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SHOCKING VIDEO ON CHILD ABUSE: Nigerian physiotherapist faces US deportation for abusing child on camera

Saturday, 03 June 2017 17:07 Written by

A petition has been filed at the United States of America (USA) Department of Homeland Security seeking the deportation of a Nigerian ‘professional physiotherapist’, Anthonia Bisola Abayomi-Ojo who was caught on camera manhandling a child suffering from cerebral palsy in Lagos on June 2016.

During the abuse that lasted about an hour, she ignored the suffering child that was put under her ‘special care’ to take selfies with her phone.

Although the incident happened in Nigeria last year, Bisola left the country for the United States after receiving the Mandela Award to further her studies in Physiotherapy at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

But before Bisola left for the US, she was arrested by the men of the Nigeria Police Force and sanctioned by the board for Physical Therapists in Nigeria. However, she did not completeher sanction.

The child’s father reportedly said ‘he could never understand the motivation for her actions seeing she was well paid.’

He added that Bisola was ‘highly recommended and they had no reason to doubt her competence until they saw the shocking video.’

The ongoing petition against Bisola seeks a rescinding of the Mandela Scholarship Award and her US visa.

Where is my goat? : Nigerian goat named declared missing in USA, police begin manhunt

Thursday, 01 June 2017 22:58 Written by

The Police in Winnebago County, Wisconsin in the United States have begun a manhunt for thieves who stole a Nigerian goat.
 

The riddle the police are trying to crack is: Who would steal a goat named Cinnamon? Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office is now in search of the answer after the Nigerian Dwarf goat was stolen from the Town of Poygan, which has a very small population of just over a 1000 people, with 397 households, and 308 families, according to the census figures available.

Cinnamon’s owners say the goat was taken on May 25, and they are hoping for her safe return.


The Sheriff’s Office in a Facebook post says Cinnamon is under a vet’s care and needs medication. The Facebook post has attracted many comments, with one saying:” who the hell steals a goat?” Anyone with information should call the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office at +1-920-236-7300.

Man who threatened to kill Barack Obama, his family sentenced to five years in prison

Monday, 15 May 2017 02:07 Written by

A man from Oregon, US, who threatened to kill former President, Barack Obama and his family over social media has been sentenced to five years in a U.S. federal prison.

U.S. District Court Judge, Michael McShane sentenced 62-year-old John Roos of Medford to 63 months in prison.

 

He also got a three-year post-prison supervision upon his release.

A U.S. Department of Justice news release said that Roos pleaded guilty to charges related to the threats and other charges for possession of an unregistered explosive device.

Roos explained in court that he threatened to kill Obama and the former first family on Twitter.

 
 

Barack Obama Ranked 12th Best U.S. President Ever in Major Survey of Historians

Friday, 17 March 2017 16:27 Written by

Barack Obama has been whisked to a very good table at the club of former presidents, according to a C-SPAN survey of 91 presidential historians published on Friday. Obama’s 12th-place ranking only a month after leaving office is the best for any president since Ronald Reagan, who ranks ninth in the new survey. The list updates previous C-SPAN surveys compiled in 2009 and 2000.

Historians gave Obama high marks for pursuing equality, managing the economy, public persuasion and “moral authority.” On the other hand, he was judged to have been below-average in handling international relations. Overall, he placed ahead of such generally well-regarded chief executives as James Monroe and James Polk.

History’s view of the best and worst presidents was unchanged since 2009. The top spot once again went to Abraham Lincoln — the quintessential self-made man who saved the Union, emancipated the slaves, and launched the Transcontinental Railroad. He ranked no lower than fourth in all ten of the criteria by which presidents were judged. He finished first in crisis leadership, administrative skill, vision setting, and pursuit of equal justice; second in economic management, moral authority, and “performance within the context of the times”; third in public persuasion and international relations; and fourth in working with Congress.

