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Massive Blackout Hits New York City

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A massive power failure has hit Manhattan, the heart of New York City on Saturday after sic power cales were knocked out. The power outage put the city in darkness affecting about 73,000 people and disrupts traffic, subway system, businesses and Broadway productions.

The power failure occurred at about 6:47pm. Many people were said to have been trapped in elevators across the city. The cause of the blackout is not yet known but according to Police and fire department sources, the cause of the failure appears to be a feeder cable problem below ground at 64th Street and West End Ave.

According to report, power is gradually being restored and should be totally restored before midnight.

This is happening on the exact same day in 1977 when similar power failure put the city in darkness.

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Robert Mugabe Dead At 95

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Zimbabwe former president, Robert Mugabe has died, aged 95.

The ex-president who died on Friday September 6th was an independence hero who ruled for 37 years.  Mugabe had been receiving treatment in a hospital in Singapore since April. He was ousted in a military coup in 2017.

He was born on 21 February 1924 in what was then Rhodesia – a British colony, run by its white minority. After criticizing the government of Rhodesia in 1964 he was imprisoned for more than a decade without trial.

In 1973, while still in prison, he was chosen as president of the Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu), of which he was a founding member.

 

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Former Governor Escapes Kidnap

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Ibrahim Dankwambo, Former governor of Gombe State narrowly escaped being kidnapped on Tuesday evening by armed bandits along Abuja-Kaduna Highway, Kaduna State.

According to aide to the former governor, “On our way to Abuja with my Boss, His E Excellency, Dankwambo. kidnappers blocked the Abuja Kaduna road at 4.35pm today Tuesday but our policemen chased them away and we found out that they went away with about 7 people,” an aide to Dankwambo, who pleaded anonymity told The Guardian (more…)

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US Embassy Increases Nigerian Visa Fee Application, Blames Nigerian Government

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In a statement by The United States Embassy in Nigeria says effective from Thursday, August 29, 2019, Nigerians applying for tourism, student and business visas will not only pay the N59, 200 fee but will have to pay an extra $110 (N40, 700) after the visa has been issued to them bringing the total cost to N99, 900.

Applicants seeking the L1 Visa (work permit) will pay an extra N112, 100 if given visas while those applying for H4 Visa (dependency/spousal) will pay an extra N66, 600.

The US Embassy adopts the rate of N370/$1 for Nigerians which is higher than both the official rate and the black market rate.

This move is a retaliation to  Nigeria’s visa fee application to US citizens.

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