Drug kingpin Guzman U.S. extradition set for early 2017: senior official

Mexico expects to extradite captured drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the United States at the outset of 2017, a top government official said on Friday, despite ongoing appeals by lawyers to block his departure.Guzman, boss of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, was arrested by Mexican police in the northern city of Los Mochis in January after breaking out of a maximum security prison through a tunnel dug right into his cell six months earlier.It was Guzman’s second jailbreak in less than 15 years, and President Enrique Pena Nieto swiftly pledged to extradite him. However, the process has proven more laborious than some senior officials had suggested as the kingpin’s lawyers seek to prevent his removal to the United States through appeals. National Security Commissioner Renato Sales…

Legendary poet, songwriter and artist Leonard Cohen dies at 82 Los Angeles: Leonard Cohen, rock music's man of letters has died at age 82, a statement on his Facebook page said."It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away," a statement on the Facebook page said. "We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries."The statement did not provide further details on Cohen's death. It said a memorial was planned in Los Angeles, where Cohen had lived for many years."R.I.P. Leonard Cohen," singer-songwriter Carole King said on Twitter.Singer Roseanne Cash echoed the lyrics from Cohen's song "Anthem" when she said in a tweet: "Leonard Cohen is dead. There's a crack in everything. No light yet."Cohen, a native...

BNZ says if staff had followed quake procedure 'they should have been okay' BNZ is committed to moving back into its Harbour Quays building, despite pushing back the timetable for re-entry from days to months. The building on CentrePort-owned land was one of the worst affected in the 2013 earthquake, and was immediately closed following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on November 14. Initially the bank said it was working on a timetable to re-enter the building, which typically has 1100 staff working in it, suggesting a reopening was imminent. But late last week BNZ announced it would be out of the building for months. READ MORE: * CentrePort-owned BNZ building, damaged in 2013 quake, appears extensively damaged Richard Griffiths, BNZ's director of strategy and business performance, said the information about the quake changed throughout the week. "The damage that occurred in...

Study finds most popular hangover cures and shockingly Irn-Bru isn’t number one Brits will spend two years of their lives feeling hungover - and rely on a fry-up, a lie-in and a hair of the dog to get them through it, a study has found. The poll of 2,000 Brits found the average adult suffers one hangover a month – 12 a year. That means the equivalent of two years – or 724 days – will be spent recovering from the night before over the average adult lifetime. The study, commissioned for the launch of new product Healthspan Ruby Effervescent Vitamin C, also found water is the most popular hangover cure, followed by a lie-in, a shower, fresh air and painkillers. Shockingly, Irn-Bru wasn’t rated as the top hangover cure and is simply lumped in with Fizzy, sugary drinks...

Touchdown, and math, back up Ben McAdoo's fourth-down call Ben McAdoo may think stats are for losers, but in this case, the numbers are on his side anyway.Plenty of statistical analysis on fourth down decisions shows that coaches ought to be more aggressive in their choices, so it's no surprise that the analytics suggest McAdoo was correct in his decision to go for it on 4th-and-goal early in the fourth quarter of Monday's 21-20 win over the Bengals. And it has nothing to do with the fact that the Giants converted on the play. WARNING: Math ahead. To do this analysis we're going to use AdvancedFootballAnalytics.com's expected points information. The website no longer boasts a fourth-down calculator, but graphs still available give a pretty good sense of the data around the situation ...

Reprieve for expectant mothers as Wajir’s Eldas Hospital gets theatre equipment The Wajir County government has completed equipping a theatre at Eldas Hospital. Other operational theatres are in Habaswein and Bute hospitals. Speaking to the Nation, Governor Ahmed Abdullahi said the hospital will now play a major role in improving healthcare services in the county. “In the past, we only had one facility that could carry out operations but now we have improved the number of operational health facilities thanks to devolution,” said Mr Abdullahi. County Public Health Chief Officer Abdullahi Maalim said that the main aim of the theatre is to carry out caesarean section operations. He added that the theatre will be highly focused on women since some of them end up experiencing complications during birth. Wajir County had been rated among the counties with...

Trump picks wrestling magnate Linda McMahon to head Small Business Administration The 68-year-old co-founder and former CEO of WWE ran failed bids in Connecticut for a US Senate seat in 2010 and 2012. McMahon made the announcement over Twitter after a day of speculation that she would be appointed. Trump applauded McMahon in his announcement of her appointment, noting her contributions to developing the WWE business structure. "Linda has a tremendous background and is widely recognized as one of the country’s top female executives advising businesses around the globe,” Trump said Wednesday. McMahon is also a co-founder of Women’s Leadership LIVE, an organization for women professionals and entrepreneurs. McMahon reportedly donated $6 million to Rebuilding America Now, a pro-Trump super PAC during the 2016 campaign. Trump has long-supported the WWE, and he was inducted into...

Obama confident Trump will only change some of his policies A surprisingly optimistic President Obama predicted that Republicans will undo just 15 to 20 percent of his policies when Donald Trump takes office in January — despite the president-elect’s vow to overturn all of his executive orders. “Maybe 15 percent of that gets rolled back, 20 percent, but there’s still a lot of stuff that sticks,” Obama told the New Yorker. He conceded that Obamacare could take a hit. “That has been a unifying bogeyman for Republicans over the course of the last six years,” the president said. “In the minds of a lot of the Republican base, it is an example of a big government program designed to take something from them and give it to someone else who is unworthy.” But, he added, if Trump ...