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|Family / Identical Twin Sisters Die In Car Crash After Leaving Nightclub [photos] by Babasessy(m): 1:19pm On Jun 10|
Twin sisters Khadijah and Khertima Taylor were among three persons killed in a car crash on Sunday.
The 18-year-old sisters and four friends were returning home from a nightclub in San Fernando.
Police said the driver, Anthony Balkissoon, was driving his white Mazda 3 car along the San Fernando bypass road when he lost control at around 4a.m.
The car flipped several times and landed between the pillars of a concrete bridge near the Cross Crossing interchange.
The twins, of Jack Street, Marabella, died at the scene.
Kafiya Gill, 19, died at the San Fernando General Hospital. The driver, 20-year-old Balkissoon, and two others are listed in critical condition.
The Taylors were Sixth Form pupils at the St Joseph Convent, San Fernando. Gill, of Pleasantville, was University of the West Indies graduate. Relatives said she began working at the South West Regional Health Authority a month ago.
Balkissoon lives at Concord Road, located within Petrotrin's refinery compound at Pointe-a-Pierre.
Police are investigating whether speed and alcohol contributed to the crash.
|Politics / Lagos Rail Red Line To Be Completed In 2 Years [photos] by Babasessy(m): 2:19pm On Jun 09|
The Executive Director (finance and administration) of the Infrastructure Bank, Taiwo Dauda, has said that the Lagos Rail Red Line will be completed in two years.
He announced this during a train ride from the Ebute-Metta junction of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) in Lagos to the Agbado Station in Ogun.
The train ride was to showcase Nigeria’s infrastructure to participants at the just-concluded 3rd Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Investment Forum, which had 15 participants from Europe, the U.S., Germany, Brazil and Nigeria.
The Blue Line, which is being built by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), is expected to be 27.5 km-long with 13 stations. Construction started in 2010, as against the April 2008 date originally scheduled and is only half complete (National Theatre to Mile 2).
The construction of the Blue Line has gone on very slowly.
A look at the construction of light rails in other countries shows that Nigeria is lagging behind in the construction of its rails.
The first light rail in Changchun, China started with its initial phase of Line 3, which was completed in 2001, and the second phase was completed in 2007 (6 years).
China started the construction of its first line of metro with 18 stations the length of 20.12 km in 2010, and they are to be opened in 2014.
In North America, Edmomton started its first route of light rail in 1974 and opened it on April 22, 1978 (4 years) just in time for the Common Wealth games.
Advisory service for Nigeria’s Blue and Red Rail is now being provided by CPCS Transcom Limited and Infrastructure Development. The company confirmed that construction of the Blue Rail actually started in January 2010 and the new completion date is set at 2015.
|Health / Re: Pregnancy Test Reveals Testicular Cancer In Men by Babasessy(m): 2:24pm On Jun 04|
Pregnancy tests are triggered by HCG. It's found in the urine of both men and women but there has to be certain amount of it present to get a positive test. (that's why doctors advise women to repeat test in 3 days when get a negative incase the hormone level wasn't high enough during initial test) the natural amount found in men's urine wouldn't normally cause a positive result, so doing so signifies theres a raised hcg level and possibly a problem!
|Health / Pregnancy Test Reveals Testicular Cancer In Men by Babasessy(m): 2:02pm On Jun 04|
You may have seen the headline, or maybe you’re one of the 1.7 million-and-counting people who clicked on the Reddit post that started it all.
Here’s the story: A guy found his ex-GF’s pregnancy test in his medicine cabinet, took the test for laughs, and found out he was pregnant.
At least that’s what the test said. It seemed funny, so a friend of his posted a cartoon of the story on Reddit. Comments to the post noted that pregnancy tests identify hCG, a hormone produced during pregnancy — and in testicular cancer.
Sure enough, the man found he had a small tumor in one of his testicles. A follow-up post says it was a very early, curable tumor.
Does all this make sense? I asked Bruni Nazario, MD, WebMD’s resident endocrinologist.
“Yes, this is possible. Testicular cancer makes hormones and one hormone produced is hCG, the same hormone produced by embryonic tissue during pregnancy. This cancer also produces AFP, a fetal protein measured during pregnancy.”
If a man gets a positive result on a pregnancy test, does it always mean testicular cancer?
No, Nazario says. HCG is not unique to testicular cancer. Other cancers can also produce these hormones.
Many of the comments to the Reddit post are from men who now are considering giving themselves pregnancy tests. But that isn’t a good idea.
Although testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men age 15 to 34 years, it’s pretty darn rare. There are only 5.4 cases per 100,000 men each year.
On the other hand, false-positive tests are common. Widespread pregnancy testing of men would mean a lot of unnecessary worry — and a lot of unnecessary diagnostic tests and procedures, which carry their own small risks.
In fact, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the expert panel that advices the U.S. on screening tests, recommends against routine testicular cancer screening.
Most testicular cancers are self-detected, or detected by a sex partner. There’s no evidence that regular self-exams or doctor exams catch these cancers any earlier. And even in advanced testicular cancer, cure rates are quite high.
