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11/23/2017

5-year-old girl's dream of wedding 'realized' ahead of surgery

5-year-old girl's dream of wedding 'realized' ahead of surgery

This photo shoot for a make-believe wedding could be the happiest and sweetest moment for 5-year-old Sophia, a girl born with a genetic heart defect.
It was believed she wouldn't live beyond her second birthday, but Sophia Elyssa Chiappalone from Connecticut, the US is about to have her fourth open heart surgery and is continuing to live her miracle life.
Sophia had a dream of “marrying” her best friend, Hunter. To help make her wish come true, Sophia’s mother, Kristy, staged a wedding photo shoot for the two kids after she got the permission of Hunter’s mom.
The two kids dressed up in wedding costumes and had fun getting their photos taken.

5-year-old girl's dream of wedding 'realized' ahead of surgery

5-year-old girl's dream of wedding 'realized' ahead of surgery

5-year-old girl's dream of wedding 'realized' ahead of surgery

Sierra Leone's 'Peace Diamond' shown in NY ahead of auction

Sierra Leone's 'Peace Diamond' shown in NY ahead of auction


The 14th largest diamond in the world, the “Peace Diamond”, was displayed in New York on Tuesday, ahead of its second auction on December 4.
The 709-carat gem was unearthed in Sierra Leone in March in its uncut form and went up for an initial auction in the country’s capital, Freetown, but the government rejected the highest bid of 7.8 million US dollars.
The auction is now being managed by Rapaport Group, an international diamond trading network, which says over half of the proceeds from the final sale will be used to fund clean water, electricity, education and health projects in Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone's 'Peace Diamond' shown in NY ahead of auction

Sierra Leone's 'Peace Diamond' shown in NY ahead of auction

When mixing classical art with cats, you get ‘Meowdern art'

When mixing classical art with cats, you get ‘Meowdern art'

By mixing images of cats into famous classical paintings, Guatemala-based artist and cat lover Maria Paiz has created a collection of quirky, fun ink drawings that she has dubbed “meowdern art”.
Paiz’s love for cats is reflected in the names of her works: The Great Wave off Kanameow, Bust of a Cat, Vincent Van Meow, the Mewna Lisa, the Birth of Mewnus.
Can you recognize the original works?

When mixing classical art with cats, you get ‘Meowdern art'

When mixing classical art with cats, you get ‘Meowdern art'

When mixing classical art with cats, you get ‘Meowdern art'

When mixing classical art with cats, you get ‘Meowdern art'

Italian hairstylist Maria Lucia Mugno spent more than 80,000 pounds covering her car with human hair

Italian hairstylist Maria Lucia Mugno spent more than 80,000 pounds covering her car with human hair

An Italian hairstylist Maria Lucia Mugno spent more than 80,000 pounds (over 100,000 US dollars) covering her car with human hair. Taking more than 150 hours to complete, the masterpiece Mugno created was officially declared the world's hairiest car by the Guinness World Record. To keep her car looking as fresh as possible, she regularly cleans it with shampoo and conditioners.

Italian hairstylist Maria Lucia Mugno spent more than 80,000 pounds covering her car with human hair

Italian hairstylist Maria Lucia Mugno spent more than 80,000 pounds covering her car with human hair

11/15/2017

Monkey knocked out for 10 hours due to caffeine overdose

Monkey knocked out for 10 hours due to caffeine overdose


Curiosity knocks down the monkey! A six-month-old monkey in Bangkok, Thailand recently passed out for 10 hours due to caffeine overdose after it downed a cup of coffee left unattended on a tourist's motorcycle.
Monkey knocked out for 10 hours due to caffeine overdose

Monkey knocked out for 10 hours due to caffeine overdose

Monkey knocked out for 10 hours due to caffeine overdose


Locals revealed that the long-tailed macaque had been reportedly imitating the human demeanor of drinking coffee before it collapsed into unconsciousness and was brought to a nearby animal clinic for treatment.
Monkey knocked out for 10 hours due to caffeine overdose

The inquisitive creature came to itself the next morning following saline and carbon solutions and was later released from the hospital with no further symptoms spotted yet.

