Friday, December 30, 2016

NYSC will soon stop allowee - Kazaure


The Director-General National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC). Brig Gen Sule Zakari Kazaure, has this afternoon appeal to all Batch A serving corp members over the delay on their November allowee payment. In his speech at NYSC headquarters Abuja, he said that; a new plan and agreement has been reach by the NYSC stakeholders to stop the payment of allowee on monthly bases, rather to pay it in bulk at the end of the service year. He further said; that the reason behind this decision, is to make corp members engage in other entrepreneurial activities that they could make money from and be independent and Carter for themselves than relying on their allowee, as was taught during their orientation program (SAED) at the camp.

He therefore said that, corp members should stop expecting the alert of their monthly allowee and get to work.

He further said that, the 2016 Batch B, after their orientation program, will only be paid for 5months to enable them stand or get settled at their various places of primary assignments, after which, no more monthly payments till the end of their service year.

He therefore appeal to corp members for any harm or inconveniences this development may cause, saying that the corp members and the Federal government will enjoy the dividends of the plan afterwards.

“Adekunle Gold, Viktoh And Chinko Ekun To Leave YBNL”


Adekunle Gold, Viktoh and Chinko Ekun are leaving YBNL following the termination of their two-year recording and management contract each.

Meanwhile, the musicians are still looking to Olamide as they fear for their future.

‘Adekunle Gold’s contract with YBNL recently expired. ‘He’s yet to decide on his contract renewal because he’s not ready to go unaided.’

Adekunle joined YBNL as an artiste during the first ever OLIC (Olamide Live In Concert) in December 2014.

Before his major contract following the release of his hit, ‘Sade’, the singer – who designed the famous YBNL logo – used to work with the music label as a graphics designer.

The contracts of Viktoh and Chinko Ekun expired long time ago, but they decided to keep the update on the low as they fear it could make or tarnish careers.

Chinko Ekun was no where to be found at Olamide’s concert in Lagos on Monday, where his label mates took turns on stage to thrill the crowd.

‘Just like Chinko Ekun, both of them (Adekunle and Viktoh) don comot, but dem no loud am,’ another spokesperson told us in pidgin.

On April 26, a month after dropping his debut album (Y.A.G.I), Lil Kesh announced his departure from YBNL following the expiration of his two-year contract to promote his music label.

It only took the label a week to sign new artiste, Temmie Ovwasa. And in November, Olamide contracted fast-rising Mushin-based rapper, Davolee, who’s popular for his viral cover of ‘Panda’ by American artiste, Desiigner.

Three albums were released under YBNL Nation in 2016: Y.A.G.I by Lil Kesh and Adekunle Gold’s Gold, which were released in March and July, respectively.

Label boss, Olamide also dropped his sixth studio album on Boxing Day, the same day his OLIC3 concert held at Eko Convention Centre in Lagos.

2017 will certainly be challenging for YBNL (Yahoo Boy No Laptop), which has been one of the prominent Nigerian music labels in the last two years.

Thursday, December 29, 2016



The Governor elect of Ondo State Mr. Odunayo Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has approved the names of some imminent citizens to serve under some committees.

The main objective of the committees is to develop a detail sectoral policy and programme document which shall be called "Blueprint to progress in Ondo State (2017 - 2021)" and which shall guide government towards effective service delivery and purposeful tenure.

The committee inaugurated by the Governor elect at Saint Thoma's event event centre, Isinkan, Akure, Ondo State.

The committee are as follows:

Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdurasheed Akanbi

Magistrate Olusola Aluko, who is hearing the case instituted by the Oluwo of Iwo Oke, Osun State, Oba Kadiri Adeoye, against the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdurasheed Akanbi, has issued a fresh bench warrant for the arrest of Oba Akanbi.
The magistrate, who stepped down the substantive case before him on Wednesday, said the fresh bench warrant became necessary so that Oba Akanbi would appear before the court to confirm or refute some statements the court considered contemptuous, which were credited to the monarch in the media.
Aluko had, at the last sitting, adjourned the case to Tuesday, December 27, which fell on Tuesday the Federal Government had declared as a public holiday.

 The Oluwo had faulted the initial warrant for his arrest for refusing to appear before the court, saying his lawyers and five of his chiefs represented him in court.At the resumed hearing of the case on Wednesday, the magistrate frowned on the statements credited to Oba Akanbi in the media and said he must appear to either confirm or deny them.
Justifying his absence in court at the last adjourned date, Oba Akanbi wondered why Aluko did not order the arrest of the state police commissioner, who he claimed was also a respondent in the case.
He contended that the plaintiff brought “a useless paper” before the court.
The magistrate noted that Oba Akanbi ought to have been arrested and produced in court at the next adjourned date following the warrant issued against the traditional ruler.
Aluko added that the Oluwo threatened him by issuing “a traditional warrant of arrest” against him (the magistrate).
 According to him, the case was transferred from the Magistrate’s Court in Iwo to Osogbo when hoodlums stormed the court, saying policemen in three trucks were drafted to rescue the magistrate, who first heard the case.
Aluko stated, “Bench warrant was issued in the presence of his lawyer, Mr. Olaide Yekin, and counsel for the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abass Haruna; the OC Legal, State CID of Osun command. That was on December 20.
“After the event of the last adjourned date, the online media was awash with threats allegedly issued by the first respondent, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale, to arrest me traditionally.
“I personally read and watched on Channels Television on Friday, December 23, 2016; then, on Monday, December 26, 2016, PUNCH newspaper published on page 12 a story captioned: ‘I’ll not appear before Osun magistrate.’ The story was also promoted on the front page of the paper. In the body of the story, the first respondent was quoted to have said, ‘It is a shame on the judiciary to have such magistrate sitting.’ I have the print-out of the statement based on Channels Television and newspaper publication.
“There is no doubt that the statements are contemptuous in nature and they are meant to embarrass and humiliate this court. Under the law, it is contempt espacal, which attracts punitive action.
“This court has a duty to protect itself from assault and preserve the sanctity of the  judiciary and due process. Therefore, the case, which brought the parties before me, is hereby stepped down until this issue of contempt is cleared.”
The magistrate added, “Let me quickly add that so far bench warrant was not issued against the commissioner of police is not an excuse for the first respondent(Oluwo) not to appear on the summons on him on the October 10, 2016. The commissioner of police was sued in his official capacity hence, he needs not to appear personally. “It is on that score that another bench warrant is hereby issued on the first respondent, Oba Rasheed Adewale, to appear before this court again personally on the first adjourned date, which is December 30, 2016, to come and confirm if indeed he made those statements.”
The applicant in the case had, in an affidavit, accused Oba Akanbi of being involved in Internet fraud and having been convicted in the United States and deported to Nigeria.
The magistrate issued a bench warrant against the monarch on December 20, but Oba Akanbi, who spoke in an interview with our correspondent on Sunday, vowed not to appear before the magistrate.

