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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

#BREAKING First batch of #Nigerian Senate Ministerial List announced with many RECYCLED LEADERS #HNNGov

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday announced the 21 ministerial nominees contained in the list sent to him by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, September 30. A second list is on the way. Listen to my newscast below.

The nominees are, Abubakar Malami (SAN): Abdurahman Bello Dambazzau; Aisha Jumai Al Hassan; Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Babatunde Raji Fashola; Adebayo Shittu; Solomon Dalong; Senator Chris Ngige; Rotimi Amaechi; and Chief Audu Ogbeh, Mrs. Amina Ibrahim; Dr. Osagie Ehaneri; Emmanuel Kachukwu; Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Eng. Suleiman Adamu; Mrs. Kemi Adeosun; Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu; Hon. Ahmed Musa Bello; Ibrahim Usman Jubrin; Senator Hadi Serika; Senator Udo Udoma.

Workers removing Ten Commandments from Oklahoma Capitol #HNNReligion

Workers remove the Ten Commandments monument from its base on the grounds of the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. The removal comes after the Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision in June that the display violates a state constitutional prohibition on the use of public property.

OKLAHOMA CITY — A granite monument of the Ten Commandments that has sparked controversy since its installation on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds was being removed late Monday and will be transported to a private conservative think tank for storage.

A contractor the state hired began removing the monument shortly after 10:30 p.m. The works comes after the Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision in June that the display violates a state constitutional prohibition on the use of public property to support "any sect, church, denomination or system of religion."

The state is paying the contractor about $4,700 to remove the monument and take it to the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs' offices a few blocks away, Office of Management and Enterprise Services spokesman John Estus said.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol had increased security around the monument earlier Monday, and barriers were erected to keep visitors from getting close to it. Estus said the decision to remove the monument under the cover of darkness was made to avoid disturbing workers at the Capitol and to keep protesters from demonstrating while heavy equipment was being used to detach the two-ton monument from its base.

"We wanted it to be done as quickly and efficiently as possible, and doing it at night gave us the best opportunity to do that," Estus said. "The Highway Patrol was also very concerned that having it in the middle of the day could lead to having demonstrations of some kind."

Originally authorized by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2009, the privately funded monument has been a lightning rod for controversy since it was erected in 2012, prompting a lawsuit from Bruce Prescott, a Baptist minister from Norman who complained it violated the state constitution.

"Frankly, I'm glad we finally got the governor and attorney general to agree to let the monument be moved to private property, which is where I believe it's most appropriate," Prescott said Monday. "I'm not opposed to the Ten Commandments. The first sermon I ever preached was on the Ten Commandments. I'm just opposed to it being on public property."

Its placement at the Capitol prompted requests from several groups to have their own monuments installed, including a satanic church in New York that wanted to erect a 7-foot-tall statue that depicts Satan as Baphomet, a goat-headed figure with horns, wings and a long beard. A Hindu leader in Nevada, an animal rights group and the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster also made requests.

The original monument was smashed into pieces last year when someone drove a car across the Capitol lawn and crashed into it. A 29-year-old man who was arrested the next day was admitted to a hospital for mental health treatment, and formal charges were never filed. A new monument was erected in January.

Former state Rep. Mike Reynolds, a Republican who voted to authorize the monument, was one of just a handful of supporters who watched as the monument was removed Monday night.

"This is a historical event," Reynolds said. "Now we know we have to change the Constitution. It would be good to get rid of some of the Supreme Court justices, too."

Several conservative legislators have promised to introduce a resolution when the Legislature convenes in February to send to a public vote an amendment that would remove the article of the constitution that prevents the use of public money or property for religious purposes.

Reported by Sean Murphy of the AP

Syria TV: Russia planes strike IS in Syrian city of Palmyra #HNNTerror

This photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 shows an attack made from a fighter jet in Syria. Russian Defense Ministry describes the incident as an airstrike against an ISIS ammunition depot near Talbiseh settlement (Homs). The object is completely destroyed.
Russian Defense Ministry pic via AP
The AFP reports: Russian warplanes have bombed targets in and around the Syrian city of Palmyra, Syrian state television said Tuesday, in Moscow's first strikes against the Islamic State group-controlled area.

"The Russian air force in coordination with the Syrian air force targeted positions held by the Islamic State group in and around the city of Palmyra," state television said, citing a military source.

It said the strikes had destroyed "20 armoured vehicles, three ammunition warehouses and three rocket launchers."

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said the Palmyra strikes were launched overnight and killed at least 15 IS fighters and injured dozens more.

IS seized control of Palmyra in May and has realised international fears by destroying some of the most prized sites in the UNESCO World Heritage listed ancient city.

On Sunday, the group blew up the Arch of Triumph at the site, after previously razing two famed temples, including the 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel.

IS regards statues and grave markers as idolatrous, though it has smuggled and sold antiquities without qualms to raise money.

Experts say the group destroys ancient sites in part for propaganda value, grabbing headlines and attracting potential recruits.

Syria's antiquities chief Maamun Abdulkarim warned Monday of a "systematic destruction" of Palmyra.

"They want to raze it completely," he told AFP.

Syria's army has advanced towards Palmyra from the west in recent months, but experts have warned any attack by regime forces could only speed up IS's destruction of its remaining treasures.

Syrian state television also reported Tuesday what appeared to be Russian raids on several sites in the northern province of Aleppo, including the IS-controlled town of Al-Bab.

