Saturday, 29 April 2017

Donald Trump Marks 100 Days In Office

As the U.S. President Donald Trump marks his first 100 days in office, he says his landmark timeline has been the most successful in the U.S. history.
In just 14 weeks, Trump said his administration has brought profound change to Washington especially bringing back jobs.

Mr. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, completing his 100 days in office today.
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We Are Sick Of You, Russian Protesters Tell Putin

Hundreds of Russian opposition supporters turned out Saturday to protest against President Vladimir Putin’s expected candidacy in elections set for 2018, with police detaining dozens of activists in the second-largest city of Saint Petersburg.
Protests in several cities were called by the Open Russia movement founded by arch-Putin foe and former oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

They were held under the slogan “We’re sick of him” — referring to Putin.

About 30 to 50 protesters were hauled away by riot police in a crackdown in Saint Petersburg after around 200 people gathered for an unauthorised demonstration, an AFP journalist witnessed.

Open Russia put the figure of detentions at about 50 people, while OVD-Info, which monitors detentions of political activists, said more than 125 were detained. Police have not yet issued numbers.

“Putin is an usurper. He has to finally go. We’re sick of him,” said one of the protesters, 35-year-old Anton Danilov.

“Everything is bad. Education, health — everything has been destroyed. I want changes,” said Galina Abramova, 57.

A similarly sized protest in Moscow remained peaceful as activists gathered at the offices of Putin’s administration and handed in petitions against his expected candidacy in 2018.

“I don’t want Putin to stand in the next elections,” said Anna Bazarova, a 16-year-old student queuing up to hand in her petition.

“Our main problem is that we can’t change those in power,” she said.

She added that many of her friends had opted not to attend, fearing detention by the police.

Riot police stood guard as officers used loudspeakers to warn protesters: “Citizens, your action has not been agreed by the authorities.”

One of the organisers, Yakov Yermakov, handed out forms for people to fill out with complaints to Putin.

“Our president has already been in power 17 years. We think that’s too long. Our country isn’t developing,” he said.

The protests came after opposition leader Alexei Navalny organised the largest unauthorised rally of recent years in Moscow on March 26. Police detained around 1,000 people, including Navalny.

Navalny has announced his plan to stand for president in 2018 and has galvanised the splintered opposition movement with a powerful online campaign including videos exposing corrupt officials. He has called for another protest on June 12.

The main figurehead of Saturday’s protests, Khodorkovsky, remains a highly controversial figure in Russia. The former oligarch and founder of the Yukos oil company spent a decade in prison and now lives in Britain.

His Open Russia movement has been targeted by the authorities recently with police raiding its Moscow offices this week.
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Nigeria Moving Out Of Recession – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said on Saturday that Nigeria was gradually moving out of recession.
Mohammed, who was represented by the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Bayo Onanuga, made the assertion at the biennial convention of the Nigerian Guild of Editors in Lagos.

He said that going by a recent statement by the Central Bank Governor, the country would exit recession by the end of June.

“There have been other pointers for the good news as well. For two consecutive months, the National Bureau of Statistics has also reported a fall in inflation rate.

“The exchange rate is regaining some sanity.

“As I said earlier, the worst appears to be over. We are clawing out of the woods of recession in weeks from now, “ the minister said.

Mohammed said that the Buhari administration and collective will of Nigerians had shamed doomsday prediction that our recession could worsen into a depression.

“I hope, in our various media, we shall begin to focus more on the positive developments in our economy, the growth in agriculture and mineral development, since the NBS last year, let out the secret that the Nigerian economy recorded a negative growth in the first quarter of 2016, “ he said.

The minister said that recession was not peculiar to the country.

He said that the United States of America had experienced 47 recessions, some regressing into depressions.

“Between 1980 and 2007 alone, the American economy experienced five recessions. The last one in 2007 was caused by the subprime mortgage crisis and led to the collapse of the US housing bubble,” he said.

Mohammed urged the media to stop the blame game and educate Nigerians on the efforts being made to end recession.

“Informing the people that the government is working hard to end the
recession will go a long way to give hope to the people.

“After all, it is said that ”if you keep hope alive, it will keep you alive,” the minister said.
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Dad Jailed 10 Days In California For Leaving Baby In The Car To Get Lap Dances In Strip Club

A California father accused of leaving his baby in the car to get Lap dances at a Strip Club has been jailed for 10days.
Auwin Dargin who appeared before a Los Angeles court on Wednesday was on the 9th of March, 2016, arrested for leaving his 9month old baby daughter in a car for 43 minutes while he visited Synn Gentlemen’s Club in North Hills to buy lap dances, according to prosecutors.

