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Tax Manual Principles And Practice Of Taxation In Nigeria English

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Tax Manual Principles And Practice Of Taxation In Nigeria English
          

Comment on Nigeria to become exporter of refined fuel -Kachikwu by mofasse.me

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Wow, amazing blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is wonderful, let alone the content!
          

Nigerian Film, 'Lionheart,' Disqualified From Oscar Contention

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The drama Lionheart is the first film Nigeria has submitted for consideration for an Academy Award. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences disqualified it because it's in English.
          

Inside Nigeria's reformatory schools

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Several raids of Islamic reformatory schools in northern Nigeria have revealed the horrific abuse being suffered by students at some institutions in northern Nigeria. Lauren Anthony reports.

          

Falz - This Is Nigeria

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Originally by Childish Gambino, Falz in 'This is Nigeria!' -- YT

Lyrics: http://ngyab.com/2018/05/26/falz-this-is-nigeria-lyrics/

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Thutmose – Love In The Morning ft. Rema

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Thutmose enlisted the impressive vocals of Rema on this classic jam titled “Love In The Morning” Nigeria Born American rapper and record record producer Thutmose [...]

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JayBreeze, Wande Coal, Tiwa Savage, Mystro – Eh Oh Ah

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JayBreeze has released his highly anticipated single titled “Eh Oh Ah!“. The impressive Afrobeat number, “Eh Oh Ah!” features Nigerian finest, Wande Coal, African bad [...]

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Nigeria: Nigeria – What Labour, What Heroes, What Past

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[Daily Trust] The labour of our heroes past, shall never be in vain! So goes the line in our national anthem. Ask a voting age adult from 18 to 50 years old today. What labour? What heroes? What past. You would get the popular reply on TV Schools debat...
          

Nigeria: Nigeria to Develop Policy On Management of Used Batteries

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[Daily Trust] The Federal Ministry of Environment is to develop a national policy and guidelines for the sound management of used batteries, from collection, transportation to storage.
          

South-East commuters lament harassment, extortion by soldiers

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South-East commuters lament harassment, extortion by soldiers

Raphael Ede, Enugu

Commuters and drivers plying various roads in the South-East have lamented the high level of intimidation and extortion by soldiers at checkpoints.

Some of them, who spoke to PUNCH Metro, said the worst was that anybody making calls close to the checkpoints were having their phones seized, smashed on the road or required to pay between N500 and N1,500 to retrieve the phones.

In some cases, commuters and drivers of such vehicles are detained for hours before they are released after much pleading.

A commuter, who identified himself as Victor Okonkwo, who witnessed the atrocities of the soldiers recently, narrated his experience to our correspondent on Monday.

He said, “On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, I was returning from Owerri in a Sienna car and there were seven passengers in the vehicle. When we got to the Ihe community, one of the passengers received a call and he was on that call till we got to a military checkpoint near the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital.

“The man got the shock of his life when a soldier spotted him and seized his phone for answering a call while passing by the checkpoint. He paid N500 to retrieve his phone after we had spent over an hour begging the soldiers. There were more than 10 mobile phones seized from other commuters by the soldiers, while the owners were there begging for leniency.”

Okonkwo stated that he had experienced the cruelty of the soldiers in 2014 at the same checkpoint, even as he said he heard that soldiers at other checkpoints around Enugu State boundaries were committing similar atrocities.

He said, “I was coming back from Owerri in a bus with other passengers. On getting to the military checkpoint near the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital along the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, a lady’s phone was seized and smashed on the road for answering a call while passing through the checkpoint.

“There was a similar incident, when a passenger’s phone was seized by soldiers for also answering a call; it took the intervention of the driver and some commuters before the phone was returned to the owner.

“This is what commuters experience on a daily basis in the hands of soldiers at the checkpoints.”

Checks by PUNCH Metro revealed that the soldiers had devised other means of collecting money from drivers and commuters at the checkpoints, as they now commission young men from the communities, who act as fronts to collect money on their behalf.

A source, who witnessed an incident a few months ago, narrated how a young man was shot dead by soldiers in the Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area of Abia State.

According to the source, a drama played out on the day of the incident when a military officer spotted the man collecting money at the checkpoint on behalf of the soldiers.

When accosted, the soldiers denied ever knowing the young man.

“One of the officers immediately ordered one of the soldiers to shoot the tax collector for denting their image and he was instantly shot dead. My greatest surprise is that till today, those soldiers have not been held accountable for the gruesome murder of the young man. Many of such cases have gone the same way without anyone being held accountable.”

It is the same story at almost all the military checkpoints in the boundaries of Enugu-Ebonyi, Enugu-Nsukka, Enugu-Obollo-Afor, and the Enugu-Awka-Onitsha Expressway. Extortion, intimidation and outright corporal punishment are the hallmark of the checkpoints.

“Are we in a war situation that somebody receiving phone calls cannot pass by military checkpoints in the South-East without harassment and intimidation and our so-called leaders are not talking?” a commuter asked.

When the Nigerian Army Human Rights Desk was contacted, there was no response as the phone rang out.

When the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 82 Division, Enugu, Col. Aliyu Yusuf, was contacted, he said in a text message, “Good afternoon, inform the affected persons to call and give details for further necessary action immediately.”

Source: Punch
          

DILAPIDATED MAJOR ROADS IN IMO STATE STILL REMAIN DEATH TRAPS

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DILAPIDATED MAJOR ROADS IN IMO STATE STILL REMAIN DEATH TRAPS


Mazi Chidiebere, a diaspora based Biafran citizen of Ikeduru local government area, Imo State, has seriously raised concern pertaining the critical conditions of major roads leading to Owerri town from other parts of Biafraland. This is yet the situation after months of the inauguration of the government of Governor Emeka Ikediohia. Road users face danger of death daily on the roads due to avoidable accidents amongst others.

In an interview with Family Writers Press International, Mazi Chidiebere maintained that the present governor of Imo State appears still unconcerned with the plight of the people. "We thought that the past Governor, Rochas Okorocha was the worst of them all until after the emergence of Governor Emeka Ikediohia from the last governorship election", he further stated.

It is most unfortunate, worrisome and tasking to smoothly and peacefully drive from neighboring states to one's fatherland. On getting to the state capital, Owerri, as a result of very bad condition of major roads. The major road linking Eke-Atta in Ikeduru local government area, to Akabo within the same jurisdiction is really a herculean task traveling to Enugu, Okigwe, Amaraku, Anara, Nkwere, etcetera. His Excellency, Governor Emeka Ikediohia was elected to correct the many errors of the past years. Imo State is blessed with abundant natural resources including the black gold (oil). As one of the major oil producing states in Nigeria with the highest federal government allocation in the South-East region, there need to be provision of basic necessities to the people.

Mazi Chidiebere through this medium, calls on all citizens of good conscience within the State including indigenes at home and in the diaspora, to speak up against the ills the citizens are being daily subjected to. This is the set time to right the wrongs before situation worsens. Imo State indigenes need practical and enduring infrastructures that will alleviate their suffering.


The pictures beneath depict Akabo road, after Atta market. This same road leads to Owerri under the watchful eyes of the present government led by Governor Emeka Ikediohia.

Kingsley John Chibuzor
Reporting for Family Writers Press International
          

Nigeria: Family Planning - 22% of Women Lack Access to Contraceptives - Marie Stopes

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[Vanguard] The Marie Stopes International Organization of Nigeria MSION, a non-governmental organization providing sexual reproductive health services in the country has lamented that about 22 percent of women of reproductive age in Nigeria lack access to contraceptives despite their readiness to engage in family planning and child spacing.
          

Predictors and Clinical Correlates of Gestational Age at Booking: A Multicenter Survey

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Background: Although several factors are known to influence the gestational age at booking, current knowledge indicates that the distribution of these factors could vary from one country to the other, and even within countries, the variation could exist between states. This study aimed to assess the prevalence, predictors and clinical correlates of gestational age at booking in southern Nigeria.

Materials and Methods: One hundred and fifty pregnant women who visited the study centres within the study period were evaluated for socio-demographic, clinical and biochemical characteristics associated with early and late ANC initiation using standard instruments and procedures.

Results: Fifty-six per cent (56%) of the pregnant women initiated ANC within the first thirteen weeks of gestation according to the WHO recommendation. Fewer numbers of previous pregnancies and births were significantly associated with early ANC initiation. Being of older age, (OR=1.52, C.I=1.318-1.956), fewer number of previous pregnancies (OR=2.2. C.I=1.923-2.511), low parity (OR=2.05, C.I=1.884-2.264), public servant (OR=1.52, C.I=1.316-1.753), higher educational attainment (OR=2.21, C.I=1.043-3.498) significantly increased the likelihood of early ANC initiation. Also, pregnant women who booked early had a lower incidence of anaemia, hypertension and gestational diabetes and better biochemical endpoints.

Conclusion: Some demographic variables and fewer numbers of pregnancies and births were significantly associated with a higher likelihood of early ANC initiation and vice versa. These factors should be considered in designing interventions to improve gestational age at booking among pregnant women in Nigeria and globally.


          

The Dynamic Relationship between Crude Oil Prices and Stock Market Price Volatility in Nigeria: A Cointegrated VAR-GARCH Model

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This study investigates the dynamic relationship between crude oil prices and stock market price volatility in Nigeria using cointegrated Vector Generalized Autoregressive conditional Heteroskedasticity (VAR-GARCH) model. The study utilizes monthly data on the study variables from January 2006 to April 2017 and employs Dickey-Fuller Generalized least squares unit root test, simple linear regression model, unrestricted vector autoregressive model, Granger causality test and standard GARCH model as methods of analysis. Results shows that the study variables are integrated of order one, no long-run stable relationship was found to exist between crude oil prices and stock market prices in Nigeria. Both crude oil prices and stock market prices were found to have positive and significant impact on each other indicating that an increase in crude oil prices will increase stock market prices and vice versa. Both crude oil prices and stock market prices were found to have predictive information on one another in the long-run. A one-way causality ran from crude oil prices to stock market prices suggesting that crude oil prices determine stock prices and are a driven force in Nigerian stock market. Results of GARCH (1,1) models show high persistence of shocks in the conditional variance of both returns. The conditional volatility of stock market price log return was found to be stable and predictable while that of crude oil price log return was found to be unstable and unpredictable, although a dependable and dynamic relationship between crude oil prices and stock market prices was found to exist. The study provides some policy recommendations.


          

(Music) Edge – Vibez

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Nigerian singer and song writer Onukwugha Victor popularly known as Edge, unveil his first brand new single tagged Vibez. This song is surely going to get you on your feet. The conscious banger gets production credit from Beat Scientist. Listen & Enjoy. http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/xhvn5ixvne/Edge_-_Vibez.mp3 DOWNLOAD Edge – Vibez

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NAHCON Chairman commends Nigeria’s bilateral agreements with Saudi Arabia

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“The Commission’s Chairman praised the Saudi Crown Prince for the respect demonstrated to Nigeria by honouring President Muhammadu Buhari with a royal visit in the President’s hotel room instead of the other way round.” Press release The (NAHCON) National Hajj Commission of Nigeria’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Barr Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad expressed delight over ...

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Ekiti hosts National Council on Mining and Mineral Resources Development

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–By Government of Ekiti State, Nigeria– The Government of Ekiti State is hosting the 3rd edition of the National Council on Mining and Mineral Resources Development (NCMMRD) from 6th-8th November 2019. Below are the reasons why the #NCMMRD2019 meeting is so strategic to mining development in Ekiti State 👇🏼 Geographically, Ekiti State is only on an upland zone, ...

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We have zero tolerance for corruption in our operations – NDIC MD

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NDIC Executive Director Corporate Services, Hon. Mrs. Omolola Abiola Edewor (4th from left) poses with members of the Corporation’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) during the inauguration ceremony of new members.* The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) as a key component of the Nigerian financial safety-net arrangement, has zero tolerance for corruption and all forms ...

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FG to partner with private sector to construct dams- Minister

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  Federal Government has reinstated its commitment in partnering with the private sector to construct dams that will ensure food sufficiency and power supply in Nigeria. The  Federal Ministry of Water Resources Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu  made this disclosure during the 2019 annual National Conference of the Nigerian Committee on Large dams (NICOLD) held in ...

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Nigeria will save a trillion Naira from deregulation of oil sector- Gov Abiodun

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Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State  has stressed the need for the deregulation of the oil sector to make funds available, especially for the provision of basic amenities to the people. The governor  who stated this when he received members of the Depot and Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (DPMAN) on a courtesy call in ...

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NAHCON Chairman visits Minister of State, Foreign Affairs (photo news)

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  L-R: Amb Dada, Barr Muhammad* The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria 🇳🇬 (NAHCON) Ag Chairman/CEO Barr. Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad, (MON, FCIA) paid a courtesy call on State Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Zubairu Dada on Tuesday 5th November 2019. A statement from the commission said “The visit was meant to familiarize and strengthen the dual cordial ...

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NCC Defends 2020 Budget at NASS, Says 80,000 BTS required to cover the country

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  Prof Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, NCC (Left) and Adeleke Adewolu, Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, NCC during the budget defence* The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has again restated its commitment to increase the number of base transceiver stations (BTS) from its current 39,000 to 80,000 in its efforts to bridge access gap and substantially ...

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Zulum Hosts FG’s Civil-Security Parley For Military, UN Humanitarian Workers

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BY INUSA NDAHI, MAIDUGURI Borno Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum on Wednesday hosted in Maiduguri, the presidential opening of a 3-Day international workshop on civil security cooperation in humanitarian interventions in the northeast of Nigeria. The workshop, organized by the federal government, had in attendance the minister of defense, retired General Bashir Magashi who represented President ...

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Soludo tells Diasporians that making Nigeria prosperous is in their interest

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  R-L: Dabiri-Erewa (4th) Prof Soludo (5ft) and other dignitaries in group photograph at the Summit* Former Governor of Central Bank and member, National Economic Advisory Team, Prof Charles Soludo has told Nigerians in Diaspora that it is in their enlightened self interest to contribute to the prosperity of the country. Speaking in a keynote ...

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NAHCON holds first preparatory meeting on 2020 Hajj

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PRESS STATEMENT NAHCON’S REVIEW MEETING OF 2019 HAJJ AND FIRST PREPARATORY MEETING ON 2020 HAJJ HELD ON THURSDAY, 24TH AND 29th OCTOBER 2019 IN HAJJ HOUSE WITH SPWB/A/Cs AND LICENSED TOUR OPERATORS RESPECTIVELY The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON) held its review meeting of 2019 Hajj and first preparatory meeting on 2020 Hajj firstly ...

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OPay’s transfer fee hike is aimed at keeping users within its ecosystem

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OPay recently reviewed the transfer bank charges fee on its platform. The implication is that users no longer have the luxury of paying ₦10 for bank transfers on the platform. But the payment platform has another agenda Techpoint.Africa

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How to keep WhatsApp intruders away with fingerprint lock

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No more intruding into your WhatsApp messages. Follow this step-by-step guide to secure your WhatsApp Messenger with the fingerprint lock on your smartphone. Techpoint.Africa

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2020 Budget: FG To Complete 6 Secretariats In Anambra, Bayelsa, Others

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2020 Budget: Federal Government has given priority to the completion of six federal secretariats in six states. The secretariats are located in Anambra, Bayelsa, Gombe , Nassarawa, Osun and Zamfara states. Other priority areas of the 2020 Budget, according to the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, include, fulfilment of Nigeria’s financial obligations […]

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Makinde appoints wife to head State agency for AIDS control

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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has appointed his wife, Tamunominini Makinde, to head the Board of the Oyo State Agency for the Control of AIDS (SACA). The agency is responsible for the control of AIDS in the state. Makinde while inaugurating the board on Tuesday noted that dealing with the scourge of AIDS “is […]

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PDP carpets Buhari over signing of Deep Offshore bill in London, says act insulting, dictatorial

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has lashed out at President Muhammadu Buhari over the signing of the Deep Offshore bill into law in far away London. The party which expressed displeasure over the situation described the President’s action as unjustifiable as it stressed that such power is not entrenched in the constitution for the president. […]

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Why Abba Kyari is assistant President, more powerful than Osinbajo – Reps member, Alabi

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Akin Alabi, House of Representatives member representing Egbeda/Ona federal constituency, has weighed in on the criticism that President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari travelled with a bill to London for Buhari’s assent. Alabi pointed out that in a presidential system of government as practiced in Nigeria, the position of the Chief of Staff […]

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Santo Evangelio 4 de noviembre 2019

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Día litúrgico: Lunes XXXI del tiempo ordinario


Texto del Evangelio (Lc 14,12-14): En aquel tiempo, Jesús dijo también a aquel hombre principal de los fariseos que le había invitado: «Cuando des una comida o una cena, no llames a tus amigos, ni a tus hermanos, ni a tus parientes, ni a tus vecinos ricos; no sea que ellos te inviten a su vez, y tengas ya tu recompensa. Cuando des un banquete, llama a los pobres, a los lisiados, a los cojos, a los ciegos; y serás dichoso, porque no te pueden corresponder, pues se te recompensará en la resurrección de los justos».


«Cuando des un banquete, llama a los pobres, (...) porque no te pueden corresponder, pues se te recompensará en la resurrección de los justos»

Fr. Austin Chukwuemeka IHEKWEME 
(Ikenanzizi, Nigeria)

Hoy, el Señor nos enseña el verdadero sentido de la generosidad cristiana: el darse a los demás. «Cuando des una comida o una cena, no llames a tus amigos, ni a tus hermanos, ni a tus parientes, ni a tus vecinos ricos; no sea que ellos te inviten a su vez, y tengas ya tu recompensa» (Lc 14,12).

El cristiano se mueve en el mundo como una persona corriente; pero el fundamento del trato con sus semejantes no puede ser ni la recompensa humana ni la vanagloria; debe buscar ante todo la gloria de Dios, sin pretender otra recompensa que la del Cielo. «Al contrario, cuando des un banquete, llama a los pobres, a los lisiados, a los cojos, a los ciegos; y serás dichoso, porque no te pueden corresponder, pues se te recompensará en la resurrección de los justos» (Lc 14,13-14).

El Señor nos invita a darnos incondicionalmente a todos los hombres, movidos solamente por amor a Dios y al prójimo por el Señor. «Si prestáis a aquellos de quienes esperáis recibir, ¿qué mérito tenéis? También los pecadores prestan a los pecadores para recibir lo correspondiente» (Lc 6,34).

Esto es así porque el Señor nos ayuda a entender que si nos damos generosamente, sin esperar nada a cambio, Dios nos pagará con una gran recompensa y nos hará sus hijos predilectos. Por esto, Jesús nos dice: «Más bien, amad a vuestros enemigos; haced el bien, y prestad sin esperar nada a cambio; y vuestra recompensa será grande, y seréis hijos del Altísimo» (Lc 6,35).

Pidamos a la Virgen la generosidad de saber huir de cualquier tendencia al egoísmo, como su Hijo. «Egoísta. —Tú, siempre a “lo tuyo”. —Pareces incapaz de sentir la fraternidad de Cristo: en los demás, no ves hermanos; ves peldaños (...)» (San Josemaría).

          

Zlatan Ibile

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Zlatan Ibile Biography Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael (born 19 December, 1994), also known as Zlatan Ibile, who is widely famous for his catchphrase, “Kapachumarumarichipaco“, is a Nigerian rapper, songwriter-Singer and dancer. In 2014, Temidayo won the Airtel One Mic talent show held in Abeokuta, Ogun state. Towards the end of 2018, Temidayo released a single titled “Zanku” with a new dance routine […]

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NPFL Wrap: MFM stun Heartland as Plateau United take early lead

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MFM recorded the only away victory in the season-opening games of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Sunday as they stunned Heartland 1-0 in Okigwe. Clement Ogwu’s 39th-minute goal was ...
          

'Your Company' Must Be Headquartered In Nigeria

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That last app sure does ask a lot of personal information.

      

          

Royal Curse: Kyari Goofed, As Emir of Daura Rains Curses on Enemies of Nigeria

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It was an affront taken too far that drew the ire of the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Faruk Omar, to place a curse on those fueling disunity between President Mohammadu Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo, during a recent turbaning ceremony in Daura, where the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari was present. […]

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Royal Curse: Kyari Goofed, As Emir of Daura Rains Curses on Enemies of Nigeria

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It was an affront taken too far that drew the ire of the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Faruk Omar, to place a curse on those fueling disunity between President Mohammadu Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo, during a recent turbaning ceremony in Daura, where the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari was present. […]

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FG orders data cost slice

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The Federal government has ordered the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to work out modalities with other stakeholders to reduce the price of data in the interest of Nigerians. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami gave the directive on Tuesday when the NCC led by its Board Chairman, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, […]

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Nigeria's 'Lionheart' disqualification is bigger than the Oscars

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After the Academy disqualified "Lionheart," Nigeria's entry for Best International Film, because the bulk of its dialogue is in English, Nigerian writer Kovie Biakolo notes that it's hard not to feel that Nigeria is ultimately being penalized for being a former British colony in using the very language that was imposed on its people. Former French, Spanish, and Portuguese colonies certainly don't have this problem. And in truth, the Academy may be demonstrating a short-sighted approach to its purported inclusivity in this category.

          

Un voraz incendio se desató en un popular centro de Nigeria

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Un voraz incendio se desató en un popular centro comercial de Lagos, la capital de NigeriaIncendio en Nigeria.

El mercado callejero ubicado en la isla de Lagos, el área administrativa del país más populoso del África en Nigeria, es una larga sucesión de edificios y puestos callejeros por el que deambulan a diario miles de personas.

 

El mercado de Balogun es el principal lugar donde los nigerianos van a comprar ropa y calzados.

Dotaciones de bomberos luchaban esta tarde por tratar de extinguir las llamas con la ayuda de los vecinos de los edificios linderos que arrojaban botes con agua y trapos para tratar de detener el avance del fuego.Aún se desconocen las causas.

 

El incidente ocurre apenas 20 días después del incendio en el marcado de Onitsha, otro popular mercado nigeriano que ardió durante horas luego de un camión que trasladaba combustible chocara contra uno de sus edificios. Murieron tres personas.


          

Brasil sospecha que buque griego es culpable de derrame petrolero en sus playas

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Brasil sospecha que buque griego es culpable de derrame petroleroManchas de petróleo en las playas brasileñas.

La Policía Federal de Brasil puso este viernes fin al misterio del vertido de petróleo que era invetigado desde finales de agosto. Cientos de miles de manchas de petróleo aparecían (y siguen apareciendo) en las playas de la costa noreste del Brasil sin que se supiera su origen.

 

Después de semanas de investigación iniciadas en septiembre, la Policía Federal concluyó que el culpable de esta nueva catástrofe ambiental es un buque de bandera griega, el buque tanque "Bouboulinha".

 

Para la investigación la Policía contó con la ayuda de la Armada Brasileña, la Fiscalía Federal, el Instituto Brasileño del Medio Ambiente, la Agencia Nacional del Petróleo, la Universidad Federal de Bahía, la Universidad de Brasilia y la Universidad del Estado de Ceará, además de una empresa especializada en geointeligencia.

 

La nave atracó en Venezuela el 15 de julio, y tres días después partió rumbo a Malasia. El vertido habría ocurrido entre los días 28 y 29 de julio. Gracias a técnicas de geointeligencia y cálculos oceanográficos fue posible identificar al único petrolero que navegó en la zona donde se inició el derrame, a poco más de 700 kilómetros de la costa del estado brasileño de Paraíba.

 

Dicha embarcación tiene una capacidad de casi 80.000 toneladas de petróleo, pero habría vertido al mar una cantidad mucho menor, alrededor de 2.500 toneladas. La Policía ha pedido colaboración a cinco países a través de la Interpol para localizar al comandante del buque tanque y a sus armadores.

 

El Bouboulina, que teóricamente ahora está cumpliendo un itinerario entre Nigeria e Indonesia, tiene un historial turbio; dado que en abril pasado estuvo retenido cuatro días en Estados Unidos por problemas en un filtro de descarte de residuos.

 

"Tenemos el local, la fecha y los indicios suficientes de la autoría, ahora faltan los detalles de las circunstancias. La investigación sigue en marcha para saber si fue un escape o un derrame provocado", aseveró el comisario federal Agostinho Cascardo.

 

El vertido se detectó por primera vez el 30 de agosto, y desde entonces, la lista de playas afectadas no ha hecho más que aumentar. Según el último recuento del Instituto Brasileño de Medio Ambiente (Ibama), entregado el 31 de octubre, ya son 286 playas en 97 municipios de los nueve estados del noreste brasileño, según consignó El Mundo de España.

 

La región es famosa por sus paradisíacas playas de cocoteros, manglares y arrecifes de coral, y alberga algunas de las playas más conocidas del país. Jericoacoara, Praia do Forte, Morro de São Paulo, Praia dos Carneiros, o los Lençóis Maranhenses, entre muchas otras, se han visto afectadas por el vertido en los últimos días en mayor o menor medida.


          

How To Activate MTN 750MB For N300 And 1.5GB For N500 On Pulse Tariff Plan

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MTN has been trying nowadays since Federal government orders Nigerians Communications Commission (NCC) to reduce data cost. I think the telcos has started working assiduously on the project. We pray they all complete it and make us the customers happy. If you are on MTN pulse, you would have noticed the sudden reduction of data. […]

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Federal Government Orders NCC To Reduce Data Cost

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The Federal government insisted the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Tuesday to reduce data cost in the interest of Nigerians. Dr Isa Ali Pantami gave the directive. He said his office has been filled with complaints from Nigerians about the high cost of data plans from the network providers in Nigeria. The minister said: “I […]

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Make More Than £50 (N23,000) From YouGov Survey Program In Nigeria

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There are lots of money making programs online but the main important question is “which one is legit?” and based on this article, you may have asked “is YouGov legit or scam?“. Yougov survey program has been reviewed by me and I have wonderful proofs that shows its genuinty. You can see some below: I […]

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'I was kidnapped and now only travel by train'

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To avoid Nigeria's notorious kidnapping gangs thousands of commuters pack on to trains in the capital.
          

We Declare Zero Tolerance to Corruption -NDIC

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The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has declared zero tolerance for corruption and all forms of malpractices within the Corporation and in the implementation of its mandate and activities. NDIC’s Managing Director/Chief Executive, Umaru Ibrahim, represented by the Executive Director (ED) Corporate Services, Hon. Omolola Abiola-Edewor, stated this during the inauguration of four new members […]

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Ayade commences comprehensive rehabilitation of Obudu Ranch Resort

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Cross River State Governor, Sir Ben Ayade has begun a massive renovation of the Obudu  Ranch Resort. The facility which is one of Nigeria’s premier tourism destinations and a key revenue earner for Cross River is located in the Northern part of the state.   Speaking on the development, the Senior Special Assistant to the […]

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Soyinka Calls For ‘Holistic Approach’ To Nigeria’s Security Challenges

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Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, speaks during a visit to the Government House in Makurdi, the Benue State capital on November 5, 2019. Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has asked the Federal Government to take decisive action against Boko Haram, armed herdsmen, and the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP). He stated this at …
          

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Comment on Learn these 5 Facts about Sarah Omotunde Alade, the Newly Appointed Special Adviser to the President on Finance and Economy by by_stander

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At least she trained fundamentally as an Economist - We pray those rent-seeking accountants that have been stagnating our nation will let her succeed. But a round of applause for you folks at Bella Naija for listing her educational background - I dont know how Nigerian media report on people that run our nation without any information on their educational background. We need to collectively stop encouraging moronic rent-seekers making useless decisions for millions of people.
          

Comment on Proof for Sexual Assault? Read the New York Times report on Busola Dakolo & the #MeToo Movement in Nigeria by Jinx

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Comment on Ice Prince rocked the Stage at Jidenna’s “85 to Africa Tour” by Isabi

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Its nice seeing that Nigerian artists are helping each other on the international stage. Big ups to Jidenna and Iceprince.
          

Comment on Nigeria’s Oscar Selection Committee Responds to the Disqualification of “Lionheart” from the 92nd Academy Awards by Hian

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Music: Ycee ft Davido – Bassline

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Ain’t Nobody Badder Than (ANBT) pioneer, Ycee has finally released his highly anticipated project called “Ycee Vs Zaheer” Album. Off his new LP “Ycee Vs Zaheer”, Ycee features DMW boss, Davido on the new record titled “Bassline”, produced by serial hit-maker, Adey. However, the 15-tracks work ‘Ycee Vs Zaheer’ album has guest appearances from Davido, …

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Music: Timaya – Sili Kon

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Nigerian Music heavyweight and DEM Mama Records frontier, Timaya comes through with a brand new record which he titled ‘Sili-kon‘. However, ‘Sili-kon‘ serves as a follow up to his previous output ‘2 Stoopid‘ which was produced by ace music producer, Masterkraft. The record was produced by hit-making music producer, Kel P, mixed and mastered by …

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Nigeria's first-ever Oscar submission has too much English for international category, academy says

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The 90-minute film “Lionheart” was acquired by Netflix, and is in English, other than the 11 minutes of dialogue in the Igbo language of eastern Nigeria.
          

Quartiere Oltrarno e San Niccolò. Movida sicura: controlli dei Carabinieri di Firenze

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Denunciato un 29enne nigeriano per possesso di sostanze stupefacenti, tre persone deferite in stato di libertà, ex art. 186 CDS, in quanto sorprese alla guida con tasso alcolemico superiore al limite consentito per legge, elevante complessivamente 12 sanzioni al CDS. In via Zanella tratto in arresto un 44enne italiano, per atti persecutori
          

We must enthrone good governance for the good of Nigeria says Governor Wike 

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Rivers State Governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that the time has come for unnecessary politics to be relegated and  governance enthroned for the good of Nigerians. Speaking during a Courtesy Visit by the Ministers of Education and Women Affairs at the Government House Port Harcourt on Wednesday,  Governor Wike said that Nigerians require good …
          

We Should Track Phone Conversations Between Kidnappers And Victims’ Families – Lawan

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has asked security agents to come up with a plan on how to monitor conversations between kidnappers and families of victims. During plenary on Wednesday, Senator Lawan decried the increasing rate of Kidnappings in Nigeria, noting that security agencies must find a way to track phone conversations between kidnappers …
          

Report: Buhari fire 35 aides in Osinbajo’s office

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked 35 aides working in the office of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, according to Daily Nigerian. TheCable also confirmed the development from senior presidency sources. Buhari, who is in the UK, approved the sack of the aides on Tuesday. “Osinbajo is hoping that President Buhari will rescind the decision,” a senior presidency …
          

11/6/2019: WORLD: HUNDREDS FREED FROM ABUSIVE ISLAMIC FACILITY

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Nigerian police have freed 259 people from an Islamic rehabilitation centre in the southwestern city of Ibadan, police said on Tuesday, taking the number rescued from abusive institutions since September to nearly 1,500. Images from local TV station...
          

Nigeria: Film Disqualified for Having Too Much English Dialogue

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[allAfrica] Cape Town -Nigerians have woken up to find that Lionheart, the 2018 film which was directed by Nollywood actress and director Genevieve Nnaji, has been disqualified by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from the 2020 Oscar race.
          

Academy Disqualifies Nigeria’s Oscar Entry ‘Lionheart’

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The Academy has disqualified Nigeria’s “Lionheart” from the Oscar race in the Best International Feature Film category, dropping the number of films competing for the award to 92 from what had been a record 93 entries. This year’s field is now tied with 2017’s as the largest in the category’s history. Since “Lionheart” was made […]

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Full Video: Burna Boy Brings Out M.anifest For Historic ‘Another Story’ Performance At SSE Arena

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Nigerian star and the African Giant, Burna Boy made history over the weekend. The musician made history as he became the first Afrobeats artist to sell out the  12,500  capacity SSE Arena, Wembley during the African Giant tour which made a stop in the city. Not only did he make history as the first Afrobeats […]

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Livestream: MTN Stands In Worship 2019

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The MTN Stands In Worship 2019 is currently underway. The Gospel event headlined by Nigerian  gospel singer, Prospa Ochimana, known for his hit song “Ekwueme’ is happening at the  Fantasy Dome, Trade Fair La Accra. Also performing are  seasoned Ghanaian performing artistes such as Selina Boateng, Cwesi Oteng, Ceccy Twum, Joe Mettle, Elder Mireku, Akesse […]

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Mali: WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 44: 28 October - 3 November 2019 Data as reported by: 17:00; 3 November 2019

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Source: World Health Organization
Country: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 68 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Measles in Lesotho

  • Hepatitis E in Namibia

  • Humanitarian crisis in Mali

  • Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

For each of these events, a brief description, followed by public health measures implemented and an interpretation of the situation is provided.

A table is provided at the end of the bulletin with information on all new and ongoing public health events currently being monitored in the region, as well as recent events that have largely been controlled and thus closed.

Major issues and challenges include:

  • The hepatitis E outbreak first identified in Namibia in December 2017 continues, despite response efforts made to date to halt ongoing transmission of the virus. The major drivers of the outbreak remain the same, limited access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor personal and food safety practices. Novel initiatives are therefore needed to address the outbreak such as finalising the review of the relevance and feasibility of a vaccination intervention. There is also a need to sustain conventional control activities, particularly in the informal settlements, and strengthen surveillance and coordination mechanisms in all the affected areas.

  • The humanitarian situation in Mali remains complex and volatile. The number of IDPs has continued to rise as a result of the deteriorating security context and the impact of floods experienced earlier in the year. As well as supporting the immediate needs of the population, the resilience of the health system to epidemics and public health emergencies needs to be reinforced.
    Furthermore, local and international authorities and partners must continue to advocate for peace in the region in order to relieve the suffering of this vulnerable population.


          

World: A WHO Report of the Eliminate Yellow Fever Epidemics (EYE) Strategy Annual Partners’ Meeting 2018, Dakar, Senegal 11–13 September 2018

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Source: World Health Organization
Country: Angola, Brazil, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Senegal, World

Executive summary

The comprehensive global strategy to Eliminate Yellow Fever Epidemics (EYE) was developed by WHO, UNICEF, Gavi the vaccine alliance, and more than fifty partners to build a global coalition that will tackle the increased risk of yellow fever (YF) epidemics in a coordinated manner by 2026.

The annual EYE Strategy Partners Meeting was held on the 11–13 September in Dakar, Senegal, and hosted by UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO). More than 70 participants, including partners, country representatives, vaccine manufacturers, donors, and experts came together to discuss the EYE Strategy achievements to date, and the main challenges that are anticipated going forward.

The main objectives of the meeting were:

• To review and discuss the EYE Strategy future plans and the way forward,

• To strengthen partners’, particularly country partners’, engagement,

• To discuss key issues relating to the Strategy’s implementation.

The meeting opened with a summary of the Strategy’s progress to date and situational updates from the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). This was followed by presentations on emerging research issues in YF control and updates from by the Strategy’s working groups, including the new Immunization Operational Guidance working group. The EYE Secretariat also presented its work on the development of the EYE Country Guidance Toolkit, a resource for country-level partners with targeted and relevant advice on scaled-up approaches to rolling out YF control activities from epidemic investigation to immunization. The second day comprised of presentations from individual countries, and overview of vaccine supply and demand, and presentations from vaccine manufacturers. The third and final day included expert panel discussions and the presentation of proposed work plans by the working groups. The meeting ended with a summary and outline of the Strategy’s next steps, followed by a guided tour of the Pasteur Institute in Dakar—the YF reference laboratory for the African Region.

The Strategy is currently on track to meet its objectives, and a number of achievements were highlighted. The EYE Governance Framework is operational with increasing interactions and engagement from representatives in the Programme Management Group, Leadership Group, and working groups. The new Immunization Operational Guidance Working Group was also established and the role of the Supply and Demand Working Group was expanded to improve coordination between vaccine supply and demand. Delegates also noted the significant progress that has been made towards the target of establishing three regional YF reference laboratories in the African Region. There has also been an increase in global vaccine supplies as a result of combined efforts by partners and strong engagement from vaccine manufacturers. The need to improve readiness in urban areas to protect populations was also highlighted, particularly as outbreaks in recent years have been unpredictable and the factors driving YF risk have changed. It was also noted that although the coverage gap between YF and other vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles is closing, challenges remain in terms of improving the performance of routine immunization for YF. Finally, improved information on YF risk and vaccine coverage is needed to inform campaign prioritization, identify populations most at risk and improve the visibility of vaccine needs.

Delegates provided their valuable input on how to move EYE forward in terms of governance, planning and implementation. Important technical priorities were identified, including effective prioritization of resources at a global level through assessment of YF risk, strengthening implementation of immunization (particularly routine immunization), and enhancing surveillance and laboratory capacity. All partners agreed on the key role of country commitment and ownership in unlocking the potential of the Strategy by implementing mass preventive immunization campaigns and scaling up routine immunization with the support of the EYE Programme Management Group (PMG) comprising representatives from WHO, Gavi and UNICEF. Other achievements in terms of the Strategy’s governance include the establishment of the new Immunization Operational Guidance Working Group and the expansion of the Supply and Demand Working Group’s role.

The meeting provided a forum for open discussion not only on the Strategy’s successes to date and examples of best practice, but also challenges and constraints. The EYE partners and working groups closed the meeting with agreement on their work plans going forward and reaffirmed their commitment to achieving the Strategy’s objectives. Delegates identified action points to move forward with the Strategy’s implementation in the coming years.


          

Phyno live in Ochanja Market

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A Nigerian indigenous rapper Phyno was live at ochanja market onitsha anambra state today being 4th November 2019, to sympathize with the victims of 16th October fire out break which took a lot of lives and properties.
          

Many Fire – All You Need

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A legendary singer from eastern part of Nigeria who goes by the name Many Fire, is here to bless our ears, speakers with this amazing tune which he titled “All You Need”. Many Fire has promised a lot more hit tracks this year. In the main time listen up to “All You Need”. Production credit […]
          

Meek Bobby Ft Ebutex Noni X 2Geda – Ofeke

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Fast rising Nigerian act who goes by the name Meek Bobby is here again with another lovely tune titled “Ofeke” Featuring Ebutex Noni X 2Geda. Production credit goes to Dannybeat and Cancus. Download below and enjoy.   DOWNLOAD HERE    
          

Flashy X Poshcole : Cover Me

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Fast rising Nigeria act who goes by the name Flashy, is here again with another banger Featuring south east legendary singer Poshcole to deliver this lovely tune titled “Cover Me”. Production credit goes Chify Jay. Download below and enjoy.   DOWNLOAD HERE      
          

Nigeria: Nigeria Will Soon Be Exporting Rice - Dangote

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[This Day] The Dangote Group has pledged to change Nigeria's narrative as a rice importing nation, to major exporter of the staple food.
          

Nigeria: Four Million Nigerians Face Acute Food Insecurity - FAO

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[Premium Times] The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has said that about 4.02 million people in Nigeria are currently faced with acute food insecurity.
          

Nigeria: Labour Unions to Begin Minimum Wage Negotiations

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[Premium Times] The labour unions in Nigeria will formally write state governments on Wednesday and ask them to begin negotiation on the consequential adjustments arising from the new minimum wage.
          

Nigeria: Nigeria - What Labour, What Heroes, What Past

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[Daily Trust] The labour of our heroes past, shall never be in vain! So goes the line in our national anthem. Ask a voting age adult from 18 to 50 years old today. What labour? What heroes? What past. You would get the popular reply on TV Schools debates - NO IDEA. Folks have no heroes! They look across the landscape and see failure and nothing else. To begin with, they are educated in half baked fashion. They have acquired certificates, and have no employment. They have acquired education but have no skills. They do no
          

Nigeria: 'Customs Crippling Investments in Dry Ports'

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[Daily Trust] The order by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) that all dry ports bound cargoes must be unsealed, examined and duties paid before being escorted by special officer to their various dry ports (inland container deports) is ill advised and will cripple investments in the struggling dry port sector, an operator has said.
          

Nigeria: ICT Outstrips Oil and Gas in Nigeria's Economy - but Error in Minister's Comparison

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[Africa Check] Nigeria's information and communication technology (ICT) sector contributed more to gross domestic product than the oil and gas sector, Dr Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, claimed at a recent university convocation.
          

Nigeria: Dangote Sugar in Merger Talks With Savannah Sugar

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[Premium Times] Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc has announced plans to merge with Savannah Sugar Company Limited.
          

Nigeria: Poverty Reduction, Job Creation - Obaseki Scores His Administration High

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[Vanguard] Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki has scored his administration high in the areas of poverty alleviation and job creation after three years in office.
          

Nigeria: Crisis Imminent, Labour Insists States Can't Pay Below Govt's Consequential Adjustment

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[This Day] Abuja -Crisis appears in the horizon as the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JPSNC) yesterday ruled out allowing any state to pay less than the consequential adjustment of the minimum wage agreed between the federal government and the organised labour.
          

Nigeria: Govt to Institutionalise National Council On Mining, Mineral Resources

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[This Day] Abuja -The federal government on Monday in Abuja, disclosed plan to institutionalise the National Council of Mining and Mineral Resources Development (NCMMRD).
          

Nigeria: First Phase of Port Harcourt Refinery Repairs Completed - NNPC

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[Premium Times] The first phase of the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt Refinery has been completed, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, has said.
          

Nigeria: Telcos Kick As Govt Orders NCC to Reduce Data Cost

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[Daily Trust] Telecom operators in Nigeria said yesterday that the directive by the Federal Government that cost of data should be reviewed downward in five days is "unrealistic and insensitive" considering the high operating cost in the country.
          

Nigeria: Lawyers, Teachers Barricade Cross River Govt House Over Payroll Delisting

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[This Day] Calabar -Movement of vehicles to and from the Government House in Calabar, Cross River State was temporarily disrupted yesterday morning when protesting lawyers and science teachers barricaded the main entrance of the seat of power to register their protest with the state Governor, Prof Ben Ayade.
          

Nigerian Chicken Curry

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There are curry variants all over the world, often in seemingly unlikely places, like Japan.  (Here is a good example of a Japanese curry:  Japanese Retro Beef Curry )  A week ago, the Wall St. Journal published a recipe for a Nigerian curry in their “Slow Food Fast” series, which means that it is suitable Read More ...
          

Zamalek beat South Africa U-23 in friendly

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Zamalek have beaten South Africa’s U-23 side in a 67-minute friendly ahead of the start of the U-23 AFCON on Friday November 8. South Africa were drawn in Group B alongside defending champions Nigeria as well as Zambia and Ivory Coast. READ: South Africa reveal U-23 AFCON squad In preparation for the tournament, the Bafana […]

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Champions League: Nigerian striker in trouble with Barcelona following draw with Slavia

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Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, is in hot water with Barcelona, over a tweet she sent out on Tuesday night. Oshoala, who plays for the women’s side, wrote “what a damn performance”, after the men’s team drew 0-0 with Slavia Prague at the Camp Nou. According to AS, she quickly deleted the tweet, due to […]

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Africa: Zimbabwe Wins Miss Pan African Beauty Pageant

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[The Herald] Zimbabwean model Pauline Marere has won the Miss Pan African queen pageant held over the weekend in Bayelsa, Nigeria.
          

‘A Trafficked Child Today Is A Terrorist Tomorrow’: Meet the Woman Working to End Human Trafficking in Africa

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Earlier this year, in the northern city of Kaduna in Nigeria, more than 300 young students were discovered chained in a small room. They had been physically and sexually abused at an extremist Islamic school, which ostensibly recruited them to build their ‘resilience’, but it was later discovered that the children were being radicalized there […]
          

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Crowdfunding: An Alternative to Funding Women Entrepreneurs

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Traditionally, Small businesses in Nigeria find it particularly difficult to fund their operations from formal sources. The situation becomes more challenging when women are involved because of cultural bias. Credit is rarely made available to women as many perceive a business run by women a big risk. Several government credit intervention programmes in the past were initiated but the problem of financing remained unsolved. Similar businesses in more developed economies are turning to innovative financing known as crowdfunding. The need to explore such a financing mechanism in Nigeria is the aim of this study. We employed a cross-sectional and retrospective mixed-methods approach, utilizing both quantitative and qualitative data. Findings from this study show that gender was not significant for understanding crowdfunding as a means of raising money from the public over the internet. This finding is very revealing as it shows that cultural barrier faced by women in accessing credit from traditional lenders will be solved by crowdfunding.


          

Ric Hassani – Do Like Say ft. DBYZ

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Talented Nigerian singer, Ric Hassani shares a brand new collaborative single titled “Do Like Say” featuring DBYZ. Produced by Deyasso. Enjoy below. DOWNLOAD
          

Top Nigeria’s Badminton players begin a quest for Olympic qualifier in Egypt

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Nigeria and the best African players Dorcas Adesokan, Anuoluwapo Opeyori, and Godwin Olofua will begin their search for the Olympic qualification at the 2019 international tournament in Egypt. The tournament will take place on Thursday, but the trio will join now, the action on Friday at the main tables during the round of 16. The […]
          

Timi Dakolo Unveils ‘Merry Christmas Darling’ Album Cover Art & Release Date

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For those who have been patiently waiting for a new album from Timi Dakolo, we bear good news for you. Finally the Nigerian singer and songwriter has put a date for the release of his forthcoming album. Earlier, Jaguda shared news that Timi Dakolo has joined Virgin EMI, an international record label and subsidiary of […]
          

Pherowshuz – Hauwa ft. Magnito

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Versatile Nigerian rapper and record producer, Pherowshuz has released a brand new cut titled “Hauwa”. The rapper features one of Nigeria’s finest comic rapper, Magnito. ‘Hauwa‘ was produced by GZik. Listen up. STREAM/DOWNLOAD ON iTunes
          

America Rapper Set to Visit Nigeria for the First Time

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American rapper Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, known professionally as Cardi, would be visiting Africa and also Nigeria for the first time. The self-proclaimed Queen of the Bronx is expected to make her first visit to West Africa at the Livespot X Festival. Cardi B would be arriving in Lagos as her first stop before proceeding to […]
          

TB Joshua Supporters Vow War on ‘FAKE NEWS’

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A group of supporters of prominent Nigerian cleric TB Joshua have released a statement decrying the amount of ‘fake news’ pedalled about the Nigerian cleric on social media.  “The decision of the Federal Government of… More

          

The SCOAN not Merely a Growing Tourist Destination

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It is true that in recent years Prophet TB Joshua, the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, (SCOAN), Lagos Nigeria has attracted to his ministry Christian pilgrimage and tourist from around the world.… More

          

Exclusive: Inside the Synagogue, Church of All Nations — one of Nigeria’s biggest tourist attractions

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Nigeria is home to a couple of megachurches that have evolved into self-contained cities, providing services like electricity, water, accommodation and good roads to members and visitors. One of such religious organisations is The Synagogue… More

          

Prophet TB Joshua of SCOAN is Evangelising the World

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The man of God in the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, Lagos Nigeria needs no much introduction. He is a leading teacher of people, a prophet that is changing our perception the right way… More

          

Nigeria’s First-Ever Oscar Submission ‘Lionheart’ Gets Disqualified, But There Still May Be Hope

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The Oscars are on one! Nigeria's first-ever Oscar submission was disqualified for an English script, even though the country's official language is English.

However, there still may be hope. More inside...

Lionheart is Nigeria’s first-ever Oscar submission. The film was looking to compete in the Best International Feature Film category. However, the powers that be pumped the breaks on that.

Get this, it was disqualified because the film is largely in English with only an 11-minute section in the Igbo language. Apparently, the film violated the rule in the International category to have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track." Per the rules, films in the category must be produced outside the United States. In April, the Academy changed the name of the foreign film award to international feature film.

Here's the controversy: English is the official language of Nigeria. So, technically, a Nigerian film couldn't have much of its own official language in its movie in order to qualify for this category.  And folks find this problematic.

Lionheart director and actor Genevieve Nnaji, pictured atop, hopped on Twitter to address her film’s disqualification, responding to fab directress Ava DuVernay calling out the Oscars for the unfair treatment.

The "When They See Us" directress hopped on Twitter to blast the Academy Awards for the BS:

 

 

"To @TheAcademy, You disqualified Nigeria’s first-ever submission for Best International Feature because its in English. But English is the official language of Nigeria. Are you barring this country from ever competing for an Oscar in its official language?," Ava tweeted.

Genevieve Nnaji then addressed the issue:

 

 

"1/1 1/2 Thank you so much @ava. I am the director of Lionheart. This movie represents the way we speak as Nigerians. This includes English which acts as a bridge between the 500+ languages spoken in our country; thereby making us #OneNigeria. @TheAcademy," she tweeted.

 

 

"2/2 It’s no different to how French connects communities in former French colonies. We did not choose who colonized us. As ever, this film and many like it, is proudly Nigerian. @TheAcademy," she tweeted.

Lionheart - Nigeria's first Netflix original film - is about a Nigerian woman named Adaeze, portrayed by Genevieve Nnaji, trying to keep her family's transportation business together. By the way, Lionheart was 1 of 29 films out of 93 originally submitted this year that were directed by women. Woot!

The good news is just because Lionheart is ineligible for the international film category does not prevent it from being considered for other Oscar categories, including Best Picture.  However, it's unclear if they meet the requirements to submit in other categories.

According to the Academy Awards website, all Oscars Submission Forms (General Entry) and accompanying full screen credits must be submitted to the Academy by Friday, November 15, 2019.

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A policy landscape of sexual orientation, gender identity and the internet

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A policy landscape of sexual orientation, gender identity and the internet

Introduction

Two groundbreaking advances in international human rights have been made in the last half decade, with recognition by intergovernmental bodies that human rights law applies equally to all persons regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI), and that human rights law is equally applicable online as offline. However, these achievements have not been without significant advocacy efforts by civil society. While internet rights are being increasingly integrated and addressed across the international human rights system, developments on SOGI have been laboured, politicised and isolated, with no state consensus. This report considers the trends, shifts and convergences in international policy making, using a geopolitical analysis.

