The Unemployment Situation In The South East is A Ticking Time Bomb, Chairman Of Zinox Group, Leo Stan Ekeh, Says

The Chairman of Zinox Group, Leo Stan Ekeh, opined that the unemployment situation in the region is a ticking time bomb, describing it as a social problem of immense ramifications which may see all-inclusive peace elude the nation, if not urgently addressed.

At a 2-day convention organized by the Owerri People’s Assembly, an apex socio-cultural, the Zinox Group boss, said: “The problem of massive unemployment facing the South East region is one that requires concerted efforts from the Federal Government and other stakeholders.

A situation, in which thousands of qualified graduates, most of them with upper class degrees, are still looking for their first jobs 10 or 12 years after leaving school, is highly worrisome. It is a suicidal situation; one that will potentially explode in disastrous consequences, if not immediately addressed.

“If you rely on statistics, there are over a million of such unemployed graduates in the South East. Having such a huge number of active yet unengaged youths concentrated in the region is a serious cause for concern and the Federal Government has a role to play in nipping this situation in the bud,” he stated.

While disclosing that a lot is being done by private individuals and entrepreneurs from the region to ameliorate the situation, Ekeh noted that this was grossly insufficient and urged the Federal Government to partner with such well-meaning Nigerians to achieve more.

“What is required is a joint effort to save our youths. In reality, the State Governments cannot do it alone.

Also, a number of entrepreneurs, businessmen and other well-meaning Nigerians from the region are equally doing their best but it is hardly enough.

Personally, I have been quietly supporting the Imo State Government for many years in creating employment opportunities for youths in various communities in the state.

These investments often exceed the sum of N1 billion yearly but it is like a drop of water in an ocean.

 

-FinancialDigest

President Muhammadu Buhari Releases $1Billion For The Procurement Of Equipment To Fight Insurgency

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of $1bn for the procurement of security equipment to fight insurgency.
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of a meeting Buhari had with security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.

The President was also said to have asked the security chiefs to intensify efforts aimed at securing the release of Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl still being held by Boko Haram because she refused to renounce Christianity.

Details later…

 

-PUNCH

The Pressure On Young Actresses To Offer Sex For Roles In Nollywood Is Very High, Veteran Nollywood Actress, Joke Silva, Says

Veteran Nigerian actress, Joke Silva, has said that horrific stories of sex demands are too much in Nollywood.

She said this while fielding questions from newsmen yesterday after the launch of ‘Disowned’, a book by Nina Anyianuka about sexual abuse and harassment, at Terra Kulture in Lagos.

The 56-year-old screen goddess said the pressure on young actresses to offer sexual favours is very high.

“Unfortunately, the casting couch issue is alive in Nollywood,” she began.

“Sometimes there is this hunger to get the work. Maybe you’ve gone to several auditions and you haven’t gotten the work, then somebody tells you that it is because you are not doing what you should do that is when you are not getting the work.

“What I say to them is don’t believe it. By the time the producer, director, production manager or whoever insists on sleeping with you, it is very likely you will end up not getting the work.

“Some of the sad stories we hear is that because some people are so desperate, they end up getting passed around.”

Drawing an analogy with entrepreneurs, Silva said up and coming actresses should not compromise their dignity to get by.

“There is no need for that,” she said.

“As an entrepreneur, you go round looking for money and you are probably going to get several noes before you get your yes.

“It’s the same with audition. You must keep your dignity. Find something else to keep body and soul together.

“That is why you hear that abroad people wait tables or work in restaurants because they need something to keep body and soul together until that break happens.

“You should be proud as long as you are earning honest money. If possible train yourself in audition skills.”

She added that having more women in positions of power and authority in Nollywood could stem the tide.

“We need more women producers, more women scriptwriters and more women stories so that we can then absorb a lot of women in the industry,” she concluded.

