The Australian ex-model Turia Pitt suffered burns to 65 per cent of her body, lost her fingers and thumb on her right hand and spent five months in hospital after she was trapped by a grassfire in a 100 kilometre ultra-marathon in the Kimberley.
Her boyfriend decided to quit his job to care for her recovery.
In an interview, a journalist asked him:
“Did you at any moment think about leaving her and hiring someone to take care of her and moving on with your life?”
His reply touched the world:
“I married her soul, her character, and she’s the only woman that will continue to fulfill my dreams.”
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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has commenced an indefinite nationwide industrial action.The National President of the union, Dr. Biodun Ogunyemi, announced this on Monday at a meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU in Abuja.
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He said during the strike, there shall be no teaching, no examination and no attendance of statutory meetings of any kind in any of the union’s branches across the country.Dr. Ogunyemi declared a ‘total, comprehensive and indefinite’ nationwide strike after a nationwide consultation with members at an emergency NEC meeting held on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
He explained in a statement issued after Saturday’s meeting that their decision followed the failure of the government to fully implement the 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement and the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).The ASUU president added that related demands made by the union were yet to be addressed, which was why they resolved to embark on an indefinite strike from Sunday, August 13, 2017.
Some of the key outstanding issues discussed at the meeting were the payment of fractions/ non-payment of salaries; non-payment of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA); non-release of operational license of NUPEMCO and the non-implementation of the provisions of the 2014 Pension Reform Act with respect to retired professors and their salaries.
Others include the removal of Universal Staff Schools from funding by government; funds for the revitalisation of Public Universities (Implementation of Needs Assessment Report), as well as the poor funding of existing State Universities and proliferation of universities by their visitors among other issues.
The union had embarked on a six-month strike between July and December 2013, but the strike was suspended when the government signed a MoU with the lecturers following a meeting with former President Goodluck Jonathan.ASUU, however, claimed that of all the items contained in the MoU, only the N200b out of a total of N1.3tr of the Public Universities Revitalisation (Needs Assesment) fund was released.The union had also embarked on a warning strike in November 2016 to press for the implementation of the 2013 MoU.However, the government did not implement the understanding reached with the union based on an intervention by the Senate.
ASUU said it had also met with the 2009 Agreement implementation Monitoring Committee (IMC) and had written several letters and press releases on the outstanding issues to no avail.
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has advised Nigerian youths to brace up and democratically wrest leadership position from the old guards and occupy it since old generation politicians seemed unwilling to quit the stage.
Obasanjo declared that leadership positions were never given on platter of gold and urged the youth to work for it.
The ex – President who spoke on Saturday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital at the Youth Governance Dialogue organised to mark this year International Youth Day, added that those seeking to occupy leadership positions in the country must also carve a niche for themselves through hard work.
The programme was organised by the Youth Development Centre, an arm of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library(OOPL), Abeokuta.He lamented that moral values had been eroded in the society today compared to what obtained in the 50s and the 60s, saying sound moral values were the necessary ingredients required for leadership position.
He also noted that the nation was in a dire need of leaders who were academically and spiritually sound.
He appealed to the youths to stop complaining, moaning and agonizing, urging them to get ready to fit into elective offices as there were moves now to lower the age into positions of the President, Governor and National Assembly.
“I joined politics from the top. The only position I contested for in Nigeria is the Presidency, but I had track record of achievements which led to that.
“Nobody will choose you, you have to choose yourself. Why should you have to become president at the age of 40? Why can’t you become president at the age of 35? Why can’t you become president at the age of 30?“General Gowon became Head of State at 33. I became Head of State at 39. And it is because of my track record, and thanks to Abacha(late Gen. Sani Abacha) for putting me in jail.
“Those were the reasons why I have opportunity to come back as elected President of Nigeria.The point is this -how are you prepared? Are you really prepared? “You should engage in things that will bring about unity and integration. You see yourselves as Nigerians and one family instead of pursuing things that could divide the country,” Obasanjo said.Also, former Attoney-General of the federation, Kanu Agabi, SAN, in his paper presentation titled “The role of our youth in contributing to the Peace and stability of the nation,” asked Nigerian youths to strive towards unity and peace of Nigeria.
Agabi described Obasanjo as an embodiment of perseverance and urged the youth to emulate him.“If Obasanjo can make it, you can also make it. He joined the army and survived. When he was sent to prison, he survived. He was sentenced to death but here he is,” Agabi said.The Chairman
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The Nigerian government says it has spent N6.2 billion to provide free meal for primary school pupils in 14 States in the nation.
