« Bl00diest Fight Between The UNDERTAKER and J0HN CENA [BANNED ON TV]

Bl00diest Fight Between The UNDERTAKER and J0HN CENA [BANNED ON TV] posts

Norbeliza
Timeline Photos
Guys! Take time to read this! WORTH READING :)
24 days ago
Jemelee
Timeline Photos
Guys! Take time to read this! WORTH READING :)
24 days ago
Apostle MEANING OF EXAMINATION MALPRACTICE Examination malpractice is an illegal behaviour by a candidate before, during or after the examination so that he/she can attain success easily and cheaply. Hence, the worth of the examination is violated. Examinat Read more ...
ion malpractice is a cankerworm that portends grave dangers for the nation. Therefore, Examination malpractice can be defined as all forms of cheating which directly or indirectly falsify the ability of the students. This could be outside or inside an examination hall and any involvement in all illegal examination-related offences. FORMS OF EXAMINATION MALPRACTICE Forms of cheating are categorized as follows: (A). Cheating within an examination Hall/Room 1. Coping from one-another/exchanging questions/answers sheets. 2. Bringing in prepared answers, coping from textbooks, notebooks, laboratory specimens or other instructional aids smuggled into the examination hall. 3. Collaboration with an invigilator/lecturer/teacher where it involves the lecturer/teacher proving written/oral answers to a student in the examination hall. 4. Oral/written communication between/amongst students. 5. Bringing in prepared answers written or oral from any person(s) outside an examination hall. 6. Receiving information whether written or oral from any person(s) outside an examination hall. 7. Refusal to stop writing at the end of the examination. 8. Impersonation. 9. Non-submission of answers scripts from the examination hall. 10. Illegal removal of answer scripts from the examination hall. 11. Coping laboratory and field work reports and or term papers of others. 12. Manipulation of registration forms in order to sit for an examination for which the student is not qualified. 13. Sitting for an examination for which the student is not qualified as a result of manipulation of registration forms. 14. Colluding with a medical doctor in order to obtain an excused duty/medical certificate on grounds of feigning illness. (B). Cheating outside the examination hall/room. 1. Plagiarism: This is the use of another person’s work without appropriate acknowledgement both in the next and in the references at the end. 2. Colluding with a member of staff or any other person to obtain or on his own initiative obtaining set questions or answers before hand. 3. Colluding with a member of staff or any other person to modify or on his/her own initiative modifying students. 4. Colluding with a member of staff or any other person in order to submit a new prepared answer script as a substitute for the original script after an examination. 5. Writing of projects, laboratory and/or field reports on behalf of a student by a member of staff. 6. Soliciting for help after an examination. 7. Secretly breaking into staff office or departmental office in order to obtain question papers, answer scripts or marks sheets, or substituting a fresh answer script or the original script. CAUSES OF EXAMINATION MALPRACTICE The major causes of examination malpractices are: I). Laziness of students: Seriousness is thrown to the wind by many students. Most of them have little or no time for their studies. They spend their time attending parties and forming gangs who engage in untoward behaviour. ii). Second is large population of students in many schools. The few who do very well may be promoted or admitted into higher institutions. Students cheat therefore to excel over their mates. iii). Many students are desperate; thinking that passing the examination is a do or die affair; They want to excel by all means. Some want promises from parents fulfilled Others want to be on TV or Newspaper as the best in one form of examination or the other (though cheats hardly excel). iv). Syllabus in many subjects such as Physics, Chemistry etc. is wide and difficult for teachers to cover. The school period is shortened by holidays, shift system and late resumption by students. v). Another cause of examination malpractice is inadequate preparation for exams. In a number of schools the teachers are few and specialized ones are fewer so students are not adequately prepared for the examinations. vi). Corrupt invigilators and supervisors: the students know that if they offers bribe to the invigilators. they will be allowed to cheat in the examination hall. vii). Lastly, there is a general trend in our society towards cheating and this is encouraged by almost all members of the population. CONSEQUENCIES OF EXAMINATION MALPRACTICE The evil effects of examination malpractices cannot be overemphasized. 1. Creativity and resourcefulness are hampered. 2. It wreaks great havoc on the social, religious, economic and political lives of Nigerians. 3. Employees are engaged in jobs they are not suited for since the Certificate they claim to possess are not merited. SOLUTION TO EXAMINATION MALPRACTICE IN NIGERIA 1. The country must stress the values of hard work and at every level of government and private practice, this must be demonstrated in letter and in spirit. 2. Examination halls for students must be very spacious to remove any form of temptation that might arise. 3. The government and the various communities must stress the importance of reading and the gains which will accrue from there. 4. Both government and the private sector should ensure they employ qualified teachers who will be saddle with imparting knowledge to the students. 5. They should not promote students without the students possessing the requisite skills and knowledge. 6. The government and the private sector involved in the provision of educational services should provide adequate learning aids which will go a long way in enhancing the performance of the students during examination. 7. The government should ensure that those caught in examination malpractices are not allowed to go Scot free to serve as deterrent for those who might be nursing the intention of cheating.
25 days ago
Jimmy
Timeline Photos
GARDEN SNAKES CAN BE DANGEROUS... Snakes also know
25 days ago
Nathanial I share this.
News March 29
www.sanders.senate.gov
Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke out on Friday about the “Sheldon primary,” a gathering of Republican presidential candidates auditioning for the backing of billionaire Las Vegas casino owner Sheldon Adelson.
25 days ago
Barbara
News March 29
www.sanders.senate.gov
Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke out on Friday about the “Sheldon primary,” a gathering of Republican presidential candidates auditioning for the backing of billionaire Las Vegas casino owner Sheldon Adelson.
25 days ago
Carole
News March 29
www.sanders.senate.gov
Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke out on Friday about the “Sheldon primary,” a gathering of Republican presidential candidates auditioning for the backing of billionaire Las Vegas casino owner Sheldon Adelson.
25 days ago
Rick
News March 29
www.sanders.senate.gov
Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke out on Friday about the “Sheldon primary,” a gathering of Republican presidential candidates auditioning for the backing of billionaire Las Vegas casino owner Sheldon Adelson.
25 days ago
Martin Courage under fire
Untitled Album
Rolling Thunder Washington DC., Inc., salutes Meda
25 days ago
Cath "Love is a decision not just a feeling"... Read this and u'll find out! Godbless ur heart=) Do what u want and know what ur doing...
Timeline Photos
Guys! Take time to read this! WORTH READING :)
25 days ago
Lesenyamang
Lovelife
10 BASIC RULES FOR NEW RELATIONSHIP The following ten points I'm going to state are extremely simple, yet people sometimes forget them: 1.) ASSIGN BOUNDARIES: If you're a big fan of PDA (public display of affection), make sure you create a line and Read more ...
not cross it. Whether you hold hands, kiss, lie on her lap, just do one of these and don't make it go overboard. 2.) PERSONAL SPACE IS IMPORTANT: Make sure both of you give each other appropriate personal space.You're in a relationship, it doesn't mean you start creeping each other out. 3.) LOYALTY IS KEY Don't play hide and seek with their feelings. If you have done something wrong, come clean. 4.) A CLEAN PAST Let's face it, everyone makes mistakes at some point in their lives. So when you start a new relationship, make sure it's new in every aspect. Clear your past in front of your partner, so if some day some of your past demons wake up, nothing would decrease the love between you two and it will also strengthen their trust in you. 5.) DON'T CHEAT You're probably saying to yourself"What sort of moron would cheat?". You'd be surprised. 6.) KEEP IT IN THE BEDROOM Every couple fights. Some fights end quickly. Some take time. Regardless of how long they go, you need to keep it between the two of you. Do NOT involve friends and family. It'll only make you two drift apart from each other in the long run. 7.) ONE SPECIAL DAY Keep one day for the two of you. It could be thrice a month or four times a week, depends on you. But define a day for you two when cell phones are turned off, no work talk, no family talk, just the two of you spending some much-needed quality time together. 8.) BE FRIENDLY Get to know each others' friends. It never hurts to get involved in their hangouts if they want you to. 9.) LITERAL DATES You need to remember each others' birthdays. And the anniversary is important too. Celebrate each of these events with your full commitment and effort. 10.) KEEP IT SIMPLE This one is especially for the ladies. Ladies, you need to SAY what's on your mind rather than saying "It's Okay" when it's really not. Keep it simple. Please Drop Ur Comments And Share This Status..
25 days ago
Shanaya They do it without realizing, They don’t really have a clue, Reading between the lines, Is something they just can’t do. When there is an argument, They think they're always right, No matter what we say or do, They didn’t start the fight. The Read more ...
y blame it on our hormones, And never take the rap, If they call us moody bitches, Then they get a slap :p
25 days ago
Valerie Awesome
Emotional Sobriety
How to Wake up Every Morning on Top of The World By Srinivas Rao “You get peace of mind not by thinking about it or imagining it, but by quietening and relaxing the restless mind.” ~Remez Sasson What’s the first thought that goes through you Read more ...
r head when you wake up in the morning? Is it deliberate or is it the default “Oh shi#$, it’s six!”? If that’s how you start your day, then it’s likely your day will be filled with anxiety and stress. It’s not exactly the most productive mechanism for getting things done. Questions are quite powerful if used in the right way. How to Use Morning Power Questions When you wake up in the morning, you are always asking yourself questions, whether you realize it or not. As you brush your teeth, drink your coffee, or eat your breakfast, thoughts are running through your head. You might be thinking, “Why am I so I tired? Why didn’t I sleep earlier? What am I going to eat?” These things generally don’t serve any useful purpose, and in some cases, as you can see, are even hurting you. The idea behind using questions is to take conscious control of the direction of your day. So, let me give you a few examples of things that you could ask yourself first thing in the morning: What do I have to look forward to today? What’s absolutely perfect about my life? How can I make today absolutely awesome? What’s the best thing that could happen today? By asking yourself these kinds of questions, you start to shift the focus of your mind toward all of the things you want to have happen. One interesting thing to note is that your questions don’t need to have any basis in reality because your brain will answer anything you ask it quite literally. So if you’re going to be delusional, you might as well make your delusions extremely empowering. The key to using this effectively, however, is to do it for thirty days in a row. What happens when you do this is that your brain will create a link, known as a neuro-association, between the empowering states you create with your questions and being awake in the morning. One Question to Ask Yourself Every Morning For about two weeks now, I’ve been asking myself one question from the moment I wake up: “What am I grateful for?” You’ve heard before that you should start every single day with an attitude of gratitude. This is probably the simplest way to actually do that. If you ask yourself that question enough days in a row, you will wake up feeling on top of the world every single day. As you start to view your life and the world around you as full of things to be grateful for, you’re going to bring more and more of that into your life. We all have lots to be grateful for but we often get caught up in all the things that are wrong with our lives. Hopefully this will enable you shift your focus. Ways to Change Your Morning Routine I want you to give some consideration to changing up how you start your day. In addition to power questions I encourage you to start your day in a more peaceful, quiet way then you have in the past. I think you’ll find that the impact this will have on you both physically and mentally will quite powerful. Don’t turn on the computer or TV. As a blogger, for the last year or so the first thing I would do every single morning is turn on the computer. Even if you are not a blogger you may have a tendency to turn on the computer right when you wake up. Starting your brain off with so much information overload right when you wake up can’t possibly be healthy. I encourage you to just enjoy your coffee or breakfast for about twenty minutes. Turning on the TV is one of the most insidious things you can do. The news can have such a negative impact on you that you might not even realize it. The news is generally about everything that’s wrong in the world and this is the first thing you become exposed to in the morning. One thing that we know from years of self-help is that our minds tend to be extremely receptive in the morning. That’s why I encourage you not to turn on the TV if you’ve been doing it. Listen to music/something uplifting. I love listening to music and when possible I even use an alarm that actually plays music. I try to find uplifting songs or ones that have peaceful melodies. One of the best times to listen to a self-help tape or program is right when you wake up. Think about how the effect this will have on you if you do this for about thirty days. If you listen to inspirational/uplifting material right when you wake up, then you will eventually condition that message into your mind and connect it with waking up in the morning. Meditate. I think one of the most challenging things about meditating is to free yourself from thought. As somebody with a mind that moves at what feels like a million miles a minute, this isn’t something I’m great at myself. Early in the morning your mind is in a fairly quiet state and even five to ten minutes of deep-centered relaxation/meditation can make a huge difference in your day. How do you start your morning routine? Is there anything else you’d add to this list?