 

Wizkid, other artistes made waves in 2016

The going was not all that smooth for many Nigerian music artistes who laboured against the odds to grab a piece of the market in 2016. While some fared well in the end, others managed to keep their careers and heads barely above water.
Only the most creative and focused, such as Wizkid, Falz the Bad Guy, Yemi Alade and Yemi Alade, to mention a few, were able to shine like a thousand stars.
Wizkid
The singer’s winning streak started with the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards in South Africa, where he emerged winner in the Artiste of the Year, Best Male Act and Best Collaboration out of Africa categories, respectively.Three years after pulling out of Banky W’s EME Records, Wizkid’s career has steadily been on the rise and the year under review has been an excellent one for him.
Then on November 6 he was named Best African Act and Worldwide Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Interestingly on the same night, the talented singer emerged as Artiste of Year at the All Africa Music Awards held in Lagos.
In addition to winning  the Best African Act award at the 2016 MOBO awards in London, Wizkid  received his first-ever Grammy Awards nomination for featuring in American pop star, Drake’s hit song titled ‘One Dance’.
Only a few weeks ago, he was named Artist of the Year at the Headies Awards. The singer, who has been described as one of Africa’s best artists, also collaborated with the likes of Chris Brown , Trey Songz, French Montana, Justine Skye, DJ Maphorisa and few others. The year under review, no doubt, has been quite rewarding for him.
Falz the Bad Guy
Trained as lawyer, Falz the Bad Guy (real name is Folarin Falana) has also had an exciting and rewarding year as an artiste. He emerged the winner in the Viewer’s Choice Best New International Act category at the  2016 BET Awards in the United States of America. Also, the rapper won two trophies, namely the Best Afro Hiphop Video and Best Music Video, with ‘Karashika’ at the 9th Nigeria Music Video Awards, among other laurels.
Yemi Alade
Hardworking and sensational singer, Yemi Alade, proved to her critics that her achievement at last year’s edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards was not flash in the pan when she repeated the feat in 2016 in South Africa.
The singer, who came into the limelight after worming into the hearts of music fans in the continent with her 2013 single titled ‘Johnny’, was named Best Female Act for the second time running. She beat fellow Nigerian act, Tiwa Savage, Josey of Ivory Coast, Mz Vee of Ghana and Tanzanian singer, Vanessa Mdee to win the award.
Kiss Daniel
Two years after he debuted with the hit single, Woju, Kiss Daniel (real name Daniel Anidugbe) finally made it to the music hall of fame by winning three laurels at the 2016 Headies Awards.
The artiste has been described as the biggest winner of the night at the event, clinching the Best R&B/Pop Album, Hip Hop World Revelation and Album of the Year awards, with his 20-track New Era album, which had other hit songs, such as Mama, Jombo.

Federal Government recovered 40 brand new SUV car stolen

The Federal Government said on Thursday that it has recovered 40 brand new SUV cars from a former permanent secretary.
It said that the unnamed former permanent secretary appropriated the vehicle to himself after leaving office.
It, therefore, said it would be wrong for it to be accused of fighting corruption without any clear strategy.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed,  stated this in a statement.Rather, it said it was being guided by a well-articulated strategy in its fight against corruption in the country.
Mohammed said, “The strategy has proven so effective and that it has led to, among others, the recovery of 40 brand new SUVs and other vehicles from one former
Permanent Secretary who single-handedly appropriated the vehicles to himself when he left office.”
He said the federal government was not just fixated on prosecution alone but was also taking preventive measures to make corruption unattractive.
Mohammed listed the strict enforcement of the Treasury Singles Account, which he said had largely reduced the diversion of government funds into various secret accounts, and the constant fishing out of ghost workers in the public service, which he said  many states were now adopting, as some of the preventive measures against corruption.
He, however, said some other measures had been perfected to strengthen the anti-corruption fight, adding that the measures included the establishment of the Presidential Committee on Asset Recovery and the Asset Tracing Committee; the setting up of an Asset Register, and the Whistle Blower Policy.
The minister also announced the plan by the government – working through the Code of Conduct Bureau – to commence, starting in 2017, a trial run of electronic asset declaration to facilitate compliance and also to search and retrieve data on the assets of public officers
In addition, he said, the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption was also working with relevant MDAs, especially the National Bureau of Statistics, to improve data collection on corruption indicators generally.
He said, ”Once perfected, the data will be shared with government periodically, if possible as regularly as government receives data on inflation and unemployment trends, to indicate trends in corruption and influence government measures to correct the situation before it gets out of hand as we have now.”
Giving more explanation on the Presidential Committee on Asset Recovery, he said
that the committee meets regularly to take reports from key law enforcement agencies on government’s anti-corruption effort, share information and intelligence, review the challenges being faced in the anti-corruption efforts generally and give directives on the way forward.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Shekau's Qur'an and flag recovered - Army


The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said it had recovered Abubakar Shekau’s Qur’an and flag in Camp Zero, the Boko Haram’s Headquarters in Sambisa forest.
The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, said this while giving newsmen update on “Operation Rescue Final’’ in Maiduguri.

He said, “We believe that the Holy Book and the flag were abandoned by Abubakar Shekau while he escaped.

“The Book will be taken to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Burutai, for onward presentation to Mr. President.

“We have also made a lot of arrests. Our troops in Damboa arrested about 15 Boko Haram members. We also arrested one Musa from Potiskum on Christmas day which was Dec.25.

“On Dec. 26 our troops also intercepted two Boko Haram suspects in Maiduguri.

“We, therefore, warn residents of the state to be wary of people coming to hide in and around their houses.

“We are also warning residents to report any suspected Boko Haram members hiding in their houses to the relevant security agencies and any failure to do that would tantamount to supporting and sympathising with the sect’s activities.”

NAN

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After that connect and Enjoy

Pork is more nutritious than red meat - Pig farmer

The Chairman, Pig Farmers Association, Delta chapter, Mr Jerry Ossai,  has called for the consumption of pork, saying it is more nutritious than red meat.

Ossai on Thursday in Asaba claimed that “pork is tastier than beef and even more nutritional than all red meat.”

Ossai, who is also a former Chairman of All Farmers Association of the state, said that “pork is white meat”, adding that from the nutritional point of view “white meat is better than red meat”.

According to him, “pigs are the cleanest animals you can ever think about”.

He said that apart from the nutritional value of the pork, “if pigs are well fed, the fat content is always very small.’’

He said, “If you give pigs good food as required, the fat content is always very low compared to some other meat.”

Ossa however said that one of the major challenges facing pig farmers in the country was the inherited taboo against pig which had been associated with religion and culture that people have refused to break.

“Because of this inherited belief, many people still find it very difficult to eat pork,’’ he said.

On the current price of pork in the state, Ossai said that the price of pork recorded some marginal increase in the last one year.

He said that a kilo of pork now selling for N800 as against N700 in 2015.

(NAN)

Ademola Lookman seal deal of N5bn to Everton


English Premier League side Everton FC expect to complete a £10 million (about N5bn) deal for Charlton’s 19-year-old forward Ademola Lookman early in the January transfer window.

The club’s Director of Football, Steve Walsh, has made the signing a priority.

With this, the move was likely to go through quickly as manager Ronald Koeman starts what was expected to be a busy January.

Lookman scored his seventh goal of the season in Charlton’s 1-0 win at MK Dons on Boxing Day.

He was also linked with Crystal Palace.

When asked about Lookman at his press conference on Wednesday ahead of Friday’s Premier League away match with Hull, Koeman said: “There is interest for the boy, yes.”

Everton — with Walsh a key figure — are embarking on a policy of recruiting emerging young talent as well as established players.

The Toffees signed teenager striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin from Sheffield United for £1.5m in August.

The England youth international has figured as a substitute against Arsenal and Liverpool recently.

