November 2018

Dhabi Test against New Zealand
LONDON: Pakistan’s worst fears have been confirmed ahead of their third and deciding Test match against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
A shoulder injury is almost certain to rule seam-bowler Mohammad Abbas out of the crucial match, but fears that he would be ruled out of Pakistan’s tour of South Africa in December have been allayed.
Abbas suffered the injury while diving to stop a ball in the field during his side’s victory over the Black Caps in Dubai earlier this week.
He was given painkillers to last through that second Test match, but a shoulder scan after the game showed the severity of the injury.
A shoulder specialist saw the scans and early assessments suggested Abbas could be out for a period of three weeks to four months.
But the injury was not as serious as initially thought and while Abu Dhabi would be too quick a return, experts believe he could be fit again in time for the first Test against South Africa, at Centurion on Boxing Day.
“Abbas underwent a scan on Wednesday which confirmed an injury to his shoulder,” the Pakistan Cricket Board said.
“He will undergo further clinical assessment before we make a final decision regarding his availability for the 3rd Test (in Abu Dhabi).”
The injury clearly had an impact on his performance in the second innings of the second Test, which marked the third innings in a row he had failed to take a wicket.
His brief drought is in stark contrast to the riches of his career since making his debut last year, a spell which has seen him become one of Pakistan’s most potent bowling options.
Abbas’ injury is likely to give another chance to Shaheen Afridi, the young left-arm fast bowler whose introduction into the Pakistan side has been a revelation, and whose performances have been of the highest quality results this season.
Pakistan are likely to protest Abbas for the South Africa series, especially as he represents their most lethal weapon in their bowling attack for years.
In South Africa, on surfaces perfectly primed for his talents, his contribution to the Pakistan cause against the Proteas will be crucial to Sarfaz Ahmed and his side’s chances of victory in a country where they have struggled to win Test matches.

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Eight medical device makers, including a startup that uses virtual reality to treat chronic pain, topped an innovation contest aimed at addressing the opioid crisis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday.

Silicon Valley-based startup CognifiSense, which is developing the virtual reality therapy, and iPill Dispenser, which uses a biometrically controlled mobile app that aims to cut overconsumption by dispensing pills based on prescriptions, were among the winners of the FDA's contest.

The health regulator will work directly with the companies to expedite the development and review of their devices in a manner similar to the agency's Breakthrough Devices Program, which fast-tracks the review of certain products.

Over 72,000 Americans died from drug overdose last year, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids, with President Donald Trump declaring the opioid addiction crisis a public health emergency.

The FDA received over 250 applications for the innovation challenge, which seeks to prioritize the approval of novel medical devices including digital health technologies such as mobile medical apps.

Under Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, the FDA has raised the bar for approval of opioid-based painkillers by restricting the distribution and use of these drugs. The agency has also rolled out initiatives to encourage developers of alternative therapies.

"We believe the greatest opportunities for medical devices to help prevent opioid use disorder are devices that could help identify people likely to become addicted, devices that manage pain as an alternative to opioids or reduce the need for opioid medications," the FDA said in a statement

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BUENOS AIRES: The G20 summit of the most powerful countries in the world opened in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires with a call for dialogue and consensus from Mauricio Macri, the president of the country hosting the event.

“The essence of the G20 is to foster dialogue while respecting differences, and we hope to lay the foundations for consensus for the next 10 years,” Macri said.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was among the G20 leaders and was greeted especially warmly by President Vladimir Putin of Russia. Television pictures showed the two statesmen sharing a joke and a warm handshake.But Macri underlined the challenges facing the gathering, which takes place at a time of increasing tension in political and economic relations between the leading powers.

“Many people look at us and have doubts regarding these summits and what they’re good for. It is our duty to show to the world that today global challenges require global responses,” he said.

He outlined the issues facing the assembled leaders as climate change, sustainable development, food security and international trade, which will be the subject of group and bilateral discussions.Saudi Arabia shares many of the priorities of the G20 in terms of youth employment, female empowerment and technological transformation.

The 20 government leaders — as well as representatives of other invited nations and international institutions — were welcomed on stage at the Costa Salguero Center, the venue for the 13th G20 summit, on the shores of the Rio De La Plata.
The leaders — 35 men and two women — posed for the “family photograph” traditionally taken at G20 gatherings, before heading to the plenary chamber room for initial round-table discussions, to be followed by a series of one-to-one conversations between leaders in the center’s maze of meeting rooms.

The crown prince chatted with US President Donald Trump during the formalities, and had meetings with Narendra Modi, prime minister of India, where a number of commercial initiatives between the two countries were discussed. President Emmanuel Macron of France had a conversation with the crown prince, French officials said in media reports.Theresa May, the British prime minister, told journalists that she was planning to meet with the crown prince while in Buenos Aires to discuss the military situation in Yemen as well as other issues.

Saudi Arabia is the only country from the Middle East represented at the G20 gathering, which includes 19 of the largest economies in the world and the EU. The G20 nations account for 85 percent of the world’s economic output and two thirds of its population.

Tough talking is expected at the summit, especially between Trump and Xi Jinping of China, over global trade. There could also be confrontation between the American and Putin over the escalating confrontation in Ukraine, which caused Trump to cancel a planned meeting with Putin.

On climate change, the American president holds different views from many of the other G20 leaders.

The summit was held in tight security conditions, following threats of violent disruption from some groups in Buenos Aires. Armed soldiers in military vehicles manned checkpoints leading to the summit venue and the media center some 5 kilometers away. But there were no serious disturbances reported on the opening day of the summit.

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NEW YORK: CNN on Thursday parted ways with contributor Marc Lamont Hill after a speech the college professor made on Israel and Palestine at the United Nations.
A CNN spokesperson confirmed Hill is no longer under contract. The network did not give a reason, but the move comes amid objections to Hill’s speech by the Anti-Defamation League and other groups.
Hill, a professor of media studies at Temple University who had been a recurring political commentator on CNN, called for countries to boycott and divest from Israel in the Wednesday speech given for the UN’s International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
“We have an opportunity to not just offer solidarity in words but to commit to political action, grass-roots action, local action and international action that will give us what justice requires and that is a free Palestine from the river to the sea,” Hill said in the speech.
The ADL and others said the “river to the sea” phrase is code for the destruction of Israel often used by Hamas and groups bent on its destruction.
“Those calling for ‘from the river to the sea’ are calling for an end to the State of Israel,” the ADL’s Senior Vice President for International Affairs, Sharon Nazarian, said in a statement, adding that the annual event at the UN “promotes divisiveness and hate.”
Hill sent a series of tweets responding to his firing and defending his speech.
“My reference to ‘river to the sea’ was not a call to destroy anything or anyone,” Hill said on Twitter. “It was a call for justice, both in Israel and in the West Bank/Gaza. The speech very clearly and specifically said those things.”
“I support Palestinian freedom. I support Palestinian self-determination,” Hill tweeted, adding, “I do not support anti-Semitism, killing Jewish people, or any of the other things attributed to my speech. I have spent my life fighting these things.”
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YOU'RE THE WHISPER OF A SUMMER BREEZE
YOU'RE THE KISS THAT PUTS MY SOUL AT EASE
WHAT I'M SAYING IS I'M
IN TO YOU
HERE'S MY STORY, AND THE STORY GOES

YOU GIVE LOVE, YOU GET LOVE AND MORE THAN HEAVEN KNOWS
YOU'RE GONNA SEE
I'M GONNA RUN, I'M GONNA TRY
I'M GONNA TAKE THIS LOVE
RIGHT TO YA
ALL MY HEART, ALL THE JOY
OH BABY, BABY PLEASE