 

-DP

I Did Not Loot N12.5Billion, Provide The Source I got That Kind Of Money From, I Did Very Well For My People, Even Former President Goodluck Jonathan Could Not Commission Half Of The Projects I Executed, Former Governor Of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, Reacts To Released List Of looters

The immediate past Governor of Plateau State and Senator representing Plateau North Senatorial District, Jonah Jang, has denied claims by the nation’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed that mentioned him among the nation’s looters.

Jang in a press statement made available to DAILY POST in Jos, said the claim that he got N12.5billion is “laughable on preliminary evaluation, and pathetic when considered on the scales of truth and reality”.

The statement reads, “The list released by Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed at the behest of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government wherein he alleged that I got N12.5billion is laughable on preliminary evaluation, and pathetic when considered on the scales of truth and reality.

“The so called list of looters is a testament to the desperation which holds the All Progressives Congress in its firm grip after what is now certainly an infamous cameo in power considered by many to be tragic and regrettable.

The former governor maintained that, “For all those who were on the list, sources of the funds allegedly looted were stated, but in my case, there was none.

“How possible is it for me to have gotten N12.5billion just like that from nobody and nowhere?” He asked.

“Unlike Lai Mohammed and the Federal Government, I know without any shadow of doubt, that to be a looter, one must have stolen or taken something by force. If their allegation is anything to go by, it falls short of the lowest standards of believability; otherwise they would have noticed that the allegation of getting N12.5billion from an unknown source isn’t the same as looting the said amount.

“Before going to the Senate, I was Governor of Plateau State from 2007-2015. For 8years, I did my best for my people. The landmark achievements recorded within that period remain unmatched till date.
They are a legacy of diligence, service, and accountability in governance”, he explained.

According to the state met, “A computation of the value of the projects we executed throughout the 17 Local Government Areas of the State reveals a massive gulf of inequality between the insufficient resources we got as subvention and internally generated revenue, and the ambitious strides we were able to accomplish.

The Lawmaker said he recalled vividly how former President, Goodluck Jonathan was unable to commission half of the projects he executed while moving through the State by helicopter.

“Before the day was over, he couldn’t hold back his amazement at what he saw, wondering where we got funds considering what comes to us from the federation account”.

“Recently, some of such critical infrastructure were commissioned over two years after I left office as Governor of the State.

“When the APC government in Plateau State took me to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), they could not get a single case of financial impropriety to be filed against me in the courts”, he further explained.

“The EFCC has thoroughly investigated me and they know I don’t have an offshore bank account.

“They have all my account numbers and know the balances in each. Did they find the N12.5billion in any of them? He asked.

“Apparently unhappy with the findings of the EFCC they quickly ran to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission ICPC, seeking to have me investigated again.

“From the look of things that too would be another wild-goose chase which would ultimately culminate in another anticlimax”, he stressed.

“Today, a vast majority of Nigerians know that the present Federal Government only pays lip service to the fight against corruption.

“Where they appear to be serious, it is in media trials and persecution of the opposition and perceived opponents.

“Why are we not talking of the campaign funds of the APC? Where did they get their funding from? Did they pluck the billions they spent from trees? He asked further.

“Until and unless they tell Nigerians how they funded their campaigns in 2015, Nigerians would continue to see them as they are, and would not hesitate to vote them out in 2019”, he warned.

“I know Lai Mohammed in our National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) days when we fought for the return of democratic rule to the country putting an end to military dictatorship. I know him to always stand for the truth. Alas, I can finally say that he is not that same person these days.

“In Nigeria today, it would seem that once you join the APC, you become baptized into the order of lies, falsehood, deception, and propaganda”.

“Nevertheless, Lai Mohammed must make amends by recanting the phantom allegations he made against my good person within a reasonable timeframe or face the consequence of his indiscretion in the foreseeable future”, Jang warned.

