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Wikipedia rebrands Badagry in Global Face

Wikipedia rebrands Badagry in Global Face

By Kikekon Manoah 

At the 20th Anniversary of Wikipedia celebrated at Marina in Badagry, Lagos State on 15th Jan. 2021, the world's most famous encyclopedia, the Wikipedia has rebranded the face of Badagry at the global stage using its GLAM Project (Gallery, Library, Archives and Museum) in uploading the images in the Museum to the global face.

The event which marks 20th year of founding Wikipedia by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sager served as an opportunity to set up a Wikipedia hub in Badagry in order to put Badagry on a global stage where the participants were taught how to upload and improve articles on Wikipedia. 

Moreso, it was an avenue to put Badagry and her rich history on the global stage. 
In an exclusive interview with Newsproof, the president of Wikipedia foundation in Nigeria Mr. Shola Olaniyan, said “we are here to celebrate the birth of Wikipedia-the free online encyclopedia that everyone can write on. 

As at today, English Wikipedia alone has 6.2million articles, altogether Wikipedia has about 55million articles. On monthly basics, Wikipedia has over 10billoin monthly visitor, and more than 82,000 active editors on English Wikipedia alone. One aspect why we are here is to celebrate and establish a Wikipedia hub in Badagry and we are also looking at the historical relevancy of Badagry. Besides, we seize this opportunity to introduce our GLAM project where we document and digitalize some of the history around slavery in Badagry. We were once in Badagry during our program called Wiki Love Earth, where we took photos of notable places in Badagry which was uploaded on our digital repository”. 

Olaniyan noted that participant will learn how to improve articles related to Badagry on Wikipedia. "Since we are establishing a hub, we are here to train the youths and we are calling on all the youths in Badagry to be part of the program” he said. 

Speaking with Mr. Samuel Setonji Okepevi, the chairman organizing committee, “What we are doing here today is to put Badagry on the Global stage. Right now we are on our GLAM project, which is putting the images we have in the museums on a global stage. 

Actually there would be articles on these pictures but I believe pictures speak more volume. There are various articles on Wikipedia today without picture, but the pictures that are taken here today would be uploaded on the right articles. This will definitely give Badagry a place in the history of human”.

Okepevi further said “Today people complain about the neglect of Badagry by the government, I tell them we can’t continue complaining about the government, we have to start doing something ourselves to uplift Badagry. Project like this will bring various international bodies to Badagry for investment".

While unveiling plans for Badagry, Okepevi said "We have various programs for Badagry and I can assure you, we are coming back in two months time. Based on the turn up we’ve seen for this program,  we are ready to make history in Badagry".

"The participants have taught how to edit and upload articles on Wikipedia, they have also learnt how to  upload pictures on Wikipedia" he said.

He further asserted that the world today has become a global community and responsibilities lie in the hand of everyone of us, we can change the narratives. 

More photo:
 
By Kikekon Manoah 

At the 20th Anniversary of Wikipedia celebrated at Marina in Badagry, Lagos State on 15th Jan. 2021, the world's most famous encyclopedia, the Wikipedia has rebranded the face of Badagry at the global stage using its GLAM Project (Gallery, Library, Archives and Museum) in uploading the images in the Museum to the global face.

The event which marks 20th year of founding Wikipedia by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sager served as an opportunity to set up a Wikipedia hub in Badagry in order to put Badagry on a global stage where the participants were taught how to upload and improve articles on Wikipedia. 

Moreso, it was an avenue to put Badagry and her rich history on the global stage. 
In an exclusive interview with Newsproof, the president of Wikipedia foundation in Nigeria Mr. Shola Olaniyan, said “we are here to celebrate the birth of Wikipedia-the free online encyclopedia that everyone can write on. 

As at today, English Wikipedia alone has 6.2million articles, altogether Wikipedia has about 55million articles. On monthly basics, Wikipedia has over 10billoin monthly visitor, and more than 82,000 active editors on English Wikipedia alone. One aspect why we are here is to celebrate and establish a Wikipedia hub in Badagry and we are also looking at the historical relevancy of Badagry. Besides, we seize this opportunity to introduce our GLAM project where we document and digitalize some of the history around slavery in Badagry. We were once in Badagry during our program called Wiki Love Earth, where we took photos of notable places in Badagry which was uploaded on our digital repository”. 

Olaniyan noted that participant will learn how to improve articles related to Badagry on Wikipedia. "Since we are establishing a hub, we are here to train the youths and we are calling on all the youths in Badagry to be part of the program” he said. 

Speaking with Mr. Samuel Setonji Okepevi, the chairman organizing committee, “What we are doing here today is to put Badagry on the Global stage. Right now we are on our GLAM project, which is putting the images we have in the museums on a global stage. 

Actually there would be articles on these pictures but I believe pictures speak more volume. There are various articles on Wikipedia today without picture, but the pictures that are taken here today would be uploaded on the right articles. This will definitely give Badagry a place in the history of human”.

Okepevi further said “Today people complain about the neglect of Badagry by the government, I tell them we can’t continue complaining about the government, we have to start doing something ourselves to uplift Badagry. Project like this will bring various international bodies to Badagry for investment".

While unveiling plans for Badagry, Okepevi said "We have various programs for Badagry and I can assure you, we are coming back in two months time. Based on the turn up we’ve seen for this program,  we are ready to make history in Badagry".

"The participants have taught how to edit and upload articles on Wikipedia, they have also learnt how to  upload pictures on Wikipedia" he said.

He further asserted that the world today has become a global community and responsibilities lie in the hand of everyone of us, we can change the narratives. 

More photo:
 

JUST IN: US President, Trump Impeached

JUST IN: US President, Trump Impeached

By Dansu Peter 

The ousted and embattled United States' of America President, Donald Trump has been impeached. 

He was impeached by the US House of Representatives, for what was considered as "incitement of insurrection", a report according to BBC detailed. 

President Donald Trump is the first president in US history to be impeached twice, after being charged with "incitement of insurrection" over last week's deadly storming of Congress.

The BBC report claims the House of Representatives accused Mr Trump of encouraging violence with his false claims of election fraud.

He now faces trial in the upper chamber, the Senate, but not before he leaves office next Wednesday.

Senators can vote to bar him from ever holding public office again, the BBC report claimed 
By Dansu Peter 

The ousted and embattled United States' of America President, Donald Trump has been impeached. 

He was impeached by the US House of Representatives, for what was considered as "incitement of insurrection", a report according to BBC detailed. 

President Donald Trump is the first president in US history to be impeached twice, after being charged with "incitement of insurrection" over last week's deadly storming of Congress.

The BBC report claims the House of Representatives accused Mr Trump of encouraging violence with his false claims of election fraud.

He now faces trial in the upper chamber, the Senate, but not before he leaves office next Wednesday.

Senators can vote to bar him from ever holding public office again, the BBC report claimed 

Global Amnesty Watch frowns at 'despicable' Congress siege, calls for retrospection of U.S' democracy

Global Amnesty Watch frowns at 'despicable' Congress siege, calls for retrospection of U.S' democracy

By Dansu Peter 

The Global Amnesty Watch (GAW) has condemned Wednesday's siege on the U.S. Congress, describing it as "despicable" and an "assault on democracy". 

In a statement signed by its Director, John Tom Lever, on Thursday, the group said President Donald Trump showed lack of respect for democratic ideals by instigating and urging his supporters to assault the Capitol. 

According to Lever, the incident at the Congress affirms the retrogression of democracy in the U.S under Trump's watch. 

The GAW, therefore, noted that it is time for retrospection by the incoming administration led by President-elect, Joe Biden. 

He said the new government must improve the country's internal mechanism to guard against a repeat of the assault in its democracy as carried out by Trump and his supporters. 

The Global Amnesty Watch, however, advised the incumbent to seek forgiveness from the American people for bringing democracy in the nation to disrepute. 

It added that the actions of Trump remain despicable and must be condemned by all lovers of democracy all over the world. 

Read the full statement below: 

The Global Amnesty Watch views the events in the United States of America that culminated in the attack on the United States Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump as a most despicable desecration of democracy in the United States of America. 

By all indication, President Donald Trump has proved a lack of respect for democratic ideals by instigating and urging his supporters to assault democracy in the United States of America in its over 200 year's existence. 

The Global Amnesty Watch is of the considered opinion that the attempt to subvert the will of the American people by President Donald Trump must be condemned in its entirety. 

