Thursday, July 20, 2017

71-year-old Ram Kovind as New President of India

 A low-caste politician backed by the ruling Hindu nationalist-led coalition has emerged as the President of India in a seriously contested election.

Ram Nath Kovind
 
Ram Nath Kovind, a low-caste politician backed by the ruling Hindu nationalist-led coalition, easily won India's presidential election on Thursday, tightening the government's hold on positions of power.
 India's constitution provides a largely ceremonial role for the president, with the prime minister and his cabinet holding executive power. But the president has a key role during political crises, such as when a general election is inconclusive, by deciding which party is in the best position to form a government.
Kovind, 71, from the Dalit community - the lowest of India's centuries old caste hierarchy - beat the Congress party's Meira Kumar, also a Dalit by an overwhelming majority.
His election was considered a certainty because of the strength of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party in the federal parliament and in the state assemblies whose members take part in a presidential election.
 
Kovind's ascent to the highest public office is the first for a leader reared in the powerful Hindu revivalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) or National Volunteers' Association, the ideological mentor of Hindu groups.
 Modi himself was associated early in his career with the RSS, which has long propagated a vision of India that puts the country's majority Hindus first.
After his victory, Kovind said it was "an emotional moment" for him and it will be his duty to uphold the rule of law. India's constitution guarantees equal rights to all citizens regardless of faith.
Kumar, the Congress candidate, said her candidature was aimed against the ideology that Kovind represented and she had asked lawmakers to vote according to their conscience.
"My fight for secularism, the oppressed and the marginalized continues." Critics of Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party have long accused it of a deep-seated bias against the country's Muslims.
Kovind's victory caps a series of top appointments by Modi, strengthening the grip of the Hindu right on public offices, such as governors, state chief ministers and the heads of universities.
Earlier this week, the BJP named a cabinet minister also with strong Hindu nationalist roots as its vice president candidate for an election to be held in August.
Dalits make up around 200 million of India's 1.3 billion population and are being wooed by Modi's party as it prepares for the 2019 general election.
Shekhar Gupta, a veteran journalist and political commentator said Kovind had maintained a low-profile through his public career, a quality valued by Modi and influential Hindu groups.
"Kovind will not be an irritant for the Modi government that works with sense of total power, they don’t want any distraction to their plans."
 
Reuters - additional reporting by Nigam Prusty; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani and Pritha Sarkar.


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Fresh Details About Buhari's Health in London Surface Amid Rumours

Emerging reports have it that President Buhari is currently recuperation in London with his wife tending to him at the Abuja House alongside his doctors.

 
President Muhammadu Buhari
 
Against media reports that the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, no longer has access to her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, as a result of the perceived secrecy surrounding the President’s ill-health, the Daily Sun can authoritatively report that the First Lady is currently with the President in Abuja House, London.
 Recall that President Buhari left Nigeria for London on Sunday, May 7, 2017, to attend to health challenges, having earlier made a similar trip to London and upon arrival in Nigeria, stated that he was going to return to London at a later date.
 Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, had before the President’s departure for London, in May, stated on his twitter handle that the President was going on a medical follow-up, saying that the length of the president’s stay away was to be determined by his London doctors.
 A very competent presidency source told Daily Sun that Aisha is currently with President Buhari in Abuja House, London. The source said Aisha “visited the President two weeks ago and is currently with the President.”
The source also dismissed insinuations that the President is suffering from memory loss, saying the President is responding to treatment. While stating that no specific date has been slated for the President’s return, the source said the President’s return “would strictly be on the orders of his doctors.”
The source added: “Keeping the arrival date of the President secret is because of noise and exposure.”
Probed further about the veracity that the First Lady no longer has access to the President, the source said: “It is not possible for a wife not to see her husband.
“The information is bandied around by people trying to tarnish the image of the First Lady.”
While saying that the First Lady was sad to see people wishing her husband dead, the source however said the First Lady was living up to her challenges and doing her best.
“Anybody can be sick. But it is very unfortunate to see people wishing your husband dead,” the source concluded.

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Canadian Governor-General 'Breaks Protocol' by Touching Queen Elizabeth (Photo)

The Governor General of Canada has 'breached protocol' during a visit to Queen Elizabeth by touching the royal.

Queen Elizabeth
 
David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada on Thursday admitted breaking royal protocol by touching the arm of Queen Elizabeth during an engagement in London, though he said the gesture was motivated by gallantry.
 
NAN reports that David Johnston, who is the British queen’s representative in Canada where she is head of state, joined the likes of former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama in breaching unspoken rules of behaviour when meeting the monarch.
 
He took Elizabeth by the elbow as she descended red-carpeted stairs outside London’s Canada House following an event to celebrate 150 years of Canadian independence.
 
“I’m certainly conscious of the protocol. I was just anxious to be sure that there was no stumbling on the steps.
 
“It’s a little bit awkward, that descent from Canada House to Trafalgar square and there was carpet that was a little slippy.
 
“So I thought perhaps it was appropriate to breach protocol just to be sure that there was no stumble,’’ Johnson told Canadian broadcaster CBC news.
 
David Johnston touching the Queen's arm
 
The royal family’s official website has stated that “there are no obligatory codes of behaviour when meeting the Queen or a member of the Royal Family” but suggests people might wish to observe “traditional forms”.
 
“For men this is a neck bow from the head only whilst women do a small curtsy, other people prefer simply to shake hands in the usual way,’’ the website said.
 
Report says the protocol is that no one should touch the monarch and other foreign political figures have come under fire for doing so.
 
