Wednesday, September 20, 2017

About Women And Heart Attack

A nurse has heart attack and describes what women feel when having one:
I am an ER nurse and this is the best description of this event that I have ever heard. Please read, pay attention, and send it on!...
I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I've ever read.

Women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have ... you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in movies. Here is the story of one woman's experience with a heart attack.

I had a heart attack at about 10:30 PM with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might have brought it on. I was sitting all snugly & warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking, 'A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up.

A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you've been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation--the only trouble was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 p.m.

After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasms), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR).

This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws. 'AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening -- we all have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven't we? I said aloud to myself and the cat, Dear God, I think I'm having a heart attack!

I lowered the foot rest dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself, If this is a heart attack, I shouldn't be walking into the next room where the phone is or anywhere else... but, on the other hand, if I don't, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in a moment.

I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and dialed the Paramedics... I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn't feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts. She said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to un-bolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in.

I unlocked the door and then laid down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I don't remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the radiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like 'Have you taken any medications?') but I couldn't make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they installed 2 side by side stints to hold open my right coronary artery.

I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St Jude are only minutes away from my home, and my Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stents.
Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned first hand.

1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body, not the usual men's symptoms but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn't know they were having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they'll feel better in the morning when they wake up... which doesn't happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you've not felt before. It is better to have a 'false alarm' visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be!

2. Note that I said 'Call the Paramedics.' And if you can take an aspirin. Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!

Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER - you are a hazard to others on the road.

Do NOT have your panicked husband who will be speeding and looking anxiously at what's happening with you instead of the road.

Do NOT call your doctor -- he doesn't know where you live and if it's at night you won't reach him anyway, and if it's daytime, his assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. He doesn't carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your Dr. will be notified later.

3. Don't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it's unbelievably high and/or accompanied by high blood pressure). MIs are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a 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.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

An 11-Year-Old Student Just Scored A Huge Win For Girls In Western Australia

The phrase “girl power” may have been popularized in the 1990s, but the sentiment is alive and well in the Land Down Under. Recently, authorities in Western Australia instituted a rule change that allows girls to wear pants and shorts in public schools in the state. The change, which bucks decades of tradition, was prompted by an impassioned plea from Sofia Myhre, an 11-year-old student in Perth, Australia. Sofia’s handwritten letter to the state’s education minister, Sue Ellery, argued that being limited to skirts and dresses is “really unfair.”
I think it’s really unfair that my brothers have been allowed to wear shorts, and all through primary school I haven’t been allowed to except when I have sport,” the tween wrote. “I really love kicking the footy, netball and doing handstands at recess and lunch. It is annoying doing these things in a skirt.”
Sofia’s mother, Krystina Myhre, is a member of Girl’s Uniform Agenda, a group that advocates for expanded dress code options for girls throughout Australia. Myhre encouraged her daughter to write to the department of education to express her feelings about the antiquated rule.

Sofia Myhre's letter to Western Australia's education minister.
My daughter and her friends have been quite unhappy about it for some time,” Myhre said. She argued girls regularly opt out of sports and other physical activities because they don’t feel comfortable undertaking them in a dress. On the Girl’s Uniform Agenda website, Myhre’s group asks, “The wearing of dresses and skirts is no longer an expectation of women in society — so why do we continue to force this archaic stereotype on school girls?”
Apparently, Western Australia's state education minister agreed.
An 11-year-old girl should be able to wear shorts to school,” Ellery told Perth Now. “In 2017, girls should be able to wear clothes that don’t restrict their ability to participate in physical activity at school.”
The rule change doesn’t apply to all of the schools in Western Australia, however. Private schools are exempt from having to offer female students expanded uniform options, and institutions in other parts of the country have been slow to adopt the measure. According to The New York Times, 70% of schools in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia's third largest city, require girls to wear skirts or dresses to school, which is likely similar in the country’s other states.
Still, momentum for nondiscriminatory uniform practices is growing. Recently, the education minister of Victoria, James Merlino, promised to ensure female students in the state will be allowed to have the option to wear shorts or trousers to school.

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Luxury Villas Group Crowned Best Real Estate Agency In Nigeria.

After months of application, short listing and intensive screening, representatives of companies converged at the JW Marriott Hotel in Dubai on Thursday, 7th of September 2017 for the prestigious African Arabia Property Awards.
The Africa Arabia Property Awards is organized by The International Property Awards UK which has been recognized as the premier programme recognizing and rewarding excellence in the Real Estate Industry.

