Monday, June 26, 2017

Supreme Court to Review Travel Ban, Allows Partial Implementation

 
People protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban outside the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Washington on March 7. File Photo by Erin Schaff/UPI
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June 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it will review the case involving the Trump administration's temporary travel ban on people coming from six predominantly Muslim countries.
The announcement came on the final day of the court's term before the summer break. Oral arguments in the case will be heard in October.
The court allowed the administration to implement part of the ban and said it would review the lower court rulings.
In a 13-page opinion, the court narrowed the scope of the ban, saying it was not enforceable against those with a legitimate relationship with someone of some organization in the United States. Travelers could see the allowed restrictions within three days. President Donald Trump directed administration officials to implement his executive order within 72 hours after the court gives its approval.
Trump issued a statement saying he viewed the Supreme Court decision as a victory.
"My number one responsibility as commander in chief is to keep the American people safe," he said. "Today's ruling allows me to use an important tool for protecting our Nation's homeland. I am also particularly gratified that the Supreme Court's decision was 9-0."
A revised executive order issued in March by Trump limited travel from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days. It also suspended U.S. refugee programs for 120 days. Two federal appeals courts have since rejected portions of the order.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., ruled in May that the travel ban violated the First Amendment's ban on government establishment of religion. It relied on Trump's campaign statements calling for a "Muslim ban."
On June 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco blocked, for the second time in four months, portions of the order pertaining to the limits on travel and the suspension of the refugee program. It ruled that Trump exceeded authority granted him by the U.S. Congress and said, "The order does not offer a sufficient justification to suspend the entry of more than 180 million people on the basis of nationality."



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Families in Low-income countries Lack Soap at Home- Research Reprot

"Hand washing prevents leading causes of the 6 million deaths that occur annually in young children around the world... These data are useful to public health programs and policy makers because they underscore the deep inequities that persist globally," said Dr. Pavani Ram, a researcher at the University at Buffalo.

A new study by the University at Buffalo shows access to soap and water for hand washing in homes varies greatly based on income levels. Researchers say improved hand washing habits could prevent millions of children from contracting disease. Photo by Wollertz/Shutterstock
 
June 26 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University at Buffalo report that hand washing behavior, and access to soap and water in the home, is lacking in low-income countries.
The study, published in the June edition of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, was conducted by researchers at the University at Buffalo, USAID, UNICEF and other organizations, analyzed data from 51 surveys, revealing the percentage of households around the world where soap and water for hand washing was present varied greatly depending on income level.
"Hand washing prevents leading causes of the 6 million deaths that occur annually in young children around the world. Never before has handwashing been systematically measured in so many countries," Dr. Pavani Ram, an associate professor of epidemiology and environmental health and director of the Community for Global Health Equity at UB, said in a press release. "These data are useful to public health programs and policy makers because they underscore the deep inequities that persist globally and within countries, contributing to these preventable child deaths among people living in poverty and in rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia."
Researchers found the likelihood of having access to soap and water in a dwelling ranged from 21 percent in Senegal to 99.1 percent in Iraq and Serbia. Ethiopia had the lowest availability of soap in dwellings at just 0.1 percent. Swaziland had the highest rate in Africa at 34.7 percent.
The availability of soap and water was less in poorer households than in middle to higher-income households in all areas.
Soap and water availability was higher in the Eastern Mediterranean region compared to Africa with 42.6 percent in Afghanistan to 91.5 percent in Iraq.
Nearly 79 percent of households in Bhutan had access to soap and water for handwashing compared to 21.4 percent in Bangladesh.
"This analysis demonstrates the need to promote access to handwashing materials and placement at handwashing locations in the dwelling, particularly in poorer, rural areas where children are more vulnerable to hand washing-preventable syndromes such as pneumonia and diarrhea," the researchers stated

***Amy Wallace 

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FIFA Mafia, Video Referee and the Lions Vs Die Mannschaft Red Cards Saga


Those who took the pains to watch the last group match between Germany and Cameroon ended more confused over the role of the video referee in a football encounter. Expressionists say the video referee stepped out of bound because his rule is to validate goals, offside and not fault plays in the field. Though Germany won their Confederations Cup group and has booked a date with Mexico in the semifinals, they didn’t do so with the complicity of the video referee. Cameroon was still very much in contention to play spoiler in Sunday’s match until a Video Assistant Referee review saw Ernest Mabouka sent off. Mabouka’s red card came as a result of a challenge where both him and Emre were fighting for an air ball, with all their boots up high in an attempt to control the ball. Since Can was more faster, Ernest's stud caught him on the knee but it was not so serious. It was clearly an accident and not a particularly dangerous play, but the video referee stepped in with their mafia. This incident resulted to the referee dishing out two red cards. After viewing the video of what happened, the referee hurriedly showed the red card to a wrong player. He later nullified it. Though the Die Mannschaft won 3-1, it was not by merit.
The first half was mostly uneventful, with Germany controlling possession and creating very little with it. Joshua Kimmich had the best chance of the half, missing a point-blank header in the 24th minute. Marc-Andre ter Stegen had to make a big save in the 45th minute to keep the score level, tipping a shot by Andre Zambo Anguissa over the bar.
But Germany started quickly in the second half, and had the lead by the 48th minute. Kerem Demirbay was the scorer, tallying his first career goal for his country. He both started the move and finished it, surging forward from midfield and playing a one-two with Julian Draxler. Demirbay collected Draxler’s backheel pass 30 yards from goal, took a long stride forward, then smashed the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the box.


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Study: Smartphone Use May Bring on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

A small study suggests the constant tapping and typing people do on their smartphones may increase risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Photo by Skylines/Shutterstock 
 
FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 -- People who spend lots of time on their smartphones may be scrolling, tapping and swiping their way to carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful wrist and hand disorder.
A small study found a link between extended use of smartphones and other hand-held electronic devices and a greater likelihood for experiencing the telltale wrist and hand pain of the syndrome.
But the researchers did not prove that heavy smartphone use caused carpal tunnel syndrome, and one hand surgeon said very few people in the real world use their smartphones as much as the heavy users in the study did.
Study author Peter White said the findings suggest "caution may be warranted when using hand-held electronic devices, in order to minimize the chance of developing carpal tunnel syndrome."
White is an assistant professor in the department of health technology and informatics at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
The carpal tunnel is a narrow and hard pathway of bone and ligament found at the base of the hand, according to the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. It contains tendons, which enable finger-bending, as well as the so-called "median nerve," which runs from the forearm to the palm and provides feeling to some fingers.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can gradually develop following repeated pressure to the point where the median nerve passes into the hand and meets the wrist.
A common cause, said White, are work conditions that call for "repetitive, forceful or awkward hand movements, for example, when typing." And the result is often pain, which sometimes extends up the arm, as well as numbness, finger tingling and weakened grip strength.
To explore whether smartphone use might up the carpal tunnel syndrome risk, White and his associates followed up on their prior investigation involving 500 Hong Kong University students.
Those students fell into two camps: intensive users of hand-held electronic devices, meaning five or more hours of use per day, and non-intensive users, or less than five hours per day. Hand-held devices included mobile phones, tablet computers and game consoles.
More than half, 54 percent, of the intensive group reported musculoskeletal pain and/or discomfort, compared with 12 percent among the less intensive group.
The new study looked at 48 students from the first study. Half were intensive users who spent on average more than nine hours a day using their devices. Those in the other group spent just under three hours a day on their devices.
The participants answered questionnaires on electronic device habits and any pain or discomfort in their neck, shoulder, back, elbow or wrist/hand region.
Ultrasounds and physical exams on the wrist region were also done.
Muscle pain was found to be more common among intensive users.
The researchers also found that intensive electronics users had "significantly" more discomfort, and more severe discomfort, in their wrist and hand.
The more time a person spent using a hand-held electronic device, the more intense and long-lasting their wrist and hand pain was.
To explain why, the researchers pointed to device design, which requires the repeated use of fingers to click, swipe, scroll, tap and press. The result is an enlargement and flattening of the median nerve, alongside bulging of a key ligament.
To minimize risk, White advises keeping the wrist as straight as possible when using devices.
He added, "One should try to minimize repetitive movements of one's fingers and thumb when using hand-held electronic devices, especially for single-hand use. It is also important to take regular rest periods, so as to avoid continuous intensive use, so as to allow recovery time and to prevent prolonged stress."
But hand surgeon Dr. Dori Cage questioned how much of a risk smartphone use really poses.
"The strong correlation of carpal tunnel syndrome with smartphone use is surprising, as I have not seen that in my practice," said Cage, an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons spokesperson.
Cage, who's with San Diego Hand Specialists, also suggested that "it is unlikely that the general population would have [the] degree of phone use" seen among the intensive users in the study.
"This is likely an issue affecting only a small percentage of cellphone users," she said.

*The study was published June 21 in the journal Muscle and Nerve.




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Breastmilk is the Gold Standard: It Does What Vaccine will Never Do


To claim that breastmilk is the gold standard in infant nutrition is an understatement. For a newborn, nothing comes close in nutrient density which is so perfectly customized for an infant as it grows. Breast-fed infants gain incredible protection from antibodies, proteins and immune cells in breastmilk. It defends against a myriad of pathogens in ways that are impossible through vaccination and other pharmaceuticals.
The molecules in breastmilk cells help to prevent microorganisms from penetrating the body’s tissues. Some of the molecules bind to microbes in the hollow space (lumen) of the gastrointestinal tract. In this way, they block microbes from attaching to and crossing through the mucosa-the layer of cells, also known as the epithelium, that lines the digestive tract and other body cavities. Other molecules lessen the supply of particular minerals and vitamins that harmful bacteria need to survive in the digestive tract. Certain immune cells in human milk are phagocytes that attack microbes directly. Another set produces chemicals that invigorate the infant’s own immune response.
Breastmilk Antibodies
Naturally-occurring sugars found in breastmilk provide protection against life threatening bacterium by acting as a food source for ‘friendly bacteria’ in a baby’s intestine.
Researchers have identified a specific sugar — lacto-n-difucohexaose I — in breastmilk that proved better at killing the bacterium Streptococcus agalacticae than breastmilk without this sugar.
Antibodies, which are also called immunoglobulins, take five basic forms, denoted as IgG, IgA, IgM, IgD and IgE. All have been found in human milk, but by far the most abundant type is IgA, specifically the form known as secretory IgA, which is found in great amounts throughout the gut and respiratory system of adults. These antibodies consist of two joined IgA molecules and a so-called secretory component that seems to shield the antibody molecules from being degraded by the gastric acid and digestive enzymes in the stomach and intestines. Infants who are bottle-fed have few means for battling ingested pathogens until they begin making secretory IgA on their own, often several weeks or even months after birth.
The secretory IgA molecules passed to the suckling child are helpful in ways that go beyond their ability to bind to microorganisms and keep them away from the body’s tissues. First, the collection of antibodies transmitted to an infant is highly targeted against pathogens in that child’s immediate surroundings. The mother synthesizes antibodies when she ingests, inhales or otherwise comes in contact with a disease-causing agent. Each antibody she makes is specific to that agent; that is, it binds to a single protein, or antigen, on the agent and will not waste time attacking irrelevant substances. Because the mother makes antibodies only to pathogens in her environment, the baby receives the protection it most needs-against the infectious agents it is most likely to encounter in the first weeks of life.
Second, the antibodies delivered to the infant ignore useful bacteria normally found in the gut. This flora serves to crowd out the growth of harmful organisms, thus providing another measure of resistance. Researchers do not yet know how the mother’s immune system knows to make antibodies against only pathogenic and not normal bacteria, but whatever the process may be, it favors the establishment of “good bacteria” in a baby’s gut.
Secretory IgA molecules further keep an infant from harm in that, unlike most other antibodies, they ward off disease without causing inflammation-a process in which various chemicals destroy microbes but potentially hurt healthy tissue. In an infant’s developing gut, the mucosal membrane is extremely delicate, and an excess of these chemicals can do considerable damage. Interestingly, secretory IgA can probably protect mucosal surfaces other than those in the gut. In many countries, particularly in the Middle East, western South America and northern Africa, women put milk in their infants’ eyes to treat infections there. I do not know if this remedy has ever been tested scientifically, but there are theoretical reasons to believe it would work. It probably does work at least some of the time, or the practice would have died out.
The findings on breastmilk antibodies serve to reinforce the superior nutritional value of breastmilk for newborns, which offers the baby long-term benefits that infant formula has been unable to match.
“Furthermore, the quantity of sugars produced by the mother changes as the baby ages so that a newborn baby will receive a higher amount of sugars in the breastmilk compared to a six-month-old.”
The presence of these sugars allows ‘friendly’ bacteria to flourish and out-compete any harmful bacteria that may be in the baby’s gut, such as Group B streptococcus.
Since protection by breastmilk occurs primarily at the mucosal surface from factors including secretory IgA (sigA) and human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) such as lacto-N-difucohexaose I, it becomes more more resilient to protein breakdown and so is able to exert its function in the gastrointestinal tract.
The pathogens attach onto the sugar, which is subsequently excreted by the body’s immune system.
Research from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine explored this paradox demonstrating that breast milk has a strong virus killing effect and protects against oral transmission of HIV.
Vaccines vs. Breastmilk
Vaccines inhibit the growth of essential immune cells early in life, and avoiding vaccines could actually improve an infant’s response to infection. More specifically, vaccines suppress very specific types of proteins found in breastmilk which inhibits the growth of specific cancers.
“What happens at an early age is that natural killer cells, like many other immune cells, do not complete their functional maturation until adulthood,” says study senior author Yasmina Laouar, Ph.D., assistant professor in the U-M Department of Microbiology and Immunology.
“During this time we are left with an immature immune system that cannot protect us against infections, the reason why newborns and infants are more prone to infection,” she says.
Vaccines promote and extend the immature immune system of infants preventing the natural formation of immune cells. This is not only accomplished by interfering with DNA but introducing heavy metals such as aluminum, mercury and other toxic preservatives found in vaccines.
There is a large gap in understanding infant immunity, specifically why the natural killer cell responses are deficient. The study by immunologists at the U-M demonstrates the role of a cell called transforming growth factor beta that can explain why most vaccine scientists mistakenly believe that suppression of the body’s natural signaling mechanisms benefits immunity when it actively suppresses it.
As is true of defensive molecules, immune cells are abundant in human milk. They consist of white blood cells, or leukocytes, that fight infection themselves and activate other defense mechanisms. The most impressive amount is found in colostrum. Most of the cells are neutrophils, a type of phagocyte that normally circulates in the bloodstream. Some evidence suggests that neutrophils continue to act as phagocytes in the infant’s gut. Yet they are less aggressive than blood neutrophils and virtually disappear from breast milk six weeks after birth.
Milk lymphocytes manufacture several chemicals-including gamma-interferon, migration inhibition factor and monocyte chemotactic factor-that can strengthen an infant’s own immune response.
Infants aren’t allergic to human milk protein but are often allergic to proteins in vaccines. Proteins in breast milk are soft, easily-digestible whey, have lactoferrin for intestinal health, antimicrobial lysozymes, rich growth factors and sleep-inducing proteins.
When mother is exposed to a germ, she makes antibodies to that germ and gives these antibodies to her infant via her milk. In vaccines, there are no live white blood cells and no immunological benefit for infants since there are no functional immunoglobulins to enhance the body. Breastmilk is rich in living white blood cells, millions per feeding and rich in immunoglobulins which benefit the immature immune system.
Unlike breastmilk, vaccines contain no digestive enzymes to promote intestinal health. Hormones in human milk contribute to the overall biochemical balance and well- being of baby. By taking on the flavor of mother’s diet, breastmilk shapes the tastes of the child to family foods. Vaccines on the other hand create synergistic toxicity which is a well-known phenomenon where the combination of toxic substances can be greater than the sum of its parts.
Vaccination for infants, especially newborns is being slowly established as one of the more risky medical interventions in conventional healthcare. While vaccines have been correlated with allergies, respiratory infections and type 1 diabetes, breastmilk has been shown to prevent all of the above.
If we allow an infant’s immune system to naturally develop with optimal nourishment, breast milk, and vitamin D, there is little more that any infant will need to optimize health. If we continue to pursue artificial means of immunization, it will only lead to the polar opposite result, immune suppression and inevitably disease.

