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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Omawumi shares new post baby photo and style tip

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Omawumi shared above snap and captioned it:

"Bad hair day? #Styletip wear your husband's Fila(Native Hat). Off to PTA meeting"

Stylish woman!
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Rihanna Dazzles in her Self Portrait for The FADER’s 100th Issue Cover

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rihanna-fader-magazine-3, Rihanna Dazzles in her Self Portrait for The FADER’s 100th Issue Cover

Rihanna looked different in her latest shoot for The FADER‘s 100th issue cover. The RnB singer rocked different outfits and looked so sexy in the shoot.

Shot by photographer Renata Raksha.

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PSquare: Andre and Aliona Okoye stun in Traditional Outfits

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As posted on The official page of P-Square with the caption:

"Awww 😍😍😍👍🏾😘..... Caption dis in Nollywood#AndreAndAliona"

So cute!
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Inspirational: Father of two counts his blessings after 38-tonne lorry collision

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Inspirational: Father of two counts his blessings after 38-tonne lorry collision

Not many people can survive a head on collision with a 38-tonne lorry, but rather than sitting still and counting his blessings, Andrew Lewis is battling to bring home an Olympic medal.

The father of two, who works as an engineer at Airbus, Filton, is hoping to secure his place in the GB triathlon team at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year.

Ranked the number one paraduathlete in the UK, he is inspirational example of someone who has triumphed in the face of adversity.

Andrew, 32, said: "It is quite surreal, but I am training really hard to make it on to the Rio team, it would be incredible to compete for an Olympic medal."

A confident teenager, Andrew was an enthusiastic runner aiming to sign up to the Parachute Regiment and travel the world.

But it was on a wet day in 1999 that his motorbike skidded under the wheels of a large lorry.

Lucky to be alive, but seriously injured, Andrew went through multiple operations and long periods in hospital.

At 16-years-old his life had changed irreversibly and all his hopes and dreams for the future were dashed.

"It was hard to contemplate what had happened," he said.

"I lost a lot of friends because I couldn't go out and socialise - I was stuck inside at the time when I should have been out enjoying life.

"Psychologically it was tough to cope with as a teenager. It was a difficult time."

After enduring six years of pain, Andrew decided to have his right leg amputated in 2005.

"My brother served in Iraq and I found it hard thinking of all the action out there and feeling that I wanted to be involved.

"When he came back I made the decision to have the operation and it was then that my life turned around."

On the road to Rio: Andrew Lewis is hoping to compete at the Paralympic Games next year

Having not taken part in sport for many years, Andrew made tentative steps back in to exercise.

He joined Lydney Boxing Club, where he trained as a child, and signed up to Bristol Athletics club.

Now, just 18 months after his first triathlon, the super-dad, is well on the road to Rio.

"It has been a difficult journey, but I am very excited. I still have so much to learn and lots of room to progress."

After being granted a two year sabbatical by Airbus, Andrew is able to turn his full attention to training.

He spends four days a week at a state-of-the-art sports facility in Loughborough where he undertakes a gruelling programme of running, swimming, cycling weights and flexibility work-outs along with a strict calorie-controlled diet.

He also spends weeks away from his wife Becky, and children, Jasmine, eight, and Logan, 18 months.

Andrew said: "It can be hard, not just physically, but mentally being away from my family and psychologically preparing for such an important games.

"I don't know where I will be for Tokyo 2020, so I am treating this as my one shot."

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Kim Kardashian shares collage of herself eating Cheetos with her fans

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Pregnancy cravings: The star shared this silly collage of herself eating calorific Cheetos

Kim Kardashian shared a collage image of herself eating Cheetos on Instagram.  The reality star was seeing sucking her left finger, sticking her tongue out and pulling silly face in the picture.

