Friday, 28 February 2014

Fawehinmi, Fela families, Soyinka reject centenary awards.


BY JONAH NWOKPOKU


LAGOS—As the Federal Government honours 100 persons today with Centenary awards as part of Nigeria’s Centenary celebration, the families of late human rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi and afrobeat king, Fela Anikulapo Kuti have rejected the post humous awards for both late Fawehinmi and Fela even as Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka also mulls rejecting the award.

Professor Soyinka is on the list alongside the likes of Professor Chinua Achebe, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Chief Odimegwu Ojukwu, Nwankwo Kanu, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chief Mike Adenuga and Pastor Enoch Adeboye, among others.

Soyinka speaks

But Professor Soyinka said: “I would have preferred that the entire day of infamy be ignored altogether. I’m even thinking favourably of just ignoring the obscenity, then turning up at the counter-event.”

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CENTENARY—President Goodluck Jonathan (5th right) flanked on his right by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia and left by President Francois Hollande of France, and from left, General Yakubu Gowon, Gen. Omar Bashir of Sudan, and President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia among other world leaders during the Conference on Human Security, Peace and Development organised to mark the Nigerian Centenary celebrations at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, yesterday. State House Photo - See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/02/gani-felas-families-shun-fgs-centenary-awards/#sthash.JS5kMEEz.dpuf
Professor Soyinka, however, said he will endeavour, to be at the centenary awards planned in London on June 27 during which diasporans will honour 100 outstanding Nigerians in the UK. At a gala dinner due to take place at Waltham Forest Town Hall in East London tagged Nigerian Centenary Awards UK, diasporans will hand out honours to 100 Nigerians who have excelled in various fields in the UK over the last 100 years.

We won’t accept the award —Femi Kuti

Also, Femi Kuti, son of the late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, has said that the family would not accept any centenary award in his honour.

Femi who made the statement through a Twitter correspondence while stating that the family has not been officially informed about any centenary award for Fela, noted that the Federal Government should first apologise for killing his grandmother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, and burning of Kalakuta Republic.

“We have not heard such but I can speak for myself, Federal Government should first apologise for the killing of our grandmother and the burning of Kalakuta,” he wrote.

Asked if the family would accept the award if the government apologised for the two wrongs mentioned, Femi said he doubts if the family would accept the award.

“Like I said we have not heard anything from the Federal Government. But I doubt if the family will accept the award.”

Fela Anikulapo Kuti, is being honoured in the ‘Internationally Acclaimed Artistes, Literary Icons and Journalists’ category.

Gani’s family
Likewise, the family of the late human rights lawyer, Chief Gani Fawheinmi has turned down his nomination for a centenary posthumous award.

The family cited the nomination of the former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, for the same award, the unbridled killing of students by insurgents in the North Eastern part of the country and the incessant corruption reeking across the country, including the alleged missing of $20 billion from NNPC as reasons for rejecting the nomination.

According to the letter sent to the presidency via the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, and signed by Mohammed Fawehinmi, for and on behalf of late Gani Fawehinmi family, the family said they acknowledged the receipt of the letter and commended the federal government for considering their father for the honour but cited the reasons above for turning down the offer.

The letter read in part, “We want to thank the Federal Government for considering our late father for this honour. However, for reasons stated here under, our family has decided it would be inexpedient to accept the award.

“Our late father was empathetic to the sufferings of our people, particularly students. In the last 72 hours, 43 innocent students were mowed down by the blood- thirsty Boko Haram terrorists in Yobe State, while 20 other girls were similarly abducted by this same band of terrorists. These girls are still in captivity while their fate is unknown. If our late father were to be alive, would he be wining and dining with all the glitterati at a Centenary celebration under these circumstances? Certainly no.”

“In the past few weeks, the polity has been assaulted with putrid odour of corruption with the alleged $20 billion missing in NNPC, a development that became the Archilles heel of Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the suspended Governor of Central Bank. As an anti-corruption activist, if he were to be alive, our late father would have confronted the issue head-long and possibly gone to court. With the issue still raging, would our late father have accepted this award at this critical moment? Certainly no.”

The family explained that their late father always championed the unity of the country and would have opted for the money being spent on the celebration of the centenary to have been devoted to infrastructure development instead of deploying the fund to celebrating Nigeria’s centenary.

“Our late father was unrepentantly for the unity of Nigeria. However, with the level of profligacy in some of the events celebrating Nigeria’s Centenary, our late father would have preferred these multi-million Naira expenditures channeled to our decrepit Teaching hospitals, than unproductive razzmatazz that do not improve the socio-economic well being of our people.

“For these reasons, our family respectfully declines to receive the award about to be conferred on our late father by the government,” the family said.

The roll call
The list of the awardees includes Sir Samuel Manuwa, Professor John Edozien, Dr Moses Majekodunmi, Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe, Professor Latunde Odeku, Professor­ Nelson Oyesiku and Dr. Funmi Olopade. Others on the list include Professor Oyin Olurin, Professor Orishejolomi­ Thomas, Professor Bello Osagie, Dr Beko Ransome-Kuti, Professor Ade Elebute, Dr Akinola Maja, Professor Femi Williams, Professor Ambrose Alli, Dr Dalhatu Tafida, Professor Ishaya Audu, Professor Oladele Ajose and Professor Tola Adebonojo among others.­

Other awardees are the British monarch and Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Fredrick Lugard, Dame Flora Louise Shaw, Ex-Military Heads of State and Civilian Presidents, Chief M.K.O. Abiola, Literary such as Prof. Wole Soyinka and the late Prof. Chinua Achebe.

Also to be awarded are Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, Chief Odimegwu Ojukwu, Nwankwo Kanu, Alhaji Aliko Mohammed Dangote, Chief Mike Adenuga, Honourable Justice Maryam Aloma Mukhtar, GCON, Sir Abubakar Sadiq III, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, amongst others.

The award ceremony is scheduled to hold at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja.

At the ceremony, President Jonathan would be presenting awards in 13 categories to 100 distinguished personalities, either alive or dead, who eminently symbolise the tapestry of Nigeria’s first centenary.

Some of the categories include, contributors to the making of Nigeria, heroes of the struggle for Nigeria’s independence/pioneer political leaders, pioneers in professional callings/careers, promoters of democratic transition in Nigeria, internationally acclaimed artists, literary icons, journalists, and so on.





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KaySwitch confirms he's becoming a dad


Kehinde Oyebanjo, popularly known as KaySwitch, has confirmed that he will become a father later this year.

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Encomium Magazine reports that the artist is expecting his first child with Liberian beauty queen Meenakshi Monica Subramani.

According to the report, the couple plan on tying the knot but haven't decided when.

"We'll get married one day, though I cannot disclose when now," KaySwitch told Encomium Magazine.

The couple have been together for a little more than a year.




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Man Dies During Séx With A Popular Prostitute In Abia State


When a man makes small cash and all he could think of is how to enjoy a hot session with a popular ashawo in a popular "joint" in town then you should know that something is wrong somewhere, seriously.

As you read this, a man, identified as Ogadinma Chukwu, has lost his life while "in the act" with a commercial séx worker at a popular brothel located on St. Michael’s Road, Aba, Abia State. Sources say the man, whom they alleged to be a regular visitor to the brothel, died while romping the prostitute.

It was gathered that immediately Mr Chukwu slumped and died, the prostitute contacted her colleagues and the manager of the brothel who moved his corpse to a sanitary lane at the back of the brothel...

As a result of the development, shop owners in the area quickly closed business for fear of police arrest.

Those who spoke anonymously on the development disclosed that staff of the brothel at 5pm brought out the corpse through their back door, dropped it at the sanitary lane and disappeared.

