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OK the Noah movie is over ...here's my review.
Spoiler alert! All trilogies of Star Wars has more scriptural references than this movie. Here's the actual plot:
A character "named" Noah befriends all the Watchers who help him build the ark in 7 days Read more ... in order to save what the plot calls "creation" which are the animals, NOT man. As the floods come the watchers defend the ark from the nations. Semyaza (the most evil Watcher) in death looks towards heaven and says, "Creator, forgive me", and in death transforms from a stony creature into an angel and ascends into Heaven, along with the rest of the Watchers.The plot further thickens by proposing "God" demands Noah perform a double post-term abortion on the ark in order to make sure man does not multiply further. The Noah "character" defies the will of "God" and does not go through with the pagan sacrifice.
This Noah did NOT find wives for his sons. Only Shem had a wife, who, through Methuselah, was healed of her barren womb. Shem's wife had twin daughters, who were supposed to have been post-term aborted by Noah. The plot supposes those daughters are the mothers of us all. No mention of who our fathers are.
The plot clearly and strongly proposes creation is born of evolution ..."God" created the animals, and we came from them. Furthermore, the plot shows Methuselah dying in the flood and not 7 days prior like scripture clearly says. The entire plot shows a god who is a murderous, abortionist maniac who does not care one bit about those created in His image, but the animals instead. This Noah character was clearly "chosen" by "God" because he cared for animals, not man.
In all, the movie only references a Biblical account of a flood wiping out all life. That's the bulk of the truth in the movie! Everything else is a blasphemy. Out of the two showings tonight NOBODY had anything good to say about it, and ticket sales were low. But I'm glad I watched it with my family. My children found as many inaccuracies as I did. THEY know the Torah and Noah. They know Enoch and the true account. This movie is a waste of money, just as are all the Christian movies like Fireproof and the rest of the sloppy Agape, greasy grace movies they make. When we fail to make real movies about REAL life and ACTUAL scripture, people like the director of this Noah movie will come along and finish the job of untruth and deception through the portrayal of a fairy tale script. Shame on us all.
5 months ago
Holorunleke God take perfect control in Jesus name
5 months ago
Looking forward to walking into this museum designed by Ghanaian architect David Adjaye
David Adjaye is a New York City- and London-based architect whose work includes the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo and the future home of the National Museum of Afri Read more ... can-American History and Culture, scheduled to break ground on the National Mall on February 22.
While growing up, you lived in Tanzania, Egypt, Yemen, Lebanon, and England. How did this experience inform your sense of design?
Unlike people who may have had an education or a stable upbringing in one or two places, I was forced from a very early age to negotiate a wide variety of ethnicities, religions, and cultural constructions. By the time I was 13, I thought that that was normal, and that was how the world was. It gave me a kind of edge in an international global world, which we find increasingly in the 21st century.
So I think, in a way, my parents bringing me up the way they did prepared me for the world that we now inherit and live in. That is intrinsic to my approach toward design, which always seeks to be highly sensitive to the cultural framework of different peoples. Most of my work has always been in cosmopolitan metropolitan cities, or places where differences are being negotiated all the time. A sensitivity to that is at the heart of my practice.
The Museum of African American History and Culture will sit right next to the Washington Monument, and will likely be the last museum constructed on the National Mall. What are some of the factors to consider when designing a building for such an iconic site?
It is a monumental site and a monumental project and it has taken nearly 200 years to get to this place. Of course, several things absolutely come to mind in thinking through what this building should be and how it should work with the program that we were given. How do you add to such a fantastic master plan, one of the most significant master plans in the world—this incredible monumental core to the capital city of the most powerful country in the world? How do you understand its intrinsic nature, which is the idea of the pastoral and the ordered landscape? How do you make an end to the ordered landscape and begin the pastoral, which is the National Mall proper, and then open onto the Washington Monument grounds?
In a way, we always conceived of our building as a kind of turning point, a knuckle, a joint, which articulates the two things, neither one nor the other, but bridging between the two things. So from the sensitivity of the master plan, that’s the critical issue that we’ve been very concerned about, making sure our building is not just another building on the mall, but a building that ends the mall proper and begins the monument. It’s really a moment of disjunction.
The museum is intended to cover more than 400 years of African-American history and culture. How do you go about designing a building that is able to convey such a complex and significant history?
It’s not easy, and nobody says that we’re going to get it right. But I think that what we have is a lot of information, and a lot of excitement. Essentially, the way it is being designed is to be organized into significant sections. There’s history and culture, which is really the primary hub: the history of the people, the Middle Passage, the beginnings in America, the Civil Rights movement until now. It’s a kind of trajectory that’s very important.