The Global Amnesty Watch, having followed the events in the United States of America wishes to state that the various actions of President Donald Trump do not reflect the attributes of a leader of the United States of America, which by all intent and purposes ought to serve as a role model in the preservation and entrenchment of democracy all over the world. 

Thus, it is our considered opinion that under President Donald Trump, the United States of America has degenerated and therefore cannot continue to posture as an example of democracy in the world. 

The unfortunate happenings since the conclusion of the presidential elections in the United States of America have brought out the defects in the model of democracy practised in the United States of America. 

This indeed calls to question some of the United States of America's stance in the preservation and entrenchment of democracy around the world and especially in the African continent. 

This much the Global Amnesty Watch has highlighted in some of its reports on the interpretation of the ideals of democracy across the world by some advanced democracies such as the United States of America. 

The Global Amnesty Watch uses this medium to reiterate that democracy around the world remains an experiment. Those at the forefront should do well to exhibit sincerity in the criticism of emerging democracies. 

The attack on the United States Capitol is indeed blighting on democracy in the United States of America. The incoming administration of President-Elect Joe Biden must begin the process of ensuring that the ideals of democracy are reenacted, and charity must begin at home. Not until this is done, the United States of America should desist from setting standards for interpreting and practice of democracy in the world. 

The Global Amnesty Watch further reiterates that democracy has been assaulted in the United States of America. Therefore there must be circumspection and retrospection in this regards by the institutions in the United States of America. 

The authorities in the United States of America must improve its internal mechanism to guard against a repeat of the assault in its democracy as carried by President Donald Trump and his supporters. 

The Global Amnesty Watch has indeed been vindicated by President Donald Trump's actions, which has been a constant feature in our numerous reports indicating a retrogression of democracy in the United States of America under the watch of President Donald Trump. 

It is hoped that lessons have been learnt with the events that culminated in the attack on the Capitol in the United States of America. 

The Global Amnesty Watch states that President Donald Trump must seek forgiveness from the American people for bringing democracy in the United States of America to disrepute. 

The actions of President Donald Trump remain despicable and must be condemned by all lovers of democracy all over the world. 
By Dansu Peter 

The Global Amnesty Watch (GAW) has condemned Wednesday's siege on the U.S. Congress, describing it as "despicable" and an "assault on democracy". 

In a statement signed by its Director, John Tom Lever, on Thursday, the group said President Donald Trump showed lack of respect for democratic ideals by instigating and urging his supporters to assault the Capitol. 

According to Lever, the incident at the Congress affirms the retrogression of democracy in the U.S under Trump's watch. 

The GAW, therefore, noted that it is time for retrospection by the incoming administration led by President-elect, Joe Biden. 

He said the new government must improve the country's internal mechanism to guard against a repeat of the assault in its democracy as carried out by Trump and his supporters. 

The Global Amnesty Watch, however, advised the incumbent to seek forgiveness from the American people for bringing democracy in the nation to disrepute. 

It added that the actions of Trump remain despicable and must be condemned by all lovers of democracy all over the world. 

Read the full statement below: 

The Global Amnesty Watch views the events in the United States of America that culminated in the attack on the United States Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump as a most despicable desecration of democracy in the United States of America. 

By all indication, President Donald Trump has proved a lack of respect for democratic ideals by instigating and urging his supporters to assault democracy in the United States of America in its over 200 year's existence. 

The Global Amnesty Watch is of the considered opinion that the attempt to subvert the will of the American people by President Donald Trump must be condemned in its entirety. 

The Global Amnesty Watch, having followed the events in the United States of America wishes to state that the various actions of President Donald Trump do not reflect the attributes of a leader of the United States of America, which by all intent and purposes ought to serve as a role model in the preservation and entrenchment of democracy all over the world. 

Thus, it is our considered opinion that under President Donald Trump, the United States of America has degenerated and therefore cannot continue to posture as an example of democracy in the world. 

The unfortunate happenings since the conclusion of the presidential elections in the United States of America have brought out the defects in the model of democracy practised in the United States of America. 

This indeed calls to question some of the United States of America's stance in the preservation and entrenchment of democracy around the world and especially in the African continent. 

This much the Global Amnesty Watch has highlighted in some of its reports on the interpretation of the ideals of democracy across the world by some advanced democracies such as the United States of America. 

The Global Amnesty Watch uses this medium to reiterate that democracy around the world remains an experiment. Those at the forefront should do well to exhibit sincerity in the criticism of emerging democracies. 

The attack on the United States Capitol is indeed blighting on democracy in the United States of America. The incoming administration of President-Elect Joe Biden must begin the process of ensuring that the ideals of democracy are reenacted, and charity must begin at home. Not until this is done, the United States of America should desist from setting standards for interpreting and practice of democracy in the world. 

The Global Amnesty Watch further reiterates that democracy has been assaulted in the United States of America. Therefore there must be circumspection and retrospection in this regards by the institutions in the United States of America. 

The authorities in the United States of America must improve its internal mechanism to guard against a repeat of the assault in its democracy as carried by President Donald Trump and his supporters. 

The Global Amnesty Watch has indeed been vindicated by President Donald Trump's actions, which has been a constant feature in our numerous reports indicating a retrogression of democracy in the United States of America under the watch of President Donald Trump. 

It is hoped that lessons have been learnt with the events that culminated in the attack on the Capitol in the United States of America. 

The Global Amnesty Watch states that President Donald Trump must seek forgiveness from the American people for bringing democracy in the United States of America to disrepute. 

The actions of President Donald Trump remain despicable and must be condemned by all lovers of democracy all over the world. 

Covid-19: Remdesvir, New Drug Cures Coronavirus Patients in US Study

Covid-19: Remdesvir, New Drug Cures Coronavirus Patients in US Study

By News Proof 

An experimental drug, Remdesvir, has proved effective against the new Coronavirus in a major study done by the National Institutes of Health, the US Government have announced .

White House health advisor and top US infectious diseases expert, Dr Anthony Fauci has revealed that data collected from the Coronavirus drug trial testing with the antiviral drug Remdesivir showed 'quite good news' and has set a new standard of care for COVID-19 patients. 

 According to the study led by the US National Institute of Health, the drug shortens the time it takes for patients to recover by four days on average, and it is the first drug treatment to pass such a strict test against the virus.

Remdesivir, produced by Gilead Sciences was tested in 1,063 hospitalized Coronavirus patients around the world and according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the drug reduced the time it takes patients to recover by 31%, 11 days on average versus 15 days for those just given usual care.

Fauci also said the drug led to fewer deaths among Covid-19 patients.

“What it has proven is that a drug can block this virus,” Fauci said Wednesday night. “This will be the standard of care."
 

Covid-19 has killed close to 300,000 people since it emerged late last year in China and a treatment that works against it could greatly slow down the death rate.

 

A statement from the US Food and Drug Administration says that the agency has been talking with California-based Gilead “regarding making remdesivir available to patients as quickly as possible, as appropriate.”

“We are excited and optimistic,” said one expert, Vanderbilt University’s Dr. Mark Denison whose laboratory first tested remdesivir against other coronaviruses in 2013 .

“It’s active against every coronavirus that we’ve ever tested,” he said. “It was very hard for the virus to develop resistance to remdesivir. That means the drug would likely be effective over longer term use.”
 

The company producing the drugs have revealed  that it would publish it's results and findings in a medical journal soon.

By News Proof 

An experimental drug, Remdesvir, has proved effective against the new Coronavirus in a major study done by the National Institutes of Health, the US Government have announced .

White House health advisor and top US infectious diseases expert, Dr Anthony Fauci has revealed that data collected from the Coronavirus drug trial testing with the antiviral drug Remdesivir showed 'quite good news' and has set a new standard of care for COVID-19 patients. 

 According to the study led by the US National Institute of Health, the drug shortens the time it takes for patients to recover by four days on average, and it is the first drug treatment to pass such a strict test against the virus.

Remdesivir, produced by Gilead Sciences was tested in 1,063 hospitalized Coronavirus patients around the world and according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the drug reduced the time it takes patients to recover by 31%, 11 days on average versus 15 days for those just given usual care.

Fauci also said the drug led to fewer deaths among Covid-19 patients.

“What it has proven is that a drug can block this virus,” Fauci said Wednesday night. “This will be the standard of care."
 

Covid-19 has killed close to 300,000 people since it emerged late last year in China and a treatment that works against it could greatly slow down the death rate.

 

A statement from the US Food and Drug Administration says that the agency has been talking with California-based Gilead “regarding making remdesivir available to patients as quickly as possible, as appropriate.”

