Suicide Bombers Kill Four People in Nigeria

Local militia members in Nigeria’s Borno State, has told reporters that four people had been killed in two separate suicide bombings on Monday.

According to Babakura Kolo, a member of the local militia in the area that assists the NIgerian army in fighting terrorist attacks, there were two separate incidents on Monday.

The first incident involved female suicide bombers who attempted to attack the village of Mammanti, 15 kilometers east of the city of Maiduguri.

“Three female suicide bombers were intercepted by the vigilantes while trying to sneak into the village around 04:00 GMT, just as the morning prayers were about to start,” Kolo told reporters.

He continued, saying that as the bombers were intercepted, two of them blew themselves up while the third was shot dead by a soldier before she had the chance to detonate her own bomb.

One vigilante was killed in the process and another injured.

The second attack reportedly took place in Mainari, which is 10 kilometers west of Maiduguri.

Another local militia member who was aware of the attack told reporters that the attacker in Mainaro village was male.

“A male suicide bomber approached the village but some vigilantes got suspicious of his movements and accosted him [sic]…Suddenly, he blew himself up among the vigilantes, killing three and injuring two,” he said.

It is believed that both attacks were carried out by Boko Haram members.

Maiduguri and many other areas in the Borno State has been under attack since Boko Haram started their insurgency in 2009, as the Borno State is often referred to as ‘the birthplace’ of Boko Haram.

Aaron Ramsey: Arsenal Must Win FA Cup for Wenger

Arsenal midfielder, Aaron Ramsey, has said that he wants his team to win the FA Cup for manager, Arsene Wenger.

Speaking to reporters recently, Ramsey said that he – and many of his teammates – want to win the FA Cup for long-serving Arsenal manager Wenger. Especially because Wenger’s fate at the club has not been sealed, and many believe the 62-year-old will step down from the post he has held for than 20 years after this season.

“It was important for us to get to the final for him, for ourselves and for the fans, and have a bit of positivity around the club…He was over the moon for us but we are delighted as well that we have got to a final for him,” Ramsey said.

He continued, saying that he believes Wenger ‘deserves’ to lift the FA Cup trophy this season.

“I think he deserves that and hopefully now we can kick on and win it for him,” he said.

Arsenal managed to book themselves a spot in the FA Cup final, after beating Manchester City 2-1 on Sunday.

They will face Chelsea in the final.

As for Wenger, neither him nor Arsenal has made any official announcement on his future at the club.

Many believe, however, that Arsenal will let Wenger go at the end of the season after facing pressure for fans calling for his exit and a fresh, new manager.

Arsenal will face Chelsea in the FA Cup final on May 27th at Wembley Stadium in London.

Jennifer Lopez Confirms She’s Dating Alex Rodriguez on Ellen

Jennifer Lopez has let the cat out of the bag and ‘officially’ revealed that she is dating former Major League baseball player, Alex Rodriguez – or as he is better known as, ‘A-Rod’.

Rumours of the two dating has been doing the rounds for about a month, and after they were photographed together, it was all but confirmed.

But, luckily for us, J.Lo stopped by the Ellen Show and confessed to Ellen that she is, in fact, dating the hunky athlete.

Jennifer said that the two struck up a conversation when they ran into each other at lunch. Or rather, Jennifer went up to Alex and to say hello… and the rest is history!

“For some reason, I just felt like tapping him on the shoulder,” J.Lo told Ellen.

She then said that the two had a brief conversation and decided to make a plan to hang out after that.

Ellen then pressed Jennifer to tell her about their first date and what transpired afterwards.

“I don’t remember what we had for dinner, but we had a nice dinner… A nice dinner and a goodbye…Mama don’t sleep over on the first date!,” she said jokingly.

We wonder if A-Rod will be the man that tames Jenny From The Block?!

Two Essential Cocktail Recipes Everyone Should Know

One skill that every adult should try and master, is to make a good cocktail. There is nothing more satisfying than sipping on a delicious cocktail with friends – whether you prefer it virgin or not!

