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Say no to rape and support women "its still happening"

April 21 2021 , Written by ODIGWE ANSELEM Published on #Abuja, #AfricaNow, #AppleMusic, #Channelstv, #ENDSARS, #Lagos, #NTA, #Nigeria News, #Nigerians, #covidnigeria, #worldnews, #nigeriacelebrities

Every excuse made to justify rape would for ever remain what they are – lame excuses. A pretext does not excuse a misdemeanor anymore than ignorance absolves guilt in law.

The debate over sexual assault or what constitutes it has gladly moved from the closet to the rooftops of social discourse. Sex is one aspect of humanity that involves every living being but that for so long has been spoken of in whispers. By bringing it up in the public sphere, we are breaking the glass ceiling. The ultimate aim should be to move beyond awareness and debate to finding remedies and proffering solutions.

Everyone knows someone who knows someone who has been sexually assaulted or has been a sexual predator or an abuser. We don’t need saints to break the ice and condemn what is bad in society.

That we are publicly debating and campaigning against rape is a big change from the Nigeria of decades ago. It is exciting to know that things are gradually changing in our society. This change is brought by the outrage over the incessant stories of rape involving traditionally vulnerable members of our society – women, children and the elderly. Although hardly spoken of, men and boys are as much aggressors as they are victims.

People are coming out of the closet to discuss issues that a few decades ago could not have been mentioned at homes because they were considered taboo subjects. Social and mainstream media have become the priests that people are turning to for confession. Government and law enforcement is taking these things seriously. Yes, the National Assembly has rejected calls for castration of rapists, but even that is advancement at some level. Years ago, lawmakers would have been too squeamish to even debate the issue. With the right pressure especially from our female lawmakers and a little help from societies that have traversed these routes, we could find the punishment that fits the crime.

A free society is one in which nothing is taboo. No subject on God’s planet should be shielded from public debate. For this reason was man created with brains. We should not be afraid to use it.

Sexual crimes have been swept under the carpet for so long that people of little minds now find excuses for the crime. Many victims have been shamed into keeping quiet leading to severe mental health issues. Victim blaming is a sad aspect of our culture that is in dire need of reform.

From homes to schools, faith houses to the workplace, victim blaming has helped the perpetrator and destroyed the life and psyche of the victim. It has emboldened the criminal. An emboldened criminal transforms into a serial offender. Early exposure could have helped tame many a monster. As a society, we have shielded the criminal for mundane reasons, one of which is that we do not want the shame brought to a family, a religious group or an organization. Unfortunately, our country is fast inching towards becoming the rape capital of Africa.

Leaders at all levels of the social strata have often helped in covering up this level of criminality. It is becoming obvious for those who have any modicum of respect that things need to change.

In the modern world, sexual offences are not statute barred. That means that whenever a victim feels confident enough to face their perpetrator, they could initiate criminal proceedings. This is well documented in many high profile cases both in Nigeria and abroad.

Relevant Nigerian agencies are talking of establishing sexual offenders’ register. This helps not just a victim but also potential victims. In most parts of the modern world, sexual offenders are required by law to register their presence when they move from one area to another. There may be difficulty policing this in Nigeria where homes have no addresses and states are still debating who qualifies as a citizen. Failure or hitches must never prevent us from experimenting and amending as we go along.

Every effort aimed at protecting the girl child from harm is a required step. Women are the preservers of life. Unfortunately, they are often the least protected in our society. We must keep this debate on the Bunsen burner until such a time when all victims irrespective of their gender (but most especially the girl child) are confident enough to walk and talk conscious that society listens, empathizes and protects them.

We should take this debate and the campaign to such a level that anyone having sexual liaison with anyone else consciously asks themselves whether they would feel comfortable if their actions become public knowledge.

The lame excuses of nudity or indecency, alcoholism or walking late are fatuous. Primitive man lived with decency without clothing and without assuming rights over the body of their partners. Only the weakest use alcohol or drugs as excuse, because inebriation in itself does not push anyone to commit a crime. In most cases timid and warped people use substances use or abuse as an excuse.

