Top 10 Best Footballers Who Never Played In a World Cup

We are now presenting the top 10 best footballers who never played in a world cup.

10. Nicolas Anelka

His CV and his total transfer fees combined make it incredible that Anelka has yet to play at a World Cup. He made his debut prior to the 1998 World Cup but was not selected for the squad who went on to win the tournament. He fell out of favour with the French management between 2001 and 2007 therefore missing out on two more world cups. He signed for Arsenal (£500,000) in 1997 as a teenager and from there went on to play for Real Madrid (£22.3m), Paris St. Germain (£20m), Manchester City (£13m), Bolton Wanderers (£8m) and Chelsea (£15m), as well as a loan spell at Liverpool. His combined transfer fees make him one of the most expensive footballers of all time. However, he remains in contention to play at the 2010 World Cup should France qualify.

9. Matt Le Tissier

A combination of remaining loyal to his beloved Southampton and playing in a generation of great English strikers probably cost Le Tissier his chance to feature at a World Cup. England failed to qualify in 1994 but Le Tissier’s best chance was probably in 1998. His Southampton side were perennial strugglers in the Premier League, and the likes of Alan Shearer, Teddy Sheringham and Andrew Cole made sure Le Tissier was overlooked.

8. Johnny Giles

Giles played in the heart of midfield for a Leeds United side in the 1970’s, who were the Manchester United of their day. Despite playing 60 times for his country Giles failed to grace a World Cup as either a player or a manager.

7. Ian Rush

The second Welshman on the list, Rush made his name with Liverpool in the 80’s and 90’s but his quality alo saw him play abroad for the likes of Juventus. He had an impressive international record coring 28 goals in 73 games for Wales, and his proudest moment came when he scored the winner in a European Qualifier against Germany in 1991. Wales narrowly missed out on qualification for the 1992 European Championships, as they did for the 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994 World Cups.

6. George Weah

Weah was voted African Player of the Year in 1989, 1994 and 1995 and European and World Footballer of the Year in 1995. Weah enjoed his best years in France with Monaco and Paris St. Germain, and in Italy with AC Milan between 1988 and 2000. Unfortunately, like Best and Giggs he came from Liberia, another footballing minnow who as yet have failed to make a World Cup.

5. Eric Cantona

Another Manchester United legend, Cantona made his France debut in 1987. However, he fell out with the French coach and failed to make the squad for the 1990 World Cup in Italy. In 1994 France sensationally failed to qualify and Cantona then retired in 1997, aged 31 to pursue a career as an actor. France won the World Cup in 1998 on home soil, but it is debateable as to whether or not Cantona would have featured.

4. Duncan Edwards

Duncan Edwards was considered one of the greatest of his generation. One of the Busby Babes Edwards was tragically killed in the Munich air disaster of 1958. He failed to play at a World Cup for England, but probably would have played for them in 1966, when they won the tournament for the one and only time in their history.

3. Ryan Giggs

Giggs makes no.3 on the list due to the length and consistency of his career. Giggs made his debut in 1991, and to this day remains with the same club Manchester United. During his time he has won 11 English Premierships and 2 European Cups. Giggs comes from Wales who have only ever qualified for 1 World Cup in 1958.

2. Alfredo Di Stefano

Alfredo-Di-Stefano 20180Di Stefano legend for Real Madrid at club level, Di Stefano mysteriously played for Argentina, Colombia and Spain at international level. Di Stefano was unfortunate to miss the World Cup with Argentina in 1950. In 1954 he was denied permission to play for Spain at the World Cup having represented both Argentina and Colombia. He was later granted permission to play for Spain but they missed the 1958 World Cup and in 1962 injury once again prevented him from playing on the worlds bigest stage. His failure to appear at a World Cup probably prevented him from being compared with Pele, Cruyff and Maradona as one of the greatest.

1 George Best

Best was not only the best player to never make a World Cup, but for many the greatest player of all time. Unfortunately for Best he was a native of Northern Ireland who are relative minnows of international football and haven’t qualified for a World Cup since 1986. Best enjoyed his best years at Manchester United, the highlight being a European Cup winners medal in 1968. However, Best was as well known for his scoring off the pitch as he was on it. After a series of personal problems he left Manchester United in 1974 for good, aged just 27. Despite playing for a number of other clubs Best never recaptured his finest form and failed to play for Northern Ireland at the 1982 or 1986 World Cup. Best died in 2005 following a long battle with alcoholism.

Top 5 Highest Paid Goalkeeper In The World

However, goalkeepers are an important part of the team and so, they used to earn a very handsome amount in every calendar year. There are a number of very good and talented goalkeepers in the current World but we are talking about those who are earning a very handsome amount so far.

Highest paid goalkeeper

Here are the top 5 highest paid goalkeeper, it will be updated as times goes on.

5) Petr Cech

Petr Cech is a professional football player who plays as the goalkeeper. He has currently taken his leave from the Czech Republic national football team where he played from 2002 to 2016. He made 124 international appearances with the Czech Republic national team.

Team – Arsenal

Annual Salary – $6.1 million

Net Worth – $22 million

However, he is one of the highest paid goalkeepers and currently playing for the Premier League club Arsenal. In 1999, he started his professional career with Chmel BIsany and in 2001, he joined with Sparta Prague.

Salary & Net Worth

He made a four years contract with the Gunners on 29th June 2015 in exchange for £10 million. However, he is currently receiving $6.1 million every year and his net worth is $22 million.

4) Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris is a French professional football player and playing as the goalkeeper for France national football team. He is one of the top-rated goalkeeper in the World as well as very renowned so far.

Team – France National Team & Tottenham Hotspur

Annual Salary – $7 Million

Net Worth – $30 million

He is currently 31st years old and in last season of FIFA World Cup 2018, he played well and took his team to final and also they became the champion of FIFAWorld Cup 2018 so far.

Salary & Net Worth

In 2012, he signed a contract with Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur in exchange for €10 million and €5 million variable. However, later, he extended his agreement with the Spurs and still playing for the club. He is one of the highest paid goalkeepers with his annual salary $7 million and his net worth is $30 million so far.

3)Iker Casillas

Iker Casillas is a Spanish professional football player and playing for Spanish national team since 2000. He is currently 37 years old and has come to the end of his career.

Team – Spain National Team & FC Porto

Annual Salary – $7.5 Million

Net Worth – $40 million

He is currently playing for the Portuguese football club, FC Porto. He is with them since 2015. Most of his professional career, he passed with Spanish giants Real Madrid and he started his career in 1998 with Real Madrid C team.

Salary & Net Worth

In 11th July 2015, he signed a deal with Portuguese side Porto for two years with an option to play one more year. Iker Casillas is the 3rd highest paid goalkeepers with his annual salary $7.5 million. Besides, his net worth is $40 million reportedly

2) Manuel Neuer

He is regarded as one of the best goalkeeper ever and also in the list of highest paid goalkeepers. He is currently 32 years old and he is well known for his quick reflex, strength, long throwing range, and strong shot-stopping abilities.

Salary & Net Worth

In 2011, he joined with Bayern Munich and still now playing with them. His annual salary is $9.5 million reportedly and his net worth is $45 million so far.

1) David De Gea

David de Gea is a Spanish national team goalkeeper and current the highest paid goalkeeper in football World. He is currently 28 years old and playing for the Premier League club Manchester United.

Team – Spanish National Team & Manchester United

Annual Salary -$10.4 Million

Net Worth – $49 million

David de Gea summary

Salary & Net Worth

According to the report, De Gea used to earn $10.4 million every year and his net worth is near about $50 million. In 2011, he got an offer from the Red Devils and making a British record fee for a goalkeeper of £18.9 million, he joined at the Old Trafford and still now, playing for them.

Top 10 Best Singers Of All Time

Here are the Top 10 best singers of all time:

1. Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 – 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave

2. Michael Jackson

Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop.

3. Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley was an American musician and actor. Known as “The King” He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including “Heartbreak Hotel” “Hound Dog” “Jailhouse Rock” “Love me Tender” Elvis debuted in the movie “Love me Tender” and focused less on his music and continued that way.

4. Robert Plant

Robert Anthony Plant (born 20 August 1948) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

5.Paul McCartney

Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .

6. Whitney Houston

Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music’s best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 .

7. John Lennon

John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.

8. Bruce Dickinson

Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.

9. Frank Sinatra

Francis Albert “Frank” Sinatra was an American singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.

10. Axl Rose

William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as ‘Axl Rose’, is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N’ Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.

4 Ways To Grow Your Hair Naturally At Home

Our natural hair is exposed to chemicals and extreme heat usually from styling tools all in an attempt to make our natural hair appear longer, smoother and straight.

Growing our natural hair faster doesn’t require so much. It all depends solely on knowing the perfect and right product for your hair type.

4 ways to grow your natural hair faster

1. Apply Mostly shampoos : strip the hair of its natural oil after use. So it is advisable for all natural hair to begin their wash days with a pre-poo treatment. A pre poo treatment is a treatment that is applied on the hair before using shampoo. You can make your own pre-poo treatment from the comfort of your home, using a protein-based conditioner or any essential oil of your choice.

2. Always use a conditioner after every wash : Conditioners help to restore oils and moisture to your hair.

3. Keep your hair moisturized always: This is actually one of the best things you can do for your hair. Having enough moisture helps to promote fast hair growth and protects the hair from breakage and split ends. All you need to do is get a spray bottle, fill it up with water, glycerin and any essential oil and just go ahead to give your hair a good spritz from time to time.

4. Use hair growth oils( or Sheabutter): It is important to use oils that protect and promote hair growth. These oils are very good at encouraging natural hair to grow faster. When applying such growth oil, it is important to massage deeply to ensure it gets into the hair follicles.

A man who chop his lover head wit a merchant

Police and residents gather outside a home where Portia Rama kanji, inset, was killed in Tshino village. / SUPPLIED A woman who was chopped to death, allegedly by her boyfriend, was warned to file for a protection order after years of physical abuse.

Portia Ramakavhi, 35, from HaMutsha village, outside Thohoyandou in Limpopo, was stabbed with a sharp object on her upper body and chopped with a panga on her head on Saturday.

Ramakavhis uncle Owen Mulovhedzi told Sowetan yesterday he had on several occasions advised his niece to secure a protection order against her abusive boyfriend, fearing he would kill her one day.

“She took my advice lightly. I said this because I could see the man had turned her into a punching bag. He would even beat her inside my yard.”

Mulovhedzi said he secured a protection order against the man earlier this year. “After he assaulted her in front of me in my yard, I went to the police and got a protection order. I even told Portia to do the same but she only promised to do so.”

The uncle said the family was now facing a mammoth task of raising Ramakavhis six-year-old daughter.

“We are still going to explain to her when she grows that her mother was killed. It is a painful thing to say to a child.”

Mulovhedzi said the law must take its course.

Provincial police spokesperson Brig Motlafela Mojapelo said the incident happened in the suspects home in Tshino, Vuwani.

“It is alleged that the suspect accused his wife of cheating and after a heated argument, he then stabbed and chopped her with sharp instruments. The victim died on the spot. Angry community members pursued the suspect, caught him and started beating him up,” he said.

Mojapelo said the police were called and the 45-year-old suspect was taken to hospital where he was admitted and placed under police guard.

His family said that the man, who cannot be named until he appears in court, returned home very angry on Friday.

His cousin said the man accused his girlfriend of cheating after coming back from her place on Friday.

“He didnt say much because he was drunk. The next day, he invited her to his mothers house and argument ensued in the house,” she said.

“The incident shocked us, we didnt think he was capable of something so horrible. They were not staying together, she only came to visit.”

The cousin said the pair had been dating for five years.

Provincial police commissioner Lt-Gen Nneke Ledwaba condemned the incident and violent behavior when dealing with domestic issues.

“The SAPS will deal decisively with any perpetrators of gender-based violence and this arrest should send a strong message about our determination to stamp it out.”

MEC for social development Nkakareng Rakgoale said: “The very sad state of affairs cannot continue. We simply cant comprehend what drives some men to do this to the very people they have vowed to protect and love.

“The impact on families, especially children, in such cases, is just too huge to comprehend. Men need to understand their boy children will emulate their actions and therefore, we need men to take the biggest stand against this scourge.”

Tips on how to improve your relationship this year

Whether you’ve been dating your partner for six months or have been married to him or her for five years, relationships are created from commitment and are continued due to mutual respect and effort. To say your connection is special would be an understatement — and to not wish to enhance it would be unfortunate.

While every relationship is different, no relationship is perfect. By doing these 10 things to improve your bond, you won’t only ensure a quality relationship with your partner, but you’ll also prove that you’re determined to work for one.

1. Ask your partner something new

Communication is the determining factor of success for every relationship. It’s nice to ask how your partner’s day went, but it’s boring when you ask over and over again. Enhance your conversation by putting in the extr\n10. Make time to focus on yourself a effort to question your significant other on something more specific. Through this adjusted approach, you avoid falling into routine and begin holding more meaningful discussions.

2. Designate a monthly date night

Amongst both of your busy schedules and nonstop responsibilities, the most foolproof way to guarantee that you make time for each other is to set a night every month dedicated to doing just that. Regardless of if you’re looking to spice up your relationship or wanting an activity that doesn’t include Netflix, the commitment to go on a date is one night — but the happiness that comes from it will last much longer.

3. Express your appreciation

The comfort that a relationship brings is the reason we tend to overlook what our partners do and treat their acts of kindness as our forms of expectation instead. To put it honestly, your partner doesn’t have to fill your gas tank or buy your favorite ice cream — he or she chooses to, and your acknowledgment of this type of effort will reinforce your partner to be thoughtful and remind you to feel thankful.

4. Tweak your schedule

We know — you’re independent and don’t plan on stopping your life for anyone (and you shouldn’t have to). Even though you have other commitments outside of your relationship, it’s a kind gesture to compare both of your schedules to see if it’s possible to spend more time together.

Maybe your partner can go to the gym a little earlier to attend the movie premiere you wanted to attend, or maybe you can wake up earlier to get your projects done so that you can make it to your partner’s intramural game. While you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your life to satisfy your partner, your ability to compromise should be enough to make him or her happy.

5. Remember the small things

Another way to add meaning to your conversation is to truly listen to what your significant other is saying — and talk about it in the future. If your partner mentions a conversation that he or she wants to have with a manager, take note on your calendar and remember to ask about it the day of. The fact that you’re able to refer back to the topics and details that your partner spoke about is one that will touch him or her. Overall, it’s the little things that mean the most, and there’s no better way to show this that n starting with your relationship.

6. Let go of the past

As a culprit for many potential arguments and the underlying issue for future ones, what happens in the past doesn’t always stay there — and it’s difficult to move forward in a relationship when you’re still thinking about what happened in it from another time.

If you find yourself continuing to dwell on the past, it might be a sign to take a step back and consider why — are you naturally less forgiving or is what happened something you can’t seem to forgive? By focusing on the reason for this recurring feeling, you’ll find more clarity within yourself and what you want from the relationship with your partner.

7. Show your affection

Along with expressing your gratitude to your partner, expressing actions to show how much you care about him or her is also suggested. From grabbing your partner’s hand at a restaurant to going to bed together at the end of the night, you know how you feel about your partner, and he or she should be able to witness it as well.

8. Learn your partner’s boundaries

Does your partner wish to be left alone when he or she is upset? Does he or she mind that you want to text throughout the day? These questions are simple, but the answers to them will help you understand the boundaries of your partners and stop you from crossing them. Overall, your partner’s sense of privacy is most likely different from yours, and knowing his or her boundaries is the best way to respect them.

9. Know when to apologize

Sometimes being right isn’t as important as being compassionate. Whereas conflicts with your significant other will vary, not every argument is a challenge that needs to be won. Don’t get us wrong — we aren’t telling you to take blame for everything, but to decide which battles are worth fighting for. Although there’s glory in knowing you’re right, there’s maturity in apologizing during an argument that isn’t as important as the person you’re arguing with.

10. Make time to focus on yourself

How we feel about ourselves is how we’ll act in a relationship — for example, if you lack confidence in yourself, you’ll look for assurance in your relationship. To prevent any toxic behaviors from happening with your partner, it’s essential to have a strong sense of self. Invest in a new hobby, make plans with some friends, and take steps in discovering who you are as a person. By falling in love with yourself, you’ll naturally be your own best version for the person who happens to be falling in love with you.

