Saturday, 27 June 2015

Aratana's experimental appetite stimulator succeeds in study on dogs

Animal health drugmaker Aratana Therapeutics Inc said its experimental appetite-stimulating drug was found effective in dogs in a pivotal study.
Aratana shares jumped 21 percent in extended trading on Friday.

Scientists crack gene secret that lets poppies make morphine

A field of poppies are seen in the afternoon sun in Trumilly, France, June 8, 2015.   REUTERS/Benoit TessierScientists have identified a key gene used by poppies to make morphine, paving the way for better methods of producing the medically important drug, potentially without the need for cultivating poppy fields.
The latest finding follows recent success in engineering brewer's yeast to synthesize opiates such as morphine and codeine from a common sugar,

Kate Henshaw’s home gutted by fire

The room in which the four victims of a Randfontein house fire were found. (Nelius Rademan, Beeld)Lagos - Nollywood actress, Kate Henshaw lost some valuables in a fire which started in her living room, reports Nigerian Entertainment Today(NET)
 The Lekki residence of the  Nollywood actress cum politician, Kate Henshaw was on fire on Friday.

Celebrities react to Supreme Court gay marriage ruling

Costumed people attend the Christopher Street Day gay pride parade in front of the Semper Opera in Dresden, Germany. (Jens Meyer, AP)Los Angeles - Some celebrity reaction to the Supreme Court's decision that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States:
"Times are changing my friends. We have such a long way to go and so much more fighting to do so I hope nobody stops and thinks everything's ok because it isn't, BUT it's days like today, and moments like this that

Pussy Riot, Charlotte Church kick off Glastonbury with call to arms

Glastonbury - Singer-turned-activist Charlotte Church and Russian punk protesters Pussy Riot kicked off Britain's Glastonbury Festival with a call for revolution on Friday, though the crowds they rallied seemed more interested in basking in the sun.

Michelle Obama will open the 2015 Special Olympics

Michelle Obama. (Greatstock/Splash)Los Angeles — First lady Michelle Obama will travel to Los Angeles next month to kick off the Special Olympics World Games, organizers announced on Thursday.
Obama, long an advocate of physical fitness and healthy lifestyles, will take part in the opening ceremonies on 25 July at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics.
"Her vision of wellness, fitness and inclusion of all in sport is at the heart of Special Olympics," Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver said.
With about 7 000 athletes participating in 26 different sports, the nine-day Special Olympics is expected to be the largest sports event Los Angeles has hosted since the 1984 Summer Olympics. The Special Olympics features athletes with intellectual disabilities competing in such sports as swimming, basketball, track and field, and gymnastics.

As many as 500 000 spectators will take part in the various events, all of which are free except for the opening ceremony.
"It's going to be a real celebration of our theme, which is celebrating courage, determination and joy, and creating awareness that leads to acceptance and inclusion," said Patrick McClenahan, the games' president and CEO.
The opening ceremony has elements familiar to the Olympic Games, including a parade of athletes from around the world and a ceremonial lighting of a torch.
There will also be music and inspirational speeches, including performances by Stevie Wonder and Avril Lavigne.

- AP

NBC urges public to ignore radio Biafra

Abuja - The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), on Friday, urged the public to ignore radio Biafra transmission.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs of the commission, Alhaji Awwalu Salihu, made available to the media in Abuja.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Maize the Lord! Mexican woman says Jesus appeared to her on homemade corn tortilla

A woman in the southern Mexican city of Tlalixtac de Cabrera, Oaxaca state, said that the burn marks on this tortilla were an appearance of Jesus ChristA woman in southern Mexico decided to use a tortilla she had just made for spiritual, rather than physical, food after seeing the face of Jesus Christ looking back at her.
Enedina Mendoza and her family make tortillas in the small Oaxacan town of Tlalixtac de Cabrera, and the baker that

Fish found with 'human teeth'

(Picture: <a href="">Shutterstock</a>)New Jersey - A fish has been found with 'human teeth'.
The bizarre animal was discovered in a lake in Delran, New Jersey, by Ron Rossi and his son Frank, who were fishing at the time.
Initially the duo thought the fish was a carnivorous piranha before realising it was a harmless species called pacu.

