Thursday, 31 July 2014

I am gay; Panji Anoff declares


Although homosexuality is illegal in Ghana, one of the country's renowned music producers and CEO of Pidgin Music, Panji Anoff has publicly declared he is gay.

The producer made the startling declaration on his Facebook page to the dismay of his numerous fans.

He declared that: 'I wish to announce today that I am gay, so that all the people who don't want a gay friend on facebook, can unfriend me now. I will miss you all, but I think it will make my facebook world a better place'.

Panji subsequently granted an interview to Hitz FM in which he said 'I wrote that because I realise that as I was reading my facebook page and I was coming up against a lot prejudice and I believe in freedom and I believe that a crime without a victim is not a crime.'

'If I am here and I love my boyfriend I don't see why it is a crime against any human being because who is the victim? This is something that two people have agreed on so who is the victim in this case? So I don't see how it is a crime or I don't see how I have made a wrong statement,' he added.

Asked if he was gay, Panji replied that: 'Yes, that is the statement I made.'

Panji Anoff is a pioneer of pidgin music producing and promotion in Ghana and he has managed Wanlov the Kubolor and M3nsa (FOKN Bois), and currently King Ayisoba.

He is also an artistic director, producer, technical producer for television, commercials, and events.

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10 health benefits of sex you need to know

1 . Having sex relieves headaches. Every time you make love , it releases the tension in the veins of the brain.

2 . A lot of sex can clear the stuffy nose. Sex is a natural antihistamine . It helps to fight against asthma and spring allergies .

3 . Making love is a spectacular beauty treatment. Scientists have discovered that when a woman has sex , it produces a large amount of estrogen that gives shine and softness to hair.

4 . Sex is one of the safest sports. Make love often strengthens the muscles of male and female body. It's more enjoyable than swimming 20 laps in the pool and there is not need special shoes!

5 . Make love slowly , smoothly and in a relaxed way reduces the chances of suffering dermatitis, skin rashes and acne . The sweat produced cleanses the pores and makes your skin glow .

6 . Lovemaking can burn all the calories you have accumulated during the romantic dinner before bedtime.

7 . Sex is a divine remedy for depression. It releases endorphins into the bloodstream , creating a state of euphoria and leaving women and men with the feeling of being unique.

8 . Sex is the tranquilizer and muscle relaxant to a safer world . It is a thousand times more effective than Valium .

9 . Sexually active body releases more pheromones. .

10 . Kissing each day will keep you more time away from the dentist . Kissing is an art which makes the cleaner teeth and saliva reduces the amount of acid that causes tooth decay . This prevention eliminates many problems , in addition to offering a breath constantly renewed !

Europe Destroyed African Culture - The Alaafin of Oyo

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, has berated Europeans for ‘deliberately setting out to destroy other cultures’ with their hegemonic one. The monarch said the Europeans super-imposed their own cultures and values on subject peoples, in order to perpetuate the relationship of inequality and inequity, so as to achieve their purpose.

He said this in his speech, delivered yesterday at the first Brazil- Nigeria International Seminar to Preserve Shared Cultural Heritage, held at Salvador/Bahia, Brazil.

The monarch stated that the religious foundation of the Yoruba tradition and culture “is presently under serious threats posed by guest faiths in Africa, the parlous socioeconomic conditions in Africa and a creation of neo-liberal economic policies, which have continued to impoverish many African states.”

His words: “The guest faiths are, therefore, feeding on this to preach the gospel of individual prosperity and well-being on earth.

“They have abandoned the earlier gospel of earthly denials in order to enjoy heaven. By their new approach, they are misleading scores and scores of Africans, encouraging them to disrespect, dishonour and abandon anything African, with our religious beliefs being demonised and discarded,” he noted.

The Alaafin added: “Some misguided Africans now abandon their family names in preference to names without bearing to their backgrounds.

“This danger is imminent and it is already destroying the African personality and confidence.” While insisting that European colonisation of Africa was indeed a cultural project, Oba Adeyemi said, “It is now commonplace in Africa for practitioners of the African religion to be vilified, persecuted and blamed for the underdevelopment of their societies.”

To reverse the trend, the Alaafin appealed to the Brazilian government to support efforts to preserve the cultural monuments and the tangible heritage by supporting a World Heritage nomination to UNESCO and the listing of Oyo town as an endangered heritage site.