Beautiful woman!
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Fabulous! Disney star Zendaya shares photos of her own Mega-Glam Barbie Doll

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19-year-old Zendaya Coleman posted a photo of her own Barbie doll edition on social media.  She captioned the snaps:
“When I was little I couldn’t find a Barbie that looked like me, my…how times have changed,” 
”Thank you @Barbie for this honor and for allowing me to be apart [sic] of your diversification and expansion of the definition of beauty. Can’t wait to keep doing amazing things with you.”

The doll was clad in the Vivienne Westwood dress the Disney star wore on the red carpet at 2015 Oscars.
 Disney star Zendaya will be honored with a new Barbie doll mimicking her 2015 Oscars look.

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Zendaya's doll is one of 23 new dolls featured in the new "Fashionistas" line created by the Barbie brand — which is taking a different direction to celebrate diversity by including dolls of eight skin tones, 14 sculpts, 18 eye colors and 23 hair colors.

It seems the actress loves the doll-version of herself so much that she made it her icon photo on Twitter.

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Royal Honour: Kate Middleton to receive Special Jewelry From Queen Elizabeth soon

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Royal Honour: Kate Middleton to receive Special Jewelry From Queen Elizabeth soon

Kate Middleton will be honored by Queen Elizabeth II in October.  The Duchess of Cambridge will receive The Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II at a state dinner; the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a female member of the royal family.

The order is a small diamond-framed badge painted with a portrait of the queen, which is hung from a yellow ribbon and worn at state functions.

The giving of such orders was started 200 years ago by King George lV and is basically like getting a gold star from the monarch. So the queen clearly believes that Kate has done a sterling job of representing the royal family in her first four years of marriage. It is a private honor though, so the news will not be made public. 

Look out for a very special new piece of jewelry on her.
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Beware of Workplace Hazards: That job can cause you heart disease

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Many of us do not think of the health hazards of our jobs. Who can fault us for that? The job market is getting more competitive with fewer spaces.

Many are just grateful for any gainful and profitable opportunity to earn a living. However, a new research by British scientists suggests that the thing to consider when taking up an employment should be the risk it poses to the health of our hearts.

The study reveals that people’s hearts are ageing “faster than their owners” because of the stress and the long hours, they spend at work.

The researchers, from the British National Health Care Service, after surveying 8,000 patients, observed that some occupations involved some lifestyle changes that could predispose them to diabetes and heart diseases.

According to the physicians, workers in industries pioneering health and wellbeing initiatives, such as teaching, medicine and information services had better heart health among their employees compared to those working in transport, property and construction industries.

Consultant cardiologist, Dr. Tosin Akinsanya, says although most people do not think of heart disease as occupational hazard, certain jobs may increase one’s risk of heart attacks and other problems.

According to him, work-related factors — such as sitting stress, irregular work hours, and exposure to certain chemicals or pollution — can also harm one’s heart.

The specialist notes that people who run shift jobs are at risk of suffering from sleep disorders, such as apnea, dementia as well as other neurological and cardiovascular diseases if they continue at those jobs for more than 25 years.

Akinsanya explains, “Rotating shift, a schedule common among doctors, nurses and others, is linked to a higher risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Shift work itself may disrupt circadian rhythm, the “body clock” that plays a role in blood sugar, blood pressure, and insulin regulation.

“People in this occupation have to sleep at odd hours, they have to work many shifts. So, it is impossible for their bodies to have an internal clock or sleep pattern. They also have to respond to emergencies. That means they are inactive for many hours and suddenly active for nine hours at a stretch doing surgeries or monitoring patients in a critical condition.

“This kind of work wrecks your physical, mental and emotional health. Because they do not sleep well, it is confusing for the body to know when to use their cholesterol and glucose, which is a factor that can cause heart diseases, diabetes and high blood pressure. They must not stay at these jobs for too long. If they have to, they must be as active as athletes.”

The cardiologist adds that people who work desk jobs that require that they sit for at least six hours every day may suffer cardiovascular disease before they turn 50.

