Showing posts from November, 2019

With Most Votes Counted, Namibia's Leader Faces 2nd Term

With more than 85% of votes counted, Namibia’s president was set to win another term Saturday and already was thanking voters.
The southern African nation’s electoral commission said President Hage Geingob led with 57% of the vote while opposition challenger Dr. Panduleni Itula had 28%. Itula made history as the first independent candidate for the presidency, though he retained his ruling party membership.
The southwestern African country held its sixth presidential and parliamentary elections on Wednesday amid economic woes and growing frustration against the regime
The results showed a sharp decrease in support for Geingob from 87% in the previous election in 2014. Public frustration has been high over corruption scandals and unemployment.
“I wish to thank Namibians for re-electing me as their president,” Geingob said on social media.
The ruling SWAPO party, which has been in power since independence from South Africa in 1990, led with 66% of the vote in the National Assembly race w…

London Bridge attack victim named as Jack Merritt

One of the people stabbed to death in Friday's attack at London Bridge has been named as University of Cambridge graduate Jack Merritt.
He was one of two people killed when 28-year-old Usman Khan launched the attack at a Cambridge University conference on prisoner rehabilitation.
Khan, who had been jailed over a terror plot, was shot dead by police after members of the public restrained him.
Mr Merritt was described by his father on Twitter as a "beautiful spirit".
A woman who died in the attack - declared by officers as a terrorist incident - has not yet been named. Three others were injured.
Mr Merritt was a course coordinator for Learning Together, a prisoners' rehabilitation programme that was hosting the conference at Fishmongers' Hall at the north end of London Bridge.
Khan had been one of dozens of people - including students and offenders - at the event.
The Metropolitan Police said the attack is believed to have started inside Fishmongers Hall at 13:58 G…

2 policemen killed, 7 abducted in Adamawa

Alhaji Ahmadu Dahiru, Chairman, Transition Administration, Mubi South Local Government of Adamawa, on Saturday said suspected kidnappers had killed two policemen and abducted seven people in the area.
Dahiru in Gyela said that the incident occurred along Mubi – Gyela road last Tuesday.
“Kidnappers have terrorised our communities on daily basis and they kidnap people at will in broad day and night.
“They killed two policemen last Tuesday who were on patrol along Mubi – Gyela road.
“As I m talking to you, three days ago they abducted five people in Kwaja and two in Sauda village,” Dahiru said.
He said that the kidnappers were hiding on top of some hills along Nigeria – Cameron border.
Dahiru said that the communities had lost millions of naira to kidnappers in ransoms.  Pm news.
DSP Sulaiman Nguruje, Spokesman, Adamawa Police Command, confirmed the incidence, saying that a team of security operatives were deployed to comb the area.
He appealed to the people of the state to report any su…

4 men confess to gang rape of woman they later burned alive, Indian police say

Four men have confessed to the gang rape and murder of a 27-year-old woman whom they later set on fire, according to police in the Indian city of Hyderabad.
The woman was a veterinarian and the incident took place on November 27, R. Venkatesh, Police Inspector from Shamshabad Police Station in Hyderabad told CNN.
"Four people have been arrested and they have confessed to sexual assault with the victim. Due to the sexual assault and the force, she became semi-conscious," he said.
"They put her body in a lorry and took her to a different location where they put her body under the bridge and poured diesel fuel and petrol (gasoline) on her body and burnt her," Venkatesh added.
medical examination could not conclude that the woman had been raped due to the extensive burns to the remains.

Beauty queens and Black Eyed Peas' kick off 30th SEA Games

Beauty queens, beautifully choreographed performances and Black Eyed Peas' took centre stage as the 30th SEA Games were declared open on Saturday (Nov 30).
Attended by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the opening ceremony was packed with performances that beautifully highlighted Filipino culture.
This is the first time in Games history that the opening ceremony has been held indoors, at the 55,000-seater Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
While complaints about transport, accommodation and food have been reported in the lead-up to the multi-sport event, the song and dance extravaganza went off without a hitch.
After a rendition of the Philippines national anthem by singer Lani Misalucha, the show kicked off with performers, dressed in the bright colours of the Sarimanok, a legendary bird of the Maranao people from Mindanao, taking to the stage.
This was followed by a series of traditional Filipino dances from different regions …

British Council #IdeasChangeLives Global Innovation Challenge 2019 (£20,000 Prize)