Charlton had hoped Everton would loan Lookman back to them for the rest of the season but he is seen as someone who could quickly play a part at Goodison Park.

Koeman will also bid to tie up a move for Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin in a deal that will cost around £20m.

Schneiderlin has been told he can leave Old Trafford by manager Jose Mourinho and Everton also have a strong interest in Koeman’s fellow countryman Memphis Depay.

The Netherlands attacker is also surplus to requirements under Mourinho.

(NAN)

College of Education, Oyo begin strike

The Academic Staff of Oyo State College of Education, Lanlate have begun an indefinite strike over 10 month salary arrears.

The Caretaker Chairman, Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, Dr Olatunde Ogundiran,  on Monday in a communiquĂ©, said “lecturers were last paid in March 2016.”

He explained that the decision to commence the strike was taken at the expiration of an ultimatum given to the school management by its congress.

Ogundiran also stated that the lecturers had since March 2016 been undergoing very serious hardship.

“We have endured several months of unpaid salaries before the congress decided to go on indefinite strike.

“We have had series of negotiations with the state government representatives where we appealed to the government to pay the workers but there was no positive response,” he said.

He stated that the union had, before embarking on the strike, given notice to the school management and the state government but nothing was done.

He also stated that members of the union were indebted to food stuff sellers and could not afford to pay their children’s school fees when they resumed in January 2017.

“We want the public to know that we made every effort to avert this strike through dialogue with the government but are left with no other option,” Ogundiran stated.

(NAN)

Blind cheat during examination



The West African Examinations Council says blind candidates also cheat during examinations.

They cheat by colluding.

The Head of Test Administration of WAEC in Nigeria, Mrs Frances Iweha-Onukwu, in Lagos on Wednesday said the reason could be that the candidates were usually not well equipped individually for the examinations.

She added that this had been responsible for what she described as ‘not too wonderful performance’ among the blinds.

She said, “We have discovered that there is usually high incidence of collusion among blind candidates during examinations.

“That is why their performance has not really been anything wonderful.

“Our society is such that there have not been adequate and conscious efforts to take care of the challenged.

“There have not been enough trained personnel to guide blind candidates before being exposed to major external examination.”

She lamented a situation where just one teacher who studied Special Education in higher institution is employed to cater for the needs of physically challenged persons of various dimensions. She said the situation must be reviewed.

She said, “I cannot explain how one teacher, who studied special education can be given the singular task of meeting the academic needs of the deaf, dumb, the blind and all others.

“Meanwhile, there are candidates who need personalised attention on one-on-one basis.

“If we intend to give the best and all-inclusive education, Federal Government must employ more trained teachers in special education to take care of the different defects among the physically challenged students.

“There must also be consciousness in policy formulation that will take care of these persons.

“This is because there is ability in disability. These persons can do better if adequate care is given.”

NAN

Man killed five days to his wedding



The premises of a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Mega Station located at the Control Post junction in Owerri, the Imo State capital, has been deserted following the alleged killing of one Friday Nduka, by a police Inspector, Mike Edem, who was on duty at the station.

Our correspondent learnt that the victim, who returned from Malaysia for his wedding in Owerri on December 27, 2016, hailed from the Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State.

He was reportedly shot dead on December 22 by the trigger-happy policeman, who is now at large, in the presence of his fiancée and younger brother.

An eyewitness told our correspondent that Nduka got into in a serious argument with one of the pump attendants over his missing iPhone 7.

He said the argument degenerated into a fight and Nduka, inflicted injuries on the attendant.

The witness said the manager of the station, Mrs. Ruth Enemmuo, who is now in police detention, intervened, adding that as soon as Nduka entered into his car, the police inspector fired, killing him instantly.

It was learnt that the inspector fled the area and had not been seen.

The manager later went to the police station to report the killing, but was detained immediately.

A human rights lawyer and counsel to the detained NNPC manager, Kissinger Ikeokwu, said there was no reason for the police to detain the NNPC station manager.

“Now, the police are saying that my client should produce their own fleeing officer,” he added.

The woman, who spoke to our correspondent from her cell, said all the station’s attendants, including the one that had an altercation with the deceased, were on the run.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Enwerem, confirmed the incident and described the inspector as unruly.

Enwerem stated that the Inspector-General of Police had mandated the Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, to apprehend the fleeing inspector.

I love my mother-in-law more than my wife


A 22-year-old man has abandoned his wife and married Asha Devi, who happens to be her his mother in-law.

Matho Suraj was said to have abandoned his 19-year-old wife, Latila, for the mother after she paid them a visit when he was unwell.

According to India Times, Asha left her husband who is a factory worker’s home in Delhi and started living with Suraj and had a court marriage and a formal temple wedding in June.

Mahto claimed to have fallen in love with his 42-year-old mother-in-law when she came to stay with him and his wife in the village of Puraini in Bihar, in the north-eastern part of India in 2015.

“The couple is madly in love and there is no reason to separate them,” the panchayat ruled.

However, Suraj is now pleading for the marriage bond to be broken so that he could return to his former wife, Latila. He said he had now realised his foolishness.

“I have come to realize my foolishness. I admit I have committed the mistake, but will never repeat in future. Now, I no longer treat her (Devi) as my wife, rather, I have started paying her regard as a mother and an in-law that she is.

“I am on my knees, I’m begging Lalita to take me back home for the sake of our son,” Mahto added.

It is illegal to check vehicle particulars - AIG



Mr. Ibrahim Idris the Inspector General of Police (IG) has instructed all Nigeria police officers to do away with the checking of vehicle particulars because it is not part of their duty, it is illegal to do so.

He said further don't give or show any police officers your particulars, It is not their duty, if any police officer demanded for your particulars just take their number and report immediately.

Any police officer caught violating this order shall face appropriate sanction.

Back to sender false prophecy - JJC SKILLZ



The husband of the popular actress Funke Akindele Bello has send back to the sender the false prophecy proclaim by Prophet Olagorioye Faleyimu, founder of Mountain of Blessing and Miracle Church against popular Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele Bello, her husband JJC Skillz has taken to Snapchat to give a cryptic response.

The Prophet said the actress will remain barren in his 2017 prophecy. He said:

“They need to pray like never before so as not to lose another 2 stars before the year runs out. Without special prayers, Funke Akindele won’t have a child before she dies because she is destined to be wealthy and famous but not destined to have a child and stable husband until she engages herself in the special prayer.


Whosoever marries her must have another reason because the issue of not having a child will keep coming up and it will scatter the marriage. If she refuses to do the prayer, she will end up adopting a child and by that time, she will be living alone without husband. .


Another grace she has is to marry a pastor who can fight the battle on her behalf with prayers."


JJC Skillz the husband of the popular actress has heaped love and affection on his wife saying she gave him peace and made him finally know what true love means.


"We'll grow old together and reap the fruits of our labour" a part of the message read.


He added: "No evil prophecies will come to pass on my generations." JJC Skillz

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

"Star Wars" Actress Carrie Fisher dies at 60


After decades of fast living that her fearless “Star Wars” character Princess Leia would have struggled to keep up with, Carrie Fisher died Tuesday, days after suffering a heart attack. She was 60.

The American actress was enjoying a new phase in the spotlight with a tour promoting her latest headline-grabbing memoir and a reprisal of her iconic role in 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Fisher was returning from the London leg of a book tour on Friday when she collapsed 15 minutes before landing in Los Angeles, where paramedics and hospital staff were unable to revive her.