Luxury Villas Group bagged the award for Best Real Estate Agency in Nigeria out of other worthy competitors.
The awards rewarded several companies in areas of Real Estate Agency, Development, Interior Decoration and Architecture.
There were also several presentations which focused on Real Estate projects in the UAE and beyond. The Chairman of the International Property Awards Mr Stuart Shields also spoke on branding for companies saying that companies should ensure that they pay particular attention to their branding and advertisement. He also stressed that companies achieve growth and international awareness through strategic partnerships.
This new addition to our shelf is a true testament to the fact that dedication and hard work brings result.
The award was received by Ms. Chisom Emenalom, our Head of Marketing and Business Development who represented the company at the ceremony. She then presented it to our CEO Mr Tommy Odama at the office on Monday, 11th September 2017.

We are proud of this new laurel even as we are determined to keep making giant strides to raise the bar for Real Estate services in Nigeria and beyond.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Life Lesson For Parents

A boy experience during an interview. 5 to 7 minutes into the interview, the lady looked at me, shook her head and said the 3 words that means a decision is irrevocable...."I am Sorry".

When an Oyinbo looks at you and does a crisp wry smile that barely lasts a second, and then utters the 3 words....your fate is sealed.

You may not even see any movement across the lips, cheeks or face. But it must always come before the 3 words.

Anyway, those 3 words mean they cannot help you further, and there is no amount of begging, emotional appeal, crying or sentimental display that will make them change their minds.

"I am sorry, it is hard to believe that you have studied competitively for 17 straight years and you do not have a practicable experience that you can apply or adapt for the role you have applied for".

She glanced at my CV once again before looking at my boyish innocent face.
"Did you pay professional for this CV" she asked?
"No" I quipped. "A professional CV writer would have probably spotted my lack of experience....."
"Yeah, you are right. I agree". She interrupted me. "Honestly, it is hard to believe that your CV doesn't even show any holiday work experience. Sorry where are you from again if you don't mind?"
"Did you ever work during holiday?"
"And you are not a prince?"
"No" (Half smiling).

"Well, you are not the first from that area that I have interviewed in the last 12 years I have been doing this. All of you seemed to have that brain knowledge but without adequate work experience to match it".

To cut the long story short, she confessed to me that based on CV alone, I was the most qualified of the final 5 candidates, and I was the last to be interviewed. She was expecting a sweep off from me, but all I did was a whimper.
She gave me a business card and told me to use her as reference.
"They will help you to build up your experience with one of their jobs. We can't offer you this role. It will definitely go to one of the other fours with lower qualifications but right experience".

She crossed out some lines and changed some of the words in my CV to action words connoting responsibilities. She liked it she said, but it was empty in real substance.

She deflated me, and yet built me up. But I learnt my lesson! Though I missed out on being a pioneer HR Officer for that Raddison Hotel somewhere around Leicester Square, I still walked out full of hope.....but yet with deep anger towards the educational system that nurtured me on 6334 without adequately preparing me for challenges beyond book knowledge.

Please, I understand that LAUTECH and some other institutions are on strike, let the students go and do apprenticeship.
When one of my students during my lecturing days showed me his account, I nearly fainted. He was a builder, a plumber, and an electrician.

He only had lectures 3 days a week, the remaining four days were for his father's business. His dad gets a contract, and he worked full time like other employees so that most of the contract money won't go to strangers. They were from one of these Eastern European countries. I loved him more when he showed me the BMW he wanted to buy....CASH! I couldn't dare it!

Truth is, one can learn many of these artisans' trade whilst studying and gradually build experience and make money over time. What it means is that you will never be stranded anywhere.
In Israel, both males and females undergo intense military training by the time they are 18. Today, an average Israeli is a reserved combatant waiting for activation should their be a need for it regardless of the age.

To the fathers who have businesses, don't train other people's children alone, train yours too.
Don't send them to holiday lesson all the time. Only send to holiday lessons those that are academically weak. Nonetheless, find their strengths and build on those.

Mothers with shops in the market, take your daughters with you and allow them to handle customers, negotiate, make orders, and audit your stocks! That's part of what we call procurement here. Marketing, Customer Services, Communication, Auditing, Procurement skills and etc have just been added to their experience.

