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11 Outrageous Things You’ll Only See In Dubai

Here are 11 Outrageous Things You’ll Only See In Dubai:

1. Interesting Passengers

It is pretty normal to see a person driving around with their dog riding shotgun in the United States. It is actually pretty cute. In Dubai, however, they do things much differently than they do in the United States. The people there allow their pets to jump in the car and ride shotgun just like they do in the US, but it isn’t dogs that they drive around with. It is not uncommon to pull up beside a car with a cheetah, a lion, or a tiger in the front seat.


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If this happened in most other countries, people might be frightened. The reason that people drive around with exotic animals is that it is considered a status symbol. Driving around with these animals is the equivalent of an ordinary person riding around with a movie star or a supermodel, only more dangerous. For some strange reason, the residents of Dubai who drive around with their exotic animals aren’t usually afraid of being mauled and it doesn’t even happen. These animals must be very well trained.

2. Superstar Private Entertainment

From a private concert starring Prince, rest his soul, to a $5 million performance by Madonna for one anonymous fan, the super rich people of Dubai really know how to entertain. In 2011, Sheikh Mansour trumped every other parent in the world when he flew in JayZ and Kanye West to perform at his niece’s Sweet 16 party.


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Most kids in the United States get a new dress, a party at a restaurant or a hall, and a DJ. Typical kids in Dubai get cars and boats for their Sweet 16. The Sheikh in question dropped $6 million to have Kanye and JayZ perform at the party which puts most other parties in the world to shame.

3. An Underwater Experience

Inside the Dubai Mall is an aquarium with a massive window that is over 75 feet long and over 26 feet tall. This gives all visitors a stunning view of marine life. If you visit the mall and you don’t want to spend your time shopping with your friends, you can get into the tank and you can actually swim with the sharks and the rays.


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If you want to enjoy the views of an aquarium in a more private setting, you can stay in one of the underwater suites at the Hotel Atlantis. To stay in the room, you would need to pay $8,200 per night. It is costly, but the views are amazing. Each suite has a floor to ceiling view into a huge aquarium. What could be more peaceful than sleeping around those blue lights with all of the fish?

4. Gold ATM Machines

Have you ever gotten all dressed up for a night on the town only to find that you forgot to put on your gold jewelry? If you have, you would either have to go back home to get it or forget about wearing it for the night. If you live in Dubai, however, that wouldn’t be a problem. All you would need to do is stop by the “Gold To Go” ATM and buy yourself some new gold jewelry.


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These crazy ATM dispense more than just jewelry. You can also get gold coins and gold bars. In Dubai, all of your gold needs are covered and you wouldn’t even need to go home. These machines are only found in Dubai now, however, there are plans to put them in all major cities. These machines are so popular that they need to be refilled twice a week. If you are looking for these to come to America, you could be waiting a long time.

5. A Supercar Paradise

In Dubai, you will see cars like you have never seen anywhere in the world, and they are everywhere. Many of the cars on the streets of Dubai have been heavily modified and many are even gold plated. If order food to be delivered in the United States, you will usually see a typical car pull up in your driveway. In some cases, the car is old and beat up as the delivery drivers use their own vehicles and they don’t really make much money.


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If you order takeout in Dubai, there will be a fleet of Ferraris and Jaguars ready to deliver your food in 30 minutes or less. Even the police in Dubai drive around in style. They drive a variety of vehicles including Mustangs, Camaros, Lamborghinis, and Ferraris. If you plan to run from the police, you should think twice. There are certain officers who drive a 1,000 horsepower Bugatti Veyron which would catch you in seconds. If you are planning to walk down the streets of Dubai, it will look more like a car show than a typical city.

6. The Largest Man-made Islands In the World

If you are flying to Dubai, make sure that you have a window seat. If you do, you will be able to see some of the most interesting and amazing features in the water below. Just off the shore of Dubai are many small islands that are formed into different shapes. There are some islands that look like palm trees, some look like the Earth, and currently, there is an island formation being constructed to look like the Milky Way. In total, these islands add hundreds of miles of coastline and beachfront property to Dubai. These islands may be beautiful, however, there is one problem. Because these islands were built out of sand, there is always a treat that they will disappear due to erosion and storms. Regardless of the danger, people are still flocking to these islands to live in one of the 4,000 villas and the 5,000 shoreline homes on these islands.

7. Indoor Ski Resorts

If you live in most places around the world, you can visit a ski resort and you would ski outdoors. In Dubai, things are quite different. Since the Middle-East is so hot and dry, the ski resorts have to be built indoors. If you visit the Mall of Emirates in Dubai, you can go skiing. There might be indoor ski slopes in a few places around the world, but Dubai has a complete ski resort all located indoors.

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In Dubai’s indoor resort, you will find several slopes, toboggan hills, ski lifts, ice caves, and climbing towers. There are even penguins walking around the resort to make the whole experience even more amazing. The resort is located in a 22,000 square-foot facility where they keep the temperature at -4 degrees. When you are skiing in the resort, it is easy to forget that you are in the middle of a giant desert.

8. High Rise Tennis Courts

If you are an avid tennis player and you want to get in a game or two while you visit Dubai, you can play at Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Hotel. If you are afraid of heights, however, you might want to skip tennis during your trip because the court is over 1,000 feet in the air.

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The views are amazing, however, make sure that each serve is a good one. If your opponent misses, your ball will be lost forever. The tennis court even doubles as a helipad. If you are planning to move to Dubai, you can have a tennis court just like this, however, you better be ready to spend a lot of money. The price tag could be millions of dollars.

9. The Tallest Building in the World

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is an amazing piece of architecture and it is currently the tallest building in the world, standing at 2,717 feet tall. It is over 600 feet taller than the next tallest structure in the world. The main purpose of this amazing building is to attract tourists and commercial interest from all around the world.

