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19 December 2013 – More than 30,000 people have now sought refuge on United Nations bases in South Sudan from fighting between the Government and rebels, with fatalities reported in an attack on one of the sites, top UN officials said today, pledging their best efforts to protect civilians in danger.
“Violence is spreading and could spread even further and we need all South Sudanese leaders and political personalities now to immediately appeal [for] calm and call on their supporters to suspend hostilities,” Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York.
He added that a UN base in Akobo, in restive Jonglei state, was attacked, with reports of as yet unspecified loss of life. “Political dialogue is the only way to prevent further escalation.”
Later in the day, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) strongly condemned the attack carried out by unknown assailants. At the time, 43 Indian peacekeepers, six UN police advisers and two UN civilian staffers were present at the base. About 30 South Sudanese had sought shelter from the turmoil plaguing areas of Akobo County, the Mission said in a statement.
“UNMISS is doing everything possible to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the assault on its base in Akobo and secure the safety of its personnel who remain there,” the Mission said, adding that it plans to dispatch its aircraft early on Friday morning to evacuate UN personnel.
“The Mission fully expects all forces, whatever their allegiance, to ensure the safety of UNMISS personnel and any civilians located inside Mission premises,” said the statement.
UN spokesperson Farhan Haq said the Government has reported to UNMISS that there has been youth mobilization and movement towards Bor, but the Mission has not been able to verify the claim. “At present, UNMISS is providing security to over 14,000 civilians gathered around the base, while providing protection at the Bor Airstrip,” said Mr. Haq.
The Secretary-General has called on the Government to cooperate fully with UNMISS as it fulfils its protection mandate, including in the provision of basic relief to civilians in need and in conducting human rights investigations into allegations of human rights abuses in recent days.
The Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Hilde Johnson, remains in constant contact with the Government and others with influence on these issues, where similar messages were conveyed, Mr. Haq added.
Mr. Eliasson said that UNMISS, with over 6,800 troops and police in the country, has civilian protection as part of its duties, “and we take that mandate very seriously, particularly in this situation when, clearly, civilians are in danger,” he stressed. “And we will do our best to protect them in the compounds and bases where they are now housed. And we will try to also make sure that they have provision of basic relief.”
Earlier in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said an estimated 20,000 people, mainly women and children, are still camped at UN premises in Juba. Others are reported to be leaving the town in fear of attack by rival groups, in what she called a rapidly deteriorating security situation.
“We have received reports of civilians killed in Juba based on their ethnicity,” she added. “I call on the Government to send a clear message on command responsibility within the SPLA (South Sudanese Army) to prevent retaliatory attacks based on ethnicity and tribal affiliation and to hold the alleged perpetrators accountable,” she added.
Media reports say that hundreds of people have been killed since the clashes between SPLA forces began over the weekend, following what the President Salva Kiir’s Government says was an attempted coup by soldiers loyal to former deputy president Riek Machar, who was dismissed in July.
“I am deeply worried about the safety and security of civilians caught in the crossfire. The risk of seeing the fighting taking on an ethnic dimension is extremely high and could result in a dangerous situation,” Ms. Pillay said, voicing “extreme concern” for people arrested by the Government and reports of numerous extra-judicial killings, and urging the authorities to clarify the whereabouts of at least 10 former senior government officials arrested in Juba two days ago.
“I urge the Government to ensure that all those detained are accorded due process and that they are promptly either charged or released.”
Mr. Eliasson welcomed reports today Mr. Kiir is willing to enter into talks and deplored the call by some from former deputy president Riek Machar camp to topple the Government. Yesterday Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon and the Security Council called on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and exercise restraint to prevent the further spread of violence.
LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwired – December 19, 2013) – With just over two years to go until the deadline, the competition intensifies for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest incentivized competition ever offered. Eighteen privately funded teams now form the line-up in the race to soft-land a spacecraft on the surface of the moon before the December 31, 2015 deadline.
In the past twelve months, the field of competitors has narrowed due to a handful of teams withdrawing to focus on other business interests, in addition to several instances of collaboration between teams.
California-based Team Phoenicia has withdrawn as a competitor to focus on providing affordable launch opportunities through payload sharing. Team Phoenicia has developed a payload delivery rack from which multiple small spacecraft can be deployed into different orbits. Among Phoenicia’s first customers is another Google Lunar XPRIZE team, Penn State Lunar Lion Team, which has paid a reservation fee to launch the Lunar Lion lander on a lunar-intercept trajectory.