The first Hijab-wearing Barbie triggers debate on social media

The first Hijab-wearing Barbie triggers debate on social media

For the first time ever, Barbie wears a hijab. Mattel, the manufacturer of Barbie dolls, released its first hijab-wearing character on Monday, inspired by the US Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.

The 31-year-old female athlete was the first US Olympian to compete wearing a hijab at the 2016 Rio Olympics. During the game, she won a bronze medal.

Ibtihaj was invited to the ceremony at Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year Summit in New York City, revealing the doll made in her honor.
The first Hijab-wearing Barbie triggers debate on social media

The first Hijab-wearing Barbie triggers debate on social media

"Thank you @Mattel for announcing me as the newest member of the @Barbie #Shero family! I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true #shero", said Ibtihaj on her twitter.

At least seven people were killed on Wednesday after flash floods hit towns west of Athens, the capital of Greece

At least seven people were killed on Wednesday after flash floods hit towns west of Athens, the capital of Greece

At least seven people were killed on Wednesday after flash floods hit towns west of Athens, the capital of Greece, said authorities.
The flooding came after a night of heavy rains, turning roads in the industrial towns of Nea Peramos and Mandra, about 27 km (17 miles) west of Athens, into muddy torrents, trapping people in their homes and cars.
Five victims were found in Mandra - two in their flooded homes, two in the yards of local businesses, and one near a road, and another two individuals were found floating in the sea.

Meet the 80 million-year-old shark

Meet the 80 million-year-old shark

A frilled shark from the era of dinosaurs was caught swimming 2,300 feet (over 700 meters) below the waves off the Portuguese coast last weekend. The creature was unearthed during a research trip.
Dubbed “living fossils,” the very-rare frilled shark dates back 80 million years measured some 1.5 meters’ long. It has a slim, snake-like body with a relatively large mouth that would grab all your attention.
Meet the 80 million-year-old shark


Seldom has its kind ever made it to the library, which makes this newly discovered ancient a VI-Fish to scientists. Professor Margarida Castro from the University of the Algarve said the shark is named after the frilled arrangement of its teeth. Its 300 teeth allow the predator to trap and firmly grab a squid, fish or other sharks.
This still-living "prehistoric" creature could have contributed to 19th century sailors' stories of the sea serpents with its scary look, while its other peers - thriller movie stars like T-rex and triceratops - died out long ago.

9/08/2017

Nigerian minister warns Buhari not to seek second term


Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs Alhassan Aisha Alhassan has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to keep his promise of ruling for only one term, saying she would resign if he sought another mandate in 2019.

The comments by the minister could heighten uncertainty over whether Buhari plans to contest the next election.

The 74-year-old took power in 2015, but has been absent for the better part of 2017 due to an unspecified illness. He has been away on medical for more than five months combined, to seek medical treatment in London.

The president’s health concerns have elicited various reactions from Nigerians, some even calling upon him to resign while he was still in London.

“In 2014/2015 he said he was going to run for only one time to clean up the mess that the (previous) PDP government did in Nigeria. And I took him for his word that he is not contesting in 2019,” Reuters quotes Minister of Women Affairs Alhassan to say.

The Reuters report says that the minister vowed to support former vice president Atiku Abubakar in the event that Buhari sought re-election.

There has not been any reaction from the president’s office to the minister’s comments

Upon returning to Nigeria after spending more than 100 days in the UK, President Buhari called for unity in the West African nation.

In a televised speech, the president called upon all Nigerians to come together.

“Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable,” he said. “We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble.”

Today In History: September 8, 1986, The Oprah Winfrey Show is broadcast nationally for the first time

Oprah Winfrey

Today In History:

September 8, 1986, The Oprah Winfrey Show is broadcast nationally for the first time. A huge success, her daytime television talk show turns Winfrey into one of the most powerful, wealthy people in show business and, arguably, the most influential woman in America.

Today is International Literacy Day, under the theme ‘Literacy in a Digital World’

International Literacy Day

Today, 8th of September, 2017 is International Literacy Day, under the theme ‘Literacy in a Digital World’.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR GOVERNMENT SHOULD DO TO ERADICATE ILLITERACY? Share with us and let us know where you are writing from.

The day is meant to remind governments, civil society and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates. 

Did you know that 38% of African adults are illiterate; two-thirds of these are women, According to UNESCO.