Treatment of testicular cancer means removal of the affected testicle or testicles. It may include other surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
“Regardless of disease stage, more than 90% of all newly diagnosed cases of testicular cancer will be cured,” the USPSTF notes.
|Politics / From The Archive(s): Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo As A Young Army Cadet. by Babasessy(m): 3:14pm On May 30|
Olusegun Obasanjo (Left) as a young army cadet, flanked by two unidentified men, possibly late 1950s. / Olusegun Obasanjo in 1960s.
Courtesy: Uyi Obaseki
|Romance / Photospeak: Wedding Gown Disaster ! by Babasessy(m): 10:12pm On May 27|
Wedding Gown Disaster !
|Politics / CONSPIRACY Theories:the Woolwich Killing More Questions Than Answers – Fani-kayo by Babasessy(m): 10:32pm On May 24|
CONSPIRACY THEORIES: The Woolwich Killing – More Questions Than Answers – Femi Fani-Kayode
Some things just don’t add up when it comes to the Woolwich killing. There are certainly more questions than answers. Let us examine the facts. An off-duty British soldier by the name of Lee Rigby was walking down the street in the charming and peaceful London suburb of Woolwich. All of a sudden, and out of the blue, he was randomly selected and run over by a car which was being driven by two young black men. After they hit him to the ground with the car the two young men jumped out of it, armed with machetes, knives, a rusty old pistol and a meat cleaver, and in a deep and uncontrollable frenzy amidst shouts of ”Allahu Akbar”, proceeded to take his precious life by carving him up, mutilating him, butchering him and beheading him in full public glare. This all happened barely 100 metres away from Rigby’s Army Barracks home. The attack began at 2.30 pm whilst the soldier gave up the ghost at approximately 3.00pm on a four-point inter-section roundabout and crossroads.
Immediately after finishing their gruesome act the killers then conducted their own impromptu press conference, brandishing knives and meat cleavers in blood-soaked hands, with random members of the public asking to be filmed whilst their clothes were soaked, drenched and dripping in human blood. After their ”presss conference” ended they moved to the other side of the road and calmly waited for the police to arrive. They had all the time in the world to do so but they plainly refused to run and attempt to avoid arrest or the imminent arrival of the police. According to eye witnesses (and I watched the footage on CNN) the police took no less than 30 minutes to get to the scene and confront the two killers. They did NOT get there in the 9 minutes that they are claiming.
When the police eventually arrived instead of surrendering peacefully to them or attempting to run away, the two young men charged at them brandishing their knives and meat cleaver in a menacing way and attempting to shoot their old and rusty pistol. Unfortunately for them the pistol exploded in the hand of the individual that tried to use it. They were promptly shot, wounded and disarmed. Yet before the police arrived another rather curious incident took place. A strange yet very courageous Scandinavian woman, who just happened to be sitting on a bus that was driving past, told the bus driver to stop when she saw the carnage that was being inflicted on the dying soldier, got off the bus and calmly walked over to the killers even as they were still killing him. She then proceeded to have a detailed conversation with them asking them why they were doing what they were doing and assuring them that in the end they would lose the fight because it was just them against many.
Is this not a rather curious encounter? Who really was that Scandinavian lady and who does she really work for? Is she a genuine hero or is she what, in security and intelligence circles, is known as a controller? Is she part of the system because to do what she did took immense courage? So many questions still need to be asked and answered. For example why did the police take so long before responding? Why were the killers given all the time in the world to conduct a graphic, loud and unofficial press conference in the streets with members of the public after beheading and carving up the young soldier?
Even more curiously the police and intelligence agencies have now admitted that these two young men were “known to them”. If that were the case how come they were never put under close surveillance, monitored, questioned or arrested? Why did all this have to take place at approximately 3.00pm in the afternoon, at that location (a crossroads of four junctions) and on that date? Why did the assailants have to cut off their victims head, hang around there for thirty minutes whilst ranting and whilst soaked and covered in their victims blood? Why did the killers insist that only women could come near the dying body of their victim? Why was this whole thing allowed to happen and to drag on like it did for 30 uninterrupted minutes by the authorities? Why did the police refuse to move in even though numerous members of the public were having detailed conversations with the assailants?
Was this whole thing some kind of state sponsored illuminati-style human sacrifice? Was it designed and orchestrated by the authorities to create more terror in the land and to give them the opportunity to introduce more draconian laws, curb immigration and do away with even more civil liberties on the grounds that they wish to fight the very terror that they themselves created. Are we not being fooled again by the ”powers that be” and the state just as we were over ”9-11” and over the murder of Princess Diana, both of which were clearly inside jobs with strong illuminati connections . If anyone doubts this assertion they ought to do themselves a favour and find the time to watch David Icke’s revealing documentary titled ”9/11 It Was An Inside Job”. It is on youtube. They can also find his numerous books and watch his numerous documentaries on the murder of Princess Diana. Their world view will change dramatically after that. Back to Woolwich.
