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Health / Global Coronavirus Cases Top 71,000 As Americans Evacuated From Japan Cruiseship by admin: on Mon at 11:07 am
A total of 14 passengers were confirmed to have the novel coronavirus as they were evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan and left the country on a flight chartered by the US government, according to a joint statement by the US Departments of State, and Health and Human Services.

The US government arranged the jet to evacuate American passengers stuck on the ship, and more than 300 people boarded the plane, which left Japan yesterday. Americans who had already tested positive for coronavirus were not be allowed to board the evacuation charters.

Here's what the statement said:

During the evacuation process, after passengers had disembarked the ship and initiated transport to the airport, US officials received notice that 14 passengers, who had been tested 2-3 days earlier, had tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals were moved in the most expeditious and safe manner to a specialized containment area on the evacuation aircraft to isolate them in accordance with standard protocols.
After consultation with HHS officials, including experts from the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the State Department made the decision to allow the 14 individuals, who were in isolation, separated from other passengers, and continued to be asymptomatic, to remain on the aircraft to complete the evacuation process.
During the flights, these individuals will continue to be isolated from the other passengers. These flights departed Japan at approximately 4:30 PM Eastern time on February 16 and will arrive in the United States later this morning.
All passengers are being closely monitored by medical professionals throughout the flight, and any who become symptomatic will be moved to the specialized containment area, where they will be treated.
More than 3,600 people, including 428 Americans, were stuck on the ship after revelations earlier this month that a passenger on board had been infected with the virus.

At least 46 Americans are among the 356 people infected with coronavirus aboard the Diamond Princess and will remain in Japanese hospitals.

Passengers onboard the chartered flight will undergo two weeks of quarantine upon arrival in the US. That decision by the US government prompted anger from some exhausted passengers.

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Business/Investments / Japan's Economy Is Shrinking And A Recession Looks 'all But Inevitable' by admin: on Mon at 11:04 am
apan's economy is flirting with recession, and the novel coronavirus could push it over the edge.

The world's third-largest economy shrank 1.6% in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to a government estimate released Monday. The decline from the third quarter is the biggest contraction since 2014.
The drop was even more severe — a 6.3% plunge — when measured as an annualized rate.
The fact that growth slowed in the three months to December wasn't a surprise. Analysts had been expecting as much as the country absorbed a sales tax hike and grappled with the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis, a powerful storm that hit the country last fall.
But Monday's data was worse than the 0.9% quarter-on-quarter drop that analysts polled by Reuters predicted. And the spread of the coronavirus now threatens to stamp out hopes for a recovery in the first quarter.

"A recession now looks all but inevitable," said Robert Carnell, chief economist and head of research for Asia Pacific at ING.
Japan had made efforts before the outbreak to shore up its economy. Analysts at Oxford Economics pointed out that a massive $120 billion stimulus package announced by the government in December should help put a floor under growth. But they added that the outbreak risks delaying the recovery.
The virus has infected more than 71,000 people worldwide, mostly in mainland China where it originated. Japan has more than 400 confirmed cases, the majority of which have been recorded on board a cruise ship docked off the Japanese port city of Yokohama.
The spread of the disease is of worldwide concern because of how important China has become to the global economy. When the SARS epidemic broke out in 2004, China comprised roughly 4% of world GDP. Now it makes up 16% of global output, and is the backbone of global manufacturing supply chains. It's also home to hundreds of millions of wealthy consumers who spend a lot of money on luxury products, tourism and cars.
The dent to tourism is a major problem for Japan, which welcomed 8.1 million Chinese tourists last year, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization. More people visited from China than any other country.
Analysts at Daiwa expect hotels, restaurants and retailers to lose revenue if spending by Chinese guests dries up.
Carnell, of ING, wrote Monday that the coronavirus will likely weigh on consumer spending this quarter, contributing to the likelihood that Japan's economy enters recession. ING forecasts GDP to decline 1.1% for all of 2020.

The disease's impact on industrial output also remains a question.
Major automakers, for example, were forced to close plants in China to comply with a government lockdown and are only recently restarting some production. Toyota (TM) said on Saturday that it planned this week to restart shifts at some Chinese plants, though they would not yet return to full capacity. And Nissan (NSANF) told CNN Business on Monday that it would have to make "temporary production adjustments" at some plants in Japan because of supply shortages of parts from China.
The disruption to Japanese auto supply chains seems small right now, analysts at Capital Economics wrote Friday. But they noted that other manufacturing sectors in Japan are more reliant on China for parts.
The Japanese GDP figures published Monday kicked off a slew of troubling economic data releases in Asia, stoking even more fears about how much the coronavirus could weigh on the global economy.
Thailand announced that economic growth slowed last quarter, a problem that Capital Economics said would be compounded by a collapse in tourism and disruption to factory output brought on by the coronavirus outbreak. And Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry downgraded its economic outlook for the year because of fears about the spread of the virus.

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Sports / Manchester City Banned From Upcoming Uefa Competitions by admin: on Fri at 09:59 pm
Manchester City has been banned from UEFA club competitions for the next two seasons -- beginning in 2020/21 -- and handed a $32.5 million fine by European football's governing body.

The organization's Adjudicatory Chamber of the Club Financial Control Body found that the English Premier League team had "committed serious breaches" of its Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations.
City said in a statement they are "disappointed," calling UEFA's process "flawed" and plan to appeal the decision.
The English Premier League club can still participate in the ongoing Champions League season for 2019/20. Pep Guardiola's team play Real Madrid in the last 16 round of the Champions League on February 26 and March 17.
UEFA's statement added that the Adjudicatory Chamber had found that City had overstated its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to European football's governing body between 2012 and 2016.
"The Adjudicatory Chamber has also found that in breach of the regulations the Club failed to cooperate in the investigation of this case by the CFCB," said the UEFA statement.

'Prejudicial process'
City's statement outlined in detail its deep unhappiness over the ban.
"In December 2018, the UEFA Chief Investigator publicly previewed the outcome and sanction he intended to be delivered to Manchester City, before any investigation had even begun," said the City statement.
"The subsequent flawed and consistently leaked UEFA process he oversaw has meant that there was little doubt in the result that he would deliver.
"Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA. With this prejudicial process now over, the club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity."

The Emirati royal Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan's investment company Abu Dhabi United Group owns Manchester City.
The Champions League, Europe's flagship competition, is hugely prestigious -- and lucrative. Lifting the trophy -- something that has eluded City thus far -- is estimated to earn the winning club over $90 million.
City is the English Premier League champion, but its hopes of winning a third successive English top-flight title are all but over with Guardiola's team 22 points behind leaders Liverpool.

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Music / Download Mp3: Mugeez – Problem Child by soundsng: on Tue at 01:38 am
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Business/Investments / The Coronavirus Is Already Hurting The World Economy. Here's Why by admin: on Mon at 02:15 pm
Nearly two decades have passed since a coronavirus known as SARS emerged in China, killing hundreds of people and sparking panic that sent a chill through the global economy. The virus now rampaging across China could be much more damaging.

China has become an indispensable part of global business since the 2003 SARS outbreak. It's grown into the world's factory, churning out products such as the iPhone and driving demand for commodities like oil and copper. The country also boasts hundreds of millions of wealthy consumers who spend big on luxury products, tourism and cars. China's economy accounted for roughly 4% of world GDP in 2003; it now makes up 16% of global output.
SARS sickened 8,098 people and killed 774 before it was contained. The new coronavirus, which originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, has already killed more than 900 people and infected over 40,000 across at least 25 countries and territories. Chinese officials have locked down Wuhan and several other cities, but the virus continues to spread.

"The outbreak has the potential to cause severe economic and market dislocation. But the scale of the impact will ultimately be determined by how the virus spreads and evolves, which is almost impossible to predict, as well as how governments respond," said Neil Shearing, group chief economist at Capital Economics.
Compounding the risk is the fact that the world outside China has also changed since 2003.
Globalization has encouraged companies to build supply chains that cut across national borders, making economies much more interconnected. The major central banks have used up much of the ammunition they would typically deploy to fight economic downturns since the 2008 financial crisis, and global debt levels have never been higher. Rising nationalism may make it harder to coordinate a worldwide response, if that's required.


The virus is snarling supply chains and disrupting companies.
Car plants across China have been ordered to remain closed following the Lunar New Year holiday, preventing global automakers Volkswagen (VLKAF), Toyota (TM), Daimler (DDAIF), General Motors (GM), Renault (RNLSY), Honda (HMC) and Hyundai (HYMTF) from resuming operations in the world's largest car market. According to S&P Global Ratings, the outbreak will force carmakers in China to slash production by about 15% in the first quarter. Toyota said on Friday it would keep its factories shut at least until February 17.
Luxury goods makers, which rely on Chinese consumers who spend big at home and while on vacation, have also been hit. British brand Burberry (BBRYF) has closed 24 of its 64 stores in mainland China, and its chief executive warned Friday that the virus is causing a "material negative effect on luxury demand." Dozens of global airlines have curtailed flights to and from China.
Even more troubling is the threat to global supply chains. Qualcomm (QCOM), the world's biggest maker of smartphone chips, warned that the outbreak was causing "significant" uncertainty around demand for smartphones, and the supplies needed to produce them. Already, auto parts shortages have forced Hyundai (HYMTF) to close plants in South Korea and caused Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) to make contingency plans to avoid the same result at one of its plants in Europe.
Economists say the current level of disruption is manageable. If the number of new coronavirus cases begins to slow, and China's factories reopen soon, the result will be a fleeting hit to the Chinese economy in the first quarter and a dent in global growth. If the virus continues to spread, however, the economic damage will increase rapidly.

Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser to Allianz (ALIZF), told CNN Business that he was most worried about the potential cascading economic effects.
"They first paralyze the region of the virus outbreak," he said. "Then they gradually spread domestically, undermining internal trade, consumption, production and the movement of people. If the virus is still not contained, the process spreads further, including regionally and internationally by disrupting trade, supply chains and travel."
Epidemic risk
Economists have a hard time working out the potential costs of epidemics because of their unique characteristics.
Yet diseases can be far more damaging than natural disasters such as hurricanes or a tsunami, or other unpredictable events known as "black swans." According to a study by the World Bank, a severe pandemic could cause economic losses equal to nearly 5% of global GDP, or more than $3 trillion. Losses from a weaker flu pandemic, such as the 2009 H1N1 virus, can still wipe 0.5% off global GDP.
"A severe pandemic would resemble a global war in its sudden, profound, and widespread impact," the World Bank assessed in a report on pandemics from 2013. (The Wuhan coronavirus has not been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.)
The virus is not the driving factor behind those losses, however. Instead, it's the way consumers, businesses and governments respond to an outbreak that matters most.
People are more likely to stay home during an outbreak to avoid getting sick, preventing them from traveling, shopping and working. Doing so limits demand for consumer goods and energy. Decisions by companies and governments to close shops and idle factories, meanwhile, curtail production.
"This is continuing to grow in scope and magnitude. It could end being really, really big, and really, really serious. We can't project that now," said William Reinsch, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies who spent 15 years as president of the National Foreign Trade Council.
According to Shearing, past epidemics show that China's economy is likely to take a significant hit in the first quarter. But that will quickly fade from memory if the virus is contained.
"As long as factory closures don't lead to job losses, by this time next year the level of GDP is unlikely to be very different from what it would have been without the virus," he said.
What can be done?
China's government has moved quickly to counter the economic fallout from the coronavirus and the measures taken to contain it.
The People's Bank of China cut a key interest rate this week and injected huge amounts of cash into markets in order to help take the pressure off banks and borrowers. Officials have also announced new tax breaks and subsidies designed to help consumers.
Yet China is also more vulnerable to a crisis than it was 17 years ago when SARS broke out.
"It has much higher debt, trade tensions with a major trading partner and its growth has been steadily slowing down for a number of years, which gives a weak starting point to face such a crisis," said Raphie Hayat, a senior economist at Dutch bank Rabobank.
Analysts at Capital Economics expect the government to announce additional measures in the coming days. If the virus keeps spreading, they believe that Beijing will have to abandon its long-running efforts to get its debt under control and pump money directly into the economy.

Central banks in neighboring countries including Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines have cut interest rates in recent weeks. South Korea and Taiwan could be next.
But the big powers of the financial world are exhausted from a decade fighting anemic growth since the global financial crisis. The European Central Bank introduced negative interest rates in 2014 and hasn't been able to increase them since, while the Bank of Japan is in a similar position. The US Federal Reserve already cut interest rates three times last year; Chair Jerome Powell has said he's carefully monitoring the situation.
Meanwhile, debt levels have soared in the United States, Japan and key European countries including Italy, limiting the scope for a big fiscal stimulus if the world economy goes into another tailspin. Global debt, including borrowing by households, governments and companies, has jumped to more than three times the size of the global economy, the highest ratio on record, according to the Institute of International Finance.
Also critical is whether governments are able to coordinate their response to the outbreak, ideally with help from multinational institutions. This is especially true because, according to the World Bank, preparedness for a potential pandemic is low. But coordination may prove difficult in a increasingly fractured world where nationalism is often prized over cooperation.
"It's quite clear that multinational institutions are under more pressure, and have less teeth on day to day issues than 10 years ago," Shearing said. "But the optimist in me would like to think that in the face of a global pandemic, global institutions are still in a position to respond."

