1st NEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE – APRIL 6, 2019
Osinbajo, Oshiomhole, others for APC summit in Anambra
The Vice president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress APC, Adams Oshiomhole will be some of the big names to attend the party’s political summit in Anambra on May 1st. While the Vice president will declare the summit open, Oshiomhole will deliver the keynote address, with the former Senate president, Ken Nnamani to deliver one of the lectures on the day. This is part of the activities lined up by APC in the state, under the leadership of Chief Basil Ejidike among others, to re-position the party in Anambra state. The party has equally concluded arrangements to set up a committee on how to bring back some of the elders of the party, who had backed out as a result of neglect.
Delta PDP chieftain slams opponent over governorship rotation
A Chieftain of the people’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta South, Chief Emmanuel Ono Okumagba on Saturday slammed those calling for the abolition of the Party’s unwritten gentleman agreement of power in Delta on senatorial bases as uninformed. Okumagba Spoke to Journalists in warri while reacting to the statement Credited to some leaders of a particular ethnic group in Delta South on the issue of governorship rotation that it was outdated, noted bitterly that those making the call were undermining the urhobos magnanimity in their support for PDP unwritten agreement on rotation of power in the state adding that the population of Urhobos in Delta Central Senatorial district was more than that of Delta North and South.
Management, passengers laud integrity of Dana Air security team
The Nigerian carrier, Dana Air and the airline’s passengers have commended the integrity and professionalism of its security team on discovery of valuable items forgotten onboard its aircraft. Dana Air Communications Manager, Mr Kingsley Ezenwa, made this known in a statement issued on Saturday in Lagos. Ezenwa said Dana Air was not surprised by the recent commendations that the airline’s security team had been getting for their constant display of integrity and professionalism on and off the job. “There have been many cases of lost and recovered items like phones, ipads, huge sums of money, Nigerian passports with valid visas and lots of valuable items.
Cleric enjoin muslims to pray for nation’s peace, progress
An Islamic scholar, Alhaji Mustapha Agbarere, has enjoined Muslims to use the celebration of birth of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to pray for peace and progress of the country. Agbarere, who is also the Waziri of Quadriyat Society of Nigeria, gave the task on Saturday at the Annual Maolud Nabiyy Celebration in Abuja National Mosque. “Government alone, without the support of the citizenry, cannot build a society where everyone is free and safe without fear of any form of violence. “We must come together in unity and pray to ensure a secure and progressive nation,’’ the scholar said.
Adamawa election tribunal receives 19 petitions
The Adamawa Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Yola says it has received 19 petitions. The Secretary of the tribunal, Mr Godwin Ezenwa, made this known on Saturday in Yola. Ezenwa said the petitions comprised of two for Senate, seven for House of Representatives, and 10 for House of Assembly. Ezenwa said the tribunal would have its inaugural sitting on Monday, April 8.
Catholic hospital organises free medical outreach for Abuja residents
Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul Hospital, Kubwa,FCT, has organised free medical screening for over 800 Abuja residents as part of its charity works. Rev. Sister Mary Okoro, the Hospital Coordinator, said this on Saturday at the hospitals’ new complex in Kubwa, Abuja. According to her, the free hepatitis, blood test, eye test, malaria, sugar level test and other basic laboratory test werevmeant to bring succour to Abuja residents who could not access basic health care services. Okoro said that the hospital was committed to improving the health care of Nigerians, especially the poor.
Ex-lecturer dies in fire: UI dismisses insinuations of suicide, commiserates with family of deceased
The management of the University of Ibadan has dismissed insinuations that a former lecturer, Mr Aminu Zubair, who died in his residence on the institution’s campus, committed suicide. The university’s Director of Communication, Mr Olatunji Oladejo in Ibadan on Saturday said that Zubair died in a fire outbreak that occurred at his residence. Oladejo said that if not for the timely intervention of the school’s Fire Service, the whole building would have been razed by the inferno. “He was a staff in the Department of Mathematics and had resigned before the ugly incident happened. “It wasn’t a suicide attempt as he was caught up in the inferno at Philipson Road, where he resides, and couldn’t escape.
International Day of Sport: Lagos SWAN renews call to tackle unemployment through sports
The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has renewed the call for use of sports as a means of tackling youth restiveness and endemic poverty in the country. Debo Oshundun, Chairman, SWAN, Lagos State Chapter, made the call in an interview in Lagos to commemorate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Oshundun said that the day had brought to fore the need for the government to wake up to its responsibility of harnessing the potentials in sports towards ending poverty and unemployment. “Sports today has moved from what it used to be as merely for recreation or entertainment, to a more serious human endeavour and profession.
Germans protest against estate developers
Thousands of people Saturday joined marches across major German cities against “rental insanity” or Mietwahnsinn, which has sparked a popular backlash. Organisers said at least 6,000 people gathered in Berlin’s emblematic Alexanderplatz and were marching towards the working-class, predominantly immigrant district of Kreuzberg, which has been recently targeted by developers eager to make a fast buck. “No demolition of habitable houses,” the protesters cried. Some of the marchers were disguised as what they called “real estate sharks”.
EU backs ICC after US revokes prosecutor’s visa
The EU on Saturday declared its support for the International Criminal Court, voicing “serious concern” after the US revoked the chief prosecutor’s visa over a possible investigation into American soldiers’ actions in Afghanistan. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s office confirmed on Friday that Washington had revoked her visa for entry into the US — a move that came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced restrictions on ICC staff who probe US or allied personnel. A spokesperson for the EU’s diplomatic service said the bloc “fully supports the ICC and its independence” and said Brussels expects the US to comply with its “international obligations” towards the court.
Apple Music overtakes Spotify in US subscribers
Apple Music has surpassed rival streaming service Spotify in terms of US paid subscribers, reports The Wall Street Journal. Sources say based on records for the month of February, Spotify is trailing behind Apple Music with around 2 million U.S. subscribers. Spotify reported it had 96 million subscribers globally as of the end of 2018. Meanwhile, Apple CEO Tim Cook disclosed publicly in May that Apple Music had crossed the 50 million user base milestone. Though both companies don’t give subscriber data based on region, experts say the recent growth trends are more in favor of Apple.
Netflix removes Apple AirPlay support from its iPhone and iPad apps
Following complaints from some iPhone and iPad users who were unable to use AirPlay, Netflix has updated its support website to state that its iOS apps no longer support Apple’s wireless streaming feature. iOS users are left without a satisfactory reason for the change; Netflix blamed the loss of support on “technical limitations,” but didn’t provide any details on what that means. A number of complaints from iPhone and iPad users surfaced online over the last week, all of them revolving around an error message that would appear in the Netflix app whenever they attempted to use AirPlay. The popup would read, “Cannot play title. Please try again later. (AVF:11800;OS:12926;).”