Former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating was dubbed the “Lizard of Oz” by the British press after he appeared to put his arm around the queen’s shoulders in 1992.
 
In 2004, ex-French President Jacques Chirac was warned to keep his “Hands Off!” by Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper after he appeared to touch the monarch when she visited a Parisian market.
 
However, the queen seemed happy for Barack Obama’s wife to break the protocol when she visited Buckingham Palace with the former U.S. president in 2012.
 
They both put arms around each other in what was described as a friendly hug. (Reuters/NAN)


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With 65 percent of vote, Kovind elected 14th president of India


Ram Nath Kovind performs yoga on International Yoga Day in Connaught Place in New Delhi, India, on June 21. Kovind was elected president of India on Thursday. File Photo by Rajat Gupta/EPA 
 
July 20 (UPI) -- The Election Commission of India on Thursday said Ram Nath Kovind, formerly the governor of the Bihar state and a member of the Dalit, has won the presidential election.
Kovind, a member of the National Democratic Alliance coalition, will succeed outgoing Indian leader Pranab Mukherjee to become India's 14th president -- defeating Meira Kumar, a former member of India's parliament who became the first female speaker, in the vote.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a member of the NDA, lauded Kovind for his victory.
"Congratulations ... on being elected the president of India! Best wishes for a fruitful and inspiring tenure," Modi said in a statement. "Gladdened by the extensive support for [Kovind] among MPs and across various states."
Kovind, 71, received 65 percent of the vote to Kumar's 34 percent. Mukherjee will leave office on Tuesday.
"I am not upset, why should I be upset? I am a fighter, I fought for the belief and faith of majority of my countrymen and women," Kumar, 72, said after results were announced.
The presidential election was held Monday but counting votes did not start until Thursday morning. India's president is elected by an electoral college made up of parliament members of the state assembly.
The Times of India reported all of the 4,880 valid voters -- 4,109 members of legislative assemblies and 771 elected members of parliament -- cast ballots. Twenty-one were considered invalid.
Kocheril Raman Narayanan, the 10th president of India from 1997 until 2002, was the first member of the Dalit -- or untouchable caste system -- to hold the presidential post.


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Kumbo Mayor Rubbishes Outgoing SDO, Tells Incoming “You are taking a Prefecture where the laws were replaced by Tikar proverbs”…Read Full Speech


Mr. Nzeki Theophile outgoing SDO

The 1st Deputy Mayor of Kumbo council Madame Lukong Margaret Beri has lambasted the administration of Bui Division for lack of leadership skills given that the outgoing Senior Divisional Officer is leaving Kumbo town more scattered than he met it. Madame Lukong was speaking during the handing over ceremony between the outgoing and incoming Senior Divisional Officer for Bui Division, Nzeki Theophile and Mooh Emile Simon.  
To the outgoing SDO, she said “On this occasion we will like to look back and thank you for the time spent whether they were well spent of not. For your shortcomings we forgive you because we did not expect you to use your left hand at old age. We regret very much the fact that you are leaving behind a fractured society totally disintegrated and almost ruined. The love, happiness and brotherhood that reigned in Kumbo is gone because of the tactless leadership, since the Administration condoned with lawlessness and mediocrity. The Kumbo Water Crises had to drag for so long, because the Administration closed its eyes on the law and gave it ears to street talk.”
And to the incoming SDO, the mayor cautioned that “We receive you with open hands: Bui Division is one of the most important Divisions in this country. It is the home Yang Philemon, Prime Minister of Cameroon, Christian Cardinal Tumi – the first ever Cardinal in the Central African Region. The home of General Ivo Yenwo -Director of the Presidential security. It is the Kingdom of one of the most powerful Fons of the Grassfields, His Majesty the Fon of Nso and you are going to take residence in the town where the sheriff is one of the most experienced Mayor of the Republic. All of these people want you to succeed and will support you if are open to them.
You are coming into an ant hill. Please be cautious so that the aunts should not bite you. You are taking over a Prefecture where the laws were replaced by Tikar proverbs. Thank God you are not a Tikar notable, therefore use the laws of the state and apply them according to your conscience. The people of Bui are peaceful particularly those of Kumbo. They are very conscious of their rights, hospitable and welcoming. Beware of politicians who will be coming to loiter around you for favor. They are the very ones that will pray for your downfall.”
Full Speech Below…….
A SPEECH PRESENTED BY THE 1ST DEPUTY MAYOR KUMBO COUNCIL MME LUKONG MAGARET BERI ON BEHALF OF THE LORD MAYOR KUMBO-COUNCIL WHO IS UNVAVOIDABLY ABSENT DURING THE HANDING OVER CEREMONY BETWEEN THE OUTGOING AND INCOMING SENIOR DIVISIONAL OFFICER, BUI, MR. NZEKI THEOPHILE AND MOOH EMILE SIMON BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR OF THE NORTH WEST REGION MR. LELE L’AFRIQUE CHOFO AT THE TOBIN MUNICIPAL STADIUM TODAY TUESDAY 18TH JULY 2017
HIS EXCELLENCY, THE GOVERNOR OF THE NORTH WEST REGION,
THE OUTGOING AND THE INCOMING SDO – BUI
THE DIVISIONAL OFFICERS BUI,
HONOURABLE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BUI,
DIVISIONAL DELEGATES AND SERVICE HEADS BUI,
HIS MAJESTY THE FON OF NSO, PARAMOUNT FON OF BUI,
TRADITIONAL, RELIGIOUS, POLITICAL AUTHORITIES,
INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL ELITES
INVITED PERSONALITIES
DISTIGUISHED LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