[Chorus:]
RUSH, RUSH
HURRY, HURRY LOVER, COME TO ME
RUSH, RUSH
I WANNA SEE, I WANNA SEE YA
GET FREE WITH ME
RUSH, RUSH
I CAN FEEL IT, I CAN FEEL YOU ALL THROUGH ME
RUSH, RUSH
OOH WHAT YOU DO TO ME

AND ALL I WANT FROM YOU IS WHAT YOU ARE
AND EVEN IF YOU'RE RIGHT NEXT TO ME
YOU'RE STILL TOO FAR AWAY IF I'M NOT INSIDE YOUR ARMS
I GET DRAMATIC BABY, YES I KNOW
BUT I NEED YOU, I WANT YOU
OOH MAN, I LOVE YOU SO

OOH, OOH

YOU'RE GONNA SEE
I'M GONNA RUN, I'M GONNA TRY
I'M GONNA TAKE THIS LOVE RIGHT TO YA
ALL MY HEART, ALL THE JOY
OOH BABY, BABY PLEASE

[Chorus x 2]

WHEN YOU KISS ME
UP AND DOWN
TURN MY SENSES ALL AROUND
OH BABY, OH BABY

I DON'T KNOW
JUST HOW OR WHY
BUT NO ONE ELSE
HAS TOUCHED ME
SO DEEP, SO DEEP,
SO DEEP INSIDE

YOU'RE GONNA SEE
I'M GONNA RUN
I'M GONNA TRY
I'M GONNA TAKE THIS LOVE RIGHT TO YA

ALL MY HEART, ALL THE JOY
OH BABY, BABY PLEASE

[Chorus]






Artist: Paula Abdul
Album: Spellbound
Released: 1991
Genre: Pop
Nominations: MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video
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Syrian regime closes accounts with West - and Israel-linked rebels, as Iran builds and expands its presence in the area

Evidence emerging from southwest Syria indicates that the Assad regime has begun to settle accounts with former rebels who worked with Israel and with Western countries during the years that this area was outside of regime control.

A number of prominent former rebel commanders in Deraa a
nd Quneitra provinces have recently disappeared after being apprehended by regime forces. Other former rebels have been prevented from leaving the area for opposition-controlled Idlib province in the country’s northeast.
The regime’s measures against those it deems unfit for “reconciliation” are continuing parallel to the integration of rank-and-file former rebels into the regime’s security structures.

What is returning to Syria’s south, however, is not the status quo antebellum. Iran and its allies have a central role in the emergent power structure. Indeed, the emergent reality is one in which it is difficult to discern where precisely the Syrian state ends and Iran and its allies begin. Syria’s southwest, which was the cradle of the uprising against Assad, is now being transformed into the birthplace of a new Syria, in which Iran and its allies form a vital and inseparable component.


DERAA AND Quneitra provinces were among the first areas of Syria to break free of regime control. The demonstrations that launched the Syrian uprising began in Deraa city in mid-March 2011. By the end of the year, the regime had lost control of the greater part of both provinces.

In the subsequent six years, a flourishing post-regime reality came into being. International NGOs began to operate projects in the areas. A provisional local authority functioned. Unlike in northern Syria, militias aligned with Salafi- or Muslim Brotherhood-style political Islam did not swallow up all other elements. Rather, groups aligned with these streams existed alongside other less ideological formations.

Foreign governments also became involved. Israel, determined to prevent the arrival of Iran and its proxy militias to the border with the Golan Heights, developed relations with a number of non-jihadi local rebel groups and assisted their control of the border area. Organizations such as Fursan al-Joulan and Ahrar Nawa, among others, benefited from the Israeli connection. Further east, Western governments, including the US and the UK, offered assistance to the opposition in Deraa province. Through projects such as the Free Syrian Police force, the West sought to aid the development of rudimentary civil society structures to replace those of the Assad regime.

All this came abruptly to an end in the course of summer 2018. In June, the regime, having finished off the rebellion in eastern Ghouta close to Damascus, turned its attentions to the southwest. A massive aerial and ground assault began. The rebels collapsed with unexpected speed. By July, it was over.

Once the regime had captured key strategic areas, rebel groups were forced to choose between a bloody last stand or a negotiated surrender. They chose the latter. Thousands then opted to board buses for rebel-controlled Idlib in the northwest.

Those who wished to stay were given a six-month period from August to visit a government-controlled center and “normalize their status” with the authorities. The implicit suggestion was that if this was done, they would face no further retribution.

This assumption now appears to have been misplaced. According to residents of the area interviewed by the Syria Direct website, a wave of arrests and disappearances of former rebel commanders and opposition activists is now taking place.On November 7, the body of Ghanim al-Jamous, former head of the Free Syrian Police in the town of Dael, was found by a roadside on the outskirts of the town. Officers belonging to Assad’s feared Air Force Intelligence prevented bystanders from approaching the body.

Jamous is one of 23 former rebel commanders and opposition activists to have been detained or disappeared by the regime organs in recent weeks. Many more young Syrian residents of the area with less clear links to the opposition have also been detained.

Among others affected by the regime crackdown are individuals formerly directly linked to Israel. On September 7, Ayham al-Juhmani, former commander of the Ahrar al-Nawa group in the town of Nawa in Quneitra province was detained by regime forces. He has not been heard of since. Ahrar al-Nawa was among the groups to have cooperated most closely with Israel. Juhmani himself spent some time in a hospital in Israel during the civil war, undergoing treatment for wounds received in combat.

MEANWHILE, AS the regime’s security organs prey on former leaders of the fragile order that emerged in the 2011-18 period, the new dispensation in southwest Syria is emerging. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its proxy militias – including Lebanese Hezbollah and Iraqi groups such as Asaib Ahl al-Haq – are an integral part of it.

A recent report on the Syrian Observer website provided details of a large Iranian base under construction in the Lajat area of Deraa province. According to the Syrian Observer, Asaib Ahl al-Haq and Hezbollah, operating on behalf of the Iranians, “destroyed about 650 houses and cleared out a number of villages in Lajat, leveling them to the ground, to create an area of 30 square kilometers. In these villages, the Iran-backed militias prepared training barracks and warehouses for weapons and ammunition, in order to make this area into a military base for foreign Iran-backed militias to be based. The first batches of weapons and ammunition reached the militias in the area by this route at the beginning of October.”

The report went on to describe the route taken by Iran-associated fighters from the Iraq-Syria border crossing at Abu Kamal to Lajat, under the supervision of IRGC personnel.

Evidence is also emerging of the presence of Hezbollah personnel and other pro-Iranian Shia militiamen in Syrian Arab Army uniforms among the regime forces returning to the border area with the Golan Heights. This is despite the nominal Russian commitment to keep such elements at least 85 kilometers from the body.

This Iranian activity close to the border goes hand in hand with Tehran’s activity further afield, including the transfer of Shias from southern Iraq to deserted Sunni neighborhoods.

All this adds up to an emergent new postwar order in the regime-controlled part of Syria. Those who hoped for one kind of new Syria are being rounded up, detained and disappeared.