We are all aware of the so-called ‘classic cocktails’. These include Bloody Marys, Margarita’s, Strawberry Daiquiris, Martinis and a long list of others.

However, to make things simpler for you, we have decided to show you two, essential cocktail recipes that should be in everyone’s arsenal.

These two cocktails are always a winner – whether you’re serving them to friends or simply enjoying a night in with your SO.

(Both these cocktails can be served virgin, i.e without alcohol).

Classic Margarita

Makes two glasses.

Ingredients:

2 shots (25ml) good quality tequila
2 shots triple sec (Cointreau is the best)
1 shot lime juice
Lime wedge
Sugar
Salt

The key to a good margarita, is having a good glass to drink out of.

Start by salting (or sugaring) the rim of your margarita glass and placing it in the fridge to cool.

Pour the tequila, triple sec and lime juice into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Should you want to adjust the taste, feel free to add a pinch of sugar or more lime juice.

Pour slowly into cooled, salt -or-sugar rimmed glasses and serve with a lime wedge.

Classic Cosmopolitan

Makes two glasses.

Ingredients:

2 shots good quality vodka
1 shot triple sec
1 shot cranberry juice
½ shot fresh lime juice
Orange peel

Made famous as Carrie Bradshaw’s favourite drink in ‘Sex & The City’, this drink is fierce and refreshing.

Place your cosmo glass in the fridge and allow to cool before serving the drink.

Mix the vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and mix well. You can also add crushed ice to the mix and shake if you want a ‘slush’ consistency.

Pour into cosmopolitan glass and serve with a small orange peel.

WHO To Test New Malaria Vaccine in Africa

The World Health Organization has announced that they will be testing a new Malaria vaccine on a large scale in various African countries within the coming year.

According to WHO’s regional director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the vaccine trials will begin next year in 2018, and last until 2020.

The WHO also said that their aim is to vaccinate 360 000 children in this two-year period.

The countries where the new vaccine trials will take place, are African countries that have been hit hard by Malaria epidemics in the past. These countries include Malawi, Ghana and Kenya.

The vaccine, called RTS,S, is an injectable vaccine that is to be used alongside other preventative measures such as mosquito nets, insect repellents and other, antimalarial drugs.

“Combined with existing malaria interventions, such a vaccine would have the potential to save tens of thousands of lives in Africa [sic]…The prospect of a malaria vaccine is great news. Information gathered in the pilot will help us make decisions on the wider use of this vaccine,” Moeti said.

The vaccine was developed in the UK by British pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline. It is also known as ‘Mosquirix’, and has been used in previous scientific testing.

The previous three-phase clinical trial the drug was used in, was from 2009-2014, afterwhich it was approved for the trials in the African countries, starting in 2018.

Malaria has been a leading disease-like killer in Africa for years. In 2015, 429 000 people died of the disease – most of them being children under the age of five, and 92% of them being African.

N’Golo Kante Named PFA Player of The Year

French international and Chelsea star midfielder, N’Golo Kante, has been awarded the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of The Year award.

The award, given to a fellow footballer by his peers, is awarded each year to an exceptional player that has shown amazing growth and skills over the course of the season.

Ante also had some stiff competition this year. Other players that were also in the running for the prestigious award included Tottenham’s star striker, Harry Kane, and Everton’s equally impressive player, Romelu Lukaku.

Kante, a former Leicester City player, said that it was very special for him to have received this award, especially as it given by fellow footballers.

“To be chosen by the players to be player of the year means a lot to me…It means the world to be chosen and it’s been two beautiful seasons, one with Leicester, and we are in good form with Chelsea. To be player of the year, it’s a great honour,” he said.

Kante is also close to making history. Should his team, Chelsea, win the English Premier League (which is very likely) he will become the first player to win the English Premier League consecutively, with two different teams.

He was part of the Leicester City team that won the League last season.

Kante also had praise for Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, saying that just like Claudio Ranieri did with Leicester last season, Conte instills a kind of ‘winning’ mentality in the team:

“He knows what he wants from the players…He wants to win, and we work very, very, very hard in training for him. He put a winning mentality into the squad, and everyone wants to give their best for the team, and to make Chelsea win titles,” he said.