Sources say the man might have died of a cardiac arrest or exhaustion as white foam gushed out of his mouth.

Policemen from the Aba Central Police Station, who conducted a search at the scene, recovered an ATM card, a cheque book and cash of over N200,000 as well as a Man O’ War Association of Nigeria identity card, bearing the name, Ogadinma Chukwu.

Contacted, the Commander, Man O’ War Association, Aba, Uche Egbuziem, identified Ogadinma Chukwu as a former member of the association.

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6 Great Places to Work on Your Startup in Africa

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Africa is a fantastic place to launch a start-up…if you choose the right place to work. Every country has varying levels of governmental regulation, lending flexibility, and even reliability of power, so choosing a good spot for your start-up is half the battle.

Whether you want to launch a food business, a mobile tech company, or even a service-oriented brand, here are the 6 best places in Africa to work on your start-up>

1.Nairobi, Kenya
More than any other city in Africa, Nairobi is on the move. With millions of permanent residents and one of the most permissible visa board for expats, Nairobi is a start-up founder’s dream and is lovingly referred to as the “Silicon Savannah”. It’s relatively inexpensive and there are dozens of incubators located within the city such as iLab and mLab East Africa. Internet access in Nairobi is very reliable and the city offers favorable tax setups for entrepreneurs.

2. Lagos, Nigeria
Start-up business owners will find more than one in-residence start-up community in Lagos, one of the most up-and-coming cities for African entrepreneurs. In Lagos it’s all about tech and in Africa, tech means “mobile.” There are almost 900 million mobile subscribers in Africa and the most profitable start-ups on the continent all have to do with mobile applications. Lagos is the hub of that mobile brainstorming.

3. Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Business [MEST] in Accra
This Ghana-based incubator is backed by Silicon Valley heavyweights like Etsy and Skype. MEST stands for “Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology” and actively trains young, local entrepreneurs in everything from code to marketing. Ghana is notoriously impoverished but MEST is slowly impacting change through it’s great ideas and forward-thinking minds.

4. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is younger than many other cities in Africa and it’s got some of the most reliable infrastructure in the country. Because of the relative risk involved with living in the city, the South African government offers dozens of incentives for budding entrepreneurs. Of all African cities, start-ups located in Cape Town have the most opportunities when it comes to exporting and international business.

5. iHub
The aforementioned iHub, headquartered in Nairobi, offers unparalleled resources to other out-of-luck start-ups. It’s massive building allows over 11,000 entrepreneurs to collaborate on everything from start-ups to office space and since its inception in 2010 over 50 companies have been founded within the iHub walls. Nairobi is a great city for start-ups, yes, but any business with a fighting chance to make it in Kenya is somehow involved with iHub.

6. Uganda
It’s sometimes said that proximity breeds success and if that’s true, Uganda is the place to be. Home to one of Africa’s most exciting new brands, Mara Online, Uganda is one of the most well-connected, digital countries in the entire continent. Mara itself regularly contributes to local start-up efforts and its service (Africa’s answer to Skype) makes doing business here just plain easy.

It’s time to take a look at Africa. With dozens of cities that house over 10,000,000 people it’s impossible to underestimate the importance of Africa’s start-up culture and the potential countries here have to benefit from home-grown entrepreneurs.




Source: http://www.konnectafrica.net/6-great-places-to-work-on-your-startup-in-africa/

Man Cancels Wedding as Bride Fails Pregnancy Test In Redeemed Church


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When churches compel ladies who have been s**u*lly active for years to just abstain from the act over night it should be made clear that most of these ladies may just be pretending to be abstaining because of the man they want to get married to in church but they are busy getting "enough servicing" from other men.

This was the big mess that played out at a Redeemed Church branch last Saturday, 22nd February, 2014.

The Senate President's wife, Helen Mark, was to play hostess at the wedding. The bride, Cynthia worked for her and was said to be an orphan thus had become her adopted daughter. Guests got to the venue of the big wedding at about 9am but 2hrs later, neither the bride or the groom came out.

As guests started getting impatient, the groom came out, took the microphone and announced to the surprise of all guests present that he is no longer interested in the marriage...

It later turned out that the the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, that was supposed to wed them had conducted a pregnancy test for the lady 24hours before the day and the result turned out POSITIVE.

The BIG problem however is that the mam had never slépt with the lady. So, who got her pregnant? The lady on her own part insisted she was not pregnant and went to do her own pregnancy test in a different hospital and the result came out as NEGATIVE. Crazy drama in church.

Redeemed church called their doctor to do a second test and the test traced the thing and it was POSITIVE!

The church did several tests and all came out POSITIVE, but the lady is still insisting that she is not pregnant.

Could it be that she had terminated her "pregnancy" and did not know that the church's test could trace it?

The man insisted that he can't marry a woman who is pregnant for another man, and a liar. David Mark's wife and her people begged the man to forgive and marry her but he stood his ground. Never!

A source told that the man's main anger was that when they were dating she didn't allow him to go "far", meaning there was no special torching. She was trying to paint herself as a good girl before her man, so he can't go ahead and marry her since another man was enjoying what he was denied.

The lady cried but it didn't change anything. Some guests ate their rice others didn't. The man walked away!

-Olu Famous


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5 Lessons we can learn from Chris Kirubi – Africa’s 31st richest man!!

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“Business is always a struggle. There are always obstacles and competitors. There is never an open road, except the wide road that leads to failure. Every great success has always been achieved by fight. Every winner has scars….The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will-power to develop themselves. So choose to be among the few today.” ~ Chris Kirubi

HIS STORY

Chris Kirubi defies expectations. At age 70, the Kenyan entrepreneur has built an empire spanning real estate, manufacturing and investments that ranks him as one of the wealthiest people in Africa. Which makes it all the more surprising that this businessman in a bespoke suit regularly does stints as a DJ at Nairobi radio station Capital FM – and has more than 13,000 followers on Twitter.

But the question is…where did he start??

Like many entrepreneurs he wasn’t handed down a pot of gold from the skies…No!!He built his business and brand through sheer hard work and out of the box thinking.

For many years, Kirubi worked as an administrator at Kenatco, a transport company owned by the Kenyan government. Then in the early 70s, he began building what would go on to become an empire. And this he did in the most creative of ways.

He developed a reputation for purchasing ramshackle houses and commercial properties in Nairobi with loans he obtained from financial institutions, refurbished them, and sold them at a profit. The proceeds he ingeniously disbursed into the building of some of the city’s finest business and residential edifices. Not long after, he was counting the cash. And a time surely, came when the cash became uncountable!


Today, Kirubi, an icon of the Kenyan property industry, is one of Africa’s richest. His mercurial entrepreneurial imprints have spanned such industries as real estate, manufacturing and investments.  He holds the largest individual stake in Centum Investments, a private equity firm listed on the Nairobi and Uganda stock exchanges. (Centum is itself one of East Africa’s most coveted investment portfolios, holding significant stakes in Safaricom, the country’s foremost communications company; Coca-cola; and Kenyan Commercial Bank.) He is equally the largest individual shareholder in UAP, East Africa’s third largest insurance company.

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In 1998, he bought Capital FM, a flagging local radio station where he later learnt the ropes of disc jockeying. “I didn’t just want to acquire the station solely for the financial dividends it was eventually going to give me; I wanted to love the business,” he would later tell a Forbes magazine interviewer. “I wanted to understand the business from the very basics. So, I approached the managers and told them that I wanted to host a rock radio show. I asked them to teach me how to become a Disc Jockey.”

Like with nearly every other cause he has pursued, his hosting of a weekly rock show has increased the station’s public rating. A once-floundering station now has the largest listenership based — over three million people — in the country.