Corroborating this, Dr. Tope Aribisala says sitting for too long has negative effects on the body because it shuts down the metabolic pathways and some major calorie-burning functions in the body.

It also increases one’s risk of being obese.

He states that being obese is a predisposing factor for diseases, such as hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and sudden death arising from strokes.

Aribisala adds, “Though we have been saying that sitting for too long is not good, many people do not take it seriously. It is simple: when you are sitting, many metabolic processes in your body stop. They take a break till you start moving again.

“When you are sitting in a position for long, the fat in your body does not burn. Again, you gradually build up fat cells that may increase your chance of strokes, diabetes, and even cancer. Anytime the body does not burn calories, fat cells build up.”

The cardiologist, however, notes that jogging or exercising before going to work will not make up for sitting for long at work in the day.

He says, “Many people think because they exercise, they are exempted from this risk. They may be wrong, as sitting for long compromises all the benefits of going to the gym regularly. Even if you jog or work out every morning, if you sit for long at work, you are still at risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

“That is why people should not hold desk jobs for more than 20 years, so they can reduce their risk of sudden heart attack, and that is if they spend the next 20 years doing active work and exercises to make up for the time they lost.”

Obviously, you cannot quit your job just because it has odd working hours or unpredictable hazards. But you can work around the challenges that your occupation drops at your table.”

Aribisala also warns that one cannot afford to be a couch potato at work, whatever the nature of one’s job. According to him, one must create time for breaks and stretches.

He advises that taking the stairs at work instead of the elevators and going for 30 minutes’ walk, or simply standing for some minutes while working at one’s computer, will kick up one’s metabolism.

He adds, “If your organisation has a gym, please make use of it. If not, walk around your office building at least three times a week.

“As a nurse or doctor, try to check on your patients in the wards more often. Get moving. You are not only helping your patients, you are helping yourself to stay healthy.”

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Google unveils Nexus 6P, 5X and Chromecast

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Google Inc has unveiled its new Nexus phones - Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X at an event in San Francisco on Tuesday. The launch of the phones comes a day after Apple Inc reported record first-weekend sales of its new iPhones.

The Nexus 5X 16 GB model will be priced at $379, while the Nexus 6P 32 GB will cost $499, Google said at an event live-streamed on YouTube.

Nexus devices, which typically do not sell as much as iPhones or iPads, are a way for the tech giant to showcase its latest advancements in mobile hardware and software.

Google also unveiled a tablet built entirely by the company based on its Android operating system a redesigned version of its Chromecast TV media streamer as well as Chromecast Audio which cost £30, making it cheaper than many other similar streaming add-ons.


The Nexus 5X is made by South Korea's LG Electronics Inc and the Nexus 6P by China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. Both phones feature Google's new fingerprint sensor, Nexus Imprint, which is located on the back.

The phones are available for pre-order on the Google Store from a number of countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Japan.

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8 Little Ways To Know You're In A Happy Relationship

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8 Little Ways To Know You're In A Happy Relationship

Lots of relationships are good, but no relationship is perfect, so how are you supposed to tell when the one you're in is a keeper? As humans, we often tend to overthink what makes us happy, especially when it comes to our romantic lives. But there are plenty of little ways to know you're in a happy relationship, and they all add up.

The components of knowing you're in a strong, healthy relationship are pretty straightforward. Basically, you need to have some knowledge of yourself, some knowledge of your partner, a reasonably clear assessment of how things usually are between you, and a reasonably clear assessment of what your relationship alternatives look like. Of course, this is probably easier said than done. You get much of that knowledge of your partner, and even of yourself, through some love life trial and error. But there's no need to put yourself through the wringer any more than is necessary — you don’t need to be on the receiving end of some dramatic grand romantic gesture to know that your relationship is one for the record books. So before you throw away a perfectly good relationship, or miss out on one because you're stuck in a bad one, start paying attention to some of the smaller signals that your happy relationship is the real deal.

