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Thansin Participants who attend at least 3 of the 6 webinars will receive e-certificates from the Public Affairs Section of the American Embassy, Yangon, Myanmar.
U.S. Embassy Rangoon
Free Online English Language Teaching Webinar through U.S. Department of State! Regional English Language Office (RELO) Bangkok invites interested teachers to participate in a free English language teaching webinar series “Shaping the Way We Teach Read more ... English Course 15”. The online six-seminar series covers a variety of topics and is intended for teachers of English around the world. Participants who attend at least 3 of the 6 webinars will receive e-certificates from the Public Affairs Section of the American Embassy, Yangon, Myanmar. Participants are encouraged to join the associated Ning (http://www.shapingenglish.ning.com) to participate in discussions, view or download video and other materials from the sessions, and access recordings of the webinars. You can come to the American Center, 14, Taw Win Street, Dagon Township to view the first webinar at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2014. Important Remarks: *Participant must be a local teacher of English who is currently teaching. **You can view previous webinars on our American English Website and AE YouTube Channel. The webinars are also streamed live on YouTube for non-registered participants. Lesson Planning 101: Mapping Activities for a Clear Path to Learning Presenter: Katie Bain Wednesday January 14, 2015 7:00-9:00 p.m. Adapting Materials to Meet Your Classroom Needs Presenter: Russell Barczyk and Roger Cohen Wednesday January 28, 2015 7:00-9:00 p.m. Integrating Pronunciation across the Curriculum Presenter: Char Heitman Wednesday February 11, 2015 7:00-9:00 p.m. Content and Language Integrated Teaching Presenter: Heidi Howland Wednesday February 25, 2015 7:00-9:00 p.m. Networking: Making Connections that Last Presenter: Amy Pascucci Wednesday March 11, 2015 6:00-8:00 p.m. Reciprocal Teaching Reading Strategies Presenter: Rob Danin Wednesday, March 25, 2015 6:00-8:00 p.m.
7 months ago
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U.S. Embassy Rangoon
Free Online English Language Teaching Webinar through U.S. Department of State! Regional English Language Office (RELO) Bangkok invites interested teachers to participate in a free English language teaching webinar series “Shaping the Way We Teach Read more ... English Course 15”. The online six-seminar series covers a variety of topics and is intended for teachers of English around the world. Participants who attend at least 3 of the 6 webinars will receive e-certificates from the Public Affairs Section of the American Embassy, Yangon, Myanmar. Participants are encouraged to join the associated Ning (http://www.shapingenglish.ning.com) to participate in discussions, view or download video and other materials from the sessions, and access recordings of the webinars. You can come to the American Center, 14, Taw Win Street, Dagon Township to view the first webinar at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2014. Important Remarks: *Participant must be a local teacher of English who is currently teaching. **You can view previous webinars on our American English Website and AE YouTube Channel. The webinars are also streamed live on YouTube for non-registered participants. Lesson Planning 101: Mapping Activities for a Clear Path to Learning Presenter: Katie Bain Wednesday January 14, 2015 7:00-9:00 p.m. Adapting Materials to Meet Your Classroom Needs Presenter: Russell Barczyk and Roger Cohen Wednesday January 28, 2015 7:00-9:00 p.m. Integrating Pronunciation across the Curriculum Presenter: Char Heitman Wednesday February 11, 2015 7:00-9:00 p.m. Content and Language Integrated Teaching Presenter: Heidi Howland Wednesday February 25, 2015 7:00-9:00 p.m. Networking: Making Connections that Last Presenter: Amy Pascucci Wednesday March 11, 2015 6:00-8:00 p.m. Reciprocal Teaching Reading Strategies Presenter: Rob Danin Wednesday, March 25, 2015 6:00-8:00 p.m.
7 months ago
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U.S. Embassy Rangoon
Free Online English Language Teaching Webinar through U.S. Department of State! Regional English Language Office (RELO) Bangkok invites interested teachers to participate in a free English language teaching webinar series “Shaping the Way We Teach Read more ... English Course 15”. The online six-seminar series covers a variety of topics and is intended for teachers of English around the world. Participants who attend at least 3 of the 6 webinars will receive e-certificates from the Public Affairs Section of the American Embassy, Yangon, Myanmar. Participants are encouraged to join the associated Ning (http://www.shapingenglish.ning.com) to participate in discussions, view or download video and other materials from the sessions, and access recordings of the webinars. You can come to the American Center, 14, Taw Win Street, Dagon Township to view the first webinar at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2014. Important Remarks: *Participant must be a local teacher of English who is currently teaching. **You can view previous webinars on our American English Website and AE YouTube Channel. The webinars are also streamed live on YouTube for non-registered participants. Lesson Planning 101: Mapping Activities for a Clear Path to Learning Presenter: Katie Bain Wednesday January 14, 2015 7:00-9:00 p.m. Adapting Materials to Meet Your Classroom Needs Presenter: Russell Barczyk and Roger Cohen Wednesday January 28, 2015 7:00-9:00 p.m. Integrating Pronunciation across the Curriculum Presenter: Char Heitman Wednesday February 11, 2015 7:00-9:00 p.m. Content and Language Integrated Teaching Presenter: Heidi Howland Wednesday February 25, 2015 7:00-9:00 p.m. Networking: Making Connections that Last Presenter: Amy Pascucci Wednesday March 11, 2015 6:00-8:00 p.m. Reciprocal Teaching Reading Strategies Presenter: Rob Danin Wednesday, March 25, 2015 6:00-8:00 p.m.
7 months ago
U.S. Free Online English Language Teaching Webinar through U.S. Department of State! Regional English Language Office (RELO) Bangkok invites interested teachers to participate in a free English language teaching webinar series “Shaping the Way We Teach Read more ... English Course 15”. The online six-seminar series covers a variety of topics and is intended for teachers of English around the world. Participants who attend at least 3 of the 6 webinars will receive e-certificates from the Public Affairs Section of the American Embassy, Yangon, Myanmar. Participants are encouraged to join the associated Ning (http://www.shapingenglish.ning.com) to participate in discussions, view or download video and other materials from the sessions, and access recordings of the webinars. You can come to the American Center, 14, Taw Win Street, Dagon Township to view the first webinar at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2014. Important Remarks: *Participant must be a local teacher of English who is currently teaching. **You can view previous webinars on our American English Website and AE YouTube Channel. The webinars are also streamed live on YouTube for non-registered participants. Lesson Planning 101: Mapping Activities for a Clear Path to Learning Presenter: Katie Bain Wednesday January 14, 2015 7:00-9:00 p.m. Adapting Materials to Meet Your Classroom Needs Presenter: Russell Barczyk and Roger Cohen Wednesday January 28, 2015 7:00-9:00 p.m. Integrating Pronunciation across the Curriculum Presenter: Char Heitman Wednesday February 11, 2015 7:00-9:00 p.m. Content and Language Integrated Teaching Presenter: Heidi Howland Wednesday February 25, 2015 7:00-9:00 p.m. Networking: Making Connections that Last Presenter: Amy Pascucci Wednesday March 11, 2015 6:00-8:00 p.m. Reciprocal Teaching Reading Strategies Presenter: Rob Danin Wednesday, March 25, 2015 6:00-8:00 p.m.
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Renzo The World Tonight (Philippine newscast) Created by: ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs Presented by: Tony Velasquez and Pinky Webb Theme music composer: Ryan Cayabyab Country of origin: Philippines Production Running time: 30 minutes (Mondays to Sun Read more ... days, 11:00 pm) Broadcast Original channel: ABS-CBN (1966-1972, 1973-present) Picture format: 1080i HDTV Original run: November 21, 1966 - September 23, 1972; November 12, 1973 - present The World Tonight is an English-language newscast of the ABS-CBN. It is anchored by Tony Velasquez and Pinky Webb. It currently airs nightly from Mondays to Sundays 11:00 - 11:30 p.m.. Airing history The World Tonight premiered on November 21, 1966 at 8:30pm on CBN's (predecessor of ABS-CBN) DZXL-TV Channel 9 as the network's answer to ABC's The Big News, News at Seven on GMA, and NewsWatch on RPN. Co-anchoring the newscast were Hal Bowie, a veteran announcer from ABS-CBN radio, Eric Eloriaga, and Henry Halasan, a former ABS-CBN Cebu talent who was transferred to the network's main offices in Manila as a sales executive. Bowie, who was in his 70s when the newscast first aired, later bowed out of the newscast due to health reasons and concentrated instead on producing news reports for the network. This left Halasan and Eloriaga as main anchormen of the program. The program was transferred to sister station ABS Channel 3 on the 10:00pm time slot a year later. This happened when Channel 9 premiered Newsbreak with Bong Lapira, who transferred from rival newscast The Big News on ABC. The newscast continued until ABS-CBN's closure by the Marcos government during the declaration of Martial Law in September 1972. The roster of field reporters for the newscast in its pre-Martial Law days included Orly Mercado, Jun Bautista, Tony Seva, Tony Lozano, Boo Chanco, Philip Pigao, Lito Tacujan and Danny Hernandez. The World Tonight returned to television on November 12, 1973, coinciding with ABS-CBN Channel 2's reopening. It was anchored by Larry Ng (an ABS-CBN executive during the pre-Martial Law era), Jun Bautista and Philip Pigao were originally anchored from 1973 to 1975. In 1975, Bautista and Pigao were both replaced by Larry Ng and Felicidad Santiago (anchored until 1984). Ng was a former ABS-CBN executive from 1967 to 1987. On June 4, 1984, Ng and Santiago both left the newscast after a while, and were both replaced by Angelo Castro, Jr. (the former network's news director), his wife June Keithley-Castro and friend Rene Hawkins, Sr. (father of former PBA Player Rene "Bong" Hawkins, Jr.). Since 1984, It airs nightly at 11:00 p.m.. Keithley-Castro and Hawkins both left the newscast in 2003. They were both replaced by Tina Monzon-Palma, who used to anchor rival newscasts GMA Headline News (on GMA) and The Big News (on the reopened ABC). The same year, The World Tonight launched to its new graphics and theme music. Castro retired as a news anchor on September 1, 2009, leaving Monzon-Palma as the solo anchor of the newscast. However, he later returned on November 7, 2011, on a sporadic basis. He died on April 5, 2012 of lung cancer at the age of 69. On January 5, 2015, Monzon-Palma left the newscast and she was replaced by Tony Velasquez and Pinky Webb. Current anchors Tony Velasquez (2015-present) Pinky Webb (2015-present) Substitute Anchors Julius Babao Ron Cruz Karen Davila Ces Oreña-Drilon Maricar Eigenmann Caroline Howard TJ Manotoc Past anchors Henry Halasan (1966-1972) Hal Bowie (1966-1967) Jun Bautista (1973-1975) Philip Pigao (1973-1975) Larry Ng (1975-1984, relief anchor from 1984-1998) June Keithley-Castro (1984-2003) Rene Hawkins, Sr. (1984-2003) Gretchen Fullido (2006-2007) (former weather anchor) Caroline Howard (2007-2008) Weather Reporter Bill Velasco (former weekend edition anchor on ANC) Angelo Castro, Jr. (1984-2009; 2011) Bettina Magsaysay (2008-2012; former weather anchor) Tina Monzon-Palma (2003-2015)
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Sudan I Beg Your Pardon President Obama (1 & 2) (Published by Sudan Vision Newspaper on November 6 & 7 2010) By : Faisal Elsayed Ali Omer I went through poles apart and diametrically opposed feelings and oodles of ambivalent thoughts before deciding to wr Read more ... ite to you overtly in public and with no holds barred. I truly wondered if a President of a Super Power would really turn his attention to or take notice of an unpretentious opinion of a common and simple Sudanese person. Sitting on the fence for a bout, I finally decided, come what may, to press forward with my escapade and succumb to the castigation and consequences of my audacious and mulish attempt. This open letter trails the footprints of democracy and takes pleasure in the guiding principles of the freedom of speech that your country swears by unreservedly. Consequently and within the preamble of this humble message I beg your pardon Mr President for the wet behind the ears’ avowals that I am all the way through unpretentiously reflecting. I feel quiet culpable for not writing to you in a squashy, saccharine and ambassadorial type of phraseology that you deserve to be communicated with. This is simply because it is rather piteous that I am, alas, not a graduate of the Harvard School of Diplomacy. I am just a graduate of our big African University for Edifications of Clemency, Obedience and Reticent Behaviors and the Sudan University for National Studies of Anti- severance and Promotion of Peace and Sturdy Unity. Allow me Mr President to shed lights on the fact that we Sudanese people are born politicians characteristically and intrinsically. We come into being with natural affections for casual political colloquies, shoot the breeze and critiques. We, ad infinitum, express on tap concerns about each and every genre of tattletales that gives a lowdown of any political maneuvers, decorum or stratagems in our country or elsewhere. In point of fact, Sudan informal and public political discussions are authentic spitting images of the unadulterated feelings and perspectives of the Sudanese people. Prior to enlightening you ornately about the latest political tête-à-tête and chew the fat, it gives me great pleasure to tell you that, once upon a time, the name of the United States of America meant a lot to the Sudanese people. It symbolized a nirvana of egalitarianism, summit of civilization, target of aspirations and a home of a genteel nation. Many old persons like me have indeed witnessed those ancient golden days of the great United States of America. It was an era when we had categorical and unwavering conviction, reverence and adulation in whatever America says or does. We never had shilly-shallying or reservations about what any American President declared. That was basically because an American President during those glorious days of the USA was a bona fide pictogram of justice, integrity and decency. We in Sudan had never stumbled upon or came into contact with trepidation or had an aversion to any actions taken by the United States Government in any part of the world. We also felt that those decent American people were very providential to have such great and civilized leaders. Then, that golden era of the highly regarded, estimable and affable United States of America started worsening at a snail's pace and a new despicable face of a ferocious American Administrations transpired. Africans in large and Sudanese in particular were not immensely affected by the global negative transformations that laid offensive impacts on some ill-fated countries. We all witnessed when the United States of America animatedly, uncompromisingly and scratchily ripping the Soviet Union’s powers to shreds in an attempt to become the solitary Super Power worldwide. At that juncture we erroneously thought that such American’s comportments and moods of abhorrence were solely intended for other Super Powers. It has always been conceivable that a big country like the USA opts for dominating other big countries. We were, therefore, inclined to believe that minuscule, feeble and underdeveloped countries that do not pose any perils on big countries would constantly remain out of harm's way. That opinion, before long, proved to be wide of the mark. As witnessed by the whole world, the United States of America embarked on more than a few bizarre and arrogant actions against a number of countries. It waged wars against Iraq and Afghanistan and fueled civil conflicts in Somalia and Yemen. While doing that the USA continued to pressurize the UN and many European countries and coerced them to bow to its unfounded deeds. The whole world realized shortly thereafter and for the first time ever that the USA was not that highly regarded and indomitable country any more. Some less stronger but courageous nations like Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, Venezuela and Syria started to regard it as nothing more than a paper tiger and soldiered on defying it blatantly. That was when we African and Arab nations came to realize that the magnificent image of the United States of America had changed and we were no longer looking at the one that we previously admired and respected. Similarly, the United State of America was no longer treating our countries with the friendly manner that we have previously enjoyed. Sudanese people looked upon those global political revolutions as a drastic change in the international relations between the United States of America and the rest of the world. We definitely felt jittery and perturbed with the way the US Government started to strike at the foundations of other countries and chipped away at their sovereignties. We were also worried about the new tailor-made role of the world’s policeman and judge that he USA started to play and went intensely to impose on other countries with absolutely no regard to their opinions. We all know that the overall political structures worldwide, including the USA, are by and large identical and like peas in a pod. In any specific country there is a ruling party and opposing bodies that point the finger at whatever the ruling party says or does. Peaceful and wise opposing parties opt for diplomatic and nonviolent courses of slinging match or resistance. More offensive types of opposing parties may decide on some uncouth and stronger actions that may include raising arms against the ruling party. They, moreover, make big campaigns to proclaim boundless allegations and claims about corruptions and deficient performances of the ruling party. This pattern of aggressive opposition has usually no reservations in joining forces with any foreign powers in favor of reciprocal interests. Unfortunately Sudan underwent the aggressive type of opposition for more than twenty years. The famous Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which have been, by and large, sponsored and engineered, by the USA in collaboration with other International Community’s parties pulled the plug on that long lasting war. The whole Sudanese nation was more than grateful to those international intermediaries who facilitated the course of action for bringing peace to our country. We were, however, under the impression that those same international mediators would, once more, use their influences on the two conflicting parties and mend our political situation to the best interest of a united Sudan. As the days went on we, alas, started to feel that the impartialities of those mediators were counterfeit and fictitious. As the two conflicting parties were actively pressing forward with the CPA towards a closing ecstatic wrap up the hidden and suspicious motives of the foreign mediators transpired on a whim. Prior to arriving at the most sensitive part of my message that deals with how the Sudanese people feel about the USA and its current President now, let me first describe their earlier feelings when you won the elections. I can say unreservedly that the whole Sudanese nation was in high spirits when you scored that remarkable, groovy and life-size victory. Your victory came as a relief for most, if not all, Sudanese people who had some reservations about President Bush’s anti-Sudanese Administration. The Sudanese people then regarded the image of the UN as being at the pits, nadir and depths of despair of a collapse a propos to its apt fulfillment of its mandate. They were, and still are, not happy with the UN’s absolute and reprehensible capitulation to the directives of certain Super Powers. Anyway, your victory Mr President in the elections was a generously proportioned event and was considered as a pride for each and every living soul in Africa. That was simply because, on the one hand, you raised the slogan of “change” which indicated to us a call for suppressing and discarding President Bush Administration’s anti-Sudanese visions. On the other hand, the fact that you billowed out of an African blood and an Islamic belief was another emotional and heartwarming factor. Your sharp-witted, glittering and consequential campaigns, the dictums of changes that you advocated for and your triumphant win have indeed raised big hopes among the Sudanese people. They expected beyond a shadow of a doubt a new era of cherished, equitable and prosperous relationship between the Sudan and the United States of America. After this scrupulous commentary of historical proceedings, I beg your pardon once again President Obama for my absolute frankness in drawing a precise picture of how the Sudanese people feel about you and your Administration now: With the exception of a handful of southern and western politicians who have some fishy mutual interests with your Administration, the rest of the Sudanese people hold you directly accountable for the current vicious strives for tearing the unity of Sudan apart. They attribute those attempts to your desperate endeavors for retrieving the briskly and indefatigably deteriorating confidence of the American people on your Administration. They point the finger at you for seeking political gains for your next elections in 2012 on account of the obliteration of Sudan through conspiracies and bogus allegations. The bottom line of their current judgment regards your Administration as an internationally ostracized Government. Your blurred and changing statements about Islam reflects a distorted political posture, weakness and unbefitting presidential submissions to internal and external political pressures. As we are talking about Islam, I draw your attention to the fact that Sudan is following a moderate channel and with your hostile attitude against our people you are pushing them towards similar channels to those adopted by Islamic groups in Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq etc. against your country. The whole world has realized that your plans for bringing the Israeli/ Palestinian enduring fight to an end have totally failed. The Israeli Government’s obstinate and defying stand has resolutely blocked your attempts and obliterated your hopes. Accordingly, you have lost a propitious element for brightening up the rostrum and environment of your coming political campaigns. The results of the elections that have just been completed illustrated how the American people are progressively turning their backs on you and a countdown for your Administration. The majority of Sudanese people are laughing at your fabricate alternative plan for claiming a conjured political triumph. The way you concocted a thespian and eccentric story about the sufferings of the people in southern Sudan is rather satirist. You, indeed, added more spices to your fallacious allegations and counterfeit heroic feint as regards to liberating the southern Sudanese people from the belligerence, callous manipulation and abuse of the National Congress Party. We admit that our southern brothers have some legitimate claims that should be catered for. There was a lot of exaggeration on the picture that you keep on presenting about the situation in Sudan. Unfortunately, all international delegations that came to Sudan had to follow the course of your unreal stories about Sudan and draw a matching picture. It is true that the conflict between the National Congress Party and the SPLA/ SPLM continued for over twenty years and the Sudanese people have appreciated the US and UN interventions towards ending the war. However, dismantling the unity of the country has never been among the choices of the Sudanese people. They innocently thought that the US Government and the UN came with a risk-free plan that aims at logical reconciliation between the two conflicting parties under a united Sudan. Everyone knows that the US and the UN have unassailable capabilities and appropriate instruments for putting an end to the conflicts in Sudan without separating the southern regions from the rest of the country. Why are they doing the contrary then?? Any average or non-politician Sudanese or American person would easily realize that ending the political dilemma in Sudan without separating any of its regions would represent a victory for the whole American nation. It is apparently clear that the US President’s preference went for what doles out recompenses to his own political interests. The false picture of rescuing the poor African Sudanese from the hostilities of the Arab Sudanese is a cheap scenario for a purposely-designed gloomy picture. Is it to the best interest of the American nation to give the friendship of the Sudanese people the slip on account of some political party’s cheap motives? Following the directives of the Obama Administration and vibrant counseling of its Department of States, the Government of Southern Sudan has officially proclaimed their interest in cooperating with Israel. What are the impacts of such a decision on the USA’s friends of Arab and African countries that are anti to Israel? It is clear in many ways that the US is dashing blindly to separate southern Sudan from the rest of the country without making proper analysis to find out the expected end results and consequences of such an action. . Well, the door is similarly wide open for the Central Government of Sudan to strengthen its relationships with more fair and responsible governments in China, Russia, Iran, Northern Korea, Venezuela, Syria and elsewhere. The USA is shoring up southern Sudan and converting it to a spoiling for a fight neighboring country. The Central Government would defiantly rummage around for support from friendly countries on similar bases of mutual interests. Bigger conflicts would, in next to no time, surface out in Sudan due to the political conspiracies that the US and UN are cooking now. Notwithstanding all the denials that the majority of Sudanese people have expressed counter to the proposed hasty implementation of the referendum in southern Sudan and Abyei, the US and UN are acting uncooperatively. They are, in a perilous act, insisting on executing the referendum on 9 January 2011 by hook or by crook. The entire world knows that many of southern Sudan’s tribes are still exchanging blows. If the US and the UN insist on executing the referendum before the reconciliation are concluded among those tribes, they would be, once again, committing a terrible mistake. They should definitely be held responsible for replicating the same horrible scenario of Rwanda’s massacre and carnage in Sudan. We are hereby alerting the whole world about the international deliberately perpetrated crime which is just about to be committed in Sudan. You know Mr President and the Secretary-General of the United Nations Organization knows very well that unless the demarcations of the boarders are completed, the Abyei bone of contention is dealt with and the issues of Sudan debts, assets, oil shares etc. are sorted out big security threats would come to pass and would bring the current conflict to the fore and to its zenith. There is still a chance for you Mr President and for the UN’s Secretary-General to deal with the plight of Sudan with more wisdom, impartiality and pragmatism. We would, of course, pay no heed to any proposed solutions that jeopardize the unity of our country. We are convinced that the American people would not put up with an involvement of your Administration in such an international crime if they were aware of the exact situation in Sudan. We, henceforth, will make sure that they do. The people in all parts of the world have witnessed tragic cases where one part of a country got separated from the other. They are also aware of the sufferings that the people of in both separated parts are subjected to endlessly. Is it not the optimum point in time for the whole world to explain to the UN Secretary-General that he is in charge of an organization that sponsors the peace and welfare of any united nation? He is definitely acting contrary to that by dismantling the unity of Sudan? We should all raise a loud and clear voice that says enough is enough to separating any united nation? Moreover, why doesn’t the UN Secretary-General form a fact-finding mission to conduct a thorough investigation of the contemporary factual state of affairs in those countries that underwent experiences of internal separations? His country should be included as one of the victims that continued to undergo conflicts up to this moment with the separated part of North Korea. We are sure that the countries under the umbrella of the UN would love to see the findings of such an important investigation before seeing the name of Sudan added to the disgraceful list of preceding victims. This humble request for investigation goes to you Mr Secretary-General from an individual whose country is under your current UN’s leadership and a horrible threat is hanging over its head. I am also in quest of advices from all the international and independent legal institutions and human rights organizations worldwide. Please direct me on what further steps could I possibly take to defend my country against such international criminal acts, dire exploitation and awful threats. Until then I will keep on producing articles to the internal and international media explaining the dismal outcome of the US President and the UN Secretary-General’s damaging decisions and wrong behaviors in Sudan. In conclusion, I am sending this SOS directly to all the academic institutions in particular and the American nation in large. Each and every one of you has a family that s/he loves and would do any thing in the world to keep it out of harm’s way. We Sudanese people consider Sudan as our big family and President Omar Albashier and Vice-President Salva Kiir are our parents. Let me describe to you the gloomy destiny that our family is currently being confronted with. Like what happens in any of your American families a misunderstanding occurred between our parents and they went exchanging blows and injuring some of our brothers and sisters. Your President and the UN Secretary-General stepped in and demanded that one of our parents should be taken to court (ICC) and possibly to jail. Then they turned around and suggested that the second parent should take a couple of children and go to live in a separate house! The rest of the children will then be left alone to, probably, start fighting against each other and walking out of their beloved home one after the other. Could any of your families accept to undergo such a tragic experience as per your President’s decision? If not, please tell your President to either come up with a wise and a fair solution that keeps our country united or, otherwise, take his hands off our country. Faisal Elsayed Ali Omer E-mail address: almarsud@rocketmail.com
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The 2014 Wongi Annual Awards (And Snorts!) 1. National (Con)Farce of the Year: The National Convention. The so-called 'National Conference,' (hardly national, as all members were selected, not elected!) takes prime position for this award. Raison d Read more ... 'être? The President had always been on record against the hosting of a national conference, but a rather sudden 'about turn' started the speculations about his real motive - was he trying to push his pet 7-year agenda through the back door? The government laid down the guidelines; while the PDP, Labour Party, LP; the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA and the Accord Party were fully represented, APC did not only boycott it, but rejected it completely, describing it as diversionary, alleging that the Conference was designed to prolong the president’s tenure. But that was only an argument, which could be defeated, only if the conference outcome met positive national targets. At the end of the 'conference,' the Report submitted to the President was 22 volumes of approximately 10,335 (ten thousand, three hundred and thirty-five) pages! Did you just say, 'Wow?' Now, a few of those recommendations seemed magnanimous, a few seemed to simply follow a pre-designed template. Consider these: Part of the recommendation of the 2014 National Conference was the creation of 18 new states with three per geo-political zone. Among them were Apa, Edu, Kainji, Katagum, Savannah, Amana, Gurara, Ghari, Etiti (South East zone), Aba, Adada, Njaba-Anim, Anioma, Orashi, Ogoja, Ijebu and New Oyo. Apart from the 18 proposed states, the Conference also recommended one new state for the South East to enable the zone have equal number of states with the other zones except the North West which has seven. It also recommended that states willing to merge can also do so based on certain conditions. Ehem! Hello? Here we are - 36 states that can't even fend for themselves without asking 'Big Daddy' for a monthly share of the spoils? More states??? Please, Nooooooooo!!! But then the Conference also recommended that the immunity clause should be removed if the offences attract criminal charges to encourage accountability by those managing the economy. Huge Yesssssssss!!! So was the National Convention, a farce? Well this is still 2014, and nothing has been implemented yet, and elections still seem to be on course. So, unless, and until the conference recommendations are empowered (next year, perhaps?), at an estimated cost of about N7billion, the whole shenanigan was one massive monumental waste! 2. The (In)Glorious Award(s) of the Year: The House of Representatives. Well, here's where you decide if that height-defying act of 'fence scaling' goes down in history as either noble, or not; and I guess it also depends on which side of the fence you stood, during the drama. For some it will ever remain a daring attempt at upholding the values of Nigerian democracy; for others, well, it probably was a disgrace to the ethics of democratic principles. But, putting it all in correct perspective - one fact that was often ignored, was the fact that the super-athletic members of that esteemed house were actually prevented from entering into the premises, and were scaling the gates INTO that assembly complex, and NOT attempting to escape, as has happened so often before in Nigerian congressional history. So, on which side of the fence do you stand? 3. The Most Feared Group: Boko Haram. It would be difficult to discuss issues that shaped Nigeria in 2014, without the menace of insurgency. The insecurity in the North, especially in the North East, due to the unrelenting onslaught by members of the Boko Haram sect has remained a sore event in the nation’s political development. Despite the efforts of the government to put security on its priority list, yet cases of bombing offices, shopping complexes, motor parks, mosques, churches and schools continued unabated. Parts of sovereign Nigerian territories were even captured by the insurgents, who went on to hoist their flags and administer these areas as independent territories! A few figures here may shock you: Human Rights Watch estimates that around 500 young women have been abducted by Boko Haram over the last 5 years. According to other reports, not less than 13,000 people have been killed since Boko Haram insurgency began in 2009, while over 1, 500,000 persons have been displaced, and become refugees, both within Nigeria and by crossing the border into neighbouring countries. According to the UNHCR, over 100,000 Nigerians fled to Niger, 39,000 to Cameroon and 2,800 to Chad, thereby also endangering the economic structures of those already fragile regions. Nigeria ended the year with the ignoble position of 4th on the international terror list and Boko Haram was listed as the third most deadly terrorist organisation in the world. 4. The Worst Nightmare: The Chibok Kidnap. How would you feel if your teenage daughter was kidnapped by vile, vicious, unkempt, rampaging terrorists, and has been confined within their hellhole for 260 days? One of the saddest parts of the year was the kidnap of well over 200 students from Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok, in April, by members of Boko Haram. At first there were valuable weeks wasted, spent in denial. Then about seven weeks after the incident, President Goodluck Jonathan, who spoke publicly about the kidnapping for the first time, said that the government was doing everything it could to find the missing girls, and blamed parents for not supplying enough information about their missing children to the police. Nothing much has been done in an effort to rescue these girls, since. As we venture into the New Year, we hope the girls are still alive, we pray they have not been put into family way (blank the word: 'raped' from your mind!) We also pray that none of them have been involved in the recent cases of female suicide bombings that are becoming more rampant. It is our fervent wish that they return and join their families as we enter 2015. In saner societies, the case of the Chibok kidnap would have decided the results of the Nigerian election even by now! 5. The Year's Best Cliche: "There is God, ooooo!!!" (Em, actually, "DiarisGoduOoooo!!!") Sometimes when we cry, we must also learn to laugh. In the immediate aftermath of the Chibok kidnap, there were more than a few doubts in high places whether the kidnap had actually taken place, or if it was another 'ruse' by the opposition to 'bring down' the government. Government was making no moves, so the First Lady took affairs 'by the horns,' as they say, convening a conference (of sorts) to find out if the girls had really been kidnapped. Channels Television relayed the event on it's Ten o'clock News that night. From that moment, all hell broke loose. The video went viral! There were a number of stand out highlights: 'Na only you waka come?' 'Continuuu,' 'Those bloods that are sharing in Bornu will answer.' It was a bizarre bazaar! But none of the many faux pas of that evening showcase became more repetitive than the classic: "There is God, ooo!" Even I employed it to great comedic effect, as compere, during the 2014 Ogun State Economic Forum, when a particular video on the achievements of the state government started dragging on screen. I ordered it stopped, asked for it to be played back. We couldn't seem to get it right for a few testy moments, and then...the magic words slipped out of my mouth: "DiaRisGoduOoooooo!!!" The whole house came down. People were tripping over each other! By the time the audience had started wiping away tears from too much laughter, the screen lit up! Indeed, in all things we are doing, 'There is God!' 6. The Best #Hashtag: #BringBackOurGirls (#BBOG, #ChibokGirls) At first, the world took little notice of the Chibok kidnapping - worse crimes had been committed by the insurgents prior, including the February 25 killing of dozens of boys in a dormitory at the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, in Yobe State. It's thanks in large part to an initially uncoordinated campaign launched by local Nigerian activists that the girls' disappearance came to world attention. The campaign began on the 23rd of April with a single tweet by Nigerian lawyer Ibrahim M. Abdullahi, who had just watched a live address on that date by former Nigerian Minister of Education, Obiageli Ezekwesili. Abdullahi tweeted a phrase she had used: "Yes #BringBackOurDaughters #BringBackOurGirls declared by @obyezeks and all people at Port Harcourt World Book Capital 2014." The former Education minister whom Abdullahi originally quoted, was among the first to lend steam to the campaign, retweeting his comment hours later and encouraging her followers to "use the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls to keep the momentum UNTIL they are RESCUED." Their joint appeal on April 23 had an impact. In the following week, Twitter users, primarily in Nigeria, began using the hashtag thousands of times per day to draw attention to the girls' plight. The first breakthrough in the campaign's popularity came on April 30, when Twitter references to #BringBackOurGirls shot up to well over 100,000 in a single day. Around the same time, prominent Twitter accounts associated with Pakistani Taliban victim Malala Yousafzai, UNICEF and celebrities such as Mary J. Blige and Chris Brown began tweeting the tag. By May 7, just after #BringBackOurGirls had been tweeted one million times in total, US First Lady Michelle Obama lent her support to the campaign via Twitter. She took over the president's weekly address on Saturday, May 10, to express being "outraged and heartbroken" at the crime in Nigeria. One day later, British Prime Minister David Cameron similarly offered backing to the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, pledging in a television interview that Britain "will do what we can" to recover the abductees. By then, almost every world celebrity, actor, musician, sportsperson and politician, had joined in. Social media played a pivotal role in forcing the issue onto the worldwide agenda! And @obyezeks and the #BBOG movement have not given up, yet! Just one more tweet might just make the difference! So, come on, let's renew that call: #BringBackOurGirls! 7. The Best New Word: Stomach-structure. (Stomach Infrastructure) A new word crept into the Nigerian vocabulary this outgoing year. A contraption of two other words 'stomach' and 'infrastructure.' A little history would help: on the 22nd of June, Ayo Fayose of the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) had polled 203,090 votes to defeat incumbent Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who scored 120,433 votes. It was refered to in many news reports as a 'landslide.' Fayose had won in all the 16 local government areas of the state. But how does one beat an incumbent who had been known to embark on more developmental projects than any other previous government in that state had done? How could the electorate be blind to the positive economic futures of their state based upon the huge infrastructural development going on across the state: township redesign, rural road network increase, modern bridges construction, new electrification projects, housing schemes, educational investment, modern school buildings, rural agricultural development, novel pension allowances, etc.? The answer was provided by the 'Ekitikete' themselves, translated from the local parlance: "Na food we dey find, you dey build bridge?" Fayose's election strategy was to feed the people, while he also promised them a share from the coffers of government when re-elected. It was an easy win. Fayose played grassroots politics; Fayemi may have had too many visions of an imaginative 'El Dorado.' So 'Stomach-structure' became the new campaign chorus and the PDP resolved to copy the format for all future elections, as the Ekiti governor even went ahead to appoint a personal assistant on Stomach Infrastructure. Unfortunately, the party's first attempt at re-enacting the marvel elsewhere failed when they met a certain Ogbeni in a state of men born of tradition and virtue. The 'Omo'luabi' nation (state) had it's own set of rules! 8. The Du-uh? Award: Doyin Okupe. It was a hectic task sifting through all the howlers, bloopers, gaffes and blunders of the Presidential adviser on Public Affairs. That man is simply prone to dropping clangers; he probably could write a book: 'Solecisms and Malapropisms for Dummies.' Okupe outdid himself during the year, often breaking even his own previous records. Here are a few more recent 'Okupeisms.' #BringBackGoodluckJonathan: In June this year, Okupe and his cohorts launched the #BringBackJonathan2015 hashtag, seeking the re-election of President Jonathan to office. The hashtag quickly received public condemnation forcing President Jonathan to call for the removal of banners and every other signage bearing the slogan. "Goodluck is like Jesus." Speaking during 'Sunrise Daily,' a programme on Channels Television, he said, “People do not understand the burden this president is bearing. He’s like Jesus Christ. He’s bearing the burden of everybody." Expectedly, the comment was met with wide spread criticism, with many of his critics describing it as blasphemous. But in his most recent gaffe, he makes an unnecessary, banal and dull attempt at defending kleptocracy and corruption, where he goes: "Buhari is trying to make poverty a virtue but poverty is not a virtue. The fact that Buhari has left office for so long and says he is so poor, is nothing to celebrate, it is indeed indolence and shameful. Is that a role model? Is that who you will want your child to be, a poor man?" The perfect reply came from the erudite journalist and political strategist, Dele Alake, the Director of Communications for the Buhari camp: "Dr. Okupe is grossly mistaken. He lives in a completely perverse and illusory world. General Buhari is immensely rich in character. He is affluent in integrity. He is prosperous in credibility. He is wealthy in honesty. He is bounteously blessed in self discipline, self control and contentment. Those are greater and more valuable than all the material acquisition in the world." Touché! 9. Mathematical Jingoism Medal: If 16 >19, then 5 is also > 27, and ∴ 7 will be > 19. It was obvious during the year that a number of public officers were bad students of mathematics, and a good number of them were members of the ruling party. Recall the Governors Forum election, early in the year where Governor Jonah David Jang of Plateau state was recognized by the President as the winner of the Governors Forum election, for which the final results stated otherwise. Governor Amaechi of Rivers state had pulled a total of 19 votes as against Governor Jang's 16 votes. Many Nigerians still wonder how 16 could be greater than19...? But, it was just a sign of things to come as the poor students of maths got even worse at the subject! In the Rivers State House of Assembly 5 legislators made a crude attempt to impeach the speaker of the House. Assisted by open support from the State Police Commissioner, the five members out of the 32-member Assembly procured thugs and hoodlums to disrupt the sitting of the Assembly and prevented the House from performing its constitutional functions. But if that act was shameful and undemocratic, what came next was even more mind boggling. On November 17, seven members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly backed by well armed policemen impeached the speaker of the state House of Assembly, Adewale Omirin. The PDP had only seven lawmakers in the 26-member assembly! They had claimed that all that was required by law was a simple majority of the number of actual members present at the sitting! Their calculus was bad enough, understanding of grammatical terms and usage and interpretation of constitutional legalese was tragi-comedic! You tend to wonder, could the President of our dear nation be linked with all these muddle-headed skirmishes? Hear Okupe: We want to assure Nigerians that the Presidency is not involved. I do want to believe him... 10. A Bauble for the President: Mr. President could've contested for the No. 5 award for Best Cliche, but we're giving no second place awards, or knocks, this year. The only option therefore was to create a special category worthy of presidential recognition. In May 2014, during his 7th media chat, President Jonathan shocked not a few people when he attempted to make a distinction between corruption and stealing. He said: “What many Nigerians refer to as corruption is actually common stealing. Stealing is not the same thing as corruption.” I'm sure I slapped myself that evening! He could've stopped there and we would've probably accepted it as just another one of those 'slip of the mouth' things, but the Prez wasn't done. He went on, in an attempt to clear the air on the alleged missing $20 billion from the Federal coffers: “It is not possible to steal $20 billion and America will not know. America will know. It is their money.” Zip! 11. Most Talked About Person: Muhammadu Buhari A social media friend once wrote the following statement about Buhari on her page: "There must be something special about General Muhammadu Buhari; the people who love him, love him passionately; the people who hate him, hate him with the same amounts of passion." I thought then that these were the best lines I've ever seen written about a man who has become the main issue of Nigerian politics for the past fifteen, or so years, plus. Who is the real GMB? Let's share a short history: Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) was born on 17 December 1942, in Daura, Katsina State, the twenty-third child of his father, he was raised by his mother - his father had died when he was about three or four. Buhari married his first wife, Safinatu (née Yusuf) Buhari in 1971. They had five children, four girls and one boy. In 1988, he divorced his first wife and got married the following year to his current wife Aisha (née Halilu) Buhari. They have four children together. One boy and three girls. On 14 January 2006, Safinatu, his first wife, died from complications of diabetes. In November 2012, his first daughter, Zulaihat Junaid died from sickle cell anaemia, after having a baby two days before at a Hospital in Kaduna. Buharl had joined the Nigerian Army in 1962, and was commissioned as second lieutenant, the following year, and appointed Platoon Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in Abeokuta, Nigeria. In 1964, he attended the Mechanical Transport Officer’s Course at the Army Mechanical Transport School in Borden, United Kingdom. From 65-67, he was Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion and appointed Brigade Major, Second Sector, First Infantry Division, April to July, 1967, Brigade Major of the Third Infantry Brigade, July 1967 to October 1968 and Brigade Major/Commandant, Thirty-first Infantry Brigade, 1970-1971; Assistant Adjutant-General, First Infantry Division Headquarters, '71-72. He attended the Defence Services’ Staff College, Wellington, India, in 1973. From 1974-1975 Buhari was Acting Director, Transport and Supply, Nigerian Army Corps of Supply and Transport Headquarters. He was Military Secretary, Army Headquarters from '78-79, also Member of the Supreme Military Council, General Officer Commanding, Ibadan, Oyo State in 1979 and later that year he was redeployed as General Officer Commanding, Jos, Plateau State. From 1979 -1980, at the rank of colonel, Buhari attended the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States of America and gained a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies. In August 1975, after General Murtala Mohammed had taken over government that year, he appointed Buhari Governor of the North-Eastern State. In March 1976, the then Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo also appointed him Federal Commissioner for Petroleum and Natural Resources. When the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation was created in 1976, Buhari was also appointed as its Chairman, a position he held until 1978. Major-General Buhari was selected as Head of State to lead the country by middle and high-ranking military officers after a successful military coup that overthrew civilian President Shehu Shagari on December 31, 1983. At the time, Buhari was head of the Third Armoured Division of Jos. He has justified the military's seizure of power by castigating the civilian government as hopelessly corrupt, and his administration subsequently initiated a public campaign against indiscipline known as "War Against Indiscipline" (WAI). This policy won him national and universal applause, as a result of its effectiveness. In August 1985, he himself was overthrown in a coup led by General Ibrahim Babangida and other members of the ruling Supreme Military Council (SMC), and detained in Benin City until 1988. His admirers believe that he was overthrown by corrupt elements in his government who were afraid of being brought to justice as his policies were beginning to yield tangible dividends in terms of public discipline, curbing corruption, lowering inflation, enhancing workforce and improving productivity. Buhari served as the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), a body created by the government of General Sani Abacha, and funded from the revenue generated by the increase in price of petroleum products, to pursue developmental projects around the country. A 1998 report in New African praised the PTF under Buhari for its transparency, calling it a rare "success story." General Buhari has previously contested presidential elections thrice, in 2003, 2007, and 2011 and even though he had never won, he always gave a good account of himself. In the last election on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), a party with little semblance of national structure, formed barely weeks before the election, he still managed to poll over 12 million votes! Here is a man who remains consistent, committed, unrelentingly patriotic, and courageous, even in the face of all the transgressions he has endured. He has been called every bad name you can think of - religious bigot, Islamic fundamentalist, a semi-illiterate, coup plotter, dictator, too old and too weak to get things done, yet he trudges on. He just refuses to succumb to the lies, disinformation, and jibes. He just wont give up on Nigeria. For all of Nigerian history, we have had leaders thrust upon us, people who had no mission, nor vision to lead. It was never their 'will' to lead, to quote a famous one amongst them, who TWICE was in the position to steer Nigeria aright. Some had 'luck' thrust upon them; some were just plain lucky. For the first time in Nigerian history, we have one man who wants to SERVE, and who has a game-plan. Mission. Vision. Decision. Fourth time lucky? They say 'Change' is the name of the game. 12. Song of the Year: Mavin Group ~ Dorobucci You know, I'm never too far away from the music. 2014 was the year of Don Jazzy. The recording artist and record producer Michael Collins Ajereh (aka Don Jazzy) is founder of Mavin Records, home to recording artists such as Tiwa Savage, Dr SID, D' Prince, Di'Ja (Hadiza Blell), Reekado Banks, and Korede Bello. Mavins were the most prolific recording label of the year, releasing group, individual and collaborative singles galore, including the monster smash, 'Dorobucci.' The song was released on May 1, 2014 to critical acclaim, and has been downloaded more than 12 million times since its release. One common question made the rounds - What does 'Dorobucci' mean? Don Jazzy has explained, he said: "Anything that is fun, cool, awesome, or fantastic." I guess you could call me, 'Doro-Mega-Super-Wongi!' 13. Best Movie (Script?): The Nollywood Family. It was a year where Nollywood overturned itself, upside-downside. If they had only put heads together and put out a dramatised film production of the Daniel Kanu 'Million Man March,' or the 'Youths Earnestly Ask for Abacha' as guide plot, it could've gained more viewers, a lot more credibility, and probably would've been the one production we might've considered worthy of the star prize, this season. But, our Nollywood 'celebrities' decided to make another kind of headline as they beat themselves over finding who could be the best group to pay a solidarity visit on the President at that famous Place of the Rock where nobody goes and comes back unhappy. First it was Ibinabo Fiberisima's Actors Guild (AGN). As the good news of their profitable venture quickly spread around the industry (like manna from above), others began to plot. (Nollywood never had a reputation for equal-sharing!) The 'others' had heard of the adage of Mohammed and the mountain, and knowing how busy Mr. Prez was, had made arrangements for their 'Mohammed' (Jesus to others!) to come down from his mountain to meet an august conglomeration of their enlarged membership, a sort of contraption of media-related personnel, at the splendorous banquet hall near the shores of Atlantic City. Unfortunately, you see, our worst nightmare, the infamous terrorists (also on this list, somewhere!) had other plans that evening. Like a wizened man who had been too often caught dancing with his pants down, protocol quickly cancelled the 'Messianic' trip, and our esteemed audience-in-wait unfortunately dined alone, not that they missed him that much, going by the amount of selfies that showed up on the social blogosphere. So, mission unaccomplished. No. 2 was there, but it wasn't No, 2 they all came to see. So the wise heads at Nollywood quickly went back to their scripts. First they came up with the name Media Professionals of Nigeria, made their visit to that Rocky heaven, and came back smiling, as usual. Again, there must've been some grumbling over the 'sharing' formula; so not to be outdone, a few retirees (have-been's?) had seen how easy it was to shout out a few bars of the solidarity song and be 'warmly' accepted, and 'richly' rewarded. What to call themselves? Little problem, Nollywood has never been bereft of ideas for movie titles! Voila! They became the 'Nollywood Legends of Nigeria!' Howzat!!! I nor fit shout! Perhaps the next Nollywood blockbuster should be titled: "How To Milk Money From a Rock?" 14. Person(s) of the Year: Dr. Stella Adadevoh. Many people miss the enormity of the sacrifice of this modern Nightingale's supreme contribution to the survival of Nigeria during the Ebola scourge. Only a glance at recent statistics from Liberia and Sierra Leone, and an imaginative multiplication of those figures using current Nigerian population density figures as a variance would further enlighten. Imagine for instance that the human candida, Patrick Sawyer had come across the Nigerian border by road, and had passed through Seme, Mile 2, Yaba, or Ojuelegba, before he finally collapsed? What if he had managed to board that onward flight to Port Harcourt and had attended that conference of African diplomats that he had intended to? What if Dr. Adadevoh hadn't been on duty that day? What if...? Alongside Dr. Adadevoh to receive this posthumous award would be all the other health workers who succumbed to Ebola in the effort to save others. Also due for award are all other health workers and public officers who against all odds and at great risk of life, worked selflessly to stem the spread of the virus, in the absence of volunteers. It would be grossly unfair to not add on the 'worthy of mention' list the name of the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola, who marshalled all efforts to ensure Lagos, and indeed Nigeria, got a clean bill of health, and in record time! Finale: So, what a year? Well, not quite exactly. Too many negatives, and we must also remember the many friends we lost along the way. But, we must always be grateful for good health, sustenance, staying power and possibilities. It's a New Year in a couple of days. May all your wishes come true. May peace and fulfilment reign in Nigeria. And, may God continue to strengthen, protect, and guide you, and all yours, in the coming year, and beyond.