Then there’s what I call the life of the citizen. The everyday life, the inclusion in the military, the inclusion in public life, the emergence of the black middle class within the country, and that important role in organizing many aspects of American culture that we take for granted.
And then the final part is the entertainment and the arts. So the third tier is really looking at what music and culture, what African-American music, translated through the American identity, has done to the world, and the significance of that trajectory.
Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/q-and-a-with-architect-david-adjaye-18968512/#EtVI1GiYPFHgA2IZ.99
5 months ago
Monica yes god is so real! thank you jesus!!!!!!!!!
5 months ago
Chaney She was, "Much Woman" as an uncle of mine used to say....it was a high compliment....I miss her...
5 months ago
There is always a difference between a delayed gratification and an instant gain. In almost all cases, delayed gratification always brings the good... the good that lasts and endures. On the flip side, instant gain brings enormous joy, especially whe Read more ... n rivalry, like the stakes, is high.
Watching Manchester United played Aston Villa today, I reflected on the very nature of football, over the last twenty years and i was encouraged to quit the recent thought and examination of the potentials of David Moyes as a right choice for a club like the Manchester United FC, especially given the club's recent fortune. I came to see two clear conclusions. One, Sir Alex Ferguson started on a poor note but ended on the highest note attainable in the games. His history shown the belief in the long haul. He demonstrated what delayed gratification brings to a club... history of everlasting joy, large fortune, and a huge customer base, including fans. All indications point to his success as a class-act, which will certainly be difficult to repeat.
How did the club and Sir Alex able to achieve this? One, both the club and the manager invested in the team - one player at a time. When the team was almost 70% completed, United's fortune changed and it became a household name and epitome of success across the world. By the time it was 100% completed, no team was able to stand on its path. It was, simply put, the most feared, the most successful, and the team to beat in all competition. This was the same Old Trafford where Newcastle FC and other clubs have recorded tremendous successes, painting the sky red. Old Trafford has since become and remains 'the theater of dreams'.
Two, who can debate that Old Trafford and Manchester United are the capital and foremost in trophy collection centers and collectors all over the world? Certainly, no one. Simply put, Manchester United is the measure of all clubs. Its managers and players are measures of players and managers all over the world.
The key to this unparalleled and historic achievements is the belief in building, over a long period, a corps of players that are the best in their different positions.
This, undoubtedly, does many things to football. It creates a core of believers - customers, fans, detractors, etc. as well as core of fair weather friends. While the above is also important, I am not known to bother on side-talks, but on core issues. Hence, enough on side-talks.
Life is like football. The core things that bring successful life are planned, endured, and executed. To plan a thing require more than just scouting and buying finished products; but essentially building. As house-building demonstrates, the task of building goes beyond buying lands and drawing architectural designs, it include knowing soil texture, topography, determining types of materials, purchasing these materials and the over all task of getting qualified personnel to put all these into use. More often than not, you have the best of materials, but the worst of personnel. At other times, you have the best of personnel, but bad materials.
Where the materials are good and personnel are bad, the result is usually detestable. This is the equivalent of good players, training facilities, etc. but bad manager. Is this the scenario with the current manager at Manchester United FC?
Where a manager is good and the players are horrible, the journey through the EPL becomes one terrible loss over another. Is this the current case at the Manchester United FC?
Football, is like business. You are in competition with experts and the stakes are very high. To win, you have to learn to be the master of the game. Sir Alex demonstrated to us what being a master of the game is about - the ability to grind out positive results from the combination of bad personnel and bad material or the bad personnel with good material.
Contrary to what the Bible says, with due apologies, the race is usually to the swiftest. Usian Bolt has demonstrated that on many occasions. The fight is usually to the strongest. WWE is a classic example. The truth is that baring solicited and unsolicited 'interventions', either from umpire or umpires who ought to be neutral - God included - the race, like the battle, is usually and must be to the strongest, the toughest, the swiftest, etc.
Benteke failed awfully today and Manchester United came out victorious. Had Benteke scored those three guilt-edge opportunities, would Manchester United, Moyes, and myself consider the game a success for Manchester United FC? For me, I will stick to a YES in much the same way that i have argued that Moyes made an initial mistake of replacing the entire coaching crew immediately he was chosen for the job and that the current failure is due to this initial error.
Arsenal FC clearly illustrate this: After the unbeating run, Arsenal has become a ghost that no one wants to relate with. Its men, including Thiery Henry, moved to another clime. The building was completed. It is only this season that Arsenal FC came so close to any good reckoning and Arsene Wenger is regarded as a good coach. A close look at his current team, one could see that the team is not necessarily a good one. It benefited from finished products from different places - starting with Mikel Arteta to whoever is the last to be brought in. Similar story could be said of other clubs except Manchester United.