“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” family spokesman Simon Halls said in a statement on behalf of Fisher’s daughter given to People magazine.

Born in Los Angeles in October 1956, Fisher was catapulted to worldwide stardom as rebel warrior Leia in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, which has been a worldwide cultural phenomenon since the release of the films from 1977 to 1983.

Asked at a news conference last year what she remembered of her scenes in her barely-there gold bikini in “Return of the Jedi,” she recalled having fun killing Leia’s jailer, Jabba the Hutt.

“They asked me on the day if I wanted to have a stunt double kill Jabba. No! That’s the best time I ever had as an actor,” she said.

“And the only reason to go into acting is if you can kill a giant monster.”

Steeped in Hollywood excess from an early age, she was the product of the four-year marriage of movie star Debbie Reynolds, best known for her role in “Singin’ In The Rain,” and singer Eddie Fisher.

The relationship, and the happy home in Beverly Hills, came to an end when Fisher left Reynolds for her close friend, the actress Elizabeth Taylor.

The early 1980s were marked by problems with alcohol, drugs and depression for Fisher, who appeared in a number of critical flops, including “Under the Rainbow” (1981) and “Hollywood Vice Squad” (1986).

She was widely praised for her performance in the hit 1989 comedy “When Harry Met Sally,” but began to turn her back on acting in favor of writing.

She became known for her searingly honest semi-autobiographical writing, including her best-selling debut “Postcards from the Edge,” which she turned into a film of the same name in 1990 starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.

– ‘Unhappy experiences’ –

A talented screenwriter, Fisher has revised numerous scripts, including  “Sister Act” (1992), “Outbreak” (1995) and “The Wedding Singer” (1998).

She has given various interviews over the years about her diagnosis of bipolar disorder and addiction to prescription drugs and cocaine, which she admitted using on the set of “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980).

Asked by Vanity Fair in 2006 how she persuaded “Star Wars” director George Lucas to give her the part of Princess Leia, she said: “I slept with some nerd. I hope it was George.”

She “took too many drugs to remember” who it was, she added.

She has also discussed being treated with electroconvulsive therapy, in which small electric currents are passed through the brain, to trigger brief seizures and treat depression.

The actress promised in her first agony aunt column for the British Guardian newspaper in June to “provide solicited advice, based on a life filled with pratfalls and accidents.”

Fisher told her readers the addictions, heartbreak and mental illness she had endured amounted to a “fair share of challenging and unhappy experiences.”

“Over time, I’ve paid attention, taken notes and forgotten easily half of everything I’ve gone through. But I’ll rifle through the half I recall and lay it at your feet.”

Her just-released memoir “The Princess Diarist” is based on journals she kept while filming the “Star Wars” trilogy.

The memoir made headlines because of a section in which Fisher admits a three-month affair with co-star Harrison Ford while filming “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope” in 1976.

Fisher and her co-star were 19 and 33 at the time, and Ford, now 74, was married to his first wife, Mary Marquardt.

Fisher was briefly married to singer/songwriter Paul Simon in the 1980s. Her daughter Billie, who is also an actress, comes from her relationship with talent agent Bryan Lourd.

AFP

Facts you need to know before MMM resumes



I have read with deep concern, the various accounts shared by many Nigerians on their sad experiences on the Mavrodi Mundial Moneybox Ponzi scheme that has created a lot of apprehension and uncertainty in the country. Because of this unfortunate development, millions of patrons of the Ponzi scheme have been thrown into confusion having placed a one-month ban on all withdrawals starting from December 13. The MMM has claimed that it had frozen the accounts to avoid preventable challenges during the Yuletide in the purported negative media reports given to the scheme.

The MMM is not new in the business world. It is on record that the organisation began as an office equipment company in Moscow, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in the 1980s, before moving into the financial sector when the scheme collapsed and many investors lost their money. The MMM was able to win the hearts of many Nigerians with its ‘30 per cent per month’s return-on-investment in addition to other acquirable bonuses. But the hard truth is that despite the mouth-watering offer, the risks associated with the scheme seem to be more. No wonder, the company was “wise” enough to have advised customers to “use your #SpareMoney only (and) don’t be unnecessarily greedy.” What this expression tells me is that the operators of the scheme have cleverly and tactically insulated themselves from any undue liability and legal encumbrances. The scheme has since been declared illegal by the Federal Government.

Before coming to Nigeria, the MMM had similarly operated in South Africa and Zimbabwe with the same business model, which claimed a 30 per cent per monthly return-on-investment through a ‘social financial network’ until the accounts of its clients were frozen. Similarly, in 2016, the Chinese government banned the scheme on the grounds that it was a Ponzi scheme, unregistered and hence, was tagged fraudulent. What the organisation does is to manage payments in such a way that quick returns to the first investors from money invested are given to later investors in a manner described as robbing Peter to pay Paul.

With the controversies surrounding the modus operandi of the MMM, Nigerians seem to have forgotten so fast the lessons learnt from the failed operations of “wonder banks” in which billions of naira went down the drain under similar circumstances, despite warnings by the National Assembly, the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as well as the Securities and Exchange Commission, suggesting that the scheme was fraudulent, but then, many Nigerians still patronised it. Three major reasons could be attributed to this doggedness. First is the current economic situation in the country that has brought about untold and high incidence of unemployment, inflation and poverty. Hence, people would want to do anything humanly possible to survive at a great risk.

Second is the secretive and greedy nature of many of the participants, who kept the offer to themselves, perhaps, to prevent others from benefitting, thus making them highly vulnerable in the process of secretly dealing with the MMM. Third is the weak regulatory framework that allows such a system to exist without having to pass through the necessary due diligence, checks and screening. No wonder, the MMM had the audacity to tell the Nigerian government to look at the benefits of the scheme to the over three million Nigerians within its one year of operation in the country, claiming that the scheme was the “only source of livelihood for many people”.

The ripple effects of the MMM invasion have begun telling on the people. Not a few “investors” were reported to have either committed suicide or attempted such. For instance, one is the story of a man from Benue State, who was found to have ingested insecticide, having invested N300,000 meant for his wedding in the dicey scheme! From the survey that I recently conducted, many people seem to be affected by the loss but would rather prefer to remain silent rather than lament their ordeals while many would rather prefer to keep mute for the fear of being stigmatised. After all, they never told anyone before going into the scheme! That is usually the problem with those who fall victims to fraudsters. They hardly inform others they are deeply engrossed in such a deal until everything crumbles and danger becomes the inevitable.

Despite the ordeal happening now, it must be appreciated that people should be free to invest in whatever business interest they so desire. That is why I won’t be surprised that the MMM may not be the only active Ponzi scheme around. There is the likelihood that many of such programmes exist under various names and brands. Whenever people are committing their resources into such deals, others hardly know of such until things begin to unfold and they cry out of the untold hardship and negative consequences that may arise. It is the secret nature of the patronage of the Ponzi schemes that makes many innocent people to lose their head earned resources and savings, thereby increasing the level of poverty in the land.

As a way forward, regulatory agencies should do more by helping the citizens in beaming their searchlights on other schemes to verify what is happening to them before they become another source of national problem, source of worry and tragedy. The whole scenario bordering on how the MMM has been managed has shown that the economic problems that encourage people to look for money at all cost, is not peculiar to Nigeria alone. Governments should come together to see how common problems could be discussed with a view to finding sustainable alternative to Ponzi schemes that would add value to the real sectors of the economy through spending.