7 months ago
Kamal
Kwankwasiyya Political Awareness
180th KANO STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING PREPARED BY COUNCIL AFFAIRS DIRECTORATE, OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT, GOVERNMENT HOUSE, KANO. In the second (2nd) term (29th May, 2011 to date) of Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, Read more ... FNSE as the popularly elected Governor of Kano State, the Government expended a total sum of money close to Four Hundred and Thirty Four Billion One Hundred and Seventy One Million, Two Hundred and Fifty Two Thousand, Six Hundred and Eighteen Naira, Twenty Kobo (N434,171,252,618.20) transparently and prudently deployed in the execution of over Four Thousand, Four Hundred and Seventy Five (4,475) projects/policies/schemes/programmes at an average rate of twenty five (25) approvals granted per each of the previous one hundred and seventy nine (179) sittings of the State Executive Council. As such, it is correct to state that, the State Executive Council progressively approved an average expenditure of Ninety Seven Million, Twenty Thousand, Five Hundred and Eight Naira, Ninety Seven Kobo (N97,021,508.97) per each of its previous one hundred and Seventy nine (179) sittings in the execution of public oriented/spirited projects/policies/schemes/programmes across all sectors in line with resolutions precisely captured and designed concisely to address the positive transformation of the State along with the lives of the citizenry for the better. In fact at one of the sittings the council APPROVED an expenditure in excess of N33 Billion Naira and the proceeding week N27 Billion was also approved. In this regard, all Government activities undertaken by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are transparently and prudently executed as commendably depicted across all sectors with achievements recorded unequaled by any other administration within the span of three (3) and a half years in Kano or any other State in Nigeria. Indelible and easily retrievable records attest to this in respect of all sectors. Sure and confident to complete all the initiated positive developmental efforts, the State Executive Council held its number one hundred and eighty (180) sitting under the Chairmanship of Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE on Wednesday 17th December, 2014 (25th Safar, 1436AH). Thirty eight (38) memoranda from five (5) MDAs were tabled for deliberation of which Council approved seventeen (17) cutting across six (6) sectors with an expenditure of One Hundred and Twenty Five Million, Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand, Seven Hundred and Twenty Nine Naira, Sixty Kobo (N125,350,729.60) covering fifteen (15) projects while the remaining two (2) are on policy issues. Thus; 1. THE INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT/MAINTENANCE SECTOR Achievements recorded by the current administration in the State in respect of the infrastructural development/maintenance sector stand out prominently as a signature/indelible stamp of the Kwankwasiyya Legacy and Commendable/Copious approach as vitally required across all sectors for the transformation of the quality of lives of the citizenry for the better. Edifices that stand out abound of which only few examples can be cited under the following three (3) prominent sectors; viz; the Education Sector; the Health Sector and the Transportation Sector. • The Education Sector The Physical/Infrastructural requirements are robustly provided continually which positively transforms the performance of Government in respect of this sector at all levels and physical ramifications, among others. This administration executed the following projects and more as physically required to positively transform the education sector. i. Construction of over 3,000 classrooms to decongest existing ones in both Basic Education and Secondary Schools in Kano State so as to ensure accommodating an average of no more than sixty (60) pupils/Students per classroom. The prototype Kwankwasiyya Blocks of Storey Classrooms plus offices and conveniences attest to this across the State. ii. Conversion of several unused/underutilized Government owned buildings (e.g. Gidan Ado Bayero, Former Magwan Water Restaurant, Yadakunya Psychiatric Hospital, etc.) to viable Schools. iii. Renovation of several Basic Education/Secondary Schools and provision of perimeter wall fence to fortify many from encroachment, etc. iiii. Establishment of the permanent site for the Northwest University, Kano. v. Establishment of the permanent site for the College of Arts, Science and Remedial Studies (CARS), Tudun – Wada Dankadai, etc. • The Health Sector Performance of the present administration in the effort to provide the infrastructure required under the Health Sector is commendable as the envisaged positive transformation is a reality in the sense that, - Most of the Kano State Government owned General Hospitals/Health Facilities are currently renovated/fully equipped. - Establishment of the State Primary Health Care Management Board is currently a reality with all the physical/infrastructural requirements available. - College of Nursing and Basic Midwifery, Madobi; School of Post Basic Midwifery Gezawa and School of Health Technology Bebeji are established with all the infrastructural/physical requirements available, etc. • The Transportation Sector Developments and the general positive trend recorded in the infrastructural requirements under this sector are tremendous as to warrant only mention of the few that standout. Viz; i. Several new roads were constructed while many of the existing ones are expanded and maintained continuously. ii. Street lights provided along all categories of roads in Kano Metropolis as well as along the 5KM roads constructed in each of the 44 Local Government Headquarters. iii. Pedestrian walkways along the major roads in Metropolitan Kano are provided with Garden Interlock tiles to ease movement and protect the roads, etc. Continuing with the commendable effort towards the physical positive transformation of the State, the State Executive Council approved the execution of three (3) set of memoranda under the infrastructural development/maintenance sector as follows; a) Request for Funds to Enable Procurement of Duraline Flame Fighter Hoses and Chemical Foam Compound:- This request was submitted from the State Fire Service Department but was endorsed by the State Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport and presented to Council for consideration. Details on the two (2) items required were presented along with the request for the release of the sum of N9,375,000.00 for the stated purpose. Council considered relevance of the project to the protection of lives and property in fighting accidental fire outbreaks and approved as requested. b) Request for Funds to Enable Provision of Fire Extinguishers, Servicing Existing Ones and Training of Kano State Government House Staff on Fire Fighting Techniques:- The Honourable Commissioner, State Affairs instructed the State Fire Service Department to conduct the cited training which channeled the cited request through the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport (as its Supervisor) for consideration by Council. The details presented were considered as relevant by Council which approved the release of the requested sum of N9,266,500.00 for the stated purpose. c) Request for Funds for the Renovation of Takai/Albasu Inter Town Conversion (ITC) Complex for Electricity Supplied to Seven (7) Towns:- The Takai/Albasu I.T.C Complex provides it’s Inter Town Conversion Services for electricity supplied to seven (7) towns which include Takai, Durbunde, Fajewa, Falali, Marke Sabuwar Kasuwa, Tsanyawa and Sakwaya. The complex requires renovation urgently as its services are in demand in accordance with the socio – economic needs of the affected Communities. Details of the project were assessed and estimated to cost the sum of N13,792,327.00 which was requested for release to enable the State Rural Electricity Board (REB) execute the project under the supervision of the State Ministry of Rural and Community Development. Accordingly, Council noted, considered and approved as requested. 2. THE EMPOWERMENT SECTOR Again, the State Executive Council approved the execution of five (5) memoranda under the empowerment sector at its one hundred and eightieth (180th) sitting. These added to the impressive series of memoranda approved for execution under the sector that cut across all segments of the society in various ways. For example; • Provision of access to professional/academic education:- - A large number of the State Indigenous qualified students sponsored for professional/academic courses at both under/post Graduate levels (over 4,000) in institutions/colleges/universities publicly and privately owned locally and abroad. • Provision of access to capacity building for serving civil servants:- - Series of workshops, seminars, conferences, on – the – job training, etc. were approved to be conducted locally and several others to be attended by serving civil servants so as to build their respective capacities for effective service delivery. Beneficiaries cut across MDAs and the number is incomparably impressive. - Twenty four (24) employable skills acquisition training institutes were established of which many graduated their trainees that commenced benefitting their acquired skills. - Various empowerment schemes were conducted by the State Community Reorientation Council (CRC); the Hisbah Board; the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development; etc. - Reintroduction of the Lafiya Jari Empowerment Scheme under which an impressive number of unemployed youth were trained on the business of patent medicine store. - Provision of take – off capital free of charge to the beneficiaries of the empowerment schemes etc. • Provision of support to the needy:- - Bereaved families of deceased civil servants are promptly paid the statutory bereaved family allowances. - Displaced/distressed persons catered for; examples are those displaced from the Central African Republic, Mubi in Adamawa State, etc. to mention but few. In this vein, the five (5) memoranda approved for execution at the one hundred and eightieth (180th) sitting of the State Executive Council can be sub – divided into three (3). That is two (2) under provision of access to professional/academic education, one (1) under provision of access to capacity building for serving civil servants, and one (1) under provision of support to the needy. • Provision of access to professional/academic education:- - Twenty three (23) qualified Kano State Indigenous students are currently sponsored for various under graduate programmes at the American University of Nigeria, Yola Adamawa State. Council approved the release of the aggregate sum of N2,070,000.00 as requested by the State Scholarship Board to enable payment of monthly feeding allowances for nine (9) months (April – December, 2014) to the twenty three (23) students at the rate of N10,000.00 per month (i.e. N90,000.00 x 23). - Twenty (20) amongst the one hundred (100) State Indigenous students sponsored for Pilot Training at Mideast Aviation Academy Jordan successfully completed their course. Council approved the release of the sum of N2,860,000.00 to enable them afford the five (5) items required to sit for a written examination under the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority so as to qualify for Nigeria Pilot License. • Provision of access to capacity building for serving civil servants:- - Approval was granted for the release of the sum of N2,000,000.00 by the State Executive Council at its one hundred and eightieth (180th) sitting to enable the State Ministry of Education host the mandatory continuous programme and training for 1,100 principals of secondary schools (ANCOPSS), Kano State Chapter. • Provision of support to the needy:- - The Kano State Secretariat of the NYSC requested for financial assistance from the State Government by granting approval for the release of the sum of N4,195,200.00 to enable furnishing and provision of mosquito netting at its Kusalla permanent NYSC Orientation Camp site, Karaye Local Government. Accordingly, Council considered and approval was granted in support as requested. 3. THE HEALTH SECTOR The present administration in the State leaves no stone unturned in transforming the Health Sector positively. All aspects and ramifications of the sector are improved continually which include the infrastructural, material, equipment, personnel, consumables, etc. requirements. A trip round Government owned health facilities of all categories will confirm this as the sector enjoys priority consideration among others. Continuing with the commendable trend, Council approved the execution of five (5) memoranda under the health sector during its one hundred and eightieth (180th) sitting as follows; a) Request for Funds for the Control of Scabies in Kano State:- Cognizant of the capacity of scabies to quickly spread from infected to non – infected persons in the society especially among children living in unhygienic environment, the office of the Secretary to the State Government endorsed this request from the Ministry of Health and presented it to Council for consideration. Details were presented along with the request for the release of the sum of N5,634,500.00 to the State Ministry of Health to enable control of scabies as a common skin disease in Kano State. Accordingly, Council considered and approved as requested. b) Request for Funds for Monthly Support to Community Based Management of Severe Malnutrition in Six (6) Local Government Council Areas:- This routine request was submitted from the State Ministry of Health but endorsed by the office of the Secretary to the State Government and presented to Council for consideration. The six (6) Local Government Council Areas specified in this memorandum include Bichi, Kano Municipal, Madobi, Sumaila, Wudil and Tsanyawa in order to improve, manage and treat children with severe malnutrition in Communities. The details presented were considered by Council as approval was granted along with instructions to the six (6) concerned Local Government Councils to ensure continuous monthly release of the sum of N1,281,400.00 to the State Ministry of Health to ensure control of severe malnutrition in their respective domains. c) Presentation of the Need and Request for Funds for the Supply/Installation of Equipment/Furniture at the Gwarzo General Hospital (Main Theatre/Renovated Structures):- Infrastructures at the Gwarzo General Hospital were recently renovated along with the main operation theatre. Provision/installation of equipment and furniture are still pending for the hospital to be fully functional which prompted submission of this request for consideration by Council as endorsed by the office of the Secretary to the State Government. Accordingly, Council approved the release of the sum of N20,835,159.68 for the project. e) Request for Funds for Donation to the Endowment Fund to the Tune of N700,000,000.00 to Enable the Dala Orthopedic Hospital Establish a Spinal Centre:- Cognizant of the positive impact envisaged in the establishment of the stated Spinal Centre, the Ministry of Health recommended to the State Executive Council to approve the release of the sum of N5,000,000.00 as token financial contribution of the State Government towards the successful establishment of the immensely required Spinal Centre at the Dala National Orthopedic Hospital, Kano. Council noted, considered and approved as recommended. 4. THE EDUCATION SECTOR The unprecedented positive transformation of the education sector in the State, requires no emphasis in this medium. The story tells itself glaringly and stridently as one sees and hears it when conducting a verification tour round the State. Relentlessly, the State Executive Council approved the execution of yet another set of three (3) memoranda under the education sector at its one hundred and eightieth (180th) sitting as follows; i. Request for Funds to Enable Completing Building a School Donated to the Kano State Ministry of Education:- The Ministry of Education notified Council, through contents of this memorandum that, the Sabuwar Gandu Development Association, Kumbotso Local Government Council Area with registration number No. 7 of 1987 donated an uncompleted school building to the State Ministry of Education which consists of the following; • Storey block of thirteen (13) classrooms (ground floor). • Two (2) staff rooms. • Two (2) stores. • Twelve (12) toilets. To assess the requirements for completing building the school, a physical inspection of the site was undertaken during which need for completion was identified estimated to cost the sum of N24,144,322.92 which was requested for release by Council for the project. Accordingly, Council appreciated the philanthropic gesture and approved as requested. ii. Request for Funds for the Purchase of Chinese Language Textbooks for the Chinese Academy and Its Library, Located at Challawa:- The present administration established four (4) special secondary schools which include; Chinese Language Academy, Agric Academy, French Academy and Sports Academy in various locations in the State. The students of the Chinese Academy established in the State, required set of textbooks for the teaching and learning of the Chinese Language taught in the school. Again, students’ and teachers’ reference books are required in the library where one hundred (100) Kano State Indigenous students were admitted in the Academy and fourteen (14) teachers were trained on Chinese language abroad. More details were presented to Council for consideration along with the request for the release of the sum of $13,030.00. Accordingly, Council considered and approved as requested. iii. Request for Funds to Facilitate for Five (5) Requirements by Kano State Indigenous Students Studying at Three (3) Bilingual Colleges in Niger Republic:- Cognizant of the bilateral agreement that exists between the Kano State Government and that of the Niger Republic for the establishment of the two (2) Bilingual Colleges in Niamey and Zinder, the Ministry of Education submitted this request for consideration by Council. The details presented were summarized to five (5) prayers as follows; • Council to consider and approve the release of the sum of N1,200,000.00 for the purchase of two hundred (200) units of mattresses for two hundred (200) newly admitted students of Bilingual College Zinder. • Council to consider the release of the sum of N1,200,000.00 to enable refund of the expenditure incurred to purchase two hundred (200) units of mattresses for two hundred (200) students of Bilingual College Niamey. • Council to consider and approve the release of the sum of N500,000.00 to obtain one hundred (100) ECOWAS Certificates for one hundred (100) Kano State Indigenous students studying at Bilingual College Zinder. • Council to consider and approve the release of the sum of N2,100,000.00 to enable payment of six (6) months’ rent at the rate of N350,000.00 per month for the temporary site pending commencement of academic activities at the permanent site of the Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso Bilingual College Zinder. • Council to consider and approve the release of the sum of N670,000.00 for the transportation of one hundred (100) Kano State Indigenous students of Muhammadou Issoufou Bilingual College Zinder. Accordingly, Council considered the five (5) prayers as authentic and approved the release of the requested sum of N5,670,000.00 for the commitment. 5. THE INFORMATION/COMMUNICATION SECTOR This sector is the capable image maker for the present administration and carries the banner that blatantly informs the public of all activities of the State Government. One can correctly say that, the information/communication sector is the Government as far as this administration is concerned because it is considered as the reliable avenue through which the Government portrays its image cognizant to which Council approved the execution of one (1) memorandum under the information and communication sector in respect of one (1) of the established employable skills acquisition training institutes established by the current administration in the State. Thus; 6. THE JUSTICE SECTOR This sector signifies the Judiciary which is the third (3rd) arm of Government in addition to the Executive and Legislative arms. As such, the present administration provides for all requirements of the Justice Sector cognizant of its equal status to the Executive arm of the Government. Every physical/infrastructural, material, personnel/professional, etc. required are provided for this sector according to statutory provisions without reservations. 27 new Shari’ah Courts/Courts of Appeal were constructed while many existing ones were renovated to befitting status. The High Court Complexes at Miller Road and Audu Bako Secretariat were renovated while series of approvals were granted to enable attendance of personnel in the Legal Profession to capacity building workshops, seminars, conferences locally and abroad. Approval was granted for the execution of one (1) memorandum under the justice sector at the one hundred and eightieth (180th) sitting of the State Executive Council as follows; Request for Funds to Enable Purchase of Islamic Law Books:- Availability of reliable reference materials determines correct dispensation of justice especially under the divine guidance of Islamic Jurisprudence which instigated submission of this request from the Kano State Shari’ah Court of Appeal which was endorsed by the office of the Secretary to the State Government and presented to Council for consideration. Details were summarized, endorsed and presented to Council for consideration as follows; S/N Description Price Total (N) i. Encyclopedia of Islamic Jurisprudence (vol. 1 – 11) N500,000.00 x 3 copies 1,500,000.00 ii. Encyclopedia of Islamic Law (vol. 1 – 10) N500,000.00 x 3 copies 1,500,000.00 iii. Encyclopedia of Islamic Shari’ah (vol. 1 – 10) N400,000.00 x 3 copies 1,200,000.00 Total 4,200,000.00 As such, Council was requested to approve the release of the sum of N4,200,000.00 for the stated purpose. Council noted, considered and approved as requested. UPDATE ON ACTIVITIES OF THE 180TH KANO STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL SITTING 1. SECONDARY SCHOOLS STUDENTS COMPETITION AND AWARD OF PRIZES Council noted the tremendous success recorded during the recently concluded various Senior Secondary Schools Competitions organized nationwide were Kano State Students excelled as follows; i. National Junior Engineers/Technician competition (JETS) the State Student emerged with the following prizes:- one (1) Gold, one (1) Silver and two (2) Bronze. ii. In the Etisalat U – 15 Football Championship in the Northwest Zone the State Contingent emerged – second (2nd) position. iii. Global Education Partnership – Kano State received $22,000,000.00 of the $100,000,000.00 shared among five (5) States. iiii. Donation – the Kano State Government Donated the sum of N250,000.00 to Kano State Students’ Association Kaduna Polytechnic Chapter for its newly Launched Magazine. 2. GRADUATION CEREMONY OF WOMEN AND YOUTHS UNDER THE EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMMES Council acknowledged the successful conduct of the graduation ceremony of the State sponsored Women and Youths trained on different employable skills acquisition under the empowerment programmes (16th December, 2014) at the Government House Kano. Specifically; i. Four thousand, four Hundred (4,400) Women trained under the second (2nd) Batch Special Family Orientation Programme. ii. One (100) Women Trained in Home Based Trades in Collaboration with Etisalat Communication. iii. One hundred and thirty six (136) Trainees of Kano Reformatory Institute Kiru. • Total = four thousand, six hundred and thirty six (4,636). USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS ON ANY EMERGENCY Council endorses the useful phone numbers submitted by the security agents for easy access in case of any emergency on the metropolitan roads. Accordingly, the general public may easily Contact KAROTA for: Breakdown of Vehicle(s), Traffic Congestion, Accidents, and Illegal/Wrong Parking to kindly Call KAROTA through the following numbers on – 08091626747. Similarly, the State Police Command could be contacted on – 08032419754, 08123821575. In addition, the State Fire Service can be contacted on – 07051246833, 08191778888. 10 | Page
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Odiaka This Column Article was written by Professor Tam David-West from South south, He worked with him and ha s a better knowledge of Who Gen. Buhari is, including his religion tolerance and other curruption issue we hear from people on daily basis.... Ple Read more ... ase i need somebody with counter opinion to come out ASAP before i take a decision..... Please enjoy I have always maintained in my articles, essays or discourses that “The fear of General Muhammadu Buhari is the beginning of self-serving wisdom among corrupt Nigerians, especially politicians and their cronies at the corridors of power.” This is because of his zero-tolerance for corruption and iron-cast discipline and uncompromising principle. This excruciating mortal fear of this bunch of Nigerians has become even more intense since General Buhari expressed interest in the Presidency through the normal democratic channel. In a concerted effort or attempt to frustrate or even scuttle the fear-inspiring Buhari’s Presidential ambition; these Buhari phobics have over time orchestrated mendacious propaganda against his person. They spin all sorts of contemptible lies about him. They dis-inform the public with satanic audacity. They have persistently fabricated so many tendentious lies about him with such curious relish that one tends to wonder if they are capable again of knowing the difference between falsehood and truth. I am particularly concerned and worried over this trend for at least two main reasons. First, no society ever grows and develops steeped in falsehood. Falsehood enslaves and obscures light; contrariwise; truth liberates. Those feeding society with falsehood are therefore necessarily enemies of society; especially when such fabrications are conveniently peddled to answer to personal obsessions or phobia. My second concern and worry has to do with some of our otherwise respected intellectuals, who are expected to educate with the truth and not to conveniently mis-educate the public with disinformation. This is all the more frightening because some of these intellectuals are so greatly respected by the generality of the public because of their great learning and intellectual decorations both national and international. Because of this general approval by the people, some of these classes of intellectuals sink to conceit and tend to cherish an exaggerated or inflated self-evaluation or sense of self-worth. In short, they become megalomaniacs; victims of narcissism. They nurse mental delusion of their omnipotence and infallibility, which they parade and expect that their great learning and intellectual decorations can even sanctify their fabrications. They delude themselves to believing that the public, the people, will believe whatever they spin even without any proof. But they forget that this is only to the extent that their lies are not confronted with well researched and copiously documented counters; especially when it can also be shown that one can be very brilliant intellectually and be approvingly so decorated; nevertheless, still be physically lazy to painstakingly research into issues of societal interest. Perhaps, I should at this juncture make the following germane disclosures: General Buhari invited me to his ministerial cabinet in 1984. He swore me in as Minister of Petroleum and Energy on 18 January, 1984. Later on, I was also honoured with the Chairmanship of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as well as the Chief Executive of the NNPC; thereby making me the most powerful minister of petroleum. This includes even himself who was holding the Petroleum portfolio earlier on during the great General Murtala Muhammed administration. It is significant and underscores the General Buhari style to add that in spite of all the honours bestowed on me, he emphatically added: “Professor, I will not interfere.” And he kept strictly to his word until he was ousted in a self-serving Babangida coup on August 27, 1986. General Babangida also appointed me Minister of Petroleum Resources. My long-standing friend (since 1975 in Rivers State General Zamani Lekwot Cabinet), General Sani Abacha, pleaded with me to please accept to serve “to continue the good work for the country.” I gave in not quite enthusiastically. I must add, and indeed stress that I had never not met General Buhari before he invited me to his cabinet. He told me that he was guided by my writings on national issues and of course also by security reports on me. To God be all the glory! Finally, on a lighter note, I wish to state that my salary as Minister was less than my then salary as Professor of Virology/Consultant at Ibadan: N16,000 to N18,000 a year. And I had no salary as Minister for three months because of delay in opening a Lagos bank account. As Petroleum Minister, I very regularly and very closely interacted with General Buhari. This gave me the golden opportunity to study him very minutely. I got to know him intimately especially what he stands for as a person. Thus, when I write about General Buhari, I do so from close firsthand experience. Not hear-say or stereotypes. I have over time written a lot about General Buhari. This includes two formal works: “Who Really Is General Muhammadu Buhari?” and “The Sixteen ‘Sins’ of General Muhammadu Buhari.” The first was launched publicly at The Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Victoria Island on March 9, 2009. The second book was launched in Kaduna (29 July, 2010) and Port Harcourt (14 March, 2011). Both events were crowd-pullers. I must mention that General Buhari was kept in the dark about both projects. I only informed him some two weeks to the launching. I don’t have to consult him to tell the truth about him. I was very delighted and indeed greatly honoured when our greatly respected and honourable former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, GCFR, CSG accepted to write the “Forward” to “Who Really Is General Muhammadu Buhari?” A fantastic “Forward” indeed! He also personally graced the public launching. He was even promptly there on time. I remain eternally indebted and bankrupt in gratitude to him. But why General Buhari? Simple. He is a rare gem of a Nigerian, especially a leader. My third book, “General Muhammadu Buhari: A Very Rare Gem” is almost completed. My address at the launching of “The Sixteen ‘Sins’ of General Muhammadu Buhari.” in Port Harcourt on March 14, 2011 encapsulated the grounds for deep adoration of General Buhari: “I am a committed – very committed Pro-Buhari. Dyed-in-the-wool pro-Buhari. I have no regrets. I have no apologies. My unwavering, unflinching support is not based on sentiments or any patronage expectation whatsoever (I think I don’t need it). Among all the mortal leaders I know, General Muhammadu Buhari easily stands out a refreshing beacon of an exemplary leader in probity, integrity, focus, vision, discipline, courage, humility (almost self-effacing), honest in leadership by example (not by sermons). These are very rare qualities in contemporary Nigerian leadership (maybe even for all time).” His response was superbly refreshing and humbling: “Service to our country brought Tam and I together, and the ideals we share in common made us friends. Tam is a friend you can go into the forest with.” “The Sixteen ‘Sins’ of General Muhammadu Buhari” was intended to expose and counter (with copious evidence) all the sixteen lies being peddled by the contemptible Buhari phobics over time. I even challenged them for debate at the public space. None has mustered the courage to pick up the gauntlet – even after over three solid years. This is very instructive indeed. In short, they simply orchestrated fabrications about General Buhari. Shameless bunch. It is also telling of our system that the book The Sixteen ‘Sins’, has been printed three times. Best selling. People tend to rush to “bad” news about leaders or persons than “good” news. They thought – very wrongly that I was exposing General Buhari’s misdeeds. After all their (the Buhari phobics) tendentious lies about General Buhari have been effectively debunked, they now in their desperation peddle that he is in fact too old to contest for the Presidency. I call this “The Politics of Buhari’s Age.” It is like a drowning man resorting to straw as if it is life buoy. But this “Age Palava” has shown even more clearly that they are either (or both) intellectually fraudulent or physically lazy to do meaningful research. Therefore, in this discourse, “General Muhammadu Buhari: The Politics of Age” I intend, once again, to expose their tendentious lies and specious disinformation. I do this, once again, fortified by well researched facts and figures. I must gratefully acknowledge the selfless assistance of my esteemed friend, Mr. Okoi Ofem Obono-Obla, LLB Hons, BL. Brilliant. Humble. He himself is a solid believer in General Buhari. He is thus, also very much committed to truth and justice and good governance. General Buhari was born on December 17, 1942. He is 72 years in 2014. He will be 73 in 2015. Still young to be President of Nigeria! This nonsense about age is also faulted on the grounds that good leadership is not necessarily defined by age. It is also not defined by high learning – PhD and all that. Good leadership is innate divine endowment. But it can also be nurtured at times. From my research (ably assisted by my friend, Okoi Obono-Obla) I list some 15 examples of leaders, both in Africa and abroad who are older – some much older-than General Buhari. Let me start with our neighbour, Liberia, with its great lady president:President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President 2006 at age 70. She was 75 in 2011. She will remain president till 2016. She will be 80 years then. President Jacob Zuma, South Africa is 72 years old. He will be president till 2019 at 77 years. Nelson Mandela, born July 18, 1918. President of South Africa in 1994 at 76 years. Still president in 1998 (single term) when he voluntarily stepped down for Mbeki. He was 80 years. If he had served his two terms he would have been 84 years. President Peter Mutharika, Malawi 74 when he was sworn in on 31 May, 2014. He will be president till 2019 at 79 years. President Alpa Conde Guinea. President at 76 years. President in December 2011 at 72 years.President Jose Eduardo Santos, Angola 72 years. He will be president till 2020 at 78 years. President Abde Bourtefilka, Algeria 77 years. President till 2020 at 83 years old. President Alasanne Quattara, Ivory Coast 72 years in 2012. President till 2016 at 76 years. Yoweri Museveni, Uganda, president since 1985 at 70 years won another seven years in 2013 at 77 years, will be president till 2020 at 84. President Jose Mujiaga of Uruguay 75 at election; reelected and is now 79 years. President Tedoro Oblang Nguema Mbasogo, Equatorial Guinea; born January 6, 1942 is 72 years and still going on. President Michael Sata, Zambia 77 years – president September 23, 2011 at 74; will be president till 2016. He will be 79. President Paul Biya of Cameroon (President Jonathan has obvious fancy for him) is 81 years. He will be in office till 2017 at 84. President Milos Zeman of Chech Republic is 70 will be in office till 2018 at 74. President Ronald Reagan; born February 06, 1911. President USA at 70. Two terms of 4 years in 1989 he was 78. Selected Satanic Lies (‘Sins’) Against General Buhari (Ref: “General Buhari: “Sixteen (Sins’): 53 Suitcases Saga: No iota of truth. Total lie. In fact the referenced Emir of Gwandu had only thirteen (13) – far cry from 53 – suitcases on board; and they all went through Customs. Question of “bulging” with ‘currency’ total fabrication (Ref. page 42-45 “Sixteen ‘Sins’). N2.8 Billion Poppycock: Totally False. Mere gossip and rumour. Unqualified tommyrot. The Honourable Mr. Justice Ayo Irekefe’s Judicial Commission of Inquiry. (Judicial! Yes) White Paper: No such money was ever missing. Fabrication. (Ref. Page 59 “Sixteen ‘Sins’). The Petroleum Trust Fund: Lie No 1: PTF a parallel government. Total rubbish. silly. No government ever officially set up a parallel government to subvert itself. Lie No 2: PTF partial to the North. silly. Tommyrot. PTF’S first 1 Billion Naira (N1.07 Billion) spent on Lagos Water Works. PTF projects country-wide. PTF Board of Trustees, great Nigerians, wide spread members such as: Alhaji Ahmed Talib. Professor Chimere Ikoku. Professor J.P. Clarke. Chief Rufus Giwa. PTF Education Consultants Great Nigerians: Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi. Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Pini Jason. Dan Agbese. (Ref: “Sixteen ‘Sins’ Page 81-85). Lie No 3: “Expired PTF Drugs” Total fabrication. Rubbish. Arrant nonsense. NAFDAC under the great Dora Akunyili was consultant and monitor to PTF; ensured quality control etc. (Ref: Page 83 “Sixteen ‘Sins’) Lie No 4: The management of oil and the economy. These are best under Buhari. No oil (fuel) importation. Buhari in fact exported fuel. No IMF. Naira not devalued: $1.5 to N1.0. Today, N160 to $1.0. N2.0 to £1.0. Today, N270 – N250 to £1.0. Lie No 5: Buhari “serial loser” of election. Buhari has never lost in any free, fair and transparent election. He was always “serially rigged out.” fear! Religious Extremism General Buhari enemies confuse religious extremism with religious fundamentalism. He has respect for both Christian and Islam. For instance, three of his Cooks are Christians, his Confidential Secretary, a Christian. His Private Secretary, a Christian. His Driver number 2, a Christian. His second Security, a Christian and his Office Cook a Christian. TESTIMONIES “Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, an extraordinary Nigerian, matched only by few in integrity and readiness to subject himself to the demands of public office… abiding concern for the fate and welfare of the people of this great country.” By General Abdulsalami Abubakar, GCFR, CSG. Forward: “Buhari, The PTF Years” (1979). “General Muhammadu Buhari, is a man of principle and moral absolutes who has made a name for probity and integrity. By all stands, Buhari, has proved an extraordinary Nigerian in and out of uniform.” By General Abdulsalami Abubakar, GCFR, CSG. Forward: “Who Really Is General Muhammadu Buhari, (2009). “Nigeria, in its current dire straits needs Buhari more than he needs Nigeria.” Femi Orebe “The Nation On Sunday” September 28, 2014 Page 18. In conclusion, I urge my compatriots, please in 2015 and beyond in the interest of our Nigeria, vote for integrity, probity, zero-tolerance to corruption. Discipline. Never, never again for your recycled looted money for “stomach infrastructure” or pocket consolidation. So help us God. Amen. •Professor Tam David-West, eminent Virologist, writes from Ibadan, Oyo State http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=85963 Re: Buhari: The Politics Of Age By Professor Tam David-west by Civory(m): 8:13am On Oct 14 Tell them bro! In Buhari we trust come 2015! Re: Buhari: The Politics Of Age By Professor Tam David-west by baccaspace: 8:31am On Oct 14 Excellent from Mr Tam David West! .