Top 10 Richest Drug Lord In History

Here are the top ten richest drug Lord in history by money.inc

10. Al Capone: $1.3 Billion

This famous American crime boss often went by the name of “Scarface” but he was born Alphonse Gabriel Capone. He was the child of immigrants from Italy, and one of nine children born to Gabriele and Teresa Capone. The Capones had come from the town of Angri, lived for a time in Fiume, Austria-Hungary, and then sailed by ship to America to settle in Brooklyn, New York. Though Capone was a promising Catholic school student, he eventually was expelled because he hit one of the women teachers in the face. After that, he took on a variety of odd jobs in Brooklyn and mentored with Johnny Torrio, the gangster. Capone worked his way through small gangs to more powerful ones, and eventually followed Torrio to work as a brothel bouncer. His work came with the side benefit of syphilis, which contracted when he was about 20 years old. By the time he was 26, Capone took over control of the crime group Torrio headed. The organization had illegal breweries and liquor transportation in a crime network that extended into Canada. Topping it off was the protection given to the network from politicians and law enforcement. He became a celebrity, known for his jewelry, custom suits, expensive cigars, extravagant foods and drinks and plenty of women. He was imprisoned for violating the prohibition laws, and for tax evasion, even though his criminal activities often centered on presumptions of physical brutality and murder. Capone served time in Alcatraz and the Federal Correctional Institution at Terminal Island, CA, the Atlanta U.S. Penitentiary, and the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. He died from a stroke, pneumonia and cardiac arrest in his mansion on Palm Island, Florida after struggling with symptoms caused by the late stages of syphilis

9. Griselda Blanco: $2 Billion

She was a member of the Medellín Cartel, a Colombian drug lady, and part of the Miami underworld of cocaine drug trading. She is said to be the trafficker responsible for perhaps 200 murders during the time she transported cocaine from Colombia to Southern California, Miami, and New York. She was born in Cartagena and was shot do death in Medellín at the age of 69. She started her criminal life picking pockets and looting. She was a historic figure in drug trafficking from Colombia to the United States. Her drug network was violent, lawless and free-wheeling. Her corrupt business practices created revenues from drug distribution said to be more than $80.000.000 USD every month. Her competitors eventually made attempts to assassinate her, so she escaped to California. She was arrested and spend ten years in jail but ran her cocaine empire from prison. She was equally comfortable with guns, cocaine, and a bisexual lifestyle. Court proceedings revealed that she had killed random bystanders, her business competitors, strippers, a boy who was just four years old, and three of her former husbands. According to one of her sons, she eventually embraced a new life as a born-again Christian.

Griselda Blanco Restrepo carries several nicknames:

  • Cocaine Godmother
  • La Madrina
  • Queen of Narco-Trafficking
  • Black Widow
  • La Dama de la Mafia

8. Carlos Lehder: $2.7 Billion

Carlos Enrique Lehder Rivas is serving prison time in the United States. As a Colombian drug lord, he co-founded the Medellin Cartel. He operated a massive cocaine transportation network in the Bahamas on Norman’s Cay Island. He is significant for founding Muerte a Secuestradores, the paramilitary organization focused on retaliation against guerrillas who kidnapped cartel families and members. He also founded the National Latin Movement, which was described as neo-Nazi in its politics and focused on destroying the extradition treaty existing between Colombia and the United States. Charged with drug trafficking, kidnapping and murder, Lehder’s downfall came when he attracted attention to his Norman’s Cay operations by openly bribing officials in the Bahamas. Lehder’s father is German and his mother is Columbian. His family owned a used car business, and Lehder began is path toward a life of crime by stealing American cars to sell in the family business. It is believed that Lehder continues to serve 55 years of a lfie without parole sentence plus an additional 135 years. But, because he agreed to testify against Manuel Noriega, it is also thought that Lehder is living in the witness protection program.

7. Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela and His Brother: $3 Billion

Gilberto and his brother Miguel joined together with José Santacruz Londoño to form the Cali Cartel. It was named for its city base of Santiago de Cali. Cali as access to the Pacific Coast, which is its major distinction from other Colombian cities. The brothers began trafficking marijuana and then added cocaine. The Cali Cartel differed from the violent Medellín Cartel by using bribery to reach its goals. Gilberto was arrested when the Colombian National Police raided his home. Gilberto had evaded the police earlier because he hid in a bathroom cabinet along with a tank of oxygen. He was convicted and sent to prison to serve a 15-year sentence. He was freed for a time, and then recaptured. Giberto and Miguel were both extradited to the United States and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import cocaine and subsequently conspiracy to engage in laundering money. Gilberto is serving 30 years at the Butner, North Carolina Federal Correctional Institution. The brothers agreed to plead guilty in exchange for obtaining immunity for 29 members of their family.

6. Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha: $5 Billion

Known as El Mexicano, Gacha was killed at the age of 42 by police. He had made enemies with the DEA, the Cali Cartel, the Colombian government, the FARC guerrillas and Victor Carranza and his so-called emerald guild. Eventually, his enemies collaborated to break him. The Cali Cartel infiltrated his organization and the rest shared intelligence reports with the government. Informants contributed to Gacha’s locations and eventually a huge raid took place. Gacha was killed by helicopter-mounted machine gun fire. His funeral was attended by thousands of mourners from Pacho, where residents commended his work to renovate town buildings. Gacha had prospered in drug trafficking, and he was a known killer. He developed a lucrative alliance with the Ochoa family, and that grew into the Medellín Cartel. Gacha was the pioneer of new drug trafficking routes in Houston, Texas, Los Angeles, California, and Mexico. His love for the popular culture of Mexico earned him his nickname, and he capitalized on his passion by owning horse, farms and wealth. His operations stretched from Panama to California and beyond. He set up the largest jungle laboratory for making and packing cocaine named Tranquilandia. There were two thousand workers who lived in dormitories at the complex and when it was finally destroyed by the DEA and the Columbian National Police more than 13 metric tons of cocaine were destroyed as well.

5. Khun Sa: $5 Billion

Khun Sa is the Burmese AKA for the Chinese Zhang Qifu. He was born in Burma and spent his early years training with the Burmese Army and the Kuomintang. He eventually fought to establish his own territory, which allowed him to conduct extensive opium smuggling in the Golden Triangle. From 1976 and for twenty years following, he dominated the opium traffic. He used the support of both Burmese and Thai governments to accomplish his goals. His massive network earned him the title “Opium King”. His work as a drug warlord extended internationally. When American Drug Enforcement Agency broke the links he had established with his international brokers, he closed down operations and moved to Yangon to live with his mistresses in great wealth.

4. Jorge Luis Ochoa Vásquez and His Brothers: $6 Billion

Jorge, Juan David, and Fabio Ochoa were primary members of the dangerous Medellín Cartel during the later years of the 1980s. The brothers were notorious for their cooperation in manufacturing, distributing, and marketing cocaine. The Ochoa brothers originally were part of a cattle- breeding family that also did business with family restaurants. Their movement into the narcotics business began during the 1970s, and their cartel was founded by Jorge. The Columbian family was involved in numerous arrests, indictments, and extradition attempts in various countries, but by 1984 their power was so grounded that the cartel made a public announcement that each Columbian extradition would result in ten murdered Columbian judges. Jorge was listed in Forbes as one of the top twenty richest men in the world. His personal estimated worth in 1987 was close to $3 billion.

3. Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar: $6.7 Billion

Dawood Ibrahim is from Mumbai, india. He founded D-Company, a crime syndicate organized in India. In 2003, he earned the rank of global terrorist. In 2011, he earned the spot of third on World’s Ten Most-Wanted Criminals. He’s been charged with terrorism, drug trafficking, extortion, murder, and targeted killing. He currently lives in Karachi, Pakistan. It is believed that he controls the money transferring system called hawala. It’s an informal value transfer method which depends on honorable cash movement within a network of money brokers. The United Stated Department of the Treasury has attempted to monitor his smuggling routes and narcotics shipments. His organization operates in India, South Asia, Africa, the UK, Western Europe and the Middle East, and shares similar networks with al-Qaeda. Many concerted efforts have taken place to have Ibrahim brought to justice in India, but he maintains Pakistani passports and residents and reports indicate that he may have shifted operations to the Pakistani-Afghanistan border. His D-Company has also been linked to the Bollywood industry, as numerous studios and films were financed, and threatened and extorted by it. The film Shootout at Wadala is about Ibrahim’s D-Company and its growing influence.

2. Amado Carrillo Fuentes: $25 Billion

He was known as “The Lord of the Skies” because he transported drugs using his huge fleet of jets. He also viciously took over the Juárez Cartel when he assassinated his boss. Once Rafael Aguilar Guajardo was dead, it opened the way for Fuentes to become the cartel head. Fuentes came from a family of 11 children, and once he learned the drug trafficking trade, he added his brothers, and his son, as his employees. The empire he built was a multi-billion-dollar drug trafficking machine. In Mexico and the United states, authorities were determined to capture him. In an effort to evade them, Fuentes tried to have his appearance changed with plastic surgery. The operation wasn’t successful, and he died from surgical complications from either a respirator which malfunctioned or medication. He’d had his bodyguards with him in the operating room to watch over the July surgery. In November, the two surgeons who operated on him were found dead. Their bodies had apparently been tortured, and then encased in steel drums filled with concrete. A fictionalized version of his life, starring Rafael Amaya, called El Señor de los Cielos (The Lord of the Skies) was aired on Telemundo for several years.

1. Pablo Escobar: $30 Billion

The notorious narcoterrorist and drug lord from Colombia was born Pablo Emilion Escobar Gaviria. He was the leader of a cartel known to have smuggled 80% of the cocaine in the United States. The King of Cocaine earned his title for having an annual personal income of more than $21.9 billion per year. He was from Rionegro and grew up in Medellín. He was a university student in Medellín for a time, but left before earning a degree to sell fake lottery tickets, contraband cigarettes, and to steal motor vehicles. He developed a skill for infiltrating the United States drug market and specialized in cocaine smuggling. He is credited with establishing the first successful smuggling routes leading into the U.S. His Medellín Cartel was known for murders and massacres of politicians and law enforcement officials. Though he became popular for building football fields and house in Columbia, the city also earned the title of the world’s murder capital. Colombian National Police killed Escobar when he was just 44 years old.

15 Shocking Health Effects Of Smartphones You Should Know

Smartphones are everyone’s daily companion. In fact, 50% of the Nigerian population owns a personal smartphone, and yes, including children. In this digital era, people have to keep up. Especially today that the demands of life increase – work, learning, and social life, the more reasons to use smartphones. However, everything too much brings no good. Too many sweets cause diabetes. Too much fries and burger lead to obesity and heart problems. Well, too much use of cell phones also increases your risk to various health problems.
In this article, we will discuss the top 15 damaging health effects brought by the everyday use of smartphones:

15. Smartphone Addiction

An average individual spends at least five hours a day on their smartphone. This dependence on the smartphone can develop into a serious addiction. Based on a study, 72% of people have this so-called “nomophobia” or the fear of having no phones. In fact, 70% of American women admit that they experience phone separation anxiety.
14. Withdrawal Symptoms
When people become addicted of their symptoms, they will experience withdrawal symptoms. Like drug and alcohol addicts, people with smartphone addiction experience panic, confusion, and physical distress without their phones. Based on a 2011 study among 1,000 students, a ‘clear majority’ of them showed withdrawal symptoms when their smartphones are being confiscated for 24 hours.

13. Musculoskeletal Problems

The excessive use of a smartphone can lead to the development of back problems. According to the British Chiropractic Association, more young people experience back problems due to smartphone use. Based on a 2015 statistics, 45% of young people between 16 and 24 years suffer from musculoskeletal problems, especially their back. On the other hand, excessive and continuous use of smartphones can cause “text claw” – a pain in the tendons or muscles in your fingers and wrists.

12. Nerve Damage

A recent study linked the use of a smartphone to the development of “occipital neuralgia”. It is a neurological condition in which nerves that linked your head and your spine are compressed or inflamed. There is no cure for this condition. However, the pain can be managed through medication, massage, and yoga, among others.

11. Stress & Depression

Stress is the most direct impact of smartphone use. Based on a 2012 research, responding to incoming alerts and notifications can cause stress. Excessive use can also stress the eyes, nerves, and other body parts which affect overall functioning. Moreover, it can also lead to depression. A Northwestern University study revealed that the more you spend time with your phone, the more you are depressed.

10. Weight Gain

When you spend at least five hours a day on your smartphone, of course, you miss hours or even minutes of doing daily exercise and cooking healthy meals. In short, you become inactive. The stress that the smartphone is causing you also encourages your body to seek for more food. Further, this sedentary lifestyle can lead you to obesity, diabetes, and heart disorders.
9. Sleep Deprivation
In a 2013 study, three-fourths of the world population sleep with their smartphones. Smartphone emits radiofrequency waves and bright light which contribute to sleep deprivation. According to Harvard researchers, the light that smartphones emit can suppress melatonin production, the hormone that balances your sleep cycle. Based on a 2015 study, smartphone light causes insomnia than drinking a cup of coffee.

8. Poor Concentration

Studies suggest that smartphones diminish productivity and performance. It reduces your attention span when you are working on detailed and difficult tasks. Moreover, the presence of smartphones in social settings steal your attention. It decreases your concentration in responding to external stimuli because you are focused on your smartphone.

7. Violent Behavior

Smartphones provide easy access to any type of content – including violence. The more you are exposed to violent-themed news, videos and other forms of content, the more you are likely to develop a violent behavior, especially for children.

6. Decreased Social Interaction

The use of smartphones has negative effects on your social health. When you connect to the virtual world, you disconnect from the real world. According to a research conducted by the University of Essex, people who are more dependent on their smartphones have a low quality of relationship and less trust to their partners or families. A University of Maryland research also suggests that smartphone use can develop a selfish, antisocial behavior to people.

5. Prone to Accidents

The use of a smartphone is among the leading causes of car accidents in the world. Moreover, pedestrians who use their smartphones can increase their risk to a road accident. Based on a research, the use of cell phones can reduce brain activity to 37%, losing focus while driving. Thus, keep your eyes on the road, not on your phone.
4. Vision Problems
The American Macular Degeneration Foundation found out that the use of smartphones can lead to retinal damage or worse, macular degeneration which refers to the loss of central vision. Based on a survey of 2,000 people, 55% of them experienced eye discomfort after continuous use of smartphones. The blue and green light from smartphones also causes dry eye syndrome.

3. Reduced Hearing

The use of headphones can contribute to loss of hearing. According to the Dangerous Decibels, exposure to above 85-decibel sound or noise can cause hearing loss. Based on the records of National Institute on Deafness, about 26 million Americans suffer from noise-induced hearing loss, and one factor is the use of headphones.

2. Threat to Stamina

You may think your smartphone is clean, but it is a home to different types of bacteria. According to a study from the University of Arizona, smartphones host around 10 times the amount of bacteria found on your toilet. This can weaken your immune system which leads to various flu and diseases.

1. Cancer

Smartphones emit radio waves which can be absorbed by our tissues. These radio waves are a form of electromagnetic radiation which can increase a person’s risk to cancer. Researchers found out that exposure to radiation can enhance chemical carcinogens that develop into cancer. Some epidemiological studies found the relationship between smartphone use and the increased risk of different types of tumors.

Top 10 Churches Where God Is Not Worshiped

Churches are synonymous with Christianity. We often think of churches as places of worship for Christians even though there are churches that are not targeted at that group.These non-Christian churches are dedicated to the worship of other gods or humans or might not even be involved in the worship of any god at all. Some even come with their own religious books, prophets, and commandments.


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10. Church Of Maradona

At Iglesia Maradoniana (“Church of Maradona”), Argentine football (soccer) star Diego Maradona is god. The church is based in Argentina but has over 500,000 members around the world. Everything done by the church is modeled after the Argentine football star.Their equivalent of Christmas and New Year’s Day is October 30, Maradona’s birthday. Their Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve fall on October 29, the day before his birthday.For their “calendar,” years are counted from the day of Maradona’s birth in 1960. So the date is always Maradona’s age with dD (despues de Diego) rather than anno Domini (AD). As of this writing, the current year for the Church Of Maradona is 57 dD.New members are expected to score a goal with their left fist, as Maradona did during the 1986 World Cup, before they can be baptized in the church. Followers of the church draw parallels between Maradona and Jesus. Maradona was crucified, sent away from the pitch, and had his leg broken. But like Jesus, he came back. Followers also have their version of the Lord’s Prayer, written in reverence for Maradona. It starts with the lines: Our Diego
Who art on Earth
Hallowed be thy left foot
Thy magic come
Thy goals be remembered.Similarly, the church has its own version of the 10 commandments. Among others, they include undying love for Maradona and football, spreading the news of Maradona’s exploits, and honoring his shirt. The commandments also require that members name their first son Diego and change their own middle names to Diego. One member took this further when he named his twin girls Mara and Dona.


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9. Church Of The Latter-Day Dude

The Church of the Latter-Day Dude claims that it is an original religion modeled after the Chinese philosophy of Taoism. Its dogma is straightforward: Life is short, so take it easy. Followers are encouraged to live life one step at a time without bothers or unnecessary problems. Followers of the religion are called “dudes” regardless of gender. The religion itself is called “Dudeism.” Dudes do not necessarily believe in the existence of a god, although they do not focus on the nonexistence, either. Their church was created for people who fancied religion but are not satisfied with any of the available options. Dudeism prides itself on being an “open source religion” that allows worshipers to add or remove whatever they feel like from the religion.The Church of the Latter-Day Dude also maintains a list of the “Greatest Dudes in History,” which it claims are its prophets.The list includes Lao Tzu (the founder of Taoism), Heraclitus (the Greek philosopher who wrote that it was impossible to step in the same river twice), Mahatma Gandhi, The Buddha, and Jesus Christ (who is said to have converted to Dudeism after realizing that the Romans and Pharisees were fascists). On the fictional side, it has Snoopy, Charlie Brown’s pet dog from the Peanuts comic strip. Yes, Snoopy is a prophet.