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Food/Diets / Food Prices Are Soaring In China Because Of The Coronavirus And Swine Fever by admin: on Mon at 02:12 pm
The coronavirus outbreak is driving up the cost of food — and almost everything else in China — adding to the pressure on household budgets.

China's consumer price inflation hit 5.4% in January, according to the country's National Bureau of Statistics on Monday. Prices rose last month at their fastest rate since October 2011, when China was battling to control months of soaring inflation.
Food, which makes up nearly a third of spending by Chinese consumers, is spiking the most. Pork — a mainstay in the Chinese diet that is already under pressure because of a devastating pig disease — skyrocketed a staggering 116% compared to a year ago. Vegetables were 17% more expensive.
Other items saw modest price rises by comparison: Health care was 2.3% more expensive, for example, while clothing prices rose 0.6%.
The statistics bureau acknowledged the role coronavirus played in causing prices to surge. In a statement, it attributed the increase to the outbreak and to the Lunar New Year holiday, which was observed in January this year instead of February, like it was in 2019.
Economists at Citi blamed the price surge on the way the coronavirus has disrupted production and transport links.

Dozens of Chinese cities have been on lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus, which has killed more than 900 people and infected at least 40,000, mostly in mainland China. Many factories and businesses were also shut down as government officials extended the holiday.
Hoarding is also a factor, according to analysts from Capital Economics. People are rushing to buy basic necessities, fearful of how long they may be stuck in their homes, state-owned media outlet Xinhua reported last week.
Analysts at Nomura expect inflation to taper off a little in February, adding that the timing of the Lunar New Year holiday distorted the figures somewhat. But they said they expect the coronavirus outbreak to keep the consumer price index above 4% because of hoarding by households and supply shocks attributable to the lockdowns.
The government, aware of how high inflation could spark public discontent, announced Monday that it would increase imports of meat and daily necessities. A government official also told reporters that China had released over 100,000 metric tons of pork and 47,000 metric tons of vegetables from its central reserves since the coronavirus outbreak began.
Beijing has also sought to control the prices of groceries and medical supplies by encouraging companies to expand production and introducing steps to curb price gouging.
Late last month, regulators in Shanghai fined a supermarket store 2 million yuan ($290,000) after they said it deliberately hiked the cost of vegetables by as much as 692%. And in Zhengzhou, a city in central China, regulators recently fined a supermarket operator 500,000 yuan ($71,600) for charging as much as $2 a kilogram for cabbage.
China's Supreme Court said recently that price gouging could be punished with prison time.
Companies are also cracking down. E-commerce giants Alibaba (BABA), JD.com (JD), and Meituan each announced that they would monitor prices closely and remove overpriced items or ban merchants for price-gouging.
But it appears those measures are not working as effectively as expected, the Citi economists wrote in a research note Monday.
Fallout from the coronavirus is a blow to Chinese consumers, whose budgets are already tight. Food prices in particular have been rising for the last year, mostly because of a severe pork shortage caused by the outbreak of African swine fever among China's pig population.
The coronavirus is also expected to have broader implications for an already troubled Chinese economy. Analysts have warned that the virus could weigh heavily on growth this quarter.

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Entertainment / Oscars Winners 2020: Full List By Category1 by admin: on Mon at 02:01 pm


1)BEST PICTURE:
"Jojo Rabbit"
"Joker"
"Little Women"
"Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood"
"Marriage Story"
"Parasite" - WINNER
"1917"
'Parasite'
"Ford v Ferrari"
"The Irishman"

2)ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Kathy Bates, "Richard Jewell"
Laura Dern, "Marriage Story" - WINNER
Scarlett Johansson, "Jojo Rabbit"
Florence Pugh, "Little Women"
Margot Robbie, "Bombshell"

3)ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Brad Pitt in 'Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood'
Tom Hanks, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"
Anthony Hopkins, "The Two Popes"
Al Pacino, "The Irishman"
Joe Pesci, "The Irishman"
Brad Pitt, "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood" - WINNER

4)INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM
South Korea, "Parasite" - WINNER
Spain, "Pain and Glory"
France, "Les Misérables"
North Macedonia, "Honeyland"
Poland, "Corpus Christi"

5)DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)
"In the Absence"
"Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)" - WINNER
"Life Overtakes Me"
"St. Louis Superman"
"Walk Run Cha-Cha"


6)DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
"American Factory" - WINNER
"The Edge of Democracy"
"Honeyland"
"For Sama"
"The Cave"

7)ORIGINAL SONG
'Rocketman'
'Rocketman'
"I'm Standing With You," "Breakthrough"
"Into the Unknown," "Frozen II"
"Stand Up," "Harriet"
"(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," "Rocketman" - WINNER
"I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away," "Toy Story 4"


8)ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
"How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World"
"I Lost My Body"
"Klaus"
"Missing Link"
"Toy Story 4" - WINNER


9)ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
'Jojo Rabbit'
'Jojo Rabbit'
"The Irishman"
"Jojo Rabbit" - WINNER
"Little Women"
"The Two Popes"
"Joker"

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
"Marriage Story"
"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
"Parasite" - WINNER
"Knives Out"
"1917"


10)ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Antonio Banderas, "Pain and Glory"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood"
Adam Driver, "Marriage Story"
Joaquin Phoenix, "Joker" - WINNER
Jonathan Pryce, "The Two Popes"


11)ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Renee Zellweger in 'Judy'
Renee Zellweger in 'Judy'
Cynthia Erivo, "Harriet"
Scarlett Johansson, "Marriage Story"
Saoirse Ronan, "Little Women"
Renée Zellweger, "Judy" - WINNER
Charlize Theron, "Bombshell"


12)DIRECTOR
Martin Scorsese, "The Irishman"
Quentin Tarantino, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Bong Joon Ho, "Parasite" - WINNER
Sam Mendes, "1917"
Todd Phillips, "Joker"


13)PRODUCTION DESIGN
"Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood" - WINNER
"The Irishman"
"1917"
"Jojo Rabbit"
"Parasite"


14)CINEMATOGRAPHY

'1917'
"1917" - WINNER
"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
"The Irishman"
"Joker"
"The Lighthouse"
COSTUME DESIGN
"Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood"
"Little Women" - WINNER
"The Irishman"
"Jojo Rabbit"
"Joker"


15)SOUND EDITING
Ford v Ferrari'
'Ford v Ferrari'
"1917"
"Ford v Ferrari" - WINNER
"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker"
"Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood"
"Joker"

16)SOUND MIXING
"1917" - WINNER
"Ford v Ferrari"
"Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood"
"Ad Astra"
"Joker"


17)ANIMATED SHORT FILM
"Dcera (Daughter)"
"Hair Love" - WINNER
"Kitbull"
"Memorable"
"Sister"


18)LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
"Brotherhood"
"Nefta Football Club"
"The Neighbors' Window" - WINNER
"Saria"
"A Sister"


19)ORIGINAL SCORE

'Joker'
"1917," Thomas Newman
"Joker," Hildur Guðnadóttir - WINNER
"Little Women," Alexandre Desplat
"Marriage Story," Randy Newman
"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," John Williams


20)VISUAL EFFECTS
"Avengers: Endgame"
"The Lion King"
"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker"
"The Irishman"
"1917" - WINNER


21)FILM EDITING
"The Irishman"
"Ford v Ferrari" - WINNER
"Parasite"
"Joker"
"Jojo Rabbit"


22)MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Charlize Theron (left) as Megyn Kelly in 'Bombshell'
Charlize Theron (left) as Megyn Kelly in 'Bombshell'
"Bombshell" - WINNER
"Joker"
"Judy"
"Maleficent: Mistress of Evil"
"1917"

Entertainment / 'parasite' Dominated The Oscars On A Historic Night by admin: on Mon at 01:43 pm
The cast and creative team for "Parasite" took the stage on Sunday to accept the award for best picture, capping off what was a huge night for the film and a significant night for global cinema.

"I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now," producer Kwak Sin Ae said, via translator.
She wasn't wrong. "Parasite" picked up four awards on Sunday night, including a history-making best picture win.
After she spoke, Miky Lee, a Korean entertainment mogul, attempted to take a turn at the mic, but the lights on stage dimmed as the camera prepared to return to Jane Fonda, who would close the night.
But those in the audience protested, asking loudly from their seats for the stage directors to turn the lights back up and let Lee speak.

The film's Oscar campaign sort of played out in a similar way. If at any time it looked like the spotlight on "Parasite" might dim, it would shine again -- first a Palme d'Or award, then history-making SAG Award win, then a BAFTA and so on.
In the end, the infectious buzz around the South Korean film, which centers on two families on opposite sides of South Korea's economic gap, turned out to be too powerful for its Oscar competitors, which included some of Hollywood's most seasoned filmmakers.
"Parasite" is the first non-English film and first South Korean film to win best picture at the Academy Awards. Only 11 non-English language films have ever been nominated in the category.
It also picked up best director, best international feature film and best original screenplay.
Heading into Sunday night, "1917" and "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood" had been considered major competition for the movie. The question on the minds of many in Hollywood had been whether the Academy would put its votes toward those films -- the likes of which have been recognized in the past (a war epic and a star-packed film from a beloved director) -- or honor a filmmaker and cast less familiar to the mainstream.
With the win for "Parasite," the Academy made a choice to honor a film unlike any of those honored in the past 91 ceremonies.
It's a victory for a community that still struggles to be seen -- one that comes in a year that had been criticized for a lack of individual nominees of color. (Only one actor of color -- Cynthia Erivo, star of "Harriet" -- was nominated this year in the major acting categories.)
Nancy Wang Yuen, a sociologist and author of "Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism," previously told CNN that "Parasite" earning best picture could open up opportunities for Asian-American actors, who have a difficult time getting their work recognized on the awards circuit. (For example, "Crazy Rich Asians," which was a success at the box office and a milestone moment for Asian representation, but unsuccessful in its bid for Oscars recognition.)
"I think the fact that Asian Americans are rooting for 'Parasite' is because we still aren't even seeing ourselves in main dramatic roles," she said. "The more Asians succeed on the international stage, I think Asian Americans do feel like that will then open up more opportunities for Asian-American actors in Hollywood."
On social media, the win was hailed.
Sandra Oh, who presented on Sunday night, said, "Congratulations @ParasiteMovie So so proud to be Korean."
"The game has changed," wrote actor Lewis Tan. "I'm in tears. This is historic."
Actor Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, from "Kim's Convenience" added: "Lookit all those Koreans onstage at the #Oscars. So proud my heart is bursting."

Music / Bella Shmurda: The Prince Of Afrobeats by soundsng: on Sun 09 at 02:29 pm
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US Politics / Sanders Team Closely Watching Polling Locations On College Campuses by admin: on Tue 04 at 12:24 am
The Bernie Sanders campaign believes that they have strong support across the state and expect to be viable in virtually every precinct. However, when pressed to point to their strongest areas of support, a top campaign aide tells CNN that college campuses could tell the early story of whether or not the Sanders strategy is paying off.

Sanders has long enjoyed strong support with young voters, but their participation is often unreliable. The Sanders team will be closely watching the turnout levels at the college campus caucus sites because an above average turnout at those locations could indicate their organizational efforts are working.

The Sanders team has been working directly with activist groups who support his campaign and which have a special connection to young voters. The climate change action group “The Sunrise Movement” has specifically worked to build up support and organizational efforts on college campuses all with the goal of getting young voters to caucus tonight.


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Sports / Kobe Bryant Fans Petition To Change Nba Logo To Honor Lakers Legend by admin: on Mon 27 at 09:38 pm
Hundreds of thousands of basketball fans are calling on the NBA to update its logo to honor Kobe Bryant following the basketball great's tragic death.

Bryant died along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California, on Sunday.
The group was flying to Thousand Oaks, California, for a basketball game in which Gianna was expected to play and Bryant was expected to coach.
"With the untimely and unexpected passing of the great Kobe Bryant please sign this petition in an attempt to immortalize him forever as the new NBA Logo," creator Nick M wrote on the Change.org petition.
He added that he hoped " ... our dream does come true and we are able to see Kobe Bryant engraved into the NBA Logo."
The petition had amassed over 280,000 signatures Monday.
The current NBA logo was designed by Alan Siegel. It features the silhouette of Los Angeles Lakers great Jerry West.

Except for a small change to the font, which was introduced in 2017, the NBA has used its iconic tri-color logo since 1971.
CNN had reached out to the NBA for comment.
Bryant retired from the NBA in April 2016 after a profilic career spanning two decades. The 41-year-old shooting guard, nicknamed "Black Mamba," earned five NBA titles, was named MVP of the NBA Finals twice and won two Olympic golds.
As an 18-time All-Star selection he transcended the sport to become one of the most iconic athletes of his generation.
After news Bryant's death broke, the league released a statement sending condolences to his wife and family.
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US Politics / Nancy Pelosi Gets 'enough Testimony' To Remove Trump From Office by admin: on Mon 13 at 02:33 pm

US Speaker Nancy Pelosi says there is ‘enough testimony’ against Trump to remove him from office

*Democrats are getting set for a formal vote needed to send two articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate

Top US Democrat Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that she believes the impeachment hearings against Donald Trump produced “enough testimony to remove him from office” when the case moves to the Senate. Speaker Pelosi will meet with the House Democratic caucus early Tuesday to prepare for the formal vote required to send the Senate the two articles of impeachment passed by the House last month. The Senate trial is expected to be held quickly, with Republicans holding enough votes to easily dismiss the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Pelosi has withheld the articles since the House impeached Trump on December 18 over allegations that he improperly pressured Ukraine to investigate his potential 2020 election rival Joe Biden, and obstructed the subsequent congressional probe. Pelosi had hoped to pressure Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to agree to allow witnesses and new evidence in the trial.