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180th KANO STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING PREPARED BY COUNCIL AFFAIRS DIRECTORATE, OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT, GOVERNMENT HOUSE, KANO. In the second (2nd) term (29th May, 2011 to date) of Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, Read more ... FNSE as the popularly elected Governor of Kano State, the Government expended a total sum of money close to Four Hundred and Thirty Four Billion One Hundred and Seventy One Million, Two Hundred and Fifty Two Thousand, Six Hundred and Eighteen Naira, Twenty Kobo (N434,171,252,618.20) transparently and prudently deployed in the execution of over Four Thousand, Four Hundred and Seventy Five (4,475) projects/policies/schemes/programmes at an average rate of twenty five (25) approvals granted per each of the previous one hundred and seventy nine (179) sittings of the State Executive Council. As such, it is correct to state that, the State Executive Council progressively approved an average expenditure of Ninety Seven Million, Twenty Thousand, Five Hundred and Eight Naira, Ninety Seven Kobo (N97,021,508.97) per each of its previous one hundred and Seventy nine (179) sittings in the execution of public oriented/spirited projects/policies/schemes/programmes across all sectors in line with resolutions precisely captured and designed concisely to address the positive transformation of the State along with the lives of the citizenry for the better. In fact at one of the sittings the council APPROVED an expenditure in excess of N33 Billion Naira and the proceeding week N27 Billion was also approved. In this regard, all Government activities undertaken by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are transparently and prudently executed as commendably depicted across all sectors with achievements recorded unequaled by any other administration within the span of three (3) and a half years in Kano or any other State in Nigeria. Indelible and easily retrievable records attest to this in respect of all sectors. Sure and confident to complete all the initiated positive developmental efforts, the State Executive Council held its number one hundred and eighty (180) sitting under the Chairmanship of Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE on Wednesday 17th December, 2014 (25th Safar, 1436AH). Thirty eight (38) memoranda from five (5) MDAs were tabled for deliberation of which Council approved seventeen (17) cutting across six (6) sectors with an expenditure of One Hundred and Twenty Five Million, Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand, Seven Hundred and Twenty Nine Naira, Sixty Kobo (N125,350,729.60) covering fifteen (15) projects while the remaining two (2) are on policy issues. Thus; 1. THE INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT/MAINTENANCE SECTOR Achievements recorded by the current administration in the State in respect of the infrastructural development/maintenance sector stand out prominently as a signature/indelible stamp of the Kwankwasiyya Legacy and Commendable/Copious approach as vitally required across all sectors for the transformation of the quality of lives of the citizenry for the better. Edifices that stand out abound of which only few examples can be cited under the following three (3) prominent sectors; viz; the Education Sector; the Health Sector and the Transportation Sector. • The Education Sector The Physical/Infrastructural requirements are robustly provided continually which positively transforms the performance of Government in respect of this sector at all levels and physical ramifications, among others. This administration executed the following projects and more as physically required to positively transform the education sector. i. Construction of over 3,000 classrooms to decongest existing ones in both Basic Education and Secondary Schools in Kano State so as to ensure accommodating an average of no more than sixty (60) pupils/Students per classroom. The prototype Kwankwasiyya Blocks of Storey Classrooms plus offices and conveniences attest to this across the State. ii. Conversion of several unused/underutilized Government owned buildings (e.g. Gidan Ado Bayero, Former Magwan Water Restaurant, Yadakunya Psychiatric Hospital, etc.) to viable Schools. iii. Renovation of several Basic Education/Secondary Schools and provision of perimeter wall fence to fortify many from encroachment, etc. iiii. Establishment of the permanent site for the Northwest University, Kano. v. Establishment of the permanent site for the College of Arts, Science and Remedial Studies (CARS), Tudun – Wada Dankadai, etc. • The Health Sector Performance of the present administration in the effort to provide the infrastructure required under the Health Sector is commendable as the envisaged positive transformation is a reality in the sense that, - Most of the Kano State Government owned General Hospitals/Health Facilities are currently renovated/fully equipped. - Establishment of the State Primary Health Care Management Board is currently a reality with all the physical/infrastructural requirements available. - College of Nursing and Basic Midwifery, Madobi; School of Post Basic Midwifery Gezawa and School of Health Technology Bebeji are established with all the infrastructural/physical requirements available, etc. • The Transportation Sector Developments and the general positive trend recorded in the infrastructural requirements under this sector are tremendous as to warrant only mention of the few that standout. Viz; i. Several new roads were constructed while many of the existing ones are expanded and maintained continuously. ii. Street lights provided along all categories of roads in Kano Metropolis as well as along the 5KM roads constructed in each of the 44 Local Government Headquarters. iii. Pedestrian walkways along the major roads in Metropolitan Kano are provided with Garden Interlock tiles to ease movement and protect the roads, etc. Continuing with the commendable effort towards the physical positive transformation of the State, the State Executive Council approved the execution of three (3) set of memoranda under the infrastructural development/maintenance sector as follows; a) Request for Funds to Enable Procurement of Duraline Flame Fighter Hoses and Chemical Foam Compound:- This request was submitted from the State Fire Service Department but was endorsed by the State Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport and presented to Council for consideration. Details on the two (2) items required were presented along with the request for the release of the sum of N9,375,000.00 for the stated purpose. Council considered relevance of the project to the protection of lives and property in fighting accidental fire outbreaks and approved as requested. b) Request for Funds to Enable Provision of Fire Extinguishers, Servicing Existing Ones and Training of Kano State Government House Staff on Fire Fighting Techniques:- The Honourable Commissioner, State Affairs instructed the State Fire Service Department to conduct the cited training which channeled the cited request through the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport (as its Supervisor) for consideration by Council. The details presented were considered as relevant by Council which approved the release of the requested sum of N9,266,500.00 for the stated purpose. c) Request for Funds for the Renovation of Takai/Albasu Inter Town Conversion (ITC) Complex for Electricity Supplied to Seven (7) Towns:- The Takai/Albasu I.T.C Complex provides it’s Inter Town Conversion Services for electricity supplied to seven (7) towns which include Takai, Durbunde, Fajewa, Falali, Marke Sabuwar Kasuwa, Tsanyawa and Sakwaya. The complex requires renovation urgently as its services are in demand in accordance with the socio – economic needs of the affected Communities. Details of the project were assessed and estimated to cost the sum of N13,792,327.00 which was requested for release to enable the State Rural Electricity Board (REB) execute the project under the supervision of the State Ministry of Rural and Community Development. Accordingly, Council noted, considered and approved as requested. 2. THE EMPOWERMENT SECTOR Again, the State Executive Council approved the execution of five (5) memoranda under the empowerment sector at its one hundred and eightieth (180th) sitting. These added to the impressive series of memoranda approved for execution under the sector that cut across all segments of the society in various ways. For example; • Provision of access to professional/academic education:- - A large number of the State Indigenous qualified students sponsored for professional/academic courses at both under/post Graduate levels (over 4,000) in institutions/colleges/universities publicly and privately owned locally and abroad. • Provision of access to capacity building for serving civil servants:- - Series of workshops, seminars, conferences, on – the – job training, etc. were approved to be conducted locally and several others to be attended by serving civil servants so as to build their respective capacities for effective service delivery. Beneficiaries cut across MDAs and the number is incomparably impressive. - Twenty four (24) employable skills acquisition training institutes were established of which many graduated their trainees that commenced benefitting their acquired skills. - Various empowerment schemes were conducted by the State Community Reorientation Council (CRC); the Hisbah Board; the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development; etc. - Reintroduction of the Lafiya Jari Empowerment Scheme under which an impressive number of unemployed youth were trained on the business of patent medicine store. - Provision of take – off capital free of charge to the beneficiaries of the empowerment schemes etc. • Provision of support to the needy:- - Bereaved families of deceased civil servants are promptly paid the statutory bereaved family allowances. - Displaced/distressed persons catered for; examples are those displaced from the Central African Republic, Mubi in Adamawa State, etc. to mention but few. In this vein, the five (5) memoranda approved for execution at the one hundred and eightieth (180th) sitting of the State Executive Council can be sub – divided into three (3). That is two (2) under provision of access to professional/academic education, one (1) under provision of access to capacity building for serving civil servants, and one (1) under provision of support to the needy. • Provision of access to professional/academic education:- - Twenty three (23) qualified Kano State Indigenous students are currently sponsored for various under graduate programmes at the American University of Nigeria, Yola Adamawa State. Council approved the release of the aggregate sum of N2,070,000.00 as requested by the State Scholarship Board to enable payment of monthly feeding allowances for nine (9) months (April – December, 2014) to the twenty three (23) students at the rate of N10,000.00 per month (i.e. N90,000.00 x 23). - Twenty (20) amongst the one hundred (100) State Indigenous students sponsored for Pilot Training at Mideast Aviation Academy Jordan successfully completed their course. Council approved the release of the sum of N2,860,000.00 to enable them afford the five (5) items required to sit for a written examination under the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority so as to qualify for Nigeria Pilot License. • Provision of access to capacity building for serving civil servants:- - Approval was granted for the release of the sum of N2,000,000.00 by the State Executive Council at its one hundred and eightieth (180th) sitting to enable the State Ministry of Education host the mandatory continuous programme and training for 1,100 principals of secondary schools (ANCOPSS), Kano State Chapter. • Provision of support to the needy:- - The Kano State Secretariat of the NYSC requested for financial assistance from the State Government by granting approval for the release of the sum of N4,195,200.00 to enable furnishing and provision of mosquito netting at its Kusalla permanent NYSC Orientation Camp site, Karaye Local Government. Accordingly, Council considered and approval was granted in support as requested. 3. THE HEALTH SECTOR The present administration in the State leaves no stone unturned in transforming the Health Sector positively. All aspects and ramifications of the sector are improved continually which include the infrastructural, material, equipment, personnel, consumables, etc. requirements. A trip round Government owned health facilities of all categories will confirm this as the sector enjoys priority consideration among others. Continuing with the commendable trend, Council approved the execution of five (5) memoranda under the health sector during its one hundred and eightieth (180th) sitting as follows; a) Request for Funds for the Control of Scabies in Kano State:- Cognizant of the capacity of scabies to quickly spread from infected to non – infected persons in the society especially among children living in unhygienic environment, the office of the Secretary to the State Government endorsed this request from the Ministry of Health and presented it to Council for consideration. Details were presented along with the request for the release of the sum of N5,634,500.00 to the State Ministry of Health to enable control of scabies as a common skin disease in Kano State. Accordingly, Council considered and approved as requested. b) Request for Funds for Monthly Support to Community Based Management of Severe Malnutrition in Six (6) Local Government Council Areas:- This routine request was submitted from the State Ministry of Health but endorsed by the office of the Secretary to the State Government and presented to Council for consideration. The six (6) Local Government Council Areas specified in this memorandum include Bichi, Kano Municipal, Madobi, Sumaila, Wudil and Tsanyawa in order to improve, manage and treat children with severe malnutrition in Communities. The details presented were considered by Council as approval was granted along with instructions to the six (6) concerned Local Government Councils to ensure continuous monthly release of the sum of N1,281,400.00 to the State Ministry of Health to ensure control of severe malnutrition in their respective domains. c) Presentation of the Need and Request for Funds for the Supply/Installation of Equipment/Furniture at the Gwarzo General Hospital (Main Theatre/Renovated Structures):- Infrastructures at the Gwarzo General Hospital were recently renovated along with the main operation theatre. Provision/installation of equipment and furniture are still pending for the hospital to be fully functional which prompted submission of this request for consideration by Council as endorsed by the office of the Secretary to the State Government. Accordingly, Council approved the release of the sum of N20,835,159.68 for the project. e) Request for Funds for Donation to the Endowment Fund to the Tune of N700,000,000.00 to Enable the Dala Orthopedic Hospital Establish a Spinal Centre:- Cognizant of the positive impact envisaged in the establishment of the stated Spinal Centre, the Ministry of Health recommended to the State Executive Council to approve the release of the sum of N5,000,000.00 as token financial contribution of the State Government towards the successful establishment of the immensely required Spinal Centre at the Dala National Orthopedic Hospital, Kano. Council noted, considered and approved as recommended. 4. THE EDUCATION SECTOR The unprecedented positive transformation of the education sector in the State, requires no emphasis in this medium. The story tells itself glaringly and stridently as one sees and hears it when conducting a verification tour round the State. Relentlessly, the State Executive Council approved the execution of yet another set of three (3) memoranda under the education sector at its one hundred and eightieth (180th) sitting as follows; i. Request for Funds to Enable Completing Building a School Donated to the Kano State Ministry of Education:- The Ministry of Education notified Council, through contents of this memorandum that, the Sabuwar Gandu Development Association, Kumbotso Local Government Council Area with registration number No. 7 of 1987 donated an uncompleted school building to the State Ministry of Education which consists of the following; • Storey block of thirteen (13) classrooms (ground floor). • Two (2) staff rooms. • Two (2) stores. • Twelve (12) toilets. To assess the requirements for completing building the school, a physical inspection of the site was undertaken during which need for completion was identified estimated to cost the sum of N24,144,322.92 which was requested for release by Council for the project. Accordingly, Council appreciated the philanthropic gesture and approved as requested. ii. Request for Funds for the Purchase of Chinese Language Textbooks for the Chinese Academy and Its Library, Located at Challawa:- The present administration established four (4) special secondary schools which include; Chinese Language Academy, Agric Academy, French Academy and Sports Academy in various locations in the State. The students of the Chinese Academy established in the State, required set of textbooks for the teaching and learning of the Chinese Language taught in the school. Again, students’ and teachers’ reference books are required in the library where one hundred (100) Kano State Indigenous students were admitted in the Academy and fourteen (14) teachers were trained on Chinese language abroad. More details were presented to Council for consideration along with the request for the release of the sum of $13,030.00. Accordingly, Council considered and approved as requested. iii. Request for Funds to Facilitate for Five (5) Requirements by Kano State Indigenous Students Studying at Three (3) Bilingual Colleges in Niger Republic:- Cognizant of the bilateral agreement that exists between the Kano State Government and that of the Niger Republic for the establishment of the two (2) Bilingual Colleges in Niamey and Zinder, the Ministry of Education submitted this request for consideration by Council. The details presented were summarized to five (5) prayers as follows; • Council to consider and approve the release of the sum of N1,200,000.00 for the purchase of two hundred (200) units of mattresses for two hundred (200) newly admitted students of Bilingual College Zinder. • Council to consider the release of the sum of N1,200,000.00 to enable refund of the expenditure incurred to purchase two hundred (200) units of mattresses for two hundred (200) students of Bilingual College Niamey. • Council to consider and approve the release of the sum of N500,000.00 to obtain one hundred (100) ECOWAS Certificates for one hundred (100) Kano State Indigenous students studying at Bilingual College Zinder. • Council to consider and approve the release of the sum of N2,100,000.00 to enable payment of six (6) months’ rent at the rate of N350,000.00 per month for the temporary site pending commencement of academic activities at the permanent site of the Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso Bilingual College Zinder. • Council to consider and approve the release of the sum of N670,000.00 for the transportation of one hundred (100) Kano State Indigenous students of Muhammadou Issoufou Bilingual College Zinder. Accordingly, Council considered the five (5) prayers as authentic and approved the release of the requested sum of N5,670,000.00 for the commitment. 5. THE INFORMATION/COMMUNICATION SECTOR This sector is the capable image maker for the present administration and carries the banner that blatantly informs the public of all activities of the State Government. One can correctly say that, the information/communication sector is the Government as far as this administration is concerned because it is considered as the reliable avenue through which the Government portrays its image cognizant to which Council approved the execution of one (1) memorandum under the information and communication sector in respect of one (1) of the established employable skills acquisition training institutes established by the current administration in the State. Thus; 6. THE JUSTICE SECTOR This sector signifies the Judiciary which is the third (3rd) arm of Government in addition to the Executive and Legislative arms. As such, the present administration provides for all requirements of the Justice Sector cognizant of its equal status to the Executive arm of the Government. Every physical/infrastructural, material, personnel/professional, etc. required are provided for this sector according to statutory provisions without reservations. 27 new Shari’ah Courts/Courts of Appeal were constructed while many existing ones were renovated to befitting status. The High Court Complexes at Miller Road and Audu Bako Secretariat were renovated while series of approvals were granted to enable attendance of personnel in the Legal Profession to capacity building workshops, seminars, conferences locally and abroad. Approval was granted for the execution of one (1) memorandum under the justice sector at the one hundred and eightieth (180th) sitting of the State Executive Council as follows; Request for Funds to Enable Purchase of Islamic Law Books:- Availability of reliable reference materials determines correct dispensation of justice especially under the divine guidance of Islamic Jurisprudence which instigated submission of this request from the Kano State Shari’ah Court of Appeal which was endorsed by the office of the Secretary to the State Government and presented to Council for consideration. Details were summarized, endorsed and presented to Council for consideration as follows; S/N Description Price Total (N) i. Encyclopedia of Islamic Jurisprudence (vol. 1 – 11) N500,000.00 x 3 copies 1,500,000.00 ii. Encyclopedia of Islamic Law (vol. 1 – 10) N500,000.00 x 3 copies 1,500,000.00 iii. Encyclopedia of Islamic Shari’ah (vol. 1 – 10) N400,000.00 x 3 copies 1,200,000.00 Total 4,200,000.00 As such, Council was requested to approve the release of the sum of N4,200,000.00 for the stated purpose. Council noted, considered and approved as requested. UPDATE ON ACTIVITIES OF THE 180TH KANO STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL SITTING 1. SECONDARY SCHOOLS STUDENTS COMPETITION AND AWARD OF PRIZES Council noted the tremendous success recorded during the recently concluded various Senior Secondary Schools Competitions organized nationwide were Kano State Students excelled as follows; i. National Junior Engineers/Technician competition (JETS) the State Student emerged with the following prizes:- one (1) Gold, one (1) Silver and two (2) Bronze. ii. In the Etisalat U – 15 Football Championship in the Northwest Zone the State Contingent emerged – second (2nd) position. iii. Global Education Partnership – Kano State received $22,000,000.00 of the $100,000,000.00 shared among five (5) States. iiii. Donation – the Kano State Government Donated the sum of N250,000.00 to Kano State Students’ Association Kaduna Polytechnic Chapter for its newly Launched Magazine. 2. GRADUATION CEREMONY OF WOMEN AND YOUTHS UNDER THE EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMMES Council acknowledged the successful conduct of the graduation ceremony of the State sponsored Women and Youths trained on different employable skills acquisition under the empowerment programmes (16th December, 2014) at the Government House Kano. Specifically; i. Four thousand, four Hundred (4,400) Women trained under the second (2nd) Batch Special Family Orientation Programme. ii. One (100) Women Trained in Home Based Trades in Collaboration with Etisalat Communication. iii. One hundred and thirty six (136) Trainees of Kano Reformatory Institute Kiru. • Total = four thousand, six hundred and thirty six (4,636). USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS ON ANY EMERGENCY Council endorses the useful phone numbers submitted by the security agents for easy access in case of any emergency on the metropolitan roads. Accordingly, the general public may easily Contact KAROTA for: Breakdown of Vehicle(s), Traffic Congestion, Accidents, and Illegal/Wrong Parking to kindly Call KAROTA through the following numbers on – 08091626747. Similarly, the State Police Command could be contacted on – 08032419754, 08123821575. In addition, the State Fire Service can be contacted on – 07051246833, 08191778888. 10 | Page
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The PRESIDENT PETER MUTHARIKA'S NATIONAL ADDRESS STATEMENT 1. INTRODUCTION: Fellow Malawians, Ladies and Gentlemen, Our country, Malawi, remains one of the world’s poorest, ranking 170th out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index (HDI 2013) Read more ... , a position it has been stuck on since 2010. As you all know, the HDI measures long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development, namely: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge, and a decent standard of living. Between 1980 and 2013, Malawi’s annual HDI increase averaged about 1.4 percent, against an average annual population increase of 2.2%. This suggests that human development has been too slow. When my party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), got into government in May this year, it inherited empty coffers, following the infamous „Cashgate‟ scandal that was perpetrated by the previous government. The scandal was characterized by a huge pilferage of public funds due to organized fraud and corruption, and led to a withdrawal of development assistance that is channelled through the National Budget. The economy was in shambles as a result, and the cost of living skyrocketed. The impact on the lives of Malawians was severe. Malawians will remember that the DPP government inherited huge domestic debt and enormous arrears owed to providers of goods and services to the government. High political aggrandizement, self-glorification, and massive corruption were characteristic of most of the period between mid-2012 and May 2014. Further, the pride and confidence of the Civil Service was fast waning off. 2. OUR PROMISE TO THE PEOPLE OF MALAWI Fellow Malawians, Ladies and Gentlemen, During the campaign period leading to the May 2014 elections, the DPP was guided by its election manifesto, entitled “Towards a People-Centered Development.” Through this manifesto, we promised, among others things, to fight underdevelopment, economic and social injustice, inequality, corruption, and theft of public funds and abuse of power. We promised to keep Malawi on a sustained path to development, and not to stop, merely for political reasons, whatever constituted the good work of previous governments. We have since assessed the policies and practices of the previous Governments, and resolved to retain the Automatic Fuel Pricing mechanism, the flexible exchange rate regime, the return of foreign exchange bureaus, and other monetary policy measures meant to entrench the role of markets in achieving sustainable economic growth. We went further, however, by adopting fiscal reforms that would support and deepen the previous reforms. We instituted reforms aimed at running the government most effectively and efficiently, as follows: • We appointed a cabinet of 20, including deputies, the Vice President and the President. • We restructured the Office of the President and Cabinet, by moving the Department of HIV/AIDS and Nutrition and the Safe Motherhood Initiative to the Ministry of Health; The Presidential Initiative on Poverty and Hunger Reduction to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development; The National Registration Bureau to the Ministry of Home Affairs, and The Government Contracting Unit to the Office of the Director of Public Procurement. We also combined the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development into one to facilitate coordination of the economic management function. • Further I directed that chief executive officers of public institutions, principal secretaries and other senior public officers would not be attending public functions except where the functions or events pertain to their organizations. These reforms alone will save over K70 billion per annum. Further, my government established the Civil Service Reform Commission, under the leadership of the Vice President Right Honourable Saulos Chilima. The Commission aims to chart the national direction and establish national priorities in public service reforms. We want an efficient and effective public service. Once the reforms are completed, my government hopes to save an estimated 30% of government resources which are wasted year after year. 3. STATE OF THE ECONOMY My fellow Malawians, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is common knowledge that Malawi is now operating without general budget support, meaning we have to rely more and more on ourselves to deliver the services that Malawians need. Moreover, in the spirit of good economic governance, we can only spend what we have. It is against this background that my government does not allow unplanned expenditures, and has stepped up efforts to deepen adherence to the existing economic governance laws. The past three months have seen our currency lose close to a quarter of its value in relation to the US dollar, and the impact shows strongly through inflation arising to the associated rising costs of our imports. This inflation has exerted pressure on interest rates, hence lowered private investment and employment. Much as seasonality explains part of the kwacha depreciation, a significant part of it is attributable to speculation. But I have better news: the Kwacha has since stabilized. I am hopeful that the domestic currency may even appreciate soon, because we are doing everything possible to get the economy on the right track. Government has put in place policies that will translate into increased exports in order to increase foreign exchange earnings which are needed to defend the domestic currency. My fellow Malawians, despite the aforesaid challenges facing our economy, the financial system has stabilized and developments are visible in the financial institutions and the capital markets. Let me cite a few, as follows: • The payments system remains stable, and no major system disruptions have been experienced during the past months. Payments, clearing and settlement of transaction, therefore, are proceeding smoothly. • The banking sector remains sound on account of a favourable macroeconomic environment and improved banking practices. Despite the average Return on Equity (ROE) declining to 31% from 38.7%, the banking sector remains profitable. • Other sectors that remain profitable are: o the Insurance industry, although this sector has to watch against the risk associated with investments in money markets; o the Pensions sector, despite its concentration risk coming from limited long term investment options; o the Stock market, despite the fact that the market is shallow and not effective in providing the alternative source of raising capital as expected; and o the micro-finance sector, despite a drop in the loan repayment rate due to the combined impact from a lean agriculture marketing season and persistent non-remittances of payroll deductions. Of course, risks to the economy continue, and the government is specifically working its way forward with the uncertainty regarding the resumption of budgetary support, delayed donor inflows, and low tobacco prices. Inflation remains a risk that has to be tamed, moving forward. Water Situation in Blantyre My fellow Malawians, I am very aware of the water challenges in Blantyre, and I assure everyone that government is doing everything possible to not only solve the problem for now, but set the Blantyre Water Board to be able to supply sufficient water for the population of year 2040. The BWB‟s infrastructure is aged and has out-lived its design capacity which was meant for a population of 500,000 residents up to the year 1999. Today BWB has over 1 million customers. Further, due to inadequate rains in the year 2012/13, the Mudi Dam which produces about 10% of the Board’s water production dried up by October 2014. Thirdly electricity, which costs BWB about K270 million per month to pump water from Nkula, 40 kms away from the City has been another challenge. I would like to thank the residents of Blantyre for their understanding. We embarked on a total rehabilitation of the BWB production facilities and replacement of pumps at Walkers Ferry and Chileka Pumping Stations, and by March 2015, the BWB will be able to meet all the demand of 96, 000 cubic meters per day, up from the current 74,000 cubic meters production capacity. In addition, we will construct a water supply system from Mulanje Mountain at the cost of about US$ 15 million, to provide an extra 8,000 cubic meters of water per day to Blantyre and surrounding areas. 4. SECTOR SPECIFIC DELIVERABLES My fellow Malawians, in spite of what others may say, my government is very determined to turn this economy round. Today, I would like to account to Malawians what their government has managed to achieve in the first quarter through a sampling of the deliverables, as follows: 4.1 Office of the President and Cabinet • Oriented all Cabinet ministers and principal secretaries on government policies. • Updated the Administrative Common Service System, Cabinet Directives Monitoring System, Policy Monitoring System and Inventory System. • Performed organizational performance assessment for third and fourth quarters of 2013/2014 financial year • Through the Civil Service Commission, appointed 312 officers to various positions; promoted 427 officers; confirmed appointment of 35 officers and concluded 39 disciplinary cases. • Through the Office of the Vice President, provided strategic leadership in the introduction and implementation of the Public Service Reforms. • Facilitated construction of a sugar processing plant at Chikwawa Site in Salima under the Green Belt Initiative. 4.2 Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Treasury • Strengthened controls in IFMIS to avoid Cashgate. • Introduced quarterly and monthly reporting of budget performance to ministries, departments and agencies. • Strengthened the cash management function. • Launched and operationalised the Development Cooperation Strategy. • Introduced a zero coupon promissory note to clear outstanding arrears. • Completed a Public Financial Management Reform study as a basis for implementing a PFM reform programme. Accountant General’s Department • Decentralized Bank Accounts at the Reserve Bank of Malawi for all Ministries, Departments and Agencies. • Successfully effected the interface between Epicor IFMIS and Local Councils‟ Serenic Navigator. • Institutionalised pre-audit services at the Accountant General’s Department Central Payment Office. 4.3 Ministry of Labour and Manpower Development • Conducted functional review for the establishment of community colleges. • Finalized Career Guideline Book for technical colleges in Malawi • Identified and withdrew 200 children in child labour and prevented a further 1,230 children from engaging in child labour. • Conducted 184 labour inspections; handled 5,798 labour complaints; and completed 50 occupational safety and health inspections meant to ensure safe work environment; • Launched the TEVET Policy. 4.4 Ministry of Transport and Public Works • Completed major works on the Blantyre-Zomba, Lilongwe Western By-pass and Ngabu-Bangula roads. • Commenced feasibility and detailed engineering design study on the rehabilitation of the Sena Line, and completed the rehabilitation of the Nkaya-Nayuchi line. • Procured Air Traffic Control Consoles and Very High Frequency (VHF) Communication equipment; and the Chileka Instrument Landing System. • Completed and validated first interim report on the navigability of the Shire/Zambezi waterway, with the final report expected in early 2015. 4.5 National Audit Office • Produced the final Cashgate forensic report from which 53 case files were made and submitted to law enforcement agencies; • Produced final forensic audit report for the Malawi Police 2010 K400 million fraud with 7 case files submitted directly to Law Enforcement Agencies. • Produced and submitted investigative audit reports on MRA and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation • Verified 2,000 pension files and handed back to the Accountant General for payment • Submitted reports to Parliament which the Public Accounts Committee discussed. 4.6 Ministry of Agriculture, Water Development and Irrigation • Completed registration of beneficiaries and suppliers in the 2014/2015 Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) • Facilitated sale of 186 million kilogrammes of tobacco which earned the country US$352 million. • Produced and distributed vaccines to over half a million livestock as one way of improving livestock production. • Facilitated production of 28,850 tonnes of fish which fetched K16.7 billion for the fishers. • Facilitated fish exports to the following countries: Germany, Hong-Kong, United Kingdom, China, Denmark, France, Sweden and the United States of America. • Continued with design and construction of irrigation schemes in Neno, Chikwawa, Nsanje, Phalombe, Thyolo, Mulanje, Mchinji, Kasungu, Salima, Zomba and Chitipa. • Continued with rehabilitation and constructions of the Songwe River Development Programme. 4.7 Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development • Championed and commenced implementation of the Decent and Affordable (Cement and Malata) Housing Subsidy Programme • Enforced standards at the following major construction projects: Construction of National Stadium in Lilongwe, Construction of Chapanga Rural Growth Centre in Nsanje, Construction of Commercial Court in Blantyre, Construction of Clinic and Food Court at Capital Hill, Construction of Nkhatabay District Hospital; and Construction of Health Centres in various districts across the country. • Prepared layout plans for the following areas: Area 2 Extension, Dunduzu and Areas 5 and 6 in Mzuzu, Area 13 and Area 51 in Lilongwe; Mzimba and Chitipa. • Initiated survey exercise to reaffirm boundary between Malawi and Mozambique along the boundary line where it is described as following the road in Dedza, Ntcheu and towards Mwanza. 4.8 Department of Disaster Management Affairs • Coordinated development of 2014/2015 food insecurity response plan for the 640,000 food insecure people in 19 districts (December 2014-February 2015). • Developed the 2014/2015 national contingency plan that focusing on flood, drought and Ebola virus outbreak. • Conducted community search and rescue trainings for over 800 Civil Protection Committee members in Nsanje, Chikwawa, Salima and Karonga. 4.9 Ministry of Health • Immunised over 91% of all children under the age of five to protect them from vaccine-preventable diseases. • Reviewed the National HIV and AIDS and Strategic Plan 2015-25. • Dispensed free ARVs to over 505,000 people and provided HIV/AIDS testing and prevention of Mother to Child Transmissions (PMTCT) for all mothers delivering at public health facilities across the country. • Treated over 3.7 million Malawians at public health facilities across the country, of whom 780,000 were inpatients. • Supported and maintained training of 2,500 medical and nursing students in various colleges and institutions across the country. 4.10 Ministry of Education, Science and Technology • Successfully mapped all schools under the School Mapping Exercise and details of all education institutions in Malawi have been properly documented. • Completed the construction of 1,100 classroom blocks and 8 urban schools under the LDF window; completed civil works for upgrading and expansion of Community Day Secondary Schools in Salima, Lilongwe, Nkhotakota, Nkhatabay , Mzuzu and Mzimba. • Recruited 9,374 qualified teachers out of a total of 10,500 under ODL 3 and IPTE 7; started recruitment process of 10,000 primary school teachers; and deployed 1,118 newly graduated teachers for 2013. • Achieved 65% completion rate in construction of 24 girls‟ hostels and identified additional 12 new sites for girls‟ hostels. • Completed construction of 50 school feeding facilities to support 50,000 learners in Rumphi, Nkhatabay, Salima, Mangochi, Dowa and Dedza • Decentralised payroll in all six Education Divisions. 4.11 Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development • Developed Integrated Rural Development Strategy aimed at improving coordination and implementation of Rural Development Programmes in Councils. • Oriented 426 Councilors on their roles and responsibilities in councils. • Oriented 520 chiefs on their roles and responsibilities, as well as primary justice. • Facilitated the backstopping and mainstreaming of Climate Change and Environment issues into Socio-Economic Profiles and District Development Plans for Blantyre, Balaka, Ntcheu, Nkhotakota and Thyolo districts. 4.12 Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare • Institutionalised Gender and Development Diploma, Degree and Masters programmes at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. • Developed Gender Responsive Budgeting Manual • Provided cash transfers to 30,000 ultra-poor and labour constrained households in Balaka, Chitipa, Likoma, Mangochi, Machinga, Thyolo and Salima districts benefiting 150,000 individuals. • Submitted State Part Reports on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Violence Against Women (CEDAW); Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC); The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of Children; Two optional Protocols on CRC. • Rehabilitated 450 persons with disabilities at community level in Mzimba, Liwonde, Balaka and Blantyre Rural. 4.13 Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture • Finalised drafting of the National Cultural Policy • Increased the number of local television channels from 5 to 10 • Classified 95 films and documentation of 12 National Monuments • Developed tourism data bank, promoted 6 tourism events and updated Malawi’s Tourism Profile. • Conducted district law enforcement and protected areas patrols, anti-poaching patrols and sensitization exercises with 25 border posts officers aimed at combating illegal trade and exportation and importation of wildlife resources. 4.14 Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security • Produced zero draft National Migration Policy • Arrested 3,394 suspects in sweeping exercise; 171 illegal immigrants; and pursued 597 court cases to completion. 3,127 illegal firearms were destroyed. • Processed and issued 38,194 passports and 1,112 temporary travel documents; 28 applications for citizenship; and 1651 various permits and visas. 4.15 Ministry of Youth and Sports • Graduated 25 sports administrators on University of Pretoria Sports Business Management programme. • Facilitated the participation of the Malawi National Netball Team in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games where it maintained position 5 in the world; and also the Malawi National Football Team in the 2015 African Cup of Nations where it played in the group stages. • Scaled up the CONDOMISE campaign, directly reaching over 5,000 youths and 54,000 condoms distributed. 4.16 Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs • The Law Commission completed reforms in the Sheriffs Act and Chiefs Act; reviewed the Abortion Law; and undertook reforms in the Prisons Act and development of Legislation on Sentencing Guidelines. • The Malawi Human Rights Commission conducted 39 investigations of complaints on reported violations of human rights; Monitored 168 child care institutions; trained head-teachers, Community-Based Organisations and Human Rights Clubs on human right-based approaches; and contributed to the Government State Party reports. • The Ombudsman resolved 76 cases; established performance management system and launched a Democracy Accountability-Social Waste Management in Local Councils pilot study. • The Judiciary cleared a backlog of 12,714 cases (representing 21.5% achievement of the total planned cases of 58,910 cases in year 2014/2015; and conducted 56 camp courts across the country to ensure that vulnerable groups such as women and children access justice. 5. WHERE ARE WE HEADING TO? My fellow Malawians, Ladies and Gentlemen, Based on the tangibles seen so far on the ground, we maintain the estimate that Malawi will grow by an average of 5.5% in 2014, from an estimated 5.0% in 2013. This rate is agreed by the International Monetary Fund (estimated 6.12% growth), the World Bank (4.4%), and the Reserve Bank of Malawi (6.3%). The bankable projects compendium that we launched early this month provides hope for Malawi’s future. I invite investors, both local and international, to take advantage of these business opportunities. On our part as government, we will provide the environment that will make businesses flourish, as this creates a win-win situation between private investor and the government. Donor disbursement of aid has an impact on Malawi’s growth since donors have traditionally funded over 70% of the development budget. But as everyone knows now, donors significantly reduced budgetary support to Malawi because of Cashgate. My government has strengthened the financial system to make sure that Cashgate never occurs again in Malawi; we have resourced fairly well the Law Enforcement Institutions, including the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), so that they do a thorough independent job, prosecute all suspects, and recover the stolen resources where possible. We are exercising fiscal discipline and making sure that we do not disturb the macroeconomic fundamentals. We are doing everything possible to make sure that all Malawians and the international community have the confidence in their government. We have only one Malawi, and we must all work towards making our country the true Warm Heart of Africa. Salary Strikes I want to share with you the background to a number of developments in our country and to explain why they are occurring. I will also like to inform the public how the Government is dealing with these matters. We have, as a country, embarked on a number of initiatives that are intended to transform our country. These are aimed at improving its socio-economic status and principally to accelerate our fight against endemic poverty. As you are aware, there is a general disappointment around the country that our socio-economic performance during the first 50 years of our independence was unsatisfactory. In the event, the general consensus inter alia was to demand for a transformation of the public service which is the key instrument for economic development, and the rehabilitation of other institutions. Only then, it is being argued, do we stand a chance of creating conditions for achieving a better economic performance. This view was so prevalent that during political campaigns for elections, this subject dominated debates to demonstrate its importance. The Democratic Progressive Party, in its manifesto, adopted public service and public finance management reforms as priority programs of the needed transformation programme of action and wage harmonization in the public service is made the cornerstone of the public service reforms. Wage harmonization is not only necessary to revitalize the service but it is considered an important means of curbing the propensity for fraud in the Service. Equally important is the fact that it restores the principle of “equal pay for equal work” in the public service as was the case up to 1998 before a multiplicity of salary scales emerged. The wage harmonisation policy therefore is not only needed to ensure the needed enhancement of the effectiveness and efficient of the public service but it is also intended to curb the potential for financial frauds and eradicate laissez faire attitudes that have thrived in public service particularly during the past two decades. The principle of “equal pay for equal work” in the form harmonization must be a core element of the transformation process and must be implemented. For it simply does not make sense that a newly recruited doctor in the mainstream Civil Service should receive a starting salary that is equal to the salary of a driver in the Anti-Corruption Bureau or in Human Rights organisation. Nor does it make sense that a Budget Director or the Accountant General for example should receive just about half the salary of his counterparts in the Judiciary or in the National Assembly. We are unlikely to get the best from such people and we have created an environment that is conducive to fraud which progressively led to a disregard for public money as we saw during the cashgate days. It is in view of this that the Government has decided that as part of the needed transformation, salary scales in the public service be harmonized as they were between 1964-1998. Let me deviate and give you the background to the present controversies that have engulfed our country. In order to achieve harmonization, the government decided that, within the budgetary limit of an average wage bill increase of 24.4 percent, the mainstream Civil Service should have a higher increment that would permit their salary scale to be notionally higher than other salary scales in the public service except for the Anti-Corruption Bureau that remains the highest. We then allowed other scales to increase up to the new mainstream Civil Service salary scale. But because their scales were originally higher than that of the Civil Service, it followed that their increment were smaller. The gist of the strikes and other controversies is that those who had privileged salary scales want to continue to earn more than their mainstream Civil Service colleagues. In short they demand equal salary increments that would maintain their superiority over the mainstream Civil Service. To do this, of course means, that we would have to find extra money from somewhere. There is just no money for us to increase their salary scales. Recently the IMF programme that we have signed is premised on expenditure and therefore wage containment. If we break this agreement with the IMF, the chances of reducing inflation and interest rates and returning to normality will have vanished. Bwanas and Donnas you can see that between wage containment demanded by the IMF and finding means to perpetuate privileges for a few people, the country must choose wage containment. However, I am aware that there is need to resolve the controversies so that the country can resume normality. For this reason, I am prepared to continue to negotiate with those who feel aggrieved. But these negotiations must be within the legal framework. We are prepared to prevent the prevalence of anarchy that is being fueled by a few disgruntled power hungry politicians within and outside the country. We have the means, within the law, to deal with such elements of people. Lastly, I wish to appeal to you Bwanas and Donnas to be understanding as we pass through these turbulent times. When deciding to implement such a policy, we knew that groups within the public service that are privileged to enjoy higher salary scales would fight against this policy. I must confess that I equally expected that the sense of fairness and decency would prevail quickly. Unfortunately, unscrupulous politicians within and outside have taken advantage of the situation to perpetuate the controversy and extend it to other sectors inside and outside the public sector. I wish to appeal to the public to support the Government in this matter that is ultimately intended to enhance our economic performance and accelerate the eradication of poverty in our country as I have explained. Let me thank you for listening to me on this very important subject. 6. CONCLUSION In conclusion, I would like to thank all government ministries, departments and agencies that worked so hard in the past quarter. Together we have achieved a lot; and together we will transform this nation. In the coming few weeks, government will announce the specific targets that each ministry and department will be pursuing in 2015. The public is therefore encouraged to directly interact and/or question the relevant ministry and/or department in line with their mandates. Further, I have directed that every two weeks at least one ministry and/or department must face the public and account for their planned deliverables. Remember, this DPP-led government aims to double the economy by 2019. So, Action, and more action is all we need. Let me thank you for listening to me. May the Almighty God bless you all and bless Mother Malawi.