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8. The Church Of Wicca

Wicca is a controversial religion. This is no surprise because it is a mixture of witchcraft and magic. It is also a decentralized religion with members worshiping independently, although they can form a coven to worship together.These covens can commission a permanent place of worship that they call a church. Two examples are the Coven of the Gryphon Wiccan Church in Los Angeles and the Church and School of Wicca.The Church and School of Wicca was founded in 1968 even though Wicca officially became a religion in 1972. The church says that it sympathizes with those brutally killed in the medieval ages over their religious beliefs. Its mode of worship is based on the phases of the Moon. There are no commandments. Members are allowed to do anything they want on the condition that it harms no one.


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7. Church Of Yeezus

Followers of the Church of Yeezus believe that Kanye West is the god and savior of the human race. The name of the church came from his nickname, Yeezus. However, Kanye does not identify himself with the church. Followers call themselves Ye’ciples. Anyone is allowed to become a Ye’ciple, even if he already has a religion. In fact, members are encouraged to have another religion.The Church of Yeezus has five commandments. They believe that everything should be created for the good of humanity, everyone should be allowed to express themselves, and money should only be used to buy goods and services. They also believe that we have the ability to create anything we want to and that humans only suffer so they can become more creative.


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6. Missionary Church Of Kopimism

The Missionary Church of Kopimism also proves that we have a lot of weird churches that are not dedicated to the worship of God. This religion is the creation of Swedish national Isaac Gerson who believes that file sharing is an act of appreciation toward the original owner. You know, our little way of telling the creator “thank you.”Gerson says people should be happy that someone even bothered to share their file instead of trying to get them arrested for infringing on a copyright. Followers of his church believe that copyright laws should not exist and everyone should be allowed to download, copy, and upload files without hindrance.They believe that information belongs to everyone and should not be hoarded by a few. The church draws a line, though, by saying that it is wrong to spy on other people’s conversations. The Missionary Church of Kopimism does not have a religious book but recognizes Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V as religious symbols.


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5. Church Of Cannabis

As you can already guess from the name, the activities of the Church of Cannabis revolve around cannabis. There are at least three unrelated Churches of Cannabis operating in the United States—one each in Colorado, Indiana, and Michigan.Members of the Colorado Church of Cannabis call themselves elevationists because they lift themselves to a better version/person by smoking cannabis. Members of other faiths are allowed to join their worship sessions without leaving their religions.Cannabis, not a god, binds them together. The church does not have its equivalent of clergymen or religious books. It only has one commandment: Treat others the way you want to be treated.The First Cannabis Church of Logic and Reason is in Lansing, Michigan. Like the International Church of Cannabis in Colorado, members congregate to smoke cannabis, which is classified as a “religious material” and distributed to members during worship sessions.[6]The church also accepts cannabis donations from members to share with other members. Although the religion does not claim the existence of a god, members are allowed to believe in any god they want to.


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4. Church Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster

Unsurprisingly, members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM). Their religious motto is: “Be touched by His Noodly Appendage!”The FSM is a fictional monster made of intertwined strands of spaghetti, two meatballs, and a pair of eyes. The followers, who call themselves Pastafarians, believe that the FSM created the world. He supposedly did this when he was drunk, which is why the world is imperfect.Pastafarians say that pirates were the first worshipers of the FSM. Apparently, these pirates were good guys who were only given a bad rap by the Christian church. Natural disasters are supposedly the consequences of the reduced number of pirates. The church does not have a strict dogma. It preaches that everyone should lead their lives peacefully without interrupting others’ peaceful lives.Pastafarians also believe that there is a beer volcano and a stripper factory in heaven. The church forbids abortion, although it has some weird definition of what constitutes abortion. Men who cause damage to their sperm, maybe from wearing tight pants or using hot water Jacuzzis, are said to be guilty of abortion. The church readily accepts members from other faiths.


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3. First Church For Animal Rights

The First Church for Animal Rights was the creation of Diana Belais and Royal Dixon. They held the first meeting at Hotel Astor in New York on March 13, 1921. Over 300 people attended. The church promoted animal rights, stating that animals had the same right to life as humans and should not be killed. The church was supposed to meet at 3:00 PM every Sunday for what The New York Times referred to as “services.”During these meetings, members were taught how to care for and be considerate toward animals. The church recognized the Christian Bible as its religious book, except it only focused on chapters promoting animal rights.There is no record that the church held a second meeting. This was probably due to its unpopularity among Christians because of the inclusion of “Church” in its name. Its founders were also Jews, which made it more controversial.


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2. Church Of Euthanasia

Although it no longer exists, the Church of Euthanasia believed that humanity needed to reduce its birth rate to save the world. This was very evident in its dogma: Save the planet—kill yourself. Followers of the church said that humans were responsible for every environmental problem, such as climate change and erosion. So we needed to depopulate ourselves to save the world.In its quest to keep the human population down, the church supported cannibalism, abortion, non-vaginal sex, and suicide. It once operated a pro-suicide hotline that people could call to receive suicide instructions if they were willing to kill themselves. The phone company hosting the line realized what was happening and refused to play the recorded message to callers.The church understood that wars and epidemics were already depopulating the Earth, but it said that was not enough to make a difference. Besides, unwilling people were often killed. The church preferred that willing volunteers die. This religion was founded by Reverend Chris Korda after she dreamed of meeting an alien that warned her about the slow destruction of the Earth.[9]Despite its radical beliefs, the Church of Euthanasia forbade the consumption of animals. It proposed that all humans become vegetarians. The church had only one commandment: “Thou shalt not procreate.” Ironically, some members flouted this single commandment and got pregnant or got someone else pregnant. They were quickly kicked out of the church.


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1. Church Of Bey

Beyism is another religion formed to worship a musician. This time, it is Beyonce Knowles. The religion has its own church, the National Church of Bey. Although followers of Beyism agree that Beyonce is not a goddess, they say that she is a deity that “sits among the throne of Gods.” She is only in the world to spread the gospel through her music and will leave for her throne once she is done.Worshipers call Beyonce “Mother Bey” and have their Beyonce-inspired religious book, the Beyble. There is no evidence that Beyonce acknowledges the religion, although the church plans to invite her to speak to the congregation someday. They hold services on Sundays when worshipers meet to sing Beyonce songs.Beyism and the National Church of Bey were founded by Pauline John Andrews. She created the church and religion after she and some friends met to sing and analyze Beyonce songs. They were drinking and smoking marijuana, which she calls Beyha, during the meeting when the thought of creating the church crossed her mind.

Top 10 Reasons Why China Won’t Be The World’s Superpower

Written NOVEMBER 2019

China is an amazing country. One of the oldest continuing civilizations on Earth, it has gone from a centuries-old, primarily agrarian society to an industrial economic powerhouse. In the span of 50 years, the reforms that China has put in place have made it the second-largest economy on Earth, and it is soon expected to eclipse the US as the largest. With their sheer numbers, strong economy,[1] and rapidly growing military, the Chinese have drawn the attention and, in some respects, concern of the world. Many people now believe it’s just a matter of time before the country takes over as the next major global superpower.

While that could be the case someday, there are many reasons to believe that it may not be, as there are several serious issues holding China back. Until (and if) these issues can be addressed, it is unlikely that the country will take over anytime soon as the most dominant power on Earth, either militarily or economically. Here are the top ten reasons why China will not take over the world.

10. Pollution

It’s no secret that China has a serious pollution problem. Since its rapid industrialization began in the 1950s, China has reached the point where health scientists estimate it claims 1.6 million lives per year (approximately 4,000 people per day).[2] As other nations had delays in starting production due to environmental restraints and regulations, China built factories without concern for the long-term environmental consequences. As foreign demand for cheaper products made in China soared, so did the creation of factories required to produce them.

In some of the most heavily polluted areas, simply breathing is equivalent to smoking 40 cigarettes per day. With almost half the entire population living within the major (and often most polluted) metropolitan regions, the dire consequences to public health and the need to reverse the damage presents a serious setback for the country.

9. Overpopulation

As of September 2017, the population of China stands at over 1.3 billion people.[3] Although the country is geographically the fourth largest in the world, approximately 20 percent of the entire global population lives inside its borders. This places an enormous strain on its natural resources, particularly when living standards rise, and thus, demand for resources increases.

Although certain measures have been put in place to help curtail the exploding population (such as the nearly 40-year-old one-child policy, which was officially lifted in 2016), it seems likely that China will become more dependent on foreign resources to meet its needs.

8. Demographics

China is facing a demographic nightmare. As fertility rates have decreased and after decades of the one-child policy, the country is getting very old very fast. After the one-child policy was officially lifted in 2016, many couples were now found to only want one child or didn’t plan to have any at all. According to the United Nations, China may have as much as 44 percent of its population retired by 2050.

Unless they can attract Chinese youth back to the country from afar (which, as you will soon see, is itself another major obstacle), a massive strain will be placed on the younger working population to sustain China’s social services, especially considering that the country is a socialist state.

7. Wealth Distribution

Although China has had very impressive continuous growth for many years now, a significant segment of the population still lives in poverty.[5] Since the early 1980s, millions have seen their standard of living dramatically increase, yet while the economy is growing, there are many millions without electricity or adequate drinking water. It will still require a significant amount of time and investment before China’s population as a whole will catch up and be wealthy by the standards of other developed nations.

6. Wage Increase

While the middle class has exploded in China, the expectations have increased, as more Chinese will expect better pay, which in turn will eventually make their products more expensive for consumers. While countries such as Japan and Korea have still exported an enormous amount of goods as their salaries have increased, the quality of these goods has been high, which, in turn, kept demand high. Although the “workshop of the world” exports many goods, they are largely inexpensive because of their poor quality.

Eventually, when the standard of living goes up, the population will expect higher wages, which will inevitably drive up the cost of production, making the products they export too expensive. This will likely result in companies eventually pulling out of the country in search of cheaper nations, such as Vietnam and Bangladesh, to produce their goods.

5. Regional Tensions

There are several regions (such as Tibet and Hong Kong) within China that are demanding more autonomy, which requires the country to devote a significant amount of resources to ensuring political stability within its borders.[7] Until they can attain a certain level of regional stability as well as control an increasing desire from the general population for more freedom, their foreign ambitions will be hampered.

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Unlike twhe former Soviet Union, if you wish to emigrate from China, you are free to do so. The only issue appears to be related to Top 10 Reasons China Won’t Be The World’s Next Superpower. This poses a rather serious problem for China, as a recent report indicated that as many as 50 percent of the wealthiest Chinese citizens are considering moving out of the country to places such as the US, Australia, and Canada.

So even if China succeeds in raising its living standards, they face the challenge of then convincing a considerable number of their citizens to stay. Problems previously mentioned such as pollution, overcrowding, and restrictions to personal freedom make moving a tempting option to a very important segment of the population. When they leave, they take their wealth with them, leaving what is referred to a wealth drain, a loss in tax revenue and investment within their borders.

3. State-Owned Enterprises

Although private industry has grown considerably, a very sizeable portion of the Chinese economy is still owned by the state. Approximately 30 percent of their total assets (in both the industrial and service sectors) are state-controlled. This may lead to corruption and inefficiency, as subsidies can and are used to prop up businesses which may otherwise be unable to compete.

With competition comes innovation, which is essential to maintain relevance in an increasingly high-tech, knowledge-based economy. A whopping 50 percent of total industry in China is state-controlled.[9]

2. Reform

China currently finds itself in the rather awkward position of having a somewhat free-market economy while at the same time being a socialist state.[10] As a result, they have a very big domestic challenge ahead of them as they try to keep their economy free and competitive globally in order to generate revenue to improve the country overall and maintain a socialist state domestically.

This can result in a very confusing vision of the future for China’s citizens. As the middle class grows and their wealth increases, class structure should become more evident, which is what socialism is supposed to be against. A healthy free-market economy is widely believed to only be able to sustain itself in the long run if it is free of too much government intervention and capable of competing globally, which is a challenge for a one-party state.

1. Military Issues

Although China has invested heavily in its military, and it is growing, they are still behind the most powerful militaries in the world in terms of equipment and training. It takes a great deal of money to equip and train a military of China’s size. Widespread corruption coupled with a lack of competition, overruns in costs, delays, issues enforcing quality control, and monopolies in the defense industry place the country at a serious disadvantage when it comes to acquiring new technology. Its organizational structure is flawed as well, since the primary objective of the People’s Liberation Army is the protection and preservation of the more than 88 million members of the Communist Party rather than the general public itself.

Equally important is the lack of combat experience, as China hasn’t engaged in combat with a foreign enemy since Vietnamn 1979. The lack of experience in comparison to countries such as the US, UK, and Russia places China at a disadvantages.

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After 3 years Of Dating, Rihanna And Boyfriend Jameel Have Reportedly Split

Rihanna and Hassan Jameel break up after almost three years together.

Not only that, but TMZ also appeared to confirm the report, adding that other sources close to the star confirmed that they had split, “ending a true power couple when it comes to wealth and influence.”

And while neither of the publications cited a potential reason for the split, what we do know is that Rihanna and the Saudi billionaire appeared to still be doing well this past summer when she was spotted vacationing with his family in Italy. Soon afterwards, Rihanna also told interview magazine that “of course” she was in love with Jameel — though she was less enthused about talking marriage.

Neither Rihanna nor Jameel have commented on the reports.

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Drake will perform in SA, Ghana and Nigeria; See how much you’ll pay to see him perform

Drake will be in three African countries in March 2020.
The concerts will be held in South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria.
How much are you willing to pay to watch Drake perform?

American rapper, Aubrey Drake Graham, popularly referred to as Drake is expected to hold musical concerts in three African countries in March 2020.
The three countries are South Africa, Ghana, and Nigeria. In South Africa, he will hold three concerts in three different cities. In Nigeria, the child actor turned hip hop star will hold his show in two cities while in Ghana he one concert will be organized.
He will perform in South Africa before coming to Ghana and then Nigeria.

In Ghana and South Africa, general tickets and silver tickets are going for $40 and $55 respectively. Golden circle tickets are being sold for $130 and the VIP tickets go for $225. The VIP plus and the VIP premier is going for $700 and $1250 respectively.

In Nigeria, general tickets are going for $38 and silver tickets are being sold at $55. Golden circle and VIP tickets are being sold at $135 and $225 respectively. The VIP plus and the VIP premier is going for $700 and $1250 respectively.

The VIP premier will allow you to be in the first row at the concert while the general tickets will give you entrance and a seat a bit far from the stage.

Drake will be performing in:

  • South Africa (Johannesburg) on March 18, 2020
  • South Africa (Durban) on March 20, 2020
  • South Africa (Cape Town) on March22, 2020
  • Ghana (Accra) on March 27, 2020
  • Nigeria (Lagos) on March 29, 2020
  • Nigeria (Abuja) March 30, 2020

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Tupac’s Car When He Was Shot is Auctioned For $1.75 Million

The BMW 750Li that Tupac Shakur was driving in when he was shot dead is being sold for $1.75 millionRecall that Tupac was gunned down after watching a boxing match at a casino in Las Vegas in 1996

The legendary rapper died from gunshot wounds in the hospital six days after the shooting

The car legendary rapper and actor Tupac Shakur was driving in when he was shot dead is being auctioned for $1.75 million (634,375,000) in Las Vegas, United States.
Tupac was gunned down in Las Vegas in 1996 after watching a boxing match at a casino. He was rushed to the hospital but died six days later.

The BMW 750Li is being auctioned off by a dealer in Las Vegas having been painstakingly restored with its original leaser in prison, Daily Mail reports.

The BMW is put up for auction for $1.75 million in Las Vegas.

Disadvantages of cheating and ways on how to deal with a cheating spouse

If you have asked the question why do men cheat, you probably know that infidelity has many downsides. However, we shall outline some of the problems that come with a chronic cheating habit. Men who cheat are:

• Likely to do a poor job of fulfilling their parenting duties: often, men who cheat are bad role models for their children

• Unlikely to be loving, caring and supportive husbands

. Likely to infect their wives with STIs

• Unlikely to make their marriages and relationships work

How to deal with a cheating spouse

Anyone who asks the question, why do men cheat likely wants to know if it is possible to make a man stay committed. Please keep in mind that you can’t make anyone stay faithful to you. If they want to cheat, they will always find a way.

However, if you are with a partner who recognizes that they have a problem and they sincerely want to change, you can help them by:

• Understanding your spouse’s emotional and physical needs

• Accepting their sexual advances and being open to intimacy and sexual intercourse when they need it

• Spicing up your sex life

• Communicate effectively and listen to their needs so you can know what areas of their life need work.

