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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

NHRC to Set Up C’ttee to Probe Obasanjo’s Allegations

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Following the directive by President Goodluck Jonathan through the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN), to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the commission will be setting up a committee to investigate the allegations of human rights violations contained in former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to the president.
Confirming this Monday, a source at the commission said the committee would have been constituted but for the yuletide holiday season.
The source said the commission has taken the instruction from the presidency seriously and would do all within its powers to investigate the allegations.
Investigations by THISDAY showed that the memo from the attorney-general requesting the commission to probe the allegations has already been circulated to all council members of the commission.
Meanwhile, a non-governmental organisation, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has also sent a petition to the NHRC requesting it “to urgently investigate the recent allegation by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that the government of President Goodluck Jonathan is training snipers and other armed personnel secretly and clandestinely acquiring weapons to match for political purposes like Abacha, and training them where Abacha trained his own killers.”
SERAP urged the commission to ensure that anyone found to be involved in the training of snipers should be held responsible.
SERAP said it was concerned that the allegation, if found to be true, amounted to a grave breach of international law, and directly undermines the government’s responsibility to safeguard the safety and security of the citizens.
“It also constitutes an assault on the rule of law, and is entirely inconsistent with the practice of a democratic society, which Nigeria strives to become,” SERAP said.
The organisation said government had a particular responsibility to protect all citizens and others resident in the country against human rights violations.
It said: “The training of snipers will lead to a pervasive climate of insecurity and the absence of the rule of law. The legal right to life and protection against extrajudicial execution is recognized by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Nigeria is a state party.
Article 6 of the Covenant states that ‘No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life.’ This right is non-derogable even in times of emergency.”
Jonathan had last week directed NHRC to investigate the said rights abuses contained in Obasanjo’s letter.
Acting on the instruction of the president, the attorney-general had forwarded Obasanjo’s letter to the commission for investigation.

Government Of Canada Lists Boko Haram As Terrorist Organisation

Following the United States Government’s November decision to designate Nigeria’s Boko Haram and Ansaru militant groups as foreign terrorist organisations, the government of Canada on Monday announced that it has also listed Boko Haram as a terrorist group under its criminal code.
            In a statement by the Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Honourable Steven Blaney, the Government of Canada said it has listed Boko Haram and Caucasus Emirate (of Russia) as terrorist groups.
“Boko Haram is an organisation that is responsible for over 300 attacks in Northern Nigeria, which have resulted in the deaths of over 1,000 people. The Caucasus Emirate has carried out terrorist activities in Russia, resulting in the death and injury of many Russian civilians and security personnel. Listing these organizations as terrorist entities sends a strong message that such actions will not be tolerated,” said Minister Blaney.
“The Government of Canada is keeping our streets and communities safe. Listing terrorist entities facilitates the prosecution of perpetrators and supporters of terrorism, as well as countering terrorist financing,” added Minister Blaney.
According to MarketWired, the Criminal Code requires the existence of reasonable grounds to believe that the entity has knowingly participated in or facilitated a terrorist activity or is knowingly acting on behalf of, at the direction of, or in association with such an entity.
The Minister explained that the listing process requires extensive analysis of intelligence and/or criminal information.
Implications of the designation include the seizure or forfeiture of assets of persons or groups listed. Also, there may be severe penalties for persons and organizations that deal in the property or finances of a listed entity.

Dream destinations for 2014

"Would you be so kind as to pass the marmalade?" Eating breakfast with giraffes at Nairobi's 10-suite Giraffe Manor is a unique thrill.
Giraffe Manor (Kenya)
Giraffe Manor (Kenya)
Having a giraffe -- unscientifically the most beautiful creature on earth -- poke its head through a window to steal your breakfast is a breach of privacy you have to get used to at Kenya's Giraffe Manor.
The 10-suite Nairobi hotel sits amid 140 acres of forest and has a family of endangered Rothschild giraffes as permanent residents.
Built in the 1930s, the hotel became home to a pair of Rothschilds in the 1970s.
Since then, several generations of giraffes have resided in the area and dedicated Giraffe Center was set up at the hotel by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife as a breeding ground.
What makes this vacation even better?
The hotel food those giraffes keep trying to steal is some of the best in the city.