Iran, meanwhile, is busy creating a very different kind of new order. In it, an independent Iranian presence is intertwined with, and largely indistinguishable from, the body of the Syrian state itself, in a way not coincidentally analogous to the situation in Lebanon and Iraq (minus the nominal institutions of representative government).
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Zamfara State governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Kabiru Marafa has vowed not to dump the party but support the reelection bid of President Muhammadu Buhari as well as fight alleged injustices by Governor Abdulaziz Yari.
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The Senator made this known on Friday night in a statement issued to journalists in Abuja.

He challenged Gov. Yari to go to another party with all his anointed candidates and contest if he (the governor) believes he is popular.

Marafa’s position is coming few hours to the December 1 deadline for the substitution of governorship candidates set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The statement reads: “I will remain in the APC to support and lead President Buhari’s 2019 re-election campaign in Zamfara State and to ensure that Governor Yari fail woefully in his attempts to perpetrate injustice and impose his moles as candidates of the party in the state.

“The facts are clear that, Gov. Yari has failed woefully and has lost the popular support of the people, he can’t win any election in Zamfara today, he therefore choose to hide under the Federal might to perpetrate criminality using his 8,500 recruited ‘vigilante’ to rig the elections in his favour and his co-travellers.

“We say no to that. I am going to remain in the APC to ensure that he and his cohorts are effectively retired.

“We have come this far together with all the people of Zamfara state, they have expressed there desire for change, they have given us their maximum support, and they have rejected Yari and all his chosen candidates. They have sacrificed their lives and health, some were killed while many others were injured during the botched and make-believe primaries in the state, all courtesy of Gov Yari.

“Having failed in his cruel attempt to impose his candidates through dubious means, he now wants to use the instrumentality of the Courts to legalise his illegalities. We will block him and let him know that Courts aren’t places for dumping of charade.

“Yari organised and conducted illegal, make-believe primaries in absolute violation of a subsisting court order and the directive of our party’s National Working Committee (NWC). He thereafter ran to court to give his illegalities a legal backing, forgetting that our courts are not rubber stamp. Courts are homes of equity and if you are going to the courts, you must go with clean hands,” he said.

While thanking the people of the state for their maximum support and cooperation to him, Marafa said his decision to remain in the APC, despite all pressures, was in appreciation of their tremendous support and in their best interest.

He also commended the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for respecting the court order, supporting the people’s choice of direct primaries and ignoring pressures from all quarters.

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The Nigerian Army has again cautioned against what it called deliberate and concerted efforts to mislead the public through inaccurate and false publication of casualty figures on the unfortunate attacks on some of its locations in the North East.

A statement from Sani Usman, Brigadier General, the Director Army Public Relations on Friday said the latest of this worrisome development was the attack on troops’ location at Metele, Borno State.

He said some persons and media outlets had continued to circulate various wrong accounts and inaccurate casualty figures of troops without efforts to verify from the military.

He said, “This is coming at the heels of our release of 28th November 2018 in which we gave accurate details of the attacks and casualty figures in a bid to set the records straight and inform the public true account of things.

“We also promised to continuously carry the public along through accurate and timely information dissemination on operations and other activities of the Nigerian Army in the release.

“However, it was observed that the trend continued unabated. Most of these inaccurate, false reports and fake news were aimed at denigrating the leadership of the Nigerian Army.

“Regrettably, the rate at which some mischievous persons ignorantly attack the Armed Forces of Nigeria, especially the Nigerian Army is very alarming and unfortunate.

“This is deliberate attempt to demoralise the Nigerian Army which would have devastating consequences on troops’ will to discharge their constitutional duties especially in the fight against terrorism and insurgency, thus affecting national security.

“We would like to warn all those mischief makers to keep the Nigerian Army out of their politics and mischief.

“Journalists and media platforms should be professional and accurate in their reportage.

“The achievements of the Nigerian Army within the last three years are glaringly obvious, therefore, whatever recent temporary setbacks we experienced in the course of the fight against terrorism and insurgency should not be the yardstick for condemning these laudable three and half years’ accomplishments.

“We have however identified the few unpatriotic harbingers of the fake news on the attack at Metele and would take appropriate legal actions against them.

“This is to ensure that the Nigerian Army is insulated from propaganda and ulterior motives of destabilising the country.

“The Nigerian Army is quite aware that the perpetrators through these acts are covertly supporting terrorists and their activities in Nigeria with a long term objective. We are also aware that they want to use insecurity to scuttle and subvert the democratic process in the country.

“Consequently, we would like to state unequivocally that no amount of mischief or pressure would circumvent the journey to a peaceful, free and fair general elections in Nigeria.”

“We, therefore, need the continued support, encouragement and understanding of well meaning Nigerians as we deal decisively with the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists hibernating at the fringes of our borders with contiguous countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic.

“We are committed to the defence of the territorial integrity of Nigeria. We hasten to state that we will continue to be professional in our assigned roles and remain apolitical at all times.

“Once more we warn mischief makers and proponents of misinformation and fake news to desist from the such practice and join other well meaning, law abiding Nigerians to support our Army to countering terrorism and insurgency in the country,” the statement added.
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George H.W. Bush was the definition of establishment success: Yale graduate. Prosperous business career. Forty-first president of the United States.

But to one admittedly biased observer, the elder Bush has always been shortchanged.

"As a result of him being a one-term president, historians hadn't paid much attention to him," George W. Bush told NPR in a 2014 interview. He called his father "one of the greatest one-term presidents in the nation's history."

George Herbert Walker Bush died Friday at the age of 94. He had been hospitalized for low blood pressure and fatigue in May, a week after arriving in Maine to spend the summer.

There were fears that after his wife, Barbara, died in April, Bush might die, too. He was admitted to the hospital with a blood infection on April 23, one day after the funeral for the former first lady, and remained there for 13 days.

He was hospitalized again in May for low blood pressure and fatigue a week after arriving in Maine to spend the summer. He was released a few days later and celebrated his birthday on June 12 — making history by becoming the first former president to reach the age of 94.

Bush was the patriarch of a political dynasty that included one son who served as president, another as a governor and a grandson who currently holds statewide office in Texas

The senior Bush had a lifetime of public service before he became president — as a young Navy pilot in World War II, Texas congressman, CIA director and faithful vice president to Ronald Reagan.

"His loyalty to Ronald Reagan was legendary," said biographer Timothy Naftali. "He did not always agree with Ronald Reagan. And he was so secretive about those moments where he disagreed, we don't even have good documentation — at least not available yet — on when he disagreed."

Bush famously disagreed with Reagan when he ran against him in the Republican primary of 1980. Bush branded Reagan's supply-side faith that government could slash tax rates without losing revenue as "voodoo economic policy."

History would prove that assessment right. Reagan later had to reverse some of his tax cuts in the face of mounting deficits. But by the time Bush ran to succeed Reagan, he knew what it took to win the confidence of conservative Republicans.

"Read my lips," Bush pledged at the 1988 GOP convention. "No new taxes."

Bush trounced Democrat Michael Dukakis that year to win the White House. But he ultimately backtracked on his lip-reading promise. During 1990 budget negotiations with Democratic congressional leaders, Bush, like Reagan before him, agreed to a tax increase.

His press secretary, Marlin Fitzwater, recalled a budget meeting where the deal was presented.

"The minute I saw it, I looked around the table and the Democrats looked like the cat who ate the canary," Fitzwater said. "They knew they had negotiated a winner."

The tax hike cut the deficit, but it cost Bush dearly with conservatives. Years later, he would receive a Profile in Courage award from John F. Kennedy's grandson, who said, "America's gain was President Bush's loss."

