Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Tokunbo cars to cost more from January 1, 2015


As from first of January 2015, prices of imported used cars otherwise known as Tokunbo or second-hand cars are expected to go up as the second phase of the national automotive policy which was announced in November 2013, will commence.

Car dealers would be expected to pay the federal government 70% duty on all imported cars. FG had in 2013 introduced the national automotive policy with the view of encouraging local assemblage of automobiles in Nigeria, increasing the import tariff from 22% to 70%. The first phase of the policy involving the payment of 35% duty came into effect in February 2014 while the second phase which would have started in July this year was postponed to Jan. 2015.

Photos: Khloe Kardashian steps out in killer LBD


Khloe Kardashian looked stunning in a little black sequined dress as she hosted a pre-New Year's Eve party at 1OAK Nightclub inside the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Tuesday Dec. 30th.

Two Germans killed in Nigeria


Two German Nationals have been shot dead in Nigeria. According to German newspaper, Ostsee Zeitung, the two nationals, both male aged 34 and 20 were working as engineers at Julius Berger and were shot dead last Saturday December 27th while riding on a motorbike in Abuja.

Confirming the incident to AFP, a foreign affairs official said “Unfortunately we can confirm that two German nationals were killed in Nigeria last weekend".

Farmers’ Group Donates N5bn for Buhari’s campaign


The Buhari/Osinbajo campaign has started getting their own billions too. A group of yam farmers cutting across some northern states in the country on Tuesday pledged to support the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari’s 2015 campaign with N5 billion.

The group disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Jos.

Reverend Jacob Musa, Public Relations Officer, PRO, of the farmers on the name “Buhari-Osibajo Presidential Appeal Campaign Fund, BOPCAF, said that farmers from Taraba, Nasarawa, Plateau, Adamawa, Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Niger and Kaduna states as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, would feature at the occasion.

AirAsia flight found upside down at the bottom of the sea, passengers found holding hands


Indonesian search officials have now confirmed they have located the fuselage of AirAsia flight 8501 on sonar radar, upside down on the sea floor, not far from where three of the bodies from the doomed AirAsia flight were found holding hands when discovered floating in the Java Sea. Officials from Basarnas, Indonesia's search and rescue agency, say the plane wreckage has been located in 24 to 30 metres of water and one of the seven confirmed recovered bodies was wearing a life jacket. 

Lieutenant Airman Tri Wobowo, who was co-piloting Indonesia's C130 Herclues aircraft, was the first to discover debris from the plane and witnessed the tragic scene. 

'There were seven to eight people. Three of them held hands,' he told a local newspaper. 


A plane door, a blue suitcase, oxygen tank and the remnants of an emergency slide were among the objects found about 10km from where the plane was last detected on radar. But the most harrowing discoveries were the corpses floating in the Java Sea - about 100 miles off the coast - and search chiefs fully expect none of the 162 passengers and crew on board made it out of the wreckage alive.

Family members who have been at the airport since the crash happened on Sunday December 28th, are expected to come forward to identify the remains of their loved ones.

Source: UK Daily Mail

Seven Boko Haram members die in explosive-laden van in Borno


Seven Boko Haram members were killed after explosives placed in a van exploded at the Chikwarki market in Biu, Borno state on Monday December 29th.
"A Toyota pick-up van, loaded with maize and beans with IED hidden under them, belonging to Boko Haram insurgents, exploded near Chikwarkir village of Biu, killing all the occupants of the van. As you know, it is harvest time and people are taking their farm produce to the market; but thank God, the bomb exploded before they could get to the market,” a security source told Punch 

Boko Haram kills 15 in Borno town


Suspected members of Boko Haram killed at least 15 people in a fresh attack on Kautikari, a village near Chibok community in Borno state on Monday December 29th.
"They were about 20, well-armed. They came in four-wheel drive vehicles and some motorcycles. Initially, I thought they were soldiers. The man running behind me was gunned down as I was fleeing. Afterwards, there were 15 people lying dead in the streets,” ,” a survivor, Jonah Umaru, told newsmen on phone.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

FG declares January 2nd 2015 as public holiday

The Federal Government has declared January 2nd 2015 as public holiday to mark Eid el Maloud celebration. In a statement released today by the Minister of Interior affairs, Abba Moro, the Federal government asked Muslim faithfuls to offer prayers to God for the peace and Unity of Nigeria.

