Thursday 30 October 2014

Post Colonial Africa Gets First White President!

Post colonial Africa gets her first white president as Guy Scott, the vice president of Zambia made history when he ascended to become the first white head of state on the continent in 20 years and the first ever of a democratic state.

This came following Zambia's government announcement on Wednesday, of the demise of  President Michael Sata, who  passed on Tuesday at a London hospital. 
Guy Scott, a white Zambian, was unexpectedly chosen as acting president, making him the first white head of state in an democratic Africa.

Sata nicknamed “King Cobra” because of his rather aggravating manner, died at age 77 at King Edward VII hospital, from yet to be declared ailment.

The son of a Scottish adventurer, Guy Scott has been vice president of Zambia since 2011. 

Hours after taking his place in history, Scott was continuing to joke about the unlikely sight of a white man leading a post-colonial African nation. “There are truckloads of guys following me on motorbikes. It’s very strange,” he reportedly told the Daily telegraph. “Everyone is getting used to calling me ‘Your Excellency’, and I’m getting used to it.”

It was gathered that Scott will only hold the post for 90 days until there is an election to replace Michael Sata.....

....who died at the age of 77 on Tuesday night. Sata, who during a rare public appearance in September, he spoke at the opening of parliament and reassured colleagues that the rumors were misplaced. “I haven’t died yet,” he had said.

U.S Ebola Nurse Breaks Quarantine!

In what was described as violation of her right, after she tested negative twice for Ebola, has no symptoms, but went on quarantine; Kaci Hickox, the U.S nurse who helped treated Ebola patients in West Africabroke her quarantine by stepping outside with her boyfriend and spoke briefly to reporters Wednesday night.

U.S Nurse: Kaci Hickox

"I remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced upon me even though I am in perfectly good health," Hickox reportedly told a News source.

"I am not going to sit around and be bullied around by politicians and be forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public," she said.

Officials said she had a temperature - which she denies,  she was however released from Newark on Monday and flown back to Maine to be monitored at her boyfriend's house in Fort Kent

'I am frustrated by this fact, and I have been told that it is the Attorney General’s intention to file legal action against me.
'And if this does occur, I will challenge the legal actions.'

'We have been in negotiations all day with the state of Maine and tried to resolve this amicably, but they are not allowing me to leave my house and interact with the public even though I am completely healthy and symptom free,' Hickox reportedly told the Press Herald.

Kaci Hickox, in quarantine

Shaking  the hand of a British reporter at the scene, she said 'You could hug me. You could shake my hand. I would not give you Ebola,'.

Maine Health Commissioner Mary Mayhew reportedly said at a news conference... "When it is made clear by an individual in this risk category that they do not intend to voluntarily stay at home for the remaining 21 days, we will immediately seek a court order to ensure that they do not make contact with the public,".

Hickox criticized state guidelines that would require her to stay isolated at home for 21 days, saying she was "appalled" at restrictions she deemed unconstitutional and not based on science.

Kaci Hickox, who has been reportedly visiting the countries most affected by the Ebola Epidemic - Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia - to show US support, as well as Ghana, where the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response is based, claims that many other aid workers have entered the country and continue to do so without having to go through what she had.

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Malala Donates $50,000 To Gaza Schools!

17 year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai,  who received the 2014 World's Children's Prize in Sweden on Wednesday, said she would donate the £50,000 World's Children's Prize to the United Nations United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, to help rebuild 65 schools damaged during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.  

According to her, "Innocent Palestinian children have suffered terribly and for too long,"  she said.

Malala was awarded the prize for “her courageous and dangerous fight for girls’ right to education.”

Yazidi Women Enslavement, And Chibok Kidnap, Could there Just Be A Growing Slave Black Market?

According to a Human Rights Watch report, hundreds of women and girls belonging to the Yazidi religious minority have been enslaved by Islamic State militants. They are reportedly sold off, forced to marry men old enough to be their grand fathers, and convert to Islam. Yazidi women are mandated to cover themselves, even their faces and some reportedly raped with impunity.

16 Yazidi women who escaped this brutality were successfully tracked down by the Human Rights Watch, shared their stories via phone interview, of multiple rapes and forced religious conversions, with some of the victims just children – militants just picked up “those they desired, sometimes with force.” 
They revealed that it was a common practice for IS to separate its captives into categories, depending on their age and sex. 