Are there not clear parallels between the Woolwich incident and the Boston bombings, which took place just a few weeks ago. Are there not similarities in the profiles of the two sets of killers in both incidents. Both operations were conducted in full public glare and in the afternoon. Both operations were carried out by two Americans and two British citizens respectively each of them with a foreign heritage and family ties with nations that are rife with and that are being torn apart by Islamist terror. In the case of the Boston bombers the two perpetrators had strong links and family ties with Dagestan and Chechnya and in the case of the Woolwich incident both perpetrators had equally strong links and family ties with Nigeria. Both sets of killers were Muslim fundamentalists and both sets were ”known to the intelligence agencies” of their respective countries. Both countries in which the murders took place, i.e. Great Britain and the United States of America, are the greatest allies and leaders in the war against terror and they are both committed to standing ”shoulder to shoulder” with one another in that fight. Is it not strange that similar acts of terror will take place in the two just a few weeks apart and that people with similar profiles and virtually the same age carried out all those acts of terror? The coincidences are just too many and things just don’t add up. The performance of the British police particularly has opened up the door for a lot of speculation. They made so many mistakes. Yet I can assure you that the British police and intelligence agencies are NOT that sloppy. They are amongst the best, if not the best, in the world and they just don’t make mistakes. There is far more to this whole thing than meets the eye and there is also a sinister purpose and agenda to it. The full picture has not yet been shown to us and perhaps it never will but little by little those that are well versed in these matters will work it out and the truth will be exposed.
Yet the questions just keep coming. Is it possible that those two British boys of Nigerian descent were under some kind of ”Peter Powers” type hypnosis and mind-control system which was triggered off by something or someone. In many of his books and videos David Icke has alluded to the usage and existence of such capabilities by the more advanced intelligence agencies in the world for the last ten years and he has cited many examples of such usage. Initially I was skeptical about his assertions until I listened and read carefully and I cross checked the examples and the events that he cited. After that I was convinced that he was right and ever since then I have acknowledged the fact that we live in an exceptionally dangerous world where only the dullard would rule anything out. Back to the two young men that killed in Woolwich; were they cultivated, ”programmed” and used by agents of the illuminati in the British establishment to carry out this gruesome operation and this monstrous sacrifice? It is relevant and interesting to note that the two suspects were not just British citizens of Nigerian descent but that they were both Muslim CONVERTS. That is to say they were both brought up as Christians and then somewhere along the line they converted not just to Islam but to it’s most extreme and radical brand. They became dangerous Islamists that were prepared to kill for their faith. Who cultivated them and took them to this point and how did it get so bad? More importantly will this whole episode not give the western powers and the British people another reason to demonize Islam and target mosques and Muslim clerics? Is that part of the plan and the wider picture? Is the whole idea to create the atmosphere for vicious reprisal attacks against Muslims and Nigerians in the U.K.?
Is all that I have written here far-fetched? You may believe so but I don’t. And neither have I gone mad. The devil is real and the illuminati is is tool for world control and domination. It has been around for years and those that are part of it operate in the deepest secrecy. Yet even if you do not agree with me on anything that I have said here, the questions that I have raised are legitimate and they are indeed food for thought. In this game there are no coincidences and everything happens for a reason and has its own symbolism and purpose. As far as I am concerned only David Icke can crack this Woolwich nut and unravel its secrets and I look forward to the day that he does. Meanwhile I pray that the soul of Officer Rigby rests in perfect peace and I urge every Nigerian that is resident in or that is visiting the UK, especially if they are Muslims, to be exceptionally careful in their movements and in their dealings with the British people and authorities. There is FAR more to this whole thing than meets the eye and whether anyone likes to admit it or not, sadly, there will be some kind of backlash against our people at some point.
As for the two British men of Nigerian descent (whose names I refuse to mention) that cut short the life of this brave young and heroic British soldier in the prime of his life for doing absolutely nothing wrong, may they both die a slow and terrible death and may they rot in hell.
|Politics / Micheal Adebolajo Father's House Sealed-off By Police by Babasessy(m): 11:30am On May 23|
A house in a Lincolnshire village has been raided by Met police officers investigating yesterday's alleged terror attack in Woolwich.
|Politics / Re: Chinua Achebe's Burial Rites (Pictures) by Babasessy(m): 3:40pm On May 22|
|Politics / Chinua Achebe's Burial Rites (Pictures) by Babasessy(m): 3:38pm On May 22|
The burial rites of Nigeria's literary icon, Chinua Achebe, began with the arrival of his body at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja this morning.
The rites will climax with his interment on Thursday, in his hometown, Ogidi, Anambra state.
Gov Peter Obi was responsible for chattering the Overland Airline that is conveying the corpse
|Jokes Etc / Humour Alert: 'when Was The Last Time You Told Your Husband You Loved Him?' by Babasessy(m): 10:31pm On May 21|
There was a group of women gathered at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with your husband.
The women were asked, 'How many of you love your husbands?'
All the women raised their hands.
Then they were asked, 'When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?'
Some women answered today, some yesterday, some didn't remember..
The women were then told to take their cell phones and send the following text to their respective husband: I love you, sweetheart.
Then the women were told to exchange phones and read the responding text messages.