Why I Did Not Submit My Certificates To INEC – Buhari


Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 general elections, Muhammadu Buhari, has explained why he did not submit his certificates and credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), saying that the documents are with the military.

This came to light yesterday during a visit by journalists to the headquarters of INEC in Abuja where it was revealed that Buhari’s academic qualifications were not on display, unlike those of other presidential candidates including that of his main rival, President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP.

Explaining the development in an affidavit, Buhari said:
“I am the above-named person and deponent to this affidavit therein. All my academic qualifications documents as filled in my presidential form, President APC/001/2015, are currently with the Secretary, Military Board, as of the time of presenting this affidavit. The affidavit is made in good faith and for record purpose. The affidavit is made in good faith and for record purposes.”

The affidavit was dated November 24, 2014, stamped and received by INEC on December 18, 2014.

Celebrity hair & make-up artist Edee Beau shares new photos as she loses weight


UK-based award-winning hair and make-up artist Editi Udofot of Edee Beau shares stunning new photos of herself as she loses some weight. See more pics after the cut...


Defence HQ denies claims of Cameroon conducting airstrikes on Boko Haram camps in Nigeria


There were reports yesterday that Cameroonian army conducted airstrikes on some Boko Haram camps within the Nigerian territory captured by Boko Haram. The Nigerian Military says it's not true.

Monday, 29 December 2014

New Subscribers Raking In Millions Daily on MTN Network


It seems MTN giveaways never end. The telecommunications and ICT Company has been putting smiles on the faces of Nigerians by rewarding those who just subscribed to its network with N1m daily in a promo tagged Cash Quest. In common local term, this is most likely an ‘Awoof’ as Sadiyah Muhammed from Bauchi, Isa Mohammed from Kano and many others have benefitted from MTN’s largesse. (Pic above: MTN’s Customer Relationship Manager, Kano, Kabiru Kazaure (left) and MTN’s Regional Trade Marketing Manager,North West Region, Abdulhamid Hassan ( right), congratulating Muhammad Isah (centre), a one million naira winner in the on-going MTN Cash Quest Promo.)


 Meanwhile, it doesn’t end there. Many more people are still going to win provided they purchase an MTN line and activate it before New Year. It’s yummy, yummy, all the way to 2015. MTN Cash Quest sums up a year of exciting gifting by the largest telecommunications company in Africa. A month earlier, it was the ‘Surprise’ Campaign. Everyone – parents, workers, commuters, students, even lecturers – received one surprise gift or the other from MTN.

At some point, free Y’ello buses were conveying commuters from bus-stops to bus-stops in Lagos. Students in schools received surprise visits by popular artistes and MTN ambassadors as well as loads of free data. Market men and women across the nation were not left out. The Cash Quest Promo runs from now till March but new MTN subscribers will continue to receive free gifts and cash rewards till December 31st so long they activate their lines before then.

Alicia Keys & Swizz Beats Announce The Birth Of Their 2nd Child


Alicia Keys and her music producer husband, Swizz Beats have announced the arrival of their 2nd  child. The new baby who has been named Genesis Ali Dean arrived on the 27th of December, 2014 at 1:52am. See the photo they used to announce his arrival after the cut.



Chris Rock now dating co-star Rosario Dawson?


Comedian Chris Rock announced yesterday that he and his wife of over 18 years Malaak Rock are divorcing and looks like he made the announcement so he could officially go public with his new love interest, his Top 5 co-star, Rosario Dawson. That is if you believe MediaTakeOut.
"They didn't want to announce it while their movie Top 5 was still being released - cause they didn't want people thinking that Rosario is some type of homewrecker. She's not, Chris hasn't been with his wife in about two years" a source told MTO
MTO's snitch continued, "They got together while making Top 5 . . but kept it quiet. Now I think Chris filed the papers on Malaak because he wants to go public with it."

