultra cold liquid hydrogen was being pumped in NASA said engineers would stop flowing liquid hydrogen to the tank close the valve used to fill and drain it then try to reseal it The space agency offered no information on the likelihood of a new delay in the Artemis program which aims eventually to return a human crew to the Moon following Monday s aborted effort Saturday s launch is still scheduled for 2 17 pm 1817 GMT from Kennedy Space Center in Florida It can be delayed by up to two hours if necessary Our team is ready Jeremy Parsons deputy manager of exploration ground systems at Kennedy Space Center had said Friday They are getting better with every attempt and actually performed superbly during launch countdown number one I think if the conditions with weather and the hardware align we ll absolutely go Though the area around the launch site will be closed to the public an estimated 400 000 people were gathering on beaches nearby to see and hear the most powerful vehicle that NASA has ever launched climb into space The initial launch attempt was halted after engineers detected a fuel leak and a sensor showed that one of the rocket s four main engines was too hot Both issues have since been resolved the launch team said Shortly before 06 00 am 1000 GMT Saturday launch director Charlie Blackwell Thompson had given the go ahead to start filling the rocket s tanks with cryogenic fuel About three million liters of ultra cold liquid hydrogen and oxygen was expected to be pumped into the spacecraft And the weather appeared to be cooperating the US Space Force predicts a 60 percent chance of favorable weather at the scheduled liftoff time growing to 80 percent later in the launch window If something requires NASA to stand down again on Saturday there are backup opportunities on Monday or Tuesday After that the next launch window will not be until September 19 due to the Moon s position The purpose of the Artemis 1 mission is to verify that the Orion capsule which sits atop the SLS rocket is safe to carry astronauts in the future Mannequins equipped with sensors are standing in for astronauts on the mission and will record acceleration vibration and radiation levels Apollo s twin sisterIt will take several days for the spacecraft to reach the Moon flying around 60 miles 100 kilometers at its closest approach The capsule will fire its engines to get to a distant retrograde orbit DRO of 40 000 miles beyond the Moon a record for a spacecraft rated to carry humans The trip is expected to last around six weeks and one of its main objectives is to test the capsule s heat shield which at 16 feet in diameter is the largest ever built On its return to Earth s atmosphere the heat shield will have to withstand speeds of 25 000 miles per hour and a temperature of 5 000 degrees Fahrenheit 2 760 degrees Celsius roughly half as hot as the Sun Artemis is named after the twin sister of the Greek god Apollo after whom the first Moon missions were named Unlike the Apollo missions which sent only white men to the Moon between 1969 and 1972 Artemis missions will see the first person of color and the first woman step foot on the lunar surface Fittingly NASA s first woman launch director Blackwell Thompson will give the final go for liftoff on Saturday A successful Artemis 1 mission will come as a huge relief to the US space agency after years of delays and cost overruns A government audit estimates the program s cost will grow to 93 billion by 2025 with each of its first four missions clocking in at a whopping 4 1 billion per launch The next mission Artemis 2 will take astronauts to the Moon without landing on its surface The crew of Artemis 3 is to land on the Moon in 2025 at the earliest with later missions envisaging a lunar space station and a sustainable presence on the lunar surface According to NASA chief Bill Nelson a crewed trip to the red planet aboard Orion which would last several years could be attempted by the end of the 2030s
    Fuel leak delays preparations for NASA rocket launch
     As NASA on Saturday resumed its second effort to get its new 30 story rocket off the ground and send its uncrewed test capsule toward the Moon engineers detected a fuel leak that potentially could lead to a new delay With millions around the globe and hundreds of thousands on nearby beaches waiting for the historic launch of the massive Space Launch System SLS a leak near the base of the rocket was found as ultra cold liquid hydrogen was being pumped in NASA said engineers would stop flowing liquid hydrogen to the tank close the valve used to fill and drain it then try to reseal it The space agency offered no information on the likelihood of a new delay in the Artemis program which aims eventually to return a human crew to the Moon following Monday s aborted effort Saturday s launch is still scheduled for 2 17 pm 1817 GMT from Kennedy Space Center in Florida It can be delayed by up to two hours if necessary Our team is ready Jeremy Parsons deputy manager of exploration ground systems at Kennedy Space Center had said Friday They are getting better with every attempt and actually performed superbly during launch countdown number one I think if the conditions with weather and the hardware align we ll absolutely go Though the area around the launch site will be closed to the public an estimated 400 000 people were gathering on beaches nearby to see and hear the most powerful vehicle that NASA has ever launched climb into space The initial launch attempt was halted after engineers detected a fuel leak and a sensor showed that one of the rocket s four main engines was too hot Both issues have since been resolved the launch team said Shortly before 06 00 am 1000 GMT Saturday launch director Charlie Blackwell Thompson had given the go ahead to start filling the rocket s tanks with cryogenic fuel About three million liters of ultra cold liquid hydrogen and oxygen was expected to be pumped into the spacecraft And the weather appeared to be cooperating the US Space Force predicts a 60 percent chance of favorable weather at the scheduled liftoff time growing to 80 percent later in the launch window If something requires NASA to stand down again on Saturday there are backup opportunities on Monday or Tuesday After that the next launch window will not be until September 19 due to the Moon s position The purpose of the Artemis 1 mission is to verify that the Orion capsule which sits atop the SLS rocket is safe to carry astronauts in the future Mannequins equipped with sensors are standing in for astronauts on the mission and will record acceleration vibration and radiation levels Apollo s twin sisterIt will take several days for the spacecraft to reach the Moon flying around 60 miles 100 kilometers at its closest approach The capsule will fire its engines to get to a distant retrograde orbit DRO of 40 000 miles beyond the Moon a record for a spacecraft rated to carry humans The trip is expected to last around six weeks and one of its main objectives is to test the capsule s heat shield which at 16 feet in diameter is the largest ever built On its return to Earth s atmosphere the heat shield will have to withstand speeds of 25 000 miles per hour and a temperature of 5 000 degrees Fahrenheit 2 760 degrees Celsius roughly half as hot as the Sun Artemis is named after the twin sister of the Greek god Apollo after whom the first Moon missions were named Unlike the Apollo missions which sent only white men to the Moon between 1969 and 1972 Artemis missions will see the first person of color and the first woman step foot on the lunar surface Fittingly NASA s first woman launch director Blackwell Thompson will give the final go for liftoff on Saturday A successful Artemis 1 mission will come as a huge relief to the US space agency after years of delays and cost overruns A government audit estimates the program s cost will grow to 93 billion by 2025 with each of its first four missions clocking in at a whopping 4 1 billion per launch The next mission Artemis 2 will take astronauts to the Moon without landing on its surface The crew of Artemis 3 is to land on the Moon in 2025 at the earliest with later missions envisaging a lunar space station and a sustainable presence on the lunar surface According to NASA chief Bill Nelson a crewed trip to the red planet aboard Orion which would last several years could be attempted by the end of the 2030s
    Fuel leak delays preparations for NASA rocket launch
    Foreign4 weeks ago