A brief history

Sexual orientation and gender identity

Activists have been advocating for international recognition of SOGI-related rights as far back as the Beijing World Conference on Women in 1995,1 with concerted efforts to develop state awareness and recognition of the issues since a failed resolution on human rights and sexual orientation in 2003. 2 Brazil’s introduction, and later withdrawal, of a draft text was a catalyst for a number of civil society groups and activists working on sexuality and gender issues to communicate and coordinate more consistently to develop strategies to engage the UN human rights system on these issues. 3 This collective organising led to states delivering a series of joint statements at the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council (HRC) between 2005 and 2011; 4 increasing support for SOGI rights from a handful of countries to nearly half of the UN member states; and finally the adoption by the HRC of the first ever UN resolution on “human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity” in June 2011, 5 and the second in September 2014. 6

Internet rights

Although civil society has been involved in internet policy and governance spaces since the internet was created, the internet has only recently featured in international human rights policy development arenas. The impact of the internet on human rights was first recognised at the international level by an HRC resolution on freedom of expression in 2009. 7 Since then, the UN has adopted a number of resolutions developing international policy on this theme. In particular, the HRC adopted a resolution on “The promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet” 8 in June 2012 with 85 state co-sponsors, which affirmed that the same human rights apply online as offline. The following year in November 2013, the General Assembly adopted a resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age, 9 which was followed up by the HRC in March 2015 with a procedural resolution of the same title, creating a UN expert mechanism on the right to privacy. 10 Since the 2009 resolution on freedom of expression, a number of thematic UN resolutions have addressed internet rights. 11

Comparing intersectional recognition

While internet rights concerns have effectively been mainstreamed into initiatives dealing with other human rights issues, sexual orientation and gender identity remain isolated from relevant state-negotiated human rights documents. 12

Internet rights have been recognised by consensus in a number of intergovernmental policy documents, such as resolutions on freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of association and assembly, and the safety of journalists. 13 The use of the internet and other forms of technology in propagating harassment and violence against women has been acknowledged by the Commission on the Status of Women 14 – the primary UN political body tasked with women’s rights issues – and by the General Assembly in a resolution on protecting women human rights defenders. 15

Conversely, there is a huge struggle to include any language that might be associated with SOGI in any government-negotiated documents at the international level, with such language overwhelmingly negotiated out of draft texts or put to a vote. For example, even the word “gender” has become controversial because some governments insist that gender can only denote biological sex, refusing to accept the concept of gender as a social construct or to recognise identities beyond the male-female binary. 16

As a result, where SOGI language has been included in negotiated documents, it has been so virtually in isolation from intersecting fields, such as violence or discrimination against women or the protection of human rights defenders. The only UN human rights resolution to date referencing SOGI, apart from the HRC SOGI resolution itself, is the biennial General Assembly resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. While the strong opposition to recognising SOGI-related rights means the discussion is reduced to violence and discrimination (the areas that have a possibility of gaining consensus), the reference in the “killings” resolution is nonetheless hotly contested each time, with attempts to vote the language out of the resolution during the final adoption process.17

Despite the fact that a broad number of thematic and country-specific UN human rights experts regularly report a vast array of infringements of the rights of LGBTI persons,18 in social and economic rights as well as civil and political rights, the political bodies have so far failed to take the intersectional approach that has been an attribute of developments on internet rights.

Politics of sexual orientation and gender identity rights

International intergovernmental debate on SOGI is a delicate matter, and unfortunately plays out in ways that are politically divisive and strategically counterproductive. Although there is a slow but steady increase in support for these issues from states from all regions, they are still perceived as primarily Western priorities despite the fact that the first UN SOGI resolution was tabled by South Africa and Brazil, and the second by Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay.

This is partly because Western states have styled themselves as international leaders on SOGI, critiquing discriminatory laws and practices outside of their regional group, and is compounded by certain Western states using aid conditionality to apply pressure on ex-colonies to repeal colonial-era criminal provisions on same-sex relations. 19

These practices have created a “West versus the rest” dynamic which contributes to the geopolitical polarisation on gender and sexuality-related rights that is reflected at the international level, and alienates potential support from those states that are open to discussing SOGI-related rights, but are opposed to Western hegemony on the international stage.

The politicisation of SOGI plays out in intergovernmental human rights policy development spaces such as the HRC in divisive and regressive ways. Firstly we have seen a division of state positions, generally along lines of regional and political blocs. 20 Traditionally this has been Western and most Latin American states supporting SOGI issues, opposed by Russia, the Vatican, most of the African Group and members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). States within these groups that have dared to support SOGI issues have faced harsh censure from their peers. 21

Secondly, concepts such as cultural relativity, traditional values and protection of the family have been introduced and manipulated in these spaces, primarily by the religious right wing – the OIC, the Vatican, Russia, and conservative groups such as the UN Family Rights Caucus.22 Since 2009 the HRC has adopted various documents undermining the universality of rights, including three resolutions on “traditional values” and two on “protection of the family”. 23 In general, the support and opposition for these initiatives has been in line with positions against and for SOGI-related language respectively.

The politicisation of sexuality rights in international forums means that foreign policy is often at odds with national-level standards and developments, particularly on rights relating to gender identity. For example, some Western states, such as Belgium, France, Norway and Switzerland, present themselves as champions of LGBT rights in international debates while requiring transgender people to undergo sterilisation in order to legally change their gender, 24 a policy that the European Court of Human Rights has ruled to be a violation of the rights to privacy and family life. 25 Conversely, some states that have culturally established and documented forms of gender diversity 26 – and in the case of Pakistan leading case law recognising the rights of hijras27 – claim that such diversity is contrary to their cultural, moral or religious values when it comes to international debate. 28 This is a terrible contradiction of domestic reality and foreign policy.

State positions on SOGI in the international bodies have almost become a symbolic representation of one side versus another in the greater struggle for a new world order that replaces Western hegemony. Sadly, this positioning is to the detriment of human rights, including through the development of international legal norms and standards that exclude LGBTIQ persons.

Politics of internet rights

In comparison to the tumultuous international debates on SOGI, internet rights policy has been developing relatively smoothly, with consensus resolutions and references in the UN General Assembly, the HRC and the Commission on the Status of Women. This is not to suggest that states unanimously respect or support internet-related rights, but that opposition is more nuanced and complex than the open hostility that some governments express on SOGI.

While there does indeed appear to be international consensus on the issue of access to technology, a customary division of state positions on other issues such as freedom of expression remains unchanged in how states see their validity online or offline. During the HRC plenary panel on freedom of expression on the internet in 2012, China called on the international community to promote internet access in developing countries while also stating that freedom of expression could undermine social stability and national security.29 Cuba has both expressed concern about issues of access to information and communications technology (ICT) and lamented the United States (US) monopoly of the internet. 30

Furthermore, the geopolitical divide over internet rights is not as clear-cut as it is on SOGI issues. When Edward Snowden leaked classified information from the US National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013, the US was in the unusual position of being criticised by many of its peers in the West.31

Indeed, states from all regions have relished the opportunity to criticise the US in the wake of the Snowden revelations. Although not explicitly critical of US policy, pre-existing anti-US sentiment meant that the resolutions on the right to privacy in the digital age quickly garnered support amongst states such as North Korea, 32 Russia, Cuba and China. 33 Consequently, it could be argued that a politicisation of internet rights issues has been to the benefit of consensus-building on international human rights policy development on these issues.

SOGI versus internet rights policy

As SOGI language is a notorious key to destroying consensus in government negotiations, states have used sexual orientation references as a bargaining chip to block or undermine developments that they oppose.

For example, sexual orientation language was used by Western states to bargain against references to the “defamation of religions” in international discussions on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, both during the Durban Review Conference in 2009 and in follow-up meetings and negotiations. 34

This highly questionable tactic arose in discussions on internet rights in negotiations on a resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age at the UN General Assembly in 2013, when a key ally of the US proposed including a reference to sexual orientation. Some of the Five Eyes 35 countries readily supported the proposed language, while other states that were supportive of the resolution theme objected, knowing they would not be able to join consensus on a text that contained sexual orientation language. This was understood to be a strategy to break consensus on an issue that those states implicated in the revelations of deep breaches of privacy rights could not otherwise break without admitting that they did not support the key message of the resolution.

As the Five Eyes countries were openly attempting to water down the text of the privacy resolution, 36 it seemed likely that sexual orientation language was actually being introduced in order to polarise state positions on the text as a whole, and potentially lead to a vote. In effect, the US and its allies pitted sexual orientation against the right to privacy in a failed attempt to undermine international condemnation of and action on the infringement of rights that is mass surveillance.

Moving towards an intersectional approach

Although SOGI and internet rights have developed independently from one another at the international level, the slow increase in state support for SOGI-related rights in international human rights bodies, and the increasing attention being given to internet rights in a number of different thematic resolutions, means that the UN could constructively address their intersection in the near future.

The prevailing geopolitical divide is likely to continue to obstruct the inclusion of SOGI in UN resolutions. However, with internet rights being addressed in a number of negotiated thematic texts, it is not unreasonable to suggest that relevant issues could be included in a future substantive resolution on SOGI.

Furthermore, the HRC resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age mandated the appointment of a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy. The Special Procedures mechanisms 37 have been key allies in raising violations of the rights of LGBTIQ persons across a broad section of thematic and country-specific mandates. A recent report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression to the HRC highlighted how encryption and anonymity in digital communications enable persons persecuted because of sexual orientation or gender identity to exercise the right to freedom of opinion and expression, as well as providing, for some, the only way to securely explore basic aspects of identity such as one’s gender or sexuality. 38

The new Special Procedures mandate has been tasked to look at the right to privacy, “including in connection with” (i.e. but not limited to) the challenges arising from new technologies. Many SOGI rights issues clearly fall under the mandate focus on privacy. It will remain to be seen whether the Rapporteur chooses to address human rights concerns relating to LGBTIQ persons in the execution of the mandate.

Conclusion

With a number of consensus resolutions and documents addressing internet rights, and the creation of an expert mandate on the right to privacy, it is safe to conclude that these issues are now firmly on the UN agenda, and will continue to be mainstreamed into the work of the HRC. Meanwhile, SOGI rights remain segregated with no regular or institutionalised attention to ongoing violations. It will likely remain extremely difficult to get states to consider the human rights of LGBTIQ persons on their substantial merit as long as SOGI continues to be politicised and manipulated by both supportive states and the opposition. The new expert mechanism on the right to privacy could see these two issues being addressed concurrently and with an intersectional analysis for the first time. It remains to be seen whether intergovernmental debate will mature beyond political strife to welcome such an analysis.

References

1 See, for example, Ditsie, P. B. (1995). Statement delivered by Palesa Beverley Ditsie of South Africa, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, China, 13 September. www.un.org/esa/gopher-data/conf/fwcw/conf/ngo/13123944.txt and Wilson, A. (1996). Lesbian Visibility and Sexual Rights at Beijing. Signs, 22(1). fds.duke.edu/db/attachment/409

2 In 2003 Brazil unexpectedly introduced a draft text on sexual orientation to the former UN Commission on Human Rights. The resolution faced strong opposition, which led to it being deferred by a year and later withdrawn from consideration.

3 ARC International. (2004). International Dialogue on Gender, Sexuality & Human Rights: Final report. Geneva: ARC International. arc-international.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/International-Dialogue-Report-Geneva-2004.doc

4 ARC International. (2011). LGBT Rights at the UN: A brief overview. Geneva: ARC International. arc-international.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/LGBT-Rights-at-the-UN.pdf

5 A/HRC/RES/17/19. (2011). ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/RES/17/19

6 A/HRC/RES/27/32. (2014). ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/RES/27/32

7 A/HRC/RES/12/16. (2009). ap.ohchr.org/documents/sdpage_e.aspx?b=10&se=100&t=11

8 A/HRC/RES/20/8. (2012). ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/RES/20/8

9 A/RES/68/167. (2013). www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/68/167

10 A/HRC/RES/28/16. (2015). ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/RES/28/16

11 See, for example, A/HRC/RES/21/16, The rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association (2012). ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/RES/21/16; A/HRC/RES/23/2, The role of freedom of opinion and expression in women’s empowerment. (2013). ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/RES/23/2; A/HRC/RES/24/5, The rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. (2013). ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/RES/24/5; A/RES/68/163, The safety of journalists and the issue of impunity. (2013). www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/68/163; A/RES/68/181, Promotion of the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms: protecting women human rights defenders. (2013). www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/68/181; and A/RES/69/166, The right to privacy in the digital age. (2014). www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/69/166

12 While this paper examines how these issues have progressed in intergovernmental spaces, it is important to note that infringements on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons are consistently raised by UN human rights expert mechanisms, such as the Special Procedures, treaty monitoring bodies, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, across a broad number of thematic and country specific reports. See for example: www.icj.org/sogi-un-database

13 See footnote 10.

14 CSW agreed conclusions on the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. (2013). Para. 34(ww). www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/csw57/CSW57_Agreed_Conclusions_%28CSW_report_excerpt%29.pdf

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A/RES/68/181. (2013). www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/68/181

16 See, for example, Adolphe, J. (2012). 'Gender' Wars at the United Nations. Ave Maria Law Review, 11(1). papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2232495

17 ISHR et al. (2012, 22 November). Governments Condemn Extrajudicial Executions in Seminal UN Vote. International Service for Human Rights. www.ishr.ch/news/governments-condemn-extrajudicial-executions-seminal-un-vote; ISHR. (2012, 20 November). UN General Assembly: Rights groups welcome condemnation of killing of LGBT persons. International Service for Human Rights. www.ishr.ch/news/un-general-assembly-rights-groups-welcome-condemnation-killing-lgbt-persons

18 This report primarily uses the language of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”, which have been acknowledged by the intergovernmental bodies, but also refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer persons using the relevant acronyms LGBT, LGBTI or LGBTIQ, depending on the particular context. For example, while activists and human rights defenders might use the language of Queer rights, this term has not been taken up by the UN, but the UN does recognise and use L,G,B,T and I. Other language yet to be referenced in UN negotiated documents includes “gender expression” and “bodily integrity”.

19 Abolafia Anguita, L. (2012, 9 March). Aid conditionality and respect for LGBT people rights. Sexuality Policy Watch. sxpolitics.org/we-recommend-134/7369

20 UN member states are divided into five regional groups: the African Group, Asia-Pacific Group, Eastern European Group, Latin America and the Caribbean Group, and Western European and Others Group. There are also a number of additional political blocs and affiliations of states and sub-regional blocs that form collective positions on issues, such as the Arab Group, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mercosur, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the European Union (EU), etc.

21 For example, South Africa and Mauritius were publicly denigrated by Nigeria, the then coordinator of the African Group, for their leadership on and support for the first UN resolution on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity in 2011.

22 www.unfamilyrightscaucus.org/un-initiatives/statements-activities

23 Resolutions on “traditional values”: A/HRC/RES/12/21 (2009); A/HRC/RES/16/3 (2011); A/HRC/RES/21/3 (2012); on “protection of the family”: A/HRC/RES/26/11 (2014); A/HRC/RES/29/22 (2015).

24 Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT), Legal and Social Mapping: www.transrespect-transphobia.org/en_US/mapping.htm

25 European Court of Human Rights. (2015, 10 March). Refusal to authorise transsexual to have access to gender reassignment surgery breached right to respect for private life. (Press release.) hudoc.echr.coe.int/webservices/content/pdf/003-5032376-6183620

26 See, for example, Jain, D., & Rhoten, K. (2013, 28 December). A Comparison of the Legal Rights of Gender Non-Conforming Persons in South Asia. Economic & Political Weekly. www.academia.edu/11810587/A_Comparison_of_the_Legal_Rights_of_Gender_Non-Conforming_Persons_in_South_Asia

27 Khaki v. Rawalpindi, Supreme Court of Pakistan (12 December 2009).

28 See, for example: United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). (2011, 17 June). Council establishes mandate on Côte d’Ivoire, adopts protocol to child rights treaty, requests study on discrimination and sexual orientation. unog.ch/unog/website/news_media_archive.nsf/%28httpNewsByYear_en%29/C125763C00590FD6C12578B2004B0A50?OpenDocument; UNOG. (2012, 7 March). Human Rights Council holds panel discussion on discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity. unog.ch/unog/website/news_media_archive.nsf/%28httpNewsByYear_en%29/C125763C00590FD6C12579BA004DFE81?OpenDocument; UNOG. (2014, 26 September). Human Rights Council adopts resolution on sexual orientation and gender identity and concludes twenty-seventh session. unog.ch/unog/website/news_media.nsf/%28httpNewsByYear_en%29/24F74BA2FCAB79CDC1257D5F0063A227?OpenDocument; UNOG. (2015, 22 June). Human Rights Council holds general debate on the promotion and protection of all human rights. unog.ch/unog/website/news_media.nsf/%28httpNewsByYear_en%29/C85AF94F13C23F94C1257E6C0059B456?OpenDocument

29 UNOG. (2012, 29 February). Human Rights Council holds panel discussion on the promotion and protection of freedom of expression on the internet. unog.ch/unog/website/news_media_archive.nsf/%28httpNewsByYear_en%29/C125763C00590FD6C12579B300535CC6?OpenDocument

30 Ibid.

31 MacAskill, E., & Borger, J. (2013, 30 June). New NSA leaks show how US is bugging its European allies. The Guardian. www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/30/nsa-leaks-us-bugging-european-allies

32 United Nations. (2013, 26 November). Third Committee Approves Text Titled ‘Right to Privacy in the Digital Age’, as It Takes Action on 18 Draft Resolutions. www.un.org/press/en/2013/gashc4094.doc.htm

33 UNOG. (2015, 26 March). Human Rights Council creates mandate of Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy. unog.ch/unog/website/news_media.nsf/%28httpNewsByYear_en%29/4CA5769DF702C0CCC1257E14005F5F4B?OpenDocument

34 See, for example, ISHR. (2009, 4 November). Stalemate at the Ad Hoc Committee on complementary standards. International Service for Human Rights. www.ishr.ch/news/stalemate-ad-hoc-committee-complementary-standards

35https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Eyes

36 MacAskill, E., & Ball, J. (2013, 21 November). UN surveillance resolution goes ahead despite attempts to dilute language. The Guardian. www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/21/un-surveillance-resolution-us-uk-dilute-language

37 The UN Special Procedures are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective. Special procedures are either an individual (called "Special Rapporteur" or "Independent Expert") or a working group composed of five members.

38 A/HRC/29/32. (2015). Paras 1 & 12. www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session29/Documents/A.HRC.29.32_AEV.doc

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The Court of Appeal has sacked spokesman of the Nigerian Senate, Adedayo Adeyeye, as the lawmaker representing Ekiti South senatorial district in the upper chamber of legislature. Adeyeye, a former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Details later Whatsapp

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NNPC Saves Over $3bn from Arbitrations.

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Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has saved over $3billion from arbitrations, the Corporation’s Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, has disclosed. Mallam Kyari dropped the hint Tuesday in Abuja when he engaged staff of the corporation in a Town Hall meeting that also involved the participation of the corporation’s outstation-staff. The NNPC GMD gave kudos […]

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Aisha Buhari’s Mercy Mission Visits Kano Hospitals.

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A delegation from the First Lady of Nigeria, Dr. Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari was in Kano on a mercy mission to visit patients in various hospitals in the state on Tuesday 5th November, 2019. The delegation visited eleven hospitals and presented gift packs to 6000 patients. The gift packs contained nutritional food products. In a […]

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How Bridge uses technology to support low-income countries

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How Bridge uses technology to support low-income countries
The global shortage of learning is truly shocking. Today, most children in the world are not reaching even basic levels…

Former British Prime Minister and now chair of the global Education Commission, Gordon Brown, has called the learning crisis the ‘civil rights struggle of our time’. World leaders are rightly calling on every sector to join the fight — to use all the tools and resources at our disposal to tackle this effectively. To win this struggle would prevent another generation from being deprived of basic abilities and reduce many drivers of instability and conflict.

Globally there is a shortage of about 69 million teachers and the teachers who are working in low or middle income countries are frequently under supported. Often they teach in rural, remote areas; many of the classrooms have poor learning materials and many teachers feel abandoned and can struggle to understand for themselves the content that they are teaching.

These are all very significant challenges, but not insurmountable. There is a global effort underway to tackle this, centred around UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 for 2030. On current trajectories the SDG4 target will be missed, but progress will be made towards it.

A social enterprise called Bridge International Academies, or Bridge, is focused on helping to achieve this UN goal of quality education for all in Africa and Asia. We serve communities living in extreme poverty and have helped to educate three quarters of a million children over the last ten years at nursery and primary level. Bridge is significantly improving learning outcomes by putting teaching best practice straight into the hands of local teachers around the world, using technology and in-person teacher training and coaching. The vast majority of the work Bridge does is with government teachers in government schools, and some of the work is in our own community schools and nurseries.

A Bridge teacher in class at Bridge International Academies.

After government teachers have been through an intensive up-skilling and training scheme, they are ready to use hand-held tablets that give them access to very high quality lesson guides based on their local curriculum. They are trained to use best practice teaching techniques. In addition, we support them with regular in-person coaching inside the classroom every one or two weeks. In this way, both technology and continuous professional development help these teachers to deliver more child-centred lessons that result in higher learning outcomes for children.

Our approach is to treat learning as a science as we implement best practice across all the schools we run or support. We are focused on how children learn, tweaking, adapting and iterating lessons and teacher training in the light of data and evidence, to make sure children learn as much as possible.

A government school classroom in Nigeria supported by Bridge training and technology.

By collecting information at scale on what lessons work best, and how children learn, local academics in-country work to improve lessons for all children. The approach means that not only can a few schools be served in a few areas but that tens of thousands of schools and millions of children can benefit anywhere in the world.

The use of technology to deliver quality education is bearing fruit in children’s lives. The results have been very encouraging. Kenyan pupils who sat their primary school leavers’ exam have surpassed their peers in other schools for the four consecutive years. In Uganda children have outperformed the national average in the two consecutive years they have sat the national exam. Children’s learning gains in Liberia, where we support government schools, showed pupils learning at twice the speed of their immediate peers. In Nigeria, a DFID report showed equity of high attainment at Bridge schools for children from all types of socio-economic backgrounds. Children in Bridge supported government schools are learning far more than previously. In India we are running community schools in the southeast region in partnership with the local government.

Social enterprises doing this sort of work is an idea supported by the majority of the UK public, and it’s also now part of the official UK Aid strategy for education. From the poorest regions of India to the low-income communities of Nairobi and even areas affected by the terrorist group al-Shabaab, well-supported teachers are thriving and making an impact.

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DOWNLOAD: Thutmose Ft Rema – ‘Love In The Morning’ [Audio]

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Thutmose also known as Umar Ibrahim is a Nigerian-American rapper, singer and song writer that bases in Broklyn Newyork. Thutmose combines with Mavin’s star Rema for Love In The Morning, a song off his Don’t Wake Me EP. DOWNLOAD/STREAM
          

WATCH: Yemi Alade – ‘Vibe’ [Official Video]

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Award-winning afro pop artiste Yemi Alade, the Nigerian video queen, returns with the official video for “Vibe.” “It is the fifth track on her latest album, Woman of Steel, and, like the rest of the album, it presents a more liberated, more confident, no-holds-barred Alade. Watch Video below;
          

EVENT: Double Celebration As Burna Boy Wins MTv Ema Best African Act Award, Sells Out Sse Wembley Arena, London UK

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Over 12,500 music lovers were thrilled to the eccentric performance of the African Giant, Burna Boy at the SSE Wembley Arena in London. Hosted by Nigerian comedian, Basketmouth, the African Giant Tour Returns, which was held on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 was a sold-out epoch concert. In a true Burna Boy’s fashion, his entrance on […]
          

Burna Boy wins Best Africa Act At The MTV Europe Music Awards

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Nigeria’s Oluwa Burna won the best Africa act award at the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday. When nominations were announced, Ariana Grande led with 7 nods, the night awards were dominated by women. But incredibly, Ariana Grande won no awards. The big winners of the night were BTS with three awards. Halsey, Taylor Swift […]
          

WATCH: Runtown – International Badman Killa [Official Video]

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Nigerian artist Runtown is back with a new music video for his single “International Badman Killa.” The song was featured on his surprise EP ’Tradition’ which dropped back in May. The video was directed by Clarence Peters. Watch and Enjoy International Badman Killa below;
          

More than just musical plays : intersections of politics and folklore in Byron Kawadwa's theatre

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A lot has been written about Byron Kawadwa's work and its contribution towards developing and Ugandanising the Kampala theatre scene and bringing into it a critical element - Kawadwa was a playwright, actor and director, and Director of the National Cultural Centre, whose play, , represented Uganda at the Festival of African culture (FESTAC 1977) in Nigeria. This paper attempts to explain why since independence, Byron Kawadwa is the most significant playwright in Ugandan theatre, and what makes his contribution distinct as both a playwright and director.


          

Progress and Utopia in Bode Sowande's Babylon Trilogy

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Bode Sowande belongs to a second generation of Nigerian dramatists, which includes others such as Femi Osofisan, Kole Omotoso, Nasiru Akanji, Olu Obafemi, Tess Onwueme and Tunde Fatunde, who advocate a radical aesthetic for the theatre, different from the relatively conservative dramaturgy of the older generation of playwrights such as Wole Soyinka, J. P Clark-Bekederemo, Ola Rotimi and Zulu Sofola.


          

Editorial : in black and white

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That Femi Osofisan is today one of the greatest dramatists in Africa is beyond doubt. In Nigeria he is not only the most prolific, but he is also the most popular. As many critics have observed, his plays are the most ubiquitous on the production pallets of professional and semiprofessional companies; and even more so, on the production bills of university students all over the country. Many scholars attest not only to his diversity but to his prolificacy. For instance, Chris Dunton (1992: 67) and Muyiwa Awodiya (2006: 50) attest both to his popularity and dizzying productivity. Indeed, there is an obvious evolvement of what can now rightly be described as Osofisan Studies.


          

Performance in his blood : performative rhythms in Femi Osofisan's writings

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The drama genre has benefited much from autochthonous art forms. One notices that the transition from traditional drama to the modern form of literary expression has left many African playwrights battling with the challenges of rendering indigenous thoughts, ideals and oral traditions in written forms. Drama deals with man's experience which is the raw material for the playwright who is above all else a member of his particular society. He absorbs the culture of his society, takes in the language, observes the environment, discovers its peculiarities and oddities and tries to reproduce them in his writings, especially in a format that connects with the aesthetic and social values of his audience. Femi Osofisan is one African dramatist who has developed a unique theatrical technique that easily addresses both the aesthetic and social yearnings of his embattled contemporary Nigerian society by resorting to the indigenous idioms of his native Yoruba society. This perceptive 'orality in literacy', or the deployment of performative rhythms in practically every of his literary engagement, is evidently the reason he is reputed to be the most popular and the most frequently performed dramatist in Nigeria. This paper identifies and examines Femi Osofisan's performative strategies in three of his plays, and , and one of his critical essays, an inaugural lecture titled . In these instances I demonstrate how he uses these strategies to immerse his audiences in 'total' African theatre experiences.


          

Playing to reconcile : Osofisan's theatre and the Nigerian polity

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While assessing the social function of literature in the society, Rene Wellek and Austin Warren observe that there is "a considerable difference between theory and practice, between profession of faith and creative ability" (1956: 98). A number of creative writers of African descent have attempted to promote the relevance of African art to its society through an exploration of functional and communal qualities of literature. With cognizance of the fact that African literature is written predominantly in European languages, African writers are faced with the challenge of retaining their African identities even in a foreign tongue. This dilemma, of reconciling a foreign language with an African identity, is one of the biggest challenges to African writing. As the leading playwright of the third generation of Nigerian dramatists, Osofisan has indeed addressed this challenge in unique ways. In addition to this, he has had to reconcile several other conflicting national issues. In this respect, Osofisan's theatre becomes a bridge between theory and practice; between the profession of faith and creative ability. This paper examines Osofisan's theatre as a mediator between the artist and his craft; the Nigerian polity and the citizens; the indigenous culture and contemporary development. It submits that Osofisan's playmaking principles promote reconciliation at these and other levels in the Nigerian polity.


          

Femi Osofisan, youth and performance in Nigeria's democracy : the transformative theatre paradigm

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Nigeria's history of political struggle cannot be written without the mention of the roles of the Nigerian youth. Even during worst military dictatorships the Nigerian youth made remarkable sacrifices, contributions to policies and decisions including protesting against insensitive government actions generally. Femi Osofisan and other dramaturges have recognised and demonstrated in their works the immense potential of young people to positively add value to the issues of social change, including leadership and governance in their immediate communities. Like Augusto Boal (1979), Osofisan recognises 'theatre as a weapon and also acknowledges that the people own the instrument'. However, this paper steps beyond the box of textual analysis to demonstrate in a pragmatic manner the views of Osofisan regarding the imperativeness of theatre for social change in a democratic setting. The persistent issues of social inequalities, deprivation, deliberate unemployment policies, corruption, which of course dehumanise mostly young people and women, authorise a change in strategy for the theatre. To achieve this, the paper examines the roles of young people in the 2007 general elections using the paradigm of transformative theatre as a voice for social action and mandate protection in some parts of North Central Nigeria.


          

Dramaturgical importance of music in modern Nigerian drama

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What constitutes modern drama in Nigeria today is a synthesis of several art forms - such as music, dance, acting, make-up, costume and other forms of spectacle. Consequently, the process of staging a play presents both formal and thematic challenges in terms of what goes into a production. While it is best to examine the range of modes and media of representation interacting in a single drama performance, this paper focuses on the role and use of music in its various ramifications in Nigerian dramaturgy. The methodological implication involves, among others, redefining the boundaries between speech and music within the African context while examining contemporary applications vis-à-vis the desired goals. It is clear from this study that while some Nigerian playwrights merely suggest music, others provide song texts, while only a negligible few provide music scores. The essay also shows where Femi Osofisan stands in all of this and concludes by arguing that the documentation of music as part of the play script makes for a more effective dramaturgy.


          

Masks and symbols in masquerade performances among the Tiv of Central Nigeria

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Africa as a vast continent is made up of many countries whose arts come in different forms. These different arts include a theatre tradition which manifests itself in different parts of Africa through festivals, rituals, marriages, naming, initiation ceremonies, folklore and masquerade performances. These festive theatres represent the broad context of traditional African theatre. The African concept of theatre itself attracts and recognizes the function and boundary that separates the real and the imaginary. However, traditional African arts are used by communities and cultural groups to embellish their domestic and public (social life) and gatherings. For the Tiv, art is a way of life and is evident in social, political and religious spheres of life. Tiv art is mostly realised through the oral tradition. This paper establishes the meaning and links between masks and masquerade performances with emphasis on Tiv masquerade performance, while drawing attention to Tiv history, traditions, worldview, beliefs and creativity. A semiotics of the face masks would be explored to tease out the rationale and knowledge of the Tiv; the paper would also show what obtained in the past, and how masks are presently perceived by and in the lives of the people.


          

Nigeria's 'Lionheart' disqualification is bigger than the Oscars

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Nigerian Oscar entry disqualified for featuring too much English, the country’s official language

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Nigeria’s first-ever Oscar entry has been disqualified from competing in the international film category for featuring too much dialogue in English, which happens to be the country’s official language ...
          

Motion picture academy disqualifies Nigerian Oscar entry ‘Lionheart’ for having too much English dialogue

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Nigeria’s first-ever submission for best international feature Oscar consideration, the comedy “Lionheart,” has been disqualified by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for having too much ...
          

Academy’s Disqualification of Nigeria’s First Oscar Entry Comes Under Fire

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Amid biting criticism of the Academy’s decision to disqualify Genevieve Nnaji’s “Lionheart” from the Oscar race for best international feature film, Nigeria’s selection committee called the move “an ...
          

Lionheart: Nigeria's Oscar choice disqualified over English dialogue

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Nigeria's first-ever Oscar submission for best international feature film has been disqualified by award organisers, sparking criticism from its director. Films in this category, formerly best foreign ...
          

Academy disqualifies Nigeria's Oscar entry from International Feature race due to predominantly English dialogue

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Nigeria made history earlier this year after entering its first film into the International Feature Oscar race, but a recent decision by the Academy has now disqualified the project from competing ...
          

Nigerian #Film Disqualified for Oscar #Sparks Social Media Uproar

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The announcement has sparked a debate online, with some users noting that Nigeria’s official language is English. “Are you barring this country from ever competing for an Oscar in its official ...
          

Licence cancellation: FG gives Discos December 7 deadline

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Power distribution companies have till December 7 to submit their written responses providing reasons their licences should not be cancelled, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) declared on Tuesday. In an updated document on the notice of hearing on the petitions by Discos on the Minor Review and Minimum Remittance Order dated November 5, 2019, […]

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Are protests impactful ?

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SAfm — Parts of Africa have turned on SA, with the country's businesses being attacked and forced to shut doors while travel warnings were issued to citizens. SA businesses operating in Nigeria were forced to shut down in retaliation for this week's attacks on foreign nationals. Guest: Selby Xinwa- Researcher the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation Guest: Zinhle Olayi –Spokesperson for Total Shutdown and Intersectional women’s movement in Cape Town
          

Solar based ISP startup Tizeti launches 4G LTE network in Nigeria

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Nigerian internet service provider Tizeti has launched its first 4G LTE network. The Y-Combinator backed startup — that uses solar powered towers to deliver net connectivity — has built its premier 4G capable tower in the city of Port Harcourt, where Tizeti will offer its first 4G and ISP services. The company operates primarily in […]
          

Calendar istoric - 7 noiembrie

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Calendar istoric - 7 noiembrie

 

Evenimente

  • 1480: Prima mențiune documentară a „sulgerului” în Țara Românească: denumire dată dregătorului din Țara Românească și Moldova în secolul al XV-lea, care avea ca sarcină aprovizionarea curții domnești cu carne, lumânări și alte provizii.
  • 1619: Elisabeta Stuart este încoronată regină a Boemiei.
  • 1801: Alessandro Volta prezintă prima baterie electrică.
  • 1874: Partidul Republican din SUA a fost reprezentat de imaginea unui elefant, publicată inițial în revista „Harper's Weekly”.
  • 1877: Trupele române, comandate de colonelul George Slăniceanu, ocupă, orașul-cetate Rahova (7-9 nov).
  • 1917: S-a încheiat Revoluția Bolșevică din Rusia, care a dus la curmarea monarhiei din această țară.
  • 1944: Franklin Delano Roosevelt a câștigat cel de-al patrulea mandat de președinte al Statelor Unite.
  • 1996: NASA lansează sonda spațială Mars Global Surveyor.
  • 1996: Lagos, Nigeria, se prăbușește un avion Boeing 727. Au murit toți cei 143 de oameni aflați la bord.
  • 2007: Atac armat într-un liceu din Finlanda. Au decedat 9 persoane (inclusiv atacatorul) și alte 13 au fost rănite. Evemitentul tragic este cunoscut sub numele de: masacrul de la Jokela.

Nașteri

  • 630: Constans al II-lea Bărbosul, împărat bizantin (d. 668)
  • 994: Ibn Hazm, filosof arab (d. 1069)
  • 1598: Francisco Zurbarán, pictor spaniol (d. 1664)
  • 1728: James Cook, explorator, navigator și cartograf englez (d. 1779)
  • 1745: Prințul Henry, Duce de Cumberland și Strathearn (d. 1790)
  • 1810: Fritz Reuter, scriitor german (d. 1874)
  • 1810: Ferenc Erkel, compozitor ungur (d. 1893)
  • 1818: Emil Du Bois-Reymond, fiziolog german (d. 1896)
  • 1855: Edwin Hall, fizician american (d. 1938)
  • 1866: Paul Lincke, compozitor german (d. 1946)
  • 1866: Gustav Adolf Deissmann, teolog protestant german (d. 1937)
  • 1867: Marie și Pierre Curie descoperă radiul.
  • 1869: Teodor Balasel, preot și folclorist (d. 1941)
  • 1875: Mihail Ivanovici Kalinin, politician rus (d. 1946)
  • 1878: Lise Meitner, fiziciană austriacă-suedeză (d. 1968)
  • 1879: Leon Trotsky, revoluționar rus (d. 1940)
  • 1885: Frank Knight, economist american (d. 1972)
  • 1888: Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, fizician indian (d. 1970)
  • 1903: Konrad Lorenz, zoolog austriac, laureat al Premiului Nobel pentru fiziologie și medicină în 1973 (d. 1989)
  • 1913: Albert Camus, scriitor francez, laureat al Premiului Nobel pentru literatură în 1957 (d. 1960)
  • 1915: Philip Morrison, fizician american (d. 2005)
  • 1916: Mihai Șora, filosof și eseist român
  • 1918: Billy Graham, evanghelist creștin american de orientare neoprotestantă
  • 1925: Ernst Mosch, muzician volk german (d. 1999)
  • 1926: Joan Sutherland, cântăreață australiană de operă
  • 1927: Hiroshi Yamauchi, ex-preșdintele japonez a firmei de jocuri Nintendo
  • 1936: Gwyneth Jones, cântăreață britanică de operă
  • 1939: Lene Mayer-Skumanz, scriitor austriac
  • 1940: Dorina Lazăr, actriță română de teatru și film
  • 1941: Angelo Kardinal Scola, cardinal, patriarh de Veneția
  • 1942: Helen Garner, romancieră și jurnalistă australiană
  • 1942: Johnny Rivers, cântăreț american
  • 1942: André Armand Vingt-Trois, arhiepiscop de Paris
  • 1943: Joni Mitchell, cântăreț și textier canadian
  • 1951: Nick Gilder, cântăreț și compozitor canadian
  • 1962: Vasile Chira, scriitor și filosof român
  • 1967: Sharleen Spiteri, vocalist, chitarist și compozitor scoțian (Texas)
  • 1967: David Guetta, House-DJ și producător francez
  • 1968: Liviu Almășan, politician

Decese

  • 1773: Prințesa Anne Charlotte de Lorena (n. 1714)
  • 1827: Maria Theresa de Austria, regină a Saxoniei (n. 1767)
  • 1877: Constantin Ene, maior român, erou al Războiului de Independență (n. 1837)
  • 1898: Prințesa Maria Antonia a celor Două Sicilii, Mare Ducesă de Toscana (n. 1814)
  • 1938: Prințul George Constantinovici al Rusiei (n. 1903)
  • 1962: Eleanor Roosevelt, prima doamnă a Statelor Unite (n. 1884)
  • 1979: Amedeo Nazzari, actor italian (n. 1907)
  • 1980: Steve McQueen, actor american (n. 1930)
  • 1981: Muhammad Husayn Tabatabaei, proeminent gânditor specializati în filosofia islamică și șiism (n. 1904)
  • 1983: Ion Jalea, sculptor român, membru al Academiei Române (n. 1887)
  • 2000: Ingrid a Suediei soția regelui Frederick al IX-lea al Danemarcei (n. 1910)
  • 2002: Rudolf Augstein, publicist german
  • 2004: Howard Keel, actor american
  • 2011: Joe Frazier, campion mondial american de box la categoria grea (n. 1944)

Sărbători

  • Sfinții 33 Mucenici din Melițina; Cuv. Lazăr (calendar ortodox și greco-catolic)
  • Rusia: Ziua consensului și a reconcilierii

          

APC crisis: ‘I was accused of conniving with Vice President to kill Buhari’ – Senator Abe drags Eze, others to court

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The former immediat” representative of the Southeast Rivers Senate District in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, has given reasons why he went to court against some people who wrote defamatory stories against him in the media. Abe, in a statement entitled “APC Crisis in Rivers: Nobody Can Rewrite History,” personally signed and made […]

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Oyo Gov. Makinde has not fulfilled promises he made to me – Lanlehin cries out

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The candidate for g”vernor of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2019 general elections in the state of Oyo, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, has said that Governor Seyi Makinde has not yet fulfilled any of the promises made to him in the agreement of the gentleman they reached. Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Lanlehin of ADC, […]

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‘Mr Governor’ – Sanwo-Olu under attack as he drops ‘His Excellency’ title

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The Governor of the state of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has been attacked by the recent announcement to abandon the title of “His Excellency.” Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Sanwo-Olu announced Wednesday that it should no longer be considered “Your Excellency.” In a statement that the Governor personally signed and made available to the Latest Nigeria […]

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Biafra: Junaid Mohammed attacks Nnamdi Kanu, says IPOB leader ‘should go to hell, burn to ashes’

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Junaid Mohammed, the legislator of the Second Republic, has criticized Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, for declaring his intention to return to Nigeria and continue his trial. Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Mohammed said that Kanu should “go to hell and burn in ashes” for trying to return to Nigeria […]

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Fani-Kayode reveals 10 ways Buhari ‘humiliated’ Osinbajo as VP

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Femi Fani-KayodOsinbajo’saviation minister, has revealed ten ways in which the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, was allegedly weakened by President Muhammadu Buhari. Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Osinbajo had been teased since Kyari introduced the amended Deep Offshore Law to Buhari in London on Monday. Some Nigerians criticized the decision, saying that Osinbajo should have signed the […]

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NSCDC speaks on farmers-herdsmen clash in Abia

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The Nigerian Civil Defense and Security Corps (NSCDC) in the state of Abia on Wednesday insisted that the state has registered a significant decrease in the rate of clashes between farmers and shepherds since the inauguration of the Agro-Rangers Unit of the command in September. Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The team’s state commander, Mr. […]

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Senate pushes for end to gas flaring, says Nigeria lost $197 billion in two years

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The Nigerian Se” ate on Wednesday urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to intensify efforts to diversify crude oil towards natural gas production to end the burning of gas by 2020. Latest Nigeria newspaper report that In a motion passed in the plenary session on the need to monitor the Nigerian Bengal Marketing Program toward […]

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Fulani youths send fresh demand to Buhari govt

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Alhaji Saudi “aikido-Adamu, national president of the Fulani Youth Association, has asked the federal government to boost nomadic education in the country. Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Maikano-Adamu made the call while informing reporters at Mister Ali, near Jos, on Wednesday. According to him, nomadic education is absent in most states of the federation. “We […]

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Reps speak on scraping of post UTME/JAMB

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The Houcountry’sresentatives were divided on Wednesday on the motion to stop the exams of the Post-Unification Tertiary Examination Examination (UTME) and the Joint Admission Enrollment Board (JAMB) in the country’s top institutions. Latest Nigeria newspaper report that in a motion presented by Representative Ademorin Kuye (APC-Lagos), during the plenary session, legislators debated for and against the […]

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Kogi guber: Police deploy 35,000 additional personnel ahead of Nov. 16 election

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The Inspector-General” of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, has deployed an additional 35,000 police officers in the state of Kogi to ensure “police surveillance” of lives and property before and during the November 16 governing elections in the country. Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Kayode Ayilara, the assistant police commissioner in charge of the operation in […]

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Pompano Beach High School Hosts 4th International Summit

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Friday, January 25, 2019
Opening Ceremony and Parade of Nations for the fourth International Summit hosted by Pompano Beach High School, with more than 160 guest administrators, teachers and students from 13 countries, including Brazil, China, Egypt, England, France, India, Ireland, Nigeria, Peru, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey and Zimbabwe.
          

The list of Africa nations in ascending order, by population VS new video of Michael Kiwanuka ‘You Ain’t The Problem’

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Djibouti Eswatini Equatorial Guinea Mauritius Guinea- Bissau Gabon Gambia Lesotho Botswana Namibia Mauritania Liberia Central African Republic Republic of The Congo Libya Sierra Leone Eritrea Togo (that’s 18 of 46 — it ends with Nigeria) South Sudan Burundi Benin (10,008,749) … Continue reading
          

Gucci kicks VS Bismarck Biyombo

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a couple more thoughts, edit to add: Biyombo is from Congo not Nigeria. When did the Hornets stop being the Bobcats and why? Who is their best player? Dartmouth has Harvard today, or did: who won? Dartmouth beat Harvard 9-6 … Continue reading
          

Zasca de una jugadora del Barça femenino a los de Valverde: "Cuidad el maldito balón"

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La nigeriana Asisat Oshoala envió un contundente ‘tweet’ durante la disputa del Barça-Slavia de Champions producto de un calentón, ya que lo borró minutos después.
          