See what this person is writing on Twitter...

All this propaganda. Hopefully, Buhari doesn't share same sentiments...

Wreckage' of missing AirAsia jet is spotted in sea by search plane

Looks like the AirAsia flight that went missing early yesterday morning may be at the bottom of the sea. Indonesian officials say a search plane hunting for the missing plane have spotted objects in the sea believed to be wreckage from the plane which was carrying 155 passengers and 7 crew members.
An Australian Orion aircraft early this morning detected suspicious objects near Nangka island, about 160 kilometres south-west of Pangkalan Bun, near central Kalimantan, which is about 1,120 kilometres from the location where the plane lost contact while an Indonesian helicopter saw two oily spots in the search area a few hours later, this is according to Indonesian officials.
Experts believe that the aircraft was likely flying too slow to avoid a thunderstorm they encountered and this caused the plane to stall and crash.

I cried like a baby when Boko Haram attacked Kano college – Lecturer recounts ordeal


A lecturer at the Federal College of Education, FCE, Kabuga, Kano, Chief Christian Ojimba, in a recent interview with Vanguard recounted the ordeal he and some of his students went through when Boko Haram members visited their school on September 17th, an attack that lasted 45minutes. Below is what he said...
"It was a very serious attack and an unexpected one. Before the attack on our school, Boko Haram terrorists had attacked Kano State Polytechnic inside the city centre, with the new strategy of using female and male teenagers, who they arm with bombs. In broad-day light on Wednesday, September 17, our school, the Federal College of Technology, Kano, was attacked.
That day, I didn’t have lectures, but, in my usual way, I had to go to school, because I am very friendly with my students.

 I am always in my office to solve their problems because I love my students. I must say that I had premonition which, if I had heeded, I wouldn’t have been involved in the attack. One, I didn’t have lectures; two, when I got to the school gate, I discovered my office keys were not in my bag; three, my wallet containing my identity card, driver’s licence and other important documents was not with me. But when I got to the office, my colleague had already opened the door with his own key. If the door had been locked, I would have gone back home.

I stayed in the office, Room 78, upstairs at the new site of School of Arts and Social Sciences, FCE, Kano. Around 1.15pm that day, I heard the sound of multiple bomb explosions at close range. Before you knew it, there was pandemonium. Students and staff were running helter skelter for their lives. On noticing this, I came out of my chair to check what was happening and what I saw was the Boko Haram people wielding AK-47 guns shooting sporadically and directly at everyone at sight. Downstairs, they had killed one of our lecturers, Dr. Thomas Kayode Ajamu from Ogbomoso, Oyo State. Dr. Ajamu, a former Head, Department of Christian Religious Studies, CRS, was buried that same week. 

So when I came out of the door, there was no way to pass. Dead bodies littered everywhere because this attack happened at the prime-time for lectures.
Before the attack, I have reason to believe terrorists came on surveillance. Several male teenagers came visiting our offices in pretence that they were begging for money. The one that came to my office said, teacher good afternoon, please I am going to the hospital, I am not feeling too well, but I don’t have money for transportation. Even though I don’t understand Hausa very well. I replied him in Hausa, that I forgot my money at home, that there was no money on me, and he thanked me and left.

That was the conversation during the surveillance time and they did it in all the blocks in the five departments of the school- Department of History where I belong, Department of Geography, Social Studies, Christian Religious Studies, Islamic Religious Studies, and the Deanery. They surveyed everywhere before the attack.

My office is located on the first floor of a one storey building, so, I couldn’t jump down. I saw students jumping down, some got injured, while others didn’t. What I did was that I hugged a pillar from the first floor, trying to come down through it. So, when students noticed I have created an escape route, many joined me and it was in that process that there was a stampede. I fell down and couldn’t move because the long bone joining my right knee got broken and shifted out of its socket.
I was trapped. I couldn’t run because a Boko Haram man was just a stone throw. So, I told myself, ‘to God be the glory, God receive my soul in heaven’. There was no escape, the man was directly shooting sporadically at any person in sight. He was shooting directly at both the young and old. They didn’t spare young boys and girls who came to the school to sell groundnut and pure water. All of them where shot dead.

