Friday, 20 July 2018

Ekiti Election: "I will laugh last", Fayose tells Buhari, APC

Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose
The governor boasted that he doesn't lose battles and will not lose this one.

Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, has told President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) that he will have the last laugh over the Ekiti State gubernatorial election which the People's Democratic Party (PDP) lost on Saturday, July 14, 2018.

The APC candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, defeated the PDP candidate and Fayose's deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, aka Eleka, with 197,459 votes to 178,121 votes, respectively.

In a statement signed by Fayose's Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, on Monday, July 16, the governor boasted that he doesn't lose battles and will not lose this one.

He said the APC should be ashamed of winning the election in a violent and shameful manner and said only Buhari could pride himself on such conduct.

By Samson Toromade.

Full story at Pulse NG.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Protest shack pitched near Zille's Leeuwenhof home.

Cape Town - Police maintained a strong presence outside the home of Premier Helen Zille on Wednesday following the erection of a shack outside her official residence, Leeuwenhof.

A group of youths from various informal settlements demonstrated outside the premier’s compound and erected a shack.

Mihlali Xalisile of the Housing Assembly Youth Collective said: “The reason for the protest is because she does not understand where we are coming from and where we stay. We cannot live in shacks, so we came to put up a shack to show her that nobody can live like this. We weren’t disruptful, we were calling on the premier to take note of us and to sort out our problems.”

The group that protested outside Zille’s home is a group of unemployed youths whose families have been on the housing waiting list for decades.

Full story at IOL.
By Marvin Charles.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Under fire, Trump says he 'misspoke' about Russian interference in U.S. election.

President Trump speaks to the media as he meets with members of Congress at the White House on Tuesday. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)
Facing withering criticism over Monday’s deferential joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, President Trump asserted Tuesday that he misspoke when he said that Russia had not interfered with the U.S. presidential election.

“Let me begin by saying that once again, full faith and support for America’s intelligence agencies. I have a full faith in our intelligence agencies,” Trump said, in a prepared statement.

Speaking from the White HouseTrump said that after reviewing a transcript of the press conference he realized that “in a key sentence I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t.’”

“Just to repeat it, I said the word would instead of wouldn’t,” Trump said, referring to his answer at the press conference, in response to a question about whether Russia had tried to influence the American election: “All I can do is ask the question — my people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be,” Trump had said, in a remark that stunned listeners and provoked outrage, even from many Republicans.

Full story at Yahoo News.

By Dylan Stableford and David Knowles.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Trump and Putin: The admiration is mutual, the benefits one-sided.

President Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin give a joint news conference following their meeting. (Photo: Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images)
During the 2016 presidential campaign, 122 Republican foreign policy experts denounced the campaign of Republican candidate Donald Trump in an unsparing open letter declaring that his “vision of American influence and power in the world is wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle.” Among the charges listed by the signers, many of whom were seasoned cold warriors, was that Trump’s “admiration for foreign dictators such as Vladimir Putin is unacceptable for the leader of the world’s greatest democracy.”

Those fears appear to have been confirmed on Monday afternoon, during the joint press conference President Trump held with Russian leader Putin, after the two met privately for about two hours in Helsinki. Afterward, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called it “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory,” while Jeff Flake, the junior Republican U.S. senator from the same state, called what he saw as Trump’s pandering to Russia “shameful.”

By Alexander Nazaryan.

Full story at Yahoo News.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Trump blames bad Russia ties on FBI 'witch hunt'

US President Donald Trump arrived in Helsinki ahead of a summit with Russia's President Vladimir Putin after taking a break from diplomacy on his own Scottish golf club (AFP Photo/Heikki Saukkomaa) 
Helsinki (AFP) - US President Donald Trump set the scene for his summit with Vladimir Putin on Monday by blaming the chill in relations with Moscow on the investigation into Russian interference in his election victory.

"Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!" Trump tweeted, referring to US special prosecutor Robert Mueller's probe.

Full story at Yahoo News.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Ekiti Election: Fayemi, Eleka, and a list of other candidates contesting for Governor.

There are dozens more candidates contesting in Saturday's election outside of the biggest two contenders.

The July 14 Ekiti State gubernatorial election has been made about just two men alone, and one of them is not even on the ballot.

For weeks, Dr Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives' Congress (APC) has been engaged in a bitter war of words with Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, who defeated him in the 2014 election.

Sometimes, you could be forgiven for forgetting that Prof. Kolapo Olusola, aka Eleka, is the candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and not Fayose who is at the end of his second term as the leader of the southwestern state.

Saturday's election has been widely framed as a straight contest between Fayemi, a former governor of the state, and Eleka, Fayose's deputy for the past four years.

However, there are 37 other known candidates who have been shorn of the limelights but are also vying for the coveted spot of state governor when voters go to the polls tomorrow.

By Samson Toromade.

Full story at Pulse NG.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

JZ and family show up to support Duduzane in culpable homicide trial.

Duduzane Zuma appears at the Randburg Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg on July 12 2018. 
Image: Alaister Russell/The Sunday Times
Several Zuma family members supported Duduzane Zuma when he appeared briefly in the Randburg Magistrates Court in connection with the deaths of two women after a 2014 collision between his Porche and a minibus taxi.

The culpable homicide case was postponed to August 23.

The hearing was so quick that former president Jacob Zuma's arrival was too late. He left the court parking lot without exiting his car.

By Karyn Maughan.
Full story at The Times.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

US proposes tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese imports.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration is readying tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese imports, ranging from burglar alarms to mackerel, escalating a trade war between the world's two biggest economies.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative proposed 10 percent tariffs Tuesday on a list of 6,031 Chinese product lines.

The office will accept public comments and hold hearings on the plan Aug. 20-23 before reaching a decision after Aug. 31, according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.

Last Friday, the U.S. imposed 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese products, and Beijing responded by hitting the same amount of U.S. imports.

Full story at Yahoo News.