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Rwanda sees 10.6% growth in first quarter of 2018 – Report

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Rwanda’s economy expanded by 10.6% in the first quarter of 2018, where GDP at current market prices was estimated at Frw 1,985 billion, up from Frw 1,816 billion in the previous year.

Announcing the growth numbers for the first quarter of 2018, Yussuf Murangwa, the Director General of the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda pointed out that Agriculture grew by 8%, industry by 7% while services registered 12% growth.

He noted that growth in agriculture sector was boosted by a good harvest of food crops in season A of 6%. Export crops grew by 46% mainly due to Tea and Coffee production.

On the industry sector, DG Murangwa attributed growth to an increase of 8% in construction which is recovering following very low growth in 2017. Food processing increased by 9% due to processing of cereals, tea and sugar.

Local made products such as textile, clothes & leather products increased by 24%. Chemicals, rubber & plastics grew by 8% boosted by the production of paints and soaps. However, beverages & tobacco decreased by 2%.

Overall activities in the service sector performed well with an increase of 12%. Within this sector, Wholesale and retail trade increased by 26% due to increase in tradable agricultural and manufactured products.

Transport activities increased by 28% boosted by air transport that increased by 32%. Information and Communication increased by 24%. Financial services increased by 12% while Public administration increased by 15% and Human health & social work activities increased by 7%.

The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana said that government will continue to create a conducive environment that supports the economy to grow. He said, “This is a consecutive quarter our economy has registered double digit growth. Going forward we hope to keep the momentum”.

Rwanda’s economy registered 6.1% growth in 2017 buoyed by 10.5% growth in the fourth quarter. According to IMF and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning projections, the economy is expected to grow by 7.2% in 2018.

www.minecofin.gov.rw

High performing Ghana firms have gender balanced boards – IFC

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IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the State Secretariat of Economic Affairs of Switzerland (SECO), have released a study that demonstrates that better performing companies in Ghana tend to have more gender-balanced boards.

The study reviews gender diversity on Ghanaian boards, across various sectors, to provide empirical evidence that guides the development of organizational and national policies intended to promote sustainable company performance and economic growth.

High-performing firms, based on return on assets (ROA) and sales growth, were associated with higher gender diversity than low-performing firms.

The study also revealed that a high number of organizations surveyed did not have a policy on gender representation to guide selection of top management and board positions. Women were found to be generally under-represented in board positions in most companies in Ghana.

The study titled ‘Gender Diversity in Ghanaian Boardrooms,’ was carried out by the University of Ghana Business School.

The objectives were to examine; the nature of gender diversity in public and private sector boards in Ghana, the factors that determine board diversity in Ghanaian organizations, and the relationship between gender diversity and organizational performance in Ghana.

“As an investor, IFC encourages increasing opportunities for and participation of women on corporate boards and in other decision-making positions. Women in these roles add value socially and economically and have the ability to play a significant role in institutional capacity building and private sector development” said Ronke-Amoni Ogunsulire, IFC Country Manager for Ghana.

The Africa Corporate Governance Program, funded by SECO, is an initiative to promote corporate  Governance best practices and standards in Africa.

Through the program IFC works to improve firm performance and increase the ability of markets and companies in the Sub-Saharan Africa region to attract and retain investment.

www.ifc.org

Angola – greening country’s trade

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UNCTAD is running a workshop in Luanda, Angola with government officials, business managers, industry representatives and university researchers to identify economic sectors that could help soften Angola’s dependence on oil exports and make growth more sustainable.

Angola enjoyed some of the fastest growth on the African continent during the past decades, but its economic success relied almost exclusively on oil, which accounts for 93% of total merchandise exports. So when oil prices crashed in 2014 growth fell below 1%, and government revenue followed in its wake.

As the country looks to diversify its economy the government has set its sights on sectors that could be friendlier to the environment and create more jobs for disadvantaged parts of society, such as the coffee and fisheries industries.

The workshop is the first step in the process of coming up with a national strategy for building competitive “green” economic sectors in Angola, which will be defined in the National Green Export Review.

Opening the workshop, Angola’s trade minister, Joffre Van-Dúnem Júnior said: “The National Green Export Review is a key factor for the transition from an economy focused on extractive industries and on the export of a single product to an economy focused on the export of more environmentally-friendly products.”

