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27.6.17

Dele Giwa, Gani Fawehinmi, others, honoured at TELL Awards for Excellence

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Dele Giwa, Gani Fawehinmi, others, honoured at TELL Awards for Excellence
The late Gani Fawehinmi Organisation
It was pomp and pageantry recently at Civic Centre, Lagos, when the late celebrated journalist, Dele Giwa, late legal icon, Gani Fawehinmi, and other distinguished Nigerians were honoured at the maiden edition of Tell Awards of Excellence.
In his opening remark, President, Tell Communications Limited, Mr. Nosa Igiebor, stated, “the betrayal of late MKO Abiola, especially by those who profited most from his sacrifice, is one of the reasons that TELL’s editorial board decided to create the magazine’s awards for excellence. Yes, there is widespread cynicism among the public. We all know why it is so. Everywhere you look, there is chaos. Nigeria can, arguably, be described as a failing state, if not yet a failed one. However, in her vast ocean of despair and desolation, there are small but significant islands of progress, of excellence and hope, represented by people and institutions in both the public and private sectors.
“We thought there was a need, an urgent one, to shine a bright light on such islands; to recognise and honour these men, women and institutions that are doing things differently from the narrative of a country where nothing works and nobody cares. In doing so, they will inspire others to begin to do things differently, too, and increase the number of those who are doing everything to lift Nigeria from her present morass of overwhelming, self-inflicted failure.”
He spoke on some of the falling heroes of Nigeria’s struggle for nationhood, especially Fawehinmi, a true senior advocate of the masses (SAM) and Dele Giwa.
According to him, “Gani was a colossus of the legal profession and a warrior for noble causes. But he was a non-violent warrior. He had no guns. What he possessed in abundance was courage, amazing intellect, sheer doggedness, un-wavering dedication to the good fight he fought, and the granite strength of his moral convictions. He was a great philanthropist and a great patriot, for he loved this country.
“TELL had the privilege of conducting the last interview he granted before he passed away. Onome Osifo-Whiskey and Demola Oyinlola went to London to talk to him in April 2008. They were with him and his devoted wife, Ganiat Ibukun Fawehinmi, for three days. Despite his condition, he was determined to do the interview.
“Giwa, also, was a warrior and a true and proud professional. He was close to power and deliberately cultivated who wielded it. But it was only for the sole purpose of having access to credible sources of information that enabled the kind of robust, questioning, investigative journalism he craved for and practised. And for which he was assassinated.
Other awardees were Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II (Man of the Year), Muhammad Sanusi II, Sarkin Kano (Man of the Year), Mrs. Aisha Buhari (Woman of the Year), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, (National Icon of Democracy) Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, (Governor of the Year) Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima (Governor of the Year) Prof Umar Garba Danbatta (CEO of the Year), CGI Muhammad Babandede (Outstanding Public Servant of the Year), Chief Leo Stan Ekeh (Life Time Pioneering Entrepreneur of the Year), Dangote Cement (Private Sector Organisation of the Year), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (Public Organisation of the Year), Bank of Industry (Banker of the Year), Air Peace (Domestic Airline of the Year).

South Africa bans sale of live hens in the country

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South Africa bans sale of live hens in the country
South Africa has banned the sale of live hens countrywide in a bid to control an outbreak of highly contagious H5N8 bird flu which was confirmed at a farm in Mpumalanga, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced Sunday.
‘’We have placed a general ban on the sale of live hens across the country until further notice,’’ department spokesperson Bomikazi Molapo said.
This was after a highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 was confirmed in a broiler breeder site in Mpumalanga on Thursday, June 22.
HPAI is a rapidly spreading viral disease that can infect many types of birds and it is highly contagious.
“It exists naturally in many birds and can be transmitted by coming into contact with infected animals or through ingestion of infected food or water,’’ the department explained.
The farm, which has not been named yet, has been quarantined and the affected animals have been already been culled there.
Hens are female chickens and those in broiler breeder sites are usually spent after a year, and are sold to small businesses who then sell them on at markets in towns and villages.
The department is tracing the movement of all poultry in and out of the farm in order to establish the source of the Influenza.