1. You can't stop saying "we"

Have you started finding yourself saying "we" this, and "we" that, basically non-stop? Congrats! It sounds like you might be in a happy relationship — because couples who approach the world as a team are better at solving conflicts.

2. You want everyone to know about your relationship
It may come off as a little uncool to gush constantly about your relationship, but when it's a happy one, you really can't help it. Whether you're sharing your good relationship news on Facebook, or people you talk to can just easily tell, a happy relationship isn't something you can — or should — keep under wraps. Your partner can't, either.

3. The big questions aren't really such a big deal

It seems scary in advance to have to ask a new partner if they want to marry or have kids. But in a happy relationship, the big question talks aren't so hard, and these issues come up in conversation naturally. More importantly, because talk is so cheap, your partner actually takes steps towards the relationship goals they divulge to you in romantic and mundane moments alike.

4. You've stopped imagining your other romantic possibilities

Sure, everyone lets their mind wander now and then. But when you're in a happy relationship, you've largely stopped considering the romantic possibilities. Even if your love life could have gone in other directions, it didn't, and you're happy where it is. You know nothing good ever came of dwelling on the might-have-beens, and you aren't willing to risk what you have for a little daydreaming.

5. You've given up your rom-coms

Once you've experienced true love, you know it's not like a movie. People may think they're learning about romance from the movies, but instead they're unfortunately giving themselves unrealistic romantic standards with every rom-com watched. Very few depictions of relationships in pop culture and even more serious art will capture the real nature of a happy relationship.

6. Commitment starts to seem appealing
Not everyone is cut out for long-term monogamy, nor need they be. But finding the right person has a way of turning even the most committed commitment-phobe into a one-trick pony — in a good way. That's because while committing to the wrong person seems rightfully terrifying, notcommitting to the right one is downright devastating. Sure, marriage is harder than it used to be, but a happy relationship makes you start to see commitment in a new light.

7. You've been sexting

This now-mainstream behavior seems to really boost people's love lives —sexters are more likely to report high relationship and sexual satisfaction. Get on it.

8. You realize you're above your baseline happiness level

Some people just aren't the happiest in general.  Your baseline happiness level is largely genetic, so it's more important that a relationship keep you at or above that amount of happiness than to make you totally, uncharacteristically ecstatic. Make sure your standards for a happy relationship are reasonable in this way, or no one will ever have a prayer of meeting them.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Independence Day Celebration in Nigeria :FG declares Thursday, October 1 as Public Holiday

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Independence Day Celebration in Nigeria :FG declares Thursday, October 1 as Public Holiday

The Federal Government has declared Thursday, Oct. 1 public holiday to mark Nigeria’s 55th Independence celebration.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Mr Abubakar Magaji, made the declaration on behalf of the government in a statement signed by Yusuf Isiaka the Ministry’s Director of Press.

The statement was made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja.

Magaji, while congratulating Nigerians both at home and abroad, thanked them for supporting President Muhammadu Buhari in his efforts to build a peaceful, united and virile nation.

He urged Nigerians to use the occasion of the celebration to pray for peace and unity of the country .
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Florida Couple get married to change the world's view of Autism, read their stories

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PHOTO:Anita Lesko and Abraham Nielsen, two adults on the autism spectrum, were married on Saturday.

A Florida couple read their own vows during an all-autism wedding Saturday in an effort to raise awareness of love among people with spectrum disorders.

"Abraham and I have a mission in life to change the world's view of autism," Anita Lesko of Pensacola, Florida, told ABC News. "We wanted to make this public to show that people on the spectrum have the needs for love, relationships, and marriage. We also want to send the message to parents to children on the spectrum that they can have all of this.

"Love is part of a human experience and this doesn't change with the neurological difference of autism."

Lesko said she met her now-husband, Abraham Nielsen, while spearheading an autism support group six years ago after her Asperger syndrome diagnosis.
PHOTO:Lesko and Nielsens had an all-autism wedding party.