CJN describes sports as unifying factor in Nigeria

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, has described sports as a potential unifying factor in Nigeria, especially during trying moments of the country as an independent entity. Muhammad made the remark in Minna, Niger, while inaugurating the 25th edition of the Chief Justice of Nigeria Sports Competition. It was reported that the […]

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All set for IOC president’s visit to Nigeria – Minister

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The Federal Government says all is set for the visit of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Dr Thomas Bach, to Nigeria. Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja, in a statement signed by the Director, Press, of the ministry, Mrs Blessing Lere-Adams. “As we count days to […]

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Ekiti Sports Commissioner Says Ikogosi-Ekiti 10km Marathon Race To Hold December 14th

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The Ekiti state government has announced that the first edition of the 10 km Ikogosi-Ekiti marathon will take place on December 14. The state commissioner for youth and sports development, Michael Awopetu, revealed this information on Tuesday to the press in Ado-Ekiti. Awopetu, who spoke through the permanent secretary of the ministry, Mr. Yemi Owoseni, […]

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Slizzy E – Red ft. Drastic & Tarela

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Overview of Slizzy E – Red ft. Drastic & Tarela Europe-based Nigerian singer, Slizzy E comes through with his highly anticipated single which he titled ‘Red‘. No wonder he is super excited to share this dance-hall joint with his fans. The Edo Boy went hard on this one and it features Drastic, an award winning […]

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VIDEO: Skiibii – Big Engine

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Overview of Skiibii – Big Engine (Official Video) More Grace Music pop star, Skiibii provokes with the music video of his latest release “Big Engine”, produced by FancyBeat. “Big Engine” which is already dominating the charts and airwaves gets an audacious video treatment from Director Kay, boasting ambitious scenes, lush choreography by over 50 dancers […]

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VIDEO: JoulesDaKid ft. L.A.X – Kibo

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JoulesDaKid is back again shortly after the release of the video for “Phone On Silent“ Featuring Blaqbonez. This time he premieres the visuals for  “Kibo“ Feature LAX, another dope record off his “JDK’19 ” album. The video is directed by UA.X. Subscribe to notjustok TV

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VIDEO: Timaya – Sili-kon

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Overview of Timaya – Sili-kon (Official Video) Nigerian heavyweight singer, Timaya dishes out the official music video of his latest output tagged ‘Sili-kon‘. ‘Sili-kon‘, produced by one of the hottest producers at the moment Kel P, serves as a follow up to his previous record titled ‘2 Stoopid‘. SEE ALSO: Timaya – Balance The video was […]

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VIDEO: Twitch, Kwesi Arthur & KiDi – Superman

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Overview of VIDEO: Twitch, Kwesi Arthur & KiDi – Superman   Ground Up Chale presents a brand new single, featuring label acts Twitch and Kwesi Arthur, and Lynx Entertainment singer KiDi. The song is titled “Superman”, and it’s the first single from Ground Up’s forthcoming mixtape We Outside, Y3 Wo Abonten Vol. 1. The song […]

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Idowu Gabriel – Ekiti Sports Commissioner says Ikogosi-Ekiti 10km Marathon race to hold December 14

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The Ekiti state government has announced that the first edition of the 10 km Ikogosi-Ekiti marathon will take place on December 14. The state commissioner for youth and sports development, Michael Awopetu, revealed this information on Tuesday to the press in Ado-Ekiti. Awopetu, who spoke through the permanent secretary of the ministry, Mr. Yemi Owoseni, […]

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Jaywillz – Energy ft. Vibeman Heinzy

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Jaywillz serves up a new joint titled “Energy” featuring Vibeman Heinzy. It comes as a prelude to the talented singer’s next official single, “Bossman Bossbabe” alongside Zoro. SEE ALSO: Jaywillz – Senorita Check out “Energy” below, as we anticipate the heavy one on the way. DOWNLOAD MP3  Latest Contents Lucy Q – Facts Only ft. […]

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Lucy Q – Facts Only ft. Jeriq

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Overview of Lucy Q – Facts Only ft. Jeriq The Queen of the East, LUCY Q dishes out a fresh Igbo-laced rap cut tagged “Facts Only“. The joint features budding indigenous rapper, Jeriq. Together, they deliver what is sure to become a fan favorite. Check it out below. DOWNLOAD AUDIO/MP3   Latest Contents Ric Hassani […]

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Ric Hassani – Do Like Say ft. DBYZ

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Overview of Ric Hassani – Do Like Say ft. DBYZ Nigerian singer and songwriter, Ric Hassani collaborates with DBYZ on a brand new record entitled ‘Do Like Say‘. ‘Do Like Say‘ serves as Ric Hassani‘s second output for the year following the release of his previous record ‘Love You Anyway‘. SEE ALSO: Ric Hassani – […]

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Mino Music Rewards Winners Of ‘Song Of Glory’ 2019 Contest

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On Tuesday, the 5th of November, the team from Mino Music officially presented the prize money to the 5 winners of its first-ever gospel music contest, “Song of Glory” at a press conference in Oriental Hotel, Lagos.  This music contest which was open for gospel artistes was an offspring of the rebrand of Mino Music […]

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Tarela – Bigger Life

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Overview of Tarela – Bigger Life Tarela, formerly known as SQueeze Tarela is a singer, songwriter and performing artiste. He is predominantly into Reggae, Pop and Afro-Fusion, his lyrical content revolves around themes of romantic declarations, resiliency, celebration of life, love and self-motivation. ‘Bigger Life‘ is a song of gratitude which equally sheds light on […]

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VIDEO: Burna Boy – Omo

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Overview of Burna Boy – Omo (Official Video) The highly acclaimed African Giant, Burna Boy finally dishes out the official music video for ‘Omo‘. ‘Omo‘, produced by Mr Kleb Beatz, serves as seventh track off Burna Boy‘s highly accepted album tagged ‘African Giant‘. SEE ALSO: Burna Boy ft. Jorja Smith – Gum Body Burna Boy […]

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Timaya – Sili-kon (Prod. Kel P)

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Overview of Timaya – Sili-kon Nigerian Music heavyweight and DEM Mama Records frontier, Timaya comes through with a brand new record which he titled ‘Sili-kon‘. However, ‘Sili-kon‘ serves as a follow up to his previous output ‘2 Stoopid‘ which was produced by ace music producer, Masterkraft. SEE ALSO: Timaya – I Can’t Kill Myself The […]

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VIDEO: J Derobie – Odo Bra

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Overview of J Derobie – Odo Bra (Official Video) Ghanian wonder boy, J Derobie dishes out the official music video of his latest effort dubbed ‘Odo Bra‘. The Killertunes produced record serves as J Derobie‘s fourth output for the year, it comes after the release of ‘Poverty‘ (the remix) featuring Jamaican dancehall prodigy, Popcaan. SEE ALSO: […]

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Endia – Vibe

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Overview of Endia – Vibe After a brief hiatus from the music scene, Endia returns with a brand new record which he titled ‘Vibe‘.’ ‘Vibe‘ serves as Endia‘s first offering for the year, it comes after the release of his previous record ‘Dem Daddy‘ which was released back in November 2018. SEE ALSO: Skales ft. […]

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Fireboy DML announces debut album “Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps” | View Tracklist

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He has an album forthcoming. Fireboy DML has generated a lot of buzz since his contributions in the “YBNL Mafia” album. On that tape, Fireboy DML showcased immense potential, with listeners awed by his impeccable songwriting and powerful voice. Revealed too, was his tendency to bask in the emotional; surely, there aren’t many artistes like […]

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Jaybreeze X Wande Coal X Tiwa Savage X Mystro – Eh Oh Ah

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Overview of Jaybreeze X Wande Coal X Tiwa Savage X Mystro – Eh Oh Ah Self acclaimed shut down king, Jaybreeze comes through with a brand new record and it is titled ‘Eh Oh Ah‘. ‘Eh Oh Ah‘ is a star studded record, it features highly rated singer, Wande Coal, number one African bad girl, […]

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Timi Dakolo Drops Date For His Upcoming Xmas Album

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Remember the album we mentioned here that Timi will be announcing soon, well, he has dropped the official release date for the upcoming album titled ‘Merry Christmas Darling’. This announcement was first done by Timi Dakolo via his Instagram where he announced that it’ll be dropping on the 22nd of November while his album titled […]

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Currency Baba – Bounce

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Australia Fast rising Artist and songwriter Promise Edugie, popularly known as “Currency Baba” has released his debut single and Video “BOUNCE” Currently Trending a song that has been driving young girls insane – the song is well Structured. Bounce is a pop song that currency went and empress the African beats and combination of his […]

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“Noul totalitarism e progresist și eco”

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FUMIGENE DE WEEKEND (111) O treime din generaţia millennials, născuţi între 1981 - 1996, “ar vota în 2020 cu candidaţii de extremă stângă”, relevă un sondaj comandat de Fundația americană pentru memoria victimelor comunismului. Potrivit acestuia, “capitalismul a pierdut din popularitate”, fiind sprijinit de doar jumătate dintre  aceștia. 36% aprobă comunismul, iar 70% ar vota cu socialiștii STOP Probabil că respectivii habar n-au care e diferența dintre ele. "Dacă nu educăm generaţia tânără despre adevărul istoric al celor 100 de milioane de victime ucise de regimurile comuniste în ultimul secol, să nu ne surprindă disponibilitatea ei pentru ideile marxiste", declară realizatorul studiului. De altfel, peste 20% dintre milennials cred că "societatea ar fi mai bună dacă s-ar elimina ideea proprietăţii private" STOP Interesante comentariile la un interviu al Hotnews pe această temă, cu un istoric din aceeași generație: “o bună parte din mileniali sunt confuzi din cauza unui amestec de ignoranța și conformism. Ignoranța e întreținută de un sistem educațional deficitar... Avem în Romania, în USA sau în Franța, generații de analfabeți funcționali care pot silabisi, dar nu înteleg sensul și logica unei fraze (nu mai vorbim de lexic)” STOP Iar mai departe: “Obama a criticat dur...agresivitatea celor care tind să arate imediat cu degetul orice nu e "corect politic". Fostul președinte democrat s-a arătat îngrijorat de tendința de a bloca dezbaterea în campusurile universitare și de a interzice opiniile diferite (de cele progresiste)” STOP Un alt cititor concluzionează: “noul totalitarism e progresist și eco".  De genul Greta, 2035fărătutun, USR, Arafat și alții/altele. La “și alții” intră și Cioloș, care a îndrăznit să-și critice fostul subaltern pentru prestația de la Colectiv și “ascunderea” filmului în care șeful DSU, aidoma “bărbatului în alb din 10 august”, vorbește la telefon netulburat în mijlocul nebuniei STOP Atât de tare l-a supărat pe Arafat critica asta, încât a început să vorbească moldovenește, nemaiscoțându-l pe Cioloș din “dânsul”  STOP „Am văzut pe dânsul (Dacian Cioloş – n.r.) spune că un departament nu trebuie să ţină de un om şi sunt total de acord cu dânsul (...) Mai mult decât atât, dânsul comentează că un astfel de departament atunci când funcţionează doar sub comanda omului suprem are o problemă. Departamentul nu funcţionează doar sub comanda omului suprem” STOP În paranteză fie spus, Arafat a încercat o mică diversiune cu o teorie a conspirației, potrivit căreia cineva a încercat să îi ia jucăriile (elicoptere și avioane SMURD, înmatriculate militar). Dar declarația nu prea a avut ecou, fiind preluată sporadic. Asta în comparație cu marea  lovitură de presă despre “aparatele morții”, pe vremea când Arafat dădea verdicte despre vapat. “O tempora...” STOP Noul ministru de Interne a fost întâmpinat de protestatari cu cererea: “Capul lui Arafat vrem” STOP “Bătrânii sunt otrăviţi de medicamente, pentru că testările clinice se fac pe tineri. Mulţi pensionari iau câte 10-20 de  pastile pentru bolile pe care le au, ceea ce îi expune multiplelor reacţii adverse şi mai ales interacţiunilor dintre ele”, consideră Serviciului Naţional pentru Sănătate din Anglia. “Studii anterioare au scos în evidenţă că o persoană din 15 se află în spital din cauza reacţiilor adverse ale medicamentelor prescrise” STOP Dacă ar fi să jucăm Monopoly...Pe hârtie stăm bine, pe teren e jale. “La nivel de proiectare, suntem campioni, dar în ceea ce priveşte km de autostradă, 828, suntem pe locul 128 în lume, după Zimbabwe şi Gabon” STOP “Prima regulă a pieței unice din Uniunea Europeană este să ai o autostrada către Germania”, a transmis autorităților române un economist-șef al Băncii Mondiale, coordonator al politicii economice pentru statele UE. O autostradă catre Germania nu avem, dar avem un Președinte. Se pune? STOP Și totuși, “România alături de Germania”. Potrivit Eurostat, aproape două treimi dintre orașele europene cu cei mai puțini tineri se află în  cele două țări STOP “Industria sănătății”, ca și “industria morții”, tot industrie se cheamă că este, vulnerabilă la procese în masă declanșate de avocați orientați financiar. Nu doar “big tobacco”, dar și “big farma” plătește înțelegeri (settlements) ca să fie lăsată în pace. “Cinci producători şi distribuitori de medicamente oferă 50 de miliarde de dolari în numerar, servicii și medicamente, pentru închiderea investigaţiilor în care industria farmaceutică este acuzată că a provocat criza opioidelor din SUA”. În instanțe sunt 2.600 de procese, arată Cursdeguvernare STOP Procesomania, faza pe budă. După ce fosta șefă a ASSMB, o anume Coțofană, a afirmat că „în mandatul doamnei Firea, s-au plătit WC-uri de 230 de lei cu 3.500 de lei plus TVA”, Primărița a declarat că nu se lasă și merge cu ea “de gât, la cremenal”, adică îi face plângere la DNA STOP Guardian scrie că Guvernul chinez a lansat un Cod de conduită menit să „amplifice atitudinea pozitivă a cetăţenilor faţă de partid şi ţară şi să creeze un simţ al identităţii colective”. Documentul, emis de CC al PCC, este “un instrument nou de propagandă și de consolidare a cultului personalității, centrat pe liderul Xi Jinping și are rolul de a-i crește legitimitatea într-o perioadă în care Beijingul se confruntă cu provocări serioase - protestele din Hong Kong, încetinirea economiei și războiul comercial cu SUA. Cetățenii sunt îndemnați să trateze gândirea Xi Jinping ca fiind nucleul busolei lor morale civice, fiind omise multe referințe la alți lideri din istoria țării, precum Mao”. Aviz simpatizanților americani ai comunismului! STOP “Facebook a acceptat să plătească o amendă de 500.000 de lire sterline pentru încălcarea legislaţiei privind protecţia datelor, în cazul Cambridge Analytica”, a anunţat autoritatea britanică de reglementare. Aceasta pentru că “date despre cel puţin un milion de utilizatori britanici s-au aflat printre informaţiile strânse de Cambridge Analytica şi folosite în scopuri politice” STOP CA a fost angajată de Trump pentru campania din 2016 și ar fi fost “implicată în peste 200 de campanii electorale, inclusiv în Nigeria, Kenya, Cehia, India şi Argentina”, lucrând împreună cu “companii specializate în strângerea de informaţii”. La momentul scandalului, Cambridge Analytica România era condusă de ginerele Ministrului de externe (în prezent Președinte al Senatului), având sediul chiar la domiciliul acestuia. Peter Imre a lucrat cândva pentru o mare companie americană de tutun STOP “Camera Reprezentanţilor SUA a recunoscut în mod oficial genocidul armean, într-un vot simbolic fără precedent...o majoritate zdrobitoare de 405 din 435 de voturi, într-o rară unitate între democraţi şi republicani”. Ministerul turc de Externe a ”condamnat ferm” acest act politic și l-a convocat pe ambasadorul american. La rândul lor, bulgarii au convocat-o la Externe pe ambasadoarea Franței, după declarațiile ofensatoare ale lui Macron, care îi preferă bulgarilor pe cei din Coasta de Fildeș. Numai oficialii noștri au stat în poziția ghiocel cănd ambasadorii SUA ne-a dat lecții și indicații STOP “Orban de la Budapesta l-a felicitat pe Orban de la București. Presa maghiară face glume cu Ardealul”. Iar unii au postat pe FB: “să vezi de acum încolo ce de Hello Budapest!” STOP Înainte de predarea mandatului, fostul ministru al Agriculturii a avut parte de o aniversare unică. “PSD-iștii din Arad i-au făcut cadou lui Petre Daea, de ziua lui, un tort în formă de oaie”. Oaia aia e a lui STOP Contrabanda cu țigări a ajuns la un minim istoric apropiat de nivelul european: 10,5%. Evident, lobiștii antitutun, pregătiți să împingă tare proiectul de vânzare a țigărilor pe sub tejghea, au sărit de fund în sus că ar fi manipulare, de genul celei pe care o practică ei când clamează așa-zisele “pierderi cauzate de tutun: 4,2% din PIB”. Râd și curcile STOP Țigări de contrabandă în magazine, la Ploiești. Șase magazine au fost descoperite practicând acest “sport” bănos, alegându-se cu marfa confiscată și amenzi. Poliția nu i-a crezut pe împricinații care s-au declarat simpli vizionari, care anticipează legea Emanuel Ungureanu/Ramona Brad STOP BAT a ajuns pe locul 27 în topul exportatorilor. În același timp, a extins campania cu scrumiere stradale din Sectorul 3 București, dăruind 200 de bucăți Primăriei Iași. Pe pariu că, iar, fac activiștii scandal? Deocamdată, fac doar bube roșii și nu pot dormi pentru că, la Parament, se lanseză “Coaliția pentru libertatea comerțului și a comunicării” STOP A căzut ultima redută: “fumătorii din Austria nu-şi mai pot aprinde o ţigară în cafenele şi restaurante”, relatează AFP. Să vedem cât va afecta interdicția locul Vienei în topul celor mai bune orașe în care merită să trăiești STOP Deși cocktailurile de medicamente fac ravagii, “specialiștii în sănătate publică” au alt azimut: țigările electronice. Pentru că SUA nu se grăbește cu interdicțiile, dat fiind că majoritatea cazurilor semnalate sunt de la extract ilegal de canabis, “experții lu’ Bloomberg” s-au orientat către alte meleaguri, mai înfometate. După Brazilia, Thailanda şi India, “China a decretat închiderea temporară a magazinelor specializate în vânzarea de ţigări electronice, până când efectele acestora asupra stării de sănătate vor fi lămurite” STOP “Aprozăreasa candidează la Primaria Cluj”. Aurelia Cristea, mama legii antifumat de acum trei ani, vrea să îi ia fața lui Boc. Dar, Clujul e un oraș orientat, cu nas politic fin și buzunare larg deschise către investitori. Ca dovadă, “eșecul electoral” al lui Barna. Evenimentul Zilei relatează că, la adunarea simpatizanţilor acestuia, s-ar fi ocupat doar jumătate dintr-o sală de Cinema. A se compara cu prezența la filmele de dans de la TIFF, sponsorizate de JTI STOP Viorica Dăncilă între sabie și macetă. După ce candidata PSD a primit în dar o sabie de Samurai, ca să “taie ce trebuie”, simpatizanții ei, care împărțeau pliante la Brăila, au fost fugăriți de un bărbat înarmat cu o macetă STOP Istoria romanțată e, uneori, pasională. “John F. Kennedy a fost refuzat de actriţa Sophia Loren, dar vedete precum Audrey Hepburn şi Angie Dickinson au avut relaţii intime cu preşedintele american”, relatează Daily Mail. La noi, istoria rescrisă în funcție de “politicile corecte cacofonice” e năucitoare, scrie Marius Oprea despre Hodor și așa-zișii istorici de la CNSAS, influențați în impietarea lor de ideologii “Fenomenului Pitești”, adică de torționari și securiști STOP Dna Ludwig, noul Comisarul german pe droguri (echivalentul ANA, de la noi), a declarat mai întâi că dorește interzicerea reclamelor la țigari clasice și electronice pe panourile publicitare (că astfel s-ar putea vedea sau nu s-ar mai putea vedea ce face sau ar trebui să facă ea), după care a revenit “la castravete”: 19% dintre adolescenți au recunoscut că folosesc canabis, procent care urcă vertiginos la grupa de vârsta 18-25 de ani: 42,5% STOP Heroina și opioidele (produse farma) reprezintă, însă, principala cauză de deces asociat consumului de droguri, cu 1275 cazuri anual. Ludwig a concluzionat că oamenii trebuie ajutați sa scape de dependențe, iar “dezbaterile bazate pe ideologie” trebuie înlocuite cu dialogul STOP Socialiștii din PE dau pe dinafară de “corectitudine politică”. Nu l-au vrut pe albul hetero Sigfrid Mureșan Comisar european, pentru că nu era nici măcar femeie. Noroc că Adina Vălean e ok și nu ne va face de râs,  deși e straight STOP Cancerul corectitudinii politice ucide conștiințe și talente. Regizorul Andrei Șerban a declarat la TVR că a demisionat de la Universitatea Columbia când i s-a cerut să angajeze un nou profesor, "de preferință o femeie de culoare, care dacă este gay e foarte bine", și nu a fost de acord ca rolul Julietei să fie jucat de un transsexual STOP "În epoca Trump, dreapta e foarte radicală, stânga e foarte radicală...Universitățile în America sunt de obicei de stânga...” iar “Columbia e un fel de socialism care merge spre comunism, e o nouă formă de comunism", a spus  regizorul (HEXAVALENT)

 


          

May God kill me if a girl has worked for me – Nigerian Pastor, Stanley Omoregie facing sex trafficking charges in France tells court

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Stanley Omoregie facing sex trafficking charges in France 35-year-old Nigerian Pastor, Stanley Omoregie who was arraigned before a Lyon court on Wednesday November 6, denied sex trafficking charges against him while stating that he only wanted to help members of his community. Pastor Omoregie denied running a prostitution racket and trafficking young girls from Nigeria to Europe, but he admitted renting apartments to Nigerian girls. He however said he never suspected they were prostitutes.  “What do you think these women were doing to pay you rents of several hundred euros a month, without working, since they had no residence permit?”, the court president asked. Responding to the question, the Nigerian Pastor said he never cared where the money for the payment of the service he provided came from.  Pastor Omorogie however failed to give a clear answer on sending a text message in which he told someone that he wanted ”the best, those who are mature and have beautiful bodies", but he then admitted that he once heard the girls talking about being prostitutes.   He concluded his testimony by telling the court ”May God kill me now if a girl has worked for me".  It was further learnt that the prosecution presented him as the kingpin of a family-based syndicate made up of 10 women and 14 men, including one of Europe's most wanted women, Jessica Edosomwan, accused of recruiting destitute women in Nigeria for the sex trade in Lyon, Nimes and Montpellier.The post May God kill me if a girl has worked for me - Nigerian Pastor, Stanley Omoregie facing sex trafficking charges in France tells court appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Ex-banker arraigned for stealing $8,907 belonging to Major-General Umaru Mohammad

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On Wednesday, November 6th, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arraigned one Anieka Udoh for allegedly stealing the sum of $8, 907 belonging to Major-General Umaru Mohammad. He was arraigned before Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria on one-count charge bordering on stealing.     Udoh, who is facing another trial in a similar case before Justice Saliu Seidu of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi wherein Ecobank Plc was involved as the second defendant and was alleged to have stolen the said sum from the victim while he was a staff of Ecobank.The post Ex-banker arraigned for stealing $8,907 belonging to Major-General Umaru Mohammad appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Our roads are not as bad as they are portrayed – Fashola

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Our roads are not as bad as they are portrayed - Fashola lindaikejisblogMinister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola has stated that Nigerian roads are not as bad as they are said to be. The Minister who disclosed this after the federal executive council meeting on Wednesday, also told newsmen that the major challenge encountered in the completion of roads across the country is funding.  “The roads are not as bad as they are often portrayed. I know that this is going to be your headline, but the roads are not that bad,” he said.“When I come here to announce that a particular amount was approved for a contract that doesn't mean the amount has been paid contrary to what you suggest.“You are mindful also that minister of finance, different arms of government are escalating the fiscal challenges we face as a nation in trying to fund the budget.“You are also mindful that the last few budgets in Nigeria for almost 20 years have been deficit budgets and these are terminologies that are realities and I think we should acquaint ourselves with if we are not just to report the news but also educate the public.“You must also be aware that between awarding a contract and also mobilizing to the site there is a distance. First of all, we have to have an agreement that is the relationship between the ministry of works or any other ministry and the ministry of justice, then there is a role that banks play, they have to give a guarantee.“Building materials – rocks, laterite, quarry, iron rods have to be ordered, construction companies don't keep them.“The process of producing blasting rocks requires approval from the office of ministers of justice and even the office of the NSA to get approval to get dynamite. All of these are the things that go on. So the point that I am making to you is that there is a distance between approval, implementation, actual construction and the result.” Fashola also revealed that there will be a massive mobilization of contractors for rehabilitation of roads as well as continuation of  road construction projects across the country when the rains are over. “So what we experienced in this year is unusual, it's not a good time to be in the transport system. We also want this season to quickly end so that we can go back to work during the dry weather.”The post Our roads are not as bad as they are portrayed - Fashola appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Prohibition of retired judges from legal practice: Need for a paradigm shift (2)

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LAST week, I considered arguments often advanced by both sides of the debate regarding the prohibition of retired judges from legal practice. I started the position in countries like India and some states in the United States of America that have relaxed the prohibition, where judges now enjoy the ability to engage in some form of legal practice after retirement.


However, without a doubt, there are certain considerations that are unique to Nigeria which in my estimation make it imperative that the prohibition be revisited here. Absence of job security First, the job of a judge is characterized by a near-total absence of job security and judges have, over the years, been victims of harsh administrative decisions of divergent political structures, particularly the military.


In Nigerian history, the first recorded incidence of the victimization of judges is the removal of Hon. Justice Taslim Olawale Elias as the Chief Justice of the  Federation, on the ground of ill-health, by the Murtala Muhammed administration through the instrumentality of Decree  No. 17 of 1984. Another recorded incidence is that of Hon. Justice Olu Ayoola, who was compulsorily retired from the Bench. In fact, he noted in his book titled “Fifty Years at the Law”that: “The treatment personally made me curse the day  I accepted the offer of coming to the Nigerian Bench, more so leaving a successful legal practice.


And as if the injury  was not enough, a Decree was also passed forbidding any of the Judges so retired to go back to full legal practice, even  though their judicial careers had been aborted without reasons being given to them or to the nation nor being afforded  opportunity to defend their names, honour and future against the reasons before they were damnified and summarily  retired with loss of name, career, and pension rights. Some were also given 21 days to vacate official quarters.


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The procedure adopted was blatantly unjust so much so that some of the judges so treated have since died prematurely, of being unable to bear the injustice.


That was briefly how the 1975 judicial purge was carried out.” In all the recorded  histories of the abysmal dismissal of judges by the military, usually on ground of decisions considered too anti-governmental, it is more saddening that brilliant legal minds who have contributed their wealth of experience to the  development of the law are rendered irrelevant, considering that they can no longer practice law after being forced out  of the Bench.


For this singular reason, other brilliant lawyers whose contributions would have further enhanced the development of the law are deterred from aspiring to the Bench, knowing that their legal careers may be untimely truncated by administrative fiat. Consequently, the quality of judgments being dished out by our courts has also been adversely affected. In my book “Impossibility made possible” I noted that: “It certainly was the wish of many successful lawyers to one day rise to the bench and avail the administration of justice with their wealth of experience.


But who would leave his lucrative practice for a bench when by military fiat he could be unceremoniously removed from office for the wrong reasons or even for no reason at all… One effect of this arbitrary sack was the depletion of the judiciary with brilliant and honest hands. Besides the issue of poor pay, nobody wanted to join a Bench when he was not sure of the security of his job, especially in a situation where a removed judicial officer could not go back to practice as a legal practitioner.“


Furthermore, most judges where legal practitioners before being called to the Bench, and this, perchance, accounts for why some judges descend into the arena by engaging counsel in legal fisticuffs. Notwithstanding, one can not take away from the fact that advocacy till runs in the blood of some of our judges and therefore, the idea of permitting the return of judges to advocacy afterlife on the Bench should not be a mere fantasy.


Personal conflict There is also no doubt that judges are sometimes faced with impossible situations – a dilemma – which creates a conflict between the jurist’s personal convictions (conscience) and the law. More often than not, Judges have been forced to discharge accused persons whom they believe actually committed the crimes alleged, but due to the ineptitude of prosecution counsel, the essential elements of the crime were not proved.


The frustration which such attracts could be enough to make a judge voluntarily vacate the Bench but, considering that his legal career will end if he makes such choice, will continue to endure being faced with another impasse in the future


. A former trial judge in the U.S.A, Neal W.  Dickert who voluntarily retired from the Bench into legal practice after 11 years gave his reason for vacating the Bench  thus: “I retired primarily because I found that it became increasingly difficult, day after day, to make hard decisions that  had a profound impact upon the lives of the people appearing in front of me. I was afraid that I would lose the strength of character to make the hard decisions or, perhaps even worse, would become callously insensitive to the feelings and interests of the litigants I encountered. Neither of these options was palatable.”


In the same vein, petitions are constantly being written against Judges by litigants and counsel alike, with the attendant psychological effect it may  have on such judges. Also, some judges may be threatened or blackmailed to tilt justice in the direction of a powerful individual in the society who could influence the continued stay of the judge on the Bench.


It, therefore, leaves judges vulnerable to the fear of dismissal and the realization of economic woe which such dismissal may attract. However, if our judges are able to return to legal practice, even after dismissal, they will still have an opportunity to earn and  therefore become more relaxed and resolute in the administration of justice, knowing fully well that they can still dust  the wig and gown and return to legal practice Likewise, judges tend to become overwhelmed with the workload and  responsibilities which life on the Bench dictates but at that time, it may be already too late to retrace their footsteps and  return to the Bar.


In such a case, one would be faced with a frustrated judge who may vent out his frustrations on counsel and unassuming litigants. Surely, such will be inimical to the effective and efficient administration of justice. The New Law Journal, in reaction to the resignation of Sir Henry Fisher from the High Court Bench to take up another appointment, noted thus: “Judges are men and men change their careers for many reasons. Prominent among those reasons is the realization that the career they are in is not really for them – the belief that they would be happier and more effective elsewhere. If a High Court Judge feels that he is unsuited to the judicial way of life, surely it is better for the administration of justice,  as well as for the individual concerned that he goes… A judge is entitled, like anyone else,  to make his life where he honestly believes he can best be himself. The judicial oath is not an irrevocable vow.”


Conclusion

Nigeria has come to a stage whereby major reforms have to be carried out in its judicial system, and certainly, the return of judges – retired, dismissed or resigned – to active legal practice is ripe for consideration. Even if such judges are not allowed to return full steam, there should still be a measure of participation in law practice that will ensure the sustained relevance of such erstwhile jurists in the nation’s development of law. In this regard, Nigeria may adopt the  quasi-restrictive style being utilized in the United States – which essentially allows retired judges to practice in court,  even the one which they once sat, but permits the sitting judge to recuse himself in the case of a conflict of interest; or  even which permits retired judges to prepare and draft pleadings, motions, appellate Briefs, among others, for a fee.


Additionally, in the appointment of new judges, there may be created a provisional five-year period to allow such new  appointees to have a feeling of how life on the Bench is, and voluntarily resign if they find that they cannot cope with  the dictates of the Bench, or if they find that life on the Bench is more than what they actually bargained for. In that scenario, such judges will be able to pick up their wigs and gowns and continue with legal practice, even if in a limited capacity. From whichever perspective one elects to approach this issue, the major consideration should be the  due administration of justice. At the moment, this requires that an urgent review be made to this prohibition of retired  judges from practicing. It is one that I expect the relevant authorities to attend to as a matter of urgency.


You may send your comment to president@abuad.edu. ng


AARE AFE BABALOLA SAN, CON, LL.D (Lond), D.Litt, FCIArb, FNAILS, FNSE etc


 


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Honourable Kolade Akinjo, member represented Ilaje Odo federal constituency of Ondo State in this interview by KEHINDE AKINTOLA, bears his mind on issues bothering on abandoned projects in the 2019 Appropriation Act,the newly introduced line items christened ongoing projects and the planned refund of N26.9 billion on the aborted privatised Yola Disco.


 


ONE of the primary functions of the legislature is appropriation. In the engagement with the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) so far, can you say you have been critical enough to ensure that resources not well appropriated are readjusted, so as to disabuse the minds of Nigerians who perceive the National Assembly as a mere rubber stamp?


The power of the purse led and resides constitutionally with the National Assembly because this country functions on constitutionalism and the grand norm is the 1999 Constitution. So, it’s constitutionally positioned to ensure that there’s a balanced proposal between the executive and the legislature; it is very important. Something fundamental that we discovered as representatives of the people in the current budget is that so many projects were christened, classified or named as ongoing, whereas those projects are not ongoing; they are fresh projects. How do you put into a budget that  the president came to read on the floor of the National Assembly projects that are not yet conceptualised and you call it an ongoing project? That is quite misleading. When you say a project is ongoing, then it means you are also supposed to bring about 90 per cent of the project is 2019 to 2020. That was never done. They left out almost all the ongoing projects of 2019 not captured in 2020 and they named new projects as if they are ongoing projects. That again is an infraction on the law of the budget.


Many of the ministries are doing what I call financial calamity; infrastructure imbroglio and it’s really disturbing. So if we are not working as parliamentarians, we wouldn’t have discovered this. And that is not good and not healthy for the economy of the country. And I think the president just has been misled. So, we as a people representing the people owe it a duty to ensure that we fix the gap, ensure that the 2019 ongoing projects are captured. For instance, the project that was in the Ministry of Niger Delta is an ongoing project but it did not reflect so; new projects were made to be seen as ongoing projects, amounting to N500 million, N200 million and N1 billion for projects that are new in the ministry. So, what we need to do as parliamentarians is to go back to 2019; check all the ongoing projects and see whether they are there, but they are not there. If a project that we have in 2019 that ought to be ongoing in 2020 are not there and you brought a fresh project and said they are ongoing, then it’s quite misleading.


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To what extent are you satisfied with the performance of the MDAs during the 2020  budget defence?


By my own understanding of what the budget is as at the time President Buhari presented the budget, I think it’s a  welcome development. The president presented the budget early so that we can work on it between the windows available to us to pass the budget as at when due so that Nigerians can begin to feel the impact of the budget from  January 1, 2020. And the receipt of the budget by the parliamentarians also was a welcome devel the law behind the budget is and the purpose of creating it, a law is created to tackle a purpose.


The budget is an aspect of our law to tackle the problem of our people from the sociological perspective of law-making.  So, the question is, what is the success index of the budget 2019, vis-a-vis, tackling the challenges of our people? Well,  it’s clear that we’ve not been able to increase the capital disposition of the budget for more than 30 per cent, and that’s a far cry from what is expected that the budget should be implemented close to about 100 per cent. So, this is just barely 30 to 40 per cent of the capital outlay for 2019.


Then, how do we reconcile that with tackling the challenges of our people, which is the budget is set to achieve? If you rate that visa-vis the performance, you will want to say that nothing extraordinary has been done, especially when you look at the debt servicing profile of the budget which took about N3 trillion of the 2018 budget. The recurrent profile of that budget is about N4 trillion; the total budget is about N8 trillion. Then, what do you say about that when you use the better part of the budget to service recurrent, to service debt and then the little part goes to capital? That is why our roads are in bad shape.


Yet, we use the better part of the money to service insecurity in the north-eastern part of the country. So, you don’t see many funds going into healthcare; you don’t see so much investment going into social solidarity and social responsibility. That is why the country is just going round and round.


And don’t forget that part of the money will be filtered away by some elements through corruption here and there. So, what do we see from 2019 to 2020? What do you expect from a government that has not really shown enough capacity to what I call creative and social engineering?


How does the budget work for our people? Nothing extraordinary has been done so far. What is going on is funny to me. You want to return some money to the Yola Disco, about N25 billion. There are some aspects in the 2020 budget that is good. For instance, I saw so much money going into the pension. Of course, when you work for a  country that is driven by social orientation for 35 years, you will want to ensure that you pay their pension.


So, I saw that being captured reasonably and that will be a good one if we can get money to service it. But come to think of it, if I  get just N250 billion assigned to tackle infrastructure and then our infrastructural need is between N1 trillion and N3 trillion, that shows you have to continue to service old roads. However,  before their completion, those roads are  already bad again. So how do you reconcile that situation?


We depend on just those old roads; we don’t have the rail working effectively. The inland waterways are not working effectively. The budget is not about the people in the Presidential Villa or the Presidency. The situation is not that those in charge don’t know the problems of the country. I  think the problem is that they are just being overwhelmed.


They don’t get creative enough to understand how to resolve the problems. So, it’s disturbing when you see a budget not really critically tackling those issues. If it is one road we can fix in the whole nation, we can devout the entire money to it but all the roads are almost in a state of dilapidation. So, I think there’s the need for us to be more creative in our approach to whatever money we are allocating to the challenges and then, we’ll begin to track whether we are making progress along that line.


 


This is a festive season and you’re talking about the roads. What do you think the government should do?


There is usually medium and long-term approaches. The approach should be in form of palliatives now since we can’t fix the entire road and people will be crisscrossing the country. And maybe, there’s need to empower and enable the  Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to look at those critical areas to at least patch them in the interim because of the challenges of traversing the country during the festive period. This is also because we know that the festive period will come even from January when we have our budget running to do something that can show that there is an element of government and governance in terms of responsibility. Of course, don’t forget that the money we are also spending is the taxpayer’s money; return something back to them to make it look as if democracy is working.


 


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Job loss, greatest challenge to planned airport privatisation —Nnaji

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THE chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, Honourable Nnoli Nnaji has declared that immediate job loss resulting from downsizing will be the biggest challenge that may confront Nigeria in its determination to embark on privatization of some airports.


Speaking at the 2019 NigerianTravelsmart (NTM) colloquium held in Lagos, Nnaji cited how the airports presently absorb a lot of Nigerians seeking for jobs, but added that unfortunately the size of the airports has not significantly changed.


Besides, Nnaji cited what he called  “the peculiarity of Nigerian airports, development model and the critical role the airport plays where it is seen as catalyst for business activities, does not necessarily make profit as long as it meets the social economic needs.”


According to him, he referred to the ongoing national security issues, through which he cautioned that the nation’s gateway may be open to abuse.


Speaking on passenger traffic, Nnaji described Nigeria as a great nation, but lamented that its air transportation usability was far below its population ratio, making some airport locations redundant while some are overly active, which he said was as a result of low middle class capacity.


He also made mention of the Act that set up the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) which he said gave it the power to dominate in an area that can be open for private sector entry thus calling for a review of the Act.


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“I have had the opportunity of reading through the report of Nigeria’s Annual Airport Business Summit for 2017, 2018 and 2019, organized by FCI International limited each of these reports show consistently that the biggest challenge to airport concession in Nigeria is first and foremost the fear of ‘Job Loss’.


“The 2019 report of the Summit suggested steps that can be taken before a successful airport privatization is achieved, following the peculiarities of Nigeria’s airport development structure as itemized earlier. The Summit further suggested the unbundling of Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, which will help to address the basic problem of job loss and unemployment.


“However, the unbundling of FAAN may lead to a more efficient and progressive airport development and an enabling environment that will attract private sector investments and tourism development in Nigeria.”


The three organizations that are being proposed to emerge from the process include: Nigeria Airport Development Agency which shall have the authority and capacity to process, supervise, monitor and forecast the development of airports in Nigeria.


The proposed agency will advise, check the capability, practicability of interests and applications in line with developmental needs, security approvals and compliance to NCAA regulations. This will help address both aeronautical and non-aeronautical business matters for both private and public airport developmental interests.


Airport Management Company PLC, another organization being proposed shall


be a limited liability company or public quoted company with less than 20% shares held by the Federal Government of Nigeria while the remaining shares shall be sold.


According to Nnaji; “This shall be a first class global company with the sole function of engaging in airport operations and management worldwide. The company shall compete and bid for the management, operation of FAAN airports and other airports worldwide. It shall be allowed to develop its structure and business model without government interference.


The third organization being proposed is the Federal Airports Property Company Ltd which shall be the owner and custodian of all Federal Airports Lands and Properties where Government can invest in airport development but not in its operations.


“The argument may be endless, but the important thing here is that we need functional airport services that will balance the observed variance of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the quest of Airport Council International (ACI) to liberalize the airports. The ultimate beneficiary should be the airport users so that commuters can commute safely and in a secured manner,reliably, efficiently and affordably.


“Therefore to which ever direction we choose to go, the regulatory frame work that will ensure proper guidance on the operations of privatized airports in the country or government running of airports like in Egypt and Ethiopia, will need to be instituted and this still requires further debate that will enable a well-structured economic regulation that ultimately ensures air transport safety.”


 


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The candidate of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Mallam Abdulrazaq Emeje, in the November 16 governorship poll in Kogi State, in this interview, speaks on his ambition and the election. YEKINI JIMOH brings the excerpts.


 


WHAT informed your decision to contest the Kogi State governorship election?


My decision to run for the office of the governor in the forthcoming governorship elections on November 16 is anchored on some parameters. First, I have always had a burning innate passion to impact lives positively, no matter how little I can. This, I have done virtually all my adult life within the confine of my personal ability and resources. You will agree that for such individual yearnings, getting into the position of governance exponentially increases your ability and resources at your disposal to touch lives positively in every possible way.


More so, we all agree that quality, purposeful and people-oriented governance as well as leadership has always eluded us generally as  Nigerians and Kogi State, in particular, is not left out. So much more could be done to alleviate its depleted fortunes, both human and material wise. Therefore, in my capacity as a candidate for the election on the platform of the UDP, we have a clear understanding of the needs of the state and the aspirations to set things right and change the narrative for the people of Kogi.


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What level of consultation and acceptance across stakeholders and various interest groups have you achieved?


When it comes to the politically-savvy elite and youths of Kogi State who are very much in the loop of goings on in the state and penetration, it has been very successful. Team Abe ’19 has, no doubt, already won the hearts of the people with the lofty visions and mission overview presented thus far. This is clearly evident from the aggressive followership

growth we are witnessing now. Definitely, we also have the larger body of the youth demography which we have known from the onset will be a hard nut to crack as it surely requires more concerted effort to make them understand clearly the depth of the prevailing catastrophic situation on ground in the state and also to make them see the best way to jointly turn things around for the mutual benefit of us all as a state. That is why we are emphatically drumming it into their ears that the state is actually in their hands to make or mar, depending on how they expend their voting rights.


Quality votes beget quality  leadership and vice versa and if they sell their votes, they are selling their future and right to

meaningful existence and sustenance. Things are clearly so bad that they are beginning to read between the lines for  the first time and concur.


 


How much of the state, its people and politics will you say you know?


Prior to and after the emergence of our then nascent democracy, I had, in the course of time, built a reputation of reckoning, both in the business and social cycles of the state as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), where I have resided for over 27 years. In the process creating a highly appreciated and sellable brand, concurrently, I proficiently delivered several worthwhile key projects statewide, arming me with a lucid acquaintance of the nooks and crannies therein.


With my wealth of experience, derived from long engagement in successfully exploring and harnessing business opportunities relative to our state’s enormous endowment, both human and natural resources, I am definitely equipped  to deliver good and efficient governance to the great people of Kogi State.


 


Will you say the youths in governance in Kogi State have done well?


Much more could have been achieved as it stands today. We are not into the politics of criticism for the mere essence of  it; there is so much we want to correct in that light. Therefore, ours is and will remain decent and constructive criticism,  if need be, in the course of our journey to the Lugard House to right the obvious wrongs in the best interest of our state and its citizenry. It is pertinent though to reiterate that so far, the incumbent apparently has not scored a pass mark and  that is the general perception showing from the overall performance rating thus far.


 


How will you rate the incumbent governor and do you think you can defeat him at the poll?


No government has ever been termed perfect. There are always areas where successive governments do outstandingly well, perform averagely or even fail woefully, relative to its policies as well as other underlying factors, be they based on either interests or uncontrollable instances. Therefore, in rating any government we should always critically look at the global picture of its performance rather than fixating on just some of the indices involved.


Be that as it may, I have already stated our take as well as the general perception of the incumbent’s performance rating so far. He has performed poorly. It is also worthy of note to emphasise here that in governance, though the buck stops  with the head, every member of government has a share of either applause or responsibility for the eventual overall  performance of that government.


With regards to how we intend to actualise our worthwhile sojourn to the Lugard House, our strategy is kept close to  our chest, but we can assure that you will see them clearly as they are reeled out in the course of time. Yes, we do have  our manifesto, vision and mission statements; it is out there already.


 


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Kogi election: Voters will face dire consequences if… —Emeje

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Se o Brasil é autossuficiente em petróleo, por que ainda importa o recurso?

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BBC: Refinarias brasileiras não têm a capacidade de refinar o petróleo brasileiro sozinho; elas fazem um 'blend' do produto (Foto: UESLEI MARCELINO/ REUTERS VIA BBC)

 

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Pode parecer contraditório, mas há explicações: se o Brasil é considerado autossuficiente em petróleo, por ainda precisa importar o recurso?

A resposta, dizem especialistas, está nas refinarias brasileiras.

Primeiro, porque não têm a capacidade de refinar o petróleo brasileiro sozinhas.

Segundo, porque estão subutilizadas: em 2018, a capacidade ficou ociosa em 25%.

No ano passado, segundo dados da ANP (Agência Nacional de Petróleo), o Brasil exportou 410 milhões de barris de petróleo, a maior parte para a China. No mesmo ano, o país importou cerca de 68 milhões de barris, na maior parte de países da África e do Oriente Médio. O país também importa derivados de petróleo, como gasolina e, principalmente, diesel.

O que o país extrai, na teoria, seria suficiente para atender à demanda nacional, até porque se produz mais do que se consome.

"Mas nossa autossuficiência é nominal", diz a doutora em Planejamento Energético e coordenadora de pesquisa do centro de estudos FGV Energia Fernanda Delgado à BBC News Brasil. "Existe um descasamento entre a tecnologia para refinar e o tipo de petróleo que temos."

"A resposta é bem simples: somos numericamente autossuficientes, produzimos mais volume do que consumimos. Mas os produtos não são os mesmos. Nosso parque de refino ainda não é capaz de refinar grande parte do óleo produzido nem de suprir a demanda interna por outros derivados", responde, por e-mail, o professor Paulo Couto, coordenador do LRAP (Laboratório de Recuperação Avançada de Petróleo), da Coppe/UFRJ.

"Assim, exportamos óleo e importamos combustíveis e derivados. Por isso ainda estamos atrelados ao mercado internacional."

Refino e 'blend'
O país tem 17 refinarias de petróleo, com capacidade para processar 2,4 milhões de barris por dia. Treze dessas refinarias pertencem à Petrobras e respondem por 98,2% da capacidade total.

Mas essas refinarias não têm como trabalhar com o óleo brasileiro, explicam especialistas.

"Lá atrás, as refinarias não foram construídas para óleo brasileiro. Precisavam de óleo importado, que vinha em sua maior parte do Oriente Médio", diz Rosemarie Bröker Bone, coordenadora do Laboratório de Economia do Petróleo da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

A Petrobras foi criada em 1953, a partir de uma lei sancionada pelo então presidente Getúlio Vargas. "Depois da Segunda Guerra Mundial, nos anos 1960, 70, não tínhamos óleo suficiente para refino, mas já tínhamos empresas montadoras de carros que demandavam derivados", explica ela.

As refinarias mais importantes foram construídas na época da ditadura no Brasil, nos anos 1970. Na época, o país ainda não tinha produção substancial de petróleo e, portanto, importava o produto.

Há diferentes tipos de óleo, e as refinarias brasileiras foram construídas com a capacidade de processar esse óleo importado, que é mais leve, e não óleo próprio, que é mais pesado.

Delgado conta que o petróleo do Oriente Médio era leve e mais caro, e dele era possível produzir grande quantidade de derivados leves. "Sobrava pouco derivado de baixo valor agregadao como asfalto, borra."

Ela resume: a importação, então, se dá por uma questão "tecnológica, de falta de investimentos e diferentes tipo de petróleo produzidos no Brasil".

Isso porque, para conseguir refinar o petróleo brasileiro, então, as refinarias recorrem a uma mistura do petróleo brasileiro com petróleo mais leve, como o nigeriano ou árabe.

"Por uma estratégia da Petrobras de sempre focar em exploração e produção de petróleo, houve pouco investimento na área de refinaria no Brasil. As refinarias são obsoletas, suas tecnologias não foram melhoradas. Não conseguem refinar todo o petróleo que a gente produz", diz a professora da FGV.

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Importação de derivados
Além do petróleo cru, o Brasil importa derivados, como diesel e gasolina.

A política de preços da Petrobras, de competir de acordo com as condições de mercado, viabiliza a importação de derivados, diz o professor do instituto de economia da UFRJ e pesquisador do INEEP (Instituto de Pesquisa do Setor Petróleo) Eduardo Costa Pinto. Em outras palavras, a paridade internacional permite com que os produtos de fora agora tenham preços competitivos com os do mercado interno.

Para o pesquisador do INEEP, se a Petrobras aumentasse o nível de utilização das refinarias, a empresa poderia reduzir as importações. "A Petrobras poderia abaixar um pouco o preço, mas teria que produzir mais para atender o mercado interno, e assim dependeríamos menos da importação de derivados. Mas essa não é a estratégia atual da empresa."

A estratégia, explica, é vender as refinarias e priorizar a exploração e produção de petróleo, especialmente no pré-sal, reduzindo a participação nos demais negócios. O governo planeja vender oito refinarias. Então, a empresa cria condições para seus concorrentes entrarem no mercado.

A consequência, opina Costa Pinto, é que, enquanto atingimos a independência de petróleo, criamos uma dependência da importação de derivados, mesmo tendo refinarias.

"A política de preços da Petrobras foi justamente o que incentivou que os consumidores privados fossem buscar preços mais atrativos no mercado internacional. Quando o Brasil flutua o preço de acordo com o sabor do preço do mercado internacional, abre o precedente para que os consumidores privados busquem esse diesel no mercado externo", afirma Delgado.

Então, o que pode acontecer com a venda de refinarias?

Para Fernanda Delgado, da FGV, "tudo depende do apetite dos investidores em investimento de infraestrutura". As refinarias, diz, estão sendo colocadas à venda pela Petrobras para atrair tecnologia.

"Havendo investimento nas refinarias, a expectativa é de que promova o desatrelamento do mercado brasileiro em dependência do mercado internacional", afirma. "O ideal é que a gente produza óleo cru e exporte gasolina e diesel. Exportar óleo cru é excelente, mas melhor ainda é exportar produtos com valor agregado." 

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Roma, 7 nov (EFE).- Una treintena de refugiados en Italia han dejado atrás la guerra en sus países y actuarán mañana en la Ópera de Roma en la obra 'Idomeneo', en la que dan vida a las víctimas de la caída de Troya que hace milenios experimentaron su mismo drama.

El teatro romano estrena desde mañana 'Idomeneo, rey de Creta', una ópera coproducida con el Teatro Real de Madrid, entre otros, con música de Mozart y libreto de Giambattista Varesco, que retomará hasta el 16 de noviembre la historia del rey cretense a su regreso de la Guerra de Troya.

Pero en esta ocasión la trama no alude al mito griego, al menos estéticamente, sino que en las polvorientas playas de Creta los prófugos troyanos aparecen tras esas mismas verjas que en la actualidad frenan a quienes huyen de la guerra y de la miseria.

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Una de ellas es la nigeriana Bella Godwin, de 29 años, que logró sobrevivir a la travesía en patera desde Libia en noviembre de 2015: 'Esto significa mucho para mi, es un sueño cumplido. En el futuro sueño con ser actriz', confiesa ilusionada entre bambalinas, en el intermedio de la prueba general.

El mismo entusiasmo destilan las sirias Maya Zahida, de 18 años, y Carol Almarri, de 28, ambas llegadas a Italia mediante los pasillos humanitarios de Sant'Egidio.

La última expresa a Efe su incredulidad de que esté actuando en la Ópera de Roma después de haber abandonado su casa en Damasco por la guerra y tras permanecer cinco años en Líbano. Ahora vive en paz en Italia con su hijo: 'Es una buena experiencia', celebra.

O también el colombiano Jaime Herrera, de 40 años, quien dejó su Bogotá natal para estudiar en Italia y que se ha sumado a la obra.

Todos ellos charlan en los pasillos tras el escenario, durante el descanso, se toman fotografías y preparan su vestuario, entre el vaivén de los técnicos del teatro y los ensayos de sus músicos.

La historia tiene como eje principal el mar Mediterráneo. Tras la destrucción de Troya, sus habitantes derrotados se embarcan hacia otras latitudes y los griegos triunfantes regresan a casa.

Un trasiego que guarda paralelismo con los actuales inmigrantes, y por eso sobre el escenario no faltan los trajes militares, las tiendas de campaña, las lanchas, los chalecos salvavidas o los bombardeos, siempre ante un mar que marca el designio del hombre.

Uno de los protagonistas es Idamante, hijo del rey. El príncipe cretense, griego, está amenazado por una promesa divina de su padre, por su amor a la princesa Ilia de Troya y por el deseo de la griega Electra, hija de Agamenón, quien le acusa de proteger al enemigo.

El encargado de poner voz a Idamante es el tenor español Joel Prieto, quien debutó en Roma con la ópera bufa 'Don Pasquale' y que regresa ahora para interpretar esta historia que considera 'muy actual', sostiene en una conversación con EFE sobre el escenario.

Lo es, alega, por la crisis migratoria que ha llenado el mar de muertes: 'Es una historia muy vigente en estos momentos, llega muy adentro (...) Es un tema que debe seguir desarrollándose y viéndose porque nos afecta a todos', apunta, ante una valla del decorado.

Pues, a su parecer, la lírica, con sus grandes temáticas atemporales, sirve también como 'denuncia y como despertar', para poner sobre la mesa temas candentes.

En cuanto al trabajo con los refugiados del reparto, opina que 'ha sido fascinante', sobre todo porque 'están haciendo un papel que son ellos mismos, no están pretendiendo ser nada'.

'Me han puesto los pies en la tierra, ha sido una experiencia bastante enriquecedora', confiesa este joven tenor español.

Con esta apuesta, enriquecida con efectos visuales y una potente iluminación, la Ópera de Roma recupera una rara obra que Mozart compuso a la edad de 25 años y que no sonaba en la capital italiana desde 1983, ahora con la batuta del director Michele Mariotti.

Un mito en el que destaca el tratamiento de la psicología de cada uno de los personajes y que gira en torno a grandes temas como la responsabilidad personal o la moral, traducidos ahora a la actual crisis migratoria para lanzar un indudable mensaje de acogida. EFE


          

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De los diez países del mundo más amenazados por la crisis climática, siete son africanos: Sierra Leona, Sudán del Sur, Nigeria, Chad, Etiopía, la República Centroafricana y Eritrea; todos ellos sacudidos por episodios recientes de sequía, inseguridad alimentaria, desertificación, inundaciones o tormentas.

A lo largo de la última década, las pérdidas económicas debido a desastres relacionados con el clima para casi una veintena de países africanos han supuesto una media anual de más de 630 millones de euros, según denunció hoy en un comunicado Oxfam Intermón. EFE


          

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Our security experts have designed over 140 labs which mimic real time scenarios in the course to help you “live” through an attack as if it were real and provide you with access to over 2200 commonly used hacking tools to immerse you into the hacker world.
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The goal of this course is to help you master an ethical hacking methodology that can be used in a penetration testing or ethical hacking situation. You walk out the door with ethical hacking skills that are highly in demand, as well as the internationally recognized Certified Ethical Hacker certification! This course prepares you for EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker exam 312-50.

The Purpose of the CEH credential is to:
  • Establish and govern minimum standards for credentialing professional information security specialists in ethical hacking measures.
  • Inform the public that credentialed individuals meet or exceed the minimum standards.
  • Reinforce ethical hacking as a unique and self-regulating profession.
What is New in CEH Version 10 Course
  • Module 01: Introduction to Ethical Hacking
  • Module 02: Footprinting and Reconnaissance
  • Module 03: Scanning Networks
  • Module 04: Enumeration
  • Module 05: Vulnerability Analysis
  • Module 06: System Hacking
  • Module 07: Malware Threats
  • Module 08: Sniffing
  • Module 09: Social Engineering
  • Module 10: Denial-of-Service
  • Module 11: Session Hijacking
  • Module 12: Evading IDS, Firewalls, and Honeypots
  • Module 13: Hacking Web Servers
  • Module 14: Hacking Web Applications
  • Module 15: SQL Injection
  • Module 16: Hacking Wireless Networks
  • Module 17: Hacking Mobile Platforms
  • Module 18: IoT Hacking
  • Module 19: Cloud Computing
  • Module 20: Cryptography
About the Exam
  • Number of Questions: 125
  • Test Duration: 4 Hours
  • Test Format: Multiple Choice
  • Test Delivery: ECC EXAM, VUE
  • Exam Prefix: 312-50 (ECC EXAM), 312-50 (VUE)

Cost: 5000 AED

Duration: 40 Hours


          

IOSH Working Safely - Protec Services Nigeria Limited , Nigeria, Lagos

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IOSH Working Safely is a basic risk management health and safety certificate for employees. It enables people who work as part of a team to meet their responsibilities for health and safety in the workplace.

Course Outline

An outline of occupational safety and health

Defining hazard and risk

Identifying common hazards

Improving safety performance

At the end of the training participants will:

  • Understand why they must 'work safely.
  • Understand the difference between hazards & risks.
  •  Understand hazard identification.
  • Appreciate and improve upon safety performance within the workplace.
  • Hold a CSCS recognised health & safety certification.

Cost: 38000 NGN

Duration: 1 Day


          

ISO 45001:2018 OHSMS Lead Auditor - Protec Services Nigeria Limited , Nigeria, Lagos

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The ISO 45001 Lead Auditor training enables you to develop the necessary expertise to perform an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHandS MS) audit by applying widely recognized audit principles, procedures and techniques.

 Based on practical exercises, you will be able to master audit techniques and become competent to manage an audit program, audit team, communication with customers, and conflict resolution.