Lincoln was followed by George Washington, with the two Roosevelts — Franklin and Theodore — in third and fourth place. The bottom spots went to the men who served just before and just after Lincoln: James Buchanan and Andrew Johnson.

“Once again the Big Three are Lincoln, Washington and FDR — as it should be,” said one of the shepherds of the survey, Douglas Brinkley of Rice University in Houston. “That Obama came in at number 12 his first time out is quite impressive,” Brinkley added.

But Howard University historian Edna Greene Medford, another of C-SPAN’s consultants on the project, thought Obama might have ranked even higher. She was surprised to see him in the middle of the pack for administrative skills, and thought that his rapidly rising approval ratings during the last months of his administration might give him more of a boost. “Of course,” Medford said, “historians prefer to view the past from a distance, and only time will reveal his legacy.”

No one better illustrates that point than the 18th president, Ulysses Grant. In 2000, the scandal-plagued Grant was ranked in the bottom quarter of all presidents. But history has recently taken note of Grant’s personal honesty, his commitment to human rights and his international popularity. In the new survey, he continues his upward climb, now finishing right in the middle of the pack.

According to Richard Norton Smith, an independent scholar who also consulted with C-SPAN on the project, the survey clearly identifies a “golden age of the American presidency.” This era begins with the inauguration of Franklin Roosevelt in 1933 and ends in the tumultuous late 1960s. All five presidents who served during that span wound up in the top ten: FDR (3), Harry Truman (6), Dwight Eisenhower (5), John F. Kennedy (8) and Lyndon Johnson (10).

That might surprise many of the Americans who lived through those presidencies. They might recall Truman’s record-low approval ratings — his 22% favorable mark in February 1952 is the lowest in the history of the Gallup poll. They may remember that Eisenhower was widely dismissed as a plodder; a poll of historians shortly after he left office ranked him slightly below average. And Johnson opted not to run for reelection rather than face almost certain defeat.

Thomas Jefferson, in seventh place, rounds out the top ten.

Meanwhile, other presidents are falling in history’s estimation. Andrew Jackson, the 19th century populist whose portrait occupies a place of honor next to Donald Trump’s desk in the Oval Office, plunged five places since the 2009 survey, from 13th to 18th. Woodrow Wilson, who ranked sixth in the 2000 survey, dropped to 11th, as the post-World War I map of the Middle East that Wilson helped to draw crumbled into anarchy, and historians placed new emphasis on his atrocious civil rights record.

The complete rankings can be found at C-SPAN.

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Nigerian man arrested for masturbating before women in US public place

Friday, 17 March 2017 15:44 Written by

A 22-year-old US-based Nigerian, Kawan Okoye Gaidowsky, has been arrested by US police for exposing himself to no fewer than three women while masturbating in a public place.

According to the Redding Police Department, Gaidowsky carried out the act in a parking lot at 55 Lake Boulevard in Redding, California.

 

The police said Gaidowsky admitted he was driving a gray, 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt when he “pulled up next to a woman in the Shopko parking lot, pulled out his penis and began to masturbate on Wednesday around 8:42am.”

The woman he was referring to, Ashlee Libolt, reported the car’s description and license plate to police.

Following Libolt complaint, officers checked the car’s records and found it was registered to Gaidowsky.

Upon his arrest and interrogation, the Redding Police Department said the Nigerian also admitted to exposing himself to two other female victims.

 

Sergeant Les James disclosed that the 22-year-old first exposed himself last month and the other was not reported.

The officer noted that the US-based Nigerian was arrested for indecent exposure and booked at the Shasta County Jail in California.

Donald Trump Set to Sign New Policy in the United States to Affect Nigerians

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 04:17 Written by
It has been revealed that a new policy to be signed by US President, Donald Trump is set to affect many Nigerians.
President Donald Trump
 
Nigerians might soon be affected by a new policy to be implemented by President Donald Trump of the United States of America. This has to do with the cutting of financial aid recipients in the country, especially Non-Governmental Organisations.
 
