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11 People Wounded As Mass Shooting Hit New Orleans



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The New Orleans Police Department has confirmed that 11 people were injured during the mass shooting early on Sunday, December 1st in the city.  

The police said they have begun an investigation into the shooting which occurred along the 700 block of Canal Street near Bourbon and Royal Streets in the French Quarter and an arrest has been made.

Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson explained that investigators are not yet sure whether the person they have detained “had any involvement” with the shooting. Ferguson initially confirmed that 10 people had been shot.  

Two of them were listed in critical condition. One of the victims was shot in the chest and the other in the torso. Five of the victims were transported to University Medical Center and another five to Tulane Hospital.  Public Information Officer Aaron Looney added in a follow-up press release that an 11th person had been injured and had checked himself into a local hospital.

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Nine-Year Old Boy Passes University-Level Maths Exam [VIDEO]




The Mathematics Certification Institute of Japan on Tuesday said a 9-year-old boy from the Western Japanese province of Hyogo has passed a university-level maths exam.

According to the Kyodo news agency, the institute said Shogo Ando had been studying for the exam for two years and intended to use his mathematical skills for the betterment of society.

The report said the boy was cited as saying that he would like to use his skills to combat climate change.

Testing and achievement are central to Japan’s highly competitive school system.

However, according to the latest data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Japan has fallen from fifth to sixth place in the ranking of countries by their school pupils’ maths abilities.

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Forgive My Mistakes, Fayose Begs PDP Members




The Immediate past governor of Ekiti state, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has pleaded to the aggrieved members of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to forgive him of all his iniquities when in office.

Fayose urged the aggrieved members to sheathe swords against him, embrace his peace initiative and work together with unity of purpose and togetherness to relaunch the party to prominence in the state.

The former governor spoke on Tuesday in his Afao-Ekiti countryhome while addressing party members across the 16 local government areas and the 177 wards in the state.

He expressed confidence that the party will soon regain its lost glory ahead of future elections in the state, noting the strength of the party would be restored after members would have settled their differences.

While explaining that creating different groups within the party would not be the best option, however assured that all issues and tendencies would be resolved for the party to reclaim the state from the All Progressive Congress.

Fayose, however, congratulated Senator Biodun Olujimi on her victory at the appellate court as the lawmaker representing Ekiti South senatorial district, saying she remains one of the leaders of the party in the state.

He regretted the violence and alleged electoral malpractices that marred the last saturday’s local government election where a member of the party, Forum Kosedake was allegedly killed by political thugs.

He noted that the leadership of PDP was warned not to not participate in the poll knowing fully well the ‘antics’ of the APC-led government in the state.

” Everybody should come back to the party. I am open to reconciliation. If Senator Biodun Olujimi call you for meeting tomorrow, go there and listen to her. All of us are leaders , don’t let us factionalize this party

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Edo: Oshiomhole, Obaseki Fight Over APC Rally




The supremacy tussle over the control of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State between Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Governor Godwin Obaseki deepened Tuesday over a rally scheduled to hold on Friday in Bénin City.

Some defectors from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu are expected to be received into the APC fold at the rally.

Pastor Ize-Iyamu has earlier joined others to resign from the PDP.

There have been jingles in several television stations inviting the general public to the rally.

Governor Godwin Obaseki who denied knowledge of any APC rally in the state after the security meeting with heads of security agencies in the state said he has checked with the state APC secretariat and the party has not announced officially that they would be having a rally.

Obaseki said issues of public safety were reviewed at the security meeting particularly in relation to the yuletide season.

“The issue of public safety is a major concern to us as a government and this being the last Security Council meeting for the year, we had to put up measures in place to tackle security challenges,” he said.

State Chairman of APC, Barr Anselm Ojezua, said the party has directive its members to boycott the rally.

Ojezua who described the purported rally as provocative and capable of disrupting peace in the state said it was not the APC National Body that should inform the state organs about any rally.

He said, “I am not aware of any rally in Edo. We don’t know anything about it. Is it not absurd that the Governor of the State is not aware? We are not a party to it and it must not be held in our name.”

But Oshiomhole’s backed factional Chairman of Edo APC, Col David Imuse, said Edo cannot have two chairmen as there can only be one party chairman in the state.

He said, “As at today, the chairman is Col. David Imuse (rtd). The next line of action is to strengthen the party for the challenges ahead and win future elections.

“We are not at a press war with anybody. The party leadership took a decision and the national headquarters affirmed that decision. So whatever we do here is subject to ratification by Abuja, the party took a decision here and it was affirmed in Abuja.

“We had a NEC meeting, it was ratified and affirmed. We had the South-South leaders meeting it was affirmed and in the meeting of all the chairmen of APC nationwide, it was affirmed. I don’t dwell on illegality. I am a highly focused person so right now the task before us is how to fortified party. Right now we are preparing for the reception of our brothers who are coming back home to strengthen the party,” he said.

Meanwhile, suspended State Secretary of the Edo APC, Mr. Lawrence Okah, raised the alarm over plans by the Edo State government to recruit thugs from Kogi and Ekiti States to disrupt the planned Friday rally.

Okah said over twenty thousand leaders of the PDP across the 18 LGAs in the state led by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, would be received into the APC by Oshiomhole and other leaders of the APC across the country.

He said, “We are raising this alarm so that the world will know that governor Obaseki intends to unleash mayhem on APC members in Edo state after he had perfected plans to join the PDP.

“We have informed him of the scheduled rally. His deputy has also been informed but they have vowed to disrupt any event that will boost the strength of the APC in Edo state. This claim that cultists are invading the state is arrant nonsense. We are holding APC rally and we have accordingly informed all relevant authorities.

“We appeal to the Inspector General of Police, the Edo State Police Commissioner and the DSS to provide security to our members on that day. We use this opportunity to appeal to the governor to toe the path of peace and avoid violence because no blood of any Edo man is worth the ambition of any body.

“We urged security agents to be at alert because since the preparation for this rally, our members are being harassed while many are being threatened and beaten across the state.”

Reacting, Special Adviser to Governor on Parliamentary matters, Hon Kabiru Adjoto when contacted on phone Tuesday denied allegations of importing thugs to the state.

He said, “It is unfortunate that such statement will come from Chief Lawrence Okah who is somebody I respect so much and I will be shocked if he actually said so. I am a man of peace. I am a stakeholder in this state and the governor is committed to absolute peace in the state.

“He recently held a security meeting where he preached peace especially in this yuletide season. I am a man of peace and throughout my time as Speaker in the state, we maintained peace. If actually Chief Okah made this allegation against me, I will seek redress.”

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