Thursday, September 21, 2017

Six Signs You Are Unhappy In Your Relationship

 A relationship is supposed to bring happiness into your life despite the fact that it could be very challenging due to individual differences.
ou deserve to be in a relationship that will encourage, support and make you excited about life. Some people stay in their relationships for all the wrong reasons: comfort, safety, stability, children, fear of being alone or what society may think. The truth is that staying in a miserable relationship is never worth it, no matter what your reason may be.
 
If these signs sound familiar, then it’s time to reevaluate your relationship or put it to an end.
 
1. Being single again excites you
 
After being with one person for a long time, you may find yourself exploring the thought of being with other people, or just being single and “free” again. You flirt “innocently” with people you find attractive and say hi to your exes. It is one thing to notice that someone is attractive, but to think of waking up to them after a hot night, instead of your partner is a no. If this gets too much, you may end up doing something regrettable and hurt your relationship.
 
2. Your heart sinks when your partner calls or texts you
 
You should have a pleasant feeling when your partner calls or texts you unexpectedly when you are away from each other. There is nothing loving or affectionate about not wanting to speak to your partner or feeling down when you see a call or text from them.
 

3. You never want to get intimate
 
Intimacy is a good way to judge the state of your relationship. When you love someone, their touch alone makes you feel hot inside. Of course, this reduces as the relationship goes on. S*x doesn’t define a relationship but it is vital to having a healthy one. If you find that you are no longer sexually attracted to your partner, you need to sit down with them to figure out the true issue.
 
4. You do not enjoy spending time with your partner
 
They aren’t the first person you think of when you’re free and you would rather spend time with other friends or family. Spending quality time with them feels awkward as you never have anything to talk about. Let’s say you unexpectedly find yourself leaving work early, who would you first call to hang out? Who do you really want to see? The first people that come to mind are those you care about the most and find important to you. If your partner isn’t one of them, well… Do the math. You deserve a relationship with someone who will excite you, not dread spending time with them.
 
5. You get into unhealthy fights
 
Yes, every couple fights. That’s not something to really worry about. However, you may find yourselves arguing over or complaining about the slightest things. Or you may go through their private messages trying to know what’s going on, probably looking for a reason to argue.
 
Fights should be settled with mature conversations. But when you or your partner acts destructively or attempts to inflict physical or emotional pain on the other, then it becomes an unhealthy relationship and one or both of you doesn’t have much love and respect for the relationship.


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Swaziland King Marries 19-year-old Woman as His 14th Wife (Photos)

King Mswati of Swaziland has married a 19-year-old woman as his 14th wife as she was unveiled following weeks of speculation.

Swaziland’s King Mswati the III
 
Swaziland’s King Mswati the III has officially unveiled a new bride, Siphelele Mashwama (19), daughter of a Swaziland Cabinet minister, Jabulile Mashwama.
 
According to MpumalangaNews, this is coming after many weeks of speculation, the 19-year-old Siphelele Mashwama was confirmed the new bride for the Swazi King Mswati by royal festivities overseer, Hlangabeza Mdluli who revealed that the new bride is currently in New York in the United States, where the king (49) is attending the United Nations General Assembly.
 
Mdluli told local journalists on Sunday while the king was about to board his flight to the New York, that the king has officially made a choice of the new wife. Siphelele seems to be king Mswati’s latest and youngest wife in terms of age.
 
Other of his wives include: Inkhosikati LaMatsebula, Inkhosikati LaMotsa, Inkhosikati LaMbikiza, Inkhosikati LaNgangaza, Inkosikati LaMagwaza (deserted), Inkhosikati LaHoala (deserted), Inkhosikati LaMasango, Inkhosikati LaGija (deserted), Inkhosikati Magongo, Inkhosikati LaMahlangu, Inkhosikati LaNtentesa, Inkhosikati LaNkambule, Inkhosikati Ladube and Inkhosikati LaFogiyane.
 
Swazi king Mswati is also said to have over 13 children which include his eldest daughter HRH Princess Sikhanyiso, Sibahle Dlamini, Makhosothando Dlamini, Majaha Dlamini, Tiyandza Dlamini, Sakhizwe Dlamini, Saziwangaye Dlamini, Bandzile Dlamini, Lindaninkosi Dlamini, Mcwasho Dlamini, Temtsimba Dlamini and Temaswati Dlamini, among others.
 
Siphelele (middle) at the reed dance after she was chosen by King Mswati the Third
 
It’s a common tradition for the Swaziland king to choose a wife every year. Last year, the Sherburne-educated King chose a new bride during the well-known Reed Dance ceremony, also known as Umhlanga).
 
The Reed Dance ceremony is an annual Swazi and Zulu tradition held in August or September. In Swaziland, tens of thousands of unmarried and childless Swazi girls and women travel from the various chiefdoms to Ludzidzini to participate in the eight-day event and would-be brides are publicly checked to ascertain that their virginity was still intact.
 
It would be recalled that the 49-year old Swazi king Mswati who calls himself ngweyama, “the lion,” had months back kicked against people filing for a divorce, saying it was against the culture of Swaziland.
 
“In our culture, once you marry someone, there is no turning back. There is no word for “divorce” in Siswati, the official language of Swaziland," the king added.
 
The Swaziland officials went further to explain the king’s comment, saying that the comment about divorce was not a decree until he officially tables them, run counter to a recently submitted marriage bill by Swaziland’s attorney general that allows for divorce on certain grounds. Divorce is not permitted under current legislation but a process called Kumbuyisela ekhaya, which refers to reuniting a married woman with her family, is allowed.


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Age Not Just a Number: See How Mugabe Dozes Off During U.N General Assembly Meeting (Photo)


President Robert Mugabe whose old age has taken its toll on his leadership capabilities was caught on camera 'chasing his dreams' during an international event.
 
President Robert Mugabe (highlight) peacefully hibernating during the meeting
 
94 year old President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe appeared to be sleeping yesterday afternoon as President Donald Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly.
 
In the past, Mugabe has been photographed sleeping at public events on several occasions and he's not stepping down from power anytime soon. 
 
Mugabe once read the wrong speech during a public gathering as well as missing his steps on two other occasions. A wheelchair has been acquired for him by the state in case his legs fail him.


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Buhari Addresses 72nd Session of United Nations General Assembly (Full Speech)

 This is the full text of President Muhammadu Buhari's address to the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, as posted by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President, Femi Adesina.

 Statement Delivered By His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria at the General Debate of the 72nd Session of United Nations General Assembly, in New York, on Tuesday, 19 September 2017.’
 
Mr. President,
Fellow Heads of State and Government,
Mr. Secretary-General,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
1. On behalf of my country, Nigeria, I congratulate you Mr. President on your election and Mr. Gutteres on his first General Assembly outing as our Secretary-General. I assure you both of my country’s solidarity and cooperation. You will indeed need the cooperation of all member States as we are meeting during extra-ordinarily troubled and dangerous times. Let me also thank former Secretary-General Mr. Ban ki Moon for his service to the United Nations and wish him peaceful retirement.
 
2. The previous year has witnessed many far-reaching developments. Some of the most significant events include the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and, of grave concern, the North Korean nuclear crisis.
 
3. I must also commend the UN’s role in helping to settle thousands of innocent civilians caught in the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. In particular, we must collectively thank the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany under the commendable leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Governments of Italy, Greece and Turkey for assisting hundreds of thousands of refugees.
 
4. In an exemplary show of solidarity, the international community came together within my own region to assist the countries and communities in the Sahel and the Lake Chad regions to contain the threats posed by Al Qaida and Boko Haram.
 
5. We thank the Security Council for visiting the countries of the Lake Chad Basin to assess the security situation and humanitarian needs, and for pledging assistance to rebuild lives and livelihoods. Indeed, in Nigeria we are providing relief and humanitarian assistance to millions in camps and those afflicted by terrorism, drought, floods and other natural disasters.
 
6. In the last year, the international community came together to focus on the need for gender equality, youth empowerment, social inclusion, and the promotion of education, creativity and innovation. The frontiers of good governance, democracy including holding free and fair elections, and enthronement of the rule of law are expanding everywhere, especially in Africa.
 
7. Our faith in democracy remains firm and unshaken. Our regional organisation ECOWAS came together to uphold democratic principles in The Gambia – as we had done previously in Cote D’Ivoire.
 
8. Through our individual national efforts, state institutions are being strengthened to promote accountability, and to combat corruption and asset recovery. These can only be achieved through the international community cooperating and providing critical assistance and material support. We shall also cooperate in addressing the growing transnational crimes such as forced labour, modern day slavery, human trafficking and cybercrime.
 
Mr. President,
9. These cooperative efforts should be sustained. We must collectively devise strategies and mobilise the required responses to stop fleeing ISIS fighters from mutating and infiltrating into the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin, where there are insufficient resources and response capacity is weak.
 
10. This will require strong UN cooperation with regional organisations, such as the African Union, in conflict prevention and management. The UN should continue to take primary leadership of the maintenance of international peace and security by providing, in a predictable and sustainable manner, adequate funding and other enablers to regional initiatives and peacekeeping operations authorized by the Security Council.
 
11. New conflicts should not make us lose focus on ongoing unresolved old conflicts. For example, several UN Security Council Resolutions from 1967 on the Middle East crisis remain unimplemented. Meanwhile, the suffering of the Palestinian people and the blockade of Gaza continue.
 
12. Additionally, we are now confronted by the desperate human rights and humanitarian situations in Yemen and most tragically in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. The Myanmar crisis is very reminiscent of what happened in Bosnia in 1995 and in Rwanda in 1994.
 
13. The international community cannot remain silent and not condemn the horrendous suffering caused by what, from all indications is a state-backed programme of brutal depopulation of the Rohingya inhabited areas in Myanmar on the bases of ethnicity and religion. We fully endorse the call by the Secretary-General on the Government of Myanmar to order a halt to the ongoing ethnic cleansing and ensure the safe return of the displaced Rohingya to their homes in safety and dignity.
 
14. In all these crises, the primary victims are the people, the most vulnerable being women and children. That is why the theme of this session: Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet” is most apposite.
 
15. While the international community grapples to resolve these conflicts, we must be mindful and focus on the widening inequalities within societies, and the gap between the rich and the poor nations. These inequalities and gaps are part of the underlining root causes of competition for resources, frustration and anger leading to spiralling instability.
 
16. The most pressing threat to international peace and security today is the accelerated nuclear weapons development programme by North Korea. Since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, we have never come so close to the threat of nuclear war as we have now.
 
17. All necessary pressure and diplomatic efforts must be brought to bear on North Korea to accept peaceful resolution of the crisis. As Hiroshima and Nagasaki painfully remind us, if we fail, the catastrophic and devastating human loss and environmental degradation cannot be imagined.
 
18. Nigeria proposes a strong UN delegation to urgently engage the North Korean Leader. The delegation, led by the Security Council, should include members from all the regions.
 
19. The crisis in the Korean peninsula underscores the urgency for all member states, guided by the spirit of enthroning a safer and more peaceful world, to ratify without delay the Treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, which will be open for signature here tomorrow.
 
20. I end my remarks by reiterating Nigeria’s abiding commitment to the foundational principles and goals of the United Nations. Since our admission as a member state in 1960, we have always participated in all efforts to bring about global peace, security and development. Nigeria will continue to support the UN in all its efforts, including the attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
 
I thank you.
 
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HIV Vaccine Breakthrough as Experts Generate Immune Cells to Stop Spread


Efforts to find a cure for HIV by scientists across the world is yielding positive results following a recent milestone.
 
File Photo
 
An effective Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) vaccine may be a short step away now scientists have overcome a major stumbling block hindering its development.
 
The big hurdle has been the inability to generate immune cells that stay in circulation long enough to stop the Aids virus spreading. International researchers believe they have solved the problem by ‘unblocking’ a process linked to an HIV protein that was halting the production of antibody-generating ‘B-cells’ from the immune system.
 
Lead scientist Professor Jonathan Heeney, from Cambridge University, said: “For a vaccine to work, its effects need to be long lasting.“It isn’t practical to require people to come back every six to 12 months to be vaccinated. We wanted to develop a vaccine to overcome this block and generate these long-lived antibody producing cells. We have now found a way to do this.
 
“What we have found is a way to greatly improve B-cell responses to an HIV vaccine. We hope our discovery will unlock the paralysis in the field of HIV vaccine research and enable us to move forward.”
 
The researchers compared their achievement, reported in the Journal of Virology, to “preventing a key getting stuck in a lock”.In laboratory experiments, the new approach produced desired immune system responses that lasted more than a year.In future it should be possible to produce vaccines that stimulate long-lasting B-cell responses against HIV, the scientists believe.
 
Prof Heeney added: “B-cells need time to make highly effective neutralising antibodies, but in previous studies B-cell responses were so short lived they disappeared before they had the time to make all the changes necessary to create the “silver bullets” to stop HIV.

“We hope our discovery will unlock the paralysis in the field of HIV vaccine research and enable us to move forward.” Also, because ongoing pain is a significant problem that affects 39 to 85 percent of people living with Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV), everyone with the infection should be assessed for chronic pain, recommend guidelines released by the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
 
Those who screen positive should be offered a variety of options for managing pain, starting with non-drug treatment such as cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga and physical therapy, suggest the first comprehensive guidelines on HIV and chronic pain.
 
“Because HIV clinicians typically are not experts in pain management, they should work closely with others, such as pain specialists, psychiatrists and physical therapists to help alleviate their patients’ pain,” said Douglas Bruce, MD, MA, MS, lead author of the guidelines, chief of medicine at Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center, and associate clinical professor of medicine at Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
 
“These comprehensive guidelines provide the tools and resources HIV specialists need to treat these often-complex patients, many of whom struggle with depression, substance use disorders, and have other health conditions such as diabetes.”
 
The guidelines recommend all people with HIV be screened for chronic pain using a few simple questions:
 
*How much bodily pain have you had during the week?
 
*Do you have bodily pain that has lasted more than three months?
 
Those that screen positive should undergo comprehensive evaluation, including a physical exam, psychosocial evaluation and diagnostic testing. Nearly half of chronic pain in people with HIV is neuropathic (nerve pain), likely due to inflammation or injury to the central or peripheral nervous system caused by the infection. Non-neuropathic pain typically is musculoskeletal, such as low-back pain and osteoarthritis in the joints.
 
HIV specialists should work with an interdisciplinary team to offer multi-modal treatment. The guidelines recommend offering alternative, non-pharmacological therapies first, including cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga, physical and occupational therapy, hypnosis and acupuncture. If medication is needed, the guidelines recommend beginning with non-opioids, such as gabapentin (anti-seizure medicine) and capsaicin (topical pain reliever made from chili peppers), both of which help with nerve pain.
 
The online version of the guidelines includes an extensive list of resources for physicians to reference to help them treat the patients comprehensively.


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Model Thrown into Jail OverAct of Obscenity at Egyptian Temple (Photo)

 A model's freedom was threatened in North Africa after she was accused of defiling a holy ground in the country with an act of obscenity.

 
Marisa Papen
 
A Belgian model Marisa Papen forced to spend a night in an Egyptian jail after being caught posing n*de in an ancient temple has said she is determined to keep up her ‘yell for freedom’ in conservative Islamic countries.
 
Papen who describes herself as a ‘free-spirited and wild-hearted expressionist’, travelled with photographer Jesse Walker to North Africa for a shoot at some of the most famous landmarks of ancient Egypt.
 
The n*de photo model, from the Flanders region of Belgium, met up in Cairo with photographer Walker who flew in all the way from Australia to do the shoot.
 
And even though the pair said they were aware of the cultural, political and religious differences between Egypt and the West when it comes to nudity, the adventure ended differently than they both expected.
 
Early in their trip during the first photoshoot near the famous pyramids of Giza, the two got into trouble. They reportedly bribed a security guard to start the photoshoot when two other men showed up.
 
Papen said: ‘I was suddenly completely awake, like a cold shower at 5am in the morning.

‘We tried to explain them that we were making art with the highest respect for Egyptian culture, but they could not see a connection between nudity and art.

‘In their eyes it was porn, or something like that.’
 
In the end, Papen and Walker managed to stay out of trouble by bribing them with £15.
 
After Giza, the two travelled to Luxor to visit the vast temple complex of Karnak to shoot pictures with the theme of ‘dance’, which is where their trip unraveled.


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CPJ Urges Congo President SAssou Nguesso to Free Jailed Talassa editor

 Dear President Sassou Nguesso,
The Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Sans Frontières, two independent press freedom advocacy organizations, write to express our deep concern about the jailing without charge of Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba, editor of the privately owned newspaper Talassa, since January.
Republic of the Congo security services arrested Bemba in Brazzaville on January 11, 2017. According to a statement released by Congolese Public Prosecutor André Oko Ngakala, the editor is accused of "complicity in undermining state security" in connection with his publication of a statement by former rebel leader Frédéric Bintsamou, also known as Pastor Ntumi.
Bemba's arrest followed Congolese authorities' visit to Talassa's office on January 9 to prevent the newspaper's publication, according to news reports.
A formal request on July 13, 2017, for Bemba's release while awaiting trial was denied, and a trial date was not set, according to a person tracking his case. When CPJ in July 2017 contacted Séraphin Ondele, cabinet director of the minister of the interior for Republic of the Congo, he said he was unaware of Bemba's case.
This is not the first time Bemba and Talassa have been targeted by Congolese authorities. Bemba was arrested in 2015 in connection with an article critical of your administration, and Talassa was suspended in 2007 and 2013.
Bemba's detention for more than eight months without trial is inhumane, and sends a chilling message to the media in Republic of the Congo that the government will not respect the fundamental right of journalists to gather and impart information and that they too could be jailed.
We urge you to use your office to ensure that Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba is immediately freed and that all investigations against him are dropped. Freedom of the press in the Republic of the Congo depends on a climate in which journalists can work without fear of reprisal, which in turn depends on your leadership.
Sincerely,
Joel Simon
Executive Director
Committee to Protect Journalists
Christophe Deloire
Secretary General
Reporters Sans Frontières
CC:
Arsène Niamba, Communications Adviser to the President
Thierry Moungalla, Government spokesman
Jean Claude Gakosso, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Aimé Emmanuel Yoka, Minister of State, Keeper of the Seals, Minister of Justice and Human Rights
Sètondji Adjovi, Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights
David Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
Moussa Faki Mahamat, African Union Commission Chairman
Georges Nakseu, Directeur, Démocratie et Droits de l'Homme, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie
Faith Pansy Tlakula, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
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What To Do if ATM Swallows Your Card

 If the Automatic Teller Machine happens to swallow your card during transaction, there are certain things you are supposed to do.

 
Illustrative photo by The Punch
 
There are steps to protect your cards and what you can do if the Automatic Teller Machine swallows your card, according to http://echeck.org.
  • Wait for 10 minutes to restart: As annoying as it may be, I suggest you wait 10 to 15 minutes first before doing anything. There is a good chance the ATM machine software will reset on its own and your card will spit back out.
  • Take note of the time, place and location: If waiting for 10 to 15 minutes does not resolve the issue, well move on to this.Note down the time the machine swallowed your card and try to be as specific as possible. Note the date, the place you are, and the type of machine (if possible). For example, is it an ATM outside a bank and/or controlled and branded by the bank, or is it a stand-alone ATM in the street, or an ATM in a mall? Does it have a name, brand logo, and/or any other details?
Is there a number you can call on the machine itself, or any helpful information that may be relevant? If so, you should make a note of it and have a quick look at the ATM to see if it has been tampered with. You may want to use your phone to take a picture of the ATM and the numbers on it so you can show a bank later.
 
Contact the bank account provider: The bank or institution you use will have its own rules and own definitions. Some will say you have to raise a claim with the bank, others will say that you have to raise an inquiry, and some may say your account is frozen and freeze your account until the matter is resolved.
 
It is not wise to contact the ATM provider unless the bank you use and the ATM provider are the same company. In this case, your problem may be resolved a little quicker. When you raise the issue with your bank, they will often contact the ATM provider; but if you raise it with the ATM provider, then they will refer you to your bank and/or account provider.
 
If you can’t find the bank associated with the ATM, look for the contact number on the ATM (there usually is) and call it for support. You may be able to get a technician to come to the location right away and deal with the issue.
 
If ATM swallows your card while abroad
 
This is not a good situation as there may be language problems and it may be difficult to fix the problem on the spot, especially if the ATM is not attached to a bank but is in some other location.
 
If you are not in your home country, the situation is more difficult as you may be dealing with language problems and it may not be easy to call up the bank on the spot.
 
Minimise risk; we suggest you use an ATM outside of or, even better, inside of an actual bank while travelling abroad. If the ATM swallows your card, you can simply walk into the bank or call for assistance — the bank will be able to resolve the issue on the spot.
 
Make sure you have a backup ATM card linked to the same account or a different bank account. If one ATM card gets eaten or lost, you still can access your bank account and get money.
 
How to prevent ATM card issues while abroad
 
Use ATMs inside of a bank branch lobby: If the ATM card gets swallowed, you can enlist the bank staff to resolve this for you. This is much easier than trying to resolve the issue if the ATM is in a remote area. So use ATM’s attached to an actual bank if you can.
 
Enlist the help of a local to contact the number on the ATM/ATM bank: If you are in a foreign country, you may not be able to call the ATM company/bank branch yourself. If you are in a public area such as the metro, mall, airport, try contacting the local security or help desk. They may be able to contact the bank for you and explain the situation. If there is no security around or help desk close, you may have to ask people around you for help. Ask a local to call the contact number on the ATM if you don’t have a working phone and the language is not your own.
 
Know your bank’s policy regarding ATM card problems while abroad: If you have ATM card issues while abroad, it’s a good idea to know your bank’s policy regarding this. Will they send you a new card in a reasonable amount of time for example?
 
Consider using a travel credit card while abroad, especially when making large purchases: Credit cards have better protection, better exchange rates, and can be rush-replaced within a few business days. If you want to use it like debit card, preload the credit card with money (above your monthly balance and use it like an ATM card to withdraw the cash).


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Monday, September 18, 2017

WWE: Legendary Manager, Announcer Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan Dies at 73


Legendary pro wrestling manager and announcer Bobby "The Brain" Heenan died at age 73, World Wrestling Entertainment announced Sunday. Photo courtesy of WWE/Twitter 
 
Legendary pro wrestling manager and announcer Bobby "The Brain" Heenan died at age 73, World Wrestling Entertainment announced Sunday.
He had battled throat and lung cancer since 2002.
Hennan worked for several wrestling associations before finding fame with WWE. He managed such stars as Andre the Giant, Ric Flair, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy and "Ravishing" Rick Rude.
WWE wrote of Heenan, "As impossible as it may seem, Heenan's overwhelming success as a manager was matched by that of his announcing career. Heenan's constant verbal jousts with fellow WWE Hall of Famers Gorilla Monsoon and 'Mean' Gene Okerlund on USA Network remain among the most memorable moments in sports entertainment history. In fact, 'The Brain' was so entertaining that 'The Bobby Heenan Show' had a brief run on USA Network as well."
Okerlund told Slam! Wrestling: "Bobby was the guy in wrestling that you'd love to hate. He lived and breathed the profession and did a tremendous job with everything he did. ... As a commentator, I thought he was able to deliver tremendous insight and develop storylines effectively."
Flair tweeted: "Bobby Heenan... The Greatest Manager, One Of The Greatest Announcers, And One Of The Best In-Ring Performers In The History Of The Business"
Wrestling star Triple H tweeted a picture of Heenan with the caption: "... one of a kind"

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Egypt Court Upholds Ex-President Morsi's Life Sentence


Top appeals court makes the final ruling, accusing the overthrown president for leaking secret state documents to Qatar.
 
Mohamed Morsi 
 
An Egyptian court has upheld a life sentence for ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on charges of harming national security by leaking secret state documents to Qatar while he was in office. 
 
Morsi, democratically elected after Egypt's 2011 revolution, was removed from his position in mid-2013 by a coup led by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the army chief of the time.
 
Morsi was immediately arrested after the coup and Sisi has been the president of the country since 2013. The court also confirmed death sentences against three defendants in the same case. 
 
There have been no explanations yet for the rulings and they cannot be appealed.
 
In 2014, Egypt charged Morsi and nine others with endangering national security by leaking state secrets and sensitive documents to Qatar.
 
Sisi's crackdown
 
Morsi is already serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted for the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012.
 
Since toppling Morsi, Sisi has clamped down on dissent. Mass trials have been held for thousands of supporters of Muslim Brotherhood, which Morsi was a member of, and hundreds have received death sentences or lengthy prison terms.
 
Cairo's relations with Doha were already troubled by Qatar's backing of Morsi during the time of the cirisis.
 
Egypt is one of four Arab nations in a Saudi-led bloc that cut relations with the Gulf state on June 5, accusing it of backing "extremist" groups and cooperating with their arch-foe Iran, allegations Doha has repeatedly denied.

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Health Minister Disguises As Patient, Doctors Demand Bribe From Her

 

Uganda’s Health Minister, Mrs. Sarah Upendi, on Saturday disguised as a commoner and visited China-Naguru hospital, wearing a veil. Upon arriving at the hospital, she reportedly told the medical officials on duty that she wanted to take hepatitis B test.
Ugandan Minister of Health who disguised herself to visit a General Hospital, discovers patients pay bribe to get treated.
She was told to pay a bribe of shs5,000 at the reception in order to see a doctor, which she willingly paid.
When she finally got to the doctor, the doctor also asked for a bribe of shs100,000 to conduct the test. After paying, police covered up the place and arrested the two corrupt medical officers. Health services at the hospital are meant to be free.

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Nigerian Army Declares IPOB a Terrorist Organisation

 The Defence Headquarters of the Nigerian Army has labeled the Indigenous People of Biafra as a militant terrorist organisation.

IPOB members
 
The Defence Headquarters has branded the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a “militant terrorist organisation’’ and urged parents to dissuade their wards from joining the group.
 
In a statement in Abuja on Friday, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, the Director, Defence Information (DDI), therefore, restated the commitment of the Armed Forces to confront “all security challenges facing the country.’’
 
Enenche also assured of the protection of lives and property in all parts of the country by the military. He said that the group posed security challenge and had been metamorphosing from one stage to another.
 
“After due professional analysis and recent developments, it has become expedient to notify the general public that the claim by IPOB actors that the organisation is non-violent is not true.

“Hence, the need to bring to public awareness the true and current state of IPOB.

“In this regard, some of their actions, clandestinely and actively, that have been terrorising the general public include:

“The formation of a Biafra Secret Service, claimed formation of Biafra National Guard, unauthorised blocking of public access roads and extortion of money from innocent civilians at illegal road blocks.

“Militant possession and use of weapons (stones, molotov cocktails, machetes and broken bottles, among others) on a military patrol on Sept. 10, 2017.

“Physical confrontation of troops by Nnamdi Kanu and other actors at a check point on Sept. 11, 2017 and also attempt to snatch their rifles.

“Attack by IPOB members on a military check point on Sept. 12, 2017, at Isialangwa, where one IPOB actor attempted to snatch a female soldier’s rifle.’’

“From the foregoing, the Armed Forces of Nigeria wish to confirm to the general public that IPOB from all intent, plan and purpose as analysed, is a militant terrorist organisation,’’ the DDI said. 
 
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Genevieve Flaunts Wedding Ring After Allegedly Marriage

Nigerian actress, Genevieve Nnaji has taken fans by surprise after she flaunted her wedding ring following an alleged secret wedding.

Genevieve Nnaji flaunting her wedding ring today allegedly confirming the rumour
 
It looks like Genevieve Nnaji has confirmed rumours that she secretly married her beau recently after visiting Portugal by flaunting her wedding ring on social media.
 
Genevieve Nnaji and her alleged beau Ishaya Bako
 
The actress was on September 12 alleged to have married her man in a secret ceremony after a picture of the actress and friends surfaced online with Genevieve spotting a wedding ring.
 
 
Many of her friends in the industry have taken to her page to congratulate her on the massive step.
 


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Bafoussam, Bafang Without Water as Landslide Hits Part of West Region

 Reports say the nightmare on the Bafoussam-Bamendjou road reached its peak on September 16, 2017 after the road collapsed making movement very difficult. Eyewitnesses say the road collapsed in the morning hours after some visible cracked and immediately divided into two, making it impassable for cars and even motor bikes. It is even alleged that the road collapsed at the spot that was rehabilitated and the Minister of Public Works personally received the job. villagers are pointing accusing fingers at witchcraft while administrators say it is the result of landslide. Bafoussam town has been without water due to the effects of the landslide..More details soon



Saturday, September 16, 2017

US Considering Military Action Against North Korea Reports Say


U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused North Korea on Friday of threatening the entire world, and President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said the administration is not ruling out a possible military action against the regime.
The reactions came after North Korea fired a missile over Japan for the second time in under a month in defiance of international pressure over its missile and nuclear programs.
“There is a military option,” H.R. McMaster, Trump’s security adviser said during a press briefing at the White House, flanked by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
But he clarified that the military option is not a preferred option, hoping that all other diplomatic moves will succeed.
McMaster urged all nations to do more to rein in the North, which he called “one of the world’s most urgent and dangerous security problems.”
In the latest attempt to deal with an issue that has repeatedly frustrated world powers, the U.N. Security Council was due to meet on Friday to discuss the missile launch, at the request of the United States and Japan.
The council’s 15 members unanimously stepped up sanctions against North Korea over a nuclear bomb test it staged on Sept. 3, imposing a ban on North Korea’s textile exports and capping its imports of crude oil.
North Korea has launched dozens of missiles under leader Kim Jong Un as it accelerates a weapons program designed to give it the ability to target the United States with a powerful, nuclear-tipped missile.
Tillerson said in a speech to foreign officials that the tests threaten the world and stressed the United States was working closely with regional allies Japan and South Korea.
“In East Asia, an increasingly aggressive and isolated regime in North Korea threatens democracies in South Korea, Japan, and more importantly, and more recently, has expanded those threats to the United States, endangering the entire world,” Tillerson said.
Taking a tougher line than Tillerson, White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said the United States was fast running out of patience for diplomatic solutions on North Korea.
“We’ve been kicking the can down the road, and we’re out of road,” McMaster told reporters.
“For those … who have been commenting on a lack of a military option, there is a military option,” he said, adding that it would not be the Trump administration’s preferred choice.
North Korea’s latest test missile flew over Hokkaido in northern Japan on Friday and landed in the Pacific about 2,000 km (1,240 miles) to the east, the Japanese government said.
It traveled about 3,700 km (2,300 miles) in total, according to South Korea’s military, far enough to reach the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, which the North has threatened before.
“The range of this test was significant since North Korea demonstrated that it could reach Guam with this missile,” the Union of Concerned Scientists advocacy group said in a statement. However, the accuracy of the missile, still at an early stage of development, was low, it said.
On Thursday, Tillerson called on China, Pyongyang’s only ally, and Russia to apply more pressure on North Korea by “taking direct actions of their own.
But Beijing pushed back.
Trump will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York next Thursday, McMaster said.


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Friday, September 15, 2017

FIFA Rankings: Cameroon Drops 10 Places, Nigeria Drops 6

Recent FIFA rankings show that Cameroon has dropped 10 positions to be the 45th while Nigeria have slipped six places below to be placed 44th in the latest rankings released on last Thursday.

In the month under review, the Super Eagles recorded a decent outing against Cameroon in the World Cup qualifiers. First, they pummelled the Indomitable Lions 4-0 in Uyo before they were held to a 1-1 draw in Yaoundé.
Even at that, Gernot Rohr’s moved southward in the grading – as they now rank Fifth in Africa according to the world football governing body.
Cameroon fell 10 places to no. 45 in the world and sixth in Africa. Nigeria’s next opponent in the race to Russia 2018, Zambia zoomed 18 places up (78th in the world) after recording a double against Algeria.
Cape Verde were the biggest movers (up 47 rank, 264 by points) with Switzerland plummeting after losing 119 points.
Germany dethroned Brazil from the summit of the ranking following two impressive Fifa World Cup qualifying victories over Czech Republic and Norway.
Portugal, for their part, are up three to third and, further down, no fewer than 23 teams jumped ten places or more.
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President Biya to Attend UN Genreal Assembly in New York

"I have had the opportunity to speak about the strategic objectives of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The programme's innovation resides in the fact that it transcends traditional indicators of economic growth to focus on real human progress, the heritage of humanity, and the well-being and security of all. It is an ambitious program whose success requires genuine commitment from all nations. Through this program, our shared ambition is to eradicate poverty and to leave no-one behind. This is the challenge we have set for ourselves and that we all must now rise to as one in order to meet the expectations of our peoples and to answer the call of History.

#PaulBiya #Cameroon #UN"At the invitation of the His Excellency Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations Organization, His Excellency Paul Biya, President of the Republic of Cameroon, and his wife, Mrs Chantal Biya, left Yaounde Thursday morning, September  14, 2017, to take part in the 72nd Ordinary Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States of America.
The Head of State is accompanied by an Official Delegation comprising:
– Mr. Lejeune MBELLA MBELLA, Minister of External Relations;
– Mr. Martin BELINGA EBOUTOU, Director of the Civil Cabinet of the Presidency of the Republic;
– Mr. HAMADOU MOUSTAPHA, Minister in charge of Special Duties at the Presidency of the Republic;
– Mr. Paul ATANGA NJI, Minister in charge of Special Duties at the Presidency of the Republic;
– Mr. Luc SINDJOUN, Special Adviser at the Presidency of the Republic;
– Rear Admiral Joseph FOUDA, Special Adviser at the Presidency of the
– Republic;
– Mr. Henri ETOUNDI ESSOMBA, Cameroon’s Ambassador to the United States of America;
– Mr. TOMMO MONTHE, Ambassador, Cameroon’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations;
Mr. Simon Pierre BIKELE, Chief of State Protocol.

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London Subway Terror Attack: Man Hunt Launch, Threat Level at 'Critical' Reports Say


An injured woman is escorted away from 'Parsons Green' station in London on Friday after a terrorist device detonated during the morning rush hour. Photo by Matt Oliver/EPA 
 
Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Police began a manhunt Friday after an explosion rocked a crowded London subway car in what officials say was a terror attack during the morning rush hour.
The blast occurred as a train left Parsons Green station and caused a fire that swept through the subway car. Authorities are investigating the event as a terrorist-related attack, London Metropolitan Police said.
Government officials raised the terror threat level in England from "severe" to "critical," which means an attack is "expected imminently." The last time the threat level was raised to critical was the day after the Manchester terror bombing in May.
Several passengers were burned and dozens hurried to leave the train and get out of harm's way. At least 29 people were injured, with NHS England reporting 21 still in the hospital by late Friday.
Passengers on the train said a wall of fire erupted aboard one car.
A major manhunt for the bomber was launched and police asked for information from any witnesses or other sources.
Police have not yet made any arrests. London Mayor Sadiq Khan confirmed the manhunt but did not say if any specific person is being sought.
Although reports have claimed police are pursuing a suspect based on images from CCTV at the scene, Scotland Yard told The Standard that "there's no truth to that."
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Marc Rowley said an improvised explosive device caused the explosion. Authorities added that the IED may not have fully detonated, and might have been set off with a timer.
Rowley also said British counterintelligence agency MI5 is involved in the investigation.
The incident prompted panic in the subway, disrupted schedules and drew a quick and heavy response from rescue workers and armed police. Emergency responders were on the scene within minutes, Rowley said.
The attack drew swift condemnation from U.S. officials.
"Another attack in London by a loser terrorist," President Donald Trump tweeted early Friday. "These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!"
"The U.S. remains committed to defeating terrorist organizations as well as their evil ideology," Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said at a White House press briefing Friday afternoon.
British officials criticized Trump's tweets as "unhelpful" and "dangerous," although the president expressed sympathies and offered help in a phone call with British Prime Minister Theresa May Friday.
Friday's was the fifth terrorism-related attack in London this year. The previous four killed 36 people, and police said six other significant plots, soon to be prosecuted, were thwarted before they occurred.


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Latest Fashion Brand: Calvin Klein Offers Sleeves only' Sweater Whose Price will Shock you

 

 Fashion brand Calvin Klein has released a sweater that appears to simply be a pair of sleeves.
The $1,650 "multicolor wool cheerleader sweater" features a semi-sheer stretch nylon and wool material that creates the illusion that the garment has no torso.
A thin line of blue contrast stitching along the side breaks the illusion, leading into off-white and blue rib knit sleeves seemingly floating in thin air.
The unusual garment is listed on Canada-based online retailer Ssense, but is currently sold out.

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Study links swine flu to increased risk for type 1 diabetes

Researchers report that data on a pandemic in Norway suggests people who contract the H1N1 swine flu have an 18 percent increased likelihood for later diagnosis of diabetes.
 Young people who've been infected with the H1N1 swine flu virus may be at increased risk for type 1 diabetes, a new study suggests.
Researchers examined data from all the 2.28 million people aged 30 and younger in Norway between June 2009, when pandemic H1N1 flu struck the country, and June 2014.
People who reported flu symptoms during the pandemic were 18 percent more likely to later be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes than those who did not get the flu, the investigators found.
This association was even stronger in children aged 15 or younger. Among that age group, those who were infected with H1N1 flu virus had a 25 percent increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes, according to the study.
However, the association seen in the study doesn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship.
The study findings were scheduled to be presented Wednesday at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, or EASD, in Lisbon, Portugal.
People inherit a genetic susceptibility to type 1 diabetes, but an environmental trigger is also needed for it to develop, and viral infections may provide that trigger, the researchers explained in an EASD news release.
Previous research has linked H1N1 with the development of autoimmune disorders, the study authors noted.
"This study may support the hypothesis that respiratory infections can contribute to the development of type 1 diabetes, due to stress and inflammation in predisposed individuals," Paz Lopez-Doriga Ruiz and colleagues from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and Oslo University Hospital, concluded in the news release.
Findings presented at meetings are generally viewed as preliminary until they've been published in a peer-reviewed journal.



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Thursday, September 14, 2017

President Mugabe Rubbishes South African Entertainer Who Doesn't Wear Panties

Elderly African leader, Mr Mugabe has reportedly expressed his disapproval of a South African celebrity who refuses to wear panties.

 
Zodwa Wabantu
 
South African entertainer, Zodwa Wabantu who is known for not wearing panties recently made news when she said that she would like to meet Zimbabwe's 93 year old president, Robert Mugabe.
 
Zodwa said before she made the trip to Zimbabwe some fans warned her to "behave" because that country's president is a strict man.
 
"They were telling me that Mugabe does not allow nonsense. And as a result I would not be allowed into Zimbabwe because I am too sexy.Some feel I will be half Unclad and that he (Mugabe) knows that I don't wear panties," she told local journalists.
 
"I would love to meet Mugabe if given a chance," she said. "I don't live a fake life. This is me: I am not expensive. I am a "kasi" person. I love you all. God gave me this body and I am using it," she said to cheer.
 
Mugabe has however blasted Zodwa Wabantu for not wearing panties, and any form of underwear for that matter.
 
Speaking at a rally in front of a 10‚000-strong crowd in Bindura on Saturday, Mugabe said he is aware that a decision to ban her from participating at official government events which she had been earlier invited to in Zimbabwe made him a “killjoy"
 
TshisaLIVE quoted the President as saying; “I’m sorry we disappointed many men” before questioning why Zodwa would attend parties without underwear.
 
“You just come without covering your decency. What do you want? Men to see you? We don’t want such‚” he said.
 
The decision has drawn mixed reaction‚ with political figures weighing in on the decision.
 
“There are many things that are wrong in this country and they are not addressed. But suddenly someone asks about Zodwa and it becomes a national interest‚ as if it’s a state of emergency‚” said a prominent political activist Josphat Ngulube.


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See First Photo of Serena William's Daughter

World tennis champion, Serena Williams has shared first photo of her baby who was born on the 1st of September.

Serena Williams and her lovely daughter
 
Serena Williams has shared first photo of her daughter leaving her fans totally excited. The superstar took to social media writing: "Meet Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. You have to check out link in bio for her amazing journey. Also check out my IG stories 😍😍❤️❤️."
 
 
The start had in April announced her 20 weeks pregnancy with fiance, Alexis Ohanian. In August, the tennis champ had a star-studded baby shower in which she opted for a gorgeous 1950’s theme which saw her besties dress in eye-catching 50’s attire.  Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. was born on September 1.
 
Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian


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Hilarious: First Female President Elected in Singapore Without Vote Cast

 The first female President of Singapore has been elected without people casting a single vote.

Singapore's President-elect Halimah Yacob and her husband Mohammed Abdullah Alhabshee address supporters before leaving the nomination centre in Singapore September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su
 
Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament, was declared elected as Singapore’s first woman president on Wednesday, after the returning officer announced she was the sole candidate to qualify for the contest.
 
Aiming to strengthen a sense of inclusivity in the multicultural city-state, Singapore had decreed the presidency, a largely ceremonial post, would be reserved for candidates from the minority Malay community this time.

“Although this is a reserved election, I‘m not a reserved president,” Halimah said in a speech at the elections department office. “I‘m a president for everyone.”
 
Halimah’s experience as house speaker automatically qualified her under the nomination rules.
 
Of the four other applicants, two were not Malays and two were not given certificates of eligibility, the elections department said earlier this week.
 
The last Malay to hold the presidency was Yusof Ishak, whose image adorns the country’s banknotes.
 
Yusof was president between 1965 and 1970, the first years of Singapore’s independence following a short-lived union with neighboring Malaysia, but executive power lay with Lee Kuan Yew, the country’s first prime minister.
 
The separation of Singapore from Malaysia gave ethnic Malays a clear majority in Malaysia, while ethnic Chinese formed the majority in independent Singapore.
 
Reuters - (Reporting by Fathin Ungku; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan & Simon Cameron-Moore.)

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Over 500 People Die in Congo Cholera Epidemic

A cholera epidemic which broke out in Congo has claimed the lives of about 500 people due to the issue of contaminated water.

 
File Photo
 
The World Health Organisation on Tuesday said more than 500 people have so far died in cholera epidemic sweeping the Democratic Republic of Congo.
 
The world body said in a statement that outbreaks of the water-borne disease occur regularly in Congo, mainly due to poor sanitation and the lack of access to clean drinking water.
 
It stated that this year’s epidemic, which hit at least 10 urban areas including Kinshasa, was particularly disturbing as about 1.4 million people were displaced by violence in the central Kasai region.
 
The WHO said at least 528 people had died and the epidemic had spread to 20 of Congo’s 26 provinces.
 
It noted that “the risk of spread remains very high toward the Grand Kasai region, where degraded sanitary and security conditions further increase vulnerability in the face of the epidemic.
 
“So far, health officials have recorded more than 24,000 suspected cases of the disease across the vast nation this year, averaging more than 1,500 new cases per week since the end of July.”
 
It added that WHO sent a team of experts, including epidemiologists and public health specialists to Congo this month to contain the spread of the disease.


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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

65-year-old Virgin Takes Part in the 2017 Annual Reed Dance (Photo)

A 65-year-old virgin has revealed her excitement after she was cleared to participate in the annual reed dance in South Africa.
65-year-old virgin, Ngipheni Ngcobo
 
Ngipheni Ngcobo may be one of the oldest virgins at the age of 65, but every year in September, she gets excited as she prepares her traditional attire to attend the uMkhosi woMhlanga (reed dance) ceremony.
 
Later today she will board a bus, along with other, younger maidens, and travel to King Goodwill Zwelithini’s Enyokeni Royal Palace for Saturday’s reed dance.
 
Speaking to the Daily News in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday, she said the event was the highlight of her life and an opportunity to show off her pride at being a virgin at her age.
 
“Come rain or sunshine, I will be at the reed dance. Only illness or a death in my family would force me to miss this ceremony.”
 
Ngcobo will take girls from her Nzondweni Village in Mafunzwe area, outside Pietermaritzburg, with her. The girls had qualified to attend the reed dance after months of virginity testing and workshops on the importance of staying a virgin until marriage.
“I am not ashamed that I am not married. I also don’t regret not having children of my own. In fact, I am fulfilled by the role I play in my community and by the example I am setting to young girls, that having a man and bearing children is not everything and definitely not something that defines us as women,” she said.
 
After having her heart broken by a man she had loved and who had paid her bride price as per the lobola tradition, she decided to stay single. “Fortunately, I was still a virgin and I felt that I left him with my dignity intact. I wanted to save myself from more heartbreak.”
 
She has since lived a happy, fulfilling life. Ngcobo attended virginity testing all her life, but only started attending the reed dance 20 years ago.

“I dreamt of attending the reed dance since I was a young girl. The problem was getting transport to travel to the royal palace,” she said. Taking part in the ceremony only became a reality for her and others when the Msunduzi Municipality provided funding for transport and food. “For maidens, attending the reed dance is the most precious and exciting cultural practice we do.”
 
Ngcobo is the leader of a cultural group of maidens.
 
Nomagugu Ngobese, a cultural activist and director of the Nomkhubulwane Culture and Youth Development Organisation, said Ngcobo had been one of the most loyal maidens and had played a huge role in getting more and more maidens to attend the reed dance.
 
“We should not take virginity testing lightly. We need to encourage and save our girls from killer diseases such as HIV and Aids and the best thing to do is for them to abstain from sexual activities,” said Ngobese.
 



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2017 Zulu Virgin Annual Reed Dance in South Africa #PhotoNews

Princess Nqobangothando has taken a leading role as the annual reed dance at eNyokeni Royal Palace kicked off in South Africa.

Princess Nqobangothando at the annual reed dance at eNyokeni Royal Palace on September 6, 2014
in Nongoma, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / City Press / Khaya Ngwenya)
 
The 2017 annual reed dance in South Africa got off to a colourful start some days ago as the Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini presided over the event. Thousands of young women came out to participate in the event.
 
It all started well with the local mayor expressing his pride in the continuation of the decades-old custom.
 
What you need to know abou Reed Dance
 
The ceremony is known as Umkhosi woMhlanga, and takes place every year in September at the Enyokeni Royal Palace in Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal. The girls come from all parts of Zululand, and in recent years there are also smaller groups from Swaziland, as well as more distant places such as Botswana and Pondoland.
 
All girls are required to undergo a virginity test before they are allowed to participate in a royal dance. In recent years the testing practice has been met with some opposition.
 
 
The girls wear traditional attire, including beadwork, and izigege and izinculuba that show their bottoms. They also wear anklets, bracelets, necklaces, and colourful sashes. Each sash has appendages of a different colour, which denote whether or not the girl is betrothed.
 
As part of the ceremony, the young women dance bare-breasted for their king, and each maiden carries a long reed, which is then deposited as they approach the king. The girls take care to choose only the longest and strongest reeds, and then carry them towering above their heads in a slow procession up the hill to Enyokeni Palace. The procession is led by the chief Zulu princess, who takes a prominent role throughout the festival. If the reed should break before the girl reaches that point, it is considered a sign that the girl has already been sexually active.
 
 
The ceremony was reintroduced by King Goodwill Zwelethini in 1991, as a means to encourage young Zulu girls to delay sexual activity until marriage, and thus limit the possibility of HIV transmission.
 
-culled from Wikipedia
 



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How to Charge Your Phone without Electricity

A backup battery pack is the safest and easiest way for charging without power as other solutions include a hand crank, solar panels and a wind turbine.