Owning north of 40 commercial and residential properties in the Kenyan capital valued at $200m and other assets worth $100m, he occupies 31st place on the maiden Forbes’ list of Africa’s 40 richest people.

And he is loved, too — anyone who derives joy from the happiness of others would certainly be. Hear him talk to Forbes: “People say I am one of the richest people in Kenya, but that’s not my concern. I mean, they say I am a god of sorts, but I don’t agree … When I look around at my companies and see the number of people we have employed, it gives me joy. It is more satisfying than having all the money in the world.”

Here are 5 lessons we can learn from this amazing individual (in his own words) :

1)Recognize your life’s purpose…and build your life around it

“One of the ways I believe you can find meaning of your life is by creating a strategy that you can use through your journey. You need to keep the purpose of your life, front and center as you decide how to spend your time, talents and energy. Remember that without a purpose, life can be hollow.”

2)Have a positive attitude

“Visualize your past victories while visualizing and anticipating future victories. Planting the seeds of positive expectancy in your mind is the best way to reap.”

3)Appreciate your people

“One of the most important lessons that has made me be a better employer and businessman is pointing out people’s strengths. I have come to learn that the praise of others may be of use in teaching us, not what we are, but what we ought to be.

4)Research about your idea – thoroughly…

“If you understand an idea, you can express it so others can understand it. However, if you can’t explain it, you don’t really understand it; and you cannot invest in a business you don’t understand. So friends, do your research well and understand the idea or concept you want to execute before investing in it.”

5)Balance your personal and professional life

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day…but because I want to achieve my purpose and make a difference in society, I will stop focusing on the frightful things I see when I take my eyes off my goals and instead fix them there.

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Rwanda Partners Facebook To Create Educational App For Students


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With billions of subscribers within the last decade, social media has risen to becoming the most popular media in today’s world offering users great interactivity, mostly with the aid of smartphones.

In the business circles, social media is driving a revolution. Business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs have embraced it as an essential part today’s business strategy.

The Rwandan government is thus taking advantage of the huge potential being offered by social media by giving the country’s students, a huge platform through a private partnership to connect to the world’s knowledge economy.

It has teamed up with social media giant, Facebook, to design a pilot initiative aimed at offering all Rwandan students, free access to a collaborative online education experience.

Christened ‘SocialEDU’, students in Rwanda will receive free data plans for accessing free edX Massive Open Online Courses (edX MOOCs) from leading universities across the globe.

EdX offers interactive online classes and massive open online courses run by MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, UTx and other top universities on a range of topics including business, chemistry, computer science, economics, science, law, maths and a host of others.

Under the initiative Facebook is expected to create a special mobile application that would integrate into Facebook, with Nokia providing special affordable smartphones with improved Internet connectivity.

Telecom provider, Airtel, is expected to also offer a full-year free education data bundle for all participating students.

Reporting from the on-going Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday, February 24, 2014, the biztechafrica.com quoted Rwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT,  Jean Philbert Nsengimana, as saying “The Government of Rwanda is excited to partner with Facebook to open up a world full of content and interaction to Rwandan students.”





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HOTCAKE: Half-Caste Baby Business Booming In Ghana. Got $3000?


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In Ghana, they are regarded as hotcakes. Their complexion put them on a fairly higher pedestal, as they are the ones every guy or lady craves to date - the half-caste!

But ever thought that a time will come for half-caste babies to be bred in Ghana? Well, thanks to modern science, one can have a half-caste or mixed-race baby without necessarily having to marry or have sexual intercourse with a person of different race.

Following in the steps of artificial insemination, a novel venture to create a new society –‘Half-caste World’- on the African continent is bourgeoning in Ghana’s capital, Accra.



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Meet Africa’s Robot Traffic Warden

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The early morning traffic congestion in Accra and other major cities in Africa can be very irritating, to say the least.

There is usually an aggravated repeat of the traffic jam during the evening rush hour.

To manage the traffic congestion, several methods have been explored including expanding existing roads and creating alternative routes, the use of traffic lights and the help of traffic wardens, all in an effort to lessen the woes of commuters.

The latest addition to traffic control mechanisms in the continent is the robot traffic wardens in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Two humanoid robots have been employed the in the Central African country as road safety workers, to control the flow of vehicles and help drivers and other road users.

They have special features, which enable them to work as normal human wardens, with the added advantage of not getting tired.

The robots were built by WITECH ONG, a local engineering firm in the DRC. Is Africa rising to the challenge of contributing to the technological revolution? Share your thoughts with us.



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Nigeria Football Federation unveils World Cup jersey for Brazil 2014


The Nigerian Football Federation today February 27th unveiled a brand new jersey our national team would use during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The jersey, which is lemon green, will be officially launched on March 5th when the Super Eagles meet Mexico in a pre-world cup friendly which will take place in Atlanta, Georgia.

According to the Head Marketing of the NFF, Adama Idris, the jersey was designed to suit the weather condition in Brazil.

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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Israeli inspector pours bleach over food in Tel Aviv restaurant run by African migrants


Hundreds of meals are destroyed as part of a crackdown on illegal businesses owned by African migrants.

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Health inspector pours bleach on pots of food at Sudanese restaurant in Tel Aviv. Photo by Aladin Abaker
A Health Ministry inspector poured bleach over pots full of food in a Sudanese restaurant in Tel Aviv Sunday night.

The inspector, from the ministry’s district office for Tel Aviv, was participating in a raid by police and municipal inspectors on illegal businesses owned by African migrants. Altogether, the raid shut down 10 businesses in the city’s Neveh Sha’anan neighborhood, confiscating their equipment and welding the doors shut. The equipment was then loaded onto vans by other African migrants who had been hired as contract workers.

Many diners saw the inspector pouring bleach on the food, and one, asylum-seeker Aladin Abaker from Sudan’s Darfur region, posted photos of the incident on his Facebook page. He also described his feelings of humiliation.

“Everyone − except the destroyers − was in tears from the humiliation,” he wrote. “The waitress told us, ‘I’ve seen very harsh things in my life, like torture in Sinai, but this humiliated me more than what happened to me in Sinai.”

Abaker accused the inspector of “insensitivity to people and their culture, which sees food as a sacred thing that must be respected,” and said the raid was aimed at “embittering our lives so we’ll return to Africa ‘voluntarily.’”

Altogether, he said, more than 200 kilograms of meat, chicken and fish and over 500 prepared meals were destroyed.

The inspectors said they didn’t know where the meat came from and therefore feared for the diners’ health, Abaker wrote. “We told them: But this is the only place we’ve eaten all our meals for four years now, and none of us ever had stomach problems. Even whites eat here.”

The Health Ministry responded that inspectors had discovered “deplorable sanitary conditions, food stored under unsuitable conditions and temperatures, and food from unknown sources. In order to preserve the public’s health and that of the diners themselves, it was decided to destroy the food immediately. As part of the process of destroying the food, chemicals suitable to this purpose are used. It should be noted that this was a routine process of food destruction that is no different from other destructions of food/meat.”

Tel Aviv’s deputy city manager, Ruby Zelof, said the raids were carried out “to eradicate the undesirable phenomenon of businesses operating illegally, with sanitation and safety problems and illegal connections to electricity and water, and sales of alcoholic beverages without permits.” 







Source: http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/israeli-inspector-pours-bleach-over-food-in-tel-aviv-restaurant-run-by-african-migrants.premium-1.523888

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Florida Woman Calls 911 For Sex: "I Haven't Been Penetrated in Years"

An allegedly inebriated widow from a sleepy section of Florida's West Coast was arrested last Friday after calling 911 twice in search of a cop to do "extra duty" for her, then rubbing an officer who was dispatched to her house while telling him: "I am so horny."


