Sunday, 30 November 2014
Many congratulations to Madonna on her new appointment as the Malawian Goodwill Ambassador on Child Welfare. This announcement was made public when President Mutharika of Malawi picked the US pop diva as the ambassador with immediate effect. Madonna whose two children (Mercy and David) are Malawian born, have deep connection to the country.
The 56 years old singer was praised for the tremendous work she has done in the country regarding her passion. In the Presidents words, "especially towards addressing poverty and hardship endured by Malawi orphans and vulnerable children through her charity Raising Malawi".
I wonder how these artists are able to keep up or balance their busy schedules,family, work, tours e.t.c. Kudos to Madonna...We love you!
Friday, 28 November 2014
|Cherry Campbell aka 'Katie Morag' with her award|
The programme portrays an independent little girl who lives with her family in a Scottish Island. A drama set on a fictional Isle of Struay, off the west coast of Scotland is an adaptation based on the books written by Mairi Hedderwick.
Campbell who starred the role since age seven was applauded for good interpretation of the role. According to Don Coutts the show's director, "She brought herself to the screen-she's amazing". And after her win, the young actress was met at the back stage and was reported to have said she was "speechless and nervous".
Friday, 21 November 2014
A major overhaul of the United States' immigration system unveiled by President Barack Obama is to grant Work Permits to illegal immigrants living in the country.
It is projected that about 5 million of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States would benefit from this package. The President exercises his executive power by bypassing the Congress to implement this immigration reform. Among those to benefit are illegal immigrants who have been living in the US for five years and who have children who are legally staying in the country.
The reform will allow parents of legally resident children to apply for a 3-year Work Permit. Within this reform is also a plan to give temporary resident status to those who came to the Country as children.
The action by President Barack Obama on this subject has been described as "illegal power-grab" by the Republicans.
This would be beneficial to the United States in many ways.
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
The Central Bank of Nigeria has picked 19th December 2014 to circulate the new N100 notes.
The banknote which was unveiled by President Goodluck Jonathan on 12th November 2014, would come before the launch of "Partnership Programme directed at Banknotes Equipment Manufacturers and other Machine Suppliers". The programme is designed to help manufacturers and suppliers to conform to the devices used for the new banknotes. On November 26th, the new bill would be sent to banks and cash-in-transit companies to aid circulation.
I hope the durability is fantastic this time around.
A new Scottish First Minister has been elected today 19th of November 2014, she is Nicola Sturgeon the former Deputy First Minister of Scotland. Ms Sturgeon is the first female to occupy the post after her predecessor and former boss Alex Salmond made intention to step down following the 'No' outcome of 18th September Scottish Independence Referendum.
Ms Sturgeon said she is aware she has 'big boots' to fill and that she would "wear them my own way". The politician has promised to represent all people of Scotland regardless of any differences. The experienced Member of Scottish Parliament whose political career started in 1999 and rose through the cadre to the position of Deputy First Minister and now First Minister, has promised to do her best to tackle inequality, poverty, enhance Scottish business and economy as a whole.
In her words she said: "My job is to serve you and I promise that I will do so to the very best of my ability." and also added "I hope that my election as First Minister does indeed help to open the gate to greater opportunity for all women".
Few weeks ago, the Brazilian first female President was re-elected, today Scotland's first female First Minister is elected.....What country is next in the trail of female leadership?
|The boy being rushed to the hospital (Pic: Metro UK)|
The 74-year-old football legend was admitted to the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo following complaints from stomach pains which prevented him from honouring a scheduled book signing event in his home city of Santos.
Wishing the legend soonest recovery.
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Ayan Qureshi of Conventry in the United Kingdom has made history as he becomes the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional. The young boy whose father is an IT expert sat for the specialist examination when he was just 5-year-old.
The now 6-year-old lad disclosed that the examination was difficult but enjoyable. His father introduced him to computer world from the age of three having realised that: "whatever I was telling him, the next day he'd remember everything I said, so I started to feed him more information." The happy dad went on: "the hardest challenge was explaining the language of the test to a 5-year-old. But he seemed to pick it up and has a very good memory."
The boy has further demonstrated his uncommon skills-set by putting up a computer network in his home.
He dreams of a tech hub in near future. Here is a budding silicone valley genius.
|Dr Myiesha Taylor (Pic:A mighty girl)|
One of the admiration is the picture with Dr Myiesha Taylor, American Physician who thought not many of programmes or its likes were broadcast on TV. Dr Taylor created a picture collage featuring an image of little Doc McStuffins surrounded by 131 photos of real-life African American female doctors, writing: "We are trailblazers. We are women of color. We are physicians. We ARE role-models. We are Doc McStuffins all grown up!"