"It was something when our eyes met," she said. "Sparks were lit in our hearts as soon as we saw each other. Even more so, our first hug was the night we realized that we did not want to let each other go."

After their engagement Christmas Eve 2014, Lesko said, she and Abraham, who's also on the spectrum, decided that they'd marry alongside an all-autism wedding party at the Love & Autism conference in San Diego, California.

Jenny Palmiotto, the host of the conference, said the idea came after she had invited Lesko to speak at the event.
"One of the things Anita shared with me is so many times people on the spectrum are excluded from weddings," Palmiotto, a licensed marriage and family therapist in California, said. "She really wanted to have an open wedding so people of all ages and abilities could attend. For Abraham and Anita, it was also their first [wedding]."

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PHOTO:The wedding was held at the Love & Autism conference in San Diego, California.
Lesko and Nielsen wed Sunday among 185 guests.

In addition to the bride and groom, many of the attendants identified as being on the autism spectrum, including the entire wedding party: the best man, two groomsmen, two flower girls, two ring bearers, harp player and the officiant.

A 12-year-old girl, also having autism, baked the three-tier wedding cake that was contributed to the event.
PHOTO:Lesko and Nielsens had an all-autism wedding party. Kristina Bant Jenk
Cake baker
Lesko said she was thrilled that her wedding shows that people with autism need love as well.

Before I walked down the aisle, a woman, she said, 'You know, my son has autism and this is what I dream for my son, to have a love like yours,’" she said. "That touched our hearts so deeply.

"It was the most incredible and enchanted evening of our lives and it's still sinking in our heads."

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Let Girls Learn: Michelle Obama Launches #62MillionGirls Campaign to help adolescent girls worldwide

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First lady Michelle Obama is promoting the launch of a new campaign aimed at helping 62 million girls around the world gain access to education at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City.

This new effort will build on investments we have made and successes we have achieved in global primary school education, and expand them to help adolescent girls complete their education and pursue their broader aspirations.

Let Girls Learn: Michelle Obama Launches #62MillionGirls Campaign to help adolescent girls worldwide

Obama spoke about the program during an appearance at the in Central Park on Saturday. The 62 million girls campaign, which builds on the Let Girls Learn initiative, is part of an effort to help millions of girls around the world complete their education through a Peace Corps program and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Obama took the stage and spoke of the need for the global campaign.
"... [R]ight now, 62 million girls are not in school. And what's important to know is that these are our girls," she said. "They deserve the same chances to get an education as my daughters and your daughters and all of our children. And make no mistake about it, giving them that chance is at the core of our work to end global poverty. It's the only way to ensure that these girls can fulfill their potential, provide for their families and contribute fully to their countries."
“We are helping adolescent girls worldwide go to school,”
Obama instructed the crowd to help get the hashtag #62milliongirls trending by posting photos of themselves on Twitter and Instagram alongside captions of what they learned in school. Shortly after her brief address, hundreds of Instagram and Twitter users, including President Barack Obama and celebrities like actress Kerry Washington and Stephen Colbert, among others, did just that.

Promoting education for girls was one of several issues raised at the annual music festival, which seeks to raise awareness about the United Nations' sustainable development goals, a list of 17 tasks which strive to end extreme global poverty by the year 2030.

A key part of Let Girls Learn will be to encourage and support community-led solutions to reduce barriers that prevent adolescent girls from completing their education. Through the efforts of the First Lady - working with the Peace Corps – this new initiative will support community-generated and community-led girls’ education projects worldwide.

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Falae: Abductors freed me after ransom was paid

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Falae: abductors vowed to grab me again if I talk

A former Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF), Chief Olu Falae, said yesterday that he paid ransom to his abductors before his release last week.

He provided shocking details of how he was starved, made to trek kilometres and forced to sleep on leaves while it rained.