At the end, there was a massive attack, many people were killed, several others were wounded. The big testimony of it all, was that the Boko Haram man was standing on me, while shooting at others. When I saw him I played dead. I remembered when I was in Alvan Ikokwu College of Education, Owerri, in 1984, there was this lecture we had then on self-defence mechanism. I remembered the lecturer told us how to escape if we were in situations like this. So, that knowledge came into me. Another thing that came into my mind at that critical moment was that I remembered that I and my wife had been praying and fasting against gun shots, bomb blast.
At the Boko Haram man stood on me as if I was a dead victim, I didn’t know how God seized the pains I was going through as a result of the broken knee bone and also my breathe was also seized.

Few minutes later, the man left me and was walking away towards the school gate. At that same time, there was one of the female lecturers in my department who was finding her way out with four others. The man spotted them and asked them to say their last prayers. While they put their hands up to say the prayers, the bomb the man had on his body blew him up.
Shortly thereafter, a security guard came to me and asked me to stand up, stand up, but I told him I couldn’t, that my leg was broken. He tried to pull me but it was not easy because I was bigger than him. He managed to pull me to hide behind a door inside a class. There too, I also played dead because the sound of gun shots was still raging.

Some minutes later, I peeped from the door and saw some policemen inside the school. I was in dilemma as to whether to call them to come and help me or not, because, sometimes, these Boko Haram people dress in police and military uniforms. Everybody had vacated the school premises, nobody knew I was behind the door writhing in pains. I said if the policemen were not authentic security agents that means I am gone, because there was still sound of gun shots.
God receive my soul

I said within myself, if they were genuine policemen, I have a testimony to tell, but if they were fake, God receive my soul. So, I summoned the courage and called them, ‘Officer, officer, please come and rescue me’, and they said ‘who are you?’ I introduced myself as Chief Ojimba of History Department of the college. I told them I fell from upstairs and my leg was broken.
It was then that they mobilised other soldiers. They asked for my ID card. I told them I left it at home. They didn’t believe me and threatened to kill me. I said I couldn’t stand up, my leg was broken.
I said they could waste me but I was a lecturer in the school and they could confirm by going to my office at room 78. I said they could see my two phones and a new laptop in the office. Yet they didn’t believe me, so, they ordered me to pull-off my shirt and singlet which I did. They further asked me to pull-off my trousers and I cried to them that my legs were already swollen and my bones broken and I could not. In harsh tone, they warned that if I fail to obey their instructions they will shoot me. After doing that, they also asked me pull-off my short, which I did and was stark naked.

Well, one shouldn’t blame them, because they were actually doing their job. They wanted to confirm if I was not one of the terrorists, and was not concealing any bomb in me. When they noticed I was stark naked and nothing was on me, they instructed me to put on my clothes. Then, they rescued me out of the place. An Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, that came with the team, an elderly man like myself, carried me on his back, with three other soldiers carrying my swollen right leg to the waiting school ambulance. I cried like a baby, as I was taken to the Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital, Kano. I have never cried like that before all my life. It was then that they brought out dead, Dr. Ajamu of the Department of CRS. He was shot inside his office, because the Boko Haram people went to offices, classrooms and toilets shooting anybody at sight.

I stayed at the specialist hospital with my broken leg inside Plaster of Paris, POP, for about a week. But I must confess that I was impressed by the way our school’s governing council, the school management, students, staff unions, friends and relations rallied round me while I was hospitalised.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Photo: Olamide buys Range Rover and G-Wagon Mercedes

Olamide has truly upgraded from what you guys used to know into a bigger artiste with the right machine to hit the streets. He just got himself two luxury cars to drive into 2015 in style:
My baby is finally home … Black range x white G .. Thanks to God and my fans .. Xmas gift of life .. We done hustle small ds year,” Olamide tweeted.