If you have an office, let your children go there during holiday to master administrative roles. Let them photocopy, take calls, fax, send emails, compose letters, receive letters and file documents in appropriate places. Administrative skills and Communication Skills, and Record Keeping skills have been added to the kitty.

Truth is, most of us were made to 'eat books' for years, but those made to use their brains will coordinate those that fed their brains only without other equipping processes being perfected.
Let them go for vocational training of their choice. It may be useful than what they think in the future. No knowledge is lost.
Train them house chores both girls and boys. Engage them especially during holidays.
Prepare them for greater tomorrow. Equip them to face the challenges of tomorrow. Make them useful for themselves and for the society.
God is counting on you to train His heritage rightly. Remember you will give Account of your stewardship to God concerning them.

I just pray we can do the right thing for once in our lifetime. Let us find skills that will function well so that many of the students kicked out of school could have something doing.


Ibidunni Ighodalo Brings Succour To ‘Parents-In-Waiting’

With the first Parent-in-Waiting Conference, Ibidunni and Ituah Ighodalo have taken practical steps to bring hope to a suffering community of infertile couples. Nseobong Okon-Ekong and Vanessa Obioha report
The tension was palpable.
For more than 50 couples in the Agip Recital Hall of the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos, this was another defining moment. It offered a new chance to hang their hope in a balance; swinging back and forth. The first Parent-in-Waiting Conference organised by the Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation (IIF) had reached its apogee. It was time to reveal the 2017 recipients of the Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation grant.
As the Founder and Senior Pastor of the Kingsway International Christian Centre, Matthew Ashimolowo, mounted the stage, eerie silence enveloped the hall. The chatter and clapping which accompanied his introduction had died. All eyes were on him. All ears primed to what he had to say.
For this year, about 381 applications were received by the foundation out of which 100 were screened. Fifty passed the scrutiny of the medical team, but the foundation could only afford to sponsor 10. Even though she set out to help one couple at a time, Ibidunni Ituah-Ighodalo, the compassionate woman who established the endowment, is always heart-broken to learn that there are many candidates who cannot be accommodated in her funding. At least over N1.3 million is needed to sponsor IVF and other methods of assisted reproductive procedures for one couple.
Expectation for greater successes in 2017 soared as the conference entered a different level of appreciation.
In 2016, when the foundation kicked-off, it partnered with certified fertility clinics in Nigeria to provide fertility services to 28 couples. Success stories from the first batch include 15 successful treatment, five confirmed pregnancies and one successful delivery. A beneficiary of her grant, Bodunrin and Lola Oye, recently welcomed a set of twins, the first by the foundation!

In addition to the stigma of waiting for their own children, many of these couples are already sagging under the financial pressure of visiting doctors, hoping against hope that the next appointment might just result in the lucky break or long expected miracle.
As Ashimolowo started to read the names randomly, sighs of relief and despair filled the hall. Caught in the excitement of the moment, a few husbands went ahead of their wives, although it was the woman’s name that was called. Some walked up the stage, knelt down and raised their hands in appreciation to God.
Not a few wiped a stream of tears rolling down their face.
Three persons who were chosen but did not show up, were replaced after their names were called repeatedly. To support the good cause, Ashimolowo announced he would sponsor two. The number was raised to 12. Shouts of joy filled the hall as Mr. Tonye Cole of Sahara Group offered to finance treatment for two other couples. Ashimolowo was moved again to add another couple. At the end of the day, 15 couples were given access to the IIF grant. Ashimolowo encouraged other couples who didn’t make the list and prayed for those who did that their testimonies will be complete.
The Parents-in-Waiting conference was conceived to raise awareness on issues pertaining to infertility and to provide grants for couples that require fertility treatments such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intrauterine Insemination. The foundation partners with highly reputable fertility clinics in Nigeria and with other donors to provide couples with the financial and material support they require during the treatments. IIF also provides the necessary psychological and spiritual support required to deal with the pressures they face along the journey to conception.
IIF is the brainchild of Ibidunni, former beauty queen and wife of accountant and founder of the Trinity House, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo.
Her quest for a child has been painstaking, leading her to explore all the legal options available. Almost every step she took towards her goal was met with annoying hindrance. In a moment of weakness and frustration, she considered suicide. She thought if she could not have a child, there was nothing worth living for. After all, several doctors had foreclosed the possibility of her having a child unless it came through assisted reproduction. She has been waiting for the fruit of the womb for over a decade.
Eleven IVF treatments after, she only conceived once. Sadly, she lost the baby. Although, she told her story in a recorded audio-visual broadcast, it was no less gripping. As the scenes shifted from her to other parents-in-waiting whose harrowing narratives of searching for a child were also pre-recorded.
Instead of wallowing in self-pity, she decided to become a ‘wounded healer’ as Ashimolowo described her. Last year, she launched her foundation and kicked off the grant to help couples overcome the financial, spiritual and psychological trauma of waiting for a child.
Apart from Essien’s refreshing course on sex, the audience was entertained by a series of monologues presented by a seven-member cast that dramatised the trauma faced by couples suffering from infertility. The theatre production broadened the enlightenment on infertility. At the end of the day, even if the play was all the IIF could present, the characterisation and acting conveyed strong messages on the subject of infertility.
The conference must go down as one of the few talkshops that held the attention of a large percentage of the audience for close to six hours. The hall was still packed when Pastor Ituah said the closing prayers.