On behalf of the great people of Bui, I have the honor to welcome you all who have come from far to send off the outgoing Senior Divisional Officer and to receive the incoming Senior Divisional Officer.
On the 31st of October 2012, Mr. Nzeki Theophile was installed by His Excellency the Governor of the North West Region, Mr. Adolphe Lele L’Afrique Debben Tchofo. Today the 18th day of July 2017 he is here again to perform the same ritual. We are thankful to the Almighty God for the Strength and Wisdom given to His Excellency the Governor of this Region, that has guided him to serve the people of this Region with the zeal and enthusiasm for the interest of the Region and Bui Division in particular. We remain grateful to you for the numerous trips to Kumbo in particular and Bui Division in general to solve burning issues affecting the lives of your people. We are equally thankful for the on going works on the National Road 11. This had eased movement and economic activities. Equally we are happy with the last visit of the Minister of Public Works, who instructed for feasibility studies of some priority streets in Jakiri, Nkum and especially Kumbo the divisional Head Quarter and the largest town after Bamenda. We hope, His Excellency, the Minister of Public Works VIA His Excellency the Governor will keep to his promises compensation of houses at Kimbo Squares work of the street of Kumbo. We equally pray you to ensure that various Technical Services like the Divisional Delegation of Public works be provided with a service vehicle.
We are happy to salute the outgoing Divisional Officer, who has been with us for over four years, eight months. On this occasion we will like to look back and thank you for the time spent whether they were well spent of not. For your shortcomings we forgive you because we did not expect you to use your left hand at old age. We regret very much the fact that you are leaving behind a fractured society totally disintegrated and almost ruined. The love, happiness and brotherhood that reigned in Kumbo is gone because of the tactless leadership, since the Administration condoned with lawlessness and mediocrity. The Kumbo Water Crises had to drag for so long, because the Administration closed its eyes on the law and gave it ears to street talk. Today the people of Kumbo go for months without water. This is the legacy you are leaving behind. The Administration failed in its responsibility to enforce the law and to protect lives and property regarding the water crises. You are leaving behind a Muslim community scattered with daggers drawn simply because you refused to support the status quo. Every Religion has a tradition which should determine how it functions.
You are leaving behind an ant-decentralization transfer process of an important public utility (Kumbo Water) that was well managed comfortably under the ambit of the Kumbo Water Authority, supervised by the local government to a state cooperation. Whatever the case, we are grateful that pursuance to the instructions of the Head of State, the Minister Delegate at the Presidency of the Rebublic Incharge of the Supreme State Audit sent a Mobile Audit Team to audit the Management of Kumbo Water Authority and Nso community Water scheme. The team was with us for 3 months and did it assignment. Now that the Kumbo Main Water Scheme is being managed by Ad Hoc Committee under the Ministry of Water and Energy, we enjoin them to ensure that all the quarters in Kumbo should have access to save drinking portable water.
Welcome to Mr. Mooh Emile Simon to Bui Divivison. We receive you with open hands: Bui Division is one of the most important Divisions in this country. It is the home Yang Philemon, Prime Minister of Cameroon, Christian Cardinal Tumi – the first ever Cardinal in the Central African Region. The home of General Ivo Yenwo -Director of the Presidential security. It is the Kingdom of one of the most powerful Fons of the Grassfields, His Majesty the Fon of Nso and you are going to take residence in the town where the sheriff is one of the most experienced Mayor of the Republic. All of these people want you to succeed and will support you if are open to them.
You are coming into an ant hill. Please be cautious so that the aunts should not bite you. You are taking over a Prefecture where the laws were replaced by Tikar proverbs. Thank God you are not a Tikar notable, therefore use the laws of the state and apply them according to your conscience. The people of Bui are peaceful particularly those of Kumbo. They are very conscious of their rights, hospitable and welcoming. Beware of politicians who will be coming to loiter around you for favor. They are the very ones that will pray for your downfall. The peace of this Division is in the hands of the population and no one else. If there is peace in this Division, it is thanks to the fact that the people have refused to be provoked.
We appeal to the Governor to pray that powers that be to do everything possible to solve the Anglophone Minority crises in the North West and South West Regions. For one academic year now, our children are not going to school. In Kumbo and many other areas we are living under an undeclared State of Emergency, characterized by illegal arrests, extortion of money from the poor citizens, beatings and breaking people’s bones, tear gassing at funeral ceremonies, tear gassing of the peaceful people of Kumbo, destruction of property particularly motorbikes of poor unemployed youths, breaking into off licenses and destroying valuable items etc…and use of life ammunition on our citizens and dragging them to torture centers and collecting money from them and those who cannot pay are sent to Yaounde for detention. All these misdeeds against our people are perpetuated by the overzealous forces of law and order that pride themselves that they can only take instruction from Yaounde. Let the head of state take all necessary measures to solve the crises and stop overzealous forces of law of order who take delight in maltreating the citizens.
We want to pledge our total support and collaboration to our Senior Divisional Officer Mr. Mooh Emile Simon. We will jointly sing Alleluya if you succeed in mending the wounds of the people of Bui who are now distanced from each other. Our Fons are auxiliary to the Administration and need to be united to work with the Administration and the population. Mr. SDO, we pray you to ensure that there is conviviality amongst the traditional authorities of this Division.
Once more, I wish everybody a happy stay with us here and safe return to their various destinations
God Bless Kumbo,
God Bless Cameroon