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Malawian MALAWI PRESIDENT PETER MUTHARIKA'S NATIONAL ADDRESS STATEMENT 1. INTRODUCTION: Fellow Malawians, Ladies and Gentlemen, Our country, Malawi, remains one of the world’s poorest, ranking 170th out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index (HD Read more ... I 2013), a position it has been stuck on since 2010. As you all know, the HDI measures long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development, namely: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge, and a decent standard of living. Between 1980 and 2013, Malawi’s annual HDI increase averaged about 1.4 percent, against an average annual population increase of 2.2%. This suggests that human development has been too slow. When my party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), got into government in May this year, it inherited empty coffers, following the infamous „Cashgate‟ scandal that was perpetrated by the previous government. The scandal was characterized by a huge pilferage of public funds due to organized fraud and corruption, and led to a withdrawal of development assistance that is channelled through the National Budget. The economy was in shambles as a result, and the cost of living skyrocketed. The impact on the lives of Malawians was severe. Malawians will remember that the DPP government inherited huge domestic debt and enormous arrears owed to providers of goods and services to the government. High political aggrandizement, self-glorification, and massive corruption were characteristic of most of the period between mid-2012 and May 2014. Further, the pride and confidence of the Civil Service was fast waning off. 2. OUR PROMISE TO THE PEOPLE OF MALAWI Fellow Malawians, Ladies and Gentlemen, During the campaign period leading to the May 2014 elections, the DPP was guided by its election manifesto, entitled “Towards a People-Centered Development.” Through this manifesto, we promised, among others things, to fight underdevelopment, economic and social injustice, inequality, corruption, and theft of public funds and abuse of power. We promised to keep Malawi on a sustained path to development, and not to stop, merely for political reasons, whatever constituted the good work of previous governments. We have since assessed the policies and practices of the previous Governments, and resolved to retain the Automatic Fuel Pricing mechanism, the flexible exchange rate regime, the return of foreign exchange bureaus, and other monetary policy measures meant to entrench the role of markets in achieving sustainable economic growth. We went further, however, by adopting fiscal reforms that would support and deepen the previous reforms. We instituted reforms aimed at running the government most effectively and efficiently, as follows: • We appointed a cabinet of 20, including deputies, the Vice President and the President. • We restructured the Office of the President and Cabinet, by moving the Department of HIV/AIDS and Nutrition and the Safe Motherhood Initiative to the Ministry of Health; The Presidential Initiative on Poverty and Hunger Reduction to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development; The National Registration Bureau to the Ministry of Home Affairs, and The Government Contracting Unit to the Office of the Director of Public Procurement. We also combined the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development into one to facilitate coordination of the economic management function. • Further I directed that chief executive officers of public institutions, principal secretaries and other senior public officers would not be attending public functions except where the functions or events pertain to their organizations. These reforms alone will save over K70 billion per annum. Further, my government established the Civil Service Reform Commission, under the leadership of the Vice President Right Honourable Saulos Chilima. The Commission aims to chart the national direction and establish national priorities in public service reforms. We want an efficient and effective public service. Once the reforms are completed, my government hopes to save an estimated 30% of government resources which are wasted year after year. 3. STATE OF THE ECONOMY My fellow Malawians, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is common knowledge that Malawi is now operating without general budget support, meaning we have to rely more and more on ourselves to deliver the services that Malawians need. Moreover, in the spirit of good economic governance, we can only spend what we have. It is against this background that my government does not allow unplanned expenditures, and has stepped up efforts to deepen adherence to the existing economic governance laws. The past three months have seen our currency lose close to a quarter of its value in relation to the US dollar, and the impact shows strongly through inflation arising to the associated rising costs of our imports. This inflation has exerted pressure on interest rates, hence lowered private investment and employment. Much as seasonality explains part of the kwacha depreciation, a significant part of it is attributable to speculation. But I have better news: the Kwacha has since stabilized. I am hopeful that the domestic currency may even appreciate soon, because we are doing everything possible to get the economy on the right track. Government has put in place policies that will translate into increased exports in order to increase foreign exchange earnings which are needed to defend the domestic currency. My fellow Malawians, despite the aforesaid challenges facing our economy, the financial system has stabilized and developments are visible in the financial institutions and the capital markets. Let me cite a few, as follows: • The payments system remains stable, and no major system disruptions have been experienced during the past months. Payments, clearing and settlement of transaction, therefore, are proceeding smoothly. • The banking sector remains sound on account of a favourable macroeconomic environment and improved banking practices. Despite the average Return on Equity (ROE) declining to 31% from 38.7%, the banking sector remains profitable. • Other sectors that remain profitable are: o the Insurance industry, although this sector has to watch against the risk associated with investments in money markets; o the Pensions sector, despite its concentration risk coming from limited long term investment options; o the Stock market, despite the fact that the market is shallow and not effective in providing the alternative source of raising capital as expected; and o the micro-finance sector, despite a drop in the loan repayment rate due to the combined impact from a lean agriculture marketing season and persistent non-remittances of payroll deductions. Of course, risks to the economy continue, and the government is specifically working its way forward with the uncertainty regarding the resumption of budgetary support, delayed donor inflows, and low tobacco prices. Inflation remains a risk that has to be tamed, moving forward. Water Situation in Blantyre My fellow Malawians, I am very aware of the water challenges in Blantyre, and I assure everyone that government is doing everything possible to not only solve the problem for now, but set the Blantyre Water Board to be able to supply sufficient water for the population of year 2040. The BWB‟s infrastructure is aged and has out-lived its design capacity which was meant for a population of 500,000 residents up to the year 1999. Today BWB has over 1 million customers. Further, due to inadequate rains in the year 2012/13, the Mudi Dam which produces about 10% of the Board’s water production dried up by October 2014. Thirdly electricity, which costs BWB about K270 million per month to pump water from Nkula, 40 kms away from the City has been another challenge. I would like to thank the residents of Blantyre for their understanding. We embarked on a total rehabilitation of the BWB production facilities and replacement of pumps at Walkers Ferry and Chileka Pumping Stations, and by March 2015, the BWB will be able to meet all the demand of 96, 000 cubic meters per day, up from the current 74,000 cubic meters production capacity. In addition, we will construct a water supply system from Mulanje Mountain at the cost of about US$ 15 million, to provide an extra 8,000 cubic meters of water per day to Blantyre and surrounding areas. 4. SECTOR SPECIFIC DELIVERABLES My fellow Malawians, in spite of what others may say, my government is very determined to turn this economy round. Today, I would like to account to Malawians what their government has managed to achieve in the first quarter through a sampling of the deliverables, as follows: 4.1 Office of the President and Cabinet • Oriented all Cabinet ministers and principal secretaries on government policies. • Updated the Administrative Common Service System, Cabinet Directives Monitoring System, Policy Monitoring System and Inventory System. • Performed organizational performance assessment for third and fourth quarters of 2013/2014 financial year • Through the Civil Service Commission, appointed 312 officers to various positions; promoted 427 officers; confirmed appointment of 35 officers and concluded 39 disciplinary cases. • Through the Office of the Vice President, provided strategic leadership in the introduction and implementation of the Public Service Reforms. • Facilitated construction of a sugar processing plant at Chikwawa Site in Salima under the Green Belt Initiative. 4.2 Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Treasury • Strengthened controls in IFMIS to avoid Cashgate. • Introduced quarterly and monthly reporting of budget performance to ministries, departments and agencies. • Strengthened the cash management function. • Launched and operationalised the Development Cooperation Strategy. • Introduced a zero coupon promissory note to clear outstanding arrears. • Completed a Public Financial Management Reform study as a basis for implementing a PFM reform programme. Accountant General’s Department • Decentralized Bank Accounts at the Reserve Bank of Malawi for all Ministries, Departments and Agencies. • Successfully effected the interface between Epicor IFMIS and Local Councils‟ Serenic Navigator. • Institutionalised pre-audit services at the Accountant General’s Department Central Payment Office. 4.3 Ministry of Labour and Manpower Development • Conducted functional review for the establishment of community colleges. • Finalized Career Guideline Book for technical colleges in Malawi • Identified and withdrew 200 children in child labour and prevented a further 1,230 children from engaging in child labour. • Conducted 184 labour inspections; handled 5,798 labour complaints; and completed 50 occupational safety and health inspections meant to ensure safe work environment; • Launched the TEVET Policy. 4.4 Ministry of Transport and Public Works • Completed major works on the Blantyre-Zomba, Lilongwe Western By-pass and Ngabu-Bangula roads. • Commenced feasibility and detailed engineering design study on the rehabilitation of the Sena Line, and completed the rehabilitation of the Nkaya-Nayuchi line. • Procured Air Traffic Control Consoles and Very High Frequency (VHF) Communication equipment; and the Chileka Instrument Landing System. • Completed and validated first interim report on the navigability of the Shire/Zambezi waterway, with the final report expected in early 2015. 4.5 National Audit Office • Produced the final Cashgate forensic report from which 53 case files were made and submitted to law enforcement agencies; • Produced final forensic audit report for the Malawi Police 2010 K400 million fraud with 7 case files submitted directly to Law Enforcement Agencies. • Produced and submitted investigative audit reports on MRA and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation • Verified 2,000 pension files and handed back to the Accountant General for payment • Submitted reports to Parliament which the Public Accounts Committee discussed. 4.6 Ministry of Agriculture, Water Development and Irrigation • Completed registration of beneficiaries and suppliers in the 2014/2015 Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) • Facilitated sale of 186 million kilogrammes of tobacco which earned the country US$352 million. • Produced and distributed vaccines to over half a million livestock as one way of improving livestock production. • Facilitated production of 28,850 tonnes of fish which fetched K16.7 billion for the fishers. • Facilitated fish exports to the following countries: Germany, Hong-Kong, United Kingdom, China, Denmark, France, Sweden and the United States of America. • Continued with design and construction of irrigation schemes in Neno, Chikwawa, Nsanje, Phalombe, Thyolo, Mulanje, Mchinji, Kasungu, Salima, Zomba and Chitipa. • Continued with rehabilitation and constructions of the Songwe River Development Programme. 4.7 Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development • Championed and commenced implementation of the Decent and Affordable (Cement and Malata) Housing Subsidy Programme • Enforced standards at the following major construction projects: Construction of National Stadium in Lilongwe, Construction of Chapanga Rural Growth Centre in Nsanje, Construction of Commercial Court in Blantyre, Construction of Clinic and Food Court at Capital Hill, Construction of Nkhatabay District Hospital; and Construction of Health Centres in various districts across the country. • Prepared layout plans for the following areas: Area 2 Extension, Dunduzu and Areas 5 and 6 in Mzuzu, Area 13 and Area 51 in Lilongwe; Mzimba and Chitipa. • Initiated survey exercise to reaffirm boundary between Malawi and Mozambique along the boundary line where it is described as following the road in Dedza, Ntcheu and towards Mwanza. 4.8 Department of Disaster Management Affairs • Coordinated development of 2014/2015 food insecurity response plan for the 640,000 food insecure people in 19 districts (December 2014-February 2015). • Developed the 2014/2015 national contingency plan that focusing on flood, drought and Ebola virus outbreak. • Conducted community search and rescue trainings for over 800 Civil Protection Committee members in Nsanje, Chikwawa, Salima and Karonga. 4.9 Ministry of Health • Immunised over 91% of all children under the age of five to protect them from vaccine-preventable diseases. • Reviewed the National HIV and AIDS and Strategic Plan 2015-25. • Dispensed free ARVs to over 505,000 people and provided HIV/AIDS testing and prevention of Mother to Child Transmissions (PMTCT) for all mothers delivering at public health facilities across the country. • Treated over 3.7 million Malawians at public health facilities across the country, of whom 780,000 were inpatients. • Supported and maintained training of 2,500 medical and nursing students in various colleges and institutions across the country. 4.10 Ministry of Education, Science and Technology • Successfully mapped all schools under the School Mapping Exercise and details of all education institutions in Malawi have been properly documented. • Completed the construction of 1,100 classroom blocks and 8 urban schools under the LDF window; completed civil works for upgrading and expansion of Community Day Secondary Schools in Salima, Lilongwe, Nkhotakota, Nkhatabay , Mzuzu and Mzimba. • Recruited 9,374 qualified teachers out of a total of 10,500 under ODL 3 and IPTE 7; started recruitment process of 10,000 primary school teachers; and deployed 1,118 newly graduated teachers for 2013. • Achieved 65% completion rate in construction of 24 girls‟ hostels and identified additional 12 new sites for girls‟ hostels. • Completed construction of 50 school feeding facilities to support 50,000 learners in Rumphi, Nkhatabay, Salima, Mangochi, Dowa and Dedza • Decentralised payroll in all six Education Divisions. 4.11 Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development • Developed Integrated Rural Development Strategy aimed at improving coordination and implementation of Rural Development Programmes in Councils. • Oriented 426 Councilors on their roles and responsibilities in councils. • Oriented 520 chiefs on their roles and responsibilities, as well as primary justice. • Facilitated the backstopping and mainstreaming of Climate Change and Environment issues into Socio-Economic Profiles and District Development Plans for Blantyre, Balaka, Ntcheu, Nkhotakota and Thyolo districts. 4.12 Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare • Institutionalised Gender and Development Diploma, Degree and Masters programmes at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. • Developed Gender Responsive Budgeting Manual • Provided cash transfers to 30,000 ultra-poor and labour constrained households in Balaka, Chitipa, Likoma, Mangochi, Machinga, Thyolo and Salima districts benefiting 150,000 individuals. • Submitted State Part Reports on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Violence Against Women (CEDAW); Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC); The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of Children; Two optional Protocols on CRC. • Rehabilitated 450 persons with disabilities at community level in Mzimba, Liwonde, Balaka and Blantyre Rural. 4.13 Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture • Finalised drafting of the National Cultural Policy • Increased the number of local television channels from 5 to 10 • Classified 95 films and documentation of 12 National Monuments • Developed tourism data bank, promoted 6 tourism events and updated Malawi’s Tourism Profile. • Conducted district law enforcement and protected areas patrols, anti-poaching patrols and sensitization exercises with 25 border posts officers aimed at combating illegal trade and exportation and importation of wildlife resources. 4.14 Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security • Produced zero draft National Migration Policy • Arrested 3,394 suspects in sweeping exercise; 171 illegal immigrants; and pursued 597 court cases to completion. 3,127 illegal firearms were destroyed. • Processed and issued 38,194 passports and 1,112 temporary travel documents; 28 applications for citizenship; and 1651 various permits and visas. 4.15 Ministry of Youth and Sports • Graduated 25 sports administrators on University of Pretoria Sports Business Management programme. • Facilitated the participation of the Malawi National Netball Team in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games where it maintained position 5 in the world; and also the Malawi National Football Team in the 2015 African Cup of Nations where it played in the group stages. • Scaled up the CONDOMISE campaign, directly reaching over 5,000 youths and 54,000 condoms distributed. 4.16 Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs • The Law Commission completed reforms in the Sheriffs Act and Chiefs Act; reviewed the Abortion Law; and undertook reforms in the Prisons Act and development of Legislation on Sentencing Guidelines. • The Malawi Human Rights Commission conducted 39 investigations of complaints on reported violations of human rights; Monitored 168 child care institutions; trained head-teachers, Community-Based Organisations and Human Rights Clubs on human right-based approaches; and contributed to the Government State Party reports. • The Ombudsman resolved 76 cases; established performance management system and launched a Democracy Accountability-Social Waste Management in Local Councils pilot study. • The Judiciary cleared a backlog of 12,714 cases (representing 21.5% achievement of the total planned cases of 58,910 cases in year 2014/2015; and conducted 56 camp courts across the country to ensure that vulnerable groups such as women and children access justice. 5. WHERE ARE WE HEADING TO? My fellow Malawians, Ladies and Gentlemen, Based on the tangibles seen so far on the ground, we maintain the estimate that Malawi will grow by an average of 5.5% in 2014, from an estimated 5.0% in 2013. This rate is agreed by the International Monetary Fund (estimated 6.12% growth), the World Bank (4.4%), and the Reserve Bank of Malawi (6.3%). The bankable projects compendium that we launched early this month provides hope for Malawi’s future. I invite investors, both local and international, to take advantage of these business opportunities. On our part as government, we will provide the environment that will make businesses flourish, as this creates a win-win situation between private investor and the government. Donor disbursement of aid has an impact on Malawi’s growth since donors have traditionally funded over 70% of the development budget. But as everyone knows now, donors significantly reduced budgetary support to Malawi because of Cashgate. My government has strengthened the financial system to make sure that Cashgate never occurs again in Malawi; we have resourced fairly well the Law Enforcement Institutions, including the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), so that they do a thorough independent job, prosecute all suspects, and recover the stolen resources where possible. We are exercising fiscal discipline and making sure that we do not disturb the macroeconomic fundamentals. We are doing everything possible to make sure that all Malawians and the international community have the confidence in their government. We have only one Malawi, and we must all work towards making our country the true Warm Heart of Africa. Salary Strikes I want to share with you the background to a number of developments in our country and to explain why they are occurring. I will also like to inform the public how the Government is dealing with these matters. We have, as a country, embarked on a number of initiatives that are intended to transform our country. These are aimed at improving its socio-economic status and principally to accelerate our fight against endemic poverty. As you are aware, there is a general disappointment around the country that our socio-economic performance during the first 50 years of our independence was unsatisfactory. In the event, the general consensus inter alia was to demand for a transformation of the public service which is the key instrument for economic development, and the rehabilitation of other institutions. Only then, it is being argued, do we stand a chance of creating conditions for achieving a better economic performance. This view was so prevalent that during political campaigns for elections, this subject dominated debates to demonstrate its importance. The Democratic Progressive Party, in its manifesto, adopted public service and public finance management reforms as priority programs of the needed transformation programme of action and wage harmonization in the public service is made the cornerstone of the public service reforms. Wage harmonization is not only necessary to revitalize the service but it is considered an important means of curbing the propensity for fraud in the Service. Equally important is the fact that it restores the principle of “equal pay for equal work” in the public service as was the case up to 1998 before a multiplicity of salary scales emerged. The wage harmonisation policy therefore is not only needed to ensure the needed enhancement of the effectiveness and efficient of the public service but it is also intended to curb the potential for financial frauds and eradicate laissez faire attitudes that have thrived in public service particularly during the past two decades. The principle of “equal pay for equal work” in the form harmonization must be a core element of the transformation process and must be implemented. For it simply does not make sense that a newly recruited doctor in the mainstream Civil Service should receive a starting salary that is equal to the salary of a driver in the Anti-Corruption Bureau or in Human Rights organisation. Nor does it make sense that a Budget Director or the Accountant General for example should receive just about half the salary of his counterparts in the Judiciary or in the National Assembly. We are unlikely to get the best from such people and we have created an environment that is conducive to fraud which progressively led to a disregard for public money as we saw during the cashgate days. It is in view of this that the Government has decided that as part of the needed transformation, salary scales in the public service be harmonized as they were between 1964-1998. Let me deviate and give you the background to the present controversies that have engulfed our country. In order to achieve harmonization, the government decided that, within the budgetary limit of an average wage bill increase of 24.4 percent, the mainstream Civil Service should have a higher increment that would permit their salary scale to be notionally higher than other salary scales in the public service except for the Anti-Corruption Bureau that remains the highest. We then allowed other scales to increase up to the new mainstream Civil Service salary scale. But because their scales were originally higher than that of the Civil Service, it followed that their increment were smaller. The gist of the strikes and other controversies is that those who had privileged salary scales want to continue to earn more than their mainstream Civil Service colleagues. In short they demand equal salary increments that would maintain their superiority over the mainstream Civil Service. To do this, of course means, that we would have to find extra money from somewhere. There is just no money for us to increase their salary scales. Recently the IMF programme that we have signed is premised on expenditure and therefore wage containment. If we break this agreement with the IMF, the chances of reducing inflation and interest rates and returning to normality will have vanished. Bwanas and Donnas you can see that between wage containment demanded by the IMF and finding means to perpetuate privileges for a few people, the country must choose wage containment. However, I am aware that there is need to resolve the controversies so that the country can resume normality. For this reason, I am prepared to continue to negotiate with those who feel aggrieved. But these negotiations must be within the legal framework. We are prepared to prevent the prevalence of anarchy that is being fueled by a few disgruntled power hungry politicians within and outside the country. We have the means, within the law, to deal with such elements of people. Lastly, I wish to appeal to you Bwanas and Donnas to be understanding as we pass through these turbulent times. When deciding to implement such a policy, we knew that groups within the public service that are privileged to enjoy higher salary scales would fight against this policy. I must confess that I equally expected that the sense of fairness and decency would prevail quickly. Unfortunately, unscrupulous politicians within and outside have taken advantage of the situation to perpetuate the controversy and extend it to other sectors inside and outside the public sector. I wish to appeal to the public to support the Government in this matter that is ultimately intended to enhance our economic performance and accelerate the eradication of poverty in our country as I have explained. Let me thank you for listening to me on this very important subject. 6. CONCLUSION In conclusion, I would like to thank all government ministries, departments and agencies that worked so hard in the past quarter. Together we have achieved a lot; and together we will transform this nation. In the coming few weeks, government will announce the specific targets that each ministry and department will be pursuing in 2015. The public is therefore encouraged to directly interact and/or question the relevant ministry and/or department in line with their mandates. Further, I have directed that every two weeks at least one ministry and/or department must face the public and account for their planned deliverables. Remember, this DPP-led government aims to double the economy by 2019. So, Action, and more action is all we need. Let me thank you for listening to me. May the Almighty God bless you all and bless Mother Malawi.
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AMCTucson Summary of #FridaySermon delivered by #Khalifa of #Islam on December 19, 2014. NOTE: Alislam Team takes full responsibility for any errors or miscommunication in this Synopsis of the Friday Sermon We observe these days many incidents of barbarity a Read more ... nd brutality carried out in Muslim countries. Such episodes do not take place in other countries or at least they do not occur with the same frequency. The developed world raises strong protests against such incidents whether the perpetrators are government workers or any groups or individuals. Recently strong protests took place in USA over some incidents. However, just as much the religion of Islam teaches love and brotherhood, completely contrary to its teachings Muslim governments of today and groups and organisations formed in the name of Islam perpetrate cruelty for personal interests or in the name of peace and in the name of Islam! Today numerous organisations have been formed in the name of implementing Shariah and they are perpetrating such viciousness that one is left aghast whether these are actions of humans or creatures worse than animals in the guise of humans! Recently an atrocity took place in Pakistan which was not just an atrocity but was the worst example of brutality and viciousness. It made one’s hair stand on end and it made mankind scream out in response! Anyone with an iota of humanity screamed out! Indeed four and a half years ago such brutality was also perpetrated in our mosques. A television channel here, probably the BBC, mentioned the worst incidents of Pakistan in the last five years and included the incident of our mosques. Anyhow, our grief at the time and the cruelty perpetrated against us was neither deemed worthy of attention, compassion and condolence by the government [of Pakistan] nor the public, perhaps due to fear of the maulawis. However, Ahmadis have compassion for mankind and we are moved to see humanity in distress. Whereas these were our compatriots and perhaps all of them were Muslims. Our hearts are filled with compassion and we feel distress for them and have great sympathy. Such cruelty perpetrated on them was going to agonise us as indeed it did. Not only were they Pakistani like most of the people sitting in the congregation but they were also Muslims. Also, this incident exceeded all manner of barbarity. The large majority of victims martyred were innocent children some aged five, six and seven years and others ten, eleven and thirteen years. The younger ones would have probably had no idea of terrorism or extremism and perhaps did not know the difference between Muslims and non-Muslims! Yet their lives were taken in a most brutal manner. May God wrap all of them in His cover of mercy and forgiveness and may He also grant patience and steadfastness to their parents. These children were targeted because the so-called implementers of Shariah wanted to avenge Pakistani army. What kind of Islam is this? What kind of Shariah is this? The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) had strictly forbidden to use force against women and children of even non-Muslims during battle! And when he once questioned a Companion who had killed a Jew child in action, the Companion replied, O Prophet of God, he was only a Jew child killed by mistake, what does it matter? The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) replied was he not an innocent child of man? Such was the standard of sanctity of humanity demonstrated to us by the blessed model of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and look at the brutal actions perpetrated in the name of Islam now! Muslims and non-Muslims both have expressed their horror at this episode of brutality. At the occasion of the first woman Church of England bishop appointed, sentiments of grief were expressed and a minute’s silence was observed and prayers were made. Everyone felt the pain regardless of their faith whereas those who are called Muslims proudly took responsibility of the atrocity and showed no remorse! We observed that anyone with decency expressed pain and condolence. Hearts of Ahmadis have great compassion for mankind and we are ever ready to share grief of others, our hearts are moved at any painful incident. Many letters were received by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih expressing pain and distress. The incident had a great impact on Hazrat Khalifatul Masih throughout the day. And in such a situation one prays for the destruction of the cruel. May God soon rid the country of these vicious and wicked people, and rid all Muslim countries of them. Seeing these incidents one is reminded of the oppressions committed against Ahmadis but one also feels great pain for the innocent children. May God grant patience and steadfastness to those children and may He Himself provide for them who have lost their parents. Extremism and cruelty is a tragedy of almost every Muslim country, for example Iraq, Syria and Libya and the worst thing is that all this is being carried out in the name of God and His Prophet! In the anti-government disturbances in Syria about 130,000 people have died, 6600 of which were children and about one-third were civilians. ISIS has killed thousands and hundreds of women and girls have been lined up and executed because they refused to marry ISIS men. According to another source the number of victims of this oppression and destruction is far greater. One who knows the reality of Islam is befuddled by all this as to which Islamic teaching is being practiced here! And this is being done in the name of the God Who is Most Gracious, Compassionate and Ever Merciful! In the name of the Prophet who was given the title of mercy for all the worlds/mankind! In the name of the Shariah which teaches to be fair to even one’s enemy! ‘O ye who believe! be steadfast in the cause of Allah, bearing witness in equity; and let not a people’s enmity incite you to act otherwise than with justice. Be always just, that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah. Surely, Allah is aware of what you do.’ (5:9) Here God elevates the level of the faith of a true believer and if this element of justice is missing then faith is not complete. God enjoins that even enmity should not incline you to be unfair and your models of fairness and justice should become witness to the teaching of Islam. If only those who are known as Muslims self-reflect and see if their acts draw non-Muslims to them or not! Their acts are even pushing Muslims away! Would the children who saw their friends targeted by the vicious barbarity ever consider the perpetrators as Muslims? And if they did, question will arise in their minds about Islam and accepting it. Not only are these people perpetrating evident murder and mayhem they are also distancing the next generation from Islam. If only those known as Islamic religious leaders who have created these extremist terror organisations in the name of Jihad and sectarianism corrected their faith and gave the next generation the correct teaching of Islam. This can only be if they accepted what the Imam of the age taught and practiced true Islam themselves and also got others to practice it. The true and ardent devotee of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) wrote about the Maulawis: ‘The Maulawis will do Islam a great favour if they can unite to dispel this notion from the minds of ignorant Muslims. In so doing, they will not only help to reveal the excellences and beauties of Islam, but will also remove the aversion which religious opponents have for it on account of their misconceptions…’ (How to be Free from Sin, p. 13) Such was the compassion the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) had to spread the true teachings of Islam but who is prepared to listen to him! The objectives of these so-called Maulawis are not to establish sanctity of Islam. Rather they pursue personal and vested interests. There has not been any strong condemnation of this incident by the religious scholars unless they say something today at Friday Prayers. It should be remembered that God states: ‘…And fear Allah…’ and God is not simply aware of everything just for awareness rather, every action of man decides his fate. And those who perpetrate cruelty certainly have a bad ending. God states about those who profess the Kalima that they are: ‘…tender amongst themselves…’ (48:30). Let alone this, today they treat their own worse than one treats the enemy. They kill hundreds of thousands of their own and they martyr their own children! Do they think they will escape chastisement! Never! ‘And whoso kills a believer intentionally, his reward shall be Hell wherein he shall abide. And Allah will be wroth with him and will curse him and will prepare for him a great punishment.’ (4:94) And God further states as to who a true believer is: ‘…and say not to anyone who greets you with the greeting of peace, ‘Thou art not a believer.’ (4:95) Islam has established sanctity of brotherhood and if anyone tramples upon it and kills one who professes the Kalima then most certainly he will go to Hell and he will always be under God’s curse. Those who die in suicide attacks or while fighting and think they will gain pleasure of God after death are certainly wrong. God has made it very clear that if you kill a believer you will be under God’s curse. They have no right to kill one who wishes them peace as a true believer. What on earth was the fault of the innocent children they killed! Those children were seeking knowledge to become useful part of society, to be assets of the country and to spread peace. These are the reasons why they went to school. It is astonishing to listen to the so-called religious leaders who teach extremism in spite of the beautiful teaching of Islam and listening to which the uneducated and the unaware carry our brutal acts! Maybe they consider Hell something out of fables or maybe they do not have faith in the Word of God for they continue to kill each other. If they do not have perfect belief in the Hereafter, God has also stated about the results of harming the sanctity of brotherhood that one sees in this world: ‘And obey Allah and His Messenger and dispute not with one another, lest you falter and your power depart from you. And be steadfast; surely, Allah is with the steadfast.’ (8:47) Today this is exactly what the condition of the Muslim world appears to be, their power is diminishing. Due to in-fighting and numerous terrorist organisations most countries are like battlegrounds. They beg Western powers although they have made an organisation of Muslim countries but that has no standing. They do not have each other’s confidence which could facilitate peace and they also have no standing before other countries. Their affairs are managed by the big powers and if their president or prime minister or even military chief visits and has talks with the president or prime minister of a Western country or these countries give them a little encouragement/acceptance our leaders feel as if they have received all the bounties of the world! Their concept of God is all but void and they consider worldly people the source of their permanence. There are endless reasons which are taking Muslim countries towards ruination. An atrocity takes place and there is public outcry for a few days and lo and behold yet again many among the public become instruments in perpetrating barbarity. Until they accept what God states, until they extend fairness even to the enemy, until they give security to those who greet them with peace, until they establish standards of brotherhood, until governments look after public, until public is complaint to governments and until fear of God is instilled in hearts, such atrocities will continue to take place! If only our leaders and those known as religious leaders and the public understood this. Pain of Muslim Ummah is also our pain because they are associated with our master. The Imam of the age taught us the ability to have sympathy and love for those who are associated with our master and he said in poetic form: O heart! Have concession for these people and be compassionate towards them After all they claim to love my Prophet They are cruel to us but we do not seek revenge, we pray for their hearts to be clear and may they understand. This feeling of compassion and good will for them has been instilled in our heart by the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). In line with Islamic teaching he has taught us to have compassion for your own and for others. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said the following: ‘True believers and Muslims are enjoined to be gentle and compassionate.’ ‘Each person should look at himself every day and see as to how much he cares about these matters and how much compassion and good will he has for his brothers.’ ‘The common purpose of the advent of all Prophets is to establish true and real love of God and to instil special import in love for and rights of humanity and among brothers. Until these are practiced all matters are merely ceremonial.’ ‘Be compassionate to God’s people and do not oppress them with your tongue, hand or by any other means. Always endeavour for the good of humanity. Do not feel arrogant towards anyone even if they are your subordinate and do not verbally abuse anyone even if they verbally abuse you. Become meek, forbearing and good of intention and be sympathetic to mankind so that you are accepted.’ The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) wrote: ‘What does God want from you but this that you treat all humanity with fairness? More than this do good to those who have never done good to you and more than this be compassionate to God’s creatures as if they were your next of kin; as mothers are with their children…The ultimate degree of good is borne of natural instincts like those of a mother.’ (Kishti e Nuh, p. 30 Ruhani Khaza’in Vol 19) We have had this level of teaching as regards sympathy and compassion and if we practice it then alone can we feel each other’s pain. With the grace of God large majority of our Jama’at has this compassion as indeed Ahmadis should. We have these sentiments for all humanity and in greater degree for Muslims. Our grief is heart-felt over any cruelty perpetrated against Muslims. The atrocity committed in Pakistan is certainly very painful for us and any atrocity perpetrated against Muslims around the world is painful for us. Our pain is intensified when we call out to the world that the Messiah has come according to Divine promises. The Messiah who was to end wars and conflict and spread love and peace; listen to him! In spite of our calling out those who are known as religious leaders are the worst in enmity against us. In such situations lines of fairness and compassion are blurred, disorder takes place and the innocent are killed as indeed it is happening. If only those known as religious leaders understand this and rather than embroil the Ummah in sectarianism, they inculcate the teaching of Islam based on love and peace in them and try and dispel the misconceptions among non-Muslims that Islam is God forbid an extremist and violent religion. May God give them sense! Prayers should be said for Pakistan and other Muslim countries, may God bring peace to these countries and may the governments and the public recognise true Islamic values! May God also enable us to maintain good examples! Due to the situation in Syria, Iraq and Libya Ahmadis are suffering on two counts there; for being citizens of those places and also for being Ahmadi. Make special prayers for them. May God release them from their difficulties! Some Ahmadis are in dire straits and are living under the open sky. Both sides are against Ahmadis and under the circumstances no help can be sent to them only God may help and have mercy and soon alleviate their difficulties! Three funerals in absentia were announced. Mubarak Ahmad Bajwa Sahib, an Ahmadi, was abducted in Pakistan by unknown persons on 26 October 2009 and had been missing since. A few days ago some terrorists were arrested and one of them disclosed he was involved in the abduction of Mubarak Ahmad Bajwa Sahib. He said they abducted him for blaspheming against the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and kept them imprisoned in chains and at some pointed stabbed him to death and buried his body. Shaheed Mubarak Ahmad Bajwa Sahib was born in 1953. He was a farmer. He was an honest, gentle and friendly person. His father and brother have served the Jama’at and one of his sons is also serving currently. He leaves behind his widow and four sons, two brothers and a sister. Mubarak Ahmad Bajwa Shaheed was abducted on 26 Oct 2009 along with a household boy servant. The boy was later released with a mobile telephone. Demands for ransom were made via the mobile telephone. Initially a ransom of Rs 20 million was made which was reduced to Rs 1 million and it was demanded to send the amount to either Kohat or Parachanar. Later this telephonic connection stopped and the police could not resolve the matter. Recently brother of Shaheed Mubarak Ahmad Bajwas Sahib was asked to contact the local police who told him that recently arrested Taliban have confessed to abducting Bajwas Sahib and later stabbing him to death and burying his remains in a pit. A Taliban member said that a person from the next village who was a Christian but had converted to Islam and joined the Taliban had informed on Bajwa Sahib being a ‘blasphemer’ who was then abducted and stabbed to death. When the police asked the Taliban member why they had done this he said this was done on the order of their commander. May God elevate the station of Shaheed and grant steadfastness to his family. Amina Sahiba of Kababir died on 12 December 2014. She was a born Ahmadi and had served Lajna in various capacities. She was a very prayerful person and gave generously. She made extensive arrangements for catering for her local Jama’at during the building of the local mosque Masjid Mahmood for which she donated a large sum of money. She had great devotion for Khulafa, listened to Friday sermon most keenly and would be ready with all her heart to obey every instruction. She taught many children to read the Holy Qur’an. Her intense desire to visit Qadian was fulfilled three times when she attended Jalsa Salana Qadian. Amina Sahiba was a Moosia and a maternal aunt of Munir Odeh Sahib. Munir Odeh Sahib writes that his aunt spent her life serving Ahmadiyyat. She had brought up Munir Odeh Sahib like a mother when his parents went out to work. She sewed clothes but never accepted help from anyone. She was not married. She received marriage proposals from non-Ahmadis which she did not accept. Munir Odeh Sahib was with her when she passed away and her last words were: There is none worthy of worship except Allah. Before passing away she had instructed that all her belongings should be given to the Jama’at. Ibrahim Abdul Bukhari Sahib of Egypt passed away on 13 December at the age of 63. He had taken bai’at at the young age of eighteen years and experienced eras of three Khilafats. He faced much hostility from his family and also in-laws after accepting Ahmadiyyat but he remained committed. He also faced many impediments at work due to his faith where he was psychologically abused. His wife was impressed with his role model and also accepted Ahmadiyyat. He taught Arabic in a school in Nigeria for two and a half years. He was regular in observing Salat and paying his chanda and attended Friday Prayers regularly even in his last days in spite of illness. He also visited UK and had great sincerity for Khilafat. He leaves behind his widow, a daughter and three sons. May God elevate the status of all the deceased and grant steadfastness to the bereaved families.
