NAPTIP convicts 47 people for child trafficking in Edo, Delta

Traffickers visit the country mainly in December to lure unsuspecting youth into getting non-existing jobs in Europe The National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters, NAPTIP, said it has convicted 47 people for child … NAPTIP convicts 47 people for child trafficking in Edo, Delta is a post from: Premium Times Nigeria

Gospel singer Buchi almost loses house to fire accident

By Chrysanthus Ikeh The fire started in the mini studio around 9:45PM, Friday, and quickly spread to parts of the living areas upstairs, according to a source. The singer was away in Warri but his family was home. Photo: Facebook It is a sad weekend for gospel reggae singer Buchi Atuonwu , whose home, a duplex located at 30b Olufunmilayo Street, Dideolu Estate, Ogba, Lagos State was partially burnt by fire on Friday night. The fire started in the mini studio around 9:45PM, Friday, and quickly spread to parts of the living areas upstairs, according to a source. The singer was away in Warri but his family was home. A NET reporter who visited Buchi’s residence noticed that normality had returned to the neighborhood by Saturday. When NET spoke with Buchi’s wife, Jane, she declined saying anything about the fire incident. ’ I like to spread good news and not bad news. I don’t want to say anything about this ,’ she said. Buchi, who transitioned from nightclub singing to the choir in Christ Embassy Church, has won prestigious awards including the AMEN Awards for Best in Gospel Category 1999, Faith Awards 2000, POMP Awards 2002, TOMA Awards for Best Artiste, Reggae Artiste and Gospel Album of the Year 2005, and Life Achievers’ Award 2008. View Larger Map © NET Newspapers 2014. All Rights Reserved. Please use sharing tools. Do not cut, copy or lift any content from this website without our consent.

Nadal hammers Hewitt, Sharapova survives

World number one Rafael Nadal hammered former number one Lleyton Hewitt 6-1, 6-3 Saturday to reach the third round at the ATP and WTA Miami Masters hardcourt tournament. The top-seeded Spaniard and his veteran Australian opponent took to the court two and a half hours late due to long matches that preceded them. But Nadal, who received a first-round bye, ripped through the opening set in 27 minutes and eventually dispatched double Grand Slam winner Hewitt in 66 minutes. “It’s great for me to be back after not playing since 2012. I really enjoy it here,” Nadal said. “There was no better way to start my return than with a win like this.” It was a different experience for Russian star Maria Sharapova, who had to battle through three sets Saturday to advance into the fourth round on the women’s side. Nadal next faces Denis Istomin, who beat Dmitry Tursunov 6-7 (8/10), 6-0, 6-3. Maria Sharapova: survives Nadal took his sixth win in a row over Hewitt, improving him to 7-4 in their rivalry overall. “I have the greatest respect for Lleyton,” Nadal said. “He’s a great example to me and the other players the way he has come back from injuries. “He always keeps fighting.” Serbian second seed and three-time Miami champion Novak Djokovic advanced to the fourth round when opponent Florian Mayer retired a day before their scheduled match with a groin injury. Djokovic will next play Tuesday. Defending champion Williams and last year’s runner-up Sharapova struggled mightily to survive, with five-time finalist Sharapova requiring nine match point to book her win. Sharapova beat Czech Lucie Safarova 6-4, 6-7 (7/5), 6-2 in a battle which took five minutes short of three hours to complete. Sharapova let out a scream of relief when she finally went through as Safarova’s shot hit the net, Sharapova having missed two chances in the second set to wrap it up early. “She was just hitting unbelievable shots on the match points,” said Sharapova. “I kept asking myself how many more chances I had. “I’m just so happy to go through.” Sharapova ended her marathon with nearly twice as many unforced errors, 51, as winners, 27, and double-faulted eight times. Top seed Serena Williams waited out a 45-minute rain third-set interruption before dispatching France’s Caroline Garcia 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Williams, 32, bidding for a record seventh title at her home tournament, now stands 63-7 at the venue and was far from pleased with her showing. “Granted she played great, but I made so many errors, I hit so short,” said Williams. “It really isn’t the same player. I just have to do better. “It’s important to stay positive. Obviously I wasn’t at my best. I had 40-something errors. It’s not the way to play professional tennis.” Reigning Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka downed Spain’s Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the men’s third round. The third-seeded Swiss raced through an 18-minute opening set, winning the first seven games before eventualy losing the second set. Wawrinka recovered on cue in the third with an opening break to advance in just under 90 minutes and then admitted he is still adjusting to his new status as a Grand Slam winner. “I still have some ups and downs mentally. I was negative in the second set a little bit stupidly, but then I’m really happy with the way I started the third set,” Wawrinka said. Wawrinka, 14-1 this year, fired eight aces and broke four times in only his fourth ATP match since beating Nadal to capture his first major title. Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych began with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-1 win over Frenchman Stephane Robert while 10th seed John Isner defeated Donald Young 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-4.

Reports: US spies on China’s telecom giant Huawei

The US National Security Agency has secretly tapped into the networks of Chinese telecom and internet giant Huawei, the New York Times and Der Spiegel reported on their websites Saturday. The NSA accessed Huawei’s email archive, communication between top company officials internal documents, and even the secret source code of individual Huawei products, read the reports, based on documents provided by fugitive NSA contractor Edward Snowden. “We currently have good access and so much data that we don’t know what to do with it,” states one internal document cited by Der Spiegel. Huawei — founded in 1987 by former People’s Liberation Army engineer Ren Zhengfei — has long been seen by Washington as a potential security Trojan Horse due to perceived close links to the Chinese government, which it denies. The United States and Australia have barred Huawei from involvement in broadband projects over espionage fears. Shenzhen-based Huawei is one of the world’s leading network equipment providers and is the world’s third-largest smartphone vendor. The original goal of Operation “Shotgiant” was to find links between Huawei and the Chinese military, according to a 2010 document cited by The Times. But it then expanded with the goal of learning how to penetrate Huawei computer and telephone networks sold to third countries. “Many of our targets communicate over Huawei-produced products,” the NSA document read, according to The Times. “We want to make sure that we know how to exploit these products,” it added, to “gain access to networks of interest” around the world. Huawei is a major competitor to US-based Cisco Systems Inc. – but US officials insist that the spy agencies are not waging an industrial espionage campaign on behalf of US companies, as Snowden has alleged. “The fact that we target foreign companies for intelligence is not part of any economic espionage,” a senior intelligence official told reporters Thursday. The goal of economic intelligence efforts is “to support national security interests,” and “not to try to help Boeing,” the official said.