The government said the gesture was in fulfillment of it’s plan to ramp up the Social Investment Programmes, SIP, this year.
Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the President, Office of the Vice President, in a statement said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was now close to its target of feeding three million primary school children this year under the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme, one of its four ongoing SIP schemes.
“Specifically, at the last count, a total of N6,204,912,889 has been paid out to 14 states during the school year ending August 2017. The 14 states that have been covered under the School Feeding programme are Anambra, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Delta, Abia, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba and Kaduna.
“So far, a total of 2,827,501 school children are currently benefiting from the School Feeding Programme, which is well on course to achieve the Federal Government’s projection to feed over three million pupils this year. In total, 33,895 cooks have been engaged in the communities where the schools are located across the 14 states,” the statement said.
A breakdown of the payment showed that Anambra State received a total of N693,013,300, while a total of 103,742 children have been fed thus far, with 1,009 cooks paid. Enugu state got a total of N 571,877,400 and 108,898 children have been fed so far, with 1,276 cooks paid.
In Oyo state, a total of N490,296,800 was released by the FG for the feeding of 107,983 children, with 1.372 cooks engaged. Osun State received a total of N1,000,394,888 for the feeding of 151,438 children. A total of 2,863 cooks were engaged in the state.
Similarly, Ogun State received a total of and N1,042,217,400 for the feeding of 231,660 schoolchildren, while a total of 2,205 cooks were paid. For Ebonyi State, a total of N344,633,100 has been released for the feeding of 163,137 pupils so far, with a total of 1,453 cooks paid.
In the same vein, Zamfara State received a total of N402,295,600 for the feeding of 107,347 schoolchildren, while 1,127 cooks were engaged. Delta State received a total of N225,896,300 for the feeding of 141,663 pupils. A total of 1,364 cooks were engaged in the state.
Abia and Benue States received a total of N128,763,600 and N337,157,800 respectively to feed a total of 61,316 and 240,827 pupils respectively. In Abia state, a total of 750 cooks were engaged, while 3,344 cooks were paid in Benue state.
Similarly, Plateau and Bauchi States received a total of N133,187,600 and N214,909,101 for the feeding of a total of 95,134 and 307,013 pupils respectively in the states. Also, 1,418 cooks have so far been engaged in Plateau state, with 3,261 in Bauchi state.
For Taraba State, a total of N120,284,500 was paid and 171,835 pupils have thus far been fed, with a total of 2,596 cooks paid.
Kaduna state received a total of N499,985,500 while 835,508 pupils have been fed so far. Also, a total of 9,857 cooks were paid under the programme in the state.
More States and primary school pupils across the country are expected to benefit from the feeding programme by the time schools reopen next month for a new session.
BBC has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for “an apparent lack of faith in the health systems at home”.
Buhari was named in the category of five African presidents who routinely travel abroad for medical treatment.
Others listed were Presidents Abdelaziz Bouteflika (Algeria), Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe), Jose Eduardo dos Santos (Angola) and Patrice Talon (Benin).
Buhari was described as the “first among equals” in terms of time spent abroad getting medical help.
In the report, BBC quoted Naziru Mikailu, its Abuja editor, as saying the public health system in Nigeria is terrible because of poor funding. Earlier in the year, Buhari spent 49 days in the United Kingdom.He returned to the London on May 7 and has been there since.Buhari received his media team at the Abuja House on Saturday.
“I feel I could go home, but the doctors are in charge. I’ve now learnt to obey orders, rather than be obeyed,” Femi Adesina, Buhari’s spokesman, quoted him as saying. “I’ve learnt to obey my doctor’s orders, rather than be the one issuing the orders. Here, the doctor is absolutely in charge.”
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has faulted critics of his administration and the Peoples Democratic Party, saying the party is back and is the only one that can lead the country to greatness.Mr Jonathan’s comments came at the PDP’s non-elective national convention today in Abuja, one month after the Supreme Court resolves the prolonged leadership tussle in the party.
“I am here to reassure you that nobody should intimidate PDP. PDP is the only party that can take Nigeria to greatness. I believe in the PDP. Even God believes in the PDP,” he said.The PDP has attracted heavy criticism for its 16-year rule, especially in the build up to the 2015 general elections and since the All Progressives Congress replaced it as the ruling party with the current administration levelling serious allegations of corruption against the Jonathan administration.
But Jonathan dismissed the allegations, insisting that the party did well.