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There are 163 floors in the building, complete with nightclubs, swimming pools, and it is also the location of the Armani Hotel. There are also corporate offices and private residences in the building. Of all the amazing things located in Dubai, this building is one that will certainly get your attention.


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10. Temperature Controlled Indoor City

This is one of the most outrageous things you’ll only see in Dubai. This city is home to the tallest building in the world and manmade islands and now they are set to build the first temperature controlled indoor city in the world. The city’s official names is The Mall of the World and it is going to be the largest shopping and entertainment center on Earth. The structure will be 48 million square feet and it will include a covered amusement park, hotels, and apartment complexes, All of the buildings will be connected by air-conditioned walkways and close to 5 miles of covered temperature controlled streets. When the mall is completed, the mall will be large enough for millions of visitors. The best part is that you can enjoy Dubai without sweating in the city’s 100-degree heat.

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11. Golden Toilets and Money Toilet Paper

Everything in Dubai shimmers in gold. This includes their toilets. It is not uncommon to walk into a home, a restaurant, or a nightclub in Dubai and see a gold plated toilet. These toilets are so amazing that Donald Trump would be jealous. What would a gold plated toilet be without toilet paper made out of $20 bills? The toilet paper isn’t actually made out of $20 bills, as the bills are fake. It is still impressive though.[1]

Top 10 Nigerian Politicians With Good Records, Worthy For President

The Current situation of Nigeria is caused by Old and Current Political Leaders , Here is the selected List of Top 10 Nigerian Politicians With Good Record, Worthy For Presidential post:

This list below is written based on the following views:

  • Past political records
  • Comments by Nigerians and Non Nigerians.
  • Achievements during last political post
  • Impacts in the society today.

We accept modifications on the lists below , you can always use the comment section to add your own list and please state your reasons and why you think the person you are suggesting is worthy to make the list.

10. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal

Aminu Waziri Tambuwal is a Nigerian politician who serves as the Governor of Sokoto State in Nigeria, having won election during the 2015 general elections and being re-elected in the 2019 general elections.

9. Femi Fani-Kayode

David Oluwafemi Adewunmi Abdulateef Fani-Kayode is a Nigerian politician, essayist, poet and lawyer. He was a member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party. He was with the opposition’s All Progressive Congress until June 2014 when he returned to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.

8. Ben Murray-Bruce

Benedict Murray-Bruce, OON is a Nigerian business magnate and politician. He is the founder of Silverbird Group. A member of the People’s Democratic Party, he was elected to the Senate of Nigeria in March 2015 where he currently represents the Bayelsa East constituency, in Bayelsa State, Nigeria.

7. Jimi Agbaje

Olujimi Kolawole Agbaje, is a Nigerian Pharmacist, and Politician. He was the 2015 PDP’s Lagos State Governorship candidate, but he lost out to the eventually winner Akinwunmi Ambode. He was the 2019 Lagos State gubernatorial election candidate for PDP in the 2019 general elections.

6. Yemi Osinbajo

Oluyemi Oluleke “Yemi” Osinbajo is a Nigerian politician and a lawyer, who is the current Vice President of Nigeria, in office since 29 May 2015.

5. Akinwunmi Ambode

Akinwunmi Ambode was the former Governor of Lagos State. He was a civil servant for 27 years and a financial consultant before running for public office as Governor of Lagos State in 2015.

4. Babatunde Fashola

Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN is a Nigerian lawyer and politician who is currently the Federal Minister of Works and Housing. He served two terms as Governor of Lagos State from May 29, 2007 to May 29, 2015.

3. Ikedi Ohakim

Ikedi Ohakim is a Nigerian businessman who became governor of Imo State in the South Eastern region in May 2007, standing for the Progressive Peoples Alliance. He later switched to the People’s Democratic Party.

2. Donald Duke

Donald Duke is a Nigerian politician. He was the Governor of Cross River State, Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007 and the 2019 Nigeria Presidential candidate for Social Democratic Party, SDP.

1. Peter Obi

Peter Gregory Obi is a Nigerian politician and businessman who was the vice presidential candidate in the 2019 Nigerian general election under the Peoples Democratic Party, and Former Governor of Anambra State.
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List of talent shows and competitions in Nigeria 2020

1 MTN Project Fame:

As the name implies, this talent show is proudly sponsored by the giant telecom company; MTN. It is a yearly talent show specially made for young persons. Click on apply now below to see more details and how to apply for MTN Project fame .

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2 Gulder Ultimate Search

Just like the MTN project fame is sponsored by MTN, so also is Ultimate search sponsored by Guilder.

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4 Maltina Dance Show

Maltina Dance Show is sponsored by the makers of Maltina which is a popular drink in Nigeria. It is a talent show for people who can dance. It is held on yearly basis. You can register for the show to get a chance of winning huge amount of money.

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5. Nigeria Idol Talent Show

Nigeria Idol is one of the biggest music reality shows in Nigeria. The show is part of the global idol franchise which is a global show. It provides a veritable opportunity for young people talented in music to showcase their music talents.

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6. You Win

YouWin is an acronym for Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria. It is organized by the federal government of Nigeria through its ministry of finance, ministry of women affairs and social developments and ministry of youth development. It is an annual business plan competition organized for talented young Nigerian entrepreneurs.

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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 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.

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

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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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

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.

Drop your suggestions for this countries mentioned above.

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.

The Guardian

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.

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

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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.

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.

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

American Rapper Cardi b Considers Being A Citizen Of Nigeria

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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.

Top 5 Africa Countries With The Most Beautiful Women

African countries have more beautiful women compare to women in the western world. African women are beautiful, charming, gorgeous,and classic. They are also referred to as fashion icon and stylist or role model.

So here are the top 5 countries in Africa with the most beautiful and charming women.


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5. Ghana

Ghana women are very beautiful. “This is a point noted by almost anyone who has visited Ghana”. Ghana women are very beautiful, gorgeous and stunning.