The court also heard that the employees of the club and neighboring businesses discovered the sweating and crying baby girl inside the vehicle about 2 p.m. and rescued her before they contacted the police.

In a news release from the office of Los Angeles County District Attorney, the 26-year-old father pleaded no contest to a felony count of child abuse. He was sentenced to 10 days in county jail and five years probation. He was also ordered to complete 52 weeks of parenting classes, as well as 45 days of Caltrans service.
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Opinion: The Growing Problem Of Untreated Dementia In Our Elders By Tony Ogunlowo

By Tony Ogunlowo

Just recently a picture of a half-naked elderly woman surrounded by a lynch mob appeared online in one of the many blogs under the caption:” Bird falls from sky and transforms into Woman”.
Now it beggars belief that in this day and age where everybody has a smartphone, with video recording capability, that nobody has been able to provide video footage of an actual bird changing into a woman. There’s footage of people being lynched, fights, accidents – even women giving birth on the road but never of a bird metamorphing into a witch. Why? Because it’s not true and its hearsay generated by illiterate gossips who need their mouths padlocked! (- I’m not saying witches don’t exist. To be quite honest I know quite a few!).

The poor old woman, and many others like her, is probably suffering from dementia.

Dementia is a mental disorder that affects older people.

A person suffering from dementia will start to go mad, see things that aren’t there, talk to themselves whilst at the same time suffer memory loss and lose the ability to function normally on a day-to-day basis. It’s worth noting at this point that there is no need to cart off a dementia sufferer to the nearest church for ‘spiritual healing’. There are no demons to cast out and any pastor will only make the problem worse.

There is no known cure for dementia, just like with Alzheimer’s disease, even though a healthy diet, being physically active all the time and counselling can help to minimize the condition.

Dementia is not just a ‘White mans’ disease, it can happen to anyone over the age of 65. Instead of stigmatizing the person or alienating them or locking them up at home (- or dumping them on the street to fend for themselves!) every help should be given. Remember it can happen to you! (Don’t say ‘God forbid bad thing O’). Dementia is caused by progressive brain cells dying which can happen to anyone.

People who have advanced stages of the disease will need to be put under 24-hour supervision so that they do not wander off (and risk being accused of being ‘witches’!) or harm themselves. Remember with their brain cells dying their reasoning diminishes making them regress back to acting like children, forgetting things and getting up to general mischief. They are not to be abused or scolded for half the time they are not aware of what they are doing.

In the absence of any official figures detailing how many sufferers there are it is difficult to say to how it has spread throughout the country. But nevertheless people need to be educated on what symptoms to look out for. Again it’s not something that was caused by drugs or curses as lots of people would like to believe. A person with dementia needs a lot of help and support on a day-to-day basis and in the absence of a comprehensive mental health programme this help will have to come from friends and family. Don’t believe in quacks, pastors or babalawos who claim to have cures for the ailment – there is no cure! (- they’ll only con you out of all your money pretending to cure them!). There are organisations like Dementia Nigeria who can offer help and advice and a quick Google search will throw up even more options.

So next time you see an old woman being accused of witchcraft by a lynch mob she might just be suffering from dementia and abandoned by her family.

As we are respectful of our elders the same should be accorded to someone who has dementia.

Try and imagine being in their shoes: your brain isn’t working properly so that you don’t even know who you are let alone the people around you. You don’t know what time of the day it is or even which day of the week. You can’t remember what you had for breakfast let alone lunch. You watch TV and don’t even know what you’re watching. These are some of the things dementia sufferers have to endure on a daily basis. It’s painful for them because they try to get their brains to work and nothing happens. It’s a bit like when your PC or laptop crashes. But your PC or laptop can go into ‘safemode’, restart and repair itself the brain of a dementia sufferer can’t.

All respect and support should be accorded to anyone who has dementia. Remember it can happen to anyone, nobody is immune – doctors, mechanics, teachers, politicians – anyone! As a prevention try and stay healthy: exercise as often as possible, try and eat a healthy diet and keep your brain busy reading, doing puzzles etc.

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Domestic Staff Gives More Details On How Wole Soyinka’s Residence Was Invaded By Fulani Hersmen

One of the domestic staff members of Prof. Wole Soyinka has confirmed that herdsmen brought their cattle to graze at the surroundings of the Nobel laureate’s residence in Ilugun Village, Abeokuta.
The domestic worker, who refused to give his name, disclosed this to journalists on Friday at the residence of the playwright, located in a serene forest far away from Ilugun village and Kemta Estate.