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Police say the initial 911 call happened just after 6 p.m., when Maria Montenez-Colon complained that she wanted her Corvette back.

When the officer arrived at the Almar Drive home, he said Montenez-Colon was very drunk.

The 58-year-old immediately told the officer he was sexy and asked if he was married, according to the incident report. Then she started over-sharing.

Montenez-Colon allegedly told the officer, "I haven't been penetrated in years," and "I am so horny."

The officer tried to steer the conversation back to the topic of the call, asking what he could do for her.

Montenez-Colon's response was "You can fuck me," according to the report.

The officer calmly explained that Montenez-Colon had legally ceded the Corvette to her stepson as she attempted to rub his chest. He left, but Montenez-Colon reportedly still burned for... justice.

Less than an hour later, Montenez-Colon called 911 again, complaining the officer who was at her home "pissed her off."

The original officer arrived, along with a second officer.

Montenez-Colon reportedly complained about the original visit to the second officer, saying, "He was a perfect gentleman, but when I asked him to fuck me, he turned me down so that made me angry."

When asked by the original officer if she remembered the conversation about misuse of 911, Montenez-Colon allegedly said, "I do, but how else am I going to get you to fuck me?"

Montenez-Colon was booked for misusing the emergency line. It's her fifth arrest since the beginning of 2013.




Nigerian dad 'locked son's mouth with PADLOCK because he wouldn't stop screaming then beat him to death'


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WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE Chris Elvis, 30, believed his son Godrich was possessed by the devil and blamed him for a recent run of misfortune, police say.

A Nigerian dad has been arrested after allegedly locking his son's mouth with a padlock to stop him screaming before beating him to death.

Chris Elvis, 30, believed his son Godrich was a 'devil child' and blamed the boy for a recent run of ill-fortune, police in the capital Lagos say.

He burned the boy all over his body with a hot iron, beat him and locked him a plastic drum, according to court documents.

Elvis, a security guard, was arrested after the child's mother returned home and discovered the horrific scene, the IB Times reports.

Police say initially appeared mentally unstable but is not fit to be charged.

Religious leaders in Nigeria often claim children are possessed by the devil and blame them for local disasters.

Other children accused of witchcraft have been bathed in acid, poisoned to death or buried alive, according to the UK-based charity Stepping Stones.

The tragedy emerged after Islamic terrorists shot or stabbed to death 29 boys during a raid on a boarding school in Nigeria yesterday.

The feared Boko Haram group torched the secondary school to the ground at 2am.

The group has killed ­thousands of people during more than four years of attacks, making it the biggest security threat in Africa’s top oil-producing country.









Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/nigerian-dad-locked-sons-mouth-3183944


Nude photos of our Apostle on Internet was blackmail -- Cherubim and Seraphim Church


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Recently naked photos of the 80year old Head Prophet of the Cherubim and Seraphim, Idimu District in Alimosho Lagos State, Prophet Timothy Adewoye, went viral alleging that he had sex with a married woman who worshiped in his church. (I'm sure some of you saw the report)

Well, the national body of the Church, the Holy Order of Cherubim & Seraphim Movement Church, has spoken out about the case, saying it was all an act of blackmail.

According to one of the leaders in the church, Senior Apostle Abimbola Esuola, the clergyman had gone to the house of the said married woman to pray for her but was setup in the process. She said that 4 men came into the house where he was praying for her and ordered him to take off his clothes after which pictures of him naked were taken. They then decided to use the pictures to extort money from the Prophet. Continue...

They first demanded for N10million but was able to get N2million from him after much persuasion. They still continued asking him for money and at a time threatened to kill him if he didn't provide the money being asked for.

Worried about the developments, the Clergyman spoke to his Secretary about his predicament, who in company of other members of the church proceeded to lay a complain at the Idimu Police station.

The police then did their investigations and apprehended one Sherifat Baalogun who already had a case of extortion with them and Makanjuola Olagunja. Sherifat's husband who was also found to be an accomplice in the incident, is said to be on the run.

Sherifat and Makanjuola are currently being remanded in police custody after an Ejigbo Magistrate, Mrs M.B Folami, heard their case and ordered for them to be remanded until others involved in the case are produced.






                                                 

Facebook e-mail is going away -- in case you notice

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(CNN) -- Check your Facebook mail lately?

Didn't think so. Apparently not many others did, either. So after three-plus years, the world's largest social media outlet is pulling the plug on its little-used e-mail service, the company confirmed Tuesday.

"We're making this change because most people haven't been using their Facebook e-mail address, and we can focus on improving our mobile messaging experience for everyone," Facebook said in a statement.

For those who do have a Facebook mail account, messages will be forwarded to the primary e-mail address listed in a user's account, the company said. The changes are planned to roll out in March, and users can turn off that forwarding option if they prefer not to have their personal inboxes flooded with these messages.

"It's a little bit of bowing to the inevitable," said Justin Lafferty, editor of the trade site Inside Facebook. The e-mail addresses, which showed up as messages for Facebook users, never took off, and when Facebook tried to make them the default e-mail accounts for all users in mid-2012, "a lot of people were unhappy with that," he said.

"It was kind of rolled out to everyone regardless of what they wanted," Lafferty said.

With last week's $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, the fast-growing messaging service, Facebook is focusing more on mobile messaging than e-mail these days.

Facebook ventured into the e-mail field in November 2010, adding the service to the messaging system already used heavily by its 1.2 billion users. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at the time that the system would complement, not compete, with entrenched e-mail giants such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft.

"We don't expect anyone to wake up tomorrow and say, 'I'm going to shut down my Yahoo account or my Gmail account and switch exclusively to Facebook.' But we do expect a shift to more real-time communication," he said.

Lafferty said the reversal is unlikely to be remembered in the company's annals -- much like the service itself.

"Many people probably weren't even aware of the change," he said.


Africa: No EU-AU summit without Mugabe


http://cdn.24.co.za/files/Cms/General/d/70/7a0b00a175b949028eaf9e11d9a3776f.jpgCape Town – African leaders have reportedly resolved not to attend the European Union-AU summit scheduled for Brussels in April if Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is not invited.

According to the Herald, Zambian Foreign Minister Wylbur Simuusa said the African Union had agreed at the recently ended summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that African leaders had resolved to move as a united front on issues of governance and international policy.

Simuusa said the time had come for Africa to speak with one voice.

Zimbabwean Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi also confirmed the development saying he was confident the EU would allow Mugabe to attend the summit.

Mugabe was last week appointed first deputy chair of the AU executive council, a position that rendered futile a decision by the European Union not to invite him to the summit. 

Newszimbabwe.com said previous EU-AU summits have been rocked by controversy over Mugabe who is banned from travelling to Europe as part of the enforcement of sanctions it imposed on Zimbabwe.

The EU-Africa Summit is expected to focus on strategic priorities under the Joint Africa-EU Strategy.

The strategy seeks to enhance political co-operation and partnerships at all levels.

- News24



Apple Finally Releases OS X Fix For Terrible Mac Bug

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 Apple finally released an update to OS X on Tuesday, four days after a security flaw in its systems was pointed out.

The security hole allows hackers on your Wifi network to see and alter messages that you send via iOS or OS X (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Mac). If you want to ensure your privacy is protected, you'll want to download this software update as soon as possible.

The update “address[es] the recent SSL encryption issue for both Mavericks and Mountain Lion,” Apple spokesperson Ryan James told Forbes.

