Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

U.N. has exhausted options on North Korea – Haley

 U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday the U.N. Security Council has run out of options on containing North Korea’s nuclear program and the United States may have to turn the matter over to the Pentagon.

“We have pretty much exhausted all the things that we can do at the Security Council at this point,” Haley told CNN’s “State of the Union,” adding that she was perfectly happy to hand the North Korea problem over to Defense Secretary James Mattis.

As world leaders head to the United Nations headquarters in New York for the annual General Assembly meeting this week, Haley’s comments indicated the United States was not backing down from its threat of military action against North Korea.

North Korea launched a missile over Japan into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday in defiance of new U.N. Security Council sanctions banning its textile exports and capping imports of crude oil.

China has urged the United States to refrain from making threats to North Korea. Asked about President Donald Trump’s warning last month that the North Korean threat to the United States will be met with “fire and fury,” Haley said, “It was not an empty threat.”

“If North Korea keeps on with this reckless behavior, if the United States has to defend itself or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed. And we all know that. And none of us want that. None of us want war,” she said on CNN.

“We’re trying every other possibility that we have, but there’s a whole lot of military options on the table,” she said.

Pyongyang has launched dozens of missiles as it accelerates a weapons program designed to provide the ability to target the United States with a powerful, nuclear-tipped missile.

North Korea said on Saturday it aimed to reach an “equilibrium” of military force with the United States.

‘ROCKET MAN’

Trump plans to meet with South Korean President Jae-in Moon on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

“I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!” Trump said in a Twitter post on Sunday morning.

White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster said on Friday, after the latest North Korean missile launch, that the United States was running out of patience: “We’ve been kicking the can down the road, and we’re out of road.”

On Sunday, he warned of imminent danger from Pyongyang.

“This regime is so close now to threatening the United States and others with a nuclear weapon, that we really have to move with a great sense of urgency on sanctions, on diplomacy and preparing, if necessary, a military option,” McMaster told the “Fox News Sunday” program.

Military options available to Trump range from a sea blockade aimed at enforcing sanctions to cruise missile strikes on nuclear and missile facilities to a broader campaign aimed at overthrowing leader Kim Jong Un.

Mattis has warned the consequences of any military action would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale” and bring severe risk to U.S. ally South Korea.

Democratic U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday that Trump should not rule out talks with North Korea before it agrees to end its nuclear program.

“I think that North Korea is not going to give up its program with nothing on the table,” she said on CNN.

Feinstein said that a freeze of both its nuclear program and missile arsenal, rather than ending them, would be more palatable to North Korea and to China, who fears the U.S. goal is toppling Kim.

The United States still wants a peaceful solution and has been waiting for the North Koreans to indicate they are ready to talk, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“We have tried a couple of times to signal to them that we’re ready, when they’re ready,” he said. “And they have responded with more missile launches and a nuclear test.”

Advertisements

Kevin Hart Apologizes to wife, Kids following third cheating controversy

Eniko Parrish, Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart has apologized to his wife, Eniko Parrish, and his two kids from a previous relationship, Hendrix and Haven Hart, after being involved in a “sexually suggestive” video.

Last week, an unnamed woman allegedly demanded money from Hart after they engaged in a “sexually suggestive” act. It was reported that the two did not have sex. The comedian’s rep told the publication that someone tried to extort a huge sum of money from him by threatening to release the video.

  

“Someone tried to set Kevin up in a failed extortion attempt. As law enforcement is involved, we cannot comment further as it could affect the investigation,” Hart’s rep said.

On Saturday, Hart uploaded a lengthy video via his Instagram account and revealed that it is intended for his wife and children. The comedian promised to do better, as well as make better decisions. He also acknowledged the fact that he isn’t perfect and could make mistakes every now and then. Hart also expressed his love for Parrish and his children.

“I’m at a place in my life where I feel like I have a target on my back. And because of that I should make smart decisions. And recently, I didn’t. You know, I’m not perfect. I’m not going to sit up there and say that I am or claim to be in any way shape or form,” he said.

Meanwhile, this is the third time that Hart has been in the middle of a cheating controversy. In July, there were rumors suggesting that he cheated on Parrish with a woman he just met in a Miami Beach night club. Photos of Hart with the woman riding the same car also circulated online at that time, according to People.