*Article originally appeared at Prevent Disease.



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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Wizkid Wins BET Best African International Act Award

Ayodeji Balogun popularly called Wizkid has bagged an international award beating off other talented acts from Africa.

 
Wizkid
 
Starboy and Sony Music act, Wizkid has won the BET Awards 2017 "Best African International Act Award".
He beat the likes of Tekno, Aka, Nasty C, Mr Eazi, Babes Wodumo and his rival, Davido.
Wizkid is slated to perform on the Mainstage at the show later today. Nigerians are flooding the page of the Ojuelegba crooner with congratulatory messages.


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Breakin News: Atlast Flavour Speaks out on his Relationship with Chidinma

Handsome Nigerian singer of South-east descent has discussed his relationship with singer Chidinma amidst other issues relating to music, family life and his lifestyle in a recent interview.

 
Flavour
 
Popular singer, Chinedu Okoli, aka Flavour N’abania, speaks to Tofarati Ige of Punch newspaper about his career.
 
Can you recall how you started your music career?
 
I have always loved everything about music from an early age. I actually started out playing drums for a live band at the age of 15. After that, I started playing the keyboard and from there, I began singing. I later got a scholarship to study music and that is how I developed as a musician.
 
What was the reaction of your parents?
 
You know parents are usually wary of the entertainment industry because they feel a lot of immoral things happen there. But the music scholarship that I got really helped me. It taught me a lot about the job and how to be a professional. I had a particular director who told me that people usually think that musicians are wayward, irresponsible and ostentatious. He also told me that if I want to make a difference in my career, I have to be responsible, disciplined, and constantly hone my skill. Talent is never enough as one has to put in a lot of work as well.
 
What was your experience like when you started your career in the eastern part of the country?
 
It was wonderful and I had a good time then. I used to perform with a live band at different places and people loved it. I was already popular in the East before I decided to relocate to Lagos and start afresh. I had to leave everything behind and start from the scratch in Lagos. I even had a car back then but when I came to Lagos, I arrived with just a bag. It was quite tough in the early stage but because I had made up my mind never to give up until I achieved my dream, I kept working hard at it. I’m thankful that I have become an international star now.
 
What are the qualities that have been working for you over time?
 
I would say it’s discipline, hard work and the grace of God. I know that I still have a lot of things ahead of me, so I try to manage myself. I don’t have to give all of myself now when I still have many more years to live. I also have to maintain the standard. Getting there is not the problem; it is about staying there, so I need my discipline game to be 100 per cent. I also ensure I work every day and give the people what they want to hear. Right from the onset, I have always sought to distinguish myself and set myself apart from the rest. I have never compromised on my originality and I always make sure that I am down to earth. If you look at all my albums, you will see that I keep improving. I strive to do better than what I had done before. And I believe that’s the secret to success; if you are original and humble, you will always be reckoned with. Even though the money is good, it is not really about that for me; I care more about the art. I work in the studio virtually every day.
 
What are you working on at the moment?
 
I will be releasing my fifth studio album soon.
 
Would you be having international collaborations on it?
 
Yes, there are some though I cannot reveal much about that for now.

What do you regard as your selling point as an artiste?
 
I think it is for the fans to say but I think it’s everything about me, Ijele.
 
You’re seen as some sort of s*x symbol, how does that make you feel?
 
It feels great and it is a motivation for me to keep working hard on my music and also my body. I visit the gym three times in a week even with my busy schedule. Though it is not easy, it is what I have to do.
 
Yemi Alade once said she has a crush on you, do you feel the same way about her?
 
Yemi Alade is a very fantastic talent and she is a hard-working woman as well. I admire her a lot as an artiste.
 
At a point, you were also quite close to Chidinma; is she someone you can date?
 
These people you are mentioning are colleagues that I respect a lot. We have had opportunity to work several times in the past and I wouldn’t deny that we have a good chemistry.

What’s your relationship with your baby mamas and children?
 
I have a wonderful relationship with my children and I love them so much. I am also on good terms with their mothers and everything is fine.
 
Do you sometimes wish things didn’t actually go that way?
 
There is no point regretting anything in life. Whatever will be will be. I can only do my best at all times.
 
What kind of woman does Flavour like?
 
I love a woman who is not fake; she has to be natural at all times. She has to be someone who knows the difference between Flavour and Chinedu. To cap it all, she must be God-fearing.
 
What’s the funniest experience you’ve ever had with a fan?
 