Apple has released a step-by-step guide to installing the OS X Mavericks v10.9.2 update for your Mac. First, back up your computer. If something were to go wrong, you'll want to have all of your files. You can back up your computer using Time Machine, an external hard drive or a cloud backup service.

Next, click the little apple icon at the top left of your screen, and then click "Software Update."

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Then go ahead and install all available updates for your computer (there may be more than one). Apple recommends that you not interrupt the installation process once you've started it.




Rapper Ice Prince Admitted To Lagos Hospital For Stress

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Nigerian musician Panchak Zamani popularly called Ice Prince has been hospitalized.
A close source to the rapper said he was admitted to a medical facility in Lagos recently.

Ice Prince also broke the news on Twitter yesterday when he asked fans and supporters to remember him in their prayers.
“Somebody pray for me. Amen,” said Ice Prince

In order to stop the story from further circulating, his manager said Ice Prince was hospitalized due to severe stress he got from frequent travelling for concerts. Ice Prince’s manager Tobi Sanni Daniel said there is no need to worry because the rapper has been discharged. Due to high blood pressure detected by doctors, Ice Prince has been advised to take a lot of rest.
“He is currently recovering at home.” – said his manager.

Last year, Ice Prince became more popular after winning BET award for best international act and since then, he has been very busy.
The singer took to Twitter few hours ago to appreciate fans for their support.

“Thank You all for your prayers!!” – the rapper said

Wishing him quick recovery.








                               

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

I Regret Not Winning CAF Player Of The Year Award – Okocha


http://static.goal.com/186500/186576_heroa.jpgNigerian football legend Jay Jay Okocha has revealed that one of his big regrets was a failure to win the coveted CAF Player of the Year prize. Okocha famously finished as runner-up in 1998 and 2004 behind Mustapha Hadji and Samuel Eto’o despite being favourite to win the award on both occasions and the 1994 African champion has revealed getting recognition from many other quarters made up for missing out on the coveted prize.

Speaking at a fans interaction forum hosted by Western Union as part of their activities as Global Partners of the Europa League, Okocha said: “I definitely regret not winning the CAF Player of the Year award. I hoped to win while I was a professional but thing don’t always go your way. My source of pride, regardless of what happened with CAF, is that I got awards and recognition from others asides CAF.”

Ever so modest, Okocha also hinted that the reason for his failure to win the award was probably the plethora of quality footballers in his generation. “My generation had a lot of great footballers and the competition was very high. I feel privileged to have played in the same period as some of these greats and if I did not win the award, it is because someone else did,” Okocha said. “Saying I don’t regret not winning the CAF Player of the Year award will be a lie but a bigger regret is that I cannot come out of retirement to try again!” he joked.

Jay Jay Okocha was speaking at a fans’ interaction forum hosted by Western Union, Global Partners of the Europa League, in Frankfurt.














BlackBerry Set To Launch Two Phones This Year, 'Q20 and Z3 '

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Blackberry is set to launch two new phones this year, John Chen, the CEO confirmed

The first, codenamed "Jakarta," but known as the BlackBerry Z3 will launch first in Indonesia in April before moving to other markets. It will retail for less than $200.

The second phone, the BlackBerry Q20 (which Chen dubbed "BlackBerry Classic" because of its keyboard) is designed for big business and government clients and will launch by the end of the year. It was also designed by Foxconn.

Here is his statement:
"We are definitely here to compete and make up some lost ground," Chen said during a press conference here on Tuesday.




Man puts girlfriend up for sale on ebay where 56 people bid on her


A man who was fed up with his girlfriend’s lazy ways, put her up for sale on ebay.

Shaun Coles of the United Kingdom, posted a photo of his long term girlfriend, Debbie Moran, on ebay. Coles of Kettering, Northamptonshire, placed Moran up for sale on the auction website, and was surprised to have received 56 bid from strangers.

Coles described his girlfriend of 6 years as an "old woman" who slacks in her housework. He posted unflattering photos of his girlfriend, showing her sitting on a couch with garbage and other stuff lying around.

The listing was eventually removed as it was against ebay’s policies.

The highest bid before the post was removed was £721 (about $1,181.00). Moran said that at first, she was upset and she did not like what he did, but she believed him when he said that it was done as a joke.

Coles said that he loves his girlfriend and wouldn’t sell her for anything.

Moran replied: “he is trying to redeem himself.”



























Source: YJnews

This Is How You Know You've Found 'The One'


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"How do you know you've found the one?" young friends ask me.

"Does your boyfriend make you happy?" I ask. "Does being around him boost your sense of well being? Does he help you be the best you can be?"

Funny that I can be a love advisor when more than 30 years ago I almost said no to love.

In movies, love hits like a freight train in a cathedral: hard, fast and unexpected. But for me, love was a slow simmer that over time came to a full boil. It has continued to simmer and enrich its flavors ever since.

A first impression deferred

My first date with my now husband was a blind one -- or almost blind. Craig and I went to the same small suburban private high school. We appeared together in two school plays. But more than a decade after I graduated high school, when Craig called to ask me out, I didn't even remember he existed.

My first impulse was to say no. I had given up on matches arranged by well-meaning relatives and friends -- a date who had the hiccups for 48 hours, another who arrived with his macrobiotic meal in a brown bag, and a third who carried his leftovers, a container of garlicky shrimp lo mein with the noodles dripping off the side, to a downtown movie on a hot summer night.

Thankfully, instead of saying no, I looked Craig up in my high school yearbook. In all the photos I found he had a knit cap glued to his head that made him look a little goofy. Yet I couldn't deny his handsome face. I said yes.

When we met in person, he got my attention by letting me know that he'd had a crush on me ever since high school. Whether it's true or not I'll never know. On our second date, he almost sent me running when he told me that he thought he was going to marry me.

I was attracted, but I resisted; he wasn't totally how I envisioned my dream guy. He was smart and funny. He had great hair and a sexy deep voice, kind of like soul singer Barry White. But he also had a paunch, and his attire was nerdy: sandals, a t-shirt and the same pair of gold pants I soon discovered he wore at every date. And he was in his late twenties and still figuring out what he wanted to do.

My real reason for hesitating was that, though I yearned to find my soul mate, I feared replicating my parents' less-than-ideal union. But I couldn't deny that Craig and I effortlessly connected: talking, joking and laughing. We both were obsessed with learning new things, new words, new concepts. We fully embraced anything we explored, from biking to family history. And we loved going to inexpensive authentic ethnic restaurants and taking in all the culture we could -- plays, movies and books.

I took pleasure in the way he surprised me -- with a made-up poem in the middle of an otherwise silent moonlit hike. Or by playing Tangerine Dream's music from "Risky Business" in the car when he picked me up, music I once casually mentioned I liked.

All's well that ends well

After a year and a half of dating, when my landlord and his wife (who lived in the same building and acted like my second set of parents) went on vacation, Craig came to stay at my apartment for a week as a trial run. He was smart enough to know he had to reel me in slowly. A week turned into two and then three. Soon it was clear that he was never going to leave, and I didn't want him to.

Sharing my life with Craig has amplified the joy and made the difficult times easier -- except for when I worked as bookkeeper for Craig's computer networking business. We'd crabbily peer at spreadsheets together -- we both hated accounting -- and the misery of the numbers invaded our marriage. To this day he says he fired me. I say I quit.

But our love remains strong. Last year I had major surgery and relied on Craig for months. His loving round-the-clock care, emotional support and cooking of all my favorite foods, from kasha and varnishkes to spaghetti and clams, brought me back to life.

So how do you know when you've found the right one? If you pay attention, you'll know, even if you're a little dense about it at first like me.