Adesina named 2017 World Food Prize Laureate

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Akinwunmi Adesina, AFDB President and former minister of agriculture 
Akinwunmi Adesina, AFDB President and former minister of agriculture

The President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has been named the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate.
Adesina, whose name was selected on Monday at Washington, D.C, becomes the 46th recipient and the sixth African to be so honoured.
The award ceremony would take place Oct. 19.
Adesina was the Nigeria Minister of Agriculture under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Announcing the new Laureate, Amb. Kenneth Quinn, the President, The World Food Prize, The Hall of Laureates, described Adesina as “someone who grew out of poverty, but whose life mission is to lift up millions of people out of poverty’’.
The prestigious 250,000 dollars prize is given annually to a person who has worked to advance human development by “improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world”.
Over a 31-year existence, the award has become known as the “Nobel Prize’’ for Food and Agriculture.
The announcement by Quinn, was made at a ceremony held at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which was attended by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.
Quinn said, “These individuals have been at the fore-front of every major breakthrough in agriculture and food production in the last 30 years.
He said that the laureates had led the “single greatest period of food production and hunger reduction in all human history.
According to him, nominations for the prize were submitted by organisations and prestigious individuals.
He said that a Selection Committee, made of individuals from around the world, makes the final decision.
Also, Perdue, attesting to the good works of Adesina, said the new Food Prize Laureate, could fit in as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
In attendance were some past awardees, Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Nigeria’s Acting Ambassador to the U.S. and Chargé d ‘ Affaires, Amb. Hakeem Balogun.
Others include officials of the World Food Programme, members of the Diplomatic Corps and other U.S. officials.
Since its founding in 1986, the Prize has honoured 45 individuals for their outstanding contributions to food security around the world.

Open Heavens 27 June 2017: Tuesday daily devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye- Under authority?

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Open Heavens 27 June 2017: Tuesday daily devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye- Under authority?  
UNDER AUTHORITY? – Tuesday June 27th 2017
Memorise: Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Romans 13:1
Read: Acts 8:12-17 (KJV)

26.6.17

We rode an electric motorcycle that could change the way you think about sport bikes

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The 2017 SR from Zero Motorcycles.
The 2017 SR from Zero Motorcycles.
There's a variety of reasons why someone would prefer to ride a motorcycle — even with its inherent risks and inconveniences — over a traditional car.
However, much like the transportation industry, the term "traditional" has been redefined to include modes of transportation that don't completely rely on an internal combustion engine — you don't need to look long to spot a hybrid or electric car on the road today.
Now Zero Motorcycles, an American manufacturer that produces electric motorcycles, is putting a new battery powered ride on the road with its 2017 Zero SR.
Nestled in the mountaintops of Scotts Valley, California, is a company that's trying to revolutionize the motorcycling industry by building sport bikes that run on lithium-ion batteries. The company says the Zero SR can deliver 161 miles of range, while producing 70 horsepower and 116 foot-pounds of torque at the drop of a hat.
No, that's not an exaggeration or a ringing endorsement of the SR. It's a fact. Unlike traditional motorcycle engines that require time and a suitable transmission to ride the revs in order to achieve peak torque, there's no powerband on an electric motor, so you'll have access to 100% of its power with a simple twist of the throttle.
Now, I wouldn't blame purists who stopped reading after seeing "battery-powered" and "motorcycle" in the same sentence — I had my doubts, too. Taking the SR out for a spin myself helped answer some of my questions, while also raising some new ones.
Here's our impression of the 2017 Zero SR:

At first glance, there doesn't seem to be anything special about the SR — it more or less looks like your standard bike ...

At first glance, there doesn't seem to be anything special about the SR — it more or less looks like your standard bike ... At first glance, there doesn't seem to be anything special about the SR — it more or less looks like your standard bike ...


... That is until you realize the clutch lever is missing. With no clutch and no gearbox, there's no shifting involved.

... That is until you realize the clutch lever is missing. With no clutch and no gearbox, there's no shifting involved. ... That is until you realize the clutch lever is missing. With no clutch and no gearbox, there's no shifting involved. 
Hazard lights for safety and etched logos on the grips are also a nice touch.

Here's the belt drive system. Relatively quiet compared to its metallic predecessor, Zero claims that the SR has 116 foot-pounds of torque, more than any 1,000cc sport bike on the market.