“The dynamic sectors of the green economy can make important contributions to the attainment of national development objectives related to economic diversification, poverty reduction, rural development, job creation and an overall improvement of social welfare,” he added.

The Angola National Green Export Review is one of the strategic components of a four-year, €5.5 million project funded by the European Union – the EU-UNCTAD Joint Programme of Support for Angola: Train for Trade II.

The EU’s ambassador to Angola, Tomás Ulicný, echoed the minister’s remarks, recalling that “export growth is a clear priority in the current context of Angola, and green sectors emerge among the most promising and with the greatest potential”.

“The strengthening of national capacity is indispensable in the long process of diversification of the economy. It is therefore essential to acquire solid knowledge on these issues. No doubt, the Train for Trade II programme will provide this opportunity,” Mr. Ulicný said.

Angola’s secretary of state, Amadeu Nunes, and its director of international cooperation, Rui Livramento, also attended the opening of the workshop.

The 30 participants include representatives from the Angolan Coffee Institute, the Angolan Industrial Association (AIA), the Angolan Agency for Private Investment and Export Promotion (AIPEX), the National Bank of Angola and the Angolan Bankers Association (ABAC).

Started in 2014, National Green Export Reviews have become a major part of UNCTAD’s work to help developing countries diversify their economies by building competitive green economic sectors.

So far, reviews have been completed for Ecuador, Ethiopia, Morocco and Vanuatu. In addition to Angola, reviews are currently underway for Lebanon, Madagascar, Moldova, Oman and Senegal.

“UNCTAD doesn’t promote trade for trade’s sake. We promote trade because we know that, when done right, it can improve lives and promote production processes that are better for the environment. That’s what the Green Export Review is all about,” said UNCTAD economist Henrique Pacini, who is part of the team leading the training in Luanda.

www.unctad.org

Report on salt sector’s compliance to human rights released in Kenya

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Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) in partnership with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) have launched the Malindi Public Inquiry Audit Report to establish compliance with the Human Rights Principles and Standards by salt manufacturers.

The audit, that was conducted in February 2017 by KNCHR, was premised upon the 2006 Public Inquiry into allegations of Human Rights violations arising from the activities of salt manufacturing companies in Magarini in Malindi sub- County.

Speaking during the event, KAM CEO Ms Phyllis Wakiaga noted that the single most important function of a well-established manufacturing base for any country is to create social equity, reduce inequality and alleviate poverty.

‘Respect for Human Rights as embedded in international standards and local laws ensures industry contribution to sustainable development is meaningful and lasting. We continue to work with Salt manufacturing companies in our membership through a multi-stakeholder engagement model to ensure industry contribution to human rights and development is both positive and sustainable,’  said Ms Wakiaga.

Also present at the event, KNCHR Vice Chairperson, Commissioner George Morara reiterated the importance of businesses supporting and respecting the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights, adding that it is essential for industry to ensure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

The Report has demonstrated the different levels of compliance as well as best practices adopted by some companies. Development of tools, both qualitative and quantitative data was collected through inspection of individual companies and interviews with the company Directors and Workers.

The report is an opportunity for those companies lagging behind to learn and adopt best practices from fellow salt companies,’said commissioner Morara

The salt industry is a key sector in Kilifi county, and employs over 1,100 workers directly from the community and contributes substantially to the socio-economic development of the county through various social investments.

www.kam.co.ke

South African consumers lift discretionary spending – Mastercard

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Total South African retail sales for April 2018 grew by 3.7 percent year-on-year after removing the effects of inflation, showing the highest growth rate seen in April in the past six years.

This is according to the Mastercard SpendingPulse April 2018 report, which provides a macroeconomic analysis of retail spending trends in South Africa.

The health of retail performance for April 2018 follows a strong first quarter for the South African retail market.

Total retail sales including the impact of inflation climbed 6.4 percent year-on-year. Inflation contributed just 2.7 percentage points to retail sales – the lowest inflation contribution since SpendingPulse measurement began, which demonstrates real economic growth.

The average growth rate in the past three months was 3.7%, which is higher than the 3.3% year-on-year growth from the fourth quarter in 2017.

Sarah Quinlan, Senior Vice President of Market Insights at Mastercard, comments: “While optimism was very high last quarter, the South African consumer is currently in a wait-and-see mode, and has compartmentalised their spending with certain sectors like pharmaceuticals, medical goods, cosmetics and toiletries seeing an uptick in spend, with others like general dealers declining versus a year ago.