-DP

Saudi Arabia Has Betrayed Islam, Al Qaeda Is Seriously Worried About The Expansion of Iran, Battle Breaks Out Among Islamists As Osama Bin Laden’s Son Hamza Cries Out

Osama bin Laden’s son, Hamza bin Laden, has recorded a message that stresses that there is a danger of Shiite expansion in the Middle East. He blames this expansion on Iran, and says that regional powers like Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Countries are not strong or capable enough to fight off Iran, and that they have betrayed Islam. Hamza bin Laden is looked at a potential leader in Al Qaeda, and though his exact whereabouts are unknown, there are some reports that suggest he is hiding in Iran with the help of the Iranian government. Al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, As Sa hab, has released the latest episode in Hamza bin Laden’s lecture series on the history of Saudi Arabia. The series began in Aug.

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Spying on Your Husband or Wife’s Phone Will Land You in Jail in Saudi Arabia, It Is A Real Gegeun

Snooping around on your spouse’s phone in Saudi Arabia is now a crime that could land the offender in jail or with a fine of up to $133,000.

“Married individuals planning to spy on their spouse in Saudi Arabia will need to think twice, because such an activity could potentially attract a fine of 500,000 riyals ($133,000), along with a prison term for a year,” a statement, released by the Saudi government on Monday, read.

The law is part of a wider information security initiative that came into force last week. It was put in place to “preserve the rights of internet users, as well as to protect the morals of individuals and society,” the Gulf kingdom’s information ministry said.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud is seen during a meeting with U.N Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the United Nations headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S. March 27, 2018. On Monday, the Saudi government announced new privacy laws that criminalizes phone spying between spouses. Reuters

Article 3 of the law states: “The punishment ranges from imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year, and a fine of not more than 500,000 riyals or either one of these penalties.”

The statement then stipulates that a harsher punishment will be enforced on those who unlawfully accesses their partners’ computers with the intention to “delete, erase, destroy, leak, damage or redistribute private data.” A person who commits a crime under that umbrella is liable to a fine of up to 3 million riyals ($800,000) and a maximum jail time of four years.

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Newest in Arabia: snooping through spouse’s mobile, leads to a fine of up to 133000$

The ultra-conservative kingdom claims that the move comes during a period of rises in “cybercrimes such as blackmail, embezzlement and defamation.”

I Am Very Happy My Mother Came Out As A Lesbian, I Cried Tears of Joy When She Confessed, She Is Now A Free Person Says Jay Z As She Declares She Is A Homosexual

JAY-Z’s mother revealed to the world that she was a lesbian. In the song “Smile,” Gloria Carter delivered a beautiful speech regarding what it was like for her to live a lie.

Here’s a really sweet story in which the dirtbag turns out to be repressive heteronormative social mores. In a new clip released from his forthcoming interview with David Letterman on Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No IntroductionJay-Z recalled how he cried tears of joy after his mom, Gloria Carter, came out to him as gay.

“This was the first time we had the conversation,” Jay-Z said. “And the first time I heard her say she loved her partner. Like, ‘I feel like I love somebody.’ She said ‘I feel like.’ She held that little bit back, still. She didn’t say ‘I’m in love,’ she said ‘I feel like I love someone.’ And I just, I cried. I don’t even believe in crying because you’re happy. I don’t even know what that is. What is that?”

Jay-Z also revealed that he recorded “Smile”—a track on on which he discusses his mother’s sexual orientation, and which appeared on his 2017 album 4:44—the day after that mother-son conversation took place.

Here’s that Letterman clip; the full interview will premiere April 6 on Netflix:

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The People Of Israel Have The Right To Their Own Land, Saudi Crown Prince Says As He Drops Major Bombshell

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said Israelis are entitled to live peacefully on their own land in an interview published on Monday in U.S. magazine The Atlantic, another public sign of ties between Riyadh and Tel Aviv appearing to grow closer.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gestures during a military parade by Saudi security forces in preparation for the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 23, 2017. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.

