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The Gambian President-Elect, Adama Barrow, Is Alive

​The President-elect of Gambia, Adama Barrow, is alive contrary to rumours of his assassination on social media.

Yahya Jammeh
Incumbent president of The Gambia Yahya Jammeh 

Multiple sources in Gambia confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Barrow is alive.

Jeffery Smith, a journalist with Vanguard Africa, confirmed that Mr. Barrow was alive.

Another Gambian journalist, Demba Kandeh, also confirmed same to PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Barrow has remained in Gambia to ensure he is sworn in as president on January 19 after he defeated outgoing leader, Yahya Jammeh, in the December 1 election.

Mr. Jammeh, who initially conceded to his opponent, later recanted and has since vowed to stay on in office.

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently leading a West African, ECOWAS, mediation asking Mr. Jammeh to step down.

The Nigerian government on Wednesday said it still hoped to resolve the Gambian conflict peacefully after Mr. Jammeh accused ECOWAS of declaring war on Gambia by insisting that all options including military deployment were on the table to make Mr. Jammeh leave power.

Source: Premium Times 

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US 115th Congress Re-Elect Paul Ryan As House Speak, Swears In Floor Members

U.S. 115th congress has re-elected  Representative Paul Ryan as speaker of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, January 3 as a Republican-led Congress began a new session.

Paul Ryan
Speaker Paul Ryan

It was gathered that the Wisconsin congressman was elected on a vote of 239-189 and until his re-election, had served as speaker in October 2015, after his predecessor John Boehner retired following repeated revolts by House conservatives.

Meanwhile, The re-elected house speaker addressed 115th congress as he resume office immediately as leader of the house, swore in members of the floor.

Source: TheGuildNG 

Posted in foreign, foreign news, Politics

Gambia Electoral Commission Head Flees Country

​The Chairman of the Gambian Electoral Commission has fled the country following threats to his life, his nephew said on Tuesday, January 3.

Alieu Momar Njai had declared Adama Barrow the winner of the Dec. 1 presidential election, but President Yahya Jammeh has refused to relinquish power, challenging the election results in court.

Modou Njai told journalists that his uncle had left the country because of the threats.

“He was not willing to leave but the family had to put pressure on him.

“I understand that he is currently outside Gambia,’’ he said.

Security forces had earlier occupied the office of the electoral commission and denied staff access for weeks, but have since left the premises.

Mr. Barrow said on Monday that he would take power on Jan. 19 as mandated by the constitution, in spite of Mr. Jammeh’s court challenge.

After over two decades in power, Mr. Jammeh, 51, lost the election to Mr. Barrow, a former real estate agent who was little known even in Gambia before he announced his candidacy.

(dpa/NAN)

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Plane Crash Averted As Drunk Pilot Passes Out In Cockpit With 99 Passengers, Others

​A pilot who allegedly passed out in the cockpit of a Boeing 737 in Canada has been arrested on suspicion of being drunk.

Police in Calgary say Capt. Miroslav Gronych was “behaving oddly before he became unconscious in the cockpit” on Saturday, December 31, 2016.

According to CNN, the plane with 99 passengers and six crew members, was scheduled to fly to Regina before heading to Winnipeg and Cancun, Mexico.

Gronych, a 37-year-old Slovak national, was charged with having control of an aircraft while impaired.

“Initial tests conducted by police indicate the pilot was severely impaired by alcohol,” police said in a statement.

Budget airline Sunwing apologized for their pilot’s behaviour and commended the rest of the crew for their diligence in handling what they described as a “very unfortunate matter.”

The airline statement read: “Dear Customers, we will like to take the opportunity to advise you of an incident that occurred earlier this morning.

“We can confirm that shortly before 7 a.m. local time, the gate agents, first officer and crew of Sunwing flight 595, departing from Calgary and destined for Cancun, determined that the Captain was unfit to fly and reported this accordingly.

“The Captain was immediately escorted off of the aircraft and the incident is now under investigation with local authorities.

“We are very appreciative of our crew’s diligence in handling this very unfortunate matter in accordance with procedures.

“We were able to secure a new Captain and are pleased to report that our customers are now en route to their destination after experiencing a minimal delay.

“We are very apologetic for any upset that this has caused and would like to assure our customers that safety remains our utmost priority.”

Sunwing said the plane took off a short time after with a different pilot.

Source: Vanguard 

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Scorpion Goal: I’ve Never Scored Such Before In My Life – Olivier Giroud 

* Arsenal FC beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in the English Premier League match on Sunday, January 1, 2017 to open an account that they are indeed title contenders

* One time out of favour striker, Frenchman Olivier Giroud started the victory party by scoring a sumptuous scorpion goal that made everyone ecstatic

The race for who becomes the Premier League king continues as Arsenal Football Club brushed past Crystal Palace at the Emirates yesterday by two unreplied goals to show they are real title contenders and not pretenders. 

Olivier Giroud put the ball into the net in the first half when Arsenal dangerman Alexis Sanchez crossed the ball to him, before Alex Iwobi scored a looping header to put the match beyond their visitors, Crystal Palace. The goal by Giroud was a statement by the former Ligue One player that he deserves a permanent first team shirt with the Gunners. 

The Frenchman striker’s goal was a bit similar to Manchester United Henrik Mikhitaryn’s scorpion goal in a recent EPL match. However, the Arsenal goal poacher’s own was out of this world. 

The goal was nicknamed “The Perfect Goal” by some football pundits. 