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Renesh Current Affairs 13-12-2014 1) Leaders paid homage to martyrs of Parliament attack: Parliamentarians led by Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on 13 December 2014 paid homage to marty Read more ... rs on the 13th anniversary of the attack on Parliament. UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other members attended a solemn ceremony held in the premises of Parliament. On 13th December 2001, five heavily-armed gunmen stormed Parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire, killing nine persons. The martyrs included five Delhi Police personnel, a woman Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) official, two Parliament watch and ward staff and a gardener. A journalist, who was injured, died later. All five terrorists were shot dead. Four accused, including Afzal Guru, were arrested for the attack and found guilty after a trial. Guru was hanged last year in February. 2) India lost first test against Australia by 48 runs: India virtually snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, slumping to an agonising 48-run loss in the pulsating first cricket Test against Australia despite captain Virat Kohli's gallant second successive hundred in the match which was held in Adelaide. Chasing a competitive target of 364, India were cruising along comfortably at 242/2 before the hosts staged a dramatic comeback to grab eight wickets for 73 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series. The Indians folded for 315 in 87.1 overs with Kohli (141) and Murali Vijay (99) being the only ones to notch up noteworthy knocks even as seven batsmen departed without touching the double digit mark. 3) Kohli becomes second player to score twin centuries on his captaincy debut: Virat Kohli, with his knocks of 115 and 141 in the two innings of first Test against Australia, has become only the second player to score twin centuries on his captaincy debut. The first player to do so was former Australian captain Greg Chappell, against West Indies at Brisbane in 1975. Kohli is only the second Indian captain to hit two centuries in the same Test. The first was Sunil Gavaskar, against West Indies at Kolkata in 1978/79. It has been 53 years now since an overseas batsman scored two centuries in the same Test in Australia. West Indies’ Rohan Kanhai was the last batsman to do so, way back in 1961. He is only the fourth Indian player to score two centuries in a single Test match, with the other three being Sunil Gavaskar (thrice), Rahul Dravid (twice) and Vijay Hazare (once). Kohli’s 256 is also the highest number of runs scored by any player on his captaincy debut. 4) India suffer close 3-4 defeat against Pakistan in Hockey Champions Trophy semi-final: A misfiring India squandered a golden opportunity to create history as they went down 3-4 against arch-rivals Pakistan in a high-voltage semifinal of the Hero Champions Trophy hockey tournament in Bhubaneshwar on 13 December 2014. It was a good chance for India to register their best-ever performance in the history of Champions Trophy but they couldn't achieve the feat and buckled under pressure. India's best-ever showing in the Champions Trophy is a bronze medal in 1982 edition of the tournament in Amstelveen, the Netherlands. Earlier, Olympic champions Germany survived a spirited fightback to snap world champion Australia's five-time title run by eking out a hard-fought 3-2 win and enter the summit clash. 5) Dineshwar Sharma appointed new IB chief: Dineshwar Sharma, Special Director in the Intelligence Bureau, was on 13 December 2014 appointed as the agency's new chief and will take charge on 1st January succeeding Syed Asif Ibrahim. A 1979 batch IPS officer from Kerala cadre, Sharma, who has been working with the agency for the past 23 years, will have a two-year tenure. An official announcement said he will take over as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) with immediate effect and will take charge as Director of Intelligence Bureau after the retirement of Ibrahim. 6) LS passed bill on coal block allocations: Lok Sabha on 12 December 2014 passed a bill which provides for fresh auction of 204 coal blocks de-allocated by the Supreme Court in September with the government allaying apprehensions of some parties that the legislation would lead to privatisation of the sector. 7) Asha Bhosle received Lifetime Achievement Award at DIFF: Noted Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 11th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). The 81-year-old 'Piya Tu Ab Toh Aja' hitmaker was presented with the prestigious award for her decades of dedication to Indian cinema during the opening ceremony of the festival. 8) Salman Khan is the richest Indian celebrity in forbes list: Salman Khan has emerged as the celebrity with the highest earnings in 2014, according to a Forbes list. The actor grossed earnings of Rs 244.5 crore in 2014, according to the magazine. It is for the first time in three years since Forbes started the rankings that Shah Rukh Khan has been toppled from the top spot. Shah Rukh Khan's money ranking in 2014 dropped to number 2 with earnings of Rs 202.4 crore. 9) Bengaluru-based techie arrested for ISIS twitter account handling: Bengaluru-based engineer Mehdi Masroor Biswas, who was named by UK-based Channel 4 as the man behind terror group Islamic State's (IS) most influential Twitter handle, was on 13 December 2014 arrested from his flat in Bengaluru and slapped with charges of "waging war" and unlawful activities.
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David No cleaner blues. First world problems. What does a mainstream left wing journalist do when they have to cut back on costs, and cut the cleaner they paid 25 pounds a week. They have given themselves two hours on weekends to make do. But there is stil Read more ... l do do. Has anyone tips for them? Maybe get out of bed? Flush the toilet? Replace the empty toilet roll? Wear water proof gloves when using hot water. Turn on the dishwasher. Place clothes in basket. Carry basket to washing machine. Use detergent. Use soap. Wear socks. .. Biden tells a Muslim girl about Islam. He is that smart. She is a victim of FGM. He was born without a brain. Should anything happen to the Lame Duck President, Biden has his own ideas about being a Lame Duck. Biden has a plan for world peace and domestic harmony through division. One wishes him every joy in retirement, and hopes the girl is disillusioned but not disempowered by her meeting with that fool. Russell Brand struggles to stand for relevance, but there are many mainstream journals keen to carry his angst. Some are critical, some laud him, but his micro thoughts and memes originated with them. With freedom, he can yearn for big government. With lots of money, he can wish for everyone else to be poor and not be touched by his own demands. His wallet is like Joe Biden's head. Trading off the fame of terrorism. A son of Che Guevarra offers a motorcycle tour. Or if travelling with a son of a mass murdering terrorist, one can travel with highly lauded leftist journalist George Negus. Dead jihadis dad blames Mr Abbott. He claims he never knew she was radicalised. He claims the Australian government should have stopped her from flying to Syria with her Al Qaeda boyfriend. Both were killed by the Syrian government. So her dad wants Mr Abbott's daughters to be killed too. Channel 9 had no problem broadcasting the bizarre request and reasoning on primetime morning news. It was already apparent 9News hates Mr Abbott, but exploiting the grief of the father of a terrorist is a new low. Were channel 9 CIA, it would be an example of torture through emotional manipulation. Fairfax journalist hates Credilin so much she will publish hateful memes about her. That is what Fairfax expects of her journalists. Mr Abbott needs to reset the agenda set by the hate media. He isn't going to do that by having a tizzy in front of that media. He will do it by doing what he has done, crushing senate opposition and sticking to a dry economic agenda. Bracket creep from tax will allow the federal government to increase tax collection towards meeting her debt burden even though the Senate refuses to pass bills. But it is not desirable to do things that way, as it dampens spending and does not promote lending. Cutting 175 quangos is a good start for the government. Small government is more efficient than big government. Greens have a McArthyist question "Are you now, or have you ever been a member of the IPA, yes or no." The IPA (Institute of Public Affairs) is a libertarian voice for freedom countering the censorious left. There is no reason for the hatred suggested by the behaviour of Greens and the censorious left, but then there doesn't need to be for them to behave badly. 2013 ABC does not have support from good people. It has been irresponsible on important issues. Arguably, people have died from it's advocacy. Some good people defend it. It is important to have a good national broadcaster. ABC does not match that description. ABC is partisan where it is supposed to be even handed. It might be pointed out that the ABC has always been partisan. However, it has not always been proudly negligent. The ABC has failed to investigate corruption by the ALP. That may be helpful in keeping ALP in government, but it means that very bad people get placed in positions of responsibility. But the will of the executive to change the culture within the ABC is not there. Executive ABC defend their malpractice. And that is why the ABC has to be radically changed. I want the ABC to produce a series on Maximum Choppage using local actors to make a product with international appeal. Instead, they blow their budget on partisan productions which obfuscate world issues they call 'current affairs.' Time for reality tv, ABC, and the reality is nobody good supports you. Fairfax defends ALP expenses? Poll shows ALP has too much support despite the revelations of corruption. Militant unions savaging Toyota. Bolt is more than a spectator .. but he is in the Spectator. ALP corrupt dealings brought about the NBN folly. I've never met or had a conversation with Green, Mao or Stalin, but I know their opinion on politics. I'm insightful like that. Historical perspectives on this day In 1294, Saint Celestine V resigned the papacy after only five months; Celestine hoped to return to his previous life as an ascetic hermit. In 1545, the Council of Trent began. In 1577, sir Francis Drake set sail from Plymouth, England, on his round-the-world voyage. In 1636, the Massachusetts Bay Colony organised three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians. This organization was recognized today as the founding of the National Guard of the United States. In 1642, Abel Tasman reached New Zealand. In 1643, English Civil War: The Battle of Alton took place in Hampshire. In 1758, the English transport ship Duke William sank in the North Atlantic, killing over 360 people. In 1769, Dartmouth College was founded by the Reverend Eleazar Wheelock, with a royal charter from King George III, on land donated by Royal governor John Wentworth. In 1862, American Civil War: At the Battle of Fredericksburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee defeated Union Major General Ambrose Burnside. In 1867, a Fenian bomb exploded in Clerkenwell, London, England, killing six. In 1937, Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanking – The city of Nanjing, defended by the National Revolutionary Army under the command of General Tang Shengzhi, fell to the Japanese. This was followed by the Nanking Massacre, in which Japanese troops raped and murdered hundreds of thousands of civilians. In 1938, The Holocaust: The Neuengamme concentration camp opened in the Bergedorf district of Hamburg, Germany. In 1939, World War II: Battle of the River Plate – Captain Hans Langsdorff of the German Deutschland-class cruiser (pocket battleship) Admiral Graf Spee engaged with Royal Navy cruisers HMS Exeter, HMS Ajax and HMNZS Achilles. In 1941, World War II: The Kingdom of Hungary and Kingdom of Romania declared war on the United States. In 1943, World War II: The Massacre of Kalavryta by German occupying forces in Greece. In 1949, the Knesset voted to move the capital of Israel to Jerusalem. In 1959, Archbishop Makarios III became the first President of Cyprus. In 1960, while Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia visited Brazil, his Imperial Bodyguard seized the capital and proclaimed him deposed and his son, Crown Prince Asfa Wossen, Emperor. In 1962, NASA launched Relay 1, the first active repeater communications satellite in orbit. In 1967, Constantine II of Greece attempted an unsuccessful counter-coup against the Regime of the Colonels. In 1968, Brazilian President Artur da Costa e Silva issued AI-5 (Institutional Act No. 5), enabling government by decree and suspending habeas corpus. In 1972, Apollo program: Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt began the third and final extra-vehicular activity (EVA) or "Moonwalk" of Apollo 17. To date they are the last humans to set foot on the Moon. In 1974, Malta became a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations. In 1977, a DC-3 aircraft chartered from the Indianapolis-based National Jet crashed near Evansville Regional Airport, killing 29, including the University of Evansville basketball team, support staff and boosters of the team. In 1979, the Canadian Government of Prime Minister Joe Clark was defeated in the House of Commons, prompting the 1980 Canadian election. In 1981, general Wojciech Jaruzelski declared martial law in Poland to prevent dismantling of the communist system by Solidarity. In 1988, PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat gave a speech at a UN General Assembly meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, after United States authorities refused to grant him a visa to visit UN headquarters in New York. In 1989, The Troubles: Attack on Derryard checkpoint – The Provisional Irish Republican Army launched an attack on a British Army temporary vehicle checkpoint near Rosslea, Northern Ireland. Two British soldiers were killed and one badly wounded. In 2000, the "Texas Seven" escaped from the John B. Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas, and went on a robbery spree, during which police officer Aubrey Hawkins was shot and killed. In 2001, Sansad Bhavan, the building housing the Indian Parliament, was attacked by terrorists. Twelve people were killed, including the terrorists. In 2002, European Union enlargement: The EU announced that Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia would become members from May 1, 2004. In 2003, Iraq War: Operation Red Dawn – Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was captured near his home town of Tikrit. In 2011, a murder–suicide in Liège, Belgium, killed six and wounded 125 people at a Christmas market. === This column welcomes feedback and criticism. The column is not made up but based on the days events and articles which are then placed in the feed. So they may not have an apparent cohesion they would have had were they made up. === For twenty two years I have been responsibly addressing an issue, and I cannot carry on. I am petitioning the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to remedy my distress. I leave it up to him if he chooses to address the issue. Regardless of your opinion of conservative government, the issue is pressing. Please sign my petition at https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/tony-abbott-remedy-the-persecution-of-dd-ball Or the US President at https://www.change.org/p/barack-obama-change-this-injustice# or https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/change-injustice-faced-david-daniel-ball-after-he-reported-bungled-pedophile-investigation-and/b8mxPWtJ or http://wh.gov/ilXYR Douglas Sutherland-Bruce via David Daniel Ball Mr Ball, I will not sign your petition as it will do no good, but I will share your message and ask as many of friends who read it, to share it also. Let us see if we cannot use the power of the internet to spread the word of these infamous killings. As a father and a former soldier, I cannot, could not, justify ignoring this appalling action by the perpetrators, whoever they may; I thank you Douglas. You are wrong about the petition. Signing it is as worthless and meaningless an act as voting. A stand up guy would know that. - ed Lorraine Allen Hider I signed the petition ages ago David, with pleasure, nobody knows what it's like until they've been there. Keep heart David take care. I have begun a bulletin board (http://theconservativevoice.freeforums.net) which will allow greater latitude for members to post and interact. It is not subject to FB policy and so greater range is allowed in posts. Also there are private members rooms in which nothing is censored, except abuse. All welcome, registration is free.
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David No cleaner blues. First world problems. What does a mainstream left wing journalist do when they have to cut back on costs, and cut the cleaner they paid 25 pounds a week. They have given themselves two hours on weekends to make do. But there is stil Read more ... l do do. Has anyone tips for them? Maybe get out of bed? Flush the toilet? Replace the empty toilet roll? Wear water proof gloves when using hot water. Turn on the dishwasher. Place clothes in basket. Carry basket to washing machine. Use detergent. Use soap. Wear socks. .. Biden tells a Muslim girl about Islam. He is that smart. She is a victim of FGM. He was born without a brain. Should anything happen to the Lame Duck President, Biden has his own ideas about being a Lame Duck. Biden has a plan for world peace and domestic harmony through division. One wishes him every joy in retirement, and hopes the girl is disillusioned but not disempowered by her meeting with that fool. Russell Brand struggles to stand for relevance, but there are many mainstream journals keen to carry his angst. Some are critical, some laud him, but his micro thoughts and memes originated with them. With freedom, he can yearn for big government. With lots of money, he can wish for everyone else to be poor and not be touched by his own demands. His wallet is like Joe Biden's head. Trading off the fame of terrorism. A son of Che Guevarra offers a motorcycle tour. Or if travelling with a son of a mass murdering terrorist, one can travel with highly lauded leftist journalist George Negus. Dead jihadis dad blames Mr Abbott. He claims he never knew she was radicalised. He claims the Australian government should have stopped her from flying to Syria with her Al Qaeda boyfriend. Both were killed by the Syrian government. So her dad wants Mr Abbott's daughters to be killed too. Channel 9 had no problem broadcasting the bizarre request and reasoning on primetime morning news. It was already apparent 9News hates Mr Abbott, but exploiting the grief of the father of a terrorist is a new low. Were channel 9 CIA, it would be an example of torture through emotional manipulation. Fairfax journalist hates Credilin so much she will publish hateful memes about her. That is what Fairfax expects of her journalists. Mr Abbott needs to reset the agenda set by the hate media. He isn't going to do that by having a tizzy in front of that media. He will do it by doing what he has done, crushing senate opposition and sticking to a dry economic agenda. Bracket creep from tax will allow the federal government to increase tax collection towards meeting her debt burden even though the Senate refuses to pass bills. But it is not desirable to do things that way, as it dampens spending and does not promote lending. Cutting 175 quangos is a good start for the government. Small government is more efficient than big government. Greens have a McArthyist question "Are you now, or have you ever been a member of the IPA, yes or no." The IPA (Institute of Public Affairs) is a libertarian voice for freedom countering the censorious left. There is no reason for the hatred suggested by the behaviour of Greens and the censorious left, but then there doesn't need to be for them to behave badly. 2013 ABC does not have support from good people. It has been irresponsible on important issues. Arguably, people have died from it's advocacy. Some good people defend it. It is important to have a good national broadcaster. ABC does not match that description. ABC is partisan where it is supposed to be even handed. It might be pointed out that the ABC has always been partisan. However, it has not always been proudly negligent. The ABC has failed to investigate corruption by the ALP. That may be helpful in keeping ALP in government, but it means that very bad people get placed in positions of responsibility. But the will of the executive to change the culture within the ABC is not there. Executive ABC defend their malpractice. And that is why the ABC has to be radically changed. I want the ABC to produce a series on Maximum Choppage using local actors to make a product with international appeal. Instead, they blow their budget on partisan productions which obfuscate world issues they call 'current affairs.' Time for reality tv, ABC, and the reality is nobody good supports you. Fairfax defends ALP expenses? Poll shows ALP has too much support despite the revelations of corruption. Militant unions savaging Toyota. Bolt is more than a spectator .. but he is in the Spectator. ALP corrupt dealings brought about the NBN folly. I've never met or had a conversation with Green, Mao or Stalin, but I know their opinion on politics. I'm insightful like that. Historical perspectives on this day In 1294, Saint Celestine V resigned the papacy after only five months; Celestine hoped to return to his previous life as an ascetic hermit. In 1545, the Council of Trent began. In 1577, sir Francis Drake set sail from Plymouth, England, on his round-the-world voyage. In 1636, the Massachusetts Bay Colony organised three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians. This organization was recognized today as the founding of the National Guard of the United States. In 1642, Abel Tasman reached New Zealand. In 1643, English Civil War: The Battle of Alton took place in Hampshire. In 1758, the English transport ship Duke William sank in the North Atlantic, killing over 360 people. In 1769, Dartmouth College was founded by the Reverend Eleazar Wheelock, with a royal charter from King George III, on land donated by Royal governor John Wentworth. In 1862, American Civil War: At the Battle of Fredericksburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee defeated Union Major General Ambrose Burnside. In 1867, a Fenian bomb exploded in Clerkenwell, London, England, killing six. In 1937, Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanking – The city of Nanjing, defended by the National Revolutionary Army under the command of General Tang Shengzhi, fell to the Japanese. This was followed by the Nanking Massacre, in which Japanese troops raped and murdered hundreds of thousands of civilians. In 1938, The Holocaust: The Neuengamme concentration camp opened in the Bergedorf district of Hamburg, Germany. In 1939, World War II: Battle of the River Plate – Captain Hans Langsdorff of the German Deutschland-class cruiser (pocket battleship) Admiral Graf Spee engaged with Royal Navy cruisers HMS Exeter, HMS Ajax and HMNZS Achilles. In 1941, World War II: The Kingdom of Hungary and Kingdom of Romania declared war on the United States. In 1943, World War II: The Massacre of Kalavryta by German occupying forces in Greece. In 1949, the Knesset voted to move the capital of Israel to Jerusalem. In 1959, Archbishop Makarios III became the first President of Cyprus. In 1960, while Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia visited Brazil, his Imperial Bodyguard seized the capital and proclaimed him deposed and his son, Crown Prince Asfa Wossen, Emperor. In 1962, NASA launched Relay 1, the first active repeater communications satellite in orbit. In 1967, Constantine II of Greece attempted an unsuccessful counter-coup against the Regime of the Colonels. In 1968, Brazilian President Artur da Costa e Silva issued AI-5 (Institutional Act No. 5), enabling government by decree and suspending habeas corpus. In 1972, Apollo program: Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt began the third and final extra-vehicular activity (EVA) or "Moonwalk" of Apollo 17. To date they are the last humans to set foot on the Moon. In 1974, Malta became a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations. In 1977, a DC-3 aircraft chartered from the Indianapolis-based National Jet crashed near Evansville Regional Airport, killing 29, including the University of Evansville basketball team, support staff and boosters of the team. In 1979, the Canadian Government of Prime Minister Joe Clark was defeated in the House of Commons, prompting the 1980 Canadian election. In 1981, general Wojciech Jaruzelski declared martial law in Poland to prevent dismantling of the communist system by Solidarity. In 1988, PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat gave a speech at a UN General Assembly meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, after United States authorities refused to grant him a visa to visit UN headquarters in New York. In 1989, The Troubles: Attack on Derryard checkpoint – The Provisional Irish Republican Army launched an attack on a British Army temporary vehicle checkpoint near Rosslea, Northern Ireland. Two British soldiers were killed and one badly wounded. In 2000, the "Texas Seven" escaped from the John B. Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas, and went on a robbery spree, during which police officer Aubrey Hawkins was shot and killed. In 2001, Sansad Bhavan, the building housing the Indian Parliament, was attacked by terrorists. Twelve people were killed, including the terrorists. In 2002, European Union enlargement: The EU announced that Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia would become members from May 1, 2004. In 2003, Iraq War: Operation Red Dawn – Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was captured near his home town of Tikrit. In 2011, a murder–suicide in Liège, Belgium, killed six and wounded 125 people at a Christmas market. === This column welcomes feedback and criticism. The column is not made up but based on the days events and articles which are then placed in the feed. So they may not have an apparent cohesion they would have had were they made up. === For twenty two years I have been responsibly addressing an issue, and I cannot carry on. I am petitioning the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to remedy my distress. I leave it up to him if he chooses to address the issue. Regardless of your opinion of conservative government, the issue is pressing. Please sign my petition at https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/tony-abbott-remedy-the-persecution-of-dd-ball Or the US President at https://www.change.org/p/barack-obama-change-this-injustice# or https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/change-injustice-faced-david-daniel-ball-after-he-reported-bungled-pedophile-investigation-and/b8mxPWtJ or http://wh.gov/ilXYR Douglas Sutherland-Bruce via David Daniel Ball Mr Ball, I will not sign your petition as it will do no good, but I will share your message and ask as many of friends who read it, to share it also. Let us see if we cannot use the power of the internet to spread the word of these infamous killings. As a father and a former soldier, I cannot, could not, justify ignoring this appalling action by the perpetrators, whoever they may; I thank you Douglas. You are wrong about the petition. Signing it is as worthless and meaningless an act as voting. A stand up guy would know that. - ed Lorraine Allen Hider I signed the petition ages ago David, with pleasure, nobody knows what it's like until they've been there. Keep heart David take care. I have begun a bulletin board (http://theconservativevoice.freeforums.net) which will allow greater latitude for members to post and interact. It is not subject to FB policy and so greater range is allowed in posts. Also there are private members rooms in which nothing is censored, except abuse. All welcome, registration is free.
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Christine The SUCCESS 25: 2014’s Personal Development Leaders Learn more about the careers and achievements of this year’s most influential leaders in personal growth and achievement. Chelsea Greenwood Success isn’t solely about reaching a financial or p Read more ... rofessional pinnacle. Success also involves cultivating solid relationships, striving to achieve health and well-being, giving back to others and generally leading a life of purpose. Success isn’t an endpoint—it’s a lifelong process. The individuals you’ll read about below comprise the first-ever SUCCESS 25 list. (In addition, find our list of all-time personal development legends on SUCCESS.com exclusively.) They’ve helped millions around the world in reaching their personal and professional goals, and attaining their own unique versions of success. But how did we choose the SUCCESS 25? After coming up with a list of hundreds of people who have made significant contributions to the personal growth of others, we narrowed down the list to about 85, focusing primarily on their activities in 2014. Then, we dug deeper into the following areas: • Sales of books, CDs, DVDs produced in 2014 • Articles and columns published in 2014; numbers of readers • Views of YouTube videos, TED Talks, podcasts; other online activity • 2014 sales of books, CDs and DVDs published in prior years • Social media reach • TV programs, speeches, other events; numbers of viewers or attendees • Awards, commendations in 2014 Ultimately, we chose the final names based on the numbers of people their work positively influenced in the last year. And now, without further ado, here is your 2014 SUCCESS 25: Martha Beck Best-selling author and columnist Martha Beck, Ph.D., draws on Harvard degrees in East Asian studies and sociology to coach individuals in finding their purpose in life and to train other coaches in her method. Beck is the best-selling author of Finding Your Own North Star, Steering by Starlight and Finding Your Way in a Wild New World, and she has been a columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine, since its inception. The president of Martha Beck Inc. reaches audiences through speaking events, telecast seminars and retreat workshops, including those in Africa and at her California ranch. Ken Blanchard The chief spiritual officer of Ken Blanchard Companies, which he formed with wife Margie in 1979 and which continues to be a family affair, Ken Blanchard is best known for co-authoring the 1982 management classic The One Minute Manager. Selling more than 13 million copies, it’s in the Fast Company Leadership Hall of Fame, among the most influential business books of all time. Since then, he has co-authored more than 60 books, published in 27 languages, more than 30 of which are best-sellers. Blanchard got his start in leadership as assistant dean at Ohio University and went on to become an in-demand consultant and popular speaker on management and leadership, particularly for his theory of servant leadership. Find more from Ken Blanchard in the SUCCESS Store. Les Brown Les Brown is a testament to sheer perseverance and the indomitable nature of the human spirit. Declared “educable mentally retarded” as a child in Miami, Brown shattered that misconception by going on to become a disc jockey and broadcast station manager, a political commentator and a state representative elected to multiple terms in Ohio. Winner of the National Speakers Association Council of Peers Award of Excellence and Toastmasters International’s Golden Gavel Award, Brown was also named one of Toastmasters’ top five speakers. He spreads his signature message, “It’s possible,” through motivational speaking engagements around the world as well as Master Trainer workshops. He is the author of Its Not Over Until You Win, Up Thoughts for Down Times and Fight For Your Dreams, as well as the best-selling audio series Choosing Your Future. Find more from Les Brown in the SUCCESS Store. Brendon Burchard A near-fatal car accident at age 19 changed the trajectory of Brendon Burchard’s life. He became committed to helping others “find their charge” as a motivational speaker, high-performance trainer and author of such New York Times best-selling titles as The Motivation Manifesto, Life's Golden Ticket, The Millionaire Messenger and The Charge. The 37-year-old has mastered the realms of online marketing and social media, with the most-watched self-help series on YouTube, more than 2 million likes on his Facebook fan page and 12 consecutive online promotions that surpassed $1 million in sales in less than seven days each. Burchard is also the founder of Experts Academy, offering marketing training for authors, speakers and coaches, and High Performance Academy, a personal-development program for achievers. Jack Canfield Perhaps best known as the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series (with more than 123 million books sold), Jack Canfield has shared his skills as a success coach through international speaking engagements and corporate training with the likes of Virgin Records, Sony Pictures and Merrill Lynch. The Harvard graduate outlined his methodologies for peak performance in such best-sellers as The Power of Focus, The Aladdin Factor and Dare to Win. In fact, Canfield holds the Guinness World Record for having seven books simultaneously on the New York Times Best Sellers List. Canfield is also the founder of The Canfield Training Group, The Foundation for Self-Esteem and the Transformational Leadership Council. Find more from Jack Canfield in the SUCCESS Store. Deepak Chopra With training in internal medicine and endocrinology, Deepak Chopra, M.D., began studying transcendental meditation and Ayurvedic medicine in the 1980s, soon becoming a pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine. He has since authored more than 75 books, both in the fiction and nonfiction genres, including 21 New York Times best-sellers. Some of his best-known titles include The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, The Book of Secrets and Super Brain. Chopra is also an in-demand keynote speaker around the world and leads popular meditation retreats. In 1999, TIME named him to its list of 20th-century heroes and icons. He is the founder of The Chopra Foundation as well as co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in California. Henry Cloud Henry Cloud, Ph.D., channels his experience as both a clinical psychologist and a successful businessman to offer leadership consulting and performance coaching to the likes of Fortune 500 companies and their executives. Cloud is the author or co-author of more than 20 books, with sales of more than 11 million copies total. His Boundaries series—which discusses setting healthy boundaries with co-workers, loved ones and ourselves—has sold more than 4 million copies; other critically acclaimed titles include Necessary Endings and Integrity. Cloud, a popular keynote speaker, is co-host of the radio show New Life Live, heard in more than 150 markets with an estimated 2 million weekly listeners, and he contributes frequently to CNN, Fox News, ABC News and more. Wayne Dyer Overcoming a childhood spent in orphanages and foster homes, Wayne Dyer, Ph.D., has been inspiring audiences for decades with his message of personal growth and self-discovery. After earning his doctorate in educational counseling, Dyer published his first popular title, Your Erroneous Zones, in 1976, which has sold 35 million copies and spent 64 weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers List. That launched his career as an author and speaker, and Dyer eventually shifted from a clinical perspective to a more spiritual one. He has written 41 books, many of which have been featured as Public Broadcasting Service specials, including, The Power of Intention, Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling and Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life. Worldwide sales of Dyer’s products have surpassed $250 million. Tim Ferriss Dubbed “this generation’s self-help guru” by The New Yorker, Tim Ferriss first garnered national acclaim through his 2007 book The 4-Hour Workweek, which he promoted through aggressive online marketing to reach the New York Times Best Seller List (where it spent seven years and reached No. 1). He followed up that title with the best-sellers The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Chef. Ferriss has been an angel investor in such tech startups as Twitter, Facebook, Uber and Evernote. The 37-year-old has a hugely popular blog, podcast and Twitter account, where he discusses his theories on accelerated learning, ideal lifestyle design and more. A frequent speaker at such organizations as Google, MIT, Harvard Business School and the CIA, Ferriss was the first American to hold a Guinness World Record for the most consecutive tango spins in a minute. Seth Godin Through his writing and speaking Seth Godin gained prominence as a marketing guru and iconoclast, and in recent years has transitioned to topics focused on leadership. With degrees in computer science, philosophy and business, Godin founded the online startup Yoyodyne in the 1990s and later sold it to Yahoo! (where he became vice president of direct marketing). Godin also created the community website Squidoo, recently acquired by HubPages. Godin is the author of 17 books, including the best-sellers Linchpin, Tribes and The Dip. His blog has repeatedly been named one of the most popular in the world, and he’s a frequent speaker at companies like Disney, Google, Amazon and Microsoft, as well as on the TED Talk circuit. The originator of such phrases as “permission marketing,” “ideavirus” and “purple cow,” Godin was inducted into the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame in 2013. Find more from Seth Godin in the SUCCESS Store. Steve Harvey Not many celebrities cross over from comedian and entertainer to relationship guru and self-help expert, but Steve Harvey has done just that. A cast member in The Original Kings of Comedy, Harvey has connected with audiences on a more emotional, personal level through his radio show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, as well as his daytime TV talk show, The Steve Harvey Show. Drawing on this interaction, as well as his own personal struggles and triumphs, Harvey penned the best-seller Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, followed by Straight Talk, No Chaser and Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success. Harvey also hosts the annual Neighborhood Awards, an expo and award ceremony recognizing people and businesses that make a positive impact in their neighborhoods, and founded The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation, a mentoring organization. Arianna Huffington Arianna Huffington has firmly established herself as one of the most influential women in the world, thanks in large part to her Pulitzer Prize-winning Huffington Post, which consistently ranks among the top news sites with 115 million monthly readers in the U.S. alone. In recent years, between her books on historical figures and politics, the writer has opened up to audiences through such personal-development works as On Becoming Fearless...in Love, Work, and Life and The Fourth Instinct: The Call of the Soul. In 2014, her 14th book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List. In it, the mother of two reflects on her personal struggles with time management and stress that led to physical collapse and a true wake-up call. T.D. Jakes Though his first calling was the pulpit, T.D. Jakes, now dubbed “America’s Best Preacher” by TIME, has become a prolific author with works focused on spiritual as well as personal-development themes. In addition to his most recent, Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive, Jakes’ books include Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven and Woman Thou Art Loosed!, among many others. The senior pastor of The Potter’s House, a global humanitarian organization and 30,000-member church in Dallas, Jakes’ e-church streams live each Sunday and taps into a global audience of about 5 million on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and his biannual festival, MegaFest, draws an average of 100,000 people. Jakes has advised the last three U.S. presidents, and he gave the sermon at a private service for President-elect Barack Obama on the morning of his inauguration in 2009. Jakes, winner of two NAACP Image Awards and named as one of Ebony’s “Power100,” is also founder of the T.D. Jakes School of Leadership. He is a frequent commentator on cable news and often contributes to ESSENCE, The Washington Post and more. Robert Kiyosaki Robert Kiyosaki is best known for the hugely popular Rich Dad, Poor Dad series, which started with 1997’s Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!, the best-selling personal finance book of all time with more than 28 million copies sold. Often defying traditional financial wisdom, the series currently comprises 26 titles. Having seen his share of ups and downs as an entrepreneur, including being homeless after going bankrupt, Kiyosaki dedicated himself to financial literacy through his company Cashflow Technologies Inc. The investor, motivational speaker and former Marine also has a weekly radio show and a popular blog. Find more from Robert Kiyosaki in the SUCCESS Store. John C. Maxwell Voted the top leadership professional six years in a row on GlobalGurus.org, John C. Maxwell is a coach, speaker, pastor and best-selling author. He has written more than 70 books and has sold more than 24 million copies in 50 languages, including the 1-million-plus sellers The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. Maxwell regularly speaks to and works with heads of state, Fortune 500 companies and groups such as the NFL and the United Nations. He is the founder of The John Maxwell Company; The John Maxwell Team; and co-founded EQUIP, a nonprofit that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 189 countries. Find more from John C. Maxwell in the SUCCESS Store. Suze Orman Once a waitress making $400 a month, Suze Orman has become one of America’s most popular financial experts, beloved for her energetic personality, straightforward tips and empowering message. She is the author of nine consecutive New York Times best-sellers and has been a contributing editor to O, The Oprah Magazine since it started. She has also produced a large library of financial CDs and kits. The Suze Orman Show on CNBC just started its 14th year, and she has starred on the QVC Financial Essentials show for 19 years, garnering more than $100 million in sales. The motivational speaker is a two-time Emmy Award winner and was named one of Forbes’ “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” in 2010. Joel Osteen Joel Osteen is senior pastor of America’s largest Protestant church, Lakewood Church, reaching audiences of millions worldwide with his message of hope, positivity and personal growth. Popular on media ranging from TV and radio to podcasts (with 48 million viewers a week) and Twitter (with 3 million followers), Osteen has penned six No. 1 New York Times best-sellers translated into 23 languages, including Your Best Life Now, Become a Better You and It's Your Time. Since 2004, his Night of Hope events, with wife Victoria, have sold out major venues—such as Madison Square Garden (seven times)—across the United States, and he has preached in Europe, Africa and Australia. Mehmet Oz Known simply as Dr. Oz to millions, Mehmet Oz, M.D., is a widely popular health expert, television personality and author. The heart surgeon received medical and master’s in business degreesfrom the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Wharton Business School, and is vice-chair, professor of surgery and a practicing heart surgeon at Columbia University. First featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oz struck a chord with audiences for cutting through medical jargon and presenting practical lifestyle advice. The Dr. Oz Show premiered in 2009, going on to win five Emmys. Oz, a longtime columnist for SUCCESS, has authored more than 400 articles, book chapters and medical books, including co-authoring seven New York Times best-sellers, such as YOU: The Owner's Manual, YOU: Being Beautiful and YOU: Staying Young. Dave Ramsey Dave Ramsey broadcasts his personal financial-management advice to 8 million listeners weekly on more than 500 radio stations as host of The Dave Ramsey Show. He’s also the author of five New York Times best-sellers that have sold more than 8 million copies combined, with The Total Money Makeover selling more than 5 million alone. Ramsey, who has been open about his own past financial struggles, grew hisfinancial counseling business, The Lampo Group, from a home-based operation to a multimillion-dollar venture employing more than 400 in 20 years. Through his online and in-person Financial Peace University, Ramsey has reached more than 2 million families. Tony Robbins A renowned speaker, coach and author on the psychology of peak performance, Tony Robbins has reached more than 50 million people in more than 100 countries with his books, multimedia products, and public speaking and other live events, according to his website. In late 2014, Robbins released Money: Master the Game; 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom, a tome of more than 600 pages intended to demystify finances and investing. The book comes more than 20 years after his last best-seller, Awaken the Giant Within, published in 1991. His first best-seller was Unlimited Power, published in 1986. He has also produced numerous audio programs, including Personal Power, which has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, according to his website. In addition to his seminars, Robbins regularly speaks to groups as diverse as the British Parliament, the World Economic Forum and Harvard Business School. His 2006 TED Talk has been viewed more than 13 million times, making it the eighth most popular TED Talk. Robbins has also made numerous television appearances, launched his own TV show and co-hosted Oprah’s Lifeclass on the OWN Network. He has advised or consulted an array of political and humanitarian leaders, including Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Mikhail Gorbachev and Margaret Thatcher, as well as three U.S. presidents and members of Congress. Robin Roberts An Alabama native, Robin Roberts became a college basketball superstar before hosting ESPN’s Sportscenter in the 1990s and appearing as a reporter on Good Morning America. The Emmy Award winner now serves as co-anchor of the show, a position she assumed in 2005. Roberts discussed her life’s journey and lessons learned along the way in 2007’s From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By and 2008’s From the Heart, Eight Rules to Live By, the latter published about a year after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Five years after beating cancer, Roberts was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder thought to be caused by chemotherapy, and she underwent a bone marrow transplant. That struggle inspired the 2014 New York Times best-seller Everybody's Got Something, a memoir brimming with Roberts’ trademark optimism and homespun maxims. Sheryl Sandberg The Facebook COO, who held previous roles with Google and the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, released her first book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, in 2013. The blockbuster spent 63 weeks on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction List and inspired the Lean In movement—comprising free lectures, small group meetings and community resources—through its message of female empowerment and gender equality in the workplace. In 2014, Sandberg and Lean In launched the Ban Bossy campaign, and LeanIn.org provides ongoing support for women in pursuing their ambitions. She also followed up her 2013 blockbuster with Lean In for Graduates in 2014. Sandberg, who was the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board, has committed to The Giving Pledge, promising to donate at least 50 percent of her net worth to charity. Robin Sharma Robin Sharma quit his job as a litigation attorney to become an author and leadership consultant, and he hasn’t looked back since. He has published 15 books in more than 90 languages with more than 12 million copies sold, including best-sellers The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and The Leader Who Had No Title. The latter, which posits that anyone can show leadership, no matter his or her position, drives his work at Sharma Leadership International Inc., a global consultancy that trains organizations (including Starbucks, Nike and Coca-Cola), in developing employees to lead without titles. The motivational speaker, who earned the Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International in 2011, has presented the Lead Without a Title program 22 times across the globe. He is founder of the Robin Sharma Foundation for Children, teaching leadership skills to underprivileged children, and co-founder of 960vets.com, an online support group for veterans. Brian Tracy For the past 40 years, Brian Tracy has shared his expertise in sales, leadership, goal setting and success strategy with millions internationally. The author, speaker and personal development trainer has addressed more than 5 million people in talks and seminars, and consulted for more than 1,000 companies. Tracy is the best-selling author of more than 65 books, including the time management classic Eat That Frog!, and he has created more than 1,000 audio and video programs, including the best-selling The Psychology of Achievement. Tracy is chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, which specializes in training individuals and organizations. Formerly, Tracy was COO of a multimillion-dollar development company. Find more from Brian Tracy in the SUCCESS Store. Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey has been a champion of personal growth for roughly two decades, using her multimedia platform as “Queen of All Media” to share a message of self-empowerment with millions. After overcoming a childhood of poverty and abuse, she climbed the media ranks and established The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest-rated program of its kind in history. In the mid-’90s, Winfrey began to focus on more spiritual and self-help subjects, introducing the world to many of the experts on this list and providing educational resources. Over the years, Winfrey has raised—and personally donated—millions of dollars to charity, earning recognition as one of the greatest philanthropists of all time by BusinessWeek. In 2013, she earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Winfrey continues to lead The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, as well as the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). In 2014, she embarked on the Oprah: The Life You Want Weekend tour around the United States. 2014’s most influential leaders in personal development share their insights and strategies in their own words—all (save for a noted few) taken from new, exclusive interviews in the January issue of SUCCESS magazine, on newsstands now. Post date: Dec 9, 2014 The BEST-SELLING Stocking Stuffer that just might change their life! - See more at: http://www.success.com/article/the-success-25-2014s-personal-development-leaders#sthash.7Yu8oRhn.dpuf
