Tuesday, 8 July 2014
The WestView News, a New York based community newspaper, is under fire for running an op-ed piece that refers to President Obama with the n-word in its headline.
The article, written by James Lincoln Collier, actually took a pro-Obama stance and focused on criticizing what it deemed to be the “racism” he’s had to deal with from Republican voters since he has taken office in 2008.
However, that didn’t stop some residents in the West Village from feeling disturbed by the headline, according to the New York Post.
“It’s disrespectful in any context to refer to the president of the United States as the N-word,” Eugene May, a West Village resident told the Post. “If you were quoting something or referring to the historic context of the word being used, I can understand the justification.”
The monthly newspaper’s editor, George Capsis, said he agreed to run the headline because the New York Times “avoids using the word” and the author wanted to “shock us into accepting that there are people who believe and use this outrageous word.”
With the backlash they’re experiencing, hopefully they learned why The New York Times doesn’t use it, and why their objective for using the term was a poor one to begin with. Yes, racism still exists. However, blatantly using the most racist term of them all doesn’t really help change those attitudes and mentalities.
Just few months after the Psquare brothers got married, their elder brother and manager Jude Okoye has decided to follow in their foot steps in tying the knots with his sweet heart and baby mama MBGN Tourism 2012 Ifeoma Umeokeke.
The couples who got engaged on the 24th of April 2014 have picked July 17th for their traditional wedding which would be held at Ifeoma’s home town in Nnewi, Anambra state.
The white wedding would be held after Ifeoma who is currently pregnant for the groom puts to birth.We would like to say a big congratulations to the couple and wish them the best. Lobatan!
Travel versus college: the eternal debate rages on with no clear-cut winner. Faced with rising tuition costs and a less than satisfying job market, many would-be college students are ditching their knapsacks and textbooks for rucksacks and guidebooks. But is putting your future on hold for a year of travel the best idea?
Although both sides have their merits, there are simply some things you'll never learn from scribbling notes in a stuffy lecture hall. Struggling to choose between travel and college? Consider these six lessons travel teaches you that college never will:
1) You are capable of more than you've ever imagined.
No one can deny it: Travel is transformative. And I'm not talking about tired clichés like "how backpacking through Europe changed my life", but the ability of travel to affect a tangible and lasting impact on your life.
Travel can turn introverts into extroverts, bring confidence to the meek, and create adrenaline junkies out of thin air; it pushes your physical and mental limits, forcing you to quickly adapt to uncomfortable and unfamiliar situations.
Want to see what you're truly made of? Travel.
2) People are fundamentally good.
Whether you live in New York, Dubai or Karachi, human beings are driven by the same basic desires. We care for our family and friends. We seek to protect our loved ones. We strive to improve our lives day after day. Most importantly, we look out for one another.
Without experiencing the world for ourselves we often lose sight of that, relying instead on cheap stereotypes to guide our thinking. Travel reminds us that we are more bound by similarities than separated through differences.
Good is stronger -- and more prevalent -- than evil. Get out there and see for yourself.
3) You are but a tiny blip on a giant radar.
Our whole lives we're told were special. Starting at home, continuing into our school years, and even into college, parents, teachers, friends, and work colleagues all do their best to remind us just how important we are.
It can be painful at first, but travel will knock that right out of you. Travel humbles you; it makes you truly realize just how small you are in this great big world.
You are a mere speck in an infinite universe. Accept it: You'll see it's not so bad.
4) Stereotypes are ridiculous.
Hollywood can really numb your common sense. If we believed everything we'd ever seen in the movies, we'd think all Russians are villains, all American college kids are alcoholics, and that all Australians do is hunt crocodiles and surf.
Fortunately, travel clears your mind of (most of) that rubbish. Wander around a little and you'll discover that not all Germans are serious, not all Canadians are overly polite, and not all Swedish women are supermodels.
Well, maybe that last one's true.
5) The world is not a dangerous place.
Turn on the news at any given moment: Reports about civil wars, armed struggles or terrorist attacks are never too far away. It's no wonder that announcing travel plans for places like Turkey, Israel or Indonesia can send loved ones into a panic. (I speak from experience.)
Negative news sells, and without venturing beyond your backyard, it's easy to assume that chaos reigns as soon as you step out of your country's borders. Never do we hear those feel-good, heart-warming local news stories from around the world. They're out there. You just need to find them.
6) One person can make a difference.
Grand gestures get all the attention. With philanthropists doling out millions of dollars to charities, it's difficult to see how ordinary people like us can affect positive change.
Travel shows you the other side of the coin: how tiny gestures can add up to something truly meaningful. You'll see that don't need to save a whole village or solve all the world's problems to impact lives. Be the difference for one person at a time. Even the small can become mighty.