The former presidential candidate said he was kidnapped on his birthday by six Fulani herdsmen last Monday at his Ilado farm on the outskirts of Akure, the Ondo State capital.

Speaking to reporters at his home in Akure, Falae said the armed hoodlums threatened to kill him every 30 minutes, until they received information that the ransom had been paid. He did not state how much was paid to the abductors, who initially asked for N100 million, which they reduced to N90 million. A family member said they could raise only N2 million.

Falae, 77, said: “There were six of them with three or four guns and every half an hour or so they will say, ‘Baba we are going to kill you, if you don’t give us money we are going to kill you.

“On Wednesday, one of them said we are leaving here on Thursday morning. Since we cannot leave you here alone, if we don’t get what we want we are going to kill you.

“And they said they gave me until 3pm. I thank God that at 21 minutes before 3pm, one of them came and said ‘the money don complete’.”

Reliving his ordeal, he said: “When the hoodlums came, they slashed me with their cutlasses, they said I was not cooperating. And they dragged me barefooted into the bush.

“After dragging me around for about two hours, they stopped somewhere for us to rest and there they asked me to phone my wife and tell her that I have been kidnapped and taken out of Ondo State, which was a lie.

“About 2.30pm on Monday, we started walking with very few stops until 2am the following morning. I guess I must have covered a minimum of 15 kilometers.

“That morning, I did not take anything. So all day, I had no food, no water and I walked close to 15km. How I survived I cannot really remember. I had no food in my stomach, I had no shoes, my clothes were torn.

“At a point, one of them gave me a pair of slippers. Later, they called for a motorcycle. The motorcyclist took me away. I had no clue where we were going. Finally, they dumped me somewhere, where I was, until I was released on Thursday.

“In that place, we all slept on leaves. Unfortunately, it rained in the night and I was drenched. One of them brought a small umbrella to cover my head, but the rest of my body was not.

“They offered me bread, but I told them I could not eat it. I demanded for a bottle of coke, which was what I drank every day to have energy and to continue with the march, because we were always moving.

“They were changing locations two to three times a day. I suspect it was to prevent the police from tracing them.”

The ex-finance minister said although the confirmation of the payment of ransom was made on Wednesday afternoon, he was not allowed to go until Thursday morning.

“So the following morning, they said I should go. One of them took ropes to stitch my buba, which was tattered.

“So when I came out of the bush, I found a motorcyclist, who gave me a lift to Owo.

“The place was about 10km from Owo town. The place was between Owo and Ifon. And I walked to that place. I guess we must have trekked about 25km.

“Miraculously, I was not tired, I was not hungry and I was not afraid of them at all. Each time they said, ‘Baba we will kill you,’ I will tell them, ‘no, insha Allah, you will not kill me’.

“I did not break down, but I want to tell you that when I got back home I became completely exhausted.

“But I am now 80 per cent fit and I know in the next few days I will be 100 per cent again.”

The 77-year-old warned that such attack should not be allowed to happen again as it could result to even graver consequences.

“It is not because of me. As for me, I am a very humble person, but by virtue of what God has made me and the status He has given me, it is an insult to our race that a man like me could be abducted by a bunch of hoodlums.”

He added: “By the way, one of them told me ‘Baba, if after you leave us you talk nonsense I will come and catch you again’. That is the kind of insult I received.”

Asked if the kidnappers were illiterates, Falae replied: “Only two of them could speak some English. They were between 25 and 35. They were Fulani but they spoke Hausa.”

Falae said it was likely his ordeal was closely connected to his conflict with Fulani herdsmen, who consistently grazed on his farm.

“The cattle rearers have been giving me a hard time for the past two or three years. Because I have a dam on the farm, so they like to bring their cattle there to drink water, then they eat my crops.

“This time they ate up my maize farm. We took pictures, and it was videoed, the police went there. They were asked to pay compensation, they begged and paid half and we accepted it.