“We knew that 2013 would be the make-or-break year for many teams as they need to be close to securing their launch by now if they are going to make an attempt at the prize,” said Alexandra Hall, senior director of the Google Lunar XPRIZE. “While we are sad to say goodbye to teams, we are delighted that the technology and expertise gained through participation in the Google Lunar XPRIZE is already being used to create businesses and jobs, both in the space sector and in other fields.”
The eighteen active teams competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE are: SpaceIL, Astrobotic, Team Italia, Moon Express, STELLAR, Independence-X, Omega Envoy, Synergy Moon, Euroluna, Hakuto, Part-Time-Scientists, Barcelona Moon Team, Team Puli, SpaceMETA, Plan B, Penn State Lunar Lion Team, AngelicvM and Team Indus.
About the Google Lunar XPRIZE:
The $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE is an unprecedented competition to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. To win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a privately funded team must successfully place a robot on the moon’s surface that explores at least 500 meters and transmits high-definition video and images back to Earth. For more information, go to www.googlelunarxprize.org.
According to Manager Nick Harding of London Fire Brigade’s Kingsland Station about 720 people were inside when a section of the ceiling collapsed on the theatergoers, taking parts of the balconies with it. Mr Harding said “walking wounded” counted to 81 with sustained head injuries.
London’s Metropolitan Police said those who were seriously hurt had been taken to hospitals in central London. None of the injuries appeared life threatening, one official said.
In a terse statement from director Information, Mrs A.O. Adesugba reads
“it must be stated clearly that the First Lady has never harangued or threatened anyone, needless to say, serving governors. Nobody should, under any guise, use the name of the First Lady to cause division or discord in the nation as she has committed herself to fasting and praying for the peace and unity of Nigeria. The First Lady, like any other Nigerian is guaranteed the freedom of expression and freedom of association as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution. The First Lady has always exercised this basic right maturely and patriotically by advocating peace, tolerance and dialogue as demonstrated in all her public speeches and statements.”
“In this season of goodwill when all men and women of God are striving hard to share love and promote peace as symbolized by the Prince of Peace, our Lord Jesus Christ, some individuals are doing the opposite.
“Only yesterday (19/12/2013), a report was published on the front page of This Day newspaper with the title “First Lady Threatens PDP Governors Over Tukur.”
The article makes reference to an unnamed source which purports that the First Lady, Dame (Dr) Patience Jonathan, met with some Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), urging them to support Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, the PDP National Chairman, so that he retains his position.
“According to the article, Dame Jonathan discussed with the Kogi State Governor, Capt. Idris Wada, the Akwa Ibom Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, and the Abia State Governor, Dr. Theodore Orji.
“We would like to urge members of the Forth Estate of the Realm to be more mature in reporting and adhere to the basic ethics of journalism by being fair, factual and balanced. The article made reference to a vague source with no name. No reporter approached the First Lady or her office for comments or at least to ascertain the veracity of the story. In that respect the story was not balanced. “The language used in the report cannot be called fair. In fact, it should draw consternation from all well meaning individuals as being uncharitable. Words like “haranguing the party’s governors” and “Threatens PDP Governors” are not only untrue but capable of causing disaffection and portraying the First Lady in a bad light.
“We wish to restate that the First Lady, like any other Nigerian is guaranteed the freedom of expression and freedom of association as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution. The First Lady has always exercised this basic right maturely and patriotically by advocating peace, tolerance and dialogue as demonstrated in all her public speeches and statements.
“For the avoidance of doubt, it must be stated clearly that the First Lady has never harangued or threatened anyone, needless to say, serving governors. Nobody should, under any guise, use the name of the First Lady to cause division or discord in the nation as she has committed
herself to fasting and praying for the peace and unity of Nigeria. The First Lady will continue fasting until we achieve unity and peace in our Fatherland.
“Last Tuesday, 17th December, 2013, Dame Patience led a National Women Fasting and Prayer for Peace and Unity in Nigeria event in Abuja. Christian and Moslem women came together as agents of peace carrying olive branches and beseeching the Lord to uphold the peace and unity of Nigeria; peace in all the political parties; peace in the National Assembly and peace in the Presidency, as only peace and unity can move our nation, Nigeria forward.
“Blessed are the peace makers for they shall inherit the earth,” so says the Holy Bible. Nigerian women stand united for the peace and unity of the nation and no amount of talk can separate them from this mission. Nigerian Women are natural bridge builders. They have taken up the mantle to promote peace in their respective communities.
“We urge all peace loving Nigerians to unite against those who want to fan the embers of discord in our nation as they have no fear of the Lord and they will not succeed. We must condemn reports that whip up needless sentiments and heat up the polity as they do not do anyone any good.