Bush's most notable accomplishments in the White House came in the area of foreign policy. While Reagan is often credited with winning the Cold War, it was Bush who successfully navigated the aftermath. His low-key approach avoided inflaming communist hard-liners and allowed for the peaceful breakup of the Soviet Union.

"The soft landing that occurred, which was not inevitable, is in large measure due to George H.W. Bush's diplomacy," said Naftali.

Bush, who served as U.S. envoy to China as well as a globe-trotting vice president, had a thick Rolodex and plenty of experience working the phones. His lifetime of foreign contacts also came in handy when Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait in 1990. Bush methodically assembled an international coalition to push them back.

A five-week bombing campaign was followed by a 100-hour ground assault that routed the Iraqis from Kuwait. Some wanted allied troops to push on to Baghdad and topple Saddam Hussein. But Bush said no.

"The president's decision was we are not going on to Baghdad," the late diplomat Lawrence Eagleburger recalled. "If we do, we will have violated the agreement we have with our allies, which was to bring Saddam out of Kuwait. It was not to bring Saddam down. And in addition, it will tie us into an area where we cannot be sure how soon we can withdraw."

Bush's son George W. would revisit that decision a dozen years later, with costly results.

The first Gulf War was a clear victory for U.S. forces. As commander in chief, George H.W. Bush saw his approval ratings soar to nearly 90 percent. His lock on a second term seemed so solid, many national Democrats opted to sit out the 1992 election, leaving it to the governor of a small Southern state to challenge him.

Bill Clinton had one big advantage, though: the economy, stupid. As the country sank into recession, Bush's popularity sank with it. There was no parachute or soft landing this time. He lost a three-way race in the November election, carrying just 38 percent of the vote.

More than two decades later, George W. Bush, who experienced his own roller coaster ride in the polls, wrote an affectionate portrait of his father, titled 41.

"I want people to better appreciate George Bush, as not only a great person but a very successful president," the younger Bush said.

Bush was also the linchpin of a political dynasty that now spans four generations — including a second son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who ran for the White House and lost in the 2016 Republican primaries as Donald Trump became the dominant force in a GOP that had evolved far from where it was when the 41st president was in office.

Whatever the senior Bush's political shortcomings, hindsight has cast his presidency in a kinder, gentler light.
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The manager of Nigerian music star, Tekno Miles, John, has revealed why other pop stars such as Davido, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage don’t suffer vocal cord damage.

The news broke on social media during the week that Tekno, a.k.a Slim Daddy would be briefly away from the music scene as a result of the temporary damage to his vocal cord.

The damage was said to have come as a result of excessive strain he has put on it overtime.

However, music pundits and critics wondered why Tiwa, Wizkid, Davido, others have never suffered such.

John told Vanguard, “It can happen; Wizkid, Davido and others are always on the move for shows around the world too but they have never recorded such because they don’t do live band like Tekno.

“Tekno performs with a live band in all his international shows and even some in Nigeria.

“Davido doesn’t even have good vocal box and that’s why his voice sounds that way. Wizkid too can’t do high tempo music; it’s always mid tempo songs.

“Tiwa started professionally with good vocal coaches and all that, I’m sure that helps her a lot.

“The same thing that happened to Tekno happens to international musicians too; they just have to treat it and rest the voice for some time to heal up.”
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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has stripped Cameroon of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosting rights, because of concerns about the country’s security and infrastructure.

According to a statement on CAF’s website, the decision was taken at Friday’s Exceptional General Meeting in Accra.

The confederation’s executive committee has now opted to re-open bidding for the tournament, which is due to kick off in June 2019.

While Cameroon bid to host a 16-team tournament, they have been unable to convince CAF that they have the infrastructure to host an expanded event.

CAF President, Ahmed Ahmed, reportedly told journalists that any countries interested in putting themselves forward as potential hosts, have 21 days to present their candidacy.

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Chef Eric Ripert, who was a longtime friend of Anthony Bourdain‘s and was with him during his final days, is speaking out about their friendship and Bourdain’s philosophies.

“Anthony was very curious by nature. Very respectful of cultures and he wanted to share with the public, his discoveries. The idea was do not be scared of traveling and do not be scared going to other countries and do not stay at the resort, do not stay at the hotel and eat the normal menu. Just go out, go in the street and engage with people,” Ripert told “CBS This Morning” on Friday.

“Try the food and learn the culture from that experience, and I think he did really well in breaking walls, right, in between us and other countries that we sometimes are a bit scared or nervous to visit and that was really a great part of his legacy.”

Ripert, who co-owns New York City’s famous Le Bernardin restaurant, appeared on Bourdain’s TV shows numerous times. Though they had a tremendous amount of respect for each other, they had no problems teasing.

“We used to play pranks on each other and we used to have a lot of fun,” Ripert shared, “but he never criticized my food, which was nice.”

CNN confirmed the “Parts Unknown” star had died by suicide at 61 on June 8. The network also announced that it was Ripert who found him in his hotel room.

“Anthony was a dear friend. He was an exceptional human being, so inspiring and generous,” Ripert said in a statement at the time. “One of the great storytellers of our time who connected with so many. I wish him peace. My love and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones.”

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The Oyo State Government on Friday said that it has offered full university education scholarship to Miss Itunuoluwa Joel, a student with the best performance in the 2017/2018 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination in the state.

The state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi made the announcement while speaking at the 2018 Oyo State Officials’ Wives Association’s National Women Summit, in Ibadan, Thursday night.

The event was organized by the Wife of the governor, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, as a platform to galvanize wives of elected and appointed officials of the state into rallying women of the state for political and social prominence.

Ajimobi said that the gesture was an incentive to encourage the girl child that they could outsmart and outperform their male folks with hard work, dedication and determination.

Sixteen-year-old Itunuoluwa, who is currently an A-Level student of the Vale College, Ibadan, was born into the family of Pastor Olukunmi and Mrs Olubusola Joel of Osatan Compound, Ojagbo, Ibadan.

The governor said, “Itunu is an inspiration to other girls, having distinguished herself in academic performance right from her days at Canon Okuseinde Memorial Primary School, Aremo, Ibadan, where she was the best pupil.

“In her secondary education, she sat for the 2017/2018 SSSCE and scored distinction in four out of nine subjects. In fact, it has been a harvest of scholarships for the young girl since 2017 when a philanthropist paid her NECO fee.

“In 2018, she took part in a quiz competition organized by the Vale College and emerged as the overall best. For her feat, she was offered A-level scholarship by the management of the college, where she currently studies.

“Tonight, the state government is adding to these awards by offering her full scholarship for her university education for her exemplary brilliance and dedication to her studies. I hope this will encourage other girls to break the glass ceilings”.

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Hon. Eseme Eyibo, a former member of the National Assembly has claimed that the crisis rocking the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly is as a result of a ‘delinquent legislative display’ on the part of the Speaker, Onofiok Luke.

The former lawmaker in an exclusive interview with DAILY POST in Uyo questioned the rationale behind the Speaker’s declaration of the seats of the five APC lawmakers vacant why the seat of a member representing Uruefong/Oruko constituency, Hon Asuquo Archibong remained intact despite the fact that he defected from the APC to the PDP sometime last year.

According to Eyibo, “What is happening in the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly can be described as poor judgement and legislative delinquency on the part of the Speaker, and the governor iced the cake by his disrespect to the principles of separation of powers.

“The origin of this is very clear, last year, one and only APC legislator defected to PDP when there was no crisis in APC at the national level as stipulated in section 109 of the constitution.