• Spend quality time alone together

• Appeal to his sense of worthiness: tell him he’s valued and that you appreciate his role in your life

• Work on yourselves: exercise together and maintain a healthy diet

Remember that man’s decision to cheat is entirely his. Often, there is nothing a spouse can do. If his cheating is as a result of attachment disorder and sex addiction, he’ll need to see a psychologist for his problem.

So, why do men really cheat?

Men stray for a wide range of reasons. If your man is cheating, it is natural to blame yourself for it. You should remember not to blame yourself too harshly. Cheating is often premeditated meaning that they thought about it before they did it.

If you decide to stay in the relationship and this decision is yours to make you can talk to him about what could be making him stray. The idea is to work together to find a solution.

It is important to note that communication is key. Open up the communication lines and keep them useful. Whatever you do, avoid nagging. Insults could end up driving a bigger wedge between the both of you.

If you want to keep your relationship, you can win him over by showering him with love and respect. Let him know how cheating affects you and your relationship with him. Tell him about the side effects of his actions, too.

Reasons why men cheat

Men and women cheat for all sorts of reasons. Women often stray because they want an emotional connection or money or both. But experts believe that men tend to cheat for the following reasons

• Feelings of insecurity, unworthiness and being unloved

• An opportunity presents itself and they grab the chance to try something new

• Lack of satisfaction in their sexual relationships with their spouses, especially when the woman repeatedly denies them sex

• Seeking attention and physical contact

• Probably feels jealous that the wife has been paying too much attention to the baby and little attention to him

• There is a communication gap in their relationship

• An attachment disorder or a sex addiction problem

• The man might be battling with childhood baggage abandonment, abuse, or was raised in a dysfunctional family

• Monogamy sounds like a joke to him

• He has been socially conditioned to believe that infidelity is a man’s right

• They think they can get away with it

According to a recent study, men who feel less committed to their relationships are more likely to cheat on their partners. Unlike women, many men are perfectly capable of emotional dissociation. Such men can feel attached to one woman (usually the wife), lust after another woman, and be romantically involved with another.

Experts are still trying to find out how the human brain evolved to juggle different relationships at the same time. But one thing is certain: infidelity has many disadvantages.

Check out this magnificent Chelsea January signing

An ex Stamford Bridge favourite thinks that the Frenchman has all the attributes to be successful at Stamford Bridge under Frank Lampards tutelage

Floyd Hasselbaink has urged Chelsea to try and sign Lyon striker Moussa Dembele in the January transfer window.

The Blues were unable to bring in any new players over the summer due to a FIFA imposed transfer ban, but after seeing those sanctions lifted in December, Frank Lampard is free to make changes to his squad in the winter market.

Chelsea have relied heavily upon the talents of first choice forward Abraham since the season started, with Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud restricted to back up roles.

Abraham has hit 12 goals in 20 Premier League outings, but Lampard has been tipped to bring in another front man to provide extra competition for the English international.

Dembele is thought to be near the top of his list of targets, despite the fact Lyon are determined to keep their price star.

Hasselbaink former QPR boss witnessed Dembeles talent up close while he was on Fulham books in the Championship, and thinks Drmbele would be a “magnificent signing” for Chelsea if a deal can be pushed over the line in the coming day.

Chelsea need to make new signings because you have to keep the rhythm going and just to get some kind of new blood coming through the door,” says ex Blues strike “It is always good when you make a signing. It gives everybody new energy, you know?

“Tammy Abraham is doing really well but he is the only one really who is doing really well. Batshuayi is not making a difference. Giroud, I think, he does not really fit in with their plans.

“They need to get a striker in. Moussa Dembele would be a magnificent signing for Chelsea. I know Moussa quite well. I faced him when I was QPR manager, he played ever so well and killed my defence.

“Having already tasted that and gone through that pressure, and if Chelsea buy him, he is familiar with that.

Hasselbaink went on to express his belief that Lampard is capable of turning Dembele into an even better player, while insisting that Abraham cannot shoulder Chelseas goalscoring burden on his own.

“Frank will improve him Dembele with Jody Morris, in his combination play, that can be better and improved,” he said.

“But what you can’t teach a player is being somewhere at the right time, and he has that a lot. Tammy has that as well, but at a big club, you have to have a couple of strikers who are really good. You need competition

Pope Francis Sets Special Day To Honor, Study and Share The Bible


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The newly established “Sunday of the Word of God” is an invitation to Catholics across the world to deepen their appreciation, love and faithful witness to God and his word, Pope Francis said.

By papal decree, the third Sunday in Ordinary Time — Jan. 26 this year — is to be observed as a special day devoted to “the celebration, study and dissemination of the word of God.”

A day dedicated to the Bible will help the church “experience anew how the risen Lord opens up for us the treasury of his word and enables us to proclaim its unfathomable riches before the world,” the pope said in the document establishing the special Sunday observance.

Dioceses and parishes have been invited to respond with creative initiatives, helpful resources and renewed efforts for helping Catholics engage more deeply with the Bible at church and in their lives.


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Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, said added emphasis on the importance of the word of God is needed because “the overwhelming majority” of Catholics are not familiar with sacred Scripture. For many, the only time they hear the word of God is when they attend Mass, he told Vatican News Sept. 30, when the papal document, titled “Aperuit Illis,” was published.

“The Bible is the most widely distributed book, but it’s also perhaps the one most covered in dust because it is not held in our hands,” the archbishop said.

With this apostolic letter, the pope “invites us to hold the word of God in our hands every day as much as possible so that it becomes our prayer” and a greater part of one’s lived experience, he said.

In his letter, Pope Francis wrote, “A day devoted to the Bible should not be seen as a yearly event but rather a yearlong event, for we urgently need to grow in our knowledge and love of the Scriptures and of the risen Lord, who continues to speak his word and to break bread in the community of believers.”


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“We need to develop a closer relationship with sacred Scripture; otherwise, our hearts will remain cold and our eyes shut, struck as we are by so many forms of blindness,” he wrote.

Sacred Scripture and the sacraments are inseparable, he wrote. Jesus speaks to everyone with his word in sacred Scripture, he said, and if people “hear his voice and open the doors of our minds and hearts, then he will enter our lives and remain ever with us.”

Pope Francis urged priests to be extra attentive to creating a homily each Sunday that “speaks from the heart” and really helps people understand Scripture “through simple and suitable” language.

The homily “is a pastoral opportunity that should not be wasted,” he wrote. “For many of our faithful, in fact, this is the only opportunity they have to grasp the beauty of God’s word and to see it applied to their daily lives.”

Pope Francis encouraged people to read the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, “Dei Verbum,” and Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic exhortation on the Bible, “Verbum Domini,” whose teaching remains “fundamental for our communities.”

The pope also suggested pastors provide parishioners with the Bible, a book of the Gospels or other catechetical resources, “enthrone” the Bible in order to emphasize the honor and sacred nature of the text, bless or commission lectors of the parish and encourage people to read and pay with Scripture every day, especially through “lectio divina.”

“The Bible cannot be just the heritage of some, much less a collection of books for the benefit of a privileged few. It belongs above all to those called to hear its message and to recognize themselves in its words,” the pope wrote.


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“The Bible is the book of the Lord’s people, who, in listening to it, move from dispersion and division toward unity” as well as come to understand God’s love and become inspired to share it with others, he added.

The celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God also “has ecumenical value, since the Scriptures point out, for those who listen, the path to authentic and firm unity,” he wrote. The third Sunday in Ordinary Time falls during that part of the year when the church is encouraged to strengthen its bonds with the Jewish people and to pray for Christian unity.

The document was published on the feast of St. Jerome, patron saint of biblical scholars and doctor of the church, who said, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” The title, “Aperuit Illis,” is based on a verse from the Gospel of St. Luke, “Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.”

The pope said it is impossible to understand the Scriptures in depth without the Lord who opens people’s minds to his word, yet “without the Scriptures, the events of the mission of Jesus and of his church in this world would remain incomprehensible.”

Source Credit: Catholic News Service

Top 10 Richest Comedians In Nigeria And Their Net Worth


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There are thousands of comedians in the most populated country in Africa, Nigeria holds so many comedians both upcoming, stars and those still planning to join the industry. You will see the richest comedians in Nigeria in this list, with all they have achieved, their bio and net worth you will be surprised.

See the Top 10 most richest comedians in Nigeria and their net worth.


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10. Seyi Law (Net Worth – $600,000)

Lawrence Oluwaseyitan Aletile popularly known as Seyi Law is a famous Nigerian stand-up comedian, actor, master of ceremony, event planner and a television host. He won the AY comedy competition in 2006 and since then he has been blossoming as a standup comedian. He is always at every event in Nigeria for performance and has his own show “I Must Laugh” which also has more than 5000 audience in attendance.


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He is the big deal in the south west and attends almost every show or concerts organized in any south western state Nigeria. Seyi Law also attends and performs at so many events in United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Germany, Canada, South Africa, amongst others. He has featured in several international comedy shows both home and abroad. He was born on 22nd June 1983 in Ilaje, a small town in Ondo State in the south western part of Nigeria. He is currently 36 years old. He is originally from Ilaje, a small town in Ondo State in the south western part of Nigeria.

He didn’t grow up with his parents as he returned to Nigeria from Gabon at the age 6 years old. After completing his primary and secondary school education, Seyi Law attended Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) to pursue a part-time programme in Computer Studies.


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9. Yaw ( Net Worth – $900,000)

Steve Onu popularly known as Yaw is a famous Nigerian stand-up comedian, on-air personality, actor, master of ceremony, television host, event host, radio personality and all round entertainers. He is also a real estate investor and has a choice of properties in Lagos. He also makes his money from MTN adverts, radio presentations, radio hypes, anchoring events, equipment leasing, real estate investment and other businesses.


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He was born on 24th August 1975 at the Island Maternity Hospital in Lawanson, Surulere Local Government Area of Lagos in the south western part of Nigeria as the seventh child in a family of 10 children. He is currently 43 years old. Yaw is a native of Awka in Anambra State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. He grew up at Lawanson in Surulere, Lagos State, Nigeria. He lost one of his sisters to the cold hand of death when he was still a boy.

He attended Osimoye Primary School and St. Ann Secondary School both in Surulere, Lagos State, Nigeria and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate and West African Senior School Certificate. In 1995, Yaw obtained a Diploma in Radio, Television and Film Production from the Lagos State University. In 2000, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts from the Lagos State University, majoring in Theater Marketing. He is at present an On-Air Personality at 95.1 Wazobia FM.


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8. Bovi – (Estimated net worth of over $1.7 million)

Abovi Ugboma popularly known as Bovi is a famous Nigerian stand-up comedian, actor, television host, presenter, producer, director, television personality and a master of ceremony. He was born on 25th September 1979 in Benin City, Edo State in the south southern part of Nigeria. He is currently 39 years old. He is originally from Warri, Delta State in the South southern part of Nigeria. Bovi attended UNIBEN staff primary school and Benin Boys Model Secondary School, both in Benin City, Edo State in the south southern part of Nigeria and obtained both his First School Leaving Certificate and West African Senior School Certificate.


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After completing his primary and secondary school education, Bovi attended Delta State University in Abraka and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts. After completing his university education, Bovi began his career in April 2007 as an actor, starring in the television series “Extended Family” a movie which he wrote, produced and directed. The movie was very popular in Nigeria and skyrocket him to fame. In 2008, Bovi decided to pursue a career in comedy and performed at the Opa Williams comedy shows “Nite of Thousand Laughs” where he displayed his talent and received applause from massive audience.

Bovi has performed at several shows both in Nigeria and abroad. He has made a lot of money lately from events, adverts and tours. Presently, he is probably the hottest in the industry. He has made millions from organizing tours adverts, and events. In 2015, Bovi signed a multi million naira deal with GLO.


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7. Okey Bakaasi – (Net Worth- Over $1.8 million)

Okechukwu Anthony Onyegbule popularly known as Okey Bakassi is a famous Nigerian stand-up comedian, television personality, Nollywood actor, producer, director, entrepreneur, master of ceremony and a television host. He was born on 23rd October 1969 in Owerri, Imo State in the south eastern part of Nigeria to Mr. Livinus Onyegbule, a retired military personnel and Mrs. Felicia Onyegbule, a nurse.

He is currently 49 years old. He is the first son in a family of five children. Okey Bakassi is originally from Mbaise, a small town in Imo State in the south eastern part of Nigeria and is currently married with beautiful kids. Okey Bakassi completed his primary school education at the Alvan Ikoku Demonstration School in Owerri, Imo State and his secondary school at Federal Government College, Port Harcourt in Rivers State, Nigeria.

After completing his primary and secondary school education, Okey Bakassi attended Rivers State University of Science and Technology in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1992. After graduating from the university, Okey Bakassi got deployed to Lagos State for the mandatory one year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Programme.

Okey Bakassi anchors upscale events steadily and has also made huge money from politics as Senior Special Assistant to the former Governor of Imo State on entertainment. He has a mansion in Imo State and in Canada respectively.


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6. Gbenga Adeyinka – (Net Worth $2 million)

Gbenga Adeyinka is a multi-award-winning Nigerian stand-up comedian, comic actor, radio and TV presenter, writer, and master of ceremony. He hails from Abeokuta in Ogun State in the south southern part of Nigeria and he usually refers to himself as CFR which means Comedian of the Federal Republic and now GCON which means Grand Comedian of Nigeria. He was born on 7th May 1968 in Abeokuta, Ogun State in the south southern part of Nigeria. He is currently 51 years old. After completing his primary and secondary school education, Gbenga Adeyinka attended University of Lagos and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English.


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Gbenga Adeyinka worked as a corporate affairs manager in the engineering firm. He became popular with his shine shine bobo promo for “Star Game Show” he has also anchored Television programmes for AIT, Galaxy TV, MBI, Africa Magic and DSTV. He speaks various Nigerian languages. Gbenga Adeyinka is married to Mrs Abiola Adeyinka, and they have three children. Gbenga has anchored many wedding programmes and events in and outside Nigeria. He is also the first to publish comedy magazine in Nigeria known as Laffmattazz.

No comedian anchors more events than him presently. He is constantly busy and a top choice with politicians. He has properties and several business interests besides his Laffmattaz which is always a sold out show with more than 5000 people in attendance every year.


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5. Julius Agwu (Net Worth $2.9 million)

Julius Agwu is a famous Nigerian comedian, musician, actor and a master of ceremony. He was born on 7th April 1973 in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State in the south southern part of Nigeria to Chief Augustine Amadi Agwu and Mrs Mary Agwu. He is currently 46 years old. He is the fifth child in a family of six children. He started his acting career on stage in the city of Port-Harcourt where he grew up. Julius Agwu completed his primary school education at UBE Primary School and his secondary school education at Government Secondary School both in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, in the south southern part of Nigeria.


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After completinghis primary and secondary school education, Julius Agwu attended University of Port-Harcourt in Rivers State and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts. He made over 20 million naira alone from the launch of his book when he turned 40 years old. He has properties scattered all over the country, a state-of-the-art audio and video studio, and more political affiliates than any other comedian.

For over a decade now, Julius Agwu has been organizing two events such as Crack Your Ribs and Laugh for Christ Sake. He is reputed to own properties in 3 states in Nigeria, and is also the CEO of Real Laff Entertainment Company which is an event management firm. His performance fee is 3 million naira per event and his annual take-home is estimated at 180 million naira yearly while his personal organized events are estimated to be about 140 million naira annually.


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4. AY ( Net Worth $3.4 million)

Ayo Makun popularly known as AY is an award winning Nigerian comedian, actor, show promoter, event manager, television personality, producer, director and a master of ceremony. He was born on 19th August 1971 in Lagos, Nigeria. He is currently 46 years old. He is the oldest male child from a family of seven children. He is originally from Ifon in Ose local government area of Ondo State in the south western part of Nigeria, but grew up in Warri, Delta State and Lagos State, Nigeria.

AY rose to fame after performing at the “Night of a Thousand Laugh” a comedy show hosted by Oppa Williams. He is currently the host and founder of the AY Live shows, AY comedy skits and AY Cribs which he usually publish on YouTube. He is very skillful, creative and talented. In 2008, AY won six awards, making him one of the most accomplished entertainers in Nigeria. In 2009, AY won the Best Comedian in Nigeria at the City People Entertainment Awards. He also won the Most Creative Comedian in Nigeria at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

AY is currently the CEO of Corporate World Entertainment. His first movie “30 days in Atlanta” was directed by a Hollywood movie director, Robert Peters. Since his foray into this money making business, he has risen faster than anticipated with a performance fee of 2 million naira per event, while his A.Y Live events organized annually rakes in over 160 million naira annually. He is said to be earning over 280 million naira annually. He is also working on his MVP club, a movie production company and also runs an event company. He also has fleets of cars and properties at Lekki phase 1 in Lagos.


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3. I Go Dye ( Net Worth – $4 million)

Francis Agoda popularly known as I Go Dye is a famous Nigerian comedian and a television host. He has featured in several international comedy shows both home and abroad. He was born on 4th April 1979 in Abraka, Delta State in the southern part of Nigeria. He is currently 40 years old.