Image source: Ghanaladies.Com

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4. Nigeria

Nigerian women are very beautiful, curvy, stunning, charming, gorgeous and classic. When it comes to good looks, Nigerian women are famous for that. Nigerian women are very beautiful and always every men crush. Nigerian women are not known for beauty alone but also known for bravery, smartness, fashion and creativity.

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3. South Africa

South African women are very beautiful, charming and attractive. South African women are very beautiful and romantic.

Image source: thefamouspeople.com

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2. Zimbabwe

Women in Zimbabwe are very beautiful, stunning and curvy. They took this spot.

Image source: youthvillagezimbabwe.com

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1. Egypt

Egypt is regarded as the country in Africa with the most beautiful women. Egyptian women are very beautiful, charming, gorgeous, brave, good looking, classic and have a good sense of fashion. Egyptian women are very beautiful and currently number 1 on our list of top the 5 Africa Countries with the most beautiful women.

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So Sad!! – French Football Star, Nathael Julan Dies In Car Accident

French forward player, Nathael Julan recently has been killed in a car accident at the age of 23.

His death was confirmed by his club on Friday afternoon.

Julan had been plying his trade with Ligue 2 side Guingamp, although he had a loan spell at Valenciennes last year.


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Julan, who is believed to have been on his way home from training, was involved in a car accident near the town of Saint-Brieuc with firefighters called to the scene.

Guingamp confirmed the news via a statement, saying: “The club had the immense pain of learning this afternoon of the accidental death of their player Nathael Julan.

“On this tragic day, all the members of the club join together to send their condolences to Nathael’s family.”


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Jerry Thompson tributes pour in after sudden death of young footballer
Julan came through the ranks at Le Havre before joining Guingamp in 2018.

He featured regularly in Ligue 1 during his debut campaign before moving to Valenciennes on loan in January.
The striker returned to his parent club following their relegation to the second tier last summer.

The official Ligue 1 account also paid tribute to the young striker, posting: “We would like to offer our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Nathaël Julan and Guingamp.”

Guingamp were due to play in a friendly against Concarneau but the match has been cancelled following the devastating news.

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Iran President tells US To Expect Revenge Over Killing Of Their Commander

Iran will revenge killing of commander by US forces – President Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran wants the United States to expect his country would revenge the killing of Commander Qasem Soleimani

Soleimani was killed in an airstrike carried out by the US forces in Iraq

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also promises ‘harsh revenge’ over the death of Soleimani The president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, has expressed anger over the killing of his country’s Quds force commander, Qasem Soleimani, by a United States air strike in Iraq.

President Rouhani said his country will revenge the death of Soleimani as tension continues to build around world over the act by the US. Reuters reports that Rouhani said the death of Soleimani has further invigorated Iran to resist the US.

“Soleimani’s martyrdom will make Iran more decisive to resist America’s expansionism and to defend our Islamic values. “With no doubt, Iran and other freedom-seeking countries in the region will take his revenge,” Rouhani said in a statement as reported by Iranian state television.

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Breaking: US Murder Top Iranian Commander, Qasem Soleimani In Baghdad Air Strike

Qasem Soleimani: US kills top Iranian general in Baghdad air strike

Soleimani commanded Iranian military operations in the region
Iran’s most powerful military commander, General Qasem Soleimani, has been killed by a US air strike in Iraq, BBC reports.

The 62-year-old spearheaded Iranian military operations in the Middle East as head of Iran’s elite Quds Force.

He was killed at Baghdad airport, along with other Iran-backed militia figures, early on Friday in a strike ordered by US President Donald Trump.

Soleimani’s killing marks a major escalation in tensions between Washington and Tehran.

Under his leadership, Iran had bolstered Hezbollah in Lebanon and other pro-Iranian militant groups, expanded Iran’s military presence in Iraq and Syria and orchestrated Syria’s offensive against rebel groups in the country’s long civil war.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “severe revenge awaits the criminals” behind the attack. He also announced three days of national mourning.

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Soleimani was widely seen as the second most powerful figure in Iran, behind the Ayatollah Khamenei. His Quds Force, an elite unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, reported directly to the ayatollah and he was hailed as a heroic national figure.

But the US has called the commander and the Quds Force terrorists and holds them responsible for the deaths of hundreds of US personnel.

President Trump, who was in Florida at the time of the strike, tweeted an image of the American flag shortly after the news broke.

A statement from the Pentagon – the headquarters of the US Department of Defense – said Soleimani had been “developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region”.

“This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans,” it added.

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Legend: Nigeria’s Oldest Surviving Soldier, Pa Adama Aduku Dies At 101

The oldest surviving soldier of the Nigerian Army, Pa Adama Aduku is dead.

The World War II veteran died on Tuesday at age 101. The news of his death was announced on Wednesday by the Nigerian Army on their official Twitter handle, @HQNigerianArmy According to the post by the Nigerian Army, his death was announced by one of his relations on the Whatsapp platform of the Director Defence Information Defence Headquarters news platform early this morning.

Born 1918, to a peasant farmer at Abejukolo-Ife, at Omaha Local Government Area of Kogi State, Aduku joined the army in 1945. Aduku, on December 31, 2018, was presented with an award of excellence by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, given to him by the Nigerian army.

Sad! 2020 – Young Football Star, Chris Barker Dies at Age 39

Chris Barker, former QPR, Cardiff City star passes on at age 39 .

Chris Barker has passed away at the age of 39 and the cause of his death is yet to be confirmed.

The former Cardiff City defender made over 500 appearances at professional level since joining Barnsley in 1999. The center-back also played QPR, Plymouth, Southend and Aldershot during a career that spanned almost 20 years.

His agency confirmed his death: “It is with great sadness that we learn of the untimely and tragic passing at the age of 39 of Chris Barker. Chris was a client throughout his outstanding playing career of over 500 League games for clubs including Barnsley, Cardiff City, Queens Park Rangers and Plymouth Argyle.