Asked if he believes the Jewish people have a right to a nation-state in at least part of their ancestral homeland, Mohammed bin Salman was quoted as saying:

“I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land. But we have to have a peace agreement to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations.”

Saudi Arabia – birthplace of Islam and home to its holiest shrines – does not recognize Israel. It has maintained for years that normalizing relations hinges on Israeli withdrawal from Arab lands captured in the 1967 Middle East war, territory Palestinians seek for a future state.

“We have religious concerns about the fate of the holy mosque in Jerusalem and about the rights of the Palestinian people. This is what we have. We don’t have any objection against any other people,” said Prince Mohammed who is touring the United States to drum up investments and support for his efforts to contain Iranian influence.

Increased tension between Tehran and Riyadh has fueled speculation that shared interests may push Saudi Arabia and Israel to work together against what they see as a common Iranian threat.

“There are a lot of interests we share with Israel and if there is peace, there would be a lot of interest between Israel and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries”, Prince Mohammed added.

Saudi Arabia opened its airspace for the first time to a commercial flight to Israel last month, which an Israeli official hailed as historic following two years of efforts.

In November, an Israeli cabinet member disclosed covert contacts with Saudi Arabia, a rare acknowledgment of long-rumored secret dealings which Riyadh still denies.

Saudi Arabia condemned U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last year, but Arab officials told Reuters at the time that Riyadh appears to be on board with a broader U.S. strategy for an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan still in its early phases of development.

(Reporting by Stephen Kalin; Editing by Robin Pomeroy) -YAHOO

Super Genius Teenager Accepted By All Of The Best American Universities He Applied To — With Full Scholarships, This Is How He Reacted

A high school senior from Houston, Texas, was accepted by each of the 20 top-ranked universities to which he applied — and was offered a full scholarship to every single one of them.

Michael Brown, a 17-year-old student at Lamar High School, went viral after he was caught on camera screaming in glee upon learning he was accepted into Stanford University in December.

Little did the teen know at the time, but his excitement would increase by a factor of 20 in March when he was also accepted into Harvard, Princeton, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and the University of Michigan, among other prestigious colleges.


But what did it take for Brown to pull off his flawless clean sweep?

To start, the high schooler has an impressive 4.68 grade point average and an SAT score of 1540 out of 1600. His ACT score, a 34 out of a possible 36, proved to be just as excellent.

Brown’s extracurriculars also include various internships as well as participation on his high school’s debate team.

His mother, Berthinia Rutledge-Brown, told The New York Times that she was simply blown away by her son’s perfect streak.

“He actually earned it,” she told the Times. “I always knew Mike would get into a good school. I always knew he’d get good scholarship support. But I never imagined this.”

So, which school will he be attending this fall?

Although Brown remains undecided at the moment, he reportedly plans to major in political science and hopes to one day become a lawyer.

He will make the big decision by May 1.

Geologists Now Have Evidence Africa Is Physically Splitting Into Two Continents, See How It Is All Happening

A large crack, stretching several kilometres, made a sudden appearance recently in south-western Kenya. The tear, which continues to grow, caused part of the Nairobi-Narok highway to collapse and was accompanied by seismic activity in the area.

The Earth is an ever-changing planet, even though in some respects change might be almost unnoticeable to us. Plate tectonics is a good example of this. But every now and again something dramatic happens and leads to renewed questions about the African continent splitting in two.

The Earth’s lithosphere (formed by the crust and the upper part of the mantle) is broken up into a number of tectonic plates. These plates are not static, but move relative to each other at varying speeds, “gliding” over a viscous asthenosphere. Exactly what mechanism or mechanisms are behind their movement is still debated, but are likely to include convection currents within the asthenosphere and the forces generated at the boundaries between plates.

A truck drives near a chasm suspected to have been caused by a heavy downpour along an underground fault-line near the Rift Valley town of Mai Mahiu
Watch out, chasm ahead.(Reuters/Thomas Mukoya)

These forces do not simply move the plates around, they can also cause plates to rupture, forming a rift and potentially leading to the creation of new plate boundaries. The East African Rift system is an example of where this is currently happening.