He has not budged, however.

Still, she said Sunday that the delay had accomplished important things. “We wanted the public to see the need for witnesses,” she told ABC.

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World Politics / 'our Enemy Is Not Us ': Iran Protesters Demand Leaders Quit After Plane Downed by admin: on Mon 13 at 02:26 pm

Protests erupted across Iran for a second day on Sunday, increasing pressure on the Islamic Republic’s leadership after it admitted its military shot down a Ukrainian airliner by accident, despite days of denials that Iranian forces were to blame.

“They are lying that our enemy is America, our enemy is right here,” one group of protesters chanted outside a university in Tehran, according to video posted on Twitter.

Other posts showed demonstrators outside a second university and a group of protesters marching to Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) Square, as well as protests in other cities.

Some state-affiliated media carried reports of the university protests, which followed demonstrations on Saturday sparked by Iran’s admission that its military mistakenly shot down the plane on Wednesday, killing all 176 aboard, at a time when Tehran feared U.S. air strikes.

The Ukraine International Airlines plane was downed minutes after taking off from Tehran bound for Kiev on Wednesday. Many on board were Iranians with dual citizenship, while 57 were holders of Canadian passports.

Residents of the capital told Reuters that police were out in force on Sunday. Some protesters in Azadi Square first called on officers there to join them, then turned their anger on the authorities, chanting anti-government slogans including “Down with the dictator” - a reference to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to social media posts and Iranian media reports.

The semi-official ILNA news agency said police moved to disperse the protesters, who it said numbered as many as 3,000. Videos posted online showed demonstrators running from police who used batons and teargas.

Reuters could not authenticate the videos.

Public anger boiled up following days of denials by the military that it was to blame for the crash, issued even as Canada and the United States said it appeared that Iranian air defenses had shot down the airliner, probably in error.

“Apologise and resign,” Iran’s moderate Etemad daily wrote in a banner headline on Sunday, saying the “people’s demand” was that those responsible for mishandling the crisis quit.

The latest unrest adds to mounting pressure on the Iranian authorities, who are struggling to keep the crippled economy afloat under stringent U.S. sanctions.

Demonstrations against a hike in fuel prices turned political last year, sparking the bloodiest crackdown in the 40-year history of the Islamic Republic. About 1,500 people were killed during less than two weeks of unrest that started on Nov. 15, three Iranian Interior Ministry officials told Reuters, although international rights groups put the figure much lower and Iran called the report “fake news.”

After saying on Saturday that he was “inspired” by the courage of the demonstrators, U.S. President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday: “To the leaders of Iran - DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS. Thousands have already been killed or imprisoned by you, and the World is watching. More importantly, the USA is watching. Turn your internet back on and let reporters roam free!”

Later on Sunday, Trump said on Twitter he did not care if Iran agrees to negotiate with the United States, after a senior adviser suggested the Islamic Republic would have no choice but to agree to talks.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani apologized for what he said was a “disastrous mistake”. But a top Revolutionary Guards commander added to public anger when he said he had told the authorities on the same day as the crash that an Iranian missile had brought down the plane.

The Guards’ top commander, Hossein Salami, said that “we are more upset than anyone over the incident,” state media reported. Another commander said Iran did not intend to conceal the cause.

But others said Iran’s enemies, a term usually used to refer to Washington and its allies, were exploiting the incident.

“Iran’s enemies want to take revenge on the Guards for a military mistake,” said Ali Shirazi, Khamenei’s representative to the Quds Force, the elite overseas Guards unit that Soleimani headed, state media reported.

Iranian officials sought to portray the plane disaster as a second blow to a nation mourning after Soleimani’s death.
Source: www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-crash/our-enemy-is-here-iran-protesters-demand-that-leaders-quit-after-plane-downed-idUSKBN1ZA0X6

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US Politics / Iranians Are Angry About Soleimani's Killing, But Worried by admin: on Tue 07 at 02:38 pm
The US killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani has brought huge crowds onto the streets for funeral processions and marches in his honor.

Iranian state media reported Monday that "millions" of people thronged the capital city Tehran, and although these numbers have not been verified, video footage showed huge crowds in the streets.

CNN spoke to a number of people who attended the Tehran procession, and anger was the overriding emotion. But many people spoke of their desire for a diplomatic solution as tensions with the US rise.

Hasan Razavi, a doctor and manager of a drug rehabilitation clinic, told CNN that the rally for Soleimani was "glorious" and compared it to the 1989 funeral of former Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini, which reportedly drew a crowd of some 10 million people.

"Qasem Soleimani was our national and revolutionary hero," said Razavi. "He was the most revered commander fighting for peace."

Razavi told CNN that Iran should file a lawsuit against the US for what he called a "terrorist action."

Another participant, 33-year-old Payam Parhiz, a social network activist and journalist, warned against any Iranian retaliation that could lead to all out war between the two countries.

"I participated in the rally to show my anger but I do not want any 'tough or harsh revenge' from the Iranian side against America because an all-out war will not be an equal war," said Parhiz, who is worried about human casualties and collateral damage to infrastructure in the event of a full blown conflict.

"I wish Iran will not retaliate at all, and seek diplomatic channels to file a lawsuit and seek international condemnation for the Trump administration, rather seeking 'an eye for an eye' retaliation,” added Parhiz.

Pro-government journalist Jalal Bazargar, 49, told CNN that he shared the anger of the majority of Iranians, but was confident that the government would find a way to take revenge while also reducing tensions.

"War is suicide and we do not want to commit suicide collectively," he said. "I believe in our diplomats' and negotiators’ skills in finding common ground to flare down and deescalate.”

However other attendees said that government officials were incompetent and should step down.

"Our government is entirely incapable of running the country and harnessing hyper inflation," said Hasan Edalati, 30, in reference to Iran's ongoing economic problems. "The government must leave office."

And former Iranian MP Hoshang Tale warned the government that if the needs of those paying tribute to Soleimani were not met, "then the same people will take to the streets to topple the incompetent officials."

Anti-government protests flared in Iran in late 2019 shortly after the announcement of an increase in fuel prices by as much as 300%.

At least 208 people were killed in a brutal crackdown, according to the UN Human Rights Office, but the US killing of Soleimani appears to have united many in Iran, at least for now.

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Crime / Re: 'millions' Of Fake Cigarettes Seized In Uk by hypotango: on Sat 04 at 01:02 pm
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Mr Ahamed was ordered to do 200 hours community service and pay £5,000 in costs.

The LGA, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, is calling on the government to increase fines and penalties for those found guilty of trading in fake or tax-free cigarettes and tobacco.

In another sentencing in Durham Crown Court last week, a 72-year-old man was ordered to pay a £35,000 fine after he tried to sell one box of 20 Brass cigarettes for £3.50 in a sting operation. He was caught with more than 100,000 illegal cigarettes.

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US Politics / Us Drone Strike Ordered By Trump Kills Top Iranian Commander In Baghdad by admin: on Fri 03 at 02:13 pm
A US drone strike ordered by President Donald Trump on Baghdad airport has killed a top Iranian commander, in a major escalation in regional tensions that have pitted Tehran against Washington and its allies in the Middle East.

The Pentagon on Thursday confirmed a strike killed Qasem Soleimani, who as head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force became the architect of Tehran's proxy conflicts in the Middle East. A US defense official told CNN the strike was carried out with a drone.
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis -- the deputy head of the Iran-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) -- was also killed, according to a statement from the PMF, which said the pair "were martyred by an American strike."

he Trump administration viewed Soleimani as a ruthless killer and the Pentagon on Thursday blamed him for hundreds of deaths of Americans and their allies in several attacks in recent months.
"General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region," the Pentagon said in a statement, calling the strike "decisive defensive" action aimed at deterring future Iranian attacks.
The Pentagon blamed Soleimani and his Quds Force for attacks on coalition bases in Iraq in recent months, including the December 27 strike that culminated in the deaths of an American contractor and Iraqi personnel. He was also blamed for the December 31 US embassy attack in Baghdad, and in addition to the hundreds killed in his time as a commander, thousands more were wounded, the Pentagon said.

A US official told CNN the strike had presidential authorization and was a "target of opportunity."
The US opted for a pre-emptive option after the previous "maximum pressure" moves didn't change the Iranian pattern of behavior, the official said.

Three days of national mourning have been declared in Iran, where Soleimani was revered as a national hero, and thousands of demonstrators were seen marching in Tehran and other cities to protest the strike, video footage from Agence France-Presse shows.
The Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has vowed "harsh revenge," according to a statement published to his official website.
"His pure blood was shed in the hands of the most depraved of human beings," Khamenei said, adding that it had been Soleimani's wish to become a martyr.
Khamenei has appointed Major General Ismail Qaani as Soleimani's replacement, according to a statement from his office published by Iran's official news agency (IRNA). Qaani that had served for years alongside Soleimani, he said, adding that the Quds Force's agenda would remain unchanged.

In a tweet, Iran's Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, described the US strike as an "act of international terrorism," adding that it was an "extremely dangerous and foolish escalation" and that "the US bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism."
The Green Zone in Baghdad was completely locked down by Iraqi security forces to prevent any emergency following the strike, two Iraqi security sources told CNN.
In a statement, Muqtada al-Sadr, who leads the largest political bloc in Iraq's parliament, has ordered the revival of the "Mahdi Army," which fought US troops during the 2003 invasion. He also called on Iraqis to exercise "wisdom and shrewdness."
One pro-Iranian Iraqi cleric, Qais al-Khazali, called for the removal of US forces from Iraq and for the "demise" of Israel, as a response to the deaths of Soleimani and Muhandis.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi said he considered the killing of Muhandis an "attack on the Iraqi state, government and people," according to a tweet by Abdul Mahdi's media office.

There are concerns too that the killing on Iraqi soil could have a destabilizing effect on that country and create space for a new proxy war, according to Feisal Istrabadi, the founding director of the Indiana University Center for the Study of the Middle East told CNN.
"This is a huge deal throughout the Middle East. The fact that it was done over the territory of Iraq means that Iraq will become what I feared it would become from the beginning: the battleground between Iran and the United States."
Hassan Nasrallah, head of the Iran-backed Lebanese militant and political group Hezbollah, has also vowed to avenge the killings, while Israel is assessing its security following the attacks, including at its diplomatic missions around the world.
Biden says US strike 'dynamite in a tinderbox'
In the US, the news of Soleimani's killing generated starkly different reactions along party lines, with Republicans heaping praise on Trump and Democrats expressing concerns about the legality and consequences of the strike.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, a frontrunner in the Democratic presidential race, warned that the US strike could trigger a conflict across the Middle East and that Iran will almost certainly retaliate with attacks of its own

"President Trump just tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox, and he owes the American people an explanation of the strategy and plan to keep safe our troops and embassy personnel, our people and our interests, both here at home and abroad, and our partners throughout the region and beyond," Biden tweeted.
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut emphasized that Soleimani "was an enemy of the United States" in a tweet, but asked: "The question is this -- as reports suggest, did America just assassinate, without any congressional authorization, the second most powerful person in Iran, knowingly setting off a potential massive regional war?"
In a more explicit statement, Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico said, "President Trump is bringing our nation to the brink of an illegal war with Iran without any congressional approval as required under the Constitution of the United States."
Some key members of Congress -- such as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat who is a member of the congressional Gang of Eight leaders, who are briefed on classified matters -- had not been made aware of the attack ahead of time. It's unclear how many other lawmakers had advance notice of the strike.

Republicans reacted with almost uniform praise for Trump.
"I appreciate President @realDonaldTrump's bold action against Iranian aggression," GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a fierce Trump ally, wrote in a tweet Thursday. "To the Iranian government: if you want more, you will get more."
Two sources tell CNN that key Senate staff on relevant committees on national security and appropriations, along with leadership staff, will be briefed Friday afternoon in a classified setting by administration officials.
Sen. Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska, said in a news release that "General Soleimani is dead because he was an evil bastard who murdered Americans" and "the President made the brave and right call, and Americans should be proud of our service members who got the job done.

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Health / Chinese Scientist Who Edited Genes Of Twin Babies Is Jailed For 3 Years by admin: 10:58 pm On 12 Dec 2019
A Chinese scientist who helped create the world's first gene-edited babies has been sentenced to three years in prison.

He Jiankui shocked the world in 2018 when he announced that twin girls Lulu and Nana had been born with modified DNA to make them resistant to HIV, which he had managed using the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 before birth.
He, an associate professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, said at the time that he was "proud" of the achievement. He later claimed that a second woman was pregnant as a result of his research.
But he was condemned by many of his peers, with the experiment labeled "monstrous," "unethical," and a "huge blow" to the reputation of Chinese biomedical research. Many people within the scientific community raised ethical concerns, including the level of consent He had obtained from the parents of the babies, and the level of transparency around gene editing.
On Monday, the Shenzhen Nanshan District People's Court sentenced He to three years behind bars and a 3 million yuan ($430,000) fine, China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported.