“That was about two months ago. Whether it was one of them who went to bring his brothers to come and deal ‘with this wicked man’, I don’t know. It is plausible.

“My view is that this is my home. I have not gone to farm on anyone’s territory. This is my home where I was born. I have every right to farm here and live in peace here. So, this is totally unacceptable.

“I once told the commissioner of police that if he cannot protect us and protect my farm, then I will protect myself. There will be self-help, if government fails to protect its citizens.

“It would have been unfortunate if that were to happen. The IG met me and assured me that they will give us protection.

“I hope that we in Ondo State and in Yoruba land would consult to ensure that we enhance our protection. We cannot be slaves in our own territory.”

The former SGF said he was not surprised that the police could not trace and arrest the kidnappers because of the manner of their movement and operation.

“These fellows were permanently on the move. Day and night they were walking. Through farm lands, through water, through swamps…they were scared, they knew they could be traced with GPS, that was why they were running around all the time.

“I was not surprised at all that the police could not trace them before they decided to let me go.”

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Be Inspired: Kanya Sesser, Lingerie model shares powerful message

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23-year-old Kanya Sesser from Thailand, was born without legs and began her life deserted on the steps of a Thai Buddhist temple. It was a rough start, to be sure. But Sesser didn't let that stop her from becoming a Los Angeles-based lingerie model with a lucrative career.  She uses skateboard to get around.

She was adopted when she was 5 years old and moved from Thailand to Portland, Oregon. After she did a photoshoot for Billabong at age 15, she was approached to model lingerie, the young woman told the Daily Mail . Sesser has also modeled for Volcom, Rip Curl Girl and Nike.

Her Instagram bio says "I'm weird and a bit different", and we love Kanya Sesser's attitude.

Sesser who began her modeling career at age 15 said: "It's something fun and it shows my story — I'm different and that is sexy,"  "I don't need legs to feel sexy." according to Daily Mail.

"I like expressing myself in a different way than people usually see," she said. "This is just who I am."

She has worked for sportswear brands like Billabong, Nike, and Rip Curl and has since been scouted by lingerie companies and now earns more than $1,000 a day.

Kanya Sesser is a model, athlete, and motivational speaker.  Sesser is also training for the 2018 Winter Paralympics, further evidence that she's a total badass.

What is your excuse?
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How The Relationship Between Sepp Blatter And Michel Platini Soured

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, the president of the European football association, were famously close before Platini made a power play for Blatter’s job. Blatter was placed under criminal investigation by Swiss officials Friday – and Platini is cooperating with authorities.

Michel Platini, the president of the European football association UEFA, has been thrust into the center of the ongoing worldwide soccer corruption scandal Friday after Swiss authorities announced Friday they opened a criminal investigation into FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter.

One of the allegations facing Blatter, the Swiss Attorney General said, is making a “disloyal payment” of 2 million Swiss Francs ($2.04 million) to Platini for “work performed” between January 1999 and June 2002 — though the alleged payment was executed in February 2011.

Platini, according to the attorney general’s statement, is being questioned as a “person requested to provide information” – a mechanism under Swiss law which allows for the questioning of people who are not directly accused of an offense but who may be related to it, or “cannot be excluded” as a participant.

“Today I was asked by the Swiss authorities to provide information relating to the ongoing investigations surrounding FIFA,” Platini said in a statement.

“Regarding the payment that was made to me, I wish to state that this amount relates to work which I carried out under a contract with FIFA and I was pleased to have been able to clarify all matters relating to this with the authorities,” Platini added.

The attorney general’s office said Blatter retains the presumption of innocence.

The developments bring the tumultuous relationship between two of the most powerful men in soccer to the fore.

Once, the two men were famously close colleagues. Platini, a former French footballer, led the organization of his country’s 1998 hosting of the World Cup. After leaving this role, he joined FIFA as a special advisor to Blatter, according to reports from the Telegraph in 2011.