In August, Hart’s ex-wife, Torrei Hart, claimed that the actor cheated on her with Parrish while they were still married. “Going to be honest with you people, I’m at a point where I can’t even be shocked anymore. All I do is laugh, man,” he said at that time. Hart and Parrish are expecting their first child together.

Police arrests suspected London bomber

Police arrested an 18-year-old man in the departure lounge of the port of Dover on Saturday in what they said was a “very significant” step in the hunt for whoever planted a bomb on a London commuter train that injured 30 people a day earlier.

Prime Minister Theresa May put Britain on the highest security level of “critical” late on Friday, meaning another attack may be imminent, and deployed soldiers and armed police to strategic locations such as nuclear power plants.

On Saturday morning officers in Dover, a ferry port on the southeast coast from which passenger ships sail to France, arrested a man and then partially evacuated the area, recovering a number of items, the police said without elaborating.

Hours later, police raided a house in a commuter town southwest of London, and evacuated nearby premises as a precaution. Police officers in forensic suits were seen entering a modest house in a suburban street in Sunbury, around 11 miles (18 km) from Parsons Green where the bomb exploded.

The police said they were keeping an open mind as to whether more than one person was involved in the Friday morning attack on a packed train in west London.

“We are still pursuing numerous lines of enquiry, and at great pace,” Senior National Co-ordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing Neil Basu told reporters.

“We’re open-minded. If there are other people responsible it’s our job to find them and that is part of the reason why we are remaining at ‘critical’ at the moment.”

Officials said the attack could have been deadly. The home-made bomb shot flames through a packed train carriage but apparently failed to detonate fully.

According to media reports, the device was attached to a timer, unlike other recent blasts which have typically been suicide bombs.

Pictures showed a slightly charred white plastic bucket with wires coming out of the top in a supermarket shopping bag on the floor of a train carriage.

“This is a very significant arrest,” said interior minister Amber Rudd of the 18-year-old. “The police have made very good progress but the operation is ongoing,” she said.

“There is no doubt that this was a serious IED (improvised explosive device) and it was good fortune that it did so little damage.”

Islamic State claimed responsibility. The group has claimed other attacks in Britain this year, including two in London and one at a concert by American singer Ariana Grande in Manchester, but intelligence officials say there is scant evidence that it had orchestrated them.

Armed police patrolled the streets of London near government departments in Westminster and guarded Premier League soccer grounds hosting matches on Saturday, including the national stadium at Wembley.

Cressida Dick, Britain’s top police officer, sought to reassure the public as she joined colleagues patrolling the entertainment district on the south bank of the Thames.

“Yesterday we saw a cowardly and indiscriminate attack which could have resulted in many lives being lost,” she said. “London has not stopped after other terrible attacks and it will not stop after this one.”

The last time Britain was put on “critical” alert was after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at the Ariana Grande concert in May.

The threat level remained at the highest setting for four days while police raced to establish if the man had worked alone or with the help of others. Prior to that it had not been triggered since 2007.

Prime Minister May said the public should not be alarmed by armed officers on the streets, a rare sight in Britain. “This is a proportionate and sensible step which will provide extra reassurance and protection while the investigation progresses,” she said in a televised statement late on Friday.

The bomb struck as passengers were traveling to the center of the British capital. Some suffered burns and others were injured in a stampede to escape from the station, one of the above-ground stops on the Underground network. Health officials said none was thought to be in a serious condition.

“I was on the second carriage from the back. I just heard a kind of ‘whoosh’. I looked up and saw the whole carriage engulfed in flames making its way towards me,” Ola Fayankinnu told Reuters.

“There were phones, hats, bags all over the place and when I looked back I saw a bag with flames.”

Biafra: Buhari must meet with Nnamdi Kanu – Obasanjo

 09_15_Obasanjo_Biafra

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari must meet with Biafran secessionist leader Nnamdi Kanu before violence between the army and separatists escalates into a full-blown conflict, according to Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Speaking to Newsweek in London, Obasanjo—who served as Nigeria’s first elected head of state from 1999 to 2007—says that the heavy-handed tactics of the Nigerian state against pro-Biafra activists, a secessionist movement that is pushing for an independent state, have not suceeded, and a more conciliatory approach is needed.

“I don’t see anything wrong in that [Buhari meeting with Kanu]. I would not object to that; if anything, I would encourage it,” Obasanjo tells Newsweek.

“I would want to meet Kanu myself and talk to people like him, people of his age, [and ask:] ‘What are your worries?’ Not only from the southeast but from all parts of Nigeria.”

