Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Man knifed in the head in front of children

  • Man knifed in the head in front of children outside a McDonald's restaurant
  • The victim, thought to be in his 30s, was tended to by shocked onlookers
  • He was taken to hospital as a priority but his condition is currently unclear
  • Police said one man arrested after members of public stopped him fleeing
Dramatic footage has emerged of horrified onlookers covered in blood and a suspect in handcuffs moments after a man was knifed in the head in front of children outside a McDonald's restaurant.

The victim, thought to be in his 30s, was brutally attacked on a busy high street in broad daylight and eyewitnesses described seeing 'blood everywhere'. 

Several shoppers rushed to the injured man's aid, while other members of the public are said to have stopped his alleged attacker fleeing the scene. 

Terrifying: Pictures have emerged of the moment horrified onlookers rushed to the aid of a man who was knifed in the head in front of children and morning shoppers outside a McDonald's restaurantThe man was tended to outside the McDonald's restaurant
Terrifying: Pictures have emerged of the moment horrified onlookers (left) rushed to the aid of a man who was knifed in the head in front of children and morning shoppers (right) outside a McDonald's restaurant
Detained: A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed one man was arrested by police after people in the street stopped the attacker fleeing. He is currently in police custody at a South London police station
Detained: A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed one man was arrested by police after people in the street stopped the attacker fleeing. He is currently in police custody at a South London police station

He was arrested when police arrived and cordoned off the scene in Bromley, South London. 

London Ambulance Service paramedics were called following reports of an assault at around 11.30am this morning.

A spokesman confirmed that multiple resources were sent to the scene and the victim was rushed as a priority to hospital. 

His condition is currently unknown.

Video taken by a passer-by showed the victim, who appeared to have a bandage wrapped around his head, being tended to by shocked onlookers.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed that one man was arrested by police after people in the street stopped the attacker fleeing.

He is currently in police custody at a South London police station.

There was chaos after the incident before police arrived and cordoned off the scene in Bromley, South London
There was chaos after the incident before police arrived and cordoned off the scene in Bromley, South London

The attack happened at about 11.30am this morning and shocked onlookers rushed to help the injured manThe scene of the attack
The attack happened at about 11.30am this morning and shocked onlookers rushed to help the injured man

The McDonald's restaurant was closed after the incident, which occurred right outside its front doors.

Passerby Laura Gooderham, 18, said: 'I just came out of the shopping centre and was walking along, heard loads of police sirens.

'The road was shut off and a police officer was holding a man on the ground.
'You could see blood on the pavement. Ambulances and police vans everywhere it was crazy.'

An eyewitness, who asked not to be named, told Mirror Online: 'It was completely manic. I was opposite McDonald’s waiting to go in when there was this sudden rush of people.

'I could hear a woman screaming at the top of her lungs. I carried on walking over, then I could see blood.

Concern: Panicked shoppers quickly came to help the victim, who was seen with a bandage on his head 
Concern: Panicked shoppers quickly came to help the victim, who was seen with a bandage on his head 

Reaction: Members of the public took to Twitter to express their shock after hearing about the stabbing today
Reaction: Members of the public took to Twitter to express their shock after hearing about the stabbing today

'It was on the pavement, and all over the woman, it was everywhere and I could hear more screaming.'
The eyewitness also told how 'there were lots of kids around' at the time of the stabbing.  
Other members of the public took to Twitter to express their shock.
One wrote: 'Can't believe someone was stabbed outside where I work about an hour ago. Was at work when it happened.'
Another witness tweeted that she saw a woman 'screaming, crying with blood all over her'.
The street was shut off after the incident, with five buses forced


A dead baby showed signs of life just when he was about to be cremated

A Chinese baby boy who was declared dead and spent the night in a morgue showed signs of life just as he was about to be cremated, local TV reported.

Workers at the crematorium in Pan’an in the eastern province of Zhejiang were preparing to cremate the baby on Friday when he suddenly starting moaning, provincial television reported.

The boy had been declared dead the day before and had spent 15 hours in the morgue at a temperature of about -12 degrees Celsius (10.4 F). After finding the child alive, the crematorium notified his father and the baby was taken to a hospital intensive care unit.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen this. It’s a true miracle,” said a doctor at the Pan’an hospital where the infant was born prematurely in January.
The child spent 23 days in an incubator and was then taken home by his father, who wanted him there for the start of the Lunar New Year which began Monday. But the baby’s condition worsened a few days after returning home.

He was declared dead on February 4 after a doctor decided his heart had stopped beating. Before the baby was sent to the morgue, his father had wrapped him in two layers of clothing and a thick bag which may have saved his life. However, doctors are cautious about his chances of recovery.


Chief Executive of Google, Sundar Pichai is the highest-paid in the US

Sundar Pichai,
The chief executive of Google, Sundar Pichai, has been awarded $199m (£138m) in shares, a regulatory filing has revealed.