During his secondary school days, he always had a creative disposition, being the zonal project manager of the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS Club) where he invented a helicopter, a hovercraft ship, a radio transmitter and a battery table fan which earned him a scholarship to study structural engineering at a university in New York in the United States of America which he declined.

He religiously followed his passion, developing his comedic artistry at a time when the business of comedy was not fashionable as a career. After a series of top flight performances presenting mock news on the local television station, Bendel Broadcasting Service, I go Dye with the help of his friend I go Save was able to use the platform as a medium to address social issues.

Currently I Go Dye is now a United Nations Millennium Developmental Goal Ambassador and the CEO of Revamp Construction Company, a property, real estate and road Construction Company with an annual income of over 500 million naira. I Go Dye also has properties in choice areas across Nigeria, and fleet of luxury cars, he is indeed an amazing entrepreneur. He also has a special performing relationship with almost all the governors in the country. His business empire is increasing every day. Presently, he is constructing a bottle water company, Franstel Natural Bottle Water.


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2. Basketmouth – ( Net Worth – $5 million)

Bright Okpocha popularly known as Basketmouth is a Nigerian comedian, actor, TV presenter, producer and a master of ceremony. He was born on 14th September 1978 in Lagos, Nigeria. He is currently 40 years old. He is currently married with beautiful kids.

In 1994, he formed a rapping group called “Da Psychophats” which had 7 members and they started going for shows. In 2005, he was discovered by Oppa Williams through his comedy show titled “Night of a Thousand Laugh” alongside with his friend Bovi. In 2005 and 2006 respectively Basketmouth won the National Comedy Award and the awards for Best Stand-up Comedian of the Year. He has organized popular stand-up comedy concerts and shows in Nigeria and abroad such as Basketmouth Uncensored. He is currently a GLO Ambassador and also has a multimillion contract deal with telecom giant MTN.

He has been associated with many companies, signing different endorsement contracts in the last six years. He also has an impressive list of branding deals with Amstel Malta, Globacom Ltd and a host of others. With his sold-out shows in South African, London, and even in far away America and on his Basketmouth Uncensored platform, the comedian has been so consistent
since he came to limelight. His annual income is over 192
million naira, while endorsement deals run into over 120 million naira annually. His international show, Basketmouth Uncensored, rakes in over 100 million naira and makes totally over 360 million naira annually.


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1. Ali Baba (Net Worth – $5.8 million)

Ali Baba is a famous Nigerian standup comedian, television host, master of ceremony, actor and a television personality. He has been described as the king of comedy in Nigeria and currently the founding father of Nigerian comedy industry. He was born on 24th June 1965 in Warri, Delta State in the south southern part of Nigeria. He is currently 54 years old.

With over thirty years of performing on stage as comedian and hosting events for almost all Nigeria’s former presidents and the senators, Ali Baba sits at the apex. Even Nigerian former President Olusegun Obasanjo once
jokingly accused him of being overpaid for his performance. His Lekki mansion where he lives is said to be worth more than N300 million alone.

Alibaba makes his money through a chain of businesses in Lagos. He is also a reputable motivational speaker and a professional comedian patronized by almost all the big brands and political bigwigs in the country.

Source: austinemedia.com

Ukrainian Plane Crash Kills 176 people, as They Begin Mourning And Investigations


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The crash of a Ukrainian jetliner that killed 176 people in Iran where many of the victims were from or were headed and raised a host of questions about what went wrong.

But U.S. intelligence officials said there was no immediate evidence it was shot down.
The jetliner, a Boeing 737 operated by Ukrainian International Airlines, went down on the outskirts of Tehran during takeoff just hours after Iran launched a barrage of missiles at U.S. forces. While the timing of the disaster led some aviation experts to wonder whether it was brought down by a missile, Iranian officials disputed any such suggestion and blamed mechanical trouble.


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“The rumors about the plane are completely false and no military or political expert has confirmed it,” Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi, spokesman for the Iranian armed forces, was quoted by the semiofficial Fars news agency as saying. He said the rumors were “psychological warfare” by the government’s opponents.

In Washington, a Democrat who attended a classified briefing from Trump administration officials on Capitol Hill — including Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and CIA Director Gina Haspel — said the briefers had no intelligence indicating the plane was shot down. The lawmaker spoke on condition of anonymity.

The plane, en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, was carrying 167 passengers and nine crew members from several countries, including 82 Iranians, at least 63 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians, according to officials. The crash just before dawn scattered flaming debris and passengers’ belongings across a wide stretch of farmland.

Singer Justin Bieber Says He Has Lyme Disease

Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber has revealed he has been diagnosed with Lyme disease.


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“It’s been a rough couple years,” the 25-year-old wrote on Instagram, adding that he was also suffering from a chronic viral infection.

The star said he was aware of social media speculation that he had a drug problem, after he was pictured looking unwell with blotches on his skin.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by ticks.
The symptoms often include a rash, muscle pain, and tiredness.

What did Bieber say?

On his Instagram page, the artist wrote that people had suggested he looked like he was “on meth”, but “they failed to realise I’ve been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease, not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my skin, brain function, energy, and overall health”.

He said he was getting “the right treatment” to help address the disease, and that more would be revealed in an upcoming YouTube documentary series about his life.

“You can learn all that I’ve been battling and OVERCOMING!!” he wrote, telling his 124 million Instagram followers: “I will be back and better than ever”.

The superstar’s wife, model Hailey Bieber, defended her husband against criticism from those “trying to downplay the severity of Lyme disease”.


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“Please do your research,” she urged them on Twitter on Wednesday.

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria carried by some species of ticks – around 13% in the UK are believed to be infected
It cannot be passed on from person to person
Symptoms – including the bulls-eye rash, fatigue and fever – usually develop around three weeks after a bite

The majority of those who take the full three-week course of antibiotics make a full recovery
The New Forest and the Scottish Highlands are known Lyme disease hotspots – but people should take care wherever there is long grass
The NHS test, which is highly accurate, looks at antibodies the body produces, which can take some weeks to reach detectable levels

Source: BBC and Public Health England/NHS

See The Full List Of All CAF Awards 2019 Winners


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CAF Awards 2019 winners

The ceremony was held in Egypt as several FIFA Legends flew in to join Africa in its celebration of another wonderful year of football.

A panel consisting of Youri Djorkaeff, Mido, Clementine Toure and Laura Georges took part in a Q&A session at Cairo University on Monday to talk about various aspects of the game and answer questions from the students.
Later in the day, they joined a host of other legends in a friendly match with the pyramids serving as a stunning backdrop.


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CAF Awards 2019 winners

African Interclubs Player of the Year:

Youcef Belaïli (Algeria & Esperance / Ahli Jeddah)

African Youth Player of the Year:

Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmund)

African Women’s National Team of the Year:

Cameroon

African Men’s National Team of the Year:

Algeria

Best African Goal of the Year:

Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)

FIFPro Africa’s Best 11:

Andre Onana; Serge Aurier, Joel Matip, Kalidou Koulibaly, Achraf Hakimi; Idrissa Gana Gueye, Riyad Mahrez, Hakim Ziyech; Mohamed Salah, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Sadio Mane

African Women’s Coach of the Year:

Desiree Ellis (South Africa)

African Men’s Coach of the Year:

Djamel Belmadi (Algeria)

Club President of the Year:

Moise Katumbi (TP Mazembe)

African Women’s Player of the Year:

Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Barcelona)

African Player of the Year:

Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)

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US blacklisting of Huawei is failing to halt company’s growth

In the days after the US government said it would ban Huawei Technologies from buying vital American components, the Chinese company’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, pulled together an emergency meeting of his top lieutenants at its headquarters in Shenzhen.

In a large conference room, the billionaire asked for a report from the head of each business unit on how they would be affected by the Trump administration’s ban, which blocks US companies from supplying everything from semiconductors to software. Their assessments were dire. “We thought we had lost the world,” said Will Zhang, who attended as president of corporate strategy.


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It turns out they were far too pessimistic. Huawei recorded an 18% rise in sales to a new high of 850-billion yuan (US$122-billion) last year, although that was down from about 23% in the first half and missed its own internal targets. Company projections for 2020 are similar. Huawei holds the enviable position of being the world’s largest supplier of communications equipment to telecoms operators and the largest smartphone maker globally after Samsung Electronics.

Huawei isn’t just surviving; it’s actually thriving in some areas. The question is for how long. Last week, executives warned in a New Year’s memo that survival itself is a priority, urging employees to brace for a difficult 2020. Inventories stockpiled months in advance of the May blacklisting are drying up. The company can no longer count on momentum alone to drive the business, rotating chairman Eric Xu warned.

How Huawei survived the US blacklisting could prove a case study in unintended consequences and a vast shift underway in global IT production. Huawei is a big customer for all of its suppliers, and a few actually cut ties after the blacklisting.

Others lost out to rivals in Japan and South Korea. But American companies with extensive global operations, including Microsoft and chip maker Micron Technology, found legal ways around the ban, leaning on production outside the US so Huawei-destined products wouldn’t be hit. Huawei itself put armies of engineers to work redesigning products to reduce its reliance on American parts.

Source: Techcentral

Top 10 Most Expensive Houses In The World

Here is a list of the top ten most expensive houses in the world today. You wanna be on the list? You’ve gotta have at least a house worth $127. 5 million dollars. Let’s take a loom

10. Xanadu 2.0, Washington DC, USA- $127 million

It is owned by Bill gates, one of the most richest men in the world. The mansion is a modern design in the Pacific lodge style, with classic features such as a private library with a dome-shaped roof and oculus. The house also features an estate-wide server system, a 60-foot (18 m) swimming pool with an underwater music system, a 2,500-square-foot (230 m²) gym, a 1,000-square-foot (93 m²) dining room, heated floors, and driveways.

Source: businessinsider.com

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9. 18-19 Kensington Gardens, London, UK- $128 million

18-19 Kensington Palace Gardens sits alongside the home of famous royals, Prince William and Kate Middleton. It has 12 bedrooms, a parking space that accommodates 20 cars, an indoor pool, and Turkish baths.

This $128 million home is owned by Lakshmi Mittal, one of the 100 richest men in India.

Source: pinterest.com

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8. Seven The Pinnacle, Montana, USA- $155 million

Valued at $155 million, the grandest property of the Yellowstone Club (an exclusive ski and golf club) is owned by Edra and Tim Blixseth. The property boasts heated floors, various indoor pools, an elaborate wine cellar and an actual ski lift.

Source: money.com

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7. Palazzo di Amore, California, USA- $195 million.

The completed house is 53,000 square feet, with 12 bedrooms including a 5,000-square foot master suite; 25 bathrooms; a 15,000 square foot entertainment center with bowling alley, 50-seat movie theater, and discotheque; a 24-car garage; and 25 acres of grounds including a wine producing vineyard, 150-person infinity pool, reflecting pool, and tennis court, parking for approximately 150 cars, guard house, private drivers quarters, guest house, state-of-the-art theatre, discotheque, bowling alley, wine cellar, spa, formal gardens and city to ocean views.

Source: themostexpensivehomes.com

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6. Ellison Estate, California, USA- $200 Million

Owned by Larry Ellison, the co-founder of Oracle and one of the worlds richest men.

Due to the sheer size of the estate, 23-acres to be exact, the property holds more than one dwelling.

Within the compound, you’ll find 10 different properties, a tea house and bathhouse, a man-made lake and a Koi pond.

Much of the design of the estate falls under Japanese influence and was modelled after a Japenese Emporers palace.

The house was designed by Paul Driscoll, who was an architect and Zen Buddist teacher.

Source: wsj.com

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5. Four Fairfield Pond, New York, USA- $248 million

Four Fairfield Pond is the home of Ira Renner, owner of the Renno Group, a holding investment company in smelting and manufacturing.

The 63-acre home comes equipped with 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, a 91-foot dining room, basketball court, bowling alley, squash courts, tennis courts, and three swimming pools.

Source: businessinsider.com

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4. Villa Les Cedres, French Riviera, France- $450 million

The house itself is roughly 18,000 square feet and consists of 14 bedrooms. It also has an Olympic size swimming pool and a large stable, big enough for 30 horses.

Inside, you’ll find crystal chandeliers, gilded woodwork, 19th-century oil paintings and a wood-panelled library holding somewhere in the region of 3,000 books.

Source: pinterest.com

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3. Villa Leopolda, Cote D’Azure, France.- $750 million

It was the property of King of Belgium Leopold II. The house was build in 1902, and even today it is among the most expensive private houses in the world. The beautiful landscape, unique trees, and the architecture of the building make this place not only one of the most expensive but also one of the most beautiful mansions in the world.

The home has 19 luxurious bedrooms, fireplaces, a movie theatre, a number of rare artworks, swimming pools, gardens and more. The mansion occupies a territory of 18 acres.

Source: pinterest.com

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2. Antilia, Mumbai, India- $1 billion

It the most expensive house in India and it belongs to Mukesh Ambani. The home is located in Mumbai, and it has unique architecture, a large car parking, a spa, three helipads, several gardens, an ice-room, Hindu temple, a conference room, several swimming pools, a yoga studio, a ballroom, and a home theatre.

Source: youthkiawaaz.com

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1. Buckingham Palace, London, UK – $2 billion

This palace is located in Westminster, and it was built in 1703. It was a residence of Queen Charlotte (1761), Queen Victoria (1837). Today, it houses the of Queen of England, is the headquarters of the Monarch; it is also a place of significant national celebrations. The building has 775 rooms, including 78 bathrooms, 52 royal guest rooms, 19 staterooms, 188 staff bedrooms.

Source: viator.com

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Great Author Elizabeth Wurtzel Dies At 52

Elizabeth Wurtzel, the author whose 1994 memoir “Prozac Nation” ignited conversations about the then-taboo topic of clinical depression, has died. She was 52.

Wurtzel passed away Tuesday in New York City following a battle with metastatic breast cancer that had spread to her brain, her husband Jim Freed told CNN.


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Before memoirs became a literary genre du jour, and before the now-popular confessional style of writing became mainstream, Wurtzel’s “Prozac Nation,” published when she was just 27, created a sensation.

Source: CNN

Sadio Mane wins African Player of the Year CAF Award 2019

Sadio Mane, a Senegalese 27-year-old professional footballer who plays for the English Premier League giant club, Liverpool has won the African Player of the Year Awar 2019.

Mane was announced the winner of the category at the CAF Award of 2019 held in Hurghada, Egypt.


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The former Southampton player defeated other nine players to the award. On the list of nominees are: André Onana (Cameroon & Ajax); Hakim Ziyech (Morocco & Ajax); Ismail Bennacer (Algeria & AC Milan); Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli); Odion Ighalo (Nigeria & Shanghai Shenhua); Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Arsenal); Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Manchester City); Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool); and Youcef Belaili (Algeria & Ahli Jeddah)

10 online platforms that are good for readers

Reading opens your mind and makes you think faster and more than you can ever imagine. Here are ten online platforms that can help you read quality books.

Open library

Open Library is an online project intended to create “one web page for every book ever published”. Created by Aaron Swartz, Brewster Kahle, Alexis Rossi, Anand Chitipothu, and Rebecca Malamud, Open Library is a project of the Internet Archive, a nonprofit organization. It is a very good source to get amazing books.
Here is a preview

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Powell’s Books

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Top 10 Richest Actors In India


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India the home of dancers and great actors with lots of blockbuster films, and the No. 1 film producers in the world.

India one of the country where movies and songs are very popular. Its main film industry is called as Bollywood. Now a days Bollywood movies are earning a huge amount of money in domestic market as foreign and so as its actors. So here is the list of richest actors in India.


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10. John Abraham- $25 Million

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John patriarch is an Indian film actor, movie maker and former model who seems in Hindi films. when modelling for numerous advertisements and companies, he created his film debut with Jism , that earned him a Filmfare Best Debut Award nomination. This was followed by his 1st commercial success, Dhoom . He received 2 Filmfare Award nominations, for his negative roles in Dhoom, and in Zinda . He later appeared within the major critical success Water.

Beyond his acting career, he’s the owner of the Indian Super League football team NorthEast United FC.He has usually performed several dangerous stunts in his films. he’s conjointly a vegetarian, and may be a robust advocate for animal rights. And with a net worth of $25 million John is 10th richest actor in India. [10]


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9. Hrithik Roshan- $30 Million

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Hrithik Roshan is an Indian actor who appears in Bollywood films. He has pictured a range of characters and is known for his dancing skills. one among the highest-paid actors in India, he has won several awards, as well as six Filmfares, four for Best Actor and one every for Best Debut and Best Actor. beginning in 2012, he appeared in Forbes India’s Celebrity one hundred based on his income and popularity.