    Fuel leak delays preparations for NASA rocket launch

    As NASA on Saturday resumed its second effort to get its new 30-story rocket off the ground and send its uncrewed test capsule toward the Moon, engineers detected a fuel leak that potentially could lead to a new delay.

    With millions around the globe and hundreds of thousands on nearby beaches waiting for the historic launch of the massive Space Launch System (SLS), a leak near the base of the rocket was found as ultra-cold liquid hydrogen was being pumped in.

    NASA said engineers would “stop flowing liquid hydrogen to the tank, close the valve used to fill and drain it,” then try to reseal it.

    The space agency offered no information on the likelihood of a new delay in the Artemis program — which aims eventually to return a human crew to the Moon — following Monday’s aborted effort.

    Saturday’s launch is still scheduled for 2:17 pm (1817 GMT) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

    It can be delayed by up to two hours if necessary.

    “Our team is ready,” Jeremy Parsons, deputy manager of exploration ground systems at Kennedy Space Center, had said Friday.

    “They are getting better with every attempt and actually performed superbly during launch countdown number one… I think if the conditions with weather and the hardware align, we’ll absolutely go.

    ” Though the area around the launch site will be closed to the public, an estimated 400,000 people were gathering on beaches nearby to see — and hear — the most powerful vehicle that NASA has ever launched climb into space.

    The initial launch attempt was halted after engineers detected a fuel leak and a sensor showed that one of the rocket’s four main engines was too hot.

    Both issues have since been resolved, the launch team said.

    Shortly before 06:00 am (1000 GMT) Saturday, launch director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson had given the go-ahead to start filling the rocket’s tanks with cryogenic fuel.

    About three million liters of ultra-cold liquid hydrogen and oxygen was expected to be pumped into the spacecraft.

    And the weather appeared to be cooperating: the US Space Force predicts a 60 percent chance of favorable weather at the scheduled liftoff time, growing to 80 percent later in the launch window.

    If something requires NASA to stand down again on Saturday, there are backup opportunities on Monday or Tuesday.

    After that, the next launch window will not be until September 19, due to the Moon’s position.

    The purpose of the Artemis 1 mission is to verify that the Orion capsule, which sits atop the SLS rocket, is safe to carry astronauts in the future.

    Mannequins equipped with sensors are standing in for astronauts on the mission and will record acceleration, vibration and radiation levels.

    Apollo’s twin sisterIt will take several days for the spacecraft to reach the Moon, flying around 60 miles (100 kilometers) at its closest approach.

    The capsule will fire its engines to get to a distant retrograde orbit (DRO) of 40,000 miles beyond the Moon, a record for a spacecraft rated to carry humans.

    The trip is expected to last around six weeks and one of its main objectives is to test the capsule’s heat shield, which at 16 feet in diameter is the largest ever built.

    On its return to Earth’s atmosphere, the heat shield will have to withstand speeds of 25,000 miles per hour and a temperature of 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit (2,760 degrees Celsius) — roughly half as hot as the Sun. Artemis is named after the twin sister of the Greek god Apollo, after whom the first Moon missions were named.

    Unlike the Apollo missions, which sent only white men to the Moon between 1969 and 1972, Artemis missions will see the first person of color and the first woman step foot on the lunar surface.

    Fittingly, NASA’s first woman launch director, Blackwell-Thompson, will give the final “go” for liftoff on Saturday.

    A successful Artemis 1 mission will come as a huge relief to the US space agency, after years of delays and cost overruns.

    A government audit estimates the program’s cost will grow to $93 billion by 2025, with each of its first four missions clocking in at a whopping $4.

    1 billion per launch.

    The next mission, Artemis 2, will take astronauts to the Moon without landing on its surface.

    The crew of Artemis 3 is to land on the Moon in 2025 at the earliest, with later missions envisaging a lunar space station and a sustainable presence on the lunar surface.