It is only hoped that by January, the scheme would come alive again as it has planned to do by offering another opportunity for investors to access their funds. If this becomes a reality, they should pull out. I won’t be surprised that in order to sustain their interest in the scheme, an additional accrual of over 30 per cent could be dangled to lure participants into keeping their keeping funds in the scheme and even put in more resources after January. I really think they should not be lured again, in case the opportunity represents itself. They should look for other means of making money despite the economic recession currently facing the country.

a big lesson for all is that people should learn to be open, as much as possible, to those they could trust. I kept wondering why a very close friend of mine of many years should now be crying wolf now after the bitter experience when I was never consulted before deciding to join and invest in the scheme ab initio. Government should do more sensitisation of the citizens on the dangers that could befall them whenever they are confronted with issues that concern financial intelligence and breach of public trust. It is only hoped that the MMM would afford its depositors another opportunity to have a rethink. It’s just a matter of days for that to be or not to be!

Funke Akindele can't have children



A Lagos-based pastor, Olagorioye Faleyimu, has said that Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, may not have children of her own, and that she may end up with another broken home.

Faleyimu advised the Nollywood star to marry a pastor who, he said, would help her fight her ‘battles.’

Perhaps in response to this unusual prophecy, Funke’s husband, JJC Skillz, has reaffirmed his love and commitment to his sweetheart of the Jenifa’s Diary fame, saying she gave him a new life.

He said the 39-year-old actress came into his life when he had given up all hopes of ever having a happy family.

“As you have given me peace, I pray that you will forever find peace,” he wrote in a series of Snapchat posts.”

He also prayed to God to bless Funke’s marriage (to him) with children.

Faleyimu had prophesied, “A popular actress in Nollywood, Funke Akindele, who was once in the Yoruba movie industry should pray deeply so as to have children.

“Another grace she has is to marry a pastor who can fight the battle on her behalf with prayers.”

Meanwhile, many of Funke’s fans have taken to the social media to offer support and prayers, assuring her that negative prophecies will not come to pass in her life.

The man who took over Federal Government of Nigeria responsibilities


An African American billionaire, Robert Smith is sponsoring the education of 24 Chibok schoolgirls in American University, Yola in Adamawa State.

The identity of the good Samaritan was revealed today by Malam Garba Shehu, senior special assistant on the media to President Muhammadu Buhari at an interaction with media men in Abuja.

The billionaire, Shehu also revealed is offering to take responsibility for the 21 girls freed in October and all the others who will hopefully be eventually set free.

Who is Robert Smith?

He is a 54 year-old businessman, who attended good American colleges such as Cornell and Columbia universities. At Cornell, he picked a bachelor of science in chemical engineering and an MBA at Columbia. He lives in Austin, Texas.

According to a short bio written on him by Forbes, he was the son of Ph.D holders and was bussed across town to his school in the early days of desegregation.

“He later convinced Bell Labs when he was in high school to give him an internship typically only available to college upperclassman by calling them weekly for five months.

“Smith quit Goldman Sachs to open his own private equity shop, Vista Equity Partners, in 2000.

The company is worth over $26 billion, according to wikipedia.

“Neuberger Berman bought a stake in the $16.9 billion (assets) Austin, Texas firm, best known for fixing up enterprise software outfits, in July 2015,” Forbes reported.

“That same month, Smith married 2010 Playboy Playmate of the Year Hope Dworaczyk in Italy

Forbes listed him as the 274th richest man in the United States as at 27 December, with a net worth of $2.5 billion. He is ranked 688th in the world. Some other reports put his net worth at $3billion.

He is a self-made man, who made his money in private equity investments.

And before then, he struggled early to get what he wanted.

According to his story, as a junior at Denver’s East High School in the 1970s, he showed a fascination for the geekiest subject there: Computer science.

“The transistor held particular wonder for him. This small device, a crucial valve controlling the flow of electrons within a computer, had been invented at Bell Labs. Bell had a nearby office. Maybe he should work at Bell, too.

“After securing the number, Smith phoned and inquired about a summer internship. Yes, Bell did have one, he learned, but only college upperclassmen could apply. Smith had straight A’s in math and computer science. Would that count? No, Bell said, it would not. Undaunted by this initial rejection, Smith called back every day for two weeks—HR stopped answering after Day 2—and then cut back on how often he called …to every Monday for five months. Eventually, he was rewarded for his doggedness. After an MIT student didn’t show up in June, Bell called Smith. Could he come in for an interview?

“I ran my own race. I knew what I wanted, and my persistence paid off, and I came in and interviewed. They liked me, and I got the internship,” Smith said in a commencement address at American University in 2015.

“In fact, I worked there for the next four years during summer and winter breaks.”

After leaving Cornell, he worked at Kraft General Foods, where he earned two United States and two European patents.

He then attended Columbia Business School, where he graduated with honours. From 1994-2000, he joined Goldman Sachs in tech investment banking, first in New York and then in Silicon Valley.

“As Co-Head of Enterprise Systems and Storage, he executed and advised on over $50B in merger and acquisition activity with companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Texas Instruments, eBay and Yahoo. He was the first person at Goldman Sachs to focus solely on Tech M&A and foreign countries.

In 2000, he set up his own company, Vista Equity Partners.

According to a Wikipedia post, Vista has exclusively focused on the enterprise software, data and technology enabled solutions sectors. Among Vista’s portfolio companies are Misys, TIBCO, Solera, Active Network, Bullhorn, Omnitracs, and Newscyle.

In January 2015, based on its performance over the last 10 years, Vista Equity Partners was named the world’s Number One performing private equity firm, according to the HEC-Dow Jones annual ranking conducted by Professor Oliver Gottschalg.

Preqin, a consulting firm that tracks the industry, reported that Vista’s third fund returned $2.46 for every dollar invested, better than every other big fund raised between 2006 and 2010, the boom years for private equity.

In October 2014, Vista closed its Fund V at $5.8 billion, its largest fund to date.

As a successful African-American, Smith has been generous hearted.

In January this year, he announced a $50 million gift to his alma mater Cornell University, which renamed its school of chemical and bio-engineering after him. In June he was named chairman of Carnegie Hall.

In September, he donated $20million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. His private gift, as reported by Washington Post was the second largest behind Opral Winfrey, the richest African-American, who gave $21 million.

Smith has received the Reginald F. Lewis Achievement Award, the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Robert Toigo Foundation, and the Ripple of Hope Award from Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.

Smith was also awarded an honorary Doctorate of International Affairs from American University’s School of International Service. He founded Project Realize– termed “Free Market Philanthropy”– in order to combine the best elements of the American free enterprise system with the core American ideals of giving back and lifting others up.

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Leading scorers of the English Premier League



Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 26, 2016. Arsenal won the game 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Leading English Premier League scorers after Tuesday’s match:

13 goals: Costa (Chelsea)

12 goals: Ibrahimovic (Manchester United), Sanchez (Arsenal)

10 goals: Aguero (Manchester City), Lukaku (Everton)

9 goals: Hazard (Chelsea)

8 goals: Antonio (West Ham), Benteke (Crystal Palace), Defoe (Sunderland), Mane (Liverpool), Walcott (Arsenal)

7 goals: Kane (Tottenham), Lallana (Liverpool), Rondon (West Bromwich)

6 goals: Austin (Southampton), Fer (Swansea City), Llorente (Swansea City), Firmino (Liverpool)

5 goals: Allen (Stoke City), Capoue (Watford), Coutinho (Liverpool), Eriksen (Tottenham), McArthur (Crystal Palace), Milner (Liverpool), Negredo (Middlesbrough), Ozil (Arsenal), Pedro (Chelsea), Sigurdsson (Swansea City), Snodgrass (Hull City), Son (Tottenham), Sterling (Manchester City), Vardy (Leicester), Wilson (Bournemouth)

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Job Interview Tactics fake Candidates Can't Handle



Three key techniques
separate the fakers from the makers.