The revelation was made by a former US intelligence community’s top expert on Nigeria and publisher of nigeriaknowledge.com, Matthew Page. He revealed details of this on Twitter.
 
According to politico.com, the budget blueprint expected later this week will still trim funding for both the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development next year, but by less than the 37 percent initially floated in preliminary documents sent out by the White House in late February.
 
The budget revision is expected to include “staged cuts” spread out over several years, instead of the immediate hit, according to a senior administration official, who said that the White House is giving Tillerson time “to do a deeper analysis on foreign aid.”
 
It will affect Nigeria because the country is 5th largest U.S. aid recipient (mostly health NGOs), according to Page. Tillerson and his top aides are assessing how to restructure the State Department, another person with knowledge of the discussions said, and is willing to take a “significant” cut to the department's budget.
 
Tillerson wouldn’t agree to a 37 percent cut in the next fiscal year because he wants to decide how the cuts are made, this person said, focusing on departments, offices and issues that he doesn't think are important.
 
 
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In the last week, Tillerson’s met twice with Trump, once over lunch and once in the Oval Office, and he’s scheduled to have dinner with Trump on Monday along with new National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. Including Monday’s dinner, Tillerson and Trump will have met six times in the last three weeks.
 
It wasn’t clear exactly how much the upcoming budget proposal would slash State Department funding right away, or if the staged cuts would eventually add up to 37 percent from this year.

Trump signs new immigration order banning citizens of six countries

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 07:00 Written by

US President, Donald Trump has signed a revised immigration order, which restricts citizens from six countries from entering the country.

According to Bloomberg, those countries were predominantly Muslim countries, including Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen

 

An administration official confirmed that Trump signed the new order on Monday morning.

Iraq is excluded from the initial list of seven countries in the new order.

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said legal residents were always excluded from the entry ban, “but that’s made much more clear now.

“If you have travel docs, if you actually have a visa, if you are a legal permanent resident, you are not covered under this particular executive action.”

 

Conway also confirmed that Syrian refugees will have the same 120-day ban, as refugees from other countries, until the screening procedures are reviewed.

Recall that a federal court had blocked Trump’s previous immigration order.

Facts About Groundhogs

Saturday, 18 February 2017 07:18 Written by

Groundhogs, also called woodchucks, are large rodents. They are also one of the 14 species of marmot, or ground squirrels. In fact, they are the largest members of the squirrel family. Most people probably know the groundhog as a weather prognosticator; however, those predictions are a mixed bag.

Size

From head to rump, groundhogs are 17.75 to 24 inches (45 to 61 centimeters) long, according to National Geographic. They weigh around 13 lbs. (6 kilograms), which is about twice the average weight of a newborn human baby. Like other squirrels, groundhogs have long tails that grow around 7 to 9.75 in (18 to 25 cm) long. 

These round creatures look like little bears when they stand up on their hind legs. Groundhogs also have sharp claws that they use to dig impressive burrows in the ground. During the warm months, a groundhog's incisors grow about a sixteenth of an inch (1.6 millimeters) each week to keep up with their frenzied eating schedule, according to the National Wildlife Federation.

Habitat

Groundhogs are found only in North America, from Canada down to the southern United States. They like woodland areas that bump up against more open areas. They dig burrows that can be 6 feet (1.8 meters) deep, and 20 feet (6 m) wide. These underground homes can also have two to a dozen entrances, according to the National Wildlife Federation. Typically, they have a burrow in the woods for the winter and a burrow in grassy areas for the warmer months. Groundhogs keep their burrows tidy by changing out the nesting found inside from time to time.

Habits 

Groundhogs are solitary creatures, and they spend their summers and falls stuffing themselves and taking naps in the sun. They can eat about a pound of food per sitting. 