Miley Cyrus posts topless photo of herself on instagram

Last night, Miley Cyrus joined Chelsea Handler by posting an uncensored topless photo of herself  on Instagram in support of the #FreeTheNipple movement. Miley wrote "Some lame ass deff gonna [flag] that but f--kkkkkkk it. #practicewhatchupreach #FreeTheNipple #FreedatShit."

Of course, posting a photo like that violates Instagram’s strict no-nudity rule and the pic was taken down within minutes. See the censored pic after the cut...


ISIS Teen With Bomb Vest Surrenders Himself To Security Agents, Says I Don’t Want To Die


A Syrian boy, Usaid Barho being held by Isis has managed to escape their camp after he volunteered to be a suicide bomber. The boy aged 14, who joined the group because he believed they practiced Islam, was later brainwashed to see Shi’ites as their enemies, and was also told if he wasn’t ready to fight them, the Shi’ites were ready to rape his mother.

In the camp, he was given an option of becoming a fighter or a suicide bomber, but he turned down being a fighter because he might be killed at a battle front.


A bomb vest was however strapped to his body before he was sent to travel to a Shi'ite mosque in Baghdad, Iraq where he is supposed to detonate an explosive device.

But rather than killing himself and countless others, he took the brave decision to defy his orders by unzipping his jacket and handing himself in to guards standing nearby, saying he does not want to blow himself up.

A Policeman who came around gently removed the deadly equipment strapped to his body in front of stunned onlookers, setting him free from the explosive before he was handcuffed and whisked away.


It is believed that the teenager is currently being held at an Iraqi intelligence site. 

Jonathan’s government not responsible - Osinbajo


During a parley with journalists at his campaign office in Lagos yesterday, APC VP candidate Professor Yemi Osinbajo criticized the current government, saying its not a responsible one...
"The problem is management of resources. If we plug the loopholes, you’ll see the resources being pooled together. Security is the first duty of any government; you cannot fight a war where leadership is uncertain; where leadership is not sure of itself and its responsibilities.
“The type of leadership we need to successfully fight a war is lacking. The commander-in-chief has responsibility for everything.
You can’t continue to say your enemies did this or that. You’ve got to take responsibility and that is what is lacking in the current dispensation.
“The people I talked to in my bus trips, both men and women asked, ‘What are you doing about the Chibok girls?’ I was surprised that people here in Lagos could be that concerned. It shows everyone is concerned. My take is that as the president, you should visit these places, talk to them and let them see that you are doing something. And one of the things to be done is equipping the military.”
“We have reached a point where we need to draw a line because this country can’t continue like this. A few days ago, we heard that some billions were missing from the oil fund. You and I know that all this is so because there are no consequences. What is required is an administration where people believe that the number one man will not tolerate corruption. That is the first step.”

Chelsea Handler posts topless pics on instagram during holiday ski trip


The comedian and former talk show host, who has been campaigning against Instagram's censorship policies, posted yet another topless photo of herself on boxing day while on top of a snowy mountain during a holiday ski trip. She has since taken the instagram pic down ... but continue to see the uncensored topless photo she posted on twitter...


Sahara Reporters responds to Nigerian army allegations against them


The Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, has responded to accusations by the Nigerian army that his platform is a propaganda media for terrorism and Boko Haram.I In a chat with The Paradigm, Mr Sowore said the Nigerian army has been reduced to a petty organization
"The Nigerian Army has been reduced to a petty organization. The other day they deployed their men chasing after newspaper delivery vans across Nigeria because some were critical of their handling of the anti-terrorism fight. Since they can’t find or arrest our copies, they’ve resorted to cheap blackmail. The content of the petition clearly speaks to how Boko Haram could be defeated, and states why they haven’t been defeated" Sowore said.