Lasting successes are built, not bought. Those new players in clubs that are doing well today have connections to the club to the extent that they win day in and day out. None could compare with the examples of Ryan Gig, Waynee Rooney, Steve Gerrad, Frank Lampard, and John Terry. The more of these men a club has, the more its chances of coming back from behind to win a game, the more the chances that a club will grind out good result even from bad games. So far, men like that - the very salt of Manchester United's successes - are few and in short supply.
The training grounds, for whatever reasons, are not throwing up such men as it used to, even for Manchester United FC. However, Manchester United FC has more of these in the making and only time will tell when - not how - these men will mature and do exploit. The likes of Adnan Januzaj, Alex Buttner, Mensah Welbeck, etc. are good examples.
The point is that from the various academy, the men that will lift the clubs are drying out and in some clubs, emphasis is on instant result; hence, attention is on bringing the good players at whatever the cost. Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, etc. have been going that lane over the last ten years without any laudable record to prove them right. As much money is pumped into this 'success-at-all-cost' clubs, Chelsea won the EPL once. Same goes for Manchester City.
Only building, over the long term, can bring lasting and record-making successes.
The above analysis also applies to human lives. See the industrious pupil, who diligently read his books, she will perform exploits. She will make good grades. Most African nations have stopped rewarding these category of students. As the case of Nigeria has shown, the nation that refuse to reward merit, we certainly embrace Boko Haram, OPC, God-Will-Do-It churches, etc. On the flip side, China demonstrates what hard work and long term planning does to nations.
The problem with contemporary world society is the lure of capitalism. We all want to use Samsung galaxy S5, Blackberry Z10, etc. without as much as being ready to lift a finger to get them. In the case of Africa, Nigeria especially, we are told by our religious experts that God could and will do everything.
Most fans calling for the sack of David Moyes have failed to see the fact that although Manchester United FC was the current title holder, it achieved this remarkable feat with aging players. Scholes, Carrick, Evra, Ferdinand, Ryan Gig, etc. Should Sir Alex still be holding forth, the result may be different from what we are currently having, but the building of a new team - world beating team - will be delayed even further. Manchester United FC is long due for overhauling. This is a fact that old dogs who have been following Manchester United these last twenty years know.
As at today, a number of players are coming to light at Manchester United FC - Januzaj, Welbeck, Buthner, and De Gea, for instance. United however needs more years further down the road ahead to become the darling team again. This is what makes the club the Theater of Dreams. How many more years? Perhaps five years more.
How many United fans are ready for this, especially in this age of win-at-all-cost?
Cry, if you will, but it will not change the DNA of the Manchester United FC. The few matches to come are important, but i tell you that if Moyes lose all of them, he will have a salary increase than a sack.
United is about building and growing. It has never been a quick-fix team. I do not see any other road to lasting success than this.
If anything, no coach existed elsewhere for Manchester United than David Moyes. Morinho, Van Gal, Pep Guardiola are good coaches, but do they share the ethos of Manchester United?
There is a sharp difference between how a pensioner will spend his money compare to how a lottery winner will spend his. Manchester United FC is a pensioner in the game of football, not a lottery winner like Jose Morinho, Van Gal, and Pep Guardiola.
Glory, Glory David Moyes. Glory, Glory Manchester United.
5 months ago
Kirsteen Great Interview.
5 months ago
Check out the achievements of The Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation to date. We would love to do more to help all who we can and we would like to thank you for and look forward to your continued support.
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THE MAIA CHUN Read more ... G AUTISM AND DISABILITIES FOUNDATION ESTABLISHED APRIL 28-2008
The Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation is the first Autism focused FOUNDATION to be established in Jamaica.
2014 -Begins facilitating resume building,through procurement of internship positions, for challenged senior high school students who are high functioning and can ably join the workforce
Celebrate half a decade of existence this year 2013!
In addition The Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation established the Quinn Garren James Smith Computer lab at the special needs institution the Adonijah Group of Schools in July of this year 2012. A new Laptop was used to start the lab off and will be augmented by a new laptop, every six months, until the lab has one dozen such teaching aids found particularly useful for the intellectually challenged.
Also 2012 saw the first Davis Annakie Prosthesis Grant being awarded to an amputee who was rendered disabled due a car collision. This grant was developed and is administered by the MCADF using donor funds from Mr. David Annakie.
Six pieces of new printed resource material were also added to The MCADF Autism Kiosk at the Tom Redcam library this year.