“Let us therefore look for those things that unite us as a people and shun things that divide us or cause disaffection among us. As journalists, let us write stories adhering strictly to good journalistic ethics. We owe our nation this by not lending hands to those promoting mischief and disaffection.
The Nigerian-British, Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, murdered soldier Lee Rigby, 25, on his way back to Woolwich barracks in south London, in May 2013.
They were convicted by a jury of eight women and four men after a trial at the Old Bailey in central London. The young soldier who had served in Helmand, Afghanistan, fighting Islamist militants was killed in daylight. The jury took just over 1 hour 30 minutes to reach their verdicts. The same jury did not found them guilty of the attempted murder of a police officer. Relatives of Rigby cried as the verdicts were given.
Mr Justice Sweeney, who ordered that the decisions be heard in silence, said he would pass sentence after a key appeal court ruling on the use of whole life terms in January.
Late Rigby’s wife, Rebecca Rigby, said: “I would like to thank everyone who has helped us to finally get justice for Lee.
“This has been the toughest time of our lives and no one should have to go through what we have been through as a family. These people have taken away my baby’s dad, but Lee’s memory lives on through our son and we will never forget him. “I now want to build a future for Jack and make him proud of his dad like we all are.”
Arik air Nigeria and West Africa’s leading airline has launched the Bombardier CRJ1000 aircraft in Lagos, the launch coincided with the 7th year anniversary of the carrier. The occasion was marked by many high profiled individual from the world of Media, as well as high government executives in the Nation and Canadian delegation lead by the Canadian High commissioner to Nigeria.
Both the President and Vice President of Nigeria were well represented with messages of good will.
Arik air, the wings of Nigeria as it is known, is the largest local carrier in Nigeria, the operations started 7 years ago with 3 Bombardier jets and today has grown to over 30 routes including internal, regional and international routes.
The Bombardier CRJ1000 is the first in West Africa, it is the next generation in the CRJ fleet and is said to offer greater capacity. The aircraft is also said to be more efficient to run and promises to deliver a great travel experience for passengers on the local and regional routes.
Dr. Michael Arumemi-Ikhide -CEO Arik Air, remarked that: “in the next chapter of our history the CRJ 1000 is launched to revolutionise air travel……as it is configured to offer the very best in-flight comfort and style for our passengers, the aircraft will provide a high degree of operational flexibility to enhance our service.”
He further remarked that Arik air is humbled by its status as the Canadian based manufacturer’s African launch of the CRJ1000.
Mr Raphael Haddad the Vice President of Bombardier, Thanked Arik air for welcoming Bombardier and being a valued customer he went on to say ” in 2006 Arik air was the first in Nigeria to fly a brand new commercial Jet with the CRJ900 and today marks another first with the CRJ1000 aircraft in West Africa”.
The launch culminated with a gala dinner at the newly opened Inter Continental hotel in Lagos, where the CEO spoke of the Family that is Arik Air and also recognised those within the family, from lower ground level staff to the very top in management who are contributing beyond the call of duty for the brand with the CEO’s award.
The occasion ended with announcement of a new route to Dubai, United Arab Emirate which will be starting from February 2014, direct from Lagos.
BE READY FOR THE CONSEQUENCES OF TREASON, PRESIDENCY WARNS APC
We have noted with utter disdain, the reckless and irresponsible call by the APC on Sunday for the National Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings against President Goodluck Jonathan.
Ordinarily, we would not have dignified Alhaji Lai Mohammed’s latest vituperations in the service of his paymasters with a response, but we thought it necessary to warn that the Federal Government will not standby idly and let the nation be plunged into unnecessary crises and political instability because of the desperation and apparent readiness of the APC spokesman and his gang of power-seeking desperadoes to sacrifice the well-being of the country on the altar of their selfish personal ambitions.
The Presidency totally condemns the decision by Alhaji Mohammed and his party to move further beyond the bounds of honourable and acceptable political conduct with the senseless call for the impeachment of a President who continues to sincerely devote himself to the discharge of the sacred mandate freely given to him by Nigerians.
The APC, which remains a minority party with doubtful credentials in the National Assembly, knows fully well that its attempt to hector and blackmail a Parliament dominated by loyal members of the President’s party, the PDP, into an impeachment process, will come to nothing.
But it has cavalierly embarked on this outrageous gambit, with scant regard for peace, order, security and political stability in the country, in furtherance of its dastardly and heinous strategy of over-heating the polity and working to cause public disaffection against the Jonathan Presidency with lies, false accusations and unjustifiable indictments ahead of the 2015 general elections.