25 days ago
Ayobami Fayose: Profile of Corruption Tell Magazine reports in detail how the Governor Ayo Fayose looted Ekiti State. In a quintessential illustration of the EFCC boss, Nuhu Ribadu's description of how governors are impoverishing their own people, this is a Read more ...
classic example of the kind of political leadership Nigeria cannot afford. For about two months, Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti State, had been a very happy man. The governor, who has moved from one controversy to the other since he came to power in 2003, had reasons to be happy. While on a state visit to Ekiti State last May, President Olusegun Obasanjo had virtually anointed Fayose as a “worthy son”. Raising up the governor’s hand in the crowd, the President advised his opponents and critics to sheathe their swords and join him in the development of the state. To cap it all, the President sang a song in Yoruba: "Omo ko le jo baba ki a ma binu omo…", meaning that a child should not be blamed for taking after his father. Invariably, Obasanjo anointed Fayose as a political son. That presidential endorsement thrilled Fayose to no end. Of even more significance to Fayose was the confidence reposed in him when he was appointed to head the forum of governors mandated to seek a successor to Obasanjo from among the state chief executives of the PDP-controlled states. Fayose felt that the assignment was of utmost importance and that his headship of the forum was a recognition of his political astuteness and intelligence. Again, he was over the moon. And he has been for quite a while. But Fayose was, last week, brought back to earth and to the realities of governance and politics in Ekiti State following the arrest of two people — a friend and contractor to the state government who had been embroiled in a contract scam, and a special assistant to the governor. The governor is said to have become very worried about the arrest of the two men. The friend, Gbenga James, was arrested about two weeks ago, while Goke Olatunji, the governor’s aide, was arrested last Monday for alleged involvement in what many believe is the failed Ekiti State Integrated Poultry Scheme for which over N1.4 billion has been paid without commensurate work done. Fayose is alleged to have colluded with James to collect the money ostensibly meant for the poultry project, but, rather than execute it fully, they allegedly diverted most of the money to personal use and went on a spending binge. But the poultry scam is only one of the several investigations concerning Fayose. The President’s anointed son is also being investigated for allegedly bribing Ekiti State legislators to impeach his former deputy, diversion of public funds, using the dualisation of the Ado–Ikere and Ado-Ekiti township roads to siphon money, among other allegations. The story of the poultry saga alone is a treatise on executive recklessness and lawlessness, and wanton abuse of office. It all started in early 2004 when James, an agriculturist and managing director of Biological Concepts Limited, who is also a long- standing friend of Fayose, brought him a proposal for the establishment of an integrated poultry project in the state. The original proposal was for the building of four poultry farms in four centres in the state with the project headquarters in Afao, the governor’s hometown. The project was to cost N400 million but, according to James’ proposal, the state government was to commit N100 million while Biological Concept was to contribute N300 million through a loan of same amount from Wema Bank. Furthermore, a profit-sharing arrangement was proposed which would give Biological Concepts 70 per cent and Ekiti State government 30 per cent of profits. Ordinarily a beautiful business proposition some might say. But the project has not turned out beautifully. What really happened? James said that the governor expanded the scope of the project so that, instead of just the four poultry farms in four locations in the state, he asked that James include a proposal for one poultry farm in each of the 16 local government areas of the state. This too was to cost N400 million at N25 million each. Each local government council was expected to pay the N25 million. Although he was a contractor to the project, it was agreed that he would collect a consultancy fee of 15 per cent, amounting to N60 million, on the local government poultry project. But there were several snags to the implementation of the proposal. First, there was no provision for a poultry project in the budget of the state for 2004. Secondly, without requisite collateral, Biological Concepts was not able to secure the loan from Wema Bank but the governor decided to undertake the project with state funds even though the profit- sharing arrangement would still give James’ company a 70 per cent share of profits. He went ahead to secure the N300 million in the name of the state government. In March 2004, just a couple of weeks after James submitted his proposal, Fayose approved the payment of N400 million to Biological Concepts to start executing the project. On April 22, 2004, Biological Concepts was issued a Standard Trust Bank cheque of N340 million, representing N280 million mobilisation fee and N60 million consultancy fee. Of course, there were many things wrong with the payment. First, the expenditure was not appropriated. Second, the whole contract award set aside all due process as it was neither advertised for competitive bidding nor allowed to go through the tenders’ board as required by law. Furthermore, at the time of making the first payment, there was no contractual agreement between the state government and Biological Concepts. It was just a “paddy–paddy” arrangement between the governor and James. It was in September 2004, when queries started being raised about the whole matter, that the government now entered into an agreement with the company. What is more, the governor was said to have illegally authorised the money to be paid from the Local Governments’ Joint Account even though none of the councils had appropriated money for a poultry project. Also, it was discovered that no tax was deducted from all monies paid to Biological Concepts. All these happened in spite of warnings and queries raised by three people: Abiodun Aluko, the former deputy governor, the auditor-general of the state and the secretary to the state tenders' board. For example, when the deputy governor got a directive from Fayose to release N400 million from the Local Government Joint Account to Biological Concepts as mobilisation fee, Aluko had written the governor warning of the consequences of not following due process. In the memo dated March 12, 2004, Aluko observed that the company was unknown to the state government as it had not previously done any job in the state to warrant the release of money to it. The auditor-general then detailed the due process which the company needed to go through before funds could be released to it. These included the writing of a proposal stating the scope of the work and attaching a bill of quantities, appraisal of the proposal and auditing of quotations by state officials, vetting of the contract by the state tenders board and, finally, award of the contract. Aluko ended his warning memo thus: “For future reasons, these statutory procedures should be adhered to strictly to avoid being accused of collusion to defraud the government as the sum of N400 million is too high to be released to a private company without going through all this statutory documentation”. But, curiously, Aluko later recommended the company for payments due to it later. Although it is believed that about N1.4 billion has so far been spent on the ill–fated poultry project by Fayose, TELL investigations could only confirm the payment of N855 million to Biological Concepts. The payments were made between April 22, 2004 and October 5, 2005. An indication of the fact that Fayose and James possibly planned to use the poultry scheme as a conduit for siphoning state funds emerged as soon as James got the N340 million cheque from the state government. On April 22, 2004, the same day that the cheque was paid into Biological Concepts' account, even without mobilising to site, James withdrew N55 million from the money. Interestingly, his company’s account was in the red to the tune of N58 million by the time the money was paid. This amount was deducted by the bank as soon as the account was credited. But it was gathered that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has since told the bank to pay back the money as it belonged to Ekiti State and not Biological Concepts. A week later, James transferred another N20 million into the account of Avian Specialists, another company he owns. In all, he was discovered to have transferred nearly N200 million from the Ekiti poultry fund into Avian Specialists account. James said that they were all loans. Then on May 10, the contractor opened a letter of credit of N156 million in favour of Avian Specialists for the importation of cages and drinkers from India. In the official papers, James claimed that the imports were for the Ekiti poultry project but, when the items came, he sold most of them to the public and sent the remaining to a farm he owns in Ibadan. With a large fortune chest at his disposal, James descended on markets in Nigeria and abroad and went on a spending spree buying exotic cars and property as well as turning his farm into hi-tech automated one. But James was just a small actor in the looting drama. The real protagonist was Fayose, according to the EFCC. Investigations revealed that Fayose also got a tangible part of the loot for himself. In fact, James told investigators that the reason why the poultry project had been stalled was because “Governor Fayose is greedy” and wanted to take all the money meant for the project for himself. First, the agriculturist said the governor had creamed off N96 million from the N400 million meant for the local governments’ poultry scheme. He said that what he actually proposed was that the scheme would cost was N14 million per local government but that the governor told him to inflate it to N25 million. From the N11 million extra, the governor was to take N6 million while he would take N5 million. In all, Fayose allegedly got N96 million from the N400 million meant for the local governments’ poultry project. It was also discovered that James originally put the cost of the four centres to be headquatered at Afao at N56 million, but the governor told him to inflate it to N300 million. Thus, N244 million was allegedly shared between them. Fayose also allegedly got another N17 million which he asked to be changed into foreign currency. Of the amount, N7 million was changed into $50,000 and allegedly handed over to Abiodun Olujimi, then a member of the House of Representatives but now deputy governor of Ekiti State, to give to the governor. Olujimi collected the money from James’ secretary and signed for it on April 29, 2004, just a week after the contractor was mobilised. Originally, when James was questioned about the money earlier in the year, he lied that he gave the money to one Tunde Oshinowo to help him purchase a property, but when Oshinowo denied any knowledge of the money, James confessed that he gave it to Fayose through Olujimi. The remaining N10 million was also changed into £37,000 and given to Olatunji to pass on to Fayose. The governor was said to have actually gone to James’ office in Ibadan but stayed outside while he sent Olatunji upstairs to collect the money. Besides money allegedly collected by the governor himself or through friends and aides, Fayose also allegedly directed part of the poultry funds to be used for some personal things. For example, James said that he paid N39 million for the building of a house for the governor in Iyaganku GRA, Ibadan, Oyo State. The architect who designed the house confirmed to investigators that not only did he receive the money, he was also given N2 million personally by Fayose for the finishing job in the house apart from another N1.2 million he got for the architectural design of the house. However, as if the loot was limitless, others who worked for or were close to the governor also benefited from the largesse from Ekiti State. For starters, James claimed that he paid several millions of naira to many civil servants in Ekiti State as 'PR'. For Example, Kayode Osho, the commissioner for finance, and Boboye Olanipekun, the commissioner for agriculture, at different times, got sums ranging from N250,000 to N1.5 million while Aluko, the former deputy governor, was allegedly paid N7 million. Other civil servants who allegedly benefited from the loot, according to records scrupulously kept by James, include the attorney-general, the state’s paymaster, accountant-general, permanent secretaries, director of building, surveyors and Olatunji, among several others. James claimed that he bought 20 units of air conditioners for Osho and the chairman of the State Primary Education Board, SPEB, which they shared equally. The air conditioners were allegedly delivered to them by one Emmanuel Nuga. James also said that he bought a Mercedes Benz car worth N2.5 million for the governor’s mother from the poultry contract windfall. Members of the state House of Assembly, according to the consultant, also had their share as he gave some of them who paid him a visit in Ibadan N2 million to share. Interestingly, it is alleged that the original team that investigated the poultry scam also benefited from the loot. Two officers of the EFCC were allegedly given N18 million to doctor their report on the investigations. It was gathered that they actually wrote a report indicating that the project was a success and that what they found on the ground was worth much more than the amount that had been paid to the contractor. However, Nuhu Ribadu, chairman of the commission, who had got independent reports on the project, rejected the initial report and detailed another team which eventually concluded the investigation. The two officers, it was gathered, have been sacked by the commission. After concerted efforts to talk to the governor over the past three months, the magazine eventually got an appointment to talk to him last Tuesday. But he refused to speak on the issue. He pleaded that it was not an auspicious time to talk to the press, particularly as he had not got enough information about the arrest of Olatunji the previous day. But a source close to Fayose rose in stout defence of the governor, insisting that he did not collect a penny from James from the poultry money. According to the source, the matter is giving Fayose a lot of concern. And he did bare his mind at a discussion with some friends last week. The governor claimed that, although it was true that James helped him build a house, he paid him about N40 million from his own pocket for the project, adding that if James decided to spend the money and pay from the poultry funds, he could not be held responsible. He told the friends that he had bought the house before his election to the office of governor. Initially, he wanted to renovate the house, but James sold him the idea of pulling it down and building a new one. He reportedly claimed that the project started well ahead of the discussions on the proposal for the agriculture project. Still, the governor could not, or failed to see the corruption in asking a contractor currently handling jobs for the state to supervise the building of a personal house for him. On the allegation that James bought a car for the governor's mother, Fayose explained that he gave N2.5 million to James to purchase a brand-new Kia car in mid-2003 and that he was surprised that James was claiming to have paid for the car from the poultry project money which he got in 2004. The governor expressed shock at all what James had claimed in his statement to the EFCC but observed that what the commission should have ascertained was if he had proof. Fayose wondered how he could have alleged that he paid so much money to him without being able to produce a cheque or other documents as proof. Except that Fayose did not also show proof of payments from his pocket to James. The governor said that he never knew that James transferred N156 million from the poultry funds to India or that he used the funds for his other businesses. Asked why the state kept on paying the contractor in spite of the slow pace of work, the governor explained that, when he realised that James was getting too slow on the job, he formed a committee that had been monitoring the project and that he could not take an action against him yet because its completion date was not yet due. He equally explained that it was not really true that there was never any agreement between the state government and the contractor before payments were made to him. According to the