Though there has been a moderation of inflationary pressures in many economic sectors, other factors like high unemployment and low wage growth continue to restrain spending.”

Quinlan added: “In the coming days, we will keep an eye on many factors such as the uptick in oil prices, the weakening of private sector credit, impact of the recent VAT hike and the strengthening ZAR. If those start to ease we would expect a rise in retail sales in the future.”

www.mastercard.com

Two COMESA states approve BT cotton for cultivation – Africa Business

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The Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) and Ethiopia have approved the environmental release of insect resistant genetically modified cotton varieties for cultivation.

The Swaziland Environment Authority (SEA) and the Ethiopian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change granted the landmark approvals in May and June respectively.

The Bt-cotton varieties approved, one in Eswatini (JKCH 1050) and two in Ethiopia (JKCH 1050 and JKCH 1047), are hybrid types. Both varieties JKCH 1047 and JKCH 1050 were previously approved for cultivation in Sudan.

Ethiopia has also granted a five-year special permit for confined field trials for drought tolerance and insect resistance maize varieties (Water Efficient Maize for Africa).

The adoption by Ethiopia and Eswatini brings to three the number of COMESA member States including Sudan that have adopted biotech crop varieties out of a total of four in the African continent.

“It is gratifying to see that the demand-driven support from COMESA and its implementing partners finally came to bear fruit in Eswatini and Ethiopia,” said Dr. Getachew Belay, formerly Senior Biotechnology Policy Advisor, and now African Plant Biosecurity Network Coordinator at COMESA Secretariat.

COMESA, through its specialized agency, the Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA) supported both Eswatini and Ethiopia in biotechnology/biosafety policy formulations.

In the past six years, COMESA conducted awareness and capacity building trainings and experience sharing visits (mainly to Sudan, South Africa, Burkina Faso and India) for parliamentarians, regulatory authorities, researchers, farmers, private sector, media and civil society organizations. It also played a leading role in coordinating activities of other biotechnology/biosafety service providers in these two and other member States.

“It was not easy; however, we knew all along that COMESA has been the most trusted partner to the member States and other biotech stakeholders in handling this controversial and emotive issue of introducing GMO-products in the region,” Dr Belay remarked.

Dr Belay observed that the same varieties are being approved in different countries thus creating a good platform for COMESA member States to exchange data and share experiences amongst themselves without looking too far.

Cotton industry has been one of the leading industries driving Eswatini’s economy. However, production has been dwindling because of insect (bollworm) attack. Small-scale farmers, mostly women, are involved in cotton production and this technology is expected to raise their income earnings.

In Ethiopia, the government has identified the textile industry as one of the priority areas for industrial development and job creation where increased supply of cotton raw material with competitive price is needed.

The country expects to gain one billion dollars export earnings from textile and garment industry by the end of the second Growth and Transformation Plan in 2020.

Sudan commercialized Bt-cotton in 2012, and is now reaping the benefits by doubling productivity. More than 95% of the cotton produced in Sudan is insect resistant biotech (Bt) cotton.

Research trials on biotech maize, banana, cassava, cowpea, enset, and potato have also been underway in other COMESA member States including Malawi, Kenya, Egypt and Uganda.

Dr Belay underscored the importance of documenting the socio-economic changes that will take place after the adoption of such “new” technologies to ensure that countries at field-trial stages gain more confidence to make well informed decisions.

www.comesa.int

KIZZ DANIEL NEW NAME ALSO BELONG TO G-WORLDWIDE – Management

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The Management of G-Worldwide Entertainment wishes to inform the general public that the matter of G-Worldwide Entertainment Ltd v Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe before the Federal High Court, Lagos Division, is still ongoing contrary to the fake news being peddled by the artiste and his advisers to mislead the public. Following several requests and enquiries by Nigerian and foreign online media and entertainment outfits about the status of the matter, it has become needful to notify the public of the current state of facts.

The suit at the Federal High Court last came up on 16th May 2018 whereupon our lawyers informed the Judge of a pending application for status quo to further restrain the rebellious acts of the artiste in view of the recent release of previously unreleased songs from the Evolution album, as well as the continued use of the name Kiss Daniel without our approval. The Judge emphatically told the Kiss’ lawyers to explore a settlement of the dispute as he does not believe the matter is one which should go to trial and that the lawyers should report on any settlement at the next adjourned date, 26th June 2018. We are unaware at the time of this release that the lawyers to Kiss have submitted any proposal with terms of settlement to our legal team.