In the winter, they hibernate. While hibernating, the groundhog's heartbeat slows from 80 beats per minute to 5 beat per minute; their respiration reduces from 16 breaths per minute to as few as 2 breaths per minute; and their body temperature drops from about 99 degrees Fahrenheit (37.2 Celsius) to as low as 37 degrees F (2.77 C), according to the National Wildlife Federation.

A groundhog typically sticks close to home. They usually don't wander farther than 50 to 150 feet (15 to 30 m) from their den during the daytime, according to the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management.

Diet

These rodents are herbivores, which means they eat vegetation. A groundhog's diet can include fruit, plants, tree bark and grasses. They are known for damaging crops and gardens and many consider them pests.

Groundhogs don't eat during hibernation. They use fat that they built up over the summer and winter month.

Offspring

In February, males will come out of hibernation and search for females' burrows. When he finds one, he heads on in. It is believed that males do this to introduce themselves to possible mates. In the spring, mating season progresses and the females give birth to two to six young after a gestation period of around 32 days.

The babies are blind and hairless, but quickly become mature in just three months or so. When they are mature, they typically leave their mother to dig their own homes. Groundhogs live around three to six years.

Classification/taxonomy 

Here is the classification for groundhogs, according to the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS):

Kingdom: Animalia
Subkingdom: Bilateria
Infrakingdom: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclass: Tetrapoda
Class: Mammalia
Subclass: Theria
Infraclass: Eutheria
Order: Rodentia
Suborder: Sciuromorpha
Family: Sciuridae
Subfamily: Xerinae
Tribe: Marmotini
Genus: Marmota
Subgenus: Marmota
Species: Marmota monax
Subspecies:

  • Marmota monax bunkeri
  • Marmota monax canadensis
  • Marmota monax ignava
  • Marmota monax johnsoni
  • Marmota monax monax
  • Marmota monax ochracea
  • Marmota monax petrensis
  • Marmota monax preblorum
  • Marmota monax rufescens
Groundhog Club co-handler John Griffiths raises the groundhog Punsxutawney Phil from his burrow in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on Feb. 2, 2017.
Groundhog Club co-handler John Griffiths raises the groundhog Punsxutawney Phil from his burrow in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on Feb. 2, 2017.
Credit: David Maxwell/EPA/Newscom

Conservation status

Groundhogs are listed as least concern for extinction on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species. They are widespread from central Alaska, across Canada and south through the United States to Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Shadow facts

According to tradition, if the groundhog sees its shadow on February 2, there will be six more weeks of winter. This idea gave rise to Groundhog Day. The tradition of relying on rodents as forecasters may date back to the early days of Christianity in Europe, when clear skies on Candlemas Day (Feb. 2) were said to herald cold weather ahead. In Germany, the tradition morphed into a myth that if the sun came out on Candlemas, a hedgehog would cast its shadow, predicting snow all the way into May. When German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania, they transferred the tradition onto local fauna, replacing hedgehogs with groundhogs.

But how accurate is this method of weather prediction? The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, has records from more than 100 years. On Groundhog Day, the club holds a "solemn" ceremony as a groundhog, named Phil, is pulled from a "burrow" in front of TV cameras and cheering crowds. The club says Phil has predicted 99 forecasts of more winter and 15 early springs. According to data from the Stormfax Almanac, Phil's predictions have been correct only 39 percent of the time in his hometown of Punxsutawney.

How much wood?

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood? About 700 lbs., according to Cornell University.

Actually, the name woodchuck has nothing to do with wood, or chucking it, according to the Animal Diversity Web. The word woodchuck comes from a Native American word, wuchak, which roughly translates as "digger." (Another name for this animal is whistle-pig, according to the National Museum of Natural History.)

Nevertheless, according to Cornell, a wildlife biologist sought to answer the tongue-twister's question. He measured the volume a woodchuck burrow and estimated that if the hole were filled with wood rather than dirt, the woodchuck would have chucked about 700 lbs. (Woodchucks, however, typically do not chew wood.)

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