The issue of kidnap, rape and horrifying public executions has become a trade mark for militants. 

It will be recalled that in May, shortly after the kidnap of school girls from Chibok village, Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau in a video released, said I abducted a girl at a Western education school and you are disturbed. I said Western education should end. Western education should end. Girls, you should go and get married,” he said.
I will repeat this: Western education should fold up. I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market,”
“I will marry off a woman at the age of 12. I will marry off a girl at the age of nine,” Shekau said, claiming his group was holding the girls as “slaves”.
A magazine reportedly published by ISIS recently, claimed that enslaving infidel women is justified by Islamic law. "We will … enslave your women, by the permission of Allah, the Exalted. 

A claim allegedly rejected by the vast majority of Muslims.

With a vast majority of Muslims allegedly rejecting claims that enslaving so called infidel women and girls on the verge of attained at least a minimum education for their future survival, is justified by Islamic law... the world slowly being confronted with a much bigger challenge?
could these militant groups be deeply involve in a booming black market slave trade?

Wednesday 29 October 2014

Kylie Jenner shows off newly plump pout!

How Young Is Too Young for Plastic Surgery?

Kylie recently shared a pix showing off her newly plumed pout, 
What do you think folks, simply beautiful or at 17 is she running to fast?

Monday 27 October 2014

Zuma Mourns Senzo Meyiwa, as Police Offered 250,000 Rand For Information On Suspects!

"We mourn the death of this young footballer and team leader whose life has been taken away at the prime of his career,” those were the words of South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, as he led tributes to the captain of the country’s national football team, Senzo Meyiwa, who was killed by robbers at his girlfriend’s home.
The law enforcement authorities must leave no stone unturned in finding his killers and bring them to justice. Words cannot express the nation’s shock at this loss.” Zuma said on Monday“.

Information revealed that the 27-year-old goalkeeper, was shot in the chest at the home of Kelly Khumalo – a singer and celebrity – in a township near Johannesburg
Police report revealed that two men entered Khumalo’s house in the Vosloorus township at about 8pm local time. There were seven people inside. Meyiwa was shot in the upper body after moving towards the door, where another person was struggling with one of the attackers. He was taken to hospital but died on arrival.
A third assailant waited outside the house and all three fled on foot immediately after the shooting. They stole one mobile phone in the process.
The goalkeeper’s friend Tumelo Waka Madlala, who was at the house during the robbery, told the Associated Press Meyiwa was shot while trying to stop the intruders. “As they were running away we tried to stop them and that is when they shot him at point blank range,” Madlala  said.
While addressing newsmen in Johannesburg, National football team coach Ephraim Mashaba wiped away tears as he spoke about Meyiwa. “Most of the time, these things come when you least expect,”  
“We’re going to miss Senzo a lot … never mind his saving goals.
Don’t think such a good man as Senzo can go and vanish. His spirit will live. He would always be the leader.” he said
Chairman of Soweto based Orlando Pirates, Irvin Khoza, Meyiwa’s popular league club, said the team were devastated by the killing. 
We had a session in the morning with the players at which we were soul-searching. A lot of sobbing and crying. It was uncontrollable.” he said.
The National Police Commissioner, General Riah Phiyega, described the incident as a tragic case and in her word, a “very unpalatable situation”
She said two suspects were believed to be in their late 20s and one in his early 30s. One is reported to be “tall, slender, dark skinned with dreadlocks” while another is “short, dark and well-built”.
She further appealed to the community to assist with information that would lead to their arrest. “We believe that someone, somewhere, somehow, knows about this crime,” Phiyega said.
Aware of worldwide media scrutiny, Phiyega said: “This type of loss does not augur well for our brand and image out there, so it is important for us to ensure that, when we have those type of spoilers in our society, we as police go out there and bring about their arrest and incarceration.
“We wish to assure the nation that we as police will not leave any stone unturned as we investigate this matter. We are giving it our all.”
The Keeper’s father, Sam Meyiwa, reportedly told newsmen he wanted the culprits arrested as soon as possible. he was quoted saying by the Souith African Press Association, while speaking at his house in Durban, “They [the police] must make sure they get these people who killed my son,” 
I want them in jail. I want them in custody. I want to talk to them and ask them why they killed my son. It’s like they killed myself.” 
“I don’t know if I’m coming or going. My heart is broken. I’m just finished.” Sam Meyiwa said as was still trying to come to terms with his son's death.
The shooting on Sunday night came after a tumultuous week that saw former South African sporting hero Oscar Pistorius jailed for culpable homicide and athlete Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, a former world 800-metre champion, killed in a car crash.
It also highlighted a resurgence in violent crime in South Africa, which had appeared to be beating the problem when it successfully hosted the football World Cup in 2010. 
Official figures for April 2013 to March 2014 show the murder rate increased by 5%, attempted murder went up by 4.6%, aggravated robbery was up by 12.7%, and common robbery increased 0.6%. More than 17,000 people were murdered, an average of 47 per day.
Report says the Police have opened a multidisciplinary team investigation into the murder. 
No evidence revealed that Meyiwa was the target of a contract killing.