It makes him the highest-paid chief executive in the US.

Mr Pichai became chief executive of the search engine giant following the creation of its parent, Alphabet.

The founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, have amassed fortunes of $34.6bn and $33.9bn, according to Forbes.

Mr Pichai was awarded 273,328 Alphabet shares on 3 February, worth a total of $199m, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

The new award of shares takes Mr Pichai's total stock value to approximately $650m.

Mr Pichai's share award will vest incrementally each quarter until 2019. In other words, full control over the shares will pass to him on a gradual basis.

The top ten highest paid US chief executives of 2015

  1. John Hammergren, pharmaceutical firm McKesson: $131.2m
  2. Ralph Lauren, founder of fashion house Ralph Lauren: $66.7m
  3. Michael Fascitelli, real estate investment trust Vornado Realty: $64.4m
  4. Richard Kinder, energy infrastructure firm Kinder Morgan: $60.9m
  5. David Cote, conglomerate Honeywell: $55.8m
  6. George Paz, pharmaceutical services firm Express Scripts: $51.5m*
  7. Jeffery H Boyd, travel and tourism website Priceline.com: $50.2m*
  8. Stephen Hemsley, US health insurance firm UnitedHealth Group: $48.8m*
  9. Clarence P Cazalot, Marathon Oil: $43.7m
  10. John C Martin, biotech company Gilead Sciences: $$43.2m
Source: Forbes magazine. Figures include shares awards the individual vested in the year

*Previous year's total compensation.

It comes at a time of heightened scrutiny of Google's tax affairs, following the company's deal with HM Revenue & Customs to pay back taxes dating from 2005.

The controversial tax deal was labelled derisory by Labour. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell called for greater transparency, saying it looked like a "sweetheart deal".

"HMRC seems to have settled for a relatively small amount in comparison with the overall profits that are made by the company in this country. And some of the independent analysts have argued that it should be at least 10 times this amount," he said.

Critics say Google generated sales of £24bn ($34.6bn) in the UK between 2005 and 2014, with an estimated profit of about £7.2bn each year on those sales.

Last week, Alphabet - Google's parent company - surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable firm after it reported a profit of $4.9bn (£3.4bn) in the three months to the end of December, an increase from $4.7bn a year ago.

On an annual basis, Alphabet made $16.3bn, but the figures showed that the "Other Bets" business lost $3.6bn during the period, while Google's operating income rose to $23.4bn, as online advertising increased.


You will be shocked to know that according to app, 'a quarter of a million' UK students now using sugar daddies

Sugar daddies
'A quarter of a million' UK students now using sugar daddies, according to app

A leading sugar daddy app says it now has almost a quarter of a million UK students on its books.
Seeking Arrangement claims it's seen a 40% growth in the last year in young women joining.

The figures though are based on email address sign-ups, so some accounts could be people with multiple accounts, while the term students includes part-time workers and trainees.

The company hooks up wealthy men with younger women.

They say its members can "get to experience a luxurious lifestyle, and meet wealthy people on a regular basis".

The most new sign-ups have come from the University of Portsmouth and the University of Kent.

The app makers believe the high cost of university fees and accommodation in the UK is making students look at new ways of making cash while studying.

Clover Pittilla
Clover spoke with Newsbeat for the Addicted to Dating Apps Documentary

What's not clear is how many of the users are 'active' - as in actually going on dates.

Figures released last month suggested a rise in crimes linked to dating apps and are also leading to an increase in the rates of sexually transmitted infections, according to doctors.

Newsbeat spoke with 20-year-old Clover Pittilla from Bournemouth who uses the site.

"It wasn't for chavy people, there is a certain standard they have to meet," she said.

"They are somewhere in life materially where they want to be and they just want to have fun now."

When the subject of sex came up she told us people are very open in the sugar daddy dating scene.

"Sometimes, sometimes [there is an expectation of sex]. But they are usually quite forward with that.
"They usually say it straight away. If that's what they want then that is what they want.

"But if that is not what I want, that is not what I am going to do.

"But if they are attractive or whatever and you wouldn't mind, then why not."

Despite these figures on the amount of students using sugar daddy apps, some of the comments about Newsbeat's interview with Clover still suggested it was similar to prostitution.

Student Clover believes that's unfair.

"If you go on the internet, you see what people really thing of it.

"Some think it is like prostitution but it really isn't. You don't have to do anything you don't want to do."

The types of people signing up to sugar dating services do not seem to fall into a certain wealth or social class.

Seeking Arrangement claims 56% of university Sugar Babies come from middle and upper-middle class families.