I know lots of African parents too would relate to her because of what she represents, little girls who watch the telecast already attribute stethoscope to her too.
Don't we all scramble to look for role models for our kids?
Chocolate manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the demand of chocolate due to high level of consumption around the world. Switzerland based Barry Callebaut Group has spoken about the potential shortage of cocoa by the year 2020. The shortage has led to the staggering price rise by 25% in the past year.
This news is coming after Cadbury announced the discontinuation of chocolate coins some weeks ago.
I wonder what would happen to sweet tooth like me. ;)
Friday, 14 November 2014
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be hosted by Equatorial Guinea. The Game which was formerly scheduled for hosting in Morocco came to a halt due to concerns raised by Morocco on the outbreak and spread of Ebola disease. The replacement was also considered due CAF rejection of Morocco's request to delay the finals from 17th January to 8th February.
Although it is not yet clear if the country is able to play in the tournament, since the country team got disqualified but will gear up to handle all the responsibilities shouldered by a host country when given the opportunity. The 16 teams are billed to be managed between Equatorial Guinea's two major stadiums.
I hope they are prepared for this though... And sometimes you cant fault some country's decisions.
Toyin Saraki launches ‘State of the World’s Midwifery: A Universal Pathway, A Woman’s Right to Health’ report in Nigeria
|(Pic: The Wellbeing Foundation)|
The report was launched by her Foundation on the 13th of November at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja, where Mrs Saraki opened issues bothering maternal health and how to leverage the opportunities abound if midwives and healthcare personnel are invested-in.
Thursday, 13 November 2014
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
A South African town residents outraged, vows to squeeze breasts in a bid to find a dead baby's mother
A resident, Gogo Nomisile Koba (63) told Daily Sun that “We’re going to squeeze every woman’s breasts and if there’s milk in the boobs, then we will ask her where the child is!” she also added that “The door-to-door operation will help us find the mother of the boy, "If we find milk in her breasts and there’s no baby, we will lay a charge against the evil woman!”. Another resident Xolani Williams (41), said that Operation Cofa (‘press’ or ‘squeeze’) “will involve a team that will touch women’s breasts, house-to-house."
I hope they are able to fish out this mother... It should serve as deterrent to others.
This is to highlight how as a third party, you may not be able to avoid a member of a thriving conjoin relationship.
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
The Oscar winning actress took the opportunity to thank her family, especially her grandfather for being a good support structure to her grandmother owning a business and realising her financial independence to raise her dad. In her quote she said “I am still a work in progress,” she added to the audience. “To be woman is to be human. And to be human is to seek perfection and to find joy in never obtaining it.”
Monday, 10 November 2014
There is nothing as good as knowing you and your possessions are safe when you are away from home. The video you are about to watch was made in an effort to see what goes behind a closed hotel door when the cleaner goes in to do his/her job. As isolated as this case is, the cleaner did not help the integrity of the hotel, instead she took to prying into the lodger's items one after the other.
The video was shot in an unnamed hotel in the United States with a hidden camera capturing all the intrusive behaviour of the cleaner.
A big lesson I would say! I hope she gets to see the video.
For a day's work, Romeo earned the huge sum of money, bringing his earnings into comparison to the highest earning models around the world, which if worked out, would have a breakdown of £93.75 per minute.
Sunday, 9 November 2014
With affluence you probably get away with many things in life except illegality.
Mark Zukerberg, the supremo at Facebook has disclosed the reason he wears same grey T-shirt every day. Mr Zukerberg, the 30-year-old billionaire was put on the spot at a Question and Answer time with the public recently.
One of the participant at the event was blunt enough to ask the social media guru: "Why do you wear the same T-shirt every day?." His answer goes deeper than expected by the gathering. He disclosed: "I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community." He however added that he owns multiple of the same T-shirt.
He considers serving the people on his social media platform more important by saying further: "I'm in this really lucky position, where I get to wake up every day and help serve over a billion people. And I feel like I'm not doing my job if I spend any of my energy on things that are silly or frivolous about my life."
I tell you, it so good to be in money, you can only be another Mr. Zukerberg to get away with this position. Anyone in doubt?
The present day Germany was once East Germany and West Germany demarcated by the Berlin Wall to prevent movement of citizens of communist ruled East Germany to the West. The wall was constructed in 1961.
In commemoration of demolition of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, 8,000 illuminating lights white balloons are today placed along a section of where the wall previously stood. Concerts and exhibition are part of the events of the day.