2009 - First Global Woman of Vision - awarded to Maia Chung for her work through the MCADF
2009 - National Commercial Bank Jamaica NCB Nation Building merit award
2010 Maia Chung awarded as a Pioneer in Community Service by Amazing Woman's Day out of Los Angeles California USA
2011: Maia Chung awarded by SEPROD/Lions Club of Mona for outstanding and dedicated attention to the cause of Autism in Jamaica
2012 – Nominated for The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities, and Agency of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security Lifetime Achievement Award - after only four years of operating
The MCADF has created the only national and regionally aired television series highlighting the Caribbean issues with Autism and disabilities.
The series aired in Jamaica and 22 other countries. Series title: SPECIALS Primary aim: educating the region about Autism needs and issues in the Caribbean.
Created the only nationally aired (Jamaica) Autism focused radio series, also aired internationally via Internet broadcasts. Series title: SPECIALS Primary Aim: to provide usable information about Autism for use by Jamaican parents, teachers and the affected, living with the disorder.
• Raised over 10 million to date (2012) dollars over the 4 years of the Foundation's existence, to:
• provide support funding for Autistic and otherwise disabled people to carry out the following:
• pay for therapies,
• buy wheelchairs,
• parental counseling,
• provided family support where necessary (buying groceries, diapers etc.)
• pay school fees
• facilitate and fund diagnostic services for the poor who are affected
• purchased equipment for Autism and Disabilities schools
• providing furniture items for Autism impacted families who cannot work to purchase
Designed and implemented the Autism and Disabilities Ambassadors Programme - a competition created to increase awareness about Autism and various disabilities. The MCADF also designed to motivate them to seek careers in areas that will provide support for the Autistic for future generations.
The MCADF has help prevent the Deportation of an Autistic Jamaican from the United States - through collaboration with a Washington Immigration clinic which saw MCADF providing testimonies for the case, to prevent his deterioration due to the lack of required care in Jamaica; in comparison with the USA.
Published the publication "Maia's Take" - a non-fiction anthology designed to give the MCADF a sustainable method and instrument to consistently raise funds.
Established The Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Information Kiosk at the St. Andrew Parish Library: Tom Redcam, in Kingston Jamaica - in collaboration with COURTS Jamaica Limited and the Jamaica Library Service - where audio visual equipment has been installed for members of the public to view all our programmes created on the Caribbean Autism situation.
The Foundation donated all our recordings television and radio shows to be used as resources for this kiosk. These are accompanied by book resources and indigenous research.
Directors have been sponsored by Air Jamaica to meet with the Jamaican Consulate in New York to negotiate for books on Autism; to resource the MCADF Kiosk - that trip netted just fewer than two dozen books which are made available to the public through the reference system.
MCADF has an ongoing drive that extends around the world to solicit books on Autism for the kiosk.
Created and launched the Tee Shirt Line Maia Sez to raise money for Autism subsequently developed into a Couture line from which 50 percent of profits will go towards helping the Autistic and Disabled.
We have created The Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation You Tube Channel to broaden our information reach; to spark external interest as well as to encourage regional and international collaborations that can further develop the infrastructure here.
Collaborated with the music industry and requested the writing of a Jamaican Disabilities Anthem which was accomplished along with a music video, the first of its kind done out of Jamaica.
Facilitating since 2008 (MCADF est.) a heightened awareness campaign by providing television radio and print media with a database of Autism affected clients who want to share their story so that the issue can receive more necessary attention from Government.
The MCADF has collaborated with other global organizations concerned with getting solutions to the problems caused by the Autism disorder to provide information out of Jamaica; to help create a global picture.
Facilitated the free distribution of Aut-erobics a revolutionary therapy developed by the Autism Expert Joanne Lara, for use among Autistic families and caregivers to assist with the available therapies available in Jamaica.
Designed and carried out the first Autism Roadshow. Done in a radio outside broadcast format staged in several locations in Jamaica where specialists in Autism came on site and provided free consultations to Autistically affected poor.
The MCADF Managing Director undertakes presentations across the island as well as overseas - to groups interested in learning more about Autism and how to cope with living with the disorder especially from the parental perspective (Jamaican).
Established with the international entity Jamaica National Building Society our Every Mickle Makes a Muckle donation account in April 2011 where donors can set up a salary deduction contribution to help fund our work.
The MCADF designed an Autism Public Service Announcement (PSA) programme that is run nationally to help educate the public on the various needs that exist, resources that are available and actions that need to be taken. Aired on radio and soon to be aired on television throughout the region.
Designed and implemented the screening database collection event Autism Splash, in November 2012 funded by the Canadian Government collected data to form a database of Autism cases from across the nation, from which a position paper will be written to lobby government to deal with the more pressing needs of the community.
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5 months ago
I wish I had NOT spent any money to see Noah! I agree with this review! It's ALL Hollywood & very, very little Biblically-based. Sad.....I do NOT recommend this movie for believers or non-believers!!!