Africa is the only continent where more than half of the parents are not able to help their children with homework due to illiteracy.

University students invent helmet that helps the blind

University students invent helmet that helps the blind

Students at Kunming University of Science and Technology in southwest China’s Yunnan Province have invented a "smart helmet" that helps blind people navigate the world around them.

Called Eye See, the helmet can read for the visual impaired and sense the environment, guiding the user when walking around.

The helmet scans the room for information, and, using computer analysis, helps the user find important locations like the exit and a chair.
University students invent helmet that helps the blind

University students invent helmet that helps the blind

University students invent helmet that helps the blind


BREAKING: M8.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Mexico

BREAKING: M8.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Mexico

An 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck south of Mexico on Friday, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The agency said hazardous widespread tsunami waves are possible.
Media reports have noted that the tremor shook Mexico City and people were fleeing buildings.

No casualties have been reported so far.
The quake’s epicenter was 123 km (76 miles) southwest of the town of Pijijiapan, at a depth of 33 km (21 miles).
This is a developing story. Stay tuned to CGTN for updates.

9/07/2017

Buhari was not aware rail line would pass through his village in Daura – Amaechi


The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari was not aware that rail line was going to pass through his hometown in Daura, Katsina State. 

 He added that the President has directed that Kebbi, Zamfara and Sokoto be linked by rail.

 He said: “The President summoned myself and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, that we should go ahead with infrastructural development and he specifically told me that I must connect the 36 states capital by rail.

It is a huge assignment. Huge in the sense that it is very expensive to connect. By the directive of the President, We are currently designing a railway that would connect Gusau, Sokoto and Kebbi.

Transporting people from Benin Republic to Apapa seaport is not easy and to connect them from Benin Republic to Madakali; a border town in Kebbi, you need to pass through Daura and Jibia local government area.

 The President did not know that there is going to be rail that would pass through Daura. When I saw it on social media that the President has approved a rail project to his village and that Jonathan never did, I was surprised because that was not true.

 In fact, the railway to Yenagoa would have gone to Port Harcourt without passing through Otuoke but President Jonathan took it first to Otuoke, linked it to Yenagoa before connecting it to Port Harcourt.

I must also ask, what is wrong with that because Otuoke or Daura is also part of Nigeria, I don’t see anything wrong with that.”

Thieves Return Car They Stole , Wash It With Their Clothes After Going Mad

Thiefs Return Car They Stole

Men Return Car They Stole , Wash It With Their Clothes After Going “Mad ”

This is very serious. Two young men who allegedly stole a vehicle  at night – got more they bargained for as they returned it the next day but not the same way they look.

In a trending video footage posted online, the young thieves removed their clothes totally in front of shocked passersby and used them to wash the car.

One of the thieves was spotted with a long snake round his neck as seen in the pictures as he danced and wriggled his body in a reptile like manner.

The other one used his cloth to wash the car from a dirty stagnant water on the road…

While all this was happening, the large crowd mocked and laughed at the thieves as they made a fool of themselves publicly.
They were later taken away by security operatives after the eyeful ‘entertainment’.

9/06/2017

Lagos to commence shutdown of illegal education centres

Lagos to commence shutdown of illegal education centres

The Lagos State Government, through the Agency for Mass Education, will commence shutdown of all unregistered Tutorial and Continuing Education Centres (CECs) in Lagos State effective from Monday, 11th September 2017.

A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh said the closure is necessitated by the refusal of some operators of Tutorial and Continuing Education Centres to comply with the State’s directive to register their Centres and pay up their annual dues after several notices from the State.

Bank-Olemoh said the government suspended an earlier clampdown on such Tutorial and Continuing Education Centres after a closed door meeting with critical stakeholders in the sector on Monday, September 26, 2016.

According to him, the stakeholders agreed to cooperate with the State in its pursuit of standardizing the educational sector in line with international best practices, while pledging their commitment to improving the quality of Education in the State by maintaining high-level standards and professionalism.

He revealed that failure of the tutorial and continuing education centres to comply with government’s directive after several follow up engagements has led to the resolve to commence the clamp down exercise, through the Agency for Mass Education, in line with Edict No 2, Section 4.3 of 1991 that mandates the Agency to control the activities of all Tutorial and Continuing Education Centres in the State.