Application Deadline: 10 January 2020.
British Council #IdeasChangeLives is the
global innovation challenge to find digital solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems. British Council is looking for people with a fresh, entrepreneurial spirit and a big idea that has the potential to make a positive impact for communities across the globe.
The winning pitch will get £20,000 to invest in their idea, as well as mentorship and support from the British Council for a full year.
Focus for 2019
This year, British Council is looking for ideas that help us to meet any or all of the targets within one of the three Global Goals for Sustainable Development below:
Goal 4: Quality education
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Goal 5: Gender equality
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive e…

French Government Challenge 2020 for young African Entrepreneurs (Fully-funded to the 2020 Africa-France Summit in Bordeaux, France)

Application Deadline: January 31, 2020
Announced at the press conference presenting the 2020 Africa-France Summit held in Bordeaux on Tuesday 17 September 2019, the Challenge of 1.000 is a joint initiative of Digital Africa and the Summit.
The State will invite 1.000 African entrepreneurs to come to Bordeaux to present their solutions at The City of Solutions, a show dedicated to projects and solutions for sustainable cities and territories to be held during the 28th edition of the Africa-France Summit. June 4, 5 and 6, 2020.
The selection of contractors will meet the following criteria:
Being an African entrepreneur, having an activity related to one of the 7 districts of The City of Solutions
Gender Parity
Geographical balance of origin of Contractors
Balance of themes on the 7 districts (Access to essential services, Feeding the cities, Building and enhancing the city, Moving around the city / visit the city, Living in the city, Financing and structuring projects, Connecting the ci…

'I want to become whiter because it's so pretty': the rise of skin-whitening in Senegal

In Senegal , the promotion of skin-bleaching is illegal under the national press code. The country’s media watchdog has warned radio and television stations against broadcasting advertisements for skin-whitening products.
However, no laws presently exist to regulate the sale of the products, which remain popular amongst women despite posing potential
health risks.
Most of these products are made using corticosteroids and hydroquinone (illegal in the European Union), compounds that are harmful and carcinogenic when applied in significant doses on skin. Regular use leads to itching, varicose veins, and stains, but also to a strong dependence due to the products' penetration into the bloodstream. France24.
Skin depigmentation is common in Africa, where the sale of skin-whitening products is legal in many countries.
Women resort to using the creams out of aesthetic concerns based on the idea that fairer skin leads to greater social and economic success.

Car FLIES OFF Indian overpass & crashes onto street below, killing

A horrific car crash in India’s Hyderabad saw a vehicle fly right off an overpass and smash down onto the road below, killing one pedestrian and injuring several others.
CCTV cameras captured the devastating scene as it unfolded on Saturday around 1pm local time. Cars, a motorbike and pedestrians are all in harm’s way when a car high above them on the Biodiversity flyover suddenly mounts the protective barrier and plunges onto the lower road.  RT.
One pedestrian was lucky not to be struck by a falling sign knocked down by the crashing car as it landed down among a group of parked rickshaws. The driver is among the injured, according to local reports, and police are investigating the crash.
The flyover was only opened to traffic in early November.

'Amazing bravery': Stories of London Bridge attack heroes emerge

A day after two people were killed in a terror-related stabbing attack on a bridge in central London, reports emerged of the brave actions taken by members of the public to detain the alleged assailant before he was shot dead by British police. 
Scotland Yard identified the suspect as Usman Khan, 28, an extremist previously jailed for plotting to bomb the London Stock Exchange, Britain's Parliament and the U.S. Embassy. After serving prison time for his role in that plot, Khan was released in 2018 and fitted with an electronic tag to monitor his movements, according to a report in The Times (of London). Khan was wearing a fake suicide belt when he was fatally shot Friday. Police feared it was real and that he was trying to detonate it.
The two people killed in the incident on London Bridge have not been named. Three others, a man and two women, remain in the hospital with serious injuries.
While Khan's motivations remain unclear, investigators are treating the incident as terrori…

Nigerians knock Aisha Buhari over comments on the #SocialMediaBill

See some of the reactions below:

Obinna Nwosu @obi_Nwosu
Dear Aisha Buhari, in china, if a government official is found guilty of corruption, he/she will be shot to death and the bullet is paid for by his/her family. How about we copy this from China, not just social media control
9936:36 AM - Nov 30, 2019 Twitter Ads info and privacy
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AyeMojubar @ayemojubar
"If China can control over 1.3bn people on social media, I see no reason why Nigeria cannot control only 180m people" - Aisha Buhari.
Is it not a miracle to see that our First Lady cannot distinguish btw Unitary / One Party State and Democratic State with all our education.
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PROF Ozo-Nna-Nyere-Nwa (Affidavit) @nwa_anambra
When Kyari's daughter wanted to beat Aisha Buhari, social media saved her, when her husband wanted to secretly take a second wife in her absence, we let her know through social me…