Friday, 7 November 2014
Thursday, 6 November 2014
Little could the Paramedics do as he could not be saved.
|President Jonathan and Lt.-Col Zida|
The interim Head of state, Lt.-Col Isaac Zida and all other stakeholders in the political turmoil will meet with the countries Heads of State to address the situation leading to former President Blaise Compaore's resignation as the country's President last Friday.
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
The social media giant has revealed that there has been a rise in requests for access to peoples data. The network maintained that requests for access to private messages, photos and information shared with friends have increased to 35,000 in the first 6 months of the year by government.
In a blog post this week, the network wrote; "We’re aggressively pursuing an appeal to a higher court to invalidate these sweeping warrants and to force the government to return the data it has seized."
Facebook also claim that they try to 'scrutinize' every request to be sure of its lawfulness and claims, even though the network has been condemned several times over its privacy policies.
I'm sure this is a sound warning to those who do shady deals behind...
The former Destiny's Child singer, Kelly Rowland has given birth to a baby boy.
Rowland and her partner Tim Witherspoon welcomed the birth of their son, weighing 7lbs 7oz (3.37kg) at birth. The joyous parents have named their boy Titan Jewell, a name inspired by a Greek mythology god - Titan. The newest mother said: "We are thrilled to announce that today we are proud parents of our first son. We are blessed to report everyone is healthy and happy."
Congratulations to the parents!
Whenever I hear 'Wealth distribution', I remember Economics subject class in my elementary education days, but the significance of those words of the good Economics teacher were not fully appreciated until later days. The same words of the teacher recently echoed again when it was reported that 85 topmost world billionaires holds the same wealth as 3.5 billion people of the world. I have therefore since this report, been seeking experts in Economics and wealth distribution to lecture me on the logic of this realisation.
However, leading these 85 billionaires is Carlos Slim, who you would only describe as slim if you are ignorant of his worth. Carlos Slim, a Mexican and world richest man is of Lebanese descent whose father - Julian Slim Haddad moved to Mexico in 1902 from Lebanon.
Carlos Slim was born is Mexico in 1940. He has business interest in diversified sector of the world economy and presently has a networth of $80bn. This man can afford to spend $1m daily for another 220 years!
Waoh... That is some cash there! But think of only 85 people having the same wealth as half of the world's population. Economics experts in-house should lecture us on this.
The father of the slain South African goal keeper Senzo Meyiwa, has found himself in social media bashing, for unknowingly waving to thousands of mourners at the Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium who gathered to pay last respect to the deceased player. As a chief mourner, Sam Meyiwa was seen waving arms stretched out of the vehicle on arrival for his sons funeral, which to the crowd does not represent a bereaved father who has lost his son.
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
In a Virgin Airline flight from Los Angeles to Sydney via New Zealand, passengers got what they did not bargain for as the sewage pipe in the aircraft burst open flooding the aisle of the plane with human excrement.
The long haul flight which had covered 3 hours of the journey on Tuesday was reported to have been covered in foul smell which generated complaints from passengers.Virgin Airlines was reported to have forced the flight to return to Los Angeles due to the leaks to address the plumbing errors. The Airline in a statement said "In accordance with standard operating procedures, the Captain made the decision to return to port as a precautionary measure after two of the sinks on board were leaking". The stench in the aircraft was unbearable that passengers were offered face masks to wear but this had little or no effect.
Monday, 3 November 2014
|A cuppa made of excreta (Pic; Metro)|
The imposing edifice where more than 2,700 people lost their lives was brought down by terrorists.
The newly built and launched One World Trade Centre already have tenants moving in and opened for business. The £2.4 Billion, 104-storey building is now the tallest skyscraper in America.
I saw this somewhere and I thought to myself that the qualities must be varying depending on the context in which this is asked... If you ask me, I would outrightly say it's making someone feel bad about himself or making someone feel inferior around you. This feeling does not necessarily need to be said, but the behaviour that exhibits around you might dictate this.
In Maya Angelo's words "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel"
What is yours?
She was reported to have moved to Oregon, where terminally ill patients' rights and autonomy are protected. And also where the facility for aid-in-dying process is permitted. To escape the final stages of her illness, Maynard on Saturday passed away after drinking water containing lethal mixture, sedatives and depressants prescribed by doctor.
In her final words; "It is people who pause to appreciate life and give thanks who are happiest. If we change our thoughts, we change our world! Love and peace to you all."
I'm not exactly a fan of what she did... But she did what she thinks best suits her.