governor, the state executive council had agreed with the contractor on everything that had to do with the poultry contract but that he queried the agreement that was brought for approval and that it was an amended one that finally came. The EFCC is also investigating an allegation that another N500 million may have been paid out of government coffers in connection with the poultry project apart from the N855 million, which has landed so many people in trouble. It is believed that the governor paid out the money, claiming that it was meant to buy birds for the non-existent poultries. The magazine gathered that when James was confronted by investigators over the N500 million, he told them that he collected no such money but added that when he heard that over N1.4 billion had been paid on the poultry project, he confronted Fayose who explained that that part of the project did not concern him and that it was for another contractor to stock the poultry farms with birds. With the huge investment in the poultry project, Ekiti State has little to show for the scheme. With most of the funds meant for the project diverted for personal use, Biological Concepts has been able to put in place some of the poultries in only about six local governments and this came only after the hoopla that has greeted the entire scheme. Even then what is on the ground in these places is a far cry from what is in the bill of quantities submitted by James. Each poultry unit was planned to be an integrated scheme with pens and cages for the birds, a two-bedroom bungalow farm house, borehole, water pumping machine and a back-up 10 KVA generator, another 27 KVA generator to supply electricity, a generator house and a reservoir tank. The entire scheme was also meant to be fenced. However, what had been constructed are the pens and cages to house the birds. Most of the equipment to run a modern poultry which was paid for is not on ground. Interestingly, even President Obasanjo has had cause to publicly remonstrate Fayose over the poultry project when he paid a visit to Ekit State in April 2005. And that was in spite of the governor’s attempts to hoodwink him. It was gathered that, to impress the President with his project, the governor had quickly put together some pens in some local governments and Afao. He then hired some birds from a farm in Ibadan and put them in the cages. But Obasanjo, himself a farmer, was not taken in. The President wondered why the usual smell that is characteristic of a poultry environment was missing and advised the governor to leave such ventures to the private sector and concentrate on serious development issues. Obviously, Fayose did not listen to the man who has now become his political father despite his having tried to make a public show of this. In July 2005, the governor, through Kayode Otitoju, his information commissioner, had told protesting workers who had been laid off from some of the existing projects in Ado Ekiti that the state government was disengaging from the entire poultry project to allow it to be run by Biological Concepts. He added that the decision was informed by the advice of President Obasanjo when he visited the state. But the commissioner was silent on what would become of the state’s huge investment in the scheme. A source told the magazine that the findings on the poultry scheme are just a tip of the iceberg as the governor had also been found to have committed other acts of corruption. For example, investigations into allegations of bribery of members of the state House of Assembly may have been confirmed to be true. Fayose allegedly gave 19 of the 26 members of the House N2 million each to induce them to impeach Aluko, the deputy governor, in 2004. The remaining seven members who would not play ball were not given the bribe initially, but when the EFCC began investigating the matter, the state government quickly paid N2 million to the seven and claimed that the money was part mobilisation for the execution of constituency projects in the legislators’ constituencies. In a report, the team that investigated the matter concluded that the money was meant to bribe the legislators to effect the impeachment of Aluko and that the payments to the seven members and claims of executing constituency projects were an afterthought. “It is our sincere opinion that these projects were hurriedly started immediately an invitation letter was extended to the House”, the team wrote in its report. Many reasons account for their reaching this conclusion. First, if the money was meant for constituency projects, why was it paid directly into the accounts of the members and not those of the contractors? Also, why was the money initially paid to only the 19 members loyal to Fayose? But, more importantly, it was discovered that, considering the time the money was released, many of the projects ought to have been concluded but, not only were they in the early stages of construction, many of them did not follow the bill of quantities which were submitted to investigators. Also, as the jobs were being hurriedly done as “window dressing”, the materials used were equally found to be sub-standard. The legislators were visitors to the EFCC office in Lagos earlier in the year where they claimed that the N2 million was for constituency projects. However, another invitation extended to them after the agency’s officials went to inspect the projects has not been honoured. Rather, some of the legislators went to an Ekiti high court to seek an injunction restraining the commission from further arrests of state government officials. The court granted their prayer. Although the EFCC has virtually concluded investigations into the allegations concerning the poultry project and the alleged bribing of legislators, it is still investigating several other allegations against the governor. These include allegations of diversion of local government funds, inflation of road construction contracts, squandering of over N500 million on the purchase of cars between February 2004 and September 2005, and the operation of foreign accounts. Feelers from the investigating team indicate that the poultry scam is nothing compared to the atrocities that the governor has committed with local government funds. The investigators would not disclose details of their findings so far so as not to jeopardise the investigations, but it was gathered that what the governor releases to local governments is mere pittance compared to what comes to them from the Federation Account. It is a big scandal, which is said to involve not only the governor but also local government chairmen, members of the state House of Assembly and others. The entire investigation process was triggered by one of several petitions by Morakinyo Ogele, a lawyer from Ekiti State who practises in Akure, the Ondo State capital. In the last two years, Ogele has inundated the EFCC with an avalanche of petitions. The lawyer told the magazine in Akure at two separate interviews that he had nothing against the governor except that he, as an indigene, was miffed at the wanton looting of the treasury of his state. Ogele, who also publishes News Herald, a newspaper passionately devoted to criticising the Fayose administration, is a walking encyclopaedia on the corrupt ways of the Ekiti State governor and other public officers in the state. And, for every accusation, uncannily, he provides evidence backed by documents. At a point, Ogele got exasperated about what he deemed the slow pace of work by the EFCC and gave the commission 30-day ultimatum to commence investigation into his petition, failing which he would initiate legal action asking the court for an order of mandamus to compel it “to perform its constitutional responsibilities”. Last week, Ogele expressed satisfaction with the EFCC’s work when he heard that James and Olatunji had been arrested. What he did not know then was that the EFCC had perfected plans to charge the two men to court. Biological Concepts and Avian Specialisties, James' two companies along with himself, Goke Olatunji, the PA to Fayose, are facing a 15-count charge mainly for money laundering. They were arraigned last Wednesday. An interim order of a Lagos high court is also being sought for the forfeiture of assets and properties belonging to Fayose, James and the governor's mother (see box). But by the time the lawmakers return to court in Ado-Ekiti on September 25, the petitioner, Ogele, too, may be in the witness box. This follows the order of Kayode Bamisile, chief judge of the state. He was acting on the complaint of Adeniyi Akintola, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, and counsel to the lawmakers. The lawyers complained about certain remarks credited to Ogele in a media report. The unfolding drama promises to be even more revealing in the months ahead.
25 days ago
Els Hi All - wanted to let you know that Madeline's memorial will likely be late May so that all of her family can attend. We friends would like to get together and remember her so we are having a Remember Mad get together on Sat, April 5 at 7pm. 4907 Read more ...
Lansing, Austin 78745. Pls bring pictures (if on memory sticks we can show on TV) and stories as well as BYOB, a snack to share and a chair for sitting around the fire (if no burn ban) Pls call or message me with questions or comments. Hope to see you there!!
25 days ago
Michael
Timeline Photos
MR PRESIDENT I HEAR YOU DAILY REFER TO ME AS AN EX
25 days ago
Rebecca This is the dad and step-mom of a girl that was on Andrew's swim team. All you biker family and friends, if you have nothing going on that day, PLEASE help out...this little girl has been through hell...(momma is fighting cancer and dad and step-mom Read more ...
on a motorcycle wreck).
Southern Brothers
For those of you who don’t know, our Brother Bubba Ellis and his Wife had a Wreck on March 15th. As a result of this wreck, they were both air lifted to University Hospital. Bubba ended up with a fractured spine, along with some other injuries. His Read more ...
wife has some head injuries, and is healing slowly, and as of today 24March, she is still in ICU. As you can all expect, the bills to come will be intense. We are establishing a fundraiser for him and his family in their time of need. April 19th is our 10th Annual Ride for the Red. This will become a joint fundraiser, with Proceeds being split between the two great causes. It is time to band together. We have always been there for others events, and helped where we could. We have never asked for anything in return. Well, we are asking now. Clear your Calendars, and if you can’t make it, send someone who can with a little contribution. We will be starting from Gruene Harley on 19April2014 registration is at 0930. Bikes out by 1030. We will end up at Billy’s Ice House after the run, Should be there around 1200. If you don’t own a bike, we don’t care!!!!!!!!!!!! Show up, have some great food, listen to some great music, check out our vendor booths. We will have a live auction, raffle, 50/50, Bikini Bike Wash, Bike Show, and the 1911 Taurus 45 A we are raffling off. For questions, email us at southernbrothersmc@yahoo.com. Check out our Web Page, www.southernbrothersmc.com, or Facebook. Southern Brothers… Hope to see EVERYONE THERE!!!!!!!!!!!
25 days ago
Kelly I hate snakes!!!
Timeline Photos
GARDEN SNAKES CAN BE DANGEROUS... Snakes also know
26 days ago
Rick Because we are at war !! Because We Are at War Posted on March 28, 2014 “The Islamic nation must be fully prepared to fight the tyrants and the enemies of Allah as a prelude to establishing the Islamic State.” By-Laws of the International Mu Read more ...
slim Brotherhood “Killing is to continue until the unbelievers pay jizyah after they are humbled or overpowered.” Islam and Modernism, Taqi Usmani (2006) Sheikh Muhammad Taqi Usmani One of the leading Islamic Scholars alive today. Deputy Chairman, Fiqh Council for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Former Judge, Pakistani Supreme Court “We do not disassociate Islam from war. On the contrary, disassociating Islam from war is the reason for our defeat. We are fighting in the name of Islam. Religion must lead to war.” Qatar TV, February 25, 2006 Sheikh Dr. Yusuf Al Qaradawi Preeminent Islamic Scholar in the world Leading Legal Jurist of the International Muslim Brotherhood Chairman – International Union of Muslim Scholars “This means that you wage war so that the evil sovereignty of beings other than that of Allah is wiped out and only the law of God operates in the world.” U.S. Training Guide for Muslims published in approximately 2002 by Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Muslim American Society (MAS) “To be true Muslims we must prepare and be ready for jihad in Allah’s way…The military education is glued to the faith and it’s meaning, and the duty to follow it.” Islamic High School text book, Islamic Center of Oakland (and elsewhere) “This country (America) will become a Muslim country.” Former Islamic Advisor to President Clinton and convicted Al Qaeda financier Abdurahman Alamoudi Islamic Association for Palestine (Hamas) 2006 National Conference (U.S.) The civilian and military leadership in America, and much of the West, is strikingly blind to and grossly ignorant of the swiftly growing threat we face from the Global Islamic Movement. Yet those inside government agencies, members of the military, and American citizens who have taken the time to get educated on this threat are horrified at the grand canyon size schism between the reality of the threat and the posture the United States government continues to take – a position which can only be characterized as “Aiding and Abetting” the enemy, Material Support for Designated Terrorist organizations (Al Qaeda and others), and Treason. Patriots are asking themselves, “How can this be happening? It is happening because we are at war – and we are losing. In 2005, the current leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al Zawahiri said “I say to you that we are in a battle, and that more than half of this battle is taking place in the battlefield of the media. We are in a media battle in a race for the hearts and minds of our Ummah (global Muslim community).” Al Qaeda understands the majority of this war is being fought in the Information Battlespace – propaganda, influence operations, and political subversion, are but a few of the tools. When the Muslim Brotherhood states in their strategic memorandum they are waging Civilization Jihad to “destroy Western civilization from within” and they are going to do it by getting U.S. leadership to do their bidding for them – they mean it. We are in a war against an enemy who states they are Muslims fighting Jihad in the Cause of Allah in order to impose Islamic Law and re-establish the global Islamic State (Caliphate). Al Qaeda says it, the Muslim Brotherhood says it, nation-states say it, martyrs say it on their videos, and all of the jihadis we have captured before or after the act (if they lived) all say they did what they did because it is a command to wage jihad until Sharia is the law of the land. Yet, in the FBI, DHS, and U.S. military, all training on Islamic Law, specifically the requirements of Jihad and the Law of Jihad cannot be taught. Why? Because we are in a war – primarily an information war – and we are losing. 100% of all published Islamic Law only defines “Jihad” as warfare against non-Muslims. Yet, at the leadership level of our civilian government and military, they are still “pondering” what the “root meaning” of Jihad really is. How can something so objectively clear be so difficult for our leadership to grasp? How can it be that the most prominent Islamic organizations in America have been identified as being a part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Movement, yet their leaders serve in advisory roles across the entire spectrum of our government – including the FBI, CIA, and DHS? In 2012, five Republican Members of Congress layed out the evidence of the Muslim Brotherhood’s network in America and asked the Inspector Generals of key government agencies to consider opening investigations. These Members of Congress were not publicly blasted by Democrats or the media for this, but by John McCain, John Boehner, Marco Rubio, Eric Cantor, and others. Why? Because we are losing in the Information Battlespace. As a matter of fact, we are not even engaging the enemy there.
26 days ago
Eric Hon. Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro session with the senate yesterday.
Abba Patrick Francis Moro
PLEASE FIND BELOW MY PRESENTATION TO THE SENATE YESTERDAY. GOD BLESS NIGERIA PRESENTATION BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF INTERIOR , COMRADE ABBA MORO , TO THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR INVESTIGATING THE UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT THAT OCCURRED IN SOME R Read more ...