” He was celebrated and his seat was not declared vacant, he is still a member of the House of Assembly. I wonder why what is good for the goose is no longer good for the gander.

“Five members who defected from PDP to APC had their reasons because PDP signed MoU with many political parties today called CUPP. That MoU is a formal kickstarting of merger because it is going to be give and take affair.

“The five lawmakers who defected to APC knowing fully well that PDP definitely would concede some of its ideologies and priorities to accommodate the other political parties decided to leave and they have the constitutional right to defect to any other party of their choice.”

Eyibo, who is also the Spokesperson of the Akwa Ibom state APC governorship campaign council maintained that “The Speaker should have been able to separate activism from lawmaking and by allowing himself to be influenced by Governor Udom Emmanuel in that matter, meant that there is actually no guarantee of the independence of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.”

The APC spokesperson, who said the speaker acted ultra vires queried why the Federal High Court judgement against Idongesit Ituen, member representing Itu state constituency should be implemented against the other four APC lawmakers whose cases were still subsisting in court.

He recalled that gov. Emmanuel and Senator Bassey Albert were sacked by court but they appealed to a higher court and their seats were retained.

His words, “Deacon Udom Emmanuel was sacked by Court of Appeal, was he removed as a governor? He had the opportunity to go to the Supreme Court and his election was affirmed. Senator Bassey Albert was also sacked by Federal High court so why was Bassey Etim not sworn in? It was because he had the opportunity to go to Appeal Court, that is why he is still a senator today. So, why should such injustice be meted on the APC lawmakers whose cases are still in court?”

He said that the only solution to the crisis was for the Speaker to recall the sacked APC lawmakers.
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Rick Ross has made his distaste for Tekashi 6ix9ine known and used a homophobic slur in the process.

The Miami rapper contributed a guest verse to “What’s Free,” a track on Meek Mill’s just-released album “Championships,” in which he taunts the much younger Brooklyn artist.

At the end of his verse, Ross raps, “Screaming ‘gang gang,’ now you wanna rap / Racketeering charges caught him on a tap / Lookin’ for a bond, lawyers wanna tax / Purple hair got them f—-ts on your back.”

The first two lines appear to be a reference to Tekashi, who, along with five others, was arrested on federal racketeering charges on Nov. 18. Four days later it came out the rapper, whose lawyer has claimed he only pretended to be a gang member, had been transferred from Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center after threats on his life.

As for the last line, which features the slur, the rapper is known for his multi-colored locks, including a sizeable purple chunk.

On Friday, less than 12 hours after the album was released, Ross tweaked one of the verse’s lines in a tweet, writing, “‘Screaming gang gang, now you wanna rat’ ?”

But Tekashi might not be the only rapper who gets called out on the track. Jay Z, who is also featured on the song, seemed to take a second to blast Kanye West for his infamous meeting with Donald Trump at the White House. He has since claimed the line that many fans have perceived as a diss of Kanye isn’t, tweeting, “The line clearly meant don’t pit me against my brothers no matter what our differences are (red hat) now go pick up Meek album.”

Reps for neither Ross nor Meek responded to a request for comment.

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Alhaji Buba Galadima, estranged political ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, has said the President would never sign the amended Electoral Act because of the influence some elements bent on rigging the 2019 election have on him.

Galadima stated this on Friday night when he appeared on Politics Today, a flagship programme on Channels TV.

He said the scenario playing out in which the President will fail to assent the amendments to the Electoral Act ahead of the coming general elections was unacceptable to Nigerians.

According to him, signing the amended electoral laws was morally binding on the President since he was a beneficiary of some lacunas in the Act which the amendments sought to address and legalise.

His words: “The Electoral Act is not about Buhari. It is not about Atiku. It is about Nigeria. Why is the President and the APC afraid to sign the amended Electoral Act to law?

“Since 2010 when the Act was signed into law, there are a lot of developments and observations in the political system that needs to be addressed in this election.

“We know for a fact that I have spoken in the last one year that the President will not sign the amended Electoral Act not because he is not ready to do it but because he is forced by those who want to rig the (2019) election not to do it.

“This is not acceptable to the majority of Nigerians. We know that the President benefited from certain elements of the Electoral Act which are not justifiable in law. It is now morally binding on him to sign the Electoral Act.”

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Jesse Williams was none too pleased with an enamored fan who snapped his photo in the airport.

A Twitter user named Meg tweeted a photo of Williams two years ago and wrote, “Thought I was dreaming when I spotted [‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star] Dr.Avery at the airport😻😻😻 @iJesseWilliams.” Williams, however, wasn’t as excited as Meg.

Retweeting the picture just this week, Williams added, “Next time I’m in (ANYWHERE), please no photos [without permission].”

“I don’t know if you’re mad but just know that I love you😫😫😍😍,” Meg responded.

Followers were quick to call out Williams for his less-than-friendly response to a fan who saw him in a public place.

“Honestly his response is rude AF and I would DOUBT he’s never snuck a picture of someone. So you good girl
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Two persons have been confirmed dead from suspected cases of yellow fever in Edo State.

It was gathered that the deaths occurred barely a week of the outbreak of strange ailments in some villages in Uhunmwode local government.

Symptoms displayed by the victims include high fever, stomach pains, vomiting, nose bleeding, amongst others.

Edo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. David Osifo, who confirmed the outbreak debunked rumours about Lassa fever or Ebola outbreak.

He said his team of disease control experts was on ground in the affected area to contain the strange ailment.

“You are correct. We suspect yellow fever, two have been confirmed as yellow fever and negative for lassa.

“My team of experts was right there now to contain it. Nothing to panic the public about please,” Osifo said.

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Popular Nollywood filmmaker and actor, Iyabo Ojo has revealed what goes on in the Nigerian film industry.

The filmmaker took to her Instagram to urge her fans not to be fooled by the make-belief friendship displayed in the industry, saying it is all about gossip, envy, backstabbing and backbiting.

In a post on her Instagram page, she wrote: “We never truly sup

“Can I just hint y’all that we are just colleagues in some competition that no one understands, unfortunately not only two can play the game but hundreds can play the role?

“Oh yes, we get along with some, yet we are mindful of our utterances because all they want to know is you, then we act for the Instagram where we seek validation for our not so real relationships.

“Problems starts when you refuse to let them into your business, you become a rival and a threat, they start rewriting the script and when they’re done destroying you, they move to the next gullible victim.’’

Ojo, who said the post was straight from the heart, said the motivational writers in the industry change the script every second to suit them.

“Don’t be fooled, watch, learn, get entertained and move on.

Ojo also added that she has been in the game of entertainment for the past 20 years with different roles but same game.

“Trust me when I say, the game is not for a learner; you gotta to be rooted. It’s unexplainable,’’ she said
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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arrested one Abbas Lakis, a Lebanese for money laundering offence.

Lakis was picked up at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, following intelligence report that he had on him, undeclared huge sums of monies aboard the Egypt Airline bringing him from the Kano Airport en route Lebanon.

The agency on Friday said at the point of arrest, upon a thorough search on his luggage, $2,104,936 (Two Million, One Hundred and Four Thousand, Nine Hundred and Thirty six Dollars), £163, 740 (One Hundred and Sixty Three Thousand, Seven Hundred and Forty Pounds), €144,680 (One Hundred and Forty Four Thousand, Six Hundred and Eighty Euros) was found.