We must get to that level where people understand what consent means; who could give it and under what circumstances. Once these becomes part of the culture, then those who realize they need help would seek the help they need early enough rather than assume that they’ll be protected for their action or addiction.

The debate is late in coming, but as our elders say; whenever a person wakes up is their morning. Let’s keep talking, and saying it loud and clear – say no to rape!

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Prophet TB Joshua's Youtube channel closed after he delivered woman from "GAY/LESBIAN" spirit

April 21 2021 , Written by ODIGWE ANSELEM Published on #Abuja, #AfricaNow, #AppleMusic, #Channelstv, #ENDSARS, #Lagos, #NTA, #Nigeria News, #NigeriainDiaspora, #Nigerians, #bishopdavidabioye, #covidnigeria, #livingfaithchurchworldwide, #livingfaithgoshen, #nigeriacelebrities, #peterpsquare, #ritaedochie, #yuledochie, #worldnews, #sportsnews

"Deliverance in Jesus' name," he shouts as Mary falls to the ground after several touches and slaps from the leader.

In another separate video, on a different day, Mary and her family went back to the church to give a testimony. "From a tender age I have always been masculine. The spirit grew in me. I tried fighting the spirit with my physical strength. That is why I came to the synagogue to seek deliverance. The spirit destroyed my life," she says in front of thousands of church attendees. Mary testified that she was now in touch with my feminine side.

"You are saying that right now your affection is towards the right direction?" he asks Mary, who nods.

OpenDemocracy claimed it is behind the closure of TB Joshua's YouTube account.

"Between 2016 and January 2020, the channel posted at least seven similar clips showing the charismatic Christian televangelist engaging in violent exorcism," they said in a statement."

TB Joshua has been carrying on with his church services in Nigeria despite the suspension of his channel, Emmanuel TV on YouTube. The channel had almost 2 million subscribers.

"What happened is a blessing. I want you to help me pray for Youtube," he said in response to the shutdown during a church gathering where congregants were receiving "new anointing water and a sticker

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European Super League: Florentino Perez says matches are too long for today's youth

April 21 2021 , Written by ODIGWE ANSELEM Published on #Abuja, #AfricaNow, #AppleMusic, #Channelstv, #ENDSARS, #EPL, #Englishpremierleague, #NTA, #Lagos, #Nigeria News, #NigeriainDiaspora, #Nigerians, #bet9ja, #worldnews, #sportsnews, #nigeriacelebrities

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wants you to trust his vision for a new world order in the realm of soccer which not only includes radical changes to the current competitive structures brought on by a European Super League, but could also include changes of a similar degree to the game on the pitch itself. As he hinted in an interview on Spanish television Monday, Perez notes that the games are simply too long.

The quote comes in the context of some hackneyed concern over "the youth" not paying attention to the product he's trying to sell, the oldest excuse in the book to rip up a well-liked formula. As expected, his claims were connected to why the Super League was actually a good thing and not simply a blatant cash grab.

"Football has to change and adapt," he said, per ESPN. "We have to analyze why young people, 16-to-24-year-olds, 40% of them aren't interested in football. Why? Because there are a lot of low-quality games, and they have other entertainment platforms.

"It's a reality. They say the games are too long. We have to change something if we want football to stay alive. Sometimes we don't understand our children or grandchildren. They're different generations, the world changes. If young people don't watch an entire game, it's because it isn't interesting enough, or we'll have to shorten the games ... There are matches that even I can't watch all of them, to be honest."

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The comments are consistent with the belief that the sport is purely a business entity that needs saving before it becomes obsolete. In addition to these comments, he argued that there are too many games in general, and that this new league can realistically coexist with the UEFA domestic competitions.

Whether one agrees or not with Perez simply does not matter given the influence he has over the club he chairs, arguably the most recognizable in the world, and the Super League of which he's the chairman and a driving force. Take, for example, what manager Zinedine Zidane said -- or rather what he chose not to say -- about the Super League on Wednesday when the topic came up.