Dan Caram "I’ve just Read more ... had one of the worst movie-going experiences of my life – I just saw “Noah”. Words fail to accurately convey how truly wretched this film is. Whether you are a serious Bible-student like myself, or if you are just simply curious about the story, before you invest time and money to see this, you owe it to yourself to know what awaits you. I expected some creative liberties in the film, but this is a total rewrite of holy scripture. Forewarned is Forearmed. Here are a few facts:
The most egregious aspect of the film is the portrayal of Noah himself. Scripture calls Noah one of the three most righteous men who ever lived (Ezekiel 14:14) and a preacher of righteousness (2 Peter 2:5), who did everything that God commanded (Genesis 6:22). In this film Russell Crowe plays Noah as a seriously twisted maniac with homicidal tendencies. He’s not a prophet, he’s a killer. In the first 10 minutes of the movie, it’s implied that he kills three men who ambush him. In the worst part of the movie (and there are a host of horrible scenes to choose from), Noah comes to the conclusion that when God told him to protect the innocent, God was referring to the animals alone. Noah comes up with a plan to kill himself and each of his family members! When his step-daughter (or unmarried girlfriend of his son – it’s not clear) delivers twin girls on the voyage, Noah goes on a rampage and plans to kill both of the infants! The rest of the family bands together to stop their murderous father from killing the newborns. Noah is a certifiable lunatic.
Fallen angels take the form of rock giants and not only help Noah construct the ark, but defend him and his family against the evil townspeople. These cheesy looking monsters play a prominent role in the film. In one of the commercials for this film, Noah tells the main antagonist, “I am not alone”. You are led to believe he is speaking about God when in actuality he is referring to these ‘Lord of the Rings’ type stone giants.
The name of “God” is never mentioned in this film. Only the word “creator” is used. When the ark lands on a beach (not on top of Mt. Ararat), there is no sacrifice or interaction with God. God is a non-presence in this whole movie. Unbelievable.
Methuselah, played by Anthony Hopkins, is some yoda-like mystic, guarded by the aforementioned rock giants, who heals with magical powers and gives Noah hallucinatory medicine so he can have the visions of how to save mankind from the coming flood. Another righteous man, who looks like a nut.
The construction of the ark is totally inaccurate. The measurements, dimensions, door, window up above, the inclusion of an escape raft – all wrong.
There is some magical snake skin that has been saved from the Garden of Eden. This skin has mystical powers and is passed down from generation to generation. Noah ends up with glowing skin wrapped around his arm at the end of the movie.
The animals in the film are actually given very small screen time. Noah and the family concoct a sleep inducing incense that, when the animals get a whiff of, causes them all to go into instant hibernation. In the Bible, the animals came in 2 by 2 and the clean animals in pairs of sevens. Here the ark is inexplicably filled with thousands of snakes, apparently these were the most important creatures to preserve. These tons of snakes are reminiscent of the ‘well of the souls’ scene from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”.
The Bible says that there were a total of 8 people on the ark (1 Peter 3:20), Noah and his wife, and their 3 sons and their wives (Genesis 7:13). In the movie, the villain Tubalcain, is a stowaway on the ark who befriends and collaborates with the wicked son Ham, to overthrow Noah. In one gross scene, Tubal-Cain gratuitously bites the head off of a snake.
The ads and movie trailers that Paramount have produced for this movie are deliberately deceptive! They give no clue as to how dark and demented this movie is. I feel so sorry for all the hundreds of thousands of people of faith who are being duped into thinking they are going to see anything that in any way resembles the biblical story. Christians who rarely would consider going to a movie theatre, are going to be brought like lambs to the slaughter to this offensive film. With the big budget and special effects, there was so much potential to make an exciting and engaging movie that was still respectful to the source material. Instead we are served this rubbish.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised when Time magazine reviews this film with the headline “It’s better than the book!”, after all aren’t these the same fools that ran the cover story “God is Dead” several years ago? But what really irks me is that religious leaders like Jim Daly of “Focus on the Family” and others are advocating this borderline blasphemous film to Christians. It is not an evangelistic tool – it is a disturbing and disrespectful misrepresentation of the Bible.
The director of “Noah” is a self-proclaimed atheist. He recently bragged to an audience at a premiere in Mexico, that Noah was “the least biblical biblical film ever made.” On that we can agree.
“Noah” is, in a word, awful."
5 months ago
Ken I agree❗️
Today at 3:22 PM
I totally agree with the whole text in this email, and Yes I stand UP...and will pass this message along.
My Grandfather watched as his friends died in WW I...
My Father watched as Read more ... his friends died in WW II and Korea ...
I watched as my friends died in Vietnam ...
None of them died for the Mexican Flag...
Everyone died for the U.S. Flag...
In Texas, a student raised a Mexican flag on a school flag pole; another student took it down.