According to the court's findings, He became aware of potential economic gains from human embryo gene-editing technology in 2016, Xinhua reported. He worked with two medical researchers, Zhang Renli and Qin Jinzhou, to use gene-editing technology to produce babies that were resistant to HIV.
"The court held that the three defendants failed to obtain a doctor's qualification and pursued profit, deliberately violated the relevant national regulations on scientific research and medical management, crossed the bottom line of scientific and medical ethics, and rashly applied gene-editing technology to human-assisted reproductive medicine, and disrupted the medical treatment," Xinhua reported. "The nature of their behavior is serious and has constituted the crime of illegal medical practice."
Zhang was sentenced to two years in prison and fined 1 million yuan ($143,000), while Qin was given a suspended sentence of one year and six months in prison and fined 500,000 yuan ($71,600). According to Xinhua, all three defendants pleaded guilty in trials that were closed to the public to protect individual privacy.
All three defendants have reportedly also been banned from engaging in human-assisted reproductive technology services for life.
Editing the genes of embryos intended for pregnancy is banned in many countries, including the United States. In the United Kingdom, embryos can only be edited for research purposes with strict regulatory approval. It is unknown whether the procedure is safe or, if used in pregnancy, whether it can have unintended consequences for the babies later in life or for future generations.
In January this year, investigators from Guangdong Province Health Commission said that He had conducted the work "in pursuit of personal fame and fortune, with self-raised funds and deliberate evasion of supervision and private recruitment of related personnel." The authorities also said He forged ethical review documents and blood tests to circumvent a ban on assisted reproduction for HIV-positive patients.
China has invested heavily in gene-editing technology, with the government bankrolling research into a number of world "firsts," including the first use of the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 in humans in 2016 and the first reported use of gene editing technology to modify nonviable human embryos in 2015.


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US Politics / Joe Biden Says He Would Consider A Republican For His Running Mate by admin: 10:52 pm On 12 Dec 2019
Joe Biden says he would consider a Republican for his running mate.

Exeter, New Hampshire (CNN)Joe Biden told voters in New Hampshire on Monday that he would consider choosing a Republican as a running mate, but added, "I can't think of one right now."

Biden discussed the possibility after a woman told the former vice president that if he is the nominee, he will "have to pull out all the stops."
"Our 21-year-old son said the other night, 'I wonder if Joe Biden would consider choosing a Republican as a running mate," the woman added.
"The answer is I would, but I can't think of one now," Biden replied. "Let me explain that. You know there's some really decent Republicans that are out there still, but here's the problem right now ... they've got to step up."
Over the past few months, Biden has offered several clues about who he might consider as his vice presidential pick if he earns the Democratic nomination. He previously said he would prefer to pick someone "of color and/or a different gender" as his potential running mate. Biden has also acknowledged he'd think about adding Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to his possible ticket.
"Whoever I would pick for vice president, and there's a lot of qualified women, there's a lot of qualified African-Americans. There really truly are. There's a plethora of really qualified people. Whomever I would pick were I fortunate enough to be your nominee, I'd pick somebody who was simpatico with me, who knew what I, what my priorities were and knew what I wanted to," Biden said in Exeter on Monday. "We could disagree on tactic, but strategically we'd have to be in the exact same page."
No modern presidential campaign has featured a bipartisan ticket. The late Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, considered former Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Democrat-turned-independent, as a possible running mate, before settling on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential pick.

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Entertainment / Burna Boy And Rema On Obama Favourite Songs Of 2019 List by admin: 10:49 pm On 12 Dec 2019

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Crime / Herdsman Rapes Woman To Death In Ebonyi by admin: 10:43 pm On 12 Dec 2019

The Police in Ebonyi State arrested a herdsman for allegedly raping a 56years old woman to death.

Though details of the incident were sketchy at the time of filing this report, a source in the community, however, said the herdsman allegedly carried out the evil act on 28th December 2019 in Ufuezeraku, Ugwulangwu in Ohaozara local government area.

Police spokesman in the state, Loveth Odah confirmed the incident.

She said the suspect was arrested on 29th December and will soon be charged to court.
Mrs Odah gave the name of the victim as 56years old Mrs Okereke while the suspect name is simply Isa.

The spokesman noted that calm has been restored in the area as the Police Command deployed more officers to calm the people of the area down.

Town Union Chairman of the Area, Mr Peter Obasi also confirmed the incident.

He, however, called for peace from the community while urging the Police to ensure that justice is done to the perpetrators.

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Religion / Can Backs Placing Of Nigeria On Watchlist By Us by admin: 11:59 am On 12 Dec 2019

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said it welcomes the placing of the country on a special watch list by the US government.

In a statement issued yesterday and signed by Special Assistant (Media &Communications) to the CAN President, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the body said it welcomes the move despite the fact that it was not contacted before the decision was taken.

CAN said there were enough evidence to prove that the subtle Islamisation agenda and nepotism were real, adding that all the key appointments that were being made since the second term of President Muhammadu Buhari commenced followed the same blueprint.

“These are facts and they are violations of some portions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). These include but not limited to Sections 10, 13 (3-4), 15 (2) (d) and (4).

“We are not happy that our country is being listed among the nations where religious intolerance is one of their hallmarks but it gladdens our hearts that, at least, the global community is not unaware of the fact that Nigerian Christians are becoming endangered species in their Fatherland,” it said.

CAN said the reasons given by the United States were too glaring to be disputed, adding that US, like every other country, has an embassy in Nigeria that monitors and reports back what the country is going through and the approach being adopted by the government to addressing the situation.

“Is it not true that the Nigerian federal government failed to implement effective strategies to prevent or stop such violence or to hold perpetrators accountable,” as noted by the US government?, CAN queried.

The statement said the leadership of CAN had made this known to President Buhari in all its meetings with him “to see the whole country as his constituency and to avoid nepotism as much as possible; but instead of correcting the imbalance, one of his aides was fond of abusing and insulting the association using every unprintable words”.

It noted that since the Chief Justice has not denied the story and the government has failed to call him to order, it is crystal clear that the US government has more facts than the government thinks.

CAN said: “If the government is sensitive to our yearnings and aspirations, how come no Christian is heading any of the three arms of government in the present dispensation? This is unprecedented in the history of this country since independence. Is that one of the reasons why no Christian worthy of occupying any of those sensitive positions?

“Another slap on our face is the composition of the National Security Council of the country. We learnt that 98 per cent of its members come from one part of the country and people of same faith. Let the government unmask its members, including their religions and states of origin. The government is telling us that Christians are not worthy for those key appointments but to play the second fiddle.”

“So, another thing that could be responsible for the action of the US government is the lopsided appointments in the polity which confirms popular fear and perception that the government is against the Christians. We have made it abundantly clear to President Buhari repeatedly that the lopsided appointments of his government in favour of one religion and a section of the country is unconstitutional, violates Nigeria’s Federal Character Principle and so it is unacceptable.

‘But the action of the President is strong enough to convince us that he is not ready to correct the imbalance of his appointments forgetting that the country belongs to all Nigerians irrespective of their religious, tribal and political beliefs. The recent appointments in the Police are a good evidence to the critical posture of CAN,” it said.

CAN, which warned that no country has ever survived two civil wars, urged the government to correct the imbalances and not to be insensitive to the new development but instead address all the factors that are responsible.

“The government can deny all these facts to the governed but the US government cannot act on mere make-up stories. Of the three arms of the government, none is being headed by a Christian? Why?

Is the US government not aware of the untold hardship Christians are going through in the country, especially in states such as Kaduna, Benue, Plateau, Adamawa and Taraba where Christians are being slaughtered like rams by the Boko Haram terrorists and killer herdsmen while the security agencies appear powerless, complacent and it seems as if the government of the day lacks political will to deal with the criminals?

“Although we are not unaware of the fact that some Muslims living in those states are also affected but since these states are predominantly Christian, the primary targets of violence, barbaric killings and destruction of properties are Christians.

CAN said that it is a fact that no fewer than 95 per cent of those who are being detained by the terrorists are Christians and the government has been paying lips service towards securing their freedoms. Leah Sharibu is a case study and the only reason why the government that secured the release of her colleagues has not freed her is because of her religion. We wonder why the government has not done the needful to liberate this innocent girl who happens to be a daughter of a Police officer”.

CAN said that it is disheartening and disappointing to note that even the ongoing anti-graft war of the government is not an exemption.

It said that while CAN is not encouraging corrupt practices, it is against selective approach to the fight against corruption.

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World Politics / Sheikh Gumi To Cjn: Leave Sharia Alone, Talk About Restructuring by admin: 11:42 am On 12 Dec 2019

On chained victims: Poverty, ignorance turning northern men, women, children into drug addicts

The Chief Justice of Nigeria recently called for the amendment of the Constitution to expand the scope of Sharia legal system. What do you think?

What I think we should do is to restructure Nigeria so that areas where Muslims are in the majority like Zamfara and Kano will have their system. Where Christians are more, allow them to have their way.

Law is what governs people and controls them. If there is Sharia law in Borno State, Boko Haram will end immediately because there will be nothing to agitate for. Saudi Arabia is running the Sharia system but that does not prevent them from developing. They have the best roads, hospitals and the latest technology.

They produce some of the highest number of PhD holders in all fields.

Restructuring Nigeria is the most important thing. Don’t talk about Sharia. Each state should have autonomy to do what suits the majority of its population. You cannot neglect religion. It is very potent. If it is used to manipulate the people, it becomes opium but if it is used strictly according to the scriptures, it is good.

In Islam, we are told that Muslims should love Christians. Clerics are not big-headed. Christianity inculcates humility. If your neighbour is a good Christian, you are safe. If your neighbour is a good Muslim, you are safe. A good Christian or a good Muslim will not chase your wife, he will not chase your daughter, he will not come home drunk, and he will not steal your money. We should not fight religion. We should rather embrace religion.

But it should be localized, not nationalised. Let states have their autonomy and rules. Muslim states that want Sharia should have it. If you do that, you will control crime. When Sharia was introduced in Zamfara, the crime rate was low. Go and check police records.

‘Intellectually capable’

I do not think it is for the Chief Justice of Nigeria to prescribe anything, it is for the National Assembly to restructure Nigeria but I do not think we have the right calibre of people in the National Assembly to do that. They are not intellectually capable of restructuring Nigeria. Restructuring should happen in the next dispensation. Nigerians should be wise enough to elect intellectuals into government. Three years is good enough for Christians, Muslims and other intellectuals to come together and work out plans. It is just a matter of time. This is a very beautiful country and we can make it what we want. It is time for us to restructure Nigeria.

Should restructuring include amending the provisions of the Constitution on Sharia to cover the whole nation?

Sharia has nothing to do with non-Muslims. Only the Sharia court can handle issues of inheritance for Muslims and not the conventional court. There has to be a way for an appellate court for Sharia cases. Once there is a law, there has to be an end. There should be an end to where the law can reach. If we restructure Nigeria to give every state autonomy, the country will be good. America is as diverse as we are but the laws of the country are well-rooted. We need a federation like America where the states will have some form of independence.

Nigeria seems more divided now than ever before. What do you think is responsible? Is it politics or religion?

Politics is responsible. Religion unites mankind. If you remove Buddhism from India and China, for instance, there will be chaos. If you remove Christianity, there will be chaos and if you remove Islam, there will be chaos. Religion solidifies. It holds mankind in big blocks so that they can respect each other. Religion is spiritual even though religious leaders exploit people. But there is an extent to which they can go because the scriptures are there. It is all about morality. It is all about good neighbourliness and compassion. Religion is never a problem but those who manipulate religion are. That is where the problem is. The division in the country is caused by the political leadership. We don’t have good leaders. We have leadership that still believes it is in opposition. It is structured to be opposing like critics. They are in power but they still behave as if they are in opposition.

I recently heard the Vice President saying they could not tackle poverty because of the past government. You are in your fifth year of leadership yet you still blame somebody for not turning things around? Adolf Hitler met Germany in utter disaster but, in a few years, Germany was producing machines to fight the world. It is leadership. The economy is dependent on leadership. We don’t have that. There is crime everywhere. We are spending wrongly.

Recently, President Buhari submitted a request to the National Assembly to borrow another $30billion. What does this portend?

They do not have priorities on development. They want a quick fix. They want to build edifices so that they can say ‘this is what we did’. This is not how an economy is run. Human development indices are very low in Nigeria. Mortality rate is high, and the standard of education is poor. If you train Nigerians, they will do what is right. Our budget for human development is very poor. We are spending where we should not spend because we want to impress.

Talking about education, the North is not making progress in terms of school enrolment. What do you think is responsible for this state of affairs?

Leaders are not investing enough in education. The budgetary allocation for education is low. Since the North has a problem in the education sector, state governments should invest more in education. They should get teachers from other places, improve the quality of teachers and build more schools. Things will turn around in a short time if proper attention is paid to education. We are not spending on education and we are not spending on health. What government needs to do is to create industrial agriculturists. We have arable lands. Government should assist people who want to embrace agriculture. When you give loan to small scale farmers, it does not help. What happens is that after getting the loan, instead of tilling the lands, they buy hajj tickets or marry more wives. They engage in bedroom farming, not real farming.