“We are excited and optimistic,” said one expert, Vanderbilt University’s Dr. Mark Denison whose laboratory first tested remdesivir against other coronaviruses in 2013 .

“It’s active against every coronavirus that we’ve ever tested,” he said. “It was very hard for the virus to develop resistance to remdesivir. That means the drug would likely be effective over longer term use.”
 

The company producing the drugs have revealed  that it would publish it's results and findings in a medical journal soon.

Covid-19: Fear, as Several Recovered Patients Test Positive Again, Experts Explain Why

Covid-19: Fear, as Several Recovered Patients Test Positive Again, Experts Explain Why


The last may not have been heard about the treatment of the deadly ravaging pandemic, the Covid-19 as over 50 who had recovered and tested Negative, later tested positive, report according to The Sun UK claimed. 

The report stated that some patients of the Coronavirus in South Korea, numbering about 51 were tested positive again, having been declared negative in earlier tests. 

Some medical experts suggest that there is likelihood that the virus has the tendency to hide under the cell and reactivate itself. Though, this some others do not subscribe to. 

Read further here

The last may not have been heard about the treatment of the deadly ravaging pandemic, the Covid-19 as over 50 who had recovered and tested Negative, later tested positive, report according to The Sun UK claimed. 

The report stated that some patients of the Coronavirus in South Korea, numbering about 51 were tested positive again, having been declared negative in earlier tests. 

Some medical experts suggest that there is likelihood that the virus has the tendency to hide under the cell and reactivate itself. Though, this some others do not subscribe to. 

Read further here

2019: British Govt Disowns Buhari, APC

2019: British Govt Disowns Buhari, APC

Buhari and Theresa May

The British government has said it was neither backing the presidential candidates of the All Progressive Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari or that of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.

Speaking at a one-day dialogue programme tagged: ‘Enhancing electoral participation of PWDs in 2019 general elections’, Political Adviser to the country’s Deputy British High Commissioner, Mr Wale Adebajo, said the British government had no vested interest in either Buhari, Abubakar or any of the other candidates in the February 16 poll.

This was just as international agencies in collaboration with local civil society organisations urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure the full inclusion of Peoples Living with Disabilities(PWDs) to easily participate in the electoral system in 2019.

The agencies, which included the British High Commission and Australian High Commission in Nigeria, British Department for International Development (DFID) and Foundation for Justice and Social Development (FOJSOD) said excluding people living with disabilities from the electoral system was not in consonance with global best practices.

The DFID Regional Programme Officer, Mrs. Margaret Fagboyo, said the agency had always believed that PWDs should be beneficiary of the sustainable development in Nigeria, which unfettered access to participate in elections was part of.

“In 2019, INEC must ensure that ballot boxes are placed where they can access easily, the police shouldn’t harass them, they should be accorded respect. They should be seen as critical stakeholders in any election.

“We commend INEC for noticing where there are lapses and trying to improve on them. We can’t leave these people behind while taking critical decisions just because they are having one form of disability. If this happens, definitely, there will be problem.”

Adebajo said the National Disability bill that is awaiting presidential assent will help in resolving some of the issues bedeviling the group in the country.

Adebajo praised the INEC for including PWDs in its strategic plan for 2017-2021 elections, saying the British government and United States Department for International Development (USAID) were favourably disposed to the action.

Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ekiti State, Prof. Abdulganiyu Raji, said INEC has identified those critical areas where PWDs were having problems in the electoral system.

“The overall goal of this programme is to consolidate inclusive electoral process that would be in consonance with the international best practices devoid of any rancour or acrimony but free, fair, transparent and acceptable elections,” Raji said.
Buhari and Theresa May

The British government has said it was neither backing the presidential candidates of the All Progressive Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari or that of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.

Speaking at a one-day dialogue programme tagged: ‘Enhancing electoral participation of PWDs in 2019 general elections’, Political Adviser to the country’s Deputy British High Commissioner, Mr Wale Adebajo, said the British government had no vested interest in either Buhari, Abubakar or any of the other candidates in the February 16 poll.

This was just as international agencies in collaboration with local civil society organisations urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure the full inclusion of Peoples Living with Disabilities(PWDs) to easily participate in the electoral system in 2019.

The agencies, which included the British High Commission and Australian High Commission in Nigeria, British Department for International Development (DFID) and Foundation for Justice and Social Development (FOJSOD) said excluding people living with disabilities from the electoral system was not in consonance with global best practices.

The DFID Regional Programme Officer, Mrs. Margaret Fagboyo, said the agency had always believed that PWDs should be beneficiary of the sustainable development in Nigeria, which unfettered access to participate in elections was part of.

“In 2019, INEC must ensure that ballot boxes are placed where they can access easily, the police shouldn’t harass them, they should be accorded respect. They should be seen as critical stakeholders in any election.

“We commend INEC for noticing where there are lapses and trying to improve on them. We can’t leave these people behind while taking critical decisions just because they are having one form of disability. If this happens, definitely, there will be problem.”

Adebajo said the National Disability bill that is awaiting presidential assent will help in resolving some of the issues bedeviling the group in the country.

Adebajo praised the INEC for including PWDs in its strategic plan for 2017-2021 elections, saying the British government and United States Department for International Development (USAID) were favourably disposed to the action.

Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ekiti State, Prof. Abdulganiyu Raji, said INEC has identified those critical areas where PWDs were having problems in the electoral system.

“The overall goal of this programme is to consolidate inclusive electoral process that would be in consonance with the international best practices devoid of any rancour or acrimony but free, fair, transparent and acceptable elections,” Raji said.

Congregation Shocked As Pastor Descended Into Church Auditorium From 'Above' ...Watch Video Here

Congregation Shocked As Pastor Descended Into Church Auditorium From 'Above' ...Watch Video Here

Pastor Bartholomew Orr

A pastor has become a sensation on social media after he descended above into the church auditorium leaving congregation members amazed. 

Pastor Bartholomew Orr of Brown Baptist Church, Memphis left his congregation members shocked after he entered into the church building flying on a zip line.

The entrance which was perfectly in line with the message of the day “Jesus’ return” has generated a lot of reactions on social media.

Pastor Orr is now being dubbed “The Flying Preacher” after the video went viral on social media.

The pastor appears not to be bothered by social media reactions. He said he’s glad people are being reached by the sermon in the video.

Watch the video:

Pastor Bartholomew Orr

A pastor has become a sensation on social media after he descended above into the church auditorium leaving congregation members amazed. 

Pastor Bartholomew Orr of Brown Baptist Church, Memphis left his congregation members shocked after he entered into the church building flying on a zip line.

The entrance which was perfectly in line with the message of the day “Jesus’ return” has generated a lot of reactions on social media.

Pastor Orr is now being dubbed “The Flying Preacher” after the video went viral on social media.

The pastor appears not to be bothered by social media reactions. He said he’s glad people are being reached by the sermon in the video.

Watch the video:

I'll RESIGN If Anyone Can Prove God Exists - President Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines

I'll RESIGN If Anyone Can Prove God Exists - President Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte
The Philippine president, Rodrigo Dutertewho recently sparked outrage for calling God stupid, has courted new controversy in his largely Roman Catholic country by saying he will resign if anybody can prove that God exists.

President Rodrigo Duterte, who has had a thorny relationship with the church, questioned anew in a speech late Friday, some of the basic tenets of the Catholic faith, including the concept of original sin, which he said taints even innocent infants and can only be removed through baptism in a church for a fee.

“Where is the logic of God there?” Duterte asked in a speech at the opening of a science and technology event in southern Davao city. The 73-year-old leader said that if there’s “one single witness” who can prove, perhaps with a picture or a selfie that a human was “able to talk and to see God,” he will immediately resign.
President Rodrigo Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte
The Philippine president, Rodrigo Dutertewho recently sparked outrage for calling God stupid, has courted new controversy in his largely Roman Catholic country by saying he will resign if anybody can prove that God exists.

President Rodrigo Duterte, who has had a thorny relationship with the church, questioned anew in a speech late Friday, some of the basic tenets of the Catholic faith, including the concept of original sin, which he said taints even innocent infants and can only be removed through baptism in a church for a fee.

“Where is the logic of God there?” Duterte asked in a speech at the opening of a science and technology event in southern Davao city. The 73-year-old leader said that if there’s “one single witness” who can prove, perhaps with a picture or a selfie that a human was “able to talk and to see God,” he will immediately resign.