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Roshan signed on for endorsement deals with Coca-Cola, Tamarind and Hero Honda, all for 3 years and for a minimum of ₹30 million. As of 2010, he’s celebrity endorser for such brands and merchandise as Provogue, Parle Hide and ask for, Reliance Communications and Hero Honda and recently roshan has completed six years with Rado. And with a net worth of $30million Hrithik Roshan is the 9th richest actor in India. [9]


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8. Ranbir Kapoor- $30 Million

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Ranbir Kapoor is an Indian actor and filmmaker. he’s one amongst the highest-paid actors of Hindi cinema and has featured in Forbes India’s Celebrity one hundred list since 2012. Kapoor is that the recipient of many awards, as well as six Filmfare Awards. He’s theThe son of actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, and therefore the grandchild of actor-director raj Kapoor, Kapoor pursued filmmaking and method acting at the college of Visual Arts and therefore the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, severally. He’s additionally a co-owner of the Indian Super League eleven Mumbai city FC. [8]

With a net worth of $30 million Ranbir Kapoor is the 8th richest actor in India.


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7. Dharmendra- $70 Million

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Left, Dharam Singh Deol (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Dharam Singh Deol is an Indian film actor, producer, and politician. In 1997, he received the Filmfare lifetime achievement Award for his contribution to Hindi cinema. He was a member of the fourteenth Lok Sabha of Republic of India, representing Bikaner body in Rajasthan from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In 2012, he was awarded Republic of India’s third-highest civilian honour Padma Bhushan by the govt of India. [7]


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6. Akshay Kumar- $90 Million

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Akshay Kumar, is an Indian born Canadian actor, producer, tv personality, martial artist, stuntman and philanthropist who works in movie industry films. during a career spanning over twenty nine years, Kumar has appeared in over one hundred films and has won many awards, as well as the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in Rustom , and 2 Filmfare Awards.


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Akshay Kumar is one amongst the foremost prolific actors of Indian cinema, having starred in a hundred and ten films, as well as twenty nine commercially successful films. He was the primary Bollywood actor whose films’ domestic net lifetime collections crossed ₹20 billion by 2013,and ₹30 billion by 2016. Having done therefore, he has established himself mutually of the prominent actors of Hindi cinema.

He additionally owns the team Khalsa Warriors within the World Kabaddi League. As of August 2018, he’s the seventh-highest-paid actor within the world, in keeping with Forbes. [6]


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5. Saif Ali Khan- $145 Million

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Saif Ali Khan is an Indian film actor and producer. The son of actress Sharmila Tagore and cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Khan created his acting debut in Yash Chopra’s unsuccessful drama Parampara, however achieved success together with his roles within the romantic drama Yeh Dillagi and also the action film Main Khiladi Tu Anari .

Saif Ali Khan is that the recipient of many accolades, as well as a National Film Award and 6 Filmfare Awards, and received the Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award, in 2010. He has been noted for his performances in a very vary of film genres—from crime dramas to thrillers and occasional romances—and his film roles are attributable with tributary to a amendment within the conception of a Hindi film hero. Saif ali Khan was married to his 1st spouse, Amrita Singh, for 13 years, when that he married the actress Kareena Kapoor.[5]


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4. Aamir Khan- $180 Million

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Aamir Khan is an Indian actor, director, film producer and tv talk-show host. Through his career spanning over thirty years in Hindi films, Khan has established himself as one of the most well-liked and powerful actors of Indian cinema. He features a large international following, particularly in Southern Asia and bigger China.

He has created and hosted the tv program Satyamev Jayate, through that he highlights sensitive social problems in India, sometimes influencing the Indian parliament. His work as a social reformer, braving problems starting from poverty and education to abuse and discrimination, earned him an look on the Time a hundred list of most influential people in the world.

He also endorsed brands as well as Coca-Cola, Godrej, Titan Watches, Tata Sky, Toyota Innova,Samsung, Monaco Biscuits and Snapdeal. May be that is what makes him 4th in the list of richest actors in India. [4]


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3. Salman Khan – $230 Million

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Salman Khan is an Indian film actor, producer, occasional singer and tv personality. in an exceedingly film career spanning over thirty years, Khan has received various awards, as well as 2 National Film Awards as a movie producer, and 2 Filmfare Awards for acting. in line with the Forbes 2018 list of Top-Paid 100 Celebrity Entertainers in world, Khan was the very best graded Indian with 82nd rank with earnings of $37.7 million.

Salman Khan never showed interest in promoting himself as a brand, however he was signed for Thums Up in 2002 and continuing till its contract was over. Later Akshay Kumar replaced Khan. Later he was the brand ambassador of the drink Mountain dew with whom he all over the accept December 2010, and currently he’s yet again promoting Thums Up. He has also become the brand ambassador for the travel web site, Yatra.com, that conjointly created him a shareowner. he’s additionally the face of the History Channel and also the new brand ambassador for Suzuki motorcycles, previously he endorsed red tape Shoes, and currently he’s endorsing Relaxo Hawaii. He is in third position in the list of richest actors in India. [3]


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2. Amitabh Bachchan – $425 Million

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Amitabh Bachchan is an Indian film actor, movie maker, tv host, occasional playback singer and former politician. He 1st gained popularity within the early Nineteen Seventies for films like Zanjeer, Deewaar and Sholay, and was dubbed India’s “angry young man” for his on-screen roles in Bollywood. remarked as the Shahenshah of Bollywood, Sadi Ka Mahanayak , Star of the Millennium, or big B he has since appeared in over a hundred ninety Indian films in a very career spanning nearly 5 decades.

Amitabh Bachchan has invested with in several approaching business ventures. In 2013, he bought a tenth stake in precisely Dial from that he made a gain of 4600 p.c. He holds a 3.4% equity in Stampede Capital, a monetary technology firm specializing in cloud computing for financial markets. The Bachchan family additionally bought shares value $252,000 in Meridian school, a business firm in U.S. Recently they created their 1st overseas investment in Ziddu.com, a cloud based content distribution platform. That is what makes Amitabh Bachchan 2nd in the list of richest actors in India.[2]


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1. Shah Rukh Khan – $750 Million

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Shah Rukh Khan, (Photo by Prodip Guha/ Getty Images)

Shah Rukh Khan also best-known as SRK, is an Indian actor, movie maker, and tv personality. Indian media also referred him as “Badshah of Bollywood”, “King of Bollywood” and “King Khan”, he has appeared in additional than eighty film industry films, and attained varied accolades, as well as fourteen Filmfare Awards.

Khan is co-chairman of the film production company Red Chillies entertainment and its subsidiaries, and is that the co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders and also the Caribbean Premier League team Trinbago Knight Riders. Khan has supported brands as well as Pepsi, Nokia, Hyundai, Dish TV, D’decor, lux and TAG Heuer. The media usually label him as “Brand SRK” owing to his several endorsement and entrepreneurship ventures. May be that is what that makes him

the richest actor in India and 2nd richest actor in the world.[1]

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Top 5 Most Powerful Countries In The World ( Countries That Can Destroy The World )


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To determine the most powerful nations in the world is based on nuclear weapons, financial capacity, geography, logistics capability, industrial capacity, global status, natural resources, military strength, firepower, defence budget etc. Here are some most powerful and strongest Countries in the world.

most powerful nations in the world


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5. France

France has always been a world power since the colonial days. For many centuries, France has been one of the strongest nations in the world and still retain the position to date. France has lots of allies around the world and they also provide military supports for their allies.


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4. India

India has a great population, they have some of the best technologies and India has proven itself to be a powerful nation over the years. India has some collections of advanced weapons and it currently stands at number four of the most powerful nations on earth.


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3. China

China has grown over the years to become one of the most advanced and powerful countries in the world. China has the largest population in the world and one of the biggest economies in the world making it a strong force to reckon with. China takes the third position in the most powerful countries in the world. In recent time, China has positioned itself as a military aircraft manufacturer.


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2. Russia

Russia is also another country to be reckoned with in terms of its military strength and gadgets. Russia is ranked number two in Military firepower and strength. Russia has the largest landmass in the world sharing a border with at least 12 countries.


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1. United States

The United States is the most powerful country on earth in terms of weapons, land strength, Naval forces and technology. They are currently ranked top out of 137 countries with strong military power. The United States has an estimated defence budget of over $700 billion . This is attributed to their influence in the world politics and military supports and also because of their two major rivals China and Russia. The United States has the greatest political influence in the world and they play a major role in international disputes, political matters and matters involving global security.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Nets Hat-Trick As Juventus Defeat Cagliari


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The former Real Madrid star, and Juventus Forward nets a hat-trick against Cagliari in the second half of the game.

The second-half was all one-way traffic with 34-year-old Ronaldo breaking the deadlock just after the interval.
He added a second from the penalty spot on 67 minutes with Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain coming off the bench to strike a third on 81 minutes, before Ronaldo completed his hat-trick a minute later.


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Juve are three points ahead of Inter in the table with Antonio Conte’s side travelling to Napoli later on Monday, looking to keep pace with the eight-time reigning champions.

Atalanta closed to within a point of fourth-placed Roma, who lost 2-0 to Torino on Sunday, with a 5-0 rout of Parma, having also beaten AC Milan by the same scoreline before the winter break.

The side from Bergamo were already three goals up before the break thanks to Alejandro Gomez, Remo Freuler and Robin Gosens, with Josip Ilicic adding a double in a nine minute second-half spell

7 Things To Watch Out For To Prevent Having a Stroke


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A stroke occurs when part of the brain doesn’t get enough blood. When this occurs the cells don’t get oxygen or nutrients and they die. Here are seven(7) things to watch out for.

Always remember the acronym FAST.

FAST stands for Face, Arms, Speech, and Time, and will remind you what to check for when you suspect a person is having a stroke, as well as the importance of time. If you notice the above symptoms, it is important to call your local emergency number immediately. Minutes count when it comes to providing the best possible treatment and outcome for the person.
Face: Ask the person to smile to see if one side of the face droops.

Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Can he at all? Does one arm drift downward?

Speech: Is the person slurring speech? Is he unable to speak at all? Is the person confused by a simple request to repeat a short sentence?

Time: Immediately call your local emergency number in the event of these symptoms. Do not hesitate.

Look for weak facial muscles or limbs.

The person may be unable to hold objects or suddenly lose balance while standing. Look for signs that only one side of the person’s face or body has become weaker. One side of the person’s mouth may droop when smiling or he may not be able to hold both arms up over his head.

Always take note of a mini stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).

A TIA appears to be similar to a stroke (often called a “mini stroke”) but lasts less than five minutes and leaves no lasting damage. However, it is still a medical emergency and requires evaluation and treatment to reduce the potential risk of developing a stroke. These are highly predictive of a subsequent disabling stroke in hours or days after a TIA event. Doctors believe that the symptoms are caused by a transient blockage of the arteries in the brain.

Look for confusion or trouble with speaking or understanding speech.

When certain areas of the brain are affected, the individual may have trouble speaking or understanding what is being said to her. Your loved one may look confused by what you are saying, respond in a way that indicates she didn’t understand what was said, slur her words, or speak in garbled noises that do not resemble speech. This can be very scary. Do your best to calm her after you have called your local emergency number for emergency medical treatment.
Sometimes the person will not be able to speak at all.


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Ask if the person has vision trouble in one or both eyes.

During a stroke, eyesight may be suddenly and severely affected. You may notice that the person turns his head completely to the left to see what is in the left eye field of vision using the right eye. People report losing eyesight in one or both eyes or seeing double. Ask the person if he/she cannot see or is seeing double (if he is having trouble speaking, ask him to nod yes or no if possible).

Watch for loss of coordination or balance.

When the person loses strength in her/his arms or legs, you may notice the person has difficulty with balance and coordination. She may be unable to pick up a pen, or unable to coordinate walking due to one leg being unable to function correctly.
You may also notice weakness or sudden stumbling and falling.

Note any sudden and severe headaches.

A stroke is also called a “brain attack” and can result in a sudden headache that is described as the worst headache someone’s ever experienced. The headache may be associated with nausea and vomiting from the increased pressure in the brain.

Nollywood Actress, Jennifer Omole Dead At 33

Actress Jennifer Omole passed away on Thursday in Spain and was buried on Friday evening at Villarejo de Salvanes, Madrid.


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Jennifer died at the age of 33 and her death was confirmed by actress, Uche Ogbodo on Instagram.

Although Uche did not reveal the cause of her death, the actress called for prayers for the deceased

She wrote, “On January 3rd my dereast, @jennifer omole passed on. I’m hurting deep in my heart but only God knows best.

“Please say a prayer for my girl. #trubute #jenniferomole #restinpeace.”


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Jennifer who has acted alongside, Uche Ogbodo, Chiwetalu Agu, Chiwe Omoh among others is also CEO of jennisFilms.com.

She also produced the movie ‘StolenVow

President Donald Trump Vows To Hit 52 Sites ‘Very Hard’ If Iran Retaliates

Trump vows to hit 52 sites ‘very hard’ if Iran retaliates for Suleimani killing
As general’s body is returned to Iran, president says targets represent the 52 US hostages taken by Iran in 1979

Donald Trump has threatened to hit 52 Iranian sites “very hard” if Iran attacks Americans or US assets in retaliation for the drone strike that killed the Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani and an Iraqi militia leader, as The Guardian Reports.


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The US president made the threat in a tweet hours before Suleimani’s body arrived in Iran for burial and ramifications of the killings were reverberating across a nervous region, where many believe the aftermath could spark a new era of bloodletting and instability.

Iranian state television footage showed a tide of mourners packing the streets of the south-west city of Ahvaz early on Sunday to pay their respects and chanting “death to America”. Huge crowds had joined funeral processions in Baghdad and Tehran on Saturday as calls to avenge the Iranian general’s death mounted and the US case for ordering his assassination was increasingly called into question.

Trump tweeted that Iran “is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets” in response to Suleimani’s death. He said the US had “targeted 52 Iranian sites” and that some were “at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD”.

“The USA wants no more threats!” Trump said, adding that the 52 targets represented the 52 Americans who were held hostage in Iran for 444 days after being seized at the US embassy in Tehran in November 1979.

Trump did not identify the sites. The Pentagon referred questions about the matter to the White House, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said Trump’s threats breached international law. “Having committed grave breaches of int’l law in Friday’s cowardly assassinations, realdonaldtrump threatens to commit again new breaches,” he tweeted. “Targeting cultural sites is a war crime; – Whether kicking or screaming, end of US malign presence in West Asia has begun.”

Iraq’s parliament is set to meet for an extraordinary session on Sunday where MPs have said they would push for a vote on a resolution requiring the government to request the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. “There is no need for the presence of American forces after defeating Daesh (Isis),” Ammar al-Shibli, a member of the parliamentary legal committee, told Reuters. “We have our own armed forces which are capable of protecting the country.”

Many Iraqis, including opponents of Suleimani, have expressed anger at the US for killing the two men on Iraqi soil and possibly dragging their country into another conflict.

The US justification behind Suleimani’s killing centred on there being an “imminent attack” that he had directed, but this has been challenged in some quarters.


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The New York Times correspondent Rukmini Callimachi tweeted that two sources privy to the information, held by US intelligence officials, described the case as “razor thin”. Her tweets also detail a scramble to discover Suleimani’s whereabouts once the decision to kill him was made.

The White House transmitted on Saturday evening its formal notification to Congress of Friday’s drone strike that killed Suleimani in Iraq. Many Democrats have criticised Trump for failing to seek advance approval or to notify Congress of the attack.

The classified notification was sent under a US law requiring the administration to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action or imminent actions.

Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, said in a statement that the White House notification about the attack “prompts serious and urgent questions about the timing, manner and justification of the administration’s decision to engage in hostilities against Iran”.

It was expected that Suleimani’s body will be taken to Tehran and finally to his home town, Kerman, on Tuesday.

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10 Biblical Reasons Why Hell Might Not Exist

Today, many Christians believe in a place of eternal torment where sinners are sent after death, commonly referred to as “Hell” in English. Which is strange, because some say the evidence for eternal punishment as an integral part of the Christian religion is virtually nonexistent. See what you think!

10. The Bible Barely Mentions

Christian believers in the idea of Hell will tell you that it’s a place of punishment for sinners and evildoers. But does that idea have a scriptural basis? See Romans 6:7, “he that is dead is freed from sin.” So if a person’s sins are cleared with his or her death, then what’s with the additional punishment of Hell? Well, Romans 6:23 goes on to state that “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Note that there is no mention of sinners being condemned to everlasting torture, they simply don’t get the reward for living a righteous life. Similarly, 2 Thessalonians 1:9 says that the punishment for those deemed wicked is not fiery torture, but destruction, “shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.”John 3:36 strikes roughly the same note, declaring that sinners “will not see [eternal] life.”


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Meanwhile, Jude 1:7 does mention “eternal fire,” but only in the context of Sodom and Gomorrah, which are literally destroyed by the eternal fire of God’s wrath. That leaves brief mentions in the Book of Revelation and two of Christ’s parables as the Biblical basis for the fiery Hell of popular imagination (more on those verses later). But if a place of eternal torment was truly intended as an integral component of Christianity, surely it’s strange that the Bible never seems to pay much attention to it?