Here are some of the replies:
1. Eh, mother of my children, are you sick?
2. What now? Did you crash the car again?
3. I don't understand what you mean?
4. What did you do now? I won't forgive you this time!!!
6. Don't beat about the bush, just tell me how much you need?
7. Am I dreaming? ?
8. If you don't tell me who this message is actually for, you will die today...!!!
9. I asked you not to drink anymore!!
and the best one
10. Who is this?
|Romance / Andy Rooney’s Thoughts On Women Over Forty: by Babasessy(m): 8:34am On May 19|
Andy Rooney’s thoughts on women over forty:
“As I grow in age, I value women who are over forty most of all. Here are just a few reasons why: A woman over forty will never wake you in the middle of the night to ask, “What are you thinking?” She doesn’t care what you think.
If a woman over forty doesn’t want to watch the game, she doesn’t sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do. And, it’s usually something more interesting.
A woman over forty knows herself well enough to be assured in who she is, what she is, what she wants and from whom. Few women past the age of forty give a hoot what you might think about her or what she’s doing.
Women over forty are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won’t hesitate to shoot you, if they think they can get away with it.
Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it’s like to be unappreciated.
A woman over forty has the self-assurance to introduce you to her women friends. A younger woman with a man will often ignore even her best friend because she doesn’t trust the guy with other women. Women over forty couldn’t care less if you’re attracted to her friends because she knows her friends won’t betray her.
Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over forty. They always know.
A woman over forty looks good wearing bright red lipstick. This is not true of younger women. Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over forty is far sexier than her younger counterpart.
Older women are forthright and honest. They’ll tell you right off if you are a jerk, if you are acting like one! You don’t ever have to wonder where you stand with her.
Yes, we praise women over forty for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it’s not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed hot woman of forty-plus, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some twenty-two-year-old waitress.
Ladies, I apologize.
For all those men who say, “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free,” here’s an update for you. Now 80 percent of women are against marriage, why? Because women realize it’s not worth buying an entire pig, just to get a little sausage.”
Hope you enjoyed.
|Politics / Prision Overcrowding; Nigeria Vs US by Babasessy(m): 9:07am On May 14|
PRISON: California hasn’t emptied its prisons enough, but it is trying. Nigeria contrast.
|Politics / Asari said Jonathan has performed. He should let the voters decide - Omatseye by Babasessy(m): 9:39am On May 13|
A sense of perfidy hits the air. So rather than cavort over the flowering of democracy, we confront the nascent hubris of a dictator. I use the word “nascent” advisedly. We have not seen tyranny in its barefaced and full form.
It is furtive and deceptively tentative, but carries the barbarous aura of the inevitable. Not long ago, the former governor of Zamfara State – no fan of mine – was picked up by the police because he said the APC would stage a peaceful protest if his party was rigged out of the 2015 polls. The Sharia-flaunting lover of nubile flesh did not offend against the law. He exercised a natural instinct of the politician in an ambience of electoral fraud.
Months later, former gun-swinging denizen of the Niger Delta forests, Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, warned that if his kinsman, Goodluck Jonathan, is not tenanted at Aso Rock in 2015, militancy will dissolve the apparent peace in the home region of the president. He merely echoed the sentiment of an officered sympathiser of the militants, Kingsley Kuku, who is special adviser to the president on amnesty. None of them, in spite of the discomfort of the National Assembly, was even called for questioning over clearly subversive threats.
The one threatened peaceful protest and was picked up. The others mouthed apocalyptic prophesies but they spoke back in defiance. Their grandfather and fuddy-duddy of Nigerian politics, rather than intervene in wisdom, played the role of an agent provocateur at over 80 years of age. He joined the delinquency and juvenile ranting and explained that others in the North had said similar things.
In this instance, the office of the inspector general of police iced over with cowardice.
Recently, Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s official aircraft was grounded at Ondo State. The aviation authorities said he had no papers, which the Rivers State Government has challenged. Not long after, the police swooped on a local government headquarters. The excuse was that the governor should not have dissolved the executive, which happened through the state legislature.
This did not only fly in the face of the principle of a federal state, but it violated the principle of the rule of law. If they don’t like what the governor did, why not go to court? It is common knowledge that the battle for Rivers State is the continuation of the friction between President Jonathan and Governor Amaechi by other means. The story, at least in public, can be traced to the open shame of rhetoric from Dame the Vain, first lady Patience Jonathan, in Rivers State during the closing days of Governor Amaechi’s first term. She openly lashed out at the governor over activities in Okrika, where she hails from. Since then, tension has crackled between Port Harcourt and Abuja. What we see today, including the fulminating shallowness of Minister of State for Education Nyesom Wike, represents a proxy war. From his reptilian redoubts in Aso Rock, he is unleashing venoms abroad.
What is going on in Rivers State, with the strong-arm hysteria from Abuja, foreshadows the rough and tumble of 2015. It is the story of a snake trying to encircle his enemies in a jungle where law and order play coy to the logic of the unbridled giant.
We also saw the introduction of a legislation to bar private aircraft owners from carrying what is perceived as passengers. To the undiscerning, it is a clever way of slowing down opponents who would hit the hustings for 2015 election when they compete with him for the meaty prize. It is a legislation for aerial supremacy through monopoly in the air battle of the 2015 campaigns. It is a metaphor of modern warfare. The law seeks to create a no-fly zone for the opposition. So while the president and his team corral the air and unleash the gunfire, the ground battle belongs to the opposition who will lie hobbled below, pinned down and ponderously weak, an army without the aerial sway. President Jonathan can now wield the nimble power of the sky with its lethal ferocity.