The SUCCESS 25: 2014’s Personal Development Leaders
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#STUDY-MATERIAL Regarding Some Suggestion for Outside Delhi UPSC 2014 Aspirant so read fully if u find imp for you or else u can avoid also .[I think many of You haven't got my message regarding Important Material for General Stduies ( So Stop msg Read more ... ing me for that now). .] …………………………………..So those Aspirant Staying outside Delhi and can not afford to come Delhi and especially lacking UPSC Material or guidance.. So I hv decided to help u guys coz of so many material request nd guidance for UPSC preparation.. So I had put the material list again which i have used in my preparation ( English Medium ) ( Read Fully for details how to get material and how to avoid shopkeeper selling old/unused/fake material) My suggestion for important material of Delhi UPSC coaching & Courier channel... (A) Following are the books You can buy directly from flipkart 10-15 rs cheaper than Delhi; [ Prelims(P)+Mains(M)] 1. Certificate Physical and human geography book by Gochen Leong [ v.v.imp for [P+M]] 2. Indian Geography book by khullar ( Best Standard Refrence Book but hard core Geography) [ v.v.imp for [P+M]] 3. Orient Blackswan Atlas book ( Must have one) [ v.v.imp for [P+M]] 4. History of Modern India by Spectrum book( Must read 2-3 times) [ v.v.imp for [P]] 5. Indian struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra book( Must Must ..) [ v.v.v.imp for [P+M]] 6. Indian Since In¬dependence by Bipin Chandra book( Important no doubt) [ v.v.imp for [M]] 7. India After Gandhi by Guha book ( Imp but Optional ) ( Good for M) 8. . World history by Jain & Mathur book( Must only Source) (v.v.v.v Imp for M) 9. Indian Polity by M. Laxmikant book( V. Imp) ( v.v.vimp P+M) 10. Indian Parliament by S. Kashyap book( v.good but I never Read it ) [M] 11. Spectrum Art & Culture [ v.v.v imp [M] . (B) Different but Must Buy Coaching Material of 2014 batch Best for Prelims + Mains preparation ( How to get real material read till last line) # Must Read News Paper The Hindu and Netvibes link from my group (and its up to u only so cant help) 1. Vajiram & Ravi Complete Printed yellow book for Prelims + Mains ( 10 booklet , I dont Read them) 2. Vajiram & Ravi current affairs booklet total 7 volume [P+M] (Dont buy if you are ok for Prelims) 3. Vision IAS Current Affairs from Sep,13 to April,14 has come till now [P+M] 4. Vision IAS Value Added Material covering Topics of GS I , II , III , IV ( v.v.v imp [M]) 5. Indian Polity Notes of SriRam Coaching [v.v.v.v.v imp P+M] 6. Economy Class notes of Sriram coaching Printed Notes ( v.v.v.v imp [P+M]) 7. . Indian Art and Culture class notes by Nitin Singhnia.. ( V.V.V.good with any standard refrence book)[M] 8. SK Mishra (GS Score) classnotes & Ethics material by PragatiIAS (V.V. Good) [M] 9. Environment Shankar IAS Acdemy ( Hv 2 read Prprly once bt nt sufficient w/o newspaper reading )[P+M] 10. Indian Polity Class notes 2014 by Vajiram & Ravi.. ( V imp)[P+M] 11. Science & Tech ( newspaper/magazine only don’t buy nething ) 12. IGNOU material ( of Social issues/Environment/Internaional Issues/Polity/ Ethics) Etc….(will help if Read once)( costly so download freely from internet) . (C ) Must Read NCERT if u r even thinking of clearing UPSC. 1. NCERT Geography XI/XII( imp but optional can download online too but take printout)[P+M] 2. The Story of civilization Volume II , Contemporary World History old NCERT ( Must Read 2-3 times){M] 3. Anciect/ Medivial / Modern Indian History old NCERT ( Must read many times){P+M] 4. . Indian Constituion at work NCERT / Indian politics after Independence/Contemporary world politics ( v.v. Imp)[P] 5. Economic NCERT (XI/XII) ( Read twicemust )[P] SUBSCRIBE INSIGHTTEST SERIES FOR BETTER PREPRATION OF NCERT PRELIMS . (D) Now best Test Series Q.paper for CSAT or mains 2014 1. CSAT Aptitude Mock Test Papers by Career Launcher ( If u r week in CSAT) 2. CSAT Paper I mock test series by Direction or CL coaching..( have it useful) 3. Vajiram & Ravi/ Direction/VisionIAS mix test papers ( v.v.v. imp for Paper I+II in prelims) . (E)Now these are for Optional only so choose ur optional very carefully/ for books talk in msg.. 1. Public Administration Synergy Class Notes ( Best for Paper I) while pawan sir notes are good for Paper II 2. Geography Neetu Singh Class Notes ( Best) 3. History hemant jha coaching class Notes ( Best) 4. Political Science class notes by Subhra Ranjan of Vajiram & Ravi (best) 5. Sociology class notes of Mahaptra Sir ( Vajiram) or Upendra coachig + Sinduri madam class notes ( Best) 6. Philosophy class notes by Patanjali ( Best) 7. Psychology class notes by Mukul Pathak (Best) 8. Zoology by Evolution coaching..( only english medium) 9. U can msg me for other optional / optinal books so not making here the list lengthy . So My Suggestions Regarding material purchase are : --> Buy Books from Flipkart coz some what cheaper then Delhi and authentic too But for coaching material if u urself can come and buy then it wud be best or else if u really want my help for guidance or material then just msg me in i will try my best to help . And for Those who had asked me for material chk my or our group wall post for ur material receipt nd other authentication , Best IAS Websites for UPSC Civil Services Exam Online Preparation 1. Mrunal.org 2. Insightsonindia.com 3. http://www.prsindia.org/ MISSION IAS-2015 ANY QUERY REGARDING HOW TO GET THIS MATERIAL JUST INBOX/MASSAGE ME
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Sustainable Farming- Best management practices using hemp in Ontario
Sustainable Communities- Hemp Farming and Best Management Practices-Jennifer C. Collett     Farms feed us.In 2010, Ontario’s field vegetables cost approximately $325 million. Of that, vine crops such as: squash, pumpkins, and zucchini accounted Read more ... for approximately $17.7 million according to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) horticultural crop statistics. With the rising costs of fertilizers, fuel, and functional equipment, farmers are searching for ways to maximize their profits. It would be most economically and environmentally beneficial to keep all the nitrogen in the soil for food production, however, leakage occurs. Where there is too much nitrogen leakage, there can be environmental harm.   When nitrogen leaves the root zone, it can affect the quality of groundwater and surface water. The key to reducing this is practising efficient on-farm management of nitrogen, so that as much of the available nitrogen as possible is used to grow crops and livestock and maintain soil health. The range of management options available to a producer varies depending on the farm's characteristics. These can be identified through the preparation of a nutrient management plan. Using Hemp buffer strips and erosion control structures a farmer can filter runoff before it enters surface water.   Buffer strips in riparian zones have proven to reduce nutrient movement off the field into nearby surface water sources. Buffer strips consume excess nutrients before they flow into surface water and enhance opportunities for groundwater denitrification.The Ontario Drinking Water Standards (ODWS) set 10 mg/L (10 parts per million) nitrate as nitrogen (NO3--N) as the maximum allowable level for drinking water in Ontario. Studies published in scientific journals since the 1950s estimate that upwards of 15 per cent of rural Ontario wells have nitrate levels greater than the ODWS of 10 mg/L NO3--N. A study of farm water quality in the early 1990s came to a similar conclusion. Medical researchers concluded that a concentration of 10 mg/L in drinking water is appropriate to avoid blue-baby syndrome in human infants. Recent research suggests that consistently high levels of nitrate in surface waters can harm some forms of aquatic life, particularly amphibians. At this time, the Province is considering including nitrate in the Provincial Water Quality Objectives (PWQO).   In urban areas, waste run-off already contributes to overworked water treatment plants. The additional load created by urban commercial food production can affect our drinking water supply. Hemp roots absorb and dissipate the energy of rain and runoff, which protects fertilizer, soil, and keeps seeds in place. Hemp plants slow down the velocity of runoff by absorbing moisture. By creating shade, hemp plants moderate extreme variations in temperatures, which will conserve moisture in the soil. Hemp plants reduce the loss of topsoil in windy conditions. Hemp plants also loosen the earth for subsequent crops.   From April to December 1996, field experiments with fiber hemp (no seed harvesting) and a subsequent field retting were performed at four locations of southern Lower Saxony, Germany (Foehrste I + II, Elbingerode and Hoerden). The experimental fields in Foehrste were cultivated under a minimum tillage technique. The French monoecious variety Fedora 19 was sown in May with a seeding rate of 49-56 kg/ha to achieve a plant density of 300 plants m2 . The experimental set-up was a large scale plot consisting of three nitrogen fertilization levels (0, 40, 80 kg N/ha, respectively, pre-emergence dressing) with one replication. During the vegetation period, the stage of development, plant height, plant density, fresh and dry weight of the plants and nitrogen content in above-ground dry matter were recorded six times.  At the end of April 1996, soil N min. in 0 - 90 cm depth was approx. 150 kg N at all three sites. Three weeks after seeding and application of nitrogen fertilizer, the different nitrogen fertilization levels became clearly visible as measured by soil N min. Shortly after emergence, fluctuations in the amounts of soil N min occurred. Nitrogen absorption of the growing crop and increased soil nitrogen mineralization can be held responsible for these changes. In the middle of July, a slight increase in soil nitrate appeared. At this time, subsequent delivery of soil nitrogen was greater than the crop's nitrogen uptake. Nitrogen was absorbed by the plants during the entire vegetation period, even after finishing the vegetative phase. By final harvest, hemp had been able to empty soil completely of Nmin.     Nitrogen uptake of hemp-          During the main elongation phase, nitrogen absorption of the plants increased continuously. With the onset of flowering (EC 55) the increase of nitrogen absorption stagnated.  Averaged over all nitrogen fertilizing levels at final harvest, plants at Hoerden und Foehrste had absorbed 123 kg N/ha and 159 kg N/ha at Elbingerode. The results show a clear correlation between nitrogen absorption and level of output. During the entire vegetation period higher N supply was followed by an enhanced nitrogen uptake.The minimum benefit of a hemp crop is in its use as a rotation crop. Since hemp stabilizes and enriches the soil farmers grow crops on, and provides them with weed-free fields, without cost of herbicides, it has value even if no part of the plant is being harvested and used. Any industry or monetary benefit beyond this value is a bonus. Rotating hemp with soy reduces cyst nematodes, a soy-decimating soil parasite, without any chemical input. Hemp could be grown as a rotation crop and not compete with any other food crops for the most productive farmland. Marginal lands make fine soil for hemp, or hemp can be grown in between growing seasons.     It has been suggested that to reduce total nitrogen loading a farmer should:   Ensure livestock feed rations are not any higher than necessary to meet production targets. This will save both feed costs and excess nitrogen loss in the manure.Use nitrogen from sources available on the farm first, where possible (e.g., Hemp crop in rotation), before buying any nitrogen sources produced off-farm.   To manage fields and avoid excess nitrate that could leach to groundwater:Identify fields and areas sensitive to nitrogen in areas where nutrient applications are planned. For instance, sandy or gravelly soils, and soils with shallow water tables are more susceptible to nitrogen leaching.   Match nitrogen applications with crop requirements. Use the spring or pre-sidedress soil nitrogen test where available (e.g., for corn and barley).   In your Nutrient Management Plan, account for nitrogen contributions from green manure crops and any previous crop rotations.   In your Nutrient Management Plan, account for nitrogen from any manure or biosolid application.Apply most of the nitrogen just before the time of maximum crop uptake (e.g., sidedress corn).   Split applications of nitrogen through techniques such as fertigation.Practise crop rotations to make efficient use of nitrogen and maintain healthy soils.Establish cover crops as needed to "tie up" any excess nitrogen at the end of the season.     The first barrier to the contamination of drinking water involves protecting the sources of drinking water."   Source water protection (SWP) involves protecting both the quality and quantity of source water including surface water and groundwater. Surface water is water that is in contact with the atmosphere; it comprises lakes, rivers, streams, creeks and oceans. Approximately 74% of Canadians get their drinking water from surface water sources. Groundwater is water found beneath the Earth’s surface between the cracks and spaces in soil, sand and rock. Approximately 26% of Canadians use groundwater to meet their daily water needs.In Ontario, agricultural landscapes account for a significant proportion of source water that is eventually used by humans for drinking, recreation, industrial processes and other purposes. Water also plays a central role in the agriculture and agri-food industry due to its various functions in crop and livestock production including watering animals and irrigation. Agricultural activities may contribute to excess levels of nutrients such as nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) in the environment.   Most nitrogen from agricultural fields reaches surface water as nitrate in the ground water below the soil surface. In order for nitrate to be removed from ground water before it reaches surface water, the ground water must enter a zone where plant roots are or have been active. These plant roots may either absorb the nitrate for use in plant growth or, more importantly, may provide an energy source for bacteria that converts nitrogen in nitrate to a gas, which then escapes to the atmosphere. This process, denitrification, occurs almost exclusively in water-saturated zones where abundant organic matter is present. To quantitatively predict nitrate removal in riparian buffers, it is necessary to understand the hydrology of each site. As the shallow ground water moves through the riparian buffer, microorganisms change the nitrate-nitrogen to gaseous nitrogen. When the soil is poorly aerated (anaerobic conditions), some microorganisms reduce nitrates to the gaseous components of nitrous oxide, nitric oxide, or free nitrogen gas.   The preferred situation for managing nitrogen loss to leaching and runoff into the water supply would be to use sustainable green farming practices like the introduction of Cannabis Sativa L into crop rotations and using it in buffer strips to increase protection of our water systems. This is a cost effective solution, which can also become a profitable product after harvest. This solution adds no additional chemicals or expensive filtration systems and it allows us to protect the water systems we depend on, using any soil type.      The USDA Forest Service defines a riparian buffer as follows:      "The aquatic ecosystem and the portions of the adjacent terrestrial ecosystem that directly affect or are affected by the aquatic environment. This includes streams, rivers, lakes, and bays and their adjacent side channels, floodplain, and wetlands. In specific cases, the riparian buffer may also include a portion of the hill/slope that directly serves as streamside habitats for wildlife.   "Natural riparian buffers are composed of grasses, trees, or both types of vegetation. If riparian buffers are maintained or re-established, they can exist under most land uses: natural, agricultural, forested, suburban, and urban. There are many factors that determine the effectiveness of riparian buffers for any given pollutant. To understand these factors, it is necessary to understand how riparian buffers work to reduce pollutant movement into surface waters.      The movement of water from agricultural land through riparian buffers:   The most important factor controlling effectiveness of riparian buffers is hydrology: how the water moves through or over the buffer. Removal of contaminants from surface runoff requires that runoff water be sufficiently slowed to allow sediment to settle out. If the runoff water does not spread over the buffer, it will move through the buffer in channels. Channelized water moves almost as quickly through a buffer as it does from the field, thereby making the buffer ineffective at pollutant removal. Sediment and sediment-associated pollutants, such as some pesticides as well as nitrogen and phosphorus, move to surface waters almost exclusively through surface runoff. Thus, to remove sediment and its associated pollutants, surface runoff water must be intercepted. Vegetation in riparian buffers also remove nitrogen and phosphorous through uptake. Some of these nutrients are sequestered in woody vegetation, whereas the nutrients absorbed into herbaceous materials, generally, are recycled as the vegetative matter dies. Several studies have indicated that uptake by above-ground woody vegetation like hemp, removes various amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus, depending on the riparian conditions. Denitrification has been measured (in Coastal Plain forested riparian buffer areas)to remove as much as 263 lb N acre-1yr-1. Denitrification rates are generally between 18 and 55 lb N acre-1 yr-1 and most studies indicate that denitrification takes place throughout the entire year, not in the growing seasons alone.   In order to protect drinking water, it is best to adopt an approach that uses multiple barriers to prevent contamination. Known as the 'multi-barrier approach', this includes measures to prevent contamination of sources of water using adequate water treatment and distribution systems, water testing and training of water managers (Conservation Ontario, 2005). Prevention methods can be included in the best management practices of Ontario farmers, who's crop land runoff will end up in the source water.   Some examples of BMP’s using this prevention method are;1. Practise crop rotations to make efficient use of nitrogen and maintain healthy soils.2. Establish cover crops as needed to "tie up" any excess nitrogen at the end of the season.3. Use buffer strips along crops that edge water systems.Hemp can be planted to prevent nitrogen contamination in public drinking water. It can be grown after food crops are harvested, to take up excess nitrogen that runs a risk of contaminating the water supply. It is an important matter to educate farmers on the benefits of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant, as well as introducing the idea of it's use especially in the BMP's of farms nearer to our water systems. Again, approximately 74% of Canadians get their drinking water from surface water sources. Groundwater is water found beneath the Earth’s surface between the cracks and spaces in soil, sand and rock. Approximately 26% of Canadians use groundwater to meet their daily water needs. This is a matter of public health and one which can be managed simply through this economic,sustainable and socially responsible manner.Phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) are the primary nutrients that in excessive amounts pollute our lakes, streams, and wetlands.   Nitrogen is essential to the production of plant and animal tissue. It is used primarily by plants and animals to synthesize protein. Nitrogen enters the ecosystem in several chemical forms and also occurs in other dissolved or particulate forms, such as tissues of living and dead organisms. Nitrate, a compound containing nitrogen, can exist in the atmosphere or as a dissolved gas in water, and at elevated levels can have harmful effects on humans and animals. Common sources of excess nitrate reaching lakes and streams include septic systems, animal feed lots, agricultural fertilizers, manure, industrial waste waters, sanitary landfills, and garbage dumps. Too much nitrogen, as nitrate, in drinking water can be harmful to young infants or young livestock. Excessive nitrate can result in restriction of oxygen transport in the bloodstream. Infants under the age of 4 months lack the enzyme necessary to correct this condition ("blue baby syndrome"). In parts of Eastern Europe where groundwater is contaminated with 50-100 milligrams per liter (mg/L) of nitrate, pregnant women and children under 1 year of age are supplied with bottled water. Having too much phosphorus in the body is actually more common and more worrisome than having too little. Too much phosphorus is generally caused by kidney disease or by consuming too much dietary phosphorus and not enough dietary calcium. Several studies suggest that higher intakes of phosphorus are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. As the amount of phosphorus you eat rises, so does the need for calcium. The delicate balance between calcium and phosphorus is necessary for proper bone density and prevention of osteoporosis. Phosphates have many effects upon organisms. The effects are mainly consequences of emissions of large quantities of phosphate into the environment due to mining and cultivating. During water purification phosphates are often not removed properly, so that they can spread over large distances when found in surface waters.Due to the constant addition of phosphates by humans and the exceeding of the natural concentrations, the phosphor cycle is strongly disrupted.   The increasing phosphor concentrations in surface waters raise the growth of phosphate-dependent organisms, such as algae and duckweed. These organisms use great amounts of oxygen and prevent sunlight from entering the water. This makes the water fairly unliveable for other organisms. This phenomenon is commonly known as eutrophication.Planting hemp is a cost effective triple purpose, profitable crop; when used in BMP's as a buffer strip, as a phytoremediator to regulate and absorb soil nutrient like Nitrogen and Phospherous or as a Brownlands restoration solution, and then as a product sold for manufacturing of textiles and biocomposite materials or ecobuilding solutions, as an example.     Lending institutions, particularly those servicing the farming industry, are tuned into growing global demand, so cash-crop farmers have had little issue with financing, though is decidedly tighter for supply-managed operations, particularly beef and hog. However, some farmers are expanding into less traditional markets, investing in and improving inferior farmland and Brownlands restoration in communities.  Comparative Fibre/Pulp Products HEMP ✵ Yield 4 - 12 tonne per hectare total yield depending on growing conditions ✵ Usable bast fibre is 35% of total or tonne per hectare (1.4 - 4.2 tonne per hectare) ✵ Current North American market price undetermined ✵ Zero infrastructure available FLAX ✵ 1,000,000 hectares grown in Western Canada ✵ Yield of straw is 1.5 - 2.0 tonne per hectare ✵ Seed sold for oil at a current price of $300/tonne ✵ Residual fibre straw is removed and baled from fields by purchaser ✵ Farm is paid $6/tonne for fibre ✵ Advantage to farmer; no crop disposal problems ✵ Two US firms, Schweitzer-Maudit and Acousta control flax fibre market CULTIVATED HYBRID POPLAR ✵ Poplar will produce 1.5 tonnes in the Peace to 9 tonnes in the south of chip quality fibre per hectare peryear ✵ Currently 2,000 hectares grown by Mac-Blo in BC on private land ✵ Goal of 10,000 hectares within 10 years ✵ Lease rate of $150/hectare in coastal BC   Air dry stem yields in Ontario have from 1998 and onward ranged from 2.6-14.0 tonnes of dry, retted stalks per hectare (1-5.5 t/ac) at 12% moisture. Yields in Kent County, have averaged 8.75 t/ha (3.5 t/ac). Northern Ontario crops averaged 6.1 t/ha (2.5 t/ac) in 1998. Statistic for the European Union for 2008 to 2010 say that the average yield of hemp straw has varied between 6.3 and 7.3 ton per ha. Only a part of that is bast fiber.   Approximately one tonne of bast fiber and 2-3 tonnes of core material can be decorticated from 3-4 tonnes of good quality, dry retted straw. For an annual yield of this level is it in Ontario recommended to add nitrogen (N):70–110 kg/ha, phosphate (P2O5): up to 80 kg/ha and potash (K2O): 40–90 kg/ha. A perfect match for buffer zones and compannion planting.In Ontario, many municipalities provide financial assistance to the private sector through a Community Improvement Plan (CIP). A CIP is an expression of a community’s intention to facilitate revitalization, and may include financial incentives to help stimulate investment and offset redevelopment costs.   Through a CIP, a community in need of rehabilitation and revitalization can provide financial incentives in the form of grants, loans or tax assistance to properties in a specific area or category. Tax assistance and grants are the most commonly offered incentives for remediation and redevelopment.The Green Municipal Fund (GMF) program is responsible for $550 million from the federal government to fund a variety of projects aimed at making Canadian municipalities more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable. Chatham-Kent received $100,000 to help create a new Community Improvement Plan that will be centred on a Brownfield Remediation Strategy and so there is room for farmers to learn new Best Management Practices, that are profittable, healthier alternatives for everyone.    Phytoremediation  Toxins can enter the soil through a multitude of paths, from chemical fertilizer applications to urban runoff. The toxins can then become embedded in the Earth and are considered bio-accumulates. These bio-accumulates may include metals, pesticides, solvents, explosives, crude oil and its derivatives. Hemp can be used as buffer strips around a community to protect the land as well. It can be grown in areas to expediate decontamination and restore urban areas to safe, usable community space.   A good example of a need for this is the 100 km diet. That is a diet that contains as many foods from within a 100 km radius of your home as you can. This helps to ensure a fresh healthy supply and supports the local farms and community. By using Brownfield restoration with hemp, you have a product that enables reversion of unusable space to community gardens or green spaces. As the remediating plant grows, it develops a root system. The roots draw the bio-accumulates along with beneficial nutrients as part of its nourishment, and concentrate them in its stems, shoots, and leaves, which can then be harvested and disposed of safely. Hemp plants can flourish while simultaneously rendering the toxins harmless through the nutrient uptake process, resulting in clean, balanced and nutrient rich soil, which can then be safely used for agriculture or urban living.    Hemp Buffer strips for farms can also have benefit for a farmer as a break crop or as a pest control solution. Pest problems are always aggravated by large monoculture situations, where hundreds or  thousands of acres are grown in one area. Pests in the general sense refer to insects, diseases, weeds, nematodes, slugs and mice. Pesticides are chemicals, (either organic or not) that will eradicate or control these pests. Hemp appears to be more free of pests than some other crops. Two major characteristics of farming systems that are compatible with soil ecosystem management are the addition of organic amendments and avoiding the application of synthetic pesticides, similar to organic farming practices.    A major concern in organic systems is the maintenance of adequate soil fertility at key crop-growth periods. Availability of nutrients from an organic matter source varies substantially among different kinds of organic matter (7), mainly due to differences in C:N ratios. With low C:N ratio organic substrates, bacterial growth is C-limited, and N-immobilization by microbes will be minimal; but at high C:N ratios, bacterial growth will be N-limited, and there may be rapid immobilization of newly mineralized N. Therefore, it is critical to select an organic amendment with a low C:N ratio if rapid nutrient availability for the crop plant is needed. If high C:N ratio amendments are used, soil food webs will be selected for fungal dominated decomposition pathways, thus a slower mineralization rate but a longer lasting supply of organic materials will be available. Hemp planted in buffer zones to regulate and manage Nitrogen loss, and runoff to water the supply is a great idea.As far as weeds are concerned, if a hemp stand is healthy and even, weeds can be reduced to virtually zero under the hemp canopy. If there are spaces, weeds will grow.   Hemp does not deplete the soil as many other industrial crops do. It actually enriches the soil as it sheds its leaves throughout the growing season, creating a mature compost. This not only enriches the topsoil, but helps it to retain moisture, and in addition hemp requires about half the amount of water that other agricultural crops do. Hemp’s deep roots of at least 3 feet protect the soil from runoff, maintaining a strong soil structure. Falling leaves not used in processing fall replenish the soil with nutrients, nitrogen, and oxygen. This rich organic mulch promotes the development of fertile farmland. Some of the carbon which is "breathed" in by the plant in the form of CO2 is left in the roots and crop residues in the field. The CO2 is broken down by photosynthesis into carbon and oxygen, with oxygen being aspirated back into the atmosphere. With each season more CO2 is reduced from the air and added to the soil. Hemp roots absorb and dissipate the energy of rain and runoff, which protects fertilizer, soil, and keeps seeds in place. Hemp plants slow down the velocity of runoff by absorbing moisture. By creating shade, hemp plants moderate extreme variations in temperatures, which conserves moisture in the soil. Hemp plants reduce the loss of topsoil in windy conditions. Hemp plants also loosen the earth for subsequent crops.   Hemp also helps to purify the soil, removing heavy metals, acts as a carbon sink, absorbing CO2, is efficient – it creates 250% more fiber than cotton for instance and 600% more fiber than flax per acre. Hemp in crop rotation has its benefits also, for instance with soy where reduces cyst nematodes, a soy-decimating soil parasite, without any chemical input. Hemp could be grown as a rotation crop and not compete with any other food crops for the most productive farmland. Marginal lands make fine soil for hemp, or hemp can be grown in between growing seasons.Hemp has a variety of uses, including: paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, construction (i.e. hemp concrete that helps sequester CO2, insulation, paneling, etc.), natural foods, fuel, medical purposes, automobile door panels, body care products, household products (i.e. cleansers, inks, varnishes, etc.), animal feed, animal bedding, and as a hydrocarbon absorbent.   Hemp production was prohibited in Canada in 1938 under the Opium and Narcotic Drug Act, but the prohibition was relaxed briefly during World War II when traditional sources of fibres were unavailable. The prohibition was renewed after the war until 1961. Between 1961 and 1994, Health Canada allowed limited production in Canada for research purposes only. The situation in the United States (U.S.) has closely paralleled that in Canada.The psychoactive compound that makes hemp a controlled substance is delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Some varieties of hemp have over thirty times more THC than others. Hemp varieties with low levels (   ReIntegration of hemp is not an idea that many farmers might believe an essential BMP for healthy communities, however it most deffinitly is. To help them understand hemp and it's importance more fully, education through accessable means like a farmers blog would be a helpful tool. This could include BMP's and using hemp for many different profittable solutions to everyday farming concerns. It would also be beneficial to provide farmers guidebooks and instructional video's as well as advocacy and support navigating the liscencing system currently in practice in Ontario. With the ability to offer effective, economic and easily introduced best management practices to farmers, that are environmentally responsible and remediating, we will be able to enter into mutually beneficial working relationships that lead our communities into a healthier and sustainable way of co-existing with the land.     Resources:Use of nitrogen budget to predict nitrogen losses in processing butternut squash with different nitrogen fertilization strategies. Van Eerd, L. L. 2010, HortScience. 45:1734-1740.http://www.druglibrary.org/olsen/hemp/iha/iha01201.html   Industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) growing on heavy metal contaminated soil: fibre quality and phytoremediation potential, H. Fischerb and J. Koberta, Industrial Crops and Products Volume 16, Issue 1, July 2002, Pages 33–42   Hemp: a ground water protecting crop? 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مسخره Please read this article. It is very importa,nt for all to know this truth about AzerGayJan Respublikesi. ____________________________________________________ Javid Baghirov holds master’s degrees from the School of History, and the School of Law Read more ... of Baku State University in Azerbaija. He left his country after receiving death threats from ultra nationalist groupos closely related to the autorities and went to Denmark where he lived 5 years, then in the United States. He currently teaches in University and his research interests include international conflicts resolution and ethnic studies. Abstract This article examines the external sources of separatism in the republic of Azerbaijan. The author claims that in the case of Azerbaijan many separatist movements are born out of despair and anger following a disastrous economic situation in border regions (rayons) hosting ethnic minorities. Azerbaijan, like many other post-Soviet republics, went through a transition period characterized by sharp economic decline, dissolution of social institutions, change of values, etc. Quite rightfully, some claims of leaders of ethnic minorities about discrimination were reasonable and justifiable. However, the Azerbaijani state often responded with violence and imprisonment of dissidents and protesters. The author discloses in this article the various threats related to Azerbaijan and the - often inadequate - political choices of its ruling elite. Keywords: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, Iran, South Caucasus, Separatism, Irredentism, Ethnic Minority, Talysh, Tat, Lezgi, Armenian, Georgian, Avar. Introduction When Azerbaijan gained independence in 1991 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the country had already been drawn into conflict with neighboring Armenia. This conflict later turned into a full scale interstate war around Mountainous (Nagorno)[1] Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. Mountainous Karabakh was an autonomous region with a majority Armenian population unfairly blocked under Azerbaijani administrative rule. In addition to hte Nagorny Karabagh Armenian irredentist project, Azerbaijan faced other separatist movements. Separatism wrecked havoc in many other post-Soviet states. Ethnic minorities demanded more rights from central governments and their leaders claimed that the authorities conducted a policy of discrimination and oppression. Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan – all these former Soviet republics encountered separatism in various forms and to various extents. Azerbaijan was among those republics. This article does not intend to review whether such claims on the part of ethnic minorities were right or wrong. Azerbaijan, as many other post-Soviet republics, went through a transition period characterized by sharp economic decline, dissolution of social institutions, change of values, etc. In the circumstances of post-Soviet transition, no country escaped from injustices, disorders and social turbulences. In some cases separatist movements were used by regional powers and countries concerned, particularly so-called kin-states to advance their political agenda. In other cases, the severe abuses by Azerbaijani authorities led to uprisings and - in the case of Nagorno Karabagh - open war and separation from Azerbaijan. The prelude In the military campaign of 1992-1994, NKR independent forces successfully gained control of the Mountainous Karabakh area and seven other adjacent regions of Azerbaijan. Armenia was not recognized as the occupying power by international organizations despite the Azerbaijani heavy propaganda[7], mainly toward the UN Security Council and European institutions. Armenia and related separatists in the Mountainous Karabakh which started the irredentist campaign under the slogan of unification gradually put forward the issue of self-determination. The Armenian population of Mountainous Karabakh claimed that they were successful in getting control of the territories under question, and establishing a government to rule there. Armenia became a key player in promoting in the international arena the issue of self-determination of the Mountainous Karabakh region "of" Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, as Azerbaijan's political and territorial integrity was at stake, several political movements and “academic” conferences and seminars were organized in neighbouring countries. Ethnic minority leaders were invited to Armenia, Russia and some other countries at an official level. Azerbaijan intelligence agencies claimed that they seized political activists, associated with ethnic minorities’ political movements, who had acknowledged their links with the foreign intelligence services of Armenia and Russia. However, given the constant paranoia of the Azerbaijani establishment so as their doubtful human right records, none of these claims have ever been verified by any international organization or representative as of today. Separatists in Azerbaijan 1. The Nagorno Karabakh The separatism movement in Nagorno Karabakh is, as a matter of fact, an irredentist group strongly linked to Armenia. Armenia is not considered in any source or article as the external source of separatism in Azerbaijan. However, separatist leaders from Mountainous Karabakh are sometimes welcomed abroad, and certain circles in third countries actively promote the issue of independence of this region. Many observers stated that Russia had a direct stake in the conflict over Nagorno Karabakh. In the 1990s a scandal erupted around the alleged transfer of illegal military supplies from Russia to Armenia. During that period the office of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic functioned in Moscow. The relations between Azerbaijan and Russia were characterized as tense. However, after the departure of president Yeltsin and the rise to power of president Putin the relations between the two countries significantly warmed up, and they have resolved many outstanding issues. The office of “NKR” in Moscow was shut down. Currently the “NKR Office” functions within the Armenian Embassy in Moscow in order to avoid loud Azerbaijani claims of Russia supporting Armenia... However, certain circles in Moscow maintained and supported separatists in the South Caucasus, including those from Nagorno Karabakh. They inspired leaders of the breakaway regions of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova to combine their efforts in self-promotion. On March 16, 2005 the leaders of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno Karabakh met in Moscow “to discuss combining efforts to ensure each region's individual independence.”[10] Seven months later, on September 13-14, 2005, Russia's CIS Affairs Institute, a government-sponsored think tank, organized a conference entitled "A Parallel CIS: Abkhazia, Transnistria, South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh as Realities of post-Soviet Space". Delegations from the self-proclaimed republics, Russian parliamentarians, academics, and prominent political scientists attended the conference. Modest Kolerov, head of the Russian Presidential Administration's Directorate for Interregional and External Ties, was the keynote speaker. It is obvious that without official blessing, such a conference would not have been possible in Moscow. In February 2007, the leader of Nagorno Karabakh Arkady Gukasian was invited to Moscow by a Russian military think tank. He met with “high-ranking diplomats” in Moscow and was also awarded the Peter the Great Medal for promoting Russian-Armenian friendship.[11] Recently, separatists were invited to a conference dedicated to the problem of Kosovo recognition by the above-mentioned institute in April 2008. In most cases, separatists from Nagorno Karabakh have only limited access to officials of foreign countries. Their visits are organized by the Armenian diaspora for cultural or political purposes. For example, when representatives from Nagorno Karabakh travel to the United States to raise funds for their cause, several American officials meet them but without overt publicity. However, it should be noted that while US authorities introduced a ban for travel and money transfers for separatist leaders in Transdnestria, Moldova and Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Georgia, no such restriction exists for Nagorno Karabakh separatists. These freely conduct donation campaigns across the US. Double standards clearly exhibited in this case show that American authorities favor Armenia as a christian nation and view Azerbaijan as a meere "supplier". In the case of Nagorno Karabakh a strong Armenian lobby in the US plays an important role in the country’s foreign policy towards the region. The Armenian government and diaspora make every effort to promote “NKR” abroad. Every small event such as an exhibition, conference participation, etc. is widely promoted in Armenian media. The major players in the conflict – the US, Russia and to a lesser extent the EU - are inclined to remain neutral toward separatists from Nagorno Karabakh. As a result, their self-promotion at the moment is basically confined to the Armenian communities abroad. 2. Talyshs Talyshs represent the Iranian-speaking minority in the south of Azerbaijan. According to official figures of the Republic of Azerbaijan, 76,000 Talyshs live within the country.[12] Talysh nationalists [13] however argue that their number is significantly reduced by the official census, and they reach 500,000 and some even speak about 800,000.[14] If the latter numbers are exgerated, it is obvious that the Azerbaijani regime tries to hide as much as possible the weight of the Talysh community in the country. In 1993 the nationalist leaders of the Talyshs, amid the chaos and political turmoil in Baku during the change of power, announced the establishment of the Talysh-Mughan Autonomous Republic. This brought the issue of Talysh separatism to the political agenda of Azerbaijan. Local leader Alikram Humbatov seized power in Lankaran, the regional centre in the southern part of the country, but failed to sustain it for more than three months following brutal and inhumane attacks by the Azerbaijani military. The Talysh-Mughan Autonomous Republic, having no significant army to defend itself, fell and disappeared of international screening.[15] The Talysh issue, unlike Nagorno Karabakh and even the Lezgi one (discussed below), has never had a visible impact on political life in the country despite the creation of a short-lived self-proclaimed autonomous entity. The nationalist leaders continue their demonstrations on a monthly basis and succeed in recruiting more and more supporters. An OSCE expert, Hema Kotecha, notes : “the attitude towards any separatist tendencies seems favorable among Talyshs", she also mentions that there are some problems with social issues and ethnic identity expression. According to Asim Oku, “the Talysh movement was Iran-oriented from the beginning of the last century. However, receiving no support from Iran in 1993, a number of activists of Talysh movement have kept a low profile.”[16] Proximity with Iran creates a favorable condition for propaganda through various mediums – TV, radio and newspapers. Hema Kotecha further points to an active Iranian presence in the south. In her view, Iranian state media tries to propagate a religious lifestyle and an Iranian identity. Most Talyshs feel consequently atracted by IRAN and their Persian "brothers".[17] The issue of airing Iranian TV over the territory of Azerbaijan was on the agenda of bilateral negotiations between Azerbaijan and Iran for several years. In February 2007 the two countries’ telecommunication ministries signed a memorandum, which, inter alia, envisaged cooperation with the purpose of regulation of TV and radio transmissions in border regions. More specifically the problem was related to Iranian Sahar TV, which aired onto the territory of Lankaran and adjacent areas of Azerbaijan. It should be noted that, in general, during past 4-5 years Azerbaijan and Iran managed to settle many disputed issues peacefully. Azerbaijani national security agencies occasionally report on the illegal activities of Iranian intelligence services in Azerbaijan. In October 2007, 16 members of the so-called Northern Mahdi Army, an underground group, went on trial in Azerbaijan. The media reported that this group was “organized, trained and supplied by Iran’s Republican Guard in order to overthrow the current Azerbaijani government and impose an Islamic state on the Iranian model there.”[18] In July 2008, Novruzali Mamedov, editor of the local newspaper, Talysh Voice, and another top official at the newspaper, Elman Guliyev, were sentenced by an Azerbaijani court. These arreste were largely perceived as abusive in international medias and created tension within Azerbaijan between the authoriies and the Talysh minority.[19] Except for a few incidents, for the most part since 1993 the Talysh issue was dormant in Azerbaijan. In May 2005, Armenia made an attempt to rekindle the Talysh issue by organizing the "First International Conference on Talysh Studies". The event was hosted by the Yerevan State University's Iranian Studies Department and the Yerevan-based Center for Iranian Studies. This conference received a limited support but triggered an angry reaction by Azerbaijani authoritiesd. One of its leaders, Fahraddin Abbos-Zoda, chairman of Talysh National Movement and several members arrived from Russia to participate in the conference, another Talysh community group, the Party for Equality of the Peoples of Azerbaijan, chaired by Hilal Mammadov, which operates in Moscow (formerly the Talysh People's Party) also supported the conference. Armenia enjoys very close and friendly relations with Iran. Through this connection Armenia also tries to reach out regarding the Talysh issue. After the above-mentioned conference, Armenian academicians organized several undertakings related to Iranian studies. The last one was organized on June 6, 2008 in Yerevan under a title “Iran and the Caucasus: Unity and Diversity”. 