It also interesting to inform the public that the Court was informed about the artiste’s release of the new song titled 4 Dayz, and For you a collaborated with WizKid , which are songs from the Evolution album, the ownership of which forms the subject matter of the suit at Federal High Court. We therefore need to let the public know that these releases demonstrate that the artiste is on a trip to put the credibility of other artistes whom he collaborates with in question.

We are also aware that the artiste has released the video of 4 Days, done a collaboration with Sheyi Shay titled Surrender, and another song Me ke with Omawunmi by changing his name from ‘’Kiss Daniel’’ to ‘‘Kizz Daniel’’. Let the whole world also take note that G-Worldwide is also the owner of the name ‘‘Kizz Daniel’’ (see acceptance and acknowledgement documents from the Ministry of Trade & Investment).

All digital platforms have been put on notice for take down of infringing materials where the name Kizz Daniel is in use, and we have responded to foreign and local media outfits on this issue following calls for clarification. We also wish to formally inform the public that the artiste’s use of the names Kiss Daniel and Kizz Daniel amount to breach of the company’s intellectual property rights. The company further advises the general public and other artistes to desist from engaging the artiste in respect of the names and contact the company’s management to confirm any information or proposal from the artist or his advisers which we believe are calculated to deceive.

We shall also not hesitate to take appropriate legal action to obtain judicial redress where necessary for such infringements.

Exemplar REITail Limited listed on Main Board of JSE

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Exemplar REITail Limited has listed on the Main Board of the Johannesburg Stock Exhange (JSE), joining a diverse group of real estate companies represented on the bourse.

Borne of a company with over 35 years of experience in its field, Exemplar is a focused retail fund specialising in owning, internally managing and growing a portfolio of shopping malls typically in under-serviced, peri-urban townships and rural areas of South Africa.

Exemplar has a portfolio of 20 income-generating properties spanning over 365 000sqm across 6 provinces in South Africa.

The company also boasts a market capitalisation of just over R3 billion and a property portfolio valued at over 5 billion.

Three new shopping centres that are currently under construction, will be added to the Exemplar portfolio during the next two years;  placing the company on an accelerated growth path towards becoming a primary, property and investment destination of choice on the African continent.

Donna Nemer, Director of Capital Markets at the JSE welcomed Exemplar to the exchange and said: “As an exchange, we are committed to the growth and development of our markets and we are working hard to make sure we use every day to improve our products and services, our technology and our pricing, so that we can help our clients bring more investors to the market.  This new listing affirms that we are taking strides in the right direction, as it will broaden the range of prime investments opportunities that investors can explore on the JSE”.

The South African listed property sector has continued to grow in leaps and bounds over the past few years. The listing this morning makes Exemplar the 59th company to list in the Real Estate sector. The sector has a total market capitalisation of R709.16bn which is 5.1% of the overall JSE market capitalisation.

This year a total of R6.5 billion has already been raised in the real estate sector which is 32% of the overall capital raised on the JSE in 2018 thus far.

The steady growth in this sector contributes to making the JSE an attractive listing destination for companies.

“We are ecstatic to bring the Exemplar portfolio into the listed space”, says CEO of Exemplar, Jason McCormick. “This represents over 35 years of timeless dedication towards developing and managing some of the most successful retail real estate in South Africa and the most exciting part, is that this is only the beginning.”

“With first right to McCormick Property’s incredible pipeline of over 50 000sqm GLA and our ability to now make accretive acquisitions, this listing places our historical portfolio on an accelerated growth path – a truly momentous moment in our history.”

The REIT structure, which was introduced on the JSE in 2013, offers investors exposure a wide variety of properties and mortgages that can be managed through a JSE-listed instrument.

REITs allow companies to harness the benefit of enhanced tax efficiency, as tax is payable by the end investor and ultimately, enabling investors to pocket more dividends.  The growth of REITs gives investors the opportunity to get exposure to the property market without the large initial capital cost.

The Exemplar listing brings the total number of companies listed on the JSE to 373.

www.jse.co.za

BBOXX partners DRC govt. on renewable energy

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BBOXX, a next generation utility, has signed a pioneering deal with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which will bring reliable, renewable electricity to 2.5 million citizens in the DRC by 2020.