    According to NASA chief Bill Nelson, a crewed trip to the red planet aboard Orion, which would last several years, could be attempted by the end of the 2030s.

  •  The National Film and Video Censors Board NFVCB on Saturday urged leaders of creative industry guilds and associations to be more organised in clamping down on illegal operators Alhaji Adedayo Thomas Executive Director of NFVCB made the call at the end of a two day stakeholders forum held in Lagos Thomas said that the need to identify illegal operators in the industry was necessary to further profesionalise and advance the creative industry He said it was disheartening to have actors scriptwriters cinematographers producers and directors who were not registered in any professional guild or association still operating in the creative space This he said would not let the industry grow as it ought to He said the NFVCB had been trying to seive the illegal operators over the years and it was high time the guilds and associations collaborated with the board in actualising this It is not enough to solely wait on NFVCB we need your cooperation as well we have been trying our best but you are in the best position to ensure illegal operators are coarsed to be legal by ensuring that they are registered This can be done when an illegal actor features in a film and such actor is not paid until he is made to be registered with the Actors Guild of Nigeria this is applicable to other guilds and associations The unregistered operators could be easily identified at various movie shooting locations We must collectively ensure that the industry is profesionalised by removing quacks there is need to clean the system he said Adedayo also urged the creative industry practitioners to assist the board in identifying defiants fond of distributing uncensored works He said to be able to do this they must ensure well organised guilds and associations In response Peace Anyiam Osigwe National President Federation of Nollywood Guilds and Associations FRENGAN said that there was a Memorandum of Understanding MOU which would ensure a clampdown on all illegal operators in due course According to her this MoU will be signed by leaders of guilds and associations Earlier Torty Joseph a movie producer urged the NFVCB to wade into issues of unregistered actors who feature in movies censored by the board Joseph said NFVCB could put a stop to the dubious behaviour by rejecting such films for censorship Also Solomon Arusi Coordinator Association of Movie Practitioners AMPRAC South East zone identified the challenges in the industry which NFVCB could address Arusi said in view of the high production cost of movies investors usually did not break even on their investments anymore He however urged the NFVCB to engage Nollywood practitioners in conferences to revamp the industry NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NFVCB urges creative industry guilds, associations to clampdown on illegal operators
     The National Film and Video Censors Board NFVCB on Saturday urged leaders of creative industry guilds and associations to be more organised in clamping down on illegal operators Alhaji Adedayo Thomas Executive Director of NFVCB made the call at the end of a two day stakeholders forum held in Lagos Thomas said that the need to identify illegal operators in the industry was necessary to further profesionalise and advance the creative industry He said it was disheartening to have actors scriptwriters cinematographers producers and directors who were not registered in any professional guild or association still operating in the creative space This he said would not let the industry grow as it ought to He said the NFVCB had been trying to seive the illegal operators over the years and it was high time the guilds and associations collaborated with the board in actualising this It is not enough to solely wait on NFVCB we need your cooperation as well we have been trying our best but you are in the best position to ensure illegal operators are coarsed to be legal by ensuring that they are registered This can be done when an illegal actor features in a film and such actor is not paid until he is made to be registered with the Actors Guild of Nigeria this is applicable to other guilds and associations The unregistered operators could be easily identified at various movie shooting locations We must collectively ensure that the industry is profesionalised by removing quacks there is need to clean the system he said Adedayo also urged the creative industry practitioners to assist the board in identifying defiants fond of distributing uncensored works He said to be able to do this they must ensure well organised guilds and associations In response Peace Anyiam Osigwe National President Federation of Nollywood Guilds and Associations FRENGAN said that there was a Memorandum of Understanding MOU which would ensure a clampdown on all illegal operators in due course According to her this MoU will be signed by leaders of guilds and associations Earlier Torty Joseph a movie producer urged the NFVCB to wade into issues of unregistered actors who feature in movies censored by the board Joseph said NFVCB could put a stop to the dubious behaviour by rejecting such films for censorship Also Solomon Arusi Coordinator Association of Movie Practitioners AMPRAC South East zone identified the challenges in the industry which NFVCB could address Arusi said in view of the high production cost of movies investors usually did not break even on their investments anymore He however urged the NFVCB to engage Nollywood practitioners in conferences to revamp the industry NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NFVCB urges creative industry guilds, associations to clampdown on illegal operators
    Entertainment4 weeks ago

    NFVCB urges creative industry guilds, associations to clampdown on illegal operators

    The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) on Saturday urged leaders of creative industry guilds and associations to be more organised in clamping down on illegal operators.

    Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director of NFVCB, made the call at the end of a two-day stakeholders’ forum held in Lagos.

    Thomas said that the need to identify illegal operators in the industry was necessary to further profesionalise and advance the creative industry.

    He said it was disheartening to  have actors, scriptwriters, cinematographers, producers and directors who were not registered in any professional guild or association still operating in the creative space.

    This, he said would not let the industry grow as it ought to.

    He said the NFVCB had been trying to seive the illegal operators over the years and it was high time the guilds and associations collaborated with the board in actualising this.

    “It is not enough to solely wait on NFVCB, we need your cooperation as well, we have been trying our best but you are in the best position to ensure illegal operators are coarsed to be legal by ensuring that they are registered.

    “This can be done when an illegal actor features in a film and such actor is not paid until he is made to be registered with the Actors Guild of Nigeria, this is applicable to other guilds and associations.

    “The unregistered operators could be easily identified at various movie shooting locations.

    “We must collectively ensure that the industry is profesionalised by removing quacks, there is need to clean the system,” he said.