ECRUITMENT CENTRES DURING THE NATION WIDE APTITUDE AND PHYSICAL EXAMINATION OF THE NIGERIAN IMMIGRATION SERVICE ON SATURDAY 15TH MARCH 2014. May I commence this presentation with a profound expression of my sincere and huge sense of loss and grief about the unfortunate and tragic events of Saturday the 15th of March, 2014. I am still pained and saddened by the circumstances leading to the loss of lives in some Nigerian Immigration Service recruitment examination centres. Kindly allow me to use this medium to once again express my sincere heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the families of the bereaved and to say it is for me a personal loss. May the Almighty God grant us the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. 2. Allow me to express my gratitude to the National Assembly and indeed, the Senate Committee on Interior for affording me this auspicious opportunity to put in proper perspective the circumstances surrounding the e-Recruitment exercise of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) of 15th March, 2014 which unfortunately turned tragic in some centres. Mr. Chairman, Very Distinguished Senators, permit me to draw your attention to my personal experiences with regards to the recruitment process into the Paramilitary Services under my supervision as Minister of Interior. On my assumption of office as Minister, I took cognisance of the unprecedented challenges facing the recruitment processes, procedures and practice in the Paramilitary Services under the supervision of the Ministry. Such experiences were characterised by incoherent procedures, favouritism, job racketeering and unequal opportunities among others and therefore needed immediate attention. The noble task before me was to institute measures that would ease the application procedures, enthrone an open and transparent process, allow for equal opportunities, institute a process for the engagement of qualified and deserving persons and also to ensure the reflection of federal character pursuant to applicable federal laws. In December 2012, the Immigration Service approached me with a waiver for the recruitment of 4,556 personnel from the office of the Head of Service of Nigeria. The conduct of that recruitment was marred by controversy and accusations of tribalism, nepotism, job racketeering and lopsidedness. The exercise was cancelled. The recruitment procedures into the Services is as contained in the Act establishing the Board and guidelines for Appointment, Promotions and Discipline for use in Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Servicers. (Annex 1A and 1B) 3. Consequently, upon our public expression of the determination to conduct a more credible exercise, a consultant made a proposal to the Ministry for the adoption of a modern and efficient method of conducting recruitment exercise through the “e-Recruitment Platform.” (Annex II) The management subsequently constituted a committee to scrutinize the proposal and make recommendations. The committee evaluated the proposal and made recommendations for the adoption of the “e-Recruitment” option after due consultations with relevant government agencies such as the Federal Character Commission for guidance and the Federal Road Safety Commission which had previous experience of “e-Recruitment.” (Annexes IIIA and IIIB) and forwarded its recommendations to the procurement department for action. In line with part VIII, Para 45(3B) of the Public Procurement Act of 2007, the procurement department invited proposals from three other consultants who were deemed to have the requisite competence and experience in the field under a contractor finance management scheme. (Annex IV). The procurement department assessed the proposals/business case outlines of the four consultants namely: I. Messrs Pyrich Global Limited II. Messrs Bosmos Infotech Limited III. Messrs Rosebonny Technologies Limited and IV. Messrs Drexel Technologies Nigeria Limited and subsequently made recommendations to the Ministerial Tenders Board (MTB). The Tenders Board of the Ministry considered the proposals of all the consultants at its meeting of 10th April, 2013, and approved the award of the e-Recruitment contract to the Drexel Technologies Nigeria Limited having presented the best proposal in the form of similar job experience, amortization and risk analysis, “to undertake the recruitment project of the Ministry, its Services and its agencies for a period five (5) years. (Annex V). The contract agreement was signed between the Ministry and the Consultant on April 30th, 2013, and the Board (CDFIPB), the implementation agency was informed accordingly and directed to liaise with the Legal Adviser and Consultant to implement the contract. (Annex VI) 4. Taking cognisance of the successes recorded so far in the administration of the e-Immigration and Expatriate Quota regime, the e-automation of the citizenship and Business Department of the Ministry of Interior, my direction was now focused on replicating these gains and benefits to the recruitment process of the Board, hence the e-recruitment platform. This online web portal constitutes the following features: - Online application, processing and documentation - Real time online inquires and status update of applications in-process - Online interface between the Ministry and other MDA’s on a shared agenda for collaboration - Data base generation, efficient administration of the application process (e.g. short listing based on eligibility criteria as provided by the Board) - Build capacity of schedule officers to work effectively on the e-platform and improve efficiency - Enhancing the overall office procedures of the Civil Defense, Fire, Immigration and Prison Board (CDFIPB) amongst other beneficial features. 5. Our intention was to institutionalize a formidable, transparent recruitment process that will in turn engage and enlist only the best and brightest into the Paramilitary in service to their nation. With sincerity of purpose, I made this a strategic ministerial objective and characterised it as a mandatory deliverable, bearing in mind the challenges of the Nigerian Immigration Recruitment in 2008 and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps of 2012. In strict compliance with due process and in line with the Public Procurement Act 2007, the Ministerial Tenders Board met and considered the proposals on e-recruitment and approved the award of the e-recruitment contract to Messrs Drexel Technologies Limited as the vendor to provide online based registration, processing of applications for enlistment into the Paramilitary Services of the Ministry of Interior. Drexel Technologies Limited after evaluation was found to be the most responsive vendor in terms of policy content, experience on similar projects and technical competence. The terms and conditions of the contract agreement highlights their scope of work to include: a. To develop an efficient custom-built e-portal solution for recruitment short listing into the Paramilitary Services, b. To provide and host an automated custom-built e-recruitment system for the recruitment process, c. To generate a comprehensive data from the portal to be used as a data bank for future recruitment exercises; d. To display results of recruitment exercise for the Paramilitary Services and shortlist details of successful candidates, as well as applicants notification via Sms and electronic platforms. (Annex VII) 6. On the policy Needs Assessment, on whether the Ministry and Boards can engage a management consultant and justification for processing charges, the Ministry wrote to the Federal Character Commission to ascertain if the Ministry and the Board were within appropriate legal workings of government. And in response, by a letter dated 11 June, 2013 (Annex VIII) the Federal Character Commission responded in the affirmative and considered it in line with the provisions of the recruitment procedures issued by the commission. The Commission clearly stated that the e-recruitment online application idea was acceptable to it, but advised that applicants who submitted hard copies of applications should also be considered. On the charge of processing fees, the Federal Character Commission also drew the attention of the Ministry to a Service wide circular it issued on the 1st of November 2011, (Annex IX). In Paragraph 3.h of the said letter and I quote “in the event of a candidate being required to buy scratch cards, the cost shall not be more than One Thousand Naira only (N1 000)”. Officials of the Federal Character Commission met with the Honourable Minister and Officials of the Ministry discussed and agreed on the modalities for implementing the e-recruitment platform. Accordingly, an agreement was reached and executed with the vendor Messrs Drexel Technologies Limited on the provision of online applications portal and recruitment processing. 7. The ministerial tender’s board subsequently conveyed its approval of the award of the e-recruitment platform to Drexel Technologies Limited to the Board. In the 36th meeting of the Board held on 23rd of May, 2013, the award of the e-Recruitment contract and its terms were conveyed to the Board which noted and approved the non-involvement of the Ministry, the Board and the Nigerian Immigration Service in the collection of Technology/application processing fees. (Annex X). For the records, members of the board are: (a)The Minister who shall be Chairman; (b) One person to represent the Ministry charged with the responsibility for matters relating to Internal Affairs; (c) The Director (Comptroller-General) of Immigration; (d) The Director (Comptroller-General) Prisons Services; (e)The Commandant General NSCDC (f) The Controller General FFS (g) The legal adviser to the Ministry charged with responsibility for matters relating to Internal Affairs; (h) Two other persons who shall be full-time members to be appointed by the President. 8. Subsequently, the Board in implementing the agreement placed advertisements in five (5) national newspapers, on the 9th and 10th September, 2013 announcing the availability of vacancies for recruitment into the Nigeria Immigration Service (Annex XI). Applicants by this advertisement were directed to the portal for commencement of application. At the close of the portal a total of 710,110 applications were received, while 522,652 were short listed for the aptitude test and physical examination. For the avoidance of doubt, neither the Ministry, the Board, nor the Nigerian Immigration Service was involved in the collection and custody of the processing/technology fees of the application process. This decision was taken mindful of the fact it was not a business or profit making venture for the Ministry but an exercise to ensure efficiency and transparency in the conduct of recruitment into the services. This e-recruitment platform has also been in use by other services, the Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Airforce, Federal Road Safety Commission and the National drug Law enforcement Agency. Permit me, Mr. Chairman to state here that the power and or authority for appointment, promotion and discipline of the staff in the Services reside with the Board. In line with section 5, subsection(I) of the Immigration Act chapter II of the laws of the Federation of Nigeria, the collection and sorting of the applications was outsourced to the consultant who was authorised in consonance with extant regulations, to charge a processing/technology fee of One Thousand Naira only (N 1000). The Board in exercise of its duties and functions encapsulated in schedule 3(a)(b) of the Immigration and Prison Board Act as amended laid out all the recruitment procedures necessary to conduct a hitch-free exercise. The Board in its 40th Meeting of 9th December, 2013 approved the template for use in the aptitude and physical examination across Nigeria. And, in line with Article 2.1.6 on duties and obligations of the Parties in the Agreement under reference, a steering committee for the conduct of the recruitment exercise was emplaced. (Annex XII) From the 30th of January 2014, the steering committee held series of meetings to make adequate arrangements which included but not limited to publicity, finances, choice of venues, security and facility at venues, examination question papers. Publicity was mounted and the Comptroller General ensured that various State Commands in conjunction with sister agencies, the Police and Federal Road Safety Commission were on hand to assist. The Federal Character Commission was on ground for observational capacity. Medics were also assembled in all the centres that were secured earlier with relevant authorities. (Annex XIII) 9. On the ill-fated day and it is with a heavy heart that I recall the events of that day, following far-reaching recommendations by the Steering Committee, arrangements had been made towards a successful recruitment exercise. From the accounts available to me regrettably, events turned against all reasonable expectations. We had hoped that our painstaking efforts towards this exercise would avail us the opportunity to add value to the governance process. (Annex XIV) 10. Mr Chairman and Distinguished Senators, we are deeply grieved and saddened about the way events turned out. We express our sincere regrets once again. However, permit me to state that our patriotic desire was the pursuit of a more honest, a more transparent, a more cost effective, a more efficient and equitable platform. We sincerely made appropriate and adequate preparations for a hitch -free exercise, but as most things in administrative and human conditions, the yield curve of expected outcome is mostly undefined. My heart goes out to the families of those who have lost their dear loved ones. I sincerely sympathise with those injured. I share in their grief. I share in their pains. May I at this juncture, assure you Distinguished Senators and Nigerians of my respect of the sanctity of human life. The loss of these young Nigerians, who are needed as a critical human resource factor for nation building is most regrettable. As the minister of interior, under whose purview this unfortunate exercise took place, I cannot abdicate my responsibility. The buck stops at my table. I appreciate your kind audience. Thank you.
26 days ago
Dale TURKEY Attempt to block YouTube fails ISTANBUL — Turkish authorities pressed Thursday to block access to YouTube after similar action against Twitter, a move sure to provoke further outrage in a country where social media is widely used. Turke Read more ...
y’s technology minister, Fikri Isik, said the national telecommunications authority was imposing the block “as a precaution” after an audio recording of a government security meeting was leaked on the videosharing website. Despite the government’s actions, YouTube was still widely accessible after the announcement. Key allies, including the U.S. and the European Union, had criticized Turkey’s earlier move against Twitter as a restriction of free speech and a step backward for Turkish democracy. That ban came shortly after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to “rip out the roots” of Twitter, which has been a conduit for links to recordings suggesting government cor r upt ion . Turkey holds crucial local elections Sunday that are widely regarded as a referendum on Erdogan’s rule. The ban against You-Tube comes after an alleged audio recording of a meeting between the Turkey’s foreign minister, intelligence chief and top military and Foreign Ministry officials was leaked on YouTube. The four are allegedly heard discussing a military intervention in neighboring Syria, a sensitive political issue in Turkey, although the context of the conversation is not clear
26 days ago
Aman Diverting the Congo The fanfare around the proposal to divert the Congo to serve the Nile is incomprehensible, because the plan is unrealisable, writes Maghawry Shehata During the ongoing crisis between Egypt and Ethiopia over the construction of t Read more ...
he Grand Renaissance Dam, which threatens catastrophe for Egypt as we have discussed in previous articles in Al-Ahram Weekly, some have aired the idea of connecting the Congo River with the Nile. This, they say, will feed our river with 110 billion cubic metres of water a year through a canal and/or tunnel linking one or more branches of the Congo with the White Nile or with one of its tributaries in South Sudan. From there, of course, these billions of cubic metres of water would head northward, join up with the waters coming from the Atbara and Blue Nile and continue northwards into Egypt. As its advocates summarise the idea, it would require the construction of dams or sluices on the Congo at a location some 600 kilometres from the White Nile. There the water level would have to be raised, by means of pumps, by a huge 250-300 metres in order to counter the opposing territorial incline. Then the water would be propelled towards South Sudan and the White Nile. Then, at some point in South Sudan, the water level would be raised again so as to channel it into a “new Nile”, some 2,500 kilometres long, to conduct the water through Sudan and on into Egypt’s Western or Eastern desert. Clearly a project of such a scale and complexity needs to be studied very closely by the relevant experts who will need to be extremely precise in their calculations and to take into consideration a range of other technical and non-technical factors. In fact, the idea of an artificial Nile is not new. Colonel Muammar Al-Gaddafi had once proposed it beneath the banner of African development and the redistribution of the continent’s water resources among African Union members in the vicinity. He charged a team of experts with the task of undertaking the necessary studies, but the idea was soon dismissed because of its infeasibility due to the technical, political and environmental complications involved. The group that is currently advocating the same idea also does so in the name of African development that, according to them, begins with a project to divert the Congo into the Nile. Such a project, they argue, will free Egypt forever from the spectre of water deficit, which has come to loom more perilously than ever in view of the Ethiopian hydraulic projects, particularly the Renaissance Dam. It is worth noting, here, that the head of this group is a businessman with projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and a former irrigation engineer and geologist in the Egyptian Mineral Resources Authority. More significantly, it is important to bear in mind that no written technical, scientific or feasibility studies for such a mega-project currently exist. The only material that is available and that has been submitted to some government authorities was compiled from photos taken off the Internet and that have no geotechnical or architectural value. When authorities at the Egyptian Mineral Resources Authority were asked whether they had studies for such a project, they responded that they did not, contrary to the claims of the advocating group. The same applied to the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University. The faculty’s irrigation and drainage department said that they had never undertaken a scientific study for that project. Moreover, they also said that the group advocating the Congo River diversion project had asked them only for a design for a model village and for a design road parallel to the “new Nile” should the project be carried out. The latter request was curious since, as any engineer will tell you, roads cannot be designed on the basis of satellite imagery. Field surveys and measurements have to be conducted on the ground. Apparently the group also asked for a study on the amount of energy that would be required to raise the water level to the necessary height. According to the calculations of an advisory organisation, more than seven gigawatts would be needed, which is to say the equivalent to the amount of power that would be generated by the Renaissance Dam. As for the concept of a 2,500 kilometre long new Nile stretching through Sudan and into Egypt, it is obvious that its proponents had little interest in the topographical and geotechnical properties of the ground through which such an artificial river course would pass, let alone the environmental impact. So, before indulging in this pipe dream further, let us consider the following hard facts: - Due to the relatively steep geological incline of the DRC, the flow of the Congo is very rapid. At a rate of up to 40,000 cubic metres a second, it is one of the fastest and most turbulent rivers in the world, making it very difficult to control. Moreover, this does not even begin to take into consideration other geotechnical considerations such as the nature of the bedrock, rifts and fissures, and the like. - Some 400,000 square kilometres of dense jungle surrounds the Congo River, adding yet another obstacle, on top of the geographical incline, to the choice of the site for constructing a dam or series of sluices near the borders of South Sudan. - The area identified for the proposed canal leading from the Congo to the White Nile consists of a range of steep mountains. With peaks up to 2,750 and 5,170 metres, these mountains are formed of hard granite rock. - The envisioned dam (or dams) will be larger than the Renaissance Dam (with a 74 billion cubic metre reservoir capacity) and even more technologically complicated to build. - According to the group’s figures, the reservoir behind the dam would hold 110 billion cubic metres of water. It remains a mystery how they came up with this figure, as alluring as it is, given that it is exactly twice as much as Egypt’s current water quota from the Nile and more than 1.5 times the amount of water to be retained behind in the Renaissance Dam. - Designing the open canal or tunnels or pipelines, or whatever means are conceived to transport such enormous quantities of water, is in itself a herculean task. - Southern Sudan, where the water from the Congo would be initially destined, is primarily marshland. What precautions, if any, have been envisioned to prevent that area from being submerged beneath the water that would be flooding in from the Congo? - The branch of the White Nile, with which the Congo is meant to be connected, does not have a large capacity. It cannot hold more than 12 billion cubic metres a year. - The artificial river that would stretch 2,000 kilometres through South Sudan and Sudan and then another 500 kilometres in Egypt would have to be a multinational endeavour and as it would pass through rugged terrain and both inhabited and uninhabited areas the obstacles facing it would be virtually insurmountable. If we have not yet been able to resume work on the comparatively modest Jonglei canal project, imagine the fate of a mega-project such as the “new Nile” meant to carry twice the amount of water as the old Nile. Proponents of that project have billed it being able to transport 110 billion cubic metres a year, generate 18 gigawatts of electricity and to reclaim 80 million acres of land all at the cost of LE8 billion. They say, moreover, that it could be completed in the space of 24 months or, if we add the additional six mentioned by a senior official, 30 months. Such “projections” only underscore how unscientific the proposal is. The huge media fanfare surrounding this project is unwarranted and incomprehensible. But what is more suspicious are the claims voiced by members of the group promoting this project, that it has already obtained the approval of government authorities in spite of all the objections on the part of specialists in geology and hydraulic engineering, experts in feasibility and technical studies, legal experts, especially those informed on matters regarding international river courses, and political analysts who are aware of the nature of the relations between the countries of the Congo and Nile River basins and of the fact that the DRC already is engaged in hydraulic projects with South Africa that will generate 40 gigawatts of power. All these people agree that geologically, architecturally, politically, mechanically and economically the project is totally unrealistic. If it were at all feasible, why would we object so strongly to the Renaissance Dam?