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Saudi King Salman Orders Arrest of Royal Prince

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, pictured, ordered the arrest of Saudi Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who was allegedly captured on video assaulting four Riyadh residents. File Photo by Olivier Douliery/Pool/UPI
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July 20 (UPI) -- Authorities on Thursday announced an order from Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz to arrest a royal prince, on charges he assaulted at least four residents of Riyadh.
Salman issued an immediate arrest warrant for Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and anyone else who took part with him in the purported abuses. The king also ordered both the victims and the accused to give recorded testimony.
Salman's order will keep Prince Saud in prison until a ruling is issued following trial.
The king's order also said the government is taking steps to prevent deviant behavior, to maintain security and to ensure that anyone who breaks the law will be punished, regardless of his or her status.
Arab News reported the prince was arrested prior to the announcement of the arrest warrant on Thursday.
Prince Saud's arrest comes after videos surfaced on social media showing a man who resembles the prince verbally and physically assaulting several victims -- including a Yemeni man and two women. The videos triggered outrage online.
The Saudi government has a history of punishing royal members for illegal acts. In October 2016, authorities executed Prince Turki bin Saud bin Turki bin Saud Al-Kabeer for killing a fellow Saudi citizen.



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NW Governor Urges New SDO to Take Donga Mantung to Higher Heights

NW Governor
North West Governor, Aldolf Lele Lafrique has commissioned into office the new Senior Divisional Officer for Donga Mantung Division. Nkwenti Simon Doh takes over from Ngone Ndodemesape Bernard who has been transferred to Mayo Kani Division in the Far North Region. Before performing the installation rite, North West Governor described Nkwenti Simon Doh as the right administrator in the right place and the right time. He called on the new SDO to give a listening hear to all living forces of the division so as to take Division to higher height. He cautioned that the new SDO should not allow himself to be taken hostage by any group of persons or any individual given that he is the Senior Divisional Officer for all and sundry. North West Governor also called on the new SDO for work in collaboration with the traditional rulers who are auxiliaries of the administration. He also mentioned of the influx of Nigeria refugees (fulani) in Nwa sub Division.
The mayor of Nkambe, Ngabir Paul Bantar on behalf of the living forces of the Division congratulated the outgoing SDO for his administrative savvy and applauded the incoming Senior Divisional Officer for his brilliant appointment to oversee the border. 
Having served the Division for over four years, Ngone Ndodemesape Bernard leaves Donga Mantung shoulders high with numerous distinctions from the media and traditional institution for his trappings as chief executive officer of the Division. He was transferred to Mayo Kani in the Far North Region in the same capacity. 



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5 Ways You Can Catch a Cheating Partner..A Must Read

If you have been thinking of how you can catch your partner who you think is cheating, then these are tips to take note of.
 
Illustrative photo
 
A cheating boyfriend or girlfriend can be troubling. However not everyone cheats, but if  you feel that your partner is becoming shady here are 5 ways to find out if he’s cheating or not.
 
1. Pay attention to changes in the normal routine of your boyfriend or girlfriend
 
Is he or she coming home from work later than usual on some nights? Sometimes these minor changes might mean nothing but there is no harm in taking a little percussion, because you definitely do not want to be caught unawares.
 
2. Are you guys fighting more ? or is there a sudden change in mood ?
 
A cheat might sometimes displace his or her shame, anger, and guilt onto you by starting a fight, they sometimes need a place to throw all their negativity, which they always blame on you.
 
3. Are you allowed to touch their phones
 
Are you allowed to go through their phones?, do they change their passwords or delete messages often?, If this happens often then something shady is definitely going on.
 
3. Watch carefully for unwillingness to accept you without notice.
 
Does he or she become angry when you come over unannounced? or always come up with an excuse when you want to spend time with them?,For some reason, they do not want you at their home at certain times, or they do not want to spend time with you at certain times ?. These could be signs of unfaithfulness.
 
4. Catch them in a lie
 
Ask a lot of questions casually and let them answer. makes sure you remember their answer, and ask again a few days later. If they are lying, then their stories will definitely change. They may start to get angry with these simple questions, which is an obvious sign.
 
5. Do they often talk about the relationship coming to an end
 
Do they often ask questions such as “What would you do if we broke up?”questions like these could be obvious hints.
 
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Maldives: President Orders Arrest of Nephew


A nephew to the President of Maldives has been arrested by the police following an order by the President for criticizing his authoritarian government.
Members of Yameen's family have turned against him and are seeking to weaken his rule [Reuters]
 
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen's nephew has been arrested amid renewed political unrest in the Indian Ocean nation after members of the president's family turned against him, criticising authoritarian reversals under his rule, Aljazeera reported.
 
Court documents revealed that Faris Maumoon was arrested on Tuesday in the capital Male on charges of bribery. Faris the nephew to the President had defected to the opposition and has been leading an effort to unseat Yameen's ally, speaker of parliament Abdulla Maseeh, who has been accused of ignoring allegations of corruption, mismanagement and rights abuses.

"The charges against Faris are clearly false," said Eva Abdulla, an opposition politician.
"Coming just four days before the vote to impeach the speaker, it marks the beginning of a campaign to reduce opposition votes by arresting and jailing lawmakers."
 
Yameen won a 2013 presidential election and has since been accused of reversing much of the country's democratic gains and corruption. Faris is the son of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who was the Maldives president for 30 years. The brothers, Gayoom and Yameen, fell apart after an acrimonious power struggle within the ruling party last year.
 
Gayoom called his son's arrest "a grave injustice" in a Twitter post and said: "All dictatorships are doomed to fail. That is the lesson of history."
 