1. Ask uncomfortable questions
These seven serious questions help reveal the character of the candidate. Note they aren’t cute or tricky (“If you were a tree…”). Only real-world questions uncover the data you need to make an accurate decision.

Give me an example of a time when you had to do the hard thing or have a difficult conversation.

Give me an example of a time when you weren’t getting along with a co-worker.

How did you resolve that situation?

What’s the last thing on which you and your boss disagreed? How did you settle it?

Tell me about a time you dealt with an angry or frustrated customer.

What are your top five professional accomplishments? (Then drill down to get specifics on each. Did the candidate drive the accomplishment or did they ride the coattails of a coworker?)

What do you consider the single most important idea you contributed in your current job? At your previous job?
Part of emotional maturity is acquiring self-insight. Give me an example of something you recently learned about yourself.

Nobody is ever prepared for that last one. The most common answer I get is, “Ummm … hmmm … well …” You’ll learn that some people just aren’t that deep.

They’re living and working, but not really learning. They’re getting older, but not focusing on getting better.

Maybe the best answer I ever heard to this question was from an accountant candidate who said he asked his wife what he does that frustrates her most.

She said that whenever something needs to be done, he jumps in and immediately wrestles every detail to the ground. She felt she didn’t have control of anything in their marriage because he never let her do anything from start to finish. He explained to her (and to us) that he wasn’t a control freak. He just wanted to help his wife, whom he adored.

When he got this feedback, he began communicating with her on this subject and struck the right balance of when to help and when to let go. I wanted to hire the guy right then and there for caring so much about his wife and her needs, communicating with her so openly and changing his behavior so quickly. We eventually hired him, and he proved to be an excellent employee. And the kind of guy you pray your daughter marries.

2. Challenge them
You don’t have to wonder how a candidate will react to criticism when they become your employee. Test their ability to handle feedback by offering criticism during your interview process.

A sales candidate my team interviewed claimed to have no problem accepting criticism, but one of our concerns was he had no history of receiving regular feedback from a supervisor. About a half-hour into his second interview, the hiring manager said, “You say you’re OK with criticism. Can I give you some?” The candidate replied, “Sure.” The hiring manager stated, directly yet unemotionally, that almost all of the candidate’s answers during the interview had been lengthy and vague. If he’s unable to communicate better with customers, he won’t be a successful rep for us. So for the rest of the interview, we’d like him to answer more succinctly and with as many specifics as he can provide.

A healthy reaction from the candidate would have been, “No problem -- thanks for the feedback,” and improvement for the rest of our conversation. Instead, the candidate became red-faced with embarrassment, slumped in his chair and clammed up for the rest of the interview. We even coached him that his two-sentence responses weren’t what we were looking for either. But the pressure was too much for him, and the rest of the interview proved to us that he couldn’t accept constructive criticism.

3. Conduct an 'Aversions Interview' Before extending a job offer, you should have one last meeting to detail and finalize your agreement with the candidate. Here’s why (and here’s what I say to the candidate at the start of what I call the “Aversions Interview”):

“There are lots of great things we like about you, but we won’t focus on those today. We believe there’s no perfect candidate and there’s no perfect employer. Let’s talk about where this isn’t a perfect match and agree on how each issue should be managed. If we can’t agree on a plan to manage an issue, it’s better to find out and part ways now rather than after you’ve been on the job for six months or a year.”

At the conclusion of the Aversions Interview, don’t make a formal job offer, no matter how well the conversation goes. Send the candidate away to think about the gravity of the choice they are about to make. Here’s what I say:
“Well, you’ve made it this far and, from our perspective, things have gone really well. Now you have to ask yourself a few questions. Are we right for you? Are you ready to sign up for this challenge?

We’ve spent several hours with you, but we still don’t know you anywhere close to as well as you know yourself. You will know better than anyone if taking this job is the best thing for you to do. You are signing up for the rewards, but also committing to make the effort necessary to earn them. Can you do it? Do you want to do it? I’m not asking you to answer those questions now. Think about it tonight, and we’ll talk tomorrow morning on the phone.”

This brief speech sets the stage for managing the candidate. We’ve already mentioned that we believe the candidate is a good fit and clearly outlined what we expect. Now the candidate is making the choice about living up to our expectations. If a candidate accepts our offer the next day (which always happens) and, as an employee, doesn’t live up to what we agreed on during the interview process (which sometimes happens), our notes and our words from the Aversions Interview can help get the employee back on track.

Tips of becoming a millionaire



Every year we make the same resolutions, like losing weight or to quit smoking. What about making more money?

While there proven ways to make extra cash on the side , even if you have a full- time job, if those haven’t worked-out for you in years past, then consider these 10 new ideas for earning some additional money on the side.

1. Join the sharing economy.
"The sharing economy is growing at an exponential rate," says Nigel Wilson, managing director at Hitwise.

"Thousands of sharing economy
companies have sprouted up around the world, and consumers are actively engaging in collaborative consumption.

According to PwC, 44 percent of all adults in the U.S. are aware of the sharing economy and 19 percent have engaged in a sharing economy
transaction. It is imperative for brands to consider how to support and participate in collaborative consumption, rather than compete against it."

The sharing economy is exploding and the largest demographic in the country, millennials, have embraced it. For 2017, look beyond Uber, Lyft and AirBnb when looking to tap into this market. You can rent out your car on Turo, camera equipment on Cameralends, snowboard or bike on Spinlister and, if you own one, your sailboat on Sailo. Besides renting out the stuff that you already own, you can deliver home-cooked meals with Umi-Kitchen .

2. Launch a box subscription service.
If you want to tap your local or niche
market then a box subscription service is the place to start. Over the last couple of years we’ve seen an explosion of box subscription services in niches ranging
from beauty to food to gaming to novelty gifts. Since the goods or services are delivered to the customer each month, and it has a recurring billing model, it can quickly become a lucrative and passive source of income. Here’s a list of possible box service ideas to get you started.

3. Take over a mobile food truck.
More and more people, especially those between the ages of 18 to 34, are patronizing food trucks and that's why the food truck industry is expected to surpass $985 million by 2019 . For savvy entrepreneurs, food trucks are an appealing business because it’s inexpensive to start, isn’t strapped down to a one location, can be a part-time side gig and you don't have to start from scratch. Every day thousands of baby boomers retire . If you know any baby
boomer looking to get out of the food industry, consider purchasing their established business, which should include customers, recipes, and equipment at the very least.
My friend Keith Crossley was able to purchase several food trucks and recently opened several restaurants. It
took him almost four years but over that time he was able to build a thriving business for himself. It all started trying
to make money on the side and turned into his full time thriving business. It's possible for you to do the same. His
original investment was less than $35,000.