Nigerian army accuses Sahara Reporters of being Boko Haram's media arm


The Nigerian Army in a statement released on its website yesterday December 27th accused online media hub, Sahara Reporters of being the propaganda media for terrorism & Boko Haram in Nigeria. Find the military statement below...
The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a publication on the website of Sahara Reporters with the caption “Nigerian Army Presents Unverified “Lt Col” To Refute Petition Against Military Hierarchy”.  It is noteworthy but sad and unfortunate that Sahara Reporters has committed itself to support for terrorism and fighting Nigeria, its people, its military and particularly the Nigerian Army."
Before Sahara Reporters published their purported document described as petition from Lt Col Wende, a serving Commanding Officer, the Nigerian Army conducted a thorough investigation on the document involving other security and intelligence agencies. The process confirmed that the serving officer was not the author of the petition.  Yesterday, the officer dissociated himself from the so-called petition in a press conference he personally attended.  While reputable media organizations were on hand to engage the officer, Sahara Reporters being a faceless medium, preferred to remain faceless and was not represented. Sahara Reporters sadly, but predictably, and in fulfilment of its support for terrorism published in its website a fabrication in which it referred to the officer as “unverified”. How absurd!

Sahara Reporters has strived hard to present itself as a propaganda medium for terrorism and Boko Haram in particular.  It is with this in mind, that the Nigerian Army conducted a press conference in Maiduguri in which the officer who appeared for the press conference is Lt Col Wende, a serving officer of the Nigerian Army.  Since the officer has clearly dissociated himself from the document, it makes sense that the so-called petition is the handiwork of Sahara Reporters. With time, terrorism in Nigeria and Sahara Reporters will be defeated by the collective will of the good people of Nigeria.

OLAJIDE LALEYE
Brigadier General
Director, Army Public Relations

Saturday, 27 December 2014

HIV positive Kenny Badmus says he can still have children and get married if he wants to

Brands expert Kenny Badmus, who took to his Facebook page on December 1st, to reveal how he's been living successfully with HIV for the last 15 years, just revealed that he can get married and have children if he wants to despite being HIV positive. what he wrote below...

One of the most frequently asked questions from hundreds of emails I received after December 1st is : Will you be able to get married and have a child if you are HIV positive? [ or if you are going through some major medical issue ].
Let me cut to the chase here and say a bold yes. [ If I want to ]. Being Positive does not preclude anyone from getting married or having children – thank God for science. 
Research suggests that anti-HIV therapy during pregnancy plus planned caesarean delivery may reduce the risk of transmission to as low as 1 in 50 women. ( AidsMap) The question is ‘how many of these women are accessing healthcare? If you want to have a healthy child and you are HIV +, quickly get on therapy and follow your doctor’s advice.

To be in love or starting to date again should not scare anyone. And you don’t have to start looking for HIV positive people to date. There are people out there – though very few- who care less what your sero status is. The best prevention you can give your lover/spouse, if they are negative, is for you to ensure you are on treatment. Yes.

The second largest study – 052- to look at whether people with HIV become non-infectious if they are on antiretroviral therapy (ART) has found no cases where someone with a viral load under 200 copies/ml transmitted HIV, either by anal or vaginal sex. Although this study continues into 2017, with best practices and eliminations of other STDs, it’s almost impossible to infect your partner with HIV if you are adhering to your treatment. Even if you don’t use condoms. (AidsMap)
Having established the foregoings, the most important thing for me are the psychosocial issues surrounding the quest for marriage and having a child. It is more of a traditional thing for most of us in Africa to want to get married or have a child by all means. In my opinion, I think it’s a very dogmatic way of living our lives. Why live to make others approve of you? It’s not worth it. Marriage or having children do not guarantee our lives will be better.


As someone who had lived with these societal expectations for many years myself, I became healthier and emancipated the day I dropped these societal impositions. Check this page soon to see my journey into marriage, love, parenting and more. I have seen people in marriages who are very happy, and I have seen people in marriages who are very miserable. I have seen people with children who are very happy.

