Saturday, August 01, 2015

Jay-Z And Beyonce Expecting Second Child

Beyoncé, 33, and her hubby Jay-Z, 45, are more than ready to expand their family it seems. It turns out that the 'Bonnie and Clyde' singers are having another baby via IVF. It's been three years since their daughter Blue Ivy, was born so the timing is just perfect.

Speculation that Beyoncé is pregnant is back with full force! Recently, a claim was laid that the singer is with child thanks to multiple rounds of IVF treatments.  Report says, "Even though she's barely showing, she's paranoid that someone will pick up on it, so she's hiding her stomach whenever she goes out. They've gone through so much to get here that they don't want to jinx it by telling everyone before the three-month mark".

Owing to the fact that she once miscarried, Beyoncé has decide to keep this issue on a low profile despite the tongues already wagging. The source revealed that the power couple want to make the announcement on their own terms — AKA in a BIG way!

"They'd love to involve Blue, because they know how much she wants a little brother or sister'. It will be hard to one-up Beyonce's dramatic reveal of her first pregnancy during her concert at the 2011 VMAs!"

The insider says, "They've been trying for a while, and it was so hard when it wasn't happening. they both desperately wanted another child and feel so lucky. But they definitely won't tell everyone with just a statemnet — that's not their kind of  vibe."

If she's indeed pregnant, we think a BIG announcement would be awesome!
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Jay-Jay Okocha Returns To Football With English Club

Former captain of Nigeria's Super Eagles, Austin 'Jay Jay' Okocha may be on his way back to English football.

The former Botlon Wanderers skipper, who is the second all-time great for the Whites, was reported to have played 45 minutes for Wolverton’s reserves but is yet to say if he would stay with the club permanently.

The former Paris Saint Germain midfield trojan, who played for Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Bundesliga, might complete a shock return to the football pitch if the he agrees to any offer by the modest English clubside.

According to reports, Amanda Keech, chairperson of Wolverton Town, said: "He did play 45 minutes last week for us but we can't say either way whether he will sign yet.

"He is friends with somebody who coaches at the club and could be helping out with pre-season training with the players. We will be able to say more once he has decided."

Okocha captained the Whites to the 2004 League Cup final for the first time in the club's history and was listed on FIFA's top 100 football players ever.

The legendary Nigerian player recently blasted Nigerian football, explaining how the country’s round leather game became a mess.
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Friday, July 31, 2015

Another Female Suicide Bomber Arrested After A Failed Bomb Attempt

This lady was also arrested by the Cameroonian military after she tried to bomb a market in Maroua, Cameroon on Thursday, July 30.

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Eritrea Blames Migrant Exodus On Human Trafficking

Eritrea has urged the UN Security Council to help bring human traffickers to justice, saying smuggling groups, not human rights abuses, were causing an exodus of migrants to Europe.

About 5,000 people flee Eritrea each month, according to the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency.

Thousands of migrants have been picked up in the Mediterranean trying to cross to Europe, and many say they are fleeing military conscription and rights abuses.

“The principal objective of this organised crime is to prevent Eritrea and its people from defending their sovereignty by dispersing and debilitating their human resources,” Eritrea’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said the Security Council should investigate the issue and said Eritrea would submit “incontrovertible and indisputable” evidence of crimes.

A UN report last month said the Eritrean government presided over forced labour, torture and other rights violations.

Tesfamicael Gerahtu, an Eritrean diplomat, told the Reuters news agency this month that the number of people said to be fleeing from his country was inflated, and that many of those claiming to be Eritrean in order to secure asylum were lying.

One of the most tightly-controlled countries in Africa, Eritrea has been ruled by President Isaias Afewerki since winning independence from Ethiopia in 1993. A one-party state, it has never held a national election.

It has long accused its much larger neighbour Ethiopia – with which it fought a 1998-2000 war over a disputed border – and others in the region of trying to destabilise it.

By Al Jazeera
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Amnesty: Muslims 'Erased' From Central African Republic

Militias have taken advantage of the political vacuum in Central African Republic (CAR), engaging in ethnic cleansing towards Muslims in a bid to erase the community from the country, human rights group Amnesty International has said.

Discussing Friday’s report, entitled “Erased identity: Muslims in ethnically cleansed areas of the Central African Republic,” Joanne Mariner, a senior crisis response adviser at the UK-based organisation, told Al Jazeera that Muslims in the western half of the country were being repressed and forced to abandon their religion.

More than 30,000 Muslims are living in seven enclaves guarded by UN troops across the country, but for those living outside, especially in rural areas, they are being targeted with impunity, the report found.

“They not allowed to express themselves as Muslims; if they are outside the enclaves, they cannot pray, dress in any way that identifies them as Muslim,” Mariner said.

“Their survival depends on a daily routine of negotiation with anti-Balaka fighters.”