Nigeria has witnessed an uptick in pro-Biafra sentiment in recent years, resulting in deadly clashes between the military and secessionists.

Declaring itself an independent republic in southeast Nigeria in 1967, Biafra was reintegrated into Nigeria in 1970 after a three-year civil war in which at least 1 million people died. Obasanjo fought alongside Buhari on the Nigerian side in the war.

Kanu, a British-Nigerian dual national, has risen to prominence as the leader of modern pro-Biafra separatists. Kanu was arrested in Nigeria in October 2015 and held for almost two years without going to trial. He was bailed in April but faces trial for charges of treason.

Kanu’s backers accused the Nigerian military of invading his home and killing supporters earlier this week—a charge the military denied.

While Buhari has largely avoided speaking publicly on the Biafra issue, the Nigerian military has come under scrutiny for what right groups say is a heavy-handed response to protests by Kanu’s group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and other separatists.

Nigerian security forces killed at least 150 pro-Biafra supporters between August 2015 and November 2016—including some in extrajudicial executions, according to a report by Amnesty International.

The number included at least 60 people who were killed at a memorial gathering in May 2016, when security forces raided homes and a church where IPOB members were sleeping. The Nigerian military denied Amnesty International’s allegations and said IPOB members had used “unjustifiable violence” against soldiers.

Biafra supporterA supporter of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on May 28. The group is calling for an independent republic of Biafra, in southeast Nigeria. 

Nigerian soldiers were recently deployed to the southeastern state of Abia, where Kanu is currently living. IPOB members alleged that soldiers surrounded Kanu’s home on Sunday and killed several people, but the Nigerian Army said in a statement that IPOB members had blocked the road while army vehicles were on patrol, and had thrown stones at soldiers.

The statement said the soldiers fired in the air to disperse the IPOB members and that no one was killed. The army shared a video which it said supported their account.

Obasanjo says that the army’s “heavy boot” response to pro-Biafra sentiment is “not the solution,” but adds that the secession craved by IPOB is not the way forward either.

The former president, who was also military head of state in Nigeria from 1976–1979, says economic development in the country is the only way to solve the issue. Some Igbo leaders have complained that President Buhari, who hails from northern Nigeria, has prioritized the development of other parts of the country to their detriment.

“We need to satisfy the youth in job creation, in wealth creation, in giving them a better, fulfilled life, in giving them hope for the future,” says Obasanjo. “There’s no easy way out.”

The Biafran war erupted in 1967, after Odumegwu Ojukwu, a Nigerian military officer, declared independence. Biafra was largely populated by the Igbos, a mostly Christian ethnic group; Ojukwu’s declaration of independence came on the back of pogroms against Igbos in northern Nigeria, which is dominated by the mostly Muslim Hausa ethnic group.

Nigeria, which had a much larger military force, blockaded the Biafran order, leading to a famine that sparked worldwide condemnation when images and footage of starving Biafran children seeped out to the international media.

01_01_Starving_biafra_01A severely malnourished Nigerian refugee being cared for in a refugee camp near the Nigerian-Biafran war zone in the late 1960s.LYLE CONRAD/PUBLIC HEALTH IMAGE LIBRARY

Ethnic tensions have again been boiling over recently in Nigeria, a country of more than 180 million people and hundreds of ethnic groups. A coalition of youth groups ordered Igbos to leave northern Nigeria in June; while the demand was rubbished by the Nigerian government, none of the leaders of the groups were arrested.

Obasanjo, a senior Nigerian commander during the war, says Nigeria must avoid allowing the current tensions to escalate into another conflict. “Those who fought in the war in Biafra will not want to fight any other war,” he says. “I have fought one war too many in Nigeria; I don’t want to see another.”09_14_Obasanjo_2

Trump surprises 11-year-old who volunteered to mow the White House lawn

 <p>President Donald Trump looks on as 11-years-old Frank Giaccio cuts the Rose Garden grass at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 15, 2017. Frank, who wrote a letter to Trump offering to mow the White House lawn, was invited to work for a day at the White House along the National Park Service staff. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters) </p>

