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Saraki, Dogara issue joint statement on why National Assembly cannot reconvene
The Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have given reasons the two chambers of the National Assembly will not reconvene in the immediate future.
They asked legislators to go about their affairs while on holiday.
Saraki and Dogara in a joint statement on Tuesday morning, admitted that there were proposals to reconvene, to deliberate on the reports of the Joint Committees on Electoral Matters arising from interactions with officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The presiding officers, however, said that the meetings have not taken place and that many legislators have also gone on Hajj, making the prospects for reconvening improbable.

The statement issued on their behalf by their respective spokespersons, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Senate and Turaki Hassan, House read thus: “The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, have directed that we inform all Senators, Honorable members and the public that a date has not been set for the reconvening of the Senate and the House of Representatives to consider the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) 2019 elections budget request forwarded by President Muhammadu Buhari on July 17, 2018.

“The leadership of the two chambers had met and agreed to reconvene to consider the proposal this week before which a meeting between the Joint Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Electoral Matters and officials of the INEC must have held on or before Monday August 13, 2018.
“The joint committees were also expected to meet with the joint Senate and House Committees on Appropriations, Loans and Debts on the Eurobond loan request after which two reports would have been ready for presentation in the two chambers.

“However, no such meeting had taken place yet as a result of which both Senate and House of Representatives cannot reconvene as there is no report to consider.

“Until the Committees have a ready report for the consideration of the two chambers, it will be most irresponsible to recall members from recess especially those that may have travelled to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj.”
Elon Musk Says Silver Lake, Goldman Advising on Taking Tesla Private

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk on Monday tweeted that he would work with buyout firm Silver Lake and investment bank Goldman Sachs as financial advisers on a proposal to take private the electric car maker.

But a source said Silver Lake was offering its assistance to Musk without compensation and had not been hired as a financial adviser in an official capacity. Moreover, Silver Lake is not currently discussing participating in the deal as an investor, the source said. Silver Lake declined to comment.

Musk, who is still looking for funding for the plan, also said law firms Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Munger, Tolles & Olson would be legal advisers on the plan.

Musk shocked markets last week with the tweeted announcement that he was considering taking Tesla private for $420 (roughly Rs. 29,300) a share, a price that valued Tesla at more than $70 billion (roughly Rs. 4.9 lakh crores), and that he had "funding secured."

What exactly Musk had intended by saying "secured" has emerged as a potential legal and regulatory minefield for the Silicon Valley billionaire after his unorthodox disclosure.

No investors have stepped forward publicly as being involved, and Musk now faces investor lawsuits claiming securities fraud and a reported SEC probe into the tweets.

Goldman and the two law firms were not immediately available for comment.

The chief executive of the electric car company said earlier on Monday that the manager of Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund had voiced support for the company going private several times, including as recently as two weeks ago, but also said that talks continue with the fund and other investors.

Musk said he is also working on figuring out what share of investors will likely roll their stake into a new private company, and by extension exactly how much capital he needs to buy remaining investors out.

Tesla shares rose 0.26 percent to $356.41. They had closed at $376.57 on Tuesday after jumping 11 percent on Musk's announcement.

"I left the July 31st meeting (with the Saudi fund) with no question that a deal with the Saudi sovereign fund could be closed, and that it was just a matter of getting the process moving," Musk said.
"This is why I referred to 'funding secured' in the August 7th announcement."

The Saudi fund over nearly two years had approached him repeatedly about taking the company private, Musk said, and the latest meeting came after it took a nearly 5 percent stake in Tesla.
Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) manages more than $230 billion in assets, but about 65 percent of that is stakes in large Saudi companies and most of the rest has been committed in overseas deals such as funding commitments to Blackstone Group LP's U.S. infrastructure fund or SoftBank Group Corp's Vision Fund.