Mariner said that many had been forced convert to Christianity or face persecution from the community

‘Failed state’

More than one million people have been displaced since Muslim-led Seleka rebels took control of Bangui, the capital, in March 2013.

Following a spate of abuses by the Seleka rebels, vigilante groups known as anti-Balaka (anti-machete) emerged to fight off the new leadership.

But the anti-Balaka, made up of animist and Christian fighters, also targeted the country’s Muslim minority, seen as sympathetic to the Seleka.

Amnesty’s report, based on a series of interviews with residents across CAR, says militias “unleashed a violent wave of ethnic cleansing aimed at forcing Muslims to leave the country”.

“The continued insecurity and threat from the anti-Balaka comes from there being an absence of a state,” Marina said.

Though violence in CAR has tapered off since late 2014, the country remains largely insecure.

The collapse of the state apparatus and the fragility of the transitional government have left parts of the country to the mercy of militia groups in the hinterlands.

Concerns remain that despite the perceived calm, the root causes of the crisis have yet to be addressed.

Amnesty’s report comes just days after the International Rescue Committee said CAR “needs a new start, or it will become the case study of a failed state”.

Destruction of mosques
In April, a US envoy said that almost all of the 436 mosques in CAR have been destroyed in the violence. Samantha Power, US ambassador to the UN, called the devastation “kind of crazy, chilling”.

Amnesty said in Friday’s report that none of the mosques outside Bangui, and the town of Carnot, have been repaired or rebuilt.

One of the “clearest signs of the intensity of sectarian animus was the destruction of the country’s mosques,” the organisation said.

More than 6,000 people have been killed since the crisis began in March 2013.

“The key challenge is a lack of security. The government understands they have a long way to go [but] they need to be able to assert control over these far flung areas,” Mariner said.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said this week that more than 1,000 people were still looking for their loved ones, a year after after being separated from them during the wave of violence.

“In this part of the country, very few families have been spared the pain and uncertainty of being separated from loved ones,” Scott Doucet, head of the ICRC sub-delegation for the west of the country, said.

The UN says that that 2.7 million people, more than half the population, are still in need of aid, while 1.5 million people were affected by food insecurity.

The global body’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says humanitarian needs continue to exceed resources available.

Meanwhile Doctors without Borders (MSF) has previously described the country to be in a state of a protracted chronic health emergency.

CAR has been led by a transitional government since January 2014. The country is schedule to hold presidential and parliamentary vote scheduled on October 18.

By Azad Essa
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Nigerian Military Frees Dozens From Boko Haram Captivity

Nigeria’s military has rescued 71 girls and women in firefights that killed several Boko Haram fighters in the country’s northeast, as the government steps up effort to drive out the armed group.

Army spokesman Colonel IT Gusau said on Thursday that 12 people were rescued on Wednesday and 59 on Thursday from villages about 40km from Maiduguri, the biggest city in the northeast.

“During the operation a number of terrorists were killed,” said Gusau adding that a total of 29 women, 25 children and five elderly men were part of those freed.

Some of the captives said they were in the clutches of the group for as long as a year.

One young woman, Yagana Kyari, told the Associated Press news agency that she was just “waiting for death” because the group had constantly threatened to kill their victims.

Hundreds of captives were freed in March when Nigeria’s military declared it had seized back all towns held by Boko Haram.

But the group continued to launch suicide bombings and attacks from remote villages.

Earlier this week, the army said it had freed 30 other hostages, including 21 children.

Boko Haram has abducted thousands of civilians, including children, in raids on villages and towns inside Nigeria and abroad.

The movement has also forced young teenage girls and women to become suicide bombers.

In just over a week, suicide bombers have killed at least 47 people in attacks at crowded places, including a market and a popular bar, in towns in both Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon.

Multinational task force

News of the rescue operation come as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s new government appointed a general to lead a new multinational task force to fight Boko Haram.

Major-General Iliya Abbah, who previously commanded military operations in the oil-rich Niger Delta, will head the five-nation force, Nigerian military spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade said.

The Multi-National Joint Task Force, made up of 8,700 troops from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin, is expected to be more effective than a current alliance in the battle to end Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency, which has claimed some 15,000 lives.

The announcement came as Buhari was in visiting Cameroon in a bid to forge a stronger regional alliance against the armed group.

In a joint statement after their talks in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, Buhari and Cameroon’s President Paul Biya expressed “their common determination to eradicate Boko Haram… and agreed to intensify the exchange of information between the two countries.”

Asked when the new regional force would go into action, Buhari said: “It should ready today or tomorrow, by the end of this month.”

But he added: “After the promises of G7 countries to help the region defeat Boko Haram, we are waiting for training, equipment and intelligence assistance.”