Teens invent clever condoms that glow if you have a sexually transmitted disease

.A group of students has invented a new type of condom that starts glowing if you have a sexually transmitted disease.
Credit: Tech Teen Awards
Called the 'S.T.EYE', the contraceptive was created for the TeenTech Awards, where 11 to 16-year-olds to come up with new ideas for technology to make life 'better, simpler or easier'.

'Miracle' mom, baby survive Colombia jungle plane crash

Nelly Murillo lays on a trolley as she and her baby arrive in Quibdo, Colombia, after the light aircraft in which they were travelling crashed in a forest. (Colombian Air Force, AFP)Bogota - A mother and her infant son who disappeared in a plane crash in the dense jungles of north-western Colombia several days ago were found alive and well on Wednesday in what authorities called a “miracle”.
Nelly Murillo, 18, and her son Yudier Moreno, not yet one-years old, were near the site where the Cessna 303 crashed on Saturday in thick brush.

Niger army says it killed 15 Boko Haram militants

A Boko Haram flag flutters from an abandoned command post in Gamboru deserted after Chadian troops chased them from the border town. (Stephane Yas, AFP)Niamey - Niger's army killed 15 Boko Haram militants in the course of land and air operations against the armed Islamist group, the defence ministry announced Wednesday.
The army also took 20 prisoners, Colonel Moustapha Ledru said on state radio,

Stephanie Linus is pregnant with first child - Three years after getting married  Stephanie Linus is pregnant with first child.
 The Nollywood actress and film maker got married to Linus Idahosa in Paris in a flamboyant wedding in 2012.

BUSTED!!! Yoruba Actress, Yetunde Akilapa Caught Stealing Again

YETUNDE-AKILAPA1It’s seems the rumors that she has been cursed are actually true.
Some of you might remember the Yoruba movie actress Yetunde Akilapa, who was caught stealing and disgraced in public a while ago.

Comedy Central's Larry Wilmore to Don Lemon: Calm down

Steve Hofmeyr and Blue Bulls babes during the Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr in which he lost his temper with comedian John Vlismas. Picture: Justin Barlow/Gallo Images/Getty Images for MTVNew York - Comedy Central's Larry Wilmore has two words for Don Lemon of CNN: Calm down.

The "Nightly Show" host had some pointed words for Lemon, who became a target of some social media anger for opening his CNN

Rob Kardashian is back on Twitter with a cure for Kim's morning sickness

Los Angeles - Rob Kardashian has returned to Twitter to give Kim Kardashian West the cure for morning sickness.
The 28-year-old reality TV star - who has been battling weight gain and depression for months

Rapper Rick Ross arrested on kidnapping, assault charges

Rick RossAtlanta - Rapper Rick Ross is facing kidnapping and assault charges after a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force and deputies arrested him at his mansion outside Atlanta.
Jim Joyner, a supervisor with the Marshals' Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force,

US denounces incessant Boko Haram terror attacks

Hundreds of Boko Haram extremists tried to attack the biggest army base in northeast Nigeria overnight but met fierce resistance from soldiers who fired artillery throughout the night. (Sunday Alamba, AP, File)Lagos - The United States has condemned the latest attacks the Boko Haram sect has carried out in Nigeria and neighbouring countries.
“We offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of the victims of

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Martha Stewart Living acquired for $353 million

New York - Martha Stewart Living is being acquired in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $353 million.

Martha Stewart will remain as chief creative officer and will be nominated to the board, where she is now non-executive chair. She'll also be a "significant" stockholder.

P Diddy's rep claims the rapper was defending himself in UCLA assault

Los Angeles - Sean "Diddy" Combs was defending himself in an incident at the University of California, Los Angeles, that led to his arrest, a representative for the hip-hop mogul said on Tuesday.