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9. Endless Punishment Doesn’t Make

From a Christian perspective, the idea of Hell is not only cruel and unusual, but totally excessive. Would a God described in the Bible as “a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right” decide that infinite punishment is just and fair? 1 John 4:8 states that God is the very concept of love. Would a loving father eternally torture his child as punishment, even if the child did something seriously wrong? Deuteronomy 19:21 famously states “an eye for an eye,” a principal of equal punishment that seems rather out of sync with the idea of literally endless torment as retribution for the sins of a short mortal life.In fact, the fiery Hell of popular imagination seems even harsher after considering God’s words in Jeremiah 7:31: “They have built the high places of Topheth in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to burn their sons and daughters in the fire—something I did not command, nor did it enter my mind.” If the idea of humans being burned in fire is so unappealing to God that it never even came into His thoughts, then what’s His deal with Hell?


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8. Many References To Hell Were Mistranslations

When it comes to misconceptions about Hell, the popular 17th-century King James Version (KJV) of the Bible has a lot to answer for. For example, in the KJV, the prophet Jonah was in the “belly of Hell,” while David bafflingly insists that God would be with him even in Hell. Even Jesus pops down to Hell after his death on the cross.This obviously makes no sense. The Bible repeatedly states that Hell, whatever else it is, involves separation from God. So why is Jesus swinging by for a visit and why is David so sure that God would be with him there? In fact, if God is with David, why would he be in Hell in the first place? The answer is that the KJV lumps a whole bunch of different Greek and Hebrew words together under the English term “Hell.” The words in question are Hades, Sheol, Tartarus, and Gehenna, and they can have very different meanings in their original context.That’s particularly important to Hades and Sheol, which are roughly equivalent words in Greek and Hebrew. Neither can reasonably be translated as “place of torment,” which is what the word “Hell” now generally implies. A better translation might be “the grave” or “the afterlife.” Neither term carries a value judgment in the way that “Hell” does only the wicked go to Hell, but all souls are in Sheol after death. So David’s weird KJV claim that God would be with him in “Hell” is better translated as “the afterlife” or even “the depths.” While the KJV references Jesus being in Hell after his death on the cross, the New International Version makes a much less dramatic reference to him being in his “grave.” In fact, the New International Version only refers to Hell 15 times, compared to a whopping 54 mentions in the KJV.Other modern Bibles try to avoid such problems altogether by simply leaving “Sheol” and “Hades” untranslated, although this hasn’t quite undone the influence of the KJV. As the Encyclopedia Americana of 1942 put it: “Much confusion and misunderstanding has been caused through the early translators of the Bible persistently rendering the Hebrew Sheol and the Greek Hades and Gehenna by the word ‘Hell.’ The simple transliteration of these words by the translators of the revised editions of the Bible has not sufficed to appreciably clear up this confusion and misconception.


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”7‘Gehenna’ Is Controversial,

So if “Hades” and “Sheol” don’t 8atch the modern perception of Hell, that leaves “Gehenna.” (“Tartarus” is also sometimes translated as “Hell,” but the term only appears once in the Bible, and not in relation to humans, so it has limited relevance here.) “Gehenna” is certainly the Biblical term most often rendered “Hell” in English. For example, the New International Version of Matthew 5:30 states: “If your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into Hell.” Scary, right?It all comes down to the controversy over the exact meaning of “Gehenna.” The word itself is a Greek rendering of the Hebrew terms ge-hinnom and ge-ben-hinnom, which mean “valley of the sons of Hinnom” and refer to an actual valley just outside ancient Jerusalem. The valley first appears in the Old Testament as the location of fiery pagan child sacrifices, which continue at least until 2 Kings 23:10, which describes how Josiah ravaged the site so “that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Moloch.” By the time of Jesus, the term was apparently used metaphorically to refer to a place of fiery destruction, and Jesus uses it 11 times in this context. It’s interesting to note that Hebrew had no word for such a concept and Jesus apparently felt no need to introduce one, preferring to make historical allusions instead.Or maybe not. According to some scholars, the valley of Gehenna had essentially become Jerusalem’s incinerator by the time of Christ. It featured constantly burning fires, which consumed the city’s garbage and the bodies of criminals and the disgraced. This tradition is quite old, but not supported by any real evidence or ancient accounts, although it is strange that Jesus refers to bodies being destroyed in Gehenna as well as souls.In any case, none of Christ’s references to Gehenna suggest any kind of eternal torment. Certainly, the fires of Gehenna are described as eternal, but Jesus specifically warns that they will be used to “destroy both soul and body.” Removing unrighteous people from existence, as that verse suggests, doesn’t sound particularly like torturing them forever. The second meaning can only be inferred by readers who already have that concept of Hell.


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6. Jesus Didn’t Invent His Parable About

So is the idea of a fiery Hell completely alien to the Bible? Not at all. It’s right there in the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, as recorded in Luke 16:19-31. In the story, a wealthy man lives it up while ignoring a beggar named Lazarus. But the pair experience a dramatic role reversal after their deaths, when Lazarus is carried off by angels to a blissful existence in the bosom of Abraham, while the rich man finds himself tormented in a blazing fire. The rich man begs Lazarus to take pity on him and bring him some water, but Abraham points out that the rich man had a great life and never took pity on Lazarus. Abraham also refuses to resurrect Lazarus to warn the rich man’s family to change their ways, arguing that they can choose to follow the prophets or not, but witnessing a miracle won’t suddenly make them good people.This is probably the closest the Bible gets to the modern conception of Hell. However, it’s important to note that the Bible doesn’t present it as a true story or a straightforward warning about the afterlife. Christ’s parables are clearly fictional stories designed to convey a message. As Warren Prestidge points out, the Rich Man and Lazarus is immediately preceded by the Parable of the Unjust Steward, where a servant defrauds his master and gets rewarded for it. If you ignored the deeper meaning of the parables, you’d conclude that Jesus thought stealing from your boss was great.In fact, Jesus didn’t even come up with the story in the first place. Scholars have long identified the general outline (a beggar is rewarded after death, while a rich man is punished) as an Egyptian folktale that became popular with Jewish religious teachers like the Pharisees, to the point that early Jewish literature contains at least seven versions of it. In Luke’s account, Jesus only brings the story up after the Pharisees mock his original Parable of the Unjust Steward, thus using one of their own favorite stories to demonstrate their hypocrisy. With this context, it’s hard to see the parable as a serious account of the Christian afterlife.


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5. The Other Verses Aren’t Conclusive

The Bible also contains a reference to eternal fiery torture in Revelation 20:10-15, which refers to a “lake of burning sulfur” where entities are “tormented day and night for ever and ever.” Of course, the entities involved apparently include “death” and “Hades,” which are not actual people able to experience actual suffering. In other words, this is symbolism. Just as these aren’t literal people, neither is the location they are assigned to.That leaves the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats, as found in the Book of Matthew. In the story, which hovers somewhere between a parable and a straightforward sermon, Jesus appears to speak of the Last Judgment, when sinners will be banished “into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” This section of the sermon/parable is fairly direct and clearly not part of a fictional story like the Rich Man and Lazarus. The parable ends with an apparent reference to unending torment: “Then [the unrighteous] will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” For these reasons, the Sheep and the Goats is generally considered the key Bible passage behind the popular conception of Hell.However, many theologians argue that this interpretation of the Sheep and the Goats contradicts a number of other Bible verses, which explain the fate of the unrighteous at the Last Judgment as fiery destruction via “the second death.” If the unrighteous are destroyed, they can’t be tormented forever. Some Biblical scholars argue that, while the fire of punishment is described as eternal, that doesn’t mean the wicked will be punished there for all eternity. Rather, the punishment is total destruction in the holy fire, which has always existed. In other words, the eternal punishment (“aionios kolasis“) has lasted forever, but the punishment itself is simply immediate destruction.Jehovah’s Witnesses and other groups who not believe in Hell go even further, arguing that the word kolasis shouldn’t be translated as “punishment” at all. Citing its derivation from a Greek term for pruning trees, they suggest that it would better be rendered “cutting off,” “destruction,” or even “death.” The last interpretation would turn “aionios kolasis” into “eternal death,” making a nice contrast with the “eternal life” promised the righteous. The “pruning trees” meaning also invokes John 15:6: “If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.” Kolasis only appears twice in the New Testament, but the Old Testament in Greek uses it to refer to punishment in general and to death as a form of punishment, suggesting that “eternal punishment” and “eternal death” are both valid translations.


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4. Even The Church Fathers Couldn’t Agree On Hell

Since many hold the early church fathers as the authority on matters of faith and doctrine, many would find it surprising that even they couldn’t agree if Hell existed and, if so, what it actually was. Justin Martyr, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, and Cyprian were among those that held that Hell was a literal place of fiery torment. Origen and Gregory of Nyssa disagreed, countering that Hell was simply separation from God. While the idea of eternal fiery damnation can be found as early as the apocryphal second-century Apocalypse of Peter, it doesn’t seem to have become dominant in Christian thinking until around the fifth century AD.Ironically, this view was heavily inspired by a non-Christian, the Greek philosopher and mathematician Plato, whom the French historian Georges Minois credited with “the greatest influence on traditional views of Hell” of all the early philosophers. Plato’s Story of Er features an afterlife in which sinners are punished or rewarded in proportion to their misdeeds in life. Whatever your views on Hell’s existence, Plato’s sin-specific punishments definitely have no Biblical support, but the philosopher’s ideas can still be detected in many popular versions of the Christian afterlife, most notably Dante’s Inferno.In modern times, many Christian denominations have moved away from Saint Augustine’s conception of Hell as a physical place beneath the Earth. Even the venerable Catholic Church has apparently decided to go with the flow, with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, approved by Pope John Paul II in 1992, declaring that Hell is simply a state of “definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed.”


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3. Some Aspects Of Hell Seem Distinctly

Plato might have had the greatest role, but non-Abrahamic influences on Hell date back a long way before the Greeks pioneered philosophy. The Ancient Egyptian religion, for example, featured a cavern containing a “lake of fire” where the souls of the wicked were punished for their transgressions. The early Mesopotamians also believed that the underworld lay underground, although it was more dim and miserable than a place of eternal punishment.A particularly interesting comparison can be made between the popular idea of Hell and Zoroastrianism, an ancient religion originating in what is now Iran. In the earliest Zoroastrian texts, the souls of the sinful are judged after death and condemned to eternal punishment in the underworld, which the Book Of Arda Viraf describes as a pit full of fire, “smoke, stench and demons.” The souls are tortured according to the severity of their sins in life and the whole thing is presided over by Angra Mainyu, the great evil spirit, “who ever ridiculed and mocked the wicked in hell” for following him instead of their creator god.That sounds remarkably like the Hell of modern pop culture. And what’s just as remarkable is how many of those details have no basis in the Bible. Zoroastrian hell is staffed by demons and ruled by a devil figure, whereas the Christian Devil and his followers have no role in the afterlife and are the one group clearly stated to be destined for punishment in “Tartarus.” There’s certainly no reason to believe that a Christian hell would make the punishment fit the crime, whereas the demons of Zoroastrianism seem to delight in devising inventive tortures for each particular sin. In fact, the Book Of Arda Viraf is distinctly reminiscent of Dante’s Inferno.


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2. EvenThe Concept Is Alien To The Old Testament

the thin evidence for Hell in the New Testament looks vast in comparison to the Old Testament, which clearly has no concept of Hell at all. Rather, scriptures like Job 3:11-18 suggest that death is simply a cessation: “Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb . . . For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest . . . There the wicked cease from turmoil, and there the weary are at rest.” Pretty self-explanatory. Ecclesiastes 3:19 sounds even more skeptical about the possibility of an afterlife, sourly observing that “Man’s fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless.”Even at the very start of the Bible, in Genesis 2:16-17 and 3:19, Adam and Eve’s punishment for breaking God’s instructions and eating the forbidden fruit was not the threat of hellfire, but rather a promise that they will eventually die, “for dust you are and to dust you will return.” If Adam and Eve were at risk of being tormented forever, wouldn’t they have been warned of that? Would God lie and tell them they were going back to the dust if his plan was really to lock them in a furnace? When Cain kills Abel, God sentences him to wander the land and even gives him a mark to stop people from killing him. If judgment awaits in the afterlife, surely that was a bit counterproductive?


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1. Hell Is Little Scare Tactics

While religions like the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Seventh-day Adventists do not teach the doctrine of Hell, many churches and denominations still cling to the idea. But why?It cannot be denied that, throughout history, the idea of Hell has been used as a scare tactic to keep people in line. An 18th-century preacher named Jonathan Edwards became famous for his fire-and-brimstone sermon “Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God,” which warned that God could “cast wicked men into Hell at any moment.” So terrifying was his depiction of hell that other clergymen had to rush to the aid of distraught members of the congregation. Even in modern times, the theme of “believe or you will go to Hell” is common, complete with vivd descriptions of grinding teeth, the shrieks of the damned, and the odor of scorching flesh. Writing on the topic, one author describes having seen a young child scream in church, confessing that he was “afraid of Hell.”Others, such as Queen Mary I of England, have used the doctrine as an excuse for perpetrating barbarism. Before sentencing a group of Protestants to be burned alive, she supposedly declared: “As the souls of heretics are hereafter to be eternally burning in Hell, there can be nothing more proper than for me to imitate the Divine vengeance by burning them on earth.”Like all scare tactics, the idea of hellfire can exert a powerful grip on believers. However, the Biblical evidence for the horrifying doctrine is rather lacking. In fact, the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, often cited as Biblical proof of the doctrine of Hell, actually has the opposite message. At the end of the parable, Abraham declines to send Lazarus back to Earth to warn sinners of some terrifying fate awaiting them in the afterlife, arguing that righteousness can only come from belief, rather than fear of some supernatural punishment.My mission is to turn the sprinkler on hell.

3 Easy Step On How To Smell Nice Without Perfume(just three)

1. Buy an essential oil (your favourite scent from the health food store) and dilute it with a carrier oil, like almond oil.

2. Spread coconut oil on your body after you shower. It will give you an appealing scent and make you smell like the beach.

3. Convince yourself to go fragrances free and let your natural scent (ie. pheromones) attract others to you because pheromones actually have a biological purpose — to attract the opposite sex. Sounds funny, right?

Perfume Is Dangerous To The Health- A Must Read

Call it a perfume, cologne, toilette or whatever, the truth is weve all been victimized by it. How?

Do you remember having a headache or sneezing badly, because of someone else perfume? Yes, the perfume was so strong that regardless of how you tried you couldn’t resist the fragrance, right?

Well, it happened because you’re inhaling potential toxins and harmful substances that are causing a reaction in your body. And as weird as this may sound, it is potentially just as bad as “second-hand smoke”.

Research has even shown that there are MORE chemicals in perfume and cologne than in cigarette smoke. And as a matter of fact, each puff of cigarette smoke has 250 chemicals while perfume and cologne can have up to 3000 different chemicals that make up a signature scent.

It is, however, important to state here that about 95 per cent of the chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic, petroleum-based compounds.

And it’s s normal for these chemicals to cause allergic reactions like sneezing, itchy watery eyes, wheezing and headaches.

Also fragrance can exacerbate asthma, environmental illness (EI) and migraines.

According to the findings of an investigation into fragrances, perfumes, and colognes by the Environmental Working Group (EWG):

16 per cent of the reviewed products contained ingredients that may cause cancer

5 per cent may contain harmful impurities linked to cancer or other health problem

18 per cent contained penetration enhancers that increase exposures to carcinogens and other ingredients of concern

And As odd as this may sound, especially if you’re hearing it for the first time, perfumes are not good for you because they are made of carcinogenic substances that make them hazardous to your health.

Call it a perfume, cologne, toilette or whatever, the truth is we have all been victimized by it. How?

Do you remember having a headache or sneezing badly, because of someone else’s perfume? Yes, the perfume was so strong that regardless of how you tried you couldn’t resist the fragrance, right?

Well, it happened because you’re inhaling potential toxins and harmful substances that are causing a reaction in your body. And as weird as this may sound, it is potentially just as bad as “secondhand smoke”.

Research has even shown that there are MORE chemicals in perfume and cologne than in cigarette smoke. And as a matter of fact, each puff of cigarette smoke has 250 chemicals while perfume and cologne can have up to 3000 different chemicals that make up a signature scent.

It is, however, important to state here that about 95 per cent of the chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic, petroleum based compounds.

And its normal for these chemicals to cause allergic reactions like sneezing, itchy watery eyes, wheezing and headaches.

Also fragrance can exacerbate asthma, environmental illness (EI) and migraines.

According to the findings of an investigation into fragrances, perfumes, and colognes by the Environmental Working Group (EWG):

16 per cent of the reviewed products contained ingredients that may cause cancer

5 per cent may contain harmful impurities linked to cancer or other health problem

18 per cent contained penetration enhancers that increase exposures to carcinogens and other ingredients of concern

98 per cent of products contained ingredients not assessed for safety in cosmetics or with insufficient data

76 per cent contained ingredients that are allergens

13 per cent of products posed other potential health concern.

Here is what you can do if you’re disturbed by the fragrance

If you’re one of the many people that feel ill when exposed to fragrances, it is advisable for you to opt for fragrance-free varieties of all your personal care items, or at least choosing products that don’t t contain synthetic fragrance.