“I read the papers and people always want to diminish the PDP. It is difficult to beat us; you cannot beat us. And I tell us, PDP members, that from the days of (Olusegun) Obasanjo through the days of (Umaru) Yar’Adua to Jonathan, we have done well. Nobody should intimidate you,” he said.
The Jonathan administration has also been blamed for the current economic crisis in the country, which has seen inflation soar, led to the loss of jobs and as companies and governments have battled to pay salaries.
But the former President would have none of that even though he admits that the PDP is not perfect.
He said, “As a human institution we cannot claim to be perfect, but obviously as a political party, our accomplishments up till 2015 are clear for everybody to see. Our giant development strides are there for all Nigerians to see. There is ample evidence to show that our party has indeed proved to be a party of vision and accomplishment.”
On the political front, he used the elections conducted as examples of his party’s success.
“The elections we conducted, especially from 2011 to 2015 general elections and other elections – senatorial and governorship elections – were accepted globally that they met global standards because PDP is a party that wants to place Nigeria globally to compete favourably with other countries. We don’t look back and we have done well. We succeeded in doing that because of the leverage and autonomy we gave to INEC,” he said.
“Also, even on the economic front, we provided focused leadership through institutional and sectoral reforms which impacted positively on the fundamentals for growth especially in the last four years of my time in power.
“The effect was that we tamed inflation at single digit, maintained price stability, grew the economy to become the largest in Africa with a GDP of over half a trillion dollars and the number one foreign investment destination on the continent.”
He took a swipe at the APC’s handling of the economy, particularly the high food prices, claiming that despite heavy flooding in 2012, which affected many farms across the nation, his administration was able to keep food prices stable.
He said, “I want to give you a simple example, an example that all of us know because you don’t have to be an economist or engineer to know.
“In 2012, we witnessed the largest flood that no Nigerian alive has ever seen. And the bulk of the food we eat in this country is produced along the flood plains of the River Niger and the River Benue. All the flood plains were devastated. More than 50 percent of our farmlands were devastated and the whole world was alarmed, not just Nigerians.”
The former President, however, said his administration was able to react to the disaster and save Nigeria from hardship because it had a strong economic team, contrary to claims.
“Did we see food price increase in 2012? We had a major national disaster, still food prices were stable under the PDP,” he said.
“I won’t go too far, I was told that some people are insinuating that if PDP had continued in power, the economy would be worse off and I laugh. We had a strong team that was managing the economy of this country. That is not talk for today, but definitely we will talk one day.
“If we say that we rekindled hope in our country and regained international goodwill, it is because we pursued a number of policies and programmes that were not only richly rewarding for our people but were also being copied by many other countries across the globe.”
The Queen is preparing to abdicate the throne and make Prince Charles the King, according to royal sources.Queen Elizabeth, 92, is alleged to have told her inner circle of plans to hang up her crown at the age of 95.
“I have spoken to a number of high-ranking courtiers who made it clear that preparations for a transition are moving ahead at pace,” royal commentator for the Daily Mail, Robert Jobson, said.
“They have all confirmed that a Regency with Charles taking the lead is now, at the very least, a real possibility.”The act would grant the Queen’s eldest son full power to reign even while she still lives.
According to the Mail, one senior former member of the Royal Household said: “Out of the profound respect the Queen holds for the institution of monarchy and its stewardship, Her Majesty would want to make sure that she has done everything she can for her country and her people before she hands over. She is dutiful to her core.
“Her Majesty is mindful of her age and wants to make sure when the time comes, the transition of the Crown is seamless.
“I understand the Queen has given the matter considerable thought and believes that, if she is still alive at 95, she will seriously consider passing the reign to Charles.” She famously dedicated her life to her future role as monarch on her 21st birthday, vowing to serve the Commonwealth.
She said: “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”
Her Majesty is now Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, with polls showing she remains hugely popular among people in the country.
But, if she did abdicate, the throne would be passed on to her eldest son, Prince Charles, who would become King.If this happened, he would become the oldest-ever UK monarch to be crowned.
But if he also decided to abdicate, the throne would be passed on to his eldest son, Prince William, who is currently second in line.The Duke of Cambridge’s three-year-old son, Prince George, is third in line to succeed his great-grandma, the Queen.
It was reported in November that the Palace in London was due to undergo a £369million, 10-year refurbishment.The work, which will include replacing electrical wiring, water pipes and the heating system, was expected to begin last month.The Queen was said to be fully supportive of the work.