4. Earn cash by downloading apps.
I’ll be honest, you aren’t going to make a fortune downloading the following apps but you can make some extra cash each month by doing very little. Here’s some
of my personal favorites:

The Swagbucks app pays you for answering simple survey questions. Media Insiders pays you for watching
television.

Stash gives you $5 to start investing. Clink will give you $5 to start saving When you walk, Bitwalking will pay you
in a virtual currency called Bitwalking Dollars.

Nielsen Homescan gives you cash for scanning your grocery receipts.
Achievement pays you for completing healthy activities.
MobileXpression will give you cash, gift cards, and merchandise for surfing online.
The Ibotta app pays you for taking pics of your receipts.
Paribus scans your emails for receipts and will issue a refund if there’s a price drop.

5 Write to Congress.
Writing has long been a favorite side-gig for people. However, with the 2016 presidential election, don’t be surprised to see an influx of letters to Congress. And, you may be able cash-in on this trend. DDC Public Affairs and NextWave are bipartisan advocacy groups that launch
grassroots political campaigns on issues ranging from energy, healthcare, taxes, and defense.

All of these hire people to call all constituents or advocates and then transfer their opinions into written
letters. You’re assigned campaigns, but you can reject them if you want. They expect you to work 20-25 hours per week and you start-off at $12 to $15 per hour.

6. Invest in real estate.
If you aren’t working full-time or are already strapped for cash, then becoming a landlord probably isn’t the wisest
decision. But, if you’re looking to make some extra cash, then you could consider invest in real estate. The reason? The housing market is looking strong for the foreseeable future .

Best of all, sites like Realty Mogul allow you to invest in commercial real estate for as little as $5,000.

7. Become an Instagram consultant.
Instagram had an incredible 2016. And, expect 2017 to be even better. Thanks to the Facebook-owned platform getting serious about attracting businesses, and launching exciting features like live video and Instagram Stories, a lot of brands are going to start promoting themselves on ‘the gram.’ If you’re a frequent Instagram user, have a passion for photography, and are a social media whiz, then you can start your own Instagram consulting business on-the-side.

8. EMV security consultant.
There are now around 300 million chip- card in-use by consumers with 1.2 million merchants accepting chip cards .
Even though the transition to EMV is in full-swing, it’s expected that there will be an increase in fraud. If you have security experience, or are knowledgeable in EMV , then you could start your own EMV security consulting
business where you can instruct small business owners and their employees how to properly use EMV readers and inform them on the latest security
measures.

9. Invest in bitcoin.
Bitcoin had a very good 2016. That should carry over into 2017 and beyond. In fact, some experts believe that the
price for bitcoin will reach $1,000 within the next year, which would be a 40 percent increase. This is because of an increase in usage, more adoption, an increase in investments , and remittance in emerging markets like
India.

10. Go green.
Millennials are extremely conscious about the environment. For example, 61 percent of millennials want to sign up for a digital application which can allow them to track their energy usage and control their household climate. That means that there’s a huge demand for
“green” businesses in the near future.

A Bill Gate 2016 Secret Santa gift


A Bill Gate 2016 secret Santa gift

Every year, Reddit puts on a massive
Secret Santa gift exchange, and, every year, one lucky person gets Bill Gates as a Santa. And boy, is he good at it.

Alicia, also known as Reddit user "Aerrix" (who describes herself as a woman who loves video games, The
Legend of Zelda, The Little Mermaid, Harry Potter and Nintendo) got blown off by her Secret Santa last year.

But she faithfully signed up again. And was that ever a smart move.

Her first clue that the billionaire had pulled her name was that the box that arrived was huge. And he spared no expense in shipping it overnight either.

Her second clue: Bill Gates wrote her a personal letter and enclosed a picture of himself with the letter, wearing a Santa hat. When you're Bill Gates and you're someone's Secret Santa, part of the fun is proving that this gift really came from you.

The letter said:

"I can't believe your Secret Santa left you hanging last year. To ensure you don't lose faith in the Reddit Community I've enclosed several gifts that I hope you enjoy.

There are a few video games for you to play, some things to keep you warm, and three of my favorite movies to watch over the holidays.

"I've also made a donation in your name to Code.org to help give more students the chance to learn computer science.

"With Best Wishes from Seattle, Bill
Gates.
"P.S. I won't be able to consult with
the Sorting Hat but I can tell that
you are quite clever – so I got a
pair of Ravenclaw slippers from
Hot Topic."

The huge box was stuffed with
individually wrapped presents, 12 in all.

Alcoholic baby

Doctors transplant a pig kidney to humans


Kidney

If you need a kidney transplant
tomorrow, chances are you will wait
around three years. Even before you get transplanted, assuming you live, you will most likely spend years on dialysis. Right now there are more than 100,000 people in the US waiting for kidney transplants.

Every year nearly 5,000 people will die just waiting for one. On the horizon though, is a potential source of donors that may revolutionize kidney transplantation as we know it. Best of all, it may be that we only have to go to a local farm to get one.

In 1984 at Loma Linda University
Medical Center an infant girl known as "Baby Fae" received the first
xenotransplant, also known as non-
human to human transplant. In this case, Baby Fae received a baboon heart in a last ditch effort to save her life. Sadly, Baby Fae died 21 days later.

The roadblock to success with this kind of therapy in transplantation has always been how best to keep you from rejecting your new organ.

This is the cornerstone of the science whose goal is to best
match your gift and to protect it for the remainder of what we hope will be your long life. This is essentially the same science that determines blood types and why we need to match blood donors with blood recipients.

You see, your body is able to recognize an unmatched transplanted organ such as a heart, kidney or liver, as not being your own. This recognition of the
unmatched organs is triggered when
certain proteins on their cells cause a cascade of biological processes in which your body mounts an attack on your newly transplanted organ.

This leads to organ rejection and possibly even your death.

The ability to successfully transplant an organ is a product of two fundamental therapies. First we have find an organ from a donor whose proteins most closely look like yours, and second we have to protect that organ with medications meant to keep your immune system from attacking your new
transplant. Even then the organ is often rejected, an incredible loss not only for you but for the family of the deceased or living donor who. graciously tried to save your life.

The trouble with the Baby Fae case is that the heart of the baboon, while
similar in size and structure to her own heart, simply did not look like her human heart on the cellular level. Fae’s own immune system attacked the baboon heart and she died.

Over the years since the early 80’s there has been a resurgence in research the focus of which is to alter the cells of non- human species and ultimately make those cells resemble those of a human being.

Scientists have started to make huge inroads through cloning. The model that seems the most promising is not a primate such as a monkey, or chimp. Instead the animal that holds the most promise of all potential animal donors is of all things…the pig. Incredibly scientists have succeeded
in removing those proteins from pig cells that are most responsible for
rejection. In the simplest of
explanations, these pig kidneys, on the cellular level are coming close to being indistinguishable from humans. They are so close in fact that they may not even need to be matched. You can essentially put the same kidney into…well anybody.

Transplant surgeon Dr. Joseph Tector, and his laboratory at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is on the forefront of this scientific advancement.

They are very close. So close in fact that I predict, for the coming year, that Dr. Tector will put the first pig kidney into a human being, possibly as early as the end of 2017, or theories very beginning of 2018. I also predict this will work and change the way we think of organ
transplantation forever.