Real reasons Jonathan worked against PDP in Bayelsa guber poll

IN the run up to the 2015 President election, Nigeria cut the worrisome image of a country on the edge, on the brink of division, inching towards the precipice. The country was deeply divided between two fiercely opposing opinions represented by the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress. The political division was so fierce that many concerned Nigerians were relocating their families to safety in Ghana, the UK, the US and other countries to keep them from harm’s way.
However, like a miracle, the nation heaved a huge sigh of relief to start the preparation for another circle of political tension at the conclusion of the election. In fact, while the nation in the throes of uncertainty was waiting for a formal declaration of the then Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, who was leading in the poll as the winner, his main opponent and incumbent leader, President Goodluck Jonathan, sent a congratulatory message to him to the surprise of man…

20 Secrets to Living a Happier Life

There’s an unfortunate reason why happiness is often elusive -- our brains simply aren’t wired that way. Instead, our brains have evolved to survive, to protect ourselves, to keep us safe. Sure, we have moments of elation and periods of contentment and bliss. But many of us are plagued with persistent negative emotions -- we are just plain stuck in the “blahs.” How do we find more joy in our life? Like anything else, it takes practice to cultivate ongoing happiness. In a sense, we have to reset our baseline. It won't happen overnight, but here are the top 20 things you can do every day to discover the secrets of being happier.
1. Focus on the positive.
To find long-term happiness, you need to retrain your brain from a negative mindset to a positive mindset. Try these things: Spend one to two minutes looking for positives in your life. Do this three times a day for 45 days, and your brain will start doing it automatically.
Choose a positive mantra for the day -- something you will…

Why You Shouldn’t Save Your Debit or Credit Card Numbers on Store Websites or Apps

When it comes to storing credit card information online, it’s clear that American consumers prize convenience over safety. According to the results of a Bankrate poll released Thursday, 64% of the people surveyed said they save their credit card number online or on mobile apps. The poll, which surveyed a cross section of Americans across all ages, genders, races, and geographies, was conducted online by YouGov, a public opinion and data company.  Fortune. The number of people willing to save their information is surprising considering that just 8% of respondents said storing their personal data was “very safe.” Forty-four percent thought it was “somewhat safe,” with 31% ticking off “not very safe,” and 17% “not safe at all.” In addition, the survey found that 56% save their credit or bank card information on a retailer or service provider’s website, such as AmazonWalmartNetflix, or Spotify, while 32% save their information in a mobile payments app, like Apple Pay, Google Pay, or …

Alleged $44.9m wire deals: EFCC quizzes Air Peace boss Onyema

AS part of the ongoing probe of alleged $44.9 million wire deals, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has interrogated the Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Ifechukwu Onyema.
Also, there were strong indications last night that the EFCC may watch-list a former Special Adviser/Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme Office.
It was learnt that the ex-Special Adviser might be placed on INTERPOL red alert list.
Investigation revealed that Onyema, who was quizzed on Wednesday, has been placed on administrative bail.
It was, however, learnt that his activities are under the anti-graft commission’s surveillance.
A reliable source said the invitation of Onyema was part of the ongoing collaboration with the FBI and other security networks working on the alleged $44.9 million wire deals in which Onyema, his Finance Officer Ejiroghene Eghagha and two banks were implicated.
The source said: “Our team of detectives on Wednesday interacted with Onyema in our Lagos office o…

2 fall to their deaths at Arches National Park in Utah

A 30-year-old man was also injured in the accident at what the park called "the world's most famous natural stone arch."
Two tourists were dead and another was injured Friday after falling into a natural, deep bowl formation under Utah's iconic Delicate Arch at Arches National Park, authorities said.
The accident in wet, slick conditions on grounds covered by stone formations and
"biological soil crust" was reported at 7:30 a.m., Arches National Park Chief Ranger Scott Brown said.
The trail up to Delicate Arch has reopened for use. Winter conditions make for slippery hiking; proceed with caution.
— Arches National Park (@ArchesNPS)
November 29, 2019
Rescuers arrived to find a 65-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman dead at the scene, he said. An injured 30-year-old man was flown to Moab Regional Hospital, the chief ranger said.
Authorities believe the three are from California. Their identities were not immediately available. More information was expected M…