Culled from ThisDay Newspaper

Saturday, September 16, 2017

I Made My First Money Online 2 years After Establishing CKN News – Chris Kehinde Nwandu

The publisher of Nigeria's high flying online News Portal CKN News and President, Guild of Professional Bloggers Of Nigeria, Chris Kehinde Nwandu on Friday said he made his first money online two years after establishing his news portal, CKN News.

Nwandu noted that the widely believed notion that people can make instant money without necessarily investing the required dose of hard/smart work before doing so is false.

Nwandu who was the former Artiste and Promotions Manager of Nigeria's foremost Recording Company Sony Music and ex General Manager of two former Internet Service Provider Companies SIOtel Nig Ltd and Communication Trends Ltd stated this at the inaugural webinar of themed “Digital Media Gurus Speaks: How to monetise online media opportunities online.”

According to him,“The online platform is not an end to making money. It only provides a leverage to flourish especially for those who are willing to tap into such leverages. For me, I made my first money online two years after establishing CKN News. And that was just N5000. This was after two consecutive years of hard work in the online space,” the CKN publisher said.

Asked what the Guild of Professional Bloggers which he currently presides over is doing to curtail the excesses of fake and unverified news flying around mostly from bloggers, Nwadu said the Guild had inaugurated an Ethics committee to monitor news contents from blogging sites. He noted further that despite conscious efforts put in place by the Guild, the task of enforcing strict adherence was an issue as the number of blogging sites are well over a million.

“One of the first things we did on assumption of office was to inaugurate an ethics committee to monitor contents and strict adherence to ethical standards. Moreover, most bloggers don’t have any journalistic background and the social media has a way of regulating itself. People will automatically stop visiting a site that dishes out fake and unverified news all the time and with time such sites will shut down permanently,’ Nwandu noted.

Also speaking, the editor (Online and Special Publications) of The Nation Newspapers, Mr. Lekan Otufodunrin said knowledge and creativity are prerequisites to making money online.
To make money online, he emphasized the need for people to apply knowledge and be creative.

Otufodunrin reiterated that despite the fact that the new media was here to stay, it however does not pose a threat to the existence of the print and broadcast media. He said rather, they complement each other to serve the readers better.

 “The online media is here to stay and does not pose any threat to the existence of the traditional media. Rather, both arms of the media should be coordinated to serve the reading public better. Knowledge and creativity are prerequisites to making money online.  You must be willing to go the extra mile to get investors’ attention. A reporter must add human interest angles to a story that broke yesterday to appeal to people to buy the papers today. People mistake the internet as a cheap source of making money. While I won’t say it is not, however, some degrees of hard and smart work are needed to succeed,” the veteran journalist said.

The Vice President Corporate Communications/CSR Director Airtel Nigeria and founder of Ethelberts, Mr. Emeka Oparah who also featured as one of the guest speakers at the event said brands across the world are always willing to invest and partner with credible, industrious and libel free media.

He noted that despite the array of opportunities freely available online, not many are able to tap into it because they lack the basic knowledge to do so.

The Airtel boss noted that most brands look out for what they stand to benefit either on a short or long run before making any investment.