Prof. Ango Abdullahi recently said politicians and political system have failed Nigerians. Is theocracy an option?

Theocracy died several years ago. The papal authority used to send crusaders to the Middle East but it turned out a disaster and the Pope lost his authority. Monarchs came out but they lost their authority. There is no more theocracy. In Islam, the caliphate was completely destroyed in 1924 and there are no more caliphates now. God cannot allow you to form a government under his cloak and you will be deceiving people. He will destroy it.

What is your reaction to the recent discovery of torture centres in the name of Islamic rehabilitation centres?

I have been to some of the centres. There was a wrong narration to the stories. Poverty and ignorance in the North have led to an explosion in the use of drugs. Men, women, and children are addicts and there are no government institutions that can handle such things. Out of necessity, families take their children to such centres with the hope that they will be restrained and rehabilitated. It is not a hospital where they can be treated, so they chain the addicts so that they will not harm anybody or themselves. It is the parents of some of these children that want them to be shackled. It is as a result of the absence of government. Government should provide rehabilitation centres to address this huge problem.

During the first four years of Buhari, you expressed disappointment with his performance. Is there any sign that there will be change?

Things have become worse. Look at the border closure. Look at the obsession with rice. This is a government that thrives on propaganda and it capitalises on the ignorance of its supporters. Things are bad for the people. Court orders have no meaning in Nigeria now because government can ignore it.

Do you sometimes fear that Nigeria is heading towards dictatorship as some people claim?

Nigeria is too big. What I fear is a slide into anarchy. Government seems not able to handle anything. Boko Haram is too big for government. Violent herdsmen are too big for government to handle. All the money that is being borrowed, why can’t they improve the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC? They don’t want to make INEC work because they depend on rigging.

If you were to advise this government, what would you say?

This is a difficult question for me because if you beat a dead horse, will it run? The situation is terribly bad. People cannot feed. People cannot buy drugs. You can no longer trust even your driver to buy fuel for you. He would rather take part of the money to feed his family. Corruption is everywhere because of lack of leadership. We need a new crop of leaders in the country. We need people who are not stained by blood and corruption.

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Sports / Angry Cristiano Ronaldo Removes Silver Medal After Juve Lost Super Cup (photos) by admin: 11:41 am On 12 Dec 2019

Cristiano Ronaldo looked angry and immediately removed his Italian Super Cup 2nd place medal after Juventus suffered a shocking 3-1 Loss to Lazio in Saudi Arabia, MySportDab reports.

Ronaldo played the entire game with Gonzalo Higuain in attackbuthe couldn't inspire a poor performed Bianconeri.

The Portuguese was clearly angry as he walked to receive his medalafter the game and immediately removed the silver medal within seconds before walking off the pitch.

However, it marked the first time Ronaldo had lost a cup final since when Atletico Madrid defeated Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey finalin 2013.

MySportDab understands Ronaldo was on a run of 14 consecutive victories in finals over a six years period and with three different teams - Portugal, Real Madrid and Juventus.

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Sports / Mikel Becomes Arsenal's Coach by Admin: 02:13 pm On 12 Dec 2019
CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT

We're delighted to announce Mikel Arteta is joining the club as our head coach on Sunday.


Mikel, a former club captain, played for us for five seasons from 2011 to 2016 and has signed a three-and-a-half year contract.

Mikel said: “This is a huge honour. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world. We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game and that’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with Stan and Josh Kroenke, and the senior people from the club.

“We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it. I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy.”

Mikel’s coaching team will be announced as soon as possible.


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US Politics / An Impeached Trump Tries Looking Ahead, But Uncertainty Threatens Senate by admin: 12:02 pm On 12 Dec 2019
After being impeached, President Donald Trump is hoping to move quickly to a vigorous defense in the Senate and is distressed the trial he hopes will vindicate him might be delayed.

"What are they doing?" Trump asked a top Republican ally, Sen. Lindsey Graham, upon learning Thursday morning that House Democrats may withhold sending articles of impeachment to the Senate until they feel assured there will be a fair trial.
"I said, 'Mr. President, I don't know,'" Graham told reporters before traveling to the White House to discuss the matter further with Trump.
The uncertainty threw a wrench into long-laid plans by the White House to mount an effort at exoneration once the impeachment proceedings move across Capitol Hill to the upper chamber. Trump and his aides have long eyed a Senate trial as the venue for eventual vindication in the saga, viewing the Republican-led chamber as a lock to acquit the President.
One possible avenue for Trump is looking back, to Barack Obama, with a suggestion -- supported possibly with Justice Department legal opinions -- that the former president should have been impeached for blocking congressional Republicans from fully investigating the "Fast and Furious" gun-running scandal.
Trump was spending the day at the White House, with two holiday receptions listed on his public calendar. He returned to a frigid Washington late Wednesday after a bitter and disjointed "Merry Christmas" rally in Michigan where he learned of the impeachment vote from a placard held aloft by a campaign aide.
The President met in the afternoon with Rep. Jeff Van Drew, the New Jersey lawmaker who is switching parties from Democrat to Republican in opposition to Trump's impeachment.
He said during the Oval Office meeting the impeachment felt anticlimactic.
"I don't feel like I'm being impeached because it's a hoax, it's a setup. It's a horrible thing they did," Trump told reporters when asked how it feels to be the third president impeached by the House.
Trump has hailed Van Drew's switch over the past several days, and used the unanimous Republican opposition to impeachment as evidence of the party's unity. He hopes the solidarity will extend in the Senate, but the future of the impeachment case was uncertain after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters she would only transmit the articles once the outlines of the trial were clear.
Despite his public confidence, Trump has complained in private about the historic indignity of his predicament. He has steeled himself for another political battle after years of facing down opponents in scorched-earth fashion. He previewed his approach during the Michigan rally, suggesting the state's long serving Democratic congressman John Dingell was in hell.
"He was at a political rally," his press secretary Stephanie Grisham explained on "Good Morning America." "I think as we all know the President is a counterpuncher."
It wasn't clear whether Trump would continue his attacks on the late congressman after his comments drew condemnation, including from the lawmaker's widow, Rep. Debbie Dingell, who said on CNN she felt "kicked in the stomach" by Trump's remark.

One person familiar with the process said the White House was waiting to see Pelosi's next move, illustrating the fluidity of the situation.
As they await clarity, White House officials are grappling with what one aide called a "central decision point" in the legal preparations: who should play what role in Trump's defense, and what the legal strategy should look like.
Aides are still debating who should present key elements of the case against impeachment. Their decision-making has been muddied by the still-uncertain parameters of the Senate trial.
Focus on legal defense or public opinion?
While White House counsel Pat Cipollone is still expected to play a central role in Trump's defense, Trump has seriously considered bringing on at least four of his fiercest House allies to lay out a minority response to Democrats' report, which could provide the President with some of the theatrics he believes he deserves in his quest to clear his name.
Aides say Trump has advocated for an aggressive self-defense that might help shift public opinion and convince more Americans that Democrats impeached him on spurious charges.
Some Trump associates have argued to the President that Cipollone is better suited for making a legal argument in a courthouse -- and not a political one, which they feel will be needed for the audience of senators on Capitol Hill and Americans watching at home.
Trump has privately expressed concern about how effective his message is being expressed on television -- at times criticizing his surrogates while questioning how effective people think Cipollone will be on camera.
Trump said in the Oval Office on Thursday that Cipollone was doing a "great job" and that it "looks" like he would act as his lead attorney in the Senate trial.
But Trump added a "couple others" would help present his defense.
Adding to the confusion is the feud Cipollone remains locked in with the acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. White House sources say the spat has only worsened as impeachment has taken its course. Officials familiar with the dynamic often liken it to a power struggle, though it is Cipollone who has amassed power while several others say Mulvaney's sway on the President has diminished.
Decisions about the impeachment trial team have proved difficult to make so far because the rules of the proceedings remain unclear.
As the Senate trial draws closer, Cipollone and McConnell have spoken almost daily, coordinating closely for what House Democrats already fear will be a trial tilted in favor of the President. While Trump had privately advocated for a theatrical trial that doesn't just acquit him, but vindicates him, he has begun to come around to McConnell's idea of a truncated timeline with no live testimony.

White House officials preliminarily expect that the trial could be kept as short as a week, where House managers receive just a few days to lay out their case, the White House Counsel's office -- with Cipollone presenting -- gets time to respond, and then lawmakers hear both sides' closing arguments. Outside lawyers, including the President's personal attorney Jay Sekulow, could be brought in to argue the issue surrounding the second article: obstruction of Congress.
Cipollone and the rest of the defense team are currently crafting two separate cases, according to people familiar with the plans: one to present against the article for abuse of power, and one against the article for obstruction of Congress.
On the latter charge, aides say the White House counsel's office is preparing to "dismantle" the Democrats' arguments.
"No one is losing sleep over that one," one White House source said.
Attacking Obama and Democrats
The White House is expected to rely on Justice Department legal opinions issued under Democratic administrations to make their case -- including arguing that, under House Democrats' standard, Obama should have been impeached for withholding documents and testimony from Republican investigators pursuing information about the "Fast and Furious" scandal.
Trump himself plans to make that case no matter the parameters of the Senate trial during campaign rallies and speeches in the new year. He spent the evening of his impeachment delivering a disjointed and irate speech in Michigan that foreshadowed his messaging going forward.
"Let's impeach him, for that, for the IRS scandal, for the guns," Trump said of his predecessor. "Remember the guns, he was giving them to anybody that wanted them. He gave guns to the worst people in the world and then they didn't have them registered, right? Not to good. Impeach him. Why didn't the Republicans impeach him?"


Republican and White House officials are operating under the assumption that impeachment will grow less popular as the Senate trial gets closer, meaning Trump is not as likely to offer any concessions to Democrats.
"I don't think impeachment will get more popular over the break," a senior Republican official close to the process said.
On the other article of impeachment -- abuse of power -- officials say the White House plans to argue the Democrats have laid out a weak case based on opinions and not facts. White House officials plan to amplify what they will argue are discrepancies in the Democrats' case -- such as the House Judiciary Committee's decision to accuse the President of bribery in its 658-page report despite citing something different, abuse of power, in the article itself.
Lawyers will also argue the Trump was well within his right as the head of the executive branch to withhold aid and propose a White House meeting with Ukrainian President Zelensky.
They have also discussed arguing former Vice President Joe Biden is not immune from scrutiny simply because he may face Trump in the election next year.

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Crime / New Civil Lawsuit Alleges Harvey Weinstein s*xually Assaulted A 16-year-old by admin: 11:58 am On 12 Dec 2019
A new civil lawsuit filed Thursday against Harvey Weinstein alleges the disgraced movie mogul s*xually assaulted a 16-year-old girl in 2002.

The complaint was filed on behalf of Kaja Sokola in New York State Supreme Court and lists Weinstein's brother Robert Weinstein, Disney and Miramax as defendants.
Sokola accuses Disney and Robert Weinstein of negligence, saying their conduct, "including the negligent retention and/or supervision of Harvey Weinstein and affirmative acts covering up and empowering Harvey Weinstein to commit s*xual assaults, resulted in Harvey Weinstein's commission of the Child s*x Crimes against Plaintiff."
Sokola originally filed a complaint against the defendants under a pseudonym as part of a class action suit.
In a statement to CNN, Sokola said, "I cannot accept the proposed 'global settlement' as fair or just. There is no accountability for the perpetrators, insufficient compensation for all of the victims and millions of dollars going to people that I believe enabled Weinstein."
In 2018, Weinstein's then-attorney Benjamin Brafman called Sokola's claim, filed under Jane Doe, "preposterous." Brafman said, "Like so many other women in this case who have already been exposed as liars, this latest completely uncorroborated allegation that is almost 20 years old will also be shown to be patently false."
Sokola, who lives in Poland, alleges that in 2002, when she was 16, she met Weinstein at a modeling event in New York, according to the complaint.
She claims Weinstein learned she was interested in acting, gave her his card and told her they would have lunch to discuss her future.
Three days later, Sokola says, Weinstein called her, invited her to lunch and said his driver would be picking her up. She agreed and it was her understanding this was a business lunch to discuss her future and career, according to the complaint.
In the car with Weinstein, Sokola told him how old she was and that she was from Poland, but instead of going to a restaurant, Sokola claims the driver took them to Weinstein's SoHo apartment, where she says he s*xually assaulted her.
Sokola alleges Weinstein told her to take off her clothes, at which point she was "terrified" and "felt as though she was no longer in control of her body," according to the complaint.
During the incident, Sokola claims, "Harvey Weinstein threatened and pressured Sokola, saying that he had 'made' the careers of Penelope Cruz and Gwyneth Paltrow, and that neither would be working without him."
Weinstein began touching Sokola's V*g*na and he forced her to touch it as well, according to the complaint.
Sokola alleges Weinstein took off his pants next, and according to the complaint, "forcibly held Sokola while taking her hand and making her touch and massage his P*n*s while he grabbed at her breasts."
The complaint alleges that after Weinstein Ej*culated on the floor, Sokola tried to leave the apartment but Weinstein blocked the door and yelled at her to calm down. Weinstein insisted that what had happened was "normal," according to Sokola.
When she was finally able to leave the apartment, Weinstein told her she needed to work on her stubbornness, according to the complaint.
Sokola suffers from long-term depression, anorexia and difficulty maintaining healthy relationships with men, according to the filing.
She is seeking a number of damages, according to the complaint, as well as a money judgment for "mental pain and anguish and severe emotional distress."
CNN has reached out to all defendants in this complaint for comment.