This epic wilderness southwest of Anchorage, is filled with razor-sharp peaks, bear, caribou, salmon, rainbow trout and the most majestic body of water you've probably never heard of.
Alaska's Lake Clark. The most majestic body of water you've probably never heard of.
Lake Clark National Park & Preserve (Alaska)
About 265 kilometers southwest of Anchorage, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is a wilderness filled with razor-sharp peaks, bear, caribou, salmon and the most majestic body of water you've probably never heard of.
Lake Clark itself is the milky-green love child of melting glaciers, the central feature of a landscape where three mountain ranges converge into a place so forbidding that few modern travelers will ever set foot in it, though ancient tribes have been inhabiting the area since the end of the last Ice Age.
From nearly every country in the world, visitors converge on Alaska's touchstone national parks: Denali, Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords.
Together, these parks receive well more than a million visitors each summer.
With no roads leading into the park (visitors arrive by small aircraft), Lake Clark sees about 10,000 people.
"While in the back country it is not unusual to never see another back country party," says the park's website.
To rough it in style you can book a trip with Lake Clark Air & The Farm Lodge, which operates scheduled air service from Anchorage and one of the best places to stay outside of a tent.

The monks that once resided in this ancient monastery would spin in their graves if they saw the lavish hotel and spa it's become.

The monks that once resided in this ancient monastery would spin in their graves if they saw the lavish hotel and spa it's become
Monastero Santa Rosa hotel and spa (Italy)
The monks that once resided in this ancient monastery would spin in their graves if they saw the lavish hotel and spa it's become today.
For the bored-of-everything traveler, the newly opened Monastero Santa Rosa sets a new standard of expectation, from centuries-old history and a clifftop setting to an extensive wine list and sublime infinity pool overlooking the Amalfi coast.
The scene is completed with church bells ringing in the distance.
The 860-square-foot private Spa Suite has its own spa, lounge and dressing rooms.
Though you might never want to leave the room, the hotel has rock saunas, pomegranate-infused foot spas and heated mosaic loungers in a vaulted Roman bath.
When the pampering gets old, you can hit the road for the Amalfi coast, stopping by little towns to shop for silk and leather good

Inspiration for Avatar's 'Tree of Souls'? Eighty kilometers from <a href='http://travel.cnn.com/tokyo'>Tokyo</a>. the Ashikaga Flower Garden features this incredible 143-year-old wisteria tree.
Ashikaga Flower Garden (Japan)

Ashikaga Flower Garden (Japan)
Space travel to James Cameron's Pandora in "Avatar" would be ideal, but until that becomes possible, the Ashikaga Flower Park is a close second on the dream destinations list.
Eighty kilometers from Tokyo, the park offers an otherworldly experience -- its 143-year-old wisteria looks nearly identical to "Avatar's" spiritual Tree of Souls, with purple flowers cascading to the ground.
The fairy tale experience continues with vibrant wisteria trellises extending for a thousand square meters.
Others species, such as the rare Golden Chain, dangle in full bloom along dreamy tunnels.

Two dozen of these surreal trees that can grow 20 meters up and 10 meters wide flank a road on the western side of Madagascar. The avenue has become one of Madagascar's most popular attractions.
Two dozen of these surreal trees that can grow 20 meters up and 10 meters wide flank a road on the western side of Madagascar. The avenue has become one of Madagascar's most popular attractions.

Avenue of the Baobabs (Madagascar)
Big, branchy and slightly bulbous, baobobs are what trees might have looked like had a six-year-old Salvador Dali designed them.
Two dozen of these surreal stems, that can grow 20 meters up and 10 meters wide, flank a road on the western side of Madagascar near the city of Morondava.
They've appeared out of what was lush forest, the smaller shrubs around them cleared by locals for firewood and charcoal production.
Trips to this road are available from local tour groups; the avenue has become one of Madagascar's most popular attractions, protected by the local government.
As well as representing the importance of preserving this wildlife one-off -- Madagascar is the fifth largest island in the world, close to the size of Texas, and contains several thousand species found nowhere else.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Church ‘ll solve world’s problems-Bishop Oyedepo

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The General Overseer of the Living Faith Church Worldwide (aka Winners’ Chapel International), Bishop David Oyedepo, has said the church will soon become the major avenue for solving the world’s socio-economic and spiritual problems. The cleric prophesied that the new function of the church would make people around the world rely on it as the sanctuary for sundry challenges.