You should also inform your family members and friends, especially your co-worker, who wear perfumes that upset your system that you’re reacting to the chemicals in their perfume/cologne, etc.

Do this politely for a positive result; however, if they refuse to oblige, continue to tell them politely until they do.

Black Footballers Playing In Brazil Have Been Victims Of Racism

The survey, based on information collected anonymously from 163 black players in the top four divisions of Brazilian football, shows that 48.1% of those surveyed have experienced racism in their sport.

For 92.4% of them, the episode of racism took place in a stadium, 6.3% in the facilities of their club and 1.3% in a hotel.

We, the players, are doing what we can, what is within our reach, to make it stop. But this responsibility mainly falls to the federations

But 87.8% of these footballers claim not to have denounced the acts of racism of which they were victims.

With regard to the measures to be adopted to combat this scourge, 39% of those polled consider that the perpetrators of acts of racism should be punished, 27.7% recommend the implementation of educational campaigns and 19.5% would like the clubs are sanctioned.

Brazil, of which 54% of the population is black or mestizo, is far from being spared from the problems of racism in stadiums, where scandals are increasing.

On Sunday, a video showed an Atlético Mineiro supporter in Belo Horizonte attacking a black steward shouting: “don’t touch me, look at your skin color!”

Brazilian footballers are also frequently victims of racism abroad.

Also on Sunday, Shakhtar Donetsk captain Taison was the target of racist shouts from Dynamo Kiev supporters and the referee then kicked him out for sending the ball to the stands.

The player left the lawn crying, comforted by players from his Shakhtar and Dynamo teams.

Monday, William, a black Chelsea player who played for Shakhtar (2013-2017), was moved by the situation of his compatriot during a press conference of the Brazilian selection.

“Racism continues to claim lives, not only in football, but in other areas as well. It makes us really uncomfortable to see players cry, I hope it will end once and for all, “he said.

We, the players, are doing what we can, what is within our reach, to make it stop. But this responsibility belongs above all to the federations

Top 10 Poisonous Foods We Love To Eat (Killing You)

Top 10 poisonous foods we love to eat and his already favourite to some, these foods have shocking contents can that harm your health and excess might kill you.

Here are the 19 poisonous foods we love eating:


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10. Mushrooms

Mushrooms
Mushrooms (Credit: Santiago Urquijo)

We have all heard of toadstools and know that they are poisonous, but what many people don’t know is that a toadstool is actually a mushroom, not a separate type of plant. Toadstool is slang for “poisonous mushroom”. While there are some useful signs that a mushroom is poisonous, they are not consistent and all mushrooms of unknown origin should be considered dangerous to eat.

Some of the things you can look for to try to determine whether a mushroom is poisonous are: it should have a flat cap with no bumps, it should have pink or black gills (poisonous mushrooms often have white gills), and the gills should stay attached to the cap (not the stalk) if you pull it off. But remember, while this is generally true of many types of mushroom, it is not always true.
Not all mushrooms are dangerous; some are actually delicious.


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9. Almonds

Almonds
Almonds ( Credit: Akepong Srichaichana / EyeEm)

Almonds are one of the most useful and wonderful of seeds (it is not a nut as many people would have you believe). It has a unique taste and its excellent suitability for use in cooking have made it one of the most popular ingredients in kitchens for centuries. The most flavorsome almonds are bitter almonds (as opposed to “sweet” almonds). They have the strongest scent and are the most popular in many countries. But there is one problem: they are full of cyanide. Before consumption, bitter almonds must be processed to remove the poison. Despite this requirement, some countries make the sale of bitter almonds illegal (New Zealand regretfully is one of them). As an alternative, you can use the pip from an apricot stone which has a similar flavor and poison content. Heating destroys the poison. In the USA to sell raw almonds, all almonds sold are now heat-treated to remove traces of poison and bacteria.


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8. Cherries

Cherries
Cherries, (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Cherries are a very popular fruit used in cooking, liqueur production, or eaten raw. They are from the same family as plums, apricots, and peaches. All of the previously mentioned fruits contain highly poisonous compounds in their leaves and seeds. Almonds are also a member of this family but they are the only fruit which is harvested especially for its seeds. When the seeds of cherries are crushed, chewed, or even slightly injured, they produce prussic acid (hydrogen cyanide). Next time you are eating cherries, remember not to suck on or chew the pip.


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7. Pufferfish

Pufferfish
Pufferfish (Credit: Zen Rial)

Eating the liver of a fugu (pufferfish) is so poisonous. The fugu is so poisonous and toxic that in Japan, fugu chefs are trained specially for the job and are tested before being a given certificates of practice. The training takes two or three years. In order to pass, the chef must answer a written test then give a demonstration of his cutting abilities. The final part of the test involves the chef eating the pieces of fugu that he has cut. Only 30% of apprentices pass the test which is not to say that the rest die by eating their fugu they can fail in earlier parts of the test. Only the flesh of the fugu is consumed as it is less likely to have high amounts of poison (which causes a slight tingling sensation in the mouth). Fugu is the only food officially illegal for the Emperor of Japan to eat for his safety.


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6. Apples

Apples
Apples (Credit: Kampon Warit / EyeEm)

Apple seeds also contain cyanide but obviously in much smaller doses. Apple seeds are very often eaten accidentally but you would need to chew and consume a fairly high number to get sick. There are not enough seeds in one apple to kill, but it is absolutely possible to eat enough to die. I recommend avoiding apple eating competitions! Incidentally, if you want to eat an apple and find a worm in it (and hopefully not half a worm), you can drop it in a bowl of salt water which will kill the worm.


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5. Elderberry

Elderberry
Elderberry (Credit: Simon Wheeler Ltd)

Elderberry trees are very attractive and quite large. They are covered with thousands of tiny flowers which have a delicate scent. The flowers are used mainly for making elderflower liqueur and soda. Sometimes the flowers are eaten after being battered and deep fried. But beneath the pretty surface lurks danger! The roots and some other parts of the elderberry tree are highly poisonous and will cause severe stomach problems. So next time you decide to pick some elderberry flowers for eating, be sure to eat just the flowers.


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4. Rhubarb

Rhubarb (Credit: Lisa Stokes)

Rhubarb is a very underrated plant it produces some of the nicest tasting puddings and is incredibly easy to grow at home. Rhubarb is something of a wonder plant in addition to an unknown poison in its leaves, they also contain a corrosive acid. If you mix the leaves with water and soda, it becomes even more potent. The stems are edible (and incredibly tasty) and the roots have been used for over 5,000 years as a laxitive and poop-softener.


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3. Castor Oil

Poisonous Foods
Castor Plant (Bean) (Credit: By Eve Livesey)

Castor oil, the bane of many of our childhoods, is regularly added to candies, chocolate, and other foods. Furthermore, many people still consume a small amount daily or force it on their unwilling children. Fortunately the castor oil we buy is carefully prepared, because the castor bean is so deadly, that it takes just one bean to kill a human, and four to kill a horse. The poison is ricin, which is so toxic that workers who collect the seeds have strict safety guidelines to prevent accidental death. Despite this, many people working in the fields gathering the seeds suffer terrible side-effects.


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2. Tomatoes

Tomatoes, Top 10  Poisonous You Should Stop Eating
Tomatoes (Photo credit : FRED TANNEAU/AFP via Getty Images)

In US, tomatoes are referred to as vegetables after US Supreme Court decision in 1893. In the rest of the world they are considered to be fruit (or more accurately, a berry). You may also be interested to know that technically, a tomato is an ovary. The leaves and stems of the tomato plant contain a chemical called “Glycoalkaloid” which causes extreme nervousness and stomach upsets. Despite this, they can be used in cooking to enhance flavor, but they must be removed before eating. Cooking in this way does not allow enough poison to seep out but can make a huge difference in taste. Finally, to enhance the flavor of tomatoes, sprinkle a little sugar on them. Now we just need to work out whether they are “toe-mah-toes” or “toe-may-toes”.


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1. Potatoes

Potatoes
Potatoes (Credit: mikroman6)
Potatoes (like tomatoes) contain poison in the stems and leaves and even in the potato itself if left to turn green (the green is due to a high concentration of the glycoalkaloid poison). Potato poisoning is rare, but it does happen from time to time. Death normally comes after a period of weakness and confusion, followed by a coma. The majority of cases of death by potato in the last fifty years in the USA have been the result of eating green potatoes or drinking potato leaf tea.

Eden Hazard to miss Spanish Super Cup with ankle injury, confirms Zidane

Eden Hazard’s injury-plagued start at Real Madrid will continue this month after Zinedine Zidane said on Friday the Belgian will not play in the Spanish Super Cup next week.

Hazard suffered an ankle fracture during Madrid’s draw against Paris Saint-Germain on November 26 and was expected to be out for around four to six weeks.


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But Zidane has confirmed Hazard will miss Madrid’s La Liga game against Getafe on Saturday and will not travel to Saudi Arabia, where his team face Valencia in the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals on Wednesday before a potential final against either Barcelona or Atletico Madrid four days later.

“He is 100 per cent out of the Super Cup,” said Zidane in a press conference. “He is not travelling, he is recovering and we hope that just after the Super Cup, little by little, we could see him with us again.”


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If Hazard returns against Sevilla in La Liga on January 18 he will have been out for almost eight weeks

Source: Vanguardngr.Com

IRAN Raises Red Flag

IRAN today pinpointed 35 “key US targets” for revenge after its top general was assassinated with America expecting retaliation “within weeks”.

Hours later, rockets were fired near the US Embassy in Baghdad and at an airbase housing America.

The chilling flag display is seen as a clear warning the Islamic Republic is ready to fulfil its worrying pledge to strike back at America and Donald Trump.


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Chillingly written across the “war flag” were the words: “Those who want to avenge the blood of Hussein”.

Red flags in Shiite tradition symbolise both blood spilled unjustly and serve as a call to avenge a person who is slain.

It was hoisted above the important Jamkaran Mosque which is on the outskirts of the holy city of Qom, about 100 miles south of Tehran

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Almost nine years of civil war in Syria has left more than 380,000 people dead

Almost nine years of civil war in Syria has left more than 380,000 people dead including over 115,000 civilians, a war monitor said in a new toll Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a network of sources across the country, said they included around 22,000 children and more than 13,000 women.

The conflict flared after unprecedented anti-government protests in the southern city of Daraa on March 15, 2011.


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Demonstrations spread across Syria and were brutally suppressed by the regime, triggering a multi-front armed conflict that has drawn in jihadists and foreign powers.

The conflict has displaced or sent into exile around 13 million Syrians, causing billions of dollars worth of destruction.

The Britain-based Observatory’s last casualty toll on the Syrian conflict, issued in March last year, stood at more than 370,000 dead

Source: Vanguardngr.Com

5 Breathtaking Sceneries In The World You Will Love To See

Here are five breathtaking natural sceneries you’ve gotta see before you die. They are simply just amazing and the most interesting part is that they’re all natural and beauty is natural, See it below:


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The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

The Cliffs of Moher are located on the west coast of Ireland close to Liscannor village in Co. Clare. The closest airport is Shannon International Airport approximately 50 minutes by road.

On a clear day the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara as well as the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry, are all in view.

Image source: Getty images
Image source: Getty images

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The great Barrier reef, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the planet’s most extraordinary natural wonders, its largest coral reef system and the only living organism that can be spotted from space.

Although coral reefs have been around for over 500 million years, the Great Barrier Reef is relatively young at 500,000 years, and this most modern form is only 8,000 years old, having developed after the last ice age.

Image source: Getty images
Image source: Getty images

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Moraine Lake, Canada

Its waters are the most amazing colour, a vivid shade of turquoise that changes in intensity through the summer as the glaciers melt. Set in the rugged Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake is surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and rock piles, creating a scene so stunning it almost seems unreal. It is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Image source: Getty images
Image source: Getty images

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Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni, amid the Andes in southwest Bolivia, is the world’s largest salt flat.

During the rainy season (November to March) the water accumulates on the surface of the Salar de Uyuni and creates a giant mirror that perfectly reflects the sky and clouds above and you can play with the optical illusions the lack of horizon causes. It’s simply beautiful.

Image source: Getty images
Image source: Getty images

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Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil border

Unlike overhyped destinations that can leave you feeling disappointed, Iguazu Falls instantly turns even jaded travelers into a raving fan.

Judging by the sheer number of visitors more than one million a year its pulling power is showing no sign of weakening

Image source: Getty images
Image source: Getty images

Dangerous Criminal Escaped Under Police Custody

Limpopo police have arrested a “dangerous criminal” who escaped from the Hoedspruit police station in November.

The police rearrested one of the four dangerous criminals who escaped from Hoedspruit Police Station on November 3, 2019. He was arrested together with another suspect,” said Mojapelo.

According to police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, the suspect was one of four escapees and was arrested on Thursday by police in Maake outside Tzaneen.


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He was one of the “dangerous awaiting trial prisoners” who escaped from Hoedspruit police cells, said Mojapelo.

The arrest was made after officers belonging to the Tzaneen Tracking Team received a tip-off about suspects in a house robbery and rape case in the Sekororo Village area, leading them to the suspects and subsequent arrest. During the operation, police recovered two 203 rifles, a 9mm ADP pistol, five 9mm live rounds and four 303 live rounds.

How To Display Your Phone Screen On Your Tv

You can allow your TV access your phone. Just follow these easy steps to display your phone on your TV screen

How to Connect Using an HDMI Cable

Wired connections is an easy and reliable way to connect an Android to an HDMI input on the TV. By plugging the smaller end into your device and the HDMI end into your TV, your screen can share without needing an Internet connection because of a bad signal.

How to Connect Android to TV Wirelessly


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Wireless connections are a popular option for screen mirroring because you have the freedom to move around. In order to wirelessly connect an Android to the TV, you’ll need the following these easy steps:

1) A Miracast enabled Android device. Most Android 4.2 or later devices already have Miracast built in. A Miracast enabled TV or a wireless display adapter that supports Miracast. A wireless display adapter is a small device that you will plugs into your TV’s HDMI port. Your Android is able to communicate with the Miracast-enabled adapter wirelessly to screen mirror.


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To begin screen mirroring, follow these steps

  • Connect the wireless display adapter into your TV’s open HDMI port and into a power outlet.
  • Change the input source on your TV to the appropriate HDMI input.
  • In the settings menu of your Android, open the “wireless display” application.
  • Select your adapter from the list of available devices.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to finish set up.
  • Note that all adapters are different and have various set up requirements. For adapters that require Wi-Fi, be sure that your Android and adapter are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. You can also refer to your adapter’s user manual for specific set up instructions.

6 Important Things To Know About Harmattan Season (For Your Health And Life)

The Harmattan is a season in the West African subcontinent, which occurs between the end of November and the middle of March. It is characterized by the dry and dusty northeasterly trade wind, of the same name, which blows from the Sahara Desert over West Africa into the Gulf of Guinea.


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Diseases that are usually associated with the Harmattan season

1.Bronchitis
2.Pneumonia
3.Dry Skin
4.Tonsillitis
5.Epistaxis
6.Burns
7.Common Cold.
8.Asthma
9.Sickle Cell Crisis
10.Eye problems
11.Cattarh and others


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Here are a list of simple things you can do to be healthy during these period:

1. Wear thick clothes to make you warm.
2. Drink plenty water to prevent dehydration.
3. Wash your eyes regularly to avoid red eyes, and wear protective spectacles.
4. Cover your nose and mouth with a mask.
5. Exercise regularly.
6. Use oily creams to keep our skin healthy.
7. Apply lip balms and oily cream to the soles of the feet. This will help to prevent crackings.
8. Reduce exposure to the dust.
If you are Asthmatic, reduce exposure to dirty and dusty atmosphere and always keep the inhaler handy.
10. Wash fruits and vegetables properly before eating.
11. Don’t drink soda, coke and other carbonated soft drinks. They may dehydrate your skin.
Drink hot tea, because it keeps you warm and free of flu.
12. Bath with warm water in the mornings and evenings because it will keep your body warm and free from cold and other flu symptoms.

And always remember to;

  • Switch off all electrical appliances after use.
  • Quench naked fire after use.

This prevents risk of fire outbreak.

Stay safe this Harmattan season

Cardi Tweets Her Desire For Nigerian Citizenship – See All Reactions.

American Rapper Cardi b Considers Being A Citizen Of Nigeria

Cardi b, Nigeria
Cardi b in a music festival (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/FilmMagic)

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, recently ordered an airstrike that killed a top general, Qassem Soleimani, in Iran. This has led to fears that a world war might happen and a number of people have reacted to it including American rapper, Cardi B. According to her, Trump’s move has put a lot of citizens in danger and she is now considering filing for a Nigerian citizenship.


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American rapper, Cardi B, recently made headlines in Nigeria after she expressed interest in filing to be a citizen of the country

Cardi did this while reacting to the World War III memes on social media after Donald Trump ordered an airstrike that killed a top general, Qassem Soleimani, in Iran.

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