Somali Refugee Leads US Pediatric Clinic that Gave Her a Healthy Outlook

Anisa Ibrahim was six years old when she came to the United States as a Somali refugee in 1993. The family settled in Seattle, in the northwestern state of Washington, where the girl and her four siblings got health care at the Harborview Medical Center Pediatric Clinic.
Now a pediatrician herself, Ibrahim is medical director of the clinic, overseeing a dozen other doctors whose patients, like hers, include many immigrants.
When she got the promotion in September, "it felt like everything that I had been working for had come to fruition and my story had really, really come full circle," Ibrahim, 32, told VOA's Somali Service in a phone interview. "I really thought back [on] everyone and everything that made this moment possible for me."
Among those Ibrahim credits is the doctor who treated her in childhood, after her family had moved from a Kenyan refugee camp where they'd sought relief from Somalia's civil war in 1992.
She had told her pediatrician, El…

Under new ‘fake news’ law, Facebook issues first correction notice at govt request

Facebook issued its first correction notice on a user's post at the request of the Singapore government on Saturday, according to the notice seen by Reuters.
The government said on Friday that it ordered Facebook to publish a correction on a user's social media post under a new "fake news" law, raising fresh questions about how the company will adhere to government requests to regulate content.
"Facebook is legally required to tell you that the Singapore government says this post has false information," the notice said.
The correction notice was embedded at the bottom of the original post without any alterations to the text.

Appeal to identify men re disorder before Tottenham v Ajax match in April

Detectives are appealing for assistance in identifying individuals they want to speak to regarding disorder before the Tottenham Hotspur v Ajax match on Tuesday, 30 April.
The disorder happened as supporters from both sides made their way down Tottenham High Road. Officers separated the groups as they travelled down the road, but at 19:15hrs, the two groups came together at the junction of High Road and Brereton Road.
A fight broke out between the two groups, who proceeded to launch glass bottles, bricks and concrete slabs at each other.
A number of individuals have already been identified, however detectives are keen to identify ten more men, all believed to be Tottenham Hotspur supporters, who were involved in the disorder.
Detective Sergeant Matt Simpson, from the Met’s Public Order Investigation Team, said: “I would urge anyone with information on the identity of these individuals to come forward and assist us with our enquiries. Officers faced unacceptable levels of violence befo…

Twitter users can’t even tweet their frustration amid service outage reports

Twitter has experienced a major outage affecting large swathes of Europe and North America, among other places, leaving thousands of frustrated netizens unable to vent their anger.
Over 3,000 users reported issues with the site on Friday night, according to Down Detector, with many unable to post at all, while others could only tweet out boring text but had trouble uploading pictures, videos and links.  RT.
The malfunction comes on the heels of a large outage on Facebook and Instagram earlier this week, barring Americans from sharing photos of their Thanksgiving meals.
For now, users may find themselves starved of dopamine-driving likes, comments and shares – will the millennials make it?

NBC Star Debra Messing Rips 'AGT' After Gabrielle Union Gets Axed

Debra Messing has spoken out in support of
Gabrielle Union after she was recently let go as a judge on America’s Got Talent.
The Will & Grace star has called out NBC, the show’s network, for it’s “disgusting behavior.”
First, Messing’s pal Ellen Pompeo of ABC’s
Grey’s Anatomy slammed Union’s ouster, then Messing tweeted, “Thank you for this @EllenPompeo. This is disgusting behavior from a network that has been my professional home for decades.”
“Addressing a hostile work environment is inconvenient when there is a huge money making machine that is involved.It is cowardice, greed, and protection of the status quo revealed.”
Messing’s message was a result of a slew of tweets from Pompeo, who also expressed her discontentment with the network and its decision to let Union go.
“Workplace cultures will continue to be toxic until there is unity and solidarity among all women. If you go for self in these moments you undermine the work we are out here trying to do. Obviously this network …

Dozens arrested as Algerian protesters demand cancellation of December election

Protesters fear the poll will cement in power politicians close to ex-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who quit in April under popular pressure after two decades as head of state.
The five candidates standing in the December poll all either supported the former leader or took part in his government.
"There will be no vote!" demonstrators chanted on Friday. "We swear we will not stop!"
They denounced an official crackdown on the so-called "Hirak" movement that has shaken
the country with months of unprecedented protests.
Security forces, both uniformed and plain-clothed, flooded Algiers for the 41st—consecutive Friday of demonstrations, deploying water cannon and anti-barricade vehicles.
"This is intimidation! Why so many police vehicles? We're protesting peacefully and are against violence," said Tassadit Ourabeh, 64.
At least 25—people were arrested before Friday's march, AFP journalists said.
Police also used tear gas against young prot…