Her Majesty is expected to remain in residence throughout, but may have to temporarily move bedrooms while the whole palace is resurfaced.Many of her staff will also need to be temporarily relocated, some even to offices in the garden, while work on the 775-room palace is carried out.
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For those graduates who think they can’t get their hands dirty to be their own CEOs, Read this:
Abiodun Folawiyo, a graduate of Accounting from the University of Lagos love for shoe-making was born over 15 years ago. He has since turned that dream into reality and is the CEO of Shoespeed Interglobal Services Limited. He has trained over 500 people in shoe making and hopes to start an academy for Shoemakers.
The 35 years old Shoemaker speaks about growing business from the scratch.
What spurred you into shoemaking?
My love for shoemaking was born out of three major reasons. One is to solve the problems of not getting good shoes in Nigeria. As at 15 years ago when I started, it was tough to find a company or individual that make good shoes in Nigeria. That raised my curiosity and I kept telling myself, as long as this thing did not grow from the soil and it did not come from the sky, human being made them, I will go all out to build the skill to make shoes.
The second reason is the drive to be independent early in life. I keep hearing of no jobs and unemployment and I did not want that.
So, I started learning from a roadside Shoemaker. While in my first year in University of Lagos, when I go home during weekends, I am with this road-side shoemaker. He asked ‘why do you bring yourself so low’? And I told him the people I look up to have a humble beginning like this. Though my father wanted me to be a professor, I am working towards being a professor in shoe making. So far, I have trained an average of 500 people in the last seven years.
Did you get more skills apart from the one from the Shoemaker?
The little I learnt from the road side Shoemaker, I built on it. I learnt more through trial and error. I also got a young man that was into shoe making but did not have any formal education to work with me.
How did you get funds as a young entrepreneur?
It was tough raising my start-up capital because I could not share my dream with members of my family, but I was able to start with N12,500 fifteen years ago.
Can your shoes compete with international brands?
A young man called me some time ago and said ‘I know how you do this. ‘You buy shoes from international brands and you change the label to your brand name, Shoespeed’. I asked why? He said because these shoes cannot be made by any Nigerian. I simply laughed.
Recently, I supplied some shoes to some people in the USA and I got a feedback from one of them. One of them said, he has to shop for new clothes to wear with the shoes.
What is you educational qualification?
I graduated with a second class lower (2.2) from University of Lagos and I studied accounting.
What advice do you have for people who lack finance to starting their business?
Your start-up capital is not money. That is where we usually get it very wrong. Your capital is your passion. When you have passion for whatever you do, be it dress-making, make-up artistry, hair-dressing, it now becomes your driving force.
Where do you see your business in the next five years?
I see my business as one of the household brands that will be celebrated in Nigeria and some major part of Africa. I see my company as one of the companies that retailers of shoes will feel comfortable ordering shoes from. I see a situation where we will have a standard academy where people who have passion of being shoemakers, will enrol at a very stage in life.
I have 12 people working with me now and I have six interns. We have our office at Ikeja, off Allen Avenue.
What is the biggest lesson you have learnt as an entrepreneur?
To build a structure around your business. A good business should have a structure because when you have a structure; it will guarantee the future of your business.
How do you feel being one of the Diamond BET5 winner?
It’s a reminder that I still have a lot of work to do. It has shown that the decision I made years ago to be a Shoemaker was good one.
What is your advice to young people?
Putting your resources into your investment is a great thing that if you do not reap now, you will reap in the future. For me, I separate assets from liabilities.
Headaches are uncomfortable and can temporarily disrupt the entire system.
Headaches are uncomfortable and can temporarily disrupt the entire system.
Headaches can be nudging, throbbing or persistent and it’s usually a sign for the body to slow down or a sign of an underlying, sometimes serious health issue.
With headache there is usually something wrong (think of headache as an alarm, trying to get you attention towards something) or about to get worse and they should never be ignored especially when persistent.
If you have headaches often, it’s time to look out for everyday triggers and find ways around them:
1. Bright screens
Bright laptops and desktops trigger headache everytime. The light from the screen is known to affect the eyesight and cause incessant headache.
It’s best to use medicated glasses when using the laptop or better still have a screen guard/protector installed on the screen to tone down the brightness (which can also be reduced).
Dehydration causes headache! Studies show that when the body doesn’t get enough moisture needed to function it doesn’t and one of the ways it revolts is with a nudging headache.
Sometimes when headache comes, few glasses of water can get it under control when its not a sign of anything serious.
