LOL! CHINESE ZOO UNDER FIRE FOR DISGUISING A HAIRY DOG AS LION

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A Chinese zoo’s supposed ‘African lion’ was exposed as a fraud when the dog (above) used as a substitute started barking.


The zoo in the People’s Park of Luohe, in the central province of Henan, replaced exotic exhibits with common species, according to the state-run Beijing Youth Daily.

It quoted a customer surnamed Liu who wanted to show her son the different sounds animals made – but he pointed out that the animal in the cage labelled ‘African lion’ was barking.

The beast was in fact a Tibetan mastiff – a large and long-haired breed of dog.

“The zoo is absolutely cheating us,” the paper quoted Liu, who was charged 15 yuan ($2.45) for the ticket, as saying.

“They are trying to disguise the dogs as lions.”

Three other species housed incorrectly included two coypu rodents in a snake’s cage, a white fox in a leopard’s den, and another dog in a wolf pen.

The chief of the park’s animal department, Liu Suya, told the paper that while it does have a lion, it had been taken to a breeding facility and the dog – which belonged to an employee – had been temporarily housed in the zoo over safety concerns.

Users of China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo service mocked the zoo.

“This is not funny at all. It’s sad for both the zoo and the animals,” said one.

“They should at least use a husky to pretend to be a wolf,” said another.

 

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BELLEW BROKE ARM IN HAYE VICTORY

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PHOTO: Tony Bellew says he broke his hand early in his thrilling heavyweight victory over fellow Briton David Haye. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/Iol News


LONDON, England – Tony Bellew says he broke his hand early in his thrilling heavyweight victory over fellow Briton David Haye, who was badly hampered by a leg injury.

Haye’s corner threw in the towel in the 11th round at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday with the 36-year-old suffering a suspected Achilles injury halfway through the bout.

But surprise winner Bellew revealed he too had been hurt.

“I broke my right hand in the second or third round. It is sore now but I don’t feel the pain – all I think about is winning,” the 34-year-old told BBC Radio Five Live.

Bellew described his injured hand as being “the size of a small bowling ball”.

The build-up to the fight was dominated by trash-talking between Bellew and Haye, but they were respectful of each other afterwards and a rematch could even be on the cards.

Bellew, a cruiserweight champion who stepped up in weight to fight Haye, said he will take time to assess his future.

However, his promoter Eddie Hearn said he had already been approached by the camps of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and WBO title-holder Joseph Parker.

“I got into bed about 3.30 am, I had Deontay Wilder’s camp phoning me up, I had Joseph Parker’s camp phoning me up, both wanting to defend their world heavyweight titles against Tony Bellew. So he’s got no end of options,” Hearn said.

“He’s got big decisions to make – stay at cruiserweight, defend that, unify the division. Maybe even a rematch with David Haye or, I think more likely, to challenge for the world heavyweight title.

“Tony’s probably got another two, three, four, five fights. This is a tough sport and it’s all about securing your future and your family’s future.

“He did that in one fight last night and now it’s just a case of carrying on this Cinderella story and see how far it can take us.”

SPEAK TO ME TO CONVINCE NIGERIANS YOU ARE ALIVE – FAYOSE TO BUHARI

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Nigerian President Muhamadu Buhari on the phone


Abuja – The Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has added a twist to the health saga of President Muhammadu Buhari, declaring that a chance to speak with him would clear the doubts over the President’s health condition.

Mr. Fayose’s comment is contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, which was made available to journalists on Sunday.

The statement came on the heels of reports of the President’s recent phone conversations with the President of the African Union as well as the King of Morocco.

Mr. Buhari also on Sunday placed telephone calls to a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, and Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello

The president is presently in the United Kingdom where he is said to be resting and recuperating under medical supervision.

Mr. Fayose noted that instead of speaking with foreign leaders, he would offer to speak with the President to put an end to any doubts.

“I advise the President to speak with me for the purpose of convincing Nigerians that he is hale and hearty instead of looking for people outside the country to convince Nigerians,” he said.

“If their problem is that they are looking for a credible person who can help them convince Nigerians that all is well with our President, Ayo Fayose is their best bet.

“Let the president speak with me. If I tell Nigerians that the president spoke with me, Nigerians will believe.”

The governor said Nigerians were already suspicious of all the “purported” visits to Buhari in London as well as his “orchestrated” telephone conversations with international figures who, Mr. Fayose said, could not be trusted to give a true and unbiased report about the president’s state of health.

“Since they are eager for the president to speak to people; believing in this way to convince Nigerians that their President is hale and hearty, let President Buhari talk to me. I can be reached on 08035024994. I am credible and Nigerians will believe me,” Mr. Fayose said.