Other currencies found with Lakis include Riyal 391,838 (Three Hundred and Ninety One Thousand, Eight Hundred and Thirty Eight Riyals), CHF 3,420 (Three Thousand Four Hundred and Twenty Swiss Franc), Lira 435 (Four Hundred and Thirty five Lira), £109,000 (One Hundred and Nine Thousand Lebanese Pounds), Dirhams 10,135 (Ten Thousand One Hundred and Thirty Five UAE Dirhams) ¥10,000 (Ten Thousand Chinese Yuan) and Riyal10 (Ten Qatar riyal), in his possession.

The suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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Super Eagles trio of Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi have been nominated for the 2018 Confederation of African Football (CAF) African Player of the Year Awards.

Wilfred Ndidi has also been nominated in the Youth Player of the Year category.

Super Falcons quartet of Asisat Oshoala, Franscisca Ordega, Desire Oparanozie and Onome Ebi have also been nominated in the women category.

Eagles’ Gernot Rohr and Thomas Dennerby of Super Falcons, have been nominated for the coach of the year category.

Of the thirty-four (34) players and 15 women nominated, Nigerian players dominate the flagship awards.

The winners for the African Player of the Year and Women’s Player of the Year will be decided by the CAF Technical & Development Committee, Media Experts, Legends, Coaches of the quarter-finalists of the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup and Coaches and Captains of the national teams of the 54 Member Associations.

Other categories namely Youth Player of the Year, Men’s Coach of the Year, Women’s Coach of the Year, Men’s National Team of the Year and Women’s National Team of the Year will be elected by CAF Technical & Development Committee, Media Experts, Legends, Coaches of the quarter-finalists of the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup.

The Awards Gala, to honour footballers and officials who distinguished themselves during the year under review, will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 in Dakar, Senegal.

Below is the full list of nominees for each category:

AFRICAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Abdelmoumene Djabou (Algeria & ES Setif)
Ahmed Gomaa (Egypt & El Masry)
Ahmed Musa (Nigeria & Al-Nassr )
Alex Iwobi (Nigeria & Arsenal)
Andre Onana (Cameroon & Ajax)
Anis Badri (Tunisia & Esperance)
Ayoub El Kaabi (Morocco & Hebei China Fortune)
Ben Malango (DR Congo & TP Mazembe)
Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
Fanev Andriatsima (Madagascar & Clermont Foot)
Franck Kom (Cameroon & Esperance)
Jacinto Muondo Dala ‘Gelson’ (Angola & Primeiro de Agosto)
Hakim Ziyech (Morocco & Ajax)
Idrissa Gueye (Senegal & Everton)
Ismail Haddad (Morocco & Wydad Athletic Club)
Jean-Marc Makusu Mundele (DR Congo & AS Vita)
Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli)
Mahmoud Benhalib (Morocco & Raja Club Athletic)
Mehdi Benatia (Morocco & Juventus)
Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)
Moussa Marega (Mali & Porto)
Naby Keita (Guinea & Liverpool)
Odion Ighalo (Nigeria & Changchun Yatai, Nigeria)
Percy Tau (South Africa & Union Saint-Gilloise)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Arsenal)
Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Manchester City)
Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)
Taha Khenissi (Tunisia & Esperance)
Thomas Partey (Ghana & Atletico Madrid)
Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia & Saint-Étienne)
Walid Soliman (Egypt & Ahly)
Wilfried Zaha (Cote d’Ivoire & Crystal Palace)
Yacine Brahimi (Algeria & Porto)
Youcef Belaili (Algeria & Esperance)

WOMEN’S AFRICAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Abdulai Mukarama (Ghana & Northern Ladies)
Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Dilian Quanjian)
Bassira Toure (Mali & AS Mande)
Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Houston Dash)
Desire Oparanozia (Nigeria & Guingamp)
Elizabeth Addo (Ghana & Seattle Reign)
Francisca Ordega (Nigeria & Washington Spirit)
Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene (Cameroon & CSKA Moskow) Gaelle Enganamouit (Cameroon & Avaldenes)
Janine Van Wyk (South Africa & Houston Dash)
Marlyse Ngo Ndoumbouk (Cameroon & Nancy-Lorraine)
Onome Ebi (Nigeria & Hekan Huisanhang)
Portia Boakye (Ghana & Djurgardens)
Raissa Feudjio (Cameroon & Aland United)
Tabitha Chawinga (Malawi & Jiangsu Suning)

YOUTH PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmunmd)

Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria & Leicester City)
Andre Onana (Cameroon & Aax)
Ismaila Sarr (Senegal & Rennes)
Mahmoud Benhalib (Morocco & Raja Club Athletic) Franck Kessie (Cote d’Ivoire & AC Milan)

MEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR
Corentin Martins (Mauritania)
Florent Ibenge (AS Vita & DR Congo)
Juan Carlos Garrido (Raja Club Athletic)

Moine Chaabani (Esperance)
Nicolas Dupuis (Madagascar)
Patrice Carteron (Al Ahly)
Rachid Taoussi (ES Sétif)
Herve Renard (Morocco)
Aliou Cisse (Senegal)

Gernot Rohr (Nigeria)

WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR
Bruce Mwape (Zambia)
Desiree Ellis (South Africa)
Joseph Brian Ndoko (Cameroon)
Saloum Houssein (Mali)
Thomas Dennerby (Nigeria)

MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR
Guinea Bissau
Kenya
Madagascar
Mauritania
Uganda
Zimbabwe

WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR
Cameroon
Ghana
Mali
Nigeria
South Africa

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Tory Burch is getting married this weekend.

The fashion designer will wed Pierre-Yves Roussel, the French-born special adviser to LVMH group, which includes such fashion brands as Celine, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs.

The nuptials are taking place in Antigua, where Burch bought and restored the estate of the late Bunny Mellon.

Dozens of New Yorkers have been gassing up their jets or chartering flights to the Caribbean island.

The guest list is said to have included fellow designers Dennis Basso and Michael Kors, plus socialites Gigi Mortimer, Renee Rockefeller and Jamie Tisch.

Wyclef Jean is rumored to be entertaining.

A spokeswoman for Burch, who has posted photos of herself with her ginormous diamond engagement ring, told me, “Tory’s wedding is a private intimate event with no press coverage.”

Burch, who has three sons with venture capitalist Chris Burch, dated bicycling legend Lance Armstrong and record mogul Lyor Cohen, before hooking up with Roussel in 2014.

Roussel also has three children from his first marriage, which fell apart at about the time he met Burch.

The two announced their engagement in January 2016.

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Hon. Eseme Eyibo, a former member of the National Assembly has claimed that the crisis rocking the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly is as a result of a ‘delinquent legislative display’ on the part of the Speaker, Onofiok Luke.

The former lawmaker in an exclusive interview with DAILY POST in Uyo questioned the rationale behind the Speaker’s declaration of the seats of the five APC lawmakers vacant why the seat of a member representing Uruefong/Oruko constituency, Hon Asuquo Archibong remained intact despite the fact that he defected from the APC to the PDP sometime last year.

According to Eyibo, “What is happening in the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly can be described as poor judgement and legislative delinquency on the part of the Speaker, and the governor iced the cake by his disrespect to the principles of separation of powers.

“The origin of this is very clear, last year, one and only APC legislator defected to PDP when there was no crisis in APC at the national level as stipulated in section 109 of the constitution.

” He was celebrated and his seat was not declared vacant, he is still a member of the House of Assembly. I wonder why what is good for the goose is no longer good for the gander.

“Five members who defected from PDP to APC had their reasons because PDP signed MoU with many political parties today called CUPP. That MoU is a formal kickstarting of merger because it is going to be give and take affair.