ISO 45001 is applicable to any organization that wishes to establish, implement and maintain an OH&S management system to improve occupational health and safety, eliminate hazards and minimize OH&S risks (including system deficiencies).

ISO 45001 helps an organization to achieve the intended outcomes of its OH&S management system. Consistent with the organization's OH&S policy, the intended outcomes of an OH&S management system include:

a) continual improvement of OH&S performance;
b) fulfilment of legal requirements and other requirements;
c) achievement of OH&S objectives.

Course Outline
  •  Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OH&S MS) and ISO 45001
  •  Audit principles, preparation and launching of an audit
  • On-site audit activities
  •  Closing the audit
  •  Certification Exam

Cost: 200000 NGN

Duration: 5 Days


          

Nigerian Oscar entry disqualified for featuring too much English, the country’s official language

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"We did not choose who colonized us," tweeted "Lionheart" director Genevieve Nnaji.
          

Futbolista del FC Barcelona femenino borra un tweet en el que criticaba el juego del equipo

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​Nadie vibró con el fútbol que practicó ayer el Barcelona en su partido de Champions League contra el Slavia de Praga. ​Los culés no pudieron pasar del empate a cero contra los checos y es que apenas causaron peligro en la portería rival. Fueron muchos los que se desesperaron en el estadio y en sus televisores, viendo que la victoria se les escapaba de las manos. Hubo muchas críticas, pero una destacó por encima de todas: la de Asisat Oshoala. La delantera nigeriana del Barcelona Femenino...
          

Ibrahim Said

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  ONE TO WATCH Name: Ibrahim Muhammad Said Date of birth: 15/06/2002 Nation: Nigeria Height: 176 cm Position: Forward, Winger Strong foot: Right Club: Dabo Babes Academy National team career: He represented Nigeria at junior levels     Top skills: Pace, Accelerations, Explosivity, Athleticism, Technique, Shooting, Dribbling, Cross, Cuts, Counter attacks   Style of play: Ability …
          

Samson Tijani

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  Name: Samson Okikiola Tijani Date of birth: 17/05/2002 Nation: Nigeria Height: 174 cm Position: Defensive midfielder, Central midfielder Strong foot: Right Club: Collins Edwin FC National team career: He represented Nigeria at junior levels     Top skills: Pace, Agility, Accelerations, Stamina, Dynamism, Technique, Shooting, Long passing, Rapidity of execution, Teamwork, Anticipations, Pressing, Determination   …
          

OPINION | Supreme Court and the Atiku Election Petition 

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By Reuben Abati Last week, The Supreme Court of Nigeria announced its verdict in the matter between Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and President Muhammadu Buhari, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). After the February 23 Presidential election and the declaration by INEC, of incumbent President Muhammadu …
          

Customs suspend supply of petrol to border communities

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Customs suspend supply of petrol to border communities
November 7, 2019

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The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has suspended the supply of petroleum products supply to filling stations within 20 kilometers of all boarders.


This was contained in a EII/2019/circular No 027 that was dated 6th November, 2019.

The Deputy Comptroller-General, Enforcement, Inspection and Investigation (EI & E.), Chidi I. issued the circulated was addressed to all Zonal Coordinators, Operation Swift Response, Sector Coordinator 1,2,3$4, Customs Area Comptrollers, Coordinators CCG Strike Force Teams, Coordinator, Hqtrs Strike Force Team, and All Marine Commands.

The circular reads in part: “The Comptroller-General of Customs has directed that henceforth no petroleum product no matter the tank size is permitted to be discharged in any filling station within 20 kilometres to the border. Consequently, you are all to ensure strict compliance, please.”



Asked to explain the essence of the directive on phone, the Public Relations Officer, Mr. Joseph Attah told The Nation that the whole idea is to stem the tide of smuggling of petroleum products out of Nigeria.

According to him, the NCS has realized that the partial closure of the borders in August, some petrol stations have been springing up almost at the border lines with the sole purpose of smuggling petrol products out of the country.

He added that “the circular is, therefore, instructing us (NCS) to stop that. And ours is to enforce government’s directive.”
          

May & Baker Nigeria grows profit to N696m in Q3

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May & Baker Nigeria grows profit to N696m in Q3
November 7, 2019

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Nigeria’s oldest pharmaceutical company, May & Baker Nigeria Plc grew its profit by 14 per cent in the third quarter as it continued to draw on operating efficiency and stronger financial position to mitigate macroeconomic headwinds.

Key extracts of the interim report and accounts of May & Baker Nigeria for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2019 released at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) showed that profit before tax rose by 14.2 per cent to N696.44 million in third quarter 2019 as against N609.94 million recorded in corresponding period of 2018. Net profit after tax also rose by 14.2 per cent from N414.76 million in 2018 to N473.56 million in 2019.

However, turnover dropped from N6.54 billion to N5.91 billion, a general industry trend attributed to decline in consumer purchasing power, industry regulatory headwinds and unfavourable macroeconomic conditions


Underlying financial indices indicated that the actual profit growth was driven by improved operating and cost efficiency with the healthcare company making more profit per unit of sale in the period under review compared with comparable period of 2018.


Pre-tax profit margin, which measures underlining profit-making capacity of the company, improved by three percentage points to 11.8 per cent in  third quarter 2019 as against 9.3 per cent in third quarter 2018. Net profit margin also improved by almost two percentage points from 6.3 per cent to 8.0 per cent..

Managing Director, May & Baker Nigeria Plc, Mr. Nnamdi Okafor said the continuing improvement in the profitability of the company underscores the success of strategic initiatives aimed at optimising value for all stakeholders.


He said the company has been positioned for sustained growth noting that ongoing investments in additional production capacity and investment in marketing and promotions among other strategic initiatives would provide impetus for growth in the years ahead.

Okafor added that the company has continued to explore opportunities to broaden its products base and top-line including recent investments in new pharma, nutraceutical and herbal products that are expected to further diversify revenue base overtime.

“The board and management remain committed to sustaining our leadership position in the healthcare industry while delivering greater values for all our stakeholders,” Okafor said.
          

NCC to explore $70b telecoms market package

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NCC to explore $70b telecoms market package
November 7, 2019

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The Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC), on Wednesday in Kano, indicated its preparedness to explore the possibility of accessing the $70 billion package of the Nigerian Communications Sector market, so as to improve the competitiveness, which abounds in the African continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA), initiative.

In his speech, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, represented by the Director, Policy Competition and Economic Anylysis, Alhai Mohammed Baba Jika, at a two-day Stakeholders Sensitization workshop, on the implications of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA), initiative for the Communications Industry, held in Kano, said the process is to be in conformity, with an initiative of the African Union (AU) of creating a single Continental market for goods and services.

During the workshop, with the theme: ’’Improving Nigerian Communications Industry Competitiveness For the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) initiative, organized by the NCC, in collaboration, with the Nigerian office for Trade Negotiation (NOTN), Danbatta, said, the Government’s institutional framework is to drive Nigeria’s trade policy initiative that will facilitate free movement of investment and people across the entire African Continent.



According to him, the goal of convening the workshop, is to draw the attention of Industry stakeholders to the need to optimally appreciate the business implications of the AFCFTA), so as to evolve a roadmap for the future trajectory of the industry in the context of the Continental Free Trade Area.

Also, Danbatta, said, :’’The Federal Government’s aspirations to advance  Nigerians economic development through continuous encouragement of pro-trade, pro-business, pro-investment and pro-export measures are in synergy, with the mandate of the NCC to stimulate investment and economic activity by protecting the interest of the Government, investors and consumers within the Nigerian Communications Ecosystem.


Furthermore, he explained that AFCFTA agreement is with 22-member states, the hitherto business algorithm in Africa, is going to change, as it would become difficult for any country to regarded as the largest market in Africa, since the African continent is now going to be seen as one single international trade block.
          

NEITI: $42b lost to oil, products theft

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NEITI: $42b lost to oil, products theft
November 7, 2019

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The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) on Wednesday said crude oil and refined product worth $41.9 billion were stolen from the country in the last 10 years.

Its policy brief titled:  Stemming the Increasing Cost of Oil Theft to Nigeria issued in Abuja urged the government to embrace oil finger printing technology, comprehensive metering infrastructure of all facilities, and other creative strategies to combat the growing menace of theft of Nigeria’s crude oil and refined petroleum products.

NEITI said a breakdown showed that the nation lost $38.5billion to crude theft alone, $1.56billion to domestic crude and another $1.8billion on refined petroleum products between 2009 and 2018.



It further expressed concern that in the face of current dwindling revenues, paying attention to curb oil theft in the industry has become both necessary and urgent to expand revenue generation.

The Report further said the country losses an average of $11million daily which translates to $349 million in a month and about $4.2billion annually to crude and product losses arising from stealing, process lapses and pipeline vandalism.


“While figures from government put the loss at between 150,000-250,000 bpd, data from private studies estimate the figure to be between 200,000-400,000 bpd. This implies that Nigeria may be losing up to a fifth of its daily crude oil production to oil thieves and pipeline vandals,” the report said.
          

Nigerian mum demands justice after losing her 9-month-old baby due to alleged neglige

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Nigerian mum demands justice after losing her 9-month-old baby due to alleged negligence of doctor at a Lagos hospital



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A Nigerian mother has accused a doctor at the Ikorodu General Hospital of neglecting her 9 months old son who needed urgent medical attention.
 
According to @guccioyin who took to her Twitter handle to narrate the incident, the said doctor left her son and other patients to go pray and as they waited she realised her son couldn't breathe properly. Her son died hours later after she was told they couldn't admit him as there was no bed at the hospital.
 
@Guccioyin is now demanding justice and has promised to file a petition againist the doctor for ''incompetency''. Continue to read her thread.
 
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Ex-banker arraigned for stealing $8,907 belonging to Major-General Umaru Mohammad

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On Wednesday, November 6th, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arraigned one Anieka Udoh for allegedly stealing the sum of $8, 907 belonging to Major-General Umaru Mohammad.

 

He was arraigned before Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria on one-count charge bordering on stealing.    

 

Udoh, who is facing another trial in a similar case before Justice Saliu Seidu of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi wherein Ecobank Plc was involved as the second defendant and was alleged to have stolen the said sum from the victim while he was a staff of Ecobank.

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Our roads are not as bad as they are portrayed - Fashola

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Minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola has stated that Nigerian roads are not as bad as they are said to be.
 
The Minister who disclosed this after the federal executive council meeting on Wednesday, also told newsmen that the major challenge encountered in the completion of roads across the country is funding. 
 
Quote:“The roads are not as bad as they are often portrayed. I know that this is going to be your headline, but the roads are not that bad,” he said.
“When I come here to announce that a particular amount was approved for a contract that doesn’t mean the amount has been paid contrary to what you suggest.
“You are mindful also that minister of finance, different arms of government are escalating the fiscal challenges we face as a nation in trying to fund the budget.
“You are also mindful that the last few budgets in Nigeria for almost 20 years have been deficit budgets and these are terminologies that are realities and I think we should acquaint ourselves with if we are not just to report the news but also educate the public.
“You must also be aware that between awarding a contract and also mobilizing to the site there is a distance. First of all, we have to have an agreement that is the relationship between the ministry of works or any other ministry and the ministry of justice, then there is a role that banks play, they have to give a guarantee.
“Building materials – rocks, laterite, quarry, iron rods have to be ordered, construction companies don’t keep them.
“The process of producing blasting rocks requires approval from the office of ministers of justice and even the office of the NSA to get approval to get dynamite. All of these are the things that go on. So the point that I am making to you is that there is a distance between approval, implementation, actual construction and the result.”
 
Fashola also revealed that there will be a massive mobilization of contractors for rehabilitation of roads as well as continuation of  road construction projects across the country when the rains are over.
 
Quote:“So what we experienced in this year is unusual, it’s not a good time to be in the transport system. We also want this season to quickly end so that we can go back to work during the dry weather.”

          

Ozekhome To Osinbajo: Fight Cabals Like A Man With Manhood Or Resign Honourably

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Quote:There was disquiet in the presidency on Wednesday following alleged sack of 35 aides of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo by President Muhammadu Buhari.

No statement was issued by the presidency either confirming or refuting the sack of the vice president’s aides.

According to credible sources, the aides of the vice president had earlier been notified of their impending sack in September while the presidency began the implementation on Tuesday.

It was learnt that even when Osinbajo was hoping that the alleged sack of 35 of the aides would be reversed by the president, some of the affected persons on Tuesday had their Presidential Villa access tags retrieved from them as they reported for work.

Some of them, who reported for work, were said to have been approached at the gate by security personnel who seized their tags upon confirming that their names were contained in the list of sacked aides apparently provided for them.

An online medium which on Wednesday reported that Buhari approved the sack of at least 35 out of over 80 aides in the vice president’s office, informed that the affected aides, who were issued appointment letters in August, included some senior special assistants, special assistants, personal assistants and technical assistants.

Some of the aides were said to have left their offices by themselves on Wednesday and returned home to avoid being embarrassed.

A source in the vice president’s office who preferred to remain anonymous said that some of the aides who came to work on Tuesday left on their own accord to prevent any incident with security personnel.

Many of Osinbajo’s aides had earlier been sent out from the Villa and accommodated in various ministries and parastatals, which reduced their access to the Villa.

When contacted the president’s media aides refused to speak on the development.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, neither confirmed nor denied the development when asked for his reaction.

He said he was just emerging from Wednesday’s meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and had read the reports just like others.
Reports have been rife that since their re-election, Osinbajo has fallen out of favour with some elements close to President Buhari who are undermining his authority, a situation which has been blamed for the dissolution and replacement of the Economic Management Team hitherto headed by the vice president.
Daily Independent had earlier reported that members of the cabal in the presidency want the National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP) to be taken away from the office of the vice president and handled by the newly created Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

Speaking with our correspondent in September, a credible source in the presidency said the deal has already been perfected and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo may no longer be in charge of the Social Investment Programmes (SIPs) except President Muhammadu Buhari intervenes.
According to our source, members of the cabal are not comfortable with the popularity the vice president was getting with the scheme especially among the masses, hence the need to move it away from his office.

The Federal Government introduced a portfolio of social investment programmes in 2015 under the office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo with the goal of taking millions of Nigerians out of poverty.

TraderMoni is an initiative of the Federal Government, through Bank of Industry, and Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme.

The programme is part of the Federal Government social intervention aimed at funding micro business in the country through soft loans beginning from N10, 000 to N100,000.
The programme was launched in August while the vice president began his tour in Osun State on September 3, 2018, barely three weeks to the Osun State governorship election.

In promoting the scheme, the vice president has visited markets across the country where he interacted with the traders.

Our source said the cabal believes the scheme is giving Osinbajo undue advantage and popularity across the length and breadth of the country.
“Yes, I can confirm that there are plans to move the scheme away from the vice president’s office. I don’t know whether it has to do with 2023 presidency, but the fact is that some power brokers in the presidency are not comfortable with the popularity the vice president is getting from the masses whenever he goes to promote the scheme, hence the resolve to move it to the new ministry.”

Reacting to the sack of Osinbajo’s aides, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), human rights lawyer, said he is not surprised by the development as he had predicted that it will happen before now.
“I normally read situations and I say my own. Everything I have predicted in the last five years have always come to pass. I have made it clear and it is resounding now”, he said.

On the options available before Osinbajo, Ozekhome said he can either fight the cabal like a man or quietly resign his position as vice president.

While making reference to the fight between former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and former President Olusegun Obasanjo during their second term, Ozekhome said Nigerians were aware Atiku fought his then boss both in the courts and at the political scene which saved him from being humiliated out of office.

“Osinbajo has two options.

The first option is to get ready to pull his punches and fight like a man that has manhood. He should fight squarely, frontally and brutally like a man with manhood.

“The second option is that he should honourably resign as vice president of Nigeria before they pour more ashes on his head and before they bespatter his white garment with more muds and more excrement. In these two options, there are no grey areas at all. They are just the two options available.

“He should either put his hat in the ring to fight the cabal squarely. Atiku fought Obasanjo squarely to the knowledge of everybody in this country. He fought brutally whether in court or on the political scene. In every way, Atiku fought Obasanjo to a standstill and everybody was aware.

“So, Osinbajo should be ready to do what Atiku did by fighting with all he can but if he cannot, he should take the honourable way out by resigning quietly. Otherwise, he will be so rubbished and reduced in significance and importance that he will not even be accorded the status of being a glorified messenger.

“In a situation where the president can send Osinbajo to his home town to go and witness the turbaning of a small chief and documents are being sent to the president to sign Nigerian laws in London, it is a clear case that when the market is on fire, you do not tell the deaf and the blind. They will know when they feel the heat”, he said.
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Governor Wike Decries Continuous Neglect by FG, Begs Buhari Govt: Please Forgive Us

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Quote:Governor Nyesom Wike has prayed Federal Government (FG) to forgive Rivers state people for any wrong they did to warrant perceived federal neglect currently being suffered by the state.

Wike spoke on Tuesday in Port Harcourt during maiden delivery of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) to downstream investor, Stockgap Terminal by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Bonny.

Highlighting some the vexed issues of federal neglect, the Governor said, “Because it’s Rivers, FG has refused funding the Bodo-Bonny Highway even when NLNG has agreed to borne 50% of the (N120Billion) project cost.

“Even if Rivers has done anything wrong, please we are begging, forgive us, but I don’t think we have done anything wrong as Rivers people. Rivers is the better place to invest. We continue to support every investment brought here and the gratitude we get is that key investors are embracing our confidence to invest here why some people are de-marketing the state.”

Declining earlier promise to dredge the Bonny channels for ease of vessel movements, Wike said, “What is the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) doing? Rivers government should now be the one to dredge the channels and NPA is busy collecting levies and revenues from marine operators?

“Why should that be? You don’t expect me to dredge waterways for NPA to be collecting all the money. You (FG) are building a new Port in Lagos, but those in Rivers you rendered idle, grounded with no development attention.”

Wike pledged to upgrade the road leading to the Stock pad Terminal where Rivers and neighbouring states can now get closer and cheaper access to LPG instead of trucking from Lagos before now, the governor, however, cautioned management of the firm to carry the host Rumuolumeni along.

“What we won’t condone about investors investing in Rivers is denying our people deserved employment quota. You must ensure that we get the right quota of our people to work here and give adequate training to them to be better placed to excel in the industry”, Wike told management of the company.


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BBNaija: Diane Adds Jumia Nigeria To Her Endorsement Deals

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Big Brother Naija ‘Pepper Dem’ gang, Diane Russet Yashim has been officially signed to Jumia Online Stores as a Brand Influencer. The reality who was amongst the top 10 finalists in the just concluded reality TV show, has received other deals to add to her brand as well. The “Baby girl for life” had shared [...]

Source: BBNaija: Diane Adds Jumia Nigeria To Her Endorsement Deals


          

Davido Goes For Teeth Whitening – See Why

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Popular Afro-pop singer, Davido, has shared new photos and video of himself brightening his teeth. The music star who had gotten many fans grooving to his latest single, Risky is one Nigerian celebrity who is very generous with sharing information about his life with the public. The father of three had recently taken to his [...]

Source: Davido Goes For Teeth Whitening – See Why


          

Primary School Students Filmed Singing Naira Marley’s Song On Assembly

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 Some primary school students have been filmed during their talent exhibition program singing a controversial Nigerian rapper, Naira Marley’s song (Opotoyi). Ayobami Paul Ojo, a social media user had shared the video on the Instastory channel of his Instagram page. From indications, the students had gathered around for what appeared to be a talent exhibition [...]

Source: Primary School Students Filmed Singing Naira Marley’s Song On Assembly


          

Basketmouth And Wife, Elsie Mark 9th Wedding Anniversary

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Nigerian popular comedian, basket mouth and his beautiful wife marked their 9th wedding anniversary today, 7th Nov. 2019.  Keeping a solid union in the Nigerian entertainment industry has proven to be a difficult task of sorts, following several reports of superstars calling off their marriages. This, therefore, has not stopped a few celebrities from making [...]

Source: Basketmouth And Wife, Elsie Mark 9th Wedding Anniversary


          

Nigerian Gay, James Brown Cries Out For Help Over Court Case

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Suspected Nigerian gay, James Brown has pleaded with masses to come to his aid and put a stop to his court case, as the court keeps adjourning his case every time he goes to round it up. Recall that on the 26th of August, 57 suspected homosexuals were arrested by the police including James Brown. [...]

Source: Nigerian Gay, James Brown Cries Out For Help Over Court Case


          

[TOP PICK] Africa Oil Corp. (AOI-T)

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Oil and Africa are both out of favour, so that's why he likes AOI. There's a LOT of political risk here, Kenya, but a billion barrels were discovered her which will reach markets in 2-3 years. They just did a $1.6 billion acquisition offshore Nigeria. A contrarian play. Be patient with this and avoid the headlines. (Analysts’ price target is $1.96)
          

Russland | Auf weitem Raum

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Auf weitem Raum

Vor dem Abflug in Berlin-Schönefeld: Mir gegenüber sitzen zwei Herren. Wenn sich das nicht ändern würde, könne man nicht mehr zusammenarbeiten, schimpft der eine. Der andere lässt mir den Vortritt in der Warteschlange und spricht mich auf Russisch an: „Die werden uns nie verstehen.“ – „Deutsche eben“, antworte ich, „wobei ich übrigens auch Deutsche bin, obgleich ich Russisch spreche.“

Ich reise zu einem Rundtischgespräch der „Russischen Universität der Völkerfreundschaft“, eigentlich der „Russländischen“, weil der aus vielen Nationalitäten bestehende Staat gemeint ist. Dass „russländisch“ bei uns ungebräuchlich ist, deutet auf verengte Sicht. „Die Russen“, so hieß es auch früher oft bezüglich der Sowjetunion, egal, ob es Ukrainer oder Kirgisen, Georgier oder Litauer waren.

In der „Russländischen Universität der Völkerfreundschaft“ (RUDN) lernen junge Leute mit 157 Nationalitäten. Professor Alexander Kowalenko, der den Lehrstuhl für russische und ausländische Literatur leitet, bringt mich mit Studenten zusammen, die gerade ihre Magisterprüfung abgelegt haben und etwas über Methoden der Literaturkritik und deutsche Gegenwart erfahren wollen.

Sie kommen aus China, Nigeria, Russland, aus Kirgistan, Pakistan und woher alles noch, haben sich mit Turgenew, Bunin, Aitmatow beschäftigt, mit Sartre und Simone de Beauvoir, haben die Poesie von Joseph Brodsky mit dem chinesischen Daodejing verglichen und das Igorlied im Kontext chinesischen Denkens betrachtet. Wenn sie in ihre Länder zurückkehren, werden sie Russisch können. Wie viele Menschen in der Welt sprechen diese Sprache? Um die 265 Millionen sollen es sein.

Bei einer Konferenz über Tschingis Aitmatow voriges Jahr in Kirgistan fand ich es normal, dass Kasachen und Usbeken, Ukrainer und Letten sich russisch unterhalten konnten, war aber erstaunt über Chinesen, Inder und einen Redner aus den Emiraten. Wie dankbar war ich da, dass ich einst in meinem Thüringer Internat 13 Stunden Russisch in der Woche hatte. Wobei wir nicht hoffen konnten, einfach mal so in die Sowjetunion zu kommen. Das geht allerdings auch heute nicht. In Reiseangelegenheiten herrscht Gegenseitigkeit. Während ich mir wünschte, es möge irgendwann mal ohne die Warterei auf ein russisches Visum gehen, musste ich mich an die entwürdigende Befragung eines russischen Professors bei der Passkontrolle in Schönefeld erinnern: Wo genau er unterrichten, wo er wohnen würde, wie viel Geld er vorzuweisen hätte? Die junge Beamtin folgte ihrer Vorschrift, doch war da nicht auch deutsche Überheblichkeit im Spiel?

Sind wir Deutschen überheblich? Georgi Gatschew (1929 – 2008), dessen Schaffen Thema des Rundtischgesprächs in der Universität der Völkerfreundschaft war, hätte höflich lächelnd auf einen deutschen Hang zur Grenzüberschreitung verwiesen, der sich indes mit der Fähigkeit paart, sich selbst auch Widerpart zu sein. In Russland aufgewachsen als Sohn eines bulgarischen Vaters (der war Musikwissenschaftler, Kommunist, starb in einem sibirischen Gefangenenlager) und einer jüdischen Mutter, wurde er zu einem der interessantesten russischen Kulturwissenschaftler. Angestellt in der Akademie der Wissenschaften, hat er viele seiner Bücher „für den Schreibtisch“ geschrieben. Ab 1988/89 kamen sie auf den russischen Buchmarkt (nichts davon ist bislang übersetzt) und bezaubern durch originelle Gedanken, mitreißenden Stil.

Wie die Pflanzen, so die Welt

Weil er sich vergeblich danach sehnte, fremde Länder zu sehen, erforschte er sie aus dem Geistigen heraus. Er zog von der jeweiligen Natur, Pflanzen und Tieren, der Sprache, der Architektur, literarischen und musikalischen Werken Rückschlüsse auf „nationale Weltbilder“.

Da ist sein Buch „Tschingis Aitmatow und die Weltliteratur“, erschienen 1982 in Kirgistan, damals schon aufschlussreich für mich gewesen, weil darin ein Zusammenhang hergestellt war zwischen unserem heutigen Bedürfnis, die Welt als Ganzes zu sehen, und den Traditionen der kirgisischen Nomaden in ihrem ursprünglichen Kollektivismus und ihrer Naturverbundenheit. Diese Hervorhebung des Nationalen habe ich damals als geradezu subversiv empfunden. Wenn den Kirgisen ein nationales Weltbild zugesprochen wird, wie ist es dann mit den Deutschen? Wie viele Fragen hätte ich heute an ihn. Doch so durchgeistigt, wie er lebte, traf ihn der Tod: In ein Buch vertieft, wurde er im März 2008 von einem Vorortzug erfasst.

„Suche das Fremde“, steht in seinem Buch „Mentalitäten der Völker der Welt“, das mir seine Tochter, Anastasija Gatschewa, überreicht. Ich treffe sie im Museum „Ostrouchow-Haus“ in einer Seitenstraße des Neuen Arbat. (Unglaublich, wie viele Museen es hier gibt!)

Was ist das Fremde in Moskau, wenn man lange nicht dort gewesen ist? Die machtvolle Größe und Weite – ein Gefühl, das über die Stadt hinausreicht. Da kommt mir Psalm 31,9 der Lutherbibel in den Sinn: „Du stellst meine Füße auf weiten Raum.“ Deutschland ist winzig, verglichen mit Russland – doch gebärdet es sich mitunter, als sei es der Nabel der Welt.

Mit dem Bus fahre ich vom Wohnheim zur Metrostation „Jugo-Sapadnaja“ und steige in „Ochotny Rjad“ aus. Auf dem „Platz der Revolution“ steht ein nostalgisches Karussell; dahinter ist ein Markt aufgebaut: „Moskauer Fischlein“ mit Ständen verschiedener Fischverarbeitungsbetriebe. Es duftet nach Geräuchertem und Gegrilltem. Ich laufe zum Bolschoi-Theater und von dort durch die „Petrowka“, jene Straße, die mir noch aus früheren Zeiten in Erinnerung ist – allerdings nicht mit dermaßen vielen Geschäften und Restaurants. Noch ein Abstecher zur Fußgängerzone „Kusnezki Most“, dort küsst mir ein „Pferd“ die Hand. Dem Mann in diesem Kostüm muss schrecklich warm sein. „Wofür machen Sie Reklame?“, frage ich. „Einfach für gute Laune!“ Es ist ein sonniger Tag, die Leute, die mir entgegenkommen, wirken beschwingt. Die Schokoladenseite, denke ich. Das Gegengewicht zu dieser großen Weite – „der weiblich gedachten Rodina“ – war immer „ein ordnend männliches“, steht in Gatschews Buch, das ich in meiner Tasche herumtrage. Im Klartext heißt das: Dieses Riesenland hat immer eine starke Staatsmacht gebraucht.

Als ich am nächsten Tag Mila treffe, der ich mit ihrem Mann, Professor Chairow, schon bei mehreren Konferenzen in Kirgistan begegnete, unterhalten wir uns über Gatschew, den sie kannte, mehr hatte sie allerdings mit seiner klugen Frau, der Literaturwissenschaftlerin Swetlana Semjonowa, zu tun. (Über die Liebe der beiden gibt es einen berühmten Film.) In der Schriftstellersiedlung Peredelkino lagen ihre Datschen nebeneinander. Mila hat noch vor Augen, wie er Schnee schippte und voller Begeisterung auf Skiern im Wald verschwand, obwohl er eigentlich in der Akademie sein sollte.

Ich weiß, dass Mila Tatarin ist, ich frage sie nach ihrer Religion. „Natürlich bin ich Muslimin“, sagt sie und lacht, während wir auf dem Weg zum orthodoxen „Neujungfrauenkloster“ sind. Am Eingang zur Kirche legen wir uns Tücher über die Köpfe, Weihrauch liegt in der Luft. Wir reden über Islam und Christentum, Kinder und Enkel. Ihre Tochter hat sich einen komplizierten Beinbruch zugezogen, als sie, mit ihrem Smartphone beschäftigt, in ein Schlagloch trat. (Überall sind hier vielspurige Straßen entstanden, manche Bürgersteige aber sind zerklüftet wie zu Sowjetzeiten.)

Mila erzählt von den Wirren der 1990er Jahre unter Jelzin, die jetzt unter Putin mühsam überwunden werden. Als die Sowjetunion zerbrach, habe es eine regelrechte Not gegeben – auch seelisch: Wofür sie gelebt und Opfer gebracht hatten, sei für viele Menschen mit einem Mal dahin gewesen. Manche hätten es nicht ausgehalten und sich umgebracht.

Wurde die neue Freiheit auch begrüßt? „Freiheit ohne Absicherung der kleinen Leute? Das heißt doch bloß: Nimm dir, was du kannst. Damals entstand die Oligarchie. Vieles ist zu reparieren, was zu Jelzins Zeiten kaputtgegangen ist. Die Leute aber sagen: Hauptsache, es gibt keinen Krieg.“

Leuchtender Kreml

Mila muss nach Hause zu ihrer Tochter, und ich will noch etwas durch die Stadt spazieren. In der Fußgängerzone auf dem Alten Arbat klingt fast an jeder Ecke Musik. Die Straßen sind voller Licht und Leben – sieht so ein „Regime“ aus?

Nach Erfahrungen mit islamistischen Terroranschlägen wird innere Sicherheit hier großgeschrieben, auch wenn man es nicht sofort sieht. Und die äußere Sicherheit sowieso. Mila hat recht: Russland will Frieden. Dieser Staat wird keine Angriffskriege führen, sich aber so effizient zu verteidigen wissen, dass man nur hoffen kann, keiner käme je auf die Idee, mit dem Feuer zu spielen. Vom Alten Arbat laufe ich zur Leninbibliothek und will am letzten Abend in Moskau noch einmal den festlich beleuchteten Kreml sehen. Sag, was du willst, es ist ein Machtmonument. Auf den Türmen leuchten wie eh und je die rubinroten Sterne.

Ich denke an verhärtete Fronten, an die Szene vor meinem Abflug nach Moskau, den schimpfenden Deutschen und den Stoßseufzer des Russen. „Die werden uns nie verstehen.“ Und noch ein Satz bleibt mir im Gedächtnis: „Ne pereshivaijte, vsjo budet charascho.“ Das habe ich in diesen Tagen gerade von Frauen immer wieder gehört, wenn ich in meiner deutschen Zielstrebigkeit (Gatschew vergleicht sie mit einem Keil) Ungewissheit schwer ertrug.

„Machen Sie es sich nicht so schwer, alles wird gut.“

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Nigeria Rugby Sevens names squad, arrive South Africa for Olympic Qualifiers

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(MENAFN - African Press Organization) Coach Bronson Weir today announced the Nigeria Rugby Men’s Sevens squad that will be on duty at the 2019 Rugby Africa Men’s Seven...
          

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CAF names Senegalese officials for Eagles, Squirrels clash

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 The Confederation of African Football has picked Senegalese official Issa Sy as referee for next week’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between Nigeria and Benin Republic in Uyo. Sy will be assisted by compatriots Nouha Bangoura (assistant referee 1), El Hadji Abdoul Aziz Gueye (assistant referee 2) and Fatou Thioune (fourth official) at the […]

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Supersand Eagles off to FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

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Players and officials of the Beach Soccer National Team, Supersand Eagles, will jet out of the country on Friday to Paraguay for this year’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup finals. The two –time African champions picked a ticket for the 10th edition of the global finals after finishing second behind Senegal at the Beach Soccer Africa […]

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Eaglets eliminated from FIFA U17 World Cup

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Five –time champions Nigeria bid bye to the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup finals in Brazil after losing 1-3 to late bloomers the Netherlands in their Round of 16 clash in Goiania in a match that finished in the early hours of Wednesday in Nigeria. The Dutch lost their first two matches of the competition […]

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Olympic Eagles play 0-0 draw with Cameroon in a Pre – Afcon U23 test game

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Nigeria’s Olympic Eagles played out a barren draw 0-0 in a Pre- Afcon U23 preparatory game at the Mecure Hotel football in Ismailia, Egypt on Tuesday evening.  The game was meant to keep the Olympic Eagles in shape ahead of the first group B game on Saturday against Cote D’Ivoire in the forthcoming Afcon U23 […]

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NFF President Pinnick, 4 others discharged, acquitted on alleged $8.4million, N4billion corruption charges

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Chieftains of the Nigeria Football Federation, including its President, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, have been discharged and acquitted on all counts of alleged corruption charges in a case brought by the defunct Special Presidential Investigation Panel, SPIP. The panel, headed by Okon Obono-Obla who is now on the run to avoid prosecution by the Independent […]

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Preview Nigeria vs the Netherlands

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An explosive clash is in the offing when the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria, five-time world champions of the FIFA U 17 World Cup tackle the Netherlands, four-time European U 17 champions at the round of 16 of the FIFA U 17 tournament in Brazil. It has been different dramatic twists for both sides in the […]

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Nigeria: Réseau de prostitution nigériane - Un pasteur de 35 ans au centre du procès à Lyon

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Oscars in race row as Academy bans Nigeria's film submission

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Sharjah Biennial Will Present Okwui Enwezor’s Final Exhibition in 2021

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The 2021 edition of the Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates will stage the last show by the highly influential Nigerian curator Okwui Enwezor, who passed away after a long battle with cancer
          

Debt forgiveness can’t cut college costs

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If there is one thing I have learned in my 53 trips around the sun, it’s that nothing is free. And after just writing out a check for another $6,000 for my kid’s college tuition, the Democratic presidential candidates’ proposals of free tuition and college loan  forgiveness sound like one of those Nigerian prince email […]
          

VIDEO: Diteh – Someday ft. Teni

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Why it might be time the Oscars rethink the best international film category — again

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The disqualification of Nigerian film Lionheart from the best international film feature category at the Oscars is raising questions about whether films made in English in countries outside the U.S. should be allowed to compete.


          

Nigeria Com 2019: Interview with Pan African Towers’ Wole Abu

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Nigeria Com 2019: Interview with Ovum’s Thecla Mbongue

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Nigeria Com 2019: Interview with Avanti’s Jane Egerton-Idehen

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Nigeria Com 2019: The #1 Networks and Digital Services Event in Nigeria

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Geoelectrical Investigation Using Schlumberger Array for Groundwater Occurrence in Part of Bosso Estate Minna Sheet 164 SW North-Central Nigeria

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Inadequate potable water supply remains one of the challenges of residents of Bosso Estate in Minna Metropolis, Niger State, Nigeria owing to the Basement Complex terrain underlying the area. Rapid increase in population in the area over the years, which is due to its proximity to Federal University of Technology Minna (Bosso Campus) and the nation’s capital city (Abuja) among others. This has led to increase in the demand for potable water supply for domestic use since public water supply by government is inadequate. Consequently, in a quest to seek for Groundwater as a reliable source of water supply for domestic need, various abortive boreholes have been drilled without proper geophysical survey. This has led to loss of valuable time, energy and money. Therefore, Geoelectrical investigation using Schlumberger array was carried out with a view to delineate zones with good groundwater occurrence.

A locally made Terrameter (resistivity meter) of high precision was used for data acquisition. Schlumberger array was used to obtain geophysical data at ten (10) VES stations in the area. Field data obtained were analysed and interpreted using Win RESIST and Surfer Software which gives an automatic interpretation of the apparent resistivity data. Results from the interpretation revealed these curve types: the HK, H KH and A whereas three to four (4) geoelectric layers which consist of Topsoil layer, Lateritic clay, Weathered/fractured basement and Fresh basement. Fractured/weathered basement has resistivity values ranging from 35.5 to 841.62 Ωm and thickness variation of 13.5 to 48.5 m. This weathered /fractured layer constitutes the aquifer zones in the area. The fresh basement has resistivity values as high as 7336 Ωm and above. The groundwater potential in the study area was classified into high, medium and low/non groundwater potentially occurring zones. High groundwater potential zones were found at VES station 01, 02, 03, 04, 07 and 08 corresponding to the North-Eastern, Central and North-Western parts. This survey revealed aquifer zones having thickness ranging from 20 to 40 m and depth to bedrock ranges from 8.7 to 55 m. A recommended minimum depth for drilling borehole in the study area is about 46 to 60 m. The study however recommends an integrated geophysical method for future groundwater exploration in the area.


          

Lithological Characteristics of XY Field, Shallow Offshore Niger Delta Basin, Nigeria

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Aims: The purpose of this study is to delineate litho-stratigraphic sequences penetrated by well 01, 02 and 03 within the XY field and also to describe the litho-stratigraphic characteristics of the sequences delineated using ditch cuttings, textural/lithological attributes and the distribution of the index minerals (ferruginous material, glauconites, carbonaceous detritals and shell fragments.

Study Design:  The result of the lithostratigraphic analysis carried out on three wells from the XY field are presented and discussed.

Place and Duration of Study: The study was carried out in the shallow offshore Western Niger Delta, Nigeria from wells 01, 02 and 03 of XY field from July 2018 to September 2018.

Methodology: The ditch cutting samples for the three wells were lithologically analysed under a stereo-binocular microscope Olympus model SZ 2 ILST. The dominant and secondary rock types, colour, average grain size, roundness, sorting and accessory minerals, sand-shale percentage, fossil and nature of cement and stage of diagenesis were the parameters used for the assessment of the samples. The lithologic descriptions were complemented using logs analyses.

Results: Lithological investigation of the three wells reveals that the lithofacies are generally made up of grey to dark grey shale and mudstone/siltstones interbedded with fine-medium and coarse-grained sandstones. Two units of lower paralic sequence and upper paralic sequence were assigned to the studied section of the three wells, based on their lithologic characteristics. The lower unit is composed mainly of shale and mudstone/siltstone interbedded with sands, while the upper unit is dominantly sanded alternating with shales/mudstones. On the basis of the foregoing, only one of the three formational units of Niger Delta was encountered.


          

Nigeria inundaciones: el Eni firmaron un acuerdo histórico con la comunidad local

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2020 Tokyo Qualifier: Shooting Sport Federation begins trials

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Nigeria Shooting Sport Federation (NSSF) is set to begin trials for its Shooters in preparation for the forth ...

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NPFL: LMC sign 5-year multi million naira NEXT TV deal

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The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) have received a big boost as the LMC announced a multi-million naira ...

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ITTF World Cup: Nigeria handed tough draw

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African champions Nigeria are in drawn in Group A, alongside world and Olympics champions China and Chinese Taipei respectively.

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SD Huesca set to unveil Kelechi Nwakali

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Nigerian international, Kelechi Nwakali will officially begin his reign at Spanish side SD Huesca later this month after the midfielder’s application for a work permit reached advanced stages.

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Basketball: 3×3 national teams depart for 2019 AFCON

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“We don’t just want to participate, we want to make a statement, we have been camp for 8 weeks trying to put everything in place and as it’s now we are ready to go to represent Nigeria well.

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Paul Okoye Shares Special Moments With His Twin Children (Video)

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Nigerian Singer Rude Boy Paul Okoye of the defunct PSquare group has shared a video of himself and his twin children. The singer, known as rudeboy, took to his Instagram to share the video which he described as a rehearsal with the twins. Recall that the artiste has hinted that his love for his […]
          

Mercy Bags Another Endorsement Deal With Mapia Tea(PHOTO)

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La casa en llamas en lo alto de la cumbre

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"La casa está en llamas" es un eslogan repetido por los integrantes de Friday for Future, desde que la propia Greta Thunberg lo pronunciase por vez primera. Es un aforismo potente, que condensa la urgencia a la que nos lleva el Cambio Climático. La casa está en llamas, tenemos que actuar si no queremos perderlo todo, si no queremos morir. Una idea sencilla que sintetiza la verdad simple de que ya no hay más tiempo para esperar; el tiempo de actuar es ahora.

No es por tanto casual que el último libro de Héctor Tejero y Emilio Santiago lleve el significativo título "¿Qué hacer en caso de incendio?". Se sobreentiende que en este largo ensayo (nada menos que 256 páginas) se pretende abordar, desde el punto de vista de la teoría política (campo al que pertenece esta obra), el que sin duda es el gran reto de nuestro tiempo. Sin embargo, tampoco es casual el epígrafe que lleva este libro: "Manifiesto por el Green New Deal". Es decir, no se trata de dar una perspectiva amplia de cómo abordar el desafío que nos plantea el Cambio Climático, sino que lo que se nos presenta es un manifiesto a favor del Green New Deal.

Hace semanas que llevo ese libro en mi mochila, con el objetivo de acabar de leerlo en algún momento y escribir aquí una reseña. A pesar de que tener tiempo para leer es una cosa siempre difícil con la carga de trabajo que llevo, lo he seguido llevando en mi mochila, esperando avanzar en sus páginas y en la síntesis de lo que para mi es más esencial. Lamentablemente, a estas alturas he perdido la esperanza de acabar de leer el libro y comentarlo. Aunque me sepa mal decirlo (conozco a Emilio y es una persona a la que aprecio y respeto por su trabajo), reconozco que el libro no me interesa en absoluto.

Por lo que respecta al análisis factual que realiza el libro, tomadas aisladamente estoy de acuerdo con la mayoría de las cosas que se comentan en sus páginas pero no tanto en el discurso que se va hilando, ya que, a mi entender, hay grandes omisiones que probablemente obedecen a ese deseo, explícitamente expresado en el libro, de no asustar a la gente para evitar el miedo paralizante. Y en cuanto el libro entra en el discurso político para mi pierde la mayoría del interés. En el libro se propone una estrategia de "negociación" con el statu quo y la adaptación progresiva del actual sistema capitalista, cosas las cuales, sinceramente, yo no las veo posibles. Entiendo el esfuerzo honesto de Héctor y Emilio de buscar una vía posible para salir de este atolladero, pero a estas alturas de la partida ya sabemos que el posibilismo es solo otra forma de rendición.

Huelga decir que no entiendo que se puedan escribir 256 páginas con la excusa de un texto bastante vago, vacuo y prepotente,  y mucho más corto, como fue la propuesta inicial de Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Ya discutimos en este blog el contenido de aquellas escasas 14 páginas del Green New Deal: nunca tan poco ha dado para hablar tanto. Quizá porque precisamente unos y otros aprovechan la absoluta vaciedad del texto original para exponer sus filias y fobias, para hablar de lo que ellos quieren hablar, que poco o nada tiene que ver con el espantajo al que dicen referirse. 

El libro de Héctor Tejero y Emilio Santiago ya ha recibido algunas críticas significativas justamente de gente que está lógica e ideológicamente próxima a ellos. En particular, veo muy destacable la prolija crítica de Manuel Casal Lodeiro (se ve que es mentar el Green New Deal y todo el mundo vierte ríos de tinta o de electrones), de la cual querría entresacar un párrafo que creo que sintetiza muy bien la carencia mayor que yo le veo al libro:

Página 27: "En el mismo campo que ello es verdad que el Green New Deal no nos permitirá apagar el incendio. Pero si mitigarlo, conseguir tiempo, forzar una prórroga. Mucho más de lo que ahora tenemos." El problema, aunque parezca mentira tener que decirlo, es que los incendios no se "mitigan": se apagan o no se apagan. Y ellos no hablan de que sea imposible apagarlo, sino que afirman, simplemente, que su propuesta no permitirá hacerlo. ¿Por qué no buscar, entonces, una que sí lo haga? ¿Por qué quedarnos en la"mitigación" o contención del fuego cuando sabemos que otro tipo de abordaje podría permitir su extinción? Además, como ya he señalado antes, ni siquiera explican (ni aquí ni en el resto del libro) cómo se supone que se ganará ese "tiempo" del que tanto hablan, sin abandonar el capitalismo.

Quizá a otras personas les resulte interesante ese libro; a mi, llegado a un punto, simplemente no me aporta nada. Y sin embargo éste es el planteamiento más avanzado que se está haciendo en el mundo político: no en vano el libro lo prologa Íñigo Errejón, líder del nuevo partido de izquierdas Más País. Esto es lo más que podemos esperar de los grandes partidos estatales, aquí en España.

¿Cómo hacer frente al cambio climático? Pues tal y como se nos presenta la cuestión, parece que básicamente hay dos opciones: o se ignora el problema (lo que hacen los negacionistas) o si no tenemos el Green New Deal, es decir, el pactismo con el capitalismo en el que a las malas prácticas de siempre se les da la pátina de "lo verde" para hacerlas políticamente digeribles. ¿Y qué es eso de "lo verde"? Muchas cosas que de verde tienen muy poco: más extracción de materiales, más contaminación, más consumo; y poca reparación ambiental, poca autocrítica y poca contención. Muchos productos presentados como "verdes" se elaboran con procedimientos más contaminantes que sus contrapartidas convencionales. Y no casualmente, mucho más caras.

Al ciudadano de a pie, a fuerza de repetirle los mensajes durante años, y por la mera observación directa de la realidad, ya le ha quedado claro que el mundo está cambiando. El tiempo está loco, las estaciones ya no son lo que eran, los eventos extremos parecen multiplicarse con el paso de los años... También ha llegado a la mayoría de la población el mensaje de que es la actividad humana, sobre todo la industrial, la que está provocando estas graves alteraciones. Los poderes políticos han ignorado mayoritariamente los problemas ambientales durante décadas, especialmente cuando se trataba de algunos bien localizados e identificados (¿cuántas poblaciones no han sufrido en sus carnes los efectos de la contaminación persistente del aire y del agua por parte de fábricas cercanas o de centrales térmicas?). Y sin embargo ahora, por fin, se dice que hay que hacer algo, y más incluso: se dice que hay que emprender una Transición Ecológica. Un cambio completo de la manera de producir y de consumir. Ser menos contaminante, más verde, reciclar más y mejor. Con todo eso el ciudadano común puede estar más o menos de acuerdo. Sin embargo, cuando se han empezado a tomar medidas en la práctica para implementar esa transición, lo que los ciudadanos han visto es que van a salir caras. Muy caras. Y que previsiblemente el coste no se va a repartir de manera justa. No en vano, en los documentos que hablan tanto de Transición Ecológica de manera genérica, como los que hablan de Green New Deal como plan más concreto, se suele poner el acento en que la transición ha de ser "socialmente justa". Obviamente, si se insiste en esto es porque ya se ve venir que no va ser socialmente justa, en absoluto.

La casa está en llamas, sí. Pero si miramos al suelo veremos un reguero de pólvora ardiendo. Un reguero de fuego que viene de Brasil.

A finales de este año, como cada año desde hace un cuarto de siglo, se celebrará la Cumbre de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Clima. La cumbre de este año, la COP25, debía haberse celebrado en Brasil, pero en octubre de 2018 Jair Bolsonaro ganó las elecciones presidenciales y en noviembre Brasil retiró su oferta de albergar la COP25. Alegó dificultades presupuestarias y otros problemas organizativos, pero a nadie se le ocultaba que Bolsonaro, negacionista convencido, no tenía el más mínimo interés en que precisamente la Cumbre Mundial sobre el Clima tuviera lugar en su país. Después de eso, los terribles incendios de la Amazonia este verano y en general el desprecio de su presidente a cualquier cosa que le suene a ecologismo han llevado a que Brasil no sea considerado un país fiable en cuestiones ambientales.

Y, sin embargo, dejando al margen los múltiples aspectos deleznables de la persona de Bolsonaro, Brasil ha seguido una evolución bastante lógica. Es un país muy poblado, con casi 210 millones de habitantes y con todavía altas tasas de desigualdad. La rápida subida de la producción de petróleo durante las últimas décadas hacían augurar un futuro brillante para Brasil, pero la producción tocó techo en 2017, sin haber conseguido cubrir el 100% del consumo doméstico.



Todos los escándalos de corrupción de los últimos años en Brasil tienen que ver de un modo u otro con PetroBras, la compañía de petróleos estatal. Como en tantos otros países latinoamericanos en su misma situación (México, Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina, ...), en vez de aceptar que el país seguramente ya había rebasado su peak oil, los dedos acusadores apuntaban a que la caída de producción era debida la mala gestión (mala gestión que seguro que había, pero que también estaba ahí mientras la producción subía). Al llegar Bolsonaro al poder se producen cambios drásticos y se aprietan las tuercas en PetroBras. En mayo de este año se consigue romper el techo histórico y que Brasil produjese más de 2,7 millones de barriles diarios, para después caer estrepitosamente en junio, para luego recuperarse en julio y luego volver a caer...



En enero de 2020 podremos hacer el balance anual de 2019 y ver si la táctica de Bolsonaro ha tenido éxito, pero todo apunta a que la  producción media en 2019 podría ser del estilo o incluso inferior a la del 2018.

Como ven, Brasil está luchando para intentar mantener su producción de petróleo, para superar lo que parece el momento histórico de toda la región: la llegada de Latinoamérica en su conjunto a su peak oil regional. Bolsonaro se debe a esas clases medias, descontentas con la gestión del anterior ejecutivo, y que quieren que las lleve a la riqueza y al bienestar. ¿Creen Vds. que puede entretenerse con minucias como el clima del planeta? Si lo hiciera, además, sería hombre muerto desde el punto de vista político.

La casa está en llamas, y el reguero de pólvora ardiente nos lleva a un país cercano, Chile.