“They said he spoke to President Donald Trump; despite the hype, Nigerians were sceptical. Then they said he spoke to the king of Morocco; again, Nigerians were suspicious. Before we recovered from that, it is now the AU president that they said President Buhari spoke to.

“A president that can speak with outsiders should be able to whisper or wave to his own people.

“The people gave him the very important platform of the President on which he stands today and, therefore, presidential aides should stop giving the unhelpful impression that Buhari has no respect for the Nigerian electorate.”

Presidential Spokesman Femi Adesina, when reached by PREMIUM TIMES, declined to comment on Mr. Fayose’s request.

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FORD RECALLS ANOTHER KUGA MODEL

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A Ford Kuga. Picture: Supplied

FORD KUGA. IMAGE: E.W.N.


Apparently, it was built with the brake booster vacuum pipe routed too close to the turbo heat shield.

Ford’s Kuga woes are not over. The company has initiated another recall – this time for a different model and a different problem, George Herald reports.

Owners of the 2.0-litre diesel Kuga this week received letters urging them to bring their vehicles in so that a brake issue could be resolved.

The problem, affecting models built between 2014 and 2015, relates to a brake booster vacuum pipe that may weaken if it repeatedly comes into contact with the turbocharger heat shield.

The notice says: “Some Kuga 2.0 diesel vehicles may have been built with the brake booster vacuum pipe routed too close to the turbo heat shield. This causes the pipe to heat up and sag towards the turbo.

“After several heat cycles the pipe could come into contact with the heat shield, causing damage to the pipe increasing the pressure required by the driver on the brake pedal during braking.”

The notice says the solution is the installation of an additional clip to keep the pipe away from harm.

It came to light this week that Ford will be investigated for allegedly violating the Consumer Protection Act after the National Consumer Commission (NCC) was issued with over 130 complaints from consumers.

READ MORE: Another Ford burst into flames (but it’s not a Kuga)

NCC commissioner Ebrahim Mohamed said investigators served Ford Motor Company with an investigation certificate and letter on Tuesday afternoon.

Over 130 complaints were lodged to the NCC since January by Ford owners, with various complaints raging from overheating, vehicles catching fire and poor service from dealerships.

This includes over 70 complaints received by Rod Montano, attorney of the Jimmy family who lost their brother Reshall Jimmy when he burned to death in a Kuga in 2015. Montano and the family filed for a class action lawsuit against the motor company for models excluding the Kuga 1.6.

“I can confirm that the NCC has instituted an investigation into the activities of Ford SA and its dealerships after receiving complaints alleging prohibited conduct. I further confirm that the NCC has duly notified Ford SA of this enforcement activity,” Mohamed said.

Ford SA spokesperson Alisea Chetty told The Citizen that a notice from the NCC was received, adding the motor company operates in line with the Consumer Protection Act.

NCC spokesperson Trevor Hattingh said consumers complained of Ford refusing to pay them out for the damages. Ford SA CEO Jeff Nemeth mentioned at a briefing earlier this year that consumers should claim damages from insurance.

It also surfaced that insurance companies had previously warned the motor company of malfunctions in the Ford range, including vehicles catching fire, Hattingh said.

 

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LIVERPOOL TOOK THE NIGHT 3 -1

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Roberto Firmino of Liverpool Scores the opener for liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on March 4, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Liverpool – It was an exceptionally hard fought-out-night at Anfield yesterday when the unpredictable host tackled their top-four and title rivals Arsenal football club in a thrilling encounter that saw the two English giants perform one of the best episode in football theatre. Though it was an entertaining showpiece all 90+ minutes, the host was out to make up for their mid-week flop to reigning champions Leicester City and the ever bubbly Anfield fans  who also was up to the accession.

 

In what could be classed as a high quality and intensity football match that no doubt can stand for ‘A match of the season’ with due respect  to other encounters we are yet to see; we have to applaud the two teams for giving their best at a night when all they were required of was only their best. Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on March 4, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

 

Goals from Roberto Firmino, Mane and Wijnadum with Welbeck pulling one back for the visitors’ just minutes after the restart of the second half, saw both players and managers pull their tricks and skills to the very much anticipated response from the Anfield crowed.