Gayoom, who himself ruled with an iron fist, has joined forces with Mohamed Nasheed, whom he repeatedly jailed but who went on to become the country's first democratically elected president, in a campaign to undermine Yameen in the run-up to elections next year.
 
For his part, Nasheed, in a Twitter post, said Yameen was "highlighting his desperation by going after his own nephew".
 
A spokesman for Yameen declined to comment immediately.
 
Atul Keshap, the US ambassador to the Maldives, said Faris' arrest "impedes the normal function of parliament and democracy in Maldives". The UK and EU have expressed concern too.
 
Two other opposition politicians are also on trial on charges of bribery and terrorism. A previous attempt to impeach Maseeh, the speaker, in March ended in chaos when Yameen ordered troops to eject several politicians from parliament.
 
Yameen's administration has arrested most of the opponents who might challenge him in 2018. It also denies opposition allegations that it is trying to cover up corruption, including money laundering.
 
Nasheed, who currently lives in exile; a vice president; a defence minister; and another political party leader have been given lengthy prison sentences after trials on terrorism charges that were criticised for lack of due process

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Apostle Johnson Suleiman Talks On President Buhari's Health

Nigerians have been urged to stop being pessimistic over the health crisis facing President Muhammadu Buhari but to pray for his speedy recovery.

General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministry, Apostle Johnson Suleiman
 
The General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministry, Apostle Johnson Suleiman has admonished Nigerians to apply caution and stop wishing for President Muhammadu Buhari's death.
 
According to him, it belongs to God to determine who lives or dies. The man of God further urged Nigerians to pray for the well-being of the ailing president.
 
“Only an irresponsible country will be wishing their leader dead.
 
“It’s an irresponsible thing for people to be wishing President’s death. Nobody who has a good heart will be wishing a leader dead.
 
“You don’t wish your leader dead. Nigerians should be careful. Only God has the power of life and death.
 
“Stop wishing the President dead. If your husband is sick do you wish him death? Do you that man is somebody’s husband? If your father is sick do you wish him death? That man is somebody’s father.
 
“And you are wishing him dead. I know this thing I’m saying some Christians won’t like it. Stop wishing him dead. Pray for his health. Don’t wish any leader dead.
 
“Only an irresponsible country will be wishing their leader dead.” he established.
 
Suleiman also urged everyone to live in peace instead of allowing crisis to prevail in the various regions of the country.
 
“If you are a Nigerian, whether you like it or not, this country is your country. Its our country. We are going to pray for Nigeria. Let there be peace in Nigeria from the North to the East, West and South.
 
“If there is crisis in Nigeria, it will consume all of us. We don’t need crisis, we need peace. We cannot talk of development without peace”, he added.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Health Tips: How Much Water Should You Really Drink? Checkout the Answers

 If you have been thinking hard about the correct amount of water you should really be taking, then you've found the answer you seek.
The body is made up of about 60% water. Every system in your body needs water to function. We lose some of this water everyday in various ways, especially through urine and sweat.
 
When you drink water, you replenish the water lose. Without enough water, your body cannot function properly. Your recommended intake is based on factors including your s*x, age, activity level, and others, such as if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
 
Water regulates your body temperature, lubricates your joint, protects your spine and other tissues, helps you eliminate waste through urine, sweat and faeces. Water keeps your skin looking healthy, and can also help manage your weight since it contains no calories.
 
Drinking too much water may lead to dehydration. Drinking too much water may lead to hyponatremia, when the excess water in your system dilutes the electrolytes in your blood and reduces your sodium levels.
 
The question of how much water one should drink in a day is one that has brought about many different opinions. Health authorities tell you to follow the 8×8 rule, which is drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water everyday. That is about 2 litres. But when you think of it, you cannot really tell how much water you need as this depends on the individual. A bigger person will require more water than a smaller person.
 
Also, someone who jogs every morning will need more water than someone whoHow much you should actually drink is more individualized than you might think. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) currently recommends that men should drink at least 104 ounces of water per day, which is 13 cups. They say women should drink at least 72 ounces, which is 9 cups. Even still, the answer to exactly how much water you should drink isn’t so simple. doesn’t.
 
The current recommendation for adults around 3.7 liters for men and 2.7 liters for women. Staying hydrated goes beyond just the water you drink. Foods make up around 20 percent of your total fluid requirements each day. Along with drinking your 9 to 13 daily cups of water, try to eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
 
Drink extra 1.5 to 2.5 cups of water each day if you exercise, more if you work out for longer than an hour. Take more water than usual when it gets hot because you lose more water when you sweat.
 
When you have a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, your body loses more fluids than usual, so drink more water. Your doctor may even suggest adding drinks with electrolytes to keep your electrolyte balance more stable.
 
Drink when you are thirsty and every time you eat. Carry a water bottle around with you to drink from when you get thirsty, especially when going on trips or when working out. In all, drink water like your life depends on it, because it does.
 