Al desistir Brasil, fue Chile la encargada de asumir la COP25. Con poco más de 17 millones de habitantes, Chile es un país bastante menos poblado e industrialmente más diversificado que Brasil. Hace un par de años tuve ocasión de pasar unos días en Chile, y durante mi breve estancia pude comprobar una cosa: para los estándares europeos de los que yo provengo, Chile es un país que profesa una gran fe en el liberalismo económico como mejor sistema para regirse socialmente. Se pretende que la intervención del estado sea mínima, y que los individuos, con su propia capacidad y trabajo, tracen su propio futuro, con las mínimas interferencias externas. Pero Chile tiene una excesiva dependencia en las exportaciones de su mineral más preciado, el cobre. A Chile le ha cogido con el paso cambiado la caída de la demanda mundial de cobre por un lado (fruto de la debilidad económica mundial) y por otro el brutal incremento de los costes de extracción del cobre (síntoma inequívoco del agotamiento de las minas y de la llegada al peak copper). Como resultado, la otrora altamente rentable industria del cobre ha reducido drásticamente sus beneficios, impactando la economía nacional. El continuado deterioro de las condiciones de vida de la mayoría ha provocado que un hecho banal como fue la subida de las tarifas del metro en Santiago de Chile haya degenerado en una revuelta de alcance nacional, que el Gobierno de Chile ha reprimido con dureza sin ser capaz de sofocar.  En estos días,  el presidente Sebastián Piñera se juega su futuro político, lo que le ha llevado a medidas desesperadas, como la de solicitar la dimisión de todo su Gobierno. Y en este contexto el propio Piñera decidió hace unos días cancelar la organización chilena de la COP25. Y de nuevo, es lógico: ¿creen Vds. que los chilenos verían con agrado que se les hable de esa futurible y quimérica economía verde a la que tenemos que transitar para "salvar el planeta", cuando tienen dificultades para llegar a finales de mes?

La casa está en llamas, y el reguero ardiente nos conduce ahora hasta España.

Ante el anuncio de Sebastián Piñera de que Chile no podría organizar la COP25, España se ofreció a hacerse cargo con un plazo muy breve de tiempo antes de que empiece la cumbre (poco más de un mes).

Con 46 millones de habitantes, España es un país con un perfil muy diferente a Brasil y a Chile. No es un gran exportador de materias primas, al contrario: es un gran importador de las mismas. Su principal manufactura son los coches, aunque su principal actividad económica se encuentra en los servicios, destacando el turismo como principal motor económico del país. Un país así, con gran cantidad de palacios de congresos y amplia experiencia en la organización de eventos, está más que preparado para hacerse cargo de la organización de un evento tan importante y en un plazo tan perentorio. Así que nadie ha cuestionado que España asuma la cumbre, y así será.

¿Es España el mejor país para acoger el COP25? En principio es un país con una paz social envidiable y un alto nivel de vida, así que todo indica que sí. Claro que si miramos un poco por debajo de la superficie, empezamos a ver muchos signos bastante preocupantes. Por un lado, tenemos la situación catalana, no tan desmadrada como hace un par de semanas pero aún lejos de estar controlada. Probablemente, para una buena parte de la opinión pública española el problema catalán solo tiene que ver con el seguidismo etnicisma, narcisista y borreguil de una gran masa manipulada por unos desaprensivos, aunque unos pocos pensamos que en realidad la deriva secesionista catalana tiene mucho que ver con la forma particular que tomará el colapso en España. Pero por el otro, hay muchos síntomas de que el español de a pie está bastante harto de ser el que paga todas las fiestas. Las crecientes restricciones a la movilidad privada, prohibiendo con carácter prácticamente inmediato el uso de coches "viejos" en Barcelona y pronto en otras ciudades, y que seguramente se acabará extendiendo a todas las carreteras, implica un gravamen extra sobre las deterioradas economías de muchas familias, máxime cuando en breve los coches se van a encarecer ostensiblemente. Numerosos colectivos, desde taxistas hasta estudiantes, pasando por jubilados, están en pie de guerra, con frecuentes manifestaciones. El futuro se ve incierto, y el panorama político no lo simplifica. Al ser los partidos políticos españoles incapaces de llegar a un acuerdo para gobernar, los españoles nos encaminamos a una repetición de elecciones generales el próximo 10 de noviembre. Para ocultar su mediocridad y la falta de ideas, tanto para proponer un acuerdo viable entre los partidos que se repartirán la representación parlamentaria como ante la crisis que todo el mundo reconoce que está al caer, los partidos políticos se han llenado la boca de... Cataluña, Cataluña y Cataluña, sin que nadie proponga nada útil para salir del atolladero catalán (tampoco los partidos catalanes que se presentan para el congreso español). En este contexto, el partido que mejor está capitalizando el descontento y el malhumor es Vox, formación esencialista para la cual lo español tiene una cualidad transcendente más importante que la democracia. Vox forma parte de eso que yo denominaba "la reacción", movimientos de nuevo cuño que intentan oponerse a la falacia del progreso por la vía quizá más radical pero no exenta de cierta razón. Por eso mismo no es de extrañar que Vox sea furibundamente negacionista del Cambio Climático, ya que intuyen la carga económica que se quiere endosar a la clase media, envuelta en el papel de celofán de la Transición Ecológica o del Green New Deal.

Ahora imaginen que tras las elecciones del 10 de noviembre los votantes le dieran la mayoría a las tres formaciones de derecha, PP, Ciudadanos y Vox, y que éstas pudieran formar gobierno. ¿Se imaginan a este gobierno, con negacionistas acérrimos en él, organizando la Cumbre Mundial del Clima?

Afortunadamente no es posible que se produzca tan forzada situación, ya que los plazos para constitución del Parlamento e investidura del nuevo Gobierno son un poco más dilatados que el tiempo que le resta al actual Gobierno en funciones, pero el mero planteamiento de esta posibilidad nos muestra cuán frágiles son nuestras seguridades. E incluso si el tripartito de derechas no gana las elecciones, lo más probable es que será dificilísimo que se consiga formar un Gobierno estable. En este contexto, y con una crisis económica en ciernes, ¿cree alguien que España tomará medidas eficaces contra el Cambio Climático? ¿Medidas que realmente lo combatan y al tiempo no depauperen a las clases trabajadoras?

La casa está en llamas, y el reguero ardiente continúa corriendo, perdiéndose en el infinito.

¿Qué otro país podría, mejor que España, hacer bandera de la lucha socialmente justa e inclusiva contra el Cambio Climático?

No será Francia, con sus chalecos amarillos que saltaron inicialmente a las calles para protestar por la subida del precio del diésel. Está claro que a esos trabajadores no les importa contaminar más o menos, sino simplemente ganarse la vida.

No será el Reino Unido del Brexit, con su larvado racismo, contra el inmigrante, contra el otro, contra ese ser irreal que en su imaginario les roba el trabajo, ese trabajo que les cuesta tanto de conseguir y que cada vez se paga peor. Hagamos el Reino Unido grande otra vez, aunque sea a costa de hacerlo moralmente pequeño.

No será Italia, donde más gente de la que nos gustaría aplaude a un ministro que deja intencionalmente que personas se ahoguen en el mar; Italia está llena, Italia para los Italianos.

No será, me temo, ningún otro país de Europa, todos ellos apremiados por mil urgencias, en muchos de ellos con movimientos reaccionarios subiendo, si no están ya en el Gobierno.

Tampoco será EE.UU., por razones obvias. Ni Canadá, con su Primer Ministro que cínicamente apuesta por producir los combustibles más sucios del planeta.

No será Latinoamérica, donde ningún país se libra actualmente de las tenazas cada vez más cerradas de la crisis que aquí se describe como futura y allá es bien presente.

No será China, fábrica sucísima del mundo. No será Japón, agobiado desde hace más de 20 años por volver a la senda del crecimiento. Ni ningún otro país de Asia.

No sera Australia, gran productor, y a mucha honra, de carbón. Ni la Indonesia completamente volcada en la destrucción de bosques tropicales para cultivar palma. Ni el resto de Oceanía, por acción o por omisión.

No será Níger, Nigeria, Sudán del Sur, Argelia, Libia o Egipto, cada uno sufriendo una fase diferente de la maldición de los recursos. Ni será el resto de la sufrida África.

Solo nos queda la Antártida. Pero tampoco será allí.

La casa está en llamas, pero si miramos bien, está recorrida por infinidad de regueros en llamas. Y lo que se quema en ellos, en realidad, no es pólvora, sino personas. Personas que se queman, que malviven y sufren para mantener un sistema disfuncional que les está abrasando, simplemente porque no conocen ningún otro, porque no se les muestra ningún otro, solo variantes del mismo en las que lo único que puedes escoger es arder a la llama o a la brasa.

La casa está en llamas, sí. Pero si queremos apagar ese incendio, lo primero que tendríamos que hacer es apagar esos regueros de personas que arden, que son el combustible que mantiene vivas esas llamas que queman la casa.


Salu2.
AMT


          

Why shipping investors shun Nigerian flag for vessels —Ogbeifun

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Having just been appointed chairman, Benin City River Port Technical Committee by the Edo State government, the chairman/CEO of Starzs Investments Company Limited, Greg Ogbeifun, spoke to selected maritime journalists on happenings in the Nigerian maritime sector.  TOLA ADENUBI was there. Excerpts   What’s your view on the secure anchorage system? Every country has got […]

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Burna Boy Features In the Latest Edition Of Wall Street Journal

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Self acclaimed African Giant, Burna Boy, has been featured in the latest edition of a prestigious paper, Wall Street Journal (WSJ). An article on the Nigerian singer with the headline, “From Nigeria to the U.S, on his own terms” was published a few days back. Undoubtedly, Burna, has been phenomenal this year. The singer has […]
          

VIDEO: Timaya – Sili-kon

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Timaya – Sili-Kon (Prod. By Kel P)

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Revered Nigeria singer, Timaya (aka Papi Chulo) comes through with a brand new single titled “Sili-Kon“. The track which is accompanied by a video was produced by raving Nigerian record producer, Kel P Vibes. Check on it below and enjoy it. STREAM/DOWNLOAD HERE
          

Santa Marinella (Roma): bimba di 3 anni muore accanto alla madre per un malore

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ROMA – Tragedia a Santa Marinella, vicino Roma, dove una bambina di tre anni è morta la sera di mercoledì 6 novembre alle 21.30 nella sua casa accanto a sua mamma, una cittadina nigeriana di 45 anni. La donna, vedendo che la figlia non respirava, ha subito il 118 che ha tentato di rianimare la […]

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Buhari vs Atiku: Your comments on S’Court judgement unprofessional, Keyamo blasts Nwabueze

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Buhari vs Atiku: Keyamo tackles Nwabueze over comments on Supreme Court judgment

Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo, SAN, has faulted Prof. Ben Nwabueze’s criticism of the Supreme Court’s judgment which upheld the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and nullified Atiku Abubakar’s plea. Nwabueze had described the judgment of the apex court as faulty and bias. But Keyamo, in a statement said Nwabueze never spoke as […]

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Supreme Court Ruling: Tambuwal hails Atiku, urges Buhari to be magnanimous in victory

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Governor Aminu Tambuwal on Thursday commended the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar for diligently towing democratic path in challenging the outcome of the election in which President Muhammadu Buhari was declared winner. The Governor in a statement he personally signed on Thursday also urged President […]

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Supreme Court Ruling: Join hands now with Buhari, APC in nation building, Tinubu tells Atiku

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BREAKING: Court delivers judgment in Atiku’s petition against Buhari Wednesday

All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday urged the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to join hands with the ruling party in moving the nation more assuredly forward. In a statement he personally signed on Supreme Court’s affirmation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election, Tinubu commended PDP and Atiku for their tenacious […]

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[BREAKING] S/Court verdict: Let’s move on in interest of Nigerians, Buhari tells Atiku

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President Muhammadu Buhari today welcomed the ruling of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, dismissing the case brought by former vice-president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and appealed to them to work in sync with his government, with the opposition focusing on its role to hold it to account. It […]

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Accept judgement in good fate, work with Buhari, Okorocha urges Atiku

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Immediate past governor of Imo State and Senator representing Imo West, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has enjoined the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar to accept the Supreme Court judgment in good fate and “join hands with his brother to move the country forward”. Okorocha in a statement issued by his Special […]

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Atiku vs Buhari:Supreme Court’s verdict apt – APC

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the Supreme Court’s verdict on the petition brought before it by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as apt. The APC, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, commended the apex court for dismissing the PDP and […]

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BREAKING: ‘Buhari wins…PDP, Atiku lose big as S/Court dismisses case’

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– PDP lawyers, loyalists lament shabby treatment of case The Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari was validly elected as Nigerian President in the 23 February, presidential election. A seven-man panel of the court, headed by Justice Tanko Ibrahim Mohammed, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, also dismissed the appeal filed by the […]

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2019 presidential poll: PDP, Atiku plotting to blackmail Supreme Court Justices – APC

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Atiku, PDP insist Buhari not qualified to contest 2019 presidential poll

Ahead of today’s commencement of the Supreme Court hearing of the 2019 presidential election petition, filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that the main opposition party was plotting to malign Supreme Court Justices using foreign media organisations. The national publicity secretary […]

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Nigeria: 259 people found held hostage in mosque, some held for 10 years

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Nigeria: 259 people found held hostage in mosque, some held for 10 years NOV 6, 2019 3:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER Hostage-taking is sanctioned in Islamic law and subject to particular rules: “As for the captives, the amir [ruler] has the choice of taking the most beneficial action of four possibilities: the first to put them to death by cutting their necks; the second, to enslave them and apply the laws of slavery regarding their sale and manumission; the third, to ransom them in exchange for goods or prisoners; and fourth, to show favor to them and pardon them. Allah,...
          

Zlatan Ibile Rocks DJ Cuppy At His Concert (Photos)

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Zlatan Ibile Rocks DJ Cuppy At His Concert (Photos) Nigerian Singer, Zlatan Ibile recently had…

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[Music] Davido ft Popcann – Risky (Download Audio & Video)

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World: Opening statement at the 70th session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme

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Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World

By Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
07 October 2019

Mr. Chairman,
Deputy Secretary-General,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

The modern concept of refugee protection was born in the middle of the last century, as the world emerged from two devastating global conflicts and was preparing to enter the Cold War. Millions had been uprooted from their homes, as wars cast people adrift, empires disintegrated, borders were redrawn, and minorities and political opponents were persecuted and expelled. Ensuring the safety of those displaced, and resolving displacement, were among the earliest priorities of the United Nations.

Seven decades on, forced human displacement remains a global concern. The context is different, but the complexity remains immense. Today’s refugee crises are part of a growing flow of human mobility, driven by many overlapping elements.

Resource-based conflicts that transcend borders, shaped by a mosaic of local, regional and international interests; fueled by extremism, criminal networks and urban gangs.

Loss of hope, as global advances in prosperity, education and the fight against hunger and disease fail to reach those most in need.

Conflicts premised on ethnic and religious differences, stoked by others for political and financial gain.

Collapsing eco-systems and weather-related disasters that destroy homes and livelihoods, forcing millions further into poverty.

Damaging forms of nationalism, and hate speech that – often through cyberspace – have found a new legitimacy in public discourse.

Refugees emerge from these widening fault-lines – a warning of things going wrong. This is why tackling forced displacement calls again for a bigger, broader ambition than we have managed to muster in the recent past.

This was the vision that drove the development of the Global Compact on Refugees. Addressing refugee crises cannot be done in isolation from larger global challenges, and from effective migration policies. The two compacts – on refugees, and on safe, orderly and regular migration – were designed to complement each other, and for good reason.

Look at the Sahel – a situation of enormous complexity, where insecurity, poverty and loss of traditional livelihoods are fracturing and uprooting entire communities, across the region and beyond. Protecting refugees and the internally displaced is vital. But this must be accompanied by a deeper and wider scope of action that cuts across the political, security, migration and development spheres.

Two aspects of the Global Compact on Refugees stand out.

One is its comprehensive approach. It accelerates a long-awaited shift in responses – from a traditional humanitarian angle, as the Deputy Secretary-General said, to one that preserves the humanitarian imperative, but matches it with a broader set of tools more adapted to the dynamics of today’s refugee flows.

This means peacemaking and peacebuilding, development action and private sector investment. It means sustained, strategic support to address the root causes of refugee movements and mixed population flows. The Deputy Secretary-General has just highlighted how this dovetails with the work to bring about a UN system that can best catalyze progress collectively towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Synergies between the compact and UN reforms are therefore relevant and strong.

Also, the compact makes tangible the commitment to international solidarity that underpins the refugee protection regime, but has never been fully realised. You will hear more about this from our new Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Gillian Triggs, whom I am happy to introduce to you today.

Securing the refugee compact – a practical, concrete tool – proved that beyond the damaging, unilateral approaches that sometimes surface, a commitment to addressing refugee flows through international solidarity still prevails. At UNHCR, we are fully committed to this effort, and we count on all of you – our closest partners – to do the same. It is possible! The Global Refugee Forum, to be convened in December in this building, will be the opportunity to showcase what has been achieved, and make fresh commitments to further progress.

Mr Chairman,

The last year has underscored why the compact is needed, and how it is starting to re-shape our collective response. Let me share my thoughts on seven related challenges.

First, while much of the discussion on forced displacement has focused on arrivals in the global North, the most profound consequences by far are in host countries in the global South. Preserving asylum there, and helping host communities, requires more substantial and sustained international support. More than four million Venezuelans, for example, have left the country, the majority taking refuge in 14 nations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Most of these states have shown commendable solidarity, despite immense pressures. Colombia’s recent decision to grant citizenship at birth to the children of Venezuelans in the country is an example, and the Quito Process is helping shape a regional approach.

Sustaining this solidarity is vital, including through support to the services, infrastructure and economy of impacted countries. I welcome the engagement of the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank’s decision to extend support to Colombia – and potentially also Ecuador – through its Global Concessional Financing Facility. I urge them to accelerate their contributions. The forthcoming Solidarity Conference convened by the European Union, together with UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migration, will be an opportunity to take stock and commit more.

Second, responses to 'mixed flows' of refugees and migrants continue to generate very divisive debates. Widespread political rhetoric exploits the anxieties prevailing among those excluded from the benefits of globalization, and directs those fears towards refugees and migrants – themselves among the most disenfranchised people on the planet. Pitting exclusion against exclusion is not only cynical and immoral – it rarely offers practical solutions to either. And measures taken or invoked to reduce flows – pushbacks, externalization of asylum processing, policies of deterrence – all erode refugee protection without really addressing the root causes of mixed flows, or the challenges of integration.

These situations are enormously complex – we must recognise that. I saw this last week in Mexico, where impressive examples of refugee integration are coupled with increasing migratory pressures from the region but also from Africa. A range of actions is undoubtedly needed to address these “mixed” flows. Several are included in that region under the MIRPS, a regional framework for protection and solutions which we have promoted; and we will contribute to UN efforts to support initiatives such as a regional development plan for Mexico and northern Central America, currently being discussed. In this context, saving lives and safeguarding the dignity and rights of all those on the move must remain central, together with access to international protection for those with valid claims. There and elsewhere, legal migration pathways would help prevent the abuse of asylum systems as substitutes of migration channels.

We observe these challenges not only in northern Central America and at the southern border of the United States, but also in southern Africa, and south-east Asia. In Europe, public confidence in asylum and migration management has been diminished, and must be restored through fast and fair procedures, good migration management that avoids overloading asylum systems, and investments in integration for those with a right to stay. Cooperation between governments is needed – including on the return of those who do not qualify for international protection or other stay arrangements.

I welcome the recent decisions of four EU States to establish a temporary cooperation mechanism for disembarking those rescued in the Mediterranean, and hope that this will galvanise broader EU engagement and revitalize rescue at sea arrangements. But this must also be matched by a broader ambition – investments in addressing the root causes of refugee flows, and supporting the efforts of refugee-hosting and transit countries. UNHCR continues to evacuate the most vulnerable from Libya – efforts for which Niger and now Rwanda are providing life-saving channels. Hopefully, others will join. We work closely with the International Organisation for Migration in these efforts, as elsewhere. But these operations pose enormous dilemmas, and can only be sustained as part of a comprehensive, responsibility-sharing approach that has the preservation of life, and access to international protection as central imperatives. There, as in several other operations, UNHCR colleagues and our partners are working – let us not forget that – under extremely dangerous conditions.

Third, long-standing and recurring displacement crises continue to persist, in the absence of political solutions. And other major crises are now becoming protracted too. In this context, the compact’s emphasis on inclusion, resilience and development action – pending solutions – is critical. This year marked the fortieth anniversary of the start of the Afghan refugee crisis. Regrettably, peace efforts seem once again to have stalled. I welcome Afghanistan’s decision to apply the comprehensive refugee response model in support of its initiatives to solve displacement, but solutions remain compromised by drought, insecurity and governance failures. Just 15,000 refugees returned home last year. The hospitality displayed by Pakistan and Iran, and their work on refugee inclusion and self-reliance, as well as on legal migration and stay options, are ground-breaking, but must receive more international support while the Afghan crisis continues.

In Somalia, too, while the commitment of the government to reduce forced displacement is evident and commendable, conflict and drought are still inhibiting solutions and driving new displacement. In this context, the regional application of the comprehensive response model by IGAD helps strengthen asylum, access to rights, and refugee inclusion in health, education and national economies.

Governments in the East and Horn of Africa have been in the forefront of the application of the comprehensive refugee response model. Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda, among others, have made enormous strides with the support of the World Bank’s expertise and financing, bilateral development support and private sector investments. These are already transforming the lives of many refugees, as well as refugee-hosting communities across the region, and proving the validity of the model enshrined in the compact. They are giving concrete meaning to the African Union’s decision to declare 2019 the year of refugees, displaced people and returnees in Africa.

Fourth, the issue of repatriation continues to be the subject of much attention. A question we are increasingly asked is – how to advance solutions, when security in countries of origin remains fragile, and there is no end of hostilities? Can people return to their home countries in the absence of political settlements?

The answer is that returns must be driven by people, not by politics. Across UNHCR’s operations, we have an ongoing dialogue with refugees on return, and on the complex factors that influence their decisions. We work with governments to help create the conditions paving the way for returns. These must be voluntary and sustainable.

Take the example of Syria. Some 200,000 Syrian refugees have returned since 2016, and over three quarters of the almost six million refugees in neighbouring countries say they hope to return one day. We must continue to be guided by their views and decisions, and provide support to those who choose to return to avoid exposing them to further hardship.

Our policy is not to stand back and wait. We work with the Government of Syria to help address barriers to return and support confidence-building measures; hoping of course that recent political advances are consolidated; and that further humanitarian crises – especially in Idlib – can be avoided through concerted action by all parties.

In the meantime, international support to asylum countries must be sustained. Their outstanding generosity, and continuous donor support have helped Syrian refugees contend with long years in exile, even in places like Lebanon where the ratio of refugees to nationals continues to be the highest in the world. The achievements are significant: last year, 1.3 million Syrian refugee children were attending school, and 110,000 work permits were issued in Jordan and Turkey. However, acute poverty and vulnerability are weighing on people’s lives, and on host communities, and inevitably influencing their decisions.

In Myanmar, too, the Government has recognised the right of refugees in Bangladesh to return, and has started an important dialogue with the refugees, to build confidence and enable informed decisions. UNHCR and UNDP are working on social cohesion projects in northern Rakhine State to help pave the way for eventual returns. These are important steps, but need to be accompanied by more visible changes on key issues of refugee concern – freedom of movement, solutions for the internally displaced, clear information on a pathway to citizenship.

A second bilateral initiative to commence repatriation in August did not result in any refugees coming forward. But it sent important messages: the door is open, and voluntariness was respected. My hope is that this can now pave the way for a more strategic approach, in which refugee voices and choices are central. UNHCR stands ready to advise and support. There, and in other places, for example with Burundian refugees in Tanzania, and Nigerian refugees in the Lake Chad region, we are available to facilitate dialogue and solutions through tripartite approaches which include UNHCR.

Fifth, and closely linked to my previous point, we need to seize opportunities to accelerate solutions. Conflicts moving towards peace are rare, but when there is a chance, we have to pursue it. In this respect, we are closely following events in Sudan and South Sudan. The political transition in Sudan and the new Government’s commitment to a peace process have important implications for hundreds of thousands of Sudanese refugees, and for the internally displaced. The renewed momentum in the South Sudan peace process is also encouraging. Spontaneous refugee returns to South Sudan have already surpassed 200,000, and IDP returns are also under way.

Over the last two years, UNHCR and IGAD have been promoting the inclusion of refugees and internally displaced people in the South Sudan peace process. I hope that these recent developments will pave the way to a definitive end of the cycle of violence and displacement that has blighted the lives of generations of Sudanese and South Sudanese people.

Resettlement is another solution – albeit for very few. While some countries are stepping up their programmes, the overall number of places has plummeted. I am very disappointed by this. Resettlement saves lives and offers stability to refugees who are most vulnerable and at risk. I propose that we use more deliberately our new three-year strategy to intensify resettlement efforts, and expand private sector and community involvement.

The sixth major challenge relates to our engagement with the internally displaced. At the end of 2018, over 41 million people were living in displacement in their own countries. Major IDP operations, in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, the Lake Chad Basin, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ukraine, remain among our most politically and operationally complex – but all are among our priorities. I wish to flag in particular that together with our partners, we are responding with more resources to the Ethiopian government’s call for support to address recent large-scale internal displacement in the country.

In sum, we are trying to better align our efforts to advance solutions for refugees and IDPs, and to design our operations more effectively, in the context of inter-agency efforts. Our new policy on internal displacement reflects our firm and revitalized commitment. This places particular emphasis on protection leadership, and aligning our interventions with those of our partners.

Mr. Chairman,

A few days ago, at the start of the 74th session of the General Assembly in New York, we heard calls to accelerate our responses to the climate emergency, before it is too late. Greta Thunberg, speaking for the next generations, and António Guterres, speaking as the world’s conscience, were adamant in asking all of us to take action – now.

These calls concern us, too, as we gather here to discuss issues of forced displacement. I have just presented six key displacement-related challenges. The seventh intersects and underpins them all.

Climate-related causes are a growing driver of new internal displacement, surpassing those related to conflict and violence by more than 50%. Climate is often also a pervasive factor in cross-border displacement.

The term “climate refugee” is not based in international law, and does not reflect the more complicated ways in which climate interacts with human mobility. But the image it conveys – of people driven from their homes as an outcome of the climate emergency – has rightly captured public attention.

I am often asked how the UN refugee organization can help respond to this challenge. I wish to take this opportunity to share a few thoughts for your consideration.

For some years, UNHCR has worked to highlight relevant legal frameworks and the protection gaps resulting from cross-border displacement in the context of climate change. We will continue to help steer international discussions and the legal and normative debate in this area, including through engagement with the Platform on Disaster Displacement, and other multilateral fora.

Forced displacement across borders can stem from the interaction between climate change and disasters with conflict and violence – or it can arise from natural or man-made disasters alone. Either situation can trigger international protection needs.

In the first case, these would normally be met through recognition as a refugee under the 1951 Convention or regional refugee frameworks. In the second, temporary protection or stay arrangements, on which UNHCR has expertise, can provide flexible and speedy responses.

Even more specifically, where disaster-related displacement occurs, a strong operational response, guided by protection considerations, is often needed. Here too, UNHCR will continue to work in inter-agency contexts to support governments – building on our strong expertise in emergency responses. The Global Compact on Refugees by the way calls for preparedness measures and evidence-based forecasting, and the inclusion of refugees in disaster risk reduction strategies.

There are other considerations. Climate factors drive people out of their homes – but large-scale refugee movements – whether or not climate-induced – have themselves in turn an environmental impact, and refugees are frequently located in climate hotspots. I am determined to make these considerations more relevant to the way we prepare for and respond to refugee crises.

At UNHCR, we have worked for years to reduce the environmental impact of refugee crises through renewable energy options, reforestation activities, and access to clean fuels and technology for cooking. We have now launched a revitalized energy strategy and are improving our tools to address these challenges. Private sector partners such as the IKEA Foundation have been invaluable in helping us develop new approaches.

And finally like other organizations, we recognise that our own operational footprint has an environmental impact, and are taking action accordingly. We are working, for example, to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy use.

Mr. Chairman,

Work to respond to these challenges is made possible by the strong confidence that UNHCR continues to receive from donor partners. We expect funds available this year to reach an estimated 4.82 billion US dollars. The United States’ contribution has continued to be the most substantial, and has been decisive in many challenging situations, and for this I am very grateful. I wish to thank the European Commission and Germany for their particularly strong support; and Sweden, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands for providing critical, substantive unearmarked funding; and of course all other donors as well.

The gap between requirements and available resources nonetheless continues to grow in absolute terms and will reach around 3.82 billion US dollars this year. Private sector income is projected to increase by 11% over last year’s figure, to 470 million US dollars. We continue to work to diversify our funding base, in the spirit of responsibility-sharing and to ensure a stable platform for our work. Most importantly, our partnership with development organizations is becoming much stronger, and is helping us find ways to target our resources in ways that leverage those bigger programmes.

I am aware that donor generosity must be matched by constant improvements in how we manage the organization. In late 2016, I initiated a reform process to ensure an agile and effective UNHCR, with country operations equipped to pursue context-driven strategies, innovate, and respond to local and regional dynamics, as part of UN Country Teams. This was the rationale for our regionalisation and decentralization process, which is giving greater authority and flexibility to country offices, helping us get closer to refugees, and front-loading support through Regional Bureaux located in their regions.

We are entering the last phase of structural changes, which will involve adjustments to Headquarters Divisions and other entities in line with the new rebalanced authorities.

Of course, transformation is not only about structures and accountabilities, and is not a one-time exercise – it is also about transforming our organisational culture, investing in the quality of work, improving and streamlining systems and processes, and creating space for innovation.

We are working on evidence-based planning, on how we describe impact, and on increasing efficiency, in line with our Grand Bargain commitments and as an active participant, as the Deputy Secretary-General noted, in broader UN reforms. I recently endorsed a Data Transformation Strategy, and the new UNHCR/World Bank Joint Data Centre will be inaugurated this week in Copenhagen by the Secretary-General – a milestone of humanitarian/development cooperation.

We also continue to embed a strong risk management culture across the organisation, and to strengthen systems and tools for preventing and responding to misconduct. This includes sexual exploitation and abuse, and sexual harassment, for which we have implemented a broad range of measures and to which I am personally committed, also as Champion for this issue in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee. There is no place in the organization for perpetrators, and we will keep survivors and victims at the center of our response.

Mr. Chairman,

In 2011, my predecessor, the Secretary-General, convened a ministerial meeting on the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention, and the 50th of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. It is fair to say that until then, the statelessness mandate had been a rather peripheral aspect of UNHCR’s work. Clearly, you didn’t see it that way. More than 60 states and regional entities came forward with pledges aimed at reducing statelessness, and that groundswell of political will and commitment became the catalyst for the #IBelong campaign, launched in 2014. Spurred on by the energy that had emerged, we decided to fix a time limit – ten years – to bring statelessness to an end.

Now, as we mark the halfway point, it’s time to take stock and renew the commitment that set us on the path towards that bold ambition. This is the aim of the High-Level Segment that will follow in a few moments, as part of this Executive Committee meeting.

When we talk about statelessness, we often find ourselves speaking of laws, documents and other technicalities. These are critical, and are where the hard work has to happen, but when we frame statelessness purely in legal terms, we lose sight of the all-encompassing blight it casts on people’s lives, pushing them to the margins of society, denying them basic rights and a sense of identity. This is an area in which – for relatively little investment – wide-reaching impact is within our reach.

Some of you, last year, were present at an EXCOM side event at which a young woman who had grown up stateless became the citizen of a country for the first time. It was a deeply emotional experience for everyone present – and that moment, more than any speech or list of pledges, captured what it means to finally belong, after years spent living on the margins. She and a number of formerly stateless people are present here today, and I encourage you to talk to them and understand what citizenship has meant to them. Their stories are what will inspire us as we move ahead.

There have been important achievements in the first half of the campaign – tackling gender discrimination in nationality laws, introducing laws to avoid childhood statelessness, and developing procedures to find solutions for people who would otherwise be stateless. Certain protracted situations were finally resolved. Fifteen states acceded to one or both of the Statelessness Conventions. Kyrgyzstan became the first State to formally announce that all known cases of statelessness on its territory had been resolved – an achievement that should inspire others. I look forward to honouring a Kyrgyz champion of this campaign, Azizbek Ashurov, at the Nansen Award ceremony this evening.

I also wish to acknowledge the work of UNICEF, UNFPA, the World Bank, and civil society and academic networks – and especially the Geneva-based ‘Friends’ of the campaign, who have been persistent in their advocacy and support. The regional preparatory meetings have been characterized by energy and commitment. I am pleased to share that we have received 171 pledges ahead of today’s event, which has also galvanised other initiatives that may become concrete pledges later.

At a time when we are asking a lot of you, this is particularly commendable. At UNHCR, we will also step up our efforts even more to achieve the ambitious collective goal of ending statelessness once and for all.

Mr Chairman,

The first Global Refugee Forum will be convened in this building in just over two months. It comes at the end of a turbulent decade, in which people and communities have been uprooted across all regions. Nobody foresaw, ten years ago, the convergence of trends and events that would lead to a doubling in the number of people forcibly displaced, and the prominence that refugee and migrant flows would assume in domestic and international politics. Addressing and resolving forced displacement has rightly emerged as an urgent priority intertwined with other 21st-century global challenges, including climate change.

The big question now is – what are we going to make of the next decade? Will it be one that sees us in retreat – turning our backs on the hard-learned lessons of the twentieth century – or one in which we will have the courage of joining forces in spite of our different perspectives and interests, embracing the challenges and opportunities of international cooperation to address the plight of exile? These are the fundamental questions that the Forum will have to tackle. I hope – of course – that it will respond by clearly showing the second way. I encourage all of you to ensure high-level representation from States, share positive experiences, and make significant and impactful commitments that will greatly improve the future of refugees and host communities.

I believe that in the Global Compact for Refugees, we have grounds for optimism. The momentum is there. We have a powerful tool that was born of a narrative of possibility. The Forum will be the occasion, I hope, to show that we do not shy away from the enormous responsibility placed on all of us – one that stems not only from the refugees and host communities looking to us for action, but also from the opportunity that we have to inspire new generations, and demonstrate, in so many practical, concrete ways, why international cooperation matters, and how it can be made to work.

Thank you.


          

World: Education Above All Foundation, World Bank Partner to Ensure Education for Two Million Out of School Children Around the World

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Source: World Bank, Education Above All
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Kenya, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, World, Zambia

WASHINGTON DC, September 20, 2019 - This week, Education Above All Foundation (EAA) and the World Bank announced a ground-breaking partnership to enrol two million out of school children from more than 40 countries by 2025. During a meeting with World Bank President David Malpass, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Founder and Chairperson of Education Above All Foundation, stressed the importance of this framework agreement.

The agreement commits up to $250 million in funding for developing countries striving to enable access to quality primary education for all of their still out-of-school children. Unlike traditional philanthropic efforts of organizations like EAA who usually fund local non-profits directly, this innovative funding model aims to take lessons learned in the field to scale, through direct support to participating countries with implementation, evaluation, and reporting - enabling accountability and systemic change at the national level.

Out of school children (OOSC) are among the hardest to reach in each country due to the many and often compounding barriers to education including extreme poverty, distance to school, and conflict. This new agreement calls on governments to utilise funds to prioritise out of school children by ensuring their access to quality primary education through results-based financing. The agreement highlights the importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships in supporting developing nations, in providing education for all, and meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 4 (ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning).

"The World Bank is committed to addressing the global learning crisis. The partnership with Education Above All is critically important in this effort. There are still too many out of school children around the globe. Together we will bring these children into school and help them learn and fulfil their potential. Learning for all is a foundation for building strong human capital for every country," said Jaime Saavedra, Global Director for Education at the World Bank.

"Our partnership with Qatar and Education Above All will play an especially important role in the Middle East and North Africa," said Ferid Belhaj, World Bank Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa. "As access to quality education is critical for the region to unlock the huge potential of its large youth population, whose energy and creativity could become a new source of dynamic and inclusive growth."

Through this new funding structure, EAA and The World Bank will support financing opportunities for resource mobilization, education advocacy, and poverty reduction in developing countries across three continents. Proposed targeted countries include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, and Zambia.

About Education Above All (EAA) Foundation

The Education Above All (EAA) Foundation is a global education foundation established in 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. The Foundation envisions bringing hope and real opportunity to the lives of impoverished and marginalized children, youth and women, especially in the developing world and in difficult circumstances such as conflict situations and natural disasters. It believes that education is the single most effective means of reducing poverty, generating economic growth and creating peaceful and just societies, as well as a fundamental right for all children and an essential condition to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For more information, visit educationaboveall.orghttp://educationaboveall.org/.

About World Bank Group Work on Education

The World Bank Group is the largest financier of education in the developing world. We work on education programs in more than 80 countries and are committed to helping countries reach Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, which calls for access to quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030. In 2018, we provided about $4.5 billion for education programs, technical assistance, and other projects designed to improve learning and provide everyone with the opportunity to get the education they need to succeed. Our current portfolio of education projects totals $17 billion, highlighting the importance of education for the achievement of our twin goals, ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.

For more information, please visit: worldbank.org/educationhttp://.worldbank.org/education educationaboveall.orghttp://www.educationaboveall.org


          

World: Global Humanitarian Overview 2019 [EN/AR/ES/FR/ZH]

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Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Aruba (The Netherlands), Bangladesh, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao (The Netherlands), Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mexico, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

Global trends and challenges

More than 1 per cent of people across the planet right now are caught up in major humanitarian crises. The international humanitarian system is more effective than ever at meeting their needs – but global trends including poverty, population growth and climate change are leaving more people than ever vulnerable to the devastating impacts of conflicts and disasters.

Humanitarian needs are increasing despite global economic and development gains. In the past decade, the world has made profound development progress. Between 2008 and 2015, the number of people living in extreme poverty fell from 1.2 billion to 736 million. The world is also richer than ever before: global GDP rose from $63.4 trillion in 2008 to $80.7 trillion in 2017.
But in recent years, more than 120 million people each year have needed urgent humanitarian assistance and protection. There are more crises, affecting more people, and lasting longer today than a decade ago. Most humanitarian crises are not the product of any single factor or event, but of the interaction between natural hazards, armed conflict and human vulnerability.

People’s vulnerability to crises is not just about where they live, but also about how they live.
Poverty, inequality, population growth, urbanization and climate change can erode people’s resilience and make them more susceptible to shocks. Although development gains are being made, progress has been uneven. The rate of extreme poverty remains high in low-income countries and in countries affected by conflict. Crises have disproportionate consequences for the poor: people exposed to natural hazards in the poorest nations are at least seven times more likely to die from them than those in the richest nations.

Fragile and conflict-affected areas are growing faster and urbanizing more rapidly than the rest of the world

In the past five years, the world’s population has grown by 400 million people, from 7.2 billion in 2014 to 7.6 billion in 2017. Although global population growth has slowed compared with previous decades, the rate has been uneven. Today, an estimated 2 billion people live in fragile and conflict affected areas of the word, where they are extremely vulnerable to the impact of conflicts and disasters. This number is projected to increase, as the population in these areas is growing twice as fast as the rest of the world, with an annual growth rate of 2.4 per cent, compared with 1.2 per cent globally. And the urban population in fragile areas grows by 3.4 per cent each year, compared with the world average of 2 per cent. These trends can compound resource scarcity and increase vulnerability to disasters. Urban population density can also amplify the impact of disasters and conflicts. In 2017, when explosive weapons were used in populated areas, 92 per cent of casualties were civilians, compared with 20 per cent in other areas. The populations of countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence are also younger than the global average. Whereas the proportion of the world’s population under 14 years of age has been steadily declining to about 25 per cent today, the average for countries in fragile situations is 40 per cent. As a result, one in every four children in the world is living in a country affected by conflict or disaster, facing threats of violence, hunger and disease. In 2017, more than 75 million children experienced disruptions to their education because of humanitarian crises, threatening not only their present well-being, but their future prospects as well.

More people are being displaced by conflicts

By the end of 2017, war, violence and persecution had uprooted 68.5 million men, women and children around the world – the highest number on record, and nearly 10 million more people than in 2014. Just over 40 million people were internally displaced by violence within their own countries, and 25.4 million refugees and 3.1 million asylum seekers were forced to flee their countries to escape conflict and persecution. The levels of new displacements far outstrip returns or other solutions. In 2017, 5 million people returned to their areas or countries of origin, but 16.2 million people were newly displaced – an average of one person displaced every two seconds, and the highest level of new displacement on record.

The rise in forced displacement is not the result of an increase in conflicts. In fact, after peaking in 2014, the number of political conflicts worldwide decreased by about 10 per cent, from 424 in 2014 to 385 in 2017, although there are still more conflicts compared with a decade ago (328 in 2007). However, during the same period, the proportion of violent and highly violent conflicts, which are more likely to cause human suffering, destruction and displacement, increased from 53 per cent to 58 per cent of all conflicts worldwide.5 The total economic impact of conflict and violence has also increased, from $14.3 trillion in 2014 to $14.8 trillion in 2017.6 The major share of both the human and economic cost of conflicts is borne by developing countries, which host 85 per cent of refugees.


          

World: Humanitarian Funding Update October 2018 - United Nations Coordinated Appeals [EN/AR]

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Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

United Nations-coordinated Appeals

FUNDING REQUIRED $25.20B

FUNDING RECEIVED $11.97B

UNMET REQUIREMENTS $13.23B

COVERAGE 47.5%

PEOPLE IN NEED 135.3 M

PEOPLE TO RECEIVE AID 97.9 M

COUNTRIES AFFECTED 41

Global Humanitarian Funding

FUNDING RECEIVED $17.98B

UN-COORDINATED APPEALS $11.97B

OTHER FUNDING $6.01B

Global Appeal Status

  • At the end of October 2018, 21 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) and the Syria Regional Response Plan (3RP) require US$25.20 billion to assist 97.9 million people in urgent need of humanitarian support. The plans are funded at $11.97 billion; this amounts to 47.5 per cent of financial requirements for 2018. Requirements are lower than in September 2018 due to revision of the Ethiopia Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan (HDRP). For the remainder of 2018, humanitarian organizations require another $13.23 billion to meet the needs outlined in these plans.

  • Global requirements are $1.10 billion higher than at this time last year. Overall coverage and the dollar amount were only marginally higher in late October than at the same time in 2017.

  • On 8 October the Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners issued a Mid-Year Review of the HDRP. The revised plan reflects changes in the humanitarian context, and requires $1.49 billion for 2018, as opposed to the March 2018 requirement of $1.6 billion to reach some 7.88 million people in need of food or cash relief assistance and 8.49 million people with non-food assistance in the course of the year. Despite the general good performance of this year’s belg (spring) rains, the number of people targeted for relief food and cash support remains largely unchanged due to the significant spike in internal displacement since April 2018.

Security Council Briefings and High Level Missions

  • At a briefing to the Security Council on 23 October, Under-Secretary-General/Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC) Mark Lowcock called on all stakeholders to do everything possible to avert catastrophe in Yemen. In a follow up note on the humanitarian situation in Yemen of 30 October, the USG/ERC thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United States, Kuwait, the United Kingdom and all donors for the record amount raised for the humanitarian appeal in 2018 which had meant nearly 8 million people had received assistance across the country; more than 7 million people had received food and more than 420,000 children been treated for malnutrition; clean water, sanitation and basic hygiene support is now available to 7.4 million people and about 8 million men, women, girls and boys had benefited from health services.

  • At a Security Council briefing on the humanitarian situation in Syria on 29 October, the USG/ERC urged the Security Council and key Member States to ensure that the ceasefire holds in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib to prevent a military onslaught and overwhelming humanitarian suffering. He thanked donors for the $1.7 billion contributed so far towards the HRP for Syria, but pointed out that this HRP is currently funded at less than 50 per cent.

  • In her statement to the Security Council on 30 October, Assistant Under-Secretary-General/Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator (ASG/DERC)
    Ursulla Mueller spoke of the steady decline in humanitarian funding for the Ukraine over the years and mentioned that the HRP for 2018 is funded at only 32 per cent. This is simply not enough to cover food, health care, water, sanitation and other life-saving assistance. ASG/DERC Mueller appealed to donors to increase their support for consolidating gains in anticipation of the fast-approaching winter.

  • During a joint mission to Chad and Nigeria (5-7 October) with UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner, as part of a series of country visits the two will make to advance humanitarian-development collaboration, the USG/ERC called on donors to fulfil pledges and announcements of over $2 million made in Berlin last month at the High Level Conference on the Lake Chad Region (3-4 September). He noted the importance of maintaining humanitarian response in the region as needs were still very high.

  • Following her visit to the Republic of the Philippines from 9 to 11 October, ASG/DERC Mueller announced that OCHA would continue advocating for sustained funding to address humanitarian needs of people displaced by the Marawi conflict while ensuring that support for the transition to longerterm and sustainable recovery is forthcoming.

Upcoming Event

  • The Global Humanitarian Overview 2019 and World Humanitarian Data and Trends will be launched in the course of joint event to take place in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on 4 December 2018.

Pooled Funds

  • Between January and the end of October 2018, country-based pooled funds (CBPFs) have received a total of $708 million in contributions from 32 donors (including contributions through the UN Foundation). During the same period, a total of $616 million from the 18 operational funds was allocated towards 1,071 projects with 575 implementing partners. Nearly 40 per cent ($246 million) of the funds were allocated to international NGOs and some 26 per cent (approximately $160 million) to national NGOs. UN agencies received 32 per cent ($202 million) of the allocated funds and Red Cross/Red Crescent organizations received over 1 per cent (some $8 million) of all allocated funds. The largest allocations per sector went to health; food security; water, sanitation and hygiene; nutrition; emergency shelter and NFIs.

  • Between 1 January and 31 October 2018, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved $477 million in grants from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support life-saving activities in 45 countries. This includes $297.7 million from the Rapid Response Window and $179.7 million from the Underfunded Emergencies (UFE) Window. A total of $31.6 million in Rapid Response grants was approved in October in response to cholera outbreaks in Zimbabwe, Niger and Nigeria; flooding in Laos; and the population influx from Venezuela to Brazil, Ecuador and Peru; as well as to support Government relief efforts following the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The UFE 2018 second round was completed this month, with $30.6 million approved in September and the remaining $49.4 million of the round’s $80 million released in October to assist people caught up in nine chronic emergencies in Angola, Bangladesh, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Libya,
    Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Sudan.

Country Updates

  • Funding for humanitarian activities in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) is at an all-time low. Nearly all agencies requesting financial support through the HRP have received less funding in 2018 than in previous years. This leaves humanitarian partners ill-placed to meet emerging needs or respond to the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Gaza, where the rise in casualties during the recent demonstrations has stretched Gaza’s overburdened health system.
    Humanitarian agencies appealed in August for $43.8 million to respond to the Gaza crisis, particularly trauma management and emergency health care, in 2018. On 22 September, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the oPt launched an $8.3 million allocation from the oPt Humanitarian Fund to implement critical HRP projects, mainly in Gaza. Stocks of medical supplies are in extremely short supply and depleted to almost half of requirements. Since late October, the Gaza power plant has been providing up to eleven hours of electricity a day. However, around 250 health,
    WASH and essential solid waste facilities continue to rely on UN-procured emergency fuel for running back-up generators. This year’s intensive operations have depleted funds and stocks and the $1 million allocated by the oPt Humanitarian Fund for fuel supplies will only last until the end of November. Further and urgent financial support is therefore required.

  • Conditions in Yemen continued to deteriorate in October, pushing the country to the brink of famine. On 23 October, the USG/ERC warned the Security Council that without urgent action, up to 14 million people – half the population – could face pre-famine conditions in the coming months.
    Assessments are currently under way, with initial results expected in mid-November. The economic crisis is raising the risk of famine. The Yemeni rial has depreciated by nearly 50 per cent over the last year. Commodity prices have soared, as Yemen imports 90 per cent of staple food and nearly all fuel and medicine.

Urgent steps are required to avert immediate catastrophe. First, a cessation of hostilities is needed; this is especially critical in populated areas.
Second, imports of food, fuel and other essentials must be able to enter Yemen without impediment. Roads must remain open so these goods can reach communities across the country. Third, the Yemeni economy must be supported, including by injecting foreign exchange, expediting credit for imports and paying salaries and pensions. Fourth, international funding must increase now to allow humanitarians to meet growing needs for assistance. Finally, all parties must engage with the UN Special Envoy to end the conflict. Yemen remains the largest humanitarian operation in the world, with more than 200 partners working through the Yemen HRP.


          

World: Humanitarian Funding Update September 2018 - United Nations Coordinated Appeals [EN/AR]

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Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

FUNDING REQUIRED $25.32B

FUNDING RECEIVED $10.63B

UNMET REQUIREMENTS COVERAGE $14.69B

COVERAGE 42%

PEOPLE IN NEED 133.8M

PEOPLE TO RECEIVE AID 97.4M

COUNTRIES AFFECTED 41

Spotlight on the recent disaster in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

On Friday 28 September, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. On 5 October, the Government and country team/regional office issued the Central Sulawesi Earthquake Response Plan to support the six priority areas identified by the Government. Some existing programmes in Sulawesi will be augmented and others entailing WASH, health, camp management and logistics activities will be developed.

The response plan will focus on immediate response over a three-month period. On 2 October and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock (USG/ERC) announced an allocation of US$15 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to bolster relief assistance for people affected by this emergency

Global appeal status

At the end of September 2018, 21 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) and the Syria Regional Response Plan (3RP) require $25.32 billion to assist 97.4 million people in urgent need of humanitarian support. The plans are funded at $10.63 billion; this amounts to 42 per cent of financial requirements for 2018. For the remainder of 2018, humanitarian organizations require another $14.69 billion to meet the needs outlined in these plans.

Global requirements are $1.13 billion higher than at this time last year. Overall coverage and the dollar amount were only marginally higher in late September 2018 than at the same time in 2017.

High-level events The USG/ERC made a strong appeal for HRP funding for South Sudan and Yemen at two high-level events at UN headquarters last month. At an event on 25 September on the crisis in South Sudan during the General Assembly, the USG/ERC asked that donors sustain their generous and large response to the crisis to enable life-saving activities and to encourage a multi-year approach to crisis response with stronger focus on stabilization, resilience and recovery from the conflict. In his statement to the Security Council on Yemen on 21 September, he announced that we may now be approaching a tipping point beyond which it will be impossible to prevent massive loss of life as a result of widespread famine across the country.

Three days later, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen reiterated the call for more funding and more humanitarian partners on the ground to respond to the unprecedented emergency in Yemen.
The UNHCR Commissioner and USG/ERC ended a mission to Afghanistan last month with a call for donors to urgently increase and sustain support for humanitarian response in the country, and to take measures to find durable solutions for millions of people caught up in Afghanistan’s displacement crisis.
On 3-4 September, in a follow-up event to the 2017 Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region, Germany, Nigeria, Norway and the UN co-hosted the High-Level Conference on the Lake Chad Region in Berlin. On this occasion, UN Member States, international organizations and civil society actors discussed humanitarian assistance, stabilization and development cooperation in the region. Humanitarian and development announcements made at the conference totalled $2.17 billion and it is estimated that $1.02 billion was for humanitarian assistance in 2018 for Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. Of that amount, approximately $875 million (86%), has been made available to recipient organizations.