Meanwhile, the Police offered a reward of 250,000 rand (£14,000) for information about the three suspects.

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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Oscar Pistorius Sentenced To Five Years In Prison!

Oscar Pistorius was on Teusday sentenced to five years in prison for the manslaughter of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius is led to the police van after leaving the North Gauteng High Court to be taken to jail

News revealed that Pistorius is expected to be taken to Kgosi Mampuru II prison, formerly Pretoria CentralIt’s believed he will stay in the holding cell below the court until around 4pm South African time (3pm BST) before being moved by police convoy, along with other prisoners, to the jail.

Judge Masipa, who sentenced the athlete to an additional three years in prison, wholly suspended, for the second count of a firearm contravention; ruled a non-custodial sentence would send the wrong sentence to the community, but a long sentence would not be appropriate because it would appear to lack mercy.

Reacting to the sentence, Oscar Pistorius defense team said the law under which he was punished calls for him to serve only one-sixth of the prison term 10 months before he can be placed on house arrest. He was equally given a suspended three-year term on separate firearms charges.

Interpreting the terms of his imprisonment, some South African legal experts said the conversion of Mr. Pistorius prison time to house arrest was not automatic and required negotiations with the correctional authorities. After serving half the sentence, he can also apply for parole. 

Some members of the Steenkamp family June and Barry Steenkamp, who spoke to reporters as they left court said they were "satisfied and happy that justice has been done".

See Video of the sentence below:

Video source: AP

Monday 20 October 2014

WHO Declares Nigeria Ebola Free!

In what was described as a "spectacular success story" by the World health Organization, Nigeria has been declared 'Ebola Free'.

This break came following a comprehensive and coordinated response by the Nigerian government,  to curb the deadly disease, after it found its way into the country through a Liberian, the late Patrick Sawyer

Sunday 19 October 2014

U.S State Moves To Censor Pastors Sermons!

In what many have described as "a violation of the First Amendment", the City of Houston has subpoenaed Pastors demanding to see their sermons. 

See Video below:

The City attorneys demand read: "all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identiy prepared by delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your petition." 
Source: NextNewsNetWork

Photo Of The Day!

Some wedding posing

Friday 17 October 2014

Boko Haram Agrees To A Cease Fire!

Nigeria's TV network announced that the hundreds of schoolgirls held by terror group Boko Haram could soon be released.  This came as a news clip from NTA News24, says the deal follows a meeting between a federal government official and Boko Haram representatives and Chadian government officials.

According to report, the ceasefire has been agreed in the hope of getting the group to release the 219 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped six months ago, Ms Kolawole says.
The agency reportedly quoted the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, as ordering his troops to immediately comply with the agreement.

Bruce Jenner Dating Kris Jenner’s Best Friend!

Coming on the heels of their divorce, and according to news report, Bruce has already moved on from Kris, and is reportedly now dating Kris’ former assistant and good pal, Ronda. 
Date night: The rumoured couple were together at the Elton John concert on October 4
It was gathered that Bruce and Kris had "a very amicable split and they actually didn’t have any lawyers when they filed for divorce". 
In fact, Kris served Bruce herself and they had been separated for over one year. Neither of them have asked for spousal support and they are going to have joint custody of their daughter, Kylie.