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NW Governor Urges New SDO to Take Donga Mantung to Higher Heights

NW Governor
North West Governor, Aldolf Lele Lafrique has commissioned into office the new Senior Divisional Officer for Donga Mantung Division. Nkwenti Simon Doh takes over from Ngone Ndodemesape Bernard who has been transferred to Mayo Kani Division in the Far North Region. Before performing the installation rite, North West Governor described Nkwenti Simon Doh as the right administrator in the right place and the right time. He called on the new SDO to give a listening hear to all living forces of the division so as to take Division to higher height. He cautioned that the new SDO should not allow himself to be taken hostage by any group of persons or any individual given that he is the Senior Divisional Officer for all and sundry. North West Governor also called on the new SDO for work in collaboration with the traditional rulers who are auxiliaries of the administration. He also mentioned of the influx of Nigeria refugees (fulani) in Nwa sub Division.
The mayor of Nkambe, Ngabir Paul Bantar on behalf of the living forces of the Division congratulated the incoming Senior Divisional Officer for his brilliant appointment to oversee the border
 (PhotoNews)

New SDO Taking Command


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AFCON 2019: All is Set for Sports Facilities to Meet CAF Standards and on Record Time-Cameroon Sports Minister


Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Bidoung Mpkwatt at Press Briefing

Cameroon’s Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Bidoung Mpkwatt has declared that all is set to ensure that all sports infrastructures to host AFOCN 2019 to meet CAF standards and on record time. The minister made the declaration during a press briefing last July 18, 2019 in Yaounde.  
The Sports Minister gave the assurance a day after the Italian Ambassador and other officials involved in the construction of the Paul Biya stadium in Olembe took to the media rustrom to announce that the facility will be delivered in October 2018. The construction of stadia and renovation work is moving on smoothly contrary to rumours that they are moving at a snail pace. Minister Bidoung Mpakwatt reminded stakeholders that after the 2017 edition in Gabon, “we must together win the AfCON 2019 in Cameroon at the organizational level, before the final victory at the sporting level”. Cameroon from what the minister said is ready to organize the grandmother of soccer fiesta come 2019. All the sporting facilities the minister reechoed will be completed three months before the football competition starts.
Its worth indicating that matches for AFCON 2019 will be fielded in other stadia in Limbe, Douala, Yaounde and Bafoussam.




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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Kenny Rogers to Perform with Dolly Parton at Final Concert

Dolly Parton
July 18 (UPI) -- Kenny Rogers will perform with frequent duet partner Dolly Parton at his final concert.
The 78-year-old country star will share the stage with the 71-year-old singer Oct. 25 in Nashville, Tenn., before retiring from live shows after six decades, Rogers announced in a Facebook video Tuesday.
"I'm going to get together with Dolly Parton for the very last time onstage. You don't want to miss it!" he said. "We're going to have some other friends there -- they're going to sing, too. So please come see me, and help me say goodbye to the business."
Little Big Town, Idina Menzel and the Flaming Lips are among the other recording artists who will join Rogers at his "All In for the Gambler: Kenny Rogers" farewell concert at Bridgestone Arena.
"It's going to be really exciting," the country star told Rolling Stone Country. "It's a chance, while they're doing something for me, for me to say goodbye to these people as well."
Rogers and Parton last performed together in public during a CMT event in 2005. The pair are known for such duets as "Islands in the Stream," "Love is Strange," "Christmas Without You" and "Undercover."
"Neither of us take ourselves for granted, and we're both kind of astonished as to what's happened with our lives and careers," Rogers said. "We're both very appreciative of it."
Rogers released his 27th studio album, You Can't Make Old Friends, in October 2013. He kicked off his final tour, The Gambler's Last Deal, in May 2016, and will bring the venture to a close Nov. 4 in Hampton Beach, N.H.



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R. Kelly 'Unequivocally Denies' Abusive Cult Allegations


R. Kelly arrives for the 41st annual American Music Awards on November 24, 2013. Kelly has said that he is "alarmed and disturbed" regarding allegations that he keeping women in an abusive cult. File Photo by Phil McCarten/UPI| License Photo
 
July 18 (UPI) -- R. Kelly is denying allegations that he is holding women against their will as part of an abusive cult inside his rented properties in Atlanta and Chicago.
"Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him," the singer's lawyer Linda Mensch said in a statement. "Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations."
The accusations come from a BuzzFeed report released Monday that cites three unnamed sets of parents who state they have not heard from their daughters for months as Kelly brainwashed them as part of a cult.
The parents said that their daughters, who are over the age of consent and who got with Kelly to further their music careers, have their daily activities controlled by the 50-year-old including what they can wear and eat. Kelly has also been accused of demanding sex with the women and recording it.
Three ex-members of Kelly's entourage also came forward to support the parents' statements regarding his controlling behavior.
Joycelyn Savage, who is currently living with Kelly, spoke with TMZ Monday and denied that she was living in a cult. "I am in a happy place in my life and I'm not being brainwashed. I am totally fine and happy where I'm at," she said.
Kelly was previously acquitted of 14 charges of making child pornography in 2008 following the release of a videotape that allegedly featured the performer having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

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All Progressives Congress Youth Group lambasts P-Square

The All Progressives Congress youth group has lambasted the Okoye brothers, Jude and Peter of P-Square for insulting the Federal Government over its plan to ban the production of movies and music abroad.