3. Bad feeding pattern
Bad feeding patterns can cause headache. Starving/not eating when due can trigger headaches. Eating to fuel the body usually keeps headaches at bay.
4. Sleep pattern
Not getting enough sleep can cause headaches. An average of 5-6 hours sleep at the very least helps the body refresh and rejuvenate itself.
5. Loud Music/Noise
Blaring loud music over the headphones, staying in a noisy office/environment amongst other things trigger headache. Play music at moderate sound level and plug out of noisy environment or stay away as much as possible.
A coalition of Niger Delta agitators on Thursday threatened to resume bombing of oil installations in the region and warned the federal government to stop dealing wit the Edwin Clark led Pan Niger Delta Forum, (PANDEF) on their behalf saying the group can not resolve the crisis in the region”
The group, in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja also asked Northerners and Yourbas from South west resident in the region to vacate the Niger Delta before October 1, while oil companies operating in the area and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation. must relocate their headquarters to the the region.
The coalition which is made up of eight different militant groups dissociated themselves from the recent meeting help between Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo and PANDEF, describing the meeting as another ploy to deceive the people of the Niger Delta.
The signatories to the statement included General John Duku (Niger Delta Watchdogs and Convener Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators); General Ekpo Ekpo ( Niger Delta Volunteers); General Osarolor Nedam (Niger Delta Warriors) and Major-Gen. Henry Okon Etete (Niger Delta Peoples Fighters).
Others were Major-Gen. Asukwo Henshaw for Bakassi Freedom Fighters; Major-Gen. Ibinabo Horsfall for Niger Delta Movement for Justice; Major-Gen. Duke Emmanson for Niger Delta Fighters Network and Major-Gen. Inibeghe Adams for Niger Delta Freedom Mandate.
It will be recalled that PANDEF led by Chief Edwin Clarke met twice with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo recently at the Presidential Villa to articulate lasting solution to the challenges of the people in the region.
The Niger Delta agitators said that they had resolved to declare Republic of Niger Delta on October 1 and congratulated the Yourubas on their intention to declare an Oduduwa Republic, saying that they would work in tandem with the South East and Middle Belt to achieve economic and diplomatic developments.
The statement read in full: “At the general council meeting of the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators (CNDA) involving surveillance department, intelligence department and commanding officers held today to deliberate on the recent development in the Niger Delta and Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) meeting with the Acting President, after hours of careful deliberations, we unanimously resolved to commence Operation Zero Oil in the Niger Delta from September 10, 2017 as a preparation for the actualization of Niger Delta Republic
“We totally condemn the recent meeting between PANDEF and the Acting President; we see it as another plot to deceive the Niger Delta people. First and foremost, the meeting was marred with inordinate greed of the PANDEF as they did not involve the representatives of the Agitating groups and youths leaders.
“We wish to let the Acting President to know that those he met have no capacity and cannot solve the current crisis in the Niger Delta; therefore they cannot represent the militants or speak for the Niger Delta people.
“The Coalition unanimously adopts to stand by the previous demands, which are: 100% percent control of our resources. The Federal Government should hand over all oil blocks owned by the Northerners/Yorubas to Niger Delta indigenes. All Oil companies operating in such oil blocks/wells should vacate October 1st, 2017.
“Relocation of NNPC to any of the Niger Delta state and replacement of the Group Managing Director with an indigene of region. All the Multinational Oil, Gas, Servicing and Marine Companies must relocate their operational base to the Niger Delta, sign a new Memorandum of Understanding with Niger Delta people which would include Niger Delta indigenes being paid same salaries with foreigners.
“We demand independence and sovereign Republic of Niger Delta, all the companies and business owned by the Northerners / Yorubas in Niger Delta should be vacated before 1st October 2017, we accept and congratulate the Yorubas for demanding Oduduwa Republic and we wish them success.
“We hereby call on all agitating groups to resume attacks/bombings on all oil/gas pipelines, especially the exporting lines across the Niger Delta region from September 10, 2017. This is to ensure zero oil/gas production before October 1, 2017.
“We shall work to interface with more patriotic and zealous Niger Delta people to work out new collective approach that will ensure total freedom and complete control of our resources by any means necessary.
“We shall from henceforth, fight to liberate ourselves from the shackles of neo-colonialism and rule ourselves under a Niger Delta Republic, with diplomatic and economic relations with the peoples of the South East and Middle Belt.
“Finally, we want to inform the federal government of Nigeria and the general public that we no longer recognize PANDEF under the present leadership as they are working against the interest of the Niger Delta people.”