I have had so many crazy experiences with fans. But it’s all good because I know they appreciate me even though they could be crazy about the way they show it sometimes. The way they express it might not be the way one wants it at that moment but at the end of the day, it’s all about love. There have been times I go to some African countries to perform and the stadiums are usually filled up, with some people even crying. That makes me emotional because it shows that there is nobody that cannot make it, despite the background. I appreciate the fans always.
 
How do you prepare yourself before going on stage?
 
There’s no special preparation that I do. I always just try to be myself in whatever I’m doing. I just free myself and make sure I give the fans a good time. I have had a lot of performances over the years and I try to get better over the years. And I think I have been able to do well in that regard. I also love to perform with my live band whenever I can.
 
How do you draw your inspiration?
 
I get inspiration from the people around me. Right from time, I always relate with people who are older and more experienced than I am. That way, I get to learn a lot of important things. I like original and creative people who I can tap from. I also draw inspiration from the things that happen around me, or from what I read. I am never in a hurry when writing songs; I love to take my time and get it right. If I don’t feel a connection with the lyrics and beat of a song, I wouldn’t release it. I see a song as a piece of art or like when you are cooking a pot of soup. Every ingredient has to be in the right proportion for it to come out well. And that’s what I do.

What has stardom robbed you off?
 
Stardom has robbed me of a lot of things but I believe that, in life, there is no gain without pain. Ordinarily, I love to lead a simple life but that’s not possible anymore. As human beings, there could also be times that I’m dealing with some personal issues but people wouldn’t want to know. They would expect you to be smiling all the time; and if you don’t, they would accuse you of being proud and snobbish. But the beautiful thing is that I am living my dream.
 
Do you have plans to bring up new talents like some of your colleagues are doing?
 
Yes, it is something I have always wanted to do. But the industry is not well set up; the African music scene is still growing. I wouldn’t want to sign deals with people and have issues with them later.

What kind of issues?
 
It’s common around here to have contract breaches and other things like that. And there really isn’t anything in place to protect your investment.
 
How do you like to dress?
 
I always love to appear classy at all times. I also like clothes that show off my muscle because I do a lot of hard work to have bulging biceps.
 
Apart from music, what other interests do you have?
 
I love football and if not for music, I’m sure I would have become a footballer.

How do you unwind?
 
I watch football a lot and I also play video games.


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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Defence Ministry to Recruit 7000 into Army, Gendarmerie

The Ministry of Defence has issued a communique announcing the the recruitmment of 7000 persons into the army and the gendarme forces. According to APA report the communique signed by Defence minister Joseph Beti Assomo states that  5,000 new recruits will join the ranks of the army as soldiers, while another 2000 are to be recruited as paramilitary officers. 
The recruitment will take place after tests throughout the country under the coordination of regional military officials, the statement said, adding that candidates must be aged between 18 and 25, show good morality and be physically fit for the job.



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Anglophone Crisis: Ntumfor Nico Halle Urges Gov't to Grant General Amnesty, Condemns Destruction of Property


Ntumfor Nico Halle
Ntumfor Barrister Nico Halle, the president of the General Assembly of Cameroon Bar Association, has declared that he us saddened with the precarious situation in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon. In an interview with the English Language Lone Daily, The Guardian Post, Ntumfor Barrister Nico Halle frowned at the burning of school, markets and shops in North West and South West Regions. He expressed disgust on the fact that some individuals have taken advantage of the situation to stir trouble.  "I think that peace ought to return,” he is quoted to have told The Guardian Post. He equally expressed disgust on the incident in Bamenda where a female student was brutalized by some unidentified persons.
Harping on the importance of peace, Ntumfor is quoted to have said that: “In my peace crusade drive, I have been calling on the Head of State to grant general amnesty to all those arrested in connection with the crisis.” It should be recalled that he launched this crusade since January for peace to return in the North West and South West Region.


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Nzoyoum Nicolas Appointed Permanent Representative for the CEMAC

Nzoyoum Nicolas
Before his appointment, Nzoyoum Nicolas was since 2014 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cameroon to the Central African Republic, with residence in Bangui. Following Presidential Decree n°2017/305 of 22 June 2017, Nzoyoum Nicolas was catapulted to the position of Permanent Representative of Cameroon in the CEMAC. He is a very experienced diplomat who has served Cameroon in various capacities both at home and abroad.
Indian philosopher, PR Sarkar, developed a new science of society that was neither solely past-oriented nor present oriented. Sarkar’s goal was to embark on a balanced institutional art whereby silenced voices are given room to be heard and out of sight structures given the opening to be known. That theory brought to limelight those who have been doing great things silently. The unsung heroes and or silence achievers we can call them for they are people who think and act for the betterment of society. They are the good grains of the future on which society can rely on in order to face the numerous emerging challenges. If history,  as they say is sprinkled with the legacies of the few unique and courageous individuals, one of such personalities who has stood tall in the madding crowd as great diplomat and God-fearing person  is Nzoyoum Nicolas. The first time I met him in Yaounde, we would very often describe him to his kids as “the smiling preacher and diplomat,” and what I still remember is that he was like returning to the good old gospel that truly gives life a meaning. Like Paul of old, every truly evangelical pulpit must sound out the clear message of “repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). 
This appointment by the head of state is actually taking Nzoyoum Nicolas into history books as a role model. If Aristotle, the greatest philosopher who introduced the concept of role models in society argued that human race without exceptional characters is like a ship without a captain. There is no doubt that Aristotle was talking of people with exceptional characters like Nyozoum Nicolas.
 From his diplomatic experience and his ability in spreading the message of God (though I observed while still very young and waking up to life), Pa Nzoyoum as we fondly called him has shown that he is an amazing character, embodied with an unalloyed modesty, vigor and bouncing enthusiasm to impact society. He is a great man some of us would always look up to as a Role Model and an Exemplary citizen. The most interesting thing about this great diplomat is that he believes like Martin Luther King that “working is praying” and by so doing, his human and divine acts overrides, the human one bringing him closer to God and people.


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Trump Finally Concedes Russia Meddled in U.S Presidential Election

President Trump had previously suggested that the questions about Russia's involvement in the election were overblown and "fake news" until recent times.

President Donald Trump
 
The White House Thursday addressed the joint intelligence report that found Russia had attempted to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, more than five months after the report’s conclusions were made public.
 
First, on Twitter, President Trump dismissed the concerns about Russia as a “big Dem HOAX” and suggested that his predecessor, President Barack Obama, did little to confront the problem. White House aides then clarified Trump’s remarks and said he believes there was Russian meddling but is certain it did not affect the outcome of the race.
 
Trump had previously suggested that the questions about Russia’s involvement in the election were overblown and “fake news.” As recently as Tuesday, press secretary Sean Spicer declined to answer a question at the White House briefing about whether Trump believes Russia interfered in the presidential race. Spicer said he and Trump had “not sat down and talked … about that specific thing.” Spicer and his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, frequently deflect questions about contentious issues by saying they haven’t spoken to the president about them.
 