Buhari visited Washington last week but returned empty-handed because the United States is prohibited by law from sending weapons to countries that fail to tackle human rights abuses, a stance the Nigerian leader said was helping Boko Haram.

Boko Haram has stepped up its attacks since Buhari took office in May, unleashing a wave of violence that has claimed more than 800 lives in just two months.

In another gruesome attack reported on Thursday, Boko Haram fighters slit the throats of 10 fishermen in villages on the shores of Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria on Monday, a fisherman and a resident told AFP news agency.

By Al Jazeera
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Photos: Hotel Where Men Pay To Sleep With Animals Busted By Police

Three men have been sent to prison after being convicted of running an animal brothel in Swansea, Wales. The hotel specializes in getting animals and grooming them to become good in having sex with humans.

Their animal catalog includes domesticated female white lions, mountain nanny goats, Irish pigs, Himalayan gentle donkeys and other species of animals. Some animals that are not dangerous like female sheep's and some breeds of dogs are also trained to give oral sex and receive full vaginal sex from the customer who come to book rooms and have sex with these animals over night.

The customers who cannot afford to pay for full sex or book a room end up paying $15 for oral sex by the sheep's while the rich clients pay as much as $120 a night for a room and an animal sex partner that is healthy and experienced in human sexual pleasure.

 The animals are often cleaned and sanitized before the act. The vaginas and anus are deep cleaned with antiseptic smeared with lavenders and honey to make it tight and wet. The animals are sometimes dressed with pantyhose, G strings and high heeled shoes depending on the taste of the client.

The ring leaders Adam Cafferty and John Cafferty and their father David Cafferty ran a ‘gentlemen’s club’ known as “The Ram Inn” in Grange Road, Swansea.

The brothers, 31 and 28 and father 52 admitted keeping an animal brothel between January 2011 and July 2015 and a jury took less than three hours to find them all guilty.

During their trial at Swansea Crown Court the jury heard they setup a website on the hidden “Deep Web” where people from all over the country could select the animal of their liking and book in for an appointment.

In their defense, the defense lawyer, Damian Erow told the trial judge and jury that the brothel poses no threat to its customers because the animal sex organs are sterilized regularly and that the animals are well trained to give and receive sex with their human counterparts.

All have previous convictions for committing the same offense at the same address.

The two brothers and father were all sentenced to four years in prison and the animals confiscated and sent back to animal conservatories because they have been so domesticated and sexually traumatized to survive tin the wild.

The clients are planning a peaceful demonstration to protest the infringement on their fundamental human right to happiness and sexual freedom. They ask to be allowed to chose their sex partners and follow their sexual orientation. They claim that they do not harm the animals instead the give the animals a chance to live a better qualitative life. The march is scheduled to hold later this year.
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Africa To Obama: Mind Your Own Business

United States President Barack Obama is the most admired foreign leader in Africa because he has ancestral roots in our continent.

This is partly the reason his ill-informed and stereotypical admonitions of our leaders attracted cheers from a large section of our elite class.

But it is also because we African elites have internalised the ideology of our conquerors that presents us as inferior, inadequate, and incapable of self-government.

Bob Marley’s words that we must liberate ourselves from mental slavery are important here.

In his speech to the African Union in Addis Ababa on Tuesday, Obama acted like a colonial headman lecturing the natives on how to behave as good subjects.

Yet behind Obama’s seeming concern for our good lies the social contempt he holds us in.

Flagrant hypocrisy

Why doesn’t Obama openly admonish leaders of Western Europe whenever he visits their countries? Is it because they govern better? Who has the right to make this judgement and by what criteria?

There is a lot of corruption and widespread human rights abuses (especially of migrant minorities) in Western Europe – not to mention the brutality, genocides, forced labour, and racism that characterised their governance of Africa during colonial rule.

The difference between Africa and these nations is that we are poorer in material possessions. But does their present wealth imply better governance?

To use Jean Bricmont’s analogy from his book Humanitarian Imperialism, the US and Western Europe behave like a mafia godfather who, as he grows old, decides to defend law and order and begins to attack his lesser colleagues in crime, preaching brotherly love and the sanctity of human life – all the while holding onto his ill-gotten wealth and the income it generates.

Who would fail to denounce such flagrant hypocrisy? In any case, is the US such a model country in governance to give Obama the moral authority to lecture Africans?

In the US, a black person is killed by the highly militarised police force every 28 hours.

Scores of black people in the US are stopped and searched every minute for no other reason than the colour of their skin.

Blacks constitute 12-13 percent of the US population but 43 percent of its prison population. Although there are only 33 million blacks in the US, there are one million (nearly four percent) of them in jail.

Indeed, the incarceration rate of blacks in the US is 10 times that of blacks in apartheid South Africa.

According to Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow, there are double the number of blacks in jail than in college.