Universities with lots of new sugar babies

1. University of Portsmouth - 216
2. University of Kent - 212
3. University of South Wales - 208
4. University of Cambridge - 207
5. University of Nottingham - 195
6. University of Arts London - 186
7. University of Central Lancashire - 173
8. University of Manchester - 172
9. University of Bristol - 171
10. University of St. Andrews - 165

Two passenger trains have collided in the German state of Bavaria

Crashed train near Bad Aibling in south-western Germany. 9 Feb 2016
One of the trains was derailed and carriages were overturned                

Two passenger trains have collided in the German state of Bavaria, with police saying at least four people have been killed and scores injured.
The head-on crash happened near Bad Aibling, a spa town about 60km (37 miles) south-east of Munich.

The trains' operator said both had partially derailed and were wedged into each other. Carriages were overturned.
Police said rescue teams were trying to free people still trapped in the wreckage.

Regional police said in a tweet (in German) that four people were dead and about 100 injured, of whom 15 were in a critical condition and 40 seriously hurt.

"This is the biggest accident we have had in years in this region and we have many emergency doctors, ambulances and helicopters on the scene," another police spokesman, Stefan Sonntag, told the Associated Press news agency.

Regional train company Meridian said in a statement that "a tragic accident" had occurred on a single-track route between Rosenheim and Holzkirchen at about 07:00 local time (06:00 GMT).

Map of Germany showing Bad Aibling, town where train crash happened - February 2016

German rescue helicopter with an injured person underneath near the site. 9 Feb 2016
Rescue helicopters were ferrying the injured to hospital                

Bernd Rosenbach, managing director of Bayerische Oberlandbahn which operates Meridian trains, told reporters: "The accident is a huge shock for us. We are doing everything we can to help the travellers, relatives and workers."

Technical manager Fabian Amini added: "Our thanks go to the emergency services and workers who gave their help so quickly."

Other fatal German train crashes

  • January 2011: 10 killed in Saxony-Anhalt when commuter train collides with goods train after driver runs through two signals
  • February 2000: Nine dead when overnight train from Amsterdam to Basel crashes near Cologne
  • June 1998: 101 killed when a high-speed train with a broken wheel derails and smashes into a bridge at Eschede in Lower Saxony
The scene of the crash is close to the Mangfall river in a hilly and densely wooded region.
Although the trains were carrying commuters, local carnival holidays meant no schoolchildren were on board, according to reports.

Rescue personnel wait in Bad Aibling, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, after two regional trains crashed
The collision occurred close to the border with Austria                

The cause of the collision is not yet known.

Roads around the scene have been closed and the railway line between Holzkirchen and Rosenheim is blocked, local media reported.

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas tweeted (in German): "Really awful news from #badaibling - our thoughts are with the victims and injured. Thanks to the rescue workers"


Newcastle's £12m purchase is valued as the best - Jonjo Shelvey

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey (left) in action against West Ham United
Jonjo Shelvey (left) has been capped four times by England

Newcastle's £12m purchase of Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was the best-value signing of the January transfer window, according to a study.

Analysis from the CIES Football Observatory says the 23-year-old England international is worth £23.5m.
Its data suggests Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande paid £18.43m too much when they spent £31m on Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez.

Bournemouth are said to have overspent on £7m Norwich striker Lewis Grabban.
According to the CIES research team, which analyses transfers in Europe's big five leagues, that was more than £6m too much.

Best-value signings of winter transfer window (CIES Football Observatory)
NameFromToFeeUnderpaid by
Jonjo ShelveySwanseaNewcastle£12m£11.5m

Augusto Fernandez

Celta Vigo

Atletico Madrid

£5m (reported)

Mario SuarezFiorentinaWatford£4m (reported)£2.24m

The study also suggested Newcastle overpaid by £5.4m when they spent £12m signing England winger Andros Townsend from Tottenham.
That move went through on 27 January, the same day Chinese club Jiangsu Suning signed Brazil midfielder Ramires.

The 28-year-old moved in a deal believed to be worth about £25m, which the CIES study claims is more than £8.3m more than his value.

Worst-value signings of winter transfer window (CIES Football Observatory)
NameFromToFeeOverpaid by
Jackson MartinezAtletico MadridGuangzhou£31m



Jiangsu Suning

£25m (reported)

Lewis GrabbanNorwich CityBournemouth£7m£6m

How does it work?

The CIES Football Observatory team of academics estimates transfer values based on 1,500 fee-paying deals involving the big five European leagues since June 2009.

It takes into account the "inflationary trend" of transfer fees and calculate a player's worth based on their statistics in six key areas - age, position, contract, international status, experience and performance.

Footballers with the highest transfer values in the study generally play in competitive teams, are active full internationals, play in attacking positions, have long-term contracts and are under 27 years of age.


The full findings of the CIES Football Observatory's 2016 winter transfer window assessment.

European Football: Obituaries already written - Neville

Valencia manager Gary Neville
All four of Gary Neville's wins in charge of Valencia have come in the Copa del Rey

Gary Neville claimed the obituaries for his time as Valencia boss have already been written following a 1-0 La Liga defeat at lowly Real Betis.