Here's the belt drive system. Relatively quiet compared to its metallic predecessor, Zero claims that the SR has 116 foot-pounds of torque, more than any 1,000cc sport bike on the market. Here's the belt drive system. Relatively quiet compared to its metallic predecessor, Zero claims that the SR has 116 foot-pounds of torque, more than any 1,000cc sport bike on the market.

You’ll be plugging your charging cable — which fits inside a standard household outlet — right above the left footrest.

You’ll be plugging your charging cable — which fits inside a standard household outlet — right above the left footrest. You’ll be plugging your charging cable — which fits inside a standard household outlet — right above the left footrest. 
Zero Motorcycles claims it'll take a little over 8 hours for the battery to reach 95% charge, which would give you about 161 miles of range in the city and 81 miles on the highway — about 53 miles for each hour spent on charging.

The battery is covered by a five-year, unlimited-mile warranty.

The battery is covered by a five-year, unlimited-mile warranty. The battery is covered by a five-year, unlimited-mile warranty.

Here's a closer look at the SR's battery.

Here's a closer look at the SR's battery. Here's a closer look at the SR's battery. There are additional upgrades to increase your range and cut your charging tim. A Power Tank accessory extends the bike's range by 40 miles, while a Charge Tank triples the charging speed by working with Level-2 charging stations located around the country. The two accessories; however, cannot be operated together.

The SR has two standard modes: eco and sport. We found Eco mode suitable for average riding. Sport mode took the throttle response to a whole new level.

The SR has two standard modes: eco and sport. We found Eco mode suitable for average riding. Sport mode took the throttle response to a whole new level. The SR has two standard modes: eco and sport. We found Eco mode suitable for average riding. Sport mode took the throttle response to a whole new level. 
The digital readout lacks an RPM gauge, but does display all the essentials.

The SR also has a custom mode that's accessible with a Bluetooth-enabled Android or iOS device. You'll have access to a wide array of information and customizable settings, including the bike's regenerative capability while coasting or braking, its top speed, and anti-lock brakes.

The SR also has a custom mode that's accessible with a Bluetooth-enabled Android or iOS device. You'll have access to a wide array of information and customizable settings, including the bike's regenerative capability while coasting or braking, its top speed, and anti-lock brakes. The SR also has a custom mode that's accessible with a Bluetooth-enabled Android or iOS device. You'll have access to a wide array of information and customizable settings, including the bike's regenerative capability while coasting or braking, its top speed, and anti-lock brakes. 
You can also upgrade the bike's firmware and view other data — including your carbon footprint and how much money you've saved compared to gas-powered riding.

The leather seats were comfortable for city riding; however, we could see rider fatigue kicking in for longer trips. The seat height is about 31.8 inches — at 5'6" and with boots, I found myself standing on my toes during stops.

The leather seats were comfortable for city riding; however, we could see rider fatigue kicking in for longer trips. The seat height is about 31.8 inches — at 5'6" and with boots, I found myself standing on my toes during stops. The leather seats were comfortable for city riding; however, we could see rider fatigue kicking in for longer trips. The seat height is about 31.8 inches — at 5'6" and with boots, I found myself standing on my toes during stops.

The SR has an amply sized storage space in lieu of a gas tank. It’s big enough to store crucial items you don’t want bulging out of your pockets — with room to spare.

The SR has an amply sized storage space in lieu of a gas tank. It’s big enough to store crucial items you don’t want bulging out of your pockets — with room to spare. The SR has an amply sized storage space in lieu of a gas tank. It’s big enough to store crucial items you don’t want bulging out of your pockets — with room to spare.

The ride itself was smooth and sporty. However, because there's no windshield, and given your upright riding position, you'll most likely be fighting against the wind at higher speeds.

The ride itself was smooth and sporty. However, because there's no windshield, and given your upright riding position, you'll most likely be fighting against the wind at higher speeds. The ride itself was smooth and sporty. However, because there's no windshield, and given your upright riding position, you'll most likely be fighting against the wind at higher speeds. 
The Showa suspension did a decent job of absorbing impacts on the road. Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires also give you great grip for the road.