The DRC Government’s “Energie pour Tous” initiative, which puts off-grid solar at the heart of solving the significant energy access issue in the DRC, has made a significant stride forward with this collaboration.

The Government programme aims to support national rural electrification through off-grid solar kits and mini-grids, recognising that traditional grid infrastructure is not a viable solution in rural DRC.

BBOXX is the first company to sign a contract with the Government to put this vision into action. Importantly, the Government is providing an import tax exemption on the solar equipment. This will reduce the overall price of installing solar energy systems in the DRC, making it easier to reach the end customer.

As a result of this deal, millions of customers in the DRC will benefit from clean, reliable and affordable solar energy, as well as BBOXX’s innovative technology. Customers will be able to pay through mobile money as little as $15 per month for a light, radio and phone system.

BBOXX’s smart solar home systems are remotely monitored using cloud-based technology, so that any issues such as battery depletion can be resolved before becoming a problem for the customer.

This data-driven proactive customer service is ideally suited to the DRC where remote communities are spread across vast locations.

This off-grid solution will be applied at scale across the country. The roll-out of BBOXX systems will create 10,000 jobs in the DRC as part of this partnership.

The solar systems will be distributed through BBOXX’s network as well as with BBOXX’s distribution partner in Kinshasa, Orange Energie.

BBOXX has already been operating in the DRC through its partnership with Victron Energy to provide large pay-as-you-go solar to the urban region Goma in Eastern DRC.

With 62 million people in the DRC living off-grid – amounting to 10 per cent of Africa’s un-electrified population – this deal will therefore expand BBOXX’s operations across the country to also serve its vast off-grid communities.

This is the latest in a string of deals BBOXX has made across Africa and Asia, which has seen the company partner with governments, investors, technology firms, telecommunications companies and local Distributed Energy Service Companies (DESCOs) to bring clean and affordable energy to previously overlooked communities.

BBOXX announced a similarly innovative deal with the Government of Togo in December 2017, where the firm won a contract to roll out 300,000 solar home systems to off-grid communities in Togo by 2022.

Laurent Van Houcke, Chief Operations Officer and co-founder of BBOXX, said, “It is really encouraging to see the government in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) recognize off-grid energy solutions as instrumental to providing electricity to its citizens.

“The government has provided the right regulatory framework and tariff policies that has allowed private companies like BBOXX to work effectively in the country’s energy industry for the benefit of its citizens. We are also looking forward to working with the Government to support their campaign to raise awareness of the country’s energy access deficit – and playing a significant role in solving this pressing issue.

“There are currently over 1 billion people in the world without access to electricity – we are committed to dramatically reducing this number. Our vision is to harness the power of pioneering data and technology to leapfrog traditional grid infrastructures and generate sustainable economic development by providing an on-grid experience in an off-grid setting.”

The Minister of Rural Development in DRC, Bitakwira Bihona-Hayi Justin said: “The private sector has a key role to play in the off-grid electrification of the DRC. The DRC has passed a law in 2014 to completely privatise the energy sector to attract private investors. This partnership with BBOXX will bring basic energy services through a unique technology to the large off-grid population base in DRC”

www.bboxx.co.uk

Music: Faithee out with Komoshun

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Faithee, Dakar Senegal based Nigerian Artiste  is  back with a mind blowing Track Komoshun which is a song Dedicated to all Hustlers home and abroad.
The Anythingnaija.com Boss  (@Faithee_sly )   dropped this  Afro beat Banger after  keeping fans waiting for almost a year when he dropped OCHUEGO,BLESSINGS and KOBA featuring Deyungster.
Komoshun is produced by Dino. Download, Listen, share & comment who should be on the Remix lets work.

https://itunes.apple.com/album/id/1396751789

Download Link: http://anythingnaija.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Faithee-Komoshun-_-vond-mix.mp3

Music video: Fanzy Papaya – Janet

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The music blazing right now June 6th 2018: Fanzy Papaya

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Best way to eat fruits for health

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But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink fruit juice throughout
the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look! *

KIWI: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

APPLE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals. *

ORANGE : Sweetest medicine. Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer. *

WATERMELON: Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene � the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium. *

GUAVA & PAPAYA: Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content.. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes. *

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Drinking Cold water after a meal = Cancer!* Can you believe this?? For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. The cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion.

Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

A serious note about heart attacks…..

HEART ATTACK PROCEDURE’: (THIS IS NOT A JOKE!)

Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense in the jaw line. You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. Sixty percent of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from
sound sleep.

Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive.

A cardiologist says: �if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we’ll save at least one life.
lets all do atleast 1 good work today. 

ICCA/Umunna slams Buhari’s remarks on Ndigbo during the war

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-Your comments insensitive and callous

 Toronto June 5, 2018

The Igbo Canadian Community Association (ICCA/Umunna) have described as insensitive and callous the insinuations made by President Muhammadu Buhari that the Nigeria Army showed a lot of restraints on Biafrans during the civil war.

In a statement issued from Toronto, Canada, the President of ICCA/Umunna, Chief Ugochukwu Okoro, said Buhari making such comments at a time when Igbos all over the world were observing a remembrance of their loved ones who died during the war is unfortunate and does not reflect the qualities of a democratic leader that should be liberal and inclusive.

President Buhari had during his investiture as Grand Patron of the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) at the presidential villa in Abuja, said that  the Nigeria Army were issued strict instructions by the then head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, that Biafrans were not enemies, but “brothers and sisters of the rest of Nigerians.”

Okoro said “It is appalling that President Buhari, being the Commander-in-Chief and an active participant during the civil war meant to exterminate people of Igbo origin across the country could make such statements credited to him. We find his remarks misguided and calculated to assault the emotions of Ndigbo in a manner designed to re-open the wounds of pogrom, holocaust and attempted annihilation meted against the Igbo people in the 30 months civil war waged on the people of the South East region leading to the deaths of over three million Igbo sons, daughters and children.”

“Choosing to use such tragic event such as the civil war, which left three million innocent and defenseless men, women and children dead, to commend the activities of the Red Cross leave more to be desired from the leader of a country. One would have thought that President Buhari ought to have made reference to recent incidents that occurred under his watch to encourage the Red Cross.   In March this year, 11 people including three aid workers were killed when suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a barracks in Rann, Borno State leading the United Nations (UN) to evacuate aid workers in the region. It would have been honourable and compassionate if President Buhari showed some humanity by using the event of his investiture as a patron of the Red Cross to reach out to the families of the aid workers hundreds of Nigerians that have lost their lives to attacks under his leadership,” Okoro said.

The ICCA/ Umunna demanded to know from the President Buhari what manner of restraint would leave three million persons dead.

“When President Buhari said the Nigeria Army troops showed a lot of restraints we beg to ask in what ways were these shown; was restraint used in the pogrom carried out in the Northern region during the months of February- July 1967 in which over 500,000 Igbos were continuously being killed in the Araba riots? Was the indiscriminate bombing of hospitals, schools and marketplaces with innocent men, women and children targeted and killed part of the restraint? Was the massacre that occurred in Asaba which left every living male shot to death also a form of restraint by the Federal troops? Was the blockage of food and relief materials from entering Biafra also regarded as the orders of restraint Federal commanders were given? Even with the No Victor No Vanquished Declaration by the Gowon government, was the Abandoned Property Decree and Twenty pounds payment policies of the Federal Government among the restraints President Buhari was referring to?”

The ICCA/Umunna urged President Buhari to, rather than open fresh wounds of what Ndigbo went through the war, restrain himself and his loathing for Ndigbo by telling the world where the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his aged father are being kept; Buhari should show some restraints towards Ndigbo by stopping the deployment of soldiers to South East region in whatever disguise to kill young Igbo youths indiscriminately.

“This is a President that will blame the late Libyan leader, Col. Muammar Gaddafi, for his inability to check the incessant killing of Nigerians by the Fulani herdsmen of which he is a patron with no arrests made but will order the Nigeria Army to kill Ndigbo and citizens of Nigeria as witnessed in the so-called the Operation Python Dance in September last year.”

Okoro went on to say that in the spirit of unity among Ndigbo, ICCA/Umunna will host a special event in remembrance of Igbo sons and daughters who lost their lives during the war.