Platini filled this role until taking a position on the executive committee of UEFA in 2002 — spanning the period covered by the Swiss attorney general’s allegations — and for several years the two men remained close allies, with Blatter helping his friend secure the presidency of UEFA in 2007.

Such was the closeness of the pair that South Korea’s Chung Mong-joon, a rival candidate against both men in 2015’s election for FIFA president, said their relationship had been “that of a mentor and protégé, or a father and son”, Reuters reported.

But frustrations between the two mounted, eventually spilling over in a series of increasingly bitter public clashes, largely centered around Qatar’s controversial but successful bid for the 2022 World Cup, which caused major concerns among European clubs that the games would be played to the winter, disrupting club football. The change to the winter was denied at the time, but confirmed earlier Friday.

By early 2014, Platini was publicly accusing Blatter of bypassing FIFA processes on the timing of the 2022 games, and breaking agreements not to make statements on the matter.

Speculation had already been mounting that Platini would challenge his former mentor for the presidency of FIFA in the 2015 elections, and when the time came, Platini did indeed launch an unsuccessful bid for the role. His move came amid the mounting corruption investigations which had just two days before seen seven senior FIFA officials arrested and questioned.

Accusations and counter-accusations swirled through August. Blatter told the Danish magazine De Volksrant that Platini had “intimidated” his 80-year-old brother during FIFA’s presidential election congress. According to Blatter, Platini leaned to Blatter’s brother Peter during lunch and said: “Tell Sepp to withdraw from the election or he will go to prison.”

At that point, according to Blatter’s account, his brother burst in to tears. Platini declined at the time to comment.

Just two days later, Reuters reported FIFA had to reveal it was launching an internal investigation into allegations that an anonymous dossier titled “Platini – skeleton in the closet,” containing damaging allegations against the UEFA president, had been distributed from within FIFA headquarters.

Blatter won the election to the presidency of FIFA — his fifth term — by a landslide on May 29. Just four days later he appeared in public once again to announce he would resign by no later than March 2016.

FIFA said it was cooperating with all investigations.

“Today, at the Home of FIFA, representatives from the Office of the Swiss Attorney General conducted interviews and gathered documents pursuant to its investigation. FIFA facilitated these interviews as part of our ongoing cooperation,”

“We will have no further comment on the matter as it is an active investigation.”

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Sierra Leone Commences New Ebola 42-day Countdown

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Sierra Leone Commences New Ebola 42-day Countdown

Sierra Leone has began the new countdown to be declared Ebola-free on Saturday after discharging its last two known patients from the International Medical Corps Treatment Center in Kambia District.

Sierra Leone’s hopes of being declared Ebola-free were dashed last August when a 67-year-old woman died in Kambia days after it began the first 42-day countdown.

A Sierra Leone official said the government is cautiously optimistic the country will successfully complete a new 42-day countdown to be declared Ebola-free without any setback.

Abdulai Bayraytay, national publicity and outreach coordinator in the office of Sierra Leone’s government spokesman said the government is intensifying its appeal to the public not to compromise on the measures intended to contain the Ebola virus.

“We are very much cautiously optimistic that we will graduate into the 42-day without any relapse but we are intensifying – as a government and medical people -- that we must not compromise the medical measures that will contain Ebola for its eventual eradication,” he said.

He said Sierra Leone has now gone two days since Saturday into the 42-day countdown to be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization.

“We discharged the last two patients from our treatment facility – that is International Medical Corps Treatment Center in Kambia District on Saturday, and since that day we are now two days,” Bayraytay said.

Bayraytay said the country is hopeful because no one out of the more than 700 people who have been quarantined in Bombali District has shown any symptoms of the Ebola virus.

“Since the incubation period for the disease is usually 21 days, so those people have now appreciated over 10 days into their quarantine period. And so far we are very lucky nobody has shown any symptoms for the virus,” Bayraytay said.

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