Is this billionaire Mariah Carey's new lover?!

Photo published for Mariah Carey -- Dating Billionaire James Packer (PHOTO)Los Angeles - Mariah Carey has sparked rumours she is dating a billionaire.
The Without You hitmaker - who is in the process of divorcing from Nick Cannon - was spotted holding hands with James Packer as they enjoyed an "extended vacation" in Capri, Italy.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Diddy arrested at his son's varsity campus

Los Angeles - Hip-hop music mogul Diddy was arrested on Monday afternoon on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles, where his son is on the football team, police said.
Diddy, 45, whose real name is Sean Combs, was arrested at UCLA's Acosta Athletic Training Complex on suspicion of assault with a deadly

Kanye West wants to be seen as a servant

Kanye West is coming to South Africa. Picture: celebitchy.comLos Angeles - Kanye West wants people to think of him as a ''servant''.
The 38-year-old rapper - who previously compared himself to Jesus in an interview in 2013 - insists he doesn't want to be regarded as a God or a king.
The 'FourFiveSeconds' hitmaker said:

50 Cent is keen to work with Zayn Malik

Los Angeles - 50 Cent wants to make "a lot of money" with Zayn Malik.
The 39-year-old rapper is keen to tempt the former One Direction star away from his long-time mentor Simon Cowell with the promise that they could make millions together.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Finally, Buhari moves into Aso Rock presidential villa

7-Buhari attend AU summit 13June2015 8C. AQ4V6233President Muhmadu Buhari has finally moved into the Aso Rock presidential villa, Abuja.
The president relocated to the sprawling property Sunday evening almost three weeks after his inauguration.
A presidential aide had explained recently that Mr. Buhari could not move into his official residence because renovation works were still going on.

Sell 11 presidential jets, Ben Bruce tells Buhari

1-Buhari attend AU summit 13June2015 1Ben Bruce, a Senator representing Bayelsa East Senatorial district, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sell all 11 presidential jets, saying the cost of maintaining the jets is not justified.
There were reports last week that the president had ordered the sale of 9 presidential jets from the fleet to cut government cost.

World Music Day celebration in Abuja a huge success: Musicians

Ancient music may be re-discovered with a lithophone performance. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)Abuja - Lovers of music converged in Abuja on Saturday/Sunday to join in the celebration of the annual World Music Day.
The annual World Music Day is celebrated in over 460 cities in 110 countries in the world and was marked in Abuja with funfair at the French Institute.

#FathersDay: Wande Coal finally shows son - Singer Wande Coal has unveiled his 6 year old son in a new picture.
The Black Diamond boss who had successfully kept the existence of his son hidden from the public for the past few years, came out on Instagram.

Kim Kardashian West reveals the sex of baby number 2!

Cape Town - Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting a little boy.
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians TV star took to Instagram to praise Kanye for being the best father to North and wished him Happy Father's Day. a second post she shared a picture of Kanye reading to North along with the caption:

Queen of England hosts Stephanie Linus at Buckingham Palace

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is pictured after recording her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth, in the State Dining Room at Buckingham Palace. (John Stillwell, AFP)London- Nollywood actress Stephanie Linus will today, June 22 support the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards  at the Buckingham Palace.
The actress who was made an ambassador for the awards was promoting it a

Jonathan left N7trillion deficit for Nigeria – Buhari’s Transition Committee Chairman, Joda

L-R; ,Miohammad Haytudeen, Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo, President Muhammadu Buhari, Chairman Transition Committee, Dr Ahmed Joda, Vice Chairman Doyin Salami,Member Chief Audu Ogbeh and others during the final presentation of report of Transition committee to the President at the defence house in Abuja,
Ahmed Joda, the Chairman of the transition committee put in place by President Muhammadu Buhari to interface with the former administration of President Goodluck Jonathan for a smooth handover of power on May 29, has stated that the former president left behind a N7 trillion liability.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Contaminated gin: Rivers confirms 70 deaths

Port Harcourt - The Rivers government said on Sunday that 70 of the 80 persons who took contaminated local gin, also known as Ogogoro earlier this month, had died.