Final thoughts:

The reasons for riding a motorcycle undeniably varies depending on personal preferences, among other factors. But in a world where cars are ubiquitous, there's an undeniable common thread that persuades (and unites) riders to forsake the "steel cage" of the automobile and experience the open road on two wheels.
The SR manages to incorporate a utilitarian aspect to this experience. With its limited maintenance, a multitude of customizations, and near-effortless riding due to the absence of gear levers, riders have the opportunity to just "plug-and-go" without the usual hassle some riders experience.
With nothing more than a soft electric whirring and the sound of your tires on the pavement, you'll also be able to direct more attention to the road. Some riders will argue that the sound from a motorcycle's exhaust increases driver awareness and safety; however, the argument begins to fall short when you factor in the angle of your exhaust, and the noise from the speed at which you and a nearby car are traveling.
Simply put, the SR establishes a balance between form and function.
However, with an MSRP of $15,995, the SR's price makes it an expensive proposition, even with electric-vehicle subsidies of up to $1,000, depending on your state. At SR's price point, you'll be able to carve canyons with the beastly 2017 BMW R 1200 R, with some cash left over.
If you're planning on making a long-distance journey, you'll also find yourself pre-planning the trip to account for electric charging stations — an annoyance that can detract from the riding experience.

And now we come to the verdict ...

It's no less difficult to be objective in a motorcycle review as it is with a car review. Though a motorcycle may not have as many features, the industry has no shortage of options for people shopping for their next ride.
Sure it's easy to have a compact-class shootout between a Honda Civic and a Toyota Corolla, but the distinction is blurred when you compare an internal combustion engine with a fully electric motor. This distinction becomes apparent with a motorcycle, given its inherent tendency to amplify your senses during a ride.
Taking all of this into account, the experience from the SR can certainly be described as numb when compared to a regular motorcycle. There's no rumbling, shaking, or other noticeable signs that you feel or hear when riding. This might not be worrisome if you were in a car, but when exposed to the world with no metal chassis for protection, it can be unnerving while weaving through a sea of 3000-pound cars and trucks.
For example, the following thoughts kept popping into my head during the ride:
  • "Is this even on?"
  • "Did I just stall?
  • "I really want to downshift and rev-match before turning into this corner."
My point is this: with the absence of the experience that's unique to the motorcycling world — the rumbling, noise, and shifting — it'll undoubtedly turn off some riders who are accustomed to the feel of a traditional motorcycle, at least initially.
It's hard to find a fault in the SR. As a two-wheeled vehicle, it's solid, but the experience won't be for everyone. Your mileage may vary.

Here's all you need to know about the clash between veteran rapper Joe Budden and Migos at the 2017 BET Awards

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Here's all you need to know about the clash between veteran rapper Joe Budden and Migos at the 2017 BET Awards
The 2017 BET Awards has come and gone but the memories, highlights and controversies it created is still buzzing on social media.
Last night, Migos proved to be the new bad boys of hip hop by getting into two separate heated confrontations with rapper Joe Budden and singer Chris Brown over the course of the night.

 The confrontation began during a red carpet interview with Joe Budden and Migos conducted by radio host DJ Akademiks for Complex Magazine. The host asked a Migos group member 'Takeoff' about his role on their smash hit single.
Akademiks struggled to hear his response and asked him to repeat himself about three times, making things awkward. Clearly, the tense exchange irritated Joe Budden, who declared it was time to wrap up the interview, threw his microphone to the ground and angrily stormed off the set.

The Migos members then sprang into action, with all three leaping out of their seats and going chest-to-chest with Budden as people in the area stepped in to avert a physical brawl.

Budden has since posted the awkward interview on Instagram with the sarcastic caption “Had the pleasure of speaking with Migos.”

Watch the video below...