He said the herdsmen had on Saturday, April 15, 2017, come with their cattle to graze at the frontage of Soyinka’s house.

He said that was the second time they would come with their cattle to graze around the residence.
He said the Nobel laureate was the first to discover the footmarks of the cattle at the stream area, when the herdsmen came the first time.

But during their second coming on Saturday, April 15, the domestic staff added that they had to chase the herdsmen away.
He said, “Yes, it is true that the herdsmen have invaded this place (residence) twice. The last time they came was on Saturday, April 15. 
“They came directly to graze around the house and we had to chase them away.
“Nobody saw them the first time they came, it was after they had gone that, Prof. (Soyinka) saw the footprints of the cattle and drew our (Domestic staff) attention to that. 
“But when they came the second time, they met us and we chased them away and since then, we have not seen them again.”

However, the Ogun Police Command said the case of the invasion of the Nobel laureate’s home had not been reported to them.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said, “I have called the Divisional Police Officer, Kemta Police Station, and he told me there was no such report made at the station.”

The invasion was made public by the 82-year-old scholar on Friday while speaking at a forum in Freedom Park, Lagos.

“We are living in dangerous times. My home is under invasion… From Imeko to Abeokuta is under invasion by herdsmen,” TheCable.ng quoted Soyinka as saying. 
“This is a deliberate act of provocation. The trespasses have been frequent, we have reported to the police, but government is taking security lightly. 
“We need to wake up the government, let them know the seriousness of the issue on ground; these herdsmen are worse than Boko Haram.”
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Trump Claims He Hasn't Had Any Legislative Success In His First 100 Days

President Trump dismissed the idea that he hasn't had legislative success in his first 100 days in office, claiming 28 bills have been passed.
Despite noted setbacks, including his failure to replace Obamacare, the President said he doesn't think 'anybody' has accomplished what his administration has in 100 days, while simultaneously calling the milestone a 'false standard.'

Although there has been no major legislation passed, Trump told Fox News's Martha MacCallum in an exclusive interview: 'First of all, we had 28 bills.'

The 28 laws, which don't include the myriad executive orders he has signed, include two that name Veterans Affairs clinics in honor of people, 13 that repeal Obama-era rules and five related to personnel matters, including a waiver that allowed James Mattis to become Defense Secretary.

During the interview, President Trump touted bonding with Chinese President Xi Jinping to help with North Korea, saying he hopes he can 'pull it off' when it comes to reigning in Kim Jong Un, who test-launched another ballistic missile, which reportedly broke up mid-flight and failed.

'We'll see what happens,' he said.

Adm. Harry Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said relations with the nation are at the worst he's ever seen and there is 'no doubt' in his mind that Kim Jong Un intends to fulfill his pursuit of a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States, according to CBS News.

Trump also said he was proud of the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court saying, 'I think he’ll be a great one.'

As for the failed replacement for ObamaCare, he still claims the healthcare marketplace is over.

ObamaCare is exploding. ObamaCare is dead - essentially, ObamaCare is dead, it's not going to make it,' he said.

He said he was 'disappointed' that Republicans didn't have a better plan in place.

'I was disappointed that they didn't have more in line by the time I walked in,' he said. As for a replacement, he said 'I believe they're going to get it done,' and predicted it could happen as early as next week.

As for his sweeping tax cut plan, he said that most of it would benefit small business and 'the biggest of all beneficiaries are middle-income people who have really been hurt.'

Most tax experts have said the plan will mostly benefit the richest Americans.

'The only Americans who are very clear winners under the new system are the wealthiest,' Edward D, Kleinbard, a law professor at the University of Southern California and former chief of staff of Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation, which estimates the revenue effects of tax proposals, told the New York Times.

Trump said in his first 100 days, he has 'created great foundations in terms of relationships with China and with Japan and with many, many other countries.'
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Police Arraigns Alleged Sterling Bank Whistleblower, Blogger

The Nigeria Police Force has arraigned a self-acclaimed whistleblower, Dennis Ukpabi, and a blogger, Fejiro Oliver, for cyber stalking.

It was learnt that Ukpabi, who is a former employee of Sterling Bank Plc, was arrested for publishing a book titled, ‘The Whistleblower’, in which he accused some employees of the bank – Adekanla Desalu, Eguru Nyenke, Janet Akpan and Kojusola Ajao – of fraud.
Ukpabi also alleged that after exposing the fraud in the bank, one of his colleagues involved in the fraud was promoted because she was dating an executive director at the bank.