“Moreover, Chris was a wonderful person, an absolute gentleman and a pleasure to work for. ⁣
RIP Chris Barker” He won Barnsley’s young player of the year in his first full season before joining Cardiff for £500,000 in 2002, helping them gain promotion into the Championship in his debut season.

Barker had brief loans spells Stoke and Colchester before joining QPR on a free transfer in 2007 and after a year he switched to Plymouth then Southend. Barker was voted Southend’s player of the year at the end of his first season and was appointed captain ahead of the 2011-12 campaign helping them reach the League Two play-offs. He was player-manager at Aldershot, Hereford, and Weston-super-Mare before he finally hung up his boots.

Google Pays Tribute To Late Nigerian Iconic Filmmaker, Amaka Igwe

Today, the Google Doodle is decicated to the late Amaka Igwe.

Amaka Igwe
Google Doogle showing Amala Igwe

Google doodle pays homage to the iconic and award-winning writer, filmmaker and broadcasting executive.


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Uzoamaka ‘Amaka’ Audrey Igwe was born on January 2, 1963, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and passed away after an asthmatic attack in Enugu state on April 28, 2014.

At the time, the filmmaker was working on pre-production preparation for a new Igbo soap before she died.

January 2, 2019, marks the 57th posthumous birthday of the late Amaka Igwe and Google doodle didn’t forget that.

Taiwan’s Top Military Official Died In Helicopter Crash

Taiwan’s army chief is among eight people killed when a military helicopter made an emergency landing in mountainous terrain, officials say.

General Shen Yi-ming and 12 others were on the Black Hawk helicopter when it was forced to land in poor weather near the capital, Taipei, – BBC reports.

Earlier reports said some people had been found alive, with others “trapped under fragments of the helicopter”.

The general was flying to an army base in the north-east of Taiwan.

Several other top military officials were also on the helicopter, reports said.

Taiwan’s air force sent two more Black Hawk helicopters and about 80 soldiers to the scene near Tonghou Creek in Wulai, the official Central News Agency reported.

The helicopter took off from Songshan air base in Taipei at 07:54 local time (23:54 GMT), bound for a military base at Dong’ao in Yilan county for an inspection, Focus Taiwan said.

It made the emergency landing after aviation authorities lost contact with it at 08:22, the defence ministry said.

A search and rescue team tried to get to the scene as quickly as possible but efforts were complicated by the terrain, an official told the BBC.

The US sold 60 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in 2010. It was not immediately clear whether the helicopter in Thursday’s incident was one of them.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who hopes to be returned to power in elections on 11 January, cancelled campaigning on Thursday.

Ms Tsai from the Democratic Progressive party is running against Han Kuo-Yu of the Kuomintang party, which wants closer engagement with China.

Taiwan has been ruled separately since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949.

But Beijing sees the island as a province to be reunified with China one day – by force if necessary.[1]

British Man Dies In Thailand After Firework Exploded In His Face On New Year’s Eve

British man dies in Thailand after firework exploded in his face on New Year’s Eve.

A British Man, Gary McLaren, 50, was killed while he tried lighting up a firework, he found difficulties in lighting it until it blew up at his face. The gentleman died at the scene shortly after midnight, according to reports.


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Lt Col Somboon Ua-samanmaitree, from the Thai Tourist Police, told the BBC: “Around midnight, Mr McLaren attempted to light up a large firework but it failed to perform at first.
“After that, it all of a sudden exploded and killed him at the scene.”

Mr McLaren’s associates were seen crying at the scene, where a large firework was found and carried for evidence, the Bangkok announce reported.

Police told the BBC that Mr McLaren had visited Thailand before and had arrived a few days prior to New Year’s Eve.

Thrills As Nigerian Army Rescue 165 women, Children From Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army, on Thursday, January 2, announced a major victory in the fight against Boko Haram and Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa’s Province (ISWAP) terrorists in the north eastern part of the country.

The Army said an offensive against the terrorists has resulted in many of them killed, some captured as well as the rescue of 165 women and children in Borno state.

Col Aminu Iliyasu, a spokesperson for the Nigerian Army operations, made the disclosure in a statement in Abuja adding that the feats were recorded in collaboration with troops of Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJT).


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Iliyasu said the troops of Nigerian Army Super Camp 7 deployed at Bama area of the state killed one terrorist, captured one alive and rescued eight women and six children at Tafana 1, 2 and 3 villages in Bama on December 27, 2019.

According to him, the rescued children were immediately administered with polio vaccines, giving further details, he said the soldiers captured Boko Haram flags, recovered 16 arrows and 32 refilled rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition during the encounter.
The senior Army officer also said that troops of 25 Task Force Brigade deployed at Super Camp 2 in Damboa, arrested a high profile Boko Haram informant and logistics supplier, whose name was given as Ibrahim Buba.

Two other suspected suspected to be his couriers were also arrested at Shuwari village in Damboa district.
Again, Iliyasu disclosed that troops of the 242 Battalion in Monguno, arrested suspected terrorists’ logistics suppliers, Abubakar Aisami and Modu Baba with food stuff and drugs concealed in a bag of smashed corn powder for delivery to the terrorists.
Furthermore, the Army said its troops of Sector 3 Mobile Team, working with elements of Sector 2 Multi National Joint task Force, recovered and destroyed 15 vehicles belonging to the Boko Haram terrorists in northern Borno.

In this operation, the troops, he said, arrested 75 suspected Boko Haram agents and rescued 147 civilians comprising 79 males and 68 females who had been under their captivity.
While the victims were conveyed to a humanitarian facility in Monguno and thereafter handed over to officials of Borno state emergency management agency, the children among them were administered with polio vaccine.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in Zamfara, Iliyasu stated that the troops of 8 Division killed bandits and recovered one AK 47 rifle loaded with 13 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and rustled animals.