Just the same way I have seen people with children who are very lonely and miserable in their old age. What brings happiness is living our best lives. Marriage or being being married does not solve all our problems if we enter into it for all the wrong reasons. Being in love is much better. Marriage is a legalistic way of looking at love. It allows for claims, societal celebrations and approvals of our mates. You don’t have to be in love to get married.

The two are not mutually exclusive although they are better when they go hand in hand. Hence, the sham marriages around us today. But you have to be in love to say you are in love. Love has no true love or false love. Marriage on the other hand can be falsified. I’d rather you pushed towards being in and finding love. And if that love leads to marriage, how lucky are you! Embrace it. Do it to gain the legal benefits if you have to marry.

Having a child is about the same. If you can have your own child biologically, embrace it, and cherish it. Science also has made this possible. We should look at this at other time. If you cannot, go pour your love on other children around you. Children are the most visible victims of undernutrition. According to worldhunger.org, ‘children who are poorly nourished suffer up to 160 days of illness each year. Poor nutrition plays a role in at least half of the 10.9 million child deaths each year–five million deaths.’

Further statistics reveals that undernutrition magnifies the effect of every disease, including measles and malaria. The estimated proportions of deaths in which undernutrition is an underlying cause are roughly similar for diarrhea (61%), malaria (57%), pneumonia (52%), and measles (45%) (Black 2003, Bryce 2005). You can be a godmother. A foster parent. An adoptive father. The list goes on.
Ever heard of John H. Johnson and his wife Eunice Walker Johnson? The owners of one of the biggest media platforms in the world, Ebony magazine. This couple never had their own biological children. They adopted Linda Johnson-Rice, who carried on their legacies. History has thousands of such couples. Having a womb and a dick do not make parenting. What makes great parenting is our heart of love.So there you have it. Remove the limitations and the dogmas surrounding your life, and go have some fantastic authentic life. Love. Travel. Eat well. Go volunteering. Give. Buy chocolates. Go partying. Dance. Laugh. Read new books. Write. Take pictures and ‪#‎LIVE

Turkish Assassin Who Shot Pope John Paul II Visits Grave With Flowers After 31 Years

 Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish man who shot and injured former Pope, John Paul II in 1981 has laid flowers on the dead pontiff's tomb in the Vatican.

56-year-old Agca told the police he felt the need to make the gesture, according to a report by Italian media.

The visit comes 31 years after the late pope John Paul II visited Agca in prison and forgave him for the attempt on his life - shooting him twice at close range.


The Pope was left seriously injured, with one bullet passing through his abdomen and another narrowly missing his heart.

The former convict served 19 years in jail for attempted murder but the motive behind the shooting is yet to be uncovered.

He spent another 10 years in prison in Turkey on charges related to the earlier murder of a newspaper editor.

Reports say Agca laid white roses at the tomb of the late Pope on Saturday, in his first visit to the Vatican since his attack on John Paul II on 13 May 1981.

However, Agca's request for a face-to-face meeting with Pope Francis has been denied by Vatican officials a second time.

"He has put flowers on the tomb of John Paul II. I think that is enough," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told La Repubblica newspaper.
- See more at: http://www.lailasblog.com/2014/12/turkish-assassin-who-shot-pope-john.html#sthash.Q3y935x6.dpuf

Turkish Assassin Who Shot Pope John Paul II Visits Grave With Flowers After 31 Years

 Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish man who shot and injured former Pope, John Paul II in 1981 has laid flowers on the dead pontiff's tomb in the Vatican.

56-year-old Agca told the police he felt the need to make the gesture, according to a report by Italian media.

The visit comes 31 years after the late pope John Paul II visited Agca in prison and forgave him for the attempt on his life - shooting him twice at close range.


The Pope was left seriously injured, with one bullet passing through his abdomen and another narrowly missing his heart.

The former convict served 19 years in jail for attempted murder but the motive behind the shooting is yet to be uncovered.

He spent another 10 years in prison in Turkey on charges related to the earlier murder of a newspaper editor.