Neville, whose side was thrashed 7-0 by Barcelona in a midweek Copa del Rey tie, is yet to see his side win in nine league games but again refused to quit.

The ex-England international, who was appointed at the start of December, said: "I said before I came that I would be judged in five months.
"I have been judged in six weeks."

Former Valencia goalkeeper and captain Santiago Canizares - as well as some supporters - called for Neville to stand down after the Copa del Rey hammering by Barcelona.
Under Neville, Valencia have lost four and drawn five league games to slip to within four points of La Liga's bottom three, although the 40-year-old insists he is not contemplating the threat of relegation.

He added: "It's clear that we are better than some of the teams we are playing against.

Valencia under Gary Neville (all competitions)

"Our last two league matches were not performances that deserved two defeats, but the reality is that they are two defeats and I am aware of the consequences when you don't get good results. What matters are results.

"There's no doubt that at times like this everyone needs to stay together.
"Everyone suffers. It's just not going for us at the moment. I continue to work, I continue to have belief.

"Conversations with the owners are between me and the owners. We have to turn it round quickly, I understand that. It is hard to explain the defeat. It will turn."
Neville claimed that the Valencia players are now much fitter and better organised than the team he inherited, which he said was "all over the place".

He admitted every defeat felt like a "punch in the face" but said there was no need for the owners, who include his business partner Peter Lim, to make any statement on his position.

Former Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo, who missed Valencia's best chance to avoid becoming only the second team to lose a league fixture at Real Betis this season, would not be drawn on the manager's future.

Negredo said: "That's not up to me. We know the coach well, but that's up to the club. We shouldn't get involved in things that we aren't supposed to."


Real Madrid Ronaldo says he will not leave the club

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo picked up his Pichichi award alongside former manager Carlo Ancelotti, who was named Marca's La Liga coach of the year, and Sergio Ramos, the Spain national team's player of the year

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo says he will not leave the club before his contract expires in 2018.

The 31-year-old Portugal captain has been continually linked with former club Manchester United, who sold him to Real in 2008, and Paris St-Germain.

"I want to stay here two more years. The two years I'm talking about take me to the end of my contract," he is quoted as saying by AS.
"And the future, we'll see."

Ronaldo was speaking at an event to collect his Pichichi trophy, which he won for being last season's La Liga top scorer with 48.

"This is the best league in the world, although I also played in the Premier League," he said.
"It's fantastic, competitive, and with great players. It is a privilege to leave my mark on it."

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Barcelona's Messi having Kidney tests

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi scored as Barcelona beat River Plate 3-0 to win the Fifa Club World Cup on 20 December

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi missed training on Monday to have tests on his kidneys.
The Argentina international sat out December's Fifa Club World Cup semi-final after being diagnosed with renal colic, a type of abdominal pain commonly attributed to kidney stones.

He was able to play in the final three days later, and has played in all of Barca's league games since.
A club statement said Messi, 28, will return to "normal duties" on Wednesday.

"Barcelona striker Lionel Messi will undergo several tests on Monday and Tuesday to assess the evolution of the kidney problems he suffered last December," it said.
Messi has scored 12 goals in 17 La Liga games this season to help Barcelona go three points clear at the top of the table.

He played the full 90 minutes of Sunday's 2-0 win at bottom club Levante.

On Wednesday, Barca visit Valencia in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final, which they lead 7-0 on aggregate.

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Everton closer to takeover after talks with American Consortium

Kenwright has conducted a search for investment for more than a decade.
A plane flying with a banner calling for chairman Bill Kenwright to leave
Everton fans fly a plane with a banner calling for chairman Bill Kenwright to leave

Everton are moving closer to a £200m takeover after talks with an American consortium.

The group, led by former San Diego Padres owner John Jay Moores and fellow entrepreneur Charles Noell, have been in talks with Toffees owner Bill Kenwright in recent months.
Moores and Noell were previously interested in investing in Swansea.

The pair have spent six weeks taking a close look at Everton's accounts.
In addition to speaking to chairman Kenwright, they have had talks with the club's other major shareholders, Robert Earl and Jon Woods.

The Toffees have declined to comment on the latest interest.
In 2015, several parties were considering a deal to buy Everton.

In October, City of London sources revealed to BBC Sport that American investors, some with links to Major League Soccer side Sporting Kansas City, were exploring the purchase of the Premier League club.

Everton owner Bill Kenwright
Bill Kenwright has owned Everton since December 1999

But the latest moves are felt by those close to the club as representing the most positive and hopeful development since the theatre impresario indicated his willingness to sell.

Kenwright, who bought the club from Peter Johnson for £20m on 26 December 1999, said as far back as November 2007: "If the right person stands in front of me and wants to take this club forward, then I will sell."