Guess who was expelled... The kid who took it down.
Kids in high school in California were sent home this year on Cinco de Mayo because they wore T-shirts with the American flag printed on them.
Enough is enough.
The below e-mail message needs to be viewed by every American;
And every American needs to stand up for America ..
We've bent over to appease the America-haters long enough...
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I'm standing up because the hundreds of thousands who died fighting in wars for this country, and for the U.S. Flag can't stand up...
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5 months ago
Governors Raise The Alarm: Insurgents Now Disguise As Herdsmen
Bayo Oladeji, George Agba, Jonathan Nda-Isaiah
— March 28, 2014
Governors yesterday raised the alarm over the infiltration of their states by suspected mercenaries posing as Fulani ca Read more ... ttle rearers. The bandits are quite different from Fulani and well-armed, the governors said.
The insurgents disguise as military men, they use AK-47 and their mission are not known, said the governors who fear that the insurgents may unleash terror on 17 states.
The state governors who raised concern about the latest development in the country’s long battle against insurgency at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Namadi Sambo, at the presidential villa, Abuja, are Adams Oshiomhole (Edo), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta) and Idris Wada (Kogi).
NEC chaired by Sambo, with all the 36 state governors and some ministers as members, is the highest economic policymaking body in the country. Only about 10 governors attended the meeting yesterday, while a good number of the governors absent were represented by their deputies.
Briefing State House correspondents after the NEC meeting alongside his Benue counterpart, Gabriel Suswam, Akwa Ibom State governor Godswill Akpabio said, “Comprehensive discussion was made in the council and the governors of Delta and Edo states say that people came into their states in trucks without cattle. Cattle grazers move around with cattle but these insurgents now come to town in their large numbers and in trailer loads.
“The governor of Kogi also confirmed that they have cordoned off an area because these people came in four trucks. They have asked security to cordon them. It is actually a cause for concern because mercenaries have taken over; what is happening is that this is beyond the Fulanis that we know and who are part of us. These are different crops of people either parading as Fulani or people who are Fulani from displaced areas because they are heavily armed.
“The Fulani around us here are never heavily armed. Even their women carry AK 47. So these are not the regular Fulani we are used to who are within our country. These are people moving into our country with a mission we are yet to know. But the NSA assured us that serious actions are being taken to address and contain these people who are moving into Nigeria from destinations that we do not even know.”
Akpabio hinted that Governor Suswam absolved three soldiers arrested by a group of youths in his state and clarified on the involvement of the military in communal clashes taking place in Benue, even as he said the insurgents most of the time wear military uniforms.
He said Suswam explained that the arrest of three soldiers by some youths in a community in Benue was done in error, adding that the soldiers did not go there to attack the community.
“It was not as if they came to attack but they were actually in the town. The fact of the matter is that the insurgents now wear military uniforms,” he stated.
On the growing spate of gory clashes between farmers and herdsmen, the governor said council received a presentation by the national security adviser on the incessant conflicts between farmers and pastorialists, highlighting the challenges and solutions in Nigeria.
He said, “According to the NSA’s presentation, 17 states have been identified as flashpoints, among which are Plateau, Benue, Adamawa, Niger, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Kwara, Kaduna and Oyo. NSA reported to the council that his office is working out an international conference in Nigeria to deal with the situation, adding that an international NGO in Geneva is already working with some communities in Plateau State to find ways of settling the conflicts.
“Council noted that a committee on grazing reserves under the chairmanship of Governor Murtala Nyako is already working to provide solutions to the farmers-pastorialists’ conflicts. Council also recommended that the governor of Benue State should join Governor Nyako as co-chair to fast-track the working of the committee.”
Akpabio further hinted that NEC also resolved that a technical committee be set up to come up with recommendations on how to manage incessant conflicts between crop farmers and pastorialists, adding that the committee is to report back to council within two weeks.
He listed the committee members as follows: minister of agriculture (chairman), minister of environment (member), minister of science and technology (member), minister of interior (member), minister of water resources (member), minister of national planning (member), NSA (member), director-general of National Orientation Agency (member) and representatives of states as members.
Akpabio disclosed further that NEC expressed worry over the displacement of farmers by herdsmen, even as he said if the situation was not nipped in the bud, it may lead to food shortage in the country.
He added that NEC, however, decided that its chairman, Vice President Namadi Sambo, should consult with President Goodluck Jonathan so that an emergency meeting be convened of all the affected states to find lasting solution to the problem.
NEC also hinted that the Excess Crude Account (ECA) at the moment stands at $3.5bn after payments for fuel subsidy and SURE-P.