International financial institutions pledged an additional $467 million in concessional loans.

Concerning pledging conferences this year, according to data reported to FTS by donors and recipient organizations as of 18 September, 95 per cent of pledges have been fulfilled for Yemen, 91 per cent of pledges have been fulfilled for Somalia, and 82 per cent of pledges have been fulfilled for DRC. In each of these countries, many donors have contributed above and beyond their original announcements.
For Syria and the Region, the EU recently published a tracking report on announcements made in Brussels in April which can be accessed here:

www.consilium.europa.eu/media/36437/syria-report-six.pdf Donors are urged to quickly fulfil outstanding pledges made at the conferences and to consider providing additional funding before the end of the year.

Pooled funds

Between 1 January and 30 September 2018, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved $395 million in grants from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), including $265 million from the Rapid Response Window and $130 million from the Underfunded Emergencies Window, for life-saving activities in 38 countries. A total of $40 million was released in September to assist people affected by underfunded emergencies in Angola, Bangladesh, Burundi, Central African Republic and Rwanda; as well as people affected by flooding in India and Myanmar, and Venezuelan refugees and migrants arriving in Ecuador and Peru.

Country-based pooled funds (CBPFs) have received a total of US$667 million from 31 donors between January and September 2018. During this period, the 18 operational funds have allocated $478 million to 921 projects, implemented by 525 partners. Over 60 per cent of all CBPF allocations were disbursed to NGOs, including 21 per cent ($100.6 million) directly to national NGOs. Another 36 per cent was allocated to UN agencies and a smaller portion to Red Cross/Red Crescent organizations, which have received 1.2 per cent of funding ($5.8 million) for direct project implementation. The first allocation for 2018 of the Yemen Humanitarian Fund (YHF) for $90 million is ongoing and focuses on covering gaps in first-line responses in cluster strategies and providing life-saving support to people in newly accessible and hard-to-reach areas. In Ethiopia, the Humanitarian Coordinator launched a $30 million reserve allocation targeting immediate and life-saving activities in the nutrition, health, WASH, agriculture/livestock, emergency shelter/NFI, education and protection sectors. Finally, reserve allocations were also ongoing in Afghanistan and Myanmar during September.

In Myanmar, an integrated CBPF and CERF allocation strategy ($1 million CBPF reserve and $2.95 million CERF) prioritized projects aligned with the Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (MHF) operating principles and the CERF Life Saving Criteria, aiming at achieving the main objective of addressing critical unmet needs of flood‐affected people across the country, particularly the most vulnerable people.

Country updates

The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated considerably over the past year, primarily due to the drought, but also as a result of worsening violence. Overall, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection services in Afghanistan has increased dramatically since the beginning of 2018, from 3.3 million people to 5.5 million people. Over half of the needs are generated by conflict and population movement. In the meantime, chronic vulnerabilities such as poverty, food insecurity, and unemployment are also increasing. Afghanistan is experiencing its most severe drought since 2011, with some 20 provinces affected by significantly reduced rainfall from winter snow. Some 2.2 million chronically food insecure people are on the verge of acute food insecurity, with four provinces – Badakhshan, Badghis, Faryab and Herat – likely to pitch into a state of emergency unless they receive comprehensive and sustained humanitarian assistance. Drought-related displacement is growing in volume and geographical scope – now constituting 40 percent (119,000) of the overall number of people displaced in Afghanistan in 2018. It is likely that the Afghan population – some 15 million of whom are dependent on the agriculture sector across these 20 provinces for livelihoods – will take years to recover. Overall, more than 12 million Afghans have been displaced internally or abroad during the last four decades of conflict, natural hazards, disasters and the resulting socio-economic upheaval.

Since 25 August 2017, extreme violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, has driven over 727,000 Rohingya refugees across the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Statelessness imposed over generations has rendered this population seriously vulnerable, even before the severe traumas of this most recent crisis. The vast majority of these refugees now live in congested sites that are ill-equipped to handle the monsoon rains and cyclone seasons – with alarmingly limited options for evacuation. Low levels of funding are seriously hampering the capacity of humanitarian to respond effectively to the scale and scope of the humanitarian needs in the refugee camps, particularly to ensure safe shelter, appropriate educational options, nutritional support, and most critically, the quality of health services available for an extremely vulnerable population. For example, with the health sector only 23 per cent funded, programming for non-communicable diseases, malaria, TB, and HIV/AIDS remains insufficient, and partners are struggling to scale up service provision which is critical for emergencies including obstetric emergencies.

The alarming financial shortfall for humanitarian programmes in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has had detrimental consequences on the lives of the most vulnerable. More than 40 per cent (10.3 million) of the population remains undernourished. One in five children under-five is stunted with likely irreversible physical and cognitive repercussions. More than 9 million people lack access to essential health services. Pregnant women, young children and people living with diseases, in particular, struggle to access the care they need. Those living in rural areas are most at risk. Recent floods in North and South Hwanghae provinces have affected 280,000 people, killed 76 and displaced over 10,500 people, and chronic underfunding is making it difficult for UN agencies and their partners to respond to needs caused by the natural disasters that frequently hit the country. The 2018 Needs and Priorities plan seeks $111 million to assist 6 million out of 10.3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

The prospect of protracted displacement in Iraq is real, warranting a whole-of-system approach to respond to needs and work toward durable solutions. Some 1.9 million Iraqis remain displaced, with insecurity, lack of livelihood opportunities, destroyed housing, and explosive remnants of war contamination among the key barriers to returning. Considerable protection concerns exist, especially for women and children with perceived ties to ISIL. Critical funding gaps are hampering the response, particularly in food security, health, shelter and non-food item sectors, and the WASH sector. Urgent funding priorities include water supply interventions in the south, especially in Basra, which is experiencing water shortages and a gastrointestinal disease outbreak. Child health and nutrition services for up to 180,000 pregnant and lactating mothers, 300,000 children under the age of five and 5,000 newborn babies lack adequate funding.

The level of humanitarian need in Myanmar remains high and is driven by multiple factors including armed conflict, protracted displacement, inter-communal violence, statelessness, segregation, discrimination, food insecurity and vulnerability to natural disasters. More than 720,000 people – mostly stateless Rohingya Muslims – were forced to flee the country in August last year and there remains little tangible progress on addressing the root causes of violence and discrimination against this population. More than 128,000 Muslims confined in camps, some since violence erupted in 2012, have little to no access to essential services. In Kachin and Shan, persistent cycles of displacement due to conflict continue to raise serious protection concerns, with annual flooding exacerbating existing vulnerabilities. In both areas of the country, access remains a critical challenge.

Recent violence in Tripoli has highlighted the fragile situation in Libya. Thousands of people have been displaced, including families staying in schools converted into makeshift IDP shelters. The violence led to a breakdown in basic services, with frequent electricity cuts and compromised access to water. The situation is compounded by liquidity challenges which deepen needs among the most vulnerable. Humanitarian partners are responding to pre-existing and new needs, but the response is undermined by underfunding. With only 24 per cent of financial requirements covered, the ability of partners to provide assistance in life-saving sectors such as water, sanitation and hygiene and protection, as well as education, is limited. Additional funds are required to support a nation-wide measles vaccination campaign, targeting 3 million children against the backdrop of an ongoing outbreak.

South Sudan continues to experience extensive humanitarian needs, including dire levels of food insecurity and malnutrition. In September, 6.1 million people (59% of the population) faced crisis, emergency, or catastrophe levels (IPC Phase 3-5) of food insecurity. This includes 47,000 people in catastrophic conditions (IPC Phase 5). Urgent funding is needed in the coming months to procure and preposition food and other life-saving supplies during the approaching dry season, when these activities are most cost-effective. Food insecurity is expected to decline slightly following the October-December harvest, and rise again in January-March, when 5.2 million people are expected to be in IPC Phases 3-5, including 36,000 in IPC Phase 5. Resources are also needed to scale up preparedness and capacity to respond to Ebola Virus Disease. Though no cases have been reported in South Sudan, there is a risk of cross-border spread.

An agreement on 17 September to establish a demilitarized zone in Idlib, Syria, provided a reprieve for close to three million people placed at risk by a major military escalation in the area, of whom more than two million were already in need of humanitarian assistance. Civilian deaths and injuries due to airstrikes and shelling, as well as displacement and attacks impacting health facilities, were reported in the Idlib area in the weeks prior to the announcement of the agreement. Response and readiness efforts continued in Idlib and other parts of the north-west, drawing to a large extent on cross-border assistance channels from Turkey. Despite significant access challenges, humanitarian assistance continued to be provided across the country, including in areas that had recently come under Government control such as eastern Ghouta, northern rural Homs and much of the south-west. Cross-border assistance to the south-west under the framework of Security Council resolution 2393 remained suspended, but assistance was delivered from Damascus, primarily through the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). Deployment of an inter-agency convoy from Damascus to Rukban on the Syria-Jordan border became increasingly urgent, with reports of a deterioration of the humanitarian situation in a camp estimated to be hosting up to 45,000 people. The situation in eastern Deir-Ez-Zor, in the east of the country, also deteriorated, with clashes linked to counter-ISIL operations displacing thousands in rural areas with limited humanitarian access and reports of restrictions on the onward movement of displaced people.

Steep economic decline accelerated in Yemen in September, with the Yemeni riyal losing about 30 per cent of its value against the US dollar during the month. Because Yemen imports the vast majority of its food and other basic commodities, this has translated into sharp rises in prices of food, fuel and other essentials – placing these goods increasingly out of reach for millions of Yemenis at a time when famine remains a real threat. In parallel, conflict in Hudaydah has intensified, with about 550,000 people displaced by the violence since 1 June. Aid operations have dramatically expanded, reaching 8 million people with direct assistance across the country every month. Partners have provided rapid response kits to nearly all families recently displaced from Hudaydah, as well as additional assistance based on assessed needs. Generous funding has been key: the 2018 HRP has received US$1.96 billion, or 67 per cent of requirements. Despite these achievements, recent developments threaten to overwhelm the operation’s capacity to respond. Urgent steps are needed to stabilize the economy, keep all ports and main roads open, uphold international humanitarian law, and move towards a political solution. Partners are also seeking full funding for the $3 billion HRP in order to deliver all activities in the plan.


          

World: U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green's Remarks at a "Celebrating World Humanitarian Day" Event

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Source: US Agency for International Development
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, United States of America, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

For Immediate Release
Monday, August 20, 2018 Office of Press Relations
Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov

Center for Strategic and International Studies
Washington, DC
August 20, 2018

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Good morning, everyone. Thank you, Dan, for that kind introduction and thanks to all of you for being here to help mark this very important occasion.

As we begin, as we call it in Congress, I'd like to start with a point of personal privilege. I'd like to take this opportunity this morning to express our sadness over the death of Kofi Annan. He was a giant who has spent his entire life advocating for peace, and the for the protection of humanitarian workers, something that we'll be talking about today. As he so often said, "People, not states, should be at the center of what we do." His passing makes this World Humanitarian Day even more poignant.

This morning, on behalf of USAID, I hope to convey two important messages to all of you. The first is, as Dan was alluding to, relates to the rapidly-evolving nature of humanitarian relief and assistance.

The second, as we mark this day, is simply our deep, deep admiration and gratitude for the many heroes of our humanitarian work. They, and many of you, are truly extraordinary and heroic.

I have to say that before I joined USAID, I didn't really appreciate the scope and range of what it is that we do in our humanitarian work. You can see it in some of the numbers. In 2017, USAID responded to 53 crises in 51 countries. For only the second time in our agency's history, we had six DART teams, Disaster Assistance Response Teams, deployed simultaneously around the world. The first time that happened was the preceding year.

At this very moment, we have pre-positioned resources and experts in just about every part of the world. We have seven emergency stockpiles in places like Djibouti, South Africa, and Malaysia. We have full-time response staff in 30 countries. We have six regional offices and 11 adviser offices, located with partners like the military's combatant commands.

One of my most vivid memories from my first year as Administrator was, essentially, a crash course in how some of this works. One day, during last year's UN General Assembly meetings, we received word of a terrible earthquake, the second one that had struck Mexico City. One evening that week, I was walking down the street between back-to-back dinners with two different mobile phones: one with the White House, one with the DART team leader.

I was dodging pedestrians, I'm sure looking ridiculous, while the disaster professionals were helping me navigate something much more serious: how to rapidly mobilize an emergency response team to Mexico City to help our neighbors to the South respond to its second earthquake in just a few weeks' time.

The government said to us that they'd welcome the assistance of a highly-specialized type of international search and rescue team, something really hard to find, especially in a hurry. But, thanks to the White House, our talented team here in D.C., our network of first responders, and the DOD, we were able to transport and stand up just such a team in Mexico City before breakfast the next morning. I'm honored to be part of a network, which includes many of you, that can make something like that happen.

But, as we gather to mark World Humanitarian Day this year, we have to acknowledge that natural disaster responses no longer epitomizes today's humanitarian work. We still do that, to be sure, and I think we do it well. But, these days, we face vast other challenges all around the world.

Our humanitarian resources are increasingly being deployed, not for storms and quakes and the like, but for man-made disasters, from conflict-driven displacement to tyranny-driven economic collapse.

Our DARTs are more likely to be deployed for those types of crises, and by far, most of our humanitarian assistance dollars are being allocated for those kinds of needs. There's the ongoing tragedy in Syria, a horrific conflict in its seventh year and one of the most complex crises of our time. Over 13 million people, more than 80 percent of the current population, need humanitarian assistance. There's the ongoing struggle in Afghanistan, where 3.3 million people need humanitarian assistance. A recent upturn in violence has claimed 1,700 civilian lives this year alone.

A dozen or so years ago, I travelled to Afghanistan as a congressman. And, in those days, our presence was measured by the tens of thousands of military boots on the ground. These days, we still have some troops there, but our boots on the ground are increasingly humanitarian and development workers, some of whom have been back to work in Afghanistan two, three, and even four times.

Nine hundred aid workers have been killed in Afghanistan in the last decade.

There's South Sudan, the most dangerous place of all for humanitarian workers. Seven million people in South Sudan, including 1 million living on the brink of famine, depend on international assistance just to survive.

Then there are the man-made crises far closer to home. One of the most underreported catastrophes in the world today is what's happening in and around Venezuela. More than 2.3 million Venezuelans have already fled. It's the largest single mass exodus in the history of the Western Hemisphere. And it's ongoing. I saw this first hand when I visited Cucuta, in Colombia, and the Bolivar Bridge last month. Five thousand new migrants enter Colombia each and every day. They're desperately seeking food and emergency medical care. They're seeking survival.

This isn't merely Colombia's challenge. Venezuelans are fleeing to places like Brazil and Ecuador, as we read over the weekend, and northward to the Caribbean. The list of man-made, conflict-caused, and regime-driven humanitarian crises goes on and on. After all, there are roughly 70,000,000 displaced people in the world today.

Since humanitarian needs and crises are changing, we're doing our best our to change and to respond to them, with the best tools and ideas that we can find. We're applying lessons learned over and over again. And we're fostering innovation.

This past February, USAID and our British cousins, DFID, joined in launching the first-ever Humanitarian Grand Challenge. The Grand Challenge mechanism is a way for the world's best thinkers, from organizations large and small, for-profit and non-profit, business, academia, to offer new ideas in helping (inaudible) relief to the most vulnerable, hardest to reach communities in the world.

It's a chance for us to identify and invest in the best and the brightest. We've already received 615 applications from 86 different countries, including a third from women and nearly half from lower and middle income countries. We're excited to see and mobilize the results, and they're due out this fall.

Given how much of our humanitarian response is in conflict zones and fragile states, we're paying more attention than ever to the obstacles and challenges that factions, gangs, militias, and corrupt officials are throwing at relief teams. Case in point. In April of this year, a leading humanitarian agency reported that it had encountered no fewer than 70 checkpoints on the 300-mile trip from Aden to Sanaa, in Yemen. I'm sure those were just helpful citizens offering directions along the way.

But it's the kind of situation that caused us to launch the Strengthening Field Level Capacity on Humanitarian Access and Negotiations program last August.

It's aimed at helping relief team members better understand practical negotiation techniques and safe, effective field-level decision making.

Because there is nothing more important to us, nothing more important to me, than the safety and security of our humanitarian network, that's the area that we're especially focusing on. We must stay ahead of threats and potential threats. So we're supporting organizations dedicated to improving security standards and training for NGO staff. We're modifying our policy so that security, costs for equipment, staff, training and site enhancements can be more easily built into your contracts and grant budgets.

We're investing in new tools to help us map and minimize risk to operations at the most basic level, the level of, for example, moving food from a plane to a truck, to a warehouse and distribution center. But, let's face it: we can take every possible step to minimize risk. We can't make it go away.

And many of you here know that all too well. One of the most inspiring and humbling parts of my job is getting to meet the heroes who know the risks but carry on just because they care.

I saw firsthand, when I visited IDP camps just outside of Raqqa. I heard stories of challenges that humanitarian heroes face each day, as they strive to bring water and food and medical care to those who've been victimized by the years of conflict. With Assad's regime still holding sway in parts of the country, there's no real, legitimate government partner with whom to work. And their path is riddled with unexploded ordinance, which is going off at the rate of, roughly, three dozen per day.

The shelters they sleep in at night shake with the dropping of bombs each and every day. And yet, somehow, because of their commitment to others, they wake up the next morning and they do it all over again. These are the heroes that we hold high this World Humanitarian Day.

People like Iraq's Salam Muhammad. When Anbar and Kirkuk were liberated from ISIS at the end of last year, humanitarians were the first ones on the ground, providing food, water, and medical care. Iraq staff with the U.S.-funded NGO spend their days clearing mines and educating their neighbors about the dangers the ordinance poses.

Salam decided to joint this particular NGO after witnessing several tragedies that left some of his relatives and friends injured, or killed. He was one of the NGO's first recruits in Iraq. Every day is challenging for the de-miners; any accident can be fatal. But Salam and his staff love their jobs and show up for work every day filled with passion because they know what they're doing matters.

There's Jay Nash, a regional adviser who has lived and worked for USAID in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for the past 20 years. The DRC is, as you know, no stranger to aid worker attacks, with 210 people being killed, wounded, or kidnapped since 2000.

In 1999, while visiting a university in the DRC, Jay was ambushed by a mob of students who thought he was a spy for neighboring Rwanda. The mob torched the U.S. embassy vehicle he had been driving, but Jay escaped after a group of brave students made a ring around him, guarding him until they were able to duck him into the girls' dormitory.

Sitting in that dorm, trapped for hours with a mob threatening to break down the doors, Jay said he had one thought: he thought of the children with disabilities that he was helping in his free time. DRC has a higher than average rate of disability. And he thought to himself, if he died in that girls' dorm, who would take care of those kids?

After eight hours, he made a run for it, and he didn't look back. Not only did he stay in DRC working for USAID, in 2001, he started his own NGO called StandProud. It provides treatment and equipment to young people with disabilities, helping them gain dignity, mobility, and independence.

There's Fareed Noori, one of the victims of last month's attack on a government building in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The blast killed 15 people. Fareed had been working in Afghanistan since 2010 for a USAID partner the International Rescue Committee, as a water, sanitation, and hygiene engineer. As his colleagues noted, whenever there was an emergency, Fareed was the first in the field to help with whatever was needed.

Fareed was in an emergency meeting at the time of the attack. He was killed doing the work of helping others, to which he had committed his life. Fareed leaves behind four children, two girls, two boys, all under the age of 9.

Another victim of that attack was Bakhtawara; it's a pseudonym, a bright and impressive 22-year-old woman. She was working for the International Organization for Migration, another USAID partner. She had married very early and had a child by the age of 16. But, despite being a young mother in a conservative community, she fought for her education and learned English. After school, she knew she wanted to help people. She convinced her family to let her, not just get job, but get a career as a humanitarian.

When her husband was killed in a bombing three years ago, she continued working as a 19-year-old single mother. Her job took her to the very government offices that were often targeted by insurgents. On the day she was killed, she was attending one of the meetings that she had hoped would help her find better ways to deliver aid to people in need. The building was bombed and then overrun with gunfire. She died doing what she focused her life on, helping people build a brighter future.

Extremist insurgents in Afghanistan like to target these workers. There's a special place in hell...

There's the story of the seven aid workers killed in South Sudan in March of this year. They were killed when their car was ambushed along the 185-mile route of the badly rutted roads in South Sudan's remote east. Their vehicle had been labeled as belonging to an NGO right down to the license plates. It didn't matter. Six of the seven worked for a small Sudanese NGO called the Grass Roots Empowerment and Development Organization, GREDO, which is supported by USAID and worked to promote sustainable development at the grassroots level.

Three of the victims were helping to build a youth center. Two taught English. One was also a driver and the father of a newborn. Three were new recruits. Humanitarian heroes, one and all. And there were thousands of others. And I stand in awe of what they do.

Final thoughts. Why do they do it? What causes them to go out and take these risks? I learned the answer, and (inaudible), when I visited Bangladesh and Burma with Secretary Pompeo earlier this year. In Bangladesh, I went to a Cox's Bazaar, and I saw the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who are barely surviving in that camp.

They are vulnerable to monsoons and cyclones and without the humanitarian workers, life would be very different. It's bad enough already.

And then I went to Burma, and I travelled to an IDP camp near Sittwe. And what I saw there was the most disturbing thing I have ever seen in development. I saw young families trapped. I saw young families unable to go to school and completely dependent upon the emergency food assistance that we provide.

So, those workers take the risks because they are all that is standing between an even worse catastrophe and death in these young people, these victims. Today we celebrate them. Thank you.

MODERATOR: Thank you. (inaudible) I'm also the director of the Humanitarian Agenda, as Dan mentioned, which is what this event is a part of, it's a new partnership as as we have this conversation. Firstly, I want to ask you -- well, one, congratulations; it's been about a year now since you've been appointed, and you've been back one year? So, happy anniversary.

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Pretty close. Thank you -- ask my staff.

MODERATOR: (inaudible) We're all very happy that you were chosen to be in this position because, as Dan alluded to, your deep background in international developments. One of the things that you said a lot in this position is talking about, "The purpose of foreign aid is to end the need for its existence." It's one of your key messages that we hear time and time again. So, I want you to elaborate on sort of how that squares with humanitarian assistance. Right? There's a big difference of international developments for, you know, economic growth and being self-reliant. But humanitarian assistance is so often, as you mentioned, driven by tyranny and regimes, and it's about saving lives. So, how do you marry those two?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Well, first off you're right. What I've said since the day that I was first announced is that the purpose of our foreign assistance must be ending its need to exist. And what I mean by that is, we should look every day at ways of helping people take on their own challenges. Not because we want to do less or walk away, but because we believe in human dignity, and we believe in the innate desire of everyone -- every individual, every family, every community, every country -- to want to craft their own bright future.

In the area of humanitarian assistance, what I always say is, look, we will always stand with people when crisis strikes because that is who we are, that is in the American DNA. But at the same time we'll also look for ways to foster resilience so that we can help countries and communities withstand future shocks. And we've seen promising results in places like Ethiopia. You mentioned on the food security front, Ethiopia's a country that's had six consecutive years of drought and yet not falling into full famine. And that obviously is about much more than the work we're doing, but I think we're making a difference in helping Ethiopians build their ability to withstand consecutive years of drought.

So, I see the two as fitting very well together, and the other piece to it is, on the humanitarian front, again, we have natural disasters and man-made disasters. The man-made disasters are coming at us fast and furious. It's also about preventing the next generation of crisis and conflict. I'm often asked what it is that keeps me up at night, and what keeps me up at night are our children being born in camps, and growing up in camps, and getting educated in camps. And when, God willing, the walls come down and the gate opens up, the question is, are those young people going to be prepared to take on the challenges of the world? Are they connected to the communities around them?

And so with the humanitarian work that we do in many of these places, it's really aimed towards the future. And so I think it fits in well; it's a longer term of view, but I see them -- really is all going in the same direction.

MODERATOR: I'm actually headed out to Nigeria in a few weeks and doing some research looking at Feed the Future portfolio there, but really looking at the nexus between that humanitarian and development assistance, you know, how that would work in an unstable environment. So, I'm anxious to see what I learn from that as well. You know, the Trump administration has called for reduction, of course, of U.S. foreign assistance, but, regardless of that, the U.S. continues to be -- and dominate as the largest donor worldwide.

When you're talking to your colleagues in this administration, what is it that you talk about in terms of why it's so important for us to sustain this leadership? I mean, I could throw out numbers and I'll do a little bit.

In 2018, the U.S. pledged 29 billion foreign assistance. Five billion of that was dedicated to humanitarian assistance. I was looking this morning at how that compares to others, and, I mean, the UK -we're event twice what they do. So, you know, we're such a leader in this space. Why is that so important? Why should we dedicate American tax dollars or more importantly to cleaning up other people's wars?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Well, first off, you're correct; we're far and away the world's humanitarian leader, and, quite frankly, two or three or four of them together don't really add up to what we're doing. We need other countries to do more because, with those challenges that I laid out, those man-made challenges, I don't see an end in sight, quite frankly, in any of them. So, these are open-ended challenges, and while we are proud to be the world's leader, we need others to step up to the plate. I will tell you, what I worry about is, because these man-made disasters, man-made, often regime-driven disasters, because they are open-ended, there's a real risk that it will begin to take up so much of our budget that it threatens our ability to do some of the development investments that we all want to do, including quite frankly, some of the resilience work that we want to do.

So, we do need others to step up to the plate. But in terms of, you know, what I say to the rest of the administration, it's not a hard cell, you know, pushing them to open a door. The administration is very supportive of our humanitarian work; we continue to be the world's leader; that's not going to change. And I think it's really -- the arguments for it fall on a number of different fronts. Number one, this is an expression of American values. This is who we are and always have been. It is a projection of the American spirit, in my view. So, I think that is very much alive and well in the American psyche, in the American DNA.

But secondly, it's in our interest. Just take for a moment the assistance that we're providing to Colombians, supporting Venezuelans who have fled the border, doing the same thing in some other countries. There is great American self-interest in supporting the ability of these communities to withstand this migration, to help afford some of those costs, because the instability that results from not being able to provide support, I think, is an issue, is a diplomatic issue, is a national security issue. And, as you heard me mention, I think particularly what is happening in the Western Hemisphere is completely underreported.

When I was at the Summit of the Americas, I heard from a number of countries, including Caribbean states, that they were starting to feel the presence of Venezuelans fleeing. And while they're all supportive of their neighbors, clearly it's not without a cost. But the same thing is true in many other parts of the world. So, the investments that we make on the humanitarian front are oftentimes in our self-interest. I look at the work that we're doing on the humanitarian front with an eye towards providing a lifeline so that those who've been displaced in parts of the Middle East can return. That's in our interest. That's a stated foreign policy priority. So, you know, yes, there is certainly -- I think the morality that we -- the expression of values that we've always supported. But I also believe it's in our interest and our national security interest.

MODERATOR: And thank you for reminding us in your speech about humanitarian heroes and what World Humanitarian Day is about. You talked about the unfortunate situation that in today's crises a lot of the time aid workers are targeted specifically. So, I want to ask you whether you feel like there's an erosion of international humanitarian law over, you know, that you talked about the evolution of humanitarian assistance. And so as the world gets more and more disorderly, we see more and more protracted conflicts. Do you feel that both governments and non-state actors alike are violating this law, and is there anything that we can or should be doing more I guess, particularly from the donor or U.S. government perspective, to hold them more accountable?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Well, first off, we in the U.S. demand adherence to international law, international humanitarian law. So, we demand that unfettered access is provided, for example, in Rakhine, in Northern Rakhine in Burma. So, that's always been important for us. But if you're asking whether some non-state actors like ISIS are breaking international law, yeah. Having been to both Raqqa and Northern Iraq, what has been done there by ISIS is truly evil. There is simply no other word to describe what they've done: the desecration of graves, the desecration of churches, the disappearances of Yazidis. It's staggering and truly evil. Of course they are breaking every standard that we all know.

Yes, it is a challenge to international law; one of the best ways that we can respond is to say that, and to say it often, and to keep coming back to it. Because I do think the American opinion matters. And to say all across the political spectrum here in this country that we stand united and demand adherence to those standards and that what is happening is unacceptable.

MODERATOR: You brought up demanding unfettered access. I want to let our audience know that the Humanitarian Agenda will be going to the capitol this fall, and we're focusing specifically on the issue of humanitarian access. You brought up, of course, in Yemen, that's 70 choke hold points that David Miliband also talked about when he was here in Yemen -- in April on Yemen. I also want to say we're publishing a policy piece on Yemen here at CSIS that will come out this week.

I have many more questions, but I think we'll turn to the audience, so that we can engage them as well. So, if you have a question, please raise your hand. We will take it in rounds of threes, so announce yourself and where you're from. Please keep it concise, and at the end of it, there should be a question mark. So, who has a question? Yes, sir, right over here. Thanks, gentlemen.

QUESTION: I'll ask a real fast question, my name is Rob, I work for USAID, thank you, sir. My question is about the environment, I'm just back from the Congo, where Ebola is happening and I was just in Madagascar where there was a plague outbreak. A lot of the disasters you talked about have an environmental component, and we're doing some in the United States, but some people think we really need to do more, and that's a little bit against maybe some people in the administration, so I would love for you to talk about your thoughts about that.

MODERATOR: Great question. More? Let's do Julie Howard right there.

QUESTION: Thank you. Mr. Administrator, thank you for your comments. Could you comment on the recent story in the Washington Post about the potential pullback of $3 billion in foreign assistance funds and how that may affect our ability to respond to humanitarian as well as the resilience opportunities you described?

MODERATOR: And, Julie, will you introduce yourself for those that don't know you?

QUESTION: Sorry?

MODERATOR: Would you introduce yourself?

QUESTION: Oh, yes, okay. So, I'm a non-resident senior adviser here at CSIS, thank you.

MODERATOR: Julie and I are also going to be travel partners when I go to Nigeria. It's actually Julie that is leading that study. Let's take one more question right back here. Yes, thank you.

QUESTION: Hi, my name's (inaudible) a reporter from Voice of America. There are a number of humanitarian assistance and also food aid to North Korea spended by the United States Government. What are the key principles that all the United States Government providing assistance to North Korea and under which scenario can assistance to North Korea be resumed?

MODERATOR: Thank you.

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Sure.

MODERATOR: Easy questions, right?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: On North Korea, simply put, there have been no discussions that I'm aware of regarding assistance into North Korea. I certainly haven't been part of any such discussions.

Secondly, on the pullback, while we haven't received official notification of anything, I've heard of nothing that would change our status as the world's leader in humanitarian assistance. I haven't seen anything. Third, on -- first off, it's interesting that you visited Ebola country and you talked about conservation, because their linked, obviously.

I think that's one of the reasons we've seen the outbreak of Ebola in other formerly, entirely rare diseases in some of the areas where we've seen deforestation and such. What we're trying to do at USAID, many of you are aware, we're developing metrics that are aimed at helping us to better understand a country's capacity and commitment in a number of sectors, and conservation's one of them.

So, we're looking at things like biodiversity and how resources are managed, because we think it's important, and it's something that we hope to be able to incentivize in the future and have conversations around. I have a personal interest in the conservation front and as you know, we recently made some announcements regarding assistance to Colombia and helping them in their natural resource management. So, I think it's an important area that shouldn't be divorced from the rest of development.

We think it is one of those key areas that needs to be assessed and looked at as we help countries, in what we call, as you know, probably ad nauseam as I talk about the journey to self-reliance. One of those areas is, in fact, conservation, biodiversity, and the capacity to manage resources.

MODERATOR: Let's take another round of questions. Raise your hand high. Joel?

QUESTION: Joel (inaudible) from Norwegian Refugee Council, thank you Administrator Green for your excellent remarks. I'm afraid I have to follow up on the rescission question. We're not going to let you off so easily.

What's been reported is that there's going to be a cut of a billion to UN peacekeeping operations, and that has the potential to not only disrupt work in South Sudan and Somalia and the Congo, but it also has the potential to disrupt, through further chaos in refugee flows, neighboring countries that we care about that are our allies, such as Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, and so on.

I guess -- the argument is that, even if USAID itself doesn't lose funding or doesn't lose out through the rescission, the work will lose out, I feel, if this really goes ahead. So, if you could just offer more thought on -- I mean, you said you're pushing on an open door when it comes to international work, and, honestly, it's not always obvious to see that from the outside. Thank you.

MODERATOR: Thanks, Joel. Let's do these two right here in the front, Haley, yep.

QUESTION: Thank you. Hi, good morning. Nicole (inaudible), I'm a senior associate here at CSIS. Thank you, Administrator Green, for your great comments. You mentioned briefly -- you touched on young people and so, given the disproportionate (inaudible) of people in these countries and how often humanitarian crises can disproportionately affect children and young people, can you talk a little bit more about some of the focus that you're keeping in these initiatives and on the work that you're doing to remedy the situation for youth? Thanks.

MODERATOR: Great, and I think there was a question right behind you if there still is, yeah.

QUESTION: Hello, my name is Jessica (inaudible), and I'm a Jeane Kirkpatrick Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. You mention in your remarks about the man-made nature of a lot of the ongoing conflicts, and I was wondering if you could speak to USAID's role not only in providing humanitarian response in that context, but also the active role that the agency is taking in countering and preventing ongoing violent extremism.

MODERATOR: Great question.

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: That's a great question. Joel, on the budget front, I really don't have much more that I can provide. Part of it is I'm not attempting to duck, I just literally don't have more, I'd refer you to OMB quite frankly. But again, you know, they is simply looking at the numbers of the last year and what we're doing on the humanitarian front. There is simply no argument that we have backed away from our role as the world's leading humanitarian assistant. Just objectively, we are far and away the largest humanitarian donor.

We're the largest humanitarian donor in Syria; we're the largest humanitarian donor in conflict after conflict. I do think it is fair for all of us to talk about how it is that these resource needs can be met in the future. I don't mean just the immediate future, but the open-ended nature of these conflicts and this instability and this displacement is staggering.

It is what worries me, because these conflicts that we're seeing -- South Sudan; Yemen -- you and I have talked about Yemen a great deal in recent months. It's open-ended, and I do worry about that. I do worry about our ability to meet resource needs and, you know, the world meeting these resource needs. They're significant.

On the question of young people, particularly in displaced settings, we are looking at a number of ways of accelerating crisis situation education, conflict community education. We've received generous support from Congress, along with generous directives from Congress, in the area of education. What we've been trying to do, and Congresswoman Lowey has long been a great leader on this front, is to try to make sure that we are able to prioritize these crisis needs, and I do think that it's a crisis. It does worry me a great deal.

So, we're looking at some of the use of innovative technologies to see if that can help us in these settings, but it is a very focus and as we develop our basic education strategy going forward, I think you'll see a particular focus on those areas, because it is, as you suggest, very important for the future.

In terms of preventing violent extremism, we have, as you know, an important role under the National Security Strategy. We are investing in trying to identify the drivers of violent extremism.

One of my strong beliefs that comes, actually, from my time at International Republican Institute is that we shouldn't jump to conclusions and try to draw global assumptions and lessons. Instead, we need to look at local drivers. Experience shows us that it's often local drivers, community drivers that become flashpoints for extremism. And so, we're certainly investing research there, and some of the preventative tools that are there; from my days as an Ambassador in Tanzania, I often point out that after the terrible bombing, embassy bombing, the work that we did with our Tanzanian partners in the wake of that, to take on some of the drivers of poverty and despair, I believe was an important down payment for preventing violent extremism. So, I'm a big believer in tackling those drivers and tackling that which can lead to despair. So, that will always be a key part of our work.

MODERATOR: Mr. Green, at Davos this year, you talked about the importance of tapping into the creativity of the private sector, and how innovative financing mechanisms and other innovative technologies can really create better development outcomes. In your speech today, you talked about the Humanitarian Grand Challenges. Are there any specific companies or partnerships or technologies that you're most excited about right now. The things that you see that are happening in the field, you've been in in this career -- I mean, you've had a career for decades that are all related to development --

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Don't say decades.

MODERATOR: Okay, sorry -- you're very young. The last year that you've been an administrator, what are the -- what are the cool, new technologies that we should know about, that are out there, that the mainstream audience has no idea how we're delivering (inaudible) humanitarian assistance?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Yeah, I mean, to be honest, there are countless. During global innovation we -- which we had last fall, whenever it was, and I had a chance to walk through the marketplace at the Ronald Reagan Building, and take a look at some of the innovations. Everything from lunchbox-size solar batteries allowing us to power work in refugee and displaced persons camps to some of the weather forecasting stations that are created with 3D printers. You go through there and it's extraordinary. And it fills you with great hope for our ability to reach out and touch more people in more settings than ever before. In the area of financing -- we announced in India last fall, the world's first Development Impact Bond for maternal and child health, and the largest development impact bond of its kind. So, what we did through that is to set outcomes that we needed to see in order to repay the investment, but in terms of the means, we turn the private sector loose.

And in the follow-up conversations that we had, you can see that our partners, some of whom are based here in D.C., were terribly excited. Because for the first time they didn't have us micro-managing each step along the way, but saying, "Look, these are the outcomes that we need, you go get them." And really tapping into the private sector, nonprofit and for-profit. Also, in the area of displaced communities on World Humanitarian Day, the use of biometrics to establish identification of refugees and IDPs as well as some of the digital technologies for delivering resources -- assistance so that recipients have modest purchasing power in surrounding communities, thereby not only providing assistance, not only holding onto human dignity and allowing them to make some decisions, but also providing a tangible benefit to those host communities which are often placing a disproportionate burden by those who are there. So, it -- it's really using business principles, human nature, and I'd like to say there are new technologies, but my kids will tell me very quickly they're old technologies, just new to someone like me. Tapping into these, I think, creates enormous, enormous hope for reaching into places we haven't before.

MODERATOR: I want to continue on that "hope" trend for a minute. So, you know, when you think about the crises, many of which are located in Syria, Yemen, in South Sudan --

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Is that the whole part?

MODERATOR: Now, I know. Well, this is where I'm kind of heading with this. Is there a crisis that you have your eyes on that you do see any reversal in terms of reversal trends, or any progress? Is there a place that you do think we're going to be able to see some positive outcomes in the next -- I should say decade there, because I know it takes time. But is there one that you see not going the wrong direction?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Oh, sure. There are lots of promising stories. I think Ethiopia and Eritrea provide tremendous hope. One of the challenges, again, as an old democracy guy, one of the challenges that I saw was the enabling environment, for civil society and NGOs in a place like Ethiopia, and with the transition to a new government, we're having conversations that we didn't have before, in ways that I think will be very helpful. Also, I think that their willingness to partner with us more and more will help us make some investments in those areas -- in those resilience areas that will not only help Ethiopia and Eritrea, but also, quite frankly, I think will save us money in the long run. So, there are lots of stories like that, I think all around the continent of Africa and elsewhere. But there are -- every hopeful story is replaced by a new challenge. None of these challenges are inevitable, as problems. But they do require us to be innovative. They do require us to be engaged, they do require us to invest up front, and to be innovative in those procuring methods and how we partner. All of those things need to be done if we're going to turn -- either prevent the challenges from becoming crises, or turn problems into solutions.

MODERATOR: Thank you. I lived in Ethiopia for three years, and I have to say it's quite exciting to see the change that's happening there. I'd like to just turn it onto -- are there any more burning questions? No hands are shooting up; let's do one more right here in the front.

QUESTION: Hi, this is Chris (inaudible) with the State Department. Thank you so much for your leadership of USAID and development. I have a question regarding the nexus between humanitarian assistance, you've been mentioning the nexus with conflict development stabilization -- how does humanitarian assistance fit in, or is it just a one piece element that is disassociated from political issues?

MODERATOR: Great, and as you answer that and any other final remarks you'd like to make as well.

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Sure. Thank you and again, thanks to all of you. So I think from the National Security Strategy, you see -- also the Stabilization Assistance Review, you see, I think, a clear multi-agency, multi-department approach to many of these challenges. Our relationship with the State Department is as close as it's ever been. I've received nothing but support and affirmation from Secretary Pompeo. We are working, as you know, closely because all of these challenges touch each of us in different ways and we each have different capacities.

You know, I think it's probably never been more clear than in a place like the Burma-Bangladesh crisis. So, you know, when Rohingya in one place their IDPs and when they're in another place, they're refugees, and then of course we all look at that and say, "forget the labels, they're people who we need to help out," and invest in, and so we do. Also, I would say that both State and AID have as close of a working relationship with DoD as we've had in a very long time. As many of you know, we have a couple dozen detailees over at the Pentagon and the Combatant Commands. DoD has made it clear that they don't want to do what we do or State does, and we certainly don't want to do what they do. So, I would think those seamless teams and close communications are helping us. And going back to the budget question, they have to; there's not enough money for duplication. There's not enough money for bureaucracy. We just have to stay in constant communication.

As to (inaudible) final remarks, I really would like to leave off with where my remarks, my opening remarks left off -- or left off. On this World Humanitarian Day, I would ask that we all think of those men and women who are in places in far places in world, in conflict zones, in fragile settings, day after day, delivering emergency medical assistance, food assistance, water and hygiene under the most trying of circumstances, difficult security situations. They do it because they care. They're my heroes. I'm sure they're your heroes. They are patriots. And what a wonderful expression of values and our priorities that with what they're doing each and every day. Thank you.


          

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Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Colombia, Ecuador, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kenya, Malaysia, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sudan, Turkey, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

Purpose

The aim of the mapping of social safety nets (SSN) was to explore the potential for alignment between humanitarian cash assistance and SSN in forced displacement situations. It considered various aspects of SSN, including programme design, targeting and the legal and regulatory framework. The mapping categorised 18 countries based on the opportunities and challenges with including refugees in the national social safety nets.

Rationale

While recognising an increasing trend in inclusion in national systems, refugees in particular rarely enjoy the same rights as citizens. Only in every second UNHCR operation, refugees can choose their place of residence; in less than 50% they access national health care systems; in two third they access the national education systems; and in less than 40% they are allowed to work according to law and policy and in practice. In approximately 10% of UNHCR operations, refugees are included in the national or local development plans. Initiatives related to shock-responsive social protection rarely address conflict and include displaced people.

UNHCR is placing more emphasis on the additional value of cash beyond the monetisation of humanitarian assistance through promoting financial inclusion, social protection and socio-economic development. Implemented as part of the basic needs approach, multi-purpose cash grants, which represent 60% of UNHCR’s cash and link multi-sectoral cash assistance with the provision of essential services and protection, present important opportunities for leveraging social safety nets to include forcibly displaced people.

Key findings

Opportunities

• Growing opportunities for inclusion of displaced people in national social protection systems.

• The mapping found that inclusion can happen in 4 countries; may be possible in 10 countries; and will be challenging in the near future in 4 countries.

• In 6 countries, UNHCR’s cash assistance was to some extent aligned with the government’s in terms of targeting, transfer mechanisms, transfer value and monitoring.

• The interest in funding SSN in forced displacement contexts is growing among external stakeholders, notably as a potential exit strategy from humanitarian assistance and a more efficient means of managing protracted displacement.

• The Global Compact on Refugees and the World Bank IDA 18 Refugee and Host Community SubWindow provide opportunities for enhancing SSN for refugees.

• Refugees are increasingly accessing national services in certain contexts.

Challenges

• The majority of national social safety nets are not accessible to non-nationals. When refugees are granted partial access to SSN, full access is often limited due to restrictive legal frameworks.

• Governments rarely have capacity, tools and processes in place that can adapt to the impacts of mass displacement shocks.

• Complex targeting, across multiple safety nets, coordinated by numerous ministries make data analysis, accountability and coordination challenging.

• Funding of humanitarian and government safety nets often differ in terms of duration, political requirements, objectives and conditions, making alignment challenging.

• Refugees do not always have access to national services.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #3, 10 April 2018

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, World, Zambia

KEY MESSAGES

↗ International prices of wheat and maize rose in March for the third consecutive month and averaged more than 10 percent above their levels in December 2017. Prices were mainly supported by concerns over the impact of prolonged dryness in key-growing areas of the United States of America and Argentina, coupled with strong demand. International rice prices remained relatively stable.

↗ In South America, severe dry weather and strong demand underpinned the domestic prices of grains in key exporting country, Argentina, while the price of yellow maize spiked also in Brazil in March.

↗ In East Africa, in the Sudan, the strong upward surge in prices of coarse grains faltered in March but they remained at record or near-record highs, reflecting the removal of the wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the local currency.

↗ In Southern Africa, in Madagascar, prices of locally-produced and imported rice declined in February from the record highs reached in January with the harvesting of the minor season paddy crop and following an appreciation of the Malagasy Ariary.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #2, 9 March 2018

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

KEY MESSAGES

↗ International prices of wheat and maize increased further in February, mainly supported by weather-related concerns and currency movements. Export price quotations of rice also continued to strengthen, although the increases were capped by subsiding global demand for Indica supplies.

↗ In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, continued to increase in February and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of the wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

↗ In Southern Africa, in Madagascar, prices of rice hit record highs at the start of the year, as a result of tight supplies following a sharp drop in the 2017 output to a substantially below-average level and a weaker currency.

↗ In West Africa, prices of coarse grains continued to generally increase in February and reached levels above those a year earlier despite the good harvests gathered in late 2017, due to a strong demand for stock replenishment, coupled with localized production shortfalls and insecurity in some areas.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #1, 16 February 2018

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat and maize were generally firmer in January, supported by weather-related concerns and a weaker US dollar. Export price quotations of rice also strengthened mainly buoyed by renewed Asian demand.

  • In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, rose sharply for the third consecutive month in January and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

  • In West Africa, prices of coarse grains were at relatively high levels in January, despite the good harvests gathered in late 2017, due to strong demand for stock replenishment and insecurity in some areas.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #11, 11 December 2017

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Key messages

↗ International prices of wheat and maize remained relatively stable in November, reflecting good supply conditions, while export quotations of rice strengthened amid increased buying interest and currency movements.

↗ In East Africa, prices of cereals in November continued to decline in most countries with the ongoing 2017 harvests and were at levels around or below those a year earlier with a few exceptions. By contrast, in the Sudan, prices surged and reached record highs in some markets, mainly underpinned by the sharp depreciation of the Sudanese Pound in the parallel market.

↗ In Central America, after the sharp increases recorded in the previous month, prices of white maize eased in November as market flows returned to normal, after disruption caused by severe rains in the previous month. Good domestic availabilities kept prices at levels below those a year earlier.


          

World: Education in Emergencies - ECHO Factsheet

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Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Country: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

Key messages

Education is lifesaving. Education is crucial for both the protection and healthy development of girls and boys affected by crises. It can rebuild their lives; restore their sense of normality and safety, and provide them with important life skills. It helps children to be self-sufficient, to be heard, and to have more influence on issues that affect them. It is also one of the best tools to invest in their long-term future, and in the peace, stability and economic growth of their countries.

Education in emergencies actions can help prevent, reduce, mitigate and respond to emergency-related academic, financial, social, institutional, physical and infrastructural barriers to children's education, while ensuring the provision of safe, inclusive and quality education.

In 2017, the EU dedicates 6% of its annual humanitarian aid budget to education in emergencies, one of the most underfunded sectors of humanitarian aid. In 2018, this amount will increase to 8%.

4.7 million girls and boys in 52 countries have benefited from EUfunded education in emergencies actions between 2012 and 2017.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #10, 10 November 2017

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Key messages

  • The benchmark US wheat price declined in October mostly because of higher supply prospects while maize quotations firmed due to rain-induced harvest delays. International rice prices strengthened in October, mainly reflecting seasonally tight Japonica and fragrant supplies.

  • In East and West Africa, cereal prices declined in October with the 2017 ongoing or recently-started harvests. However, concerns over crop outputs and civil insecurity kept prices at high levels in some countries, particularly in Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Sudan.

  • In Central America, heavy rains in October led to unseasonal increases in maize and bean prices. They remained, however, at levels well below those a year earlier as a result of adequate domestic supplies, following the overall good outputs in 2016 and the 2017 first season harvests.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #9, 10 October 2017

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat increased in September mostly because of weather-related concerns, while maize quotations fell further on crop harvest pressure. International rice prices remained generally firm, supported by seasonally tight availabilities of fragrant rice and strong demand for higher quality Indica supplies.

  • In East Africa, prices of cereals remained at levels above those of a year earlier in most countries, particularly in Ethiopia reflecting seasonal tightness amid concerns over the impact of the Fall Armyworm infestation on the main harvest and in South Sudan mainly due to the ongoing conflict.

  • In Asia, prices of rice in Bangladesh increased again in September and reached record highs, with seasonal patterns exacerbated by the reduced 2017 main season output and concerns over the impact of the July-August floods on the second season crop, to be harvested from November.


