Sunday, 7 January 2018

£142m deal: Barcelona sign Liverpool ace

Barcelona have signed Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for a reported £142 million

FC #Barcelona and #Liverpool FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of #PhilippeCoutinho. The player will sign a contract for the remainder of the season and five more, and will have a #buyout clause of 400 million euros

Saturday, 6 January 2018

9ice debunks pregnancy rumours

The gongo aso crooner who has made it publicly clear several times that he wants many kids has gone ahead to debunk the pregnancy claims circulating round.

He posted this on his Instagram page below.

@9iceofficial -  @instablog9ja @pulsenigeria247 please make una promote pabanbari #Pabanbari  #tonight and #loveyoulikekilode. I know bad news sell more but please help an upcoming.  Mind you no one is pregnant for me. If anyone is I will be the first to tell you not 20 I deh go na 4 I still get...happy new @pulsenigeria247 happy new year @instablog9ja happy new year @officiallindaikeji .. Thank you.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Ross Barkley becomes Antonio Conte's first January signing

Ross Barkley joins Chelsea from Everton on a five-and-a-half-year contract and the 24-year-old midfielder will wear the number 88 shirt.

Messi could leave on free transfer with current deal if clause triggered

Lionel Messi could leave FC Barcelona without a transfer fee if Catalonia ceded from Spain and the club did not compete in any of Europe’s top four leagues.

El Mundo, a leading Spanish newspaper, on Friday reported this, citing a clause in his new contract.

Barca’s all-time top goalscorer signed the contract in November, seven months before his old deal expired.

It runs until June 2021 and contains a 700 million euro (£623 million) buy-out clause.

But, according to the Spanish daily, it would also allow the five-times World Player of the Year to leave the club where he has spent his entire career for free.

This will be if Catalonia’s independence push resulted in Barca exiting Spain’s top flight, and not joining either the English Premier League, the Bundesliga or Serie A.

A Barca spokesman declined to comment directly on the report, but added: “In the interests of confidentiality, the club never comment on contracts signed with players and never will.’’

Messi’s management team could not immediately be reached for comment.

The political crisis triggered by Catalonia’s independence drive remains unresolved after separatists won a slim parliamentary majority in a regional election last month.

Argentinian Messi’s latest contract was signed on Nov. 25, before that vote.

But, after an autumn referendum on independence which authorities in Madrid declared illegal, it dissolved the region’s political institutions after they ratified it.

The referendum had direct ramifications for FC Barcelona who, on the day that it was held, chose to play their La Liga game against Las Palmas behind closed doors.

The decision was however in response to police violence against would-be voters.

The president of La Liga, Javier Tebas, has repeatedly said FC Barcelona would be booted out of the Spanish league along with all other Catalan clubs in the event of independence.

Paris Hilton hires bodyguards to protect her $2 million engagement ring.

Sources close to Paris and her fiance, Chris Zylka, tell us they've had 24/7 security shadowing them -- and specifically the ring -- ever since he put a ring on it last weekend.

We're told Paris feels it's best to have someone on guard at all times because of the rash of celeb burglaries this past year ... including the jewelry heist at her aunt Kyle Richards' house. There's also the Paris ordeal her former BFF, Kim Kardashian, endured.

Our sources say Paris Hilton already has around the clock security at her home. The ring squad is always with her and that rock, but they're in street clothes ... so it's not so obvious.

Source: TMZ

Intel - Performance of security updates not significant

Intel Corp (INTC.O) said fixes for security issues in its microchips would not slow down computers, rebuffing concerns that the flaws found in microprocessors would significantly reduce performance.

The performance impact of the recent security updates should not be significant and will be mitigated over time, Intel said late on Thursday, adding that Apple Inc (AAPL.O), Inc (AMZN.O), Google (GOOGL.O) and Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) reported little to no performance impact from the security updates.

Intel shares fell nearly 2 percent on Thursday as investors were worried about the potential financial liability and reputational damage from the recently disclosed security issues.

The largest chipmaker confirmed earlier this week that the security issues reported by researchers in the company's widely used microprocessors could allow hackers to steal sensitive information from computers, phones and other devices.

Security researchers had disclosed two security flaws exposing vulnerability of nearly every modern computing device containing chips from Intel, Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD.O) and ARM Holdings.

The first, called Meltdown, affects Intel chips and lets hackers bypass the hardware barrier between applications run by users and the computer's memory, potentially letting hackers read a computer's memory and steal passwords. The second, called Spectre, affects chips from Intel, AMD and ARM and lets hackers potentially trick otherwise error-free applications into giving up secret information.

Intel had said the issues were not caused by a design flaw and asked users to download a patch and update their operating system.

Intel may be on the hook for costs stemming from lawsuits claiming that the patches would slow computers and effectively force consumers to buy new hardware, and big customers will likely seek compensation from Intel for any software or hardware fixes they make, security experts said.

Source: Reuters

Lady narrates how her brother got killed by a stray bullet in Abonema

He was at a joint called Maja at Abonnema,which is always rowdy because most people who come home like to hang out there.

It was @ past 12am when cultists came to kill a rival. Unfortunately he was standing next to the guy they came to kill..and a stray bullet hit his lap.they shot the guy they came to kill in his head and scattered his brain and took his dead body away.