Stressed, burdened with life’s difficult problems and fear that your health is declining? Then sex is the answer to happiness, longevity and a healthy body. You don’t agree?
Sex helps you reduce stress. When deep breathing exercises fail to de-stress you, sex will do the needful.
During sex your body produces dopamine, a substance that fights stress hormones, endorphins, aka “happiness hormones” and oxytocin, a desire-enhancing hormone secreted by the pituitary gland.
In a study, published in the Public Library of Science journal, three neuroscience researchers conducted a test on male rats and found that the sexually active rats were less anxious than rats with no sexual activity.
2. Great Form of Exercise
Making love is a form of physical activity. During intercourse, the physiological changes in your body are consistent with a workout. You must have noticed that the respiratory rate rises, which means you get tired. Hence, you burn calories. If you have sex three times a week for 15 minutes (but we know you can do better than that) you’ll burn about 7.500 calories in a year. That’s the equivalent of jogging 75 miles! Heavy breathing raises the amount of oxygen in your cells, and the testosterone produced during sex keeps your bones and muscles strong.
3. Lowers high blood pressure
Hugs and sex can improve your blood pressure. Sex reduces diastolic blood pressure, that is, the bottom number while reading blood pressure.
Researchers with the University of Paisley conducted an experiment on the same. They concluded that sex improves blood pressure.
4. Builds your immunity
Trying to fight the sniffles? Sex is the answer to fight cold and other health problems; sex can boost your immunity.
Immunoglobulin A, an antigen that fights the flu increases when the frequency of sex increases.
5. Makes You Look Younger
Making love three times a week can make you look 10 years younger, claims a Scottish researcher. “It’s good for you to have good sex,” says David Weeks, a clinical neuropsychologist at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, whose study on the effects of sex on aging appears in his book, Secrets of the Superyoung.
6. Healthy heart
Sex helps you burn calories but it can also improve your heart. Sex will take care of stroke and heart attacks, you just have to enjoy the moment.
Scientists with New England Research Institute examined the effect of sex on the heart. The study concluded that men are 45 percent less likely to experience cardiovascular diseases. But the study fails to study the effect of sex on a woman’s heart.
7. Pain relief
Pleasure is the measure to beat out the pain. Do you experience migraines and body pain? Well sex is the answer. But if you experience back pain, it is best to consult a doctor.
Dr. George E. Erlich, an arthritis specialist from Philadelphia conducted a study on the link between arthritis and sex. He narrows down that patients who engaged in sex experienced less pain.
8. Builds trust and intimacy
The act of sex spikes the hormone oxytocin; this hormone is responsible for your happiness and love. If your feel your relationship is falling out, there is trust or you’re worried that your partner will stray away, then sex will dispel these doubts. The hormone oxytocin builds trust and brings couples closer, and cupid too.
9. Less chances of cancer
Regular ejaculation reduces your chances of developing prostate cancer. In an Australian study men who ejaculated 21 times a month were least likely to develop cancer. It is further supported by other researches that sexual intercourse reduces the risk of prostrate cancer.
10. Stronger pelvic muscles
Sex involves the use of several muscles; hence regular sexual intercourse can help you develop stronger pelvic muscles. Further, since the act of sex involves a range of muscles, it also helps strengthen these muscles – for ex: quads, your core, and the upper back. Through regular sex, you can also maintain a strong bladder and bowel function.
Strong muscles, calorie burner, improves heart health – sex seems to take care of you.
11. Prostate Protection
Most of the fluid you ejaculate is secreted by the prostate gland. If you stop ejaculating, the fluid stays in the gland, which tends to swell, causing lots of problems. Regular ejaculation will wash those fluids out and ensure the well being of your prostate until old age. Problems may also occur when you suddenly change the frequency of ejaculations.
12. Induces sleep
After that great, lovely workout you are bound to get good sleep. But guess what? Sex works the same way as exercise. The increased heart rate leads to increased post-coital relaxation. Sex could be the next thing for insomniacs! So what really happens:
- Sex can relax you, hence if you are already tired, the act of sex will induce sleep.
- When men ejaculate they become lethargic, this can make them sleepy.
13. Regular periods
Apparently sex can improve your menstrual cycle. Sex regulates hormones, which in turn regulate the menstrual cycle. Sex reduces stress, which is one of the reasons women miss their periods. Sex seems like a better option than pills.
14. Prevents Erectile Dysfunctions
Fifty per cent of men older than 40 suffer from erectile dysfunctions and all young men fear the moment when they won’t be able to get it up any more. The best medicine against impotence is…sex. An erection keeps the blood flowing through your penile arteries, so the tissue stays healthy. Plus, doctors compare an erection to an athletic reflex: the more you train the more capable you are to perform.
