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Comedian with dwarfism raises almost $200,000 to send bullied 9-year-old with dwarfism to Disneyland

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Comedian with dwarfism raises almost $200,000 to send bullied 9-year-old with dwarfism to Disneyland
American stand-up comedian and actor, Brad Williams has raised almost $200,000 to send the nine-year-old boy who was bullied over his dwarfism, to Disneyland.

The 36-year-old set up a GoFundMe page for Quaden Bayles on Thursday after the boy's mother shared an emotional video of him crying and saying he wanted to die after being bullied at school.

Mr. Williams, who also has dwarfism, wrote: 'I'm setting up this GoFundMe to let Quaden know that bullying will not be tolerated, and that he is a wonderful human being who deserves joy.

'I want to fly Quaden and his mother to America, get them a nice hotel, and bring them to Disneyland.

'This isn't just for Quaden, this is for anyone who has been bullied in their lives and told they weren't good enough.

'Let's show Quaden and others that there is good in the world and they are worthy of it.'

As of Friday, the GoFundMe page already had 8,700 donors and almost $200,000.

The comedian also revealed that if they make more than enough donation, the excess would be given to anti-bullying charities.

U.S. sues village for religious discrimination against church

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U.S. sues village for religious discrimination against church The United States Department of Justice says it has filed a lawsuit against the Village of Walthill in Nebraska for alleged religious discrimination against a church.
It said in a statement on Thursday that Walthill denied Light of the World Gospel Ministries, a nondenominational and multi-ethnic Christian body, a permit to construct a new church building.
The department alleged that in the same period the village approved construction of a library, an education centre and other nonreligious places of gathering in the locality.
It said the alleged action was a violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalised Persons Act (RLUIPA).
“The complaint, filed in the District of Nebraska, alleges that on Sept. 13, 2017, the Village of Walthill denied Light of the World’s application for a special use permit to construct a church on property it owns in a commercial district in downtown Walthill.

“During the same period, the village approved construction of nonreligious places of assembly in the district, including a library and an education center,’’ it said.
The department added that by that action, Walthill imposed “a substantial burden on the church’s religious exercise without adequate justification.”
It said the village also treated the church worse than “comparable’’ nonreligious assemblies and institutions.
“Treating places of worship less favorably than nonreligious assemblies is unlawful discrimination against religious exercise,” the statement quoted U.S. Assistant Attorney General, Eric Dreiband, as saying.
Dreiband, of the Civil Rights Division, expressed the department’s commitment to protecting the rights of congregations guaranteed by federal laws.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that religious freedom is a key component of the foreign policy of the President Donald Trump’s administration.
In September, Trump announced the dedication of 25 million dollars for the protection of religious sites and places of worship across the world.
He also announced the establishment of a coalition of top business leaders to help protect religious freedom in the workplace.
The administration has also declared Jan. 16 as Religious Freedom Day, and announced new rules and measures to make more federal funds available to religious organisations and promote prayers in public schools.(NAN)

Diddy deletes Lauren London's photo from his Instagram over backlash that greeted dating rumour

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Diddy deletes Lauren London
Sean "Diddy" Combs has been forced to delete the photos he took with Lauren London and shared on Instagram.

Diddy posted a couple of photos of him and Lauren at JAY-Z’s Roc Nation Pre-Grammy Brunch last month. One of the photos showed them talking and smiling and the other shows Diddy looking at London fondly as she walks away.

Diddy captioned the photos, “#lostfiles…@laurenlondon," followed by a blue heart emoji.

Diddy deletes Lauren London

Fans reacted by claiming Lauren and Diddy are dating and Lauren was forced to shut down the rumours.

Diddy deletes Lauren London

She warned fans to stop speculating because she's still grieving.

Diddy deletes Lauren London

Diddy has now taken down the photos from Instagram following the backlash.

Diddy deletes Lauren London

Bayelsa: Rep condemns attack on Justice Odili’s residence

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Bayelsa: Rep condemns attack on Justice Odili’s residenceThe deputy minority leader, House of Representatives, Toby Okechukwu, has condemned the attack on the residence of Justice Odili by political hoodlums over the verdict of the apex court on the Bayelsa Governorship election delivered by her.
Okechukwu, in a statement, yesterday, insisted that judicial officers must be free to dispense justice without fear or favour.
The lawmaker charged the Federal Government to ensure that the perpetrators were brought to book “before this despicable conduct is entrenched” and becomes a norm in the country.
According to him, “the nation’s judiciary has come under series of attack in recent years and this is dangerous for our democracy, for if the temple of justice be destroyed, what then shall the righteous do?