The president got what you might call a grassroots display of support at the White House, welcoming an 11-year-old Virginia boy who offered to help cut the lawn.<p>Frank Giaccio, 11, of Falls Church, Va., turns his head as he is surprised by President Donald Trump while mowing the lawn of the Rose Garden, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at the White House in Washington. The 11-year-old, who wrote the president requesting to mow the lawn at the White House, was so focused on the job at hand the he didn’t notice the president until he was right next to him. At left is a member of the National Park Service. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP) </p>

President Donald Trump high-fived Frank Giaccio, who lives in the Washington suburb of Falls Church. The White House says Frank wrote Trump to say he admires the president’s business acumen and runs his own neighborhood lawn-care business.<p>President Donald Trump high fives Frank Giaccio, 11, of Falls Church, Virginia, as he mows the lawn in the Rose Garden of the White House on September 15, 2017, in Washington, DC.<br /> Giaccio, who has his own lawn mowing business wrote a letter to the President asking if he could mow the lawn at the White House. (Photo: Mike Theiler/AFP/Getty Images) </p>

Frank was so focused on pushing the lawn mower, he didn’t notice Trump had emerged to greet him until the president was next to him in the Rose Garden.Frank Giaccio, 11, of Falls Church, Va., holds his arms up in the air after being surprised by President Donald Trump, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, while mowing the lawn of the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington. The 11-year-old, who wrote the president requesting to mow the lawn at the White House, was so focused on the job at hand the he didn’t notice the president until he was right next to him. At left is Frank’s father, Greg Giaccio. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Trump says Frank is “the future of the country” and will soon be “very famous.”<p>President Donald Trump shakes hands with 11-years-old Frank Giaccio as he cuts the Rose Garden grass at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 15, 2017. Frank, who wrote a letter to Trump offering to mow the White House lawn, was invited to work for a day at the White House along the National Park Service staff. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters) </p>

Frank said he wants to be a Navy SEAL, to which Trump exclaimed, “He’ll make it.” Frank Giaccio, 11, of Falls Church, Va., is focused as he mows the lawn of the Rose Garden, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at the White House in Washington. The 11-year-old wrote President Donald Trump requesting to mow the lawn at the White House. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

EU Condemns Nigerian Military attack on Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB

EU Condemn And Caution Nigerian Military, Rejects The Declaration of IPOB As A Terrorist Organization

Following the brutal and inhuman video of the Nigerian army against the invasion, terrorism, and killings of IPOB members which has been going viral over the internet.
The president of the EU commission Mr Jean-Claude Junker has openly made a serious touching statement as well as warning the Nigerian security personnel against their ill hearted and unprofessionalism in handling democratic issues and the rights of the people.
 Junker directed a serious caution towards the Nigerian Military chiefs stating that they must employ every democratic tenet in handling issues that concerns disgruntle and agitations.
“It is the people’s right to agitate and make a request from their government, self-determination is a right enshrined in the United Nation Charta.
“The people of BIAFRA have every right to request for a referendum, they have been in this struggle for a while now they have never killed or shot a bullet instead they are the victims of attacks and murder.
“The entire EU hereby condemn the brutal attack on IPOB members and leadership under the pretentious disguise of a military exercise (Operation Python Dance) Nigerian military is warned to adopt democratic tenets in handling citizens.
“The EU will not sit and watch things go undemocratic in the largest economy of the West African region”.
Furthermore, Mr Junker has promised to raise the issues concerning the people’s request for a REFERENDUM among the caucus of the EU.
He further stated that the Biafra request for A referendum is no different from that of the Catalonians and the Britain.
Nigeria government must rise above insubordination and handle issues with every tenet of maturity and democracy.

Birmingham fires Harry Redknapp

RedknappVeteran manager Harry Redknapp was sacked by second-tier Birmingham City on Saturday after a 3-1 home defeat by Preston, the club announced.  The 70-year-old, whose coaching career has included Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth, was briefly hailed as a saviour after he kept Birmingham in the division last term having taken over following a disastrous spell in charge by Italian Gianfranco Zola. However, despite an influx of players in the close season, Birmingham suffered a sixth successive defeat and have just four points from eight league matches. “Blues have parted company with manager Harry Redknapp,” read a terse statement form the club. Redknapp, who had been in charge for just 13 matches, had appeared not to be aware of an impending decision although he accepted the blame for the abject display in Saturday’s match. “The players have got to adjust to the Championship if they are going to survive in this league. It was horrendous defending in the middle of the park,” he said. “I didn’t tell them to do that, that’s for sure, but I take the blame that’s the way the game is.”

%d bloggers like this: