Tuesday, January 31, 2017

UNICEF said, N44.1b is required to fight malnutrition in North-East

United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has revealed that about N44.1 billion (US$147 million) is required to prevent severe malnutrition in 450,000 children in North-East part of the country this year, even as it seeks $3.3 billion to cater for 48 million children living in the worst conflict areas globally.
In a statement made available to Vanguard yesterday, the organisation made an appeal for support, warning that in the three most affected states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, thousands of children may come down with acute malnutrition in the near future if the required financial support is not made available.

According to the UNICEF Director of Emergency Programmes, Manuel Fontaine, “Nigeria is one of the main countries of focus for the appeal. “For our emergency response for children and families affected by the conflict in North-East Nigeria, UNICEF is seeking US$147 million. “While the biggest individual appeal is on behalf of children and families caught up in Syria’s long-running conflict, for which UNICEF is seeking over US$1 billion for assistance, 48 million children living through some of the world’s worst conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies will benefit from UNICEF’s 2017 appeal, which was launched today (yesterday).”

FG said, it had recovered a sensitive information from Boko Haram

The Federal Government, yesterday in Abuja, said it had recovered some sensitive documents and treasure of the Boko Haram in the Sambisa Forest.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this, said the items, including the propaganda strategy of the sect, was discovered from the materials left behind by the terrorists after they were routed from their last stronghold in the forest.

The minister, therefore, called on the media and the public to be vigilant, saying “the decimated group has shifted its strategy towards dominating the media space, propagating a perverted version of Sharia law and giving the impression that it is still holding territory.” He also appealed to the public and the media to ensure that they do not “unwittingly provide the terrorists with the oxygen of publicity that they desperately need.

“We must all unite against terrorism by denying Boko Haram our platforms to propagate its ideology. Both the media and the citizens have important roles to play in complementing our Armed Forces, which are combining land and air resources to completely clear the vestiges of Boko Haram.”

National Assembly, Udoma confer with Osinbajo

Nigeria Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, yesterday, led the Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, to a meeting with Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. Others in attendance were Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma.
Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting held behind closed doors, Saraki said they were consulted on matters of economy and 2017 budget. He said: “We are meeting on the economy and the budget, myself, the Vice President and the Speaker, Minister of Budget and Minister of Finance. We are aware that the economic team will soon be on a road show and to brief us and let us know the issues and carry us along. “We have just started the  budget defence. So, there are no issues. These are just consultations.” Meanwhile, Secretary to Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr Lawal Babachir, was seen coming out of Osinbajo’s office shortly after Saraki and Dogara left the villa. It will be recalled that Babachir was indicted by the Senate over the funds meant for the welfare of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the North East and called for his sack. It could not be readily ascertained if the meeting discussed soft landing for the embattled SGF.


Nigeria declares two senior Customs officials wanted over importation of 661 rifles

The Nigeria Customs Service has declared two of its senior officers wanted over the importation of 661 pump-action rifles into the country.

The arms, which were intercepted at the Lagos port, were concealed with steel doors and other merchandise good.

The wanted officers are Abdulahi, I, an assistant superintendent of customs (ASC), with service number 44483 and ACIC Odiba Inah, with service number 133386.

An alert issued on Tuesday evening by the Deputy Comptroller General, Enforcement, Investigation and Inspection, Dan Ugo, requested that the officers should be arrested wherever they are seen and taken to the nearest customs formation.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, had on Monday said that the Federal Operations Unit, while on patrol, intercepted a Mark truck with registration number BUG 265 XG conveying a 40ft container with number; PONU/825914/3 along Mile 2 Apapa Road, Lagos.

The comptroller-general said the truck was immediately taken to F.O.U. premises for physical examination and 49 boxes containing 661 pieces of pump action rifles concealed with steel doors were revealed.

Mr. Ali said the rifles were under absolute prohibition, adding that its importation was illegal.

“Such deadly contravention of the law is even more unacceptable considering the fragile security situation in some parts of the country.

“Already three suspects have been arrested in connection with this illegal importation,” NAN quoted the comptroller-general as saying.

The suspects are: Oscan Okafor (an importer), Mahmud Haruna (a clearing agent), and Sadique Mustapha (accompanying the consignment to its destination).

Mr. Ali said initially the consignment was said to have originated from Turkey, adding that there was a mix-up in the document which finally revealed that the consignment originated from China.

He said Customs officers who were involved in the clearance of the containers were in the custody of Comptroller Mahmud Haruna of FOU Zone “A’’.

Mr. Ali said the seizure underscored the determination of the service to enforce all laws relating to importation and exportation of goods into and out the country thereby contributing to the economy, security and well-being of the country.

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Moroccans welcomed their country’s to the African Union

Moroccans welcomed their country’s “victorious return” to the African Union as their king on Tuesday took a seat at the bloc’s Ethiopian headquarters for the first time in decades.
“Morocco should have rejoined the African Union a long time ago,” pensioner Mohamed Alaoui told AFP in the capital Rabat late Monday.
The King of Morocco Mohammed VI delivers a speech in the main plenary of the African Union in Addis Ababa on January, 31, 2017. Morocco’s King Mohammed VI took a seat at the African Union headquarters Tuesday for the first time in 33 years after being re-admitted by the bloc. Morocco’s return to the fold comes a day after 39 of the AU’s 54 member states agreed to allow Morocco back in the fold, despite stiff resistance from countries such as South Africa and Algeria over the status of Western Sahara. AFP PHOTO Mustapha Akhaziz, a language professor, said it would be an opportunity for Morocco to “defend its interests on the issue of the Western Sahara”. Morocco’s press on Tuesday hailed the kingdom rejoining the 54-member bloc after 33 years of absence. “Historic decision”, “Victorious return”, “Thank you your Majesty…” read several headlines. The official news agency MAP published a string of interviews with African ministers welcoming Morocco back into its “African family”. Television channels broadcast footage of the Moroccan delegation in Addis Ababa, led by Foreign Minister Salahedinne Mezouar, singing the national anthem by the grand piano of a hotel lobby. On Monday, 39 countries voted to allow Morocco back into the fold despite resistance from countries such as Algeria and South Africa, which have traditionally backed the Polisario Front. Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, foreign minister of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, which claims sovereignty over the entire territory of Western Sahara, said the SADR accepted the decision. He said on Monday that having Morocco in the same room would allow the SADR to pressure them into allowing a referendum on self-determination in accordance with a 1975 decision by the International Court of Justice. Morocco has been angling to return to the African Union for several years, and King Mohammed VI formally announced his intention to do so in July last year. Morocco is increasingly looking southwards to expand its economy, and has realised it cannot drive an agenda on the continent without being a member of the union, observers say.

Rivers Police Commissioner is dead

DAILY POST report that, the Commissioner of Police in Rivers state, CP Francis Odesanya is dead.

The reporter gathered that CP Odesanya has been battling with an undisclosed illness, but subsequently flown abroad for better medical care.

A reliable source in the Command who does not want his name mentioned disclosed that CP Odesanya died early Tuesday.

When contacted, Spokesman of the Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni declined comment on the development.

Governor Ugwuanyi reorganize Ranger International management

The Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has rejigged the management of Rangers International, after holding a fact-finding meeting with the board, players, supporters’ club and other stakeholders in the club.

After it was agreed that there was a need for change, Ugwuanyi named former captain and coach of the Flying Antelopes, Christian Chukwu as the new General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the club.

Chukwu takes over from Ozo Chibuzor and his appointment takes place with immediate effect.

The decision was not unconnected with the unimpressive start to the new Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season by the defending champions. They have only won one game out of the first five fixtures.

Reacting to the development, Chukwu thanked the Governor for the appointment and his prompt intervention and promised to put in his best to ensure that Rangers retains it current status in Nigeria football.

He called for the cooperation and support of the board, management, players and all other stakeholders of the club to take it to an enviable height.

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ANC alleged of spreading fake news in South African local elections

ANC is alleged to have used the services of a group called the Media Advisory Team to attract voters through the use of social media, chat shows and a news website.

But the team is also alleged to have produced and planted fake information about its political opponents.

The accusation came to light when one of the people involved, Sihle Bolani, filed a case in court suing the ANC for 2.2 million rands (150,000 euros), claiming the party owes her the money for work she did.

Sihle Bolani also recorded on her cellphone some of the group's "war room" meetings with ANC's general manager Ignatius Jacobs.

The Democratic Alliance opposition party has said it is going to raise the matter with the Independent Electoral Commission in a meeting on Tuesday 31 January and ask for a full investigation into any violations of the Electoral Code of Conduct.

"The ANC's decision to run a black ops smear campaign against the Democratic Alliance and other political opponents undermines the function of free and fair elections,"  said Mabine Seabe, the spokesperson of the DA's leader, Mmusi Maimane. "And this is also condemned through our Electoral Act which states that a party cannot disseminate or produce information that is untrue or tarnish the name of any other political opponent”

He explains that a violation of this code of conduct carries a fine of up to 20,000 rands and, in the most extreme cases, the deregistration of the political party. The DA's legal team is examining whether to lay criminal or civil charges against the ANC.

One product of this alleged disinformation campaign are fake election posters of Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, holding an AK-47 with "Take up arms and fight" written at the top.

The EFF believes the smear campaign was carried out with the full cooperation of the ANC.

“We also believe that no amount of propaganda will ever restore the reputation of thieves and murderers, that’s why they still lost Johannesburg and Tshwane,” EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said.

The ANC denies being involved in the whole operation.

“The ANC categorically rejects with the contempt that they deserve the report that we would have funded some covert operations called the black ops campaign targeting opposition parties” said Khusela Sangoni, ANC’s communications manager, “We are obviously concerned that an employee of the ANC's general manager has been implicated and in this regard the ANC is instituting an internal investigation to get to the bottom of these allegations.”

As head of the department of information and publicity and responsible for communication, Sangoni is adamant that the ANC never contracted the services of the Sihle Bolani or anyone else mentioned as part of this campaign.

William Bird, the director of Media Monitoring Africa, believes that most of the allegations contained in the legal documents are true.

"Nothing that the ANC or those involved are saying does really anything to disprove that.” he says.

“Did some members within the ANC sanction this? Yes that certainly seems to be the case, if you look at Jacobs. But I don't think that any senior executive of the ANC would be that unbelievably stupid to make those kind of decisions.”

Number of homeless in France still on rise as Hollande's mandate ends

Despite his election promise to tackle poverty and other social problems, Hollande has had mixed results in providing decent homes for all, according to the Fondation Abbé Pierre homelessness campaign.

Four million people do not have a home or live in very poor housing conditions, the organisation's in annual report says, and more than 12 million are either tenants in arrears on their rent or home-owners in difficulty.

During the 2012 election campaign Hollande promised 500,000 new constructions per year, with 150,000 of them being public housing units.

But fewer than 400,000 homes have been built each year.

The Fondation Abbé Pierre also notes a massive 24 percent rise in evictions from rented property in 2015.

But there are positive points, the campaigners say, particularly limits on rent rises, better targeted attribution of social housing and help with heating and lighting.

The group has 15 proposals to fight homelessness, including the construction of 150,000 social housing units.

Presidential candidate Yannick Jadot, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Emmanuel Macron and Benoît Hamon were due to appear at a public debate on the report in Paris on Tuesday.

National Front candidate Marine Le Pen was not invited because of what the Fondation Abbé Pierre called its "profound disagreement" with her politics.


VACANCY: Nigerian doctor writes open letter to young doctors to go into blogging

Bamise, a medical doctor and blogger, writes opinions on general interest topics and politics in simple and easy to understand language.

Read Details below:
I write to you not as a doctor but as a friend. I know a lot is going through your mind in recent times. You recently finished your Youth Service Corps and suddenly you were jeered to the reality of a profession you started getting acquainted with just over a year ago.

You had feared during your medical training that you might not practise. You were either coerced to study medicine by your parents or, if you were like me, for fantasy and social prestige.

You had barely entered clinical years than your resentment towards taking up the stethoscope after graduation. At the first sight of blood in the theatre, you almost fainted. The feeling didn’t go away during your rotations in the emergency room. You dreaded it and did not look forward to it.

You knew you were very swift in solving Physics and Mathematics. In fact Mat 102 and PHS 102 were straight as for you. But this medicine looks boring to you, like garbage in garbage out. You think better in spatial terms, you like the flexibility and creativity of architecture and design. At some points, you have even written and tweaked around computer programmes. In short, this medicine isn’t what you like.

On the other hand, you saw countless patients that should not have died were there necessary facilities and infrastructures in place that were either not available at all or were grossly dysfunctional.

You could not bear to imagine that some essential drug, blood products, imaging equipment were not available at the most dire times (or even at all). This was in sharp contrast to what you watched on Grey’s Anatomy and House where basic things were not luxury.

You cried quietly in your hostel on the day that child with cancer died because you knew she could have lived longer had there been funding to care for innocent toddlers with such debilitating illness.

You have read many stories of children in the western world who beat that same type of cancer or at least didn’t go down so fast. In fact you heard there is a Cancer fund in the U.K. The same feeling you had when you heard that the man with incurable kidney disease died so soon because he couldn’t get an urgent dialysis.

He had sold his property since last year when he began maintenance dialysis. And you wondered what public health and governance is all about. “Where is humanity in the government?” You asked. You cringed.

You have been taught medicine in this 21st century in oven-hot lecture halls where you and your lecturers dabbed sweat away like flood from your brows. You saw doctors and nurses helplessly but dutifully doing procedures in low-lit condition and, sometimes, in utter darkness.

You were taught in the process that you have to “improvise”. Your professional examination was done inside a hall where you wrote your answers with one hand, and used the other to fan yourself with your question paper. But you made it through. You were told that regardless of the condition, you are bound by your oath to treat. You wondered if you were ready for that.

Housemanship was not any better. You were not disappointed. You have seen an operation, which your unit superiors harassed you to a sleepless night just to ensure complete pre-op work up and cross-matched blood, cancelled for lack of power supply or theatre space.

You’ve seen a case that your teacher told you that you should not stay for more than 24 hours still awaiting your teacher-turned-boss’s intervention on the fourth day for absolutely no fault of his. You wrote a drug for your patient and she couldn’t get it in your hospital’s big drug store. Or at other times an emergency drug was just not available.

Your one year training was interrupted many times by industrial strikes for no reasons other than improved pay. You only spent nine months doing house job if you honestly think about it. You wondered if you’ve gotten the all-round skills you need going out there. Is it going to be better in NYSC?

Yes, it was. You had the hands-on you desired, more liberty to learn on the job. But you were introduced to something new, the Nigerian governments and the civil service, salary and allowances delays, denials and broken promises. You are still being owed 6 months salary, four months after your service year.

Now you are looking for job, locum at least. You have had ridiculously bizarre offers; N60, 000 per month. You were embarrassed, shocked, depressed. “After 8 years of my life!” You yelled in your room. Divinity heard and smiled on you and you landed a good paying job on the Island for N160k.

Now, you think you should go for your residency. But you don’t want endless strikes. You don’t want to work your career in grossly inadequate and frustrating conditions. You don’t want peanuts at the end of the month because you have thought of how much you can possibly get in your first two years of residency.

Your girlfriend of three years subtly pesters you for marriage. You are going to leave your one-room apartment for a decent flat. You want a good car that competes with your established friends in the IT and Oil and Gas sectors.

You will write primaries with a month’s salary. But you remember your senior registrar-turned-consultant asking you to link him up with a VIP to get a job after one year being jobless. You marvelled that there was job scarcity for fellows too.

Then you look up to overseas. Three of your classmates have gone abroad, one in U.K already practising, another in U.S waiting to match, the last just joined the train to Saudi Arabia. They told you of better remuneration, better commitment to health policies and better training, practice and service delivery. Yes, that’s it! You exclaimed.

I’m leaving the country or you thought, let me drop the stethoscope. I’d face my photography business squarely. You know some senior colleagues who are now into Fashion Designing, Church ministry, Arts and Oil and Gas and are doing exceedingly well.

Yet again you have a mentor who constantly persuades you to be optimistic, that it’s not that bad here, that there are lots of opportunities in medicine all around that she is enjoying and she is not regretting a bit practising in Nigeria. She encourages you to write Primaries that she will follow up and help your progress.

Dear young doctors, your present predicament is not peculiar to you. Such is the internal conflict found in many members of this noble profession. I understand your plight, uncertainty, and fears. You are not alone.

The future is here and it is in your hands. Make no mistake. Nigeria is rich. It is a very fertile ground for great ROI. There is abundance of opportunities when you are pulled up or you push. If this career has become your passion, follow it.

If you believe you need greener pastures abroad to fulfil your ambitions, please find it. Choose with your eyes open. If this is really not your thing, then explore your gifts and abilities in other sectors. Go with your heart. Shut out the voices of emotional sentiments or family’s familiarity. You owe nobody any apology because no one will share your regrets.

Choose which way you wish my friend. Your current profession is noble but it is not you. Look yourself in the mirror. Feel free my friend. You are not caged in yet, until you do that yourself. Take the risks with the future in mind. Don’t live people’s expectations or dreams. Live your dream.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the editorial policy of NAIJ.com.

NAIJ.com welcomes writers, bloggers, photographers and all sorts of “noise makers” to become a part of our Bloggers network. If you are a seasoned writer or a complete newbie – apply and become Nigeria’s next star blogger.

Send us some info about your career, interests and expertise and why you’d like to contribute to the Blogger Network at blogger@corp.naij.com Also, please send us the link to your blog and three examples of your work.

(Culled from Naij.com)

A civil servant woman, sues her husband to Jikwoyi customary court

A civil servant, Faith Ogu, on Tuesday, dragged her unemployed husband, Joseph Ogu, to a Jikwoyi Customary Court in Abuja, seeking for divorce on the grounds that he deceived her about his ’employment’ status. Faith told the court that her jobless husband had deceived her into believing he had a source of livelihood before their marriage, adding that she only got to knew about his status as a ‘jobless’ person after they had  tied the knot.
“He never told me that he had no job, instead he kept telling me that he works with the Zenith Bank and that he has a business in Lagos, that yields him millions. “It was after I got married to him that I discovered the whole truth about him,” Faith said. She told the court that Joseph had also told her that he had built a house somewhere in Lugbe, but that after investigating, she realised that it was false. Faith said all her efforts to encourage him find a job did not elicit any positive response, as such she wanted the marriage dissolved. “He is lazy and does not want to do anything for a living; I have been lending him money, hoping that he would pay back. “I sponsored our wedding, I even lent him money to pay my bride price,” she said. The petitioner said that she had reported the matter to her elder sister to see if she could advise him but to no avail. “I beg this court to dissolve my marriage so that I can be free; I am tired of feed, clothing and paying medical bills for my husband ,” she pleaded. The Presiding Judge, Mr Everyman Eleanya, however reiterated that the respondent had not been in court since the beginning of the case and therefore ordered that a Hearing Notice be pasted in his sister’s house. He adjourned the case to Feb. 9, for continuation of hearing.

Oh! Bad Company

A farmer who had a beautiful parrot. This particular parrot was very talkative.

It became an integral member of the family and so, they no longer caged it. One day, some birds came to raid the farm of its master, and as they were marauding, the parrot spotted them, but instead of staying in her corner, she joined the birds to have fun.

The farmer also spotted the birds and ran inside his house, fetched his gun and then fired at the birds.

Many of the birds died while others flee away, but the parrot was hurt with a broken leg. When the farmer got nearer, to his surprised, he discovered that his parrot affected with a broken leg during the shooting of gun, and all the children of the farmer gathered to sympathize with the parrot.

The children of the farmer asked the parrot what happened and it said, "Oh! Bad company, bad company". The parrot joined the bad company and she suffered the punishment.

Federal High Court in Abuja refused an application by the Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike to stop the probe of election violence in the state

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday, January 30, refused an application by the Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike to stop the probe of election violence in the state.

The governor had earlier prayed the court to grant an ex-parte motion for an interim injunction on a proposed probe by the Nigerian police.

A submission objected by the police counsel.

But Justice Gabriel Kolawole in his ruling asked the defendants to provide reasons why Wike’s prayer cannot be granted.

However, on Monday, January 30, the police filed an application challenging the court’s jurisdiction to hear the matter.

But counsel to the plaintiff Mike Ozekhome asked the court for time to respond to the motion filed by the defendant.

Ozekhome said the defendants did not only admit conducting the investigation, which formed the thrust of his clients’ case, they confirmed they were proceeding with the investigation despite the pendency of the suit.

But responding, the judge denied the plaintiff’s prayer on the grounds that there was no irreparable damage that could occur to the plaintiffs should the defendants proceed with their investigation.

Kolawole said the police should proceed with its investigation despite the pendency of a suit challenging its powers to conduct such investigation.

“As I observed in my ruling of January 16, 2017, the plaintiff is, by his office, the chief security officer of Rivers state.

The 1st defendant, by virtue of the provision of Section 215(1) (a) of the Constitution, is the chief law enforcement officer of the federation, who equally has the statutory duties to prevent, to detect and investigate any crime within the Nigerian borders.

“Both the 1st, 2nd plaintiffs and the 1st defendants appear to be exercising powers conferred on them by laws.

“The proceedings for today are for the defendants to show cause and for the plaintiffs’ motion on notice to be argued in the context of the defendants’ responses to the plaintiffs’ motion on notice.

“The question, which tasked my thought, is whether the filing of a notice of preliminary objection, strictly speaking, is a process by which the defendant, against whom an order of interim injunction is sought, ought to file? I really do not think so,” Kolawole said.

He further adjourned the matter to Friday, February 10.


Nigeria soldiers were reportedly ambushed by the Boko Haram terrorist group while they followed some commercial vehicles

The Nigerian Army has confirmed the attack and killing of some soldiers in a Boko Haram ambush in Damboa, Borno state on Saturday, January 28.

The Punch reports that Major-General Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, said the terrorists escaped through the bush after the attack in which a civilian was also killed while two others were injured.

“There was an incident like that on Saturday. There was a military convoy passing and the Boko Haram came out in an ambush.

One civilian was killed and two others injured. The Boko Haram members incidentally ran away. There was no death on the part of the Boko Haram insurgents.

“The insurgents only wanted to disturb the peace and we lost a civilian. If you are in touch with happenings here, you will know that ambushes are not a big deal; two or three terrorists may set up an ambush.

“It was not true that the terrorists took away military vehicles. You cannot have a military convoy in procession and then an ambush, and vehicles will be taken away. We resisted them and they fled into the bush,” he said.

The report quoted a source as saying the corpses of the killed soldiers have been deposited in a morgue at the Maiduguri Teaching Hospital morgue.

It was learnt that the troops were following some commercial vehicles from Maiduguri to Damboa area when the Boko Haram attacked them and killed eight persons. Two injured soldiers later died.

The insurgents were said to have hijacked two of the commercial buses before fleeing toward the Sambisa area.

Barack Obama warn American that U.S. values are at stake

Barack Obama has re-entered the political fray just ten days after he handed power over to Mr Trump, stating that he supports mass protests against the "extreme vetting" orders.

"The President fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion," Mr Obama's spokesman said in a statement that was the former president's first since leaving office.

"Citizens exercising their Constitutional rights to assemble, organise and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake." 

It is rare for former presidents to criticise their successors - and certainly not just a week and a half after they are sworn in.

Protests continued across America and around the world - including in Britain.

In the US, at least three top national security officials - Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Rex Tillerson, who is awaiting confirmation to lead the State Department - have told associates they were not aware of details of the directive until around the time Mr Trump signed it. Leading intelligence officials were also left largely in the dark, according to US officials.

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations committee, said that despite White House assurances that congressional leaders were consulted, he learned about the order in the media.

Jose Mourinho up at 1pm

Jose Mourinho will speak to the media this lunchtime ahead of tomorrow's Premier League clash at home to Hull.

The United manager could well have an update on the chances of his side making a last-ditch bid for someone and the latest on the futures of Ashley Young among others.

United have added one new team member today though, that of new scout Radoslaw Kucharski.

Kucharski joins from Legia Warsaw and will search for potential new talent in central and eastern Europe.

Kucharski, who spent 10 years at Legia, is credited with bringing through a numerous youngsters at the club including Arsenal's Krystian Bielik.

Transfer Deadline day rush?

Morning all. It's transfer deadline day. Manchester United are one of six teams not in action tonight which means their whole day can be dedicated to bringing in those final recruits who can really help them push on between now and the end of the season.

Already this month, the focus has been on trimming the wage bill and recouping cash through sales, with Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay having left for Everton and Lyon respectively in deals worth a combined £46 million. 

Ashley Young could follow suit, with half a dozen Premier League clubs and Chinese suitors chasing the player. Midfielder Sean Goss joined QPR and goalkeeper Sam Johnstone went on loan to Aston Villa.

United have also been keeping a close eye on Atletico Madrid striker, Antoine Griezmann. Yet the Frenchman looks to be a priority for the summer while Mourinho also wants Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. 

All eyes for now will be on whether captain Wayne Rooney takes up a £32 million a year offer to move to China before the close of their transfer window on Feb 28.

Today sees Rooney emerging as a £20m target for Beijing Guoan - that is according to the Star.

Rooney has previously been linked with a move to MLS, however, the emergence of cash-rice Chinese Super League could be enough to convince him to head east instead.

Second-tier Shenzhen, managed by former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson are also keen on the striker.

Coleman to swap blue for red?

Well one of the leading bookies are confident the Republic of Ireland international will be swapping the blue of Everton for the red of Manchester United this month.

According to Paddy Power, Colelman is 1/3 to move to United. The 28-year-old has been a firm favourite of United managers gone by with both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal expressing their interests in the right-back.

Now it seems that Mourinho is equally as big a fan of Coleman and could go the whole hog and actually sign him. Well I never.

USA: Google employees stage worldwide walkout over Trump travel policy

Chanting Google employees launched into a round of "Sergey! Sergey!" Monday afternoon as hundreds of Googlers walked out of their offices at the company's Mountain View, Calif. headquarters to rally in protest of President Trump's executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Rallies were held at Google offices worldwide and by some counts as many as 2,000 employees took part.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin has popped up the day before at San Francisco International Airport, where thousands protested the executive order for hours on Sunday.

No matter how they voted, Republican or Democrat or Independent, many people are "outraged" by Trump's actions, Brin told the crowd who gathered under a clear California sky in a central area of the sprawling campus.

Brin himself came with his family from Russia as a refugee in 1979, fleeing persecution against Jews.

"Some of us might even adopt Pence 2017 bumper stickers," Brin told the crowd to shouts of laughter, alluding to suggestions by those opposed to Trump that vice president Mike Pence would make a better president.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, himself an immigrant from India, also spoke, telling the crowd "the fight will continue." The company and its employees have raised more than $4 million for a crisis fund that will be donated to groups working to support immigrants and refugee rights.


Mr. Donald Trump order targeting business rules leaves key regulations untouched

President Donald Trump signed an order on Monday that will seek to dramatically reduce federal regulations, but the policy will not apply to most of the financial reform rules introduced by the Obama administration.

Trump's latest executive action will require that agencies cut two existing regulations for every new rule introduced and it will set an annual cap on the cost of new regulations.

For the rest of fiscal 2017, the cap will require that the cost of any additional regulations be completely offset by undoing existing rules.

But, the move does not cover independent agencies that crafted many of the rules required by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the White House said.

It also would not apply to rules mandated by statutes.

"There will be regulation, there will be control, but it will be normalized control," Trump said as he signed the order in the Oval Office, surrounded by a group of small business owners.

During a meeting with the business owners, Trump described the Dodd-Frank law as "a disaster." He asserted that it was "almost impossible now to start a small business and it's virtually impossible to expand your existing business because of regulations."

White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Monday called the executive order a "first step" and said the administration would work with Congress to begin making changes to Dodd-Frank.

Implementing the new regulatory order may be difficult alongside the Trump administration's push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, said Tom Bulleit, head of the healthcare practice in the Washington D.C. office of law firm Ropes & Gray.

As the Congress passes new legislation on healthcare, there will need to be new rules, Bulleit said.

"There's a great deal of regulation that is either expressly required by legislation or is necessary to make the legislation work," he said.

Consumer groups and environmentalists criticized the push to peel back regulations, arguing that it would remove important protections for the public.

Major regulations are typically reviewed by the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) before they are issued. That review will continue under this new measure, but agencies will also have to identify what two regulations will be repealed to offset the costs of any new rule.

Harvard Law School Professor Jody Freeman said the new order was "entirely unnecessary," given similar cost-benefit regulatory directives made by past presidents and existing agency processes for reviewing older rules.

"Even it is fairly toothless in the end, it will be a weapon that OMB can use to harass agencies and slow regulation," Freeman said.

The new order does not require that the repeal of the two regulations be done simultaneously with the release of additional rules.

"This vests tremendous power and responsibility in the OMB director to ensure the president's direction in how we manage this across the government," a White House official told reporters before the signing.

Certain categories of regulations will be exempt from this new policy, including those dealing with the military and national security. The OMB director will also have the ability to waive this policy in certain instances.

Trump has tapped U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina to lead the OMB.


Members of the Yoruba Patriots Movement meet in Ibadan

Members of the Yoruba Patriots Movement including a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole; a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro; and a former Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe met behind closed door on Monday in Ibadan.

Also at the meeting were the National Coordinator of YPM, Oladosu Ladapo, a former Defence Minister, Kayode Olatokunbo, a former deputy governor of Osun State, Fatai Akinbade, Senator Ayo Adeseun, Prof. Soji Adejumo, Wole Oyelese, Saka Balogun and Dotun Oyelade.

Although Bankole and Obanikoro refused to grant interview to pressmen that approached them at the end of the meeting, Ladapo said they met to discuss a common economic agenda for the South-West.

He stated that Obanikoro and Bankole had been saddled with the responsibility of developing a blueprint for the South-West economy.

The meeting followed a colloquium that was held in Ibadan on January 21, where the YPM was inaugurated. At the colloquium were notable Yoruba politicians from all the political parties, including representatives of the South-West governors and former interim chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Bisi Akande.

Asked if the politics of the geopolitical zone was part of their discussions, Ladapo said it would be improper to divulge all that they discussed at the meeting to the public.

He, however, said the meeting looked into various measures to be taken in order to reposition the failing economy of the South-West through an economic summit.

Ladapo said, “We looked at various studies that have been done on the economy of the geopolitical zone and we came up with some measures. The studies show that the South-West is the poorest zone in the country. This is because by 2009, most banks and industries in Nigeria were in the hands of South-West people but because of one policy or the other, today, we virtually have nothing again. You cannot build your economy if you are not an entrepreneur because you will lack the capital to develop a good idea.

“In the production line and agriculture, the zone is behind. We rely too much on food from the northern part of the country even though we have arable land in the South-West. We have youth population that derives meagre income from riding commercial motorcycles even though some of them are graduates.

“We have formed a committee which has Obanikoro, Bankole, Adejumo, Adetokunbo and Dr. Bayo Orire as members. I will coordinate the committee. Another meeting will be called soon. We are reaching out to captains of industries in Nigeria and abroad, present and past governors and politicians in order to move the South-West forward.”

Nigeria Monitor

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DSS quizzes and freed Apostle Suleman over alleged inciting comment

Operatives of the Department of State Services in Abuja, on Monday, interrogated the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, for several hours.

Suleman arrived at the headquarters of the DSS at Asokoro, Abuja, with a few of his followers at 8.34pm.

A former governor, who was said to have assured the security agents that the pastor would honour the invitation, allegedly brought the fiery clergyman to the DSS for questioning.

Unlike in the morning when many of his followers and members of his church stationed themselves around the headquarters of the DSS, just a few of them were around the premises when he visited at night.

The few members who came were seen at Aso Drive in four cars.

In the morning, when he was expected to visit the DSS, several security apparatus were on the ground to allegedly curtail the excesses of the church members who had pledged to follow the preacher to the DSS for interrogation.

Apart from the gun-carrying DSS operatives, policemen drawn from the Anti-Terrorism Squad, riot and regular policemen, both in uniform and plain clothes were also seen around the premises of the DSS headquarters.

Also, regular soldiers, drawn from the Guard Brigade, were present to provide adequate security.

Officers and men of the Guard Brigade came with more than seven vehicles, while no fewer than three Armed Personnel Carriers were also stationed in the area.

A source close to him said the cleric was already preparing to leave for the DSS office before he was asked to delay his coming till 8pm.

As of the time of filing this report, Suleman was still busy writing his statement, but a source close to him said he would be allowed to go home.

“We are leaving here in the next few minutes. He’s not sleeping here,” the source added.

He was later released by the DSS at about 10.48pm

Radio Nigeria

News: Dolphin 'wrapped in clothing' sparks plea in Australia

The Department of Parks and Wildlife said the bottlenose dolphin was spotted off Bunbury, 170km (106 miles) south of Perth, on Australia Day last week.

A member of the public took images of the animal before alerting authorities.

Australian laws prohibit people from interfering with dolphins or whales without approval.

The public has been urged to report any sightings.

The photos appear to show the dolphin "wrapped" with a shirt or singlet vest, the department said.

"It is unlikely that the dolphin swam into the singlet, so this appears to be an intentional act," it said in a statement.

"This could have been catastrophic for the dolphin if it had covered its blowhole and restricted its breathing.

"Unfortunately the animal has not been seen since."

The department said the maximum penalty under the Wildlife Conservation Act was about A$4000 (£2400, $3000).


High court rejects Rod Culleton's last-ditch bid to keep Senate seat

The high court has rejected a last-ditch case from Rodney Culletonto to declare he is still a senator and maintain his pay and privileges until an appeal against his bankruptcy or the high court challenge to his eligibility are concluded.

The court, sitting as the the court of disputed returns, decided on Tuesday to dismiss Culleton’s bid to summon the president of the Senate and declined to grant any order to allow Culleton to continue calling himself a senator.

Speaking after the judgment, Culleton restated his position that he was a senator unless and until a court orders otherwise.

Asked why Justice Stephen Gageler had not found he was a senator, Culleton said: “Well, he didn’t say I wasn’t, either.”

Culleton claimed the decision merely amounted to the court deciding to wait until the judgment in the main case challenging his eligibility, although that was no part of Gageler’s reasoning.

The court’s reasons hinted that a decision in the main case could come before the Senate resumes on 7 February, which may provide the definitive ruling Culleton is not a senator.

Gageler found that Culleton’s bankruptcy fell outside the matter referred to the high court, his annulled conviction for larceny.

Therefore it was not not necessary to restore Culleton’s privileges as a senator in order to preserve the status quo before the high court makes its decision on the larceny conviction.

At a hearing in Canberra on Tuesday morning, Culleton’s counsel, Peter King, told the court that the president of the Senate, Stephen Parry, had no authority to eject Culleton from his position.

Complaining that the commonwealth had referred to “Mr Culleton” in its submissions, King won a small symbolic victory when Gageler said he would continue to refer to him as “Senator Culleton” for the purposes of the case.

Culleton later seized on this outside court to claim that Gageler had acknowledged he was a senator, when no such finding was made.

If Culleton had won the case he might not have remained in the Senate for long. In order to do so, he would had to have won an appeal to the full federal court against his bankruptcy and win the high court case on whether he is ineligible because of a larceny conviction, since annulled, but still on the books at the time of his election.

The attorney general’s counsel, Neil Williams, told the court the case before it dealt only with the narrow question of Culleton’s annulled conviction, not the bankruptcy, so Parry was within his rights to act on the fresh reason for his ineligibility.

Williams argued there was not “irremediable harm” to Culleton’s seat being declared vacant, because the effect was only that Culleton was not being paid. There was no suggestion his seat would be filled until the other cases were resolved, he said.

Culleton’s chief of staff, Margaret Menzel, was present in court. Menzel cleared out Culleton’s parliamentary office on Thursday, but said she and other staff would help him fight on despite the fact they will not be paid from next week.

Gageler said costs for the application would be exempt from any order that the commonwealth pay Culleton’s costs, meaning the former senator will pay his own costs.

The guardian

Monday, January 30, 2017

Nigeria Senate meets today for smooth passage of 2017 budget

Senator Ahmad Lawan has told Nigerians that the 2017 budget would be smoothly and promptly passed, just as he said that the leadership will meet today with chairmen of committees on the way forward for the budget.
Speaking with journalists yesterday, Senator Lawan, said that after the meeting which would ensure a seamless budget process, committees would then commence with budget defence, adding that the meeting with committee chairs would pave the way for the committees to do their job which is aimed at passing the budget as soon as possible. Senator Lawan, who noted that it was obvious that Nigerians were waiting anxiously for the 2017 budget to be passed, said: “The leadership will meet tomorrow (today) with committee chairmen on the way forward for the budget.
”After the meeting, committees will begin the budget defence. We don’t envisage any issue. Everybody has learned his lesson. We are all working for the smooth passage of the budget.” Senate President, Bukola Saraki, had on Thursday last week announced that the Senate leadership would meet with committee chairmen after plenary,  but the meeting was shifted to today. It is expected that the meeting would lay the template for the budget defence with ministries, departments and agencies. The meeting will also draw the time table for the budget defence. It is expected that the Senate will use the period of its break to conclude the budget defence to pave way for the passage of the fiscal proposal its resumption on February 21.

NASENI develops solar-powered electronic voting machine for 2019 poll

The Electronic Development Institute, ELDI, Awka, Anambra State, has developed a solar-powered electronic voting machine for the 2019 general election. Presenting the device to the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, in Abuja, yesterday, Vice Chairman of National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Haruna, told the minister that the innovation was inspired by his (minister’s) request on the agency to develop a tamper proof electronic machine for general election. He explained that the new voting machine was an improvement on the existing Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC process. Illustrating the machine, the NASENI boss said the novel technology with cloud-based election result collation system was developed using computer based computing which addresses most of the current electoral challenges with several advantages. Haruna said the machine, which comes with many advantages, has the capacity to eliminate ballot snatching, multiple thump printing, failure of card reader and alteration of data between polling units and collation centres. He explained that the device makes provision for real time election result  as voting progresses, adding that it also has provision for diaspora voting and incorporates facial recognition, radio frequency identification device options of voter’s identification in addition to thump print and card reader. The solar powered electronic voting system, according to him, is a home grown technology built on  the gains of the present INEC voting system  that permits all federal, state and local government elections  to be conducted in one day with a voter spending between 50 to 90 seconds to cast his/her votes for both executive and legislative elections. The system was designed to permit real time display of result as voting progress, if the electoral body so desires, while eliminating human errors.

Senator Saraki advices NGOs to Partner with govt on North-East development

The Nigeria Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has advised all humanitarian agencies and non-governmental organisations, NGOs, operating in the North-East region of the country to always liaise with government agencies to help ease administrative bottlenecks in the course of their duties
The Senate President, while receiving the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, WFP, Ms. Ertharin Cousin, who led other members of the organisation on a visit to the National Assembly, urged humanitarian agencies to always collaborate with security agencies to ensure their safety at every point during their stay in the country. While responding to comments by the WFP Executive Director, Saraki said such collaboration with different levels of governments in the country would help ease some of the administrative challenges the NGOs may encounter in their line of duty, especially on security and importation of their equipment.
According to the Senate President, “the collaborative efforts will help us play our part very well by providing the necessary counterpart initiatives.” Dr. Saraki also called for a sustained humanitarian effort to address the challenges facing internally displaced persons, IDPs in the North-east, while urging the WFP to help ensure that the food crisis in the IDP camps are reduced. Earlier, the WFP Executive Director complained that her organisation encountered some administrative bottlenecks in the importation of the equipment needed in the course of its duties and sought the intervention of the Senate President to ease the challenges. Ms. Cousin said the WFP is providing high yield seedlings to the displaced persons in the North-East, explaining that the intervention is to ensure food security in the region. She explained that over one million people had benefited from the provision of assorted seedlings and that between January and April this year the number would increase from 1.3 million to 1.8 million, following the joint efforts with the various states’ ministries of agriculture.

Emir of Kano advice Northerners that, ‘If You Can’t Take Care Of Your Children, Don’t Give Birth’

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has called on Northerners to give birth to only the number of children they can cater for.

He said this when he spoke at the 60th Anniversary, Founder’s Day Lecture and Magazine Launch of Kaduna Capital School.

“You are allowed to marry two wives if you can maintain them. You are also allowed to produce 100 children if you can maintain and educate them, but if you cannot, please marry the number of wives you can maintain and produce the number of children you can take care of. We are obsessed by number as anything produced en masse is cheap. We have produced all these children like commodities They are there on the streets and that is why they die and people don’t care because they have no value. They are also on drugs and people don’t care” he said

Revcontent partner with Google on AMP

Revcontent's CEO and founder, John Lemp (pictured left), has announced the company’s latest partnership – a strategic initiative with Google to create a better mobile experience for users through Google's AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) project. Revcontent’s partnership with Google is the latest step in Revcontent’s mission to create a better user experience across the web. With Google AMP pages loading 85% faster than standard mobile web pages, many types of advertisements are not allowed because they slow down load times and create a poor user experience. Revcontent’s technology loads as quickly as AMP pages for a seamless and unintrusive user experience.

ne of the first content recommendation networks to partner with Google, Richard Iwanik-Marques, Revcontent VP of Marketing, explains, “The product innovations and value-added offerings Google has consistently given consumers makes them a perfect compliment to Revcontent on the partnership side.

“Creating a seamless, lightning-fast user experience on mobile devices is paramount as eyeballs continue to move toward smaller screens. Google AMP is a massive leap in that direction – and with our widgets, publishers can maintain sustainable, high-revenue streams, while also giving consumers a memorable content discovery experience they will enjoy.”


Mexico government sees signs of U.S. change on wall payment

There are signs the U.S. government is taking a more flexible view of how to pay for its planned border wall with Mexico, and new meetings to craft future bilateral relations could take place soon, a top Mexican official said on Monday.

Those ties were shaken last week when a planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was canceled after the American said it was better to forgo it if Mexico was unwilling to pay for the wall.

Trump wants a wall on the U.S. southern border to keep out illegal immigrants and says Mexico will pay for it. Mexico has flatly refused, making the issue a point of national pride.

Pena Nieto and Trump spoke by telephone to calm tensions on Friday, and Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said the two administrations were in close contact and would talk this week.

"Dialogue has not broken off," he said. "It's an extraordinarily important relationship for Mexico."

While no date has been set for a new Pena Nieto-Trump summit, meetings between government officials are possible in the next few days, said Videgaray, who expressed confidence that the White House was modifying its view on payment of the wall.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said on Sunday that payment for the wall was still under discussion, mentioning the possibility of a border tax and other fiscal measures.

"It could be on drug cartels," Priebus added on CBS' "Face the Nation." "And it could be on people that are coming here illegally and paying fines. Or it could be all of the above."

While cautioning he had no details of what those plans could involve, Videgaray was heartened by the comments.
The minister said "a very sizeable part" of the business done by drug gangs was in the United States.

Trump has threatened to ditch the North American Free Trade Agreement binding Mexico, the United States and Canada, and Mexico's government wants to defend its access to the U.S. market by bringing migration and security into discussions.

In a separate video statement on Monday, Pena Nieto promised to better protect migrants north of the border, by channeling over 1 billion pesos ($48.16 million) into Mexican consulates in the United States.

The comments came after Videgaray said the country's fresh steps to support Mexicans living in the United States were not aimed at obstructing law enforcement there.

Mexico announced some measures, such as expanding the availability of mobile consulate services to reach more migrants in November, after Trump's surprise win.


Nigeria Customs Service intercepted 661 pieces of pump-action rifles through Lagos

The Nigeria Customs Service intercepted 661 pieces of pump-action rifles from China, concealed with steel doors and other merchandise goods, which came in through Lagos port, an official said.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, made the disclosure while briefing journalists on Monday in Lagos.

Mr. Ali said that the Federal Operations Unit, while on patrol, intercepted a Mark truck with registration number BUG 265 XG conveying a 40ft container with number; PONU/825914/3 along Mile 2 Apapa Road, Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the consignment was cleared from Lagos port.

The comptroller-general said the truck was immediately taken to F.O.U. premises for physical examination and 49 boxes containing 661 pieces of pump action rifles concealed with steel doors were revealed.

Mr. Ali said the rifles were under absolute prohibition, adding that its importation was illegal.

“Such deadly contravention of the law is even more unacceptable considering the fragile security situation in some parts of the country.

“Already three suspects have been arrested in connection with this illegal importation,” NAN quotes the comptroller-general as saying.

The suspects are: Oscan Okafor (an importer), Mahmud Haruna (a clearing agent), and Sadique Mustapha (accompanying the consignment to its destination).

Mr. Ali said initially the consignment was said to have originated from Turkey, adding that there was a mix-up in the document which finally revealed that the consignment originated from China.

“Investigation has already commenced and I have directed that the drag net should be wide enough to fish out all persons involved in the importation and clearing of the consignment, ‘’ NAN quotes Mr. Ali as saying.

He said Customs officers who were involved in the clearance of the containers were in the custody of Comptroller Mahmud Haruna of FOU Zone “A’’

Mr. Ali said that the seizure underscored the determination of the service to enforce all laws relating to importation and exportation of goods into and out the country thereby contributing to the economy, security and well-being of the country.

The comptroller-general said that the seizure was commendable and represented the new normal rule in the service “where most officers and men are on a daily basis ensuring that illegalities are not allowed unchecked’’.

He commended the Comptroller in charge of F.O.U. and officers and men who were involved in the seizure.

Mr. Ali, however, urged the media as well as meaningful Nigerians to help the service with information that would assist the service perform its statutory responsibilities in the interest of Nigeria.

He said the seizure would be handed over to the appropriate authority.


Flying with no hands

Oxford and Cambridge have now decided to remove the words CAN'T and IMPOSSIBLE from their dictionary. Jessica Cox, 25, a girl born without arms, stands inside an aircraft. The girl from Tucson , Arizona got the Sport Pilot certificate lately and became the first pilot licensed to fly using only her feet.  Jessica Cox of Tucson was born without arms, but that has only stopped her from doing one thing: using the word "can't."

Her latest flight into the seemingly impossible is becoming the first pilot licensed to fly using only her feet.

With one foot manning the controls and the other delicately guiding the steering column, Cox, 25, soared to achieve a Sport Pilot certificate Her certificate qualifies her to fly a light-sport aircraft to altitudes of 10,000 feet.

She's a good pilot. She's rock solid," said Parrish Traweek, 42, the flying instructor at San Manuel's Ray Blair Airport .    Parrish Traweek runs PC Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Services and has trained many pilots, some of whom didn't come close to Cox's abilities.

When she came up here driving a car," Traweek recalled, "I knew she'd have no problem flying a plane."

Doctors never learned why she was born without arms, but she figured out early on that she didn't want to use prosthetic devices.    So, the next time you are ready to tell yourself, "I can't possibly..." remember this amazing young woman and change your vocabulary.


microwaving water

A 26 year old man decided to have a cup of coffee. He took a cup of water and put it in the microwave to heat it up (something that he had done numerous times before). I am not sure how long he set the timer for, but he wanted to bring the water to a boil. When the timer shut the oven off, he removed the cup from the oven. As he looked into the cup, he noted that the water was not boiling, but suddenly the water in the cup 'blew up' into his face. The cup remained intact until he threw it out of his hand, but all the water had flown out into his face due to the build up of energy. His whole face is blistered and he has 1st and 2nd degree burns to his face which may leave scarring.

He also may have lost partial sight in his left eye. While at the hospital, the doctor who was attending to him stated that this is a fairly common occurrence and water (alone) should never be heated in a microwave oven. If water is heated in this manner, something should be placed in the cup to diffuse the energy such as a wooden stir stick, tea bag, etc... but nothing metal.

Thanks for contacting us, I will be happy to assist you. The e-mail that you received is correct.  Microwaved water and other liquids do not always bubble when they reach the boiling point. They can actually get 'superheated' and not bubble at all. The superheated liquid will bubble up out of the cup when it is moved or when something like a spoon or tea bag is put into it.

Here is what our local science teacher had to say on the matter: 'Thanks for the microwave warning.' I have seen this happen before. It is caused by a phenomenon known as 'super heating.' It can occur anytime water is heated and will particularly occur if the vessel that the water is heated in is new, or when heating a small amount of water (less than half a cup).

What happens is that the water heats faster than the vapor bubbles can form. If the cup is very new then it is unlikely to have small surface scratches inside it that provide a place for the bubbles to form. As the bubbles cannot form and release some of the heat has built up, the liquid does not boil, and the liquid continues to heat up well past its boiling point.

What then usually happens is that the liquid is bumped or jarred, which is just enough of a shock to cause the bubbles to rapidly form and expel the hot liquid. The rapid formation of bubbles is also why a carbonated beverage spews when opened after having been shaken.


Dog treats with chicken

Bella became suddenly ill ,and now hospitalized with her life threatened due to Smoke House Chicken Tenders.I recently purchased at Pet Smart. It doesn't matter where you purchase them, just don't purchase them.

This was the first time I bought the Smoke House treats. Having read the label, it was listed as all natural, no additives, dyes etc. The treats were purchased on or about August 17. She loved them and I was happy because she typically only likes one treat. By August 23 she vomited bile, and again on August 24. Her personality began to change becoming lethargic, wanting to stay in her bed, loss of appetite. excessive drinking, urinating frequently in excessive amounts. urine became orange like in color. By August 28 she was severely dehydrated and lost one of her three pounds.

Sugar was found in her urine which would typically indicate diabetes. Bella was put on IV and given an antibiotic to take while tests were being done over Labor Day weekend.

Test results showed "irregularity in the lower part of her kidney. Possibly a hole in the kidney because of the malfunction.

By today Sept 7, she was no better and very low on energy and interest in being around anyone. I brought the package of Smoke House Chicken Tenders with me to the vet because it was the only thing that was different in her diet.

My wonderful vet, a graduate of Cornell University searched the Cornell Veterinarian site where veterinarians report unusual cases which are tracked. The search was done by symptoms. A second search by chicken treats. There were numerous cases on the Cornell University Veterinarian web site, all with the same symptoms, test results and yes, related to chicken tender treats made in China. Never did it cross my mind that this product was made in China. When Dr. didn't find complete listing of ingredients on the package he called the number listed on the back of the package identifying himself and asked for ingredients to help understand what was happening to my pet. The only thing the person on the phone with a strong Chinese accent was "all natural, all natural". Sure enough looking at the small print on the bottom back of the package is "product of China", the same source of other products that have been killing our pets. I sat beside my vet and read along with him.

Following are primary repeated findings:
-severe damage to the kidney often resulting in complete renal failure and death
-numerous reports in the past four to five weeks, a larger number on the East Coast
-chicken and beef treats promoted as all natural
-it does not matter what the label is, if it is a product of China
-if caught early enough, hospitalized on IV hydrating and flushing the kidney over days with nutrients may help the kidney heal itself and the pet could then live with the damaged kidney
-if not caught early complete renal failure is expected
-most cases reported are related to small dogs
-initial symptoms indicate diabetes
-mold is often found when flushing the kidney (found in Bella)

I have been in touch with Pet Smart requesting them to help get the ingredients. Time is lost analyzing the food. Today a vet at Cornell purchased a bag after reading the report my Vet posted on Bella. He then contacted my vet to say the bag he bought had mold in it despite an expiration date one year from now. I was asked to look closely at whatever was left in my bag, but saw none.

After Bella was admitted to the vet I went directly to Pet Smart in Nanuet NY, told the Manager what happened and asked her to assist getting the ingredients identified. I was met with a hostile attitude. She was only interested in getting my name because she felt I was going to file a complaint. The person at PS headquarters responsible for knowing food ingredients at Pet Smart headquarters is trying to help.

The information available to vets on the Cornell web site is not public information. No one seems to be aware of this. Dogs are misdiagnosed

Allan and I are hoping and praying.


Beware of plastic bottle bombs

Be careful of plastic bottles lying in your yard...
Be careful!! This has been verified by Snopes.

Pay attention to this.

1. a plastic bottle with a cap.
2. a little Drano.
3. a little water.
4. a small piece of foil.
5. Disturb it by moving it; and BOOM!!
6. No fingers left and other serious damage to your face, eyes, etc..

People are finding these bombs in mailboxes and in their yards, just waiting for you to pick it up intending to put it in the trash. But, you'll never make it!!! It takes about 30 seconds to blow after you move the thing.

FG signs AU’s cross border convention

Nigeria government on Sunday in Addis Ababa signed the African Union Convention on Cross Border Corporation geared at peaceful resolution of border disputes.

It was signed on the side line at the on-going 28th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.

The Niamey Convention, which was adopted in 2014, is to promote Cross Border Corporation at local, sub-regional and regional levels.

It is aimed at ensuring peaceful resolution of border disputes.

It is also to ensure effective and effective border management.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Godfery Oyeama, who signed on behalf of the Federal Government, said the action was a demonstration of the country’s commitment to ensure peace on the continent.

“We do so by signing this agreement to join the list of countries that have appended their signatures to the convention.

“Hopefully we believe that as we appended our signature, the convention would soon come into force within shortest period as possible and all these in the interest of member states.

“On the part of the Nigeria Government, I will like to assure that we will do everything possible on our side to abide by the rule of this convention,” he said.

He noted with satisfaction that the convention would help member states to settle boundary disputes.

He expressed belief that this would be done with manner of fraternity and without any recourse to force, adding that this will recall enforcing the spirit of brotherhood that will promote on this continent.

“This occasion also marks another mile stone in our efforts to reinforce, strengthen and support the African Union to move towards peace.

“As we say once we stand united Africa can achieve anything and when we are divided this is every chance that we will fall and will fail so we will continue as a country to work for the progress of peace and stability on the African continent,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria is the 11th country to sign the convention, which has been ratified by two countries so far.

In another development, the Minister of State, Hajia Khadija Bukar Ibrahim, has expressed optimism that Nigeria’s election as the Chairperson of AU Peace and Security Commission would be successful.

The event is scheduled to hold on Jan. 30.

She said the country had done its homework effectively in that regard.

The minister expressed satisfaction with the deliberations so far going on at the summit.


Solomon Dalung, on Sunday announced the death of his wife

Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung, on Sunday announced the death of his wife.

The minister made the announcement on his Facebook page.

In a short statement he posted on the social media platform, Dalung said: “I AM BEREAVED:

“For it is appointed for man to live thereafter comes death and judgment says the Holy Bible. While in the Quran, it states that it is appointed that every soul shall test death.

“My heart is heavy, I cannot continue, I lost my first wife this morning. May her soul and the souls of faithful departed rest in the bosom of the Lord, amen.

“What a black Sunday”.

Osinbajo, issues stern warning to religious leaders, others to stop dividing Nigeria with war of words

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has advised Nigerian leaders, religious and political to work for the unity of Nigeria than allow themselves be torn apart by temptations.

The Nigeria Television Authority reports that Osinbajo made this known in a statement from his office.

According to the report, Osinbajo also reaffirmed the commitment of the federal government to defending the rule of law and protecting the lives of Nigerians no matter their religious or ethnic background.
Osinbajo also warned that defaulters must be made to face the full wrath of the law despite the limitations of the criminal justice system in the country.

He also noted that with President Muhammadu Buhari’s instruction to security agencies, military and the police to send reinforcements to southern Kaduna to enforce peace, things will soon be all right.

Osinbajo then charged all Nigerians to work together to find a lasting solution to the crisis and resist the temptation to succumb to divisive tendencies

Recall that just some days ago, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) sent a message to Osinbajo, calling on him to defend Christians as he is in office to do so.

In a statement by Bayo Oladeji, special assistant on media to the CAN president Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, the religious body said the issues of the DSS trying to arrest Apostle Johnson Suleman was a slap on the faces on Christians and wondered why Osinbajo who is also a Christian is keeping quiet about it.

Federal government has said that $50 billion is needed to recharge the shrinking Lake Chad Basin

The federal government has said that $50 billion is needed to recharge the drying Lake Chad.

The Nigerian government alongside its Republic of Chad counterpart has called on the African Union and other international donors to assist in raising the money.

Speaking on the drying basin, the minister of foreign affairs Geoffrey Onyeama said the call was made at the summit of the heads of states and government of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) alongside of the ongoing 28th AU Summit.

Onyeama said an agreement was also made by Nigeria and Chad to host a formal international donor conference on the Lake Chad shrinking which he said is already affecting 30 million people.

He said conference will focus on recharging the Lake Chad and having a direct engagement with possible donors.

He also said that the review which consists of 33 countries is a self-monitoring policy to ensure social, economic and political development among member states

“We recognized the role that Chad has been playing in the framework of the International Joint Task Force and we pointed out the impact of the Boko Haram on the task force,” Onyeama said.

“On the question of Chad, we pointed out that the Lake had shrunk to about 10 per cent and has had catastrophic effect on the people living in that area.

“And the challenge is how to address such situation, I pointed out that what Nigeria is looking at in that context is the possibility of recharging the lake from a river from Central Africa, the Rangin River,” he said.

He said the Nigerian government had already paid $5 million for a research on the lake while it will cost $15 million to carry out a comprehensive feasibility study on recharging the lake.

“The cost of recharging is in the neighbourhood of $15 billion to 20 billion. I pointed out that we are looking at the possibility of organizing international donor conference to look for fund to addressing this issue.

“The environmental impact and the negative aspect, the President of Chad, Idriss Deby, followed up with us also elaborated on the issue, calling on the world to assist us in addressing the Lake Chad issue.

“Because there is ecological issue, there is environmental issue, social and of course we have seen that we can also have illegal migration of the youth and also war within the area," Onyeama said.

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