The Saudi fund intends to sell its $70 billion stake in Saudi Basic Industries to oil giant Aramco, which could free up funds for new deals, but that sale may take months to conclude.
Yasir Othman al-Rumayyan, managing director of the PIF, referred Reuters to the corporate communications team, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Funding quandary
Musk said that since his Twitter post on the possibility of a deal the managing director of the Saudi fund had expressed support for proceeding subject to financial and other due diligence.
PIF officials have said in the past that decisions at the sovereign wealth fund are made with care, emphasizing corporate governance. The PIF board is headed by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Musk on Monday said he was talking to other potential investors but did not provide any details on the exact source of funding.
Meanwhile, Musk faces scrutiny of his tweet on secured funding.
Securities lawyers said US law requires executives and companies to have a "reasonable basis" on which to make statements, meaning the fact Musk said he believed he had secured a verbal agreement for the funding after the July 31 meeting could put him on a firmer footing with the SEC.

It remains unclear if his definition of "secured" matches those of a reasonable shareholder, who may believe the statement indicated Musk had a written agreement, they said.

"This supports the idea that there was reasonable basis on which to believe that funding could be secured but it doesn't eliminate the concern with respect to whether 'secured' was an overstatement and only underscores how inappropriate Twitter was for such a disclosure," said Zachary Fallon, a former SEC attorney and principal at law firm Blakemore Fallon.

Wall Street had voiced doubts about Musk's ability to pull off what could be the largest-ever go-private transaction, valued at as much as $72 billion.

Musk on Monday estimated two-thirds of existing Tesla shareholders would roll over their holdings into a private company, but said that he was still talking with major shareholders and advisers before settling on a structure for the deal.

Musk added that most capital for the deal would come from equity and it would not be "wise" to burden the company with added debt. Discussing full details on the plan, including the source and nature of the funding, would be "premature" now, he said.

A major investment from Saudi Arabia would likely trigger a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which scrutinises deals for potential national security concerns.

Jeremy Zucker, co-head of Dechert's International Trade practice, said two key determinations would be made if a deal moved forward: whether Tesla contained critical technologies and whether the involvement of Saudi financing was a national security issue.
The multi-agency oversight operation could also determine whether the investment gave the Saudi's access to critical technology.
Petr Cech fires back at Bayer Leverkusen for mocking him

Legendary goalkeeper, Petr Cech has hit back at German Bundesliga side, Bayer Leverkusen after he was mocked by the club for his mistake in Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.
Cech was tasked with playing the ball out from the back by new Gunners boss Unai Emery, but the tactic nearly backfired in the first half against Manchester City.
After receiving a back-pass from midfielder, Matteo Guendouzi, the former Chelsea goalkeeper came close to passing the ball into his own net.
Emery started Cech ahead of his £22 million summer signing, Bernd Leno, who was brought in from Bayer Leverkusen.
The Leno’s former club, Bayer Leverkusen took the opportunity to mock Cech on Twitter for his error against City.
Cech, however, fired back at the Bundesliga side on Monday by suggesting that they have not shown “professionalism and sportsmanship.”
“At Arsenal, we share important values which make us a big club not only on the football side,” Cech posted on Twitter.
“Fair competition, professionalism and sportsmanship are the biggest ones you teach young footballers and it’s sad to see when other clubs don’t share the same values @bayer04_en.”
10 things you need to know this Tuesday morning
1. The Abuja division of the Court of Appeal has called off the arrest warrant issued against Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, by Justice Stephen Pam of the Federal High Court.

Justice Abdul Aboki, who led a three-man panel, suspended the enforcement of the arrest warrant in a ruling it delivered on Monday, in an appeal filed by the INEC chairman challenging the order made by Justice Pam for his arrest.
2. Former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, has mocked the anti-corruption campaign of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Lamido, who was a guest on Channels Television’s political programme, Roadmap 2019, also accused the government of failing to keep its promises to Nigerians in the areas of security and the economy.
3. Senate President, Bukola Saraki has disclosed why he met with former President Olusegun Obasanjo behind closed doors.
Saraki, speaking to newsmen after the meeting on Monday evening, said he was with Obasanjo to make up for his absence during the formal inauguration of the Presidential library held last year.