Former Everton midfielder Peter Reid told BBC Radio 5 Live that the club needed new investment and a new ground.
"We've got a great squad of players and a good manager, but we need to get a new stadium to keep pace with the other clubs in this Premier League," he said. "You need the revenue that generates.
"If Bill Kenwright says it's OK, let's get it done."

After years of inactivity regarding a sale, it is understood there has been a growing iintent to do a deal in recent months, fuelled by growing, serious interest from a number of groups.
If the deal is completed, it would mean both Merseyside Premier League clubs would be under American stewardship.

Moores, who bought baseball team San Diego Padres from Liverpool chairman Tom Werner for $80m (£53.7m) in 1994, is believed to be worth about £500m.
Moores and Noell have a background in technology.

Moores founded BMC software and also JMI Equity, a venture capitalism arm of his empire, which Noell helped to co-found.

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Super Eagles Chief Coach, Sunday Oliseh's days with the senior national team may be numbered

Super Eagles Chief Coach, Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh’s days with the senior national team may be numbered if the words of an enraged top shot of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF are anything to go by.

Oliseh who took over from his former team mate, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi last year has been engaging his employers and perceived enemies among some of his former colleagues and fans in war of words.

The recent being a video recorded message which he posted on his blog calling his critics “insane” people who have been giving him conditions to either write positive stories about him or even giving him names of players to invite to the national team so they can make a deal together.

The NFF top shot however said that “whether we like it or not, Oliseh will go at the end of the day. (Stephen) Keshi didn’t say as much as Oliseh has said so far.

We must start to have standards in our system. If Keshi could be asked to go for saying less, what stops Oliseh from going too.

” The official shockingly revealed that Oliseh was not a collective choice of the NFF, adding that the Delta-born gaffer was imposed on the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick by another influential member of the board.

He stressed that other indigenous coach have come and gone but that none of them have given the NFF much headache like Oliseh who recently indicted the NFF, claiming that the CHAN Eagles were neglected during camping for the Rwanda championship and that he had to spend $4,000 of his personal funds to feed the players.

More than three quarters of 10 - 12 year olds have social media accounts

Using a mobile phone
Young people see social media as an important part of their life
More than three quarters of 10 to 12 year olds in the UK have social media accounts, even though they are below the age limit, according to a survey from BBC Newsround.

The study, marking this year's Safer Internet Day, also showed more than one in five had faced online bullying.

The global event encourages "safe and responsible" use of the internet.
Social media network Instagram said if anyone suspected accounts were run by under-13s, they should report them.

The BBC Newsround survey, based on 1,000 young people aged between 10 and 18, found social media to be an important part of everyday life.

'Unkind' words

Among 13 to 18 year olds, 96% were signed up to social media networks, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Whatsapp.

But even when under-13 year olds were not meant to use some of these services, the survey found 78% of these younger children were using at least one social media network.

Facebook was the most widely used by under-13 year olds - with 49% claiming to use the online network.

Instagram was used by 41% of 10 to 12 year olds - and a spokesman said "keeping the community safe" online was the "number one priority"

"We require anyone on Instagram to be over the age of 13, and we have clear community guidelines and in-app tools to help people report anything that may make them feel uncomfortable," said an Instagram spokesman.

Most of the experiences of users were positive, but particularly for older children, online networks could be used for more destructive purposes.

Among 16 to 18 year olds, two in five had used social media to spread gossip and a quarter had used it to say something "unkind" or "rude" to someone else online.

Hacking warning

Phone family
Generation gap: Young people are switching off conventional television channels                

More than half of these older children have seen online bullying when they have been using the internet.

The Safer Internet Day, backed by technology firms and the government, commissioned its own survey of 13 to 18 year olds, and found that more than four in five had seen "online hate", such as offensive or threatening language.

More than two thirds of young people knew they could report such offensive language, but in practice people were much more likely to ignore it.

Google is marking Safer Internet Day by launching an online safety roadshow, which aims to reach 10,000 primary school children this year.

Eileen Naughton, Google UK's managing director, said: "The internet is a great place for education, creativity and entertainment, but we know kids need the right skills to navigate the web and stay safe online."

A recent study from research agency Childwise showed that young people are now using online services, such as social networking, more than they are watching television.

On-demand services and websites such as YouTube were more popular among teenagers than conventional television channels.

'Pushing boundaries'

The Nasuwt teachers' union warned of "deeply worrying" problems with social media being used by parents to target teachers online.

But a report from cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab, warned of the dangers of teenagers becoming involved in hacking and cyber-crime.

The report says youngsters are often attracted by the rebellious image of hackers and can be ambivalent about "pushing boundaries" online.

The cybersecurity firm says many teenagers are sophisticated users of the internet, such as knowing how to conceal their identity online.