“Invading or protesting at the residence of a judge on account of a judgement delivered in discharge of his or her constitutional duty is completely untoward, out of order, and a deliberate inducement of fear, and presupposes a state of anomie.
“This is more worrisome given that such bad examples are easily normalised and gain a bandwagon effect in our polity.
This has never happened in the nation’s history. It should never have happened; and it must never happen again.
“A situation where every party to a dispute or their supporters should vent their disagreement with court judgments by protesting at judges’ homes instead of seeking redresses in court is an only invitation to a full-blown anarchy, hence the Presidency should get the law enforcement agencies to halt the emerging trend.”

Son of powerful Mexican drug lord extradited to the US

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Son of powerful Mexican drug lord extradited to the US (Photos)
The son of a powerful Mexican drug lord was on Thursday extradited to the United States, where he is wanted for trafficking.

Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez, known as "El Menchito, who is the son of "El Mencho" Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, the head of the powerful Jalisco New Generation drug cartel "was extradited on the charge of conspiracy to smuggle drugs" into US territory.

The US-born was denied an appeal against his transfer to the United States, where he will be tried in federal court in Washington. Ruben was arrested and released four times between January 2014 and August 2015, when he was finally imprisoned on charges of being number two in the Jalisco New Generation cartel.

Son of powerful Mexican drug lord extradited to the US (Photos)

The Mexican government estimates the Jalisco New Generation cartel has amassed a $50 billion fortune. The cartel has a strong presence in nine Mexican states and connections with criminal organizations in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Back in 2018, the wife of the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel, Rosalinda Gonzalez Valencia, was arrested for drug-related cases.

According to the New York Times, the US Drug Enforcement Administration has a $10 million reward for information leading to the arrest of El Mencho.

Half a million tonnes of electronic wastes dumped in Nigeria monthly – Don

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Half a million tonnes of electronic wastes dumped in Nigeria monthly – DonA don, Prof. Adekunle Bakare, has called for implementation of genetic safety evaluation assessment protocol to reduce about 500,000 tonnes of electrical and electronic wastes being imported into Nigeria monthly.
Bakare, a Professor of Genetics Toxicology at the University of Ibadan, made the call while delivering the institution’s inaugural lecture.
His lecture was entitled ‘Environmental Xenobiotics and Biological Spiral Staircase: For Good or for ill.”
The don said that education on the safe keeping of the environment and sustainable waste management was key to stemming advent of unknown diseases caused by genetic mutations.
Bakare said from research “ an average of 500,000 tonnes of obsolete waste electrical and electronic equipment are imported into Nigeria monthly.”
“The impact of this coupled with waste dumped on the road median, open space and those in landfills constitute environmental hazard.
“You will see that in Nigeria today, people talk of new diseases that they seem not to be able to explain.
“Most of these are not far fetched from the environment; they have to do with what you eat, what you use, the cosmetics, metals from industries, things that come from waste affect our water tables,” he said.
The professor of cellular and molecular toxicology said when wastes decompose, rainfall and the decomposed materials, which are toxic because they contain organic and inorganic materials, affect water sources and become harmful to humans, animals and plants.
He said further that when chemicals react with the genetic system, this affects the DNA code, which may be bad for the environment and consequently for living things.
The don advocated compulsory teaching of genetics studies from secondary school level as well as environmental awareness of mutagens and carcinogens in Nigeria.
He also warned Nigerians against self medication and indiscriminate use of drugs which he noted could alter their genetic system.
Bakare, a geneticist at the Department of Zoology, said this could lead to diseases such as cancer, organ failure and diabetes.
He enjoined regulatory agencies in the country to include genetics safety protocols before any substance, product or waste is released into the Nigerian environment.
“Standard genetic and molecular biology laboratories for this assessment should be established in all the zones of the country for easy and faster assessment,” Bakare said.

Trump isn't pleased a South Korean film won best-picture Oscar

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Trump isn't pleased a South Korean film won best-picture Oscar
US President Donald Trump has blasted the Oscars Award for giving a South Korean movie "Parasite," its award for best picture, best directing and best original screenplay in the recently held Oscars Awards ceremony.

Parasite was the first foreign language movie to win best picture at the 2020 Academy Awards and it also won awards for best directing and original screenplay but Trump isn't pleased saying the US already had trade issues with South Korea so a South Korean film shouldn't have won the Oscars.
                              "What the hell was that all about? - Trump isn

Trump, however, seemed more interested in American films that were produced more than 70 years ago.

"How bad were the Academy Awards this year, did you see? 'And the winner is ... a movie from South Korea,' " Trump said, impersonating an announcer, at a rally in Colorado Thursday night.

"What the hell was that all about? We've got enough problems with South Korea with trade, on top of it they give them the best movie of the year?" he asked.
"I'm looking for like, let's get 'Gone with the Wind' -- can we get like 'Gone with the Wind' back,
please? 'Sunset Boulevard,' so many great movies," he continued as the crowd cheered him.

Trump said he didn't know if "Parasite" was good. "I thought it was best foreign film, best foreign movie -- no, it was the best. Did this ever happen before?" he asked

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