There are more black people in jail today than were enslaved in 1850; and more blacks are disenfranchised today than in 1875, when the 15th amendment prohibiting discrimination in voting rights based on race was passed.

There are more black males in jail than in paid employment.

In Obama’s hometown of Chicago, the total population of black males with a felony record is 80 percent of the adult black male workforce.

The 48 countries of sub-Saharan Africa Obama admonishes have a combined population of 961 million and their total prison population is 830,000.

If sub-Saharan Africa jailed its people at the same rate as the US jails its black population, we would have 38.4 million people in jail.

Dehumanising Africans

But these are not the only state abuses in the US.

There are mass surveillance programmes that allow the federal government to eavesdrop on almost every communication of American citizens and allies, the indefinite imprisonment without trial and torture of suspects in Guantanamo Bay and other illegal detention facilities around the world.

The corruption of Washington and Wall Street – where corporate profits are privatised and losses nationalised – goes without saying.

Invading sovereign nations and toppling their governments while leaving chaos in their wake, the large scale use of drones which kill innocent civilians in Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan are the kind of crimes the US commits.

This is not an argument of two wrongs making a right. Rather it is to show that Obama’s choice to lecture Africa is a product of the social contempt he and his countrymen and women have for black people.

Many African leaders do not treat their people with the cruel contempt with which the US treats its black citizens.

True some of our leaders use the police against their political rivals. But the US uses its police daily against innocent poor black people who are not even contesting for political power from the white financial, industrial, and military aristocracy that rules that country.

Why dehumanise them?

Lecturing Africans

Contrary to Obama’s self-appointed role as the secular priest of good governance, Africans fight for more freedom, democracy, and clean government daily.

And in these struggles, the US has consistently sided with our oppressors.

It was complicit in the murder of Patrice Lumumba, supported apartheid South Africa against Nelson Mandela and his African National Congress (ANC, whom it declared terrorists), financed the terrorist organisation National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), and propped up incompetent and corrupt tyrants like Mobutu, Samuel Doe, and Siad Barre.

Instead of coming to lecture, Obama should have had the humility to come and apologise to Africans for his country’s sadistic adventures on our continent.

Indeed, Obama has no moral right to lecture Africans on democracy, human rights, and clean government because his country has been sponsoring corrupt and cruel policies against black people at home and thieving tyrants on our continent.

If there are weaknesses in our governance they are ours to struggle against and overcome.

Steven Biko, a hero of the anti-apartheid struggle, said that the greatest weapon in the hands of an oppressor is never his guns and armies, but the mind of the oppressed.

This was clear from the assembled African elites in Addis Ababa who were cheering Obama as he presented himself as the altruist advising our leaders on how to lead us better.

Like all imperial powers before it, the US seeks to dominate the world in order to exploit it. This is how it sustains her greedy consumption.

But to disguise its intentions, the US rewrites history, employs selective indignation, and chooses arbitrary priorities to present its selfish agenda.

Obama being of African ancestry is the best puppet the US uses to disguise its contempt for Africans. But the best he can do is to mind his own business and let us mind ours.

By Andrew M Mwenda, the founder of The Independent, East Africa’s leading news magazine.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera and NaijaScoop’s editorial policy.
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Do You Help Strangers Withdraw At The ATM? Read What Happened To A Corper

Someone shared this story on Twitter. Please read and learn from it.
My Sister just greeted me with a very sad news of how a young corp member got into trouble while trying to help.

The newly posted corp member had gone to an Access bank ATM to withdraw N3000 from his account.

Shortly after he returned to the office, he received a call from Diamond Bank requesting his presence @ the bank.

Moments later to the utter amazement of everyone, dude returned in fetters accompanied by policemen & Bank staff.

A heavy allegation of theft was slammed on him. He was being accused of stealing a huge Toyota car and other things.

Bank Staff came with a video evidence of the corp member withdrawing at the ATM with a card from the stolen car.

Dude was crying profusely & tried in futility to exonerate himself by giving a detailed explanation of what had happened.

He went to a nearby Access bank to make withdrawal when a fellow approached him feigning ignorance on the workings of the ATM.

He agreed to help & collected the ATM card. The fellow frantically opened a diary from which he read out different pin numbers.

According to the corps member, he withdrew over a 100k jst as the guy urged him to be fast.

Unknown to him as he would later find out, the fellow and his gang had stolen a car from which he got the ATM card.

The woman who was on her to block the ATM got a debit alert and hastened up to the bank -Access bank.

Access bank then connected Diamond bank, his personal Bank and he was called.

Pleas for absolution from office staff and concerned people fell on deaf ears as the woman in question kept spitting threats.

Currently the corp member has been whisked away by police operatives and is currently at their mercy.

I call on the @NYSC to wade into this matter and ensure that an innocent man is not made to suffer.

Stop helping strangers with their withdrawals at the ATM!!
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