"It's frighteningly easy for teenagers to find their way into the dark corners of the internet today," said security researcher David Emm.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: "As a parent I understand the real importance of internet safety in protecting our children. The internet is a powerful tool which can have brilliant and virtually limitless benefits, but it must be used sensibly and safely."

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Biggest global artist of 2015 'Adele'

Adele has been named the world's best selling and most popular music artist of 2015.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) awarded the singer its global artist of the year prize in recognition of her "simply phenomenal" success.

Adele's achievement is particularly notable as her third album 25 was not released until late November.
It went on to become the fastest selling album in British history.

It sold more than 800,000 copies in its first week and with the album kept off streaming sites, its chart success was entirely made up of physical and download sales.

The record's lead single, Hello, also scored considerable international chart success - becoming the first single to be downloaded more than one million times in the US.

The second biggest selling artist of 2015 was Ed Sheeran - despite him not releasing a studio album during the course of the year.

He kept a high profile by winning songwriter of the year at the Ivor Novello Awards and by playing a world tour that included three sold-out nights at London's Wembley Stadium.
Sheeran and Adele are two of five British acts to feature in the IFPI's top 10 alongside Sam Smith, One Direction and Coldplay.

Taylor Swift, who won the award in 2014, fell to number three. She also did not release an album in 2015 but did complete an 85-date tour, the highest-grossing of the year.

The IFPI says its top 10 chart is the only music industry ranking to accurately capture the worldwide popularity of artists across physical formats, downloads and streams.
Previous recipients of the top prize include Swift and One Direction.

A three-year-old accidentally shot her nine-year-old sister in the head

Kimi was reportedly shot after her brother found their great-grandfather's gun on a nightstand in his home.
Police in Alabama say Irondale third grader Kimi Reylander was critically wounded Saturday before being rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

"It appears to be a tragic accident," Irondale Police Chief Ken Atkinson told AL.com.
Upon hearing the gunshot, the great-grandfather, Joel Watson, ran to the bedroom.
"I came in and when I came in the door, my son came out and said she had been shot," he told WIAT.
Watson said he left the firearm out without knowing his great-grandchildren were coming to visit.
Atkinson called the incident another sad lesson in firearm safety and urged gun owners to keep their weapons out of sight at all times.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover funeral expenses.
According to the Washington Post, Kimi is the fifth person to be hurt in an accidental shooting by a toddler since Jan. 1. Also this year, at least four toddlers have accidentally shot themselves.

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Governor Shettima - Boko Haram not occupying any local govt in Borno State

Gov. Shetima Shettima said the military and other security operatives on the platform of ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’, had been doing their best in the last six months as the terrorists’ capacity had been whittled down leaving only pockets of them remaining in the Sambisa Forest.

MAIDUGURI—Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, yesterday dismissed media report credited to Senator Kaka Bashir Garbai that three local government areas of Abadam, Mobbar and Kala Balge, were fully under the control of Boko Haram insurgents, insisting that none of the councils in the state was being occupied by the insurgents.

Recall that the Senator representing Borno Central, Garbai, who visited Dalori, Alomari and other villages surrounding Maiduguri attacked by insurgents who killed over 100 residents, had informed newsmen that: “The military are not doing their best to end the war against terrorists, as only Maiduguri, Bayo and Kwaya Kusar council areas were safe and free of insurgents, while 21 of the council areas are partially controlled by terrorists with other three fully still under boko haram caliphate.

” But Governor Shettima, who just returned from a trip to Saudi Arabia where he led some other northern governors for a meeting with officials of Islamic Development Bank and Saudi authorities on rebuilding the north, particularly north east, said, as the Chief Security Officer of the state, all the 27 local government areas had been liberated by the military.

He said: “As Chief Security Officer of Borno State, I am telling you authoritatively that our military deserves commendation, because all my local government areas have been liberated. Only few insurgents that remain in the Sambisa Forest desperate to launch some pockets of attacks are what we are now witnessing as a result of the bombardment that is going on in their hideouts.

“Maybe, the statement Senator Garbai gave to the media was done out of his emotions when he visited the affected areas or he was misquoted. I have been trying to get contact with the Senator on this unfortunate statement.” The governor later drove straight to Dalori and other surrounding villages that were destroyed by insurgents last week where he condoled with the victims and prayed for quick recovery of the injured.
The governor told the people of the affected communities that government had already liaised with the military to provide them with adequate security and urged them not to flee as his administration would spend N100 million to rebuild their destroyed houses.

He immediately set up a committee headed by his deputy, Usman Durkwa to ensure that all the houses destroyed by the insurgents were rebuilt promptly. Governor Shettima also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his determination towards ending the deadly activities of Boko Haram and other terror act in the country.

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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma faces six month out because he needs surgery

Kurt Zouma
Zouma joined Chelsea from French club St Etienne for £12m in January 2014

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma faces six months out because he needs surgery on the knee injury he suffered on Sunday.