Europe’s revived comet lander phones home

The Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is seen in an image taken by the Rosetta space probe on June 13, 2015 and distributed by the European Space Agency (ESA) on June 17, 2015. REUTERS/ESA - European Space Agency/Handout via ReutersEurope’s Philae comet lander re-established radio contact with its orbiting mother ship on Friday, boosting scientists’ hopes of reviving a pioneering mission to study a relic of the solar

DNA sleuthing pinpoints two African elephant poaching hot spots

A government official carries a box of ivory products at a confiscated ivory destruction ceremony in Beijing, China, in this file photo taken May 29, 2015.   REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/FilesDNA testing on tons of ivory seized from traffickers has identified two elephant poaching "hot spots" in Africa in a development scientists hope will spur

Friday, 19 June 2015

A quick Q&A with Taraji P Henson about hit TV show Empire

New York — Taraji P Henson is on a mission: To take her brand global following the success of Fox's hit show Empire — and her breakout character Cookie Lyon.

Hudson Mohawke's 'Lantern' illuminates nicely

Glasgow - Hudson Mohawke, "Lantern" (Warp) Scottish electronic music producer Hudson Mohawke is out with his sophomore album, "Lantern," a lush blend of edgy vocals and smartly managed mixes that are ripe for hip lounge listening.

Jeremy Irons talks "Batman" and the merits of growing old

Jeremy IronsParis - Jeremy Irons is a member of acting's most elite group, with an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy to his name. But at 66, an age when some might consider retirement,

Tyga wants Kylie Jenner to get tribute tattoo

Los Angeles - Tyga wants Kylie Jenner to get his name tattooed on her finger.
The 'Rack City' hitmaker is reportedly keen on his girlfriend making a life commitment to him by getting a tribute inked on her hand.

MTN confirms parting of ways with Wizkid, Sean Tizzle, Timaya

(Wizkidand Timaya)As previously reported by NET, Nigeria’s leading telco firm, MTN won’t be renewing the contract of 3 of its ambassadors until a few weeks ago.

Woman collects money after luring teenager to rapist

FaithA 25-year-old woman, Nnena Okoro, has been arrested by the police after she reportedly lured a 14-year-old girl, Faith (pseudonym) to a hotel, where a man raped her.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Kangaroos are left-handed

A kangaroo looks on while standing on iron ore rocks close to the Dampier port at the Pilbarra region in Western Australia April 19, 2011. REUTERS/Daniel MunozResearch on wild kangaroos in Australia is challenging the notion that having a strong hand preference is a trait that developed primarily in people and other primates.

Wizkid to launch foundation

Women freed from Boko Haram (AP)Lagos - Singer Wizkid has said he will launch his own foundation along with the release of his third album.
 Starboy boss said that the foundation is created to help the needy.

Seun Kuti wants marijuana legalized

Close up of doctor holding up medical marijuanaLagos - Afrobeat musician Seun Kuti wants governments across Africa to legalize marijuana.
Seun who is more ‘weed’-friendly than his elder

Davido embraces fatherhood

Davido (Instagram: lifeofdavido)Lagos- Celebrity baby daddy Davido is taking up his role as father.
The 23-year-old BET award winner shared a photo of himself feeding his daughter,

Ben Bruce gives away wardrobe allowance

Lagos - Entertainment mogul and senator Ben Bruce  has decided to  donate his wardrobe allowance as a lawmaker to unpaid Osun workers, and widows in his constituency.

Tanzania's female politicians trained to campaign, avoid sexual pitfalls

Dar Es Salaam - Aspiring politician Asha Salum is busy trying to convince people in her area of Dar Es Salaam to support her candidacy for a council position at