Now at night we have what we call "The Best Time," when we cuddle, laugh and talk after the lights are out. I tease him, "Let's pretend it's our first date and this time I won't be so slow to realize how much I love you; I'll just jump your bones." He laughs and pulls me toward him.



This essay first appeared in www.Newsworks.org

Mercy Johnson smiles to the bank; now Nollywood's highest paid actress


http://www.highstreetmail.com/media/k2/items/cache/e4757061d0a81c841d766c26789632da_L.jpgMercy Johnson is Nigeria’s busiest actress in Nigeria, it has been reported.

According to a report by Nigeria's Yes International Magazine, the Kogi-State-born movie star, is also one of the richest actresses in the country, pocketing between Gh₵23,000 and Gh₵30,000 per movie.

Mercy is said to be in such high demand that movie producers queue up to secure her services, sometimes paying her upfront.

“The situation has been like that for some time now. Even when she was pregnant, she was still working non-stop, including shooting a movie in the United States of America with her bulging tummy.

As a matter of fact, the producers were so desperate that they started writing scripts to align with her pregnancy”, Yes Magazine quoted a source as saying.

Among Mercy’s latest works are: Obioma The Slave Girl, Sleeping Walker, Heart of A Twin 1 & 2, Mud of Hardship, Dumebi and Bitterleaf Cyhtia, Others are Daniella, First Experience, Endless Agony, Immaculate Heart, Painful Soul, Tears of Madness, Weeping Kingdom, Troubled King, and Baby Oku in America.

The rest are Dumebi in School, Somma The Local Champion, Ebute The Only Girl, Leave My Tears 1 & 2, Mary The Hunter, Cry of A Widow, Voice of A Mother.

Do you think Mercy is the best actress in Nollywood?






   






     Credit:YesInternationalMagazine

VIDEO: 3 University of Ghana Girls humiliated for allegedly stealing panties ($10) at Accra Mall.


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Three ladies said to be students of the University of Ghana were subjected to a disgraceful ordeal after they were alleged to have stolen panties which cost Gh25 ($10) at the Accra Mall.

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The rights of the young ladies were not respected as they were handed down 'instant justice' so they wont be reported to the police.

It is shocking that for a refined market place like the Accra Shopping Mall, managers would allow such abuse to go unchecked.














WATCH VIDEO HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saqzy0XlcuM

What motivates us at work? 7 fascinating studies that give insights



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“When we think about how people work, the naïve intuition we have is that people are like rats in a maze,” says behavioral economist Dan Ariely in today’s talk, given at TEDxRiodelaPlata. “We really have this incredibly simplistic view of why people work and what the labor market looks like.”
When you look carefully at the way people work, he says, you find out there’s a lot more at play—and a lot more at stake—than money. In his talk, Ariely provides evidence that we are also driven by meaningful work, by others’ acknowledgement and by the amount of effort we’ve put in: the harder the task is, the prouder we are.
During the Industrial Revolution, Ariely points out, Adam Smith’s efficiency-oriented, assembly-line approach made sense. But it doesn’t work as well in today’s knowledge economy. Instead, Ariely upholds Karl Marx’s concept that we care much more about a product if we’ve participated from start to finish rather than producing a single part over and over. In other words, in the knowledge economy, efficiency is no longer more important than meaning.
“When we think about labor, we usually think about motivation and payment as the same thing, but the reality is that we should probably add all kinds of things to it: meaning, creation, challenges, ownership, identity, pride, etc.,” Ariely explains.
To hear more on Ariely’s thoughts about what makes people more productive – and happier – at work, watch this fascinating talk. Below, a look at some of Ariely’s studies, as well as a few from other researchers, with interesting implications for what makes us feel good about our work.
  1. Seeing the fruits of our labor may make us more productive
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    The Study: In a study conducted at Harvard University, Ariely asked participants to build characters from Lego’s Bionicles series. In both conditions, participants were paid decreasing amounts for each subsequent Bionicle: $3 for the first one, $2.70 for the next one, and so on. But while one group’s creations were stored under the table, to be disassembled at the end of the experiment, the other group’s Bionicles were disassembled as soon as they’d been built. “This was an endless cycle of them building and we destroying in front of their eyes,” Ariely says.
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    The Results: The first group made 11 Bionicles, on average, while the second group made only seven before they quit.
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    The Upshot: Even though there wasn’t huge meaning at stake, and even though the first group knew their work would be destroyed at the end of the experiment, seeing the results of their labor for even a short time was enough to dramatically improve performance.
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  2. The less appreciated we feel our work is, the more money we want to do it
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    The Study: Ariely gave study participants — students at MIT — a piece of paper filled with random letters, and asked them to find pairs of identical letters. Each round, they were offered less money than the previous round. People in the first group wrote their names on their sheets and handed them to the experimenter, who looked it over and said “Uh huh” before putting it in a pile. People in the second group didn’t write down their names, and the experimenter put their sheets in a pile without looking at them. People in the third group had their work shredded immediately upon completion.
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    The Results: People whose work was shredded needed twice as much money as those whose work was acknowledged in order to keep doing the task. People in the second group, whose work was saved but ignored, needed almost as much money as people whose work was shredded.
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    The Upshot: “Ignoring the performance of people is almost as bad as shredding their effort before their eyes,” Ariely says. “The good news is that adding motivation doesn’t seem to be so difficult. The bad news is that eliminating motivation seems to be incredibly easy, and if we don’t think about it carefully, we might overdo it.”
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  3. The harder a project is, the prouder we feel of it
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    The Study: In another study, Ariely gave origami novices paper and instructions to build a (pretty ugly) form. Those who did the origami project, as well as bystanders, were asked at the end how much they’d pay for the product. In a second trial, Ariely hid the instructions from some participants, resulting in a harder process — and an uglier product.
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    The Results: In the first experiment, the builders paid five times as much as those who just evaluated the product. In the second experiment, the lack of instructions exaggerated this difference: builders valued the ugly-but-difficult products even more highly than the easier, prettier ones, while observers valued them even less.
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    The Upshot: Our valuation of our own work is directly tied to the effort we’ve expended. (Plus, we erroneously think that other people will ascribe the same value to our own work as we do.)
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  4. Knowing that our work helps others may increase our unconscious motivation
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    The Study: As described in a recent New York Times Magazine profile, psychologist Adam Grant led a study at a University of Michigan fundraising call center in which  student who had benefited from the center’s scholarship fundraising efforts spoke to the callers for 10 minutes.
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    The Results: A month later, the callers were spending 142 percent more time on the phone than before, and revenues had increased by 171 percent, according to the Times. But the callers denied the scholarship students’ visit had impacted them.
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    The Upshot: “It was almost as if the good feelings had bypassed the callers’ conscious cognitive processes and gone straight to a more subconscious source of motivation,” the Times reports. “They were more driven to succeed, even if they could not pinpoint the trigger for that drive.”
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  5. The promise of helping others makes us more likely to follow rules
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    The Study: Grant ran another study (also described in the Times profile) in which he put up signs at a hospital’s hand-washing stations, reading either “Hand hygiene prevents you from catching diseases” or “Hand hygiene prevents patients from catching diseases.”
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    The Results: Doctors and nurses used 45 percent more soap or hand sanitizer in the stations with signs that mentioned patients.
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    The Upshot: Helping others through what’s called “prosocial behavior” motivates us.
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  6. Positive reinforcement about our abilities may increase performance
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    The Study: Undergraduates at Harvard University gave speeches and did mock interviews with experimenters who were either nodding and smiling or shaking their heads, furrowing their eyebrows, and crossing their arms.
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    The Results: The participants in the first group later answered a series of numerical questions more accurately than those in the second group.
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    The Upshot: Stressful situations can be manageable—it all depends on how we feel. We find ourselves in a “challenge state” when we think we can handle the task (as the first group did); when we’re in a “threat state,” on the other hand, the difficulty of the task is overwhelming, and we become discouraged. We’re more motivated and perform better in a challenge state, when we have confidence in our abilities.
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  7. Images that trigger positive emotions may actually help us focus
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    The Study: Researchers at Hiroshima University had university students perform a dexterity task before and after looking at pictures of either baby or adult animals.
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    The Results: Performance improved in both cases, but more so (10 percent improvement!) when participants looked at the cute pictures of puppies and kittens.
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    The Upshot: The researchers suggest that “the cuteness-triggered positive emotion” helps us narrow our focus, upping our performance on a task that requires close attention. Yes, this study may just validate your baby panda obsession.
What have you noticed makes you work harder – and better?