According to the monarch, the support could also come through conduct of academic researches to study and map all assets of Oyo’s cultural heritage, as well as promotion and support of the use of new technologies for heritage management and education, in addition to encouraging and facilitating Brazilians to visit and study the ancient traditions of Oyo.

Oba Adeyemi, in the paper entitled: ‘Perpetuating Sango Oyo Heritage Continuity in Oyo and the Diaspora’ he delivered, said: “Our traditional religion is part of our heritage, which needs to be preserved and recognised.”

While reiterating his position as the defender of the African cultural heritage, not only on the continent, but across the globe, he said the frontal attack on Yoruba religious, socio-cultural and spiritual traditions must be resisted and confronted with a ‘superior spiritual force’.

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Police arrest 2 Nigerian money-laundering suspects, seize 1.3 million euros

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The Lithuanian Financial Crime Investigation Service seized 1.8 million US dollars (EUR 1.3 million) from a Nigerian company and arrested two Nigerian citizens on money laundering charges.

The service said the two Nigerian citizens purchased an inactive company registered in Lithuania in 2012. Earlier this year, a Hong Kong-registered off-shore company transferred 1.8 million US dollars to the front company’s account in an unnamed Lithuanian bank. The suspects tried to withdraw 100,000 US dollars in cash and transfer the rest to companies registered in Spain.

Lithuanian authorities had suspicions about the company’s registration address in a garage. The bank account was also opened while the company declared losses and has debts to the budget.

To collect possible evidence, the Financial Crime Investigation Service on Wednesday detained both Nigerians and searched their homes. The searches revealed documents, computers and computer media, as well as data crucial to the investigation.

Charges of money laundering, large-scale fraud, and document forgery have been filed against the Nigerian citizens. Prosecutors have asked for a court sanction to arrest the detainees.

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Robert Mugabe

On Wednesday, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (pictured) told White farmers that they must get off the land, because his nation is not a place for White landowners, according to AllAfrica.

Speaking in Mashonaland West at the A1 Model Settlement Tenure Permit, President Mugabe spoke of the reported few hundreds of White farmers who still own land in Zimbabwe.

“There are White farmers who are still on the land and have the protection of some cabinet ministers and politicians as well as traditional leaders.

“I have been given a list of 35 White farmers in Mashonaland West alone and in just a few districts that have been audited. We say no to Whites owning our land and they should go.”

President Mugabe then went on to clarify what Whites could actually own in his homeland, “They can own companies and apartments in our towns and cities but not the soil. It is ours and that message should ring loud and clear in Britain and the United States.”

Clearly just warming up, President Mugabe then turned his sights on Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, calling him a “boy from the streets.”

“We had an agreement with the Margaret Thatcher government and when Tony Blair came he reneged on that agreement. I pleaded with him to review his decision but he was a boy from the street with no experience so he stuck to his guns,” said the veteran leader.

“I was not amused and told him to keep his England and we would keep our Zimbabwe. We will not pay for our land and we will not ask our people to pay for it because they never paid for it in the first place.

“They were selling to each other among themselves, and we will not recognise any of that nonsense. They were living like kings and queens on our land and we chucked them out. Now we want all of it.”

Whites came from Europe and South Africa in the 1890s. The Land Apportionment Act of 1930 divided the lands by tribes: Whites, Shona, and Ndebele. And while traditionally, Africans shared the lands communally, the new laws that favored Whites made it nearly impossible for Africans to get financing, equipment, and training to farm large plots of land.

But Whites, who obviously already had a mastery of Western land ideology,  understood title deeds to land and were consequently able to buy and develop large areas of land for commercial farming businesses.

Their Western and White advantage led to other advantages, such as prime land in the fertile upland region, and not surprisingly, the White population flourished.

Meanwhile, Africans were regulated to low rainfall areas, forcing 99 percent of the population on to 25 percent of the land.

By 1979, Whites consisted of only 5 percent of the population, with only 4,500 farmers, but owned 70 percent of the fertile land.

Mugabe came to power on the heels of the Lancaster House Agreement in 1980, which stated that Mugabe couldn’t make any land reform changes for 10 years.