    Adedayo also urged the creative industry practitioners to assist the board in identifying defiants fond of distributing uncensored works.

    He said to be able to do this, they must ensure well organised guilds and associations.

    In response, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, National President, Federation of Nollywood Guilds and Associations (FRENGAN),  said that there was a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which would ensure a clampdown on all illegal operators in due course.

    According to her, this MoU will be signed by leaders of guilds and associations.

    Earlier, Torty Joseph, a movie producer, urged the NFVCB to wade into issues of unregistered actors who feature in movies censored by the board.

    Joseph said NFVCB could put a stop to the dubious behaviour by rejecting such films for censorship.

    Also, Solomon Arusi, Coordinator, Association of Movie Practitioners (AMPRAC), South-East zone, identified the challenges in the industry which NFVCB could address.

    Arusi said in view of the high production cost of movies, investors usually did not break even on their investments anymore.

    He, however, urged the NFVCB to engage Nollywood practitioners in conferences to revamp the industry.

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  •  The Special Task Force Operation Safe Haven OPSH maintaining peace in Plateau and parts of Kaduna and Bauchi states has donated wheelchairs foodstuff and cash to 220 Persons Living with Disabilities PWDs from Plateau and Bauchi State Maj Gen Ibrahim Ali the Commander of OPSH who presented the items to the beneficiaries on Saturday in Jos said that the gesture aimed at alleviating the sufferings of the victims Ali who is also the General Officer Commanding GOC 3 Div of the Nigerian Army Rukuba near Jos said that the gesture was part the Civil Military Relations CVR The commander also explained that the donation was done in collaboration with a Jos based NGO the Beautiful Gate Handicapped People Centre We have gathered here today to celebrate our our brothers and sisters who are suffering from physical disability This is part of civil military relations and the outcome of relationsihip with spirited members of the society It is also part of the kinetic and non kinetic approach toward guaranteeing the safety of lives and ensure peace and security in our operational areas So we are presenting wheelchairs foodstuff and some cash to 220 PWDs from the 17 local government areas and two local government areas of Plateau and Bauchi State respectively he said Ali further explained that the gesture was to enable PWDs to contribute to the ongoing peace process in the state adding that it would also enable them attain their full potential in life The commander who said that PWDs from five local government areas of Kaduna State had already benefitted same gesture advised the beneficiaries to use the wheelchairs to improve their living conditions Ali called on spirited individuals and groups to support PWDs in their vicinities to enable them to attain their full potential in life The commander assured residents of Plateau and environs that OPSH would remain neutral in discharging its duties and called on the people to support security agencies in their bid to end all forms of insecurity In brief speech Mr Ayuba Gufwan the Executive Director of the NGO commended the untiring efforts of the military in restoring peace to crisis ridden communities in Plateau and other operational areas Gufwan who said disability is not a kiss of death but a challenge waiting to be overcome maintained that the gesture would enable beneficiaries move round in search of greener pasture With this wheelchairs the beneficiaries can go to school learn skills and move out of their comfort zones and be useful to themselves and the society To the beneficiaries know that with determination you can conquer every disability and contribute meaningful to the growth and development of the society he said Gufwan however warned the beneficiaries not use the wheelchairs and engage in street begging One of the beneficiaries Mr Samson Monday thanked the military for the gesture noting that it would go a long way in promoting his shoe making business NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Military donates wheelchairs,  foodstuff to PWDs in Plateau, Bauchi State
     The Special Task Force Operation Safe Haven OPSH maintaining peace in Plateau and parts of Kaduna and Bauchi states has donated wheelchairs foodstuff and cash to 220 Persons Living with Disabilities PWDs from Plateau and Bauchi State Maj Gen Ibrahim Ali the Commander of OPSH who presented the items to the beneficiaries on Saturday in Jos said that the gesture aimed at alleviating the sufferings of the victims Ali who is also the General Officer Commanding GOC 3 Div of the Nigerian Army Rukuba near Jos said that the gesture was part the Civil Military Relations CVR The commander also explained that the donation was done in collaboration with a Jos based NGO the Beautiful Gate Handicapped People Centre We have gathered here today to celebrate our our brothers and sisters who are suffering from physical disability This is part of civil military relations and the outcome of relationsihip with spirited members of the society It is also part of the kinetic and non kinetic approach toward guaranteeing the safety of lives and ensure peace and security in our operational areas So we are presenting wheelchairs foodstuff and some cash to 220 PWDs from the 17 local government areas and two local government areas of Plateau and Bauchi State respectively he said Ali further explained that the gesture was to enable PWDs to contribute to the ongoing peace process in the state adding that it would also enable them attain their full potential in life The commander who said that PWDs from five local government areas of Kaduna State had already benefitted same gesture advised the beneficiaries to use the wheelchairs to improve their living conditions Ali called on spirited individuals and groups to support PWDs in their vicinities to enable them to attain their full potential in life The commander assured residents of Plateau and environs that OPSH would remain neutral in discharging its duties and called on the people to support security agencies in their bid to end all forms of insecurity In brief speech Mr Ayuba Gufwan the Executive Director of the NGO commended the untiring efforts of the military in restoring peace to crisis ridden communities in Plateau and other operational areas Gufwan who said disability is not a kiss of death but a challenge waiting to be overcome maintained that the gesture would enable beneficiaries move round in search of greener pasture With this wheelchairs the beneficiaries can go to school learn skills and move out of their comfort zones and be useful to themselves and the society To the beneficiaries know that with determination you can conquer every disability and contribute meaningful to the growth and development of the society he said Gufwan however warned the beneficiaries not use the wheelchairs and engage in street begging One of the beneficiaries Mr Samson Monday thanked the military for the gesture noting that it would go a long way in promoting his shoe making business NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Military donates wheelchairs,  foodstuff to PWDs in Plateau, Bauchi State
    Defence/Security4 weeks ago

    Military donates wheelchairs,  foodstuff to PWDs in Plateau, Bauchi State

    The  Special Task Force,  Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) maintaining peace in Plateau and parts of Kaduna and Bauchi states, has donated wheelchairs,  foodstuff and cash to 220 Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs) from Plateau and Bauchi State.

    Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Ali,  the Commander of OPSH,  who presented the items to the beneficiaries on Saturday in Jos, said that the gesture aimed at alleviating the sufferings of the victims.

    Ali, who is also the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 3 Div. of the Nigerian Army, Rukuba, near Jos,  said that the gesture was part the Civil-Military Relations (CVR)The commander also explained that the donation was done in collaboration with a Jos-based NGO, the Beautiful Gate Handicapped People Centre.

    ‘“We have gathered here today to celebrate our our brothers and sisters who are suffering from physical disability‘“This is part of civil-military relations and the outcome of relationsihip with spirited members of the society.

    “It is also part of the kinetic and non-kinetic approach toward guaranteeing the safety of lives and ensure peace and security in our operational areas.

    “So, we are presenting wheelchairs, foodstuff and some cash to 220 PWDs from the 17 local government areas and two local government areas of Plateau and Bauchi State, respectively,” he said.

    Ali further explained that the gesture was to enable PWDs to contribute to the ongoing peace process in the state, adding that it would also enable them attain their full potential in life.

    The commander, who said that PWDs from five local government areas of Kaduna State had already benefitted same gesture, advised the beneficiaries to use the wheelchairs to improve their living conditions.

    Ali called on spirited individuals and groups to support PWDs in their vicinities to enable them to attain their full potential in life.

    The commander assured residents of Plateau and environs that OPSH would remain neutral in discharging its duties and called on the people to support security agencies in their bid to end all forms of insecurity.

    In brief speech, Mr Ayuba Gufwan, the Executive Director of the NGO,  commended the untiring efforts of the military in restoring peace to crisis ridden communities in Plateau and other operational areas.

    Gufwan,  who said “disability is not a kiss of death, but a challenge waiting to be overcome”, maintained that the gesture would enable beneficiaries move round in search of greener pasture.

    “With this wheelchairs,  the beneficiaries can go to school,  learn skills and move out of their comfort zones and be useful to themselves and the society.

    “To the beneficiaries, know that with determination you can conquer  every disability and contribute meaningful to the growth and development of the society,” he said.

    Gufwan,  however,  warned the beneficiaries not use the wheelchairs and engage in street begging.

    One of the beneficiaries, Mr Samson Monday, thanked the military for the gesture, noting that it would go a long way in promoting his shoe-making business.