Toni Iwobi: A Nigerian Elected As Italy's First Black Senator

Toni Iwobi: A Nigerian Elected As Italy's First Black Senator

Toni Iwobi
Toni Iwobi, a Nigerian has been elected as senator in Italy, it was announced yesterday.

Toni Iwobi of Spirano in Lombardy who belongs to the anti-immigration League is the first black to be so elected in the history of Italy. Iwobi, announced “with great emotion” on his Facebook page that he had been elected to the senate in Italy’s general election. 

“After more than 25 years of fighting as part of the League’s big family, I’m about to start another great adventure,” Iwobi wrote, going on to thank leader Matteo Salvini and his other fellow party members. 

“I’m ready, friends,” Iwobi said. Iwobi, 62, was born in Nigeria and came to Italy on a student visa some 40 years ago, before going on to marry an Italian woman and start his own IT company here.


Campaigning with the slogan “Stop Invasion”, Iwobi said his concern isn’t just for Italians but for migrants, who the League claims it prefers to help “in their own home” rather than in Italy  though its “Italians First” programme contains few proposals for international development aid.  

Despite being one of very few black members of the League, whose leader has made many inflammatory remarks about non-Italians and Muslims, Iwobi insists that the party isn’t racist. “Racism means thinking yourself better than others, while in the movement I find many firm positions, but also a lot of respect,” he told the Corriere della Sera. 

He was quick to defend fellow party member Attilio Fontana, who caused outrage during the campaign by saying that immigration to Italy threatened the survival of “our white race”.

“Where’s the problem,” Iwobi asked, claiming that Fontana had simply been referring to Italian “culture”.  Fontana went on to win his campaign to become president of Lombardy, Italy’s most populous region, by a margin of 20 percent. 

Before running for senator he represented the League as a municipal councillor in Spirano back in the 1990s, and more recently headed Salvini’s national committee on immigration. 

In that capacity, he helped write the League’s anti-migration platform, in which it proposed among other things to make it easier to deport migrants, to use economic incentives to get countries to agree to repatriate their nationals from Italy, to refuse to take in migrants rescued by NGOs from the Mediterranean, to renegotiate EU agreements that oblige Italy to house migrants that arrive here while their application to stay is processed, to threaten withdrawal of the right to seek asylum or benefits if migrants commit a crime or break the rules of the reception centre where they’re housed, and to stiffen existing requirements for the children of immigrants applying for citizenship to include a test on Italian “language, culture and traditions”. 
Toni Iwobi
Toni Iwobi, a Nigerian has been elected as senator in Italy, it was announced yesterday.

Toni Iwobi of Spirano in Lombardy who belongs to the anti-immigration League is the first black to be so elected in the history of Italy. Iwobi, announced “with great emotion” on his Facebook page that he had been elected to the senate in Italy’s general election. 

“After more than 25 years of fighting as part of the League’s big family, I’m about to start another great adventure,” Iwobi wrote, going on to thank leader Matteo Salvini and his other fellow party members. 

“I’m ready, friends,” Iwobi said. Iwobi, 62, was born in Nigeria and came to Italy on a student visa some 40 years ago, before going on to marry an Italian woman and start his own IT company here.


Campaigning with the slogan “Stop Invasion”, Iwobi said his concern isn’t just for Italians but for migrants, who the League claims it prefers to help “in their own home” rather than in Italy  though its “Italians First” programme contains few proposals for international development aid.  

Despite being one of very few black members of the League, whose leader has made many inflammatory remarks about non-Italians and Muslims, Iwobi insists that the party isn’t racist. “Racism means thinking yourself better than others, while in the movement I find many firm positions, but also a lot of respect,” he told the Corriere della Sera. 

He was quick to defend fellow party member Attilio Fontana, who caused outrage during the campaign by saying that immigration to Italy threatened the survival of “our white race”.

“Where’s the problem,” Iwobi asked, claiming that Fontana had simply been referring to Italian “culture”.  Fontana went on to win his campaign to become president of Lombardy, Italy’s most populous region, by a margin of 20 percent. 

Before running for senator he represented the League as a municipal councillor in Spirano back in the 1990s, and more recently headed Salvini’s national committee on immigration. 

In that capacity, he helped write the League’s anti-migration platform, in which it proposed among other things to make it easier to deport migrants, to use economic incentives to get countries to agree to repatriate their nationals from Italy, to refuse to take in migrants rescued by NGOs from the Mediterranean, to renegotiate EU agreements that oblige Italy to house migrants that arrive here while their application to stay is processed, to threaten withdrawal of the right to seek asylum or benefits if migrants commit a crime or break the rules of the reception centre where they’re housed, and to stiffen existing requirements for the children of immigrants applying for citizenship to include a test on Italian “language, culture and traditions”. 

Drug Baron Buries Self Alive To Evade Arrest ...See Photos

Drug Baron Buries Self Alive To Evade Arrest ...See Photos

Joe Hobson Jr
A suspected drug dealer ran from the Police and buried himself in the mud after he was pulled over in a car full of cocaine and crystal meth.

The suspect, Joe Hobson Jr, was pulled over on Interstate 20 near Conyers, Georgia, USA, on Thursday on suspicion of drug trafficking – but fled shortly after the traffic stop.

Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office set up a perimeter, and two hours later, the convicted felon was found with his feet sticking out of a muddy drainage creek.

Policemen fish him out. Photos: Conyers Police Department
He had buried himself there in an attempt to evade capture, only to become stuck.


Photos posted to Conyers Police Department’s Facebook page afterwards show a sheepish-looking Hobson staring up from the mire, with officials working to help him up from the mud pit.

Policemen fish him out.
Photos: Conyers Police Departmen
Joe Hobson Jr.
Proceeds of crime
He was also photographed being carried away on a stretcher to the hospital for medical attention.

He was charged with possession of 29 grams of cocaine, seven grams of methamphetamine, 12 ounces of weed and oxycodine, as well as liquid codeine.

Hobson was further charged with possession of two handguns – one of which was stolen – and had $4,000 cash on him at the time of his arrest.

Conyers Police wrote on Facebook: “This convicted felon is now back behind bars following a rather unusual series of unfortunate events (for him) yesterday (Thursday March 1).

“Rockdale Fire Rescue did a fantastic job safely extracting Hobson from an extremely dangerous predicament.

“He was transported by National EMS to the hospital and confined to Rockdale County Jail before the night was over.

“Thank you to all that supported the manhunt in the rain yesterday and we are thankful for the successful outcome.”

(Metro/Conyers Police Dept)
Joe Hobson Jr
A suspected drug dealer ran from the Police and buried himself in the mud after he was pulled over in a car full of cocaine and crystal meth.

The suspect, Joe Hobson Jr, was pulled over on Interstate 20 near Conyers, Georgia, USA, on Thursday on suspicion of drug trafficking – but fled shortly after the traffic stop.

Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office set up a perimeter, and two hours later, the convicted felon was found with his feet sticking out of a muddy drainage creek.

Policemen fish him out. Photos: Conyers Police Department
He had buried himself there in an attempt to evade capture, only to become stuck.


Photos posted to Conyers Police Department’s Facebook page afterwards show a sheepish-looking Hobson staring up from the mire, with officials working to help him up from the mud pit.

Policemen fish him out.
Photos: Conyers Police Departmen
Joe Hobson Jr.
Proceeds of crime
He was also photographed being carried away on a stretcher to the hospital for medical attention.

He was charged with possession of 29 grams of cocaine, seven grams of methamphetamine, 12 ounces of weed and oxycodine, as well as liquid codeine.

Hobson was further charged with possession of two handguns – one of which was stolen – and had $4,000 cash on him at the time of his arrest.

Conyers Police wrote on Facebook: “This convicted felon is now back behind bars following a rather unusual series of unfortunate events (for him) yesterday (Thursday March 1).

“Rockdale Fire Rescue did a fantastic job safely extracting Hobson from an extremely dangerous predicament.

“He was transported by National EMS to the hospital and confined to Rockdale County Jail before the night was over.

“Thank you to all that supported the manhunt in the rain yesterday and we are thankful for the successful outcome.”

(Metro/Conyers Police Dept)

Photos: Funny Dramatic Moment As Husband Catches Newborn Baby As Wive Gives Birth In Hospital Corridor While Standing

Photos: Funny Dramatic Moment As Husband Catches Newborn Baby As Wive Gives Birth In Hospital Corridor While Standing

Jesica Hogan,
The woman arrived late for the delivery and gave birth in the corridor
Dramatic images show how a mother of six gave birth to her youngest child in a hospital corridor, when she arrived too late to make it to a bed.