4. Some members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) who left the orientation camp in Ogun State on Monday, were involved in an accident along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The accident, which occurred around 3:16pm, involved a white Coaster bus, left 19 corps members seriously injured.
5. Former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, on Monday stated that he is not perturbed over an alleged plot to declare his seat vacant.

The former Akwa Ibom Governor insisted that if the Senate President, Bukola Saraki declares his seat vacant, Saraki’s seat should also be declared vacant, especially when there is no division in the All Progressives Congress (APC).

6. The Oyo State police command on Monday said that they have arrested a man for allegedly being in possession of three human skulls in Ibadan, the state capital.

The 27-year old Sodiq Rasheed, according to the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abiodun Odude, was arrested around Omi Adio with the items.

7. President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of behaving like a militant group.

Shehu said instead of following the democratic tenets in its activities on national issues, the opposition party was behaving like a militant group.

8. Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, has increased the allowance of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in the state from N3, 100 to N5, 000.

Ayade, who stated this on Monday during the closing ceremony for the 2018 `Batch B’ Orientation at the NYSC Orientation Camp in Obubra Local Government Area of the state, explained that the increase was necessitated by the high cost of goods and services in the country.

9. Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Senator Isa Hamma Misau, has stated that the Presidency should be ashamed that it is pushing the conspiracy script that top officials of the nation’s security apparatus are working for the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

Misau said that both the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and Ojudu, were spinning the same conspiracy theory to hide the lack of coordination and discipline amongst the security agencies.

10. Nigeria is through to the quarter-finals of the U-20 Women’s World Cup in France, following a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser in a 1-1 draw with China.

Jiaxing Dou, challenged by Rasheedat Ajibade, struck into her own net in the last minute of the Group D game, to give the Super Falconets the point they needed to qualify.
What Oyedepo, PDP Chairmen told me about Saraki – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has revealed the outcome of his meeting with the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Kwara State.
The Minister said that all the three senatorial district chairmen of the PDP in the state gave him confidence that Saraki’s days in dominating Kwara politics are limited.

Mohammed said that he has received support from the State Chairman of the PDP and party leaders in the three senatorial districts in the state.
The Minister said this while fielding questions from reporters in Lagos on the future of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state following the decamping of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and others to the PDP.

Kwara PDP Chairman, Iyiola Oyedepo and members of the party dumped the party for the APC immediately Saraki and others decamped.

Mohammed said, “To answer your question, I think APC can only go stronger in Kwara State because what we are witnessing today is like a liberation, and from the support I have received so far, including the entire leadership of the party, led by the Chairman, Akogun Oyedepo Iyiola, who met with me and the National Chairman with 17 other leaders, including Prof. Oba Abdulraheem, Sen. S.S. Ajibola, all the three senatorial district chairmen of the PDP in the state, gives me confidence that Saraki’s days in dominating Kwara politics are limited.
“What we have today is some members of the APC decamping to the PDP.

“I say some members because many members have refused to go. But we have gained more from those who say rather than stay in the same party with Saraki, they would rather come to the APC.
“As far as the people of Kwara State are concerned, it was as if finally, the state was being liberated.

“The excitement today in Kwara State is akin to how Nigeria felt on the eve of independence.

“I have received and consulted with delegations. As a matter of fact, I am meeting on the 19th of this month if it is convenient for me with about 200 leaders of Kwara PDP, ranging from a former speaker in the Second Republic to community leaders across the state.”
300 injured as wooden pier collapses at O Marisquino music festival in Spain

Five people were left seriously hurt after the 30 metre-high (98ft) platform gave way at the O Marisquino festival in the northwestern city of Vigo.

Many of those caught up in the collapse fell into the sea below.
Two of those seriously injured were children, news service Faro de Vigo reported.

It added that some affected suffered traumatic brain injuries, but did not specify their age or genders.
Authorities have confirmed that 313 people were injured in the collapse.