Also of significant note, troops of 1 Division Garrison on 25 December 2019, during security patrols, arrested one Mr Moses Ali with a locally made gun loaded with nine rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition at Ningon Gari in Sanga local government area of Kaduna state.
“The same gallant troops arrested seven suspects during a cordon and search operations conducted at 13 settlements of Kuyeri Mountains along Jere – Kagarko road in Kagarko local government area of Kaduna state,” he said.[1]

Naked Man Arrested for Shouting at Trees

A German man has been arrested after a marriage guidance counsellor advised him to run around naked shouting at trees.

Dieter Braun, 43, from Recklinghausen said the stress release technique had worked perfectly until he was arrested.

He told police that venting his anger on the trees had stopped him shouting at his wife.

If I didnt go to the woods and scream at the trees then my marriage would probably be over, he said.

He added taking his clothes off at the same time made him feel more relaxed.

For me its a type of relaxation therapy. Feeling the breeze on my naked skin really calms me down.

But local police said other visitors to the forest did not find his behaviour relaxing and have now charged him with causing a public nuisance.

A True Story of Campanology

A drunk man who fell asleep and got trapped inside a church rang out SOS in Morse code with the bell. When the man awoke in St Faiths Church in Havant, near Portsmouth, he found the doors locked. Reportedly worried about ghosts, he started ringing out the Morse code for SOS on the church bell, reports Portsmouth Today.

As dusk began to fall, he was still ringing for his life but eventually a local resident realised something was wrong. He alerted two Police Community Support Officers who, in turn, contacted church verger Vicki Mockford who came to the rescue. She said, I was called by police saying someone was using the bell as a sign they were trapped. When we found him inside he told us he went into the church to have a sit down but fell asleep. He told the police he had been drinking which may have made him a bit dozy. He looked quite embarrassed about the whole incident when we found him. Maybe after this he might consider taking up bell ringing as a hobby.

New Regular at the Alexandra Hotel

A new pub landlady got a shock when she discovered one of her regulars is a horse. Jackie Gray recently became landlady at the Alexandra Hotel in Jarrow, Tyneside. She says she got a pleasant surprise when carthorse Peggy joined owner Peter Dolan for a pint. The 12-year-olds tipple is a pint of John Smiths and pickled onion crisps.

Mrs Gray said, When I bought the pub a few weeks ago I heard rumours that one of the regulars was a horse but I didnt quite believe them. It was a hot day when the horse came in and I was shocked at first because I have never run a pub before.

Housemaid Arrested For Poisoning 93-Year-Old Woman

A 19-year-old housemaid from the Republic of Benin had been arrested by the police in Lagos for attempting to kill a 93-year-old woman.

She was alleged to have added a substance suspected to be sniper into Madam Christiana Ogunshina’s tea in their Mende-Maryland residence with a view to killing the nonagenarian.

The spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed the arrest of the foreigner to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday.

He said that the suspect was working for the daughter of the old woman before the incident happened.

Elkana said that the incident happened to Madam Ogunshina last Saturday at 11, Ajayi St., Mende Maryland in Lagos State where she was living with her daughter.

He said that whenever the old woman’s daughter went to work, she would request her maid to stay with her mother upstairs pending her return.

The police images maker said that last Saturday, the maid went upstairs as usual.

The PRO said that while the suspect was seated, the old woman prepared her morning tea, closed the cup for some minutes and left for her room.

Elkana said that as soon as the old woman left the sitting room, the suspect allegedly opened the cup containing the tea and added the substance.

Elkana added that the suspect, however, did not know that the old woman’s personal maid who was working in the kitchen came to the sitting room and saw the suspect adding the substance into the tea.

He said that the old woman’s maid reported what she saw to her madam, while the suspect left the upstairs to their apartment downstairs to wash clothes.

The PRO said that the old woman then ordered her personal maid to empty the cup of its content and wash the cup.

He said that after the maid had emptied the cup, she discovered some substances at the bottom of the cup, which she showed to her madam.

The spokesman said that the old woman invited her eldest son, one Abayomi who perceived the content in the cup and suspected it to be a poisonous substance.

The PRO said, “Abayomi Ayobami reported the case at the Anthony Police Station at about 1 p.m. on Saturday.

“The police visited and searched the house. They arrested the suspect as well as took away the empty cup that contained the poisoned tea before it was poured away to their station.

The suspect confessed to the offence.

“She alleged that the old woman was always shouting at her and that she was tired of her tantrums, so she decided to poison her that day.”

The will of an elderly woman

An elderly woman decided to prepare her will and told her preacher she had two final requests. First, she wanted to be cremated, and second, she wanted her ashes scattered over Walmart. Walmart?” the preacher exclaimed. “Why Walmart?” Then Ill be sure my daughters visit me twice a week.”

My memory’s not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory’s not as sharp as it used to be.
Know how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.

I’ve sure gotten old! I’ve had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, new knees, fought prostate cancer and diabetes. I’m half blind, cant hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts. Have bouts with dementia. Have poor circulation; hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. Cant remember if I’m 85 or 92. Have lost all my friends. But, thank God, I still have my drivers license.

I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctors permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.
Its scary when you start making the same noises as your coffee maker.

These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, “For fast relief.”
Remember: You don’t stop laughing because you grow old, You grow old because you stop laughing.

Two Old Guys at Dinner

An elderly couple has dinner at another couples house, and after eating, the wives leave the table and go into the kitchen. The two gentlemen were talking, and one says, Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great. I would recommend it very highly.

The other man asks, What is the name of the restaurant?

The first man thinks and thinks and finally asks, What is the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know… The one that’s red and has thorns.

Do you mean a rose?

Yes, that’s the one, replied the man. He then turns towards the kitchen and yells, Rose, whats the name of that restaurant we went to last night?