The 21-year-old landed awkwardly after contesting a high ball and was taken off on a stretcher in the 1-1 Premier League draw with Manchester United.
"Scan today has shown I injured my anterior cruciate ligament. I will have surgery this week and will come back stronger," Zouma tweeted.

Chelsea said he would be out for "approximately six months".
The France centre-back has made 32 appearances for the Blues this term.
The most recent of his two France caps was in an international friendly with Denmark in October.
France host this year's European Championship, which begins in June.
Zouma and John Terry have become preferred starters in central defence as Chelsea have gone nine matches without defeat under interim manager Guus Hiddink.


BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty

Kurt Zouma's serious knee injury is a bitter blow to an outstanding young player, ruling him out of the rest of this season and France's Euro 2016 bid.
It may, however, open the door to fresh possibilities for his two experienced central defensive team-mates at Chelsea, John Terry and Gary Cahill.
Terry reiterated on Sunday that he has had no dialogue with Chelsea since he left the club's hierarchy bemused by announcing he was not getting a new contract and would leave at the end of the season.

Will Chelsea now be tempted to revisit negotiations to buy time and see how Zouma recovers - or is owner Roman Abramovich's mind made up and it is the end of the road for the 35-year-old iconic club captain?

Cahill, meanwhile, was reported as being unsettled in January after falling behind Zouma and seeing his own Euro 2016 prospects being hit by a lack of first-team football.
He will now be right back in the frame, ready to secure his Chelsea future and cement his place in England's plans for France this summer.

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Developers unveiled Show House at Lekki Pearl Estate

In fulfilment of its promise to deliver 10,000 units of affordable and quality homes for middle-income Nigerians by 2020, Alpha Mead Development Company (AMDC), last week, unveiled the completed Show House at its 112-unit Lekki Pearl Estate.

The unveiling which had in attendance all stakeholders on the ongoing housing project such as subscribers, financial partners and development contractors held at the site along Lekki-Epe Expressway.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the real estate firm, Mr. Femi Akintunde, expressed delight that with the completion of the Show House, his company is now able to show to the Nigerian built environment that technology can play a significant role in the development of affordable and quality housing. According to Akintunde,

“Usually, one of the issues is the thinking that affordability impacts negatively on quality. But by embracing technology, housing development can be cheaper while quality and precision can still be achieved to give home owners comfort, making the situation a win-win for both customers and the environment.

“For example, embracing technology like we have done on this project has reduced material wastages to near zero level, saving the environment from deforestation as our technology does not use wood in construction, and ultimately saving our customers time.

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Federal Government to cut borrowing with N2.2 trillion daily TSA funds

Budget 2016 - THE Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, yesterday, in Abuja disclosed that the Federal Government had a balance of N2.2 trillion in the Single Treasury Account on a daily basis.
File: Buhari during the 2016 budget presentation to the National Assembly.

Delivering a keynote address at a one-day Treasury Single Account workshop accountants-general of the states in Abuja, the minister disclosed that “the balance, which changes daily as MDAs remit revenues and make payments, according to the latest reports from CBN exceeds N2.2 trillion.

“I can report that work is now ongoing within the treasury to determine how much of these funds can potentially be utilised to part-fund the 2016 budget and how much relates to pending commitments. This, of course, will reduce the amount to be borrowed.

“TSA at federal level has allowed, for the first time, visibility of the total quantity of government funds at any point in time” and that it “has provided us with financial information on the revenues of agencies funded by government and has reduced revenue suppression.

“This information is being used to drive our programme to enforce compliance with the Fiscal Responsibility Act and ensure that revenue generating agencies generate expected surpluses and remit to the federal purse.

“TSA has eliminated opportunities for brokerage and other corrupt practices that previously encouraged agencies to accumulate funds with commercial banks rather than apply them to their intended uses.

“We believe that this will reduce payment delays to contractors, minimise late payment penalties and will consequently improve project completion times and service delivery.

“TSA has corrected the practice of government borrowing short term funds at high rates of interest, whilst simultaneously having idle funds in various bank accounts. By reducing the number of accounts in operation, monitoring and control have significantly improved.

“This workshop is expected to dwell further on current issues and challenges surrounding cash flow management with a view to ensure that scarce resources at the disposal of federal, state and local governments are prudently and efficiently managed.

“The organisation of this workshop is, therefore, apt and timely especially at a time when the global economic downturn is creating challenges that demand efficient and effective management of cash resources.

Global economic challenges

“The global economic challenges which are affecting our nation demand optimum efficiency in the management of public funds. These objectives require an overhaul of the financial management approaches adopted to meet financial obligations on time and ensure that cost effective financial support is provided to public institutions.

Merits of TSA
“Much has been reported and debated about the merits of TSA and the impact on the financial autonomy of the various arms of government and on the profitability of commercial banks.