The public version of the intelligence community’s election assessment, which was released in January and was compiled by all 17 of America’s intelligence agencies, concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered the campaign interference. According to the report, the Russian effort included email hacks on the campaign of Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic National Committee.
 
The agencies said information from those hacks was released to hurt the Democrats and boost Trump, but the report specified that it “did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election.”
 
On Thursday, shortly before Sanders was scheduled to hold a briefing, Trump sent out a series of tweets about Russian intervention where he described it as “a big Dem HOAX!” and a “big Dem scam and excuse for losing the election!” Trump pointed to the fact the DNC did not turn over its computer servers to the FBI to look at for evidence.
 
The bureau has said it was able to get the information it needed from computer security firms that analyzed those servers. Trump also alluded to former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee where Johnson said he was not aware of evidence Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia.
 
In the Thursday briefing, Sanders was asked whether Trump’s tweets were meant to dispute the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia interfered in the election. She referred to prior statements from Trump and said he was clear it “probably was Russia.”
 
 
“I believe that the president said even back in January and I’ll read the statement from then, that he thinks it’s a disgrace, thinks its an absolute disgrace. ‘As far as hacking, I think it was Russia, but I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people,’” Sanders said. “I think he’s made it clear and been consistent that, while everyone agrees the result of the election wasn’t influenced, he thinks that it probably was Russia.”
 
The intelligence community report did not include any assessment of whether Russian hacking actually influenced the election result.
 
Sanders went on to say Trump is very concerned about protecting “the integrity of the electoral system” and pointed to his support for voter identification laws and a commission on “voter integrity.”
 
Yahoo News asked Sanders if in dismissing the hacking issue as a “big Dem HOAX!” Trump was implying that members of the intelligence community who compiled the report had colluded with the Democrats. Sanders clarified that Trump was not referring to the “hack itself” as a hoax, and that his tweets were directed at insinuations that the Russian intervention called his election victory into question.
 
“I think that the reference in the hoax is about the fact that they’re trying to delegitimize his win in the election process and less about the hack itself. I think he’s said several times now that he believes that Russia was part of it,” Sanders said.
 
“Some of those same members have said that they don’t think it influenced the election, and I think that’s what a lot of this process is about. It’s about trying to make excuses for why Democrats lost and the president … has been pretty clear on where he stands with that.”


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Anglophone Crisis: Bar GA Advocates for General Amnesty, Condemns Destruction of Property

Ntumfor Nico Halle
Ntumfor Barrister Nico Halle, the president of the General Assembly of Cameroon Bar Association, has declared that he us saddened with the precarious situation in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon. In an interview with the English Language Lone Daily, The Guardian Post, Ntumfor Barrister Nico Halle frowned at the burning of school, markets and shops in North West and South West Regions. He expressed disgust on the fact that some individuals have taken advantage of the situation to stir trouble.  "I think that peace ought to return,” he is quoted to have told The Guardian Post. He equally expressed disgust on the incident in Bamenda where a female student was brutalized by some unidentified persons.
Harping on the importance of peace, Ntumfor is quoted to have said that: “In my peace crusade drive, I have been calling on the Head of State to grant general amnesty to all those arrested in connection with the crisis.” It should be recalled that he launched this crusade since January for peace to return in the North West and South West Region.


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Friday, June 23, 2017

U.S Govt. Grants Apostle Suleman Honorary Citizenship Award


General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman was has been conferred with a Honorary Citizenship by the state of South Carolina, United States of America.
Apostle Suleman dispalying his award
 
General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman was on Wednesday, conferred with an ‘Award and Key Of The State of South Carolina’ which is a Honorary Citizenship by the state of South Carolina, United States of America, Vanguard reports.
The event took place at the Faithful Centre Bible Church, Inglewood, California where Apostle Suleman is holding the region’s edition of his ministry’s life-changing crusade tagged ‘Help From Above’, which holds between Tuesday, 20th and Wednesday 21st June, 2017.
Leader of the delegation and Rep., John Richard C. King said the honour, which is the highest given to non-residents of South Carolina was sequel to approval of the House of Representatives of the State  in recognition of Apostle Suleman’s contribution to humanity.
“Apostle Suleman won this highest  honor not only  because he is noted as a great social worker with outstanding performances in outreach programmes but also his passion for giving without borders”
“Apostle Suleman is so privileged, because there are a lot of people out there who are equally blessed if not more but are not willing to do,” noted a member of the award committee.
 
 
Apostle Suleman, at the ceremony, dedicated the award to God, his better half and partner, Dr. Lizzy Johnson Suleman as well as members of the Omega Fire Ministries, worldwide.
A letter exclusively obtained by Vanguard, dated June 8, 2017, conveying the approval of the House and signed by Richard C. King, Chairman South Carolina Legislators Black Caucus, also indicated that the state was looking forward to hosting Apostle Suleman at its Capitol Hill.
Excerpt of the letter read thus: “We would like to confer upon you the Honorary Citizenship of South Carolina for being an accomplished humanitarian. This is the highest honour given to non residents of the State of South Carolina.
“We look forward to hosting you at the South Carolina State Capitol and exploring future partnerships with you and the State of South Carolina.”
 
 
Apostle Suleman also had a meeting with senators representing the State last night. The meeting had in attendance, the State’s lawmakers to be led by Rep. John C. King who is representing South Carolina. Others in the list include Rep. Harold Love, representing Tennessee, and Hon. Dr. Dee Dawkins-Haigler, representing Atlanta-Georgia.
Suleman’s Communications Manager, Phrank Shaibu, in a reaction, thanked the government and people of the State of South Carolina for finding Apostle Suleman worthy of such a high honour, noting that it is also an indication of the acceptance of the message of salvation which Omega Fire Ministries has taken to the United States and other parts of the world.
“We are grateful and elated that the message of salvation, love and compassion which the servant of God has taken to the United States of America and other parts of the world has been widely accepted and bearing fruits. This honour by the State of South Carolina bears testimony to this reality”, he stated.
 



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Thursday, June 22, 2017

U.N.: Global Population to Reach 9.8 Billion by 2050


Hindu devotees line up to take a holy bath in the Ganges River during the Kumbha Mela festival in Haridwar, India on April 15, 2010. The United Nations said India should overtake China as the most populous country in the world by 2024. File Photo by Maryam Rahmanian/UPI
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June 22 (UPI) -- A United Nations report says the world population will increase to 9.8 billion people by 2050 despite a nearly global decrease in fertility rates.
The global population increased from 7.4 billion in 2015 to where it stands currently at 7.6 billion, the United Nations said on Wednesday.
"With roughly 83 million people being added to the world's population every year, the upward trend in population size is expected to continue, even assuming that fertility levels will continue to decline," the World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision report by the U.N.'s Department of Economic and Social Affairs said.
At the current rate, the world population will increase to 8.6 billion by 2030, 9.8 billion by 2050 and 11.2 billion by 2100.
India, with a current population of 1.3 billion will surpass China, with a current population of 1.4 billion, as the most populous country in the world by 2024. By 2050, Nigeria, currently ranked seventh, will surpass the United States as the third most-populous country.
Part of the growth is expected to come from the 47 least developed countries, where the fertility rate is about 4.3 births per woman. The population of those countries is expected to increase from the current 1 billion to 1.9 billion by 2050.
The population of 26 African countries will likely at least double by 2050, the report indicates.
Nearly all regions of the world have experienced decreased fertility rates, including in Africa where fertility rates decreased from 5.1 births per woman in 2000-05 to 4.7 births in 2010-15. Europe did not follow the same trend; the birth rate there increased from 1.4 births per woman up to 1.6 births during the same periods.
"Even assuming a continued decline in fertility, given this relatively high starting point, we should anticipate a continued rapid growth of the African population, which will roughly double in size between now and 2050," John Wilmoth, director of the U.N.'s Population Division said during a presentation. "Fertility levels in the other world regions are in an intermediate range between those of Africa and Europe."



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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Apostle Suleman Warns President Buhari Over this Sad Development...See Details

President Muhammadu Buhari has been given a note of warning by the Founder of the Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman over a very important national issue.
Founder of the Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman
 
Founder of the Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has expressed outrage at the removal of Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) as a subject of study from the secondary school curriculum, describing it as a move by President Muhammadu Buhari to Islamise Nigeria.
 
According to DailyPost, the man of God made his view public in a statement issued on Sunday by Phrank Shaibu, spokesman of the church.
 
Apostle Suleman, stated that the decision to scrap CRK as a subject in the curriculum but only to be studied as a theme in civic education while leaving Islamic/Arabic studies as a subject to be studied in the secondary school curriculum, is a deliberate plot by the Buhari administration, among other schemes, eliminate Christianity or at best reduce it to insignificance in Nigeria.
 
“The new curriculum which is the brain-child of the Nigerian Educational Research Council and which is mischievously crafted to force Islamic Studies down the throat of non adherents is unjust, discriminatory, a subtle attempt at islamization, and therefore unacceptable,” the statement said.
 
“This is a well orchestrated and articulated plot. Let nobody try to fool Nigerians that it was a mistake or a coincidence. Why is it that CRK would be removed as a subject to be studied from the secondary school school curriculum while Islamic/Arabic studies is retained? This is a plan from hell and it shall not stand”, he declared.
 
Apostle Suleman also noted that the policy has been introduced at a time when Fulani herdsmen are on rampage in parts of the country and just before so called Arewa youths gave Igbo people living in the North to quit before October 1.
 
“Over 7000 people have been killed by these Fulani herdsmen with our security forces unable to stop the bloodshed. So called Arewa youths backed by some discredited elders have also issued a treasonable ultimatum to Igbo people without any reprisals from the Buhari government. So, is it a coincidence that Christian Religious Knowledge has been expunged from the school curriculum?” he queried.
 
Apostle Suleman called on the Federal Government to reverse the “offensive” policy and immediately restore Christian Religious Knowledge to the curriculum while commending the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for being at the forefront of seeking to redress the anomaly.
 
“This evil policy must be reversed immediately. What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Christain Religious Knowledge (CRK) must be restored to the school curriculum. And I’m happy that the CAN has taken up the battle to ensure that those who seek to banish our faith do not succeed. We will continue to speak out until satan and his agents are put to shame”, he declared.
 
Similarly, he called on the government to stem the tide of consistent attacks by Fulani herdsmen as well as deal with those giving ultimatum to people from an ethnic group to vacate the north.

“For long, Fulani herdsmen continue to kill, rape and burn people’s homes without restraint. In the event that the safety of an ethnic group cannot be guaranteed in any part of the country, then Nigerians should know that it is not a coincidence. And my God shall not fold arms while the devil and his children seek to destroy the destiny of Nigeria”, he declared.
 
“We have the strength of character, the courage and the conviction to mount a sustained campaign in defence of justice, and in defence of our religion. We will not give up our religious practice because of someone else’. Nigeria belongs to us all and not for a few bigots who currently occupy positions of authority,” the cleric added.
 
It would be recalled that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) had earlier complained about the development during its meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The delegation led by its President, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, also listed demands on the matter and other burning issues in a letter delivered to Osinbajo.



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Beyonce and Jay Z Welcome Set of Twins

Entertainment Power Couple, Jay Z and Beyonce have welcomed a set of twins, a couple of years after their first child, Blue Ivy, multiple sources have confirmed.

Jay Z and Beyonce
 
Music's royal family has officially grown by two.

Beyoncé and Jay Z welcomed twins earlier this week at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to sources.

The new bundles of joy are Jay and Bey's second and third children, joining 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy.

Beyoncé, 35, announced her pregnancy in February by sharing a glamorous Instagram photo of her burgeoning baby bump.

The 22-time Grammy winner wrote at the time that she and the "99 Problems" rapper, whose real name is Shawn Carter, had been "blessed two times over."

"We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes," she captioned the Instagram snap.


Pregnant Beyonce
 
Beyoncé debuted her baby bump weeks later at the Grammys, where she captivated the audience with a slow-paced, visually eye-popping performance celebrating the wonder of motherhood. During the elegant presentation, Beyoncé was clearly pregnant in a form-fitting dress and veil as she belted "Sandcastles" and "Love Drought" from the comfort of a chair.

She had been scheduled to headline both weekends at the Coachella music festival in Indio, Calif., but was forced to cancel after doctors advised her to take on a less rigorous schedule as she neared the end of her pregnancy. Perhaps that's why she was also notably absent from the Met Gala weeks later, where for years she's been known to close the red carpet with a show-stopping look.


The Carter family
 
Beyoncé continued to share photos of her precious baby bump with fans on social media, including a few that showed her wearing a shirt that reads "Preggers" at the beginning of May.

The songbird and the now 47-year-old Jay Z welcomed their daughter Blue Ivy in a luxury suite at Lenox Hill Hospital in February 2012. The much-ballyhooed birth caused quite a commotion, as other new parents said the famous family’s security made getting around the hospital impossible.

The singer and her husband are the latest celebrities to welcome twins, joining a list that also includes Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, as well as Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon. George Clooney’s wife Amal recently gave birth to twins — a boy and a girl — as well.


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Monday, June 19, 2017

Checkout These 4 Things: If You Want to Make Money Online Through Blogging?

If you have always dreamed of having and managing your own blog, you need to go through this list of things no one tells you about the business.
 
A lot of people don’t recognize and hardly understand the intricacies of blogging. Some go as far as dismissing it as some kind of hobby, rather than recognizing it as the business it is.
 
Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 4 things nobody tells you about blogging.
 
Blogging is Not Some Get Rich Quick Scheme
 
It’s nice to hear about blogs that charge thousands and hundreds of thousands for publicity or adverts of any kind. But what most people don’t get is that blogging is hard and it takes a lot of time and patience to be read widely enough to get noticed by firms, corporations and companies for publicity and advertisements. Most of the widely read blogs today took months, even years of consistent and tireless effort to get to where they are today and have the kind of recognition they have. Blogging is hardly a get rich quick scheme.
 