Kris listed June 1, 2013 as their date of separation, and Bruce has been living in a bachelor pad in Malibu. They have been broken up for quite some time and it’s only natural that they move on from each other. 
But for Bruce to date her friend must definitely hit very close to home.
Bruce and Ronda were reportedly spotted at the Elton John concert in LA on Oct. 4.

Nollywood Actor Shot dead In Asaba!

Upcoming Nollywood actor, Clem Onyeka was reportedly killed by a stray bullet, as Police bullion van escort and armed robbers engaged in gun battle recently in Asaba, Delta - state capital.
Late Clem onyeka
According to an eyewitness account, the van was ambushed around 2pm along DBS road, by the armed robbers, who reportedly operated in an SUV and Sienna cars; in the process of trying to seize the van, the Police escort resisted, resulting in a severe gun battle between the robbers and the Police.

In the process, the armed robbers killed a Police officer, who had shot and killed a member of the gang. 
A stray bullet also hit and killed Onyeka, as he was returning from a filming location. He reportedly died on the spot.
Reports says that when the robbers realized that the Police was gaining in on them, they escaped with their wounded gang member.
Information revealed that the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, Celestina Kalu, while speaking on the incident reportedly said “It is apparent that the robbers laid ambush for the bullion van and the police escorts that were coming from Awka. But the bullion van driver was able to manoeuvre his way.
“While the policemen engaged the robbers, one of the robbers dropped down as the shootout went on, but his colleagues were able to carry him and escaped with him as the police fire became too hot for them”.he said.

Wednesday 15 October 2014

Was 'A Day Without Horn In Lagos' Honored?

The 'D' day has come and almost gone, but was the 'DAY WITHOUT HORNS' really honored in Lagos?

kindly fill us in with your observation.

Ebola Fear- Nigerians Denied Admission Into U.S College!

According to a CNBC news, two students from Nigeria who applied to a Texas college were told they wouldn't be admitted because of Ebola.
Kamorudeen Abidogun, a Texas man originally from Nigeria, said he received two letters from Navarro College, a two-year community college with a campus about 58 miles from Dallas.
The alleged 'Letter of Rejection' Below:
Abidogun has five relatives in Nigeria who were applying to the school and who were using his home in Richmond, Texas, as a U.S. mailing address, he reportedly said.
It was alleged that the college rejected the applications, citing confirmed Ebola cases in the country as the reason for the admissions decision.

Please is this 'ethical'?

Sir Tony Ezenna Holds Superlative Wedding For Daughter In Lagos!

This is definitely a season of weddings for the Ezennas, as Sir Anthony and Lady Elizabeth Ezenna handed their first daughter, the delectable and beautiful Uchenna Cynthia, aka 'Ada owerri', over in marriage to her beau, Chukueku Elurihuka Gboneme, on October 11, 2014.

Clock-wise: Sir Anthony Ezenna, Uchenna Ezenna,
Lady Elizabeth Ezenna

The Newly-wed: Uchenna Cynthia and Chukueku Elurihuka Gboneme

The well-attended event, started with a church service at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Victoria Island, Lagos - Nigeria.

The couple in photo session: with Bride's Parents and the Officiating Bishop

The event then proceeded to the Grand Ballroom, Oriental Hotel -Lagos, where the reception took place.

The Couple having their "First-Dance".

The couple with PSquare 

Bride's cousin: Beautiful Anwuli
Uchenna and Chukueku performed their traditional marriage-rite at Akokwa, Imo State, in December, 2013.

Sunday 12 October 2014

UN Mission in Liberia Issues Statement on UNMIL and Ebola!

This is to clarify the facts regarding measures UNMIL has undertaken to ensure no further transmission of EVD after one of its medical personnel recently contracted the disease.
Following the discovery on 5 October that an UNMIL Medical staff member was symptomatic for Ebola, the Mission conducted robust contact tracing to ensure all people that came into contact with the staff member while they were symptomatic are assessed and isolated as necessary.
As a result of the rigorous contact tracing, 41 staff members who were possible contacts are under close medical observation, including 20 military personnel. This measure is precautionary and meant to ensure no possible further transmission of the disease. None of the personnel who are contacts have shown any symptoms but will be observed for the full 21-day possible incubation period.
Additional precautionary measures have included daily temperature checks and on-going screening at a military facility staffed by 209 personnel in Monrovia.
The mission is also extending the review of all of its actions initiated in the wake of its first, probable, case of EVD, late last month.
The UNMIL Medical staff member tested positive for Ebola on 06 October and is receiving treatment.
UNMIL will continue to do all that it can within its range of capabilities to help roll back the tragedy that is Ebola.