As a well-known top politician told me in the aftermath of the Amaechi aircraft saga, no one should take a romantic view of tackling Jonathan and his cohorts in 2015. It came close to journalism recently when two journalists with the Leadership Newspaper were held rather than taken to court. He plots to slam a state of emergency on Borno and Yobe states. By this he is trying to turn his failure to combat terrorism into an advantage for political control against 2015. Our greatest tragedy is the absence of the rule of law. It is in that sewer that tyrants breed.
These are just a few of the signs of what I called nascent tyranny. Because we live in an ostensible democracy, we take those actions for granted. Tyranny comes like a thief in the night. In the early days of Joseph Stalin, complains streamed the news media of a budding tyrant. A prominent New York Times reporter denied it. The evidence of killings, anti-Semitic slayings and concentration camps were regarded as little irritations.
The then well-known critic Edmund Wilson visited from the United States and gave Stalin the thumbs up. Even novelist and essayist Maxim Gorky came from exile and resettled in his home country and lunged at prose spirit Vladimir Nabokov for cynical error for raising a false alarm. Gorky once argued that the only people who deserve freedom are those who are ready to fight for it every day. He ignored his own religion. But he was one of the early victims of Stalin’s purge. Alexander Solzhenitsyn fell into his snare and even fought in his army, before his disillusion and exile. His Gulag Achipelago, One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich and Cancer War are three masterpieces on the Stalin era that won him the Nobel Prize.
In the early days of the Abacha regime, Ken Saro Wiwa during a BBC interview praised the coup that ushered in the tyrant. I wrote an op-ed piece then in the National Concord cautioning the novelist and playwright. I also noted that he was mistaking his cozy embrace with the general with the general apathy in the land. Saro Wiwa replied that he was cut from a rare gem. Just like Gorky, he became a tragic victim of a tyrant he helped nurture. It is one of the sore memories of my life that he visited me a day before he was arrested. A similar fate almost happened to Wole Soyinka who outgrew his chumminess with the foxy IBB and lived in exile during the Abacha era.
Asari-Dokubo said President Jonathan has performed. He should leave that to voters. He is one man, and his Ijaw nation, whose lives he has not lifted, are one people. When he swept to power in what they gleefully designated as a pan-Nigerian mandate, they should have told him that he ought to rise up to the challenge. Democracy has shown historically that it does not guarantee freedom or well being. It calls for vigilance. That was why right-wing economist – I hate to quote this guy – once asserted that “perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one’s government is not necessarily to secure freedom.” He is Friedrich Von Hayek.
Nascent tyranny thrives on a false perception of leader’s innocence. I recall the novel, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, where innocent children carry out the worst tyrannies in themselves. The only solution is vigilance, and a fighting conscience from within. That is what Ghandi referred to when he said, “The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.” This tyrant is the counterfoil to the other tyrant.
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|Sports / I'm Rich And Famous. Forget About The Face People" - Bance Replies Nigerians. by Babasessy(m): 3:38pm On Feb 26|
Aristide Bance of the Burkina National team took to the social media with a polite response to those who have made snide remarks about his facial look. He captioned his latest photo " Rich and famous. Forget about the face, people"
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|Foreign Affairs / Pictures Of Nigerian Roadside Prostitutes In Italy by Babasessy(m): 5:43pm On Feb 19|
Migration linked to prostitution
The phenomenon of foreign women, who line the roadsides of Italy, has become a notorious fact of Italian life. These women work in sub-human conditions; they are sent out without any hope of regularizing their legal status and can be easily transferred into criminal networks.
Many are Africans working as prostitutes to send money home to their families.
For nearly twenty years the women of Benin City, a town in the state of Edo in the
south-central part of Nigeria, have been going to Italy to work in the sex trade and every year successful ones have been recruiting younger girls to follow them.
The Nigerian trafficking industry is fueled by the combination of widespread emigration aspirations and severely limited possibilities for migrating to Europe.
The term Trafficking of persons is restricted to instances where people are deceived, threatened, or coerced into situations of exploitation, including prostitution. This contrasts with Human smuggling, in which a migrant purchases services to circumvent immigration restrictions, but it is not a victim of deception or exploitation.
Most migrant women, including those who end up in the sex industry, have made a clear decision to leave home and take their chances overseas. They are headstrong and ambitious women who migrate in order to escape conflict, persecution, environmental degradation, natural disasters and other situations that affect their habitat and livelihood.
Ensuring a better future for one’s family in Nigeria is a principal motivation for emigration within and outside the trafficking networks. Working abroad is therefore often seen as the best strategy for escaping poverty. The success of many Italos, as these women are called, is evident in Edo. For many girls prostitution in Italy has become an entirely acceptable trade and the legend of their success makes the fight against sex traffickers all the more difficult.