 

 

Liverpool led most of the match with Firmino’s goal at the 9th minute followed by Mane who was played through also by Firmino to slot home from a close range 6 minutes from the break. From left to right, Milner starts the move and it ends with Firmino finding Mane in the box on the right, and he finishes with a flourish.Alex Iwobi of Arsenal (L) puts pressure on Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool (R) during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on March 4, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

A revitalized Ansenal came back into the game with a hard worked  out goal and could have made it 2-2 if not for a fine save from Simon Mignolet, when Olivier Giroud  curled in his killer header to the far corner; the Liverpool Goalkeeper who had a good night pushed the ball up his goal bar and to later grab it comfortably.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet in action during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

3 – 1 it ended at Anfield but it was a superb and fantastic game irrespective of the outcome which now take Liverpool to 3rd position pushing Arsenal out of the top four and champions league qualification area.

 

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First US chicken imports hit SA In 15 Years

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ABOVE: Chicken on display for sale in a local supermarket. Picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi


 

Cape Town – United States chicken imports hit South African supermarket shelves on Tuesday for the first time in 15-years, ending a protracted trade dispute and ensuring South Africa would continue to receive trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa).

The US Trade Representative Michael Froman and US Senators who had been involved in the trade dispute announced in Washington on Wednesday that 12 containers carrying three metric tons of US chicken had arrived in South Africa over the weekend and had already been distributed.

US officials said the first chickens had reached shops Tuesday though they did not know yet exactly where.

Froman said the arrival of the chicken imports and the resolution of a last-minute glitch about US pork imports meant that South Africa had met all the benchmarks for the lifting of the provisional suspension of some of its Agoa benefits.

However, he did not announce the lifting of the suspension, saying that US President Barack Obama was assessing the situation. But Obama’s announcement appears to be a formality, expected probably by Thursday.

Obama had announced on November 5 last year that the duty-free entry into the US of South African citrus and wine products under Agoa would end if South Africa’s health restrictions on the import of US poultry, beef and pork were not lifted by January 4.

Shortly after that he announced the deadline had been extended to March 15 to allow for the logistics of actually getting the meat into South African shops.

Froman and Senators Chris Coons of Delaware and Johnny Isakson of Georgia made the announcements at a telephone press conference on Wednesday.

Froman said that the lifting of the barriers to US poultry, beef and pork exports to South Africa would probably increase the sales of those products by about US$160 million a year.

Mike Brown, President of the US National Chicken Council said close to $100 million of that would be chicken exports.

The four men hailed this as “a great day for US farmers”, while Froman said the deal would also enable South African consumers to buy and enjoy quality products at good prices.

 

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SHOCKER! Militants Give S/African Firms 30-Day Ultimatum

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ABOVE: File Photo: Vanguard


Abuja – Nigeria Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, condemned attacks by South African youths on Nigerians and other African nationals in their country.

Obasanjo’s condemnation came as Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, is set to lead a seven- member delegation of the Senate to South Africa over the attacks.

This is even as militants in Niger Delta have called on the Federal Government to order all South African-owned businesses out of the country within 30 days.

Obasanjo, who blamed the attacks on the insincerity of the government in South Africa, spoke while receiving the leadership of the Nigeria Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru, Jos, who paid him a courtesy call at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

He said the current development in South Africa betrayed the contribution of Nigeria to the struggle for the emancipation of the country during the apartheid era.

He blamed the exodus of Nigerians and other African nationals in search of non-existing greener pasture on their leaders and called on African heads of government to ensure good governance for the overall development of the continent and its teeming population.

Obasanjo blamed South African youths for their immaturity, while hitting their leaders more for allowing fellow Africans to rise against themselves.

Ekweremadu leads Senate delegation to S-Africa

Similarly, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, is to lead a seven-member delegation of the Senate to South Africa.

The delegation, which is charged with the responsibility of engaging South African parliamentarians on the matter, also has as members Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, APC, Yobe North; Senate Chief Whip, Senator Olusola Adeyeye, APC, Osun Central; Senator Shehu Sani, APC, Kaduna Central; Senator Magnus Abe, APC, Rivers East and Senator Stella Oduah, PDP, Anambra North.

Militants give S/African firms 30-day ultimatum

Meanwhile, militants in Niger Delta have called on the Federal Government to order all South African owned businesses out of the country within 30 days.

In a statement in Port Harcourt, yesterday, the militants, acting under the aegis of Niger Delta Watchdogs, Niger Delta Volunteers and Niger Delta Strike Force, said they would not keep quiet while South Africans continued to kill and maim Nigerians doing business in their country.

Generals John Duku, Ekpo Ekpo and Hart Bradford said if South African investments did not pull out of the country at the end of the 30 days ultimatum, they should be ready for any form of attack.

The militants said: “Failure to close down these companies within one month, we shall mobilize in full force and commence massive attack on South African-owned investments in Nigeria, we shall also make sure that all MTN masts and offices are brought down.”