Source: http://blog.ted.com/2013/04/10/what-motivates-us-at-work-7-fascinating-studies-that-give-insights/

Mozilla plans '$25 smartphone' for emerging markets


http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/73172000/jpg/_73172351_73170162.jpgMozilla has shown off a prototype for a $25 (£15) smartphone that is aimed at the developing world.

The company, which is famed mostly for its Firefox browser, has partnered with Chinese low-cost chip maker Spreadtrum.

While not as powerful as more expensive models, the device will run apps and make use of mobile internet.

It would appeal to the sorts of people who currently buy cheap "feature" phones, analysts said.

Feature phones are highly popular in the developing world as a halfway point between "dumb" phones - just voice calls and other basic functions - and fully-fledged smartphones.


Mozilla hopes that it will capture an early lead in a market that is now being targeted by mobile device manufacturers who see the developing world as the remaining area for massive growth.
It will face stern competition from bigger, more established brands, however - with more announcements of this kind expected over the course of the next couple of days at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

"These solutions expand the global accessibility of open web smartphones to first-time and entry-level smartphone buyers by reducing the time and cost required for handset makers to bring these devices to market," said Spreadtrum in a press statement.

Mozilla said the phone "redefines" the entry-level phone market.

The concept of a cheap smartphone may seem likely to appeal to consumers in developed countries, particularly those who locked into long contracts in order to subsidise the cost of the likes of the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy range.

But analyst Carolina Milanesi, from Kantar Worldpanel, said it should not be seen as a competitor.

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Mozilla also announced new high-end smartphones

"You're not really talking about smartphone experience.

"You're talking about a clumsy smartphone that's a little bit better than a feature phone - still primarily for voice and text."

The phone runs Mozilla's own mobile operating system - something that could cause problems as competition in the cheap smartphone market steps up, Ms Milanesi added.

In addition to the $25 smartphone, Mozilla also launched several high-end models, including devices from Huawei and ZTE.




Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26316265

The British Museum Must Return Africa’s Stolen Treasures



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Stolen African artifacts on display in the British Museum
AFRICANGLOBE – ON SHOW: Ivory mask, probably 16th century AD, is on view at the British Museum

Interesting to see that movie star George Clooney is demanding that the famed Elgin Marbles should be returned to Greece from whence they were plundered. It’s not surprising that the star is making his views known in this way because, after all, he’s vocally political and what he says carries clout. I doubt very much, though, whether even his star appeal can convince the British Museum to give up its illicitly appropriated treasures.

Despite Clooney’s efforts I couldn’t help thinking, ‘George, what about the Benin Mask and any number of other artefacts that were pillaged from the African continent?

Come to think of it, why are none of those top Black movie stars that we are praising left, right and centre, not demanding the return of Africa’s treasures that were robbed by the British criminals?

The British Museum is no more than a thieves’ kitchen of plundered African history and treasures and a continual colonial power over African culture. That is our history you see there in the museum. That is our culture. Is it any wonder that Africa is the state it is in when our history and culture is on display thousands of miles away in the centre of London?

But I don’t even blame the British Museum for hanging on to it. There has been no concerted effort beyond African countries begging to have their artefacts returned, but who is going to give a profile to the Nigerian government’s requests. If some of those big stars of Hollywood were to get together and demand the return of African history to where it rightfully belongs (and don’t forget these artefacts were pilfered, robbed, stolen) we could see some action.

When he wins his Oscar next week Chiwetel Ejiofor needs to stand up on the podium and demand that those artefacts are returned. I know he will have to thank quite a few people and, of course, his mum too for all her support. But after that, Chiwitel, why not demand that the British Museum gives our people back what is rightfully ours?

And not just Chiwetel alone. It would be good if we could hear the likes of Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Oprah Winfrey and all the top supes from Hollywood stand up strong and demand the return of those artefacts. It could trigger a worldwide movement the like of which even the British Museum would have to bow to. We should be picketing outside the museum and African governments should be funding groups over here to stage sit-ins and the like in the museum until it relents and returns our history that was robbed.



By: Dotun Adebayo

Monday, 24 February 2014

Marriage is not 'by-force' - John Dumelo


Actor and business man, John Dumelo, is easing the pressure some fans and loved ones are mounting on him to get married. The actor is not putting much importance to the marriage subject, at least not for now.

http://www.highstreetmail.com/media/k2/items/cache/b80f22056e23fc0043164c86418325dc_L.jpg“People rush into marriage and their marriage plummet within a short time, whiles some people relax and wait for God’s time and enjoy the best marriages,” the actor made such a pronouncement when Razz Newspaper caught up with him when he made some donations to widows at Ada Foah Kewumor in the Volta Region during Valentine’s Day.

The actor also disclosed that marriage is not compulsory(by-force) and he does not fathom why people should be coercing him into settling down. He groused, “Yes, people are giving me pressure to marry but they need to know that, it is not a nine-day wonder and one can’t just wake up and get married.”

On the donations of items to the widows via his John Dumelo Foundation, the actor said that the foundation has assisted over 1000 school children across the world last year and this year, they are looking forward to touching many more lives.

Touching on his other business ventures, John said that a grand opening of his new hotel/Apartment called ‘Maselo’ is still underway and promised to update his fans on the preparatory activities towards opening

‘Well, I wanted to open the place in December like I proclaimed, but am still putting things together. I will update my fans on the date the hotel will officially be opened,” he concluded.

Source: Razz Newspaper

5 Signs you're settling for less than you deserve in a relationship


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Are you in a romantic relationship or marriage that’s just not right but you’re not willing to risk ending it? Maybe you’ve convinced yourself that things will change or you’ve done something wrong to deserve less than optimal treatment. Or your fear of being alone and feeling unlovable is unbearable.

Maybe he or she is gorgeous and treats you well but something is missing. Perhaps your family or friends have convinced you to hang in there or try harder.

You may even know intellectually that nobody should have to settle for less than they deserve but your emotions are conflicted. This may leave you unwilling to take the chance of breaking things off because you fear you won’t meet someone else and will be alone for a long time. Perhaps some of your friends have been single for a while and they complain about how hard it is to meet a nice man or woman. Underneath all of these rationalizations is a deep seated fear of being alone.

New research conducted by Stephanie S. Spielman demonstrates that fear of being single is a meaningful predictor of settling for less in relationships. In her groundbreaking study, Spielman discovered that the fear of being single predicts settling for less in romantic relationships. Further, Spielman’s results showed that individuals who report being fearful of being alone will stay with unresponsive, less attractive partners rather than face that dreaded fate. Being fearful of being alone was also associated with being less selective of a potential partner at speed-dating events.

Let’s face it, nobody should have to settle for less than they deserve just for the sake of being part of a couple. But what is the source of your fear of being single? Although the answer varies from person to person, one factor that causes someone to settle is past experiences of romantic rejection and another is fear of prolonged singlehood.