“Brands look out for credible, libel free media to partner with. You must be creative and industrious to get business engagements with these brands. No business operator will place advert or do other forms of business with a medium that is enmeshed in controversies. To be specific, you must dig deep into the activities of Airtel before you get an advert or partnership with us. You shouldn’t just think by using our press releases or coverage of the launch of a particular product, you automatically qualify for business partnerships with us. You must be willing to go the extra mile and this applies to making money online or offline too,” Opara explained.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Osinbajo: Remaining Chibok Girls Will Be Released ‘Very Soon’

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has assured that the remaining Chibok girls will soon be released. He said this on Tuesday when he received members of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement at the presidential villa in Abuja.
On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram insurgents abducted 276 girls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state.
The sect released 82 of the girls in May in a prisoner-swap deal with the federal government, and 21 were let go in October 2016.
But since then, little has been heard from the federal government concerning the 113 still in captivity.
Osinbajo, who was represented by Babafemi Ojudu, special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on political matters, said government’s silence is only strategic.
He reassured the group that government had been meeting with service chiefs concerning the abduction of the girls as well as others in Boko Haram custody and that efforts were being intensified to secure their release.
“I’ve been asked by the acting president to assure you of the support of the government concerning your agitation for the return of all the girls that were kidnapped by members of Boko Haram,” Ojudu said.
“He said he is fully with you, that he is recognising what you are doing and he is hearing you loud and clear.
“On the issue of the policewomen that are being held and even concerning the girls, on a daily basis, the acting president has been meeting with security chiefs and making contacts with negotiators across the world who have helped in the past to secure those that have been released.
“So we have not at any point forgotten these children who could be any of our children. The acting president has asked me to reassure you this afternoon, to tell you that he is with you and that your cries are his cries.
“And the fact that we are not coming out to say what is being done is strategic and also for security reasons. He also said I should tell you that very soon, more of the girls, if not all of them, all of them, will be brought back home.”
Earlier speaking, Oby Ezekwesili, co-convener of the group urged the government to restrategise its anti-terrorism approach to ensure that all the girls, as well as the policewomen and oil workers abducted by the sect, are released.
“We were of the conviction that the government, which managed to secure the release of 82 of them will also secure the release of the remaining 113,” she said.
“We thought that the government has figured a way to get back our girls so we estimated that the remaining 113 will return in lesser time it took the 82 to come home.
“If only one voice remains, that would continue to demand the release of our Chibok girls, it is good enough. It’s enough to re-echo our voice across the universe.”

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APC Grills Alhassan

The Minister of Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Alhassan, was on Thursday grilled for about two hours by the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress. Alhassan was invited by the party leadership to defend the controversial comments she made about whom she would support for the 2019 presidential election.
The minister, who arrived at the APC National Secretariat at about 2pm, held a closed-door meeting with the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led NWC until 4pm.

She told newsmen she could not speak on what transpired at the meeting since the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, was available.
The minister said, “I can’t make any statement when the party spokesperson is here with me. I am not the party spokesperson.”

Abdullahi, who spoke to reporters shortly after seeing the minister off to her vehicle, confirmed that the minister was at the secretariat to respond to issues relating to a series of controversial comments she made about the 2019 presidential election.
The party spokesman said the party leadership refrained from making official comments on the issue because it felt it was only proper to hear her side of the story before taking a position.

Abdullahi further explained that the party leadership agreed that there was nothing wrong with her decision to declare support for another member of the party.
It, however, queried what it described as her “indiscretion” considering the time she made the comment.

Abdullahi said, “Since the issue of the comment she made came up, the party has not said anything regardless of what individuals might have told you because we are a party that recognises the right of her members to express their opinions.
 “We also had an opportunity to discuss with the minister to understand what she said and in what context she said so before we know how to respond.
“So, when she came, we asked her to explain to us what truly transpired and in what context she said what she said and she did offer these explanations.

“Now, having offered her explanations, we acknowledged that as a member of this party, she is entitled to her opinion and she is entitled to her choice.
“However, as a senior member of this party, her statements represent an act of indiscretion because with the kind of position she occupies even within the party, she is a party leader in her own right, what she said was not what she was supposed to say at the time that she said it.

 “She ought to have exercised greater judgment than she did and she acknowledged that maybe the timing was wrong; and she apologised.”
The party spokesman stressed that nobody questioned her right to take the position she had taken because she had the right to support whoever she wanted to support. He noted that this was even more so that the person she declared support for was a member of the party.

Asked if Allhassan was advised to resign her appointment, Abdullahi said, “No. That did not come up. What we just said was that we understand the context in which she said what she said, but it was an act of indiscretion for someone occupying the position she is occupying in the party to make that kind of statement.