 
 
It is not uncommon for residents of cities and towns to go without electric power for days. This leaves phone users with many hours unable to get across to their loved ones and business partners. 
 
The question most people keep asking is how to keep their phone fully charged without having to rely on electricity. 
 
Here are the answers:
 
From battery packs, solar panels and hand cracks, there are dozens of ways to charge your phone without using a typical charger, according to experts.
 
Backup battery packs: these are the easiest and safest option. They will definitely charge your phone and are inexpensive and available everywhere.
 
Solar panel and charger: this is an affordable option that ads more versatility than the traditional backup battery packs because it doesn’t require electricity to charge in the first place.
 
Hand crank: The Eton BoostTurbine2000 handcrank would be a difficult way to give your phone a full charge, but it can get you some power in an emergency.
 
Wind turbine: the inventors claim that when fully-charged, the turbine can charge your phone four to six times. But this is a pricey option at $399( about FCFA 200.000).
 
But Matthieu Dubarry, an electrochemist at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute who is an expert in batteries, told DailyMail.com that trying to charge a phone with a 9V battery ‘is certainly not a good idea because of the voltage.
 
“You don’t want to put anything past 4.5 volts”, he said.
 
“That’s really really bad”, he echoed, emphasizing that no batteries, even lower than 9V, should be used.
 
If you attempt this for too long and the battery gets too hot, the phone can explode. Sometimes this can happen right away and other times it can take two or three days.
 
“5 or 6 [phone batteries] is as much power as a hand grenade”, he said.
 
“There’s a risk, and we don’t want people getting hurt because they tried something off the internet without knowing about it.”
 
He explained the iPhone probably has a safety that prevents it from accepting the charge from the 9V battery, which is why the ‘this accessory may not be supported’ error message popped up.
 
Build a fruit battery
 
Several online tutorials also show how to charge a cell phone using acidic fruits (like oranges, lemons, or apples), copper wire, and both zinc and copper nails.
 
To do this, insert one zinc nail and one copper nail into several pieces of fruit so that the nails are close but not touch. Next, connect the copper piece of one fruit to the zinc of another using the copper wire to make a circuit.
 
Then cut open the USB end of your charging cord, connect the wires to the ends of the copper wires in the fruit circuit, and plug in your phone. Other ways to do this involve metal plates or coins.
 
But beware before trying this method; know that it also has the potential to damage your phone, Dubarry said.
 
Backup battery packs
 
Battery packs are the easiest and safest way to charge your phone.
 
You can charge these devices ahead of time when you do have power and then use them to charge your phone (as well as other devices) later when you can’t reach an outlet or don’t have electricity.
 
They can be purchased for less than $20 (FCFA 10.000) online or in department and convenience stores.
 
Solio Classic2 Battery Pack + Solar Charger
 
Using this small, 10.1-ounce device, you can charge your phone using solar power.  Simply spread out the panels facing the sun to the charge the device itself (which should take about 10 hours), and then you can charge your phone.
 
Inc. tested the $100 (approximately FCFA 50.000) Solio device and was able to charge an iPhone in 90 minutes. Also in 90 minutes, they got an iPad’s charge up 20 percent. 
 
This is a somewhat affordable option that ads more versatility than the traditional backup battery packs because it doesn’t require electricity to charge in the first place. 
 
The Eton BoostTurbine2000
 
This device is the most manual way to give your phone a charge. It’s a $60 (FCFA 30.000) hand crank that is roughly the size of a smartphone itself and has a retractable crank you can turn to charge your phone. 
 
Charging your phone this way would take a lot of labour - three hours of cranking, to be exact. But if you need to make an emergency call, one crank is enough to generate enough power a 30 second call.
 
Vindur portable wind turbine
 
Two electricians designed the world’s first portable turbine phone charger that lets people charge their mobile phone using wind power alone. 
 
It started on Kickstarter as Trinity, a device folds together into a 12-inch cylinder and then unfolds into a vertical turbine that be used to charge USB devices.
 
To open the product you’d pull out the aluminium legs and arrange them either into a tripod or on a flat surface. At the top of the legs is a turbine with three blades.
 
These capture the wind and spin, providing green energy for a generator that can supply to 15 watts of power. There is also an internal battery that can store energy if you don’t need it right away.
 
The inventors claim that when fully-charged, the turbine can charge your phone four to six times.  After raising $75,000, the creators are now selling a new version called Vindur for $399.



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UN Security Council slaps new sanctions on North Korea

Security Council unanimously imposes new sanctions on Pyongyang in watered-down version of initial draft resolution.


 The United Nations Security Council votes to pass a new sanctions resolution against North Korea [Jason DeCrow/AP Images]

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution imposing new sanctions on North Korea following its sixth and largest nuclear test.

With backing from China and Russia, the council voted 15-0 on Monday to slap a ban on textile exports and restrict shipments of oil products to North Korea.
The resolution is a watered-down version of the original US proposal.

It does ban North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates.
But it only caps Pyongyang's imports of crude oil at the level of the last 12 months, and it limits the import of refined petroleum products to 2 million barrels a year.

OPINION: Peace with North Korea is still possible

It also bans all textile exports and prohibits all countries from authorising new work permits for North Korean workers - two key sources of hard currency.
The initial US proposal included an assets freeze on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and a complete ban on countries selling oil to his government, but the measures were softened to appease China and Russia.

It is the ninth resolution unanimously adopted by the 15-member council since 2006 over North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes.

Not looking for war'

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the bans on textile exports and overseas workers alone would starve the Pyongyang of at least $1.3bn in annual revenues - an estimated $800 million and $500 million respectively. 
UN Security Council 'strongly condemns' North Korea nuclear test
She added that the US is not looking for war with North Korea and Pyongyang has "not passed the point of no return".
"If it agrees to stop its nuclear programme, it can reclaim its future. If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it," she told the UN Security Council after the adoption of new sanctions.
"Today's resolution would not have happened without the strong relationship that has developed between President [Donald] Trump and Chinese President Xi."
Trump has vowed not to allow North Korea to develop a nuclear missile capable of hitting the mainland United States.
However, Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay, reporting from the South Korean capital Seoul, said that "we seem to be stuck in this endless cycle of provocation and condemnation, and there is no sign of either side - the US and South Korea combined or North Korea - backing down from their state positions". 
North Korea was condemned globally for its latest nuclear test on September 3, which it said was of an advanced hydrogen bomb.

Resume talks 'sooner rather than later'

China's UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi called on North Korea to "take seriously the expectations and will of the international community" to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile development, and called on all parties to remain "cool-headed" and not stoke tensions.
Liu said relevant parties should resume negotiations "sooner rather than later".
To kick-start talks, China and Russia have proposed a dual suspension of North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile testing, as well as US and South Korean military exercises.
"We think it's a big mistake to underestimate this Russia, China initiative. It remains on the table at the Security Council and we will insist on it being considered," Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the Security Council.

Source: www.aljazeera.com


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