“On June 16, the ICCA will host the 2018 Biafra Memorial Event where we will be showing what Ndigbo went through and have been able to achieve despite the setback of the war. This will also afford us an opportunity to remember our loved and lost ones. And we will use the event to educate President Buhari if that the ingenuity and brilliance of Ndigbo were what sustained the civil was to last the length it did and that same ingenuity will drive Ndigbo towards emancipation from the marginalization and cruelty they Buhari administration has shown to the people of the South-East.”

What are the benefits of having a fast-loading WordPress site?

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You may be wondering what the benefits of having your website or blog load fast are. They my not be many but they definitely are very important.

One, it affects your traffic. Two, it affects sales. Three, it affects rank. I mean Google ranks.

If you sell on your site, no doubt you don’t want people looking in and then going away to somewhere else because they can’t enter the site. So you have to find ways of making your site load fast.

You can check how fast your website loads here: https://www.webpagetest.org/

The same story goes for your site page load on mobile devices. Check to see that your site loads properly on your phone and your friend’s phone. It’s a good way to give optimal experience to your visitors.

So you may be trying many ways to make sure your page runs faster. Don’t worry, there is a tool to help you with that. Click here to see and start making your WordPress site working optimally in no time!

How so-called Nigerian Scam (419) works

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  • Avoid any arrangement with a stranger that asks for up-front payment via money order, wire transfer, international funds transfer, pre-loaded card or electronic currency, like Bitcoin. It is rare to recover money sent this way.
  • Do not agree to transfer money for someone else. Money laundering is a criminal offence.
  • Seek independent advice from someone you know and trust if in doubt.
  • If someone is claiming to be from a particular organisation verify the identity of the contact by calling the relevant organisation directly – find them through an independent source such as a phone book or online search. Do not use the contact details provided in the message sent to you.

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NIGERIA’S TOP 100 SMES SET TO EMERGE

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The Connect Nigeria Top 100 Emerging SMEs has reached its final stages as voting by members of the public commences today the 25th of May. The exercise, the first-ever of its kind, was flagged off on February 12th 2018 with the opening of thewww.connectnigeria.com/top100 for nominations of deserving businesses by members of the public.

Nominations were sent in on the basis of set out criteria on the website. This qualifying stage saw the emergence of 250 businesses as finalists after rigorous screening and verification in line with the objectives of the exercise.

In order for the finalist to cross the final hurdle, members of the public now have the opportunity to cast their votes for deserving SMEs at: www.connectnigeria.com/vote

The Connect Nigeria Top 100 Emerging SMEs is powered by Connect Nigeria; Nigeria’s information portal, sponsored by Union Bank. Other partners are LCCI (The Lagos state Chamber of Commerce), Sawubona consulting and advisory, British Council.

Voting ends on Friday the 22nd of June2018 and the Top 100 Emerging SMEs will be presented to the world on the 25th of June 2018.

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The Self acclaimed Blogger #ThaCrazyBlogger “Osisanwo Azeez Adebowale” popularly known as “Yung Zeelee” seems not to be resting anylonger in anticipation of his coming Mixtape Album Project which he titled “ZeeBox” here he dropped another amazing jam off it titled “EveryDay”. Production Credits Goes to SkySound Productions.

Follow Him On Social Media:

IG/Twitter: @iamyungzeelee.

Quotable Lyrics:

Grindin Grindin Erryday

Put In Work Nigga Tryna Get Paid

R.I.P To The Niggas That Are Late

Till The Judgement Day We Meet Again

Niggas On Phone Talkin’ Shit

Nigga Steady Grindin Erryday

Nigga Steady Grindin Erryday

Listen & Download “EveryDay” by Yung Zeelee Below:-

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Sample Western Union Money Transfer scam you shouldn’t fall for

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If you got here by searching online, please know that this kind of lame post is being sent to hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

The International Monetary Fund(IMF) is compensating all the scam victims with sum of ($4.8MUSD) and your email address was found in the list. This office has been mandated by the IMF to transfer your compensation to you via WESTERN UNION  Money Transfer.

However, we have concluded to affect your own payment through WESTERN UNION Money Transfer, $5000usd per daily until the total sum of $4.8million,USD is completely transferred to you.

We can not be able to send the payment with your email address alone,so we want you to contact Mr.Thomas White with your full information where he will be sending the funds to you,
contact person

Director Mr.Thomas White
Email (westernuniontransf30@yahoo.com)
Telephone No +229 6570 8658
Head Office address: 455 Akpakpa Road Opposite Tunde Motors,Benin.