15. Live longer
A healthy heart, stronger muscles, increased circulation of oxygen and happiness are some of the factors that add life to the years and as a result – years to your life.
A study published in the British Medical Journal reveals that men who engaged in sex often live twice as those who rarely had any action.
16. Healthier semen
If you’re trying to conceive, you increase the volume of semen if you have sex regularly. Regular sex replaces old sperms from the testicles. If there is a natural build of sperms it can lead to DNA damage.
Catholic church Pope, Pope Francis from Argentina has asked the victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clerics to forgive the church.
The Pope was giving a mass for six victims of such acts at the Vatican and he revealed that the Church will catch all those Bishops who tried to cover up the dastardly acts.
The victims came from Ireland, Britain and Germany and after the mass had 30 minutes alone with the Pontiff.
The Pope also claimed that such acts where not a one time act but was actually widespread in the Catholic church and he said that there is no place in God's holy body for such evil crimes.
He said: All bishops must carry out their pastoral ministry with the utmost care in order to help foster the protection of minors, and they will be held accountable,”.
He labelled such acts as having a toxic effect on the life of minors and belief in God later in life.
This comment by someone so high on the Catholic church pedestal is the strongest condemnation of cases of sexual abuses by cleric, especially on minors, that have plagued the church in recent times.
The cases of sexual abuse in the Catholic church is so widespread that by 2009 the U.S wing had paid over $1.2 billion as compensation and settlement for over 900 cases of sex abuse by priests.
The Vatican ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Józef Wesołowski was investigated and found guity by the Vatican for paying for sex with a minor and he now face extradiction.
Nollywood actress Moji Olaiya finally opens up about her conversion from Christianity to Islam which she did about a year ago. Speaking with Encomium magazine, she said no man influenced her decision to convert... and explained why she did it.
"Honestly, Islam is a peaceful religion. The aspect I love most is that you don't need any pastor to get closer to God. You don't really need anybody to pray for you. You can always pray on your own and Almighty Allah will answer your prayer without any intermediary. I have been doing that since I became a Muslim and it has always worked for me. " she said. Continue...
The actress says she was born by a Muslim mother who was an Alhaja but she later married a Christian man and converted to Christianity. She dispelled claims by some people that it was a man that influenced her conversion back to Islam...
"That is the problem I have with people. When you say you are doing something, they believe a man must be responsible for it. No man influenced my decision to identify with Islam. I have just said it, my mother was an Alhaja before she converted to Christianity. Islam has been a religion I have always loved. I have been in-between Christianity and Islam but just recently I decided to embrace Islam fully and there is no regret doing so" she said
Daughter of late politician and business mogul, MKO Abiola, went spiritual yesterday when she called on the spirit of her late Dad to intervene in the crisis rocking the nation. Hafsat made the call at the residence of the late politician while laying a wreath to commemorate the 16th anniversary of her father.
“Daddy, the state of the nation today will sadden you. The crisis is just too much. Majority of the youths are unemployed. When you were around, you said you would take them out of poverty, but today majority of Nigerians wallow in poverty. There is a general feeling of insecurity in the country. Please speak to the creator on behalf of the country. Tell the creator we are in serious crisis,” she said.
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday fixed September 29 for continuation of hearing in a suit filed against the Cherubim and Seraphim (C&S) Church over leadership tussle.
The plaintiff, Adepoju Arogundade, filed the suit in February, 2009, seeking an order reinstating him as the rightful leader of the C & S Church in Nigeria.
Joined as first and second defendants are the Registered Trustees of the Church and a member of the church, Adebola Adewuja.
The other three defendants are: Remi Beckley, Mary Oshode and the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
When the case was called on Monday, Justice Ibrahim Buba asked the parties to return on September 29 for continuation of hearing.
The judge said that the court would hear all pending applications on the date.
In his statement of claim, the plaintiff averred that the C & S Church was founded in 1925 by Emmanuel Abiodun, and registered in 1930.
He averred that the church had a constitution which stipulated the mode of leadership succession.
“The constitution provides that after the death of a leader, the oldest in the church is to assume position as the next leader,” he stated.
According to the plaintiff, after the death of his father, he became the oldest member of the church who should be the leader.
Mr. Arogundade stated that instead of appointing him as his father’s successor, Adebola Adewuja was made the leader.
He, therefore, wants the court to declare the appointment a nullity, saying that it contravened the provisions of the church’s constitution.
He also wants the court to restrain the defendants from further appointing a leader of the church, adding that the tenure of Adewuja had expired.
The plaintiff wants further appointment of the church leader suspended until the case is decided by the court.