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Russia Denies Reports Of Retaliation Against New US Sanctions

Russia’s foreign ministry denied reports it was retaliating against new US sanctions leveled against the Kremlin by closing an Anglo-American school in Moscow.
On Thursday, CNN reported that in the wake of the US’ expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, Russia ordered the closing of the Anglo-American School of Moscow,  Thursday, December 29, citing an unnamed US official with knowledge of the action.

Obama and Putin
President Barack Obama of the United States of America and President Vladimir Putin of Russia

The school serves the children of Western embassy personnel from Canada, Britain, and the US.

Russia’s foreign ministry on Friday denied it moved to close the school.

Russia also ordered the closing of a US embassy vacation house, located about 16 kilometers west of Moscow, CNN reported.

A spokeswoman for Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, hinted at the response Russia would take in an earlier statement, saying US actions against Russian diplomats in the US would receive a similar response that she said would “immediately backfire at US diplomats in Russia.”

“The outgoing US administration has not given up on its hope of dealing one last blow to relations with Russia, which it has already destroyed,” her statement said.

The Kremlin earlier said the US would “receive an answer” if it took new punitive actions against Russia. The Obama administration indicated previously that it would hold Russia accountable for cyberattacks that US intelligence agencies have said were designed to interfere with the US election.

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would not expel US diplomats in retaliation for the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the US.

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Debbie Reynolds, Daughter Carrie Fisher To Be Buried Side By Side

​A joint memorial service and side-by-side burial are being planned for mother-and-daughter Hollywood stars Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, who died a day apart earlier this week in Los Angeles, the family said on Friday.

Todd Fisher, son of Reynolds and younger brother to Carrie, said that he caught a glimpse of hummingbirds at a cemetery site at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.

This, he noted convinced him it was the ideal spot for their final resting place.

“That’s the way it was meant to be,” Todd Fisher, 58, told Reuters, recalling that his mother, the Oscar-nominated singer and actress, had a special fondness for hummingbirds, which were regular visitors to the grounds of her Beverly Hills home.

Fisher said he and other relatives were gathering this weekend to firm up funeral arrangements, including dates.

He said the family was planning two private events – a joint memorial celebration and a burial of his mother and sister next to one another at Forest Lawn – to be followed by some form of public commemoration of the two women.

Reynolds, who sang and danced her way into the hearts of moviegoers in such Hollywood musicals as “Singin’ in the Rain,” suffered a stroke and died on Wednesday at the age of 84.

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Pizzagate : The Video That Will Change Everything You Thought You Knew

The video in this write exposes everything the powers that be or the world leaders do in secret which is related to devilish and satanic ideologies. 

There are many things happening behind the scenes which people should be informed about the so called advanced countries of the world. 

Pizzagate first started when Wikileaks released a batch of John Podesta’s emails in November 2016.  

Reddit users and others broke down alleged code words used in the emails such as “pizza” and “Cheese” all well know code words for human trafficking.  

Not only that, the Pizzagate theory (as outlined in the video) also shows that restaurants in the same vicinity as Comet Pizza all use pedophile symbols in the logos of various organizations.  

Click on the link below to watch the video 

http://www.alternativenewsnetwork.net/pizzagate-video-will-change-everything-thought-knew/

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Where Is The New STD Pastor Adeboye Prophesied Will Appear In 2016? By Ijabla Raymond

​In his prophecies for 2016 which can be found here. Pastor Adeboye prophesied that a new STD (sexually transmitted disease) will surface in 2016.

I challenged him to name the new STD and the reader is welcome to read my full response here. 

Pastor Adeboye
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God

If Adeboye was referring to the Zika virus then it is evidently clear that he relies on news media to formulate his prophecies, in which case why call him a prophet? This is because medical researchers had announced towards the end of 2015 (well before Adeboye’s prophecy in January 2016) that the Zika virus can be transmitted through sex. And to be clear, the Zika virus was identified in Uganda in 1947. It is not new. 

I know there is still one day left till the end of 2016 but where is the new STD that Pastorpreneur Adeboye said God told him will be discovered in 2016?

Adeboye had also prophesied concerning Nigeria that “things will definitely get better before the year ends.” I cannot speak for all persons living in Nigeria but I am not sure Nigerians have had it worse than this year – the prices of food and commodities have increased two to three folds whilst salaries have remained static. The only people who can afford to keep smiling in these austere times are those who make a living out of lying and selling false hope to the downtrodden. If hell were real it should be populated with such people. 

Will Nigerians allow themselves to continue to be lied to, preyed upon and exploited by self-styled prophets of God in 2017? How much longer before they realise that the God they think speaks to their pastors only exists in their imaginations? Why is belief a virtue and common sense is not?  

Ijabla is a medical doctor and a humanist. He writes from the U.K. 

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Serena Williams Gets Engaged To Popular Social Media Star 

World number two tennis player Serena Williams has become engaged to Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of the social media company Reddit.

Serena Williams
Serena Williams and new lover

“Down on 1 knee. He said four words. And/r/isaidyes,” the 35-year-old American said on the social media site on Thursday.

“I came home. A little late. Someone had a bag packed for me. And a carriage awaited. Destination: Rome … back to where our stars first collided.”

The New York-born Ohanian, 33, confirmed the news on his Facebook page, writing: “She said yes”.

Williams is the best player of her generation. She has won 22 grand slam singles titles, the same as German Steffi Graf and trailing only Australian Margaret Court (24).

Source: Reuters