Weird Hangover Cures From Around The World

The party season is going strong and many of us are not feeling quite as fresh as we did at the start of the month.

Between work parties, 12 pubs and catching up with friends over a few pints, it can be all too easy to overindulge and be left feeling the worse for wear.

While hangovers are universal how we handle them isn’t and ebookers have compiled a list of 100 Hangover Cures From Around The World.

Vodka socks, sparrow droppings, raw eels and even voodoo… here are some of the more hairs raising cures from around the world.

1) Haiti – Voodoo

When we’re suffering after a heavy night it can be tempting to blame everyone else for how we’re feeling.

Haitians take this to the extreme by punishing the bottle of booze that did the damage.

They do so by sticking 13 black pins into the cork and sealing it, believing it’ll free them from pain.

2) Estonia – Vodka socks

If you’re feeling unwell after too many shots there’s a bizarre Estonian tradition that believes the cure could be in your socks.

The technique is to soak your socks in vodka and hot water. Then put them on, settle back with a cup of tea and sweat out the booze.

3) USA – Swilling sweat after a run

While crawling under the duvet is preferable for many of us, others swear by going for a jog.

Native Americans take things a step further though – they think you need to taste the sweat.

So after you’ve dragged yourself out for a run take a swill of your sweat, spit it out and your hangover could be gone.

4) Vietnam – Tape On Forehead

We’ve all been at the point where you would desperately do anything to relieve a thumping headache.

The Vietnamese believe if you place tape on your forehead over the acupuncture points this could help the pain.

5) Hungary – Sparrow droppings in brandy

After drinking many of us swear never to touch a drop of alcohol again but this old Hungarian cure is an extreme hair of the dog.

Some say if you get a sparrow to do their business in a brandy glass, swirl it around and knock it back you’ll be right as rain.

Probably one to avoid though – not only does it sound grim but we’re not sure how hygienic it would be.

6) South Africa – sheep’s brain

Again not one for the faint-hearted, but apparently sheep brain could help when your own feels scrambled. In South Africa a traditional hangover cure is to melt a sheep’s stomach walls in a pot with wit bits moonshine, Umqombothi beer or any of the country’s famed wines.

7) Italy – Deep fried canary

Ancient Romans might have been ahead of their time when it came to munching on deep fried goodies as a hangover cure.

They used to believe eating a deep fried canary would help ease your stomach.

8) Italy – Dried bull penis

Italians are the brains behind another quirky hangover cure.

An old Sicilian belief is that nibbling a bull’s private parts can help the morning after the night before – but their golden rule was it had to be cut and dried first.

9) USA – Hangover Heaven

Have you ever been suffering deeply after a heavy night’s partying and just wished there could be a quick fix?

Our prayers seemed to have been answered with the IV drip craze, which was born in Las Vegas clinic Hangover Heaven.

Clients are hooked up and left to relax as they are tube-fed a cocktail including vitamins, antioxidants, hangover and nausea medicine.

The treatment has caused some controversy but A-list fans can’t get enough.

10) Medieval England – Raw eels & almonds

Warning! Do not try this cure as it could be your last Christmas.

The Medieval idea was to encourage sore-headed drinkers to munch bitter almonds and raw eels.

Not surprisingly its popularity has worn off over the years.

32 year old Nigerian man explains how he killed his 72 year old father

A 32-year-old man, Ibrahim Isiaka, who lives in Alagbaka Area of Ashi in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Thursday narrated how he killed his 72-year-old biological father, Mr. Busari Isiaka.

Isiaka was among the 40 suspects paraded by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Shina Olukolu, at the command’s headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan.

The suspects according to Olukolu were arrested based on allegations of kidnapping, armed robbery, murder, conspiracy and cultism.

Isiaka, while speaking said he did not have intention to kill his father, saying he was engaged in a heated argument with his father and in annoyance used his two hands to push his father on the chest from a storey building.

He stated that his father fell on the staircases and died in the process. But he could not articulate why he pushed his father.

“On that day, I went upstairs to meet him. He had dressed up and he was about to leave for an outing. I pushed him. Since I was born, I have not been fighting him. The only thing we used to fight on was the way he used to drink to stupor. But on that day, I just went upstairs and I pushed him. He fell on the staircases and rolled down. My mother is dead. He died many years ago.”

Olukolu, while speaking, maintained that Isiaka was arrested by the police in the state for allegedly killing his 72-year-old biological father, Busari Isiaka.

Olukolu explained that Isiaka purportedly killed his father on November 11, 2019 at about noon and the incident was reported at Ashi Divisional Police Headquarters at about 6p.m on the same day.

He allegedly engaged his father, who was said to be a retired military man, in a fist scuffle, and in the process strangled him. He was said to have called his two brothers, Taoheed Isiaka and Murtala Isiaka , and narrated the ordeal to them.

“His two brothers immediately raced to their father’s house and prepared his corpse for burial without reporting to the police to conceal the heinous crime perpetrated by their brother, Ibrahim Isiaka . Their father, Busari Isiaka, was hurriedly buried the same date.

“Ibrahim Isiaka was thereafter arrested along with his two brothers. He confessed to the commission of the crime while his two brothers also confessed to have buried their father the same day to prevent the police from arresting Ibrahim Isiaka as advised by some people.

Ibrahim’s elder brother, Taoheed, 41, also told journalists that he was not at the scene when the incident occurred, and that their sibling, Murtala, 36, was also not around. But they received a call that Ibrahim and their father were fighting and the old man had died.

“I was at a site when I received a call, and I rushed to my father’s house. On getting, I discovered that it was true that my father had died. So, I informed my father’s younger sibling about the development and he told me that he was at Adeoyo Hospital. About one hour later, he called me that he could not come and that we children of the deceased should organise for his burial.