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  •  The Edo State Government says it has concluded arrangement to revitalise the Ojirami Dam in Akoko Edo Local Government Area of the state to provide and supply portable water to residents of the locality Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki made the disclosure at the 25th coronation anniversary and birthday celebration of the Otaru of Igarra Oba Emmanuel Adeche Saiki II held in Igarra Akoko Edo Local Government of Edo on Saturday Obaseki represented by the Commissioner for Culture Tourism and Diaspora Affair Mr Bamidele Obaitan said the government was developing a tourism master plan aimed at creating job opportunities for the people of the state According to him the Akoko Edo Local Government is part of the tourism master plan due to the huge tourism sites located in the council area and Edo North in general We are working on a tourism master plan to develop the tourism potential in Edo Akoko Edo is abound with huge tourism potential and the local government is part of our tourism master plan due to various tourist sites in the area With the development of the local government tourism potential the area will bring more businesses and money to the people and the state Obaseki said Obaseki promised the people of the local government of establishing more health centres and construction of more roads to boost economic productivity in the council area as part of his mega project The governor congratulated the Otaru of Igarra on his 25 years on the throne adding that the years had witness peaceful reign in Igarra I must congratulate you on your 25th year as the Otaru of Igarra and your reign has brought valuable services to the people of Igarra As you mark your 25th year coronation anniversary may Almighty God grant you many more years on the throne Obaseki said In his welcome address the chairman of the Igarra community Mr Tajudeen Alade said Igarra was celebrating over two decades of peaceful and successful reign on the royal throne of Otaru of Igarra This is why with one voice all members of Igarra community are praying that God in his infinite mercy continues to protect and guide him give him good health long life wisdom and zeal We pray God to usher into his domain greater unity love peace and accord him all necessary ingredients for the development of his immediate domain he said The community chairman however appealed to the state government for the establishment of a processing or manufacturing industry to provide both manufactured materials due to different solid minerals that abound in the local government Earlier the Otaru of Igarra Adeche thanked the state government and the people of the community for the support and cooperation in the last 25 years as the traditional ruler of the area Adeche said that his 25 years as the paramount ruler of Igarra have brought meaningful development to the area I am immensely grateful to Almighty God and our ancestors for the protection and guidance accorded me since Sept 20 1997 when officially I was installed as the 21th Otaru of Igarra Since my coronation as the Otaru of Igarra and the paramount traditional ruler of Clan I have been having the very best cooperation and wise counsel of the state government Akoko Edo local council traditional rulers council palace chiefs elders and the entire people of Igarra community Their collective contributions have made governance in Igarra royal palace peaceful he said The Otaru enjoined every Igarra person to have a new heart that exhibits love and a new spirit that must promote unity and and not division in the community He however appealed to the state government to create a higher institution in the local government for more development in the council area The highpoint of the event was the bestowing of a chieftaincy titleon the Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin Prof Lilian Salami as the Oganete of Igarra and Dr Mariam Ibrahim Deputy Director Admin Legal Aid Council of Nigeria as Otuonoguvo of Igarra NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Edo govt. to develop tourism master plan, revitalise Ojirami dam
     The Edo State Government says it has concluded arrangement to revitalise the Ojirami Dam in Akoko Edo Local Government Area of the state to provide and supply portable water to residents of the locality Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki made the disclosure at the 25th coronation anniversary and birthday celebration of the Otaru of Igarra Oba Emmanuel Adeche Saiki II held in Igarra Akoko Edo Local Government of Edo on Saturday Obaseki represented by the Commissioner for Culture Tourism and Diaspora Affair Mr Bamidele Obaitan said the government was developing a tourism master plan aimed at creating job opportunities for the people of the state According to him the Akoko Edo Local Government is part of the tourism master plan due to the huge tourism sites located in the council area and Edo North in general We are working on a tourism master plan to develop the tourism potential in Edo Akoko Edo is abound with huge tourism potential and the local government is part of our tourism master plan due to various tourist sites in the area With the development of the local government tourism potential the area will bring more businesses and money to the people and the state Obaseki said Obaseki promised the people of the local government of establishing more health centres and construction of more roads to boost economic productivity in the council area as part of his mega project The governor congratulated the Otaru of Igarra on his 25 years on the throne adding that the years had witness peaceful reign in Igarra I must congratulate you on your 25th year as the Otaru of Igarra and your reign has brought valuable services to the people of Igarra As you mark your 25th year coronation anniversary may Almighty God grant you many more years on the throne Obaseki said In his welcome address the chairman of the Igarra community Mr Tajudeen Alade said Igarra was celebrating over two decades of peaceful and successful reign on the royal throne of Otaru of Igarra This is why with one voice all members of Igarra community are praying that God in his infinite mercy continues to protect and guide him give him good health long life wisdom and zeal We pray God to usher into his domain greater unity love peace and accord him all necessary ingredients for the development of his immediate domain he said The community chairman however appealed to the state government for the establishment of a processing or manufacturing industry to provide both manufactured materials due to different solid minerals that abound in the local government Earlier the Otaru of Igarra Adeche thanked the state government and the people of the community for the support and cooperation in the last 25 years as the traditional ruler of the area Adeche said that his 25 years as the paramount ruler of Igarra have brought meaningful development to the area I am immensely grateful to Almighty God and our ancestors for the protection and guidance accorded me since Sept 20 1997 when officially I was installed as the 21th Otaru of Igarra Since my coronation as the Otaru of Igarra and the paramount traditional ruler of Clan I have been having the very best cooperation and wise counsel of the state government Akoko Edo local council traditional rulers council palace chiefs elders and the entire people of Igarra community Their collective contributions have made governance in Igarra royal palace peaceful he said The Otaru enjoined every Igarra person to have a new heart that exhibits love and a new spirit that must promote unity and and not division in the community He however appealed to the state government to create a higher institution in the local government for more development in the council area The highpoint of the event was the bestowing of a chieftaincy titleon the Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin Prof Lilian Salami as the Oganete of Igarra and Dr Mariam Ibrahim Deputy Director Admin Legal Aid Council of Nigeria as Otuonoguvo of Igarra NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Edo govt. to develop tourism master plan, revitalise Ojirami dam
    General news4 weeks ago

    Edo govt. to develop tourism master plan, revitalise Ojirami dam

    The Edo State Government says it has concluded arrangement to revitalise the Ojirami Dam in Akoko Edo Local Government Area of the state to provide and supply portable water to residents of the locality.

    Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki, made the disclosure at the 25th coronation anniversary and birthday celebration of the Otaru of Igarra, Oba Emmanuel Adeche Saiki II, held in Igarra Akoko Edo Local Government of Edo, on Saturday.

    Obaseki, represented by the Commissioner for Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affair, Mr Bamidele Obaitan said the government was developing a tourism master plan aimed at creating job opportunities for the people of the state.

    According to him, the Akoko Edo Local Government is part of the tourism master plan due to the huge tourism sites located in the council area and Edo North in general.

    “We are working on a tourism master plan to develop the tourism potential in Edo. “Akoko Edo is abound with huge tourism potential and the local government is part of our tourism master plan due to various tourist sites in the area.

    “With the development of the local government tourism potential, the area will bring more businesses and money to the people and the state,” Obaseki said.

    Obaseki promised the people of the local government of establishing more health centres and construction of more roads to boost economic productivity in the council area as part of his mega project.

    The governor congratulated the Otaru of Igarra on his 25 years on the throne, adding that the years had witness peaceful reign in Igarra.

    “I must congratulate you on your 25th year as the Otaru of Igarra and your reign has brought valuable services to the people of Igarra.

    “As you mark your 25th year coronation anniversary, may Almighty God grant you many more years on the throne, ” Obaseki said.

    In his welcome address, the chairman of the Igarra community, Mr Tajudeen Alade said Igarra was celebrating over two decades of peaceful and successful reign on the royal throne of Otaru of Igarra.