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World Politics / Buhari And Saraki Shun Each Other On Birthday by admin: 11:51 am On 12 Dec 2019
Buhari And Saraki Shun Each Other On Birthday

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, shunned former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on his 57th birthday.

Similarly, Saraki was silent as the nation’s leader clocked 77 years old earlier on Tuesday.

A reason for this might be ascribed to events and circumstances before and during Nigeria’s 2019 keenly-contested elections.

DAILY POST reports that the duo and the arms of government they led from 2015 till 2019 were mostly in the news for animosity.

It was an open secret that Buhari and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) wanted Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila (as against Saraki and Yakubu Dogara who eventually emerged) as Senate President and Speaker, House of Representatives, respectively.

As fate would have it, Lawan from Yobe and Gbaja, as fondly called, are occupying the exalted positions today.

In 2018, Saraki, despite surviving alleged attempts by the presidency to impeach him, greeted the president on his birthday.

He tweeted, “Happy Birthday to President Muhammadu Buhari and many happy returns”.

In 2017, Buhari felicitated with the former Kwara State Governor.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, iBuhari commended Saraki for his commitment to peace of Nigeria.

He said “The President believes that at 55, and having served as a two-term governor, senator and Senate President, Dr Saraki has demonstrated commitment in the pursuit of a prosperous, united and peaceful Nigeria.

“President Buhari prays that God Almighty will grant him more years of good health, wisdom and fulfillment in the service of God and country,”

Despite efforts, the relationship between Buhari and Saraki, who narrated how he donated billions to the party’s 2015 campaign in states, totally crumbled six months to general elections.

It would be recalled that on July 19, 2018, Buhari held a closed door meeting with Saraki as head of aggrieved members APC members threatening to pull out.

The parley, at the instance of some APC Governors, followed Saraki’s meeting with PDP chieftains a day earlier in Ilorin.

In what rattled the ruling party, Saraki dumped the APC with 15 Senators. Most of them, including him, crossed to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

They were Dino Melaye, Kogi; Rabiu Kwankwaso, Kano, Lanre Tejuoso, Ogun; Shaaba Lafiagi, Kwara; Rafiu Ibrahim, Kwara; Barnabas Gemade, Benue; Abdulazeez Nyako, Adamawa.

Others were Monsurat Sunmonu, Oyo; Usman Nafada, Gombe; Suleiman Hunkuyi, Kaduna; Ibrahim Danbaba, Sokoto; Ubale Shittu, Jigawa, Isah Misau, Bauchi; Suleiman Nazif, Bauchi.

Additionally, former Speaker Dogara and a number House members defected.

At many instances afterwards, Saraki, who vied for the presidential ticket and later emerged as Campaign Director General to PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, attacked the Buhari government.

Currently, the government appears to be fighting back. Sources confirmed to DAILY POST that the onslaught against the politics heavyweight is far from over.

In the last two months, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) got forfeiture orders on Saraki’s house in Ikoyi and Ilorin. They agency is targeting more.

Last year, Saraki and the federal government, through the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) had a prolonged battle over some of his assets

After his acquittal by the Supreme Court, President Buhari hailed Saraki’s resilience during the trial many critics said he must have endorsed.

He said: “I have seen many instances where individuals and groups seek the destruction of the judicial institution in the foolish thinking of saving their skin, instead of going through the painstaking process of establishing their innocence.

“In the case of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, I have seen him take the tortuous path of using the judicial process. He persevered, and in the end, the highest court of the land, the Supreme Court, says he is not guilty as charged.

“This is what I have done in the three elections in which I was cheated out, before God made it possible for me to come here the fourth time I ran for the office.”

Buhari added that Saraki’s journey “from the lowest to the highest court of the land provides an important example for Nigerians to emulate.”

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Sports / An Italian Football Anti-racism Initiative Featuring Paintings Of Monkeys by admin: 12:33 pm On 12 Dec 2019

An Italian football anti-racism initiative featuring paintings of monkeys has received widespread criticism after its release Monday.

The sport in Italy has been blighted by racist abuse this season, and the artwork commissioned by Serie A was designed to stop fans directing monkey chants at players.
Artist Simone Fugazzotto came up with the idea for the Coppa Italia final between Lazio and Atalanta in May -- and it's part of an official anti-racism initiative that was officially unveiled on Monday.
Fugazzotto said his triptych of monkeys was intended to show that there's no difference between humans and apes, an idea that he decided to use after watching a match between Inter Milan and Napoli.

"Everyone was making the sound of monkeys at Koulibaly, a player I respect," Fugazzotto told the Serie A website, referring to Napoli's Senegalese international Kalidou Koulibaly.
"I've always been painting monkeys for five to six years, so I thought I'd make this work to teach that we're all apes.
"So I made the western monkey -- white with blue eyes -- the Asian monkey -- with almond eyes -- and the black monkey in the middle, which is where everything comes from, this is what the evolutionary theory tells us," Fugazzotto told reporters.
"The monkey becomes the spark to teach everyone that there is no difference. It's not that one is man and one is monkey. At this point, we are all monkeys ... if they really feel the need to tell a black (player) that he is one."

'Dehumanisation'
Reaction to the artwork has been overwhelmingly negative.
"These creations are an outrage, they wil be counter-productive and continue the dehumanisation of people of African heritage," said anti-discrimination organization Fare on its Twitter feed.
"It is difficult to see what Serie A was thinking, who did they consult? It is time for the progressive clubs in the league to make their voice heard."
Former England international Stan Collymore tweeted: Fantastic to see Serie A anti racism campaign posters ( yes, it's really real).
"Maybe get the mascots to Black up as a finishing touch."
Meanwhile soccer agent Jen Mendelewitsch tweeted: "Serie A 'No to Racism' campaign. Please tell me this is a joke."

In an email sent to CNN, Fugazzotto said he had been left "completely shocked" by the reaction, and questioned why when he had presented the artwork in May it "didn't even give rise to a word."
The artist added: "To understand this work, you need to enter into my world and see the monkey as the protagonist of my artwork over years, and as a metaphor of the human being.
"Over the years, I painted almost every virtue, weakness and madness of the human being through the form of the chimpanzee, which allows me to express the soul of the human being though the looks but ridiculing the habits, the tics and the unhealthy habits."
Serie A did not immediately responded to CNN's request for comment regarding the negative reception on social media.
On the Serie A website, the league's managing director general manager Luigi De Siervo said Italian football's top flight division was adopting a three-pronged approach to combat racism.
All 20 Serie A clubs had signed a charter of principles against racism, stadium security would be improved -- notably by using facial recognition software to identify racist fans -- and the cultural initiative that Fugazzotto was part of.
'Tone deaf'
Earlier this month Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport was widely criticized for previewing a soccer game with the headline "Black Friday."


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World Politics / Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf Sentenced To Death For High Treason by admin: 12:26 pm On 12 Dec 2019
Former Pakistan President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf has been sentenced to death in absentia for high treason following a six-year legal case.

A three-member special court in Islamabad on Tuesday convicted Musharraf of violating the constitution by unlawfully declaring emergency rule while he was in power, in a case that had been pending since 2013.
The 76-year-old former leader, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for more than three years, has the option to appeal the verdict.
Musharraf seized power in a military coup in 1999 and ruled Pakistan as President until 2008.
He was indicted in 2014 on a total of five charges, including three counts of subverting, suspending and changing the country's constitution, firing Pakistan's chief justice, and imposing emergency rule.
It's the first time in Pakistan's history that an army chief has been tried and found guilty of treason. Under Pakistan's constitution, high treason is a crime that carries the death penalty or life imprisonment.
The special court ruled on the death sentence by a two to one majority, with one of the three judges not backing the death sentence but agreeing on a conviction.
Musharraf has been living in Dubai since 2016 after Pakistan's Supreme Court lifted a travel ban allowing him to leave the country to seek medical treatment. From his hospital bed in Dubai earlier this month, the former leader said in a video statement that he was innocent and the treason case was "baseless."
Musharraf, then-U.S. President George W. Bush and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai stand in the Rose Garden of the White House as Bush delivers remarks in 2006.


Musharraf earlier went into exile in 2008, returning to Pakistan in 2013 with the aim of running in the country's national elections. But his plans unraveled as he became entangled in a web of court cases relating to his time in power.
In 2007, Musharraf declared a state of emergency, suspended Pakistan's constitution, replaced the chief judge and blacked out independent TV outlets.
Musharraf said he did so to stabilize the country and to fight rising Islamist extremism. The action drew sharp criticism from the United States and democracy advocates. Pakistanis openly called for his removal.
Under pressure from the West, Musharraf later lifted the state of emergency and called elections in which his party fared badly.
Musharraf stepped down in August 2008 after the governing coalition began taking steps to impeach him. Prosecutors say Musharraf violated Pakistan's constitution by imposing the state of emergency.

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US Politics / Elizabeth Warren Is Now The Lone Female Candidate At The Top Of The 2020 Field by admin: 03:32 pm On 12 Dec 2019
It was Elizabeth Warren's inaugural trip to Iowa as a presidential hopeful.

Days after announcing her exploratory committee on New Year's Eve, the senator embarked on a multi-city swing through the first caucus state in early January, delivering her pitch to voters on taking on the rich and the powerful and fighting corruption.
At a restaurant in Council Bluffs, where the Massachusetts Democrat held her first town hall with voters, she was prompted by a reporter to reflect on being a female candidate for president. Warren offered up a response that did not address her gender.
"I'd never run for office before 2012. What pulled me in is what's happening to working families across this country," she said. "That is the reason I am in the fight."

The next morning, inside of a packed theater in Sioux City, another reporter described voters who are frustrated that female political candidates get treated differently than male candidates, and wanted to know: "How will you deal with that?"

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World Politics / Why The Efcc Is Hounding Allen Onyeama, Air Peace Ceo - Leaders.ng by admin: 12:40 pm On 12 Dec 2019

Things are falling apart for Allen Onyeama and Air Peace, the US Department of Justice have indicted him for money laundering while Nigeria’s EFCC has launched an investigation into the books of one of Nigeria’s leading Airline Company.

In a game of names and conspiracies, new facts have emerged which point to the reality that the Jonathans, Mr. Timi Alaibe, former Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commision and Kingsley Kuku, former Chairman of The Presidential Amnesty Program to former President Jonathan are the real owners of Nigerian Airline, Airpeace Nigeria LTD.

WHERE THE MONEY CAME FROM

Kingsley Kuku during his time as Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Program converted his office as a fund raising scheme, and indeed the funds were raised. Several billions of unaccounted tax payers money were stolen from the Amnesty program, and when Kingsley Kuku’s time as Chairman was over, a clearly orchestrated arson was committed at the accounts records office of the Presidential Amnesty Office to erase all trace of theft and fraud, a well thought out plan, a well executed plan. But the eyes of Nigeria’s anti graft commissions were already on him, and he fled to the U.S. before he could answer to EFCC’s questions about a N6.2bn contract, he has been on exile since 2015.

THE FRONT – ALLEN ONYEAMA.

Allen Onyema, the publicly known owner of Air Peace was a legal practitioner based in Lagos until 2013 when Air Peace was inaugurated. He was not a business man who had build successful empires over time, he had no digital or analogue record of successful business ventures. In 2013, he had successfully obtained the permits to set up what would eventually be Nigeria’s biggest airline company from nothing.

The US Department of Justice a few weeks ago indicted Mr Onyeama for fraud and money laundering, apparently more people have began to ask the question “Where did Mr Allen get the funds to set up Air Peace from?”

Private investigations have revealed that Air Peace and “Mama Peace”, the nickname of Former First Lady, Patience Jonathan are no different from rain and water.

It has been gathered that Patience Goodluck Jonathan popular known as ‘Mama Peace’ who personally recommended the name ‘Air Peace Nigeria’. Patience Jonathan who had wanted her face to be behind the then newly founded airline was advised against it as it would have far reaching consequences on political optics seeing as Goodluck Jonathan made no attempt to revive the nation’s national Carrier

Investigations confirmed that Mr. Timi Alaibe and Mr Kuku used Alex Onyema’s firm to open different NGOs and companies that were later used to transfer money in millions of dollars to US accounts that Mr. Allen Onyeama used to purchase the Airpeace Nigeria LTD fleet – This is why the U.S got involved.

In 2009, Mr. Timi Alaibe who had wanted to contest for Bayelsa governorship election after his stint as Senior Special Adviser on Amnesty to the president, approached Patience Jonathan the then First lady to help persuade President Jonathan to appoint his progeny Kingsley Kuku who served as his Personal Assisatnt while in NDDC to be Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Program in an attempt to cover his tracks.

Patience Jonathan agreed on the condition that her office will be constantly serviced by the Amnesty Office. Timi Alaibe agreed and a new alliance was forged between the duo. An alliance that would consequently give birth to Air Peace Airlines LTD.

FOLLOWING THE MONEY

A few months ago, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a financial audit of the Presidential Amnesty Program and the NDDC.