Jesica Hogan, based in Riley, Kansas, welcomed her fifth child and only son Max in July last year and has just opened up about her incredible birth story in a new video shared by her birth photographer Tammy Karin.

The mother, who gave birth at the Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Kansas, had contractions for several days before Max's birth, without going into labor. She and her husband Travis even went to the hospital a first time, but ended up coming home for several days of waiting.

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Around that time, Jesica began to worry she wouldn't be able to tell when labor would actually start.

'I was losing faith in my ability to tell when I would actually be in labor, and losing faith that my body knew what it was doing,' she explained in a blog post on Tammy's website.

Eventually, one night, Jesica started having contractions again but didn't think they would amount to anything. 

She even told her husband that she believed labor would need to be induced, or that she wouldn't realize she was in the early stages of giving birth until it was too late.

'I stayed awake contracting, yet again, until about 2 am. It was at that time that I wrote to a group of other expectant and fellow moms, complaining of those very same contractions and my fears of not making it to the hospital in time,' Jesica added. 

'Oh that intuition is real, if only I had given some credit to that voice in the back of my head that night! Instead I finally decided that I would just drift off to sleep for a bit, assuring myself that I would know when it was time.'

However, the discomfort of the contractions increased, prompting Jesical to tell Travis: 'I think this is it.'

At that point, the mother felt her water break and worried that she and Travis wouldn't make it to the hospital on time.

Travis, however, remained calm and drove her to the hospital around 3 am. Things happened so quickly, Jesica said, she didn't even have time to put shoes on.

On the way to the hospital, the mom felt the baby moving down every time she had a contraction.

When Travis pulled up to the hospital, no one came out, so he ran around the car to help his wife get out of the vehicle.

'I told him Baby was almost there. I also said I couldn't get out, I felt as if Baby was ready to emerge. That feeling made it nearly impossible to move,' Jesica added.

'He disappeared for a moment into the E.R. doors. I tried to maneuver out of the passenger seat so I could somehow walk inside in the few seconds break I had between contractions.'

Tammy arrived to the hospital right at that time to capture the birth. Travis, meanwhile, helped his wife walk to the E.R. and through the hospital's doors. 

'I made it just past the second set of automatic doors, into the next hall, which luckily was not carpeted like the one we had just stepped out of,' Jesica wrote.

'I know at this point I said something to the effect of, "Oh God, he's here." I then started to take my pants off because I could feel my body pushing the baby's head out.

'I reached down and could feel his head crowning with my hand. I looked at my husband and said, "Travis catch him!"

'Without any hesitation he did just that as I felt my body involuntarily pushing his head the rest of the way out.'

Nurses ran down the hall to help Jesica with the rest of the birth, helping the mother lie down in the corridor and telling her to push.

'With one more push as instructed by the nurse, and the only intentional push I gave, I felt the rest of his body come out,' Jesica said of Max.

'He arrived on the floor just inside the entrance of the emergency room at 3:38 am. Less than 25 minutes from the time my water broke at home, and only a few moments after we stepped inside the hospital.'

Max took a little time before letting out his first cry and was 'incredibly bruised' due to his rapid birth, but he ended up doing just fine and the family was transferred to the labor and delivery department.

Sweet photos show Max's five sisters getting to know their newborn brother next to their proud parents. 

'It was my craziest birth, but also, the most perfect,' Jesica added. 'It was not at all what I had planned, but it ended without any intervention, with a healthy baby, and amazing support people by our sides. It was beautiful and I'll forever love every memory of it.'

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Jesica Hogan,

Jesica Hogan,

Jesica Hogan,
The woman and her family
Source: Daily Mail UK
Jesica Hogan,
The woman arrived late for the delivery and gave birth in the corridor
Dramatic images show how a mother of six gave birth to her youngest child in a hospital corridor, when she arrived too late to make it to a bed.

Jesica Hogan, based in Riley, Kansas, welcomed her fifth child and only son Max in July last year and has just opened up about her incredible birth story in a new video shared by her birth photographer Tammy Karin.

The mother, who gave birth at the Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Kansas, had contractions for several days before Max's birth, without going into labor. She and her husband Travis even went to the hospital a first time, but ended up coming home for several days of waiting.

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Around that time, Jesica began to worry she wouldn't be able to tell when labor would actually start.

'I was losing faith in my ability to tell when I would actually be in labor, and losing faith that my body knew what it was doing,' she explained in a blog post on Tammy's website.

Eventually, one night, Jesica started having contractions again but didn't think they would amount to anything. 

She even told her husband that she believed labor would need to be induced, or that she wouldn't realize she was in the early stages of giving birth until it was too late.

'I stayed awake contracting, yet again, until about 2 am. It was at that time that I wrote to a group of other expectant and fellow moms, complaining of those very same contractions and my fears of not making it to the hospital in time,' Jesica added. 

'Oh that intuition is real, if only I had given some credit to that voice in the back of my head that night! Instead I finally decided that I would just drift off to sleep for a bit, assuring myself that I would know when it was time.'

However, the discomfort of the contractions increased, prompting Jesical to tell Travis: 'I think this is it.'

At that point, the mother felt her water break and worried that she and Travis wouldn't make it to the hospital on time.

Travis, however, remained calm and drove her to the hospital around 3 am. Things happened so quickly, Jesica said, she didn't even have time to put shoes on.

On the way to the hospital, the mom felt the baby moving down every time she had a contraction.

When Travis pulled up to the hospital, no one came out, so he ran around the car to help his wife get out of the vehicle.

'I told him Baby was almost there. I also said I couldn't get out, I felt as if Baby was ready to emerge. That feeling made it nearly impossible to move,' Jesica added.

'He disappeared for a moment into the E.R. doors. I tried to maneuver out of the passenger seat so I could somehow walk inside in the few seconds break I had between contractions.'

Tammy arrived to the hospital right at that time to capture the birth. Travis, meanwhile, helped his wife walk to the E.R. and through the hospital's doors. 

'I made it just past the second set of automatic doors, into the next hall, which luckily was not carpeted like the one we had just stepped out of,' Jesica wrote.

'I know at this point I said something to the effect of, "Oh God, he's here." I then started to take my pants off because I could feel my body pushing the baby's head out.

'I reached down and could feel his head crowning with my hand. I looked at my husband and said, "Travis catch him!"

'Without any hesitation he did just that as I felt my body involuntarily pushing his head the rest of the way out.'

Nurses ran down the hall to help Jesica with the rest of the birth, helping the mother lie down in the corridor and telling her to push.

'With one more push as instructed by the nurse, and the only intentional push I gave, I felt the rest of his body come out,' Jesica said of Max.

'He arrived on the floor just inside the entrance of the emergency room at 3:38 am. Less than 25 minutes from the time my water broke at home, and only a few moments after we stepped inside the hospital.'

Max took a little time before letting out his first cry and was 'incredibly bruised' due to his rapid birth, but he ended up doing just fine and the family was transferred to the labor and delivery department.

Sweet photos show Max's five sisters getting to know their newborn brother next to their proud parents. 

'It was my craziest birth, but also, the most perfect,' Jesica added. 'It was not at all what I had planned, but it ended without any intervention, with a healthy baby, and amazing support people by our sides. It was beautiful and I'll forever love every memory of it.'

More Photos:
Jesica Hogan,

Jesica Hogan,

Jesica Hogan,
The woman and her family
Source: Daily Mail UK

SHOCKER: Jessica Cox, A Lady Pilot Without Arm Flies Aeroplane With Her Legs ...See Photos

SHOCKER: Jessica Cox, A Lady Pilot Without Arm Flies Aeroplane With Her Legs ...See Photos

Jessica Cox

In another wonder of the world, Jessica Cox, an armless lady flying an airplane with her legs. 

But will you allow her to pilot you? A question begging for an answer!

Born with No Arms at Arizona

World’s First Licensed Armless Pilot;She Flies Aeroplanes with her Feet,

She is indeed a living testimony that Limits Only exist in our Minds!

Go Beyond Your Limits Now & Experience the Infinite Generosity of this World!.

She is indeed a living testimony that Limits Only exist in our Minds!

Go Beyond Your Limits Now & Experience the Infinite Generosity of this World!.

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Jessica Cox

In another wonder of the world, Jessica Cox, an armless lady flying an airplane with her legs. 

But will you allow her to pilot you? A question begging for an answer!

Born with No Arms at Arizona

World’s First Licensed Armless Pilot;She Flies Aeroplanes with her Feet,

She is indeed a living testimony that Limits Only exist in our Minds!