Data HACKED at 7 Trump Palace Hotels! #HNNCrime #HNNTech

NEW YORK — Customer credit and debit card numbers may have been stolen at seven Trump hotels after its payment systems were hacked for over a year.

The Trump Hotel Collection said on its website that hackers gained access to its systems between May 2014 and June 2015 at the front desk of those hotels. Hotel restaurants and gift shops were also hacked.

The hotel operator said an independent forensic investigation has not found any evidence of customer's information being misused. The company is offering affected customers a year of free identity theft protection.

The potential thefts occurred at the Trump SoHo New York, Trump International New York, Trump National Doral in Miami, Trump International Chicago, Trump International Waikiki in Hawaii, Trump International Hotel and Tower Las Vegas and Trump International Toronto.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is chairman and president of Trump Hotel Collection and three of his children have executive roles.

Trump Hotel said it is working with the U.S. Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help "catch these criminals and prosecute them to the full extent of the law."

Other luxury hotel chains, such as the Mandarin Oriental, have reported data breaches this year. I sure hope it does not relate to Trump's presidential bid as he has a lot of haters in this ongoing campaign. Anyone affected is asked to contact their banks to cancel cards and secure their financial profile. I've stayed at Trump Plaza in New York City before and they are very luxurious hotels.

With files from the Associated Press

#American parents sue school after BULLIED son's suicide #HNNEducation #HNNImpact

Shaniqua Hawkins is held by her husband Lamar, Sr. as she fights back tears at a press conference at Morgan & Morgan's office in Orlando as she blamed bullies for pushing her son, Lamar, a 14 year old middle school student, over the edge, saying she tried doing everything possible to help him.
© George Skene/Orlando Sentinel/MCT Shaniqua Hawkins is held by her husband Lamar, Sr. 
A lawsuit filed Monday against the a Florida school district alleges that teachers and administrators didn't do enough to prevent bullying that led to a 14-year-old boy's suicide last year.

Lamar Hawkins III, of Sanford, killed himself Sept. 10, 2014 with his father's gun in a bathroom stall at Greenwood Lakes Middle School in Lake Mary.

Attorney Matt Morgan said Lamar went missing for hours and school officials didn't look for him— even after another student found a spent gun shell casing in the school's bathroom and reported it to a teacher.

Lamar's family reported him missing after his mother went to the school to pick him up about 5 p.m. and he was nowhere to be found. Deputies found Lamar in the bathroom with a gunshot wound to his head about 11 p.m.

Lamar's family is suing the Seminole County School Board, alleging negligent supervision, negligent failure to adequately discipline bullies and negligent failure to supervise and account for Lamar's absence before his death.

#BREAKING UPDATE American Airline Pilot dies mid flight and co-pilot lands safely #HNNTravel

IMAGE: Capt. Michael Johnston, wife Betty Jean Johnston
Capt Michael Johnson courtesy of Betty Jean Johnson
These are the stories you never want to hear and only see in movies like when Snoop Dogg died in Soul Plane. Who then lands the plane. American Airlines Capt. Michael Johnston died of a heart-attack mid-flight from Phoenix to Boston early Monday morning, his wife Betty Jean Johnston told NBC News.

The 57-year-old veteran pilot had a double-bypass heart surgery in 2006, but had otherwise been in good health, his wife said, adding that the airline required Johnston to have a physical every six months to continue piloting. "He loves flying," Johnston said. "He is very loving and caring, and he'll do anything for anybody - bend over backwards, try and help out anyone as much as he can. He's always been that way."

She said the couple, parents of eight kids ages 12 to 34, would have celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on Oct. 18.

Johnston's final flight, which carried 147 passengers and five crew members, was diverted to Syracuse, New York. The airline said the co-pilot landed the jet safely at 7 a.m. ET Monday. "We landed and had no idea what was going on," said passenger Louise Anderson. "Airport security was waiting for us. They let us know that they were going to get another crew to fly us to Boston."

It wasn't until the second flight with a new crew that passengers were told the pilot had passed away, so "there was no time to panic when we were on the flight," Anderson said. She added that American Airlines "handled the situation really professionally."

"All of us at American extend our condolences to Mike's wife, Betty Jean, and to his entire family," American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said in a statement to HNNAfrica. "

With files from NBC News

Thursday, October 1, 2015

#SMAA ( @Sma_Africa) 2.0 launches Sat Oct 3rd 2015. Watch me reflect on the past and future.

#NEWSCAST What the #Nigerian President told us on #Independence Day #Nigeriaat55

Is @Google telling #Nigeria something in the #Independence Day Doodle? #NigeriaAt55 #HNNNigeria

This year's Google Doodle is kinda strange but it's an eagle flying aboard a road that splits into two denoting what? Maybe Google is trying to tell us "Which way Nigeria".....a very famous phrase here on what direction the country is really going? At least the sky looks bright.

How I helped #Nigeria and #America END #Ebola via #socialmedia‪ #‎NigeriaAt55‬ ‪#‎HNNNigeria‬

We fought #Ebola and won losing many healthcare workers and citizens in the struggle but saved a country of millions before it spread. I raced to NTA Network News​ and wrote this article when America was affected. Also using the twitter handle @HealthReports to give daily information. The article became the second most read article on NTA's website in the history of the network.

Read the NTA article here

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