He will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily. Remember to send him your  Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as,

Receiver’s Name_______
Address: _____________
Country: _____________
City============
Phone Number: ______
Age    ============
male/female========
Occupation=========

Though, Mr.Thomas White will send $5000 in your name today so contact Him or you call him as soon as you receive this email and tell him to give you the MTCN, sender name and question/answer to pick the $5000. Please let us know as soon as you received all your fund.
Note,that your payment files will be returned to the IMF within 72 hours if we did not hear from you, this was the instruction given to us by the IMF.
he will start the transfer as soon as we received your information:Thanks

Best Regards.
WESTERN UNION AGENT.
westernuniontransf30@yahoo.com
Mr.Frank J
West African Economic and Monetary Union

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Osinbajo is ready to quit – Video

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The vice president of Nigeria says he is ready to stand for his faith and quit politics at any time. Why did he talk like that?

Click vidoe to know more.

How to share your data on MTN network 2018

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Just discovered this method no longer works

 

It is simple to share data and make your friends and family use your data from any of their locations. Follow the steps outlined below to share your data:

How To Share Data On MTN Network

To share data on MTN network, take the following steps

  • Dial *131*2*1# or text REG to 131; to register for MTN Data Share, you will receive a unique security PIN
  • You are required to change the system generated PIN to a new PIN they can easily remember by dialling*131*2*5# or by texting Change OLD_PIN NEW_PIN NEW_PIN to 131. E.g Change 0000 1234 1234 to 131. Where 0000 is old PIN and 1234 is your new PIN.
  • After changing the PIN, you are required to add beneficiaries to your MTN shared Data Bundle account via USSD menu *131*2*2#or by texting Add <MSISDN> <PIN> to 131. You can add up to 5 beneficiaries.
  • Once you have added beneficiaries, you (the sponsor) will be able to share your available data bundle among the added beneficiaries by sending the keyword Share <PIN> to 131 or simply dial USSD code *131*2*3#.

Good fortune

Nigerians think their presidency had a presence at Jerusalem opening

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But the presidency has come out to say no, Nigeria had no presence at the Jerusalem Embassy opening…

 

Webmasters: Avoid this kind of emails sent into your inbox

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Here’s the sample email. It is designed to hack your site so don’t pay attention to them. Don’t even answer the email at all.

Hello,

My name is Olivia Jones and I’m an accounts manager at go-promotions.com. 
I found your site http://medianet.info recently on the web and was 
impressed by its layout and content and I feel that it could be suitable for my 
client. 
We are interested in publishing an article (which I can supply) on 
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The article will have a link to my client’s site in it. The link must 
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Thanks, 
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Enchanted: G-Worldwide Entertainment proud to release debut single of Ajura

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G-Worldwide Entertainment is proud to release the debut single of their newly-signed talented singer, Ajura.

The new song titled “Enchanted” is super smash fusion record designed for lovers and all celebrations of love.
Ajura showcases his pop sensibilities as he worships his love interest. “Cos I’m enchanted, enchanted by your love,” he sings.
This is definitely the right introduction for the singer who was born Daniel Alaba Ojamomi, in Ondo State, Nigeria.
“Enchanted” is produced by the renowned Dj Coublon, and mixed by Swaps.

Chadwick Bosema: 4 Outstanding fashoin designs worn at once

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Chadwick Boseman, photographed in Studio City, California. Boseman wears clothing by Gucci; shoes by Bally; socks by Pantherella; ring from Beladora.

Photo: Photograph by Art Streiber.

Investment Income: Leadway Assurance profits rise

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Leadway Assurance Limited, the largest insurer by premium income and asset has recorded a surge in full year profit, thanks to contributions from investment income and gains in fair value asset.

For the year ended December 2017, Leadway Assurance’s net income surged by 82.45 percent to N13.83 billion from N7.58 billion the previous year.

The growth in profit was largely driven by 61.05 percent year on year increase in investment income and net fair value gain on assets of N7.47 billion that help  make up for the underwriting loss in the period under review.

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Leadway Assurance has yielded returns higher than the risk free rate of return, the market rate of return and the inflation rate respectively as return on equity (ROE) increased to 25.0 percent in December 2017 from 19.52 percent the previous year.

However, the Underwriting firm recorded an underwriting loss of N10.41 billion in the period under review despite a double digit growth in premium income.

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