One concern is that the anti-trafficking crusade is causing effects opposite to its objectives. What presents itself as a campaign to protect migrants from harm is actually making their efforts to flee home, to find work, to make the most of their lives in often difficult and unforgiving circumstances, much harder.
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|Travel / US Embassy Outlines Condition For Baby Delivery In America by Babasessy(m): 2:51pm On Feb 15|
Contrary to the widely held notions in the polity that to deliver a baby in the United States, a pregnant woman has to conceal her pregnancy during her visa interview and while entering the US, or she has to travel before her pregnancy starts to show, the US Embassy has clarified that it is okay to decide to have a baby in the country.
This is against the backdrop of the practise where some Nigerians deliberately lie during visa interviews in their bid to secure automatic US citizenship for their children.
The Embassy outlined some conditions which have to be met before such a visa which falls under medical tourism category is issued.
This it said, is necessary to encourage applicants to be truthful during visa interviews.
One: The applicant has to show proof of available funds of at least $140,000 (about N22 million) to pay medical fees, and secondly, the applicant has to show proof of the need for medical attention in the US such as high risk pregnancy and the likes.
US Embassy Chief of Consular Section, Ms. Carol Cox, in an interview with select journalists in Abuja, yesterday disclosed that it would cost at least $60,000 to have a baby in the US.
In instances where complications arise from the delivery, the medical bills may go as high as $140,000.
Availability of the funds, Cox said is very important as it is necessary to ensure that American taxpayers do not have to pay such bills.
“We owe the American public who pay taxes to make sure that those who seek medical services in the US pay for such services. This is essential because there are those who have the money and are not willing to pay.
“It is very frustrating when you see a woman who is obviously pregnant, sometimes seven months gone, tell you during a visa interview that she is just going to the US for a vacation,” she said.
Commenting on the fate of those who have incurred bans in the process of visa applications, Cox said while they are allowed to appeal, the outcome would be determined by the gravity of what incurred the ban in the first instance.
She added that it would be difficult for such appeals to come through in instances of fraud.
“It is important for applicants to be truthful because if there is any discrepancy in what you say and what you have written in your form, your credibility is gone,” she said.
Speaking on visa wait times, the embassy has reduced the wait times from six weeks to 30 days for applicants in Abuja, and to 21 days for applicants in Lagos, she disclosed.
Public Affairs Officer of the Embassy, Ms. Debra MacLean reiterated that the visa is not a guarantee that an applicant would enter the US.
“If the applicant is found to have materially misrepresented his purpose of visit, the immigration officer at the airport may refuse him or her entry. This officer is the one who really determines who enters the US,” she clarified.
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|Politics / [video] Standing Tall Nigerian 100 Years All Stars Celebration Song by Babasessy(m): 8:00pm On Feb 13|
|Celebrities / Nollywood Actress Halima Abubakar Pregnant For Emeka Enyiocha by Babasessy(m): 4:09pm On Feb 11|
For top Nollywood actress, Halima Abubakar, it could authoritatively be disclosed that she is currently expecting a baby for her colleague and actor, Emeka Enyiocha.
This relationship which has gone sour with Halima’s present condition could be reported to have been in secret, which paramount was the reason why the Nollywood actress recently shaved her hair.
Unknown to feelers, who are still wondering if the news of Halima’s present condition and relationship with Emeka Enyiocha haven’t gone into the wife’s ear, but with this development, the news must have filtered or aired to her, as expectation is high on if she will tender a divorce.
Jestingly, our source revealed that this act which could be described as another Birth of Evil in Nollywood is currently being rolled on the lens of the cameras in the Heartland city of Owerri, with Divine Touch Production as the steer man.
While it is creatively directed by renowned Nollywood film director, Theodore Anyanji, it also stars Patience Ozokwo (Mama G), Ken Erics (star actor of the Illiterate), Queen Nwokoye (star actress of Adaure/Ada Mbano), Uche Elendu, Vitalis Ndubisi and Remmy Ohajianya.
|Politics / Photorama:Goodluck Jonathan Celebrates Super Eagles Victory With Wife by Babasessy(m): 2:38am On Feb 11|
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|Celebrities / Exposed:tiwa Savage's Fiance Photos Of Baby Mama And Kids Re-surface by Babasessy(m): 7:02pm On Feb 10|
Why do our so called celebrities settle for less! Is it despiration? or pressure from our society and family? Here is the story of a talented song writer, and singer "TIWA SAVAGE" and her five day old fiance "TEEBILLS"
They were dating, he is not ready for a commitment so she gets pregnant and had his baby. She carries most of the responsibilities off course 'cos he aint got poo! 3years after he still will not commit. So she has another baby. He still won't commit. He meets another lady, who is doing very well for herself, he wasted no time putting a ring on her finger. Hmmm like my dear DAS will say. Women need to ya ara won ni brain. (Lend yourselves some brain) you can't tie a man down with a baby. At the end you will loose. (Allegedly the story behind Tiwa's Manager.Teebillz
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|Celebrities / Rapper AP 9 Says He Had Unprotected Sex With Rap Legend Ice T’s Wife Coco by Babasessy(m): 5:00pm On Feb 07|
Coco Austin, 33, is performing in the Las Vegas act Peepshow, filling in for pregnant Holly Madison, 33, but in a new interview with Star magazine, rapper AP.9, he admits that she’s not behaving herself in sin city! In fact, she cheated on her husband Ice-T, 54, with him!
