Sunday, 11 September 2016
The United States is marking the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. The 9/11 attack, in which 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners, was the deadliest terror strike on U.S. soil. Two of the airliners crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, bringing both of the Twin Towers to the ground. A third slammed into the Pentagon in Washington, while the fourth crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers overpowered the attackers. A service was held on September 10 in New York to honor the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed. U.S. presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are expected to attend commemoration ceremonies at the World Trade Center site. The two have agreed to refrain from campaigning on the anniversary.
Sunday, 4 September 2016
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has promised to fix the problem of cloning of peoples' identities on the social media platform. According to Abike Dabiri, senior special assistant to the president on foreign relations and diaspora, the tech guru made the promise in Abuja on Friday. Zuckerberg was in Abuja to meet President Muhammadu Buhari, and to also attend the grand finale of Aso Villa Demo Day, a programme to encourage young entrepreneurs. However, Dabiri, who also attended the programme, said when she met the billionaire businessman, she complained to him that there were 11 Facebook accounts opened in her name, and he assured her that the issue would be looked into. The presidential aide revealed this in series of tweets. Dabiri said she also urged the Facebook co-founder to spread the word that Nigerians are hardworking, brilliant, determined and energetic people.
Friday, 2 September 2016
Last night, Beyoncé’s groundbreaking visual album “Lemonade” won eight Moonmen trophies, including “Video of the Year” for “Formation” at the 2016 “MTV Video Music Awards”, which took place at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden. The global megastar surprised the audience with a jaw-dropping “Lemonade” medley that recreated the stunning imagery of the visual album. Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award-winner Rihanna dazzled with a career-spanning four-act performance – including an electrifying opening dance medley and a trio of stirring ballads to close – before accepting the VMAs’ highest honour with a heartfelt tribute by Drake.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said that his government is not unmindful of the pains Nigerians are going through as a result of the debilitating economic downturn. But he specifically pleaded with Nigerians bear with him as the government will evolve some policies to cushion them from the pains of recession. Buhari spoke in Oshogbo Osun State capital during his official visit. He spoke against the backround of the gloomy economic picture painted by the the report of the National Bureau of Statistics released three days ago, which confirmed that Nigeria has gone into recession, which happens a country experiences temporary economic decline during which trade and industrial activity are reduced. It is usually identified by a fall in GDP in two successive quarters.