Reports say Agca laid white roses at the tomb of the late Pope on Saturday, in his first visit to the Vatican since his attack on John Paul II on 13 May 1981.

However, Agca's request for a face-to-face meeting with Pope Francis has been denied by Vatican officials a second time.

"He has put flowers on the tomb of John Paul II. I think that is enough," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told La Repubblica newspaper.
- See more at: http://www.lailasblog.com/2014/12/turkish-assassin-who-shot-pope-john.html#sthash.Q3y935x6.dpuf

Turkish Assassin Who Shot Pope John Paul II Visits Grave With Flowers After 31 Years

 Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish man who shot and injured former Pope, John Paul II in 1981 has laid flowers on the dead pontiff's tomb in the Vatican.

56-year-old Agca told the police he felt the need to make the gesture, according to a report by Italian media.

The visit comes 31 years after the late pope John Paul II visited Agca in prison and forgave him for the attempt on his life - shooting him twice at close range.


The Pope was left seriously injured, with one bullet passing through his abdomen and another narrowly missing his heart.

The former convict served 19 years in jail for attempted murder but the motive behind the shooting is yet to be uncovered.

He spent another 10 years in prison in Turkey on charges related to the earlier murder of a newspaper editor.

Reports say Agca laid white roses at the tomb of the late Pope on Saturday, in his first visit to the Vatican since his attack on John Paul II on 13 May 1981.

However, Agca's request for a face-to-face meeting with Pope Francis has been denied by Vatican officials a second time.

"He has put flowers on the tomb of John Paul II. I think that is enough," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told La Repubblica newspaper.
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Turkish Assassin Who Shot Pope John Paul II Visits Grave With Flowers After 31 Years

 Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish man who shot and injured former Pope, John Paul II in 1981 has laid flowers on the dead pontiff's tomb in the Vatican.

56-year-old Agca told the police he felt the need to make the gesture, according to a report by Italian media.

The visit comes 31 years after the late pope John Paul II visited Agca in prison and forgave him for the attempt on his life - shooting him twice at close range.


The Pope was left seriously injured, with one bullet passing through his abdomen and another narrowly missing his heart.

The former convict served 19 years in jail for attempted murder but the motive behind the shooting is yet to be uncovered.

He spent another 10 years in prison in Turkey on charges related to the earlier murder of a newspaper editor.

Reports say Agca laid white roses at the tomb of the late Pope on Saturday, in his first visit to the Vatican since his attack on John Paul II on 13 May 1981.

However, Agca's request for a face-to-face meeting with Pope Francis has been denied by Vatican officials a second time.

"He has put flowers on the tomb of John Paul II. I think that is enough," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told La Repubblica newspaper.
- See more at: http://www.lailasblog.com/2014/12/turkish-assassin-who-shot-pope-john.html#sthash.Q3y935x6.dpuf

Turkish Assassin Who Shot Pope John Paul II Visits Grave With Flowers After 31 Years

 Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish man who shot and injured former Pope, John Paul II in 1981 has laid flowers on the dead pontiff's tomb in the Vatican.

56-year-old Agca told the police he felt the need to make the gesture, according to a report by Italian media.

The visit comes 31 years after the late pope John Paul II visited Agca in prison and forgave him for the attempt on his life - shooting him twice at close range.


The Pope was left seriously injured, with one bullet passing through his abdomen and another narrowly missing his heart.

The former convict served 19 years in jail for attempted murder but the motive behind the shooting is yet to be uncovered.

He spent another 10 years in prison in Turkey on charges related to the earlier murder of a newspaper editor.

Reports say Agca laid white roses at the tomb of the late Pope on Saturday, in his first visit to the Vatican since his attack on John Paul II on 13 May 1981.

However, Agca's request for a face-to-face meeting with Pope Francis has been denied by Vatican officials a second time.

"He has put flowers on the tomb of John Paul II. I think that is enough," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told La Repubblica newspaper.
- See more at: http://www.lailasblog.com/2014/12/turkish-assassin-who-shot-pope-john.html#sthash.Q3y935x6.dpuf