          He said all the world’s economic problems could be solved by the church in this era of the latter days. According to him, it is a divine ordination that God has turned the church into a problem-solving arena and God’s agenda for Zion.
Bishop Oyedepo said the annual Shiloh was set up to position believers for greatness.
Such manifestation is what has ushered the church into the golden era, the cleric said.
Bishop Oyedepo addressed a crowd of worshipers at this year’s Shiloh celebration in Canaanland Otta, Ogun State. He spoke on the topic: Unveiling the Exceeding Riches of His Grace.
The theme for this year’s Shiloh is: Exceeding Grace.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie...An Inspiration to Nigerian Youths

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Enugu, she grew up the fifth of six children in an Igbo family in the university town of Nsukka in southeastern Nigeria, where the University of Nigeria is situated. While she was growing up, her father James Nwoye Adichie was a professor of statistics at the university, and her mother Grace Ifeoma was the university's first female registrar. Her family's ancestral village is in Abba in Anambra State.
Born in the city of Adichie studied medicine and pharmacy at the University of Nigeria for a year and a half. During this period, she edited The Compass, a magazine run by the university's Catholic medical students. At the age of 19, Adichie left Nigeria and moved to the United States for college. After studying communications and political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, she transferred to Eastern Connecticut State University to live closer to her sister, who had a medical practice in Coventry. She received a bachelor's degree from Eastern, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2001.
In 2003, she completed a master's degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. In 2008, she received a Master of Arts in African studies from Yale University.
Adichie was a Hodder fellow at Princeton University during the 2005–2006 academic year. In 2008 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. She has also been awarded a 2011–2012 fellowship by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.
Adichie, who is married, divides her time between Nigeria, where she teaches writing workshops, and the United States.

Harare teenage girl robbed of Galaxy cellphone, cash and television on Christmas Day

Harare teenage girl robbed of cellphone, cash and television on Christmas Day A teenage girl from Tafara suburb in Harare lost her valuables after she fell victim to highway robbers on Christmas day.
The girl was robbed of her cellphone, television set and cash. The teenager (name withheld) reportedly boarded an unregistered commuter omnibus (white Toyota Hiace) at the Fourth Street bus terminus (pamushikashika).

The kombi had seven people on board, four males and three females. The vehicle is said to have drove along Robert Mugabe Way supposedly headed for the girl's destination. All hell broke loose when the kombi reached the Eastlea area. One of the passengers allegedly produced a knife and threatened the girl.

Harare provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Tadius Chibanda, confirmed the incident. He said the commuter omnibus was at an undesignated area at the Fourth Street area and it had no number plates.

"The incident occurred around 8pm in the evening. The girl was headed for Tafara when she got into the kombi. It had seven people aboard when it left city centre. In the Eastlea area, one of the accused persons produced a knife and threatened the girl. They robbed her of a Samsung Galaxy cell phone, 32-inch television set and US$70 cash before they dumped her and returned to the city centre," he said.

Insp Chibanda urged members of the public to resort to designated pick up points to avoid falling victim to highway robbers. he further urged the public to desist from travelling at night and avoid boarding unregistered vehicles.

74-year-old Sekuru proposes love to 9-year-old girl, pays her 1 Rand for sex

74-year-old Sekuru proposes love to 9-year-old girl, pays her 1 Rand for sex
An elderly man from Filabusi, aged 74, shocked the court when he claimed that he first paid 1 Rand to propose love to a 9-year-old girl before having sex with her.
Sekuru James Ndlovu who hails from Mathabisa village under Chief Maduna in Avoca, Filabusi, appeared before Filabusi magistrate Mzingaye Moyo facing three counts of rape.

Sekuru Ndlovu however told the magistrate that the two were madly in love because he had proposed love to the Grade 4 girl.

State counsel Smart Tafireyi told the court that on a date unknown to the State but between 15 and 23 December 2013, Sekuru Ndlovu would use very small amounts of money, either 2 Rand or less, to lure the young girl to his home or bush where he would allegedly rape her.

The State alleged that in the first incident, the accused gave the Grade 4 girl 1 Rand and raped her. The 74-year-old man then gave the girl 2 Rand in the second encounter before raping her again. It is alleged that Ndlovu also raped the minor for the third time and bought her silence with 2 Rand.

The matter came to light when the young girl revealed the abuse to her parents who then reported the matter to police leading to Sekuru Ndlovu's arrest.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

When is the Ballon d’Or 2013 announced? Will Ronaldo, Messi or Ribery win?

When is the Ballon d’Or 2013 announced? Will Ronaldo, Messi or Ribery win?
The Bayern Munich star is keen to add some more silverware to his trophy cabinet, while the Portugal captain is desperate to dethrone his Argentine rival

WHEN WILL THE WINNER BE ANNOUNCED?
A 23-man shortlist for the Fifa Ballon d’Or was compiled by the Fifa Football Committee and a group of experts from France Football, which was announced on 29 October.

The organisation then reduced the original list to just three remaining candidates in the second week of December: Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year in Advance

Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most. 
                                                                   - Ruth Carter Stapleton
Therefore from the stables of Keneto Online Magazine we are wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year in advance.