The festivalgoers were watching Mallorcan rap artist Rels B when the structure gave way just before midnight local time (11pm BST) on Sunday, Vigo mayor Abel Caballero told reporters at the scene.
He added: "The causes have yet to be determined. Everything indicates that no one is trapped underneath."
Dozens of people have been injured after a jetty collapsed at a festival in Spain.
Image: The crowd were watching Mallorcan rap artist Rels B when the pier collapsed
Wooden boards cracked along a central section of the walkway before people tumbled into the water, emergency services have said.

Professional divers have reportedly searched the waters to make sure nobody is still trapped.

Footage emerged showing Rels B on stage before people can be heard screaming as the platform collapses.

Witnesses told Spanish media that people struggled to scramble to safety from the under the debris of the failed structure.

A unnamed 16-year-old boy, who was on the promenade at the time of the collapse, told Faro de Vigo: "We were all on the catwalk and suddenly everything opened, I fell on top of people and people fell on top of me."

He added: "They hit me in the head, then a container fell, I tried to get out, someone helped me, I think.

"Two people, one of them was a friend of mine who was not able to get out, the container was falling on us and we were trying to hold it in."
Ben Stokes played 'greater role' in nightclub fight
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Brabus Enhances The Mercedes G-Class With New Performance Kit

For all the G-Class fans out there, Brabus brings in the enhanced version of the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class with a tuned up performance of 500 bhp of max power and 710 Nm of torque. The Brabus enhanced new G-Class also gets exclusive Brabus design for the body and 23-inch hi-tech forged wheels. With the Brabus B40 - 500 PowerXtra performance kit, the new G-Class can do 0-100kmph in just 5.7 seconds. The standard G-Class on the other hand, gets max power of 415 bhp and peak torque 610 Nm, however, the AMG specced G 63 has max power of 577 bhp and a massive peak torque of 850NM. The AMG tuned G 63 is hands down the meanest and the mightiest as it does the same 0-100kmph in just 4.5 seconds.
Trump Endorses Call For Harley-Davidson Boycott
US President Donald Trump has once again slammed Harley-Davidson endorsing calls for a boycott of the American motorcycle manufacturer over the brand's plans to move production of its motorcycles out of the country. Harley-Davidson has said that the company would shift some production out of the US in order to mitigate the impact of European Union tariffs targeting the company's motorcycles. The tit-for-tat tariffs announced by the EU were in response to US duties on steel and aluminium imported from the EU. In a latest tweet, President Trump has once again endorsed a boycott call for Harley-Davidson.

"Many Harley-Davidson owners plan to boycott the company if manufacturing moves overseas. Great! Most other companies are coming in our direction, including Harley competitors. A really bad move! US will soon have a level playing field, or better," Trumph said in a Twitter post.

Harley-Davidson has not commented on Trump's remarks over the past few months over the dispute. Harley-Davidson has forecast that the EU tariffs will cost the company between $30 million to $45 million (between 2-3.15 crore) for the remainder of 2018 and $90 million and $100 million (nearly 7 crore) for the full year. Harley-Davidson has maintained that no production will actually be moved to Europe, but the company is considering increasing overseas production in the existing plants in Brazil, India and Australia. Last year, Harley-Davidson has announced that it will build a plant in Thailand as well, to meet demands of foreign markets, even as sales are slowing down in the US.

Harley-Davidson has announced three new motorcycle models which will be launched by 2020, including an adventure touring model, which is a complete breakaway from the traditional heritage cruisers the brand is known for. Also in the pipeline is a new, small displacement model, which will be built in collaboration with an Asian partner, and targeted primarily at emerging markets and specifically, India. The small displacement model will be a 250-500 cc model and is expected to be introduced by 2022.
Buhari Treats Soldiers Like Animals –Fani-Kayode
Local News Buhari Treats Soldiers Like Animals –Fani-Kayode  By  Blessing Durowaiye Published August 13, 2018 Share     Tweet     Comment  Reacting to the protest staged by Soldiers of the Operation lafiya Dole special force yesterday, Femi Fani Kayode has warned Buhari to stop treating Soldiers like animals.
According to Fani Kayode, “Buhari had no respect for the Nigerian troops and had a refusal to pay the troops who had been fighting in the volatile north region their benefits.”