“The five lawmakers who defected to APC knowing fully well that PDP definitely would concede some of its ideologies and priorities to accommodate the other political parties decided to leave and they have the constitutional right to defect to any other party of their choice.”

Eyibo, who is also the Spokesperson of the Akwa Ibom state APC governorship campaign council maintained that “The Speaker should have been able to separate activism from lawmaking and by allowing himself to be influenced by Governor Udom Emmanuel in that matter, meant that there is actually no guarantee of the independence of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.”

The APC spokesperson, who said the speaker acted ultra vires queried why the Federal High Court judgement against Idongesit Ituen, member representing Itu state constituency should be implemented against the other four APC lawmakers whose cases were still subsisting in court.

He recalled that gov. Emmanuel and Senator Bassey Albert were sacked by court but they appealed to a higher court and their seats were retained.

His words, “Deacon Udom Emmanuel was sacked by Court of Appeal, was he removed as a governor? He had the opportunity to go to the Supreme Court and his election was affirmed. Senator Bassey Albert was also sacked by Federal High court so why was Bassey Etim not sworn in? It was because he had the opportunity to go to Appeal Court, that is why he is still a senator today. So, why should such injustice be meted on the APC lawmakers whose cases are still in court?”

He said that the only solution to the crisis was for the Speaker to recall the sacked APC lawmakers.
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The manager of Nigerian music star, Tekno Miles, John, has revealed why other pop stars such as Davido, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage don’t suffer vocal cord damage.

The news broke on social media during the week that Tekno, a.k.a Slim Daddy would be briefly away from the music scene as a result of the temporary damage to his vocal cord.

The damage was said to have come as a result of excessive strain he has put on it overtime.

However, music pundits and critics wondered why Tiwa, Wizkid, Davido, others have never suffered such.

John told Vanguard, “It can happen; Wizkid, Davido and others are always on the move for shows around the world too but they have never recorded such because they don’t do live band like Tekno.

“Tekno performs with a live band in all his international shows and even some in Nigeria.

“Davido doesn’t even have good vocal box and that’s why his voice sounds that way. Wizkid too can’t do high tempo music; it’s always mid tempo songs.

“Tiwa started professionally with good vocal coaches and all that, I’m sure that helps her a lot.

“The same thing that happened to Tekno happens to international musicians too; they just have to treat it and rest the voice for some time to heal up.”
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An opportunity to own rare pieces of gaming history

Why it matters: One of Sierra On-Line's earliest employees is selling off his collection of archival source code. While the sales don't include rights to the IP, it's an excellent opportunity to own some rare pieces of gaming history.

Al Lowe, the video game designer and programmer best known for creating the Leisure Suit Larry series, is auctioning off his collection of source code for several of his games.

As of writing, Lowe – who was employee number 20 at Sierra – has only posted a handful of auctions to eBay but already, they’ve attracted some serious attention. Leading the pack is the source code to Leisure Suit Larry 2 with a current high bid of $1,850. The source code for the first Larry game is up to $1,525 as of writing.

Lowe is featured in a video from YouTuber Metal Jesus Rocks in which he details much of his collection. As you’ll see, this stuff is incredibly rare. Some pieces are one-off examples.

Lowe said he backed everything up because he knew Sierra didn’t.

It’s worth noting, however, that even though you have the opportunity to own some incredibly rare stuff, purchasing the source code doesn’t grant you the intellectual property rights to any games, code, art, etc. Lowe points out in the auctions (for the Larry games) that the IP rights have been sold time and again and are currently owned by a German game company. https://www.geezgo.com/sps/48377

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Alhaji Buba Galadima, estranged political ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, has said the President would never sign the amended Electoral Act because of the influence some elements bent on rigging the 2019 election have on him.

Galadima stated this on Friday night when he appeared on Politics Today, a flagship programme on Channels TV.

He said the scenario playing out in which the President will fail to assent the amendments to the Electoral Act ahead of the coming general elections was unacceptable to Nigerians.

According to him, signing the amended electoral laws was morally binding on the President since he was a beneficiary of some lacunas in the Act which the amendments sought to address and legalise.

His words: “The Electoral Act is not about Buhari. It is not about Atiku. It is about Nigeria. Why is the President and the APC afraid to sign the amended Electoral Act to law?

“Since 2010 when the Act was signed into law, there are a lot of developments and observations in the political system that needs to be addressed in this election.

“We know for a fact that I have spoken in the last one year that the President will not sign the amended Electoral Act not because he is not ready to do it but because he is forced by those who want to rig the (2019) election not to do it.

“This is not acceptable to the majority of Nigerians. We know that the President benefited from certain elements of the Electoral Act which are not justifiable in law. It is now morally binding on him to sign the Electoral Act.”

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The Nigerian Army has again cautioned against what it called deliberate and concerted efforts to mislead the public through inaccurate and false publication of casualty figures on the unfortunate attacks on some of its locations in the North East.

A statement from Sani Usman, Brigadier General, the Director Army Public Relations on Friday said the latest of this worrisome development was the attack on troops’ location at Metele, Borno State.

He said some persons and media outlets had continued to circulate various wrong accounts and inaccurate casualty figures of troops without efforts to verify from the military.

He said, “This is coming at the heels of our release of 28th November 2018 in which we gave accurate details of the attacks and casualty figures in a bid to set the records straight and inform the public true account of things.

“We also promised to continuously carry the public along through accurate and timely information dissemination on operations and other activities of the Nigerian Army in the release.

“However, it was observed that the trend continued unabated. Most of these inaccurate, false reports and fake news were aimed at denigrating the leadership of the Nigerian Army.

“Regrettably, the rate at which some mischievous persons ignorantly attack the Armed Forces of Nigeria, especially the Nigerian Army is very alarming and unfortunate.

“This is deliberate attempt to demoralise the Nigerian Army which would have devastating consequences on troops’ will to discharge their constitutional duties especially in the fight against terrorism and insurgency, thus affecting national security.

“We would like to warn all those mischief makers to keep the Nigerian Army out of their politics and mischief.

“Journalists and media platforms should be professional and accurate in their reportage.

“The achievements of the Nigerian Army within the last three years are glaringly obvious, therefore, whatever recent temporary setbacks we experienced in the course of the fight against terrorism and insurgency should not be the yardstick for condemning these laudable three and half years’ accomplishments.

“We have however identified the few unpatriotic harbingers of the fake news on the attack at Metele and would take appropriate legal actions against them.

“This is to ensure that the Nigerian Army is insulated from propaganda and ulterior motives of destabilising the country.

“The Nigerian Army is quite aware that the perpetrators through these acts are covertly supporting terrorists and their activities in Nigeria with a long term objective. We are also aware that they want to use insecurity to scuttle and subvert the democratic process in the country.

“Consequently, we would like to state unequivocally that no amount of mischief or pressure would circumvent the journey to a peaceful, free and fair general elections in Nigeria.”

“We, therefore, need the continued support, encouragement and understanding of well meaning Nigerians as we deal decisively with the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists hibernating at the fringes of our borders with contiguous countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic.

“We are committed to the defence of the territorial integrity of Nigeria. We hasten to state that we will continue to be professional in our assigned roles and remain apolitical at all times.

“Once more we warn mischief makers and proponents of misinformation and fake news to desist from the such practice and join other well meaning, law abiding Nigerians to support our Army to countering terrorism and insurgency in the country,” the statement added.
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The avatar has an operational range of 10km


Toyota’s robotic humanoid avatar designated T-HR3 has just received a significant upgrade. The robot is controlled remotely in virtual reality by a user in a specialized base unit consisting of a VR headset and strap-in arm and leg controllers.