 “If this was 2018 and the people have filed their applications to say they are contesting and she now comes out and says she is supporting this person, how can that be an issue? But we are still in 2017.
“We are still far away. Atiku (Abubakar) has not said he is contesting. He has not collected any form. He has not announced to anybody that he is contesting. So, that is what we mean by the timing. It is not that she had no right to say what she had said.”

He, however, refrained from making any comments with respect to recent comments made by former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar.
Alhassan caused a stir last week when she declared support for Atiku for the 2019 presidential election should he decide to run.

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Singapore’s First Female President Will Be A Hijab-Wearing Muslim Woman

Singapore is set to welcome its first female president ― a hijab-wearing Muslim woman named Halimah Yacob. 
Yacob was the only candidate to meet the stringent qualifications for presidency set up by Singapore’s Elections Department, the Straits Times reports. That means she’s likely to become president-elect after nominations close on Wednesday, and take her oath of office on Thursday. 
Since Yacob was the only candidate left standing, she’ll effectively win the presidency without an election ― a fact that has led to heated criticism from citizens of the city-state about its electoral process.
The 63-year-old politician is the youngest of five children, raised by a single mom who worked as a food cart seller. She graduated from the University of Singapore with a law degree and went on to work for a national trade union organization. Yacob entered local politics in 2001 and rose to the rank of Speaker of Parliament in 2013. She resigned from that post in August.  
In Singapore, the prime minister is the most powerful political leader, while the president’s role is largely ceremonial. However, the president does have some important responsibilities, such as the ability to block key public-sector appointments, investigate allegations of corruption, and appoint a prime minister. 
 In 2016, Singapore’s parliament decided that the post of president will be reserved for a candidate from a particular racial group if no one from that group has been president for five continuous terms, or 30 years. That meant that this year’s election was reserved for someone from Singapore’s minority Malay community. The last time Singapore had a Malay president was in 1970.

Presidential hopefuls are required to submit applications to Singapore’s Presidential Elections Committee. Although other candidates submitted applications, the committee announced in a press release that it was only issuing a certificate of eligibility to one candidate. Yacob was reportedly the only one who met the committee’s requirements ― which include either experience in a top public post, or experience managing a private company with a specific minimum in shareholder equity.
Eugene Tan, an associate law professor at Singapore Management University said that there has been a “groundswell” of criticism online about the lack of an election. 
“A contest would have added to her legitimacy,” Tan said.
Although Yacob is set to make history for Singapore as a hijab-wearing woman, the city-state still has bans against hijabs in some government schools and public sector jobs.
On Monday, Yacob said that she believes the President’s role is to act as a “unifying force.” “Obviously there is work that I have to do, but the most important thing for me is I would like Singaporeans to work together with me,” she said.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ambode Awards Scholarship to One-Day Governor, Says a Woman Will Soon Run Lagos

Akinwumi Ambode, governor of Lagos, has assured that the state will have its first female governor in no distant time.
Ambode made this statement on Wednesday when he received Zuffon Bukola, an SS2 student who became one-day governor of the state after winning the annual Spelling Bee competition.

Speaking recently when the one-day governor paid a courtesy visit, Ambode said the emergence of two female students as one-day governor and deputy was a sign of what the future holds for the state.
“This is a significant day for Lagos state and it also signals what the future actually holds for Lagos State in which we have seated here, two female strong members of the new state executive council and we have a female governor and a female deputy governor,” the statement signed by Habib Aruna, chief press secretary, read.
“It is also telling us a story about what the future of Lagos is all about that one day we would find seated here, not just a day governor, but for a period or tenure of four years, there would be a female governor in this State.
“We’ve had female deputy governors in this state; it also says something that these younger ones are telling our women in Lagos to rise up and actually take their position.

“I want to congratulate her and her cabinet members for also showing to us that the future of education in Lagos is strong. We believe that the resources we are spending in the educational sector are not going to be a waste and they have also shown that they are ready to succeed us as long as we encourage them.
“So we’ll do everything just like what we have been doing in the last two years to continue to pay greater attention to education and also make sure that we do so much in youth development to allow them to be mentally capable of succeeding us even as we move away from all the things we have done in the public service.”

Ambode also awarded a full scholarship to the one-day governor and her deputy, Rosemary Ogidan, while also announcing a cash donation of N1 million each to them.
He also gave a cash donation of N500, 000 each to members of their one-day cabinet.
The Spelling Bee competition was introduced by Oluremi Tinubu in 2000 when she was the first lady of the state.

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