3. Lezgis According to official census of 1999 about 178,000 Lezgis are living in Azerbaijan, mainly in its northern part, though Lezgi nationalists claim that the number is 2-3 times higher.[21] Many experts emphasize that Lezgis, the largest ethnic minority in Azerbaijan, face discrimination at the personal level and the Lezgi nationalist movement has increasing wide support among the public.[22] Lezgi nationalists often accuse Azerbaijani authorities of discriminatory practices. Despite such allegation no serious violent incident occurred in the Lezgi populated area between the authorities and nationalists since the declaration of Azerbaijan’s independence. Lezgi nationalists often form new organized groups. Sadval, established in 1989, is an active organization operating mainly from Russia where it is also the subject of concern for Russian security agencies. However, the members of Sadval openly gather in Dagestan, and in Moscow as well.[23] The main goal of Sadval is to unite Lezgis in Russian Dagestan and Azerbaijan. This caused a fear that Sadval can be turned into something similar to the separatist movement in South Ossetia, which aspires to reunification with North Ossetia under the Russian umbrella or other irredentist claims. In 1992, the Russian Justice Department registered Sadval; later, for a short period of time in 1993, Sadval’s license was suspended, and then again resumed after they removed a territorial claim to Russia. Sadval was split into two factions - radical, demanding full independence, and moderate, advocating cultural autonomy in Russia and Azerbaijan. In the 1990s, while Azerbaijan faced a series of security challenges, Sadval was active in the country. In April 1996, Azerbaijan's National Security Ministry arrested several members of this organization and accused them of organizing "a terrorist act in a Baku subway in May 1994", which claimed the lives of 14 people. The Azerbaijani authorities claimed forseeing a link between Sadval and Armenian intelligence services although this remains doubtful.[24] Hema Kotecha reports: “It is frequently stated by the media and many local observers that both Armenia and Russia have interests in maintaining Sadval: the organisation is labeled as a ‘game’ used by Russia, Azerbaijan and internal Dagestani politics. It is suggested by local political players that Azerbaijan needs to pay more attention to this game and its mechanics and, indeed, to “play it as ‘Russia’ would”… [T] here is no particular leader for the Lezgins who might head a movement and that only outside organisations and people can channel their interests through Lezgins; Sadval have no particular source of financial support other than through external interests.”[25] As we can see, the Azerbaijani propaganda is remains desperate at finding foreign supporters for its enemies to justify permanent harassment and repression againts Lezgi activists. In May 2008, Lezgis gathered for an academic conference in Moscow dedicated to the history and culture of the Lezgi people. The sponsors of the conference were the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Regional Development Ministry, and the Russian State Duma. Conference participants received a brochure published jointly by the Federal National-Cultural Autonomy of the Lezgis and the State Duma's Committee for Nationality Affairs, in which the author called for official condemnation of the division and "ethnocide" of the Lezgin people in the 1920s. He further slams the current border between the Russian Federation and Azerbaijan as "illegitimate" and demands it be redrawn to incorporate the northern districts of Azerbaijan into Daghestan.[26] Lezgi nationalists maintain several anti-Azerbaijani websites, such as http://05.moy.su. One Eldar Beybutov wrote on this website that Russia is a natural ally of the Lezgi people. He further claimed that the West is strengthening its position in the South Caucasus through Azerbaijan. Therefore, to oppose such advancement, Lezgis should destroy “Western plans by the act of sabotage and military activity on those territories of Azerbaijan which host transportation lines”.[28] Armenian web forums and Armenia-related websites often feature articles instigating a separatist mood among Lezgis in Azerbaijan. In September 2007, Armenia hosted an “academic” conference dedicated to the history of Caucasian Albania, an ancient state that existed on the territory of the modern day Republic of Azerbaijan. While mainstream scholars maintain that Caucasian Albania consisted mainly of indigenous ethnic groups, including Udins, Lezgis and others, extreme Lezgi nationalists claim that this was a purely Lezgi state. Contrary to that, and quite ridiculously, some academicians in Azerbaijan opine that Caucasian Albania was only a Turkic state, which is a theory only accepted in Azerbaijan itself... The conference in Armenia advanced the idea of Lezgi nationalists that Caucasian Albania belonged to this ethnic group, and therefore, justified relevant territorial claim to Azerbaijan. No Azerbaijani expert was invited to this conference, while Armenian, Russian so as experts from Dagestan predominated at the meeting.[29] Besides the Lezgi-related issue, the conference in Yerevan spared space for promoting the idea of autonomy for another ethnic minority in Azerbaijan – Avars. Timur Aytberov, a scholar from Dagestan, stated at the conference that Avars should seek autonomy status in Azerbaijan.[30] Conferences in Yerevan in September 2007, and in Moscow in May 2008, were formally dedicated to purely academic problems but their political agenda was obvious in the light of the conclusions and slogans voiced there. A potential danger exists in consequence which irritates Azerbaijani authorities and leadership. Certainly, much will be dependant on the ability of Azerbaijani authorities to handle the situation in a manner which entails the combination of law enforcement measures and economic incentives. Not least, Azerbaijan should continue to pay attention to the social well-being of Lezgi populated area and stop its discrimination against this important minority as Lezgis will always look at their brethren in the north, in Dagestan, to compare the situation there with their own. Lezgi nationalists refer to economic hardship and corruption to justify their respective claims while overlooking the fact that Dagestan is one of the poorest and corrupt regions in Russia. Overall, Lezgis prefer a peaceful separation from Azerbaijan. However if there were external support, violence might erupt on the part of some nationalist elements.[31] 4. Kurds Kurds are one of the least-integrated ethnic minorities in Azerbaijan. Many Kurds remain jobless and excluded from common job positions. Official statistics report that about 13,000 Kurds live in the country, while independent experts estimate their number around 50-60,000[32] and nationalists around 200,000[33]. The geographical areas of concentration of the Kurdish population included Kelbejar, Lachin, Gubadli and Zangilan districts – all currently occupied by Armenia. Armenians, having occupied Azerbaijani territories, including those where Kurds lived, expelled all the Turkic population from there, later came to the idea of the creation of a “Kurdish state” in Lachin and some other adjacent areas – Gubadli and Kelbejar. Lachin district, located outside Nagorno Karabakh is extremely important for Armenians as a transportation link between Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh. In the framework of peaceful negotiation with Azerbaijan, the Armenians declared several times that they would surrender back neither Lachin, nor Kelbejar. The idea of a Kurdish state came out of “Red Kurdistan”, or more precisely the Kurdish district (“uyezd” in Russian) which existed in 1923-1929 within Azerbaijan. This issue raised more anger and worries from the Azerbaijani government which tried to increase its co,ntrol over Kurdish populated regions. In 2008, Armenia tried to resurrect this idea by inviting Kurds from Iran and Turkey. Media in Azerbaijan and Turkey reported that Armenian authorities started settling active members of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a nationalist guerrilla movement operating in Turkey in the occupied areas of Azerbaijan. However, Armenian authorities denied this allegation as merely a propagandistic campaign on the part of Azerbaijan and Turkey. American military expert Stephen Blank notes in this regard that “dismissing Turkish and Azerbaijani assertions and concerns could prove dangerous. They require further investigation.” [34] 5. Other minorities Some other ethnic minorities populate Azerbaijan; however, separatists tendencies among them are considered as less important than those mentionned above. Some incidents occurred in Balaken and Zagatala districts populated by Avars[35]. Many Avars refer to Sheikh Shamil as the pride of their ancestry. Shamil was a famous religious leader in the North Caucasus who led the anti-Russian resistance in the nineteenth century. Thus no guarantee can be given with regard to the possibility of minor provocations, which might lead to more serious problems in the future. Georgians, who live in close proximity with Avars, generally are in average, if not defiant relations with the central authorities. A considerable Russian population in Azerbaijan, mainly in Baku, the small but strong Jewish community in the north of Azerbaijan and some others ethnic groups enjoy however stable relations with the central government of Azerbaijan. Many international organization point out that as a whole Azerbaijan does not provide the necessary conditions for ensuring the rights of ethnic minorities... Conclusion By no means Azerbaijan is free from problems related to the protection of its national integrity against minorities revendications[40]; The country simply does not provide the necessary conditions for the development of ethnic minorities culture and identity, as outlined by many international organizations. As I argue and illustrate above, most separatist sentiments originate from Azerbaijan's illogic policies and foreign support. In the mean time, Azerbaijan's claims on Russian, Armenian, Georgian and Iranian territories further isolates it and prevents any peaceful resolution of the Nagorno Karabagh conflict. For example, Azerbaijani self claimed representativefs in Georgia frequently complain about their difficult economic existence and their will to join their mother land while Georgians in Azerbaijan are prevented from basic rights. Azerbaijani and Georgian governments also have a border dispute which remains frozen but still stinging as of today... Azerbaijan, thus far, has tried to have a balancing foreign policy and to develop good neighborly relations, particularly with Russia and, somehow, Iran out of fear of covert operations from these countries in addition to Armenia against Azerbaijan's interests. Consequently, the overwhelming nationalist rethorics from Azerbaijan's leadership should be viewed under thes conditions of pressure against Azerbaijan's territorial integrity. [1] “Nagorno” in Russian means Mountainous. In the 1920s, when Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region was established within the USSR. [2] Wardhani, Baig, “External Support for Liberation Movements in Aceh and Papua”, Paper presented at the 15th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, Canberra, 29 June-2 July 2004. http://coombs.anu.edu.au/SpecialProj/ASAA/biennial-conference/2004/Wardhani-B-ASAA2004.pdf; Griffiths, Ryan, "Globalization, Development and Separatism: The Influence of External and Internal Economic Factors on the Strategy of Separatism", Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISA's 49th Annual Convention, Bridging Multiple Divides, Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, 26 March, 2008, http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p252789_index.html; Saideman, Stephen M., “Discrimination in International Relations: Analyzing External Support for Ethnic Groups”, in: Journal of Peace Research, Vol. 39, No. 1, 2002, pp. 27-50. [3] Odushkin, Ostap, “Problem of Separatism in the Post-Communist Space: Internal and External Sources. The Case of Ukraine”, in: Slovak Foreign Policy Affairs, Issue II, 2003, pp. 30-54. [4] Odushkin, p. 31. [5] Odushkin, p. 49. [6] Odushkin, p. 40. [7] With the exception of the Organization of Islamic Conference. [8] Ambrosio, Thomas, “Irredentism. Ethnic Conflict and International Politics”, (Connecticut: Praeger Publisher, 2001), p.146. [9] Resolution of UNSC 822, 853, 874, 884, CoE PACE resolution 1416. [10] Stratfor. “FSU: Mutual Aid Efforts Too Little, Too Late?” March 18, 2005, http://www.stratfor.com/fsu_mutual_aid_efforts_too_little_too_late, See also: Socor, Vladimir, “Secessionist Leaders Parade in Moscow”, in: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Vol. 2, Issue 54, March 18, 2005, http://www.jamestown.org/publications_details.php?volume_id=407&issue_id=3268&article_id=2369447 [11] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkadi_Ghukasyan [12] “Azeri Paper Publishes Fake Report on Country's Ethnic Composition”, in: Azerbaijan Daily Digest, Eurasianet.org, March 23, 2001, http://www.eurasianet.org/resource/azerbaijan/hypermail/200103/0062.html [13] Astrian, G., ‘‘Talyshi’’, in G. Astrian, “Etudes on Iranian ethnology”, Yerevan, 1998, pp. 3-11 [14] See http://www.talish.org/publ/ so as “Talysh”, in: Ethnologue.com, http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=tly [15] Kotecha, Hema, “Islamic and Ethnic Identities in Azerbaijan: Emerging Trends and Tensions”, OSCE Report, Baku, July 2006, http://www.osce.org/documents/ob/2006/08/23087_en.pdf [16] Oku, Asim, “Iran Can Blow Up Azerbaijan From Within”, Axis Global Challenge Research, June 30, 2006. http://www.axisglobe.com/article.asp?article=201 [17] Kotecha, p. 35. [18] Goble, Paul, “Window on Eurasia: Iranians Said Seeking to Promote Islamic Revolution in Azerbaijan”, October 9, 2007, http://windowoneurasia.blogspot.com/2007/10/window-on-eurasia-iranians-said-seeking.html [19] “Azerbaijan Tries 2 From Ethnic Group Centered Near Iran On Treason Charges”, International Herald Tribune, December 14, 2007, http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/12/13/europe/EU-GEN-Azerbaijan-Trial.php [20] Socor, Vladimir, “Talysh Issue, Dormant in Azerbaijan, Reopened in Armenia”, in: Eurasia Daily Monitor, May 27, 2005, http://jamestown.org/edm/article.php?article_id=2369811 [21] Cornell, Svante, “Small Nations and Great Powers : A Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict in the Caucasus” (Richmond: Curzon Press Limited, 2000), p. 262. [22] “Minorities at Risk: Assessment for Lezgins in Azerbaijan”, University of Maryland Center for International Development and Conflict Management., Online Report, 2004, http://www.cidcm.umd.edu/mar/assessment.asp?groupId=37302 [23] Гахраманов, Мухиддин: “Россия считает «Садвал» организацией, ведущей борьбу за права разделенного на две части лезгинского народа” (Gahramanov Muhiddin: “Russia regards “Sadval” as an organization fighting for the rights of the Lezgin people divided into two parts”), Azeri Press Agency, June 22, 2006, http://southru.info/2006/06/23/mukhiddin_gakhramanov_rossija_schitaet_sadval_organizaciejj _vedushhejj_borbu_za_prava_razdelennogo_na_dve_chasti_lezginskogo_naroda.html [24] “Armenia and Russia Supporting Separatists in Azerbaijan, Azeri Paper Says”, in: Azerbaijan Daily Digest, Eurasianet.org, February 8, 2000, http://www.eurasianet.org/resource/azerbaijan/hypermail/200002/0017.html; Fuller, Liz, “Azerbaijan: Baku Implicates Armenian Intelligence In Alleged Coup Bid”, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, August 5, 2005, http://www.rferl.org/content/article/1060460.html [25] Kotecha, p. 44. [26] Fuller, Liz, “Analysis: Does Azerbaijan Face A New Irredentist Threat?” RFE/RL, May 15, 2008 http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2008/05/993754A7-DB54-451B-ACAE-C059B6D974B4.html [27] Melikishvili, Alexander, “Russia Resurrects The Lezgin Issue In Azerbaijan At Moscow Conference”, in: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Vol. 5, Number 135, July 16, 2008, http://www.jamestown.org/edm/article.php?article_id=2373231 [28] Бейбутов, Эльдар, “Естественные союзники лезгин: кто же они?” (Beybudov, Eldar, “Natural allies of the Lezgis: Who are they?”) http://05.moy.su/news/2007-02-03-23 [29] Arif Yunusov, an Azerbaijani opposition (I emphasize, opposition, not pro-government) expert, gave his comment on this conference to Armenian News Agency Regnum (www.regnum.ru/news/882797.html). [30] “Аварцы убедились в необходимости своей автономии в составе Азербайджана, - считает дагестанский историк” (Avars were convinced of the importance of seeking an autonomy within Azerbaijan – an historian from Dagestan opines), Alazan-Info, http://www.alazan.moy.su/news/2007-09-04-140 [31] See also for similar opinion: Kotecha, p. 45; Cornell, p. 262. [32] Veliyev, Anar, “Kurds In Azerbaijan: A Threat Or A Game That Power Plays?”, in: Central Asia and the Caucasus, No. 2 (8), 2001. [33] Юнусов, Ариф, “Этнический состав Азербайджана (по переписи 1999 г.)” (Yunusov, Arif, “Ethnic composition of Azerbaijan according to the census of 1999”), Сеть этнологического мониторинга и раннего предупреждения конфликтов (Network of Ethnological Monitoring and Early Conflict Prevention), 12 марта 2001. http://www.iea.ras.ru/topic/census/mon/yunus_mon2001.htm [34] Blank, Stephen, “Kurdish Issue and Nagorno Karabakh”, Eurasianet.org, May 28, 2008, http://www.eurasianet.org/departments/insight/articles/eav052708a.shtml [35] Kotecha, p.46-49 [36] “Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination Concludes Sixty-Sixth Session”, United Nations Information Service Press-Release, March 14, 2005, http://www.unis.unvienna.org/unis/pressrels/2005/rd987.html [37] Council of Europe, Committee of Ministers, “Resolution ResCMN-2004-8 on the Implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Azerbaijan”, Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 13 July 2004 at the 893rd meeting of the Ministers Deputies. https://wcd.coe.int/ViewDoc.jsp?id=761919&BackColorInternet=9999CC&BackColorIntranet=&BackColorLogged=FDC864 [38] European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), “Second Report on Azerbajan”, CRI(2007)22, May 24, 2007, http://www.coe.int/t/e/human_rights/ecri/1%2Decri/2%2Dcountry%2Dby%2Dcountry_approach/azerbaijan/azerbaijan_cbc_3.asp [39] NATO Parliamentary Assembly, “Minorities In The South Caucasus: Factor Of Instability?”, Rapporteur Bert Middel, 2005. http://www.nato-pa.int/Default.asp?SHORTCUT=683 [40] For criticism see: Popjanevski, Johanna, “Minorities and the State in the South Caucasus: Assessing the Protection of National Minorities in Georgia and Azerbaijan”, Silk Road Paper, September 2006, http://www.silkroadstudies.org/new/docs/Silkroadpapers/0609Popjanevski.pdf [41] OSCE Press-Release, “OSCE High Commissioner Issues Statement On Protection Of Minorities And Citizens Abroad”, August 25, 2008. http://www.osce.org/item/32663.html
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Current Affairs of 22 November 1. US President Barack Obama to be the Chief Guest of India’s Republic Day 2015 The US President Barack Obama will be the Chief Guest at 66th India’s Republic Day celebrations 2015. The White House on 21 November Read more ... 2014 accepted the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Obama will participate in the Republic Day celebrations of India, which will be held in New Delhi on 26 January 2015. He will be the first US President to attend the Republic Day Parade of India. 2. SEBI de-recognised Delhi Stock Exchange Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 19 November 2014 announced to de-recognise Delhi Stock Exchange (DSE) on the allegations of serious irregularities in its functioning. The order of de-recognition will be applicable with immediate effects. SEBI observed that the activities of DSE were carried out in a manner contrary to the interest of the investors. The regulator will take all necessary steps consequential to de-recognition. 3. Oscar award winner Mike Nichols died at 83 Oscar award winner Mike Nichols died on 19 November 2014. He was 83. He was an US director, pioneering comedian and an outstanding theater director. He was one among the few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award. His best movies are The Graduate (1967), Silkwood (1983), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Working Girl and The Birdcage (1996). 4. Mathematician Alexander Grothendieck died Mathematician Alexander Grothendieck died in France on 13 November 2014. He was 86. He was one of the greatest mathematical minds in algebraic geometry of the twentieth century. He received the Fields medal, the most prestigious honour in mathematics, in 1966. The Grothendieck-Riemann-Roch theorem was one striking result to emerge in 21st century. 5. Deutsche Bank won Custodian of the Year 2014 award Deutsche Bank won Custodian of the Year 2014 award. The bank was awarded the ‘Channel Islands Custodian of the Year 2014’ title, with the award being presented to Lisa Haggarty, Head of Custody and Fund Solutions for Deutsche Bank Channel Islands. The award has been recognized for the third consecutive year at the Custody Risk European Awards. The award ceremony was held in the London. 6. Dhanlaxmi Bank independent director quits Dhanlaxmi Bank in a release to the stock exchange said K Srikanth Reddy, Non-Executive Independent Director, had resigned from the board of directors of the bank with effect from November 15. 7. Gandhinagar to host stainless steel expo in January he Indian Stainless Steel Development Organisation (ISDO) will hold the world’s biggest integrated stainless steel expo ‘INDINOX 2015’ between January 24-27 at Gandhinagar in Gujarat. This B2B expo will have more than 1,000 stalls, which would include 50 international exhibitors and there will be a China machinery pavilion as well. The fair will exhibit raw materials, household steel, hardware, allied products and machinery. More than one lakh trade visitors are expected to visit the expo. ‘INDINOX Stainless Steel Conference 2015’ will be held on 25th and 26th January 2015 at Gandhinagar. Leaders of the stainless steel industry across the world will be participating, ISDO Chairman Ugamraj Hundia told presspersons here. 8. India's first aircraft carrier slips into history Work has begun on scrapping the country's first aircraft carrier, Vikrant. Built for the British Royal Navy as HMS Hercules in 1943, it was acquired by India in 1957 and saw action during the India-Pakistan war in 1971, playing a key role. When the electric saws were pressed upon the ship, it essentially put an end to a movement by activists to save her. Vikrant was auctioned to a ship-breaker for Rs 63 crore this year. Mumbai's IB Commercials Pvt Ltd won the bid on January 29 and bought the vessel on April 9. Since then, the company faced hurdles as a PIL filed in the Bombay high court towards the end of 2013 proceeded to the Supreme Court. Save Vikrant Committee chief Kiran Paigankar, who had filed the PIL to save the ship, termed it "a sad day in the country's glorious maritime history". He said it was unfortunate that the process to expedite the end of Vikrant was initiated by the Indian Navy which once considered the vessel its 'pride'.
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Studyiq Current Affairs of 22 November 1. US President Barack Obama to be the Chief Guest of India’s Republic Day 2015 The US President Barack Obama will be the Chief Guest at 66th India’s Republic Day celebrations 2015. The White House on 21 November 2 Read more ... 014 accepted the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Obama will participate in the Republic Day celebrations of India, which will be held in New Delhi on 26 January 2015. He will be the first US President to attend the Republic Day Parade of India. 2. SEBI de-recognised Delhi Stock Exchange Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 19 November 2014 announced to de-recognise Delhi Stock Exchange (DSE) on the allegations of serious irregularities in its functioning. The order of de-recognition will be applicable with immediate effects. SEBI observed that the activities of DSE were carried out in a manner contrary to the interest of the investors. The regulator will take all necessary steps consequential to de-recognition. 3. Oscar award winner Mike Nichols died at 83 Oscar award winner Mike Nichols died on 19 November 2014. He was 83. He was an US director, pioneering comedian and an outstanding theater director. He was one among the few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award. His best movies are The Graduate (1967), Silkwood (1983), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Working Girl and The Birdcage (1996). 4. Mathematician Alexander Grothendieck died Mathematician Alexander Grothendieck died in France on 13 November 2014. He was 86. He was one of the greatest mathematical minds in algebraic geometry of the twentieth century. He received the Fields medal, the most prestigious honour in mathematics, in 1966. The Grothendieck-Riemann-Roch theorem was one striking result to emerge in 21st century. 5. Deutsche Bank won Custodian of the Year 2014 award Deutsche Bank won Custodian of the Year 2014 award. The bank was awarded the ‘Channel Islands Custodian of the Year 2014’ title, with the award being presented to Lisa Haggarty, Head of Custody and Fund Solutions for Deutsche Bank Channel Islands. The award has been recognized for the third consecutive year at the Custody Risk European Awards. The award ceremony was held in the London. 6. Dhanlaxmi Bank independent director quits Dhanlaxmi Bank in a release to the stock exchange said K Srikanth Reddy, Non-Executive Independent Director, had resigned from the board of directors of the bank with effect from November 15. 7. Gandhinagar to host stainless steel expo in January he Indian Stainless Steel Development Organisation (ISDO) will hold the world’s biggest integrated stainless steel expo ‘INDINOX 2015’ between January 24-27 at Gandhinagar in Gujarat. This B2B expo will have more than 1,000 stalls, which would include 50 international exhibitors and there will be a China machinery pavilion as well. The fair will exhibit raw materials, household steel, hardware, allied products and machinery. More than one lakh trade visitors are expected to visit the expo. ‘INDINOX Stainless Steel Conference 2015’ will be held on 25th and 26th January 2015 at Gandhinagar. Leaders of the stainless steel industry across the world will be participating, ISDO Chairman Ugamraj Hundia told presspersons here. 8. India's first aircraft carrier slips into history Work has begun on scrapping the country's first aircraft carrier, Vikrant. Built for the British Royal Navy as HMS Hercules in 1943, it was acquired by India in 1957 and saw action during the India-Pakistan war in 1971, playing a key role. When the electric saws were pressed upon the ship, it essentially put an end to a movement by activists to save her. Vikrant was auctioned to a ship-breaker for Rs 63 crore this year. Mumbai's IB Commercials Pvt Ltd won the bid on January 29 and bought the vessel on April 9. Since then, the company faced hurdles as a PIL filed in the Bombay high court towards the end of 2013 proceeded to the Supreme Court. Save Vikrant Committee chief Kiran Paigankar, who had filed the PIL to save the ship, termed it "a sad day in the country's glorious maritime history". He said it was unfortunate that the process to expedite the end of Vikrant was initiated by the Indian Navy which once considered the vessel its 'pride'.
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Sugandha Current Affairs of 22 November 1. US President Barack Obama to be the Chief Guest of India’s Republic Day 2015 The US President Barack Obama will be the Chief Guest at 66th India’s Republic Day celebrations 2015. The White House on 21 November 2 Read more ... 014 accepted the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Obama will participate in the Republic Day celebrations of India, which will be held in New Delhi on 26 January 2015. He will be the first US President to attend the Republic Day Parade of India. 2. SEBI de-recognised Delhi Stock Exchange Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 19 November 2014 announced to de-recognise Delhi Stock Exchange (DSE) on the allegations of serious irregularities in its functioning. The order of de-recognition will be applicable with immediate effects. SEBI observed that the activities of DSE were carried out in a manner contrary to the interest of the investors. The regulator will take all necessary steps consequential to de-recognition. 3. Oscar award winner Mike Nichols died at 83 Oscar award winner Mike Nichols died on 19 November 2014. He was 83. He was an US director, pioneering comedian and an outstanding theater director. He was one among the few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award. His best movies are The Graduate (1967), Silkwood (1983), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Working Girl and The Birdcage (1996). 4. Mathematician Alexander Grothendieck died Mathematician Alexander Grothendieck died in France on 13 November 2014. He was 86. He was one of the greatest mathematical minds in algebraic geometry of the twentieth century. He received the Fields medal, the most prestigious honour in mathematics, in 1966. The Grothendieck-Riemann-Roch theorem was one striking result to emerge in 21st century. 5. Deutsche Bank won Custodian of the Year 2014 award Deutsche Bank won Custodian of the Year 2014 award. The bank was awarded the ‘Channel Islands Custodian of the Year 2014’ title, with the award being presented to Lisa Haggarty, Head of Custody and Fund Solutions for Deutsche Bank Channel Islands. The award has been recognized for the third consecutive year at the Custody Risk European Awards. The award ceremony was held in the London. 6. Dhanlaxmi Bank independent director quits Dhanlaxmi Bank in a release to the stock exchange said K Srikanth Reddy, Non-Executive Independent Director, had resigned from the board of directors of the bank with effect from November 15. 7. Gandhinagar to host stainless steel expo in January he Indian Stainless Steel Development Organisation (ISDO) will hold the world’s biggest integrated stainless steel expo ‘INDINOX 2015’ between January 24-27 at Gandhinagar in Gujarat. This B2B expo will have more than 1,000 stalls, which would include 50 international exhibitors and there will be a China machinery pavilion as well. The fair will exhibit raw materials, household steel, hardware, allied products and machinery. More than one lakh trade visitors are expected to visit the expo. ‘INDINOX Stainless Steel Conference 2015’ will be held on 25th and 26th January 2015 at Gandhinagar. Leaders of the stainless steel industry across the world will be participating, ISDO Chairman Ugamraj Hundia told presspersons here. 8. India's first aircraft carrier slips into history Work has begun on scrapping the country's first aircraft carrier, Vikrant. Built for the British Royal Navy as HMS Hercules in 1943, it was acquired by India in 1957 and saw action during the India-Pakistan war in 1971, playing a key role. When the electric saws were pressed upon the ship, it essentially put an end to a movement by activists to save her. Vikrant was auctioned to a ship-breaker for Rs 63 crore this year. Mumbai's IB Commercials Pvt Ltd won the bid on January 29 and bought the vessel on April 9. Since then, the company faced hurdles as a PIL filed in the Bombay high court towards the end of 2013 proceeded to the Supreme Court. Save Vikrant Committee chief Kiran Paigankar, who had filed the PIL to save the ship, termed it "a sad day in the country's glorious maritime history". He said it was unfortunate that the process to expedite the end of Vikrant was initiated by the Indian Navy which once considered the vessel its 'pride'.
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Current Affairs of 22 November 1. US President Barack Obama to be the Chief Guest of India’s Republic Day 2015 The US President Barack Obama will be the Chief Guest at 66th India’s Republic Day celebrations 2015. The White House on 21 November Read more ... 2014 accepted the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Obama will participate in the Republic Day celebrations of India, which will be held in New Delhi on 26 January 2015. He will be the first US President to attend the Republic Day Parade of India. 2. SEBI de-recognised Delhi Stock Exchange Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 19 November 2014 announced to de-recognise Delhi Stock Exchange (DSE) on the allegations of serious irregularities in its functioning. The order of de-recognition will be applicable with immediate effects. SEBI observed that the activities of DSE were carried out in a manner contrary to the interest of the investors. The regulator will take all necessary steps consequential to de-recognition. 3. Oscar award winner Mike Nichols died at 83 Oscar award winner Mike Nichols died on 19 November 2014. He was 83. He was an US director, pioneering comedian and an outstanding theater director. He was one among the few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award. His best movies are The Graduate (1967), Silkwood (1983), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Working Girl and The Birdcage (1996). 4. Mathematician Alexander Grothendieck died Mathematician Alexander Grothendieck died in France on 13 November 2014. He was 86. He was one of the greatest mathematical minds in algebraic geometry of the twentieth century. He received the Fields medal, the most prestigious honour in mathematics, in 1966. The Grothendieck-Riemann-Roch theorem was one striking result to emerge in 21st century. 5. Deutsche Bank won Custodian of the Year 2014 award Deutsche Bank won Custodian of the Year 2014 award. The bank was awarded the ‘Channel Islands Custodian of the Year 2014’ title, with the award being presented to Lisa Haggarty, Head of Custody and Fund Solutions for Deutsche Bank Channel Islands. The award has been recognized for the third consecutive year at the Custody Risk European Awards. The award ceremony was held in the London. 6. Dhanlaxmi Bank independent director quits Dhanlaxmi Bank in a release to the stock exchange said K Srikanth Reddy, Non-Executive Independent Director, had resigned from the board of directors of the bank with effect from November 15. 7. Gandhinagar to host stainless steel expo in January he Indian Stainless Steel Development Organisation (ISDO) will hold the world’s biggest integrated stainless steel expo ‘INDINOX 2015’ between January 24-27 at Gandhinagar in Gujarat. This B2B expo will have more than 1,000 stalls, which would include 50 international exhibitors and there will be a China machinery pavilion as well. The fair will exhibit raw materials, household steel, hardware, allied products and machinery. More than one lakh trade visitors are expected to visit the expo. ‘INDINOX Stainless Steel Conference 2015’ will be held on 25th and 26th January 2015 at Gandhinagar. Leaders of the stainless steel industry across the world will be participating, ISDO Chairman Ugamraj Hundia told presspersons here. 8. India's first aircraft carrier slips into history Work has begun on scrapping the country's first aircraft carrier, Vikrant. Built for the British Royal Navy as HMS Hercules in 1943, it was acquired by India in 1957 and saw action during the India-Pakistan war in 1971, playing a key role. When the electric saws were pressed upon the ship, it essentially put an end to a movement by activists to save her. Vikrant was auctioned to a ship-breaker for Rs 63 crore this year. Mumbai's IB Commercials Pvt Ltd won the bid on January 29 and bought the vessel on April 9. Since then, the company faced hurdles as a PIL filed in the Bombay high court towards the end of 2013 proceeded to the Supreme Court. Save Vikrant Committee chief Kiran Paigankar, who had filed the PIL to save the ship, termed it "a sad day in the country's glorious maritime history". He said it was unfortunate that the process to expedite the end of Vikrant was initiated by the Indian Navy which once considered the vessel its 'pride'.
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Tips Weekly G.K Dose-3 1. G20 leaders summit begins in Brisbane i. The 2014 G-20 Australia summit is the ninth meeting of the G-20 heads of government. ii. G20 leaders summit begins in Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, Australia, from 15 and Read more ... 16 November 2014. iii. The hosting venue is Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre at South Brisbane. iv. The Leaders' Summit is the most important event in the G20 year. The summit provides a valuable opportunity for leaders to discuss a wide range of global economic issues and to use their collective power to improve people’s lives. v. The summit is informed by the policy discussions held throughout the year. At the end of the summit, leaders release a communiqué which outlines the G20 policy discussions and commitments. 2. Financial inclusion: All households in Kerala, Goa get bank accounts i. Giving a boost to the Centre's financial inclusion agenda, Kerala and Goa have become first states in the country with every household having at least one bank account. ii. Kerala was declared as 100 per cent saturated State (in terms of coverage of all households with at least one bank account) on November 11," the Finance Ministry said in a statement. iii. In addition, Goa, Chandigarh, Puducherry and Lakshadweep and three districts of Gujarat- Porbandar, Mehasana, Gandhi Nagar, have also covered all households under PMJDY with at least one bank account, it said. iv. As on November 10, 7.24 crore accounts have been opened under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) of which 4.29 crore in rural and 2.95 crore are in urban areas. RuPay Cards have been issued in case of 3.97 crore accounts. v. Recently, Financial Services Secretary Hasmukh Adhia reviewed the progress in implementation of PMJDY with state level banking committees conveners of all the states. 3. RBI issues guidelines on loans to landless farmers i. Taking forward the government's Budget proposal to provide finance to landless farmers, RBI today set out detailed guidelines for banks for giving such loans and asked them to ensure meeting targets. ii. The banks would also have to provide regular progress reports to NABARD in this regard. iii. In the Union Budget 2014-15, it was declared that 5 lakh Joint Liability Groups (JLGs) of land-less farmers will be financed through NABARD in the current financial year. iv. Banks may encourage creation of such enterprise/ livelihood based JLGs within SHGs. Banks may finance these JLGs in addition to the loan/credit limit extended to the SHGs," RBI said in a notification. 4. Government had 461.60 billion rupees of outstanding loans from RBI as on November 7 i. The Indian government had 461.6 billion rupees ($7.48 billion) outstanding loans with the central bank under its ways and means advances in the week ended Nov. 7, according to the Reserve Bank of India's weekly statistical supplement released on Friday. ii. The central government also had no outstanding loans in the previous week. iii. State governments had 17.39 billion rupees of loans from the RBI in the week ended Nov. 7, compared with 7.43 billion rupees in the previous week, the release showed. 5. Union Government launched the nationwide Bal Swachhta Mission i. The Union Government launched the National Bal Swachhta Mission in New Delhi. ii. On the occasion, Union Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Sanjay Gandhi also released a book on Bal Swachtta Mission prepared by NIPCCD. iii. Apart from this, Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani, who launched the Bal Swachhta Mission at the National Bal Bhavan also launched Udaan programme for girls. iv. Bal Swachhta Week is being observed from 14 November to 19 November 2014. About Bal Swachhta Mission i. The Bal Swachhta Mission is a part of the nationwide sanitation initiative of Swachh Bharat Mission that was launched by the Prime Minister on 2 October 2014. ii. The nationwide Bal Swachhta Mission will have the following six themes: 1. Clean Anganwadis 2. Clean Surroundings like Playgrounds 3. Clean Self (Personal Hygiene/Child Health) 4. Clean Food 5. Clean Drinking Water 6. Clean Toilets 6. DD National to be re-launched with tagline Desh Ka Apna Channel i. Prasar Bharti announced to re-launch DD National with new tagline Doordarshan National – Desh Ka Apna Channel. Also, new colours of purple and pink are added with a fresh palette of programming. ii. The new look promises fresh content and will provide wholesome entertainment to the viewers from 17 November 2014. The move is aimed at attracting more viewers. iii. The channel will continue to focus on traditional family values – Rishtey, Nation before Self, Rashtra Gaurav and Trustworthiness – Dilon Mein Vishwas. About DD National i. Doordarshan National is the primary channel of Prasar Bharati which was launched on 15 September 1959. ii. DD National (DD1) is a state-owned general interest terrestrial television channel in India. It is the flagship channel of Doordarshan. iii. It is one of India's largest broadcasting organisations in terms of studio and transmitter infrastructure. Recently, it also started broadcasting on Digital Terrestrial Transmitters. 7. Obama announces $3 billion contribution to Green Climate Fund i. U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday formally announced a $3-billion U.S. contribution to an international fund to help poor countries cope with the effects of climate change. ii. The contribution doubles what other countries had previously pledged ahead of a November 20, 2014 deadline. 8. Philae lander of Rosetta Mission landed on Comet 67P i. European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta mission landed its Philae probe on the surface of Comet 67P/ Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 12 November 2014. The landing site has been named as Agilkia and is located on the head of the bizarre double-lobed object. ii. This is the first time in the space history that a probe landed on a comet. iii. Philae’s mission is to transmit data about composition of the comet after landing on its surface. It will provide elemental, isotopic, molecular and mineralogical composition of the cometary material. iv. The lander name has been kept after Philae Island in the Nile, where an obelisk (a tall, four-sided, narrow tapering monument) that was found and used, along with the Rosetta stone, to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics. 9. Union Government announced concessions for minority refugees from Pakistan and Afghanistan i. Union Ministry of Home Affairs relaxed Indian citizenship norms for Hindu and Sikh refugees from Pakistan and Afghanistan. As per the relaxed norms, now the refugees from both the countries, who have entered prior to 31 December 2009, can apply for the Indian citizenship manually. ii. This decision of the government was taken in the light of refugees facing difficulties in submitting online applications. iii. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh directed the Foreigners Division of his ministry that while approving the concessions, grievances of these applicants should be suitably addressed. Refugees in India • There are about 400 Pakistani Hindu refugee settlements in cities like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Jaipur. • Several Sikh refugees live in Punjab, Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. • About one lakh minority community refugees from Pakistan and Afghanistan are living in India 10. Radio Kashmir Jammu won Gandhian Philosophy and Public Service Broadcasting award 2014 i. Radio Kashmir Jammu on 12 November 2014 won prestigious Gandhian Philosophy and Public Service Broadcasting award 2014 for its programme Jeevan Rekha. ii. Jeevan Rekha is a programme based on the live broadcasts done in the wake of flood situation in Jammu and Kashmir by Radio Kashmir Jammu. iii. It was based on the based on the rescue operations carried out by Radio Kashmir Jammu during massive floods in the J & K region. iv. Jeevan Rekha was a production by Sanjeev Sharma, Programme Executive, written by Nitish Arora, Programme Executive. About Gandhian Philosophy and Public Service Broadcasting award i. The Award was instituted to commemorate the visit of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi to the Studios of AIR at Broadcasting House, New Delhi on 12 November 1947. ii. The award is presented annually to the Best Programmes produced on Gandhian Philosophy and Public Services Programmes by AIR & Doordarshan 11. Farhan Akhtar appointed as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia i. Bollywood Actor Farhan Akhtar appointed as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia. Farhan is the first male ever to be chosen as a Goodwill Ambassador in the organization’s history. ii. Farhan will dedicate his efforts as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia towards the empowerment of women and girls and will serve as an advocate for UN Women’s newly launched HeForShe initiative in advocating for gender equality and women’s empowerment. iii. UN Women’s other Goodwill Ambassadors include British actor Emma Watson, Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman and HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand. About UN Women In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to accelerate progress on meeting women needs worldwide. 12. India successfully test-fired Dhanush ballistic missile i. Surface-to-surface nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile was test-fired from a naval ship off the Odisha coast on 14 November 2014. ii. Dhanush, a naval variant of India’s indigenously-developed Prithvi missile was fired from a ship in the Bay of Bengal by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the defence force. iii. The missile launch was part of an exercise by the armed forces and it reached the designated target with high precision. Missiles launch and flight performance was monitored from the ITR at Chandipur, Odisha. 13. Johnson named ICC Cricketer of the Year i. Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson was on Friday declared ICC Cricketer of the Year as well as the ICC Test cricketer of the Year. ii. The 33-year-old has won the coveted Cricketer of the Year award for the second time in his career while he is only third Australian after Ricky Ponting (2006) and Michael Clarke (2013) to win the Test Cricketer of the Year award. iii. During the voting period between 26 August 2013 and 17 September 2014, Johnson claimed 59 Test wickets at an average of 15.23, with best bowling figures of seven for 40 runs against England in Adelaide last December. iv. In ODIs, Johnson claimed 21 wickets in 16 games. v. Johnson was earlier named in the ICC Test Team of the Year in Dubai on 5 November. In the same event, India fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar was revealed as the LG People's Choice award winner. vi. Johnson has been joined on the winners' list by South Africa's AB de Villiers, who was named ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year, and England's Gary Ballance, who claimed his first-ever ICC award after being named the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year. 14. Boxing India granted permanent membership by International Boxing Association, AIBA i. Completing India's rehabilitation into the international boxing fold, AIBA Friday unanimously gave permanent membership to the recently elected Boxing India during its quadrennial congress in Jeju Islands, Korea. ii. India was provisionally suspended in December 2012 for alleged manipulation in the erstwhile Indian Amateur Boxing Federation's elections. iii. Boxing India was earlier granted provisional recognition by AIBA after the elections but is still to get the approval from the Sports Ministry and the Indian Olympic Association. 15. Infosys ties up with DreamWorks for new engineering solutions i. Software major Infosys has entered into a strategic partnership with DreamWorks Animation SKG to develop new engineering solutions. ii. “The tie-up envisages developing next generation technologies with our global talent pool in cloud, big data, Java and open source platforms for DreamWorks,” the IT bellwether said in a statement on Saturday. iii. The U.S.-based digital studio creates animated feature films, television programmes and online virtual worlds. iv. Infosys chief executive Vishal Sikka said the company had a market-leading record of delivering critical engineering services to innovative tech firms like DreamWorks. 16. Saina storms into summit clash of China Open i. Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal stood just one win away from clinching her maiden China Open title after she stormed into the finals of the $700,000 Super Series Premier tournament in Fuzhou on Saturday. ii. In her sixth appearance in the prestigious tournament, Saina continued her rampaging run as she produced another good show to outclass World No. 17 Liu Xin of China 21-17 21-17 in the women’s singles semifinals that lasted 47 minutes at the Haixia Olympic Sport Centre. iii. The World No. 5 Indian will take on the winner of match between fifth seed Bae Yeon Ju of Korea and Akane Yamaguchi of Japan, in the summit clash on Sunday.