26 days ago
Tamvalero learn this
Love and Relationship ZONE
10 BASIC RULES FOR NEW RELATIONSHIP The following ten points I'm going to state are extremely simple, yet people sometimes forget them: 1.) ASSIGN BOUNDARIES: If you're a big fan of PDA (public display of affection), make sure you create a line a Read more ...
nd not cross it. Whether you hold hands, kiss, lie on her lap, just do one of these and don't make it go overboard. 2.) PERSONAL SPACE IS IMPORTANT: Make sure both of you give each other appropriate personal space.You're in a relationship, it doesn't mean you start creeping each other out. 3.) LOYALTY IS KEY Don't play hide and seek with their feelings. If you have done something wrong, come clean. 4.) A CLEAN PAST Let's face it, everyone makes mistakes at some point in their lives. So when you start a new relationship, make sure it's new in every aspect. Clear your past in front of your partner, so if some day some of your past demons wake up, nothing would decrease the love between you two and it will also strengthen their trust in you. 5.) DON'T CHEAT You're probably saying to yourself"What sort of moron would cheat?". You'd be surprised. 6.) KEEP IT IN THE BEDROOM Every couple fights. Some fights end quickly. Some take time. Regardless of how long they go, you need to keep it between the two of you. Do NOT involve friends and family. It'll only make you two drift apart from each other in the long run. 7.) ONE SPECIAL DAY Keep one day for the two of you. It could be thrice a month or four times a week, depends on you. But define a day for you two when cell phones are turned off, no work talk, no family talk, just the two of you spending some much-needed quality time together. 8.) BE FRIENDLY Get to know each others' friends. It never hurts to get involved in their hangouts if they want you to. 9.) LITERAL DATES You need to remember each others' birthdays. And the anniversary is important too. Celebrate each of these events with your full commitment and effort. 10.) KEEP IT SIMPLE This one is especially for the ladies. Ladies, you need to SAY what's on your mind rather than saying "It's Okay" when it's really not. Keep it simple. Please Drop Ur Comments And Share This Status..
26 days ago
David I recommend reading the section "E) Kids Have No Purpose". BAM! Try integrating THAT into your life.
James Altucher
WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE LAUGHTER? Dan Harris, the anchor of the ABC show Nightline, had a total panic attack on TV in 2005 in front of 5 milion people. He simply shut down and couldn't continue while live on the air. Everybody saw it and he thought Read more ...
his career would be over. He wrote a book about it, called "10% Happier" and we talked about it on my podcast. I won't give it away. I hope you listen to it. But I thought of my post the other day about endorphins and one statistic I found: A kid laughs on average 300 times a day. An adult laughs on average....five times a day. What the...!? How did we go from 300 to 5? What the hell happened to us? That's why we start to panic during the day! Did we cross some bridge of crap and tears and now here we are: drones that wake up, go to work, backstab each other in office politics, watch Breaking Bad, and then go to sleep and Die? Every single day? Did someone slip a pill into the Starbucks coffee we drink every day? A no-laughing pill? Laughter is really hard as an adult. It has to be. Else, how did we go from 300 to 5! That's a HUGE gap. There is no arguing that something really bad and scary and sad happened to us between childhood and adulthood. And laughing is so critical. How many times have you heard the story: So-and-so got diagnosed with chronic bad terminal disease XX and was given three months to live so she decided to watch a comedy movie a day for the next three months and now 15 years later she's still alive. Doctors even call laughing, "inner jogging" because it does all sorts of good things for our health, our brain, releases endorphins, and makes us happier, etc etc. So let's go back to 300. I thought about why the gap exists. Here's what I came up with: A) PLAY In my podcast with Charlie Hoehn he told me he basically solved his anxiety issues by "playing" more. What does this mean? If someone called him up for a meeting he would say, "Sure, bring a ball and let's meet in Central Park and play catch". When I was a kid we'd all go to school, play for 20 minutes or so in the playground, then play for an hour at lunch, and then after 3pm it was ALL SYSTEMS GO and my friends and I would play until about 6 or 7. Until it was DARK and there was no more play to be squeezed from the day. Every day, from now on, I'm going to play. Forever. B) WE'RE AFRAID TO LOOK STUPID We wear the right uniform to work. We say the right things. We politically figure out which "us" versus "them" we belong to. People think kids are afraid to be embarrassed in front of their peers. But I can tell you it's much worse as an adult. Your judged on looks, opinions, what we do moment by moment. I mean, kids cry if they don't get what they want. Adults can't do that. Kids also jump for joy when they are happy. I don't remember the last time I saw an adult do that. And kids hit each other. Just for fun. They just slap each other in the face. Go ahead and try that now! And then later at night, I can speak for myself, I wonder what people think of me. What I wrote. What I said on a podcast. What I said at a party. It's like I rewind part of the day and replay it, totally wasting more opportunities for fun and laughing. Did I say or do something wrong? Answer: yes! Just by thinking about it. C) FARTS BECAME ARTS Kids used to fart and then laugh about it. In basements all across the country we even came up with the same rhymes. "If you smelt it, you dealt it". Adults don't rhyme about farts anymore. Instead, they go to the opera. Opera is not funny. At least, none that I've been to. Correct me if I'm wrong. D) ADULTS DRINK ALCOHOL I don't mean to be a downer on alcohol. People drink. I get it. It's social. And, for very very short-term, it helps you loosen inhibitions and there's a variety of reasons (sex) why one would want to do that. But the reality is: Alcohol is a depressant. Which means it makes you more depressed. And everyone basically drinks at night and then wakes up slightly more depressed than their baseline depressions and then goes to work where they become more depressed because works sucks and it's filled with other depressed people. Then we feel "stuck" and that we are "trapped" and we need to reinvent ourselves but we don't know how. We get these vague feelings that we are not fulfilling our purpose in life. Which brings me to... E) KIDS HAVE NO PURPOSE Purpose is largely a myth that gets encoded into our brains sometime in our 20s and NEVER leaves us again. When I was nine I thought my purpose in life was to hit the ball better in little league baseball. But when I was 25 I thought my purpose in life was to do something that would CHANGE THE WORLD. That is a lot of responsibility. Somehow between nine and 25 I went from hitting a ball with a stick to creating a one government world where nobody was angry anymore. And I would be rich. People get depressed now if they feel they are not fulfilling a purpose in life. Here's what I think purpose is: the universe doesn't know anything. So it cut off tiny pieces of itself to go out there and experience things, any things, and then come back home when they were done. That's it. So whatever you are experiencing today, good or bad, the universe is learning and happy and grateful to you because it is exploring new things about life. BAM! No other purpose. Back to hitting a ball with a stick. F) ADULTS HAVE TO TAKE THE GARBAGE OUT We have responsibilities. And they are sometimes cruel and inhuman. Like not only do I have to pay for myself to go to the movies (and everything else) but I have to pay for two kids. And then the IRS. And then whatever else. And it is really not fun when we can't take care of our responsibilities, which inevitably happens more than once in a lifetime. You feel like killing yourself and crying and you take medicine to feel better and it's really hard to laugh. Although maybe laughing more is the cure for terminal responsibilities. G) ADULTS RANK THEMSELVES Kids do also. Kids get grades. And...that's about it. So adults teach kids how to rank themselves by starting to give them grades. I tell my kids I'm disappointed in them if they get all As. It just means they are not pushing themselves at all and that the school is just indoctrinating them into thinking life is pretty easy and everyone should be the best at everything. It's also the school's way of getting more money from the state (I'm assuming) by showing that everyone gets all As all the time. Whoopee! Then when my kid loses a game of tennis she gets upset. That's the real world, bitch! But adults rank themselves TOO MUCH. There's how much money in the bank. There's "what's my job title". How big is my house? How many twitter followers? How expensive are my clothes? How hot is my spouse (very hot! Thank you Claudia Azula Altucher! ). I shouldn't say "adults". I am guilty of all of the above. So..."me". But maybe you do also. I don't know. All I know is, when I was a kid, I didn't rank myself at all. I didn't care about grades and I was afraid to look in a mirror so didn't really care how I looked. Ranks are rank! The less ranking you participate in, the less thinking about it you do, the more room you have for laughing. H) THE FONZ BECAME WALTER WHITE When I was a kid the best TV show was "Happy Days", starring a Jewish guy who played an Italian guy who could get all the girls just by banging on a bathroom door. Ok, whatever. But still - childhood fantasy. Then when I was a little older the best TV shows were about "nothing" and about a group of "friends" who lived in amazing apartments. Now the best TV shows (and they really are the best) are about meth dealers who kill people, ugly mafiosos in NJ, and a guy who sells ads who cheats on his wife and lies to everyone else. Oh, and now a show about a guy who throws a pretty girl in front of a subway and then becomes President of the United States (uhh, should I have said "spoiler alert"?). The scary thing about the last show is the number of people who are now saying, "yeah, that's how it really is". There's a lot of funny shows on TV. I will give you a quick list. Stop watching the scary shows and watch the funny shows. You can find all of these on itunes or netflix: "Arrested Development", "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", "Peep Show", "The League", "Louie", "Family Guy", "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "Hello Ladies". Start with those. I left out shows that are no longer on the air but are also fantastic because the list is huge. If you want to add to the list, I'd be grateful. H) WE WATCH NEWS. Are you kidding me? Do kids care about the Ukraine? Or Crimea? Somehow we think we need to be "informed" or we will be stupid and have nothing to say at cocktail parties. People tell me I should care about the Ukraine but I don't see anyone volunteering for the Ukrainian Army. Here's this week's table of contents of "The Economist": -American and the IMF -France's National Front -Myanmar's Oil and Gas -Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa and so on. I can't write them all. It was a hard enough to spell "Myanmar". Somehow they've scammed you into thinking that's interesting. That these are things you need to care about or the world will be worse. I will tell you, the world will be worse if we read that crap at the expense of everything fun in our lives. I) QUICK LAUGHS. Here's what I've listened to this past week (I see on my Youtube history) that I thought was funny: -"Bo Burnham's best vine videos" -"The Lonely Island - Spell it Out" -"Louis CK sums up a bad relationship perfectly" -"Lip-sync battle with Joseph Gordon Levitt, Stephen Merchant, and Jimmy Fallon". Particularly the Stephen Merchant part. -"Marina Funny Bits" -"Ellen Degeneres Here and Now". I have more Louis CK on there and more Lonely Island ("YOLO") but don't want to make the list too lobsided. Those are my go-to guys now but every week it changes (oh, I rewatched "Andy Samberg's Harvard Speech"). Good comedians are the funniest and smartest people in the world so I always prefer listening to them than learning about Myanmar. -- I don't think I'm back to 300 laughs a day yet. I think about too many things a day. I think about writing and podcasts and reading and my kids and Claudia. I think about outer space. I think about business and money and I think about my past and my future. I try not to time travel too much but sometimes a good chunk of today is spent in either yesterday or tomorrow. I have to learn how to take my 50,000 thoughts a day down to about 15,000 so I have room for more funny thoughts. But I'm working on it. But I have an idea for today. Today I'm going to play a practical joke on Claudia. Don't tell her.