          

Nigeria’s Buhari Weakens Deputy’s Powers Amid Succession Talk

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Nigeria’s Buhari Weakens Deputy’s Powers Amid Succession Talk(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Next Africa newsletter and follow Bloomberg Africa on TwitterThe relationship between Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is in the spotlight after the head of state embarked on a private overseas trip without handing over temporary authority to his deputy.While Buhari, 76, transferred power to Osinbajo, 62, during his first term when he traveled abroad for medical reasons, it’s the second time he’s opted not to since being re-elected in February. His chief-of-staff, Abba Kyari, this week had to fly to London so that Buhari could sign long-awaited oil legislation approved by parliament.Speculation that Buhari is marginalizing Osinbajo was partly fueled by the president’s decision last month to appoint a new economic advisory council that reports directly to him, replacing a committee headed by the vice president. Nigerian newspapers reported that Buhari, who is on a 15-day private visit to the U.K., this week approved the dismissal of dozens of Osinbajo’s aides.The treatment of Osinbajo since the election “has sent a strong signal to the ruling party and national power brokers that Buhari has no plans to anoint, or go out of his way to position, his VP as his preferred successor,” said Matthew Page, an associate fellow at London-based Chatham House. “It also sends a signal that Buhari prefers to maintain tight control over government decision-making.”Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, declined to comment and Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, didn’t immediately respond to phone calls seeking comment.Reversing DecisionsEven before the election, Buhari had begun undoing what could pass for Osinbajo’s legacy by reversing key decisions the latter made when he was acting president. These include removing former Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen, whose appointment was confirmed by Osinbajo while Buhari was abroad, and firing Mathew Seiyefa, the vice president’s choice for head of the secret police to replace a Buhari appointee.Although the next presidential election isn’t due until 2023, Buhari can’t stand again and attention is already turning to the question of who’ll be the ruling All Progressives Congress’s candidate. A former law professor from southwest Nigeria, Osinbajo won praise for his decisive handling of economic matters, especially during the president’s lengthy health-related absences during his first term.Under an informal arrangement, the APC is expected to select a candidate from the mainly Christian south to replace Buhari, who comes from the predominantly Muslim north.APC spokesman Lanre Issa-Onilu didn’t immediately respond to phone calls requesting comment.Opinions differ over the legality of Buhari’s decision not to transfer power to Osinbajo while he’s in the U.K. for undisclosed private reasons. The president’s supporters say he’s under no obligation to hand over responsibilities if his absence is shorter than 21 days.“This is some kind of clever attempt to explain away the provisions of the constitution,” said Clement Nwankwo, director of the Abuja-based Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre. “What he (Buhari) has done is not in line with the provisions of the constitution.”To contact the reporter on this story: William Clowes in Abuja at wclowes@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Paul Richardson at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net, Dulue MbachuFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Former President flies the flag for a strong oil and gas future

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Download logo Nigeria is the second biggest oil-rich country in Africa, after Libya, and the commercialisation of resources has been in the hands of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that was established in 1977 as a merger of the Nigerian National Oil Corporation and the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel. A man that was […]
          

Nigeria Rugby Sevens names squad, arrive South Africa for Olympic Qualifiers

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Coach Bronson Weir today announced the Nigeria Rugby Men’s Sevens squad that will be on duty at the 2019 Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens Tournament in Johannesburg, South Africa. The tournament will be held on the 8th and 9th of November, 2019 at the Bosman Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa where Fourteen teams will compete: Zimbabwe, […]
          

Ycee – Cheque (Prod by Syn X)

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Off his constructive body of work, “Ycee Vs Zaheer” album, Ycee comes through with yet another impressive single titled “Cheque.” The newly released project houses five (15) solid tracks and features great artistes such as Nigerian pop heavyweights, Davido, Phyno, Niniola, Ms Banks and Dabo Tuburna. Listen and share below: Ycee – Cheque (Prod by Syn X) MP3

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Ycee – Bossing Ft. Ms Banks (Prod. By Fanatix)

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Off his constructive body of work, “Ycee Vs Zaheer” album, Ycee comes through with yet another impressive single titled “Bossing.” featuring Ms Banks. The newly released project houses five (15) solid tracks and features great artistes such as Nigerian pop heavyweights, Davido, Phyno, Niniola, Ms Banks and Dabo Tuburna. Listen and share below: Ycee – Bossing Ft. Ms Banks (Prod. By Fanatix) MP3

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Ycee – It’s Amazing (Prod. By Adey)

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Off his constructive body of work, “Ycee Vs Zaheer” album, Ycee comes through with yet another impressive single titled “It’s Amazing.” The newly released project houses five (15) solid tracks and features great artistes such as Nigerian pop heavyweights, Davido, Phyno, Niniola, Ms Banks and Dabo Tuburna. Listen and share below: Ycee — It’s Amazing (Prod. By Adey) MP3

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Ycee – Chocolata Ft. Niniola

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Ain’t Nobody Badder Than (ANBT) rap titan, Ycee comes through with a new single titled “Chocolata“. Tapping Nigerian Afro House queen, Niniola. Listen and share below: Ycee – Chocolata Ft. Niniola MP3

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Jaywon – Aje Wazobia Remix (Part 2) Ft. Phyno, Zlatan, Magnito

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Next World Music pioneer, Jaywon comes through with the wazobia remix to his previous single titled “Aje“. Tapping Phyno, rave of the moment, Zlatan and comic rapper, Magnito. To decode, the wazobia remix simply means a song which has one representative from the three dominant ethnic groups (Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa) in Nigeria. Listen and share below: Jaywon – Aje Wazobia Remix (Part 2) Ft. Phyno, Zlatan, Magnito MP3

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Jada Kingdom – One Time (Remix) Ft. Davido

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Jamaican songstress, Jada Kingdom comes through with the remix to her previously heard single titled “One Time“. The remix to “One Time” features Nigerian superstar, Davido who revived the track and made it more interesting. Listen and share below: Jada Kingdom – One Time (Remix) Ft. Davido MP3

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Young Jonn – Mama Yo

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Nigerian record producer and songwriter, Young Jonn has unlocked a brand new single titled “Mama Yo”. Consequently, “Mama Yo” has a blend of guitar rhythm from African premium guitarist, Fiokee. Listen and share below: Young Jonn – Mama Yo MP3

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Partner Update: Nigeria

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Pictures from a Ball Project partners soccer camp in Nigeria.
          

Nigeria’s ‘Lionheart’ disqualified from Oscars for using English

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Some Nigerians blame government, not religious leaders, for shocking school abuses

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Nigeria’s Oscar Hopes Are Dashed Over Film’s English Dialogue

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Comment on Kenya Technical Trainers College – KTTC by Chris

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11 NEWLY RESEARCHED PROJECT TOPICS FOR 2019

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Nigeria Needs Strong Political Will To Get Its Universities To World-class Standard

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Former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission NUC Prof Peter Okebukola has described the countrys university system as a mere toddler when viewed against its counterparts in advanced countries Okebukola at th
          

FUOYE Shines At NUTAF Competition

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Rights Group Faults Buhari’s Poor Budgetary Allocation To Education

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A civil society group Education Rights Campaign ERC has condemned the president Muhammadu Buharis administration over its poor budgetary allocation to the sector lamenting the woes faced by staff and students of Nigerian institutions Nat
          

Nigerian Universities In Quest For Global Excellence

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Reps Moves To Stop Post UTME/JAMB Screening

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Nigerias House of Representatives on Wednesday during its plenary resolved to urge higher institutions in Nigeria to stop the post UTMEJAMB screening The lawmakers said it will also mandate its committee on Tertiary Education and Services to
          

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NAUB Resumption Date For 2019/2020 Academic Session

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House Helps, Auxiliary Nurses Now Require FG Clearance To Leave Nigeria –NAPTIP

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Nursing And Midwifery Council Of Nigeria Accredits St Nicholas Hospital

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63rd Birthday: Sen. Kwankwaso Inaugurates Nursing, Midwifery School

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Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu-1999-2007

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Tejulaw: Best Intellectual Property Rights Lawyer

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Our head office is in Lagos, Nigeria from where we serve the majority of our client's needs. We also have an established network of local representatives in Angola, South Africa, OAPI and ARIPO regions and other Sub-Saharan African countries to ensure that we can provide our clients with services covering the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa. A.A. Tejuoso & Co. is a boutique firm of legal practitioners specializing in Intellectual Property Law (i.e. protection of Patent, Design, Trademark, Copyrights and Domain Names) in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan African countries.. The firm also provides legal services in Corporate & Commercial Law, Energy & Natural Resources Law, Maritime Law and Real Property Law in Nigeria. A.A. Tejuoso & Co. has a committed and diverse team of attorneys and advisors, having a diverse wealth of knowledge and experience in various aspects of Law. All of our work is conducted in a highly efficient, professional and timely manner while at all times operating within approved highest client care standards. Since our inception we have been constantly trying to improve on our services and have accordingly got a pool of skilled professionals and attorneys with vast experience within the industries we serve. We offer unique insight and valuable guidance in advising our clients and in-house legal teams on high-value cases related to these industries. Our culture is defined by the focus and commitment of our attorneys and our professional support staff. It is this dedication that our clients and peers have come to admire and respect. A.A. Tejuoso & Co became fully operational in the year 1997 with the vision to provide world class services in Intellectual Property, Commercial & Corporate Law, Maritime Law, Natural and Energy Resources Law and Real Property Law in Africa. We have attorneys and advisors strategically located in the Sub-Saharan Africa region and hence we are able to promptly deal with any matters that our clients require expert advice and guidance on. A.A Tejuoso and Co. strives to protect our client's Intellectual Property from infringement through tailor-made strategies to take into account the different laws, governmental resources and enforcement mechanisms. We have a committed and diverse team of attorneys with the practical International experience and the know-how to enforce your right as an Intellectual Property owner. Contact Us: LONDON OFFICE AA Tejuoso & Co 1 Harley Street London W1G 9QD Tel: +44 (0) 20 7935 1737 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7935 9433 Email: lawyer@tejulaw.com NIGERIAN OFFICE AA Tejuoso & Co. The Royal Chambers 23/29 Abibu Oki Street P.O. Box: 8842, Lagos, Nigeria Tel: +234 1 264 3024 Fax: +234 1 264 3025 Fax/Tel: +234 1 266 4882 Email: lawyer@tejulaw.com
          

I want to visit Ghana – American rapper Wale

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The Year of Return fever seems to have gripped American rapper Wale as he has indicated that he wants to come to Ghana. The rapper, who is of Nigerian descent, indicated in a tweet on Tuesday that he will love to visit the gateway to Africa. Born Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, the rapper wrote, “Yo @WalesAgent …

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Digital Rights and Inclusion Learning Lab (DRILL) Fellowship at Paradigm Initiative, Deadline : 20 December 2019

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Digital Rights and Inclusion Learning Lab (DRILL) Fellowship at Paradigm Initiative, Deadline : 20 December 2019

Paradigm Initiative (PIN) is a social enterprise that builds ICT-enabled support systems and advocates for digital rights in order to improve the livelihoods of under-served young Africans. Our digital inclusion programs include a digital readiness school for young people living in under-served communities (LIFE) and a software engineering school targeting high potential young Nigerians (Dufuna). Both programs have a deliberate focus to ensure equal participation for women and girls.

Our digital rights advocacy program is focused on the development of public policy for internet freedom in Africa, with offices in Abuja, Nigeria (covering the Anglophone West Africa region); Lome, Togo (Francophone West Africa); Yaoundé, Cameroon (Central Africa); Arusha, Tanzania (East Africa) and Lusaka, Zambia (Southern Africa). Our policy advocacy efforts include media campaigns, coalition building, strategic litigation, capacity building, research, report-writing and hosting the annual, bilingual, Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum where more than 200 digital rights stakeholders from over 35 countries (mostly African countries) meet to discuss, network and advance work in digital rights.

Paradigm Initiative has worked in communities across Nigeria since 2007, and across Africa from 2017, building experience, community trust and an organizational culture that positions us as a leading social enterprise in ICT for Development and Digital Rights on the continent. We have a robust partnership network made up of non-profit organizations, youth groups, local businesses, international organizations and government agencies who provide opportunities to the communities we work with. The organization has organized the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forums in Nigeria since 2013, with an average of 200 participants participating each year and over 30 African countries represented.  Paradigm Initiative also championed the drafting, advocacy for and eventual passage of the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill Nigeria by the House of Representatives and the Senate in Nigeria. The organization has strong competencies in advocacy, media and communications, capacity building, research and coalition building. It has organized Internet Policy Trainings/Digital Rights Workshops in Cameroon, Gambia, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia.

 

Program Background

There are both enormous challenges and opportunities for realizing the ambitious task of creating an inclusive, healthy, safe and open Internet in the coming decade for all Africans, including marginalized and vulnerable populations such as women and girls, people with lower income levels or living in rural communities, sexual minorities, the elderly and persons with disabilities. Connecting the next billion who mostly live on the African continent requires not only technological and commercial innovations, but also new models of collaboration among all stakeholders.

Paradigm Initiative will host a Digital Rights and Inclusion Learning Lab (DRILL) from February 2020, at its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria. DRILL has a mission to host innovative learning around digital rights and inclusion in Africa, and serve as a space for both practice and reflection, aimed to involve and connect different stakeholders and create dialogue amongst researchers, social innovators, policymakers and actors, the private sector, as well as civil society.

As a lighthouse for digital rights and inclusion advocacy in Africa, learning activities will take place at the lab in order to evolve new thinking on digital rights and inclusion strategy for Africa. There are a variety of activities that will take place, including but not limited to, focused future-facing research; presentations; ecosystem meetings and discussions focused on digital rights and/or inclusion hosted within the ecosystem; and general communication about the lab’s activities.

DRILL will offer a space for big thinking, evaluation of digital rights and digital inclusion programs, and future-proofing ecosystem activities. DRILL will host innovators, researchers and/or entrepreneurs-in-residence at the PIN HQ so they can host biweekly ecosystem/sector meetings (to share insight/ideas), biweekly presentations (to share outcomes of their research and/work) and work with the Executive Director to record a monthly DRILL podcast on topical issues.

Call for DRILL Fellows

Paradigm Initiative is opening calls for a pioneer fellow of the Digital Rights and Inclusion Learning Lab to work at the Paradigm Initiative headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, from February 2020 for a 3- or 6-months period. The fellowship is for a period of three months at a time, but can be renewed for another three months on completion, depending on planned activities and joint review between the Fellow and PIN. As a mid-career fellowship, potential candidates will be expected to have had a minimum of 5 years’ experience as technology or social innovators, researchers, policy experts, and/or entrepreneurs.

Fellows’ Responsibilities

Applicants will be required to briefly discuss their intended focus for the fellowship period during the application process. Paradigm Initiative will expect to receive a two-page project plan from shortlisted candidates. For the successful candidate, this would be discussed and agreed on with the PIN leadership team, no later than two weeks after the fellowship start date. The successful fellow will commit a minimum of 16 hours per week to the fellowship, working from the PIN HQ in Lagos.

  • The fellow will be expected to host biweekly ecosystem/sector meetings at the PIN HQ (to share insight/ideas), biweekly presentations (to share outcomes of their research and/work) and a monthly DRILL podcast to be recorded with the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative
  • The Fellow will host a side session on a topical and relevant digital rights and/or inclusion theme, in the specific area of their interest, at the annual Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum
  • The last month of the fellowship will feature a final meeting, a final presentation and the final podcast from the selected fellow. There will be an exit interview and opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved in the 3- to 6-month period with PIN’s leadership team

The fellowship is open to potential fellows living outside Lagos, where Paradigm Initiative’s headquarters, the home of the Digital Rights and Inclusion Learning Lab, in located. However, there are no relocation allowances or travel support costs provided for the inaugural fellowship.

PIN Responsibilities

For the inaugural fellowship, Paradigm Initiative will not provide remuneration to the selected fellow. However, Paradigm Initiative will support selected individuals with recommendation letters or such as may be required towards possible fundraising, as long as income is declared and a public report will be published at the end of their project. PIN will cover costs associated with learning activities at the Digital Rights and Inclusion Lab and provide office space, an opportunity to be embedded within our team, access to the ecosystem and feedback on projects throughout the duration of the fellowship.

Application and Timeline

This call for applications is open until December 20, 2019. The selection process will commence in January 2020 with the first fellow of the Digital Rights and Inclusion Lab expected to resume in February 2020. Selection will be supported by an External Advisory Group made up of ecosystem leaders, including Alberto J. Cerda Silva (Ford Foundation), Anriette Esterhuysen (Association for Progressive Communications), John Dada (Fantsuam Foundation), Nnenna Nwakanma (World Wide Web Foundation), and Oreoluwa Somolu Lesi (Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre), who will help shape the program and work with the PIN team to review Fellowship applications.

Please use the application form at https://bit.ly/drillfellow by midnight (GMT+1) on December 20, 2019. You will need the following in order to submit your application:

  • Your resume (not more than 3 pages)
  • Your cover letter detailing your interest in the DRILL fellowship (not more than 500 words)
  • A brief indication of tentative focus of your fellowship (not more than 500 words)

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Full Masters Scholarships offered by Commonwealth (Deadline: 18 December 2019)

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Full Masters Scholarships offered by Commonwealth (Deadline: 18 December 2019)

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are for candidates from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time Master’s study on selected courses, jointly supported by UK universities.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Shared Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.

These scholarships are offered under six themes:

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity

For more information on other scholarships offered by the CSC, visit the CSC Apply page.

Eligibility
Terms and conditions
Selection Process
How to apply
Enquiries

Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2020
  • By September 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). The CSC typically does not fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study.
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high income country
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make change. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination, and encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates. For further information on the support available to candidates with a disability, see the CSC disability support statement.

The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner. For further information, see the CSC anti-fraud policy and the DFID guidance on reporting fraud.

Eligible Commonwealth countries

Bangladesh
Cameroon
Eswatini
The Gambia
Ghana
India
Kenya
Kiribati
Lesotho
Malawi
Mozambique
Nigeria
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
Samoa
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
Sri Lanka
Tanzania
Tuvalu
Uganda
Vanuatu
Zambia

Terms and conditions

For full terms and conditions – including further details of the scholarship themes, value of the scholarship, and general conditions – see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships terms and conditions 2020.

Selection process

Each participating UK University will conduct its own recruitment process to select a specified number of candidates to be awarded Commonwealth Shared Scholarships. Universities must put forward their selected candidates to the CSC in March 2020. The CSC will then confirm that these candidates meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme. Universities will inform candidates of their results by July 2020.

Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country

For further details, see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2020 selection criteria.

How to apply

You can apply to study one of the taught Master’s courses offered in the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme. These scholarships do not cover undergraduate courses, PhD study, or any pre-sessional English language teaching, and are usually tenable for one year only. View a full list of eligible courses.

You must also secure admission to your course in addition to applying for a Shared Scholarship. You must check with your chosen university for their specific advice on when to apply, admission requirements, and rules for applying. View a full list of university contact details.

You must make your application using the CSC’s online application system, in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your chosen university. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system.

You can apply for more than one course and/or to more than one university, but you may only accept one offer of a Shared Scholarship.

The CSC particularly welcomes applicants from the following countries:

Eswatini
Kiribati
Lesotho
Malawi
Mozambique
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tanzania
The Gambia
Tuvalu
Vanuatu

All applications must be submitted by 16.00 (GMT) on 18 December 2019 at the latest.

You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the online application system will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.

Your application must include the following supporting documentation by 16:00 (GMT) on 18 December 2019 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:

  • Proof of citizenship or refugee status – uploaded to the online application system
  • Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications including to-date transcripts for any qualifications you are currently studying (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system

The CSC’s online application system is now open.

Enquiries

If you have any queries about applying for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, you can Contact us. We will not use your email address for any purpose other than responding to your enquiry.

For more information on other scholarships offered by the CSC, visit the CSC Apply page.

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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STUDY IN UK : Full Funded Scholarships from Commonwealth for candidates from least developed and lower middle income, Deadline : 18 December 2019

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STUDY IN UK : Full Funded Scholarships from Commonwealth for candidates from least developed and lower middle income, Deadline : 18 December 2019

Shared Scholarships

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are for candidates from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time Master’s study on selected courses, jointly supported by UK universities.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Shared Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.

These scholarships are offered under six themes:

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity

For more information on other scholarships offered by the CSC, visit the CSC Apply page.

Eligibility
Terms and conditions
Selection Process
How to apply
Enquiries

Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2020
  • By September 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). The CSC typically does not fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study.
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high income country
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make change. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination, and encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates. For further information on the support available to candidates with a disability, see the CSC disability support statement.

The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner. For further information, see the CSC anti-fraud policy and the DFID guidance on reporting fraud.

Eligible Commonwealth countries

Bangladesh
Cameroon
Eswatini
The Gambia
Ghana
India
Kenya
Kiribati
Lesotho
Malawi
Mozambique
Nigeria
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
Samoa
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
Sri Lanka
Tanzania
Tuvalu
Uganda
Vanuatu
Zambia

Terms and conditions

For full terms and conditions – including further details of the scholarship themes, value of the scholarship, and general conditions – see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships terms and conditions 2020.

 

 

Selection process

Each participating UK University will conduct its own recruitment process to select a specified number of candidates to be awarded Commonwealth Shared Scholarships. Universities must put forward their selected candidates to the CSC in March 2020. The CSC will then confirm that these candidates meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme. Universities will inform candidates of their results by July 2020.

Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country

For further details, see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2020 selection criteria.

How to apply

You can apply to study one of the taught Master’s courses offered in the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme. These scholarships do not cover undergraduate courses, PhD study, or any pre-sessional English language teaching, and are usually tenable for one year only. View a full list of eligible courses.

You must also secure admission to your course in addition to applying for a Shared Scholarship. You must check with your chosen university for their specific advice on when to apply, admission requirements, and rules for applying. View a full list of university contact details.

You must make your application using the CSC’s online application system, in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your chosen university. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system.

You can apply for more than one course and/or to more than one university, but you may only accept one offer of a Shared Scholarship.

The CSC particularly welcomes applicants from the following countries:

Eswatini
Kiribati
Lesotho
Malawi
Mozambique
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tanzania
The Gambia
Tuvalu
Vanuatu

All applications must be submitted by 16.00 (GMT) on 18 December 2019 at the latest.

You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the online application system will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.

Your application must include the following supporting documentation by 16:00 (GMT) on 18 December 2019 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:

  • Proof of citizenship or refugee status – uploaded to the online application system
  • Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications including to-date transcripts for any qualifications you are currently studying (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system

The CSC’s online application system is now open.

Enquiries

If you have any queries about applying for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, you can Contact us. We will not use your email address for any purpose other than responding to your enquiry.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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Flights | Hotels, Car Hiring & Umra Packages | Bright Holiday

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Bright Holidays is a Top Travel Agency in the UK. We provide quick and fast services e.g Flights To Abuja, Nairobi Airlines, Car Hiring. You can also find International Flights Manila, Cheap Flights To Accra Ghana, Cheap Flights To Harare, Flights To Johannesburg, Plane Tickets To Durban. Contact Us. 0800 0622 599. We also deal with Cheap International Flights To Lagos Nigeria, British Airways Freetown, Cheap Airline Tickets To Entebbe, Cheap International Flights Manila, Nairobi Airlines, Airline Tickets To Johannesburg, Airline Tickets To Durban, Abuja Cheapest Flights.
          

Köp generiska läkemedel * Augmentin Piller Till Salu * Gratis Worldwide Delivery

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Augmentin Piller Till Salu Gradering 4.8 stjärnor, baserat på 388 kund kommentarer Augmentin Piller Till Salu. I norra Nigeria pågår en jakt på kristna som är hänsynslös, nu när mitt omhuldade Södertälje SK ligger sist i elitserien, särskilt hos unga flickor, Skåne län, ekonomisk prestation och trovärdighet på marknaderna. Vänligen aktivera den för att kunna […]
          

professional hair detanglers needed in London UK

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TANGLED HAIR TECHS SALON NEEDED HAIRDRESSERS We pay £35.00( GBP)per hour for our Train & Work Program in London England Only. Tangled Hair Techs Train & Work Program: Mobile Detangle Hair Techs Because more people are in need professional detangle services in the UK, we need to hire more trained techs in every city. Most hair stylists just want to cut tangled knots, clumps of matts,birds nest tangles or matted balls of hair. We will teach you how to SAVE your clients hair no matter how severe the tangles and matts. Tangled Hair Techs Train & Work Program is looking for individuals interested in a rewarding and life changing opportunity to professionally detangle severely matted tangled knotty Hair. As well as to learn safe and proper techniques to remove hair Extensions, Braids, Weaves, Dreadlocks, and twists. We send you clients! You Must Be Able To Travel in London ! Serious inquiries only please. Email Now- Training@tangledhairtechs.com TANGLED HAIR TECHS SALON CERTIFICATION TRAINING SUMMARY Thank for your decision to join our team of Detangle Techs. We believe that with God ALL things are possible.(Matthew 19:26) The work we do requires that you have faith in God and to believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You will first receive a training video which is required to begin training and working to become certified as a Tangled Hair Tech. It includes 1 bottle of the super detangler that we use, combs and branded T-shirt. Once video training is completed, practical training follows. Upon completion of all training certificates will be issued. ******************************************************************* Tangled Hair Techs (www.tangledhairtechs.com)are looking for salons, hairdressers and individuals who are interested in learning how to remove dreadlocks ,detangle very matted and severely tangled hair; tangled hair extensions, old or matted braids and weaves. Hi, we want Nigerians in London, UK that do hairdressing. We are a Christian hairdressing company PLEASE We need only serious Nigerian ladies who are hairdressers NOW. It is for mobile hairdressing. They have to travel around London. URL: www.tangledhairtechs.com Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8Vsp-BYlwU
          

Extra Judicial Killing of Suspected Boko Haram Member by Nigerian Army

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In Nigeria, members of Nigerian Army filmed themselves extra-judicially killing a suspected Boko Haram member. In the video, the captive man with hands tied behind his back is dragged and thrown into a shallow grave where he’s shot dead. His corpse is then buried under a thin layer of dirt. According to army’s public relations … Continue reading "Extra Judicial Killing of Suspected Boko Haram Member by Nigerian Army"
          

6 Senjata Buatan Indonesia yang Mendunia | Banyak Dibeli Luar Negeri!

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Sejarah PT. Pindad menjadi perusahaan manufaktur alat utama sistem pertahanan negara (alutsista) berawal di Surabaya pada tahun 1808.

Serangkaian peristiwa perang membuat pabrik ini harus berpindah dari satu tempat ke tempat lain, dengan kepemilikan yang berbeda-beda seiring proses peperangan.

Pada 1923 berpindah ke Bandung dengan nama Artilerie Inrichtingen. Singkat cerita, pada 1958 akhirnya Pabrik Alat Peralatan Angkatan Darat terbentuk di bawah naungan negara Indonesia.

PT. Pindad di era modern ini ternyata sudah memproduksi banyak peranti perang yang mendunia dan banyak dibeli mancanegara. Berikut di antaranya.

1. G2 Elite 9mm


G2 Elite 9mm adalah pistol buatan PT. Pindad yang sudah digunakan cukup luas di daerah Timur Tengah dan India.

Pada 1 Juni 2018, PT. Pindad mengumumkan kerjasama dengan Bhukhanvala Industries untuk mengimpor G2 Elite 9mm ke jajaran aparatur negara India.

Pistol G2 Elite 9mm beroperasi secara semi-otomatis, menggunakan mekanisme barrel John Moses Browning. Kapasitas magazine-nya mencapai 15, dengan jenis peluru 9x19mm parabellum.

2. SPR-2 Kal. 12.7mm


Senapan penembak runduk ini memiliki laras panjang dengan bipod, dioperasikan dengan cara merunduk untuk ketabilan menembak terbaik.

Pada esensinya, SPR-2 bukanlah senapan penembak yang menargetkan manusia, melainkan objek militer seperti tank atau mobil baja.

Karena itu, SPR-2 tergolong ke anti-material rifle yang bisa menembus bermacam objek fisik, bahkan besi baja sekalipun.

Alasannya tidak lain karena kaliber peluru 12.7mm yang besar. Magazine SPR-2 hanya memuat 5 buah peluru kaliber 12.7mm.

Senjata buatan Indonesia satu ini sudah mendapat pengakuan dunia internasional, bahkan disandingkan dengan senjata buatan luar negeri lainnya.

3. SS2-V4 Kal. 5.56mm


Berikutnya ada senapan serbu SS2-V4 yang pernah memenangkan kompetisi menembak Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting (AASAM) dan ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (AARM) sebanyak 11 kali.

Memiliki flash suppressor yang mirip dengan senapan M16A2, SS2-V4 mampu memberi presisi tembakan yang baik dengan bantuan attachment ACOG scope di atasnya.

Magazine-nya dapat memuat 30 peluru 5.56 x 46mm. Jarak efektifnya mencapai 500m dengan firing rate hingga 700 peluru per menit!

Senjata satu ini sangat laku dibeli negara-negara Afrika seperti Zimbabwe, Mozambik, dan Nigeria. Thailand dan Singapura juga dikabarkan sering memesan SS2-V4.

4. SSX 7.62mm


Senapan serbu ini secara desain terinspirasi dari FN SCAR asal Belgia dan Heckler Koch HK417 asal Jerman.

Dengan tampilan yang modern, kamu akan familiar banget sama desain SSX seperti senjata-senjata di game Call of Duty Modern Warfare series, geng.

SSX memiliki jarak tembak efektif hingga 800m, mengalahkan AK-47, senjata legenda buatan rusia, yang cuma di kisaran 300m

SSX fleksibel buat jadi senapan serbu maupun penembak jitu, dengan barrel yang bisa diperpanjang untuk coverage yang lebih jauh.

5. SSBA 5.56mm Senapan Serbu Bawah Air


Dari namanya, senjata ini sepertinya dikhususkan buat pasukan amfibi untuk penggunaan bawah air.

Pindad SSBA dikembangkan dengan kolaborasi Dislitbang TNI Angkatan Laut, yang menghasilkan sebuah senapan amfibi yang terinspirasi dari APS Rifle asal Rusia.

SSBA memiliki peluru 5.56mm dengan ujung runcing sepanjang 12cm yang didesain untuk bisa berakselerasi dengan baik di bawah air.

6. Panser Anoa


Produk PT. Pindad yang nggak kalah populernya adalah Panser Anoa, dengan 7 jenis yang berbeda berdasarkan penggunaan.

Kendaraan 6 x 6 ini bisa digunakan untuk peperangan, pengiriman logistik, amfibi, bahkan transportasi ambulans.

Panser Anoa sudah diekspor ke beberapa negara seperti Oman dan Malaysia. Ketangguhannya dioperasikan pada berbagai medan tidak diragukan lagi berkat mesin Renault 600HP.




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Event Update For 2019-11-05

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The seas, lakes and oceans are now pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic water-soluble heavier-than-air gas and will accumulate in low-lying areas. Methane is slightly more buoyant than normal air and so will be all around, but will tend to contaminate our atmosphere from the top down. These gases are sickening and killing oxygen-using life all around the world, including human life, as our atmosphere is increasingly poisoned. Because both gases are highly flammable and because our entire civilization is built around fire and flammable fuels, this is leading to more fires and explosions. This is an extinction level event and will likely decimate both the biosphere and human population and it is debatable whether humankind can survive this event.




A. More fires and more explosions, especially along the coasts, but everywhere generally.
B. Many more animal die-offs, of all kinds, and especially oceanic species.
C. More multiples of people will be found dead in their homes, as if they'd dropped dead.
D. More corpses found in low-lying areas, all over the world.
E. More unusual vehicular accidents.
F. Improved unemployment numbers as people die off.




Category: Variety Pack

2019-11-05 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits school and sends 13 students to hospitals in Shreveport (Louisiana):
http://www.ksla.com/2019/11/05/possible-gas-leak-reported-shreveport-school/
http://www.ksla.com/video/2019/11/05/medical-emergency-sends-or-more-students-hospital-authorities-evacuate-school/
http://www.ksla.com/video/2019/11/06/no-classes-nov-broadmoor-middle-authorities-seek-source-medical-emergency/

Quote: "Broadmoor Middle Laboratory School will be closed as a precaution Wednesday as authorities search for the cause of a mystery medical emergency that sent at least 13 students to hospitals. Medical emergency sends 13 or more students to hospital; authorities evacuate school What initially was reported as a possible natural gas leak spurred a large emergency response Tuesday afternoon and caused officials to evacuate the campus on Atlantic Avenue. At least 13 students have since been taken to area hospitals. Two students came out of a class feeling dizzy and complained of headaches, Caddo School District spokeswoman Mary Nash-Wood told KSLA News 12. Eleven more other students and three school staffers had similar symptoms, she added."

Quote: "Shreveport firefighters and CenterPoint Energy crews checked the campus for a gas leak and found none."

Note: So it smelled LIKE the odorant added to natural gas but it wasn't natural gas. That's what hydrogen sulfide smells like, all of those symptoms match those of low-level hydrogen sulfide poisoning, and they didn't find any natural gas. People will often mistake the smell of low concentrations of hydrogen sulfide for a gas leak, since the smell is the same, but hydrogen sulfide will not register on natural gas detectors...

2019-11-05 - Unknown rotten egg odor sends students and staff fleeing into gym at school in Grand Forks (North Dakota):
http://www.valleynewslive.com/content/news/Crews-respond-to-reported-gas-leak-at-GF-high-school-564507991.html
http://knoxradio.com/news/local/natural-gas-smell-forces-gfc-students-staff-gym
http://www.inforum.com/news/4756573-All-clear-after-suspected-gas-leak-at-Grand-Forks-Central-High-School

Quote: "The Grand Forks Fire Department says they were not able to find a leak at the school and didn't find a presence of natural gas in the air."

Quote: "Strandell said he and other staff members believe the smell may have been sewer gas."

Note: Sewer gas is the common name for hydrogen sulfide. They thought it was a natural gas leak, but it wasn't. Like I was just saying...

2019-11-05 - Unknown odor hits animal clinic and sends two people to the hospital in Fresno (California):
http://abc30.com/animal-clinic-evacuated-after-strange-odor-2-hospitalized/5674684/
http://news.yahoo.com/animal-clinic-evacuated-strange-odor-010546505.html

Quote: "A female customer, along with another person, was transported to the hospital. Four employees inside the building were treated at the scene, while some people complained of breathing problems. Pets are were held at the building across the street. It is unclear where the odor originated."

2019-11-05 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Lake Silver in Orlando (Florida):
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-ne-avoid-lake-silver-after-algae-bloom-orlando-officials-say-20191106-fbb5ogbl45ed5hudmxp7ghisia-story.html
http://bungalower.com/2019/11/05/lake-alert-lake-silver-has-microcystins-yall/

Quote: "Harmful algae blooms usually last three to five months and are typical in late summer and early fall, according to the Florida Department of Health. When these blooms decompose, they release an odor that can smell like rotten eggs due to the presence of hydrogen sulfide."

2019-11-05 - Climate crisis accelerating faster than expected, untold suffering ahead, say 11,000 scientists:
http://academic.oup.com/bioscience/advance-article/doi/10.1093/biosci/biz088/5610806
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/05/climate-crisis-11000-scientists-warn-of-untold-suffering
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/blame-planes-and-beef-climate-crisis-accelerating-faster-than-expected-say-11000-scientists-2019-11-05
http://www.yahoo.com/news/scientists-foresee-untold-suffering-another-climate-record-falls-192240500.html

Quote: "The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected (figure 2, IPCC 2018). It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity (IPCC 2019). Especially worrisome are potential irreversible climate tipping points and nature's reinforcing feedbacks (atmospheric, marine, and terrestrial) that could lead to a catastrophic “hothouse Earth,” well beyond the control of humans (Steffen et al. 2018). These climate chain reactions could cause significant disruptions to ecosystems, society, and economies, potentially making large areas of Earth uninhabitable."

2019-11-05 - Tanker truck explodes into flame at 5 AM and kills man near 39th Avenue and Indian School Road in Phoenix (Arizona):
http://www.mrt.com/news/article/Phoenix-police-Fuel-tanker-driver-burned-in-14814661.php
http://www.kgun9.com/news/local-news/phoenix-police-fuel-tanker-driver-burned-in-explosion-dies
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/article/Phoenix-police-Fuel-tanker-driver-burned-in-14814661.php
http://azdailysun.com/news/state-and-regional/phoenix-police-fuel-tanker-driver-burned-in-explosion-dies/article_4f2b2bfe-4058-54db-989a-2a6abede638c.html
http://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/arizona/articles/2019-11-05/fuel-truck-explosion-leaves-phoenix-area-man-with-face-burns
http://www.azfamily.com/news/man-in-critical-condition-after-fuel-truck-explosion-in-west/article_3352d1aa-ffcc-11e9-96b6-4b9a89de4dc8.html
http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/man-suffers-burns-to-head-face-in-reported-fuel-truck-explosion-in-phoenix-fire-department-says

Note: This is the 1945th tractor/tanker/semi to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-11-05 - Van explodes and burns in the East Lake area in Birmingham (Alabama), 1 killed, 1 injured:
http://www.al.com/news/2019/11/birmingham-van-explosion-critically-injures-2-people-shakes-houses.html
http://www.wvtm13.com/article/birmingham-fire-and-police-on-scene-of-large-explosion-in-east-lake-community/29705099
http://abc3340.com/news/local/authorities-on-scene-of-explosion-involving-a-van-in-birmingham
http://www.cbs42.com/news/local/birmingham-law-enforcement-investigating-explosion-in-south-eastlake/
http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/2019/11/east-lake-explosion-that-killed-1-critically-injured-another-ruled-accidental.html
http://www.wbrc.com/2019/11/06/authorities-investigating-explosion-east-lake/
http://whnt.com/2019/11/06/1-dead-following-van-explosion-in-birmingham/

2019-11-05 - Car bursts into flame and burns man to death on Iyyanarkoil Street near Mudaliarper (India):
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/puducherry/man-dies-in-car-fire/article29887468.ece
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/puducherry/man-charred-to-death-in-car-fire/article29892724.ece
http://www.f3nws.com/news/man-dies-in-car-fire-e7b419a6878

Quote: "A 32-year-old person was charred to death after his car caught fire on Iyyanarkoil Street near Mudaliarper on Tuesday morning. Police identified the victim as Muthukamaran, a resident of the street on which the incident took place. An initial probe has revealed that the victim was trapped in the car after its automatic system car got locked due to the fire, police said."

2019-11-05 - October was the hottest October ever recorded:
http://phys.org/news/2019-11-month-hottest-october-eu-climate.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/earth-just-experienced-its-hottest-october-ever/
http://www.yahoo.com/news/last-month-hottest-october-record-eu-climate-154155223.html
http://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/last-month-was-hottest-october-ever/ar-AAJTIu6
http://www.usnews.com/news/world-report/articles/2019-11-05/last-month-was-hottest-october-ever

2019-11-05 - Wall Street increasingly weighs risk from climate change:
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-results-climatechange-analysis/wall-street-increasingly-weighs-risk-from-climate-change-idUSKBN1XF2CS
http://wkzo.com/news/articles/2019/nov/05/wall-street-increasingly-weighs-risk-from-climate-change/954380/

Quote: "In the wake of two years of devastating wildfires in California, Wall Street is incorporating a new risk metric when evaluating companies: climate resiliency."




2019-11-05 - Wildfire grows to 2000 acres in Tehama County (California):
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/10267355-181/ranch-fire-in-tehama-county
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2019/11/04/air-quality-advisory-issued-for-bay-area-due-to-smoke-from-ranch-fire-in-tehama-co/
http://www.sfgate.com/california-wildfires/article/Ranch-Fire-Tehama-County-Red-Bluff-smoke-14810894.php
http://wildfiretoday.com/2019/11/03/the-ranch-fire-burns-hundreds-of-acres-southwest-of-red-bluff-calif/

2019-11-05 - Fishing trawler 'Bintang Jaya VI' damaged by fire off coastal Bali (Indonesia):
http://www.vesseltracker.com/en/Ships/Km-Bintang-Jaya-Vi-I2351588.html

Quote: "The 'Bintang Jaya VI', 168 gt, suffered problems in the waters of North Bali on Nov 5, 2019, at 4.15 p.m. A fire broke out aboard the ship that had departed from Probolinggo and was heading to Lombo Papua to collect a cargo of fish."

2019-11-05 - Fishing boat bursts into flame at pier in coastal Portland (Maine):
http://www.newscentermaine.com/article/news/local/portland/firefighters-battle-boat-fire-at-portland-pier/97-0da4dd83-4cf2-4859-8755-bb4c1084a774
http://www.wmtw.com/article/boat-fire-sends-smoke-billowing-over-portland-maine/29697687
http://bangordailynews.com/2019/11/05/news/portland/firefighters-battle-boat-fire-in-portland/
http://www.centralmaine.com/2019/11/05/fishing-catches-fire-at-portland-fish-pier/
http://www.pressherald.com/2019/11/05/fishing-catches-fire-at-portland-fish-pier/
http://twitter.com/PortlandFD/status/1191728329063387143
http://wblm.com/video-boat-fire-on-portland-fish-pier/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mswYy62IIWE

Note: These are the 912th and 913th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-11-05 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-10 in Tucson (Arizona):
http://www.kold.com/2019/11/05/tractor-trailer-fire-causes-traffic-delay-eastbound-i-/
http://www.kgun9.com/news/local-news/tractor-trailer-fire-causes-traffic-delay-on-eb-i-10-between-orange-grove-and-sunset-exits
http://kvoa.com/news/local-news/2019/11/05/eb-i-10-near-orange-grove-all-clear-after-restricted-by-vehicle-fire/

2019-11-05 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-20 in Kershaw County (South Carolina):
http://www.wltx.com/article/traffic/tractor-trailer-fire-i20-kershaw-camden-traffic-accident/101-f8d58a8a-9d34-4e16-9810-0d547e317847
http://twitter.com/SCDOTPress/status/1191703540735053824

2019-11-05 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-24 in Coffee County (Tennessee):
http://www.manchestertimes.com/news/local/tractor-trailer-burns-on-the-interstate/article_38ce2922-0012-11ea-a8e7-bbdbcb11714f.html

2019-11-05 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-75 in Saginaw County (Michigan):
http://www.wnem.com/news/central-dispatch-semi-fire-on-nb-i--in-saginaw/article_79185e48-fffa-11e9-aaed-7fbfd05b716e.html

2019-11-05 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Commerce Street is in Geneva (Alabama):
http://www.dothanfirst.com/news/local-news/traffic-alert-road-closed-in-geneva-after-18-wheeler-catches-fire/
http://www.oppnewsonline.com/2019/11/05/peanut-truck-catches-fire/

2019-11-05 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the Hume Highway in the Snowy Mountains (Australia):
http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/6476796/biscuit-dough-cheese-among-items-lost-in-hume-highway-truck-fire/

2019-11-05 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 3 AM on the M6 near Coventry (Britain):
http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/m6-closed-fire-rugby-coventry-3502055
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7650643/Lorry-fire-3am-sparks-M6-rush-hour-chaos.html
http://news.sky.com/story/m6-shut-down-as-fire-crews-deal-with-lorry-trailer-blaze-11854674
http://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10280293/huge-lorry-trailer-fire-m6/
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-50302532

Note: These are the 1946th, 1947th, 1948th, 1949th, 1950th, 1951st and 1952nd tractor/tanker/semi to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-11-05 - Dump truck bursts into flame on Highway 407 near York (Canada):
http://www.newmarkettoday.ca/local-news/dump-truck-fire-on-hwy-407-at-hwy-27-delays-traffic-york-police-1829544

2019-11-05 - Utility truck bursts into flame on I-25 near Colorado Springs (Colorado):
http://www.kktv.com/content/news/Vehicle-fire-causes-delays-on-southbound-I-25-south-of-Colorado-Springs-564528731.html
http://gazette.com/news/vehicle-fire-closes-southbound-i--south-of-colorado-springs/article_dedcd720-0029-11ea-9756-9b70f68888f7.html

2019-11-05 - Ambulance bursts into flame on I-291 in Springfield (Massachusetts):
http://www.wwlp.com/news/local-news/hampden-county/firefighters-put-out-ambulance-fire-on-i-291-in-springfield/

2019-11-05 - RV bursts into flame while parked at home in Williams (Oregon):
http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/dog-alerts-owners-of-rv-fire-114689/

Note: This is the 400th RV to burn in 2019...

2019-11-05 - Campervan bursts into flame at gas station in Kelowna (Canada):
http://globalnews.ca/news/6132198/emergency-crews-extinguish-vehicle-fire-at-kelowna-gas-station/
http://cfox.com/news/6132198/emergency-crews-extinguish-vehicle-fire-at-kelowna-gas-station/
http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/news/article_c55be1c0-005a-11ea-b8ec-dbd47be96fe4.html
http://infotel.ca/newsitem/camper-van-catches-fire-at-kelowna-gas-station/it67384
http://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/van-engulfed-in-flames-along-highway-33/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DViPCIgu3pc

2019-11-05 - Van bursts into flame on Patrick Street in Mullingar (Ireland):
http://www.westmeathexaminer.ie/2019/11/05/dramatic-scenes-as-van-goes-on-fire-on-mullingars-patrick-street/

2019-11-05 - SUV bursts into flame on the Sawgrass Expressway in Sunrise (Florida), near the coast:
http://wsvn.com/news/local/car-catches-fire-on-sawgrass-expressway-northbound-in-sunrise/

2019-11-05 - SUV bursts into flame while parked in San Gwann on the island of Malta:
http://www.tvm.com.mt/en/news/watch-car-on-fire-at-san-gwann/

Quote: "No one was injured in the car’s fire and indications are that the fire started by itself inside the car."

2019-11-05 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on I-90/39 in Janesville (Wisconsin):
http://www.gazettextra.com/no_meter/truck-fire-leaves-north-lanes-shut-down-on-i-/article_6766b6a2-3cc4-54fe-9713-186756da68a2.html

2019-11-05 - Car bursts into flame on Cates Bay Highway in Conway (South Carolina), 1 injured:
http://www.wmbfnews.com/2019/11/06/one-taken-hospital-after-vehicle-fire-conway-area/
http://www.wbtw.com/news/grand-strand/one-person-taken-to-hospital-after-vehicle-fire-on-cates-bay-highway/

2019-11-05 - Car bursts into flame at midnight in Knowlton Township (New Jersey), 1 injured:
http://dailyvoice.com/new-jersey/warren-hunterdon/police-fire/state-police-driver-seriously-burned-in-knowlton-car-fire-airlifted-to-hospital/778775/

2019-11-05 - Car bursts into flame on Northern Boulevard in coastal Queens (New York):
http://patch.com/new-york/jackson-heights-elmhurst/car-catches-fire-northern-boulevard-queens-fdny

2019-11-05 - Car bursts into flame on I-95 in Wilmington (Delaware):
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2019/11/05/wilmington-car-fire-interstate-95-north-frawley-stadium/4170019002/

2019-11-05 - Car bursts into flame on I-285 in DeKalb County (Georgia):
http://www.11alive.com/article/traffic/i285-car-fire-traffic/85-63471c6b-4398-4291-a1fe-858e0b3c4ff3

2019-11-05 - Car bursts into flame on I-91 in Windsor (Connecticut):
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Vehicle-fire-closes-lanes-on-I-91-14810580.php
http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Vehicle-fire-closes-lanes-on-I-91-14810580.php
http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Vehicle-fire-closes-lanes-on-I-91-14810580.php
http://www.middletownpress.com/news/article/Vehicle-fire-closes-lanes-on-I-91-14810580.php
http://www.wtnh.com/news/connecticut/hartford/vehicle-fire-halts-traffic-on-interstate-91-southbound-in-windsor/

2019-11-05 - Car bursts into flame in Stoke-sub-Hamdon (Britain):
http://www.dsfire.gov.uk/News/Newsdesk/IncidentDetail.cfm?IncidentID=51295&siteCategoryId=3&T1ID=26&T2ID=41

2019-11-05 - Car bursts into flame on the A38 in Derbyshire (Britain):
http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/burton/live-updates-long-delays-expected-3505552

2019-11-05 - Vehicle bursts into flame on street in Huntsville (Alabama):
http://www.waaytv.com/content/news/Traffic-alert-Vehicle-fire-blocking-Weatherly-Todd-Mill-roads-in-Huntsville-564521941.html

2019-11-05 - Car, garage and home go up in flames in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):
http://kfor.com/2019/11/05/firefighters-put-out-house-fire-that-started-in-garage/

Quote: "A car in a garage may have sparked a fire near Northwest 44th and Nob Hill Road in the Oklahoma City/Yukon area on Tuesday."

2019-11-05 - Cars and auto shop destroyed by fire in Wagoner (Oklahoma):
http://www.newson6.com/story/41277386/fastmoving-explosive-fire-destroys-downtown-wagoner-business
http://www.kjrh.com/news/local-news/wagoner-fire-department-on-scene-of-mechanic-shop-fire-police-say
http://www.newson6.com/story/41274317/wagoner-firefighters-responding-to-mechanic-shop-fire
http://www.muskogeephoenix.com/news/fire-consumes-wagoner-auto-shop/article_87474a24-e833-5ab4-b03c-e707b97ef91c.html
http://www.tulsaworld.com/communities/wagoner/news/gallery-tuesday-morning-blaze-destroys-wagoner-business/collection_c69d3818-5a1e-597c-8997-cc3d08dddcca.html#3

Quote: "'You got cars in there; fuel tanks are exploding, any car that has a fuel tank is going to explode,' said Kelly Grooms, the fire chief in Wagoner."

2019-11-05 - Farm equipment destroyed by fire in the wee hours, barn damaged, in Thornapple Township (Michigan):
http://fox17online.com/2019/11/05/multiple-crews-battling-barry-county-barn-fire/

Quote: "The fire destroyed several pieces of farm equipment, but crews were able to save some of the barn from being a total loss."

2019-11-05 - Auto shop heavily damaged by fire on Leitersburg Pike in Hagerstown (Maryland):
http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/fire-causes-damage-to-automotive-business-on-leitersburg-pike/article_89d290f1-3f74-5bc5-8167-35dfde541746.html
http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/complete-car-care-fire/video_d34f2b6d-2261-5a00-827c-c193b4ccaca7.html
http://www.localdvm.com/news/maryland/fire-at-auto-repair-shop-off-of-leitersburg-pike/

2019-11-05 - Auto shop and two mobile homes destroyed by fire at 4 AM in West Yellowstone (Montana):
http://www.kbzk.com/news/west-yellowstone-blaze-forces-some-evacuations
http://www.krtv.com/news/montana-and-regional-news/fire-destroys-several-buildings-in-west-yellowstone
http://www.kxlh.com/news/west-yellowstone-blaze-forces-some-evacuations
http://www.ktvh.com/news/west-yellowstone-blaze-forces-some-evacuations

2019-11-05 - Market heavily damaged by two separate simultaneous fires on coastal Lagos Island (Nigeria):
http://lasvegassun.com/news/2019/nov/05/nigerian-firefighters-battle-huge-blazes-at-market/
http://www.richmond.com/business/ap/nigerian-firefighters-battle-huge-blazes-at-market-in-lagos/article_80d0ef6d-8b37-5fb1-a819-4f7c0437bea5.html
http://www.statesville.com/news/state/ap/nigerian-firefighters-battle-huge-blazes-at-market-in-lagos/article_9d60a7d8-2934-55bb-b3ec-98d06ceab2f7.html
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sns-bc-af--nigeria-market-fire-20191105-story.html
http://fox61.com/2019/11/05/firefighters-tackle-huge-blaze-in-lagos/

Quote: "Nigerian firefighters were battling two fires that broke out almost simultaneously Tuesday at a busy market in central Lagos, the country's largest city and commercial center."

Quote: "The two fires don't appear to be related, he said, adding that it wasn't immediately clear if there were any casualties."

Quote: "The Balogun market sprawls across many blocks on Lagos Island."

2019-11-05 - Garage destroyed by fire at home in Ankeny (Iowa):
http://www.kcci.com/article/ankeny-fire-department-battles-blaze-in-two-car-garage/29705408

2019-11-05 - Home damaged by garage fire in St. Maries (Idaho), firefighter goes into cardiac arrest:
http://www.krem.com/article/news/local/st-maries-firefighter-suffers-cardiac-arrest/293-170cdfec-1336-495b-8a99-7e330698e766

Quote: "Lt. Phil Diffenbaugh suffered a cardiac event that immediately put him into cardiac arrest while fighting the fire in St. Maries."