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Daily GK Update - 15th Nov 2014 1. G20 leaders summit begins in Brisbane i. The 2014 G-20 Australia summit is the ninth meeting of the G-20 heads of government. ii.G20 leaders summit begins inBrisbane, the capital city of Queensland, Australia, from Read more ... 15 and 16 November 2014. iii.The hosting venue is Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre at South Brisbane. iv.The Leaders' Summit is the most important event in the G20 year. The summit provides a valuable opportunity for leaders to discuss a wide range of global economic issues and to use their collective power to improve people’s lives. v.The summit is informed by the policy discussions held throughout the year. At the end of the summit, leaders release a communiqué which outlines the G20 policy discussions and commitments. 2.Financial inclusion: All households in Kerala, Goa get bank accounts i.Giving a boost to the Centre's financial inclusion agenda,Kerala and Goa have become first states in the countrywith every household having at least one bank account. ii. Kerala was declared as 100 per cent saturated State (in terms of coverage of all households with at least one bank account) on November 11," the Finance Ministry said in a statement. iii.In addition, Goa, Chandigarh, Puducherry and Lakshadweep and three districts of Gujarat- Porbandar, Mehasana, Gandhi Nagar, have also covered all households under PMJDY with at least one bank account, it said. iv.As on November 10, 7.24 crore accounts have been opened under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) of which 4.29 crore in rural and 2.95 crore are in urban areas. RuPay Cards have been issued in case of 3.97 crore accounts. v.Recently, Financial Services Secretary Hasmukh Adhia reviewed the progress in implementation of PMJDY with state level banking committees conveners of all the states. 3.RBI issues guidelines on loans to landless farmers i.Taking forward the government's Budget proposal to provide finance to landless farmers, RBI today set out detailed guidelines for banks for giving such loans and asked them to ensure meeting targets. ii.The banks would also have to provide regular progress reports to NABARD in this regard. iii.In the Union Budget 2014-15, it was declared that 5 lakh Joint Liability Groups (JLGs) of land-less farmers will be financed through NABARD in the current financial year. iv.Banks may encourage creation of such enterprise/ livelihood based JLGs within SHGs. Banks may finance these JLGs in addition to the loan/credit limit extended to the SHGs," RBI said in a notification. 4.Government had 461.60 billion rupees of outstanding loans from RBI as on November 7 i.The Indian government had 461.6 billion rupees ($7.48 billion) outstanding loans with the central bank under its ways and means advances in the week ended Nov. 7, according to the Reserve Bank of India's weekly statistical supplement released on Friday. ii.The central government also had no outstanding loans in the previous week. iii. State governments had 17.39 billion rupees of loans from the RBI in the week ended Nov. 7, compared with 7.43 billion rupees in the previous week, the release showed. 5.Union Government launched the nationwide Bal Swachhta Mission i.The Union Government launched theNational Bal Swachhta Missionin New Delhi. ii.On the occasion, Union Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Sanjay Gandhi also released a book on Bal Swachtta Mission prepared by NIPCCD. iii.Apart from this, Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani, who launched the Bal Swachhta Mission at the National Bal Bhavan also launchedUdaan programme for girls. iv.Bal Swachhta Weekis being observed from 14 November to 19 November 2014. About Bal Swachhta Mission i. The Bal Swachhta Mission is a part of the nationwide sanitation initiative of Swachh Bharat Mission that was launched by the Prime Minister on 2 October 2014. ii.The nationwide Bal Swachhta Mission will have the following six themes: 1. Clean Anganwadis 2. Clean Surroundings like Playgrounds 3. Clean Self (Personal Hygiene/Child Health) 4. Clean Food 5. Clean Drinking Water 6. Clean Toilets 6.DD National to be re-launched with tagline Desh Ka Apna Channel i.Prasar Bharti announced to re-launch DD National with new tagline Doordarshan National – Desh Ka Apna Channel. Also, new colours of purple and pink are added with a fresh palette of programming. ii.The new look promises fresh content and will provide wholesome entertainment to the viewers from 17 November 2014. The move is aimed at attracting more viewers. iii.The channel will continue to focus on traditional family values – Rishtey, Nation before Self, Rashtra Gaurav and Trustworthiness – Dilon Mein Vishwas. About DD National i.Doordarshan National is the primary channel of Prasar Bharati which was launched on 15 September 1959. ii. DD National (DD1) is a state-owned general interest terrestrial television channel in India. It is the flagship channel of Doordarshan. iii. It is one of India's largest broadcasting organisations in terms of studio and transmitter infrastructure. Recently, it also started broadcasting on Digital Terrestrial Transmitters. 7.Obama announces $3 billion contribution to Green Climate Fund i.U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday formally announced a $3-billion U.S. contribution to an international fund to help poor countries cope with the effects of climate change. ii.The contribution doubles what other countries had previously pledged ahead of a November 20, 2014 deadline. 8.Philae lander of Rosetta Mission landed on Comet 67P i.EuropeanSpace Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta mission landed its Philae probe on the surface of Comet 67P/ Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 12 November 2014. The landing site has been named as Agilkia and is located on the head of the bizarre double-lobed object. ii.This is the first time in the space history that a probe landed on a comet. iii.Philae’s mission is to transmit data about composition of the comet after landing on its surface. It will provide elemental, isotopic, molecular and mineralogical composition of the cometary material. iv.The lander name has been kept after Philae Island in the Nile, where an obelisk (a tall, four-sided, narrow tapering monument) that was found and used, along with the Rosetta stone, to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics. 9.Union Government announced concessions for minority refugees from Pakistan and Afghanistan i.Union Ministry of Home Affairs relaxed Indian citizenship norms for Hindu and Sikh refugees from Pakistan and Afghanistan. As per the relaxed norms, now the refugees from both the countries, who have entered prior to 31 December 2009, can apply for the Indian citizenship manually. ii.This decision of the government was taken in the light of refugees facing difficulties in submitting online applications. iii.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh directed the Foreigners Division of his ministry that while approving the concessions, grievances of these applicants should be suitably addressed. Refugees in India • There are about 400 Pakistani Hindu refugee settlements in cities like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Jaipur. • Several Sikh refugees live in Punjab, Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. • About one lakh minority community refugees from Pakistan and Afghanistan are living in India 10.Radio Kashmir Jammu won Gandhian Philosophy and Public Service Broadcasting award 2014 i.Radio Kashmir Jammu on 12 November 2014 won prestigious Gandhian Philosophy and Public Service Broadcasting award 2014 for its programme Jeevan Rekha. ii. Jeevan Rekha is a programmebased on the live broadcasts done in the wake of flood situation in Jammu and Kashmir by Radio Kashmir Jammu. iii.It was based on the based on the rescue operations carried out by Radio Kashmir Jammu during massive floods in the J & K region. iv. Jeevan Rekha was a production by Sanjeev Sharma, Programme Executive, written by Nitish Arora, Programme Executive. About Gandhian Philosophy and Public Service Broadcasting award i.The Award was instituted to commemorate the visit of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi to the Studios of AIR at Broadcasting House, New Delhi on 12 November 1947. ii.The award is presented annually to the Best Programmes produced on Gandhian Philosophy and Public Services Programmes by AIR & Doordarshan 11.Farhan Akhtar appointed as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia i.Bollywood Actor Farhan Akhtar appointed as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia. Farhan is the first male ever to be chosen as a Goodwill Ambassador in the organization’s history. ii.Farhan will dedicate his efforts as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia towards the empowerment of women and girls and will serve as an advocate for UN Women’s newlylaunched HeForSheinitiative in advocating for gender equality and women’s empowerment. iii.UN Women’s other Goodwill Ambassadors include British actor Emma Watson, Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman and HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand. About UN Women In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to accelerate progress on meeting women needs worldwide. 12.India successfully test-fired Dhanush ballistic missile i.Surface-to-surface nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile was test-fired from a naval ship off the Odisha coast on 14 November 2014. ii. Dhanush, a naval variant of India’s indigenously-developed Prithvi missile was fired from a ship in the Bay of Bengal by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the defence force. iii.The missile launch was part of an exercise by the armed forces and it reached the designated target with high precision. Missiles launch and flight performance was monitored from the ITR at Chandipur, Odisha. 13.Johnson named ICC Cricketer of the Year i.Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson was on Friday declaredICC Cricketer of the Year as well as the ICC Test cricketer of the Year. ii.The 33-year-old has won the coveted Cricketer of the Year award for the second time in his career while he is only third Australian after Ricky Ponting (2006) and Michael Clarke (2013) to win the Test Cricketer of the Year award. iii.During the voting period between 26 August 2013 and 17 September 2014, Johnson claimed 59 Test wickets at an average of 15.23, with best bowling figures of seven for 40 runs against England in Adelaide last December. iv.In ODIs, Johnson claimed 21 wickets in 16 games. v.Johnson was earlier named in the ICC Test Team of the Year in Dubai on 5 November. In the same event, India fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar was revealed as the LG People's Choice award winner. vi.Johnson has been joined on the winners' list by South Africa's AB de Villiers, who was named ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year, and England's Gary Ballance, who claimed his first-ever ICC award after being named the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year. 14.Boxing India granted permanent membership by International Boxing Association, AIBA i.Completing India's rehabilitation into the international boxing fold, AIBA Friday unanimously gave permanent membership to the recently elected Boxing India during its quadrennial congress in Jeju Islands, Korea. ii.India was provisionally suspended in December 2012 for alleged manipulation in the erstwhile Indian Amateur Boxing Federation's elections. iii.Boxing India was earlier granted provisional recognition by AIBA after the elections but is still to get the approval from the Sports Ministry and the Indian Olympic Association. 15.Infosys ties up with DreamWorks for new engineering solutions i.Software major Infosys has entered into a strategic partnership with DreamWorks Animation SKG to develop new engineering solutions. ii.“The tie-up envisages developing next generation technologies with our global talent pool in cloud, big data, Java and open source platforms for DreamWorks,” the IT bellwether said in a statement on Saturday. iii. The U.S.-based digital studio creates animated feature films, television programmes and online virtual worlds. iv.Infosys chief executive Vishal Sikka said the company had a market-leading record of delivering critical engineering services to innovative tech firms like DreamWorks. 16.Saina storms into summit clash of China Open i.Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal stood just one win away from clinching her maiden China Open title after she stormed into the finals of the $700,000 Super Series Premier tournament in Fuzhou on Saturday. ii.In her sixth appearance in the prestigious tournament, Saina continued her rampaging run as she produced another good show to outclass World No. 17 Liu Xin of China 21-17 21-17 in the women’s singles semifinals that lasted 47 minutes at the Haixia Olympic Sport Centre. iii.The World No. 5 Indian will take on the winner of match between fifth seed Bae Yeon Ju of Korea and Akane Yamaguchi of Japan, in the summit clash on Sunday.
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Buhari: The politics of age 2 BY PROF.TAM-DAVID WEST ON OCTOBER 14, 2014 · COLUMNS, GUEST COLUMNIST I have always maintained in my articles, essays or discourses that “The fear of General Muhammadu Buhari is the beginning of self-serving wisdom am Read more ... ong corrupt Nigerians, especially politicians and their cronies at the corridors of power.” This is because of his zero-tolerance for corruption and iron-cast discipline and uncompromising principle. This excruciating mortal fear of this bunch of Nigerians has become even more intense since General Buhari expressed interest in the Presidency through the normal democratic channel. In a concerted effort or attempt to frustrate or even scuttle the fear-inspiring Buhari’s Presidential ambition; these Buhari phobics have over time orchestrated mendacious propaganda against his person. They spin all sorts of contemptible lies about him. They dis-inform the public with satanic audacity. They have persistently fabricated so many tendentious lies about him with such curious relish that one tends to wonder if they are capable again of knowing the difference between falsehood and truth. I am particularly concerned and worried over this trend for at least two main reasons. First, no society ever grows and develops steeped in falsehood. Falsehood enslaves and obscures light; contrariwise; truth liberates. Those feeding society with falsehood are therefore necessarily enemies of society; especially when such fabrications are conveniently peddled to answer to personal obsessions or phobia. My second concern and worry has to do with some of our otherwise respected intellectuals, who are expected to educate with the truth and not to conveniently mis-educate the public with disinformation. This is all the more frightening because some of these intellectuals are so greatly respected by the generality of the public because of their great learning and intellectual decorations both national and international. Because of this general approval by the people, some of these classes of intellectuals sink to conceit and tend to cherish an exaggerated or inflated self-evaluation or sense of self-worth. In short, they become megalomaniacs; victims of narcissism. They nurse mental delusion of their omnipotence and infallibility, which they parade and expect that their great learning and intellectual decorations can even sanctify their fabrications. They delude themselves to believing that the public, the people, will believe whatever they spin even without any proof. But they forget that this is only to the extent that their lies are not confronted with well researched and copiously documented counters; especially when it can also be shown that one can be very brilliant intellectually and be approvingly so decorated; nevertheless, still be physically lazy to painstakingly research into issues of societal interest. Perhaps, I should at this juncture make the following germane disclosures: General Buhari invited me to his ministerial cabinet in 1984. He swore me in as Minister of Petroleum and Energy on 18 January, 1984. Later on, I was also honoured with the Chairmanship of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as well as the Chief Executive of the NNPC; thereby making me the most powerful minister of petroleum. This includes even himself who was holding the Petroleum portfolio earlier on during the great General Murtala Muhammed administration. It is significant and underscores the General Buhari style to add that in spite of all the honours bestowed on me, he emphatically added: “Professor, I will not interfere.” And he kept strictly to his word until he was ousted in a self-serving Babangida coup on August 27, 1986. General Babangida also appointed me Minister of Petroleum Resources. My long-standing friend (since 1975 in Rivers State General Zamani Lekwot Cabinet), General Sani Abacha, pleaded with me to please accept to serve “to continue the good work for the country.” I gave in not quite enthusiastically. I must add, and indeed stress that I had never not met General Buhari before he invited me to his cabinet. He told me that he was guided by my writings on national issues and of course also by security reports on me. To God be all the glory! Finally, on a lighter note, I wish to state that my salary as Minister was less than my then salary as Professor of Virology/Consultant at Ibadan: N16,000 to N18,000 a year. And I had no salary as Minister for three months because of delay in opening a Lagos bank account. As Petroleum Minister, I very regularly and very closely interacted with General Buhari. This gave me the golden opportunity to study him very minutely. I got to know him intimately especially what he stands for as a person. Thus, when I write about General Buhari, I do so from close firsthand experience. Not hear-say or stereotypes. I have over time written a lot about General Buhari. This includes two formal works: “Who Really Is General Muhammadu Buhari?” and “The Sixteen ‘Sins’ of General Muhammadu Buhari.” The first was launched publicly at The Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Victoria Island on March 9, 2009. The second book was launched in Kaduna (29 July, 2010) and Port Harcourt (14 March, 2011). Both events were crowd-pullers. I must mention that General Buhari was kept in the dark about both projects. I only informed him some two weeks to the launching. I don’t have to consult him to tell the truth about him. I was very delighted and indeed greatly honoured when our greatly respected and honourable former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, GCFR, CSG accepted to write the “Forward” to “Who Really Is General Muhammadu Buhari?” A fantastic “Forward” indeed! He also personally graced the public launching. He was even promptly there on time. I remain eternally indebted and bankrupt in gratitude to him. But why General Buhari? Simple. He is a rare gem of a Nigerian, especially a leader. My third book, “General Muhammadu Buhari: A Very Rare Gem” is almost completed. My address at the launching of “The Sixteen ‘Sins’ of General Muhammadu Buhari.” in Port Harcourt on March 14, 2011 encapsulated the grounds for deep adoration of General Buhari: “I am a committed – very committed Pro-Buhari. Dyed-in-the-wool pro-Buhari. I have no regrets. I have no apologies. My unwavering, unflinching support is not based on sentiments or any patronage expectation whatsoever (I think I don’t need it). Among all the mortal leaders I know, General Muhammadu Buhari easily stands out a refreshing beacon of an exemplary leader in probity, integrity, focus, vision, discipline, courage, humility (almost self-effacing), honest in leadership by example (not by sermons). These are very rare qualities in contemporary Nigerian leadership (maybe even for all time).” His response was superbly refreshing and humbling: “Service to our country brought Tam and I together, and the ideals we share in common made us friends. Tam is a friend you can go into the forest with.” “The Sixteen ‘Sins’ of General Muhammadu Buhari” was intended to expose and counter (with copious evidence) all the sixteen lies being peddled by the contemptible Buhari phobics over time. I even challenged them for debate at the public space. None has mustered the courage to pick up the gauntlet – even after over three solid years. This is very instructive indeed. In short, they simply orchestrated fabrications about General Buhari. Shameless bunch. It is also telling of our system that the book The Sixteen ‘Sins’, has been printed three times. Best selling. People tend to rush to “bad” news about leaders or persons than “good” news. They thought – very wrongly that I was exposing General Buhari’s misdeeds. After all their (the Buhari phobics) tendentious lies about General Buhari have been effectively debunked, they now in their desperation peddle that he is in fact too old to contest for the Presidency. I call this “The Politics of Buhari’s Age.” It is like a drowning man resorting to straw as if it is life buoy. But this “Age Palava” has shown even more clearly that they are either (or both) intellectually fraudulent or physically lazy to do meaningful research. Therefore, in this discourse, “General Muhammadu Buhari: The Politics of Age” I intend, once again, to expose their tendentious lies and specious disinformation. I do this, once again, fortified by well researched facts and figures. I must gratefully acknowledge the selfless assistance of my esteemed friend, Mr. Okoi Ofem Obono-Obla, LLB Hons, BL. Brilliant. Humble. He himself is a solid believer in General Buhari. He is thus, also very much committed to truth and justice and good governance. General Buhari was born on December 17, 1942. He is 72 years in 2014. He will be 73 in 2015. Still young to be President of Nigeria! This nonsense about age is also faulted on the grounds that good leadership is not necessarily defined by age. It is also not defined by high learning – PhD and all that. Good leadership is innate divine endowment. But it can also be nurtured at times. From my research (ably assisted by my friend, Okoi Obono-Obla) I list some 15 examples of leaders, both in Africa and abroad who are older – some much older-than General Buhari. Let me start with our neighbour, Liberia, with its great lady president:President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President 2006 at age 70. She was 75 in 2011. She will remain president till 2016. She will be 80 years then. President Jacob Zuma, South Africa is 72 years old. He will be president till 2019 at 77 years. Nelson Mandela, born July 18, 1918. President of South Africa in 1994 at 76 years. Still president in 1998 (single term) when he voluntarily stepped down for Mbeki. He was 80 years. If he had served his two terms he would have been 84 years. President Peter Mutharika, Malawi 74 when he was sworn in on 31 May, 2014. He will be president till 2019 at 79 years. President Alpa Conde Guinea. President at 76 years. President in December 2011 at 72 years.President Jose Eduardo Santos, Angola 72 years. He will be president till 2020 at 78 years. President Abde Bourtefilka, Algeria 77 years. President till 2020 at 83 years old. President Alasanne Quattara, Ivory Coast 72 years in 2012. President till 2016 at 76 years. Yoweri Museveni, Uganda, president since 1985 at 70 years won another seven years in 2013 at 77 years, will be president till 2020 at 84. President Jose Mujiaga of Uruguay 75 at election; reelected and is now 79 years. President Tedoro Oblang Nguema Mbasogo, Equatorial Guinea; born January 6, 1942 is 72 years and still going on. President Michael Sata, Zambia 77 years – president September 23, 2011 at 74; will be president till 2016. He will be 79. President Paul Biya of Cameroon (President Jonathan has obvious fancy for him) is 81 years. He will be in office till 2017 at 84. President Milos Zeman of Chech Republic is 70 will be in office till 2018 at 74. President Ronald Reagan; born February 06, 1911. President USA at 70. Two terms of 4 years in 1989 he was 78. Selected Satanic Lies (‘Sins’) Against General Buhari (Ref: “General Buhari: “Sixteen (Sins’): 53 Suitcases Saga: No iota of truth. Total lie. In fact the referenced Emir of Gwandu had only thirteen (13) – far cry from 53 – suitcases on board; and they all went through Customs. Question of “bulging” with ‘currency’ total fabrication (Ref. page 42-45 “Sixteen ‘Sins’). N2.8 Billion Poppycock: Totally False. Mere gossip and rumour. Unqualified tommyrot. The Honourable Mr. Justice Ayo Irekefe’s Judicial Commission of Inquiry. (Judicial! Yes) White Paper: No such money was ever missing. Fabrication. (Ref. Page 59 “Sixteen ‘Sins’). The Petroleum Trust Fund: Lie No 1: PTF a parallel government. Total rubbish. Stupid. No government ever officially set up a parallel government to subvert itself. Lie No 2: PTF partial to the North. Stupid. Tommyrot. PTF’S first 1 Billion Naira (N1.07 Billion) spent on Lagos Water Works. PTF projects country-wide. PTF Board of Trustees, great Nigerians, wide spread members such as: Alhaji Ahmed Talib. Professor Chimere Ikoku. Professor J.P. Clarke. Chief Rufus Giwa. PTF Education Consultants Great Nigerians: Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi. Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Pini Jason. Dan Agbese. (Ref: “Sixteen ‘Sins’ Page 81-85). Lie No 3: “Expired PTF Drugs” Total fabrication. Rubbish. Arrant nonsense. NAFDAC under the great Dora Akunyili was consultant and monitor to PTF; ensured quality control etc. (Ref: Page 83 “Sixteen ‘Sins’) Lie No 4: The management of oil and the economy. These are best under Buhari. No oil (fuel) importation. Buhari in fact exported fuel. No IMF. Naira not devalued: $1.5 to N1.0. Today, N160 to $1.0. N2.0 to £1.0. Today, N270 – N250 to £1.0. Lie No 5: Buhari “serial loser” of election. Buhari has never lost in any free, fair and transparent election. He was always “serially rigged out.” fear! Religious Extremism General Buhari enemies confuse religious extremism with religious fundamentalism. He has respect for both Christian and Islam. For instance, three of his Cooks are Christians, his Confidential Secretary, a Christian. His Private Secretary, a Christian. His Driver number 2, a Christian. His second Security, a Christian and his Office Cook a Christian. TESTIMONIES “Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, an extraordinary Nigerian, matched only by few in integrity and readiness to subject himself to the demands of public office… abiding concern for the fate and welfare of the people of this great country.” By General Abdulsalami Abubakar, GCFR, CSG. Forward: “Buhari, The PTF Years” (1979). “General Muhammadu Buhari, is a man of principle and moral absolutes who has made a name for probity and integrity. By all stands, Buhari, has proved an extraordinary Nigerian in and out of uniform.” By General Abdulsalami Abubakar, GCFR, CSG. Forward: “Who Really Is General Muhammadu Buhari, (2009). “Nigeria, in its current dire straits needs Buhari more than he needs Nigeria.” Femi Orebe “The Nation On Sunday” September 28, 2014 Page 18. In conclusion, I urge my compatriots, please in 2015 and beyond in the interest of our Nigeria, vote for integrity, probity, zero-tolerance to corruption. Discipline. Never, never again for your recycled looted money for “stomach infrastructure” or pocket consolidation. So help us God. Amen. •Professor Tam David-West, eminent Virologist, writes from Ibadan, Oyo State
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Buhari: The politics of age 2 BY PROF.TAM-DAVID WEST ON OCTOBER 14, 2014 · COLUMNS, GUEST COLUMNIST I have always maintained in my articles, essays or discourses that “The fear of General Muhammadu Buhari is the beginning of self-serving wisdom am Read more ... ong corrupt Nigerians, especially politicians and their cronies at the corridors of power.” This is because of his zero-tolerance for corruption and iron-cast discipline and uncompromising principle. This excruciating mortal fear of this bunch of Nigerians has become even more intense since General Buhari expressed interest in the Presidency through the normal democratic channel. In a concerted effort or attempt to frustrate or even scuttle the fear-inspiring Buhari’s Presidential ambition; these Buhari phobics have over time orchestrated mendacious propaganda against his person. They spin all sorts of contemptible lies about him. They dis-inform the public with satanic audacity. They have persistently fabricated so many tendentious lies about him with such curious relish that one tends to wonder if they are capable again of knowing the difference between falsehood and truth. I am particularly concerned and worried over this trend for at least two main reasons. First, no society ever grows and develops steeped in falsehood. Falsehood enslaves and obscures light; contrariwise; truth liberates. Those feeding society with falsehood are therefore necessarily enemies of society; especially when such fabrications are conveniently peddled to answer to personal obsessions or phobia. My second concern and worry has to do with some of our otherwise respected intellectuals, who are expected to educate with the truth and not to conveniently mis-educate the public with disinformation. This is all the more frightening because some of these intellectuals are so greatly respected by the generality of the public because of their great learning and intellectual decorations both national and international. Because of this general approval by the people, some of these classes of intellectuals sink to conceit and tend to cherish an exaggerated or inflated self-evaluation or sense of self-worth. In short, they become megalomaniacs; victims of narcissism. They nurse mental delusion of their omnipotence and infallibility, which they parade and expect that their great learning and intellectual decorations can even sanctify their fabrications. They delude themselves to believing that the public, the people, will believe whatever they spin even without any proof. But they forget that this is only to the extent that their lies are not confronted with well researched and copiously documented counters; especially when it can also be shown that one can be very brilliant intellectually and be approvingly so decorated; nevertheless, still be physically lazy to painstakingly research into issues of societal interest. Perhaps, I should at this juncture make the following germane disclosures: General Buhari invited me to his ministerial cabinet in 1984. He swore me in as Minister of Petroleum and Energy on 18 January, 1984. Later on, I was also honoured with the Chairmanship of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as well as the Chief Executive of the NNPC; thereby making me the most powerful minister of petroleum. This includes even himself who was holding the Petroleum portfolio earlier on during the great General Murtala Muhammed administration. It is significant and underscores the General Buhari style to add that in spite of all the honours bestowed on me, he emphatically added: “Professor, I will not interfere.” And he kept strictly to his word until he was ousted in a self-serving Babangida coup on August 27, 1986. General Babangida also appointed me Minister of Petroleum Resources. My long-standing friend (since 1975 in Rivers State General Zamani Lekwot Cabinet), General Sani Abacha, pleaded with me to please accept to serve “to continue the good work for the country.” I gave in not quite enthusiastically. I must add, and indeed stress that I had never not met General Buhari before he invited me to his cabinet. He told me that he was guided by my writings on national issues and of course also by security reports on me. To God be all the glory! Finally, on a lighter note, I wish to state that my salary as Minister was less than my then salary as Professor of Virology/Consultant at Ibadan: N16,000 to N18,000 a year. And I had no salary as Minister for three months because of delay in opening a Lagos bank account. As Petroleum Minister, I very regularly and very closely interacted with General Buhari. This gave me the golden opportunity to study him very minutely. I got to know him intimately especially what he stands for as a person. Thus, when I write about General Buhari, I do so from close firsthand experience. Not hear-say or stereotypes. I have over time written a lot about General Buhari. This includes two formal works: “Who Really Is General Muhammadu Buhari?” and “The Sixteen ‘Sins’ of General Muhammadu Buhari.” The first was launched publicly at The Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Victoria Island on March 9, 2009. The second book was launched in Kaduna (29 July, 2010) and Port Harcourt (14 March, 2011). Both events were crowd-pullers. I must mention that General Buhari was kept in the dark about both projects. I only informed him some two weeks to the launching. I don’t have to consult him to tell the truth about him. I was very delighted and indeed greatly honoured when our greatly respected and honourable former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, GCFR, CSG accepted to write the “Forward” to “Who Really Is General Muhammadu Buhari?” A fantastic “Forward” indeed! He also personally graced the public launching. He was even promptly there on time. I remain eternally indebted and bankrupt in gratitude to him. But why General Buhari? Simple. He is a rare gem of a Nigerian, especially a leader. My third book, “General Muhammadu Buhari: A Very Rare Gem” is almost completed. My address at the launching of “The Sixteen ‘Sins’ of General Muhammadu Buhari.” in Port Harcourt on March 14, 2011 encapsulated the grounds for deep adoration of General Buhari: “I am a committed – very committed Pro-Buhari. Dyed-in-the-wool pro-Buhari. I have no regrets. I have no apologies. My unwavering, unflinching support is not based on sentiments or any patronage expectation whatsoever (I think I don’t need it). Among all the mortal leaders I know, General Muhammadu Buhari easily stands out a refreshing beacon of an exemplary leader in probity, integrity, focus, vision, discipline, courage, humility (almost self-effacing), honest in leadership by example (not by sermons). These are very rare qualities in contemporary Nigerian leadership (maybe even for all time).” His response was superbly refreshing and humbling: “Service to our country brought Tam and I together, and the ideals we share in common made us friends. Tam is a friend you can go into the forest with.” “The Sixteen ‘Sins’ of General Muhammadu Buhari” was intended to expose and counter (with copious evidence) all the sixteen lies being peddled by the contemptible Buhari phobics over time. I even challenged them for debate at the public space. None has mustered the courage to pick up the gauntlet – even after over three solid years. This is very instructive indeed. In short, they simply orchestrated fabrications about General Buhari. Shameless bunch. It is also telling of our system that the book The Sixteen ‘Sins’, has been printed three times. Best selling. People tend to rush to “bad” news about leaders or persons than “good” news. They thought – very wrongly that I was exposing General Buhari’s misdeeds. After all their (the Buhari phobics) tendentious lies about General Buhari have been effectively debunked, they now in their desperation peddle that he is in fact too old to contest for the Presidency. I call this “The Politics of Buhari’s Age.” It is like a drowning man resorting to straw as if it is life buoy. But this “Age Palava” has shown even more clearly that they are either (or both) intellectually fraudulent or physically lazy to do meaningful research. Therefore, in this discourse, “General Muhammadu Buhari: The Politics of Age” I intend, once again, to expose their tendentious lies and specious disinformation. I do this, once again, fortified by well researched facts and figures. I must gratefully acknowledge the selfless assistance of my esteemed friend, Mr. Okoi Ofem Obono-Obla, LLB Hons, BL. Brilliant. Humble. He himself is a solid believer in General Buhari. He is thus, also very much committed to truth and justice and good governance. General Buhari was born on December 17, 1942. He is 72 years in 2014. He will be 73 in 2015. Still young to be President of Nigeria! This nonsense about age is also faulted on the grounds that good leadership is not necessarily defined by age. It is also not defined by high learning – PhD and all that. Good leadership is innate divine endowment. But it can also be nurtured at times. From my research (ably assisted by my friend, Okoi Obono-Obla) I list some 15 examples of leaders, both in Africa and abroad who are older – some much older-than General Buhari. Let me start with our neighbour, Liberia, with its great lady president:President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President 2006 at age 70. She was 75 in 2011. She will remain president till 2016. She will be 80 years then. President Jacob Zuma, South Africa is 72 years old. He will be president till 2019 at 77 years. Nelson Mandela, born July 18, 1918. President of South Africa in 1994 at 76 years. Still president in 1998 (single term) when he voluntarily stepped down for Mbeki. He was 80 years. If he had served his two terms he would have been 84 years. President Peter Mutharika, Malawi 74 when he was sworn in on 31 May, 2014. He will be president till 2019 at 79 years. President Alpa Conde Guinea. President at 76 years. President in December 2011 at 72 years.President Jose Eduardo Santos, Angola 72 years. He will be president till 2020 at 78 years. President Abde Bourtefilka, Algeria 77 years. President till 2020 at 83 years old. President Alasanne Quattara, Ivory Coast 72 years in 2012. President till 2016 at 76 years. Yoweri Museveni, Uganda, president since 1985 at 70 years won another seven years in 2013 at 77 years, will be president till 2020 at 84. President Jose Mujiaga of Uruguay 75 at election; reelected and is now 79 years. President Tedoro Oblang Nguema Mbasogo, Equatorial Guinea; born January 6, 1942 is 72 years and still going on. President Michael Sata, Zambia 77 years – president September 23, 2011 at 74; will be president till 2016. He will be 79. President Paul Biya of Cameroon (President Jonathan has obvious fancy for him) is 81 years. He will be in office till 2017 at 84. President Milos Zeman of Chech Republic is 70 will be in office till 2018 at 74. President Ronald Reagan; born February 06, 1911. President USA at 70. Two terms of 4 years in 1989 he was 78. Selected Satanic Lies (‘Sins’) Against General Buhari (Ref: “General Buhari: “Sixteen (Sins’): 53 Suitcases Saga: No iota of truth. Total lie. In fact the referenced Emir of Gwandu had only thirteen (13) – far cry from 53 – suitcases on board; and they all went through Customs. Question of “bulging” with ‘currency’ total fabrication (Ref. page 42-45 “Sixteen ‘Sins’). N2.8 Billion Poppycock: Totally False. Mere gossip and rumour. Unqualified tommyrot. The Honourable Mr. Justice Ayo Irekefe’s Judicial Commission of Inquiry. (Judicial! Yes) White Paper: No such money was ever missing. Fabrication. (Ref. Page 59 “Sixteen ‘Sins’). The Petroleum Trust Fund: Lie No 1: PTF a parallel government. Total rubbish. Stupid. No government ever officially set up a parallel government to subvert itself. Lie No 2: PTF partial to the North. Stupid. Tommyrot. PTF’S first 1 Billion Naira (N1.07 Billion) spent on Lagos Water Works. PTF projects country-wide. PTF Board of Trustees, great Nigerians, wide spread members such as: Alhaji Ahmed Talib. Professor Chimere Ikoku. Professor J.P. Clarke. Chief Rufus Giwa. PTF Education Consultants Great Nigerians: Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi. Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Pini Jason. Dan Agbese. (Ref: “Sixteen ‘Sins’ Page 81-85). Lie No 3: “Expired PTF Drugs” Total fabrication. Rubbish. Arrant nonsense. NAFDAC under the great Dora Akunyili was consultant and monitor to PTF; ensured quality control etc. (Ref: Page 83 “Sixteen ‘Sins’) Lie No 4: The management of oil and the economy. These are best under Buhari. No oil (fuel) importation. Buhari in fact exported fuel. No IMF. Naira not devalued: $1.5 to N1.0. Today, N160 to $1.0. N2.0 to £1.0. Today, N270 – N250 to £1.0. Lie No 5: Buhari “serial loser” of election. Buhari has never lost in any free, fair and transparent election. He was always “serially rigged out.” fear! Religious Extremism General Buhari enemies confuse religious extremism with religious fundamentalism. He has respect for both Christian and Islam. For instance, three of his Cooks are Christians, his Confidential Secretary, a Christian. His Private Secretary, a Christian. His Driver number 2, a Christian. His second Security, a Christian and his Office Cook a Christian. TESTIMONIES “Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, an extraordinary Nigerian, matched only by few in integrity and readiness to subject himself to the demands of public office… abiding concern for the fate and welfare of the people of this great country.” By General Abdulsalami Abubakar, GCFR, CSG. Forward: “Buhari, The PTF Years” (1979). “General Muhammadu Buhari, is a man of principle and moral absolutes who has made a name for probity and integrity. By all stands, Buhari, has proved an extraordinary Nigerian in and out of uniform.” By General Abdulsalami Abubakar, GCFR, CSG. Forward: “Who Really Is General Muhammadu Buhari, (2009). “Nigeria, in its current dire straits needs Buhari more than he needs Nigeria.” Femi Orebe “The Nation On Sunday” September 28, 2014 Page 18. In conclusion, I urge my compatriots, please in 2015 and beyond in the interest of our Nigeria, vote for integrity, probity, zero-tolerance to corruption. Discipline. Never, never again for your recycled looted money for “stomach infrastructure” or pocket consolidation. So help us God. Amen. •Professor Tam David-West, eminent Virologist, writes from Ibadan, Oyo State
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