26 days ago
Candy Cris is ganna destroy her!
Timeline Photos
STARE DOWN!!! LION FIGHT 14 First ever women’s we
26 days ago
Bharat BEING GOOD My wife watches Mahabharat on TV every day. I am with her many times. I enjoy the conversations between various characters. The concept of 'dharma' intrigues me. One does not need a reason to be good. The strength of your morality determ Read more ...
ines the degree of your goodness. In Mahabharat, Yudhishtra epitomises 'dharma'. He always chose the path of righteousness. When he was cheated out of all his possessions by a scheming Duruyodhan, Dropadi asked him, " Why be always good?" Yudhishtra replied, " I act because I must." Goodness is the ultimate human quality. We must be good, but goodness dos not guarantee reciprocal goodness. It is very difficult to be good to a person who does not understand what goodness is. Perhaps Yudhishtra ignored this fact and acted righteously even when the Kauravs laid a trap for him. So it is not right to be always 'right'. Mahabharat can be summarized in the form of a simple, but important, lesson: Morality must be balanced against reality.
26 days ago
Brian so we lost the game but we didt lose the fight heat all day
VIDEO: Pacers Fan fights a Heat Fan in the Stands
www.donthatemiami.com
We all know how physical the game on Tuesday was but the fight also spread to the fans...
26 days ago
Jerry this is the new Constitution or contract between the union federal government and the people of the State's . 1st. we shouldnt be able to speak out against our government officials or police . Nor should we be able to talk about our lord and Savior Read more ...
to people in a public place some one might get offended because they have been found wanting. 2nd. we should not Have weapons to defend ourselves we just need to trust in the police to be all honest and good men and that their could not be a bad person in the police unit . Also if they do beat us maybe we did do something wrong. Besides if we outlaw guns we will be safe because the criminals will not have guns also . 4th. If a government Official decides to search our belongings or our homes or vehicle we have no say so and a warrant is not needed and they can take what they want when they want because they are the government or law therefor they must be in the right. 5th If i am in court and i tell them i would like to chose the right not to testify against myself and plead the 5th amendment that it will be used against me in the court of law because it obliviously makes me guilty and that is why it was placed in the constitution right? 10th This one is outdated you see it is false to think states have sovereign rights and that the government cannot force there will on people . It is wrong to think that we are 50 State nations that came together in a union and that state nations and territory's had to apply to join the union in the first place. It must then Be also false that this amendment place restrictions on the federal union government over the States therefor the union government has absolute power over all nation states and we have no say so in the matter at all . just like in a divorce and the spouse he or she beat me over and over and my freedoms are being taken away and I am dieing . then the court saying well he won the fight you must go back to him or her . Also and saying you want a divorce from a government or a spouse who has broken the covenant between you and you do not wish to forgive it does not matter you are forced to stay and continue taking the beatings .
28 days ago
Michael Trending love quotes.. Share ko lang =) ARE YOU WITH THE RIGHT PARTNER? During a seminar, a woman asked,” How do I know if I am with the right person?” The author then noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so he said, “It d Read more ...
epends. Is that your partner?” In all seriousness, she answered “How did you know?” "Let me answer this question because the chances are good that it’s weighing on your mind." replied the author. Here’s the answer: Every relationship has a cycle… In the beginning; you fall in love with your partner. You anticipate their calls, want their touch, and like their idiosyncrasies. Falling in love wasn’t hard. In fact, it was a completely natural and spontaneous experience. You didn’t have to DO anything. That’s why it’s called “falling” in love. People in love sometimes say, I was swept of my feet. Picture the expression. It implies that you were just standing there; doing nothing, and then something happened TO YOU. Falling in love is a passive and spontaneous experience. But after a few months or years of being together, the euphoria of love fades. It’s a natural cycle of EVERY relationship. Slowly but surely, phone calls become a bother (if they come at all), touch is not always welcome (when it happens), and your spouse’s idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute, drive you nuts. The symptoms of this stage vary with every relationship; you will notice a dramatic difference between the initial stage when you were in love and a much duller or even angry subsequent stage. At this point, you and/or your partner might start asking, “Am I with the right person?” And as you reflect on the euphoria of the love you once had, you may begin to desire that experience with someone else. This is when relationships breakdown. The key to succeeding in a relationship is not finding the right person; it’s learning to love the person you found. People blame their partners for their unhappiness and look outside for fulfillment. Extramarital fulfillment comes in all shapes and sizes. Infidelity is the most common. But sometimes people turn to work, a hobby, friendship, excessive TV, or abusive substances. But the answer to this dilemma does NOT lie outside your relationship. It lies within it. I’m not saying that you couldn’t fall in love with someone else. You could. And TEMPORARILY you’d feel better. But you’d be in the same situation a few years later. Because (listen carefully to this) The key to succeeding in a relationship is not finding the right person; it’s learning to love the Person you found. SUSTAINING love is not a passive or spontaneous experience. You have to work on it day in and day out. It takes time, effort, and energy. And most importantly, it demands WISDOM. You have to know WHAT TO DO to make it work. Make no mistake about it. Love is NOT a mystery. There are specific things you can do (with or without your partner), just as there are physical laws of the universe (such as gravity), there are also laws for relationships. If you know how to apply these laws, the results are predictable. Love is therefore a “decision”. Not just a feeling. Remember this always: the universe determines who walks into your life. It is up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go
28 days ago
Philip A Dog Named Sex Everybody who has a dog calls him "Rover" or "Boy." I call mine "Sex." He's a great pal, but he has caused me a great deal of embarrassment. When I went to city hall to renew his dog license, I told the clerk I would like a lic Read more ...
ense for Sex. He said, "I'd like one, too!" Then, I said, "But this is a dog." He said he didn't care what she looked like. Then, I said, "You don't understand. I've had Sex since I was 9 years old." He winked and said, "You must have been quite a kid." When I got married and went on my honeymoon, I took the dog with me. I told the motel clerk that I wanted a room for my wife and me and a special room for Sex. He said, "You don't need a special room. As long as you pay your bill, we don't care what you do." I said, "Look, you don't seem to understand. Sex keeps me awake at night." The clerk said, "Funny -- I have the same problem." One day, I entered Sex in a contest, but before the competition began, the dog ran away. Another contestant asked me why I was just standing there, looking disappointed. I told him I had planned to have Sex in the contest. He told me I should have sold my own tickets. "But you don't understand," I said. "I had hoped to have Sex on TV." He said, "Now that cable is all over the place, it's no big deal anymore." When my wife and I separated, we went to court to fight for custody of the dog. I said, "Your honor, I had Sex before I was married." The judge said, "The courtroom isn't a confessional. Stick to the case, please." Then, I told him that after I was married, Sex left me. He said, "Me, too." Last night, Sex ran off again. I spent hours looking around town for him. A cop came over to me and asked, "What are you doing in this alley at 4 o'clock in the morning?" I told him I was looking for Sex. My court case comes up next Friday. //
28 days ago
Andrew
Bill Information
www.oklegislature.gov
Oklahoma Legislature's Website where you can follow the introduction of bills, committee actions, and votes on the bills.
28 days ago
Ashok
What a wonder, had I been to the Radhamon-Dhonpudi’s dating place!
To attend a workshop, I had been to the Cox’s Bazar a couple of days back. Too near, yet the Cox’s Bazar remains so far for me so long. On many occasions I planned to spend holidays in the Cox’s Bazar, but that plan never got implemented due t Read more ...
o various reasons. This time, the workshop dragged me to the Cox’s Bazar. So for me, this was the first visit to the Cox’s Bazar! “First time in Cox’s Bazar”! One of my friends laughed at me. Another friend makes a joke, “hey buddy, you come across the Himalaya, but never been to the Alutila cave next to your home”. That’s true.      On the last day of the workshop, we paid a visit to two village communities – Madarbonya and Chengchari village in Ukhiya some 30-40 km far the Cox’s Bazar. This community visit was not part of the workshop; we simply wanted to see the villages and to exchange views with the village leaders, if they were available. However, this community visit was very exciting to me. Many times I read in the daily news papers about the Chakma people in the Cox’s Bazar, but never got a chance to visit them. On the pretext of this workshop, this time I got the chance to visit them.   In both villages we had opportunities to talk to the village leaders and elders. They identify themselves as the Chakmas, but they are Tanchangyas in their dialects (although the Chakmas and Tanchangyas are very close to each other). To the local Bengalis, they are also known as Chakmas. If anyone asks the local Bengalis the direction of the Chakma villages, they can easily show the villages. To many, it may be interesting why these Chakmas assume Marma names, such as Mong Pru Chakma, Mechainu Chakma and so on.  Through interaction with the villagers, we have come to know that these names are given by the Buddhist monks, who generally come from Rakhain or Marma communities. As stated by the village elders, it is their custom to consult the Buddhist monks before naming a child when it is born.   Madarbonya village First we visited Madarbonya village. When we got off from the micro-bus, one village leader named Mong Kya Ching Chakma came ahead and took us to the yard of a Buddhist temple (see the photo 1).   Buddhist Temple   A few chairs and benches were there to sit on. Next to the Buddhist temple, there is a school house (although it is not functioning). In our team, we were around 18 members. We introduced ourselves to them. A few men were present. Of them Kecchyo Dhan Chakma, Mong Kyo Ching Chakma and Kyomrao Chakma introduced themselves. They are village elders. Kecchyo Dhan briefed about the village and the current pressing issues being faced by the villagers.   About 75 families are there in the village. This village is nearby the forest area under the Forest Department of the government. They have been living here generation after generation. Like all other indigenous communities across Bangladesh, they do not have written documents for the ownership of their lands. They used to depend on jum cultivation. Despite severe shrinkage of forest cover, still today they largely depend on jum cultivation. Simultaneously they planted betel nut trees (see the photo 2). To eke out their food stock, they also catch fishes in the sea.   Betel nut trees   Keccho Dhan explained two pressing issues of the village – first, protection of land, and second, education to the children.    In 2002, there occurred a communal conflict between the Chakmas and Bangalis over a piece of land. Actually that land was the site for the old Buddhist temple. In 1994 the old Buddhist temple was damaged by a cyclone. Then the villagers temporarily shifted the temple to the present place. In 2002 when the villagers collected some funds and other construction materials, they started reconstructing the temple on the old site. One day when some villagers were working on the temple site, a few Bangalis made attack on them by claiming that the land was theirs. This incident spread across the area. This conflict continued for a couple of days. After the first day of the attack by the Bangalis, the villagers thought the situation came to normalcy. To their surprise, this incident turned into violent communcal conflict following the death of a Bangali. Keccho Dhan said, “we didn’t know one Bangali died. Even we didn’t know how he died.” Capitalising on this death, the Bangalis made attack on the whole village. Houses were looted, and cattle were taken away by the Bangalis (although later some cattle were returned to the villagers).     Keccho Dhan said, many male members (Chakmas) including himself were caught by the Bangalis and handed over to the police. The Bangalis filed a case against 26 people. Of course, all Bangalis were not bad – Keccho Dhan added. Some Bangali friends came ahead in support of the Chakma villagers. They strongly asserted that the land was the site for the old Buddhist temple. So, along with the Chakmas, 2 Bangalis were also on the accused list. One was absconding, and another one is on bail. Keccho Dhan said, “I was sent to the jail, and spent two years there. The case has been pending for 12 years now”.  Keccho Dhan expressed his despair, “we are undone! courts, trial, justice, money, power, education – everything is theirs”. With kind gratitude Keccho Dhan acknowledged the support from Advocate Dinanath Tanchangya who has been fighting for them.     Keccho Dhan also raised the importance of education to the children. Without education, the next generation will not be able to survive in this land.   Finally he sought support from all corners for education and legal aid to fight the case, which has been pending for 12 years.       A few minutes with a centenarian When the briefing was over, we were getting out of the Buddhist temple. On the other side of the entrance, we came across an old man was lying on a cot (see the photo 3).   105 years old elder   Shefalika Tripura and Lalasa Chakma went there to talk to him. The old man got up. Shefalika Tripura greeted him touching his feet. I followed them. The old man cannot hear that much. He started talking and asked us where from we were.     When he was asked how he had been living in this place, he replied, “since long long ago, from father, grandfather and grand grandfather…”. As he has short hearing, we could not ask many questions. Before taking leave from him, he said, “(pointing a finger at the temple) I established this temple. I am now 105 years old. I am expected to die this year. If I don’t die this year, I’ll stay 3 more years”.   Chengchari village – a place treaded by 3 legendary figures in history!   On the back from Madarbonya, we dropped by the Chengchari village for a while.  At the entrance of the village, I came across a signboard which reads, “BANGABANDHU SMRITI MUSEUM” (Bangabandhu Memorial Museum). Please see the photo 4. After the first line, it reads “health and education project”. Its Chief Director is Dr. B. B Chowdhury, contact no: 01851 814 447, 01840 850 121. I did not ask who this Dr. B. B. Chowdhury was. However, the word, “BANGABONDHU SMRITI” gives a signal of something relating to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founder of Bangladesh. Curiosity was still surging up in my mind until we entered the village.   Bangabandhu Smriti Museum   We went up a bit. We stopped at the yard of a platform house, where Surya Mohan Chakma (village elder) and Mong Prue Chakma (headman) were waiting. After exchanging greetings with each other, Surya Mohan Chakma briefly talked about the village and 3 historically important events took place in this village: Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s exile following the Agartala Shorojontro Mamla (Agartala Conspiracy case), dating and plucking of Ghilaphool by Radhamon and Dhonpudi, and retreat of the Chakma king (known as “Kan Raja” – blind king) to this village following a defeat to the Arakanese king.   1.  