Bank-Olemoh stated that “Lagos residents enrol in these tutorial centres and as government; we must ensure that quality service is delivered to our people. We must set standards and enforce it.”

The statement, however, urged operators of Tutorial and Continuing Education Centres across the State to get registered with the Agency for Mass Education and comply with all laid down regulations, including payment of stipulated fees, to avoid being shut down.

9/05/2017

Young girls participate in ancient Kumari Puja in Kathmandu, Nepal

Kumari Puja


Some 108 girls aged below 10 took part in the ancient Kumari Puja, a part of the Indra Jatra festival, which is dedicated to the King of Gods in Hindu mythology on Monday at Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Nepal. 

Nepalese during the Indra Jatra Festival celebrate the befalling of Indra into human world.

In Nepalese culture, Kumari refers to a living goddess. On the occasion of Kumari Puja, a Kumari would be taken to the temple of Taleju Bhawani to receive blessings and power.

The 108 young girls, similarly dressed up and painted on their forehead with red and yellow, were believed to be possessing the divine nature as well. They would be blessed with protection from diseases and evil forces if they worship Taleju on the occasion of Kumari Puja.

The living goddess, who is believed to be a reincarnation of the Hindu goddess Durga or Taleju, is worshiped by both Hindus and Buddhists. The tradition of the worshipping ceremony has lasted centuries.
Kumari Puja

Kumari Puja

Kumari Puja

Putin: New sanctions on DPRK useless and ineffective

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that further sanctions on the DPRK will not change its behavior and using them as a way of influencing the country has been "exhausted".

Putin, who called sanctions “useless and ineffective”, made the remarks at a press conference in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen after the BRICS Summit.

During the press conference, Putin also said that Russia will discuss the DPRK issue with leaders from South Korea and Japan at the Vladivostok Forum in Russia.

Today in history: 5th September 1997 Mother Teresa died in Calcutta, India, at age 87

Mother Teresa died

5th. September 1997

Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa died in Calcutta, India, at age 87. 

She was Roman Catholic nun who won the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize for her work among the poorest of the world's poor.

8/14/2017

Statues of wartime sex slaves installed in Seoul buses

Statues of wartime sex slaves installed in Seoul buses, Entertainment News
Statues of wartime sex slaves installed in Seoul buses, Entertainment News
Statues of wartime sex slaves installed in Seoul buses, Entertainment News
Statues of wartime sex slaves installed in Seoul buses, Entertainment News
 Five buses in South Korea’s capital Seoul installed statues depicting wartime sex slaves on Sunday.

The buses that take these still and silent “passengers” will operate from August 14 to September 30, passing by the Japanese embassy in Seoul.

It is meant to mark the Fifth International Memorial Day for Comfort Women on Monday, in an attempt to commemorate the women who were forced into sexual slavery during the Second World War by the Japanese invaders and to remind people of that very history.

An estimated 400,000 women and girls, and among that over 200,000 Chinese, were forced into sexual slavery during the Second World War, according to the Research Center for Chinese Comfort Women.

8/03/2017

Amosun Commiserates With Aregbesola Over Mother's Death

Amosun Commiserates With Aregbesola Over Mother's Death

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunke Amosun has commiserated with his Osun State counterpart, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, over the death of his mother, Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola.

Amosun, in a statement said the governor's late mother, popularly called Iya olobi, was a devout Muslim, who dedicated her life to the relentless teaching and zealous practise of the core values of Islam.

"Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola's death is a big loss, not only to her immediate and extended family members, but also the Islamic community. 

With her wise counsel, strictly according to Islamic injunctions, she was able to mould those at home and within her community to live righteous lives.

"I therefore urge the family to be consoled by the fact that she fulfilled her purpose in life through the raising of God-fearing children. Her exceptional humanitarian services also stand as an external testimonial, which her community will forever cherish.

"No doubt, she was a formidable pillar for her son and my brother, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, in his journey through life, particularly during his political struggles. 

We all appreciate her sacrifices.
"May Allah Subhanahu Wa Taalah grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and also the departed, Aljanah Fridaos", Amosun added.