Coco and Ice seem so in love on their E! reality show Ice Loves Coco, but the couple seems to be having some trouble in paradise.
“I first met Coco at Surerender nightclub in Las Vegas,” AP.9 tells Star magazine. “She invited me back to her table; I had a couple of drinks; we exchanged numbers. I could tell we had a physical attraction.”
“She asked me, ‘What are you doing after the club?’ I said, ‘I’m probably just going to get a room and stay right here.’ She said, ‘Well, I’m going with you.”
But the most explosive allegation: “We Were Intimate,” AP.9 says. “I don’t know who made the first move. It wasn’t making love; it was just sex.”
Another bomb: “We Were Intimate unprotected. I really hope she isn’t pregnant!”
After AP.9 posted pics of him and Coco snuggling in December, Ice-T tweeted, “Don’t get it twisted… I’m not happy about this s**t. Coco’s in Vegas.
She has given me her explanation of the pics on the net from her first weeks out there with some dude.”
Coco tweeted an apology for the photos soon after and denied an affair.
AP.9 says, “She did an interview and said, ‘Oh, he was a superfan, everywhere I went he showed up and ran up to me talking pictures.
She threw me under the bus like I was some groupie stalking her.”
The rapper says Ice-T actually called him to speak about the incident. “He called me and said, ‘My wife wouldn’t f**k with you.
You need to tell the truth because my wife wouldn’t do that.’ So I told Ice-T: ‘You want the truth? OK. Me and your wife Were Intimate!’”
The rapper does hope that Coco and Ice-T can get past the cheating scandal. “I got respect for Ice, and I’m not mad at her.
But don’t lie about me.
Everyone is looking at me like I’m the bad guy.
I don’t have a reason to lie.
But she has a reason to lie.
She’s the one who’s married.
|Sports / CAF Deserves To Be Thoroughly Spanked For The Embarrassing Officiating At AFCON by Babasessy(m): 2:29pm On Feb 07|
CAF deserves to be thoroughly spanked like a 10 year old, rebuked & embarrassed for their suspiciously corrupt & inept referees at the on-going AFCON 2013. Their poor officiating & calls remain very controversial, disputable & atrocious as if some of them were working for some betting, racketeering & match fixing rings somewhere in Asia & operating undercover of some teleguided remote control. These calls to question their in-depth lack of professionalism & a shameless sense of integrity arising from their apparent gross incompetences!!!
Many a time some of them had attempted to edge out NIGERIA's SUPER EAGLES with the most spurious officiating but mother luck & the god of soccer that never slumbers kept the team going during the tottering & teething preliminary stages!!! We were all witnesses to the Egyptian referee in the match between NIGERIA V ZAMBIA that was banished from the tournament for inventing & awarding a penalty for ZAMBIA to equalize against NIGERIA at the dying minutes of the game!!!
CAF should try & put their house in order & stop this nonsense disgracing Africa before our very eyes & the rest of the football world!!! If these deliberately erratic referees are not competent & capable enough, CAF can borrow better & more reputable ones from Europe, Asia, South America & other FIFA affiliate Confederations!!! The 2nd semi final match between GHANA vs BURKINA FASO glaringly revealed another chronic shortcomings on the part of these overtly biased referees killing the spirit & soul of African football!!!
Meanwhile, I still consistently maintain that the next AFCON in 2015 should be hosted in at least 10 to 12 carefully selected best stadia in major African cities across the African continent to ensure a wide & even spread!!! UEFA is adopting this innovative style in the next edition of their EUROPEAN NATIONS CUP to be hosted & spread to 13 different European cities!!!
### AND AS A MATTER OF FACT, I'M HIGHLY INTERESTED & WAITING FOR THE LATEST REPORT ON THE MATCH FIXING SCANDAL THAT FIFA JUST UNCOVERED LATELY & STILL INVESTIGATING BEFORE MAKING PUBLIC...!!! JUST AS SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE SHOULD OPEN UP A CAN OF WORMS ON THESE SUSPECT & CORRUPT REFEREES PLEASE!!
By Davidolf Abiona
|Celebrities / BITTER BREAKUP: Wizkid Draws Battle Line With Banky W’s EME Record - Tolu Crown by Babasessy(m): 8:34pm On Feb 05|
The terms of the Wizkid EME deal are alleged. It is based on insider talks and news stories that have flooded the internet within the past year alone. It may or may not be true. For our informative and educational purpose, however, it is irrelevant whether the facts are true. In fact, I am treating these facts as hypothetical facts, except where noted as true, to drive home the underlying point on the need to read your contract before you sign it, to avoid legal pitfalls like those that may find themselves under the same alleged factual situation like Wizkid. Keep this in mind as you read my analysis.