Exile of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to this village    Following the Agartala Shorojontro Mamla 1968 (Agartala Conspiracy case), a sedition case, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the architect of Bangladesh, went on hiding. As Surya Mohan stated, for absconding the case, Mujib came to Chittagong. When the Pak army was searching him very desperately, he came to the Cox’s Bazar with the help of an Awami league leader from here. Mujib stayed in the Cox’s Bazar Buddhist temple for seven days. Then he shifted to Inani, Ukiya where he stayed for 2 days. Then for in search of a safer place, he came to this Chengchari village. Sheikh Mujib stayed here for two months.   Then village elder Fela Ram Roaza gave shelter to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. As Bangabandhu was absconding, he did not divulge his real identity to the villagers. According to Surya Mohan, Mujib was very amicable with the villagers, and easily became the friend of the villagers. With the village elder he went on hunting deer and elephants in the jungle. Mujib also spent nights in jum ghor (jum house).   Only after independence of Bangladesh, the village elders came to know the person whom they gave shelter was Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founder of Bangladesh. Later Fela Ram Roaza tried to contact Sheikh Mujib, and asked him to visit the village again. Bangabondhu also promised him, but he never got a chance to visit his exile place again as he was killed with his family members in a military coup.     2.       Radhamon-Dhonpudi’s dating place!      Surya Mohan Chakma briefly told us about the legend of Radhamon and Dhonpudi’s dating and plucking ghila phool (flower of ghila, a kind of creeper that bear seeds, called ghila). According to the Chakma myth, ghila flower is invisible. However, it rarely can be seen by someone. If anyone can see a ghila flower, s/he either can posses something extra-ordinary (e.g. becoming a king/queen) or in extreme case, s/he can die.   According to the villagers’ belief, Radhamon and Dhonpudi – a very famous romantic couple in Chakma legend - came to this place for dating. A bit up behind the village is Radhamon Moan (mount Radhamon). Please see the photo 5 (Radhamon Moan is in the background).     Radhamon Moan (in the background)   While dating here, Radhamon came across a ghila flower. Then Dhonpudi was insisting on her love Radhamon to get the flower plucked. Definitely sweetheart’s request could not be denied. Then Radhamon climbed up the tree to pluck the flower. Poor Radhamon did not know one snake – called Gachbagha was hiding behind the ghila flower. As Radhamon was picking up the flower, the snake bit him. Instantly he fell down from the tree. His leg got broken.   This was definitely a thunder from the blue to Dhonpudi. She was shouting, “alas! alas! I am undone”. To fulfill her request, her beloved Radhamon fell into a mishap. Misfortune could not be worse than this. Dhonpudi was crying and crying. The surge of her tears knew no bound. She cried so much that this dozzya (sea) – referred to this Bay of Bengal – was created with her tears.   At the same time, Dhonpudi tried her best to treat her beloved Radhamon with whatever medicines she got from there. Despite her all efforts, gangrene along with pus developed in Radhamon’s body. Finally there occurred insects. These insects were swept away with the tears of Dhonpudi into the dozzya (sea).   Since then, these insects are known as Radhamon pukh (a kind of insects named after Radhamon). Please see the photo 6 (Radhamon Pukh). Surya Mohan was showing these Radhamon pukhs. To show the guests these insects, a woman brought them from the sea. But these insects still were wobbling.     Radhamon pukh (Radhamon insects)   3.   The Chakma Kan Raja (the blind king) retreated to this village     Another interesting story about this village – the Chakma Kan Raja(1) (blind king) took shelter in this area when he could not stand in the face of strong resistance by the Arakanese king.   According to the oral story of the villagers, this Chakma king made a big cave. The cave still exists.  The villagers know the whereabouts of this cave, but perhaps, it has not been discovered by outsiders yet.        ====================   End note: (1)    I beg apology that I don’t know much about the Chakma history. I don’t know all names of the kings either in the legend or real history. So I don’t know who might be this king. Due to time constraints, we could not have much time for questions and answers. Many questions remained unanswered.  I don’t know if this was true or false. I hope, friends who have knowledge about the Chakma history or myth can shed light on this Chakma Kan Raja.   (2)    From the view point of tourism, all the three events of the Chengchari village - Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s exile following the Agartala Conspiracy Case, dating and plucking of Ghilaphool by Radhamon and Dhonpudi, and retreat of the Chakma Kan Raja, have high potential value to attract tourists both from home and abroad. Already one signboard – BANGABANDHU SMRITI MUSEUAM was put up there. I am afraid what kind of project is on the pipeline for this village. On the other hand, if the Chakma Kan Raja’s cave can be discovered and preserved properly, I am sure it will be a ‘must-see’ place for the tourists. Radhamon Moan (Mount Radhamon) can be another attractive place of visit for the romantic couples and the Chakmas with nationalistic zeal.    (3)    These Chakma/Tanchangya communities are under threat of privatization of land. Tourism industry is rapidly growing. If these people are not properly educated and equipped with other skills apart from jum cultivation, it will be very difficult for them to survive there. Next 10 to 15 years will be very crucial time for them.         
28 days ago
Ski's A CEREMONY AND PREVIEWS FOR THE 9/11 COMMUNITY PRECEDES THE HISTORIC OPENING OF THE NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL MUSEUM A Days-Long Dedication Period with a Ceremony and Museum Previews is for 9/11 Families, 9/11 Survivors, 9/11 Rescue and Recov Read more ...
ery Workers and Others Before the Public Opening The Public Opening of the 9/11 Memorial Museum is May 21 (New York) March 24, 2014 - A ceremony and previews for the 9/11 community will lay the path for the opening of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, marking a milestone in American history, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum announced today. A tribute-filled Dedication Period, which includes the ceremony and previews, is planned for 9/11 families, 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, active duty first responders from agencies that lost members in the 9/11 attacks, 9/11 survivors and lower Manhattan residents and business owners before the Museum's public opening. The Dedication Period is from May 15 through May 20. The Museum then opens to the general public on May 21. During the Dedication Period, the Museum will remain open 24 hours per day, allowing members of this community to visit when it is best for them. Keeping the Museum's doors open for 24 hours during this period will also serve as a small tribute to the thousands of Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers who worked around the clock in the aftermath of 9/11 as the city, the nation and the world supported them. The previews are free, but reservations are required. Learn more at 911memorial.org/dedication. The Museum includes two core exhibitions at the foundation, or bedrock, of the historic trade center complex. The memorial exhibition - called "In Memoriam" - pays tribute to the 2,983 men, women and children killed on 9/11 and in the February 26, 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. The historical exhibition tells the story of what happened on 9/11 at the three attack sites and around the world. It also explores what led up to the terror strikes, examines the aftermath and shows how 9/11 continues to shape our world. The history is told through monumental and personal artifacts, photographs, audio and video footage, first-person testimonials, and personal possessions and memorabilia. "We are honored that the first people to experience this Museum will be the men and women who came to our aid and protected us on 9/11, the families of the innocent victims killed that day, and the survivors who lived to tell the tale of an unimaginable horror so that we may learn from the past. The Museum is built upon their incredible stories," 9/11 Memorial Chair Michael R. Bloomberg said. "Through its long commitment to educate future generations and to safeguard an important American history, building the Museum is in large part the answer to the violence of the 9/11 attacks. The stories of heroism, of valor and the unwavering spirit felt and witnessed on that day, and the ensuing months, will be told for years to come after the Museum's doors open to visitors from around the world." "September 11 is a day that profoundly changed New York and the nation," said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. "The Memorial Museum will bring New Yorkers together in the same spirit of unity we showed after this senseless act of terror. I am proud to pay tribute to the lives that were lost and the resilience of our community, and it is only fitting we dedicate this Memorial Museum to survivors, families of the victims and first responders." "The 9/11 Memorial Museum will be an intensely emotional experience for many as they are reminded of the magnitude of the loss of life on that awful day. Yet, it will undoubtedly fulfill its visitors as they are reminded of the heroism of first responders, the spirit of the survivors and our dedication as a nation to protecting our freedom while combating terrorism and evil around the globe," New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said. "My congratulations to all involved in creating what will be a lasting and magnificent national tribute for millions to experience for years to come." "The 9/11 Memorial Museum is for all of us," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "It is for those of us who witnessed the events, either with our own eyes or on TV, and are still struggling to make sense of it. It is for future generations who will first encounter 9/11 as history, but who must come to understand it as something real and terrible, something that must never happen again. But most of all, it is for the survivors, the families, the rescue and recovery workers, the first responders. We thank them for sharing the stories with the world, so that we may learn from them." "It will be a tremendous privilege to walk the completed 9/11 Memorial Museum for the first time with those who are a part of this defining period of our nation's history," 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels said. "When the Museum opens to the public on May 21, millions will come to further understand the experiences, courageous actions, and terrible losses that we saw on 9/11 and in the aftermath. The Museum will forever remind us of the capacity we have to come together when the times require." "The opening of this key component of the World Trade Center site is a watershed moment and a testament to the hard work and cooperation over the years between our staff and the 9/11 Memorial," Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye said. "This Museum will ensure that the events of 9/11, and the memories of the 84 Port Authority staff and thousands of others who were murdered that day, live on for generations." "While the events of 9/11 are the foundation of the visitor experience, the Museum does more than facilitate learning about the attacks," 9/11 Memorial Museum Director Alice Greenwald said. "As much about 9/12 as it is about 9/11, the Museum provides a case study in how ordinary people acted in extraordinary circumstances, their acts of kindness, compassion, and generosity of spirit demonstrating the profoundly constructive effect we can have on each other's lives by the choices we make, even in the face of unspeakable destruction. The 9/11 Memorial Museum takes you on a journey into the heart of memory as an agent of transformation, empowering each of us to seek a deeper understanding of what it means to be a human being living in an interdependent world at the start of the 21st century." Tickets to the Museum for visits when it opens to the general public are available at 911memorial.org, beginning March 26. There are various discounts and admission is free Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 9/11 family members do not have to pay an admission to visit the Museum. 9/11 rescue and recovery workers who are registered with the Memorial also visit for free. ABOUT THE NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the not-for-profit corporation created to oversee the design, fundraising, programming and operations of the Memorial and Museum. The Memorial and Museum are located on eight of the 16 acres of the World Trade Center site. The Memorial remembers and honors the 2,983 people who were killed in the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. The design, created by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, consists of two reflecting pools formed in the footprints of the original Twin Towers and a plaza of trees. The Museum displays monumental artifacts linked to the events of 9/11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning and recovery that are central to telling the story of the 2001 and 1993 attacks and the aftermath. It also explores the global impact of 9/11 and its continuing significance. Davis Brody Bond are the architects of the belowground Museum and Snøhetta designed its entry pavilion. The Museum's exhibition designers include Thinc, Local Projects and Layman Design. For more information or to reserve a free visitor pass to the 9/11 Memorial, go to 911memorial.org.
9/11 Memorial Museum Dedication Period
www.911memorial.org
9/11 Memorial Museum Dedication Period
28 days ago
Mon
Nivedita Bhattacharyya
During a seminar, a woman asked,” How do I know if I am with the right person?” The author then noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so he said, “It depends. Is that your partner?” In all seriousness, she answered “How do Read more ...
you know?” Let me answer this question because the chances are good that it’s weighing on your mind replied the author. Here’s the answer. Every relationship has a cycle… In the beginning; you fall in love with your partner. You anticipate their calls, want their touch, and like their idiosyncrasies. Falling in love wasn’t hard. In fact, it was a completely natural and spontaneous experience. You didn’t have to DO anything. That’s why it’s called “falling” in love. People in love sometimes say, “I was swept of my feet.”Picture the expression. It implies that you were just standing there; doing nothing, and then something happened TO YOU. Falling in love is a passive and spontaneous experience. But after a few months or years of being together, the euphoria of love fades. It’s a natural cycle of EVERY relationship. Slowly but surely, phone calls become a bother (if they come at all), touch is not always welcome (when it happens), and your spouse’s idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute, drive you nuts. The symptoms of this stage vary with every relationship; you will notice a dramatic difference between the initial stage when you were in love and a much duller or even angry subsequent stage. At this point, you and/or your partner might start asking, “Am I with the right person?” And as you reflect on the euphoria of the love you once had, you may begin to desire that experience with someone else. This is when relationships breakdown. The key to succeeding in a relationship is not finding the right person; it’s learning to love the person you found. People blame their partners for their unhappiness and look outside for fulfillment. Extramarital fulfillment comes in all shapes and sizes. Infidelity is the most common. But sometimes people turn to work, a hobby, friendship, excessive TV, or abusive substances. But the answer to this dilemma does NOT lie outside your relationship. It lies within it. I’m not saying that you couldn’t fall in love with someone else. You could. And TEMPORARILY you’d feel better. But you’d be in the same situation a few years later. Because (listen carefully to this): The key to succeeding in a Relationship is not finding the right person; it’s learning to love the Person you found. SUSTAINING love is not a passive or spontaneous experience. You have to work on it day in and day out. It takes time, effort, and energy. And most importantly, it demands WISDOM. You have to know WHAT TO DO to make it work. Make no mistake about it. Love is NOT a mystery. There are specific things you can do (with or without your partner), Just as there are physical laws Of the universe (such as gravity), there are also laws for relationships. If you know how to apply these laws, the results are predictable. Love is therefore a “decision”. Not just a feeling. Remember this always: God determines who walks into your life. It is up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let GO!