The East African Rift Valley stretches over 3,000km from the Gulf of Aden in the north towards Zimbabwe in the south, splitting the African plate into two unequal parts: the Somali and Nubian plates. Activity along the eastern branch of the rift valley, running along Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania, became evident when the large crack suddenly appeared in south-western Kenya.

Why does rifting happen?

When the lithosphere is subject to a horizontal extensional force it will stretch, becoming thinner. Eventually, it will rupture, leading to the formation of a rift valley.

Great Rift Valley, Tanzania.
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This process is accompanied by surface manifestations along the rift valley in the form of volcanism and seismic activity. Rifts are the initial stage of a continental break-up and, if successful, can lead to the formation of a new ocean basin. An example of a place on Earth where this has happened is the South Atlantic ocean, which resulted from the break up of South America and Africa around 138m years ago – ever noticed how their coastlines match like pieces of the same puzzle?.

Maps made by Snider-Pellegrini in 1858 showing his idea of how the American and African continents may once have fitted together.
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Continental rifting requires the existence of extensional forces great enough to break the lithosphere. The East African Rift is described as an active type of rift, in which the source of these stresses lies in the circulation of the underlying mantle. Beneath this rift, the rise of a large mantle plume is doming the lithosphere upwards, causing it to weaken as a result of the increase in temperature, undergo stretching and breaking by faulting.

Magma plume doming.
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Evidence for the existence of this hotter-than-normal mantle plume has been found in geophysical data and is often referred to as the “African Superswell”. This superplume is not only a widely-accepted source of the pull-apart forces that are resulting in the formation of the rift valley but has also been used to explain the anomalously high topography of the Southern and Eastern African Plateaus.

Breaking up isn’t easy

Rifts exhibit a very distinctive topography, characterised by a series of fault-bounded depressions surrounded by higher terrain. In the East African system, a series of aligned rift valleys separated from each other by large bounding faults can be clearly seen from space.

Topography of the Rift Valley.
James Wood and Alex Guth, Michigan Technological University. Basemap: Space Shuttle radar topography image by NASA

Not all of these fractures formed at the same time, but followed a sequence starting in the Afar region in northern Ethiopia at around 30m years ago and propagating southwards towards Zimbabwe at a mean rate of between 2.5-5cm a year.

Although most of the time rifting is unnoticeable to us, the formation of new faults, fissures and cracks or renewed movement along old faults as the Nubian and Somali plates continue moving apart can result in earthquakes.

However, in East Africa most of this seismicity is spread over a wide zone across the rift valley and is of relatively small magnitude. Volcanism running alongside is a further surface manifestation of the ongoing process of continental break up and the proximity of the hot molten asthenosphere to the surface.

A timeline in action

The East African Rift is unique in that it allows us to observe different stages of rifting along its length. To the south, where the rift is young, extension rates are low and faulting occurs over a wide area. Volcanism and seismicity are limited.

Towards the Afar region, however, the entire rift valley floor is covered with volcanic rocks. This suggests that, in this area, the lithosphere has thinned almost to the point of complete break up. When this happens, a new ocean will begin forming by the solidification of magma in the space created by the broken-up plates. Eventually, over a period of tens of millions of years, seafloor spreading will progress along the entire length of the rift. The ocean will flood in and, as a result, the African continent will become smaller and there will be a large island in the Indian Ocean composed of parts of Ethiopia and Somalia, including the Horn of Africa.

The ConversationDramatic events, such as sudden motorway-splitting faults or large catastrophic earthquakes may give continental rifting a sense of urgency but, most of the time, it goes about splitting Africa without anybody even noticing.

Lucia Perez Diaz, Postdoctoral Researcher, Fault Dynamics Research Group, Royal Holloway

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.