Down the line I envision huge cloning farms, producing the same pig over and over. Essentially a continuous and unlimited source of kidneys, so many in fact that we will probably need hospitals solely meant for kidney transplantation. In time I predict this process will eventually translate to livers, hearts, even intestines but for now the focus is on kidneys. I am excited to see what will happen in the near future and where we are headed. We just may be on the verge of one of the
most significant advancements in
medicine in the last fifty years. One that few even knew was within our grasp.

Perhaps George Orwell was right, at least when it comes to the kidney, in the very near future we may not be able to tell which is which. Dr. Louis M. Profeta is an emergency physician practicing in Indianapolis.

He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Patient in Room Nine Says He's God .

Monday, December 26, 2016

Residents doctors threaten strike

The National Association of Resident Doctors has urged the Federal Government to urgently intervene in the lingering crises in the health sector to avert an impending strike by doctors.

NARD had issued a three-week strike notice that is expected to end on Jan. 2, 2017.

The Public Relations Officer of the association, Dr Ugoeze Asinobi, told NAN in Yenagoa on Monday that the doctors had shelved the planned strike three times in the past four months and were bent on going on strike from January 2.

Resident Doctors are agitating for a uniform template for the Residency Programme, infrastructure for tertiary health facilities, proper grading of doctors and payment of outstanding salaries amongst other issues

Asinobi said, “We don’t want strikes but we are going to have to resort to it again, the residency programme is fundamental to effective health care given the dearth of manpower as the country has less than 20 per cent of required experts.

“Each time the ultimatum expired we shift it in the hope that things will be made right within the time given but it is now obvious the Ministry officials are insincere.

“The issues we go on strike for are always the same issues and we are resolute to withdraw services come January 2 if our concerns are not addressed..

“One wonders if health ministry officials are sabotaging the efforts of President Buhari on purpose as their brazen and blatant disregard to the most basic institutional needs of the major workhorses of the health sector leaves a lot to be desired.

“Their attitude leaves one bewildered as sabotage appears to be the only logical explanation.”

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Satguru Maharaji seek price control, ban on luxury goods

Satguru Maharaji ji, the founder of  One Love Family sect, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to constitute a Price Control Board  in order  to ameliorate the impact of the current economic recession on ordinary Nigerians.

He also  told newsmen in Ibadan on Sunday  that a  price control mechanism would strengthen  the Naira.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the sect leader spoke at a news conference which was part of  activities to mark  his   69th birthday.

“We need to protect the value of our naira through the banning of some luxury  goods that are not necessarily vital to people’s lives.

“The protection now is very important.

“Our government should reduce the price of cement to N300 to enable the country build homes for its people and if need be, government should empower Nigerians to import cement to bring prices down.

“The Nigeria Airways should be revived with the old buildings and structures rehabilitated in order for the country to compete with small nations which have notable  airlines  like Ethiopia, Cameroun and Kenya , ”  the sect leader  said.

He also called for a reduction in  airfares  for local  travels  within the country to a flat rate of N15,000.

Maharaji ji argued that  state governments should be allowed to acquire planes in partnership with stakeholders as well as oil blocks.

He accused Nigerian banks of  operating  as traders instead of being  “ beacons  of enterprise, reconstruction, innovation and productive activities.’’

“It will be necessary to nationalise some of them instead of watching our generation  suffer in the hands of European imperialism,” he said.

He, however, expressed gratitude to the president on the steps taken so far at “ retrieving ’’the Ajaokuta Steel Company, saying the organisation was   capable of  promoting  meaningful industrial progress.

The sect leader called on  government  to compel   all oil companies to release two percent of their gross profits for research in universities.

NAN

Sunday, December 25, 2016

God 'll give Buhari solution to Nigeria's problem in 2017


Pastor William Kumuyi

The General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi, on Sunday said that in 2017, God would grant President Muhammad Buhari the solution to the numerous challenges facing the country.

Kumuyi gave the assurance while speaking with newsmen when he played host to the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, who led some members of the Assembly on courtesy visit to the church’s December Convention.

The cleric said, “We talk of the hours of recession, difficulty, distress and all that, but God is granting us His promises. We are not going to carry over our problems. “We pray and believe that the Lord will answer.

“As you will see, as we get to the New Year, there is no carryover of our problems. God will give solutions to the problems of our lives, families, communities, the state and our nation.”

The pastor said that with prayer and faith in God, the country would get out of all its challenges, including the economic recession.

The founder of the church said that God created ‘’us and wants everything to be sufficient for everybody.’’

Meanwhile, addressing the congregation of thousands of worshippers, Obasa, urged all Christians to show love to their neighbours, adding that the state was committed to fight unemployment among the youth.

He said that the newly created Employment Trust Fund would help reduce joblessness by providing soft loan with little interest for enterprising people of Lagos state.

“We must go beyond religious demarcation and show ourselves that we are brothers and sisters. Let us love one another. We should extend hands of fellowship to our neighbours,” the speaker said.

Obasa, who urged churches to pray for the state and nation, said that the state was passionate to give good governance and improve the economy of the state for the benefit of all.

He expressed delight over the warmth reception accorded his team by the leadership of the church.

Ex- Plateau Commissioner and lawmaker killed by armed robber



A former commissioner for agriculture under the Jonah Jang administration in Plateau State, Sargwak Wazhi, has been killed by armed robbers along the new Mangu-Barkinkadi Road in the state.

Wazhi and the Chairman of Langtang South Local Government Area, Nicholas Vongsing, were coming from a peace meeting when they ran into a gang of robbers.

The Plateau State Police Public Relations Officer, Mathias Terna, confirmed the incident which he said occurred last Thursday night.

He said the council boss and the driver survived the attack with bullet injuries.

He said, “Wazhi died in the attack but his driver and the Chairman, Langtang South Area Council survived, but they sustained bullet injuries. They are currently receiving medical attention at a hospital. I have not received the full briefing of the incident but investigation has commenced, no arrest has been made.”

Wazhi, a political associate of the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, was also a Peoples Democratic Party lawmaker in the state assembly in 1999.

Mourning the passage of the former lawmaker, Dalung in an online post, described him as a man of peace and wondered why peaceful men always end violently.

He wrote, “Last two years, the Wazhi family was thrown into mourning in the month of December, when one of his male children was murdered. Instead of celebrating, we were in a mourning mood. This news of his demise is a devastating situation not only for the immediate family but the entire people of Langtang South LGA. So sad, but who will question God? I am only questioning why peaceful men have been ending violently.”

President Muhammed Buhari caught in Sambisa Forest

State governors and political leaders across the country have been calling President Muhammadu Buhari to congratulate him and the leadership of the armed forces following the takeover of the Sambisa Forest from Boko Haram terrorists.

A statement in Abuja on Sunday by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, noted that the calls received by the President were from the Governors of Jigawa, Kano, Yobe, Adamawa, Borno, Katsina, Kaduna and Sokoto.

He stated that the President had also received similar congratulatory messages
from governors in South-East, South-South, South-West and North Central states of the federation.

The Presidential aide said the governors commended the President on the achievement of the feat which they said “has pleased the Nigerian people and is also being celebrated all over the world.”

He added that the governors had assured President Buhari that the whole country was
behind him to secure the country, saying there could not be any meaningful development without security.

“The governors also paid tributes to the brave servicemen and women who made supreme sacrifices in the liberation of the Sambisa Forest and hoped that their services would never be forgotten.

“They urged the President to mobilise resources, both human and material, to sustain the gains made so far in the fight against terrorism and economic sabotage.