28 days ago
Marius In Peru Feral Sage There is a nationwide strike by informal miners. The roads seem to be blocked between here (Arequipa) and Nazca, and between here and Cusco. For the time being and for the foreseeable future, we are stranded here. I have second-h Read more ...
and information from another stranded traveler (who spoke with Peru Hop, the bus company they are travelling with) that buses have been attacked, spray painted and had their windows broken. The situation feels very unstable here. There is news about the strike on TV this morning, but internet searches are not turning up any results.
30 days ago
Julie
The Liphook Equine Hospital
Equine Grass Sickness vaccination trial The Animal Health Trust is launching a ground-breaking nationwide trial of a vaccine for the prevention of Equine Grass Sickness (EGS). Liphook Equine Hospital have contributed towards the preparations for thi Read more ...
s trial and are very pleased that it has come to fruition. If you are eligible we would urge you to consider participating as it is through such work that we can hopefully move forward together in fighting this horrible disease. The current theory is that EGS is a toxico-infectious form of botulism caused by Clostridium botulinum type C. This vaccine trial will follow 1100 horses and ponies for two years. Half of the horses and ponies on the trial will be vaccinated with a Clostridium botulinum type C vaccine; the other half of the horses and ponies will receive an inactive placebo injection, and the incidence of EGS will be compared between the two groups. If your horse/pony: • Has a valid horse passport • Lives on a premises that has had at least one case of EGS in the last two years then you may be eligible to participate in the vaccination trial. We will be performing the vaccinations and examinations (for our clients) so you will see your usual vet(s) if you do enrol. However, all enquiries before and after registration should be directed to the Animal Health Trust who are organising the trial. Please contact the Animal Health Trust for more information: Tel: 01638 555399 or Email: equinegrasssickness@aht.org.uk We are grateful to Horse Rangers for allowing us to use the pictures of Aries, an amazing horse who sadly lost his battle with Grass Sickness last year.
30 days ago
David When you have to post stupid shiit like this, its time to pull the plug on you.
Baseball Talk
Who would win a fight between Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera?
30 days ago
Nasim Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh's History All-India Muslim League Session - March 22-24, 1940 PAKISTAN AND KHAKSAR RESOLUTIONS PASSED ON MARCH 24, 1940 FOLLOWING KHAKSAR MASSACRE ON MARCH 19, 1940
"Pakistan Resolution and the Massacre of the Khaksars"
Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh's History All-Ind
"The Historic Lahore Murder - March 19, 1940" by Nasim Yousaf. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Historic-Lahore-Murder-March-19-1940/108371825900918 Saluting Khaksar Heroes who Laid their Lives for Freedom https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saluting-K Read more ...
haksar-Heroes-who-Laid-their-Lives-for-Freedom/138048196278441?ref=br_tf Nobel Prize Nominee Allama Mashriqi - Founder Khaksar Tehrik https://www.facebook.com/allamamashraqi Nation Mourns Death of Legendary Freedom Fighter, Allama Mashriqi https://www.facebook.com/AllamaMashriqi.1 Khaksar Movement in British India https://www.facebook.com/Khaksar.Movement Allama Mashraqi Praised for Breaking Academic Records https://www.facebook.com/allamamashraqi.1 “Einstein & Other Scientists’ Meetings with Allama Mashriqi” by Nasim Yousaf https://www.facebook.com/allamamashriqi.alberteinstein Grandson’s ( Nasim Yousaf ) works http://www.allamamashriqi.com/grandsonsarticles.html Books on Allama Mashriqi by Nasim Yousaf http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=nasim%20yousaf&sprefix=nasim+%2Caps&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Anasim%20yousaf Khaksar Movement Weekly “Al-Islah’s” Role Toward Freedom https://www.facebook.com/pages/Khaksar-Movement-Weekly-Al-Islahs-Role-Toward-Freedom/301662793219707 "Distorted History" Speech by Allama Mashriqi's Grandson, Nasim Yousaf http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2uL2j2uqTI
30 days ago
Kukan That is the plain truth.
Nasir El-Rufai
In Washington DC, Governor Murtala Nyako made some interesting revelations about the insurgency in the North-East.......Enjoy Vice Admiral Murtala H. Nyako's contribution at the 3-Day Symposium on Current Economic, Social and Security Challenges Faci Read more ...
ng Northern Nigeria, in Washington DC, USA Organised by US Institute of Peace - March 17-19, 2014 First, I should like to sincerely thank the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in support and collaboration with the Governments of Norway and Denmark for hosting this 3-Day Symposium on current economic, social and Security challenges in Northern Nigeria. I should also like to believe that this is being done because of the realisation that Northern Nigeria is facing daunting challenges in these sectors and you have resolved to help the region out of its difficulties. The region lies in the Sahel belt of West Africa and is inhabited by a large number of tribal/ethnic groups, the biggest being the Fulani, Hausa, Kanuri, Yoruba and Tiv who have demographic linkages far beyond the region. It became a British protectorate in the Year 1900 and had since remained virtually peaceful until the early 1990s when signs of rapid deterioration of the social and economic life of the people in the region began to manifest. We could now all see the squalor around us – the growing number of young people out of school and without skills; the increasing number of the poor and hungry people around us, the increasing number of the unemployable and the un-employed among the youths and even grown-ups and other negative indicators too many to be mentioned here; all of it very scary stuff. It is, therefore, no wonder that there is presently heightened insecurity not only in Northern Nigeria, but the whole country. Today, the level of armed robbery in the South-West of the country is such that most Banks do not observe regular hours of doing business; it is piracy and lawlessness on continual and massive scale by delinquent militants in the South-South; it is kidnapping for ransom at an alarming degree in the South-East of the country; and of course there is the series of atrocities by the so-called Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria. It is lawlessness all over the place. Boko Haram: The initial assumption was that Boko Haram was religiously motivated. Nobody now associates the group with any religion; their targets have largely been within the Muslim communities. What, therefore, are the motivating factors of the so-called Boko Haram? We must answer this question correctly to enable us determine what type of war we are fighting. The Boko Haram itself has not helped matters since it has never come out by its actions to define what type of war it is fighting; it has bombed facilities of the United Nations and those of all and sundry; it has destroyed churches and mosques and targeted and killed a large number of Muslims and Christians irrespective of the ethnicity of their victims. It is therefore most unfortunate that inspite of professional advice to the Presidency including two Memos submitted by my humble self (hereby attached) it does not seem to know what it is facing and the type of war it should be fighting; is it a war against terrorists, insurgents or as people are coming to believe a nurtured war against the people in Northern Nigeria? In short, is the massive killing of people and destruction of property and the environment state-sponsored? Let’s face it ! Neither the Federal Government, nor the Nigerian Military has ever linked those few persons paraded as Boko Haram suspects with any of their strategic commanders or sponsors ! The locations of Boko Haram camps such as those at Sambisa Game Reserve which are said to be well established and stocked are known by all traditional Defence and Security units in the North-East, but we hear about them from the authority only on selective basis ! We now notice a new trend; the random destruction of life and property in the style of Boko Haram in the North-East and the illegal carting away of herdsmen’s cattle now take place in all the States of Northern Nigeria and is being adjudged by the public as deliberately aimed at bringing conflict amongst the ethnic groups and between Muslims and Christians of the region. Sponsors of Mass Killings and Destruction of Property Let me request this gathering to note that the arms, ammunition and explosives being used by so-called Boko Haram are not manufactured in Nigeria. Somebody must have brought them from abroad to the scenes of attacks. With military check-points mounted everywhere in far greater numbers than we had during our civil war and with only the President, the Vice President and their key staff and Governors of the States on one hand and the Nigerian Military on the other who pass these points unchecked, we could safely assume that it is one of the two groups who conveys these weapons up country from the Port(s) after Custom and Security clearance. The security situation we are therefore facing in Northern Nigeria today could be sponsored, financed and supported by evil minded and over-ambitious leaders of Government and the society for political gains. There is simply no person(s) in the North-Eastern zone rich enough to foot the financial and logistic bills on Boko Haram activities. Somebody outside the zone must have bought these arms, ammunitions and explosives somewhere which is easily traceable, paid the freight charges to Nigeria, cleared them at the Ports, conveyed them up-country through numerous check-points and put them in safe-houses in the States ready to be used by the appointed killers. Also, somebody must have deliberately substantially increased illegal drug traffic in the North. Today a youth in the village might not see drug against his headache, but there would be all sorts of illegal and dangerous drugs available for him to purchase! Who are the barons behind all this? Identification of the Strategic Commanders of the Illicit So-Called Boko Haram Operations: But most importantly, who are the Strategic Commanders of these illicit and murderous operations against innocent citizenry including women and children? It is now clear to all and sundry that there is an unhindered coordination between the activities of Boko Haram cells and some strategic commanders sitting in some high offices in our national Defence system. How else could there be such timely actions regarding the immediate withdrawal of the Military near vital positions such as schools and colleges with the immediate arrival of Boko Haram squad of murderers. Not only are these withdrawals of the Military and the attacks of Boko Haram timely, it is noticed that such attacks would last for hours without counter response by the Military even if they are located at a hearing distance. We have had cases where a fleet of Airforce aircraft was being burnt by Boko Haram near a unit of the Military, yet the latter did not respond. We have had a case when a retired General and a civil-war hero was being shot to death by allegedly Boko Haram attackers in front of soldiers detailed to protect the area, yet there was no response from them. There are numerous other revelations which time would not allow me to narrate. I should however add that virtually all the regular Military units in the area are poorly equipped; they have arms without ammunitions and are poorly fed and quartered inspite of the trillions of Naira said to be spent on them by Abuja. In contrast members of the Abuja-nurtured Task Force being deployed in the areas are better equipped and cared for perhaps to guarantee that they rain enough havoc on the communities whose domains they are deployed. Clearly these Strategic commanders are waging a war of Terror (‘making’ a statement to influence an outcome) as well as adopting Insurgency tactics of using terror to achieve a political end against Northern Nigeria. Boko Haram is therefore being viewed as a tool by some evil-minded conspirators to kill key Traditional and political leaders of Northern Nigeria and to cause the disintegration of Nigeria. The people in the North have also begun to suspect that the Objective of all this is to create enough mayhem for an excuse to deny them their democratic right of Vote by cancelling the forthcoming General Elections in the region and also reduce the Voting power of the people there now and in the future through mass killings of its populace especially its youths. Who give the ‘Orders-to-Kill’ the Innocent The real big question in all this is who have been giving the ‘Orders to Kill’ the victims of all the Boko Haram atrocities and those who have been targeted but saved by the Almighty God? There have been attempted assassinations of a number of States’ Governors including my good-self and the Governor of Benue State; a number of top Traditional Leaders of the North including the Shehu of Borno and the Emir of Kano, our Senators and top Business people have also been attacked in broad daylight and escaped death by the skin of their teeth ! Who had given the executive ‘Orders’ to kill us? Is Northern Nigeria facing another demonic Agenda similar to that which wiped away its Political and Military Leaders and killed a number from the Western Region in January, 1966? The Presidency should give us answers to all the foregoing serious questions and we do not want insults by aides in response or harassment by detailed Security operatives ! We want the ANSWERS; Nigeria also wants the ANSWERS; the international community too should want the ANSWERS. Let me briefly touch on a few other factors that induce and promote Insecurity in Northern Nigeria and indeed Nigeria namely Corruption and Mismanagement of public affairs nourished by impunity and lawlessness on the part of senior leaders in Government and the ruling political Party as revealed in President Obasanjo’s letters/write-ups and the observations by the outgoing Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria on missing billions of dollars of public funds. The responses of those who should clear the air show how far they could go to falsify record. Their impunity and lawlessness have become legendry ! They think they could cajole us to believe that 16 is greater than 19 and 5 is greater than 27. Their emasculation of the Judicial system is also unprecedented. In the security situation we now find ourselves we in the North are already not free from danger, injury or death emanating from executive ‘Orders’ of the evil-few in Abuja; the wise amongst us now ‘sleep with one eye open’, the wisest do so ‘with both eyes widely open’! How could we trust those that we suspect are behind all this? Who can now trust and do business with these leaders? No wonder the international community and those that could be our business partners are staying away from Northern Nigeria and the rest of the country. My State’s U.S. technical partners who are to upgrade Kiri irrigation dam in my State (Adamawa) to Hydro-power-generation facility on Built-Operate-and-Transfer (B.O.T.) basis had to abandon the site when an unwarranted 'State of Emergency' was lumped on the State by Abuja. The case of Okomu LNG project speaks volumes on this ! On the political front, we in the North had stuck out our necks to support their political ambition, but they have now turned round and are attempting to burn us alive. No decent man should do business with this lot ! Lawlessness galore ! Distinguished organisers of this timely Symposium, whilst once more thanking you for it, it is clear from the foregoing that Northern Nigeria and indeed Nigeria need your understanding and support. Thank you & God bless!
30 days ago
Marie
Prayers for Madison xoxo
Please consider walking or donating for Madison in the Congenital Heart Defect Walk Boston. The event will be talking place on April 26, 2014. Registration will open at 10:00 am, with the walk kicking off at 11:00 am. This event will happen rain or s Read more ...
hine! 139 Tremont Street Boston, MA. Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common.This year's walk will include a great route, food, and fun! This meaningful joint venture between the Adult Congenital Heart Association and The Children's Heart Foundation is designed to bring together the congenital heart disease community like never before. We hope that you will consider joining our team as we unite to fight congenital heart disease. for more information see the links below! Thank you! The Lush Family
30 days ago
Previous page >>