1. Wizkid is a Nigerian citizen (true fact)
2. Wizkid is a self proclaimed “studio rat.” As early as 11 years old, he was already singing.
3. By 2006, he got his break with Nigeria’s famed artist OJB (true fact)
4. In 2009, at 19years old, Wizkid got an even bigger break when he began working with Nigerian-American R &B super star Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment Record label. (True fact)
5. Wizkid already put a lot of the hard work on the talent side before he met EME. From 2009 onwards, EME focused on the branding, artist development, marketing and promotions of Wizkid. (True fact)
6. Within and outside of Nigeria, there was NO LEGAL CONTRACT signed between EME and Wizkid. (Alleged)
7. About March 2012, when fans and the public screamed in excitement about the EME Wizkid UK Tour, Wizkid still did not have a legal contract. However, as a condition to perform in the UK and to get visas granted, the hosting country (UK) required a record contract evidencing Wizkid was signed to EME. EME, in a rush, put a contract together for Wizkid. (Alleged)
8. The EME-Wizkid contract (the first signing of a record deal) had a term requiring a
7 album deal. They promised this contract will be amended to the “real contract” later. (Alleged)
9. Wizkid signed the 7 Album contract, without reading the terms. (Alleged)
10. Prior to the signing, monies were split between the two in a 50/50 way i.e. monies made from concerts/ tours were split evenly. (Alleged)
11. In April of 2012, EME announced a joint deal, in a press statement, with Akon’s Konvict. EME claimed Akon would “produce and release Wizkid worldwide” while EME managed Wizkid in Nigeria. (True Fact)
12. Before we could blink, all of a sudden, Wizkid signed a management deal with Tinie Tempah in the UK. Really? (True Fact)
13. Banky W & EME allegedly never negotiated or agreed to such a deal. Wizkid directly negotiated and signed with Tinie Tempah. (Alleged)
14. Wizkid fronts his own label “Star Boy” under the blessings and umbrella of the EME label. (Alleged)
15. As it stands, the relationship between the EME crew and Wizkid has deteriorated to the point where Wizkid no longer speaks to members of the EME team, including Banky W. All correspondences are filtered through his new manager Godwin Tom (Alleged).
16. Wizkid wants more money and he wants out i.e. reduce the 7 Album deal. He feels slighted because EME promised they would sign a new contract with him and now they want to hold his feet to the fire on their 7 album contract. (Alleged)
AML artists, now what? If you find yourself stuck in such position based on the alleged facts like Wizkid, what do you do?
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Pele tips Monday Odiaka for Afcon 2013 Golden Boot. While Maradona disagree by tipping Raymond King(Ramoni Oba)
|Politics / ANPP, CPC, ACN Become One By April – Shekarau Written By Uchechukwu Olisah by Babasessy(m): 11:54am On Jan 11|
ANPP, CPC, ACN become one by April – Shekarau
Written by Uchechukwu Olisah Friday, 11 January 2013 00:21 font size
BARRING unforeseen circumstances, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) may merge to become one in April.
The ANPP candidate in the 2011 presidential election, Mallam Ibrahim Shekerau, dropped this hint during a meeting of the party’s National Rebuilding and Inter-Party Contact Committee with members of the party in the South-West zone, in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Thursday.
Mallam Shekarau, chairman of the committee, who came in company with other members that included Edo State ANPP candidate in the July 14, 2012 governorship election, Chief Solomon Edebiri and the committee’s secretary, Chief George Moghalu, said so far, the top level management of the parties had agreed and resolved that they were ready for the merger.
“It is not a question of whether or not there will be a merger; it is a question of when and how soon. This is where we are now,” he added.
Responding to a question on whether the merger meant the emergence of a new political party, Shekerau said, “that is what merger is all about. There will be no more ANPP, there will be no more CPC, and there will be no more any other political party that accepts to be part of it. We are coming up with a new identity, a new name, a new flag, a new logo, new whatever.”
The former governor of Kano State expressed confidence that “it is going to work, it is going to happen and it is going to be a success, because we have made up our mind to merge. We are talking of the next three, four months.”
Mallam Shekerau also said many other political parties were likely to join the merger arrangement, a development which, he pointed out, would put the mega party in good position to wrest power from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the centre.
Besides, Shekerau told journalists that they were not unaware that the PDP was working to frustrate the merger.
Earlier, in his welcome address, ANPP national vice chairman, South-West, Chief Yemi Sanusi, expressed the support of members of the party in the zone for the proposed merger.
|European Football (EPL, UEFA, La Liga) / PHOTOS: Mancini And Balotelli Throwing Punch At Each Other During Training by Babasessy(m): 3:20pm On Jan 03|
Mancini was incensed by a mis-timed tackle by the 22-year-old and the pair had to be pulled apart by Brian Kidd
Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli had to be pulled apart by Manchester City players and staff after a furious bust-up at training today.
These extraordinary pictures show the City boss and Italian striker physically grappling at the training ground this morning in full view of the squad and staff.
Mancini was reportedly incensed by a mis-timed tackle by the 22-year-old forward on winger Scott Sinclair.
The manager went to keep the two players apart but Balotelli then squared up to the Italian who reacted by grabbing the young striker by his training bib.
Staff were forced to intervene and coach Brian Kidd had to get between the two before dragging Mancini away from the player as other staff pulled Balotelli away
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