"We don't even talk about it. We only talk about one thing, the game tomorrow," Zidane said.

"I'm here to talk about the game tomorrow, the league, the Champions League. The rest isn't my job. I won't give you my opinion. I understand, you can say I don't say what I think and don't say anything. Why? Because my job, what I'm doing, that's what I enjoy. The rest ... what good does it do?"

Similar non answers have been given by other managers asked about the Super League after its creation. If something so wildly unpopular can yield that kind of submission, the question now becomes just how far the people in charge of this stuff will go.

 

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Here are the 10 biggest economies in the world — before the pandemic vs. now

April 21 2021 , Written by ODIGWE ANSELEM Published on #Abuja, #AfricaNow, #AppleMusic, #Channelstv, #ENDSARS, #Lagos, #Nigeria News, #NTA, #NigeriainDiaspora, #Nigerians, #worldnews

Key Points

  • The United States, China, Japan and Germany still take the top four spots as the world’s largest economies.
  • Some rankings have shifted as a result of the pandemic while one country fell off the top 10 list, according to CNBC analysis of the International Monetary Fund’s economic forecasts.

SINGAPORE — The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken up the ranking of the world’s largest economies after sending many countries into their worst economic recessions in recent history.

The United States, China, Japan and Germany still take the top four spots as the world’s largest economies — but some rankings have shifted as a result of the pandemic while one country fell off the top 10 list, according to CNBC analysis of the International Monetary Fund’s economic forecasts.

CNBC compared nominal gross domestic product in U.S. dollars across countries provided in the IMF’s World Economic Outlook database.

Nominal GDP estimates the market value of all finished goods and services produced in an economy but doesn’t strip out changes in price levels, or inflation — and can therefore overstate or understate the real economic value.

Still, nominal GDP values denominated in a common currency are a way of measuring and comparing economic sizes of different countries, and provide a glimpse of how developments — such as the pandemic — affect economies differently.

Here are the major changes in the ranking of the world’s 10 largest economies before and after the Covid outbreak.

India falls behind the U.K.

India, which became the world’s fifth largest economy in 2019, slipped to sixth place behind the U.K. last year.

The South Asian country would not regain fifth place in the global economic ranking until 2023, according to CNBC analysis of IMF data.    

India was hit by strict lockdowns last year as the country struggled to contain the coronavirus. Its economy was projected by the IMF to contract 8% in the fiscal year that ended in March 2021.

While the fund expects India to grow 12.5% in the current fiscal year which ends March 2022, some economists have warned that the latest surge in Covid cases could dampen the country’s prospects. India last week overtook Brazil to become the second worst-infected country globally, behind only the U.S.

“We grow even more concerned that rising Covid 19 cases pose a risk to our still shallow recovery,” Bank of America economists wrote in a Monday report.   

The economists estimated that one month of nationwide lockdown — if imposed again — would shave 100-200 basis points off India’s annual GDP.   

Brazil drops out of top 10

Brazil went from the ninth largest economy in 2019 to the 12th largest last year, becoming the only country that fell out of the top 10 ranking.

The South American country would stay out of the world’s 10 largest economies until at least 2026 — the furthest IMF projection available, CNBC analysis showed.

Brazil has reported the third highest Covid caseload and second largest death toll globally. But President Jair Bolsonaro — who has downplayed the virus threat — has repeatedly refused to impose a national lockdown to contain the coronavirus.

Sao Paulo’s health secretary reportedly wrote to the federal government warning of an “imminent” collapse in the state’s health-care system; while economists said the Brazilian economy would struggle to recover.  

The economy contracted 4.1% last year and is forecast to grow 3.7% in 2021, according to the IMF.

South Korea enters top 10

With Brazil dropping out of the 10 largest economies in the world, South Korea moved up to 10th place and is expected to remain there until at least 2026, CNBC analysis showed. IMF’s data projection was only available until 2026.