Of all the difficult experiences that individuals face in life, being alone can be among the hardest. Growing up, you probably weren’t given good examples of how to be alone. It seems like everything you see in movies and TV and on the internet is about how to find the right partner and make it work. There’s nothing wrong with seeking love, because it’s beautiful and can bring about some of the most treasured moments in our lives. But very few people know how to be alone and do it well. They aren’t happy to be alone. They fear it and seek love wherever they go. Too often the pleasure they find in falling in love is the sweet release of no longer being by themselves in the world.

Single women may be reluctant to acknowledge the challenges of being alone for fear of being seen as desperate or needy. According to author Sara Eckel, many of the stereotypes we have about single women are misleading. She writes, “The single life isn’t a prison sentence nor is it a cocktail party. It is simply a life -– a life with responsibilities and rewards, good days and bad ones, successes and failures. In her article “Stop Telling Women They Are Fabulous,” she reminds us that we don’t really know how to discuss single women in our culture because in times past they were seen as lonely spinsters, quietly languishing in their studio apartments.

Too often I hear women (and some men) who are coupled up rationalize why they are still in a relationship when maybe they shouldn’t be. They say things like, “I know my relationship isn’t perfect, but at least he doesn’t yell at me.” Or, “He really is a good dad.” Or, “He will always be faithful to me.” When I hear things like that, I am reminded that breaking up with someone is an act of courage. To be honest with someone about why the relationship isn’t working is an act of love. When you can accept that your relationship doesn’t make you the best person you can be, and you correct course by breaking up, you become immeasurably stronger.

Whatever the reason, if you assess that you are staying in a relationship that’s all wrong for you, it’s important to take a few steps to determine if you need to end it. This can take time and a commitment to loving and respecting yourself. However simplistic this may seem, self-love and self-respect are the basis of loving another person.

Here are some signs that you are settling for less than you deserve in your relationship:

The relationship brings you down and your significant other doesn’t inspire you to do your best. Perhaps he/she is overly critical or too focused on his/her needs to be supportive of you.

You feel you have to change yourself -– your values, goals, or dreams -- for your partner to accept you.

You are in an emotionally or physically abusive relationship. You may have hidden this from family or friends due to shame or codependency issues -– putting your partner’s needs before your own.

You’ve been cheated on repeatedly and keep giving him or her more chances in spite of the fact that he or she has proven to be untrustworthy.

You sacrifice too much. Since your partner is unable to compromise, you morph into someone else to accommodate his or her expectations, needs, or desires.

In closing, you may not be able to determine what’s wrong or missing in your intimate relationship at this moment. It could take time and perhaps the help of a skilled therapist or relationship coach to figure things out. In the meantime, remind yourself that you are worth the effort and deserve to be loved. Often, the courage needed to end a relationship that is no longer meeting one or both partners’ needs shows the greatest strength. However, if you decide to stay in your relationship because you feel it’s worth trying to save, consider couples counseling if your partner is willing and motivated –- before you walk away.

Let’s end with this quote from Sara Eckel: “Mostly, you gain strength when you learn to listen to your own voice and live life on your own terms.”


Written by  Huffington Post

Pastor Craig Davis Sentenced To 10 Years For Knowingly Exposing Women In Congregation To HIV

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Atlanta minister Craig Lamar Davis (pictured above), former pastor of Full Gospel Baptist Church, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 10 years probation on Friday for knowingly exposing women in his congregation to HIV, reports My FOX Atlanta.

As previously reported by NewsOne, Davis was found guilty in January of two counts of reckless HIV.

Davis, who was married at the time that the allegations came to light, initially denied both his HIV status and cheating on his wife.

In a last-ditch plea for leniency during Friday’s sentencing hearing, the formerly “unrepentant” pastor said that his actions were “wrong.”

As previously reported by NewsOne, Davis had extramarital affairs with two women and did not tell either that he was HIV positive. During his trial, Davis admitted that doctors diagnosed him with HIV in 2005. And while he admitted to having sex with a Fulton County woman, the former pastor denied a sexual encounter with his second accuser, Ronita McAfee of Clayton County.

McAfee tested negative for HIV, while the second known victim, who was allegedly celibate for 15 years before sleeping with her married pastor, tested positive.

Police are still investigating the possibility of more victims.





SOURCE: http://newsone.com/2911874/hiv-pastor-craig-lamar-davis/?omcamp=EMC-CVNL

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg: WhatsApp 'worth more than $19 billion'

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/dam/assets/140224151731-mark-zuckerberg-story-top.jpg(CNN) -- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, speaking to mobile tech leaders in Barcelona, said WhatsApp, the mobile messaging app purchased by the social media giant last week, was "worth more than $19 billion."

Zuckerberg's comments at Mobile World Congress, referencing the eye-watering price paid for WhatsApp, were met with surprise.

But Zuckerberg said the company was "a great fit for us. Already almost half-a-billion people love using WhatsApp for messaging and it's the most engaging app we've ever seen exist on mobile so far.

"It's on a path to connecting a billion people. There are very few services in the world that can reach that level and they're all incredibly valuable."

Zuckerberg said there were no plans to harvest data from WhatsApp messages, in answer to a question from the audience. "That's the service that people want, we would be silly to change it."

Asked if he thought concerns over privacy could be a problem for Facebook as it aims for greater global penetration, he said: "The NSA issue is a real issue, especially for American internet companies.

"Trust is just such an important thing when you're thinking about using any service where you're going to share important and personal information.

"We continue to work to be sure we can share everything that the government is asking of us."

"The government kind of blew it on this. Governments have a responsibility to protect folks and to also be transparent about what they're doing and I think they've just been way over the line in terms of sharing what they are doing.

"But they are only now starting to get to the range of where they should have been. I think this whole thing could have been avoidable and it would have been a lot better for the internet."

Asked if Facebook would consider bidding again for Snapchat, Zuckerberg said: "After buying a company for $16 billion you're probably done for a while." Snapchat reportedly turned down a $3 billion offer from Facebook last year.

Zuckerberg's debut at the trade show, the biggest of its kind in the world, underlines the importance of mobile to the future of the social media giant.

While audience interest was in WhatsApp, Zuckerberg -- on stage with technology journalist and writer David Kirkpatrick --- was at the show to promote Facebook's work with Internet.org.

Facebook partnered with technology leaders, nonprofits, local communities and experts for the initiative.
Zuckerberg said the goal of Internet.org is to ensure everyone in the world has access to the internet in some form, either for a small cost or for free. He said this could be achieved by improving mobile infrastructure and reducing the amount of data required to use services.

"Most people in the world don't have access to the internet at all ... it's about 2.7 billion people today. It's growing way slower than you would imagine. Our vision is to try to connect everyone."

Earlier Monday, Facebook announced it would help roll out an online education program in Rwanda. The deal, which will initially be offered to university students, has been done in partnership with telecommunications giant Airtel, which is providing free educational data for a year to those who sign up and Nokia, which is offering discounted smartphones to those participating.

Pamela Clark-Dickson, senior analyst at Informa, said Zuckerberg's appearance in Barcelona made sense given that mobile is key to Facebook's strategy.

"It gives him the opportunity to engage with key mobile operator partners, which will be important in the wake of Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp," she said.

"Mobile operators will be keen to discuss with and to learn from Zuckerberg his plans for developing Facebook further as a service from which he can generate revenues from mobile."

Clark-Dickson said the announcement in Barcelona by WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum that the messaging service will add voice calls to its product in the second quarter of 2014 will also be something that mobile operators will want to talk to Zuckerberg about.