“Our father was a Muslim and we invited Islamic clerics that conducted a brief funeral service in our house and therefore we buried him within the compound. But somebody we did not know reported the matter to the police and few days after the burial, the three of us were arrested by the police. Apart from Ibrahim, myself and Muritala were arrested because we did not report the matter to the police.

No fewer than five suspected kidnappers that have purportedly terrorised Ibarapa axis of Oyo State and that took part in the kidnap of some lecturers of Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology (OYSCATECH), Igbo-Ora were also paraded by the police boss in the state.

Rat Attack India Flight Air Plane

An Air India flight flying from Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam was delayed for 12 hours after a rat was spotted in the cabin.

Flight AI-952 was due to depart at 06:10 a.m. on Sunday but after the rat was spotted passengers were told to disembark the plane which did not leave until later in the day at 5.30 p.m. according to the Times of India.

The passengers were told to disembark the plane and pest control proceeded to remove the rat and fumigate the plane before the airline let people back on.

According to aviation news site Simple Flying, the presence of rats on flights is a relatively common reason for delays, due to the fear that they may chew and destroy wires on the plane.

Air India officials confirmed to the Times of India that the plane was delayed as a result of there being a rat on board.

The hour-long flights departure from Rajiv Gandhi International was ultimately delayed until 5:30 p.m, according to The Times of India, almost 12 hours after its scheduled departure.

The flights delay was more than 10 times longer than the flight itself, which covered around 315 miles from the central city of Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam, which is on India’s east coast.

Business Insider was unable to reach Air India for comment by phone or email Wednesday afternoon.

The passengers were asked to disembark the plane after the rodent was spotted and pest control was called in to remove the rat, according to the Deccan Chronicle.

“The rat was located and trapped. Then the aircraft was fumigated,” a representative from Air India told the Deccan Chronicle.

According to aviation news site Simple Flying, the presence of rats on flights is a relatively common reason for delays, due to the fear that they may chew and destroy wires on the plane.

Similar incidents have occurred on planes from Alaska Airlines, Air Berlin and Air Canada.

The rat incident is the second time in recent months that Air India has faced delays caused by animals. In September, an Air India flight was delayed by two hours after a swarm of bees settled on the cockpit window, obscuring pilots vision and attacking staff who tried to remove them.

The flight, from Kolkata in Indias northeast to Agartala, on the border with Bangladesh, had 136 passengers on board, including the Bangladeshi information minister.

What it takes to be Miss World

For a little girl watching Jamaicas Toni-Ann Singh being crowned by her predecessor in a surreal, tear- jerking moment, with sheer joy and glamour seeping through even the TV screen, being Miss World means being a celebrated and adored princess.

But amidst the statuesque ladies, shiny crown and beautiful, glistening evening gowns lies a wealth of history and an important platform for the discussion of societal change.

Both Miss World and Miss Universe are among the big four international beauty pageants. They are widely covered and broadcast by media, and are considered prestigious. Miss Earth and Miss International complete the foursome.

Miss World

Miss World began as a bikini contest during the Festival of Britain celebrations in 1951, and was initially known as the Festival Bikini Contest. The show aimed to get people warmed up to the idea of bikinis, which were widely regarded as controversial and indecent at the time.

The first ever Miss World, Kerstin Hakkanson from Sweden, was crowned in a bikini. This sparked a worldwide debate, with religious countries threatening not to send delegates to future events. Further still, the bikini was condemned by the Pope.

Bowing to the pressure, the pageant replaced bikinis with more modest swimwear, coupled with a sarong for crowning. In the late 70s, this was replaced with the much more socially acceptable evening gown.

In the 80s, the show shifted and aligned itself with the slogan beauty with a purpose which changed the focus of the show from physical attributes and incorporated traits such as personality and intellect.

In 2014, Miss World banned the swimsuit category in a bid to present the ladies in a more modest light.

“The organization has decided to take itself out of the swimsuit world because it isnt the path theyre trying to take,” Chris Wilmer, the national director of Miss World America/Miss United States organization, said at the time, “Its not just a beauty contest, its beauty with a purpose. There didnt seem to be a purpose to have the swimsuit.”

A total of 115 women compete for the Miss World crown.

The Miss World winner gets perks, of course, but the exact awards have not been exposed to the public. They include prize money, the coveted Miss World title, and an engaging job with the Miss World Organisation as an ambassador.

“Miss World should be a spokesperson who can help a community,” Chris Wilmer said, “She’s more of an ambassador, not a beauty queen. Its more about the outreach and what a woman could do with a title like Miss World.”

Miss Universe

Miss Universe was founded in 1952. The first pageant of its kind was held in the same year on Long Beach, California, and was won by Armi Kuusela from Finland.

Donald Trump bought the pageant in 1996, and the headquarters moved from Los Angeles to New York City. Trump sold the Miss Universe Organisation to a talent agency and entertainment company in September 2015.

The selection process for Miss Universe begins with countries having an individual selection exercise. This kicks off through local subdivision pageants. The winners then move to compete in a national pageant. Not all countries opt for this internal selection.

According to stakeholders, the pageant does not just seek beauty in the contestants, but rather focuses on attributes like good manners, culture and intelligence.

80 women vie for the Miss Universe crown.

The winner is awarded a lucrative one-year contract with the Miss Universe Organization, a cash allowance during the period of her reign, New York Film Academy Scholarship, a high-end apartment in New York, a modelling portfolio and many more goodies to boot.

The title comes with vast responsibilities. After crowning, the winner is expected to make appearances at media outlets, charity organisations and sponsor events. She spends her reign representing the various causes of the Miss Universe Organisation and raising awareness and funds for charitable associations.

All these are duties that require dedication and hard work, a far cry from what anyone would expect a princess life to be like, glamorous and luxurious while the servants tend to her. Instead, it is a role which comes with much responsibility and even more expectation. After all, even a real monarch isn’t all beauty and gowns, he/she a worker, charity front runner and is dedicated to serving the society.