Ukpabi and Oliver were arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday on five charges bordering on alleged acts of ‘cyber stalking’, which are said to be punishable under the provisions of Section 24 of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition and Prevention etc) Act, 2015.

The first charge read, “That you Dennis Ukpabi and Tega Oghenero between 1st – 13th February, 2017 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of Federal High Court, conspired together to commit felonies, namely, knowingly and intentionally sending intimidated, hatred, insulting and needless anxiety messages and thereby committing an offence punishable under section 27 (1) (b) of Cybercrime (prohibition, prevention etc Act 2015).”

Another charge read that the accused sent offensive messages to Desalu, Busola Awosile, Nyenke and Adeyemi Odubiyi, which are said to be ‘’punishable under section 24 (1) (b) of Cybercrime (prohibition, prevention etc Act 2015.’’

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecution counsel, who is also a Superintendent of Police, Mr. J. Oloruntoba, asked the court to remand the defendants in prison custody. Frantic efforts were made by lawyers representing the two defendants; Mrs. Kitan and Mr. Inibehe Effiong, to persuade the court to admit them to bail.

Effiong, who is a human rights lawyer, informed the court that the defendants were accosted by the police and arraigned surreptitiously without proper and adequate notice.

The trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, asked the defendants’ counsel to bring a formal application for bail and promised to hear it expeditiously.

The judge remanded them in Ikoyi Prisons.

Source: PunchNg
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Lai Mohammed Says Senegal Has The Best Jollof Rice

So Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed was interviewed last night by CNN's Richard Quest who is currently in Nigeria.
Quest told Lai Mohammed that there is currently a debate on which country has the best Jollof rice and asked Mohammed which country he thinks has the best jollof rice. To the uttermost surprise of Nigerians, Lai Mohammed responded Senegal. 

Watch the video below...
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I Have Never Beat My Wife Because I Love Her So Much - Mercy Aigbe's Husband

Following reports there 7 year old marriage has crashed over allegations of infidelity and physical assault, Mercy Aigbe's husband has denied pictures making the round that he battered her.The pictures which show her face bloodied up were published yesterday but the hotelier insists he loves his wife too much and will never beat her.
As for the actress,she alluded to domestic violence yesterday by posting a photo of a battered woman,asking women to say no to domestic violence.In response, he posted that men should say no to promiscuous women but deleted the post and replaced it with a post about loving her..
 
The couple have one son while Mercy has a daughter from a previous relationship.She has always insisted she didn't snatch him from his first wife as their marriage was over when she married him.
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Ambode Unveils Lagos Digital Library

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday formally unveiled the State Digital Library, reiterating his administration’s commitment to providing access to education for all.
Governor Ambode of Lagos State
The Governor, who was represented by Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, said the decision to unveil a first-of-its-kind digital library is to provide access to educational materials through the collection of digital content via the online portal.

He emphasized that it would complement the quest for achieving the Lagos dream of becoming Africa’s model megacity and a global economic and financial Hub.

“The digital library will provide a repository of contents which include 2,000 study aids on core subjects from primary to senior secondary school curriculum, over 1,600 tutorials, instructional videos and selected e-books for primary to SS3 approved texts, brief history of Lagos State, online forum, podcasts and exam-mate (A Test Resource)” he said.

Governor Ambode also stated that “the contents also include quality research papers from Lagos State tertiary institutions covering a wide range of topics digitized for the platform in various forms such as vocational videos, entrepreneurship contents, creatively presented history lessons and online courses on coding.”

He said the “Code Lagos” and “Digital Library” projects were initiated as part of the Government’s efforts to make the State the next technology hub in Africa, stressing that the Digital Library programme is the first of its kind in the State and one of the largest learning platforms in Africa.

The Governor noted that based on statistics available, Africa is expected to reach 500 million internet users by 2020, a majority of whom will access the internet through a mobile device.

He, therefore, urged students, researchers and everyone that is interested in knowledge acquisition to make use of the platform which can be accessed nationwide.

Earlier in his remarks, the Special Adviser to the Governor, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh said that part of the innovation of the present administration was the introduction of “library initiative” whereby private organisations can adopt a library and improve it.

According to him, the initiative is already yielding the desired result with the library at Herbert Macaulay, Yaba and the one at Isolo already taken up by corporate organisations.