In his words, “Yesterday soldiers threatened to shoot their superior officers in Maiduguri. This was because they were being sent to certain death at the frontline after being posted to Maiduguri for four years without seeing their families or getting all their benefits. This is sad and unfair.”

“Our soldiers deserve better. They must be treated with fairness, compassion, decency and respect front line must be paid their salaries and allowances when due and they must be honored for the sacrifices that they are making.”

“They must not be treated like animals or, when killed, they must not be buried in secret mass graves like dogs.”

“Nations and leaders are meant to honor their soldiers but here we humiliate, shame and disgrace them. This is unacceptable. Buhari has no respect for the military. He only uses them to intimidate innocent Nigerians and crush his enemies.”



Apex Court Rendered Zuma’s Chief Prosecutor Appointment ‘invalid’

South Africa’s Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the appointment of chief prosecutor Shaun Abrahams was “constitutionally
invalid”.

South Africa’s Supreme Court on
Monday ruled that the appointment of chief prosecutor Shaun Abrahams was “constitutionally
invalid”.
The court’s ruling upheld a decision by a lower court that found Abrahams was improperly appointed by former president Jacob Zuma.

Abrahams had appealed the earlier High Court judgment that ruled that the removal of his predecessor, Mxolisi Nxasana was unlawful and that his own appointment is revoked.

Judge Mbuyiseli Madlanga found that the manner in which former prosecutions boss Nxasana vacated office was invalid and therefore it had a knock-on effect on Abrahams’ appointment.

Madlanga found that former President Jacob Zuma was bent on removing Nxasana at all costs and effectively bought him out with an R17 million settlement.

The judge found that this compromised the independence of the office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions, which rendered his vacation of office invalid.

OBJ Exchanged Oil Blocks For Sex – Soyinka

The former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been accused by Professor Wole Soyinka to have awarded oil blocks for sexual satisfaction in the past.

The Nobel Laureate who claimed he was sure of the accusation challenged Obasanjo to swear in that effect and prove his innocence.

NEWS has it, the accusation was  made by Soyinka when speaking during his Interventions VIII series, titled: ‘Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?’ also sub-titled ‘Gani’s Unfinished Business.”

Speaking during the event which was launched not long ago in Lagos State, Soyinka said:“I now challenge you (Obasanjo) to search your soul, very deeply, and swear to this nation that you never awarded oil blocks in return for sexual gratification.”

“I do not make accusations lightly and I despise snide insinuations. I believe you know me well enough. And I am no prude, I am not a hypocrite of sexual desire, nor am I interested in the seamy side of Power.”

“Take your time, think deeply and remember that each day brings you closer and closer to your Maker and the Day of Judgment-going by your own professions.”

He further added, “If I denounce you (Obasanjo) as a degenerate in need of help, remember that I do not require fiction. Verifiable truth is solemnly at my disposal.”

“I do not concoct a thousand snipers for a thousand listed enemies of governance-one of the most impudent egregious fantasies ever manufactured by a former ruler, simply to destroy a successor and persuade oneself that one is a maker and breaker of governments.”
Soyinka also spoke on the allegation laid against him by Obasanjo in an occasion meant to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the former president’s library.
According to Soyinka, Obasanjo accused him of working against his ambitions to become the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Denying the allegation, however, Soyinka said: “could someone please stop crediting me with that level of international clout? Of course, I feel totally content and fulfilled with my contribution to that operation to ‘save our world’ from the clutches of a predator, sadist and liar-convincing evidence of which we provided in our successful diplomatic offensive-but the umbrage should also go to that very Femi Falana and the late Beko Ransome-Kuti, with whom I worked in close collaboration.”

Soyinka stressed that Obasanjo was one of those who got this country to the unpalatable stage it is.