    “This is why with one voice, all members of Igarra community are praying that God in his infinite mercy continues to protect and guide him, give him good health, long life, wisdom and zeal.

    We pray God to usher into his domain, greater unity, love, peace and accord him all necessary ingredients for the development of his immediate domain, ” he said.

    The community chairman, however, appealed to the state government for the establishment of a processing or manufacturing industry to provide both manufactured materials due to different solid minerals that abound in the local government .

    Earlier, the Otaru of Igarra, Adeche thanked the state government and the people of the community for the support and cooperation in the last 25 years as the traditional ruler of the area.

    Adeche said that his 25 years as the paramount ruler of Igarra have brought meaningful development to the area.

    “I am immensely grateful to Almighty God and our ancestors for the protection and guidance accorded me since Sept. 20, 1997 when officially I was installed as the 21th Otaru of Igarra.

    “Since my coronation as the Otaru of Igarra and the paramount traditional ruler of Clan, I have been having the very best cooperation and wise counsel of the state government, Akoko Edo local council, traditional rulers council, palace chiefs, elders and the entire people of Igarra community.

    .

    “Their collective contributions have made governance in Igarra royal palace peaceful,” he said.

    The Otaru, enjoined every Igarra person to have a new heart that exhibits love and a new spirit that must promote unity and and not division in the community.

    .

    He, however, appealed to the state government to create a higher institution in the local government for more development in the council area.

    The highpoint of the event was the bestowing of a chieftaincy titleon the Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof. Lilian Salami as the Oganete of Igarra and Dr Mariam Ibrahim, Deputy Director Admin Legal Aid Council of Nigeria as Otuonoguvo of Igarra.


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  •  Marcelo has signed for Greek Super League champions Olympiacos after bringing down the curtain on his glittering Real Madrid career The left back a five time European champion was firmly behind Ferland Mendy in Real Madrid s pecking order last term He started only seven games in all competitions as Los Blancos won La Liga and the UEFA Champions League Although Marcelo was club captain Karim Benzema usually skippered Carlo Ancelotti s team Marcelo then departed when his contract expired at the end of the 20212022 season ending a 15 year stay with the Spanish giants Marcelo said upon leaving Real Madrid I won t retire not now I feel I can still play Facing Real Madrid won t be a problem I m a big Madridista but I m also a big professional He was available as a free agent and was recently linked with English Premier League side Leicester City However the 34 year old has ended up at Olympiacos who described him as a true football legend when announcing the deal There is unlikely to be the opportunity to face Real Madrid this season with Olympiacos having failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage losing to Maccabi Haifa in the preliminary rounds OLAL NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Real Madrid great Marcelo makes surprise move to Olympiacos
     Marcelo has signed for Greek Super League champions Olympiacos after bringing down the curtain on his glittering Real Madrid career The left back a five time European champion was firmly behind Ferland Mendy in Real Madrid s pecking order last term He started only seven games in all competitions as Los Blancos won La Liga and the UEFA Champions League Although Marcelo was club captain Karim Benzema usually skippered Carlo Ancelotti s team Marcelo then departed when his contract expired at the end of the 20212022 season ending a 15 year stay with the Spanish giants Marcelo said upon leaving Real Madrid I won t retire not now I feel I can still play Facing Real Madrid won t be a problem I m a big Madridista but I m also a big professional He was available as a free agent and was recently linked with English Premier League side Leicester City However the 34 year old has ended up at Olympiacos who described him as a true football legend when announcing the deal There is unlikely to be the opportunity to face Real Madrid this season with Olympiacos having failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage losing to Maccabi Haifa in the preliminary rounds OLAL NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Real Madrid great Marcelo makes surprise move to Olympiacos
    General news4 weeks ago

    Real Madrid great Marcelo makes surprise move to Olympiacos

    Marcelo has signed for Greek Super League champions Olympiacos after bringing down the curtain on his glittering Real Madrid career.

    The left back —- a five-time European champion —- was firmly behind Ferland Mendy in Real Madrid’s pecking order last term.

    He started only seven games in all competitions as Los Blancos won La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.

    Although Marcelo was club captain, Karim Benzema usually skippered Carlo Ancelotti’s team.

    Marcelo then departed when his contract expired at the end of the 20212022 season, ending a 15-year stay with the Spanish giants.

    Marcelo said upon leaving Real Madrid: “I won’t retire, not now.

    I feel I can still play.

    Facing Real Madrid won’t be a problem.

    I’m a big Madridista, but I’m also a big professional.

    ” He was available as a free agent and was recently linked with English Premier League side Leicester City. However, the 34-year-old has ended up at Olympiacos, who described him as “a true football legend” when announcing the deal.

    There is unlikely to be the opportunity to face Real Madrid this season, with Olympiacos having failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage, losing to Maccabi Haifa in the preliminary rounds.