South Korea was one of the earliest countries outside China to report cases of Covid-19 in early 2020. The country had some success in containing the virus last year that — along with strong semiconductor exports — helped its economy to contract by a modest 1% in 2020.

The number of new daily infections rose this month, forcing authorities to extend social-distancing measures that include restricting large gatherings until early May.

Despite the virus uncertainty, the country’s manufacturing and export sectors remain strong, economists from consultancy Capital Economics said in a report last week.

“Consumption has also become increasingly resilient to virus outbreaks, thanks in part to a rise in online shopping. However, hospitality and recreation remain very weak,” they added.

The IMF predicts the South Korean economy could grow 3.6% this year.

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20 Effective Tips to Lose Belly Fat (Backed by Science)

April 21 2021 , Written by ODIGWE ANSELEM Published on #Abuja, #AfricaNow, #AppleMusic, #Channelstv, #ENDSARS, #EPL, #Englishpremierleague, #Lagos, #NTA, #Nigeria News, #NigeriainDiaspora, #Nigerians, #bet9ja, #covidnigeria, #worldnews

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Belly fat is more than a nuisance that makes your clothes feel tight.

It’s seriously harmful.

One type of belly fat — referred to as visceral fat — is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions (1).

Many health organizations use body mass index (BMI) to classify weight and predict the risk of metabolic disease.

However, this is misleading, as people with excess belly fat are at an increased risk even if they look thin (2Trusted Source).

Though losing fat from this area can be difficult, there are several things you can do to reduce excess abdominal fat.

Here are 20 effective tips to lose belly fat, backed by scientific studies.

Photography by Aya Brackett

1. Eat plenty of soluble fiber

Soluble fiber absorbs water and forms a gel that helps slow down food as it passes through your digestive system.

Studies show that this type of fiber promotes weight loss by helping you feel full, so you naturally eat less. It may also decrease the number of calories your body absorbs from food (3Trusted Source, 4Trusted Source, 5Trusted Source).

What’s more, soluble fiber may help fight belly fat.

An observational study in over 1,100 adults found that for every 10-gram increase in soluble fiber intake, belly fat gain decreased by 3.7% over a 5-year period (6Trusted Source).

Make an effort to consume high fiber foods every day. Excellent sources of soluble fiber include:

SUMMARY

Soluble fiber may help you to lose weight by increasing fullness and reducing calorie absorption. Try to include plenty of high fiber foods in your weight loss diet.

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European Super League: 14 Premier League clubs 'unanimously and vigorously' reject plans for competition

April 20 2021 , Written by ODIGWE ANSELEM Published on #EPL, #Abuja, #AfricaNow, #AppleMusic, #Channelstv, #ENDSARS, #Lagos, #NTA, #Englishpremierleague, #Nigeria News, #NigeriainDiaspora, #worldnews, #Nigerians, #bet9ja, #covidnigeria, #sportsnews

Premier League CEO Richard Masters chaired a virtual meeting over European Super League proposals on Tuesday with the 14 Premier League clubs not involved in the breakaway competition.

The Premier League met without Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham to discuss the newly-announced competition at a virtual meeting on Tuesday.

The two-and-a-half-hour meeting, chaired by Premier League CEO Richard Masters, explored ways to collectively respond to the proposals. A Premier League statement read: "The Premier League, alongside The FA, met with clubs today to discuss the immediate implications of the Super League proposal.

"The 14 clubs at the meeting unanimously and vigorously rejected the plans for the competition. The Premier League is considering all actions available to prevent it from progressing, as well as holding those Shareholders involved to account under its rules.

"The League will continue to work with key stakeholders including fan groups, Government, UEFA, The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA to protect the best interests of the game and call on those clubs involved in the proposed competition to cease their involvement immediately.

"The Premier League would like to thank supporters and all stakeholders for the support they have shown this week on this significant issue. The reaction proves just how much our open pyramid and football community means to people."

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