Go Beyond Your Limits Now & Experience the Infinite Generosity of this World!.

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How President Trump’s Grandfather Was Banished From Germany - Historian

How President Trump’s Grandfather Was Banished From Germany - Historian

Donald Trump in 1987 with his father, Fred, son of Friedrich
Donald Trump in 1987 with his father, Fred, son of Friedrich.
Photograph: NY Daily News via Getty Images
A historian has discovered a royal decree issued to Donald Trump’s grandfather ordering him to leave Germany and never come back.

Friedrich Trump, a German, was issued with the document in February 1905, and ordered to leave the kingdom of Bavaria within eight weeks as punishment for having failed to do mandatory military service and failing to give authorities notice of his departure to the US when he first emigrated in 1885.

Roland Paul, a historian from Rhineland-Palatinate who found the document in local archives, told the tabloid Bild: “Friedrich Trump emigrated from Germany to the USA in 1885. However, he failed to de-register from his homeland and had not carried out his military service, which is why the authorities rejected his attempt at repatriation.”

The decree orders the “American citizen and pensioner Friedrich Trump” to leave the area “at the very latest on 1 May … or else expect to be deported”. Bild called the archive find an “unspectacular piece of paper”, that had nevertheless “changed world history”.

Trump was born in Kallstadt, now in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, in 1869. He emigrated to the US aged 16 initially to escape poverty, attracted by the gold rush.

He quickly turned his attention to catering for the masses of other gold hunters in Alaska, later allegedly running a brothel for them, and there made his fortune. He habitually sent the gold nuggets with which his customers regularly paid for their food to his sisters who had already emigrated to New York and had started trading in property.

Returning on a visit to Kallstadt in 1901, Trump fell in love with Elisabeth Christ, whom he married a year later, returning with her to the US. But when she became homesick and wanted to return to Germany, the authorities blocked his attempts to settle there.

In an effort to overturn the royal decree dated 27 February 1905, Trump wrote an obsequious letter appealing to Prince Regent Luitpold, addressing him as “the much-loved, noble, wise and righteous sovereign and sublime ruler”.

But the prince rejected the appeal and the Trumps left Germany for New York with their daughter on the Hapag steamship Pennsylvania on 1 July 1905. Elisabeth was three months pregnant with Donald Trump’s father, Fred.

Residents of Kallstadt, a small wine-growing town of about 1,200 people in south-west Germany, joke that the blame for Trump becoming US president-elect lies with the German authorities who threw his grandfather out. They have so far shown little enthusiasm for claiming the businessman turned politician as their own.

The Guardian of London
Donald Trump in 1987 with his father, Fred, son of Friedrich
Donald Trump in 1987 with his father, Fred, son of Friedrich.
Photograph: NY Daily News via Getty Images
A historian has discovered a royal decree issued to Donald Trump’s grandfather ordering him to leave Germany and never come back.

Friedrich Trump, a German, was issued with the document in February 1905, and ordered to leave the kingdom of Bavaria within eight weeks as punishment for having failed to do mandatory military service and failing to give authorities notice of his departure to the US when he first emigrated in 1885.

Roland Paul, a historian from Rhineland-Palatinate who found the document in local archives, told the tabloid Bild: “Friedrich Trump emigrated from Germany to the USA in 1885. However, he failed to de-register from his homeland and had not carried out his military service, which is why the authorities rejected his attempt at repatriation.”

The decree orders the “American citizen and pensioner Friedrich Trump” to leave the area “at the very latest on 1 May … or else expect to be deported”. Bild called the archive find an “unspectacular piece of paper”, that had nevertheless “changed world history”.

Trump was born in Kallstadt, now in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, in 1869. He emigrated to the US aged 16 initially to escape poverty, attracted by the gold rush.

He quickly turned his attention to catering for the masses of other gold hunters in Alaska, later allegedly running a brothel for them, and there made his fortune. He habitually sent the gold nuggets with which his customers regularly paid for their food to his sisters who had already emigrated to New York and had started trading in property.

Returning on a visit to Kallstadt in 1901, Trump fell in love with Elisabeth Christ, whom he married a year later, returning with her to the US. But when she became homesick and wanted to return to Germany, the authorities blocked his attempts to settle there.

In an effort to overturn the royal decree dated 27 February 1905, Trump wrote an obsequious letter appealing to Prince Regent Luitpold, addressing him as “the much-loved, noble, wise and righteous sovereign and sublime ruler”.

But the prince rejected the appeal and the Trumps left Germany for New York with their daughter on the Hapag steamship Pennsylvania on 1 July 1905. Elisabeth was three months pregnant with Donald Trump’s father, Fred.

Residents of Kallstadt, a small wine-growing town of about 1,200 people in south-west Germany, joke that the blame for Trump becoming US president-elect lies with the German authorities who threw his grandfather out. They have so far shown little enthusiasm for claiming the businessman turned politician as their own.

The Guardian of London

BREAKING: Trump Denies "Shithole Countries" Comment

BREAKING: Trump Denies "Shithole Countries" Comment

Donald Trump
President Donald Trump has denied the racist remarks, tweeting on Friday that the language he used "was tough, but this was not the language used", as he called for a "merit-based system of immigration and people who take our country to the next level".






The development came as the US president also came under fire for rejecting an invite to open a new US embassy in London.

Many took to social media to condemn the president, including members of his own Republican party.

Republican politician Mia Love, who is of Haitian descent, said: "The president's comments are unkind, divisive, elitist and fly in the face of our nation's values."
Donald Trump
President Donald Trump has denied the racist remarks, tweeting on Friday that the language he used "was tough, but this was not the language used", as he called for a "merit-based system of immigration and people who take our country to the next level".






The development came as the US president also came under fire for rejecting an invite to open a new US embassy in London.

Many took to social media to condemn the president, including members of his own Republican party.

Republican politician Mia Love, who is of Haitian descent, said: "The president's comments are unkind, divisive, elitist and fly in the face of our nation's values."

Africans Are From "SHITHOLE COUNTRIES", Has No Business Coming To US - Trump Spits Fresh Racist Comment

Africans Are From "SHITHOLE COUNTRIES", Has No Business Coming To US - Trump Spits Fresh Racist Comment

Trump Calls African Shithole Countries
US president Donald Trump on Thursday used a racially charged insult for immigrants from Haiti and Africa, decrying them as from “shithole countries” amid mounting speculation about an impending deal on the vexatious issue of immigration.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump is reported to have said, according to the Washington Post that first reported the matter.

Trump was referring to African countries and Haiti and went on to suggest the United States should welcome more people from countries like Norway.

Norway, a predominantly white country that is also the world’s third richest and is itself major draw for immigrants from around the world, might have been on the US president’s mind having received its prime minister on Wednesday, with whom he had also addressed a joint news conference.

Trump’s remarks came during discussions about a legislation granting citizenship to undocumented people brought to the United States as children — an estimated 700,000 people, of whom 8,000 are from India — who face deportation after Trump ended an Obama-era regulation protecting them.

Trump has agreed to consider legitimising their stay demanding in return enhanced border security, which includes his promised wall along the border with Mexico, an end to visa-lottery and replacing chain migration of family and relatives by a merit-based system such as that used in Canada and Australia.

Senators Lindsey Graham, a Republican, and Richard Durbin, a Democrat, were discussing their proposal on the status of these undocumented children — covered by Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals — and which also included a plan to use visas saved from ending the lottery for those already here.

Trump was dismayed and got angry when he heard these people could include immigrants from Haiti, and then he wanted to know why should the United States admit people from Africa, which is a major source of immigrants for the diversity visa lottery, which he has opposed for long.

The lawmakers present in the room were aghast. And outrage piled up outside soon enough.

“President Trump may speak as President of the United States, but he doesn’t speak presidentially or for the United States,” Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthy, a Democrat, wrote on Twitter.

Bill Kristol, a conservative NeverTrumper, wrote on Twitter, “Oprah would not, in an Oval Office meeting with senators, use the term ‘shithole counties (countries)’. Oprah also would not to go to Davos.”

He has been urging talk-show host Oprah Winfrey to run, since her speech at the Golden Globes.

The White House rushed to contain the outrage with a statement just minutes after the outburst during a meeting with the lawmakers leaked. But it was not a denial nor did it address the issue of the phrase used by the president to describe, it only reiterated Trump’s position on the issue.

“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” deputy press secretary Raj Shah said as angry reactions poured.

“Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.”