Previously the bot had to be wired to the control unit limiting its range. However, Toyota has partnered with Japanese-based mobile provider NTT DoCoMo to equip the avatar with 5G wireless capability. The T-HR3 can now be controlled from up to 10km away.

Toyota plans to publicly demonstrate the robot on December 6 at a DoCoMo Open House event at the Tokyo International Exposition Center (aka Tokyo Big Sight). Don't worry if you can't make it to the showing. Toyota released a sneak-peek video (above) showing some of the T-HR3’s capabilities. https://www.geezgo.com/sps/48375

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Zamfara State governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Kabiru Marafa has vowed not to dump the party but support the reelection bid of President Muhammadu Buhari as well as fight alleged injustices by Governor Abdulaziz Yari.

The Senator made this known on Friday night in a statement issued to journalists in Abuja.

He challenged Gov. Yari to go to another party with all his anointed candidates and contest if he (the governor) believes he is popular.

Marafa’s position is coming few hours to the December 1 deadline for the substitution of governorship candidates set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The statement reads: “I will remain in the APC to support and lead President Buhari’s 2019 re-election campaign in Zamfara State and to ensure that Governor Yari fail woefully in his attempts to perpetrate injustice and impose his moles as candidates of the party in the state.

“The facts are clear that, Gov. Yari has failed woefully and has lost the popular support of the people, he can’t win any election in Zamfara today, he therefore choose to hide under the Federal might to perpetrate criminality using his 8,500 recruited ‘vigilante’ to rig the elections in his favour and his co-travellers.

“We say no to that. I am going to remain in the APC to ensure that he and his cohorts are effectively retired.

“We have come this far together with all the people of Zamfara state, they have expressed there desire for change, they have given us their maximum support, and they have rejected Yari and all his chosen candidates. They have sacrificed their lives and health, some were killed while many others were injured during the botched and make-believe primaries in the state, all courtesy of Gov Yari.

“Having failed in his cruel attempt to impose his candidates through dubious means, he now wants to use the instrumentality of the Courts to legalise his illegalities. We will block him and let him know that Courts aren’t places for dumping of charade.

“Yari organised and conducted illegal, make-believe primaries in absolute violation of a subsisting court order and the directive of our party’s National Working Committee (NWC). He thereafter ran to court to give his illegalities a legal backing, forgetting that our courts are not rubber stamp. Courts are homes of equity and if you are going to the courts, you must go with clean hands,” he said.

While thanking the people of the state for their maximum support and cooperation to him, Marafa said his decision to remain in the APC, despite all pressures, was in appreciation of their tremendous support and in their best interest.

He also commended the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for respecting the court order, supporting the people’s choice of direct primaries and ignoring pressures from all quarters.
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Focusing less on consumers and more on B2B

The big picture: Dismantling its internal creative team is the latest major change for a company that's had a tumultuous 2018. The decision seemingly goes against the grain as much of the industry has moved to internal agencies as of late. Will the decision pay off?

Agency Inside, Intel’s in-house creative group, is being disbanded. Sources familiar with the matter tell AdAge that Chipzilla has started laying off staffers from the 90-person group. Around a third of them will be retained, the person said, but the tipster said the group is effectively shutting down.

Intel is reportedly looking to dedicate fewer resources to consumer-facing marketing campaigns, instead opting to focus more on B2B.

Intel confirmed the changes, issuing the following statement to AdAge:

As Intel's complex business continues to expand across more products and industries, we're recalibrating our marketing strategy to be more B2B and ecosystem-focused. As part of this shift in strategy, we've decided to reduce the capabilities and evolve the focus of our internal creative agency, Intel Agency Inside.

At a time when much of the industry is adopting the in-house strategy, Intel is moving away from it. That’s a curious decision considering Intel’s internal group was one of the most talked about and praised in the industry. The team was responsible for the drone demo during the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show and helped the company improve its position on Interbrand’s Best Global Brands list. AdAge even awarded it the In-House Agency of the Year in 2017.

Whatever the reason, the move could benefit some of Intel’s external advertising partners including McGarryBowen and TBWA.
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Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West Senatorial district, has been appointed as the director in charge of civil societies and Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) and campaign spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The appointment was made by the National Executive Council of the opposition party on Thursday, November 29.

He was appointed alongside other 154-member campaign councils.

Reacting to the appointment, Melaye, on his official Twitter page expressed gratitude to the party, assuring it of victory in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

He wrote: “Thank you PDP for my appointment as Director incharge of Civil Societies/ NGO’S and Campaign Spokesperson in the PDP Presidential Campaign. We shall usually overcome.

“Light will always rejoice over darkness. Power to the People.”
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If the industry doesn't, world governments will
By Cohen Coberly,
Big quote: "By not taking significant action as an industry and global game developer community to self-regulate how loot boxes are used, we run the very real risk that governments around the world will take that action for us." International Game Developers Association (IGDA).

Loot boxes are arguably one of the most controversial forms of microtransactions in modern AAA games. Some players are fine with them provided they contain only cosmetic rewards -- a la Overwatch -- whilst others despise them in any form.

No matter where you stand on the loot box spectrum, this year's controversy surrounding the launch of EA's Star Wars: Battlefront II proved that gamers at large will not stand for "pay-to-win" microtransactions; especially not when they come in the form of randomized rewards, as the title's loot box-based "Star Cards" system did.

The Battlefront II debacle sparked a much larger global debate about the nature of loot boxes in games.

As a result of this debate, several countries have begun to investigate some of the most popular loot box-ridden titles -- such as NBA 2K, Overwatch, and Heroes of the Storm -- to determine whether or not their microtransaction systems run afoul of existing gambling laws.

Belgium and the Netherlands, for example, have both banned loot boxes in select games, while other countries (including the US) are still investigating, or planning to investigate the matter.

Naturally, government regulation is the last thing the game industry wants. However, its inability or unwillingness to police itself when it comes to loot boxes may force the situation out of their hands.

Indeed, that's precisely what the International Game Developers Association warned the industry about in a blog post published yesterday. The post, dubbed "Call to Action: Loot Boxes," claims that recent investigations into loot boxes in games should be a "clear wake-up call" to publishers and developers everywhere.

"By not taking significant action as an industry and global game developer community to self-regulate how loot boxes are used, we run the very real risk that governments around the world will take that action for us,"

"By not taking significant action as an industry and global game developer community to self-regulate how loot boxes are used, we run the very real risk that governments around the world will take that action for us," writes IGDA Executive Director Jen MacLean.

MacLean adds that such action could lead to the creation of "significantly restrictive laws" that may impact "any random reward elements" in video games.

To remedy the situation, MacLean advises the industry to take the following steps immediately:

Affirm an industry commitment to not market loot boxes to children

Clearly disclose the odds of different rewards when purchasing loot boxes (as many games already do to comply with Chinese law)

Launch a coordinated education campaign that boosts awareness of the parental controls that are available to appropriately limit how players engage with games

Only time will tell whether or not the gaming industry will follow MacLean's advice, but if EA's recent decision to fight Belgium's anti-loot box demands is anything to go by, it's not looking all that likely. If the company wins, other publishers may choose to follow suit.

After all, loot boxes are a major source of cash for AAA game studios. Anything that jeopardizes that income will likely be rejected or heavily scrutinized.
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