The digital library online portal – “www.educatelagos.com” – was unveiled at the event which took place at the Landmark Event Center, Victoria Island and was attended by members of the Organised Private Sector and the Diplomatic Corps.
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Nnamdi Kanu Finally Regains Freedom From Kuje Prison (Photos)

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, finally regained his freedom around 6:40pm on Friday after he perfected all the bail conditions that were handed to him by trial Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Kanu leaving prison
Kanu who arrived the high court premises around 6:20pm in a black Toyota jeep with registration number ABC-46-MU, was formally released to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, a Jewish High Chief Priest, Immanuu-El Shalom and a Chartered Accountant residing in Abuja, Mr. Tochukwu Uchendu.

Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor and the three sureties were at the high court registry earlier in the day to sign the necessary bail documents.

However, in line with an order of the Judge, the IPOB leader was brought back to the court from Kuje prison to sign and undertaken that he would be available to answer to the five-count charge the Federal Government entered against him.
Kanu and some family members leaving prison
Immediately he was formally released by the prison officials, Kanu was received by a jubilant crowd including his relatives.

The number of people that struggled to take photograph with his at the court premises exceeded 10.

“I feel good that at the end of the day we were able to effect his release from incarceration and we believe that going forward, we will be able to proper address and resolve issues behind his agitation”, Senator Abaribe told newsmen.

It will be recalled that Kanu who had been in detention since October 14, 2015, secured bail from the high court on April 25.

Justice Binta Nyako said her decision to release Kanu who is the 1st defendant before the court, on bail, was based on health grounds.

She cited an affidavit that was attached to the bail application Kanu filed through his lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor.

Specifically, the court held that Kanu must produce three sureties, including a “highly respected and recognised jewish leader”.

According to the court, aside a jewish leader, Kanu must also produce a “highly placed person of Igbo extraction”, as well as “a highly respected person who is resident and owns landed property in Abuja”.

Each of the sureties are to deposit N100million each.

Justice Nyako had in the course of the ruling, asked Kanu to tell the court the religion he believes in, considering that one of the bail conditions would include his production of a highly placed religious leader.

“My lord I believe in Judaism”, Kanu replied from the dock.

“So you are a Jew then?”, the Judge queried.

“Yes I am a Jew”, Kanu maintained.

“Good. In that case, one of the sureties must be a highly respected and recognised Jewish leader. I must be able to know him, thank God I have been taught how to use Google”, Justice Nyako jokingly added.

As part of his conditions for bail, Kanu, was expressly barred by the court from attending any rally or granting any form of interview.

“I must stress it here that the defendant must not attend any rally. He must not be in a crowd exceeding 10 persons”, the Judge warned.

Justice Nyako equally held that Kanu who was arrested by security operatives upon his arrival to Nigeria from the United Kingdom, must sign an undertaken to make himself available for trial at all times.

Kanu was ordered to surrender his Nigerian and British international passports, even as the court compelled FG to return to him, his wedding ring and reading glasses.

However, Kanu’s co-defendants, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, were denied bail by the court which described charges against them as “very serious”.

Justice Nyako said the fact that she earlier struck out terrorism charges FG slammed against the defendants did not water-down seriousness of treason charge against them.

She held that Kanu’s co-defendants did not adduce fresh facts capable of persuading the court to release them on bail.
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Ciara And Her Husband Russell Wilson Welcome Baby Girl

Singer, Ciara and her husband Russell Wilson have welcomed a baby girl, named Sienna, Princess Wilson. 

Ciara gave birth to their daughter Friday night, her husband took to IG to make the announcement about an hour ago. She also took to her page to make the announcement. Congratulations to the couple
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Donald Trump Reacts To North Korea's Failed Missile Launch

US President, Donald Trump reacted on Twitter with the tweet above after North Korea's ballistic missile launch failed.
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North Korea Ballistic Missile Launch Fails Again

North Korea launched a ballistic missile today Saturday (in their local time) but the missile exploded soon after launch without completing it, U.S. officials said. 

The failed test involved a short-range, non-nuclear missile, which would only be able to hit Seoul, but not Japan. A US official said they had warning of the test and watched it closely. 

A South Korean military official said that the test occurred around 5:30 a.m. local time. The official said:

"Currently, we are closely monitoring North Korea's further military provocation and are totally ready to meet any and all kinds of provocation," the official told NBC.

U.S. Pacific Command said the missile did not leave North Korean territory, adding that the North American Aerospace Defense Command determined the launch did not pose a threat to North America.

The White House said that the administration is aware of the test and that President Donald Trump has been briefed. Earlier in April, North Korea conducted a missile test a day after the country held a military parade celebrating leader Kim Jong-un's grandfather, Kim Il-sung.

In that failed test launch, U.S. Pacific Command said the missile "blew up almost immediately."


Source: NBC
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