The Nigerian Army said calm has been restored at Maiduguri Airport seized for two hours on Sunday by riotous troops, that it described as ‘unscrupulous”.

In a statement on Monday, Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command, said the protest by the soldiers happened while the command was conducting a redeployment of soldiers at the Maiduguri Airport, following a directive to review troops’ deployment in Maiduguri metropolis, to reinvigorate the security architecture of the city.

Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram protest, seize airport; army reacts
“The redeployment became expedient after a recent assessment of the security situation by the Theatre Command. Regrettably however, a few of the troops who had misunderstood the development and erroneously assumed it was going to negatively affect their rotation from the theatre of operation became agitated and reacted by firing into the air.

“Calm has however been restored, as the Theatre Commander, Major General Abba Dikko has promptly taken charge of the situation after addressing and admonishing the troops,” Mr Nwachukwu, a colonel said.“The Theatre Command undoubtedly considers this ugly incident quite regrettable and appropriate measures are being taken to forestall a recurrence”, he added.

NAN reports that the aggrieved soldiers claimed they had overstayed and were resisting redeployment to Marte, one of the towns liberated by the military several years ago from the control of Boko Haram terrorists.
 
The protesters are part of the special force deployed to provide air defence and enhance security at the airport.The troops barricaded some section of the airport and fired shots in the air, causing pandemonium, as hundreds of pilgrims waiting to be airlifted to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj, scampered for safety..

One of the protesting soldiers who spoke under condition of anonymity, said the planned deployment was against the directives by the Army Headquarters.


“The army special forces deployed to the airport were not trained to engage in ground battle rather trained to provide air defence.
Another soldier lamented that the troops have overstayed in the Northeast fighting Boko Haram, despite the rotation order by the military authorities.
He said many of them have spent over three years in the battle field.

“Some troops of Operation Lafiya Dole were deployed and worked for over three years in the theatre and not rotated as against the directives by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.

“The command is directed to redeploy soldiers back to their bases after spending stipulated time in the theatre of operation.
“We have spent over three years in the northeast and we should be transferred out of the northeast and not within.”
How Mysterious Package With Message For Trump Falls From Sky "Not A Bomb"

A mysterious package with a message for President Donald Trump set off alarm this week after falling from the sky into a field of solar panels south of Bedminster, New Jersey, where the president is vacationing.

The package, a square white box attached to a red parachute, landed in the field in Kendall Park on Tuesday just before noon - about 20 miles as the crow flies away from the president's golf course. If that weren't strange enough, the package had a handwritten message scrawled on the side: "NASA Atmospheric Research Instrument NOT A BOMB! If this lands near the President, we at NASA wish him a great round of golf."

And it was making a hissing sound, police said. Employees at the solar panel field told officers that they were concerned.

"We just had a package - I'm not making this up - parachute onto my site," one of the callers said in a recording published by NBC 4. "There's a note on the side that I find disturbing. It references something about the president."

The site was quickly evacuated as a bomb squad was sent to the area, according to NBC. The Secret Service also investigated. But the inquiry revealed a curious fact: The box had been sent into the sky by NASA. It was a weather-monitoring device, police said, one of six that scientists released in the area on Sunday. Photographs show that it had red and black wires inside.

"The weather researchers were apologetic for any concerns they had raised by the hand written note on the device," the South Brunswick Police Department said in a statement.

In a statement, NASA spokeswoman J.D. Harrington explained the mishap. The box contained a weather balloon instrument for measuring ozone, and had been launched as part of an air-quality study from a site owned by Rutgers University, which was not involved with the research.

"Because the instruments are often found after they float back to Earth, they include notes informing the public of their research purpose," Harrington said. "In this instance, a summer student employee, not affiliated with Rutgers, added extra text, in a misguided attempt to be lighthearted."

Only one of the six other weather instruments has been recovered, NBC reported.

The student was removed from the project, Harrington said, as the agency worked to standardize the labeling process for such instruments.