Culled From HindustanTimes
Trump Calls African Shithole Countries
US president Donald Trump on Thursday used a racially charged insult for immigrants from Haiti and Africa, decrying them as from “shithole countries” amid mounting speculation about an impending deal on the vexatious issue of immigration.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump is reported to have said, according to the Washington Post that first reported the matter.

Trump was referring to African countries and Haiti and went on to suggest the United States should welcome more people from countries like Norway.

Norway, a predominantly white country that is also the world’s third richest and is itself major draw for immigrants from around the world, might have been on the US president’s mind having received its prime minister on Wednesday, with whom he had also addressed a joint news conference.

Trump’s remarks came during discussions about a legislation granting citizenship to undocumented people brought to the United States as children — an estimated 700,000 people, of whom 8,000 are from India — who face deportation after Trump ended an Obama-era regulation protecting them.

Trump has agreed to consider legitimising their stay demanding in return enhanced border security, which includes his promised wall along the border with Mexico, an end to visa-lottery and replacing chain migration of family and relatives by a merit-based system such as that used in Canada and Australia.

Senators Lindsey Graham, a Republican, and Richard Durbin, a Democrat, were discussing their proposal on the status of these undocumented children — covered by Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals — and which also included a plan to use visas saved from ending the lottery for those already here.

Trump was dismayed and got angry when he heard these people could include immigrants from Haiti, and then he wanted to know why should the United States admit people from Africa, which is a major source of immigrants for the diversity visa lottery, which he has opposed for long.

The lawmakers present in the room were aghast. And outrage piled up outside soon enough.

“President Trump may speak as President of the United States, but he doesn’t speak presidentially or for the United States,” Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthy, a Democrat, wrote on Twitter.

Bill Kristol, a conservative NeverTrumper, wrote on Twitter, “Oprah would not, in an Oval Office meeting with senators, use the term ‘shithole counties (countries)’. Oprah also would not to go to Davos.”

He has been urging talk-show host Oprah Winfrey to run, since her speech at the Golden Globes.

The White House rushed to contain the outrage with a statement just minutes after the outburst during a meeting with the lawmakers leaked. But it was not a denial nor did it address the issue of the phrase used by the president to describe, it only reiterated Trump’s position on the issue.

“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” deputy press secretary Raj Shah said as angry reactions poured.

“Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.”

Culled From HindustanTimes

‘My Red Button Is Bigger Than Yours’ Trump Issues Deadlier Threat To North Korea Leader, Kim Jong-Un

‘My Red Button Is Bigger Than Yours’ Trump Issues Deadlier Threat To North Korea Leader, Kim Jong-Un

Trump and Kim Jong-Un
Donald Trump has warned Kim Jong-un that his ‘Nuclear Button’ is ‘much bigger & more powerful’ than the North Korean leader’s.

The US President tweeted in response to Mr Kim’s declaration earlier this week that he has a button for nuclear weapons on his table and the entire US mainland is now within strike range.

Mr Trump asked if someone from Mr Kim’s ‘depleted and food starved regime’ can ‘please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!’

 He said: ‘Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!’

The president does not actually have a nuclear button on his desk. Known as the nuclear ‘football’, it is carried by a rotating group of military officers everywhere the president goes.


Yesterday Pakistan hit back over Trump’s tweets describing his New Year’s Day message as being ‘completely incomprehensible’.

The government summoned the US ambassador to complain but stopped short of demands by protesting Islamic groups to expel the envoy. The latest round of tit-for-tat attacks between the two countries was ignited by Mr Trump’s tweet on Monday. 44

He said the US had ‘foolishly’ given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars (£24 billion) in aid in the last 15 years and had received nothing in return but ‘lies & deceit’.

He also reiterated longstanding allegations that Pakistan gives ‘safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan’.

A statement issued after a National Security Committee meeting, which was attended by Pakistan’s prime minister and the powerful army chief of staff, said the US was making Pakistan a scapegoat for its own failure to bring peace to Afghanistan after 16 years of war.

Trump and Kim Jong-Un
Donald Trump has warned Kim Jong-un that his ‘Nuclear Button’ is ‘much bigger & more powerful’ than the North Korean leader’s.

The US President tweeted in response to Mr Kim’s declaration earlier this week that he has a button for nuclear weapons on his table and the entire US mainland is now within strike range.

Mr Trump asked if someone from Mr Kim’s ‘depleted and food starved regime’ can ‘please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!’

 He said: ‘Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!’

The president does not actually have a nuclear button on his desk. Known as the nuclear ‘football’, it is carried by a rotating group of military officers everywhere the president goes.


Yesterday Pakistan hit back over Trump’s tweets describing his New Year’s Day message as being ‘completely incomprehensible’.

The government summoned the US ambassador to complain but stopped short of demands by protesting Islamic groups to expel the envoy. The latest round of tit-for-tat attacks between the two countries was ignited by Mr Trump’s tweet on Monday. 44

He said the US had ‘foolishly’ given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars (£24 billion) in aid in the last 15 years and had received nothing in return but ‘lies & deceit’.

He also reiterated longstanding allegations that Pakistan gives ‘safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan’.

A statement issued after a National Security Committee meeting, which was attended by Pakistan’s prime minister and the powerful army chief of staff, said the US was making Pakistan a scapegoat for its own failure to bring peace to Afghanistan after 16 years of war.

JERUSALEM: United Nation Votes 128 Against 9 To Oppose US Decision

JERUSALEM: United Nation Votes 128 Against 9 To Oppose US Decision

JERUSALEM: United Nation Votes 128 Against 9 To Oppose US Decision
The UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted by a decisive vote of 128 to nine, with 35 abstentions, a motion rejecting the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

President Donald Trump had warned ahead of the vote in the 193-nation assembly that “we’re watching” and threatened reprisals against countries backing the measure, which reaffirms that the status of Jerusalem must be resolved through negotiations.

Seven countries — Guatemala, Honduras, Togo, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and the Marshall Islands — joined Israel and the United States in opposing the measure.


Among the 35 countries that abstained were Argentina, Australia, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Mexico, the Philippines, Romania and Rwanda.

Ukraine, which supported the draft resolution at the Security Council, was among 21 countries that did not turn up for the vote.

The measure was sent to the General Assembly after it was vetoed by the United States at the Security Council on Monday, although all other 14 council members voted in favor.

“The United States will remember this day,” US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the assembly.

“America will put our embassy in Jerusalem,” Haley said. “No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that.

“But this vote will make a difference on how Americans look at the UN and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the UN,” she said.

“When we make generous contributions to the UN we also have a legitimate expectation that our goodwill is recognized and respected.”

While resolutions by the General Assembly are non-binding, a strong vote in support carries political weight.

Israel seized the largely-Arab eastern sector of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, claiming both sides of the city as its “eternal and undivided capital.”

But the Palestinians want the eastern sector as the capital of their future state and fiercely oppose any Israeli attempt to extend sovereignty there.

Several UN resolutions call on Israel to withdraw from territory seized in 1967 and the resolution contains the same language as past motions adopted by the assembly.

AFP
JERUSALEM: United Nation Votes 128 Against 9 To Oppose US Decision
The UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted by a decisive vote of 128 to nine, with 35 abstentions, a motion rejecting the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

President Donald Trump had warned ahead of the vote in the 193-nation assembly that “we’re watching” and threatened reprisals against countries backing the measure, which reaffirms that the status of Jerusalem must be resolved through negotiations.

Seven countries — Guatemala, Honduras, Togo, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and the Marshall Islands — joined Israel and the United States in opposing the measure.


Among the 35 countries that abstained were Argentina, Australia, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Mexico, the Philippines, Romania and Rwanda.

Ukraine, which supported the draft resolution at the Security Council, was among 21 countries that did not turn up for the vote.

The measure was sent to the General Assembly after it was vetoed by the United States at the Security Council on Monday, although all other 14 council members voted in favor.

“The United States will remember this day,” US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the assembly.

“America will put our embassy in Jerusalem,” Haley said. “No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that.

“But this vote will make a difference on how Americans look at the UN and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the UN,” she said.

“When we make generous contributions to the UN we also have a legitimate expectation that our goodwill is recognized and respected.”

While resolutions by the General Assembly are non-binding, a strong vote in support carries political weight.

Israel seized the largely-Arab eastern sector of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, claiming both sides of the city as its “eternal and undivided capital.”

But the Palestinians want the eastern sector as the capital of their future state and fiercely oppose any Israeli attempt to extend sovereignty there.