Boma would have survived if not for the fact that the Doctor at Abonnema Hospital was kidnapped more than 2 weeks ago and the Hospital was closed down.

We got to the police station and got police escort to take us to UPTH but he died on our way to UPTH due to excessive bleeding. You can confirm that we went to the Abonnema Police station and got 2 police escorts.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

BREAKING NEWS - Gunmen kill five in fresh Rivers community attack

Barely four days after 17 persons were killed in an early morning attack in Rivers State, five persons have been reportedly killed in Egbeda, a community in Emohua Local Government Area of the state when unknown gunmen raided the area.

Though the police said only two persons were killed when the hoodlums stormed the place, a security source said security men crawled though the bush to chase away the bandits.

The source, who spoke with our correspondent in Emohua, explained that the gunmen wore black trousers and T-shirts with red caps, adding that they (gunmen) escaped when they noticed that some soldiers were trailing them through the bush in Egbeda.

He disclosed that the incident happened in the morning while villagers were preparing to move out for their daily engagement.

“Some unknown gunmen wearing black attire with red caps came to Egbeda this morning and killed five persons.

“We all crawled through the bush to get them, but they ran away when we got there,” the security source said.

Confirming the incident at Egbeda, the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ahmed Zaki, told newsmen that one person was killed in Unyeada in Andoni Local Government Area of the state.

Zaki explained that the hoodlums, who shot and killed one person in Egbeda, came onmotorcycles, adding that security had been beefed up in the area.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Governor Wike places N200m bounty on perpetrators of Omoku massacre

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has placed a N200million bounty for information that will lead to the arrest of the gunmen who killed at least 14 churchgoers returning from a midnight service on Monday in Omoku.

The gunmen had opened fire on a set of worshippers at about 12:30 am on Monday,” said Ugochi Olugbo, a relative of one of the victims who were attending a New Year’s Eve service.

“Fourteen persons died on the spot, while 12 who sustained gunshot wounds were rushed to the hospital and are receiving medical attention,” said a police source who asked to remain anonymous.

Governor Wike spoke on Tuesday after he led the Rivers State Security Council on a fact finding/sympathy visit to the families of the deceased. He also visited those injured during the attack.

The governor also visited the sites of the crime where he received briefing from the Nigeria Police Area Commander, Mr Mike Nwafor, and the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni (ONELGA) Local Government Council Caretaker Chairman, Mr Olisa Osi.

He said: “We have placed a N200million bounty for relevant information that will lead to the arrest of all those involved in this unfortunate act of violence.

“Anybody who is connected to this crime in any way will have his/her houses forfeited to the Government. This place has been peaceful before this unfortunate mayhem.

“We will not allow another case of this violence. We have mobilised the security agencies to take the battle to the perpetrators “.

Governor Wike said all those linked to the Omoku violence will face the full weight of the law.

“You cannot shed innocent blood and go free. We are working with all the security agencies to do everything possible to arrest the perpetrators. They must pay for this”, he said.

The governor commiserated with the families of the deceased, saying that the State Government will support them in burying their loved ones. He added that the state government will also settle the medical bills of those receiving treatment at different hospitals.

He said: “I am pained by this unfortunate mayhem . Enough is enough. ”

The governor and the service commanders also visited the residence of wanted cultist, Don Danny where the Rivers State Governor commended security agencies for working hard to improve the security of the state.

Chairman of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, Mr Osi Olisa informed the governor that 17 persons lost their lives as a result of the attack.

In an interview, Prophetess Comfort Ordu who lost her husband and three of her children, said they were dragged out of their home and killed by the perpetrators.

Some of those murdered in cold blood include: Favour Odili, Saviour Amirinze, Augustine Ordu, Precious Ordu, Wisdom Ordu, Jennifer Ohia and Innocent Ohia. Others are: Reuben Idogu, Baby Idogu, Ngozi Ogbuanukwu, Oyi Ogadinma, Nwagaego Ogadinma and Uche Onige.

Governor Wike was accompanied to Omoku by the Brigade Commander of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General A.A Bande, the Commander of Joint Task Force, Colonel M.N Madi, Rivers State Deputy Police Commissioner, Ahmed Magaji and Rivers State Director of the Department of State Services, Mr Tosin Ajayi.

Banks freeze accounts tied to cryptocurrencies

The surge of bitcoin last year has been unprecedented, for a digital currency that started at just over a thousand dollars in value(for one bitcoin) in January last year to an all time high of nineteen thousand in December, it has really been extraordinary.

With every successful venture there is bound to be hurdles and one of such is the fear that the Bitcoin may be used for fraudulent activities.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported over the weekend that Cryptocurrency trader and Youtuber Alex Saunders called out National Australia Bank (NAB), ANZ, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Westpac Banking Corporation on Twitter for freezing customer accounts and transfers to four different bitcoin exchanges – CoinJar, CoinSpot, CoinBase and BTC Markets.

A spokesman from Commonwealth Bank confirmed the freezes by saying that "because the destination account previously has been connected to a fraud or an attempted fraudulent transaction or is an account used to facilitate payments to Bitcoins or similar virtual currency payment services".

Oritsefemi - My wife thinks i'm down to earth

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