Healthcare Worker Who Cared For Dallas Ebola Patient Tests Positive!

State health officials said on Sunday, that the health care worker who helped treat T.E Duncan has tested positive to the disease in a preliminary test

Texas Health Commissioner said " We knew seconds could be a reality, and we've been preparing for this possibility.

"We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread". said Dr, David Lakey.

News say the worker, who was not identified, was an employee of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where Thomas Duncan died last week.

It was gathered that the health care worker reported a low grade fever Friday night and was isolated and refereed for testing.

Officials interviewed the worker and were identifying "any contacts or potential exposures," the statement read.

The preliminary test was done at the state public - health lad in Austin and the positive result was received late Saturday, officials said, adding that other tests will be done by the Federal Centers for Disese Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Queen Elizabeth 11 Presents Angelina Jolie With Honorary Damehood!

Accompanied her husband and children, Hollywood's A list actress, film maker and United Nations goodwill ambassador Angelina received her Honorary Dame Grand cross award in the Palace's 1844 room by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, for her campaigning work fighting sexual violence and for services to UK foreign policy.

From the pictures, she wore what what described as "the most appropriate lilac jacket and skirt", worn with a classy up-do. It matches the Queen's outfit in length and general pastel-ness almost perfectly. 

"To receive an honor related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to. Working on PVSI and with survivors of rape is an honor in itself. I know that succeeding in our goals will take a lifetime, and I am dedicated to it for all of mine". She said.

After the presentation took place in the Palace's 1844 room, Pitt and the couple's six children were shown in and presented to the Queen

As an American citizen the actress cannot style herself a Dame but can use the initials of the award - DCMG - after her name.
Congratulation Angelina, that was an Honor well deserved...

Saturday 11 October 2014

Ebola More Complicated Than AIDS- Jim Yong Kim, As Controversy Trails Duncan's Returned To The U.S With Ebola Virus?

In an interview with CNN s Richard Quest World Bank President Jim Yong Kim dismissed remarks from a top United States health official who said Thursday that the global Ebola outbreak was similar to AIDS, warning that Ebola could be even harder to fight. 
Kim, a medical doctor who previously directed the HIV/AIDS program of the World Health Organization, said Ebola was "more complicated" than HIV because it is easier to transmit and harder to treat. 

AIDS is a sexually transmitted infection, so it's actually more difficult to transmit HIV than Ebola," Kim said Thursday in an interview with CNN’s Richard Quest. 
"For AIDS, it was a matter of identifying the cases and getting them on chronic, long-term treatment,” he said. “Ebola is different — you have to have almost intensive care services available.”

Jim Yong Kim said Thomas Eric Duncan's decision to return to the U.S despite knowing he contacted the Ebola virus was the best option for him at the time, because coming from a person who contacted the virus from Liberia, where adequate health facilities is limited, Duncan knew he needed help and had to get out of Liberia to seek help in the United States; where he believed he would get better health treatment. 

Unfortunately, Duncan died before that could happen. 

According to reports, Thomas Eric Duncan contracted the virus while taking a dying neighbor to the hospital in a taxi during his visit to Liberia

He left Monrovia on a Sept. 19 flight and arrived in the U.S. the next day, he started showing symptoms of the Ebola virus on Sept. 24, and went to Dallas hospital for treatment on Sept. 26. He was sent home, only to be brought back by ambulance on Sept. 28 and diagnosed with the deadly virus.

...the question is....

...even when it was alleged that Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a media briefing with reporters earlier this week, said that doses of the experimental medicine ZMapp which was administered on Dr. Kent Brantly, a Texas doctor, and U.S. missionary, Nancy Writebolwere "all gone" and that the drug, produced by San Diego-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical, is "not going to be available anytime soon." 

Why wasn't the second experimental drug, made by Canada's Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp, which though  "can be quite difficult for patients to take." administered to Duncan?

News has it that Duncan's family would have access to it, if they wanted to....
were they approached on this?
did they object to it?
What really happened?