Blogging is Not That Easy
 
There is a general belief that running a blog is what you do when you either don’t have a job or don’t have anything better to do. Many believe it’s easy and requires little or no effort. That’s inaccurate. Aside having to constantly come up with interesting and engaging content for your blog (almost every hour of the day if yours is a news blog), you also have to consider the mails, questions and comments that you always have to attend to, to help drive engagement on your blog. Eventually, as your blog grows, you’ll realize it’s hardly something you can do on your own.
 
A Blogger is Not Only a Blogger
 
As a blogger, especially when starting out, in order to grow your readership you are going to feel the need to be a web designer (trying to find the right web layout that will be attractive and user friendly), a social media strategist (ensuring you use social media to get as much publicity for your blog as you can), an SEO specialist, a web marketing guru and an amateur photographer all at the same time! It’s a lot. You might not exactly be a professional in all the above mentioned areas, but you have to be able to handle them well enough not to suck at it and to help grow your blog’s readership.
 
The Business Side
 
Many people tend to underestimate or don’t understand the business side of blogging. They either start demanding for money too soon or are completely clueless about how sponsored content works around the policies of the corresponding firms, corporations and companies.
 
A good number of people don’t realize that some brands or companies have payment terms of ninety days; meaning even after doing publicity for them, you might not get your payment until after three months.
 
Some brands also have you working on sponsored content and you will have to send them draft upon draft till they like what they see. Since you’ve likely already signed a contract with them, you really don’t have much of choice. It is important to recognize the business side of blogging and try to understand it before going into it.



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900 Migrants Journeying to Europe Rescued Off Libya

Close to a thousand African immigrants who are escaping to an illusive greener pasture in Europe have been rescued by authorities.

 
The Libyan coastguard has rescued more than 900 African and Asian migrants attempting to reach Europe, a navy spokesman said on Saturday.
“A coastguard patrol from Zawiya (west of Tripoli) intercepted five inflatable boats and a wooden vessel carrying 906 migrants at dawn on Friday,” General Ayoub Qassem said.
He added that 25 children and 98 women, including seven who were pregnant, were among those rescued.
“One of the rubber boats was holed and on the point of sinking, while the wooden one did not have a motor,” he said.
People traffickers have exploited the chaos in Libya since a 2011 uprising toppled and killed strongman Moamer Kadhafi to boost their lucrative but deadly trade.


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World Beer Day: Seven Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Beer

As the celebrations marking the World Beer Day spill over to Friday, a weekend when many people let down their guards, loosen their belts and gulp down their favourite drinks, you need to know certain bizarre facts about the world of beer in general.
File photo
 
• In the 1980s a beer-drinking goat was voted mayor of a US town
 
Frustrated by corrupt politicians, the good people of Lajitas, Texas, United States of America, elected as their mayor a well-known local goat, Clay Henry. Clay was famous for wandering into taverns (beer parlors) and slurping beer from customers’ glasses. He was known to have signed at least one piece of real legislation with his hoof. He however died after an altercation with another goat.
 
• Beer comes in varieties and alcoholic contents you probably didn’t know about!
 
Yes, beer comes in so many different forms and some of them are downright bizarre. They include beers made with unexpected ingredients that include Bhut Jolokia (aka ghost pepper), blood oranges, glitter, pizza, chilli, chicken, avocado, etc. One of such brews even contains 60% alcohol! And another contains whale testicles that are smoked with burning sheep poop!
 
• Beer was once safer to drink than water
 
In Medieval times, beer was safer to drink than water, even though it was partly made using water drawn from the river. But the boiling and fermentation process neutralised most of the nasty microbes. Meaning it was safer, even for kids – and probably helped them sleep.

• In 1814, London suffered a Great Beer Flood
 
Just over two centuries ago, a giant vat of porter exploded at the former Horse Shoe Brewery on Tottenham Court Road. Over a million litres flooded the cobbled streets. It drowned eight people in what was then a densely-packed slum.

• Civilisation is literally founded on beer drinking
 
Some academics have argued that ancient nomadic goatherds, who roamed far and wide seeking fresh pasture for their flock, only settled permanently for one reason — so they could carefully cultivate, harvest and ferment barley.

• President Franklin D. Roosevelt ended Prohibition
 
The Prohibition was a naive and short-lived experiment when the US government attempted to ban all alcoholic drinks. His immortal words when the legislation passed in 1933? ‘What America needs now is a drink.’

• Even your dog can sit by and enjoy his beer!
 
Some beers are made using specially brewed combinations such as beef extracts and chicken to create the perfect pint for your pet. Just that all dog beers contain zero per cent alcohol, meaning it’s not like your beer.
 
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Lates Car Model: Check Out The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas(Photos)

One of the latest exotic cars regarded as the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is a vehicle that one should long for due to its interesting features and beauty.

  
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is a powerful and muscular SUV with creased lines in front and on the sides to give it a dose of lean and mean.
It comes with plenty of technology to help keep you informed and more confident, from nine available Driver Assistance features to the available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit.
For the Atlas, keeping you and your family safe is a priority. With a safety cage that absorbs and deflects crash energy, to several other safety tech which includes the Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Assist, Park Assist, Park Pilot etc.
The Atlas gets a 2.0 litre turbo engine that produces 235hp and 258 lb-ft of torque or a 3.6 litre V6 with 276hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is an 8-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport mode.
The four wheel drive SUV also comes with a 4MOTION Active Control that enables you activate 4 different terrain modes (Rain, snowy, dry, rough)… It distributes power between the front and back wheels as needed to help optimize traction and provide greater stability.
Other features are Hands-free Easy Open liftgate, Privacy glass with heat reduction glazing for front side windows and windshield, Start-Stop System, 3rd row seating etc.
The price starts at $30,500 which is equivalent to N18m in Nigeria after shipping and clearing.
 
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Venus, Serena William's 75-year-old Father Moves to Divorce His Wife

 The father of World Tennis Star, Serena Williams, has moved to divorce his wife who is way younger than he is.