Consequently, the The United States Department of Justice charged Allen Ifechukwu Athan Onyema, the Chairman, CEO, and founder of Air Peace, a Nigerian airline, with bank fraud and money laundering “for moving more than $20 million from Nigeria through United States bank accounts in a scheme involving false documents based on the purchase of airplanes,” according to a statement from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia.

Air Peace’s Chief of Administration and Finance, Ejiroghene Eghagha, was also being charged with bank fraud and committing aggravated identity theft in connection with the scheme.

According to the statement issued by the Department Office Justice, “Onyema allegedly leveraged his status as a prominent business leader and airline executive while using falsified documents to commit fraud.” U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak was quoted in the statement as saying; “We will diligently protect the integrity of our banking system from being corrupted by criminals, even when they disguise themselves in a cloak of international business.”

Robert J. Murphy , Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division who commented on the indictment said, “Allen Onyema’s status as a wealthy businessman turned out to be a fraud. He corrupted the U.S. banking system, but his trail of deceit and trickery came to a skidding halt. DEA would like to thank the many law enforcement partners and the subsequent prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office who aided in making this investigation a success.”

“Onyema setup various innocent sounding multi-million dollar asset purchases which were nothing more than alleged fronts for his scam,” said acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Hammer, who oversees HSI operations in Georgia and Alabama.

According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the indictment, and other information presented in court: “Onyema, a Nigerian citizen and businessman, is the founder and Chairman of several organizations that purport to promote peace across Nigeria, including the Foundation for Ethnic Harmony, International Center for Non-Violence and Peace Development, and All-Time Peace Media Communications Limited.

“Beginning in 2010, Onyema began travelling frequently to Atlanta, where he opened several personal and business bank accounts. Between 2010 and 2018, over $44.9 million was allegedly transferred into his Atlanta-based accounts from foreign sources.”

Onyema founded Air Peace in 2013.
According to the statement, “in years following the founding of Air Peace, he traveled to the United States and purchased multiple airplanes for the airline. However, over $3 million of the funds used to purchase the aircraft allegedly came from bank accounts for Foundation for Ethnic Harmony, International Center for Non-Violence and Peace Development, All-Time Peace Media Communications Limited, and Every Child Limited.

“Beginning in approximately May 2016, Onyema, together with Eghagha, allegedly used a series of export letters of credit to cause banks to transfer more than $20 million into Atlanta-based bank accounts controlled by Onyema. The letters of credit were purportedly to fund the purchase of five separate Boeing 737 passenger planes by Air Peace. The letters were supported by documents such as purchase agreements, bills of sale, and appraisals proving that Air Peace was purchasing the aircraft from Springfield Aviation Company LLC, a business registered in Georgia.

“However, the supporting documents were fake — Springfield Aviation Company LLC, which is owned by Onyema and managed by a person with no connection to the aviation business, never owned the aircraft, and the company that allegedly drafted the appraisals did not exist.

“Eghagha allegedly participated in this scheme as well, directing the Springfield Aviation manager to sign and send false documents to banks and even using the manager’s identity to further the fraud. After Onyema received the money in the United States, he allegedly laundered over $16 million of the proceeds of the fraud by transferring it to other accounts.”

Onyema and Eghagha were indicted on November 19, 2019, on one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, three counts of bank fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit credit application fraud, and three counts of credit application fraud.

Additionally, Onyema was charged with 27 counts of money laundering, and Eghagha was charged with one count of aggravated identity theft.

You would recall that in 2014, Diepreye Dikibo, spokesman of the ex-Militant Leaders Forum in the Niger Delta, alleged that Onyema and Kingsley Kuku, former adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta Affairs, used funds meant for the amnesty programme to float Air Peace.

Kuku was the coordinator of the project while Onyema was a consultant.

In a statement, Dikibo alleged that Onyema’s Foundation for Ethnic Harmony was one of the biggest beneficiaries of contracts from presidential amnesty programme.

Read an excerpt of the statement from the spokesman of the ex-militant leaders as published on www.thecable.ng 24th November 2019.

Initially, there were rumors that Air Peace, a new Airline whose aircraft have recently been cited at Lagos Airports belong to the First Lady Patience Faka Jonathan. That is all not true. We believe at this moment, that those who churned out the story that the Airlines belonged to the First Lady did so deliberately to hide the truth and to mislead the people.

The truth did not take too long to come out. Business concerns owned by Allen Onyema, a Lagos based businessman, colleague and close confidant of the Special adviser to the President on Niger Delta & Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Programme Kingsley Kuku have not been confirmed as responsible for the Airlines and more to that, Allen Onyema has now publicly confirmed that he is the Chairman of the Air Peace Airlines.

Allen Onyeama’s business outfit handled the demobilization and orientation of former Niger Delta militants which cost billions of Naira to run. Allen Onyema has also been responsible for high valued training contracts (running into billions) in the areas of welding training as well as aviation training for the Presidential Amnesty Programme in countries such as South Africa, The United States and Dubai.

Kingsley Kuku, Allen Onyema with House of Reps Committee Members on the Niger Delta visiting Proclad Academy, Dubai (Where Allen Onyema’s business outfit ICNPD) is training Niger Delta youths in Welding for millions of dollars.

The appointment of Kingsley Kuku as SA, Niger Delta & Chairman of the Amnesty Programme in January 2011, was a huge blessing for Allen Onyema as it gave him automatic access to a monster chunk of the more than sixty billion naira allocated to the amnesty programme yearly.

Two of Allen Onyeama’s NGOs which also double as business outfits are known to be the biggest beneficiary of large value Presidential Amnesty Contracts and we can confirm that none of these outfits has any ties to the First Lady Patience Jonathan.

They include the Foundation for Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria (FEHN) and the International Center for Non-violence & Peace Development (ICNPD).

All the contracts awarded to Allen Onyema and his business run into millions of dollars and are all grossly inflated and over valued in a manner designed to short change the Amnesty Programme and steal the billions of naira yearly allocated to the manage the amnesty program in the Niger Delta.
End of excerpt.

Since her husband, Ex-president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, was voted out of power in 2015, Patience Jonathan has been dragged to court at least four times by the Economic and Financial crimes Commission (EFCC), with the target of reclaiming both money and properties allegedly acquired with “proceeds of unlawful activities.”
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US Politics / Trump Hits Point Of No Return As Democrats Ready Impeachment Articles by admin: 10:40 am On 12 Dec 2019

Trump hits point of no return as Democrats ready impeachment articles.
House Democrats are hours from crossing a somber point of no political return as they get set to roll out articles of impeachment Tuesday accusing President Donald Trump of abusing power and obstructing Congress.

The momentous step towards making Trump only the third president to be formally impeached in nearly two-and-a-half centuries of US history comes in a tumultuous third year of his term and only 11 months before the next general election.
"This is not a happy day," said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, one of several key Democratic leaders expected to make a formal announcement on Tuesday morning. "But I think we are doing what we have to do."
Democrats have accused the President of abusing his power by withholding nearly $400 million in US military aid to Ukraine and the prospect of a visit to the Oval Office by new President Volodymyr Zelensky in order to coerce the former Soviet state into investigating a potential 2020 foe Joe Biden. Such conduct they say is a worthy of impeachment because it amounts to bribery, puts Trump's own political goals ahead of America's national interests and effectively invited a foreign power to interfere in a US election.

"The scheme by President Trump was so brazen, so clear, supported by documents, actions, sworn testimony, uncontradicted contemporaneous records that it's hard to imagine that anybody could dispute those acts, let alone argue that that conduct does not constitute an impeachable offense or offenses," said Barry Berke presenting the case against Trump for the Democrats in a Judiciary Committee hearing on Monday.


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Crime / 12-year-old Boy Used To Perpetrate Rice Fraud In Lagos by admin: 10:32 am On 12 Dec 2019


Nigerian writer, Richard Henshaw, has shared the story of how a little boy was innocently used to defraud a shop owner in Lagos state earlier today December 9th. Richard who shared photos of the little boy, wrote;

Just about three hours ago, a little boy got into the bleakest nightmare of his life...Twelve years of age.A minor.

I heard pandemonium from where I was.

Treated it with reckless abandon from the start.

But it persisted.

And I reckoned that something was wrong.

I went out to look.

A crowd had gathered in a shop.

Screams and tears wafting out from the scene.

I walked over there.

And I met this little boy in tears.

Manhandled by the crowd.

I asked what had happened.

The boy who was at the shop narrated.

One boy came to their shop and told him he wanted two bags of rice.

Then he gave him a phone to speak with someone who said she was the boy's mother.

And the woman said she was sending his money to him immediately, that he should allow her son bring the bags of rice.

Then the bigger boy said that his younger brother would wait behind while he went to bring the money.

He left the little boy behind and went with the two bags of rice on a bike.

The shop boy waited for a prolonged time, then became perturbed.

He then turned to the little boy and asked, "Why is your brother taking so much time na?"

And the little boy replied, "He's not my brother oo. I don't know him before. He just met me on the road and brought me here..."

The shop boy's eyes raised in alarm.

He held the boy.

His voice alerted a crowd.

The crowd descended on the boy.

"You are a little criminal. Where did your friend take the bags of rice to?" They screamed at him.

Slaps.

Hits.

"I swear I don't know the boy," the boy wept.

When I arrived, I dragged the boy aside and had a conversation with him.

And he said, "Oga, I swear I no know that boy. I pick cartons on the streets and sell them, that's how I take dey get money. So today I been dey street and I was thirsty, so I come see the boy and ask him make him help me with water. The boy promise to give me water, but say make I follow am. He then said that anywhere we go make I dey claim say I be him brother. So we enter bike and he brought me here. He then collect two bags of rice from here and say make I wait behind that him want go bring money come. And na so him go and no come back, and leave me here..."

It was hard to comprehend this.

How someone could see a minor on the street, cajoled him to follow him.

Played on his little senses.

Exploited his circumstances.

Took him to a shop.

Duped the shop owner of his goods.

Kept the boy behind, and told the shop owner that the boy was his brother.

Then disappeared with the goods.

And left the boy behind to face the consequences.

And put his life in danger.

In an embittered city like Lagos.

The shop owner was called on phone to come back.

He ran back to his shop and heard the news.

Felling diatribes on his boy in the shop for falling for such a scam.

And the nameless crowd was struck by anger propaganda.

Eager to descend on the boy.

"What is your name?" I asked the minor.

"David."

"How old are you?"

"Twelve."

"Where did that boy see you and bring you here?"

He muttered some gibberish.

"Do you know the boy's house?" I asked.

"No."

"Have you met the boy before?"

"No. But while we were coming here he pointed to one shop and told me that that is his mother's shop."

"So can you take us to that shop?"

"Yes."

"Bros, this boy na small criminal. This boy know that boy. They are together." Some said.

"He was used," others said. "Maybe he doesn't know anything about it. Maybe that boy just saw him and decided to use him."

And in that case it was difficult to know which one was true.

Then a friend brought his vehicle immediately, and both of us alongside the shop owner took the boy away to go and make efforts to find the boy.

Away from the attacks of the angry crowd.

To go to the shop which the minor said the boy had pointed at, and claimed to be his mother's shop.

And as we set off, we discovered that the little boy had been used.

He had actually been used.

You look at this and you wonder, what if that boy had taken this little boy to an environment where he would not be able to come out alive?

What if there were no people to save him?

He could have died in a show of savagery because of two bags of rice.

A scheme from someone he didn't know.

A claim that so many people didn't believe anyway.

And in that little boy's nightmares, I saw the true picture of our society.

In all its irony.

And.

Metaphor.

I saw the mechanical disregard for humanity.

The reckless abandonment of innocence.

Stay woke.

Stay safe even in an insane world.

Lagos!

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Entertainment / Cardi B Arrives Ghana, Welcomed In Style by admin: 11:44 am On 12 Dec 2019

Sports / Athletes Have Healthier Brains That Can Actually Hear Better, Study Says by admin: 11:41 am On 12 Dec 2019
Athletes have healthier brains that can actually hear better, study says

Listen closely: Can you hear that noisy static in your brain?

Neurobiologist Nina Kraus can. At her lab at Northwestern University called "Brainvolts," she and her colleagues can attach a series of electrodes to your scalp and record the electricity your brain produces in response to a sound.