“In practice, TSA is an essential reform for any government wishing to pursue fiscal sustainability and prudent management of its resources. It increases accountability and transparency, improves the processing of payments and collections and reduces borrowing costs, “It is worth reiterating some of the key benefits of TSA that we have recorded to date.

“I, therefore, urge the participants for this workshop to also discuss and brainstorm on ways and means of improving the revenue base of the country through full implementation of TSA and blocking of all leakages and improving the efficiency of revenue administration.

Revenue base

“The revenue base of the country is still low and its administration still leaves room for improvement. This is bedevilled with a range of problems such as poor computerization, lack of skilled and dedicated employees, corruption, lack of awareness and of course unpatriotic conduct by some of the operators.

“This clearly indicates that the underlying assumptions underpinning the 2016 budget may only be realised with serious efforts put in place towards revenue efficiencies and expenditure discipline such as implementation of the TSA and cash management concepts by all tiers of government.

“I commend the efforts of the OAGF and organisers for hosting this very important workshop aimed at sensitizing the states accountants-general on the need to key into the Treasury Single Account scheme of the Federal Government. I also wish to thank IMF (FAD Mission) for partnering with Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) in this noble initiative.

“I may also emphasis that timing of this workshop cannot be more auspicious than now when the present administration of Muhammadu Buhari is vigorously pursuing the war against corruption.

“As professionals in charge of Public Financial Management of your respective states, the ball is in your court and l hope you will take advantage of this workshop to clarify issues that have agitated your minds regarding the implementation of TSA. TSA will no doubt enable you to block all financial leakages and conserve more funds needed for development in your various states.

“I am also aware that some states are already implementing TSA. I urge those states to kindly share their experiences with the rest of you so as to encourage those who are yet to decide to take their first step in this direction.

“At the federal level, l can assure you that our experience has been worthwhile. TSA has provided complete and timely information on government cash resources, improved operational control on budget execution, enabled efficient cash management, reduced bank fees and transaction costs, facilitated efficient payment mechanisms and it has also reduced the Federal Government ways and means requirement to bridge the budget funding gap.”

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The Federal Government has pledged not to revoke any inherite contracts - Fashola

FG’ll renegotiate, not revoke inherited contracts “ in the interest of Nigerians”. Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola who made the pledge on behalf of the government at the opening ceremony of a 3-day Nigerian Pension Industry Strategy Implementation Roadmap Retreat, said that the norms of reversing projects of previous government was wrong and not n the best interest of Nigerians.

Fashola stated that it is always not in the best interest of the Nigerian citizenry to revoke contracts inherited.
Contracts cancellation
“Newly formed governments begin a review of all contracts signed by their predecessors, cancel or frustrate them even when they are performing. What I am saying is that contracts cannot be terminated or frustrated on trumped up reasons simply because a new government does not like the affiliation of the holder of the contract,” he stated.

On the effect of contracts cancellation or revocation, the Minister declared that “it weakens the economy, it frustrates enterprise and leads to poverty and unemployment through job losses, loans taken from banks are endangered and the knock on effect is more than we often can see on the horizon, because the bad word spreads around the global investment community very quickly like wildfire”.
“The previous government has done something wrong, they did not adequately protect the interest of the people and so on. Yes it may be the case sometimes, that the past government did not act in good faith, or even compromised or was even negligent. The answer is not cancellation, if the contract is performing. The answer is renegotiation,” the Minister said.

According to him, the best a new government can do rather than expose a number of people tied to those contracts to the labour market by cancellation of contracts, “is to invite the holder of the contract, confront him with evidence of compromise, bad faith or recklessness, and this is easy to get if there is diligence, and you propose new terms”. “It is a practice that is particularly prevalent on the African continent and I argue that in some part contributes to our continental deficiency of infrastructure. What they do inadvertently, is to create a climate that diminishes the sanctity of contracts, negatively affecting the ease of doing business,” the former Lagos State Governor opined.

“I am not saying that government must not terminate non-performing contracts. Indeed these are rights that are standardly provided in all well drawn contracts. This I think will enhance the reputation of the state or country or continent for honouring contracts and it is music to the ears of investors. Even then , I say, it must be sparingly resorted to, once the contract has been signed and is performing,” he posited. Productive activities Continuing, the Minister said, “For over three decades, we have mouthed the need to diversify our economy in order to open up more sectors for productive activities, income, economic growth and jobs. But we failed to follow through because of oil resources.
It was quick and bountiful income even though there were boom and burst cycles. But today’s reality is that we are in another cycle of burst. Oil prices have crashed from over $100 per barrel and is now hovering around $30 per barrel and there is a real chance that it will fall lower. Every time the cycle burst, we scampered, and promised to diversify, we take tentative steps, we feel pain.

We do not endure, and it is easy to escape because not too far on the horizon is a boom in oil prices and we go back to an old life,” Fashola lamented.

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