The Okoye brothers
 
It should be recalled that TORI News had reported few days ago that the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed stated that the Nigerian government is planning to amend the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, NBC’s rule to stop the shooting of music videos, movies and other productions meant for Nigerians consumption outside the country.
 Nigerian artistes spearheaded by the Okoye brothers - Jude Okoye and Peter Okoye - through their social media accounts slammed the Federal Government over its plans 
 Jude Enges Okoye took to his social media page on Instagram to wrote:
“Smh. An industry they NEVER encouraged, supported or empowered is what they now want to control. Let all of you stop running to abroad when you are sick as na naija money una dey use patronize oyibo hospital dem. You people are the ones refusing to fix our health facilities so u travel out when mosquito bite una.
"So why tell us where to record when u can’t provide uninterrupted power here in Nigeria. Sometime I wonder how we got it all wrong. Una children when dey sch for abroad na which money una dey use patronize them? Abeg stfu!"
 Also in reaction, Peter Okoye of the P-Square music group took to his Twitter page to wrote: “And our Government been failing us since 1960 #SMH. Dear FG, for your information! All the Shame way una dey bring for dis our country na we dey entertainers dey cover una Nash! Ndi ala #SMH.”
 He added, “Sometimes am ashamed to be called a Nigerian because this people."
 According to a report by Politics NGR, the All Progressives Congress(APC) youth renaissance group has now fired a stinker at the Okoye brothers for insulting the Federal government of Nigeria.
 In a statement signed by the group’s national secretary, Mr Collins Edwin and made available to PoliticsNGR, the APC described Okoye as a ‘son of darkness’.
 
 The statement read in full;
 
"We read the scurrilous remarks credited to Mr Peter Okoye of the Psquare group against the Federal Government’s job-saving policy in the entertainment industry with great anger and vexation.

"Least of all persons to make scathing remark against the government is the Psquare group which the local content policy of the Federal Government dusted-up from the valley of obscurity.

"Where was Peter Okoye or Psquare brand in 1999 when foreign music dominated our airwaves? If not for the government policy which mandated all broadcast stations in Nigeria to pay attention to Nigerian music by playing 95 percent of Nigerian songs every day, would Peter Okoye or Psquare be known to anybody in Nigeria today? Or would they have competed with better American music which dominated our airwaves then?

"After the government have used its policy to brush them up from nothing to something; instead of giving opportunity to other people, they are taking Nigerian jobs to foreign countries through the shooting of music videos abroad.

"Now that government have intervened to raise great and better entertainers again, Peter Okoye has the gut to insult the entire Federal Government by calling our great leaders ‘Ndi Ala’ which means mad and stupid people. How dare you say that Psquare?

"We, therefore, urge the security agencies in the country to arrest Mr Peter Okoye for disrespecting our government and bringing it to a disrepute. If you cannot produce in Nigeria and hire Nigerians, then leave the industry.We must export Nigerian culture to the outside world through our music and videos."


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Football Transfer: Gareth Bale Breaks Not Leaving Real for Manchester United

The 28-year-old continues to be linked to a move back to the Premier League but he is working hard to play a key role for Madrid next season.

Gareth Bale
 
Gareth Bale says he is not planning to leave Real Madrid for Manchester United, stating no offer has been made.
The Welsh attacker has long been linked with a move back to the Premier League, with the Old Trafford club the main suitors.
The 28-year-old made just 27 appearances in all competitions last season due to injuries, but remains a key role to Madrid's famous BBC attacking trio alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.
And he insists he is enjoying life in the Spanish capital. When asked if he has considered leaving, he told Marca: "No, everything has been complicated by my injury, but nothing else. 
"I can still play well and when I'm at the maximum I'll give my best again. I signed a long contract at Madrid and I'm happy here.
"The truth is I didn't read anything about United's interested. As a British player, I'm always associated with a return home. The same thing happened with David Beckham and other Englishmen who came to Spain. It's nothing new. 
"I'm happy playing in Madrid, logically interest is interest, but if there has been nothing concrete, no offer, then there is nothing to discuss."

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Movie World Mourns as Zombie Horror Movie Legend and Creator Dies at 77

Multi-award winning writer, Hollywood director and pioneer of zombie horror, has died after a brief battle with lung cancer, his producing partner said.

George A. Romero
 
George A. Romero, the writer and director behind the cult-classic horror flick "Night of the Living Dead", died Sunday. He was 77.
Romero has been called the "father of modern horror films." He died following "a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer," his longtime production partner Peter Grunwald told CNN.
 Grunwald said Romero passed away "peacefully in his sleep" while "listening to the score of 'The Quiet Man,' one his all-time favorite films, with his wife Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero, at his side."
"[Romero] leaves behind a loving family, many friends and a filmmaking legacy that has endured, and will continue to endure, the test of time," Grunwald said.
 Romero was born in 1940 in New York City. His big break came with the release of "Night of the Living Dead" in 1968, which was his first feature-length movie and made on a $114,000 budget. The movie, snubbed by the mainstream press, became a smash hit among horror aficionados and gore lovers.
 Romero worked on several other projects to little box office success before the first "Living Dead" sequel, "Dawn of the Dead," debuted in 1979 to great fanfare and critical acclaim. An initial backlash to some graphic special effects helped boost the film's notoriety, drawing more to theaters.
"Romero has created the ultimate American nightmare. We are feeding on ourselves. Some consider this one of the most important American films of the last decade and it should be seen," a review in the "Motion Picture Guide" reads.
 Romero continued his work in the horror genre throughout the 1980s. In 1990, he rewrote the original "Living Dead" screenplay for the franchise's first remake. That was followed by "Land of the Dead" in 2005. at 89
 In 2006 Romero made "Diary of the Dead," launching a new cycle of "Living Dead" zombie flicks, which also includes 2009's "Survival of the Dead."
 His most recent project was a a graphic novel entitled, "Empire of the Dead," which was published by Marvel.
 New York magazine writer, Cynthia Heimel wrote in 1980 that Romero "is known for making the most grisly, horrifying movies you're ever likely to see."
 Mike Drucker, the standup comedian and "Late Night" jokes writer, credited Romero with "reinventing" zombies, which, since his 1968 creation, have become ubiquitous in movies, films and books.