Had the pleasure of speaking w Migos. 😏 Tomorrow on #EverydayStruggle

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Trump wins as Supreme Court backs ban on Muslim countries, refugees

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 Trump wins as Supreme Court backs ban on Muslim countries, refugees
A family embraces each other as members arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport after the U.S. Supreme Court granted parts of the Trump administration's emergency request to put its travel ban into effect later in the week pending judicial review in the autumn, in Dulles, Virginia, U.S., June 26, 2017. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to President Donald Trump by reviving parts of a travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries that he said is needed for national security but that opponents decry as discriminatory.
The justices narrowed the scope of lower court rulings that had completely blocked key parts of a March 6 executive order that Trump had said was needed to prevent terrorism in the United States, allowing his temporary ban to go into effect for people with no strong ties such as family or business to the United States. [tmsnrt.rs/2seb3bb]
The court issued its order on the last day of its current term and agreed to hear oral arguments during its next term starting in October so it can decide finally whether the ban is lawful in a major test of presidential powers.
In a statement, Trump called the high court's action "a clear victory for our national security," saying the justices allowed the travel suspension to become largely effective.
"As president, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm. I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive," Trump added.
Trump's March 6 order called for a blanket 90-day ban on people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and a 120-day ban on all refugees while the government implemented stronger vetting procedures. The court allowed a limited version of the refugee ban, which had also been blocked by courts, to go into effect.
Trump issued the order amid rising international concern about attacks carried out by Islamist militants like those in Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin and other cities. But challengers said no one from the affected countries had carried out attacks in the United States.
Federal courts said the travel ban violated federal immigration law and was discriminatory against Muslims in violation of the U.S. Constitution. Critics called it a discriminatory "Muslim ban."
Ahmed al-Nasi, an official in Yemen’s Ministry of Expatriate Affairs, voiced disappointment.

"We believe it will not help in confronting terrorism and extremism, but rather will increase the feeling among the nationals of these countries that they are all being targeted, especially given that Yemen is an active partner of the United States in the war on terrorism and that there are joint operations against terrorist elements in Yemen," he said.
Groups that challenged the ban, including the American Civil Liberties Union, said that most people from the affected countries seeking entry to the United States would have the required connections. But they voiced concern the administration would interpret the ban as broadly as it could.
"It's going to be very important for us over this intervening period to make sure the government abides by the terms of the order and does not try to use it as a back door into implementing the full-scale Muslim ban that it's been seeking to implement," said Omar Jadwat, an ACLU lawyer.
During the 2016 presidential race, Trump campaigned for "a total and complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the United States. The travel ban was a signature policy of Trump's first few months as president.

'BONA FIDE RELATIONSHIP'
In an unusual unsigned decision, the Supreme Court on Monday said the travel ban will go into effect "with respect to foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States."
A lack of a clearly defined relationship would bar from entry people from the six countries and refugees with no such ties.
Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin, who successfully challenged the ban in lower courts, said that students from affected countries due to attend the University of Hawaii would still be able to do so.
Both bans were to partly go into effect 72 hours after the court's decision. The Department of Homeland Security promised clear and sufficient public notice in coordination with the travel industry.

Trump signed the order as a replacement for a Jan. 27 one issued a week after he became president that also was blocked by federal courts, but not before it caused chaos at airports and provoked numerous protests.
Even before the Supreme Court action the ban applied only to new visa applicants, not people who already have visas or are U.S. permanent residents, known as green card holders. The executive order also made waivers available for a foreign national seeking to enter the United States to resume work or study, visit a spouse, child or parent who is a U.S. citizen, or for "significant business or professional obligations." Refugees "in transit" and already approved would have been able to travel to the United States under the executive order.

A CONSERVATIVE COURT
The case was Trump's first major challenge at the Supreme Court, where he restored a 5-4 conservative majority with the appointment of Neil Gorsuch, who joined the bench in April. There are five Republican appointees on the court and four Democratic appointees. The four liberal justices were silent.
Gorsuch was one of the three conservative justices who would have granted Trump's request to put the order completely into effect. Fellow conservative Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a dissenting opinion in which he warned that requiring officials to differentiate between foreigners who have a connection to the United States and those who do not will prove unworkable.
"Today's compromise will burden executive officials with the task of deciding - on peril of contempt - whether individuals from the six affected nations who wish to enter the United States have a sufficient connection to a person or entity in this country," Thomas wrote.
The state of Hawaii and a group of plaintiffs in Maryland represented by the American Civil Liberties Union argued that the order violated federal immigration law and the Constitution's First Amendment prohibition on the government favoring or disfavoring any particular religion. Regional federal appeals courts in Virginia and California both upheld district judge injunctions blocking the order.


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