Several UN resolutions call on Israel to withdraw from territory seized in 1967 and the resolution contains the same language as past motions adopted by the assembly.

AFP

Pope Francis In Injured In Minor Accident

Pope Francis In Injured In Minor Accident

Culled From Guardian UK

Pope Francis Injured
The Injured Pope Francis
Photo Credit: The Guardian
Pope Francis had his eye bandaged and blackened after an accident in the popemobile, wrapped up his trip to Colombia on Sunday appealing to the country to “untie the knots of violence” after a 50-year civil war.

His last day in the country got off to a rocky start when he lost his balance and bumped his head while riding in the popemobile. He bruised his cheekbone and cut his left eyebrow, blood staining his white cassock.

The Vatican said he received ice treatment and was fine. A smiling pope continued the trip wearing a bandage over his cut. “I was punched. I’m fine,” he joked afterward, the bruises on his face clearly visible.


At the end of the day, when he said mass for hundreds of thousands of people in the city’s port area, the bruise had swollen and he had blackened skin under his eye.
Culled From Guardian UK

Pope Francis Injured
The Injured Pope Francis
Photo Credit: The Guardian
Pope Francis had his eye bandaged and blackened after an accident in the popemobile, wrapped up his trip to Colombia on Sunday appealing to the country to “untie the knots of violence” after a 50-year civil war.

His last day in the country got off to a rocky start when he lost his balance and bumped his head while riding in the popemobile. He bruised his cheekbone and cut his left eyebrow, blood staining his white cassock.

The Vatican said he received ice treatment and was fine. A smiling pope continued the trip wearing a bandage over his cut. “I was punched. I’m fine,” he joked afterward, the bruises on his face clearly visible.


At the end of the day, when he said mass for hundreds of thousands of people in the city’s port area, the bruise had swollen and he had blackened skin under his eye.

US Senator, John McCain Diagnosed With Brain Cancer; Clinton, Hillary, Biden Sympathize

US Senator, John McCain Diagnosed With Brain Cancer; Clinton, Hillary, Biden Sympathize

By Dansu Peter

John McCain
Three former United State of America leaders have spoken on Sen. John McCain, 80, who has just been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor. 

McCain brain tumor diagnosis was confirmed by Mayo Clinic doctors directly involved in the senator's care, report according to CNN established. 

The doctors spoke directly to CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The senator underwent surgery to remove a blood clot on Friday at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Lab results from that surgery confirmed the presence of brain cancer associated with the blood clot. 

Reacting to McCain's brain cancer report are three prominent American leaders; Bill Clinton, his wife Hillary and Joe Biden. All took to their twitter handles to express their heartfelt desire for the senator's quick recovery 

Former US President, Bill Clinton took to his twitter handle @billclinton and said; "As he’s shown his entire life, don’t bet against John McCain. Best wishes to him for a swift recovery" 

His wife Hillary said @@HillaryClinton said, "ohn McCain is as tough as they come. Thinking of John, Cindy, their wonderful children, & their whole family tonight" 

Biden in his tweet @JoeBiden said, John and I have been friends for 40 years. He's gotten through so much difficulty with so much grace. He is strong - and he will beat this


CNN report says Glioblastoma is a particularly aggressive tumor that forms in the tissue of the brain and spinal cord, according to the American Brain Tumor Association. 

A pathologist was in the operating room during the procedure, a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision, said his doctor, who added that the surgery lasted about three to four hours. 

By Dansu Peter

John McCain
Three former United State of America leaders have spoken on Sen. John McCain, 80, who has just been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor. 

McCain brain tumor diagnosis was confirmed by Mayo Clinic doctors directly involved in the senator's care, report according to CNN established. 

The doctors spoke directly to CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The senator underwent surgery to remove a blood clot on Friday at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Lab results from that surgery confirmed the presence of brain cancer associated with the blood clot. 

Reacting to McCain's brain cancer report are three prominent American leaders; Bill Clinton, his wife Hillary and Joe Biden. All took to their twitter handles to express their heartfelt desire for the senator's quick recovery 

Former US President, Bill Clinton took to his twitter handle @billclinton and said; "As he’s shown his entire life, don’t bet against John McCain. Best wishes to him for a swift recovery" 

His wife Hillary said @@HillaryClinton said, "ohn McCain is as tough as they come. Thinking of John, Cindy, their wonderful children, & their whole family tonight" 

Biden in his tweet @JoeBiden said, John and I have been friends for 40 years. He's gotten through so much difficulty with so much grace. He is strong - and he will beat this


CNN report says Glioblastoma is a particularly aggressive tumor that forms in the tissue of the brain and spinal cord, according to the American Brain Tumor Association. 

A pathologist was in the operating room during the procedure, a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision, said his doctor, who added that the surgery lasted about three to four hours. 

Cardinal George Pell: I'm Innocent - Catholic 3rd Most Senior Priest Denies Sex Abuse Charge

Cardinal George Pell: I'm Innocent - Catholic 3rd Most Senior Priest Denies Sex Abuse Charge


Cardinal George Pell
Cardinal George Pell
Photo Source: BBC News
Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican treasurer accused of sex offences in his native Australia has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, descrbing the charge against him as "character assassination", BBC News reports.

The cleric also said the claims against him are "false".

According to BBC News, Pell said the Pope had granted him a leave of absence to fight the charges.

The charges relate to alleged "historical" incidents, police in the state of Victoria said.

The allegations were made by a number of people, said Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton.

Cardinal Pell, 76, who is based in the Vatican, is considered the third-ranking official in the Holy See.


He told a news conference at the Holy See: "I'm looking forward finally to having my day in court.

"I am innocent of these charges, they are false. The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me."

The Catholic Church worldwide has in recent years faced a damaging series of allegations relating to sex abuse by priests, and claims that these cases were covered up.

The BBC's James Reynolds says the charges leave the Church - and the Pope - in an uncomfortable position.

After his election in 2013, Pope Francis created a commission to deal with allegations of sexual abuse by clerics. Now he finds that one of his closest advisers faces charges of his own.

The Vatican's child abuse response
What are the charges?

Victoria Police said they had made the decision to charge Cardinal Pell after receiving advice from prosecutors last month.

"Cardinal Pell is facing multiple charges and there are multiple complainants," Deputy Commissioner Patton said.

Details of the allegations were not revealed.

Deputy Commissioner Patton said police "process and procedures" had been no different from any other investigation.

"Cardinal Pell has been treated the same as anyone else in this investigation," he said.

The charges were served on Cardinal Pell's legal representatives in Melbourne on Thursday.

The cardinal would be required to face the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on 18 July, Deputy Commissioner Patton said.

A magistrate will decide next week whether to release the details and the nature of the charges ahead of the cardinal's court appearance.

Culled from BBC

Cardinal George Pell
Cardinal George Pell
Photo Source: BBC News
Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican treasurer accused of sex offences in his native Australia has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, descrbing the charge against him as "character assassination", BBC News reports.

The cleric also said the claims against him are "false".

According to BBC News, Pell said the Pope had granted him a leave of absence to fight the charges.

The charges relate to alleged "historical" incidents, police in the state of Victoria said.

The allegations were made by a number of people, said Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton.

Cardinal Pell, 76, who is based in the Vatican, is considered the third-ranking official in the Holy See.


He told a news conference at the Holy See: "I'm looking forward finally to having my day in court.

"I am innocent of these charges, they are false. The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me."

The Catholic Church worldwide has in recent years faced a damaging series of allegations relating to sex abuse by priests, and claims that these cases were covered up.

The BBC's James Reynolds says the charges leave the Church - and the Pope - in an uncomfortable position.

After his election in 2013, Pope Francis created a commission to deal with allegations of sexual abuse by clerics. Now he finds that one of his closest advisers faces charges of his own.

The Vatican's child abuse response
What are the charges?

Victoria Police said they had made the decision to charge Cardinal Pell after receiving advice from prosecutors last month.

"Cardinal Pell is facing multiple charges and there are multiple complainants," Deputy Commissioner Patton said.

Details of the allegations were not revealed.

Deputy Commissioner Patton said police "process and procedures" had been no different from any other investigation.

"Cardinal Pell has been treated the same as anyone else in this investigation," he said.

The charges were served on Cardinal Pell's legal representatives in Melbourne on Thursday.

The cardinal would be required to face the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on 18 July, Deputy Commissioner Patton said.

A magistrate will decide next week whether to release the details and the nature of the charges ahead of the cardinal's court appearance.

Culled from BBC

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