9 Nigerian Celebrities Who Got Pregnant At Their Teen Age

Here’s a list of some Nigerian celebrities who had their first babies as teenagers. Some had theirs as early as 14 years. Most of them got married at tender ages and started making babies immediately.

Liz Anjorin

Nollywood Yoruba actress, Lizzy Anjorin has a beautiful grown-up teenage daughter, Rotimi and the actress successfully kept her daughter hidden until 2011. The actress allegedly gave birth to Rotimi at a tender age.

Shan George

Actress Shan George got married at the age of 16 and had her two boys who are now men, immediately after marriage. She however later walked out of the marriage. To her, being married at the age of 16 was akin to living with her parents.

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde

Veteran Nollywood actress, Omotola, met her husband when she was 16 and married him at age 18. At the age of 19, she had her first child.

Ireti Doyle

Nollywood actress, Ireti Doyle, had her first child when she was in her late teens before her marriage to Patrick Doyle. Her daughter is all grown up now and is married.

Clarion Chukwura

Talented and daring Nollywood actress, Clarion Chukwura, was impregnated by Sir Shina Peters many years ago when they were dating. She got pregnant at age 18 and had her baby boy, Clarence Peters, who has grown to be an ace music director.

Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve became a mother at a very tender age. The actress got pregnant Im her teens and kept the pregnancy. She had her first and only child, Chimebuka Theodora Nnaji, at the age of 17.

Liz Benson

The veteran actress got married to her first husband, Samuel Gabriel Etim at a very young age. The marriage had already produced three children before Liz Benson lost her husband to death in her mid-twenties.

Waje

Beautiful Nigerian artiste, Waje, got pregnant and gave birth to her daughter, Emerald, at a very tender age. Although she doesn’t like talking about her teenage pregnancy, she is not ashamed to show off her daughter on social media.

Ada Ameh

Nollywood actress, comedienne, producer and television personality, Ada Ameh, had her first child when she was 14 years old while she was in secondary school and she raised her on her own.

Hilda Dokubo

Actress Hilda Dokubo got pregnant at the age of 16. According to her “I was a very brilliant girl, and I got admission into the university at the age of 16. I became rascally and did what girls like to do. I slept with a man, and I became pregnant.”

Google Doogle Celebrates The Novelist “Buchi Emecheta”

Google today July 21 celebrates Nigerian novelist Buchi Emecheta with its Doodle on what would have been her 75th birthday.

Short Biography

Florence Onyebuchi “Buchi” Emecheta OBE (21 July 1944 – 25 January 2017) was a Nigerian-born novelist, based in the UK from 1962, who also wrote plays and an autobiography, as well as works for children. She was the author of more than 20 books, including Second Class Citizen (1974), The Bride Price (1976), The Slave Girl (1977) and The Joys of Motherhood (1979). Most of her early novels were published by the London-based company Allison and Busby, where her editor was Margaret Busby.Emecheta suffered a stroke in 2010, and she died in London on Jan. 25, 2017, aged 72.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Google Doodle is a special, temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s homepages intended to commemorate holidays, events, achievements and notable historical figures.

Ramadan 2019:Muslims worldwide getting prepared

Muslims worldwide get ready for 2019 Ramadan, starting May 6 or the evening of may 5, date varies.

Muslims around the world are preparing for the commencement of the holy period of Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month as per the Islamic dating system, i.e. the Hijri calendar.

The unified date of commencement is Monday May 6, 2019 given that the new moon was not sighted across the world. Unlike the Gregorian calendar where days of a month are fixed, the Hijri calendar depends on the sighting of the moon.

Each month ends with 29 or 30 days maximum. With an unsighted moon on the 29th (May 4), Muslims complete the preceding month of Sha’ban to 30 days (May 5) with Ramadan kicking off the next day without fail.

Ramadan is a period of one full month that the faithful undertake a dawn – dusk fasting which primarily entails abstinence from food, drink, marital intimacy and any such prohibitions as instructed by Allah (God).

Saudi Arabia employs the use of technology in looking out for the new moon. They are a reference point for many Muslims across the world in terms of starting the fast.
Reports in Ghana indicate that the national chief Imam, Sheikh Usman Nuhu Sharubutu, had asked the faithful to commence fasting on Monday.

Over in Nigeria, the leader of the Muslims, the Sultan of Sokoto Sheikh Sa’ad Abubakar tasked the faithful to look out for the new moon as at Sunday, May 5.

Main pointers to note about Ramadan
Ramadan is a period during which period the prophet Muhammad says the doors of hell are firmly sealed and the doors to heaven are wide open.

Islamic history has it that the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad during Ramadan.
The fasting day starts with a pre-dawn meal called suhoor and ends with a meal called iftaar.

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and is compulsory for all Muslims except those who are exempted – among others the terminally ill, travelers, elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, or menstruating.

Many pilgrims from around the world travel to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah for Umrah during Ramadan. Umrah is known as the lesser Hajj, a pilgrimage that can be undertaken at any time of the year.

Muslims are encouraged to avoid gossip, arguments and fighting while they observe self-restraint, self-control and self-discipline during the month. They are also encouraged to engage in more charity work while they fast to bring them closer to God and remind them of the suffering of the less fortunate.

The common greetings during the month is “Ramadan Mubarak” and “Ramadan Kareem”, wishing the recipient a “blessed” and generous Ramadan.
At the end of the 29 or 30 days of

fasting, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr which literally means “festival of breaking the fast” in Arabic.

On the day, Muslims attend a special prayer in the morning at outdoor locations or mosques. The prayer consists of a sermon followed by the short congregational prayer.
After the prayer, they visit friends and relatives, give gifts especially to children, and make phone calls to distant relatives to exchange greetings of “Eid Mubarak” or “Blessed Eid”.