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  •  Jordan Pickford frustrated Liverpool with a stunning goalkeeping performance in an absorbing 0 0 draw with Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday The England number one made a string of excellent saves while opposite number Alisson also had to be sharp to prevent a home win in a Merseyside derby that could have been flooded with goals Both sides rattled the frame of the goal in the first half Everton did so through Tom Davies before Liverpool s Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz followed suit while Mohamed Salah was also denied by the woodwork late on Chances flowed in an open game and Everton thought they had snatched the lead midway through the second half when former Liverpool academy player Conor Coady touched in Neal Maupay s cross Bur he was denied when a VAR checked showed he was inches offside Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson made a smart early save to gather Anthony Gordon s fizzing strike after an Everton corner kick was only half cleared Also the hosts came within a whisker of the opener when Davies smacked a shot from 12 yards against the left post Juergen Klopp s visitors showed their threat before the break though This was when Nunez s excellent strike was tipped against the crossbar by Pickford and from the rebound Diaz crashed a howitzer of a drive against the right post Seeking greater control Klopp withdrew youngster Fabio Carvalho and brought on the experienced Roberto Firmino for the second half with Liverpool soon asking more questions of Frank Lampard s men Nunez saw a volley comfortably gathered by Pickford then Nathan Patterson went close for the Toffees as Virgil van Dijk deflected his shot wide Amid a determined effort from the Reds to find a breakthrough Pickford saved from Firmino twice in quick succession firstly tipping a shot wide before parrying the Brazilian s header from a corner kick The goalkeeper thwarted Fabinho from close range too before Everton debutant Maupay wasted the biggest chance of the game after a rapid counter attack He shot straight at Alisson who made himself big and pulled off the save Coady thought he was the hero but closer examination of his 69th minute tap in left Everton deflated their winless run at home in the league against their city rivals extending to 12 games It could have been worse as Salah quiet for so much of the game almost won it in stoppage time his shot cracking off the foot of the right post OLAL NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Pickford keeps out Liverpool against Everton in derby thriller
     Jordan Pickford frustrated Liverpool with a stunning goalkeeping performance in an absorbing 0 0 draw with Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday The England number one made a string of excellent saves while opposite number Alisson also had to be sharp to prevent a home win in a Merseyside derby that could have been flooded with goals Both sides rattled the frame of the goal in the first half Everton did so through Tom Davies before Liverpool s Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz followed suit while Mohamed Salah was also denied by the woodwork late on Chances flowed in an open game and Everton thought they had snatched the lead midway through the second half when former Liverpool academy player Conor Coady touched in Neal Maupay s cross Bur he was denied when a VAR checked showed he was inches offside Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson made a smart early save to gather Anthony Gordon s fizzing strike after an Everton corner kick was only half cleared Also the hosts came within a whisker of the opener when Davies smacked a shot from 12 yards against the left post Juergen Klopp s visitors showed their threat before the break though This was when Nunez s excellent strike was tipped against the crossbar by Pickford and from the rebound Diaz crashed a howitzer of a drive against the right post Seeking greater control Klopp withdrew youngster Fabio Carvalho and brought on the experienced Roberto Firmino for the second half with Liverpool soon asking more questions of Frank Lampard s men Nunez saw a volley comfortably gathered by Pickford then Nathan Patterson went close for the Toffees as Virgil van Dijk deflected his shot wide Amid a determined effort from the Reds to find a breakthrough Pickford saved from Firmino twice in quick succession firstly tipping a shot wide before parrying the Brazilian s header from a corner kick The goalkeeper thwarted Fabinho from close range too before Everton debutant Maupay wasted the biggest chance of the game after a rapid counter attack He shot straight at Alisson who made himself big and pulled off the save Coady thought he was the hero but closer examination of his 69th minute tap in left Everton deflated their winless run at home in the league against their city rivals extending to 12 games It could have been worse as Salah quiet for so much of the game almost won it in stoppage time his shot cracking off the foot of the right post OLAL NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Pickford keeps out Liverpool against Everton in derby thriller
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    Pickford keeps out Liverpool against Everton in derby thriller

    Jordan Pickford frustrated Liverpool with a stunning goalkeeping performance in an absorbing 0-0 draw with Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

    The England number one made a string of excellent saves, while opposite number Alisson also had to be sharp to prevent a home win in a Merseyside derby that could have been flooded with goals.

    Both sides rattled the frame of the goal in the first half.

    Everton did so through Tom Davies before Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz followed suit, while Mohamed Salah was also denied by the woodwork late on.

    Chances flowed in an open game, and Everton thought they had snatched the lead midway through the second half when former Liverpool academy player Conor Coady touched in Neal Maupay’s cross.

    Bur he was denied when a VAR checked showed he was inches offside.

    Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson made a smart early save to gather Anthony Gordon’s fizzing strike after an Everton corner-kick was only half-cleared.

    Also, the hosts came within a whisker of the opener when Davies smacked a shot from 12 yards against the left post.

    Juergen Klopp’s visitors showed their threat before the break, though.

    This was when Nunez’s excellent strike was tipped against the crossbar by Pickford, and from the rebound Diaz crashed a howitzer of a drive against the right post.

    Seeking greater control, Klopp withdrew youngster Fabio Carvalho and brought on the experienced Roberto Firmino for the second half, with Liverpool soon asking more questions of Frank Lampard’s men.

    Nunez saw a volley comfortably gathered by Pickford, then Nathan Patterson went close for the Toffees, as Virgil van Dijk deflected his shot wide.

    Amid a determined effort from the Reds to find a breakthrough, Pickford saved from Firmino twice in quick succession, firstly tipping a shot wide before parrying the Brazilian’s header from a corner-kick.

    The goalkeeper thwarted Fabinho from close range too, before Everton debutant Maupay wasted the biggest chance of the game after a rapid counter-attack.

    He shot straight at Alisson who made himself big and pulled off the save.

    Coady thought he was the hero, but closer examination of his 69th-minute tap-in left Everton deflated, their winless run at home in the league against their city rivals extending to 12 games.

    It could have been worse, as Salah, quiet for so much of the game, almost won it in stoppage time, his shot cracking off the foot of the right post.

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