After decades of stops and starts in attempting to redistribute land back to Africans, by 2000, Zimbabwe government instituted the Fast-Track Land Reform Program, violently forcing mostly White farmers off their lands without compensation — earlier iterations of land reform ensured that Whites would be compensated for the lands they occupied.

The government reportedly seized 110,000 square kilometers of land and millions of Black farmers were said to have become unemployed.

By 2005, the Parliament agreed to nationalizing all farmland, silencing farmers who wanted to contest the land grab in court.

Today, the benefits of redistributing land among Africans cannot be comprehensively considered for two prime reasons: many of the beneficiaries of land that was formerly “owned” by Whites have reportedly had little experience in managing commercial farmland properly; this fact has supposedly caused crop production to plummet in the country. In addition, the United States froze the nation’s credit once the Fast Track Land Reform was passed, almost immediately cutting Zimbabwe’s trade surplus deficit of $322 million in 2001 to a deficit of $18 million by 2002.

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Israel is not my birthright

I was raised to think the country was ours by divine right. But this horror has challenged even my deepest beliefs.

Israel is not my birthright

I’m writing this in my new baby niece’s room. I am here in Florida visiting my family because of this niece, this tiny pudgy innocent baby. We are Jewish, and it’s time for my niece to receive her Hebrew name in a sweet little ceremony at our longtime synagogue.

Last night I sat at the synagogue next to my 19-year-old daughter. I felt a swell of joy as the services began; I’d been away too long. I’d loved services as a child and teenager.

And then we hit the first mention of Israel as the Promised Land, and I burst into tears.

On the way to services, I’d caught up on Twitter a bit. I’d read about the Israeli missiles still falling on Palestine. I’d read about the outright murder of Palestinian children.

And I sat there and listened to the rabbi call Israel our Promised Land, and it broke something in me.

I am an American Jew of a certain age (40), and what that means is that I was raised to believe that Israel was ours by divine right.

It sounds ridiculous when you say it aloud. Especially because, like many of my generation of Jews, I’m not particularly religious. Many Jews my age slid into paganism, a sort of ambivalent agnosticism, or outright atheism; we are cultural Jews rather than religious Jews. And yet when I first spoke about the conflict between Israel and Palestine some years ago, I found that falling out of my mouth – that God promised us Israel. It’s ours because God said so.

My daughter, trying to comfort me after the services, said, “Maybe it is the Promised Land, just not right now.”

My daughter is an atheist. And the narrative got her, too.

The history we are taught in our Sunday school is that we were there first, and that therefore the Palestinians are occupying our land. How long ago were we there, though? And who, exactly, is we? I find myself using that we – “We need to stop bombing Palestine,” “we need to give land back,” but I am not Israeli. I have never been to Israel. This is how deep it runs, this idea of possession.

American Jewish teenagers get a free trip to Israel, paid for by a Jewish foundation. These are called Birthright trips.

My daughter went to Israel two years ago. Not on a Birthright trip, the very name of which raises the hairs on the back of my neck, that entitlement to land that others have lived on for generations. She went with my parents, who have gone many times before. She visited various landmarks; she took lots of pictures.

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Man checks into hospital for bleeding, stomach pain and finds out he’s on his period

Alarmed man points at pelvis via Shutterstock

A 44-year-old man in China’s Zhejiang province checked into Yongkang hospital with stomach pains and blood in his urine only to find out that he is intersex and had begun to menstruate.

According to Yahoo! Taiwan, the man, named Chen, found out after a CAT scan that he has a complete set of female reproductive organs. Genetic tests revealed that he also had XX sex chromosomes rather than XY, meaning that he is genetically female.

The International Business Times reported that Chen, upon closer inspection, was lacking secondary sex characteristics like an Adam’s apple, and that his genitals were neither male nor female, but “indeterminate.”

“He had short hair and was dressed in man’s clothes. We did not realize he was a female at first,” a Dr. Zhou told the Global Times.

Chen, who arrived at the hospital with his wife of 10 years, was diagnosed with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), a set of genetic mutations that causes overproduction of the male sex hormone androgen and an inability to produce certain other hormones.

Baby girls born with CAH can have genital configurations that more closely resemble those of a male baby. Chen lived with the condition undiagnosed for his whole life. Over time the hormone imbalance contributed to a tumor on Chen’s adrenal glands, which doctors removed.

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