"I can then take that electricity and play it out through a speaker and we can listen to your brain to see how well it does that job," Kraus said. "By doing that we can gain insight to the health of your brain and nervous system."
If your brain was exposed to a rich sound environment, Kraus says, filled with linguistic and musical stimulation, you're more likely to have less neural static.
If, however, you grew up with limited enrichment, your brain may be excessively noisy -- and may literally interfere with your brain's ability to decipher auditory input.
"The brain is hungry for information and it actually creates electrical activity when it doesn't get enough," Kraus explained. "But it creates random and staticky activity, which in the end is more of a problem because it gets in the way of making sense of sound."
Playing sports tampers brain static
Now it appears that playing sports may play a role in the brain's ability to hear properly.
In a new study published Monday in the journal Sports Health, Kraus and her team discovered elite athletes have less static in their brains than non-
"Compared to non-athletes, elite athletes can better process external sounds, such as a teammate yelling a play or a coach calling to them from the sidelines, by tamping down background electrical noise in their brain," she said.
"I'm intrigued by the findings," said neurologist Dr. Richard Isaacson, who directs the Neurology Residency Training Program and the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College.
"I don't think it's just physical and cardiovascular fitness, it's mental fitness as well," said Isaacson who was not involved in the study. "It's likely multimodal. I would like to see if can repeat this across multiple different universities and then segregate out the non-contact versus contact sports, such as soccer versus badminton."
A tough job for the brain
The new study is part of a five-year analysis of the neural processing of sound in sports concussions, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Launched last year, the research will follow the brain health of 495 Northwestern student athletes and 493 age- and s*x-matched control students.
By analyzing the electrical responses to sound that happen in the brain after an athlete sustains a concussion, Kraus hopes to be better able to biologically determine when that athlete is ready to return to play without further damage to the brain.
"Making sense of sound is one of the hardest jobs that we ask our brain to do," Kraus explained. "The brain must decipher a sound's pitch, timing and harmonics to understand the meaning, often within microseconds."
At this point in the study, Kraus has found similar responses in the brain of athletes across all of types of sports, with no difference in gender.
"As the years go on and we follow the same athlete, we will be better able to understand how their neural noise changes over time, or how it may possibly differ from one sport to another, especially high-contact sports," Kraus said.
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World Politics / Nigerian Army Commander Killed In Boko Haram Bomb Attack by admin: 11:33 am On 12 Dec 2019

A Nigerian Army commander was killed on Saturday after an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Marte, Borno State.

Military sources told PREMIUM TIMES the army major, who was the commander of 153 Task Force Battalion in Marte Local Government Area, was leading a patrol of the unit’s perimeter when the bomb went off Saturday evening.

Our sources said the officer was the only one immediately confirmed killed in the attack. It was unclear whether some of his troops, including members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, were injured or killed during the patrol.

PREMIUM TIMES has withheld the name of the officer as it was unclear whether or not his family has been notified by the military.

Army spokesperson, Sagir Musa, did not return a request for comment on the attack that killed the major.

The major has become the latest senior officer to die since a colonel was killed in battle mid-July.

Swathes of Marte Local Government Area were overrun by insurgents between late May and early June, but the military said the area had been recovered and future incursions would be prevented.

Insurgent attacks have reduced generally since late October, with the military crediting its new ‘super camp’ strategy that made it difficult for terrorists to overrun brigades and battalions.

Saturday’s attack has raised fresh concerns about Boko Haram’s ability to launch surprise strikes.


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World Politics / Attack On Amaechi: Niger Delta Youths Give Ipob 7 Days To Apologize by admin: 11:29 am On 12 Dec 2019


A group under the auspices of Concerned Youths of Niger Delta (CYND) has threatened to attack Igbo interests in River State, following the weekend attack on Minister of Transportation, Chief Chibuike Amaechi, by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Madrid, Spain.

Worried by the development, which they de- scribed as a ‘national embarrassment,’ the youth group drawn from the six Niger Delta states of Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Cross River and Edo, threatened to destroy Igbo properties, especially in Rivers State.

The group’s National Coordinator, Chikaru Oronda Ndamati, who read the communiqué after their emergency meeting held in Uyo, Akwa Ibon State, warned IPOB against venting their anger on Amaechi and other national leaders over their personal grievances and gave them seven days to apologise to the minister.

According to Ndamati; “IPOB should remember that all Igbo in South-South have and do businesses in Rivers State, particularly in Ikwere land, which happens to be Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi’s ethnic nationality. “We are going to destroy all Igbo properties in Ikwerre land and Niger Delta, should they fail to tender an unreserved apology to Amaechi and Ikwerre ethnic nationality, within seven days.

“Having accepted the responsibility of the attack on Amaechi in Spain, IPOB should also be ready to take full responsibility for any reaction that will come out from their dastardly act,” he said.

Other youth leaders in attendance at the briefing include state coordinators, Effiong Abang (Akwa Ibom); Ubong Stephens (Cross River); Mike Gibson Saware (Bayelsa); Clement Jack Okarevu (Delta and Jude Nosa Momoh (Edo). The group urged the Federal Government to take the matter before the international community to compel world leaders to always beef up security around Nigerian leaders on foreign trips. They also called on the FG to prevail on Spanish suthorities to extradite those arrested for such security breach in Spain for trial in Nigeria.

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Sports / Samuel Peter Knocked-out By Arslanbek Makhmudov by admin: 11:20 am On 12 Dec 2019
Samuel Peter Knocked-out By Arslanbek Makhmudov

- Samuel Peters suffered another defeat of his career in Canada on Saturday night

- The former heavyweight champion was defeated with a first round knock-out by Arslanbek Makhmudov

- Peters, in his prime, was known for his rivalry with the Klitschko brothers: Wladimir and Vitali

Samuel Peters, former WBC heavyweight champion, was on Saturday, December 7, handed perhaps the quickest defeat of his career by Arslanbek Makhmudov. The 39-year-old boxing star was stopped in Canada by unbeaten heavyweight star Makhmudov with a first round knock-out.

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Samuel, known as Nigerian nightmare, was left reeling into the corner after the Russian fighter jabbed him with a big right hand to extend his heavyweight knock-out to ten in ten fights.

Known for his rivalry with the Klitschko brothers, Peters rose into WBC heavyweight championship after beating Oleg Maskaev in six rounds in 2008. He faced Wladimir twice and Vitali once before he was deposed of his championship by Vitali.

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Business/Investments / $44.9m Wire Deals: Oyema To Be Investigated By Efcc, Sets Special Panel by admin: 04:20 pm On 11 Nov 2019


THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has waded into the $44.9 million wire fraud and money laundering case against Air Peace Chief Executive Allen Ifechukwu Athan Onyema hours after his indictment in the United States (US).

The EFCC, it was learnt, on Saturday raised what sources referred to as a ”special panel” to investigate the matter shortly after receiving the charges against Onyema.

Onyema was indicted along with his finance officer, Ejiroghene Eghagha, by the US Department of Justice (DoJ).

They were accused of “moving more than $20 million from Nigeria through some United States banks in a scheme involving false documents based on the purchase of airplanes.”

Eghagha, who is the international airline’s Chief of Administration and Finance, was also accused of bank fraud and committing aggravated identity theft in connection with the scheme.

The EFCC is also investigating two Nigerian banks for allegedly facilitating the transfer of the money to the US and processing letters of credit to buy planes for Air Peace.

The probe, The Nation gathered, would cover the activities and inflows into the accounts of four non-governmental organisations (NGOs) /non-profit groups sponsored by Onyema.

They are Foundation for Ethnic Harmony, International Centre for Non-Violence and Peace Development, All-Time Peace Media Communications Limited and Every Child Limited.

Onyema has since denied the allegations against him and stated his readiness to travel to the US to defend himself.

His lawyer, A. O. Alegeh, said in a statement in Lagos, at the weekend, that Onyema “strongly denies and will vigorously defend himself against the allegations made against him by the US Attorney in Atlanta, Georgia in relation to the purchase of aircraft, aircraft spares and aircraft maintenance”.

The US government is seeking the forfeiture of $14,246,536.6million left in some accounts linked with Onyema in the US and Canada.

The funds comprise $4,017,852.51 in JP Morgan Chase Bank in the US and $4,593,842.05 and $5,634,842.04 in the Bank of Montreal, Canada.

One of the legs of the EFCC probe is to ascertain whether Onyema is fronting for some politically exposed persons in the country.

A source said: “Upon the receipt of the charges, the EFCC chairman raised a team to probe the allegations against Onyema Eghagha, who were prominently mentioned in the indictment charges by the United States Government.

“The EFCC team is working on what I may term the ‘Nigerian components’ of the indictment including suspicious huge transfer of funds abroad, alleged abuse of letters of credit and money laundering.

“In fact, the Acting EFCC Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu directed the team members to work round the clock at the weekend because it is a case we must work on with speed.

“We are also interested in the roles played by two banks in the country including one that has been on our radar for a while for money laundering. This same bank was implicated in the $115million poll bribery scam in 2015 for which former Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani Alison-Madueke is wanted for trial.

“We need to act because in the indictment, the US indicated its plans to freeze some funds linked with Onyema in some accounts within and outside its jurisdiction. It is standard practice to have collaboration with sister organisations all over the world. We cannot wait till the last minutes before playing our roles.”

Responding to a question, the source added: “Certainly, our crack team will conduct a comprehensive investigation into the activities and remittances into the accounts of the four non-governmental organisations (NGOs) /non-profit groups of Onyema.

“Our immediate suspicion is that these four groups are likely to be tools for money laundering. The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), tax bodies and other agencies will assist on the status of these organisations.

“We have directed our detectives to ascertain or otherwise if Onyema is allegedly serving as a front for some politically exposed persons (PEPs).”

The source added: “The EFCC may also investigate other persons or groups that have assisted Onyema in one way or the other on the allegations against him. The indictment spoke of known and unknown persons.”

In the charges against Onyema and Eghagha, they were accused of using the money to buy luxury cars, including a Rolls Royce for $180,000 and Mercedes for $88, 500 among others.

Onyema was also said to have spent thousands of dollars on personal purchases at Atlanta Georgia locations of Prada, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Louis Vuitton, the Apple Store and various airlines.

It was alleged that the total amount Onyema spent on aircraft acquisition for his airline exceeded $3million.

Onyema: I’m not dubious

Airline magnate Alex Onyema yesterday said it is not in his character to be dubious, describing the fraud allegations against him as false.

In a statement in Lagos, he said: ”Thank you for reaching out to me. I can confirm to you that all allegations are false and are in no way in line with my character as a person and as a business man whose only aim has been to build Nigeria and improve wellbeing.

”As the press statement clearly stated, these are indictment that only contains charges. I am innocent of all charges and the US government will find NO dirt on me because I have never conducted business with any illegalities.

”Be rest assured that I also have my lawyers on this and these mere allegations will be refuted. I never laundered money in my life, neither have I committed bank fraud anywhere in the world. Every Kobo I transferred to the US for aircraft purchase went through the Central Bank of Nigeria Letter of Credit regime and all were used for the same purpose. The American companies that received the funds are still in business. I never took a penny from any US bank or Nigerian bank. I am willing to defend my innocence in the US courts”.

Allegations unfounded, strange, says lawyer

Embattled Air Peace Chief Alex Onyema yesterday denied the fraud allegations against him.

His lawyer, A. O. Alegeh in a statement in Lagos said: “On behalf of Allen Onyema, we hereby state that he strongly denies and will vigorously defend himself against the allegations made against him by the US Attorney in Atlanta, Georgia in relation to purchase of Aircraft, Aircraft spares and Aircraft maintenance. None of the allegations involve any third party funds but relate to his funds utilised in the Airline business. There is no allegation that any Bank [in the United States, Nigeria or elsewhere], company or individual suffered any financial or any loss whatsoever.

“The allegations are unfounded and strange to him. Allen Onyema has a track record built on honesty and integrity and will take all necessary steps to clear his good name and hard earned reputation. He looks forward to an opportunity to rebut these allegations in Court.”

Airline’s finance chief refutes allegations

Air Peace Executive Director Mrs. Ejiro Eghagha yesterday denied allegations of money laundering levelled against her in the United States.

In a statement, her lawyer A.O Alegeh said: “On behalf of Mrs Ejiro Eghagha, we hereby state that she strongly denies and will vigorously defend herself against the allegations made against her by the US Attorney in Atlanta, Georgia in relation to purchase of aircraft, aircraft spares and aircraft maintenance for her employer.

None of the allegations involve any third party funds but relate to funds belonging to her employer and utilized in the airline business. There is no allegation that any Bank [in the United States, Nigeria or elsewhere], Company or individual suffered any financial or any loss whatsoever.

“The allegations are unfounded and strange to her. Mrs Ejiro Eghagha has built her reputation as a seasoned, honest and responsible person and will take all necessary steps to clear her good name and hard earned reputation. She looks forward to an opportunity to rebut these allegations in Court.”

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Entertainment / Album Download: Davido – A Good Time by lastnaijamusic: 09:12 pm On 11 Nov 2019
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Africa’s most-followed musician and king of Afro-beats – Davido shut down the music scene yesterday with the release of a brand new single ‘Risky‘ featuring Popcaan.



The hot music single is a follow-up to his Chris Brown-assisted international banger, “Blow My Mind”.

Already, we can confirm that both ‘Blow My Mind’ and ‘Risky’ will be featured on his highly-anticipated forthcoming album “A Good Time” scheduled for release on November 22 via Davido Music Worldwide/Sony Music U.K./RCA Records.

At a private album listening event which held last month, Davido revealed that the album will be packed full of surprises; from a hotly-anticipated banging feature with American R&B new cat, Summer Walker, to a viral freestyle turned smash hit, we’re definitely in for one helluva good time.

Davido also confirmed the album to feature productions from all his regular accompanist; Kiddominant, Shizzi, Speroachbeatz, FreshVDM and one international producer.

With 2019 being the phenomenal year for Davido, having sold out London’s prestigious O2 Arena, infiltrated Billboard’s Hot R&B chart with his massive single “Fall,” which set a record as the longest charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history, as well as being one of America’s most Shazamed songs of this year, Davido continues his unmatched work rate with the delivery of his second studio album.

The shocking release of the new single ‘Risky’ which was met with positive reception and to critical acclaim, further heightens the anticipation of the album drop.

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