Governor Akpabio said after the coordinating minister for the economy and minister of finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, had briefed the council on Excess Crude Account, NEC resolved that details of spending on excess crude be given to states on time, just as it urged that expeditious action be taken to sort out all the legalities surrounding the ECA.
Governors at NEC meeting
The governors who attended the NEC meeting are Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), Martins Elechi (Ebonyi), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Willie Obiano (Anambra), Liyel Imoke (Cross River) and Idris Wada (Kogi). Others sent their deputies to represent them.
Trapped Terrorists Come Under Fire Near Cameroon Border
A group of terrorists attempting to escape into Cameroon through Taraba and Gumti in Adamawa State have come under heavy fire from troops on patrol of the area in the ongoing counter-terrorism campaign.
The terrorists who had been trapped as a result of ongoing offensive by troops along the borders were given out when some of them could no longer bear the hunger in their makeshift camps in the forest.
According to a statement issued yesterday in Abuja and signed by the director of information, Major General Chris Olukolade, some of them that were arrested led the troops to their hideouts where they exchanged fire before they were overpowered by the military.
“Those who were apprehended led troops to other hideouts where fierce fighting ensued. Seven terrorists died, while a large number of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and rifles were recovered, as were over 70 motorcycles. A similar encounter in Gombi also led to the death of four other terrorists,” the military stated.
The Defence Headquarters also disclosed that a kingpin of terror who claimed to be a citizen of Chad and Burkina-Faso was arrested with other suspected terrorists.
According to the military, “sustained patrols and searches by the Multi-National Joint Task Force have led to the arrest of more terrorists including a heavily armed suspect who is claiming dual nationalities of Chad and Burkina-Faso. He was arrested with different calibres of arms and ammunition along the Chad borders and is currently helping in ongoing investigation by the special forces”.
Patrols are still ongoing around the Lake Chad including Kwatan, Kanwa, Kwatan Yobe and other islands with a view to arresting terrorists who are still in their hideouts.
Boko Haram: Nigeria Takes Case To UN
Meanwhile, president of the Senate David Mark has asked the United Nations (UN) to intervene and indeed rescue Nigeria from the clutches of insurgency bringing the nation to its kneels.
Senator Mark admitted before the visiting deputy secretary-general of UN , Mr Jan Eliasson, that the security challenges facing Nigeria demands support and assistance from the UN.
A press statement issued by his chief press secretary Paul Mumeh said: “We are pained by what is happening to us. The security challenge is enormous . We truly need assistance from the UN to tackle the situation. If somebody had told me that Nigeria would face this kind of security challenge five years ago, I would have dismissed it.
“Our security operatives are applying minimal force to address the situation .We are also appealing to the perpetrators to see reasons and give peace a chance.”
Senator Mark also told the UN boss that Nigeria rightly deserves a permanent member seat at the UN Security Council and urged the global body to help Nigeria realize the ambition.
Mark: “Nigeria will continue to play key roles in international and regional affairs. We have excellent record in peacekeeping operations.”
The Senate president also requested the UN to put measures in place to help industrialise Nigeria as part of efforts to create job opportunities and engage the growing army of unemployed youths.
He said Nigeria will continue to identify her challenges with a view to finding solutions to them.
Earlier, the deputy secretary-general of the UN appreciated Nigeria for the continued support and cooperation to the global body. Eliasson noted that the UN anchors its operations on the peace, security, development, human rights, justices and rule of law which he asked Nigeria to uphold.
He promised that the UN would map out strategies to help Nigeria tackle the menace of terrorism now assuming a dangerous dimension in the land. He cautioned Nigeria not to be provoked, intimidated or fear,but confront it headlong.
For Eliasson, Nigeria is a strategic partner to the UN both at the regional and global perspective, assuring: “We on our side will extend our cooperation to you.”
He said the UN building in Abuja destroyed by terrorists in 2011 was being rebuilt and asked for adequate security to forestall a recurrence.
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No matter from where my blood line flowed, I am an American; a citizen of the United States. The spirit of those who have gone before lives within me. I will stand with my brethren against tyranny and injustice regardless of the source. Those who love this country shall find sanctuary with me. To my family, my associates and my country I pledge my just and honorable diligence in retaining the blessings of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
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New South Wales cane farmer and Australian Cane Farmers Association Director (ACFA), Robert Quirk, has taken out the prestigious National Carbon Cocky of the Year award at the National Carbon Farming Conference and Expo in Canberra recently.
Through Read more ... Robert’s commitment to education and sharing the knowledge that he has developed over years of work and research and through the enormous time and effort he has invested, Robert is helping to ensure that his industry, both in Australia and across the globe, remains sustainable.
“It is a huge honour in being awarded National Carbon Cocky of the Year; it’s fantastic to be recognised on such a renowned forum,” says Robert.