The emptiness and hollowness of the APC’s call for President Jonathan’s impeachment will be obvious to all objective and discerning Nigerians who read through the statement issued by Alhaji Mohammed today. It was long on self-serving rhetoric and falsehoods, but lacked a single clearly defined charge on the basis of which any plausible impeachment proceedings against the President can be initiated.
All that the APC could offer in justification of its absurd and hare-brained impeachment call was a rehash of its well-worn litany of baseless accusations against the President, including some for which culpability should be laid squarely at the doorsteps of its own leaders and some of their new friends.
The Presidency also considers it utterly deplorable that the APC has, in its Machiavellian desperation to seize control of the Federal Government, recklessly assailed the integrity and honour of the Nigerian Judiciary in a callous attempt to pre-empt the outcome of the case legitimately brought against it by some of its new friends by the PDP.
Alhaji Mohammed’s unscrupulous effort to drag the nation’s judiciary into its murky political warfare and his readiness to intimidate and blackmail members of the bench so as to secure a favourable outcome for his party in the pending case clearly shows that nothing is beyond the pale for him and the APC in pursuit of their quest for power.
The Jonathan Administration does not need Lai Mohammed or the APC to remind it of its constitutional responsibility for the security and well-being of Nigerians. The President will continue to do his utmost best to achieve positive national transformation in all areas in spite of efforts by the opposition to thwart or disparage the work of his administration.
In this regard, we have noted the undisguised threat by the APC to foster public insurrection against the Federal Government if pending legal cases go against it. We urge Nigerians to take special note of this boastful indication of an intention to resort to lawlessness.
The Presidency warns that the APC and any persons who make themselves its willing tools for the breach of public order and safety will be made to face the full sanctions of the law. Those who are threatening fire and brimstone should be ready for consequences of treasonable action.
The APC’s false copy-cat allegation that 1, 000 snipers are being trained by the Jonathan Administration clearly shows that they are now in cahoots with some other elements who are bent on discrediting this administration and inciting the public against it.
President Jonathan is running a people’s government. He does not need any snipers. His legitimacy comes from the people. Those who are alleging the existence of snipers should step forward and provide the evidence or shut up forever and go down in history as spineless cowards, driven by sheer greed and indecency.
We dismiss the APC’s call for the President’s impeachment as opportunistic, partisan and ill-motivated.
We call on patriots to make the necessary distinction between such reckless violations of civic duty and the urgent need to protect the integrity of the Nigerian nation against those who for selfish reasons have declared their readiness to stop at nothing.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
Arik Air, Nigeria and West Africa’s leading commercial airline, become the first African carrier to operate the Bombardier CRJ1000 Next Gen in Africa, when it launches service with the first of three ordered in Lagos, Nigeria.
The new CRJ1000 was launched in well attended event at the Murtala International Airport and at a gala in Intercontinental Hotel. The event witnessed top players and executives from the private sector plus government executives.
The launching coincided with with Arik’s 7th anniversary celebration on the 14th of December. The new jet will be deployed to increase the Lagos – Owerii and Lagos – Enugu routes from daily to double daily flights. In addition, it will also be used at night to launch a new third daily Lagos to Accra service.
Arik Air was founded in 2002 as the vision of Sir Arumemi-Ikhide, a leading and well-respected Nigerian businessman who understood that if business was to succeed, there needed to be efficiency and quality of service. He had spent many years travelling throughout Nigeria without the satisfaction of knowing that he could depend on the existing choice of air transport services available to him. He also recognised the importance of healthy market competition in achieving efficiency. A plan for change was soon set in motion
Commenting on the CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet, Dr. Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, Arik Air’s Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “Configured to offer the very best in-flight comfort and style for our passengers, the Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft will also provide a high degree of operational flexibility to enhance our service, and a reduced environmental footprint to promote greener, more sustainable aviation.”
“Designed to meet the needs of airlines in high-frequency regional markets, the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft has established a reputation for excellent passenger comfort, while delivering outstanding fuel economy and superior economics,” said Raphael Haddad, Vice President Sales, Africa and the Middle East, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“We are delighted that Arik Air is adding the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft to its fleet and congratulate the airline on becoming the launch operator in Africa.” Arik Air’s first CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft is configured to seat 100 passengers in an all-economy-class configuration whereas the remaining two – due to be delivered late next year – will offer a two-class configuration with 12 Premier Business Class seats and 80 Economy Class seats. The first aircraft will be retrofitted to the two-class configuration in the future.
For more information, visit – http://www.arikair.com