“We want to state that the attack will mark the end of this nonsense because we would not fold our arms and allow this to continue.”

“Therefore, we call on the Nigerian government to immediately close down all the business premises owned by South Africans,” the militants said.

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, condemned attacks by South African youths on Nigerians and other African nationals in their country.

Obasanjo’s condemnation came as Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, is set to lead a seven- member delegation of the Senate to South Africa over the attacks.

This is even as militants in Niger Delta have called on the Federal Government to order all South African-owned businesses out of the country within 30 days.

Obasanjo, who blamed the attacks on the insincerity of the government in South Africa, spoke while receiving the leadership of the Nigeria Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru, Jos, who paid him a courtesy call at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

He said the current development in South Africa betrayed the contribution of Nigeria to the struggle for the emancipation of the country during the apartheid era.

He blamed the exodus of Nigerians and other African nationals in search of non-existing greener pasture on their leaders and called on African heads of government to ensure good governance for the overall development of the continent and its teeming population.

Obasanjo blamed South African youths for their immaturity, while hitting their leaders more for allowing fellow Africans to rise against themselves.

Ekweremadu leads Senate delegation to S-Africa

Similarly, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, is to lead a seven-member delegation of the Senate to South Africa.

Militants give S/African firms 30-day ultimatum

Meanwhile, militants in Niger Delta have called on the Federal Government to order all South African owned businesses out of the country within 30 days.

In a statement in Port Harcourt, yesterday, the militants, acting under the aegis of Niger Delta Watchdogs, Niger Delta Volunteers and Niger Delta Strike Force, said they would not keep quiet while South Africans continued to kill and maim Nigerians doing business in their country.

Generals John Duku, Ekpo Ekpo and Hart Bradford said if South African investments did not pull out of the country at the end of the 30 days ultimatum, they should be ready for any form of attack.

The militants said: “Failure to close down these companies within one month, we shall mobilize in full force and commence massive attack on South African-owned investments in Nigeria, we shall also make sure that all MTN masts and offices are brought down.”

“We want to state that the attack will mark the end of this nonsense because we would not fold our arms and allow this to continue.”

“Therefore, we call on the Nigerian government to immediately close down all the business premises owned by South Africans,” the militants said.

– The Vanguard

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, condemned attacks by South African youths on Nigerians and other African nationals in their country.

Obasanjo’s condemnation came as Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, is set to lead a seven- member delegation of the Senate to South Africa over the attacks.

This is even as militants in Niger Delta have called on the Federal Government to order all South African-owned businesses out of the country within 30 days.

Obasanjo, who blamed the attacks on the insincerity of the government in South Africa, spoke while receiving the leadership of the Nigeria Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru, Jos, who paid him a courtesy call at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

He said the current development in South Africa betrayed the contribution of Nigeria to the struggle for the emancipation of the country during the apartheid era.

He blamed the exodus of Nigerians and other African nationals in search of non-existing greener pasture on their leaders and called on African heads of government to ensure good governance for the overall development of the continent and its teeming population.

Obasanjo blamed South African youths for their immaturity, while hitting their leaders more for allowing fellow Africans to rise against themselves.

Ekweremadu leads Senate delegation to S-Africa

Similarly, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, is to lead a seven-member delegation of the Senate to South Africa.

The delegation, which is charged with the responsibility of engaging South African parliamentarians on the matter, also has as members Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, APC, Yobe North; Senate Chief Whip, Senator Olusola Adeyeye, APC, Osun Central; Senator Shehu Sani, APC, Kaduna Central; Senator Magnus Abe, APC, Rivers East and Senator Stella Oduah, PDP, Anambra North.

Militants give S/African firms 30-day ultimatum

Meanwhile, militants in Niger Delta have called on the Federal Government to order all South African owned businesses out of the country within 30 days.

In a statement in Port Harcourt, yesterday, the militants, acting under the aegis of Niger Delta Watchdogs, Niger Delta Volunteers and Niger Delta Strike Force, said they would not keep quiet while South Africans continued to kill and maim Nigerians doing business in their country.

Generals John Duku, Ekpo Ekpo and Hart Bradford said if South African investments did not pull out of the country at the end of the 30 days ultimatum, they should be ready for any form of attack.

The militants said: “Failure to close down these companies within one month, we shall mobilize in full force and commence massive attack on South African-owned investments in Nigeria, we shall also make sure that all MTN masts and offices are brought down.”

“We want to state that the attack will mark the end of this nonsense because we would not fold our arms and allow this to continue.”

“Therefore, we call on the Nigerian government to immediately close down all the business premises owned by South Africans,” the militants said.