“I am very appreciative for this recognition, especially amongst so many respected and deserving candidates.”
Robert is nothing short of a practise-change pioneer and his outstanding contribution to the sugar industry is undeniable. He has dedicated his farm to understanding, implementing and achieving results in the management of land based carbon storage and carbon emission reductions.
“Researchers said that it would be difficult to increase soil carbon in sugarcane soils and suggested that it was only possible to slow the reduction, however we have been able to dispel this theory.
“We’ve managed to effectively increase carbon levels in our soils, increase productivity, reduce emissions, decrease fertiliser use, and improve water quality and soil health.
“It is so important that, we as cane farmers, take control of our environmental footprint which is a big part of ensuring our industry remains sustainable,” says Robert.
As well as sitting on the Board of ACFA, Robert is also a Director of Bonsucro, the global sugar production standard, is Chairman of Tweed Canegrowers and has worked on numerous committees, grower boards, catchment groups, local government and climate farmer groups.
Robert also took out the Earth Systems National Carbon Cocky Award
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Supreme Court proposes big changes
The Supreme Court has proposed sweeping changes to the BCCI, including replacing N Srinivasan as the board's chief with Sunil Gavaskar or a "seasoned or respected cricketer" and suspending Chennai Super Kings and R Read more ... ajasthan Royals from the IPL. The suggestions were made to the BCCI counsel during hearing of the case on Thursday; the board has been asked to reply to the proposals on Friday, after which the board will issue an interim order.
The court also proposed that employees of India Cements, of which Srinivasan is managing director and which owns Super Kings, should be kept out of the BCCI set-up.
At its last hearing, on March 25, the court had effectively given Srinivasan an ultimatum to step down by today or risk being removed by it. At Thursday's hearing it did not pass any explicit order to this effect but came up with the sweeping set of proposals.
At the start of the hearing, which went on for more than two hours, BCCI counsel CA Sundaram said it would implement the recommendations of the Mudgal Committee and submitted a closed envelope containing the board's response to the Supreme Court's observations of Tuesday. The judges read the proposals, set them aside and asked for the arguments to be presented to them.
Cricket Association of Bihar - which had filed the petition back in 2013 which led to this hearing - legal counsel Harish Salve's arguments took up most of the session, with him recommending termination of the Super Kings and Royals franchises. One line of Salve's argument dwelt on India captain MS Dhoni and his response to the Mudgal committee about the role of Gurunath Meiyappan, Srinivasan's son-in-law, in Super Kings. The Mudgal committee's report states: "Mr MS Dhoni, Mr N Srinivasan and officials of India Cements took the stand that Mr Meiyappan had nothing to do with the cricketing affairs of Chennai Super Kings and was a mere cricket enthusiast supporting Super Kings."
Salve said that in denying any knowledge of Gurunath's role in Super Kings, "the Indian cricket captain has been indulging in corrupt conduct". He also named the India Cements employees who held positions in the BCCI. The judges were surprised to learn that Dhoni also happened to be a vice-president of India Cements and were presented with documentary proof of Dhoni's appointment.
At one point during the argument, Justice Patnaik asked Salve - whose father NKP Salve was a BCCI president in the 1980s - for his opinion on whether the court had legal standing "restructuring" an autonomous body like the BCCI. It is believed that Salve said he would respond in writing.
Reacting to the news of his name being mentioned as a replacement for Srinivasan, Gavaskar said: "When the highest court of the land tells you to do something, you have to do it."
Gavaskar pointed out that he was contracted to BCCI TV as a commentator but said that he would step in if the court, even after that, asked him to do so. "As an opening batsman you have to be mentally and physically ready for any challenge," he said.
The dramatic events of the past two days forced the BCCI to push back its IPL preparations. A media conference scheduled in Abu Dhabi on Thursday afternoon for the IPL launch was postponed as soon as the court proposals became public.
The case dates back to June 2013 when the Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma raised charges of conflict of interest in the formation of BCCI's two-member inquiry panel into the IPL corruption issue. A Bombay High Court ruling later termed the probe panel "illegal". The BCCI and the CAB filed petitions in the Supreme Court against this order, with the CAB contending that the Bombay High Court could have suggested a fresh mechanism to look into the corruption allegations.
The Supreme Court then appointed a three-member committee, headed by former High Court judge Mukul Mudgal and comprising additional solicitor general L Nageswara Rao and Assam Cricket Association member Nilay Dutta, in October 2013, to conduct an independent inquiry into the allegations of corruption against Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, India Cements, and Rajasthan Royals team owner Jaipur IPL Cricket Private Ltd, as well as with the larger mandate of allegations around betting and spot-fixing in IPL matches and the involvement of players. The committee had submitted its findings to the court on February 10.
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