2019-11-05 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 6:50 AM on East 100th Street in Runnells (Iowa), 1 injured:
http://www.kcci.com/article/6-evacuated-1-hospitalized-in-runnells-house-fire/29697438
http://whotv.com/2019/11/05/6-people-escape-early-morning-fire-in-rural-runnells/

2019-11-05 - Home heavily damaged by fire in coastal Hampton (Virginia):
http://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-nw-olde-wythe-house-fire-20191105-qn66hcbpzfct5j36hhq7hjl24u-photogallery.html
http://www.dailypress.com/dailypress/118952828-132.html

2019-11-05 - Home heavily damaged by fire just after 11:30 PM on Ray Street in Ludlow (Massachusetts):
http://www.wwlp.com/news/mutual-aid-called-in-for-ludlow-house-fire/

2019-11-05 - Home heavily damaged by fire on 80th Avenue in Zeeland (Michigan):
http://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/20191105/zeeland-home-heavily-damaged-in-fire

2019-11-05 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Donald Drive in Goffstown (New Hampshire), nobody there:
http://www.wmur.com/article/home-sustains-significant-damage-in-goffstown-blaze/29705230

2019-11-05 - Home destroyed by fire on Rosetta Way in Davidsonville (Maryland):
http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2019/11/05/davidsonville-fire-rosetta-way/
http://twitter.com/AACoFD/status/1191896665524969473

2019-11-05 - Apartment building damaged by fire on Tricia Lane in coastal Newport News (Virginia), 1 injured:
http://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/local/mycity/newport-news/one-person-hurt-in-newport-news-fire/291-caa843f0-1932-4358-ab80-863fe8de9aad

2019-11-05 - Deadly fire burns detached garage at home in Mississauga (Canada), 1 killed:
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2019/11/05/man-dead-in-mississauga-garage-fire.html

2019-11-05 - Deadly fire burns mobile home on Well Road in Hayden (Idaho), 1 killed:
http://www.cdapress.com/local_news/20191106/hayden_man_dies_in_mobile_home_fire
http://www.postregister.com/news/state/northern-idaho-man-dies-in-mobile-home-fire/article_ea8c24d6-d5ed-5084-b4cc-754d1c9911d1.html

2019-11-05 - Vacant home burns at 5:32 AM in Chester (Pennsylvania):
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/11/05/firefighters-battle-blaze-at-abandoned-house-in-chester/




2019-11-05 - Goat found dead at Ellis Lake Park in Marysville (California):
http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2019/11/04/goat-found-dead-marysville-lake/

2019-11-05 - Elephants and other wildlife dying from severe drought in Zimbabwe:
http://www.itv.com/news/2019-11-06/severe-drought-ravages-zimbabwe-leaving-hundreds-of-animals-dead/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/elephants-dead-in-zimbabwe-southern-africa-severe-drought-11-06-2019/
http://www.westernmassnews.com/general/zimbabwe-s-severe-drought-killing-elephants-other-wildlife/article_a8fb3194-1f44-520b-a2b2-3b607ea03314.html




2019-11-05 - Two boys, 15 and 16, dies in the Godavari River near Pedalanka (India):
http://www.uniindia.com/two-school-boys-drown-in-godavari-river/south/news/1780757.html




2019-11-05 - Man, 41, has 'medical issue' and slumps over dead in car before 5:45 AM near Wichita (Kansas):
http://www.ksn.com/news/local/deputies-respond-to-report-of-accident-in-southeast-sedgwick-county/
http://www.kake.com/story/41273228/driver-who-died-near-wichita-possibly-suffered-medical-condition
http://newstral.com/en/article/en/1139018489/man-found-in-vehicle-in-sedgwick-county-likely-died-from-medical-condition-officer-says

Quote: "Investigators say there was no evidence of a crash, no sign of trauma and the vehicle air bag did not deploy. They say it appears he suffered from a medical issue."

2019-11-05 - Man, 52, found dead in donation bin in Van Nuys (California):
http://abc7.com/hollywood-superman-found-dead-in-van-nuys/5677004/
http://www.tmz.com/2019/11/06/hollywood-blvd-superman-christopher-dennis-found-dead-52-homeless/

2019-11-05 - Man, 31, found dead in Bayou Desiard (Louisiana):
http://www.knoe.com/content/news/Ouachita-parish-body-found-564503711.html

2019-11-05 - Man found dead outside church in Florida City (Florida):
http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Mans-Body-Found-Outside-Florida-City-Church-564510381.html

2019-11-05 - Person found dead in the Hudson River in coastal Jersey City (New Jersey):
http://www.rlsmedia.com/article/body-found-floating-hudson-river-jersey-city

2019-11-05 - Man found dead on trail in Union Township (Pennsylvania):
http://local21news.com/news/local/missing-man-found-dead-on-berks-county-trail

2019-11-05 - Man, 26, goes for hike and dies near Chena Hot Springs (Alaska):
http://www.adn.com/alaska-news/fairbanks/2019/11/05/soldotna-man-missing-on-hike-near-fairbanks-found-dead/

2019-11-05 - Man in his 30s found dead in submerged car in river in Avocado Heights (California):
http://ktla.com/2019/11/05/man-killed-when-car-overturns-lands-in-avocado-heights-area-riverbed/

2019-11-05 - Man, 64, found dead in Ochoco Creek in Prineville (Oregon):
http://kbnd.com/kbnd-news/local-news-feed/472699
http://centraloregondaily.com/recovered-body-idd-as-prineville-homeless-man/

2019-11-05 - Man found dead near US 71 near Lecompte (Louisiana):
http://www.thetowntalk.com/story/news/2019/11/05/rapides-sheriffs-office-body-male-found-near-lecompte-highway/4167775002/

2019-11-05 - Woman, 18, boxer, found dead at home in coastal Inverness (Scotland):
http://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10280302/teen-boxing-star-dead/

2019-11-05 - Man found dead in or near burn (stream) near Woodmill Road in Dunfermline (Scotland):
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-50302030
http://www.dunfermlinepress.com/news/18015039.body-man-discovered-dunfermline-burn/

2019-11-05 - Man found dead in coastal Aberdeen (Scotland):
http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/4919092/darren-sadler-missing-body-found-police/

2019-11-05 - Boy, 15, has 'medical emergency' at home, dies shortly later, on Manor Crescent in coastal Newport (Britain):
http://www.countypress.co.uk/news/18017620.police-confirm-death-15-year-old-boy-following-medical-emergency/




2019-11-05 - Man, 74, goes missing from boat, boat found idling near coastal Little Palm Island (Florida):
http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Florida-Keys-Man-Missing-After-His-Boat-Found-With-Engines-Idling-564558061.html
http://www.local10.com/news/florida/monroe-county/florida-keys-man-missing-after-boat-found-with-engines-idling

Quote: "On Tuesday afternoon, the boat, a 30-foot center console with multiple outboards, was found Tuesday afternoon anchored just off Little Palm Island with the engines idling. There was no sign of Gyurstak, investigators said."

2019-11-05 - Man, 53, has 'medical episode', SUV mows down man and boy, in coastal Neutral Bay (Australia), 2+ injured:
http://au.news.yahoo.com/eightyearold-school-boy-fighting-for-his-life-after-being-hit-outside-sydney-school-091352492.html
http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/man-and-child-taken-to-hospital-after-being-hit-by-a-car-in-neutral-bay/news-story/e5adcf1c675860829b845be961a74531
http://www.9news.com.au/national/neutral-bay-car-accident-man-and-child-hit-by-car-on-ben-boyd-road/d6d61ed7-6cc5-4b26-b8a7-b0d403b0d662
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7658139/Neutral-Bay-crash-driver-suffered-medical-episode-hitting-boy-8-father-40.html
http://receive.news/11/06/2019/man-and-child-taken-to-hospital-after-being-hit-by-car-in-neutral-bay/

Quote: "The 53-year-old driver was taken to Royal North Shore hospital to be treated for shock and is assisting police with their inquiries. It is believed the male driver suffered a medical episode, according to 7 News."

2019-11-05 - Police officer has 'medical event', police car crashes into 3 parked vehicles, in coastal Christchurch (New Zealand):
http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/117240401/police-officer-had-medical-event-before-crashing-into-parked-cars-in-christchurch
http://www.odt.co.nz/star-news/star-christchurch/medical-event-behind-police-car-crash

Quote: "A police officer who crashed an unmarked vehicle into three parked cars in Christchurch had suffered a medical event."

2019-11-05 - Tanker truck overturns on Contreras Road near Skull Valley (Arizona):
http://gcmaz.com/fire-crews-tended-to-a-rollover-involving-a-tanker-tuesday-near-skull-valley/

2019-11-05 - SUV veers off road at 12:15 AM, plunges into Westchester Lagoon, in coastal Anchorage (Alaska), 1 killed, 2 injured:
http://www.ktva.com/story/41272872/suv-crashes-into-westchester-lagoon-1-dead
http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Large-section-of-Minnesota--564496841.html
http://www.adn.com/alaska-news/anchorage/2019/11/05/1-dead-1-missing-after-speeding-suv-rolls-into-westchester-lagoon-police-say/

2019-11-05 - Pickup truck veers off road, overturns, bursts into flame, near Oxbow (North Dakota), 1 injured:
http://www.kvrr.com/2019/11/05/man-hurt-after-pickup-crashes-and-catches-on-fire/

2019-11-05 - Car veers off road at 3:30 AM, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, on Lake Shore Road in Manchester (New Hampshire), 1 killed:
http://www.caledonianrecord.com/news/state/driver-dies-in-crash-car-struck-tree-caught-fire/article_96f1770e-935e-5b5a-b1fe-a83efb94fe7b.html
http://www.theeagle.com/news/national/driver-dies-in-crash-car-struck-tree-caught-fire/article_2861e63d-63e6-5325-aa4f-61cda2574b6f.html
http://www.wacotrib.com/driver-dies-in-crash-car-struck-tree-caught-fire/article_a2e9415b-9474-5f9f-bebc-e7a5ece8ab32.html

2019-11-05 - Car veers off road, crashes into home, in coastal Jacksonville (Florida), 1 injured:
http://www.jacksonville.com/news/20191105/car-crashes-through-jacksonville-home-misses-woman-watching-tv




2019-11-05 - Child has 'medical episode' on street in coastal Sunderland (Britain):
http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/crime/child-taken-hospital-after-medical-episode-sunderland-street-828712

Quote: "Emergency services were called to Southwick Road in the city at around 6pm on Tuesday, November 5, following a ‘medical episode’ involving a child."

2019-11-05 - Volcano Popocatepetl erupts twice in 8 minutes near Mexico City (Mexico):
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1200442/mexico-volcano-Popocatepetl-volcano-eruption-ash-video-latest-warning

2019-11-05 - Freaky unexplained cloud formation appears over Florida:
http://strangesounds.org/2019/11/strange-clouds-florida-video-sky-phenomenon.html

2019-11-05 - Scientists predict El Nino in 2020 based on earlier warning method:
http://www.yahoo.com/news/scientists-predict-el-nino-2020-163608017.html

2019-11-05 - Several blasts of arctic cold will bring an early winter to millions across the US:
http://www.yahoo.com/news/several-blasts-arctic-cold-bring-180952095.html

2019-11-05 - The Deutsche Bank death watch has taken a very interesting turn:
http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/the-deutsche-bank-death-watch-has-taken-a-very-interesting-turn

2019-11-05 - Voyager 2 reaches interstellar space, scientists detect plasma density jump:
http://phys.org/news/2019-11-voyager-interstellar-space-scientists-plasma.html
http://www.sott.net/article/423243-Voyager-2-reaches-interstellar-space-Scientists-detect-plasma-density-jump

2019-11-05 - Ancient 70-mile-long wall found in western Iran:
http://www.livescience.com/hadrians-wall-of-iran-discovered.html
http://www.sott.net/article/423267-Ancient-70-mile-long-wall-found-in-Western-Iran


          

NAF breaths new life into Albatros

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Nigeria’s continuing counter-insurgency campaign against Boko Haram is the driving force behind a further small increase in the capabilities of its air force. Alan Dron reports.
          

Stunning Ideas For Any Event In London

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If you are looking for event decorators in London, then you have found the experts at Kenza Creations. Whatever you are celebrating, whether it is an Asian or Nigerian wedding, a birthday, a retirement party, birth of a baby, or one of a host of other things, we have a whole catalogue of stunning ideas. That's why we have the word " Creations" in our name, because our team uses astounding creativity to come up with incredible ideas. Contact detail: 02075113398 info@kenzacreations.co.uk http://www.kenzacreations.co.uk/
          

Papa celebra registro de braceros indocumentados en parroquias de Italia

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El papa Francisco celebró hoy el acuerdo al que han llegado la diócesis de San Severo en Apulia (sur de Italia) y su Ayuntamiento para registrar como residentes en algunas parroquias rurales a los braceros africanos indocumentados que trabajan durante el verano en el campo.

Papa celebra registro de braceros indocumentados en parroquias de Italia

Tras el rezo del Ángelus, el papa agradeció a la diócesis y al Ayuntamiento la firma el pasado 28 de octubre de este memorando de entendimiento, que "permitirá a los trabajadores de los llamados 'guetos de la Capitanata', en la zona de Foggia, obtener una domiciliación en las parroquias y la inscripción en el registro municipal".

Francisco alabó que este acuerdo, que no tiene precedentes en Italia, otorgará documentos de identidad y una residencia a estas personas y "les ofrecerá una nueva dignidad", además de permitirles "salir de una condición de irregularidad y explotación".

Cada verano, miles de inmigrantes procedentes de países como Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal y Gambia, pero también del este de Europa, trabajan en la recogida de cosecha en la zona de La Capitanata, en la provincia de Foggia, pero lo hacen en negro, porque son irregulares.

No pueden inscribirse como residentes en Italia ni pagar sus impuestos, ya que carecen de un domicilio fijo durante un periodo determinado de tiempo, tal y como exige la ley.

Para ellos, ser inscritos en los registros municipales como residentes en estas parroquias les permitirá poner en regla su situación, disfrutar de servicios sociales y tener la posibilidad de firmar un contrato de trabajo.

Uno de los principales impulsores del acuerdo ha sido el limosnero del papa, el cardenal Konrad Krajewski, que visitó a los inmigrantes indocumentados en esta zona el pasado septiembre, informa el portal de información vaticana Vatican News.

"Los braceros quieren pagar sus impuestos, ser reconocidos, trabajar dignamente, pero sin documentos no pueden", declaró Krajewski a los medios italianos durante su visita. EFE

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An antique, authentic, ritually used maskfromthe Ibibio tribe in Nigeria. A mask danced during the Ekpo masquerade, this piece clearlywascarved to poke fun at white colonials, here portrayed with a striking kiss curl. Whilst supposedly caricatural, the mask has a rare elegance to it and is beautifully carved. First half of the 20th century, wood with several layers of paint.with some wear. Paintings may be viewed in Norwich and in Paris, as well as in London and Cambridge by appointment. Please contact us if you would like further details and images of an artwork.
          

Amazing Nigerian Wedding Decorations In London

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If you are looking for Nigerian wedding decorators in London, Kenza Creations can produce amazing décor. Take a stroll through our gallery and see the stunning displays we have created for others, to get an idea of what we can do. Your wedding day is the most important day of your life and it is something that will be remembered always, so make an appointment to come and visit us and we can discuss your ideas. Contact detail: 02075113398 info@kenzacreations.co.uk http://www.kenzacreations.co.uk/
          

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Hello good afternoon to whom it may concern. First I want thank you, the members of YISA Nigeria, for helping our youth on agriculture. You are doing a great job for the present and future generations of Nigeria. My name is Chinedu. I have a few questions about palm tree plantation: how long does it take palm trees to start producing fruits, what type of palm tree can yield high content and where can I buy germinated palm trees of that type in Anambra.
          

Natural Shea Butter

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We export Shea Butter in bulk from Nigeria. Packed with nutrients, Shea butter is incredible skin food and a natural body moisturizer, pure enough to soften and rehydrate skin of all ages. It is great for impoverished, sensitive skin, and has excellent feedback on dry skin. Shea butter is also reputed for feeding the skin with all the needed nutrients. We sell 1kg for $20
          

Iri-ji Festival 2018 & 20th Anniversary Celebration

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The time has come for ICSN to celebrate our biggest annual event of the year - The Iri-ji (New Yam) Festival 2018 and this year, our 20th anniversary celebration and you are all invited! Join us on Saturday 27th October 2018 at The Royal Regency for a night celebrating a vibrant and rich aspect of Nigerian culture. This a family event and has something for everyone! There will be buffet food, special dance performances, live band, masquerades, prize giveaways, live performances, an afterparty and more besides. We are going to party like it’s our birthday until the early hours of Sunday with the DJ playing the latest in RnB, Hip Hop, Afrobeat and High Life!! Saturday 27th October 2018 6pm-late The Royal Regency 501 High Street Nth London E12 6TH Nearest tube station: East Ham Nearest train station: Manor Park Dress code: Traditional African attire or smart/formal wear Price: Early bird £20 £25 standard. MOTD Kids 10-16 years old: £10. Under 10s free Buy tickets online: http://icsn.co.uk/event/iri-ji... All roads lead to Iri-Ji. This is one event you do not want to miss. #IgboCulturalandSupportNetwork #ICSN #ICSN20 #Est1998#IgwebuikeUdoNaOganiru #IriJi2018#20thAnniversaryCelebration #NextGeneration #ICSNLegacy
          

Nigerians in Diaspora Urged to Invest in Real Estate Back Home

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ASA’s African Royale Ball Celebrates African Culture

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Natalie Irula Opinion Editor Blue and white balloons lined the halls of the Innovation Center’s third floor last Friday as students, faculty, friends, family and everyone alike gathered to celebrate African culture.  The African Royal Ball, hosted by the African Student Association (ASA), embraced the African-American population at ESU, honoring the school’s diversity.  Doors opened at 6:30 p.m. and attendees waited until 7 p.m. for the event to begin with ticket sales going towards the newly established club.  “This is our second annual African Royal Ball,” said Sarah Owusu, an ASA member. “The event is basically to capture African culture, music, food, and dance. It’s a way for everybody to come out, dress up and socialize.” The atmosphere was electric as students came dressed in traditional ensembles and showed off their heritage flags, hanging off their backs like capes.   The green and white of the Nigerian flag and the red, yellow and green of the Ghanaian flag were hard to miss among the represented African countries that night.  The main ballroom was filled with vibrant colors, laughter, and music by African artists. “I couldn’t resist playing this event because it is like family,” said Jamal Avery, the DJ for [...]

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Five years of Air Peace: A ray of hope for Nigeria’s domestic airlines

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Air Peace, five years, Airline, Nigeria, Xenophobia, Xenophobic attack, South Africa, international routes, domestic airline, Allen Onyema

Looking at the activities of domestic airline operations in Nigeria with reference to the operational activities of Air Peace airline in the past five years, SHOLA ADEKOLA examines the effects of the past and the present, using Air Peace model to beam a ray of hope in air transportation in Nigeria   Domestic airlines in […]

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Nigeria’s lack of respect for dead heroes

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Nigeria’s lack of respect for dead heroes

In this report, TADE MAKINDE, OLAKUNLE MARUF and ISHOLA MICHAEL visited landmark monuments named after prominent Nigerian heroes, detailing their present state and what used to be, which in most cases do not befit those whom they were named after.   ON June 12, 2019, Chief MKO Abiola, presidential candidate of the defunct Social Democratic […]

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Spectator to Spectacular: Untold stories of young Nigerian leaders

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Spectator to Spectacular: Untold stories of young Nigerian leaders

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ONE of the recent Sundays in the University of Ibadan campus, while the majority of the town and gown were in religious centres, parties and other social functions, a small group of people gathered in one of the halls of the university’s conference centre for the fourth edition of Spectator to Spectacular, with the theme […]

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Nigeria, one of Africa’s superpowers, closed all its land borders two months ago to tackle smuggling – but the unprecedented move is affecting trade across the region. Bustling borders have come to a standstill, with goods rotting and queues of lorries waiting at checkpoints in the hope the crossings will reopen. The closures were imposed […]

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Gombe-Numan highway rehabilitation: Gombe, Taraba, Borno commuters worry over pace of work

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After a tour of connected towns through which the Gombe-Numan highway runs, TOM GARBA reports the frustration of commuters and the economic losses occasioned by the deplorable condition of the road.   The federal road from Gombe to Yola is a stretch of 245 kilometers and a drive of about a maximum of three hours […]

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AluminumNow Oil Services

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AluminumNow oil services is an independent petroleum trading company with excellent continuous communication with sellers, buyers and their brokers throughout the world. We have the ability to supply light crude oil to refineries worldwide and finished petroleum products such as diesel fuel, kerosene, jet fuel and gasoline for Nigeria's growing economy. Now our comprehensive coverage areas are Nigeria, UK, Turkey, India, Far East and North America. We also help our consumer and clients to utilize the business opportunity in oil and gas sector, also for infrastructure development in Nigeria and Africa.
          

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Artist Brandon Marshall’s journey from graffiti to murals to galleries.

"Willie" — a man he never knew — inspired Brandon "Nosey" Marshall to become a graffiti artist. Marshall was 8 years old when his brother showed him graffiti on drainage ditch walls behind their East Memphis home. "It wasn't artistic," he says. "It was straight-up vandalism. But that stuck with me."

Most of the graffiti was done by one man. "It was just his name — and curse words and things. 'Willie.' I saw his name all over the neighborhood. Lamp posts, dumpsters, alleyways. It was probably just some teenage kid. I never met him. I never knew who he was.

"But after we saw that," he says, "me and the neighborhood kids were like, 'Oh, we can do it, too.' And somebody would get ahold of half a can of spray paint from their dad's garage, and we'd go down and just mess around. Everyone wrote their name. And cartoons."

Marshall has never stopped painting, but he's no longer doing much sneaking around. He's painted hundreds of Memphis signs and murals, including the "I Love Memphis" mural at Cooper and Young and the mural with the "Memphis American vibe" in the alley in front of the Rendezvous. "I think I own more square feet of wall space in this town — illegally and legally — than anyone else."

He currently is exhibiting his paintings and collages at Soul Owner gallery. "I'm in a weird in-between space. I'm fine-tuning my brush work and learning how to paint smaller so I can continue my studio practice and not just spray paint."

Now living in Detroit, Marshall, who gets high-dollar commissions to do murals for Nike and other companies, travels to Memphis several times a year to paint. His murals can be found from Denver to Melbourne, Australia. 

"I remember when there wasn't anybody else doing this," he says. "And for years, I had to go speak and educate people and convince people why this was a good idea to let me paint murals. Now I see articles that the city powers that be push out, and they're like, 'Come visit Memphis, the city of murals.'"

A native Memphian, now 32 years old, Marshall began painting as a child. "My grandfather bought us some watercolor sets. The cheap ones. One of my earliest memories is him putting newspaper on the kitchen table and setting us up with these brushes. I remember doing that and just spreading the paint around."

Watercolors gave way to spray paint when Marshall discovered Willie's work. "We would steal cigarettes and go spray paint in the ditch. We were just really destructive kids." Marshall's signature piece was "big eyes and a big nose and a smiley face."

"I wasn't taking it seriously," he says. "I was a little kid. It was an activity. Like playing pickup basketball or something. We were just passing the time."

Marshall had a rough transition going into Christian Brothers High School. "I had really bad acne and couldn't get a date and couldn't make a sports team," he says. He got his nickname after he joined a break-dancing club and began making friends. "I was always trying not to say anything stupid. I was always quiet and just kind of in the corner listening to everyone. And they were like, 'Oh, he's nosy.' They gave me that name, and I just kept it.

"I was painting in the ditch for a few years and then, as soon as I started meeting older graffiti writers who were well out of high school and selling weed, I was like, 'Oh, man, this is really cool.' At Christian Brothers, these guys would pick me up on Friday, and I would ride off with them. And then they would drop me back off at my house on Sunday night.

"That was everything I was living for," Marshall continues, "to make it to the weekend so I could go spray paint with these guys who I thought were so cool. We were painting trains in different train yards. We were painting on the highways. We were painting public places, too."

People noticed them painting on interstate overpasses, but, he says, "Most people are just driving. They're not really looking around. Sometimes cops see you, and sometimes you run. But I was always of the impression that I want to get away more than they want to chase me."

Marshall didn't yet have his own style. "I was just trying to understand how to use spray paint," he says. "We were the first generation of native Memphians actively trying to participate in that subculture of graffiti." He signed his work "Nosy" (originally without an "e") for a couple of years before he had a "word epiphany" after making his signature on a pay phone. He realized "nosy" stood for "no see — no one sees you." 

Marshall majored in art at the University of Memphis, but he dropped out after one semester. "I hated explaining my art," he says.

In addition to painting letters, Marshall also was creating "mostly cartoony illustrations. I was referencing things, too. I would go to the Memphis Public Library and take out books on Ralph Steadman and different illustrators who I liked and try to understand how they were coming up with characters."

Marshall and his friends sometimes got permission to paint a building. "If you ask a building owner if you can paint their building and you have permission, you're painting a mural. 'Graffiti' means you do not have permission."

One of Marshall's earliest murals was the sign at Wild Bill's with saloon lettering and a portrait "based on a really bad reference photo" of owner William Storey. "I listened to music, and they fed me some food. I made $100, and I did my favorite thing. It was the genesis of me thinking, 'How can I monetize this?'"

That led to more work. "I was getting little odd jobs painting people's vans or trucks ... jobs off Craigslist at 18, 19 [years old] painting people's garages."

He used various lettering styles. "There is a Tennessee style, and I try to do that. It's very big and gestural and menacing. It looks mean, with sharp points.

"In Memphis all of us were very broke, so we used a lot of bucket paint. It's a little more sloppy. But there are things that you can't do with spray paint that you can do with bucket paint and a roller. You can make things taper off and get long, clean edges."

When he was 21, Marshall moved to Olive Branch, Mississippi, to take care of his grandfather, who had Parkinson's and dementia and was "going downhill." Marshall's life wasn't going well, either. "Between him dying and me being in this long relationship that fell apart and friends going down scary paths — it's the South, and I became religious." He never stopped "painting illegally" during his religious phase. "I was like, 'Well, maybe these guys won't understand it, but this is just who I am, and this is what I do. I'm not going to stop doing that for God or man.'"

Marshall's religious phase ended after he began dating a woman he met while he was teaching Bible study at a community center. They eventually married. He applied and got a grant to paint a mural for a new UrbanArt Commission program. "The budget was $30,000 for these murals, which is more money than I'd ever seen," he says.

Marshall painted a white family and a black family in a mural that still survives at Greenlaw Community Center. "We painted Martin Luther King. And Jesse Owens, because it was an athletic center."

He used his grant money to pay his taxes and buy a 1992 Toyota truck and a house in Orange Mound. "I was like, 'I'm going to paint every day. I'm not going to have a job. I'm just going to survive, and something will happen.' I knew in my heart I could do this, but I'd never heard of anyone who [called themselves] a full-time muralist."

Marshall began teaching others how to paint murals and graffiti lettering. "It got to the point where I mentored two or three generations of kids under me." He threw his first Soul Food graffiti art festival in 2005. "It was just about getting everybody together to paint a big mural. And we would get permission, generally."

He opened his home to the artists. If someone wanted to come to Memphis to paint, Marshall says, "They pretty much had a place to crash and someone to show [them] around. I've been an ambassador for Memphis graffiti art from the earliest days." The only Soul Food mural that still exists is a "mostly abstract typography" on one of the Chelsea flood walls.

Marshall often left for weeks to paint in other cities. "Nashville, Atlanta. I was riding the Greyhound bus everywhere. I rode it all through Texas out to California. Anywhere I would get invited, I would try to go."

In 2015, Marshall was chosen to be in a Meeting of Styles mural festival in Melbourne, Australia. His mural "was about American crime because a lot of people I was talking to over there were talking about Trump and guns and crime."

He painted his "I Love Memphis" mural in 2010. The mural, done in red and black with a heart standing for "love," has become something of a landmark.

Marshall, who plays blues guitar, is the originator of "Bluesman," an omnipresent drawing of a man with a guitar on his back. "It's just about being alone, really," he says. "I would spend a lot of time listening to blues music by myself at night. Something about the blues maybe intersects with my art in that it's simple, honest, and it's profound in its simplicity." A lot of the short phrases he writes next to "Bluesman" are "lines from blues songs that speak to me in that moment."

Marshall's marriage lasted five years. "She was like, 'You've always been married to your art before me,'" he says. He then decided to move out of Memphis. "I love Memphis, and I'm so thankful for everything it's done and how it's shaped me, but I want to make world-class art. And it's hard to be the best muralist in the world when things move so slowly. People are so obsessed with local here. Every commission I get it's like, 'Can you put the bridge in it?' 'Can you put Elvis on it?' 'Can you put barbecue? Rock-and-roll?' 'Can you put a guitar on it?'

"I got into this dark cycle of just going to the train yard," he says. "Then it was like three nights a week, four nights, then six nights a week to go in to paint the trains and drink and wait for my next mural job."

While he was still finalizing his divorce, Marshall got a call from Nike to paint three murals. His subjects included Beale Street signs and Penny Hardaway. "That was like a big-money job, and I felt like God, the universe, whatever you want to call it, was steering me down this path — a new time in my life," he says. "I got the money from them, and I sold my house in Orange Mound. That was enough money for me to go to Detroit and buy a house there."

He's starting at "square one" in Detroit. "I'm approaching people and asking, 'Hey, can I paint your wall? I'll do it for free under the condition that I get to paint whatever I want.'"

Marshall recently completed his largest mural — 160-feet-long by 20-feet-tall — for the Imagine Mural Festival in Smoketown, a neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky. "I painted a collaged timeline of a woman named Elmer Lucille Allen, who is 88, still alive and well, from Smoketown. She was the first African-American scientist at Brown Forman, the liquor conglomerate that owns Jack Daniel's and many others."

The mural includes samples of photos Allen sent Marshall over the years collaged with teapots and tapestries she makes and newspaper clippings.

Marshall combined his love of art, music, and dance when he was chosen in 2018 for a Next Level residency in Nigeria. He spent three weeks teaching mural-making and graffiti art. After teaching them how to monetize their work, some of his students have gone on to work for Jameson, Guinness, and other companies. "A lot of my students over there are working on big projects and changing the landscape of Nigeria," he says.

"Brandon is more than an aerosol artist to the communities that he serves," says Junious "House" Brickhouse, Next Level International Music Exchange Program director. "He is a musician, dancer, educator, and tradition-bearer. In Nigeria, it was clear Brandon's artistic upbringing in Memphis has informed his ability to form a bond with diverse communities. To this day, he continues to maintain the relationships he built during our time in Abuja by sharing his work, advice, and vision with student collaborators."

Marshall's show at Soul Owner features 42 hand-cut collages and three large paintings done in acrylic and aerosol.

"Nosey's strong sense of place impacts his narrative, giving his art an undeniable grit that speaks to the cultural tenacity of Memphis," says gallery owner Ashlee Rivalto. "The work is so captivating because there is more to each story than what meets the initial glance. There is a nuanced pulse of contrasting energy that keeps me looking for more in each piece. It is cryptic yet familiar, and you can find a different side of the tale every time you look."

Moving back to Memphis isn't out of the question, Marshall says. "It's like an Otis Rush song. He says, 'I can't quit you, baby, but I got to put you down for a while.' That's how I feel about Memphis."

He still paints abandoned buildings and trains, but, he says, "I'm really trying to put more of my energy into being taken more seriously as a visual artist. When you say 'I'm a graffiti artist' or 'street artist,' people in the gallery world put you in a box. I'm not trying to be a cool, edgy teenager anymore. I'm trying to make murals that would be in a museum. I want to be like Diego Rivera. I don't want to be Willie anymore."

"Native Son: Collection of Artworks by Nosey42" is on view from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, now through November 13th at Soul Owner at 579 N. McLean.


          

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Cardiovascular risk factors in sub-Saharan Africa: a review

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Cardiovascular risk factors in sub-Saharan Africa: a review

 

Manuel Monti1, Maria Pia Ruggieri2, Giovanni Maria Vincentelli3, Fernando Capuano4, Francesco Rocco Pugliese5

 

1 Emergency Department - AUSL UMBRIA1 Assisi (Perugia) Via V. Muller 1, Assisi (Perugia), Italy
2 Emergency Department - San Giovanni Hospital Rome
3 Emergency Department - Fatebenefratelli Hospital - Isola Tiberina Via Fatebenefratelli 1 Roma
4 Antel National President Rome
5 Head of Emergency Department - Pertini Hospital Rome

 

 

Abstract

Background: Ischemic heart disease is increasing dramatically in the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), owing toincreasing prevalence of risk factors, and to some characteristics of the African people that make the African population subject to the effects of major cardiovascular risk factors. The pace and direction of economic development, rates of urbanization, the changes in life expectancy, associated with different pathophysiological factors are causing an increased rate of atherosclerotic disease in these countries.

Results: In the next twenty years, the prevalence of ischemic heart disease in SSA will increase, due to increasedrisk factors,especially hypertension, diabetes, overweight and obesity, physical inactivity, tobacco use and the dyslipidemia, mainly due to an increase in urbanization. Moreover, thanks to new knowledge, it has been pointed out the difference of individual risk factors in the African population and other populations due to genetic differences. It is estimated that age-standardized approach for ischemic heart disease mortality rates will rise by 27% in African men and 25% in women by 2015 and by 70 and 74%, respectively by 2030.

Conclusion: More research is neededin Africa to provide evidence for cardiovascular prevention and treatment to mitigate the oncoming epidemic. Healthinterventions are needed for prevent or reduce the morbidity / mortality need to be addressed in both children and adults, including modifiedscore of the risk stratification, starting early therapy and aggressive, if necessary.

 

 

 

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a disabling growing epidemic that causes premature death and decreased quality of life. Globally, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), which include coronary heart disease (CHD), strokes, rheumatic heart disease (RHD), cardiomyopathy, and other heart diseases, represent the leading cause of death (1).Recent population studies demonstrate an increasing burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and related risk factors in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) (2). Despite evidence to suggest that CVD-related mortality rates are increasing in the region,  it is only now being recognized  as an important public health issue in sub-Saharan Africa, with coronary artery disease shown to rise in incidence in sub-Saharan Africa(3-4) . Cardiovascular diseases are the main non-communicable conditions in SSA and now 9.2% of total deaths in the African region are caused by CVD (5) , being the leading cause of death in the population over 45 years of age (6) .Cardiovascular diseases account for 7-10% of all adult medical admissions to hospitals in Africa, with heart failure contributing to 3-7% (7) .When studies on urban and rural populations were analyzed, the prevalence of CVD  was found to be higher in the urban than the rural population (8-9).

Behavioural risk factors

 The important contributors to this transition are the so-called “globalization” of dietary  habits and urbanization. Urbanization is the prime driver for nutrition transition and emergence of obesity, themetabolic syndrome and other NCDs in developing countries, especially SSA. The current average annual growth of the urban population in sub-Saharan Africa is 4.5%. Over the period 1980-2050, the urban population of Africa, as a whole, is expected to increase from 134 million to 1.264.000 million (10). The rural-to-urban migration in many of the developing countries exposes migrants to urbanized diets and lifestyle. Dietary changes associated with urbanization are related to the fact that rural dwellers tend to be more self-reliant in obtaining food and also tend to eat traditional diets that are high in grains, fruit and vegetables, and low in fat. Once they arrive in urban areas, these same people tend to rely more on external forces for sustenance, resulting in a shift from production of their own food to the purchase of processed foods (11).Major dietary changes include a large increase in the consumption of fats, particularly animal fat and added sugar and decrease in cereal and roughageintake (12).  This involves major changes of the main cardiovascular risk factors between the two areas(13) (tab.1). There was evidence of a significant increase in edible oil, indicating a major change in diet; dietary changes include a large increase in the consumption of fats, particularly animal fat and added sugar, associated to the decrease in cereal and fiber intake(14) (Fig.1). In fact, recent global figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that the prevalence of obesity is not just affecting the developed countries, but is also increasing in the developing countries, where over 115 million people suffer from obesity-related problems (15) .

Psychosocial factors

Psychosocial factors increase the number of risk factors. Some studies have shown that the number of countries registering , in recent years, a rise in the number of households owning televisions and computers is directlyproportionate to the reduction in physical activities, contributing arise in obesity in children (16-17). Alcohol and tobacco smoking are risk factors towards heart failure, ischemic stroke, heart disease, and acute myocardial infarction (18). Many studies show how alcohol and tobacco use are related to poverty and low socio-economic positions. Rural areas inhabitants are highly affected by such habits, especially compared to the other risk factors, which are  more common in urban areas(19-20) Smoking tendency is increasing among men and women in SSA, mainly in the age group between 30 and 49, with particular reference in women, increasing together with ageing (21). Furthermore, in many developing countries, psychosocial attitude toward obesity is not seen a negative factor (22-23). Mvo et al. and Puoane et al. reported that even if a large percentage of African women were overweight and obese, only a few perceived themselves so (24-25). Gambian populations were reported to be more obesity tolerant (acceptance of obese body size as normal) than African-Americans, and much more tolerant than white Americans (26) .Moreover, the double burden of under and over-nutrition presents a potentially grave situation, which should deserve more attention from both health and economic agencies engaged in development. While they continue to deal with the problems of infectious disease and under-nutrition, they are experiencing a rapid upsurge in disease risk factors, such as obesity and overweight, especially in urban settings. It is not uncommon to find under-nutrition and obesity existing side-by-side within the same country, the same community and the same household. Children in low and middle-income countries are more vulnerable to inadequate pre-natal, infant and young child nutrition. Simultaneously, they are exposed to high-fat, high-sugar, high-salt, energy-dense, micronutrient-poor foods, which is usually lower in cost but also lower in nutrient quality. These dietary patterns, in conjunction with lower levels of physical activity, result in sharp increases in childhood obesity, while undernutrition issues remain unsolved(27). Recently, the rise of obesity and cardiovascular risk factors were also seen in rural areas of some countries of the developing world. It has to be pointed out that many so-called rural areas are no longer genuinely rural: people are becoming more urbanized even in areas far from cities. This phenomenon, to some extent, is linked to the so-called "Remittance economy”. Migrant workers remittance led to a relative wealth, even in rural areas influencing some lifestyles (28).Such epidemiological transition is due, in part, to an improved longevity starting from the 1950s, so that more people are exposed to these risk factors, for long enough periods, to cause CAD. Globally considering risk factors, it has to be highlighted how the risk-factor burden experienced by blacks differs from that of whites. A recent study conducted in Ghana shows low median levels of cardiovascular risk factors and the prevalences of obesity, hypertension, dysglycaemia or diabetes, and dyslipidaemia were low too. The preponderance of moderately elevated levels of CRP was also low.However, the evidence has shown that younger patients (<55 years) were prone to a higher risk of atherosclerotic disease, which decreased ageing (29). Such difference, could be partially explained by the difficult collection of data about the actual incidence of risk factors among African population, which may lie in the complexity of conducting proper surveys in many countries, in order to perform an accurate risk stratification. In addition, women do not smoke or drink publicly, but it can assume that the women exhibit these behaviours privately in smaller proportions (30). Moreover there are some pathophysiological peculiarities in the African population, boosting an increased susceptibility to traditional cardiovascular risk factors.

Arterial hypertension

The prevalence of hypertension among urban dwellers in SSA appears to be particularly high, ranging from 8–25 per cent. At the dawn of the twentieth century, high blood pressure was virtually nonexistent among indigenous Kenyans and Ugandans. Starting from 1975, high blood pressure became established in Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda (31-32). In December 2006, among the adults living in Addis Abeba, the prevalence of hypertension was 50.9% between males and 47.1% among females (33). In  Cameroon the prevalence of hypertension among people aged 15-99 years in 2004 was 20.8%, a common issue especially among men (34). In Sub-Saharan Africa, age-adjusted hypertension prevalence and age-specific rates of death from stroke are higher among urban blacks than equivalent white populations (35). Yameogo et al showed resistant hypertension is common in black Africans, most affected subjects are people over 60 years old, with limited economic income and living in rural areas (36). Numerous studies have found that such population has an excess prevalence of salt sensitivity, hypervolemia, and low plasma renin activity (37-38).

Diabetes mellitus

In 2010, an estimated 12.1 million people with diabetes mellitus (4.2% of the global estimate of 285 million) were living in sub-Saharan Africa (39). The following year, diabetes prevalence rose to 14.7 million (4.02% of the global 366 million). By year 2030, a 90% projected increase in diabetes prevalence throughout SSA, skyrocketing the number of Africans with diabetes to 28 million. (39) The incidence of diabetes mellitus in IHD remains uncertain because many studies show that, among African population, the main complication of diabetes is the micro-angiopathies compared to Western countries, where the macrovascular complication is the most important (40-41). One common pathogenic mechanism for microvascular disease, is rooted in the chemical by-products of reactions between sugars and proteins occurring over the course of days to weeks, producing irreversible protein cross-linked derivatives AGE (42). The increase in AGE produces growth inhibition and apoptosis of retinal pericytes, also inducing an overproduction of endothelial growth factors and neovascularization, and chronic inflammation too (43-44). Such actions lead to an increased microthrombosis, capillary blockage, retinal ischemia and the activation of endothelial cells, responsible of important shortcomings involving mesangial cells and stimulating glomerular fibrosis (45-46). It has been suggested that, among black population, microvascular damage is due to a different genetic predisposition that stimulates the accumulation of AGEs with all the after-effects (45-46). The strong association between diabetes mellitus and hypertension among the African population, compared to the white population, worsens dramatically microvascular damage (47-48).

Visceral Fat

The phenotype of obesity, found among several ethnic groups in developing countries, appears to be different than among the Caucasian population. Several studies reported a correlation between  visceral fat (VF) and insulin-resistance, rise of triglycerides, blood pressure and metabolic syndrome. Moreover, VF  is correlated to all the conventional cardiovascular disease risk factors and with sedentary life-styles. VF might exhibit a proinflammatory adipokine profile, playing a pivotal role in coronary atherogenesis. The expansion of adipocytes with triglyceride is thought to be trigger the increased expression and production of inflammatory cytokines - such as TNF-α, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), IL-1β, −6, and −8, plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1)  and decreased expression and production of leptin and vasoprotective adiponectin. Furthermore, VF might exhibit a proinflammatory adipokine profile (49-50) (Fig.2). During the International Day for evaluation of abdominal obesity, a study, related to the waist circumference data, involving 63 countries, showed highest prevalence of visceral fat in SSA and South Asians, compared with North Europeans and other Asian ethnic groups (51). In fact, it was shown that a parity of average value of waist circumference and BMI in SSA, especially Nigeria and Cameroon, visceral adiposity is significantly higher than other populations (52). High percentage of body fat with low BMI value could be partly explained by body build (trunk to leg length ratio and slender body frame), muscularity, adaptation to chronic calorie deprivation, and ethnicity (53). Some studies also shown how the populations of SSA have an accumulation of visceral fat in other tissues where usually are not deposited (ectopic fat): this feature has the potential to affect insulin sensitivity (54) . A number of studies highlighted how African populations have a lower amount of epicardial fat than the white population: such matter is of considerable interest, as the epicardial fat is now considered an important emerging independent cardio - vascular risk factor (55) (Fig.3).

The markers of body fat distribution, including waist-hip ratio, abdominal subcutaneous and visceral fat diner a heritable component, support the thesis of unique genetic variants associated with ectopic fat depots(56-57-58). Fox et al identified a single nucleotide polymorphisms(SNP) near the TRIB2 locus, which is associated with pericardial fat but not with body mass index or visceral abdominal fat (59). This is the reason why we must carry out studies in order to highlight, among the African population, the genetic variants responsible for the increase in visceral fat but not in epicardial ectopic. This would allow the identification of subgroups among the population, with BMI and amount of visceral fat compiling the standard, who are at greater risk of atherosclerotic disease (60). Other factors, such as genotype, could make the African population very susceptible to visceral fat. Among others genetics, a pivotal role is fulfilled by LOX-1, a type-II membrane protein belonging to the C-type lectin family. The LOX-1 has a crucial part in amplifying local inflammatory responses during atherosclerotic development (61) (Tab.2). The study performed by Predazzi showed a higher frequencies of two polymorphisms associated with the risk for coronary artery disease (CAD) and acute myocardial infarction (AMI), among the South-Saharan rural populations (61)   Furthermore, it must be considered the identification of other  deleterious alleles lying on CVD associated genes (GJA4, SERPINE1 and MMP3), which have a higher frequencies in African population in respect to Europeans. (62)

Communicable Diseases

Several studies reported associations between the exposure to various infectious agents and the prevalent coronary disease(63-64-65). In 1891, Huchard was the first to suggest the involvement of infectious agents in the process of atherosclerosis. Subsequently, several reports shown a relationship between the development of atherosclerosis and the presence of infectious diseases (66-67).  Several types of microbes are now also being implicated as possible causative agents in acquired CVD, and a few bacterial agents have been a research topic for several years. Organisms such as the spirochetes Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease) or the Treponema pallidum (syphilis), and flagellated bacteria such as the streptococci, have well-recognized atherosclerotic potential. Interest in the role of infection in atherosclerosis was renewed with the observation that patients with coronary artery disease were more likely than matched controls to have an elevated antibody titer to Chlamydia pneumonia (68-69). Multiple complex processes are involved in the development of CVD. The increased incidence of infectious diseases has highlighted the expression of proinflammatory immune system to survive up to older ages. Although the increase of the protein Cwas not related to an increase of atherosclerotic disease, other acute-phase reactants, including fibrinogen and serum amyloid A, appear to be associated with vascular risk.This selection of a proinflammatory status is confirmed by the higher levels of the proinflammatory cytokine, including the interleukin-6 (IL6) (70). The macrophage is a critical component in the pathway to atherosclerotic inflammation. During an infectious process causes the activation of macrophages, including the  secretion of numerous factors (AGF; TGF; 1,2,4 FGF;VEGF). These substances stimulate the appearance of endothelial cells and are responsible for the creation of a systemic hypercoagulable state (71-72). In addition, mitogenic factors are released through an NF-Kβrelated mechanism, leading to smooth muscle cell proliferation and however there is an increase of monocytes through transendothelial migration at the level of the coronary (73-74). This  means that the activated macrophages stimulate bothlocal lipid accumulation and the instability that presages plaque rupture (75-76-77).

Coronary Heart Disease

IHD remains relatively uncommon in SSA despite an increasing prevalence of risk factors but its incidence is rising. A study of the 1954 have evidenced by 3,500 postmortem studies in Ghana in which only three cases of CHD were found (78). In Uganda, the National Heart Institute at Mulago alone, currently receives at least 100 patients every day with 5-8 being new cases (a total of about 36,500 patients per year with 1,825-2,920 being new cases). In 2011,heart cases increased by 20% bringing the number to 12,000 with  256 new cases registered in January alone (79). The WHO estimated that in 2005, IHD caused approximately 261 000 deaths in the African region, and current projections suggest that this number will nearly 600.000 by 2030. It is estimated that age-standardized mortality rates for IHD will rise by 27% in African men and 25% in women by 2015, and by 70 and 74%, respectively by 2030 (80) (Fig.4). The increase in IHD in Sub-Saharan Africa since the 1980s is presumably because of the increasing prevalence among African populations of the classical risk factors for CAD, include hypertension, smoking, diabetes, abdominal obesity and dyslipidemia. In addition, as a result of developments in combating communicable diseases and a decrease in childhood mortality, life expectancy in Sub-Saharan Africa has risen since the 1950 and  the number of individuals aged over 60 years is predicted to increase from 39 to 80 million by 2025 in SSA. This meaning that more people are exposed to these risk factors for long enough periods to cause CAD (81-82).

Conclusion

This review attempts to assess the prevalence, levels of risk and major risk factors for developing  cardiovascular disease in SSA.This article answered specific research questions and hypotheses on issues relating to sedentary lifestyles, nutritional behaviours, knowledge on CVDs risk factors, and especially some of the key knowledge on the genetic differences between the African population and other populations. Among the socio-economic and behavioral risk profile study variables, the review documented a high prevalence of active smoking, high consumption of edible oil and fat, an increase in physical inactivity and current active alcohol usage. The economic and social important consequences of the CVD Epidemics in the SSA will be devastating. Important gene - environment can play a crucial role in the increased risk of the IHD of the African population. The detection and management of hypertension and diabetes are still unsatisfactory in inner city areas and show variations by ethnic origin. A priority should be the development of scores for the population of Africa, also using the emerging risk factors such as Calcium Score and visceral fat and considering genetic differences. Increasing burden of obesity, the metabolic syndrome, T2DM, and CVD in SSA has created an urgent need to strategize mass health policies and intervention programs to tackle nutrition and continuing efforts to manage undernutrition. There are two major approaches to prevention: public health / community-based and clinic-based strategies with a targeted approach to high-risk patients and combinations of these. There are concerns that in comparison with communicable diseases, cardiovascular and relatively chronic diseases have a low priority in the global health agenda and that requires this additional emphasis. Finally, we must consider, in the light of the differences between races, strategies for the control of CHD and stroke cushion adopted in European countries directed mostly to white rural populations may be inappropriate for the African population. In conclusion, evaluations must be performed carefully for correct risk stratification, the timing of initiation of treatment and the goals of the therapeutic treatment to be achieved in the African population. In addition, further evaluations should be done to perform a correct public health / community-based strategies targeted at risk factors, including decrease in taxes and prices of fruits and vegetables, more playgrounds, parks, walking and bicycle tracks, provide information to parents about nutrition (particularlymothers), the change of food policy through country-specific guidelines for healthy nutrition for adults and children.

 

 

Tables

 

Tab. 1 The main risk factorsof urban and ruralarea

 

Urban

Rural

BMI (kg/m2)

25.8 ± 6.9

19.3 ± 3.2 *

Waist (cm)

85.2 ± 9.9

67.8 ± 9.9 *

Waist-hip ratio

0.88 ± 0.09

0.81 ± 0.08 *

Triceps skinfold (mm)

17.3 ± 6.8

9.8 ± 5.4 *

% overweight

(BMI > 25)

53.4

5.8 *

p <0,001, ageand gender adjusted                                 

 

Tab.2 Cellular effects of ligand-LOX-1

Cellular effects of ligand-LOX-1 interaction on atherogenesis

Endothelial cells Alteration of vascular tone

Increased intracellular oxidative stress

 Induction of apoptosis

Induction of proliferation and angiogenesis by increasing VEGF expression

Increased expression of adhesion molecules (VCAM-1 , ICAM-1 , Selectins)

Increased expression of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1

Induction of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1

Reduction of endothelial nitric oxide synthase

Release of matrix metalloproteinases

Smooth muscle cells Induction of apoptosis

Monocytes Induction of monocyte adhesion and activation

Increased oxLDL uptake and foam cell formation

VEGF Vascular endothelial growth factor; VCAM1 Vascular cell adhesion molecule1; ICAM1 Intercellular cell adhesion molecule-1.

 

 

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