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Scientists Make Explosive Discovery on How to Live Healthier and Longer


Some scientists have made a new discovery about how having more s*x can lead to having a healthier and lengthier life. S*x is good! I guess we all know that.
 But beyond the feel-good part of s*x, scientists are also saying that s*x has a way of making us feel younger, healthier, and subsequently, live longer.
In a report published in the journal PsyPost, scientists in California found that s*xual intimacy is associated with longer telomeres.
Ordinarily, the way the telomeres work is this: they are the protective caps on our DNA, but they shorten as we age.
Scientists have, however, discovered that among those who have regular s*x, the telomeres get elongated.
This is a welcome discovery!
The researchers asked 129 women, who were all in relationships, about their sexual activity over the course of one week, and examined their blood.
“Significantly” longer telomeres were found in women who reported having weekly sexual intimacy, the study states.
Lead researcher, Tomás Cabeza de Baca, of the University of California, calls telomeres “a biological index of systemic ageing and health.” They protect our chromosomes from fraying, and “maintain the integrity of DNA,” he said.
Tomás said: “Although normal life-course processes, such as ageing and cellular replication, shorten telomeres, sustained psychosocial stress accelerates this process.
“Over time, shortened telomeres may contribute to chronic degenerative diseases and premature mortality.
“Previous research has linked shorter telomeres with increased risk of disease, and argued it can be controlled to some extent by a healthy diet; and exercise — such as s*x."
 
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If Your Partner Does Any Of These 5 Things, You Need to Think Twice

 There are certain red flags that point out the fact that you should not be in a relationship with your current partner. These are some of those things. Human relationships are dotted with challenges, such that there may be no perfect relationship anywhere And while many people would give their very life to keep a relationship, experts counsel that if your partner is guilty of these six thins, you may have to reconsider that relationship!
What are the red flags? These ones…
• They act like your child:
Instead of looking for a girlfriend or wife, some men desire to marry a woman who would act as their mother-wife all rolled up into one. As well as this being no fun, it’s a bad sign of the man’s character that he is taking advantage of you like this.
  
• They make you feel drained:
It’s officially not fun anymore when you come away from time with them and feel exhausted.
A relationship therapist, Dr. Ian Kerner, warns that this red flag can be resolved. Try to pinpoint what it is about being with your partner that makes you feel this way.
Then try to raise the issue with him or her. If you can’t resolve it, or if you feel you don’t want to put energy into trying, it could be time to walk away.
• They don’t trust you:
Not trusting you can be due to their own insecurities, but it’s not your fault, and nor is it your job to go above and beyond the call of duty to show them you’re trustworthy.
• Odd behaviour: You know what this is, don’t you?
• They’re rude to waiters:
Another recurring character trait that puts people off their date is when the person is rude to the person bringing them food. This is a hard and fast rule for friendships too.
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Miracles Thing: Pastor Tries to Fly Like an Angel to Jerusalem, Ends Up Breaking Leg

A pastor has stunned church members after trying to fly like an angel to Jerusalem only to end up breaking his legs.

Illustrative photo by SDE
 
According to a report by SDE, the residents of a village in Singorwet ward, Bomet County, Kenya were treated to a nerve wrecking drama last Sunday after a local church pastor unsuccessfully attempted to fly to Jerusalem using artificial wings, falling off a tree and breaking his legs.
The man of God, famous in the village for predicting the second coming of Jesus on several occasions,  something which has never come to pass, is said to have gone round the village announcing his departure to Jerusalem.
This, he said, was following an invitation by God himself in a dream.
Eyewitnesses said the pastors, who had tied improvised wings made of polythene bags and rags to his shoulders, had also spoken during his sermon early Sunday, of his imminent trip to Jerusalem.
 
“We thought he was joking until he appeared dressed in his flying gear, bidding people farewell,” said the witness.
 
After a short prayer, the pastor asked curious members of his church, who had gathered to see him off, to escort him to a tall Eucalyptus tree, which he claimed was a suitable take off point, as revealed to him by God.
 
The pastor climbed atop the tree. Nervous parishioners, thinking that the man of God was on a suicide mission, alerted the chief who in turn called the police and ambulances for an emergency rescue.
 
Word had gone round and within a short time, the scene was jammed with thousands of locals, eager to see the man of God flying to Jerusalem.
 
Meanwhile, authorities were frantically trying to get him to climb down.
 
Attempts by the choir master, a very close friend to the pastor, to convince him to abandon his flight to Jerusalem fell on deaf years as the pastor stood his ground, insisting, “I must fly to Jerusalem”.
 
“You cannot stop an idea whose time has come more so when it has the blessings of the most high! Just let me go!” insisted the pastor atop the tall tree.
Elders were soon summoned to come and convince the adamant pastor against attempting to take off without their blessings.
But the elders were met with utter shock when the man of God rebuked them, saying God was showing him the elders burning in hell for trying to stop him.
 
“You can command humans to stop going against worldly cultures but commanding against God’s commandment is impossible.
“You should rather repent because these are the last days, Jesus is coming back,” the pastor retorted.
 
Cries and mourning of women and children who feared for the pastor’s life, did not deter the man of God.
When he discovered that a young man who had climbed the tree to get him was almost catching up with him, he spread his wings and took a plunge.
The wings, as expected, malfunctioned. The pastor came tumbling down with a thud, and immediately began wailing, asking for help. Upon closer scrutiny, he had broken his legs, his nose was bleeding and he later passed out. He was rushed to a local hospital where he is recuperating.

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