Amber Heard & Elon Musk Tale Their Relationship Public

Actress Amber Heard and her billionaire beau and founder of tech company, Tesla, has finally taking their relationship public after dating for close to a year.

Rumours started doing the rounds that the two were romantically linked about nine months ago, but representatives for both parties insisted that the two were merely ‘friends’.

However, Amber and Elon clearly let the world know that they are definitely more than just friends this past weekend, when they were spotted on a date at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in Australia.

Amber is currently filming ‘Aquaman’ in Australia, and BF Elon decided to join her for some downtime.

And just to further cement the fact that they are a couple, Amber posted a picture of the two of them on her Instagram account.

In the picture, which features Aber casually resting her arm on Elon, you can see a bright red kiss on his cheek – matching the lipstick Amber is wearing.

She simply captioned the photo, “Cheeky”.

This is the first public relationship Amber has had since divorcing ex-husband, Johnny Depp.

The divorce between Amber and Johnny was finalized in January of this year.

As for Elon, he divorced from his wife, Talulah Riley, in early 2015.

US Secretary of Defense Arrives in Egypt

The United States’ Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis, arrived in Cairo, Egypt yesterday, as part of his regional tour.

Mattis met with Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, as well as with Egyptian Defense Minister, Sedki Sobh.

Mattis’ trip to Egypt comes as the relationship between the US under newly elected president Donald Trump and Egypt warms up significantly. Before Trump took office, relations between the US and Egypt were strained, to say the least, as the Obama administration condemned the way the Egyptian government were dealing with human right’s issues.

However, things seems to have done a complete 360, as both president Trump and president al-Sisi have only had good things to say about each other.

Trump has also pledged to maintain military support for Egypt as the two countries try to battle Islamic terrorists in the region.

Mattis is said to have discussed the US military’s counterinsurgency in the the country, specifically the Sinai Peninsula, to fight the Islamic State (ISIS).

Mattis will also visit Israel on his international trip.

EPL: Weekend Fixtures

This weekend’s English Premier League matches are sure to be some of the toughest, as the competition to lift the coveted trophy heats up week by week.

Manchester United will look to stay on their current winning streak when they take on Burnley on Sunday, and Middlesbrough and Bournemouth are also looking at a tough game on Saturday.

Here are this weekend’s fixtures:

Saturday, 22 April:

Bournemouth vs Middlesbrough
Hull City vs Watford
Swansea City vs Stoke City
West Ham vs Everton

Sunday, 23 April:

Burnley vs Manchester United
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

Kim Kardashian Calls Out Blac Chyna For Hurting Rob

Kim Kardashian West does not like it when people mess with those closest to her – especially when it comes to her super close-knit family.

We can all remember Kimmie’s epic takedown of Taylor Swift last year, when the popstar claimed that she did not give Kanye West permission to name her in his song, ‘Famous’ and Kim then went ahead, posting a video of Kanye and Taylor’s conversation that proved she did in fact give him permission.

Thus, we all know that Kim takes no prisoners.

Her latest beef seems to be with her brother Rob’s ex-fiance and her former friend, Blac Chyna.

In a sneak-peek of an upcoming ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ episode, Kim calls out Chyna for the way she was treating Rob – including the way she just packed up and left the house they share together with their newborn baby, Dream.

“I’ve always been super cool with her like I have a different relationship with her than like, you know, what you guys have and with Kylie and I always hear her out and stuff, but like just seeing the motives is like what’s hurtful,” Kim says of her brother’s relationship with Chyna and the way she treats him.

She later continues, saying that she always felt that Rob and Chyna are not good together.

“I’ve always felt like them as a couple just isn’t that healthy and I think they know that too. It’s not like some secret. Rob can be really irrational and he just has to learn to really take responsibility for himself and not blame Chyna. This just like all has to stop,” she says.

No one messes with Kimmie’s fam!