Richard Williams alleges Lakeisha left him for 'a new person' 
 
Richard Williams, the 75-year-old father of tennis champs Serena and Venus Williams, has filed for divorce from his much younger wife in West Palm Beach, Florida.
According to Daily Mail UK, in his petition, the 75-year-old tennis coach often credited for training his daughters in their younger years and laying the foundations that eventually made them into tennis superstars, believes his 38-year-old wife of seven years, Lakeisha Williams, is an alcoholic.
He also claims she is stealing his social security checks and transferred ownership of their cars and a house to herself by forging his signature.
Williams, who married Lakeisha in 2010, also claims she moved out last year and left their now 5-year-old son, Dylan, in his exclusive care. Lakeisha is barely older than his two two daughters - Serena is 35 and Venus will turn 37 on Saturday.
Richard Williams also alleges she left him for 'a new person' who has 'serious criminal, felony charges pending who could impose a danger to the minor child,' the document reads.When reached on her cellphone, Lakeisha said she couldn't talk and hung up. But Sandy Becher, her Miami lawyer, called Richard's petition 'outrageous.' 'We categorically deny each and all the allegations he has made in the petition,' Becher said. 'When the issues come before the court, they'll be proven to be patently false.'
DailyMail.com called Serena and a woman claiming to be  one of her assistants picked up her cell phone and promised to leave a message for Serena to comment.
Richard is currently overseas and didn't return calls for comment and neither did his lawyer, Reginald Sessions.
 The divorce petition, however, alleges plenty about his relationship with Lakeisha, and includes an unusually graphic litany of complaints against Lakeisha, a nurse's assistant by trade.
In asking the judge for a parenting plan, court papers allege: 'The husband is concerned that the wife is addicted to alcohol.'
The petition also accuses Lakeisha of failing to keep a schedule, picking up Dylan after his bed time then returning him to Richard in the middle of the night.
The document adds she allegedly lives with an unsavory character in an atmosphere that's not conducive to raising a child.
Richard says this wife abandoned the marital home in August 2016 and left Dylan in his care.
Since then, he claims, Lakeisha ripped him off in several ways. She transferred the deed of one of his homes to herself by forging his signature, and then took out a $152,000-mortgage on it after, again, imitating his writing.
Actually, Richard has filed a separate lawsuit against her to reclaim the West Palm Beach house, which he says he bought with ex-wife Oracene Price in 1995.
Lakeisha allegedly transferred the titles of multiple cars to herself, took money out of their joint bank accounts and accounts he owned alone, and took some of his social security payments.


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Best Place to work in the World: Meet Radomir Novakovic Cakan Who Sends Employees on Vacations, Gives Them Free Cars

A successful businessman has been found out to be so generous to his employees that he gives them free cars and sends them on vacations.

Radomir Novakovic Cakan
Radomir Novakovic Cakan is a successful businessman from Montenegro, who has earned himself nicknames like “the best boss in the Balkans” and “Brother” by being incredibly generous to his employees.
Cakan, who owns “Cakan Sports”, the largest sporting goods store chain in Montenegro, and recently went into politics, has been making news headlines in Balkan countries for years, but not for his professional success. He is best known for the generosity he shows his loyal and hard-working employees, and the close relationship he has with them. The businessman firmly believes that his company can only thrive if he keeps his employees happy, and to that end, he has offered the best of them some pretty unbelievable presents.
Radomir first surprised his workers back in 2012, when he offered four of them brand new cars – 2 VW Golf 6 and 2 VW Polo – complete with paid insurance. They were some of the oldest and most hard-working employees of Cakan Sports, and since the company had recently moved its operations on the outskirts of Bar, Cakan thought his best people shouldn’t have to struggle to get to work. “This way, they no longer have an excuse for coming in late,” the owner joked in an interview.
Radomir Novakovic Cakan and his workers
As you can imagine, the recipients of the generous gifts were shocked. “When we saw them, we were speechless,” Danijela Roćenović recalls. “While the boss was saying ‘this is a gift for you’, all I could think of was ‘this is not real, this can’t be happening to us’.
But this was just one of the generous ways Radomir Novakovic Cakan has rewarded his employees over the years. In 2014, after hearing that one of his workers had been saving up his paychecks so he could buy a ticket to the World Cup soccer final, in Brazil, he took him there himself, at his own expense.
A couple of year ago, he sent a group of 14 employees on exotic vacations to the Bahamas and the Seychelles, simply because “they deserved it”. Another time, he sent more of his employees on a luxury cruise on the Mediterranean.
Asked why he doesn’t use a cheaper means of motivating his employees, like a small raise or a cash bonus, Cakan had this to say:
“Money comes and goes, but memories are forever. I have a friend who runs a travel agency and I asked him what’s on offer and the prices, because I wanted to offer my employees a vacation. When they returned they were happier, and worked even harder. They showed me photographs, and we laughed together at their adventures.”
After getting lots of attention from news outlets both in Montenegro and neighboring Serbia, for his display of generosity towards his employees, Radomir said he was shocked by all the coverage.
“When a person is normal, this is big news,” the businessman said. “It surprised me a little, but I was happy about the positive feedback, as that is very rare nowadays, especially when one is in politics.”
Last year, Radomir Novakovic Cakan went into politics, becoming a councilor of the Municipality of Bar.
Although he has been actively working with authorities to make life better for the people of this city, his generosity once again overshadowed is professional activity. It was recently revealed that Cakan hasn’t cashed any of the 11 paychecks he was due – which amount to $15,300 – choosing instead to donate it to various charities. He also declined to receive a work phone and to have his travel expenses paid from taxpayers’ money.
Asked why many of his employees call him “Brother”, Radomir told a reporter that it was because “brothers always help each other”.
As is always the case with such positive stories, some people just can’t help spew a little vitriol. They accuse Cakan of being nothing more than a clever businessman who uses this so-called generosity to avoid paying taxes.
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Here are the Top 10 Strongest Currencies in Africa

Africa has a couple of strong currencies that are used as a medium of exchange in markets across the continent as explained here.

1. Libyan Dinar.
 
 
Libya is known for it vast deposit of crude oil. Currency of Libya, the Libyan Dinar is the strongest currency in Africa.
 One (1) Libyan Dinar when compared with the US dollar, one dollar is equivalent to 1.4116 Libyan dinars.
 
2. Tunisia Dinar.
 
 
The Tunisian Dinar comes in after the Libyan Dinar as the second most valuable currency in Africa.  The exchange rate of this currency to the dollar is 1 US dollar to 2.2814 Tunisian dinars.
 
3. Ghanaians Cedis.
 
 
 This third position has earned the Ghana cedis the status of the strongest currency in West Africa.
Also, many years back, their situation could not even be compared to what is obtainable in some countries like giant Nigeria but as we have it today, comparing it with the dollar, it is approximately 4 Ghanaian cedis  to one U.S dollar.
 
4. Sudanese Pounds.
 
 
The Sudanese Pounds is the currency of Sudan, it is one of the highest currency in Africa. About 6 Sudanese pounds is equal to one United States dollar. 
 
 
5. Moroccan Dirham.
 
This is also one of the strongest currencies in Africa. About 9 Moroccan Dirham is exchanged for one dollar.
 
6. Botswana Pula.
 
10.8 Botswana Pula is exchanged for one dollar.
 
7. South African Rand.
 
 
This should have been up the ladder, but the currency is gradually losing it value. Against the dollar, 14 South African Rand equals one dollars.
 
8. Egyptian Pounds.
 
 
It exchange rate to the United States dollar is 15.4 Egyptian pounds to 1 USD.
 
9. Eritrean Nakfa.
 
 
Eritrea, an island country of Africa. Their currency is one of the currency that is very strong. The exchange rate of this currency to the dollar is 15.5 Eritrean Nakfa equals one USD.

10. Zambian Kwacha.
 
 
Zambian Kwacha, currency of Zambia is also one of the highest currency in Africa . 1 USD = 9.84 Zambian kwacha.


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